The Sacred Writing Time Pledge, 2016

Looking for a way to get that writing done? Here’s something to help you along!

Ramona DeFelice Long

On New Year’s Day of 2012, I created the Sacred Writing Time Pledge. The Pledge was born in response to a writing group colleague who bemoaned her lack of organization, willpower, family cooperation, and other reasons (aka excuses) that prevented her from being the steady, daily, productive writer she wanted to be.

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Today’s the day!

I’m pleased to announce the release of the second book in my Hooded Pleasures series, Strictly Pleasure!

She knows how to stand on her own two feet. Can she find power on her knees?

Hooded Pleasures, Book 2

Veronica Locksley is a Domme without a club to play in. Suspended from Boots ’n’ Chains for not being gentle with her submissives, she’s offered one chance to regain her status. Spend some time as one of them.

Everything in her rebels at the idea but she has no choice but to agree.

Oliver Greenwood is a sexy, powerful but widowed Dom who’s ready to emerge from his grieving period. All that stands between him and his return to the dating scene is one last assignment for Hooded Pleasures—to put a Domme under his thumb for six sessions to teach her greater respect for her subs.

Veronica turns out to be more than a handful. Yet even as she butts heads with him every step of the way, he discovers that beneath her tiger-in-the-boardroom personality hides the heart of a true submissive. One that’s extraordinarily easy to fall in love with.

But before she can become anyone’s dream—including her own—he has to let her go. And hope she finds the path that will lead back to his arms.

Warning: Brooding Dom bookstore owner who’s looking to begin living again and a tough businesswoman who doesn’t realize that being on her knees makes her stronger, not weaker.

Now available at all your favorite ebook retailers – it received a 4/5 review from Romantic Times Book Reviews and is trending on Goodreads with excellent ratings!

And for a limited time, you can get the first book in the series, Strictly Business, for only $0.99! Get caught up on this faboo series before the third book released in May!

Things an Author Doesn’t Actually Control

Because every once in a while it’s good to remind/be reminded…

J. Kathleen Cheney

It’s interesting (and sometimes infuriating) to see some of the things that fans blame on authors. Authors who are traditionally published often have little control over their published properties. That’s simply part of the way that the business runs.

But authors still take heat for some of these things. Recently an author had a book released, and for some reason, Amazon didn’t release the ebook on time.

And fans sent hate mail to the author.

Can you really call those fans?

So I’m going to put down here a list of Things that Traditionally Published Authors Generally Don’t Control.*

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The Release Date

Yes, we don’t have much say over when our next book is coming out. Our publisher sets up a scheduled date and everyone races toward getting things done on time, but if we miss a crucial part in the publication process (say, for example, edits just take too…

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On Bad Cons & How You Kill An Event in Advance

I’ve attended a lot of cons in my 50+ years on this earth. Most of them up in Canada and a few down here in the US and I’ve seen them come and go, some swallowed up by larger cons and others… just fading away.
Wise words to those attending conventions and those working on the organizing committees for any convention. Stop, look around and see if you’re the problem, not the solution.

Mikki Kendall

So, I wasn’t going to bother with a formal response about the events at ConQuest. I’ve never been, I probably won’t be going either. Not just because of the most recent hot mess, but because overwhelmingly con culture is a hot mess. And yeah, some people are trying to fix it. But as I watch people attempt to defend white women sexually harassing men of color…I feel like we’ve hit a point that demands an honest conversation about what’s really happening to cons. It’s not the aging of fandom (young fans are created every day, and I promise you they love to get together), it’s not political correctness run amok (hi, taking off your pants and rubbing against people without consent isn’t okay, neither is referring to Black people as sexy chocolate and licking your lips), it’s a fundamental belief that marginalized people don’t have a right to be treated…

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And now for something completely different…

 

A few years ago I met Richard White in person – we’d chatted before on our favorite forum. Absolute Write, but it was great to meet and chat at the Origins Game Fair and to eat sushi!

You might recognize his name from a variety of different projects – it’s likely you’ve already got some of his work on your bookshelf and you didn’t know it!

Now he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign and I think that if you’re looking for a faboo volume of short stories to read… you need to check this out! Kickstarter has been a great place to find great books and support independent authors – don’t pass up a chance to add this to your collection!

Q: Would you introduce yourself?

A: Hi, I’m Richard C. White, a science fiction/fantasy author and the sponsor of the For a Few Gold Pieces More Kickstarter that just launched. Along with my writing, I also serve on the Writer Beware committee for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Q: What is this project about?

A: For a Few Gold Pieces More is a collection of ten short stories I originally did for an e-publisher a few years ago. I recently got the rights to the stories back and decided I wanted to bring it out as both as an e-book and in print. I’ve taken folktales, fairy tales, and legends and given them a decidedly dark twist. The protagonist is not exactly a hero, but he’s not as hard and cynical as he like to think he is. Suffice to say he will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Q: So, why are you trying to raise this money?

A: We’re raising money to pay for new art work, to get the book re-edited, and then the general formatting for publishing (cover and interior design), printing costs, shipping, fees, and other items.

Q: For those who might not know, what previous credits do you have?

A: I’ve written science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, action-adventure, and historical novellas and short stories for a number of smaller publishers.  I also wrote Terra Incognito: Building the Worlds of Your Imagination, which is a non-fiction book on world building for new authors and game designers. However, I’m probably more well-known from my work on various media tie-in projects such as The Incredible Hulk, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and I wrote the novelization of Gauntlet Dark Legacy, which was the best-selling title for my publisher that year.

Q: Who else is helping you on this project?

A: I was incredibly lucky to work with Shane Braithwaite. He’s an Australian artist who’s looking to break into American publishing as a cover artist. If you look at the attached work, I think you can see why.  Shane also did the cover art for my non-fiction book, Terra Incognito, which was also published by StarWarp Concepts (http://www.starwarpconcepts.com).

 

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You can find more of Shane’s work at his Deviant Art page: http://sbraithwaite.deviantart.com/

I’ll also be working with Steve Roman who’ll be re-editing my collection…

Q: Wait a minute; you said it had already been published. Why are you having it re-edited?

A: When the collection first began, it was simply a series of short stories. Jessica Robinson, my first editor, did a fantastic job with the individual stories. However, since I’m going to be going back and binding them all together in the same book, I figure it wouldn’t hurt to get fresh eyes on it and to check for any continuity errors I may have made over the two years I wrote these stories.  Also, Steve is a former editor-in-chief for a NY publisher as well as currently freelancing for several publishers like St. Martin’s, so he may spot some things we missed. I’ve worked with Steve before and trust his editing completely.

Q: All right, so what else should we know about this?

Well, if you’re a fan of dark fantasy, warped fairy tales and sarcastic protagonists, I think this collection will be right up your alley. The Kickstarter runs from the 9th of February until the 14th of March and we hope your readers will visit the site (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1631661890/for-a-few-gold-pieces-more) and spread the word to their friends.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – not my Star Wars, but that’s okay.

Note: Spoilers for Star Wars: TFA, obviously!

The hubby and I finally got out yesterday to see TFA after delaying it for weeks due to two things – first, the crowds were just too much for us and second, our dislike of all things super-commercialized. When I see Ford truck commercials using the Star Wars theme… yeah, I feel a bit manipulated.

A wee bit of history – I saw Star Wars the first night it opened in Toronto, Canada. My mother took me and my sister because she thought it would be cool. This is the same woman who watched the original Star Trek with me on her knee, BTW. So she’s cool as well. I went on to see all of the sequels, obviously.

This movie… it was good but I won’t be seeing it a second time. I liked it, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my Star Wars.

And you know what? That’s okay!

Because this movie isn’t for a 51 yr. old woman. This movie is for all the kids in the audience who stood there and cheered on Rey as she kicked butt and took names, who rooted for Finn as he chose to take charge of his life and applauded Poe as he flew that X-Wing in ways we’d only imagined with our toys before.

Me… I wept when I saw Han and Leia. Because in my world, at the end of SW: ANH they went off, got married and had their Happy-Ever-After, helping Luke rebuild the Jedi Order and making the Galaxy a Better Place with the New Republic.

This emo-whiny son of theirs…. I admit, I laughed when he took his mask off. And I wanted to pinch his cute widdle cheeks and tell him to grow up when he whined at his father. And yes, I cried when Han died. And more when I saw Leia’s reaction.

But Rey was too perfect a heroine and while I love her, I would have liked to see more flaws in her character. I expected more actual screen time from Poe and how the heck did he get off Jakku in the first place? And Finn… well, he seemed a little too keen to kill his fellow Stormtroopers. And don’t get me started on the science…

…but that’s okay. Because this movie wasn’t for me or my generation. It’s for the kids, the wide-eyed eager little ones in the audience who are now waving lightsabers around and laughing like I did back then, jousting with my sister with cardboard tubes.

Best of luck to you, SW:TFA. You’re like the old high school boyfriend at the 25 yr. reunion – great to see you again, but you can’t go back to those good old feelings.

And that’s… okay.

:)