Sunday, 12 April 2015

#SexySnippets where I ask you Hughes Who?

Well, good morning all (or whatever part of the day it is). I hope your day is all you wish for.

It's #SexySnippets time again. Where anyone can sign up to post their 7 sentences of a book or WIP.

If you fancy doing it next week, we'd love to see you.

This week, my 7 come from a WIP. 

I really didn't need this idea to hit me, I'm in the middle of a Regency I'm enjoying writing. But when characters shout loudly, it's the noisiest most persistent ones who win and get written.

Hence, I had no choice, and Hughes Who? is now part way written...

There's no blurb yet, and as ever, I'm just writing what they tell me.

Kenna is unhappy. She wants to get a job. Nico Hughes say's her job is that of his wife.

It's not enough for Kenna.

Hughes judge...

Kenna is on a roll...

 "No normal couple would dream of living a life like this, and hellfire now I've lost my ability to talk without cussing. Don't you understand that it's not enough. I've totted up how much time we've spent together in the last year. Do you have any idea how many days, let alone nights I've seen you.—no, sorry not seen you, that's easy I just need to turn on the TV. Let's say been able to talk to you face to face, touch your skin and feel flesh and blood."

He leant against the wall, a silent figure with dark blond hair, blue-green eyes that usually sparkled but at that moment smoldered, dark clothes and oozing sex appeal. Kenna did her best to ignore his sensuality and concentrate on his shortcomings. He looked for all the world as if she was reciting the shopping list, and it had nothing to do with him.

(unedited word vomit)

Hope it's enough to interest you...

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Happy Reading.

Love Rx

Saturday, 11 April 2015

who doesn't like a bit of ffrench kissing?

Huge thanks to Raven for having me on her blog today –now she's scraped me down from the roof as my debut SF romance, "L'Wren, Hawk and the Doves is published. I’m so excited I’m about to explode like a runaway warp core on a star ship. Which is apt as L,H & D is set, mostly, on a star ship.
In a nutshell it's a standard boy meets girl who both meet boy and girl who might be girl and boy while boys and girls fight it out over boys being boys and girls being girls thing.... in space.
As Raven knows when I’m not writing (or should be writing) I’m singing and strumming and a number of songs either sprang to mind or inspired some of the characters, events and plot twists in L, H & D.
For starters, and this is a bit of a teaser which I’m hoping will become more apparent when you get to chapter six (no spoilers allowed), this is an excellent rousing rock anthem from Aerosmith about gender confusion. I just love Steve Tyler’s Jagger-esque antics in this as well the rather fab guitar work but it’s the brass section that really lifts that into something special.
Dude Looks Like A Lady – Aerosmith:
A lot of action in L,H & D takes place on the planet Ourania, a world divided along strict gender lines and at war with itself because of this. The mission for the mysterious Doves is to broker a peace deal and not offend the delicate social and sexual sensibilities of the opposing factions. For me writing the scene between Cytheria and the leader of the Ouranian matriarchy, Sarkare Khanome, was a big challenge. I had to put myself into the mind-set of a powerful woman. Cue Shania Twain…
Man I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain:
The Doves, Cytheria and Anchises, are innate empaths – they can feel the emotions of those around them. However it’s a dangerous two way thing – here’s an excerpt where Anchises is pondering his situation:
It had been a struggled to deal with the weight of the emotions in the briefing sessions. He'd felt every single one—the impressions that they took from his presence, the fears they felt about the mission, the love and pain they felt at being far away from loved ones, all of it. And he'd struggled to hold his own responses in check, to stop himself teetering on the edge of the abyss of the emotions around him; the deep, endless ocean of feelings, and fear and love. It had been touch and go quite a few times; and it wasn't going to get any easier.
Being an empath was a two-way thing. He felt everything those around him felt. He also took on those emotions and reflected their innermost, sub-conscious thoughts and ideas, hopes and fears in himself. The discipline he'd had to learn, the self-control, had been hard earned and a long time in the learning. He'd felt pain, hurt, loss, love, anger and at times been close to being overwhelmed by it all. It had taken time but with the help of his parents he'd embraced the techniques and coping strategies that had made them so successful as ambassadors, counselors and negotiators.
But it was always there, the risk that it would get too much and that he, or Cytheria, would be swamped, engulfed.
Eyes closed, he focused on that inner self, his core, the very center of who he was and breathed slowly and evenly. He let the emotional wash that had come with him from the briefing flow over him, through him, but not into him.
Let it go; you are not my emotions, you are not me. I am Anchises, I am not you, your feelings are not mine. I am who I am.
Anchises struggle to keep his own emotions under control reminded me of this classic song that not only addresses the issue it also has that brilliant  gender twist where, for the video, the guys in the band are replaced by fabulous female models (check out the amount of red lipstick in this video!)
Robert Palmer – Addicted To Love:
But a song that encompasses the whole book? A hard one to think of, but on Ourania we have various rebel factions fighting it out while I like to think that gender and sexuality are two of the main themes in L’Wren, Hawk and the Doves, so… how about a song with the first line ‘got your mother in a whirl, she’s not sure if you’re a boy or a girl’. The awesome David Bowie…
Rebel Rebel – Bowie:
And as a special treat for you, Raven, here’s our special mutual friend performing his ukulele cover of Rebel Rebel. Hope you like it…
Rebel Rebel - ukulele cover:

Captain Saker Hawkings and First Mate L'Wren James agree to keep the mission and passion separate, but with two beautiful alien empaths onboard, it's not only planetary peace negotiations that are in danger of breaking down.
L'Wren James and Saker Hawkings know that there's no room on a starship for a captain and first mate to indulge their passion during a dangerous peace mission.
The fragility of the cease-fire in the gender war on the divided planet Ourania threatens the stability of subspace shipping lanes, and the starship Sulaco's mission is to get the negotiating team there and deliver them safely back.
But when they take onboard Anchises and Cytheria, mysterious empath negotiators from the secretive world of Turaceona, they find their commitment to duty and to each other a struggle to maintain in the sexually heightened and emotionally charged atmosphere.
But Anchises's and Cytheria's struggle to keep their secret and the loss they cannot speak of hidden leaves one dangerously injured and the other missing in action. Only the truth about the man he is and the woman she is can save them.
Can Hawk and L'Wren face up to the challenges of duty, passion, and sexuality and still save not only their relationship but the peace process itself?
Trailers for L’Wren, Hawk and the Doves –

D.K. ffrench bio –
Lost in space, yet still boldly going, D.K. ffrench returned from the forbidden planet a long, long time ago to live a quiet life in a small town called London.
The minimal research he'd done lead him to the conclusion that his identity would best be protected if he masqueraded as a business analyst by day and a writer and musician by night and at weekends.
Available for musical soirees at the drop of a hat, he writes steamy SF romances on a MacBook Air and plays a Gibson Les Paul too loudly while he waits for a set of replacement dilythium crystals for the broken warp core on his ship.

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Friday, 10 April 2015

It's the chair swivel jiggle day of 'I have a book out'

When I said I was slowing down, I could hear the sniggers. (Oh yes I could) After all, you all know me. I'm always writing,
Well, yes, but not as fast, not as much, and not as often. Sort of. Maybe.

It's true though, that after today, I won't be doing the release day jiggle for well, a month or more, at least...probably.

I admit, part of that is down to the way my releases are like buses, and come in convoys. 

All together and none for ages.

Yeah, sorry, I

must plan better. 

Someone tell my muse that, she/he is most unpredictable. But I love her, and I do listen. (I wouldn't dare not to.)

It's also because I'm contracted to write longer stories at the moment. And yes, let's face it, I must sub stuff in such a way that release days are close together.

Anyway that's nothing to do with my Regency Flirt The Vampire's Breakfast.

 after all...who wouldn't want...

love at first bite...

The vampire's breakfast was well overdue. There was just one thing to discover. Who was the vampire and who was the victim?

When Dorissa and Rafe got together, sparks flew and sex was always on the menu. This time though it went deeper. And became a game of dominance and a race to win.

Dorissa knew her life depended on Rafe—he didn't. Could she show him how?

Rafe wanted Dorissa in every manner possible, except perhaps in the only way she could live. Would he agree to her terms?

In this game of life, could there be two winners, or would they both lose?

As dawn approached one of them knew that once the sun rose, nothing would be the same again.

Does that tickle your fancy?

Do you want to read more?

Well, shh, don't tell everyone, but I have two copies to give away.

Just comment why you'd like to read the story, (and say what format you'd like and where it should be sent to,  and if anyone comments, or there's more than two of you, I'll set the randomiser on picking.

Thanks for reading, have a great day,

Love R X