I was super excited to be invited to write a story for the Sexy to Go, Volume 1 short story collection that features 10 other awesome writers.
I jumped right in and wrote a story–Assistant Seduction–and thought it was good to go. Yea me! I knocked it right out. Then I reread it a couple days later. Um. Where’d all that word-dookie come from?
Dude (chick, whatever :-), I had a bunch of unnecessary information at the beginning of the story. My fingers had spewed word-dookie. Half of it was revealed later in the story–laced in here and there as it should have been. The other half was totally irrelevant.
Here’s a small sample of what was deleted. It’s embarrassing.
Two years ago, Kyla King quit her high paying job and gave corporate America
the finger. She’d scrimped and saved, living in the cheapest, shittiest apartments, eating
Ramen Noodles and clipping coupons all for one purpose–so she could quit her day
job and afford to do what she really wanted to do…
There are two more paragraphs of that crap, but I’m too ashamed to post any more. Haha. Needless to say, all the word-dookie is gone and the story is much better for it!
When I start reading a story that has unnecessary info dumps, I roll my eyes and if it goes on for too long, I skip to the next book in my Kindle. It’s boring. It’s slow. My brain is screaming, “Who cares? Get on with the action!”
Question for readers: Do info dumps bother you enough to make you quit reading a book altogether, or do you simply skip it and assume you’re not missing anything important?
Question for authors: Do you ever catch yourself info dumping?
Thanks to the Literary Lagniappe chickadees for having me on today!
Sexy to Go, Volume 1
Assistant Seduction by Jocelyn Dex
When the temp agency sends Kyla a hunky male assistant, who looks as if he stepped out of one of her erotic stories, will she keep the relationship professional or give in to her deepest desires?
Punishing the Messenger by Tara Quan
When her flighty cousin bails hours before the wedding, Kailee Chan is forced to deliver the news. The dominant groom punishes her instead, and her submission leads to a far more serious commitment.
Trio Concerto by Eva Lefoy
Casi suffers a scheduling mishap, but finds impromptu sex in the forest fulfills more than one personal fantasy. When the sexy shifters vanish, she’s left with an invitation to return. Does she dare?
To Love Again by Allie Ritch
Kara is a reincarnated sorceress who has cheated death to return to her vampire lover again and again. She always comes back to Griffin. And she always leaves him, too. Now the anniversary of her first death has arrived, and she’s fated to die. Will she finally let Griffin turn her so they can be together forever? Or will she love him again in the next life?
Faking It by Sofia Grey
Lucy can’t believe her luck. Upgrade to 1st class flight and a hot hunk in the next seat. He’d never be interested in a geek, so maybe it’s time to reinvent herself? Faking it has never been such fun.
Unconventional Spark by Allyson Lindt
If Jade can’t learn to balance business and pleasure, she’ll lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her—the unconventional spark she shares with her boyfriend, Brandon
Dancing in the Flame by Ann Gimpel
Keira’s an indentured hooker. Mired in the hopelessness of her dreams, she longs for more and finds it in Barrett. He’s not what he seems, but neither is she—except she doesn’t know it yet.
Skin by Leigh Ellwood
Skin – One needs a tough skin to endure an unpleasant situation. When Lt. Andromeda Kurn is sentenced for damaging property during a shore leave, the skin suit she must wear enhances the pleasure of her punishment.
Meant to Be by Nerika Parke
A rock concert, a chance meeting with a sexy musician and a night on the beach turn Jessica’s unremarkable life upside down when she takes a weekend away for her birthday.
Dreamwalker: Key to Paradise by Pamela Moran
Pulled together through a world of dreams, Lena and Davis might have found the Key to Paradise. Can he convince her to take a chance, to believe in impossible possibilities, to hold on to their dream?
For His Pleasure by Shiloh Saddler
A black slave and white plantation owner’s son narrowly avoid being separated when the estate is sold. Forced into poverty they must work hard to survive. But through the hardship their love endures.
Giveaway: One lucky commenter wins an ebook copy of Sexy to Go, Volume 1. Contest ends 2/8 at 11:59PM EST.
Jocelyn’s writes paranormal and contemporary romances that include humor, lust, love, and four-letter words on the way to a Happily-Ever-After.
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