May 13, 2015

Currently Reading: Katie Rose’s TOO HOT TO HANDLE


From sexy MMA fighters to sexy baseball players…


What are you currently reading right now?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


May 13, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #14

This month’s theme is: military


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May 12, 2015

WPS Writing Tip Tuesday #6: Nancy Strauss


In my Other Life, when I was writing YA, I put aside a trilogy to try my hand at writing in the adult romance genre. In that trilogy, I finished the first draft of the first two stories and had started the third.  I considered myself a pantser when writing those stories (including the two standalones that I indie published). The beginning of Book #1 in that series came to me so easily, it was ridiculous.

Now that I’m trying a new genre, I’m finding that I want to change a little bit. I don’t want to bury the pantser in me, but I’m thinking that I want to try the plotting thing, too. At least a little bit. Along with trying something new, I’m finding that trying to write the beginning to Book #1 in this series I plan to write is A LOT harder than when I did it in YA. I freely admit that I’ve been procrastinating by focusing on the research part of it. But Nancy Strauss’s, founder of Creative Writing Now, email post about story beginnings put things into perspective:

1) Remember, you don’t have to write your story in order.  You don’t have to write a perfect beginning before you can move on to the rest of the story.  In fact, it’s often easier to come up with a great story beginning AFTER you’ve written the rest of your rough draft, because you’ll have a clearer idea of what the story’s really about and where the beginning will lead.

2) You don’t have to start a story with an “introduction”.  Often, the best story beginnings take the reader right into the middle of the scene. The reader doesn’t need to have all of the background information ahead of time.  If you start the story by filling in background information, the reader’s likely to lose interest. Provide enough clues to orient your readers so that they can follow what’s happening.  It’s okay if there are some unanswered questions in the reader’s mind for a while.  That can provoke curiosity and increase the reader’s interest.

Here are some other strategies for capturing the reader’s interest:

Start with a problem or conflict.  Even a small problem gives your character something to do and creates activity and momentum right away.

Start with dialogue.  Dialogue draws readers into the scene.  It also helps you, the writer, resist the temptation to summarize or explain the story instead of “showing” it in real time.

Start at an exciting point in the story.



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May 11, 2015

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: Jason Momoa

His father was Native Hawaiian and his mother was of German, Irish and Native American ancestry.

Either way, he’s got damn great genes because he’s fucking gorgeous. Am I right or am I right? He even looks great in a kilt!


Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


May 11, 2015

Writing Quote of the Week



May 6, 2015

Wet Panty Wednesday #13

This month’s theme is: military

I like reading romance books with a military theme, especially when it’s a topic that doesn’t get talked about very often. For instance, pararescuemen. My favorite, though, are books about SEALs. What about you?


Peace, lurve, and wet panties,



May 5, 2015

WPS Writing Tip Tuesday #5: Katie Allure


Maintaining control of my book cover was one of the deciding factors to go the indie publishing route. After reading the horror stories of authors on the traditional scene–and reading all those romances where the hero in the book never matched the one on the cover–helped me get off the Traditional vs Indie fence. And Katie Allure’s post “Ten Steps to a Great Cover – What I’ve learned from the experts at Sourebooks and Smashwords,” provided six steps to keep in mind when creating your own book cover that I found to be very helpful.

1) Avoid Image Copyright Infringement. Only use free images in the public domain. If you do find an image you really want that isn’t copyright free, contact the owner and ask to use it; if they give permission, then get signed paperwork for worldwide rights.

2) Use High Quality Images. Make sure the image is of high-enough resolution that it will not look blurry or pixelated.

3) Simplicity Works Best. Do not clutter your cover. AJ [Mayall, from Smashwords] says the best choice is a single “simple image that strikes to the core of what the book is about.” Think symbolism (Twilight’s two hands holding an apple) or subtext (Fifty Shades of Grey’s tie, mask, or handcuffs).

4) Author Branding
“Consider yourself a brand. Create a formula for how you like your books to look within a series or genre. If someone is looking for your next book, they will know this is what they look like. Make a uniform design. Then, do not hide your name in the corner. Give yourself space on the book cover.”

5) Careful Titling
Don’t make your title so long that the type becomes too small to read easily. While not a hard and fast rule, AJ says to avoid some overused typefaces that cheapen the image. Avoid Papyrus, Comic Sans, and Algerian. Unless you’re really skilled, don’t use more than three different fonts on a cover or it might look cluttered.

6) Go With What Sells
He adds, “If you want to try something new, go ahead, but don’t rock the boat too much. Going with what’s already been done works.” So within your subgenre, do some research on what’s selling as your starting point for thinking about your cover. Then find the right image to convey the symbolism or meaning of your particular book.




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May 4, 2015

Wet Panty Society – May: Jason Momoa


The Wet Panty Society was started in July 2011 and is a monthly homage to beautiful, gorgeous, hunkalicious men. During that month, a picture of the chosen Wet Panty Guy will be featured every week for your viewing pleasure with a little bit of trivia. Prepare to drool! If there’s someone you’d like to refer to this exclusive society, please remember what Salt-n-Pepa said– “This is only for the sexy people”–and read the requirements.

Out of all the celebrities coming to Phoenix ComicCon at the end of the month, THIS GUY is the only person I plan to get up close and personal with. And by up close and personal, I mean I’m going to pay $50 to have my picture taken with him. I’m pretty sure it won’t be as cool and spontaneous as the one I did with Jared Padalecki back in February, but I’ll be just as thrilled. Welcome to this month’s Wet Panty Society inductee…JASON MOMOA!


Name: Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa

Date of Birth: 1 Aug 1979, Honolulu, Hawaii

Height: 6″4

Where You May Have Seen Him: As lifeguard Jason Ioane on BAYWATCH (1999-2001), as warrior Ronan Dex (that name is so damn sexy) on STARGATE: ATLANTIS (2005-2009), as a hella sexy barbarian in the CONAN THE BARBARIAN reboot (2011) and most recently as hella sexy Dothraki King Khal Drogo on Showtime’s GAME OF THRONES (2011-2012).  If you’re not watching this show right now, then you’re missing out. His character is no longer on the show, but it’s still The Shit.

Where You’ll See Him in the Future: as Aquaman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (2016), JUSTICE LEAGUE PART ONE (2017), and AQUAMAN (2018).

I was first introduced to Jason when I watched BAYWATCH. In all it’s forms. At one point, it was called BAYWATCH HAWAII and I watched it then because of him. Now, back then, looking like he did on this show….

Go ahead.

Take a moment to drool. I’ll meet you down below the pic. LOL


Back then, looking like this, I wasn’t expecting the deep, sexy voice that came out when he opened his mouth.

<insert disintegrated panties here>

Yeah, hooked was a major understatement of the universe. I watched the show just for a glimpse of him. I never got into STARGATE: ATLANTIS, but I did manage to catch a few eppies now and then. I’m not a big fan of dreads, but he managed to rock’em and make’em look badass in the process.

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And then he was chosen to play Dothraki King, Khal Drogo and I was all AWWWWW YEAHHH!


He was perfect for the part and I loved the pairing of him and Emilia Clark (Khaleesi). When he died on the show I was beyond pissed. He does very well portraying warriors and while I had my reservations of him playing Aquaman, my mind has been changed.


That’s fuckin’ badass, am I right? Can’t wait to see him in all his warrior glory. Hope you all enjoy the man candy that is Jason this month. Welcome to the Society, dude.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


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May 4, 2015

Writing Quote of the Week

This is so true. At least for me.


May 3, 2015

Book Blogger Hop #2

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Welcome to the new Book Blogger Hop brought to you by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer!

If you want schedule next week’s post, click here to find the next prompt question. To submit a question, fill out this form.

What to do:

1. Post on your blog answering this question:

This week’s question is submitted by Elizabeth!

Do you belong to an online book club?

2. Enter the link to your post in the linky list  (enter your Blog Name and the direct link to your post answering this week’s question. Failure to do so will result in removal of your link).

3. Visit other blogs in the list and comment on their posts. Try to spend some time on the blogs reading other posts and possibly become a new follower. The purpose of the hop is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

[NOTE: Please check out my Follow Policy before making any rash decisions on following my blog. Please and thank you]


I do not belong to an online book club. I don’t want my reading selection to be dictated by other people. And there’s a distinct possibility that I won’t want to read the book du jour. I’m very selective about who and what I read, so even if I joined, say, an erotic book club, there’s a large possibility that I wouldn’t be interested in the book we’d be required to read.

And there’s the rub: required.

That feels too much like school: “You have to read this book by this time and then we’re going to analyze it to death.” Yeah, not my schtick.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,


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