March 27, 2015

Friday Free Read: Lead Me Not...

This week's Free Read takes place in the world of the Four Courts; the urban fantasy series begun with Goblin Fires. Lead Me Not features one of the lovely Winter Royals: Talaith, Fourth Daughter of Oberon. If you've read Goblin Fires, this short story takes place before the events of that book.

Talaith recognized the perfume the moment she stepped into one of the private alcoves backstage. Jasmine and hibiscus: a scent all at once nostalgic, bittersweet, and arousing. Even in the pounding atmosphere of Frostbite, the New York nightclub owned and operated by the Winter Court—her court, in other words—that subtle scent stole all of Talaith's attention. 



"Kymera," she mused in a tone of playful exasperation. "What a pleasant surprise."

March 25, 2015

Wednesday Writing Challenge: Blood on the Floor

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge!

Every Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author, hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help you improve your craft.

 


 

??  Want to Participate  ??

The Wednesday Challenges are open to all readers. In order to participate, simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise. Not only is it good practice, but you could win something nifty and fun!

March Prize: A copy of Secret Identities, a new Breathless Press anthology!





For Full Contest Details, See Here ~

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER. OTHERWISE I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO NOTIFY YOU IF YOU WIN!

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 And now...

***Here's Today's Challenge!***

March 23, 2015

Talking Shop: Tentacles, Furries, Rape Fantasy ~ Taboo Sexual Fantasy

It's an exciting time to talk about sexual identity and lifestyle. Especially with the ever-increasing number of social media and special interest sites, many, many more people are finding a place to explore and learn more about their own sexual identities, and others who share them.

 

What's the difference between a hentai schoolgirl and a Catholic schoolgirl?

 

Even with this advent of increasing sexual identity awareness, though, there are still some areas of sexual fantasy and interest that get the side-eye from others. As an erotic author, this creates an opportunity: I'm a huge fan of exploration of these 'taboo' sexual fantasy realms, and the underlying allure that makes them attractive--and hopefully, more accessible to the mainstream.

March 19, 2015

Friday Free Read: The Gothic Doll

It's time to meet yet another one of the demon clans from my Blood and Fire series. You can read all about the succubi in my short novella, Angel's Keeping, but first enjoy a little taste of their magic with this story about a wistful young man and his darkest fantasy.

 

It started innocently enough: she appeared in the coffee shop, a fair-haired girl, a little gothic doll.  She wore dark lipstick, gray eyes framed by dark lashes and smoky eyeshadow.  She wore her hair with a headband decorated by the skull-and-crossbones symbol, and her off-the-shoulder black blouse showed the tattoo of a Chinese dragon winding up her right shoulder.  She sat in the corner, sinking into the cushions of a sofa to watch the readers with silent interest.


Darren noticed her during one of his poems, her head tilted slightly to the side as she listened, fingering the heavy pewter pendant around her throat.  She was instantly captivating: dark and elegant, beautiful in a way he might never have expected.  
When he left the stage, though, she glanced away, almost skittishly, and stood up again, hurrying out the door.

March 18, 2015

Wednesday Writing Challenge: Sensory Deprivation

Welcome to the Wednesday Writing Challenge! 


I was sad to see no one tried this one...so I'm giving it another go, but this time you can earn ~3~ entries in the monthly competition!

Do give it a try, darlings...

Every Wednesday, I pose a new writing challenge here on the blog. These challenges come from books on writing, classes I've taken on creative writing, or sometimes just from my own imagination. If you're an author, hopefully they will help you get your writing juices flowing and help you improve your craft.

 


Some of these challenges may be very good ones or may include an element I consider highly important for writers to learn...so occasionally I may cycle through some of my favorites more than once. 

 

??  Want to Participate  ??

The Wednesday Challenges are open to all readers. In order to participate, simply comment on the challenge post with your response to the exercise. Not only is it good practice, but you could win something nifty and fun!

 

March Prize: A copy of Secret Identities, a new Breathless Press anthology!




For Full Contest Details, See Here ~

PLEASE REMEMBER YOU MUST BE SIGNED UP FOR THE NEWSLETTER. OTHERWISE I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO NOTIFY YOU IF YOU WIN!

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 And now...

***Here's Today's Challenge!***


Write about an everyday interaction.

Walking the dog.

Gardening.

Eating a meal.

Chatting at the office.

Spending time with a loved one.

Make up your own.


Describe the experience as though you are completely blind.

March 15, 2015

Talking Shop: Fan-Fiction

Recently, an author friend of mine was the victim of a little author bullying, on the subject of fan fiction and writing. This particular brand of bullying comes along as a result of the idea that, "fan fiction is not real writing."

 

Thorin and Thranduil "slash" fiction

 

Truth Time: a few years back, I would completely agree with this opinion. I remember attending write-ins and kick-off parties for National Novel Writing Month, where fellow participants would announce their November project was a Dr. Who fan fic, or a mashup of their favorite Avengers/DC Characters, and--I'll admit--I harbored a very negative opinion of them. To me, National Novel Writing Month was a professional challenge, the purpose of which was to produce an original, imaginative, and potentially publishable work. People who used already-established characters and worlds as their set-up were, to my mind, 'cheating'.

March 13, 2015

Friday Free Read: Join the Party

In this week's Talking Shop, I discussed the positive points of a writer experimenting with a subject, without self-inhibition. It makes for a very good exercise, even if what the author is working on doesn't make it to publication.

That's what I had in mind when I wrote this short story: Join the Party. This is my attempt at writing something super-hot just for the sake of seeing how far I could push it.



The house was thumping with loud music and milling bodies, liquor flowing like, well, wine at a feast of Bacchus.  Yes, I know Greek mythologies—I’m a straight-A student.  Nobody at this party would probably expect that, though…

I grinned behind the lip of my red plastic cup.  I was drinking rum and coke tonight: sweet and bubbly, a little bit playful.  I was feeling a little bit playful.  No, heck… I was feeling downright dirty.