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C.D. Reiss is an American novelist that writes erotic romance. Reiss started writing seriously in 1992. However, no one would give her a shot. Every agent she approached turned her away. So she fled to Los Angeles to chase her Hollywood dreams.
Order of Crowne Brothers Series
|1||Iron Crowne||2019||Description / Buy|
|2||Crowne of Lies||2020||Description / Buy|
|3||Crowne Rules||2020||Description / Buy|
|4||Fake Crowne||2023||Description / Buy|
|5||Crowne Jewel||2023||Description / Buy|
The author enrolled at USC and secured a master’s degree in screenwriting. Unfortunately, the achievement did nothing for her. She wrote several screenplays, but they went nowhere. She took a temporary break from writing when her son came along. Although, she doesn’t think she missed much. At the time, she couldn’t even get a meeting.
By the time she returned to the workforce, her situation hadn’t improved. Reiss only continued to write because she was too stubborn to give up. She had no intention of letting other people tell her what she could or couldn’t do.
Although, the author had her limit. She might have surrendered altogether if she hadn’t discovered Amazon KDP. Reiss hoped that turning a screenplay into a novel would change her fortunes. But the author was still a novice, and her first novel was terrible. She has admitted as much in interviews.
But the book served its purpose. It taught her how to write fiction. She did better on the following three books (Mystery novels). The manuscripts did moderately well. But it would be an exaggeration to call them a success.
The author changed tracks in 2012 when she published ‘Beg.’ She wrote the book because a friend encouraged her to experiment with shorter, sexier, serialized fiction. Reiss had nothing to lose, so she wrote and published ‘Beg,’ hoping to make the mortgage by selling it for 2.99.
By the time her erotic fiction gained traction, the author was having so much fun in the genre that she couldn’t stop. She doesn’t regret making the shift. Even when she wrote mysteries, the author couldn’t help but add some light romance.
Reiss had a strong urge to focus on the romance, but she knew that doing so would break the rules of the genre, and her readers would revolt. Initially, her goal was to dabble in romance for a little while to get the urge out of her system before running back to mysteries.
But once she dipped her toes into the contemporary and erotic romance subgenres, she found it all but impossible to turn back. These days, the author’s biggest challenge is keeping things fresh.
Although, the obstacle has done little to compromise her production rate. Reiss has a wild imagination, and it has never disappointed her. She doesn’t write every day. The author allows her stories to stew in her brain for as long as possible before she puts them on paper.
Reiss doesn’t bother with outlines. She makes things up as she goes. She commends her screenwriting experience for teaching her a storytelling structure that emphasizes entertainment over prose.
From what Reiss has seen, readers don’t care about the adverbs and tenses you use. All they want is an exciting story. This is where screenwriters shine. They don’t obsess over the quality of their sentences.
C.D. Reiss Awards
The author won an Audie Award.
Best C.D. Reiss Books
Even though she writes thrilling stories filled with larger-than-life characters, the author is an ordinary woman, a relatively conventional wife, and a mother. Reiss’ best books include:
Beg: Monica Faukner was dedicated to her music. She took every opportunity to perform alone and with her band. But juggling music with her part-time waitressing job was easier said than done.
She made things worse by spilling a tray of drinks on Jonathan Drazen. Monica could have brushed the incident aside if Drazen wasn’t her boss. Fortunately for Monica, the hotelier and real estate magnate isn’t going anywhere. Soon enough, she will have another opportunity to make a better first impression.
Tease: Jonatha Drazen fired Monica when she spilled a tray of drinks on him. But he also got her a new waitressing job elsewhere. The pair couldn’t ignore their attraction for one another. But the passionate sex couldn’t hide the demons that kept them from committing to each other.
Now, their saga has taken a turn. Jonathan and Monica have an arrangement. Their sexual escapades have no strings attached. But even though Monica is too scared to enter a serious relationship, Jonathan’s hold over her is growing.
What Is The Next Book in The Crowne Brothers Series?
The next book in the The Crowne Brothers Series by C.D. Reiss is Crowne Jewel and will be released on June, 27th 2023.