Thursday, August 6, 2015

Blogoverasry Post and Giveaway: Carolyn Crane Four Years Ago

Here at Goldilox and the Three Weres we are celebrating our 

In honor of the four wonderful years this blog has had, we are having authors share with you all what they were doing four years ago at this time and what they hope to be doing four years from now. Each post will include a giveaway, so be sure to check back every day through August 7!
Today's Post Comes From:
Carolyn Crane

Hey!! Happy Anniversary to Goldilox and the Three Weres!! These were four really great years for you, and best wishes for four more! And thanks for having me!

Four years ago:
Aren’t blogs great? You can look back at what you were doing and reading and thinking four years ago so easily.

2011 in books:
Some things were really different for me back then. The books I was excited about are utterly different. In 2011 I was reading a lot more UF, for one. I’d just started Nalini Singh’s Angel series, I was still reading Richelle Mead’s Succubus series. But I was branching out. I’d also loved Jill Sorenson Edge of Night (This is a great RS book and she has a follow-up coming within the year!) Meljean Brooks’ Iron Duke had recently come out and blew me away. (have you read it? If not, OMG so good.) I was also really excited about Joanna Bourne’s Blackhawk, a historical!

2011: Scandals emerge!
Responding to reviews was a new and raging topic because, you guessed it, there was an author responding to negative reviews! Is this where the issue really came to the forefront? I think so!

2011: my writing
In my writing life, Head Rush came out. That was the last of my UF series, and I’d just self pubbed Wild & Steamy, an anthology together with Meljean Brook and Jill Myles (aka Jessica Clare). That was really exciting and eye-opening and gave me a taste for being indie.

Four years from now:

I can’t even imagine what I will be reading in four years, just because today I am reading really different stuff than 2011! I feel like my reading has exploded with new subgenres – the sorts of books I'm excited about barely existed on my radar back then. Like, Captive Prince, an MM fantasy, Three-Two-One, a slightly dark new adult, Jackie Ashenden’s Having Her, an erotic contemporary. It boggles my mind to imagine what new genres there will be. Maybe something interactive? Something…even dirtier? Is that even possible? Prediction: I feel funny will come back in.

Four years from now in scandals
Prediction: Surprise! Writers will still be responding to negative reviews and it will still be a horrible thing to do. Just like people walking into the desert and seeing skeletons on the side of the trail and they keep going.  I will still hate it because it is chilling to reviewers, who do such an important job in our book ecosphere. Prediction: I think honest, trusted reviewers will be more important in the upcoming era as reviews on commercial sites lose all credibility.

Today in writing
I think if you would’ve told my 2011 self that I’d be writing romantic suspense as well as erotic romance and wild dark romance under another pen name, I would’ve been SOOO shocked. What will I be doing in 2019? Um…maybe I will stun myself by writing sweet? Something very clean and chaste with no sex and no violence? Ummmm….no.

 About the Author

I am a RITA-winning author of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and other tales of love and adventure (and erotic & dark romance as NYT bestselling author Annika Martin). My books have been published by Random House and Samhain, and I also go the indie route. I work a straight job as a marketing writer, I love to read in bed and run, I’m passionate about helping animals, and I make my home in Minnesota with my husband and two cats.
Carolyn Crane is giving away your choice of  any ebook from her Mind Games series, any Associates hot spy book, or the Kinky Bank Robbers boxed set (written as Annika Martin.) This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL!

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For more on Mind Games, check out Goldilox's Read This F-ing Book post. To learn more about The Associates see my review of the latest release, Behind the Mask.


  1. LOL... how time flies! I remember picking up Carolyn's debut book!!!! Thanks for sharing!


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