Guest Post/Virtual Tour ~ Sylvie & The Spark by Gianna Day

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Banning Bullies from the Page

Humor evolves just as every other aspect of our society. We see this in movies, television, stand-up comedy, and books. The public’s taste and tolerance of humor has shifted in the last decade and I think it’s a change for the better. Consider the jokes your grandparents told or the content your parents found funny. Your own tastes probably differ somewhat.

I don’t have a crystal ball and I don’t try to predict future societal trends, but I can tell you that bullies are out. Humor that’s based on making fun of others has lost its appeal. No one begins a joke with “A priest and a rabbi are stuck in an elevator…” anymore. It’s not just that the form is old and has gone the way of the knock-knock joke, but also because the punch line of that joke is likely one that makes fun of either the priest or the rabbi.

If you want to write for modern, enlightened individuals (and I hope you do), then you have to recognize the positive trends in society that eschew bigotry, bullying, and gross generalizations. Many readers find that type of material distasteful. And when a reader decides she doesn’t like a voice in print, she simultaneously loses the ability to find any humor in anything that voice says for the remainder of the material. This is especially true when writing in the first person.

If you’re writing about a bad guy, by all means, make him a bully and a racist. But if you want to make your readers laugh, it’s best not to first offend them. This is why self-deprecating humor is so popular. You have full license to make fun of yourself as much as you please. And if you make yourself the butt of the joke, the reader feels comfortable in laughing right along with you.  

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giannaGianna Day writes erotica and erotic comedies. She lives in the pacific northwest where she enjoys running, flying kites, exploring museums, and eating late-night desserts in all-night diners. She believes that with a healthy sense of humor, everything will be just fine. She’s the author of the Hot Secrets Collection, which includes five erotic, lesbian short stories, and The Sylvie Series, a collection of hetero-novellas full of both comedy and naughty bits (sometimes at the same time). Sylvie & the Spark and Sylvie Says Yes are available now on Amazon. Sylvie on Strike is soon to follow. 

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sparkFile Size: 223 KB
Series: The Sylvie, Book 1
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: AKA Press; 1 edition (October 16, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Genre: Erotica
ASIN: B00FYTT31O
Buy: Kindle

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One night of phenomenal sex isn’t enough to convince Sylvie that she should stay with Dave, her long-time boyfriend who borders on dull when not in the bedroom. When a set of twins moves in across the hall, Sylvie’s horizons broaden, though this pair might not turn out to be exactly what they seem. With a backdrop of inappropriate coworkers, a humping-addicted mutt, and a set of sexy suitors, SYLVIE AND THE SPARK is sure to please, in more ways than one.

 




 

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“You’re just so…” Dave looks into my eyes and runs his finger down my cheek.

Please don’t say pretty. Anything but pretty.

“You’re so…”

If you call me pretty for the thousandth time I’m going to try to gnaw my own face off just to ensure that I am no longer pretty. “You’re so… pretty.”

“I am not pretty, Dave.”

My voice is loud and edgy as I jump from the couch.

“But Sylvie, you’re so pretty.”

“I’m sorry,” I say, pacing back and forth in front of him. “I mean, thank you. Thank you for thinking I’m pretty. And I know this is our foreplay, that you tell me I’m pretty and touch my face, which truthfully has always struck me as just a little bit creepy. I mean, it’s almost a tickle, like you’re tickling my cheek and I think that’s weird. Is that weird? Is this just me?” I stop pacing and look at him for an answer.

“I could touch your arm first, would that be better?”

Resume pacing.

“No, Dave. Look, I have to be honest. We need to try something different.”

“Gosh, Sylvie. What if I called you beautiful?”

Don’t pull your hair out in front of him, he’ll be scarred for life.

“Dave.” I sit back down on the couch and hold his hands.

“Yes, Sylvie?”

He looks like a second grader hoping someone will pick him for their kickball team.

“Could you just try to be less of a puppy?”

“Less of a puppy?”

He flashes his puppy dog eyes.

“Yes.”

“You want me to be a kitty?”

“No, Dave. I don’t want you to be a kitty. I want you to be a tiger, Dave.”

“A tiger?” “A tiger!” I stand back up. “I want you to be my big strong tiger and I want you to roar for me.”

“You want me to roar?”

I take off my shirt and bra, unbutton my jeans, stand before him, and cup my breasts.

“Show me what a tiger you can be, Dave.”

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Tour Schedule

Monday, April 7

Book Featured at The Lusty Literate

Tuesday, April 8

Interview at The Book Connection

Wednesday, April 9

Book Review at Hezzie-D’s Books and Cooks

Friday, April 11

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Book Review at Raw Books

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Book Review at Snarky Mom Reads

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Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews

Monday, April 21

Book Review at Escape by Fiction

Tuesday, April 22

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

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Book Featured at Booklover Sue

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Book Review at Crystal’s Many Reviewers

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Book Review at Trip Down Imagination Road

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Book Review & Guest Blogging at Chick With Books

 

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  1. great prize 2 win/read

  2. sweet 

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