LV’s Monday Meanderings… August 13, 2018

My Monday Meanderings for today come through physical pain. I am taking Aleve because I overdid it this weekend. I must remember, I’m no longer 20-something, a fact which my daughter reminds me of on a regular basis. LOL. As I’m sure you’re aware by now, I’ve created this weekly newsletter since beginning my newest day job (and my weekend moonlighting) to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore. I don’t think Aleve has any side effects that will affect my ability to meander, but who knows…

Writing, Writing, Writing!

This weekend, I began the process of rewriting portions of my novella. It had to be done, because things changed under circumstances I’m unable to divulge right now, but my intentions are to make it better than it was. Sometime when stories sit a while, authors realize (with the help of first line beta readers) that the plot sometimes doesn’t work the way you originally envisioned it. Thus, the need for re-tweaking. The evolution of said novella shall not be televised, or otherwise shared since this process does not make for fascinating blog or newsletter fodder. However, I will share when it’s complete. Again.

This novella has a shiny new cover and the summary will be tweaked to match the re-tweaked plot. As I mentioned before, I’ll be rolling the cover out pretty close to my book release. In approximately three months, there will be marketing, more beta reading, and lots of fun stuff going on before it can see the light of day. Parker Cavanaugh, my hero in this new novella, is chomping at the bit to meet you all!

Speaking of writing, if you want to read any of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff to publish, you can find all my books here, where most of them are on SALE for $0.99: LV Lewis books!

 

Thrillers from The Past (aka Recent Re-reads)!

Back in the day before I even thought about self-publishing, a friend introduced me to M.J. Rose’s Butterfield Institute Series, which includes the books The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, and The Venus Fix. Last week I re-read these wonderful books because I haven’t read a series of books with as compelling a premise as this one in quite some time, and I was really kind of missing Detective Noah Jordain, the sexy-as-sin cop who becomes the love interest for our heroine, Dr. Morgan Snow, sex therapist extraordinaire. Every single time I’ve read these books, I insert Harry Connick, Jr. into my mind as Detective Noah Jordain. This guy would be perfect were these books to be adapted to the Big Screen. I know no other actor who could believably pull this off, so I’m sticking with Harry, whom I love with the white-hot intensity of a thousand burning suns! But I digress. (Fans self.)

So, if you’re looking for a series that is a thriller which has romantic suspense, and a healthy dose of believablility, you can’t go wrong with these books. Although written in 2005-2006 timeframe, they are still a relevant page-turner worthy enough to read now!

 

In Death Series by J.D. Robb

If you’ve ever had an in depth conversation with me about books, you might know that my favorite futuristic police procedural novels are the “In Death Series,” by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts to folks who love her romances and genre fiction).

I’ve been reading these books forever (and I won’t say how long because I’m always looking for ways not to date myself). Anywho, Robb’s In Death Series follows the cases of Detective Eve Dallas, a New York cop from the years circa 2058 and beyond. The heroine gets her surname from the city in which she was born because she lost her only remaining parent in an horrific fashion and she hadn’t been given a real name. Her backstory is as fascinating as the cases chronicled in the In Death Series. You will be drawn in by J. D. Robb’s taut prose and riveting plots.

And if you like black-haired Irishmen, you may just fall in love with Eve’s better half, Roarke. I know I did, which is probably what kept me reading the series even more than Eve Dallas herself. Just saying!

SUMMARY

Together for the first time—the first five novels in the #1 New York Times bestselling In Death series, hailed as “a perfect balance of suspense, futuristic police procedural and steamy romance” (Publishers Weekly).

Join New York City homicide detective Eve Dallas as she sets her sights on some elusive suspects—including a compelling Irishman named Roarke in…

NAKED IN DEATH
GLORY IN DEATH
IMMORTAL IN DEATH
RAPTURE IN DEATH
CEREMONY IN DEATH

The In Death Series has been grouped into books of five for those who prefer to buy them a group at a time. You can still buy the series standalones, if that is your preference.

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LV’s Monday Meanderings… August 6, 2018

This week’s Monday Meanderings come with a FREEBIE. I’ve created this regular newsletter since beginning my newest day job to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore. European Tour is FREE from today until Friday. Check it!

Writing, Writing, Writing!

This week, I’m sad, because I had to terminate a project with someone. This part of the business is never pretty, but it is necessary. I could not allow this person to set a precedent with me and have them believing I’m a pushover. While it was a distasteful thing to do, it had to be done so they understood that the terms of the agreement had to be respected and adhered to. So, this means I’m behind yet again, but it is what it is…

I now have new covers for part of my backlist, though, and that’s exciting! Other covers will be forthcoming, so stay tuned. I’ll be rolling these out pretty close to my book releases, therefore some of these you might not see for quite a while, given my work schedule and my slow writing style. But eventually, you will see them all! My novella won’t be entered into a contest after all because of this late project, but this means I will publish it for you guys in approximately three months (there has to be marketing, beta reading, and lots of fun stuff going on before it can see the light of day). I’m really looking forward to introducing you to Parker Cavanaugh, my hero in this new novella. He’s yummy!

Speaking of writing, if you want to read any of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff to publish, you can find all my books here, where a couple of them are now on SALE: LV Lewis books!

European Tour by L.V. Lewis

European Tour is FREE. All. Week. Long! (8/6-8/10/18)

Broken. Guilt-ridden. Ready to start over.

Brody Kent walked away from the pinnacle of rock superstardom and never looked back. Financially, he never has to work again, but takes jobs as a personal assistant to keep his mind—and other things—busy. The women he works for always want something, and he’s more than willing to help. But when he’s sent to work for a pop princess, Brody will do anything to make her happy—even if it means admitting the ugly truth about his past.

Smothered. Talented. Ready to start her life.

Successful pop star, Skylar Samuelson is about to embark upon the turning point of her career—a summer tour in Europe. Her manager mother has promised to pull back and allow her full reign of the overseas tour. When Brody Kent becomes her new assistant, Skylar can’t deny the attraction. He’s perfect. Everything she’s ever wanted. But Brody’s hiding something and the truth may break her. If someone else doesn’t break her first…

Lies. Betrayal. And the truth that could ruin them all.

World Tour, the second book in the Rocking The PopStar Series is only $0.99! Another two books for less than the price of one deal!

All Jacked Up by Mysti Parker

A fake marriage. A real baby. One huge mess.

Avery Price needs quick cash to save her bridal shop. When she discovers a way to win $50,000, she jumps at the chance. The only catch is, she has to get married or at least stage a convincing wedding. Her best bet is Beach Pointe’s most eligible bachelor. But he hates everything to do with marriage.

Veterinarian Dr. Jack Maddox is a magnet for every gold-digger in town, but Avery is the only one who’s ever walked out on the chance to share his bed. When he finds her in his kitchen in only an apron, he’s shocked that she’s changed her mind, but there’s a catch (of course).

Though he’d rather poke his eye out with a fork than even pretend to get married, he can handle a little acting for this fun-sized wildcat.

But, starting a family was never part of the deal…

Get ready to fall in love with the swoon-worthy Jack Maddox in this hot standalone 3rd book of the Beach Pointe series. If you love sizzling bedroom shenanigans, dysfunctional family chaos, and a heart-stopping climax you’ll love Mysti Parker’s hilarious romantic comedy.

Buy All Jacked Up to learn how NOT to end up with a phony husband and a real baby.

All Jacked Up is a Romantic Comedy Series Standalone.

My Surrender 1 by Ava Blake

Description

Gavin and Nora both know from past experience that breaking their own rules ends in tears, but sometimes breaking the rules feels so good. Will they be able to control themselves, or will they surrender to their desires and live with the consequences, however disastrous those consequences might be?

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Two Books for Less Than The Price of One! – Jungle Fever Duology Sale and Giveaway! #ASMSG

Jungle Fever Duology SALE and GIVEAWAY!

As I mentioned in my Monday Meanderings this week, I’m featuring one of my books today because Jungle Fever Duology is on SALE for $0.99! Yes, that’s right. The book which usually retails for $2.99 is on a Kindle Countdown Sale today, August 3, 2018!  This is a boxed set of my Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever and Exit Strategy books, so you’ll be getting two books for less than the price of one! How novel is that? If you’ve not read these two books, you’re in for a treat, and even if you’ve read, why not consider giving the set to a friend or family member who likes steamy romance novels. You can’t go wrong at this price!

Summary

Keisha Beale, a street-wise Chicago south-sider two years out of DePaul University, is a quarter million dollars in start-up capital away from realizing her dream of owning a recording studio/record store. She takes the place of her more business-savvy partner in a meeting with Tristan White himself, the venture capitalist they’ve targeted to fund their business.

A bi-racial–African American and Brazilian–woman with a troubled past, Keisha has been so focused on her business pursuits that her love life has been non-existent. Tristan White is the devastatingly handsome, 32-year old CEO of White Enterprises, the firm he built using only the inheritance his mother left him to prove to his father he had the mettle to do it alone. He comes from a long line of wealth, and lives the life of a “one-percenter” on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Tristan is accustomed to controlling every aspect of his life given his birth into a world of privilege. When Keisha and Tristan’s worlds collide, sparks fly, and a
fever is ignited in them both that they have never experienced before. It turns out they each have secrets, but together, in the unorthodox arrangement Tristan proposes, they discover passions they never knew they had.

GIVEAWAY

There’s a Giveaway Below, which also begins today. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card, and 5 Sets of Audiobooks (Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever and Exit Strategy) to 5 Lucky individuals!

At just nintey-nine pennies on August 3-4, 2018, you are getting a steal of deal for these two books (and my bestselling books, I might add). Never fear, if you miss clicking the link on August 3 or 4th, you can still get the book for $1.99 on August 5-6, but if you wait any later to click, you’ll get it for its regular price of $2.99. Kindle Countdowns are just what the name suggests, a countdown going from it’s lowest price to highest.

 

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LV’s Monday Meanderings… July 30, 2018

Bonjour! Comment allez vous, Readers? My French is so rusty, I really shouldn’t go there, but sometimes the mind meanders… These Monday Meanderings are making me bold! As you’re all aware by know, you know that I created this regular newsletter since beginning my newest day job to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore. This week, I have exciting news about a book sale to share with you! See below.

Writing, Writing, Writing!

I have so many ideas for new books, but so little time! 😦 This makes me sad, because I’d love it if I were able to write all the time like many of my colleagues do. But alas, that isn’t my lot in life right now, so I must carry on.

Work is still busy, and I’ve just hired a new employee, so there’s that I have to contend with as well. so while writing is slow, I am also working on some marketing and new covers. Yay! In addition to my backlist I’ll be getting a cover made for the novella I just finished. Again, if any of you know good cover creators who won’t charge me like I’m a New York Times Bestseller, I’d really appreciate a recommendation. I’m also thinking about what the title will be and drafting my summary, so I’m a busy little beaver!

Speaking of writing, if you want to read one of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff to publish, you can find all my books here: LV Lewis books!

Jungle Fever Duology by LV Lewis

I’m featuring one of my books this week because Jungle Fever Duology is going on SALE for $0.99! Yes, that’s right. The book which usually retails for $2.99 will be on a Kindle Countdown Sale beginning on August 3, 2018!  This is a boxed set of my Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever and Exit Strategy books, so you’ll be getting two books for less than the price of one! How novel is that? So mark your calendars. If you’ve not read these two books, you’re in for a treat, and even if you’ve read, why not consider giving the set to a friend or family member who likes steamy romance novels. You can’t go wrong at this price!

Keisha Beale, a street-wise Chicago south-sider two years out of DePaul University, is a quarter million dollars in start-up capital away from realizing her dream of owning a recording studio/record store. She takes the place of her more business-savvy partner in a meeting with Tristan White himself, the venture capitalist they’ve targeted to fund their business.

A bi-racial–African American and Brazilian–woman with a troubled past, Keisha has been so focused on her business pursuits that her love life has been non-existent. Tristan White is the devastatingly handsome, 32-year old CEO of White Enterprises, the firm he built using only the inheritance his mother left him to prove to his father he had the mettle to do it alone. He comes from a long line of wealth, and lives the life of a “one-percenter” on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Tristan is accustomed to controlling every aspect of his life given his birth into a world of privilege. When Keisha and Tristan’s worlds collide, sparks fly, and a
fever is ignited in them both that they have never experienced before. It turns out they each have secrets, but together, in the unorthodox arrangement Tristan proposes, they discover passions they never knew they had.

NOTE: There’s a Giveaway Below, which begins during the sale. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card, and 5 Sets of Audiobooks (Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever and Exit Strategy) to 5 Lucky individuals!

At just nintey-nine pennies on August 3-4, 2018, you are getting a steal of deal for these two books (and my bestselling books, I might add). Never fear, if you miss clicking the link on August 3 or 4th, you can still get the book for $1.99 on August 5-6, but if you wait any later to click, you’ll get it for its regular price of $2.99. Kindle Countdowns are just what the name suggests, a countdown going from it’s lowest price to highest:

Since I’m going there (into the BDSM world), I thought I might include a few other books in this week’s meanderings that brave this subject matter. I recently read a trilogy of books written by Kristen Ashley set in the world of The Honey, an exclusive sex club run by the mysterious Aryas. The books are what I call “grown folks BDSM.” These no-holds-barred books will take you deeper into the lifestyle than any others, so hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to be a bumpy, and quite possibly, “painful” ride (but in a good way!). LOL

The Deep End, The Farthest Edge, and The Greatest Risk (The Honey Series) by Kristen Ashley

THE DEEP END

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one’s deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

THE FARTHEST EDGE

Step into the Honey Club, where every sensual boundary will be tested in search of the ultimate pleasure…
Branch doesn’t exist. Living off the grid, he’s looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves.
After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch’s offer—to play without boundaries or commitments—it’s too tempting for her to refuse.
As their passion ignites, Evangeline and Branch push each other to their farthest limit, fulfilling their darkest desires while falling harder and deeper than they ever imagined.

THE GREATEST RISK

A woman unable to connect, struggling to hide another part of her. A man burning to learn her truth, and make her whole. Through explosive passion and deep exploration, they are about to take the greatest risk of all. But will they be able to take that leap, and come out on the other side together? In this next passionate novel in the Honey series, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley delivers a stunningly romantic and intensely sexy novel that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

These are each very INTENSE books! The couples featured all come with their own sets of flaws, baggage, and problems to work through and you get a front row seat to see just how they handle the trifecta through the boundaries set in the exclusive Honey Club, and lots and lots of sex! Yet, the sex never seems superfluous, it just kind of happens like it tends to between two people who are attracted to one another and are falling in love. So, if you can handle the serious BDSM play upon entering The Honey Club, I think you just might love these books!

THE ORIGINAL SINNERS SERIES by TIFFANY REISZ

Return to the book that started it all—the sophisticated, edgy and devastatingly sexy beginning to Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series…

In the subsequent books we follow Nora (Eleanor), Søren, Kingsley, Zach and a host of other characters (and from differing points of view) through Nora Sutherlin’s world. This is some serious stuff right here, folks. Don’t sleep on this series. It is complete, so no waiting on the next installment. Here they are listed in order (and a graphic, in case you want to buy them as a set):

 

The Siren

Notorious erotica author Nora Sutherlin thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in the world of BDSM, where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

The Angel

Dominatrix Nora Sutherlin is doing something utterly out of character: hiding. It’s a summer that will prove the old adage: love hurts. And no safe word can protect the heart.

The Prince

Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin and, whichever one she chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make. Unless someone makes it for her…

The Mistress

There’s punishment—and then there’s vengeance… Nora Sutherlin is in handcuffs, held captive by two men. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captors aren’t interested in play. Or pity.

And these are the final installments of The Original Sinners Series:

 

The Saint

Before she became Manhattan’s most famous dominatrix, Nora Sutherlin was merely a girl called Eleanor…

The King

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this potent threesome can raise him to his rightful place as ruler of Manhattan’s kink kingdom.

The Virgin

The lure of the forbidden, the temptation to sin and the price of passion have never been higher, and Eleanor and Kingsley will have to pay it if they ever want to go home again.

The Queen

Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever. The time has finally come to keep their promises…

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LV’s Monday Meanderings… July 23, 2018

Happy Monday, Readers! I hope you’re enjoying my Monday Meanderings. I’ve created this regular newsletter since beginning my newest day job to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore. This week, I have little to offer in the way of meandering, except books about marriage. Check it!

Writing, Writing, Writing!

Writing took a back seat last week. My work life has gotten busy, so I had to take a break from my creative life. Also, my MacBook’s hard drive somehow got corrupted while I was trying to upload new software and an new Operating System. Two Hundred Forty Six dollars ($246) later, I have a new hard drive and all my data saved. I suppose that was enough drama without creating it in my novels. I’ll be getting back on the grind this week.

I’ve decided that my backlist needs new covers, so that will be coming up sometime in the not too distant future. So, if any of you know good cover creators who won’t charge me like I’m a New York Times Bestseller, I’d really appreciate a recommendation. My novella, especially will need a cover. Now if I could just think what the title will be and get a good summary going…

Speaking of writing, if you want to read one of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff to publish, you can find all my books here: LV Lewis books!

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The books I’m featuring this week are about marriage–that institution our characters this week will both revere and abhor, depending on when you’re asking about it, and a what point in each book.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is an Oprah’s Book Club selection now, but I read it way before that happened. Score one for me! Ms. Jones is not a new author to me by any means. I read her book which was based on the Atlanta child murders, and I may be dating myself by saying that, but, yes, I’ve been a fan of hers for that long. This story is much different from her previous works. In this story, she studies a marriage which began with so much hope, but deconstructs due to a turn of events that the couple didn’t see coming. An American Marriage delves into what happens to a couple when one is falsely accused of a crime for which he is convicted and, despite his innocence, goes to prison. It also shows in vivid detail how two people who confess to love one another can grow apart, not just through distance and time, but in ways that outstrip them both. Celestial and Roy are a southern, upwardly mobile, African American couple who embark upon their marriage believing the “world is their oyster,” until a deranged accuser strips them of everything. Celestial finds solace with her childhood friend, Andre who introduced her to Roy in college, and what transpires after Roy’s sentencing is like watching that train wreck that you wish you could turn away from, but in a delicious way that doesn’t make you want to blow up something. It has the best ending one can expect in such circumstances.

Oddly, I thought of An American Marriage when I read All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover, which happens to be my next recommendation for this week.

 

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

Graham and Quinn (such beautiful character names in An American Marriage and All Your Perfects) meet during an excruciating time in both their lives. Yet, they are fated to fall in love and live the perfect life that their previous significant others tried to obliterate. Hoover tells the story in a then and now, back and forth way that I absolutely loved, and the alternating made it such a duel of opposites, I couldn’t wait to see what happened then, but was equally enthralled with what was going on now. This story is as gut-wrenching in its own way as The American Marriage, and like that book, ends in the best way one can expect given the tragic circumstances. Graham is the quintessential good guy, handsome, romantic, and deserving of good things to happen for him. Quinn is also a good person, through and through, but quickly loses sight of the goodness she has, despite pining over what she doesn’t have. These couples are all ones you want to root for, because while they are all flawed, they are all equally worthy of a happily ever after, which in the case of these two books, the HEA may not take the form that we romance novel lovers are used to.

These are each very powerful books! You will be rooting for these characters, loving them, hating, them and put through a gamut of emotions until the very satisfying conclusions.

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LV’s Monday Meanderings… July 16, 2018

Greetings, Readers! I hope you’re enjoying my Monday Meanderings. I’ve created this regular newsletter since beginning my newest day job to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore.

Writing, Writing, Writing!

Most of the time, I’m happy to be a part of the writing industry, I truly am. In a perfect world, people who agree to do something for you will do it, and do it with excellence. My writing world hasn’t been so excellent lately. Mainly, because I’m dealing with a person who purports to be professional in their field who isn’t. I’ve written a bit about this in the past here: Am I Too Nice For My Own Good?  But I digress. Recently, I hired someone to do a project for me. An agreement was made and I was promised my project would be complete earlier than I anticipated. However, the first milestone was never reached and an excuse was given, which I accepted because “we’re all human, and life happens, right?” Then the next deadline was missed, but I was given part of the project (just a tiny part). Then I’m thinking, surely the next deadline will be met. Right? Didn’t happen. A month after this professional accepted my project, I still don’t have it. I have been promised yet again it will be ready this weekend. I’m waiting with bated breath. Not! I have no faith that the project will be ready this weekend when only one third of it has been done in a month!

I try to be a nice and understanding person, but writing is my business, and I try to maintain a consistency of quality which begets the title of professional. I’m human, too, so I make mistakes. I have a job that pays my bills and I have my writing business (which currently pays no bills. Hahaha!). In my writing business, I miss deadlines, but rather than make excuses, I own my mistakes, apologize to my readers, and move forward. What I’ve found that happens a lot with the “professionals” I use to support my business is an inconsistency in quality, inefficiency in providing services, and an unwillingness to own their mistakes and make it right.

Is it too much to ask to expect that when someone promises you a project will be done, that it will be done on time? I don’t think so. How do I mitigate situations like these? I guess I need to manage my expectations better, and if that makes me a bitch, then so be it. I am tired of people taking my kindness for weakness and giving me lackluster projects and services for my hard-earned money. In the future, if someone doesn’t uphold the letter of our agreement, I won’t be using their services anymore. Contracts will be iron-clad with language in them that support liquidated damages when milestones and deadlines aren’t met. Simply put, I’m going to be kicking ass and taking names! Names that will be dead to me moving forward in my perfect writing world.

Speaking of writing, if you want to read one of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff to publish, you can find all my books here: LV Lewis books!

New Genre: Reverse-Harem (It’s Raining Men, Hallelujah!)

Over the past year, I’ve been reading a new romance genre called Reverse Harem (or RH, because we writers love our acroynyms, don’t we?). I heard about this genre about the same time that a very good writer friend mine began writing her own Reverse Harem novels (I’m looking at you, Angel Lawson). If you’re not familiar with it, Reverse Harem novels are those where you have a female protagonist who is the central focus or love interest of three or more male protagonists in a novel. Yes, RH goes there! The idea of RH first began in anime and manga and eventually spread to the romance genre, which has been growing like wildfire.

Nys Glover, author of The Airluds Trilogy, explained RH in the best way I’ve seen yet: “Men have had their harem fantasies forever. I think women have finally given themselves permission to entertain such fantasies, too. But unlike the male fantasy, a woman’s fantasy isn’t so much about sex as it is about romance. It’s the idea of being loved and cherished by more than one man, and protected and supported, too. The steamier end of the market covers the hot sex that’s possible, but it’s not necessary. There are a lot of YA reverse-harem books that contain no sex. In a way it’s like taking popularity to the next level.”

Generally, I am not an early adopter of anything. I tend to be the type who likes to wait and see if something is going to “take” before I go all in. Well, now that I’ve seen that RH is likely here to stay, I’ve been reading some of the stories to see if this genre might be a good fit for me to write (the jury is still out on this, by the way, but you’ll be the first to know if I decide to wade into the waters of RH). My reading taste in Reverse Harem has been primarily the paranormal lane. I find I can suspend disbelief easier if there’s a paranormal slant to the books. There is now a very robust community of authors and readers in the RH genre, and there are sub-genres in the main genre. Who knew? So, if you’re interested in testing the waters reading-wise, I have some recommendations for you.

 

 

The Best Reverse Harem Series’ I’ve Read Lately!

One of the first Reverse Harem series I read was Curse of The Gods by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington (Trickery, Persuasion, Seduction and Strength). These novels have a fair amount of world building you have to slog through, and Willa Knight, the main character has quite an inferiority complex, partly due to the lot in life to which she was born, and partly due to the people around her. Although she is likely the clumsiest woman ever born in her home of Minastol. When a mix-up of epic proportions lands her in Blesswood, where Sols (Gods in training) reside, she is forced to keep up the ruse, or die. When she is tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, her tenuous position in Blesswood becomes even more of a challenge. If you’re a fan of God mythology with a twist, you might find Curse of The Gods to your liking.

 

 

Tate James’ Kit Davenport Series was my next foray into Reverse Harems. This series has a total of five books currently, so no need to feel like you’re dangling on a cliffhanger anytime soon (The Vixen’s Lead, The Dragon’s Wing, The Tiger’s Ambush, The Viper’s Nest, and The Crow’s Murder). Heroine Kit Davenport is a world-renowned thief only known by her secret identity, the fox. She is clever, cunning, and has abilities she’s trying to master, but is so busy evading her captors, she’s unable to wield them well. Her driving force is vengeance against those who’ve wronged her, but as she gets closer to that goal, she picks up a group of allies who give her something she’s never had before: acceptance and love. Each book takes her on a different journey to discovering the truth. Tate James is a master at divulging just enough to keep you reading from one book to the next. Once you read the stunning climax, though, you’ll be thoroughly satisfied with the outcome.

 

 

My good friend, Angel Lawson, has made Reverse Harem her writing niche in recent months, and I’ve read all of her Raven Queen’s Harem Series (Raven’s Mark, Ebony Rising, Black Magic, Obsidian Fire, Onyx Eclipse and Midnight’s End). All six books are complete, so no need to wait on any followup. Morgan, an aspiring author, receives a scholarship to NYU graduate school, where she is set to realize her dream as a published author writing books about some events from her childhood. Unbeknownst to her, these events may just be more real than she could ever have imagined. Her housemates in her scholarship program just happen to be five of the hottest artists she’s ever met: Sam the photographer, Damien the welder, Bunny the painter, Clinton the musician, and Dylan the historian. Her destiny may rest upon seeking their assistance.

Another RH series by Angel Lawson are The Supers of Project 12. As a lover of all things Marvel and DC, I absolutely adore this series, because I’m a comic book nerd from the old days. If you love Stan Lee’s offerings as much as I do, I’m sure you’ll love The Supers, too. Astrid, the heroine, is the product of a state run group home, where she remembers fantastical things that happened for her and some of the other members of the home. In early adulthood, by day she is helping her guardian and mentor to run a program to train young people who desire to work for the government as operatives. By night, she is a super hero who rids their town of bad guys, until things go awry and she’s thrust into a leading role, and her past meets her present in surprising ways. Some welcome and sexy, and others unwelcome and threatening. Astrid builds a team of loyal allies whom she may have to enlist to take down one or more of their own. Lots of kick-ass action and a sexy reverse-harem take on the super heroes trope.

As a woman of color, I had to find some of these with heroines that look like me, so if you’re also a woman of color and would like to see some heroines of color in this genre, you might want to check out Ripley Prosperina’s The Searchers Series, beginning with Finding Honor. The reading order for the series is Finding Honor, Finding Nora, Finding Valor, and Finding Truth. Nora Leslie, the heroine in this series gets caught up in a tragedy which could be ripped form the headlines of today’s news. The substitute teacher is first regaled as a hero for saving the lives of her students, but then she is linked to a troubled young man who was likewise a ward of the state as she once was, and quickly becomes a suspect. Her introduction to law student, Ryan Valore, and his roommates may just help her find the redemption and love she seeks.

 

Another Series starring a heroine of color is the An Obscure Magic Series by Viola Grace. The first three books in the series, One Part Human, Two Parts Demon, Three Parts Fey, follow heroine, Beneficia (Benny) Ganger, who gets more than she bargains for when she’s subjected to a ride-along with three agents of the XIA, the eXtranormal Investigation Agency (who also happen to be a vampire, a shifter, and a fey). But Benny may be harboring secret abilities of her own, the likes of which the XIA haven’t seen. The world building in this intrigued me and I just had to figure out what was going on. I think you’ll be likewise roped in. While this series has additional books, they are not featuring Benny, so I haven’t read them yet, but I’m sure Ms. Viola Grace has put just as much skill into the later books that she did in the first three.

Mark my words! You will be absolutely thrilled, positively entertained, and extremely turned on by all of these enthralling books!

  

“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.” – Stephen King

LV’s Monday Meanderings…

Hello All! It’s time again for my Monday Meanderings. I’ve created this regular newsletter since beginning my newest day job to keep me engaged with you on a regular basis. This will provide a way for you to know what’s going on with me even though I’m not camping out on Social Media anymore.

 

Writing, Writing, Writing!

My novella has approximately another couple of weeks of lying around until I feel like my eyes will be able to spot some of its glaring issues. According to Voltaire, writing may be the painting of the voice, but sometimes the painting can be blurred by unintentional strokes that need a bit more refining until what you see is the artwork that was intended by the painter. A few of you have responded to my request for beta readers, but I could still use a few more so I can get a good number of first reactions to my story. This is integral to a writer’s publication process, because prolific readers know exactly what works and what doesn’t and can point these things out to us before we release our little darlings into the world. So, if you’re interested in beta reading and offering me helpful constructive criticism, email me at lv.lewis148@gmail.com.  I’m hoping to compile a list of beta readers that I can use on a regular basis to help me make my writing as sharp as it needs to be to compete with other heavy hitters in the industry right now. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a long-lasting partnership with you in my writing career. As I’ve shared the past several weeks, I’ve been working on a novella for a contest. It involves a feisty, badass heroine who doesn’t take crap from her sexy-as-sin boss, despite their insane chemistry. They work in the culturally relevant cryptocurrency industry and bond on a work-related road trip. Although this is for a contest and I can’t share right away, if it doesn’t win, I will most definitely be sharing it with you via publication on Amazon for sure, and possibly some other venues. Stay tuned! However, if you want to read one of my books while you’re waiting on my new stuff, you can find all my books here: LV Lewis books!

 

Fourth of July Road Trip Read!

The hubby and I took a road trip for the holiday. It wasn’t very long (approximately six hours), so I figured we could do this. Right? Wrong! My idea and his idea of a successful road trip are vastly different. Literary girl here wants only to immerse herself into a good book, while he becomes a “Chatty Kathy.” I cannot tell you how many times I wanted to reach over and throttle my husband when he distracted me from a pivotal scene in my book. I was reading Jackal, which some of you may know is the second installment in Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster’s “The End of Men,” series. OMG! If you are a fan of The Handmaid’s Tale, you might just like this story about a society where fertile men are almost extinct, and a dozen or so men tasked with impregnating the regions’ women are treated like rock stars (or prisoners in guilded cages, if you will). The first installment is Folsom’s story and the beginning of the revolution begun by heroine Gwen Allison, who finds that her job for Genome Y may have been the fulfillment of her life for a time, but loving an End Man has turned that on its head, and sparked a revolution that rocks all the regions. Jackal is a continuation of that story, and the next installment will be Kaspar’s story. However, I digress. My husband may have distracted me from my book more than I would have liked during our road trip, but nothing kept me from finishing Jackal’s story. His love interest, Prima Ballerina, Phoenix Moyo, literally brought one of the wildest End Men to his knees and their involvement in the ever-growing revolution made this a story that was well worth the time spent reading it while on the road. Fisher and Aster have created quite a world here, and I don’t think it’s one that will disappoint.

The Best BDSM Series I’ve Read Lately!

Sierra Simone’s New Camelot Series not only surprised the hell out of me, it brought my love for three very divergent things together in a BDSM series. It combined my fascination for the iconic Kennedy family and all things political with my love for Arthurian legend and Greek mythology into a very sexy, cerebral read. Sierra Simone is definitely going to be one I will continue to watch now that I’ve been introduced into her eclectic writing style. In American Queen, Simone relates the story of Greer Galloway, a Guinevere cum Jackie-esque character who is wooed by the President of the United States through his best friend and Vice President, Embry Moore. Thus begins this cautionary, yet brilliantly crafted tale of the New Camelot Series. The effortless way in which Simone weaves Camelot, Arthurian legend, Greek mythology and even the Little Prince into these stories just makes my heart palpitate. Nothing in this BDSM series seemed superfluous or gratuitous, but it all felt totally necessary to the stories given all the classics from which the plots were derived. American Prince is Book 2 of the series, and American King is the final book of the series. I was so thoroughly drawn into their world and tethered there by the beautiful turns of phrase and the author’s commanding grasp of story structure to the final stunning end of the series. You will be thoroughly enthralled, extremely entertained, and supremely turned on by these breathtaking books!

  

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou