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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Days of Chaos and Kleenix

Well, it looks like I'm finally back online for real. Sadly, the virus that infected my computer was pretty terminal, we ended up having to reformat the hard drive or something like that. All I know is that it cost me nearly a hundred bucks and I'm slowly putting all my printer drivers, software, etc, back into the system. It's my PC and is used exclusively online, so I don't keep my writing on it...thank goodness! You notice there's no picture with this post? (I did back up most of my stuff to disk...)

So while all this is going on, my niece gets sick...she's very fragile, so a cold can have her out of school for weeks. A couple weeks ago we had a couple emergency room visits, so we're watching her very closely. Of course, the rest of us end up getting sick, and who gets to be the nurse? Yeah...goodie. I'm the only able bodied person in the vicinity.

All four of my Siberian girls are in heat...That just adds to the fun.

So...what's the good news? Lots, really. Just had to get the moaning and groaning out of the way. So...The final installment of Bad Angels releases at Changeling Press at the end of the month. I'm hammering out the edits right now. The title is Bad Angels: Heaven. I'm also getting ready to send in "Educating Evangeline" which is a novella that is part of the Doms of Dark Haven anthology that will release at Loose Id in May. Like BDSM? Well, my co-authors are the inimitable Cherise Sinclair and Sierra Cartwright! I can't believe that I'm writing with such amazing authors! Of course, I can't just write a BDSM novella, it's gotta have werewolves! LOL! Werewolves make awesome Doms! This story is set in the same universe as Toxic.

I'll be heading out to New Orleans this Thursday for the EPIC convention. Belle Starr was a finalist and true to my luck, if I skip it, I'll win! LOL! Plus, its my birthday that weekend...what better excuse to go have fun? My competition is wonderful, and I'm honored simply to have made the finals.

April 1 in Norwescon in Seattle. I haven't committed to it yet, but it looks fun. Anyone planning on going?

April/May I'll be at RT. I'll be doing a panel on marketing with Dakota Cassidy, Michelle Bardsley, Lacey Savage, and Treva Harte. How'd I manage to end up with such elevated company? (I promised them chocolate! LOL!) If you're at RT, be sure to come by!

So that's the immediate news. When I get back from NOLA, I'll be diving into the Uncommon Whore sequel, which is tentatively titled, "A Beautiful Man" and is from Griffin's point of view. I'm also just about finished with "The Nameless" which is the sequel to Belle Starr. This is Cali Polis' story.


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gotta Have Faith

I was in a fast food restaurant the other day. It was a bit of a guilty pleasure, I'm back on the demon Weight Watchers (OK, so it's not that bad...) and waiting for my teriyaki bowl to come up. I'd been shopping in a little town south of mine, it's very rural, very...err...well...redneck...and boasts a shopping outlet. So there I am, waiting when the guy at the counter calls out an order.

"Order for Hitler."

No answer. He waited for a few seconds.

"Order for..." he looked at the slip in his hand. The kid was Latino, and horribly embarressed by the words coming from his mouth.

"Order for Hitler."

So by that time, this huge, massive white guy has come to the counter to claim the tray, which is overflowing with all sorts of heart-clogging delight.

"Are you Hitler?"

The guy grins and claims the food. As he does so, he looks over at me, and I guess he must have seen the slack-jawed shock on my face. He was a big pudgy, Skoal-chewing local boy who probably thought the whole thing was funny. If so, I have to wonder where he was when they were teaching history in grade school.

I don't really know why this little incident is weighing so heavily on me today. Was he just young and ignorant? Stupid? Or was he really an admirer of Hitler? There are certainly a plethora of bigots and hateful people around this area. But when an elderly man came into the restaurant, he gave him the biggest, friendliest smile you could imagine.

All I could do was hope that he'd just made a stupid joke and that perhaps he saw my reaction and realized how inappropriate he'd behaved. I'd like to think that's the case. I'd like to think that the young giant of a man with the friendly smile didn't carry that sort of hate in his heart.

Guess that's where faith in our fellow man comes into play.

Monday, February 8, 2010

All you want to know about...


Let’s Talk About Sex BayBee…

Or let’s not. That song just keeps on running through my head tonight, which is odd, since I haven’t actually heard it in years. But here, let’s all share the joy…



OK, so I’ve got to fess up, I’ve been stunned, amazed and humbled at the response to “An Uncommon Whore.” In fact, it almost made me forget that I had another book come out just within days to that release. (Devil’s Advocate, which I’ll write about later this week.) Anyhow, I decided to give some time to some of the questions and comments about this book.

Yes.
Yes.
Maybe.
No.

All right, enough smart ass stuff. I’ve had some letters, read some discussions and feel the need to talk about the book a little more in depth than I have. There are also a few questions I want to answer.

“Is this your first m/m book? Why did you decide to write in this genre? Are you leaving your other genres behind?”

  • No, actually, this is not my first m/m story. Bad Angels: Falling is for all intents and purposes a m/m romance. It was marketed as a bisexual ménage because it was the prologue to the story of Rion, Rex and Noemi that begins in Bad Angels: Burn and finishes in the upcoming BA: Heaven. We didn’t want readers to expect books 2 and 3 to be m/m.
  • Why did I decide to write m/m? Well, I’m a writer, and at times, I’m subject to my imagination. I write what the story demands. In this case, the romance is clearly between Griffin and Helios. That’s the way life is, romance isn’t just for boys and girls…and boys…and maybe another girl…In truth, I’ve also written f/f (Jimmy the Dog in the Masquerade Anthology) and gender queer and cross dressing. (Draggin’ in Phoenix in the Phoenix Rising anthology) I’ve been fortunate enough to live in a very diverse community and my writing reflects that.
  • I am not leaving anything behind. I really hate to get locked into any single genre. For those of you who didn’t know, I have a sweet western short floating around, and a BDSM novella on the way. Belle Starr has werewolves in space. :)

Was that really the end of the story? Will we read more about Helios and Griffin?
  • That was the end of Helios' narrative. No, it isn’t the end of the story, there’s still a lot to come. It ended there because frankly, politics is boring. What Helios and Griffin are facing at the end of Uncommon Whore is really not the stuff that action stories are made of.
  • Yes, you will read more about Helios and Griffin. Those two are the gift that keeps on giving. Next up is Griffin’s narrative. It begins about a year down the road when the young king is faced with the prospect of a mining run on their planet.

Helios doesn’t seem like king/warrior material.
  • Give him time. He’s been through a lot and is still finding himself.

Is this going to be a series?
  • Yes, there are other books planned. Yes, the series will continue as a m/m series.

Will we ever find out who was behind Helios’ kidnapping? Will he get his revenge?
  • Well, Markus is now enslaved on Warlan, so doesn’t that mean he’s guilty? Hmm? Hmm? (or does it? Mwahahahaha…)
  • Yes, Helios will get his revenge.

What culture did you base this story off of?
  • This was sort of a mish-mosh of ideas from Golden Age Greece, and Sparta with some Roman elements thrown in for fun. Mostly, I started with the Spartan tradition of young soldiers taking their brothers-in-arms as lovers. It was believed that a soldier would fight more bravely if he fought to impress his lover. Also, the Spartans viewed capture or the loss of the shield as horrifically shameful. “It’s better to come home on your shield than to come home without it.” That’s what Spartan mom’s told their sons. My mom just told me to wear clean underwear. That aspect of honor will come up in the next book.
  • The Temple of the Sun was drawn from Apollo, of course.

When will the next book in the series come out?
  • I’m working on it!
To read an extended excerpt of An Uncommon Whore, or to purchase the book, please visit: http://www.loose-id.com/An-Uncommon-Whore.aspx

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Excerpt: Last Call Europe: Devil's Advocate

Here's a sexy, adult excerpt from Devil's Advocate!

Blurb:

Tiger shifters Mya and David have a problem. Every time Mya gets aroused, it wakens a beast within her that threatens to overpower her tiger. Unable to consummate their marriage with a proper mating, they turn in desperation to the Last Call, looking for a demon to undo the curse that afflicts her.

Jedidiah Wormwood Worth is a powerful demon and at the top of his field. He's not only a devious trickster who will rob you of your soul, he's also a successful attorney for the underworld -- the real underworld. When he sees the straitlaced shifters at the Specialty Bar, he knows that they'll be his. What he doesn't realize is that by the time the night ends, his heart will belong to them.

Devil's Advocate: Sex for a service, damnation not included.


Excerpt:


“What is it?”

David was curled protectively around his wife; both were naked and lovely in the soft light of the room. Jedidiah settled into a wing chair and stretched his legs.

“Your lovely little wife harbors a hellhound.”

“What?” David sat up; his face looked pale in the golden light of the room. She slept on, deeply and soundly.

“A hellhound. You know, all muscles and teeth and an insane drive to maim and kill. Thankfully, I’m not unfamiliar with the species.”

Under his deeply tanned skin, David went pale. He held her tightly to his body.

“In all truth, it’s a miracle that nothing tragic has occurred this past year. Given the rather savage nature of tiger shifters, combined with the combustive fury of a hellhound, the two of you have been fortunate.”

“How did you control it?”

Jedidiah dropped his chin to his chest, eyeing the couple with a good deal of residual lust. He hadn’t climaxed during their little exploration; indeed, it would have been unwise to have allowed himself that little loss of control. But still… he flexed the muscles of his groin, enjoying the heated power of his erection.

“I’m a demon. We are the natural masters of the hounds. The beast recognized my dominance.”

“Then perhaps we shouldn’t go any further… it might not be safe.”

“Cheap attempt to avoid paying?” He lifted a brow in question.

“No… no, we’d release you from your end of the agreement.”

“Too late for that, David. Besides, how will you feel if one day the two of you succumb to your not inconsiderable libidos, and your wife forces you to kill her?”

“That wouldn’t happen!” David’s voice held a distinct, angry hiss. He pushed himself upright, his back against the massive headboard of the bed.

“That will happen. I agreed to help, you agreed to share…” He tapped a finger against his lips. “And don’t deny how this situation heats the blood in your veins. Don’t pretend you haven’t wondered how I’d taste in your mouth.” Jedidiah sat up and leaned forward. “I know damn well you’ve been imagining pushing into her body, your cock separated from mine by just the tiniest margin of flesh.”

“Bastard!”

He chuckled. “Most likely I am. But only if you accept that the Father of All Things committed such gross infidelity.”

David looked away, but Jedidiah didn’t miss the gleam of laughter in his eyes. It seemed the young tiger didn’t hold a grudge. It was a nice change. Jedidiah spent the majority of his life guarding his back from dagger blows and artfully tossed spells. Demonkind had been known to carry out feuds for centuries. It was rather lovely to relax without the fear of having his throat slit.

“You didn’t climax.”

“No, David, I didn’t. It seemed best that the moment belong to the two of you.”

“Thank you. That was kind.”

The words rested heavy in the air between them.

“Shall I…” David flushed and cleared his throat. “I can bring you. I’m not unwilling.”

Jedidiah smiled at the surge of arousal that hardened his cock even more. His hand dropped to his shaft, stroking the length. “I’ve been riding the edge for a while now. I can wait a bit longer.”

The tiger ignored him. David nimbly crossed over his wife’s still form on the bed and glided across the room, a vision of wild beauty. Without breaking eye contact, he dropped to his knees and rested his hands on the inside of Jedidiah’s thighs, spreading them slightly.

“If the rest of the night continues as it started, you and I will need our control. You can’t do that if you’re edging.”

“You’d be surprised what I can do, David.” Involuntarily, he reached out, stroking the shifter’s silky hair with the tips of his fingers. “I once encountered a tiger in the wild. It was black with yellow stripes. I’d never seen anything like it before.”

“That color has been long extinct.” David reached up and unbuckled the narrow leather belt that encircled Jedidiah’s waist. Next came the button and zipper. “My color is quite rare as well.”

“Blue?” He jerked involuntarily as David’s warm hand encircled his cock.

“Black. Pure, unrelieved black. My stripes look purple in the sun.” He stroked gently, studying Jedidiah’s long, thick cock.

“Were you expecting something exotic? Horns, hooves and a tail perhaps? I can arrange that.”

“You just look… normal. Big, but pretty normal.” His hand stroked the length of the demon’s shaft. “Here, let’s get these trousers off.”

Jedidiah lifted his hips and allowed the tiger to take charge.

“Before the night is over, I’d like to see your animals. Black and golden. I’m amazed to have fallen into such exquisite company.” He sighed once the clothing was away from his skin. David knelt back a bit, surveying his body.

“You’re quite lovely to look at. I’m still surprised.”

“I do have horns. Would you like to see them?” He allowed the small, hooked bones to emerge from his forehead. They were barely noticeable behind the curls that flopped over his eyebrows. “That’s about the extent of my evil appearance.”

His hips bucked slightly as David’s warm mouth covered his cockhead, his tongue lightly playing over the exquisitely sensitive glans. The tiger let him loose, gazing up at him from the floor.

“I’ve always thought that demons were rather horrific.”

Jedidiah laid his head against the velvet back of the chair. “That’s a defense mechanism. You’ll find that the more powerful demons are quite ordinary in appearance. We don’t need… oh, fuck, that’s good… tricks to frighten people.”

A warm hand cupped his balls, rolling and massaging them gently. He draped a hand over his chest, rubbing his nipples. “Like the vampire, we work with charm and charisma…”

With a grunt, he shuddered at the sensation of his cock hitting the back of David’s throat. He palmed the tiger’s head gently, running his fingers through his hair. David stopped for a moment, wetting a finger. When his mouth dropped to Jedidiah’s balls, his finger pressed for entry into the demon’s ass.

“Oh… yes…” Jedidiah wondered if steam was rising from his skin… he was that hot. The tiger was certainly not a stranger to men. His finger found the gland and gently massaged it. When a curved claw emerged from that buried finger, Jedidiah nearly went off.

“You like that touch of pain?” David rested his chin on Jedidiah’s thigh, and he looked up at him, a slightly wicked smile on his face.

“Danger…” he choked out. “I’m a bit of a fear junkie. I trust you, but after all, you are a wild animal by nature.” He panted, his chest rising and falling like that of a winded racehorse.

The claw retracted, and Jedidiah moaned.

“Leave your finger there. Make me come…”

David looked up and their gazes locked. Slowly, he returned to the demon’s swollen shaft. Deliberately, he licked the pre-come that was glistening on his glans. He took long, wet licks up the length of Jedidiah’s shaft, pumping with his hand at the base.

Jedidiah began to thrust against the warm, strong hand and mouth, gripping his ass on the finger that was in such a delicious position. His balls grew tight, his entire body flexed and he gasped. His seed jetted from his body, into David’s mouth, over his chin and lips. Each spasm was delicious torture, especially with the firm pressure on his prostate.

When he had nothing left to ejaculate, he shivered through several dry spasms. Down there, David was busy licking and nuzzling his softening cock, catching every drop of semen that had escaped him. The sensation nearly made him hard again.

“Lovely. That was lovely, David. Thank you.” He stroked the tiger’s hair, ran a finger down the strong angles of his face. “And thank you, Mya, for watching with such fervor.”

David whirled, mortified embarrassment on his face. “Mya!” He turned back to Jedidiah, anger in his face. “How long did you know she was watching?”

“Right from the start, kitten.” He smiled and glanced over at the woman on the bed. “And if I’m not mistaken, we’re about ready to start our little party once again.”


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