Saturday, September 11, 2010
Do you remember where you were nine years ago when the news rang out over all media outlets?
I do, like it was yesterday.
I was at the kitchen table about to begin my daughter's homeschool lesson when my husband called. He was on his way home from work...aka...Air National Guard post. He asked me if I had heard or seen the news. I hadn't. He told me how a plane had crashed into one of the towers. I turned on the TV and watched in stunned silence while the second plane crashed into the second tower. I sat on the floor at the end of the bed the rest of the day while my husband tried to get some sleep, which is what I should have been doing since I had to go to work that night...aka...Air National Guard post.
Yes, we were a military family. Both of us were in the Air National Guard and we had two small kids. All I could think was we were at war and our lives would change, possibly forever.
Never once have I regretted joining the military. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. I am now out as is my husband. I never went overseas, though my husband did. What can I say, I love America. I love freedom and I'm proud to have served my country. I didn't give the ultimate sacrifice like a lot of men and women have done. My heart goes out to those family left behind. My heart goes out to all those veterans who wish they had paid the total sacrifice. Thank you men and women of the military, without you I would not have the freedom to post as such. Thank you for keeping America free.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Yes, I know all about google alerts, but when your pen name is the same as a porn star you get all kinds of google alerts that have nothing to do with you.
So I pop my name and title into the box and start to browse the replies and I came across a reader review. I was so excited as the book has only been out for days. But there it was on goodreads in all its glory.
Lisa on goodreads says, "I was hooked from page one, completely stunned by the conflict at the story’s climax, and entirely invested in the untangling of the events surrounding the two men."
Y0u can read the entire review here.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
The evening approached at rapid speed. Too fast for Wade. He took a deep breath and straightened his tie, trying to gain the confidence to walk out on that stage.
It was the annual fireman’s charity auction. No big deal. He’d participated for the last five years. Some woman would bid, they’d go to dinner, and maybe she’d want sex and maybe she wouldn’t. But all of that was before he’d come out of the closet a month ago. This year he feared no one would bid. Or even worse, people would boo or throw things at him.
How could he be gay? After all, he was a big, beefy fireman and everyone knew gay men were fashion designers or hairdressers, right? Well, at least that’s what everyone in town had asked him over the last few weeks. His last girlfriend called him up crying, wanting to know if she had turned him on to men. Why didn’t people understand he was just attracted to the same sex? Always had been, but never acted on it.
“Wade, you’re up,” the chief’s wife, Maggie, called to him. Maggie organized the event every year to raise money for the department and plenty of women showed up, cash money in hand. “You’ll do fine. And if no one bids, I will.”
He gave her a kiss on the cheek. “Thank you, Maggie, but I’m not sure Chief would be happy about that.”
“Oh, poo. Mrs. Harold’s all ready put the word out that she’s bidding on Eddie. If he can go out to dinner with another lady for charity, I can spend the evening over lobster with you.”
Wade laughed, but fidgeted with his tie again.
“Stop fussing. You look great.”
The auctioneer looked down at his program. “Next up, we have Wade Hartman.”
Wade walked up the stairs and stepped into the lights. The crowd grew quiet and all eyes bore into him. Taking another breath, he walked to the center like every other year, took off his jacket, and tossed it over his shoulder.
“Standing at six-foot-two-inches with black hair and green eyes, Fireman Hartman benches two-fifty and runs the mile in five minutes flat.” The auctioneer looked up from his note cards and cleared his throat. “Let’s start the bidding at one hundred. Do I have one hundred?”
Wade forced a smile to charm the crowd, but inside his nerves screamed to run that mile now, out the door, down the street, and never come back. Last year they’d started the bid at two hundred and he went for six.
No one spoke up.
He looked over at Maggie who gave him a reassuring thumbs up. Turning back to the crowd, he walked down the catwalk and modeled for all it was worth, smiling and winking at the women.
“How about seventy-five? Can I get seventy-five?”
Anger began to boil in his veins. For Christ’s sake it was for charity, after all. The men needed new equipment for their safety. And he did risk his lives for these people every day.
The auctioneer cleared his throat again and frowned. “Fifty? Come on, people.”
Maggie appeared at the side of the stage, mouth open, about to speak when a voice boomed from the crowd. “One thousand!”
The crowd oohed, and he scanned to see who had bid.
“Could you say that again?” The auctioneer strained to find the bidder.
A man, decked out in an Armani suit, light brown hair, tall, and broad shoulders, stepped forward and lifted his number. “One thousand dollars.”
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Anyway...the winner of one ecopy of Say it Again is...
I think the odds were stacked in her favor. hehe. Thanks to everyone who entered. And I believe I have a new follower (waving hi.) So I have hit the double digits on followers and it only took me...um...I don't think I'll go there, but I do appreciate each and every one of my readers.
Have a great night and curl up with a good book.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Have a great day everyone. I'm off.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Today I want to talk about characters. I know everyone has been asked what they like in a main character. But I want to know about secondary characters. What do you like about them, don't like about them. When do you need them and when don't you. And what about secondary characters and subplots? Do you like them?
I ask because of a book I read recently. It had a certain secondary character in it with a subplot that I felt was underdeveloped and only used when the author needed to interject a line here or there. It felt as if the author intended to develop it, but, in the mist of writing, let it fall to the wayside. It really didn't make sense to be in there and it had no baring on the story whatsoever, except to place the secondary character in a location at a certain time in the story. I know that doesn't make much sense, but I refuse to give away the story or bash the author. I just want to know how everyone else feels about secondary characters. I have no problems with them popping in and out of a story to help the plot along. But I feel if there is a subplot going on with them, then they need to be developed and the subplot fleshed out.
Tell me what you think. Or just leave me a hello to be entered to win.
Monday, August 23, 2010
I want to share a review for 0 to 69 in 5 Minutes.
Shelley, Dark Diva Reviews, 5/5 DIVAS
"This was a fun, fast read and my first from Jasmine Black. I look forward to reading more from her."
Read full review here.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Real estate conglomerate, Jared Kessler’s loved Wade for years. So when he reads the article about the fireman’s charity event, he knows he has to be the winning bidder. Mistaken as an unwanted bidder, Jared refuses to give up. He wants Wade, if only for one night.
One innocent dinner turns into fiery passion. But one night isn’t enough for Wade. He wants Jared for real. The more Wade pushes, the closer he comes to discovering the deep, dark secrets of Jared’s past. Can love conquer Jared’s fears or are his wounds too deep for even love?
But I do have a countdown going on. I have one week until my new release. Yea! My last book 0 to 69 in 5 Minutes came out back in May and now Say it Again is coming out next Saturday. I am so excited. I feel like my writing is getting back on track with new releases coming out.
(I don't want to dwell on negative thoughts, they take up too much energy that I don't have and bring on stress that I don't need. Having good days with fibro hugely depends on low stress, low energy use, oddly good weather, good sleep and a mix of the right vitamins, therapies and exercises. Wow! lots of things going on there and a lot to sort out to get a good day. So the easiest ones on the list seem to be keeping stress down and not using a lot of energy. ) So yes, it has been over a year since my first publisher went under. It has taken me a bit of time to bounce back so to say. Some authors do it quicker than others, but I am dealing with fibro so I will not judge my writing career against anyone else. But with the second release I feel like things are on the up with my career.
So back to new release - Say it Again. It will be first book with Silver Publishing and my first M/M romance. I wanted to share the blurb with everyone today. I don't know what I am going to do this week to celebrate, but I feel like I need to do something on here. So hopefully while I am drying clothes today or reading a good book I will come up with a plan. Now don't hold me to it because a really bad day could pop up this week, but I want to blog everyday this week until the release. On release day, next Saturday, I plan to do a giveaway of my ebook. I'm not sure on how I will do it. I hate hard things, so probably just a leave me comment for a chance to win. Or maybe one entrance for each comment this week with a drawing on Sat. Yes, let's do that. Each comment you leave me this week will equal one entrance for a free copy of Say it Again starting tomorrow, Sunday Aug. 22. Good luck!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Say it Again is my first M/M romance, but I love how the story just came together for me. I have been wanting to write a story with a fireman for the hero. Usually the main characters talk to me, and usually it's the hero who will talk to me first then I come with the heroine. I've been tossing around the idea of a fireman's auction ball. Somehow the plot just seemed to be old and tired. But something kept nagging me about it - just a fireman and an auction for charity. I think my hero, Wade, was there the whole time, but afraid to speak up. When I decided to try my hand at a M/M romance there he was telling me he was gay and he had a story for me. I'm glad he waited on me because I just connected with Wade and Jared's story and my heart was so involved in the writing. I hope everyone will love it as much as I do. And if you have never read a M/M romance then you might want to give this one a chance.
Check out the great cover art too!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
I also hope to have some good new to share soon about another new work. We'll see. Bear with me.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
To all the mothers out there, have a wonderful day. And for now until May 31, Marital Affair is a free download at Smashwords using this code - FZ23P. Enjoy!
Marital Affair Blurb:
Lucas Sinclair is determined to give his wife Colleen her heart’s desire. Problem is, Colleen yearns for a child and they haven’t been able to conceive. With persistent pressure from their doctor, they agree to see a sex therapist who tells them to have fun and live out their fantasies. Colleen confesses to having one fantasy, but can she let go of her pain long enough to act it out?
Note: There is no adultry in this book.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Let me explain. I am published in ebook and have been for some time now. But my first publisher scammed me, took my money and ran. I had two books with them. After some time, I got my rights backs and placed them on Smashwords. Now, I like Smashwords, and I have nothing against self-pubbed authors. BUT, a lot of readers do, and they don't like to take a chance with their money on self-pubbed books thinking they are second-rate. So, I have two professionally edited books that had been published and were selling great, to now where they look to be self-pubbed and are not selling. It's heartbreaking to say the least.
Now, I do have two stories published with Coming Together anthologies and one did win an EPIC award this year. I'm so excited about that. Those stories are good, not second-rate at all. They are written from the heart, and I believe in them. Still, it doesn't feel the same for some reason as a book on a publisher's website. I don't know, I can't explain it. So, after a mess for the last year, I feel like today, I am starting over.
Here it is!
Do you believe in love at first sight? How about in the first five minutes?
Nail artist Valerie Jordan doesn't. But she's desperate for a date to play the role of the hot, invented boyfriend everyone believes she has. With only two weeks left until her ten year high school reunion, she takes drastic measures. Speed dating.
Newly divorced mechanic Noah Kittler is celebrating with a speed dating gift from his sister, who's eager to get him back into the swing of things. A drag racing addict, he's always had a passion for speed. Why not try dating the same way?
Before Noah knows it, he meets a natural beauty and he agrees to act as her boyfriend, Sam White. Each lie leads to another and drags them both into one comedic situation after the next. Can they navigate their way through two weeks and then break it off? Or will they lose their hearts to each other and have to come clean?
Warnings: This title contains graphic language, and a f/f/m sex scene.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
I got a new job in 2007. I worked there about four months when my hubby got hired. We have a large age difference between us so most people think we are the typical "divorced got remarried years later" couple. So, when we'd had lunch together in the cafeteria at work, people started making comments or asking us questions. They said things to my hubby like, how sweet, she looks all dreamy-eyed at you. Or they wanted to know how long we'd been married, because we had that newlywed starry look in our eyes.
Well, we are two divorced people who married each other later. But I got married young the first time. So, I was on marriage number two before most women are on their first. Hubby and I have been married for 11 years. And yes, we still have that look in our eyes. We are happy. That's why I wanted to know how we compared to what the article said.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Redemption by E. Jamie
Cover art by Valerie Tibbs
Published by Amira Press
I checked out Varlerie Tibbs portfolio on her website and it is just beautiful. I usually look at different online stores to find a cover for this edition to my blog. Today, I saw a few that I liked by different publishers. And when I went to Tibbs website, I found most of them there. How ironic is that? Anyway, Ms. Jamie should thank Ms. Tibbs, because the cover make me stop in the first place. Of course the blurb and excerpt reeled me in. And oddly, when I went to Ms. Jamie's website, I discovered that we are Facebook friends. I've been wanting to read more books of my FB friends, so I guess I'll start with this one.
On the run from a murderous uncle, Katie Beaumont married outlaw Ben Cready the day before he was supposed to hang. They shared one night of explosive passion and for six months, she'd believed herself a widow. Now Ben is back to claim what's his, and that includes the sweet bride he'd never been able to forget.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
And this month I am sure you can find it at Lingerie Diva and on sale as of right now. It even comes with the stockings. Definitely a plus when stretching a budget. (Though I think they are getting low on stock and sizes.) They also have free shipping on orders of $75 or more right now.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
What are you procrastinating about?
Jasmine - ugh! Another post without a picture.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I just love the cute cover too. A 12K erotic romance mystery for .69 and the proceeds benefit Autism Speaks - how can you go wrong?
Monday, April 5, 2010
That's when the "day after" hits me. (Today!) I spend a day after I have completed a WIP in total bliss or void. It's like I have nothing to do writing wise. I am complete.
It will hit me tomorrow that I have to write the synopsis, but I prefer to live in ignorance for the rest of the night. One good thing about this WIP is that I know where I want to submit it, so the document was formatted to house rules as I wrote it. Usually I just write the story that is calling to me and then I search for a home.
This time I wrote the story for a certain line I'm hoping to crack. Maybe it'll be a winner and I'll be contracted. If not, I'll have to shop it around. Either way, I really like this story. Okay, maybe I love the hero, but what woman doesn't go weak in the knees from an Irish accent? Yum!
I'll be sure to let everyone know what happens with the submission. In the meantime, I think my next WIP will be a mystery under my other pen name. We'll see. I have to do some research for that book on molten rock. Fun, fun. But it's the second book in a series, so I need to get cracken.
Jasmine - who hates she has no pictures to post with this entry
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
There are many places to get ebooks. The two best places are online stores and the publishers website. Online stores have more choices because they carry many different publishers just like brick and mortar stores. But buying through a publisher cuts out the middle man and gives the author more royalties.
I like to buy from the publisher to help support authors more. (Contrary to popular belief, most authors don't make huge amounts off books. Especially ebooks as most authors are not big named.)
There are a lot of online stores and probably many I've never even heard of. But I'll list the ones I know. (Remember, I write romance so most of these places will deal with romance books but might carry other genres.)
Barnes and Noble
All Romance eBooks
Again, you can also buy books right from the publisher's online store.
The Wild Rose Press
Amber Quill Press
Black Lyon Publishing
Echelon Press Publishing
Red Rose Publishing
Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Shadow Fire Press
Pink Petal Books
Some authors might even have an online store on their websites. I have never bought an ebook this way, but you can.
If there is someplace you'd like to add to the list, be my guest and leave it in the comments. I'm sure I left someone out, but this is a pretty long list.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
If you read yesterday's post, I explained what an ebook is. Now you might be asking how you read one. There are lots of ways.
First, you can read one right on your computer or laptop. No need for fancy devices. If you have Adobe -a free software(usually called PDF)- you can read them right on your computer. Or you can read download them and read them on the internet using HTML. This is not my favorite way to read an ebook, but it can be done. I find that if the story is short enough and the publisher only grants these two options, then I can live with it.
Second, after you have downloaded your PDF or HTML copy of your book, you could print it out. This however gets expensive when you pay for ink.
Third is to download your ebook to some form of ereader device. This might be an ereader or another device that allows ereading applications. This is my favorite way to read books.
I started out reading ebooks on the computer. This didn't last long for me as I like to get comfortable when I read. Most people do. So I got a Personal Digital Assistant(PDA) - a handheld computer or personal organizer. These are devices like the Palm. I got the Palm TX a few years ago. This worked okay. You could load PDF copies of ebooks and read them with a back light. As a writer, I could also write books on the Palm and the transfer the data to my home computer. But this was a bit complicated with the software I had on it. I ended up having to reformat everything I wrote. Maybe I just didn't understand it. The PalmTX software didn't support all forms of ebooks either, so some books were unreadable. I have since learned that I need to add a different software to my computer to change the format to a Palm readable format and then load to my Palm. Huh? Right. I want simple.
Palm has now moved into the field of cell phone/PDAs. I've never owned one of these, but I'd have to think the software is better now and might be an still be an option for ebook reading. This all depends on what you want from your ereader and/or phone. Other phones offer ereading applications that you can download to the phone and load ebooks to. Phones like the iPhone, Blackberry or Android have these capabilities. Even the iPod touch. So you might be able to download a free ap for your phone without buying a true ereader. Try ereader.com for software. Many readers might want to go this route instead of spending a huge amount on a reader device.
Now that my palm is kaput and I do a lot of ebook reading, I have a Sony ereader. There are lots of different ereaders on the market, but their main function is so you can read books on them. Their screens are bigger and they hold more information. I won't get into the differences in ereaders in this post as there is too much information for that. But I will give you a list of some different readers.
An ereader is the way to go if you read a lot of ebooks and you need a bigger screen to see. I foresee ereaders adding more aps to them like phones are adding reading aps. I can make notes on mine, it has the date and time, search and book mark features, MP3 player and photos.
Still haven't downloaded an ebook this week? What are you waiting for? Not sure where to buy them? Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you the "where".
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
What's an ebook? I still get this question from family and friends when they find out I'm published in the ebook world.
An ebook is a digital book. Instead of having to go to a brick and mortal store, you can shop online, pick out a book, purchase it, download it and read it all from your house in your pjs. Yep, that's the best part for me - not having to get dressed. But not only that, the possibilities open up. No longer do you have to order a book if your store doesn't have it in stock or scour ebay. Or what if you want an older, out of print book. Hours of searching used book stores or libraries are in the past. Most of these books can be found right on the internet in ebook format.
There are ebooks in all genres and lengths these days. The demand for ebooks are highest among romance and erotica books, but many more genres are gaining ground. This is mostly due to the increased ways to read an ebook, but I won't go into that in this post.
Plus, an ereader can store hundreds of books. No more packing three of four books to go on that vacation. Forget shopping at the small airport bookshop for something to read on the trip home because you didn't pack enough reading material. You could have hundreds of books at your fingertips all on the same device.
Have I sold you on ebooks yet?
If not, maybe you'll like the fact that trees aren't being killed to print books that will end up in landfills. Or maybe you'd like the fact that you can get rid of that stack of 500 books in the corner of your spare bedroom. Maybe you'll find the benefit in kids and college students being able to carry one device with all their textbooks on it and save their backs.
Still not on board? That's okay. Don't get me wrong, people still want to read print books. I get it. And libraries certainly have their place, but even they are starting to carry ebooks. No more lost books for them or late charges. After having your ebook checked out for so many days, it will disappear from your ereader.
Now if you can't tell, I really support ebooks. Which is why, if you haven't read one I encourage you to read one this week. I've even added covers of some really good books by a few different authors. Many places like Smashwords is hosting a huge sale this week. Books are as much as 100% off. Yes free. While others are 25%, 50% or 75% off. With deals like this, what are you waiting for?
Sunday, March 7, 2010
The Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC) eBook Awards were held in New Orleans over the weekend And I'm a winner.
If you don't know anything about EPIC, they are a professional organization created to give a voice to epublishing. Published or contracted authors in ebook or print can join. Every year they hold a conference and a banquet at the end to award the winners.
I was excited in November when the list came out and an anthology with one of my stories was nominated for best Anthology Erotic Romance/ Erotica and Contributors. Ever since then I have tried not to think about the outcome, but the time has come and I am very happy.
The anthology is Coming Together: Against the Odds and my story in it is called Missing Pieces. The entire book has a mystery theme and all proceeds to go Autism Speaks. This call for submissions really spoke to me as my step-son is autistic and I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful project.
You can purchase a copy of this award winning book at the following locations.
- ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS
- LULU (hardcover)
- AMAZON / CREATESPACE (paperback)
- AMAZON (Kindle)
I want to think everyone who made the selections this year. I want to congratulate all my fellow authors in this anthology. And also congratulate the other anthology finalist.
Anthology Erotic Romance/ Erotica and Contributors
- Bittersweet: Stories of Tainted Erotica by Amber Hipple—Logical-Lust Publications
- Coming Together: Against the Odds by Alessia Brio (Editor), Maxim Jakubowski, Giselle Renarde, Angela Caperton, Ella Regina, Andrea Dale, Gregory L. Norris, Kathleen Bradean, Alicia Night Orchid, G.S. Wiley, Jasmine Black, Brenna Lyons, Moondancer Drake, Eva Batonne, and Teresa Noelle Roberts—Phaze Books
- Sapphistocated by Kathryn Lively (Editor), Alessia Brio, Jolie du Pre, Yeva Wiest, and Beth Wylde—Phaze Books
Saturday, March 6, 2010
You can't go wrong with a classy, black chemise. I just love the lacy hearts. This is one I would wear again and again.
It's a pity though, I lost the link to it. I thought it was at Lingerie Diva, but I can't find it there. A lot of online stores sell the same pieces, but I've search the net and have come up empty. I guess it will have to stay in my online closet.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Art, romance or work can all make you smile.
These three are the same to me. Just thought it was perfect as I met and passed my writing goal today. I'm working on a WIP that has a deadline. I usually don't do deadlines due to my illness and never knowing how I will feel from hour to hour. But to met my goal, I need to write 300 words a day for 50 days. That gives me time to write the book and edit.
300 words doesn't sound like much, but for me it is so much more. I can sit down and write a couple thousand words at a time. The problem is if I do that, I will stop and not write again for days if not weeks. Schedules are hard for me to keep. If I do too much of anything, I tend to get sick for days. (scrubbing a floor yesterday was a bad idea) So a schedule of 300 words a day (and making dinner and getting the dishes washed) is a personal challenge of mine until the book is done.
Today I wrote 1,035 words. Plus I plotted out my next 300 words as I laid down to take a nap. I am a bit ahead of schedule as of today. But I have a couple of days of doctor appointments coming up that might set me back. Crossing my fingers they don't.
The story needs to be at least 15,000. I'm at 6,150 right now, pecking away at 300 words a day. I hope I plotted a 15K book and not a 40K. Oh well, we'll see. And I'll keep you posted.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Since I love sexy costumes, I've decided to do a sexy costume of the month. I would have a whole closet full of these things if I could afford them. But since I can't, I'll just build an online wardrobe.
I would so wear this one. The whole thing, stockings, shoes and all. Too cute. And I love the sailor theme.
I'm not big on the ones that show off the stomach, but there are plenty of cute ones if you have insecurities.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"Novels" written and set out in text messages. Chapters contain about 70-100 words each and each chapter is sent out one at a time. You can find them for free in English at textnovel, but some of these are being made into books. One 15 year-old Japanese girl has made over $600,000 with her book.
Maybe reading is not a dying pastime for the next generation. It's just taking on a new form.
Read the article here.
Monday, February 8, 2010
How about PajamaJeans? A new kind of pants have come out. They feel like pajamas but look like jeans. Check them out. I think I could go for it.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I also asked her if she expected to marry a man who had waited. She replied with a yes. So I proceeded to ask where she thought she would find a man who waited. I wanted her to really think about it because I’m not sure the guys she’s hanging out with will fit that category.
Now that doesn’t mean they are bad kids, but let’s face it, do guys really wait for marriage? We live in an age where you’re an adult at 18. Yet we treat the group of 18-25 as children calling them young adults where once teenagers were thought to be young adults. More and more they are still living off their parents. And parents are allowing this. They take care of them financially and don’t require them to grow up. But they are. At least their bodies are if not their minds. By the time a girl is 25, she’s been able to have a baby for 12 years. In some cases even longer. We happen to be created with natural urges. And while we might be living longer, women still reach a point where her childbearing days are over. Yet we wait to married later in life after college and a career. In a lot of cases, a woman feels like she has to choose between kids and a career.
Historically, women have been the expected sex to wait until her wedding night. But even that has changed. Girls no longer see it as the moral thing to do. Sex is in their face from a very early age. If you allow your kids to watch TV at all, it’s drilled into their brains. Forget about the movies. There are rated R movies that I would let my kids watch before some PG-13s. They’re filled with sexual euphemisms from start to finish, but yet we tag these as okay for 13 year-olds? These kids are in junior high and no way ready to handle the responsibilities that come with having sex. Yet about 54% of all girls ages 15-19 are having sex. So what does that say about boys?
Okay, so what about the romance hero? How many romance stories have you read with a virgin hero? I don’t think I’ve read any. I’ve read some with the heroine being a virgin. Usually these are historicals or stories where she’s 18. (This does not include inspirational or Christian as I have not read those genres.)
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not preaching one way or the other about abstinence. I’m just observing the lack of virgin heroes in romance stories. Why? Because I’m writing one and curious as to what readers want. Does being a virgin make the hero any less of a hero? Does he have to have had sex with lots of women to be heroic? Does being a virgin actually mean that he couldn’t possibly be a good lover? What if your hero has chosen to wait? Are there no men in the world that could choose this?
I for one will actually think twice about writing a romance with a virginal hero again. Why? Because he’s moody to start with and really needs to get laid. Second, once he gets laid, that’s all he wants to do. I had plans to move this story along, but he’s getting sidetracked and wants to add about ten sex scenes. I had to put my foot down on that one. But he’s still insisting on at least three more than I had plan. Two, I’ve written. But he wants one more. Men.
So what do you think? Virginal heroes or not?
Monday, January 25, 2010
For some love lasts a long time, for others a lifetime. Can theirs outlast space-time?
Randi’s summer vacation plans? Attending Professor Sudo’s Time Travel Academy so she can blast back to 1980 Miami and figure out where her father disappeared to. She’s the head of her class until hottie Mitch arrives disguised as a geeky geologist and totally messes up her meditation. Goodbye Soulful in Sedona, hello Yearning in Yoga. So long solo time-travel, hello pushy partner--who happens to be a buff tri-athlete, a sympathetic listener, and an ace FBI agent on a top-secret mission. With his help, she’ll conga her way into the Cuban mafia, try not to destroy the delicate fabric of the space-time continuum, dodge a few bullets, and solve The Mystery of the Missing Dad. And maybe fall just a little in love…
Content Warning: A new adventure in women’s fiction, with a heroine who boldly goes where no chick has gone before, tons of danger and intrigue, a roller-discoing Granny, life and death betrayal, steamy Miami nights and one hot FBI agent.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Me…I’m a diehard fan. I’ll stick with my team through the losing streak and cheer anyway. Go Panthers!
So what about writing? Or reading?
I guess this could apply too. Maybe you stick to one or two genres. Or maybe you go with the market, reading or writing the next trend. Now of course, unless sports is your business, your income doesn’t really depend on what team you follow. So following the trend isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Writing is a business. I can see the positives and negatives in both writing approaches.
Staying with your one genre helps readers to know what your stories will be about. They can open the book and get the story they’d hoped for. You can build a fan base of readers and hopefully they’ll pass your name around. Plus, the more you write the stronger and more knowledgeable you get in your genre. On the down side, the market might not be strong in your genre, therefore buying fewer stories. And you could be alienation yourself from a huge reader base in other genres.
Now, on the other hand, if you follow the market it could be harder to build the “diehard fan” fan base. Most authors write under different names for different genres to let the reader know what type of story to expect in each book. But then you have to build fans for two different authors. Of course, you hope to land more contracts by writing what the publisher wants at any given moment. And hopefully the fans you make in one genre will take a chance on another genre written by you.
Both of these approaches could work. It really just depends on what drives you and how you want to write. I just can’t seem to write for the market. I’ve tried and I lose heart in the story. Or nothing comes out. I spend more time reading or researching than writing. And by the time I feel like I might be knowledgeable enough to write that genre, the market has changed.
It’s not that I will write one genre and one genre only. (Makes me think of Blades of Glory - We skate to one song and one song only.) I’ve tried my hand at a couple different ones. But I’m a romance girl with a couple of different sub genres I like. I have written erotica and mystery. But they just don’t seem complete to me without the romance.
Of course, hoping genres goes deeper than this. You have all kinds of sub-genres in romance. Some authors stay true to sub-genres and some hop around in this too. Again, I like to stay in a few or mix a few in the same book. I tend to stick with contemporary, but want to try historical and sci-fi. My current WIP is historical. I also tend to stick with erotic romance, but my current WIP is also a sweeter romance. Then, even if I don’t try to, at least half of my work seems to have a mystery going on. I’ve written a straight mystery. And I plan to write a sequel to that book. But even if the market moved from romance to mysteries, I don’t think I could stop writing romance. It was hard enough not to turn my mystery into a mystery romance. No. I consider myself a diehard fan, diehard writer and diehard reader.
So what are you?
Friday, January 15, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
This year over the holidays, I found it heartbreaking when the news and radio stations did stories on the local shelters. Reports of all-time-low food supplies with all-time-high requests for help. But not only did this stretch to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks. In my community alone, two animal shelters were completely out of dog food. I imagine the last present people gifted this year was another mouth to feed. I felt horrible and donated what I could spare, which wasn’t much. Maybe bought 50 lbs of dog food.
What’s more is that hard working American’s in the land of plenty with jobs are finding it hard to feed their families. The budget’s tight. Stress is high. And people are having to change the way they live.
I feel blessed. I haven’t felt the crunch like some have. My hubby has a good job even if I had to give mine up. Mind you, I had to stop working for health reason not because of the economy. But we still lost a complete salary. So, I’ve changed a few things; took the steps most people start out with. I’ve cut the extra $20 here and there to places like Netflix. We really didn’t do a good job of sending them back anyway. Plus we have HBO and since we’ve been a customer with DirecTV for like more than five years, they gave us a year of Showtime for free. (I think it was Showtime. I don’t watch much TV anyway. That’s hubby’s department.) I also cut car insurance we were paying on a car that is broke down right now. With no money to fix it, why pay for the insurance? I also cut the temperature by five degrees. It seemed really cold at first and everyone complained. But after about two weeks of it, I think we are adjusting. Trimming these small things seems to have added up to just over a hundred dollars. (Not including the electricity. The verdict or bill isn’t in on that one yet.) To some, that might not be much. To others it’s a lot. But the big savings…
When I worked, I was too tired to cook. My health just would not support me working and running a family. We ended up eating out a lot. Both my husband and I ate out for lunch every day. And dinner was either takeout or some overpriced, prepackaged, readymade meal. We bought a lot of throw in the microwave and if we didn’t get takeout everyone fixed their own prepackaged meal. I know we had to have spent at least five hundred dollars a month on takeout. And I’m only talking about fast food or the cafeteria at work, not high-end restaurants. One meal at Sonic for a family of four is around forty dollars. But I had the money to blow then and no energy to do anything else. The grocery bill was anywhere from one-fifty to two hundred a week.
Now I don’t have the money. So, I’ve been cooking for the last month. I set up a menu and spent as little as I could at the grocery. I went shopping for two weeks, and I spent a bit under two hundred. I’m feeding a family of four, three meals a day. That includes kids’ lunches at school and soft drinks for my hubby at work.
So, what are we eating? Well, it isn’t steak. But we are eating. If I make a dinner for five dollar, we have saved twenty-five to thirty-five dollars when compared to takeout. But what can you make for five dollars? Last night I made a casserole. Mum, yummy right? It wasn’t that bad. First I cooked up a pound of ground turkey. Yes, turkey. Check it out. It’s better for your health than beef and cheaper too. I can get a pound of turkey in the roll for under two dollars. Sometimes you can find it already seasoned like taco or Italian. Then I made a box of mac-n-cheese. It doesn’t have to be the fancy noodles. You can get the cheapest and still buy Kraft for under a dollar. Then I added a can of condensed soup about a dollar. Last night I used cream of mushroom, but I like broccoli cheese better for this or any kind of cheese soup. Then I added a can of corn (about seventy cents) and threw in a package of biscuits (about a dollar). The only name brand in this was the mac-n-cheese. You’ll never know the difference from name brand or store brand soup or corn. Now this comes in at about five to six dollars. But guess what? I added one can of peas last night at about seventy cents and stretched the meal so that there were leftovers for my husband to take to work for lunch. Instead of him buying a plate at work for five-fifty, he took seventy cents worth of leftovers. Now we’re talking a dinner for four and lunch for one; forty plus five-fifty of eating out verses six-seventy. A savings of thirty-eight dollars. And the kids didn’t even complain because they had mac-n-cheese.
Another thing I have discovered is frozen meatballs. They come in a bag and you can even get store brand. I throw eight per person in the oven and heat up some spaghetti sauce. Then cut some hoagies for meatball subs and add some cheese; sliced or shredded works fine. Serve with chips or a better bang for the buck is fries. The meatballs are about five dollars a bag, the bread two to two-fifty and the sauce anywhere from seventy cents to two dollars depending on what brand and size you get. The bonus here is that there are enough meatballs in the five dollar bag to make this twice, cutting the price to two-fifty for the meatballs per meal. Bread comes six hoagies to a bag, leaving two for nice sandwich lunches. And if you make a menu and time it right, you can buy a large can of sauce and split it between the subs and a spaghetti dinner, which is another cheap meal.
Tonight is the trusted pot of beans with cornbread and turkey sausage; which, by the way, flavors the beans better than ham anyway. I buy a lot of different types of dried beans and add some of each kind to mix them. Soak them over night and cook them on low the next day. I season with the link turkey sausage, Zatarain’s Creole season (there’s also one called Tony’s Creole, but I like Zatarain’s better), an onion or minced onions and turmeric. I like black, red, navy, kidney or most any been. Lima not so good. Lintels are the cheapest and I add them for filling. They don’t taste too great on their own, but with the other beans, you’ll never taste them. And they are the best bean for you.
Artists have been starving for years. So, I bet we have a lot of great tips to stretch the food budget. I’d love to hear more great tips from all of you.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Ravenwing by Carol Mayer
Cover art by Amanda Kelsey
Published by Eternal Press
How beautiful is this? Amanda Kelsey is very talented. I love how the browns and greens flow seamlessly.
Astral Projection, peril... and romance.
Ravenwing’s voices have always protected her, and when they tell her to use her astral projecting powers to first help an injured cavalry officer, and then the war effort, she ‘travels’ and has a brush with death in the process.
Paranormal, Western, Romance, 24,120 words
Thursday, January 7, 2010
“The test came back negative.” More bad news from Dr. Wendell.
Lucas Sinclair turned to his wife, Colleen, sitting in the plush leather chair next to him. The when-is-it-going-to-happen look was plastered all over her face; blank eyes, lips neither smiling nor frowning, and pale cheeks. He grabbed the tissues from the inside pocket of his suit coat and handed them to her. Her cold hands trembled.
“Why can’t I get pregnant?” Colleen turned her head away, wrapped her arms around her empty belly and rocked.
Lucas rubbed her back and she flinched, letting him know his touch was unwelcomed at this particular moment.
Dr. Wendell fumbled with the chart on his desk. “You’re a real estate agent, correct?”
When Colleen refused to answer, Lucas offered the information. “Yes, we both are.”
“How many hours do you work in a given week?” Dr. Wendell looked at him.
This was the part of the visit where Colleen clammed up and refused to participate.
“Fifty to sixty.”
“Uh hum.” He jotted a note down. “And the new house, are you settled in?”
“We still have some unpacking to do, but the worst part is over.”
Dr. Wendell turned to Colleen. “Mrs. Sinclair, are you eating healthy? Getting enough sleep?”
“Why does it matter? You’re acting like this is my fault, like I can just will myself to get pregnant. Well, I can’t. I’ve tried.” She stood and walked to the wall of windows overlooking the city. “Nothing I’ve done has worked.”
“Colleen, we’ve been through this, no one is blaming anyone. I’ve run the test on both of you. Twice. There is nothing physically wrong with either of you, so at this point we need to evaluate the stress of your lifestyle. That’s all.” Dr. Wendell pulled out a calendar. “You need to plan intercourse when you’re ovulating, eat healthy, exercise. Those sort of things for the both of you.”
“We’ve been doing that for two years. I don’t need another chart. They’re all over the house now.” Colleen grunted as she shredded the tissues in her hands.
Dr. Wendell set their file down and took off his glasses. “I know I’ve asked you before, but would you be willing to talk to my colleague? She’d be happy to help.”
Colleen spun around and glared at the doctor. “Colleague? You mean a sex therapist. Someone to tell me how to have sex. Please my man. What, I don’t eat right, sleep right, work right? Now I don’t fuck right?”
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Lucas Sinclair is determined to give his wife Colleen her heart’s desire. Problem is, Colleen yearns for a child and they haven’t been able to conceive. With persistent pressure from their doctor, they agree to see a sex therapist who tells them to have fun and live out their fantasies. Colleen confesses to having one fantasy, but can she let go of her pain long enough to act it out?
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