Release Day! Alternative Choices

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I’m so excited to announce that Alternative Choices, book three in the Alternative Series, is now available on Amazon! As an added bonus, I’ve dropped the price for Alternative Desires down to $0.99 for this weekend only! It’s a great time to catch up on the series, and the prequel is always available for free here.

Agent Jaclyn Jacquin knows a case in need of attention when she sees one. So when she’s forced to set aside investigating a bomb threat on a women’s clinic she can’t seem to leave it alone. Instead she must work on a political witch hunt that leaves her wishing she’d never gotten her dream job back in the first place. Being forced to tail a medical student studying infectious disease because of his country of origin and a history of political activism leaves a bad taste in her mouth, and the investigation leads her in a direction that no one was anticipating.

Trouble continues to pile on as she and Agent Wesley Wexler take the step of dissolving their work partnership leaving her to be reassigned to work with someone else. Now she’s assigned to work with someone from her past and things only continue to get worse. Soon Jaclyn must decide if what she has with Wes is worth holding onto, or if she’s going to let Agent Logan Phoenix disrupt all of it with his sweet smile and their even sweeter history.

I hope you all enjoy!

❤ Scarlette

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Is there room for politics in romance?

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My simple answer is yes.

When I began to write this series it was to turn my post-election angst into something  that would take rough political feelings and turn them into story and to mold characters that could fight off the bad and fall in love. I think that now that the world is a little more terrifying we’re all looking for a happy ending. To me writing can help us remember that despite the fear that a lot of people are experiencing right now, there is still hope and love in the world. Romance novels in particular come with a happily-ever-after and are perfect for lifting spirits.

The reality is, the awful things happening haven’t stopped people falling in love. In fact, I think that tough situations like this can help push people together. Politics do play a part in our every day lives and political affiliations are one of the core values we might value in a partner. Politics, whether we like it or not, play a huge part in life and therefore can’t be excluded from romance.

Another reason that I think that there is a place for politics in romance is that there are real world issues in politics that the romance reading community shouldn’t ignore. We can’t in good faith have our sex positive heroines and our steamy sex scenes while turning a blind eye to things like birth control access. I also certainly don’t think we can feature romances with same sex couples if we don’t talk about the real issues of marriage equality.

Romance, from who we can marry, to how we plan our families, is inherently political.

Even if a good romance novel is our escape from the current reality, we owe it to ourselves and each other to not ignore political issues that affect us in this space. Romance novels are a largely woman powered industry: often with women writers and largely a female audience. I think that because this is a female dominated space, it is particularly ripe for showing our support for women’s rights and having a strong pro-woman political stance.

Whether you are a person that uses birth control, or a person that benefits from its existence, we need to be mindful to not ignore important issues. I am choosing to use my writing  to indirectly stand up for these things while still delivering a story that will leave you with good feelings afterwards.

I would also like to add, that I don’t think politics NEED to be a huge part of romance novels, I am simply defending my choice to include political issues as a large part of my current series.

Of course, this is just my opinion. I would love to hear others thoughts on this issue. Leave a comment below!

❤ Scarlette

P.s.

If you’d like to sample the series I’m talking about, you can always get the prequel for free here.

A Free Gift

Hey lovely readers,

I’m currently editing book three in the Alternative Series and getting it ready for publishing. In the meantime, I’d like to offer up the series prequel for free.

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If you sign up for my newsletter, through this blog or through the free book, it will put you on my newsletter where I always post when my books are free for download. Last release date I put the whole series up for free!

Here’s the link.

Enjoy!

❤ Scarlette

Book Release and Free Books for All!

I’m super excited to announce that the second book in my Alternative Series, Alternative Paths, is now available on Amazon! For today the prequel (a short novella), Alternative Desires (book one) and the brand new Alternative Paths are available for free download on Amazon!

I’m really excited to offer these to people that follow my blog and I hope you’ll take advantage. If you’re feeling really generous, I’d love it if you shared, or leave a review.

Get them here!

❤ Scarlette

The Birth of a Story

Hey lovely readers,

I thought that with all the writing I’m doing these days I ought to slow down and give you some background on why I’m writing this series.

The first and terrible truth is that this book was born out of a few things, but mostly my desire to have a modern day X-Files book series with a little less aliens, a little bit of government conspiracy,  and a lot more sexiness. I feel like X-Files was from a time when things were a bit less tense in our country. While Mulder and Scully trusted no one, the things that were covered up in that series feels just a little laughable in the modern day when we’re dealing with so much more. Ah, the days of my youth when UFO coverups were all the rage and not wiretaps and Russian influence in the elections…

Which leads me to the second thing. This book was also thought up right around the time of the inauguration of 45. For me personally that first month was an incredibly challenging time filled with fear: fear for my own life, that of my minority and LGBT friends, and for my own community. While this fear has not passed, I found comfort in writing this. I wrote a set of characters who might not always get it right, but who are champions for the truth and ruthless in their pursuit of justice, no matter who the monster is behind the mask.

I also made an effort to make sure that my characters showed some of the values that I hold near and dear to my heart. Jaclyn is a feminist. She goes out into the Seattle streets and marches just like I did on January 21st for women’s rights, even if she is nursing a horrid hangover the day after her entire life falls apart. She is career driven and kind but takes no shit from anyone. I hope that as she evolves she becomes even better.

I also take care to not make my male protagonist a horrid misogynist or an abusive jerk. I suppose chapter three has some of those elements,  Wes does not use his words when he feels like he’s in danger of being exposed, but I tried to write those elements less about violence towards women and more about Wes seeing her as equally dangerous to him in that moment.

It’s one of the things that I find the hardest to justify in romance novels and it’s a pitfall I tried to avoid. I’m not a fan of some common tropes: forced marriages, being forced to stay with anyone, and various other types of emotional abuse. No one is coerced to love. Love grows organically and out of a lot of mistakes.

So there you have it.

If you managed to get through this entire blog and you’ve never even read my books, here is a little gift. It’s the prequel to the book Alternative Desires (the one talked about in this blog) and it’ll get you up to speed for the release of that book. If you do read Alternative Desires (free today and Saturday here)  I’d love feedback.

❤ Scarlette

No Kindle? No Problem!

Hey guys,

I realized after chatting with someone online today that not everyone knows that you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books!

I had no idea this wasn’t common knowledge!

So, if you’re among people that thought you had to have a Kindle, no you don’t.

You can check out Kindle books on most smart phones by downloading the Kindle App or by downloading an app for your Mac or PC. Your books can be with you pretty much everywhere all the time. I’m providing a link to the apps which can you can see by clicking here.

And in case you’re looking for a free read, check out my current free book here.

So now you know!

❤ Scarlette

A preview of Alternative Beginnings

Here’s a quick peek at my novelette, Alternative Beginnings, the prequel to the Alternative Series. This is a rare glimpse into Agent Wexler’s side of the story. I loved writing this scene. Enjoy!

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Agent Wesley Wexler didn’t trust anybody.

Ask his ex-girlfriend’s, his work partner, or his parents.

As always, he was in before his partner who had a family and wife to deal with. Wes had no one and he liked it that way. No lady, no pets, and just a handful of friends that required little maintenance other than a sports event or two a year.

Some people might find this lonely, but he was used to it.

That’s why it struck him as odd as he strolled into the staff room to grab a cup of horrendous coffee and that he found himself staring at a woman he’d seen a few times before.

Wes always noticed her.

She wasn’t the most attractive woman he’d ever seen. She was a little too short for his tastes, and he preferred blondes over her boring brown hair, but over time he’d grown to like hers. She dressed professionally, but not well, and he thought he’d like to see her shirt unbuttoned a little more. She always wore silly low heels in bright colors while he preferred sky high stilettos.

Although none of his preferences seemed to matter because he always caught himself looking at her and she had looked at him maybe once in the two years they’d been employed together. They didn’t work in the same department, but he would bet that the information he collected was instrumental in some of her cases. He didn’t even know her name.

She was small, but looked strong. He liked to gaze at her legs whenever she wore a skirt. Sadly, with the rain, it was not one of those days. Nor had it been in some weeks.

She was in the staff room talking to the man he gathered was her partner. Wes knew he’d met him at some point in his career, and that he’d been there longer, but he couldn’t for the life of him remember his name.

This distraction was twice as confusing to him when he remembered that he had a much bigger mystery on his hands than the brunette in the staff room. He was on to something big and scandalous and he couldn’t decide if this was something that he should continue on with.

He could go to this meeting. Then he’d reevaluate what was going on.

Wes had been contacted by a man who had refused to identify himself, but said he had information on a potential terrorist threat. What he should have done was pass this man along to the appropriate department. That had changed when he said that this was potentially related to a United States Congressman and that this meeting had to stay private.

The man had threatened to walk a few times now and was wavering constantly on whether to meet. His cryptic phone calls were starting to drive Wes up a wall, but the man was smart, his number was untraceable. Tentatively, they were meeting this Friday night because Wes had insisted that if he didn’t set up a meeting then he was welcome to find someone else to talk to.

There was always the possibility that this man was lying through his teeth or was some sick idiot with nothing better to do than troll the FBI.

Even though, for once, Wes didn’t feel like that was the case.

He poured himself a cup of coffee as he thought through what precautions he had in mind and cringed at the meeting place that had been suggested. Wes would never step foot in there if he had the option, but this was too interesting to pass up.

‘Too interesting to pass up’ was always his downfall. He was reminded of this as a stunning blonde walked into the room as to grab a cup of tea. Herbal. Weak.

“Agent Wexler,” she said coldly as she gave him a quick up and down glance, not hiding her disdain.

“Camilla,” he said with a nod.

He cast one more glance at the brunette in her hot pink heels and a ghost of a smile of her face before heading out to see if he could figure out how to investigate this without anyone else knowing.

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If you liked what you just read, grab a free copy here.

❤ Scarlette