Friday, December 28, 2012

Kissing Party!

Hello My Twisted Lovelies!

Since it has been a few weeks since I have last posted.... Let me wish you all a belated Merry Christmas...

and for those of you that celebrate something other than Christmas, well just concentrate on the Hay *grin*

So, now that we are in the recovery week before we all go out and become social butterflies again, I wanted to invite you all to a Kissing Party to welcome in the New Year!

This party is being hosted by Kay Berrisford & Tara Lain and I bet you are wondering what to expect from a kissing party, huh? Aside from kisses? Well, Kay & Tara have thrown together this shindig so that you, the reader, can read some of the hottest first kisses in print! Wet your appetite for kisses and check out their blogs.

I sent them the first kiss between Mike & Johnny in Brothers By Bond.

And because I love you all soooo much, here it is for you to read!

A noise from the front of his house pulled him out of his heartache party and he stood up from the table. Mike scrubbed his face with his hands and started toward the living room. Johnny must have forgotten something or else his back to kick my ass. Mike made it as far as the kitchen archway before he encountered Johnny.
Fuck, he's pissed.
Mike had no time to say anything and barely got his hands up when Johnny grabbed him by his T-shirt and slammed him so hard into the side of the fridge that Mike heard the bottles inside rattle.
"You're not getting off the hook that easily, Mikey." Johnny slammed him against the fridge again to emphasize his point.
Mike brought his hands up, palms flat against Johnny's chest, to prevent Johnny from slamming him again. He could see how pissed off his best friend was and knew he should just let his brother beat the shit out of him. Hell, he probably deserved it after last night, even though he couldn't remember what happened. However, he wasn't going to stand there idly and allow his best friend to kick his ass.
"Let me go, Johnny," Mike's voice was surprisingly calm even though his heart was pounding a mile a minute.
"Fuck that!" Johnny growled and Mike felt his best friend tense again as Johnny's hands tightened on Mike's T-shirt.
Mike's reply died on his lips as Johnny pulled him forward into a rough kiss. The shock of feeling his best friend's lips against his own short-circuited his brain and he didn't react at all. It wasn't until Johnny pulled back from him that he snapped out of his daze.
Sky blue eyes stared into his own chocolate brown as Johnny seemed to wait for his reaction. Mike's body was steps ahead of his mind as his hands tightened into fists on Johnny's T-shirt. So rough was he, that when Mike pulled his best friend to him, they both slammed into the side of the fridge again.
Mouths crashed against one another so hard that their teeth clacked. A lip split, whose it did not seem to matter even as the metallic taste of blood mingled with the kiss. Hands tore roughly at clothing, yanking and tugging, as both men fought to feel more skin. T-shirts were pushed as high up as they could go without breaking the kiss that seemed to be devouring them. Nothing was soft or slow as each man tried to feel more the other.
Mike barely registered the word but lifted his arms when the insistent tugging at his pits did not stop. His mouth did not leave Johnny's until his shirt gave him no choice but to break the kiss. Johnny's lips were back on him the moment the T-shirt cleared his head. Kissing. Licking. Biting. None of it gentle, not like a woman, as if he had a thirst that just couldn't be quenched.

Want more of my love? Well, I have decided start the New Year off by giving away a copy of Brothers By Bond. Just enter below... and you can earn more entries by stopping back daily to Tweet about the giveaway & Kissing Party!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Next Big Thing Tour!

So, what is the 'Next Big Thing'?

Well, that is for you, the reader to determine! Authors like E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey) and J. K. Rowling (Harry Potterwere unknowns until fans made them super stars for the stories they wrote! Well, like these famous authors, there are many great stories out there just waiting to be discovered by readers such as yourself! 

 This blog hop is like a game of tag. One author posts and tags five other authors who link back to their website the next week and tag five new authors. If you follow the blog hop long enough, you’re bound to find some books you’ll love! Maybe you’ll even discover a book that ends up being the next big thing.

I was tagged by Lakisha Spletzer (Thanks Kisha!) who was tagged by Flossie Benton Rogers.

This blog hop includes ten questions to help you learn more about an author’s current work in progress, so here’s a little info about my my recent publication:

1. What is title of your book?

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
As crazy as it sounds, the character Sin, herself. But the nightclub Shadows was inspired by the different clubs in the party district of Tampa, Ybor City.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal erotic romance in general but each book falls into its own sub-genre of M/F, M/M, M/M/F BDSM. There is something for everyone :)

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters?
This is a hard question since I am not really a big movie person. I think if my Shadows series ever went to TV or a movie, I would survey my fans and see who they envisioned for each character.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
The Tampa nightclub Shadows employs those who have many secrets that they would rather not share with 'normal' club goers... and sometimes not even with each other.

6. Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?
Every book in the Shadows series is self published but available in both print and digital format. 

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Embracing Sin took about two months to write. The others in the series did not take as long.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I have had fans compare this series to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and Charlene Harris' True Blood series.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
After writing my first novel, Fates, which was an epic fantasy, I wanted to try something different. After coming home from Ybor City after a night of club hopping, I thought to myself... self, this would be the perfect place for paranormals to hide in plain sight!

10.What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
Every book in the Shadows series has something for someone but I think what really grabs the reader is that the characters are not your typical supernatural/paranormal types and they all have very human hangups. I have even been told that my fans 'know' someone just like one of my characters and I think that makes them more believable.

I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about my Shadows series. I will note that due to the adult sexual nature of my romances, that this series is not intended for readers under the legal age of consent in the country in which they reside. If you would like to read the first chapter of each of the Shadows books (or any other book I will or have written), please check out my website.

Now to refer you to some other authors! 

As a bonus for stopping by, I am giving away the first book in the Shadows series! Good Luck!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The turkey has been eaten....

Hello my lovelies!

Now that the turkey has been eaten...

Black Friday (which has somehow morphed into black weekend!) is over,

and cyber Monday (which has morphed into Cyber week?) has passed....

We can get on with the chaos of the holiday's! 
I wish all of you a happy _________ (fill in the blank with whatever it is you celebrate).

I myself, celebrate Yule.

Which, as the most observant of you will note, happens to fall on the very same day that the Myan calendar ends... December 21, 2012.

So, just in case the humor above does not prove to be true, I want to send you all into the holiday's with my love and thanks for being my fans, friends, and family.
Have a great holiday season!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday... Better than a sale!

Hello my twisted and kinky lovelies!

So, everyone is doing something online for Cyber Monday... and I am too!
Since Embracing Sin, the latest book in my Shadows series, was release last week, I am offering Cyber Monday (plus Tuesday!) deals on ALL of the Shadows books!
What is the Shadows Series? Well, it is paranormal erotic romance that has a bit of everything:
M/F, M/M, M/M/F, D/s, BDSM

Soul Stealer (Shadows v.1)
FREE on Smashwords (until Nov. 27th 11:59PM)
Coupon Code: KD83X

When Beasts Bite (Shadows v.2) 
50% Off on Smashwords (until Nov. 27th 11:59PM)
Coupon Code: JC47S

Barely Restrained (Shadows v.3) 
25% Off on Smashwords (until Nov. 27th 11:59PM)
Coupon Code: UV36A

Embracing Sin (Shadows v.4) 
FREE on Amazon (until Nov. 27th 11:59PM)
Free for 90 days for Amazon Prime Members

Buy for yourself or as a holiday gift for someone else but don't miss out on this 
great deal for the Shadows Series!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Winding down... & Working!

Hello again, my twisted and kinky friends!

Fall is officially here, even in the sunny state of Florida. We may not have the changing of the leaves but when it drops down into the 50's at night, we know it is fall. I know, I know.... the 50's you say. Well, when we are used to the 90's for most of the year, the 50's is damn cold!
And... if the weather was not an indication, all you have to do is look at how the 'natives' (those of us that actually live in Florida ALL year) and see how we are dressed! It is jeans weather for us now and anyone in shorts is either a tourist or a 'snow-bird'!
So, in honor of finally having to wear jeans & a long sleeve shirt last night, here is a fall fairy for you.

Okay, now that I have given you the weather update... let me update you on the rest of what has been going on lately. I recently finished my last convention of the year, Necronomicon and had a wonderful time as always! I met several first time authors who were attending for the first time and made several new friends. Of course, I also spent time with the friends I see every year there. With Necro over, I have a break from Cons until Jan. when I will be attending SwampCon in Gainsville. Currently, I only have three conventions lined up for next year but my schedule tends to change as the year progresses. So, be sure to check my website often to see where I may be, on or offline.

On the writing front... All of you Shadows fans will be happy to know that I just finished writing the 4th book. This is Cindy's ("but call me Sin because I am Sinful") book entitled Embracing Sin. Now, before you starting asking where you can get the latest book, I still have to transcribe 3 chapters and do A LOT of editing. But don't worry, when it is published, you will be the first to know! For those of you who have not checked out my Shadows series, you can read the first chapter of the 3 books (and anything else I have or will write) on my website.

Once Embracing Sin is published, I am going to try and get Zarkina to tell me the rest of her story so I can get Destiny (the sequel to Fates) finished. And if that doesn't work, well maybe Oliva will let me know what happens when she returns home to ask the elves for help. 
In other news, I have a work in progress (only 4 chapters so far) that will be set in the leather community but that is a back burner project. The characters are talking to me but I am still researching the leather community so I can understand what they are showing me. Nothing like be confused and trying to write what characters show you when you don't even know the correct names of harnesses!

That is it for now, my lovelies! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Blurred Reality

Hell again, my twisted and kinky lovelies!

It is October and the month of spooky and unusual happenings! So, to celebrate my favorite time of the year, I am on another blog tour until Oct. 27th!

Those of you who have stepped into my little world last month had a hint that this was coming when I gave away a copy of my erotic romance fantasy The Sapphire Tower: New Beginnings.

Well, fantasy is not on the menu this month, my lovelies! Oh no! What I have is an erotic paranormal romance for you today! One person to receive a FREE copy of my novel Soul Stealer.

Here is the blurb:

Kira was born with the creation of time itself. She has lived and thrived off of the worst of what humans have to offer. As their auras show her their true nature, it is not hard for her to find a soul that that is tasty and since most of her meals are devious in one way or another getting them to lay with her is no chore at all.
Alec Koval is a life-drinker who is a few hundred years old. Recently relocated from L.A. to Tampa, he has opened another nightclub, Shadows, that caters to 'norms' and the supernatural's who frequent the area. His curiosity is peaked one night when he spots the beautiful Kira as she is hunting in his club. He knows she is not a norm, can't figure out what she really is but knows he wants her.
Alec has no soul and Kira can not provide the substance the life-drinker needs. Can they allow their attraction to continue and if they do, will they be able to survive with each other?
Author Note: This book contains m/f sexual practices and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.

Sound like something that will scratch your itch for Halloween reading? Well if so, enter my giveaway below for a digital copy! You can have 6-36 entries! Be sure to stop back daily to earn 3!

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Well, remember to Hop Away and visit the other authors on the tour!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Giving and giving back...

Hello my twisted and kinky friends!

As most of you know, I am a volunteer with the Tampa Bay Order of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. For those of you who do not know about the Sisters, they are an international group of volunteers (501c-3) who do a lot of work to support the gay community. 

That being said, my alter ego... Novice Sister Lolly Lickalot... is holding a fundraiser on Oct. 6th to benefit Trans*Action Florida.

When my friends in the writing community heard I was doing this fundraiser, the support was wonderful! So, even though Lolly will be thanking them when she gives an update on how successful the event was, I wanted to take a moment as myself to say thanks to the following authors for donating some of their hard work to benefit Trans*Action.

Aleksandr Voinov, Brita Addams, Cat Grant, Kassandra Appel, and Megan Derr 

Monday, September 17, 2012

"Just Because"

Hello again, my twisted and kinky lovelies!

I am on another blog tour and giving away another book! The "Just Because"  tour is just that... a giveaway tour, well just because! 

Last month, I gave away a copy of my erotic fantasy novel Cresting Tide so this month I thought I would give you another erotic romance fantasy! I have to save the paranormal goodies for next months giveaway. (Hint Hint - be sure to stop back for that!)

Just because ... can you see a theme here?... you stopped by today, I am giving away a copy of The Sapphire Tower: New Beginnings.

Here is the blurb:

Magic is fleeing the world and a seer’s vision may be the only way to prevent its extinction.
The outcast warrior Zek must seek out the mythical Sapphire Tower to unravel the puzzle of the seer’s words that will not only save magic in the world but may also give him what he has desperately sought.
Will the Lord Sapphire follow the seer' prophecy and give Zek what he needs? Friendship, love and a place to call home?
New Beginnings is the first book in The Sapphire Tower series.
Author Note: Contains m/f and m/m sexual practices. This book is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.

So, if you think this book is right up your alley, enter my giveaway below for a digital copy! You have 6-30 entries! Be sure to stop back every day to earn 3!

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Be sure to check out the other authors who are always giving away their books... Just Because!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Been a bit quiet lately...

Hello my Twisted and Kinky lovelies....

I know I haven't posted since the last give-a-way in August but things have been a bit crazy for me! I released my 3rd book this year, Brothers by Bond. If you are into cop friends who end up as lovers, well check out this preview!

I am excitedly pleased that this book stayed on Amazon's lists for 5 days. It is my first time making the lists *happy dance*

Currently, Brothers by Bond is being offered free to Amazon Prime members but if you would like to by the paperback, please buy it directly from my store (my royalties are better!)

On a more personal note, I recently have had major dental surgery (which is why I have been so quiet for a change *grin*) and am still recuperating. I haven't worked on Embracing Sin (Shadows v.4), Destiny (the sequel to Fates) or any other projects because writing while on pains meds may sound fun, it really is not and the editing of that writing is a nightmare!!!

Before I leave you my Twisted and Kinky friends, I want to remind you to stop back in a few days for the Just Because give-a-way I will be doing. You can enter to get a copy of New Beginnings, The Sapphire Tower (v.1). Check out the preview if you want!

So, see you in a few days and remember to Get Your Read On!

Friday, August 10, 2012

And the Winner is....

We gang, the Indie Hoopla event is sadly over but don't fear! 
There will be another change to try and win a book on my next blog tour!

Sept. 17-21 stop back & check out the "Just Because" tour!

But before I totally wrap up the Hoopla Tour.... It's time to announce who will receive a free copy of Cresting Tide! My new m/m fantasy about a stowaway and a sea elf! Here's the blog in case you missed it!

Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf.
Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love. A love filled with complications as he is bound to his watery home.
Can the couple overcome the restrictions of their races and be the fathers to their unexpected child or are they destine to be torn apart by their different worlds?
And the winner is.... *drum roll*

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and entered! 
I hope you will check back often to visit my Twisted & Kinky World!

Friday, August 3, 2012

0.99 Indie Hoopla is Back!

Greetings my twisted and kinky lovelies!

Many of you may remember, earlier this year when I joined the Indie Hoopla tour. Well, we are back at it again! To celebrate the kiddies going back to school, we thought to give something to the hard working mom's & dad's. So, if you missed the first 0.99 Indie Hoopla Event, now is your chance to jump on board and get some great books and prizes!

I am giving away my erotic romance fantasy, Cresting Tide for FREE to one lucky person! 

Here is the blurb:

Peter, fleeing from an arranged marriage to a woman, stows away aboard a merchant ship only to be discovered and pitched into the sea. Floating upon the current and awaiting death, he is rescued by a mythical sea elf. Cuke knew his curiosity with humans would only lead him to trouble but he never expected it would lead him to love. A love filled with complications as he is bound to his watery home. Can the couple overcome the restrictions of their races and be the fathers to their unexpected child or are they destine to be torn apart by their different worlds?

Author Note: Contains m/m and hermaphrodite sexual practices and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.

So, if you think this book is right up your alley, enter my giveaway below for a digital copy! You have 6-36 entries! Be sure to stop back every day to earn 3!

For the rest of the tour, I am putting my other fantasy, The Sapphire Tower: New Beginnings on sale for only 99 cents (normally $4.99) for the length of this tour: Aug. 3rd - 9th!

Check out the blurb!
Magic is fleeing the world and a seer’s vision may be the only way to prevent its extinction. The outcast warrior Zek must seek out the mythical Sapphire Tower to unravel the puzzle of the seer’s words that will not only save magic in the world but may also give him what he has desperately sought. Will the Lord Sapphire follow the seer' prophecy and give Zek what he needs? Friendship, love and a place to call home? 

Author Note: Contains m/f and m/m sexual practices and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sizzling July Interview with Aleksandr Voinov!

So, the time has come, my twisted and kinky lovelies, to end our romp through this Sizzling July heat! 
To wrap things up, one of my favorite authors is here!
Meet Aleksandr Voinov!

Welcome to My Twisted & Kinky World!
Hi Brenda, thanks for having me! Twisted and Kinky, eh? I’ve come to the right place!

Let's start off by telling everyone a little bit about you!
Well, I’m Aleksandr Voinov, I’m an m/m writer, and my most “famous” work is probably Special Forces, which I’ve written as “Vashtan”. Since then, I’ve written action thrillers, paranormal, historical and sci-fi stories and last year I’ve co-started Riptide Publishing with a couple friends. Since then I’ve been really busy. In the offline world, I’m an emigrant German working and living near London (the one in Europe) and I work in financial services, where I plot to take over the world.
I just loved, loved, loved Special Forces! But I don't think you have written anything yet that I did not love!

So, I know when I sit on writer panels I am always asked this question. When did you start writing?
Depends what you call writing. I’d say I’ve made up stories all my life and unlike some people, I never stopped and then I even wrote them down. But when I sold my first horror short story to a magazine in Germany (it got me 5 times my monthly pocket money, so I was suddenly RICH! RICH!), I thought, hey, I’m a writer. It took a while to repeat the sale, but once I knew what I was doing, I sold a number of novels in Germany and when I left my country, I switched to English and kept writing. That’s it in a nutshell.
I am so glad you switched to English and I am sure many of your other fans are too!

What inspired your first book? What was the title?
The first short story was a “haunted house” story which wasn’t that good, though it was decently written. The second story was about a cyborg that gets hunted and killed by the new political regime. It was bleak as hell, even nightmarish.
You do nightmarish really well so I can only imagine!

The magazine editor-in-chief turned it down because it was so awfully bleak, but he called me six months later, all aflutter and asked if the story was still available. Sure it was—there is no other paying market for sci-fi in Germany. And he told me that despite his best efforts, he couldn’t get my story out of his head and even though it was a stretch for the magazine and really quite horribly dark, if he can’t forget a story when he was reading a hundred or more per week, he knew it was a winner and he’d go with his gut instinct.

At the bottom of it, the story was inspired, I guess, by being bullied at school, and possibly by my mother’s illness. She died two years later of cancer, and the (female) cyborg had cancer too, though at the time my mother hadn’t been diagnosed. Yes, I mentioned it was bleak. But it’s a ripping good action story.
It's the bleak stories that tend to stir up our emotions and take us places we normally would not go.

Have you always written erotica?
Oh no. I had to learn how to write sex. So many of my stories had huge sexual tension between at least two of the men, but I was writing mainstream fantasy and sci-fi and these books are targeted at heterosexual teenage and young adult nerds, so my homoerotic undertones were widely seen as disturbing (though my women readers loved it!).

I learnt sex writing probably while roleplaying online. Expressing things in emotionally intense ways was in part to entertain my roleplaying partner. And it was fun and hot and I learned how to do it properly. Then I wrote Special Forces, which was really only envisaged as “soldier porn”, but suddenly it had all these romance reader fans. I was a bit shocked and thought romance? That’s not what I’m doing.
I have never thought of Special Forces as "soldier porn" but I can see how that thought could occur. I am not surprised that the romance fans gobbled it up though. Special Forces takes the reader through every emotion and is a fantastic love story. By the way gang, you can get Special Forces  to read for free on Aleks site!

But I clearly was – my characters fall in love, explore each other, have sex and have cool adventures, but I’m writing about relationships. And I write sex because it reveals character and I think I’m good at it, and my characters often demand it. (Some are shy, but many can’t wait to get their kit off.) But I cut my teeth in the mainstream, so lots of other stuff happens in my stories, too. But generally speaking, I’m most comfortable in explicit queer, usually gay, sometimes genderqueer or bisexual fiction, which includes sex. Sometimes a lot of sex.
A lot of sex is good but without the in depth characters and the plot, it is just porn. Porn isn't what you write and I think that is why so many of your fans fall in love with your characters and the sex is just a bonus.

What made you decide to write erotica?
I’m really enjoying it. Every writer has to work out how comfortable they are writing sex. Some are not comfortable at all, others go at it like porn directors. In my view it’s absolutely vital to stay at one’s comfort level. I explored mine, I explored kinks and sexual practices (like bloodplay, breathplay, BDSM, power exchange, fisting, the works), and quickly found out that, as far as some of my characters are concerned, there are very few limits. Silvio for example has basically no sexual limits.
Silvio…ummm *drools* He is one of my favorite characters that you have shared with us! I will never think of a Desert Eagle the same! *grins* For those of you who have not met him yet, you are surely missing out and should check out Dark Soul.

Other of my characters are sexually more “sane” though. So, I realized I was good at it, and I love to turn readers on and give them a fantasy that they can indulge in. It’s like running around handing out chocolate to strangers. I like to make people feel good. Sex is a natural stress-buster. Also, it felt artificial to slam the bedroom door shut, so keeping the camera on and showing people all the things I couldn’t write in the mainstream felt like a huge liberation.

How would you classify your erotic writing?
I’ve written m/m/f ménages, m/m and m/m/m. I’ve co-written het scenes. I’ve covered everything from erotica to romance to mainstream writing with sex or even without sex. Whatever works for the characters and is necessary for the story.

Do you have a specific writing style?
If I trust my reviewers, then “trademark Voinov” is intense, immersive, gritty and unconventional. I enjoy playing with expectations and I rarely pull my punches. The idea is to grab the reader and not let them escape until I’m done with them. But I hope they can relax and smile happily afterwards.

That’s the whole thing – I like to entertain, but it’s not easy of fluffy by any stretch. Basically, I try to keep inventing new stuff, and I hope readers will never know what they are getting when they open one of my stories. And at the same time get my style and voice that can be challenging and is sometimes pretty involved and complex, but I have readers who love exactly that, and that’s my audience. It’s never easy, always intense, hopefully sometimes clever and twisty.
This is what I love about your books. I know that they will be intense but I never know which way that intensity will come from and I don't have to worry about the "reality" being sugar coated. *grins*

What is the process you use for writing?
It depends very much on the story. Some I have completely in my head while I write, with others, like Skybound, I’m flying totally blind. Others I had a vague idea how they’d go, like Scorpion, and it totally surprised me when my main character, Kendras, did something unexpected and turned the whole thing around after the first third. But usually, I’m flying pretty blind with a very vague idea where I’m going. I’ve outlined some books, though, and I might do it again.
I am always surprised by the criticism I receive for this writing style. Traditionalist say stories should be outlined but we have to do what works best for us.  

Is there a message in your novel(s) that you want your readers to grasp?
I’m writing to entertain, not to teach, but if there’s one message, it would be what I call “the triumph of the human spirit”. My characters struggle a great deal, they often suffer, but in the end, they usually make it and get their reward. Often, they are healed or transformed by love, which personally I find a really uplifting message. For all the struggling in my books, there’s perseverance and faith and loyalty and love. One message might be “never stop fighting” or “we’re all equal in the face of love”, but I won’t go out of my way to preach it in a book. 
How do you come up with your book titles?
They often happen fairly early on. Dark Soul was there immediately. Scorpion used to be called “Scorpion and Steel”, or “Scorpion in Amber”, but then I saw the title “Dragonfly in Amber”, so that was out, and Steel, the mercenary, turned out to be the evil guy, so only “Scorpion” was left. Incursion was originally “Glyrinny Incursion”, then a friend told me that nobody can spell “Glyrinny”, and also, “Incursion” sounds nicely ominous, possibly threatening.
I think they were right about spelling "Glyinny"!

So, often, the first title sticks, or is twisted very slightly and then sticks. I’ve rarely completely renamed a book. The worst case was Dark Edge of Honor, which was originally called “Father of All Things”, which is a Herodotus quote: “War is the father of all things”, and since it’s a gay military sci-fi romance, we loved the title, but Carina Press didn’t like it and after some wrangling we agreed to change the title.  It’ll always be “Father of All Things” to me (and my co-writer Rhi Etzweiler), though.

Are your plot lines based on real life experiences or are they purely fiction?
The plots not so much (I’ve never murdered a king or destroyed an empire or hunted a shapeshifter, though all of that, apart from murder, would be cool), but the core conflicts are biographical. We’ve all had loyalty conflicts or conflicts with the family, or a struggle about who we are. Or a crisis of faith, or love that was threatening our normal, well-ordered life and would change us forever. All I’m doing is to twist them and make them bigger (and more interesting), and, voila, book happens.

If you had to name one character you have written that was the most like you, which character in which book would that be?
All my characters have some traits of me, but I think I’m probably most like Martin in an as-yet unpublished novel. Like me, he’s thrown into the financial services industry in London and is way in over his head and a bit of a misfit. I also think I might have given Nikolai Krasnorada some of my traits. (I’m saying that, but I don’t quite know yet how he’s going to turn out.)
Oh now my interest is peaked! You know me, I will be harassing you about when that 'as-yet unpublished' book will be available!

Are there certain characters or stories you would like to go back to?
All the time. I want to fix the weak stories and rewrite and edit them and then I slap myself in the mirror and tell myself to move forward, not backwards. But characters keep coming back. Silvio’s been with me for twenty years and I’ve written at least three novel’s worth of stuff about him. I first had to become a decent writer before I could hope to nail him. I did, eventually, in Dark Soul.

Do you travel much concerning your books?
Not yet, although this year I’ll be travelling to a convention in the UK (The GLBT Meet in Brighton in September) and GRL in New Mexico. I’m mostly going to represent Riptide Publishing and meet author friends. I don’t travel for pure research, but I tend to set stories in places that I’ve visited or where I’ve been.
I think many authors become inspired when they travel.  At least I know I do!

What other types of jobs have you held before becoming an author?
I’ve been a financial journalist, a cashier at a racing track, a security person for an event hall, a teacher, a writing coach, and a freelance editor (not in that order). I’m a financial editor now, and personally, working in the “real world” keeps me sane and connected to other people. When I wasn’t working, my mind was slowly spinning out of control. Working a day job keeps me out of trouble, off the streets and a roof over my head.

What current projects are you working on?
Right now, I’m working on three stories. One is a full-sized WWII novel (I’m one third done) and the next is the sequel to Country Mouse, which I’m writing with Amy Lane. The third story is a story about Nikolai Krasnorada, the son of Vadim Krasnorada of  Special Forces, and it’s for Riptide’s “Blood in the Boardroom” submission call. After that, more WWII stories. I think I’ll stay in that time period for a while. It’s just such rich material.
*bounces with excitement* I soooo can not wait to learn more about Nikolai!

Most authors offer some sort of e-pub of their work. Do you offer traditional paper versions as well?
Riptide offers paper of stories that are a certain length, yes. Incursion or Skybound won’t be paper, they are both way too short (though there might be a time when I have enough short stories to do an Aleksandr Voinov collection). But we like paper and try to make it happen where it’s possible.
A shorts collection would be awesome. *begins to bounce again*

What is your latest release and where can readers find it?
The latest one is Incursion, which can be found at Riptide.

What is the toughest criticism you have ever received? How did you handle it?
One of my greatest mentors once read my second fantasy novel and she said “you’re a lazy bastard, resolving the whole book like that. You’ve wasted the whole book on that shit? You’re a coward, lazy. I know you can do better than this shite, and now you can hate me and rage at me, but after you’re done, I’m putting down the phone and you’ll sit down on your lazy ass right NOW and go the HARD way and write the ending the way it has to be written, and you know it. Have courage and work hard. Doing anything less is selling yourself short and messing with the reader, so you won’t. I won’t let you.”

So I hated her for a while, and then I threw away the last three chapters of that novel (it was already contracted and I’d thought I’d been really clever and I’d been proud of the first version). I then sat down and worked really hard and re-wrote the whole thing and sent it to her with hate pulsing in my throat.

Her response: “See. I knew you can do it.”

After that, nothing I heard could really hurt me anymore (and I love and respect her for ripping my head off when I needed it, though I was absolutely desperate for her approval). Writing’s not a place for an ego, and she killed mine before it could get too big. At the end of the day, I owe the book and the reader the best I can do. Whenever I face a difficult edit, I think of her and smile—I’ve done it once, and early in my career, I can handle editing and rewrites and honest, even brutal feedback. It keeps me humble.
I think finding that kind of honesty is hard. Hard to find and hard to take when we do find it but overall (when the ego is checked at the door) it makes authors better in the long run. You are proof of that!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything? If so, what?
Oh gods, please not. I’ve earnt my scars and I’m keeping them!

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Master the craft, work hard, stay humble, keep the faith and trust your editor if they are good. Your editor is your last, best defense against awful reviews. It might hurt, but it’s usually worth it. In the end, you do owe the book—and your readers—the best you got. You cannot give anything less.
Great advice… as always!

Thanks for dropping by My Twisted & Kinky World!
Thank you for having me, it was fun! 
Anytime sweety! It was a blast having you here.... not get back to writing about Nikolai!

If you missed these other Sizzling Hot Interviews, check out the archives to the right!

Amara - July 1-3
Evan J. Xaiver - July 4-6
S.L. Armstrong - July 7-9
Brita Addams - July 10-12
Leigh Ellwood - July 13-15
Blaine Arden - July 16-18
Leigh Jarrett- July 19-24
A.D. Cooper - July 22-24
Giselle London - July 25-27
Rachel Haimowitz - July 28-30
Aleksandr Voinov - July 31-Aug. 2

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sizzling July Interview with Rachel Haimowitz!

Hello again, my twisted and kinky lovelies! The Sizzling Hot month of July is coming to a close but don't fret! Grab a tall cool drink of someone or something and settle back for our last interview.
I saved the best for last... Meet Rachel Haimowitz!

Welcome to My Twisted & Kinky World!
Thank you! Twisted and kinky are two of my fav-o-rite things J (Bad showtunes puns are apparently a third favorite thing.)
*laughs* It's great to have you here!

Let's start off by telling everyone a little bit about you!
Well, my name is Rachel, and I’m an— Oh, not that, huh? Let’s see… I’m 34, a Jersey gal born and raised, love hiking, musical theater, reading everything I can get my hands on, and indulging a myriad of kinks in my writing. I’m also the Managing Editor at Riptide Publishing, which is easily one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever been a part of—right up there with typing “The End” on a new book.
 I just love, love, love Riptide Publishing! Did I mention Love?

So, I know when I sit on writer panels I am always asked this question. When did you start writing?
When I learned how to read, basically. I wrote my first complex story when I was seven or so—it was about a killer ceiling fan that detached from its moorings and tried to kill the whole family. Chased them down the street and everything. In retrospect, it was pretty shocking my parents didn’t put me in therapy after that J Funny thing, though, is that my stuff never really lightened up very much, even after I started writing romance.
A killer ceiling fan? Now that's imaginative!

Have you always written erotica?
 No. My first finished novel was a dystopian future-fic in which a post-disaster America eschews technology and becomes a theocracy. My second completed novel was a psychological thriller. Curiously enough, both featured gay characters (a prominent secondary character in the first one, and the main character in the second), but neither contained a stitch of sex. Neither are published, either, though I’d love to get them into shape and out into the world one day. I think, with the exception of my BDSM fic, the umbrella under which all my work falls is actually speculative fiction rather than erotica. I just happen to write a fair share of spec-fic with erotic content J
I think you should publish those if you could find the time in your busy schedule!

What made you decide to write erotica?
In part because I love to read some very specific kinds of kinks, and not a lot of people are writing good stories that scratch those itches. Also in part because the sexual journey, especially in a BDSM or power exchange setting, can be so formative and/or revealing for a character and so erotica can be a fascinating vehicle for a character’s exploration and also can contain surprising depth. Sure, some erotica’s just stroke fiction, meant to be read one-handed (and god knows there’s nothing wrong with that—I read my share of it!), but the kind of erotica I really enjoy writing is psychologically complex fulfilling.
It's the kind I love reading, too!

How would you classify your erotic writing?
So far, my stories that feature relationships have all featured m/m relationships. I am working on a story now with an m/f relationship, but it’s not a romance—it’s a psychological horror with a relationship in it.

If you had to name one character you have written that was the most like you, which character in which book would that be?
This is an interesting one. I’m not really sure any of my characters are like me, although they do all have bits and pieces of me in them and in their lives. I suppose the closest is probably Jonathan from Power Play: Resistance and Power Play: Awakening. We’re both hardcore sadists, vegetarians, environmentalists, fairly nonconformist, spiritual but not religious, lovers of wild spaces, blessed with amazing parents (although his are dead; mine, thank goodness, are not) and upbringings that taught us to embrace the nonconventional, overachievers, early graduates (I think I was the only kid in my senior class who wasn’t old enough to drive, although Jonathan outclasses me there by a number of years), introverts, loners, knitters, obsessed with Brandon . . . ;-)
Introvert and sadist are not two words you hear usually in the same sentence! *grins*
Are there certain characters or stories you would like to go back to?
Most of them, to be honest. Sometimes you finish something and it just feels done, but most of the time I look at things and think, Wow, there’s a whole world there to play in and I want to get back to it one day. I have two more story ideas in the Song of the Fallen world (where Counterpoint and Crescendo are set), and a ton of story ideas in the Belonging world (where Anchored, Where He Belongs, and Aleksandr Voinov’s Counterpunchare set, and where my current WIP is also set), two more story ideas with Aleks Voinov in the Break and Enter world, two more story ideas with Cat Grant in the Power Play world, and probably a dozen more story ideas in the Master Class world (where Master Class and Sublimeare set). 
The trick is finding the time and the right creative energy to revisit those places—which is made doubly hard when you’ve co-written and have to line up your schedule and muse with your partner’s schedule and muse.
I can only imagine! It seems like you won't be needed to think up another story for awhile with that list! *smiles*

What is your latest release and where can readers find it?
>That would be the Power Play series—PowerPlay: Resistance and Power Play:Awakening, co-written with Cat Grant. You can find them just about anywhere books are sold, but you can read 30-page excerpts from both of them on the publisher website.
I totally love this series! Can I just say… YUM!

Most authors offer some sort of e-pub of their work. Do you offer traditional paper versions as well?
Most of my stuff is available in paper as well as ebook. I think Break and Enter is the only one that isn’t, and Power Play: Awakening will be in a couple weeks but isn’t quite yet.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers and fans?
Thank you, and I love you. I mean that quite seriously, too, because if it weren’t for all the amazing readers and fans, I wouldn’t get to keep writing.

Thanks for dropping by My Twisted & Kinky World!
Thanks so much for having me! J
You're welcome! It was a pleasure to sit down and chat with you for awhile.
*waves goodbye to Rachel*

You can find Rachel here:

Read the Rainbow at Riptide Publishing

Well, my twisted and kinky lovelies, we only have one more interview after this in my Sizzling July Interview series so don't forget to stop back!

Amara - July 1-3
Evan J. Xaiver - July 4-6
S.L. Armstrong - July 7-9
Brita Addams - July 10-12
Leigh Ellwood - July 13-15
Blaine Arden - July 16-18
Leigh Jarrett- July 19-24
A.D. Cooper - July 22-24
Giselle London - July 25-27
Rachel Haimowitz - July 28-30
Aleksandr Voinov - July 31-Aug. 3

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