Monday, January 10, 2011

A Personal WTFckery Story

Usually I leave WTFckeries to KB Grant of Babbling About Books, And More! (she does such a great job at them) but this time I just had to speak up.

In one corner we have Faer Fetched by Christine Warren:

"What would you say if I told you I could make your deepest fantasies come true?" Well, most women would jump at an offer like that, but not Danice Carter. She's heard that tired old bar line before and she's not buying it. Hours later, while she is asleep in her apartment, strong and very capable hands are doing the most deliciously erotic things to her body. But what is going to happen when she realizes that those hands are not part of a dream, but very real?

As a changeling, Mac Callahan's magic power is not strong enough to get him in his current situation. Not that he is complaining since he is stuck in limbo, with no clothes and the very sexy Danice. The question is how did they get there and who is responsible?

In the other we have Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here, also by Christine Warren:

Danice Carter is not one for glass slippers. A stilettos-wearing lawyer at one of Manhattan’s most elite establishments, Danice has a very strong grip on reality. So when she’s asked by one the firm’s founding partners to take on a personal case, Danice knows she’s in for the opportunity of a lifetime. All she has to do is convince her top boss’s granddaughter, Rosemary, to file a paternity suit. Sounds simple enough…until Danice arrives at Rosemary’s home and is pounced on by a handsome stranger.

Private investigator McIntyre Callahan’s was only following his powerful client’s orders: Find Rosemary—at all costs. Instead, he’s found a super-hot lawyer prowling around looking for answers he can’t give. The half-human, half-Fae Mac tries to warn Danice that she’s way in over her head—that Rosemary may roam among The Others, and may have dangerous ties to the Unseelie Court—but she won’t be deterred. Even if that means following Mac to the ends of the earth to find Rosemary…or surrendering to his supernatural powers of temptation…until death do they part.

Know what those are? Those are different book blurbs, different stories, different everythings, about the same set of characters in one series. 

I've already had one rant about authors who don't realize readers follow them from ebook to print, but this is a new one even for me. Faer Fetched was originally available from Ellora's Cave as a 37 page Quickie (it's not there anymore), and while it wasn't a great book it did allow readers to continue on with the adventures of the main set of friends. Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here was published a couple months ago I think and not only does it exist awkwardly in the timeline of the series (one of the friends isn't a vampire or married even though that book came out a year or two ago) in re-writes entirely a HEA that already happened.

Is nothing sacred anymore?!

I understand that Warren owns these characters but shouldn't something be said about respecting the intelligence of your readers? I'm sure I'm not the only one who read her work when they were ebooks. I probably could have accepted an expanded version of the original title, say using the first 37 pages that had already be done as a pro-logue to this new work, but that's not at all what happened.

I guess I'm going to finish the book, I mean I bought it and I do kind of still like this series, but it's almost more than my mind can handle, getting past this whole load of dog doodoo. For shame Christine Warren, for shame.