Coffeegasm

Coffeegasm

Coffeegasm

Last week, my girlfriend gave me a refrigerator magnet with the definition for Coffeegasm written on it. I had never heard the word before, nor the meaning. Still, I loved the gift. Without a doubt, it’s me.

The definition reads.
Coffeegasm {noun}: that little rush you feel after the first sip of good, strong coffee.

CoffeegasmIt’s not a real word but so what. It’s an accurate depiction of what I feel when I take that first sip of coffee. In many of my novels, most especially in my Mona Bendarova series and first introduced in ‘The Taste of Honey,’ the main character Mona wakes up each day and almost immediately seeks that first sip of the day, relishing its flavor and feeling the warmth spread throughout her body. There is a lot of me in this character, as well in the other main character, Charles. Avril in ‘The Trafficking Consortium’ also loves her first sip of the day.

Understanding

Why do I like coffee so much? That’s a good question. It’s not like I grew up drinking it. In fact, my first cup was as an adult, working at my second full-time job. It was not a career job, but just a means to support myself while I stretched for my goals in life. That first cup was dark, black and with a lot of sugar. Looking back at those days, I can’t stand to think that is how I used to drink it. But what it did was get me to drink coffee regularly.

I suppose two things prompted me to try it back in the day. The first was the job. It involved long twelve-hour days, working the whole time on my feet, running around, putting in thousands of steps each day. I can’t even fathom how many miles I put in each of those days. Then one day, on a short break, I looked at the community pot of coffee and said, “Hmmm, let’s try it.”

The second thing enticing me to try it was my father. For as long as I knew him, Dad drank coffee every day. I even remember how he would order it from a street vendor in NYC or at home, or anywhere we would go to a restaurant; hot, extra sweet, extra light. Yuck! Was there even coffee in that cup?

Eventually, I dropped the sugar from my introduction to coffee and drank it hot and black. No doctoring it for me. I even liked the dark roasts and eventually tried my hand at espresso. For decades that’s how I drank my coffee, hot and black. Drinking it iced sounded revolting. Even in the hottest of summers, I drank it hot and black, enjoying that first sip and a coffeegasm.

Changes

Vanilla Latte, coffeegasmThat all changed when I found myself divorced and single, on the hunt for a new relationship. I don’t know what people do to meet someone for the first time, but I would meet her at a coffee shop and go from there. Oh my, what an adventure I started, but much of that is for another time. What I did was order a sugar-free vanilla latte. I was hooked.

For those that don’t know that’s an espresso with a shot of sugar-free vanilla syrup and lots of steamed milk. What an amazing taste. I’ve been hooked ever since that day. I literally had a coffeegasm.

is coffee better than sexWhich brings me to the question, is coffee better than sex? Hmmm, that’s a tough one. I love and need both. Both are an orgasm of sorts. Am I addicted to coffee? Am I addicted to sex? Those that know me maybe yes to both. I don’t know. Perhaps the answer to that question is, can I do without either? I choose not to answer that question. Do I prefer one over the other? Again, the same answer.

Now, years later, much to the chagrin of my girlfriend I drank it that way, though not always using espresso. My girlfriend drinks it hot and black and teases me incessantly about adding vanilla and milk.

Amendments

I don’t like the strong dark roasts anymore, instead preferring the lighter roasts. I get that same flavor I love, the coffeegasm from that first sip of the day, and without upsetting my stomach. Yes, strong, dark roasts give me agita (a Yiddish word for an upset stomach.)

I must go, coffee is calling

So maybe for me, I should amend the definition of coffeegasm to read:

Coffeegasm {noun}: that little rush you feel after the first sip of a good vanilla latte.

What do you think? Do you share your own passion for experiencing a coffeegasm? Let me know what you think. I’m always interested.

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Her Client

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Did you know? My book ‘Her Client’ is available for free. That’s right, this free book is yours to own your personal copy.

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In line with the weather this summer, it’s a hot story and not your usual crime drama. Not at all. Unlike other stories in this genre, it doesn’t gloss over the crime. This story describes the attack in all it’s awful detail, alternating from both the victim’s and perpetrator’s point of view.

You’ll cringe as you turn page after page, biting your knuckles as Jolene suffers, right in her own home. Find out how she deals with this home invasion, and what happens next.

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Polarizing

Love to hate or hate to love

Polarizing Stories

I recently came across the term polarizing on one of the few television shows I watch. In the program, the main character mentioned that he was a polarizing figure. You either liked or disliked him. There was no middle ground, and he was pleased with that view of himself.

Polarizing
your way or my way differing opinions

The way the character talked about his polarizing personality rang true with me. While I don’t consider myself to be polarizing, I do know that my books and stories are. I know that they are not for everyone. They are generally not the feel-good stories that many prefer. Instead, they deal with uncomfortable situations and often times violence.

Writing my first two books, ‘The Taste of Honey’ and ‘Broken Steele,’ I didn’t consider my reader much. I wrote what felt like were good stories. While I kept my audience in mind, I loved the scenes and characters and needed to tell their stories. There isn’t that much graphic violence in them, graphic sex sure but not that much brutality.

Market Analysis

When I was sure that writing was a vocation, I began studying my potential audience. The primary issue was finding a niche market that had little competition. Sure, I can write feel-good stories, full of sexual situations and adult language. The trouble is that there are literally millions of books in that category with tens of thousands of authors writing in that field. I estimated my odds of breaking into the top ten of that list as nil to none. Not at least without an agent promoting me.

No, I needed to find a market where there weren’t too many competitors in my market. After a few months of research, I realized that there was a market for my kind of stories. I discovered that most of the author’s danced around the actual crime or violent action, using the story to imply what happened to the victims. Yet, at the same time, I discovered that the audience in this field wanted to read about and feel the pain, brutality, and anguish suffered by the victims. ‘Hmmm,’ I wondered. Should this be where I concentrate my energies?

Testing my Hypothesis

That’s about the time I thought of a home invasion story and decided to apply my theory to the marketplace. To test out my hypothesis, I wrote and published ‘Her Client’ and sat back to watch what happened. Much to my surprise, it was an instant hit. It was cheap to buy and an easy read, filled with more graphic violence and sex, rivaling many graphic novels. I decided I was onto something and wrote two more follow-up stories following the main character throughout her transformation from victim to vigilante.

Indifference kills

As much as I like this trilogy, I knew it was still a polarizing series of books. Jolene, the main character in the stories, goes through a horrendous graphic assault which nearly kills her. It’s only through the intervention of her passed on best friend Julie that she finds her way back to the living and takes her pound of flesh from her tormentors. Jolene suffers throughout and is a changed person as a result. As an avenging angel, she becomes the polar opposite of the person she was before her initial assault.

Now I had a trilogy which I could use as a launching board to free or low-cost options into my world. Continuing on, the writing bug strong within me, I wrote another book ‘The Breakup’ in the same tenor as ‘Her Client.’ Granted, it is more of a novella rather than a full novel and not all that successful, but it contained the same kind of graphic violence as my previous stories. The reader will get the sense of what Ginny feels as she discovers just that her boyfriend means by dancing.

Verdict

Once again, due to the subject matter, you’re either going to like my story or not. There will be no middle ground. My stories are polarizing, just as are my new series of books from the ‘Consortium’ series. You’re either going to love them or hate them. What I don’t want from you is indifference. Indifference will kill the career.

As I grow as a writer, my stories and characters are more complicated. Sure, if you love my stories, you’ll love the sex and violence. You’ll also read touching emotions such as caring and love. I’m instilling a number of new conflicts in the characters. Some are subtle, and others may be more in your face. Conflict makes for a good story, because without it, why read the book?

Love to hate or hate to loveLove to hate or hate to love?

Be forewarned, my books are of the type that you love to hate or hate to love.

If you are interested in a feel-good romantic suspense thrillers, don’t read my stories.

But if you enjoy complex stories and characters you love, or love to hate, then, by all means, read my stories. They are available on Amazon and at your favorite eBook retailer.

Announcing: Perfect Prey arrives today

Perfect Prey

Perfect Prey arrives todayPerfect Prey arrives today on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle reader. Yep, that’s right. It’s out. Perfect Prey is Book 2 in the next suspenseful, thrilling chapter in the Consortium Series.

Announcing Perfect Prey arrives today

Check out the blurb on the book page at Amazon.

“Are you being hunted? Are you their perfect prey? What will you do after the Consortium takes you and sells you at auction? What happens after you are sold and transported across the world like cargo? Can you imagine your new life as owned property, with no hope of ever returning to your old life? To suffer and die at the whim of your owner. After you read this novel, you will never, ever stop looking over your shoulder.”

Scary, huh?

I’ll tell you, I think so too, and I wrote the story. What bothers me is that after I wrote The Trafficking Consortium, I started looking over my shoulders. I wonder, am I being followed? Unknown, but what I realized after the release of the first book in the Consortium Series, is that my story, while fiction, may emulate a real entity. I do not worry about being taken for someone’s pleasure. Instead, I fear that they might target me for getting too close to the truth and eliminate the threat of exposure. I wondered whether there really was an exclusive organization out there that routinely culls (kidnaps and kill) their prey.

Hostel

Similarities

Do you remember the Hostel movies starting in 2005? In the first installment, three backpackers hike around Eastern Europe bent on exploring hedonistic experiences. They become the prey an organization who torture and murder people for profit. They end up dead in scenarios not too dissimilar to my stories. The horrendous activities continue in the sequel with more gory killings. One victim turns the tables on her buyer who ends up being her victim. I think you will agree, the movies are believable and emulate a segment of real life?

Moreover, as you probably figured out by now, these movies are favorites of mine. Interestingly enough, they did not factor into my idea of writing my version. That was sitting in a doctor’s office and pondering a question. A question that began “What could happen if …” From there, my mind went wild and out came the first story. It wasn’t until months later that I realized the similarities.

Perfect Prey

The new suspense thriller Perfect Prey picks up several months after the end of the first book. Avril has trained under her owner, learning about the human body, what makes it tick, and more importantly, what it takes to silence forever the souls that once occupied the desecrated corpses.

The sequel expands upon the horrid desires of the Consortium membership by identifying and culling several people in their quest to satisfy their wants and needs. In spite of their cruel behaviors, they have some scruples with severe consequences to the violation of the rules. Who would imagine an organization hellbent on the torment and snuffing of innocents would fatally punish their own for operating outside the boundaries?

In light of her earlier experiences, Avril navigates her treacherous trail through the maze of blood and gore. In trying to avoid the fate of so many others, she hopes that she will one day escape the clutches of the Consortium. The problem as she sees it, is that the Consortium is large and experienced with covering their tracks. Likewise, she knows that simple escape would be meaningless. On the run, she would never be able to trust a loved one, a stranger, or even a member of law enforcement. Anyone of them might be a Consortium associate. No matter what, she learned to accept the truth revealed on her first day as captured prey. Her old life was forever over. She would never return to it. She would never again feel safe.

The plan

Yet, she’s determined to regain her freedom. She desires her freedom to live her life as she wants, without fear of being recaptured. The problem is, how. How can she orchestrate events that will lead to her freedom? What price must she pay? Somewhere along the way, she comes up with a plan, a plan that has some semblance of success. Once and for all, it would also save thousands a year from suffering her fate.

Can she pull it off? As Niccolo Machiavelli asked ‘Will the ends justify the means?’ More importantly, will God forgive her for what she must do to save herself and others?

Perfect Prey arrives today on Amazon for your Kindle or Kindle reader. Next month, the print version will be available for those of you who prefer an actual book in your hands.

After you read Perfect Prey, the next suspenseful, thrilling chapter in the Consortium Series, I suspect that like myself, you will forever look over your shoulders to see if someone is following you, hunting you, and preparing to steal you from your loved ones.

Perfect Prey cover reveal

Perfect Prey Book Cover

Perfect Prey Book Cover

Perfect Prey Cover Reveal

Book 2 in the Consortium series

Hello, all you readers out there, I am proud to show you the Perfect Prey Cover Reveal, book #2 in the Consortium series.

Nice huh? Okay, I am excited. Namely, this latest book is in the final stages of pre-publication. It’s been a lot of work, but hey, I don’t care. I enjoyed writing it. I can’t wait to get it out so you, my readers, can enjoy it also.

Perfect Prey cover reveal

Check out the synopsis and download the first chapter at my website page.
https://richardverry.com/stories/consortium/perfect-prey/

Synopsis

My beta readers and editor think it’s an incredible story. Avril’s journey, the main character, picks up about nine months after the end of the first book, The Trafficking Consortium. She’s learned a lot about the organization that stole her off the streets of her home-town, transported her halfway across the globe, and sold her into bondage to a ranking member of the Consortium.

Escape seems impossible to Avril, but she will not give up hope. Knowing that even if she could get away, her recapture was guaranteed. To be sure, escaping will destroy her owner’s trust, and upon her recapture, he will punish her mercilessly before killing her.

In Perfect Prey, she’s desperate to find a way to escape and live out a regular life. Thus, she devises a plan to regain her freedom, and at the same time stop them from tracking her down. However, to put the idea into action, she must become like her owner, performing abhorrent and despicable acts upon other captured prey like her.

Will God ever forgive her? Will God recognize her desire to destroy evil for the greater good?

As you read the next phase of Avril’s captivity, you will forever wonder, is this possible? Is the existence of the Consortium too far-fetched to believe? Could what happened to Avril, and all of the other people the Consortium preys upon, happen to you?

I will tell you this. Ever since I started writing these novels, I’ve been looking over my shoulder, nervous that I am getting too close to the truth.