I had a bad writing year last year. There is no way to justify it. I had tons of legitimate excuses. Many reasons I wasn’t getting in the words everyday I needed to get down, and yet at the beginning of this year I felt like a failure. I’m used to writing about three books a year, even with as many tangents and plot bunnies as I chase, I finish things. Last year I could barely stay focused, and when I was writing, words wouldn’t flow on anything I needed to finish. Then the e
I Got This: Damsels Not in Distress and the Importance of Strong Heroines I love romance. I always have. They have a been a favorite of mine since I used to sneak them home from the library in my early teens and my love multiplied when I discovered and moved past ‘Harlequin romance’ and branched into the dynamic story telling and world building of some of my favorite authors. Romance to me isn’t only about the love story. I do enjoy the slow build of two people falling in lov
Buy Ever So Madly! Love is for peasants, nobles marry for power. These are the rules Jocelynn has lived by. She is expected to be the poised and perfect vision of relentless power. Set to inherit the House of Akillie she was bred to rule. Men have never turned her head, until now Madden achieved the impossible, the first in over a century to escape the life of hard labor and earn a place among the elite. With the chance for a fresh start, he has to stay focused, not damn hims
My first reaction to my partner asking me what he should tell them was, “I’m genderqueer,” there shouldn’t be a need for more. If people are curious there is this wonderful thing called the internet and they can do research. There it was, put out there. Gray is genderqueer now, like it was some overnight revelation. The phrasing irritated me. I’ve called myself genderqueer for about four years now. Before that point I didn’t have a word for myself. It’s not a secret I write q
Summer break is looming, and by looming I mean hanging over my head like a damn dark cloud. I have ten days left of peace. The days are spread out over the next three weeks, and I’m dreading summer. Not because I’m the asshole parent who doesn’t like spending time with my kids. I do, for the most part, but summer brings zero set writing time. I’m not really sure how I wrote so much in the past with little people always under foot, but now it’s fucking had. It’s always “Dad I
As many of you know, I tagged along with a good friend of mine, Kerry Heavens, to a signing she was doing in Chicago. I grew up in Chicago and a chance to visit the city to ride trains and see a friend from the UK was a chance I couldn’t miss. I’d never been to a signing before, and damn, it’s an entire different universe in there. I watched JA Huss sign books for 5 hours straight as she was only a couple of tables over and had no less than 30 people in her line at all times.
Clouded Hell is 2.99 for a limited time! I survive on avoidance. Physical pain to avoid the mental. Disposable flesh to avoid relationships. Work to avoid attachment. My club became my empire of avoidance. Inside the ring millions are won and lost. The fight is confined to breaths, actions and reactions, fists and pain. Rules don’t exist. Only my opponent exists. I’d been avoiding my needs for far too long when Remi stumbles into the Inferno and I’m hungry. The promise of a s
I have always stood by my love for cliffhangers. I love when an author rips my heart out and stamps all over it and keeps me coming back for more. My Bound series has a few of those endings. Clouded Hell is a standalone, it wraps up nicely with a bow. But I knew this was coming. I knew my sins as an asshole would come back to bite me in the ass one day and they have. I have all the emotions now and probably a year to wait until the next book comes out. I picked up V.E. Schwab
Misgendering is an issue most cis people never have to deal with, so it’s downplayed. It shouldn’t be regardless of how hard it may be for some to understand. Misgendering is a shitty thing to do. I’m going to say it again. It’s horribly shitty. The definition of misgendering for those who may have never heard of the term, taken from the oxford dictionary is: referring to (someone, especially a transgender person) using a word, especially a pronoun or form of address, that do
Snape was given to us through a tainted lens, and we’ve all been blinded by bias in our lives like Harry was. It’s sometimes impossible to see someone’s true colors until they are shoved down your throat. I’ve had people I loved with my entire being cut me to the bone, and others I never expected to be an ally prove themselves over and over. Life is hard, and there are days it feels like a never ending battle. One of the things I love about fiction is the triumph over that ba
I used to think everything was black and white. I led myself in these hard defined limits, expecting everything and everyone to conform. I think a lot of my view of the world had to do with how I was raised. My life was set in hard lines, this was right, and this was wrong. There was no room for flexibility. One of my favorite examples to get this point across is explaining the Catholic view on doubt. I was taught from a young age that to doubt God or the church was a sin. Th
Another year is almost at its end and I tend to do a lot of reflecting with the new year approaching. December has always brought change to my life. I got an acceptance from Evernight two years ago in December. My Father died in December eleven years ago. I’ve had a few breakups in December. Reflection is good for the soul. I’ve never been happier. For the first time I am surrounded by brilliant people who not only work as hard as I do but understand success takes dedication.