|Posted by Alie Infante on June 10, 2013 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
A Different Side of Historical Romance Blog
Most of you know how I do my lil trolling of sites. I was actually looking for some good historical romance blogs, and stumbled upon FictionVixen.com. The blog author Catherine, asked a very good question, “Where Have All The Cowboys Historical Romance Blogs Gone,” here she put a line through Cowboys.
As I sat reading her post, I suddenly thought the same thing. Moreover, I also thought; If you think keeping up with historical romance and getting info on it is hard, try interracial historical romance lol.
She then went on to ask the question: Have you noticed how popular Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy are right now? I’m sure you have. It would be near impossible to miss it! Information about books in these genres is all over the romance blogs and Goodreads and Twitter. Links, reviews, covers, conversational posts…you can’t turn around without bumping into something about them. I can’t lie, I love them too. I love the supernatural creatures, the bad-ass action, the occasionally epic series, and the covers. *sigh* Some of those covers are downright awesome, aren’t they? So if I love them, I can’t blame everyone else for loving them, can I? Why is it so hard to track down information about Historical Romances lately? Whenever I start researching for material for an “Eagerly Anticipating” post or a cover post, it is easy to find release dates and blurbs and covers for all those other genres, but it’s like pulling teeth to find information for Historical Romances.
I laughed again, because I thought the info concerning my genre, Interracial Historical Romance it is next to nil. I write historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance, yet the hardest to keep tabs on, sell, and actually get out there is the historical. It seems that most readers like to place it in that Harlequin category, of some cheesy cookie cutter romance, with ripping bodices and heaving bosoms; and can't seem to understand that the genre has changed drastically, and what once was isn't any longer. Yet, at the same time, I find that many authors and readers alike, negate romance as a whole, and think that it is a waste of paper, time and money. I find this sad, not only because I write in that genre, but because it is an expression of art as well, and who wouldn’t want to leave reality for a few hours to revel in Love, or the ideal of Love itself.
As I pondered this, I wondered if any other Historical Romance authors felt the same way?
I would definitely like to hear from you, so drop me a line…
|Posted by Alie Infante on November 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Well Hey everyone,
I know it's been awhile. Been crazy busy, released three more books in the last month, but I may have a break soon lol. With finals being this week and next week, preparing my students for some prime chaos...muhahaha, j/k. I probably won’t have the time to write in the next two weeks.
With this being the holiday season, I'm rushing to get the 11 books from the TBMD series out there, great stocking stuffers, (I know, shameless huh? LOL) Anyway, I think with my birthday coming up, and Christmas, my wish, is to learn how to be an AUTHOR!
I take criticism pretty well, but what bugs me, is when people think one thing, when it’s totally the opposite.
So, you guys know pretty well that I write both the vamp/were and Fae series. My characters have accents, and I just loooove to use British slangs. Nothing send it home like “He’s Tuppin what?” Lol.
Anyway, because of the accents, people seem to mistake them for typos, then either berate my books, or score them low. Now, I wouldn't have a problem if they were crap ( and you guys seem to think not), and it was an honest review; like the story didn’t work for me, the time was off, the characters were hard for me to identify with, or the like. That ‘s fine with me, because I know you can’t please everyone.
However, what I do have a problem with, is when it is a mistake on the readers part.
what I've done, is as thick as it may seem to you guys since you already know my style, I’ve put a word list on the first three pages of the book; and maybe this will help. I won’t change it, because I just feel like, the accents, slangs and what have you give the Characters…CHARACTER.
As a teacher, it truly bugs me for being slammed for grammatical errors, especially when I know there aren’t any. Moreover, there is, its something minor.
One reader said the book was “Riddled with grammatical & spelling errors. That just hurt, because it's posted on a certain site, so I'm pretty much stuck with it.
Another reader gave me three stars on A Lad's Trousers, then commenced to go through the book with a fine tooth comb, and what she pointed out, just seemed so trivial to me. Because she said that she really enjoyed the book, and that just kinda seemed like an oxymoron to me.
Needless to say, my sales for that book plummeted, and I’m only just recovering now, because another reader loved the book and rated it 4 stars. Much Love Pgirl!
But I digress,
As I’ve said, this year my Xmas/B-Day My wish, is to Learn to be an Author.
Charlaine, Laurell, Anne, who y’all do it gurl! I seriously need some help!!!
I truly hope this post didn't offend anyone, just what I felt like today...
|Posted by Alie Infante on October 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM||comments (0)|
last month was cray, cray lol.
I feel so bad; I've neglected the blog for almost two months. I released 12 titles so far, and with the marketing stuff I'm doing on my own now, it was completely insane. I re-released Teaching Between Midnight and Dawn, because I was completely appalled when an fellow colleague of mine bought the book, then asked if it had ever been edited.
Believe me; I was mortified, especially since I am a teacher.
What I did was basically a re-write, and I swear it's so much better for it. I'm offering it for free this month on the www.poisionedpin.webs.com site, so you guys check it out if you like.
that pretty much sparked the riff between my publishing company Eternal Press/Damnation Books and me, because they didn't want to re-edit it; then said that I should have caught the errors. This was hysterically funny to me, because that's what the F*** an editor is for. Moreover, the even funnier thing, is, the supposed CEO edited the book, so that should have told me something.
For those of you out there looking for a home for your work, I'm sending out red flags, red alerts, fireworks, WWII warning systems, and just screaming from the top of my mf lungs, to tell you to stay the hell away from them! If you wanna hear my horror story, just drop me a line, especially if it can save someone from those baskets!
On a happy note, I just released Dark Premonitions today, and I can honestly say it looks awesome.
Encase I didn't say it, the lovely young ladies on the cover are all related to me lol.
My daughters are on book 2 and 3, and my niece is on book 4.
Since they're so lovely, I just decided to use them; plus its free labor tee-hee.
That's pretty much an update on my doings, and each of the books are on Amazon now. also, you can read sample chapters on the sites as well.
www.poisonedpin.webs.com (paranormal/vamps, weres)
www.farietalewish.webs.com (paranormal, faries)
Available on Amazon Now
T.B.M.D; Arieanna's Legend
T.M.T.N; kissing cousins
T.C.B.M; the Arvantes
Dark Premonitions; the seeker (Oct.21st)
Midna's Farie Tale
To Teach is Divine
A Lad's Trousers
A Slow Time to Love
Fire & Ice.
|Posted by Alie Infante on August 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|
Well hey guys…
my publishing company, and unfortunately we parted ways. I know that sounds terrible, but in the end I believe it is to my benefit. We still have some hiccups, and I hope they’re ironed out soon; because I seriously don’t wanna haf to get ghetto!
Other than that, I’m on a high. Datin a new cutie with the most amazing grey- blue eyes, and lashes that would make any woman just hate, (younger than me I mite add too tee-hee. Lovin that hahaha) but above all its his sweetest disposition.
Also, published my first title myself, and I am telling you;when it was done and I saw what I could do, I did my own lil jig lol. So, since my tit with my company I’ve released Midna’s Farie Tale, Mendacity, Fire &Ice, A Lad’s Trousers and A slow Time toLove; all on Amazon so you guys check em out.
As well, I’ve added three new sites besides the poisonedpin,www.
I was over on LinkedIn and there was this thread about websites, and it never dawned on me that I could have one site for each genre; so hence the three new sites hahaha. So head on over and check them out.
On a personal level, I guess I’m inclined to agree with my horoscope for this month, because I have been a busy lil bee. I plan on looking for a new pub company, and have already started soliciting some new ones. Nevertheless, for now, I’m just gonna stick with Amazon till I find the right one this time. It was a nightmare, but I won’t bore you guys with the details.
Reviews this month are coming in for Mendacity, Midna’s Farie tale and Fire & Ice. I’m really stoked by them too.
So far 4 and 5!
Teach Me the Night; kissin cousins is out next month, solook for it to guys. And don’t forget, this month’s contest for a chance to winany of the above.
Missed you guys