Monday, September 6, 2010

Short Story Review: Of Course I Try (and giveaway)

Contest Closed! The winner is... Sandy!

I was recently asked by a friend to review her first published work. It is epublished by Decadent Publishing, a company that publishes erotica (which is what this is) as well as various sub-genres of romance and even some YA. Seleste deLaney is a penname for... actually, I can't tell you that. =P But you can read an excerpt here.

She pitched it to me as an adult story with some paranormal thrown in. The paranormal is the part that attracts me to a lot of stories. Jocelyn is our MC, and she is in love with Max. Or perhaps it's just "in lust with". And I can see why. Unfortunately, I can't say too much about the story, or you'll know the big secret that's revealed at the end.

The only complaint I have is that it's just too short. I wanted more. The writing is superb, and I am looking forward to more from her. Hopefully, longer pieces, and, of course, I'd read more short stories as well.

This type of story isn't for everyone, but if you're an adult and enjoy erotica, you'll definitely enjoy this tale.


Love is a wonderful thing. Unless you don't get a choice in the matters of your own heart.

Jocelyn has loved Max since the day she met him. Even when he scares her enough to leave, she can't resist going back. No matter how many times she tries to break free from him, she ends up in his arms and bed again. Not this time. Jocelyn needs to be free and Max isn't going to stop her from walking away -- no matter how hard he tries.

And I liked it so much, that I'm giving away a copy. This is only published in eformat, so this contest will be a bit different. I will send you a gift certificate for the exact amount on Amazon, and by entering, it means you will use it for that. Honor system. Contest runs through 9/10. You have until 9:00 PM EST.

1. Leave me a comment to be entered.
2. You must be 17 years of age and a follower of Aine's Realm.
3. You do NOT need a kindle, as you can download kindle for PC or Mac.
4. This is open to US, Canada, and UK. Let me know which country so I can order from the right amazon, though I'm not sure it actually matters. =P
5. Extra point for following @SelestedeLaney on Twitter (leave name).
6. Extra point if you promise to review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.


Tegan said...

This looks good!
I am a follower (and i am over 17)
Follow on twitter Tegan19
and I will review

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the wonderful review of Of Course I Try. We at Decadent Publishing do love it as well.

Just a little detail to clear up. Decadent doesn't only specialize in Erotic romance, though we have some wonderful offerings in that genre. We do YA, mainstream with romantic elements, almost all sub-genres of romance and heat levels from tame to smokin' hot. We want to allow everyone to indulge their book fetish on our site.

As I see you fight back against cancer you may also be interested to know Decadent Publishing showcases one book per month in our 'Read For a Cure' feature. All publisher profits for that book in that month benefit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life in our own efforts to fight back against a disease that has ravaged our families.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing more reviews on your wonderful blog!

Heather Bennett
Executive Editor
Decadent Publishing

Nandi said...

Older than 17 (and follow you!)
Just followed @SelestedeLaney
And scounts honor to do a review.

Seleste deLaney/Julie Particka said...

Heather beat me to commenting about Decadent. They do a little bit of everything over there :)

Thanks for the great review!

And if anyone is interested, I'll pop back in to answer questions :)

Jenn Baker said...

I am intrigued. I am Bronwynk on Twitter and am following Seleste. G promise to do a review on Goodreads and my own blog. Oh, I am over 17. :)

Lillie (AliseOnLife) said...

I like the cover, and the synopsis! I'd like to enter the contest, and do the process through Decadent instead of Amazon, if that is possible.
Thanks for sharing!

I am:
Over 17
A Blog Follower
A Twitter Follower (@AliseOnLife)
And, I will review on my own blog/GoodReads

Sandy said...

Entering now :)

I is over 17 and a follower

I promise to review on Goodreads :)

literati_rain66 said...

1. Here is my comment. :)
2. I'm definitely past 17, and I'm a follower.
3. I have Kindle for PC. I'm good to go.
4. US
5. Extra point for following @SelestedeLaney on Twitter (literati_rain66).
6. Extra point for promising to review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. (and my blog)

Maggie said...

Ooh, erotica, yay!

I'm in the US. Promise to review on Goodreads!

Thanks for the contest.

P.S. I'm a rather (Maggie) Not sure if that matters or not.

Seleste deLaney/Julie Particka said...

I'd like to personally thank everyone for stopping by and entering. I hope you look into the story even if you don't win it :)

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