Love Has No Boundaries prompt & story cover

•June 1, 2013 • 2 Comments

Love Has No Boundaries (A Don’t Read In The Closet event) stories are beginning to release. As I have the past couple of years, I chose a prompt to write, and here it is:

Two young men staring into each other's eyes and holding each other.

Elizabetta’s prompt photo for her Love Has No Boundaries event request.

Dearest Author –

We met at the academy, aware of the other by name and reputation but never crossing paths until now. In a place for the best of the best, those talented beyond the norm, I daresay we would stand out if only they knew… We immediately sensed a connection, a pull as if a cable stretched taut between us, made stronger by proximity. At first it was fleeting, a shivering sensation that grew over time until our very thoughts and desires were made known to each other. How is this possible? Is it our nightmare or our blessing?

Please help us find our way…

Alt Uni/UST/HEA or HFN (no insta-love, no GFY please)


While I was researching and thinking about how the story would work, I came across this photo, and it became pivotal to the plot.

A tree surrounded by a river

A tree in the middle of the Berdan River (the ancient Cydnus River)

And since the owner of this photo didn’t respond to my query to use it (it’s not licensed for commercial use – I’m pretty sure even though the story is free, an ebook cover is considered commercial use), I asked a friend to create cover artwork based on this image. So, here’s the big cover reveal for my story, Epimeliad!

Epimeliad book cover

Cover for my Love Has No Boundaries story, Epimeliad

And here are the story tags:
genre: alternate universe, paranormal
tags: Greek mythology-based, mythical creatures (warrior nymphs), magic users (elemental powers), bonded, masturbation, age-gap

Now, truth be told, I felt just a touch rushed when writing the story, so I really hope it meets Elizabetta’s expectations. *crosses fingers*

Why DO I want to write in M/M Romance, anyway?

•January 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I’m on Chicks & Dicks again today talking about why I want to write in the M/M Romance genre and about any fear of oversaturation within the genre. Go check it out if you’re so inclined. =)


Chicks & Dicks: What I’m thankful to the M/M Romance Genre For

•November 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’m over at Chicks & Dicks today talking about the list of things for which I am thankful to the M/M Romance genre as a whole.

I’m going to be driving with the family to visit my in-laws for the holidays, so I probably will not be able to address any comments until I return on Sunday. In the meantime, I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!


GRL2012 & R.I.P. my new Kindle

•October 22, 2012 • 2 Comments

So, getting to Gay Rom Lit 2012 in Albuquerque, NM was more of an ordeal than the event itself. In the airport, I managed to lose my drivers’ license between security and the gate, (which wasn’t even the length of a football field between them). I got lucky and thought it might still be in the bins that were run through the x-ray machine, and airport security managed to find it in the bin. Thank God for small miracles.

Then I managed to drop my new Kindle (3 Keyboard version) on the corner and it busted the screen to the point where the top 3 lines on the left side will not change anymore. And even though it was covered by a replacement plan (through Target, since I bought this through Amazon Marketplace, and the guy I purchased from bought it from Target), the replacement plan doesn’t cover “physical damage”. WTF. And of course, it’s outside of the 1-yr replacement plan by Amazon. So, essentially, I’m fucked. I have to buy a new Kindle when I just bought one a few months ago.

Do you KNOW what a pain in the ass it is to reload and re-categorize all of your damned books? Do you? It’s an enormous PITA. (It really makes me want to punch Kevin Bacon in the face. Why Kevin Bacon? Inside joke.)

At least I didn’t know about the replacement plan thing over the weekend so that I wasn’t pissed off the entire time at GRL.

GRL was absolutely fabulous. I met so many people whom I’ve spoken to online, authors and readers and reviewers alike. And it was a ton of fun. I know I made new friends, some even better friends, and I had a blast, from dancing, to singing [If anyone has video of me singing The Captain’s Wife’s Lament during karaoke on Friday night, let me know! Gods, I was so nervous for some ridiculous reason, and I know that song backward and forward, and I still flubbed it. I do better singing it to smaller groups.], to chatting with authors, to learning more about publishers. I adored meeting all those whom I did!

And I came home with so much more swag than I thought I would. I only bought 7 books, but I came home with over 20 due to freebies. It’s a miracle I got all of that into my suitcase since I only brought one smallish one. (Note to self for next year: leave room in the suitcase for the trip home!)

I’m thinking I’ll most likely be at GRL 2013 in Atlanta next year, because I can easily drive that instead of flying, though I might have to sweet-talk my husband into it. He missed me bunches while I was gone. Something about not getting to talk to me enough, having to deal with 2 small children by himself, and not appreciating until just now how I kick him out of bed in the mornings to get to his classes.

At least he did one load of dishes while I was gone. I guess I should go do the rest of the dishes, the laundry, and the groceries now. Oh, and sift through the pictures and video I took. =)

How NOT to market to me

•September 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Today I’m on Chicks & Dicks discussing my habits with social media and what I detest to see in the guise of ‘marketing’ on social media. YMMV.

My thoughts on world-building

•August 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Today on Chicks & Dicks, I’m talking about what you can do to make your world(-building) go ’round for me. In the simplest terms, it’s all about the WHY.

Please check it out. =)

Chicks & Dicks July post

•July 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

July is Abuse Awareness month over at Chicks & Dicks. I chose to share my first volunteer experience at an abuse shelter from when I was in college.

What can I contribute to ‘gay pride’?

•June 20, 2012 • Leave a Comment

This month is ‘Living Out and Proud’ month on Chicks & Dicks. Today I’m musing on exactly what I have to contribute to Pride when I don’t fall ‘under’ the rainbow, I watch over it. =)

Calvin and Hobbes on creative inspiration

•June 8, 2012 • 1 Comment

Calvin on Writing Creativity

Hobbes: Do you have an idea for your story yet?
Calvin: No, I’m waiting for inspiration.
Calvin: You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
Hobbes: What mood is that?
Calvin: Last-minute panic.

Just try to tell me any of my writer friends haven’t lived this. I won’t believe you. =)

Chicks N’ Dicks guest spot

•May 23, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Chicks N’ Dicks have asked me to do a regularly monthly piece for them, the first of which is posted today. This month’s theme is: Men In Uniform
The Reason We Adore Men in Uniform

And if you missed the first post I did for CND on what I want to see written and be able to read within the M/M genre, here’s the link to it:
Real Stories, Real Romance, Real Soon

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