Monthly Archives: March 2014

HOLY SHIT!! It’s release day!!

GSGP-final-edited.jpgGood Sex, Great Prayers is my first new novel release in over five years, a perfect storm of erotica, faith, and Yorkshire Terriers–or, as people have been saying–“nothing like what I expected” and “reminiscent of early Stephen King.” It’s all been pretty damn good so far…but I’ll need your help in order the keep the biscuit wheels on my gravy train from crumbling. If you’re tired of living in a world of remakes, reboots, and sequels (CGI Ninja Turtles anyone??)…here’s your chance to support some truly original content. Here’s how you can help:

  1. Buy the book: You can buy Good Sex, Great Prayers for a low as $6.15 on Amazon. The book is close to 450 pages; you’ll definitely be getting your money’s-worth. It’s also available on iTunes and Barnes & Noble as well.
  2. Read & Review: The best way to get the word out about an author is to talk about their work, so don’t be afraid to drop a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. People do, in fact, read those. Your thoughts matter and can make or break a sale.
  3. Share: Share pictures. Share quotes. Share the fact that you’re reading a novel and NOT watching Kardashian re-runs. Share the review you wrote. Share the novel like you write for Upworthy…something like “this book scared the cum out of me.” If its one demographic that can really use the attention, it’s indie authors.

That’s all it takes, guys.

Thank you to all who helped me put this book together, and thank you to everyone that is willing to give it a chance. It’s been a long two years, but I can already tell it’s going to be worth it.

-BT

“Good Sex, Great Prayers” Reviewed by Booked. Podcast

GSGP Booked.If you’re not familiar with Booked., they’re an award-winning podcast hosted by Livius Nedin and Robb Olson…and one of the two shows I listen to when I’m being a treadmill rat at the gym. I always felt like the authors being covered by this show became part of an exclusive club, so I was thrilled that Livius and Robb took the time to read a.) a 450-page book (which is much longer in comparison to what they usually read) and b.) a book heavy on the religious themes (they’re both non-religious, so I can see how anything with “Christian” in it can be a bit of a turn-off). I myself am an atheist…something I found advantageous during the writing of the project because I didn’t have any sort of faith influencing me when it came to contrasting Christianity and…y’know…the other faith in the novel.

The thing I really loved about this review (and previous reviews of other books) is that it went far beyond “this is what we liked…this is what we didn’t like…here’s the rating.” Robb and Livius actually take the time to delve into theory and give their own respective interpretations about things. It’s kinda like listening to a book club discussion between two people.

For those of you that have read Good Sex, Great Prayers, this episode brings up a lot of interesting questions, especially when it comes to genre. I’m still wrestling with the whole Christian-erotica vs. erotic horror vs. transgressive erotica labels. It’s already out now, so I leave it up to the reader as to which bucket they want to put it in.

And for those of you who haven’t read the novel yet, this is an excellent primer beyond reading the synopsis and the few samples that are available online. I’ve been careful not to post any spoilers…perhaps too much so, and Robb and Livius do a fantastic job of providing intrigue without totally blowing the plot’s cover.

Without a doubt, my absolute favorite part of the show is hearing the guys read various excerpts–especially those from Billy Burke (bar none my favorite character to write in my 10+ years of writing). It was a fucking treat to listen to. You can bet your ass I’ll be reading tons of Billy at AWP in Minneapolis next year.

A big thanks to Robb and Livius for giving this book a chance…I will be sure to send over my next one, which will be much shorter and much less religious–I promise.

Buy the book HERElisten to the episode HERE.