“HUSH” is in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid

Since Hush’s debut in April of this year, and despite the lack in Star Ratings & Reviews, HUSH has been listed in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid in Kindle store.  Despite the fact that I view Hush more as a “curiousity factor” rather than an “interest” on readers’ behalf, I honestly do not mind.  As long as Hush sells and people are reading it, that is good enough for me.  Not bad for an Indie author in a sea of 3+ million authors!

 

Here is HUSH’s new cover

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HUSH. . .why is it graphically disturbing?

A while back ago I received an email from a concerned buyer who purchased my adult fiction novel, HUSH and asked why and what possessed me to write such a graphically disturbing story about a young suburban high school girl forced into child prostitution?  And for a while I ignored these very important questions, and not because I didn’t want to answer them it’s just I couldn’t find the right words to answer the questions with until now.

 

So WHY did I write such a graphically disturbing story about a young suburban high school girl forced into child prostitution? 

 

Well first off, HUSH underwent four title changes:  “Growing up trafficked”, “Jane/Diamond”, “The Girl”, and “Ask The Girl” before I eventually settled on “HUSH”.

 

Second, I was in shock when I began hearing and reading about American children being forced into prostitution by their families and their peers, and so I wanted to write something that would reflect the growing issue of this crises since it is an issue no one really cares to talk about because no one wants to know that child prostitution is actually happening here in America since we as Americans consider these issues to be “third world” issues and not ours. . .but that is no longer the case.

 

As I began writing HUSH my main focus was to tell a tale about a privileged young girl named Anna Jane Parker who falls victim to child prostitution by those she trusts, and that was it!  End of story.  My intent wasn’t to pen graphic details or graphic visualizations of gang rape, incest rape, sexual torture, and physical abuse as I wanted the story to remain clean, unnerving, and void of any disturbances that may disturb the reader.  But as I began writing the first few pages I began to realize that you cannot write a novel of this nature without accompanying its dirty laundry because no one would buy it, let alone, read it.  And so from that moment on I made a crucial decision that I would make HUSH a no-holds-barred, punch-you-in-the-gut novel that would not only shock an audience but would leave an audience with some form of realism. 

 

So the question now is:  Have I succeeded?  I don’t know?  Why?  Well the book has sold but I’ve yet to sustain any reviews or ratings which is good because I’m not sure I would want to read a bad review or see a “1 Star” rating. . .But I will be the first to say that HUSH is a “first of its kind” because it ventures the reader beyond the norm of closed bedroom doors and motel rooms so that he/she can experience Jane’s situation first hand as I feel that a lot of novels tend to leave the reader cold once that door shuts in their tracks eventually leaving the reader to abandon the book or give it a bad review.

 

I understand that HUSH isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill-sex-trafficking novel or novels because it focuses on a girl who wasn’t kidnapped, drugged or sold into prostitution as she was merely betrayed into it thus setting it apart from the rest; and my purpose (adjacent to my previous focus) was to make HUSH more intimate; a novel that hits close to home, allowing the reader to grasp that this sort-of-situation can happen to any girl, be it a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a relative, and that you don’t have to be in a third world country for it to happen. . .Sex-trafficking, it’s happening here in our own front yards.

 

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For the entire month of November, 2013, HUSH will be available on Kindle for $0.99.

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“HUSH” is now available in its entirety

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Well faithfull readers (and God I’m hoping that atleast somone was reading this story since its onset and not just hitting the “like” button?) of “Hush” the book is now (drum roll please) available in its entirety, both in paperback and in digital print.  Yay (‘.’)/!  I just got my print copy today and it’s detestable considering that it’s “self-published” and not traditionally published which I am REALLY aiming for some day, fingers crossed!  I have a few more novels in the making (well not in the making “making” ’cause they’ve already been penned) but actually in the early stages of transcending into self-published novels as well.  So in closing, and while I would really love to end this post with “Buy My Book, Please!” I won’t ’cause that would only be groveling.  So I will just end this post with, “Hush is now available in Kindle and book form if you want to buy it.”  There!

Book Summary for “HUSH”. . .my apologies.

Well in all my haste, I forgot to add the book summary to my novel “Hush”.  And I thank the blogger who brought it to my attention. . .so Thank You:)

High school pretty Anna Jane Parker seems to have it all:  a wealthy family, a new car, freedom, money, designer clothes, rich friends.  But just beneath that privileged life, a dark, disturbing secret lies. 

 

Two months into her freshman year at a prestigious high school, Jane meets Tanya Ray, a pretentious sixteen-year-old junior, and the two immediately become the best of friends.  One night during a sleep over, Tanya’s seventeen-year-old brother Dominic, a very popular and influential senior coerces Jane into having sex with him.  And what seems like puppy love for Jane will rear its ugly head, when at a party, she falls victim to a mixed drink laced in drugs followed by a multiple rape.  Unsure of Dominic’s reaction after he walks into the bedroom and finds her naked and disoriented will become clear to Jane after she realizes the volatile act was a pre-meditated cruelty when she witnesses Dominic collecting money on her grievances.

 

Sensing an apprehension to keeping silent about the incident of having prostituted Jane unbeknownst to her, Dominic threatens to blackmail her reputation with video evidence of promiscuity if she doesn‘t agree to “working” for him.  But when Jane refuses the threat, the lives of her family are instead threatened.  And to keep her family safe from harm, Jane succumbs up until the moment to escape presents itself.  But upon seizing the opportunity, Jane will unravel more to her fate than Dominic’s oppression.

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Dear Bloggers. . .a quick note on an unpublished novel

Dear Bloggers,

Back in February 2009, I completed a novel titled “Growing up Traffic” now re-titled “HUSH” about suburban teens subjected to prostitution by other suburban teens.  Unfortunately this novel was not what some agents were looking to represent, and other agents who took an interest suggested that I tone down the novel as it was graphic and somewhat intense due to the nature that my MC is only 14 years old.  But because I was reluctant to do just that, simply because I felt it would only take away from the premise of the novel itself, I decided to leave the novel “as is”.  Since it has been sitting on my shelf (aka, flashdrive) I decided that I would either do one or the other:  Self-publish or publish it here in 2 Chapter increments at a time, three times a week.  So I’m going to do both.

Before I start publishing, a quick warning to the fainthearted:  This novel does contain scenes of physical abuse, violence, drug abuse, kidnapping, child sex exploitation, and graphic scenes of rape, gang-rape and incest.

Your comments are welcomed, good or bad, and will post once out of moderation.  I thank you for reading, and for allowing this piece to shine here.

Devlin De La Chapa

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