Happy Big Cocks Day!

Thanks, Cabal of Hotness, for organizing the Big Cocks and Shamrocks Giveaway Hop!  After you’ve read my entry, click the buff rooster or the link at the end to get to the list and hop on. Over 100 blogs will host giveaways between March 17-24 in honor of one of my favorite things on earth.

You have a dirty mind, I meant fiction!

First, a little business.  I’m giving away $10 in OmniBucks you can use to buy ebooks in any format at All Romance eBooks & all you have to do to enter is answer my question and leave your e-mail address.  On the 24th I’ll choose the winner using a random number generator.  It’s not hard, I promise.

Ooh, there you go again, I meant the question isn’t difficult.

Is bigger always better?  I’ve been thinking about a subject for this hop and keep coming back to this question.  It seems to be a trend (in the US anyway) to go for the biggest in everything—homes, cars, nacho platters, triple-chocolate volcano cakes—super-sizing is part of our culture.  But there’s one area where shorter and smaller may have the edge.  Fiction.

I love a good doorstop-sized novel, a thick 1,000+ page epic historical, but sometimes I’m so busy that even a 200-300 pager seems too long. Who knows how long my gratification will be delayed if I only have time to read 50 pages at a time (if that)?  At those times, bigger isn’t necessarily better.  Over the past couple years I’ve fallen hard for the Romance novella.  Stories from 10,000 to 30,000 words are special.  They’re more like a long holiday weekend than a two-week vacation; easier to squeeze into my life.  I don’t have anything against sub-plots but sometimes it’s nice to stay out of the hero’s family dramas, or the other hero’s best friend’s love life.  It’s intriguing to focus on two people working past one or two very specific obstacles to reach their HEA.  I can be a fly on the wall on their date or in their bedroom without the worry of being caught staring (or peeping).

I hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t always go for the biggest in everything, because my upcoming release with Dreamspinner Press is a novella.  It’s a short vacation at Long Sands Beach (a fictionalized version of one of my favorite towns on the Oregon coast), and one of my heroes is not your typical Romance hero.  He’s not a perfect alpha male, and he’s even had the horrible label of “average size” used to describe the part of him making the decisions when he can’t (or won’t).

So, which would you rather read, a full-length novel or a novella?  Bonus points for a little insight into why you feel the way you do.

Answer in the comments for a shot at my prize, and click the Rafflecopter link below and enter to win the grand prize — a Basket Full of Naughty!

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If you haven’t found enough to read yet, click here for information about my debut with Etopia Press, Comfort and Joy.  No shamrocks there, but you will find two big cocks.

Oh, and if you’re still with me, check back later in the week for a new post and a new prize.  I’m busy studying for finals as I write this, but after the 18th I’ll be feeling more generous, and possibly giddy over my one whole week of freedom.  *lol*  Who knows what will come of that!



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38 thoughts on “Happy Big Cocks Day!

  1. Great post, Charley! In answer to your question, I know I’m going to sound indecisive, but it just depends. I generally prefer longer length novels because I want to really get to know the characters, get into their heads, figure out their thought processes and motivations. I can certainly appreciate a good sensual scene, but personally, I’m not satisfied if that’s all there is. Sometimes all you have is a small amount of time, though, and if I can find a novella that is more than just a long sex scene, I’m a very happy girl. So there is my opinion.
    bloodandfires at yahoo dot com

    • Thanks, Jade! That’s one problem with easy questions–they usually don’t have easy answers. But you have made me think about a 10k word sex scene . . . wonder if I could write one that didn’t feel gratuitous?
      Have a happy Sunday! 😀

  2. You made me think of my choices, Charley. In fact, I love novels the best. If they have several parts all the better. It comes with the fact that I am a fast reader and easily devour a book in one day if I really like it. So, a novella or even shorter novels are just too short for me. Though I do sometimes read them when they come from the pen of one of my favorite authors.

  3. Lovely post, Charley.

    I like novels – big meaty complex plots with masses of characters to care about. I’m reading Joe Abercrombie’s ‘Bloody Nine’ books at the moment and they are fantastic – grittily violent, funny, exciting. But there’s a place for short stories too. I don’t have much time to read so something I can tear through in half an hour before sleep is brilliant. Sometimes you want a four course dinner, with coffee and mints to follow, and sometimes you just want a jam sandwich. Homemade bread, wild strawberry conserve and real butter, of course. Quality counts a lot with short works.

    Good luck with the blog hop.

  4. I like a sink into doorstopper but it has to be good and gripping or I will just sink out again after the first 50 pages, soI’m looking for complex characters and plot. Having said that I adore the pulp fiction writers of the 30s and 40s. They wrote short but how they wrote….well.
    I’d also love to write short but plot ande character..I just can’t.

    • Ooh, it’s been a while since I’ve read any good old pulp! Love books that grab me from the first paragraph and never let go. 🙂

      Thanks for the idea–maybe once my two WIPs are done I’ll have to try something a little more pulpy!

  5. Depends on the story and how well it was written… I personally like both (greedy, I know sorry…)

    BeckeyWhiteATgmailDOTcom

  6. I love both. I do a lot of reading so I try to do one full length novel or two a week and I generally read a novella a night. I even like to start an anthology and read one of the stories on the treadmill and usually another while i cook dinner. so i guess the answer for me is its not how big or small just how good!

  7. Whatever I read depends on the mood I am in at the time. Some days I just need a little pick me up or have just a bit of time to read so I like a novella. Other days, I want a day long read fest with a sexy wolf or a gorgeous cowboy. In the end, I just love to read and will do so with whatever falls into my hands.

  8. Novel. I always want more even when a novella is written well. Of course, I can be satisfied by a series of novellas. LOL Thanks for the contest and good luck on your upcoming release. I’ve a ton of friends who have gone through DSP with great success for their novellas.

  9. If I’m in the mood to read something sexy and get to the good stuff right away, I prefer a novella. Considering that they are usually written within a short period of time it makes it more exciting and less drawn out. A short story is just too short.

    I like to get to know the characters a little bit. However, when it comes to erotica, a novella is best for me. I’m greedy like that. lol

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Hugs,

    Emma

    • Hi Emma, thanks for stopping by! Another vote for the novella! Sometimes I’m greedy like that too & just want to get to the steamy part as fast as possible. It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one!

  10. There are many epic novels that I hold dear to my heart so I do prefer the length and depth of a good novel. I have been known to throw a thick to the curb in disgust when it is all filler and no meat. I have also read many novella series that I would much rather they were published under one cover. It’s kinda irritating to “finish” a book and have to wait for what is basically the next chapters to be published. Considering all that there are many many really good stand-alone novellas that I do not regret reading for one moment. As real estate is “location location location” so is fiction “content content content”.

    • I was surprised like that once, read a good novella that ended with a massive cliffhanger only to find out it was part of an ongoing series. That’s the downside to staying away from spoilers I suppose!

      I like that “content content content”! So true. Thanks for playing along, Nancy! 🙂

  11. It kind of depends on my mood, if I want something short and quick, I read a novella, but I like novels, I can lose myself in them.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  12. It really depends on what the scenario and characters dictate. Sometimes one fleeting little scene is the perfect thing, and sometimes only an epic will do! I do tend toward the shorter or mid-length works, since I’d rather want more than think “God, get an editor!”

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  13. That is a very HARD question to answer. It all depends on the story sometimes. If the story is really good, I want it to go on and on. I like stories that develop the characters a little and their backgrounds. I sometimes feel lost with shorter stories. But there are also times when I don’t want to get mentally involved with a book so a nice short story is perfect. My problem with the shorter stories sometimes are the cost. I saw a story with only 30 pages for $4.99!! I can find many LONGER stories for that price or less.

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

    • Thanks for your comment Susan! Wow, 30 pages for five bucks–I doubt I’d buy that even from one of my auto-buy authors, that’s pretty steep!

      I know what you mean–when I meet cool characters I want to hang out with them for a long time. It’s always tempting to make a story longer, but sometimes they just want to be short & sweet. 🙂

  14. I read really fast (grad school labor). So I like really long novels, and actually prefer series of really long novels! But since I love to read, I enjoy novellas too, although short stories are just too short.
    Urb
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  15. Full length novel because I like to read more about how the characters get their HEA
    Thanks for participating

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  16. I’ll read pretty much anything. It all depends on my mood. Sometimes I just want to read some short stories before bed so I can finish the story and not be kept up wondering what happens next but i usually have like multiple books going at once, So yea pretty much everything. 🙂
    -Amber
    goodblinknpark(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  17. Bigger is definitely not always better. I just got done reading a book that I couldn’t wait to finish…not because it was so good, but because it seemed to long. That being said I don’t like really short shorts either.

    Then again, there are some books you wish would never end, so I guess it totally depends on the story, LOL. How’s that for being non committal, LOL.

    booklover1335 at gmail dot com

  18. I think bigger is better, but not always and there is such a thing as tooooo big. Plus sometimes it seems like size is over exaggerated in erotic romance novels

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

  19. I think shape matters more.
    I love how naughty this hop sounds and it just so happens that I am a BIG fan of both those things. As for St. Patty’s Day, I spent the day working and the evening partying. I went to visit my best friend and we went to two Irish Pubs as well as an assortment of other places. We danced and flirted and sported green. We even got hit on my two cops who stopped their cop car just to talk to us. At first, I thought we were in trouble for something but then they said they thought they knew one of us. Well, they didn’t… they just wanted our phone numbers. Cute.
    Thanks for the giveaway! And, I hope you had a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  20. I don’t really think that the size matters. Sometimes novellas would be better longer (more opportunity to expand on the characters) but then there are novels with a lot of filler that would be better with it cut out. It just really depends on the story and the length needed to tell it.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  21. Loved reading the post! I prefer full length novels. I feel that I can really get into the story that way. Some novelas are written well & have given me what I need from reading a book. But some others have left me flapping in the breeze like a wind-blown flag.
    Thank you for the giveaway & being in this fun hop!

    JessieL62(at)comcast(dot)net

  22. I prefer full-length novels because you get a more in depth view of the characters and backstory, etc.

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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