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Vanilla V BDSM

Remember the hype back in 2015, 13 February to be exact, when Fifty Shades of Gray, the first of the 3 movies, was released? EMSs all over the world feared that they would be faced with a wave of injuries caused by BDSM scenes gone wrong.  
Picture - Fifty Shades Of Gray
Personally, I was obsessed by the Shades of Gray, all 3 of them, and it got me thinking. I wanted to write a really hot book of my own - without the BDSM, for one simple reason. 

Although it worked in the Gray saga, to my mind, BDSM isn't romantic. It is a transaction. One person allows another to hurt/humiliate him/her for their pleasure, and the reward/payment is supposedly mind-blowing sex afterward. Love/romance has no place in a situation like that.

But, the big question was - could plain old vanilla hold a candle after the furor of Fifty Shades of Gray and BDSM?

I had to try.
Cover - Interview with a Seducer

So, I wondered, how would it work if I threw together a sexworker, an ordinary widowed woman, and the ghost of her dead husband? I wrote a couple of scenes, and it worked! And it was nothing like Fifty Shades Of Gray.

It took a while, but Interview With A Seducer: A Bewildering Love Story was finally ready, and it was published in 2021 with this cover – the guy in this image was exactly how I saw Trip in my head while writing his and Rachel’s story.

But, alas, readers didn’t like the cover. They complained that it didn’t scream paranormal and ghost, and it barely looked like the cover of a contemporary romance – they were brutal, it wasn’t pretty.  

But I take reader comments seriously, and something had to be done. I didn't want to mislead the reader. I wanted them to know immediately that there was a powerful, ghostly tale behind the cover.

So, unfortunately, I had to let my sexy Trip go.

From the cover and title, the reader must immediately know what a book is about - that Lawrence, the ghost, kept his widow Rachel trapped in the past without her even realizing it. So, the title changed to:  

Trapped In Yesterday: A Bewildering Ghostly Tale  

The tagline stayed the same: He was her 30th birthday gift, but her husband objected. Only, he didn't have a say... 

And I replaced the cover with this one. 

What do you think? Is this more 'paranormal' and spooky? Because your opinion is important to me, I really would like to know.  
Cover - Trapped In Yesterday
She is looking fearfully over her shoulder - why, if she had been haunted for the past 3 years? 

Although Lawrence had been hanging around the house since his death, after she met Trip, he became progressively more disruptive and violent. So yes, she was scared of the ghost of her dead husband.  

But she was a young woman - only 30 years old - and she didn't want to be alone for the rest of her life. Not that Trip was a prospect for her future - never mind the chemistry between them, she didn't want to be part of his harem, and he didn't understand the concept of monogamy - he was a professional seducer of women, after all.   

So, if she wanted to have any man in her life, how exactly was Rachel to prevent the ghost her jealous husband from interfering in her lovelife?  

Go here to find out. 

Be afraid, be very afraid.


Ghoulies & Ghosties

Ghostly

Spinner of ghostly yarns with a passion for romance and a touch of fantasy. Be prepared to encounter strange characters and to-die-for heroes.

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