What most of y’all know me for, author-wise, is my gay literary fiction, contemporary westerns and outside-the-box transgressive erotica. But I also write sports romances, paranormal, and the occasional supernatural/occult/dark fantasy—the later being the well-reviewed Roman (Saints and Sinners) that was a runaway hit when Poppet’s Book Club gave it a read.
I’ve been toying with doing audiobooks, but finding just the right “voice” for the works isn’t easy. When I decided to do Points on a Curve first, I auditioned quite a few narrators, but for various reasons, none of them really hit the right tone until I discovered the wonderful Kellie Kamryn who has the perfect voice for the mix of wry humor, tense suspense, and fast-paced action on and off the court.
Next up was Roman (Saints and Sinners), narrated by J. R. Lowe who brought a very special feel to this complex story of paranormal suspense and dark fantasy. Due to a rather prolonged year of medical turmoil and my daughter’s journey toward her new reality, I wasn’t able to bring Roman into the ACX/Amazon family immediately, but once the dust settled it was full speed ahead, then full stop as I failed data entry 101 and required my narrator’s expert assistance to get me back on track.
All’s well, as they say, so now Roman is officially in the ACX audiobook retail centers (Amazon and iTunes) and I can’t be more pleased with its reception among book “listeners”.
Now the tricky part: While the story revolves around the dark reality of sixteen-year-old T.J., Roman is not geared to YA/NA but has been reviewed as such, nor is it a standard romance (although the enigmatic Roman has developed quite a rabid fan club). The themes are very adult and often challenging, the tone darkly atmospheric.
As for reviews…
I love, love, love when a reviewer pulls a quote from my book because the words, the imagery, spoke to her.
Anne Conley chose this…
“If time was a physical, material thing, it would be Jell-O, thick and sticky, or chowder—gooey corn chowder, prickly with bits of husk, the surface parting about her, then slip-sliding back to coat her back like a soft, warm blanket.”
She says: This book is (in my opinion) is what YA paranormal should be. It was darkly sublime with writing that was the best I’ve read in a long time. See her full review HERE.
TRR’s Rebecca says:
Roman himself is the ultimate dark, brooding almost anti-hero…
…read almost like poetry in places
…raises teen angst to an entirely new level and adds a large dose of supernatural malevolence and mystery.
…original and often very eloquent
See full review HERE.
Roman is dark fantasy, occult & supernatural, marginally YA. It is intensely spiritual and sensual. It’s been called “sinfully good.”
Some secrets are worth keeping.
TJ Nowak lost a mother with ice in her veins but gained a father she barely knew. Her brother Anton was the parent missing in her life but he found a calling in violence, leaving TJ to face a new life in a dying town.
Roman Rincon is the juvie rescued by Father Marcus and placed under Benedict Nowak’s supervision. With the records sealed, no one knows what happened that fateful night when Roman confessed to a crime not even the cops will talk about.
Some secrets find the light of day.
Warned off having anything to do with Roman, TJ is all too willing to agree, except for one little thing. The young man lives in the apartment above her father’s car repair business, so avoiding him might be a problem.
In the coal mining town of Montville, two teens whose lives have been shattered beyond repair must find a way to cope – with school, with each other, with being marked as broken in a town collapsing under the weight of secrets and lies.
Some secrets you take to the grave, no matter what the cost.
You can listen to Roman (Saints and Sinners) for free with an Audible Trial (see Amazon for details)