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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


       New Vampire Book


Sleight of Hand is releasing today! I'm quite excited, this is my first published novella and I do so love Lissie and Xander and I think in a few months I may revisit them and their universe again.

Care for an excerpt? (18 and over only PLEASE!)

SLEIGHT OF HAND BY LAUREN DANE
© Copyright LAUREN DANE, 2006.
All Rights Reserved, Whispers, Inc.

With that same feral grin he’d been wearing some minutes before, he moved back to the balls of his feet. “As you command me then, my sweet. Turn around. Hands on the bar.”
She allowed herself the luxury of closing her eyes for a moment, internally celebrating the knowledge that he’d be inside her in mere moments. Turning, she gripped the bar, her body slightly bent, and her ankles hobbled by her pants.

Shivers rose as his hands stroked down her spine. Gentle and seductive, warmth spread in the wake of his touch. He continued over the curve of her ass and slipped between her legs. Those questing fingers spread her open and drew her honey through her folds. Desire slick and drunk with need, she pushed back against him with a whimper.

Chuckling, he leaned in and kissed the back of her neck. She gasped and then sighed as she felt him press the fat head of his cock against her gate and began his inexorable push into her body.

“Great god,” he murmured. “Lissie, you feel so fucking good around my cock.” Grunting, he pulled nearly all of the way back out, and with a flex of his hips, slamming back into her. Her reflection in the polished surface of the bar showed her biting her bottom lip. Before her eyes fluttered closed, she saw his lips curve up into a satisfied smile. “This is going to be over quick, I want you too much. I’ll be more refined next time. For now, hang on.”

His body caged her. Her heart belonged to him. She was his, and she was helpless to do little more than grip the bar tightly and hold on as he fucked into her in deep digs. A moan escaped her as he rolled and pinched a nipple with one hand. The other moved to her clit, flicking over it with a feather light touch. The way he knew her body was comforting and frightening all at once.

He increased his speed and hammered into her wet flesh as she writhed, trying to move, but held in place by his body and her pants. “I like you bound. We’re going to have to try that more often,” he said in her ear.

He loved her beyond redemption. Beyond reason. He would have done anything to have gotten her back. He realized and accepted that as her pussy sucked at him, pulling him back into her body’s embrace.

He loved the way she smiled, her laugh, the fearless way she ran her business and stood up for herself. He’d been bowled over by the way she’d softened toward his brother and hadn’t shown Alex any of her hesitation about having him with her in her house. He’d been afraid to admit it, but he couldn’t deny it any longer. He couldn’t hide behind love proxy words and phrases like he’d been falling for her or that he really enjoyed her. No. He loved her.

That realization, along with the way her pussy clutched at him, pushed him over the edge. He increased the pressure on her clit and nipple as he felt his orgasm build, rolling through his body from the tip of his toes to the top of his head. His scalp tingled and he threw back his head and whispered her name as his pleasure unleashed and poured into her body.

After the waves had crashed over him and she’d come, he bent, laying his head on her shoulder. Breathing hard, he enjoyed the feel of her pussy muscles twitching and grabbing at him. Loved the heat of her skin against his cheek and the scent of her body, of clean sweat and coconut. The scent of their sex mingled in the air.

Getting his breath back, he straightened and stood, tucking himself back into his jeans. Unable to resist, he pressed a kiss at the back of her neck.

Monday, February 27, 2006


       Bookish

So on Saturday, I finished reading Caitlin R. Kiernan's, Murder of Angels. Wow. Just. Wow. The prose is so incredibly beautiful that it made me want to weep at times that I'll never write like that while at the same time celebrating the gorgeousness of the wordsmithing.

Horror, but not. Fantasy, but not. A book so strangely wonderful that it defies description and I highly recommend it.

I also finished Anthony Bourdain's, Kitchen Confidential last week. Wonderful. Made me laugh my ass off. Taught me a few kitchen tricks and gave me some great ideas for tools for my kitchen. Plus, there's something about Tony Bourdain that I find totally seductive. I think it's the bad attitude, LOL.

Now I'm on to Rachel Gibson's, Trouble with Valentine's Day. Starts off nice, we'll see how the rest goes. I like her humor.

Sunday, February 26, 2006


       Oh!

And although I've had a myspace account for some months now, I actually spent some time and personalized it a bit. If you're over there, here's my page


       Early Buzz on Sleight of Hand

I'm so excited! Yesterday I got a note from Michele, who won SOH at the Writerbabes blog. She said in part (I won't put it all up, even though it was lovely and flattering because there's a bit of a spoiler): " I Loved IT!!!! Sleight of Hand was great...oooh, I loved the last line.. The ending was so perfect!'

And my first official review comes from Nannette at Joyfully Reviewed: Ms. Dane's character's are well written and a pleasure to read. Lissette is witty and tough but at the same time she is vulnerable. Xander is one gorgeous, powerful and sexy vampire. There are moments when they made love that they left me panting for more. These two really heat up the sheets!
(...)
Sleight of Hand is a very emotional book. It offers a different take on a frequently told story. Ms. Dane has taken issues that many women face and woven them into an exciting vampire romance! I highly recommend Sleight of Hand; it's a relatable love story, it's uniquely told, and it is smoking hot!

Thank you Nannette and Michele!!

Saturday, February 25, 2006


       Saturday Morning Stuff and Junk

I had such a great time last night at the Romance Diva chat. It was my first chat with them and I'll definitely be back.

Thing is, I love to talk to readers cause I'm one too. And erotic romance readers are so fun to talk with. It was an added bonus that NJ Walters and Sylvia Day were the other two authors who were in the chat with me. Both of these women are amazing writers and truly nice people who deserve the success they've gotten.

After chat and getting the kids down, I wrote for several hours until Battlestar Galactica. Wow. Last night's episode was really intense and had a clever twist on the Six/Gaius relationship. I'm so glad that the turn for the worst that the show experienced for several weeks near the beginning of the season seems to have passed. Loads of meta issues going on. I loved it!

More utterly fluffy news, I bought a new handbag yesterday, gorgeous. And new jeans from the misses department. My husband said, "wow, you look like you're in high school" but in a complimentary way. He's the best, LOL. I haven't worn this size since before college. Now I have cute jeans to wear with my fabulous boots in Vegas! Yeah.

I'm reading Caitlin Kiernan's Murder of Angels. This book is so beautiful and haunting and scary and uncomfortable that it makes me want to weep. If you haven't read it, even if you don't like horror, go and get it. Honestly, it's amazing writing.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Don't forget that I'm chatting tonight at Romance Divas! They have some excellent forums there and they're a great place to hang out. 6 pacific/9 eastern!

And I have a myspace account. I've had it since November but haven't done much with it. Can't say I'm overly excited about the lack of interaction between users but I'll give it a try keeping it up. I'm starting to customize it a little bit thanks to Michelle Pillow's helpful tips. I'm not done over there but it does look better than it did two days ago. Anyway, the URL is http://www.myspace.com/lauren_dane

I watched Doom last night. Yeah, it's academy awards season and I want to see all the nominees for best picture. BWAH! I crack myself up. Okay, so I wanted to look at Karl Urban for an hour and a half. Only the movie is nearly 2 hours long. It was about twenty minutes longer than I thought was necessary and I thought the personality change in the end with Sarge was out of nowhere. But the Rock shirtless? Yeah, I'll muddle through. And Karl Urban, sigh. I thought the sister was pretty stupid for a xenobiologist but intelligence and common sense are not the same thing I suppose.

A slightly boring autobiographical note about Doom and Lauren - in my first year of law school, I'd come home and play Doom every day to get over the trauma. More from the people than the actual education, which was bad enough. But killing cacodemons who reminded me a lot of the twits I had to interact with every day got me through. So each time I heard a door open in the movie last night, it made me smile a bit. Yeah, sort of creeps you out now huh? Lauren's not as nice as she seems is she? LOL!

Post about BDSM up at the Writerbabes blog with a bit of an excerpt from Second Chances.

Okay, I think that's it for now...

Thursday, February 23, 2006


       Threat of Darkness

In the comments a few days back, Ashley asked me when and if I was going to write Jayce's story (from A Touch of Fae). Funny thing is, I'd just picked it up and was looking through my notes and I'd started it.

And man am I loving this book! There's this place, if I'm lucky, in every book where I just click. The words come easy, the story feels right and cohesive and it's going the way it should. I'm there right now and it's a joy to write it.

So barring blockage, I'm hoping to be done by the end of March! Jayce's woman is half Fae and an easy hand with a 9mm and a solid right hook. Danger, hot sex, love, anger and resentment are all building.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


       Blog Me!

Hey everyone! I'm the blog hostess from tomorrow, February 23 to March 2 at the Writerbabes Blog. Come on over daily to see what's going on. I'll be running a few contests over the week and each day I'll have a different theme based on my books - BDSM, Vampires, Warriors, Werewolves, Small Town Junks, Romantic Suspense and The Fae.

So, a twist on the trite saying - I'm going to write it so you'll come (uh, well, no pun intended but if you want one, g'hed and take it).

See you tomorrow!
Songs that are on my playlist:

  • In Remote/Part 1 - Idlewild
  • Missed - PJ Harvey
  • We've Got A File On You - Blur
  • Dare - Gorillaz
  • In Public - Kelis
  • Salt Shaker - Ying Yang Twins
  • Mayonaise - Smashing Pumpkins
  • Shiver - Maroon 5
  • Modern Girl - Sleater Kinney
  • Interstate Love Song - STP
  • Sonor -Clamm Bonn
  • It is Finished - Peter Gabriel
  • You Are - Wynona Judd
  • Purr - Sonic Youth

It occurs to me as I look at this list that I need new music. Or maybe that I like my old music a lot too. Hmm.

In any case, I'd be lost without music. What's everyone listening to right now?

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


       What Do You Like?

What sorts of things do you like to see in a blog? I know some authors do blogs heavy on writing tips and I do writing entries here and there - would you like more, less, none?

What about updates?

How about my snarky little daily life and pop culture stuff?

Just trying to make my blog a friendlier place for you all!

Any input would be very much appreciated!

Monday, February 20, 2006


       Woo! Giving Chase Now Has a Home

Samhain has just offered me a contract for my contemporary erotic romance, Giving Chase! I'm thrilled! Samhain has a lot of great authors and it's a wonderful opportunity for me.

I don't know a lot right now, I need to sign and mail the contract and I suspect I'll know more after that and I'll keep you updated.

Happy Dancin!

Lauren

Sunday, February 19, 2006


       Please Join Me Tomorrow, February 20!

Tomorrow, February 20th I'm going to be at Writer's Red Room for a loop party with Rachel Carrington to celebrate our upcoming releases from Whispers!

I'll be popping in at about 8 am pacific and hanging around to play until about 2 pm! I'm giving away advance copies of Sleight of Hand and other fun prizes along with some excerpts and the usual gossip, chat and quizzy goodness.

It's my first loop day with them so I hope to see some familiar faces!


       Unexpected

The other day, after sending Tri Mates to my editor and hitting the wall with Sword and Crown, I picked up an idea for a quickie. It's an old idea, a cliche even. But a cliche is something we like for a reason. Anyway, I picked it up and wrote it in just a few days. I got to bring the characters to Lake Cushman here in Washington, a place that's so beautiful I think it demands inclusion in a storyline.

Anyway, it's to my beta readers and off to my editor hopefully early this week. Writing something that is 12 thousand words is very different than writing 65 thousand. More intense. I had to cut back my beloved secondary characters and just focus on Tess and Trevor.

The result is Unexpected. Yes, I mean it was unexpected but that's the title, too. I like it.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

The February Issue of Vixenwriter has just been mailed out! It's on my new template which took me a bit to figure out and a begging email to Frauke for help on getting it uploaded to mail (which she kindly took pity on me and helped me sooo much!).

I hope you all enjoy it! I'll be putting it up at my website in a week or so but the contests within are open to subscribers only (hint - you can sign up at my website).

Friday, February 17, 2006


       Several Things

First, get on over to the Maverick Authors blog and read Anya Bast's entry about synopsis writing. Seriously. It's really good and very helpful. For any writers out there, you know that synopsis writing can be more challenging than writing the book so Anya's article is really useful.

Secondly, my friend, fellow Night Whisper author and Writer Babe, and excellent author, Shelly Munro has a new release out today, Stranded! Go check it out!

Cathryn Fox has a sexy cover for her upcoming Avon release - it's seriously hot stuff! Go and look!

The CAPAs came out this week and several of my friends are on the list of nominees! Congratulations and good luck to: Anya Bast, Shiloh Walker, Rhyannon Byrd, Mardi Ballou, Lora Leigh, Tawny Taylor, Michelle Pillow, Mandy Roth, Eve Vaughn, Lisa Renee Jones, Annalee Blysse, Laura Baumbach, Sylvia Day, Kate Hill, Charlie and Jaci Burton, Cheyenne McCray, Mackenzie McKade and Syneca for her cover art (the person who's done many of my covers including my all time favorite, Enforcer). If I've missed anyone, my sincerest apologies. The lists are long and filled with excellent authors both those I've mentioned above and ones I haven't.

Loose Id is having a sale! - In honor of Loowis and Loosey, we’re throwing a five day sale event, beginning right now and lasting through Sunday February 19th at midnight. You’ll get 5% off every ebook title you purchase for five days, automatically. Go to their new web address for the details!

On a serious note, Millenia Black has a most excellent discourse on race and publishing up at her blog. Go and check it out!

Loads of great stuff going on out there in the webverse, go check some of it out!

Thursday, February 16, 2006


       Happy Dancin!


Second Chances has been given a Reviewer's Choice Award from Ecataromance! I'm thrilled! There were times when I never thought SC would see the light of day but the response of readers and the critics has been so overwhelming that it makes the tears and gray hairs worth it.

If you want to read an excerpt, there's one up at my website!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


       Appearances Can Be Devastating

You know what really bugs me? The way people are snarking on Mariah Carey's appearance (as in how she looked in her dress) at the Grammy Awards show. The woman has been nominated and won all sorts of awards for her voice and all we've got is, "she looks fat"

Cause seriously folks, if Mariah Carey is fat, what does that say for the rest of the women who aren't Sarah Jessica Parker thin? And moreover, why does it matter?

Mariah Carey has enough issues to snark on rightfully (hello, she's batshit crazy!) but I don't understand why how fat she looks in a designer dress is helpful to either crazy Mariah or anyone else.

Cause let's face it, women have enough shit to shovel when it comes to their bodies. Our breasts are too big or too small. Our stomachs aren't flat enough, our asses aren't J Lo perfect, legs too long or short, we're too tall or short, hair too curly or straight. And fat, well fat is the cudgel that hits straight to the heart.

I've been thin and I've been fat. I have to say I had far fewer issues with my body when I was fat. I never had self image problems but that may be because I always felt desired by my partner. But now, the thinnest I've been since college, I find myself much more self aware about weight and body image than I've ever been. It's odd to suddenly have this when I haven't since I was twenty years old.

I feel responsible to write women that are of all shapes and sizes and to make their lives and their happiness not revolve around their jeans size. It's a difficult line to walk and snarking about a celebrity looking fat when she's obviously not (brittney spears too) just compounds the problem. Hell, most women work damned hard to look as thin as Mariah looks "fat" and I just don't think we're saying much positive about ourselves to make fun of it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


       A Valentine From Me To You

So I was thinking that today, some eye candy was in order. Nonfat, calorie free but yummy just the same.

So let's start the parade of sweets with Gerard Butler shall we? All the very young guys get so much attention that we forget the men. Like this one...


I know, my penchant for the very bad man is so obvious that I just don't even bother to deny it, LOL.

Or how about Dermot Mulroney? He's got the cocky bad boy next door thing going on.


Or Julian, oh Julian McMahon. Sigh. (this one's for you Megan)


Wow, had to take a few moments after I posted that one. He's just so beautiful.

And a nod to the blond men out there - James Marsters. Oh Spike, how I loved thee!

And here's where the picture of James would go, were blogger cooperating and not stalling out over and over and over again. Hmm, maybe blogger doesn't like blonds. In any case rather than continue to sit here and try to get it to work over and over again, I'm going to leave it alone for now and try later. I know if you close your eyes you can see him anyway, heh. *edited to add - here he is, finally. And oh so worth the wait!

Monday, February 13, 2006


       Sci Fi/ Futuristics

Over at the Maverick Authors blog, Megan Hart has a great post up about the science fiction genre and a really interesting issue has come up in the comments between she and I (or is that me and her?) about the difference between futuristics and sci fi.

I suppose for me, it's as easy to define as what "erotic" is, which is to say, next to impossible for anyone but me. But what I think the difference is, is that sci fi is about the space travel or the future and a futuristic is a story that happens to be set in the future that has space travel, etc in it.

But I could totally be wrong because I just tossed it out there a few minutes ago. Although I have been thinking about what the difference was all weekend since I responded to her the first time.

So weigh in! Here or there, or both even!


       Love Hangover

Big post Valentine's Day Party at my loop! February 15, starting at about 8 am pacific and we'll go all day (til about 3:30 pm pacific time):

Excerpts and sneak peeks from yours truly as well as: (this is a partial list)
Cris Anson
Mackenzie McCade
Kate Hill
Kate Steele
Shelley Munro
Diane Charles Linford

In addition to great excerpts, there'll be prizes including downloads of my upcoming release from Whispers, Sleight of Hand. So come on! Hang out, gossip, read steamy stuff and try to win some swag.

Saturday, February 11, 2006


       Quizzy Time Porn


Lauren --

[adjective]:

Banshee-like



'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at QuizGalaxy.com


       More Edits Done

Sent the next round of edits back to my editor for Sleight of Hand. I'm not a big novella writer but I can see doing another in this universe because I like the characters.

Yesterday, a friend told me she loved my heroines, which is really high praise. They're not typical at all and so sometimes I find myself having to make explanations for them. They've got smart mouths a lot. Sarcasm is not something you see often in romance novels. But I can't help it. I suppose it's because my characters have a bit of me in them. I know, you're all shocked to hear I'm sarcastic, and all. But I like that. I like that they carry a part of me.

I bring this up because there's a scene in SOH where Lissie and Stryker are having a discussion and she looks back over her shoulder at him and says, "hardy har har" about something. My editor hates this but it's totally something she'd say (Lissie that is). In another scene she's thinking about him and uses "heh" at the end of her thought. My editor says that makes her sound weak, but it's not that kind of heh, it's the sex heh, you know the one.

Anyway, it's always good to have to explain yourself to an editor, it makes you a better writer. Because if you can't explain yourself, she's right, LOL.

Friday, February 10, 2006


       Newsletter

My most wonderful personal genius, Frauke, has designed a gorgeous newsletter template for me that mirrors my website and this blog. Far be it from me to eschew such loveliness for the plain text of yahoo.

SO! at my website, on the home page, you'll see a new option to subscribe and I'll mail it out to the same list, the same rules apply (as in I won't share your email address with anyone or spam you with unwanted crap), only you'll get a pretty newsletter that can be bulleted and bolded and underlined, with pictures and graphics.

Anyway, look for it starting with this month's newsletter. All of my current subscribers are already subscribed. And remember, there's a cool contest going on for all new subscribers of my newsletter as well as opportunities to enter in each month's newsletter as well!


       Sleight Of Hand and Author Type Chat and Appearance Info

So SOH is releasing in seventeen days. Pretty cool huh? I've got an excerpt up at my website so check it out. I'll also be doing a whole lot of chatting this month. I know, those of you who know me are totally shocked that I'll be talking a lot. Cause I'm so shy and quiet. Snort.

Anyway, let's see: I'll be doing a Loose Id Author's Chat at Romance Junkies at 6 pm pacific/9 eastern on Monday February 13.

Then I'm having a Love's Hangover loop party at my loop on February 15 all day long. Come by for sneak peek excerpts, prizes and chat!

Rachel Carrington and I are hosting a Loop Party at Writer's Red Room on Monday February 20.

Then I'll be chatting with other EC authors (Ann Jacobs, Eve Lilas, Lauren Dane, NJ Walters, Patrice Michelle, and Sylvia Day) at Romance Divas at 6 pm pacific/9 eastern so please come on out!

And the montly EC Writerspace chat is on Monday February 27 at 5 pm pacific/8 eastern. This is always a fun chat with prizes and info on upcoming books from your favorite EC authors.

And on February 28, Sleight of Hand releases! I'll be hanging out at my loop and at the Whispers reader loop for some launch day festivities.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


       Contests and Readers

Jaynie has taken up this topic at her blog before and I think it's a topic worthy of discussion from several perspectives - Contests and prizes not being open to readers outside the US.

Here's the deal: I like to run contests. They're fun and they're a way for me to say thank you to my readers. I don't think of those readers as greedy for wanting to win stuff. Who doesn't want to win free stuff for goodness' sake?

The attitude of some authors who refuse to open contests to readers outside the US is not something I understand at all. In the first place, it's not like I spend millions of dollars on contests all the time anyway. In the second place, the chances that folks from outside the US will win contests on such a regular basis that it somehow breaks my postage budget are next to nil.

But the most important part is that it says on my part: "I don't give a crap about you if you don't live in the US. You are nothing more than a promotional opportunity for me so if you don't live in the US, you don't count." And uh, there's no way I'd say that even if I did think it, which I don't.

It seems terribly self destructive to treat readers poorly. After all where would we be without them? I like my readers and I like that I send packages to Puerto Rico and Canada and Germany and Australia. I like that those international readers make the effort to read my stuff.

Contests are fun. They say, "thanks for being a fan!" so when you say, US ONLY, you're saying in effect that you don't care about readers who aren't convenient for you. Tsk.

Other voices on this issue: Alison Kent; PBW and Brenda Coulter (although I shouldn't list her because she censors comments)


       It's Outta Here!

Finished the last bit of edits on the second Cascadia Wolves book, Tri Mates last night. After a blurb and a final lookover, I sent it to my editor. I'm always relieved when I hit send and a finished book goes off to find a home somewhere!

Here's a blurb: Werewolves mate for life. For every wolf, there’s a mate out there. So Tracy Warden is thrilled when she discovers Nick Lawrence, the sexy Enforcer for another Pack is her mate.

But sometimes, lucky wolves get to double dip in the form of the extremely rare Tri Mate Bond. And so it is when Tracy discovers that her Anchor bond with National Pack Mediator, Gabe Murphy is far more.

Suddenly Tracy finds herself with two Alpha males whose hunger for her never seems to wane. But their bliss is marred by the heavy hand of Warren Pellini and the werewolf mafia and his reach goes very high up indeed.

Money laundering, kidnapping, assault and other general mayhem can’t mar the intensity of their bond but it sure can threaten their lives.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


       A Bunch of Stuff

Let's see... a new review for Second Chances from Novelspot: Maîtresse says in part, "Lauren Dane takes her readers on a ride. It's not quite an emotional roller coaster but there are definite highs and lows with some impish BDSM scenes including rope bondage, piercing and spanking, to name a few. I'd just as soon not reduce this to a quick abstract, and just let you readers follow Rori's path to finding how to be comfortable inside herself. A definite must read not only for BDSM aficionados, but also for all those other sadder but wiser girls who are hopeful of Second Chances." Thank you!!

And a new review for Triad from Sensual Romance: Barb says in part, "I LOVED THIS STORY. Triad was the first thing I had read of Lauren Dane's and I so cannot wait to read more from this talented author. Triad, is hot, sexy and has the paranormal elements I love with witches and vampires. It has nontraditional sexualities with menage, Lee, Alex and Aidan are very strong individuals as well and in this case three is much better then two.

I know fans of romantica will love Lauren Dane's Triad as much as I did and be clamoring for more." thanks, Barb!!

Lisa Renee Jones is doing a class later this month: "I am holding a class next month.. its all the things I learned from newbie to NYC contract and in between doing author promo. Which sites are worth advertising on. Will a conference help? Best use of advertising money. How to take your group from 300 like one of my promo clients to 800 now...and so on...lots of stuff. I have also invited some guests like web people, and some review sites to talk about the cheapest best ways to get your books promoted.

This is a one time deal.

Feb 20-24th for 2 hours each night. First hour will be lecture on line. Second guest speaker and questions. During that week I am taking one on one questions too.
Hope you will join me!

If you are interested email me offlist or go to my journal for a link to the class blog. I will do this on a EXCLUSIVE yahoo group that will only exist for now until the class and only have activity during the class week.
Lisarenjones@aol.com

www.authorsredroom.com
www.lisareneejones.com - journal has the class info"

Monday, February 06, 2006


       Friends


On your left in the green is my lovely friend, Christi. I met her online going on nine years ago now when we were both pregnant. It's amazing how friendships can form like that. She lived in Texas at the time and I'm lucky enough now to have her up here in my neck of the woods.

People used to say "IRL" for in real life or, "RL" friends versus online friends. But you know, this group of friends I have that I met around that time and I have been through a heck of a lot over the years. Births, deaths, marriages, divorces, layoffs, dream jobs, etc. And they are my friends. I've met most of them face to face, spoken to them on the phone and pretty much have daily contact with them and have for many years.

My best girlfriend is someone I met online. Two of my very closest buddies are people I met online. The internet can make the world smaller for really good reasons.

She made me her grandma's hummingbird cake for my birthday with homemade cream cheese frosting. I'm lucky, I tell you!

Saturday, February 04, 2006


       Yep, Another One Finished!

Phew, she says, flopping down on the couch! Finished Tri Mates and got it out to my beta readers. I'm quite happy with where it ended. As I'm a seat of the pantser I had more than one moment of, "uh, where to now?" but as it always does, while engaged in some mindless chore (washing dishes, taking a shower, playing spider solitare, listening to endless Pokemon facts) it came to me and resoved itself each time.

It's a good thing I finished when I did because the edits for Sleight of Hand came in and I'll be doing those this weekend.

It was my birthday yesterday, I ate three pieces of chocolate cake and I don't feel guilty. My husband is the best.

I'm thrilled to say that last night's BSG was back on track for the first time in three weeks. Although, hello, can we just see Jamie Bamber's ass? The almost Starbuck/Apollo sex makes me edgy. Cause while Kara's body is lovely and all, seriously, we have not had gratuitious Lee nekkid in several episodes. No tiny towel! I want more, people. Feed me!

Off to play my round of Burnout Revenge. enjoy your saturday.

Friday, February 03, 2006


       You Like Me!

Triad placed sixth in the 2005 P&E poll for best romance novel. Pretty cool huh!

Thursday, February 02, 2006


       New Cover And Tri Mates News


**Edited - This is a new cover with a different font from the one I'd put up earlier. I think this font change makes a HUGE difference and I like it so much better this way**
Got the cover for Vengeance Due yesterday. Here it is. Yes, that's a feather boa. But I do love the shadowy face in the background and the brick wall is nice too because a very important scene takes place in an alley. I love the blue, it's very dreamy and sensual. In reality, Kael has protective runes tattooed all over his body and he's got tight muscle (think Brad Pitt in Fight Club) and his hair is very short and platinum blond. Simone is amazingly beautiful with long flowing brunette hair - you won't hate her though, I promise.

I'm sooooo close to being finished with Tri Mates! I'm at about 61K and I think I'll wrap up at about 65 or 66k. Wrote a DP scene last night, heh.

Once I finish up I need to get back to the Sword and Crown partial and the back to Battlefront. In and around this, I expect edits to begin to trickle in so I imagine I'll be a busy woman. Well, okay, busier.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


       Squee and A Bit of Navel Gazing

Goldfrapp has a new CD coming out next month. I shouldn't squee but I will. I love Goldfrapp. Happy sigh.

Over at Smart Bitches a discussion about polyamory and group sex in romances and the comments made me think about the purpose of romance in general.

Some of the comments were very vehemently opposed and seemed to tie their opinions into the idea that it's not something they'd want in real life. And well, you know, there are loads of things in books that make me tingly that I wouldn't want to do in real life. Hell, if I met an actual vampire I'd probably lose my lunch.

But books are about fantasy. I'm not saying that people are wrong to not like group scenes in their erotic romance, sexuality is like a snowflake, we're all different and that's wonderful. There are plenty of things that don't turn my crank and so I don't buy books with capture bondage in them or rape. Not my thang, thanks.

At the same time, I think that the sales of menage books will show that a heck of a lot of readers like the fantasy AND think that it can be romantic with more than your traditional dyad. Of course, not every menage book works, I'm quite picky about them. But I write them and so I'm cracked that way anyway.

I suppose what I find interesting and hard to wrap my head around is that you can't like a sexual scenario you wouldn't want in real life. And I'm generalizing here so bear with me - but how can one read paranormals for instance if you're so bound to real life? I mean, me? I have trouble with books that try to be extremely realistic without any research. Books featuring lawyers or courtroom scenes drive me insane, I start muttering and getting pissy and my husband takes the book away from me (he's the same way when I start arguing with the television). Back to the menage thing - I do want some measure of realism - show me why people would be all right with sharing their love that way - doesn't have to be a huge part of the story but it had better be there somehow. But that's not really about not liking menage sex, it's about wanting a storyline to back it up. And I want that no matter if it's cowboys, Navy SEALs or threesomes.

Anyway, I'm babbling and trying very hard to understand this perspective. Not that I think it's wrong or bad, but because I can't wrap my head around it.

Then there was the whole "it's immoral" argument. And well, again, this is something I really can't understand because you're reading erotic romance and most of the time it's hot sex between non married people anyway. So if there are three or five, what's more immoral? Is there some sort of morality multiplier? I get the cheating thing, if one party isn't okay with it that's infidelity and I hate books with infidelity in them. But that's almost never the case and most truly in erotic romance.

LOL, I just like to understand I suppose. It's part of my infuriating need to know everything.