Monday, April 29, 2013

What's New, What Will Be

Today I am packing for another RT Bookclub Convention, where I will sign at the Thursday eBook Expo. I'm not sure which con this is for me - it may be the fifth or sixth, but I do know it's the first time I'll be in Kansas City, so that's exciting. I'm hoping this year I'll find the inspiration to write more and work toward a good book deal. I'm also looking for a good place to eat, and have been looking at the Man Vs. Food site for ideas. :-)

Yes, I have invested in self-publishing, and am somewhat pleased with the results. I like to think of myself as a hybrid author, though, one adaptable to any situation. This summer I hope to evaluate how and what I write, and what I will do with finished works. Perhaps I'll take shorter stories on the self-publishing route, and pitch longer works to publishers - that is, unless I choose to work on something for a specific call. I've looked at series like the Decadent 1NS stories and have wanted to contribute something for some time. Also, the Ellora's Cave Exotika line has appealed to me, too. Both lines do take shorter works, so maybe this summer I can come up with something to send.

In the meantime, I'm making a decision soon on the Coming Together: Girl on Girl anthology I'm editing. I have to say, I don't think I've had as successful a submissions call as this one. I received so many wonderful stories, and it makes me happy to know how many authors are willing to contribute their talents to a great cause. It will hurt to let some of these works go, but I will have a lineup to reveal shortly.

Of course, I plan to give away my big-a$$ RT book bag when I come home from Kansas City. Every time I go to RT I return with a truckload of freebies and books, and it's fun to hold a contest and award one lucky reader. Will it be you this year?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Resurrected Release: Leading Lady by Leigh Ellwood

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Late last year I put out the title Sinful Surprises, which is a collection of four paranormal shorts. I did this to have a print release to take to cons, because I tend to go to SFF events with only contemporary and GLBT paperbacks. I know there are people interested in reading anything, but once I'd like to deliver in tune with the con's preferred genres. Anyway, it occurred to me that I did not release two of the stories as individual eBooks for those who'd prefer to read something specific. Leading Lady is out now, and Excitable will continue.

These two stories have a fascinating history. Both were originally published with Midnight Showcase as part of their anthology series. Right now, I can't even remember the titles - I'm sure I have copies somewhere, and maybe they are collector's items now. Once the contracts expired, the two stories were bundled together to become Excitable Gals for Loose ID. The contract expired again, and now they are mine. The stories are now in Sinful Surprises if you're interested in the collection, or you can pick up this one if you want a fun menage romp.

As for new stuff, I have stories in the pot cooking. In three days, though, I have the deadline for Coming Together: Girl on Girl, so I'll need time to read submissions. I look forward to a busy spring and summer.


About Leading Lady

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For decades, adolescent sci-fi fans worshiped Dina Joseph...rather, the character she played on "Mission: Jupiter." While the role didn't propel her to the A-list, her cult status at sci-fi cons puts many a strapping hunk on her "O" list. When two sexy fans propose a menage, she's ready for the countdown.

Lane and Kray only look like elves, but have come from an alternate universe to claim Dina as their own. Will Dina willingly leave this world and what fame she does command for a fantasy come to life?

(This story features MMF menage and is followed by the short, "Excitable.")