Dec 26, 2012

The Wednesday Soundtrack: Jumper

It's been awhile for one of these. But I'd like to present my latest soundtrack for my current WIP. Working title is Jumper but will be changed at some point.

Jumper is a story written for the Less Than Three press serial anthology "If Your Reading This". I'm so loving it and I can't wait to share.

So here, in no particular order, are the top three songs that inspires me for the story:

Phil Phillips: Home
 
Bush: The Sound of Winter
 
The Lumineers: Ho Hey
 "I don't think your right for him. Look at what might have been..."
:)


Dec 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

A grand Happy Holidays and an Awesome New Year to you all!!

2013 is set to be a busy and smexy year! Stay tuned for moar hawt romance coming your way in the new year!

From,
Azalea M. :)

Dec 12, 2012

That word doesn't belong in erotic fiction! (NSFW)

Words that make me laugh... and cringe.

Ah, yes, the wonderful euphemism. It's what starts as the simple word cock and turns it into "red-headed love pistol". Or more simply, breasts into melons and pillows.
But I'm not talking about euphemisms today. Awww... but that convo is so damn funny, and rightfully so.
Today, I'm talking about simple words not meant to turn an erotic piece into flowery prose or safe for work reading. Words that newbies and veteran authors use alike, words that take me right out of the sex scene and into WTF land.

I laugh and even cringe a little when these simple terms come up in erotic fiction. Why? Because they simply don't belong or they're used in the wrong context.

Here's a short list with horrible examples for your entertainment:

Penis: "The head of his penis was wet with pre-come."
Really? Penis? Sounds like a child wrote it (and so does my example). But believe me, I've made the same mistake before in my fiction. Cock really does go a long way. So does dick, shaft, length. You get the idea.

Ass cheeks: "I brushed my hand over his ass cheek, causing him to tremble."
I cannot, for whatever reason, get over laughing every time I read and write these two words. But, how else do you explain it without using "round globes"?

Humping:
I can imagine using this in some erotic fiction. Maybe those involving dog/wolf shifters, but for the love of Pete, nothing else. Hence I couldn't even figure out an example to write. It's really an immature word and if any two people are "humping", I'd wonder their exact ages. *cringes*

Plow or plough or even jam: "He plowed into me..." or "He jammed his cock deep in my..."
There are a lot of readers who complain about impale. Yep, it does sound like it would hurt. But plow? That would hurt too, wouldn't it? And jam... I can only see it working for dubcon/noncon, describing that kind of scene.


And there you have it. I've stopped reading potentially good books after running into these words. So what simple words make you stop and laugh in erotic fiction?

Nov 30, 2012

Upcoming projects :)

Good Friday to you all. It's been a fairly quiet month. I've taken a short mental breather to redo my to-do list.

I'll be working on a few projects, and as soon as I figure out wtf is wrong with said widget, those will be listed on the right side >>>

First of all, expect the 3rd and final For Those Who Wait to be released around the end of December. A free ebook of the series will be available after then on most of the distribution sites.

Next, I'm working on re-editing of Dark Night Skies! Each sequel will get its own special treatment, fixing editing mistakes and any formatting issues, including a new cover for book 2, before being republished. If that wasn't enough, I'll be combining all three stories in a trilogy collection that will include a short story never released before. The collection will be available as ebook and, later, as print. :)

As for my writing project: A sequel to an (as of now) unpublished book.

Nov 5, 2012

For Those Who Wait - Episode 2: Dig


Title: For Those Who Wait: Dig
Author: Azalea Moone
Genre: Non-explicit, sweet/fluffy
Warnings: None. yet...
Note:  This free 5,999 word story is inspired by Goodreads M/M Romance Group's Love is Always Write event.
Looking for the first episode?

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Nov 2, 2012

It's NaNoWriMo time!

It's that time again when tons of authors around the world, in all different genres, go for the NaNo challenge. Good luck to those on your monthly journey of pulling out hair, striving to make word counts, and writing that novel. I'm not joining in the chaos this year...

I should have though. I just realized that I have a novel idea but I didn't make plans to work on it until after all my other tasks are completed.

So what's in store this month?

I'll be releasing Episode 2 of For Those Who Wait! The continuation of my Love is Always Write story brings back Ben and Chase for some sweet romance. :)
Then, if all goes well, I'll be editing, writing, and working on something for my fandom.

Next year.. NaNo here I come!

Oct 22, 2012

Busy, busy week ahead :)

Monday is packed with awesome goodies. First up, I'm over at Babes in Boyland with a giveaway of my new Total E Bound title, The Last Road Home. This contest only lasts a few days, so get your name in the drawing!!

Also, I'm blogging about Hellhounds on Devil's Night at Pants Off Reviews for the new anthology by Storm Moon Press, Devil's Night!

Whoo *wipes off sweat*

If that wasn't enough, the first week of November I'll have a new freebie available. For those who've read and enjoyed by short story For Those Who Wait, there will be an episode #2 posted!! Then, around December I'll have episode #3 and an ebook with all three available at all of the outlets. :)

Happy Monday!

Oct 17, 2012

The Wednesday Soundtrack - I wanna f*ck you like an...

Welcome kiddies to the weekly edition of The Wednesday Soundtrack. I'm late simply because I had nothing for this week until I was browsing youtube for something to listen to today.

There's no inspiration in today's song, just two awesome ass songs remixed together for some ass kickin tunage.
Nine Inch Nails and Static-X: Closer (Trance remix)


Oct 14, 2012

Pre-order now!!


FYI: Pre-orders are now available for Devil's Night, a Storm Moon Press anthology. Four super hawt stories by four awesome authors including yours truly! Oo, and a 20% discount for everyone who pre-orders!!

Sunday Snog - The Last Road Home

Hello folks for another rousing Sunday Snog. You know the drill, clicky HERE to read moar hot snoggin action from fellow participating authors!

Todays snog is from an upcoming release, The Last Road Home, available for purchase tomorrow.


When Brett leaves home to escape pressures of settling down, he must make the decision to go back and face his issues, or stay and learn more about a sexy stranger.

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My stomach tightened the further we walked. “I need,” I stuttered, “to piss.”
Ryan stopped. “Over there in the trees.”
At the edge of the stream, I untangled myself from him and staggered behind a bush. When I was done, I searched out his waiting silhouette, though the whole world seemed as if it was spinning. Deliberately placing one foot in front of the other, I stepped slowly back to the embankment. A rock blocked my path and, before I could blink, I fell into him and we landed on the hard ground.
“Ugh, what are you—” He froze.
His wide, golden brown eyes stared up me. The cool, soft grass tickled my palms as I tried to balance. There I was, with Ryan pinned underneath me in a precarious position. My cheeks flushed red hot.
Oh damn…why does he have to look at me like that?
I licked my dry lips without thinking. No, the only thing I could think about was his gentle touch. I curved into him, my lips brushed against his. I caught the taste of liquor on his breath. My heart jumped into my throat and I pulled away.
“Sorry.” I threw my hand over my mouth in shock.
Ryan’s eyes widened even more.
There wasn’t enough apologies that could drown out this moment. Alcohol, maybe, but a simple sorry wouldn’t cut it.
Just when I thought he’d jump up and curse the situation, a wicked grin spread across his lips instead. He narrowed his brows before he grabbed me tight by the wrists and rolled me on my back into the rough grass. I struggled for a second until my eyes met his again.
His needy lips caressed mine and a shiver ran down my spine. I opened my mouth, seeking his tongue and his taste—bitter alcohol. The masculine scent of aftershave and cologne on his skin made my thoughts scatter. He broke the kiss and ran his wet tongue down my neck.
“Jesus, Ryan.” I murmured.
He raised his head. “Shh…come here.”
Ryan grabbed hold of my hand and helped me up on my feet. He led us to a thicker area of trees beside the stream and fell to his knees with me in his arms.
Our lips met again, greedy and lustful while he explored the outside of my shirt, venturing underneath. A swift movement up my sides made me giggle and squirm to his touch. When his tongue found my earlobe, I melted straight into him.
“Ryan…” His name escaped unbidden from my lips as he lowered me to the ground and settled between my legs.
He lifted my shirt, exposing my naked skin to the warmth of his breath. I trembled, I had found his soft hair and urged him to go lower. He ran his rough fingers through the tuft of hair on my stomach, before stopping at the waistband of my jeans.
“You ever had a blow job by a guy before?” he asked, before wrenching at the button.
The question caught me way off guard, and I wasn’t prepared to answer ‘No’, though I’d always wanked to the thought of being with another man.

Oct 3, 2012

The Wednesday Soundtrack - All Time Fav.

Welcome back for another week of The Wednesday Soundtrack. *waves* It's a simple one today...

Today's soundtrack comes not from a specific story. Nor specifically for inspiration. They're just one of my personal favorite bands of all time. Why?

Why not? Jammin guitar solos. Personal and real lyrics - everything from political to personal tragedy. They're also extremely awesome in concert and I would give anything to see them again. *grumbles/ifwedidn'tloseourrockstation/grumbles*




I was so unprepared today with TWS, but next week, I'll have something better. Have an awesome week!!


Sep 30, 2012

Sunday Snog - the sudden proposal

Time again for another Sunday Snog!! Yes, I took a two week break to get a handle on other projects.

 

You know the drill. Click here to go to Victoria Blisse's site and read up on more hot snoggin by awesome authors!


Today's snog is from an incomplete, unedited, WIP called Midnight Rush. Sometimes proposals come at the wrong or maybe the right time, when you're least expecting them. Raul gets a surprise when he's engaged in a little action with an old classmate, Javier.




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The quiet invaded again just for a moment. His hand slid off of his lap and on to my leg. “So...”
His fingers flexed on my jeans and I flinched. “So... what?”
“Glad to see you again,” he said, gliding his fingers across my thigh.
My heart seized in my throat. “Yeah,” I breathed the only word that would escape.
He shuffled to face me. “Thought you'd never come over after... you know.” His hand found my thigh again, skimming across my hip and around my waist.
In a panic, my thoughts began to race. Did I want to kiss him like I'd imagined earlier? Or was I still scared of the guy? I blinked and caught his serious brown eyes; the lusty grin spread on his lips. In confusion, I wrapped my arms around his sides, breathing in his heady cologne.
We'd drifted closer. He'd drawn a breath, his broad chest moved and I sought to revel in the memory of his naked skin from earlier in the night. Our lips brushed each other, and my palms started to sweat. It was sweltering in this cramped space. But it was also hot in his arms. His tongue forced my lips wide, darted in, and pursued mine.
There wasn't anything that could make me back away tonight. I needed to feel his arms pulling me in after last week. I'd thought of it everyday since.
I tightened my grasp around his waist, our bodies pressed tight against each others. His intoxicating scent was strong, powerful enough to make me gasp. His fingers traveled up my sides and around to the small of my back, clasping together and holding me there. I wanted to stay like that.
A wanton moan escaped as I drew a breath. The noise made Javier's eyes narrow; he knew he had me right where he wanted me. His moist lips skimmed over my cheek, and I followed his motion, lowering my head to settle into the crook of his shoulder. He'd traveled to my neck, breath heavy and warm against my skin.
My jeans squeezed tight around my crotch as I began to react to his touch. Christ, why'd he always do this to me?
Once he found my collar, his mouth hovered just above my skin, and he whispered in a sultry tone, “Move in with me.”
I must not have heard his proposal because I nodded in acceptance.
Another hot breath wafted against my neck causing the small hairs there to tingle. “Good.”
Did I just agree to live with him?
I suckled in my lower lip, searching for the right words. I'd have to find out if there were any risks in taking his offer. “Wh-what--” But when he started nibbling my neck, my thoughts began to spin, and it could wait.

Sep 26, 2012

The Wednesday Soundtrack - Inspiration #1

Welcome back for another week of The Wednesday Soundtrack.

Today's song isn't just one song that inspires a WIP, but several that inspire me with any project I've worked on in the last few months. They are my go to tunes that help me focus, or unwind, or help me capture a certain MC's perspective better.

I love a lot of different kinds of genres. So you may see a song here that makes you cringe, or a song that makes you smile. :)

These all are YT videos btw. If you need another player, I can look around.


*The first song today is from a band I've been listening a hell of a lot to: Incubus - Adolescents (non-Vevo)

This band... OMG. No words can describe, really. Are You In is another favorite of mine. *nods* There's a plot bunny that's been hopping around to this song too. A possible YA fic attempt in the future?

*Next: Let's get a little more into my usual listening genre - metal and rock: Apocalyptica - End of Me (Vevo)


Okay. Awesome ass cello band, cute as hell longhair guys... it can't get better than this. Oh, and Gavin. I like Bush. He does okay in this song. LOL This song is more when I feel like writing vampy stuff or drama. Been there lately with a few of my projects.


*Last but never, ever least: Something to blow your f*cking minds. Still metal. Not American at all.
Deathgaze - Fuck Me


Okay, okay, okay. I can't help it. I listen to this song at least 5 times a week. It's the best song, in my mind, for that "gotta have it" screw that we've all gone through, either in RL or during a WIP. You know, when the MC needs a little action. This, really, is just one of those fun songs. Why not check it out?


Readers: Do you make soundtracks for parts of life? A lover? A dramatic time in your life?


Sep 19, 2012

The Wednesday Soundtrack - All The Right Moves

I've contemplated doing weekly posts on what song(s) inspire certain projects. So, let's start this shall we?

The Wednesday Soundtrack!

Not every writer uses music for inspiration. Some do. Others may find inspiration in other media. Movies. Books. Television. Me? I find a lot of inspiration in music. Many of my WIP's are inspired by a soundtrack of songs from every genre. Heavy metal to easy listening, and even country and rap.

I create my playlists via Youtube. It's easiest for me to open my browser, search YT, and start listening. I've also used Winamp for playlists, Last.fm, and Pandora.

Some songs just explain themselves. "Yep, that's why it inspired me." Other songs? Their meanings are more hidden, or it just corresponds perfectly with a particular scene in a book. Some songs are just plain silly. Then, some songs are used more than once for different projects, for different scenes.



Today's song comes from a completed story titled Angel's Redemption. I've used this song for inspiration for another project, too, but I'll always think back to AR when hearing this song. Links lead to Youtube:

OneRepublic - All the Right Moves (Vevo link)

OneRepublic - All the Right Moves (Non-Vevo link if you can't see the above)

Need a different player for song previews?

This is one of those songs that the meaning for inspiration is hidden. Reading the lyrics (I do a lot of that too), I feel it's about the MC, Blaine, who just can't get a break when it comes to his bad luck and his band. They've perfected their sound. They've practiced and performed. Now that they have a chance for a permanent gig at a local club, Blaine's bad luck gets the better of him.

I should make note that the songs also inspires the first sex scene. :P Is it just me or does it have that certain sexy tune??

To read excerpts from Angel's Redemption:

Chapter 1 (via Goodreads)
Sunday Snog


Readers: What song is currently inspiring you?



Sep 1, 2012

Free Snogs for You


Time again for another Sunday Snog. Readers, go to that linky <-- and clicky to read more from fantabulous authors!

This week's snog comes from a freebie short story Once Upon a New Years Eve. Available for free here on my blog, or as a pdf format for ebook readers at AllRomanceEbooks.



Joey is sad about his breakup with Tanner.
Dillon is there to comfort him. *winks*

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My entire body went numb as I stared up at the cream colored stucco ceiling. Every thought, every emotion I had bottled up in the last three weeks was on the tip of my fingers, my toes, and my tongue. I wanted to scream, to cry, and to drink more until I couldn't feel the pain of losing him.

“Sort of,” I sighed, remembering the day he left me like it was yesterday. “I don't know. Everything was wonderful until about a couple of months ago.”

In my mind, those fights weren't nothing. We handled them like two grown adults and were back to our usual selves the next morning. But Tanner must have thought through them, or he already had that guy and was trying to find a way to kick me out of his life.

The thought left me trembling. My face flushed. I shouldn't be thinking of this here but it was almost impossible after it was brought up.

“Joey?” A rustle in the corner made me turn my head, Dillon had gotten up, and stood next to the bed. “Are you okay?” His soft brown eyes narrowed in on me.

Tears stung in the corners of my eyes and slid down my temples. My heart ached, welled up into my throat, and I sniffled. I shook my head, no, because I wasn't okay.

He knelt on the bed beside me, hand reached out to gently wipe an escaping tear from my cheek. “You'll be okay. It'll take some time--”

My eyes brightened, realized that he was so close, and I could feel the soothing warmth from his touch comforting the hurt. Shit!

He must have thought it to be panic and swiftly moved his hand away from my face. I caught his wrist, the movement faster than I thought I could pull off, and stared into his tender eyes.

I licked my lips as he carefully bent closer, and my heart began to thunder in my chest. I needed him closer, to help me forget about the pain, not only what happened with Tanner, but with us as well. His lips brushed against mine, and my tongue darted out, lips opening wide to taste the alcohol resonating on his breath.

Letting go of his wrist, I wrapped my arms around his back and his muscles tensed. He had me pinned underneath his warmth, a place that I'd secretly wanted to be since I took that first honest look at him back at the party.

His lips moved across my cheek, and I tucked my head into his shoulder. There it was, that heady scent of cologne on him, and I drank in that intoxicating aroma, my entire body tingling, needfully grasping at his taut muscles. My pants had become too tight. My vision swirled.

It's too fucking hot in here.


Aug 24, 2012

Angel's Redemption Sunday Snoggin Time!

Hello folks. Time for another Sunday Snog! For more sweet kisses, click the link, and read more from all the awesome authors!

This snog comes from a polished and subbed story called Angel's Redemption. Main character Blaine Schneider is a little shocked to have an angel, Lynsael, suddenly living with him. He's even more shocked when Lyn tries to kiss him...

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Just then, the kitchen tap hissed, and Blaine turned to spot Lynsael at the sink. Dishes clanked together as he filled the basin with soapy water. Lynsael scrubbed at the dirty dishes, the baggy jeans that Blaine had loaned him barely held up by the belt. He even washed the bowl that Blaine had used for cereal before he'd left for practice.


Clank, he set the first plate in the strainer, robust shoulders tensed as Lynsael stretched his body out across the double sink to reach. Then he seized hold of the loops of his jeans, yanked them up to his waist, and continued to the next plate.


Maybe Blaine could apologize for being such an ass. Besides, he didn't even ask Lynsael to do the dishes. In fact, Lynsael didn't really have to do anything but be the marvelous creature that was originally carved in the sculpture; the strong, lean, handsome angel that had came alive under the pure white light.


Bubbles of soap waved and fluttered in the air as Lynsael continued the job. His jeans threatened to fall around his hips, and, again, he jerked them back up. Black wings spread wide across his back, and his long, dark hair waved behind him as he moved back and forth, setting the dishes to dry.


He was that glorious angel Blaine knew from the statue. The same beautiful creature with delicately carved muscles, and an ethereal face.


Blaine choked down the butterflies rising in his stomach. His heart thumped into his throat. Slowly, he stepped back into the kitchen and leaned against the counter next to Lynsael, who refused to look at him.


You don't have to do that, you know,” Blaine said, feeling a little foolish for the way he'd acted.


I just figured I might as well.” Lynsael shrugged, stretching to put a fork away.


Blaine reached out and grabbed Lynsael's arm. “Lyn.” He turned and furrowed his brows. “Don't--” the words caught on Blaine's tongue as he focused in on the perfectly sculpted face, the same one he couldn't take his eyes off when he first saw the completed statue.


Lynsael's face flushed red; his arm began to tremble. Blaine tempted himself to pull him in and steal those full, inviting lips, but Blaine didn't have the chance to struggle with his fascination. Lynsael leaned into him, and brushed his pale lips against Blaine's.


Blaine's legs felt weak, and his heart thumped hard in his chest. It was perfect; the moist, plump lips on his, and the lean, warm body pressed so close. He just couldn't take it. The heat built up into Blaine's cheeks; he dropped Lynsael's arm and backed away.


That was...” Blaine couldn't find the words.


Wonderful?” Lynsael tried, as he closed the gap between them.


Blaine pushed against Lynsael's clothed chest. “No. Weird.” He slid against the counter, and freed himself from Lynsael's warmth.


His feet had threatened to trip him as he staggered his way back into the living room. The flush of heat through his body lessened, leaving him flustered. “I... gotta get ready for bed,” Blaine said, feeling Lynsael's presence hovering behind him.


But it's early—”


Gotta work at six in the morning,” Blaine replied, stumbling off into the bedroom.


Aug 19, 2012

A Spellbinding Sunday Snog



I'm new to Victoria Blisse's Sunday Snog, so readers if you haven't yet, visit the website and click on the links to read more from all the fantabulous authors! And I'm late to the party.

My snog today is from my current WIP, A Spellbinding Curse.

We start in the middle of the scene where Max, the MC, is over at his neighbor's house to ask why the man has been hanging around naked with his curtains open. Actually he doesn't just 'hang around', he does some other very naughty things in front of his window. :)

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“Are you enjoying the show?” Antony asked suddenly.
Max swallowed the lump in his throat. “Show?”
Antony snickered. “I... like to hang out nude. Especially in my own house. It's my time to be free from clothing restraints.”
“You're a nudist?”
“I suppose.”
“Then, what's up with...” Max pointed to the opened window shades. “The exhibition?”
“So you don't like the show?” Antony furrowed his brows.
“I-I-I don't...”
Antony crossed the few feet closer to Max. “Listen. I saw you earlier. Watching.” He leaned in. The flush had spread to Max's palms, leaving them cold and clammy. “You've been watching the entire week.” Antony's tone lowered to a potent growl. “Fucking yourself. Wanting to be fucked. Or to fuck someone... Me. Right?”
Max's legs quaked. He couldn't let himself be swept up by this joker, but it was working all so damned well. His jeans became suddenly too tight. His hands trembled. Antony's hot breath and intoxicating scent wasn't helping.
“W-Well, I...” his voice fell silent.
Antony lips curved into a smile as he eyed Max. “Yes?”
What was left to say? Max couldn't figure it out. He felt trapped in the gorgeous eyes above him and in the strong muscular frame that wasn't even touching him. Jesus. He wanted Antony to do something. Anything. Kick him out so he couldn't make an ass of himself anymore, or strip off his clothes. Either would be fine with him.
“What's wrong?” Antony asked and Max shook his head, still tongue tied. Antony chuckled again. “You do like it? The show.”
Antony's hand snaked around his side and Max could swear his heart stopped. A torrid breath swept passed his ear as Antony closed in. Antony's lips braced his neck and kissed gently, sliding up to his ear, pulling on Max's earlobe. Teased so badly, Max fell back into Antony's arm, unable to move or speak and barely even able to breathe.
A strong hand held him there, while Antony moved to kiss him. Fervent lips forced open Max's, his tongue darted in, taking control. Max could taste him, a slight bitter aftertaste from something he didn't know of. Maybe Antony had drank before the show began. But it wasn't alcohol that filled his mouth.
It didn't matter. Max circled his tongue around Antony's, feeling teeth and gums, before giving up and letting Antony control him instead.
Antony's right hand had slid up Max's back and to his nape, where he cupped Max's neck in his palm. His left hand found the bottom seam of Max's t-shirt. There he brushed his fingers against Max's skin, causing gooseflesh, and slowly found a nipple. He pinched gently, then circled and pinched again. Max's jeans were entirely too tight now; his cock quivered, needing released from its trap.

Aug 15, 2012

Oooh, naughty, naughty author

I'm a naughty author. I haven't updated in about a month XD.

Also, I've been hella mixed up in projects, I'm surprised I even know where the hell I'm at with everything. See I keep a WIP page-thingy here to keep track of what I SHOULD BE DOING.
That hasn't been going well.

After fighting project after project, I ended up writing something completely new and totally loving it. Heh. How's that for tsk tsk.

But at least I know what I'm doing for the rest of August.

Jul 18, 2012

Sexy cover art fan!

I'll tell you, I am a major fan of sexy anime style or digital cover art. Give me a beautiful cover pic in these styles and, after an awesome blurb to hook me, I have to read.

Honestly, most of what I've read in the last year have been M/M romances with these types of covers.

Small but growing list of books with awesome covers.

I'm still organizing the above list. And if I could, I'd buy all these books in hardcovers, or posters, to have a collection of beautiful art.


Are you a fan of stylized covers?

Jul 6, 2012

Children's books? Really?

In the last couple of months, I've had several ask me if I write children's books. Um... why?

When I tell people I'm an author, they automatically assume I write children's books. Is it because I fit the part? Ya know, I have kids so they assume I write kid's books. Or is it that before all this 50 Shades bullshit, the most popular books were YA -- aka: Hunger Games, Twilight, Harry Potter?

Earlier today it happened again. Had review for real life job and I told my human resources manager than I'm working on supplementing my income a little by writing. She asks: Do you write children's books?

*shrugs* I've never been into children's books, MG, YA, etc. etc... hahaha
Suspense, paranormal, and horror is where I like to roll. Ya know. With a little kinky times. ;D

Jul 3, 2012

WIP share - The Drifters

Sharing a piece of my current WIP. The Drifters.

Warning: unedited, suspense, squirmy maggots on a dead body
I swear this wasn't supposed to be a horror scene, but thanks to daughter for the idea!

Want a free chapter of The Drifters? Read Here
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Stepping closer, I rounded another corner with my back against the wall and the gun readied to fire, and the sound stopped as fast as it began. But the scent of old blood drowned my fear with curiosity.
A figure lay curled in the middle of the dark hallway. The breeze picked up the bile smell, carrying it passed me and I cringed. Reddish brown pools surrounded the lifeless creature, twinkling in the illumination from the streetlamp outside.
I swallowed hard and stepped towards the body. The buzzing of flies grew louder as my shoes touched the pool of blood. Leaning down, tiny white maggots swarmed its empty insides and I turned away with my mouth covered.
“Christ...” I choked, unable to look again.
“Malachi,” the vampire teammate hollered from the opposite end of the hallway. He darted across the hallway, knelt next to me, and gasped, “Shit. Are you okay?”
I nodded. “It was like this when I arrived.”
“A rogue.” The vampire poked at the body with a gloved finger. “About three, four months...” Then, he tapped the earbud in his ear with his free hand. “Xavier, we have something. Corpse on the second floor. Looks like it's been here awhile though.” He continued to search the body, moving passed the squirming maggots into the corpse's pockets, and pulled out a blood stained bag. “He's loaded.”
Pulling away, he emptied clumps of pale pink power into the palm of his hand, like cocaine or another drug, that had soaked in the blood. “This is what we're after.”
“D-damn.” So there were rogues involved in drug trafficking.
He dumped the rocks back into the bag, and wrapped the bag in a handkerchief. “Yes, sir,” he said into the microphone hanging from his collar. “Xavier will arrive to clean up this mess. You are to enter the third floor while we continue to search here.”
“Again?” My heart couldn't take anymore surprises.
“This is big, Malachi. A dead rogue, probably taken down by another dealer. These things would live in filth.” But I'd known that wasn't entirely true. “There's got to be more of them.”
I struggled to stand. With the gun in my hands, I aimed it at the vampire; my intentions running wild. “Not all of us are violent miscreants.”
“Remove your gun from my face, soldier.” The vampire stood without hesitation. “You will follow Xavier's orders, or I will take you down myself.”
Narrowed eyes, full of energy and need, the headache proceeded to pound through my temples. With the thought to kill in means of violence, I felt my spirit increase and my energies, chaotic. I'd love nothing more than to kill him and the rest of their army, Xavier, and Raphael, and anyone who stood in my way.
“I...” I lowered my gun. “Get out of my way.”
“Malachi.”
Stepping around him, I sauntered towards the stairs; the vampire teammate followed. At the foot of the steps, I turned around and his eyes widened. “I'll go. But you and the rest of them better be here if there are any problems. Understand?”

Jun 28, 2012

For Those Who Wait 1



Title: For Those Who Wait  (click story title to read)
Author: Azalea Moone
Genre: Non-explicit, sweet/fluffy
Warnings: None. Unless you'd rather they get a little dirtier, LOL
Note: This was written for the Love is Always Write event at Goodreads M/M Romance group. There will be a series continuation throughout the next couple months... so come back often. At the end of the short series, I'll publish a full length e-book available for free.

And make sure you check out the other author's free stories in the group! M/M Romance (free & easy join)

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Jun 18, 2012

A sort of lazy month

It's been a sort of lazy month in the world of writing. I'm still working on a sub to SMP's Devil's Night anthology, but that is it.

Why?

Well, don't know really. I do know that I had a plan to take a break during July, but it's found me already.
But one thing I learned recently: be kind to yourself.

If you need a break, take it. A day. A week. Refresh your creative brain and breathe.


I am also wondering about a sequel to For Those Who Wait. Either a free monthly short for a couple of months, or something longer... not sure.

May 29, 2012

No reason why, but...

As of now, Dark Night Skies and Wicked Intentions are available as .pdf, .mobi and .epub formats on AllRomance Ebooks, as well as Smashwords (of course).

A Bitter Sanctuary will be available in all three formats too. :) I'm going to keep my freebies as .pdf's though.

In other news, I'm feeling quite ill. Have had some major RL issues arise, zapping all my energy and creativity away. Fucking problems.


May 13, 2012

LiAW has begun!!

The Love is Always Write event has begun at the Goodreads M/M Romance group!! Check out all of the stories coming from now through July. I know I've been waiting (un) patiently for a few of them, but I'm really looking forward to reading them all!!

My story for the event has come out today, titled For Those Who Wait. It's a short non-explicit story, fyi. And, as per the few comments posted already, I do have an idea for a sequel... A set of short freebie stories (maybe a monthly webisode type of thing) coming up in June. Nix that idea. I took on another LiAW prompt!

But I will have the sequel.

:)

May 9, 2012

Coming soon!


Announcing the 3rd and last book in the Dark Night Skies series. A Bitter Sanctuary will be released via all of the outlets - Amazon, Smashwords, and ARe on Friday, June 1st!

Here's the blurb:


“You will never have the displeasure of human burdens again. You can go wherever you like. Do whatever it is you choose to do.”

After three months of being stuck in Christopher's mansion, Michael comes to the realization that vampire's have no power over him. But trouble finds him fast once he chooses to leave, bringing him face to face with the lurid world of the undead.

After all, his blood is an asset to all vampires, not just Lucius. And through all of the death and confusion, Michael meets Dante, a handsome and carefree vampire, who shows him that he's not confined to Lucius or to anyone, for that matter.

As Michael learns to live again, Lucius fears he's lost his human lover; the pure soul that he'd fallen in love with. Will Michael succumb to the thoughtless acts of being immortal?


and because I can here's a snippit: (click on the title of the post)


Apr 13, 2012

DON'T read your reviews! Why not?

There is a piece of advice floating around lately that tells new authors, and not so new authors, NOT to read their reviews. And while I can agree to a point, notice that I just agree to a point.

The internet makes it very easy to post a lousy review, to get really nasty, to the point that they rip into new authors. It's becoming more common, and it's less likely to change.

So before you take all the advice to NOT read your reviews, think of a few things first.

What kind of person are you? Do you tend to get angry or depressed when someone criticizes you? Do you mentally yell, or actually yell when you read something you do not agree with? Would you bitch and complain, or start an internet war over a discussion you don't agree with?

If any of the above are "YES", then it may be better not to read your reviews. Why? If someone left a review claiming that your book is "worse than dogshit", you may (and I say may loosely) overreact.

However, do you tend to get upset, let it sink in then shrug it off when someone criticizes you? Do you believe that "Not everyone is going to like my book"? Do you have strong beliefs but care not to join in on an internet flaming war? Do you believe that everyone is entitled to their opinions, and opinions are like assholes, everyone has one?

If any of the above are "YES", then you should read your reviews. Why? Reviews, good and bad, play a very important part for an author. If you skip all reviews, you are doing yourself a disservice.

First and foremost: A bad review toughens up an author. Even the most well known authors, those who began writing in the age before the computer, receive bad internet reviews. This is a "thick skin" kind of business. But, then again, so are a lot of things in life.

Good criticism can, and often does, give authors something more to think of when it comes to their book and/or writing style. It may be too late to change what you've written, but you definitely can think about what they said for future projects.

Good reviews, such as "OMG, I couldn't put the book down", softens an author. Too many good reviews, with no constructive criticism can be bad, i.e. it softens an author too much. But just the right amount is a great balance when paired with similar bad, lousy reviews.

It's the age old tale: Not everyone is going to like your book. Reviewer A hated the book with a passion. Reviewer B loved it. Reviewer C gave me some good criticism to think about. A good balance.


But we're all humans. We all have feelings and beliefs, and we do get hurt emotionally. If you're reading horrible reviews and you cannot keep from feeling hurt, find someone to talk to. It's better to look outside of the internet world, and go for someone who knows your goals/dreams in real life. A friend, a partner, etc. If you have good internet friends, send them a private message. Don't let your hurt and upset feelings be known through the internet world, such as Twitter, Facebook, or a forum.

Sure, twenty + internet friends can make you feel better, but you run the risk of letting your sour feelings be known to everyone, including readers, editors, and publishers.

And do not contact the reviewer. Whether it's through Amazon, Goodreads, their personal blog/website, or another source; do not attempt to leave a rebuttal. Remember, people are entitled to their opinions. Even if that reviewer did not like your book, it doesn't mean everyone will hate it.

I hope this advice comes in handy to new authors, and seasoned authors alike. If you would like to add or refute this advice, go ahead. :)

Apr 2, 2012

Characters - Hate them/Love them

We all have characters that we hate. Completely, totally, despise with all our passion.

But is there any character that you completely hate, but then love at the same time? I think everyone can think of one. That antagonist in a book or movie that plays a major role in the MC's life. They come back, over and over, maybe they are the 2nd MC, or maybe just a side character with a major role.

In any case, it's characters like these that keep the story going. Sure, you may love the MC and any other supporting character, the book/movie might be just fine without someone with major attitude, but that one that you completely despise completes the story.

I love writing characters like these, don't you? There are several antagonists I've written about, that I absolutely love to hate. They all play a certain role too. They are there to create some kind of havoc. From the typical bad guy persona to a more secretive scheme... heh!

There are also MC's that you start out hating, then you love them at the end. Those types of characters are a lot of fun!

Mar 15, 2012

What is your favorite thing to write?

Okay, I fail on titles, but basically, what do you like to write, most of all, in romance (M/M or others)?

Me? I love to write in the romance aspect, the closeness, the neediness, the unexpected and expected kisses, the wandering hands, moving legs, trembling, and heavy beating hearts.

No, I'm not talking about sex. I'm talking romance. Somewhere, somehow, I'm a romantic O.O more of a shocker to me than my readers probably, haha. And while I do enjoy writing sex, whether vanilla or hardcore, sweaty, OMFG so HAWT sex, I really - super duper - love writing the little things.

Slow foreplay. Kissing. Touching. Whispering. Breathing. The first kiss, and the way it makes your heart skip a beat, and your face flush with excitement, and your knees weak. A lover's hand cupped against his partners ass, drawing him closer until their bodies are entwined in passion.

Or the look. Eyes narrowed and glinting with lust. The energy between the two, even at a distance; the look on their faces say "I want you".

Get my drift? But it feels that once I'm passed that point in any certain scene, that the rest is over in a flash. *shrugs* So I always try to increase as much foreplay passion, or sexual tension, as I can to avoid the wham-bam ending.

My short freebie for the Love is Always Write event at the Goodreads M/M romance group is going to be non-explicit for this reason. It's a romance, with cutesy little moments and some sexual tension, but more first time kisses. I just couldn't imagine expanding into a sex scene with these two characters. And, maybe, that's how it's supposed to be.

FYI: As well as romance, I enjoy world building and character building.


So, what say you? What is your favorite part of writing in the romance genre?

Feb 26, 2012

To-do list March 2012

My plans for February went right out the window. I have 2 novellas on the revisions scale, ha! That's one too many, but what can I say.


1. Revise Angel's Redemption

2. Finish revisions and submit The Last Road Home

3. Plan and start on chosen prompt for the Love Is Always Write writers events at Goodreads M/M Readers Group.

4. Plan for a late spring/early summer freebie!

5. Plan to add something significant and interesting to this blog instead of just to-do lists and other shameless self-plugs... anyone wanna do a guest post??

:)

Feb 14, 2012

Mid month update.

Happy Valentine's Day! And happy mid-February! XD


What do you have planned for this fabulous day?

Me? Work. Haha! I haven't planned a lovey dovey day with the boyfriend in years, since my fifth ex. So yeah. Instead, I have words to write.


Here's a quick update in what I have achieved for the month:

1. The Last Road Home: Up to chapter 9 of edits, rewrites, and plot fixes. I had some issues, but I believe they are all worked out now.

2. WIP angel fic: I'm currently at 21+ k. With the way it's going, I'll be looking at finishing the rough draft by the end of the week.

3. Dark Night Skies series book 3 preparation: I have an official title, A Bitter Sanctuary, and have designed an awesome cover.


Plans:

Look forward to more teasers from my angel fic, as well as free chapter samples of Dark Night Skies Book 1 and Book 2 on Goodreads in the near future.

Have a wonderful day -- rest of February!

Feb 8, 2012

WIP share XD

Every now and again, I like to share snippits of my recent WIP's, no matter what day of the week it is LOL.

Click the post title for a bit of my current angel WIP:

Feb 4, 2012

The author and the character relationship

It is often said that an author will put a piece of themselves in what they write. Whether it's a little, or a lot, a character trait or the city they live in (or grew up in), etc.

Today, this post is about your characters. Special characters that you will hold dear to your heart for years to come.

Now, you might be asking "They are just characters. Are they really that important to authors?"

Yes, they are. Even though some writers, and I'm talking about original fiction, can jump from one character to another sometimes fairly easy, the fictional people they do write about can stay with them for awhile.

I often think of them like an ex, or a friend that you hung out with for a while. You interviewed them, or dated them, however you would like to fantasize about that. Then you wrote their story, mixed it up, let others read it, and you moved on. Sometimes the friendship lasts only months or up to a couple of years.

The longer you work with them, the longer that character will stay in your heart.

I have a few characters that will always be with me, whether I'm still working on their stories or not in the future. Some are quite obvious, i.e. Lucius and Michael. And some are not, i.e. Dillon from Once Upon.

So, tell me, do you have any characters that stick with you as an author? How about as a reader? Are there characters in your favorite books that will stay in your heart - and I'm thinking characters from little known books too?

Jan 26, 2012

To-do list February 2012

For my February 2012 to-do list, I've decided to TRY and work on one novella, and one short story this month. But I don't think that's going to happen:

1. Write 3rd Dark Night book, current working title is Sanctuary <- DONE

2. Plan and rewrite SMP anthology sub <-dead idea, it happens....
2. Write out this plot bunny that finally hopped it's way into my head! Will have more details later.

3. Plan and edit/rewrite The Last Road Home <- working on it!


See... two novellas *shrugs* haha

Didn't there used to be a strike out option for text?

Official release note...

As I wait for Amazon to approve Wicked Intentions, and Smashwords autovetting to be done, I bring very exciting news!

For a limited time, Dark Night Skies will be .99 cents through all the outlets including Amazon, Smashwords, and AllRomance e-books!!

This promotion will continue through the end of February!

Jan 12, 2012

Release schedule :)

I have exciting news. *smiles*

Those who have read Dark Night Skies and felt there was something missing, well you're quite right. It's officially a series, with at least 3 books planned so far. <-- I say so far very loosely here as I'm debating on more stories based in the world of DNS.

Anyway, the next book titled Wicked Intentions will be released Jan 27, 2012 through all the outlets, including Amazon, AllRomance, and Smashwords.
And the official cover!



In Wicked Intentions, we follow Lucius as he fights for freedom for both himself and Michael.

I'll write a much better blurb a.s.a.p!
The 3rd book, untitled as of right now, will be released in early summer of 2012 :)

Jan 5, 2012

Wake Up!!

Oh, hi *waves*

I've been... uh, sleeping for the past couple weeks, haven't I?

Well, just busy I guess. Then I ended up getting stuck in a bit of a game world at the end of the year and I think I'm finally out of it. LOL

So, let's see. We'll start with my to-do list for January 2012:


1. Steal back my computer -- from the boyfriend who's also lost in the game world. Why my computer?

2. Finish edit of Wicked Intentions and release

3. Work on SMP Anthology


For now, only two projects. May add more once I've successfully retained my computer. LOL