Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 521

I have a lot of feeling about some things that I would love to share, but I'm under a tit crushing deadline so I'll just share some news and a beautiful picture.

I'll signing Better Off Red Sunday Dec 11th at 2 pm, at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA. There will be several other paranormal authors signing as well, listed below. If you're in the So Cal area, or your grandma is, come on by or send your grandma.

Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91505

other participating authors:
Collette Freedman signing Thirteen Hallows
PS Gifford signing Curiously Twisted Tales
VMK Fewings signing A Vampire's Dominion
Gabrielle Faust signing Eternal Vigilance I, II & III


Through a little trading an bargaining, the sweet Fandangler drew me this adorable picture of Camila and Ginger from Better Off Red.

I found him through his awesome Adventure Time fanart and I love what he did to my girls. Check out his art here. Happy Friday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 506: Interview & Giveaway

Hey kids. Check out today. There's an AMAZING interview with yours truly and you can enter to win a signed copy of Better Off Red. Run. Click. Fast. Go. Now. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 503

Gingered beardo and fellow author, Chuck Wendig has an excellent post on his blog today about writers following their own path. Over the past year and a half I have received some amazing advice, some terrible advice, met and chatted with some awesome agents and writers and come across publishing types I'd just as soon push in front of a subway car before I forced myself to speak to them again. In that time, I have definitely learned that this writing journey is my own.

If you haven't been following this blog from the start, 503 days have passed between my first submission to an agency and the official release off Better Off Red. No, Bold Strokes Books does not fuck around when it comes to getting books out. Just another reason I feel at home with them. Minimal BS. :) No other author will experience what I have in the same amount of time, just as I will never share their exact experience, but that's the beauty of this life thing.

Though it's been on sale for a week and some change, today Is Better Off Red's proper book birthday, which means you should be able to walk into bookstores and pick it up. I'll probably go to my local Barnes and Noble and put it up on some display near the front. :) I'm sure they love when people do that. So far Better Off Red has received some awesome reviews on Amazon and goodreads from people who aren't my mom and that makes my heart very happy. I'd like to give a special shout out to my editor Cindy who made Better Off Red the book it is now. I love her guts. 

Several of my fellow Bold Strokes authors also celebrate book birthdays.

Rob Byrnes's Holy Rollers (gay fiction/mystery)

Jeffrey Ricker's Detours (gay fiction)
I'm almost done with this one and its fantastic

Radclyffe's Sheltering Dunes (lesbian romance) The next installment in the Provincetown Series

Yolanda Wallace's Lucky Loser (lesbian romance WITH TENNIS)

Sam Cameron's Mystery of the Tempest: A Fisher Key Adventure (Young Adult/mystery)

Edited by Richard Labonté History' s Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall
Finished this in one night. AMAZING!

In other news, check twitter and possibly BBC world news (anything that isn't fox new or cnn) if you aren't up to date on the situation with NYC Occupy Wallstreet movement. In the middle of the night, NYPD cleared protesters out and destroyed the camps while banning media coverage. It was just late night for me so I watched the streaming videos from inside and kept up with the tweeting madness. This is why we vote, people.

And here's some Beyonce for those of you who visit for visual stimulation. I plan to wear that first outfit at my next reading.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Day 488


So mega surprise to me this morning, Bold Strokes Books is offering all of our November titles early. MEANING... you don't have to wait until Nov 15th to pick up Better Off Red.


In another news, I received this amazing 4 star review from Bibrary Book Lust. Check out the awesome things Sally had to say about Ginger and the rest of the girls here. (she put the stars up on goodreads).

And lastly - here's what I'm wearing tonight to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. I look ridic, but its okay. ITS HALLOWEEN!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 483

A spontaneous post because the TV has pissed me off again.

First - I'll be sharing a guest post AND giving away a signed copy of Better Off Red this Friday, Oct 28th over at Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust. Do check it out.

Now I rant.

I have 29 episodes of Batman the Animated Series on my DVR that my boyfriend has asked me to delete. Instead, I went through the other stuff we had saved and found "So you wanna be... A Writer" which first aired on Current TV back in 2010. I'm sitting here preparing a guest blog post for Friday about why I write, so I figured this show would be acceptable background noise. I remembered quickly that I'd already watched it, but haven't deleted it and now I remember why. The first story in the program featured Ben Karlin, writer and executive producer of the Daily Show, who summed up his Hollywood career as if you can just show up in LA, be instantly funny and the next thing you know-  BAM - you're getting the green light to start production on The Colbert Report. Not to mention the two Daily Show and one personal book he has put out. I don't doubt that this dude had some connections along the way, but I refused to believe this was a painless process.

As I've recently tweeted, I FUCKING hate it when authors who've experienced major or even minor writing success pretend that their writing journey was some sort of easy task. I have read so many author interviews where the author completely breezes over the difficulties of finishing a book, finding an agent, promoting a book etc. I thought I was all alone in my struggles. I thought I would go crazy before things worked out. This whole blog is about how that entire process has driven me to pony loving insanity and massive weight gain. I've passed my all time high by 3 lbs at this point. Go me. But - I also started this blog after Better Off Red was finished. Writing this book was easily (?) the hardest thing I've ever done and I've hiked a mountain as an extremely overweight pre-teen.

Along the way I've cried a lot, been depressed, doubted my very existence and gotten in massive fights with my significant other. All the things that some writers fail to mention, writers who I wont throw under the bus here. After I restrained myself from throwing my shoe through the TV, a segment featuring Robert "Bobby" Moresco, co-writer of Crash and Million Dollar Baby came on. His segment was the reason I'd saved this program for almost a year. Robert acknowledge what being a writer is really about and how fucking hard it is to not succeed, but to simply stay in the business. Sorry I'm swearing so much, but I want to punch Ben Karlin in the face.

I think of this interview every time I'm crying over the state of my bank account or begging my boyfriend to be patient with me.

For the aspiring writers out there - its hard. It's really, really hard, to write, to complete and to get your work acknowledged. But if this is something you want, you can't give up. Read. Write. Read and write some more.

For authors who aren't telling the whole truth, seriously, suck it.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Day 458

More goodies!

This month an interview with lil ole me is featured in the Bold Strokes Monthly Newsletter. The newsletter is busting with info on Bold Strokes's new and upcoming releases and info Women's Week in Provincetown.

There's an excerpt from Better Off Red here, along with the first chunk of my interview.

My full interview can be found here.

You can also get to it here.

And since its October 1st...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 449

It's time for another confession. So here it is.

I don't want to promote my books.

And I know all three of you are saying something along the lines of "Why ever not?" Or something with more four letter words, but here's the skinny.

I've worked in sales three times in my life and I never really sold anything on purpose. My best day at the GAP involved helping a guy pick out a Christmas outfit for his wife. He was a wranglers and tee kind of guy and it was so sweet to see how badly he wanted to buy his wife something nice. We talked for a long time, he walked away happy and I made no commission what so ever 'cause it's the GAP.

I had a blast working at The Pleasure Chest, which celebrates it's fortieth anniversary next week. Helping Dave Navarro pick out rope or talking to Judy Geer and Ivana Milicevic about g-spot orgasms always made for a fun work day. The thrill of that job came with working somewhere where I could and had to talk about sex all day with no chance of getting fired or sued for sexual harrassment. I also got asked out a lot. :) But I never "worried" about making sales. People rarely walking into a sex shop to hang out. People need lube and condoms. Some need penis pumps. And I sold a shitload of harnesses and dildos. I knew if I was polite and helpful people would buy stuff and I would get paid.

My other sales job sucked and we need never speak of it again.

Promoting my book is different. It's about the book, but on the outset it's about me and I am terrible at selling myself. I'm TERRIBLE at fitting in or conforming to make other people comfortable. I'm awful in job interviews. Ask me where I see myself in 5 years, I almost always say I don't know. I can't bullshit like that. I'm loud, I curse a lot, pussy might be my favorite word. I'm never gonna do yoga so people should stop asking. I watch too many cartoons. On an average day I dress like a skater who just started 12th grade. I'm all for being nice, but I suck at lying so I think you suck I'm going to tell you.

On the flip side I can't stand it when people tweet links to their books non-stop. I'm also not a fan of reading a book just because everyone else is reading it. I will maintain till my dying day that I read Twilight for work. Ask Dave Kurtz.

I believe people follow me on twitter for two reasons - and this is my low self-esteem talking but I can't get her to shut up -  1) I have web friends from my fanfiction days and 2) I tweet tons of boobs and lesbian porn gifs from my tumblr. The voice in the back of my head is convinced that no one cares about Better Off Red's release in 53 days. 

And then this happened: 2 websites mentioned the upcoming release of Better Off Red and I had nothing to do with it.

KT at Babbling About Books And More:

Sally at Bibrary Booklust:

If people I have no personal or pornographic ties to are interested in Better Off Red then there is hope.

The truth I have to face is that some people will want to read my book, but if I don't promote it and myself no one will know about it. I have developed serious love affairs with Beverly Jenkins and LaVyrle Spencer, two authors I would know nothing about if it weren't for social media. The system does work.

In my dreams there's some 16 year old girl out there dying to read something like Better Off Red (yeah the material is 18+ but let's be realistic, kids read up). I want her to be able to find that book and of course I want her to tell her friends because in the end I'd like to make a living off my writing so I must promote. I want that JK Rowling money. He he har. Promote I must.

Here's what I got so far. On my tumblr, , in the side bar, if you search the following terms you will find pictures and art that tie into Better Off Red and The Fling. So far people seem to like the character teasers. please remember it is an 18+ tumblr with nude images.

an image I love for Cleo

BetterOffRed (no spaces)
The Boys Of 8OBA


I'm also working on my romance trading cards which should be available soon for readers and I'm designing Alpha Beta Omega sorority t-shirts to sell on cafepress. And yes I will tweet and post facebook links to my books. I want this book to sell no matter what people think of me and my foul mouth so I have to promote it. Marketing and promotion are part of the game just like writing synopsisesses and the occasional block, things I also hate about the writing/selling process.

In random update news, I've been in North Carolina since Sunday for a funeral. The service was quite joyful. I've eaten my weight in shakes and other southern fats. The Hills didnt ruin "Unwritten" for me, YAY! I also think Floyd Mayweather and 50 Cent are in love, like secretly making love in love. And my my little pony obsession is spiraling out of control.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day 425

I know 30 some odd days haven't passed since my last post, but I GOT COVER ART!

It's a little porny. Enjoy it with me, won't you.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Day 408

I had so much to say a few days ago, but then I stopped screaming about the themes in The Help and I forgot the other topic I wanted to blog about so I'll just throw out some updates and random thoughts as I often like to do.

Better Off Red is in its final stages of production. It'll be off to the printers soon. I'm pumped. A handful of people have been nice enough to tell me they have already pre-ordered a copy and that makes me happy to the tenth degree. I'll have romance trading cards featuring the cover art and some deets on Ginger available soon.

The Fling will be out April 16, 2012, a perfect tax time gift for friends and family.

I'm in stage 2 of , lets say, 20 in writing Blacker Than Blue: Vampire Sorority Sisters Book 2. That should be released Fall 2012 granted I get to step 20.

 I'm obsessed with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Rainbow Dash is my dream pony. 

I think Jay-Z and Kanye's new song OTIS sucks.

Febreze stopped making my favorite scent: apple spice & delight. I had to settle for pumpkin harvest & fall

Rise of the Planet of the Apes was pretty good.

I'm still shocked that DJ forgot Kimmie Gibbler's 16th birthday.

I dyed my bangs blue which required me to bleach them blond first. The blue washed out this week when I relaxed my so in the end, my hair is now blond. Dreams do come true.

My cats love knocking shit off the table and one of them thought this was a great idea.

Until next time. :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Day 367

SO. I started this blog a year ago, Wednesday and I figured I should do a little recap. I tend to procrastinate that's why here I am, on Friday, with said recap. I've learned a several things over the last 367 days and I'd like to share some of them here.

  • A lot of people use the internet to say the asshole things to others they would never have the balls to say to their face.
  • Variety is a beautiful thing.
  • Twitter is a great place to connect with people.
  • Some cats like to play fetch.
  • You cannot please everyone in any sense, let alone with your writing. 
  • A good editor is worth twice their weight in gold.
  • The next wedding I want to be involved in is my own.
  • Twitter is a place where you might what to think before you type. Your followers are reading your tweets (and passing judgement on your tweets) even if they don't respond
  • I still love Maury results shows.
  • I will watch every rerun of American Dad! over and over.
  • 3D gives me headaches.
  • I'm a GLEEK.
  • I prefer Dominos pizza. 
  • I have a type.
  • I appreciate what Steve Jobs has done for me.
  • My cooking skills are okay, but they could be better.
  • I may write a certain kind of erotica and romance, but I love YA and historical novels.
  • PBS restores my faith in humanity.
  • Current TV shit the bed.
  • Racism exists in many forms.
  • Reading is a good thing.
  • Write want you want to read.
  • I play favorites.
  • Not everyone giving advice should be giving advice.
  • I have great friends.
  • I have an unhealthy addiction to Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant.
  • Being an adult isn't hard when you do things on time. You also avoid fees. 
  • If writing wasn't in my future, I'd be a cake decorator.
  • Never buy cat toys. They will find plenty of things around your house to covert into toys. Socks and hair ties seem to the favorites.
  • Some literary agents are really nice. Some are not.
  • I wrote Better Off Red in the spring of 2010. It will be out with an amazing publisher in the winter of 2011. Miracles do happen.
  • When in doubt, ask.
  • Learning about publishing is fascinating and scary all at the same time. 
  • Shazam is the best app ever.
  • The Santa Monica DMV isn't half bad.
  • Depression isn't as funny as it looks on House.
  • I don't budget well.
  • I take horrible before pictures.
  • Back pain is a very real thing.
  • Words matter.
  • Adderall makes me homicidal, yet very productive.
  • Talking to other writers about nonsense on twitter and facebook doesn't make me a better writer.
  • Blogging doesn't make you a better writer.
  • I have a spirit animal.
  • Fanfiction readers are fucking LOYAL.
  • I'm all for First 48: Boston
  • I'm not gay or straight.
  • Some people don't know what Bisexual means.
  • I'm not bisexual.
  • I have poor impulse control.
  • GAP jeans are bullshit.
  • My mom still gives the best hugs.
  • People are surprisingly supportive of my writing, even when I open with "It's about a vampire sorority..."
  • Patience is key.
  • Emailing strangers can work out extremely well.
  • I am capable of writing a book in a relatively short amount of time.
  • I have horrible road rage.
  • Baby fever is real.
  • I don't like going on hikes.
  • Regular Show is brilliant.
  • I am completely comfortable discovering new music through commercials and shows on the WB.
  • I can only be so excited in a J. Crew dressing room.
  • When I'm writing I find my happy place.
  • If you have a dream, chase it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Day 364

I finished The Fling last night and sent it off to my editor.


And then I figured out had to post gifs on blogger.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 346

We have kittens. They act more like dogs than cats and they like watching me while I use the restroom. It's gross.

Colonel Whiskers

Blogger refuses to post these photos upright.

I'm struggling not to dye my hair blond again. That's right. I said AGAIN.

I have a lot of writing to do: completing a manuscript, completing a short story and editing a different manuscript.

This blog is keeping me sane as I plug through this writing: TerribleMinds 

I need to get the hell off twitter until I'm done with that writing.

Happy Friday Everyone! Saturday for my friends in Australia.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 308

So, I eat my feelings. I feel like by admitting that I'm one step away from the biggest loser or a 1800 Get Thin Commercial, but I'm not. But I will tell you want I am. I am technically obese. It's a dirty word, but going by scales and charts, that's what I am. I'm what I like to call a Functioning Fatty, which I think a lot of people are. My weight has only made me more social, but my social skills don't stop me from breathing heavy as I walk up stairs or sweating whenever I hear the word hot

It's Tuesday, which is the perfect day to write this. Sunday I go to weight watchers. Monday I work out and eat healthy. Tuesday I fall off the wagon. I blame this on my short term memory loss, but the truth is, I eat my feelings. All the emotions you have to dig up to create a story worth telling make me impossible to live with. I have no idea how most writers don't suffer from severe depression. I do and that's coupled with the ADHD I think I've mentioned a few times here and there.  And with that comes the need to eat my way through ups and downs. Again I share this because my life affects my writing life. I'll tell you how.

While waiting to hear back on the submission of Better Off Red, I gained 30 lbs. It was a relatively short period of time. I have been a  varying weight on the curvy to heavy meter since I was 6, but this was first time in my life I noticed the weight gain. My dude noticed too. Don't worry he was nice about it, but when I screamed "30 fucking pounds" he didn't do that annoying "What are you talking about?" thing which I appreciated. This big girl hates sugar coating (get it). I have been this heavy before. When I first moved to LA and discovered the magic that is Craft Service, I climbed to my all time max weight. I am 2 pounds away from that now.

I see a lot of girls and women my size, every day and many of them are very beautiful. I do not see this when I see myself at a distance. Up close in that avatar sized box that is my face, I know I'm not unfortunate. I'm not Paula Patton (Paula Patton is fine), but I know I'm not a troll. I hate my body. My dude loves it, but knowing that I hate it he does almost as well as my father does at never mentioning my weight ever. I see bulges and rolls and I hate them.

The vanity is one issue, but here's the other. I have gained 5 pounds since I started writing The Fling, which is HILARIOUS because the love interest is a trainer. I have to write more books and I have to spend MANY more hours sitting on my ass. If I gain 30lbs per book which is very very possible, I will be in big trouble in short order. For in the first time in my life I have to lose weight so I don't eat myself into a heart attack. This is sobering, but then there's that short term memory loss and that hilarious depression...

So it's Tuesday. I read a book that ripped my heart out last night and had me up to 3 this morning. I have to write today and of course I don't want to work out. Plus Dude is working from home and Chinese food is like a chaser to burgers for him. Luckily I'm meeting with my bestie's trainer today ask her some questions for The Fling. Hopefully that will keep me on the wagon for a few more hours. We'll see.

(Read this last night and another part of me will never be the same. I HIGHLY recommend. )

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 281

New Book. New Router. A new reason to gain another 30 pounds.

So my publisher tells me (im making the wording up) "Yes, write this new book, young one. Tell your light-hearted romantic comedy tale. Meet your deadline and if it doesn't BLOW, we'll put it out in a timely fashion." And them the universe blesses me with sciatica.* Now I have a decent tolerance for pain, but suffering from "Sciatica (or sciatic neuritis), a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression and/or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves, is one of the most awful things I've experienced in my entire life.

I f-ed my back last year, had the same problem, but it when away. AND THEN IT CAME BACK. I was out of work for a week, on my back most of that time. Some of the time, on my back crying, literally. I had to crawl to the bathroom. Sitting up felt like my bones were literally grinding together. My poor boyfriend had to put on my socks for me for our trip to the doctor.

The up-shot: I caught up on so much cable ondemand.

The bull@#$ other side: crippling pain doesn't really make for a happy writer. I was blocked like crazy.

Thankfully the blockage is gone and so is the majority of the pain. It still hurts like crazy to sit in certain chairs for long periods of time, but I've written a good chunk this week. A chunk I'm pretty happy with.

In other news, I've started a tumblr account to share x-rated visual aids to my stories. PLEASE click with caution. I mean it when I say x-rated. I write erotica after all. :) There's also funny stuff and really cute pictures of puppies and kittens and Wonder Woman.

A search for a new router derailed my writing plans for tonight, but I'm back on the nets now with access to my completely writing life. Happy as an almost-walking normal clam.

*i dont know what adam is and my butt doesn't look like that.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Day 263

I'm awful at updating this blog, but here I am with news and pictures and news and videos.

A few weeks ago at the 5th Annual Lesbian Book Festival, I had my first reading, which may have been one of the scariest things I've ever experienced that didn't require a trip to the ER. There are no videos of the reading, but here is an interview I did with fellow BSB author Carsen Taite. This was a good thirty minutes before my reading. Needless to say, I was nervous as hell.

Fellow BSB author Kim Baldwin was also nice enough to put together a slide show of our weekend. It was pretty awesome.


I'm starting a new book, working title, The Fling

Meet your leading ladies. 

I'm really looking forward to writing it. It should be very sexy and fun. And I should get started now. Until next time, which I hope isn't a month from now.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Day 228

I think having a facebook author page is taking away my drive to blog. That and I did't have too much to say.

BUT!! Now I have plenty.

I have cover art that I LOVE.

I've submitted my first round of revisions of my edit to my editor. It's also pretty amazing to say that I have an editor.

My book is up on Amazon for pre-sale which is also blowing my mind.

I'll be participating in the 5th Annual Bold Strokes Books Palm Springs Lesbian Book Festival, March 3-6, where I'll be reading a selection from Better Off Red and praying I don't barf on myself at the podium.

I've also found another artist to obsess over. You can find the work of Jace Wallace here

Monday, January 17, 2011

Day 195

I haven't updated in a while because I've been busy blowing time/self-promoting/ forging lifelong friendships on facebook and twitter, but I'm back and in a SUPER MOOD! I've also gotten some great research field trips in for this series and the Were-boys I want to write at some point.

Over the past few days, I've come to the upside of revisions. Usually I write something and once it's done I never want to look at it again, but I don't think anyone involved in getting this book out to the public wants it out exactly the way it is now, with typos and such.

I was dreading having to rework a few scenes when a flash of positive energy smacked me up side the head. This is my chance to do completely right by any future readers, to look very closely a the tiny things I may have missed and fixed them. Also its a great chance to extend a few sex scenes :)

Now I'm really excited to work through my edits, almost as excited as I am to some day get my cover art. I'm really excited about the cover art.

In other news I all I want for my birthday is a kitten. I wont get one. So sad.