Saturday, November 26, 2005

Isn't she beautiful? The multi-talented Sahara Kelly of the Faery Court created her to be our logo, and to lead the way to treasure at the sites of all the members of the Faery be presented at the Faery Ball hosted by Cheyenne McCray and Eden Robins at Romantic Times' convention in Daytona Beach next May!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that none of you have feet as sore as mine from the Black Friday shopping spree I went on yesterday with my daughter...and what seemed like a zillion other people at a designer discount outlet in Orlando, Florida, not too far from Disney World. Oh, well, our feet would have hurt just as much if we'd done the Mouse Park instead of shopping until we dropped!

Happy Holidays, everybody! Take care, and remember, books make wonderful presents for your friends and relatives (although Great Aunt Emma might not appreciate one of my E-rated contemporary romantica collections... and Cousin Joe would probably rather have James Patterson's latest thriller).

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you're an American, you're doubtless getting ready for a day of celebration and Thanksgiving, a table loaded down with turkey and all the trimmings, and a frenzy of shopping afterward for those special holiday gifts. Maybe, with those holidays coming up fast--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice, or whatever gives you reason to celebrate this time of year, it's time to think about the things you have to be thankful for this year.

For me, I'm thankful for my family...and the way some of my kids have shown new maturity, gotten down to the business of discovering what it is they want from life. And, of course, I'm grateful for the success I've had this year with my writing.

I'll be participating in FORBIDDEN FANTASIES, Ellora's Cave's first-ever HARDCOVER print anthology, with nine other great authors. Visit the Forbidden Fantasies blog and read all about the plans for this dynamite project that's due to release with great fanfare late next October. In addition, I have several other projects contracted at Ellora's Cave--hot, emotional stories I hope you'll all enjoy. The first of these, WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME, should come out in very early 2006. BLACK GOLD: ANOTHER LOVE, pictured above, will be available in print next month.

Changeling's first-ever print-only anthology will feature novellas by USA TODAY bestseller Angela Knight, Dakota Cassidy, Kate Hill and me. It's tentatively scheduled for release next spring. O POSITIVE, a vampire lonely-hearts spoof, will be part of Changeling's 2006 Valentine's Day celebration.

Yes, I have a great deal to be thankful, friends, readers, even the fact that a cold front has passed through sunny Florida leaving it crisp and cool enough to begin getting into the holiday spirit! May you and your family have the best holiday season ever!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Good morning! I think it's time for a new subject... and here are two of them.

First, I want to tell you all about the Faery Ball coming up at the RT convention next May. Look for the gorgeous faery created by Faery Court member Sahara Kelly on my new website as soon as it's up, and at websites of the other members of the Faery Court, for a scavenger hunt to be announced real soon.

Now, for the seven new headshots of me... tell me which one you think is best (or least objectionable, depending on your perspective). Actually, I think the incredibly talented Tara Kearney ( did miracles, coming up with this many pictures I don't mind people seeing. My last photo shoot (the one with the red outfit that's at my site now was the ONLY one of a large selection of pro shots that I'd use for anything except to keep mice out of my closets!) was a lot less successful. One of these new photos will be going into the upcoming FORBIDDEN FANTASIES hardcover anthology I'm thrilled to be included in with nine other top-selling authors at Ellora's Cave. Another will be on my new website (bio page only--I'm not up for using my image in my website headers, LOL).

More later! I'm off to finish writing a sex scene--always fun, especially the first one between new lovers, which always tells me a lot about the lovers--what they like and how they think when they're getting intimate for the first time!

Monday, November 14, 2005

I was just thinking--something that happens when I can't sleep at night, LOL.

While I've never written an interracial story with a black heroine and white hero before, I have done an interracial book, OBSIDION: PEARL OF PASSION, in which the hero's Oriental and the heroine white. Of course... it is a futuristic, and the conflict in the story has little if anything to do with cultural differences. I've also written a whole contemporary series (BLACK GOLD) where two of the heroes and one of the heroines are Middle Eastern and their mates are caucasian (some gentile, some Jewish).

When you come down to it, all erotic romances are fantasies about a man (or men) and woman falling in lust, in love, and committing to each other for all time. The racial differences are THERE, but they don't constitute anything more than a descriptive tag and maybe an opportunity for some conflict based on WHO the characters are inside, which of course has been shaped by their upbringing.

I'm not black, Oriental, or Middle Eastern, but I believe I can create believable characters who are, from having observed people of all races and many cultures, in all sorts of situations over more years than I care to think about. I'd shy away from writing any character from the "hood," white, black or any other color, because I'm fortunate not to have experienced the conditions that shape people who've lived under disadvantaged urban conditions. It's one thing to have researched a lifestyle, another to try to put yourself into the head of someone whose take on various things you've never observed up close and personal.

I'm sure Darlene's parents would have been more aghast at her choice of a pro football player from the 'hood than they were with Travis (her late husband), who came from a wholesome rural, but poor and undereducated environment. I didn't make him an urban dude, though, because I had more knowledge (secondhand, admittedly) about the lifestyle of rural blacks in the South. They are upset when they meet Vlad, who's well-educated and well-spoken, only because he is NOT black. (Think the reverse of "Who's Coming To Dinner".)

Here's a question for you: Why is it that many people believe white authors can't write from the perspective of a black heroine, assuming that heroine's not too far afield from the author's own background, when no one seems to question that a black author can write from the head of a white hero?

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Well, today's been busy, resizing cover art and figuring out how I want my new website to look! Since I've got so many books out, my home on the web has become a little awkward to navigate, so I'm trying to get it streamlined some so readers can easily find whatever it is they're looking for.

The biggest problem is to figure how to show print books that are combinations of two or more e-books, which also need to be shown. We've decided to use a drop-down menu--stole the idea from Jaci Burton's site (Thanks, Jaci!), and list the books in several different ways: print, e-book, by genre, by series, etc. Hopefully my talented webmistress will be able to figure out just how this is going to work!

In case anybody's wanting to capture my writing tips, you'll need to do it before the new site goes "live". Something had to go because we were running out of bandwidth, so I decided I could put occasional tips here at the blog instead of keeping them in their own little spot.

More later!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

This is my new website header, just finished yesterday by the incredibly talented Scott Carpenter! Expect a brand-new look, and hopefully easier navigation around my site once Diana, my webmistress, does her magic. I'm working today on WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME?, a loosely connected sequel to TIP OF THE ICEBERG. The two books will be paired in print as BOUND BY LOVE, scheduled for release next year. The gorgeous cover by Syneca is giving me inspiration to hurry and finish the book!

I'm worried about getting this sizzling BDSM suspense story right--it's my first attempt at writing interracial erotic romance between a black woman and white man. Darlene Jackson's a supermodel from an upper middle class family in Atlanta, estranged wife to the first Ranger player to die along with his groupie lover. Vlad Ivanov's an undercover FBI agent from rural Pennsylvania who came from Estonia as a young teenager, planted with the Rangers as a placekicker in order to solve the serial murders of young groupie women that take place only after Rangers away games. Think irresistible attraction, steamy sex, falling in love, almost losing each other as the killer nearly catches them...and a conflict to their happily ever after with the light but realistic reverse of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" when she introduces him to her doctor father and concert pianist mom.

Help, please. Tell me, does this sound like it will work? I need reassurance!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Welcome to my brand-new blog! Come back every now and then to hear my thoughts on various topics, such as the Florida weather, my kids' antics, and the trouble I'm having with the book I'm writing...