And I’m out! (For the year)

So I will not be posting anything for the next two weeks. It’s Christmastime, and I’ll be spending it with my family in Hawaii. So instead of working on stories, I’ll be thinking about them while enjoying Mai Tais on the beach. And getting a tan. (Which is a rare thing, since my part of the Northwest won’t see the sun again until July 5th or so.)

Anyway, I’ll be back and freshly invigorated in early January. Meanwhile here are some teasers of what you can look forward to when I get back:

  • A series of sexy-informative posts related to each story of my ancient history¬†collection
  • A Goodreads book giveaway and eBook launch for the complete collection: Flowers for the Ancients
  • More hot erotica stories (I’ve got a few cooking as we speak! Well, as I write, I should say…)

Merry Christmas! Or, if you’re politically correct, happy generic winter holidays. Either way I hope you enjoy some relaxing time, good food, friends, and family.

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The Story Behind The Story: Not So Square…

Inspiration for my stories comes from a lot of places. Some of them have roots in my own personal sexual fantasies, of course – and all of them become my sexual fantasy for a time, while I’m writing them (best way I know to get it out of your system! Always give in to cravings, before they consume you… works for chocolate, too.) – but there are many other sources of inspiration. Song lyrics; places I’ve visited; an interesting bus commute; a person glimpsed across the street; a historical tidbit; an event; a city. For writers, even a brief, flickering thought can be the seed that sprouts into a complete story.

This one began with an odd couple. I don’t know where they came from (although Laura is definitely inspired by my delightfully eccentric college roommate), but they appeared in my mind and wouldn’t leave me alone until their story was out on paper. As I wrote it, these characters surprised me. That’s the best kind – the ones who have life and personality of their own, beyond what I had originally imagined.NotSoSquareSMASH

Anyway, here’s the gist: Laura, a pink-haired rocker-style chick, all counterculture on the outside but actually rather tame in the bedroom. And her nerdy admirer, Boris. (I had to think of the least appealing Slavic name possible, and this is it! Sorry if your name really is Boris. Or Bertha, for that matter. You can always go by a nickname! Or embrace it; either way, do your thing, real-life Borises of the world!). Boris, naturally, is an accountant. (Once again, the least sexy, least counterculture, stuffiest job title I could think of…) He’s pretty much a square. Except, it turns out, when he isn’t. It all starts with one too many drinks at the company party, and – well, I’ll let Boris take it from there!

Let’s just say this accountant has more than one surprise up his sleeve (and in his boxers, too!)

Grab it at your favorite online retailer: Amazon, Smashwords, or All Romance eBooks

Bus Commuting For Beginners

I have the great good fortune to live in a city with somewhat useful public transport. It’s sure not great – especially considering our traffic congestion situation, and where does all that tax money go again? – but hey, it’s better than they’ve got in many other cities. I only complain moderately. It doesn’t bother me to commute by bus; my husband and I have only one car, and his work is father away, so he gets it (Fair’s fair; it was me with the car last year, and his bus ride home was an hour and a half! Now that’s true love). I just catch the 6:33 am and start my day from there.

Now it’s hard to appreciate on mornings like today – a full-on thunderstorm, lightning, sideways rain, the works. I huddled there (no bus shelter at my stop, naturally), with my rain jacket hood pulled up, just soaking and waiting for that bus, hoping a fast car wouldn’t come by and splash the gutter water all over me. Wouldn’t be the first time…) thinking of how nice it would be not to stand in the pouring rain. But eagerly awaiting my bus, not only because I could finally sit down, but mostly because I could finally dive back into my latest book.

That’s the secret to a successful commute: a great read. Forget smartphone games; I did the Candy Crush thing for a while, and it just isn’t worth you money, folks! With a book in hand, bus riding becomes a pure pleasure. The trick is to get to know your driver, so he can help remind you when your stop is coming up… I’ve definitely read right through mine on occasion. Worth it, every time.

Short erotica is great for the ride home. Tends to last just the length of my bus ride, and offers inspiration for evening shenanigans. What’s great about a Kindle, I’ve discovered, is being able to stock it with short stories , each a delightful bus-ride in waiting. If you haven’t given it a try yet, you should. My bus rides are adventures every day; if you’re a commuter, yours can be too! (So much better than smartphone games…. yes, even the one where you manage a farm. Seriously. Get a book.)

It’s time to read for free! (And love it)

Hello all!

I have been very fortunate to end up in an amazing group of self-published writers. We come from around the world, from all different backgrounds and genres. Though I am relatively new to the group, it is now the one-year anniversary : the Alliance of Self Published Authors.

book giveaway

To celebrate, authors have made some of their work available for free download from December 1 – 7. Check out the website, cruise the bookshelf, and grab anything and everything that catches your eye. It’s free, and I can speak from experience when I say that the writing is of high quality.

Self-published authors write for the joy of it, the passion, and the story. Enthusiastic and grateful readers make all of our hard work worth it. Please enjoy our free offerings this week, and continue supporting the indie community!