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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Like Category Romance?

I'd like to give a friend of mine a plug--

Congratulations on your new release, Jenna!

Tawny
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Erotic Romance with Sassitude

COOKING UP A STORM, the latest Modern Extra release from Jenna Bayley-Burke is on sale this December!

Available from Mills & Boon and AmazonUK.

When it comes to relationships, sexy venture capitalist Cameron Price sticks firmly to casual flings. But when relocation takes him to Seattle, his boss insists that finding a girlfriend will be a smart career move.

Still content with snacks rather than a full banquet, Cameron makes a deal with caterer Lauren Brody. To keep the husband hunters at bay, she will pretend to be his girlfriend, and in return he'll hire her to cook at all his corporate events!

But their first kiss is incredibly tasty! Soon, the chemistry between Cameron and Lauren is electric, and their shared passion is threatening to boil over - which isn't part of Cameron's plan!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:13 PM | 0 comments

A Writing Workshop By One of My Fave Authors

**Permission to forward granted**

Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Academy is proud to announce an upcoming online workshop for January.

Workshop Title: Dream Big and Get Published This Year

Presenter Name: Candace (Candy) Havens

Date: January 1 - 7, 2007 (With Q&A for the rest of January)

Description: Are you ready to get published? Have you been languishing with the same manuscript for more than a couple of months? Are you stuck in revision hell? Are you in a writing rut?

Candy Havens is here to get you out of that mess and show you the path to a successful publishing career. She helps you break down those mental barriers and through a series of steps shows you how you can be on the road to publication within the year. By the end of the class, you'll know exactly where you want to go with your writing and how you're going to get there. In addition to the class, Havens will participate in Q&A discussions (during the whole month of January) and provide exercises to get your writing on course.


About the Presenter: Candy Havens is the author of three novels, CHARMED & DANGEROUS, CHARMED & READY, and the upcoming CHARMED & DEADLY. She's in the anthology DREAMS AND DESIRES coming in February and penned the nonfiction biography JOSS WHEDON: THE GENIUS BEHIND BUFFY. Havens also has done several essays including ones for the anthologies FIVE SEASONS OF ANGELS and SEX, LIES AND SD-6.

In addition to being an author, she is a syndicated entertainment columnist and radio personality. She interviews celebrities and writes features that are syndicated to more than 250 newspapers across the country. She can be heard Fridays discussing films on 96.3 KSCS in the Dallas/Fort Worth area or
www.kscs.com. Please visit her website at: http://www.candacehavens.com/


Fee for the workshop: $10 CHRW members; $15 nonmembers (RWA membership isn't required. Anyone can take our courses.)

Deadline to sign up for this workshop: December 28, 2006

Our workshops are presented through private email loops on a Yahoo Group. The lessons conveniently arrive in your inbox. Discussion and Q&A are on the loop.

Payments accepted: Paypal (preferred), checks and money orders. Checks must be received 2 weeks before the workshop starts. (Non-US participants must pay via Paypal.)


FORM
I would like to take this workshop!
Title:
Date:
Your name:
Your email address:
Celtic Hearts member? (Yes or No)
If you are a Celtic Hearts member, is this one of your free workshops? (Yes or No)

Payment sent by:___(Paypal, check, or money order)______________

To register, copy and paste the above form into an email and send to:
treasurer@...
Please send Paypal payments to: treasurer@...

Or print it out and mail along with your check or money order to:
Dona Parus
PO Box 2062
Orland Park, IL 60462

Please make payable to Dona Parus. Checks must be received 2 weeks before the workshop starts.

When we receive your payment and registration form, we will send you an invitation to join a CH Academy Group list. You must then accept this invitation and join the group. If you don't receive an invitation or notification that your payment was received, please email us at treasurer@... or workshops@...

No refunds will be given for withdrawing early from a workshop. If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a refund or you may apply the fee to a future workshop.

Thank you!!
Vonda Sinclair
Education Coordinator
workshops@...
www.celtichearts.org

posted by Tawny Taylor at 4:26 PM | 0 comments

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Can You Keep A Secret?

I didn't think so.

Oh well. I'll tell you all anyway.

I have big news!

No, I'm not going to be tomorrow's NY Times bestseller, at least not outside of my dreams. But I still have something big...and exciting...and really, really cool to tell you all.

Nope, not giving you a hint. Not until December 1st.

So, you'll just have to wait until then.

Cruel, aren't I?
Heartless.
Mean.
Very, very bad.

But let me put it this way, you might not think I'm so bad when you come back on December 1st to read about TAWNY'S BIG NEWS.

See you on December 1!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:41 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Blog Event Worth Mentioning

For those who are interested in writing erotic romance and/or erotica, check out this blog lineup:

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Romance: By the Blog "Hot Topic Week: Eros, Erotica, and Erotic Romance,"
Dec. 4-8

This week of GuestBlogs is constructed to get a dialogue going about what
erotica and erotic romance are and are not, as well as what access to the
literature has done for women who read it. Bestselling author Ian Kerner,
Ph.D. also will discuss women and sexual fantasy. Here's the line-up:

Kate Duffy, Senior Editor, Brava/Kensington, 12.4
Adam Nevill, Author/Erotica Editor, Virgin Books, 12.5
Jaid Black, Author/CEO Ellora's Cave, 12.6
Ian Kerner, Ph.D., Author/Sex and Relationships expert, 12.7
Emma Holly, Author, 12.8

Michelle Buonfiglio
Romance: By the Blog
http://RomanceByTheBlog.blogspot.com

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:12 AM | 0 comments

Monday, November 27, 2006

Something Different

I usually try to center my posts around writing--craft, biz, marketing, etc. But today I thought I'd do something a little different. I'm going to share a yummy recipe I tried out on Thanksgiving (yeah, I know...I'm nuts). Luckily, the new recipe was a HUGE hit, and the ham was absolutely delish.

Without further ado, I give you Katie's Coke Ham.

3/4 c brown sugar
1 T dijon mustard
Coke (regular, not diet--we're talking the beverage, not the other kind of coke *g*)
1 boneless ham

Mix sugar and mustard then add a SPLASH (I goofed that part) of Coke to make a thick paste.

Remove all the wrapping from the ham and rub the paste on it.

Place ham in crock pot

Pour a couple inches of Coke in the bottom of the crock pot.

Cook on low for 8 hours.

OMG, I can't tell you how great that ham was! Note: Since I goofed the first time and my paste ended up more like a glaze, I made a second coating and reapplied. Sure didn't hurt anything :)

Enjoy! And feel free to post your fave holiday recipies in the comments.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:22 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Check it out! I'm on the front page...



No, it's not the Detroit Free Press again. I think that was a one-shot-deal LOL. But it's still a great thing. I'm on the front page of Wild Child Publishing. One of their authors (Michelle Ellis) interviewed me for their site. Check it out HERE.

While you're there, you might want to check out the books :) I'm all for finding new authors to read and enjoy.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:18 AM | 0 comments

Friday, November 24, 2006

Do you write interracial?



PASSING ON SOME INDUSTRY NEWS.

A NOTE: ALWAYS DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE APPROACHING A NEW PUBLISHER. I'VE PERSONALLY KNOWN SOME AUTHORS WHO HAVE PUBLISHED WITH THIS HOUSE AND FEEL COMFORTABLE POSTING THIS, HOWEVER, DON'T TAKE MY WORD FOR ANYTHING. CHECK THEM OUT THOROUGHLY BEFORE ACCEPTING A CONTRACT.

TAWNY
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Loowis wants YOU to join the talented team at Loose Id Publishing!

Loose Id, the premier publisher for well-written cross-genre sensual
and erotic stories has an immediate need for Interracial (I/R)
manuscripts of 20,000 words and up.

Being previously published is not a requirement to join this dynamic
team of outstanding writers, including New York Times and USA Today
bestselling authors.

Take a chance! Unleash your plot and characters from the traditional
and create powerful inventive tales that delight our readers. LI's I/R
stories aren't meant to just be about two people with different skin color
who happen to fall in love -- we want an I/R that shows differences that
could keep people apart but, since it's a romance, how they make people
learn to come together.

Loose Id offers professional editing and we subscribe to the highest
standards of contract fairness as defined by EPIC and RWA.

Please visit us on the web at www.loose-id.com to get an idea of
what we're looking for and send your I/R submission (three chapters and a
synopsis in Rich Text Format) to: submissions@loose-id.com

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:17 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!



Hello all!

Just popping in to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving blessed with the love of family and friends...and lots of pumpkin pie with extra whipped cream (YUM!)!

What am I thankful for this year?

All of the blessings I have received this year, both personal and professional, including my NY launch book, Sex and the Single Ghost. My health. My children. My husband.And the many new friends I've found through my writing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And for you brave souls who venture into stores on Friday, HAPPY SHOPPING!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:15 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Another blog for critiques

This one we can thank Diva Christine for!

The blogger claims to be an editor in Great Britain. He will read/critique 1000 words--a short story, the opening to a book, a synopsis, whatever.

The Intro: "No, I mean it. REAL honest. Email your excerpts or full stories, up to 1000 words or so, to honestcrits [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk. Synopses would also be welcome. My backlog is so daunting now that I recommend not submitting anything you are not prepared to wait a couple of months for a response on."

The link: honestcritiques.blogspot.com

Enjoy!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:42 AM | 2 comments

Monday, November 20, 2006

Marketing: Wonder what publishers do...

...to launch a new author's book?

Sylvia Day posted a link to a Publishers Weekly article about ten brand new authors and their launch books. Under each title, was a brief list of the marketing the publisher was planning on doing. Some books would be launched with more standard marketing efforts--advertising in magazines, etc. Some would be launched with clever gimmicks. What sort of impact with these activities have on the books' success or failure? It'll be interesting to find out.

For our purposes, I'm only going to list the marketing, nothing else, hoping the publisher's ideas may spark some of our own. If you wish to read the entire article, you can find it HERE.

Title #1: Break-out strategy: Handpainted, locked wooden boxes containing the manuscript were sent to 10 key buyers, and Duffy mailed keys to the boxes only after speaking with buyers about the book; ads in Romantic Timesand PW Daily; radio giveaways *[TAWNY'S NOTE: THIS IS HUGELY CREATIVE! OBVIOUSLY, THE PUBLISHER HAS HIGH EXPECTATIONS FROM THIS BOOK]

Title #2: Break-out strategy: "What Would Venus Do?" column (written by the author in the protagonist's voice) running in Affaire de Coeur magazine; ads in NYTBR, Romantic Times

Title #3: Break-out strategy: Mailings to romance publications and major metro dailies

Title #4: Break-out strategy: "Immortalize Your Friend in a Book" contest; video trailer on YouTube; podcast excerpt

Title #5: Break-out strategy: Spa getaway sweepstakes; meetings with librarians; mailings to key romance bookstores and readers' groups; regional book signings; RWA speaking engagements

Title #6: Break-out strategy: Sample chapters given to vacationers on cruise ships in the Caribbean in January and February; ads in Romantic Times

Title #7: Break-out strategy: Online marketing campaign; ads in Romantic Times

Title #8: Break-out strategy: Ads in Romantic Times; author appearances at RT Booklovers Convention (April '07)

Title #9: Break-out strategy: Special sales promotions and co-op; ads in romance publications; targeted marketing to romance blogs

Title #10: Break-out strategy: Linked packaging on each of the books in the trilogy; excerpts in books from others in the series; galleys to romance reviewers

So, you can see, for some books, the publisher is pulling out the stops and for others, they're taking a more traditional approach. It's difficult to weigh the true impact of any marketing on a book's sales, but you might get a general feel for how much hype has been built up.

I wish all of these authors success with their launch books!

And I hope you all get some great ideas for future book releases. (I'm loving the locked box thing!) The days of writing books, handing them to publishers, and then disappearing into your cave are gone. To be successful, it's becoming more important for publishers and authors to work as a team. Especially for launch books.

Tawny

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:52 AM | 0 comments

Friday, November 17, 2006

A Few Diva Releases

Among the Romance Divas, we have some of the most talented romance authors ever, both up-and-coming and already-there-bestsellers. And not only are the ladies (and gentlemen) talented but also generous. They offer critiques, advice and support to their fellow authors.

Many times, the Divas have blogged my new releases, and so I'm happy to return the favor. Check out the following books by the Divas. I'm sure there are some keepers among them.

Tawny
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What Lies In Winter
by Cassidy Kent
ISBN-10: 1-59279-628-1 (Electronic)
ISBN-13: 978-1-59279-628-1 (Electronic)

When workaholic Hayley goes on a much-needed holiday to her favorite cabin hideaway tucked deep in the mountains of the Mammoth ski resort, she doesn’t expect to meet the beast of a man occupying her rental.

Bestselling mystery author, Nicholas Rhiordan, happens to have the same plan in mind, vacationing in his luxury cabin. He wants nothing better than to be left alone to finish his next novel, but when Hayley makes a surprise appearance, he discovers she’s hell-bent on disrupting his peaceful balance. Like any feral beast, his only recourse is to throw her out on her ass in a heap of snow and hope that she gets the hint.

When a relentless blizzard forces them to share the same quarters, their fiery personalities and equally combustible attraction could melt the ice caps off the snowy mountains. Once the storm blows over, will their connection fizzle like a snow flurry or will they pen a perfect ending?

Genres: Contemporary / Voyeurism / Interracial
Heat Level: 2 Length: Novella (22k words)
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The barrier between Earth and Hell is about to fall...

THE VEIL

by H.A. Fowler
ISBN 978-1-60088-060-5
Futuristic/Dark Fantasy Romance
Cobblestone Press/October 27, 2006




Five hundred years ago, a terrorist group launched a fearsome anti-matter weapon and tore open the fabric of reality, revealing a world of nightmares on the other side. After decades of war, death and destruction, a union of wizards and witches came forth with the magick to build a barrier and keep the monsters in their rightful home.
They called it THE VEIL.

Detective Devon Harrigan is a hard-nosed skeptic, no fan of magick or its users -- an ironic stance for a vampire who was human when the Veil first fell. But he is a cop first, so when a serial killer stalks his home city of New Denver, Colorado, he'll do what he has to do to stop the carnage. Including play babysitter to the killer's sole living witness, a pampered high priestess of the most powerful witches' organization in the world, the creators of the Veil itself.

High Priestess Lady Helene Du Solaire has lived a sheltered life, and she has never met anyone as anachronistic -- or as fascinating -- as her new bodyguard. There is no denying the immediate attraction between them, or that giving into it could lead to devastating consequences. Not to mention it's a distraction from the matter at hand they can scarcely afford -- that Helene is the killer's target because she is the key to a ritual that, in only a few days time, will destroy the Veil and unleash Hell on Earth once again.

Helene and Devon must race against time and resist their growing feelings, put aside prejudices and painful pasts, and discover the identity of the being that threatens both Helene's life and the fate of the world.

Read an Excerpt

BUY NOW!
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Remember, Remember, the FIRST of November...

Yeah, I stole that line from V for Vendetta. But November is an exciting month for me for a variety of reasons. Let me get you up to speed. Check out A Blue Blog for my latest blog post.

The Personal Assistant
Erotic Romance/Suspense
1-59374-710-1(electronic)
http://raelynnblue.blogspot.com
In the high stakes world of popular music, stardom and fame are commonplace. Superstar, Morgan Thomas, is a commodity to be bought and sold. Tyrone is her assistant, charged with making her insane life--manageable. But once Morgan goes missing, can Tyrone summon the courage to find her and take their relationship from platonic to passionate?

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posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:21 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Arrrrrggggghhhhhh!

I realize, as an adult, that this stuff shouldn't get to me, BUT...

I spent the last eight weeks (I missed a couple episodes) invested in a reality TV program, watching not once but TWICE weekly. And what happens? The wrong flipping person won the show.

Not sure what I'm talking about? Dancing with the Stars.

Don't get me wrong--Emmitt Smith is a terrific guy and a great football player. BUT he was NOT the dancer Mario Lopez was. Not by a long shot. Was he doing spins? Leaps? High kicks? NO! Because his body--a physique suited to athletics, not dancing--would not allow him to do such things.

But evidently the viewers don't care about dancing ability.

Same thing happened with So You Think You Can Dance, although at least in that case the winner (Benji sp?) could perform some of the moves. Emmitt can shake his groove thang, and he has a great smile, but those limited skills do not make a dancer. Just think if they did! What kinds of shows would we see on Broadway.

I doubt Mario Lopez will ever read this blog, but I'm going to say it anyway, "Mario, you are an AMAZING dancer. You deserved to win. And I hope you don't let this setback discourage you. DWTS was a popularity contest, and evidently a football star is going to have a larger fan base than a former kid star and show host. Keep on dancing!"

I am not totally frustrated and annoyed with reality shows. Why bother making the contestants do all this dancing stuff at all if true talent doesn't matter? Ggggrrrrr...

BTW,opposing opinions will not be met with snarky comments. I promise to bite my tongue :)

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:55 AM | 8 comments

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Back to the Craft of Writing...

Today, I'll share a new resource I received from a fellow Ellora's Cave author.

Considering I write at least five sex scenes per novel, and five books per year, it can get mighty challenging composing fresh, compelling sex scenes. As an erotic romance author, it's my worst fear that they'll all start sounding the same.

This is why I'm always on the lookout for new resources on sex. You would not believe some of the sites this middle-aged housewife has checked out--gay sites, extreme S&M, LOTS of bondage...the list goes on. I have an open mind, but I'll admit, I've left some sites (like the extreme S&M--blood? Ick.) feeling a little uncomfortable. But this site (http://www.loversguide.com) didn't give me the squicks in the least. It's informative. Interesting. Helpful.

And there's pictures :)

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:28 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

An Unpaid Endorsement

I rarely comment on other authors' books on my blog, but I feel I must say something about this one.

I admit I am the original A-D-D reader. If a book doesn't capture my attention from page one and hold it hostage through the first chapter, the book's history. I shove it to the back of my bookshelf and move on to something else. There are too many books and not enough time.

As a result, I can say honestly that I've read very few books cover-to-cover.

I found one this week--a book I'm LOVING. The writing is holding up to the promise of its fascinating premise.

The book, you ask?

Deep, Dark and Dangerous by Jaid Black. OMG, I'm loving this book! Have I said that already? Well, I'll say it again, I'm loving this book.

Seriously, it's outstanding. The dialogue is snappy and fun. The plot is unique (Vikings living under mountains???). And the writing is tight. A perfect 5 out of 5 (If I were into giving out scores here).

Curious? Check it out at Amazon.


posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:23 PM | 1 comments

A cruel "sport"

ONCE AGAIN, I FIND MYSELF BLOGGING ABOUT THINGS I WOULDN'T NORMALLY. BUT THIS ISSUE HAS ALWAYS BOTHERED ME. WHEN I SAW THE BULLETIN, I HAD TO PASS IT ON.

WARNING--SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW ARE HARD TO STOMACH.

TAWNY
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wtf canada and norway



"we" animals are all gods creatures, have some fucking respect!




How would you like it to be whacked hard over the head as a "sport"!?





















Norway and Canada have a new kind of tourism. Killing baby seals. They call it a "sport"..

You want to call this a sport ?








Is he a sportsman?







Why?







You're our only hope !!!







This barbarism shouldnt be possible in our society..







Dont turn your back on us, we are defenseless







I know these images seem painful for you, but we feel the pain. We are being slaughtered and its going on RIGHT NOW...







What gives him the right to kill us? Who is he to decide about life and death?








What kind of sport is this? I didnt harm anyone. I was just swimming around..








Please help me and my friends...







You cant just ignore these images.. Keeping silent and doing nothing makes you guilty...








Please help us







Please dont leave us alone...










STOP THE KILLING OF SEALS







You can make a statement by

reposting this to get as many people as you can

to repost this.

Bring these murderers to the attention

of world leaders.

Thank you!!!!








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posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:04 AM | 0 comments

Monday, November 13, 2006

What’s on your holiday Wish List?




Maybe it’s a little early to be thinking about this stuff. But hey, our local radio station’s already changed to their All-Christmas music format, all the stores are dripping with tinsel and garland, and there’s a giant inflatable snow globe sitting in the middle of Meijers. My kids have already written their wish lists for Santa (aided, of course, by the Toys R Us Holiday Catalogue) and mailed them off. They dream of Robo Reptiles, stuffed puppies and wooden choo-choo’s.

Yes, my thoughts are already focused on Christmas. Deck the Halls...and all that *g*.

Naturally, I’ll spend nearly every penny I can on the kiddies, giving them the things they want and need (keyword there--NEED *g*). I don’t expect to get anything. The joy of seeing them open their gifts is enough for me.

But...if I were asked to create a Wish List, oh, the fun I would have!

Let’s see...

I’d wish for a HUGE bonus for the hubby.

I’d wish for a winning lottery ticket.

I’d wish for no snowfall after December 25th.

I’d wish for a magic pill that would make me lose the last fifteen pounds that refuse to budge from my hips, thighs and fanny.

And I’d wish for a copy of every book published by my three fave authors, both their backlist (what I don’t own already) and their future books.

What about you? What would you put on your wish list?

And if you're in the mood for a book about wishes that perhaps shouldn't come true, you might want to check out my book, About Monday (written under my Sydney Laine Allan pseudonym). About Monday

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:26 AM | 1 comments

Let's talk about Writer's Block

Writers, what stirs your creative juices, helps you get through those times when you're stuck and don't know which way to take a story?

For me, it could be a catchy first sentence in a novel. Or a clever phrase in an advertisement, a fun song title, or even an unusual plot in a movie. When I'm stuck (this happens a LOT, especially if I haven't written a synopsis yet), it usually means I have a major problem with the direction I've taken the story (or rather, the direction the characters have taken the story).

What do I do when I'm suffering from a persistent case of writer's block? I read. Not just romance novels, either. I read action/adventure stories, suspenses, thrillers, mysteries. I believe it's an author's unique blending of elements from different genres that makes their work special. I believe a blending of elements keep a story from become stale and predictable.

What about you? If you hit a wall and feel like your story's taken a wrong turn somewhere, how do you work through it? Do you set the story aside and move onto something else? Do you just muscle through, forcing yourself to keep going? Do you gorge on fists full of chocolate, gulp half a fifth of Tequila and then pound out the pages with a belly full of sugar and a head swimming in alcohol (I'm thinking of trying this one next *g*)?

What strategies have worked for you?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:59 AM | 2 comments

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Another New EPublisher

NOTE: THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL ENDORSEMENT. AT THIS POINT, I HAVE NO PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE OF THIS COMPANY OR ITS OPERATIONS. I DO WELCOME ANYONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THEM TO ADD COMMENTS.

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COMPANY URL

http://www.asylett.com/HTML/mainsite.htm

SUBMISSION INFO

Asylett’s aim is to provide our readers with excitement, adventure and romance in the form of well-written fiction. To that end, we are always seeking fresh stories, stories with exciting plots or unique twists, stories that capture, mesmerize and satisfy. Use your imagination to take us to exotic lands, or worlds far away, introduce us to characters with depth and emotion for whom we will come to care, treat us to stories that will take our breath away. Send us your best, skillfully- crafted and carefully-honed stories, and Asylett will give your work the full consideration you deserve.

For a list of the genres we currently publish, see our Genre Guidelines, below. While we primarily publish fiction, we will consider non-fiction or educational submissions, as stipulated.


TO SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT

QUERY US FIRST
Email a concise query letter to
with information about yourself and any other books you've had published. Include a short (2-3 page) synopsis and the first three pages of your completed manuscript.
Please DO NOT send the synopsis or manuscript pages as attachments.
Unrequested attachments will not be opened.
Please DO NOT send your manuscript until it has been requested.
Please DO NOT query us unless your manuscripts is complete. At this time, Asylett does not contract novels based on partials.

REQUESTED MANUSCRIPTS
Upon receipt of our invitation to submit, please send your manuscript as an attachment to

Please make certain your manuscript adheres to our Formatting Requirements (below).
Please carefully pre-edit your manuscript before submission, ensuring your story is exactly how you want it.

The Subject Line of the submission email must contain Genre, TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (in caps) and Author’s Name.
EXAMPLE: SUBJECT: Romantic Suspense - UNWILLING TO DIE - Jane Doe

If you are writing under a pen name, please use that name as the author name with your legal name in parenthesis.
EXAMPLE: SUBJECT: Romantic Suspense - UNWILLING TO DIE - Myra Penn (Jane Doe)

SUBMISSION PROCESS
Upon receipt, your submission will be read for consideration. You will be notified within approximately 60 days if your manuscript is right for us.
Should we decide to pursue publication, you will be offered a contract. Once the contract is signed, the editing process will begin.
If we feel your project is not right for us, we will notify you with an explanation of our decision.
If we feel your project could be publishable with certain changes, we will so inform you, and invite you to resubmit after the changes have been made.

PLEASE NOTE
Simultaneous Submissions are not accepted.
Currently, we are not accepting manuscripts containing Erotica or Gay/Lesbian themes.


FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS

Your manuscript must be submitted in Rich Text Format (RTF).

Include a Title Page as follows:
Top Left Corner:
Author’s Name or Pen Name (if being used)
Author’s Legal Name (if Pen Name is used)
Mailing Address
Phone Number
E-Mail Address
Website URL
Fax Number

Centered in page (horizontally and vertically):
Title
By-line
Genre
Word Count

Insert Hard Page break (to separate title page from manuscript)

Center Chapter Numbers at the top of the first page of each chapter.

Use only 1 blank line between the chapter line and first line of text on page.

Manuscript should be SINGLE-spaced.

DO NOT number pages.

Use Font TIMES NEW ROMAN 12

DO NOT use HTML coding.

Consult our Genre Guidelines for more specific genre details and word count limitations. Fiction submissions over 150,000 words are not accepted.

GENRE GUIDELINES

General Fiction - these manuscripts may contain little or no romance. Word Count: 75,000 (minimum) to 150,000.

Comedy
Espionage
Fantasy
Futuristic - (not Time Travel)
Historical - (not Time Travel)
Horror
Gothic
Mainstream
Mystery
Paranormal
Science Fiction
Time Travel
Thriller
Westerns
Young Adult

Romance - romance between the hero and heroine are integral to the story. Explicit sex is acceptable as long as it fits naturally within the scene. Word Count: 75,000 to 150,000 words, with exceptions listed below.

Contemporary Romance - Love Bytes series (short) - (50,000 to 75,000 words)
Contemporary Romance - single title
Fantasy Romance
Futuristic Romance (not Time Travel)
Historical Romance - Timeless series (short) - (50,000 to 75,000 words)
Historical Romance - single title
Gothic Romance
Mystery Romance
Paranormal Romance
Romantic Comedy
Romantic Suspense
Science Fiction Romance
Time Travel Romance - single title
Time Travel Romance - Moments in Time series (short) - (50,000 to 75,000 words)
Western Romance

Anthologies - Asylett plans to publish themed anthologies. A Call for Submissions, with necessary guidelines, will be posted when collection for these stories begins.

Non-Fiction - Educational works (particularly in the field of computers), How-To manuals, Biographies and Recipe Collections will be considered. Minimum of 100,000 words, length to be determined by content.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

A Call to Action

Forwarded with permission.

My thoughts: I believe this email may have the OPPOSITE effect from what Mr. Wildmon wants...it could actually increase support for the center as well as their corporate sponsors, including Walmart. Now, people like me--who had no idea--know about the program.

Also, you can click the link below to shop with other corporate sponsors, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sharper Image, Dell, Disney and many others!

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November 9, 2006

Please help us get this information into the hands of as many people as possible by forwarding it to your entire email list of family and friends.

Wal-Mart Contributes 5% Of Online Sales To Homosexual Group

Sign the pledge not to shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. Time is short. Act today!

Dear Brenda,

Help recruit 1,000,000 families who will agree not to shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club (owned by Wal-Mart) on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving. Here's why:

In a show of support to help homosexuals legalize same-sex marriage, Wal-Mart has agreed to automatically donate 5% of online sales directly to the Washington DC Community Center for Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender People. The cash donation will come from online purchases made at Wal-Mart through the homosexual group's Web site. This move follows Wal-Mart's joining the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and agreeing to give generous financial help to that organization also.

Every purchase made online for books, music, videos, clothing and accessories, children's clothing and toys, and electronics at the site will automatically send 5% of the sales to the CCBLBT People. The agreement is an indication that Wal-Mart is totally committed to supporting the homosexual movement.

Wal-Mart also gave a generous cash donation to the Northwest Arkansas Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center, helping to provide a place where homosexuals can come together to "socialize."

Many observers feel it would have been a wise business decision for Wal-Mart to remain neutral in the cultural battle over homosexual marriage. But this was an ideological decision by Wal-Mart - not a business decision.

Take Action
1. Sign the petition to Wal-Mart letting them know you will be one of the 1,000,000 families who will not shop at Wal-Mart or Sam's Club on the Friday or Saturday following Thanksgiving.

2. VERY IMPORTANT! Millions of Americans are not aware of Wal-Mart's support for homosexual marriage. PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

3. Print out and distribute the Wal-Mart Pass Along Sheet by clicking here.

For past Wal-Mart Action Alerts, plus answers to your questions (where to shop?), Click Here.

Click Here to Sign the Petition to Wal-Mart Now!

If you think our efforts are worthy, would you please support us with a small gift? Thank you for caring enough to get involved.

Sincerely,

Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

P.S. Please forward this e-mail message to your family and friends!

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posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:46 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

I Can't Stop Buying!


If you're new to this blog, you don't know that I work in a bookstore every Saturday. I took the job so I'd have some cash to spend on RT costumes, non-essential stuff for my kids, Christmas decorations, whatever.

However, recently I've come to accept the fact that I'm working to feed an addiction...to books.

I. Can't. Stop. Buying.

Doesn't matter that I have shelves and shelves of books I haven't read yet. Nope. Not in the least. You see, I have a wish list, a loooooong wish list. And the minute a book on that list shows up in the store, I MUST buy it.

For this reason, I come home with a full tote bag EVERY single week...and not so much cash. {sigh--eyeing children with guilt}

At least I can relate to my customers as they cart their loaded baskets to the counter, all sparkly-eyed. It's the thrill of the hunt, perhaps a carryover instinct from eons past when our ancestors had to hunt to survive.

Anyway, I figure I'm among friends here, people who like me can't walk out of a bookstore empty handed. Last week, I was on the hunt for funny, clever Viking stories. I picked up some Sandra Hill (loving Truly, Madly Viking!) and Deep, Dark and Dangerous by Jaid Black. Next weekend, I'll be looking for some John Case.

What's on your bookstore wish list? And if there was ever a cure for your addiction, a little pill, would you want to take it?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:24 AM | 2 comments

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day!


Please, PLEASE vote today! It's our right. It's our duty.

Your Vote=Your Voice.



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Monday, November 06, 2006

What does "Success" mean to you?

One of the Divas posted a thought-provoking poll today on the forum about success as a writer. Her question--what makes a writer a “success”.

Does getting published make you a success? What about multiple contracts? With New York houses? Getting high sales? Awards and recognition from reviewers? Acquiring a dedicated readership? All of the above? LOL

Seems to me it's kind of the elusive treasure. The writer's grail.

The more you achieve, the more you know you've yet to accomplish. It's frustrating and yet exhilarating at the same time. There’s always something yet to aim for, a higher plateau to reach. Kind of reminds me of mountain climbing (not that I’ve ever done that, LOL--the closest I’ve gotten is a fifteen foot faux rock face in the Ann Arbor Science museum) Each of us are traveling on our own journeys, each scaling a different face of (perhaps ?) the same mountain. Yet for some, the struggle will be minimal and for others the way will be nearly impossible. (I think I’m in the latter group, LOL. No easy road here.)

Where’s my peak? The point I seek? My measure of success?

My aspiration is to write stories people love. I want to see their eyes sparkle when they talk about my books, my characters. That’s my ultimate wish.

What’s yours?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:36 PM | 0 comments

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Immortal Secrets Trailer

Yes, I'm at it again. My Immortal Secrets series is one of my more popular series, and it includes Dragons and Dungeons, the story that's due to be released in print next spring (MASTER OF SECRET DESIRES, Pocket, June 2007). I felt the series deserved a trailer, although I wanted to advertise all three books rather than only one.



I noticed this month in the RWR Allison Brennan wrote an article on trailers. It's a fabulous article, and I'm glad to see I've been doing a few things right. In particular, however, I learned I still have some things to learn...lol. For instance, there are more outlets for my trailers than I knew about. You bet I went ahead and checked out the other places. I need all the exposure I can get.

On another note, I did notice a jump in hits to my trailers after I added them to my new group on YouTube. Again, if you are an author and have a trailer for your books, you're welcome to place them in the group. It seems to help increase traffic.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 6:19 PM | 2 comments

Saturday, November 04, 2006

A valuable resource for "starving artists"

Ever need legal council about a contract, copyright issue or trademark? There are lawyers who volunteer their time to help people who cannot afford to pay hefty legal fees.

The following link was generously shared with me by an online friend when I raised a question about trademark law and I felt it was valuable enough to share with others: http://www.starvingartistslaw.com/help/vol...r%20lawyers.htm

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

A fabu new resource for BDSM writers!

Have questions about the BDSM lifestyle? Looking for a place where other BDSM authors hang out?

Check out this new site, established by a fellow Diva (Romance Diva), author and longtime BDSM lifestyler.

http://www.alternativewriters.com/

Do you have any additional site recommendations? Please share them in the comments.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:29 AM | 2 comments

What to blog about today?????

I've spent an hour pouring over other blogs, searching for just the right blog today...and I've come up with nothing. Sure, the little tiff between Miss Snark and scam agent Barbara Bauer is morbidly fascinating, but what comment could I possibly make that would add any value to the whole thing? None.

So, instead, I'm asking the readers to post a shout out. Have any big news you want to share? Question you'd like answered? Put it in the comments. I'm OD'd on sugar, thanks to a late-night raid on my kiddies' Halloween candy bags. I can't think of a single useful thing to say today.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Off to see if I can dig up an Almond Joy...coconut helps me think :)

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:08 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Interesting news

Taken from a press release located HERE

New Digital Book Standard Released
Monday October 30, 8:45 am ET

Software Companies and Publishers Announce Implementation Plans

NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Oct 30, 2006 -- The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the standards and trade association for digital publishing, announced today the release of a new technical standard to facilitate digital content creation, distribution and use by consumers. In addition to the Open eBook Publication Structure (OEBPS), an XML standard for authoring digital books, the IDPF has now released a new standard for packaging a digital publication, including the contents of the publication, metadata, signatures, encryption, rights and other information into one standard file. Entitled the Open eBook Publication Structure Container Format (OCF), the new IDPF standard will allow publishers to release a single standard file into their sales and distribution channels and will also enable consumers to exchange unencrypted eBooks and other digital publications between reading systems that support the new standard.

To read the entire article, click the link above.

What does this mean? It appears to be the end of multiple formats of ebooks, which should cut epublishers' costs. I have no idea what processes Ellora's Cave must take to produce the various formats of our ebooks, so I cannot comment yet on how much money/time it will save.

Anyone have any insight to share?

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:58 AM | 1 comments
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