Leading the way is the romance genre. No other segment of the publishing world has taken to ebooks like romance and its sexy sister, erotica. Every day a new crop of books appear at the major outlets, and readers are gobbling them up. And as readers are finding out more and more everyday, traditional publishing isn’t in control of ebooks. Because of this, the choices available to readers are expanding by leaps and bounds. For the first time in possibly all of written history, the “gatekeepers” are being sidestepped. And don’t think for a moment they don’t know it.
A chorus of claims about hurting the industry and not doing right by readers has been the mantra from NY publishers and their people. It’s not surprising, though. When you’ve been in control for as long as you can remember, it’s hard to accept that change has come and you didn’t see it. It’s even harder to accept that you can’t do anything about it now. The reality is that just like with traditional publishing, not every ebook is a winner. But the paternalistic idea that without publishers and agents readers will be unable to sift through the bad to get to the good is nonsense. Readers are smarter than that.
The ebook industry has helped invigorate indie publishing, but unlike traditional publishing, indie publishing is very human, if you think about it. The human spirit wants to expand and see what it can learn. It wants to try new things and experiment. This is exactly what indie publishing is all about, even more so than the epub publishers. It’s been a long time since publishing tried new things, and it’s long overdue.
So what’s next? Who knows? Will there come a time when getting an ebook can be even easier? I can’t imagine it being any easier, but you can be sure Amazon is trying because the easier they make it, the more we’ll spend. What’s great is not that Amazon and Barnes and Noble are making more money but that the world of reading is opening up to all sorts of new styles and ideas. And the best thing about ebooks? More people seem to be reading than just a few years ago. That’s what I call progress.
Gabrielle, thank you for sharing your thoughts on ebooks.
Definitely! I’m a romantic all the way. I love being softhearted. When others are saying something will never work between two people, I’m always the one who hopes it will.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is playing chase each night in the summertime. I lived in a middle class, suburban neighborhood, and each night the dozens of children who lived there would play chase, which was just hide and go seek on a larger scale and with more running. What fun we all had all those nights!
Can totally relate to that. We played Manhunt and Capture the Flag. As a child, I remember playing outside more than being inside playing. How do you relax after a long day at work?
My work involves speaking all day, so the first thing I do to relax is find some peace and quiet. Reading often affords me that. I also like to fix a wonderful meal after a long day at work. Some people would find that odd, almost as if I was making more work for myself, but I find cooking relaxing and energizing at the same time.
So, can you share with us about your book, Stolen Destiny?
When Amon manipulates time and seduces her away, Varek must turn to the people who set him free for help to get her back. But the Council doesn’t do anything without requiring something in return, and what they want is Amon Kalins, one of the most powerful Aeveren ever. Varek will do what he must to capture Amon and find Callia. If he doesn’t, she’ll be lost to him for untold lifetimes.
Very intriguing. Where can readers find your book and connect with you online?
Purchase link: http://www.bookstrand.com/stolen-destiny
Come find me!
Website: Gabrielle Bisset
Blog: Gabrielle Bisset: A Writer's Blog
Vampire Dreams-available now
Stolen Destiny- available now
Love's Master-available now
Masquerade-coming in August
Gabrielle, thank you so much for guesting today. I enjoyed our chat and it was nice to get to know you better.
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Callia sat at her grandmother’s kitchen table, lost in thought about what had happened with Varek the night before. She really didn’t want to discuss it with her grandmother, but she didn’t have anyone else she could speak to about it. Most of her friends were humans, which explained why most of her romantic relationships had been with human men, so it would be impossible to tell them without telling them about her being Aeveren. The friends she had who were Aeveren were all with their destined ones, some happily, some not, but she’d found that once they were mated, they had little interest in discussing the trials and tribulations of those unlike themselves. That left Jessica at the orphanage and her grandmother. Callia quickly decided on her grandmother and considered the best way to broach the subject.
“Callia!” her grandmother said, her voice full of exasperation.
“I’m sorry, Grandma. I was a million miles away.”
“I can tell. I asked you if you’d met him yet and you seemed to look right through me.”
Callia breathed out in a huff and looked at her grandmother. “I met him.”
The dejection in her voice was easy to hear. “Did something happen? You don’t like him? He isn’t cute? You know, I wasn’t thrilled about your grandfather at first, but it didn’t take long before I was crazy about him, and we were very happy in this lifetime, as we will be again in the next.”
Callia looked away. “I liked him a great deal. It’s he who doesn’t want me.”
Touching her hand, her grandmother said confidently, “Sometimes Aeveren biology seems mistaken, but it never is. You are meant to be his, and he is meant to be yours.”
“Grandma, he told me I should exercise my free will. Maybe he’s right.”
“Free will? It sounds like he’s forgotten who we are.”
“Even though we have destined ones, we have free will, Grandma.”
“Let me tell you about free will. You and he have obviously forgotten the old stories. We’re given the gift of destined ones from the Archangel Raziel, just like our other gifts of powers and reincarnation. And yes, that doesn’t preclude us possessing free will. But there’s not a case of an Aeveren fighting their destiny and being happy. Think of Josephine.”
Callia smiled at her grandmother’s reference to Napoleon and Josephine. It had always been her favorite story to tell when she’d first come to live with her after the death of her parents.
“I’m not Josephine, Grandma.” Remembering what Varek looked like, she chuckled. “And he’s definitely no Napoleon.”
“Sweetheart, you’re missing the point. When Napoleon was with his destined one, he was able to conquer the world. Nothing was out of his reach. When he chose to deny their destiny and marry another woman—out of free will—he lost everything. Choose to deny your destiny and you will be unhappy.”
“Then what should I do?”
“Perhaps he just needs a little convincing.”
Confused, Callia said, “What do you mean?”
“I’ll explain sweetheart. Just trust me,” her grandmother said with a smile and a wink.