Flirty Author Bitches

Say What Needs To be Said

No rants this month LOL I’m too tired of trying to be politically correct or smooth someone’s ruffled feathers to go off about anything. I am trying to be patient, Really! I am trying HARD not to loose my temper. But for goodness sake can we all just take a freaking chill pill?! Granted, there is a lot going on in the world- Aaron Rodgers got hurt, Rick Harrison got married and Lady GaGa got naked on stage…ahem…But it’s not the end of the world!

Yes Obamacare has turned out to be a total pain in the ass. Yes the federal government closing it’s doors for several days because they couldn’t pay the light bill sucks. And yes like everyone else I am having to make money go a lot farther than it ever has before. But these are the facts. These are things we can’t change but need to work around.

Get a grip. Move on. Smile and hug your kids!

It makes no sense at all to scream and hollar about a publisher refusing to take your 200k word epic (you should have checked the specs before you submitted the thing). There is no logic in verbally assaulting the young lady at the clothing store because your coupon doesn’t work on THAT sweater (check the fine print on all coupons before you try and use one). And there is simply no excuse for treating another human being with disrespect or disdain simply because they exist and happen to be irritating you at the moment.

Ask a question – get an answer.
Give your opinion but remember the person you are talking to may not agree with you.
Take a stand but realize that your line in the sand is YOUR line not theirs.

I’ll stop short of saying something stupid like “can’t we all just get along” and instead say this: say what needs to be said then shut the hell up!

Shoot! I guess I wasn’t too tired for a rant. LOL

TTFN

New Release Dancing

Okay, so I’m dancing because I have a new release, but the new release also involves dancing.

In August 2012, Pink Petal Books (now Jupiter Gardens Ignite; same company, different name) published my M/M contemporary novella Dancing Away, about ballet dancer Merit Hartwick’s encounter with Cole Dellany, his high school crush–and bully. Cole has tracked Merit down to apologize for an incident ten years earlier, on their prom night, and to confess that he’s loved Merit since ninth grade.

Dancing Away was a sequel to an M/F contemporary novella about two West Coast Swing dance instructors, Erin and Stefan, who fall for each other as Erin is attempting to finally move on from the death of her former competition dance partner. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This was released in early 2011.

Now I’ve continued Merit and Cole’s story in a new novella that’s a direct sequel to Dancing Away. Although the two men are in love, they’re having trouble adjusting to their new relationship, especially since Cole also has to adjust to moving from his small hometown to the city where Merit lives. Merit’s schedule with the ballet troupe in which he’s a principal dancer, along with his side job teaching dance, take more time away from Cole than Cole can handle. They have to redefine their relationship or decide whether it’s even worth the trouble.

With My Heart will release November 14 from Jupiter Gardens. (As of this writing, I don’t yet have cover art to share.)

And the holiday season begins…

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for the annual holiday blitz to begin. Every store will be playing carols. The television will bombard us all with commercials for the latest “it” toy. Frantic shopping will ensue.

Can you tell I’m a complete Grinch?

As much as I love Halloween, and Thanksgiving, I’m not a fan of the Christmas hoopla. I see commercialism and frustration where others see joy and magic. I hate the pressure to find the “perfect” gift.

You would think, then, that I’d also hate holiday stories and movies, but nope. I love them! Every year, I stock up on Christmas, Hanukkah, and Solstice themed gay romances. I gleefully view the animated versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as many times as I can. I’ve even written a couple of Christmas-themed stories. One, Lessons Learned, Wishes Earned, is available at Dreamspinner Press.

The other will be released by Loose Id early in December. It’s a re-release (formerly titled Fantasies: Christmas) called Fantasies: Strings Attached. I’m excited to be able to share the cover now. For readers like me, who love holiday stories but hate the cold, it takes place in Hawaii. 🙂