I’m Back…

Life really gets in the way of writing and I find myself over a year later realizing I haven’t written a thing on my blog. I have, however, written the prologue to my book. And it’s good. Damn good.

Now that we almost have our garden completely in I should be able to find more time to write on a regular basis. Like everything else in my life, I need to just set aside the time and do it every day. When I got out of the habit of writing my blogs on a daily basis I lost the habit of writing on a daily basis.

So, I’m back and you’ll see more posts from me and my musings as I stumble my way through the various pitfalls of writing my first book. Look for such topics as:

Honey, if you buy one more book from the Adult Bookstore I think we may get a volume discount

What’s the best way to write a scene explaining reality tv to a shape shifter?

What am I growing in my garden this year and what recipes can you
make with too many tomatoes?

No topic is off topic for me. There will be cussing because, fuck yeah! And, I will be talking about sex because unless you missed it I am writing erotica here people which means smutty sex. If you have questions, feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer them as honestly as possible without incriminating any of the guilty people involved. So, hang on to your knickers, we’re just getting started.

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Sometimes My Muse is a Fickle Bitch Who Argues Physics

So, I’m plugging away working on plotting my novel when BAM, all of a sudden this other story idea will not stop annoying me. I mean, I cannot stop thinking about it and dreaming about it and obsessing about it.

Originally this story idea was from a dream I had (I know, a bit too Twilightesque for you). I wrote it down in my idea book and set it aside as I began working on my cowboys. Now it won’t leave me alone. And, far be it from me to argue with these characters. When they speak to me I listen.

I’m now working in an entirely new direction, getting way more stuff done and having more ideas pour out of me than when I was trying to force it with my Homeboy. Don’t worry though; Homeboy is just on the back burner for now. I plan to return to him to tell his story.

Until that time, I’m working on a a book where my main character was arguing with me last night about the Law of Conservation of Mass with regard to a rat shifter. Really, I actually had an argument with her about how a 5′ 2″ tall woman could shift into a rat the size of a small cat. I finally had to give up around 10:30 and go to bed. But, of course, she wouldn’t shut up and about 30 minutes later the hubby was pissed when I turned the light on to write some idea out on paper.

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Sometimes the Awesome Is Just Too Much for Me

So, I troll Facebook a lot. And, as such, I end up finding some pretty brilliant things that either inspire my writing or make me laugh really, really hard. Well, today, the awesome was just too much for me because I found this:

Creative Cursing

I could have a curse word of the day – Hey, it’s Monday, must be time for some ass waffles.

And, as if this find wasn’t awesome enough, these brilliant people also have a redneck edition:

Creative Cussin’

Now I don’t have to leave out any of my redneck friends on curse word of the day.

 

How could this help my writing? Well, how couldn’t it help? This is just so awesome that I think I may need a nap.

 

 

 

 

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We Have A Name

After much soul searching, a couple of cookies, a cup of coffee and a look through my ideas notebook, I have the first book ready to write. And, cue the confetti and drum roll please, the name of the first book is: Homeboy

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Creating Story Boards

I started my first story board this week and then life got in the way (which, let me tell you, really does suck). So, now the weekend is here, I’m feeling better and I’m back at the story board.

For some reason know only to a secret part of my brain which I don’t have access to, I decided that I needed to create a characters story board for my first novel. What does this entail? Well, first I had to figure out names for these characters that have been swimming around in my head begging to come out. That’s not as easy as it sounds. I found the I couldn’t come up with a name for the heroine. Then, while surfing the net, it came to me. And, up she went on the board.

Now, I need visuals when I’m writing. I need to know what my characters look like before I begin to write. So, I find pictures that match what my mind is telling me. I have no idea who these people are and that doesn’t matter because they become my characters when I’m writing. They talk to me and act out scenes in my head that I put on paper (or, the computer).

This weekend my goal is to have all my main characters for my first novel sketched out and on that story board. Once that’s accomplished then I’ll be starting on the story itself and a really story board will emerge.

So, basically, I’m spending the weekend doing arts and crafts. I love my life.

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78 Pounds of Tomatoes Later

My sister and I decided to can tomatoes. 78 pounds of tomatoes we picked today. I am exhausted.

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And Now For Everything Else

One thing that is awesome about erotica (and romances in general) is the fact that the sky’s the limit when it comes to story lines. There are as many genre in erotica as there are genres in mainstream fiction. But, unlike mainstream fiction, all these genres are in one happy, shiny, horny place. Don’t even get me started on the mixing of genres. Looking for a May-December romance between shape shifters in outer space? There’s probably a book out there for you. How about Cowboy vampires in love with firemen? Yep, we’ve got that covered. Anything and everything pretty much goes when it comes to erotica. So, let’s get to some of the more popular genre:

Cowboys

Cowboys never seem to go out of style. As a woman married to a Wyoming boy I can definitely seen the appeal of a hot stud in a pair of chaps (not that my man has ever worn chaps, but he has ridden herd on cows before). As a writer you can almost never fail if you stick to this tried and true genre. Some of my absolute favorites are:

Menage

Who hasn’t fantasized about more than one man making all your naughty bits sit up and beg? From the plethora of menage books on the market I’d say the answer to that is a lot of women. Twin fantasies, strict menage, and bi-sexual menage are all a part of this genre.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy

I’ve always been a huge sci-fi/fantasy reader and was super happy that this genre translates well into erotica. The skies the limit (literally in most cases) for these books. Once I find an author I like I usually buy everything they’ve written. Some authors write only one type of genre while most try their hand at different kinds.

Paranormal

As I’m sure EVERYONE knows by now (unless you live under a rock, in which case, you need to get out more), paranormal books are currently h.o.t. Vampires, shape shifters, Goddesses, Faeries, all of these constitute paranormal in my book. Stephenie Meyer and Charlaine Harris may have started the trend, but the erotica world has taken it to new heights of ecstasy! Now that paranormal has gone mainstream, so have many of the erotic authors. Instead of strictly seeing these books only via digital press we’re now seeing them on the shelves of major retailers, including Target and Barnes and Noble.

Military/Police/Fire

Who doesn’t love a man in uniform? Lord knows I sure do. There’s just something about all the brass and shine that makes me melt in very strategic places. I’m not alone as can be seen by the number of books and series featuring the various military branches of service, police and firemen, or former members of the military. These men (and women) serve and protect in some interesting ways.

Contemporary

And, finally, there are the tried and true contemporary romances. Sure, some of these might have a spanking (or two) or feature a relationship with more than two people, but they’re first and foremost concerned with the issues of modern life and love and all of the problems and issues that many of us face every day. Of course, there are also insanely hot guys and intensely hot sex too (which I hope all of you dear readers have every day).

So, my sweets, you need to start reading to tide you over until my book comes out. Let me know what you think. Are there any you loved? Hated? Would like to see more of? I breathlessly await your input.

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What Are You Reading??

There is a rabid popularity right now for the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Everyone seems to be all atwitter about a book that explores a BDSM relationship. Well, I’m here to tell you that this book gets it wrong. Totally, completely wrong. Plus, there are so many other books out there that do get these types of relationships right. These books are well written and include healthy representations of the lifestyle. These are not destructive, controlling relationships.They are a loving exchange of power and trust. Let me give you some suggestions, my dear readers, for books to read instead of Shades of Grey:

Cherise Sinclair

Cherise is a leader in the BDSM genre. She is what many in this industry aspire to be – an author who knows her subject matter and can convey that matter in a way that touches the people who read her body of work. Her books have soul; they tell a great story. Most of all, the sex scenes are hot, not just awkward and improbable.

She has two series of books, Masters of Shadowland and Doms of Dark Haven (which she writes as both part of an anthology, as well as part of Master’s of the Mountains).

Club Shadowlands – Master of Shadowlands 1

Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she’s sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she’s a professional woman–an accountant–and surely isn’t a submissive…is she?

Master Z hasn’t been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She’s intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can’t resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

This is one of her first books and is therefore not as well-developed as further books in the series. But, start with this and branch out to her other books. You won’t be disappointed.

Kallypso Masters

Kallypso is a new voice in the genre and she looks to take the BDSM erotica world by storm. Her Rescue Me series is some of the best work by a new artist I’ve ever seen. Right out of the gate she grabbed my interest with the back stories behind her 3 main characters in a brilliant move – Master’s at Arms, Rescue Me #1 was offered as a free download. What an amazing marketing tool. After reading this I wanted to run out and buy the other two that are out. So I did. And they were even better.

Masters At Arms – Rescue Me #1

Masters at Arms begins the journey of three men, each on a quest for honor, acceptance, and to ease his unspoken pain. Their paths cross at one of the darkest points in their lives. As they try to come to terms with the aftermath–forging an unbreakable bond–will they ever truly become masters of their own fates? Or would fate become masters of them?

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is an introduction to the series, but does NOT have the Happily Ever After endings that will come in the next three romance novels in the series. Being the back-story that usually is not told in “real-time,” there are some intense themes in the book, including death of a spouse, incest, torture, a battle scene, and amputation.

Since the first book is free, what do you have to lose? Don’t let the author’s note scare you. Yes, this first book is intense but it makes you fall in love with these men and wish and hope for them to have their happily ever after.

Violet Summers

This author (who is actually two women writing under this name) is the very first author of BDSM I read way back when. I started on the 3rd book in the Worthington Group series and thought I would combust from the hotness in her books. This book is still my all time favorite read and I return to it over and over again. Subsequent books associated with this series revolve around the BDSM nightclub Velvet Ice and are also worth a couple of reads.

Daniel’s Surrender – Worthington Group #3

Daniel Ellis is a sophisticated, gorgeous force of nature. He doesn’t do relationships and he sure doesn’t fall in love. His bitter childhood taught him all he needed to know where love was concerned. One evening, an encounter with Matthew Worthington—his best friend’s brother—shook him to the core. Six months later the temptation of Matthew is further complicated by Shannon Whitney.

When Shannon meets Matthew she knows she’s found someone special. Walking in on Matt and Daniel in an intimate moment she realizes that she wants both men, equally.

Matthew and Shannon represent everything Daniel was ever afraid of wanting. The passion they ignite in him is soul searing, their complete acceptance of all that Daniel encompasses is over whelming. Can Matthew and Shannon teach him that true love does exist? Will the three of them be able to form a real family? Will Shannon and Matthew wait for Daniel’s Surrender?

Melinda Barron

There is a trend in BDSM erotica for authors to invent amazing clubs for their cast of characters to inhabit. No body does that better than Melinda Barron with her Tygers series. She creates such a vivid environment that you as the reader wished these clubs (and these sexy Doms) really did exist.

Sweet Vibrations – Tygers #1

Lucy Travers needs a Dom, but submission takes trust. After a failed marriage, trust is the one thing Lucy most lacks. When her uncle dies, leaving her everything, she has a chance at a fresh start, but first she has to sell a dream motorcycle to pay off her ex-husband’s debts.
Physical therapist and Dominant Lake Ross wants the motorcycle. That is until he meets its owner. Then he wants Lucy, and it’s going to take more than a few turn-downs to keep him away. A date at Tygers, a BDSM club, turns hot, and Lake reintroduces Lucy to pleasures of submission. It’s a sweet ride, until secrets come to light, then it just may cost them their lives.

There you are my sweets, a partial list of some awesome BDSM series to start with that are so much better than Fifty Shades of Grey that they aren’t even in the same universe. So put down the bad “mommy porn” and dive into these great series. You’ll thank me for it in the end when you still have working brain cells and you don’t have to ever hear the term “inner Goddess” again as long as you live.

Stay tuned for my next installment which will include a list of awesome erotica of other genres – Cowboys, Military, BBW, Paranormal and all things in between. I know you’re going to want to hear all about the vampires and shape shifters hiding in my Nook, not to mention a group of Cowboys so sexy that you better have your honey handy to burn off some of that excess steam.

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The Cast of Characters at My House

I live in a small town in Northern California amongst the flies and the 100+ degree summer heat (in a house without central air). You’ll excuse us if we’re a wacky bunch. Let me introduce you to everyone.

First, there’s me. The consummate professional, there is never a hair out-of-place on my head, my makeup is always flawless, and my house is always spotless as can be seen in evidence below:

Then there’s my DH (darling Husband), S. Since his heart attack in June of 2012 he has really taken life much more seriously and has really calmed down. See, he’s only trying to make one chicken dance here and he’s not even wearing it on his head.

All of our children have four legs and fur which makes it a lot cheaper to raise them and people don’t look at us funny when we walk them on leash to the dog park.

Our pack elder is Magic. The DH had her when we got married. I love her like she’s my own even though the sun rises and sets on her daddy.

When we got married the DH promised me I could get a Chihuahua. I looked online for a local rescue and saw a cute pup named “Charlie” (which is also my father-in-laws name) through a great rescue organization called Tri-Valley Animal Rescue (TVAR for short). When I called Charlie was no longer available but I was told there were other dogs available and to come by the foster mother’s house. There I met a wiry, skinny little boy named Benny and it was love at first sight. He rode in my lap the entire way home and when we drove up my DH said all he remembers is it looking like Benny was driving himself home. Turns out Benny is part Chihuahua, part Jack Russell Terrier and part Satan. His first week home he ate an entire box of chocolate covered cookies that were FACTORY sealed in plastic and sitting up on my coffee table. And, he didn’t get sick at all. He’s evil, but cute.

Finally, there’s Sophie (who came to us as Sasha). A former co-worker was in a really bad place and needed to find Sophie a home. So, me being the total sucker I am, I said “sure, we’ll take her in and foster her.” I’m an idiot. I fully admit it. I have a love affair with Dachshunds. I adore them. I had a senior one named Zelda that we had for the last few months of her life and I loved her. So, when this Chihuahua/Dachshund mix came home with us I pretty much was lost to her wiley ways. She is a total mama’s girl and is happy to follow me everywhere. She has her own special place in my office for when I’m writing.

So, this is the crazy cast of characters that make my life interesting every day. And, this doesn’t even begin to describe my friends. Now they’re really, really crazy.

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I Am Such a Fan Girl

I read. A lot. I’m talking about at least 500 books (or more) a year. I can rip through a 700 page book on my Nook in under a day. It takes a lot to make me sit up and pay attention to a book because I’ve probably seen it all when it comes to plot lines. What really catches my attention is accurate portrayals of characters and their situations.

As such, I fell in love with the characters in Lorelei James’ Rough Riders series. As this series revolves around a particular family and their lives and loves she is able to build complex characters and settings that bring her stories to life. So far there have been 13 books in the series, with more coming soon.

I wrote my first fan letter because of these books; and, in particular, Branded as Trouble. For five books she created an extremely flawed character that I fell in love with and hoped would get his Happily Ever After. When he did she portrayed him not as a hero but as a man who finally faced his demons and came out the other side. It was brilliant, it was wonderful, it was touching, and it was a book I wished I would have written. And so, I wrote her a letter.

Today, I got a reply; and, I squealed like a 12-year-old girl at a Twilight convention. I’m such a fan girl.

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