Bettie Zyx over at Sci-Fi Erotica Reviews laid down a new review for “Become A Space Slut in Thirteen Steps” yesterday. Gotta say, it’s not as snarky as I’d hoped (She can be so awesomely wicked, can’t she?) but it’s a privilege to get her stamp of approval.
So in honor of the review, today through Wednesday, I’m giving away FREE Kindle copies! That’s right- FREE. On Amazon Kindle. (It’s always been free for Kindle Unlimited users.) Here’s the link- “Become a Space Slut in Thirteen Easy Steps”
If you’re a reviewer and would like a free review copy, please let me know!
Dear readers and friends, “Become a Space Slut in Thirteen Easy Steps” is becoming a reality.
I took three months to write it, six months to edit it, and another four months to query agents and publishers. The result? In today’s publishing market, there’s not really room for something that doesn’t fit in a tidy box. Erotica. But not romance. Science fiction, but not speculative. And tentacles? In the first chapter? You’ll scare away readers. Agents and publishers of erotica are looking for the next “Fifty Shades”, and ‘Debbie Does Dallas Meets the Mos Eisley Cantina’ doesn’t really fit in the box.
It came down to three options. I could throw it away. I could change the entire story to make it more commercially viable; delete tentacles and BDSM, give it a romantic bent, etc etc. Or I could self-publish. I don’t want to be one of those authors with the attitude that my art is worth more than the opinions of publishing agents and editors or that the reader just doesn’t understand my work, or that I know too much to be told how to write. The truth is that I believe in this story. My beta readers believed in this story, and even the ones who don’t like tentacles thought mine were sweet. (Schluvenph is an absolute sweetheart.) If I believe in something, and if those who read it in its rough-draft, unrefined, mangled punctuation state enjoyed it, then I feel that I can’t allow it’s lack of viability in the commercial publishing market to strangle it.
It’s time to self-publish, and to share this tale with the rest of the world. Stay tuned! And if you want to know more about “Thirteen Steps”, check out a hot and sexy excerpt here!
Been working on a new look for the FeyWardens series. I’ve kicked the old Amazon create-your-own-cover images to the curb in favor of a clean, unified look that is more representative of the stories. I’ve also added sub-titles that describe what you’ll find inside. No more “Ew! Het!” reactions. The manuscripts are also getting new minor edits, knocking out clumsy phrases, cleaning up punctuation, and that sort of thing. Plus there’s a new FeyWarden story finished and almost ready to go, “To Claim a Sylph”, a sensual story of seduction!
But while that’s very excited, it’s really “In Thirteen Steps” that has me doing the happy dance! I promised it months ago, but work kicked my behind and I lost my way. With my draining day job out of my way, I’ve finally returned to the editing process, compiling the revisions that my editor suggested. It’s so difficult to be patient! I want so much to share it but at the same time I know that taking the time now will result in the best possible work for my readers. Every little thing I change and fix makes a better book, and in the end, a better experience for my readers.
My latest short story, “Feeling UnSeelie”, is now available through Amazon!
This one I blame on Facebook and the comment of a fellow erotica author mentioning that they needed to figure out what underwear their characters were wearing.
What underwear WERE they wearing? I wasn’t even sure that they HAD underwear in the FeyWarden universe! Prince Tibon, the Stone Elf, I mused, must wear something under that tunic. He’s THAT kind of Elf, after all. Ah, but he’s just had an adventure, playing with Peiko and Bronwen. What sort of trouble could he get into now?
It turns out that my darling Stone Prince just had to trespass on lands under the guardianship of a Kobold, who takes him captive. Like most Kobold, this one doesn’t like to be seen. How does one convince a captor to let you go when you can’t even see their face? Somehow, our Prince manages it, and we get a glimpse of his undergarments in the process.
Fun write, fun read, but alas, now it is time to return to the mad mad world of Turing Station. I can’t wait to bring In Thirteen Steps to light and share it with everyone, but editing is sooooo dreary! If I didn’t have the FeyWarden project on the side, I fear I’d go stark raving run around in the rain naked eating a Nestle Ice Cream Sandwich singing “I Got You, Babe”.
Or I’d sit and cry. Not sure which.
“Peiko’s Secret” is now available through Amazon!
My second short story published in the FeyWarden series, this is an erotic little tale of what happens when a FeyWarden, a Stone-Elf and, oops, a Forest Sprite, get mixed up in a powerful ancient spellstone that just happens to be an aphrodisiac.
Honestly, I wrote it just for fun. I’ve been neck-deep in edits to “Thirteen Steps” and, frankly, I needed a little break, which the Fey folk never fail to provide for me. So, if you read it and like it, let me know. I’m happy to write more hot fluffy erotica for anyone who wants to read it! I also have a very bad (good?) feeling that this sprite isn’t done with me yet.
Peiko is my first character that was inspired by an image I spotted online. I was looking for artwork for an actual work project, of all things, when I came across a picture of a young woman with leaves and twigs in her hair, beaming into the camera lens like a wild creature. She, I thought, is not of this world. She snuck here when no one was looking, and the FeyWardens either didn’t see her or didn’t care to stop her. And the beautiful mischievous Peiko was born.
The first short story regarding the FeyWardens will soon be available for purchase and download on Kindle. The next should be available in two weeks.
It’s been a very long strange voyage for the FeyWardens since I first toyed with the idea. They started as a very different concept, but as I played, teased and fondled them, they become something more. They were no longer these playful lascivious elvish sorts, but had become something a little darker, a little more, dare I say, human.
Anyway, it seems pricey to charge 2.99 for a short story, so I hope you get your money’s worth out of it (and yes, orgasms count as compensation). If you don’t, please let me know, so I can do better in the future!