Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 • No Comments on Popping In
One of my goals in 2014 is to be better about updating my blog and not relying entirely on Facebook and Twitter to share good news, calls for submissions, parenting adventures, etc. There are only so many hours in the day (and I swear the days get shorter as the year slips away), so my blog has been a victim of too many deadlines, too little time. I’ll work on that in the coming year.
For now, I wanted to share some things that have been going on in the past few months.
My first essay appeared on Brain, Child Magazine. Wanting More than Enough is about having children in my forties, being a less-than-perfect mother and moving beyond a painful past with my own mother. Brain, Child is one of my dream publications and having my byline underneath their masthead was a dream come true.
Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After was published by the amazing Cleis Press. This book was my nightmare for several months, as I tried to take it from vision to reality. It is a cross-genre guide for committed couples, with advice, memoir, personal anecdotes, erotic fiction and a resource guide. This was another first for me– I’ve never written so personally about my marriage or attempted to blend memoir and fiction. With the help of a dozen amazing authors, all of whom are in long-term relationships, Bedded Bliss surpassed my greatest hopes. It’s available now in print and various ebook formats.
In other publishing news, I just inked the deal for my sixteenth book with Cleis Press! Best Erotic Romance 2015 will be the fourth edition in this popular series. And Best Erotic Romance 2014 will hit the shelves in February (if not earlier), with a luscious lineup of sexy, romantic stories and a foreword from the wonderful Lauren Dane!
It’s been a busy year, a challenging year, a good year– and it’s not over yet! I’ll be back soon. Promise.
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 • 5 Comments on Christmas in July giveaway!
Are you a Scrooge when it comes to reminders of Christmas, preferring not to see anything even remotely holiday-themed until after Thanksgiving? Or are you a Christmas lover year ’round, joyfully shopping for the holiday season even when the thermometer is hanging at 95? I’m having a Christmas in July contest to celebrate the sexy new cover of my forthcoming Cleis Press anthology Best Erotic Romance 2014. Regardless of your inclinations, if you like hot, steamy erotic romance, I have a box of books and other surprises to send to the winner!
Here is the deal:
-Take a look at the three editions of Best Erotic Romance below. I’ve labeled them the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present and the Ghost of Christmas yet to come.
-Send an email to [email protected] with Christmas in the subject line.
-Tell me your name and which Best Erotic Romance book cover you like best. That’s it! (Oh, you can tell me whether you like hearing about Christmas in July, too. I’m curious!)
On Thursday, August 1, I will use the randomizer to select one winner at random. The winner will receive a Christmas in July box of goodies, including:
-An autographed copy of Best Erotic Romance
-An autographed copy of Best Erotic Romance 2013
-An autographed copy of Best Erotic Romance 2014, when it hits the shelves
-A $15 Amazon gift card
-A $10 Starbucks gift card
-A few other surprises to put you in a happy holiday mood
One entry per person, contest open to anyone over 18 with a US mailing address. Entries must be received by 12pm Eastern on Thursday, August 1 in order to be eligible.
And here are the book covers for Best Erotic Romance— past, present and future!
The Ghost of Christmas Past is the first edition of Best Erotic Romance:
The Ghost of Christmas Present is the current edition, Best Erotic Romance 2013:
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is the forthcoming edition, Best Erotic Romance 2014:
Which one is your favorite? Email your answer for a chance to win a goodie box of Christmas joy in July!
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 • 1 Comment on Commanding Desire: Military Erotic Romance
Just a reminder that I have a new call for military erotic romance stories!
Check out Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance for an idea of what I’m looking for and visit the Duty and Desire blog for interviews with the authors and other information about my first military erotic romance anthology. I would love to see stories from writers with a military background, but I’m looking for a wide variety of stories and you don’t have to be a soldier or sailor to write something romantic, sexy and military-inspired. (Read Shanna Germain’s “Shattered” and Charlotte Stein’s “Done” in Duty and Desire to see what I mean!)
Commanding Desire: Military Erotic Romance
Editor: Kristina Wright
Publisher: Cleis Press
Payment: $50 per story and 2 copies of the book, on publication
E-mail: [email protected]
In this sequel to Duty and Desire, the bodies are harder, the missions are tougher, the sex is hotter and the love is stronger. Settings will be domestic and international and include military heroes of all stripes.
To get an idea of what I’m looking for, read my previous anthologies, especiallyDuty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance. The collection will be primarily heterosexual with a female audience in mind. I have a preference for realistic stories with contemporary settings, but any time period will be considered. The usual taboos apply: no incest, nonconsensual sex, bestiality or underage characters, please. According to Romance Writers of America, a romance must include two key elements: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending. In erotic romance, the sexual component is critical to the development of the romantic relationship.
I will consider up to two stories per author. Please be sure to follow all of the submission guidelines. Unpublished stories only, no simultaneous submissions. Please do not send me a story that is being considered elsewhere. The desired story length is 2,500-4,500 words. Double-space and indent the first line of each paragraph. Do not put extra spaces between paragraphs. Include your full contact information (legal name/pseudonym, mailing address and phone number) and a bio of 50 words or less written in the third person. Please paste your story into the body of your e-mail and attach it as a Microsoft Word .doc file. Send your submission to [email protected] with Submission: Story Title in the subject line. Please direct any questions to the same address. The deadline is September 1, but earlier submissions are very much appreciated.
Payment will be $50 per story and 2 copies of the book upon publication. Contributors retain the rights to their work and Cleis Press has final approval over the stories selected for the book. All submissions will be confirmed upon receipt and all authors will receive a reply once the final book has been approved. If you have not received a response by January 1, please feel free to query me.