Four truths and a secret about #MyWritingProcess

Thank you Sabrina Sol for including me in this blog tour!

1) What am I working on? Right now, I’m dividing my writing time between two projects. The first is another novella in the Maison Domine series, featuring Evan and Ellie–two characters you meet in Surrender to Fire. The second is a super secret project that I’m working on with a writing buddy. We’ll share details as things get moving!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Each book, I want to do something that not only makes me uncomfortable (trying out a new plot device, writing a character who is challenging, setting a book in a new location) but something that pushes the reader to think differently about love and sexuality–whether its writing lesbian love or wax play.
3) Why do I write what I do? I write romance because love is beautiful and every story I read or write lets me fall in love all over again–and reminds me just how lucky I am to have found my One. I write delicious, dirty erotic romance because sex is beautiful, too. It’s a very physical expression not just of how much we love each other, but of how much we value our own pleasure.

(/steps onto  soap box) We should not be ashamed of our bodies or our desires–so long as they’re not dangerous and are consensual–and for too long sexuality, especially female or fringe, has been cast in a negative light. Erotic romance is my small way of pushing back against those ridiculous cultural norms (/jumps off soap box)

4) How does your writing process work? I spend a looooong time mulling over the characters and plot. When I get a new idea, I sketch out what I think will be the three turning points. I’ll write down basics about the characters–names, what they look like, their careers, maybe their favorite musical artists or where they grew up. Then I let it stew. Over the next days or weeks, the story grows in complexity as the backstories and goal/motivation/conflict of my characters interweaves for maximum conflict and emotional impact.

For a long time, I was a pantser, but thinking about it now gives me anxiety! I like knowing more about my characters and direction before I write. Usually, after the first big chunk of the book (Act I, most often) I tweak my plan and write the next chunk. So while I don’t always stick to the initial roadmap, it’s nice having it to fall back on in case of writer’s block. It’s hard to not know what to write if you have a plan for what’s happening next!

Don’t forget to visit Kate Davies next week in the My Writing Process blog tour!

Where in the world is Skylar Kade this week? On a blog tour!

I’m hosting a big giveaway for the release of Surrender to Fire. Winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and $30 Stockroom gift card! Increase your chances of winning by visiting these tour stops:

Tara Lain

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Rachel Leigh

We Love Kink

Harlie’s Books

 

 

 

 

5 Pervertibles from Damien Winter

SurrenderToFire72lgMeet Damien Winter, Dominant and hero of Surrender to Fire (coming Feb 18 from Samhain Publishing). Like all good Doms, he’s got a wickedly creative mind. He was kind enough to stop by the blog today and give me his 5 favorite pervertibles.

“What’s that?” you ask?

Damien, evil Dom grin on his face, explains: “A pervertible is something incredibly innocent that can be used in naughty ways in the bedroom–or wherever you decide to play.”

Damien Winter’s 5 Favorite Pervertibles

1. Ice: As I taught Camille [Skylar: she’s the submissive who gives Damien a run for his money in Surrender to Fire], ice is for more than cooling your drinks. It can soothe bruised muscles, tease skin, and “torture” a sub when you’ve commanded her to stay still.

2. Novena candles: go for the white wax and you ARE going to research and practice on yourself first. But once you know what you’re doing, wax play is a cheap (messy though!) and fun part of your toy bag.

3. Tangerines: indulge all her senses. A blindfolded and bound sub is expecting impact play, not a juicy, tangy slice of citrus.putty knife

4. Putty knife: Cool the blade. Warm the blade. Drag the edge along her skin (be careful of the sharpness of the blade!). Smack her skin. This is a versatile tool for a creative Top.

5. Chains: anything metallic that can absorb hot/cold can be used in devious ways. For example, chill links in cold or hot water (test the chain’s temperature on your own skin first), then drape across a sub’s back.

I do feel obligated to include a caveat with all of this. Aside from the usual “Safe, sane, consensual” mandate that accompanies ALL kink play, you must research and practice (on yourself) and/or be trained by a more experienced player before trying something new. The least sexy thing in a scene is injury.

One scorching-hot lesson could leave her begging for more.

The Maison Chronicles, Book 3

Reeling from the double whammy of her Dom’s abandonment, and accusations of colluding with a plagiarizing author, all literary agent Camille Winter wants is some low-profile, drama-free quality time.

Just as she’s settling into a Maison Domine cabin with her to-be-read pile and a full slate of spa appointments, she finds herself sweet talked into playing topless assistant so some Dominant can run a BDSM educational demo.

Architect Damien Winter is on a relationship hiatus, so he focuses his dominant energies on teaching BDSM classes. A chance encounter in Maison’s parking lot with a woman who angrily insists she’s no sub—though every line of her body screams otherwise—turns shocking when she winds up as temporary replacement for his demonstration partner.

Damien is unprepared for the way her beautiful submission gets under his skin. And Camille never thought she’d fall, hard, for just the kind of man she’s sworn off. But when her ex’s vague threats turn serious, Damien fears he’s already lost the chance to claim her for his own.

Product Warnings

This book contains a fiery woman burned one too many times and the Dom who entices her to submit to the heat between them.

Writing Wednesday: Maison Domine updates

ImageSurrender to Fire, the 3rd book in The Maison Chronicles, comes out next Tuesday. I’m excited to return to the world of Maison Domine and can’t wait for you to meet Camille and Damien.

I’m also working on the next book in the series, featuring two characters you’ll briefly meet in Surrender to Fire. Not to be a tease, but here’s a little excerpt:

She shook against him. Damn it, he could be a grouch to this woman in the office and she’d just give a sweet smile back, but one moment of empathy and she broke down.

 A laugh burst from her, then another, until she was cracking up in his arms. Letting him go, she patted him on the chest. “Thanks. That was exactly what I needed.”

 Now he was confused and aroused. Rule #1: Don’t fuck the staff.

 Right now, though, he was tempted to change that to Rule #1: Fuck the rules. He had less than seven hours to get his head on straight before Los Angeles, because he’d never hear the end of it from Damien if he caught on.

#FridayReads: SWEAT from LadyLit Publishing | #FF release week

sweatIt’s been a super-busy week getting ready for my new F/F release from Decadent Publishing, Exposing Ellen. Because of the time crunch, I needed something I could read in bits. And, because I was in the mood for F/F, Sweat: Five Sporty Tales of Lesbian Lust was a natural choice.

Short and sweet (okay, short and hot), this anthology has been the perfect complement for my week!

I think you should grab it right now on Kindle or Nook, but if you’re the lucky sort, you can enter my Exposing Ellen giveaway and you might win a copy of Sweat, or a one of seven other lesbian romances! (Enter here)

Happy reading and good luck.

 

 

#Thursday13: Things I learned while writing Exposing Ellen | #FF release week

ExposingEllen_highres1. I hate pronouns. When you have a same-sex scene, you can’t rely on “she” anymore.

2. F/F readership is growing, yay!

3. There are some AMAZING F/F authors telling wonderful love stories. (Check out my giveaway to win some of their books!)

4. When you’re writing about two women falling in love, you think more about how men and women view the process differently.

5. And yet, you realize that gender norms about falling in love can be total bullshit.

6. You party even harder when states challenge legal restrictions against gay marriage (Virginia is NOT yet for lovers…)

7. General genre misconceptions about outside the awesome romance community–only EROTICA contains two girls, and its usually only in a threesome with a guy, and who wants to read about two GIRLS falling in love…

8. Again…pronouns suck. Especially when you re-read a sentence and see that what you’re describing is anatomically impossible because you didn’t distinguish between characters.

9. More MFF happily-ever-after stories are being written. Yay!

10. “Still not a good enough reason to use the word ‘penetrate'”

11. Some people (men in particular) still fetishize F/F relationships

12. When I see two women having lunch together, I think about whether they’re together…or TOGETHER. And it makes me smile.

13. F/F covers are GORGEOUS. exposing ellen cover collage