Saturday, July 2, 2016

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Guest Post
Not Your Typical Vocabulary Lesson
(AKA Why R. Phoenix is a Geek)

It’s true. I have an addiction. To grammar. To spelling. To punctuation. I have an ongoing love affair with the ellipse, and I flirt constantly with dashes. Commas and I have a bit of a rocky relationship. 

I have a word fetish.

I love big words and small words, long words and short words; I love synonyms and antonyms and contronyms. But most of all, I love words with multiple meetings. There’s just something about words. 

Either you feel the same, or you’re feeling particularly masochistic, because I plan on giving you the rundown on why I named my books what I did. Yes, this is a vocabulary lesson. No, I’m not trying to bore you to tears. (I’d rather save the tears for when you read my books. Just saying.)

Bought. Ravel. Recoil. Owned. Temper. Five or six letters each, but jam packed with meaning. Bear with me, folks. This should at least be marginally entertaining. (Of course, I might be lying. Authors are known to spin tales, after all.) 

In Bought, Elias buys Jace. Jace has been bought. Simple, right? But wait, there’s more! The Enforcers bought Jace’s story about being in the Rebellion. Jace was trying to buy time for his lover. Elias thinks he got quite the buy, but who did he have to buy to get a werewolf? Surely there were others who wanted to buy him…

Okay, you get the point. 

Ravel is a contronym, which is a word with contradictory meanings. It literally means to tangle and to separate. (Don’t even get me started on how unravel fits into the equation. It about made my poor little head explode). It also can mean a broken thread or a tangle, to complicate or to resolve. When Reese and Ashton meet, their lives ravel--but will it continue to ravel, or will it start to ravel? Okay, I couldn’t help it. 

I might curse myself for naming Ravel and Recoil such similar names, but they’re both so perfect. Recoil is one of those words that’s just beautiful. You can recoil from someone--you can flinch away, jerk back, pull away. Or someone’s plan can recoil upon them. So let’s recap: you can recoil from someone, or your plan can come back on you. Which one is it going to be in Recoil? (More importantly, are you recoiling from my geekiness yet?)

All right, all right. I’ll try to behave. We’re almost done. 

In Owned, Elias owns Jace. Can Jace hold his own against Elias? Does Khaz own up to what he’s done? Does Noah come into his own? I could have named each title after a definition, I swear. Check out this list. It means all of these things: to acknowledge, confess, control, defeat utterly, possess, take over, take responsibility for… You can come into your own, you can hold your own, you can have something of your own, you can be on your own, or you can own up to something. Oh, own, how I love thee.

And then we come to my most recent book, Temper. Temper is probably my favorite. Reese is usually even-tempered, but will he lose his temper? Oh, I said I wouldn’t do that, didn’t I? It also means a state of mind, the heat of passion...rage, or composure. It means to soften or harden, to moderate or strengthen through hardship. What sort of events temper Reese and Ashton in Temper? (*cue ominous music*)

Okay, so this has been a vocabulary lesson by R. Phoenix. If you’ve read this far, you have my condolences. 

About the Book

Title: Temper: A Ripples in the Status Quo Story [Book 5]
Author: R. Phoenix
Cover Artist: Brandyjo Newton
Release Date: 7/1/16
Length: 40,000 words without front/back matter. (Exactly. 41,929 words with front/back matter.)
Price: $3.99. [Discounted 7/1 & 7/2 only.] Temper is also available on Kindle Unlimited.
Blurb: Only love can set off the ripples that could change this depraved world for the better. 

Only one thing can keep Ashton safe from the supernatural predators who made the world into their depraved, twisted playground after the Takeover—but it’s the one thing that would steal the last remnants of his freedom. At every turn, society confronts Reese and Ashton with the way humans are treated as mere playthings to be used and discarded. When they realize their own desires and pride have no place in the status quo, Ashton and his werewolf lover understand they’ll have to engage in the deadly games played by those in charge if they want to make a difference. 

But Reese isn’t a diplomat, and Ash is only human. Together, they must decide if they’re willing to work with the devil they know in what might change everything or rely on their consciences in a world that has no place for kindness or honor... and if they’re ready to sacrifice everything along the way. 


(This dark erotica work caters to those who cheer on the villains as they pursue their matter what it takes to get there. This includes Very Bad Things as well as Very Sexy Things. 

Those with sensibilities will likely be offended and want to attack the author with flaming pitchforks. If this applies to you, save an author. Step away from the button. 

Lightheartedness aside, this is dark erotica, and it does contain elements of depravity and cruelty that will be offensive to some readers. Please proceed with caution or skip this read.) 

About the Author

R. Phoenix has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes that love can corrupt and power can redeem. Her muse is a sadomasochistic slave driver who thinks it's terribly amusing to give her the best ideas when she just got comfortable and warm in bed, and she passes on that torture to her readers. 

If she had it her way, she would describe the books in her "Ripples in the Status Quo" world as: "Supernatural creatures take over the world and turn humans into pets and food. There's some sex between guys. And... um... effed up things happen." It's probably a good thing she has people around her to remind her that she actually wants people to read her books. (They should really be more diligent, especially when they know she's writing her author bio.)

She's an author, stay-at-home mother, housewife, second time college student, and duck herder extraordinaire. She's learning how to cook without burning the house down, her garden is somehow neither drowning nor drying up, and one day she might remember what that mythical thing called "free time" is. She's starting to wonder who thought it was a good idea to write bios in third person.

She also tries entirely too hard to be funny, and she mercilessly inflicts her terrible sense of humor upon anyone who speaks to her. Really, it's not you. It's her. All the same, she'd love it if you'd say hello, because it makes her day to hear that someone read something she wrote. If they enjoyed it, there's usually an awkward happy dance and embarrassing sounds of joy to accompany it (no, not that kind of sound, you perv). If all of that hasn't scared you away, please visit her website at


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