Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with S.D. Wasley #BannedBooksWeek

September 27 - October 3

It's BANNED BOOKS WEEK and we're recognizing this important eek with BANNED BOOK features from our authors. 

Please welcome S.D. Wasley, author of Evernight Teen's The Seventh!

Real Life – Unbanned

Banned Books Week Blogpost by S.D. Wasley

I have a confession to make.

I’m Australian. That means there’s not much book banning that goes on in my world. I actually had to do some research to find out what books get banned in Australia, and it looks like only the most twisted of pornographic books, or books inciting violence or giving instructions on things like suicide and murder, are banned in this country.

But I was seriously stunned to see some of the books that have been banned in other countries in recent years. I mean, The Lovely Bones? Why?

I had to do some research to answer that question. I found a blog about books that were banned in Australia from the previous century (the 1900s) and saw titles like Nabakov’s Lolita. Okay, let’s look at that book in context. Lolita was about a ‘love affair’ (a 1964 journalist’s words) between a middle aged man and a 14 year old girl. It kind of makes sense that it got banned, because the book deals with a topic that was not only illegal and taboo, but also not discussed in everyday life.

At the same time that Lolita was publicly exploring the topic of paedophilia, there was a girl living across the street from my mum who was regularly raped by her father. He even complained to his neighbours that she was pregnant ‘again,’ unaware they all knew what was going on. Did the banning of Lolita prevent her, and many others, from being sexually abused by pedophiles? Not at all. In fact, the conditions in which that book was banned probably contributed to the culture of silence and suppression that caused her to suffer. No one knew how to talk about the problem.

Let’s look at The Lovely Bones. How could it be banned in this modern era? Aren’t we more able to talk about these painful topics these days? The book may be about paedophilia, rape and murder, but it’s not celebrating paedophilia, rape or murder. And yet, the theme that got it banned from some US high schools in 2002 was the same theme that got Lolita banned in Australia in 1959.

So, how does this happen? Did it turn out that Lolita DID cause a sudden increase in paedophilia that made censors rush to ban The Lovely Bones in case it happened again? No, of course not. In fact, our culture has changed. We are more able to talk about child sexual abuse these days. We educate our children on how to protect themselves from it, and (as adults) we are more vigilant and willing to speak up if we see something suspicious. And yet, some parents at the high schools where it got banned thought it was best not to let their kids read The Lovely Bones.

Books don’t always deal with comfortable, safe topics. That’s because one of the jobs of fiction is to reflect on and question the society’s morals or laws ... to imagine what might happen if a particular thing happened, or a particular law changed, or if a certain truth was told. Through fiction, we speculate on a better world, or sometimes a worse one, or on different ways to be human. Fiction is a way of testing change and seeing what can be applied to real life.

This is why banning books is ultimately not useful. It is each individual, and then cumulatively a society, that must decide what it does with the speculation in any book. Not the censors, or the parents, or the churches. As humans, we don’t always make the right decisions, but I think you’d be hard pressed to identify which novels to blame for our human flaws and mistakes.

Sources used in this post:

About the author:
S.D. Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.
She has been composing literary works since before she could write – at five years of age she announced her first poem in the kitchen, improv-style. Today, she lives in the Swan Valley wine region with her two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.

The Seventh is S.D. Wasley’s debut novel.

by S.D. Wasley

Sixteen year old Mimi Alston has company. No less than three ghosts follow her around, and only she can see them. At her last school, she was known as the girl with imaginary friends. Now Mimi’s starting fresh in a new town, where she’s determined to make some real friends and fit in for once. She’s ready for a normal life...except Mimi never counted on her fascination with troubled goth-boy, Drew. 

When she’s invited to join the elite Gifted Program, Mimi discovers she’s not the only one at the school with an unusual talent. Maybe being normal isn’t even an option anymore.

THE SEVENTH is available here:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Amber Morgan #BannedBooksWeek

September 27 - October 3

It's Banned Books Week! We're recognizing this important week with daily Banned Book features from our authors. Please welcome today's guest, Amber Morgan! 

Looking at the list of banned books, I was surprised to see how many I’d read. I mean, The Da Vinci Code? Sure, it was controversial at the time, but was it worth banning? Catholic leaders in Lebanon sure thought so! Frankenstein, The Canterbury Tales, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are all rightly considered classics, but they take their place alongside more modern books like the Fifty Shades trilogy and American Psycho on the banned list. And the reasons for these books being banned are just as surprising! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was banned in China for portraying animals with human qualities and abilities. It was feared this would teach children to see humans and animals as equals (you have to wonder if Animal Farm made its way onto the list for the same reason…)

Frankenstein was banned in South Africa in the 1950s for having “indecent and obscene material.” The Canterbury Tales was banned in the US in 1873 for similar reasons. My mind boggles. After all, today we can log into our favourite ebook selling site (whichever that may be) and peruse thousands upon thousands of books in all genres from all eras, and buy pretty much whatever we want. Last year, erotica/romance was reported as the bestselling genre, beating out horror and sci-fi/fantasy. Imagine all that obscene and indecent material we can get our hands on at the click of a mouse button! *fans self*

Literature is an odd thing to think we need protecting from, isn’t it? Especially romantic literature, like Lady Chatterley’s Lover (banned in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s under the obscenity laws). Is the idea of people wanting to read about love, sex, and romance that outrageous? That revolutionary? I’d say not, but apparently sexually explicit content is the number one reason books are banned. Ladies, your fantasies are dangerous! Hearing the Wife of Bath’s tale of love and marriage in King Arthur’s court is surely the first step on the road to moral ruin. Reading about Lady Chatterley’s passionate affair of both the heart and body with Mellors the gamekeeper will…um…Okay, look, there is no reason we shouldn’t all enjoy Mellors. Especially if he’s being played by Richard Madden.

Where was I?

Oh yeah! I think the point, for me, is that any book that promotes love, passion, and fun, healthy sex should be available to anyone who wants it. Anything that lifts our spirits, warms our hearts, or gets our blood hot is something we need more of, not less! Don't protect me from kink, romance or "obscene material." Really, don't. If nothing else, we all know banning something makes it that much more attractive, right? And as a writer of erotic romances with plenty of explicit material, I like knowing that my stories might be making someone smile, not to mention hot and flustered!

This banned book week, I say we all go out and buy some filthy, indecent, obscene and salacious material to enjoy, and celebrate the fact that we live in an age where we can push back against Big Brother (1984, banned in 1984, believe it or not!) and read what we love!

About the author:
Amber is the secret identity of a writer who normally pens urban fantasy, but feels like stretching her wings. Amber loves darker romance, anti-heroes, good red wine, and expensive chocolate (sometimes all at once). She's based in the UK and lives in an adorable cottage with her dream man and a demanding cat. Find Amber here: Facebook / Twitter  / Blog

Tanner's War (Wild Blood MC, 1)
by Amber Morgan
He's not looking for trouble...

Tanner is fresh out of prison and trying to stay clean. His place in Wild Blood MC demands it. But when he nearly runs over a terrified woman, trouble finds him. Beth needs a savior and Tanner can't say no. 

She's desperate to escape... 

Beth chose running over a forced marriage. She's got nothing and nobody—until she meets Tanner. But with a fanatical cult leader hunting her, can she risk staying with the first man to defend her? 

Tanner's willing to put it all on the line for Beth—even his beloved MC. The fallout will change both their lives.

Tanner's War is available at Evernight Publishing. Amazon, and most major online book retailers. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Jewel Quinlan #BannedBooksWeek

September 27 - October 3

It's BANNED BOOKS WEEK and we're recognizing this important eek with BANNED BOOK features from our authors. 

Please welcome Jewel Quinlan, author of BOY TOY, The Cougar Journals Book 2!

As an author I can tell you that the creative process is one that needs to be free. Our imaginations have to have the freedom to explore the human experience whether that means writing about true love and miracles or the darker side of reality which makes are characters true to life and relatable. The categories and restrictions that pop up, as a result of a bookstore trying to make its rows easier to figure out, or a publisher trying to follow a trend, change from year to year and often feel random.
Right when everyone thinks they have figured out the magical criteria for what makes a bestseller—bam!—one pops up that doesn’t meet any of it and a trends explodes in a vertical direction from what the publishing world thought it would. I think some of the best ideas are born when we let ourselves roam free on the plains of our imagination and capture on paper what speaks to our hearts. Although sometimes structure can be helpful in guiding an author to fulfill their vision, limitations have no place there. I for one will continue to write what my soul dictates I share with you because that’s where I think some of the best ideas are born.

About the author:
From a young age, Jewel Quinlan has had an endless imagination and desire to write novels. She particularly enjoys writing paranormal and fantasy romance. An avid traveler, she has visited fifteen countries so far (which she enjoys using as setting in her novels) and has plans to see more of the world. During the day she work as a pharmaceutical sales representative and at night she writes romance. She currently lives in Orange County, California with her two dogs. To learn more, you can follow her on Twitter and Facebook or visit her on her website:

Boy Toy, The Cougar Journals Book 2
by Jewel Quinlan from Evernight Publishing

Blurb: Left hot, bothered, and disappointed by Grant—the man she had high hopes for—Ava breaks up with him and heads out on a ski weekend with a group of friends. Harrison, a twenty-three year old member of the group, can’t help but take notice of her and makes advances. Some of which Ava can’t brush aside when they are stuck sharing a room together. Will she give in to Harrison’s moves or go home and work things out with Grant?

Where you can buy Boy Toy:

Evernight Publishing  |  Amazon  |  All Romance eBooks  |  Barnes and Noble  |  BookStrand
iBooks or add it to your shelf on Goodreads

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with Ravenna Tate #BannedBooksWeek

September 27 - October 3

It's BANNED BOOKS WEEK! We're recognizing this important week with BANNED BOOK features from our authors. 

Please welcome our first guest, Ravenna Tate!

Throughout history, crossing continents, and ripping across political and religious beliefs, the practice of banning the written word dates far back into history. Often it was due to an act of war or stemmed from a cultural belief. Quite commonly, it arose when the book’s theme clashed with the moral beliefs of a particular religion.

When I read lists of books that have been banned in certain states or across the country in the USA, I realize how close I came a few times to not having had the experience of reading books that whisked me away to new worlds and shaped the way I still write today.

If I’d been alive in the 1930s, I might never have read Candide. And if I’d been alive in the 1870s, I’d have missed The Canterbury Tales. I nearly missed the chance to read Catch-22, as I lived close to Strongsville, Ohio where it was banned from 1972 to 1976.

Fanny Hill has the distinction of being the last book ever banned across the USA, but it’s not the only controversial book we all might have missed reading. The Grapes of Wrath and Lady Chatterley’s Lover each had their moments. Even Nineteen Eighty-Four was almost banned in this country. I can’t imagine not having read that book.

One thing I remember keeping in mind as I read these types of books was that their content, language, political leanings, and religious beliefs needed to be taken in context with when and where they were written. The setting was important to keep in mind. The perspective of the author had to be taken into account, as well as what, who, and when he or she was trying to portray.

To me, books weren’t subversive or immoral. They were portals to other worlds. They were windows to times and places I’d never see in real life, but I could visit again and again simply by reading. The characters were as real to me as anyone I knew in my day-to-day life, and I still return to many of them once a year.

I wasn’t even a teen yet when I first read books like To Kill A Mockingbird and Nineteen Eighty-Four, and I didn’t understand everything in them. I got into the habit of keeping a notebook with words or phrases I wasn’t sure of, and would then go and look them up in the dictionary or an encyclopedia. This was way before the Internet and Google.

By the time I was in high school English classes, I’d read everything on the reading lists, some more than once. It’s difficult for me to imagine growing up in a world where I wasn’t free to pluck anything and everything off the shelf of a library, take it home for a week or two, and become lost in the pages. Reading has been my escape since I can remember learning how to do it, and it still is. I hope I never live to see a time in this country when I’m not free to read any book I choose.

About the author: 
Ravenna Tate lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money. Website:

The Price of Secrecy (The Weathermen, 3)
by Ravenna Tate
Angela Davidson lands her dream job with Greco Communications, but quickly learns her new boss, the enigmatic Dominic Greco, has a dark secret he works hard to conceal. Angela understands secrets because she’s been hiding one of her own for sixteen years and if it’s discovered, she will end up dead. 

Dominic is part of a group of friends financing the efforts to put a stop to The Madeline Project. The program now has a mind of its own, thanks to a virus called Tommy Twister. These men have power, resources, and money, but they’re as ruthless and possessive as the storms ravaging Earth. 

They call themselves the Weathermen… 
Find The Price of Secrecy at Evernight Publishing and Amazon.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Our 5th birthday is right around the corner!

Our 5th birthday is right around the corner!

Thanks to readers like you, Evernight has grown by leaps and bounds in five years so they’re pulling out all the stops and throwing an extreme BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION BLOG HOP in your honor!
That’s right! It’s Evernight’s birthday but YOU get the presents…
Prizes include:
Apple Watch Sport
NEW Kindle Paperwhite
Fitbit Flex
Evernight and Amazon Gift Certificates
Plus, each author on the hop will offer his/her own special prize. Stay tuned to find out how you can enter to win!

Friday, September 11, 2015

TRR Readers' Choice Awards Nomination Round

TRR Readers' Choice Awards
Nomination Round Voting Sept. 11 - 30

Books need at least 50 nominations to move to the final round. Nominate your favorite Evernight books here

Contemporary Romance
Callahan's Fate by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Erotic Romance - Action-Adventure/Romantic Suspense/Mystery
Desire Unexpected by SJ Maylee
Guarding Midnight by Kacey Hammell

Erotic Romance - Anthology
Uniform Fetish

Erotic Romance - Contemporary Romance
Wicked Flower by Carlene Love Flores

Erotic Romance - Fantasy Romance
Bad Apple by Wren Michaels
Unbearable by Wren Michaels

Erotic Romance - Menage a Trois or More
Believing Binda by Khloe Wren
Binding Becky by Khloe Wren Author
Bitter Bite by Erin M. Leaf
Claiming Carina by Khloe Wren
Enchanting Eilagh by Khloe Wren
Fallon's Capture by Ravenna Tate
Marianne's Abduction by Ravenna Tate
Seduced By Two Warriors by Ravenna Tate
Seducing Skye by Khloe Wren
Snowbound by Ravenna Tate

Erotic Romance - Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance
The Perfect Shoot by Lea Bronsen

Erotic Romance - Paranormal Romance
Rise of the Lost Prince by London Saint James
Tigers Are Forever by Khloe Wren

Erotic Romance - Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic
An Appetite For Blackmail by Ravenna Tate
Kidnapped By A Warrior by Ravenna Tate

Balls and Chains by James Cox
Stripped Bare by Nikka Michaels; Eileen Griffin

GLBT - Fantasy Romance
Breaker Zone by Nicola Cameron

GLBT - Paranormal Romance
Rock Star Baby by Erin Leaf

GLBT - Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic
Captive Fire by Erin Leaf

Paranormal Romance
Maiden by C.L. Marin

Young Adult Romance
Drawn by Christopher Ledbetter
The Devil at Play by Marcus Damanda