Content Notes

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SPOILERS ON THIS PAGE. It is unfortunately not possible to fully discuss content notes or warnings for things that some readers might find triggering without also disclosing some plot points.

Page numbers given are for the print edition, and an approximate percent and Kindle location are given for the ebook.

Smidge Series


Alcohol

Many of the characters in the Smidge series consume alcohol recreationally. Occasionally, alcohol is misused or used unwisely. While it’s not practical to try to list every time a character consumes an alcoholic beverage, I’m noting specific scenes where alcohol is used in a less healthy way or where a character feels pressured to drink.

Rock Star’s Heart
  • Crys gets deliberately drunk to blot out unhappiness (chapter 6, page 112 / 38%, location 1749).
  • Crys feels mildly pressured to accept a drink because everyone else is having one (chapter 10, page 191 / 64% / location 2983).
  • There’s a nightclub scene with assorted alcohol-fueled bad behavior including social pressure to do shots and drunken bar patrons attempting to take advantage of Blade’s inebriated state, though that’s foiled before any real harm is done (chapter 11, page 202 / 67% / location 3135).
Rock God in Exile
  • Nell is feeling anxious and Easy suggests doing shots as a way to combat that; they agree on one shot (chapter 10, page 166 / 58% / location 2571).

Biphobia

Johnny (also known as drag queen Ripped Creme) is a recurring character throughout the series; he’s bisexual and polyamorous, and is devoted to his long-term boyfriend and then husband Tab. However, some characters don’t always react to him as kindly as they should.

Rock Star’s Heart
  • Leah makes biphobic comments on learning that Johnny is bisexual, and then attempts to pass it along as gossip to Debbie, and Crys is slightly hesitant/conciliatory in expressing disagreement (chapter 1, page 12 / 4% / location 195).
  • When the subject comes up again, Crys uses it to redirect the conversation away from a more uncomfortable topic, and Debbie believes that it’s a joke (chapter 2, page 28 / 9% / location 444).
  • There’s a brief conversational reference to Debbie going on a date with Johnny and “freaking out” when she meets his then-boyfriend Tab (chapter 14, page 259 / 87% / location 4056).

Drugs

As one might expect in books about a rock band on tour, drug use and addiction are present in the plot. I have tried not to glorify or rose-tint the harm that addiction can do. It’s not feasible to list every mention of drugs and addiction, but I’m noting scenes where drugs or withdrawal are a focus and where more disturbing description may be used.

Rock Star’s Heart
  • Sally reveals to Crys that Blade is struggling with a heroin addiction (chapter 5, page 80 / 26% / location 1222).
  • A somewhat graphic scene depicts Blade in withdrawal from heroin (chapter 5, page 82, 27%, location 1257).
  • Angel shares a memory of the first time Blade used heroin, including some graphic description (chapter 5, page 92 / 31% / location 1427).
  • Blade is tempted to relapse and acquires some heroin, then asks Crys to get rid of it for him (chapter 7, page 123 / 41% / location 1906).
  • Blade prepares to inject heroin, with graphic description of the equipment and process, but does not in fact end up injecting it; some self-loathing for coming so close to a relapse is expressed (chapter 8, page 151 / 51% / location 2353).
  • Blade is extremely high to the point of medical concern (chapter 13, page 237 / 79% / location 3698).
  • Photographs of Blade using drugs are revealed in a humiliating and even sadistic way; some graphic description of the photographs is included (chapter 13, page 251 / 84% / location 3925).

Pregnancy & Babies

Positive pregnancy tests and resulting babies are not the main focus of, well, most of the couples in the Smidge world. But they do happen.

Rock Star’s Heart
  • The condom breaks when Blade and Crys have sex aboard the plane. (chapter 12, page 232 / 78% / location 3643).
  • Later, Crys thinks about getting the morning-after pill and contemplates the possibility of being pregnant (chapter 13, page 248 / 83% / location 3636).
  • Blade asks Crys whether she would want an abortion if she did end up pregnant, and she doesn’t answer but thinks about having his baby (chapter 14, page 273 / 92% / location 4280).
Rock God in Exile
  • Nell finds out from the ambulance service that Jessalyn is pregnant (chapter 4, page 65 / 23% / location 1021).
  • A substantial portion of the subsequent plot involves a toxic workplace hostile to pregnant women (chapter 5, page 82 / 28% / location 1270) and Jessalyn wanting to keep her job (chapter 7, page 124 / 43% / location 1926).
  • Crys is revealed to be in a state of advanced pregnancy (chapter 12, page 222 / 78% / location 3472), which the timeline suggests is a result of the condom failure in Rock Star’s Heart.

Sex

This series is a medium-heat romance with open door bedroom scenes. It is intended for adult readers who are comfortable reading about consenting individuals having sex. Although my focus is on the emotional responses of the characters, there is some description of physical acts, body parts, fluids, and so on.


Swearing

This series is about rock musicians, and they use the sort of language you might expect. There are very few swear words I am not willing to have my characters use, but I try to make them fit the character. F-bombs are pretty common throughout the books, as are the other common swear words you might be aware of. If you prefer characters with “clean” language, these books might not be for you.