Saturday, December 29, 2012
Mmm... I can't even tell you how hot, hot, HOT it is.
I'm happy to bring to you an audio excerpt of Above the Dungeon read by the absolutely amazing Sirly Eric.
Check it out! BDSM Bedtime Stories - Above the Dungeon
Leave a comment here, in comments beneath the audio/slide show, or in the discussion area **HERE** (you may need to be a group member) for a chance to win a Smashwords e-copy of the book.
Comments in all three places will count as three entries. I'll let my husband draw a winner, (or two or three) from his hat on January 15th.
I am just tickled. Go, have a listen. But if you're not alone, I suggest headphones, cuz it's not appropriate for the workplace or the kids.
Thanks bunches to La Crimson Femme and BDSM Bedtime Stories for this cool audio clip. And thanks to the band Leaether Strip for permission to use their lyrics in Above the Dungeon - the scene would not be nearly as intense without the lyrics. And thanks, always, to those who read and enjoy my books.
Want to hear the song? Strap Me Down by Leaether Strip
Like the music and want to learn more about Leather Strip? Leaether Strip on Facebook
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT had standard lock-down practices in place.
Our school doesn't.
And still we send our precious girl to school.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Alas, I have to work early, early this morning, so I can ditch early to watch my kid perform in the school program - ahh, the talent, the crowds, the parking five miles away - such bliss does the Holiday bring.
Have I mentioned that I hate Christmas? Perhaps I mentioned it last year. Yeppers, I am sorry to report that I have a very Grinch-like attitude about the season. I don'd sent cards. I haven't decorated or put the tree up. I HAVE made Spritz cookies and shopped, oh yes, indeedy - I don't mind that part so much. Don't panic - the tree will get put up, oh, sometime during the coming weekend, perhaps, provided I talk myself into vacuuming up the dog hair.
And then I will go to work. This is my lucky year - I'm scheduled to work day shift on December 20th, and the evening shift from December 21st right through to December 25th. So I won't even have the weekend to spend with my family. (I don't hate my family, by the way - I just hate the frenzy of the season and how it is impossible to spend enough time anywhere to make anyone happy).
December 26th the tree will come down and get packed away until the week before Christmas NEXT year.
And don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the tree - just... well, our house is what you might call "lived in" - and the addition of Christmas decorations just seems to turn "lived in" into "total chaos."
Anyway, enough of my Bah, Humbuggery...
I'm working on a new and exciting thing I call... (drum roll, please).... Het Porn.
Yes, my friends, I am writing an erotica book wherein one protagonist is male and the other is FEMALE. I know this is a stretch for me, but as a female married to a male for oh, about twenty years now, I think I can handle it.
So what inspired this, anyway? (As I'm sure you are asking).
Well, definitely not Fifty Shades of Grey. There are no antique books, no helicopter rides, no crazy rich millionaires. Oh, yeah, there aren't any virgins in the story, either. Or college students. It was a little bit inspired by something else that I read, although I couldn't tell you the title or the author for the life of me. I was intrigued by the "snowed in" concept.
So, without further ado, meet Piper Matthews and Ian Graff...
Thursday, December 6, 2012
My Kindle has about 100 books on it waiting to be read, and my Amazon wish list has about 100 more. So this morning I thought I would share with ya'all how I find all these books.
Other than the "Amazon recommends" lists, most of the books I buy or add to my wish list come from book review blogs. There's nothing cooler than finding reviewers who seem to like what I like in books. And I really love finding reviewers who DISLIKE the same things as I. They tell me what to avoid. But overall, book reviewers go a long way toward helping me decide what to read.
I'm not saying the review blogs I follow are the same ones everyone should follow - I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd love to drive traffic to these particular blogs, mainly because I enjoy each of them - but your taste often won't be my taste.
If you want help choosing your next read, I urge you to find some book blogs. The best way to do this, I think, is to look for positive reviews for a book you really liked, and see if any of those reviews were written by a book blogger. It's at least one way to find reviewer-bloggers with who share your taste in books. Then you can sit back and let them blaze the trail.
Let me tell you - these people amaze me. I love to read, and have been a bookworm all of my life, and I do make an effort to write reviews that I post on Amazon and Goodreads, but I've got nothing on these folks. Even when I love a book, I'm don't always have the ability to communicate what I loved about ir in a coherent way.
Oh, sure, I can WRITE a book - but writing about a book in a critical but positive (because I don't usually take the time to write reviews of books I hate) way leaves me finger-tied (versus tongue-tied). I find myself writing things like, "I really, really liked this book."
So here are the book bloggers that I follow, the people who are to blame for the 100 books waiting on my Kindle: (I'll be adding icons, buttons, or banner URL's, pending permission from the individual bloggers).