Friday, March 21, 2014

Sex Trafficking is Big Business

As an indie author, one of the things I get to do is write about subjects that perhaps traditional publishing wouldn't go for, simply because it doesn't fit their expectations for the current climate of what the majority of readers are currently reading in fiction. I don't happen to think people read that narrowly, but then again, I'm no publishing expert, I'm simply an author, artist and reader who frequently crosses genres.

I sure crossed genres when I started writing my new saga of revenge and redemption. I went from historical fiction with The Gastien Series to dramatic contemporary psychological suspense (try saying that after having a couple of martinis!). Still, the writing style is the same. I'm trying to develop a brand. My style? Gritty, raw, "real". Show them most of life is not black & white, but shades of grey. Dramatic.Sometimes brutal. But always, always, try to make readers think and feel.

This new saga, There Was a House is about sex trafficking. It's a subject coming up more and more often on the news, and that's a good thing. Putting a halt to this horrifying industry should be one of the world's priorities. At the very least, it should be one of America's. We talk about freedom a lot here, but for many young teenagers, freedom never comes.According to UNICEF, 2 million children are estimated to be trafficking victims of sex trade every year. 2% are male.No one really talks about the males.They are the totally forgotten victims. In the USA, this occurs EVERY SINGLE DAY. Thousands of teenagers are forced into the sex trade right under our noses. Their average age? 12 to 14 years.

And so I decided to write a saga about revenge and redemption. I'll be the first to admit that the girls and the boy in this story work in a place hundreds of times nicer than 99.9% of these victims will ever see. They are treated horribly, but compared to what really happens to most of the real victims, the treatment pales. I also realize revenge remains only a dream in reality—so far.

So, forgive me for fictionalizing this story of revenge. I'm hoping in some small way I can help open the eyes of readers to this very real issue, and perhaps then we will make enough noise to get lawmakers to act in a way that treats these teens as victims, not criminals—and the johns and pimps as the scum they are. Then, and only them, will justice be served and this criminal activity stopped. 

Until then I dream. And give fictional characters a chance for revenge. Because somehow I have to feel people responsible sometimes pay.

The first book in the saga, House of Pleasure begins the story. Men, of course, see a brothel as a place of pleasure. For the victims working there, it is anything but. Phoenix swears to destroy the man who bought her, his whorehouse, and the men who use young girls for their pleasure
. Kindle (Paperback soon)
Coming to kobo and I-tunes soon

The second book, House of Pain, is about the pain behind the facade and tells the stories of the victims before they arrived at the illegal house, and the pain they endure at the hands of the men who use them: Kindle (Paperback soon)
Coming to kobo and I-tunes soon.

Please join me as Phoenix and Jamie dream of destroying the empire of depravity that Antoine Chevalier has built. One thing you can be certain of: sometimes hate is the strongest weapon of all.

Caddy Rowland is a novelist and painter. Her social media links follow.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Are You Counting on Amazon for New Release Info?

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Many people wondered why I started my own New Release Email Notification about a year ago:

Clicking the link and signing up guarantees you will ONLY get a notification when I have released a new book. No newsy, chatty newsletter. No spam. The continuing option to opt out at any time.

But, why do that? After all, Amazon has a place to click through for the same thing, right on the author's personal page on Amazon. Or so you thought. It sounded like such a great idea: Amazon implementing a simple "one click" solution to keeping track of whem your favorite authors release a new book. Easy, right?

Except it doesn't work. Some of us authors have been testing it, and clicking on the "Email me when there are new releases by (insert author's name)" under Stay Up to Date on any author's page on Amzaon is sporadic at best.

Sometimes we get no notification at all. Sometimes we get a notification a couple of weeks after a book has been released. Really? If you love an author's book, or are in the middle of a series, don't you want to get that book you've been waiting months for as quickly as possible? What if they offered an introductory special for the first, say, 48 hours? Or the first week? And you got the notice TWO WEEKS after the release? Bummer.

There's a simple solution to this. Most savvy authors nowadays have their own mailing list. Some call it a newsletter. Some call it a new release email notification. All you have to do is click on it and sign up. Then you'll always know as quickly as possible when that author's new releases come out.

A word of warning: IF you don't like to get anything but an email when a new release comes up, read what the author says will be sent. Some do send chatty newsletters. If you don't like those, then don't sign up. Or sign up and try it, knowing you can opt out if the newsletters are too frequent.

If an author says they ONLY send new release information, that's what you should be able to count on them sending. If it's something different, simply opt out if you don't like what's being sent.

Why not start signing up for those notification s and/or newsletters when your favorite writers offer them? It quick, easy, and guarantees you won't be left in the dark for weeks when that new book comes out.


Caddy Rowland is a novelist and painter. Her social media links follow.
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