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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

February Sweet Bites Contest

In celebration of Valentine's Day, and all things decadent, Tawny will be holding a contest on her website. The prize: This dreamy bag of books sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

To enter, read the rules below.



The rules: On FEBRUARY 1, Tawny will post the picture of the
candy hearts above on a page of her web site
(http://www.tawnytaylor.com). Simply locate the picture and email
Tawny with the page's full url (http://www.tawnytaylor.com/pagename.html). Hint: it's not www.tawnytaylor.com/contest.html.

Note: entries MUST include contact information to be valid--this includes first and last names and MAILING address.

Additional entries for the drawing will be granted to anyone who posts Tawny's contest on their blog. Please email Tawny with a link to each blog post for an additional entry.

The winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries on February 28, and the winner will be announced on Tawny's site and blog (http:tawnytaylor.blogspot.com) on March 1.

Good luck!

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:57 AM | 4 comments

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Writers' Motivation

Several people have made comments lately about the rash of new contracts I've recently received, asking me how I manage to motivate myself to be so productive. Well, frankly, for me, the fear of foreclosure is a pretty strong motivator :)

Seriously, I've had times where producing five pages a day involved a minor miracle. And other times, I've clipped along at a pace of twenty pages a day. It's all about getting my butt in the chair and writing.

How do I get myself to do that? Especially when there are a zillion other things I could be doing? I...

1. Start my day with a little exercise to get the blood pumping and the energy up. I follow that up with a healthy breakfast, a diet Coke and a green tea diet pill (caffeine!).

2. Warm up my writing muscles (my brain) with a short blog entry or nonbook writing project (journal, email, whatever). The key: make it SHORT.

3. Have a separate place/computer for writing, ideally one without internet access.

4. Skim over the previous day's work to ease yourself back into the story/world.

5. I reward myself every few pages with a visit to my fave writing forum (Romance Divas).

6. Finally, I take occassional breaks, get up and stretch, eat a snack, etc.

My goal is to write five pages in a sitting. That's not so intimidating, and can be accomplished fairly quickly. If I'm stuck, I make some notes and move onto another scene.

Hope these tips help!
Tawny
*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Vampy Fiction with Sassitude
Sydney's Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:24 AM | 0 comments

Monday, January 29, 2007

New Look for My Site

Once every 6 months or so, I find myself itching to do a redesign of my website. This past weekend (while I was *cough, cough* procrastinating from edits), the urge struck me and I went with it. As a result, my site is now darker, sexier and (I hope!) better organized/easier to navigate.

It was really tough giving up my girl-sucking-the-chili-pepper picture. It was so fun, so sassilicious. But I felt it was time to give my site a slightly different tone--less sassy and more erotic--to more accurately illustrate the mood of my upcoming releases.

So, I invite everyone to take a look, tell me what you think (click the "Erotic Romance" link on the gateway page to view the new site). I'm open to all suggestions/feedback.

Tawny
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Vampy Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:19 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thursday Thirteen



Thirteen ways/places to advertise your book release by Tawny Taylor





The following are websites that offer advertising options for authors, ranging from higher priced membership-fee based services to low cost banner ads and free announcements.

1. Your blog and website
2. The Romance Studio
3. TheYack
4. MySpace
5. Romance Divas
6. Access Romance
7. Author Island
8. Writerspace
9. Romance Designs
10.JERR
11.Romance Junkies
12.Amazon Connect
13.YouTube (via book trailer)




Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1.
(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!




posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:18 AM | 1 comments

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Shout Out for a Couple Divas

See below for information on several Romance Diva releases. They all sound fabulous!

Tawny

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Hi there everyone! I wanted to breeze by and annouce my double debut at The Wild Rose Press! I write romance for Mills & Boon, but love the challenge of a short story. I am so thankful WRP celebrates the medium, giving those of us pressed for time a smile and a bounce to our step.

The love after loss story, How About Tomorrow, is the first Rosette I contracted with WRP. My writing friends at Romance Divas helped me tweak it until it was just right...and then Leeane fixed that to perfection.

Jack hasn’t been out on a date since his wife’s death five years ago. Even his teenage daughter thinks it’s time he finally go on a blind date brokered by his sister-in-law. Jack’s unsure, until he meets Maria. She’s as timid as he is at first, but the more they talk the more they realize they should see each other again, and again.


My English Tea Rose, In Silhouette, was so exciting to write. I work mainly in contemporary romance, so stretching into Regency was difficult, but rewarding! I dedicated this story to my critique partner, American Title II finalist Suzan Hyssen. She writes intelligent, comedic Regency romances, when she is not busy with law school.

James Darby is bored by the ennui of country life, fervidly anticipating his return to London. When he spies Miss Hughes entertaining herself by cutting silhouettes at a party he’s captivated by her talent, and charm. How can someone so fascinating survive in a place so tedious?

In February, another of my stories will appear in the Dreams & Desires charity anthology. Keep a look out for my Last Rose of Summer Rosettes...they are coming soon!

Jenna
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Available now at Freya's Bower!









Cora Phillips has witchcraft in her blood, but she's convinced she inherited the recessive rather than the dominant trait. Her mother and sister are the real heiresses to the Lune tradition; Cora has neither the interest nor the inclination to take up the Dragonkeeper mantle. Years ago, she left the New York City Witch lifestyle to the other women in her family, and said goodbye to all the velvet and lace. However, during a moment of insomnia-induced insanity, she agrees to come back to celebrate Christmas/Winter Solstice with her family.



It comes as a shock to all three women when Cora, through clumsy fumblings to "get in touch with her goddess" at her sister's urging, calls a pair of ancient dragons into her meditation circle.



Cora swears it's a mistake. Her mother swears it's the correct course of events. Eventually, every Dragonkeeper issues the call to mate. Problem is, nobody expected Cora to summon even a single dragon, let alone two.


Before long, the dragons' guardians come knocking, literally, and ruin any hope of politely apologizing and returning the creatures.


For more information, visit Freya's Bower!
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Up In Flames by Ember Sinclair
Available January 12, 2007
from CobbleStone Press
www.embersinclair.com

Blurb

Kat Ashbrook has two things on her mind—catching a murderer
and sexy new boss, Connor Mercer. She never expected his
come-hither looks, but she’s betting she can resist if she keeps
her mind on the job. Too bad a prank leads to her surrender and
possibly their deaths.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:05 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

A dye job, pierced nose, and now this...?

...you'd think I was going through some kind of bizarre midlife crisis (not that I'm not discounting that theory).

The "this" that I'm referring to is my latest eBay purchase. Are you ready for a shocker? Yes?

I purchased a leather corset.

*gasp*

Let me explain. At the Romantic Times convention this coming April, there are themed dinner-dances/evening mixers. One of them is Dorchester Publishing's "Immortals" rock and roll party. Well, sliding into costume-geek-girl mode, I've been looking for an excuse to don Kate Beckinsale's wicked-cool Van Helsing ensemble--leather corset and all (granted, the tight pants are NOT happening, LOL. This vampire slayer-wanna-be has too much junk in the trunk to pull it off).

Is this NOT the coolest costume evah? Drooooollllll...

Anyway, enough costume lust. I figure it's rock-n-roll/Immortal-ish enough for Dorchester's party. So, this 40-year-old suburban housewife is going to give it a shot. This April, I'm wearing leather. In public. Can't wait! I have to admit, RT is the ONLY place I'd even consider it, knowing there will be others in even more daring outfits :)

For those who are curious, or looking to score your own leather corset, I found this fabulous source. Reasonable prices, fantastic service, gorgeous, well crafted corsets (steel boning for less than $150? Squeeeee!) and convenient: eBay seller, Alter Ego Erotics. I ordered mine on Friday night and it arrived Monday morning.


Happy Shopping!

Tawny the Vampire Slayer
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:45 AM | 0 comments

Monday, January 22, 2007

Real Vamps Don't Drink O-Neg

Can you believe it? My late Aug.-early Sept. release is already up on Amazon. I don't have a cover yet, nor do I have the back cover blurb, but the book is there. It's real. And it's releasing this summer! Whoo hooo!

Click Here to view the (mostly empty) Amazon Page.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:34 AM | 0 comments

Friday, January 19, 2007

Squeeeeeee!!!!!!


OMGOMGOMGOMG!

No, I didn't snag a six-figure advance for my latest wip. But I did get some absolutely amazing news last night.

I am (or rather my book, Tempting Fate) is a nominee for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards!

I'm floored. Stunned. Speechless. OMG.

Here's a snippet of the review that earned me the nomination:

"What makes this book work is Taylor's snappy dialogue, quick wit and spicy sensuality. For fans of the TV series Moonlighting, just imagine the competition David and Maddie kept up for most of the show and you will see why this story works so well. If you want a fun and sexy read, pick up this book."

A BIG thank you to reviewer Leigh Rowling and Romantic Times magazine!

Tawny

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:11 AM | 4 comments

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Jennifer Crusie's Teaching a Workshop

The title: The Crusie Mayer 2007 Online Workshop

Looks very interesting! From the site:

A year-long workshop, updated twice weekly, on the craft of writing a novel presented by NY Times best-selling authors Jenny Crusie and Bob Mayer who have over 45 books published between them (visit CrusieMayer.com).

For more info on the workshop check out the Syllabus and FAQs.


January's topic is "The Heart of the Story" and will cover subjects like:
The One Sentence Idea, Situational vs. Character Ideas, The Central Question & Conflict Box, and Outlining

Reading the first few lessons, it's clear the authors' opinions are conflicting at times. Two strong personalities. Opposite points of view. Makes for some fun reading :)

FMI, and the current lesson, go HERE.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:40 AM | 1 comments

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Lori Handeland and What I Wish I'd Known

A head's up for any yet-to-be published authors, Lori Handeland is doing a workshop on the Romance Divas called, 10 Things I've learned since "The Call". It promises to be a lot of fun, and extremely informative.

She's launching the workshop with a list of ten things she wished she'd known, and that topic's title inspired me to list ten things I wished I'd known before starting to write:

1. As a newbie author, I lacked the skills to be an instant NY Times Bestseller (that delusion was shattered pretty quickly--see Number 2 below).

2. There'd be people who equated insults with "honest and objective" feedback.

3. Romance writing contest judges would deliver confusing and conflicting advice on how to "fix" my chapters.

4. It didn't matter how much better my story was (in my mind), compared to something I'd read. It was still going to be rejected by every publisher and agent that ever existed. And that was after it gathered dust in the corner of their office for a year...because it sucked.

5. It isn't always fun to write. Some days, the pages write themselves, and others, the production of a few paragraphs of drek is worthy of celebration.

6. There is no secret formula/outline/map for writing a marketable manuscript.

7. The internet is full of unscrupulous publishing "professionals" who call themselves publishers, agents and book doctors, but they're actually scam artists.

8. Even "legit" publishers and agents can damage an author's career.

9. Trying to earn the title "published author" would be one of the most difficult/frustrating things I'd ever attempted in my life.

10. My (infuriating/nocturnal/pain-in-the-@$$) characters would wake me up in the middle of the night, whispering solutions to problems I had been struggling to solve all day long.

So, that's my list. Wanna know what Lori Handeland's list is? Come to Romance Divas, and register for the forums (it's free!).

Tawny
*~*~*~*~*~*~*
Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:51 AM | 0 comments

Monday, January 15, 2007

2007, The Year of the...Vampire?


Anyone familiar with the Chinese zodiac? Obviously, I’m not following it to the letter, since there is no such thing as a year of the Vampire. But I find the concept of cyclical dating fascinating. Yeah, yeah. I’m a little late in this discovery. The Chinese zodiac’s been around for…uh…a little while. But hey, it’s new to me!

Anyway, I’ve determined that the world of romance publishing is much like the Chinese zodiac. It’s cyclical. While there are always plenty of different kinds of romance novels published every year, it seems that one theme/genre/category of romance novels tends to be “The In Thing” each year. One year, vampires are all the rage, and the next Regency historicals. 2007 looks like it’ll be the Year of the Vampire, both in romance publishing in general, and especially in with my own books. I have several vampire books releasing in 2007–Real Vampires Don’t Drink O-Neg; Burning Hunger; Dressed to Kill; Kiss me, Kill Me; and If Looks Could Kill.

What will next year be? The Year of the Demon (*staring at Jacquelyn Frank’s “Jacob”)? The Year of the Shapeshifter? Or maybe the Year of the Romantic Suspense? Who’s to say? Anyone care to take a guess? Or make a suggestion for future years?

Me, I’d love for 2008 to be The Year of the Time Travel.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:59 AM | 2 comments

Friday, January 12, 2007

Sold!

More great news! I've sold four novellas to Changeling Press! Whoo hooo!!!

The first, the launch story for a new erotic shapeshifter ménage series (Passion Unbound) is titled Wild Nights.

Blurb:

Wild Nights

And thus it was from the beginning of time.
Two knights. One bride.
They whispered their story to The Chosen, a human endowed with the gift of Hearing... The Chosen wrote the story and released it into the human world.
The bait was set. The spell was cast. And then they waited...(An excerpt from the Ierd Kimeno, the sacred text of the Twelfth Knight Brotherhood)

Secretary Maggie Dunning loves her romance novels. Her favorite--Conquered by the Knight, the story of two dominant, sexy shapeshifters, Xander and Bastien. To be possessed by two powerful Masters? Heavy, happy, lust-filled sigh!

But that’s just fantasy. It could never happen in real life...right?

Little did she know that a paper cut and a few muttered words would make all her fantasies come to life, including the hunky Xander and Bastien. One minute she’s cozy in bed sleeping, the next she’s dragged into a world she’d thought only existed in her imagination, to face her most secret desires.

And her worst fears.

Bastien and Xander have their own challenges to face--a crime to investigate and a dangerous threat to the Twelfth Night Brotherhood to uncover. But they won't let that stop them from seizing their fascinating new bride and introducing her to the ecstasy of complete surrender.

*~*~*~*~*~*

The other three novellas comprise a serialized erotic vampire ménage novel titled Carpe Nocturne. The titles of the three installments are: Dressed to Kill; Kiss Me, Kill Me; and If Looks Could Kill.

Blurb:

Carpe Nocturne 1: Dressed to Kill

One determined entrepreneur.
Two seductive vampires.
A brutal murderer...
Gives new meaning to the expression Thrilling Nightlife

Sylvie Durand must get her failing nightclub, Carpe Nocturne, operating in the black before the utilities are cut off and her credit cards are eaten by an ATM machine. To stir up business, she decides to hold weekly themed costume parties. And it seems to be working--until she discovers a dead body in her office and learns the vampire “costumes” aren’t exactly disguises.

Burke Langton is on the run. Wrongfully accused of murder, he’s keeping one step ahead of the Excoluni--the law enforcement arm of the U.M.N. (United Magical Nations)--while tracking down the real killer. When the murderer strikes again, this time at Carpe Nocturne, Burke learns Sylvie is his Origo--his mate. He also discovers she could be the murderer’s next victim. Now he must find the killer while protecting Sylvie--and battling the potent desire she stirs within him.

Miko Dvorak is a high-ranking officer of the Excoluni. His mission is to bring Burke to justice. But that’s no easy task, for the two share an Origo. Dane must choose between the dark hunger driving him to complete the Binding, and his commitment to the law.
*~*~*~*~*~*

Release dates have not yet been set.


posted by Tawny Taylor at 6:50 AM | 3 comments

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thursday Thirteen



Procrastination for the Romance Writer. Thirteen Rationalizations for Avoiding Edits by Tawny Taylor


1. My Spam Folder is overflowing
2. I need to check in with the Romance Divas
3. My email Inbox is in serious need of a spring cleaning
4. Playing on Yahoo Groups is important promotional work
5. Everyone knows it’s important to Google your penname from time-to-time
6. I’ve been meaning to make that banner ad...
7. I need to watch at least a few dozen book trailers on YouTube for inspiration for my own.
8. It’s not porn...it’s research.
9. Blogger is an author’s best friend.
10. Speaking of friends, I need to make a few more on MySpace...
11. ...and Amazon Connect
12. What’s that Evil Editor guy up to? Oh, and Miss Snark.
13. It’s been a half hour. Time to check the Divas again.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. http://its-a-raggedy-life.blogspot.com/
Scooper
Caylynn
(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)




The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:36 AM | 6 comments

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

P&E Poll

Yeppers, it's that time of year again! Preditors and Editors is holding their annual reader's poll.

http://www.critters.org/predpoll/

No, it's not really a contest. There are no prizes, other than the joy of seeing your name/website/artwork/story posted on a site that sees thousands of hits a week (or so I'm guessing). But it is fun, if not taken too seriously.

So, why not enter? Or perhaps you'd rather vote for your favorites? The deadline is January 14th.

Categories:
Print/Electronic Novels
Horror Novels
Romance Novels
Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels
All other Novels

Short Stories
Horror Short Stories
Romance Short Stories
Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Stories
All other Short Stories

Poetry
Poems page
Nonfiction articles page

Artwork
Artwork page
Book/e-book Cover Artwork page
Magazine/e-zine Cover Artwork page

Authors
Authors page
Poets page
Artists page

Editors
Book/e-book Editors page
Magazine/e-zine Editors page
Print/Electronic Book Publishers page

Magazines
Fiction Magazine/e-zines page
Poetry Magazine/e-zines page
Nonfiction Magazine/e-zines page

Writer's Groups
Writers' Discussion Forum page
Writers' Workshop page
Writers' Resource/Information/News Source page

Good luck and have fun!

Tawny
Erotic Romance with Sassitude
Sassy, Sexy Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:50 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Digital Paper



Another author posted the following link to an article about digital paper. Reading it, I'm both hopeful ebooks will sometime in the near future realize the kind of potential epublishers and epublished authors have long been dreaming of, and also skeptical. Will digital paper, basically a white plastic film that displays black type, convince a fraction of the more ebook-resistant consumers to give ebooks a chance? Or not?

http://www.gizmag.com/go/6683/

Taking a look at the sample products, I have to admit the display IS closer to basic white paper. It's a white surface with soft black type that doesn't strain the eyes. But it also appears to be shiny. And although the "books" are more book-ish in shape and function, they're still a far cry from a paperback.

Would I try one of these new products? I would if they were reasonably priced ($50 or less) and there was a wide variety of easily-accessible ebook downloads for me to choose from.

This raises another important question--Will these products require some kind of specialized file formatting? Or will they be able to read a wide variety, like a Palm Pilot? I'm not technophobic. I like my toys, my laptop, dell handheld computer and Blackberry. And I'm not afraid to invest money in something new IF reviews are good and the product does what it's intended to do. But I don't own an iPod. I won't buy any product that only works wil/reads books/files/music from one vendor.

So, what's your spin on this new (and hopefully upcoming) technology? There've been reports and articles on digital type for many years, but this is the first I've heard of an actual factory being erected to manufacture products that will utilize it.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:34 AM | 0 comments

Monday, January 08, 2007

A smorgasbord of great news

Wow. We’re one week into 2007, and already I’ve had a ton of great things happen, both personally and professionally.

Writing-wise, I’ve been offered a contract from Samhain Publishing for Dirty Little Lies. This is my first contract with Samhain, and I’m thrilled.

Secondly, I’ve received a couple of fabulous reviews for Touch of the Beast.

The first review is from Reader Views: “Raul is just downright sexy. He was animalistic even before he grew fur and fangs.” Yeah!

And the second is from Joyfully Reviewed: “Touch of the Beast is a fast-paced, sexy read and I love the fact these are bear shifters and not a more standard animal form.” Whoo hoo!

Finally, on a personal note, I’m going to be a first-time grandma in early August (by our best guestimate)! I can’t believe it! I think it'll take until August to fully comprehend the reality of that one. But how I LLLLLlllllooooovvvveeee babies!

What a way to start out 2007!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:11 AM | 1 comments

Friday, January 05, 2007

A Shout Out for a Fellow Diva


Check out this steamy release by Ember Sinclair:

Cobblestone Press is new, but I tell you, they have some of the best-looking covers on the 'net. I'm impressed!

Up In Flames by Ember Sinclair
Available January 12, 2007
from CobbleStone Press
www.embersinclair.com

Blurb

Kat Ashbrook has two things on her mind—catching a murderer
and sexy new boss, Connor Mercer. She never expected his
come-hither looks, but she’s betting she can resist if she keeps
her mind on the job. Too bad a prank leads to her surrender and
possibly their deaths.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:05 PM | 0 comments

E-pub Submission Call

Please note: I do not have any personal experience with this publisher, and by posting this notice, I am not giving any sort of personal endorsement. Before submitting, please research a publisher thoroughly.

Tawny
*~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~*
Call for Submissions!

Freya’s Bower.com Celebrates Its One-Year Anniversary


To celebrate our one-year anniversary on March 5, 2007, we’re having a call for submissions and offering a nice advance against royalties for the top two manuscripts that fit the following categories.

For general submissions, we’re looking for sweet and/or tangy erotic romance manuscripts of category length (30,001-45,000 words) and longer of any genre. See our guidelines for regular submissions and how we rate sweet and tangy: http://www.freyasbower.com/content/view/12/31/

For our T.R.O.U.B.L.E. line, we’re looking for sweet to beyond sizzling ratings for category length and longer only.

Out of the accepted manuscripts, two will be chosen to receive a publishing contract, a print version of the manuscript six months from eBook release date, and a nice advance against first royalties, which will be discussed upon signing the contract. One winning manuscript will be chosen from the sweet and/or tangy submissions and one will be chosen for our T.R.O.U.B.L.E. line. Second place manuscripts for each of these two categories will receive a smaller advance, but the print option will depend solely on eBook sales.

Other outstanding manuscripts will receive a publishing contract with Freya’s Bower.

T.R.O.U.B.L.E. Guidelines:
(For male or female protagonists)

She’s gorgeous and causes chaos wherever she goes. Perhaps she’s a klutz, a walking disaster. Maybe she has the worst luck imaginable.

For males: He’s dangerous. The bad boy you can’t help but love. Maybe he’s a chick magnet, or maybe he’s the guy flipping burgers at the local diner. Catastrophe and mayhem seem to follow him around.

Use your imagination for the trouble theme. Any ethnicity, any genre welcome.

Protagonists can also be characters such as Valkyries (for our Valkyrie series), werewolves, vampires, wallflowers, etc.

Category length and longer. (30,001-45,000 words.)

Ratings can be from sweet to beyond sizzling for the TROUBLE line, but we are very open to sweet submissions right now.

First person submissions must be well written.

Please read our guidelines http://www.freyasbower.com/content/view/12/31/ for formatting and any questions you might have before submitting.

ATTN: We have also opened an Angels and Demons category. If the angel or demon fits the TROUBLE theme or the sweet and/or tangy rating, these novels are eligible for the top novel decisions.

Final words: Submissions may be semi-rough drafts, but please don’t send something to us that you obviously have not checked over at least once. The key is semi-rough. Send the entire manuscript attached as an MS Word file to submit@freyasbower.com with the word TROUBLE or SWEET/TANGY in the subject line.

Deadline for this call is February 20, 2007. If you have questions email Faith at editorfaith@sbcglobal.net or Marci at mbaun@freyasbower.com

posted by Tawny Taylor at 4:28 PM | 0 comments

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thursday Thirteen



Thirteen epublishers/independent publishers of Erotic Romance (In no particular order) by Tawny Taylor





1. Ellora's Cave
2. Changeling Press
3. Samhain Publishing
4. New Concepts Publishing
5. Amber Quill Press
6. Triskelion
7. Freya's Bower
8. Loose Id
9. Cobblestone Press
10.Red Sage
11.Phaze
12.Liquid Silver
13.Venus Press




Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. Raggedy
(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)


Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!


The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!




posted by Tawny Taylor at 4:31 PM | 2 comments

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Where Have I Been?

Perhaps no one has been wondering...but I'd like to think at least a couple people have noticed I haven't been around much lately, LOL.

Well, I've been a busy girl these days. Let's see, in the last few weeks I...

1. I finished the first book of my new Twilight's Possession series and turned it in to my Ellora's Cave editor. Yay! The book was officially accepted for publication on Christmas Eve.

2. I finished the first book of my new contemporary romantic suspense series (not yet titled) yesterday. That book's title is tentatively "Dirty Little Lies." Keep posted for further updates on where it will be published and when.

3. I submitted a YA proposal to a new-to-me epublisher.

4. I've started a new erotic romance project. Can't go into any details yet, since it's little more than a scrap of an idea, but I'm hoping to have the novella completed by the second week in February.

5. I made some updates to my websites.

Productivity feels SO good :)

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:02 AM | 2 comments

Monday, January 01, 2007

And the winner is...


First, I'd like to thank everyone who entered my Twilight's Possession Vampire Lovers Contest! And for those who added a kind compliment, a second HUGE thank you!

As promised, the winner was drawn today, selected by random with an online random number generator.

Congratulations to Rhonda Barnes. Rhonda has won the selection of paranormal romance novels and tote bag pictured above. Rhonda, I hope you enjoy your prize!

Thank you again, for everyone who entered! And keep posted for the next contest...coming soon!

Tawny

posted by Tawny Taylor at 1:27 PM | 2 comments
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