A new erotic short story…

A new erotic short story…

Ladies and Gentleman! Readers and Creepers! Lovers and Others! I am pleased to share with the world that my first erotic short story was accepted for publication with Breathless Press, and will be released for public consumption on September 12th, 2014. This is an erotic short, and in Breathless Press-land they’re called Flirts. My Flirt clocks in at about 7,500 words (a big difference from Jaded, which rings in around 73,000). Flirts are fun, sexy, quick reads. And this one, titled Carlos…

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An Interview with J.A. Rock

An Interview with J.A. Rock

It is my intense and somewhat inappropriate pleasure to invite J.A. Rock to my blog. She is not only a revered Loose Id and Riptide BDSM Author, she also has won awards in the non-fiction sphere and recently published her first sci-spec novel under her real name. She also happens to be my soul mate, and my best friend from adolescence. Welcome to my blog. Do you like it? It looks like you understand the Internet better than I do….

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Upcoming Delights

Upcoming Delights

Viewers and Lovers! I’ve got some exciting things in the works. Expect some author interviews to be forthcoming quite soon, but please, do NOT expect these to be anything like what you’d normally find in an author interview. As for personal projects, I have an erotic short story (a “Flirt”) forthcoming from Breathless Press. More info to come about this. “Flirts” are awesome because they’re quick reads, sexy as hell (in my stories, at least), and only 99 cents. SCORE!…

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Revisiting the Creative Writing Basics

Revisiting the Creative Writing Basics

One of my oldest writing buddies and I decided to craft a Writing How-To Book back when we were in our late teens and struggling to get agents to look at our mildly crappy novels. Over the years, the outline for this guide continued to grow. We still think of ideas for this book, and the thing is shaping up to be pretty epic, if not the eventual desktop reference for creative writing throughout all the lands. What inspired us…

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On Writing Romance: Myths and More

On Writing Romance: Myths and More

Romantic Myths Debunked! I found this article recently by Anne Gracie: Romantic Myths. I should admit right now that reading this article felt like I had just made some sort of breakthrough with my psychologist. THANK YOU, ANNE GRACIE, THANK YOU. Why so important? I hope you read for yourself, but I’ll summarize here the most relief-worthy moments of the piece: “Romance is about how two people overcome obstacles to make a relationship work. In murder mysteries a detective overcomes…

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PSA: Beta Reading

PSA: Beta Reading

Why Beta Readers are the Secret Backbone of Writers Wikipedia defines a beta reader as the following: “a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.” This, though,…

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Promotional Patty: ‘Fire Loved’ by Christina Moore

Promotional Patty: ‘Fire Loved’ by Christina Moore

Promotional Patty is back, and this time we have Christina Moore with her novel, Fire Loved. I happen to have a personal attachment to this story, since I beta read for Christina as she was finalizing the story. The novel releases on April 11th, 2014 — Christina’s birthday! So make sure you buy it AND tell her Happy Birthday! Leave a comment at the end of this post for a chance to win a signed print copy of the prequel, Fire Born!…

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Saturday Storyteller Alert!

Saturday Storyteller Alert!

Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains interviewed me for their Saturday Storyteller series. Check it out here: Saturday Storyteller Ember Leigh As always, I managed to slip in a reference to astronauts. Couldn’t stop doing that if I tried.    

Promotional Patty: Eyes Only from H.K. Sterling

Promotional Patty: Eyes Only from H.K. Sterling

H.K. Sterling’s story, Eyes Only, comes out today from Breathless Press! This little gem qualifies as a Flirt due to its length. It also qualifies as a deal, because this baby is only $0.99. BELIEVE IT. But this Promotional Patty Party doesn’t stop there. Click on that Buy Link down there, and upon purchase you’ll get a 20% coupon for something else at Breathless Press. The type of coupon you could use for a purchase like, oh, on Jaded. As a for…

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The Great Prologue Debate

The Great Prologue Debate

I’m actively revising my next novel to be submitted soon, and in doing so, I’ve had a lot of trouble with the chapter lengths. On my first formal revision, I felt like my chapters were way too short — sometimes only 5 pages, double spaced!! — so I rectified this by combining. A lot. And then I felt like they were too long. And then I said “F it” and sent it to my beta readers, assuming that hitting the ‘send’…

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