And I’m back

No, I wasn’t gone for the reasons I’d hoped for. Instead of enjoying the fun of LibertyCon, I was busy dealing with a family issue that had to take precedence over everything. Finally, fortunately, things appear to be getting back to normal. Fingers crossed that nothing else happens. Murphy can most definitely go visit someone else.

So, my last post was on accountability. In the spirit of that post, I can say that I have managed to do very little “actual” work but that doesn’t mean my brain hasn’t been busy. It has been. I have the next Sword of the Gods book plotted out as well as Honor from Ashes. I have some business to deal with today and hope that tomorrow I can sit down and get back to writing full-time again.

In the meantime, something caught my eye last night and I’m still chuckling about it. It seems that E. L. James, she of 50 Shades of Grey fame, had a twitter chat that didn’t exactly go the way some folks expected. I have to admit, from what I’ve seen, it went exactly the way it would have in my head and not necessarily for the reasons most would think.

I’m the first to admit that I didn’t like the 50 Shades trilogy. I read it on a bet and I will never get those hours — or brain cells — back. I had issues with the quality of both the writing and the editing. But what really bothered me was the relationship. Even though James and her publisher touted it as a consensual relationship, it wasn’t. Not really. Nor was it a healthy one. I won’t even go into what my friends who are into the bondage scene had to say about it.

When I read that there was going to be another 50 Shades book, I groaned. Finding out it was going to be from Christian’s point of view, I did more than groan. I wondered how in the world James was going to make his point of view, especially at the beginning of his relationship with Ana sympathetic. I had a hard enough time not throwing my Kindle against the wall reading about it from Ana’s POV. But to have it from Christian’s warped POV, well, how in hell was that going to work?

From some of the reviews I’ve seen, it doesn’t. There is at least one post that discusses the worst quotes in the first few chapters. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books lists the top 13 terrible lines in the first two chapters. Even the Telegraph gets into the game. Reading the “samples” in these two posts, I have to say that my first concerns about the book are well-founded. If possible, it is worse than the original trilogy.

Still, not wanting to jump to a final conclusion, I made my way to the Amazon page for the book. Like I do with any book I’m not sure about, I thought I would look at the sample. Usually, all you have to do is click on the cover image and a pop-up happens and you get to view a set percentage of the book without ever having to download anything. So I clicked and — wait for it — nothing happened.

I tried again. Same result. Okay, maybe I was on the wrong page for it. Nope. I was on the Kindle page. No sample appeared to be available. Mmm. Maybe the publisher wasn’t make samples for any of the 50 Shades books available. I went to the original book and clicked. And there was the sample. I tried again this morning. No sample.

Mmm, it says a great deal with there is no sample available, at least not if you are looking at the Amazon website. Could it be the publisher doesn’t want the public to get a chance to look at the book before buying it? After all, a lot of folks won’t  return an e-book they just bought. Either they don’t know they can or they don’t want to go through the hassle of doing so. Either way, that is money in the publisher’s pocket.

All I can say is that not even that watching a train wreck reaction you sometimes get will make me buy this book. There is no bet large enough for me to waste more time or effort in it. Instead, I’ll read the tweets from the other day — they have more humor and, on the whole, are better written than what I suspect the book to be.

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