Monday, March 16, 2009

Chat and book give-away tonight!

I'm chatting over at Realms of Love tonight at 9 PM EST with fellow Phaze authors Jaxx Steele and L.E. Bryce. We're all talking about hawt new male-male romance/erotica releases (as well as my earlier Phaze titles) so stop on by and warm up on a chilly night. It's bound to be sexy, silly, and a lot of fun, if previous chats are anything to go by.

And take a chance. You might win a free copy of Restraint! (Or another of my Phaze titles of your choice, if explict kinky man-love isn't your cup of tea.)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New e-book available today. Squee!

"Restraint" is, even more than my usual offerings, not for the faint of heart. It's male-male, extremely kinky, and flavored with the supernatural. And it's more an "I want you now" story than a love story.

Which, depending on your point of view, is either a warning or a recommendation. :-)

Here's the blurb.
Luke’s a top who loves to dance on the edge of safety with hot men who crave knives and cutting with their kinky sex. Playing such potentially risky games, Luke’s control needs to be as steely as his handcuffs, as honed as his blades. Adorable, inexperienced Ethan tests all Luke’s self-restraint—but Ethan is more than he appears, and Luke may be the one who’s being tested.

(I told you it was the sort of thing you'd either love or hate. Would I lie to you?)

Find it at!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

What I did today instead of writing...

I put arugula, spinach, radishes, and 2 different asian greens (just a few seeds of those) into the south-facing bed that's snug up against my house and is practically its own climate zone. Tomorrow the first round of sugar snap peas go in! Indoors, I've started Hanson head lettuce (an antique precursor of Iceberg, it's a crisphead like the the bland standby, but supposedly tastes like something other than crunchy water), lime basil, thai basil, "nero di toscano" kale, and one six-pack of Oregon spring tomatoes, which will be going out extra early, either in pots or under cloches made of old milk bottles.

Tomorrow, we start work on the new bed, the $6000 garden (brought to us courtesy of Town Hall, which had the sewer connection in two different places on two different maps--and it was actually somewhere between the two points and to the north a bit...). Hey, if the side lawn's ripped to shreds and half dug up anyway, might as well put a garden there.

The side bed is also full of spring bulbs, which I'm trying to work around. I've moved most of the other ornamentals out--will move and divide the last dragon's blood sedum when it's a bit warmer. There's a big patch of daylilies though, and I'm leaving them for the moment. Daylilies are edible, right? OK, they're edible and gorgeous, and much as I love yummy food, I need my shinies too.

Factor in the errand running and a dinner out with family and I feel like I had a damn productive day.

Just not in a writing kind of way. But these first nice days of spring make it damn near impossible for a gardening writer to stay by her computer.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Goals and progress

I've been telling myself to update this blog with interesting entries, not pure promo.

It's still not happening. Oh well...I'll try not to stress. I'm a fiction writer, not a blogger.

Another thing that's not happening is the "writing every day" that I set as a New Year's goal.

But that's all right. I still feel like I'm making progress toward the real goal, which is getting back into a good writing groove after a difficult 2008.

Even as I set the goal, I knew it wouldn't happen. Some days I'm not near my computer from my quick over-coffee email check before work until I crawl home at 11:30 from belly dance. Some days I'm sick (like, uh, much of this week. It's hard to write when it's taking all your energy not to vomit.) And some days, other aspects of my life get in the way. Maybe that's not the right way to put it. Some days other aspects of my life do interfere; for instance I just spent several hours of what might have been writing time on mundane accounting and record-keeping tasks, an annoying but necessary part of the small-business side of writing, but not getting my characters any farther along in their adventures. (Yes, I was behind. This year I've been filing and recording as things come in. Last year, though, was the year of Epic Fail for my accounting and filing systems and I had to tackle a huge mound of paperwork before I could give the accountant something sensible to work with.)

And sometimes I just need to go and have an adventure with my husband and/or friends, of a sort that doesn't involve lugging the computer along. They're not always big adventures. Sometimes it's a day of card games and sipping excellent adult beverages at our friends' house, followed by an extravagant Thai dinner. Sometimes it's the beach. Sometimes...well, you know what kind of books I write, and I have to do my research. :-)

But setting that goal reminded me that writing should be one of my priorities. And while I haven't "achieved" the goal in the strictest sense, I'm certainly doing better than I was last year. Not bad considering I'm at the Dreaded Day Job a lot more as well.

And my long-delayed web site is underway. I don't know when it'll be online, since the designer took the project and promptly got sick in an "oh no, am I going to need body parts removed?" way. (Thankfully the answer is no and she's back on her feet, or rather back on her computer, but I expect she's a bit backlogged.) More on that to come.

Feeling chatty? Come visit me on Monday!

I'll be chatting at Realms of Love on Monday, March 16, starting at 9 p.m. EST, along with fellow Phaze authors Jaxx Steele and L.E. Bryce. I'm not sure what all we'll be talking about, but since I'll be promoting my very hot new M/m BDSM title "Restraint," and Jaxx also writes M/M, I'm sure it will veer into naughty discussions of why women love to read about guys getting it on. (You have been warned. Or tempted, as the case may be.)

You have to register for the site beforehand. It's free, simple, and non-intrusive, but I'd advise not doing it last minute so you can convince your browser it's safe to allow pop-ups from this site. Otherwise the chat set up doesn't work.

Hope to see you there!