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So I've had my head buried up my characters' asses in No Souvenirs and I just turned it in. My fabulous editor at Samhain tells me that you will all get to read how Dr. Jae Sun Kim goes down swinging when he meets his match sometime in March of 2010.

My day job has been particularly soul-sucking, and a lot of amazing people really helped me make my deadline. LJ readers who answered my poll. People who cheered me on on Twitter, like Sarah F. and Zoe Nichols and M Jules Aedin. People who listened to me whine, like Erin and Kathy. People who read and told me what was and wasn't working like, Bonnie, Chris, Thomasine and Wendy. My editor who kept asking about Scuba Cowboy. And Casey who did everything short of reaching in and yanking the story out of me to help me get through it. Thanks, you guys. I can't think of anything non-cliched that explains how I couldn't have made it without you, so I'll leave it at that.

I have an awesome circle of friends and readers. Throw in the fact that I get paid to write down stories about the hot guys fucking and falling in love who live in my head and I am the luckiest person I know.

Help!

Poll #1458171 Name Joey and Aaron's dog

At the end of Collision Course Joey and Aaron got a beagle-pug mix from the pound because, in Aaron's words, "The fucker had Joey's eyes." Now Joey and Aaron and their pugle are making an appearance in the book I'm working on now. What should we name Joey and Aaron's dog?

J.J. (for Joey, Jr.)
13(31.7%)
Seth (for Seth Nathan Thatcher)
2(4.9%)
Manny (for manipulation)
4(9.8%)
Jasper
4(9.8%)
Java
9(22.0%)
Coffee
3(7.3%)
Other (in comments)
0(0.0%)

Dead Darlings

I blogged over at Slash and Burn about having to cut scenes. The biggest tantrum I threw (fortunately just with a critique partner and not with my lovely editor) was over a scene from "Custom Ride."

(Sorry, baby. You were right all along. How did I ever forget that?)

While in retrospect the scene did not deserve such agony--mostly for my poor critique partners--I thought it might be fun to share.

Please stop over at Slash and Burn for the blog and then pop back if you want to read the scene.

My first resurrected zombie from the cemetery of deleted scenesCollapse )

Me, In Person

If any of you are in the DC area and want to stop by and say hi, I'm going to be signing at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel along with about 500 other authors. It's free to attend and please don't feel you have to buy anything, it would just be awesome to meet some readers.There will be other m/m authors there, too.

Come by and say hi.

eta: Oh yeah. A date would help. It's this Wednesday, June 15. *facepalm*

History In the Making

Ha, nothing so grand, I'm afraid. I just couldn't resist that subject line.

I've blogged over at slash and burn about word choice and linked that back over here in case anyone wants to take a peek at my efforts to write m/m historical romance. And yes dammit, it will have a happy ending. It's romance.

So here's the first chapter of the work in progress.Collapse )

Imaginary People

So I'm working with some new characters and I'm just wondering...
Poll #1420805 Imaginary People

As a reader, do you usually fall in love with characters

who are similar to you in personality
1(4.5%)
who are very different from you in personality.
8(36.4%)
who are hot (duh)
0(0.0%)
other (explain in comments)
1(4.5%)

As a reader, do you usually identify with characters

who are similar to you in personality
14(63.6%)
who are very different from you in personality
0(0.0%)
who are hot (duh)
0(0.0%)
other (explain in comments)
3(13.6%)

As a writer, do you find it easiest to work with characters

who are most like you in personality
1(7.1%)
who are are very much unlike you in personality
2(14.3%)
who at least have some of your personality traits
6(42.9%)
other (explain in comments)
1(7.1%)

As a writer, do you fall in love with your characters

who are most like you in personality
3(21.4%)
who are very different from you in personality
5(35.7%)
who are hot (duh)
0(0.0%)
other (explain in comments)
2(14.3%)

The People in My Neighborhood

Wow! Two posts in a week. You'd think I had a new release or something.

I don't know if getting everyone to sing Mr. Rogers' theme song before I talk about m/m romance but since it was stuck in my head, I felt we might as well all be in the same boat.

There are very few authors I've ever wanted to write to. One, I figure they're busy and I'd rather they write me more books. Two, I'm kind of shy and a horribly geeky fangirl when I try to talk to someone whose work I admire. (You should have seen me when I met Kathleen Woodiwiss, and I think I scared Emma Holly.) Three, as much as I LOVED the book, it was the characters I fell in love with, not the writer.

So because I have an awesome web designer, people can now email my characters directly (instead of writing to the very boring person who wrote down their stories). I've always wanted to ask some of the people in books questions. How could you? Why did you? What's your favorite song? What's your favorite position? (So I have a prurient mind.)

Even Kim (the ER doctor in Collision Course) has an email address if people want to know what's going on with him as I work on his book.

So if anyone wants to ask a character a question, feel free to go to the contact page on my website.

Or feel free to email me and tell me I'm insane and these people aren't real.

Chasing Smoke prequel



Hi! I'm not dead, just broken.
Chasing Smoke is available on Tuesday, June 9, and I come bearing gifts of free porn fic.

In the best of times, Daniel Gardner hates visiting his family. With his boyfriend pressuring him for a mortgage-serious commitment, Christmas in Easton, PA sounds, for once, like a welcome escape. His old house holds more than memories of a miserable adolescence, though. It has Trey Eriksson.
At seventeen, Trey was taken in by the wealthy Gardner family after his father was jailed for his mother’s murder. Until he left for the Army, he fought a double-edged battle—for proof of his father’s innocence and against his attraction to Daniel.
Fifteen years later, things haven’t changed. Trey is still looking for the real killer. And Daniel has never forgotten how Trey used to sneak into his room at night.
Now new clues to the murder are resurfacing—and so is Trey and Daniel’s sexual chemistry. Except this time, Trey has come to terms with his orientation.
But their connection may not be enough to overcome the mistakes of the past. Not while a murderer still walks free…

So that's the premise, and as enticement (or entrapment) I'm offering this free prequel not available anywhere else. (No, not even in stores!)
Please heed the warning.
Warning: Daniel and Trey are seniors in high school during this prequel. If consensual sexual contact between adolescents of the same age is a squick, don't click.
September, fifteen years before Chasing Smoke beginsCollapse )

Thank You For Playing!

Thank you all for indulging my insanely competitive nature. I love the mix of a tournament and books. I'm going to keep going back to vote and check the standings--mostly because I love tournaments and what I know about college basketball could be painlessly carved on my thumbnail. Oddly my basketball brackets are doing marginally better than my book brackets. :)

Thanks again, everyone!

You Guys Rock

Thank you all so much!!!!!

*throws sparkles on you*

I made it through the first round. I now feel all bad for being so competitive and now will try to go back to doing what I'm supposed to which is writing a book. But if you happened to go back for the second round to get me in the Sweet Sixteen...