Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Life's Little Road Map to Adventure

My publisher recently came out with some new themes for stories and I was hesitating over submitting within these new guidelines because it was going to send me over and beyond my comfort zone with erotic writing. I wanted to try them, but I just wasn't sure I could do it.

You know, every now and then if you watch closely, life sends you a sign--a signal about how to proceed, and sure enough, it did that yesterday. As I logged onto the computer there was a quote setting there that gave me some direction. "Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content." It was a statement once made by Louis L'Amour and, really, how true is that?

Well, if I really took the time to think about it, my latest release, Sequestered Passion was a stretch for me to write with its Dominant/submissive theme. I enjoy a challenge. Don't you think when you reach for the challenge it makes the world seem more alive somehow? It energizes you. Complacency wears you down, makes the world a bit less colorful. And too much complacency makes it tasteless and drab.

I like the ups and downs of intense emotion--all of them. I like the vibrancy of colors, be it rainbow or neon, or somplace in between, and I love writing about the human condition of passion and romance, and, yes, lust--for life, for love, for non-complacency.


Monday, March 13, 2006

Remembering the Beekeeper

The last memory I have of my grandfather was visiting him while he was out tending to the bees--he was about 80 at the time and it was August. The following month I was attending his funeral. He was the last of a generation in my family--most of whom I lost over a four-year period.

He was a man for all seasons--a farmer, a carpenter, a hunter, a fisherman, an entrepreneur, a father of eight, husband for over sixty years--and a writer of poetry.

When I wrote Legend of the Beesinger it was with the memory of my grandfather in the fields, the jars of sweet honey he used to give us, and the closeness and dedication of family. In my story, Ambrosia de la Courte must sacrifice her freedom to keep her family safe. When she meets Garrick and comes to love him, she will be confronted with another heartbreaking choice. What would she give up to save her family, and to save her love? Bargains are made, and family ties are tested. But in romantic fiction, love should always triumph, don't you think?

I originally had planned to write a contemporary story about a woman who was a beekeeper. But, there was something special about her and I had to discover her family history. Did I mention I'm involved in trying to trace my own family history? Life does bleed its way into my fiction. Anyway, I decided before I started work on my contemporary story, I had to write the legend of her family. Is there anything stronger than the ties of family history?

I'm writing about my Beesinger story today because it's just become available at Fictionwise, and I'm excited about that. If you'd like to know more about my research regarding the bees, stop by my website, where I've listed a few links for sites I visited to do some of the background research. I found out quite a few interesting things regarding the mating habits of bees.

Legend of the Beesinger is a special story--an erotic fantasy about love, and commitment, and family, and sacrifice...and the oh so sweet taste of pleasure...


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

New Thoughts, New Stories

The beginning of a new month and moving quickly through 2006. My son's getting married this month, my other son gets out of the Army this month. And I'll have a new release out this month. Sequestered Passion I'm excited. It will be part of the Forbidden AmberPax Collection. Find out more about it at the Amber Quill Authors Blog And this is the story of one of the characters from Sylvie's Gift. If you'd like to read a very hot excerpt for this latest upcoming erotic contemporary novella, you can visit my website.

The other exciting thing that happened in the last week or so, is that I got the new cover art for an upcoming release, Immortal Treasure. Gorgeous, don't you think? This story is about an immortal Egyptian noble and a modern Egyptologist and will be released later this spring from Amber Quill Press.

Oh, yeah, and in between those two will be Smooth Finish. Yes, I was very busy at the end of the year and early this year in writing.

I have lots of stories to share and never enough time to write. There must be at least four or five stories running around in my head at any given time. I'm constantly jotting down notes. Even when I'm in the middle of writing one story, sometimes I have to stop and open a new page just to get the story ideas out of my head. But at least then I have them available to work on later.

Ah, the mind of a writer...