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.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

My Sexy Saturday: Our Sexy Life

You’ve seen these characters. They are the founding couple of a pack, an investigation unit, a rag-tag bunch of soldiers out to save the universe. These are the ones readers can’t get enough of and want to know what happens to them even if they aren’t the couple in the forefront. Share with us those sexy couples and let us know how their happily-ever-after stacks up against the rest of those couples out there.

There's only one couple suitable for this...
And alas they don't end well at all.  (This may change. Niko-Chan is getting a total rewrite after we finish the book that belongs between it and Nikolai)

From Niko-Chan (Out of Print):

"Valerio, lovely, did you really spend your life-savings on me?” He bit his lip as Valerio nodded and popped the beer. David bent in and kissed his cheek. “Would you like them back? Here, in Europe, I have
several fortunes. They do me no good as I am.”

"No regrets. Yer worth it,” Val said, taking a drink. He ducked out of David’s arms and went
to sit.

"A quiet arrangement, man to man. I reimburse you, you keep me." David sounded almost

Val shook his head. David kissed him again, his mouth soft on Val’s. Val took control of the kiss, hungry for the taste of his man. He set the beer down and ran his big hands over David’s body.

"Yours,” David whispered. Val kissed him again, harder, splitting his lip until they both tasted blood. David moaned and pressed closer. When Val released him, he stripped out of the whites, very fast, standing before Val in only the collar.

Val watched, biting his lip. “Valerio? What's wrong, love?” David asked.

"Want you. Too much, sometimes.”

Friday, August 22, 2014

Finally, Print!

Spellbound Desire is out in print today from Ellora's Cave.

Come help P.I. DJ Admire and combat mage Bran McKay save the world from a demon in charge of oath-breaking

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ten Influential Books

On Facebook, I was tagged to List 10 books that have affected you in some way. They don’t need to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature. Tag 10 friends including me: (Basically, if you want to do it, TAG)

 1) Julian May's Pliocene Exile series (all 4 books, but especially The Many Colored Land) We just figured out how much this influenced my Eight Thrones series. She also introduced me to gay characters as part of the landscape. From riverboatmen to nuns to aircraft engineers, they were everywhere.

 2) Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars series, the first three, and Mastermind of Mars. There is more than a little of Ras Thavis in my Davids.

 3) Brian Dailey's Han Solo trilogy. Taught me about writing action, backstory and generally how to keep a plot rolling.

 4) Friday by Robert Heinlein. Lots of worldbuilding here that has influnced a great deal of my own future visions. Like many SF geeks, I suffer from Heinlein damage and think polygamy might not be terrible if you can pull it off.

 5) The Windflower by Laura London. My favorite pirate romance ever. Also my first introduction to subtext.

 6) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I never read this as a dystopia. Everyone had a job they were well suited to do. Plenty of sex, plenty of entertainment in a world free from pain, illness, poverty and age. I'm glad I'm a Beta...

 7) 1984 by George Orwell. The big bad granddaddy of all dystopias.

 8) The Stories of Ray Bradbury. The man is a master of horror, SF, and even slice of life. Everything I know about writing short stories from this and 9. I can still quote a great many of them. And I am overdue for a re-read

 9) Strange Wine by Harlan Ellison. Brilliant, angry short story writer. Ellison engages love, death, terror and modernity in this collection. "From A to Z in the chocolate alphabet" is my favorite.

 10) The Stand by Stephen King. The post-apoc book that started it all. I learned more about human nature reading this book than I did in 2 semester of psych class.

Honorable mentions:
Lord of the Rings
The Chronicles of Narnia
Calvin Miller's The Singer, The Song and The Finale
A MidSummer Night's Dream
The Myth-Adventures of Aahz and Skeeve
Ray Harry Harrison's Deathworld Trilogy
A Stainless Steel Rat
The Dragonlance Twins trilogy
Slavegirl of Gor. (bad influence. I threw it across the room, announced I could write better smutty fantasy and DID)
Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape by Susan Brownmiller (not one of the better places to get your sex ed)
The Hite Report on Female Sexuality (I know, I know, terrible methodology, but a revelation to an isolated bi-girl in rural 1980s America)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Books, Rights and Last Call

A year ago, August 1, Naomi and I petitioned Ellora's Cave for our rights back. Last spring, they gave back "For Love of Etarin," and "Raising the Dead."

Yesterday, they gave back Heart of a Forest, Privateer's Treasure and Glad Hands.
If you want these in their current form, click the cover. Glad Hands is already gone

Glad Hands will be given a new cover, some corrections will be made and it will be re-issued where it belongs, as Book Three of the Eight Thrones Cycle.

Heart of a Forest will also be re-issued, with a new cover and some edits.

The privateer ship, Kestrel, however, is sailing into mothballs until after the first of the year. Naomi and I will decide then what to do with it.

Now, for Spellbound Desire so I can get DJ all under one publishing roof.  And Heart's Bounty, to round it out. I'd really like "Cherry tart" back so I can do a steampunk collection, but they'll hold that until the eagle screams. "Eight Days Ablaze," not much attached to.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time Casting

I watched House of the Long Shadows (1983) last night. It's the story of a writer who makes a bet with his publisher that he can write a book (20,000 words in the original George M Cohen play, which I have stage managed) in 24 hours. Desi Arnez Jr. is the writer. Richard Todd is the publisher who packs him off to a deserted manor house to write. And Wackiness--of the sort that involves John Carradine, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Peter Cushing--ensues.  It's the only time those four gentlemen ever worked together, and the last time Lee and Cushing worked together.

And it struck me watching how much Vincent Price there is in David. Davids are always John Glover in my head, a function of combining Smallville and Brimstone. But there is a LOT of Vincent's attitude, mannerisms and even his queenliness. Because when Vincent--who was bisexual in real life--takes it into his head to swish, he does so in grand style. (The movie above is worth watching for no other reason than the tiff he and Lee have at the end which has Price flouncing off with a catty, "bitch" thrown over his shoulder at Lee)

I mean who else could deliver the line "Don't interrupt me when I'm soliloquizing!" and make it convincing? Those two gentlemen alone, I suspect

I got to thinking, as today entailed much driving. What would the cast of Nikolai look like in various cinematic eras?

The answer is a pic heavy post at my LJ.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

How I spent my summer vacation

Except for the part where it wasn't a vacation.

In February and March, I completed my 13th novel, Anthony, the prequel to Nikolai. It is in edits now.

In ensuing months, there has been a Nikolai rewrite, tying in the new character and making a lot of changes, mostly to Tanis, whom I have never liked and who always seemed too unstable and self-indulgent to be part of the secret rulers of the universe.

And last night, we started Master Anton, the book that needs to happen between Nikolai and Nikochan,
in which the Disunited States goes to hell and James loses his mind.

(this in addition to finishing my 14-16th novels, and editing a short story, writing a proposal for another and working two jobs)

The new edition of Nikolai is called Nikolai Revenant. It will be offered free for a brief period so that loyal readers may replace their outdated copies.