About

I’m an avid reader (I blog about literature over at The Alliterates) and a manic writer. My reviews are blunt and to the point, but hey, I’m an emotional reader, and I write them almost immediately after I set a book down so I don’t lose the “mood”. If you read my books, I fully welcome the same honesty. My books are not my babies; you will not hurt my feelings. In fact, some of the best insight into issues with my work has come from the most critical reviews.

I plan on posting at least a chapter a week of whichever book I’m currently working on, and I urge you to follow along. Like I said, my words are not my offspring. I welcome any and all feedback; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Feedback fuels my hunger, makes me a better writer, helps shape my stories, and catches editing and storyline misses on my part. So please, leave comments. I welcome all non-hostile dialog. Even if we don’t see eye to eye on a book. Even if we don’t see eye to eye on one of MY books. I love literature, and love discussing it with others.

That said…

A note to trolls: I will immediately delete your comment if I find it offensive, because I have zero desire to engage in online bullshittery.

My writing will remain free to read for all. If you want to donate to my PayPal fund, you’ll find a link on the right side of the screen, along with a description of what I plan to use the contributions for.

 

23 thoughts on “About

  1. I find it very strange that you offer your books for free.

    At first my thoughts on this were that you couldn’t care less about money. But then, many writers- artists, don’t care about money. Offering your art for free does not logically follow not caring about money. If you are providing value with your art, there is no problem asking for value in return- it is expected. In fact, people being the irrational beings that we are, subconsciously give free items less value- the antithesis to this would be all the useless items people buy solely because they are expensive.

    Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with “the book-selling system”- I don’t know. What I do know is that I would like to know why you have come to this decision.

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    1. I’ve not had a bad experience with the publishing industry (self-pubbed or traditional) personally, but I have a lot of friends who are self-published and traditionally published authors, and I’ve heard more horror stories about the industry from them than I can count. But that’s not why I’m offering my books for free. I’m offering them for free online as I write them because they cost me no money and I love to write. I also find that this is a great way to get instant feedback about my characters, storylines, etc. Which is a wonderful way to find out what works with my readers and what doesn’t. This really pays off when it comes time to do final edits. My plan is to publish each book once it’s finished and sell the final products both through this site and through traditional retailers. I absolutely agree that there’s no problem in asking for value in return, which is why until I formally publish, I’ve elected to go with a donation option. If people like what they’re reading and want to contribute, great! If they don’t, that’s fine too, because I’m honestly not expecting anything.

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      1. Based on everything you’ve stated above (in your response about making your work available for free) don’t you ever fear that someone with steal/copy your writing?

        I’ve been thinking about doing a serial for a while, and as an avid fan-fiction writer I understand your enjoyment with simply writing for others to enjoy without financial compensation. But I don’t (really) worry about my SOA work being copied because their not my characters. Creating a series of works that are entirely your own is another thing though. So I’m genuinely curious? Is there some sort of program you use to protect your writing?

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        1. I don’t really “fear” someone doing that, because my work is copyrighted, and therefore I can sue. Still, I have friends that are traditionally published authors and it doesn’t keep people from pirating their books, so I’m sure it will happen to me at some point. It’s just a sad reality these days 😦

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  2. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18712886-the-queen-of-the-tearling

    OK, I’m following up on one of those best of 2015 YA books lists & book 2 of the above’s on it. And I go, hum, been burned plenty lately. Check it. Find you and have to clean laugh spit off my screen when I reach this: How it plays out in this failtasy:
    · The guards put up the queen’s tent and don’t guard it
    · They build a roaring fire
    · They get shitfaced
    · They sing bawdy tunes at the top of their lungs

    Yup, this is the royal fucking guard, folks. They’re allegedly the most highly trained soldiers in the kingdom. I’d hate to see what the common troops are like. Hope you never have to go to war because you’ll get fucking steamrolled if these fidiots are the best of the best.

    This all happens by page 50 by the way, which is where I rage-quit.

    OMG, LMAO. Guess what I won’t even try reading? Year’s almost over. Tried to read 138 books so far. Finished 15.

    I so hear you!

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    1. Wow, not sure how I missed this comment! Sorry for my belated response. Yeah, Throne of Glass just REALLY wasn’t my cuppa tea. I hear the second book is much better, but I just can’t force myself to slog through the first one when I loathed it so much.

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      1. Can you imagine having bought a book like TOG? Would have to sit in front of the fire and tear out chunks & burn it. Can’t tell you how many of the things NYC shoves out its backside don’t make it past the first graf, much less first page with me. I try to give a book an even break, but tend to quit early, like page 4. Or 20, or midpoint sag of death, LOL.

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        1. I try to give books at least fifty pages before I DNF them. That doesn’t always happen though. There have definitely been a couple pieces of shiterature I’ve rage-quit on, like, page 10 or so. Life is too short to read books that make you angry. Or bore you to tears >.<

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          1. I am laughing out loud. I passed this review onto my crit group and gave them a really good taste of what it’s like when they try to brush aside a you’ve got to be freaking kidding me crit. The ones who get where like me, howling laughter. The more tender? Man, eyes the size of saucers.

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  3. Hello!

    I just finished reading a 2015 review of yours on Goodreads for the book “And One Last Thing” by Molly Harper. I just wanted to thank you for writing it really. You questioned if anyone would read it to the end. Well, I did and I would have gladly read more. You expressed so well so many things that bother me in Romance novels and honestly, before your review I was seriously questioning where are the feminist readers? I get so frustrated that a genre that identifies itself as essentially being massively targeted towards women, constantly and abundantly publishes books that, non too subtly I might add, perpetuate and reinforce damaging stereotypes for women (and men for that matter). I’m confused as ever that somehow we managed to get rid of 80’s rape-scenes masked as seduction because “hey, it’s not rape if he loves her”, and yet somehow find ourselves in a romance book era where now women are manhandled right and left and just short of having non-consensual sex because “hey, he didn’t force himself on her, he was just really intense and strong and so she ‘melted'” (basically every Kristen Ashley book).
    I could continue my rant, but I’m afraid I’m horribly ineloquent and unfortunately am writing an author. So, my apologies for the horrific writing, and my greatest gratitude for your review (I would say books as well but I literally just found out you’re an author after reading your review – needles to say, I’m excited to read your work). Thank you again Ms Allen!

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    1. <3! The feminist readers are definitely here. Just (sadly) hard to locate at times. Thank you so much for your kind words. And I feel your pain. Part of why I haven't been reading and reviewing much these days is because I just got sick of feeling like I was fighting the battle all by myself. It's wonderful to learn that at least my efforts to call out this BS have resonated with you!

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