Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 • No Comments
2013 has been a very good year for me. To look at my “Year in Review” according to Facebook, the biggest events in my life were all about books, writing, children and getting my kitchen remodeled. That sounds about right. (Plus, I’m leaving 2013 with one less body organ than I started with, as I said goodbye to my bad, baby gallbladder back in March.)
2013 was the year I tentatively added “memoirist” to my resume with the publication of my genre-bending relationship guide Bedded Bliss: A Couple’s Guide to Lust Ever After. I’m particularly proud of Bedded Bliss as it is such a joyous celebration of committed love and lust and a much more well-rounded picture of happy long term relationships than anything I’ve ever seen. I’m so grateful to the authors who contributed their stories to this book and I’m so happy that reviews have been so positive.
This is also the year I sold to one of my dream publications, the wonderful Brain, Child Magazine. I sold two pieces to them: Wanting More Than Enough is an essay on motherhood, marriage, the parent/child relationship and, ultimately, forgiveness and patience. Anchors Aweigh is a blog post I wrote as part of Brain, Child’s “What is Family?” holiday series. It’s a snapshot of my twenty-three year Navy marriage and how it’s changed since the addition of two kids.
Finally in the memoir category for this year, I discovered The Good Men Project this year– a fantastic website for men (and the women who love them). My piece, Committing to It: Making Married Sex the Best Sex, is a reflection of the theme of Bedded Bliss and was very well-received– at last count, it had been shared hundreds of times on various social networks!
2013 was also the year I edited my first short-short collection for Cleis Press. XOXO: Sweet and Sexy Romance is a romantic, flirty, sexy book of almost 40 short-shorts and we’ll be doing a fun promotion for it to coincide with Valentine’s Day!
On the domestic front, my kitchen remodel back in April/May has been worth every headache and going over the estimated date of completion. While it was no fun living without running water on the first floor of the house (especially with two kids!), it’s been a joy to have more cabinet and counter space, and my beloved chalkboard wall. It’s my favorite feature in the kitchen, besides the coffee bar.
This year, I turned 46 and celebrated 23 years of marriage– which means I’ve been married to Jay for half my life now. We celebrated our anniversary with a child-free weekend getaway, but really every day with this man is a celebration. He’s the reason I could write a book like Bedded Bliss with such conviction– I believe in life long love and lust because I live it every day.
In 2013, my sons turned 2 and 4 and I’m reminded of what a wild ride the past four years have been. I wouldn’t change a thing– except I would’ve asked for more help when I needed it and I would’ve taken more naps when I had the chance! But mostly I just try to enjoy every day in this crazy life of mine. I’m a very lucky girl and I know it.
I’m looking forward to 2014 for so many reasons, both personal and professional, but there are a few more hours left in 2013 and I plan to enjoy them with my family and friends. I hope 2013 has been good to you and I wish you all good things in the new year. While I don’t blog nearly as often as I would like, you can always connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. (But mostly Facebook, where I post lots of pictures and other goodies that interest and entertain me.)
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Make 2014 special.
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 • No Comments
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
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!