Wednesday, May 2, 2012

An Open Letter to Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dear Sherrilyn,
   My faith in you is restored.  My opinion of you is, perhaps, is even greater than it was before.
   For the past year, I've felt anxious and more than a little betrayed over the announcement that Darling would have a book with a female HEA.  Obviously, I had not had the opportunity to read Born of Silence to discover what you had in store for the character.  But I felt like you were changing him to make him more palatable to the masses.  It was especially distressing because I have always seen you as such an inclusive writer.  I've always felt like you accepted and embraced all of the world's differences.   But when presented with the chance to write a book that could drive this home in a meaningful way, you didn't.  You made a gay man straight to sell a book.
   I want to say that I've never felt so happy to be wrong about an author.  First of all, I thought Born of Silence was amazing.  You told everyone to trust you, and I didn't. And I'm sorry.  After reading it, I told everyone that it was great and I felt good about the series again.  But now, you have taken it a step further and I truly applaud you.  I am absolutely elated that you are writing a book for Darling's gay friend, Maris.
   Maris was one of my favorite things about Born of Silence.  And I am so proud to see that you are giving him a love story with another man.   I know that not everyone is a fan of m/m romance. That is what makes it brave, though. Especially for a bestselling author who doesn't usually write in this genre.
   I know that I'm just one little reader in a sea of millions of fans. But when I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. And I give credit where credit is due.  I can't wait to read Cloak & Silence.  Thank you for this.  You were right. I should have trusted you.


Note: I'm not sure if Cloak & Silence will be a full length book or a novella.  The release date is listed as December 15, 2012. I'll keep you informed. In the meantime, what do you guys think of a Maris book?

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At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 4:55:00 PM CDT , Blogger Vikki said...

I cannot wait to see what she'll do with Maris, I think she'll be able to handle a m/m book and write it well. I'm looking forward to seeing what she comes up with :)
I loved what she did with Acheron and how she handled his past as a whore to both men and women so I don't think she'll have any problems with writing a thrilling story for Maris.

Great letter btw :)

Vikki @ V's Book Life
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At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:03:00 PM CDT , Blogger Amber Hughes said...

Thank you for sharing this letter with us. I don't know if you saw my comment on your review, but I felt the same way you did about the change. I know she had said to trust her, but it wasn't until reading your review, that I felt better about everything. I'm waiting for Amazon to ship out my copy, but I can't wait to read it. I'm all for her writing an m/m book and I applaud her for it. Definitely adding Cloak & Silence to my TBR.

At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:40:00 PM CDT , Blogger Ferishia said...

I a huge fan of SK and LOVE her!! I'm a little behind on this series, so I have to catch up.

I'm both excited and more than a little apprehensive about her writing a m/m book. I read a LOOOOTTTTT of m/m books (I have one of my kindles with only m/m books on it). There are some that are really good and some, not so much. I'll be anxiously waiting to see if she can pull it off.

At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:28:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

Thanks Vikki. My fingers are crossed!

At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:29:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I did see it! I can't believe they still haven't shipped your book yet. I'd be going crazy.

At Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:30:00 PM CDT , Blogger Jen at Red Hot Books said...

I love m/m too. I can't wait to see how it plays out. And I hope it's not too short. :)

At Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1:56:00 AM CDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't buy that Darling was gay for a minute, mainly because of Desi in BoShadows and the fact that he's not at all turned on by Caillen. (Who isn't? I certainly was.) I'm totally in love with Maris (Even though I'm the wrong sex for him) and can't wait for his book. I know it'll be a great addition to the series. So excited!


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