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More manga please! by Eva Lefoy

 

More manga please!

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I sometimes wonder, why isn’t there more really meaty manga romance out there? I realize the manga style originated in Japan but I find myself wanting different storylines that are more like the books I usually read. I want more romance manga for U.S. readers’ tastes, and here’s why I think it’s a good idea.

First, being a former comic book collector – ah yes, I owned a lot of the original Akira series, Lone Wolf and Cub, the Watchmen, Batman: The Dark Knight, The Joker, Electra Assassin, even some Swamp Thing, Cerebus and Sandman, and much more – I’ve seen first-hand how so many of these stories get turned into movies. Like hugely popular action films. Which proves movie execs, like readers are always looking for new stories and it seems….

The more paranormal or dark the storyline is the better!

So, secondly, comics and manga seem to lend themselves naturally to paranormal & UF type works. What are the most popular romance genres today? Only sales figures will tell, but I’m guessing paranormal is at the top of the list. Which begs the question, why isn’t PNR magna flooding the market?

Perhaps someone will write some soon!

In the meantime, I’ll keep supplementing my reading diet with Fruits Basket, yaoi and Supernatural. Yeah, the last one isn’t a romance at all, but hey, the eye candy is worth the watch!

More power to the manga,

Eva

 

Sexy to Go volume #6 Book Blurb:

JuneCover11 sizzling stories for women who like it hot! Erotic romance for women by women featuring contemporary, paranormal, BDSM, and more. A new volume every month, always delicious.

 

Excerpt from Unburied Hatchet, part of Sexy to Go Volume #6:

 

 

Next to her, Snake hit the turf with a thump and changed quickly. When complete, he growled, then looked up at her as if waiting for her to join him.

Good lord, was she really going to do this? Become an animal, like them? She fought the tingling sensation rolling up her spine with all her might, determined to hang onto her humanity, and deathly afraid of what the change would bring. She’d only had mere months to get used to the idea she harbored a wolf’s soul inside. Having the physical reality of it thrust upon her – by her father – made the situation even more desperate. She had to stop this – stop it at once!

But Conri’s force allowed no compromise. He watched her struggle, saw her resistance and offered only one more command. “Now.”

She dropped to the ground clumsily, her body tired and her spirit uncertain. Letting go wasn’t in her rule book. Trusting a father who’d abandoned her long ago wasn’t either. But beside her, Snake licked her shoulder, assuring her of his protection. Gritting her teeth, she closed her eyes and slipped into a darkness reserved for monsters from fairy tales. From deep inside, she heard a scream. The sound seemed to shake and tear her limbs apart, rearranging them until everything she knew of herself was gone. Then, like a whip crack, her new body snapped into place. She opened her eyes.

Before her stood a giant black wolf, solid as rock through the shoulders, its eyes an eerie gray. They shone with approval, with wildness, with expectation.

In her body, she sensed Conri’s non-verbal message. Run, daughter. Let’s run.

 

 

 

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Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a die-hard Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.

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Shifters play harder! by Eva Lefoy

I didn’t always write shifters but about a year ago I made a switch to include them in my work. Not only because shifters still seem to be popular, but also because of the ease of writing different storylines that don’t always lend themselves easily to contemporary romance stories. One can beat a shifter character up pretty badly and they most often heal. Hello, character torture!

There’s also pack dynamics that in some ways are familiar to us as family interactions. We as humans innately understand hierarchies and in a pack there is always a top wolf who’s bigger and badder than the rest. From there, it’s easy to let your imagination run wild.

So far, I’ve tended to pretty darn mean to my alphas. My betas are the secret, quiet heroes who do the right things and get the job done. For example, in Darkest Magic, the alpha of the pack has fallen prey to an evil witch. He tries to kill his beta and his daughter, and it’s the beta, a snarky dwarf, and a good witch who save the day. In my Sexy to Go series, the alpha, Liam has a tense relationship with my heroine, Casi, a woman who has an ongoing relationship with his mate. To keep things interesting, there’s a few surprises and a large battle looming for Liam’s pack.

But through all the hardships I throw at them, shifters are still around to play, and I get new ideas of where to take the characters. For example, I’d like to create a series featuring a pack with a female alpha. I also like to play around with the idea of multiple alphas as mates. What does a pack do when there’s more than one possible ruler to look to? Who do they follow and what must the leader do in order to differentiate themselves?

In short, how much blood sweat and tears can you give ‘em and have them be just like a Timex and keep on coming? Plenty, I say, which makes them fun to write and easy to love. My next shifter series will be a m/m science fiction/horror erotic romance.

Let’s see those wolves battle giant space bugs! Yee haw!

Eva – the slightly deranged shifter writer
Excerpt:

Darkest Magic by Eva Lefoy

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“Nikko,” Eli soothed, using his favorite diminutive for him—a name he hated. “We need to talk, and I thought it best we do so out here.”

None of the other wolves sat. All remained at attention. The hairs on his neck didn’t just stand, they marched. Every nerve he possessed readied for a fight. His wolf clamored to get out. He kept his eyes low, his speech careful. “What’s up? Is the pack in trouble?”

“Trouble?” Eli threw his head backward and his massive chest out and laughed. “There’s no trouble. In fact everything’s perfect.” He motioned toward the smaller, red-coated wolf beside him. “Petrina’s pregnant.”

The only sound he heard was his own long inhale. None of the other wolves moved or twitched. Why was it a big secret? “Congratulations. I’m happy for you.”

Eli nodded and smiled as he closed the distance between them. “And it’s time for you to go.”

“Go? Go where?”

“You’re done, Nikko. I don’t need you anymore.”

He flinched at the hand clapped on his shoulder. Though they’d been close as brothers while the alpha’s first mate was alive, things had deteriorated steadily since her death. This was probably the first time he had simply touched him and not hit him in over two years. It struck him as weirdly unreal.

“You’re out of the pack. Get your things and go.”

His brain went into freefall.

 

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Does a cover make all the difference? by Eva Lefoy

I have a confession to make. I look at books based on the cover first. Yep, I’m a sucker for a nice sexy body or a steamy scene that makes me say, whoa, I’ve got to know more! Heh. So to me, a cover is important, first and foremost. But… it’s not the only thing I look at in my buying decisions.

Secondly, I read the blurb. If the blurb matches the images on the cover and promises a good story, I often will buy the book – or, download the sample if I’m still not sure. If I read the sample and love it, I immediately hit the buy button!

This is how book buying is supposed to work! It’s what we’re all used to. In the old days, we’d go to the book store, browse a section and pick up an interesting looking book. Then, we’d study the cover before flipping it over to read the back cover blurb. If it sounded intriguing, we’d ruffle the pages and skim a bit here and there, see if anything caught our eye. Then, purchase in hand, we’d make our way to the counter.

Our buying decisions may have a taken a little bit longer than hitting the “buy button,” but it still works on the same principals. Cover. Blurb. Excerpt.

In the old days, the cover came directly from the book publisher. These days though, it can come from literally anywhere. Covers can be publisher-made, self-made, purchased from a third party, re-used, tweaked or even 3D. We are so all over the place with the new shiny aspects of covers that sometimes, it’s good to stop for a minute and take a breather. Inhale. Exhale, and look.

 

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What I saw when I looked was this: the original cover for No Glass Between Them, a lesbian erotica story, had to go. Yes, I’d hobbled it together myself and with the help of friends. It had freshness and suited the story well, but … it was just lacking …something. It needed more …panache. In the interest of attracting more readers and urging them to take step #2 and read the blurb, I decided to get a new cover.

 

I shopped and I browed and I looked and of course, I’m always a day late buying a cover. Oh, yeah. It’s always “it just sold, sorry,” that I hear. I hesitate too long – I’m a Libra!! – and then the perfect one is gone. *sobs* Happens ALL THE TIME. But this time, I had a backup in the form of one super good graphic artist who helped make the new cover possible. Here it is:

 

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Isn’t it delish? So much better than the old one, I think. And yes, the story IS about a stripper! This new cover fits the story and looks a bit more professional, yes? Do you agree? It is more pleasing to the eye, and would entice buyers to linger longer, no? But wait. There’s more.

 

After getting this hot new cover, I decided to go one more step. To make the story just as great as the cover. Keep in mind I first published the book in 2013, which meant I likely wrote it in 2012. It’s now 2015. My writing has changed. I’ve learned and grown (at least I like to THINK that’s the case! LOL). It was time to add the missing pieces to make the full buying experience better all the way around.

 

So that in the end…it’s not just about the cover after all!

 

Look for the new cover and book to hit virtual stores the end of March.

 

Eva

 

Book Blurb:
NoGlass Between Them (Sturdy Accountant series book #1)

Alyce visits Club Paradise every Friday night and watches her dream woman dance. The dark-haired beauty Contessa fuels her fantasies, but Alyce knows they’ll never meet in person. When a mysterious note requests her presence at a hotel, she’s shocked to find she’s come face-to-face with Contessa. With the glass between them no more, will Alyce give in to the temptation to make her dream a reality?

Warning: Contains *hot* butch-on-femme lovin’ and some smexy stripper dancing, may fog mirrors.

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Would you write BDSM without the sex? by Eva Lefoy

So… my last article here was sort of a recrimination about cell phones, Facebook, emails, TV, and other time stealers making our stories more slap-dash and less deep. I wrote that I’d been wracking my brain trying to come up with other ideas for stories that weren’t erotica, or perhaps weren’t quick, formulaic romances and got a few suggestions from readers. But the core idea of what’s really important to my storytelling is still taking shape. New stories might focus on trust, I wrote, but not necessarily sex. The only thing that jumped into my head at that time was a YA BDSM story. Yep, I know what you’re thinking. I’m now officially crazy.

Or am I?

I was researching BDSM and ran across this article about BDSM and sex not always being connected. I had an inkling this was true, but had assumed that sex was a given. Maybe not.

It could be that the foundations of BDSM – trust, surrender, care, domination and control – can be experienced without sex. Or, even from afar. I’ve heard rumors of online-Domming. I suppose they’d call it Rent-A-Dom? And what do the participants get out of the relationship if there’s never any physical contact? Is it still trust, surrender, care, domination and control?

It could be. Seriously. I can see this working. Can you?

I think that a YA series featuring an isolated young woman who falls into an online Dom/sub relationship could bring to the table everything needed to fulfill all the items on the checklist above and provide a compelling read. So, here’s hoping someone has beaten me to the punch and has written it! If they have, what is the title of the book?

In my latest book, the storyline doesn’t exactly revolve around dizzying heights of pleasure. It starts out with a submissive ticked off at his Dom who quickly lands himself in trouble. It’s the Dom, Gar, who carries a ton of Dom guilt over his last relationship, who’s having trouble with the trust, surrender and care issues. (Everyone assumes it’s the submissive that needs to do the most personal growth, but not really). Sometimes it’s the Dom, and even they can learn new things without the sex, which keeps things very interesting for the sub and the reader indeed!

Eva
Book Blurb:

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When new and impulsive sub, Brian is injured in a bad scene, the incident opens old wounds for his sometimes-Dom, Gar. While doling out revenge, Gar must come to terms with his fear of relationships and learn the shocking truth about his former lover, Angel.

Meanwhile, Paul’s uncontrolled jealousy of Brian comes to light and Geoffrey threatens to cancel their engagement if he won’t get his anger under control. In different ways the aftermath of the sadistic Dom’s destructive force puts these four men on the track to future happiness, but some will suffer more scars than others.

Read an excerpt here

 

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