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Let me tell you a fairy tale…

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)

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

Powell’s Books

Fountain Bookstore (a staff pick at my favorite indie bookstore, located in Richmond, VA!)

Books-A-Million

 

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?

Posted by Kristina in Books and Reading
 

Cover reveal!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 • No Comments

 

Isn’t this a pretty, pretty cover? XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Romance will be a January 2014 release from Cleis Press! You can pre-order it now from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. I’ll post more links as it gets closer to publication.

 

XOXO

Posted by Kristina in Books and Reading
 

Reflections on the RT Booklovers Convention

Friday, May 10th, 2013 • No Comments

Last week, I was in Kansas City attending the RT Booklovers Convention. Whew! It’s taken almost another week just to get around to writing about it. My brain was full with ideas and inspiration and knowledge gleaned from this massive event. This was my first RT convention and I thought I knew what to expect from the post-con updates from previous years, but there are some things you just can’t know until you experience them. I was only there from Wednesday night until the crack of dawn Sunday, but the three full days I experienced were an amazing amalgam of informative fun. From the writerly camaraderie to the chance to meet booksellers, librarians and readers from all over (as well as go all fangirl over some of my favorite authors), it was a terrific– if exhausting– experience.

Kristina at RT

Ready to sign books at the Giant Book Fair!

I’m sure there are many, many con reports already posted, as well as the official convention news from the RT Booklovers website, but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite moments of the whirlwind:

♥ Moderating my very first writing panel. Sweet and Sexy: Writing for Erotica Anthologies was a big hit with the audience because of the amazing panel. Rachel Kramer BusselChristine d’AboKate Pearce and Michelle M. Pillow shared their experiences, offered advice and told amusing anecdotes.

♥ Spending time with Rachel Kramer Bussel. It was only the third time we’ve been in the same place at the same time and it was lovely to actually be able to take a break from the running from one event to the next and actually talk to her. About writing, editing, life, babies, travel– it was really one of the highlights of RT.

♥ Meeting the incredibly talented, funny, inspiring Tiffany Reisz. She came to my panel on writing for erotica anthologies and I scored one of six spiral bound ARCs of her July release Harlequin MIRA, The Mistress!

♥ Getting to talk with librarians from all over the country. I have a soft spot for libraries (I worked in one for almost five years) and librarians and it was really special to hear them say they ordered my Cleis Press anthologies for their libraries. I also ran into a friend from my local public library!

♥  The Avon Books party. Oh my. So many books, so many authors, so much chocolate! There were multiple chocolate fountains and a array of tidbits to dip, from the familiar strawberries and brownie bites to potato chips and bacon! There was also an abundance of wine and men– several of the famed RT models were mingling with the crowd, doling out little boxes of chocolate truffles. It was quite an event! I know all of the parties at RT are pretty impressive and I enjoyed all the ones I attended, but Avon Books was a particular favorite.

♥ Meeting John Scalzi and telling him that while I don’t read science fiction (Jay does), I am a huge fan of his blog (Whatever) and the humanity he brings to his writing. He laughed, but read his blog post on his experience at the convention and I think you’ll know what I mean. He’s one of the good guys.

♥ Spotting Jude Deveraux across the Giant Book Fair (where I was also signing) on Saturday and following her to get a picture taken with her. She was one of the first romance authors I ever read. Amazing lady.

♥ Running into Lauren Dane when in the elevator after I locked myself out of my room on the last night of the convention. (I seem to do that quite often– go to get ice and forget I don’t have my key card.) I’d met her a couple of other times over the course of the week (and mentioned that I’d love to have her write a foreword for one of my Cleis Press anthologies) and she’s just so nice. I must have seemed very tired and harried, because she whipped out a copy of her new novel Lush and gave it to me. So nice!

♥ Justin, the cute, somewhat overwhelmed guy in a black T-shirt and glasses who asked me about my erotic romance anthology Best Erotic Romance 2013– including what my criteria was for selecting stories. (I said a story needed to be erotica, romantic, contemporary and realistic– real people having real sex.) From what he said, he’d heard about the Giant Book Fair and decided to come by. I don’t know what he was expecting, but clearly it was more than what he imagined. But he did buy a copy of BER 2013 and as he wandered away I kind of wished I had taken his picture with the book. He inspired a story!

Oh, and I did I mention the snow? Yes, thought it was close to 80 when I arrived Wednesday, Thursday brought a steady snowfall– the first in over 100 years, I was told.

There was so much more packed into those few days that this post would be triple the length if I wrote about all of the events, panels and people. There were intimate chats in the hotel bar, informative panels on writing and promoting, writers from all backgrounds from NYT bestselling authors to first-time novelists. And then there was the swag! Totebags filled with books and every manner of promotional item you can imagine, from lip balm to pocket mirrors. My suitcase was about 25 lbs. heavier on the return trip and I’m giving away at least half of the books I brought back– mostly to the crew at Starbucks, where I spend my writing days.

RT book swag

My haul at the RT Booklovers Convention– about 25 lbs of books and swag!

It was a chaotic, memorable experience and I’m very much looking forward to RT Booklovers Convention 2014– in New Orleans!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Kristina in Books and Reading, Uncategorized, Writing
 

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