~~ "She has so many aliases, you'd think she was a spy!" ~~

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pleased to announce...

Squee! I just saw the cover and TOC for Best Bondage Erotica 2013 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel! With this list of authors, I can't wait to read it! (And, yes, I do have a reprinted story in it: "Steadfast," which first appeared in Lustfully Ever After.)

Foreword: Uncomfortable Truths, Graydancer

Introduction: Loving Bondage Anywhere and Everywhere

An Introduction to Shibari, Elizabeth Coldwell

This Is Me Holding You, Annabeth Leong

Tying the Knot, Tiffany Reisz

The Great Outdoors, Teresa Noelle Roberts

What Vacations Are For, Thomas S. Roche

Lights Out, Mina Murray

Feeling the Heat, Lucy Felthouse

You Can Look… Evan Mora

The Moons of Mars, Valerie Alexander

Interlude for the Troops, Louise Blaydon

Hot in the City, Sommer Marsden

Passion Party Purgatory, Logan Zachary

Steadfast, Andrea Dale <-- Hey, that's me!  ;-)

Tree Hugger, Giselle Renarde

A Public Spectacle, D. L. King

Seven More Days, N. T. Morley

A Bit of a Tangle, Monocle

Wheelbarrow Position, Danielle Mignon

The Longest Afternoon, Medea Mor

Plastic Wrap, Shoshanna Evers

Wiped, Kay Jaybee

Foot and Mouth, Rachel Kramer Bussel

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Big love in a small town: Braceleted by Andrea Dale

"Braceleted" by Andrea Dale

Nell Sheridan was Sutter’s Fork’s wild child, and she ran off to travel the world as soon as she possibly could. But now she’s back for a visit and back into the arms of Lucas Brandt. Except when she left, she and Lucas had agreed there was no spark. Now? It’s not a spark, it’s an inferno—all because Lucas holds her wrists. In the bedroom, Nell discovers when she’s restrained, she can fly free. Will that be enough to make her want to stay in Sutter’s Fork? Warning: Includes explicit sex and light bondage.

"Braceleted" in a 9000-word spicy romance set in small-town America. Enjoy!

Cover art by Nomad Soul / BigStockPhoto.

Available in a variety of electronic formats
Amazon |  Barnes & Noble |  Smashwords

Monday, October 08, 2012

Brain. Leaking out my ears.

What day is it? What’s my name again?

I’ve spent the last week in an intense workshop (taught by the inestimable Dean Wesley Smith and the beyond-amazing publisher of WMG Books, Allyson Longeuira) learning about independent publishing. My cover design skills have improved a thousandfold, I now have the necessary InDesign skills to do book layout (previously, I had a little bit of InDesign knowledge, enough to do short newsletters and the like), and the evening sessions on the business of publishing…oh, holy moly. Distribution, bookselling, websites, gift cards, oh my. One night the Sheldon Macarthur came in to talk about the bookstore side of things. Mind boggling.

I don’t have a five-year plan sussed out just yet, and not even quite a one-year plan, but I’m close to a three-month plan to get me through the end of the year. One step at a time.

I also had a major epiphany, and after our 101st anniversary party for our house in December, Ken and I are going to switch offices. I love my little nook of an office downstairs (in a room with a built-in desk, meaning it always was an office), but I need publishing space as well (including a decent-sized monitor), so the home office/Ken’s office will become my workspace, and Ken’ll move downstairs. I’m not quite sure how I’ll lay it all out yet, and one corner will still need to be for home stuff (bills, personal email, etc.), but I’m really looking forward to it. Having Ken’s slovenly office visible to anyone who comes into the house is far less important than me having the workspace I need. (My bigger dream is to use the apartment over our garage as my office, but we really do adore our tenant/cat sitter…).

This week I’ll be focusing on writing, though. I plan to get a good chunk of a new novel, Seasoned With Danger (under new romantic suspense pen name Dayle St. Clair) hammered out. I’ll work on a little cover design (I’ve got the SWD cover blocked out already) because I’ll have Dean and Allyson around to give me some tips and pointers and suggestions, but the main focus will be writing. Once I get home, I’ll get several things geared up for printing, so I’ll have a few print books available by Christmas. (On the list are gothic novel Waking the Witch, gothic romance Blackwood House, short erotic romance novel In Her Hands, fantasy/SF collection Written on the Coast, and lesbian erotic romance collection Kiss Me Hello. If anyone wants to vote on which ones to do first, fire away! I might even have some done early enough to offer signed editions.)

Ken arrived last night and settled into my little cabin-away-from home at this Historic Anchor Inn here in Lincoln City. His goal this week is to write, if not all of it, then a decent chunk of his nonfiction book about the 2009 Iron Butt Rally. That’s right, Soul’s Road Press is starting a nonfiction arm (no plans to start an imprint, but possibly in the future). He’s already been asked to write some articles for the Iron Butt association magazine, and he’s thinking about some tech manuals as well. And depending on how the IBR goes next year, maybe a book will come out of that, too.  :-)

In the evenings we’ll hang out with Dean and Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Christina F. York and J. Steven York and other local authors and talk shop and listen to Dean tell stories that inevitably end with “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” And we’ll catch up on some movies; the Anchor has a nice selection of DVDs. Last night we snagged The Queen and The Hangover, because, well, we’re weird. We watched the former; tonight we’ll enjoy the latter, and then go back and grab a few more on our list.

In a few minutes we’re off for a long walk on the beach (which I’ve done almost daily since I got here—I do so love the Oregon Coast), so I’m off to get a little work done before we head out.

How are you working towards your dreams today?