Dreaming

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 • No Comments on Dreaming

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I know I neglect this blog for stretches at at time and I sometimes wonder if I’ve just fallen into a rut and need to climb out. I’ve contemplated revamping my website—new look, new attitude, maybe?—but I have neither the time nor the money right now. Or maybe I just have too much other stuff on my plate and a lot of the stuff I would normally post here finds its way over to Facebook as shorter, more manageable status updates.  In any case, I will try to be a better blogger and also share some of my other writings around the internet.

Right now, I’m guest blogging pretty much everywhere for Dream Lover when I’m not reading submissions for Best Erotic Romance 2012.  If you are so inclined, you can stop by the Borders True Romance blog today and post a comment for a chance to win a copy of Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance! 

From my Borders True Romance post:

This collection was a labor of love as I have been interested in the paranormal since I read my first Stephen King novel as a young teenager. The appeal of the otherworldly (or underworldy) cannot be denied. To step outside our own reality and explore the farthest reaches of our imaginations to discover the creatures of the night, the magic in the ether—oh, it makes my heart beat faster just to think of the possibilities! And so I’m delighted to present Dream Lover: Pararnormal Tales of Erotic Romance to you. I hope the stories in this anthology will haunt your dreams as they have haunted mine—in the best possible way!

I had so much fun putting this book together. I hope it finds a wide readership among erotic romance fans.

 

Posted by Kristina in Books and Reading
 

I Am a Gripper

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 • No Comments on I Am a Gripper

I know it’s ridiculous for me to be taking on more stuff right now, what with the multiple anthologies in different stages of completion/publication/promotion, the impending bundle of joy, the writing, the sleeping (oh, the sleeping!), etc., but when you get a one-of-a-kind invitation, you don’t say no!  So it was with honor and delight that I accepted the invitation to join the group blog Oh Get a Grip!  I was the guest blogger on Saturday and will be blogging there regularly every Friday. Each week, one author chooses a topic and we each take turns blogging about whatever the subject may be.  This past week, the topic was “Moments of Insanity.”  This is a snippet of my offering, Happiness. It’s crazy, I tell you.:

You want to know the most insane thing anyone can say? It’s said by the person who gets a news reporter’s microphone shoved in his face while his house lays in rubble behind him, his wife is in the hospital, his neighbors are dead, his dog is missing, his place of business is as flattened as his house and his car is floating down the river. It’s then he says the most insane thing a human being can say and he says it in all seriousness, “It could have been worse.” It could have been worse. That’s the human spirit for you. Strong, indomitable—and batshit crazy when necessary. It’s called survival.

What is life without a few hundred moments of insanity strung together over eight or nine decades? The most insane thing you can do in this life is be happy. Embrace the madness, the uncertainties and the hurts and still find a way to be happy. It really is insane if you think about it. Poverty, disease, racism, sexism, violence, economic crises, natural disasters, divorce, betrayal, bankruptcy, foreclosure, no medical insurance, layoffs, unemployment, domestic violence, boredom, monotony, lost promotions, two-faced friends, car accidents, crushing blows and heartbreaking disappointments and then, ultimately, death. What could be more insane than being happy, despite it all? Nothing. It could have been worse. It could always be worse.

There are about a thousand more words to go with that little bit—I felt inspired to talk about insanity, I guess. I can’t imagine why! My goal for my OGG posts will be to explore a slightly different writing voice than maybe I’ve used here or in my fiction. We’ll see how it goes. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

Posted by Kristina in Writing
 

New Call for Submissions: Lustfully Every After

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 • 2 Comments on New Call for Submissions: Lustfully Every After

Here it is!  Please note the deadline!

Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance
Editor:  Kristina Wright
Publisher:  Cleis Press
Publication Date:  Spring 2012
Submission Deadline:  June 20 (earlier submissions preferred)
Payment: $100 per story, upon publication
E-mail: [email protected]

In this all new collection of erotic romance fairy tales, I am seeking women-centered retellings of classic fairy tales. This collection will be primarily heterosexual.  Stories should be written for a female audience and with a female point of view.  Contemporary settings are preferred, but historical or fantasy settings will be considered.  Regardless of setting, stories should contain the tropes of the traditional fairy tales, including magical and paranormal elements. I want darkly sensual, intensely romantic, emotionally powerful stories that still fall within the realm of erotic romance. I prefer the tone of the original Grimm’s fairy tales rather than their lighthearted adaptations.

According to Romance Writers of America, a romance must include two key elements: a central love story and an emotionally-satisfying, optimistic ending.  So be sure to give me a story that is erotic and romantic—no tragic endings.  The other usual taboos apply: no incest, bestiality, rape or underage characters. 

For an idea of what I’m seeking, please take a look at Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women and Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance. (However, unlike Fairy Tale Lust, this collection will not include original fairy tales.)  Authors should be familiar with erotic romance genre and understand the expectations of reader.

Submission guidelines:  Unpublished stories only, no reprints and no simultaneous submissions.  The desired story length is 2,000-4,500 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.  Paste your story into the body of your e-mail and attach it as a Microsoft Word .doc file. Please note: due to the short turnaround time on this anthology, failure to follow the guidelines will likely keep your submission from being considered. Please direct all questions to [email protected].

Payment will be $100 per story and 2 copies of the book upon publication.  Contributors retain the rights to their stories. Cleis Press has final approval over the manuscript.

About the editor: Kristina Wright (http://www.kristinawright.com) is an author, editor and college instructor.  She has edited the Cleis Press anthologies Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women and Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance and her forthcoming anthologies include Steamlust: Steampunk Erotic Romance and Best Erotic Romance 2012. Her first anthology, Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women was nominated for a Reviewers’ Choice Award by RT Book Reviews and was a Featured Alternate of the Doubleday Book Club. Kristina’s erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over eighty-five print anthologies and she received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from Romance Writers of America for her first novel Dangerous Curves, which was published by Silhouette Intimate Moments.  Her work has also been featured in magazines and her articles, interviews and book reviews have appeared in numerous publications, both print and online.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the special interest chapters of RWA, Passionate Ink and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal.  She is a book reviewer for the Erotica Readers and Writers Association (erotica-readers.com) and the book club moderator for SexIs Magazine’s Naked Reader Book Club (nakedreaderbookclub.com).  She holds degrees in English and Humanities and teaches English Composition and World Mythology at the community college level.  Originally from South Florida, Kristina has lived up and down the East Coast with her husband, Jay, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.  They welcomed the addition of their son Patrick in December 2009 and are expecting their second son in August 2011.

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