Please welcome Christina Crooks, to AtM. She's created a rather unique ebook, and she's here to tell readers all about it!
Romance Stories - An Interactive Fiction Collection
I'd first heard of interactive fiction in the 80s when I played old text-based computer adventure games like Zork and Leisure Suit Larry. In those games I typed brief commands to pilot my character through adventures, and much of the fun was the cheeky comments I got in reply, especially when I typed a swear word. Then there were the Choose Your Own Adventure[tm] books for kids. Those were short gamebooks narrated in second person, where I played at being an intrepid explorer who got to choose whether to time travel in order to hunt for a dinosaur egg (turn to page 47) or to hike up to the cave of perils to locate the magical talking ruby (turn to page 83). (Those possibly weren't actual choices; it's been a few years.) I also remember there were always lots more ways of failing and dying, often in amusingly grotesque ways, than succeeding.
Technology's reviving the genre of interactive fiction. A few years ago I started building some choose-an-adventure stories on my website just for fun. Then along came modern ebook reading devices. The Kindle's optimized for choose-an-adventure style interactive gamebooks, offering the ability to click to the next section of story rather than turning to page 47 or 83. And to instantly click back if a particular grotesque death is unpalatable. So I figured, why not offer a collection of interactive romance stories for grownups that have the same lighthearted, adventurous feel as the classic books?
My choose-an-adventure style collection of six romance stories is the result. These short stories give the reader choices, and what's decided makes each story veer onto paths with different endings. Each romance story is distinct, each story has at least one romantic happily-ever-after ending, and within each story lurks a few endings where you can die in brutal ways.
Needless to say, they're different from my novels like Hands On. Romance Stories - An Interactive Fiction Collection isn't just different due to the stories being shorter, but it's also way out there in second-person, mixed-genre la-la land, which is why I've added a "T" initial to my name to distinguish it from my more traditional work. I have to admit the weirdness of the interactive genre was part of its appeal to me as a writer, and I look forward to hearing how readers enjoy an updated and romantic version of the classic gamebooks.
Christina Crooks is a multi-published author with books for sale in print, electronic and audio editions. Her novels have been published by Kensington, Samhain, Five Star/Cengage, and Books in Motion Audiobooks. Christina currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Her books Rough Play, Hands On, Sweet and Dirty, L.A. Caveman, and Thrill of the Chase are available.
You can find Christina at her website (www.christinacrooks.com) on Twitter (http://twitter.com/clcrooks) or connect on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/christinacrooks.author)
Get a copy of Romance Stories - An Interactive Fiction Collection
- Christina is generously gifting one lucky commenter a print copy of HANDS ON, a great backlist story of hers!
- Please leave a comment on what you think about interactive fiction, or a question for Christina, along with your email addy.
- The contest will run from 12/21 - 12/25.
- Winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.