Flashback Friday

With all the “stuff” that happened this year, it’s been easy to forget that in order to be an author… I have to WRITE. Ha. Recently a couple of author/editor friends I respect enormously reminded me that I don’t suck as an author. Then I got a truly fantastic reader review of Light a Candle on ARe. *Then* I got the opportunity to sign a brand spanking new contract with Changeling Press for a “fun” (okay, it’s increasingly intense BDSM type fun) paranormal series, AND the kind of warm welcome back that sorta makes me feel like I don’t *entirely* suck as an artist and human being.

So, for Flashback Friday (after that massive info dump, lol), I’m sharing the release later this month of the 2nd edition of Willa’s Master, a het BDSM Changeling Hot Flash.

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http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=1388

I’m also sharing a couple of awards nominations Sierra and I got. It’s been a while, and I’d honestly forgotten them. Maybe with some new wind beneath my wings, I can get back there, yeah?

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FINALLY, Throwback Thursday!

So, long ago, in a galaxy far away, Sheri Ross Fogarty came to Sierra and I and said, “hey, you got anything for us?”

Overachievers that we are, we came up with a 12 fricking part series: The Queens of Merab.

Here’s the general blurb:

On the world of Merab, women rule while men weird the magic. It’s been an equitable system – until now. Crown Princess Temair finds herself on a Tour of the Queen Dom in search of her four Consorts — the four men whose Elemental magic will awaken her own. In the process she’s also found a troubled society where the men are tired of being used and exploited. Faced with rebellion and betrayal, Temair and her Consorts must find the strength within each other to become true leaders.

The original 4 book series began with Temair’s Fyre, a…um… Hot story of Temair and her first Consort, Fyre Lord Miach. This was the cover, which wasn’t particularly popular, but which I loved because the look on Temair’s face so perfectly fit her situation. A chubby bookworm, thrown into a position of power and, Goddess help her, SEX, long before she expected it.

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The books that follow explore not only a society in conflict, but a growing family in conflict. (Including the INSANELY Sexual tension between Miach and Second Consort, Dathan). While the stories aren’t currently available individually, you can find them HERE at Changeling Press for the ridiculously low price of $5.99 for the boxed set of four! They’re also on ARe and Amazon, though I haven’t price checked there.

Watch out Saturday for some Merab snark!

Monday Mancandy – Playing with FYRE

In preparation for Throwback Thursday’s visit to Merab, I give you Miach, First Consort and FYRE Lord.

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Three Degrees of Heat Throwback

It’s been, unbelievably, a good two years since the Three Degrees anthology came out! I learned a ton working w Stephani Hecht and Jackie Nacht, and came to deeply love the world and characters. I like to imagine Axe and Scotty working through Scotty’s issues, and eventually arriving at a place where their Domination and submission is as much a joy for them both as a refuge. It might not happen “on the page”, but I know it will happen.

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I’m throwing back to Three Degrees rather than continuing my passive aggressive campaign against 50 Shades of Domestic Violence*, is because Steph, Jackie and I had the great fun of guesting with WT Prater and Jennifer McFarland on Writers Online Network’s blogcast. Listen to it HERE:

It was a new experience for me, and lots of fun – to reconnect with WT, Steph and Jackie, and to get to know Jennifer… An honor and truly a pleasure!


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You can find Three Degrees of Heat Here:  at eXtasy Books. Stay tuned Saturday for some Three Degrees snark!

* NOTE: Because when he rescues Scott, the Omega is in a precarious mental state due to his abus at the hands of his sociopathic former Alpha, Axe puts him under a pretty heavy submission 24/7, until Scott comes enough out of his fear to be functional on his own and begin to re-enter society… This is a contrast to Christian Grey, who systematically breaks Ana down, isolates her from everyone but him, and is inconsistent enough to give the most steady, calm person alive an anxiety disorder.

On The Third Day of Christmas…

…my true love gave to me:

A Grumpy Santa, A Smokin’ Drag Queen, and a new definition of Relaxing Massage, all wrapped up in my new release!

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Available HERE at eXtasy Books!

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Two more pretty boys kissing (cuz, is it even POSSIBLE to get enough of that?).

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And another shot of Tequila Rose, as if I wasn’t already careening off the walls enough!

ANOTHER WINNER!

So, contest # 2 for me was a copy of Temair’s Fyre, the first in our (Sierra and mine – writing as Violet Summers) Queens of Merab series at Changeling Books.

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This one was HARD! So hard I had to cave and give two copies! Carol Coburn and Mary Frolich, how could I possibly choose between you? I’ll be hunting down emails tonight and tomorrow. If you haven’t got your copies of Temair’s Fyre from me by Sunday – STALK ME! Life has a bad habit of distracting me these days – so don’t let me do an “oops” and not send you your books!

 

Winner #1 – Santa Claus is COMING!

SantaClausIsComing_VJSummersThis one was tough! I mean, I’m reading your traditions and getting all teary… Sheesh! Luckily, I put the onus on Old Dude, and the man is guided by his stomach. So, for the copy of Santa Claus is Coming – out 12/15,  Old Dude insists on Retta’s fudge recipe! Which I’m re-posting here:

HEALTHY HEART FUDGE

2 tablespoons lowfat Butter
2/3 Cup evaporated skim milk
2½ cups Sugar
12 ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips
2½ ounce baby food prunes
7 ounce jar marshmallow cream
½ cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon vanilla

Line a 13 x 9 inch pan with waxed paper and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt Butter. Stir in milk and sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat and gradually stir in chocolate chips Add prunes, marshmallow cream, walnuts and vanilla. Pour into pan and chill. Cut into 48 pieces when firm. Yields 48 pieces
105 calories per piece with nuts 3Grams fat without nuts 2.5 per piece

So, Retta, I’m gonna try and hunt you down via email, but if you don’t hear from me by Sunday, when the book is out, STALK ME!!!

Congratulations, and thanks to all of you who participated. I’m gonna be a cooking fool for the next two weeks – all while watching A Christmas Story!