Hi, All the advice is that I'm supposed to write a profile, but I find it a lot easier to write about the characters in my novels than about me. If I write it one way it sounds so boring that I wouldn't read it, so why inflict it on you. If I do it the other way, it sounds as if I think there are only two good authors in history, me and Will Shakespeare, and that is worse. There are at least three good authors ! (joke) When I have read bios from other authors, I'm not too concerned with where they went to school, what their favorite color is or whether they are 4 feet tall or 8 feet tall. I want to know "what makes them tick" and "What is it that they are trying to say?" The average bio just does not tell me, and I'm not sure if I know how to say it, so I'd prefer to let my characters talk for me. Maybe the best bet is to tell you what and why I write. Well, first off, I enjoy doing it, so even if you hate my books, there is one person that likes 'em - me! I have read a cross section of literature over the years. In most genres there is plenty of variety, and that makes a book or a film good, as you don't know what will happen. I recall reading one novel and there was a subplot with a cute Chinese gal. I wondered if she was going to make it to the end of the story or not. At various times, it looked bad for her, and in the end I was more concerned about her than the main plot. With most "Romance", the plot is 'girl meets boy; girl loses boy, girl regains boy'. If there is a good girl/bad girl battle, you know on page ONE which is which, so you know what will happen on p336. All that the other 334 pages do is to fill in the precise details. With erotica, the sex can be much steamier, and the HEA (Happy Ever After) is not necessary, but the girls are often just a system to transport the sexy bits from one bed to the next bed. That is degrading to women, and it stinks! I even saw a review where the reviewer PRAISED the lack of character development or plot. If the review was fair, then I do not think I would care much for that book. People are not self-propelled sex organs seeking another organ. They have all sorts of hopes, fears, desires, hang-ups, and that is what makes us act as we do. I wanted real people to inhabit my novels. I wanted Mary Beth and Kitty, Lady Annabelle and Mavis, Tanya, Svetlana, Abby, Tracy and Phoebe to be people you can relate to, and even think, “Yeah, I knew someone like that.” I guess another influence that impelled me to write is that there are things I feel strongly about. In the US, one phrase that gets me real mad is “trailer trash”. Someone may come from a poor background and live in grim surroundings, but that does not automatically make them trash to be despised. There are plenty of nasty people to be found in such circumstances, but you can find nasty people in the most luxurious penthouse as well. Has anyone written about a Penthouse Pig?In “Gold Medal Momma”, there is a Trailer park gal. Does she deserve to be called trash? In the UK there are similar phrases. In “The Lady and the Slut” the yawning gap between a gal who is the daughter of the Manor House and a gal whose mum was the village slut is central to the story. “Three Brides and One Guy” opens just after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and recalls the horrific ethnic cleansing in Chechnya where Russian families fled or died. Those that fled back to Russia faced discrimination. "Three Brides" explored a whole host of issues. In "The Slutlets Get Mad", the Conroy twins, Tracy and Phoebe take center stage in a sexy action packed tale set in the Cotswolds and Moscow with an explosive finale. There's plenty of sex, plenty of adventure and a chance to get to know Abby and her two daughters better. 'Even When You Lie' and its Sequel. 'Cotcote Babes' enter the world of office politics, office sex and the notorious Christmas Party. An interracial affair kicks off between an Asian girl and an English guy, but soon they must run for their lives from an Honour Killing. Add a gold digger who sets out to nail the boss and a gal whose mom dumped her like a carton from a fast food meal when she was five and the there is a heady mix of sex, love, lust, betrayal and drama. 'Once Upon an Office' depicts the self-contaied world of office politics and office sex. By highlighting these issues in a novel, I can say "Hey, what about this?" To take the easiest one, we all know that phrase "trailer trash", but people are NOT trash because of where they live. PERIOD. I would apply the trash label to the person who thinks of another human being in those terms, as it is nasty and unfair. OK, I guess I'd better calm down! If you decide to read one of my novels, I hope that YOU will ask yourself a few questions at the end of it. The characters are imaginary, but the problems they face are real, and real people face them every single day. Often the emotional baggage that the characters carry, or the way other people react to them, determines what will happen. I do kind of like a story where someone from the wrong side of the tracks makes good in the end, and I don’t like a story where the bad guy or bad girl are top of the compost heap on the last page. I'd like to say a big thanks to the kind folks who added me to their favorite authors list. That was much appreciated. Some are readers and that is real nice. Some are authors, and it is nice that we can appreciate one another's work. It is also a change from the author bashing that the "Thought Police" engage in on certain sites. Why in tarnation should we be nasty to one another? I just don't see what the folks that do it can get out of it. If you want to find out about my novels type in Cindy May in a search engine or on Smashwords, Amazon etc, and you should find a link I have a website on Google with a write up on my books and a few personal thoughts etc. https://sites.google.com/site/cindymaywriter/home I think I’ve said enough. LOL CM
Cotcote Babesby Cindy May
Love, Sex and Terror as East and West clash over Honour Killing. Zafira outraged her family and barely escaped a fire bombing with her English boyfriend. Taken in by Tracy and her sister, a plot to kill the Asian girl brings terror to Cotcote. Tracy is in Moscow, and her Lezzy partner Vera dissolves in tears. Prostitution, striptease, girl-horse sex, dogging,
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Love, Sex and Terror as East and West clash over Honour Killing. Zafira outraged her family and barely escaped a fire bombing with her English boyfriend. Taken in by Tracy and her sister, a plot to kill the Asian girl brings terror to Cotcote. Tracy is in Moscow, and her Lezzy partner Vera dissolves in tears. Prostitution, striptease, girl-horse sex, dogging, father-daughter incest, brothel sex
‘Cotcote Babes’ follows on from ‘Even When You Lie.’ Jacqui lost her job as a General Office girl at a firm of accountants because she stole from the petty cash tin. With no references, the only job she can get is in a local massage parlour working as a prostitute. Abandoned by her mother at the age of five, life has been hell for her ever since with a string of violent and abusive boyfriends. Forced by her boss at the brothel to take clients without protection, it is not long before she is sitting in the Sexually Transmitted Diseases clinic at the hospital. Jacqui is scared and lonely, and her drug-using boyfriend is no help to her. After nineteen years, she had run out of friends and even hope. Then she is called in to see the doctor. Life is about to get worse.
Asian girl Zafira had rejected an arranged marriage. She and her English boyfriend Jerry fled when their home was firebombed in an attempted Honour Killing by her family. Offered sanctuary by Tracy Conroy, one of the nympho daughters of Abby Conroy, all seems well, but a chance encounter reveals her whereabouts to her vengeful relatives.
Conroy House, in the tranquil Cotswold village of Cotcote, is not just the home of the Conroy family, but the headquarters of the Conroy Trust which was set up by Russian-born Lady Conroy to provide a refuge for destitute woman who are exploited on the notorious Moscow tochka street girl trade.
Moscow can be a dangerous city, and a girl needs to be streetwise if she is to survive. Tracy Conroy, who is Deputy CEO of the Trust, is in Moscow when trouble strikes back home in Cotcote village. With Zafira and her boyfriend facing death and Tracy’s sister Phoebe, her lesbian girlfriend Vera and her sixty-something Granny all at the mercy of religious fanatics, what can she do? At first sight, the diminutive but sex-mad Tracy would not frighten a fly, but is she as helpless as she seems?
Cotcote Babes has all the ingredients of an adult romance, passionate love, sizzling sex, etc., but turns the clichéd ‘girl meets boy, loses him, regains him’ formula on its head.
Jacqui is the victim of her own folly and of her tormented life, and as she struggles to survive we start to think, ‘there but for the grace of God go I.'
All religions proclaim ‘God is Love’ but some of their adherents make hate the mainspring of what they do in the name of God, as Zafira and Jerry discover.
Their religion and their colour may not be the same, but if you hurl a stone at Zafira or Jerry the blood will be just the same colour. The sickening impact of stone on flesh will hurt the same, and the knowledge that the person you love will suffer the same fate is just as agonising
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