Sunday, November 20, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

Woof...I missed a few weeks because I've had the 'pleasure' of having to work more hours and, honestly, I've been exhausted! The early morning shifts (anywhere from 5 to 6am) are the hardest because they completely mess up my body clock. Anyway, despite having another this morning, here I am. Thank goodness for the ability to pre-set the post time!!

I'm happy to announce that Arctic Destiny, my paranormal, multicultural novella has been accepted by Ellora's Cave for publication! So, in honor of that, here are the first, unedited, six sentences of that novella. Hope you enjoy it, and please stop by the other wonderful authors on the list at Six Sentence Sunday.

“My God, Finn…”

Her scent was what registered first. A hint of vanilla, mixed with a light floral note that always made him think of sunshine. The sound of her voice only added to the agony, and he squeezed his eyes shut, not wanting to look, to confirm she was just another figment of his imagination.

The others’ constant, almost unintelligible chiding was bad enough. Right now the thought of seeing her, only to lose her again, was more than he could bear.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Reading, reading...loving every minute of it!

I've been blessed this past year, and one of the many great things that has happened to me is that I've found myself with the time and ability to read more. Time, because I have about an hour's commute three days a week and ability because I have an e-reader I can take with me on the bus! Unfortunately when I'm at home I find myself needed to work and sitting at my computer I feel as though I should be writing, so my e-published reading had diminished. Now, I'm buying more books and discovering a number of books and authors I'm excited about. Not to mention re-discovering favorites from before!

One of those favs is Mina Carter, who I discovered a while back but had sort of lost sight of. I liked her plotting style, character's snarky humour, kick-ass heroines, and just the flow of her work. When I saw she had a release with Samhain Publishing, Reaper, I was all over it like a cheap suit!

I was not disappointed.

It was a short book, but packed with action, heat and great characters. I really like the way she world- and character-builds. She gives enough information for you to understand what's happening without boring the socks off you with every minuscule detail. And, best of all, her heroine is the Reaper...what could be more kick-ass than Death?

I'm not a reviewer, so no rating from me. Just the honest opinion that if you like gritty, sexy reads, you may want to check this one out.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

XXX Six Sentence Sunday!

This week my newest release, What the Mistress Did, came out from Samhain Publishing and I'm really excited.  I've had a couple of very nice reviews for it (one here) and am all set to work on the sequel during NaNoWriMo which both scares and excites me. It's been a few years since I participated in National Novel Writing Month and I know it's gonna be a haul. This is the busiest time of year for one of my day jobs (yeah, I have two LOL!) and I'm going to have to push to make it, but it'll be fun and productive, so I'm in. Lady Marianne Gillingham has further adventures to take part in, believe me!

This week, I'm giving you another little snippet of What the Mistress Did, and it's XXX, like most of the book. Hope you enjoy it, and please drop by some of the other participants in this week's Six Sentence Sunday.

Marianne is having an encounter with her lover, David, while his wife Annabelle watches from hiding.


Stepping to the side, I align myself so as to see his profile and tickle the crop over his arse. “Take your cock in your hand,” I command. “Stroke it. But do not spend, or I will send you away  immediately.”
David groans but does not hesitate, and as his fingers encircle the engorged flesh, I commence the flogging.
Oh, how the sheer carnality of it fires my blood.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Obsession of the worse kind

We just moved, yet again, and I just finished cleaning the old apartment. I now remember (as though I ever really forget) why I hate cleaning so much. I become completely obsessed with it. Every little spot must go. Even though I know they are going to paint before the next tenants come in, I was compelled to wipe down the walls in my son's old room because apparently he had to prove ownership every time he entered the room by marking the door and walls with his hands. Oh, and did I mention using scissors to snip out tiny blobs of grease on his carpet? All mothers of skateboarding sons, beware! Invest in an area rug for your sons' rooms. Changing the trucks is messy work!

Anyway, I spent the entire day cleaning, and honestly could have spent another couple of hours on it. Very, very strange, the change that comes over me when I'm cleaning. I'm totally invested in it. I don't think about writing. There's no plotting, day dreaming, nothing but cleaning, and planning what to clean next. I clean things that I don't even think are on the list of things they want cleaned before you leave, and that's a pretty comprehensive list. It was a long, ugly job, and I know it would have gone smoother if I was more inclined to clean that way regularly, but I'd really rather name the dust bunnies than vacuum them up. Besides, it's so much easier cleaning an empty apartment.

The only other time I become that obsessed with anything is when I'm writing, but even that isn't as single-minded. Good thing I only get like that when we're moving--on average once every two years--or I'd have no time for anything else!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Sunday Six!

LOL! We had our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and I'm still feeling the effects! Welcome to my little corner of Six Sentence Sunday and please browse the other authors participating today by going to the list here.

Today I'm featuring a snippet from my upcoming erotica release, What the Mistress Did.

Lady Harrington has received a visit from her ex-lover's new wife, who has a--shall we say--a most unusual demand.

Love? How can she mention that word to me, wield it like a sabre to slice away my carefully constructed lies? How dare she expose my pain and shame to the open air, as though remarking on nothing more than the colour of my hair or the style of a dress?

Words of repudiation rise to my lips but find no release. I want to tell her to go, but something holds me back.

Does she know the risk she takes, coming to me, trying to put herself into my hands?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

Wow, this week has flown by. I was battling the after-effects of a bad cold and fighting with the end of Arctic Destiny, which just wasn't meeting my expectations. I think I have it sorted out now, and hope to have it out the door by the end of the weekend :) In honor of that achievement, I thought I'd share a little more of this story. My CP describes Finn as one of my "tortured" heroes and one way of torturing a man is to show him the love of his life and then make her beyond his reach. I so evil...
Make sure to check out some of the other fabulous offerings through the Six Sentence Sunday website, and have a great week!

There was nothing he wanted more than to surround her, hold her as close as he could and never let her go. The enormity of those feelings, the sheer devastating power of them, made it hard to breathe.

Tasha stirred slightly. “You okay?”

He realized he had wrapped his arms around her, was squeezing far too tightly, and loosened his hold. “How could I not be, having you here like this?”

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

I have a horrid cold and will spend most of today sleeping, I think. But here is another tidbit from my WIP, now tentatively called Arctic Destiny...Make sure to check out all the other SSS participants, the list is here.

In this scene, my H/h are savoring being back together...

He realized he had wrapped his arms around her, was squeezing far too tightly, and loosened his hold. “How could I not be, having you here like this?”

A soft chuckle greeted his response, as though she didn’t believe he meant what he said. “It does feel good, doesn’t it?”

Good wasn’t how he’d describe it. Words like amazing, beautiful, perfect came to mind, but he didn’t contradict her, just savored the sensations, breathed in her scent as he rubbed his lips along the soft slope of her shoulder.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday! This week I thought I’d give you a little taste of my short story, Rescue My Heart, which can be found in the Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance anthology, being released on October 11th. I was so very pleased that a reviewer at Publisher’s Weekly called my story “powerful.” While I don’t usually read reviews, I was glad I clicked through to that one!
I hope you enjoy this snippet and make sure to check out all the other great Sixes posted by the talented authors.
In this scene Beatrix, Duchess of Palisadoes, has been granted her dearest wish, under the very worst of circumstances.

I am lost, as though broken from the tether of my life and floating away—a casualty of a hurricane-force wind. Not even the now-vague memory of Hardwick’s presence can lessen my pleasure at being surrounded by the touch and scent of the two people I love best. Lust is the physical manifestation, the only one I dare express, but my heart sings to have received this one chance to experience their attentions.
Forcing myself to break away is the hardest action I have ever taken, but if I do not I will forget all in their arms, and my plan will go awry.
Pulling back, I look across at Hardwick. His gloating, lascivious stare causes a chill to trickle down my spine.

Friday, September 16, 2011

THE Daisy Harris is in the House!

I'm so pleased to welcome Daisy Harris, who has a new release today--Studenstein. Okay, I don't know about the rest of you but the title alone = #winning, and I can't wait to dive into this one. Daisy promised she'd tell us a little about the world of her "steins" and this is what she had to say about her Love-Bots and their world.



Hi Anya! Thanks so much for having me on the blog. I’ve decided to talk a little bit today about just how I came up with the wild and wacky world of my love-bots.

In the first installment of my Love-Bot series, Lust After Death, I created a new breed of humans—re-aminated corpses who don’t decomposed and can be programmed to behave in any manner the builder desires. My “steins” can be soldiers, industrial workers, lab rats, or sex-slaves. They’re the perfect sub-human creatures, built and used for the whims of man, but with the hope of free-will.

Part of the impetus of this world was the idea of technology interfacing with human consciousness. I live in Seattle, land of gadgets and megabites. My kids routinely tell each other to “pause” things like board games. A term once used for videotapes is now applied to real life—as if our existence were like a film on a screen. That we can either start or pause at our whim.

It wasn’t hard for me to imagine a mind run by computer chips. After all, so much of human communication now takes place with pixels and images. Many of my steins can interface remotely, sending text messages, or even full-on fantasies to another stein’s mind. These communications can be downloaded onto a server, or relayed for future use.

The other aspect of computers I used for my steins is the concept of “original programming.” My steins can be reprogrammed, but most are built with an initial operating system that they just can’t delete (at least without losing all their memories.) One of the biggest challenges facing my steins is whether to accept their original programming or attempt to change it.

Everyone knows how it feels to be “hardwired” with certain behavior. Some things from our youth we can’t seem to shrug off no matter how hard we try. For my steins, the issue of self-determinacy rises to the forefront. Can they be something other than what they were built for? Do they even want to change? And what will they have to give up if they break from their original programming?

Well, I started exploring those questions in Lust After Death, and approached them with a whole different pair of characters and problems in Studenstein. Check out the blurb below!

Thanks Anya! It’s been a blast. J

Blurb:

A man built for sex… A woman who wants more…

Freedom fighter Shani Brown is determined to drag the ungrateful Royce back to her team in Seattle. Despite his denial of mistreatment, she wants to give him a chance at a better life. Due to her horrific past as an unlicensed love-bot, Shani never plans to have sex again. But Royce’s makers punish him remotely with crippling pain. His only escape is to orgasm. Never one to turn her back on a job, Shani soon finds herself servicing him—and soon after, caring for him.

Love-bot Royce Harden wasn’t looking to be rescued, especially not from the San Francisco BDSM club where he was having a perfectly good time. But rescued he was—by a hellcat bent on delivering him to her people. As Royce starts to trust Shani, he begins to dream of freedom. But freedom comes with a price. Royce must face his vanity, his makers, and even the loss of his sexual upgrades if he’s going to be the man Shani deserves.









Birkenstock-wearing glamour girl and mother of two by immaculate conception, Daisy Harris still isn’t sure if she writes erotica. Her paranormal romances start out innocently enough. However, her characters behave like complete sluts. Much to Miss Harris’s dismay, the sex tends to get completely out of hand.

If you like science-y subplots, fantastical creatures, and red-hot chemistry, you’ll love Daisy Harris. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook and at www.thedaisyharris.com.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Blog tour, full steam ahead!

Tomorrow I'm all over the blogsphere, so come by and visit!

·         Amy Ruttan!
·         J. Rose Allard!
·         Cristal Ryder!
·         Michelle Miles!
·         Stephanie Julian!

And I'll be doing a giveaway of Beyond Prudence at Michelle's Ye Olde Inkwell! Hope to see you then!

A wonderful surprise!

There have already been a couple of reviews for Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance but I had to share this one in particular. I was so surprised and squeed like a pre-pubescent girl, but the absolute best feeling was seeing my husband's reaction. If there was ever a doubt in my mind (and there hasn't been) that he is my greatest fan, that would have cured it.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

Yeah! Time for Six Sentence Sunday once again and, since this week saw the release of Beyond Prudence, here’s another snippet to whet your appetite! Thanks once more to the ladies of SSS and make sure to drop by and check out the other participants.

“I dream,” he continued, his voice a low rasp of desire, “of you above me, taking me, your hair a curtain between us and the world.”
The air stilled in her throat, her entire body trembling at the thought of having him beneath her, at her mercy.
“Would…?” She paused, licked her suddenly dry lips, and tried once more to speak. “Would you truly like that?”
Will shuddered, nodded, eyes flashing in that special way she’d come to recognize and, in one of the greatest understatements of her entire life, Prudence whispered in return, “I think I would like that too.”

Yeah for release day hangovers!

Release day for Beyond Prudence was such fun...seeing the book come out, sneaking peeks at Twitter and blogs when the boss wasn't looking, wishing I could be home to do happy dances. Thanks again to Passionate Reads and Lynne Silver for hosting me, and all the Tweeting etc. that ensued.

Tuesday will be better, since I'll be home late morning to do the rounds of all the blogs I'll be visiting. Hope to see you all there! And next Friday I'll have my first blog guest, THE Daisy Harris whose next book, Studenstein, will be released. She'll be here to talk about the world of her steins and give us a sneak peek of the book.

See you all tomorrow for Six Sentence Sunday!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tripping the blog fantastic

I’m blogged out, and it’s only Wednesday! On Friday September 9th, (only two days from now!) Beyond Prudence will be released from Ellora’s Cave! You can read an excerpt here and watch the trailer here. In honor of this wonderful event, I’ll be tripping the blog fantastic between release day and Tuesday, September 13th. Maybe even beyond! Who knows? Strange things can happen when you enter the blogosphere! I hope you’ll all come to visit at one of the stops, learn a little about me and Prudence, hear how it all came to pass and maybe even win a copy of the book!
On Friday, I return to where it all started, the Passionate Reads blog, with the story of how Beyond Prudence came to be. I’ll also be visiting with Lynne Silver, where I’ll reveal who I’d do if I could have my pick of Steampunk characters.
Next Tuesday, I’m here, there and, oh yeah, everywhere.
·         Amy Ruttan! with an exclusive excerpt
·         J. Rose Allister! with a recipe
·         Cristal Ryder! with another exclusive excerpt
·         Michelle Miles! where I answer that wily lady's questions 
·         Stephanie Julian! where you can find the philosophy according to Prudence et al
And, I’ll be doing a special post at the Uninhibited History blog, run by history geeks Amy Ruttan and me. That poor little blog has been quietly waiting for us to devote some more time to it, and that’s my intention as the summer of crazy comes to a close. The blog tour’s gonna be exhausting…no, not really, since the hard graft is mostly done. It should be fun instead. Hope to see you there! And, for the heck of it, I'll embed the video as well. I love it so!!

Blurb:
The mysterious device in Prudence Hastings’ basement could be the answer to her prayers, if she could just figure out what it is. Needing William Foreman’s help, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to gain it. Even putting aside her dislike of machines and volunteering to test the risqué apparatus he’s developing for the Acolytes of Concupiscence.
Will’s expecting a lightskirt for a test subject and is horrified when he realizes the tempting woman he just debauched is very much a lady. But despite his best intentions, something keeps drawing him back to her, and it isn’t just the thought of discovering the inner workings of her uncle’s last invention. Unlocking their passion is turning out to be a far more pleasurable, if dangerous, job.
Beset by desire, automatons, secrets, an unintelligible maid and the danger of utter ruin should their association become known, Will and Prudence haven’t a chance in hell of remaining unscathed.
Fire up the boiler, open the sluices and take cover. Something’s about to explode…

video


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

Welcome to my corner of Six Sentence Sunday! I'm getting to the end of my WIP, tentatively called Arctic Curse (although I think I prefer Arctic Light, and either would work). It's paranormal, set in Manitoba, near the town of Churchill, which is known as the polar bear capital of the world. It's just after midnight here in London, Ontario, and I'm posting this before I go to bed, because later this morning I'm going to my first ever Powwow! I'm very excited, and hope to have some pictures to share.


In this six sentence snippet the heroine, Tasha, is re-learning what it means to have the hero, Finn, back in her life. I hope you enjoy it!

“Shh, sweetheart,” he whispered, his hands trailing slowly over her hips and thighs. “Let me take care of you.”
Shudders chased over her skin and she yearned to cry out again, demand satisfaction, but when he played the game this way it was even more thrilling, so she forced her body to stillness. Yet, even knowing what was happening, the wave of longing his words inspired was still a little shocking. Only with him was she content to let him do whatever he wanted to her body. Only he could demand she be quiescent and passive, tied down and helpless—his love slave—and make her crazy with need.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tick-tock!

I didn't participate in Six Sentence Sunday this week, just because I'm desperately trying to finish a sub with an August 31st deadline, as well as put together a couple of blog tours--my first ever. I'll be back next week though, maybe with a snippet from this very WIP!

Anya

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

This week I got the release date for my Steampunk romp, Beyond Prudence, which is now posted on the Ellora's Cave coming soon page, so I thought I'd share a snippet! This week's six gives a hint of poor Will Foreman's state of mind after his first encounter with Prudence Hastings. Please enjoy my offering for Six Sentence Sunday!


Good Lord, his state of undress was the least of his problems.
He’d strapped Viscount Murchbanks’ daughter to an erotic machine, took liberties with her person and then spent all over her. He’d be lucky just to be shot for his temerity. Since the Black Years when so many, rich and poor alike, had perished, the gentry had been even more obsessed with reserving their women for men of like status. If the viscount ever learned that his daughter had been cavorting with a man like him, all hell would break loose.
But it was all that blasted woman’s fault—not that it made the outcome any different.

Friday, August 19, 2011

I MADE IT...!

Through the week, that is, and what a week it was! I put my Dad back on the plane for Florida :(, got my release date for Beyond Prudence (September 9th, o_O!), had scads of family hanging around and just today got a sneak peek at cover goodness, which, unfortunately, I can't share yet! :D
I'm such a tease...
I also have a date to look forward to with my husband tomorrow, so we can celebrate our anniversary. (Love you honey!)
But for now I'm here alone at home (looks around, wide-eyed, and listens to the blissful quiet) working on a little sump'n/sump'n and just enjoying this sensation of being all by myself, which is something I need like a cat needs a human to boss around and haven't had in, oh, about a month!!
So, I'm going back to work, savoring the P&Q and gearing up for the weekend. I'll be putting together a blog tour to promote Beyond Prudence, and posting a snippet for Six Sentence Sunday this week.
I'm so excited!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

Wow, the last week has flown by, and here we are, Sunday again. This week I thought I'd give a taste of my up-coming Samhain release, What the Mistress Did written under my erotica pen name, Anya Delvay. This was one of those books that almost wrote itself, and kept surprising me at each turn. I'm a pantser by nature, but recently I've been working with an outline, just so I don't write myself into a corner and have to waste time trying to figure out how to get out of it. With this book, the heroine, Lady Marianne Gillingham, went about her in search for lusty revenge, and took me along for the ride. I hope you enjoy the following, which happen to be the very first six sentences of the book!

Anya


Such a delectable morsel.
Standing in front of the fireplace, fingers knotted into the sides of her skirts, Miss Annabelle Frasier tries to stare me down. The generations of aristocracy in her lineage allow a credible effort, but it isn’t enough. No matter the careful styling of her wig into a powdered coiffure fit for a queen, the width of her panniers or richness of her accoutrements. To me she is a fledgling, sweetly young, trying wings not yet adult enough for the journey attempted.
The sight of her moves and angers me, stirring feelings I never imagined experiencing under such circumstances.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

It's time for Six Sentence Sunday again, and I thought I'd continue to give a little taste of how Claire and Xavier's relationship develops in Breaking Free.


Xavier Westbourne would be a gentle lover, she thought, until passion overcame him. Then perhaps the beast dwelling in all men would come alive, taking over and driving him to roughness, releasing him from control, throwing them both towards and over the edge of passionate madness. She licked her parched lips, and was rewarded with a sound emanating from deep in his throat—the sound of the beast stirring. With another shiver, a delicious spasm of expectation suffused her entire body.
“Perhaps I shall, Mr. Westbourne.”
She pitched her voice only high enough to reach him, seeing him exhale, as though he had been holding his breath.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Falling Hard

I already love my new Kobo e-reader, because now I'm finding time to read even more than usual! But, can I tell you, the best part so far has been reading JK Coi's Falling Hard. I almost missed my stop reading on the bus one morning...
I'm hoping for the next book in the series soon (hint, hint, JK)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday!

Hi All!

This is my first foray into SSS and I thought I'd start with a snippet from Breaking Free. Hope you enjoy it!


Leaning down towards her, his voice deepened slightly. “I came back for another reason as well.” He paused, brown velvet eyes sharp on her face, poised to catch any nuance of reaction. “Come to the opera with me tonight.”

Temptation in all its finery—resplendent, decadent, and to be resisted. Claire bit her lip to stop from giving in, saw the curve of his lips deepen into a near smile.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I'm over at...

...the Long and Short Reviews blog party today. They're celebrating for a month and giving away amazing prizes. I'm at the Whipped Cream site, so come on over, and comment for a chance to win!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birthdays are awesome!

Well, I like to think mine is, anyway. I finally got a Kobo e-reader as a gift from my husband and father! I'm so excited...but does it have to take fifty-billion hours to charge the darn thing??? I wanna play with it!

When I first thought about buying one, I had an hour-long commute and I thought it would be the ideal time to read on an e-reader. Then I switched jobs, and my commute was only about ten minutes. I decided not to bother getting one, since I would be reading mostly at home, and have no problem reading on my computer. Now, I'm back to that hour-long commute again, and can't WAIT to whip out my e-reader on the bus.

What with everything I've had in the works, there are a couple of books in particular on my TBR 'pile' I've been DYING to get a chance to read. One is Falling Hard by J.K. Coi. The other is Incarnate by A.C. Ruttan (who also writes as Amy Ruttan. As A.C.'s critique partner I read Incarnate when it was in its infancy, and really want to read the finished product!

It'll also be cool to load my own books onto my reader and, when I meet up with a romance lover, whip it out to show them!

Yeah, I love me some birthday surprises!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Slowly, I inch my way back in

My Dad is visiting from Florida and, although he's only been here for a couple of days I think he probably feels a little neglected! I've been working on some blog posts for the wonderful Long and Short Reviews' anniversary party this weekend, and retreated to seclusion to get them done. Poor Pops...I did offer him ice cream, though, the last time I went out to the living room. And he has the Hubster and our eldest for company. I'll make it up to him...promise!

Everyone's invited to the anniversary party, including me. Yeah!




You can find me at the Whipped Cream blog on July 30th, all day (until my daddy takes the T-bird away). Come by and comment on all the posts to be entered to win some great prizes--B&N Nook! WiFi Kindle! Gift cards! Exclamation points!

Wait, no. Those are freely available to anyone not afraid to look overenthusiastic.

Like me...

I'll have some random musings (with me, what else could you expect?) and excerpts from my books, as well as some teasers on upcoming releases.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there *throws confetti*

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Full Circle

Life seems to like doubling back on itself.

My grandfather, Walter, would never turn back once he left a place, even if he'd forgotten something. He said it was bad luck. Thankfully, I resisted taking on that particular superstition, since I'm terribly forgetful at times, and I'd have to go out without my keys, or purse, or whatever, if I refused to turn back once I'd left home. I never knew Walter, but I sometimes wonder if he felt the same way about going back to times, issues and lessons learned in the past? Would Grandpa be horribly annoyed if he found himself having to go back once he'd moved on from a particular person, place or thing?

I'm thinking sometimes we need to go back--to revisit old situations, maybe even re-live them--because we didn't get the whole or right lesson the first time around.

Right now I'm watching someone I love go through something I experienced in my own life, and at first it was frustrating--like watching a really bad movie and knowing how it was going to end, because you've seen it before and really didn't want to have to sit through it again. Then I realized it didn't have to end the same way. That person is different. The people around him are different to the ones I had around me at the time. And even if it does pan out in a similar way, maybe he needs to learn, the way I did, just what life is capable of throwing at you.

I also think I never did learn the lesson I was supposed to learn, so I'm learning it now, along with him. I'll let him be my guide, rather than visa versa, since clearly I wouldn't be a very good one.

We'll make it. I have faith in him and, certainly, a great deal more faith in myself than I had before. Together, we'll get through it.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shake, stir and see what comes out

What do Steampunk, a modern-day Realtor, a megalomaniacal cat and a tortured Viscount have in common? They're all elements of various stories fighting for my attention! No sooner have I settled in with one tale than another starts clamouring for me to get back to it.

Luckily for me, crit partner Amy comes to the rescue again. Hearing about the Passionate Reads pitch contest, she dared me to enter. I did, with a pitch for my partially completed erotic Steampunk novella, Beyond Prudence. So now, no matter what else I'm tempted to get into, that particular book has to have first dibs on my time. I'm afraid Ellora's Cave editor Grace Bradley will actually be interested, and I won't be ready.

Fear really is a great motivator...

If you have a moment, please do pop by and vote for me! Voting on the pitches opens on January 8th, 2011 and ends on the 15th.