My heart is heavy and my thoughts are elsewhere. I'm sure next week we'll all be back. Much love always, julia
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
1998 - Michelangelo's "Christ and the Woman of Samaria" sold for $7.4 million.
1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger explodes 73 seconds after liftoff.
1984 - Mr. Glynn Wolfe marries for a non-bigamous record 26th time in Las Vegas.
1978 - Ted Nugent autographs a fan's arm with his knife.
1969 - Barbara Jo Rubin becomes the first woman jockey to win in North America.
1962 - Johanne Relleke gets stung by bees 2,443 times and survives.
1956 - Elvis Presley's first TV performance.
1951 - US performs nuclear tests in Nevada.
1935 - Iceland becomes first country to legalize abortion.
1932 - First US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin).
1915 - First US ship lost in WWI.
1878 - First telephone exchange.
1613 - Galileo may have unknowingly viewed undiscovered planet Neptune.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I’m also going through a difficult edit and revision that has planted more than a few doubts in my confidence. Is the struggle to get e-published worth it?
The other day one of my dour friends sent me several articles from the New York Times stating that “best selling” authors on Kindle are actually having to give their books away for free to attract new readers, piracy is rampant and lots of other negative stuff. My friend titled the email “a depressing trend.”
Thanks “D” that’s just what I needed to hear this week.
Ten seconds later my best friend Teri sent me several emails about the new Apple Tablet multi-media, e-reader, which will be premiered today. She focused on how exciting it was and that it and future products like it will revolutionize reading and buying habits. She also sent several articles about e-publishing in general, which were incredibly positive. I felt as if she had sent me the antidote to the first dose of poison.
Then it occurred to me that this is the wild west of publishing and e-authors are pioneers. A definitive business model for e-publishing, distribution and copyright protection has yet to emerge, but I’m certain it eventually will. The next several years will reshape the publishing industry for a generation and we get to be part of it.
Think of the first days of public publishing. Kings, warlords or high priests ordered their names and deeds carved in megalithic monuments-impressive but it’s not for everyone.
Next, cumbersome tablets were painstakingly carved in stone, clay or embossed on copper and stored in sacred places—more people are literate but it’s tedious work.
Papyrus scrolls were more convenient than clay tablets but they are incredibly fragile, yet this very fragileness seems to encourage a burst of creativity. For the first time common craftspeople start creating poetry, love letters, illustrated text, ribald jokes and even pornography. For the first time human thought is committed to writing and shared purely for entertainment.
When the Gutenberg press came along publishing became available to the masses. Pamphlets were all the rage and those humble publications eventually evolved into the King James Bible, state propaganda and newspapers all of which literally changed the world. Over night everyone wanted to be a politician and had the tools to do it.
Today the sheer volume of information and the weight of paper and the storage space it requires have brought us to the cusp of the next revolution. New publishing methods have always heralded the arrival of new content.
Today we are writing with light. We take up no physical space. Digital publishing looks incredibly fragile and finite when compared to a carved block of stone, yet it is infinitely more powerful and travels at the speed of thought. An author can now share their most personal thoughts and fantasies with the world. Our ancestors would see this as undreamed of freedom and it’s worth facing a few bumps in the road.
I think I’ll stick around and hash out my issues with e-publishing.
Of special note: Johannes Gutenberg first business failure was a “mirror to catch the light of Holy relics” When that venture didn’t pan out he was forced to pay back investors with another invention he was working on—the movable type press. In light of the digital age I’m not so sure his first idea was a failure…
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I've decided to write a quick story but keep in mind that since it's Opposite Day, nothing will be as it's written here...so get that creative, fantasy mind of yours involved and join in the fun!
Marcy was tired of dating the same boring men she knew night after night so willingly agreed to a blind date her loving brother suggested.
She decided to go for a more demure look, something simple and conservative. Normal makeup and hairstyle and casual clothes seemed the right choice. After all, she had to make a good impression and never had a bad hair day in her life. Her closet was full of suits and dresses every businesswoman needed. How could she go wrong?
Marcy was absolutely shocked when the man of her dreams showed up at her door driving the classiest car she'd ever seen. Leroy was handsome, virile, a living Adonis. How had he avoided being caught by other women? Leroy invited her out to a ballgame and dinner. No way would she refuse!
She adored baseball, and had no problem maneuvering the steps in her conservative outfit. Her date wasn't hungry, so he gave her money to buy her food and off she toddled to find a food concession.
He jokingly told her to watch out for other men who might try to steal her away from him.
Decisions, decisions. So many appetizing meals tempted her, but she finally made her choice and took her food back to their seats.
After a wonderful evening, she invited him into her apartment. Lust and desire to have him all to herself forced Marcy to utilize a love doll, one she quickly crafted in her bathroom. Hoping Leroy would fall in love with her, she gently stuck love pins into the doll's body, wishing he'd fall under her love spell.
Marcy decided to put on her most alluring sleepwear. Her gorgeous top, green flannel bottoms, and fuzzy bunny slippers always sent her lovers into wild attacks of passionate desire. She popped into the kitchen to make them a snack while she prayed that her love doll would work its magic on Leroy.
By the time she entered the living room, Leroy had already shed his pants, giving her a look at his sexy body and shorts. Her love doll had worked!
Imagining what pleasures awaited their evening of passion, Marcy smiled and walked into his open arms and gave him her most flirtatious kiss.
The night was theirs, and theirs alone. Leroy could satisfy her every need and craving. And, after checking out his assets, Marcy was positive he would be her soulmate, the man she'd love forever. After hours of pleasure, they fell asleep in each other's arms. Marcy silently thanked her loving brother for bringing Leroy into her life.
I hope you enjoyed my "Opposite Day" romance story. Now, you can use your imagination and create one of your own.
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My romance books aren't Opposite Day ones! Visit www.mariannestephens.net for mainstream romances and www.aprilash.net for erotic romances.
Available 19 February: "Anything You Can Do" by Marianne Stephens, at: www.breathlesspress.com
Now in print: "Gone to the Dogs" by Marianne Stephens at http://www.jasminejade.com/m-310-marianne-stephens.aspx
Videos: "Gone to the Dogs": http://www.mariannestephens.net/images/Gonetothedogs3.wmv
"Anything You Can Do": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSho7Mus4zo
Sunday, January 24, 2010
So I am sneaking this video in before the Sunday Scribe wakes up and finds it...Heh heh heh!
If you are the Sunday Scribe, just go ahead and post...and thanks for lending me the wee hours of your day... ;)
Double Your Pleasure
Friday, January 22, 2010
A dog's mouth IS cleaner than a human mouth, but a cat's mouth is not.
You need less detergent in your washer than you think - 2-4 tablespoons.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
When I took my driving test, turn signals were not optional.
Do people truly believe if they keep a chain email going that health, wealth and prosperity will follow?
Cats do not always land on their feet when they fall off of something.
Why is it that people who try out for Survivor don’t practice making f*cking fire before they get there?
In a movie theater, the act of holding up your cell phone to check messages, text, look at pictures, surf the web and whatever else you’re doing is just as annoying as letting it ring.
During any discussion, repeating a point at ever increasing decibels will not cause me to suddenly agree with you.
Despite the level of detail in my grocery list, I will always forget something important.
Why does a car make a strange noise until the mechanic takes it for a test drive?
I’d love to hear your random thoughts!!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
My neighbor Fritz runs a successful food import company. He is also a native of Haiti who grew up in Port Au Prince.
The Sunday before the earthquake, Fritz stopped by our house to chat. We have a pineapple guava tree that bears fruit in the winter. The scent is pungent and lovely and acted as a magnet to attract Fritz. My husband picked some fruit to share and we had the pleasure of watching Fritz’ face as he bit into a ripe guava. Fritz’ expression was ecstatic. He actually moaned with pleasure and said, “This scent reminds of Haiti and my childhood. I need to go back there and help my family. I’m thinking of becoming a mentor and opening a business school.”
We ate guavas and talked a little about Haiti.
Less than 48 hours later the unthinkable happened. Fritz’ immediate family survived the earthquake but their home, the home he was raised in and the surrounding neighborhood was utterly destroyed.
As of last night, Fritz is awaiting a seat on a supply plane. Perhaps he will fly with Doctors without Borders or another group. He will be going as an interpreter and organizer. He doesn’t know exactly when he is going to get to Haiti but he knows he is going.
I know this is not how he envisioned his return to Haiti. I also know he is needed there more than ever.
My heart is with Haiti.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The BIG news that has me doing the snoopy dance is the contract in my inbox this morning for Research Required. I resubmitted it to my editor Saturday and received the contract today. It needed a little tweaking which I did and much to my editor’s satisfaction, obviously. :o)
So while this New Year started off on a low note, the last week has been a huge turnaround for me.
Happy Tuesday everyone. Next Tuesday is the release of my latest ménage from EC called Ignited. I’ll be posting the blurb and excerpt along with a contest, so make sure to stop back!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Now, what to do with my handsome catch? Do I put him on ice for future use? Bundle him up, take him home to my winter abode, and have him warm my nights? And, days?
What would you do?
Josh was floating in a secluded beach area I stumbled upon. Wanting a full tan, he opted for his birthday suit and contemplated getting another year older. So did I...I mean, think about getting older. But, one look at his...assets, and after his careful scrutiny of me...had me convinced that adult age is meaningless where passion is involved.
When I offered hot drinks by a burning fireplace...along with my heated desire...he enthusiastically agreed to brave the winter weather and leave the ocean behind. What a wonderful beach souvenir I brought home...sure beats the shells and sand!
My goal, of course, was to keep him in those speedos...or less...and forgo the need for anything warmer than hot flesh-on-flesh.
So...have my mini stories warmed you? Is your mind going beyond what I've mentioned? Do you have sexy visions of what happened after Adam, Josh, Chris, and I, made it to our cozy, wintry abode? Use all those delightful, naughty thoughts and images, and warm up your life. Even if you're in the middle of summer wherever you live, these guys can fill a place in your fantasies!
Photos: www.rockshots.com, G.e.o.r.g.e'sphotostream, Flickr, endot'sphotostream, Flickr
None of my books take place at the beach, but all have "HOT" action! Visit http://www.aprilash.net/ (erotic romance) and http://www.mariannestephens.net/ (mainstream romance) for information about my ebooks and print books.
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Saturday, January 16, 2010
But not here!
For your viewing pleasure, here is my new romantic suspense from:
Friday, January 15, 2010
Well, my stud muffin and I don't talk about our sex life, at least not to anyone who can put a name to a face. Thank God for internet anonymity!
Does she want me to share my muffin? Ya think? Uh...no...I do not share.
So why are we friends? Because beneath her oversexed and very beautiful exterior, is buried an insecure little girl who has problems with intimacy. Sex, no. Intimacy, yes. But I will tell you, boy oh boy, does she give me material to work with.
*Fran Lee, focus your dirty mind, here!*
So here's what I heard - She's dumped the boy toy, her 21 year old pool boy, and she's currently juggling two forty-something men at one time, neither knows about the other. Man-toy number one spends half the year in Europe and half the year in South America. His naughty bits are of adequate size, not huge, but he knows how to use them and he likes to use them often. And he has a mole on his...and he does this with his tongue and - Oh Gawd...don't tell me any more!!!
Man-toy number two has a bit of a pot belly, not her usual type, but he's domestic, loves wine, cooking, city life and, most important, she says he's huge, the biggest she's ever had, and her orgasms are to die for and he can go for hours and hours and hours and I'm getting tired just hearing it.
Of course, sitting in a public coffee shop, trying hard to keep from sticking my fingers in my ears, while saying, "Ew! Ew! Ew!", because I kinda sorta don't want to know all the positions she's tried...thanks to yoga and all that...I'm thinking stupid things, like, how's their hygiene? Are they circumcized? Do their balls hang low...do they wobble to and fro - these are the things I'm thinking while trying not to laugh and avoid answering her questions about my own sex life.
A lady never tells. A smile, a nod, a slight wince in the nether regions...
It's funny how I can write a very descriptive sex scene in a book, but try to talk to me about it IRL - unless you are my stud muffin - and my face turns red, I totally clam up, cover my ears and sing - lalalalalala.
Oh yeah, almost forgot - join me over at Erotic Romantic Crush Junkies and maybe win a copy of one of my romance/suspense books! http://erjunkiesreviewsblogspot.com/
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Copyright: TESSIE BRADFORD, 2009
All rights reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
“It’s obvious, honey, that Jason turns you on.” Kate opened her mouth to protest but Bryan put his finger to her lips, silencing her. “That’s not a bad thing, Katie.” He took her hand and laid it over his crotch. “I’ve never been so horny in my whole life.”
“Bryan, I don’t know what you have in mind but…”
“I think you know exactly what we have in mind. I also think that if you could just relax, you would discover that it excites you as much as it does us.” He pressed on her shoulders until she was reclined against the arm of the couch. He carefully lifted her legs up off the floor so that she was comfortably positioned and then he crawled up next to her and began kissing her in earnest.
Kate’s thoughts were in such turmoil that she just closed her eyes, wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back with all the emotions that were swirling through her. Did Bryan truly want her to make love with both of them? Did Jason actually find her as attractive as Bryan seemed to? Did she have the nerve to follow through with what she felt was her wildest secret fantasy? She knew that Bryan would never let anything bad happen, she trusted him completely. But what if she let him down? Or couldn’t do what he wanted? Or fainted dead away from the adrenaline coursing through her veins?
“Katie, your heart is beating so hard, just relax. Nothing’s going to happen that you don’t want to happen,” he whispered, as he began kissing down the side of her neck. “You are the most desirable, sexy, loving woman that I have ever known and I want to experience everything with you, Katie.” Bryan nipped and tasted her skin on his journey down to the deep V of her sweater. He gently squeezed her breasts together so that they were cradling his face.
A sigh of pure lust escaped Katie’s lips as she entwined her fingers in Bryan’s hair and held him to her. Her body relaxed into the plush cushions and her legs spread of their own will to allow him to nestle more tightly against her.
Bryan wanted to shout his excitement out loud when he felt Katie give in. He was going to make sure that this night lived up to her wildest dreams. He knew that Jason was now sitting in the recliner across the room from them, watching, and he also knew that from her angle, Kate was unaware of Jason’s presence. He moved his hands to the bottom of her sweater and slowly rolled it up.
Kate let go of Bryan’s hair and raised her arms above her head to allow him to remove her sweater. She opened her eyes and gloried in the appreciative smile he gave when he discovered her new bra. With a slight growl, he lowered his head to her breast and blew warm breath over her nipple before taking it in his mouth through the silky fabric. He sucked until her nipple was rock hard and then moved to attend to the other one. Ever so slowly, he began to inch his way down her body, first licking the underside of each breast, then kissing her ribs and ending up with his tongue swirling into her belly button. She couldn’t help her little sighs and moans as her body became hypersensitive.
Bryan sat back on his knees and popped the button of Kate’s jeans. She didn’t even think before she raised her hips to allow him to pull the denim down her legs. His sexy laughter though, brought her up on her elbows and she grinned playfully when he discovered the wisp of fabric that covered her.
“Do you like?” she purred as she lifted her feet to let him finish removing her pants. The answer that she got wasn’t from Bryan. She finally realized that Jason was in the room when he rose slowly from the chair and walked toward them.
“Katie, please,” Jason implored her as he knelt down and placed his hands on either side of her head, “Let me love you too, darlin’.”
What Kate saw was totally uninhibited passion in his expression. This was the moment that would decide everything. She suddenly realized that she had the power. There were two magnificent men just wanting to pleasure her in every way imaginable. She wanted to give into it, she wanted to have this experience, she just wanted…
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
After months of struggling to complete numerous WIPs, I finally sent a couple of completed books to my editor early Christmas Eve! She graciously took on the unwelcome Christmas surprises she found in her digital stockings and got back to me January 2nd. I love my editor. She’s a hard-working woman! I’m so excited to announce my first book contract of 2010. It’s a novel-length “Sophisticate” for Ellora’s Cave called “Beautiful Stranger.”
“Blurb: Lily Fontaine is a Los Angeles news anchor and former beauty queen but those roles don’t suit her anymore. She’s healing from a hurtful divorce and ready to take some confidence building risks with her career and love life.
To jumpstart her sex life she considers hiring a male escort as a special birthday treat. Her best friend suggests a provocative solution to her dilemma. On her birthday, she embarks on a daring adventure. She returns to New Orleans, the place of her birth to meet a gorgeous young man. She plans to fly in and fly out for a three-day weekend of great food, cool music and hot sex with no attachments and no further contact with the young man -what can go wrong?
David is perfect, the man of her dreams. He’s intelligent, talented and strapping hot. He’s young but he’s caring and knows how to sexually take charge. The attraction is instant. In a rustic shack on the bayou lust blooms into love. He wants her but can she accept a beautiful stranger into her life?”
I don’t yet have a release date but I’m so looking forward to sharing a little more with you.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
BUT, through all the unhappiness there has been some good news in my life that I want to share with all my friends, fans and readers of SSS.
1. My editor at Noble Romance gave me an extension on the January 1st deadline for the Valentine’s Day submission. I’m happy to say that I finally submitted it yesterday. It’s an M/M short called Naughty Cupid.
2. I received my first contract of the New Year from Aspen Mountain Press, along with the edits!!! Wild Lickins is the first M/M I wrote about a year ago. It’s tentatively scheduled for a February 19th release.
3. I also received my first non-fiction assignment for 2010. An article on Car Surfing for a teen magazine I write for. She also hinted that a few of my other ideas might be assigned in the coming weeks.
4. Body Shots received its first review from NOR. Ms. Skyze has written an interesting page-turner that has intelligent, believable characters and a plot that holds your attention from beginning to end. To read the review in full visit this link! http://www.nightowlreviews.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.aspx?daoid=5468
So, needless to say I’m keeping busy and thankful for the distractions. I have enough work to get me thru the month of January. Now if only I could do some actual writing! I have a ton of story ideas brewing, but can’t seem to get them on paper. I guess that’s for another day.
Monday, January 11, 2010
1. Buy fancy lingerie...and wear whatever you buy! Don't keep these items hidden in a drawer. Wear them everyday to confirm that "I am sexy" feeling!
2. Buy dresses, top, sweaters, that cling to show off your curves...lower cuts show off your cleavage! Stand tall and strut your stuff!
3. Wear high-heeled shoes to give you that long-legged look to capture a man's attention as your hips wiggle with your confident, feminine walk.
4.Hair styles. Treat yourself to a session at a hair salon. Try a new look; maybe wear your hair long, presenting that "Hollywood" celebrity sexy look, creating a alluring image.
5. Use make-up. Emphasize your best facial feature...perhaps your eyes or full lips.
7. Use sweet, wonderful smelling perfumes. Find a scent that you like and mixes well with your body temperature to give off that wonderful aroma a man will recognize as yours.
8. Use satin sheets. That wonderful feeling of satin running along your skin will tingle and spark your sensitive areas.
9. Get all dressed up and have some professional photos taken.
10. Love yourself, believe that you're sexy and attractive, light candles, sprinkle rose petals on those satin sheets, and tease or flirt outrageously with the man of your dreams! Your ultimate goal: a passionately satisfying rendezvous/relationship that affirms your sexual charisma.
Sometimes women in romance books question their sexual attractiveness. In "Gone to the Dogs" by Marianne Stephens, Katie had been dumped by her ex-boyfriend, and that was a blow to her sexual confidence level. In "Anything You Can Do", also by Marianne Stephens, Allison had been betrayed by a man she thought she loved, and never made to feel sexually attractive. Both women gained strength in their new relationships with men whose passion flamed their own desires. Ultimately, they found true love.
Photos: Photostream, Flickr: p22earl, Tiago Riberio, gabriel.georgina, indiewench, Kylie Balough, and Mariano Kamp
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Sunday, January 10, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I’ve been ordered not to speak at all if possible, but definitely not above a whisper, for seven to ten days. Are you f*cking kidding me?? I live to talk. I have a husband, children, two dogs and a cat who I’m certain cannot survive even an hour without my verbal input. What about my mother-in-law, my cousin, my brothers and sisters-in-law, my best bud and my co-workers? Besides my fondness for face to face communication, it is a running joke that the telephone is a natural extension of my body! Add the fact that I’m not allowed to go back to my office for days?
Now something wonderful is happening! Apparently, not being distracted by my own incessant babbling is allowing me to hear the creative ideas bouncing around in my brain. I think I have figured out the problem in my vampire WIP and I have some very interesting notes down about a new scifi story.
I guess silence is truly golden!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Hello everyone! To get 2010 off to a sizzling hot start I am proud to announce Julia Barret’s new release from Siren Press- “Captured.”
The blurb speaks for itself.
“Mari never expects to find herself caged in a cargo hold on a spaceship. She learns from her captors she's headed to the meat market. When they try to return her to stasis, she resists. The male in charge, Ekkatt, allows her to remain awake. Mari realizes her survival depends upon connecting with Ekkatt. She must make him see her as a sentient being or she will end up dinner.
Ekkatt has never spoken to any human. Humans are beasts. They are valued for one thing, the money they bring at auction. The Attun are vegetarians, but other species prize human flesh and Ekkatt makes good money trapping. Then the female with red hair awakens. She speaks to him and forces him to admit she has a name. Mari throws Ekkatt's entire life into question, the biggest question... Can he watch her sold to the highest bidder?”
KL: What makes your hero so sexy?
JB: First of all, pardon my French, but Ekkatt is just fucking sexy! He's other, a man from another world. He's big, he's strong, he's courageous, and he's honorable yet conflicted. All his life he's been taught to think of humans as insentient beings, been told they have no souls. On his world, harboring a human or participating in any relationship with a human is punishable by death, yet he risks everything to save one human woman who has forced him to see her as his equal. He finds himself willing to do whatever he has to do to keep her alive
KL: What's is Mari’s biggest challenge to trusting him?
JB: Simple. Ekkatt is her kidnapper. He's stolen Mari from Earth, along with a cargo hold full of other women, in order to drop her at a warehouse on his planet where she will be auctioned off at the meat market. This is how he earns his living. He's a tracker and a trapper. Mari doesn't trust Ekkatt, but she believes her only chance of survival is to somehow get under his skin, to communicate with him and make him see her as a conscious being instead of an animal. She forces him to acknowledge that she has a name and she is not livestock to be sold to the highest bidder.
KL: Tell me your favorite thing about this story.
JB: For me, the most beautiful and the sexiest thing about the story is the trust and the respect that grows between two people from quite literally different worlds. They are both filled with guilt. Ekkatt because of the life he's led prior to meeting Mari and because of the fact that he took her in the first place. Mari because she has attached herself to her captor in order to stay alive. The hero suffers great remorse and the heroine suffers from survivor guilt. Both manage to come to terms with what they've done and what they haven't done and they fall in love
KL: I know you love Sci-fi and this is your first book in this genre. Who are your greatest influences in the Sci-fi genre?
JB: My current favorite science fiction writer is George R.R. Martin and his series, A Game of Thrones - it's very intense, loaded with complex characters and multiple storylines. So many authors have influenced me - Robert Heinlen with his classic, Stranger in a Strange Land, Larry Niven, the author of Ring World. Frank Herbert and Dune. Ursula LeGuin and The Left Hand of Darkness. I love Tad Williams, author of The Dragonbone Chair series and I adore Anne McCaffrey and her Pern books. I'm a huge Battlestar Galactica and Firefly/Serenity fan. Plus I love the original StarTrek and I'm a big fan of the Borg! I'm not a huge fan of sci fi on film because my standards are high, but The Terminator nailed time travel and I thought Avatar was pretty amazing - both films were written and directed by James Cameron.
KL: Tell me a bit about the dream that inspired “Captured.”
JB: Ah...the dream that wrote the book. Well, here's the true story that precedes the dream. When I was seventeen, I lived in Israel for a year. I worked in the l'ul, the chicken farm, on a kibbutz. On Shabbat, on Saturdays, only two of us worked and we took turns. On my Saturday, I overslept. Instead of getting up at 4:30 a.m., I woke up at 7, and I freaked out because the guy I was scheduled to work with was eighty-four years old! I threw on my clothes, rushed over to the chicken coops and began collecting eggs at the opposite end of the l'ul. That was the last thing I remember until the moment I found myself standing outside the twelfth house, with Noodleman, the older man, asking me how in the hell I collected twelve houses in an hour. I had no idea. I looked around and I had collected all the eggs, stacked them neatly in the cart, and I had absolutely no memory of what had happened in that hour. I didn't even remember spacing out or daydreaming. Nothing. I drew a complete blank. My memory of that day is still vivid and so is that one hour hole in my memory. Around the kibbutz, this became known as the Miracle of the Eggs. Normally, it would take at least six hours to collect that many eggs.
Last August, I dreamed the story of Mari and Ekkatt from start to finish - it was apparently my subconscious' version of what happened to me during that lost hour. Mari is kidnapped while she is collecting eggs from her sister's chicken coop. I could not get their story out of my head, so I stopped the book I was working on and wrote nonstop. Three weeks later, with minimal editing, I sent it off to Siren and as they say, the rest is history!
KL: I wish my workday went that easily. “Captured” is one hot, exciting story and Seven Sexy Scribes is going to post an excerpt of “Captured” on Friday. Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Now available in print: "Gone to the Dogs" by Marianne Stephens, at:
Coming soon: "Anything You Can Do" by Marianne Stephens, at: http://www.breathlesspress.com
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Wish me luck in my endeavors...
Friday, January 1, 2010
Romance Novel Sales are Booming
in this tough economy. While other genres are down somewhere between 14% and 17%, Romance has seen an increase in sales - some studies sight an increase of 2.5% over last year, while other information indicates an increase in sales upwards of 34%!
What do we want for Christmas around here? I guess we want a happy ending, by gum, by golly! This economy - while perhaps stabilizing and even improving in some sectors, it sure sucks around here...where I live. My very intelligent, very capable son has been out of work for a year and a half, and despite his endless applications, he's had nary a nibble.
FYI, the nurses I work with have been forced to accept 1-2 days a week of unpaid furlough, thus my on-call hours have been cut because my co-workers who need the income to support their families vie for the extra shifts I would normally get. It's the trickle-down effect.
What do I want to read in these economic times? Oh, honey, save the depressing angst for pundits! Every day I spot my neighbor's pickup in his driveway, I know he still doesn't have construction work. Every morning I see the guy across the street head out for a run instead of a job, it means he's still looking for an accounting position. Every time I glance at the empty shell of a house that was home to our best friends until a year ago, tears fill my eyes. Enough already! Bathe me in love, romance, passion, mind-altering sex!
Romance is affordable and you know you can count on an HEA. Sentimental sap that I am, I'll take an HEA any day.
Happy New Year!
***Prayers for our friend Amber and her new baby. Just got the news so please send her your thoughts. julia