Friday, January 16th, 2015 • No Comments
I sent out acceptance letters today for two anthologies: The One Who Got Away and Pillow Talk. I love writing acceptance letters– it’s such a thrill to be able to tell an author I love her/his work and want to include it in one of my books. The only better feeling is receiving an acceptance letter.
Speaking of– I’ve recently received several contributor copies from editors who’ve bought my work over the last year or so. Isn’t that a pretty picture?? After all these years, I never get tired of seeing my name in a table of contents. I’m very lucky to get to do what I love (the only job I’ve ever wanted to do) and experience it from both sides of the fence, as both author and editor.
Clockwise from the top left, the books above are:
The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica, edited by Rose Caraway for Cleis Press (includes my story “Vivi and the Magic Man”)
The Big Book of Domination, edited by D.L. King for Cleis Press (includes my story “Make Mine Rare”)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volume 13, edited by Maxim Jakubowski for Running Press (includes my story “The Love We Make”)
As Kinky As You Wanna Be, by Shanna Germain for Cleis Press (includes my story “Knit One and Tie Me Up, Too”)
Friday, January 9th, 2015 • No Comments
Nine days into the new year and I’ve submitted three essays (and already had one rejected). Granted, one of those essays was drafted before January 1, but still. Three essays! No child care! That’s something.
I’m still waiting for 2015 to reveal itself to me. I can see its shape in the distance, like a house seen through a thick veil of fog. I can make out its shape (it’s large and formidable, yet still welcoming), but I can’t see the details. What will this year bring? What is waiting up ahead?
After six solid years of editing eighteen erotica/erotic romance anthologies, I find myself on an unexpected hiatus. I have gotten ahead of myself these past couple of years, curating anthologies at a rate faster than they could be released. So now I have seven books in the queue to be published, three of which don’t even have publication dates yet. And so as I wait for those releases, I’m considering what to work on, what direction to go. There are many paths on the way to that house in the distance, and I’m still feeling my way through the fog.
I’ve been focusing on erotica/erotic romance since 2000, and I find myself casting about for something… different. Something new. Something challenging. Not that the genre where I’ve made my home for the past fourteen years doesn’t still offer challenges. Oh, but it does. And I have ideas for stories and novellas and books floating around in my head (and jotted down on paper and tucked away in files…) But I feel as if 2015 may be the year without erotica. How’s that for a theme?
I can’t say for sure, as I don’t yet know what the year holds, but my interest in essay writing (and the long list of publications I’m interested in) suggests I’ll be taking a break from the sexy stuff for a little while. (In my writing, I mean!) I started writing a horror story over the weekend and felt that slightly terrifying feeling that comes with writing something new and unfamiliar.
I cut my teeth on horror, back in the day (way back in the day), but I didn’t have a talent for writing it. Of course, that was my late teens and early twenties, when I didn’t have a talent for much of any kind of writing. And so now, with twenty-plus years of writing experience, I’m revisiting that old stomping ground. The fear and uncertainty are there, yes, but there’s also a kind of excitement to it. And that’s what keeps me writing after all these years– that giddy feeling of creating something out of nothing, of telling a story that only lives in my head and maybe (hopefully) finding a home for it in the world.
And so, the house where 2015 lives is still hidden in the fog, but there are candles in the windows and smoke puffing in the chimney. And there are stories to tell on the path between here and there.
Friday, January 2nd, 2015 • No Comments
I’ve not been promoting my books very much the last few months, as the whole full-time-stay-at home/work-at-home-mom gig has put a dent in my productivity, but there have been things going on. I have several forthcoming anthologies, with publication dates still TBD for several of them. As some of you may have heard, my publisher Cleis Press was bought by Start Publishing and though some things haven’t changed at all (wonderful staff, quality books), other things have changed a lot (publication dates). And so, the books that were supposed to release at the end of 2014 and the beginning of this year have been shifted by a a few (or several) months. I’ll announce publication dates as they are confirmed and plug them on a more regular basis. In the meantime…
A Princess Bound:
Naughty Fairy Tales for Women
(Cleis Press, 2014)
Isn’t that a luscious cover? There’s something about fingers entwined that is so incredibly sensual. If you’re looking for something fun and sexy to read this month, might I suggest you pick up A Princess Bound: Naughty Fairy Tales for Women. This is my third foray into editing fairy tale erotic romance and I gave the them a particular twist– BDSM. With enticing stories from such erotica and erotic romance luminaries as Victoria Blisse, Michael M. Jones and Kathleen Tudor (and a foreword by my favorite fairy tale author Cathy Yardley) it’s a luscious collection of sexy fairy tales suitable for a cold winter’s night.
In addition to Amazon’s print, Kindle and audio offerings, you can also find A Princess Bound at:
Barnes and Noble
Fountain Bookstore (a staff pick at my favorite indie bookstore, located in Richmond, VA!)
If you’ve already read A Princess Bound (or it whets your appetite for more), you can also read my first two erotic romance anthologies, Fairy Tale Lust and Lustfully Ever After. Fairy Tale Lust was my very first anthology for Cleis Press, so it will always have a special place in my heart, but is also a stellar collection of erotic twists on classic fairy tales.
2015 will bring my first erotic romance threesome collection, Three of Hearts, as well as my second military erotic romance collection For the Love of a Soldier (the first was Duty and Desire). There will also be another edition in the Best Erotic Romance series, with Best Erotic Romance 2015. After that… well, let’s just say if you like erotic romance anthologies, I’ll be keeping you busy reading for the next couple of years, at least!
So here we go, into 2015 and a new year and a new reading list. What are you reading?