Monday, April 14, 2014

Caddy Rowland Book Giveaway/Author Chat on LGBT Facebook Page 4/15 7pm CST

Why write drama? Drama has plenty of happy moments, but also its share of pathos and sadness. Many psychologists say drama is good for people to read, as it makes their own problems seem much smaller. 

I love to read dramatic fiction, so that's what I write. My novels also are LGBT inclusive: They all have either side characters that are gay or lesbian or they have a main character that is. I write about humanity in all of its wonderful variety.

Please join me on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7pm CST for an author chat. I will be giving away an ebook copy of the first book in The Gastien Series (Gastien: The Cost of the Dream) and an ebook copy of the first book in There Was a House saga (House of Pleasure).

This is a Facebook event. Here is the link:


I will be talking about writing books that are dramatic, showing both the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human.

. I hope you will join me. Come with questions about my books, writing drama, etc. I’ll be glad to try to answer them.

Caddy Rowland is a novelist and painter. Her social media links follow.
To find out about her novels visit http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005FW8BZE
Sign up for New Release Newsletter by Email: http://eepurl.com/rfjaX
Author Email: caddyauthor@gmail.com
Twitter: @caddyorpims

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Great new site for reviews of M/M and LGBT fiction


I'm excited about a new review site both as a reader and an author. Rainbow Gold Reviews is a great place to find new LGTB or M/M books to read AND a fabulous place to get your M/M of LGTB book reviewed if you are an author.  Here is their link:  http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/ In fact, they have a scavenger hunt going on right now! Venture on  over there and find out more about it, please!

They are using a 10 "Pot of Gold" system for reviewing so they can get more detailed. In addition, they offer a lot of fun contests, author chats, etc on their facebook page: 

As an author that writes novels about the sublime joy and bitter tragedy of being human, I have straight, gay and lesbian characters in my novels, and some of the novels feature a gay (or in the future, lesbian) main character. Why? Because humanity truly is a rainbow of different types of people. Humanity is made up of different races, sexual preferences, religions, ethnic groups, lifestyles, likes, dislikes...you name it. I write drama, and drama happens to everyone.I also really enjoy reading gay fiction (much more than I do M/M because I don't often read romance and M/M is usually romance) for the same reasons. I find the struggles gay and lesbian people have gone through fascinating, heartbreaking, and enlightening. I've also always had gay and lesbian friends in my life, so it happened without really planning on writing it. Now I make a point of doing so.

I mentioned I don't often read romance. That's because of the strict formula romance writing is subjected to. I don't enjoy reading books that I KNOW have to have a happy ending, that I KNOW the two people in love with never cheat. I like to be SURPRISED—both good and bad. However, I do make some exceptions and read some gay romance because writer's of it tend to color outside the lines. It takes guts to do that, and I applaud those who do. 

Why don't you stop over and visit Rainbow Gold Reviews and see what they have to offer? It's new, so I'm cheering for them. I also hoping they don't just end up being another M/M gay romance site. We need places that promote solid LGBT fiction in all genres. Humans read more than romance—no matter what their sexual orientation is.



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
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http://amzn.com/B00J3HDOMW 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:


http://amzn.com/B00J3HDMY2 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.
To find out about her novels visit http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005FW8BZE
Sign up for New Release Newsletter by Email: http://eepurl.com/rfjaX
Author Email: caddyauthor@gmail.com
Twitter: @caddyorpims


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: http://eepurl.com/rfjaX

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.

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Caddy Rowland is a novelist and painter. Her social media links follow.
To find out about her novels visit http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005FW8BZE
Sign up for New Release Newsletter by Email: http://eepurl.com/rfjaX
Author Fanpage: www.facebok.com/authorcaddyrowland
Author Blog: www.caddyrowlandblog.blogspot.com
Author Email: caddyauthor@yahoo.com
Twitter: @caddyorpims