“Wasting the Dawn” Released

Wasting the Dawn is officially out from Forbidden Publications. 😀

Also, I’ve gotten 99% of the stuff from the old emdrake.com moved over to the new site. I’ve got two articles to put up, then I’m done. (The only reason they haven’t been put up yet is because they have connected/sub articles, and I’m not sure how I want to handle that in WordPress.) Which means I then get to figure out what I want to put up for new content.

On the off-chance that someone might actually have an opinion on this *grins*, is there anything you’d like to see on the site?

Coming Soon… (Okay. Really soon.)

Wasting the DawnIf you remember me talking about the erotic short story I was working on for Forbidden Publications… this is the cover. Dayna designed it for me; isn’t it cool? 😀

A bit about the story:

Five years after Irina’s death in a tragic accident, Gareth and Rhiannon still grieve for the loss of the woman they both loved. Every year, they stand vigil upon the anniversary of her death.

But when a freak occurrence brings Irina back from the grave for one night only, all three must face their regrets and unspoken passions–before darkness claims her forever.

It’s coming out January 29th (Monday!) along with the rest of the books in FP’s Valentine’s Day collection:

Sela Carsen: The Virgin Courtesan (historical; sensual)
Stacy Dawn: Apple of His Eye (contemporary; mainstream (aka nonerotic)
CJ England: Angel Eyes and Demon Lies (paranormal; carnal)
Dayna Hart: Wings of Love (fantasy; mainstream)
Loribelle Hunt: Be Mine (contemporary; sensual)
Crystal Jordan: Twice in a Blue Moon (paranormal; carnal)
Jennifer Leeland: Naughty Notions (contemporary; carnal)
JT Schultz: Cupid’s Target (paranormal; sensual)
Shelli Stevens: Cabin Fever (contemporary; carnal)

A Few Changes

I’ve been meaning to set up a “real” website for several months now. I kept saying that I’d get around to learning CSS and building something pretty, but… as much as I’d love to be able to design my own site, it’s not feasible. I don’t have the CSS knowledge, but moreover, I don’t have the graphics knowledge to make it “pretty.” Sure, I could learn, but I don’t have that much effective time, and it seems pointless to waste weeks on a website.

Eventually, I intend to get something custom commissioned, but we don’t have the money for that right now. So I found this theme for WordPress and asked Morgan to make a few modifications. Namely, the drop-down bars. He worked at it all last night to get it set up for me. Much love for my male. 🙂

Yup, that means my blog and my website are now–well, not quite one, but take a look at http://www.emdrake.com and you’ll see what I mean. (If you’ve visited recently, you may need to clear your cache.) I’m still working on converting a lot of stuff over from the static HTML pages to WordPress pages… so please excuse the dust while I get everything sorted out. 😉

This also means that my blog URL has changed. Right now, the male has it set up to forward, so if you’re visiting http://nonny.windsofstorm.net/wordpress or getting a feed from there, it should work for awhile longer. That’s not going to be permanent, though, so please: UPDATE YOUR LINKS TO http://www.emdrake.com/blog.

A Passion Draconic Available Now!

A Passion DraconicA Passion Draconic has been released from Liquid Silver Books. (YAY! *squee*) The blurb:

Healer-Priestess Shaiandral would rather let the Dragonlord rot than save him. But when her Healer’s oath is called upon, she must rise above the contention between their two shifter tribes and travel to his realm.

When she arrives, the Dragonlord Veren is dying of a magical toxin. Shaiandral makes a sacrifice of her own blood to raise the required energy for healing, but her actions raise a demon from Veren’s flesh. A demon that can become incorporeal at will and is impossible to fight.

The demon gives her two options. She can either sacrifice her Oath-bound virginity to heal Veren–or she can become his new host. At first Shaiandral refuses, but faced with a choice between losing her virginal power or losing herself, she chooses the lesser of two evils. Taking hold of the rising energies, she threads them into a complex weave. Just when she thinks she’s failed, Veren takes a deep breath, returning to life. Using the power released in her orgasm, Shaiandral forces the demon into a wilting red rose, binding him forevermore.

Except Shaiandral has caused more problems than she’s solved. The sacrifice has left her with a sudden, consuming lust–and an inexplicable attraction to Veren, a man she should hate. Now, a demonic infiltration threatens both their realms. Can they overcome their differences and work together to stop this threat before the demons take hold once more?

Interested in an excerpt? Clicky!

(I’ll have a contest of some kind up in a couple days or so. ;))

One down…

I finished my short story for Forbidden Publications’ Valentine’s Day collection yesterday. It ended up about 8k long — so much for my 5k estimate — and I’m rather pleased with it. There’s some things I want to go over and punch up, but overall, I think it came out quite nicely. 🙂

Now that that’s done, I’m back to working on Stronger than the Night, as well as preparing what equates to a series plan. I need to figure some things out on that end first, though. All in all, I’m a busy kitty. 😉

So much for compulsively Googling myself…

Yeah, I know everyone says you shouldn’t Google yourself for book reviews. (Though I have to wonder how many of those people actually follow their own advice. ^_^) I don’t do it that often, myself. Maybe once every couple of weeks or so. But there seems to be a rule that if a new review is available, the website must be down as soon as I find it.

Seriously. This is, like, the third time it’s happened. I’m beginning to think this might be the Powers That Be giving me a hint whapping me upside the head with a clue-x-4. 😈

The male’s appt…

Since at least one person wanted an update 😉 … Morgan’s appointment went decently well. She scripted him a muscle relaxant to deal with the tension from the almost constant migraines, and referred him to several different specialists. He needs to see a neurologist for the migraines, a rheumatologist for the possible fibro/arthritis, and a cardiologist for the hypotension.

My poor male is going to be in and out of Boston a lot this next couple months. 😕

Hopefully, they manage to find something out. On the bright side, he took the Baby (read: laptop) with him since he has a half hour train ride and about forty-five minutes of train/bus to get there (and that’s just one-way). While on various forms of public transit, he wrote some 1700 words. This from my male who usually writes 300-600 at a stretch. He’s not too happy with my suggestion that he should go to the doctor if only for the word count. LOL.

Review Whinery: Quit Bitching and Suck It Up

This has been pissing me off for awhile now, but I haven’t gotten to ranting about it. Today, I read Holly’s post over at Sanctuary’s Finest (and the RTB post she linked), which brought the subject to mind again. Obligatory warning: If you’re easily offended, stop reading here.

All right, look. I don’t know a published author out there who likes reading negative reviews of her work. (I’m sure there must be a few sick people out there, so I’m sticking the “I don’t know a…” on there in case someone decides to speak up just to prove me wrong. ;)) Really, who likes to be told that something they spent long hours on sucks ass like a cheap whore who can’t figure out which end to blow? Yeah, I thought so.

But I see a lot of authors whining about reviews on blogs and boards. Of course, people have a right to say what they want, but so do I. 😉 I’m constantly annoyed by people who post a long “woe is me” whine about a glowing review that had two lines of minor criticism. “I wished she had spent more time on… [whatever].”

Author’s response: “OMG! She HAAAAAAAATED it!!!”

Other people’s responses: “Oh, poor baby, the mean reviewer!”

Me: *mutter*growl* *wander off to kill virtual zombies* (Because there aren’t any real zombies to kill instead…)

Seriously, that’s annoying, but it doesn’t bother me as much as some of the other stuff. I try to have patience for new authors/writers, even if I don’t always succeed. At least I usually succeed in keeping my trap shut. 😛

What really cooks my goose are the authors who say that readers shouldn’t ever say anything negative about a book they read. Um. HELLO? If the reader paid her hard-earned cash to buy your book, she is fucking entitled to post her opinion on her blog. It doesn’t matter if you like it or not. Sure, I’d love it if everyone who read my books loved them, but that’s not realistic. Some people are just gonna hate them, for whatever reason. Maybe it’s not the sort of book they expected. Maybe the tone isn’t one they like. Maybe something in the book is a “hot button trigger.” Or maybe they just plain don’t like it. Do you like every book you’ve ever read? I thought not.

The issue is a bit squidgier when you’re talking about reviews blogs/sites that function mostly based upon author submissions. Places have different protocols. For example, at Evolution’s (poorly tended) book reviews, if one reviewer hates a book, we hand it to another. If the second also hates it, the two reviewers compare notes. We then contact the author, explain succinctly why the reviewers disliked it, and ask if the author would still like the review posted.

I don’t think I need to say what the answer usually is. LOL.

Other places don’t give such an option. And they have every right to do it the way they want.

Ironically, the people that have complained the most have been authors who sent their work somewhere for review and then had it trashed. Look, if you send your book to a reviewer like Mrs. Giggles, you had damn well better expect it. Reviewers like that are hard even on the books they like, much less books they don’t.

Of course, then the response is, “Reviewers like that should only give out complimentary reviews or close! It’s mean to be snarky!”

Dot. Dot. Fucking. Dot.

Yes, because newspapers and professional industry publications so work that way. You’ll never see a negative review come out of someplace like Publishers Weekly or your local newspaper. Nope, it’s just full of sugar and spice and everything nice, and you’ll never have to deal with that there. /sarcasm

I don’t really have words to explain how stupid I think this attitude is. This is the real fucking world, people, not a everyone-play-nice sandbox. Sure, negative reviews hurt and make you doubt yourself and what you’re doing–but if you’re going to bitch, do it to your crit partner, writing buddy, whatever. Don’t sit there and throw a public temper tantrum because someone “trashed” your “baby.” (Who the fuck came up with that crazy book-as-baby idea, anyway?)

Shit happens. Get over it and start writing the next book.

And here I wait…

Nothing serious is going on, really, despite the dramatic title. I’m supposed to be working on a story for Forbidden Publications, but instead I’m worrying about my husband. He’s up in Boston today to see his doctor; for the past couple years, he’s had a lot of physical issues that have only gotten worse. At this point, it’s a toss-up as to which of us hurts the most. He has a lot of the symptoms for fibromyalgia; I passed him a couple links one time after he asked a question about me, and it freaked him out because so many applied to him as well. 😕

Hopefully, they’ll arrange to get some tests done; it’s possible it could be a vitamin deficiency that’s causing the symptoms. If so, that’s easily treated with supplements. But if not… *sigh*

Meh. *crosses fingers*

When Authors Behave Badly Go Absolutely Batshit Insane

Some authors should be forbidden to keep an online presence for their own protection. Anne Rice is a good example. So is Laurell K. Hamilton.

No clue what I’m talking about? Go read her recent rant about negative readers. Really. It’s a doozy.

Personally, I put her books on my “only buy used” list some while ago, because I can’t stand what she’s done to Anita and the other characters in that series. I hated Narcissus in Chains and I couldn’t get through Cerulean Sins. I didn’t bother with anything after that point, and I see no reason why she should get a cent of money from this household.

If she hadn’t already had the “honor” of that placement, she would’ve gotten there from what she said in that damn blog entry.

You know, I can get behind being upset at readers who only seem to read the book for flame fodder. I’m sure they’re out there. But I doubt they’re the majority. Most of the people I know who continue to buy her books but hate them are hoping that she’ll come to her senses and return to Old School style.

Considering as she’s publicly stated many times that she likes the direction her books are taking, I doubt that’s happening. Whatever. I’m not going to tell an author how to write her books, but as I’m not a fan of cheap porno disguised as dark fantasy, I’m not going to be buying them.

But it really chapped my ass when she said:

I’m sure there are other books out there that will make you happier than mine. There are books with less sex in them, God knows. There are books that don’t make you think that hard. Books that don’t push you past that comfortable envelope of the mundane.

Um. Excuse me. The reason I dislike her books is not because there’s a lot of sex; it’s because she’s replaced the plot with constant gratuitous sex. As for comfort zones–hahahahahahaha. I’ve read a lot of books that have pushed me past them, think, and question what I believe. Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality novels. Mercedes Lackey’s The Last Herald-Mage trilogy. Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Forbidden Tower. Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels trilogy. Need I go on?

Speaking as a former Anita Blake fan, I am highly offended by this insinuation. It’s just as bad as Anne Rice’s implications that readers who didn’t like her books were stupid.

I just have to wonder how bad she’s shot herself in the foot with this one.