Monday, August 6, 2012

Authors After Dark!!

Can't believe it's here already! Just finished packing for my flight to NOLA tomorrow for Authors After Dark 2012!

Here's my schedule, if any of you want to stalk me. LOL!

Thursday, August 9th:

10 AM - Contemporary panel - Madewood

8 PM - Menage reading - Fleur de Lis A

Friday, August 10th:

10 AM - GLBT: Alpha/Beta panel - Belle Grove

4 PM - BDSM reading - Fleur de Lis A

Saturday, August 11th:

2 PM - Book signing - Evangeline

8 PM - Pub Crawl - The Old Absinthe House

I'll also be helping to staff the Riptide Publishing table a few hours each day, as well as leading a pilgrimage to the legendary Cafe du Monde for coffee and beignets. No set time thus far - although considering the heat, we may have to go at midnight!

I'm not hard to find - just look for the chunky blonde with glasses and tattoos on both arms!

NOLA, here I come! w00t! :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Seeing Fifty Shades of red...

Assuming you haven’t been living in Antarctica for the past six months, I’m sure you’ve all heard of That Book. The one with a gray silk tie on the cover. The one with the Too Stupid To Live virgin heroine who mutters “crap” and “double crap,” and comes at the drop of a hat. The one with the tortured, twenty-six year old billionaire hero who speaks fluent French, is a concert-level pianist and a trained pilot, not to mention tall and gorgeous, with a gigantic cock. The one that started out as (*choke*) Twilight fan fiction.

Yeah, that one.

It’s bad enough that I can’t avoid seeing it mentioned online at least a dozen times a day, but when I walked into Target last Saturday and practically tripped over a huge display of gray-tinted paperbacks, my “Fuck this!”o-meter tipped dangerously into the red. I glared at that rack of books, sorely tempted to grab a baseball bat from three aisles down and smash it to bits.

I’m not a violent person. Getting angry makes me sick to my stomach. But the notion of millions of people reading Fifty Shades of Grey and thinking that’s what erotic romance is all about makes me want to put my fist through a wall. When I hear the media crowing about how Fifty Shades spawned the entire erom genre (oh, really? Where have I been?) I want to strangle something. Makes me sad, too, knowing many readers will be so put off by the clich├ęd characters and awful writing that they’ll never pick up another erotic romance. Which is a crying shame, since practically every author I know can write rings around EL James.

I did a slow burn until I got home, got on Twitter and started bitching. Then the very wise Tibby Armstrong made a great suggestion – something so obvious and simple, I could’ve smacked myself for not thinking of it first.

It’s convention season, which means my back bedroom is full of postcards, fridge magnets, t-shirts, tote bags, etc. I always keep a few postcards in my purse, because you never know who you’re going to run into, and a savvy author’s always ready for promo. So, guess what? Next time I see a paperback with “EL James” on the cover, I’m going to whip out my postcards and stick one inside.

Fellow authors, I call on you to do the same. Don’t we owe it to all those potential readers to let them know there’s something better than so-called “mommy porn”? This could be our Occupy Wall Street – albeit without the picketing and bullhorns and sleeping outside in the snow.

#OccupyFiftyShades! Pass it on! ☺

Friday, May 4, 2012

Baby's first tat!

Today, at the ripe old age of 52, I got my first tat! Stung like hell, but OMG, what an endorphin rush! Here's the lovely artwork: Photobucket It's the Kanji symbol for "change." I plan to get the symbol for "rebirth" on my right shoulder once this one's healed. Pretty cool, huh? :-)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Zombie Jesus Day!

Or, as I prefer to call it, Happy Chocolate Bunny Day!

And if you'd like to get yourself a gift that won't make your hips any wider, Power Play: Resistance is now available on Kindle!

You can also pre-order the paperback here.

As for me, I'm relaxing with the sublime Juan Diego Florez in Rossini's Le Comte Ory! Talk about ear candy! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

It's here! It's here!!

Due to popular demand and the upcoming holiday, Power Play: Resistance, which was due on April 9th, is NOW AVAILABLE for download at the Riptide Publishing website!!

You can also pre-order Power Play: Awakening and my upcoming rent boy novella, Priceless.

Go forth and read! And a very happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! :)