A BIT OF BACKSTORY ON THE TEMPEST…
Ah, The Tempest. Or as some like to call it, The Guy and Cassia Story.
What started out as a simple fanfic in 2009 has snowballed into a series that
I never intended for this to be a published work. I posted it on a few forums as it was being written, just like a lot of Guy fanfics that were being created at the time. But for some reason, the audience kept growing and growing and soon I was being asked if it was available in print form. At the time, I had already self-published two books so I knew I could do the same with The Tempest. I only intended to have it printed for my family and the fans who were looking to buy a paperback copy. I also discovered EBook publishing around that time, and I learned how to make it available in several channels, such as Kindle and Nook. I knew the hardcore Gisborne fans would enjoy it, but I didn’t expect much interest beyond that.
Boy, was I in for a shock!
To date, this story has sold over 30,000 copies in EBook format. To be sure, that may not sound like much to a professional author, but for an obscure little writer like myself, that’s A LOT! What shocked me even more was that the sequels, My Lady Gisborne and The Baron’s Lady have been equally successful, and there is still a demand for more of Guy and Cassia. In the near future, I hope to start work on another book in the series.
As many people know, while the story has its fans, there has also been some backlash. The biggest criticism has been about the love scenes, which I’ve always found hard to understand. In this day and age, when 50 Shades of Grey is a bestseller, some readers are shocked and offended by what some refer to as “Graphic Sex Scenes” in The Tempest. While I certainly value everyone’s opinion, I must say that I still don’t see what the fuss is about. Yes, the scenes are a bit steamy and descriptive, but I’ve tried to make sure that they’re not gratuitous. They’re part of the relationship between two people who are deeply in love and deeply passionate in their natures. In my opinion, the intense physical relationship is merely an expression of their love for one another, and if that happens to offend some readers…well, that’s unfortunate, but I won’t apologize for it.
ABOUT THE SECOND EDITION
While the first edition was a success, I am the first to admit that it had its flaws. It was written several years ago, and at the time, my writing skills were not nearly as developed. The story needed a bit of work, especially in the middle section, and many fans were asking for a deeper development of the characters and their backgrounds. So, this is why earlier this year, I set out to rewriting the story. In all honesty, I had been contemplating a rewrite for a long time, as I was never completely satisfied with the original version. Due to some real-life difficulties and a lack of time, it took much longer than I had hoped. But FINALLY, it’s here! As you can see from the pic on the left, I've changed the title a tiny bit. Since this is now an ongoing series, I've added the subtitle "A Gisborne Novel" to this book and to the others in the series. I hope my readers don't mind the change. And that brings me to my next subject…
What can I say that I haven’t said before? I have the most incredible fanbase. My “Gisborne Ladies” have been beyond amazing, and some of them have been with me since day one. I can’t thank these lovely ladies enough, but I can make an attempt...
If you’re one of my “Gisborne Ladies” (And you know who you are) I have a special gift in the works for you. All I need is your contact information, and as soon as your gift is ready, I’ll be mailing it out. PLEASE don’t worry about what it costs. Not only do I consider it a an honor to send you this present, but it’s all part of my business expenses, which I get back at the end of the year. How cool is that?
You can contact me through Twitter, or email me at Charlotte1194@hotmail.com
If you’re not one of my Gisborne Ladies but you’re still a fan, don’t think I’ve forgotten you! Starting in early July, for a limited time, the second edition of The Tempest will be FREE on Kindle, Nook, and in other EBook formats. Goodreads will also be doing a book giveaway in July, so stay tuned.
The fans have spoken, and the Gisbornes aren’t going away anytime soon. So look for a new story to come towards the end of the year.
Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support you’ve shown me. You’re awesome.