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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Leap Day!


TGIF! Anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend?

Me, nothing exciting. Some cleaning (my house is a total disaster!), grocery shopping, writing and (hopefully) some sewing. I need to get cracking on my RT costumes. The Old Hollywood (Holly Golightly) one is close to done but I still have some finishing details to do--hems to put in, a zipper that needs to be installed, that kind of thing. Plus, I need to hunt down a brooch for the pearls.

The dress is simple, black. I made an attempt at doing the fancy yoked back but it's not an exact replica.

My inspiration



The tube skirt is a *little* too snug around the hips. Looks like I'm going to have to be a good girl the next couple of months, lay off the sweets and get back on the treadmill. *sigh*.

I was going to post some pix, but blogger's being cranky right now. Sorry!

[Edited to say: Blogger's little fit seems to have ended, so I've posted a few pix below. Enjoy! Believe it or not, this dress is one of the most difficult challenges I've faced. Because the design is so simple, it's all about fit. And with my weight yo-yo-ing up and down, it's going to be extra tough getting it just right.]

The Front


The back--The yoke was a PITA. This is the third attempt, but I'm finally happy with it.


The Bling


Have a great Leap Day all!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 4:45 PM | 0 comments

My Book Buying Habits

In taking inventory of my recent book purchases, I came to the conclusion that there is one thing that influences my purchasing decision more than anything else...Want to know what it is?

Knowing the author personally.

Yes, that's right. Almost all the books I buy (at least, the ones I buy new) are written by online writer friends. I may have met them on the Romance Divas forum, a publisher's author's loop, at a conference or during a book signing...doesn't matter. If they are someone I know personally (on any level) I will buy their book.

My most recent purchases?

The Darker Side of Pleasure by Eden Bradley
Wicked by Sasha White
Decadent by Shayla Black
The Mask She Wears by Jennifer Leeland
Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd

There was a time when I was afraid to buy books written by people I liked. I mean, what if I hated their books? But now that I've been at this a while, I find I'm able to read without being uber critical. I can read for enjoyment (huge sigh of relief!). And therefore, even if I'm not crazy about a book a friend has written, I can always find something I liked about the story.

Am I the only one who wants to spend her money on books that are mostly written by authors I know? Or am I an oddball? Any thoughts?

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 2:52 PM | 1 comments

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Has A Book Affected You?

Over on the Romance Divas, a bunch of Divas were chitchatting about the Anne Rice thing. One of them mentioned an experience she had years ago, after she'd read a series of Anne Rice books, back-to-back. In a nutshell, she felt like some kind of dark energy was coming from the books and was affecting her. Not only did she feel that way, but she said a friend of hers had a similar experience.

Books can be very powerful, and affect people in so many different ways. Which is why I felt compelled to ask--has any book affected you in some way? I'm not just looking for supernatural/creepy kinds of things like the example above, but any way a book touched you in a memorable or meaningful way.

One example I can state from my own life would be--after reading Christine Warren's Fantasy Fix, I had a light bulb moment and was inspired to write sassy, fun erotic fiction. Out of that light bulb moment, an entire career has blossomed. That book affected me, and my life and my family's future.

What about you? Has a story impacted your career, a personal relationship or your health?

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:44 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's Tuesday!

I'm blogging over at the Divas of the Dark about books that have touched our lives in some way. Come join the fun!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:24 AM | 0 comments

Monday, February 25, 2008

Lestat Lives and Anne Rice

I don't know how many Anne Rice fans read my blog, but I read this article this morning and just had post about it.

First, I'll admit I've never read any of Anne Rice's novels. But I did love the movie Interview with the Vampire. I thought the plot/premise was brilliant.

Now, some thoughts.

I'm extremely curious to see how Anne handles this next vampire story. Since it seems she views writing vampire fiction as "turn[ing] my back on God", I'm expecting this story to be very different from her earlier works.


Now she'll find herself trying to reach two very different audiences--the ones who faithfully read her older titles, and the new ones that read her Christian books. Will this book be one huge compromise and, like compromises often do, fail to reach anyone? Or will she find herself a new niche, writing darker Christian fiction like Frank Peretti (LOVED This Present Darkness)?
I can't help touching on the topic of writing fiction versus religious faith.

A part of me thinks a person's fiction writing should not be inhibited by his/her religious beliefs, and so this quote bothers me as an author and an artist, "I would never go back, not even if they say you will be financially ruined. I would be a fool for all eternity to turn my back on God like that." To write a vampire story would be turning her back on God?

However, another part (the one that attended Baptist churches for years) totally understands both a new Christian's drive to leave his/her former life behind, and the impulse to focus on Christ. There truly is something to being "born again" and that transformation can affect many aspects of a person's life, including his/her artistic expression--whatever form that might take.

I'll be watching, and waiting. This may be the first Anne Rice novel I read.

Anyone else have any thoughts?

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:07 AM | 0 comments

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Whoo hoo!

Did I ever need some good news! I've had such a horrible run of bad luck these days.


And then I opened my email this morning :)

Check out this review of my Carpe Nocturne series. It's clear the reviewer read all three stories, although she posted this for the last of them (If Looks Could Kill, Changeling Press).



"Tawny Taylor blew me away with this series. I love the why she built the story with each book. To have one hot vampire would be any woman's dream, but two, "hot damn" I am so there. I loved the way that Burke and Miko take her in hand and awaken the true woman inside that loves to submit. The way that these two men are the only ones to be able to help heal past hurts that she went through as a child is a great building storyline throughout. I love anything Tawny writes because she has a gift and is able to draw you in to her stories from beginning to the end."

Reviewed by Nicole Harvey

Read the rest of the review at ParaNormalRomance.

Thank you Nicole and PNR!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 5:38 PM | 2 comments

Friday, February 22, 2008

I've got good news, and bad news...

I don't know about you, but when someone says those words to me, I always ask to hear the bad news first. So, I figure that's what I'll do for you--give you the bad news then the good news.

The bad news? I dislocated my shoulder in bed two nights ago (thus the lack of blog posts) and I'm having a hard time typing. As a result, you can expect I'll be blogging less than normal.

Now the good news. I just signed a new contract with Changeling Press. This one's for the third story in my popular Passion Unbound series--the series of stories about romance readers who are kidnapped by the heroes in their favorite romance novels. The third book will be titled Wanton Nights and it'll be releasing very soon--May 16th! Yay!

There you go, the good and bad. I'm sorry in advance for the spotty blog posts :( But I need to concentrate my effort on writing, now that I have a new deadline to meet *grin*.

Have a great weekend!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 7:54 AM | 1 comments

Monday, February 18, 2008

Another Submissions Call and Some BIG News!

Sharing yet another submissions call. This one is for Black Lace's anthologies and you'll see there isn't a whole lot of time left. Good luck!
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NEW BLACK LACE SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY

Following our successful series of themed Wicked Words short stories,
Black Lace is publishing a collection of vampire erotica in November 08.
Submissions in by end of April 08 please. 4 ­ 6K words in length;
payment within 30 days of publication; send double-spaced hardcopy
manuscript to Black Lace at: Vampire Erotica Anthology c/o Black Lace, Virgin
Books, Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA. And for
inspiration read our excellent anthology /Love on the Dark Side ­ tales
of paranormal erotica. /

Kind regards

Adam Nevill
Editor - Fiction & Erotica
Virgin Books
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And now for the BIG news...

There's a rumor flying around that I've sold a book to Harlequin Blaze. Here's a link: Lisa Renee Jones

Sadly, the rumor isn't true. I think there's been a mix-up, and the other author writing the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes book is probably the talented author Tawny Weber. I'm sorry for the confusion!

The other Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 3:16 PM | 0 comments

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pimping my Divas!

Check out this fun new title by Jenna Bayley-Burke.


For Kicks isn't scheduled to be released until March 1st...but...you can snag it now on the publishers website in paperback or ebook! It won't be on the main sites (Amazon, Fictionwise) until the release date, but if you just can't wait...


Author: Jenna Bayley-Burke

ISBN: 978-0-9793252-7-4

$14.95 paperback

$6.00 Ebook (PDF)


He’s about to show her ...


On the management fast-track, Breeze Cohen has no time for family. No interest in love. No inclination toward romance, lust, dating—or anything that doesn’t include retail business strategy and cornerstone client Nitrous’ most important product launch ever. No way is she going to let a live-for-the-moment, life-is-only-about-fun guy like Logan Chandler tarnish her professional reputation and derail her career.

... his plan for her isn’t just for kicks.

Recovered from a near-fatal bus accident, Logan has successfully moved from professional athlete to key player for Nitrous Kicks athletic shoes. Only one woman is capable of managing his project the right way, but the proper kind of management will take time together. And that’s exactly what Logan Chandler is counting on to help him get close to her heart and stay close—if he can ever catch up with her.


Reviews:


"This story served as a helpful reminder to me to cherish the moments I have each day with family and friends, living with the knowledge that I might not have them with me in the next moment. The dialogue and writing are quick, short and snappy... It is a wonderful read."Long & Short Reviews

"I found For Kicks by Jenna Bayley-Burke to be a charming and lively read about two of the most interesting and engaging characters I've read about in a very long time."Kasey's View

"Jenna Bayley-Burke brings readers a hot and sensual romance full of the flavor of love – a little spicy, a little sweet, and very fulfilling." Romance Divas


Read an excerpt



And this one's from a fellow Metro Detroit Diva, Angeleque Ford!

Sometimes mending a broken heart can lead to love...



Take Me As I Am by Angeleque Ford
Cover art © 2007 Debi Lewis
Edited by Stacia Seaman
Genre(s): Contemporary, Male/Male, African American
ISBN: 978-1-59426-850-2
Price: $3.00

Jay Black is one of 90.5's WKBL Detroit's most popular late night radio jockey's. And he's used to taking some interesting and bizarre calls. So it's not surprising when Jay's personal life becomes the topic after seeing his ex-boyfriend, Darrius Stone is back in town. When a caller suggests Jay get over his broken heart by starting on a new one, Darrius sees it as the perfect opportunity and phones in with a proposition… a one night stand.

But when he finds out who the caller was, he's furious and informs Darrius sex wasn't the problem between them acceptance was. And while he won't give him another chance to break his heart, he will agree to one last f**k. Can Jay accept Darrius' new life? And will Darrius' be able to accept Jay's choices? Or will the past get in the way of their future together?

Read an EXCERPT
Read a STEAMY EXCERPT

Click to BUY

posted by Tawny Taylor at 3:10 PM | 0 comments

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Check out my scrumptious new cover!




Just because it's Saturday (Yay!), here's an excerpt. Enjoy!

Tawny
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Double Take
Ellora’s Cave March 5, 2008
http://www.ellorascave.com/AuthorsBooks.asp?AuthorCode=TD
Contemporary menage BDSM

Blurb:

Fallon dreamed of a dominant lover for years. Giving it all to a man who can master her sexually. What she never imagined was not one, but two dominant lovers, determined to make her wildest sexual dreams a reality. But perfect lips and to-die-for bodies aside, the identities behind her new Masters’ masks aren’t the only secret they’re keeping.

As Fallon is pulled further into the erotic web they weave, she realizes that being submissive to two dominant men isn’t just about the sensations they can rouse in her, but the emotions they unleash.

The biggest surprise is yet to come, the one that can either set her free to share a love and a life she never dreamed possible, or break her heart forever.

Excerpt:

Zane Warner was in agony.

Kade, the man he’d shared the past six years with, as lover and friend, as helpmate and nurse when he was sick, had asked him to be a part of his relationship with this woman, and he’d agreed.

But he’d never guessed he’d be so conflicted about it.

Unlike Kade, Zane had lived primarily as gay, since graduating from Anapolis. He had always been attracted to men. He loved men. He desired men.

That wasn’t to say he hadn’t been in a hetero relationship in the past. He had. But every time there’d been something missing. Off. Eventually he’d given up on women, figuring the thing that was *off* was him.

Fallon was different from the women he’d dated in the past. She was young, at his best guess about five or six years his junior, and absolutely stunning. But it wasn’t just her physical beauty that attracted him. It went much deeper than that, thanks to everything Kade had shared with him about her.

He was anxious to peel away the layers and discover for himself what made Fallon Dwyer such a special woman.

In the meantime, he would have to be content with what she could give him, little glimpses of the vulnerable woman she hid beneath that calm and cool exterior. She said very little. But her body spoke volumes. Her eyes. Her shoulders. Her cunt.

She was not only aroused but also nervous.

There was usually a deeper reason why a woman sought out a Dom. What deep-seated need was Fallon trying to fulfill? And how could he help her work through whatever issues she was struggling with?

Finally, in the end, would she accept what they wished to offer her?

Kade had come up with this plan after learning Fallon was curious about submission and domination. They both had experience as Doms and could help Fallon safely experiment with bondage. It was the opportunity Kade was looking for, a way to bring her into their relationship without having to explain right away the reason for it.

Zane had mixed feelings about all of this. Granted, he’d known for a long time about Kade’s feelings for Fallon. None of this had come as a surprise, but a small part of him feared losing Kade to Fallon, or at least surrendering a part of him to her.

Then again, now that he thought about it, that portion had belonged to her for years. It had been the one thing between them, a wedge he’d tried to ignore but couldn’t.

Maybe with her here, with them sharing her, the wedge would finally dislodge. He couldn’t hope for more. Assuming she agreed to become the third partner in their threesome.

How long would they continue like this? And how would she react once they removed their masks—both the literal ones and the figurative?

* * *

“Have you ever lived as a slave?” Fury asked her, circling her like a man inspecting a prospective piece of property.

His wandering gaze warmed her skin. Back. Buttocks. Breasts. How would it feel to live as a slave, around the clock? Did she secretly crave that kind of submission? Or merely the on-again-off-again submission to be found in a situation like this?

An answer whispered in her head.

“No, Master. I have not.”

Fury and Wrath exchanged glances but said nothing. She squeezed her thighs together, desperate to rub away the pounding ache at her center. Arms straight, hands behind her back, she laced her fingers together. How much time had elapsed? In some ways it felt as if a lifetime had gone by, in others, as if mere minutes had passed.

When would her frayed nerves ease? It didn’t help that they seemed to be hesitating at times, even a little unsure of what they wanted to do next. Or was she just imagining that?
“Have you ever been bound?” Wrath finally asked, at least a zillion heartbeats later.

“No, Master. Never.” Her gaze ping-ponged between her two Masters.

“This way.” Wrath motioned to a narrow table made of polished wood timber, much like the wooden bondage furniture she’d seen on the web. At all four corners, metal loops were screwed into the table, and attached to the loops were metal chains ending in leather cuffs. It was a little intimidating, although not terrifying.

They were going to tie her up.

Little quivers of anticipation raced up and down her spine.

“I think it’s time for this.” Brandishing her blindfold, Wrath walked around her back, positioned it over her eyes and tied it.

posted by Tawny Taylor at 2:35 PM | 0 comments

Friday, February 15, 2008

Woot! The first review of Carnal Hunger


It's always agony for me, waiting for the first review of a new release. These days, the wait for reviews is getting longer and longer. But this was worth waiting for :)

"What starts out as a simple exchange between two vamps and a human female turns into a complex triangle with multiple twists and plot changes. Both males are unexpectedly drawn to Jasmyne and she to them, but even more unexpected is the psychic bond she develops during sex with Draven. Suddenly the man of secrets has none, and Asher becomes the stabilizer Jasmyne has never known. The sexual content only enhances a storyline full of intrigue, suspense, and drama making it a great read."

Read the rest of the review at: http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com

Read an excerpt of the book at:
http://www.ellorascave.com

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 12:00 PM | 2 comments

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Come Join the Fun!

Popping in to say Happy Valentine's Day, and let you all know I'm chatting at Joyfully Reviewed today. Come say hi!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Chatting_with_Joyfully_Reviewed/

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:02 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Industry News: Bad Apples?

From the Aphrodite's Apples blog:

Aphrodite's Apples is closing, effective February 13, 2008. It was a difficult decision to make on our part, but we feel it will be best for all parties involved. We are not having financial issues, and final royalties shall be calculated and paid out in a timely fashion. We appreciate all the time you've spent on this company, and consider it a privilege to have worked with our authors and readers. Thank you,

--Aphrodite's Apples Press

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I'm very sorry to see yet another epublisher close down. It's a tough industry, extremely competitive.

For fellow authors' sakes, I'd love to see things stabilize a bit. Rather than a lot of new houses pop up, more current (but small) ones strengthen their position in the market. That would provide authors with more opportunities to place their books with strong, established houses, rather than taking risks with new ones.

Hugs to all the authors who now face the challenge of shopping around their orphaned books.

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 9:43 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's Tuesday!

I'm posting over at the Divas of the Dark today. And I'm giving away a free ebook to one lucky person. Please, head on over and comment!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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

Sunday, February 10, 2008

For the record...

*sigh*

It's Sunday, and I've been clobbered by several bits of crappy news. On top of that, I've been accused and convicted of a "crime" on another author's blog. The crime? Being a bitch and becoming too big for my britches. The reason? I apparently responded to this person's self-introduction at the Romantic Times conference last year with a mean glare, silence and a hasty retreat.

And so, you see, this individual has concluded I am due a public flaying based upon a brief 30-second (???) or so exchange.

A few points:

1. For those who've never been to RT, it's the most exhausting, loud, chaotic conference I've ever attended.

2. Attendees spend the better part of RT racing from one meeting/event to another...or standing in horrifically long lines waiting to get into an event.

3. I would NEVER be rude to someone intentionally. As my husband will attest, I go out of my way to be nice to everyone, strangers included. It's the country girl in me, and I can't tell you how often my so-called over-friendliness has caused conflict between us...or nearly led to disaster (like the time I wanted to accept an offer to share a taxi with a couple of strangers in Las Vegas).

4. It's very easy to not hear/recognize or respond to someone you know at RT. This happened to me last year, with a favorite reviewer. She didn't recognize or hear me, and I could have taken it personally when she snubbed me. Later, I learned she didn't know it was me.

Maybe I don't need to respond to this person's accusations. She's entitled to her opinions--of me and anyone else she's decided to criticize. She's also clearly facing some personal crises in her life, and feeling she needs some attention. I don't want to add to the hell she's already steeped in (thus, the reason why I'm not going to post a link to her blog). Nor do I want to encourage her to dump on more authors for attention.

But I did feel compelled to offer a response, since she has called me out in a very public way. I can't say what happened that day. It's been ten months, and I honestly don't remember. But again, I would NEVER be intentionally rude to anyone. It's not in my nature to act that way, even when some people would say it's called for.

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 11:09 AM | 18 comments

Friday, February 08, 2008

Harlequin's Expanding its Ebook Lines

Nocturne Bites
Length: 10,000 ­ 15,000 words
Editorial Director: Tara Gavin
Associate Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz

Silhouette Nocturne is looking to acquire paranormal editorial with strong sexual, fantasy and danger elements for its new eBook program, Nocturne Bites.
We're looking for fast-paced novellas that hook the reader early by establishing a paranormal world and its conflicts. We are looking for stories of vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, psychic powers, etc. set in contemporary times.

Many of the elements that make a successful Silhouette Nocturne remain true for Nocturne Bites. Stories should deliver a dark, highly sensual read that will entertain readers and take them from everyday life to an atmospheric, complex world filled with characters struggling with life and death issues. A strong alpha hero is of the utmost importantance‹he should be powerful, mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine. While action-packed and mission-oriented, the scope of these stories should be more contained, with more focus turned to character development. All stories should be capable of standing alone; all loose ends need to be tied up, and the relationship between hero and heroine should resolve itself in a satisfying manner.

For published authors, this line is a great way to build their miniseries at Harlequin and Silhouette. Unpublished authors are welcome as well. Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered from unpublished authors; no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines‹double-spaced and written in a clear, legible font on numbered pages. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page.

Nocturne Bites
E-mail address:nocturnebites@harlequin.ca

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This is a very interesting development and I'm anxious to see how successful these new programs end up becoming. I have one main concern regarding Harlequin's ebook contract--the royalty percentage. It's made me hesitant to submit, since I can make a great deal more money writing for my other epubs than from eHarlequin. Does that mean I wouldn't consider submitting? No, in fact I have...and then promptly withdrew the submission and sold it elsewhere.

What can I say? I have a lot of kids to feed.

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:46 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, February 07, 2008

It's Kinda Like Christmas...in February :)

Wonder what I'm talking about? Well, I got a new cover yesterday. And seeing a book's cover for the first time is such a thrilling/sparkly moment. Like Christmas morning.

This one's for the Pocket anthology releasing in July. I'm very happy with it. The design is very clean and simple with great colors.

Wanna see?



It's naughty cover goodness :)

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

posted by Tawny Taylor at 6:44 PM | 0 comments

Does your query need a good spit-polish?

If the answer is yes, you could give Evil Editor a run at it. But be warned. He isn't called "evil" for nothing :)

From Evil Editor's blog (http://www.evileditor.blogspot.com):

Submit to Evil Editor!

Evil editor wants to critique romance queries and openings all week. Send them to evledtr@aol.com. Advice from Evil Editor and his minions is free and comes with a money-back guarantee.

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Romance

posted by Tawny Taylor at 8:19 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Loose Id's March Madness Submissions Call

College hoops aren't for everyone.
Which is why Loose Id's hosting its very own March Madness.

* Unleash your imagination with the hottest short stories you can dream up: completed stories of 5000-7500 words of scorching erotic fiction that meets Loose Id's general submissions guidelines.

* Stories will be due by March 1, 2008. You may enter as many stories as you like. Employees and family and roommates of Loose Id employees are not eligible.

* Entries will initially be judged by the Loose Id Staff and a Sweet Sixteen chosen.

* Excerpts will be made available to Loose Id readers for voting with the top entry in each bracket moving on to the next round.

* Winner to be announced April 16, 2008.

Watch www.loose-id.com for details of the submission process, voting and prizes to be announced on or before February 20, 2008.

Bored with the hoopla?
Stimulate your spring with March Madness from Loose Id.
www.loose-id.com

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Okay, so for those of you who are as clueless as me when it comes to college basketball, March Madness refers to some college basketball tournament where 64 teams compete, half are eliminated, and then half again, leaving "sweet sixteen" which later become the "elite eight" and "final four". I guess Loose Id is adopting those terms and giving them new meaning. Clever! Even if my first reaction was "Huh?!"

For those who need more details, http://www.loose-id.com/prospective.aspx

Good luck!

Tawny
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Wicked Hot Erotic Fiction
www.tawnytaylor.com

posted by Tawny Taylor at 10:51 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Online Class to Support RWA Scholarship Fund

Forwarding with permission.
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The kerfluffle with Cassie Edwards got you wondering about how to protect yourself legally, or take steps to avoid infringing other people's work? Then here's a workshop you can't miss!

And as an added bonus, I am donating 100% of my share of the registration fee (50% of your cost) to the Romance Divas Scholarship Fund, to help send a worthy Diva to San Francisco! So register now!

Orange County Chapter of RWA presents:

Legally Fiction by Amanda Brice
March 10-Apr 6
http://www.occrwa.org/onlineclassMar08.html


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Do you know whether or not you can quote song lyrics in your manuscript? Are you wondering if you should trademark something from your high concept story?

Do you want to know how to protect your work and avoid infringing on other people's rights?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, this is the class for you.

Developed by an intellectual property attorney who is also a fiction author, this workshop will lead you by the hand through the murky waters of legalese. Participants will learn the basics of copyrights, trademarks, and the laws of cyberspace. Topics will include:

** What is a copyright?
** What does copyright protect?
** Copyrightable subject matter
** Fair use
** Public domain
** Plagiarism
** Copyright and characters
** Song lyrics
** Digital copyright issues
** Special issues related to book trailers, website, etc.
** What is a trademark?
** How does one obtain a trademark registration?
** What does a trademark protect?
** Trademark and characters
** Trademark and titles/series/pen names
** Using trademarks in your writing
** First Amendment issues
** Slander and libel
** Basic publishing contract law

Students will be assigned some light case reading in addition to the posted lectures, but no previous legal background is required. (We promise!)

Disclaimer: As with any legal issues, you should always check with your own legal professional to verify you are in full compliance with the law. We are not responsible for any errors and omissions presented in the workshop materials or discussed in the online classroom.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
In her day job (under her real name), author Amanda Brice is an intellectual property attorney for a federal government agency in the Washington, DC area. Prior to her current position, Amanda worked on Capitol Hill for the House of Representatives' Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, and in the General Counsel's Office of the U.S. Copyright Office. She holds a law degree from Arizona State University and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from The George Washington University Law School.

Under her real name, she has published numerous law review and magazine articles on the topics of copyright, trademark, and cyberlaw, and writes adult and young adult chick lit and romantic comedy under her pen name Amanda Brice.

Check out her web site for more details on her upcoming titles at www.amandabrice.com.

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Monday, February 04, 2008

A contest for ebook/inde/self-pubbed authors

Calling all indie authors and publishers – including small and mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. Enter the Next Generation Indie Book Awards™ now to have your book considered for cash prizes of $1,000, awards, exposure, and recognition as one of the top independently published books of the year!

The top 70 books will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen or her co-agents for possible representation or in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, and film rights. Ms. Allen has served as Senior Vice President of Harper Collins, directed sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books, and worked with authors such as Stephen King, Ken Follett, and Barbara Kingsolver.

Visit www.IndieBookAwards.com to enter.
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Tawny's Comments:

I recommend you read the rules carefully and follow them to the letter.

There is a fairly steep entry fee required for this contest. It's up to each author to decide whether the prizes are worth the investment.

Please do your homework before accepting any offer of representation by any literary agent. The old adage is true: a bad agent IS worse than no agent at all.

Also, it may be worth your while to check your contracts before entering. Find out if you do or don't retain rights for foreign translations and/or film rights. Some epublishers include those in their terms.

Good luck to those who enter!

Tawny
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Wicked-Hot Erotic Fiction

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Friday, February 01, 2008

How Are Those Resolutions Coming?

I admit, I've been naughty. I haven't exercised in almost two weeks. Bad, bad Tawny. I haven't checked into Peer Trainer in weeks. And yesterday I ate WAY too much. *sigh* Even so, I'm still doing a decent job of watching what I eat. I only have about five pounds to lose, which is why I think I'm getting lazy.

On the costume front (since so many people have been asking), I'm struggling with this whole Under the Sea fairy ball theme. It's so hard to make a costume that isn't your typical mermaid or water nymph. I have started three different costumes and scrapped them. I'm now on my fourth. I'm *hoping* this one'll be IT, the one I finish. The others were either tacky or blah (aka predictable). I feel a lot of pressure to come up with something really special, to top last year's (how do you top a train of white peacock feathers?!).

What do I have completed? A pair of wings that resemble (kind of) fins, a crown, and the beginnings of a dress. I'm trying to make a jacket to wear over the dress that will look like flowing water. The base of the jacket's clear vinyl. And I'm thinking of using clear silicone window caulk to make ripples. That stuff is NASTY to work with and has dangerous fumes, so I'm waiting for the weather to break. I'm going to have to do the ripples outside. Fingers crossed we have an early spring, LOL.

Now, for those wonderful ladies who were asking (so nicely) for pictures of my fairy ball costume, I can post the following few photos. As of right now, the wings and the crown are the only parts of the costume that are close to being done. The dress is literally pinned together.

For anyone who is curious, the base of the wings is floral foam and the wings are made out of wire I bought from my local Home Depot. I pushed the wire through the foam and then bent it into the shape of the wings. Then I glued the fabric to the wire, sandwiching the wire between two layers and used a spray stiffener to make the fabric semi-stiff.

Finally, I embellished with fabric spray paint, glitter paint, silk flowers, ribbon, pearls and Spanish moss. This was my first attempt at making wings from scratch. I'm sure there are easier (and better!) ways to make them, but this was the best I could do.





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