Pride and Prejudice (totally yo mama’s romance and yo grandma’s too)

January 28, 2013 at 8:39 am (Books, comic, cult and culture, lit, news, romantic comic-ity) (, , )

‘Pride And Prejudice’ Turns 200


January 27, 201312:00 PM

This week marks an important milestone for anyone who swoons at the very mention of Mr. Darcy. Pride and Prejudice is turning 200, and to celebrate its bicentennial, cartoonist Jen Sorensen drew up an illustrated version of the classic.


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Preview: The Killer Wore Leather

January 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm (bdsm, Books, mystery, Reviews, Sexy Stylings) (, , , , , , )

An excerpt from an exciting new book coming from Laura Antoniou, author of The Marketplace Series.
‎”Dom. Sub. Slave. Puppy. Switch. Alpha. Primary. Boy or boi, master, mistress, or sir and ma’am, top and bottom, 24/7, twink, tourist, Zodian, polyamorous, lifestyler, leather, latex, gear, rubber, cyberpunk, steampunk, uniform, vampire, furry…

Nancy Nichols hadn’t had such an extensive vocabulary list since the fourth grade. Arriving bright and early to discover the fallout from the meet and greet debacle, she was armed with a scene guide she’d discovered online, scrolling through the wonderful cheat sheet on her smart phone. She hadn’t bothered to do much research on the leather community before—who had the time for real work on a turkey-ass story like this one? But now that it seemed full of filler pieces she could spread out long past the actual event, it was worth it to get a grip on the lingo. She already had outlines for three lifestyle pieces and the bones of her big story on the event itself.

Nancy also had joined KinkyNet; she’d picked the screen name TellMeKinkyStories after she found out there were no less than eighty MistressNancy and LadyNancy accounts already registered. The chat boards there had been full of outraged and delighted recounts of the Mack Steel outburst, many seeming to be from people who were not actually present. Someone had started a petition demanding he be fired, or recused or censured— often misspelled censored in the comments. That seemed to lead directly into cries against censorship, supporting his freedom to say whatever he wanted.

KinkyNet did not seem like a place she was going to get a lot of useable material if so many of the users were morons. On the other hand, merely stating that “the online bizarre sex community, represented by the million-user KinkyNet, erupted in fury over the controversy…” seemed like a fair statement…”
——– from The Killer Wore Leather, by Laura Antoniou, coming out in February from Cleis Press

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50 shades of (OH MY!) Takei

December 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm (Books, comic, cult and culture) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The inimitable George Takei reads from 50 Shades of Gray. (Just kidding about Takei being inimitable. He is a lot of fun to imitate. He’s just so cute. Like a gay puppy. You just want to hug him and squeeze him and call him George.)


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She is to me!

December 8, 2012 at 3:15 am (comic, cult and culture, fantasy trauma, m/f/m, other, romantic comic-ity, Sexy Stylings) (, , , , , , , , )

dedicated to my Strawberry Girl

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Christmas Truce: M/M on sale, on kindle

December 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm (adults only, Books, lit, M/M, novella, other, poetry, Reviews, Sexy Stylings, short stories, warning labels) (, , , , , , )

This review is from: Christmas Truce (Kindle Edition)

50 shades of Gray meets Europa? Could be… I gotta unwrap this package quick and see. (That’s what she said.)

Seriously, it is authors like Antoniou whose commitment to adding ever new and fresh and F*CKING sexy products, fresh stories that make me frustrated as crazy that I haven’t invested in a kindle. I just finished reading Laura Antoniou’s short story, HO FUCKING HO, which her publisher Circulet Press made available for FREE on their web site. Now here’s another Xmas story? Christmas Truce A tantalizing m/m brokeback romance of insanely hot sex and smart writing… in which allies and enemies drop their weapons and their trousers to wrestle in the foxhole with something more intimate than politics.

… I hate you all and your kindles. I’m off to find this in a format I can buy and read NOW.

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Equus: an untapped niche market

October 17, 2011 at 11:07 am (Books, comic, romantic comic-ity) (, , , , , , )

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Bankruptcy as a marketing tool?

October 2, 2011 at 11:54 am (Books, news) (, , , , , , , , , )


Book Sales Spike at Borders: Returns? What Returns?

One of the more curious side effects of the Borders liquidation may be the momentary sales boost for authors as 600 bookstores dumped inventory at high discounts. Author Karen Dionne explored the phenomenon in the Huffington Post, noting that in September, sales of her novel Boiling Point “doubled the second week of September, doubled again the week after that, and then held steady at the same peak level during the fourth week of September,” according to Nielsen Bookscan.

Sara J. Henry, author of Learning to Swim, told Dionne that her sales also “soared two weeks ago, nearly tripling the number of sales from the week before. Last week, the number dipped, but remains high. My publisher said yes, this was because of the Borders’s close-out sales.”

“Same story for me,” added Paul McEuen, whose debut, Spiral, spiked in September. “It took me a week or two to figure this out.”

Dionne said her Bookscan numbers for Boiling Point “correlate almost exactly with the number of books the remaining 300 Borders bookstores would have had in stock–two copies per store–which means that ALL of the Borders copies of my books have been sold.”

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Selling out… and cheap!

September 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm (Books, Reviews, romantic comic-ity)

Regardless of the headline, I’m happy to join as a staff reviewer of the print and online magazine,  Affaire de Coeur . What they have to say for themselves about themselves is this:

The Affaire de Coeur magazine website works hand in hand with Affaire de Coeur magazine – a mainstay of Bay Area publications that has provided reviews for the past 29 years. Voted one of the Top Ten Publications in the Bay Area and featured in Writers Market, Affaire de Coeur keeps you updated on the latest fiction. In addition, we offer in-depth interviews of your favorite authors, educational and entertaining articles, news, trivia, contests, and tons of reviews. Every issue of Affaire de Coeur is full of fun and surprises.

Also crossword puzzles.

Okay so I had never heard of them either. Shhh… no publisher ever wants to hear that. Cover your ears, Louise. But my friend and companion in poetry, Jan Steckel (surely you’ve heard of her!) told me her friend was looking for reviewers. And since I was looking for an excuse to write something… and I have all these naked book review blogs… and Jan and I needed to slip between the virtual covers of a magazine together.

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They made me do it or 3 reasons for blogging

September 9, 2009 at 5:49 am (Books, Reviews, Uncategorized)

There are a million bloggers in the not-so-naked city. And a million and one reasons to blog… but I could only think of three.

1) You’ve got something to say.

This brings us to the next two reasons

2) No one listens to you… so you must must pull up a virtual soapbox and go crazy on strangers like a street prophet.

3) You’re selling (or buying) something and you want someone to buy it (or give it to you for free) and so you pull out your 40 ft inflatible monkey and go crazy on strangers like a used car dealer.

The best blogs LIKE THIS ONE totally merge the above blog-reasons into a spicy cajun jumble-aya that makes you say “wow that’s delicious! what’s in it?” and the answer is always “you don’t want to know.”

This blog promises to be everything “you don’t want to know” about books. Hot sexy books. Books with mystique. Oh yeah, brilliance between the sheets. Guilty reading pleasures.

And if it’ll convince my favorite authors to give me free books then you better believe I’ll pull out the soap box and start inflating the monkey.

I’m ready to get crazy on you… like a book reviewer.

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