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Does a Racy Read Deserve Media Backlash?

I recently received C.J. Ellisson's novel Big Game for review. The concept intrigued me, but as the third book in a series I had never even heard of, I struggled to get into it. If a person were to start at the beginning and work through the series it might be different, but I had trouble just being dropped into the paranormal world the author has created. I did enjoy one thing about the book though, the fact the characters were not hopping  from lover to lover. This is not something you see in many "romance" novels these days. As you will see in the release below, C.J. Ellisson's attitude on the subject is refreshing.


"Does a Racy Read Deserve Media Backlash?"

Sterling, VA, May 30, 2012 – With the third book in her V V Inn series, author C.J. Ellisson confirms her status as a leader in the field of paranormal romance/contemporary fantasy. The engaging and witty combination of Vivian, a 580-year-old vampire, and her gorgeous human husband Rafe, gives readers all the romance they can handle along with the snarky, fast-paced interplay of married life on the wild side. Vampire Vacation, The Hunt and Big Game (Red Hot Publishing) offer full satisfaction in more ways than one.

C.J. Ellisson is a relatively new writer, and she's on a mission. “I’ve read the genre for years, and the most annoying recurring trait throughout the bestsellers is the main characters' lack of relationship stability and constant bed-hopping.

“That may be fine when you’re young and twenty-two,” Ellisson continues, “but when you’re a mature reader it gets annoying that your favorite genre completely overlooks the difficulty and challenges of keeping a relationship strong and sexually healthy as the years go on. Which in my mind is a heck of a lot harder than falling into lust with the latest hot guy.

“Why can’t the heroine save the world, solve the crime, and journey to unknown lands with a strong man by her side supporting her?

“That’s what I wanted to read, so I wrote it.”

The main character Vivian owns a resort for the undead; her supernatural ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true. Her capacity for drama, manipulation and control are put to the test in the first three volumes of the series. In Vampire Vacation, she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests. But juggling the demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy.

The second in the series, The Hunt, opens with seven vampires and seven werewolves preparing to hunt a supernatural criminal across the cold, vast grounds of the resort. Things quickly begin to spiral out of control as the prey exhibits a cunning, and deadly, instinct for survival. Third in the series, Big Game promises two fast-paced adventures, one involving the shooting of a werewolf at the Alaskan resort and another as we follow our loving couple through the challenges of tracking exactly who suspects Vivian’s most well-guarded secret.

Since February 2009, when C.J. Ellisson first tried her hand at writing, she has written and published three full-length contemporary fantasy novels in her award-winning, bestselling V V Inn series, two erotica novellas, and has contributed to six erotica anthologies. She started a small press, Red Hot Publishing, which now publishes fifteen authors, founded an adult content blog, Everything Erotic, which has over seven hundred paid subscribers on Kindle and over two thousand followers on Facebook, and founded Red Hot Readers on Facebook to match small authors up with their three thousand interested readers.

Warning: This book series contains very explicit sex scenes, intended for mature readers over 18 only.

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