Adventures in genreland!


So Amazon is starting to get into Christian publishing, working with a well-known publisher Christianity Today. And it got me thinking again about this whole idea of pigeon-holing writers. I don’t really mean this in terms of having publishers who focus on specific genres, because I actually think that’s a good thing—better to focus on one thing and do it well! But I’m thinking more of readers and critics who expect writers to write in one genre and one genre only.

Now I can admit, that this would be important for people writing more non-fiction. After all, I wouldn’t expect someone who writes about physics to make the leap to writing cookbooks (but who’s to say they couldn’t?). But when it comes to fiction writers, it’s just downright ridiculous.

It definitely happens a lot when people write romance and some of the more risqué books. It’s like it’s a black mark on you forever if you happen to write well in those genres. But even look at J.K. Rowling. Eve n though she’d finished writing the Harry Potter series, she still had to use a pseudonym to publish her amazing crime thriller.

It seems to be a fact of the literary world that if you write a great deal in one style, you’re not going to be taken seriously in another—no matter how good the book actually is! If you’re a good writer, you’re a good writer. If you write a good book, it’s a good book. I think we should encourage writers to take up new challenges, to be adventurous!

It’s one of the reasons I like crossing genres so much in my own writing—it keeps me on my toes! And even better, it keeps my readers on their toes. It’s true that some of your readers might not like your departures, but just think of the new readers that you’ll bring on when you go outside of your comfort zone. So I say, vive la difference!


Drumroll please…

What a great blog tour that was last week! I so enjoyed stopping by all those great sites and getting to share Evil on the Peace River with a whole new audience. I want to thank each and everyone of the reviewers for taking the time to not only read my book, but share their thoughts with their readership.

And of course, I’m ecstatic at the warm reception it received (especially Sam the dog, a Lassie-in-the-making if there ever was one!).  In my books (no pun intended), the best way to wrap up such a rewarding experience is to pay it forward, and reward a new reader. So in that light, I’m happy to announce the winner of the blog tour giveaway.

The four pack of books goes to…….drumroll please….Shelley from Brookhaven! I’m so glad that my works will be finding their way all the way down to Mississippi. Thanks Shelley, for participating, and I hope you love your books. And my heartfelt thanks to everyone else who was involved with the tour!images

And one more for the road…

angel_sequel_autobiography_472395We’ve got one last late-comer to the blog tour party, but we’re happy to have her! Five in Ohio is a busy mom with a blog full of recipes and reviews for you to enjoy, and she recently took the time to read Evil on the Peace River. I’m delighted that she enjoyed it, and she raised a point that several others have on this tour: might there be a sequel?

Now I hadn’t considered this before, but you just never know. Maybe there’s room for more evil on the Peace? Hmmmmm….

Sharing the landscape through the written word…

Literary Winner

We’re nearing the end of our blog tour, it’s gone by so quickly! Today we found ourselves at Literary Winner, where Maggie took the time to write a great review!

I’ve talked before about how I’d tried to make the environment of the Peace another character, in a sense, so it’s especially rewarding to see that she enjoyed getting a feel for the wilds of the region.

Take a read of her review, and scroll down to see how you can enter the giveaway to win four of my books!

Everyone loves Sam!

PhotobucketI’ve been asked a few times recently who my favourite character is in Evil on the Peace River, and I figured people might be surprised by my response, because it’s Sam! Yes, Sam with no last name. No last name, because he’s a dog! I’m a sucker for a good animal story (no surprise if you’re a long-time reader), and was dying to have a four-legged hero pop into this book. So imagine my surprise when I found that one of the reviewers on our blog tour felt the same way.

Over at Bookworm Babblings Sam the Dog made a new fan! Because really, we all need a little ‘Lassie’ in our life!

Ducks on the Peace River?

shopping duckHave ducks invaded the Peace River? We stopped at The Shopping Duck today for our next pitstop on our blog tour, and were glad to see nothing ran a-fowl (hah!)!

Their review highlights the fact that Evil on the Peace River is a great ‘one-sitting’ read. It keeps you glued to its pages, so make sure you clear your schedule when you sit down to read it!

Make sure you check out our feathered friends at The Shopping Duck for great tips and reviews for one of my favourite pastimes: book shopping!

New fans are the best!

auntOne of the reasons I love doing blog tours is that I get to reach a whole new audience who may not have encountered my writing better. So I was heartened to read after stopping at The Ordinary Aunt, that I’ve got a new fan: “This is the first (but definitely not the last) book by Beverly Lein that I’ve read.” I hope you enjoy my other books as much as you did Evil on the Peace River!