News of the Day

Today’s post is a just a hodge podge of information. I have some stuff to share and no other ideas about what to write because, as usual, Daylight Savings Time just fucks me up.

First of all, I have a new cover! Ellora’s Cave’s artist Syneca did this great cover for Runaways. Originally, Runaways was a short story at Freya’s Bower. There was more to the story but I just wrote one piece of it and submitted it. Now, I’ve got my rights back so I expanded the story as it was meant to be. A nice little M/M/F menage. Very hot stuff. It should be out later this month.

Next stop is my story for the M/M Goodreads group. It’s almost finished but it’s not exactly in my normal voice. It’s a little different and much heavier on the sexual tension than the actual sex. So not my usual way of writing a short story or novella. At any rate, I got myself some beta readers because it’s been awhile since I wrote from a prompt and this isn’t coming out in my normal voice so I need to ensure it all sounds good. I should be done way in advance of the deadline thank God.

And speaking of deadlines, I intend to have Runaways’ sequel, Mating, expanded and to my editor at EC by the end of March. This one stays M/F but it’s getting more to the story and a hefty dose of added sex as well. No cover art as yet. At least, if it goes novella length, it will get a new cover otherwise it gets a Quickie cover which I already have.

I’ve got Kissing Joan Collins and Magic Lessons out right now as well as stand alone versions of Afterburner and Rousing Caine. With Runaways and Mating on the horizon, I’ll be doing some cover ads to help promo the books. I’ve got space on an ad for RWR magazine coming out in April. The Rainbow Romance Writers have a full page ad and I’m one of 9 books in the ad. Kissing Joan Collins is on the same row as A.C. Katt’s Shattered Glass which is a cover I did. So I feel like I get double exposure!

Speaking of covers again, I signed a contract to do covers for MuseItUp Publishing and I’ve got some feelers out with other publishers as well. Hopefully, you’ll all be seeing more of my work in the coming months in new places.

I am signed up to go to the GayRomLit reader’s retreat in Albuquerque, NM in October as an author. It should be a fun time and I’m really looking forward to the break from work and home. I’ll be taking some swag and signing books and I’m definitely going to have some kind of Lords of Aether swag to give out. We want to get ourselves more readers from that retreat.

I’m signed up to judge the Rainbow Awards and will be reading a few books for that over the next few months. I’m also going to do first round judging for OCC’s Orange Rose contest as well. Not sure if I’ll be entering any contests myself this year. I keep thinking about it, but thus far haven’t done it. Maybe the contest the Passionate Plume chapter puts on. I finished really well there last year.

Motley’s coming home to stay soon. Her roomie is graduating so baby’s coming home to mama. 😉 The babies will love it. They miss her horribly especially Rambo. And a welcome home to my friend Hilly who’s back in California after an extended stay in Idaho.

Uhhh. There’s probably more news I could think up, but I’m drawing a blank for the moment so maybe it’s time to stop. Heh. At least, that means it’s now time for a Marcus!

Oh, that is so nice for a Monday morning. A definite pick me up! Now, off you all go and have a great Monday!

 

 

Getting Clocked

So Rott and I watched a Justin Timberlake movie where the currency of the times was time not money. There were all sorts of clock related cracks and jokes in the movie which made us laugh and it wasn’t a funny movie. It was ironic though. And it was easy to see the point the movie makers were trying to make about money, the haves and have nots.

Honestly, life is all about time, isn’t it? And time does equal money on many fronts. For a movie filled with action, it really had a lot of philosophical lessons in it. Still, I liked the time and clock jokes. I feel like I”m getting clocked all the time. LOL

So apparently, I’m going to the GayRomLit writer/reader retreat in Albuquerque, NM in October. It’s at the Hard Rock. I think I’m going to be drinking a lot of raspberry martinis. 😉 So many people going whom I want to meet and watching them all get drunk should be a blast! I know I had a ton of fun at the Romantic Times convention last year so I’m sure GRL will be even more fun.

I woke up late this morning so I’m going to cut this short and give you a Marcus now because I’m running late.

That’s one of my fave photos of him. Maybe it’s the background. I dunno. Just know I like it a lot!

Rousing Caine came out solo at MLR Press last week so if you’re into gay ghost stories and haven’t read this one you can drop by MLR or All Romance eBooks and pick it up. Got edits for Runaways yesterday so I think you’ll be seeing it released soon. I can’t wait for people to read the full story. It was so satisfying to write!

Okay, I’m outta here. Time’s ticking away *snicker*. Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Battles

Everywhere I turn there are battles raging. On the net, it’s the Paypal thing and books with questionable content (ie the ones with titles like “Daddy’s Little ****.”  There’s always some kind of battle raging over at Dear Author and this week’s seems to be about plagiarism. And on the home front, Rott’s doing an outpatient rehab thing. So everywhere I look, people are cranky. It’s messing with my need for a little karmic peace.

I understand the Paypal thing. It’s not about censorship. It’s about what credit card companies have for rules. They don’t want their product used to support illegal activities. Some erotica books are about things that ride the line in terms of legal and illegal. Rape, incest and sex with underage individuals is illegal and therefore books that glorify those topics are among the things the card companies don’t want to be attached to. So Paypal, which is a gateway or processing medium for those cards, has to crack down on businesses that sell those books. Now, as I understand it, the crackdown is bordering on a witch hunt and some books that don’t contain that content are being targeted. *sigh* Nothing in this world is perfect. I expect that there will be some books that slip the noose just like there will be some that are unfairly targeted. To me energy should be focused on how to let Paypal know that they need to fix the wrongly targeted items, not spent bitching about it. But that’s just me.

Now, on the plagiarism thing…that woman who copied all those books knew what she was doing. She was a treasurer on the board of an RWA chapter! She knew the difference between right and wrong and made the conscious choice to do something illegal. She only apologized because she got caught and exposed across the publishing community. I don’t feel sorry for her. I don’t feel sorry for thieves. If she feels embarrassed by her actions, I don’t feel sorry for that! She brought it on herself and she should be embarrassed and a whole lot more. Personally, I don’t think she is embarrassed. I think she’s pissed that she got caught. And if I were one of the authors she plagiarized, I’d be getting together with the other authors and hiring an attorney to sue her. And I’d be contacting law enforcement over it as well. What she did was a crime. That makes her a criminal. It does not make her a sympathetic creature.

Here at home, life goes on. There are bumps in the road. Lots of them. I get tired of them, but I deal. What else am I gonna do? Pack up my fluffy babies and leave? Where would I go? And it sure as hell wouldn’t stop me from worrying about him. *double sigh* Sometimes I just wish my life could be sweet and uncomplicated.

Since it’s Monday, how about a sweet, uncomplicated photo of Marcus to ease our burdens and battles?

Now, that is something to sigh over!

Before I go, just wanted to mention that Encounters: Magic Lessons is out now. It’s a March release but it’s up early. You’ll find it over at Pink Petal Books.

Have a great Monday!

Cupcakes Are Subjective

A lot of things in this life are subjective. If you and your best friend read one of my books, one of you may very well not like it while the other loves it. I grew up with a mother who baked from scratch. I know how to bake a lot of stuff from scratch. I don’t do it because I don’t have the time usually, but once or twice a year I may make my chocolate overdose brownies, my mom’s pineapple chiffon cheesecake,  German chocolate cake, cherry cobbler or a batch of chocolate chip cookies. At Christmas I’ve been known to make rum balls. Mostly though, in these days when my time is at a premium, I head to a bakery.

There’s a few bakeries near where I live and I’ve taken to frequenting them as much as possible because at one they have the most wonderful cream puffs ever! They are the kind of cream puffs I had as a child, filled with real whipped cream, not that weird icing stuff that you find in the cream puffs at the grocery store. I actually went into this bakery for cupcakes because it was near where I was meeting my friend ZAM and I wanted to bring a treat for her.

Frost My Cake in Brea has really great brownies, cookies and cream puffs. They make really gorgeous cakes too. But their cupcakes…are a little too dense for me. I still get their chocolate peanut butter ones because I don’t mind so much that those are heavy. But mostly, I like my cupcakes light and airy the way my mother made them. And honestly, if you’ve ever seen Cupcake Wars, cupcakes aren’t supposed to be heavy. Contestants on that show always get knocked down for not having light airy cupcakes. So I don’t think Frost My Cake would win Cupcake Wars, but they are amazing with a cream puff!

So I had been getting my cupcakes from Sugar Rush Sweets in Yorba Linda but they closed to my great disappointment. They had this amazing coconut cream cupcake…airy white cake that melted in your mouth and a whipped cream icing slathered in coconut with a cherry on top. It was to die for! I could happily have eaten nothing but those cupcakes forever. Not sure what to do about cupcakes now that they are gone. I suppose I could custom order some coconut cream cupcakes from Frost My Cake or Beverley’s Best or that place in Orange that won a Cupcake Wars. I just don’t want to go to the trouble. And I’m not sure Frost My Cake could pull it off because like I said…their cupcakes aren’t light and airy.

ZAM said she heard of a cupcake place on Chapman in Fullerton that’s open 7 days a week. I’ll have to check it out even though that’s farther away than Beverley’s Best is from my house. I dream about the damn coconut cream cupcakes now that I can’t have one. And where I was once not bothered by the fact that Frost My Cake can’t do cupcakes to suit me because I had Sugar Rush Sweets to go to, now I’m in a serious snit that their cupcakes aren’t lighter. And I’m pouting. Big fat lower lip sticking out and all.

I know most people would think Frost My Cake’s cupcakes were great and they’re right. They have a great flavor and their icing is fine. It’s just that like most things cupcakes are subjective and even though I love Frost My Cake for other things they bake, I just don’t like the cake part of their cupcakes. I want my light and airy…I want fluffy and tender! Waaaaah! I so miss those coconut cream cupcakes!

*sigh* Time to pick up my big girl panties and stop being all pouty over cupcakes I can’t have.  In fact, it’s time for a Marcus to improve my Monday.

Now, I could eat that right up light and fluffy or not! LOL

I’m off to finish a manuscript for Pink Petal Books, part of the Encounters series.  Oh, and for those of you who like my fighter pilots, Afterburner has been released by MLR Press as a singleton. If you recall, it was part of the Honorable Silence anthology originally. I begged them to release it as a single ebook and they have. So now you can have my hot guys on your Kindle or Nook all by themselves! I’m still working on the book pages of the Lex Valentine website so bear with me as I painstakingly build this thing up to the way it should be with links to all booksellers etc.

Have a wonderful President’s Day Monday everyone!

 

 

PS: The photos are of Frost My Cake’s amazing cream puffs and their Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcake.

Scaredy Cat

Last night I was out really late, like half the night it seemed. At the emergency vet. Bitty Junior had a problem and we rushed him to the vet. See, Junior has long fur. On Saturday, he stunk to high heaven.  Yesterday, Motley and I attempted to shave him to get rid of his knots and clean him up, thinking he had something stuck in his fur and that’s why he was stinky. Well, he had something stuck in his fur alright. A big ball of poop stuck under his tail. Ewwww!

He seemed to be in a lot of pain and wouldn’t let us clip him. So we got worried and took him to the vet. They sedated him, gave him pain meds and clipped him. He came home with a baboon butt and higher than a kite which translated to him walking around and around and around the coffee table while panting. Since they didn’t seem to find any reason for his problem, Rott figured he was in pain because his fur was being pulled. I imagined what it would be like to have my hair pulled constantly and winced majorly.

So Motley and I spent a serious chunk of time late last night waiting and waiting for them to get Junior’s butt shaved, cleaned up and to determine if there was something really bad going on that was obvious. They had a couple of critical cases come in so Junior’s butt had to take a backseat for a bit. Eventually, they got him taken care of and we got to take him home. His carrier now has a sticker on it that says “Property of Junior.” The vet put it on there. He cried some in the car going there but not so much going home. I guess he was more scared when he was in pain and didn’t know what was happening than after they drugged him and took the pain away.

I’m tired and still a little worried this morning but all that really matters is that Junior seems to be okay. He has to go to his regular vet to ensure that nothing else was going on inside him to cause this problem and Motley’s gonna get him an appointment to be shaved despite the cool weather. Hopefully, he should be just fine.  He sure gave us a scare though! Not sure who was more scared, him or us!

I had a release last Friday. Kissing Joan Collins is out at MLR Press. If you’re into gay rom you may want to read this. It’s my first ever Valentine’s story and I’ll be guest blogging at Vanessa Kelly’s on Valentine’s Day talking about how this story was originally het. Also, I believe MLR is fixing to release Afterburner and Rousing Caine by themselves in digital format. Both were part of anthologies originally. I do believe I will pick up some additional sales because I’m sure there were people who wanted to read these but didn’t want to buy the anthologies. I’m hoping to write a third story for the guys in Afterburner (the second story was Breath of Heaven, my Christmas story.) Inversion is about the stress on the couple’s relationship due to the hoops they have to jump through in the surrogacy program which is exacerbated by a young man who makes a play for Sebastian. I’m hoping to have it for MLR’s Father Day releases and then the three novellas about my pilots can go to print together. Still thinking about a title for that, but have been thinking of Wingmen. Not sure I like it though.

Today, I’ve got another retro Marcus, something I’ve posted in the past.

That photo just makes me sigh. It’s delicious. Tired as I am, I could still stare at that all day long. Oh! I also wanted to tell all of you that I’ve been on a reading binge lately. Lots of Kim Knox who does a delicious Alpha hero worthy of my yummeh Marcus. I’m also in the middle of Jillian Stone’s An Affair With Mr. Kennedy which is a really lovely Victorian romantic suspense by a fellow OCC member. Read these authors if you get the chance!

Have a fantastic Monday!