Twice in a Lifetime

Available January 22, 2018

When widow Talia Wasserman applies for a job with the local police department, she’s shocked to discover she’ll be working for Lieutenant Eve Poe, an officer she’d met—and been attracted to—during a long-ago citizen’s police academy workshop. Fifteen years later, the spark is still there, and no one’s currently in Talia’s life or in her bed. But there’s just one teeny, tiny problem. Eve is her boss, so she’s completely off limits.

 

Eve feels a sizzling connection with Talia from the very first, but Talia works for her, and that’s just a bad idea. Besides, Eve needs to focus on the person sending disturbing emails to her office, and not on the woman who quickly makes herself invaluable to the department. It’s too bad her heart doesn’t agree with her.

 

Then Eve is badly injured in the line of duty, and Talia’s worst fears are realized. She may lose her chance at happiness with the woman she’s come to love, and she can’t survive that kind of loss twice in a lifetime.

(approx 54,000 words)

When You’re More OrganISHed than Organized

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I must confess, I am probably not the best person to talk about getting organized.  I’m one of those people who buys a calendar, uses it for all of January, and then….where’d that thing go? Short attention span, maybe? Or too much going on in my life?  If so, you’d THINK I’d be better about sticking to it, wouldn’t you?

WELL, I’M NOT. 

*clears throat*   When it comes to organization, I’m more organISHed than organized! Which is why I plan to glom everyone else’s posts and see if I can find some good life hacks! I am organized about some things, and other things I’m trying. Here are the ways I’m trying to bring order to chaos:  

BOOK FILES:  On my laptop, I have a folder called “BOOKS” under my documents.  Within that folder, I have folders for each project, as well as folders for my writing expenses, my blog posts, and pictures that inspire characters. DirectoryStructure For example, I have a folder for my Bondage and Breakfast series with Carina.  There are multiple folders there…one for each of the 4 published books, one for each of the short free pieces I’ve written between the books. With each of the book’s folders, I have additional folders for files on each phase of the process…original files, crit files, submission files, developmental edit files, copy edit files, and then final files.  I can see, in a snap, everything related to a specific project.

 

MICROSOFTE ONENOTE: I’m playing with OneNote as a way to organize ideas for books. So far, I’m not loving it, but because I see the potential and I also see a good use for it in my day job, I’m signed up to take an online class for it as part of my education for the year. Shhhhh…..tell no one I’m doing double duty!

 

EXCEL SPREADSHEETS:  I have two I keep pinned to my desktop…one is my character bible, where I keep track of things like names, nicknames, ages, hair and eye colors, jobs. I seem to have a thing for the name Marcus and the name Alex, so, uh….this is totally necessary!  The other is a word count tracker that I started out GREAT on at the beginning of the year…and totally fizzled on.  Not sure it’s working for me, so I’m hoping someone else has a better version or way for that.

 

STORY IDEA BINDER:  When I was a mere fluffy kitten, I wrote many, many, many extremely short pieces of fiction as part of an online writer’s group. Maybe I’ll use them. Maybe I won’t. But I’ve got them sorted into Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, etc,  and every once in a while I pull an idea from that binder. Forbidden Fires is one of those stories that came from that binder of short fiction I wrote ten years ago. One thousand words to 52,000 words….and published! 

 

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WRITING ON THE GO:  I keep a notebook with me at all times. A small one lives in my purse, but when I travel (and leave my laptop behind) I bring out the big guns… a real notebook and a pencil case carrying everything I might need. I like the 6.5” x 8.5” spiral notebooks you can get at Target or Walmart. The last one I bought, which I love, didn’t have a folder, so I added one myself to the back cover. 

Have you met washi tape yet? It’s awesome. I also make sure I have binder clips (love those things – they work better than paperclips, IMO) and post it notes in every color of the rainbow.  My pencil case doesn’t have pencils, it has pens, washi tape, a pair of scissors, highlighters.   This way, I’m set for anything I want…jotting notes, edits, reading a hard copy of something I’m working on.  I’m also trying to set up a bag that’s a mobile office. My notebook and my pencil case would go in there, along with some snacks (writers gotta eat!) and anything I need that doesn’t fit into the notebook or the pencil case. 

 

ALL IN ONE BINDER:  I’m also testing out a binder system. Same size, but with the ability to add pages in whatever order I want. A little heavier so not as convenient, but I also have a portable hole-puncher I can keep right in the binder so I can add things easily.   Target has a pretty good selection of stuff for these smaller binders, including pocket folders, dividers, sheet protectors and loose-leaf paper. Plus, there are a ton of printable pages online to help customize what you need. And because this blog hop got me thinking about the fact that my brain no longer coughs up info as easily as it used to and some stuff just slips right out of my mind, this weekend I bought an academic planner for $1 at Dollar Tree, took the wire binding off it, and plopped it right into my binder! Voila!  I usually buy a wire-bound calendar each year anyway, but I’m thinking if I keep a one in the binder, I might use it more.  

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I can think of other things for the binder as well:  Expense register. Word count goals. Blog post ideas. A copy of my character bible. Self-care journal with things like food tracking, water intake, exercise.  Grocery list. Vacation planning.  School schedule.  And these don’t have to be all separate pages, either….I love the idea of bullet journaling. 

 

MY SUGGESTIONS:  If you’re trying to figure out how to get organized…look on tumblr or Pinterest! There are a ton of blogs out there for getting organized, mostly school stuff but easily adaptable for a writing life! Though I do have to warn you – both those sites may make you feel like you can never measure up. Ignore that, look for ideas that you can use and maintain, and toss the rest of it out the window!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my story of organISHation, and I’d love to hear what tricks you have for keeping your life together!  Also, click the link below for a chance to enter a giveaway!

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Forbidden Forevers: A Bondage & Breakfast Celebration

FForevers_CoverAs a special gift for my readers, I’ve written a (longer than expected!) short story with the main characters from all four Forbidden books.

In Forbidden Forevers, catch up with Gabe and his friends when he and Olivia throw a kinky New Year’s Eve party….

Download PDF here: Forbidden Forevers Free Read

 

 

 

Sidney Bristol’s BDSM Bookapalooza!

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Today, I’m hanging out with good friend Sidney Bristol during her BDSM Bookapalooza.  Follow the link to read my blog post on The Lighter Side of Kink, and then noodle around her site looking at the other posts. There’s a lot of great BDSM reading there, both about writing and people who are in the lifestyle (and in some cases, both!)

And while you’re there, check out her books. She’s a fabulous writer!

 

 

My Writing Process

Today I’m taking the baton for this fun blog hop from the lovely Seleste deLaney (also known as Julie Particka for her YA!)  You should stop by and read about her writing process!

1)  What am I working on?

Right now, I’m working on a novella that I’m hoping will be a three book series. It already includes two characters you’ve met, Jeremy Kohler (from Matzoh and Mistletoe) and Delia Butler (from Forbidden Fires).  This story features Jason Locke (yep, another Dom – what can I say?) and Abby Barnes who meet unexpectedly and then discover they may be suited for each other.  I’ve also got an entire of file of ideas screaming “me next!” but I want to get this one done.

 

2)   How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I tend to write sweet Doms. Oh, they’re alphas, but they’re not alphaholes. They want control, but they’re not jerks about it. Gabe from Forbidden Obsessions is case in point.

 

3)  Why do I write what I do?

A few reasons. I’ve found I really like that wide open door found in erotic romance, and it’s what I enjoy reading, as well.  And sex is such an integral, complex part of a relationship, so I like showing how a character learning more about his and/or her sexual self creates obstacles and opportunities.

 

4) How does my writing process work?

There’s a process? How come no one told me? *pauses* All kidding aside, every author’s process is different.

notebooksI get an idea, and I jot a few sentences about it in a file I call “next projects.”  I’ve always got a notebook with me just in case.  If I’m working on something else, that may be as far as I go with it for now, but I never want to lose those ideas. (All bets are off when I’m sleeping, though. Those? They usually get lost. *le sigh*)

When I’m actively working on something, I rarely read anything new, or I’ll read in a completely different genre, like mystery. I’m wary of what I call “cross-contamination” and I don’t want someone else’s words to influence my own.

I tend to write one day, and review what I’ve written the next. I make any changes (usually less than half an hour) and then I move on. I *must* write in a linear fashion – I can’t skip around — and I don’t generally plot. Which means if I’m stuck on direction, I’m STUCK. Sort of a pain, but it’s a process that’s worked five times so far!

And I write fairly complete drafts. I’m not one of those people who do three and four rewrites before they submit.  I also write full chapters — I know a lot of people don’t put chapter breaks in until the end, but honestly, that would make me crazy! *shudders*

 

So, that’s it for me! Next up to talk about their writing processes are lovely authors Vivian Arend , Cathy Pegau, and Regina West.  Their posts will be up next week, May 19th!

 

Season of Seduction Release Party!

Season of SeductionIt’s time for a  party! On Thursday, November 21st, Season of Seduction releases. This anthology includes stories from Jeffe Kennedy, Christine d’Abo, Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis, and me!

What’s on your wish list?

After indulging in twelve naughty nights in Mexico, a woman experiences an erotic epiphany. An adventurous elf has her eye on one very sexy Santa. A married couple hopes to find a very special marine under the mistletoe. And a holiday mitzvah leads a woman to submit to a man in uniform on Christmas Day. No matter your fantasies, this collection of four shorts will add spice and sizzle to cold winter nights.

Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:

Five Golden Rings by Jeffe Kennedy
Naughty Nicks by Christine d’Abo
Ménage on 34th Street by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis
Matzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin

 

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Did You Know…?

 

Did you know you can find the full first chapters of all of my books on the BOOKS or UPCOMING pages on my website? You can! Please note, these excerpts are intended for adults 18 and older only. Material is not suitable for children.

 

 

Question: What do you write?

Carina_1113_9781426897450_MatzohMistletoeI’ve been asked a lot recently to describe what it is that I write, and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts with you on how I see it.

I write BDSM erotic romance.  This means that my stories revolve around the sexual journey of my characters, in most cases learning about themselves as Doms and submissives (and in one book, as switches).  If you remove the sex from my stories, the books wouldn’t exist.  It’s essential to the plot.

About the BDSM. BDSM stands for Bondage & Discipline, Domination & Submission, Sadism & Masochism.  The idea of BDSM squicks some people out. I know that. I get it, and if your first reaction is “Ewwwwwwww,” then these stories probably aren’t for you. That’s okay. I know not everyone likes the same things.

If you’re still reading along, BDSM is a regular part of many, many people’s lives.  Kinky people are everywhere – they could easily be your next door neighbor, your child’s school teacher, the quiet librarian, the paramedic who took such good care of your grandmother when she fell, and you’d never know it.   These are the people I’ve been writing about. Not kings, not multi-millionaires with more money than God, just your average people.

Also, in my stories, what you get is what most people consider light BDSM.  And, to be totally honest, I know some people don’t think it’s BDSM at all, because the play is fairly easy play. Y’know what? I don’t care if they think that, or not — it is.  Just because my characters don’t get whipped to the point they bleed doesn’t mean it’s not kinky.  There’s a saying out there, YKINMK. It means “Your Kink Is Not My Kink” and it’s often followed by “but your kink is okay, too.”  Mostly, I tell stories of domination and submission, with a teaspoon of the rest of the BDSM acronym soup mixed in to add a little extra spice.   In my books, there’s nothing too heavy— some spanking, some flogging, some rope, some restraints, a few other kinky things.

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Still reading along?  Okay.  Here is THE most important thing…EVERY SINGLE THING is consensual. Hard limits (a do-not-pass-go line in the sand, if you’re not familiar with the term) do not get ignored.  Doms and submissives both have safe words (Red = “stop RIGHT NOW”). Even Gabe, the most domly of my Doms, uses his safe word in Forbidden Obsessions when he realizes he’s not enough in control of his own behavior to protect his sub, Olivia.  And in my holiday novella Matzoh and Mistletoe (out in November), Jeremy gives Becca his own hard limit list, and says “if these are things you want to do, I’m not your guy.”  Consensual isn’t just the woman — or, rather, the sub, who could be male— giving in. It’s an agreement between both people.

So, yes, there is a lot of sex in my stories.  A whole lot. But I hope that along with hot sex scenes, my readers see the growth of love between the characters.  Everything that happens in these books happens within that loving relationship, and is fully consensual. I write romances, stories with a happily ever after — you know at the end, they’ll be together forever.

I hope that answers the question of “what do you write?” and maybe addresses some questions you have about BDSM.  Now it’s my turn to ask questions. If you read BDSM erotic romance, what draws you to it? If you don’t, what keeps you from reading it? 

Leave a response and I’ll enter you for a chance to win any one of my Bondage & Breakfast books (ePub or PDF) – your choice of which book.  I’ll draw one name from all the entries. Contest is open until Wednesday, September 25th, at 8pm ET.

 

Release Day for Forbidden Obsessions!

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It’s here! Today is release day for Gabe’s book, Forbidden Obsessions.  I’m so excited to be able to share this story with you all. Oddly enough, Gabe was meant to be a one-time side character, but he kept talking to me. Four books in, he gets his own happily ever after with Olivia, the firefighter injured in Forbidden Desires.  I hope you enjoy their love story!

Cover Reveal, Forbidden Obsessions!

Forbidden Obsessions finalWell, here it is! The cover for Forbidden Obsessions!  I think they hit the tone of the story perfectly – there’s a desperate need on both Gabe’s and Olivia’s faces, and it’s something I hope my readers see as they read their story.  There is a *lot* of tension in this book, and the fact that the characters on the cover aren’t actually kissing lends itself well to that — there’s a lot of “almost” kissing in Obsessions! 😀

And if you’d like a preview of this book, you can read the first chapter here!

So…what do you think?