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Capturing the Moment

Capturing the Moment

Exciting news #1–Capturing the Moment is now on sale as a paperback.  You can buy it here.

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Exciting news #2 is that I’ve had my first acceptance of 2107. I’m very excited to share more about this anthology when the editor gives the ok.

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Finally, we have arrived back in the US after nearly seven years in Singapore. While I’m partially excited to be back, I wish it were in a different political climate. One of the things I’ll need to do is find a balance between writing and activism.

My next big project is to work on Plunder. I had some good feedback on the first draft, and although it means a total overhaul, I have faith that I can do it. When that is back in my beta’s hands, I have the idea for the start of a paranormal erotic romance series because apparently I can’t stay in my subgenre lane. I also have the plan for another contemporary, with the ambivalence of leaving and arriving in a home country that feels foreign (which is what I’m experiencing right now) with the added complication of a budding international romance.

 

Sneak Peek-What I Did for Lust

I’m excited to announce I’ll be part of the Prompted anthology, coming in 2016. Authors picked from prompts and wrote a 500-1500 word story, based on a a short prompt. I picked “oops! I sexted my boss.”.

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What I Did for Lust is set in a failing piano bar. Gabby is trying to come to terms with impending bankruptcy when this happens…

Gabby’s phone buzzed with an incoming text.  She winced when she saw it was from Dev, the grad student with the golden hands who tickled the ivories four nights a week. They were supposed to be closing together, but she was hiding in her office, praying for a winning lottery ticket.

You look edible in blue.

Gabby bobbled her phone, all thoughts of impending financial ruin gone.

Months of smoldering tension had resulted in a single, torrid kiss several weeks ago in the storeroom. The sequence of events was still hazy. All she could remember was walking in on him, shirtless, muscles rippling beneath his dark brown skin as he lifted a case of vodka onto a shelf, and almost drooling. The next thing she remembered was her back pressed against the wall, her legs wrapped around his waist, their tongues mating frantically.

He had never mentioned their make-out session afterward. Gabriella had been trying to convince herself it’d been an incredibly vivid daydream. What the hell was this?

Dev had looked sinfully handsome in the white oxford shirt he’d paired with jeans tonight. Before the second set, he’d unbuttoned the cuffs and rolled the sleeves halfway up his forearms. She was pretty sure she’d whimpered, but the opening notes of Master of the House had covered the sound.

I think you look edible all the time.

***What I Did for Lust is a play on the song “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line

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Dumped (sneak peek)

On Tuesday I published my 2015 year in review. I mentioned that I have a story called Dumped in Intrepid Horizons (coming in early 2016). I realized I’d never mentioned this story or shared a sneak peek, so I thought I’d do so.

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As a child I adored unicorns. Although a bit obscure, one of my favorite series growing up was The Secret of the Unicorn Queen a six novel series about this modern girl who gets swept away to a magical land. There’s a group of warrior women riding on unicorns, a hunky love interest, and (although I didn’t know this was such a cliché at the time) scaring away the powerful sorcerer with the “magic” of a walkman. (I’m not the only fan–there is fanfic out there, people.) It seemed as if the series was coming back into print, but after the first two novels were published the final four were not, much to my disappointment.

From there I read all manner of unicorn related fantasy, and then graduated into the talking white horses of Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series (which are, let’s be real, unicorns sans horns) as a teenager.

The thing about unicorns is that they’re always presented as such magical beings of good and kindness and would NEVER do anything harmful.

Although I read a short story in one of Bruce Coville’s unicorn anthologies when I was maybe nine or ten, it has always stuck with me because the character was the first I’d seen who broke that stereotype. (It featured a jerk unicorn and a cat, if anyone remembers the story and can tell me the title.)

When my friend Jessica asked me if I was interested in writing a story for her upcoming anthology Intrepid Horizons, I wasn’t sure what she would think of my story–A Unicorn’s Virgin is fired for the crime of turning thirty, and is then kidnapped and left as bait for a rampaging dragon. Luckily Jess enjoyed it, and Dumped will be included in that publication. Below is an excerpt.

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“You’re turning thirty.” Storm remarked.

Neri had been weaving flowers into his mane. “Yes, tomorrow,” she said cautiously. A ball of dread formed in the pit of her stomach. Something about his tone made her nimble fingers suddenly thick and uncoordinated. Storm had been acting secretive for the past few months—she’d known something was amiss, and it seemed that Storm was ready to lower the boom.

Thir-ty,” the Unicorn repeated, drawing out the blasphemous word. He shuddered. “I have to let you go, Neri. I’ve grown so used to you, but thirty? It’s time for a change.”

“But—” Tears pricked Neri’s eyes. “What am I supposed to do now? All I’ve ever done is take care of you. I turned down offers of marriage for you!”

“Please. You wouldn’t have been happy as a trophy wife. If you want to get married, some widower will probably take you on to mother his passel of brats. Your standards are slipping anyway—there’s a dull spot, there.” Storm critically inspected the polish on his hoof.

“Who will look after you, Storm?” Neri asked. Storm might be prissy, but he was familiar. “You can’t curry yourself, and you don’t like strangers touching you.”

The Unicorn’s eyes turned dreamy. “Lyria turns eighteen today. Eighteen,” he repeated with a shiver of delight.

Lyria. You could have more interesting conversation with the grinding stone in her father’s mill. Apparently honey blonde hair and dazzling green eyes made up for a dull personality in Storm’s world. They would be a striking pair, especially once she started wearing the gorgeous gowns donated to the Virgin.

Neri glanced down at herself. She wore a comfortable pair of fawn trousers with a draped top. The top had once been the same color as Storm’s eyes, but years of wearing it for the morning curry session had faded it to a dull green. Neri’s waist-length brown hair was back in a serviceable braid. She wore boots, rather than delicate slippers.

Maybe if I’d put in more of an effort to look prettier, he’d still want to be with me?

“Eighteen, eighteen, eighteen,” the Unicorn was practically singing the word.

Maybe not.

I’ll let you know when Strange Horizons is available for pre-order/purchase. If you want to see what I can do with a non-erotica story and enjoy fantasy, you’ll like this one!

Odds and Ends

Today’s post is full of random bits, so I’m going to just do a bullet points entry

  • The very belated winner from the Thanksgiving Blog Hop is The Red Cross. A donation was made, and proof sent to the winning comment.
  • On a related note, I’ve had a story titled “The Finer Things in Life” accepted for another Coming Together anthology–Coming Together: Keeping Warm, scheduled to release on Dec 25
  • Before Keeping Warm is released, you’ll get to read “The Finer Things in Life” on Tamsin’s Supererotica Advent Calendar.
  • Speaking of Tamsin, did you know that she has released the December chapter of Alchemy XII? As a beta reader, I’m obviously a bit biased, but I’m so proud of her and I think it’s an amazing BDSM novel.
  • Thinking of novels–or Novellas, in my case–Capturing the Moment will be available for pre-order from Totally Bound on March 15, for purchase on Totally Bound on March 29 and for sale widely on April 29, 2016

 

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And finally, greetings from paradise. We saw this beautiful rainbow appear over our hotel yesterday.

 

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT–Capturing the Moment

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I’ve been prattling on about Meg and RJ and Siem Reap, Cambodia since January.  Well, I have awesome news…

I have signed a contract with Totally Bound, and the story, called Capturing the Moment will be published in 2016!!!!

This is a major milestone for me as a writer–it will be my first solo publication. This is the first time I’ve had input on a cover. The first time I’ll get a credit in my name on Amazon. My first solo credit on Goodreads.

To celebrate, here’s another teeny peek at their story

 

Once seated in the vehicle, RJ kissed Meg thoroughly. “Tell me more about the strippers and how you got naked in the Champagne Lounge with them. Tell me about how all the businessmen made it rain money while you guys sixty-nined each other.”

She laughed. “No wonder you’re so successful. That’s quite the vivid imagination you’ve got there. But I think you’re forgetting something.”

“You’re right. I totally forgot the whipped cream. Who licked it off who?”

Shaking her head, she said “You’ve forgotten about the dance you owe me. It’s the idea of you stripping that’s got me all hot and bothered. So now you owe me the dance, and you have to make sure it’s good enough to make up for leaving the Aspara performance, too.”

RJ pulled away. “Wait a minute. You deliberately misinterpreted what I said. You owe me a dance, Megan. Not the other way around.”

“So you’re going to chicken out?” she taunted.

Acceptance! Strange Shifters

My illness in April of this year derailed a lot of plans, both personally and professionally. After my professional hiatus, the first story I (re)wrote when I got back on the proverbial horse centered around one of my favorite secondary characters to date; Blitzen the nerdy shape-shifting reindeer.

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This morning I received wonderful news; my story “A Reindeer By Any Other Name” has been accepted into the upcoming anthology Strange Shifters, edited by Lynn Townsend, which will be published Halloween 2015.

Proceeds from Strange Shifters will go to Bat World Sanctuary

I chose this particular charity because I love bats. They’re part of our circle of life, they eat bugs, and they’re like miniature flying foxes. Bat World Sanctuary cares for injured bats and homes ones that cannot return to the wild, as well as helping to spread awareness, prevent deforestation, and other bat-saving efforts.–Lynn Townsend

You can read an excerpt from “A Reindeer By Any Other Name” here.