Romance Promo Central is happy to welcome James Massaro to the blog! He’s here to share about his book, A Midsummer Night’s Drug – Shakespeare Crushed. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.
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A Midsummer Night’s Drug is available from Amazon
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Bio: I’m an independent writer. I’ve been writing for fifteen years. I like to read and write everything.
Through the years, I have great success! My books have been downloaded by readers all over the world!
Currently, I’m working on turning Shakespeare’s plays into modern day stories. The series is called Shakespeare Crushed.
I started with two romantic comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Drug and Much Ado About High School. If you like clowns and devils, vixens and ravens, and the games these nuts play, you’ll like both books.
If you’ve ever read Shakespeare and said to yourself, it’s a pain in the ass, it’s like reading another language, don’t worry. The stories are set in New York. They have that fast paced New York dialogue. The type of reading where the eye jus’ races down the page . . . like a cascading poem.
Shakespeare’s plays run approximately 25 to 40 pages each. A Midsummer Night’s Drug and Much Ado About High School both can be read in an hour or less.
All and all, I tried to keep the plots and some of the characters’ spirits intact, but most everything else is different from the original plays. I say some of the characters, ‘cause I changed a few of them around, age and gender and ethnicity, and removed a few of them altogether. By eliminating some of them, there’s a faster tempo to the reading.
Where there were holes in Shakespeare’s stories, I patched them up.
Another thing about reading Shakespeare’s plays is how the characters slowly materialize in the mind’s eye; how it’s up to the reader to use his or her imagination in picturing the characters. There are very few details in his plays, if any at all, describing certain characters. (Plays of course are written for the stage.) I decided to go with this, though, give few details, if any, about most of the characters. So instead of reading a line or two of description about a certain character and them popping right into your mind, you have to immerse yourself in the dialogue and a picture of them will come to a slow boil in your mind. Not always. But a good amount of times. It’s jus’ different. That’s all. Not better. Not worse.
The last book in the series will be based on Romeo and Juliet.
The next set of books will be out during the Spring of 2015.
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“Why’d you think givin’ both Demetrius and Z the drug and havin’ them both fall for Swan would be a good idea?”
“I figured havin’ one guy lick your toes is good, havin’ two guys lick your toes has to be better; but I forgot to factor in their jealous natures. And I didn’t realize Swan would be so put off by the fact that Demetrius all of sudden wants her. She’s not stupid. That’s for sure. She knows somethin’-somethin’ is up. And I forgot to factor Mia into the equation.”
“This is a total mess.”
“It’s okay. I’ll fix things.” Purr wasn’t rattled in the least. She got a kick out of everybody making fools out of themselves like she kinda preferred that than watching fools falling in love.