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 #LineADay

08.09.2013

I’m terrible at being an author. Or terrible at being an organized author. 9 days ago– Yeah, 9. I told you I’m terrible– I started posting a line every day from At Her Feet on facebook, tumblr, and twitter. Why didn’t I post it here too? Cause I suck. Here’s what I’ve posted so far. I’ll update it every day, for the month of August. Also keep a heads up on tumblr and twitter and facebook, I’ll be giving away books!

I’m previewing AT HER FEET , one line at a time. :)

Day 1: “Shit, she could lead me around Hawaii on a leash, naked as a baby if wants.”

Day 2: “I think she’s about to lecture me on back-talking. Instead she takes my chin in her hand and kisses me.”

Day 3: “I shuffle to the floor and in a heartbeat, my head is under her skirt.”

Day 4: “You can get more if your nephew never walks again,” Holly says.

Day 5: “I realize she means for me to sleep alone again, and I’m disappointed, but this time I keep my mouth shut.”

Day 6: “What’s the point of lotioning up your naked plaything if you’re not gonna linger on the butt?”

Day 7: “He tilts my phone and looks closer at the picture. “The duckies are cute, but you need a wax, girl.’”

Day 8: “I squirm some more, trying to get her fingers a little farther down.”

Day 9: “‘You’re naked in a cage on the side of the freeway, and you need me to comes save you.’ That’s how he says hello.”

Day 10: “I feel her fingers on me next, cool with lube as she runs a slippery glob up and down my crack.”

Day 11:  “I cry out, lifting my hips off the bed, but my shifting doesn’t get me any closer to what I want.”

Day 12: “I’m going to take care of you when we get home, little girl. What I want to do to you we cannot do in public.”

Day 13: “But I love you. Please reconsider.”

Day 14: “I see how you’ve gotten so far in marketing.”

Day 15: “Wow, thank you. That’s-thank you.”

Day 16: “She warms my ass with a controlled spanking and makes my pussy swell with every stroke of her tongue.”

Day 17: “I’m starting to understand about the wanting.”

Day 18: I look up into her deep-brown eyes and swallow as that smile touches the corner of her lips.

Day 19: The tears come so fast, the kind that come so thick and hot you don’t even attempt to wipe them away

Day 20: “Oh my God. Hi,” pops out of my mouth first. I’m shocked but pleased, and that overwhelms much of my brain.
Day 21: My hand drifts to Pilar’s thigh, and soon the soothing feeling of her skin helps calm my thudding heart.

Day 22: There’s no need for her to move because in a few minutes I’m going to ask her if we can do it again.

Day 23: Everything about her is round and plump, from her cheeks to her large breasts to her hips. Her whole body is inviting.

Day 24: Her arms are around me, and instantly, I feel better.

Day 25: “That’s it. Good girl. Ride me just like that,” she says, and I know the pace suits her.

Day 26: She’s fighting a smile as she lightly takes my chin in her hand. “Is there something I can help you with, baby?”

Day 27: I can’t see straight and birds are singing in my ears. My butt feels great.

Day 28: “Son of bitch.” She sucks in a breath through her teeth. “You have a gorgeous pussy, Suzanne. And look how wet you are.”
Day 29: She touches my knee lightly before pulling her hand away. “You’re not in trouble.”

Day 30: I was happy to submit to Laurel’s hand, or flog, or paddle, but I needed more. I needed her affection with my subservience.
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It seems I’ve been tapped for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. YAY!
The purpose of the hop is to find out what an author is working on and next and maybe get linked to authors you aren’t familiar with to hear about their next project. Yvonne Heidt and Jeffrey Ricker.  I feel special :) So here’s what I’m working on next. 

What is the working title of your book? 
Soul To Keep: Vampire Sorority Sisters: Book 3
 
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Vampire Sorority Sisters: Book 1 and 2 :)
 
What genre does your book fall under? 
Erotica Paranormal Romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Jill in my head is Fefe Dobson and Miyoko/”Tokyo” is model/actress Sayaka Isoyama
 
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
What would you do if finding the love of your life meant sacrificing your soul?
What is the longer synopsis of your book??
Oh, I haven’t written it yet. I hate synopsisessss. Essentially, after seventy years as a vampire, Tokyo meets the one human who only wants her for her body, with out the aide of a blood bond. In order to win over college junior, Jill,  Tokyo must face her past and the crippling PTSD she suffered as a human during World World II. She must show Jill her true personality and expose herself to an evil that could kill them both.
 
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency??
Hopefully my publisher, Bold Strokes Books, will be into it.
 
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Uh, eight weeks? Let’s go with eight weeks.
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Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Jill popped up up in book two as such a vivid character. She’s sweet, but so annoying and I love her. I knew her and Tokyo could be an amazing couple if they could get over some crucial issues. Throw in some vampire sex and well, you know.
 
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest??
Murder? I’m going to kill some people in this book. :) There will also be some fun sex.
That’s all I got.
 
Next Wednesday check out Zoe Archer‘s blog and read up on her next big thing!
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 Day 933

01.07.2013

It’s my favorite time of the year. The Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event is here! Katie Babs over at Babbling About Books and More has invited folks from around the publishing world to talk their love of lesbian fiction. My post will be up tomorrow. Eeek! I’ll do my best to update this post everyday with each new link, but here’s what’s up so far.

Storm Moon Press
Lucy Felthouse
Elizabeth Thorne
Leigh Ellwood
Julie Du Pre
Rebekah Weatherspoon <---- thats me!
Jill Sorenson 

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 Day 911

12.16.2012

Women and Words Holiday Hootenany is going strong. Today a copy of The Fling is up for grabs with a bunch of other BSB books. Go now! Win things!

Also – On Friday Better off Red and Blacker Than Blue were put up for grabs over on Smuketeers.com. I didn’t post about it because I was pretty much in fetal position all day. I’m pretty sure they are still available to head over there for a chance to win my vamp books as well.

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 Day 907

12.12.2012
Suzy and Pilar finally have a cover! 
 

Let me stop with the finally. I wrote this thing over the summer and it already has a cover. That’s some DAMN FAST turn around if you ask me. Yes, At Her Feet is a BDSM erotic romance, but the cover works very well for these characters. This story is more about emotional submission… and spankings, than floggers and crops and chains. I wanted to stay away from handcuffs or crops and the like. Suzy and Pilar are both pretty femme and Suzy, like myself, loves pink. EVERYTHING’S PINK! My publisher was nice enough to listen to all of my pink related begging. :)  I’ll report back as soon as they have a release date. Here are my leading ladies if you need a reminder.

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 Day 900

12.05.2012

Lots of news! Events! Awards! News! News! News!

I’ll go with the part where you can win free stuff. Though, it’s all pretty good.  

Starting today (DECEMBER 5th) the awesome ladies over at Smuketeers are kicking off their 12 Days of Xmas Holiday Extravaganza.

Head on over to check out holiday fun with 64 amazing romance authors, myself included. We’re giving away books, too. I’ll be tweeting when my day is up, but go over there now. NOW!

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Starting Wednesday, December 12, 2012, Women and Words will be kicking off their 2012 Holiday Hootenanny. Everyday readers can enter to win a book from a list of great LGBT romance authors. I’ll be featuredd on Day 5, giving away a copy of The Fling. 

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On Thursday, January 10, 2013 I’ll be participating in Book’d in Burbank, a literary social event. I‘ll be reading from Better Off Red. If that doesn’t bring you running, there will a comedy MC, drinks and desserts. :) The drinks and desserts are what got me on board. Check out more here, courtesy of Liz D.

 

And lastly, the news that has me super pumped.

Elisa Reviews announced the winners of the Rainbow Awards over the weekend and TWO of my books won awards.

1st Place: BEST DEBUT LESBIAN NOVEL/BOOK – Better Off Red

2nd Place: BEST LESBIAN EROTIC ROMANCE – The Fling

2nd Place (tie): BEST LESBIAN PARANORMAL/HORROR- Better Off Red

This is amazing because so many fantastic books were nominated, books I absolutely loved. I inhaled Meghan O’Briens The Night Off and Awake Unto Me by Kathleen Knowles. I almost cried during Robin Silverman’s reading of Lemon Reef. To be included is such an honor.

I’m particularly excited about Better Off Red‘s win for debut novel. An author can only win that type of award once in their career and to win it for a book and characters that are so close to my heart is both humbling and encouraging. 

For the complete list of winners and honorable mention recommendations check out click HERE.

I’ll post again soon. There is cover art for At Her Feet in the works… ?

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 Day 797

08.28.2012

I love having guests especially when it means I don’t have to vaccuum or do the dishes. Ruth Diaz is stopping by today to talk about sex and her new novella The Superheroes Union: Dynama. EVERYONE BE NICE!

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The Elephant in the Room: Sex in Writing and Cultural Baggage

I’ll never forget telling my mother that I had decided to write romance, or possibly just erotic fiction. She didn’t say anything supportive about it, though she was supportive of the attempt. Instead, she made a request. She asked me to write under a pseudonym. This isn’t as harsh as it may sound. For one thing, erotic romances and other erotic fiction are often written under a pseudonym. I had already decided to use a different name for this type of writing. For another thing, well, my mother was born in the middle of the last century in the middle of the Midwest in the middle of nowhere. There were only five students in her graduating class. She did not have what you’d think of as a cosmopolitan upbringing, and even if her attitudes toward sex don’t much reflect that anymore, her brothers and sisters and parents send nieces and nephews have all grown from the same roots.

Sex is one of those subjects you don’t discuss between generations, let alone in a coed environment. Probably not even in an all-female environment, not without blushing and speaking from behind a concealing a hand, or perhaps in the context of humor. It wasn’t that she wanted to restrict what I might write. But she never wanted to be in the position of having to explain it to our extended family.

Sex is a part of life. Most of us admit it, even in my small-town, Midwestern, extended family. As a matter of fact, we’re bombarded by sexual imagery in media and advertising on a day-to-day basis. We don’t necessarily discuss that with other people, but most of us don’t deny it. On good days, we aren’t even embarrassed by it unless someone actually implies we’re having sex. (Even if we are.)

 I am sex-positive. I respect and understand the choices of people prefer not to consider themselves that way. But I, personally, am sex-positive. Writing sex scenes does not automatically reflect sex-positivity, though, any more than admitting that sex is perfectly natural means my relatives are comfortable discussing it. One of the challenges I faced in writing The Superheroes Union: Dynama was writing from a sex-positive point of view while staying true to my heroines…neither of whom considers herself sex-positive.

 In the end, I decided the most sex-positive thing I could do for the story was address sex as realistically as possible, despite some of the underlying wish-fulfillment that makes romance what it is. My heroines talked to each other about safer sex–maybe later than they should have! They didn’t use sex toys, not because they had any reason not to, but because Dynama’s twins found the one in her underwear drawer when they were four, with predictably bad results, and she decided to do without until they were old enough to understand privacy.

Both my heroines see their bodies as flawed, because body image in Western culture tends to be so artificial right now, very few women measure up to their own expectations. But they see each other as beautiful, each taking joy in the other’s body, even if neither is sure she takes joy in her own. Dynama’s superhero costume covers her from neck to ankles, and the only character who runs around with a superhero emblem on her boobs is the Invincible Woman, who deliberately put it there as a target.

 In the end, I didn’t break any new ground for portrayals of sex in fiction in The Superheroes Union: Dynama, and my relatives still mostly don’t ask about that romance they knew I was writing. But I’ve refused to pretend there’s no sex in it; and I’ve managed to give both my heroines full ownership of their bodies, their sexual preferences, and their sex lives.

 In a dreadful social moment in the US where everything from men’s hair product commercials to the Republican Party’s 2012 platform is trying to take women’s sexuality and place it firmly in the hands of men, that may just be the most sex-positive thing I could do.

How do you feel about sex in romance, and does that have any relationship to how you feel about sex in the rest of your life? And seriously, has any woman seen that Axe commercial with the dismembered boobs and disembodied hair and not wanted to throw something at her television? Visit my blog for the swag giveaway! Comment to win a Superheroes Union totebag or T-shirt.


What if your evil ex really was evil? TJ Gutierrez used to be a superhero. But after the birth of her twins seven years ago, she hung up the yellow spandex. Until the day her archenemy and ex-husband, Singularity, breaks out of prison. When it becomes clear he’s after the kids, she’s forced to call the nanny helpline-and once again become…Dynama! Annmarie Smith doesn’t have a superpower. She saves the world by keeping kids safe while their parents fight evil. She temporarily moves in with TJ, and the way the magnetic mama puts family first captures Annmarie’s respect, and maybe her heart-even though she knows better than to fall for a superhero. Still, it’s hard to resist their wicked chemistry. Kapow! But they can only hide from the world for so long. When Singularity’s quest for custody puts the kids’ lives in danger, can the two women conquer the evil villain and save TJ’s family-all before their first date? The Superheroes Union: Dynama is available from Carina Press. You can read an excerpt here. Carina Press store | Amazon.com | BarnesandNoble.com

Ruth Diaz writes genre romances about non-mainstream relationships. She hides a number of publications in a different genre under another name, but The Superheroes Union: Dynama is her first romance publication. For more information, you can subscribe to her blog, like her on Facebook, or follow @RuthDiazWrites on Twitter (where she is most active and, well, opinionated).

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 Emily Cale’s Day 605

02.01.2012

So I’m switching it up today. Author Emily Cale is swinging by to share her writing journey with us. Pull up a chair or a piece of couch and give it read. I think you’ll find Emily fits in just fine around here.
Wow! When Rebekah asked me to calculate the number of days since I sent my first query letter, I never imagined it would add up to that many. In some ways, it still feels like I wrote that first manuscript a few weeks ago. I sent that first query letter for my novella, Tamed, in June of 2010. Then I waited. And waited. And waited. I’d love to tell you I was patient, but I wasn’t. Fortunately, I was out of the country at the time and unable to stalk my email. The normal response time passed and I followed up one night before going to sleep. When I woke up the next morning I had two responses from the acquisition editor in my inbox. The first said she was sorry for getting behind and that she’d read my manuscript right that minute. The second was an acceptance letter with contract.
I wish I could tell you that it’s been all uphill. I’ve learned a lot of things in those roughly 600 days.
1. You can do everything right and still get a rejection letter.
2. You can royally screw stuff up and still get a contract.
3. Don’t submit partial manuscripts if you haven’t finished the book. No, seriously. Even if you think you’ll finish it in the three months it takes them to make a decision.
4. If you screw up #3, it is in fact possible to write 50,000 words in a week. You will hate yourself and 
everyone who comes near you.
5. Rejection letters are harder to get after you’ve gotten acceptances. I thought it would work the other way, but it turns out that knowing how good a contract feels makes the sting all that much worse.
6. Writing books doesn’t get easier. I actually think it gets harder. Now I know so much more and start hearing my editors telling me what’s wrong with a scene. I also worry about how I’m going to sell stuff. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. I have some weird ideas and I have no idea if they would ever be publishable.
7. Reviews are awesome and terrible all at the same time. I’ve had some really fantastic reviews and some that make me wonder if the reviewer read the blurb, let alone the book. I’ll tell you that my best rated book sells only half as well as my worst rated. I’m not sure how I feel about that, but clearly there is no correlation.
8. Waiting does not get easier. I panic after every submission I send out. I’ve waited as little as 3 hours for a response and as long as 5 months. I rarely know how long it will take and the email always comes through when I’m least expecting them and never when I’m stalking my inbox.
9. I have not started writing better. I have started editing better. With each book, I get better at finding the little things that need fixed and doing them before I submit.
10. I don’t know a damn thing. People ask me for advice and I know exactly how they feel. I still scour blogs and forums for that one gold nugget of wisdom that will make it all make sense. I’m starting to think it might not exist. If you find it, be sure to let me know.
Since that first query letter, I’ve had 1 rejection letter, 2 revise and resubmits, 11 books contracted, 8 published, and I have one thing out on submission. Public Display of Affection was my 10th contract and my 8thpublished piece. I’m just as happy each time one comes out and this piece has been especially exciting for me. I love both Lucy and Samantha and find that a lot of readers seem to relate will to them. 
Public Display of Affection Blurb:
After a heartbreaking end to her relationship with her girlfriend, Lucy Stark is looking to try something more adventurous. She turns to Madame Eve’s 1Night Stand service to help her find the perfect woman to push her boundaries and introduce her to the more daring side of a sexual encounter.
Samantha Taylor’s helped more than one woman explore her sexuality, but Lucy’s the first to really get to her. Keeping her walls up and the women she dates from getting inside is a skill she’s managed to master. After one night of unbridled passion, she has to decide whether to give up her hard exterior or let the woman of her dreams slip away.
Buy Links:
Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=448&osCsid;=fn8kmq8tlmb4opoa0mtloeeqf2
Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Public-Display-Affection-Night-ebook/dp/B006ZIHUBS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid;=1327972280&sr;=8-1
Author Bio:
Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband and a very spoiled cat. You can find her online on her blog (http://www.emilycale.blogspot.com) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/EmilyCale).
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 Day 570

01.20.2012
Coming January 15, 2013 from Bold Strokes Books!
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 Day 557

01.07.2012

Check out the Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event starting today (Jan 7) through Jan 21 over at Babbling About Books and More. Posts from lesbian authors, publishers, reviewers and bloggers.

My post will appear on Jan 9, but today, author and (my) publisher Radclyffe is blogging about the facts of queer fiction AND she’s giving away books. Click the link. Leave a comment!

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