Friday, May 27, 2005

A review

Oooh, look, I got a very nice review of Imprisoned Prince from Enchanted in Romance! Rachelle gave me four unicorns and called my little story "a successful addition to the futuristic genre." And even better, she called it-- be impressed-- "pure genius." Wow, what a nice review!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Tagged

I've been tagged by Breezy in the game that's been making its way around the blogosphere.

Total number of books I own:

Lots. And lots. And lots. I've lost count. I'm drowning in paper books. But I only have about twenty ebooks sitting on my harddrive. I'd like to increase that number!

Last book I bought:

Dangerous Games, by Charlene Teglia
(That's the last book I actually BOUGHT. Yeah, I've traded for a few at the used bookstore since then!)

Five books that mean a lot to me:

1. The Lord of the Rings. No explanation needed, right??

2. Harry Potter and the Numerous Sequels. Okay, that's five books right there (soon to be six). So I'm cheating a bit:). But my kids love these books, and they've helped keep them reading, and that's enough to make them near and dear to my heart. But the truth is, I enjoy them too. They're an intersection between the kids' world and my own, something that we can all enjoy talking about.

3. Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small. My first excursion into the world of erotic romance (an excursion taken when I was much too young, I might add... I'll be hiding all my Small books in the attic when my oldest turns twelve!).

4. The Temple of My Familiar, by Alice Walker. I just love this book.

5. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. One of my favorite books as a girl, and still one I like to pick up every now and again. This and These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder were some of the first "romance" I read as a child.

Like E.D'Trix, I sincerely doubt I can come up with five people who haven't played this already. So if you're wandering past reading this, you haven't played yet, and you have a blog... consider yourself tagged:).

Sunday, May 22, 2005

An interview

There's going to be an interview with yours truly (and three other EC authors) in today's edition of Just Erotic Romance Reviews. If you're dying to know all about me (and hey, why wouldn't you be??) be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

To trash or not to trash, that is the question

An interesting juxtaposition: On the newly opened Novelspot, Diana Laurence trashes erotic romance (except, presumably, her own particular brand of the genre). She says, "To put it bluntly: Why does erotica so often have to suck?...I'm starting to think erotica is the unsightly boil on the cheek of romance... I've sampled from the erotic romance works of some quite successful new writers, and even though it's taboo to criticize your fellow authors, I'm sorry--I just found most of them terrible." Later she adds, "And don't you dare pay good money for these kinds of books. If you do I'll come after you with my keyboard and give you a sound conk over the head with it. And then I'll bandage the bump I gave you and make retribution by reading you some good erotica...."

And to top off this rant, she says, "To me this stuff is just verbal crack: if you have a fetish for the stuff it will turn you on, but there's nothing nourishing to the mind, heart or soul to be found in it." There's more... follow the link and do post to let her know your thoughts.

And on the Sirens' Blog, Elisa says, "Something that appeals to one person may not be what’s going to appeal to someone else. We all have our own tastes when it comes to everything in life, and books are no exception. Rude comments meant to insult those who read certain kinds of books do little more than showcase the narrow-mindedness and insecurities of the person making the comments."

Amen to that:-).

Now available on Amazon!

I noticed last night that Imprisoned Prince is now available on Amazon!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Cerridwen

Cerridwen Press, the new mainstream imprint of Ellora's Cave, launched today! Check out the great books!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Erotic romance that isn't

I got TIE ME UP, TIE ME DOWN (Sherrilyn Kenyon, Melanie George, and Jaid Black) the other day, mostly because Jaid Black's name caught my eye. The cover describes the anthology as "three tales of erotic romance," and it appears to be the third entry in Pocket's effort to compete with Kensington's Brava imprint.

I've read the first two stories, and they're not bad. But they're not erotic romance, either. Granted that erotic romance is in the eye of the beholder, but I can't imagine either of these two stories being labeled "erotic romance" by anyone who's ever read a true erotic romance. They're no steamier than the average romance. Of course, not all Bravas can be described as "erotic romance" now (Lucy Monroe's THE REAL DEAL isn't particularly hot), but Brava muddied the waters by removing the "erotic romance" label a while ago, so there's no reason to expect all their books to be that hot.

If you label a book "erotic romance," though, it needs to be genuinely erotic, or the reader feels cheated. The first two stories in this anthology are nowhere near the spiciness of, say, the Brava novels written by Shannon McKenna or Alison Kent. Maybe the Jaid Black novella will be hot enough to make up for the other two...

Saturday, May 07, 2005

"Those words"

Shannon's post on dictating erotic romance cracked me up. We had a discussion on the EC list the other day about "those words" and the difficulty I had in learning to write using them. I am absolutely certain I could never learn to dictate them into a recorder!

Like I said on the EC list... I'm a prudish erotic romance author. Go figure:-). But it looks like I'm not the only one!

Friday, May 06, 2005

Writing a sequel

The sequel to IMPRISONED PRINCE popped into my head this week, so I'm writing away. It's up to 4000 words (I'm aiming at about 30,000, although my books have a dismaying habit of growing bigger than planned!). I love it when characters just jump fully formed into my head. Now if only the plot were as clear to me as the characters...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

IMPRISONED PRINCE released!

My futuristic romance IMPRISONED PRINCE is now available on the Ellora's Cave front page, making me officially an EC author!! Woo-hoo!

Can you tell I'm excited??

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

I have a cover!!!

And what a cover it is! You can find it here, at the bottom of the page. Wow... I'm drooling on my keyboard!

Monday, May 02, 2005

Finishing touches

I got my line edits last night (late because my editor was at RT) and corrected a few errors in IMPRISONED PRINCE. I still haven't got my cover, though *quivering lip and looking pitiful*. I'm wondering if I'm going to see it first on Wednesday, same as everyone else. I guess I can survive two more days...

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Mass market sales

Wendy has an interesting post about how mass market sales are dropping and speculates on the reason, and several people have offered suggestions. My guesses? Ebooks (a small but growing market-- I know quite a few rabid readers who hardly read anything from the big publishers any more), the prevalence of used books (readers use those half-price books to stretch their book budget out), and trade paperbacks.

Trade paperbacks have become really big in the last few years, rather to my surprise. A member of my family, upon learning I write for EC and might eventually have trade-sized books in the stores, asked, "Yes, but who pays that much for books?" Uh... pretty much everyone nowadays, it seems:-). When smaller presses first started producing trades, they were at something of a disadvantage, because most paperbacks from big publishers were about half the price. But now readers have gotten used to buying Bravas and chick lit and various other books in the larger size. I think this is one reason why EC's trade paperbacks are doing so well in the stores... readers don't really blink an eye at the price any more.