Tuesday, September 27, 2011

NOT me

Someone contacted me privately to ask if I was the one who had such a hard time with Ellora's Cave. She'd heard from someone else that I had a major beef with them and she wanted the deets.

Huh? No, not me.

Maybe she thought I was unhappy because I asked for the rights back on a book (Thank You, Mrs. M). I wanted the book back because it wasn't selling there. (and okay, I don't think Blush does that well--that is a rumor. A RUMOR. Which is the sort of thing I'm trying to quash here.) And yo, hey, damn--who knows if that story will ever sell anywhere? The book has no sex and an odd structure. It's not YA and it's not plain old adult. It's probably doomed everywhere.

Back to that email. After I read it, I figured I should make a public announcement, and what better place than my blog?

I have no problem with EC. I've liked my editors. I like the fast communication. Every email I've gotten from Raelene is clear and professional. They pay every month. (Not much, but I haven't had a new book there for a long time). When I asked for my rights back, I got them. They reverted 9/26 and I just checked Amazon. Yup, not for sale there any more.

Other issues I've seen muttered about on the internet:

No, business isn't what it used to be and I think they're scrambling to catch up with the whole bizarro changing world of publishing--but who isn't. I can't imagine any publisher is entirely secure about the future or which direction to take. It's just too uncertain.

The stuff about Jaid's personal life -- eh, it's not impacted me. Therefore it is none of my business. That sounds really stuffy doesn't it? I don't mean to come off as superior. I'm probably just as nosy and interested as anyone else, but the point is, it really isn't my business --as in I don't think her personal life has greatly affected with my own experience with them. I admire her for being forthright and standing up for what she believes in.

There. An official statement (basically the response I sent to the person who wrote to me made public). 

Here's my PS: Of course I have no idea what goes on day to day there, so my statement's probably worth the paper it's not printed on.

PPS I was first published there in 2005 which is a thousand years in internet.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

happy birthday to meee; I'm a hundred and threee

Tomorrow, actually. This is a big birthday--not for me so much as for my kid who was born on my birthday, twenty-one years ago. Here's what I always say about my kid and by god it NEVER GETS OLD** because it never is untrue: He was the best present I ever got and the hardest to unwrap.

I remember holding my little dumpling, that tiny wonton, in the hospital thinking, "when he's a grown-up, at 21, I'll be so old."

I was wrong about two things: he's not a grown up and I'm not old. Old is about 15 years older than I am at this moment and that has been true since I hit 15 or so and felt like an adult.

So this is a big birthday for the kid and the first birthday we're not going to bug him or even see him--I imagine because he plans to get skunked. He requested we not join him for the big day...not in a rude way. Actually he was extremely polite about it, as is proper for a (near) adult.

It's a long shot from the days when we used to celebrate our joint birthday at McDonalds and I felt just a teeny bit sorry for myself for forfeiting my birthday to someone else -- but mostly I felt grownup because I really did feel like he got to get that day and I cheerfully made a cake for him with only his name on it (it helped that my friend would often make me my own birthday cake).

I tried to tell my kid about my dad's big birthday rule. When my father was dealing with infants late at night, he promised each and every bundle of joy that he was going to show up on their 21st birthday and keep them up all damn night, just like they were doing to him, dammit. NO MATTER WHERE THOSE BABIES ENDED UP, HE WAS GOING TO TRACK THEM DOWN. (He had a few kids with colic)  I think he had to travel for all of us.

I know he got the oldest of us, my brother, but I'm not sure where--probably Georgia (Dad lived in DC). He went all the way to England to bug my sister, but I don't think he went to Japan to bug my younger brother. He made it all the way to Boston to annoy me and by God,  he did. He got drunk and sentimental and embarrassing and then kissed me. PeeeEeewww  And then I went home and he went to his hotel so it wasn't all night long. It wasn't horrible, okay? I recovered from the kiss. I'm still trying to figure out how to cope with the sentimentality and phobias I inherited from him -- and resent.

He was a good dad in a lot of ways, don't get me wrong. I could have done without that birthday thing. Anyway, hardly matters now because the dad is gone, the tradition is gone and I'm leaving my own #1 bundle of joy alone this year. But of course I'll be thinking about him and my dad and feeling sappy tomorrow. 

I don't think Dad made it for those last two kids of his. That's a real shame.

** I do not vouch for my kids' response on that one. They are probably as sick of me saying that as they are of their father saying ".... and that's why you never get hungry at the beach."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Play Dead, a really late SBD

Harlen Coben should have gone through this book and dealt with the crapola cluttering the pages before selling it to us. He's a fine writer and must see how WTF it is. Cliches mixed with purple telling-not-showing, bizarro POV shifts, yada yada yada. Is he really that blind to his own prose? I hope I'm not that out of it when it come to my own books--I suspect I am but wowwee. We're not talking about me. We're talking about a guy who makes a gazillion bucks on some well-written prose. This does not fit that bill. Who convinced him this was a good idea? A money-hungry agent?

The over-the-top plot is kind of a hoot. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Motivation of the main character? Dumb. The constant mentions of (big bosomed) beauty o' the ladies annoyed the hell of me. But mostly what got to me was the language. Ugh. Dude.

If I'd gotten this as a self-published freebie I would be indignant.

On the other hand, it's fun to see how far Coben has come. I bet the now-competent Coben opened up the file containing this book, read a few pages went OMG  and closed it again, unable to face a full reread.

I do not get why people love the damn thing over at Amazon.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

All weddings should have human gerbil balls

Sounds obscene, eh? Here's what I mean--walking on water.

A niece got married in Greensboro, VT, smart girl. Perfect weather, friendly people (heavy on the Swarthmorians, aka Swatties, but they were reasonably civilized) and a gerbil ball.

photo by Aya, who also took a turn inside. 

Theme from this wedding is definitely spheres. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

take my advice, please

Maybe later on I will too. First I have to wash the dog, read the paper, stare off into space, research hat designs in the early 1900s, look up the lyrics of a song from the 1970s . . . .  Here's how to kick your own butt into work mode.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Plotting at Barnes and Noble

Current discussion: Can a bandersnatch be non-frumious? Does it really smell like a jackal? Surely that slug-like creature in several illustrations is a misrepresentation.

What is funnier, a penguin or orc shapeshifter? Can a werewolf be an animal care-giver, or would the central conflict of constantly craving blood at the full moon mean that zoo-keeping is right out as a profession.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

another one of those days

I'm ready to pack it in and call it quits.

I have those every few months...I expect every writer does.  According to the rules I set out for myself, I'm supposed to sit down and get to work on a story. But this case is worse than usual. It's beyond self pity (although I suppose that's impossible) and into numb. 

I'm going to have a birthday in a few weeks and the goals I set for myself a few years ago? Not even close to met. That's the trouble with goal-setting. You get yourself into trouble and end up standing in front of the boss's desk. She looks at you with grave disappointment and taps on the lists you made. She shakes her head sadly and talks about how you never lived up to your potential. The numbers aren't there for us.

I think I'll take the dog for a walk and consider what ought to come next. Maybe I'll eat chocolate pudding and watch old Dr. Who episodes.

Monday, September 12, 2011


is Casey Wyatt!

(She did have four entries so it's not entirely surprising.) I'm going to be emailing you a gift e-certificate to Amazon. Happy reading.

I'm listening to Lisa Gardner (SBD short edition) plus last pimpage

D.D.Warren annoyed me at first but now I love that D.D. Stubborn, humorless, determined, smart, but the last to figure it out sometimes--yup, that's my girl. I. LOVE. HER. Bobby is okay, but D.D.'s the fun one.

Lisa Gardner is my newest glom. As  for the plots, I'm not real sure I adore the over-the-top plots as much as I love the characters, but that's fine.The first person followed by third person structure of the books is odd. I've only read a couple so I wonder if it's consistent in the series.

I have to get back to work editing the latest m/m Bonnie and I wrote. Also I have to get ready to deal with my contest as in assemble the entries. Listen, you get busy too.  You have an hour or two to enter. Let me know if you enter so I can add you to my list. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Listen! I've taken their advice and Seducing Miss Dunaway (a Victorian Romance) is available at no cost -- BUT ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME!

You can get it at Smashwords -- add coupon AM66Z and get a 100 % discount.
It's free, with no coupon, over at All Romance Ebook.
And I'm still waiting for Amazon to catch up. I'll let you know when it does.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Promo Whine

I think I wouldn't mind doing promo if I thought it made any difference. Most of the time I feel as if I'm yelling into a crowd of people who are also yelling. A huge group of costermongers extolling the virtues of their cabbages. You get hoarse with all that shouting and you still have a wagon full of cabbages.

Several people have suggested I make my latest book free for a few days. I have a horrible feeling that if I did that, it still wouldn't become popular. There's nothing more discouraging than offering something for free and getting no takers. Maybe I should ply everyone with beer first. Maybe if I put on the spike heels and the red dress . . .Okay, no way, I think I'll stick with the costermonger imagery.

Anyway, SOMEONE is going to get a coupon from Amazon in a couple of days. I hope it's you.

And do not forget -- if you enter the contest, you have to let me know. Really. 

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

The cover of a book out in December


So what do you think is the mood of this book? Slightly comical? A guy who's been battered by conditions beyond his control? Yes, that's right.

(Not a guy with itchy balls, dammit.)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


Okay, smart people are emailing me saying whu? huh? about this contest, so it's time to have a post with no bells and whistles, telling you the basic facts. No big, colorful fonts and no whining. It'll hurt, but I'll manage.

runs today through next Monday, Sept 12. A winner will be picked about 6 pm eastern time. 

Everyone is a winner! You will get any Summer Devon or Kate Rothwell ebook title (I can't send you Somebody to Love, Somebody Wonderful or Claws on Silk. Still, that's a fair sized lot of books to pick from.)

You will also be entered to win a twenty-five dollar gift e-certificate from Amazon. Winner picked next Monday. Your chances of winning depend on how many people enter and how many entries you have (up to three possible).


JUST tweet, facebook or blog about one of my two new books (Claws on Silk and Protecting Miss Dunaway), using a link that goes directly to that book.
Okay, that's one entry. Now. Go ahead, blog, tweet or facebook about the other book -- and you get another entry.

If you also tweet, facebook or blog about this contest, you get that third entry into the contest.

Want an example? Here's some text for Miss Dunaway that'll fit that twitter feed. Just copy and paste (please! feel free to make your own.)

Kate Rothwell has a new cheap ebook out! Here's a link:
Look, a historical ebook by Kate Rothwell. Only 99 cents. Here's a link:
If you want to use you own words, go for it. Go ahead, add your opinion. Even if you hated the book, hey, that'll count-- if you include the link 

The link to the other book is:

The link to this contest is:

WAIT! What if you don't blog, use facebook or twitter?

You can write a review at Amazon or Goodreads or Barnes and Noble or fictionwise--any public review of any one my books  -- written in the next week -- will count. 

It doesn't have to be a good review. Sure, I'd prefer it if you piled on praise but I'm not the one picking the winner, so that won't affect the contest outcome. 

Of course if you write a review that makes it clear you haven't looked at the book [eg about The Gentleman and the Rogue: "I hated the whale and Ahab sucked too"] your review won't qualify.


 (also necessary to get that prize of an ebook) You will need to:

  1. give me your email address so I can send the ebook (and it'll be where I send the gift certificate, in case you're a winner)
  2. tell me which book you want. (check out all Kate Rothwell or Summer Devon titles, with three exceptions, noted above) You don't have to get a book. I won't feel hurt if you just want to go for the gift certificate
  3. alert me all your entries into this contest, links to the entries if possible.

Any questions? Need to tell me about your entry?  Please, do let me know!

HEY! Summer Devon has a new book out!

So turns out I've got TWO releases I'm jumping around yelling about! Here's the deal. You can now enter the contest THREE TIMES. . One entry for each book and one for the contest itself. 
Find out details here

If you lose all your followers because they are sick of hearing about Kate Rothwell and Summer Devon ** at least:
  1. You'll be in good company (me)
  2.  You'll be the proud owner of an ebook 
  3. You may be able to buy more books with your shiny new e-certificate for twenty five dollars. Especially if you enter multiple times.

So go on, read the directions at the link above or the blog entry below and enter the contest. And here's a link to the new ebook.

You can write your coolio tweet/facebook/blog third entry using that link. Sample Facebook contest entry:

Summer Devon (who's also Kate Rothwell) has another book out. I know, not my fault. I just want to enter her contest again, okay? Go read all about Claws on Silk here


What about the actual book?  It's a historical shapeshifting menage with m/f/m (and some m/m) Yes, I know that sounds a tad ... much. Does it help to say that we (the authors) like it a lot? 

Here's the cover copy:

Blackmailed into acting as her family's assassin, Anna corners O'Riley, her prey, but is shocked to realize the farmer standing over him is another of her kind. A rare Varelse, a tigerlike creature bred to kill. Anna's drawn to Isak, who hasn't shifted for years but who sees Anna struggle with her dual nature. Sometimes cultured lady, sometimes bloodthirsty beast, Anna begs for help. Isak agrees -- if she'll spare O'Riley's life. In their sensual lessons, he awakens his own dark animal -- and unleashes her feral passion.
But there's a hitch – Patrick O'Riley, the charming blackguard she hunts, desires her too. What's more, he also wants Isak. And to Isak's surprise, the farmer finds he's curious about the three of them together.

Yet over their heads hangs the specter of Anna's blackmailer, her uncle, who wants Patrick dead. Knowing they must confront him and learn the truth, Anna, Isak, and Patrick embark on a journey that takes them over land and sea and pushes the boundaries of their turbulent relationship. With their lives on the line, the three surrender to the lure of claws on silk and the savage lust that entwines them with danger and desire.

Read an excerpt here. 


** and now Linda Gayle, too. She's the coauthor of Claws on Silk

Monday, September 05, 2011

Listen, I'm not above bribery

I got a great fan letter the other day. She loved my book and it was so nice to read that kind of enthusiasm, makes my day--it always does. I should be content.

Naturally I want more.

I want reviews. I didn't beg her to write one over at Amazon, and I can't demand you do that either*. But I crave attention for my books.

Here's the sweet, sweet deal:

Want a free book? Sure! I'll send you a copy of any of my Kate Rothwell OR Summer Devon ebooks (exceptions: not Somebody to Love or Somebody Wonderful. I can't figure out how to do that). BUT Stay tuned for an even more stunning offer, just for you . . . 


All you have to do is blog or post or tweet something about my new book. Here's some text for you that'll fit that twitter feed just copy and paste (or feel free to make your own.)

Kate Rothwell has a new cheap ebook out! Here's a link:


Look, a historical ebook by Kate Rothwell. Only 99 cents. Whatadeal. Here's a link:

If you want to use you own words, go for it. Go ahead, add your opinion. Even if you hated the book, hey, that'll count-- if you include the link

"Kate Rothwell's dreck is here!"

So WHAT AN OFFER!! You get a free ebook, just for tweeting (or blogging or facebooking).  


Here it is: the next even, sweeter topping on an already delicious deal!!

You get an entry into a contest for a $25 gift certificate to Amazon or Samhain, whichever the winner prefers.


If you blog/facebook/tweet about this contest, you get another entry into the gift certificate contest.

An example of this sort of entry (Feel free to use your own words):

Enter Kate's contest! Details here:

What are you waiting for? Act now! This offer is only good for one week.  

I'll be picking a gift certificate winner at random using our advanced, scientific ATB method*** on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12.

And, judging from the number of responses I've had for previous contests, if you enter, your chances of winning are very, VERY good! Excellent, in fact.

DO NOT FORGET to tell me about your post! Let me know 
via Twitter 
or Facebook 
or comment below 
or let me know via email. 

I might find blunder across your entries but don't leave it to chance!

Oh, and to get your free ebook, you'll have to email me your email address, duh. I promise not to keep your address for any reason -- not even for my infrequent newsletter--unless you ask me to. 

recap time:
JUST tweet or facebook or blog about my new book with its URL and YOU GET A FREE EBOOK OF YOUR CHOICE AND A CHANCE AT A GIFT CERTIFICATE

.........AND THEN......

If you also tweet, facebook or blog about this contest, YOU GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT THAT GIFT CERTIFICATE.

Don't forget.

In addition to tweeting/facebooking/blogging.....

You will need to tell me:
1. your email address for the book (and gift certificate, in case you're a winner)
2. which book you want. (check out all Kate Rothwell or Summer Devon titles, with two exceptions, noted above)
3. about all your entries into this contest.

My email, in case you missed it, is


* It's a free country so obviously I can demand anything I want. I can also wear a bikini but neither of those options is the smart way to go.

** Any guesses about who's had insomnia lately and has been watching infomercials at two am when the husband forgets to turn off the television?

 ***ATB =  Annoyed Teenaged Boy. (Contest Coordinator: Pick a number between one and one hundred. ATB: Mom, what? I'm doing homework/playing Star Craft/watching this show. CC: Just pick a number, dammit. )