Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ramblings

I keep thinking "I should write something on the blog" but when I come up with a topic... I've already talked about it beforehand, and I don't really have anything new to add. I decided to just ramble a bit, so that y'all know I'm alive.

I'm currently working on The Princess of Wands, Villainess #3. I think it's going OK so far, but it won't be like the first two. Of course, neither are really like each other, other than they have the same protagonist. I also had a bolt of lightning hit me when it came to Villainess last night, and it's a good idea, but did I already write myself into a corner concerning that idea? In other words, have I written canon which counters it? Means I have to read my stuff here again and be sure about it. If I haven't though, it's a really good idea.

And it's one people won't see coming. That makes it the BEST idea ever. At least to me right now.

Have some thoughts on the next Rock Hardin too, and some thoughts on Reamin' Demons. Nothing major, but when I need to skip around I'm going to start on those.

What I need to do is lock down an idea for this short story I need to write. An independent publisher approached me to write some high fantasy erotica! The pay would be straight up front and I'm cool with that... I just have to have an idea. Audrey Lusk gave me a good one that I could use, and I'm working on another angle... but nothing has really grabbed me yet.


Operation: Thrustmaster Audio Book is LIVE on Amazon!

Yes, after being completed in ... what, December? Sometime in December... and being jerked around by acx, Operation: Thrustmaster audio book is now LIVE on Amazon! The narrator Joe Hempel did an amazing job. It's ... one of my favorites so far. Just depends on what I'm in the mood for, but he cracked me up. Of course, the prose had something to do with it, but Joe did a fantastic job acting.

Check it out!


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Manhandled by the Messiah is LIVE on Amazon!

The next Janus Key Chronicle, Manhandled by the Messiah, is LIVE on Amazon! This is, of course, a Dirk adventure and he gets to meet Jesus of Nazareth!

Wait, why are you guys leaving?

Kidding... but not. I had to stop a few times and facepalm, shaking my head. It is satirical, of course, and I tried to make it as funny as possible so people know I wasn't serious. It's a pulp adventure erotica... of course it's not serious. And Dirk had to get healed after being cursed by Poseidon, so who is a better healer than Jesus?

After announcing this, Bryce linked me up to some Fuck Off, Jesus! memes, which were truly hilarious. I'm including that link here, because... yeah. :)

Anyway! This is actually a key book in the series as Jesus FINALLY lays it out for Dirk how this whole thing is working, why Janus has so much power, and what exactly happened. If you want to find out, then have a look! Plus, the cover, as always, is beautiful. Jotham did a great job. And yes, Dirk is black in this one. So is Jesus. It's just the skin tone of the time and place.



Friday, February 12, 2016

1001 Erotic Nights Audio Book is LIVE on Audible!

That's right, another audio book has come live... this one is 1001 Erotic Nights! It's probably my best selling book, so I expect it will be my best selling audio books. I think there's something about the Arabian Nights that just appeals to people... it's "exotic" and sexy and something everyone knows.

Check it out!


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Dominating Her Boss Audiobook is LIVE on Amazon!

That's right, the second in the Dominating Her Man series, Dominating Her Boss, now has an audiobook! As with Dominating Her Intern, it was read by Audrey Lusk and you can grab it on Amazon or Audible.com.


Erotica and Silliness

I just spent the last half hour going over my personal hero's Amazon page, Chuck Tingle. For those who don't know who Chuck Tingle is, he's an erotica author who specializes in gay sex, and ultimately silly scenarios which are somehow heart warming and deep. I'm not quite sure how he managed that, but reading about space raptors invading butts is what convinced me to start writing erotica.

I started with the Janus Key Chronicles... which was MY attempt at silly erotica. Now that I'm writing the next installment of it--formerly "Jerked by Jesus" but now titles "Manhandled by the Messiah"--I turn my mind to silly erotica... is it worth it?

Well, duh!

Maybe not monetarily, unless you are like Mr. Tingle and create a whole persona. He sells his books... some fairly well and some not so well... and I'm sure he's making cash. He's even got merchandise now! The thing about being an erotica writer, or a short story writer, is that you can keep things up to date. Starbucks gets reamed for daring to have an inclusive holiday cup? Here's the book to go with it!

I don't know if I could keep up that... scratch that, I KNOW I can't keep up that level of silliness all the time. These are all satirical writings I fucking love satire. Some people might say that's awfully high brow of me, but it's true. They are satire, which happen to also be erotic. Maybe not quite all of them (as of this post, Mr. Tingle has 67 shorts out--I've read like 5), but a lot of them are.

I can't do that. I just can't. It's not my style. I do, however, love pulp adventure and the silly situations heroes can get themselves into, and how they get themselves out. So, I view the JKC as more of a pulp serial, which is silly, true, but it has adventure in it as well. I got reviews for the first thing on the Lover, Raptor, Gentlemen blog which was fantastic... as well as for Living Spaceship. One thing niggled me about the Spaceship review which was dead on... basically... I didn't go far enough. That's so true. I could have approached it differently and made it more pulpy and funny, but I didn't. I took it seriously. I started to do the same with the JKC... and I have to stop to remind myself that it's SUPPOSED to be silly. It's supposed to be unbelievable adventures, one after another, and it's supposed to be monsters who ravish my protagonists.

I wrote away from that. You see, my heart lies with dark things... as you can tell with Villainess and Delilah. But the JKC is my fun side, and I forgot that. It got a bit grim with Thunderstruck by Thor, and Dirk got cursed by Poseidon in Pooper Probed by Poseidon, but I'm writing this... sacrilegious one now about Jesus and I'm like, "Oh my god, people will hate me."

That's... not the point. The point is to take a premise which is outrageous and make it fun and funny. So, as I write I am trying to be sensitive to people's beliefs, but also to make it funny. After that, we cross over to Debbie in Reamin' Demons, more monster erotica... in a way. And then I promise, monsters over and over again! Fun, pulpy adventure will be back!

I could probably write these over and over, but I'm sensing an end. I know HOW it's going to end. I just don't know how long it will take to get there.

So, is there a place for funny erotica? Absolutely. Nothing is sexier than laughing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Delilah Devilshot #2: The Brothels of Brimstone is LIVE on Amazon!

I know, I know, I'm behind. But that's ok, because it just gives me a chance after the big push to talk about a book I loved writing!

This series (well, this one and Villainess) are really close to my heart. I know in order to make money from erotica, I should write in the "Golden 12" and do contemporary, or MC, or billionaire or something else that's just... yawn-worthy for me. I know there are others out there who think the same as I do. I like smut. I like reading stories about people getting it on in interesting ways. It's not just the sex, but the whole story that I enjoy. When I first discovered erotica, it was the Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice. I read them now? Yeah, not good. But then, it blew my mind to have people in a fantasy setting having so much sex.

Like I said, reading it now I think, "Oh wow, that was terrible" because the whole world didn't make sense. So, it's my goal to write hot stuff in an interesting world... and have the world make sense. I want to put the sex in the book in such a way that it's essential to the plot, yet the plot can still make sense without it. I want the world to be internally consistent.

The Brothels of Brimstone is the next step in this. I've introduced a couple of new major characters (one of which we'll see next book too!), and started the world building. Now, we don't quite know why the world is all magicy and whatnot, but it's something that people take for granted. It is infested with magic because it is. Maybe I may explore why at some point, but for right now... it works. I worked really hard to make these characters complex, and I have to say that writing Delilah's guilt for doing something she needs to do was a lot of fun. I felt sorry for her at some points, and envious of her in others.

Lastly, I really love my main character. We don't see enough strong women, not even in a genre written BY women FOR women. While Delilah may have a lot of sex, want it and beg for it, and be submissive now and again... it's because she CHOOSES to. She chose this life, and even though she knows she'll do some bad, bad things, she's not sure she would choose differently had she the option to do so. She's strong in a different way than Caprice. Caprice is strong because she's the stereotypical sociopath killer which is usually reserved for men. In Caprice's case, she simply doesn't have the softness people associate with being... well, human. In some ways, she's not, really. She's incomplete. Again, this is a role usually reserved for men, so in this case having a woman play the role really highlights how "different" she is.

For Delilah? All of her rage comes from a grief born of love. She feels too much, too deeply, so much so she sold her soul to get vengeance for her loved ones. Her power, her strength, is born of what some may consider "womanly" emotions: caring, love, empathy, and so on. Even she thinks her strength comes from rage, but it doesn't. It comes from love. Just in a really really angry way.

The second in the series is out now, so check it out! I'm off to write Manhandled by the Messiah, and then either Reamin' Demons or The Princess of Wands.