Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Never-Ending Oppression through Studies of Popular Fiction


I came across this article today. 
Fifty Shades of Grey Linked to Unhealthy Behaviors 

It struck a serious nerve with me. 
So I'm going to tell you what I think.

I love how people are always looking for someone to blame. So they do a study on women, a study that points fingers at erotic fiction and the super popular Fifty Shades of Grey books. 

The article tells the reader that women who have read all three books in the popular trilogy "were 65 percent more likely than nonreaders to binge drink – or drink five or more drinks on a single occasion on six or more days per month – and 63 percent more likely to have five or more intercourse partners during their lifetime."

This is startling to me. So women who read are more likely to drink? They're more likely to have sex? 
It's the sex part of this quote that gets me the most. Men are free to have sex with tons of women and I haven't seen an article blaming a book they read or something else, instead it is chalked to being natural--normal. But a woman who likes to read, likes to explore sexuality through words and multiple partners is something to be considered 'unhealthy'? I think this statistic along with the many others they throw out in this article is completely unwarranted. Especially when they also say things like this, "the study did not distinguish whether women experienced the health behaviors before or after reading the books." So the study didn't bother to see if women displayed these problems before they read the books. We don't know if these women were binge drinking and sleeping around before hand. 
So then my question is--how is the study even remotely valid?
The study didn't look into the other books they read, the things they ate, where they live. The problems in the women's past. But they read these fictional books that are meant to entertain, so that must be what made them into abuse receptors, who sleep around, and like to diet and binge drink. 

It's a book that ruined their lives. 

This points the finger at the woman. 
Shocking, right? Popular society loves to blame the woman.
She read the book. So she gets abused. She lets a man abuse her because of the book. 
It's. all. her. fault.
Where does that place the blame? Not on the man doing the abuse. It places it on the woman. The person who read a book and decided it would be okay for her boyfriend to be verbally and/or physically abusive. 
Am I the only one who sees the problem with this?
How is it the twenty-first century and people are still posting shit like this and hiding behind degrees that don't mean anything to me. I've quickly found that intelligence isn't always measured by how many degrees a person has. In fact some of the most close-minded people are the ones who spent thousands on school and ranked at the top of their class. They hold the biggest jobs and have biggest influence and they do studies like this where they leave big gaping holes and push women's rights back instead of forward.

I think society needs to focus less on what women are reading and how it is damaging our brains, but instead focus on the treatment of women. We don't let men treat us like shit. Abuse is acceptable in society today because of studies like this that place the blame on women--the blame that says it is our fault we are abused. It is something we did, that makes him treat us badly. Not the other way around. It's a bunch of bullshit. 
And I'm a little upset about it, can you tell? haha.

Okay, I will get off my soap box now, but I thought everyone should know just how disappointed this study makes me. The fact that it was approved to be put in a magazine and that people are taking it seriously. 

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts about the article. Let me know what you think in the comments. 




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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Filthy 2 ARC Sign Up

September 1st will be here before we know it! So I wanted to go ahead and share the ARC sign up form for Filthy 2, the second installment in my dark erotic serial novel. 
Just fill out the form below. I'll be sending out the review copies at the beginning of next week. 

To learn more about Filthy 2, check it out on Goodreads.





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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Filthy 2 Cover Reveal

Hey y'all! I've been working hard on writing Bound by Rapture, but I've also been in the editing process for the second book in my Filthy Serial Novel, Filthy 2! I really love this story. It's definitely the darkest thing I've written and I can't wait to share it with all of you! 
SO anywhooo! Here is the amazing cover, created by the always awesome Najla Qamber Designs. If you haven't checked her out yet, you should because she is the BOMB!


Filthy: Book Two
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
Available as an ebook
Blurb:

Faye Turner’s nose itches for another bump of cocaine and her body burns for the man she can’t have—Rhett Hale, her step-brother. He is completely different than the guy she fell for four years ago—the guy who turned her down. Now he’s a clean cut stranger with eyes that burn with a constant war of lust and hate. 

But he isn’t the only one with eyes for Faye. 

Someone else is back from her old life… And Faye finds herself falling further into the past she tried to forget.

***Filthy is a dark erotic serial novel that will release in six monthly segments of around 50 pages each. This book is not for those who like a traditional heroine. Faye and Rhett's story is dark, complicated, and twisted with themes that are not acceptable to all readers. Read at your own risk.***





If you haven't had the chance to check out the first book in the serial, you can purchase it on Amazon/iTunes for only $.99! Or add it to Goodreads for later! 





Be sure to sign up for my new release newsletter here to get an email when Filthy 2 and other future books of mine are available for purchase! 



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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bad Ass Heroines Release Day Party




Jade Eby & I  are celebrating the release our new books VORACIOUS and CLINGING TO RAPTURE by giving away some sweet ebooks!



Title: Voracious (Back to Bad, #2)
Genre: New Adult Suspense
Length: Short Story

BLURB:
**This is a short story**
Voracious, the action-packed second book in the Back to Bad series follows Lacey as she sinks deeper and deeper into the crime addled world she tried to avoid.

She's got blood on her hands and a yearning to be crazy.

What's a girl to do when she leaves her innocence at the door?

She goes back to being bad, of course.

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Title: Clinging to Rapture (Rapture, #2)
Genre: New Adult Erotic Romance
Length: Novel

BLURB:

“I let you walk away, Julia. I let you go, but I can still take you back if I want.”

Four months ago I ran away. I left him behind. The man who stalked me, took control of my body, and claimed he loved me.

Now he has returned. Like dripping razor blades, he has slashed his way back into my life. But everything is different.

He doesn’t want me anymore.

I expected him to come back, to be sorry. I even planned to forgive him. I should have known that he would discard me like everyone else in my life. But I’m going to change that.

My billionaire stalker has come to say goodbye…only this time I plan to keep him.


Buy Links:
Amazon
Smashwords 
(You can get most formats on smashwords until it becomes available on B&N and other book retailers. :))

GIVEAWAY

We are giving FOUR winners their choice of any ebook on their backlist. Enter via the rafflecopter below. To see the books we have on our backlist, visit our goodreads profiles!




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Filthy 1 ARC Sign Up Form

Okay, so as some of you already know, in two weeks the first installment of my New Adult Erotic Serial, Filthy 1, is set to release. So, I decided to make an ARC form like I did for Clinging to Rapture. :)
Anyone interested in an advanced review copy should sign up with the form below. I will be sending them out at the beginning of next week.

Before you sign up, please read my below disclaimer. 

***Disclaimer: This story is EVEN MORE effed up than my Rapture Trilogy. This book follows the life of a prostitute addicted to drugs. It isn't for the weak of heart or for those who like a traditional heroine. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! 
Also, this book is a serial, which means I will release it in monthly installments. Each installment will be around 50 pages. 

If I didn't terrify you, please sign up below! <3
Oh, and add the book to your goodreads!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Cover reveal: Filthy 1 (Filthy, #1)

For those of you who saw my Facebook post earlier in the week, then you already know about the new serial I've been cooking up! After finishing Clinging to Rapture I felt the need to step out of my box with something new… thus Filthy--a serial--was born. 
And here is the orgasmic cover created by none other than Najla Qamber Designs (she is so awesome I can't handle it!)

 Filthy 1 (Filthy, #1)
A Serial
New Adult Erotic Romance
Publication Date: August 4, 2014

Blurb:

Faye Turner is a nineteen-year-old homeless prostitute addicted to cocaine.

Her life is simple, bouncing from one high to the next, bent over greasy truck seats for faceless men. But everything changes when Rhett Hale comes back into her life. Her devilishly handsome step-brother brings life-changing news and a special kind of hate reserved only for Faye. But all the hate in the world can’t hide Rhett’s lust for her.

He wants something wild. Something filthy.
And Faye is tempted to give him just that.



I will release monthly installments of Filthy over the next five to six months. Can't wait to share this story with all of you! <3




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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Clinging to Rapture (Rapture #2) ARC Sign Up

Hey y'all! 
Clinging to Rapture is with the editor right now, but I wanted to go ahead and a get an ARC list going so the minute I have the review copes available, I can send them out to all of you. Please just fill out the form below to sign up. 

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