Saturday, December 29, 2007

A few favourites - 2007

So, I've been keeping track of my reading over the last year, enjoying titles by some new-to-me authors and some old favourites, and before I begin a new list for 2008, I thought it might be interesting to pick out a few favourites and titles that made a lasting impression.

Favourite Historical: Stephanie Laurens, A Rake's Vow


Despite the annoyances like the occurrence of "super carriage" Stephanie Laurens can still spin a good story. I've picked this one, because I love Vane Cynster. He's intelligent, cynical and cool, and not too overbearing.






Favourite Yaoi Manga:
Gorgeous Carat vol 1-4, You Higuri












If you're looking for lashings of m/m sex you wont find it here. The relationship here is implied rather than realised, but it's entertaining nonetheless. But poor, poor Florian. He really doesn't have a good time.






Favourite Erotica/Erotic Romance: Tie between Fairyville, Emma Holly & Suite Seventeen, Portia da Costa


I enjoyed both of these books in different ways, and they're so dissimilar I can't actually choose between them. Fairyville is quirky and imaginative if somewhat on the light side, while Suite Seventeen is good old fashioned fun that left me smiling for days afterwards.




Favourite Series:
JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood.














There's no denying that JR Ward is addictive, and there are plenty of things to irk me about the various relationships, but I enjoyed reading them all the same, and in a very short space of time. Worth it for the few moments when Butch and Vishous are actually being honest!

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Recently watched: Blake's 7 Series 4
Currently listening to: Lara blatting things.
Currently reading: The Rules of Gentility by Janet Mullany

Friday, December 28, 2007

Bedtime Reading 2007

* Let Dai Volume 3, Sooyeon Wan
* Simply Sexual, Kate Pearce
* Let Dai Volume 2, Sooyeon Wan
* The Silver Crown, Mathilde Madden
* The Silver Collar, Mathilde Madden
* Fairyville, Emma Holly
* Lover Unbound, JR Ward
* Lover Revealed, JR Ward
* Lover Awakened, JR Ward
* Lover Eternal, JR Ward
* A Secret Love, Stephanie Laurens
* Lovers in the Night, Fumi Yoshinaga
* Truly Kindly, Fumi Yoshinaga
* Wired, Liz Maverick
* Almost a Gentleman, Pam Rosenthal
* Let Dai, Sooyeon Wan
* Bright Fire, Maya Hess
* Gorgeous Carat Volume 4, You Higuri
* Gorgeous Carat Volume 3, You Higuri
* A Rogues Proposal, Stephanie Laurens
* Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling
* Love on the Dark Side, Anthology
* A Rake's Vow, Stephanie Laurens
* Gorgeous Carat Volume 2, You Higuri
* Suite Seventeen, Portia da Costa
* Made for Sin, Celia May Hart
* Antonia's Bargain, Kate Pearce
* Passion, Lisa Valdez
* Eden's Pleasure, Kate Pearce
* Devil's Bride, Stephanie Laurens
* Gorgeous Carat Volume 1, You Higuri
* Scandal's Bride, Stephanie Laurens
* Gothic Blue, Portia da Costa
* Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
* The Summoner, Alisha Steele
* The Back Passage, James Lear
* Zowie, it's Yaoi, ed Marilyn Jaye Lewis
* Virtuoso di Furore, Uki Ogasawara
* The Cutting Room, Louise Walsh
* Il Gatto Sul G Volume 2, Tooko Miyagi
* Il Gatto Sul G, Tooko Miyagi
* Banana Fish Volume 5, Akimi Yoshidi
* Asking for Trouble, Kristina Lloyd
* Mistral's Kiss, Laurell K Hamilton
* Sex in Public, Anthology
* Burning Bright, Janine Ashbless
* Saihoshi the Guardian Volume 2, Kosen
* Standish, Erastes

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

We've sprinkled our reindeer dust, hung up the stockings, and put out a snack for Santa, now the kiddies are in bed and according to Norad and Google Earth, Santa is currently in South Africa. That should give me plenty of time to chill out with a glass of port and a mince pie, before I have to don my elf's hat and help him unload the pressies.

Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you have a good one!

PS. Don't forget the Lust Bites Scavenger Hunt. There are loads of lovely books up for grabs to help keep you warm on these long winter evenings. Contest ends January 5th 2008.


Hard graft...

My house is now clean... Huzzar!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Sniffles


What do you know, I'm loaded with cold again! I blame the kiddies, they catch whatever is going around at school and bring it home to me. Needless to say it's difficult to motivate myself to write about erotic shenanigans when my head feels like it's full of cotton wool and my eyes are watering from the amount of Vicks VapoRub I've slavered on. I'm just hoping the horrible lurgy clears before Xmas. I want to spend a fun day, eating chocolate, drinking port, and playing board games with my family, not snivelling into a tissue.

As for my various works in progress... Well I've pretty much given up keeping word count on my Sven70 progress as things have veered off on a tangent into outlining and synopsis mode recently, which isn't easily quantifiable as a word count. However, the synopsis for AGW-spinoff is now complete, and I'll be sending off the proposal as an Xmas pressie to my editor sometime this week. I really hope he likes it, because I think I could have a lot of fun with this book. I'm developing rather a lot of affection for the three rakehells, who are all rather rude and crude when they're talking amongst themselves, and sometimes when they're not!

Also following the teeny teaser of Desperate Measures I posted on Lust Bites earlier this week, I've rediscovered my enthusiasm for this project too. I think it's time I reviewed it and sent it off to some publishers again. Well, once I've rewritten the synopsis, because currently it reads as terribly dry and convoluted.

Final piece of news is that I've finally finished (!) the first of the teasers I've been writing to bridge the three year gap between A Gentleman's Wager and Phantasmagoria. Not sure what I'm doing with these yet. Could end up as an Amazon Short, an extra on my updated website (another job for over Xmas) or as an extra on my Yahoo Group. I'll let you know.

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Recently watched: Nothing
Currently listening to: Nothing
Currently reading: Simply Sexual by Kate Pearce, and Let Dai 3 by Sooyeon Won
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience (very occasionally)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Highwaymen


Little snippet of my forever work-in-progress, Desperate Measures is up on Lust Bites today. I hope you'll all check it out. I'm planning on doing some work on this book over the Xmas holidays ready to send out into the big wide world again.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Argh update!

I have an outline. It's not a synopsis, but it's a big improvement on what I had earlier this week. This book is now plotted to within an inch of its existence in pretty alternating colours to make it easy on the eye. Okay, so the colours also help identify the different plot strand too! So, tomorrow it's back to writing the actual synopsis. I wish I could say I'm looking forward to it, but really, I'd rather do the ironing. (And just in case you're wondering. I detest ironing.)

Um, yeah, anyway book. Assuming I actually stick to the outline I have (unlikely) then you can expect drainpipes, candles, twins, carriages, poetry, dancing, a bloke that completely makes my heckles rise, stiffs (probably not what you're thinking), snowmen, and 'the Milk Tray man!' (Does anyone remember him?) Incidentally, I did not dub him thus, Mr Madelynne did, but he said it was a good thing. I'm still not settled on a title though.

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Recently watched: Blackadder III
Currently listening to: Kula Shaker
Currently reading: The Silver Collar, Mathilde Madden
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience (very occasionally)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Arrrrrrrrggggggghhhhh!

This is the worst book ever. I hate it and I've hardly started the bugger. I have ideas, but will they slot together, like hell they will.

Somebody save me from this damn synopsis, and my plethora of characters with issues, my incomprehensible plot and story arc diagrams.

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Recently watched: Lexx Season 2
Currently listening to: Nothing it's too distracting.
Currently reading: The Silver Collar, Mathilde Madden
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience (very occasionally)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Blog Reading Level

Cribbed from Wendy's blog.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Happy Place!


See this picture! This is my happy place, and boy do I need one today as I'm synopsis writing. I may have mentioned this before but synopsis writing is the single worst thing about being a writer. They are essential. Editors want them, they like to know what the book you're trying to sell them is about, but I can't write them for toffee.

Now, I struggle with these wee beasties even when I have a completed novel in front of me, so you can probably imagine how difficult I'm finding it when I only have three chapters done. You got it! Bloody impossible!

Now, I'll be the first to admit, the process would probably be a whole lot easier if I had a plot that couldn't be summed up in four words: (actually, it can be summed up it two, but humour me) COMPLETE PILE OF CRAP!

Argh! I can plot, I know I can, and I'm sure this was a perfectly good one a few days ago. So what's gone wrong now? Much gnashing of teeth and hair pulling follows. Sigh! Go to my happy place, go to my happy place. Gosh, Takeshi Kaneshiro has nice eyes.

Wish me luck, if you're not all busy scavenging!
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Recently watched: nothing
Currently listening to: The cogs in my own head turning (well, grinding anyway).
Currently reading: Fairyville by Emma Holly
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience

Scavenger Hunt

To celebrate Lust Bites 1st birthday we're holding a scavenger hunt. Check out the details by following the link below. Prizes on offer include signed copies of Dark Designs & Passion of Isis, and signed cover flats for Phantasmagoria and A Gentleman's Wager.


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Recently watched: High Fidelity
Currently listening to: You're Not Here by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Currently reading: Fairyville by Emma Holly
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Struggling

I'm struggling with lots of things at the moment. My WIP won't work and the thought of writing a synopsis is giving me nightmares. Is it always this hard? Looking back over my posts, maybe it is. I suspect I need a break, but I don't want to walk away from this one until I have the proposal done and sent, and Xmas is just around the corner, so there'll be plenty of enforced relaxation time then.

Meanwhile, here's a teeny tiny sneak peak at Pennerley's Great Hall!




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Recently watched: about to watch Heroes
Currently listening to: Noisy dishwasher & a rambunctious little critter.
Currently reading: Fairyville by Emma Holly
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Blobs on the page...

My writing method has become rather haphazard over the last few weeks. The last few novels I've been very methodical about for the most part, writing from beginning to end, and I'm trying to stick to that for this current project but it's not always happening. Actually, it's not just that I find I'm suddenly sketching out scenes for later in this book, but I'm actually writing rough drafts of scenes that take place in the following book, and the one after that. Yep, I appear to be writing bits of three different books at once. Admittedly, they are part of a series and related, and the characters appear throughout, but it's still disorientating. I feel as if it'll all run away with me if I'm not careful.

Meanwhile the book I'm supposed to be getting the proposal together for is slowly taking shape. I have a much clearer idea of where I'm headed now, but I suspect it's going to be a project that demands SEVERAL major rewrites. At the moment it's rough, and I know the complex emotions behind peoples actions aren't nearly finely tuned enough. Also, I'm trying very hard not to become too entranced by one of the secondary(ish) characters. Musn't make him more exciting than the hero or everyone will wonder why the heroine doesn't run off with him instead. Ah, the dilemma's of writing.

On a slightly different topic, I'm trying to decide which book to read next. Hmm, cast your votes...

Emma Holly's Fairyville
Mathilde Madden's The Silver Collar (already read an early version of this one, but this is the finished goods)
More of Sooyen Won's Let Dai
or All about Love, by Stephanie Laurens.

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Recently watched: Gothika
Currently listening to: Nothing
Currently reading: see above
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience

Friday, November 16, 2007

Newsgroup

I've braved Yahoo today and formed a new group so people can keep up to date with new releases. Assuming anyone wants to :-) It also includes sneak previews from my forthcoming titles Broken Angel, and Phantasmagoria. You can click here to join, or follow the link in the sidebar.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mucho drool worthy...



The cover flats for Phantasmagoria arrived this morning and I have to say... Ahahahahah! They are so-oo so-oo lovely. This picture just doesn't do them justice. In the above picture the cover looks blue, when actually it's more of a midnight bluey-purple, which is just about my favourite colour in the world. Plus the lettering really stands out. God, I love this cover (observe mad skippety dance).

Okay, calm again now...

The other bit of excitement about the cover is that Phantasmagoria will be the first book to be published by Black Lace in the new Trade Paperback size. So, not only do I have a super duper cover, it's going to be on a nicely proportioned book. Pretty amazing really! Shame the rest of my existence sucks so much.

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Recently watched: Nothing
Currently listening to: Mice behind the skirting boards.
Currently reading: Something for a fellow writer.
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Revamp


I thought it was time for a little change around. I find my blog/webspace is a little like my home. If my head is getting cluttered, I know it's time to have a shift around and rearrange the furniture. It drives other people mad, but hey, it works for me.

I haven't exactly been making much progress on my various Sweat 70 projects, so I doubt either Sven or Gackt are speaking to me, but I was feeling so run down I spent the weekend in bed with flu. Strangely, or perhaps not, I'm feeling a lot better about my writing having had an enforced rest and done some other inconsequential stuff like watching DVD's and playing games eg Absolute Obedience (see image). The latter has been sitting neglected on my desktop for months.

Well anyway, either Absolute Obedience, or the wonderful m/m novella I'm reading for another writer has inspired me, because AGW spin-off has now ballooned to two books, which I have to write before I can possibly get back to Vaughan, Bella and Lucerne, because these events are all setting up the next stage of their relationship, be it indirectly. Of course, all this is rather dependent on my editor. Fingers crossed there. Off to make some progress...

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Recently watched: Blakes 7, Season 3 (God, I love Avon.)
Currently listening to: Marc Almond, The Stars we Are.
Currently reading: Something for a fellow writer.
Currently playing: Absolute Obedience

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Dirty Girls


It's not due out until March next year, but here's the nipple-showing cover of Dirty Girls, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, in which my story Carn Euny appears. Rachel's also in the process of setting up a blog to go with the book, featuring snippets and interviews etc

Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Strangeness of Proofs.

No Svening for me this weekend, unless you count the 200 words I wrote in the bath. I have my excuses though - Phantasmagoria proofs. I think I have eye strain now, but I've managed to get through them.

Proofs are strange little beasties. You don't have the luxury to sit back and enjoy the story and you only get the most basic impression of what it's like to hold the book in your hand. Mostly, you're too busy trying to pick out teeny tiny misprints and stuff in a sea of small print. Naturally all this scrutiny brings out the worst of my self-doubts. Is the first half pacy enough? I don't know, I was reading it aloud at a snail's pace, trying to digest every word. Is Vaughan completely deranged? Very probably. Am I?

Well I think I'll leave that one unanswered.

It is odd though, having come to the end of the story, I'm not really feeling all that wistful. Normally, I'm busy mourning the loss of my characters. I think it's because I know in this case there's still more to come. Also, despite my abysmal progress with my Sven project (AGW-spin-off), I'm starting to really get a feel for the story and enjoy it. I just hope when it gets as far as the submission stage, my editor feels the same way. Still wish I had a title for it. The working title is utter crap and I'm not even slightly happy with it.

Actually, titles could be a whole new rant. I find it odd that at the moment I have several projects I want to work on, but the two I've decided to proceed with are the two that don't have titles. AGW3 has a title, as does the follow-up to Broken Angel.

Well, it's now just gone midnight, so I think I deserve a nice break. I could write, maybe I should even try to as I know I won't get a thing done tomorrow, but considering what's on the schedule, I'm not going to beat myself up over it. Hmm, a nice book to curl up with methinks... or a maybe a spot of YouTube.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I'm trying...


... to sweat that is. But someone out there seems determined to keep me from my work in progress. We're only three weeks in and I've already had a set of proofs, a family holiday and now... another set of proofs. And proofs always need checking and returning yesterday.

Gad, all I want to do is finish the first damn chapter of AGW-spin-off. It doesn't seem much to ask, does it?

Anyway, please wish me luck with the Phantasmagoria proofs (doesn't seem like five minutes since I finished writing it). I really hope I don't spot any major plot holes, or dubious edits, or six-zillion spelling mistakes and historical inaccuracies. I really hope I like it too.

The picture, BTW, is from Ai No Kusabi, which is my favourite piece of yaoi anime, and a fantastic story. The novel has finally been translated and is due out later this month. I think it might be my reward for reaching say 25K.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Spooky books this way...


Get yourself over to Lust Bites and show us some love for a chance to win these super spooky goodies, including my tale of gothic decadence and yaoi angst, Dark Designs.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Sunday Check-in

I've made a teeny bit of progress today as I attempt to get back into the swing of things, but more importantly, I've settled on what I'm attempting to write. Hence, you might notice the change to sidebar.

70 days of Sweat projects will now be:

1) Historical AGW spin-off (70K). Sadly still untitled.
2) Contemporary novella (25K). Also untitled.
3) Two AGW-Phantasmagoria teasers (10K). Strangely enough, untitled.

I'm really off on titles at the moment. Can you tell?

Anyway, as you can see, I've decided not to write about Blaze etc at the moment. Instead, I've slotted it into my calendar for early 2008. I think I'll need a break from Historicals at that point and it should nicely fill the void.

Sadly still no answers to yesterdays vexing questions.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Writing.... What's that?

Despite the distractions on Monday, I did manage to make my word count goal, which is just as well because I haven't done a thing since. I'll admit that we've been away doing family visits, which is never good for my productivity, but I don't want to make excuses. Basically, I've been crap!

The thing is, all this stalling hasn't actually helped any. Sometimes it's good to take a break and let things stew for a bit, but my plot(s) aren't any clearer. Actually, they're murkier than before. Still, I'm going to have to start plugging away at it again soon and see what comes ;-)

Questions of the moment:
1) Why do I keep seeing a conversation between Vaughan and D? Vaughan isn't supposed to be in this book.
2) Why is D so insistent that he has a wife? It's bloody inconvenient of him.
3) Why am I bothered? He's only a secondary character!

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Recently watched: Fanny Hill
Currently listening to: Cradle of Filth
Currently reading: Lover Unbound by JR Ward

Monday, October 22, 2007

Distractions

Things were going pretty well last week and I made an impressive for me almost 8K total by Friday. That's when it all went down hill. First proofs for Broken Angel landed on the doormat with a return by date of today, which naturally boosted them to priority number one. Secondly, it was the weekend, and the start of half-term so the family are all at home. Third - is kind of related to the first, because as I've sat reading through Broken Angel, I really want to go back to that world and finish the story. Broken Angel only really sets the ball rolling, Blaze, Asha etc need their story completing, so in a fit of madness I'm contemplating writing two novel concurrently, one apocalyptic urban fantasy paranormal(ish) thingy and one Georgian 'free love' historical. Go on, tell me I'm crazy! That brings us to Fourthly: curse you JR Ward. I spent yesterday reading all about Zsadist and today I'm exercising will power and not reading about Butch. Hah! That'd be why I'm already on page 60.

I think Sven better get over here and punish me!

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Recently watched: Blake's 7 Series 3 & Lord of the Rings
Currently listening to: Donovan
Currently reading: Lover Revealed by JR Ward

Friday, October 19, 2007

Inflicting my taste in music

I'm posting over at Lust Bites today on the music I listen to while I write and use to alter my mood and get into my characters heads. Please take a look and make me feel loved. Also, if I get lots of comments, Sven and Gackt might be more lenient over me failing to write a single word on my WIP yesterday!

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Recently watched: Blake's 7 Series 3
Currently listening to: See my Lust Bites post.
Currently reading: Lover Awakened by JR Ward

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Sweat 70 - Day 4


Oh, dear, despite my efforts over the last 3 days, G isn't happy with me. 2.15pm and nary a word written. Bad me. And I'm unlikely to find time later as I have a Lust Bites post to write for tomorrow and Broken Angel proofs to do for Monday.

How come things always come at once?

Addendum: Stolen from Kate Pearce's blog


Mechanical Artificial Device Engineered for Logical Yelling, Nullification and Nocturnal Exploration


Get Your Cyborg Name

Monday, October 15, 2007

70days of sweat - day one.

I'm sweating... back later to let you know how it's going.


Miracles do happen! I've managed a nice 1.3K so far today, which I'm very happy with as I'm aiming for 1K per day. It's even reasonable stuff rather than utter drivel. Can't wait to get further into the project though, I hate beginnings, they're so difficult.

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Recently watched: Blake's 7 Series 3
Currently listening to: A whole mix of things.
Currently reading: Lover Eternal by JR Ward

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Mana



The lovely Portia da Costa is posting today at Lustbites about cross-dressing men, go check it out. Meanwhile, here are some piccies of one intriguing man. It took me a month to work out that he is actually a man!

































Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sweat 70


Motivation required... so, I've signed myself up for Seventy Days of Sweat, it seems like a more realistic goal than Nanowrimo, which would involve ignoring my children, partner and everything else for a month. 1K per day seems far more reasonable, and I should be able to do that while the kiddies are at school.

Anyway, my goal is to write the first draft of my currently untitled AGW series spin-off, which means having a workable plot by next Monday is essential. Currently it's floundering at the end of the second act and I just can't see how to tie all the knots together, but if it comes to it, I'll just have to pants the whole thing.

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Recently watched: The Tudors
Currently listening to: Rain and Traffic
Currently reading: A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens

Friday, October 05, 2007

Jeans for Genes Day

Today is Jeans for Genes Day in the UK, I'm not sure about the rest of the world. The idea is that you wear your Jeans to school or work in exchange for a small donation to support charities that fund research into genetic disorders. I don't normally twist peoples arms over this sort of thing, but it's an area close to my own heart (without going into personal details).

Anyway, if you can support them please do...

Maybe you could consider ordering one of these Fifi and the Flowertots Zip Pulls for your kiddies.

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Recently watched: The Whistleblowers
Currently listening to: Crazy thoughts
Currently reading: A Secret Love by Stephanie Laurens

Monday, October 01, 2007

Finally, words on the page...

I'm feeling pleased with myself today. After spending much of September doing not a lot really, I've got October off to a good start having written 3.5K so far. I hope to add to that this evening, maybe getting it up to 4K.

What are all these words about you may ask... Well, they're about Vaughan, Bella and Lucerne. Not another novel (not yet), but some extra teaser type bits. The plan is to make one story available on my website and the other as an Amazon Short. Both stories take place in the time between the end of A Gentleman's Wager and the start of Phantasmagoria, and they provide a bit of sneak peek at what the characters' lives are like.

I've also been collecting my thoughts regarding a couple of other new projects. I'm still not sure which will come first, the dodgy Georgian AGW spin-off, or the contemporary menage-y madness, they're still battling it out in my brain for dominance. But Kit, I've decided definitely needs a scrummy tattoo, though perhaps not one as delicately positioned as this one.

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Recently watched: More Blakes 7
Currently listening to: Nothing
Currently reading: The Dark Lover, by J R Ward & a first draft for one of the Divas

Saturday, September 29, 2007

New Banners

(or displacement activities for writers part 24)

Well, I thought my new books deserved some nifty banners of their own.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Phantasmagoria Cover


Here it is... I can't tell you how relieved I am... It's such a fantastic cover.

And here they are side by side.

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Recently watched: The Whistleblowers
Currently listening to: HYDE & Malice Mizer
Currently reading: The Dark Lover, by J R Ward

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Pondering

I'm sorry to say I haven't got very much done over the last week or so. I just can't seem to get my act together and concentrate. I have ideas, far too bloody many of them to be truthful, so that I can't decide which one to work on. I feel as though I have an army of characters fighting it out in my head, and whoever is the last man standing is will be the one I write about next. Except knowing me, it won't be...

Actually, I do have an inkling about a possible victor. His name is Kit, and I suspect he's trouble... you know what, scratch that, I know he's trouble!

Anyway, during my period of pondering I've been entertaining myself with this...


and made myself this...

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Recently watched: Blakes 7 Series 2
Currently listening to: Juan Martin, El Alquimista
Currently reading: The Dark Lover, by J R Ward

Sunday, September 23, 2007

More Bloody Men


I'm posting at Lust Bites today on the topic of cuts and bruises and why men with bloody faces hold a surprising fascination to me. Please head over and leave a comment.

Meanwhile, here are a few extra pics...















Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Gentleman's Wager mark II























Hot on the heels of Possession, I now bring you the spanking new cover for A Gentleman's Wager. And I'm pleased with it. I love the colours and the shadows, and his back... backs are good, oh, and the glimpse of Lauwine in the background.

Of course being an author, I'd have liked it more if his hair was a bit longer so you could really see those curls, and Lauwine isn't quite perfect, but it'll do just fine... But do you know what my favourite bit is? I'll tell you. It's my name in great big stonking blue letters that you can read from across the room. See how sad I am.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Possession


Look what I just found. Isn't it lovely! My novella Broken Angel appears in this book. Love the colours. You can pre-order it here.

Proofs

I'm busy going through the proofs for A Gentleman's Wager prior to its reprint. Long story as to why this is necessary, but let's just say it didn't really happen first time around. It's a weird experience revisiting them now so soon after completing Phantasmagoria. What can I say, the tone has changed, my writing has changed, and the characters have certainly changed over the intervening years.

I've also been sketching out ideas for future projects. The stand out one at the minute is a sort of spin-off from Phantasmagoria featuring some of the minor characters from that book. So far I have a rough outline, now I just need to get the voice right and start on some sample text. Wish me luck.

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Recently watched: Blakes 7 Series 1
Currently listening to: Juan Martin, El Alquimista
Currently reading: A Gentleman's Wager proofs.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

ebook


I've just found out that Passion of Isis is now available as an ebook, available for download from here, and here. This is good, as Amazon have recently been reporting it as out of stock/out of print.

Here's a little teaser to whet your appetites.

Sun-warmed sand clothed her naked body. Adie lay on a blanket of silk in a square stone room whose ceiling was open to the sky. The flick of something soft caressed her thigh. It tickled. She tried to wriggle but her body didn’t respond. It was as though she was pinned down, but she felt no weight above her, nor cuffs about her wrists.

‘An extraordinary find,’ an individual at her feet said, and she smiled inwardly, knowing he was referring to her, as her head was cushioned and her hair confined in an elegant headdress.

The sun shone red through her eyelids. She felt the whisper of the desert breeze across her skin, and tried to move her toes. There was still no response, but strangely, she felt no panic.

‘Exquisite, and perfectly preserved,’ said a voice she recognised. ‘She must have lain here over three thousand years, and not a scratch on her.’ The soft caress continued, meticulously sweeping the golden sand away from the underside of her breast. Her nipples tightened in response. Apparently, she hadn’t lost any sensation.

‘She looks so real,’ said the first man. ‘If she weren’t made of gold, I would say she was only sleeping.’

Gold? What is he talking about? She peeped from beneath her eyelashes at the length of her body and saw that they spoke the truth, for her skin shone with metallic lustre in the sunlight. Gold! She wanted to say, but she couldn’t speak.

‘She’s so detailed,’ said Killian, and he touched one puckered areola with the brush. A splinter of ice seemed to lodge in her skin at the intimacy; its cold arousal shocked the dormant seed of passion within her into life. She trembled with anticipation, and awaited his next touch.

‘Astounding. I can’t wait until you show her to the board. Speaking of which, one of us should tell them.’

‘You go,’ said Killian, whilst he stroked a finger over her hip. The longed-for contact made her vagina feel heavy and full. He began to circle her navel with the tip of his index finger, using slow nervous strokes that became bolder as the footfalls of the other man receded. One finger became two, and two rapidly became three, until he was running both palms over her warm torso.

Adie’s skin tingled with languorous pleasure. The heat in her womb seeped like treacle through her limbs. She sighed noiselessly. He stared at her as though her beauty had enthralled him and expelled every other thought from his mind. Slowly, he dipped his head and pressed bow-shaped lips to her chin. The scent of him lingered in the air around them. He explored the shadows of her throat. His kiss moved to her parted lips and alighted like a butterfly, before the stab of his tongue drove deep inside her mouth. He tasted of coriander, slightly spicy, and subtly sweet. Adie silently purred; she strained to reach him, to return his caress, but her body wouldn’t respond.

Killian drew back and gazed down upon her in wonderment. She saw the shadow of doubt in his liquid grey eyes, and wished she could reassure him. A telltale strain appeared across the zip of his trousers, and he glanced around nervously. Finally, he swept the last of the sand from the tops of her thighs, then drew a hand up between her legs. Her labia parted for his fingers and welcomed him with a sticky wet sound. He moaned to find her so wet, so ready for him. She felt his body tremble as he shifted position so that he crouched between her golden thighs. He wrenched open the restraining zip, and then ran a hand along his erection as if to prepare himself.

Adie’s sighed at the vision of his hard, red-tipped cock. A honeyed bead of arousal trickled from her vulva. She wanted to touch him, to beg him to give in to his desire, but all she could do was lie and wait.

‘A statue,’ he questioned himself as her flawless image swam in his dark pupils. ‘Is this real? Ah!’ He gasped as he pressed himself to her cleft.

Adie’s senses leapt. He slid into her with the same liquid sensuality as ice cream sliding down her throat on a burning August afternoon, deep into her until their loins nestled together. It felt so good, she wished she could save it, to experience it over and over again. He fucked her slowly at first, his penis moving like satin in her sheath. He stroked her cheek and kissed her golden lips. She felt every tiny jump of his cock, every hot breath against her throat, and yet she still couldn’t move. There was no way of telling him that a few firm touches to her clitoris would make it complete.

He picked up the pace, and began to thrust with selfish pleasure. Short strokes and fast. A sweat broke out across his brow. Then deeper, harder strokes, but still fast, still building. He nudged into her G-spot and her stomach tightened. A crazy tingle began between her clitoris and her spine.

‘Don’t stop, don’t stop, don’t stop,’ she repeated silently, urgently. The sensation built. It pushed its way into her brain. She experienced a momentary sense of stillness, utter calm, and then her whole body shuddered as she came.

‘Oh god!’ he murmured in her ear, as her body contracted around his prick. His weight rested upon her. His heart hammered so vigorously she could feel it against her chest. He arched his back, and pushed his cock deep into her core. One final stroke. His eyes narrowed and then closed. His lips parted and his cock jerked as the intensity of his orgasm forced the air from his lungs.

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Recently watched: Heroes
Currently listening to: Nothing
Currently reading: Wired by Liz Maverick

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Phantasmagoria

It's gone.

*sob* I hate saying goodbye.

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Recently watched: Nothing
Currently listening to: Nothing
Currently reading: Almost a Gentleman, by Pam Rosenthal

Friday, August 31, 2007

Book, books, books... and me.

1. Total number of books I own:
I have no idea! Thousands, the house is groaning under the weight of them all. I find it very difficult to part with books even if I know I'll never read them again cause they're complete trash.

2. Last Book I bought:
Well that'd be books, as I never buy them singly. Let's see...

Almost a Gentleman, by Pam Rosenthal
Moongazer by Marianne Mancusi
Wired by Liz Maverick
The Vinter's Luck by Elizabeth Knox
Let Dai by Sooyeon Wan
Banana Fish Vol 6 by Akimi Yoshida
Cantarella by You Higuri
and Lovers in the Night by Fumi Yoshinga

No comments on them yet as I'm still trying to find the time to read them, although I have made a start on Almost a Gentleman and Let Dai.

3. Last Book I read:

That'd be the one I just finished writing, ie Phantasmagoria, prior to that it was Gorgeous Carat by You Higuri. Beautiful artwork, and lovely complex characters. Ah, but poor Florien...

4. Five books that mean a lot to me: (in no particular order)

1. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien - I devoured this book when I was about thirteen. The history, the characters, the epic journey and the background. Wow... It never fails to captivate me. I've read it about 20 times.

2. The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon K Penman - Why did Edmund have to die... snuffle... I love this book. It combines loads of elements I love, family history, political machinations, history, romance and dubious morals.

3. Tale of a Vampire by Anne Rice - homoerotic vampires, need I say more.

4. The Poldark Series by Winston Graham - Not strictly a book, but a whole series. Actually, I've enjoyed everything I've read by Winston Graham. His characters are often quirky, but they are completely real and multi-faceted. I aspire to his greatness.

5. Yellow by Makoto Tateno - This is the series that really got me hooked on reading manga, and probably one of the most frustrating things I've ever read as I had to wait for each instalment to come out. I adore the way Taki wriggles his way out of encounters with Goh.

For others taking part check out QB's blog.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Shuffle

Seven days to go until my deadline and I decide to have a major rethink of the final third of my novel. I am officially crazy!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Making a splash


Just a quickie, to tell you all to head over to Lustbites and check out the eye candy. Oh, and leave a comment before Tuesday and you could win yourself a prize. Sadly the prize isn't Alessandro, pictured above, but it might put a smile on your face.

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Recently watched: Casino Royale (again).
Currently listening to: Noisy traffic outside.
Currently reading: Bright Fire by Maya Hess

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The working day of an erotic writer...

Get up, switch on laptop. Read & reply to email while eating breakfast. Write. Get to half past one and realise it's probably time for lunch. Write some more. Make tea for family. Check email again. Stuff kiddies into bed. Write. At about half eight realise I'm braindead. Take a break by watching an hour of comedy. Write. Decide at about 2am that's it for the night. Chill out watching Gackt wiggle his butt on YouTube, and by watching Japanese TV! 3am, realise my eyes feel like they've been peeled. Sleep.

Obviously, it's not always like this... Just at the moment, while I have a scarily close deadline.

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Recently watched: Coupling, Season 2
Currently listening to: 666 by HYDE
Currently reading: Phantasmagoria edits.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Phantasms


So, two weeks to go and only now am I writing the details of the title scene of Phantasmagoria. Not a great place to be, I suspect. But hey, it's just tweaking, right! The scene was hazy before, now with a little help from Mr Madelynne, the details are bringing it to life.

Actually, I think I love this scene now. It so deliciously gothic.

Meanwhile, I've been thinking about names today. Character names, that is, and where they come from. I know some people surf the web, or trawl baby name books, and phone books, and even stick pins in maps, and I've done all these things too, but I can't name my main characters by this method. My main characters always seem to arrive with their names attached.

Sometimes I'll get a name in my head, that just pops up again and again for weeks until suddenly a whole character appears. Not that I let them totally dictate. Odd or unsuitable names can create the wrong impression, or reader expectations. In those cases, its a simple case of find and replace on the finished manuscript. Zap! Instant conformity. Depressing, eh?

How does everyone else name their characters?
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Recently watched: Coupling, Season 2
Currently listening to: 666 by HYDE
Currently reading: Phantasmagoria edits.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Working hard.



Argh - one minute it's July, the next it's mid August. Needless to say, between family holidays and upcoming deadlines, my blog has been sadly neglected. Hopefully, that will change soon. Meanwhile, enjoy.



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Recently watched: Heroes
Currently listening to: Nine Spiral by Gackt
Currently reading: Just finished Gorgeous Carat Vol 3 & 4, by You Higuri