32 Responses to “One World Over: The Barely-AU and the Birth of Anchored”


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  1. Love the concept – well, in that yes slavery is bad kind of way. Looking forward to surfing along with you on your tour. Good luck!

    • Miranda – I think the forced slavery is a common concept and when handled well, like Rachel mentioned, can be a very romantic element.

  2. Heh, yeah, I know what you mean. Personally I find the idea of forced slavery in fiction to be quite hot, but then you’re left with this sort of oily uncomfortable feeling when you’re faced with the reality of how awful it is. That said, I’m finding myself having trouble letting go of this world, so there’ll be at least two more stories to come in it :)

    Thanks for joining us on the blog tour and I hope you have a fabulous time!

  3. This sounds bizarre and very original. Good luck with the release!

  4. LOL, thanks kindly, Lisabet!

  5. dlee

    Hmm. I don’t watch that much television but I looked up your clues and came up with Angel Investigations,True Blood and Lost Girl: A Succubi’s Tale. I’ll be interesting in seeing what the Real answers are! And I look forward to getting a chance to read Counterpoint. I’ve heard good things about it.

  6. Dlee, I was about to say “Almost but not quite,” but then realized that Angel was in fact a secret vampire detective, so I think I’ve gotta give you this one. I was actually referring to Moonlight (starring my current tv-boyfriend/hottie Alex O’Loughlin), but your answer works just as well. Drop me an emal at metarachel (at) gmail (dot) com with your address so I can send out your prize :)

    (Swag should be arriving to me in about a week, so expect it to you in about two weeks.)

  7. I’ve read a few fantasy books which have slaves as part of the culture, but nothing set in modern times. It’s an interesting concept, and I think you are right, Rachel, it makes you feel a little uncomfortable but fascinating non-the-less.

    • Jenre – I think it’s a a good thing when a ficticious world makes readers a little uncomfortable especially if it makes us look at our own world with critical eyes.

      • Agreed with both of you. A story like this can certainly turn a focused lens on our own world and our own expectations. And, like you, Nina, I enjoy entertainment that makes me a little uncomfortable. Not just in books, but also tv, movies, even activities: I’ll do things that scare me a little (skydiving, say), and I enjoy darker films that expose the seedier underbelly of human nature. In a way, Anchored does the same, though at heart it’s very much a love story.

  8. It’s a strange dichotomy, a little hard to reconcile, quite frankly. We think of ourselves as so modern and cultured, but then, so did–and were at the time–the Greeks and Romans, and they had slaves too. I wish I’d had a little more space in Anchored to explore the Belonging world and its politics, but Anchored is more Daniel’s story than anything (though that is by nature a reflection of the world in which he exists), which is why my brain is already turning over sequels :)

  9. Nicely done. Loved the quick pace of your writing. Does the book have a lot of comedy?

    • Thanks kindly, James :) Anchored doesn’t have much room for humor, I’m afraid, although there is one line in there that kills me every time, even though I’ve read it probably a hundred times over now. There’s a lot more snark and humor in Counterpoint, but there was room for it there: Counterpoint had two alpha heroes butting heads, and one of them was quite sarcastic. In Anchored, while Carl is rather quite a lot on the sarcastic side, he mostly holds it back for Daniel’s sake. And poor Daniel is too well trained to let his tongue wag, no matter how much he might want to.

  10. The story is different…..I will be checking the book out for sure….Great blog post…

    • Thanks kindly, Savannah! There’s lots more fun coming on the blog tour as well, in particular tomorrow’s stop at L.C. Chase’s blog. She’s put together some newspaper ads that are easily ten kinds of f@*ked-up awesomeness 😀

    • Savannah – Thanks so much for stopping by. I do love Rachel’s premise, it certainly is a unique world she’s set her story in.

  11. Looks like a PAR-TAY, Rachel! Congratulations!

  12. Mrs. Missive

    “Aqua-Teen Hunger Force Lite-Brite bomb scare in Boston” Now that’s the name of your next book right? LOL. But seriously the blurb sounds really interesting! Good Luck on the blog tour and with the release.

  13. Really interesting first post and I’m so looking forward to reading all of them. I also love to watch/read the barely-AU. It’s great fun to try to find all these sublime differences.

    Also, I can’t wait to read Anchored. I hope I’ll be able to do it soon :). I wish you good luck on the blog tour and with the release~! :)

    • Thanks kindly, Barbara! This genre really fascinates me, and I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Belonging world in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. As for Anchored, just two more days til release . . . I’m so excited! 😀

      • I’m also excited and can’t wait to read it. Also, It’s great to hear that you’re planning to write more about the Belonging world in the (I really hope so) nearest future :).

        • I think I won’t be able to get to anything else in this world until April, but it’s all already mapped out in my head, so once the writing starts it should be fast (fingers crossed!).

    • Barbara – Rachel’s world that’s only slightly altered definitely intriques. I’m glad you stopped over.

  14. Tracey D

    I enjoyed the post and the blurb. I look forward in reading Anchored.