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Young, Horny & Mormon: An Updated Version of my Provocative First Novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE is now available on Amazon and Smashwords

September 30, 2017 Leave a comment

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Today my novel YOUNG, HORNY & MORMON, an updated version of my provocative first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE, is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

My first novel, which I put out myself in 2001 when online publishing was still in its infancy, was based in part on my emails and those of a close female friend. It was an experiment to see if I could actually finish a novel, even though I had already started writing my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS in early 1998. This new version with a different title is completely revised, updated and re-edited for a more contemporary erotic audience. However, I kept much of the essence and spirit of the original book and was pleasantly surprised that a lot of the content and writing in the novel still held up.

The novel, which is my sixth book, focuses on the erotic awakening of 23-year-old Christine Jacobsen and is told from her point of view through her email correspondence with her lovers, and in prose that provides further background and describes her naughty encounters.

The novel’s basic synopsis is as follows: Long before it was her new home, Los Angeles was a destination that lived ominously in Christine’s fertile imagination. It was a place that represented a forbidden secular world far from her strict Mormon upbringing and Provo, Utah birthplace.

Little did she know that moving to L.A. several months before with her husband Hank Jefferies, a university student, would change her life in unexpected ways.  The move further West had sparked sexual feelings in her that she didn’t yet understand.

Young, horny and Mormon, but stuck in an unsatisfying marriage, Christine turned to the Internet to reinvent herself as the uninhibited Noelle. After posting a salacious online ad, she embarked on an erotic journey of self-discovery meeting a number of single and married men for hotel trysts. She later meets the love of her life, an actor from Beverly Hills named Robert, and is torn with the implications of their deepening connection.

Graphic artist Dancinee Jennings, who has created the covers for my five previous indie books, delivered another classy and sexy cover. It is a vast improvement over the awful cover iUniverse created for my first book for LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE.

I also wanted to single out the excellent formatting work of Word-2-Kindle.com. Both proved very helpful in the quick turnaround of this novel and my previous ones.

So enjoy Noelle’s humorous, provocative tales of her naughty education in LaLa Land. It is well worth a look.

I plan on launching two more books this year — my second poetry collection, this one based on my lyrics, and an updated version of my short story SWINGING WITH THE SUPERNATURAL, which I have reshaped into a novella.

As always…more to come…stay tuned.

GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am an Indie Author…once again

June 12, 2016 Leave a comment

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Now…I truly am an indie author once again…

I guess I should thank my former publisher Blushing Books for this fortuitous opportunity.

This week they took down from Amazon Kindle the third and final novel INDULGENCE I had published with the former Lazy Day Publishing. I had contributed a story entitled, “Swinging with Supernatural,” to the paranormal erotica anthology exploring the adventures of swinger Willy Roamer and his visit to a sexy Carnival. I will expand Willy’s adventures in a later book, but more on that later.

So the publishing relationship I started with Lazy Day Publishing, which began when they reached out to me through this blog in July 2010, is now officially over. The only book I have currently available is my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE I published myself with  iUniverse 15 years ago when Indie publishing was viewed with a lot more derision from readers and the literary world than it is today. Frankly, the book’s cover is awful, but my novel is not and it is still worth a read. Admittedly, I was still finding my writing style at the time, but my debut novel still is sexy and funny in parts even though it lacks the frank boldness of my later books. However, it does provide readers an opportunity to experience my writing about a young female protagonist’s sexual awakening and detailing her intriguing point of view concerning sex, the Internet, etc. At some point, I will revise this novel and bring it out again with a new title and cover.

Dear readers, I am sorry about the confusion in recent months involving my books and their vanishing availability. I hope to clarify the status of my current and future works with this post and in the coming months.

As for Blushing Books, I am not providing a link to their site. You can draw your own conclusion about how I feel about them and other publishers.

However, let me stress this: I will never be at the whim of publishers again and all of my work will always be available for purchase online. I worked too hard for too long to have my writing disappear from the Internet overnight.

NO MORE PUBLISHERS FOR ME.

It is a brave new literary world and we no longer need publishers to share our work. Avoid them if you can. I’d rather have MY work out there as opposed to someone else’s revised version of it.

Who knows more about my stories and work than I do?

Toward that end, I am making excellent progress editing a new revised version of my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS. In a couple of weeks, I will have a final draft completed that my friend and fellow author Scarlett Hartgrove will review in preparation for my Indie publishing launch in the fall. I have quite enjoyed adding in scenes, chapters and thoughts of my main character Jake Dalmas that my publisher edited out. I feel this version is closer to my original draft I initially envisioned and completed in the late 1990s.

Once MONOGAMY SUCKS is relaunched, I will work toward bringing out my sequel to MONOGAMY SUCKS entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, which continues Jake Dalmas’ story and explores the limits and issues involving relationships much as the previous book took on monogamy. I believe it is funny and intriguing like the first novel, and actually even sexier and naughtier in parts. It moves Jake’s story forward in cool and sexy ways. I can’t wait to share it with you.

After both novels are out, I plan to tackle many other books including a science fiction novella based on a short story I had written at 18, and a diary novel about hilarious and foolish days of working at a public relations agency. Eventually, I plan on bringing out a new version of my novel DEAR HEF.

Suffice to say, I am not going away. I am more excited about my writing future than ever before. I have a lot more to say and books to write my dear readers and fellow authors.

Stay tuned. The future is now in the publishing world.

GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015: An Interesting year of revival for my writing dreams

January 1, 2016 Leave a comment

Forget your dreams at your soul’s peril…

This is from a poem I have written and posted on Twitter often. It really struck home for me this past year.

2015 proved a revelatory year in my writing life in more ways than I can describe. It was as significant to my evolution as a novelist as 2010 and 2011 had been when I finally launched my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS, DEAR HEF and published a cool short story as part of the INDULGENCE anthology.

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Earlier this year, I realized that I could no longer put off my writing dreams and edited and finalized my sequel to novel MONOGAMY SUCKS, entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, to send to my publisher Blushing Books, which has purchased my previous publisher Lazy Day Publishing.

I felt like someone who had awoken from a long three-year slumber.  During that time, I had successfully re-established my public relations career, which consumed most or all of my focus. Still, I never forgot my love of writing and my novels, but I foolishly put it aside for a while.

For someone as ambitious as myself, who has 20-25 novel ideas I want to pursue in the coming years, that seemed a ridiculous and scared notion all of a sudden.

At the same time, I decided that my future books after the MONOGAMY SUCKS sequel were going to be self-published. I craved complete control over my writing vision and content. No more publishers.

Self-publishing has changed a lot since I put out  my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE with iUniverse. You can produce quality work via many new publishing platforms now. Going indie in the book world is not looked down upon as much as it was 15 years ago.

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Fortunately, Blushing Books made it easy for me as they rejected RELATIONSHIPS SUCK and gave me back the publishing rights to my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF. They kept the rights to my short story as part of the INDULGENCE anthology, “Swinging with the Supernatural,” as they are planning to re-release the collection in the next year or so.

Admittedly, it was somewhat of a shock when Blushing Books took down MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF off Amazon a couple of days after giving me back the rights. All those years of building up reviews and support for those books were now gone overnight.  It was a sad feeling initially to think that the version of MONOGAMY SUCKS that I launched five years ago with Lazy Day Publishing after they reached out to me on my blog, was history.

However, you haven’t heard the last from me, dear reader.

I’m determined to release a new version of the novel MONOGAMY SUCKS that is closer to my original draft in the next year. I am quite enjoying putting back in all the background and scenes that my publisher had edited out. I feel as liberated as I ever have as a writer.

After the re-release of MONOGAMY SUCKS, I will also launch the sequel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK in early 2017. I happy with how it came out and I can’t wait to share it with you.

In the meantime, you can still check out my writing in the INDULGENCE anthology, novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE and follow me on Twitter — @gpwriter — where I share my poetry and thoughts about writing and life.

I will be back as an author in 2016, challenging the status quo of our romantic lives with my wicked humor and naughty prose, but this time on my own terms.

Life can be tough enough, but putting off your dreams, as I learned again this year, can be a form of early death.

Howl to the heavens with your words. Dream big. What do you have to lose?

Happy New Year from a writer renewed….

GP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Full Circle in my Author’s Journey: Re-exploring the Promise of Self-Publishing

December 13, 2015 Leave a comment

I am feeling quite liberated these days as an author. This past week I received some interesting and promising news.

Blushing Books (that now owns my previous publisher Lazy Day Publishing) took a pass at publishing my sequel to my novel MONOGAMY SUCKS, which I have entitled RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. Now that should seem like it would be crushing news, but it wasn’t. Even better yet, Blushing Books gave me back the rights to my novels MONOGAMY SUCKS and DEAR HEF. Please note that the books have been removed from Amazon and are no longer available for sale.

This has proved a fortuitous turn of events as I was already planning to return to self-publishing with my next book following the launch of RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. It will be a science fiction novella based on a short story I had written when I was 18. More on that later.

Honestly, Blushing Books’ reason for returning to the rights my novels makes sense as my books don’t exactly appeal to their romance/BDSM audience. They kept the rights to the short story I contributed to the INDULGENCE anthology titled, “Swinging with the Supernatural” as it does include some erotic BDSM elements. You should be pick up this anthology, and not only for my funny and sexy story.  By the way, Blushing Books is also planning to re-release INDULGENCE in the next year. I will keep you posted about the release date.

I feel as if I have come full circle as an author as I self-published my first novel LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE via iUniverse in 2001. Self-publishing has a come a long way since then, and I no longer see the benefits of having a publisher. I am looking forward to being in complete control of all aspects of my writing from content and editing to cover and promotion.

So I plan to bring out a new revised version of MONOGAMY SUCKS in late 2016 incorporating more background and detail about Jake and the swinger world that he explores, which was edited out of the final copy of the novel. Shortly after the re-release of MONOGAMY SUCKS, I will self-publish my sequel, RELATIONSHIPS SUCK. I believe it as funny as the first novel and may be even sexier as it explores the ups and downs of an open relationship.

I have no immediate plans to re-release DEAR HEF, but that could always change. I am generally happy with how the novel came out, but it never caught fire with readers as MONOGAMY SUCKS has.  Still, I would like to see it back out there again, but this time on my terms.

You don’t get many do-overs in life, but I feel grateful for having the opportunity to relaunch MONOGAMY SUCKS with a new and expanded version that still retains the frank humor and eroticism that my readers embraced.

No more publishers for me. I only want to put novels out that truly represent my vision as an author. I am intrigued to embark once again on an adventure into the brave new world of self-publishing. Stay tuned.

GP