Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tell seven random and/or interesting things about myself. Get five blog buddies to play, too and link to their blogs. Don't forget to post the rules!
1. I don't like lima beans.
2. I don't like to have my elbows touched.
3. I always like to sit in the back row at the movie theater because I don't like anyone sitting behind me.
4. I like everything in the fridge and cabinets to face front with the labels facing out.
5, I love to watch pro football.
6. I hate talk radio but I love listening to The Jim Rome Show.
7. I like to listen to my iPod when I write.
Okay, now I tag my fellow Nice n' Naughty authors!
"Stories so hot, they;ll make your cheeks blush!"
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Well this proves it! We love dark, sexy creatures and stories where only the limitation of imagination stops us from experiencing our dreams! Way to go to you paranormal authors! I've been saying for months I wanted to write one. Guess I better start!
Thanks to all who participated in the poll. Your opinion COUNTS!
Now for today's subject matter. Blogging and Contests.
Not everyone enjoys blogging. I've heard numerous authors say they can never think of anything to post. It's just the opposite with me. I could blog all day long. lol I have seven different blogs. Yep, you heard me. Seven! But lately I'm not doing any of them justice.
I'm so far behind in blogging it's ridiculous. I've gotten bogged down in so many things, I've decided to delete three of my blogs. I simply don't have time anymore. I'd very much like to devote more time to writing.
As for blogging in general, I think it is amazing how you can simply post your thoughts on any subject and people stop by and read. It's also a great marketing tool if you work at it. But you have to really work at getting your hits up to the blog. And that means posting interesting and entertaining subject matter.
A great many authors use their blogs for posting book excerpts, and that's wonderful. I do the same. But in my humble opinion, I really think you need to mix it up a bit. Post a bit of personal insight to your life for instance or something you have experienced recently. How you feel about a certain subject.
And of course sex sells! I use a stat counter for my blogs and I can assure you that every time I post a sexy topic, the blog hits double and even triple. If you link to a blog carnival your hits can go up tremendously.
I'm still going to be posting on The Nice n' Naughty Blog each Monday, and occasionally to my MySpace Blog and website blog, but I have decided to join another author, Jade Twilight, and create a new blog.
Sharing a blog takes a bit of pressure off. You don't have all the responsibility for posting. Jade and I are going to create a schedule for posting. Right now we are trying to come up with a blog name, so we are running a contest.
NAME THAT BLOG! The winner receives a %5 gift certificate to the publisher of their choice if we choose the name they suggest for our blog. Deadline to enter is May 8. Now just so you know, this is going to be an erotic blog. We will be posting lots of sexy stuff! Sure we will throw in an excerpt or two here and there, but always sexy.
From me you can always expect a bit of commentary on the battle between the sexes. A new idea or two on how to stuff or something that just caught my eye. And some erotic poetry will be included as well. I write quite a bit of that. As for Jade? She likes toys. That woman is very talented too. She can tell you how to make a homemade vibrator!
So if you'd like to help us NAME THAT BLOG! just send either Jade or me an email.
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
On another note: The Midnight Seductions Authors Odyssey in Reading Contest is winding down. You still have time to enter into all thirty contests though. Just join the Midnight Seductions Yahoo Group. We have 30 contests for the month of April. One each day. We do a daily recap of all previous questions, so you will not miss a single chance to enter. So it's NOT too late to join and enter.
ONLY THREE DAYS LEFT TO ENTER OUR CONTESTS.
Don't forget tomorrow is Tasty Tuesday. Paige Tyler will be leaving us a hot hunk to drool over. I love Tuesdays!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Scooby Doo - *Grins* Yes I said Scooby…Come on, we all know Fred and Daphne have a romance going on. Every time they split up, it’s Scooby and Shaggy, that way, sometimes with Velma, sometimes, not, but Fred and Daph are together 99% of the time. JINKIES!
Shrek – Yep! Gotta love Shrek!! Donkey & Dragon...Now that was unforseen but what at HOOT!
What’s your favorite cartoon, and does it have a bit of romance in it?
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Crazy day, today. I’m getting ready to head off to the Dogwood Writing Conference, in Greenup, KY. The conference is at Greenbo Lake State Park. I haven’t been there before but I hear it’s beautiful. My husband, daughter and niece are going with me to hang out at the park so I hope the weather is nice.
Can’t wait to get there and meet everyone especially Maddie James, a local author that I speak with online. She is giving a workshop that should be interesting. Also, Raelene from Ellora’s Cave will be there. I’ve only met her in person once and she’s wonderful.
Here’s all the details:
Join KYOWA members and fellow writers at the third annual Dogwood Writing Conference at beautiful Greenbo Lake State Resort Park located in eastern Kentucky.
Dates: April 25-26, 2008
Location: Greenup County Resort Park
965 Lodge Road (off KY Route 1)
Greenup, KY 41144-9517
Park Phone: 606-474-7324, 800-325-0083
Host Chapter: KYOWA (KY-OHIO-WV) 180
Contact Mary Shortridge
Fee: $45.00 for non KYOWA members.
Includes Friday night Ice Cream Social/Program
Saturday Continental Breakfast, Luncheon,
and all workshops
We have a special nightly rate at the lodge of $71.96
for up to two people ($10/person over 2)
and a block of rooms for one or both nights.
Phone the park directly for reservations.
(Please note: KY Parks System bills your credit card
for the first night when you reserve your room. It will
be refunded if you cancel by the day before
OUR PRESENTERS SO FAR:
PAMELA KING CABLE, Motivational Speaker, Author
New Release: Southern Fried Women
“When a speaker genuinely enjoys what she is doing as much as Pamela King Cable obviously enjoys speaking, there isn’t an audience in the world that isn’t swept up in the experience. I’ve been to all sorts of workshops, forums, and readings, but I’ve yet to see a crowd as captivated as they are at every single one of Pam’s presentations that I’ve attended. She literally becomes the words she has written and the characters she has created—it is a mesmerizing thing to behold.” Edmund R Schubert, Editor, Author
“Pamela Cable presented a program for our Sisters In Crime chapter … about Writing Conferences and Classes. Her presentation was informative, professional, and most enjoyable. Pamela's enthusiasm for the writing process is encouraging to the beginner writer as well as the more seasoned one. I recommend her highly as a public speaker…” Helen Goodman, Triad Chapter, Sisters In Crime
DR VIRGIL DAVIS, PhD, Reiki Master, 7th Degree Black Belt in
Dr Davis is a full professor of Psychology. He has published several
articles and co-authored the First and Second Editions of Understanding Psychology. He is the owner of Davis Karate Studio in Morehead, KY and and has worked extensively with disadvantaged and disabled young people, teaching the Karate discipline.
"Today's knowledge of human potential, as well as results in success motivation studies, provide solid evidence, if not unquestionable proof, that it is our thinking; the thoughts that we put in our minds (and allow to stay there), that determines whether we succeed or fail in reaching specific goals or in the performance of the majority of the activities in which we participate daily.
Think one way, and you attract the conditions which that type of thinking indicates. Think another way, and you attract an entirely different set of conditions. Conditions are created by thoughts much more than conditions create thoughts. It’s the simple law of attraction, a concept which has been recently discussed in detail by Rhonda Byrne in her popular book and DVD entitled 'The Secret'. "
from "The Secret: 'I Can't' Becomes Self-Fulfilling Prophesy" by Virgil Davis, 4/11/2007.
MADDIE JAMES, Author, Speaker
I’m often asked—why write romance novels? And the answer to that question is simple. What better a subject to write about than developing relationships between two people? About the pitfalls along the way? About falling in love? About happily-ever-after?
What could be better?
I hope when you read my stories that you laugh a little, cry a little, and can’t wait to read a little bit more. That’s the way I feel when I write my stories. I laugh and cry and I can’t wait to get to the end so I can get my story told. That’s what keeps me writing!
Current Releases: The Curse
Ladies of Legend: Finding Home (with Janet
Eaves, Magdalena Scott, Jan Scarborough)
OUR EDITORS AND AGENTS:
RAELELNE GORLINSKY, Editor
AMI RUSSELL, Editor
Wild Rose Press
CHRISTINE WITTHOHN, Agent
Book Cents Literacy Agency, LLC
Editors and agents will take pitch appointments on Saturday. However, there is a relaxed, informal atmosphere, especially Friday evening, and there will be unstructured time for all to meet and mix.
OUR SCHEDULE SO FAR:
FRIDAY, APRIL 25TH:
Dinner on your own. The lodge offers a full buffet, plus menu choices from 5:00-8:00 PM.
7:00 Workshop with Dr Virgil Davis
Basic self-defense for women followed by a question and
session in martial arts, psychology, Reiki, Chuck Norris
(Dr Davis worked with Mr Norris in martial arts training and
8:00 (Or whenever) Ice Cream Social/Mixer as late as you wish.
8:00 Continental Breakfast (the Lodge has a breakfast buffet for
those with a more hearty appetite)
8:30 - 12:00 Workshops
12:00 Luncheon: Ami Russell from Wild Rose Press, Keynote
1:15 - 2:30 Open Critique: Participants should bring two pages of their WIP(s) for comments by a panel composed of our editors and agent.
End of conference.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Oh, and if you click on "Coming Soon," you'll get a sneak peek of my new releases Animal Attraction and Librarian by Day, both coming soon from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid!
I've also updated my blog and MySpace page, too!
"Stories so hot, they'll make your cheeks blush!"
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Today I'm wondering what everyone likes. There are so many romance genre's to choose from it's kind of hard to pick just one, but I think we all have our tried and true favorites.
I decided to create a poll. You'll find it on the right hand side of this blog. I went to several different publishing sites in order to select the genre's to list. I must admit that the way genre's are listed can be a bit confusing. There are so many sub-genre's to choose from. For instance, you can have a paranormal historical, or a contemporary western.
So when you are voting in this poll try to think of the genre's listed as "straight contemporary" or "straight historical" or "straight paranormal". Now are you really confused? lol
The poll will close next Monday morning at 6 am EST. So there is plenty of time to vote. Spread the word. I think it will be interesting to see what everyone picks. And I'd really love it if you would leave a comment and tell everyone why you picked your particular genre as well. And you don't have to leave a comment in order to vote!
Don't forget tomorrow is Tasty Tuesday and Paige Tyler will be here with one of her Droolworthy Hunks! Are they getting hotter or what? lol
Sunday, April 20, 2008
There’s so much to choose from. From Agent blogs to protecting yourself, a just for fun section and of course Writer’s Digest sites. There’s plenty in here to keep an author on the net for days.
I also found a bunch of sites on my own, for research, play, and great hints on writing from query letters, to the synopsis.
Yahoo.com - Has a bunch of great writer, reader, and publisher loops
MySpace.com – You’ll be able to find a lot of authors, publishers, editors, and writing groups here.
Anotherealm.com/prededitors – Find out who is doing No, no’s in the publishing industry, and who’s right on their game.
Authornation.com – A place where authors post their works, and readers can easily find them.
Shelfari.com – Gives you a bookshelf to place the books you’ve read, as well as the opportunity to writer a short review, and then shows you others who have read the same thing.
Want more…I have a huge links section at my web site:
If you’ve found any awesome writing sites, please share them.
Thanks a bunch!!
Friday, April 18, 2008
The Romantic Times Convention is going on as we speak and obviously, I didn’t attend. I am seriously considering going next year and I am going to the Lori Foster, Readers & Writers Get Together in June. However, I’m not very comfortable at public events. I am much more comfortable in front of my computer than meeting and greeting face to face.
I know I’m not alone in this. I often hear other writers and people in general discussing this very thing. I’m wondering how many other writers/readers feel the same way.
So, how many of you have attended conventions? Why do you? Why don’t you?
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
As a writer, I’m constantly faced with new ways to describe body parts. After all, if we described it the same way every single time it could get rather boring. It’s a daunting task to say the least. I’m wondering today if romance readers ever look at one of our descriptions and say, “Huh?”
I know I’ve looked at a few and said that same exact thing.
I’m also wondering about descriptions for particular body parts. Of course, it’s easy to describe eye color and hair and “shapely legs”. But, it’s those parts men want to get their hands on that are more difficult. And vice versa of course. lol
I thought maybe I might do a “blog series” on body parts and their descriptions. And today I am starting with breasts. So I’ve got a list of descriptions~~some naughty~~some not so naughty.
Authors, tell me about some of the descriptions you’ve used and readers, tell me about some totally laughable ones or just point out the ones you like. Here it is…
What breasts can do for you!
First, here are some of the descriptions I’ve collected. Aroused peaks, warm heavy weight, swollen bounty, pale mound of fragrant flesh, ripe flesh, cache of flesh, sweetly curved mounds, soft ripe swells, plump mounds, pale orbs and all kinds of fruits! Lol They can also be creamy, burgeoning, sweet, silken, tantalizing, firm, and hard (yuk). More than that, they got moves too! They swell, jiggle, glisten, flush, burn, blush, ache, cry out, become pert and even perky, and of course tingle. They also constrict, look full and soft, throb, thrust, tighten, become taut, stiffen, wait, spill, heave, burst free, and of course dangle~~that is if you have anything to dangle. Lol
And what about those nipples? Hmmmm….Well we can say~~peaks, crests, tips, pebbled, nubs, taut pebbles, points, buds, bullets, rocks, and diamonds. They can be pink, rose colored, dark and inviting, warm, velvet, silken, proud, ripe and puckered. They can also strain, push, grow taut or tight, become rigid, tight, taut, tender, quiver, throb, thrust, pearl, sensitive, shimmer, glisten, surge, burgeon and swell.
And what can you do to them? You can suck, suckle, tease, brush, lick, bare, capture, caress, circle, scoop, rub, knead, fondle, cup, expose, crush, bite, nip, free, mold, press, kiss, and palm them.
And this list is of course just the tip of the iceberg or in this case breast! If you have anything to add to my list, I’d love to see it.
Stop by http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MidnightSeductions and join the Midnight Seductions Yahoo Group. And don’t forget tomorrow is Tasty Tuesday and Paige Tyler will post one of her hunks!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
How many writers enter writing contests and why?
Is it to polish your skills of the all mighty pen, or to help get your works noticed?
Writer’s Digest is holding their 77th annual competition, but as usual, I can’t seem to screech out a short story, because that’s the only length they accept for romance.
Nope, my writings are like my mouth, big . I haven’t yet mastered the short story.
A Slave’s Way Out was a contest win with WCPT, which led to my big break as an author. YAY *still waving hands wildly in the air*
I entered A Slave’s Way Out to help move my career along. I had two books out all ready, and thought it’d be a great idea to get in with a great company who’d been around for a while.
I have to be honest, I hated English and everything to do with it. I stink with grammar, punctuation, and all that good stuff, but I love to write. I have three dictionaries by my desk and spell check on the computer.
I’m glad WCPT saw through my errors and gave me a shot, as well as a GREAT editor!! *I bow to her*
So why do you enter writing contests or why don’t you?
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
And to see which blogs I've given Excellence Awards to, visit my blog!
"Stories so hot, they'll make your cheeks blush!"
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Each day one of our Midnight Seductions Authors will post a contest question and shortly after that a recap of all previous questions will be posted. All you have
to do is visit the author website or blog to find the answer that can be easily
found next to the theme week graphic.
Email the answer to the indicated email address and you are entered. You have the
entire month of April to enter each and every contest. Lots of wonderful prizes,
from book downloads, to gift baskets, to gift certificates.
I'm offering a Sex n' Sass Basket. What's in it? Well Sex n' Sass of course!
It's going to be a fun prize to win. So make sure you join our group today
and join in all the fun too. Our group is hopping with great conversation every
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
OK so there is about a week left before I have to get on an airplane and go down to the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention.
I should be happy right?
For sure I'm happy to be going. I get to meet everyone I have talked to and had the chance to become friends with..I will be surrounded by amazing authors, friends, book lovers and publishers...It doesn't get any better...
So what's the problem?
I'm scared to fly...
Fear of flying....Aeorophobia, aviatophobia, aviophobia..
I have not been on an airplane in many many years and the last time I had the chance to fly...let's just say my life flashed before my eyes...
So what can you recommend for me and my flight?
I am already going to take my mp3 player and have my laptop with me to try to keep my mind off the flight but honestly as the day gets closer and closer..I'm more and more nervous.
Suggestions already made have been take some gravol or have a drink on the flight..LOL
I don't think that will help.....Plus with the amount of nervousness I am feeling I might end up one of those people who are flying high from too much drinking.....LOL
So any suggestions?
On another note since RT is one week away that means that the 2008 Chasing Rt Video Tour is almost here..
Make sure to check it out......I will be posting more info on my yahoo loop that will lead you to where the videos are....Also there will be updates on the official site
Friday, April 4, 2008
I’ll also be hanging out at Brenda Williamson’s Yahoo Group this afternoon with some of the Midnight Seductions Authors. If you get a chance, stop by and chat with us.
In other news, I’m thrilled to announce I signed two new contracts with Ellora’s Cave. Set in Stone, an erotic, paranormal/ghost story should release in October 2008.
Greek Temptation, an erotic shapeshifter/ mmf ménage will release late 2008 or early 2009.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I'm thrilled to announce that my bestselling sci-fi erotic romance Cindra and the Bounty Hunter is now available in PRINT! And it's got a HOT new cover designed by the fantastic and very talented artist Rae Monet!
Beautiful Cindra Mallory is determined to become an interplanetary bounty hunter and has set her sights high for her first job. She tracks a major organized-crime figure halfway across the galaxy, only to run out of both leads and money. Facing the possibility of going home empty-handed, she decides to enlist the services of more-experienced bounty hunter Bladen Sloan. Unwilling to share the glory – or the bounty – with the ruggedly handsome Bladen, however, Cindra fabricates a convoluted story that has her posing as a jilted bride-to-be, with her bounty as the fiancé she needs Bladen to track down. But when Bladen discovers she has no money to pay him, he agrees to do the job only in return for some extremely special compensation.
Before she knows it, Cindra finds herself signing a contract that has her agreeing to provide ten sexual favors to Bladen in return for his services. How difficult can it be? she thinks. After all, the man certainly isn’t hard to look at. And besides, she can always skip out on the deal the moment they find her fugitive. However, things get complicated when she discovers that Bladen believes in spankings plus she not only enjoys being Bladen’s sex toy, but is starting to fall for him as well. But is there a way to tell Bladen the truth, get her bounty, and still keep the man she’s falling in love with?
Bladen lifted his gaze to her face and found her regarding him expectantly. “While your offer is very tempting, Ms. Mallory, I can’t accept it.”
Her brow furrowed beneath her long, sexy bangs. “Why not?”
He gave her a small smile. “Because for one thing, it wouldn’t be very professional of me. And for another, I would feel like I was taking advantage of you.”
She blinked, obviously surprised by the words. But then her lips curved into a smile. “You wouldn’t be taking advantage of me, Mr. Sloan, I assure you. I know exactly what I’m offering you, and I’m willing to do whatever is necessary to retain your services.”
Bladen said nothing for a moment. Damn, she must want to find her ex-boyfriend bad. And since she obviously wasn’t going to let Bladen bow out of this gracefully, he was going to have to try a different approach. “Don’t take this the wrong way, Ms. Mallory. I find you very attractive, but I don’t think that a single night of sex would be a fair trade for ten-thousand credits worth of my services.”
While he’d been careful how he phrased the words, he could tell by the color rushing to her cheeks that he’d clearly offended Cindra Mallory. Then again, maybe that might be a good thing, he thought. If she was suitably insulted, maybe she’d storm out of his office in a huff and he could forget all about her very tempting offer. But instead, she simply lifted a brow.
“Then I’ll sleep with you more than once,” she said. “Is there a particular number you have in mind?”
Bladen had to fight to keep his jaw from dropping. Shit, that hadn’t gone like he thought it would. Cindra Mallory was seriously willing to sleep with him in exchange for his help. And the sultry look she was giving him right now was making his cock stand up and demand to be put in charge of the negotiations.
“I’d have no idea what the going rate would be,” he said. “But even if I give you the benefit of the doubt and say that a single night of lovemaking with you is worth a thousand credits, that would still mean you would owe me...”
“Ten nights of unbelievable passion,” she finished for him. “Deal!”
For the second time that night, Bladen stared at her in disbelief, stunned by what she had just agreed to. His cock however, was quite thrilled. “Let me make sure I understand this,” he said slowly. “In exchange for my services, you’re agreeing to provide me with ten sexual favors, of my design, and at the time of my choosing?”
“Yes, Mr. Sloan, that’s exactly what I’m agreeing to,” she told him.
What was she thinking, agreeing to sleep with Bladen Sloan ten times in exchange for his help? Cindra wondered. But she’d been so caught up in their sexy banter, not to mention mesmerized by his hypnotizing good looks, that the words had come out of her mouth before she even knew what she was saying. Was it too late to back out of it? she asked herself. But one look at the expression on the bounty hunter’s face told her that he considered it a done deal. Maybe she should tell him that she changed her mind, and then make a mad dash for the door.
But she didn’t. Instead, Cindra forced herself to take a deep, cleansing breath. Why was she freaking out? What difference did it really make if she agreed to sleep with Bladen Sloan once or ten times? It wasn’t like she was actually going to have sex with him anyway. She’d flirt and lead him on just like she planned, then when Sloan found DelCour for her, she would be off Pendari before she’d ever have to honor their agreement.
Behind his desk, Sloan inclined his head. “Then I’ll draw up a contract and we can make it official.”
Cindra frowned at that. She found it hard to believe he was actually going to put something like that into writing, but she said nothing as he dictated the terms of their agreement into the computer. Well, she could only hope he was just as thorough when it came to looking for DelCour, she thought wryly.
Once the contract was printed, the bounty hunter came around the desk and held it out for her signature. Quickly reading it, she saw that he had simply put their agreement into words. There was something about seeing it on paper that made her blush though, and her hand trembled a little as she signed it. It wasn’t as if the contract would hold up in any council of law in the galaxy anyway, she told herself. At least she didn’t think it would.
“So, what do we do first?” she asked, handing the signed contract back to him.
He set the contract on the desk, and then turned to give her a grin. “You.”
Cindra looked up at him in confusion. “Me?”
Taking her hand, he pulled her gently to her feet. She had known the bounty hunter was tall, but now that he was standing so close, she realized just how tall he really was. The top of her head didn’t even reach his chin.
“I think it would only be fair for me to get a partial payment up front, don’t you?” he said softly.
Her pulse quickened as she realized what the bounty hunter meant. He wanted to have sex with her. Right then! “Here?” she asked, looking around the office.
Bladen released her hand to lightly run the tips of his fingers up and down her bare arm. The touch sent the most delicious little shivers up and down her back. “Why not?”
His nearness was making it difficult to think. Or speak, for that matter. She hadn’t expected to have to make good on her side of the bargain quite this soon. “B-but anyone could walk in,” she stammered. Damn, he smelled good! Not like cologne either, she thought, just pure, unadulterated masculinity.
He reached behind him to press a button on his computer. A moment later, a lilting female voice confirmed that the doors had been locked and the office was now secure. “Not anymore,” he told her.
Cindra chewed on her lower lip, trying to come up with some excuse she could use to avoid having sex with him right that minute, but for some reason, nothing would come to mind. Maybe it was because she was flustered, she told herself. Then again, maybe it was because with Bladen standing so close to her, she was suddenly thinking that sex with him wasn’t necessarily something to be avoided. Before she could really decide if that was a good thing or not, the question became moot as Bladen lowered his head and covered her mouth with his.
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