Scrivener…

Authors can write anywhere, anyhow, on anything…with anything. BUT…

Keeping your writing organised and coherent,  that’s another thing entirely. A writer’s continuity is as good as their organisation.

Dick, of Teddy Pig notoriety is show casing screencaps of authors Scrivener screens (here’s mine). It’s quite interesting to see just how each author utilizes this absolutely amazing piece of software. Check out Teddy Pig’s blog and see for yourself.

It’s March already?

Heck, it’s nearly April!

So where have I been? Working the day job, being sick, working the day job and being sick some more… seriously, I’m so over being ill in some manner or form.

First it was a doozy of a cold – which I’d half expected with the whole going back to work thing and exposing myself to all those extra germies – then just as I got that sorted the trees started dropping pollen. Now I’m not sure if it’s just a Florida thing, or maybe a very lower southern states thing, but holy-high-pollen-count-Batman! Everything, and I mean everything, gets coated in a thick layer of fluorescent yellow gack. That yellow gack is pollen, and this year oh-lordy-me did my body decide to have a field day with it. I seriously considered nose removal surgery. Adding into all of that I’ve been having some major tooth/jaw problems – like migraine-put-me-in-a-dark-room-and-let-me-scream problems.

The tooth problems *crossfingers* are the only lingering issue at the moment. And even those I think are on the mend. YAY!

Is it April yet? ‘Cause I’m really quite done with March! 🙂

Many of you have been emailing asking after Huntingdawn 3. After the washout writing-wise that was ’09, these little emails – even if they are as short as ‘when’s the next one?’ totally, and I mean totally make my day. As a reader I know what it’s like when there is a big gap in a series you like, so I just want to say thankyou for putting up with this slow-arsed writer who is finally getting her act together. I won’t give a timeline (mainly because I do hope to break it) but the 3rd book is being actively worked on, with some thoughts for a story a little outside the main prophecy storyline for a certain pesky jaguar cousin.

Oh and if you hadn’t seen earlier posts Dave (from the Diner) and a new girl to town Betty are the main couple in the next story.

87 from Mrs G

From Mrs Giggles review of His Intimate Submission:

First things first, yes, the naughty scenes are pretty good. What I like here is how well Ms Douglas manage to integrate the awkwardness felt by both characters as they try out various sex toys and all in a realistic manner without destroying the momentum or the heat level of those scenes. But what I also enjoy in this story is the insight offered by Ms Douglas into the psychology and dynamic behind the Domme and male submissive relationship. Now, I don’t know how authentic such details are as I’m not familiar with the scene, but I do find them convincing enough in my opinion. It is interesting to learn that being a Domme isn’t just about becoming Xenia Onatopp and punishing the submissive – the Domme also has needs, I learn, and the very act of punishing a submissive sometimes isn’t enough to satisfy those cravings. Ms Douglas goes beyond the stereotypical portrayal of BDSM typical of CSI episodes to introduce the emotional intimacy aspect of such a relationship, and I find the whole thing a most interesting read indeed.

Fun and educational – not bad at all, in my opinion.

While reviews might be for the readers, as the writer I’m feeling pretty happy right about now!

A New Release Date 12/16/09!

I’ve got the official word that His Intimate Submission will be available the 16th of December. The book page.

And the excerpt (the first short chapter, in fact).

YAY! LOL, I just squeaked a release into 2009 🙂

Cover Art – His Intimate Submission

I wasn’t quite sure what they’d come up with for cover art. I mean when you say ‘well, there’s a bit of fetish involved, but I don’t think you’ll want to go there, oh and she fucks him with a strapon…you could use that if you like?’ It’s a bit of a tough one to pick.

And while chains don’t feature, I don’t think this does a bad job of portraying my kinda bi, kinda conflicted sexy boss man who likes it when his girlfriend Tops him. Not a bad job at all. Thanks Syneca!

His Intimate Submission Cover

His Intimate Submission Cover

Working on Edits / Stepping into BDSM

Other than the eleventy-billion “remove comma” (sorry B) edits are moving along well on His Intimate Submission. No release date yet as we’re not quite finished, but cross fingers it might well be quite quick since edits are going so fast.

I’ve not written anything that’s had a direct link into BDSM before — assuming you associate all FemDom with BDSM that is. BDSM’s been something that I’ve felt a little uncomfortable jumping into the middle of, possibly because I have a different response than many when it comes to who should be on top — yes, the old Women-want-to-let-it-all-go-and-not-be-in-charge rubs me a little the wrong way — and frankly, I just don’t want to do it ‘wrong’ (of which there are many levels of, depending on the person).

Originally His Intimate Submission was Subtle Domination. This picture from http://malesubmissionart.com is exactly the type of feeling I was going for. Submission has many facets, and simple and sweet was the side I wanted to portray.

Originally, His Intimate Submission was titled Subtle Domination. This picture from malesubmissionart.com is exactly the type of feeling I was going for. Submission has many facets, and simple and sweet was the side I wanted to portray. This image links to Male Submission Art - maymay gives wonderful, insightful commentary on what it means to be a male submissive, you should check it out!

I really, I mean really, wanted to write a story about a guy — a fairly straight guy — who wanted something different…and that different was to be the one taken charge of in the bedroom. Really, when I revised and finally hit on how to make the story work in Curious Intimacies Jason was written with wanting to tell this other story about him in mind (and Shane too, I’ve have an evil plan afoot for him). I didn’t want Jason’s story to be about the Top declaring him a true sub he just had to realise it, nor did I think Jason was at all into the whole pain side of things. So how to do it then?

It turned out in someways it was pretty simple as there’s this other thing that bugs me some about a number of BDSM romances – very few Dom/mes are ever inexperienced. They just seem to have sprouted up knowing how to wield a whip and paddle — but seriously, while you might be born with the need to be dominant, you aren’t born with some sort of implanted genetic history on how to go about kink. (This is a personal thing — I’ve a fondness for telling kiddo when he gives up on something after the first try that all the people who are really good at X got that why by practicing their arses off.)

So, I figured we’re (me and the characters) all new to the game lets just let it play out exactly like that — Lucy and Jason both have to feel their way into the next level of their relationship by discovering how to be what the other needs. And sometimes that’s fun and other times pretty freaking scary, and sometimes…pretty kinky even if it is kinda vanilla 🙂

So while His Intimate Submission isn’t full on BDSM since it just puts a toe or two in the water and swishes around a little to see how it feels (the same way your or I might to find out how it all fits), the strap-ons, dildos…and just a little bit of fetish involved means it’s not quite vanilla either.

Hrmmm. Marketing is going to be a real PITA on this one isn’t it… my Vanilla BDSM Fetish Beginner FemDom KindaBiGuy book…

SOLD!

So it’s no secret that 2009 has not been the booming, productive year I planned out way back in January.  I totally own up to it–there’s no great reason other than I just didn’t get myself together and let myself get bogged down with my involvement in EPICs eBook Competition. But,  I can now say 2009 wasn’t a total failure as I’ve sold a novella – His Intimate Submission – to EC.

His Intimate Submission follows on from Curious Intimacies. Here’s the blurb I sent in:

Months ago, on a wickedly hot Floridian night, three friends let loose and explored unexpected sides of their sexuality. It’d been good. So good they’d explored some more.

But lately, when it’s just her and Jason together doing everyday things, Jason’s shutting Lucy out. Oh, she’s not concerned Jason’s decided to bat for the other team fulltime—sex between the two of them is still as amazing as ever—but the rest of their relationship is strained. Jason’s searching, for what Lucy doesn’t know, but she’s scared that illusive something means leaving her behind. It’s time for her to pull up her big girl panties and figure out what’s wrong before things go from bad to worse. And for her, worse would mean total heartbreak.

Lucy couldn’t have anticipated Jason’s response, though. He’s not cheating and he’s not about to leave her, but he needs something all right.  Something that involves overwhelming desires he fears to admit.

Lucy will have to take the upper hand and demand her lover’s intimate submission to set them back on the path to happiness

Like the new look?

I decided that after all my hunting I didn’t like the one column blog style, so I broke out the CS3 and used up my about to expire credits at istockphoto.com and voila! Now just to get the entry page done 🙂

I’ve had quite a rush of people emailing me over the last few weeks asking about Huntingdawn 3, and just what is going to happen with the prophecy. Well, I can’t tell you that now, can I, but I’ve finally (big heaving sigh of relief) finished off the follow on from Curious Intimacies (tentatively titled Subtle Domination) and despatched it to my editor, so on to Huntingdawn 3 it is!

I’ve already gotten a couple of thousand words into Dave and Betty’s story – an odd pair of names, right? Originally Betty was supposed to be a dragon… I sooooo wanted her to be a dragon, but the editor nixed that idea *sob*. A dragon, named Betty, mated up to a bobcat Were called Dave… hilarious, no? So I had to come up with a different beast with wings.

I think the working title of The Owl and the Pussycat might give away where I’m heading 🙂

How about a very rough excerpt to give you a little taste of the heroine and her entry into Rockville.

Betty eyed the small green sign that announced the city limits of Rockville, population approx thirty-five thousand and wondered if it was a federal offense to kick it to the ground and stomp on it with definite intent to do bodily harm.

“Knowing my luck lately, it would be.” Instead, she parked her butt against the upright of the sign, leaned over and dug around in her shoe for the Rock-of-Gibraltar-sized stone that had worked its way in there. She put her foot back down with a sigh of relief, and opened her hand to inspect her evil nemesis, The Rock, only to find it was nothing more than a piece of gravel—a tiny one at that.

“Damn it!” Limping back to the middle of the barely two-lane road she turned, snarled at the sign and launched her petty turn of revenge. Tiny as it was it only made a tinny clink against the metal, not a nice, resounding clunk, but it was enough to satisfy a portion of her indignation.

“Why-oh-why did I have the radio so loud?” With her hand up, shading her eyes, Betty peered back along the road trying to see her abandoned car. Nothing. Not even a glint off the flaking chrome bumper. If she hadn’t been enjoying the day, windows down, wind in her hair, rocking out to music she might have caught the knock-knock noise sooner. Like back near a garage, not four-miles-from-anywhere sooner. It’s not like she shouldn’t have expected it—the radio and speakers were the only thing not original on the damn car.

If wishes were horses… Who am I kidding? I’m allergic to horses, I’d still be walking. And while she did have another option, the need to keep a low profile ruled that out.

Aching legs and ankles protesting she swung back around to the city sign and gave it a final one-fingered salute before resuming her trudge toward the city dragging her bag behind her.

Seen around the net…

  • Anne’s Addictions was mentioned on Teleread Mar 23rd
  • Huntingdawn 1& 2 got some nice mentions on a reader blog. What Kim had to say: “This was a nice, lighthearted read and the opening scene alone, with Pearl being chased through town by every randy canine in town was worth the price of downloading it.” & Another, funny, lighthearted read. I loved Shaun’s feistiness, and the scene involving Rob and Jakov spying on her through her bedroom window, from a tree: Priceless!”
  • I had no clue that Accidentally Were? was nominated in the 2008 Australian Romance Readers Book Awards in the Favourite erotic eBook category until Google Alerts let me know much too late.  It was an instant upper/downer knowing I’d already lost out to the talented Bianca D’Arc.
  • This was another interesting tidbit from Google Alerts: Tea for Three (avail only in eBook, unless I wasn’t told something lol!) has a page at B&N. Possibly some follow through already from the FW / B&N merger?