“Grab a fan, because the teen hormones are raging, in full, intimate detail! Red August by H.L. Brooks is not your childhood fairytale come to life, but rather a contemporary version starring an older Red, caught between womanhood and childhood. Filled with wonderfully quirky and kind secondary characters, a feisty grandmother, an ancient feud, death, misunderstandings and a cameo appearance by the Woodsman, H.L. Brooks has taken May-December romances to an entirely new level…”
In going through twitter and Instagram promoting my version of Little Red Riding Hood, I’ve come across many others. I thought I would do a few blog entries to provide links to them. If ever finish editing my book and have time to READ a book, I’ll have a handy list of Red Riding Hood adaptations. I’m not specifically recommending any of them, I’m just providing the list.
Let’s kick this post off with a link to National Geographic’s article about the varied origins of Little Red Riding Hood.
Just click on the covers to go to the websites.
It’s up! It’s up! Erica posted episode 48 of Raven Heights Radio podcast and I am the guest – talking about my book, Red August.
It was a nice thing to see pop up in my feed because frankly, Will and I have been working our asses off. Glued to our seats, editing, editing, editing. And then there is the spending money – on marketing materials, on webservers and domain names and advertising. So to have this lovely chat with Erica posted was kind of rewarding. It’s the little things.
We discuss Red August and some of the aspects of the story, such as the main character’s interests and what the story is about – kind of! – without giving too much away. We also get off on a Star Wars and George Lucas tangent, so be prepared for that bit. Erica does manage to get us back on track, tho.
One aspect that is discussed is the erotic and sexual element of the book. At the time this was recorded, several weeks ago, I was still classifying it under the genre of Erotic Romance – but further research lead me to Sexy Romance and Fantasy Romance. There are many different ideas about how to place a book in a genre, but some of them are a bit fuzzy. Ultimately my book has too much non-sexual story to be considered erotica, even if it has some very sexy bits in it. It was helpful for me to discuss that and as of just a couple of days ago I’ve officially switched to Sexy Fantasy Romance. There is the possibility that some people will have suggestions for other genre classifications, but for now that’s what I’m sticking too.
One funny thing is that when I was reading up on the genre classifications, I was concerned about it being classified as erotica because I didn’t want to disappoint erotica fans by not delivering what they have come to expect. It turns out that some people really don’t enjoy erotica and they will avoid anything within the genre. So, I would have been hurting myself two different ways. A sharp tweeter helped give me some insight about the differences, as well. Jorie also has a review website if you’re interested: http://jorielovesbookishblogs.com/
Thanks for stopping by and please go give the podcast a listen! ❤