Hi! I’m Rochelle Weber, and I write the Moon Rock series. ROCK BOUND—Jake saved Annie’s life. Now slaves on that God-forsaken rock, the Moon, how will they survive? ROCK CRAZY—Katie McGowan's abandoned, pregnant, bi-polar, and going crazy on that God-forsaken rock, the Moon! THE THIN PERSON INSIDE—when Kristen got help for her obesity, she never expected to fall in love—let alone with a rock star. Buy ROCK BOUND at Amazon. ROCK CRAZY and THE THIN PERSON INSIDE are at MuseItUp Publishing.
& Editors Readers Polls are like the People’s Choice Awards of books.Notice, I said books, not literature.I don’t think there is a people’s award for
literature.Mark Twain once said, “The classics
are books everyone wants to say they’ve read, but no one actually wants to
what I want to write.I don’t want kids
a hundred years from now lamenting, “I’ve gotta read Weber this semester.”
“Aw, man, I
had to read her last year.Watch the
holo and I’ll lend you my Cliff’s notes.”Note to anyone who’s reading this while you’re still in school:The movie version of The Grapes of Wrath
stops about two-thirds of the way through the book.I know it’s a tough read, but have tissue at
the end.I cried my eyes out.It was even more powerful than Tom Joad’s soliloquy
when he leaves the family.
quite have the guts to nominate Rock Crazy itself.I don’t know if people nominate their own
books for the P&E awards.It’s not
like you pay a fee and send in your manuscript for this competition.But I’ve always thought Delilah K. Stephans
did an incredible job with my cover art and I was amazed none of the other
MuseItUp authors had nominated her for their cover art this year, so I
did.Then I announced it on the Muse
lists, Facebook and Twitter and kind of forgot about it.So you can imagine my amazement when I opened
the announcement from our Publisher, Lea Schizas, saying the cover art for Rock
Crazy came in eighth!
congratulations, Delilah!And thank you
for such beautiful, award-winning cover art!
A few years
ago I edited a gay romance set in the world of BDS&M. It was a difficult job because reading the
book made me uncomfortable. I have never
been able to understand how anyone could derive pleasure from pain, but the
person was a first-time author who needed a lot of hand-holding and was a really
nice, sensitive man. Toward the end of
the book, he revealed the childhood traumas that led his characters to find
solace in pain, turning the book from an okay gay romance to a really powerful,
heart-wrenching read. He dug into his
own painful memories and in doing so created an award-winning masterpiece that
mostly garnered rave reviews.
however, gave the book a scathing review.
The BDSM made her uncomfortable and she put the book down halfway
through without ever reading the powerful revelations at the end. I vowed then that I would never review a book
I had not read from start to finish, no matter how badly I wanted to hurl my
Kindle across the room and write, “This book stinks. Don’t bother buying it.”
had the opposite problem. I read a book
all the way through and I would have liked to have given it a great review, but
it was a complex thriller and one of the characters wondered if there was a
leak in their organization feeding info to the enemy. At the end of the book, the possibility of
that leak fell through the cracks. I
thought I knew who it was, but since the author seemed to have forgotten to tie
up that particular loose end, I never found out if I was right. So at the very end, my review went from five
stars to three.
do not understand how a publisher can expect me to review a book when they have
not uploaded the entire book to a review site.
I just finished reading a “Sneak Peek” of Cinders & Sapphires by Leila Rasheed which was published by The
Disney Group. I suppose the words “Sneak
Peek” should have told me the book wouldn’t all be there, but I’m somewhat new
to the Net Galley review site and it never occurred to me that anyone would
upload an excerpt to a review site. I
have no problem with loading excerpts to sales sites, but how can The Disney
Group expect a person to judge part of a book?
How can one know that all of the loose ends will be tied up without
reading the end?
Frankly, now that I
feel so cheated, I am not inclined to buy the book in order to finish it, nor
do I recommend my readers buy it. I'm sorry, Ms. Rasheed. Your publisher has done you a great disservice here.
Scott came home early one night a
couple of months later.
“Hey, Babe, how’d you like to go to
Katie was suspicious. “Why?”
“I’m working an outage up there, and I
thought you’d like to come along.”
“Is this some ploy to get me to have
that surgery?” she asked.
“I’ll be gone a full six months, and I don’t
wanna leave you here alone. Not as volatile as you’ve been, lately.”
“So you want me to go up there so you
can baby-sit me? I’m surprised you’re not telling me I have to move in with one
of my brothers if I don’t go.”
Scott was silent.
was more than six sentences.I trimmed
it as much as I could to get the point across.
is bi-polar, and she’s run the gamut of medications.Everyone is telling her she should go to the
Moon and have microchip surgery, but she’s afraid she’ll become an
automaton.In a last-ditch, tough love
effort to force her to get the chip, her husband, Scott takes her to the Moon and
divorces her when she decks him. Then she discovers she’s pregnant.She can’t have the surgery or take her meds
until after the baby’s born.
elated when he hears he’s going to be a father and naturally assumes Katie will
take him back.He always intended to
take her back as soon she had the surgery.He has no clue how badly he hurt her, how thoroughly he’s broken her
trust—or that he may not get her back at all.