2 Nov 2013

GayRomLit 2013

I've been back home for almost two weeks now, and though I'm glad to be back with my babies, I'm still smiling fondly at all the great memories I've made and shared with so many people in Atlanta. So I want to immortalise those memories, and share them with the rest of the world too.

I arrived in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon, and after a trip to the nearby Publix where I bought a few packs of beef jerky (I'm addicted to the stuff, but can't find decent jerky in England), I was whisked away to Shae Connor's for a lovely dinner, and an evening surrounded by half-naked guys. And that was before we even went to BJ Roosters to look at the lovely gogo dancers and dancing porn stars. Also got to meet Jake Driver. Unfortunately I was exhausted after the long flight, and so I left before everyone else headed to the leather bar.

Sunday was spent at the Pride parade and Piedmont park with a few of the book addicts group. I'll admit, the whole fighting over multi-coloured beads thing had me bemused, and there weren't as many guys wandering our in their underwear as I had imagined, but I had a great time. And there were a few floats that made up for the lack of skin. Mmm, firefights in tight shorts.
I wonder how long their hosepipes are...

I spent the next few days partying it up in the hotel bar, sampling the delights of the nearby restaurants, and stealing Geoffrey Knight's glasses to make myself like an intellectual. Or, at least, that was the idea at the time. I'd had a few glasses of wine by that point. Some of the more memorable moments included dinner at Henry's with the awesome Charlie Harding.

Such a great group, and the food was awesome, too.
 We also tried out a rather odd, but very tasty, menu at Metro Fuxon. Their specialties included lobster mac and cheese, goat meat, and cow feet soup. They also served the best sweet potato fries, and these chicken satays with a spicy peanut sauce that were to die for. Pricey, but very good food. And the watermelon long islands were amazing.
That's not red eye... I'm just that evil.
From what I remember, the following picture was taken after the meal pictured above. I'm just guessing by the clothes because I certainly don't remember grabbing Jared's furry breast.

I don't remember this picture, but I'm sure there was plenty of alcohol involved beforehand.
It was so great getting to meet everyone before the events started. I had lots of fun hanging out, getting drunk, stuffing our faces, and whatever else we got up to. I'm really not sure what else happened. Oh, and there was the incident at the strip club also. I got a lap dance from a super hot guy who was rubbing his dick up and down me, and it wasn't until we got back to the hotel that Poppy pointed out a white stain on my collar. Whoops!

Onto the actual conference...

I got to spend a bit of time at the Wilde City booksellers table, which I really enjoyed. And good job Team Zombie Boyz for selling out so quickly. Got to meet some awesome new people while I was there, too. And Amy made a great shopping assistant for those indecisive readers as well!

Thursday I attended a few Q&A's, including those of Marie Sexton and Mary Calmes. They were fabulous, of course, and I got a bit of a sneak preview for what I had let myself in for later in the week when I'd be up in front of the microphone. That night we had the opening reception hosted by MLR, and the Juke Joint, with Charlie Harding and his gorgeous dancers.

I swear my hair that night had absolutely nothing to do with the stripper incident the day before! Before the Juke Joint I got to hang out for a short while with Aniko, Barb, Whit and Andrea. Had a lot of fun getting drawn on with the blacklight crayon, and making my hair all glittery and glow-in-the-dark-ish. I'm so impressed with how that turned out.

 I had to take a day off on Friday because of all the partying, and spent much of the day asleep, but I was back into the fray on Saturday when I had my very first Q&A sessions. I was so happy to be teamed up with Poppy Dennison and SJD Peterson. They were both great, and, despite my nerves, I had lots of people coming up to me afterward and saying I did a good job. I was shaking for a while afterward, but I'm honestly looking forward to trying something similar again next year.
Take a cookie, dammit!

That same day we had the book signing event. This was my table before the rabble descended and scooped up all those goodies. Well, that was the idea anyway, though I did tempt some people in with the promise of sugary goods. I also was fortunate enough to get seated next to the awesomesauce Abigail Roux. I may have fanboyed a little and ran over to the Riptide table just to buy Stars & Stripes so she could sign it for me. Also signed her banner, #1TyFanBoy :)

The last event of the day was the costume party. I had a lot of fun with my costume, as minimalist as it was. And holy crap, I don't know how you women can stand to have eyeliner and stuff put on. I had Amy try to do some on me and I was giggling half the time, and flinching because it looked like she was going to poke me in the eyeball the rest of the time.
Place your bets on whose boobs will pop out first!
As we descended back to our rooms that night, it really started to sink in that GRL was coming to a close for another year. I had so much fun, and met a lot of new friends (more than 30 if you go by my facebook friend list). That night a bunch of us cuddled up in a big puppy pile on Poppy's bed.

Good job, Jacob for managing to somehow take this photo!
The next morning, it was time for everyone to leave. I couldn't believe how fast the time had passed, and it was a very sad time for me. Sad, because I had to say goodbye to all these awesome people. But at the same time I was beyond happy.

Those who met me in Albuquerque probably noticed that I was a lot more reserved that year. Truth is, I get quite anxious when surrounded by a lot of people, particularly when I don't know a lot of them. That anxiety generally manifests itself in the form of me withdrawing into my shell, being very quiet, and not venturing far from the sides of people I know. This year, however, I feel like I managed to come out of that shell and be a lot more sociable than is normal for me, and I know I couldn't have done that without the people in the photo above. You guys rock my world, and I'm so glad to have met you in Albuquerque, and to have had the chance to see you again in Atlanta. Thank you.

I also want to say thank you to Jan for the sleeping tablet, decongestants and sweets. They helped so much with the flights, and I'm glad to say that I didn't experience even a slight headache from the descent and altitude differences this year. Also, thanks for holding onto the condoms I got from the pride event. Was great to meet your family also.

To Linda and Sara, who both give really awesome back rubs. Can I please have clones of you two to be my personal back rubbers? And don't worry Poppy, you still give the best head scratches. Purrrr!

To Kris Jacen, I'm glad we got more of a chance to talk this year. You looked stunning at the evening events.

And also to JP for putting up with my tired ass for the first night and giving me a bed to sleep in. Next time I'll remember to triple check the hotel dates before booking the flights!

I'm sure there are plenty more people I haven't mentioned here, but there are so many names that the post would go on forever. If I haven't named you, know that I had a great time meeting you all and I hope to see you again next year if you're going.

Until next time...

21 Aug 2013

'No Angel' Blog Tour Begins

There are less than five days left until my first release with Dreamspinner Press. To celebrate, I'll be visiting various blogs over the next two weeks talking about all sorts of topics, and answering questions about my life and books.

You may have noticed I've added a new widget to my blog called 'Latest News', where you can find links to some of the sites I'll scheduled to visit. It's over on the right hand sidebar. Or, you can also find it at the bottom of my home page.

The first post on my tour went live over on Sid Love yesterday. I posted on why I love to read and write in the paranormal genre, and gave some insight into how I came up with certain elements of my newest book, 'No Angel'. There's a short excerpt, and you can enter a giveaway to win an ebook copy, too!

Today's post will be at Chicks & Dicks, where I wrote a short piece of fiction about the events that led to the formation of the Albert Kennedy Trust, who I will be donating a portion of my royalties to.

There'll be no giveaway at the Chicks & Dicks site, but you can still enter to win a signed paperback copy by sharing the post on Facebook or Twitter and tagging me in the post. Hope you enjoy it, and I'll post the link once it goes live.

Hump-day Hotties: Tattooed Temptation #3

Hey everyone. Can you believe it's only 18 weeks to Christmas already? Well, there's still plenty of time to post some hot guy pics until then. We're continuing on with week 3 of the tattoo theme, and here's a gorgeous specimen of a man to tide us over to the weekend.

Would love to be able to see the tattoo close up, but can't really complain about getting a full body shot in this case.

14 Aug 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Tattoed Temptations #2

It's that time of week again, where we get to celebrate smexy guys with smexy ink. (Speaking of ink, don't forget that my book comes out in less than 2 weeks with Dreamspinner!!! /shamelessplug) Anyway, here's this week's image.

Damn, those muscles. And I like that the tattoos aren't overdone... still plenty of unmarked skin to sink your teeth into :)

Now, I need to find out where I can get a copy of this calendar. Even though it's from 2012, I wouldn't mind hanging this from my wall.

7 Aug 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Tattooed Temptations #1

Here we are at the start of another month. And to kick off August, we have this gorgeous specimen.

I don't know what's hotter; the sexy, tattooed muscles, or the fact that he's wearing leather pants. *drools*

Keeping the post short this week as I'm busy working on a few interviews and guest blogs for my 'No Angel' blog tour, but I'll be back next Wednesday with another inked-up hotty.

4 Aug 2013

Making A Difference

Just three weeks until the release of 'No Angel' with Dreamspinner Press. I'm so excited for my first book with a publisher, and I hope it does well. Not just because I want to be super rich and famous, although that would be awesome, but also because I want to use this chance to make a difference.

Some of you may remember that I posted on my Facebook page several weeks ago that I had decided to donate a portion of my royalties to charity. Well, that's still the case, and I've decided on a cause to support.

'No Angel' is all about a small group of homeless teens. They have either been thrown out onto the streets, or ran away because of the hostile environment they lived in. All because they were born different from everyone else. Sound familiar? It should, because every year LGBT youths are forced out of their homes, or driven to commit suicide in the face of bullying and discrimination.

In my book, Sam Mitchell is the eldest of the group. He acts as a role model and protector for the others, finding ways to help them survive life on the streets. Very rarely do homeless youths have this kind of support that they can rely on, but there are people out there who want to help. I've chosen to donate to the Albert Kennedy Trust, who offer advice, mentoring and emergency accommodation for LGBT youths.

They are currently expanding their services to include the Purple Door Project. The aim is to provide youths who have nowhere else to go with a safehouse where they can stay for up to 21 days, while working with AKT to arrange longer-term accommodation, support and therapeutic care. The project also aims to help these youths into education, training and employment, enabling them to get the skills they need so that they can make a life for themselves and stay off the streets.

I think this is a great cause, and I want to do my bit to help them by offering a part of my royalty checks from 'No Angel'. So I want to say thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered already, and to the rest who will buy my book in the future. Know that your purchase will help a great charity in their efforts to get our LGBT youths out of dangerous living conditions and into safe homes where they can get all the support they need to get their lives on track.

If you would like more information on the Albert Kennedy Trust, simply click on the name to visit their site. And, for those interested in what a donation might go towards, click here. I'll make sure to keep you all updated each quarter so you can see my donation progress.

31 Jul 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Yummy Uniforms #3

Wow, where is this year going? To think it's already the last day of July...

To celebrate the passing of another month (and the fact that I totally missed last week's post), I've decided to post a duo pic today. And what better way to round off Yummy Uniforms month than with some pretty sailors? Did I say pretty? I meant pretty darn hot!

Enjoy, and I'll be back next months with some more sizzlers. I've got the theme planned and the photos picked out. Of course I'm not going to tell you what the theme is though... Hey, look... Sailors! *runs off while everyone is distracted*

25 Jul 2013

UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet 2013 - Manchester

Hi everyone. Apologies about the lack of posts as the last few weeks have been rather hectic for me. I was in Manchester, for the UK meet, which I'll be going into more detail about in this post. Zombie Boyz came out on the 17th July with Wilde City. I've been reading the other two stories in the anthology, and let me just say they are sheer genius! So totally go check that out. Also received my galley proof for 'No Angel', which is scheduled for release on August 26th, so I've been slaving away to make sure there are no errors before I approve the final manuscript.

Anyway, onto the UK meet. I had a fantastic time meeting the people from Brighton 2012, and also making plenty of new friends. The events started on Friday with the early birds meeting up at the hotel bar for food and refreshments. The lovely ladies from Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews were there, along with Blaine D. Arden, Aleksandr Voinov, L.A. Witt, and so many others that I think I lost count.

Friday night's event was a meal at the Taurus Restaurant in the gay village. The staff there were all lovely, and they had some super hot waiters. Food was great, and I had quite a few glasses of red wine as no one at our end of the table seemed to be drinking it. Oops, tipsy Daniel.

Here I am at the restaurant. Photo taken by the awesomesauce Susan Lee. Of course, I took a few different t-shirts with me as I wouldn't want to ruin my reputation for the having the best t-shirts after last year. This one is probably my favourite. Just a shame I can't wear it half of the time.

Here we have Josephine Myles, one of the organisers with Nosheel, one of the waiters. He was amazing, and gave us some great advice for what clubs to go to on Canal Street. I did try and take a picture of the clubs, however the quality was really bad on my phone. I'm betting the cocktails I had after the meal probably didn't help in that respect.

I went on to visit Manchester's G.A.Y club, on my own unfortunately as the others wanted to be back at the hotel before it got light. Ended up at my room by 5am, and then had to be up for breakfast at 8am. Tired Daniel was very tired that day, and possibly still a little drunk. Thankfully, Charlie Cochrane was on hand with painkillers... and graciously announced to the whole conference during the introduction speech that I hadn't got back to my room until the early hours of the morning. I had quite a few people coming up to me that day to ask about my night out.

So, onto the events of the day. There were some great panels, including how to use social media, blogging, dealing with reviews, and the good old British vs. American debate. Lots of useful information in there. The afternoon was wrapped up by a book signing events, and an awesome keynote speech by Elisa Rolle who spoke about her introductions to the GLBTQ genre at a young age, and how she went on to blogging and posting her thoughts about the books she's read.

That night the vast majority of us headed down to the Richmond Tea Room for a buffet and some drinks. Many of us headed back to the hotel afterward and chilled out in the bar area, before heading off to bed in preparation for the next day's events.

Sunday kicked off with a panel on covering the full GLBTQIIADetcetc spectrum in fiction, and somehow ended up with me coming up with a new story idea. Damn, my mind. And sorry for talking over you Aleks, but there were some awesome points that came up. :)

I also went to a panel on humour in fiction, and novel endings/sequels/epilogues.  Before lunch, the gorgeous Marie Sexton gave us a lovely speech and some time for a Q&A session with her. And doesn't she look awesome in that dress? Yes, Ethan, she did give me that hug you asked of her. And no JP, she didn't spank me. Maybe next time after she's had some more wine ;)

The afternoon wound down with some more time at the bar before I left for my train that evening. Below you can see me with Blaine D. Arden chilling out. Note the ingenious marketing t-shirt I have on. Friday and Saturday were spent generating interest in what my next t-shirt would say, and then all of a sudden on Sunday, BANG, marketing t-shirt. Well, it would have been genius if I'd actually planned it.

Overall, it was an amazing weekend. I've made a lot of new friends, and met people who I'd only talked to online before. Hoping to see you all in Bristol for next year's meet, or Atlanta for GRL. There are way too many names to mention, so don't think I've forgotten about you if you haven't been mentioned above.

I just wanna say a big thank you to all the organisers for putting so much work into the event. For me, it was a great success. And if you ever need a minion to help out with stuff next year, I'm available. Hopefully we can get that BDSM workshop arranged, too.

10 Jul 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Yummy Uniforms #2

Can't believe how quickly this last week has flown by. Only one more day until I set off for Manchester and the UK GLBTQ fiction meet. Looking forward to seeing all the guys I met last year, and making lots of new friends, too.

Anyway, onto this week's picture post. It's been a scorcher of a week so far in England, so it seems only appropriate to post this lovely uniformed hottie.

Hot damn! He's really not helping with this heat. In fact, I think there may be a fire in my pants right now.

3 Jul 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Yummy Uniforms #1

Can you believe it's July already? Time always seems to move so slowly, and yet when I look back I'm at a loss for where all that time has gone. Excited because this month is the UK GLBTQ fiction meet in Manchester, UK. I'm looking forward to meet up with everyone from last year, and hopefully making lots of new friends.

Feels like this week is dragging so much. I don't know about you, but I could do with some inspiration to keep me going until the weekend. And so, I found this beauty. This month, is Yummy Uniforms. Yeah, I know they don't start with the same letter, but it's the same sound :D

Okay so there's not a lot of uniform there... but it's for the best ;)

26 Jun 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Delicious Duo #4

It's the last hump day in June, and that means we'll be saying goodbye to our lovely twosomes. *sobs* But, fear not, because I've got some steamy pics lined up for next month's theme.

Without any further ado, here's a sweet picture I found this morning.

If only we could see a little more ;)

Watch this space later in the week, as I'll be sharing another picture at the weekend. What kind of picture, you ask? Well, I'll be revealing the cover art for 'No Angel', which will be out with Dreamspinner Press later this year.

19 Jun 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Delicious Duo #3

Time sure does fly when you're having fun! Had a lovely weekend, and a nice easy start to the working week with my edits for 'No Angel' finished (well, until I receive the second round). Now I just need to motivate myself enough to get back to writing again.

In the meantime, however, here's a gorgeous couple for us all to drool over. Yum!

gay men kissing

12 Jun 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Delicious Duo #2

Half way through the working week again. Woohoo! Unless you're me and ended up with a weekend shift, but oh well. Time to cheer myself, and you lovely people, up with some more hot dudes. I'm keeping it short and sweet this week as my first round of edits are in from Dreamspinner so I've got plenty of work to do. Enjoy the lovely animated picture of these two HAWT guys... I know I did :)

hot guys kissing

5 Jun 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Delicious Duo #1

Hey people, June is here! Not only does that mean I have an awesome new job, but it's also the start of Summer, and England has yet to disappoint. We've had some clear skies, light breezes and a nice bit of sun... but not too much because we're all pale as ghosts here and will burn the second the temperature goes above 20 degrees.

So, with that in mind, let's turn up the heat and get right on with some more Hump-day Hotties. This months theme is Delicious Duos. That's right... twice the smexy each Wednesday!

And how's that for a starter? Looks like the guy on the left is enjoying himself. Either that, or he's been blessed. If only I could watch the rest of this scene unfold. *sighs* I'm imagining something like this in a paranormal romance... maybe some shapeshifters making out before heading off into the woods for a hunt.

29 May 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Literary Lover #3

Well, it's the last hump-day in May, so that means we'll be saying goodbye to the hot guys reading. But don't worry, because there will be plenty more eye candy next month. Wondering what theme I'll be going with? Hmmm, well I suppose I could tell you.

And to think I almost said that without smiling. I guess those of you who know me already saw that coming though. Bwahahaaaa.

Now, time to distract you from my evilness with a lovely hot man. Just look at the muscles on him. Wonder what he's doing on the balcony wearing skimpy underwear. Maybe he's just an exhibitionist and wants people to gawk at him from across the street. What a tease!

If I ever own a pool, this is what I want my pool guy to look like!

22 May 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Literary Lover #2

Hope it's been a good week for you all. I bet you're wishing it was the weekend again already... I know I am. But fear not, because there's another delicious hunk of a man waiting below to perk you up and get you through to Friday evening. And in keeping with this month's theme, he is, of course, reading a book.

I couldn't resist this one, though I know it's already made its way around the internet, and it's easy to see why. Jensen Ackles and a book... two of my favourite things. I think the only thing better would be if I could just lie down next to him while he reads the book out loud. *sighs*

I feel the urge to watch some Supernatural coming on. Shame I can't get the latest season on DVD yet as I love a good paranormal story. I used to be a Sam fanboy, but as the series progressed I found myself leaning more toward Dean. So, who's your favourite?

jjensen ackles reading
If only his pants were just a little lower...

19 May 2013

Update on Daeva Book 3

I have an announcement for you all. There's some good news and some bad news, unfortunately. Originally I had scheduled to get Daeva 3 out for October when we all go to GRL, but I've had a change in plans and I just wanted to communicate to this to you guys.

To cut a long story short, I'm in a bit of a slump with the story right now. I could force myself to write more of it, but I think the best thing I could do at this point in time is to simply move onto something else while I find some inspiration for where I want the story to go. I feel like if I continue with it now it's not going to be as good as it could be, you know? And I'm not the type of person to just half-arse something and put it out there when it doesn't feel right. I'm sure you'll all understand, but there is some good news.

As mentioned, I'm going to be focusing my efforts elsewhere in the meantime, in the hopes of getting a shorter book out later this year. I found myself reading what I'd written so far for Slasherazzi, and I had this feeling that this was the book I should be working on. I can't really explain it, but I'm just going to go with it and see what happens. All I know is that for now, I'm writing and seem to be out of my creative slump. That can only be a good thing.

I've got a couple of options lined up for what I want to do with Slasherazzi once I've got the book written. There are a couple of publishers I'd like to query with it, though I wonder if the scenes from the killer's POV are perhaps a little graphic for a publisher to want to take it on. Particularly one of the later ones. But hey, I can always give it a try. Who knows? It may not be as bad as I'm imagining it to be.

So, that's all I really wanted to say for now. I'm excited to be writing again at a decent pace, and hopefully I'll be working on Daeva 3 again before too long. 'No Angel' edits should be arriving within the next couple of months, and the scheduled release date for that is before GRL, so it's gonna be a busy time. Watch out for more news on that closer to October.

15 May 2013

Hump-day Hotties: Literary Lovers #1

Well, here we are again... Wednesday, aka hump-day. Time to introduce my newest blog feature, Hump-day Hotties! The title should be pretty self-explanatory, but here's the rundown. Every Wednesday at 00:00 GMT I'll be posting a mouth-watering pic to get your saliva, and other creative juices, flowing. We all need a bit of a pick-me-up by the middle of the week, and I sure wouldn't mind letting these guys pick me up, if you catch my drift ;)

But also, each month I'm going to be running a specific theme. For May, I've decided to go with Literary Lovers! I think we can all agree we love hot guys, right? And books, too. Combining the two... Well, let's see what happens.

So without further ado, meet Literary Lover #1. Just look at those lovely firm biceps and shoulders. Now, if we could just change the angle a little so we can see what else bulges too.
hot guy reading
Reading makes a guy so much sexier.

13 May 2013

May Madness

Finally, it looks like summer is here for the UK. No more scarves and woolen hats... unless, of course, your name is Patti and you live in Michigan. In which case, enjoy your snow *sticks tongue out*

A lot has been going on, and this month in particular is a very busy one for me. And with the way things are going, it looks like the rest of the year is going to be one hectic dash for the finish line. This month I've got a possible promotion at work, if I can just get past the interview and presentation, which I've been working on a lot this weekend. July will see me going off to Manchester for a fun-filled weekend of debauchery, aka the UK GLBTQ Fiction Meet. October I'll be jetting off across the ocean for GayRomLit in Atlanta. Can't wait to see everyone again.

And while all this is going on, I have my book 'No Angel', which is currently contracted with Dreamspinner Press due out later this year. I've recently received a few forms to fill out with them about the blurb and cover art. I can't wait to see what they come up with for the cover, and I expect edits will start in a couple of months. Plus, I really need to finish Daeva 3: Return of Darkness before October, otherwise I may find myself under fire from an angry mob. *laughs nervously* I'm working on it. Honest!

Alexander Skarsgård
My favourite of Sookie's love interests. Mmmm, Eric.
Just to top things off, as if I didn't give myself enough work to finish this year, I've started working on
an entirely new project that I'm quite excited about. It's a series of gay paranormal romance novels, similar to the Sookie Stackhouse, or Anita Blake books in that the main character will have a few love interests over the course of the series before finally getting his happy ever after with one of them. Granted, I have no delusions about them ever being as big as Harris and Hamilton, but I can dream. Aim high, and all that. This series demands a lot of world-building, from the supernatural races that inhabit the earth, to the magic systems, major world events, and even my main character's unusual diet. So I've been adding bit-by-bit to my research and creation of this world, and hope to have the world-building done by the time I'm finished up on my current projects. For now, watch this space for more information.

Also, I've been very busy working on my own personal goals, not just on my day job and my writing. Those of you who have me added on Facebook will probably be aware that I've been very active lately, doing my exercise on a regular basis. My goal is to get myself in shape by the time GRL comes round.

I've been spending a fair bit of time on the weights, trying to build up a bit of definition, especially in my stomach. But mostly, I've been working on my running and recently managed to complete a full 10k run in 62minutes and 12seconds. In just two weeks I've managed to knock that time down to 54minutes and 16seconds. My aim is to eventually get this time under 45minutes, which isn't going to be easy. Even at my current pace there are moments toward the end of the run when I feel like I can't go on, like the muscles in my legs are too heavy, and the end is so very far away. But I keep on going, focusing on one breath at a time, and before long I'm crossing the finish line.

Jensen Ackles
Not sure what's more motivating... the song, or Jensen.
I think, maybe if I take this attitude with my writing, then the whole thing might not seem so daunting. Sure, I may only write one page tonight because I'm busy making sure everything is prepared for my interview, but it's still on page. Tomorrow I can do another page, and then another. It might not be a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it's still one step closer to the goal.

So, wish me luck. And I hope you all manage to reach your own goals as well.

3 Mar 2013

Frantic February

Another month down. Hard to believe that it's already been 2 months since the New Year. Time seems to be flying by, which is both a good thing and a bad thing.

For starters, it's great because it eases the waiting time for a reply from the publisher I submitted 'No Angel' to. Six to eight weeks is a hellishly long wait when the fate of your baby is on the line. As of writing this it's been thirty-nine days since I clicked send. Right now I'm getting anxious whenever my mac beeps to say I've got mail. Is it them? Have they said yes? Oh my god, what if they hated it? Oh, never mind, it's just someone else tagging me on Facebook. Dammit!

I've been thinking about what I might do if they say no. Do I go through the wait again with a second publisher? I do have one in mind to try, but oh my god the waiting time. I don't know how all you other authors manage to stay sane! If the second attempt fails, then I'll probably look at self-publishing again.

Meanwhile, I've been working on Daeva 3 and on the Zombie Boyz short. Working a stressful full-time job means I generally don't have much time for writing on the evening, though I've been doing my best to get a small amount done each night. However, time seems to be slipping through my fingers and before I know it the week is gone with less writing done than I had hoped. Maybe I need to set myself another NaNo-type challenge. That seemed to work well last November. Either that or I could use my superpowers to warp time and give myself a seventy-two hour day. Maybe then I'd have enough time to do everything I wanted.

Speaking of things I want to do... GRL registration is looming. Yay! Having been last year, I'm super excited about Atlanta. I met some many great people, who I can't wait to see again. But before that, there's the UK GLBTQ fiction meet. I'm all signed up for that, and can't wait for my first visit to (C)anal street. I've heard it's fricking awesome!

Well, that's February in a nutshell. I'll be back next month, if my fingertips aren't worked to the bone! :)

27 Jan 2013

January Update

Been a while since I posted, as usual. You may have noticed by now that I'm not exactly a hardcore blogger. I've decided to do a monthly post, wherein I talk about how my writing is going, and what I'm up to. So, without further ado, here's January in a nutshell.

If you've been to the site before, you probably noticed that I've been doing some more work on it. Previously I had a black background, which meant using light grey text. That wasn't the easiest colour combination to read as it could strain the eyes a little if I posted more than a few paragraphs, although it was a hell of a lot better than white text on black. There's still a lot I plan to do, including finishing the section for Mik and Ash, which is currently empty. I'm also planning on adding a section for my photoshop work. I'm sure most of you have seen the manipulations I did at the end of last year featuring Josh and Sam. Well, I plan to continue working on my photoshop skills, and hopefully I'll have lots of cool pictures to add on here. Also need to design a banner as I'm just using the one that came with the blog template at the moment. Haven't came up with any ideas yet though.

Speaking of Josh and Sam, I finally came up with a new title for their book last week. 'No Angel' was submitted to a publisher on the 23rd of January. I can't believe it's not even been a week yet, and it already feels like forever. There's this queasy feeling in my stomach when I think about the fact that my baby is in someone else's hands right now. Will they like it? What if they hate it? Six to eight weeks, they say it might take to get an answer. Hopefully the outcome is a favorable one. If not, I'll have to cross that bridge when I get to it.

In the meantime though, I have a stack of story ideas that I wanna get to writing. Unfortunately there aren't enough hours in the day for me to get anywhere near as much done as I'd like. Give me a seventy-two hour day, and then we might be getting somewhere. Right now I'm busy working on the collaboration between myself and Ethan Stone, a short zombie story that will be featuring in an anthology with some of the hottest guys in M/M Romance. And we're talking, Geoff Knight, Ethan Day, TJ Klune and Eric Arvin. Can't tell you how excited I am to be included in that.

Also, some of you will be pleased to know that I have started work on the third Daeva book. I'm still trying to straighten out the plot and get it all jotted down, but I'm aiming to have the book out in time for Atlanta. With any luck, I'll have the paperbacks ready by then as well. Just added some new ideas to my scribblings, including the comeback of several characters from the first book. Katiya will be making a reappearance, as will a couple of others who shall remain nameless for now. *evil laugh* What? Like you didn't expect some teasing.

What else? Oh, yes, I'm now officially registered for the UK GLBTQ meet in Manchester. I'm so looking forward to this one as I've yet to visit (C)anal Street.  It's going to be so much fun! And, of course, I'll get to meet up with all the guys (and girls... mostly girls) from last year. Looking forward to seeing you all again. Maybe this time we will have that spanking demonstration as well. *winks*