The Gravity Series by drotuno

The Gravity Series has four completed stories and a fifth one is a work in progress. I have seen the name circulated in many groups and of course different rec blogs. I couldn’t help myself, and had to ask what people thought of this series. The quick responses and comments blew me out of the water.

Trina “If you’ve never read…you don’t know what you are missing! The whole series should be on the Best Sellers list!”

Mary-Lyn “So good, they should be movies!!!”

Dawn “Amazing!!! I have reread that series so many times I can’t remember the exact number. In fact, I just finished rereading last night and I am enjoying the 5th story in that series as a WIP right now. I recommend to everyone I know that loves to read, even those not into fan fiction.”

Marlene “Don’t waste another second and start reading them!! I guarantee you will not be disappointed! The only reason you’ll be disappointed is because it took you so long to start reading them! I’ve read them a dozen times and always go back to them. If any story should ever be a movie, it’s this series!”

Of course, I have never read anything in the action genre. I’m mostly into angst, comedy, and they must have a HEA. I had my worries about reading them, but with the responses, which included some awesome gifs, I began my journey. I have started with the first in the Series, Gravity Blood and Glory. Even with just ten chapters in, I can see why everyone is addicted. If the other stories in the series are even half as good as the first one, they are going to be amazing to read.

I know what I am loving about the story so far, but I had to ask why everyone else is in love with them.

BeLynda “I think that I like the fact that they’re flawed, but they flourish, as people, in spite of their flaws.”
May “Everything. I like everything about them. Deb is a master of continuity. Like you couldn’t jump in and just start reading the fifth one that just started posting, there would be shit in there you just wouldn’t get.”

Alison “It’s writing of a professional standard. The characters are well developed, the stories captivating. Because the main characters are older than in Twilight, the events, language, and behavior are more mature, and certainly for me, much more relate-able and readable. I would like to know these people. I don’t typically feel like that about high school kids. If I had to choose the Twilight Series or Gravity Series to spend my own money on, I’d choose this.”

Kim “I liked the action. Deb writes great action scenes.”

I couldn’t help but reach out to the author herself and ask some questions.

Me: Hi, I am honestly writing about the Gravity series for the website Twifandom News. I wanted to start out with a rec that has a following and hopefully help it grow more. With that, I have started the story going on to the second chapter, but I notice in your author notes you said its darker than any of you other stories. What inspired you to write them this way? What keeps you motivated to continue the series?
Deb: First. ..thank you.
Second, I truly love writing action and suspense and crime, with a dash of military minded things. When I started the first one, I knew this would be different than anything I’d written before it.
The true inspiration came from the movies Expendables

Me: What would you want readers to know about the series?
Deb: It’s not for everyone, due to the subjects it tackles. And each story is different. But it is violent, and sometimes harsh, but if they’ve read my stuff before, they’ll know I follow certain rules, so they’ll always end as a hea.

Me: Everyone seems to love your version of Alice, I love your version of her as well. What made you decide to have your Alice this way?
Deb: I’m not a big fan of cliché Alice. Some of her mannerisms are bits of me.

Me: Did you always know you were going to write five stories for the gravity series?
Deb: ***Ummm no. I knew by the end of the first one that there would be a second. But as for the rest, those plots were a surprise, and I didn’t want to write another and another unless I could keep to the original idea. I swore by the end of the 4th one I was done with the series, and I tried to ignore the niggling plot for the 5th for almost a year. When I posed the 5th plot to my pre-readers and beta, they laughed at me, because they knew I would go back, but I didn’t think I would. I tucked it away for the longest time, making notes, but notes turned into an outline.

Me: How do you feel with so many people that believe your series is one of the greatest in the fandom?
Deb: ***Honored…truly. I’ve been writing in this fandom since 2009, and I’ve loved and respected so many writers (some still around and some have left the fandom) as I just plugged along doing my own thing, so for the readers to classify me as “one of the greats” is humbling. I love my readers, and I love that they have stuck around through all my growing as a writer. They are the best at pushing me, cheering me on, and keeping me in line.

Me: Do you have any pointers to give to fellow writers?
Deb: ***Definitely…

First…get yourself a good beta and at least one pre-reader. Make sure they aren’t just going to “yeah, that’s great” all over the place. Take their criticisms as help, not insults. Never take the pointers personally.

Second, ignore the guest reviewers that only spew venom…and by that, I mean the insulting idiotic trolls that want you to write a story THEIR way; it’s your plot, so own it, keep to it. Not every plot is for every reader, because everyone likes different things. Learn the difference between reviews aimed at your characters and reviews that are aimed at you. If your characters are causing emotion, then you’re doing it right.

Third….write what you would want to read. Entertain yourself and have fun. This isn’t brain surgery or life or death. We’re writing for the hell of it, so if you’re truly determined to put words on paper, then at least have fun doing it.

I’ve been doing this for a bit now, and it’s still so much fun, but I see so many writers make the mistake of taking most of this too seriously, and they burn out or run away.

Here is the synopsis of each of the stories. I urge you to check these stories out if you are into Action, and some angst, and you heard the Author, an HEA is happening!

Gravity Series 1: Blood & Glory

The definition of a mercenary is a soldier for hire. His crew are trained fighting machines. Hers are smart PIs. What happens when they need each other to survive? Canon couples. AH/AU. Rated M for lots of reasons, including violence and lemons.

Gravity Series 2: Sin & Innocence
The sequel to Blood & Glory: Gravity’s business is booming, but what happens when a ghost from the past shows up, taking the only thing that matters? Can the team work together to fix it, or will they rip apart at the seams? Rated M E/B

Gravity Series 3: Smoke & Mirrors
3rd in the Gravity Series. Carlisle brings a client to Gravity for protection, but there is more to this famous female singer than meets the eye. Bella, Edward, and crew not only will have to keep her safe but figure out who is threatening her. AH/Sequel

Gravity Series 4: Fire & Ice 
FOURTH in the Gravity Series. When one of their own is threatened, the crew will have to travel halfway around the globe to get them back. What they find will have them racing against the odds to save more than just one life. AH E/B Series.

Gravity Series 5: Heaven & Earth
Gravity Investigations, busy as always, takes a protection detail that results in more than just a paycheck. Edward and Bella, separated by 70 floors of Twi Tech Tower, must fight to stop what could be an act of war. 5th in the Gravity Series. Canon Couples, AH.

Reported By: Reporter Alpha Alyscia


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