Red August will be available August 19th on Kindle – and if all goes according to plan, a variety of other platforms as well! You can find out where to buy Red August at www.hlbrooks.com as soon as the links become available.
As I posted in a quickie post yesterday, I was a guest on Raven Heights Radio.
I wanted to go ahead and do a little episode guide of sorts, to provide links about things that Erica and I discussed, as well as clarify a few points. Because, as I stated in the episode, being misunderstood is kind of my kryptonite.
I DO realize that some people make it their MISSION to misunderstand people, so those are NOT the folks I’m worried about. So long as I do my best to be clear, I know I’ve done my part.
Before I want to get on with the links I want to make it clear that I don’t think there is anything wrong with classic romance where the guy saves the girl. Romance is a fantasy world, and particularly fairy tales have that element. Those are the stories I fell in love with and I still like those kinds of stories. People rescue each other all of the time. And I think if you look at the underlying elements of many romance stories – even if on the surface it seems like the guy swoops in and saves the day – you will see that people just rescue each other in different ways and sometimes the swooping is mutual. For my part, in Red Riding Hood, I wanted to take the story of the little girl who was warned about going through the woods and turn it on its ear. Whether I manage to do that, remains to be seen in the court of public opinion. But whatever others bring to the story and read into it, that was my intention. There is a possibility in the future that I will write a more classic “guy rescues girl” scenario – and there ARE elements of that in Red August – we don’t exist inside of a bubble, after all. Relationships are built on mutual helping and understanding. Whatever your tastes, somebody is writing it. There are many wonderful writers of romance out there to fill every type of story fantasy you could wish for, so go forth and find them. Look for them on twitter and Instagram. They want you to read their stories and you want to read them – what better match is there than that?
STUFF RELATED TO THIS PODCAST EPISODE!
Genre Guideline Links
Sex Positive Links
Joy of Sex 1972 – Man, everybody’s parents had one of these.
I was going to say the two types were the top 40 and rock – but also rap was just starting to come out and I was fascinated by that as well. I listened to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Blondie, Queen, Billy Idol, John Cougar (no Mellencamp), Heart, Billy Joel, Sugarhill Gang, Olivia Newton John, Comodores, Hall & Oates…man the list just goes on and on. Everybody who liked any kind of popular music would not miss Casey’s Top 40. I’ve found that through the magic of the interwebz we can listen to a whole episode from July 24, 1982 – 33 years ago! WHUT!? Even though it doesn’t have the full songs (I guess they can’t) but it’s got the commercials and everything! Talk about flashbacks! There is no doubt I was laying in my room on my bed under all of my music posters listening to this on my radio. After I listen to this I’m going to have to make a mix tape and go make-out with my boyfriend.
George Lucas and Star Wars
This was written in 2014 —
“In 1978, Star Wars won seven Academy Awards. But if you want to watch that original version, the first of George Lucas’s soon to be seven-part saga, you’ll find it difficult. In fact, it’s actually impossible to buy an official copy of Star Wars as it was first released. Lucas doesn’t want you to see that version. Instead, he wants you to watch the continuously updated special editions—movies with added CGI, changed sound effects, and whole new scenes.” READ MORE AT THEATLANTIC.COM
As an example of the discussion over the digital work on the original movies, which birthed the controversy – Han Shot First.
After the show the featured song (which is really good, y’all!) – Slow Motion by The Jesters