02 Mar
2015

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12 Feb
2015

Often the first thing my singing teacher and I do is try to get me OUT of my mind and INto my body. This time, not so much. I’ve been plotting all day, you see, so, the last thing I needed was empty all those little tidbits that were still hanging around out. I wanted to keep them, wanted to keep the images in my head, the feeling of the society I was working on. So… no emptying my mind, and that meant, straight to vocal work this week. After loosening up my body with some simple warm up exercises, that is.

Weirdly enough, though my mind was still very much in my story, my voice, breathing, and body were alligned, and my notes were right where they needed to be. Two weeks ago I put myself a challenge of pushing for the just too high and just too low notes, my weakest points. (read more about that challenge here)

Adam Lambert is THE perfect person to challenge myself. His range is amazing, and his high notes… err… way past pushing it, at times. But… singing his song felt good. I was connected, didn’t lock my body, didn’t push the notes, and I was thoroughly enjoying myself. And while I didn’t quite make the highest one, it was a damn good effort. Enough of an effort to make my singing teacher smile proudly.

So… today’s offering: Nirvana by Adam Lambert (LOVE that song)

 

 

29 Jan
2015

Been a while since I’ve done one of these updates. But since my singing lessons are often linked to my writing/creativeness and/or take me out of my brain for a bit, I thought I might as well start these up again.

Today my lesson was about raising my energy level and challenging myself. For years, I’ve seemed to have a preference for songs that are either just below my range… or above. So… today I sang two songs that challenged me in both directions. The stupid thing is that I can reach those high notes with barely any trouble while just sounding them out. During a song however, I tend to lock my body from the chest down when it comes to higher notes, meaning I’m not relaxed while singing them, pushing them out instead of letting the notes lead my voice. Which is something we’ll be working on for the next couple of weeks.

That said, I had a very enjoyable lesson and realised I’m capable of not quite fucking up Amy Lee’s beautiful lines in the second song of the day :)

The first song today was Broken by Lifehouse.
While singing it, I realised that the lyrics fit one of my MCs from BLIND TRUST (A finished first draft I’m editing)

Second song Broken by Seether ft Amy Lee.


 

 

27 Jan
2015

So, I’ve done research before, but mostly ‘little’ things. This time I’m doing something more ambitious… err… well, I think it’s ambitious. Opinions may vary. ;)

Anyway, I’m doing research for BLIND TRUST*, because I have three small tribes/races who more or less merged about 600 years ago, and I wanted to know the how/what/why/when/etc of what the population would look like now. Aka, how many of them still resemble the ‘pure’ traits of original three tribes. Not to mention figuring out whether inherent magical powers/abilities would be dominant or subservient when passed down the line, and other such details.

So, I google “dominant DNA in races” click open a few sites, and start to read the first one. Which is immediately interesting, (http://web.mit.edu/racescience/in_media/what_dna_says_about_human/), and seems to be just what I need. Though… I haven’t finished reading all of it, yet, because Youngest came back from an errand, and I ask him if he knows what mitochondrial DNA is. (Might be handy to know that Youngest seems to soak up biology knowledge, no matter where he picks it up). When he says he does, I tell him the reason I’m looking into it, and he starts explaining. Stops when I grab my notebook, grabs a pen, and starts writing things down like homozygous and heterozygous, creates a little table of alleles in women and men, and the ‘choice’ of combinations children have. But… he should be on his way to school (which he finds very boring, to say the least), so, he looks at the time, puts the pen down, and says, “When I come home, I’ll explain more.”

This is so much fun!!!! Youngest helping me with my research. Who needs google? LOL

 

 

* BLIND TRUST is a fantasy novel about a blind curse-breaker’s struggle for acceptance. It’s a finished first draft in desperate need of editing (and maybe adding a POV while I’m at it). But I want to do some research on the meltingpot that is BLIND TRUST’s society before I start the actual edits.

 

 

09 Dec
2014

The Forester II: Lost and Found Epic Finalist 2015

Oren's Right Epic Finalist 2015

Much SQUEEEEEEEEEEing and grinning like a loon ensued

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28 Nov
2014

It’s The Fifth Son Release Day!!


A prince without power

In a land where magic is commonplace, Prince Llyskel has none. He can’t command spells, he has never been taught to fight, and as the fifth son of the King, he will never rule. Everyone believes he’s a weakling, most of all himself.

Powerlessness is Llyskel’s problem—and his pleasure. In his secret fantasies, the prince dreams of nothing more than finding himself helpless at another man’s hands… particularly the hands of Captain Ariv of the Guards.

Then Ariv makes Llyskel’s dream a reality, and as the powerless prince surrenders to the soldier’s desire, he finds his own true strength at last. But a web of royal politics is closing around Llyskel, threatening to tear him from his lover, and it will take all his newfound courage to escape…

 

TheFifthSon

 

The Fifth Son is now availabe at:

For more info and an excerpt, go to my The Fifth Son page

 

And don’t forget the blog tour, where I give away several copies of The Fifth Son.

I’ll update the links as the tour passes each stop.

 

Giveaway


One copy of The Fifth Son in format of choice (epub/pdf/mobi) for one lucky winner.
Participating is as simple as commenting on this blog and leaving an email address so I know where to contact the winner. I’ll randomly draw a winner at the end of my tour on the 9th.

 

 

13 Nov
2014

After spending two days—more or less—uploading my new The Fifth Son files to various online vendors for re-release, it’s time to share my shiny and very, very gorgeous new cover for The Fifth Son—releasing on November 28—made by the very talented Simoné.

The Fifth Son is my first self-publishing effort, and so far it’s been fun, with sprinkels of excited stress thrown in.

As always, I very much enjoyed the editing process. Though, thanks to the lovely KJ Charles, I’ll avoid any situation where the words ‘first date’ might apply in future. But what came after was just as enjoyable, if somewhat time-consuming. I love coding html, and that helped make creating ebooks fun, especially when seeing the results in several previewers and ebook readers. Granted, there were things I couldn’t quite make work, but, in the end, I decided they didn’t matter as much to me. Though, I’m secretly glad not all my books will have illustrations, because it’s hell trying to figure out where to place them so they’re not spoilery, but still close to the related text.

Oh, yes, like the first edition, The Fifth Son has five lovely shaded black-and-white illustrations made by Yana Goya. And like the first edition, The Fifth Son will appear in print again as well, hopefully around the 28th, like its ebook siblings.

After all that rambling, I think it’s high time to show the new cover. I hope you’ll all like it as much as I do :)

TheFifthSon

 

 

*tears gaze away from gorgeous cover*
Anyway… The Fifth Son is now availabe for pre-order at:

 

 

20 Aug
2014

It’s BEDTIME STORIES Release Day!!


Bedtime StoriesBedtime Stories

Published by Wilde City Press, with a gorgeous cover by Adrian Nicholas

This is the perfect anthology for those who like to read a little before going to sleep.

From supernatural tales of intrigue to a curious modern romance, a thoroughly British relationship and a classic fairytale all twisted up, Bedtime Stories is a collection of short stories designed to be read one at a time, at bedtime. Let us wish you goodnight with gay romances that are sure to leave you ready for a night of sweet, lingering dreams..

Seven stories, one for each night, written by Tia Fielding, Liam Livings, Anna Martin, Kit Mullender, MJ O’Shea, B Snow, and me

 

B Snow is at the Novel Approach talking about it, and I will be at Prism Book Alliance this saturday. There will be some other appearances, and I’ll update this post with the schedule and links soon.

ENJOY our Bedtime Stories

 

 

10 Aug
2014

While I really should be writing a ‘report’ on my Amsterdam Gay Pride Rainbow Market experience—soon—or blog about my 2nd quarter of this year—err… maybe—I’ve come up from my more or less lurkerdom to talk about Sex and Apps. Apps, first, I think.

Novel Engagement App Almost a month ago, the Romance Writers of America Novel Engagement app went live. Now readers can look up my books on the phone, stay informed about my latest works, check where they’re available, what events I’ll be at, and read excerpts.

It’s already available for Android and iWhatevers ;), but the developers are also working on a desktop, Kindle, and Nook version. Click on the links above or the link in my sidebar to find out more about the Novel Engagement App. I hope you’ll all enjoy looking up your favourite romance authors.

 

And now about Sex, or more accurately, the Sex Scene Championship 2014.

 

From 10 August to 10 September 64 authors will be competing in this championship, organised by Nix from Sex Scene Championship 2014 and vying for the title of Sex Scene Champion 2014.

Of course, it’s not just about fighting for the title, we also come bearing gifts. Readers voting for their favourite authors in each round might just win some fabulous prizes like ebooks, gift cards, and even a necklace.

My first round will be on August 18th, and I’ll be going up against Amanda Ulsen. Wish me luck, guys :) And don’t forget to vote… for me, and for a chance to win one of those prizes.

 

 

16 Jul
2014
It’s Project Fierce Chicago Release Day!!
Project Fierce ChicagoProject Fierce Chicago
M/M | trans* | F/F | contemporary | fantasy
165,000 words | 625 pages (pdf) | anthology
Published by Less Than Three Press
Cover by Megan Derr
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Nobody deserves to be without a home. In collaboration with several authors, Less Than Three Press offers up an anthology of stories about young people who find that home and family are not always where you expect to find them.

All proceeds from this charity anthology will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago.

Project Fierce Chicago’s mission is to reduce LGBTQ youth homelessness in Chicago by providing affirming, no-cost transitional housing and comprehensive support services to homeless LGBTQ young adults. PFC also aims to encourage community-building and civic engagement through cooperative living and youth leadership development.

LT3′s Project Fierce Chicago charity anthology includes 20 short stories from Aeris, Vicktor Alexander, Talya Andor, C.J. Anthony, Blaine D. Arden, Kayla Bain-Vrba, Sophie Bonaste, Kenzie Cade, Jana Denardo,Alessandra Ebulu, Dianne Hartsock, Leta Hutchins, Caitlin Ricci, Lor Rose, B. Snow, Rin Sparrow, Andrea Speed, Piper Vaughn, Layla M. Wier, and Xara X. Xanakas.

 

Click on the cover to find out where you can buy this charity anthology. Support homeless GLBTQ youth in Chicago, and enjoy the stories :)

You can also find an excerpt of my contribution The Map to Bogriv and a bit about my experiences as a foster mother at Whitley Gray’s blog today.

 

20 Apr
2014

Welcome to the Rainbow Gold Reviews Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Rainbow Gold Reviews
For Rules and Information click on the Rainbow Gold Reviews banner.

The words you’ll be hunting for on my blog today tie into the theme of “Food and Sweet Romance“. So… you’re looking for a name of a food, today :)

That name is hidden somewhere among the excerpts of my books. Once you’ve found the name, you’ll have to go back to the Rainbow Gold Review site (or click the banner above) and submit the location of the name (URL, position) in the comments to that post, and that post only. Commenting here does not count as an entry to the contest.

Good Luck, and Have fun!

There will be winners drawn for EVERY DAY of the Hunt AT THE END OF THE HUNT. You can increase your chances of winning by playing every day.

 

 

19 Apr
2014

Welcome to the Rainbow Gold Reviews Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Rainbow Gold Reviews
For Rules and Information click on the Rainbow Gold Reviews banner.

The words you’ll be hunting for on my blog today tie into the theme of “Military and Law Enforcement“. So… you’re looking for a name of an author, today :)

That name is hidden somewhere among the blurbs of my books. Once you’ve found the name, you’ll have to go back to the Rainbow Gold Review site (or click the banner above) and submit the location of the name (URL, position) in the comments to that post, and that post only. Commenting here does not count as an entry to the contest.

Good Luck, and Have fun!

There will be winners drawn for EVERY DAY of the Hunt AT THE END OF THE HUNT. You can increase your chances of winning by playing every day.

 

 

18 Apr
2014

So… this morning I got up really, really early (04:30) to be bright eyed and bushy tailed for my Radio Interview with Will and Amanda from the Writers Online Network at blogtalkradio. Well… I was awake, at least.

Thanks to Will and Amanda for letting me ramble about when I first started writing, scarification, polyamory, long relationships, and cbt for sixty minutes, which aren’t all that long when you’re having fun. Though… I do hope I didn’t overpower Will and Amanda completely, and still come across as slightly sane.

I do need to formally apologise to Jonathan Harvey—author of the brilliant Beautiful Thing stage play—for not remembering his name correctly during the interview. I can’t believe I messed that up. My apologies, Jonathan.

For those unfamiliar with Beautiful Thing, you can now rent or buy the 20th Anniversary edition of the stage play at Digital Theatre

Enjoy :)

 

New Books Podcasts with WritersOnlineNetwork on BlogTalkRadio

 

You can also download/listen to the interview at blogtalkradio.

 

 

17 Apr
2014

Tonight at 8PM Pacific, 11PM Eastern, 10PM Central US time—aka tomorrow morning 5AM Central European time, 4AM UK time—you can tune in to the Writers Online Network at blogtalkradio and listen to me ramble away on the Write on the Edge Radio Show hosted by Vicktor Alexander.

As a little taster, here’s my answer to one of the questions that won’t make air-time:

 

If you were a paranormal creature what would you be (wolf shifter, lion, elf, fairy, etc.)

Elf or Fairy, I think, wings optional. As long as I get my pointy ears. And red hair. I’ve always been a sucker for red hair. My dad used to be a redhead, you see, and for some strange reason I’ve always been a bit miffed that I didn’t inherit the red hair. I had the fair—burns easily—skin and freckles, though :)

I’d love to live in a tree house like the ones the Foresters in my “Tales of the Forest” series create, a desk firmly planted in front of a window overlooking the village center as I write my stories. Or rather, use my magical abilities to transfer my ideas to paper, hovering my hands above said paper as the ink forms the words I need. Sounds heavenly :)

 

 

17 Apr
2014

Welcome to the Rainbow Gold Reviews Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

Rainbow Gold Reviews
For Rules and Information click on the Rainbow Gold Reviews banner.

The words you’ll be hunting for on my blog today tie into the theme of “Authors & Inventors“. So… you’re looking for a name of an author, today :)

That name is hidden somewhere among the reviews of my books. Once you’ve found the name, you’ll have to go back to the Rainbow Gold Review site (or click the banner above) and submit the location of the name (URL, position) in the comments to that post, and that post only. Commenting here does not count as an entry to the contest.

Good Luck, and Have fun!

There will be winners drawn for EVERY DAY of the Hunt AT THE END OF THE HUNT. You can increase your chances of winning by playing every day.

 

 


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