I said earlier that I had written a short story on the theme of heroes and heroines. I have finished the writing but it is no longer a short story. It has turned into a novella of nearly 30,000 words.
In June 2016 I decided to relaunch The Three Ways of Desire because it had become difficult to market it in tandem with my other titles.
I wrote the novel in the first months of 2015 under the name of Judith Rook but the relaunch is in the name of Alison Dere, who will also write the follow-on when she has finished Judith’s works in progress.
The Three Ways of Desire is a reaction to a comment made by a beta reader, a retired publisher’s editor. I apologised for including a reasonably explicit sex scene in one of my other books, and his comment was: “The storyline needs it, and sex sells.”
All right, I thought, and wrote a whole novel of sex scenes. However, because all of my writing is character-driven, I gave it a strong storyline and, I think, strong characters, which is not always the case in erotic novels.
It had a surprisingly strong female lead, strong and sexy men and plenty of adventure … I loved the grandeur, the adventure and the role reversal that resulted in the woman having all of the power, which was a nice change. (Amazon Review)
Alison Dere is not simply another name for Judith Rook; she is a quite different character. Therefore she has her own Facebook and Twitter identities: http://geni.us/ADAuthor and http://geni.us/AlisonDere. You may like to visit her there. I am still building her identity on those platforms, but it will take some time.
On a world controlled by élite military and merchant families, Yolande is due to be sold to the highest bidder. Against all custom, however, her strange and remote guardian, Morrain, decides that she will belong only to him and his best friend, Hagen, although if his plans are discovered, it will mean the end of his family’s wealth and influence.
Morrain forbids Yolande to have contact with other men, apart from Hagen, and begins to take her, unwillingly at first, through a series of sexual adventures. He binds her emotionally to him and marks her as his possession. Yolande begins to respond to and care for the man who treats her with both hard passion and gentle tenderness.
But Yolande will only be safe from the other families when she is married, and although Morrain cannot be his ward’s husband, Hagen agrees to marry her and share her with her guardian.
Yolande comes to equally love the two men who now dominate her life. Although intriguing sensuality binds them together, Yolande finds fulfilment in the developing relationships, before being swept up in a rebellion and abducted.
Can Morrain and Hagen rescue the woman they both love and desire with equal passion, without revealing the extent of their mutual feelings for all to see?
I have written the Sci-Fi (space opera) novel titled Planet Woman. I hope that you have been able to read the book and that you are visiting my blog as a consequence.
Planet Woman began with one single event–the heroine’s name, Tethyn. I have researched the name for a possible provenance and have discovered that it doesn’t exist in its own right but that I have probably derived it from the name ‘Tethys’ of mythological significance. However it may be, the whole of Planet Woman has been generated by the name.
After a basic plan had been constructed, the book was written in its raw form in just over three months (not less than one thousand words each day), but then the editing work began, and this took four months with two draft versions. I was very lucky to be in touch with a retired publisher’s editor who gave a final, third draft a careful scrutiny and finally the thumbs up. I am extremely grateful to this gentleman. He was in the writing and publishing business for over fifty years. He knows a great deal.
Lewis Brock, First Peer of the ancient Haute-Forêt family on the planet of First Home has been used to having his own way, so far as women are concerned. But when he is sent as envoy to a reclusive planet called Circe he meets a woman who will not let him have his own way.
Tethyn Claibrook-Merjolaine lives her own vital and useful life on the planet she loves and plans never to leave, but although she clings fiercely to her independence, the appearance of the intriguing and commanding man disturbs her happy and comfortable existence.
Circe is one of the sentient planets in the system; Circe can think, and the humans who live with her are slightly different from the humans on other planets. However, they keep themselves to themselves and do not make contact with non-thinking planets. But now Circe is reaching out to First Home, the strongest world of the solar system, because she has sensed a great danger approaching from far off in the galaxy, and she is making plans to deal with it.
Tethyn must escort the envoy and his entourage on an expedition to her hidden family home where he will encounter the planet herself, see some of her powers and learn about her past. The envoy is deeply affected by the experience. During the excursion Tethyn admits to herself that she has come to love Lewis although in return she cannot hope for anything other than his desire. But desire is not enough, and when Lewis wants to take Tethyn to First Home, she refuses him.
Then personal danger for Lewis arrives. An enemy has followed him from First Home, and lives begin to change.
The decision had to be made whether to seek print publication or whether to look at independent publishing. I read Mark Coker’s very interesting observations about how the publishing world is changing and decided to become an independent publisher of my own book.
Mark’s instruction book, Smashwords Style Guide dealing with the preparation of a book for epublication was an eye-opener, as was the process itself. The excitement I enjoyed when my first hyperlink worked was worth all the effort. For three days, my world was pretty well restricted to the pages of Mark’s book, but I learned a tremendous amount and the other books I have e-published have been easy to format.
I decided to price Planet Woman as ‘free’ for a time so that I could get a reasonably accurate picture of people’s interest in my book and after three days, the picture was already beginning to build. The ‘Smashwords’ website is a marvel of efficiency.
However, when I put the book onto the e-shelves with a (modest) price attached, the downloads fell right off. It does appear that independent authors need to allocate quite a large amount of their time to self-advertising through media such as Facebook and Twitter, and of course through a personal blog.
If you purchased my book to read, I hope that you enjoyed it. I will be very interested indeed in any comments you may wish to make. Constructive criticism I can handle.
Man of Two Planets
This book is the second in the ‘Circe’ series, and it develops the character and experiences of Borto, the brother of Tethyn of Planet Woman. As I wrote Planet Woman I began to realise that the storyline would go on into the future, and because Borto had grown into a very likeable character I decided that the second book would have him as the protagonist, although Tethyn does not disappear.
I have grown to like Borto a great deal, but I also like the horrible Darland and the even more horrible Vaire. They both feature strongly in this second book, and I have already planned a strange sort of redemption for Vaire in the third book of the series, which I have not yet begun to write.
Borto Claibrook-Merjolaine, born and raised on Circe, the planet with a mind, is the only man of his generation to become a warrior. As he learns combat skills on the neighbouring planet of First Home, his mentor Hal detects a dark creature hidden deep inside Borto’s personality. Coming from Circe’s own shadow, the being adds extra strength to Borto’s normal Circean abilities.
Also living on First Home, Borto’s sister, Tethyn, realises that she must go to find the source of a great danger which is threatening both Circe and First Home. Another planet, farther off in the galaxy, has learned about First Home and is preparing an invasion force.
Against the wishes of her beloved man Lewis, First Peer of the High Forest family, Tethyn asks his greatest adversary, Darland Courvenier, to take her to meet a man from the enemy planet so that Circe can learn about the advancing peril and prepare to defeat it.
Circe is also in danger from First Home. Darland and his close friend and lieutenant, Vaire, have begun to realise that Circe is a very special planet, possessing strange powers. They want to learn her secrets. Vaire goes to Circe to discover what he can about her, at the same time drawing Tethyn’s best friend, Rayanna, the woman he has come to deeply desire, unwillingly closer to him.
Returning briefly to his home planet, Borto finds that contraband weapons have been hidden on her surface, infecting the planet with the negative force they carry. As he helps to defeat the arms smugglers, the thing that Borto has been dreading happens, and his new powers are revealed. But Borto learns that what has happened to him is right. Even as a changed man, he can remain true to himself and go confidently into the future.