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So you edited your first anthology…now what?

I have a problem. No, a habit, of letting things define me. It’s never intentional, but it happens. Years ago, I was published for the first time in two major anthologies simultaneously. All of a sudden I was the girl who wrote erotica. I proudly took this on as my little niche in writing, a place where I could make a name and hopefully, someday, maybe…a living.

I published plenty. I crossed off a lot of goals on my “to be published by” list. And then I had the opportunity to achieve a major goal of mine: editing my first anthology.

As you know, it came to be Can’t Get Enough and it was a whirlwind experience.

Of course, the book wasn’t even out yet before ideas for more and more anthologies were taking over. I jotted them down. I eventually wrote them up. I decided that if this book did well, this was my chance. I could establish something. This would be my first in a heaping pile of anthologies edited by yours truly.

*Insert belly laughs here*

Though I’ve come across many wonderful people in this community of ours, several of whom turned out to be great mentors of mine, there was never anyone I really spoke to about how this really works. That nothing happens as quickly as you want it to, or does as ridiculously well as you’d dreamed it would and that, well, you do more watching and waiting than anything for a really long time.Suffice it to say, I don’t have any new calls for submissions to list and be excited about, and honestly, I don’t know if I ever will again. I know that’s the opposite of positive thinking, but I have to be real with myself if no one else.

And yes, I drafted a novel in the meanwhile and have started countless other projects. But, what have I done to really push myself forward? To really capitalize from the momentum of Can’t Get Enough’s release?

Editing the project while working a full-time job, moving to another state and caring for twins was enough in and of itself. To keep writing and submitting short stories at the same time sounded crazy.

But, that was where it all began. That was what I was known for. And apparently, I must have taken heed at some point (in my sleep maybe) because I received word a little while back that the amazing Alison Tyler will be publishing three of my shorts in two of her upcoming anthologies.


In Bondage Bites (due out in August), I have Minute to Minute and Anything But Loose, and in Hard At Work (release date TBA), I have A Hard Sell.


“Stop talking, before you make it go away.”

Silence is golden. At least mine is. See, when I’m not doing a lot of communicating – be it talking, texting, tweeting, whatevs…then I’m doing something else. I’m being productive. I’m writing.

That’s not always the case. Sometimes I’m quiet because I’m simply tired of complaining about not being able to write, not being able to finish this or that, but for right now, baby, I’m burning up the keyboard.

I’ve got about five or so stories in the pending file. I’ve had one rejected over the last couple of weeks. I’ve finished one and started three more, and the momentum doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere (knock on wood).

I’m excited about some new releases, one of which you can read about below and I was just pointed to an amazing review of Smut Alfresco which includes my outdoor spanking story, Patches. You can read that review here.


Otherwise, I’m waiting on news of relocating, be it slightly south or nearly a thousand miles west. I’m wander lusting and traveling extremely light and feeling pretty damned good about it all. And that feeling for me, is like an endangered species so I’ll be, as I always am, waiting on the other shoe to drop.

Where Do I Get Off?

Of course, there had to come a day when I had to talk about at least a bit of my process of putting together Can’t Get Enough. I guess since the whole thing went so much smoother than I ever could have imagined, I thought that my silence was protecting me from some stroke of bad luck or the wicked publishing jinxes, but alas, there are bound to be bumps in the road.

So, yes, in April, I turned in a book. I had selected some amazing stories, stories that had me in awe. Of course, I’d had to walk away from some really good ones because of theming and spacing issues which meant I had to send out a truck load of rejections. But even in doing that I received not one death threat in return. Authors even wished me luck with the project and expressed their excitement in seeing it come to light and wanted to help promote.

I thought I had gotten off easy and wondered how I had gotten so lucky.

I let my tentative list of authors know that they were included in the initial manuscript and I would keep them in the know as to what I knew which is what I’ve been doing. And all I know right now is that we’re set to fly one year from my turn in date which makes it a tentative pub date of April 2014. Now, I don’t know why, but I’ve always operated under the assumption that no news is good news. I hadn’t received word that anyone’s story was cut. I hadn’t received back any additional edits or seen the galleys (and not that I won’t). But I also hadn’t received the contracts for the individuals included or the received the go ahead to send them. And none of this is odd to me because I’ve been in the game a long time and am more than used to the time line (hello wrote a story in 04 and saw it published in 06!) But I have an author or two who maybe isn’t used to it and is fretting. And I am in turn fretting and wondering if I am doing right by these people and the rest of them and in no way with this being my first time out as editor do I want to feel like I’m not getting it exactly right. I don’t want to leave anyone hanging or have anyone feel like things aren’t on the up and up.

So, I’m thinking a mass email is in order… just in case there are others who may be thinking the same thing and not saying anything because yeah, maybe I’ve been there and don’t remember… and everyone can benefit from a check in…right?

“I Found My Thrills…”

I didn’t start out the day thinking of a Fats Domino song. I don’t start out most days thinking of a Fats Domino song. In fact, this day was going in the directing of shitty until I got word that my interview was up over at Erzabet’s blog, yep mentioned that already down below, and then checked my email and saw that I’ve received my author copy of Harper Collins Mischief’s newest release Thrill Seekers which includes my adventurous outdoor sex story Making It Work. The story was not only a ton of fun to write but includes some wonderful, really endearing characters. I’d really like to get my hands on a couple of those sometime soon.

But hey, some buy links:

Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Smut by the Sea Volume 2 is here!

I just got word over the weekend that the anthology, Smut by the Sea Volume Volume 2 edited by Lucy Felthouse and Victoria Blisse is now out. It includes my story, Shrimping Season about a couple in love with the season and in love with each other, despite a little business inspired rift.

All the buy links are here at Sexy Reads and here is the blurb:

Light hearted, sexy fun by the sea is the theme of this erotic anthology, edited by Victoria Blisse and Lucy Felthouse.

From the sun soaked bays of Australia to the rainy coastal towns of England, Smut by the Sea has it all. Whatever your interpretation of naughty seaside fun, there’s something nestling between the covers for you. Surfer boys, sea creatures, pirates and the fairground abound in this exciting collection of stories from erotica’s finest authors.

Smut by the Sea: Volume 2 contains tales from Victoria Blisse, Bel Anderson, Tilly Hunter, Cass Peterson, Rachel Randall, Delyth Angharad, Giselle Renarde, T. C. Mill, Tamsin Flowers, Erzabet Bishop, Lucy Felthouse, Tenille Brown, Kate Britton, Annabeth Leong and Jillian Boyd.

I do hope you’ll check it out and spread the word.

It’s really motivating to have a new release to promote during the precise time when I feel like I’ll never be able to write another word. Here’s to some brand new inspiration!

“Next Big Thing” Blog Hop

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to four other authors you can explore!

Thanks to fellow author Tasha L. Harrison for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click on her name to learn more about Tasha and her work.

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

I’m currently collecting stories for my first anthology as an editor, to be titled Can’t Get Enough.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

At the time I had pitched a batch of several ideas, and this was the one that jumped out at the publisher. This idea has particularly appealed to and intrigued me since erotica had been suddenly thrust into the limelight post Fifty Shades. I wanted to take that boldness of in your face sexuality and highlight it. I wanted to bring forth the theme of want, desire and urgency, and what better way to do that than to gether from different pools and present it in a multitude of ways, from different points of view?

3. What genre does your book come under?

Hello, have you met me? It’s erotica, of course.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s what I love about anthologies, the mish mosh of characters, scenes and stories. In movie form, if were at all possible, I could see that characters ranging from Paula Patton to Ryan Gosling to Jamie Foxx to Adele (ooh I wish she did movies!) to Pauley Perrette.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Can’t Get Enough will be an erotic anthology filled with tales of insatiable desire and authors who bring forth stories brimming with sex, kinks and fetishes that you simply can’t get enough of.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
I am currently contracted with Cleis Press, a popular independent publisher of erotica, for this book.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I began collecting stories for this anthology in mid-November 2012, the deadline is February 15th (eek, this week!) and I will be wrapping it up by the end of March.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I could name anthology after anthology, but what definitely comes to mind are Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Gotta Have It, Alison Tyler’s Morning, Noon, and Night and Violet Blue’s Best Women’s Erotica Series.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

To put it simply, what inspired me was my love of the erotica genre, reading it, then ultimately being lucky enough to write and publish in it. I wanted to bring forth my own themes and ideas into a collection of my own. Knowing that my thirst for more wasn’t isolated, that other people had to be feeling and wanting it, too, was also a big nudge.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Readers will not only see authors that they know and love between the covers, but I have also discovered several authors who have admitted that while they spent years reading and loving erotica, they never tried until now to show their own writing to the world.

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blogging, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on WIPs and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!

Kyoko Church – Author of The Draper Estates Trilogy
Rachel Kramer Bussel – Author, Blogger and co-founder of Cupcakes Take The Cake and Editor of 50+ anthologies including Curvy Girls and Twice The Pleasure
D. L. Sparks – Bestselling author of The Lies That Bind and Between Friends

Sick and…

…well, you know the rest.

Who knew that a sore throat could last more than a week, even with medication?  So, I hesitate to say that life has gotten in the way, but it happens.  It’s well… life.

I am continuing to write through it all, having progressed one story to the final editiing stage and steadily adding to the word count of another.  The deadline for both is the end of January, beginning of February.  I am also staring down the deadline of my own anthology (Can’t Get Enough for Cleis Press), for which I’ve received a good many submissions, and am happily accepting more until February 15th (see below or my call at Erotica Readers and Writers Association).  I need to write my own story for that as well.

I’m also dealing with life issues, bumps in the road with my daughter, her situation and the school system, but nothing I’m not used to and certainly nothing I can’t handle.

Whatever, whoever, whenever, bring it on.

New Year, new…


Yeah, I don’t buy into all that, though I do like the idea of fresh starts, be they at the beginning of a new year, or the dawn of a new day.  Needless to say, I haven’t resolved to do or not do anything in 2013.  I’m just happy to still be alive and kicking, and still have the ability and opportunity to write and publish.

I didn’t do a 2012 wrap-up post, but it was my first year publishing with the new-ish imprint Mischief Books.  I also signed my very first contract to edit an anthology, Can’t Get Enough, with Cleis Press, which I hope will lead to other opportunities editing wise.

There were some exciting releases, like my stories in Zane’s Z-Rated and Kathleen Warnock and Jewelle Gomez’s Best Lesbian Erotica 2013.

I’ve been more diligent in my writing, actually finishing and submitting things on a regular basis.  I’m still waiting to hear back on some things, but I’m confident that 2013 will be a great year in publishing (fingers crossed).

I am actively working on being more organized, though, hence the picture above where I’ve put most of my contributor’s copies in a box since they were spread all over the house and I have twins who can read well now.  Otherwise, I want to continue doing what I’m doing, just more often and of course, better.

“…and when have I ever wanted to talk about it?”

The line is one of my favorites from Samantha in the Sex and the City movie.  I know, I’m all typical, but I keep thinking about it as I’m pushing life issues as far as possible from my mind and concentrating on my writing.  After finishing up a story just this morning, that makes four fresh, new short story submissions within the last three weeks.

And I haven’t been fretting over them or checking my email every five seconds.  I’m just writing them, sending them away and then working on the next project.  How many times have I said that writing is therapeutic for me?  And I’m not even the writer who takes the real life bad guy, put him in the story and kill him off.  No, I’ve been writing happy things and these things have, in turn, been making me happy.

Somebody has to have a happy ending, it may as well be my characters, eh?

The Christmas shopping is slow going, but that’s because (thankfully) the children aren’t asking for much this year.  They’re getting older now and are more excited at the thought of spending time with family which I’m supremely thankful for because I truly hate the gifting part of the Christmas holiday.  I won’t hop on that soapbox, though.

But yes, writing, loving it, sleeping well and feeling more at peace than I have in a long, long while.

Hot Girl on Girl Action


On Friday, I had cause to celebrate as I received my contributor’s copies for Best Lesbian Erotica 2013, which features my story, Lessons for Leona.  I am thrilled not only because this is my first time featured in the collection, but because I am in the company of so many talented writers like Fiona Zedde, Andrea Dale, and a whole host of others.  It is edited by the wonderful Kathleen Warnock and the stories were selected by… hello, Jewelle Gomez!!!

It also fueled me in my current work in progress, which also happens to be a f/f story.  I am about 3/4 done and continue to be amazed at the turns this story is taking and the ease of which the words are coming (knocks on wood).

I didn’t write a word on it over the weekend, admittedly, because I basically slept the entire time.  If you’re stressed, over-tired and over-worked, your body wil let you know, believe that.

Best Lesbian Erotica 2013 is available for pre-order and is officially released tomorrow, December 11th.