Republishing Madness: Two steps forward, one step back, but still moving

For the last three years of my author life I’ve felt like Sisyphus pushing a stone up a hill, only to have it roll back down, thus negating any progress. It has been very frustrating, to say the least. Instead of writing, I’ve spent time and energy (and money) republishing novels and stories. Too often, I think I have given a story a good home, only to find it orphaned.

Republishing involves: re-editing (sometimes editing out a publisher’s style and reasserting my own); new covers; possibly new blurbs; ebook formatting; paperback formatting; new ISBNs (stupidly expensive in the US); uploading to retailer sites; plus promotion, promotion, promotion.

Basically everything an author has to do when self-publishing, except all of that stuff had already been done and now you have to do it all over again. Sigh. Continue reading

Summer Romance Bingo cheat sheet!

Have you heard? The Ripped Bodice, a bookstore in Culver City, California, devoted entirely to romance is having their second annual Summer Romance BINGO! Below is a cheat sheet to how my books can fill in your BINGO card!
Ripped Bodice BINGO card
Read a book with the trope, fill out a square on the BINGO card. After you’ve completed a row on your bingo card you can enter to win prizes!

Here is my books cheat sheet to fill in those squares:

Forced proximity

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)



Carriage Sex

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
The Westerman Affair (also available at The Ripped Bodice)


Well, it may be considered a stretch by some, but I always think of Penelope Hardcastle of The Pleasure Device and Where Destiny Plays as a Fashionista (both available at The Ripped Bodice: The Pleasure Device and Where Destiny Plays)

Enemies to Lovers

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)

Queer Historical

Bisexual heroes in:
The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
Disobedience By Design (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
Where Destiny Plays (also available at The Ripped Bodice)


Hadrian and Sabina: A Love Story (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
Imperial Warriors: Two Scorching Tales of the Roman Empire (okay, so this is only around 10,000 words and two short stories, but the collection is still a “book”)

Hero Smells Like a “MAN”

I seriously do not remember if I used this trope, but it sounds familiar. If you come across it in one of my novels or shorts, let me know in the comments!

Heroine is Older than the Hero

Where Destiny Plays (also available at The Ripped Bodice)
(I’m pretty proud of this aspect of the story!)

Birds Are Somehow Involved

My short story “Silent Sky” has a very important literary device at the end that involves birds. “Silent Sky” is in the boxed set Getting Naughty: Twenty Tantalizing Tales (which, I guess, you’d have to read most of to keep yourself BINGO-honest)

Download the Bingo card (pdf) from the Ripped Bodice.

These are the official Bingo rules from the Ripped Bodice website:
– Bingo runs from June 1 to August 31, 2018
– Each square represents one book that you’ve read THIS summer (honor system please and thank you!) Remember, you can interpret the categories however you want.
– Fill in the square with the title of the book and the author once you’ve read one that meets the criteria.
– BINGO = five in a row (horizontal or vertical)
– For each row your complete, you can enter to win prizes! Enter at:
– Make sure to share how your board is coming along on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook with hashtag #rippedbodicebingo


The Westerman Affair Re-release sale!

Sadly, Loose Id has closed, the publisher for my Victorian erotic romance The Westerman Affair. The book was published in November 2017 and rights were returned to me on May 15, 2018 — a total of six months. I’ve taken the opportunity to self-publish the book under my Viridium Press imprint.

And I’m having a blow-out re-release sale!! ONLY 99¢ * 99p * 99€cents for the ebook! And guess what? The Westerman Affair is now available in paperback!

The Westerman Affair cover Continue reading

Sex Scenes: Who, What, When, Why, and How Many

“How many sex scenes?” is a perennial question in the National Novel Writing Month Erotica Forum. Meaning, how many sex scenes should an erotica or erotic romance novel have? Just this week, I saw the same question asked on a private Facebook group and felt compelled to write this blog post with the answer and an explanation.

The answer? Wait for it… Continue reading

Two Naughty Anthologies Available for Preorder! Only 99 cents!

Getting Naughty and Naughty Spice, the final two repackaged boxed set-anthologies from The Naughty Literati, are now available for preorder — and each is only 99¢! Get them now before the price goes up to $2.99 on release day! See details below: Continue reading

The Westerman Affair: New Victorian erotic romance!

[UPDATE: THE WESTERMAN AFFAIR was republished by Viridium Press. See my new blog post about the re-release!]

Happy Release Day To Me!! The Westerman Affair is out!!

The Westerman Affair cover

An acclaimed painter. His provocative muse. Her obliging husband.
The Westerman Affair.
A tale of spanking and polyamory in the Victorian art world

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Reverse Harem? Well, only sort of…

Reverse Harem is the new hot trend in romance. Stories feature one woman and at least three men, each of whom is in love with her. The heroine can’t decide which man she wants to be with so her happily-ever-after is with all of the men.

Sounds like something I probably write, right? But I don’t. However, my stories do involve themes that are very, very close to reverse harem. I let my female characters have a lot of fun with the men in their lives, even if they only end up with one (or two) of them.

Below is a guide to some of the Reverse Harem-type themes in my stories. Continue reading

#NaNoPrep 2017: Pantsing Harwell Heirs Book 5

Another November, another “I have no idea what I’m going to write”.

I really just have to admit it. I’m a pantser at heart.

Despite valiant efforts at outlining and character sheets, I’m still at a loss as to what will transpire this November. And that, dear reader, is the absolute magic of it all. Continue reading

Join me at Passport to Romance!

Want to meet me in person?

Of course you do!

I will be a featured author at the Passport to Romance Reader Appreciation Event sponsored by the Emerald City Writers’ Conference!

This evening cocktail — or “booktail” — party is free to all and will be held Saturday, October 14th, 6pm-8pm, at the Bellevue Westin Hotel, Bellevue (near Seattle), Washington.

The first 100 readers to arrive will receive a goody bag with lots of author swag, including a download card for a copy of my historical erotic romance The Pleasure Device (Harwell Heirs Book 1)! Continue reading