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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Binding Ben Snark!

Okay, just to be clear, there is NO PEGGING in the snark. There IS pegging later in the story, and it’s intense and intimate and (I think) pretty damned hot. But it’s in no way snarky.

So. Three years ago Stacey and Ben were hopelessly in love – and were hopelessly hiding their true desires from each other for fear of rejection, which caused the eventual end of their relationship. This (again, kind of a theme for me, apparently) isn’t *exactly* snark. It *is* Ben imagining what he might say if he actually sacked up enough to call Stacey.

Not a day passed that he didn’t think about her, miss her, but he never found the guts to call her.

How did you tell the only woman you ever loved that you wanted her to tie you up and take you?

How many times while they were making love had he wished she would have spanked his ass, slid her finger deep into him and made him even one of the kinky things he’d jacked off thinking about?

Shit, she’d have a stroke!

Back in 2008, when Binding Ben was first published, we got this awesome 4.5 pixie review from Manda at Fallen Angel Reviews:
…BINDING BEN is an evocative study of the need for sexual honesty and truth in love and relationships. The poignant telling of the disintegration of Ben and Stacey’s bond, due to their separate feelings of fear and rejection, was moving. I loved the way Violet Summers (Yeah, that’s me & Sierra) leads us down the road of Ben’s discovery and exploration into the world of submission. It was as if I were right there with him, experiencing the sexual satisfaction, but still missing the sensual peace that provides emotional fulfillment. The joy and pleasure that Ben felt, while spending the evening being dominated by Stacey, (unknown to him) shines out to the reader. Everything about this story is sizzling hot! From the sex, the binding and whipping, the ultimate culmination of Ben’s secret fantasy, and the swirling emotions that flavor the scenes, BINDING BEN delivers an explosion of sure to please action. Sierra Summers and Violet Johnson (VJ Summers, lol) have a top-notch partnership, which produced an excellent story that gives satisfaction on multiple levels.

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You can find Binding Ben and it’s companion story, Educating Nadia, for a mind blowing (um, MY mind’s blown) 75 cents each, HERE.

And here’s a hot guy…

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Throwback Thursday: Carrie’s Answer

So, a long time ago (like 9-ish years) in a galaxy far away (like, Westland) Lora Leigh did a book signing at my favorite indie bookstore. She was friends w the owner, so she agreed to hang out with the budding writing group Seirra, Tawny Taylor (when she could – she had a toddler at home, and being a pro, she didn’t need the amount of handholding  we did, lol) and another lady had started. As we talked to Lora about our writing struggles, the main one (well, for everyone but Sierra) was that we could write striking scenes, but had trouble stringing them together. So Lora gave us a challenge. Each of us was to write a short story that shared a world and characters w the other two… Together we’d come up w some facimile of a complete story. We also had to write something that pushed our boundaries. Double eep.

Sierra started w a very short and incomplete BDSM Carrie’s Answer. I wrote the m/m voyeur scene from Meredith’s Awakening. Our third writer didn’t have email at the time, so she missed a lot of our online brainstorming. She contributed a *beautifully* written scene w a bastard brother for Marcus and Meredith, but she was determined that Meredith love him, and also that Meredith play the femme fatal.

If you’ve read Meredith’s Awakening, you know that is the polar opposite of who Meredith is.

So, as she despised Meredith for her anger and unresolved issues, she decided to bow out. I’m not in touch w her anymore, but I hope she’s somewhere out there writing. I have NEVER read more sublime descriptions of the ocean. Ever.

That left Sierra and me w two partially finished books and a gaping hole where the third part of the braid belonged. I’m not sure which of us came up w the idea to collaborate on that last story… I think it was Sierra. I *do* know that making it a m/m/f was me… my kink was well under way.

“Hmmmm,” says I. “That dick-head Daniel  from Carrie’s Answer was bi, wasn’t he? What if we hook him up w Marcus’ supposedly straight baby brother?” Cue the miniacal laughter – we were gonna f*ck w these boys SO HARD.

So, we actually wrote Daniel’s Surrender first, and everything about writing it was a joy. That sucker seemed to flow directly from my brain through my keyboard. And, we thought it just might be GOOD!

At that point we realized we actually worked pretty well together, and went back and did some major surgery on Carrie’s Answer, and some INSANELY major surgery on Meredith’s Awakening, and there we were w a completed trilogy. How the heck did THAT happen?

So, Sierra researched e-pubs while I wrote the synopsis (gak!) and after submitting it to four publishers, on New Year’s Day, Liquid Silver made us an offer we couldn’t refuse. (Though we might have if we’d had a clue how traumatic the edits would be – not like mechanics or plot holes, but entire plot changes, with our editor trying to muscle us into modeling Marcus after Jaime from Outlander. Um, hello. Sexual Dominant here!) She also “made” us change a major plot point, which neither of us ever really hot over resenting.*

Be that as it may, the Worthington Group trilogy did well, and we left it there a loooong time before the lure of having it in print (and fixing that damned plot change that was gnawing at us both) seduced us to Ellora’s Cave.

So, directly below is the original cover art from the first, Liquid Silver, edition of Carrie’s Answer.

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Now Carrie and the rest of the Worthington’s are safely at EC under the series title Corporate Affairs. They’re good, and Sierra and I are stupidly proud of them. And they’re all available in print! And, as much as we loved the original cover – Check. This. Out.

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Please buy it (and the sequels). Yes, it’s at Ellora’s Cave. Buy it anyway.  Writing this series was like giving birth to triplets – moments of beauty, hours of pain, and in the end, something we are so proud of and excited to share w the world

*We asked very nicely for a new editor for book two – since we were newbies and wanted to see how we worked w people of different styles. Terri Schaffer took us under her wing, and made editing a constructive and productive undertaking. Thank you, Chica. Love you forever!

Saturday Snark – or, turning over a new leaf…

The RevSo, a couple weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to start blogging regularly, and more effectively. So, I came up with a plan! Three days a week you should hear from me: On Mondays for MONDAY MANCANDY (oh, yeah, baby – I gots it by the fuck-ton!), Thursdays for THURSDAY THROWBACK, wherein I will share the history of Violet Summers/VJ Summers through books, haiku, and occasional song. I apologize in advance. And, maybe my favorite of all: SATURDAY SNARK. I got this idea from Marie Sexton, who did it for quite a while a couple of years ago, and pretty soon a bunch of us joined in via a linkety at the bottom of her posts. I have NO IDEA how to set a linkety, so I’ll just invite anyone with awesome snark to post it in the comments. Also, because I’m incredibly snarky in real life, but it doesn’t always translate into my writing, I’m going to invite author friends to contribute. So, while the first few might be all me, hopefully we’ll get some awesome snark from some awesome authors. (Mercy Celeste, in Crazy from the Heat, wrote some of the best I’ve ever read. As did K.A. Mitchell in Bad Boyfriend.)

So, here’s a sexy boy, then on to the snark!

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!