Monday, March 24, 2014

Warrior's Wrath Blog Tour Winners!

I am pleased to announce the winners of the giveaway from the Warrior's Wrath Blog Tour.

The Grand prize winner of both Warrior's books in eformat, swag and a $25 Amazon gift card is:

Jai Gagne

Three other winners also get copies of each Warrior's book in eformat and some fun goodies. Those winners are:

Lori Kushner-Hayes
Shelly Hammond

Keep an eye on your emails, I'll be contacting you with more details. 

A big thank you to everyone who came by.  And also thank you to all my hosts. I do appreciate your support, so much.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

We've Come a Long Way - But Apparently Not Long Enough

For those who write and read erotica, especially BDSM-themed, you know that lately there has been an escalation in what seems to be an attack on these works and authors by several sites (one in particular) , based on content THEY find offensive. The folks over at Pink Flamingo, one of my publishers, are very active fighting against this sort of thing, but sometimes it's like beating your head against a brick wall. In any case, they've asked that I re-post this for them, and as they have put it so much better than I ever could, I'm happy to do so. And considering a couple of my titles, it's likely I'm going to be banned in some of these places as well.

Unfortunately, I don't have time to add my own rant in at the moment (off to a friend's daughter's wedding - when did the kids grow up and we get old?), but rest assured, I will be back to speak about this again. In the meantime, please read what PF is dealing with and see the ways you can prevent being cut off from your favorite erotic books and authors.

A Request To Our Faithful Readers...
As some of you already know, we have had problems with major retailers banning our books. Pink Flamingo Publications has always strove to publish what our readers want. Some of those books include non-consensual or harder books that may have content that some people deem offensive. The major retailers, such as Amazon, Apple, and Google Books are now taking it upon themselves to determine what you find offensive. Even though our books are pure fiction, if they have non-con or even fantasies of non-consensual acts, they are being kicked off the websites. This is not just affecting Pink Flamingo, but other erotica publishers as well.

We understand that the retailers have made it quite easy on customers to get our books, especially with their 1-click buttons. But when they make our content harder to find, unless you’re a searching guru or they just take our books down, what will our customers or any erotica book lovers do?

Our request is simple. If you want to keep seeing the books that you love, from the authors you want to read, please buy the books directly from the publisher or from Indie Retailers. We have quite a few Indie Retailers that will be happy to help you find the books you want and need.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Happy Mardi Gras!

It's Mardi Gras! I've never experienced it, though I did get a tiny (very tiny) taste of it when I was in New Orleans for St. Patrick's Day many years ago. That was quite an experience on its own (yes there were plenty of beads and the like!), so I can imagine how overwhelming (and exhausting) Mardi Gras can be.  And in the spirit of the day, I thought I'd share a little about why I love Louisiana, and New Orleans so much.

Part of it is the rich history. The Louisiana Purchase was a huge step toward the growth of the United States of course. The port of New Orleans was a hotbed of political contention for years. It was where the United States defeated the British once and for all.

Jean Lafitte had a huge base of operations there, though he ultimately moved to Barataria. He was one of my favorite kinds of people. Not only a pirate, or a privateer as he preferred to be called, but he was both a villain and a hero, the latter for his part in defending New Orleans during the War of 1812. 

 Okay, enough with history lesson. Exploring the surrounding area is always lots of fun. The restored plantation houses that run along the Mississippi River are phenomenal. We toured several of them and it was such a thrill to immerse ourselves in the past. It felt like we walked with the original residents as we peered into the elegantly appointed rooms. There were aspects of the Antebellum way of life that still hold a very romantic feel today.

What I like particularly about the area is the magical, supernatural feel. Not just New Orleans, but deep in the bayous, where all sorts of dangers lurk, and not just alligators and other predators. There is definitely magic in the air, in the very essence of the land. The people who did settle brought all sorts of beliefs with them and they melded perfectly with the atmosphere. Maybe because the natural mysticism of the land enhanced the ability to practice their brand of magic. I love pondering the possibilities.

I set the Bayou Magiste series in the New Orleans area for just that reason. The original Magiste settlers recognized the power found there and how it could be used to their advantage. It made sense to build their new society in that area. In fact, I patterned the Whispering Winds plantation after Oak Alley, possibly the most famous of all the plantations still in existence. The fame comes not only from the oaks that name the place, but the fact that it's been in several movies. I have a beautiful artist proof print of Oak Alley in my dining room, and I find myself looking at it a lot. It inspire me. Maybe I should move it to my office.

So, in keeping with the festivities of the day, Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow, Snow and More SNOW!

Okay, I've had enough. We've had bad winters before, we live in the Northeast, snow is to be expected in the winter. And this one probably isn't as bad as others we've endured. But it seems worse.

In the last several years, we've had very unusual weather events. The year before Hurricane Sandy hit, we had a huge snowstorm in October, right before Halloween. The leaves hadn't even finished falling off the trees, making the load of snow even worse. The sound of a tree snapping as it falls over is one of the worst sounds I've ever heard, right up there with the crunch of metal during a car accident. We were lucky it didn't hit the house, but it did take out power lines. That was three days of missed school, but the rest of that winter was relatively calm.

Then there was Sandy, which devastated so much of the NYC Tri-State area, and the Jersey Shore. I had friends who had to be rescued from their homes by boat – out the second floor window! They lost everything below their second floor, all of their cars, and most of their belongings. Schools were closed for at least a week, some longer, because it took so long to get power restored, flood waters drained, etc. Again, the rest of the season was thankfully major event free.

But this just feels worse than usual. I'm not sure why – maybe because the kids have already used up their allotted snow days and are moving into the "take back days off in the spring" phase.  Or worse, add days to the end of the year! Maybe it's because I'm still unemployed and having the kids here is a death blow to my productivity. Maybe it's because my 17 year old daughter is not happy when I won't let her take the car out on icy roads. Or maybe it's because even my kids are sick of snow (not the snow days though – that's ALWAYS good for them!).

Or maybe it's because we're barely halfway through February. Winter isn't over and that damned groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter. I'd like to have a word with that rodent – and the people who shine a million lights on him as he comes out of his home. Of course he's going to see his shadow with that many watts blasting directly on him!

Today's storm is going to last until tomorrow. Which likely means another snow day, though at this point, I'm hoping for a delayed opening. The rate we're going, the kids will be in school until July, though there are a couple towns considering Saturday classes to avoid other methods of make-up days. I can't see that going over too well here, but anything is certainly possible. Once one town does it, and it works, others will follow suit.

All I know is, it's getting to the point I'm afraid to drive just because I can't see around the ten foot piles of snow when trying to make a turn. If I can't see, the other drivers can't see me, and with slick roads, it's a recipe for disaster. I haven't seen grass in weeks. Even squirrels and birds have been mostly scarce.

Maybe I should go write a few of my signature love scenes – will that melt the snow? It should, but then we'll have a flooding issue. Never a dull moment!