Monday, October 6, 2014

Welcome to Halloween

I know I'm starting 6 days late. Check my livejournal, for the others.

I have driven 484 miles and and spent a weekend at a con. "And baby, I'm the walking dead..."

So, Sounds of the Season

Your creepy pics are all post-mortem photos and graveyard angels. As in these are real dead people.



Saturday, October 4, 2014

My Sexy Saturday: Sexy State of Mind

There is no real prompt, so let's just get into a sexy state of mind.

So, we'll join the boys from Long Term for this one

Teague Albright, a small-town university president, didn't think much about the little submissive that he used one night at a local club. But when he later encounters the same young man, who has been abandoned by his top and thrown out of their residence, Teague's protective instincts go into their usual patterns and the "Albright Sub Rescue Agency" is open once again.

But Ian McClean is more than just another kid to help, and he gets to Teague in a way none of the other "rescues" have. Teague wants to keep the boy, but all he's heard from other people, and even Ian himself, is that Ian's nothing but a grifter and a slut who lives off the men he gloms onto. External threats and internal tensions threaten to break them apart as the year wears down.

Yet as Ian learns and works and eventually proves himself, Teague discovers that anyone can indeed change...even him...

Your Seven Sexy Paragraphs:

Teague kissed him softly. “There is no should in this bed. You never need do anything that upsets or troubles you.”

“I want it,” Ian repeated, more sure of himself. He nuzzled Teague’s neck. “I want to lick you, touch you, feel you, skin to skin all over and inside me.”

“But you don’t,” Teague corrected. “You think you should want it so you try convincing yourself that you do. I can wait, Ian. I really can. I love you enough to wait.” His kiss landed softly on Ian’s forehead. “There will be other nights.”

Ian wondered, as Teague snapped out the lamp, how false those words rang. He wanted to be sure he was there. He had endured the punishment. There was no reason to leave.

He lay awake in the dark, planning, wondering if it was time to go. No. It was not. He reminded himself firmly of that. He had a place to live, work to do, and a man who loved him.

Ian turned that thought over a few more times. Teague loved him. It made him feel different than he’d expected, a little guilty, a little unworthy and oddly secure. No butterflies and fireworks, just a sense that he’d been given a very precious, very fragile gift. The problem was, he wasn’t sure what to do with it or if he could return it in kind. He worried he would drop it.

He lay in the dark, pinned by Teague’s arms, and thought until the clock showed single digits and he was no nearer a conclusion.

The rest of the blog hop:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Public Notice to Ellora's Cave

You are in breach of contract. All of you, company, owner and all.

My contract states:

1.1  If the Work shall be no longer in publication and if, after written notification from the Author to this effect, Publisher shall fail to place the Work in publication or license publication of a reprint edition by another publisher as permitted herein, within a period of six (6) months after the date of such notice, this Agreement shall thereupon terminate and all rights shall revert to the Author, with the exception of any outstanding licenses entered into by Publisher prior to such termination.

A Work shall be considered in publication based on any of the following standards:

  • for a fixed term of eighteen (18) months following first digital release.
  • for a fixed term of twelve (12) months following first print release, if any.
  • for a fixed term of twelve (12) months following first audio release, if any.
  • if combined sales through all sales channels of all editions, in all available formats (from whatever technology), exceed 100 copies in a twelve (12) month period.

A Work shall be considered out of publication when it fails to meet all the standards specified above. Should the Work be out of publication in accordance with the standards specified above, Author shall have the right to revert rights in accordance with the terms of paragraph 1.1. Such reversion of rights will be effective six (6) months from Author’s written notification via electronic or postal mail to Publisher.

(Emphasis mine.)

I requested rights back to EVERYTHING in an August 1, 2013 e-mail.

I have been notified by you that the following works under your purview have reverted:
For Love of Etarin
Raising the Dead
Eight Days Ablaze
Glad Hands
Privateer's Treasure

The following works are still held:
Cherry Tart (2009)
Spellbound Desire (2012)
Heart's Bounty (2013)

Cherry Tart remains compliant with the terms of section 1.1, Sales in 2012 equaled 642 copies; in 2013, 414 copies, and for the first 5 months of 2014, 151 copies.

Spellbound Desire was released in 2012. It is past the 18 month date. The print version came out in the 22nd month. Sales have been poor 2012, 83 copies. 2013, 45 copies. 2014, 7 copies.  By the third clause of Section 1.1, it should have reverted to me at the end of April 2014, since it had been out for 18 months, and sales in the calendar year had been less than 100 copies.

Heart's Bounty was released in 2013. It sold 55 copies in 2013, and 10 in 2014. For the first 12 months of its release, it sold 65 copies. Therefore, it should have reverted at the end of May.

I hereby serve notice to Ellora's Cave, Jasmine Jade Enterprises and all other affiliated entities, that I claim all rights to Spellbound Desire and Heart's Bounty as my own. You will cease and desist publication at once.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Extra Kid needs a hand up

All right, Fiends and Neighbors, you know I have lots of extra kids.

Right now, I have one who is need of some help. Imani is couch surfing, unable to afford to go back to college, not finding work in our depressed economy. But he hasn't let this stop him. He's all set to go to truck driving school, which will get him a CDL-A, and promises a job after graduation. (They have lifetime placement. In a year *I* can check back and they believe they can get me a job!) Being OTR will let him have a place to live while being gainfully employed.

There is always a but.

We need to lay our hands on $150, by Monday the 6th. None of us has this in ready cash. It will pay for his physical, his CDL test and fees and his background check.

So, this is the deal.
We're asking for you to help us give this kid a hand up. I've committed to getting him to classes for the three weeks and making sure he passes.

Just kick in a buck, $5. It all goes to getting him into school and then on the road.
This goes through my paypal, you know the drill: valarltd at yahoo

We're not asking you to do it for nothing:

$1 gets you a three card Tarot pull
$5 gets you an ebook of your choice from my backlist.
$10 gets you the ebook and a cross-stitched bookmark with a snarky saying
$15 gets the ebook, the bookmark and a 15 card Tarot pull
$20 gets you a paperback from my back list
$50 gets you a lap afghan

Anything we go over $150 will get equipment for him for the road: a plug-in cooler, bedding, etc.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Boy Meets Boy Reviews: Review: Dominant Tendencies: A BDSM Anthology

Boy Meets Boy Reviews: Review: Dominant Tendencies: A BDSM Anthology: What Master wants, Master gets. And in these five stories, his man delights in giving it to him. Daelyn’s online gambling lands him in...

The reviewer had a lot of nice things to say about Inkstained Succubus' first anthology.

And a fair number for my story, "Riding the Edge." When Naomi and I are on, we're on!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Sexy Saturday: Our Sexy Romance

This week, show us the characters who who love each other so much that it doesn’t matter where they are, who they are, what they have or don’t have. Show us that these characters are going to stick with each other through thick and thin. These are the ones who just want to be with each other, love each other and always be together, no matter how long or short the time.

And along the way, they have the sexiest romance ever. They love each other to distraction and with every word we know and come to understand that love.

While you're reading this, I'll be at Imaginarium in Louisville, KY, talking about Monster Porn or Pre-editing. So enjoy.

The first couple I thought of for this was Sean and Gabe.

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Sean Dempsey came home from Iraq with artificial knees, scorched retinas and a lot of baggage. He supplements his disability checks with money made writing romance novels under a female pseudonym, ironic as he has grown very nervous around women since a certain suicide bomber. When he meets Gabriel Herne, legless phone psychic, the sparks startle him. It’s everything he’s written about and never believed.

Swept into a whirlwind romance, Sean has to learn about his newfound bisexuality and his lover’s pagan faith at the same time. And when he has a religious experience of his own, he discovers everything changes in its time, just like the Wheel of the Year.

Your Sexy Seven Paragraphs:

Sean let Gabe kiss him for a couple minutes and then startled with a scream when a car backfired. Gabe's hands on his arms stopped his automatic reach for his rifle. Gabe's magic voice stroked over him, soothing him.

"Shh. It'll be all right. It's just a car. Just a car, Sean. Did you have to take a pill to get to the clinic today?"

Sean nodded, breathing fast and sweating. "Yeah. The dreams were really bad last night, Gabe. I was almost too shaky to go, but it was my last pill. Really bad dreams. The drugs aren't cutting the cycle anymore. I have a VA appointment the first."

Gabe grew serious. "Sean, the drugs are going to kill you if a sudden dive to the pavement doesn't." He kissed the scraped skin of Sean's palms. "That stuff is so bad for you and it sounds like you're needing more."

Sean's face went tight and he shook his head. "It's all I got, Gabe, all that works and even this isn't working." The fear he had never voiced until now turned his words panicky.

"Shh." Gabe held him tightly. "I have a couple of ideas. Sex, of course, being the sovereign remedy for sleeplessness and bad dreams."

Sean just nodded and clung. He still had Gabe. Beautiful Gabe and his magic voice that made all the bad things back off a little.

The Other Lovely Folks on the Hop:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Imaginarium check list

I'm packing! I'm packing!

1) Pack clothes. Where's my Inkstained Succubus T shirt? Why do I have two Inkstained Succubus T shirts? Where's my Angelia Sparrow T shirt? Where's my BRA? (I am, however past the age when the kids would steal it and wear it for a hat.)

2) Pack books! We have Spellbound Desire and Nikolai Revenant in print!  Books are packed.

3) Pack kitchen: clean the cooler, clean the hotplate, replenish the breakfast foods, hard boil the eggs!

4) Panic. No, wait, not time yet.

5) make edible glitter.

6) make oodles of chocolate cupcakes. In a toaster oven.

7) pack white icing, toothpicks, knife, spoon and cherry pie filling to turn the cupcakes evil. Glitter, because sparkly vampires.

8) Panic. No, still not time.

9) Buy ingredients for Scarecrow Crunch and possible other party mix.

10) Consider baking pumpkin pasties.

11) Consider glittery pumpkin pasties as con wear.

12) Discard pumpkin ideas and panic.

13) Update Iphone with music and sexy e-books.
13a) swear at Apple and go with radio

14) collapse and catch 3 hours of sleep before the 384 mile drive.

Wednesday Notes

It's been a fairly busy day.

I guestblogged at the Science Fiction Romance Brigade about love, sex and dystopias.

I helped with intake on Candle in the Dark, the Inkstained Succubus winter holiday anthology. That's not political correctness. We have a New Year's Story, a couple Yule stories, a Christmas story, and a couple others.

And, I got a surprise in the mail.

I meeped. A lot.

This weekend I'll be in Louisville KY at the Imaginarium. It's $35 for a door pass.
If you're in the area, don't miss the Saturday afternoon Monster Porn panel, with me, Alexandra Christian and Crymsyn Hart. That's going to be a hoot!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Sexy Saturday: Sexy Into you

How about the characters that are over the top about each other, regardless of the situation? The ones who can never keep their hands off one another. The ones you know will be that little old couple you see at the park, still holding hands after 50 years. It’s those couples we are talking about this week.

This week, it's Marcus and Samil. Who will never be the little old couple holding hands in the park, because Samil has been dead for 4000 years and Marcus has been assigned by the Council of Eternity to be his body servant and keep him grounded in the modern age. 

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The next noontime, over shirred eggs, Samil looked at him. "Emperors aren't usually outed until they are dead," he said.

Marcus just nodded. "Very good, sir."

Samil rolled his eyes and slammed his coffee cup into the table. "Have you no opinions on anything, man?"

Marcus kept his face neutral. "You pay me to cook and kill and keep you comfortable. You do not pay me to have opinions."

Samil caught his eyes with the dark ones that seemed to be the very definition of infinity, cold, black and endless. "Then at least tell me this. What, exactly do you think of me?"

Marcus saw Samil wanted the truth. He swallowed hard against all his training and spoke his personal opinions. "You are a handsome and complicated man. Dangerous, certainly, and a perfectionist as well. Keeping you pleased is a challenge even for me. You are ruthless when it suits you and surprisingly generous. I find you quite attractive, but since you are not interested, I will not pester."

Samil ran one slow finger down Marcus' face, leaving a trail of fire behind it. "Don't mistake caution for lack of interest."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Free e-book

Some years back, I wrote a book called Nikolai.  Things have changed, and Nikolai was looking a little dated. So with the aid of Gabriel Belthir, I rewrote Nikolai, changing things I had never been happy with and setting up for the forthcoming books.

This is for you loyal readers who have copies, and for new readers interested in our work. If you've played in the Eight Thrones universe, or listened to me ramble, or whatever.

Nikolai Revenant, the rewritten Nikolai, is currently free for the month of September.Anthony, the prequel, will be out soon.

To get your .pdf copy, right click here  Nikolai Revenant

To get a .mobi or .epub copy, drop an email to inkstainedsuccubus at gmail.

We love you, our faithful fanbase, and hope you will join us on the journey to finish the series.