Getting Ready for RomantiCon and GRL – and Snark

So, this time tomorrow, instead of trying to type while my very large and overly affectionate cat rubs all over my hands and face, I’ll be at EC’s RomantiCon getting ready for the public book signing at the SEXpo – which I actually have TWO print books for! I’m bummed beyond words to miss the whole Con – the workshops in the past have been awesome, and the company even better. Unfortunately the demise of my day job, as acrimonious as our “relationship” was, made it necessary for me to choose, and since I’m primarily a m/m writer, business sense dictated choosing GRL and Albuquerque. Which is my other squee – Tuesday afternoon I’ll be winging my way toward New Mexico and GayRomLit! Last year was so far  beyond awesome, I can’t even begin to describe it. And, looking at the calendar, I expect this year to be even better!

So, at RomantiCon, look for me tomorrow at the public signing. I’ll be there with Sierra signing copies of Carrie’s Answer and Meredith’s Awakening. Hopefully I’ll also have cover flats for Melting and Under the Influence.

Then, if you’re at GRL next weekend, look for me there, too! I’ll be doing a reading Saturday, at 10, I think. I’ll also have copies of Velvet Memories, the last Liquid Silver “Violet Summers” book, and the most recent Scenes from Velvet Ice novella. V-M is no longer available at LSB (in fact, none of the Violet Summers are available at LSB due to a slight snafu as we re-acquired rights to our stories), so the ONLY place you’ll be able to get it is from me at GRL. (::very sad face::)

SOOOO… In honor of my RC signing this week’s snark is another clip from Daniel’s Surrender. Be warned, Daniel is a mmf menage, so you’ll find a goodly amount of boobies. In fact, this snark has some boobies, though they stay entirely covered in this clip.

The set up: Daniel is on his way to confront Matthew about their situation – Marcus’ disappearance, Marc and Daniel’s past sharing of women (including Marc’s evil ex-wife and the current love of his life), and the relationship between Matt and Daniel that Daniel is determined to deny.

Lost in thought, he wasn’t looking where he was going when he felt a bump. Hearing a small “Omph.” He looked down.

Sprawled on the floor in front of him was the most delicious pixie he’d encountered in a long while.

“You just going to stand there, or are you going to help a girl up?”

Daniel crossed his arms. Her voice was mellow. It reminded him of music. And there was something in her eyes. An openness. A calming effect when she looked at him. It warmed his insides, relieving some of the tension he’d felt just a moment before.

“Well, I don’t know,” he deliberately ran his eyes over her curvy body, “what’s my incentive for helping a damsel in distress?”

“Listen, big guy, you can’t knock a girl on her ass and expect her to help herself up. What kind of gentleman would you be?” She had the most adorable way of wrinkling her nose when she smiled. He wanted to see her smile again.

Daniel laughed, the first real one he’d had in a long time. Reaching down, he grasped her forearm, helping her to stand. He deliberately pulled too hard, causing her to stumble straight into his arms. He tightened his grip around her back. Her smell was intoxicating, her nipples, hard little nubs brushed over his chest. Thoughts of her lying between him and Matt clouded his brain. She made a small sound as she felt his erection growing.

“Angel, I’m not a gentleman of any sort.”

Daniel’s Surrender is the final book in the Corporate Affairs trilogy, available now at Ellora’s Cave. Carrie’s Answer, book one, is currently available in paperback, and Meredith’s Awakening, book two, is available as a special release tomorrow at RomantiCon (it’ll have an official release sometime in the next few months), and Daniel’s Surrender is available in ebook format, though we hope to see it in print sometime early-ish next year. Get them HERE.

I’m pretty sure I’m the only one snarking this week – everyone’s wrapped up in getting ready to travel – (I’m embarrassed to say I’ve been packed since last week…), but as always if you scroll through Marie Sexton’s website, you’ll find a linky tool with the addies of the usual snarky suspects.

So, on a final note – if you’re at RomantiCon, COME SAY HI! I’m desperately afraid Sierra and I will end up sitting alone at a table for four hours! And, if you’re at GRL, COME SAY HI! Believe it or not, when you get me IRL, I’m a bit on the shy and reclusive side. But if *you* come to *me*, I’ll be so grateful you’ll probably have a friend for life!

Safe travels to all my author and reader friends!

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Why I FAILED Pimping 101

So, I have two new books out, and I’ve done NO publicizing. Not a jot nor a tittle. What makes this super bad is that they’re both IMPORTANT books – at least to me.
On July 25, Ellora’s Cave released the print edition. Let me repeat that. Ellora’s Cave released THE PRINT VERSION of Carrie’s Answer.

I HAVE A PRINT BOOK!!!!

Now, I’m the first to argue to the pain that ebooks are every bit as valid as dead-tree books. In fact, I’ve converted going on 90% of my library to ebooks. But there’s a teeny tiny little part of me that feels like I’m finally a “real” author. Stupid? Yes. But I HAVE A PRINT BOOK! I wanna just roll around nekkid on a big pile of ’em.

You can find the stunningly beautiful (and not just cuz it’s print, the cover kicks ass) print edition of Carrie’s Answer HERE. The excerpt is HERE. Go. Read. Buy. Fondle. Bring it to the Sexporium at RomantiCon and have Sierra and I sign it.

On a side note, Carrie’s Answer (a m/f, with an explicit m/f/m menage scene) is the first book Sierra and I published, under the name Violet Summers. It was a labor of love, and felt rather like going through labor during each of its edits. We are so proud of CA, and hope you all love it – both incarnations in ebook, and the PRINT VERSION – as much as we do.

Carrie is the first in what was originally the Worthington Group, and is now the Corporate Affairs series. Meredith’s Awakening is available at (Meredith’s Awakening has a tasty m/m voyuristic scene, but is primarily m/f) HERE, and now, the final book in this trilogy, Daniel’s Surrender, is available at HERE at Ellora’s Cave. Check out Daniel’s excerpt HERE.

Daniel is a special story for me. Not only is it our second most requested book (the first is Brady’s story from Scenes from Velvet Ice – yes, Wen-Wen, it will eventually come, but Sierra, Brady and I just aren’t there yet), but it’s the first book Si and I finished, and the only book that flowed effortlessly from beginning to end and through both edit processes (with love to Terri and April). 30+ books later and it remains my favorite child.

So, coming full circle, Carrie’s Answer is now available IN PRINT, and the finale of that trilogy, Daniel’s Surrender, is finally available in its ebook second edition HERE.

I hope you’ll love these labors of our heart as much as Sierra and I do!

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