Friday, September 30, 2011
Also--they'll be unveiling a $79 Kindle. Have I mentioned libraries have started loaning Kindle-formatted ebooks now?
And you know, this could be just in time, because my poor Sony Reader's battery just doesn't last anymore.
Romance is sexy!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I'd rate it a: Nice Bang for Your Entertainment Buck. Well worth your time and money, but not necessarily worth a re-read. Pass it on to someone who’ll enjoy it and keep the author on your radar.
I think next on my reading list will be Irresistible Forces, by Brenda Jackson (currently FREE at the Kindle store--I think I got my copy at a holiday giveaway).
Romance is sexy!
Monday, September 26, 2011
*insert Special Guest music*
1. What do you like most about writing erotica, and why?
I like that when I write about sex, it feels deserved. I want the scene to be both hot and like nothing else is more important, like the characters’ whole lives were leading up to this one moment. (And, because I am the boss of them, that is the case!) I enjoy creating intense relationships and having them culminate in a satisfying payoff. Doing so also allows me to get creative with ideas I may not have found sexy before, but now they absolutely are.
2. Conversely, what do you hate most about writing erotica/being an erotica author?
Ooh, I enjoy this question! The thing I hate the most about being an erotica author is that I often feel I can’t admit to most people what I write about and, subsequently, that I have a few published works under belt, which is a great achievement and I’m very proud of that. Children’s authors have it easy! I, on the other hand, never know how people will react, with all the writing about erogenous zones I do. I know personally that if I met someone or was interviewing someone for a job and he or she said they wrote erotica novels in their spare time, I’d be all, “Tell me more, tell me more, didja get very far?” and clamoring for details. But I know not everyone’s like that. Some are fainter of heart.
3. Do you think any stereotypes about romance writers or readers are true?
I’m not even sure what stereotypes of romance writers exist! I can’t even begin to suppose. I will say no, because I enjoy romance stories and feel that I am as weird as they come. (Or are romance writers/readers weird as they come? I don’t know!)
4. Finale doesn’t look like the typical romance. (HEA?) Was it a big deviation from your “usual” work?
Finale is definitely not the typical romance. I consider it an unconventional love story, with stress on “unconventional,” considering the story opens with the hero being dead. (On that note, I should probably clarify that there is zero necrophilia in this story! There is not that much stress on “unconventional.”)
As for it being a deviation from my usual work, I don’t think that I yet have usual work for myself. Coercion was my first novel, and it was both erotic and dark, and I suppose that did set a standard for what my future work would be like. However, Finale is definitely a departure from that; I think readers will be surprised at the differences between the two stories. Two other stories of mine that are in pre-publication deviate even further. I hope that readers will associate my work with not any kind of presumption of a plot, but rather that the story will be sexy, funny and intriguing. I’d like my readers to expect not knowing what to expect!
5. If you had it to do over, would you start your writing career differently?
Not at all. I worked hard to get where I am, and actually, I don’t really consider myself truly anywhere yet! I think I’m still at the start of it. There is more to come.
6. Any advice for new/unpublished writers?Actively seek opportunities that grant you and your writing exposure; you never know where one of those opportunities will lead. For example, writing articles for a local paper may seem far from your dreams of being a famous novelist, but it isn’t. You’re improving your writing, padding your resume and making contacts – people who know other people, who may have other opportunities for you. Wedge that foot of yours in the door. Use social media to make friends with other authors; bounce ideas off each other and don’t be shy about asking for advice. Most of the time, people are happy to help.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
This week I'm going to attempt making jelly. We've got 5 trees sagging with awesome little purple plums, and just can't see letting them go to waste (we can only eat so many, LOL). So, jelly it is. Seems like a relatively simple venture into the World of Canning.
Won't be today, though--I've got a truckload of editing projects to get caught up, reformatted, turned around, uploaded and/or forwarded to the correct place. And tomorrow I'm teacher stunt-doubling. So maybe Wednesday... will report back with the results.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
We've got cottonwood trees around our house, and a few of them seem to be from some goliath species. The trees themselves aren't particularly large, but they grow the most awesome, gargantuan leaves.
The photo shows an average size cottonwood leaf, one from our Lou Ferrigno tree (Texas tree? Google tree?), and a block of Post-It notes, just for size reference.
I'm collecting the leaves, thinking there's gotta be something craftalicious and MarthaStewarty I can do with them...
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Anyway. As promised, I'm ready to review Boy Meets Girl, by Meg Cabot.
Yes. I give it a hearty 2 thumbs up, 5 stars, erm... what was the Piper Patter book review highest honors? Oh yeah. Get Your Own Copy. Yeah, that.
This book is so much fun! As mentioned Monday, it's written with zero narrative, entirely of IMs, emails, voice mails (texting wasn't huge when this book came out, 2004ish). This makes it superfast to read, and chock full of character voice, quirks, and snark. I giggled very much. (really, though, I can kind of see why it's hard to track down these types of books in ebook--with all the special formatting involved, it'd be pretty hard to put out a readable version)
The romance is fun, with endearing H and h, both of whom have many reasons to mistrust/dislike the other. And the "bad guys"? A couple who are so utterly despisable (is that a word, or is this what despicable is supposed to replace?), their emails made me wrinkle my nose and hold the book away, in an effort to ward off their stinky snottiness. In other words, they are perfect for each other. LOL
What are you waiting for? Go read it, already. :)
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Today I'm spotlighting dumpers. I live in a somewhat rural area, and it seems everywhere there's a natural wash type area (aka gulch)--or even just a long, quiet stretch of county road--some asshat decides to dump used tires, appliances, rotten sofas, bags of trash, etc. What gives? Do these losers suddenly get a bug up their butt one day and decide to clean up the yard, load the junk up in the back of their pickup, and cruise around looking for a place to chuck it all? (We do have areas set up just for this type of thing. We nosebreathers call them "landfills".)
Enter the ever-informative sign. Which always makes me shake my head. First of all, it's a crying shame we actually need a sign to tell people they can't just throw their garbage on the side of the road. But also... what is the likelihood a potential dumper read that sign and say, "Oh. I'm not supposed to dump here. Better find another spot. Maybe I'll go to the dump." Pretty slim.
We can only hope they get something special later on, right?
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
- It's really not that hot poolside, when the outside temp is 70 degrees. To that end, goosebumps go a long way to preventing sunburn. (incidentally, we were not the only family who figured out the posh Denver Tech Center hotels/suites are dirt cheap on weekends, thus making it a very affordable destination for chillin' and shopping at the nearby AWESOME Park Meadows Mall.)
- Teenagers can maintain "pissy", regardless what fun thing you take them to do.
- $90 jeans for girls size 4-16 (daughterhead is out of that size, BTW, but we noticed the designer name when walking by). $90?? Oh, my smoking head! 90 bucks for jeans that'll fit a little girl for about 15 minutes--unless she's in size 16 and has missed her appointment with the Pituitary Gland OR is of certain Asian descent and will never be taller than Danny DeVito. Crazyshit, dat.
- Reading a hardcover book makes me really appreciate my Reader. I'm all ebooks, all the time, from here on out, library be damned.
- Except... I did get hold of a Lori Foster for nice-n-cheap at the Borders final 10 day sale. It's paperback, though, which is infinitely easier to lug around and hold open than a hardback. (I also bought a stack of my own books for just $4 each, which might sound weird, but hey, that's much cheaper than I can replenish inventory, and I sure didn't want them coming back to haunt me on a Returns statement.)
- There'll never be too many inspirational movies about horses, and the humans' whose lives they touch. (as evidenced by Disney's War Horse)
- Medical marijuana is an endless source of comedy (preview for 50/50)
- We can definitely have more movies with Bradley Cooper as the male lead.
- The cast of The Big Bang Theory is everywhere. Which is fine--I love all those actors; I'll just be sad when they move on to bigger and better, which'll be the end of a really funny series.
- I'd have been just fine if they'd have stopped making Batman, Dark Knight movies after, say, the first one. I've got zero interest in seeing this next, "final" one. The preview doesn't thrill me at all. Besides, I'm fundamentally against actors portraying more than one superhero. I applaud Robert Downey, Jr. and think it's awesome he's turned is life--and career-around, but he's Iron Man. Not Batman. And what the heck is the deal with Batman anyhow? Nobody sticks around for more than one movie in that role. Batman is not friggin' James Bond, for God's sake. It's bad enough running all these different actors through the role, but one who's known as another Superhero? No way. I can't imagine Toby Maguire stepping in to play Superman, or Christopher Reeves playing Spidey. One superhero per actor. Should be a law. And hey, maybe the next Bond Boy should be Bradley Cooper...
- And, most importantly of all: JON BON JOVI is in the sequel to Valentine's Day--New Year's Eve. Jon Bon Jovi, people!!! I almost had to whip out the iPhone and text my pal about it.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
- Fit Lit: All about people into fitness. Perhaps they work in health clubs, teach workout classes, or are just really into being in shape. (I'm guessing the H and h will often be wearing Spandex on these covers) Think Love at Bally's, 24-Hour Romance, Bench Press My Heart
- Twit Lit: Stories about men and women who aren't the brightest bulbs on the block(aka dumbasses), but find true love with similar souls. Think I Forgot my PIN, But I Can't Forget You;
- Sit Lit: Stories about coach potatoes who find love online. She's watching child birth stories on Discovery Health while surfing Match.com; he's on a break from Age of Empires while the kid in Singapore he's playing with eats his dinner, and his basement-dwelling friend in Canada has to run an errand for his mother. He logs on to all 3 dating sites he's registered with, sees her profile, and Bam! something clicks (well, something besides her peripheral mouse and his Playstation controller)
- Sick Lit: About those who are perpetually ill, and hypochondriacs. Think Who Needs Sucrets When We Can Make Out?, Heart Aches and Pains, Love Me Like Tiger Balm
- Wit Lit: Romances involving comedians (sexier ones than on Seinfeld, I hope). Think Tough Crowd, Hot Sex and My Love is No Joke. Expect some wonderful one-liners in the proposals from these heroes.
- Pit Lit: Tales of those who work in the pit at car races. These people deal with speed, power, risk... and a nice bonus for a win. Besides, what could be sexier than coveralls and strategic oil smudges? Strip My Tires, Check My Oil and Heart Torque
- Mitt Lit: Even though pretty much any player with an ounce of cool says "glove" and not "mitt" (and this is one genre I could totally get into--I'd love to read these)... Stories about baseball players, their managers, coaches, etc. Yum. I probably shouldn't even get started on mock-up titles--way too much fodder for bad puns. This one might really have a market--look how many baseball movies are out there!
- Kick Lit: How about a series based in a country bar? Cowboys, beer, shots of whiskey, line dancin', cowboys... it's a recipe for short-term love, at the very least. Did I mention cowboys?