Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Come see me in 2010 to see how I did

Yes, I have resolutions for the coming year. I'm such a masochist. Really, I don't ask for much, maybe another month tacked on to the year so I can finish everything on time - I'll call it Maytember, and every Friday will be a mandatory holiday.

So here are my goals for 2009. Snicker all you want. I've had wine, that's my excuse for my loftiness.

1) Lose weight - Will go more smoothly if Obama can ban carbs.

2) Complete one full-length Dareville novel - Most likely it will be Dare Devils

3) Increase Phaze Books sales by 50% - We did it this year, why not?

4) Redo website...again - I am so fickle

5) Get new cart installed at Phaze - put that off long enough

6) Increase promotion efforts - more blogging and tweeting, less whining

7) Save up for Rush's next tour - and there will be a tour. Oh yes, there will.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The End is Near?


I honestly don't know what to think right now about the publishing industry. Yes, there have been layoffs in the big houses, and I've heard rumors that some editors have put a freeze on acquiring titles. On the few author boards on which I lurk I sense the wringing of hands as my peers wonder aloud if their careers are over before they have a chance to begin, thanks to the economy. Just today I'm sent this article on the growing shift in reader habits - where people are turning to the Internet to purchase from resellers to save a buck. Good for them to be thrifty in this economy, one might argue, but authors don't receive royalties on resells.

With all of this happening, however, I note that Phaze Books has had its best year yet. Other ePubs are also reporting increases over the last year. Another house with whom I'm published boasted a 40% increase, while Ellora's Cave is actively looking for more editors to continue their success. My calendar for 2009 is filling with offline engagements for signings, and despite the gloom and doom I get from one side, the other radiates only with optimism.

Of course, you might think I'm comparing apples to oranges, that perhaps the independent eBook industry doesn't count when talking about publishing as a whole. I say, why not? Many smaller e-Houses edit, proof, and format books. We attach ISBN numbers to each title and register them with Books in Print. We sell the titles through our own carts and through resellers. Some of us also offer titles in paperback and, in the case of Mundania and Ellora's for two, hardcover. If the items we offer aren't books, what are they?

I read the article linked above with some interest, but not with trepidation as I gather others have. The concept of the resale is not new, especially where books are concerned. I admit I'm guilty of it myself many times over. I've talked here before about shopping at the Chamblin Bookmine in Jacksonville, Florida, just a wonderful labyrinth of a store carrying titles that probably have never graced the shelves of a chain. As an author, I do feel some worry that interest in my books may be limited to readers who seek out used copies or (naughty, naughty) pirated digital versions. As the article points out, a used book sale won't net the author a royalty, but it may gain readership. Indeed, I have purchased used books in the past and later bought new from the same author. I have to continue writing with the hope that the same could happen with me.

Honestly, if used book sales could foretell the demise of publishing, the setbacks we are seeing now would have happened many years ago. I don't believe we are witnessing the end of anything, so if you're an author go right ahead and polish that manuscript for submission. This is evolution we are witnessing now, the transition of the industry into a new era. Think about the early days of literacy, and I don't mean the first Harry Potter.

I'm talking about Shakespeare and his quill, monks in a dank cellar transcribing elaborately cursive Latin over and over again. You think the people of this time were freaking out when Gutenberg invented movable type? Did you know in Colonial times when you bought a book you actually had to cut the pages first before you could open it? I can only imagine the people of that era were relieved when that was no longer a necessity.

Publishing now is not like it was fifty years ago, and it won't be the same fifty years from now. As things evolve, we must learn to adapt. If we stop changing, it probably means we are dead. I for one will not see recent store closures and layoffs as the end. I was a casualty of the dot-bomb era, yet the Internet hasn't failed. Nor will publishing - there will always be people who buy new and those who buy used, and those who sample from Columns A and B. Perhaps in the near future as eBook emerge deeper into public consciousness, we'll see Column C more often on the menu. And you know what, I'll still buy new.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Kanoodling with Kindle

A not so secret Santa gifted me with the Kindle this year. I haven't actually used it yet, but I'm already in love with it. I tested it with a download and everything seems to look good. I went a bit nuts, too, at Project Gutenberg trying to fill in gaps on the Modern Library Top 100 list - books I have yet to read. Don't worry, I don't intend for this marvel to be used entirely for free books. Now that I have an eBook reader I can take advantage of a whole new library open to me.

As much of an advocate for eBooks as I am, I unfortunately have not bought any in a while. Mainly this is because I have so little time to read. What time I do have for eBooks is spent editing and proofing and formatting the ones Phaze releases, then I need to read and evaluate submissions from authors. Every week I see titles that look appealing, from publishers large and small. Of course, I always had the ability to buy, but having the Kindle gives me the option to carry many titles easily without having to lug my laptop anywhere. I'll like that I can go to the coffee shop with my husband with just the Kindle in hand and enjoy a good book. Maybe having this, too, presents a viral opportunity. It's my hope to catch a few interested glances - my magnetic personality is certain to help. Ha.

As you can see, Dare to Dream is up in the Kindle store. Ordering it was a snap, as will ordering any Phaze title from the Kindle store.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

A blessed Christmas and New Year holiday to you all. May your next year be filled with joy, happiness, and success...and hot romance

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

More, More, More - Star, Star, Star


I must have missed it in the actual magazine, but RT did review More, More, More! Three stars, and the review reads in part:

Size doesn't matter in these enticing tales of big, beautiful women who find love in strange places. One of the stories doesn't have a happily ever after, which makes it seem rather hit-and-run. The sexual acts include M/M/F and light bondage.

Not sure what to make of the hit and run remark, or if the non-HEA story cost us a star. FWIW, I know the story referenced, and it's well-written and sold rather well in solo eBook form. Of course, my Daringly Delicious is part of this quartet, and I'm curious to know what the reviewer thought of that one in particular. I suppose we'll never learn, ah well. I haven't heard any complaints yet, aside from the one reviewer who didn't like Lupe's sister, Lola. But that's okay, she gives me a headache, too.

And when you do buy your Kindle, I have some books to fill it

More readers are picking up eBooks, sayeth The New York Times. An interesting article if you want to peruse. All the proper buzzwords are there: Kindle, Oprah, etc. Harlequin Spice Briefs are mentioned, but that's about it for romance eBooks. I like especially how the article notes how heavy-hitters like Danielle Steel and John Grisham had been hesitant at first to venture into e, but now we'll see their titles up. I imagine that might have had something to do with royalties and eBooks. Find out how much they can expect, then make a decision.

What I don't disagree with is this quote:

“The perception is that e-books have been around for 10 years and haven’t done anything,” said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading division. “But it’s happening now. This is really starting to take off.”

Not necessarily. I submit that the Spice Briefs wouldn't be in existence now if not for the smaller eBook presses encroaching on their audience. You look at the strides Ellora's Cave has made in the last several years, and how they have influenced the industry - with the technology and the content. Would we have seen the Spice and Aphrodosia imprints without EC? Would we see Kensington and Harlequin offer eBooks if not for the growing popularity of houses Loose ID and Samhain and, dare I say it, my humble HQ? Phaze is up and coming, you watch. I may drive fast at times, but I can see the course.

Now if we can just get on Oprah.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Today's, tomorrow's and next year's chocolate


So we're getting close to the end of our signing at the MacArthur Mall in Norfolk when Phaze's promotions coordinator stopped by to check in on us. She hands me this ginormous bag. "Merry Christmas from the Phaze authors."

Yes, I was stunned. Totally unexpected to receive this:



Do they know me or what? The picture doesn't do it justice, but it's a gift basket from Lindt Chocolates, with an array of yummy truffles, two chocolate reindeer and a chocolate snowman. Haven't bit his head off yet. So far I've enjoyed one red wrapped ball (a very sweet milk chocolate), one snowman truffle (milk shell, white filling), and one blue wrap (white with dark chips, mmmm).

So far I've mentioned balls and head in this post. Well, we know where my mind is tonight.

The accompanying bracelet that came with it is gorgeous, too. I tried a cam picture of it, but it didn't come out well. Will keep trying.

So, to all Phaze authors, thank you thank you thank you. 2008 was a great year for us - and here's to 2009 and another great year of chocolately-covered sexy fiction goodness!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

For those about to drink, we salute you

This is the very brief, very funny Australian Table Wines monologue by Monty Python:

A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palate but also to the cognoscenti of Great Britain.

Black Stump Bordeaux is rightly praised as a peppermint flavoured Burgundy, whilst a good Sydney Syrup can rank with any of the world's best sugary wines.

Château Blue, too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering afterburn.

Old Smokey 1968 has been compared favourably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian Wino Society thoroughly recommends a 1970 Coq du Rod Laver, which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: eight bottles of this and you're really finished. At the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is 'beware'. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is Melbourne Old-and-Yellow, which is particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of Château Chunder, which is an appellation contrôlée, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation; a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a Hobart Muddy, and a prize winning Cuivre Reserve Château Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga, which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.

I love wine, but I don't normally go for Australian vintages. Now, I've been to wine dinners that featured only the finest of Aussie vines, but after all is said and drunk I tend to drift back to domestic and European treats. Last night, however, we took a chance on an Australian label by virtue of the unusual blend and sale price. Zonte's Footstep has a 2007 Shiraz/Viognier blend that looked intriguing enough to taste. On the nose, it was bold and peppery, and presented a very spicy flavor with a lingering finish. You could really only taste the sweetness of the viognier at the end, understandable since the Shiraz to Viognier ratio was 95% to 5%. Overall a good wine to try with meat, but it didn't pair with the coconut curry seafood dish I had. So I have to say the wine choice was a disappointment for me.

Yet, the evening wasn't a total loss. The wine did resurface memories of this skit and prompted us to add more relevant vintages.

Chateau Russell Crowe Red - grabs you by throat and slaps you silly.

AC/DC Pinot Gris - for those about the drink...FIRE!

Merlot at Work - It comes from the land Down Under, and should go back soon.

They were funnier when we were drunk.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My interview with All Romance eBooks

In case you missed my riveting interview about Dare to Dream and my engaging excerpt reading, you can download the archived show for your listening pleasure.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Phaze Books signing - December 20, Norfolk, VA

When: December 20, 2008 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM (Saturday)
Where: Barnes and Noble, MacArthur Center in Norfolk, VA (Google map) - We'll be on the second floor of the mall, which is the first floor of the store
Who: Phaze Books Authors

Join us for a big holiday booksigning at MacArthur Center in the heart of Norfolk! You'll meet some of Phaze's hottest romance and erotica authors:

  • Leigh Ellwood - Truth or Dare, More More More!
  • Monique Lamont - Healing Hearts
  • Yvette Hines - Phaze Fantasies, Vol. VI
  • Alessia Brio - ArtiFactual, the Coming Together series
  • Will Belegon - Artistically Bound, Phaze Fantasies, Vol. II
  • Barbara Donlon Bradley - Star's Destiny
  • Sammie Jo Moresca - Smolder, More More More!
  • Sapphire Phelan - Shifting Desires
We'll have chocolate to share, a few stocking stuffers, and free gift wrapping with your purchases. So come on down and share some holiday cheer with Phaze.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Books and Bling Event - Richmond, Virginia

Here is the info from Virginia author JB Stanley. If you love to read and love to support local businesses, be sure to mark your calendars for this event. I'll see you there.

Books & Bling: Reader Rewards from Creatures ‘n Crooks
Come to buy books. Leave with an armload of treasure!

When: Saturday, January 31st from 1-4 p.m. Mingle with authors, eat sugar-laden treats, win incredible door prizes and buy books in support of the most charming book store in Richmond.

Where: Creatures ‘n Crooks – 3156 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA

Buy Books in January! Over 100 authors from across the country have contributed to the incredible reader reward prizes to be given away throughout the month of January. That’s right!
Whenever you shop at Creatures ‘n Crooks, you have a chance to win a fabulous prize! Prizes will be given out each week and you’ll never know which reader will receive a reward!
(This includes phone customers).

Reward prizes include signed books from authors in the field of mystery, fantasy, horror, nonfiction, and children’s fiction.

Contributions include a vampire basket from Charlaine Harris, a character donation from Margaret Maron, gold and sapphire earrings from Denise Swanson, a Carolyn Hart basket,
a culinary basket with goodies from Joanne Fluke, a historical mystery book prize including a vintage Tiffany necklace, a fantastic fantasy book crate with signed books by George R.R. Martin and much, much more.

Some of the authors attending the January 31st event are Katherine Neville, Donna Andrews, Ellen Crosby, Maria Lima, Ellen Byerrum, Andy Straka, Joseph Guion, John Gilstrap, Austin S. Camacho, Maggie Stiefvater, Kristy Tallman, Dennis Danvers, Elizabeth Blue, Tee Morris, and J.B Stanley. We’ll all be there to shower you, the reader, with attention and prizes!

For a complete list of reader reward prizes see Creatures ‘n Crooks website or the organizer’s site: www.jbstanley.com.

Preserve this independent bookstore! Call or stop in today! You could walk out with an armload of treasures!

Creatures 'n Crooks Bookshoppe
3156 West Cary Street
Cary Court Park & Shop
Richmond, VA 23221
804-340-0277
or toll-free (888) 533-5303

Today's Chocolate


Been a while since I've posted my chocolate exploits. In truth, I haven't had time to enjoy much of it. Traveling and job transitions didn't exactly leave me craving the sweet stuff, but when I stopped at Linens and Things to see if anything was left worth buying, I found they had a few chocolate bars. The Ghirardelli Duet is combination of milk and dark chocolate, and possesses significant qualities of each. The bar has the decided snap of a dark, but the sweet, creamy taste of a milk. Really, I couldn't detect any bitterness in this bar at all, because the milk chocolate just overpowers. It's like the dark portion isn't there at all, not much of a balance. I suppose the one advantage to have the dark is that it changes the nutritional value of the chocolate, but of course I don't pay attention to that sort of thing when I'm trying to enjoy myself. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Virginia is for readers...I hope

I received word from another Virginia author, Pam Kinney, that the Creatures and Crooks bookstore in Richmond is in danger of closing. Sign of the times. Despite Phaze having a decent November, that wasn't typical of the publishing scene. With NY publishers laying off workers and slowing down on submissions, it makes sense that the hurt would eventually trickle down to more consumer-populated areas. In an economy where we once had to pay four bucks for a gallon of gas, I imagine many of us didn't have much left to buy a book after buying gas to get to the store.

There is going to be an event at C&C in January to stimulate readership. Lots of authors signing and meeting folks. I don't have all the details, but I plan to be there in some capacity, and I'll be donating some signed books to the giveaways they're planning. C&C specializes in genre fiction - mystery, horror and sci-fi, so it's right up my dark alley.

Because the shop is in Richmond, I haven't had the opportunity to visit and patronize the store often. Indie bookshops, particularly those devoted entirely to specific genres, are few and far between these days. Once upon a time Norfolk had two indie shops - Broad Street Books (so named because it used to reside on Broad Street in Portsmouth, but moved to 21st Street in the Ghent area), and Lambda Rising, a GLBT store just down the street. Both were small but cozy, and offered a nice selection - none of them mine, but it wasn't for lack of trying on my part. Yet, both fell victim to declining business and the growing need to compete with chains that deep discount titles.

I used to work for Bookland in Athens, GA (now closed), so I can understand how difficult it is to keep up. When you're selling Harry Potter at cover price to break even and Sam's Club has it for 40% off, what do you do? As a reader, you want to save a few bucks and I can't fault you that. As somebody whose living depends on the sale of books, it's my hope you'll keep the local business in mind when you shop, and that you'll ask yourself if it's worth the few extra dollars to keep a spiffy place alive.

And indie bookshops are the spiffiest of all. Chamblin's Bookmine of Jacksonville, Florida is labyrinthine in its construction. The aisles are narrow and bursting, the air is thick with dust, and it seems every time I visit they've annexed yet another city block. We have a credit account there that's been active since before Malc and I married.

I miss the Old Black Dog in Athens, Georgia. I don't know if it's there anymore, but it shared space with a nice little cafe and had an incredible selection of children's and travel books. When we didn't shop there, we made the drive into Atlanta to the Oxford Bookstore (RIP), this enormous circular building filled with books. Even though there was a Barnes and Noble a mile away, the Oxford attracted all the big names. Sue Grafton, Dick Francis, Rita Mae Brown, Colin Powell. Anne Rice before she returned to the Church. She was brought into the store in a coffin. I waited three hours to get her signature on Servant of the Bones. The line was wrapped twice around the store's interior. Quite a contrast from when I worked at B&N in Jax in the early 90s and management actually discouraged author events.

Where else? Well, the Book Mark in Jacksonville Beach hosted James W. Hall, with whom I shared a college professor and an acquaintance with another writer. They also hosted John Berendt when Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil had just released. The night he was to sign there, he stopped into our B&N store and offered to sign what copies we had. All the books sold that day (I got one myself). Imagine if he had signed there. The opportunities you miss.

If you're in Richmond, I hope you won't miss the party at Creatures and Crooks. I should have the scoop soon, so be thinking about BYOB (buy your own books).

Monday, December 8, 2008

Getting Leia'd

Back in the late 70s / early 80s, I imagine there were two types of people in the world: those who wanted to be Princess Leia and those who wanted to do Princess Leia (more so after that metal bikini scene that launched a thousand wet dreams). Many years and many special editions later, I hazard to guess some people's desires haven't changed - maybe some of us have vacillated between wanting to be and do, but that's a blog for another day.

Anyway, I've been a fan of Carrie Fisher's since the Star Wars days, and I've read everything she's written. She's damn funny, she's survived, and despite all the crap she's endured and shot up her nose or in her veins or however she did it, I'd still want to be her...if only to have the opportunity to say, "I'm still here, and I'm still damn funny."

Her latest book, Wishful Drinking, is damn funny in spots, but I'm dismayed that the overall package is somewhat disappointing. For a memoir it's a rather slim book, and the print is quite large, so that should tell us one thing - after all the drugs and electro-shock therapy and Paul Simon, Carrie can only remember so much to put in a non-fiction book. We seem to hover constantly on the outer fringe of something especially juicy without getting into the dirty, Hollywood Babylon style detail. I already knew she and Paul love/hated each other, that her father ran off with Liz Taylor and that she did drugs. I've seen the Star Wars Holiday Special, and I'm guessing they all had to be high to agree to that. I guess I just wanted more from the stories hinted at in the book. How much of an asshole was Chevy Chase while filming Under the Rainbow (God, even I remember that one, I should envy Carrie's memory lapse here), and why didn't she tell Lucas to f*** off when he ordered her to remove her underwear for the first movie (see, now you want to buy the book)? And what happened to the film adaptation of Surrender the Pink? Hopefully nobody's forgotten.


The Gals are back in town

That's me: novelist, publisher, mom, editor, marketer, comic strip gag writer. I do it all, except mix drinks. Well, I do that, too, but not with the precision of Bryan Brown in Cocktail. Wasn't that a terrible movie? If I have to hear that damn "Kokomo" song one more time I think I'll shove a fireplace poker into my ears.

Well, it appears I also excel at babbling, but back to the comic strip.

Ged's Gals was conceived last year, after a thread on my Rush board about artistic talent. See, I have none, but I write well when I have the opportunity. An online pal on the board, seeking an outlet for her artistic skills, pitched the idea. Let's put on a show - an extremely hilarious one. I laugh at the strip, anyway. We get the occasional reader who doesn't get the joke, which confuses me sometimes. It's not like I'm Ernie Kovacs.

The strip is not a regular feature - it's sort of an "update when we can" project. I have my writing, E. has her painting, so until our stars align and we can devote more time to it, we will. I have many stories to tell through this medium, and it would be nice to wake up to an email from a syndicate wanting to give us a wheelbarrow full of cash to merchandise the hell out the gals. Their faces on coffee mugs, a given. Condoms? Well, it's good enough for KISS...

So visit GedsGals.com to read the entire strip so far. Now that Opus has retired, somebody has to fill in.


Friday, December 5, 2008

When ePublishers Collide

Just heard over the wire that one of my publishers, Samhain Publishing, has acquired another eBook press, Linden Bay Romance. Samhain, of course, is the publisher of my outrageously sexy M/M sci-fi romp, Taste This. And yes, I still have that sequel planned. When time stops and people leave me alone I'll write the damn thing. But that's another blog for another day.

Since this news has literally hit the air, it's too soon for me to gauge the overall reaction in the ePub world. Already, though, I've found at least one concerned note from a Linden Bay author, and there are some valid points made there. If, as an author, you wish to be a part of a particular publisher, you submit to that publisher. Where eBooks are concerned, authors have choices. Some might choose to establish a partnership that allows them to be a big fish in a little pond - take a look at some smaller ePresses and you might find the same 4-5 authors dominate the bestseller lists. If you can set that following, you can really build a readership.

The other option, shoot for a big gun like Ellora's Cave, and if you're lucky you'll have the popularity of the brand behind you. As I see it, larger houses like this have their bestsellers and mid-listers - if you can't reach the upper echelon, then perhaps you can use the relationship as a springboard to better things.

Getting back to Samhain. They are a proven company. In a very short time they established a readership, strong sales, and an agreement to work with a NY house. It took Ellora's Cave a bit longer to achieve those same things, but as the folks from Samhain had experience with EC previously, they had an advantage over other houses. I don't much about Linden Bay, other than I know the owners and respect them, and I know a number of authors there who have been very happy so far. How they will take the news of their house moving to another house to be an imprint remains to be seen, but it will pose a number of questions:

Will having your LB book under the Samhain umbrella mean an automatic spike in sales? This is a tough one to answer. Working on the assumption that Samhain will leave Linden Bay untouched with regards to logos, Web site infrastructure, etc., these books won't necessarily be reprints. Phaze Books' parent company, Mundania Press, recently acquired Awe-Struck eBooks, and plans to keep operations there separate. If this is to be the case, there is no guarantee once this sale happens that book sales across the board will explode. In my experience with romance publishing, I have noticed a brand loyalty you don't see in other genres. Readers tend to gravitate toward specific houses for specific things. Harlequin readers know what to expect when they buy a Blaze, Spice, or other imprint. Ellora's Cave readers know to look for their alpha male novels there. Of course, these publishers will continue to massage those niches as long as sales are strong.

When I last saw Angela James at a conference in Virginia, she advised the group that menage stories were hot at Samhain. I don't know if Linden Bay has a particular genre niche - though I've noticed they have a fair amount of M/M books - but I imagine if Samhain lets Linden Bay run independently of the Samhain brand, it might just be business as usual for both houses. Readers will go to Samhain for the books they want, and readers will go to Linden Bay for the books they want there.

Is it good that Samhain is buying Linden Bay? Ultimately, I think so. This has been a rough year for all businesses, and publishing felt the heat as well. Shelf Awareness delivered grim news of the print realm with a number of layoffs, and rumors have abounded of houses closing submissions. Were I to learn one of my publishers experienced problems, I think I would prefer they be acquired by a reputable house than close altogether. With a purchase, an author is given more options - ride it out or pull away - than if a publisher folded altogether.

If I had offer any advice to authors affected by this coming transfer of power, it is this: know the advantages and disadvantages a move like this will have on your books, then take what you have learned and use it toward promoting your work. If you can reach a new audience, do it. If you feel you won't be affected, continue exploring how to get the best exposure for your books.

My best to all the Linden Bay authors, and the hope of a great sales future for your works.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Phaze has the connections!

Congratulations to the wonderful art staff at Phaze Books for taking various honors in the Romance Erotica Connection annual polls. Just a brief glance tells me that Shifting Desires was voted Cover of the Year. We also took top honors for Cover Artist of the Year, and Best Cover Art Service (I suppose that refers to the artist's relationship with the author in terms of delivering the vision). Let's see, how did we do elsewhere...

Beth Wylde got F/F Author of the Year. You'll see her in the upcoming Sapphistocated anthology. Jude Mason's Shoon Joining won Best Erotic Sci-Fi, Bridget Midway got Erotic Interracial Romance Author of the Year. The Sons of Amber print cover got Best Erotic Sci-Fi Cover, and Phaze won overall Best Erotic Sci-Fi Publisher...over Mundania Press. Imagine that.

Hot Couture by Tilly Green won the Erotic Romance Novel - Other category, and Phaze also won Best Customer Service for the second year running. Damn straight, I have the IM on Sundays. If that isn't an indication of dedication to service...I could be out surfing.

So congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to the readers for your support!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'm featured at TRS this month!

Head on over to The Romance Studio Blue to read an interview with me! I talk about Dare to Dream and the Dareville series with Phaze Books, and keep an eye out at TRS later this month because I'll have one of the Book a Day Giveaway prizes.

Monday, December 1, 2008

A Daring Duo



Not once, but twice. I've made the Phaze Top 20 for November with two "daring" titles. Dare to Dream peaked at number nine, number nine, number nine...sorry, John and Yoko moment there. Daringly Delicious clocked in at 20th. I'm so happy for both, it's a great way to start a new month, and new inspiration for plugging forward with The Dares That Bind. I haven't had time to work on it lately, but now that my work schedule is different I need to readjust so I can get back to the business of writing.