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New Release: After Life Lessons, Book Two

Laila Blake and I are excited to be releasing the second, and last, book in our After Life Lessons collection today! Available now in ereader formats, you can follow Aaron and Emily, as well as new characters, in a brand new journey in the life After the apocalypse.

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Years after the end of the world, the scattered survivors have begun to reconcile with their fate and are starting to build communities from the rubble. Life has been kind to Aaron and Emily, and maybe it is that infusion of hope that leads them on a winter trip to search for Aaron’s family. But the world outside their little haven has grown harsher, the conditions rough and dangerous.

Not everybody they meet on their journey allowed the grim realities to harden their hearts, however. Malachi and Kenzie – an easy-going drifter with a bum leg and amnesia, and a teenage girl who has lost everyone and everything – are on an ill-conceived mission to Mexico, while Iago and his band of nomads work to forge trading connections between the small settlements of the south. All of them will discover new nightmares on the road, far surpassing the threat of the last rotting zombies still roaming the countryside. And now they must come together to fight for peace and justice in the world they trying to rebuild.

This novel contains language some might find offensive, some gore and situations of a sexual nature. Reader’s discretion is advised.

Available at the following online retailers:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Smashwords | Ibooks | AllRomance

Forbidden Fruit Blog Tour and Interview

I’ve had the exciting honor of being included in Forbidden Fruit: Stories of Unwise Lesbian Desire and, today, the equally exciting pleasure of welcoming Axa Lee, author of “The Clinton County Horse Thief Society,” also included in this fantastic anthology. Enjoy!

ffcb1) What started you writing erotica?

I’ve always written—my grandma’s favorite story is once I learned to write the alphabet I told her that I wanted to write a story, if she would spell the words for me. At one point, when I was still in elementary school, my aunt said I should write smut books and make lots of money. Well part of her advice stuck I guess, because when I started seriously writing during the time while my offspring was an infant and we were much stuck at home together, erotica was the genre I felt most comfortable writing.

2) Besides erotica, what other genres do you enjoy writing?

Aside from writing undergrad papers and job applications, I’ve dabbled in literary fiction, attempted contemporary, and have a god-awful draft of an urban fantasy novel somewhere. I swore I’d never write time travel, but after reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneggerand Synchronic edited by David Gatewood, (and watching way too much Dr. Who during the Offspring’s first year of life) I’ve started messing around with time and the nature of memory and grief. I also enjoy westerns, leaning more toward Molly Gloss and Annie Proulx than Louis L’Amour. Historical-fiction has long been a passion of mine.

3) When you’re not writing, what are you doing? 

Oh I manage to keep myself busy. We have a family farm with 30+ head of cow/calf pairs and I have an off-farm job as well. I review books for a couple places, preserve food, sketch badly, do Insanity workouts, and spend a lot of time herding a precocious toddler. (Aren’t toddlers all precocious by definition?). The Spousal-Type Creature and I spend time together whenever we can. And adult beverages usually make an appearance somewhere late in the day. 😉

4) What is your most outlandish, ridiculous fantasy (erotic/romantic/sexual/otherwise)?

One that involves my Spousal-Type Creature, Shakira, and Kati Parry.
Or else a nap lol.

5) What was the inspiration behind your story?

Happy accident really, I’d been reviewing a book on horse-thief societies then saw the call for submissions and got this vivid image of this girl peering up at me from under her broad-brimmed hat. So I had to know more about her. Also I’ve read almost all of Molly Gloss’s fiction, so some of her heroines stuck in my head. Only she can somehow manage to keep her characters’ clothes on. I kind of admire that. There seems to be no lack of naked people in my imagination (laughs).

Excerpt of The Clinton County Horse Thief Society:

The call comes in by the post rider. Inside, my stomach flutters and tightens. I work to control my breathing. I keep my face blank, hidden beneath the brim of my hat until I can look up at him and nod once in acknowledgement. It might not be her, I reason. It might be someone else. But as I swallow past the urgent lump in my throat, I admit to myself that there’s really no one else that it could be.

I set down my hoe, stand and stretch my back. The kinks pop as I  straighten. I whistle Little Joe, the black pinto, up out of the lower pasture, and trudge up to the house for a change of clothes, some water and victuals, and my pistols.

I tell Momma I’ll be back when I can.

“How long this time?”

I shrug, toying with a button on my sleeve, not meeting her gaze.

“No way to be sure.”

“I wish you wouldn’t go.”

But since Pa died, the only one to go is me.

“Take care of your ma,” he said. “Take care of the horses.” Like him, I don’t much like thievery, especially of a man’s horses. That’s why, when these calls come, there’s the conflict in my belly, like two cats sparring in a sack.

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The next stop on the Forbidden Fruit blog tour is Lisabet Sarai at http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com/ who is interviewing Harper Bliss. Check out all the interviews on the tour at http://forbiddenfruitbook.wordpress.com.

Leave a comment on any post in the Forbidden Fruit blog tour to be entered into a random draw to win one of these great prizes.  Prizes include a paperback copy of Girls Who Score, lesbian sports erotica edited by Ily Goyanes, Best Lesbian Romance 2011 edited by Radclyffe, an ebook of Ladylit’s first lesbian anthology Anything She Wants, and a bundle of three mini-anthologies from Ladylit:Sweat, A Christmas to Remember and Bossy.  All of these titles contain some stories written by the fabulous contributors to Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire. You must include an email address in  your comment to be entered into the draw.

LAUNCH SPECIAL PRICE ONLY FROM AMAZON: for one week only, 5 – 11 September 2014, purchase Forbidden Fruit:stories of unwise lesbian desire for the super-special price of 0.99c.

Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire is available direct from the publisher, Ladylit (http://www.ladylit.com/books/forbidden-fruit/) or from Amazon, Smashwords, and other good retailers of ebooks.  Check out http://www.ladylit.com/books/forbidden-fruit/ for all purchasing information.

Virtual Book Tour – The Big Book of Submission

I’m excited to host this stop for this blog tour because I’M IN THIS BOOK. Let’s face it: ultimately I’m all kinds of selfish, and getting to do a blog tour almost for myself? MAGICAL.

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In all seriousness, The Big Book of Submission is a book I would host even if I’d not had the pleasure of being included. Rachel Kramer Bussel is one of those editors with the golden touch: she has an unapproachable ability to select not just great stories, but a variety, too, even within a theme, so that no one leaves the pages unsatisfied. To be a part of that mixture is a little like winning an erotica writer prize: I’M IN A RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL COLLECTION.

My favorite part of the book, though, is how short all the stories are. The love is multi-faceted: I’m an economical writer and, as such, hate word minimums; I love the challenge of shorter stories; and, in this case, you get more bang for your buck.

Writing my story, Brunch, was a challenge because of this. I had to construct a cohesive story, with a beginning, middle and end, in the space of 1100 words – and make it hot as hell. In writing erotica, I’ve found the biggest difficulty to be characterization: I like three dimensional, interesting people, in mainstream and erotic fiction, and I often struggle to balance the smut with that. Give me even less space and the effort doubles – in great fun, though, which may come as a surprise. It’s a bit like, maybe, a mathematician being given an especially difficult equation: half the fun is in the effort, and in the challenge you face.

The Big Book of Submission is chock full of writers who stepped up to the plate and swung a home run (I’m big on metaphors this morning, aren’t I?). Not every story will be your thing, but every one is well-written, sexy, and super fun. 

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Purchase your copy of The Big Book of Submission here!

Want to read more from some of the other featured authors? Follow the rest of the blog tour!

Cover Reveal: At the Edge of the World

It’s the one month countdown to the release of At the Edge of the World. Behold, the beautiful cover designed by the lovely and talented Laila Blake!

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I’m excited to be releasing At the Edge of the World with our micro-publisher, Lilt Literary, August 26th. You can learn more about the book and story in the link, and you can add it to your to-read list at Goodreads!

The ebook will be available through Amazon next month, followed by the print version a month later, and distribution world and net-wide before the holidays, for all those YA lovers on your gift list.

Over the next couple months, I’ll be making stops on some review and YA blogs– I’ll link these stops on my Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow me on either (or both!) for updates and information.

Thank you for celebrating this upcoming release with me. I appreciate your support.