Sunday, September 26, 2010

When it pours...

Holy moly, major revisions ahoy! It's been a week of frantic activity. Monday I'd decided that I'd need another three weeks to finish off the changes I had planned for the Bloody book. Some of the anticipated tweaks involved the writing of major new scenes. Tuesday word came back from my agent that they were required sooner, only I was too busy taking my driving theory test to worry about it right then.

Um, I passed BTW.

So, several days of frantic revisions later. I've been averaging over 6,000 words a day (why can't I do that normally?) and I have a far more polished book and a stronger ending, and less of a saggy middle (okay so my actual middle is pretty saggy due to being glued to a chair).

In amongst all this we've finally seen some movement on the house front, and the kiddies have decided to learn guitar.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Enticement Cover

... in all it's glory. I'm rather pleased with this. I like the dark moody colour scheme. It suits the location. Plus I like the feeling of motion with the shirt.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Release Day to Me


WOE IN KABUKICHO is out today! I'm so happy. It's already available at the Amazon Kindle store, and over on the Ai Press site. I know it's just down below, but here's the blurb again just as a reminder.


She never sought a connection… but a chance encounter with a beautiful stranger in Tokyo’s pleasure ward grants her one heartfelt desire.

A visit to a host bar in Kabukicho while on a business trip to Japan results in a chance encounter with Sky, an incredibly sexy man whose job it is to entertain lonely women. Mutual attraction leads to an immediate connection forming between them. When Sky then offers to take things way beyond the pouring of cocktails, she finds it impossible to refuse his illicit offer and they embark upon a night of erotic adventure together. However, what she gains is so much more than a fleeting sexual high—but the realisation of her heart’s desire.
Now that I've done the pitch bit, I thought I'd inflict my inspiration/research material on you, which naturally starts with a picture of Gackt. Yup, this one below. This is how I imagine Kit.



Ahem! Then the research. a) You know Google Earth is really good fun and useful, especially when you can't just nip over to Japan to check out Kabukicho street life and how close the nearest park happens to be. b) This film, Gigolo Wannabe, is illogical and extremely silly, yet still quite fun. I seriously doubt it bares much resemblance to what it's like in a real host bar, but it was one angle. And c) Highly recommended is the BBC series Japanorama, particularly the episode titled Ai & Koi.

Hope you enjoy the story.

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Recently watched: Lots of Hazard Perception Test clips.
Currently listening to: Re:born by Gackt
Currently reading: Rough Cut by Mari Carr

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sneak Peak at Kabukicho


I'm never quite sure how much attention people pay to the sidebars, but perhaps one or two might have noticed the new additions over to the left. Yup, Enticement is out on 2nd November, but before that I have a short story coming out with Ai Press,  about which I'm especially thrilled. Woe in Kabukicho is about one woman's trip to a Japanese Host Bar.

I'm particularly fond of this story. The ending gets me every time. More importantly I couldn't let go of the hero after writing it, and hence... Yup, he demanded a whole novel... erm... Enticement. That's right, my two forthcoming releases are linked by the hero, and give two different insights into the same character.


Here's the Woe in Kabukicho blurb:


She never sought a connection… but a chance -and deliciously erotic – encounter with a beautiful stranger in Tokyo’s pleasure ward grants her one heartfelt desire…

A visit to a host bar in Kabukicho while on a business trip to Japan results in a chance erotic and passionate encounter with Sky, an incredibly sexy man whose job it is to entertain lonely women. Mutual attraction leads to an immediate connection forming between them. When Sky then offers to take things way beyond the pouring of cocktails, she finds it impossible to refuse his illicit offer and they embark upon a night of erotic adventure together. However, what she gains is so much more than a fleeting sexual high—but the realisation of her heart’s desire.


And what the heck, a teeny sneak peek.



“What is this place?” I ask.

“A host bar. Go on. Choose. But not that one.” They rush past one glossy snap of a man with a beard. “That’s a woman. Definitely not your thing.”

My gaze blurs as my tender Western sensibilities struggle with the concept of picking a companion from a book, and my seemingly old-fashioned notions of gender. Where do onabe—women with beards fit in?
This all seems hideously taboo.

“It’s okay.” Taiko places a gentle hand upon my arm. “He’ll just talk and pour your drinks for you. It’s nothing illicit. It’s not crude.” She smiles, a coy girlish smile with her eyes lowered. Her dark hair frames her face. “They are not gigolos. There’s no exchange of money involved. We simply pay for the drinks.”
Her words reassure me a little, but there is still a part of me that fears what the evening ahead will bring. I’ve flown halfway around the world seeking space, not companionship. Ideally I think I’d like to drink alone. But my companions won’t hear of it. “Unwind. Live a little,” they insist. “Come on, choose.” Their girlish voices twitter around me offering insights into the men’s conversational skills and general cuteness as I flick through the pages. The images are mostly of young Japanese, boys in suits with a few rebels thrown in for variety. They are styled and perfect, all dark eyed and sultry.

The man I settle upon is called Sky. Taiko shakes her head, but my other companions delight in my choice almost as much as in their own. That is until the men arrive. Then their attention is drawn away by the litany of compliments. Drinks are poured and light-hearted conversations about clothes, shopping and films ensue.
Unlike the other hosts, Sky takes his time to appear. He’s different than they; I sense it as he slopes through the crowd with long easy strides. He bows before me, and I wave him into the seat at my side. I find that I like him sitting there. The grayscale picture doesn’t do him justice. He is graceful and tall. Far taller than most of the men I’ve seen today, and an outcast among them, but not due to his height. I don’t think he’s pure blooded Japanese, but rather of mixed heritage. There’s something about the shape of his eyes and angles of his jaw—heavier, sharper.

His hair is dark, ebony shot with glints of red, and when he smiles, his eyes light with a similar mahogany tone.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Enticement in the works

Yay! I'm excited. Okay, so I'm still finishing line edits on this beastie, but ENTICEMENT is now in the coming soon section of the Samhain website. No cover to share yet, but hopefully soon. Well, it'll have to be soon, since it's out on November 2nd.

Link is here, but if you'd rather not do the clicky thing. Here's the official blurb.


Once trouble moves in, it can throw a kink in your plans.

Evie’s future finally looks as tidy as the Yorkshire house she shares with Ross, her serious boyfriend. Until she comes home and sneaks into his after-work shower—and discovers she’s just jumped a naked stranger with mysterious, deep-running ties to Ross’s past.

Fresh from a bartending stint in Japan, Kit plans to move into his newly inherited house as soon as it gets a roof. Meanwhile, his old friend Ross has offered him a spare room. How better entertain himself than by pushing Evie’s buttons…and her boundaries?

Risk isn’t Ross’s style—at least, not anymore—but then again, he was never able to say no to Kit. Memories of their wild adventures still spice his sexual fantasies. Fantasies that could cost him Evie’s love, if she knew.

Captured by Kit’s bad-boy charm, Evie finds her vision of domestic bliss rapidly fading in the growing intensity of Kit’s dark sexuality. Kit knows he’s playing fast and loose with Ross and Evie’s relationship, but he’s certain he can win them over and have what he’s always wanted. A three-way romance.

Even if his last attempt ended in a disaster that comes back to haunt them all…

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Flying Visit.

It all happens at once. I've two lots of edits sitting awaiting my attention, plus another book I'm halfway through rewrites on. Thank heavens the kids go back to school next week.