Hello dear readers and welcome to my new urban fantasy standalone novel, Hedoschism!
Huge thanks to you all for stopping by and checking it out, whether you're one of my long-time readers or whether this is your first time reading any of my stories. If this is your first time reading, I can only apologise in advance and hope it doesn't deter you from reading anything else! For those of you who've been with me a while, you guys are insane and clearly high-level masochists, but that's probably why I love you so much ;-)
Starting new things is always nerve-racking, and I'm particularly nervous about this one as I had promised myself I wouldn't start posting on Wattpad until I'd finished writing the whole thing. Well, I'm barely five chapters in (at the time of writing this note - don't be alarmed!), but as usual, I miss everyone too much to stay away for long.
I'm going to start with the boring, but necessary stuff, I'm afraid. The ol' author's note. I'm often loath to give advance warnings to readers when starting a book about possible content and themes; one, because I hate revealing anything too early and two, because I generally think people should don their big girl/boy pants when reading adult fiction and not be surprised if a swear word or hot scene hits them in the face. But, I have to acknowledge that this is Wattpad after all, and I do appreciate that some readers might be new to my writing and not familiar with what's coming their way when they start reading my books ;-)
I also have to acknowledge that with Hedoschism, I may touch upon themes and subjects that some readers might be offended by, or which may trigger. I'm of the opinion that writers should rarely shy away from much in their work, even the dark and unpleasant things, whether that is to provoke discourse, raise awareness or simply mirror, or accurately represent, real life but I also want to make it clear from the start that it would never be my intention to upset anyone or cause distress. If, once you've read the following warnings, you think that content in this book might effect you in any way, please please do not read any further.
1. This book will contain mild swear words, violence, some horror and probably plenty of hot hippy-dippidy. Pretty much like everything else I write. If you're offended by any of these things THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU.
2. This book will contain themes of addiction and some mild references to abuse. I'm not here to glamorise either of these things, I'm merely telling the story of a girl who uses one to blot out the other. I'm also not here to sugarcoat anything, so if you believe this content may upset, trigger or offend you, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU. I would also urge anyone affected by subject matter within this book to seek help and advice, whether that be from a local or national organisation skilled in providing support services to those who have experienced or are experiencing addiction/abuse, or whether that is just to reach out to a friend/family member.
3. This book will contain themes of a religious nature, and by that I mean, I will be taking religious myth and giving it my own usual twist. I became very aware when writing The Whitechapel Chronicles that I have a number of readers who hold strong religious beliefs and I was conscious that I didn't want to offend anyone. I am highly respectful of all faiths, and while not practising of any faith myself, I am fascinated by religion and how it has shaped history and culture. I do not believe, however, that religious myth cannot be open to creative interpretation and there's a high chance there will be some content in Hedoschism that does offend if you are particularly sensitive to ideas that stray from scripture and traditional religious doctrine. I would like to remind everyone that this is FICTION. Writing this story does not mean I believe this to be the truth. It also does not mean that I am challenging anyone's beliefs. It's fiction. Nothing more, nothing less. If you believe this may offend you, THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU.
Okay, well if there are any of you left after all that serious stuff, I would like to thank you for sticking with me and also thank you in advance for all your support of Hedoschism. Please please do remember to hit the little star button and leave a comment on each chapter, it is always appreciated and I will do my best to answer every comment whenever possible.
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