Thursday, December 31, 2009

Book Of The Month

Dark Diva Reviews has nominated my book, Blood Bought, as Book of the Month. I'd love it if you'd VOTE for me!

(This is my 2nd post for the day so make sure to catch the one below, lol)

Brynn's Secret Pleasures

I’ve been laughing with one of my friends last week about a couple of my guilty pleasures. These are the things I indulge in to decompress. I have several that might surprise you. So today’s post Brynn’s Five Surprise Pleasures. I’m sure I have more than five, but hey, here’s a few then:

Of course, I like to read, and I read a lot in my genre. But there’s one kind of book… Okay, I have a thing about Harlequin Presents. I love to read them. I especially like to read the ones from the late seventies to mid-eighties. Give me a book about a sheik or a Greek tycoon and I’m engrossed for at least an hour.

Anyone who’s read my blog knows I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I do watch Medium and Supernatural. Truthfully, there’s one other show I like to catch whenever I can. Don’t tell but I really, really enjoy Dog the Bounty Hunter. I have no idea…

Disaster films. Look…I won’t watch 2012, but I love movies like The Day After Tomorrow, Dantes Peak and Twister. I love Man versus Nature (and wins) plots.

I like Rocky [I], II, III and sometimes IV. A Brynn analysis of this is coming on Monday.

I like the smell of Vicks. A lot. I swear my mom used to have some sort of Vicks spray she used to spray on my pillows when I was little. It’s kinda one of those comfort scents for me. When I’m feeling sick and dragged out, it’s one thing that can almost instantly make me feel a bit better.

Okay, so those are my weirdo quirks. Tell me about yours or post about them on your blog and leave me the link :-)
Have fun!
~~Brynn

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Mia Watts

Yay! We're back again with Wednesday Wonder Writer. This is one of my favorite days of the week, and this week we have the very talented and hysterical Mia Watts!

Mia, thanks for visiting today! Let's get going with the questions:

Author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

Oooo. Readers and other writers are really nosy. *wink* My schedule varies a lot. I have a full time day job which eats up most of my time. It involves a lot of computer work, departmental communication, sucking up to the boss, and conferences. Don’t fool yourselves. Conferences are just upper management’s way of avoiding actual work. I know. I’ve sat in on enough of them. I’m still waiting for the conference that plans the upcoming conferences for the conference of planning conferences. I’m sure it’s just around the corner.

Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

No. Do I need one? Geez. I guess I need to bone-up on the expected practices of real writers or something. Do you suppose they have a manual? Maybe a conference...

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

All over the place. I think it looks like I’m quick and prolific but I tend to jump into writing spurts within a constant release schedule. Organization would be great but chances are, I’m freaking out over a deadline and waiting for my editors to choke me through the phone. You know, on a phone conference.

What are you working on now?

A good, hard mad. I’m kinda bad about those. I try to get all pissed off, but I suck at the commitment of piss--

Uh, Mia...

Oh, you mean my WRITING work. Gotcha. Um. I’m working on a short for Total-E-Bound I’m calling Liam which has nothing to do with Liam and none of the characters are named Liam and the title won’t have Liam anywhere in it. Brynn understands. *grin* [Yes, Brynn nods in agreement. She does] It comes out in March. I’m also working on a ménage for Resplendence due out in February. I suppose I’d better get going on that one. I might need to conference with the editor (are we seeing a theme yet?)


What’s your favorite genre to write?

Men. I love men. That’s the question, right? Meeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. An. Entire. Conference. Of men. For me. My personal “Conference of Men Ménage”.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

Quaker poetry. (I want to be sure I fit in to the stereotype.) The entire collection of “The Emotional Journey of Croutons”. Shampoo labels... hey, those things are SEXY. Lather, rinse, repeat. GOD! Excitement simply “bubbles” around me. I simply “cream” (rinse) when I hear Jojoba. Say it slow for me, “Jo-Jo-baaaaaahhhhh”. Ever see the ad for Herbal Essence? There’s a reason she’s screaming in the shower.

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

Yes.

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

Well, I first submitted about a year ago. I’d been lurking in the industry for a while and had friends who wrote and got published. I think I hid from what I wanted to write because there’s such a stigma against writing male erotic fiction. I began it on a dare and carried it to fruition. But it was the encouragement of my friends which really set the course.

I remember being invited to my friend’s house for an author gathering. We all came in from out of state to see Carol Lynne. I got to meet you and Bronwyn Green. Cash Cole showed up, too, and it was like we were long lost sisters or something. I owe my publication to all of you because without you, I wouldn’t have dared send in Claimed by Darkness.

Claimed and Bad Boys came out almost immediately and I remember feeling like my head was going to spin off with excitement. It terrified me, thrilled me, made me scream... I might actually have screamed, come to think of it. That was ten months ago. I’ve always wanted to write. Definitely a dream come true.

How many books have you had published and for whom?

You didn’t say there was going to be counting, Brynn.

Sue me, lol

*sigh* Let’s see, Claimed by Darkness (Ellora’s Cave), Bad Boys (Total-E-Bound), Sex Ed (Resplendence Publishing), Mind F*cked (Resplendence), and She’s Got Balls (Resplendence). By the time this interview is out, I’ll also have Faery Surprising (Resplendence). What’s that, like eighty? Yeah, we can go with that. I iz gud countr.


What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

Faery Surprising. You thought that was a trick question, didn’t you? You asked me this on December 11th and it doesn’t come out until the 15th, but since this is posting on the 30th, I soooo have your number!

Faery Surprising is the second book in Faerily Imperfect series. It’s an m/f standalone. Since the first book was m/m, I think it surprised some people. I like men, did I mention that? I also like women liking men so I didn’t want to leave out one genre all together, but I also didn’t want to alienate the readers who don’t cross over to other genres. Therefore, all the books in this series can be read alone and never lose part of the story for not having read another book. Sure, they’re all siblings. You’ll want to read them if you like both genres.

The idea was actually born of desperation. I really wanted contracts and my senior editor said that if I came up with a proposal, she’d think about it. So I did, kind of throwing things on paper. I decided a series offered job security for me and they picked it up. It’s all REALLY awesome except I knew nothing about fairies in general. So I decided to make shit up and play with the idea. That’s how all this came about.

What’s your writing space like?

I don’t have one space. The location I write most in is a comfy chair in the corner of my living room. It’s the quietest place in the apartment. The only problem is the swinging naked appendage of my across-court neighbor I call Johnson. Well, because, he vacuums naked with an impressive erm hose. It’s distracting. I suspect it’s also deviant but it’s nice to know that the giant cocks of erotic fiction do, in fact, have their “roots” (snort) in reality.

Swing, baby, swing. You missed a spot.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Sleep. I work and write constantly. I sleep about five hours a night. Sometimes less. Yeah, I get out for the occasional evening of fun, but mostly I enjoy doing what I do.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Lace. Boy shorts. They’re fantastic except that if the lace gets old, they fall the fuck off your ass. Never wear a skirt if you suspect this might happen. I’ve been there. And you guessed it, in the middle of a presentation... at a conference.

Last questions…
Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Bronte or Austen? Austen

Star Trek or Star Wars? Really? Pointy ears or bad acting?

Team Edward or Team Jacob? *gag*

McDonalds or Burger King? Culver’s

Where can we find you?
www.miawatts.com
www.miawatts.blogspot.com
I love to hear from fans. Send email to wattsmia@aol.com

Thanks for joining me today Mia!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ode

Oh Lofthouse Sugar Cookies,
How I love thee...
Let me count the ways...
You are so soft and sweet and perfect.
How I love the way you melt,
so nicely in my mouth.
How you love me...
How you long to stay with me.
Always.
On my hips and tummy.
Oh Lofthouse Cookies.
You are the devil.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Better Day

It's a little bet better day, though something is kicking my butt and I'm sooooo tired. I think my thyroid meds are way way off.

Anyhoo, I got the start of my new book written and I'm very happy with it. I've been struggling with the opening. I think I've finally got it. Thank goodness.

I'm making the fam one of their favs for dinner today. Here it is:

Oven Sweet and Sour Chicken

2 boxes Rice-a-Roni rice pilaf
1/2 bag frozen peas and carrots
1 bag popcorn chicken
1 jar la choy sweet and sour
4 T butter

  • Cook 1 box rice with 2 T butter in microwave for 1 minute
  • Stir it and cook for 1 1/2 more minutes
  • Mix in flavor packet and 1 3/4 c water
  • Put in 9 x 13 pan
  • Put veggies over top of it
  • Cook other box of rice the same way
  • Put that over the veg
  • Mix a little
  • Bake at 400 for 10 minutes
  • Pull out and pour chicken over top (it will completely cover)
  • Drizzle the sweet and sour sauce over that
  • Bake 15 more minutes
  • Viola
~~Brynn

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Erase This Day, Please

Have you ever had a day where you can’t do a thing right? It didn’t matter if it was the day job or the writing job or the personal life today. The only thing I’ve done successfully is breathe. I can’t even make coffee right. It’s six p.m. and I think I’m just going to say ‘fuck it’ and go to bed.

Hopefully tomorrow will be way better.
~~B

Friday, December 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Bronwyn Green

Good morning! Today, I'm thrilled to have one of my original Wonder Writers visit again. Bronwyn Green visited me last in February of 2008, but I know a lot has changed since then, and I'm happy she's agreed to stop by today.

Bronwyn, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. Let's get started!

Author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

My schedule is pretty boring. I get up at about 5:30, stumble downstairs turn on my computer and check email. Then I get my kids up, herd them to the car, pick up our car pool kid and bring the older boys to the high school and the youngest to the elementary school.

I get home around 8ish, check email again and alternate between writing and the day job until I have to leave to get the kids at 2ish. We get back home around 4 and the homework parade begins and also the “oh crap...I have to make supper” lament.

After supper, I’m usually back on the computer off and on until bedtime. Except on Thursday nights...then I drive to Brynn’s to watch Supernatural with her. It’s an important ritual.

Supernatural? Does it have a draw to you as a writer? And who’s your top guy? Sam or Dean?

I love the show for multiple reasons – the most obvious being Sam and Dean – lol. But as a writer, I find that it sucks me right in. Both the story and character arcs are phenomenal. The show was already well into the fourth season by the time I was introduced to it so I had marathon Supernatural sessions. I watched all four seasons on dvd between April and August of this year. I finished up just in time to start season five on tv. Because I crammed around eighty episodes into five months I got to see four years of character development in fast forward.

I’m beyond impressed at how tightly Eric Kripke (the show’s creator) plotted this series. Things were set in motion during the first season that are just now coming to pass, but looking back at the series as a whole, one can see that they’ve been unfolding all along. It’s brilliant plotting. Then there’s the dialog. Anyone who can write laugh out loud funny dialogue that seamlessly shifts to heartbreakingly poignant in the next line is a genius.

And for the record, I’m a Dean girl. ;)

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

All over the freaking place. I wish I were quick and prolific - that would be a dream come true.

What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m finishing up Just Right, a Not Quite Wicked tale that will be out in January with Resplendence Publishing. It will be part of a series with Brynn, Mia Watts and Dakota Rebel. Then I’m working on the first book in my new witch series, Witch Way and my third Handcuffs and Lace book.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

My first love is paranormal/fantasy, but I’ve discovered that I also really like contemporary. I also enjoy writing the occasional historical.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

I still gravitate toward the same subgenres that I write, but I find I absolutely love Young Adult fiction. Some of my very favorite books are YA.

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

I have a ton of favorite authors – luckily most of them are my friends – lol! There’s of course, the illustrious Brynn Paulin, my best friend and critique partner as well as Jennifer Armintrout, Margaret Yang, Mia Watts and Dakota Rebel. In terms of industry professionals that I either haven’t met or don’t know well, I’d have to say...Suzanne Brockman, Maggie Stiefvater and Charles deLint.

You’ve told us your writing story before but tell us about what you’ve learned since you were first published in 2007.

Wow – where to start. I’ve learned that a so-so review isn’t the end of the world, no matter how much it feels like it might be. Great reviews don’t really sell books. The e-book industry moves much more quickly than the print book industry and to keep up, you always need to be working on your next book. Unfortunately, I’ve also learned that people who pirate our hard work are an awful reality.

How many books have you had published and for whom?

Let’s see...so far, there are 12 total – 4 are with Ellora’s Cave, 4 are with Total-e-bound, 3 are with Resplendence Publishing and 1 is with Cerridwen Press.

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

My latest book, Cuffed and Dangerous came out November 3rd, 2009. It’s a ménage – my first and my first shape shifter book, as well. Wrenn Saunders, the heroine, is a bounty hunter who meets the two heroes, Gideon Wells and Jude Caulfield, when a scuffle ensues while retrieving a bounty.

I got the idea for this book when I was looking through vacation pictures from when I was a kid. My dad used to take my us kids to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for a week every summer and while we were there, we’d always stop at this tavern/restaurant called The Jack Pine. While looking at the photographs, I remember thinking that it looked like a great place for a bounty hunter to lay in wait for a fugitive.

Immediately, the opening scene popped into my head. I could see Wrenn at the bar and the rest flowed from there. I did decide to take artistic licence and move The Jack Pine to the Lower Peninsula, though. Petoskey worked so much better for the story than several hundred miles north, somewhere outside of Shingleton.

Where’s your favorite place to write?

I’d like to say my lovely office. When it’s not the Pit of Despair, it’s a great place to write. Unfortunately, it’s a wreck and my desk is buried. So, my second favorite place to write is the right hand corner of my couch, surrounded by kittens and cwtched [SIC] up under a blanket.

Cwtched? Is that a real word?

It is, it’s just not English - lol. It’s a Welsh word that means all snuggled up. It’s one of those words I grew up using and didn’t realize it wasn’t common in the states until I started getting weird looks from my college roommate.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I read and watch a few programs on tv. I’m also crafty kid and I have trouble sitting still if I’m not doing something, so if I’m watching a tv show or movie, you can bet I’m either cross stitching, knitting or making jewelry at the same time. I also make a lot of my own clothes and pottery projects when I have access to a kiln.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

I love to hear from readers, so if you get a chance, drop me a note. I can be found at www.bronwyngreen.com or www.bronwyngreenblog.blogspot.com

Last questions…

Coke or Pepsi? Coke – it’s the elixir of life.

Bronte or Austen? I’m a Bronte girl.

Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars all way.

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Torn...so...torn.

McDonalds or Burger King? McDonald's for coke and fries and BK for the burgers.

Thanks for joining us Bronwyn!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Devon Rhodes

It's baaaaaaaack!

I am thrilled to announce the reintroduction of the Wednesday Wonder Writer blogs. This will be a regular Wednesday feature and I have some really exciting authors coming up, including a few who've been Wonder Writers in the past and have consented to be grilled again.

This excitement begins this week with the fabulous Devon Rhodes. I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful she is! I'm so happy she agreed to join me today. So without further ado... the interview:

Devon, thank you so much for joining me today. I'll start out easy. Author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

Since I’m a SAHM with a first-grader and the three-yr-old, I don’t really get typical, but I’ll play along! I’m pretty useless until the second cup of coffee kicks in, so mornings are spent catching up with e-mails and blog posts, monitoring pirating sites (grrr!), and touching base on all my pages and groups.

I also do proofing and editing during the day, but save all my writing for at night, after everyone is in bed. Need quiet to be creative! Very hard to write sexy when a toddler is trying to feed you string cheese. I generally write from around 9-10 pm until about 2 am. Occasionally I’ll get a hunk of weekend time if my hub takes the kids somewhere, and I treasure those.

That's quite a schedule! Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

Gotta have a cup of coffee or other drink handy and have correspondence caught up, else it will distract me. I tend to work myself into it by rereading the last bit to get myself in the mindset of where I left off. I also like to have photos that resemble my mental image of my characters. So I’ll flip through stock photo sites and blogs until I find them...a tedious chore, going through all that eye candy.

Before I start a new manuscript, I pre-format for whatever pub house I’m writing for, and try to get the blurb written. I’ve found that it’s much harder to come up with the blurb after the story’s written. Don’t outline, just can’t write that way, wish I could.

Lately I’ve been working on sequels, so I go back and reread the first books as often as I need to get the characters cemented in my head.


What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

I write in bursts, so very little one night, tons the next. I’ve had zero days and over 10K days. Just depends on how cooperative my muse is being. Something that I’ve found helps is having more than one manuscript open, so if I get bogged down with one story, I can pop over to the other one. This way I’m not wasting writing time banging my head against the wall. My last three stories were written in tandem with others.

Do you have difficulty keeping your story details separate when you’re writing in tandem?

Story details, no. I can compartmentalize those pretty easily, each story is very individual to me. What probably helps there is that I don’t write the same sub-genre at the same time. For example, right now I have three manuscripts open: an angsty m/m contemporary, a sexy m/f story, and a humorous paranormal. So if I’m not in the mood for angst, I can work on quirky. If the woman isn’t ‘talking’ to me, I can work on manlove. Character details are the one thing that I sometimes have to go back and check. (Hmm, what color were his eyes again?)

You mentioned you don’t outline. Do you have some sort of plot in your head when you write or do you write the book in total ‘panster’ fashion?

I usually start each story with a specific scene in my head and go from there. I don’t have the patience to wait and think through the whole story before I start putting it down... when inspiration hits, I write. So I’m usually playing catch up by getting the first scene down and, then think... so what happens next?? Guess that makes me a panster at heart! That said, now that I’m writing more, I do find myself thinking beyond the current scene for a better sense of pacing.

What
are you working on now?

Along those lines, I honestly have three (main) works in progress right now! The first (working title is Too Tempting) tells the story of Andy, the sexy neighbor from Remarkable Restraint in the Games In The Dark antho, and Jesse, Geoff’s old love from Silver & Gold. It will be my first full-length novel, so I’m taking my time in writing so I can capture their true story.

I’m also working on Killian & Brie’s story (Vows & Vamps) in the series which began with A Pint Light. I had originally had their story next in the series arc, but made the decision this week to torture them do them justice by writing Aspen’s story (Locke, Stock & Barrel) first. So Brie and K get to simmer for a bit, however they do both have big roles to play in LS&B first.

And for fun, I’m writing a sexy short older woman/younger man romp, Sex On Sabbatical, which is my first hetero story since my very first manuscript. Quite a change of gears from all the m/m I’ve been writing! Had to research girl parts, lol!

What’s your favorite genre to write? Obviously I love writing m/m romances. I also really like writing paranormal and futuristic since you can get very creative with ‘reality’.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

I tend to stick within the erotic romance field since so many fab writers I know are constantly adding to my TBR list! Darn them! And besides writing, I also proof and edit, so I read a LOT of e-rom!

In real life, I’m part of a book group, and we do a variety of fiction from classics to bestsellers. And I love history, non-fiction or fiction.

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

I am constantly amazed by the wonderfully supportive community of authors out there in the erotic romance industry. It’s so very hard to come up with a favorite!

Two mentors whose writing I love and who both took me under their wing very early on, well before I was published, are Shawn Lane and Ava March. They were (and continue to be) so encouraging and willing to take the time to help me grow as an author. Ava is an absolutely fantastic beta, really dissects my manuscripts and is brutally honest with her critiques as well as liberal with her praise. I keep telling her she should really be an editor, lol!

You’re writing several sequels. Do you find them easier than the original story?

Wimpy answer here, yes and no. Yes, because I’m working with ‘people’ I’ve worked with before. Just like in real life, the devil you know and all that.

But in some ways it’s more difficult since you have strictures, plot limitations which simply aren’t there in original works. You also have to balance not retelling everything and boring those who have read the first book, with making sure new readers aren’t lost.

I do love sequels, both reading and writing. Love the never-ending story! Just like life.

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

I’ve been reading since I was in preschool, and always had my nose in a book and head in the clouds. But I went the sensible route in college when all the adults in my life steered me away from a ‘useless’ liberal arts degree, and instead I ended up with a BS in Health Administration.

I had a very high stress and demanding upper management position that I ‘retired’ from when I had kids, and at first I loved being a SAHM. Boredom eventually set in, I started an online resale business. I noticed how print erotic romances held their value, and of course had to read them between buying and reselling.

Yep, you guessed it. The old ‘I could write better than that!’ scenario.

So, shortly after my 39th birthday last spring, I opened my first manuscript. Going back now to reread, it is SOOO bad. But the chief editor at a big pub house in our genre liked it enough to write me a very detailed revise and resubmit letter, and I was on my way: 39 years of creativity spewing forth.

The next manuscript was a futuristic m/m/f ménage I was inspired to write after reading Kate Pearce’s Simply Sinful. Peter and James’ super hot scenes were my first exposure to manlove, and I was floored and inspired! Also got an R&R from a different publishing house for that story.

Third time’s the charm. My third story was Remarkable Restraint, a m/m, BDSM-lite short story I wrote for Dreamspinner’s anthology submission call. Sent that off and proceeded to cough up A Pint Light.

I wrote APL in two days right before leaving on a three-week driving trip. I saw Total E Bound’s call for submissions for the Voracious Vamps collection three days before the due date, so initially I passed over it. But later that night, I started thinking about the vampire genre and how dark and serious most stories are...wouldn’t it be fun to write a light-hearted campy vamp story? Just like S&G, the title popped into my head first, and then the full story. I wrote like a fiend, 12K in two days, alongside packing and cleaning and closing the house down.

I got back from that trip after driving 1600 miles in two days (with two kids), and there in my inbox was the contract for Remarkable Restraint from Dreamspinner. I was just over the moon. That was a busy week, deciding on a pen name (harder than it sounds), buying my domain, all that jazz. Then exactly a week later, I got the offer from A Pint Light from Total E Bound. Two contracts in one week. It was just amazing.

How many books have you had published and for whom?

My current releases at Dreamspinner Press are Remarkable Restraint in the Games In The Dark anthology, and my latest release, Silver & Gold.

I have A Pint Light at Total E Bound, and two more upcoming releases with them in the next two months: Rough Riders in the Gaymes anthology, which I share with some fantastic authors, and just signed the contract for A Detour Home in February.

What’s your latest release?Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

Silver & Gold
came out on December 1st at Dreamspinner Press. Last fall, I saw the call for submissions for their holiday collection, and for some reason the song from Rudolph popped into my head. I could immediately envision ‘Silver’, Geoff Radcliffe, an older man painfully aware of his gray, and ‘Gold’, Abe Golden, the hot colorist who refuses to do his hair. The hilarious scene in the salon between Abe and Geoff’s assistant Kimberly came to me first and I just ran with it and built the story from there.


What’s your writing space like?

Spent way too many years as a desk jockey to associate one with creativity, so I write in my favorite old hotel castoff chair and ottoman tucked in the corner of the guest room/office upstairs. It’s relatively quiet up there, good feng shui placement, and I can either lean back with laptop on lap, or sit criss-cross-applesauce with the laptop on the ottoman.


What do you do when you’re not writing?

In between injuries, I love to run and play tennis. Busy being a mom 24/7, of course! And that’s all I have time for.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Here are the blurbs for my next two releases:

Rough Riders
in the Gaymes Anthology
Coming in January 18, 2010 from Total E Bound

Playing by different rules can lead to heartbreak, but changing the game plan can be the tiebreaker.

Luke Briscoe has a good reason to stay in the closet with his team, the Rough Riders. Bitter past experience has taught him to be cautious around athletic teams. But after Mario, his teammate and lover of ten years, leaves him, tired of the secrecy, Luke is forced to confront his fears, especially since the sexy and confident new member of the team, Derek Grimm, has no problem with being out and proud.

Derek has wanted Luke from the first moment he saw him. But he knows the timing is all wrong, and vows to let Luke have the time he needs to recover from his breakup. As time goes on, though, Derek becomes frustrated with Luke's determination to stay in the closet. Derek and Mario are out, and the team is fine with it. Why is Luke still holding back? Derek wonders if any amount of time will ever be enough. Maybe it's time to try a different game plan...

A Detour Home
Coming in February 2010 from Total E Bound

The road to love is never smooth, and when Jon pushes Cameron away with his demands, he thinks he's lost his chance forever.

Jon has held his love for Cameron in check, waiting for his late-blooming friend to grow up. Then one college summer working road construction, they are forced to share a bed, bringing them closer than ever before. The dark nights spent in each other's arms reveals their mutual attraction, but Jon pushes too far, too fast.

Cam has looked up to his best friend Jon for years and trusts him completely. He enjoys the gentle loving they share but when Jon wants to go further than he's ready for, Cam balks, and Jon's thoughtless reaction costs them their friendship.

Years later, Cam needs a friend, and Jon returns home to lend his support. Has there been too much water under the bridge, or will they both finally be ready to embrace the love they once lost?

Last questions…
Coke or Pepsi? Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi

Bronte or Austen? Austen...would love to get Darcy and Bingley together. Sigh.

Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars..Han Solo was my first crush.

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Team Jacob, love those shifters, so buffed and animalistic, rowr.

McDonalds or Burger King? Neither, but hard to avoid with kids…gotta give the edge to McD’s for the crispy fries.

Thank you Devon for joining me today! I've enjoyed learning more about you. Your books look great!

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Friday, December 11, 2009

What's Brynn Reading?

I'm reading this awesome book (when my son isn't stealing it from me!) We both recommend it.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Back to School

Blood Bought came out yesterday! BUT…that wasn’t the biggest part of my day.

Yesterday, I followed through on my threat to go to school with my son. It wasn’t so bad and darn it! He actually seemed to enjoy it. Lord save me! He wasn’t supposed to like it. It was supposed to shock him back on track.

I didn’t go to his first hour because he’s doing fine there. I started out in his second class, science. You may recall that we got a lot of snow last Friday. The school is taking advantage of it. My kids attend an Environmental school. One perk to that, besides small classes, is that the kids don’t necessarily have a completely traditional curriculum. This month, they are teaching winter survival skills. The order of the day: Snowshoeing.

I need to go on a tangent here. What is wrong with middle schoolers?! A bunch of them were trying to convince their teacher that a sweatshirt was just fine for outside work and they wouldn’t be cold at all. It was freaking freezing out there and snowing again. A sweatshirt? Really? One boy said he just couldn’t wear a hat because it would mess up his hair. My son sensibly wore his winter coat with no argument. He’s a smart kid which is why I’ve been losing my mind.

Next up, math. Yesterday’s agenda: Prime numbers, slopes and y-intersections. I would like to go on record as saying, I’m good at math, but when I was in school I thought slopes and intersections were stupid. That hasn’t changed.

At the end of that class, there was something cool. Announcements. Announcements? you say. What’s so cool about that? Yeah, we had announcements when I was in school, but not like this. My kids’ school does video announcements. Yesterday’s featured: an quick interview for their Toys For Tots campaign, a snippet of the little kids practicing for their Christmas concert along with a reminder of the date, an interview with the lunch ladies about what was available for the meal, a segment from the gym about the canceled basketball game, and something about the weather.

Then on to history. I love history though I’m not so fond of the American revolutionary period. My son hates history. Period. He thinks it’s the most boring waste of time ever invented. This would be where the battle of wills ensued. He out and out refused to do his work or even take notes. Mom won. He did the work—under extreme duress. To make things even more fun, the period is split by lunch so he gets what seems like a double helping of the class. He hates the subject but I’m not sure why he despises the class so much. They watched a dramatization of the proceedings at the constitutional congress and they had tons of class participation. It’s probably the amount of notes involved.

Then my fav.—English class which they call Genre Studies. Okee dokey, whatever name you want to call it. They’re studying science fiction right now and doing reports. It’s actually really cool and again very hands on. These are not the book reports I had to do! These are arts and craft kind. Truthfully, I think my son would prefer the old-fashioned kind. Art is not his bag. This is the kid who at one point (though he DID pass in the end) managed to have a 15% for his grade in art—ART!!!—because he didn’t want to draw in the style of whatever artist they were studying. He wanted to do it his way. Stubborn? My child? Never. LOL.

The teacher has glommed in fantasy with sci-fi so quite a few people are reading Harry Potter or Twilight or The Spiderwick Chronicles. I had been warned so I brought the young adult book I’m reading—Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. It’s really good by the way and my other son who’s in high school keeps trying to steal it from me.

I had to laugh because one kid told the teacher he absolutely hated the book he’d read, yet when she asked him where he was at with it, he told her he was reading the next one in the series now. Um, that would be by choice. He was only required to do the first book.

I love the English—um, Genre Studies—teacher. Her greatest ambition is to get the kids to love reading. She believes that they just have to find what they like and it will click with them. She also believes that kids who read do better in school. As a writer, I like the way she thinks. But from experience, I also have to agree with her. My older son hated reading until he found something that clicked. Now he devours books. He gets straight A’s. I hated reading until my mom introduced me to Nancy Drew. I devoured those then Trixie Beldon then Little House then anything I could get my hands on. I got good grades. Not straight A’s. I used to blow off my homework occasionally in favour of reading, but I still did well.

Hopefully something “clicks” with the other kiddo soon. I’ll be going back to school again. Today we’re off because the weather is about to turn awesomely nasty in the early afternoon. I’m guessing there will be a snow day tomorrow, too. Friday…we’ll see.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Finished the Book!

Well, I finished my book this weekend - YAY!!! Today I'm catching up with day job work for a little while, then I'm off to start my next book. Actually, I should say my next two books. I'm writing them in tandem. I'm super excited for it.

One is an anthology book I'm in with Bronwyn Green, Mia Watts and Dakota Rebel. The other is book 3 in the Cruentus Dragon's series, Blood of the Wolf. This is the story about Lucan, brother to the head of the Cruentus clan whose book was Dragon's Blood.

Speaking of Dragons... Blood Bought will be available at Resplendence Publishing TOMORROW! For those who've wondered what happened with Jonah and Athena, now you'll know!

I don't know if I'll have a blog up tomorrow. My youngest son whose 13 has been blowing off his schoolwork. I warned him, if he didn't shape up, I'd be going to school with him. So guess who's in the 8th grade tomorrow. He'd better get it together and QUICK!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Update

Wrote 5K yesterday. Kinda sorta just want to sleep today. I'm off to find some caffeine and get going again. I'm hoping for about 7K today, then I can take a break for a few days.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Snow Day!!!

Yesterday we had no snow, but we got ten inches overnight. It's been snowing all morning so I'm thinking we must be at a foot by now. Here are a few pics taken with my cell phone:


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Brain. Fried. Stop.

My fingers hurt. I wrote over 3000 words yesterday. I'm started on the same today. That's all.
~~Brynn

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Stakeout - FAIL

An early happy birthday present for Stephanie Michels who’s into cops.

I came home from taking the kids to school and there was an unmarked police car at top of hill. About ten minutes later it pulled in front of my house which is halfway down the hill. Then suddenly another unmarked car and an SUV arrive. A few minutes later, six plain-clothed (dark shirts, khaki pants and dark windbreakers) officers troop down the hill. Two go in back of house (not mine I should point out), one goes to the garage, and two go to at door. Nothing. They talk. They look in window with flashlight. They knock and call out. They wait. Nothing. A half hour later, they leave.

But wait…

Fifteen minutes later, a huge energy utility truck pulls up to the feeder street with two guys in it. Drinking coffee. The window is down for clear view of house. Then a pickup truck from the same utility company pulls in. Two more coffee-drinking guys. Then another big utility truck. Two more guys. Two more coffees.

All the same clothes as the plain clothed officers…. Hmm….

No work. Just sitting there.

A 4th energy utility truck pulls up. The guy looks strangely at other three, but he gets to work on a legitimate project.

A sewer drain cleaner truck pulls up. Blocks view. He gets out to talk to guys in first truck since it’s blocking the drain. He loses the positioning war, trumped by the ‘utility’ (wink wink) guys. Leaves.

Brynn is irritated. They didn’t bring her coffee, and she can’t leave to go to Starbucks with this unusual and comical excitement. Unfortunately, Brynn can see, but stakeout people cannot, that suspect is now trying to get away. This should be interesting…

NOTE: I didn’t get to see the takedown. After all the foreplay, they stopped the guy after he left the street.

I have a new cover!

Hey look! I got a cover for my January release, Heart of Ice. It's a retelling of the Snow Queen fairytale, and in total Brynn tradition, we might just find the Snow Queen was 'not quite as wicked' as previously portrayed. This book is part of a series with Bronwyn Green, Mia Watts and Dakota Rebel.

More soon!

~~Brynn

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Brynn's Back!!

I've been threatening promising that I'd be back today and HERE I AM! Oh the pressure! Seriously, I'm finally ready to blog and I have nothing to say. I've been thinking about it all day. Then finally, finally, I went to get my kids from school and the weirdest thing happened. My older son came out of the building -- he's 15 -- and suddenly this girl came out behind him and chased him halfway across the parking lot for a hug. And I mean chased. I was right by the door and he was tearing the other direction while my younger son stood beside the car yelling, "Run, Adam, run!" and sounding just like the Forrest Gump movie. Completely weird.

In other news -- which probably isn't news since you can see the blog -- the ol' blog has had an overhaul. I've had the other layout for over a year and I decided it was time for a change. Ta-da! On that note, if I used to list your blog in my favs and it's not there now, it's an accident. I lost all my sidebars when I remodeled and I've had to try to recreate...

That's about it. Welcome to December!!! I'm so excited to be here! I put out my Let It Snow towels this morning. I expect it will any day now -- snow that is. I hope it will!

See ya tomorrow!
~~Brynn