Friday, August 28, 2015

#MySexySaturday Stepbrother Summer for #99cents

Another day, another new release! At the rate my books hit the market, you'd think I'd be rolling in dough by now. HA!

I won't bore you with the story behind Stepbrother Summer (mostly because I already bored you with it two days ago: http://donutsdesires.blogspot.ca/2015/08/oh-what-difference-step-makes.html). Instead, we'll get right to the good stuff.

It’s forbidden, it’s wrong, and Adam will never look at his stepsister the same way again!

Adam and Sheree are stuck at a remote cottage all summer. No internet access, no cable, no cell reception. They’ve both got sweethearts in the city, but Sheree’s worried about her boyfriend’s wandering eye. When she convinces her stepbrother to take sexy snapshots for Ricky, Adam can never unsee the taboo image of his stepsis in a string bikini… and OUT of one!

Guilt is eating him alive by the time Sheree’s boyfriend and Adam’s girlfriend arrive for a surprise visit. Both relationships seem doomed, but Adam would never have imagined he’d end up fighting for his life—and his stepsister’s love.


Stepbrother Summer by Giselle Renarde
A steamy stepbrother romance for adult eyes only!

The excerpt I'm going to share is actually the first 7 paragraphs from Stepbrother Summer. It'll give you a good idea of just how smutty this book really is:

“Careful with that camera. It isn’t waterproof.”

The camera was the last thing on Adam’s mind. “This is gross, Ree. Seriously.”

“Gross how?” Sheree knelt on the rock face, which sparkled at the surface of a silent lake.

“Uhh… do I really need to explain? You’re wearing an ugly-ass bikini, posing like a pin-up model, and I’m supposed to take pictures? That’s pretty fucked up.”

Sheree rolled her eyes. “No it’s not. Stop being a baby.”

“I’m not a baby,” Adam grumbled. “I’m just not a total perv like someone I know.”

“Jesus H. Christ, you’re just taking a few pictures. It’s not like I’m asking you to fuck my ass and spank me with a banana.”
***
...it's only a matter of time...

Stepbrother Summer is only $0.99 this weekend, so snap it up!

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014GMUKPM?tag=dondes-20
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014GMUKPM
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B014GMUKPM
Amazon Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B014GMUKPM

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oh, What A Difference A STEP Makes!

In 2013, my Adam and Sheree series hit the market and was immediately banned by almost every ebook retailer in existence. There were very few sites that would sell a trilogy about brother/sister incest. 

The series sold (and continues to sell) well, considering it's available from so few stores, but when your book isn't available from Amazon, that's a huge chunk of shoppers who don't have access to it. (Once upon a time, I worked with a publishing house that refused to make their books available at Amazon--on moral grounds. They aren't in business anymore.)

Anyhoo, the reason I loved writing my Adam and Sheree trilogy is that, when you're dealing with a brother and sister, their relationship can get really antagonistic without making the reader go, "Why wouldn't you break up with that jerk?" You can't break up! You're siblings! You're stuck in this relationship for the rest of your lives!

Antagonism is probably the reason stepbrother romances have become so hot at Amazon over the course of the summer. So, in the interest of bandwagon-jumping, and because I'd already written this entire motherfucking series that Amazon wouldn't allow on its site, I went back my 100,000-word Adam and Sheree trilogy and made some edits.

Oh, what a difference a STEP makes!

The stepbrother manchests of summer
In this reworked and re-titled and re-covered version of the Adam and Sheree series, the first book (Adam and Sheree's Family Vacation) is called STEPBROTHER SUMMER. It is now available from Amazon, and I strongly encourage you to buy your copy now!

Here be some links, me mateys:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014GMUKPM?tag=dondes-20
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B014GMUKPM
Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B014GMUKPM
Amazon Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B014GMUKPM

The second book, STEPBROTHER AND COMPANY (a reworked version of Adam and Sheree's Family Business--my fave of the three, and thus the one with the crappiest sales) will be out in September.

Actually, maybe the Christmas one is my favourite. Or maybe the first one is.

I don't know. These are difficult decisions.

Anyway, buy the book.

Love you!

Giselle

Thursday, August 20, 2015

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for 10 CENT BOOKS!


I tweeted about this yesterday, but it's such an awesome sale that I'm posting it here too (for those of you who live and/or work in Toronto or happen to be here at the moment or are willing to travel for 10 cent books):

The Toronto Reference Library is hosting a book sale today, tomorrow and Saturday--and all books are between 10 and 50 CENTS. That's just the most exciting thing I've heard all year. Cash only, so get your dimes together.

Proceeds from book sales support library programming. And the library has some amazing programming for everybody from children to seniors, small business owners, newcomers to Canada, people who just downright love to read... everyone!


Here are hours of operation:

Thursday, August 20, 9:30 a.m - 8 p.m
Friday, August 21, 9 a.m - 7 p.m
Saturday, August 22, 9 a.m - 4 p.m

Here is where to go:

Toronto Reference Library
Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium (1st Floor)
789 Yonge Street

Here is more information:

Saturday, August 15, 2015

#MySexySaturday Sweet Lesbian Love Stories

Well, it's My Sexy Saturday and my new release is pretty much the antithesis of that.

This week's theme is "My Sexy Boyfriend." My book is an anthology of lesbian romance shorts. No boyfriends need apply.

Also, Sweet Lesbian Love Stories is a book of... well... SWEET lesbian love stories. Meaning this isn't erotica. This isn't erotic romance.Why am I even telling you about this book on My Sexy Saturday if the closest we come to sexy times are stolen kisses?

Because Sweet Lesbian Love Stories just came out yesterday and I haven't blogged about it yet, so here we are.

Having said all that, if you're in the market for an anthology of lesbian romance stories with no sex (and, let's face it, I KNOW you are), read a 7-paragraph excerpt from my story Flash Freeze, which appears in Sweet Lesbian Love Stories:

My boots slide out from under me and I go down hard. My butt smacks the ice and my head gets cold cement. All I can do is lie here staring up at the bare branches, black against a grey-blue sky. Maybe it’ll snow later.

“Oh my God!”

I hear her voice, but I don’t think she knows it’s me. Not just yet.

“Oh my God, are you okay?”

I feel her footfalls as she runs up from behind me, tumbling to her knees at my side. She’s got the widest dairy-cow eyes I’ve ever seen, which only grow wider with recognition.

“Lauren,” she says, gasping. “Oh my God, Lauren, are you okay?”

Her long black hair cascades over one shoulder. It’s one of the coldest days of the year and she isn’t wearing a hat. That almost makes me angry because I care for her so damn much. And that definitely makes me angry, because after what she did to me I don’t want to care for her at all…

While I've been typically self-deprecating in promoting this book (I really need to stop that--it's bad for business), let me assure you I adore Sweet Lesbian Love Stories. It's a worthwhile read, especially if you need a break from... I don't know... other things?

Anyhoo, here's the marketing portion of this post: BUY MY BOOK!
The $2.99 price tag you'll see at most retailers is an INTRODUCTORY PRICE. It won't last. So snap this collection up quick. We all know you're going to buy it eventually. Make it sooner rather than later.

Here are links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q?tag=dondes-20
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q
Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q
Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B013Q4LA4Q

BN: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1122504279
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1029456705

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/sweet-lesbian-love-stories
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569207 

And subscription services:
Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/274183789/Sweet-Lesbian-Love-Stories

Monday, August 10, 2015

Everybody's Coming Up Roses!

Last month, when I reported top paperback sales, I told you my book Everybody Knows (an anthology of transgender love stories) took top prize.

Well, guess what? Everybody Knows has blown all my other books out of the water again in July. I'm over the moon about this, and also fascinated because this anthology barely sells any e-book copies at all. Everyone seems to want it in print! Which is amazing!

https://www.createspace.com/5326874

Second place goes to another transgender romance (one of my favourites because it features older trans women and it makes me cry):

https://www.createspace.com/4607946

Honourable mentions include:

https://www.createspace.com/5500894

https://www.createspace.com/4684686

https://www.createspace.com/4949794

Thank you for buying my books!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

#MySexySaturday Shadow People

This week's My Sexy Saturday theme is Late Summer Sexy, which suits my novelette Shadow People pretty perfectly. It's summer in the North, and my paranormal investigator is approaching her last days in this world. In THIS world. The shadow world... well, that's another story.

Actually, it's THIS story: Shadow People.

Traditional stories tell of Inuit who have crossed into the shadow world. No one has ever returned…

Paranormal Investigator Anna Fairclough hasn't had much luck getting interesting assignments. When her boss, Gentle Geoff, picks her to investigate the existence of the elusive Inuit Shadow People, Anna jumps for joy. When he decides to come along for the trip, she's over the moon!

But when their attempts to find the legendary Shadow People fail at every turn, Geoff doesn't seem so gentle anymore. In fact, he blames Anna for their failure. Will the novice parapsychologist ever discover the secret of the Shadow People? And have rumours of their shyness been greatly exaggerated?

Since it's My Sexy Saturday, I'm sharing a 7-paragraph excerpt:


“The Shadow People, or Tarriaksuit as they are known…”

“Read in your head,” Sully interrupted.

Anna batted her lashes, then bobbed her head like a sardonic I Dream of Jeannie. “Yes, master.”

The Shadow People, or Tarriaksuit as they are known to the Inuit, are elemental beings described in the mythological systems of the Canadian North. Shadow People are commonly believed to inhabit a world parallel to ours, existing beyond the realm of human sense perception. Disembodied speaking or laughing are often attributed to these beings, as are sounds of footsteps in the distance.

Historically, only the most intuitive residents of the North have felt the presence of the allegedly shy Shadow People. Traditional stories tell of Inuit who have crossed into the other world. No one has ever returned. No solid research yet exists in the annals of parapsychological investigation to confirm or deny this type of report.

“This actually doesn’t sound so bad,” Anna said, more to herself than to Sully. She didn’t think he’d bother listening. “Did you read my Shadow People assignment, Sully? My research could be ground-breaking.”

“If your investigation yields any results,” he muttered. “And that’s a big if.”


Shadow People is available from:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/567332

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PA8RHU8?tag=dondes-20
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PA8RHU8

Thursday, August 6, 2015

When We Were Jung: A Companion Piece

I wrote a really long blog post about Carl Jung and Robertson Davies's Fifth Business at three in the morning: http://ohgetagrip.blogspot.ca/2015/08/when-we-were-jung.html

While I was writing, I happened to be chatting with my girlfriend. It's kind of our thing. When I say (in the aforementioned blog post) that I'm pretty sure I've forgotten 90% of everything I've ever learned... well, here's proof:

gisellerenarde: i read the entire deptford trilogy
       and then the cornish trilogy
       i always wished robertson davies wrote more, but his books are pretty heavy
       psychologically
       i wonder if i'd like them now, if i read them again

Sweet: well you can try

gisellerenarde: sometimes your brain has to be in a certain mode to enjoy something, and i'm not sure i would appreciate the things academic me appreciated

Sweet: you never know

gisellerenarde: let's see whats on my bookshelf... the cornish trilogy, the manticore, and a book of ghost stories

Sweet: maybe you will pick up on the erotic side of his writing hahaha

gisellerenarde: i remember one scene from fifth business where the main character is in a hole with a lesbian and he shits himself
       don't ask me for context. that's all i rememeber
       it's actually a cave, not a hole

Sweet: well all a cave is is a horizontal hole ..


gisellerenarde: hahaha

Sweet: if I was in a cave with a lesbian I might do something more constructive
       if she was interested

gisellerenarde: the only other scene i remember is... the main character has a crush on this woman, Leisl, and he walks in on her making out with like a circus performer? a trapeze artist or something
       Leisl is the lesbian
       Leisl the Lesbian
       oh not making out, fingerfucking her


Sweet: thats kind of making out with getting yourself trapped in a hole with a lesbian
       horizontal of veritcal

gisellerenarde: hahaha
       so that was my takeaway from Fifth Business

Sweet: I believe you .. never having read it

gisellerenarde: actually, the cave shitting might have been in a different book. i think it was in The Manticore
       which i have on my shelf, so i could re-read it
       and the other book in that trilogy was World of Wonders, which is about a magician. i don't remember anything else about it and i don't have a copy
       that's the deptford trilogy



Sweet: again .. nver read them

gisellerenarde: in the cornish trilogy, the main character is a grad student whose mother is a gypsy. the gypsy mother is a violin conservator and part of her conservation process is to bury the violin in a hole full of shit
       i'm laughing so hard right now because i'm not making any of this up
       i just laughed so hard i cried

Sweet: it is an erotic comedy

gisellerenarde: one of the books has a breeding cuckold scene
       a character joins the gypsy daughter in bed and pretends to be her husband in order to impregnate her
       the husband had measles so he couldn't get her pregnant. i can't remember if he was in on it

Sweet: wow .. sounds like a greek comedy hahaha      



The moral of the story is: keep your brains active, young people. You don't want to turn out like me--someone who can only remember the raunchiest, most scatological snippets of her favourite trilogies. Also, if you're writing a paper, please feel free to quote me... if you want your professor to scrawl "Did you even read the book?" across your report.