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March: The month in review

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 • No Comments on March: The month in review

 

Well loved monkey.

Well loved monkey.

Despite the fact that we had snow flurries last weekend, it really is spring! March was far more productive for me than February was and I’m bouncing into April with big plans and high hopes.

The monkey belongs to my youngest son. He and I made our debut in the Washington Post last week. This poor guy inspired an essay about love, Maurice Sendak and cute aggression.

I understand wanting to devour what you love. I understand the ache of need and the sense of belonging that is making my cute little boys sink sharp baby teeth into their monkeys.

(You can read the rest at: My kids are eating their lovies)

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This month also brought the release of my anthology Three of Hearts: Erotic Romance for Women. This collection of erotic romance threesomes was one of my favorite anthologies to edit. This steamy, romantic collection has stories from Tiffany Reisz, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Angela Capterton and a dozen more talented authors, plus a foreword from one of my longtime inspirations, Alison Tyler. No matter how many more anthologies I may edit, this one is going to stay with me for the variety of sexy threesomes, the depth of emotion and the sheer sensuality these authors packed into their stories.

Also this month, I cracked a new market and sold an essay to a relatively new website called The Mid. I’ve been quite impressed with the essays they’re running– especially since I’m the demographic they’re targeting!– and I’m looking forward to joining the lineup.

I think that’s it for sales and new releases this month. The horror story I wrote in January was rejected, as was an essay I wrote for the New York Times. In both cases, I knew it was a long shot– the horror anthology received something like a thousand submissions (!!) and the NYT is, well, the NYT. But still, good to stretch myself and try.

This month I read Precious Thing by Colette McBeth– a book that twisted me ’round and ’round and I’m still thinking about it. Right now I’m reading Chelsea Cain’s Heartsick— another twisty little book that I’m happy is the first in a series of mysteries.

I saw a few movies this month, too. Kingsman wasn’t what I expected, but it was fun to see Colin Firth as a badass spy. Run All Night was exactly what it looks like, but I adore Liam Neeson no matter how mediocre the movie. And it was fun to revisit the geriatric gang in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

I had 26.5 writing hours this month, compared to only 17.5 last month. Those are hours I get outside the house, alone, focused. I try to squeeze in hours here and there at home with the family, with various degrees of success. It’s not much, but I’m still managing to be somewhat productive. It’ll get better in the fall when the boys are both in school and I have 3 days a week (the little one will only go to school MWF), every week, during the school year. Something to look forward to, along with more adjustments to make. Until then, I’m being as productive as I can be given the time I have.

April will be a tough month for writing. Jay is in a transition program to become a teacher (and he’s already been offered a job for the 2015-2016 school year!), which has him in class, either online or in-person, several days a week on top of his work schedule. So I’m pretty much on parent duty non-stop through April and May. But hopefully I’ll squeeze some work hours in. Right now, I have copyedits to work on for my July anthology Best Erotic Romance of the Year (formerly Best Erotic Romance 2015). I’ll also spend this month finishing and polishing two novel proposals to send to a literary agent who has requested them. And, hopefully, writing a few new essays and sending them out into the world.

Have a lovely April!

 

 

 

Posted by Kristina in Books and Reading, Life, Writing
 

Let me tell you a fairy tale…

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 • No Comments on Let me tell you a fairy tale…

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!)

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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 on Cover reveal!

 

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
 

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