Saturday, November 29, 2008

NaNo Failure

Okay, didn't make it this year.
I DID get that 23K story done, but that's it. I didnt do more than a couple pages of editing/refining on the full length. ugh
I really need to get my butt in gear

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NaNoWriMo 2008

Okay, the object behind NaNoWriMo (NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth) is to get us to start work on that great next novel. You are supposed to write 50,000 words on a novel in the month of November. BUT, and a couple other authors and I have been known to use it as a way to force us to finish a bunch of stuff, and get those 50,000 words done, but in a variety of projects.

I had originally planned on using it to work on the next edition of my Argus series, since my contract term is up with Loose Id on it, I am looking to sub to NY. So I need to have enough done for them to say "oooh, viable series" (at least that's my assumption).

BUT, lol, I have used the time to write other stuff. I just wrote a 20K word sci fi story set in a totally different futuristic world. Finished it last night. I wonder how much of AIL I can get done in the next 11 days? Wish me luck!!!

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Fellow Author Kudos - Melinda Barron

Okay, I love to read. It is my favorite thing in the world to do. Well, maybe the second favorite :). As an author, I meet all kinds of other authors and read all kinds of books. I also have reviewed for a couple of the online review sites that can be found floating about. I read a lot of crap, and I read a lot of good stuff. Some stuff appeals to me, and some stuff turns me totally off. I have a habit of not reviewing any of my friends, as I feel it wouldn't be an unabiased opinion. You have seen me give kudos to a couple author friends of mine, but that is different. I really do like their stuff, and I never present it as an unbiased review.

So, today I have to tell you about another author. Melinda Barron. Mel and I have talked a bit back and forth for a while now, and I definitely consider her one of my online friends. But she is also a great author. Mel writes m/f and m/m/f. Everything from sci fi to fantasy to historical to paranormal. Basic romance to hardcore BDSM and capture fantasies.

Now some of you may know that I am not into the capture fantasies or the hardcore BDSM, it is just not my taste. But I would never tell anyone else not to read or write it, it is their preference. So, me praising Melinda might come as a shock to some of you, as half her stuff is "too much" for me. But praise her is what I am going to do.

If you haven't read any of her Desires of the Lamp Tales, then you need to read them. They are available at Resplendence Publishing, and I own every one of them. Melinda writes about women that are fat, thin, gorgeous, not so gorgeous, confident, not so confident. In short, she writes real women. She can take a "fat chick" and make her feel gorgeous and sexy and take us on the ride and see it as well. She takes a "barbie doll" the kind of heroines I never cared for, and makes her likable and makes us understand how and why she is such a bitch. A feat that I didn't think she could accomplish when she told me about it. But she did.

So, long and short, I just wanted to take some time to praise Melinda Barron and let her publicly know how much I have enjoyed her Lamp series, and am looking forward to more.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Bye Bye Halloween - Hello NaNo

I love Halloween. Every year the DH and I go all out for the month of October. We decorate in and out, taking weeks to get everything all in order. And now it's all over. We seem to have created this tradition that we take down everything on November 1. At least our outside stuff. This year we also did the inside stuff though.

So now instead of a graveyard in front of our house, I have a perfectly normal but leafy yard. And my living room no longer has a creature crawling out of the wall, bats hanging about and ghost hovering about.

It is a clean, cleared out living room. Thank goodness.

Shhh, don't tell hubby, but I already miss it :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hubby Loves Me

Hubby and I, like most families nowadays each own our own computer. We very rarely use the other person's unless something is wrong with ours. His is for his homework, and mine is for my writing.

He opened up MS Word on his the other day to start writing something for school, and almost had a heart attack.

In the "recently worked on" pane on the side, he saw "Tanya Cannibalized" and "Adele HOT SEX". He freaked wondering what kind of virus he had gotten and how the hell he had gotten it and what it did to his Word. And then he looked at me and laughed. He had forgotten my niece was over the day before and had used my computer for something, so I used his to work on my latest stories. (I tend to not title them til the end)

Ah, I am so glad he loves me :)

Monday, October 20, 2008


I love October. It is my favorite month of the year. The leaves are turning, looking all pretty. The air is crisp and getting cooler. Halloween is right around the corner!!! I am a Halloween fanatic. Anyone who knows me, knows that. It is really pretty bad, but I feel no guilt. Some love Christmas, I love Halloween.

The hubby and I every year have a Halloween party. It is never a huge affair, but we have to go all out and decorate everywhere for it. The bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, and of course, our graveyard that we make outside. I swear some years we spend more money on "Fog Juice" than anything else other than food.

Last year I made a black cheese ball, thanks to Martha Stewart. She gave directions on how to actually make the cheese filling/stuff, which I know a lot of people do, but I found a more fun idea. I get the cheddar cheese spread available at the grocery store and roll it into a ball, and then roll it into Poppy Seeds. Put it on a black plate, with blackberries, black grapes, blueberries and a couple strawberries and raspberries, and it looks KEWL. Mind you, when they cut open the cheese ball, the spread I buy is a Port Wine cheese spread, so it has red running through it. Nice. Needless to say I made it this year, too.
Oooh, I also made an eyeball cake this year. I need to post pictures, I think. LOL, so much for this being about writing. BUT, I think my whole intent is to say that October tends to be a creative time for me, so I look forward to more writing and submissions in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oops - Romantic Sap

Somehow I erased this post but yet saved it in drafts (I don't know :) )

I am a romantic sap. Yes, I am. Poop is hitting the fan in my real life. People dying, finances crunching, people being mean, cat getting sick. BUT when hubby hugs me and tells me everything will be alright, that we will survive. I believe him. It makes me feel better.

I guess that's one of the major reasons I write romances. I believe in love. I believe it can make things so much better, easier. I love the hubby.

And Caroline posted she would come help if I needed it. I love my friends.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Top Rated, Again

Not me, but my critique partner and friend, Michelle Hasker has the TOP RATED Erotic book at Fictionwise. I am so proud of her!!!!!!

When a spell to undo harm goes awry, six witches find themselves knocked out by a powerful spell cast by the newest member of their coven, and things start to go terribly wrong for everyone. Candace wakes on the beach staring at the man of her dreams. The problem? He hates witches and thinks that if he can convince her to give up her magic, the world would be a safer place. Too bad she's so hot for him it's hard to keep her hands to herself.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Celtic Love Knots 2 Top Rated

My crit partner, Michelle Hasker pointed this out to me. Celtic Love Knots 2 is the fourth TOP RATED in Erotica at fictionwise.

Yes, you only need 5 ratings to be put on the list, but out of the five, 4 are "Great" and 1 is "Good" which by their figuring (I don't know how they do it, but I am not going to complain) works out to be the 4th top in rating of their over 5,000 erotica titles.

I am happy

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Letting a Bad Scene Go

I read a blog recently, or a short story, or something that was a wonderful example of needing to let a bad idea/scene/character go. As authors sometimes we get so caught up in a scene that we love, or that we spent forever on that we just can't let it go.
Sometimes we are convinced we need the word count. Sometimes we think that we need that scene to get a particular point across, sometimes we just don't want to cut.
I am at one of those points right now in one of my full lengths. I haven't worked on this one in forever, and I remember why. I got stuck here before.

I have a person who has been taken prisoner and he has gotten away. Which is great cause he provides some great information for my hero and heroine to be able to save the day. And I just rewrote another whole scene to make sure he fit.

But now I have a problem of his escape. There is no way I can make him have escaped realistically. If he escaped, then the bad guys would be on the look out for him. If they are on the look out for them, the H/h couldn't just walk up the way they did and recon the place as easily as they did. And if he escaped, the bad guys are the type to kill the rest and run away.

So, now, what do I do? Keep him or get rid of him? I hate this.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Off to Boston

Well, I am off to Boston in the morning. Gonna go home and visit with mom and the family for a little while. Just about a week, but a week without any internet service (ugh). You know, it amazes me how used to things we get sometimes. I hope I can steal the 'net from my neighbors. (good thing home wireless doesn't charge by the use)

When I go home, the first thing I do is go out to eat. (well besides for seeing mom) I go to a Chinese restaurant and eat 'til I burst. And I go back every other day. (that is where most of our budget goes). You just can't get that good of food where I am living now. Each area of the United States has a different type of Chinese food, and the only place to get the "duck sauce" that I am used to is in Boston. (although I have heard parts of California have it, too)

If you don't live where you grew up, what do you do when you go home? Are the certain places you have to visit every time? Certain things you have to eat?

Hope to have time to do some writing while I am there. Hubby and I are gonna do the sightseeing and visiting with family and friends. Will be back in a week or so. Have fun while I am gone!!!

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Another Freebie

I forgot Oded Fehr
I can't believe I forgot him totally!!!!! He is definitely a freebie. I will switch Kurt for him, only cause I can't have a young Kurt :).

Sorry, Kurt, baby.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My New Love

I really don't like Reality TV, but I have a not so secret addiction. Dancing With the Stars.

I have been watching this year closely, one of my favorite pairs is Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani. I like seeing a plus sized woman do well. Us fat chicks can dance and sing and do other things, you know. :) So I watch for her, and vote for her. It also makes me feel good when hubby sees her do something and says to me, "I know someone like that." or "She moves just like honey." (Yes, I have a keeper) But, I have now officially declared myself in love with Tony.

This week Marisa had to do the Rhumba and the Tango, and they are both pretty sensual/sexual, and she obviously isn't comfortable with that, or not used to it. Tony said something wonderful to her that made me fall in love with him.

"You can have somebody with the perfect body but they're not sensual at all because it's really about the feeling that you have in your heart."

Tony, thank you. From all the women in the world with not the "perfect bodies" I thank you.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Five Freebies

Okay, Ann Lory, one of the authors at Loose Id, posted this idea and asked others to join in, so here I go.

One of the cell phone commercials talks about your fave five, five people you can call for free. She brought it quite a few steps further and wants to know who our "freebies" are. Those people that your S.O. can't divorce you for, because they are so over the top, one chance with them would be all you'd ever get, and there's is no way on this planet you could ever turn them down.

Blogger seemed to e having issues this AM and wouldnt let me download all my pics, so I will try again later.

1. Gerard Butler
Now, who wouldn't want this man? Accent, gorgeous eyes, body to die for, and by all accounts absolutely a wonderful person.

2. Adrian Paul
I have had the hots for this man ever since I saw him rip his sunglasses of at the beginning of Highlander: The Series

3. A young Kurt Russell
By all accounts this one should go below, in the "don't really exist" section since I want a young one, but I have wanted him for so long, I can't leave him out. He was my first "freebie" established with hubby.

4. Sam Elliot
Don't ask me why, there is something about this man that just makes me go Yum.

5. Hugh Jackman
Now, come on, ladies. He can act, gives good face, sing, dance, and has an accent.

Extras that are even less likely to happen since they don't really exist, they are characters not the actual actors: Aragorn (no, not Viggo, but him as Aragorn), Clive Owen as James Bond in Casino Royale.

Hubby has permission, too. It used to be Sharon Stone, but he got smarter. I think maybe his include Sandra Bullock and maybe a couple others. He says he never really thinks about it, I am enough for him. Isn't that sweet? :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chain Of Love

Well, this has nothing at all to do with writing, but it made me feel good today, and I wanted to share it.

Hubby was having oral surgery today. Dental insurance will pay for some of it, and there is an off chance medical insurance will pay for some of it, too - due to one of the teeth that needed to be pulled, so the receptionist urged me to go get my insurance card. So I left him there, and went home.

On the way home I pass three schools. I slow down as per ordered every time, I HATE whe people speed through school zones, but for this one. It is an alternative high school, and no blinking lights, just a sign that is hid behind a tree reminding you. And of course, 90% of us forget at least 90% of the time.

I have seen a cop there for the last few weeks, I should have known, well, I forgot (the fact it was a school zone) and sped down at about 30-35 mph. He pulled out and turned his lights on. I turned the corner and stopped on a side street.

I had my license, but couldn't find recent proof of insurance. So there I am, no proof of insurance, speeding through a school zone (where fines are doubled). He asks me if I know why he stopped me, and I am like "yup. I forget that school sometimes." He says at least I didn't run - apparently the last guy ran from him. He then goes back to his car, and I mentally figure how the hell I am gonna pay for this, how it is gonna affect my insurance, etc - and, I didn't have my seat belt on either. I start getting mad at myself, knowing how freaking stupid I was, and worried, etc.

He comes back, and instead of handing me what would have boiled down to a nearly $400-500 fine, he hands me a WARNING. Oh my god, can I say relieved? So, I start the car up after saying thank you, and promising to do better, and the radio comes on, I don't realize what song it is until I turn it up, and it is "Chain of Love" by Clay Walker. It was just the tail end of the song, but I remembered it from years ago, and knew how the whole story went. Many of us got a"mass email" with the story in it years ago, I am sure.

Okay, I will admit I am kind of PMSy today, but I actually had tears come to my eyes. What that cop did was NICE. He could very easily have screwed me, even knowing I looked nervous, that I was anxious about hubby (I don't do well when he is in pain), that I was completely honest, and knew exactly what I had done. He was NICE. And for that, I am grateful. (more than my pocketbook can explain).

Yes, I know cops are nice people. I know a lot of cops, and I like many of them, too. But it wasn't something he HAD to do. He could have given me a full ticket.

So I decided I need to do something extra nice for someone today or the next few days. Not that I don't try to be nice most of the time, but I think I need to make sure I go out of my way to pass it on.

The other day I saw a woman carrying two car seats and she had a baby in a harness, so I stopped the car and backed up to ask her if she wanted a ride, she said no, she was fine, she had just gotten those from someone who was throwing them away, and she was okay. She said she was enjoying the walk. Hubby said that today was payback for that little offer. Either way, I think I need to remember to pass it on a bit more. :)

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earth Hour

I am so not a promo queen. I am so bad, I’m not even gonna talk much about my writing. I’m gonna talk about last night.

Last night Earth Hour was scheduled for 8pm-9pm local time (whatever your locale). It was a time where everyone was encouraged to shut off their lights for an hour, go back to candle light power, and conserve energy. This was in an effort to show the concern people of the world have for the Global Warming Crisis.

Now, they know that one hour in one day isn’t going to make much of a difference in the long run. That was not the point. The point was for people to get together, to show what they consider important. To do something that demonstrates to the world leaders that they feel something needs to be done about the climate crisis.

One of the tips encouraged us to unplug all our appliances, etc. I did. I went downstairs and unplugged the Stereo with the blinking clock that has been blinking for 6 months, that we have used once in that six month period. I am using that electricity – why? It is easy to plug in again when we need it. I unplugged the power strips downstairs that we haven’t been using, I unplugged the electronics in the guest room that no one is going to need for the next three months. These are all little things that we don’t think about. My hubby won’t use his laptop for days on end, why leave it plugged in, sucking energy it does not need?

How many of us did it? I did. I sat here at home, alone, with all the lights out. Flickering candles glowing around me as I contemplated things. Now, I will be honest, I had my laptop on. I did NOT have it plugged in, however, it was on battery power. (I am in the middle of edits and needed to work on them). So I did do some work.

See, now we get to writing. Sitting there contemplating things, and then talking to my crit partner about it, I had an AWESOME idea. But I can’t tell anyone about it yet. It’s not fully formed. I need to flow with it some. BUT I thought that an awesome thing. When you shut off all the lights in the house, and only have a couple candles around you, flickering, no sounds, no people, nothing, it can be an incredibly recharging time. I am so excited about this idea I have been working on it all morning. (Instead of the edits I need to finish).

I think I am gonna make an effort to do that more in the future. Even if it isn’t in the middle of the night. Just sit down, with no one around, nothing to distract me, and just contemplate stuff. See where my mind wanders, and what else I can come up with.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Latin Lover

Del Fantasma: Latin Lover

Author: Tina Bendoni
Artist: Nikita Gordyn
ISBN: 978-1-60168-095-2
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publication Date: 03/14/2008
Sexual Content: Erotic
Price: $2.99

Grace Ridge is a waitress at Del Fantasma, and has recently moved to the late shift. She is trying to pay off debts her ex-boyfriend left her with when he skipped town. Debts both legal and illegal. When a mysterious vampire butts into her life, she is anxious to keep him out, but circumstances beyond her control drag him further in than she wanted. Once he is there, though, does she really want him to leave?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Irish Dreams by Michelle Hasker

See, now another one of my favorite authors has yet another book published. Yes, we all know she is my crit partner, but that doesn't mean she's not one of my favorite authors, too. How the heck am I supposed to keep up with all of them?

This one is a cute, fun read that really is hard to beat.

Title: Irish Dreams
ISBN: 978-1-59632-644-6
Author: Michelle Hasker
Cover Artist: April Martinez
Price: $3.99
Michelle Hasker’s Irish Dreams
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal
Length: Fling

Sex therapist by day, erotic lucid dreaming slut by night, Eryn can't understand the driving need to find her dream lover. Sure the dreams are hot, and the man is even hotter, but as a modern woman, she's not supposed to allow hormones to rule her.

When a trip to Ireland brings her face to face with the man of her dreams, though, she throws caution to the wind and submits. But what happens now that it's no longer a dream?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Spaceport: Bounty by Dawn Montgomery

Yet another one of my writing friends has a new release, and this is one of those ones I just HAD to share. It is awesome!! I love this pair. Both strong, alpha, sure of themselves. Alpha women with Alpha men ROCK!!

Spaceport: Bounty by Dawn Montgomery

read an excerpt

cover art by ReneƩ George
ISBN (13): 978-1-59596-936-1
Genre(s): Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi
Theme(s): Interracial, BBW, Men and Women in Uniform, Spaceport
Series: Spaceport
Length: Novella
Buy This Book for $4.49

No one knows better than Alexis Donovan how the universe turns around IAS patrols. You play or you're spaced. When she's given an offer she can't refuse, she has no choice but to bring in the bounty, alive. A mark's a mark, right? But what's a girl to do when the man she has to bring in is the man who haunts her sleep at night?

A courier exchange gone wrong has sent Mack Hernandez into a whirlwind of chaos. Torn from the family he tried to save and thrust into Spaceport Adana, he does what he can to survive. An incredible encounter… or two… with a bounty hunter has him walking a fine line between life and death. What starts out as a struggle for freedom between the two sends them careening headfirst into a cover-up big enough to blow the Haze patrol sector apart.

When the heat turns on and the adrenaline rides high, can they keep their hearts strong and steady?

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sven Update

Zilch, Zero, Nada.
I wish I could say it's because I have been cleaning the house for the party lite party I'm having Tuesday. But I haven't been. I wish I could say I completely edited my two stories that my crit partner sent back to me - but I didn't.

I did, however review two books, but that doesn't count.

I have written nothing. So today I get my butt in gear. Finish the edits and start writing.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

70 Days of Sweat

Okay, I participated in the first one and did pretty well. Started the second one, and got nothing done. So now trying for the third time :). I have tons of stuff I want to get finished, including another full length novel I have been working on, on and off for a while. Sooooo. Sven, MAKE ME SWEAT!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Saturday's Rant

Okay, I am not a small woman, I never have been. Apparently growing up I was smaller than I thought, but as an adult, I have always been on at least the chubby size. I am also short. So be it. I live with it, I embrace who I am, I love who I am, even if I will never be America's Next Top Model.

I love to dress my heroines in fancy dresses that I could never afford, or would never have a place to wear, or can never find in my size and height. One of my writing partners once told me she loved the dresses I "designed" for my heroines, and that made me feel good, because I often spend a lot of time looking for ideas and then mixing and matching to be what I want.

I also love the fact that so many places have adopted the idea that plus sized women are women, too, and that they should have beautiful dresses for proms and weddings, special occasions and the like. BUT If you are going to advertise yourself as a place for Plus Sized clothing, a place that has only "Fashion for sizes 14W-34W" then your freaking ass models should be AT LEAST a size 14. Seeing a skinny ass bimbo that looks good in a freaking gunny sack wearing an outfit that will look horrendous on most plus sized women is ridiculous. How the hell can I tell how my heroine's size 20 body with DD breasts is gonna look in that low cut thing when the model doesn't even have BOOBS!!!!!!.

Lane Bryant got in trouble for doing this years ago. At least now most of their models are about a size 14. That at least is something. But dammit, can't these other sites learn from them? WTF!!! You know, even if I become rich enough to be able to buy whatever I want, there are certain places I will NEVER go to, or catalogs I would never buy from because of this very reason.

My new favorite site for clothes : IGIGI They have REAL plus sized women in their catalog. Women that have curves and bumps and everything, and still they show them sexy. I am in love. Hell, even if I am not crazy about every single outfit they have, the point is they present them REALISTICALLY. Kudos to them!!!!!! And even this site has mostly forms. You can't see how the clothes look on a plus sized woman, but at least(with a couple exceptions) you aren't forced to look at someone the size of your freaking thigh wearing the entire dress.

Anyone else know of any other sites?
Since I have no new news of my own to offer, other than I have subbed a few more stories lately, I thought I would share another release from a friend. :) I hope no one minds.

The Agency: Serpent's Kiss
by Michelle Hasker
cover art by ReneƩ George
ISBN (13): 978-1-59596-959-0
Genre(s): Paranormal, Action/Adventure
Theme(s): Shapeshifters
Series: Agency
Length: Novella

Agent John Macallister is so deep undercover he’s not sure who he is anymore. Fortunately the Agency has sent one of their best operatives to rescue him -- from himself. Only problem? She’s a giant anaconda.

Sleeping with the man you’re guarding is a bad idea. Especially if you’re a snake shapeshifter pretending to be nothing more than a six-foot-long, yellow anaconda and you’re in love with the man you’re guarding. As if not being able to have sex with John isn’t bad enough, they’re in the middle of a drug dealer’s paradise and everyone wants him dead. Kim doesn’t know which is harder, keeping John alive or keeping her hands -- and her identity -- to herself.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

What is Your Nerd Type

I retook this, not really sure why, but I found the old link and had to retake it :D
I really AM a nerd :D

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it's eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today's society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It's okay. I understand.

Science/Math Nerd
Social Nerd
Drama Nerd
Gamer/Computer Nerd
Artistic Nerd
Anime Nerd
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace

I'm a Knowledge Slut

I have come to that conclusion very recently. I am a knowledge slut. I kind of always knew it, at least in regards to things like trivia and stuff like that. Growing up (and even up til recently) I was one of those people you wanted on your Trivial Pursuit team because I knew all this useless trivia. Things there was little to no reason to know about. Of course, most of that came about as a result of my reading. I read anything and everything, even back then.

Now, get older, life gets in the way. I married another knowledge slut, books fill the house. And cable comes into the house. (we used to live somewhere it wasn’t a possibility) Now we have 150 channels to choose from, many informational for the most part like Discovery, History Channel, etc.

But, I have realized that my sluttiness doesn’t only extend to book/fact/trivia knowledge. It also includes sexual activities. (See, you knew I would bring this around to sex somehow) A friend wrote a story recently and based one of the minor characters on me. Which can be pretty normal, but something this character did made me go. “DAMN! I do do that.” She asked her friend for details on her sex life. But not just little bit, but her friend did something with multiple men, and this not me character had never done that kind of thing, so she started asking questions, details, and getting all excited to hear about it. Now that is definitely me.

But see, now I realize that it isn’t cause I am a nosy bitch that I do it. I am just an information slut. I need to know these things. How they happen, when, what it feels like, etc. Not just because of my writing (although that helps) but because I have this insatiable need to KNOW.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Evil Author Things

You know, as an author I get to do an awful lot of evil things and not get in trouble for them. Now I am not talking things like mass murder – although I wouldn’t put that past me in a future book. I am talking about those little evil things we all do – or want to do – in life but just can’t.

I was talking to my critique partner the other day, and she was writing a story in first person. The heroine was purposely making the hero mad. Doing little things like burning his marshmallows (yes, I am talking about s’mores here, get your mind out of the gutter.) then smooshing them so they ooze out of the crackers. (her words). This proceeded to piss the poor man off. And still the heroine continued to annoy the hell out of him. (He’d refused her sex, can you think of a better reason to punish him?)

Well, Michelle said that she loved it. That she was having loads of fun pissing off this man. And it struck me that some authors are born kind of evil. We get way too big of a kick out of stuff like that. Take for example, I was in the middle of a sex scene at the same time, and I realized I had my hero torturing the heroine. Not letting her do things cause he was too busy pleasuring her to let her pleasure him. (Yeah, I know, such a horrible torture, isn’t it?)

And then there are the times where nothing goes right for the heroine. Where she can’t change a tire because the lug nuts are too tight, when she drops things because she is nervous cause the hero is talking to her. When her mother starts yelling at her for her horrible taste in men right after her heart gets broken by the ex-boyfriend.

You know, I, too, truly enjoy too many of these scenes. So now that I think about it, I’m worried. What does that say about me as a person? Hehehe

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Michelle Hasker's The Bodyguard: Nash

Title: The Bodyguard: Nash
ISBN: 978-1-59632-606-4

Author: Michelle Hasker
Cover Artist: Croco Designs
Price: $4.99

Michelle Hasker’s The Bodyguard: Nash
Series: The Bodyguard; Previous Book: The Bodyguard
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Length: Novella

Philly bartender Victoire Duramel picked the right night to lose control of her magic. The night Fae bodyguard Nash Dupree sensed his soulmate and a strong, untrained magic violently unleashed.

Struggling under the strength of her power, Victoire accepted Nash's help without question. Now he wants to train her and teach her how to control her magic. But there's a price. Her heart and soul.

When she denies him, Nash refuses to let her go. He'll do whatever he must to guard the feisty witch and have her for his own.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal sex, mild bondage, violence, voyeurism.