May 27, 2013

Winners to be announced!!

Thanks all who participated in the HAHAT blog tour and the Absolutely Erotic blog tour. It was a pleasure to be a part of both, and I look forward to doing it again next year. Don't you?

Winners for both hops will be announced soon. Today is the last day in the HAHAT tour, so get out there are read all the wonderful posts.

For the Absolutely Erotic blog tour, the winner should be contacted soon by the most awesomest Lori Witt.

Update: And the winner of the Absolutely Erotic Blog tour is Shadow!!

For HAHAT, I'll contact the winner by this coming Friday! Remember, the winner receives a $10 gift card for AllRomanceEbooks.

Update: And the winner of the HAHAT giveaway is Lena!!

Thanks again for reading along.

May 23, 2013

Absolutely Erotic Blog Hop Last Day!!

Welcome to a stop on the Absolutely Erotic Blog Hop, where we’re showcasing erotica and erotic romance authors from the Absolute Write forums. Each day, interviews will be posted, and when it’s all said and done, some lucky commenter will win a huge prize!  Click here for the entire blog schedule and details about the contents of the prize, and how to win an armload of ebooks, a $25 Amazon gift card, and more.

Today, I’m hosting L.A. Witt (who also writes as Lauren Gallagher).

1. Have you always loved romance writing?  Honestly, no. I was all about epic fantasy and science fiction during those formative years when I was first cutting my teeth on writing. Then I did NaNoWriMo and decided to write a romance because it was simpler than epic fantasy (simpler = I could plot one out in the two weeks I had left before NaNo started), and the rest is history. I’d found my niche.

2. Do you have any special writing rituals?  I have to constantly update my word count spreadsheet. Like, constantly. It seems counterproductive, but it’s almost a tic. Something I have to do or I get flustered and frustrated. Blame my OCD. 

3. Do you have a writing tip to share with our viewers? Be persistent with your writing, and open-minded when it comes to criticism.

4. What do you find the most challenging about being a writer?  Insecurity. I second-guess myself a lot, and go through periods where I don’t feel certain about anything I write. That insecurity is also what keeps me striving to get better, but it’s absolutely a double-edged sword.

5. What’s one time and/or place (past, present, or future) that you’re dying to write about? Why?  Well, a year ago I would have said World War II and Ancient Rome. Now that I’ve written both, I want to write MORE of both. LOL They’re fascinating eras, and there are endless possibilities.

6. If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be?  I would sell my soul to have Jared Leto on the cover of one of my books.

7. What would you tell a reader reluctant to read erotica? Try it, you might like it! There are all kinds of flavors of erotica, so don’t feel like you have to read something kinky if that’s not your thing, or stick with vanilla if you prefer something a little wilder. There really is something for everybody out there.

8. If you were stranded on an island with one book and one object, what would they be?  The book would be either On Writing by Stephen King or Skybound by my amazing co-author, Aleksandr Voinov. One object? My retractable bear claw back scratcher. Laugh all you want. That was the best $3.99 I ever spent.

9. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?  The ability to look good in skintight spandex.

10. Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?   They’re completely fictional. I usually use photos of real people just to give myself a visual, but the personalities, histories, etc., are entirely their own. That’s not to say they’re not influenced by people I know. Sometimes a character’s quirk comes from someone I know, and sometimes an experience they’ve had is one I’ve had myself, but as a whole, the character is his or her own person.

11. What is the most interesting thing you have learned from your research?  Oh lord. What haven’t I learned doing research?  Off the top of my head, I’d say the coolest research moment was when Aleks Voinov and I were writing our WWII historical, and had sent our characters behind enemy lines in an entirely fictional operation during the Battle of the Bulge. We thought, “Well, there’s nothing that says the Germans didn’t do this, so it’s certainly possible that it could have happened…” (It is fiction, after all)  And then while I was researching another tidbit about the same book, I stumbled across an operation in which the Germans were doing almost exactly what we’d concocted, in the exact same time and place as our story. We decided that history bent itself to fit our story.

12. Which of your book covers is your favorite? Who designed that cover? I have to pick one?? *whimpers* Um. Well.  I love Quid Pro Quo, which is a Jordan Taylor cover. Covet Thy Neighbor (L.C. Chase) is also amazing.  Conduct Unbecoming, The Princess and the Porn Star, and All The King’s Horses are probably my favorites.

13. Are you attending any conventions in the next year? Which ones?  I’ve already been to RT this year and will probably go next year. In July, I’ll be at the UK GLBTQ Fiction meet-up in Manchester, and in October, GayRomLit in Atlanta.  I’ll also be at the Rainbow Convention in Florida next April. My husband will be accompanying me to that one, too!

Thank you for visiting this stop on the Absolutely Erotic Blog Hop! Please be sure to visit the other interviews in the hop and comment for more chances to win the grand prize before the drawing later this week!

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

Twitter: @GallagherWitt

May 17, 2013

HAHAT: Teaching children equality

Hello all and welcome to Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. click to learn more.

First of all, I'd like to apologize if this post is all over the place. While writing this, I'm am just getting over a nasty head cold/flu, whatever that was, and I'm still a bit foggy.

Today, I'd like to talk about teaching children equality. And while I thought that title was okay at first, now I'm thinking it's better said as: lending your children a guiding hand and showing them that everyone is equal.

As a mother of two preteens, actually by the time this posts my daughter will be a teen, I'm often faced with a lot of questions as I'm sure most parents are. While many of those questions are easily answered, there are a few that aren't so easy.

There might be manuals on Parenting. There might be shelves of books on behavior management, child illnesses, and parenting techniques. But some questions and answers can't be covered in a paperback book. Such one issue is how to raise children to believe that everyone is equal regardless.

First, may I say that I have been blessed with a daughter who has always been non-stereotypical, and completely accepting of all. She has many different friends all ranging from different cultures and backgrounds, and even sexual preference. She's always been very open minded, and accepting of everyone.

However, my son is a different story. He also has friends from different cultures and backgrounds. But lately, he's been somewhat disrespectful of anyone GLBT individuals. Including mom.

How to I lend him a guiding hand and show him that anyone under the GLBT rainbow are the same as everyone else?

Certainly, I'm not the know all, say all when it comes to teaching children. I struggle, just as everyone else, but I'd like to share some things that I thought could help.

The first, and most important, is no pressure. I cannot persuade my son to accept everyone today. He's not going to turn his opinions around in a week. That's okay. He's got a long life ahead of him.

The second I found is probably the "do all" for everything. Be prepared to talk and listen. But most importantly, listen. Drop everything your doing and listen when he has a question, or when he talks about his concerns or feelings. My son has ADHD, and he's very vocal. Although a lot of this is "hyper words", I'll even listen to them for clues. I gently talk to him about his word choices, but I won't pressure or punish.

I also understand that by the time he's a teenager, I won't be the most influential voice in his life. He has friends, peers, that may be very vocal on their feelings. Yes, peer pressure is commonplace in everything, not just alcohol and drug use. His friends might curse and make fun of GLBT individuals at school or at social functions. And my child may do the same to look good, even though that is not the way he truly feels.

Anti-bullying programs. It's hard to tell at this point if he's going to be a bully in the future. But it's a great time to get proactive in bullying programs. Schools have these for students and parents. I admit, I need to look them up in my region. Also speaking to the teacher(s) about behavior with other students during PT conferences will also indicate if there could be bullying problems later on.

Some other things I've thought of:

Show the love. If you're friends either online or in person with GLBT individuals, talk about them. Not personally, but simply say something like: "My friend (or coworker, or new acquaintance) and I are going out to have coffee." Or "We're going to walk in the pride parade." Show your support. Attend GLBT functions, and let your child(ren) know why. "I'm going to rally in support of gay marriage." Then, be prepared to listen as your child(ren) may or may not have some questions.

Get your significant other involved or friends/family. I don't mean drag them to a rally. My boyfriend would stop in his tracks before we get to the door. What I mean talk to them, if they're open to it. Let them know how important it is to you that your child(ren) believe in equality. Ask them to refrain from possible derogatory remarks within your child's presence, or refrain from other discussion that might seem negative.
And, who knows, maybe they'd love to go to a rally or a parade.

I know there might be more tips, so I'd like to hear from readers. What are some other ways to lend that guiding hand?

Also, as a giveaway, one lucky commenter can win a $10 gift certificate to AllRomance Ebooks or OmniLit. All you need to do is comment with a working email address between May 17th and May 27th.

I'll draw one name from a hat and contact the winner after May 27th.

Don't forget to visit all the blogs participating in this wonderful event. Here is the list of all active and participating blogs so you can click on the next one with ease. Enjoy!

May 2, 2013

What a busy May!

May is gonna be a helluva month for me! Let's see, we've got:

Early promo for A Rogue's Power prerelease

Hop against Homophobia and Transphobia with a giveaway!!

Possible shit ton of edits

Beta readings

Writing - uh, duh

And the Absolutely Erotic Blog Hop!!

What's this Absolutely Erotic Blog Hop you speak of? It's the first annual blog hop featuring interviews from excellent authors of erotica and erotic romance in all genres from Absolute Write forums. Here's the rundown:

On this date…
...this person’s blog…
…will feature this author.
May 8th
Erika Lindsen
May 9th
Mina Kelly
May 10th
Thea Landen
May 11th
Charley Descoteaux
May 12th
J.M. Keep
May 13th
M.C. Hana
May 14th
Jack L. Pyke
May 15th
Ravon Silvius
May 16th
Jocelyn Dex
May 17th
Tara Quan
May 18th
Anna Zabo
May 19th
Scarlet Day
May 20th
S. A. Meade
May 21st
Erin Lark
May 22nd
Erin Lark
Azalea Moone
May 23rd
Azalea Moone
L. A. Witt

 These will be made into links soon.

Oh, and the best part? A grand prize winner will be drawn from comments left on each blog. The prize consists of a $25 Amazon gift card, $10 Bitch face cosmetics gift card, a beaded continuous rope necklace from MC Hana, ebooks from authors, and tons TONS!! more.

So don't miss it. Seriously. Don't! :)