Retreat Weekends, New Projects, and Friends Who Kick Your Butt Then Give You Llama Washi

Last weekend, I spent a glorious forty-eight hours in the White Mountains with three excellent writer friends, eating, drinking, talking, and actually getting some words down. It was like a tiny slice of grown-up summer camp. All the good friendship feels, none of the drama. Plus arts and crafts. We may have washi taped the guest book. Sorry, not sorry. 

While there, I started working on a new project. Yay! Writing has been a struggle for the last few months, for a number of reasons, but after a good, swift kick in the pants pep talk (and a stiff drink or two) I dove in. I'll keep the details scant for now, but if you liked Dark Rooms, there's a pretty solid chance you'll like where I'm going with this. Hopefully I will have more details sooner rather than later. 

In the meantime, look at this lovely drink with its sugar rim! Be jealous of our fancy bartending skills! 

Symphony Amore is OUT!

Symphony Amore was officially released on Tuesday! So far, it seems like readers are loving it, which is, let's be real, what we're all hoping for. Writing Natalie and Esther's sweet/hot little story was a really lovely piece of respite from a rough year, and if it can be that for someone else, too, well, my job is done. 

Symphony Amore is available in ebook and print from the following vendors:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

 

Thursday Round-up! Symphony Amore Out 9/19, Dark Rooms Giveaway, and More

Symphony Amore is out on Tuesday! Early reviewers are loving it (and so am I, now that I have my complete copy)! 

You can preorder from most major ebook retailers here. You can also check out an interview I did with our lovely editor, Jordan Monroe, here. She tried to get me to name a favorite piece of music, like that's a thing that happens. Pssh. You can also read what the rest of the authors in Symphony Amore had to say for themselves on Jordan's blog

If you want to help spread the word about Symphony Amore, you can sign up to support the Thunderclap campaign here.

I've teamed up with the Giveaway Guy to give readers a chance to win either a Kindle Fire, or a copy of Dark Rooms. Enter here for your chance to win!

It's been a bit of a whirlwind couple of weeks as I settle in to a new day job and adjust the rest of my life around my new schedule. But I'm enjoying the work, learning a lot, and loving (for now) dressing like a grown-up to go to work. Heels! Make-up! Not being covered in food bits by the end of the day! It's nice for my lazy femme soul. 

Lastly, a book I finally read after Tamsen Parker recommended it to me on multiple occassions. Dear heck, I LOVED this book. If you're into snarky subs and Doms who have an awful lot in common with Ron Swanson, get thee to the Subs Club. Like now. My husband kept looking at me like I'd finally lost my marbles, I was laughing so hard during certain scenes, but Rock also handles some of the very real issues the kink community faces with sensitivity and grace. I loved it.

Throwback Thursday!

Some of you may know that I majored (as much as one can major in anything where I went to school) in photography in college. I pulled on a lot of that experience when writing Aimee in Dark Rooms. That monologue about how much she loves being able to hide in the darkroom, the feels and the smells? Yeah, she and I have that in common.

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Once, at an old job, I was on a plant tour. This plant had a black-and-white darkroom set up to develop X-Rays for quality control purposes. I WENT IN THERE AND HUFFED THE SMELLS LIKE IT WAS MY JOB. I missed them. I still miss them. Digital photography and I are never going to be cozy bedfellows. There's nothing to touch. No scents. No humming color print machine or soft ticking of the timer switching off the exposure lamp. 

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Aimee is not me, and I am not Aimee. But it's funny the way life sneaks in. Or barges its way in until you're twelve pages down the rabbit hole of different methods of mixing film developing solution. And for you, dear readers, a glimpse at what I used to do. I'd get up on Friday morning (hungover, as often as not, let's be real) and trundle to the darkroom as soon as it opened so I could work blessedly alone with the sounds and smells. I could spend hours making tiny adjustments to get an image right. And sometimes, I'd make magic.

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Cover Reveal! Symphony Amore

I can't describe the feeling I get when a cover lands in my inbox. It's one of the things that makes publishing feel real. Contracts? Meh, signature on a (still VERY IMPORTANT) piece of paper. Countless emails with editors and drafts turned in? Sure, but that's process not product. The cover is the first thing that's a real...thing. That's shareable. So! Whee! I did a small "I am excite" dance at the day job yesterday when I got the message from my lovely editor, Jordan, with a cover, a RELEASE DATE, and PREORDER LINKS for Symphony Amore: Erotic Stories of Love and Music.

Have I ever told you guys about how I studied classical voice between the ages of about 12 and 22? Well, in case you missed it, I did. True fact: one of my greatest accomplishments in life remains being complimented by Allen Shawn (brother of Wallace) on my performance of an aria. Like, I died of happiness at the top of the steps of the Carriage Barn. I don't even remember which aria it was, but I remember how that felt. 

So! When I saw a call for stories featuring musicians, heck to the yes I wrote one, and now you get to read it as part of this collection. "Etudes" is the story of Esther and Natalie, a composition grad student and a pianist who fall in lust/love over Liszt and poetry. And yes, I LOVED writing an F/F story (in spite of the endless struggle with pronouns and antecedents) and intend to write more queer ladies in love. ❤ 

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Symphony Amore will be out on September 19 and is available for preorder (ebook only, at the moment, but it will be in print!) at:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iBooks

Kobo

Official Blurb:

From deep DJ beats and dimly lit bars to sensual solos and classical crescendos, Symphony Amore introduces you to a dazzling range of musical performances.

In this collection of nine stories, there is a broad spectrum of musicians from all sections of the orchestra and beyond. Immerse yourself in tale of conductors and concert-goers, romantic encounters and hard-hitting BDSM play, and embrace the diverse cast that you'll meet.

Music truly is the universal language and these stories by Rosalía Zizzo, Charlotte French, Rebecca Chase, Genevive Chamblee, Jordan Monroe, Laura Callender, Sionna Fox, Elizabeth Coldwell, and Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk will give you hours of reading pleasure.