Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Freedom Hop! Giveaway!

Live. Love. Read.
As a book lover, don't take for granted your freedom to read. In this era of technology, books are at our fingertips and reading is something we make time for. eBook, audiobooks and good old-fashioned paperbacks give readers of all types the opportunity to enjoy reading.

Which type of books do you enjoy? Is it the fingernail-biting suspense? The thrill of an erotic romance? Or the fantasy of paranormal romance? Do you like your books to take you out of this world? Or is all about the possibilities in a contemporary romance?


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Hello and welcome to my little corner of the interweb. My name is V.L. Locey. I`m a multigenre erotic romance author. Thank you for stopping by as we celebrate The Freedom Hop.

Now perhaps some of you may be wondering exactly what a multigenre author is. And, you may wonder why I chose to be one. Well, first off there was no choosing about it. My muse refuses to stay locked into one specific genre. Which is why you`ll find tales of mine that go range from gay shapeshifters to M/F hockey romances to M/M zombie apocalypses then back to M/F contemporary romances. I write what I am compelled to write, despite what some people say about such things. They, whoever they are, say that you should pick one genre and never veer from it. I politely disagree. I think an author should write whatever she/he wishes.

Much like the current debate about women writing gay romances. Those who are against it say that a woman can`t write gay romance since they`re not gay men. They, again, whoever they are, say that you can only write what you know. I`ve heard that saying before, and while it does have some merit, I think it`s just too limiting. So since I`m not a gay man I shouldn`t write M/M romance. Why? Isn`t love the same no matter what gender we`re writing about? I sure treat it the same be my story about two men falling in love or a woman and a man.

If we follow that reasoning, that you should only write what you know, we would have never had the pleasure of reading about Hogwart`s School of Wizardry, as I think J. K. Rowling is neither a young boy or a wizard. We would have never met the cast of thousands that backstab, sleep with siblings, and on occasion orchestrate Red Weddings or dally with dragons. I`m pretty sure George R. R. Martin is not a blonde princess with dragon blood, a lord of Winterfell, or a witty yet loveable midget. We would have never learned about the Hunger Games, since Suzanne Collins isn`t a young woman named Katniss living in a post-apocalyptic world, to the best of my knowledge.

I think we all should have the freedom to write and read whatever we wish, don`t you? If you could pen one story about anything you wished, what would you write about? Let me know in the comment section and I`ll enter your name in the drawing for a free digital copy of any of my books currently listed on Amazon. 

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Yep. Your choice if you win. All I need is a comment and contact info. If you do not leave your contact information I`ll pass over your name. I know that sounds harsh, but I simply do not have time to track down people on the internet. So, comment, drop that contact info, and a free book might be yours! Thank you for stopping by. Make sure you visit all the other participating authors as well.


Cathy Brockman said...

great post Vicki awesome giveaway ( dont enter me...I think I have them all)

V.L. Locey said...

Thanks for dropping by, Catniss!

Gia Dawn said...

Someone told me once that erotic books get smuggled into middle-eastern countries and read by women who could be killed if caught. Makes you think about freedom in a whole new light. Gia

Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages said...

I didn't realize there was an ongoing debate about women writing M/M. Apparently I'm living under a rock.

I'm a lady that loves other ladies. I'm with a man (happily!) right now, but most of my prior relationships have been with other women. I gravitate towards women more so than men. There is a certain dynamic in a F/F relationship that sets it apart from F/M. Any time that I've read a F/F book, I can tell you 99.9% of the time if the author has had real life F/F relationship/experience. As someone who has, it makes it hard to read a book that doesn't feel authentic. Don't think I'm picking on authors. Porn is the same way. I can watch one minute of a video and tell you if it's gay for pay or truly F/F. (Fingernails are a HUGE no.) Clearly, I'm not a gay man, so I don't know their take on the issue. But maybe that has something to do with it?

I do think it's unfair to compare romance to fantasy novels. With fantasy/SciFi books, the author is tasked with making you suspend belief in the things that you obviously know aren't real. With romance, the author is tasked with making you believe that the love is real and genuine. Romance is subjective. Fantasy isn't. They're both about believing but in entirely different ways.

It goes without saying that you should write whatever you want, though. There are plenty of F/F romances that I've had to stop reading because of my "authenticity" issue. But those books do have readers that enjoyed them. At the end of the day, even if the entire world hates a book except for the one person who enjoyed it, then the world is a better place because that book is in it just because of that one person.

*Tucks away my soapbox* Happy Fourth. :)

V.L. Locey said...

Thanks so much for your comments and insights, Kristen and Gia.

Danita Minnis said...

V.L. it's great when the muse runs loose!

Anonymous said...

I *love* your m/m...and hopefully the landscape is changing. I've read very believable hardcore m/m written by women and very emotional, sweet m/m written by men (and every heat level in between, by both sexes), so I hope people aren't generalizing as much as they used to!

Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

V.L. Locey said...

Thank you for stopping by and commenting Trix and Danita!

Beverly Ovalle said...

I have to say if I want to write it I will LOL! I refuse to be confined, too. I would love to read one of your hockey romances. They look so good.

V.L. Locey said...

I agree, Beverly! Thanks for dropping in and commenting!

Heare2Watts said...

Happy 4th of July! Thank you for sharing with us during this Freedom Blog Hop! I love to read (romance based books) and I read and review. I have read over 160 books this year and left reviews I am so thankful to live in a country where I am allowed to pick and chose what I want to read.

We are having a quiet day, just hubby and me. He is recovering from heart attack and 2 stents from June 21. But it doing great.


V.L. Locey said...

Thanks for coming by, Kathy! I hope your husband recovers quickly.

bn100 said...

maybe vampires

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Marissa A said...

Happy 4th & thanks for sharing! :)


Brandi said...

I totally agree with you! People should be able to read & write what they feel like reading & writing! =) If I could write i'd probably write a western romance, cuz I love cowboys! And I live in Massachusetts & grew up in a housing project,.... there aren't ANY cowboys anywhere near me lol. =)

Thank you for this giveaway! =)

Take care & I hope you have a happy & safe weekend! <3

BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

V.L. Locey said...

Great replies bn, Marissa, and Brandi! Thanks for commenting and good luck!

Anonymous said...

I think you should write in ANY genre you choose. The telling is in the results. And I've been captivated with every word in the M/M story you just completed.
You are an artist with your words, no matter WHAT genre you write.

V.L. Locey said...

Aww, thanks so much, Trisha. Writing should be guided by passion, not rules.

Skeeter Lee said...

Experience definitely helps with authenticity. It's not the only way to write a good book though. If people only write about what they have had personal experience with, where would that leave books?

Paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi gone. I don't know many people that have had real experience with vampires, elves or voyages to other planets.

Suspense, mysteries, thrillers gone. I don't many people who have robbed a bank, murdered someone or been hunted by MI5.

Keep writing and spreading love. You never know when it will touch someone, right when they need it.

Thanks for taking part in the hop. It's great to find new authors to read.

Fingers crossed to win. Hope you had a great weekend!

skeeterlee63 @

V.L. Locey said...

I agree completely, Skeeter! Thanks for coming by and commenting. Good luck!