Samhain… Man…

I’m a little bit heartbroken and kind of crushed. I have Chrissy Brashear (and Heather Osborn) stories that I’ll tell another time. A time when my heart isn’t so sore.

I’ve talked many times how Joey W Hill’s ROUGH CANVAS was the first m/m *and* the first BDSM novel I fell in love with… But m/m was never EC’s strong seller (to my eventual personal disappointment), and many of my go-to m/m authors came from Samhain.

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KA Mitchell. Oh. Em. Gee. I discovered her during a *really* tense time in my life – my Goddaughter was in a bad situation and had come to live with me, I was fighting for her on so many levels, AND working in what was, in reality, an at-risk school. I think I went a good week w out sleeping at one point.

KA Mitchell probably saved my sanity that summer. I started w CHASING SMOKE, and then worked my way through her entire backlist. COLLISION  COURSE remains in my top 5 comfort reads of all time.

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JL Langley. The Englor books. LOVE. Passionately.

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Jordan Castillo Price. She’s only got the one book there, HEMOVORE. I got the impression it wasn’t universally embraced, but I loved it, and it led me to the Wild Bill & Michael stories (Also on my comfort read shelf!) & PsyCop – I actually LITERALLY finished re-reading the 7 main books this afternoon.

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So many amazing authors. Those are just my eatly discoveries Excellent editing, by and large.

ZA Maxfield…

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Gah!

And yes, selfishly, I’d hoped to be pubbed there someday, too.

My heart hurts for the authors and the readers. My heart hurts for Chrissy and her team.

My heart especially hurts for all the ePubs being crushed by the leviathan that is Amazon.

 

NaNo Week 1: “Na-Uh-Oh!”

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Not nearly enough words were written last week. Not. Nearly. Enough. I missed NaNo’s goal by a mile. I missed *my* goal by a galaxy. I have reasons AND excuses (and no, I don’t think the two are synonymous), but the fact is, I need to prioritize better, and stop letting the whole adulting thing paralyze me. Ack.

So, MORE WORDS WILL BE WRITTEN THIS WEEK! Which should be somewhat less daunting than last week, as whilst *not* writing, I did a large amount of scene building in my head. Yay, me, lol.

So in honor of NaNo Reboot: Inspirational ManCandy!

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NaNo Day 1.5 -ManCandy

So, I had a very lofty goal, but I fell so far short of it I’m not even going to say what it was, lol. I blame it on the World Series. I was really pulling for the Mets so we’d get at least one more game, and KC could take it at home. Ah, well. Half a cup is better than none, right?

As for NaNo, I got 506 words – and, to my horror, my porny little m/m erotic story grew a PLOT, and LAYERS, and MULTI-FUCKING-FACETED CHARACTERS! What the everloving fuck???

So, here’s my current inspiration picture (and the placeholder for my novel cover) AND your ManCandy:

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And, for anyone who’d like to be a writing buddy, my NaNo name is the VERY original VJ Summers, lol.

Happy writing!

Paging VJ Summers!

Yes. I vanished. And I was *very* aware of it.

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No excuses, but here’s my last two weeks:

  • The flu. I won’t elaborate other than to say that for a week I wanted to DIE.
  • Mama Drama. Apparently Advanced Directives only count when the nurse *reads* them. (Mom’s fine – just Villa seems to be making up reasons to transport her to the hospital when A) there’s no reason and B) it’s expressly forbidden in her AD. So frustrating! FOUR calls in five weeks, for Pete’s sake!)
  • Sick kitty! And not Gandalf for a change! #2 kitty, Velcro, managed to get swatted in the face, and the wound on her cheek festered. Bleck. So after a week of finding the wound (black fur – not easy to see through. We though it was an eye infection for a week!), getting her to the vet, and now doing the home treatments (God help me), I’ve lost a good couple hours a day regularly. Ugh!)

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So, blogging sorta slipped by the wayside. As yet another apology, here’s an extended ManCandy, Friday Guilt Edition. Enjoy!

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Have a fantastic Halloween weekend!

Monday Mancandy! (Suit Porn Edition)

So, in honor of Valentines Day, my Throwback Thursday was about Velvet Valentines. Here’s a glimpse of what Derek might look like on his way to court.

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Blogging FAIL

That is me.

Will it be less ridiculous – the amount of time since my last post – if I post ManCandy?

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I call this “Hot Leather Dude with Great Ass”.

Even the Meme Gods Love Carrie’s Answer!

The wonderful Rosemary Gunn shared this on my FB page – See, I’ve been saying all along that Marcus Worthington blows Christian Grey out of the water! HA!

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And, of course, Carrie’s Answer – book one in the Corporate Affairs series – is available at HERE at Ellora’s Cave, HERE at  Amazon for kindle, HERE at Barnes & Noble for Nook, and HERE at ARe. Check it out!

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The NEXT BIG THING…

Get ready, get set, cuz I’ve got a release tomorrow – providing, of course, that the world doesn’t come to an end! Birthday Licks, the prequel to Melting, will be out at Ellora’s Cave. You can find it HERE.

birthdaylicks_msrHere’s the blurb:

What happens when an untrained submissive drops into the lap of a Dom who isn’t looking for more than a hook-up? Every “Happily Ever After” has to start somewhere. Master Thomas and his beautiful submissive Ryan are rock solid and completely committed—now—but things weren’t always so smooth. Before Thomas and Ryan could get to their Melting point, Thomas had to light the candles and Ryan had to take his Birthday Licks.

Here’s the excerpt.

By reading any further, you are stating that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site.

An Excerpt From: BIRTHDAY LICKS

Copyright © VJ SUMMERS, 2012

All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.

“You’ve dropped your position.”

The words were soft, spoken without inflection, but they struck Ryan like a blow. He jerked upright, locking his hands at the small of his back and lowering his eyes.

“I’m sorry, Sir.” Because it seemed like what he was supposed to say. “And thank you.” Because he couldn’t have borne to let Vincent touch him, and he wasn’t entirely sure he could have continued this instruction with the other Dom’s ironic commentary. And he wasn’t ready for this interlude with Thomas to end.

“Forgiven.” Thomas leaned back, crossed one ankle over the opposite knee. Ryan slanted a glance upward, trying to read the Dom’s face through his lashes. Thomas lifted his glass, a snifter with about an inch of amber-looking liquid swirling around the bottom, and Ryan had a brief moment to be grateful he hadn’t knocked Thomas’ drink flying when he’d fallen into his lap.

“So, we’ve established you don’t want Vincent to spank you.” The amusement in Thomas’ voice was so dry it was almost undetectable, but it was also about a million times more authentic than Vincent’s raucous laughter had been.

“No, Sir. I don’t want him.” Was that an invitation? A hint? Ryan thought he might have meant for it to be one. Would Thomas take him up on it?

“But you want to be spanked.” Ryan nodded slowly. “By a Mistress?” Ryan’s gaze jerked up involuntarily. Was he kidding? Thomas raised that expressive brow and Ryan lowered his eyes again.

“Hmmm.” Thomas shifted a bit. Ryan thought he might be taking a sip of his drink. “Some men, even gay men, prefer to have a Mistress. Domination and submission, while always intensely intimate, isn’t necessarily always sexual.” Thomas was silent a while, long enough that Ryan thought he should be starting to feel awkward, but somehow Thomas’ very presence kept him calm.

“So, it’s not men you object to. Just Vincent.”

“Yes, Sir.”

“Look around, beautiful. Do you see anyone who looks tempting?”

Seriously? Did Thomas seriously not feel Ryan’s entire body yearning toward him? Ryan looked obediently around the room, not really seeing anything. A flash of green near the bar might have been Tristan. A glint of silver hovering a few feet from their little nest could have been Vincent, though Ryan deliberately refused to focus on him.

Really, he didn’t want to focus on anyone at all. He wanted Thomas, and it was beyond belief that the Dom didn’t feel the thread of energy stretching between them as strongly as Ryan did.

Ryan stole another peek at Thomas, peering up while trying to hide behind the hair flopping in his eyes. Oh, no. The Dom absolutely was feeling the connection every bit as strongly as Ryan did. An erection that looked like an iron bar strained at his faded jeans, and his lips looked full and flushed. But one finger tapped restlessly against the side of his snifter as he gazed pensively into his drink rather than at Ryan.

It was awkward and embarrassing, but Ryan suspected a lot of D/s stuff would be awkward and embarrassing, probably for a good long while. The important part, he thought, was to push through the awkward and be honest. Because what was the point of any of this if he wasn’t being honest, right?

“I want it from you, Sir.” He was proud of the fact he managed to keep his voice steady. Especially when Thomas turned dark, brooding eyes in his direction.

Pimpin’ My Books

We’ve got not one but TWO new releases today from Ellora’s Cave! Binding Ben and Educating Nadia are connected by a recurring character (Dom Alex), but both stand alone. They’re both het (though Binding Ben has a Domina and pegging – does that count, lol?), with bbw heroines and hot, sexy men.

Here’re the blurbs:

With luscious curves and a desire to dominate, Stacey Stanton is a masterful Domina with her own pleasure room at a local club. It took three long years for her to become comfortable in her own skin, let alone with her need to Domme, and her silence cost her the relationship with the man of her dreams.

Ben has always wanted to explore his sexually submissive desires, but feared giving in to his needs and opening himself to the experience. That fearfulness ruined his relationship with Stacey. Now, with nothing left to lose, he’s finally ready to man up and explore his submissive self.

When Stacey and Ben meet again in the most unexpected of places, they’ll have to decide once and for all if theirs is a love worth fighting for—especially since they’re fighting their own fears.

Nadia Fleming has always had a bit of a “thing” for her neighbor, Alex Johnson, even though she knows they couldn’t be more wrong for each other. Alex is a professor of romantic literature at the local college, while Nadia barely completed her GED, for heaven’s sake! Resigning herself to remaining just friends doesn’t kill her crush, though, and it just gets worse when she inadvertently opens a package of sex toys destined for his address.

Alex is beyond relieved when his secret life as a Dom is exposed to Nadia. He’s been lusting after his neighbor and best friend forever, and he knows if she’ll just believe in him—and in herself—they could have something really special together. Maybe now, by tying her up, he can release the bonds around her heart and teach her that love isn’t always where we expect it.

They’re not up quite yet, as I’m posting at the butt crack of dawn, but in another couple hours you can find them HERE!