Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sunday is like Cupcakes

It's cupcake day!

Oh, wait, it's only Sunday. Well, foo. Wouldn't it be great, though, if there was a cupcake day? Cupcake contests, everyone bouncy and tweaking on sugar. I tell you, we should petition congress.

So I wrote up a naughty little story and sent it off this morning. Woot! I have no idea what's gonna happen to it, I don't even know what it's really for, but it was such a fun (and hawt) theme, I couldn't pass it up. We'll see what happens.

I do a lot of writing every week, and while it's all technically "for me", it's not always truly for me. Know what I'm saying? So when I can actually sit down and do a writing exercise and gear it toward something that is entirely, 100% self-fullfilling, it leaves me feeling bouncy. Sort of like cupcakes. Yep. It's been that kind of day.

Now that the day's writing is done, I'm probably going to use the rest of the day to nap on the couch, take the Mini monster out to the swing set, and do absolutely nothing until I can't bear it anymore and have to do something. Sounds like a plan, dontcha think? ;)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Chocolate, Sparklies, and Daydreams

Friday, Friday, Friday, how I love you... You're full of chocolate, sparklies, and daydreams.
Just one more birthday to get through (Mom's) and this month will be done. Afterward, I plan to dive back under my rock and stay there until August when school starts again. Sound exciting? I think so too!
In the meantime, hubby's shift is back on nights again. That means the house is chaos during the daylight hours - trying to keep a toddler quiet is not easy - but for the next few days that's what's happening. Oldest is taking on the lawn tomorrow, but after that's done, we might should take off to the lake and leave the hubster to his Zz's. It's a thought.
Tonight I'm going to take the shorty short I cooked up over at Dr. Wicked's Write or Die lab and clean it up for submission. I have, oh, two days? Yes, it's madness, but I'm going to do it anyway.
Round one edits are almost complete for Wave Rider. Woot! I'll be finishing that up and sending it off over the weekend. Probably late tomorrow evening since there are only a few pages left to go. *thumbs up*
So anyway, I should really get the Minibeast into the bath. It's been a long day. I'm ready to get the house settled so I can break out the wip and edit some smut. ;) I hope you all have a jazzy Friday night!

Jumping & Pumping - DJ Roxx (extended mix)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Butterflies Go Right Through Me

My date with Dr. Wicked ran super late - into the wee hours of the morning actually. I turned out 1k on a menage shorty, and 3.5k on my urban fantasy, and ended up going to bed around 2 in the morning. The work is rough, but it's there, and I plan to do it again tonight. No pain, no gain.

In the meantime, I've got to make a run to the post office. I've been putting it off because of the rain, but it's bright and clear, and I have a ton of packages. A lot of mail going out for the Midnight Moon Cafe and the CZ site, so if you're expecting a prize pack - it's on the way today!

Hubster is off work today, so we're doing the family thing. Gonna do a bit of shopping, take the Minibeast out to the swingset, and maybe grill something. Then, after I'm good and sunburnt with fancy criss cross patterns from sitting too close to the swingset (again) I'll probably make a dash for the writing cave. I can't let the opportunity for a child-free writing session slip away.

That's it for me today! I hope you all have a calm and productive day. And if it so happens things don't work on that way, take heart - tomorrow is F-R-I-D-A-Y! *glowsticks*

Pretty Rave Girl - I AM XRay

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Date With Dr. Wicked

Ok, so I don't have a date date with Dr. Wicked, but I'm still making it a day of writing over at the wicked lab. I love this site, and recommend it to anyone suffering from "writer's block". Write or Die will getcha moving!

I'm still cleaning up the menage piece - I'm taking it a page at a time and making a mess of the margins. Pretty soon, I'm sure it will look like this. So far so good.

The story is hot, I love the characters, but I'm still not convinced I'm in love with the beginning. There's just something about it that's not working for me. It feels stilted.

That being the case, it will probably through one more evolution before I submit it anywhere, even after clean up. I need to kinda go back and analyze what is the inital promise of the story, because right off hand I can't think of it. Well, other than the characters get together, talk a bit, and have wild monkey sex. There was a plot in there somewhere when I started writing it. I just need to find it again. :P

Today I'm taking a break from the menage and adding some mileage to the full length wip that's gathering dust. I've been putting it off, and I know it's book anxiety. Worry that I'll write it and hate it. Or worse, that everyone else will hate it. The lollipop dream is a result. I've been having crazy dreams that Cass seems to think falls back on writer's anxiety, and I'm pretty sure she's right.

At any rate, I got a new cover today. This one's for my upcoming erotica story Wave Rider.

Sunny Richard's vacation at an exclusive Bonaire resort takes an adventurous turn when she meets two sexy surfers staying in one of the waterfront chalets next door.

Together, the men teach her to ride wave after wave of pleasure. It’s a sexy summer vacation she will never forget....

-(contemporary erotica, coming soon to Cobblestone Press)

That's about it for me. I have clothes to fold and others to put in the dryer. Tres glam, no? ~_^ Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Candy Dreams

Last night I dreamed I got a package in the mail. I was very anxious about it, because there was something in it that I wanted soo, sooo badly, although I wasn't quite sure what it was. Heh.

I took said box into the kitchen, and used a pair of scissors to open the edges. Inside, wrapped in yards and yards of red-pink bubble wrap were all these three inch swirly lollipops.

Seeing them was a little bewildering, because I knew I had to choose one, and yet I knew if I tasted each of them they'd all have the same underlying flavor. Never the less, selection was very important to me.

I ended up settling on one that was a swirly aqua blue and pink, and knew even before I opened it, it was going to taste like either bubble gum or possibly cotton candy.

I took it with me to the desk chair and flopped down, opened this lollipop, and sure enough - cotton candy. However, after the first taste, the sucker turned into one of those giant paddle-sized lollipops as big around as a dinner plate. For whatever reason, this made me extremely anxious. What the hell was I going to do with this entire lollipop? If I couldn't finish it - and I knew I wouldn't be able to - where was I going to store it? It seemed a shame to waste it and and throw it away. But what was I going to do? Carry it around with me until I finally finished it? What would anyone say when they saw me with it?

About that time, it dawned on me to wonder if my tongue had turned a shade of pink tinged aqua from eating the damn thing. I stuck out my tongue to try and take a peek, but of course, I woke up.

Yes, yes, I know. There are far greater problems in the world than having a candy colored tongue, but I can't help wondering - what the heck did I dream that?

Candy dreams aside, I hope you all have a snazzy Tuesday! ~_^

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mix Tapes and Deadlines

My baby is four years old today. We had his birthday party yesterday at my mom's, so last night I asked him what songs he would like on a disk. To my surprise, he rattled off an impressive mix-matched list.

After he went to bed, I made my lil bear a birthday mix tape. The CD has all his favorite songs - like Carameldansen, Pretty Rave Girl, Drive, the Knight Rider theme song, and Don't You Want Me, Baby. It's an eclectic mix. The disk has been going all morning in his room. I think he likes it. ~_^

On to writerly things....

I've been hitting the Write or Die app the past few days. There's a link on my sidebar, if you're needing a writing kick in the pants. Anyway, I've been doing timed, 500 word writing sessions to try and finish up a short story for a deadline. I reached the required word count last night and wrapped up the story. As is - it's a bit of a mess, but the point is it's all there. I printed up two copies, now to decode this thing and put it in some kind of order. I really should be working on it now - like, right this minute - but my motivation has slipped into that precarious placed called "too tired to really give a shit". At the same time that deadline is waving a red flag in my face.

Today when I haul Mini out to the playground, I'm going to take the wip with me and re-pen under the shade tree. The last time I did that, the change of scenery really helped.

At any rate, that's all I've got. Lazy summer and all that. ;0) Hope you all have a great Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sebastian's Voodoo and Cake

We're having Mini's party today, so there is much to do. I wanted to come in and post quickly though - while tinkering around on youtube yesterday (why, yes, I should have been writing, thankyouverramuch) I watched this awesome short film video. It's one of the best shorts I've ever seen.

♥ Sebastian's Voodoo ♥

Hope you all have a happy weekend! Now I'm off to round everyone up for the trip to moms. And omg, please let this rain stop, stop, stop. I have to wear real shoes instead of flip flops when it rains. Can't stand to get wet grass on my feet. Oh, the humanity!

A Break in the Story

funny pictures of cats with captions

Today is rainy and yuck out, so of course I've got to drive in it to pick up a birthday cake. Mini's big day is technically Monday, but we're having the party tomorrow at my mom's. At first we were going to have it at home, but there's no way I can store the cake here overnight. That would be five rounds of hair-pulling insanity, keeping curious little fingers off of it.

If I had a choice, I'd say to go ahead and have the darn party today, but then hubby's gotta work. He won't be home until late.

Last night I worked on my full length wip and within ten minutes, remembered why I'd put it aside in the first place: an element is missing. I'm thinking the element is a clear antagonist. I hate to say it, but I might need worksheets to get through this one. Where would another character even fit in?

Whether I like it or not, I'm going to have to add one in somewhere and back track. Maybe make it a guy who works with the heroine. Some kind of expert? I'm not sure yet, but for now I think it would be better if I stuck to figuring out the plot kinks. I started a table chart to put scenes in, and see where things can be added before "breaking" the entire story. :P

Moving along...

I recently won an auction for a vintage Black Cat Fortune Telling Game. It's in beautiful shape, all 24 cards with the instruction sheet. I've been trying to get this one for a while, so I was thrilled with the condition when it got here.

The cards have cats printed on them in six different categories: Past, Present, Future, Love Matters, General Advice, and Danger! You lay out all 24 cards in the order they're drawn into the designated row they belong in(according to category). Each row contains a fortune. So each person you read for gets 6 mini fortunes.

On the back of each and every category card there are rows of mismatched fortunes - a bit like what you'd find in a fortune cookie, only incomplete. Each snippet has a number 1-4, and as you flip over the cards in a row, you line the numbers up on the back of the cards so that there is ONE row that reads straight across - 1,2,3,4. Sound complicated? Good! I thought the directions were shit also, but bear with me.

After a bit of head tilting and WTFs, I managed to pull together a fortune. Yay, me! Here's what I got: (The Future)

1 You will receive a letter from an unexpected
2 Source containing a very flattering proposal,
3 Accept it by telephone or the
4 Opportunity will be lost to you.

Woohoo! Who knew an old board game could generate so much paranoia in one round?

That's it for me. I've gotta get dressed and go pick up the cake. I hope you all have a happy Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Embrace the Shadows and New Contract


I came in from the playground a few hours ago to find contracts for Wave Rider in my inbox. Woot! Everything has now been signed and sent. :0)

Here's the teaser blurb for Wave Rider (contemporary erotica/menage):

Sunny Richard's stay at an exclusive Bonaire resort takes an adventurous turn when she meets two sexy surfers staying in one of the waterfront chalets next door. Together they teach her to ride wave after wave of pleasure. It’s a sexy summer vacation she will never forget.

I'm really excited about this story, and look forward to the release!

Oh! I'm also being featured today over at Embrace the Shadows. They're talking about my latest releases at Cobblestone and Ravenous Romance. I hope you'll drop by to check out their new blog and say hi. :0)

Whew! I'm a bit (more) sunburnt after tinkering around outside this morning, so I think I'd better go for the aloe. I hope you're all having a great day!

A Day in the Sun

funny pictures of cats with captions

First thing this morning, Mini took a flying leap onto my back from the toddler bed. "Mimi, I want to go to the playground!" *_*

The guys completed the swing set yesterday, and the minute they'd picked up all the tools and stuff from the back yard, I woke Mini up from his nap to take him out there. I gotta admit it made me extremely nervous watching him climb up the ladder to the club/house - slide area. Yeah, yeah, I'm a mother hen. Whatever. While hubby watched him play, I dragged his turtle sand box around there along with the iron chair. The Iron Chair - sounds like a torture device doesn't it? It is. Torture for your ass. The most uncomfortable effing lawn chair in existence - of course it would be ours. At any rate, the back yard is now set. And we are all sunburnt.

I promised Mini I'd take him out there after I've had a few cups of coffee. He pouted on me at first, because he really wanted me to just throw on shoes and just go straight out there. Arg. Cooffeee.

Of course I'm going to take him out there, but I'm taking the laptop with me when I go. Maybe the change of scenery will do me some good. My hero, Lew, has been rather reluctant to tell his mysterious mystery of a secret to his new lady. Come on, man, just tell her already. *twitches and dies*

Speaking of laptops and writerly things - I found out last night Rekindled Fire is currently #5 on Ravenous Romance's best seller list. Woot!

That's it for me. I'm being officially summoned to the backyard,. and there will be civil unrest until I go. Now where did I put my sunglasses?

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nerd Rage and Movies

funny pictures of cats with

I get so wrapped up in writing, I'll buy DVDs and they end up sitting on the shelf for weeks, sometimes months, before I get around to watching them. Yesterday the hubster brought home a few new movies, so last night I dragged my laptop into the den and decided to stay up and watch Taken while the house was quiet. Hm. Within ten minutes, I'd shut down the laptop and settled in to watch the movie. Writing opportunity lost, but worth it for the sake of a good movie. Today I have to make up the slack though. So today's goal is 2k or bust.

I may have mentioned it already, but I'm currently reading Cruel Enchantment by Janine Ashbless. It's a collection of her short erotica stories, all of them with magical elements: shifters, dragons, succubi, etc. I just read her werewolf story in this collection and if you heard a disembodied fangirl squee - uh, that was me. So, anyway, I'm going to be reviewing this book very soon, so I won't go into detail at this point because I still have a few of the stories left to read.

A friend of mine recently asked me why I like short stories so much, and why I read more collections and anthologies these days than full length novels. Ok, here goes - once for the record: I like to sit down and read a story in one pop. Even if it's a 700 page book. Even if I'm awake for 48 hours straight to do it. Insane, but true.

I don't like to put a book down half way through, lose my place, my pacing, etc. but of course as the fates would have it, now that I have two kidlets, the minute I sit down to read, I hear a mysterious voice calling me from the other end of the house. "Mom...Mom...MOM!!!" So I have to put the book down and go find out what the heck the voice wants. With a short story collection, I can read the entire thing in one pop - 48 hours not required. I can tell the never ceasing voices: "Give me five minutes to finish these last 3 pages!" OR "Go ask your father!" Then I can finish that little story, put the book down and go diffuse whatever domestic apocalypse is taking place. When I come back to my book, minutes later, I can start with a fresh story instead of trying to find my place again. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

See how convenient that is?

So anyway, short stories - movies - previews.... I'm waffling, I realize. Not nearly enough coffee this morning, so bear with me. I finally stopped long enough to watch the full theatrical trailer for Wolverine. It previewed on Taken, and dare I say it - I'm caving. Possibly? Ok, so I'm very conflicted over whether or not I should actually watch that movie.

I've read Wolverine comix for a long time, so of course I've read Weapon X - blah, blah, blah. Very sick of that particular storyline, honestly. The only thing possibly run into the ground more than Weapon X is the Phoenix Saga. The whole Weapon X thing is why I didn't run to the theaters for Wolverine Origins in the first place. On top of that, it seriously hacks me off to see them making Wolverine and Sabretooth brothers. I'm not really sure why, I mean, it's been suggested on and off for years. But I swear I have an older issue of Wolverine tucked away somewhere that has one of the writers of the series emphatically stating to one curious reader that the men are NOT brothers. Too, early on in the Wolverine series, Victor Creed (Sabretooth) told Wolverine he was his father. That's not believable at all, of course, and when Sabretooth later (much later) remembers part of his childhood - he was an only child abused by his crazy hillbilly father for being a mutant. They have played up the skewed memory thing for far too long. Fix this mess, comic book gods, lest I shake my fist at you for an eternity.

As you can imagine: I'm torn. I kinda sorta want to watch this movie, but at the same time, I don't want to walk away seething with nerd rage. Someone please tell me whether or not I should - and for the sake of arguement, some reason other than the fact Hugh Jackman is in there. Yeah, he's attractive, but he's not MY Wolverine.

So I'm back working on that HFI story I promised to extend into a full length. Oy vey. It's a plotters nightmare. I added a progress bar (of sorts :P) for it on the sidebar, but when I look at the numbers, I think I might be better off just rewriting the entire damn thing. We'll see.

Too, I'm still working on that short menage story - the one I hope to add the 2k on it today? It's not the one about the surfers, though. That's been submitted. Hm, I think I need to title this latest menage so it doesn't sound like I'm talking about the same project all the time. Will have to think on that.

Anyway, I have the ground work down for the menage, and a list of problems to work thorugh on the full length. Thank the stars for Holly Lisle's Plot Clinic. The full length seems fixable when I go back through the plot clinic, but it's gonna take a lot of elbow grease. As for that menage, it's at the stage where I can start layering in details. I want to have this one finished by mid-June. *thumbs up*

That's it for now. The guys are on day two of Mini's playset construction. I think I'm going to go pick up a box of chicken for them for lunch.

Happy hump day, everyone!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Back At It

Botantic Garden

Must remember today is Tuesday! My schedule is all mixed up. Hubby is off for the next few days while he readjusts to days, and despite having a book release yesterday and being aware of the date, I kept thinking it was Sunday. Basically, I have to do everything today that I should've done yesterday. Eh, what else is new?

Hubby and Oldest have taken off to Toys R Us to pick up the Minibeast's main birthday present - a wooden swing set for the back yard. I tell ya, I'm having as little to do with that project as possible. The males in my family only want to partially read the directions on anything. I prefer to be indoors and out of earshot when the swearing commenses.

Today I have to order Mini a cake from the bakery, and take care of a few minor things, then it's back to writing. I've been working on a story plot that I started on in Writing Bootcamp back in March, while picking my way through a short menage story on the side. We'll see what comes of it.

That's it for now. Another stop over at the coffee pot is in order, I think. I hope you all have a great day!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Rekindled Fire

Rekindled Fire traces the stories of ten couples who lose each other, only to find their way back together once again. The love stories here contain two unifying elements: profound love and erotic, passionate heat.

Whether the story is contemporary or features magic, vampires or shape shifting; whether it involves spanking, bondage, or simply pure, unadulterated sex; or whether the couples have been torn apart for several months or one hundred years; one question remains the same: Will these former lovers be able to rekindle the flame of love?

Contributing authors in this anthology include: Angela Cameron, Amber Hipple, Jen Bluekissed, Vanessa Vaughn, K. Ann Karlsson, Nini Richou, Cora Zane, Janne Lewis, Louisa Bacio, and Elle Amery

Cora Zane's Feral Instinct is part of the Rekindled Fire: An Anthology of Reunited Lovers ebook is available now through
Ravenous Romance !

About Feral Instinct:

During a moonlight run with her pack, Adriana Holt looks across the firelight and she can't believe her eyes. Since when is Caleb Brody back in town? He'd proposed a mating pact between them long ago, but then he'd left, saying she needed to grow up and get her priorities straight.

Well, she's all grown up now, and not about to let him hurt her a second time. Little does she know Caleb has other things in mind. He's looking to claim, and tame, Adriana - the only woman who's ever held his heart.

This story is only available in the Rekindled Fire anthology, available today at Ravenous Romance. Please note: this title contains explicit sex and language, and is intended for adults only. You MUST be 18+ to download/read this story!


Want a sneak peek of my feisty heroine, Adriana? She's also in my free ebook Under A Midnight Moon!

You can get a copy of Under A Midnight Moon at , so be sure to check it out!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Moment of Stillness

Ah. Stillness. Very nice after a day of absolute energy. Yesterday was full throttle what with the book release, both kids home, errands to run, and then mid-morning hubby called me outside to tell me he'd just received a call from my mom - Dad is back in the hospital. Once again, the complications are due to diabetes, although he's been doing well with what he's been eating. If only he'd be so good about taking his medication. ~_~'

They're talking about releasing him on Monday, but that will depend on when they can get him in to see the specialist. At least this time we have a better grasp of what's going on. We know it's not cancer, but there's an infection he can't seem to kick.

Yesterday afternoon I baked cookies with Mini - flax cookies. It tastes better than it sounds, I promise. I'd made the dough the day before and the recipe said to leave it in the fridge overnight. It certainly made it easier to form into balls. Of course we dipped them in cinnamon and splenda, rolled them in chopped almonds. They turned out pretty good!

Since hubby doesn't dig soy flour too much (and since I'm highly, highly allergic to wheat) I've been on the hunt for almond flour. No one carries it locally, and Amazon wants your soul and your first born child for a pound of it, so I've been doing some research and discovered you can actually make the stuff at home. Who knew? Of course, I imagine if made it at home it wouldn't be as blendy smooth as store bought, but if it saves me from the "Is it soy?" question every time I bake something, it'll be worth it - even if it is a little lumpy. We'll see how it pans out.

Anyway, back to the point - I made cookies with Minibeast. He wanted to squash the dough like Play-Doh. Very messy, but he had a good time doing it.

Thanks to everyone who dropped by the Midnight Moon Cafe yesterday to say hi and celebrate the release of Moonlight and Shadows with me. I appreciate you very much! I had a good time hanging out with you. :*)

Today I'm going to try keeping Mini busy while hanging around by the phone, running a few errands, and if I have any energy left at the end of the day, I'd like to get this new menage story plotted. Well, better than it already is plotted. Especially the ending, which I don't like much at all at the moment. Wish me luck!

That's it for me. I'm gonna go flop on the couch with the wee one for a while and watch Knight Rider. Mini is seriously enraptured with everything KITT. Talking car = toddler frenzy. He doesn't know it yet, but he's getting this for his birthday in two weeks. I'll definitely have to have the camera with me to record his reaction.

Happy weekend everyone!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Werewolf Assassins - Moonlight Romance

Moonlight and Shadows is being released today at Cobblestone Press!

What do you do when your greatest enemy is your one true mate?

Two Werekind packs teeter on the edge of war. Someone has killed the Istvaan pack alpha, and Sylvie won't rest until justice is served. As the new Grand Dame of the Istvaan pack, she is forced into a dangerous meeting with her greatest rival, and soon discovers her mate is none other than the Dartega alpha's right hand man - his assassin, Erik.

Seeing Erik face to face, Sylvie realizes pack politics will never allow her to claim him. But there are other more important things to do than mourn what can never be. There's a killer on the loose, someone she fears might be looking to take her out next.

There's just one problem. Erik Dartega has no intention of walking away. He's waited a long time to find his true mate, and Sylvie needs him.

Pack affiliation means nothing to a man protecting the woman he loves.Erik will stop at nothing to track down the killer. And when he finds him, there will be no mercy.

Moonlight and Shadows is available today at . I think the Cobblestone webite updates around noon or so. Here's the usual disclaimer: the book contains graphic sex, language, and violence. You must be 18+ to download.

Today I'm over at the Midnight Moon Cafe doing a giveaway for Moonlight and Shadows. One lucky person will win a Tshirt and flair bag. Just visit the MMC and post in the comments to be entered!

Good luck, and happy Friday! ~_^

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Clean Plate - Mostly

I'm starting fresh today! All my pressing projects are edited to the final round, and/or spinning their wheels in submission land.

I have one large project left to finish - turning that erotic contemporary short into a full length, but no way I'd start on that at the end of the week. That's "Monday" business. Besides, there isn't a pressing deadline on that one to make me pull my hair out.

That being the case, I'm going to give my overworked brain a much needed vacation - aka, playtime to just brainstorm and tinker with ideas that may or may not ever come to anything other than a few scribblings on paper. I started that vacation this morning by tinkering with an idea for a new menage.

Speaking of real vacations, today's Oldest last day at school before summer vacaction. Yay. Let the teen angst and cries of boredom begin. I better check the pantry and do a Cheetos and tea stock check. I don't think I'm perpared to take on the locust swarm that arrives this time every year.

Moving along... It's new release time! Tomorrow, May 15th, is the official release of Moonlight and Shadows! I'll be partying over at the Midnight Moon Cafe tomorrow, and one lucky person who posts in the comments will win a pretty Cora Zane t-shirt plus some snazzy flair things. I hope you'll drop by to say hello!

Also, they folks over at Ravenous Romance are saying Rekindled Fire has a new release date -May 18th. So prepare for back-to-back werewolf sexy. I'll post more about this book once I've got the cover in my hot little hands.

Until then, to kick off my weekend "brain vacation", I've decided to post one of my favorite cartoons ever! Check out this episode of Two Stupid Dogs. *giggle* Happy Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Erotic Flash and No More Rain

It's been a busy morning, but I've gotten a lot accomplished. I managed to work my way through the 2nd round of vampire edits, and after I sent them off, I took Mini outside for a while before the day turns hot. I tell ya, I'm so glad we're finally getting some sun. It's pretty and bright out there today. Nothing quite says full of suck like a week of never ending rain. Er, except maybe two weeks of never ending rain. I'll let you be the judge.

While outside with the Minibeast, I outlined a new menage story. I don't think I'm quite ready to start on it yet. Think I'll just keep layering ideas on paper until I have something more solid.

Here's a bit of erotic flash I did for AT's blog. The object of the game was to write a 250 word story using the ❤ symbol. It sounded like much fun so I gave it a try. This was my entry:

:: When I'm With You I ❤ ::

I ❤ the salt of your skin. The taste of you is like a sampling of sunlight falling through the bedroom window.

Shadows from the blinds ripple over your back as you thrust deep, and I dig in my heels, lift up to meet you, rake my nails across your damp skin.

You trace your tongue along my throat and I shiver, goose bumps chasing over me. My nipples harden, and when you notice, you moan low in your throat.

I ❤ the sounds you make, and the thundering beat of your ❤. You race with me, tense and determined, and when you come, your body shaking in release, I cry out with you.

I ❤ the sound of your breathing while you’re lying next to me, basking in the afterglow. There’s stillness now. No words. And yet, I ❤ you. Don’t you know that? Can’t you feel it?

* * *
It's simple, but I like it. Very me. I think it even got a vote or two. I gotta tell you, nothing quite gives me that "get to the meat and bones of it" practice quite like writing word-counted flash. I've learned a lot from trying a few of these. Give it a shot and see what you think.

Speaking of writing exercises, I know I haven't turned in a WAG lately. I've had a few searches for it here on the blog, and I'm terribly sorry there hasn't been anything recent. I got too bogged down in work there for a while to participate.

I'm going to try to get around to the latest WAG this weekend. I think the current topic is "memory lane". Sounds like an interesting project. *rubs hands together*

Moonlight and Shadows will be available this Friday over at . Unless something comes up that prevents it, I'll also be attending the Friday night chat in the Cobblestone Press chatroom. Feel free to pop in and say hello if you have a few minutes to spare.

That's it for now. I think I'm going to crawl under the dining room table with Mini and color for a while. I hope you all have a happy Wednesday! ~_^

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Domestic Apocalypse Tuesday

After three straight days of rain, I may be ready for the men in white coats to come and take me away. Not because of the rain so much, but because my own children are driving me slapnuts crazy.

Poor Mini, he's an outdoorsy kid, and when he can't go out to run off all that energy, he alternately runs through the house like a race car and chases the dogs. Very good for my sanity, as you can imagine. Especially when I'm supposed to keep the house quiet so hubster can sleep days. OMFG, I tell ya, I'm ready for a shot of tequila and a week in isolation.

Thankfully, I managed to get the summer menage wip out of the way. It's cleaned, critted, formatted, and sent - all that last night. Which meant I went to bed at a fairly decent hour for a change. Even so, I feel so tired and sluggish. I have a fresh set of edits in my inbox waiting for me to pick them up, but I'm too drained to even look at them.

Yesterday, there was an incident of domestic apocalype. Hubby woke up at three in the afternoon, and went through the pot of coffee that had been sitting there most of the day. He then asked me to make another pot after that one was gone. Of course, neither of us have any patience, and as you can probably guess hot carafe + cold water = broken glass.

Ah, yes. See, I knew the potential of breaking the coffee pot by running cold water in it, but I decided to tempt physics/fate and try it. Why? Because there is that little idiot voice in the back of my mind saying: It'll take ages for the carafe to cool. Add water now. If it's not too cold maybe it won't crack. It is tap water after all. How cold can it be?

Cold enough to crack the carafe, I'll give you that.

Lesson learned? Mm, probably not. But I do have to buy a new coffee pot today. Until then, it's Folgers instant, and gods help me I'm not about to drink effing decaf.

So there it is, today's tale of fabulousness and glamour. Thankfully the sun has decided to come out for a bit. Once I'm back from a necessary trip to the grocery store, I'm going to unleash the Minibeast on the sandbox and have him play off all the extra energy. Oy, if only I could syphon some off for myself between now and then.

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Monday Grind

Drakes Beach, December

I did it - I survived Mother's Day! I was happy to have a break from all the baking I did the day before. The hazelnut cheesecake at dad's birthday was a huge hit, and I liked the soy cake. The guys were a bit snivelly about the soy, although I couldn't really taste it. They certainly didn't seem to taste it in the frosting so I said nothing. Neener neener.

The frosting turned out perfect, and didn't break down like I feared, so I give it a double A+ thumbs up. So as promised, here it is, my totally 100% legit low carb/diabetic splenda frosting recipe ala CZ. Oh, and just for the record, it has officially passed the "toddler will eat it" test AND you can use food coloring to turn it any shade you want to. I turned dad's green - emerald for May, ya know? *crickets*

Cora's Soy and Splenda Frosting

2 cups of splenda (may need to add more - to taste if not sweet enough)
1/2 cup Crisco shortening (can use butter flavored kind if you prefer)
1 tbs. butter
1 tbs. heavy whipping cream (like milk - not cool whip)
2 tbs. Torani sugar free vanilla syrup
2 tbs. soy flour (or wheat/rice/all purpose, whatever - I use soy)
1 egg white
1/4 tsp. salt
**food coloring if desired

Put the splenda in a bowl first and pour in the heavy whipping cream, Torani, and egg first. Mix with a spoon until moistened. The reason why - you even touch splenda with an electric mixer and it turns to dust. You'll have a cloud going in your kitchen. Trust me on this. *cough, cough*

Once you've blended the splenda, add the rest of the ingredients and mix on low with an electric mixer until you have a smooth frosting. It will have the texture of tub frosting, only a little lighter. It takes about 7 minutes to get it nice and fluffy. Taste test it to make sure it's sweet enough.

Of course you can add food color to this frosting. The recipe makes enough to frost a 8 or 9 inch cake with some to spare, or probably two dozen cupcakes or less - depending on how heavy you frost them.

If you do try this recipe, I hope you'll email me to let me know how you liked it/how it turned out for you. Did you kids notice, etc? Did you tweak it in ways that made it turn out uber-fabulous? I wants to know.

I'll be sending in my summer menage story today. I need to do a few tweaks here and there, and format it into a single wip. It's currently chopped into different chapter files - I did that while working the big clean up. Now to Frankenstein stitch everything back together.

I noticed this morning another round of edits have come through for Only the Moon Will Tell, and I also received my editor assignment for Wicked Desires. Woot! She's a great editor who I've worked with before, so that's a plus.

Moving along, moving along... Moonlight and Shadows is coming out this week - May 15th. I'll be doing a feature and giveaway over at the Midnight Moon Cafe, so check in now and again to find out more. I'd planned to have my spring newsletter out by this point, but it's looking like the new edition won't be out until the end of May. I promise to have that out as soon as possible. And as always, it will contain an exclusive giveaway you won't find offered anywhere else.

That's it for me. I must get to work. It's double duty today - writing and trying to keep Minibeast quiet. Hubby's on night shift again, and will stay that way well into the summer. Wish me luck!

Friday, May 08, 2009

Man Candy with Splenda Frosting

Woot! It's Friday! That should be the headline of the day. Just that it's Friday. Screw the financial news. Forget what's going on in the rest of the world, just stop the presses, it's effing Friday.

The man-candy picture is for inspiration. (Callum Keith Rennie in Tin Man) It's kind of a motivational tactic to make me revise a little faster - yeah, right. I'm on the final chapter of the summer menage wip, and if I can just get this thing penned up right and proper, I plan to reward myself with a bit of lounge time on the couch with a cuppa tea and Caprica on DVD.

I bought the vid many, many days ago, and I've even put it in to watch twice, but something has always come up that stopped me from watching it. Now, it's my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Completed manuscript = promise of uninterrupted TV time.

How do I know it will be uninterrupted TV time? Because I will call all immediately family to let them know I'm busy, and threaten any bystanders with bodily harm. Sad, I know. But it's the only way.

Today, while running errands, I picked up a gift for my mom for Mother's Day. I bought her a quilt set for her bed. It's a double wedding ring set in shades of pale denim blue and lavender on a white background. Very pretty. I also bought her a card, and b-day card for Dad. Tomorrow I'll be busy baking the cupcakes and cheesecake.

Oh yeah, speaking of cakes.... I think I finally found a good recipe for splenda frosting too. It uses shortening in it, so I think it will probably have the creamy texture I'm hoping for. I don't want anything too dry, and a big NO to runny, glaze like pudding base frosting. Ick. If it works up well, I'll share the heavily modified CZ version of the recipe here on the blog. That way if anyone else needs a sugar free frosting recipe it'll be on tap. LOL

So that has been my day. Mostly calm. Mostly uneventful. Now I must get back to my girl pimp story. I think I'm gonna do a print up and step away from the comp for a while. At any rate, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And in case I don't post again before the fact, to whom it may apply - I hope you have a very happy Mother's Day.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Crazy Thursday

funny pictures of cats with captions

Today is crunch day. I have one chapter left to revise on my summer wip, and I swear I could do a little disco move I'm so thrilled about that. I've noticed it usually takes me about 2 days to get a chapter revised, so I'm thinking I'll likely have this one ready to send to my crit partner on Friday - if she's able to look at it.

Sometime between here and there, I need to make a run to the health food store. My dad's 60th is coming up this weekend, and I've been appointed to bake sugar free/low carb cupcakes, and a hazelnut cheesecake. It's amazing what with the number of elderly diabetics in this town, that the stores don't carry almond flour. That's what I'm making the trip for.

Also, I need to hunt down a good recipe for splenda frosting. Someone suggested using sugar-free jello pudding mix, but it breaks down if it's not kept refridgerated. I think I'll end up using a regular powdered sugar recipe and just substitute legit ingredients. Wish me luck. :P

Meep! I just realized it's almost 1pm. Where did the morning go? I better get with it. Chipotle chicken needs to come out of the oven before I break out the wip.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

My Own Magic Button

IMG_7227 Buried Treasures - FEATURED Album Aug 07

I'm having one of those mornings. Yes, indeedy. Please, can I have my own kill switch? Pretty please? I want one just like this one!

Yes, yes. Moving along now....

I'm almost ready with another chapter to send to my crit partner. I managed to write a new beginning for it, jazzy up the dialogue, and red pen the bejeezus out of it.

Anyway, I'm confident this book will be ready to go out by the end of the week and OMFG it's red faced and panting HOT. I think this may be my first "toys required" ebook. Or at least I'm hoping it will be. We all need to have at least one of those in our libraries, right? Right? *crickets*

If nothing else can be said for today, it's a perfect day for writing. We've had the dreariest weather for the past three day - no sun and gray skies. Blah.

Just for my fellow ebook authors, I've added two new handy dandy links on the right sidebar of my blog. They go to two difference sites where you can report ebook piracy. I personally favor the Internet Complaint link. It is so ridiculously simple to use, and takes only moments to fill out - which is a good thing, because apparently I'm like the effing Fugazi of pirated ebooks. *kill switch*

Both government sites accept information about copyright infringement, but the Internet Crime Complaint Center sorts the oranges and apples for you. Yay! They make sure your complaint goes to the right division, whether it is your local law enforcement or the FBI. If you're being pirated, I highly recommend you report the sites where you've found your books for illegal download:

The Internet Crime Complaint Center -

Using the links won't make the ebook fairy take care of the problem, and an author probably won't get their books down or un-pirated (Yay! I created a new word!), but like my mama used to say before she got big into churchin': Even if you can't win, you can certainly make your enemies miserable. Thanks for the advice, mom!

I was surprised when I initially looked for a place to report piracy - you really have to dig around the net to find the forms to send your case to the proper authorities. No longer! Please take the link above and pass it around to your writer friends. This is one we all authors definitely need to have bookmarked.

I better close for now. Pitbull is making wookie noises at me. I think he wants out to visit the bushes. Happy Wednesday, everyone. Be happy!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Gray Skies and Book Cards

Natures paint box 060

What a dreary day. I wish it would go ahead and rain already. Poor Mini, he's so bored, too. He wanted me to sit in his room and watch him play, but I get twitchy if I have to sit still. I ended up cleaning his room.

Today my goal is to get chapter three cleaned up and sent off to my crit partner. I thought this one wasn't going to be too bad until I printed it out. Hm. I see things that I'd forgot to mark out when I'd started the final round of clean up. Things that conflict with the research I did on the second round - after I changed the setting. Oy vey. It's not important stuff, and most of it can be cut. Thankfully, this is the shortest chapter in the bunch.

Mother's Day is dad's birthday, so toward the end of the week I have major errands to run. Since dad is diabetic, I'm going to have to make a special trip to the health food store for almond flour. Gotta pencil that in sometime between now and Friday. ~_~' I'm also trying to get this story revised and submitted before then. I want to be able to partay without thinking about getting back to editing. Admittedly, I'm a bit irritated with myself that this book is taking this long.

Oh! Moonlight and Shadows book cards have arrived! Oh, man, they are loverlies. Really beautiful. I'm very happy with them. Now to give them all away. If anyone wants a book card, just email me at corazane [at] aol [dot] com with BOOK CARD in the subject line. Don't forget to include your snail mail address.

Anyone who emails this week, I'll toss in a CZ book mark, and a book card featuring the other werekind books too, while supplies last. I'm almost out of both bookmarks and early series book cards, so get 'em while you can.

That's pretty much it for me. I gots nothing else. I hope you all have a snazzy Cinco de Mayo!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Blogger Probed Me


Ok. It's Monday - rainy Monday - so cue the blah. For the most part, I've conquered the soopa-bitch that is chapter two of my current, girl pimp wip. I think maybe too much traveling around at the first of the book, and a simple need to get hero and heroine in the same zone is the problem. I've done my best to shorten it, but at the same time I had to introduce the "distraction" characters, so I couldn't cut the beginning entirely. I'm going with it, so we'll see how that plays out over the course of today.

By the way, check this out. A day or so ago, Blogger probed me:

They certainly didn't ask my permission, and I didn't give anyone a wink or a head-nod. And I'm quite sure I didn't say "yes" to anything when I wasn't really listening that closely, nor did I sign any waivers. It just...happened. When I was least expecting it, too.

I was visiting Erobintica's blog, when I saw something uber interesting and hopped into the comments to post. That's when they totally slipped it in on me - right there in big red letters. I blinked at it several times in shock. And I swear, I never saw it coming.

Thankfully, I'm , but if you ask me, the Blogger folks, they really need to stay away from folks' even if they are only trying to us all they're doing it for our own good. Because doing the secret trip-and-slip on people... Come on now, that's just wrong. I don't really know why it's so wrong, it just is. (So take my word for it, ok?) It's to do with morals or something like that. (Or maybe it's principles. Who the hell can keep up?)

Anyway, I thought I was over it as of yesterday, but truth told, it haunts me still.

I keep trying to imagine what kind of would do that - probe someone without asking. Seems a little insensitive in this day an age. Or maybe I'm just old fashioned. Still, a little notice would've be nice, don't you think? Or flowers afterward. How about a promise to call me later, even if they don't mean it?

Pfft. Wishful thinking. No one even pulled my hair.

The thing is, for a long time I've suspected maybe they [the nefarious, anonymous they] were slipping in crazy, little subliminal verification words just to mess with my mind... Well, now I'm absolutely sure of it. So be warned, all of you. It's a global blogging conspiracy. They're watching you, waiting for the perfect moment to sneak up on you - and they have a probe. Srsly.


Saturday, May 02, 2009

More Vampire Lust...and a New Contract!

Woot! Talk about a great way to kick off the weekend. Friday night I got a surprise in my inbox.

The digital ink is still wet on the contract, but it's official - I have a home for my second vampire story, which is a sequel to Wicked Temptation.

Wicked Desires (an Immortal Lovers story) -

Acolyte Liliana Ashton has one goal in mind, to seduce Serge Dmitriev into selecting her as his lover. Her family is depending on her to secure the Ashton line in vampire society for another generation, and she will do anything to have the handsome vampire as her personal Biter.

In her quest to snare him, she offers her most precious gift of all - her virginity. Will he take the bait, and offer her a position in his harem as a protege? Or will she have to settle for being just another one of his wicked desires?

There's no release date yet, of course, but I'll post more about Wicked Desires as things progress.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Sparkly Fresh

Today was Oldest's ring ceremony at school, so it's been a bit hectic. He brought home a trophy from the intermediate chess club. His ring was a bit too big, so I bought him a snuggie and told him to deal with it. His name is engraved inside, and don't want to risk messing it up by taking it to be cut down at a jeweler's.

Now that I'm back from banking and errands, I'm tackling the summer wip. Good grief this thing.... I don't know what my problem is, and I know it's me rather than the wip. I'm just tired, I think. Still, mom, can't I just burn the damn thing and start over? :P

Okay, so it's not quite that bad. It's my crappy draft writing. Why do I do that to myself? Meh. I noticed I'm not alone with that though. I saw some folks chatting about that very thing on Twitter. Oy, I feel their pain.

So that's the grand plan for the weekend - editing. Cleaning up messy sex scenes, and trying to make sense of the opening for chapter 2. At this point, I'm really not feeling the luv, but I know if I stick with it, eventually the paint will dry and I'll walk out of the corner. *thumbs up*

Happy friday, everyone!