Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Baby Girl by C.M. Stunich @CMStunich @XpressoTours

Baby Girl
C.M. Stunich
Publication date: January 29th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

He died that night, alone, in the rain, in the dark, the boy that called me baby girl.
I was only seventeen; we were going to be together forever.

On his way to pick me up for prom, he swerved. I’ll never know what made him do it, what killed the boy I’d loved my whole life. With roses clutched in his hand, he bled out in icy wetness all alone.

His best friend is here though, and I’m pretty sure he loves me.
But after the accident, I left for a year and didn’t look back.

Now I’m back in town and my heart is like shattered glass.
Do I pick up the pieces and risk getting cut? And do I let another boy call me baby girl?

Guest Post:

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Ooo, I like this question! LOL. Well, I have to say that I’ve never really struggled writing the opposite sex. I’ve often wondered if being a bisexual woman has something to do with this, like having dated both men and women gives me an extra bit of insight? Either way, I truly enjoy writing dual POV books. “Baby Girl”, for example, is written from both the female main character’s point of view as well as from the love interest’s.

I think the most difficult part is trying not overcompensate for something we think the opposite gender should feel or say or do or want. For example, I’ve read a lot of urban fantasy novels with a female main character and a male writer that end up with an overly emotional MC and lots of forced romance. My goal is always to try and not put genderist stereotypes into my work. After all, we’re all humans and I think putting that into humanity into the writing is the most important part. Assuming a “man” is a certain way because of the shape of his genitals—and vice versa with a female character—is the last thing I’d ever want.

My favorite part about writing from a dude’s POV however is getting to pen those steamy scenes. I know for me what when I read, I try to put myself into the head of the main character, to become her. And then to see how the love interest feels about her inside his head, that’s a unique perspective we don’t often get to experience in real life.

My first foray into writing dual POVs was with my rock star series “Hard Rock Roots” starting with “Real Ugly”. Since then I’ve done dozens of others, including books in the reverse harem genre—one woman with at least three male love interest. Talk about challenging! I know when I started writing “Groupie” which features the female MC, Lilith, and her five lovers, I had to write not just one male POV but ALL FIVE. LOL. Making sure each guy had his own unique voice was a challenge, but one I’d gladly take on again!

When it comes to writing dual—or more POVs—in my stories, I just try to ask myself if the romance and setting would be better served by mystery (sometimes we don’t need/want to know what the guy is thinking!) or if his thoughts and feelings might make something clearer or more interesting. Each book is different, and I can’t say that I have a preference one way or the other—as a reader or a writer. Whatever works best for the story works for me!

Author Bio:

C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.