Thursday, December 29, 2011

Call for Submissions: Chicken Soup for the Soul/Hockey

Here's one that'll be of special interest to my fellow Canadians: Chicken Soup for the Soul is looking for hockey stories! Got one? Write it up and submit:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey
101 Stories about the Greatest Game and the Families that Love to Play It

If you love hockey, we are looking for stories from you! This book, scheduled for publication October 2, 2012, will be written by and for hockey fans and families. The book will include stories from everyday hockey players and fans like you, as well as revealing personal stories from some of your favorite NHLers and hockey insiders.

Here are some suggested topics, but we know you can think of many more:
  • Early mornings
  • Family bonding around hockey
  • Finding a way to play
  • Playing hockey as a kid
  • Playing hockey as an adult
  • Learning to love hockey
  • Hockey traditions
  • Being a hockey parent
  • Arranging your life for hockey
  • Encounters with hockey stars
  • Stories about watching your country's teams play in the Olympics
  • Stories about great sportsmanship... and not so great!
  • What hockey means to you
  • Backyard rinks
  • Pick-up shinny games
  • The exhilaration of playing outdoors
  • Being part of a team
  • Any other great Chicken Soup for the Soul story that involves hockey
Your stories or poems need to be nonfiction and about your personal experiences or those of someone close to you. No "creative writing" please. We prefer stories written in the first person and no more than 1,200 words. If you ghost-write a story for someone else, that person, not you, will be listed as the author of the story. Stories should not have been previously published by Chicken Soup for the Soul or other major print publications.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for US $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO http://chickensoup.com
Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

DEADLINE FOR STORY
SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 30, 2012.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Festive Frenzy: The Red Satin Collection


For Christmas, I thought I'd showcase The Red Satin Collection one more time. Hope you're not sick of seeing this cover yet. ;-) Dawné Dominique did all the Red Satin series covers, and my goodness they are beautiful.

Merry Merry Merry Christmas!

Title: The Red Satin Collection
By: Giselle Renarde
Genre: Trans Lesbian Erotic Romance

Blurb:
The Red Satin Collection brings together all three transgender lesbian romance stories in Giselle Renarde’s erotic holiday trilogy. Red Satin, The Night Before Red Satin Christmas, and Red Satin Christmas, all previously published as individual eBooks by loveyoudivine Alterotica.

In Red Satin, mall magic inspires love and soon lust in the hearts of Regan and her transgender friend Maisie. Maisie’s family hasn’t seen her since she began her transition from male to female—not until she and Regan head home for the holidays in The Night Before Red Satin Christmas.

Regan figures she’s just along for the ride, lending her girlfriend support, until Maisie’s mother surprises her with a special dinner guest in Red Satin Christmas. Regan hasn’t spoken to her hard-drinking Cree father in years. Can she finally trust the man who’s once again claimed to have changed for good?

Together, Regan and Maisie face drama only Christmas can create. How will their well-meaning families impact their blossoming relationship?


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Festive Frenzy: The Best Kind of Prize


Title:The Best Kind of Prize

Author:DC Juris

Genre: m/m holiday romance

Blurb: Alan takes the reins on planning a secret holiday getaway, but Jack isn't overly thrilled with being kept in the dark about their destination. Unbeknownst to Alan, Jack has plans of his own - plans to ask for Alan's hand in marriage. When an argument and Alan's disappearance get in the way of Jack's romantic intentions, is their holiday ruined, or can Alan make things up to Jack in time to still have a Merry Christmas?


Buy Link:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_108&products_id=2962

Friday, December 23, 2011

Festive Frenzy: Junk


Title: Junk (Sequel to Vintage Toys for Lucky Boys)
Author: G.R. Richards
Genre: Gay Trans Holiday Romance

Blurb:
“Junk” is the term Randy uses to describe the contents of innumerable storage boxes strewn about his boyfriend Max’s living room, dining room, and even bedroom. All this “junk” is merchandise: Max and Randy deal in antiques and ephemera. The problem is that it's everywhere. Max is too emotionally attached to sell a lot of it, and Randy's starting to think material possessions mean more to Max than he does, just when he needs Max’s support the most: at the beginning of Randy’s transition from female to male.

Buy Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2075

Festive Frenzy: Vintage Toys for Lucky Boys


Title: Vintage Toys for Lucky Boys
Author: G.R. Richards
Genre: Gay Trans Holiday Romance

Blurb:
Max the firm and fit muscle-god doesn't fit Randy's mental picture of an antiques dealer. In fact, he's so smoking-hot, Randy can hardly breathe as Max appraises his shoebox full of vintage toys. The huge amount of money Max offers takes his breath away yet again. All Randy wants is to buy his supportive mom a really great Christmas gift, and this windfall will sure do it. There's only one catch, and it's a huge one: Randy's legal name is still Jennifer Ann. And despite how friendly Max is, Randy's afraid it will be a deal-breaker.

Buy Link:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=1625

Festive Frenzy: FREE READ! Chicken Soup for the Soul


Happy Holidays, and here's ANOTHER free read. If you're wondering why I'm posting Chicken Soup for the Soul stuff every so often, I guess I'll mini-announce now that I have a story in an upcoming book of theirs. I'll tell you more when it comes out, but my contribution is VERY queer (just like me--it's a true story, after all) so I'm overjoyed that it'll be read by so many people.

Anyway, that's for later. This is for now:

Available Now:
Download a FREE Chicken Soup for the Soul E-book

Dear Chicken Soup for the Soul readers,

Did you know that our books are available as e-books?

Now you can download a free Chicken Soup for the Soul e-book for your e-reader, smart phone, or computer! For a limited time, we are offering a free sampler of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and other websites where e-books are sold. We want to make sure you get a chance to see our books in e-book form, since we have retained our beautiful interior design in them.

The free e-book works on all e-readers - Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, iPod Touch, iPhone, and others, and all generations of them. Don't worry, though. If you don't have an e-reader (or receive one this holiday season) you can still enjoy this free book, full of heartwarming and inspirational stories, on your computer.

Happy Holidays,
Chicken Soup for the Soul

To download from Amazon: http://amzn.to/shsW6O
To download from Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/tYS2cB
To download from Apple iTunes: http://bit.ly/tYiaoD
To download from Kobo Books: http://bit.ly/uMSyrX

Festive Frenzy: Christmas Mistletoe


Title: Christmas Mistletoe

Author: M. Durango

Genre: Contemporary

Blurb: Ben Warren’s year is ending on a down note: he dumped his two-timing boyfriend, got laid off from his job, and moved home with his parents. Not sure what to do next, he spends the Christmas season working at his family’s Christmas Tree lot, a job he thought he’d left behind years before. When Nick Paine, a former high school track buddy, shows up in search of the perfect tree, Ben thinks it’s just another business transaction. Once Nick makes it obvious his interest is more personal, Ben realizes his year might end on a positive note after all.

Sample:

The afternoon of Christmas Eve was their last time selling; anything unsold would be set out for free, and Ben was glad to see that wouldn't be very much. All of the wreaths and other accessories were gone, and there were only a few spindly trees left. Ben was just getting finished closing up when he caught sight of Nick's Jeep parked along the curb.

He smiled and waved Nick over. "I didn't expect to see you."

Nick sauntered over, hands shoved in the pockets of his coat. "I was in the neighborhood. I know you close early on Christmas Eve."

"In the neighborhood, huh?" Ben couldn't wipe the grin off his face. "I'm almost done here." He gestured to the lot behind him. "If you want to grab a bite to eat."

"Actually." Nick flicked his gaze away for a second before continuing. "I've got stew in the crock pot at home. I thought I'd see if you wanted to share."

Ben's smile grew. "I'd love to share. I need to finish closing up; why don't I come over when I'm done?"

Nick rocked forward on his toes. "Good deal. I'll leave the porch light on." He grinned and headed back to his car.

Ben wished Nick's coat wasn't covering his ass.

Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_108&products_id=3438

Festive Frenzy: Haunting the Wolf


Haunting the Wolf
Spellbound for Love series
By D. McEntire
Paranormal Romance

Blurb:

A ghost and a werewolf—two curses setting them apart from the rest of the world. Can they find peace together?


Buy link: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=products_all&filter_author=63&zenid=ed54daff59b8c858d37030951bfdde1d

Festive Frenzy: Nobody Gets Lucky

Yes, I'm known primarily as an author of erotica, but I also write mainstream queer fiction every so often. This Christmas, I've got a brand new story of lesbian love and family drama on the market. It's called...
Nobody Gets Lucky
By Giselle Renarde
Genre: Mainstream Lesbian Fiction

Blurb:
When Justine brings Lucky home for Christmas, the family isn’t shy in expressing their dislike of the quirky, single mother. Even Grandma’s taking pot shots at Lucky all through dinner! Sure, Lucky’s tattoos and tight clothes make her an easy target in Mother’s prim and proper dining room, but there’s so much the family doesn’t understand about the woman Justine loves. When they do find out more about Lucky’s past, will they be willing to accept her at all, or will they be able to embrace Justine's new love?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Festive Frenzy: Tenacious Bea and the Bite of Destiny


Title:Tenacious Bea and the Bite of Destiny

Author: DC Juris

Genre: f/f holiday

Blurb:It's Christmas time, and Jenny couldn't care less! But when her toothless dog Tenacious Bea is accused of biting her neighbor, Jenny discovers that love and happiness are lurking just around the corner in the form of Anne from the Health Department. Anne feels horrible when she learns of the childhood tragedy that robbed Jenny of her Christmas spirit. With a little shove from destiny, and Tenacious Bea, she helps Jenny find her holiday cheer.

Buy Link:
http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_108&products_id=2982

Festive Frenzy: FREE READ! Narcissist Seeks Narcissist


It's not a holiday story, but for a limited time only it is FREE! Give yourself a gift--and a free one, at that.

Narcissist Seeks Narcissist is a lesbian erotic comedy (with the emphasis on comedy) and right now it's available to download FREE from All Romance Ebooks.

Szuszu the former model has survived on women and scotch since she was just a teenager. All these years, she's had her best friend Babette by her side, but now that Babette is married and setting off on a world tour, Szuszu feels utterly abandoned. As a pre-departure joke, Babette writes up a silly and snide little personal ad, which narcissistic Szuszu posts in hopes of attracting a woman who looks just like she did when she was young.

Naomi thinks Szuszu's post is hilarious -- what a great sense of humor! She can hardly believe the centrefold she stole from her dad's collection way back in the day is looking for love. It's not like her to answer a personal ad, but for the infamous Szuszu she'll make an exception. She thinks Szuszu looks fantastic, and Szuszu (who refuses to wear her glasses) thinks Naomi looks just like her. What could ensue but sex, love, and a whole lot of comedy?

I won't say any more, because I'm taking up valuable time you could spend hopping over to ARe to get your FREE copy. Enjoy!

Festive Frenzy: Winning In A Landslide


Title: Winning In A Landslide
Author: JM Cartwright
Genre: M/M Contemporary

Blurb: Sheriff Grissom has just won re-election, but the campaign got nasty. Johnny and Grissom are at odds with each other, the reality of their world sinking in for both men. Johnny's frustrated and Grissom's patience is stretched to the limit.

Johnny's come to understand exactly what their relationship could cost Grissom, and he's having second thoughts. But the two men have established a family, and a life together -- a good life, despite their differences. Plus, it's almost Christmas, and they're breaking in a new housekeeper. How will she like working for two daddies?

Can they really make it work in small-town West Virginia? Join the boys from A Change of Tune and find out.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Festive Frenzy: Perfect Christmas


Title:Perfect Christmas

Author: DC Juris

Genre:m/m/m holiday romance, light BDSM

Blurb:Depressed and lonely, Evan has nothing to look forward to on Christmas but his TV dinner and store-bought cookies, while his lover, Drake, spends the holiday traveling for business. But a special delivery changes everything, and Evan finds himself in the middle of a perfect Christmas. Worn out from his stocking stuffer, Evan’s not sure how he’s going to handle his present, but when Drake reveals that Evan’s gift is a threesome with none other than their hunky friend Mike, Evan summons the energy!

Buy Link: http://www.breathlesspress.com/perfect-christmas

Festive Frenzy: Naughty: Full to Bursting (New Release!)


If your holiday season is lacking in lesbian strap-on sex (and on a waterbed, no less!) then my new short ebook "Naughty: Full to Bursting" just might be for you. If it's lacking sex toy double penetration, then look out, sex ahead!

Naughty: Full to Bursting
By Giselle Renarde
Genre: Lesbian Erotica

Blurb:
After six months together, Wanda still hasn't told her children Janelle is more than just a friend. Janelle spends every evening at the house, helping with dinner and homework, but come 10 or 11 at night Wanda always sends her home. Their only chance for debauchery comes one weekend a month, when the kids visit their grandparents. With Christmas on the way, will tensions build too high for Janelle to handle, or will she be fully satisfied by Wanda's big, sexy gift?

Sample

“Wanda?”

Janelle sat up in the middle of the mattress, cradling the covers in both hands. Her back was bare, chilled not by the temperature of Wanda’s cozy home, but by her apprehension. The house was too quiet.

“Wanda?”

There was a squeak on the stairs and then a creak on the landing before Wanda appeared in the doorway. Janelle struggled with where to look first: she glanced at her woman’s face, but she couldn’t glean any emotion from that stony expression before her gaze shot down between Wanda’s thighs. Should she laugh or should she gasp? It was…wow, it was huge!

“Lost for words, little girl?” Wanda strutted into the bedroom, and that mammoth dildo bounced with every step. “Hey, you said you wanted more. I figured I'd give you part of your Christmas present a little early. Doubt you’ll be calling out for more after I fuck you with this monster.”

Janelle could feel saliva collecting under her tongue, and she forced herself to swallow. She couldn’t even remember what she’d been thinking about before. Now that she’d laid eyes on that big, veiny cock, she only wanted one thing.

“It’s new,” Janelle stammered, feeling like an idiot. Of course it was new, it was her Christmas gift!

The strap-on they usually used belonged to Janelle, but it was cheap, hard to wrangle, and the dildo that came with it was nothing to write home about. This new one was less a harness than a sleek pair of jockey shorts with a reinforced waistband and O-ring. Janelle had only ever seen them online, but that stretchy black fabric fit Wanda’s round ass like a wet dream.

Wanda crept up next to the bed, proud as punch, letting the new toy sway side to side. “Wanna touch it?”

Buy Link: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_108&products_id=3475

Festive Frenzy: Knowing it by Hart

CB Conwy:

Knowing it by Hart

(genre: Feel-good Christmas short)

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Blurb:
Brit's life is exactly how he wants it: neat, ordered, and disciplined, the way it needs to be if anybody is going to take a thirty-two year old CEO seriously. If that means being so discreet that you're basically in the closet, then so be it.

Then, at a charity dinner, he meets the good Mr. Hart. A very drunken Mr. Hart. Who gives Brit the kiss of his life. That's all that happens, of course; Brit has got a reputation to protect. Only, he can't get Mr. Hart out of his head, and he realizes that it might be time to make some changes.

Excerpt:
"It's all about sex."

The words carried very well through the lull in the conversation, and Brit couldn't help turning in his chair after the speaker's voice. It wasn't exactly what you expected at the annual contributor's Christmas dinner at the Symphony, after all.

The voice belonged to a man in his thirties, well dressed but with the subtly shoddy air of someone having had just one too many. The man's inebriation didn't do anything to diminish his good looks. Very good looks, in fact, the light brown hair was almost the same color as his eyes and he had the sweetest smile on his face.

And Brit was being entirely too obvious in his gawping. Discretion was more important to him than almost anything else.

He wasn't the only one being somewhat too open, though.

"Now, take the Rite of Spring. That's about a fertility ritual, and at the premiere, you couldn't even hear the music over the booing. If something's too sexy for Paris, then it's damn sexy." The last couple of words were a bit slurred, and the speaker was looming slightly to one side where his dinner partner, an elderly lady with an aristocratic air, had a hard time concealing the slightly uneasy look on her face.

"I must admit to being rather more interested in Haydn than Stravinsky, Mr. Hart." Her tone was polite. She must have incredibly good manners.

"Yes! Haydn." It didn't deter the inebriated speaker in the slightest to have his subject changed. "Do you know the Farewell Symphony, Mrs. Campbell?"

"Oh, yes." Poor Mrs. Campbell sounded relieved. "It's a charming piece of music; so very moving when the musicians leave one by one. The Symphony played it a couple of years back when the financial circumstances threatened a cut to the orchestra. But I believe that was before your time, Mr. Hart. How long have you been writing the program notes now?"

The valiant attempt at changing the subject was completely lost on Mr. Hart. "That symphony is about sex, too."

"Knowing it by Hart" is available at Torquere Press: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2952 or All Romance: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-niceknowingitbyheart-523899-144.html

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Festive Frenzy: Saved by the Sheriff


Title: Saved by the Sheriff
Author: Carol Preflatish
Genre: romantic suspense

Blurb: When writer Jaime Wilson visits Indiana to investigate an unsolved mystery, she
finds herself becoming the next target and Sheriff Ben Hunter comes to her
rescue. She didn't count on falling in love with him and he didn't think he
would have to work so hard to keep her safe.

Buy Link:
http://bit.ly/ScpPre

Festive Frenzy: Nice: The Joy of Christmas Shopping


Title: ”Nice: The Joy of Christmas Shopping”
Author: Mara Ismine
Genre: Contemporary m/m

Blurb: Is visiting a sex shop with your best friend a good antidote to Christmas shopping? Or is it a good way to move the relationship to something more than just best friends? Keith and David are about to find out.

Festive Frenzy: The Long Way Home


Title: The Long Way Home
Author: G.R. Richards
Genre: Gay/Contemporary

Blurb:
Nothing grabs a guy's attention like the words, "We need to talk."

For months now, Jordan and Faro have been at each other's throats. Their long-term committed relationship is mired by petty arguments about anything and everything, but Jordan's convinced they can make it past the holidays. After all, how heartless would a man have to be to throw his partner out in the street three days before Christmas?

About as heartless as Faro, apparently, who packs Jordan's bags and puts him on the train to his mother's house.

But there's more love, more passion, and more compassion in their relationship than even Jordan had realized. What treasure awaits him when he arrives in his hometown for the holidays?

Festive Frenzy: All The Way

No sense hosting a holiday party if I don't get to showcase some of my own titles, right? This book actually sold well all summer, if you can believe it. I guess a lot of readers want a little Christmas in July.

Title: All The Way
Author: Giselle Renarde
Genre: Multicultural MMF Menage

Blurb:
When Josie invites her long-ago boyfriend Kaz to stay with her family over the holidays, there are a few things she doesn't anticipate. Kaz admitting he's still a virgin after all these years? That's a weird surprise. Her husband Rob's attempt to give Kaz a little relief in the hot tub? A weird and very sexy surprise. But what about the threesomes in the attic, bedroom, and living room, followed by Josie's jealousy when Kaz falls for her older sister? Nope, she didn't see that one coming.

Festive Frenzy: His Christmas Gift: Myrna's Submission


Title: His Christmas Gift: Myrna's Submission
Author: Dakota Trace
Genre: BDSM
Blurb:Once active in the BDSM lifestyle, Myrna Doherty was betrayed by the very man who’d promised to love her and her submissive obedience forever: her husband and Master. When Grant leaves both her and Caelan behind Myrna vows to never allow herself to depend upon any Dom again. She never expects to go back on her vow, but then again she never expects her home to be invaded by Doms and subs for the holidays in the disguise of her family.

Panicked at the idea of alienating what little family she has left, she comes up with a plan. She turns to the one man left in the lifestyle she trusts: Amery Alastar, Caelan’s former mentor. She prays that he’ll agree to help ease her back into the now unfamiliar world of BDSM. After all it’s only temporary - until Christmas is over and she can return to her normal life. At least it’s what she tells herself, never realizing Amery has a completely different outcome in mind: he wants her submission and not just temporarily.

Buy Link:
http://www.excessica.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=477&zenid=af93641767fec59cf7371033519b9a10

It's Festive Frenzy 2011

Christmas really snuck up on me this year. Luckily I bought Sweet's gift months ago (it's jewellery!) and ordered Heart & Stroke lottery calendars for my family a while back, or I would be last-minute scrambling right now. In terms of gift-giving, I've really scaled down. No more buying people crap they have no use for.

As for Donuts & Desires' "Festive Frenzy"? Well, that's a bit more of a scramble. Totally my fault. But, of course, you'd never know it was a scramble if I hadn't just told you, so... that was sort of stupid. Oh well.

Thanks to all participating authors, we'll be showcasing lots of winter and holiday themed books over the next week or so.

Are you ready to get festive? Because once it starts, it ain't gonna stop.

Okay. Here goes.

Festive Frenzy is... ON!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stuff Your Stockings with Red Satin!


*UPDATE: Please note the contest is now closed and prizes have been distributed to all winners. Thanks for entering. See you at the V-day Blog Hop!*

You've reached Giselle Renarde's stop on the Stuff Your Stockings Christmas Blog Hop!

What's up for grabs? Why, it's my latest major release, The Red Satin Collection.

This one's for all you fans of LGBTQ fiction. The Red Satin Collection is a compilation of all three stories in the Red Satin series. All in all, it's a transgender lesbian Christmas erotic romance. There aren't too many of those on the market, so enter my contest to win a PDF copy!

I'll also be giving away 3 secondary prizes of Red Satin, the first ebook in the Red Satin collection, and if more than 25 people enter this contest I'll add on tertiary prizes of other ebooks in loveyoudivine's TransFix line, like Secrets of the Solstice Sacrifice and Spring Fever.

Entering the contest is easy! Just click this link and fill in your email address:


(In case you're wondering, I use this method so that you don't have to post your email address in the comments. I know we're all getting more protective of our contact info these days.)

More about The Red Satin Collection:
Coming home means coming out.

The Red Satin Collection brings together all three transgender lesbian romance stories in Giselle Renarde’s erotic holiday trilogy. Red Satin, The Night Before Red Satin Christmas, and Red Satin Christmas, all previously published as individual eBooks by loveyoudivine Alterotica.

In Red Satin, mall magic inspires love and soon lust in the hearts of Regan and her transgender friend Maisie. Maisie’s family hasn’t seen her since she began her transition from male to female—not until she and Regan head home for the holidays in The Night Before Red Satin Christmas.

Regan figures she’s just along for the ride, lending her girlfriend support, until Maisie’s mother surprises her with a special dinner guest in Red Satin Christmas. Regan hasn’t spoken to her hard-drinking Cree father in years. Can she finally trust the man who’s once again claimed to have changed for good?

Together, Regan and Maisie face drama only Christmas can create. How will their well-meaning families impact their blossoming relationship?

Excerpt:
They sat in silence, Maisie's cheek nestled into Regan's chest. The shoppers downstairs generated a cacophony that surged to a peak before coming to a magical silence. A Salvation Army quintet took up their instruments. The muted sound of two silver trumpets, a trombone, a tuba, and a French horn filled the air with a melancholic rendition of Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Regan closed her eyes, transported from mall to concert hall. She imagined Maisie in that shimmering blue gown, diamonds around her neck, the epitome of feminine beauty. In her best suit, Regan would escort her new girlfriend to every big event. The whole city would see this gorgeous girl on her arm. When she took a deep breath, the scent of Maisie's cheerful perfume overwhelmed her senses. Regan floated on a cloud of citrus-and-lily.

"I do get frightened, you know," Maisie admitted, cuddling closer. "Of being called out, I mean. And of that looming threat of physical violence." She took a deep breath before asking, "How is my family going to react when I ring their doorbell? I wish I had a big strong girlfriend to protect me."

Opening her eyes, Regan found Maisie gazing up at her like a pulp fiction cover girl brimming with sweet desperation. Regan flexed the arm Maisie wasn't leaning against.

"Oh… you are strong," Maisie cooed. "You could protect me."

"I sure could," Regan began as Maisie wrapped a hand around her muscle. "If I were your girlfriend…"

Now the bashful Southern belle, Maisie released Regan's arm and looked demurely to the floor. With a hint of an anticipatory smile, she asked, "Do you want to be my girlfriend?"

Laughing over the quintet's Christmas Carol, Regan asked, "What did I say two minutes ago? Yes, I want to be your girlfriend!" Again, she breathed in the scent of sunny perfume. Maisie was beyond adorable, her dimpled cheeks plump with leftover baby fat. Her squeezable curves melted against Regan's body as she flicked brunette bangs away from her eyes.

Tracing the line of Maisie's jaw from ear to chin, Regan eased Maisie's expectant lips closer until their gloss grazed hers. For a moment, Maisie hesitated, her warm breath soaking Regan's moistened lips. She waited, her body throbbing, until Maisie placed a caring hand at the back of her head and pulled her into a heated kiss. Maisie's tongue was hot, pulsing against Regan's, their heads switching sides like rapid fire. Regan wrapped herself around Maisie's curves, digging her nails into the flesh at Maisie's sides, moaning into the depths of her luscious mouth.

Just as the flames of passion overwhelmed Regan's body, Maisie broke away with a startled look in her eye.

"What's wrong?" Regan asked.

Maisie chuckled nervously, touching fingertips to her engorged lips. She shook her head and giggled. "I just don't know what I want."


The Red Satin Collection is written by me, Giselle Renarde, published by loveyoudivine Alterotica, and available in print from Amazon and as an ebook from most reputable e-tailers.

But you could win your copy in this contest! Click here to enter!


And remember, there are tons of prizes to win in the Stuff Your Stockings Blog Hop, including gift certificates, ebooks, and lots of swag. To visit other participating sites, click here!

Hugs,
Giselle
--
Giselle Renarde

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Call for Submissions: JMS Shorts

Hi Authors!
Came across another call for submissions I thought I'd pass along:

** PERMISSION TO FORWARD GRANTED **

Do you have a short story no longer under contract? Maybe you've sent something to an anthology but it didn't get selected for that volume. Or maybe it was published in a collection by Alyson Books or Cleis Press and you'd like to see it re-released as a stand-alone e-book but don't know where to send it.

Here's an idea ... send it to us!

JMS Books LLC http://www.jms-books.com/ is a small queer press specializing in GLBT erotic romance. We release 3 e-books a week and 3 print titles a month. Authors receive 50% net on royalties from all sales. We're currently looking for GLBT short stories in all subgenres. Stories must be at least 5,000 words and no more than 20,000 words in length.

Full submission guidelines can be found on our site at http://www.jms-books.com . If you're responding to this particular submissions call, please send us the FULL MANUSCRIPT and don't worry about including a synopsis.

What are you waiting for? Show us your shorts!

J.M. Snyder
JMS Books LLC
A Queer Small Press

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Nobody Gets Lucky: Getting Inspired by Local Artists

I have a new Christmas story on the market today. NOBODY GETS LUCKY is, as the title suggests, not my normal go-to of erotic fiction. Like my lesbian eating disorder short UGLY NAKED PEOPLE, this new release is queer fiction... with a holiday twist.

Before getting into the pitchy side of this post, I want to tell you more about the title. I think it's pretty inspired, and I can say that without feeling too full of myself, because it's actually inspired by a local artist named Lucky Jackson.

Now, just to be clear, none of the characters in this story were inspired by the artist in question. It's all a matter of names--and first names only, at that. See, I met Lucky last year at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and I bought a few monstrously cool pieces from her. Right now her "thing" is embroidery art, and the stuff she produces is just... wow. Just cool beyond cool. Cooler than I could ever hope to be.

So, one day I was sitting at my computer trying to devise a title for a story I had in mind. The story was about a young lesbian, a single mother, spending Christmas with her girlfriend's family. They don't understand her. They don't like her. What could I call this story?

Nobody understands this girl...

I'm looking up at the works by Lucky Jackson hanging over my computer, contemplating.

Nobody gets her...

Hey, what if I named my character Lucky?

Nobody Gets Lucky

Perfect! The title was absolutely perfect, and I found it with the help of Lucky Jackson's art on my wall. If you're curious (and I'm sure you are) how about checking out her amazingly awesome embroidery? Like this portrait of Emilio Estevez (one of my faves) or Billy Idol (my girlfriend's fave) and more. Here's her website.

Now that you've heard the in-depth history of the title, want to know a little more about the story? Well, first off, it's available at 30% at the Untreed Reads store throughout December, and there's a buy one get another 40% off deal going on too!

Description:
When Justine brings Lucky home for Christmas, the family isn’t shy in expressing their dislike of the quirky, single mother. Even Grandma’s taking pot shots at Lucky all through dinner! Sure, Lucky’s tattoos and tight clothes make her an easy target in Mother’s prim and proper dining room, but there’s so much the family doesn’t understand about the woman Justine loves. When they do find out more about Lucky’s past, will they be willing to accept her at all, or will they be able to embrace Justine's new love?

A short story from our Nibs literary line.

Excerpt:

“Was that stuffing cooked inside the turkey?” Lucky had been bouncing the baby on her knee, but she stopped now to peer at the dish, making a face everyone else at the table would probably view as uncouth.

“That tray was, yes.” Justine’s mom plastered on a smile, but it was obviously fake. “But I baked another little dish of stuffing all by its lonesome.”

Lucky breathed an exaggerated sigh of relief. “Oh, that’s good. I won’t eat anything that’s come in contact with meat.”

Justine knew that Lucky didn’t mean to be rude. She’d been looking forward to the tastes of Christmas dinner ever since Justine had invited her to this family gathering, and she obviously didn’t want to miss out on the best part. Thanksgiving and Christmas were the only times stuffing made an appearance on this table, and Justine’s mom’s cranberry-and-walnut was to die for.

Beaming that same irritated smile, her mother said, “Justine’s the same way. That’s why I made a special batch for the two vegetarians.”

“Three,” Lucky said. Her slick black hair tumbled over her shoulder as she gazed at the baby whose tiny feet rested on her thigh. With his fat little face tilted to one side, he looked like an old man asleep standing up. “Looks like Zadyn needs a nap before nom-noms. He’s vegetarian too.”

Justine’s brothers’ jaws dropped, and her cousin Andrea laughed unapologetically. Justine shot them a death glare, but they were focused on the woman they’d already labelled a freak.

“Your baby’s vegetarian?” Andrea let the laughter fade to a faint giggle instead of trying to talk over it.

Grandma Thornton didn’t seem half so amused. The tight purse of her lips broke to say, “Children need their protein. They need nutrients to grow. You must feed a growing child meat!”

Andrea’s titters continued as Justine’s youngest brother leaned forward. In an overstated show of mock-concern, he lisped, “I don’t mean to alarm you, but the stuffing was baked in the same oven as the meat products. Terribly sorry for the inconvenience.”

Insufferable little red-haired Andrea pulled the zipper on her hoodie up over her lips. She was laughing silently, but with such force her eyes teared up. Justine’s head buzzed. If these people weren’t family, she’d have taken them out back and taught them some manners.

Rising from the table, Lucky heaved tired baby Zadyn to her hip. One of the things Justine admired most about the girl was her deliberate obliviousness. She grabbed the side of Lucky’s chair and slid it out of the way so it wouldn’t tumble over. In her peripheral vision, she saw her mother’s scowl as the wooden feet screeched against the floor. God forbid the hardwood should suffer!

Justine tried not to stare at Lucky’s ass as she bent to ease Zadyn into his stroller, but it was hard not to ogle a girl she found so alluring. As far as the family was concerned, Lucky was just a friend who’d been invited along because she had nowhere else to go at Christmas. That much was true, at least—her mother had disowned her when she got pregnant with Zadyn. And selfish as it seemed, Zadyn’s existence was a nice little red herring for Justine. When most people saw a young mother with an itty bitty baby, they didn’t automatically think, lesbian.

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Hope you enjoy my queer Christmas short!
Hugs,
Giselle
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Quick Six PRO
 with Sable Jordan

With the final Quick Six of 2011, here's Sable Jordan!
Quick Six PRO

Interview with Sable Jordan

Q: What's the most time-consuming part of a writer's life?

Sable: Hands down marketing. Just like there’s no “I” in “team”, there’s no “market” in “writer”. ;) If you don’t have a strategy and set a time limit, you’ll find yourself running in circles trying to get your book “out there”, and that’ll eat away at your writing time. Or worse, you’ll write around your marketing time, which means your priorities have shifted.

Q: What should a writer's priority be?

Sable: Writing, writing, and writing, and doing all three well. Develop your craft. There’s always something you can do to make your writing better, so take a little time each month to see where you can improve and expand your skill set. But don't. Stop. WRITING!

Q: How do you handle a bad review?


Sable: I get chocolate wasted! I’m kidding—getting chocolate wasted doesn't require prompting. Everyone’s not going to like my writing; I get that. Like I always say, you’re entitled to your opinion, even if it’s wrong! LOL! I read a bad review and move on.

Q: What advice do you give aspiring authors?


Sable: Small bites. Whatever it is you’re working on—outlining, character development, marketing—break it down into manageable pieces and you’ll find you’re more productive than if you try to tackle it all at once. Also, be patient, especially when it comes to sales. It takes a while to build a fan base, so just keep working your craft until the world finally recognizes your genius! :)

Q: What makes an editor great or...not so great?


Sable: A great editor will tell you when you’re writing crap. Don’t take it personally, we all write crap sometimes. Crap happens. And after working on a book for months, we authors are imaginative enough to convince ourselves that we haven’t written crap at all. Smell? What smell? Enter your great editor, who takes that crap-bespeckled 300 pages of blood, sweat and tears and helps you make it a rose-scented diamond. And they’ll do it by telling you specifically what they like and don’t like, where your POV has changed, if you’ve got tense issues...etc.

A not so great editor is a “yes”-person. Hand them a check for their services and your manuscript—be honest, it’s crapaliscious in places—and they’ll tell you “It’s amazing! Don’t change a thing! If you look up fabulous in the dictionary, your story would be the definition!” If you want your ego stroked while you throw around money, I suggest a stripper...or a Doxy. Shameless plug :) Make it rain!

Q: If you've ventured into self-publishing, what are the pros and cons?


Sable: I just started my company, Fresh Whet INK, and so far the biggest pro is controlling it all. Setting up my own release schedule means my work hits the stores when I want and I can track sales instantly. It also justifies my increased wine and chocolate consumption. Brain food's a tax write-off, right? Cons: controlling it all. LOL! It’s a lot of work, especially marketing and promo. Just means being more disciplined and making better use of my time. No more playing Diner Dash. *sigh*

The Doxy's Daybook: A Friday in Two Acts
Blurb: Call her Roz. All of her fans do.... Follow along with Rosalyn Hayes, a professional doxy. She's more than an actress, she's "a permanent affair." Every day, this southern-born beauty stars in a play she's also written and produced for an audience that doubles as co-star. It's a performance showing on a stage way off Broadway, the grandest stage of all—the hustle and bustle of life in New York. Told in 1st person, from the time the curtains go up until they go down you'll find yourself mesmerized by each deliciously naughty act.
Warning: 18+ Only! This title contains erotic scenes, graphic language, anal sex, M/M sex, M/F/M sex, Cowboy sex, F/F sex, (sheesh, there's a lot of sex) umm...sex on a desk, sex toys, some light bondage, interracial/international sex, and a doxy with a smart mouth. Yep, that should cover it.



Sable Jordan
Stories so Whet, you'll want to lick my INK!