Big TV

Well, Rott did it. He bought a big TV Saturday. He’s been talking about it forever, drooling over the LCDs, high def, and 3D stuff. On Friday, I caught him measuring the wall across from the couch. He said, “Sixty five inches is pretty big.” He holds up the tape measure, extending it across the wall above the TV wall unit. I think my eyes bugged.

He pays no attention to my eyes, of course. He’s considering that wall and what it will look like with 65-inches of flat panel TV on it.  So I tell him, “I’m sixty five inches tall.”

He stares at me momentarily with a calculating expression in his eyes. “That’s a pretty damn big TV. It’s on sale on some shopping channel. About $1400. Apparently, that’s a steal.”

Now, my eyes really bug. “Tell me you didn’t buy a $1400 TV.”

He shrugs. “Nah. But I’ve been thinking about it.”

Then yesterday I come out of my writer cave and I find him tap-tapping away on my netbook. He glances up at me and says, “I bought a TV.”

I groaned. “Oh, please. You didn’t by that TV that’s too big for this little condo, did you?”

He makes a face, scratches his beard, gives me three kinds of heart attacks and says, “Nope. I got a Sony. It was on sale, had good reviews, and I got some kind of rebate amount off by using my BofA card. It’s only 40-inches but it will be here in a couple of days. I paid for expedited shipping cause I couldn’t wait to see the space station on it.”

I think I sagged in relief. Sixty five inches of TV is like way too much TV for us poor people who live in a rented condo. I can deal with 40 inches. We used to have a 32 inch TV, but for the past couple of years have been reduced to a 19-inch in the bedroom (covered in dust because I barely ever turn it on) and something like 24 inches in the living room.

I can’t help but wonder if the TV will be so cool that I’ll want to sit and watch it. I don’t watch TV. Haven’t for maybe three or four years now. Oh, a show here and there, but nothing regular. I can’t even imagine what the 40-inch flat panel will look like or sound like hooked up to Rott’s surround sound system. It’s a realm I’ve never been to and I’m curious, but in a cautious way. I don’t need that TV distracting me from my writing although I rather think that wouldn’t happen long term.

So on Wednesday we’ll have a new TV. I’m a bit in shock and so is Rott. Today he has buyer’s remorse looking at the state of his bank account. I don’t blame him. Once he paid for some fancy ass cables and a power thingy and an extended 3 year warranty and expedited shipping…he’d spent $1000. But I’m impressed that he spent two days researching the TVs and prices and all. I’m impressed that he didn’t give in and buy the 65-inch TV that turned him on so much. He did exercise some restraint which is a good thing. Now, it’s up to me to exercise some and not let that thing seduce me from my computer and my manuscripts.

Meanwhile, Rott is now researching DVD players so he can get a new one that will be more compatible with the new TV and all its bells and whistles. *sigh*

I’ll just slink along now and move to the non-techie part of this post where I plaster a hot Marcus onto my blog. 😉

Ahh, now that is more my style! Heh.

Before I go, I want to remind you of my 30 Days of Christmas giveaway at the Lex Valentine blog. Today’s book isn’t a romance. It’s an anthology of odd Twilight Zone-ish tales. My pal Marty Mankins has a story in it as do other pals of mine. My story is about female empowerment. Not my usual style but a naughty little tale nonetheless. So come on over and comment on the Day 4 post for a chance to win a copy of Weirdly III.

Have a great Monday and I’ll see you in a couple of days for Wicked Wednesday!

30 Days

Ta da! I’m unveiling a big contest for readers and fans of my books and the books of some dear friends. For the next 30 days, beginning tomorrow and ending on Christmas, I’ll be giving away books. Up for grabs is my entire backlist plus some books by friends. I was going to do it here on Sunlight Sucks but I don’t want to disrupt my regular routine here so this will take place on the Lex Valentine blog.

Every day a random commenter will be chosen at midnight Eastern time for the book of the day. So if you’ve already read that day’s book and don’t want a another copy don’t comment on that day or if you must comment, just mention that you’re not entering that day’s contest. We’ll be starting tomorrow with my newest release from MLR Press, Honorable Silence. The rest of November will be all my books. Then, when we get to December, we’ll shift into high gear by giving away Regina Carlysle’s new print book. You won’t want to miss the 30 Days of Christmas at!

Authors participating include: Lex Valentine (me!), Regina Carlysle, Jennifer Leeland, Mary Winter, Dee Carney, Z.A. Maxfield, Jan Irving, Karenna Colcroft, Debbie Gould, Selena Illyria, Jaime Samms, Jambrea Jo Jones, Lisa Alexander-Griffin, Patric Michael, Lisa Troy, Aeryn Traxx.

Here’s the lineup currently for the 30 Days of Christmas:


26: Honorable Silence – Lex Valentine, Maura Anderson, George Seaton, William Maltese

27:  Shifting Winds, Hot Water – Lex Valentine

28: The Art of Losing – Lisa Troy

29: Weirdly III – Anthology including stories by Lex Valentine, Marty Mankins and more

30: Love Me Dead – Lex Valentine, AM Riley, William Maltese


1: Lone Star Beasts – Regina Carlysle

2: Rock My World – Lex Valentine

3: The Pixie Prince – Lex Valentine

4: The Wise Guy – Lex Valentine

5: Polar Heat – Mary Winter

6: Insolence – Lex Valentine

7: Mating, Runaways – Lex Valentine

8: November Rain – Debbie Gould

9: Eternal Love – Karenna Colcroft

10: Heart of Stone – Dee Carney

11: Tartan Mate – Selena Illyria

12: Jesse – Jan Irving

13: Fire Season – Lex Valentine

14: Ride the Lightning – Lex Valentine

15: Common Ground – Lex Valentine

16:  Sunstroked – Lex Valentine

17: The Santa Mug – Patric Michael (The first of the Christmas themed stories)

18: Aeryn Traxx (a Christmas story,  title TBA)

19: Hand of Fate – Lisa Alexander-Griffin (a Christmas story)

20: Goodbye Scrooge – Jaime Samms (a Christmas story)

21: Wishing Star – Jambrea Jo Jones (a Christmas story)

22: The Christmas She Rules – Jennifer Leeland

23: Z.A. Maxfield ( a Christmas story, title TBA)

24: The Phoenix Prophecy – all three books (Deeper Than the Ocean – Dee Carney, Playing Wolf – Mina Carter, Where There’s Smoke – Lex Valentine)

25: The Christmas Cowboys series – Lex Valentine (Christmas Hookup, Christmas in Hell, Christmas Catch, Christmas Wishes)

This could change a little if some of the people I didn’t hear from get back to me in the next few days.  This is a great lineup of books you could win, everything from M/M to dark spooky tales, stories both sweet and erotic, contemporary to paranormal. I think there is something here for everyone!

I’ll be over at Literary Nymphs’ Thanksgiving Weekend M/M chat for a bit on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There should be lots of hot excerpts and book talk for fans of the genre.

I hope you all had a magnificent Thanksgiving. Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend and great Black Friday bargains!

Tour To Win

Short post this morning. I awoke with a gasp at 5:30 am realizing that I forgot I have to take Motley to school this morning and didn’t set the alarm for 5 am. We switched over to a new server on Saturday and I spent some time dealing with a few things over the weekend related to that. The big test is this morning when the full staff walks in and has to use it. So I need to hightail my ass into the office ASAP!

Since I’m now short of time and need to run off to shower, I’m just gonna tell you about a chance to win a Sony eReader and other prizes in 1Romance Ebooks’ Birthday Blog Tour. What you need to do is head over to 1Romance Ebooks and register for the prizes. They give you a number that you use to comment at all the blog tour stops. Those comments give you chances to win the eReader and other prizes. I’m giving away a copy of the newest Tales of the Darkworld book, Common Ground, when I blog as part of the tour on the 21st at

Okay time for a Marcus and a shower! Hmmn. Maybe I should combine those…

That’s from the most famous series of photos of him, back at the beginning of his career. It’s still one of the hottest images of him there are.

Don’t forget, I’m blogging over at Lex Valentine on Wednesday and my last two posts there are on sci fi rom books I’ve read so if you’re looking for a good read check those out. Wish me luck with the server this morning! Everyone have a great Monday!

Awards? Contests!

bbb_darkdelight_200x200For my birthday this year I’m giving away stuff. Today, you can win a copy of The Pixie Prince by going to Bitten By Books for their Bloody Halloween contest. The other two contests are being held for me by The Romance Studio and Coffeetime Romance and More. My two contests last the whole month until my birthday on Halloween. The prizes are probably my best prizes yet. Well, they are if you like my writing and you think that someday having one of my first autographs books might be of some value. LOL

Here’s the info on the two month long contests:

At TRS: Winner of the drawing will receive… an autographed copy of FIRE SEASON!

Looks like I’ll have three releases this month: Rousing Caine in the MLR Press anthology LOVE ME DEAD featuring William Maltese and AM Riley, Ain’t Nuthin’ But a Hellhound in the jam-packed creepster anthology Weirdly 3 from Wild Child Publishing, and the PRINT version of Fire Season at Pink Petal Books.

This contest has 2nd and 3rd place prizes so there’s more chances to win!

Check out The Romance Studio for info on Lex’s Halloween Birthday Giveaway!

At Coffeetime Romance: Winner of the contest will receive… an autographed copy of TALES OF THE DARKWORLD VOLUME ONE!

Check out Coffeetime Romance and More for info on Lex’s Halloween Birthday Contest!

One last noteworthy thing in my world this week… Fire Season has been nominated for a Rainbow Award. The first part of the process is to get enough votes to make it to the finals. I rather don’t think that will happen, but if you liked the book, like my writing, or just want to support me, check out the information below and click the link to vote. I know lots of people don’t like to vote in these things and just seeing my book there amongst the stars is a huge thrill for me. Voting is a little confusing so if you do want to vote for Fire Season, here is how you do it:

If you have a Live Journal ID or Open ID click on the voting link and login in the upper right corner, then put a check next to the book(s) you are voting for, scroll to the bottom and click Submit.

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If you do not have a Live Journal or Open ID, you can leave a comment at the link below with the title and author of the book(s) you are voting for.

I appreciate every vote and am very happy with Fire Season’s success and popularity with readers. Your feedback means a lot to me whether it’s a comment on this blog, a vote for Fire Season, or word of mouth recommendations.

And now behind the fold you’ll find a Humpday Hottie or two! I’m off to work so have a great day!


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