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
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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:
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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.
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