July 31st, 2011
Aspen Mountain Press Fifth Anniversary Blog Tour!

In honor of Aspen Mountain Press’ 5th anniversary, we are having a blog tour with a terrific prize at the end, a Kindle (Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ display with the new E-Ink Pearl technology) as our grand prize. I happen to own this same Kindle and I LOVE it. The rules for this blog tour are listed at the bottom of the post and there’s a link to the blog of the terrific Marie Roy, as well. She’s the next stop on this blog tour!

AMP has a special place in my heart because not only did they publish my first erotic romance (Del Fantasma: Texas Tea) but because I was there when the house was pretty much in its infancy. I learned a ton and still write and publish with AMP to this day, though my writing has suffered from various day job and auto accident issues.

Here’s a brief description of the books I have currently available at AMP. If you click the “read more” link, you can read an excerpt and see information on where you can buy that book.

Texas TeaDEL FANTASMA: TEXAS TEAM/F Story
Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-052-50
Genre: Paranormal, Coyote
Sexuality: Male/Female
Series: Coyote Clans, Del Fantasma
Length: Novella
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Photographer Lara Saunders has a lifelong secret – she can see and hear ghosts. When she was rescued from a near drowning by the ghost of a lighthouse keeper, he set her on a mission to document historic lighthouses and the lives of their keepers so they were not forgotten. Now on her third book in the series, Lara has arrived in San Diego to document the Old Point Loma Lighthouse but hasn’t counted on becoming the target Cody Warren, the matchmaking owner of the Del Fantasma bar. Or falling in love with a handsome Park Ranger whose secret is even more strange than her own.


Tort & RetortTORT & RETORTM/F Story
Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-087-7
Genre: Contemporary Erotic
Sexuality: Male/Female
Series: Plain Brown Wrapper
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Ambitious and driven patent law attorney, Gayle Osborne, has a secret. Her power suits and take-no-prisoners attitude hide a passionate nature whose only outlet is reading and reviewing erotic romance. If anyone finds out that she is “Miss Retort,” the snarky and opinionated blogger from the Hits & Misses review blog, she’ll lose everything—her reputation, her clients, her job and, worst of all, her gorgeous mentor and boss, Tyler Monroe.


Giving ThanksGIVING THANKSM/M Story
Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-151-5
Genre: LGBT Contemporary
Sexuality: Male/Male
Series: None
Length: Novella
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It’s another Thanksgiving for lovers Derek and Troy. Another holiday to pretend they are merely platonic roommates in the chaos of Derek’s family celebration. When Derek snaps after one too many confrontations and admits he’s gay, his father disowns him on the spot. It’s going to be a quiet Thanksgiving…or is it?


Gift of the Holly King
GIFT OF THE HOLLY KINGM/F Story
Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-165-2
Genre: Paranormal, Holiday
Sexuality: Male/Female
Series: Holiday Stories, Paranormal
Length: Novella
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Recovering from a near-fatal accident, wiccan priestess Kayleigh Brennan has taken a leave of absence from her job to focus on recovering her health and rediscovering herself. When she discovers an ancient holly tree in a clearing behind her rented bungalow, she catches the full attention of Ilex, the Holly King. As his reign ends for the year and an ice storm moves in, will they lose each other again to the cycles of the year and of life?


Bittersweet
BITTERSWEETM/M Story
Aspen Mountain Press
ISBN: 978-1-60168-234-5
Genre: Contemporary
Sexuality: Male/Male
Series: None
Length: Novella
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Erotic chocolatier Brandon makes all sorts of tempting and tasty creations that celebrate love and sex. Too bad he’s given up on finding love for himself after his last lover told him he wasn’t worthy of a real relationship just before he dumped him.

When David picks up an order of chocolates for his best friend’s wedding, he wonders if the muscular, tattooed Brandon will taste sweet or bittersweet… After David finds out that Brandon is gay, he needs to step up and let the sexy chocolatier know he’s interested, but can he screw up the courage to do it?


Tour Rules:
1) Tour Starts: Monday, August 1, 2011 at Midnight (EST)
Tour Ends: August 7, 2011 at Midnight (EST)

Final Celebration is August 7th from 6pm-11pm (EST) at the AMP Community Loop.

Grand Prize: a Kindle (Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E-Ink Pearl Technology) is the Grand Prize. Drawing will take place and be announced on August 7, 2011 on the AMP Community Loop at 11pm (EST). Only comments posted before 10pm (EST) on August 7, 2011 are eligible to win the Kindle. Winner will be notified by email on August 8, 2011 if they are not present on the Loop for the announcement.

***Individual winners from author contests will be drawn and posted August 8, 2011 on their individual sites.***

2) Participation at every blog on the tour is not required but the more blogs a person comments on, the more chances they have to win. If a person comments on one blog, they are entered into the Grand Prize Drawing once. If they comment on ten different blogs, they will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing ten times. Only one comment per blog per person will be entered to win the Grand Prize.

3) The winner of the Grand Prize must be a resident of the United States with a US mailing address. Non-US winners will be eligible for $50 US in Aspen Mountain Press books from the AMP Website.

4) Prizes at individual author blogs are completely at the discretion of the individual authors and are not in association with Aspen Mountain Press and its prize system. To enter the contest on any given blog, you must follow their contest rules and objectives.

5) By commenting on any blog in the tour, the participant is agreeing to these rules and policies.

6) All prize winners will be chosen randomly by using Random Line Picker.


For the next stop on this blog tour, please visit the lovely and talented Marie Roy at her blog (http://www.newsletterofmarieroy.blogspot.com/).

July 5th, 2011
Lessons Learned on Phone Typing with Ferrets

While visiting a friend’s house yesterday, I attempted to learn the new technology of Ferret Phone Typing (FPT).  I had been informed that my friend’s ferrets had been used to demonstrate this technology in the past and thought I, as a new user of FPT, might be able to make use of these already skilled ferrets and my own Windows Phone 7.

In the course of this hands-on learning experience, I discovered some key tips I’d like to pass along to anyone else who may seek to try FPT.

  1. FPT requires that you  determine whether you are left-ferreted or right-ferreted ahead of time. Use of the incorrect ferret orientation can lead to both an unacceptable number of errors and even dropping of the phone device while trying to utilize the ferret.
  2. FPT should be attempted by gently scruffing the ferret in use and touch its nose gently to the phone in use. Note that the phone may need to be cleaned frequently and excessive use of the same ferret may result in phone damage due to gnawing.
  3. FPT has a limited session time so it’s best to compose only short messages that can be easily completed during that session time. If longer messages are desired, multiple FPT sessions may be required.
  4. FPT is not suitable for children as the ferret cannot be adequately controlled by a child to have achieve the precision necessary for FPT.
  5. FPT is best accomplished using ferrets that are not already in “war mode.” Typically, ferrets that are just waking up or trying to sleep make the best FPT devices.
  6. FPT should only be attempted with ferrets that have recently visited the litterbox as the ferret in use may become annoyed at process and make that annoyance known in a rather unpleasant manner.
(Note: No ferrets were harmed in the development of Ferret Phone Typing but I almost passed out when I was laughing so hard I couldn’t breath. The ferrets were not as amused, though.)

June 22nd, 2011
Blog Recommendation: The Passive Voice

I don’t remember how I first found The Passive Voice but I’m glad I did. It’s a blog written by an ex-lawyer that gives both writing insight and (most valuable to me) some insight into contracts and legal rights. Bear in mind that you should always hire appropriate legal advice when you need it and I recommend having someone review each contract you take, but I’ve picked up some valuable information from reading The Passive Voice.

Subscribe to the Passive Guy’s blog and read it consistently. Click on this link (goes directly to the posts flagged “contract”) and educate yourself on how various contract clauses work. You won’t be sorry!

June 15th, 2011
Heinlein’s Business Rules

While getting things back on track and working on my (two) steampunk stories, I came across a great reminder to myself. These are business rules penned by Robert Heinlein, one of the first science fiction authors I read while growing up and they hit me where it hurt – in my tendency to procrastinate.

His rules go simply:

1) You must write.
2) You must finish what you write.
3) You must not rewrite unless to editorial demand.
4) You must mail your work to someone who can buy it.
5) You must keep the work in the mail until someone buys it.

Time to put my eye back on the prize and get to WORK.

April 23rd, 2011
Weekly Office Flowers

With the grey and damp we’ve been having around here for far too long, I’ve discovered a weekly bunch of fresh flowers in my office really seems to help my mood.

Here are some pictures of this week’s flowers – Tulips are in bloom!