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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Halloween Glitter Graphics

Hope you all have a safe, fun Halloween!

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:14 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Are you a Crime Fiction/mystery Writer?

Forwarded from http://courttv.gather.com/

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A dark alley. A shadowy figure. A bloody dagger that disappears from the scene. How does YOUR crime novel begin?

Gather is thrilled to announce The Court TV Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest – an unpublished mystery/crime fictionwriter’s chance at a dream. One talented Gather member will have the opportunity to win a publishing and exclusive distribution contract with Borders, plus a $5000 cash advance! The only crime would be not to enter.

Here’s How It Works: From October 1 through November 11, aspiring mystery/crime writers can submit a full-length fiction manuscript for consideration. Throughout the contest, authors will post their 1st chapters of their manuscript in the Court TV Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest group. These chapters will be rated by the Gather community and the Gather Editorial Team, and five finalists will be selected through two rounds of rating. (See our rating guidelines.) One Grand Prize Winner will then be chosen for publication by a panel of judges, some of which are bestselling authors in the genre!

So if you’re dying to get your mystery/crime novel into bookstores, enter The Court TV Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest. Don’t have the perfect murder mystery ready to go? Readers are needed, too! In the weeks to come, you can join other readers and writers to help rate each chilling entry. Help hunt down the next bestseller.

Need some inspiration? Tune in to “Murder by the Book” premiering November 5th at 10pm ET/PT on Court TV.

Program Details:

Submission Period: October 1 – November 11, 2007
From October 1 through November 11, mystery/crime fiction authors can post their 1st chapter of their manuscript in the Court TV Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest group (courttv.gather.com), and email their full manuscripts to courttv@gatherinc.com.

Round 1 Voting: November 15 – December 9,2007
Reading and rating entrants’ first chapters officially begins on November 15. At the end of the Round 1 voting period, 25 writers will advance to the next round of the competition – 15 based on the most “10” ratings from Gather members, and 10 selected by the Gather Editorial Team. Votes cast before November 15 or after December 9 will not be considered. The 25 semifinalists will be announced on December 13.

Round 2: December 13, 2007 – January 2, 2008
The 25 remaining novelists will post their second chapters in the Court TV Search for the Next Great Crime Writer Contest group, where the Gather community and Editorial Team will narrow the pool down to five finalists. The five finalists will be announced on January 7, 2008.

Round 3: January 7 – February 4, 2008
The Grand Prize Judging Panel will review the complete manuscripts of the five finalists and select the Grand Prize-winning author.

Grand Prize Winner Announced: on or around February 4, 2008 on the last episode of Murder by the Book

The Grand Prize Judging Panel:

· David Baldacci, bestselling author

· Sandra Brown, bestselling author

· Harlan Coben, bestselling author

· Ed Hersh, EVP, Current Programming and Specials, Court TV

· Bill Adams, Buyer, Borders, Inc.

· Cathy Lashinsky, Buyer, Borders, Inc.

· Tom Gerace, Founder & CEO, Gather.com


Contact Member Support at support@gather.com


posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:47 AM | 0 comments

Monday, October 29, 2007

A Raffle for a Good Cause

Forwarding with permission
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I am raffling off editors!!!

Listen up!!

Tired of submitting to slush piles and getting rejected before
the editors even see it?

Want a chance to get your book before a print editor???
Want a guaranteed that the editor actually reads it?
You don't ever get that request for a FULL manuscript??

Well here is your chance!!

Win a chance to have your completed or nearly completed
manuscript read and receive a one page critique from

Hilary Sares
Kensington editor
(Debut, Brava, Approdisia lines)

YES!!!!

FIFTEEN people will win this amazing opportunity.

Yes, 15 people will have their full or nearly completed
manuscripts read and will receive a one page
critique from editor Hilary Sares.

How do you win this amazing chance??

RAFFLE -- $100 per entry.
Enter as many times as you want.
(all money is going to a worthy cause)
~~~~~~~~~ Rules: ~~~~~~~~~

You may enter as many times as you want at $100 a "ticket".
The more times you enter, the better your chances are.

Winners will be randomly selected from a drawing of names.
on
December 21st, 2007

~~~~~~~~ What do you get? ~~~~~~~~

15 people with completed or nearly completed manuscripts
(any genre!) will have their manuscript read
by
Hilary Sares
(Impress her and she could even want to buy you
~~ if you are what she's looking for!)
All 15 will get a one page critique of their manuscript.

But that is not all....

RUNNERS up will get....

2nd place Runners up.... (#16 and #17 winners)

Chris Keeslar
Senior Editor, Dorchester Publishing
(Leisure Books and Love Spell)
~~ will read and critique 100 pages ~~
you get to put a proposal of 100 pages before
Dorchester's editor, and receive 1 page critique.
Again, he will consider buying if you impress him!
(Historical Romances, Magna, Contemporary, Paranormal)

Leah Hultenschmidt
Editor for Dorchester Publishing
(Leisure Books and Love Spell)

~~ will read and critique a 100 pages ~!
you get to put a proposal of 100 pages before Dorchester's editor,
and receive 1 page critique.
Again, she will consider buying if you impress her!
(Historical Romances, Contemporary, Paranormal)
3rd place Runner up (#18, #19, #20 and #21 winners)

Leanne Burroughs
Publisher/Editor of Highland Press, will read and
critique 4 full manuscripts -the publisher/owner of
Highland Press
will read and giveeach a 1 page critique.
Again, she will consider buying.

(Historical Romance, Paranormal, Contemporary,
Mainstreams YA, Childrens)Trade size PRINT Books

Details....The raffle runs through midnight EST December 15, 2007

The random drawing will be held on:
December 21, 2007

so 21 people will have a very Merry Christmas!!!
winners will be notified by phone and email on that day.

All monies raised go to help author Dawn Thompson's hospital
and medical bills.Dawn recently had a bad fall. She is a new
writer so has to wait for nearly a year or more to start receiving
her royalties. She doesn't have family to help her and has a lot of
needs not being covered by her insurance. Money will go to
help her pay for medicine not covered, and other needs
arising from her recovery.

All drawings will be final. No Refunds

Any questions about the contest
email
Deborah Macgillivray
Kensington, Dorchester, & Highland Press author
writer@deborahmacgillivray.co.uk

To enter

Name:

email address (working email addy for you will be billed $100 through Paypal):
Penname, if any:

Your full address:

Your Phone number:

The Title of your manuscript:

The genre of your manuscript:

Is your manuscript completed? Yes NO

If no - expected completion date

Once your email application is received
you will be sent a "ticket" bill through
Paypal at $100.00 for each entry.
You pay enter has many times as you want to increase your odds.

You will be helping a fellow writer get back on her feet
after trauma, and you finally get that GUARATEED
chance to be read by some top print editors.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:26 AM | 0 comments

Friday, October 26, 2007

We Have a Title!

While I was surfing Amazon today, I stumbled upon my next Pocket anthology. And it has a title! Still no cover yet (oh, the agony!) but I'm sure that'll be coming soon too.

The title: Naughty Night. Yum! It's up for Preorder already.

I'm in the mood to celebrate!

TGIF all! Have a great weekend!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:19 PM | 0 comments

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Lookie! A HOT new cover!



I got the BEST package in the mail today--a mailer stuffed full of cover flats for my first Aphrodesia book. I'm SO excited! The cover is steaming hot, and the blurb even better! Fingers crossed it does well!


Blurb:

SURRENDERING COMPLETELY ALWAYS LEADS TO...

Completely broke, Regan Roslund is stuck selling bondage gear to a kinky clientele in order to pay her bills. She has no interest in her salacious merchandise until she feels a leather choker tight against her neck--and gets a glimpse of the muscular, model-gorgeous man who holds her captive. Suddenly, temptation ignites...

THE MOST INTENSE PLEASURE...

Newly crowned king of the undead, Shadow Sorenson knows he can protect himself by taking a wife. He hopes Regan, with her new-found curiosity, will be unable to resist obeying even his most deviant demand. But Shadow would prefer she surrender willingly. For thirty nights, he’ll show Regan what it’s like to lose control as he explores every inch of her naked flesh, leaving her hungry for release--and moaning in anticipation of an ecstasy she never knew existed...

Warning!

This is a REALLY HOT book (Sexually Explicit)


posted by Tawny Taylor at 4:24 PM | 1 comments

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A New Publishing Blog!

Check this out: http://redlinesanddeadlines.blogspot.com/

It's a brand-spanking-new blog by Ellora's Cave editors, promising to deliver advice to writers seeking publication. The first few posts are titled

Bleeding All Over the “Book of My Heart” (Raelene Gorlinsky)

Being Smart About Submissions (Mary Altman)

A Chink in his Armor: A Word on Alpha Heroes (Nick Conrad)

And today's post is: Coming out of the Cave; Editors on the Prowl (Nick Conrad)

What a fabulous idea. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:06 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

One of the Best Reviews Ever!


OMG, I just opened my email, and found the following review from Amanda at the Romance Junkies, "From the non-stop, heart pounding storyline, to the remarkable characters, all the way to the sinfully erotic sex scenes, OBSIDIAN MIRROR is definitely a keeper for all fans of erotica. This is a story I plan to re-read again and again!"


I am so flattered and thrilled she enjoyed my story! A big thank you to Amanda.


Blurb:


Once a year, for one magical night, they come. They take. They dominate. And then they return to their world behind the glass. Warriors from another dimension, seeking relief from their carnal hunger. But when the time is right, they must help their hostess accept her true mate, the one man who will heal her wounds and make her whole.

Skylar Morissey is perfectly content to have her once-a-year carnal visit from her dominant warriors. She can have twenty-four glorious hours of no-strings, kinky sex with not one but two gorgeous hunks. What girl wouldn't love that? Sure, there are those women who might like something more stable -- more grounded in the real world -- but not this girl, nope. She has her reasons for not getting into anything too complicated, very compelling ones. Until her very real neighbor, Trace Blackshaw, makes an unexpected appearance, and a few demands of his own.

Trace and Skylar share a dark past, one that has stained their souls and scarred their hearts. Skylar would rather forget. Trace cannot let it go. Nor will he let Skylar go, now that he’s found her.

In the end, it will be Skylar’s choice. Submission to the one man who shares a soul-deep bond with her, or hide from the pain and content herself with one night a year with two dominant lovers…from the obsidian mirror.


Buy the book or read an excerpt HERE



posted by Tawny Taylor at 3:53 PM | 0 comments

Monday, October 22, 2007

Immortal Secrets--Now available in Trade Paperback

IMMORTAL SECRETS by Tawny Taylor, containing the novel LIGHT MY FIRE and novella SPELLS AND SEDUCTION

An excerpt of LIGHT MY FIRE

Blurb:

Bailee Boyd, secretary by day and struggling fantasy artist by night, needs to win an art contest. Only problem is, she's finding it hard to concentrate. Someone's sending her emails about local fires...before they've started! After a nearby chemical plant goes up in flames, she goes to the fire marshal's office to report the mysterious messages and meets a man who kindles some serious heat of an entirely different kind. Her troubles have only just begun.

Alec Somner, fire investigator and Guardian Protector, wants to stop the devious arsonist. But he’s been trailing the Hunter for years and hasn’t been able to stop him. In fact, he’s set the latest fire under Alec’s nose. And now, Alec has an unwanted distraction in the form of one blonde who has to merely flutter her eyelashes to spike a blaze in him. She’s in danger and he must protect her. But oh, the agony.

Neither Alec nor Bailee know what they’re up against--a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started...and passion so scorching it will set their souls on fire.


By reading any further, you are stating that you are at least 18 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, it is necessary to exit this site.

An Excerpt From: IMMORTAL SECRETS: LIGHT MY FIRE

Copyright © TAWNY TAYLOR, 2005.

All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

Grumbling to herself about stubborn men who knew what they wanted, but didn’t go after it, she squeezed herself into her black lacy teddy and then tossed on a satin robe that barely covered her butt. Granted, the man had agreed to give her a safe haven from the crazy, fire-lighting email-sender, so she probably owed him a little more respect and appreciation than she was giving him. But she was horny! And he was too. And this was silly. Childish. Frustrating. Unnecessary.

“Gotta go potty?” she asked Lilla. Her baby tucked into her arms, she padded barefoot down the hall, listening for Alec, wondering where he was, what he was doing.

She didn’t have to wonder long. She found him sitting in the kitchen, a file folder open, reams of papers spread across the polished wood top. He looked up at her with tired, bloodshot eyes as she entered the room. They didn’t look so tired once they got a gander of her.

She smiled, opened the French door and let Lilla out to do her duty. “You look worn out,” she said to Alec. “Maybe you should call it a night?”

His palm fell to the papers, striking them with a smack. “There’s not a damn thing here.”

She tipped her head. “Hmmm? What’re you looking for?”

“A clue to how the bastard started the fire. There’s nothing in these reports. No mention of a footprint. Not a tire track. A visitor. Not a goddamn thing. And I can’t get in the factory until Wednesday at the earliest as it looks.”

“I’m sorry.” She gave him an expression as close to sympathy as she could drum up, not easy, considering her insides were having a party to celebrate the barely masked hunger she saw slowly building in his eyes. Thanking her lucky stars that she’d been wrong about him being gay, she caught the loosely tied belt to her robe on the back of a chair and shifted her weight to force the knot to untie. Naturally, she pretended not to notice when the robe’s front fell open. She left it, wound around the table until she was directly behind Alec’s studly, tense bod, then set her hands on his shoulders.

“Don’t be sorry,” he said. “It’s not your problem.”

“Yes, but I hate to see anyone so stressed out. Anything I could do to help you relax a little? Maybe give you a shoulder rub?”

My, my, my, his muscles were rock hard, like concrete sheathed in velvet. Her fingers traced the defined lines of his muscles. Her girly parts started screaming for action, demanding she bring them closer to Alec’s manly ones. She did what she could, leaning into his back, and massaged his shoulders and neck.

A deep growl rumbled from the man in front of her, the low vibrations humming along her nerve endings and making her yammering girly parts get even more vocal.

“I’ll take that as a yes,” she said. Still rubbing his shoulders, she glanced down at him, admired his hair, the curve where his neck met his impressive shoulders, the way the tops of his ears stuck out just a bit. She wanted to nibble on those adorable ear lobes, nip at his collarbone, then wiggle herself underneath him and watch those shoulders work as he held himself above her.

“We shouldn’t…ohhh yeah. Right there,” he said as she worked her way down his back, hitting a hard knot between his shoulder blades. His head flopped forward.

“What was that?” she teased. “We shouldn’t what?”

He groaned in response.

“That’s what I thought you said.” She used her knuckles to really work the knot and he didn’t protest a bit. Tough guy. Quite a pain tolerance for a male. Most men she’d known in her life were wimps when it came to pain, even good pain like this.

“God, you’re good at that.” He shifted forward, setting his arms on the tabletop and resting his head on them.

“You know, it would be easier to really get at those knots if you took your shirt off,” she offered, not expecting him to oblige. To her surprise, he shucked his shirt in two seconds flat then resumed his position.

What a glorious thing his back was! Wide at the top, tapering to a narrow waist. Smooth, tanned skin stretched over developed muscles. It was almost enough to inspire poetry. She decided she’d write an ode the minute she found herself a pencil and piece of paper.

“Since you have to wait until Wednesday to investigate the fire, maybe you should give yourself a little unwinding time?” she suggested. “After all, it’s only Monday.”

“There are still several reports to go over. And tomorrow I need to get with my computer buddy, see what he can find out about those emails.”

“That’s tomorrow. You’re not going to get in contact with him tonight, are you?”

“No,” he said to the table.

She ran her hands down his arms. Like his back, they were amazing. Muscular, sexy, drool-producing. She couldn’t wait to see his chest. She just knew it would be amazing. “So, then how about taking the rest of the night off? You can call it a mental health holiday.”

He sat back, giving her a bird’s eye view of the precise part she had only begun to fantasize about. The reality was every bit as awe inspiring as the fantasy. Strong, with well developed muscles. She indulged in a google-eyed sigh of appreciation.

His gaze wandered over her face as if he was searching for something, some answers to questions he was afraid to ask. The tip of his tongue slipped between his lips and moistened them. He turned in the chair until his body was just shy of facing hers. His gaze dropped to chest level and hung out there for a few moments before climbing north again to her face.

She gave him an it’s-yours-if-you-want-it smile.

Lilla scratched at the door, begging to be let in. Bailee quickly let the dog inside, making sure to bend over so that her robe slid up, exposing most of her backside. The dog scampered inside and started investigating the room. Content she’d be okay, Bailee turned her attention back to Alec.

He visibly swallowed.

“Where were we?” she asked. As if she could forget! “Oh yes. I was suggesting you take a little mental health holiday. That was it.” She toyed with the robe’s collar and gave him a come-hither eyebrow waggle.

Maybe a drink of cold water was needed? If the fire engine-red hue of his face was any indication, she guessed it was.

“Are you suggesting what I think you’re suggesting?” he croaked.

“Yes. I’m pretty sure I am.”

His eyebrows soared to the top of his forehead. “Yes?”

“Yes,” she repeated.

“But wouldn’t you think I’m an ass for taking advantage of you in your…er…vulnerable state, considering the scare you had with that email tonight?”

“Vulnerable state? What vulnerable state? Sure, I was scared out of my mind when I read that email, don’t get me wrong. But I’m here now and I’m safe, and I have all the faith in the world that you’ll find out who is setting the fires and stop him…” She paused when she thought she heard him say something then continued, “and I’m nervous being in someone else’s house. I’ll be the first to admit I’m stressed. I could think of a number of ways to relax, but none of them would be more fun or conducive to complete stress relief than getting naked with you and doing the horizontal mamba.”

His mouth flopped open. Closed. Dropped open again. “Are you sure?”

She let the satin robe slide off her shoulders and fall on the floor. The cool air, along with the searing heat of his gaze, made goose bumps pop up all over her body. “How’s this for an answer?”

“It’s a good one.”

Before she could drag in her next breath, he had her in his arms, his hard body grinding against hers. Her back smooshed up against the wall.

It was a glorious position to be in!

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Tawny Taylor singes the pages with Light My Fire. Get ready for a wild ride full of action and adventure with some sizzling sex and one hot dragon! Bailee’s curiosity leads her into danger and love. Her free spiritedness allows her to accept the unbelievable and love a dragon.
Holly, Euro Reviews

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:33 AM | 0 comments

Happy Squee!


I just received notice that Immortal Secrets will be available in print from online retailers like eBay and Amazon within the next couple of weeks. Yay!


Get ready for a wild ride full of action and adventure with some sizzling sex and one hot dragon! EuroReviews

This is a two-in-one, including LIGHT MY FIRE, a novel, and SPELLS AND SEDUCTION, a novella.

Blurbs

LIGHT MY FIRE
Bailee Boyd, secretary by day and struggling fantasy artist by night, needs to win an art contest. Only problem is, she's finding it hard to concentrate. Someone's sending her emails about local fires...before they've started! After a nearby chemical plant goes up in flames, she goes to the fire marshal's office to report the mysterious messages and meets a man who kindles some serious heat of an entirely different kind. Her troubles have only just begun.

Alec Somner, fire investigator and Guardian Protector, wants to stop the devious arsonist. But he’s been trailing the Hunter for years and hasn’t been able to stop him. In fact, he’s set the latest fire under Alec’s nose. And now, Alec has an unwanted distraction in the form of one blonde who has to merely flutter her eyelashes to spike a blaze in him. She’s in danger and he must protect her. But oh, the agony.

Neither Alec nor Bailee know what they’re up against--a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to finish what he’s started...and passion so scorching it will set their souls on fire.

SPELLS AND SEDUCTION
While answering a Guardian’s plea for help, Second-level Mage, Malcolm Forester, finds himself thrown into battle with a demon. His loss means his soul is at stake. With only one chance to save both himself and the lives of every Guardian on the planet, he must find someone to give him the most precious gift of all. True, selfless love. There’s only one woman who might be willing to pay the price to save his soul. If he can live with the consequences.

Rory Denton’s sex life is in the toilet. All she wants is a little no-strings sex. In the midst of a hasty retreat after a blind date has pulled a no-show, she runs into a man she had thought dead for years. Ex-boyfriend Malcolm Forester is alive? Alive! And more than that, he’s promised to make her darkest, most secret fantasies come true. If she can find the courage to reveal them.

A lot of magic, a little bit of domination and submission, and one unusual ménage a trois pave a bumpy road to bliss. But neither Malcolm nor Rory are completely prepared for the destination that road might take them…




Look for IMMORTAL SECRETS on Ebay and Amazon soon.

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:41 AM | 0 comments

Sunday, October 21, 2007

They're all gay?!

What is up lately? In the past week I've read about two bestselling author releasing news to the world that one of her characters is gay. JR Ward and JK Rowling.

Ward's motivation was suspect after the lashing she took for dropping the Vishous-slash-Butch thing in Lover Unbound. For those who don't follow the series, she'd spent a fair amount of time developing a homosexual relationship between two characters, only to completely drop it in the next book.

And then there's Rowling?! I don't know what to think.

You see, it appears that Albus Dumbledore is gay. And she felt it was a good time to reveal this information now (why?), after she'd written seven books (why?), and when his sexuality played absolutely no role in the series.

Read this interview and judge for yourself. Is she just trying to stir up controversy, to help sell movie tickets? Or was this a more genuine response to an innocent question?

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2196020,00.html

And finally, what impact (if any) will this news have on sales of her books? My gut says they'll increase even more. The US public so loves its controversy.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:39 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, October 18, 2007

A Thursday Chuckle

I don't know about your part of the world, but mine is dark and wet today, and I'm in serious need of a laugh. So, when I read this, I knew I had to post it.

Thanks to This Neurotic Writer for granting permission to post.
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Therapist: “How was your week?”

Suzie Writer: “Good and bad. I attended my local conference. I have to admit I was a tad bit disappointed.”

Therapist: “Why is that?”

Suzie Writer: “My favorite editor was there. I rehearsed everything I was going to say to her, including my acceptance speech when she knelt before me and begged to see my manuscript.”

Therapist: “I gather it didn’t happen the way you anticipated?”

Suzie Writer: “Not at all. I followed her into the bathroom, hoping to catch her alone. I waited the appropriate amount of time after she entered the stall; before I slipped my manuscript so delicately under the door, making sure it tapped her leather pumps to capture her attention.”

Therapist: “And…”

Suzie Writer: “She slid it back with a rejection letter sloppily tied to it with toilet paper. Did you know you can make a bow with two-ply?”

Therapist: “How did that make you feel?”

Suzie Writer: “Horrible! My work is better than a form rejection letter. I deserve constructive praise. My characters are well thought-out and my conflict is unbeatable. The story is based on my childhood experiences playing with orphan children in Manhattan. That editor should have cried, and laughed, and screamed.”

Therapist: (Mumble,) “I’m sure she did.” (Cough) “Miss Writer, you do realize she didn’t read your manuscript, don’t you?”

Suzie Writer: “I don’t want to talk about her. Let’s talk about me. The whole weekend was a bust. The only other editor I wanted to see was running in the opposite direction when I spotted her. I didn’t know you could do the hundred yard dash in stilettos.” (Sigh) “Where’s the chocolate?”

(Used with Permission from THIS NEUROTIC WRITER)
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Have a great day!

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:56 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Addicted to Reality TV

I am one tired author today, after staying up past my bedtime...to watch which ladies didn't get roses on last night's episode of The Bachelor.

I can't explain my fascination with the show. It's cheesy, melodramatic, and full of blubbering (intoxicated?) women who think they're in love with a guy after a couple of group dates and some groping in a pool. I must tune in each week and see what happens next.

I have my favorite bachelorettes and the ones I'd like to smack. I watch the Bachelor closely, noting his reaction to each girl. This season, I think he's already made his choice, after only a couple of weeks. We'll see if I'm right.

What do I think is the attraction? What makes women (and men?) like me tune in each week, even though there's yet to be a Bachelor who's married the "true love" he found on the show? It's the drama, the conflict, the guessing, and the huge stakes the guys put on the whole thing. They don't go into this saying they want to find a woman for a casual relationship (which is often what they end up with after the last show is taped). No, they're there to "find a wife." Huge stakes--being married to a Navy surgeon/millionaire entrepreneur/prince/whatever. Which brings out the best--and worst--in the women.

I found myself explaining why I watch the show to my hubby last night (of course, he doesn't share my enthusiasm), and I explained to him that the show was much like reading a romance novel. I'm sitting in on the Bachelor's dates, watching, rooting for the girl who seems to be there for the "right" reasons, and sharing those intimate, special moments.

Am I the only one who sees it like this?

Anyone else want to share some insight? Tell me I'm crazy? LOL

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:57 AM | 6 comments

Monday, October 15, 2007

JR Ward's Lover Unbound

There's been a lot of buzz about Ward's most recent release, Lover Unbound. In particular, it seems some readers are not happy about the way Ward handled the relationship between Butch and Vishous. I'm giving the author kudos for one thing--writing a book that has stirred up so many emotions in her readers. Love it or hate it, her readers are posting their thoughts. Everywhere.

Don't know what I'm talking about? Curious? Here's a link to a blog entry/review by a couple of straight-shooting critics. Warning: the review is one huge spoiler. If you want to read the book, let the story lead you where it will, and form your own opinion at the end, don't click. http://dionnegalace.com/wordpress/2007/10/13/bam-shuzluva-on-lover-unbound/

I repeat, spoilers galore. Don't click if you don't really want to know what happens.

I can't say yet what I think about the book personally. I haven't read it yet. Haven't even finished the second one, which I've heard is fabulous. Will I read this one, even though the critics are being so harsh? Yes, in fact, I'm looking forward to seeing if I agree or disagree with what I've read in reviews.

I'm willing to bet this book is selling circles around the previous Black Dagger Brotherhood installments. Every critic does the author a favor by posting their opinion, no matter how scathing. More posts, more exposure, more hype, more sales.

As they say, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Now, if only I could write a book that would elicit such strong emotion...

posted by Tawny Taylor at 1:41 PM | 0 comments

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Loose Id Bids on Triskelion's Contractual Assets

I received this from a Yahoo group:

Dateline: 11 October 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada

Earlier this week, a representative of Loose Id, LLC entered a bid in the
bankruptcy proceedings of Triskelion Publishing for the contractual assets
of the company. If successful in their bid, Loose Id, LLC will release the
majority of contracts at no cost to the authors who entered into them.

In a few cases, new contracts will be extended to the author from Loose Id
in
lieu of the Triskelion contracts. If an author chooses to reject the offer
made them, their contract will be released by Loose Id, at no cost to the
author.

Loose Id's intentions in bidding on the contracts are fourfold: (1) to
facilitate the unencumbered acquisition of works offered to the company by
former Triskelion authors; (2) to assist authors in securing release or
reversion of rights to their work; (3) to potentially acquire and
re-publish top flight manuscripts that match Loose Id's publishing
guidelines; and (4) to reassure authors pursuing e-publishing careers of the
sound business practices and corporate ethics of reputable e-publishers.

At this time, it is unknown whether Loose Id will succeed in its bid to
acquire the Triskelion contracts. If the company is awarded the contracts,
Editor in Chief Treva Harte indicates that all contracts to be released will
be processed within 30 days of closing the deal and any offers of
publication to be made shall be made within 60 days of close. No contract
acquired by Loose Id will be held by the company against the will of the
author.

Contact information: help@loose-id.com

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Call for Submissions

Call for submissions—Samhain Publishing 2008 Red-Hot Summer anthology.

This anthology will consist of approximately four short stories to be released individually as ebooks in Summer 2008 and combined into one print title for 2009 release.

I am open to any romance genre (historical, paranormal, contemporary, etc.), but the stories must be Red Hot erotic romances. Sexy and steamy—burning up the pages! Summer and summertime must be a prevalent theme.

Submissions are open to all authors previously published with Samhain and authors aspiring to publish with Samhain. Submissions must be new material—previously published material will not be considered.

To submit, please include the full manuscript (of 12,000-16,000 words) with a 1-page synopsis. Also include a letter of introduction/query letter if you are an author not previously contracted with Samhain.

Submissions are open until January 10, 2008, and the final decision will be made by February 1. Submissions should be sent to editor@samhainpublishing.com . Please put *Red-Hot Summer Submission* in the subject line.

I’m happy to answer questions about this anthology either on the Samhain Author loop, Samhain Café, Romance Divas forum or by private email.

*permission to forward granted

Jennifer Miller

Editor, Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

www.samhainpublishing.com

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Drawing a Blank

I have NO CLUE what to blog about today. Soooo...

Anyone have any good author/publisher/agent gossip?

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Authors--Day 7

Hello again! Well here we are, the last habit. I hope this series has been helpful to you. It’s the most detailed and time-consuming non-fiction article I’ve written to date. It’s been both fun and an enormous challenge.

A quick review of numbers one through six before we get to the final habit.

Highly Effective Authors…

1. Write every day.

2. Understand the business side of publishing.

3. Learn how to take criticism.

4. Set goals and meet them.

5. Learn how to self edit their work.

6. Read books both in their genre and outside.

And finally, Highly Effective Authors submit their work.

Yes, to some of you this may seem like a no-brainer. You can’t sell a book if you don’t submit it. Of course. But others will understand exactly what I’m saying.

First, some writers get caught up in the trap of trying to make their work perfect before they’ll send it out. They polish. They send it to CP’s, gather a bunch of suggestions on improving it and then dig into edits and revisions. They tweak. Fuss. Tweak some more. They send it to contests for more feedback and then tweak and fuss and change again.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with polishing your manuscript and making sure that what you submit is your very best work. But, Highly Effective Authors know when to say “Enough” and put the work out there.

Something to consider: Most often, a manuscript is rejected because there is something wrong with the story, not with the writing. Lack of conflict. A subgenre that is over-bought. A plot full of clichés. The biggest challenge of writing is learning to craft a compelling, marketable story, not learning to produce clean writing. A compelling page-turner will sell, even if the writing isn’t the world’s most well-crafted. Don’t believe me? Take a look at some of today’s best sellers.

Second, Highly Effective Authors know the proper etiquette for submitting work.

They understand and follow industry standards. White paper. Black ink. Clear, readable font (Times New Roman or Courier New). 12 point. Double spaced. One inch margins. One page query letter, professionally written (which is a whole ‘nother subject), a synopsis that details the goals, motivation, and conflict of the main characters and includes the resolution of all main threads. No binding on sample pages. No glitter. No chocolate bribery...or any bribery. They understand agents/editors aren’t out to “steal” their work, and don’t include warnings or withhold pages to protect their stories from possible theft.

Third, Highly Effective Authors follow publishers’/agents’ submission guidelines very carefully.

Many houses and agencies have submission guidelines posted on their web sites. Before submitting anything, a Highly Effective Author will do his/her homework, checking the agency/publisher’s site to make sure he/she is submitting the correct material in the correct format. Many publishers and agents have moved to electronic submissions. Some want writers to fill out detailed forms and then paste sample pages into it. Others want an email, with a specific form of attachment. And yet others want hard copies via snail mail. It is vital a writer check for submission guidelines and follow them to the letter.

Finally, Highly Effective Authors know that selling isn’t easy. That rejections are going to come. And that they’re going to hear a lot of no’s before they’ll hear a yes.

Publishing is a competitive, sometimes harsh world that is shaped and influenced by subjective editors, analytical bean counters, and publishers’ marketing departments. Not to mention the book buyers, who are heavily influenced by other media--movies, TV, the internet. Publishers are always trying to guess what the next big thing will be--vampires, warriors from outer space, reality television, erotic romance. When something hits, they all jump in. When the market becomes saturated and sales fall off, they all get out. A Highly Effective Author realizes that sometimes it’s simply a matter of having the right story at the right time.

But all these challenges and frustrations don’t stop the Highly Effective Author from sending out those submissions and collecting those rejections. Dozens. Hundreds. They may be at it for one year before they get their first request for a full, let alone a contract. Or it could take five years. Twenty. They always keep that goal in sight, whether it’s their first, fifth or tenth contract. And nothing will stop them from reaching it.

Good luck! And may you all be Highly Effective Authors.

Tawny

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Vampilicious Erotic Romance


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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dorchester SHOMI Writing Contest

From http://media.www.thegramblinite.com/media/...s-2995721.shtml

Dorchester Publishing Company is sponsoring the SHOMI Fiction Creative Writing Contest for aspiring authors 18 and older. The prize includes a guaranteed publishing contract.

The contest covers novels in fantasy thriller, science fiction, romance, and subgenres of alternative romance (paranormal, futuristic, etc.). Entries should feature a storyline centering on a confident, capable young woman in an alternate universe who shatters pre-existing feminine stereotypes.

Dorchester editors say the target audience of the contest are the fans of Blade Runner, Resident Evil, Alias, Underworld and La Femme Nikita.

SHOMI Fiction contestants are required to have a completed manuscript of 80,000 to 90,000 words in order to participate.

To enter, send the first three chapters (no more than 50 pages) of the manuscript with a cover letter and two- to seven-page synopsis to Dorchester Publishing, Attn: SHOMI Fiction Contest, 200 Madison Ave., Suite 2000, New York, NY 20016.

All enries must be received by April 30, 2008.

For information, visit www.shomifiction.com/contests.html.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Available Now!



Obsidian Mirror by Tawny Taylor
Cover art by Sahara Kelly
Genre(s): Paranormal, BDSM
Theme(s): Ménage, Witches, Wizards & Magic
Length: Novella
Price: $3.49

Once a year, for one magical night, they come. They take. They dominate. And then they return to their world behind the glass. Warriors from another dimension, seeking relief from their carnal hunger. But when the time is right, they must help their hostess accept her true mate, the one man who will heal her wounds and make her whole.

Skylar Morissey is perfectly content to have her once-a-year carnal visit from her dominant warriors. She can have twenty-four glorious hours of no-strings, kinky sex with not one but two gorgeous hunks. What girl wouldn't love that? Sure, there are those women who might like something more stable -- more grounded in the real world -- but not this girl, nope. She has her reasons for not getting into anything too complicated, very compelling ones. Until her very real neighbor, Trace Blackshaw, makes an unexpected appearance, and a few demands of his own.

Trace and Skylar share a dark past, one that has stained their souls and scarred their hearts. Skylar would rather forget. Trace cannot let it go. Nor will he let Skylar go, now that he’s found her.

In the end, it will be Skylar’s choice. Submission to the one man who shares a soul-deep bond with her, or hide from the pain and content herself with one night a year with two dominant lovers…from the obsidian mirror.

Read an EXCERPT
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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Market News--Harlequin Line Changes

For those who haven't heard, Harlequin is closing its NEXT and Everlasting lines. From what I've read, NEXT will be completely closed and the scheduled Everlasting titles will be released under the SuperRomance line, one book a month.

If you've heard otherwise, feel free to correct me :)

I'm sorry for the authors who had books contracted and/or scheduled for both lines. I hope they'll be able to find a new home for any orphaned works. I haven't read releases from either line. I loved the NEXT covers. They were so bright and colorful and cute. But, considering the covers I'm seeing these days in stores, bright and colorful and cute isn't exactly what's selling. Dark and sexy seems to be the in look...for the moment.

Tawny
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Vampilicious Erotic Romance

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Penguin and Amazon Writing Contest

Publishers Seek Talent Online

By MOTOKO RICH
Published: October 1, 2007

Joining the growing list of publishers that use public votes to decide what to publish, Penguin Group is teaming with Amazon.com and Hewlett Packard for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. From today through Nov. 5, contestants from 20 countries can submit unpublished manuscripts of English-language novels to Amazon, which will assign a small group of its top-rated online reviewers to evaluate 5,000-word excerpts and narrow the field to 1,000. The full manuscripts of those semifinalists will be submitted to Publishers Weekly, which will assign reviewers to each. Amazon will post the reviews, along with excerpts, online, where customers can make comments. Using those comments and the magazine’s reviews, Penguin will winnow the field to 100 finalists who will get two readings by Penguin editors. When a final 10 manuscripts are selected, a panel including Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the current nonfiction paperback best seller “Eat, Pray, Love,” and John Freeman, the president of the National Book Critics Circle, will read and post comments on the novels at Amazon. Readers can then vote on the winner, who will receive a publishing contract and a $25,000 advance from Penguin.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

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