Tuesday, November 13, 2018

What's in a Word - Spoken vs Written

I've only started into the wonderful world of audio books, having just released Diversion (Diversion Book 1) on audio, along with short story Highway Man. Both were performed by the talented Darcy Stark.

Next up? Collusion (Diversion 2) releasing later this month in audio, and Suspicion (Diversion 7) soon to release in e-book and print.

Audio gives a new twist to points of view and verbiage, as different people pronounce words and names differently, and readers seem to cultivate images in their heads of the characters in books, including what their voices sound like.

Also, tags and beats become extremely important. In print or e-books there are paragraphs to guide readers and help them keep up during conversations. Not so in audio. A skilled narrator can navigate the pitfalls, but occasionally when listening to a book, I can't keep up.

So, since launching audio-books into the world I've learned to be much more careful in writing, bearing in mind what it will sound like when someone reads.

And that not everyone can grasp the subtle nuances of the accent and southernisms I swear I don't have.

Friday, November 9, 2018

What I'm Reading - Vasily the Beautiful by Angel Martinez

Sorry about my recent absence, but I hope my lack of computer time will be more than worth it when Suspicion (Diversion 5) publishes. I've got my fingers crossed for late November or early December.

Until then, I'd like to share a book with you that I found fascinating.

Now, before reading this book I had never heard the fairy tale Vasilia the Beautiful, but wondered if there was some symbolism in  the white, red, and black-clad bikers.

There was.

After reading, and listening to, mostly comedies from this author, Vassily the Beautiful was a bit of a departure, much, much more serious than anti-grav cows and space demons, or cats in boots. However, the story grabbed me from the beginning and wouldn't let go. 

I'll admit that the beginning had me worrying how dark it would go, and could I take it (I had my heart totally broken) but then the story turned around and victim became victor. 

Angel Martinez is one of my favorite authors, and books like this one, and all the others I've read of hers, explain why. Well thought out, unique, and riveting. 

And if you ever get the opportunity to meet her in person at conventions, you'll come to love her and her work all the more. 

Now, back to the book. 

What an odd choice, to redo an old classic fairy tale and set in in a sci-fi world, but it works. It really works. As did the characters for their HEA, or at least HFN.

I have just one burning question:

What really happened to Vasily's father? 

Monday, October 15, 2018

GRL Day 1

Bear and I arrived yesterday evening, settled in, and found a nearby restaurant to eat, Roger Brown's Restaurant and Sports Bar. He had a cheeseburger too large to finish, and French fries. I had vegetarian tacos. Tasty, but spicy.

This morning we took a stroll through the historic district of Portsmouth, VA.

Such gorgeous architecture, and some of the homeowners even chatted with us. I've never seen so many friendly folks, when even the guy in the pickup truck waiting for me to cross the road said "Good morning."

I've run into some other GRL folks here, and can't wait to see more.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

GRL Bound!

Today I'm packing up to head to Portsmouth, VA and GayRomLit! Yes, I'm going up early, hoping to catch up with friends I only get to see once per year, and to meet new ones. It's hard to describe GRL to someone who hasn't experienced it for themselves, but mostly it's a meeting of what we call "the tribe," a group of like-minded people connected by their love of LGBT romance.

I've met some folks there who are now great friends I speak to online frequently, but not merely in the capacity of author. There I'm just another book lover, who alternates between reading passages from her upcoming novel, to fangirling all over favorite authors and begging to know when the next installment of their series will release.

I've danced, dressed in costumes, discussed scenes over dinner, and once even took a tour of the surrounding area while an author pointed out where her character lived, showed me the diner where he met his love interest, the late night hardware store that figures into the story... Well, I'm sure you get the idea.

I don't have a new release to show off this time, but Suspicion (Diversion 7), is close enough to publishing that I can talk it up.

But mostly, I'll hug, smile till my face hurts, and feel like I've just come home.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

MFM Menage Sale!

Saying Yes, a mfm menage by my alter-ego Edie Sommers, is now on sale here at Amazon!

My next-door neighbors, hotter than hell Jack and quietly luscious Andy, have a parade of women coming by, but fire up the grill for hot dogs with me. I'd take one of them in a heartbeat, if they'd ever ask. Or both—a girl can dream. 

What did I ever do to wind up in the friend zone? 

Now the guys want to change that, want me to date both of them and decide which one I want to keep. Easy enough, right? 

There’s a slight problem. They’re twins, and choosing one might mean losing the other as a friend. 

And I love them both.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Countdown to GRL

Only a few more weeks until GRL! I'm attending as a featured author and I'm:

1) Looking forward to seeing my literary family.
2) Anxiously eyeing the mailbox for last minute books.
3) Getting swag together.
4) Planning what to take.
5) Hoping work doesn't put pressure on me to cancel my annual "vacation." 


drumroll, please....

PD Singer and I have a little something planned for Friday night. Details later.

I've got lots and lots of swag this year, so if you're at GRL, please stop by and see me. I'll post pictures of the swag later.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Office

Well, the hard work has paid off and I've moved into the new office my husband so lovingly finished for me. (In part to get all my stuff out of his shop.)

What do you think? 

The print is "Stars" my favorite Maxfield Parrish work, and if you look of the chaise, you'll see the plush dinosaur sent to me by dear friend and fellow author Parker Williams. 

My possum family from Naked Tails. One came all the way from Canada with TD O'Malley. Oh, and my "Hug Me" button from last year's GRL. 

My cluttered desk and Paul Richmond framed print "Sanctuary". That one always spoke to me. 

The clock Bear made for me from printed copies of the Diversion series book covers. 

 So, now that I have my own little place, oh the stories I will write.