Fun Day Planned

Last night, I received the paperback copies of volume one of the Desired Discipline series. Basically, it’s just the paper copy of Bondage Anniversary and Bondage Celebration combined into one. It’s silly, really, I’m a total ereader fan. I hardly ever buy an actual paper or hard bound book anymore. Yet, holding a copy of my own book, in my hands, somehow made this crazy journey feel real.

As I’ve mentioned, probably way too many times, our anniversary is Friday. We had the whole day planned, but the weather is trying to put a damper on it. Luckily, we found out in a enough time to switch things up a bit. Instead of hitting the lake tomorrow, as is our tradition, we will go out tonight and watch the sun set. We will bring the camera and try to catch the breathtaking views on–well I was going to say film, but I guess that’s a bit out dated–let’s try…the memory card. It doesn’t flow quite as well, but I suppose it’s accurate.

A few of you have been asking, so I wanted to update you…I’ve got good news. My wonderful husband canceled his trip to Boston. It will be rescheduled once I’m able to accompany him. Hopefully, when it’s a bit warmer. I doubt it can be postponed until September or October, but I would love to visit during the early fall.

His to Own is due to my editor tomorrow and unfortunately, it’s going to be late. Life has been getting in the way too often. The story is coming together quite well though and it should be finished shortly. Some of my readers are encouraging me to hurry it up and start on Bondage Unlimited, Andre’s story. Apparently, he’s a bit anxious too. He visited me in the shower this morning and told me a bit of his predicament. Funny, how such a nice guy managed to mess up his life so completely. He is resourceful and has a host of friends, I have no doubt he will find his happily ever after.

I’m off to pack for our sunset lake trip and then I promise, I’ll start writing 🙂

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Anniversary

Friday, marks our 30th wedding anniversary and though many people assume that Bondage Anniversary is an autobiography,it really isn’t. While we share some of the character traits…married fresh out of high school, two kids and a few other life events, the actual premise of the book shares nothing in common with our relationship.

Believe it or not, in my youth, I was a literary snob. Please don’t tell my children, they think all I’ve ever read is ‘smut’ as they call it. I get a kick out of our kids referencing something from the classics as if I have no clue what they’re talking about. It’s akin to when they listen to our conversations but pretend they can’t hear a word because their ear buds are in.

When I finally did read my first romance story, the first person I shared it with was my husband. At the time, he was a non-fiction snob. If it wasn’t a manual of some sort, he didn’t have time for it. After I read the book, twice, I knew he had to read it so we could discuss it. Now my husband would move heaven and earth to make me happy and I knew once I asked him to read it, he would. However, he is also a very busy man and his time table and mine don’t always match up. Patience, though, is not one of my virtues. If something is important to me, I want it now and I can be damn persistent.I carried the book in my purse and whenever he was sitting still, I read it to him until he was finally hooked. Ever since then, we’ve read most books together.

Unlike Laura, there has certainly never been a book that I read secretly. There would be no point. As Alexa (from His To Own) is learning, experiencing something alone isn’t half as enjoyable as sharing something with a loved one. How many times have you found something on Facebook, Tumblr or Reddit and just had to share it with your best friend? For us, erotic romance is the same thing. It’s also a great way to get new and naughty ideas…

Great weekend

Wow, what a wonderful weekend. The weather was beautiful, sunny and 80ish. It was so nice, I spent most of it outside and therefore didn’t write much. I plan to make up for that today.

Last Friday was an eventful day book wise. Bondage Celebration was released to Amazon and all the major markets in e-form. Volume one of Desired Discipline, which is a paperback version containing both Bondage Anniversary and Bondage Celebration, became available for order through Totally Bound, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

A few people have asked if I will signed their copies. You have no idea how foreign that concept is for me. Of course, I’ll do it, but it’s something I never considered when this adventure began. I’m a little freaked out by it. I know that sounds wimpy, but it’s the truth.

Speaking of freaked out…Alexa almost had a panic attack when Brett started explaining his theory of soulmates. After her disastrous marriage, the last thing she wants is a long term committed relationship. As they explore D/s together, Alexa has found she is falling hard for the handsome, persuasive Dom. Although he has encountered a few of her triggers, he’s still trying to unravel what exactly happened to make her so skittish. He is hopeful that given enough time and, though it’s killing him, space that she will work her way to him.

Time to get busy. These two have been waiting long enough to have their story told. Have a wonderful week!

Big Day

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So excited Totally Bound included Bondage Anniversary in their Valentine’s Day promotion. I think it’s a great way to launch Bondage Celebration hitting all the major markets today. As soon as Amazon has it live, I will let you all know. I keep checking, but so far no luck.

Volume one of Desired Discipline, which is just a fancy way of saying the first two books 🙂 are now available in paperback. I can’t wait until my copy arrives! I will definitely post a picture of that one.

I hope you are able to spend this day having fun with friends or family, eating way too much candy, and with a smile always on your lips.

Fabulous February!

This is quite the month for our household. Bondage Celebration will be available on Amazon and all the major sellers on Friday. Bondage Wedding will be available through Totally Bound the following Friday, the 21st, and my son’s first book, Night, will hit the major markets the week after that on the 28th. Plus it’s our 30th wedding anniversary. What’s not to love about February?

I’m feeling a bit like a slacker. My editor for the Desired Discipline series, was asking me what my plans were for after the series is completed. I didn’t really have an answer. Several ideas have been floating around my brain. I’ve enjoyed writing these stories and have considered extending it beyond the six books currently slated for publication. I also have another story line in mind. The focus is less sexually based, more romantic suspense. I’ve even considered a paranormal series, but I think I will leave that to my son.

One thing is for sure, a year ago, I never dreamed I’d be having that discussion at all. I don’t think I’ve fully come to grips with it. Over the weekend, I had an amazing experience. My family and a bunch of friends went to a local Renaissance Fair. One of the ladies in our group was asking me something about the books and our discussion was overheard. It turns out one of the women a table away from us had read the book. She asked for my autograph. Well honestly, my brain went offline. I never expected to have such an encounter. She was bubbly and sweet. I know she spoke to me for several minutes, but I have no idea what she said. The whole time I kept thinking, she must have me confused with someone else. Someone more worthy. When she handled me the program for the fair and asked if I’d sign it, I completely froze. I thought, if I sign my name she’s going to get home and realize I wasn’t who she thought I was and will be upset I ruined her program.

My friends had a wonderful time teasing me the rest of the day. Although my family assured me that she knew the names of the characters and really was talking about my book, it still seems surreal. to me. I may have made her day, but she blew my mind.

Paperback!

Just got the news that Bondage Anniversary and Bondage Celebration will be released as a two book paperback on February 14th! No better day for a kinky romance than Valentine’s Day. I know it’s silly, but I’m really excited about having a hard copy of my books. Personally, I prefer my Kindle. I can increase the text size or the color so that I can read indoors or out without having to put on a pair of glasses. To me, that makes a world of difference, but having said that, a book feels more like a book if it’s bound and resting in my hands.

Today, before I received the news, I was writing a very naughty bathtub scene. Though Alexa is the one in training, I believe Brett will be the one to learn a few things during this chapter. On Saturday, both characters were quite talkative and I got a lot done. While I knew Alexa’s background, Brett was still a bit of mystery. The information he shared with me put a few of the puzzle pieces together. Alexa is going to have her work cut out for her in the coming chapters, but I’m sure she’s up to it. I can’t wait to share this one with you. I’m having a great time writing it.

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WOW, How Life Has Changed!

I went into town today to run some errands with my son and ran into a work buddy that I haven’t seen in over a year. She has no idea about the books and I chose not to bring her up to date on that area of my life. She did bring up and interesting subject and the topic carried over on the long drive back home. It was a simple enough question, “What new and exciting pieces have you made lately?” After a moment or two, I figured out she was talking about my stained glass pieces. For a time, they were terribly important to me.

Our jobs are/were extremely stressful. When my husband would be away on a business trip, my projects were my only source of stress relief. Go figure, I find it next to impossible to write erotica when my husband is away. It’s like that part of me shuts down.

I told her about a few small pieces I had completed before April of 2013 when Totally Bound requested a six book series and my life changed basically overnight. On the way home, my son asked if I had plans to do another piece anytime soon. All I could say was yeah, eventually. I have two deadlines fast approaching. His To Own is due to Ellora’s Cave the end of February and Bondage Included is due mid March. Then the final book I have contracted, Bondage Unlimited,  is due in June.

Once those are done, I WILL be taking a break.I have the piece already picked out and I’m excited to get to work on it. We are remodeling out bathroom and it will be the centerpiece over the new tub. It will also be my largest piece today at almost four foot square.

It’s funny how time has a way of changing priorities. Last year at this time, the rough draft of Bondage Anniversary was done, but not proofed. I was working at a job I absolutely despised and at odds with my husband over it. He was very unhappy that I retired from one career and immediately stepped into another. He wanted me to stay home and enjoy life. While it sounds heavenly in theory, waking up each morning with no plans didn’t really appeal to me. I need structure and routine. Having a bit of the nasty green stuff coming in occasionally isn’t a bad thing either.

Today, I’m technically retired, though I put in more hours a day than I ever have, but I love what I do. That right there makes a big difference. Sure, some days I long to have an adult conversation. My dogs can only entertain me so much. On those occasions, my Tumblr buddies usually put a smile on my face with some inconsequential chatting. Usually, I’m so deep in my head, with the characters from whatever book I’m writing, that I barely notice the passage of time. Those days are best.

I gotta say, I’m glad time marches on and nothing ever stays the same. It’s scary sometimes, but change is good.

Movin’ On Up!!!

It’s cheesy I know, but I can’t even type that phrase without thinking of the theme song to the Jefferson’s. Anyway, Bondage Anniversary is at 29 on the All Romance ebooks bestseller list. I can’t stop smiling.

Today is the last day for the 99 cent promo and tomorrow it will return to the normal cost. If you’ve been thinking of getting it, you might want to do so now to avoid the higher price tag. Like so much of this process, I have no control over the pricing.  My son tells me the sales are going to drop like a rock when the price goes up.*shakes head and smiles* That’s his way of keeping me grounded. Silly man, I have enough fears and insecurities to do that all on my own.

What I also hear in his voice of reason is that he is concerned about the success of his own book. He is worried that his roller coaster ride will end in failure. Since I”m his mom any reassurances are blown off. I know only time will tell…for both of us really…but I am grateful we are together in this.

On a side note, we have a dismal number of followers on Facebook. If you are so inclined we’d love to have more friends. A click on the ‘like’ button would mean so much. Eric Clarke and Tori Carson Thanks!

Monster

The book my son stressed out about for months, Monster, now has a cover. In keeping with the theme it is colorful and bright. He is hard at work on Wonder, the third in the series.

I’ve always encouraged my kiddos to write. My daughter is a copy writer by day and writes children’s books for fun. I’m so proud of them both.

My son has been writing stories since fifth grade. He constantly has three or four stories he is juggling at one time. I have no clue how he does it. For a long time, he couldn’t seem to finish a story and worried it would always be that way. Last year, we started writing together. Not on the same story, just at the same time. We’d sit in the great room and bounce ideas off each other when one of us would get stuck. The book I was writing at the time, Bondage Anniversary, was shorter than Night and I finished first. On one of our month long trips to NY, my husband went through mine and edited the rough draft. Once we were home, we submitted it. By that time, my son had finished his, but wasn’t sure it was good enough to submit and wasn’t sure where to submit it to. When Totally Bound, responded positively toward my book, it spurred him to send in his. It has been a journey for both of us and to be able to share this with him is something I will be forever thankful for. If

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