Exiled by Lana Grayson (Anathema #2) Publication date: March 19th 2015 Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Synopsis: The only thing more sacred than the Anathema MC is the vengeance of a wronged man…Excommunicated…Exiled from the Anathema MC, Brew Darnell escaped the bullet only to face the unforgiving solitude of the road. With no future before him, Brew battles his past and vows to protect the one he loves the only way he can—by hunting the man who destroyed his family, devastated the Anathema MC, and betrayed every promise he ever made.Saved…Trapped in an abusive relationship with a sadistic biker, Martini Wright learned to manipulate, controlling her boyfriend’s temper with a wink and a smile until she’s traded as collateral to a rival MC. Her captor, Brew, has never trafficked a woman before, and Martini intends to exploit his guilty secrets to escape. Caught in the middle of a gang war, Brew and Martini fight a dangerous attraction—a second chance to heal from the mistakes of their past if they can confess the terrible truth.Redeemed…Brew failed his family before, but Martini can still be saved. With redemption delivered at the edge of a blade, Brew must choose who to rescue—the one he already lost…or the love he never deserved.
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Guest Post :
Yinz. Pop. Nebby. Buggy. Gum Band. Jagoff. Red up.
So, my hometown of Pittsburgh is a little…special. We’re not big like New York or well-known like LA, but a lot of people recognize us. They can’t help it—our regional dialect is impossible to hide.
Not only do we have our own vocabulary and quirky pronunciations (Go up to Gine Iggle and get some jumbo and chipped chop ham n’at before dat Stiller game dahn-town starts), we actually have our own grammar rules. We speak in ways I didn’t realize were incorrect until I published my first book!
Pittsburghese is so common with my friends, family, and coworkers, I’ve become grammar-blind. I can pick out the “yinzer” words that easily identify us, but there’s one major grammar rule we break all the time and no one from the area one realizes it!
The floor needs scrubbed. The baby likes cuddles. The cat wants fed.
To a Pittsburgher, these sentences are perfectly fine. To the rest of the world—and my very, very patient beta readers—they’re so horribly wrong one they thought I did it on purpose to make my characters seem less intelligent. The Pittsburgh region collectively drops the “to be” from our past participles, and they have absolutely no idea they’re doing it!
So, what do I do to fix it? Well, I scour for those typos, that’s number one. Finding beta readers outside of Western Pennsylvania was a good plan too. But…for authenticity’s sake, I set Exiled in the middle of Pittsburgh and I’m crossing my fingers to hope people think I just researched really, really well!
Still, for a region voted the worst accent in America, Pittsburghers really embrace their language quirks, and, if nothing else, it does lend a bit of flavor to the text.
I’d love to hear from readers on what they think of dialect in books. Anything from Huck Finn to Flannery O’Conner’s shorts to Trainspotting. Do you like seeing the region in books? Is it fun? Distracting? Let me know!
Lana Grayson was born to write romance. Her favorite genres range from the dark and twisty to the lighthearted and sentimental—as long as the characters are memorable, the story is fun, and the romance is steamy. Lana lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, and, when she isn’t bundled in her writing chair, she’s most likely cheering on the Steelers or searching for the ‘Burgh’s best Italian restaurants.
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