RIP Red Rose Publishing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So the word is that the outage of Red Rose Publishing's website is now permanent. Given the ongoing problems I just hope it will be wound up tidily. Their authors have only just been notified, so there is not much more to say about it right now.  I will post any updates I receive, or feel free to comment if you have anything to share.

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Keeping in Mind...

Monday, July 07, 2014

In a post-Slash world I would have expected that this phrase would have died out by now:

"Keeping in mind that this volume is targeted at women, the editor seeks mainly hetero stories, but will consider bisexual or lesbian encounters and polyamorous relationships."

If you don't want the gay male stories that is your call, but it has nothing to do with 'keeping in mind' the general female-ness of the readership IMHO.

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Mr Everywhere

Friday, June 27, 2014


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Interview with Scarlet Day

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The following post is part of the AbsoluteWrite Erotic Writers Blog Hop.  If you have not checked out the AW forums feel free to drop by. I lurk there as a moderator of the erotica sub-forum.

Can you tell us a little about your latest release? 
Leashed comes out tomorrow and is my first foray into the world of BDSM. It’s the first book of a new series, Shifter Sanctuary, combining shifters, ménage and BDSM. I’m comfortable writing in the shifter and ménage universe, but BDSM really scared the heck out of me. I did tons of research, from reading real-life accounts of people in the lifestyle to learning about different types of floggers and various equipment. I’ve been so worried about screwing up the BDSM aspects that I’m now alternating between doing my typical release-day happy dance and hiding under my bed while I bite my fingernails to bloody stumps.

 What is the most interesting thing you learned from your research? 
The Dominant/submissive dynamics initially piqued my curiosity. I’m a very independent woman and I went into this with a complete lack of understanding as to how an independent person could surrender their will to someone else. What I learned surprised me and compelled me to learn more. I’m even more excited now about writing stories incorporating BDSM than I was when I started my research.

Would you prefer to be the Dominant, the submissive or both? 
 That’s a tough one. As I said, I’m pretty independent, not to mention stubborn. But I also lead a very hectic professional life with a mountain of stress and responsibility. After learning more about the lifestyle, I can understand the appeal of taking the submissive role, at least temporarily. I’m certain I could never manage it full-time, but I could probably get used to a few hours of blissed out submission every now and then.

 Can readers expect to see more BDSM elements in your future books? 
 Oh, absolutely. The Shifter Sanctuary series will have at least four books, and I’m also contemplating a contemporary series. Now that I’ve had my first taste of writing about the dynamics of the BDSM lifestyle, I’m hooked.

Where can readers find out more about Leashed and your other books?
 All of my books are available at www.bookstrand.com/scarlet-day and the major online retailers. I also have a blog at www.scarletdaybooks.blogspot.com.

About Scarlet 
When she’s not writing or at her day-job, Scarlet can usually be found on one of Southwest Florida’s beaches or hanging out at the pool, waiting for the cabana boy to bring her another daiquiri.

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Dear Taylen Lane Publishing

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Make space for a short rant.

Putting aside all of the other things I could say about this publisher, let me say this: saying all genre romance is banal is in itself a banal statement.

By which I mean crap like: "Though we understand the popularity of the Romance genre, [our imprint] Procyon Press seeks smelling salts as opposed to opiates and lotus leaves."

This is a bullshit. If you think every story that is about love and ends happily is boring, this is a failure of your imagination not the scope of the genre.

If you don't want to publish romance, that's fine.  But it is not because romance is all by definition boring.  And it surely is not because you "understand" anything about it and why poor schlubs like me are involved in these efforts you deem so soporific.  It is because doing something interesting within this genre is outside your skill set or just not something that you wish to do. And that is all there is to it.

Grow up and show some respect to your fellow publishing professionals if you aspire to becoming one yourself.

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Start Media Buys Whiskey Creek Press

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Start Media had previously acquired Night Shade Books and have now added Whiskey Creek Press to their stable.

See also:
Counting Down to RomCon!

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Jack Trammell, "Romance Novelist"

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jack Trammell, the Democratic candidate will run against the man who knocked Eric Cantor off his perch, is described by the New York Times as a "romance novelist". This turns out to be "Sarah's Last Secret" (Amazon), a 2001 release from e-publishing pioneer Hard Shell Word Factory.

He has also written non-fiction,  thrillers, YA and a children's adventure story but that--presumably--doesn't make as good of a sound bite.  His other publisher choices include Whiskey creek press, Muindania... and Xlibris.

So... I guess at least he would be representative who was unusually au fait with the world of digital publishing?

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