I'm all about romance and erotica writing.

Go Granny Go!

Check this out, romance fans!


A great-great-grandmother from Utah discovered a new passion when she penned her first novel – a salacious romance so explicit it shocked her own family, they said.


I’m excited for Georgia Gorringe and hope she sells lots of books. I’ve just downloaded the Kindle verson of No Good-Bye and will be back soon with a review. It annoys me a little that there’s this apparent underlying assumption that someone in her 80s wouldn’t have explicitly romantic and erotic ideas to fictionalize, but hey whatever gets you some press, right? It’s all good!

By the way, I’ve signed up for Kindle Unlimited, which gives you 10 books at a time for free (with participating books) for $10 per month. A friend recommended the program, and I think it’s a great deal for voracious readers like me. So far, all the books I’ve wanted have been available on KU except one.

Write on!


So, during this past month not only have I put up a few new stories (Bettina’s Bonus and Daisy’s Dragon), but I’ve also done {shudder} marketing. When I say marketing I mean that I’ve posted about these stories on my blogs, run a couple promos, and … um … well, that’s about it.

But that’s a lot for me, as I have a day job and a cat. Plus when I’m in the mood to write, I want to write, not harangue peeps into buying my stuff. 

Upshot: I made $7.33. 

Which is great because I had to buy two new tires yesterday.

Details: I made 8 sales (some of which are not reflected yet in that $7.33 because they were via Kindle Unlimited). My promo of Gracie’s Gamble generated about 60 free downloads. My promo of Rachel’s Review appears to be doing about the same. The promos do not seem to translate into anything significant with respect to further sales or motivate the peeps who took the freebie to write reviews. Also, a few of those “sales” were to friends, so I’m not sure they really count.

The idea is/was that I would get noticed by strangers looking to read romance/erotica and they would enjoy my writing and post reviews, which would generate further sales in a sort of exponential snowball, making me feel like I had a valid option to earn money post-retirement via writing.

I don’t see this happening. At all. I mean, that’s OK because I had fun writing these stories, but even so. I could be doing other things. (Things that might generate income, or are just more fun.) I don’t feel internally compelled to write erotica. Sometimes I feel compelled to write poetry with an erotic element, but that’s different. Plus it wouldn’t sell either. I do feel compelled to write generally, but more along the lines of quirky short stories and such, no particular genre.

I don’t know if the Anna stories will continue at this point. I have many started. There are a couple Sugarplum romances in various stages, but I am painfully aware that they are simply run-of-the-mill hot contemporary romances with nothing special to distinguish them from any other contemporary romance you might grab off the shelf at the drugstore. Plus those stories have big publishers to market them; we indie writers with day jobs don’t have much of a chance to compete with that. I went out of my comfort zone to write Hana & Gregory (a “fractured” fairy tale) and Daisy’s Dragon (erotica between a girl and a dragon), which were interesting experiments, creatively speaking, yet are just sitting on my shelf, not selling.

So, that’s where I’m at right now.


Rachel’s Review is free today, woohoo!

Please take advantage of this limited-time mini-promo and grab your copy of this sexy Sugarplum short story.

It would be fabulous if you could take the time to write a review of the book after you’re done. 

And if you like it so much you’re compelled to buy another one of my books, you deserve a big virtual hug. :)

Remember that all my books are enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited program, so if you are too, then they are ALL free EVERY day. Yay!

Hurry and get Rachel’s Review right now!


Big News!

I know I have been unforgivably neglectful of this blog.

(But… forgive me anyway?)

Actually I have an excuse. No, not a new boyfriend (as if), but lots and lots of new writing. Yay! 

Please check out Bettina’s Bonus, a full-length HOT contemporary romance starring Bettina Wells, secretary to Fiona Murphy (remember Fiona?), and Bettina’s blind date gone all kinds of wrong, yet ending up every kind of right ~ Greg Forester. 

Also, take a peek at Daisy’s Dragon, a mini-novella (or long short story, if you will), starring Daisy Atherton-Smythe and the Lost Lord of Thunderhaven ~ a sexy dude named Ian who’s been cursed by a witch and turned into a dragon. OH NOES! I bet you’ll never guess the one thing he needs to do to regain his human form. 

Yes, it’s true: I have ventured into the land of the supernatural. And I’m having so much fun! More dragon stories will be coming up as well as other exciting writing.

Stay tuned, my friends! :)

Hello, It’s Me

Happy New Year and all that jazz! :)

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Apparently I took quite an extended blog break. It was unplanned, but, ya know, life happens, as “they” say. Who are they anyway? Has anyone ever met them? Hmm.

As I was on hiatus, I received a lovely, detailed review of my novel Fiona’s Fling right here in comments. I always appreciate reader feedback and here’s a big shout-out to Ann for taking the time to submit her thoughts.

I don’t know if it’s because Anna has such a nice way of spinning the sex into something that is hugely erotic, or if it’s because I have learned a lot since I last read romance novels, but, either way, I am getting fucking HOT reading this book!

Awesome! :)

I haven’t been getting critiques on my romance writing, so all comments are welcome and will be taken into consideration for future work. I have several projects simmering on the stove at the moment ~ a couple full-length novels and a few more short stories, too. 

Don’t be a stranger!

Savage Romances

Indian Country takes Cassie Edwards to task for her Indian-themed books.

I’ve never been a big fan of this romance sub-genre. While some may argue that all romance novels are  boring and predictable, I obviously disagree with that generalization; however, I do find the Indian novels to mostly fit these adjectives. There simply isn’t anywhere new to go with them. These days I mostly prefer contemporary romances, though I still can be seduced by a good Regency, such as When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley.

Anyway, I get what the article is saying, although I’m not sure that anyone’s opinion of Indians is going to be influenced by Ms. Edwards’ novels. I don’t think I’ve ever read one, though I did read Silken Savage by Catherine Hart (yes, another “savage”) way back when and liked it, but I doubt I’d like it now (I don’t even like TFATF now, because I’m not 14). I didn’t absorb any negative views about Indians from reading Ms. Hart’s novel, but then again I never believed that romance novels were anything but fantasy, including the parts about sex and relationships.

What was most interesting about the Indian Country’s article was the plagiarism angle — the article links both to a Daily Beast piece by Paul Tolme on ferrets, which I loved (poor ferrets!), and also a fab piece on one of my fave sites Smart Bitches Trashy Books detailing text similarities in books by Ms. Edwards to other sources. It’s all in a gloriously detailed PDF even Teacake can respect.

I avoid all plagiarism in my books by focusing on relationships rather than pesky content. Does anyone pick up a book with sexy half-naked people on it hoping to find info about FERRETS?

On Formatting

Anna did an oopsy!

When I released my first self-published book (under another name), everything was formatted perfectly — poems, flash fiction, and short stories. But last night when I brought my Kindle to a meeting so a friend could read Gracie’s Gamble, I realized that instead of formatting my story properly in block text with blank lines between paragraphs, as one is supposed to do for this modern age, for some inexplicable reason I had reverted to indenting with tabs. Yikes!

Obviously it wasn’t the worst thing and the romance was perfectly readable, but it did look a little bit odd on the Kindle with lines indended and no white space between paras. Knowing me and my OCD tendencies, I am sure I will fix it and resubmit.

My full-length novel, Fiona’s Fling, is similarly incorrectly formatted, though easy to read in any case. I will be fixing it at some point.

Right now my highest priority is to get new stories up on my bookshelf — Rachel’s Review and The Birthday Present (short stories) are almost finished and Sweet Nothings (a novel) needs a bit of editing. I have even more coming after that and also a surprise for everyone in October — scary erotica just in time for Halloween!

OK OK, it’s more fun than scary, but even so. It’s a bit different and I hope people will enjoy. It will be formatted properly. :)


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