Hey, I need opinions. I’m writing a short story about an existing couple, but I can’t decide which couple to pick. What do you guys think? Should I write about Ginger & Camila, Benny & Cleo, or Annie & Oksana? I’m going to decide by Friday 3/ 8/1. Please help. Gimme your opinions in the comments below. Please. Help. Update: I’ve gotten feedback everywhere (facebook/tumblr/twitter), but here. Was it something I said?? Here’s the tally so far. Annie & Oksana (The Fling): 9 Ginger & Camila ( Better Off Red): 8 Benny & Cleo (Blacker Than Blue): 4
Ginger and Camila took it! Final Tally: Ginger & Camila: 14 Annie & Oksana: 9 Benny & Cleo: 4 Looks like I have a sexy short about Ginger and her Mila to write.
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 FridayBetter 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.
I’ll go with the part where you can win free stuff. Though, it’s all pretty good.
Starting today (DECEMBER 5th)the awesome ladiesover at Smuketeers are kicking off their 12 Days of XmasHoliday 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!
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.
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 LizD.
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.
This is amazing because so many fantastic books were nominated, books I absolutely loved. I inhaled Meghan O’Brien‘s 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… ?
It’s officially my book birthday again! Weee! The Fling hits shelves nation/internet wide today. Here are the other titles Bold Strokes Books is putting out today, all available in print and ebook. I’ve highlighted the titles I’ve read so far and both were excellent.
This video has nothing to do with anything, but I love this song. Usher’s new “jam” Climax.
Fellow author Rachel Spangler does occassional blog posts where she shares the search terms that have brought people to her site. I usually share mine with her, but now I’ll share them with you. Here are the results for the last 30 days.
rebekah weatherspoon – this makes complete sense
rapunzel boobs – posted one picture from Tangled and her boobs were not out.
oksana – i wonder if people were searching for pornstars or figure skaters of the same name
annie adderall - were they looking for a girl who deals Rx’s named Annie
butters love – again one picture of Butters and here we are.
cute innocent brunette white guys – i love that someone is looking for this in general, but they didn’t find it here
el mac – i worship the man and he’s hyperlinked on my Extra’s page so this makes sense.
looking for my childhood bedtime story book from 50′s or 60′s big red book – o_O
my little pony friendship is magic rainbow – we all know what this is about.
rebekah weatherspoon author – another no brainer.
A few months ago I had several searches for boob related topics. these seem a little boring.
And for no reason at all, here is my take on HBO’s new show, Girls. I posted this on my tumblr yesterday, but I’m sharing it here to keep from driving people unnecessarily toward tons of nude photos.
so here are my thoughts on #GIRLS AT THIS VERY MOMENT, as I am sure they will evolve. i’ll get this out of the way first (since there’s been a lot of chatter about in the twittersphere). i NEVER expected there to be any sort of diversity on this show. ever. look at the poster. so i’m not upset that there was one WOC who scored one line and will never be seen again since Hannah no longer works with her. And i’m not upset that in NYC there was one black walking down the street. i am not upset by this because it is EXACTLY what i expected. my bar was set real low on the diversity scale.
as with the New Girl, and Don’t Trust The B in APT 23 and even 30 Rock, we are seeing a continuation of a new female figure on our televisions. The quirky brunette is the new dumb blond. her large breasts and wide eyes have been replaced by glasses and one liners. that in mind, GIRLS is not some new feminist take on the 20 something. these girls are not kicking ass and taking names. they are barely taking care of themselves. they are not even respecting themselves. seriously. all 4 of them are taking it pretty hard to the face.
characters: i know nothing of Lena Dunham, but as with many in Apatow’s camp i am sure parts of this are autobiographical. PARTS as Dunham is 25 with a show on HBO, soooo
I’ve been told I’ve “wrapped a seriously sweet story inside some blazing, hot sex”. I’ll take that. If you want to check out Annie and Oksana and little sister Kat, go here. Be Warned, picture are 18+. Happy Friday!
I’m reporting back to say that I made it through all of my readings over the weekend without passing out or puking all over myself.
Seriously though, the 6th Annual Bold Strokes Books LGBT Book Festival was wonderful. I read selections from Better Off Red and The Fling and I think I did all right. And I think I made my mom proud by wearing a dress.
courtesy of Angie Williams.
I look hot mid-sentence. I received excellent feedback on Better Off Red and The Fling. I signed some books. It was all very exciting.
In other news, Blacker Than Blue is off to my editor and I must say I am VERY happy with it. Moving forward, I have two books and two shorts in the pipeline and I plan on cleaning up a screenplay. We’ll see how all of that gooes.
In more other news, if you don’t follow me on twitter, you haven’t seen this little beauty. Fangdangler finished reading Better Off Red and found himself inspired to draw Ginger and Camila. To say I love it would be an understatement. He also has some great adventure time fanart on his deviant art page.
I have a short story and a book creeping up on me here and I haven’t been talking about them at all. WHY??? Because I’m behind the eight ball like a motherfucker on Blacker Than Blue: VSS Book 2 and it’s due in three weeks. The day the manuscript is due I have to appear in Palm Springs for a four day event where I will be reading three times. I hate reading out loud in public. I hate reading out loud when it’s just me and my cats, but I’ll have to do it three times in front of friends and other people I respect. Throw in the huge shitshow with the RWI/RWA contest (I’m not going to rehash it, but here are the details.) and the subsequent interview I was asked to give and you’ll get one strained Bekah. My stress levels are at an eleven right now. Any time I spend on the internet I use to take away the pain of being on level eleven. I don’t want to talk shop. But that’s only half of the problem.
See here’s the thing, I’ve had a really traumatic relationship with The Fling, which will be out April 16th. click this preorder it. Now that it’s done and my editor helped me give it the tweeks it needed, I am very happy with the finished product. I LOVE the characters. Love them. I want to marry at least four of them and spend forever in their loving embrace, but getting to this point was trying and that’s putting it lightly.
I started writing this book at a really bad point in my life. I was leaving a job, suffering from a really intense back pain, a good friend of mine died in a car accident and I won’t lie, I was suicidal. I didn’t try anything, but I made plans. And guess what, that shit showed up in my writing. Oksana, who is a character I’m very happy with, got all of my sads. Luckily my mental state improved. I left the horrid job and the horrid boss. I got to spend time with my family. I sulked to my mom. I reconnected with an amazing friend. WE GOT KITTENS! I brought more positive into my life and my moods started to stabilize. Thank god for my boyfriend who held my hand for that time.
But let’s back up. So this is all going on and then I hit that horrid sophomore slump. Better Off Red walked out of my brain with its bags packed and was just waiting for a cab to the airport. I had to drag The Fling out kicking and screaming even though I was trying to send it on a nice vacation. I had the whole story outlined to death, but my stupid, crazy, depressed brain and my busted back were making it so very difficult to get the thing down on paper and then I would get bummed that it was taking me so long and then I had to do final edits on Better Off Red and then I was bummed again. It was a mess.
Oksana looks like Amber Rose in my imagination.
Anyway when I got The Fling back from my editor her notes basically said “WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED!” Emotionally, I was trying to kill Oksana and every thing I did to her was in complete contrast with how awesome she is. Seriously bro, she’s a sexy biracial Russian chick who lives with her grandma. Those of you who’ve read Better Off Red know I try to incorporate a nice bit of humor into my writing. It’s there in The Fling. I’ve given myself a few chuckles rereading the final product (not out loud of course), but with as much humor as there was I loaded Oksana down with emo. It wasn’t working. Editor and I talked. We fixed it. Oksana is not crazy anymore and I am very happy with the final story, but see I don’t want to talk about it because every time I look at that book, I think about how depressed I was while I was trying to write it. I think about how painful the process was and I just don’t want to go back there. But I have to suck it up.I have to tell you people all about it.
I’ve learned a lot writing and editing The Fling. I learned what I need to do complete a project with my sanity intact and as a result working on Blacker Than Blue has been a much smoother process. Even though I’m a little behind, I know I’ll finish on time. I’ve even LOST weight while writing it. I know, I’m shocked too.
So my point is, I have another book coming out in April. I’m really happy with it. You should by it. I can’t wait for you to meet Annie and Oksana. If you’d like to have a look at them go here. Warning: some of the Annie pics show boobies. If you’ve read Better Off Red you should DEFINITELY pick up Women of the Dark Streets. I’m calling Study Break VSS 1.5. It gives you a look into Benny and Cleo and leads perfectly into Blacker than Blue. It’s also busting with great shorts from some great authors. I’ve sneaked a peek.
P.S. I know talking about depression and suicide makes some people really uncomfortable, but some times talking about it saves lives.
I had so much to say a few days ago, but then I stopped screaming about the themes in The Help and I forgot the other topic I wanted to blog about so I’ll just throw out some updates and random thoughts as I often like to do.
Better Off Redis in its final stages of production. It’ll be off to the printers soon. I’m pumped. A handful of people have been nice enough to tell me they have already pre-ordered a copy and that makes me happy to the tenth degree. I’ll have romance trading cards featuring the cover art and some deets on Ginger available soon.
The Fling will be out April 16, 2012, a perfect tax time gift for friends and family.
I’m in stage 2 of , lets say, 20 in writing Blacker Than Blue: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 2. That should be released Fall 2012 granted I get to step 20.
I’m obsessed with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Rainbow Dash is my dream pony.
I think Jay-Z and Kanye’s new song OTIS sucks.
Febreze stopped making my favorite scent: apple spice & delight. I had to settle for pumpkin harvest & fall
Rise of the Planet of the Apes was pretty good.
I’m still shocked that DJ forgot Kimmie Gibbler’s 16th birthday.
I dyed my bangs blue which required me to bleach them blond first. The blue washed out this week when I relaxed my so in the end, my hair is now blond. Dreams do come true.
My cats love knocking shit off the table and one of them thought this was a great idea.