When are you a writer? When do you get to use the title? When are you published?
These questions get asked a lot, and sadly, many of the answers I can give to them involve that amorphous "eye of the beholder" thing.
When are you a writer? Do you write? I don't mean shopping lists and e-mails to your buddies here. I mean, do you sit down and write, for some reason outside of necessity? Do you enjoy writing it? It doesn't matter if it's an essay on world peace, a poem, an article, a short story or a novel. Do you want to write? Do you want people to read it, whether or not you want to be paid for it? If you've answered 'yes' to all the questions in this paragraph, you have every right to call yourself a writer. That doesn't make you a professional writer, but it means you have the passion for writing. Having a passionate person that will never publish call herself a writer in no way diminishes me as a writer. Why would it?
When are you a professional writer? Ah...I brought it up. I should answer it. A professional writer sees writing as a career, at least as a professional pursuit, even if it's one that might never pay the rent. A professional writer learns about the market, hones his/her craft, learns the expectations and what the terms mean and applies them correctly. A professional writer has a professional bearing: doesn't submit in IM-speak, doesn't throw temper tantrums and...dare I say it...doesn't play the prima donna with publishers. A professional author accepts reasonable edits and is knowledgeable enough to know when the suggested edits are wrong and why they are.
When are you a published author? This one is more difficult. Whether or not something is published varies, depending on who you are talking to and what his/her mindset is. For instance, for the purpose of "publishing credits," this blog post is not published. If I wanted to pitch this same post as an article to a magazine, I have "published it," in that I have offered it for consumption in a public forum, and as such, I have extinguished my first rights on it. It's now a reprint.
So, what can you use as a publishing credit?
If you have published with a paying magazine or anthology, even if the payment is a small stipend and a copy or two, it's a publishing credit. If it's a well-known magazine and/or semi-pro or pro rates, that steps the credit up a notch.
If you've had work published (and paid for) in a newspaper, it's a publishing credit. If you've worked for the paper as a regular correspondent, step it up a notch.
If you've had work published with a royalty-paying press (not self/subsidy/vanity here, but we'll get back to that one), it's a publishing credit. If you've won awards, reviewed well and/or sold well, move that credit up a notch. Some people move it up a notch, if you've published with a NY conglomerate. Some will take any reputable royalty-paying press at about equal value. (NOTE: This includes indie/e-publishing.)
If you've had a work published self/subsidy/vanity, you've hit a sticky point. According to Dee Power's yearly interview with agents and editors, many do not consider self/subsidy/vanity a valid credit. Caveat... If the book is an award-winner, has won the jackpot for sales in self/subsidy/vanity or otherwise distinguishes itself as outstanding (and not just by being a good book, unfortunately), it is a publishing credit.
You see, some things people will tell you are not publishing credits will BECOME publishing credits, if they serve the purpose. Examples?
If you've written tech manuals for a company that were not "published" in the larger sense, and you go on to write a fiction book that depends on that machine or computer program to swing the plot line...or you write a non-fiction book on the same subject, those tech manuals are a writing credit, since they establish you as knowledgeable in the field you are writing about.
If you maintain a blog or newsletter (online or in print) on a subject that you're writing about, it can also show you as a consummate researcher and expert/recognized in your field.
Hoping you all get to the point where you have so many publishing credits you can pick and choose which to bother telling people about!
BTW, my latest credit of note... Fairy Dreams is currently #3 in Fantasy at Fictionwise!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
When are you a writer? When do you get to use the title? When are you published?
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Yes, that's right it's Banned Books Week!
The American Library Association [ALA] host this week to ensure the public is aware that books are being taken off school and public library shelves at the behest of one person or group. Not all books that are challenged are banned or restricted, but yes, it does happen where a book will be taken out of a collection, never to be returned again.
Most books challenged are to protect children. Before I go any further, the ALA states: “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” No matter how busy a parent is, it is for them to monitor the books their kids are reading, not deny others the use of a book.
So what type of books are we talking about? All books, not even classics are safe in challengers hands. Today, I’ll give you the books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2006-07. It is not a complete list because about 85% of challenged library materials receive no media attention and are therefore unreported. I have included entries [exactly as reported] for a few of them so you can see some of the reasoning behind the challenges. These and more can all be found in "Banned Books" by Robert P. Doyle. They are:-
Alvarez, Julie. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.
Ancona, George. Cuban Kids.
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings.
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale.
Baskin, Julia, Lindsey Newman, Sophia Politt-Cohen, and Courtney Toombs. The Notebook Girls. Warner Bks. Challenged, but retained at the Cape May County, NJ Library (2006). The book is comprised of the entries four New York City high-school students made in a shared journal in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Bechdel, Alison. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic.
Birdseye, Tom. Attack of the Mutant Underwear.
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451.
Bradbury, Ray. The Veldt.
Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code.
Burroughs, Augusten. Running With Scissors.
Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Chevalier, Tracey. Girl With a Pearl Earring.
Chomsky, Noam, and Edward S. Herman. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.
Chopin, Kate. The Awakening.
Christensen, James C., Renwick St. James and Alan Dean Foster. Voyage of the Basset. Artisan. Retained in the Davis County, Utah Library (2006). The complainant objected to the book after her five-year-old son borrowed it from the children’s section and showed her the illustrations it contains of topless mermaids and other partially clothes mythical creatures. The author is a retired Brigham Young University Art professor and cochair of the Mormon Arts Foundation.
Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate Wars.
Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk.
de Haan, Linda and Stern Nijland. King & King.
Draper, Sharon M., and Adam Lowenbein. Romlette and Julio.
Eleveld, Mark, ed. The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation.
Fogelin, Adrian. My Brother’s Hero.
Frank, E.R. America.
Freedom Writers. The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them.
Gaines, Ernest J. The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Going, K.L. Fat Kid Rules the World.
Gordon, Sharon. Cuba.
Gravett, Paul. Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics.
Gray, Heather M., and Samantha Phillips. Real Girl/Real World: Tools for Finding Your True Self.
Green, Jonathon, comp. Cassell Dictionairy of Slang.
Hedayat, Sadegh. The Blind Owl. Grove Pr. The widely acclaimed Iranian classic, written in the 1930’s, was banned in Iran (2006). “The new government intends to take positive steps for reviving neglected values and considering religious teachings in the cultural field.”
Hedges, Peter. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Jukes, Mavis. The Gay Book: An Owner’s Manual.
Kehret, Peg. Abduction!
Langley, Andrew. 100 Greatest Tyrants.
LeGuin, Ursula K. A Fisherman of the Inland Sea.
Levitt, Steven D., and Stephen J Dubner. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.
Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
Mackler, Carolyn. Vegan Virgin Valentine.
Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy.
McBain, Ed. Alice in Jeopardy.
Mitchell, Stephen. Gilgamesh: A New English Version. Free Pr. Challenged in the Clearview Regional High School in Harrison Township, N.J. (2006) because the modern translation of on of the oldest known pieces of literature was considered sexually descriptive and unnecessarily explicit. The work itself dates back to about 1700 B.C., some one thousand years before the writings of Homer.
Mochizuki, Ken. Baseball Saved Us.
Morgan, Melissa J. TTYL.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved.
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye.
Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Reluctantly Alice.
O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried.
Opie, Iona Archibald, and Peter Opie, eds. I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild’s Pocket Book.
Park, Barbara. Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying. Random. Challenged in the Wake County, N.C. schools (2006). Parent are getting help from Called2Action, a Christian group that says its mission is to “promote and defend our shared family and social values.”
Parks, Gordon. The Learning Tree.
Paulsen, Gary. Zero to Sixty: The Motorcycle Journey of a Lifetime.
Peters, Lisa Westberg. Our Family Tree: An Evolution Story.
Pollan, Michael. The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.
Richardson, Justin, and Peter Parnell. And Tango Makes Three.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Ruby, Laura. Lily’s Ghost.
Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys.
Schreier, Alta. Vamos a Cuba (A Visit to Cuba). Heinemann. Removed from all Miami-Dade County school libraries (2006) because a parent’s complaint that the book does not depict an accurate life in Cuba. The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] of Florida filed a lawsuit challenging the decision to remove this book and the twenty-three others titles in the same series from the district school libraries. In granting a preliminary injunction in July 2006 against the removal, Judge Alan S. Gold of U.S. District Court in Miami characterized the matter as a “First Amendment issue” and ruled in favor of the ACLU of Florida, which argued that the books were generally factual and that the board should add to its collection, rather than removing books it disagreed with.
Schwartz, Alvin. More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones.
Sendak, Maurice. In The Night Kitchen.
Shafak, Elif. The Bastard of Istanbul.
Silverstein, Charles, and Edmund White. The Joy of Gay Sex.
Steer, Dugald. Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin.
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men.
Thompson, Craig. Blankets.
Twain, Mark (Samuel L. Clements). The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Vonnetgut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five.
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima. So Far from the Bamboo Grove.
Wood, Maryrose. Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall in Love.
Wright, Richard. Black Boy.
If you're interested and want to know more, I’ll be back tomorrow on Tilly Greene Hot Thoughts Blog with some challenges that make you say "you've got to be kidding me."
WARNING! Red hot romances ahead!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
There are still 11 days left until the release of my Phaze Halloween novella, Bitter Harvest, but the reviews for it are absolutely scorching HOT!
This review is courtesy of Denise at the brand-new review site, Rogues and Romance:
... Aurora Black keeps you tied into this Halloween novella. She gives you a nice mix of paranormal, romance, and a dash of horror. Aurora has fashioned Claire and Jack (the hero & heroine) brilliantly, and presents them to the reader full love and devotion for each other, while creating characters any reader can easily relate to. Even though the book flashes back and forth between the past and present, Aurora keeps you interested in what is happening with a smooth flowing storyline, and you will never find yourself being lost or confused. You feel as if you HAVE to know what's going to happen next!
Full Review of "Bitter Harvest" at Rogues and Romance (Mild Spoilers)
And this review is from The Howling Scribe (with a 9.5 rating!!!):
... This book has just enough cult themes for the Halloween season, and is a great read. In fact, I didn't even realize I had gotten to the end of the book until I kept hitting the arrow for the next page and realized it wasn't there. I will definitely keep an eye out for more books by this author.
Full Review of "Bitter Harvest" at The Howling Scribe (Revealing Spoilers)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
My monthly, no chat newsletter is almost up to 200 members, so it's party time! Whoever joins as the 200th member will receive his or her choice of one of my ebook downloads.
And just because I appreciate my current members, after I hit 200, I'll put 200 numbered ping pong balls in a playpen and have my son dive in and pick a winner! (Or something like that, he's 18 now and not as agreeable as he used to be...but one current member will also receive the free download of his or her choice, without having to do a thing.)
Subscribe to my newsletter here:
There's one newsletter per month--no spam, just news about my work, updates from my author groups, and a new contest every month! Don't forget to check out my current contest, running until Oct. 5. (They're always easy, I promise.)
Thanks for the support!
Wanna join us? Here's when and where:
DATE: All day, Wednesday October 3, 2007
PLACE: Phaze Chatters on Yahoo
There's going to be contests, prizes, excerpts and much more.
FestiFall, Westfiled Street Fair
Sept. 30th 10am-5pm
Join a tent full of talented authors as they show you all about The New Generation of Romance!
Bonnie Rose Leigh
Stop by the tent for some books, info and amazing conversations, as well as free goodie bags filled with promo from a slew of amazing authors, and sign up to win a Romance Basket filled with books, candles, and goodies!
It's going to be a gorgeous day, so come out, stop by and say hello!
WARNING! Red hot romances ahead!
Friday, September 21, 2007
Things like, gee silly author, I don’t know that we can fit the entire title of your book on the cover. Twice the Cowboy and Twice the Ride will be bundled in one print volume on October 22. The title is Twice the Cowboy, Twice the Ride (I know, I’m imaginative). We have to pick an image that goes with the theme. In this case it’s the cover for Ride with a dark background. The fonts have to match from the series. And I’ve got a blasted long title giving Alessia fits. Then what do we put on the back? How much of a blurb? Review quotes? Which ones? Can we fit what we like?
Which is more cost effective? A convention that is mostly industry folks that will take up $900.00 of budget and is fairly close by… or the one that will cost around $1,500.00, on the other side of the country but you may get to sit on a panel and meet far more readers. Meeting many people you “know” but have never met vs. meeting many new faces and exposure? Three days away from the day job vs. four days and two five hour flights w/attendant Jet Lag? A signing in a real bookstore vs. a signing at a convention where the indie pubs are separated away from the big fish? My head is spinning from the choices.
Where to fit the time to write the next book, promote the hell out of the books already out there, spend time with SG and the Spawn, and actually show up and earn a paycheck at the day job? Okay, I don’t actually get a “paycheck” per say at the day job, but my clients might be mightily pissed if I don’t show up to represent them at the Mandatory Settlement Conference. And, while I don’t answer to anyone as to my time and how I spend it, there are things that Have To Get Done or my contingency fee goes out the window. Writing, right now, doesn’t pay the bills. I’m lucky if I bread even at the end of the year (see above paragraph). The two Yard Apes in my life need me around. Sleep has to fit in there somewhere as well. I need 20 more hours in the day.
I’ve also got to pick up the stuff to make a tablecloth and banner for two events: The West Hollywood Bookfair (next weeked in West Hollywood) and YaoiCon (end of October in San Francisco). Where the heck to store the books and promo items people sent me for these events until they happen? SG gets a little irritated when he can’t get into the hall closet ‘cause all my “author crap” is taking up space.
Then there’s promo items in general. What’s more effective for the cost? Should I do the Vista Print order NOW, or wait and see if the specials get better?
What I really need, I think, is three or four clones. Getting it all done is insane making. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
CANYON'S CALL is about a smart, sexy couple whose mutual attraction is hot enough to melt the Alaskan tundra. Jake and Carrie are in search of an elusive wild animal, a quest that takes them deep into the heart of Jake's huge ranch. Cowboys, love beneath the stars and adventure make CANYON'S CALL a story with something to please everyone. Care to take a peek? I'm going to post an excerpt here. I hope you check it out!
And have a great weekend!
CANYON'S CALL excerpt:
"Just exactly who are you?" Carrie held the tiny silver cell phone
with her shoulder while she shone her penlight into the clear blue eyes of
an unspotted Dalmatian puppy. As she smiled, nodding to the anxious
owner, she flicked off the light and stowed it in the breast pocket of her
white coat. Then she pulled the phone out of the tangle of brown curls
which held it so snugly she couldn't understand a word of what was
Heading toward her office, she summoned her best professional
voice and interrupted the tirade she could hear now that the phone was
properly positioned against her ear.
"Excuse me. Who did you say you are?"
"Good God, woman, haven't you been listening to a word I've been
saying? I'm Jake Canyon of the River View Canyon Ranch. Maybe I
should have called someone else—but hell, you're the one that everyone
recommended so I called you. So, what do you say? Do you think you
can come out and have a look?"
The voice that came from the phone was deep and full and Carrie's
nipples tightened as she listened to him. She smiled, recognizing the
familiar—although not frequent—touch of heat that spread through her
body as she shrugged out of her lab coat and sat in her wide leather chair.
Her desk was uncluttered, with only a few random papers on its polished
surface. By day's end those, too, would be filed away. She reached for
the closest one and inspected it. She felt her nipples were hard points,
very obvious to as they rubbed against her tight pink T-shirt.
Tossing the paper down, she tilted the chair back and put her feet,
ankles crossed, on the edge of the desk. As she arched her back a second
wave of warmth spread through her.
Jake Canyon? Who are you, what do you want and more
importantly, why do I feel so horny listening to you? Hell, I was having a
perfectly ordinary kind of day before you called. I was looking forward
to getting a few weeks of rest before the busy summer season begins.
What the hell do you want?
"Have a look? What exactly do you want me to look at, Mr.
"Jake, then. I'm sorry, but I missed the first part of our
conversation—I had a last patient I was attending. I'll be out of the office
for a couple of months so I'm trying to finish up here." Carrie absently
twirled a curl around her fingertip, a childhood habit that she had never
lost. "My receptionist is already gone, so I'm on my own here. Would
you mind repeating what you said?"
A long, low sound that was almost a growl came from the phone. It
was no secret that the caller was struggling for control as he inhaled
deeply and exhaled slowly before replying. "A sighting. We've had a few
reports of sightings of some kind of unknown creature. A moose or a
caribou, we're not sure. Or maybe it's a cross between the two. Or maybe
He hesitated. "Well, some have suggested that it could be a bear and
a moose…um, well…that the two have successfully mated."
Carrie's laughter filled the office and from the back room she could
hear Ben, the resident collie, barking in response.
"Really, Mr. Can—Jake, that's highly unlikely. A bear and a moose?
No, I don't believe that could happen. I mean, really, have you taken a
look at the reproductive organs of moose and bears? They're not exactly
suited for mating. And what exactly are you asking me to do?"
"Come on out. Take a look. Hell, you're supposed to be some sort of
fancy-pants genetic expert, aren't you? I'd have thought that something
like this would be a big deal to your kind."
"That's right. Your kind. Scientists. Doctors. You know—book
people. Wouldn't you like to see an aberration like this? A cross between
a moose and a bear?"
"As I've already told you, I doubt that it could happen. I don't
believe that you've got a cross between a bear and a moose. It's just not
realistic. It's not logical, not…well, it's not scientific."
"But aren't you just a little bit curious?"
Of course I am. And really, it's not as if I have any other exciting
plans in mind for my time away from the office. I was going to sort
through the attic and the garage, for Pete's sake. Nothing that can't be
put off, especially if there's a possibility of finding a new species...what
the hell am I saying? A moose? A bear? Ridiculous!
"I'm sorry to have bothered you, Doctor. You were recommended
and I thought I'd give it a shot. I'll call someone else since it's obvious
that you're not interested in whatever it is we have here. Thank you for
your time and have—"
Sitting straight up in her chair, she dropped her feet to the tiled floor
with a thud as she swiveled and scanned the calendar on the wall beside
her desk. Her time was completely unscheduled for six long weeks.
"Wait a minute! I didn't say I wouldn't go and have a look at it.
Where are you, anyway?" Carrie reached into a drawer for a pencil and
paper and prepared to take notes.
When he chuckled she felt every hair on the back of her neck stand
up straight. Her nipples got harder—something Carrie wouldn't have
thought possible—and her pussy tingled. And he did it all with a mere
chuckle. Carrie could only imagine what an actual touch—some skin-onskin
contact—could do to her.
"That's right. The forty-ninth state, remember us? So what do you
think, Dr. Reed? Shall I make a plane reservation for you? Should I
expect you in the next day or so, or should I phone someone else? It's
entirely up to you."
I've got no reason not to go. A mini-break will be good for me, I
think. Yeah, what the hell…I might as well go, right? Why not?
"I'll make my own flight arrangements, thanks. I'll see if I can get
there sometime tomorrow. How does that sound?" She began to scrawl a
list of things to do before she left on the scrap of paper as she waited for
"Sounds great. I look forward to meeting you, Doc."
Snapping the phone shut, Carrie smiled. Not as much as I look
forward to meeting you, Jake Canyon.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Author Interviews: Maya Banks & Aurora Black
And I have a lot to look forward to this fall and winter: My sizzling & spooky novella Bitter Harvest is coming out in less than 2 weeks, and my sinfully erotic Potent Spirits will be released as a Phaze Frost sometime in December!
Christmas has definitely come early this year. *grin*
Check out the marvelous cover for Potent Spirits made by the multi-talented Alessia Brio!
Title: Potent Spirits
Author: Aurora Black
Release Date: December 2007
The legendary story of "A Christmas Carol" has never been seen like this!
Quiet and shy Vivian Woods is in love with the devastatingly handsome Caleb Blackwell, a sexy fireman who sets her heart ablaze every night in her dreams, but she's convinced that he doesn't know she exists. She plans to spend another lonely Christmas at home, with thoughts of her secret love to keep warm. Someone has other plans.
With the help of three hunky spirits, Vivian takes the most erotic and revealing journey of her life. Their sizzling touches on her skin teach her about the passionate, strong woman she really is inside... and a special someone's true feelings. 'Tis the season to make love.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I always love getting new art in, but this one goes beyond the usual! Alessia Brio just delivered this fantastic art for WE SHALL LIVE AGAIN, coming Oct 22nd from Phaze. I think you'll agree that it's mouth-watering good.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I am SO EXCITED about this one. I can't wait to see the reaction it receives.
BLURB: All Alisa wanted was to be left alone with her writings. But the discovery of Native America bones on her property made that wish impossible. The last man she wanted to see was back in her life, and with him Zach Bradford brought a whole lot of memories and some questions she really didn't want to answer. Now besides digging for bones, he's digging into their past as well, searching for answers as to why she broke up with him suddenly, two years ago. And Alisa has to decide if she is going to keep living in the past, or if she's going to let it go and reach for a possible future with Zach. The future she should have had.
Also available today is Phaze in Verse. A wonderful collection of poetry from the Authors of Phaze.
BLURB: Edited by Kally Jo Surbeck, featuring the authors of Phaze. Poetry has long been a short form method to story telling. Morals, epic tales, even desperate pleas for understanding have been recorded through the ages in verse. And yet, somewhere along the line of our technologically advancing society, it seems those small intimate pleasures are growing lost. Poetry is love, life, and feeling breathed into words. Our shared experiences, emotions, dreams?. Today, we are pleased to present to you a fine collection of poetry. This is not just iambic pentameter or rhymed. It is not only free verse or measured. This is a comprehensive collection of a wide variety of tastes, styles, and passions. Just like our readers. There is a little bit of something for everyone.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Newsletter #28 September 2007 Edition
I hope you've had a spectacular month. Mine has been busy, which is good, and productive, which is very good. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and I'll tell you all about it.
What Jude's been up to
September's madness, new specs, a new contract, and a new publisher, oh my!
Find out when and where you can chat with me. New publishers, mean new chat rooms and new venues.
Find out what new releases will be coming out in the next month or so.
Yuppers, two awesome reviews for Amber's Toy
You betcha. New stuff and here's the url: http://www.my-haven2001.com/
I've just handed out the 4th CD of "Coming Together: For a Cure" and have more to giveaway. There's also the chance to have my December book - "OohRah!" - released with your dedication. The sexiest Marine, Dale Smythe, meets Tasha Ruskya at a Race for a Cure and he looks fabulous in PINK!
WARNING! Red hot romances ahead!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Craig Clark Evans is determined to uncover how Shea tricked his dying aunt into signing over all the stocks of the family business to her and not him, but every time he looks into her dark eyes his desire for her grows and other more pleasurable thoughts enter his mind.
However it doesn’t matter how much he might want the ebony goddess in his bed he plans to do whatever it takes to get his family business back no matter the cost. Will Craig come to his senses before it’s too late and Shea’s love for him is gone forever in…..?
All the Fixin’
From Ecataromance, Amelia Richard said:
"INTO THE HEAT sizzles with unbridled desires and passion...
With a firefighter theme for her Heatsheet, the talented Kate Burns takes readers into the world of those men and women who protect others and many natural creations. Her hero and heroine are both firejumpers, who find themselves battling dangerous situations plus the potent attraction between them. Ms. Burns has created appealing characters with Delia and Cooper, where readers slowly become privy to their innermost thoughts. Seeing how these two handle their yearnings was powerfully depicted, making their moments together almost as hot as the fires often surrounding them. This couple also proves how dedicated they are to their careers, as they never put themselves before their work as they know how every second counts when it comes to controlling a fire. The setting for this story is graphically visual, as I often felt as though I was right beside Delia and Cooper during every situation they faced, whether everyday chores or a threatening blaze. INTO THE HEAT is an engaging story where flames often erupt without warning."
Tanya at Joyfully Reviewed said:
"... Into the Heat is a ‘smokin hot’ romance about two smoke jumpers. I enjoyed Kate Burns descriptions about the gear and the set ups for fire watching. The story is fast paced and you are able to see a lot of what Delia is thinking, both her insecurities and as well as her desires. Into the Heat is a great break from the normal men/women in uniform romances and worth your read."
And Aviana at Two Lips Reviews gave INTO THE HEAT a FIVE LIP RATING!!
"...Into the Heat by Kate Burns is a beautifully written short story full of fine detail that drew me into the narrative. The plot unfolds slowly but with perfect cadence, and nothing seems rushed. I especially appreciated the rare glimpse we’re given of what it’s like for smoke jumpers heading into a fire when the natural instinct is to flee. Author Kate Burns portrays our couple, Delia and Coop, in a very realistic way. Action oriented by nature and profession, it seems perfectly natural they would hem and haw to avoid facing their feelings. Into the Heat is an excellent read and I highly recommend it."
Have you read INTO THE HEAT yet?
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Sat., Sept. 15 from 7-10 EST. There will be a contest or two, I'll be giving away a copy of my latest release, Deep Obsessions!
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Bobby Wyatt is obsessed with work, spending more time there than with his lovely girlfriend. When she threatens to leave him, he hatches a plan to keep her home, and satisfied.
On a Caribbean cruise they meet the man who's supposed to fulfill all of Jade Jernigan's fantasies. Bobby doesn't realize Quentin Brooks has obsessions of his own, and they're completely different from what he has in mind. When three strong personalities mesh, whose obsessions will win out?
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Coming October 8, 2007 to Phaze!
Bitter Harvest, by Aurora Black
What would you do for love?
How hard would you fight to hold on?
When Claire Ballard first sets eyes on Jack Tanner, she knows he's the man she's been waiting for her entire life. Their life together is like a fairytale, until the unexpected happens and tears them apart… but not forever.
Jack has longed to return to his wife Claire after so long an absence, and he has sworn revenge on the man who ruined his life. With the help of a magical book, both the couple's reunion and his vengeance are at hand, but at a terrible price. Is their love strong enough to defeat an ancient evil?
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