Monday, June 30, 2008

Changing visions

I find it endlessly fascinating how book concepts change as you start working on them. When I first envisaged Darleston's story all I had were a few snapshots and a general feeling about the tone of the book. I thought it probably revolved around a murder. It was also firmly planted in a timeline of events I knew had to occur before AGW3.

Things change...

I thought Vaughan would be a presence in this book, now I'm not so certain. I suspect all the conversations I have sketched between him and Darleston actually take place between the end of Fortuna's book and the beginning of Darleston's book. I'm not sure what to do about them, maybe we'll see a few flashbacks to them, maybe I'll turn them into a stand alone story, or maybe (if I'm feeling particularly cruel) I'll keep them to myself.

Anyway, a murder may still be on the cards, but the rest of Darleston's book has changed quite a bit. You can blame the heroine for that.

I'm starting to really like her :-)

I'm also growing rather addicted to my m/m seckrit project. And that's all I'm saying about that.

Recently watched: Dr Who
Currently listening to: Silence
Currently reading: Indiscretions by Elayne S Venton, having just finished The Silver Cage by Mathilde Madden.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Kill the soap suds.

Watch out, rant ahead.

What is it with erotic romance at the moment. Why is it necessary for every book to be riddled with shower scenes? It seems that if you want to write a contemporary setting at least a third of it will be spent in the shower!

Dear Editor, I sure did want to include the capture of a notorious jewel thief in my latest book, but the characters were too busy taking showers to fit in anything else besides sex, so I'm afraid the villain got clean away.

Why is it necessary for sex scenes to take the following format?

'Hm, we've just had hot sticky foreplay, but wait, I must now go shower.'

Back from shower & carefully towel dried.

Hot, bump and grind.

'Lo, I must now shower again.'

Down with bodily fluids!

'Okay, I'm back again. Oh, what, you're taking a bath now, shucks!'

The worst part of all this is that even the historicals have become infected by it...

After mucho unrequited love, and admission of mutual attraction the two guys finally get around to the smexing.

'Oh yeah, I've waited aeons to plough your tight little arse, and now we're really going to do this.'

'Yeah, bugger me. I'm really hot for you too.'

'Nah, I think we should hold off a bit longer (read about two hours) before jumping each other's bollocks, for lo, I am a bit sweaty after a hard day's mincing. First we must boil water on the fire (cause the servants have gone to bed) and thoroughly scrub ourselves.'


Quit with it, will you!

You know what, yes, bodies look great with water spilling down them, and showers and baths can be great taken together, but at least make it seem like it's appropriate to the plot, not the author's modern sensibilities intruding on the scene. Let's see some passion folks and forget about the fact that they might not have brushed their teeth recently/shaved their legs/vigourously scrubbed their fingernails. If they're that hot for each other do you really think the fact that they had garlic for lunch is going to stop them?

Okay, I want recommendations for razor hot books where the characters don't take any baths or showers! (And yes, I know I've written bath scenes.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Nobody hold their breath...

...but I think I have the basic plot fathomed for Darleston's book. More importantly, I have character names. Seriously, character names are one of the must haves. I can't work without them.

Still no book title though, but I'm sure something will occur to me.

Of course, what I should be doing, is writing something for the next BL anthology, but I'm still on a history buzz at the mo.

My m/m seckrit historical project is tootling along too. Boy is Alastair wordy, and he doesn't even say that much!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I've been reviewed

Leastways my website has...

This is what Jane's Guide had to say about me.

Madelynne Ellis is the author of historical, contemporary, and paranormal erotic fiction. On this site you'll find excerpts from her work, free short stories, novel tie-ins, research photos, deleted scenes, book trivia, maps, and a lot more. I really love all of the extra touches that she offers here, so that the site functions both as an introduction to her work and a wonderful gift to current fans. There are links to her blog, myspace, and yahoo group as well. You can't purchase the books from her direct, but she links to several booksellers that are carrying them. A well designed, easy to navigate, and charming site! - Vamp

Yay! Guess all the hard work learning basic html and attempting to make front page dance to my tune paid off.

Recently watched: Battlestar Galactica Razor
Currently listening to: Silence
Currently reading: Just finished Lover Enshrined by J R Ward

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Fortuna... almost done.

I have half a page to edit and some lewd poetry to insert and then I'm done! Hopefully, it'll go in the post Monday, if I can manage to make my synopsis read like something other than an ink splurge.

It's been a long journey, this book. Much longer than I anticipated, but I think it's a better book for it, and I do love it, or rather I love the characters. Fortuna is a far more typical Georgian heroine than Bella but she does have a backbone. Simpering does tend to wind me up. Giles has already been branded "the Milk Tray man" owing to his love of shimming up and down drainpipes, Neddy makes me laugh and Darleston... Well, to be honest, Darleston is the one that really interests me, he's such a multi-faceted character. I'm never entirely sure what he's really thinking. There are entire layers of him that nobody ever sees. (The fact that he and Neddy resemble this pic of Gackt probably contributes to my affection for him.)

I'm not sure if I'll launch straight into writing his book as I have some other projects that have been sitting on shelves awaiting my attention, but I think I'll start collecting my thought together into a rough outline, and maybe see if I can come up with a title. Weirdly, having a title always seems to help focus the book, even if said title makes no sense to anyone but me.

Other news - I had a bit of a book surge last weekend. Guess I figured the TBR pile was looking a little low (LOL). Anyway, this is what I picked up

Lover Enshrined, JR Ward
Let Dai Volume 7, Sooyeon Wan
The Silver Cage, Mathilde Madden
Red Angel, Makoto Tateno
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

I think I was fairly restrained.

Recently watched: Nothing at all.
Currently listening to: Noisy rabbits.
Currently reading: Lover Enshrined by J R Ward

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bad Blogging

I am such a bad blogger. I'm sure there are loads of things I've meant to mention over the last few weeks but somehow finding time to write the post never materialises. Lets see if I can remember...

Jousting: I love watching the jousting. We went to see two nutcases charging at each other in the full Tudor regalia ie bolted into their armour so they couldn't see a bloody thing, in blazing sunshine. The first clash smashed the wooden lances (yep, real wood not balsa) and sent one of them about fifty feet in the air. It came down point first into the crowd. Thankfully, no one was hurt. All very exciting, but not quite as shocking as the last lot of jousting we saw, where there was very nearly a fatality when one of the "knights" was knocked of his horse when his opponents lance became wedged between his plate and his helmet.

RWA planning meeting: I met up with Portia da Costa and Saskia Walker in Manchester to discuss our plans for RWA and all the travel details. It was great day out, but eek scary how close it is until we fly now. Not that I'm nervous or anything... yeah, right!

What else? I've been camping, watched far too much Battlestar Galactica, started playing Crisis Core with Mr Madelynne, like I'd ever be able to resist when it features both Sephiroth and Gackt (oops Genesis) in the same game!

On a writing note, I sold a vampire short to BL for the Love at First Bite antho, I'm still wading through the third draft of Fortuna (probably ought to let someone read the damn thing soon) and entertaining myself by writing about Alastair and Jude in my spare time.

I'm still not sure what's going to come next. It could be a return to Desperate Measures, or maybe Darleston's book, or the follow up to Broken Angel, or even AGW3. Damn Vaughan won't let things go.

Right, off to do more tweaking...

Recently watched: Dr Who
Currently listening to: Rebirth by Gackt
Currently reading: Nicholas by Elizabeth Amber