Kisses galore!

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The New Years Kisses Party is underway over on Kay Berrisford‘s and Tara Lain‘s blogs. There’s a HUGE bundle of ebooks up for grabs and a $35 gift certificate to either Loose Id or All Romance Ebooks. There’s a ton of excerpts from some awesome authors. I’m tickled that my little excerpt is among all that talent.

Check out both blogs for chances to win the bundle. There’s more about the prizes here.

And have a sizzling New Year!

Come celebrate the New Year with Kisses and Prizes

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Kay Berrisford and Tara Lain are hosting a New Year’s Kisses Party from Dec 31 to Jan 1. The party will feature more than forty top writers of m/m, m/f, and menage romance sharing sizzling first kisses from their hottest novels. There’s also a chance to WIN a $35 Gift Certificate and an exciting bundle of romance e-books, plus a runners up prize of a $10 Gift Certificate by entering our first kisses quiz.

I’ve thrown a copy of Close Quarter into the bundle… and Silas and Rhys’s first kiss will be featured on Kay’s blog.

A great way to get a little (or a lot!) romantic in the new year.

Music and my Muse

I’m one of those folks who can’t listen to music while writing, especially if it has lyrics. They get into my brain and come out my fingerips, no matter what I do. So I don’t tend to make playlists for novels.

But music does affect my writing. I listen to music on my way to and from work and whenever I’m on a long drive. It’s been hard recently, as all of my music is stored in my phone, but I didn’t have a good connection from my phone to my car’s stereo, other than one of those radio transmitter things that don’t actually work well. But I bought a new (to me) car recently and I can now hook up my phone to the stereo directly. You have no idea how happy this makes me! Music! I have missed thee! And it’s gotten my muse chugging again.

This morning, I put on Marc Almond’s album The Stars We Are and happily drove to work. I love the whole album, but one of my favorite songs is Your Kisses Burn:

It’s a dark song about possessive love that harms the soul. And I’m finding that it’s helping me dig deeper into Vasil’s background as I work on the sequel to Close Quarter. He’s had…an interesting past.

The other song from this album that I find myself listening to is She Took my Soul in Istanbul:

Mostly because the sequel book takes place in Istanbul. But I also have no problem with shifting the pronouns in the song, either!

I’d love to hear what other folks listen to when they write or plot. I need some new music!

It’s my birthday! Here’s a gift!

Today’s my birthday!

As a gift, I’m going to give you my first and only foray into slashy fan fiction.

WAIT! DON’T GO!

So here’s the thing… It’s Shakespeare fanfic. Specifically, Henry V fanfic. See, my most favorite movie in the entire world is the Kenneth Branagh version of Henry V. It’s my comfort movie. The one I watch when I’m sick or down or need inspiration or just because.

I’m a bit odd, yes.

So this is slashy fan fiction of Henry V via that movie. It’s sweet, not hot and has some historical footnotes. I’ve had it on my hard drive for *ages* and haven’t had the nerve to post it. Or share it with anyone (so be aware that there are probably typos even though I edited it). But I promised a Book Fairy that I would post this. I’m hoping she brings me books for that other holiday that’s always around the same time as my birthday…

And without further ado, here’s:

A Carol in Autumn

This is nearly 6,000 words long. I am so putting in a cut.