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Monday, October 20, 2014

Is bigger really better???

I'm not talking about that. Get your minds out of the gutter people. LOL

Today I'm talking about story size. There are all different options now a days with the advent of ebooks. You don't have to buy a novel length drama. There are shorts and super shorts and novellas and everything else in between. I like short stories myself. They are more of a challenge plus I'm often limited on computer time and stopping in the middle of an important place kills my momentum and I have to always go back and read from the beginning before I can go further. When you are looking at a story of 40 or 50 thousand words that can be a real problem.

I can read through the beginning of a short pretty quick and get myself back on track. I also like the fact that I have a limited amount of words to use (most sub calls put a minimum and maximum of what they will accept) so i have to flesh out a story and the characters and i only have a specific amount of words in which to accomplish that feat. I also have to find space to fit in the sex and make it meaningful. There has to be a reason for the sexual encounter. It has to fit in with the story. It can;t just be a long gratuitous sex scene. That's not erotica that's porn and most calls for subs will turn stories like that down flat. It's a delicate line that you have to balance just right.

As a reader i also prefer short stories. Something i can finish in a short sitting otherwise I get deeply involved and i get mean when i have to leave a book in the midst of something major happening. That's why I normally read or write late at night after everyone has gone to bed. Less chance of interruption that way.

So, what type of story to you prefer to read or write and why?
Beth
www.bethwylde.com

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tuesday's Tales - Free Reads

Elizabeth Black here. After about a year of no activity on my part, I'm back to doing "Tuesday's Tales", a fun writing exercise I discovered on Facebook. The gist of it is that writers write a brief story based on a weekly prompt. This week's prompt is "letter". My story for this week is up now, but it officially goes live at midnight tonight for Tuesday morning.

Most of the stories are between Eric and his sweetie. Eric takes her on all sorts of wacky adventures, chock full of sex most of the time. He's always in some sort of trouble. And that makes him all the more endearing.

Feel free to visit my "Tuesday's Tales" label on my blog and read all the stories.

Tuesday's Tales - FREE READS

Also, go to the "Tuesday's Tales" web site to read stories written by other authors. It's best to do this tomorrow so you may catch the latest batch of stories.

Tuesday's Tales - main web site

Enjoy!

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Keeping facts straight

 

While writing a short story or novel, it is wise to do research if you’re delving into history or want to bring in a location where the characters play and live.

I decide on an era for my story and location before finding the information on line. If I’ve visited the place I want to write about I find that  is an added bonus. No research is required.

Some writers will jump into a story with inaccurate facts. If a reader is vigilant, they will notice that something is off when describing a section of the country or city where the story’s based.

As you study the facts to put into your writing, I find it’s interesting to discover something new about a past era or a current day scenario. While doing this, I’m getting a free history lesson in the process.

Once you find what you need to incorporate into the plot, it’s usually smooth sailing from then on. The story begins to unfold centering on a landscape or an old treasure of history from a past generation or of a current day.

My main intention is to give the readers true facts about what they are reading even though these facts are brought into a story written in a fiction genre.

I have a story coming out in the middle of October called Messages From the Grave.  It is based in New York and switches scenarios to Colorado.  With the different locations, I wrote a little history about both places hoping to give the reader an insight into the landscapes and things of interest pertaining to them.

Do readers enjoy reading about different locales, or is the main focus on the story for them?


 

 

 

Messages From the Grave

by

Mary Suzanne

 

Title: Messages From the Grave





Amazon.com  Kindle Books


Format: E-book

Publication Date: 10 October 2014

 

ISBN: 978-1-939010-57-5       

 

Author: Mary Suzanne

 

Format: E-Book

 

Length: 8,625 words     PDF = 55 pp

 

Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance. Erotic

 

 

 

Blurb

 

Riley Yates' hobby is turning into an obsession, one that may change the course of his life. Intrigued by the idea of recording paranormal voices from the beyond, he spends his time visiting gravesites and analyzing the recordings on his computer. Can he really be hearing a voice from the grave? Will his obsession ruin the life he'd planned with his fiancée, Melissa? What does a person do, when confronted with Messages From the Grave?

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Forbidden Fruit - blog tour - Beth interviewing Jean Roberta

For my blog post this month I'm crossposting my interview with Jean Roberta, who is one of the authors with a story in the Forbidden Fruit anthology. You can find the whole blog tour listing here:
http://www.cheyenneblue.com/
This interview is also crossposted on my own personal blog at:
http://bethwylde.wordpress.com/
Keep an eye out for a new feature at my blog too, hopefully starting this Sunday. I'm doing a 'month in the life of' feature. Small daily postings of what I'm working on and what's going on in both my personal and professional life since I'm going through some major life events and changes. Feel free to visit and leave comments. Now for Jean's interview.



Forbidden Fruit Questions
1.       1. Do you write only lesbian erotica? If not, what else do you write?
About half the stories I write are lesbian erotica, and this is the kind of writing that comes closest to my lived experience.
The rest of my erotic stories are heterosexual or bisexual. And a few are male/male. Some of my stories are not sexually explicit. For example, one of my recently-published stories, “A Bridge to the Other Side,” is told by a teenage girl in 1965; she has psychic ability and is able to channel a ghost from the American Civil War. She also has a hopeless crush on her history teacher, a very closeted gay man whose lover was killed in the U.S. war in Vietnam. This story was published in Issue 6 of Glitterwolf, a LGBT magazine from England.
I write regular posts for two blogs: the Erotic Readers and Writers Association (www.erotica-readers.blogspot.com) and the ten-writer blog “Oh Get a Grip” (www.ohgetagrip.blogspot.com).
I’ve taught first-year English classes in a Canadian university for the past 25 years, and some of my writing is scholarly non-fiction. In 2001, I gave a brief talk on the history of erotica and censorship, and my notes for this evolved into a talk on censorship that was televised when I was a guest speaker in a bookstore. I also have an article in an anthology on teaching vampire literature, and I co-edited a book based on a local queer faculty presentation series.
From 2008-2010, I had a monthly column on the website of the Erotic Readers and Writers Association on the politics of sex. I called it “Sex Is All Metaphors.”  Eventually, my column was cut, but by then, I had written 25 pieces. These are now available as an ebook, Sex Is All Metaphors (www.eroticanthology.com) and the proceeds raise funds for an anti-censorship organization.
I’m tech-challenged, but luckily, a young man I know designed my website as a favour, and it lists most of my publications. It’s here: www.JeanRoberta.com
2.       2. What is your favorite genre and pairing to write and why?
Lesbian (or f/f) erotica never loses its charm for me! In my experience, gender roles are less rigid in a queer context than in the heterosexual mainstream, and sex between women—even when it doesn’t involve a long-term commitment—shows that women don’t absolutely need men for anything. (I have nothing against female/male sex based on mutual choice.)
3.       3. What is a typical writing day like for you?
Unfortunately, I can rarely afford to spend a whole day on freelance writing, much as I would like to! While I’m teaching, my writing can’t usually be a priority, but when a deadline is looming up, I sometimes put everything else aside to finish a story. Last week, I spent most of a day working on my first steampunk story to send in for a call-for-submissions. I was in my cozy office at the university, and was totally in the zone until my wife/spouse phoned at the end of her workday. (We’ve been legally married since October 2010.)
4.       4. Do you prefer to write short stories or longer works and why?
Good question! I’ve had over 100 erotic stories published in print anthologies, and I love the shortness of short stories. They can be written in a few days, they are less complex than novels, and they are usually accepted or rejected within six months (at most) of being submitted. For these reasons, I can’t foresee ever giving up writing short stories. However, longer works allow for characters and situations to be more fully developed. I’ve written several longer works that are no longer in print, plus my historical novella, The Flight of the Black Swan (Lethe Press), currently available in several formats and soon to be released as an audiobook.
I plan to retire from teaching within ten years. When I have more time for writing, I expect to focus more on longer works.
5.        5. Tell me about your story in Forbidden Fruit and give us an excerpt please.
The theme of “forbidden fruit” intrigues me because I suspect that most lesbians have had at least one “unwise” encounter. When I first “came out” in a fairly small community, I was intrigued by the variety of women I met in the local queer bar, including some who sported prison tattoos. I realized then that even when lesbians have little else in common, lust is the great leveler. My story, “Shelter,” is about two women who first met in elementary school, and even then, they came from different worlds. Here is the opening scene:
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I didn’t intend to open my door for anyone at 1:00 a.m., but I couldn’t resist looking through the peep-hole to see who was there.
Cheekbones, long nose, full lips, short dark hair, direct gaze, evil grin. Unmistakably Renee Sharp.
I opened my apartment door before I could stop myself. “You can’t stay here,” I told her, stepping back to let her in.
She accepted my unspoken invitation. “It’s good to see you too, Anna baby. I thought about you while I was away.” A year in prison hadn’t deprived her of energy. What was sex like in the joint? I didn’t want to think about it, but I wanted to know.
The woman was leaner than I remembered, more compact. She could take me down. I knew I should call the police, but I couldn’t do it.
“You don’t have to call the cops, girlfriend. I’m not here to steal your stuff or hurt you in any way. Unless—“ She let her sentence hang in the air while she looked down from my eyes to the thin cotton nightshirt that barely covered my naked breasts. I could feel my nipples jiggling with my breathing, and I buttoned my cardigan from top to bottom. Renee snickered.
“You don’t really want the cops to know I’m here, Anna. No one has to know you ever met me. In the morning I’ll be gone like a wet dream.”
“Renee,” I started.
“Friends call me Razor.” She pulled five chocolate-brown Canadian hundred-dollar bills out of the frayed pocket of her denim jacket and laid them on my hall table.
Oh my god. I still wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted from me, but she obviously thought I was for sale.
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The next stop on the Forbidden Fruit blog tour is Laila Blake http://www.lailablake.com/blog/ who is interviewing Cheyenne Blue. 
 
Leave a comment on any post in the Forbidden Fruit blog tour to be entered into a random draw to win one of these great prizes.  Prizes include a paperback copy of Girls Who Score, lesbian sports erotica edited by Ily Goyanes, Best Lesbian Romance 2011 edited by Radclyffe, an ebook of Ladylit’s first lesbian anthology Anything She Wants, and a bundle of three mini-anthologies from Ladylit: Sweat, A Christmas to Remember and Bossy.  All of these titles contain some stories written by the fabulous contributors to Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire. You must include an email address in  your comment to be entered into the draw.
 
Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire is available direct from the publisher, Ladylit (http://www.ladylit.com/books/forbidden-fruit/) or from Amazon, Smashwords, and other good retailers of ebooks.  Check out http://www.ladylit.com/books/forbidden-fruit/ for all purchasing information.


Thanks,
Beth

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Popular Books v. "Literature"

There's another one of those endless, obnoxious Facebook memes making the rounds. List 10 of the books that have changed your life, greatly influenced you, were most memorable for you, yadda yadda yadda.

Nearly everyone I saw listed books they probably haven't read since they were in high school. I'll admit I was guilty of doing that. I listed "Siddhartha", "The Catcher In The Rye", "The Bible", and "The Art Of War". Your friends read your list and talk about how much you have in common because you've read some of the same books. Yup, you and your Facebook friend both read "Crime and Punishment" because Mrs. Naugahyde or Sister Mary Dogface ordered you to read it for English Lit. class. Your Facebook friend feels your pain. Then you bond and sing "Kumbaya".

Alexis Kleinman saw those lists and cried "bullshit"! She wrote "This exercise is just one humblebrag after another. "I'm just trying to keep up with my friends! This is what everyone's doing!" you say as you look up a the top 100 best novels of all time and write down the ones from that list that you've read. You're just trying to make yourself feel smarter and make everyone else feel dumb."

I don't agree with her last statement. I think it's more the case that you don't want your Facebook friends to learn the last book you read and loved was "The Davinci Code".

Here is Alexis's list of books that people are reading in Real Life:

1. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
2. Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
3. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
4. The Phantom Tollbooth
5. The Hunger Games
6. Fifty Shades Of Grey
7. Gossip Girl
8. A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One
9. The Lord Of The Rings
10. Where The Sidewalk Ends

There's nothing wrong with liking popular books even if some think they "dumb down" the world. I've read plenty of them and they taste delicious.

In light of this article, I've changed my list of books that have greatly influenced me. Here is my REAL list:
1. Everyone Poops

2. Snape/Mary Sue fanfic (all of it)

3. A Sale Of Two Titties
4. Harry Potter and the Amazing, Wonderful Royalty Check
5. How To Write Good
6. Fancy Coffins To Make Yourself

7. Every Dad Is A Good Lover 

8. Scouts In Bondage

9. The Beginners Guide To Sex In The Afterlife

10. Why Cats Paint

(The first and the last five are real books.)


Oh, and just so you know, the book I'm currently reading is George R. R. Martin's "A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One". And I'm loving every second of it.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Changing Seasons


We’re into my favorite time of the year; the fall season although it’s still warm in our area. I love it when the trees turn a red or golden yellow and orange.
Another of my favorites is the pumpkins filling the farmers’ fields and ready to harvest for the Halloween events in the area.
If I could pick one season to have year round it would be fall. I so look forward to Halloween since the weathers just a little crispy without actually being cold.
Right before Halloween, I have a book coming out called Messages from the Grave. It’s a paranormal, ghost with romance thrown in. Romance Divine is the publisher.
My question to readers. What season is your favorite?
Messages From The Grave due for release in October from www.romancedivine.com.
 


Title: Messages From the Grave
Amazon.com  Kindle Books
Format: E-book
Publication Date: 10 October 2014
 
ISBN: 978-1-939010-57-5       
 
Author: Mary Suzanne
 
Format: E-Book
 
Length: 8,625 words     PDF = 55 pp
 
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
 
Category: Romance
 
Price: $3.99
 
 
Blurb
 
Riley Yates' hobby is turning into an obsession, one that may change the course of his life. Intrigued by the idea of recording paranormal voices from the beyond, he spends his time visiting gravesites and analyzing the recordings on his computer. Can he really be hearing a voice from the grave? Will his obsession ruin the life he'd planned with his fiancée, Melissa? What does a person do, when confronted with Messages From the Grave?
 
 
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