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Monday, August 29, 2005

Of course

Neil Gaiman has better content because people ask him questions...

*chirp* *chirp*

Started on the sequel to Jumping Into Things. (which I originally typed as Jumping Into Thongs, making the characters in that series blush). I'm really pleased with it, despite the fact that it's trying to tear my heart out and stomp that sucker flat.

In other news, I have so many subs out right now that I wish one, just one, would get back to me, good or bad, so I don't feel like they're just floating out there in some weird lost story ether...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Content! they say

So I was reading an article on blogs for authors. Are they a good marketing tool, or a time sucker?

One romance author said they were a complete waste of time. She did much better sending her news to her webmaster and just having them update. Another said her blog made her more accesible to her readers, and she wouldn't give it up for love or money.

I think I fall somewhere in between. I do sometimes have trouble thinking up content. I admit I have a hard time making myself interesting, and I *do* worry about knowing the author making the writing less attractive to the reader.

On the other hand, I am an unrepentant journaler. Paper, electronic, mixed media, I do them all. So it's not like this a hardship. A time dump? Well, maybe. But no more so than anything else I do.

One of my favorite author blogs is Neil Gaiman. He was never one of of my most read until I started reading his blog, but then I started to see his books in a whole new light.

If I can get one person more interested in reading me by giving up a little piece of myself here? Yay. I'm all for it.

Monday, August 22, 2005

from the ERWF blog circle

The Fruity Awards 2006 Erotic Romance Writers International are both pleased and proud to announce their brand new Fruity Awards for published 'queer' erotic romance. Co-sponsored by Forbidden Fruit, the Erotic Romance Writers' Forum and Erotic Romance Reviews for Women, the Awards have been set up as an antidote to certain recent award ceremonies, in an attempt to divert attention and prestige back to the people who deserve it most - the writers.

All e-books published during 2005 are eligible, providing they fall within one of our three categories - male/male, female/female, and pansexual (or 'open queer' which includes but is not limited to bisexual, menage, transgendered, cross dressing and other unusual or experimental forms of queer writing.) Voting is open now at the ERWI's new website at http://www.bysable.com/awards.html .

Nominations can be made until 1 December 2005, at which time the members of the ERWI will choose the most popular books in each category. These will be read by our judges and first, second and third places awarded on the basis of quality of writing and sheer enjoyment. There will also be one overall winner chosen from the top three books in all three categories. The winners will be announced on 1 February 2006.

We do hope you will take the time to nominate your favourite queer erotic romance titles fromm 2005 and look forward to reading the work of some excellent writers.

Sable St Germain, Erotic Romance Writers International
Emily Veinglory, Erotic Romance Writers' Forum
Fiona Glass, Forbidden Fruit Magazine
Delinda Jasper, Erotic Romance Reviews for Women

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Congratualtions!

To Taravan and Josie, who won in my Dog Days book giveaway!

Congratulations, folks! Enjoy

Monday, August 15, 2005

Look! I'm in another book!

Shifting Too, edited by Rob KnightDoes a good book bring out the beast in you? Then you’re going to love Shifting Too.

The sequel to the bestselling anthology Shifting, edited by Rob Knight, Shifting Too presents seven new tales of living life on the wild side. Shapeshifters abound in stories by BA Tortuga, Sean Michael and Alex Draven.From the wilds of Alaska to the jungles of India, or even a more urban jungle, these stories are hot enough to satisfy all of our animal urges, and full of enough human emotion to make us fall in love.

Run wild! Pick up Shifting Too today

There's a certain pair of tigers I wrote with sean michael in there. If you've read Shifting and liked Malik and Rishi and Lynn, this is the prequel, or how Malik and Rishi met :D Yay

Sunday, August 07, 2005

progress

We have progress folks. Halfway done with two new stories. Trib copies of Rode Hard and Put Away Wet in hand. Postcards from said print book sent to Barnes and Noble, Borders and Hastings. Two more shorts ready to be polished up and submitted to contests.

Right now I'm enjoying the fact that I've gotten into a routine with the writing. Instead of scrambling at deadline time, I'm doing a chunk every day...

Let's see if it holds.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

from the Erotica Romance Writer's forum blog circle

by Emily Veinglory:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com It’s been a fairly busy month with my new gay western e-novella coming out with Loose-Id:
http://loose-id.com/detail.aspx?ID=203.

“Richard is worn out, used up, and just plain cynical. Son of a wealthy Bostonian banker, he came west to gamble and carouse when his life fell apart. Though a sensitive and moral man, he finds a reckless life easier to bear—since he has no one to care about and no real hopes for his future.

Brave, beautiful U.S. Marshall Wayne Sneddon wants to change all that. He enlists Richard to help him find and take down a bigwig out to get water rights for himself, regardless of the settlers in the way. In part, Wayne needs help, but more, he wants Richard’s company. In between the shooting, fighting and intrigue, Richard comes to share Wayne’s feelings…but after he finds the courage to share Wayne’s bed, will he find the courage to share his feelings?

Sometimes just about anything is easier than Dealing Straight.”

Excerpt: http://loose-id.com/EVDSex.aspx

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Ship of Fools

His voice drew me more than anything. Rough as an oyster shell and deep as the wind off the sea, it shivered me the first time I heard it, goosebumps rising on my skin. They tried to hang him once, in Charles Town, but he was no goose, to be broken and cooked for Sunday supper.

When he touches me, his hands are like driftwood, smooth on the backs, rough like beach sand on the palms and fingers. They're as scarred as his voice, from ropes and sails, from fishing hooks and thieves knives. Now he does the knifing and no one tries to stop him.

Broad shoulders, narrow waist, legs like mainmasts, all of these things I know. His hair slips through my fingers like otter's sleek fur. His too long nose and full lips I feel during hard kisses that shake me to my devil-owned soul.
Learning my craft took my sight, the magic leeching it away, but I know him, inside and out. Others fear him for his skill with a sword or his imposing physical presence. I need not see him to be terrified of him, for he has one power no one else holds over me.

He makes me want to be human again.


(This snippet tied for third place in the Dark and Desirable contest from the Erotic Romance Writers Forum) http://veinglory.8.forumer.com/index.php

Monday, August 01, 2005

Mood- Kinda Black

Which is silly. I was in a sunny, hat loving mood today. Even at the day job. But dwelling on things-note how that word sounds like you're in a cave-is a bad thing.

I keep wondering how to quit that pesky day job. Any suggestions aprpeciated. Anyone want to be my patron?