Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where Were You?

Today is a day of remembrance. To all of you who lost a loved one nine years ago, my thoughts and prayers are with. To all of those who have lost a loved one in the years since due to the war, my thoughts and prayers are with you as well. And to all of those who have a loved one in the military in another country still fighting this war, my prayers are with you each day that you may see them again.

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.

Jasmine

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I've Been Interviewed

Minxes of Romance has interviewed little ole me. Stop by here and check it out.

Happy Wednesday!

Jasmine

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Wonderful Surprise


I woke up today in my normal haze and stumbled to the computer. Okay, so it wasn't early or anything, but the haze comes with the fibro. So, as I was in my haze and just feeling around, I decided to google my name with my latest book title.

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.


Thank you, Lisa! You have made my entire weekend.


Jasmine

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Say it Again - Excerpt

For some odd reason I never posted an excerpt of Say it Again. I usually do for upcoming releases. So by request - which I love the request - here is an excerpt.



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.”

Jasmine

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I've Been Interviewed!


I was interview at Coffee Time Romance.

I know. I know. I'm supposed to be a tea place. But can't we all just get along? I think so. Anyway, I think Lori did a great job with the interview, so be sure to check it out.

Jasmine

Saturday, August 28, 2010

And the winner is...

After a long day of running to town, making phones call and so on, I decided to go out to eat for dinner. Drug the kids out as hubby stayed home, but kids were happy to be out on the town.

Anyway...the winner of one ecopy of Say it Again is...

Piper!

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.

Jasmine

Friday, August 27, 2010

Last Day to Enter


Only one more day to enter to win. Tomorrow is release day and I will be drawing a name. So be sure to comment on any post this week. I think I did a pretty good job only missing one day of posting. So I'm happy with myself as well.
But come on, who can resist a fireman with a burning desire? Or a hot, take-charge, rich business man with a dark secret?

Jasmine

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

And the Countdown Continues.

Is it Wednesday? I think it is. That means only 3 more days to go. And I have to leave early today to run my son to the dentist. So what's on your mind today? I'd love to hear. Tell me anything. Even about your own new or upcoming releases. Or tell me about a good review you received. For all you readers out there, tell me about a good book you read or what's next in your TBR pile. The sky is the limit.

Have a great day everyone. I'm off.

Jasmine

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

4 More Days To Go

We are one day closer to the release of Say it Again.

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.

Jasmine

Monday, August 23, 2010

Countdown Continues

Only 5 more days to go! But as my internet is not working right today, this is going to be short and sweet.

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.

Jasmine

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Countdown Contest


Okay, so only 6 more days until Say it Again is released and the contest for a free ecopy begins today. All you have to do is leave me a comment sometime between now and Friday. Every comment equals one entrance. I will announce a winner on Saturday. Just tell me hello, comment on the story or any of my past stories, tell me what you like or don't like about my blog or just wish me good luck with sales. That's it, not too hard. And all I have to do is come up with something to say everyday this week. But don't worry, if I fail to do so, just leave a comment on any blog posted between now and Friday.


Have a happy week everyone!


Jasmine

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Say it Again Blurb


One month before the annual fireman’s charity auction, fireman, Wade Hartman announces he’s gay. This year when he strolls down the catwalk, he wants to leave with a man. When the only bid he receives is a pity bid, Wade’s crushed, but he lets his friend take him to dinner anyway.

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?
Jasmine

The Final Countdown!

Okay, I don't know why, but that song just popped in my head.

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!

Jasmine

Saturday, August 14, 2010

SAY IT AGAIN

My latest book, Say it Again, will be released in just two weeks on Aug 28, 2010 from Silver Publishing. I'm so excited.

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!



Jasmine

Thursday, June 3, 2010

MIA

I haven't blogged in awhile. I have been busy writing a new work. I finished it, but I am now editing, writing the blurb, and synopsis. Though I have started to update my page. As you can see, I added a sidebar of what I am reading. I have also started working on pages to separate my stories into genres to help you when picking out a story to read.

I also hope to have some good new to share soon about another new work. We'll see. Bear with me.

Jasmine

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day


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.

Jasmine

Friday, May 7, 2010

Released Today - 0 to 69 in 5 Minutes

I'm so excited! My book 0 to 69 in 5 Minutes has been released today. This is a bitter sweet day for me. It's been a long time coming to say I have a book out by a publisher, and it is like the beginning of my career for me.

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!


Blurb:
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.

Buy Link

Jasmine

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Costume of the Month


There are tons of Alice costumes out there since the movie release. I think this one is cool. But I do like the others too. You can check this out and the others at Lingerie Diva. They got Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen and even cat ones. The one in the picture is the Magic Mushroom. Bonus is, they're all on sale.

Jasmine

Saturday, April 24, 2010

What Do You and Your Mate Talk About?


I found this article about what happy couples talk about. I was interested in what it would say and if I discussed the same things with my hubby. Let me explain a bit.

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.

Most of the things on the list are true. I've told him how when I was five or six at a brownie meeting waiting for my mother to pick me up that I wet my pants. I was so embarrassed I never went back. And he told me how he got lost on the way to prom with his date he'd met at church, they drove through the wrong side of town and got propositioned by a hooker. We talk about political views, current events, TV shows, and even past relationships. We know about each others childhoods.

The one thing I don't want to talk about is the future. Why? Well, because he thinks there's this RV in it, where he drives around and plays golf and I write. I like the travel and the writing part. Shoot, I can even agree to the golf. But the RV? I don't think. The man can't drive a truck without getting stuck or hitting a mailbox. No, I don't want to talk about the future, but I think we'll be just fine.


Jasmine






Friday, April 16, 2010

Eye Catching Cover

Fabulous! I just love this one. I even read the blurb. Then I read the excerpt, stopping halfway through to buy the book. I hope it's as good as it promises to be.

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.

Blurb:

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.

Buy Link

Jasmine

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lingerie of the Month

Classy!


I really like this sexy babydoll with the lacy robe over it. It's a bit different from what I would normally pick up, but variety is nice.

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.

Jasmine

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Procrastination Taken to a New Level

I think I have out done myself this time. Instead of writing my synopsis last night like I know I need to, I wrote an 800 word short story and the cover letter for it to send off to a magazine. Okay, now I know the synopsis is only supposed to be two pages long, roughly the same length as the short story. So why couldn't I have written an 800 word synopsis? Why do they feel so daunting? I just need to write it. I could have had two or three paragraphs written by the time I wrote this blog.

What are you procrastinating about?

Jasmine - ugh! Another post without a picture.


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Missing Pieces


My EPIC award winning story from the anthology Coming Together: Against the Odds has been broken out into a single read. You can get the story at All Romance eBooks.

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?


Jasmine


Monday, April 5, 2010

WIP Complete

I finished the new WIP over the weekend. I had typed the last period a few days before, but I still needed to go back and fill in a few spots that needed researching. After that was done, I felt like the WIP was really complete.

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

Interviewed

I was interviewed today at Roxanne's Realm. It's a great blog, go check it out.

Jasmine

Friday, March 19, 2010

Eye Catching Cover

Another beautiful cover.

Outlaw Trail by Stacey Coverstone
Cover Art by Trisha FitzGerald
Published by Champagne Books

I searched the web for Trisha FitzGerald, but I came up empty. No web page for the artist. If anyone has it, please paste it in the comments. This cover is just stunning.

Blurb:

At nineteen, Josie Hart has lived a hard life on her New Mexican farm. A cryptic letter gives her a chance to change all that and guides her on a perilous journey toward freedom. But, there are others who want what she’s after, and will stop at nothing to get it.Grey Paladin seeks justice after having had his fortune stolen out from under him. He’ll do whatever it takes to retrieve what’s rightfully his and reunite with the only family he has left. That is, until a feisty girl stands in his way.When Josie and Grey form an uncertain partnership, they must battle outlaws, nature, and each other while riding two hundred miles of dangerous trail to reach their destination. What they discover at the end is something that’s been sorely lacking in both their lives—leading them each to rethink what the future holds.

Jasmine

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Costume of the Month


Love this garden faerie costume. Adorable. And since it's St. Patrick's Day I thought I'd go with something green to add to the closet. Don't like the shoes so much and I'd have to add the stockings. Still, cute, sexy and no tummy hanging out. I mean how many women after having a baby really want to show that off? But if you can, you go girl!




Jasmine

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Last Day

Today is the last day of Read an eBook Week and the last day to get my stories on sale. Marital Affair is still free today at smashwords and All for an Angel is 50% off.

I hope everyone stocked up on free reads this past week. If so, happy reading.



Jasmine

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Where to get an eBook

So now that you know what an ebook is and how to read one, you need to know where to get them.

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.)

Amazon
Fictionwise
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords
All Romance eBooks
eReader
Palm Store
Mobipocket

Again, you can also buy books right from the publisher's online store.

eXcessica
Lyrical Press
Ellora's Cave
Loose ID
Samhain Publishing
The Wild Rose Press
Eternal Press
Cobblestone Press
FIDO Publishing
Amber Quill Press
Black Lyon Publishing
Cerridwen Press
Echelon Press Publishing
Breathless Press
Freya's Bower
Red Rose Publishing
Total E-bound
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.

Jasmine

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How to Read an eBook

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".

Jasmine




Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March 7-13 Read an eBook Week

This week is read an ebook week.

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?

Jasmine



Sunday, March 7, 2010

I'm an EPIC's eBook Award Winner!


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.


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


Jasmine




Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lingerie of the Month

WOW!

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.







Jasmine

Lingerie Closet



Costume Closet















Thursday, February 25, 2010

Astrological Reading


Okay, so I don't put much into these things. But I do read my astrological sign with facebook apps. from time to time. And I thought a line in mine today was appropriate.

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.

Jasmine

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Costume of the Month


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.






Jasmine

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Next Big Trend in Writing?

Cell phone novels? It seems they're pretty big in Japan and China right now with young people, but what are they?

"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.

Jasmine

Monday, February 8, 2010

Pajamas or Jeans?

I hate when people go out in pajama pants, though I completely understand why. You're comfy at home all warm and snug. It's late at night and then your beloved child pipes up with a oh, by they way, I need such and such for school tomorrow. It's 40% of my grade. So what do you do? Change or just run out in the pajamas?

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.




I would have posted the video, but the type of video is not supported by blogger. Sorry.


Jasmine

Monday, February 1, 2010

News


I have an article out today in Avoid Writers Hell new ezine, Vol 2. It's under the heading of Writing Mothers.






HEARTreview has posted three new reviews for Feb.






A good writing pal of mine, Autumn Piper, has a new release out today Trouble Under Venus at Lyrical Press. What a cover!






Jasmine

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Virginal Heroes?

I read on yahoo today that the number of teenage pregnancies had rose in 2006 from what the numbers had been in the 1990s and are still rising. Oddly enough, I was talking to my teenage daughter last night about sex. At this time, she is in the mindset of waiting until marriage. Though, I am not disillusioned that that might change. We discussed how girls her age and younger were turning up pregnant at school. Yes, we live in Mississippi and it was number 5 on the list for rise. At least we weren’t number 1 like everything else.


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?






Jasmine

Monday, January 25, 2010

Book Trailer

Check out this book trailer for Autumn Piper's upcoming release Trouble Under Venus. Coming Feb 1. from Lyrical Press.





Blurb:
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.




Buy Link


Jasmine

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Diehard Fan…Or Bandwagon Jumper?

In sports, you have two types of fans. First, you have the ones who are the true diehard fan. They stick with their team whether they’re winning or losing. They stick through the rough spells and always hope for a better outcome next season. Then you have the bandwagon jumpers. The ones who jump from team to team depending on who’s winning. And if you’re like my daughter, you go with the team who has the hottest guys playing for them.


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?




Jasmine

Friday, January 15, 2010

Guest Blogged


Hey everyone, I blogged at Avoid Writers Hell today. It's called Keeping the Ball in the Air. For anyone who feels like writing can be a juggling act between writing and family you might want to take a look.



Jasmine

Monday, January 11, 2010

Starving Artist? …Or Just Starving

Everyone has heard the phrase “starving artist”. But in today’s economy, more people than just artist are plain starving.

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…

Eating out.

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.

Jasmine

Friday, January 8, 2010

Eye Catching Cover

I saw this cover and it caught my eye.

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.

Blurb:

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

Buy Link


Jasmine

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Marital Affair Excerpt

Excerpt:

“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?”



Hope you enjoyed. Get your copy today for .99 at Smashwords.

Jasmine

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Marital Affair re-released

Marital Affair has been re-released at Smashwords and with a brand new cover.

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?

This short erotica sells for $0.99. Be sure to grab your copy today, leave a review and let me know if you would like a sequel to this hot number.


Jasmine