Friday, November 30, 2012

Author Showcase - Dan Cocker

Author at Horny Devil Publishing: http://hornydevilpublishing.com/smuttica/ 

Dan Cocker is a fifty something married Englishman. He lives as the only male in an otherwise all female household. Dan would be the last man to claim any special insight into the female mind, but he understands its mystery as much as any man. He lives with his wife, two daughters and a female cat in London, England. Dan is used to being at the bottom of the pecking order (though recently promoted to fifth by the passing of the family hamster). He writes about real men, real women in their real lives. How real are his stories? That's for you to decide... 





‘The Meeting’ 

Trapped in a sexless marriage, Paul, an aspiring author, finds himself slipping into the alluring world of erotic prose. Flattering reviews from his number one fan lead to a virtual relationship of a different kind. Role play becomes real play. Then his secret is uncovered by his wife, Samantha. Caught in the ethereal glow of his monitor screen, he freezes like a rabbit caught in headlights.

When Samantha finds Paul engaged in cyber-sex with a man, she fears for his sexuality, and their marriage. Realising that she has been neglecting their physical relationship, Sam wakes her husband with hot passion on her lips. With intimacy restored, she allows her curiosity free reign, unwittingly igniting deeply buried primal fires. When Sam is left alone with Paul’s virtual bull, she takes matters into her own hands. A meeting is arranged.

Will his reader inspire an exciting new chapter in Paul and Sam’s relationship, or will he be the author of the final chapter of their marriage?


Excerpt:

Trembling, she looked at me with moist brown eyes that were actually brimming with tears, though a smile played uncertainly on her lips. Shyly with lowered eyelids, but she glanced quickly at Dan quickly before returning her gaze back to me. He reached down and grasped the hem of her skirt, pulling it up again until we could both see her panties, this time from the front. Her mound was prominent through the clinging fabric, fine black neatly trimmed curls clearly visible. A dark stain was spreading from the deep cleft between her legs just as if she had wet herself.


Contact information:


Twitter @DanCockerAuthor

Interview with Dan Cocker


Welcome, Dan Cocker. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?


Oh my! Is that what I have done?! I never thought of it as business, but then you might not mean that literally either. I’ve not been writing ‘commercially’ for long, I’m not even sure that I am going to keep going either. I like to create and have just discovered creating using words as my shades and colours. f

All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.

Not very well! I had writers block for 52 years and only now have managed to get beyond a page!

Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?

Doing ‘family stuff!’ – repairing toilet flushes, changing light bulbs and traipsing around food stores or carting family members around in the car.

I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?

Yes they know I write, but they roll their eyes, lift their eyebrows, shake their heads and pretty much ignore it!

Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten

Errr… Tolkein, Lewis Carrol, Stephen DonaldsonStephen King….ten you said? HmmmAlastair Maclean, ten? Really? Ten … Richard Adamsactually I have to confess that I don’t really follow a particular author, I like particular works, for example, The Lord Of The Rings I loved, because of the richness of the landscapes he painted, but I did not enjoy The Silmarillion. I loved ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ but I believe that was her only book? Also I think I might have liked the movie and then read the book, so that doesn’t count!

If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

One book? Not one of mine? It would have to be The Chronicles of Thomas Covenent and a middle aged Harrison Ford in the lead role.

Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

Princess of the Fall, it is my first intertwining of my non sex fantasy and sex fantasy work!

Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
Amazon, and all over the place and no!


Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
Dan_Cocker_Author@Hotmail.com

Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.

Writing is my pleasure, it allows me to create things that I do not have either the resources or the skills to create in any other way. I do a little painting, recently trying digital work with Coral Painter and Photo Shop, but I have realized that I don’t have anything like the skill of the professionals.

But with words I have discovered I can create stunning tapestries, glorious landscapes, engender fear and ecstasy! I can also make people do stuff they might never do for real, which is not only exciting, but brings with it a huge and unexpected responsibility. I feel I have just landed on the beach, like an ancient fish crawling out of the murky depths into a brave new world full of potential, with possibilities beyond my wildest dreams. I just hope there is enough time left to me to explore it! Of course I am not arrogant enough to think I am in any way special, I am just one of millions and at the moment I am lost in awe of others. But I hope I can realize my potential, even if that potential is to remain, metaphorically speaking, on the edges of a primordial swamp.



There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Dan Cocker for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and dish.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Releases at Changeling Press

A Very Changeling 9th Annual Christmas Contest -- Win Free Books for a year!
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Pandamonium by Jade Buchanan $3.99
It's every man for himself when a panda shifter meets a big, bad polar bear who plays for keeps.

Protect and Serve: Mistletoe and Whine by Sharon Maria Bidwell $4.99
It's Christmas, but alas, Sam has more to whine about than plastic mistletoe.

Holidays Are Hell: Devil Under the Mistletoe by Sam Cheever $4.49
Perdition Guide Damian is supposed to escort sexy Amanda to Hell. But he'd much rather keep her.

Spotlight: Jingle All The Way by Judy Mays $7.99
Vampires and Santas and werewolves, oh my!

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Stella's getting her Christmas wish, fur.

Santa's Helpers: Mistletoe Mistakes by Jocelyn Michel $2.99
Braving a blizzard, MJ drives to her mountain cabin. But there's a very sexy someone already there.

Santa's Helpers: Damned Santa by Marie Treanor $2.99
Has Santa Claus really been trapped in the ruined City of the Damned?

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Interview with Clair de Lune


       
     Welcome, Clair de Lune. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?

  I never really intended to be a writer. I had a career. When I retired, I had time to read for the first time in years. Then I bought a Kindle and let myself loose on Amazon. I enjoyed reading BDSM fiction and bought some factual books on the subject. I was getting bored with doing nothing but housework and gardening etc and the prospect of doing only that for the next lord knows how many years was depressing in the extreme. My youngest son challenged me to write a book myself, but I doubt he expected the one I did write. When it came to writing my first book, the genre was obvious, given my recent reading. Then, too, I’d always loved the Regency period and read widely about it; both fact and fiction so the Regency novel was no surprise either. My daughter just said “About time,” when I told her about “The Locket.”

        All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.

  So far I’ve been very lucky and there has been no really long period of blockage. The worst I’ve had to cope with is getting plot or characters into a situation I can’t get out of. I just leave it and go and do something else, usually catch up on housework with loud heavy metal playing in the background. I sleep on the problem and it gets sorted out in my brain in the night. More than block the edits, promo and other admin is a problem, as it stops me writing

     Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?

 I still have a large family house and garden to cope with and it takes a lot of my time. I used to do a lot of sewing, mainly appliqué, making quilts and such but I haven’t done any of that for ages. I like to write to friends; that’s proper letters on proper paper!! I write emails as well but nothing beats a real letter to sit down and read over a cup of tea. I’ve made some good friends since I started to write and chat to them on Facebook. I swim twice a week too at the ungodly hour of 7:30 usually.

 I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
  
My husband was stunned when I told him I’d had a book accepted, as he wasn’t even aware I was writing it. It took a while for him to become used to it but he and my children and the couple of old friends I’ve told have all been very supportive. Now he takes me out for lunch or buys me flowers on release days. 

     Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.

In no particular order Jane Austen, PD James, Dorothy L Sayers, Sir Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov, A E Van Vogt, James White, Murray Leinster, Anne McCaffrey, Cooper McKenzie, Sage Marlowe. This is 10 there are so many more I could have added.

 If you could choose one book to go to the big screen, which book would you choose and whom would you love see casted in the parts?

Kam this the most difficult to answer. “Initiation” is the one I’d choose. Sean Connery for Master Angus and Emma Thompson for Jane. 

     Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.

I am wrestling with two books both of them in the Prometheus in Chains. Master Rafael’s story and Jack the ex-Special Branch friend of Master Eric. I have two more of the Regency series in the begun and plotted stage and one about Hadrian’s Wall half written.

      Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
  
Prometheus in Chains are all stand-alone but they are better if read in order. As I found it frustrating when reading trying to figure out which book followed which in a series, mine are numbered on the cover and in the blurb. The same applies to the Dragons of the Cairngorms. The Locket is book one and there’s no book two yet so the problem doesn’t arise. 

      Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?

Website: http://clairdelunebooks.co.uk/#
Twitter: ClairdLunebooks


Before we wrap up this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you'd like to share? The stage is all yours.

Can I please add that I do answer all emails and Facebook contacts and some of my fans have become good friends. Don’t hesitate to get in touch. You may think that we don’t have time to answer you but how can we tell if you enjoy our books if you don’t tell us? 




There you have it, ladies and gents. I want to again thank Clair de Lune for stopping by and I look forward to the next time we can sit down and talk.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

New Release!!

I'm super excited to announce that Dirk and I have another short story out. Yes, I stress the word SHORT cause it was based off a picture I was shown by a friend (Debbie Workman) for a contest. The story ended up being roughly 5,000 words, so it couldn't be submitted. (The contest asked for 1000 words.) However, we thought it would be a perfect little read for all of you. 

We want to give special thanks to Jess Hunter (editor), Mika Star (cover artist), and Debbie Workman (beta reader) for going on this self-publishing journey with us. I think we all worked well as a team. To Sable Hunter, thank you for all your advice and tidbits regarding self-publishing. I appreciate all your help and the time you spent chatting with me. Mucho Love to you all. 

As I stated above, the story is short so we decided to price it rather cheap - .99 cents.
With that low price, you could pick up one for yourself and a few more for your friends. :)


Genre: Erotic Romance
Theme: Lesbian

Blurb: 
Angi didn't plan on sleeping with her co-worker. She was still getting over a failed relationship. However after a night of movies, and too much wine, Angi passed out and then the most vivid dreams occurred. When she woke, she didn't fight the spark brewing all night. Angi took the initiative and made her dreams come to life. 

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Sunday Press with Aisling Mancy - Article III


ONE WRITER’S REVENGE©2012
an article told in three parts
by Aisling Mancy

Welcome to the third and final installment of One Writer’s Revenge. Authors today live in a brave, new, and highly schizophrenic literary world. We have accepted this magnificent electronic age with open arms and trysted with social media as if it were the hottest of wet dreams. In doing so, however, new age authors have allowed certain principles and elements—principles and elements that should be held inviolate—to fall by the wayside. Authors have changed the face of the profession in the span of a few years and in no small way. In this writer’s little world of authorship, however, I have endeavored to preserve all facets of the traditional literary world and have developed a plan, indeed, a fierce strategy for revenge to protect and defend the profession.

III.
The Final Revenge
Or
Cherish the Hallowed Editor

We, as authors, stand alone, made to do so by a set of habits learned under the most brutal of all tyrannies, self-employment as authors. At times, we must be antisocial, segregated outsiders who can talk shop to no more than a handful of people. We must be able to self-motivate, self-start, and meet oft-brutal deadlines all while we savor the idea for the next story on the tips of our tongues. We tolerate more rejection than a door-to-door encyclopedia salesperson in Palo Alto, California and more criticism than a pretentious Broadway playwright does. If you are one of these people, then you, my friend, are a true author.
Social media assuages isolation, but loneliness and rejection steep in the veins of every author at times and have the potential to drive many a great author from pursuing his or her dreams. I know several authors with far more talent than I who gave up and potential readers suffered for it. In order to compensate for what we endure, we seek pleasurable revenge by freeing our imaginations and finding solace in our creativity and knowledge, no matter how trivial, as we labor to bring the reader escapism that he or she might not otherwise have. In addition to dancing in our minds, we find a great deal of reassurance in our peers and equally, if not more so, in our editors.
Editing is essential to the writing process and editors are truly the unsung heroes of the literary world and any author’s life. They work hard to make our work the best that it can be. Developmental editors check manuscripts for an extraordinary number of things such as continuity, information and back-story, redundancy, unanswered questions, and facts, just to name a few. They help flesh out characters, and firm up character and story arcs. A line-editor will check sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and bring your manuscript up to professional standards. Indeed, work that we revere as great and timeless would be merely viewed as good or, in some instances, fair, without having had the attention of good editors.
By way of example, the Declaration of Independence originally contained the word “subjects.” In an essential draft, Jefferson changed the word to “citizens.” Imagine if the word “subjects” had been allowed to remain in the document. Would not the citizenry have thought that the burgeoning United States was merely replacing one tyranny with another rather than founding a new system of government?
Editors are like movie producers. You don’t notice them until and unless they overreach their power or are conspicuous by their absence. They keep the message clear and well communicated, and have constructed the original concept behind the scenes and contracted all the players. As with the most attractive of Hollywood cast, even the most experienced and successful in our trade needs someone to do hair, makeup, and wardrobe.
Irrespective of genre, the creator left alone can often lose sight of the big picture and will lose the perspective of a virgin reader. Editors ensure there is enough “surface tension” in the words that we as authors pull together from an ocean of ideas. They form perfectly shaped droplets of finished thought and collect them into rivers that represent our and the publisher’s visions. Editors are fundamental, intimate, and priceless to the creative writing process, whose absence will always be noticed and whose excellence is revered.
The sum of this little article trilogy is to say that this writer’s revenge in this digital new age will be to author works which contracts will consistently preserve the almighty and beloved codex; to create a quality and valuable body (of work); and to cherish editors… All while I find solace in freeing my imagination, dancing in my mind, believing in stories no matter how fantastic, and falling in love (or hate) with my characters who might very well base all upon you.
            I hope you have enjoyed reading this series of articles as much as I have enjoyed writing them. Comments are always welcome. Happy writing!

~*~

Epilogue

As a matter of fancy, I’ll leave you with the below poem entitled A Good Objective Story. My grandfather wrote it after observing Pulitzer Prize winning sports columnist Jim Murray’s travails with his notorious editor. Originally published in 1947, it appeared in Jim Murray’s autobiography (1993). At the time of the poem’s scribing, Jim was a nascent journalist and his editor, no matter how well Jim wrote and rewrote a particular news story, was dissatisfied with it because it lacked “oomph.” Taking up Jim’s cause, my grandfather wrote the poem.

The rewrite man was writing the death, Of a miserable Skid Row whore
From the after effects of a drinking bout, Some two or three weeks before.
The facts were simple and dull and brief, And he had it almost done
When through the air came the raucous voice, Of James H. Richardson.

“On that murder case,” the Great Man said, “You can give it lots of play
“Go into the mystery angle, too, For we’re short of news today.”
The rewrite man gave a startled cry, At the mention of mystery.
And, round-eyed, turned to the desk and said, “Were you addressing ME?”

“Of course,” said the Man, and his voice grew thick, “Some merciless sadist slew
“This innocent child of East Fifth Street, Though he probably loved her too.
“Get into your lead that a ghostly smile, Was pitiful on her face
“And in saying how she was slain, hark back, To the Peete and Denton case.

“And somewhere high in your story, Tell of the marijuana ring
“That made this maid in the seventh grade, A wretched, besotted thing.
“Oh, yes, in your opening sentence quote MacArthur on the Flag
“Ignore the fact that the coroner said, She was a syphilitic bag.

“Write wistfully of the cocktail glass, That broke as her body fell.
“The artist will alter the photograph, Of the gallon of Muscatel.
“Mention a wilted, yellow rose, To tincture it with romance.
“And refer somewhere to an evening gown, Forgetting she wore no pants.

“And that barroom bum she was living with, We’ll call her mystery man,
“And try to mention the Japanese, And communists if you can.
“Get excited about the drama, here, Of passion and crime and greed.
“Write a good objective story, and Get all of that in your lead!

“Give me a take as soon as you can, I want to give it a look.
“But don’t start ‘til you’ve got all the facts, Then hold it to half a book.”
The rewrite man with a ghastly leer, That the Great Man didn’t see
Started again and finished at last, At twenty-five after three.

The climax came the following week, He was gratified to get
The prize for the finest writing, To appear in overset.

MORAL: It served the bastard right, of course, As philosophers will note,
For being a rewrite man at all, When he could have simply cut his throat.
A Good Objective Story, aka The Rewrite Man, ©1947






Aisling is a romance author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Aisling writes adult fantasy, adult gay erotica, and Young Adult gay romantic fiction, all under pseudonym.

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Aisling doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, and is epic awkward and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Aisling contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Aisling can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.

Aisling doesn’t tumble, pint, yah, goog, or twit (yes, that was intentional), but Aisling does respond to emails and blog postings because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

You can stalk Aisling and read excerpts of upcoming novels at www.AislingMancy.com. You can also find Aisling Mancy on Facebook and Goodreads and, after years of resistance, introverted Aisling has capitulated and now blogs. Follow features, articles, and events at www.AislingMancy.blogspot.com. Look for Aisling’s upcoming novels: Aeromancer, Shooting Star, and Sleight of Heart.

You can also read excerpts of Aisling’s gay Young Adult works at www.C-Kennedy.com and find Cody Kennedy and C. Kennedy on Facebook and Goodreads, respectively. Look for Cody’s upcoming novels Omorphi (Pretty) and Slaying Isidore’s Dragons.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Author Showcase - Indigo Sin


Author Bio:  Indigo Sin is a new author from the midwest specializing in short, hot, sexy stories that are sure to warm you up on a chilly night.  When not in front of her computer, you can find her cuddled up with her man and a good book, lost in the dream world that is her mind.  With a deep passion for writing, Indigo brings fantasies to life in her steamy tales of erotic encounters.  Step inside the mind of a slightly depraved sensualist if you dare. Indigo will show you the way.  Let the sin...begin. 



Genre: Contemporary erotic romance

Blurb: Felicity Janes muddled her way through her life. Finding herself unhappily engaged, she questions the choices of her past. Still carrying a torch for her high school boyfriend, and harboring anger that he never came back for her after college as promised, Felicity makes the trip to Memphis to attend her fifteen year reunion, where she comes face to face with the past she aches for, forcing her to make some difficult decisions about her future. Will an intimate encounter behind the school be the spark she needs to move on and finally find happiness?Brock Moore, a successful business man, has tried for years to make contact with his old flame. Regret followed him for this long stretch of time as he pined for the one woman who could make him whole again. Determined to get answers, Brock makes the drive to Tennessee to make one last effort to make contact with the woman his heart aches for. Will one night, and his heated seduction be enough to rekindle what had once been, or will it end in disastrous consequences? Read along as a once dead passion ignites, transforming into a salacious tornado of heated rivalry as they go up in flames.

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