All right Vonna, you've been sitting here for too long trying to decide how to start things. I don't want this blog to sound like over the top promotion and I don't want to get too personal so what's the right approach?
Maybe starting in the middle of the action, like I try to do with my books. Bound to Ecstasy is on the stands as of Oct. 30 or thereabouts. It's a bondage anthology I'm in with P.F. Kozak and Lisa Riley. P.F. has written an edgy story about an executive's submissive relationship with her therapist while Lisa offers a straitlaced heroine with a hot fantasy.
My novella Restraint took form when I discovered Kink online. Kink puts out weekly adult videos in such categories as Bondage and SexandSubmission. So, my warped mind went, what would it be like to venture onto one of those kinky sets? Damn fun.
So that's my 15 minutes of fame for Nov. Come late Dec, I'm back on the stands again with Night Fire. I keep staring at the cover not sure whether to let my jaw sag or laugh. Oh its hot all right, right down to the flames that look as if they're licking at the model's buttocks. Her hands are cuffed behind her and only her torso shows, but she doesn't appear to be bothered by the flames or the cuffs. Research for Night Fire took me into the world of opals and the ancient Aztecs, and that was beyond fine because I love research.
In between trips to the hospital and then the nursing home where my mother currently 'lives', I made my Nov. 1 deadine for Night Scream, my contribution to the 08 Sexy Beast novella. My friend Kate Douglas is headlining that so being in it with her is damn exciting.
Then yesterday my editor and I came to a meeting of the minds on the deadline for the first book in a new three book contract for Aphrodisia. She suggested six months for each book AND hinted that there might be another novella assignment along the way.
And that's just what I'm doing for Kensington.
This is such an insane business, insane and wonderful. I've been writing and getting published forever, but this is the first time I've had multiple publishers accepting my work. I'm no longer parenting young children which frees up huge chunks of time I thought I could devote to this career I love. But life doesn't work that way, does it? So here's the personal part: parenting my elderly parent drains emotionally and physically. I'm losing her an inch at a time, her mind going off where its safe from the ravages on her body, thank goodness. She deserves that protection, that innocence, but I miss the woman who was once my greatest fan.