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May 26th, 2009

12:41 AM

Free story with werecats, hammy vampires, sexy guys, and... did I mention FREE?

No, I'm not Zoe Winters' mother. She doesn't know me in any way and I don't believe I have corresponded with her via email. But when I came across her free short story, I think I would tell you guys to go and take a look because it's a pretty fun short read.

I am not reviewing it officially since this is a free story - the author charges $0.80 for the Kindle version because Kindle doesn't allow her to give away the story for free - but I have to say, it's a pretty good story. The starting few pages are quite slow, and in fact, I'd say that the initial encounter between the heroine and the vampire can be removed altogether without impacting the story significantly. But once the author finds her rhythm, the story really gets going. The hero is pretty sexy, the heroine is neither annoying nor too stupid, and the setting seems pretty interesting. The bad guy being a tell-all-type is not good, though. Haven't those hammy villains died out after they stopped making Bugs Bunny cartoons?

Anyway, it's free. I don't know why Ms Winters wanted to give away her story for free when she could sell it for $3.50 at any of the few epublishing houses out there that would publish this comparatively tame (read: not OMG HOTHOTHOT kind of erotic) story, but I guess we readers are the ones who benefit here.

Get the freebie at http://zoewinters.wordpress.com/kept/

1 comment(s).

Posted by Zoe Winters:

Hey! I'm so flattered you read this and made a "pseudo-review" (as in non-official.)

The reason for the exchange with the vampire at the beginning, is to start to set up his character, because he's the main character in the sequel novella. This is part one of a 3-part novella trilogy which I'm "hoping" to release by the end of this year, both in E and in print.

The reason KEPT is free (or 80 cents on Kindle), is as a form of 'test marketing,' seeing how people react to it, starting to build a little bit of a readership for the world.

As for the hammy villains, I blame too much Buffy watching. :P I'm a big fan of campy. And I know some people don't like it, but the camp was intentional, lol. That sort of thing may "read better" on a screen, than in a book. I'll try to keep that in mind in future.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
May 26th, 2009 @ 11:57 AM