Giveaway, My Next Book, and Frozen Azaleas

HELLO, my Lovelies!

Just a quick post about what I’ve been up to. Let’s get right to the good stuff.

GIVEAWAY FUN

One lucky winner will receive a super special, who-knows-what-will-end-up-inside SWAG and book bag from the RT Booklovers Convention (held in Las Vegas this year) — the largest gathering of romance readers, authors, bloggers, reviewers and industry leaders. Hubby and I are attending, and we’ll snag all the books, pens, pins, postcards, and other fun items that we can.

Winner announced on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6 p.m. Eastern.
ENTER HERE for this once-a-year giveaway. 

Last year’s loot:RT swag

Planning on attending RT? I’d love to say hello. (Hint: I’ll likely be closer to the bar than the slot machines.)

Congratulations to Maria B. who won March’s giveaway — a  special swag pack from Wild Wicked Weekend, another fun event. (My recap of this most wickedly fun event at LadySmut can be read here.)

PLACES TO FIND ME THIS YEAR

Conferences can be the most fun place for a writer to be, especially if they include readers! I’m going to three this year:

RT Booklovers Convention
April 12–17, 2016
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

Washington Romance Writers
April 29-May 1, 2016
In the Company of Writers retreat
Tysons Corner, Virginia

Washington Romance Writers
October 8, 2016
Readers & Blogger luncheon 

OTHER FUN

Did you read my guest blog post on why I think learning to lapdance is a feminist act?  Thanks to Kate Allure’s Sizzling Romance blog for hosting me. (Did you know I teach dance, too? It’s never too late to move it, move it, move it.) Check out my aerial arts and burlesque Pinterest board for those lovers of these dance forms.

SPEAKING OF PINTEREST BOARDS

PERFECT, the third Elite Doms of Washington book, is coming to you in late spring — if all goes according to plan. The manuscript is being edited as I type. In the meantime, want to visit my Pinterest inspiration boards for the characters, which can be found here (Mark) and here (Isabella)

Sometimes the perfect man is the one most forbidden. 

For ten years, Isabella Santos denied she married the wrong man. After her husband’s death, fate gives her one more chance to connect with her perfect Master—Mark Santos, the brother of her late husband.

character inspiration

HAPPY SPRING!

My azaleas, which are valiantly trying to stay alive as the nighttime temps dip into the 30s (after being in the 60s).

You can do it. Keep going! Keep going!

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Sex Position Gumby. I Kid You Not.

Greetings my friends. Lots of news to share with you today. Let’s start with the fun . . .

WILD WICKED WEEKEND!

I am (almost) recovered from my virgin attendance at Wild Wicked Weekend — a three-day party that might be legal here, but surely is illegal somewhere in the world. Yet another reason to rejoice if you’re reading this from a safe part of the free world where fun, erotic romance and smexy talk among consenting adults is celebrated. Anyway, back to WWW. Words cannot accurately capture all the fun to be had at this author/reader/blogger/reviewer/whoever-you-are event in San Antonio, Texas every February (right about the time I want to keel myself from winter doldrums).

Check out all the shenanigans here at my recap on LadySmut (you know I blog there, right?), which include lots of pictures. Here’s one to whet your appetite.

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Yes, that is me playing one of the many games from WWW: Sexy Position Gumby.  No, that is not my bra. If it was, I’d tell you. In fact, I might shout such a declaration. I wasn’t, ahem, that blessed in that particular department. What you see is the “prop bra.”

(Haven’t visited LadySmut? Come on over and check out this group blog, especially Sexy Saturday Round-up: all the smexy, fun news from the Internet that week.)

LAP DANCING! No real segue required. Did you read my guest post on Kate Allure’s blogpost on how lap dancing can be a feminist act? For realzies. Check out Kate’s giveaway that ends April 5, 2016, too. I’m giving away two copies of UNTOUCHABLE, book 2 of the Elite Doms of Washington. No need to have read Book One (LOVELY) in advance – unless you want to. All my books are stand-alone stories with no cliff-hangers. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE.

YET ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! You’ll have to hurry to make this one. I’m supporting a Kindle Book Review giveaway where you can win Kindles, Fire Tablets & gift cards at The LUCKY READER Giveaway.  Ends March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day. ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE. 

A BIG THANK YOU TO MY REVIEWERS! A quick but huge thank you to all the readers who’ve left me reviews & yummy stars on Amazon, Goodreads and other peer-recommended sites. I smooch you all over. LOVELY (the first Elite Doms book) had a sudden surge in reviews over the last few months, especially on Goodreads. LOVELY’s Dom Jonathan Brond personally thanks you.

XXOO

 

 

 

 

New Author Lessons from The RT Booklovers Convention

Last night I arrived home, spent and in need of a beignet detox, after spending five days at the RT Booklovers Convention in N’awlins. My luggage didn’t arrive with me, but that meant I got the night off from doing laundry. (It arrived later. Whew. I had books in there!)

Most convention attendees will tell you it’s the most fun you can have with a group of writers and readers in the romance genre. Yes, it was! But it also gave me some valuable lessons about how to be an author.  I attended many sessions on the craft of writing, marketing, publishing and social media. They were great. But, the most valuable lessons came in how to be with other authors and readers.

Lesson One: Have a graceful answer when someone asks if you have a sex cradle at home. The number of personal questions lobbed at authors astounded me. For instance, did they act out their love scenes at home? Even erotic romance authors can blush. I witnessed it. (No, I didn’t ask such personal things. Grammie would roll in her grave!)

Lesson Two: When encountering your favorite authors try to act semi-normal. Squealing is okay, but only for about five seconds. After that talk to them about their books. It’s why they’re there. I kept my squealing under control (sort of). Some other attendees? Well…

Lesson Three: Do not be shy about promoting thyself. Swag, postcards and bookmarks, flyers and free books were par for the course whether or not someone was promoting their 100th book or their first. Readers seemed to love it, stuffing them into their goody bags. Humility and bold marketing needn’t be mutually exclusive.

Lesson Four: The best places to meet people is at the hotel bar or standing in line. Expect to stand in lots of long lines at RT. Consider it a networking opportunity. What else are you gonna do? I handed out (and received) a dozen cards trying to get into ballrooms and parties. As for the bar? I met the most interesting people over wine, like long-time romance author Kat Martin. Such a lovely person.

Lesson Five: As an “aspiring author” (my RT label since I’m not yet formally published), always remember every best-selling, top-ranking author was once “aspiring.” I was fortunate to have the opportunity to say hello to Shayla Black and Lexie Blake at an RT event. They asked me what I wrote. I told them and walked away completely high from them caring enough to even ask. I’ll work hard to mirror their kindness to other new authors.

More lessons and anecdotes abound. But for now, let’s leave it at that. If you are a lover of the romance genre, or aspiring author, consider attending next year’s Dallas convention. My ribbon better say “published author.”