Archive for February, 2007

28
Feb
07

I Didn’t Start It, Honest!

So Jane took off and running from my RTB post.

My answer to her question, whether an author should reach out and touch a reader, is yes.

But I think we’ve lost sight of something very important here.

An author writes stories. Therefore it is most important that an author touches a reader through her/his work.

Would I like to be appreciated? Would I like an author whom I rave about dropping by? Hell yeah.

I can’t deny that I’m an even bigger fan of Paperback Writer because she noticed that I came by often, that I linked to her and reciprocated.

At the same time, I think I can say that I wouldn’t be less of a fan if she hadn’t reciprocated. I do not know KristieJ, I do not read her blog, but I daresay it’s the same for her and Lisa Kleypas.

Books are not, for the lack of a better term, exclusionary. It’s not like “I have a limited edition watch that you can’t find anywhere else.” I can say “I have this book, I’ve read this, I loved it, and you should go buy it too.”

And it’s great because if you go buy it, and then you read it, we can discuss it. I have this blog partly because I don’t have anyone IRL to discuss books with. The few reader blogs I read have been wonderful finds for me, especially now that I’ve largely given up on messageboards.

When Jane says:

I find that many of the group blogs do not contribute much to the blogging community. They serve as promotional vehicles and not much more primarily because these authors are not present anywhere else on the internet.

I disagree.

I do think there’s a correlation with author blogs that are promotional vehicles and authors who do not contribute on other blogs, but I do not think that simply because an author does not comment elsewhere on the internet that she/he does not contribute.

Intelligent and cogent posts on industry and all things romancelandia are not a contribution? Of course they are a contribution, whether or not the blogger comments on other blogs, especially when the blog has enough readers that other bloggers pick up on her/his posts.

Besides, is there really a point to authors bloghopping just to say “Hi! I really like your blog!”?

27
Feb
07

Richelle Mead: Succubus Blues

Succubus (n) An alluring, shape-shifting demon who seduces and pleasures mortal men.
Pathetic (adj.) A succubus with great shoes and no social life. See: Georgina Kincaid.

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants. The wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?

But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid’s life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusack movies. Her immortal best friends haven’t stopped teasing her about the time she shape-shifted into the Demon Goddess get-up complete with whip and wings. And she can’t have a decent date without sucking away part of the guy’s life. At least there’s her day job at a local bookstore—free books, all the white chocolate mochas she can drink, and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can’t.

But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle’s demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won’t help because Georgina’s about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny…

I did tell you guys how much I enjoyed this book already.

But here’s the full-length version.

I think Lilith Saintcrow said it best when she called Succubus Blues
“Dysfunction, funny and sexy!”

It’s quite the page-turner too, except for a section towards the end.

I would have liked to understand Georgina’s world better. Other than who’s her boss and her stealing souls, there’s not much you know about it.

Um, it’s not a romance. Just to make it clear. Kensington’s not even putting romance on the spine.

I want to read the next book!

This rates 4.5 out of 5.

26
Feb
07

I am Malevolent May

Sounds good to me.

I shall be Malevolent May when I outgrow miladyinsanity.

*beams*

Thank you Edie
.

26
Feb
07

Nalini Singh: Visions Of Heat

Go deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future-a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind…Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need…exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn…

I enjoyed Visions Of Heat as much as I did Slave To Sensation, to my surprise. Frankly speaking, I was expecting this book to be a disappointment, as the second book of a series often is to me.

It’s a ‘bigger’ book than STS, partly because the overarching plotline has started to take up more space. This isn’t to say that it’s less a romance though.

Faith has a ‘quiet’ persona that I very much like, and I like that we get to see her develop more as a person than we did with Sascha.

But what really amazes me? Nalini‘s managed to provide a satisfying ending while leaving unanswered questions! I want to know what happens next!

This rates 5 out of 5.

25
Feb
07

Elaine Cunningham: Shadows In The Starlight

Gwen “Gigi” Gellman, a ten year veteran of the Providence, Rhode Island vice squad, finds herself on the outs and unemployed after a bust goes bad, resulting in a bloodbath.

Gigi started her life as a foundling and is used to being on her own. She has scraped together enough of a nest egg to start her own PI business specializing in runaways and “family problems.”

Now Gigi is involved in the case of a missing wife and child. Knowing the husband involved, she initially dismisses the matter as good sense on the wife’s part, only to discover a pattern of lies and deceptions and a mystical past. As her investigation progresses, otherworldly powers try to intercede, and soon Gigi finds not only her own life threatened, but those of her friends and family as well.

I like Shadows In The Starlight better than I did the first book in the series, Shadows In The Darkness.

I think being able to see the overarching plotline made this book a better read for me, and I definitely want to read the next book. But something more had better happen in the next book or I’m dropping the series.

Some characters that fell flat for me in the the previous book are now very, very intriguing. Especially Ian Forest. Ooh Ian.

Gwen gets more interesting, and I really want to know how she’s going to deal with the things that are being hidden from her.

This rates 3.5 out of 5.

25
Feb
07

Edie Is Evil

This I know to be true.

After all, Michelle Diener agrees with me!

There are a number of reasons.

Like, she’s weird:

5) I took pole dancing lessons last summer.

7) I used to climb my mother’s roof and walk the railings on her sun porch roof. The woman next door came running over one day, screaming at me to get down. If she knew what her own kids did …

8) When I was 9, I ran away to join the circus as a tightrope walker. My best friend and I got lost and slept overnight at a new school construction. The next morning, we fought and turned back. Because she didn’t remember the way home, she followed me, crying the whole mile and a half.

On a post about what she’s never seen a heroine do in sex scenes:

6) The heroine fantasizes that the hero is Hugh Jackman

How dare she spread the Jackman love? The man’s just NOT hot!

I really want to read this book:

In my wip, one of my protagonists is a hairdresser who always wanted to be a standup comic — but a big case of stage fright keeps her from trying. Now she’s lost a bet and has to perform on open mike night at a comedy club. She’s putting together a set about the differences between men and women, and she asks input from her clients and other hairdressers. They touch on farts, men’s fascination with their penises (starting when they’re toddlers), and the way men revel in urinating in public places.

But it’s not yet sold! *whines whines whines*

Fortunately, we have a solution.

We can scare the evil out of her, because she’s afraid of heights:

Are you afraid of heights? I am! I kow the sinking in my stomach, the sickness in my throat, the dizziness inside my head as I look down over a sheer cliff while my normally steady legs suddenly start shaking.

I believe she’s going to RWA National this year, so someone who is Anti-Evil, please do something about it.

This is a Public Service Announcement brought to you by a member of the Organisation Against Evil.

 

24
Feb
07

Eileen Wilks: Blood Lines

Touch-sensitive FBI agent Lily Yu and her werewolf bond-mate are recruited by the Secret Service to help identify elected officials who have accepted demonic pacts. But Lily must turn to fellow agent Cynna Weaver for help when Cynna’s former teacher, a demon master, emerges as the main suspect behind the pacts.

After a demon commits a gruesome murder, sorcerer Cullen Seabourne joins the team racing the clock to find the apprentice of evil who uses demons to kill. Cynna and Cullen must work together–a challenge indeed when each has good reason to ignore the desire simmering between them. But passion and events both spiral out of control as an ancient prophecy is fulfilled–and the lupi’s greatest enemy sets her sights on total devastation…

This is number 6 in Eileen Wilks’s Lupi series.

The difference between this book and the previous books in the series is that the previous ones had a much tighter focus on fewer plotlines, and this one has an expanded focus. A bigger cast, more primary characters, and more things happening.

That the author did manage to tie it all up together? Fabulous.

Note: If you’re looking for a romance, Blood Lines is not quite a romance, IMHO, andmore an urban fantasy.

This rates 4.5 out of 5.

21
Feb
07

Laura Resnick: Disappearing Nightly

I’m not a heroine–I just play one. Along with psychotics, vamps, housewives and hookers. As my agent is fond of pointing out, there are more actors in New York than there are people in most other cities. Translation: beggars can’t be choosers.This explains how I wound up prancing around stage half naked the night Golly Gee–the female lead in the off-Broadway show “Sorceror!”–disappeared into thin air. Literally.Now other performers are also vanishing, and a mysterious stranger is warning me: There is evil among us.But the producers want me to take over Golly’s part.

Looks as if I’m going to need a little magical help if I want to keep my starring role….

This is the first book in Laura Resnick’s Esther Diamond “Manhattan Magic” series.

I liked the set-up, I liked the worldbuilding, and I liked Esther.

But she collects characters. The book starts with just her, then she collects the detective who’s a potential love interest, the magician who helps save the day, the people involved with the other disappearances… I mean, I know this is my personal preference–I like smaller casts as a rule–and it’s not that Ms. Resnick did a bad job of characterization.

I loved Lopez though. There’s a great story about him and his brothers, but you’ll have to read the book for that.

I would have given this book a better grade, because on craft alone it does deserve that better grade, but it was ‘thin’ for me. Not as fulfilling a read as I wanted.

This rates 3 out of 5.

19
Feb
07

Is there a scrotum in your book?

Have you guys read the NYTimes article about Susan Patron’s Newbery Award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky?

Some librarians are complaining about the book having the word scrotum on the first page of the book.

Me, I don’t get it. It’s such a clinical sounding word…I can’t imagine that ten, twenty years down the road, people will be saying, “You scrotum!!!”

Or maybe they will be. *thinks*

Anyway, it just strikes as hilarious because reading the word scrotum in a sex scene will probably send me out of the mood entirely, so I don’t know what’s the big deal.

Tomorrow, Lucinda Betts‘s interview will be up. I must go write the review now.

Have a good day!

Your friendly blogger with no tastebuds

17
Feb
07

Jaci Burton: Surviving Demon Island

She’s all curves and combat boots.

He’s six feet of lean, dangerous male.

Join them in a game of survival.

That’s as real – and hot – as it gets.

What’s America’s top female action star doing on a tropical island shrouded in secrecy? To Gina Bliss, competing in a survival-type reality show is a nice change from fending off on-screen villains. Until she meets real-life action hero Derek Marks. A survival specialist in a tight black T and sexy stubble, he’s arousing every bad-boy fantasy she’s ever had…and testing her survival skills to the max.

Martial arts, jungle warfare – Derek’s done it all. But his latest mission is more dangerous than a stick of dynamite. Try telling that to the sexy, adrenaline-pumped actress who’s got his libido racing off the charts. As the heat rises between them and real-life violence erupts, suddenly Derek and Gina are on the run…and when they uncover a secret so explosive it could blow the lid of their so-called reality show, these two unlikely heroes are about to discover what surviving’s really about….

Surviving Demon Island is the first book in Jaci Burton‘s Demon Hunters series.

It’s a page-turner, but there are many buts.

The new people, Shay, Olivia, Trace etc. they just accept that demons exist? Why? No questions? I mean, I’d expect someone, especially Gina, to have been upset that the whole thing was a set-up.

I might believe that Derek and Gina are meant to be together, but Gina dropping her Hollywood life just like that? *snaps fingers* No. In the first section of the book, you get the impression that Gina very much enjoys her Hollywood life. She might have ‘out-grown’ that life, but it still annoys me that she comes off as dropping everything for Derek.

The only reason I can see for the book having such a huge cast is sequel bait. But with the excerpt of the next book, Hunting The Demon, at the back of the book, it didn’t need sequel bait.

This rates 3 out of 5.

10
Feb
07

7 Questions with Alma Alexander

1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.

Does “my name is Alma and I hear voices” suffice? That’s the way I introduce myself to a lot of people at conventions when I’m on panels asking how I write. I think all writers have perceptions that are a little bit, er, skewed, you know what I mean? Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to play all those what-if games. Normal people deal with what IS. Those of us who spin stories for a living deal with what was, what NEVER was, or what might be if given the right sort of push… (if you insist on grading that on a scale, you’re gonna have to advance a number )

2. I loved The Secrets of Jin-Shei. I think, more than anything else, the appeal of the book lies in that it’s a story of women and friendship. Was it inspired, in any way, by those closest to you? As a sidenote, I read about jin-ashu, and immediately thought of nushu (an actual, women’s language used in China centuries past).

Re the side note – gold star – that’s precisely where it came from…

And concerning that main question, no, not directly. I’ll go so far as to say it was inspired – but not by anybody I knew. Or perhaps a little bit by EVERYBODY I knew. That book is possibly the most universal one that I’ve written, at least where the female half of the world’s population is concerned. People find things to recognise and adopt in that book to a degree that fascinates me, in the aftermath…

3. Many authors who started out in adult fiction are moving to young-adult fiction. Was The Gift of the Unmage always a YA to you, or did the powers that be decide that it should be published as YA?

No, that was ALWAYS YA. That’s what the whole idea was. And I don’t think that I’m “moving” to YA, not on a permanent basis – there will be other books, in both adult and YA universes. I’ll play it by ear when I get to each story. The current YA project, however, is my first-ever overt YA story – and it’s been a decidedly different experience writing the thing.

4. What is an Unmage anyway? I think that were I not already a fan of yours, I’d at least pick up the book at the bookstore to take a look at the blurb for the title alone! It just has this ‘ring’ to it.

Thea WInthrop, my protagonist, is a Double Seventh. She is the seventh child of two seventh children. She should be magically gifted beyond all dreams of avarice – but she has nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada. Not a whiff of magic about her. It isn’t even that she’s BAD at it or gets it wrong – she simply can’t do it at all. Until Things Happen (but you’ll have to read the book to find out what) and she discovers that there was a very good reason for it all… but she, until that point, is quite literally the Unmage. The non-magical entity. More – if the opposite of magic isn’t just the absence of magic but, in some sense, an anti-magic…. (the book is coming out in February. Read it to find out the rest…)

5. Do you naturally gravitate to ‘epic’ stories?

Crikey, yes. When I try to write short story I find myself yanking helplessly at the reins of a runaway tale which is at 20 000 words and rapidly galloping out of control, weakly yelling “whoa” in the fond hopes that it might, as in the movies, actually *WORK* – it never does. I naturally write in the 80 000- 200 000 word range.

6. You’ve lived all around the globe. Is there any one place that has inspired a major element in any of your stories?

Weird, but most of my books take places in places I HAVEN’T actually physically been. I’ve written “The Secrets of Jin Shei” and “Embers of Heaven” without ever having been to China, which inspired them; I’ve written “The Hidden Queen” and “Changer of Days” with the closest I’ve come to a real desert being reading “Dune” at a tender age or flying over the Skeleton Coast of Namibia on a moonlit night; I’ve written about the mesas of the American Southwest without ever having climbed them myself. I’m sure that there are stories just waiting somewhere in darkened pigeonholes in the back of my mind, inspired by real places. I just haven’t had time to get to them yet.

7. Would you recommend travelling around the world to find material for writing?

Hell, yes. And not just for that. Travelling and learning first hand about other places and other people makes you a more complete human being. Everyone should have at least one journey in their life.

Alma Alexander has a LiveJournal. The Gift of the Unmage should be available in a bookstore near you.

07
Feb
07

Megan Hart: Dirty

I loved Dirty. I loved Dirty. That sounds really Dirty.

Curiously, for a first person novel, it is distant. I didn’t really connect with Elle; it’s more like watching a movie then sinking into Elle’s head.

But what a lovely movie! Slowly, we peel off the layers of Elle’s personality, and it is a sensual ride into her psyche.

I do think that Dan could have been…Well, I think Dan doesn’t really ‘pop’ off the page.

FYI, Megan sent this to me.

This rates 5 out of 5, because I reread it again before writing this review and loved it just as much.

06
Feb
07

Christine Warren: She’s No Faerie Princess

She’s No Faerie Princess was hot.

I didn’t like the dangling plotlines. If you say Queen Mab’s going to be upset at Fiona because she did a runner, you’re supposed to deal with it at the end of the book. I might be nitpicking here, but it’s been days since I read the book, and I didn’t even have to flip open the book to remember that.

The setting wasn’t that great either. It could have been anywhere at all, and I wouldn’t have noticed a difference.

This rates 2.5 out of 5.

PS I did look for an excerpt on the Warren site, but it’s not been updated in ages and ages.

05
Feb
07

Racism in Publishing, How Does it Affect you

Racism In Publishing, How Does It Affect You?

Are you an African American author who’s been published for at least one year? If so Karen Scott wants to hear from you.

She’s conducting a survey based on the racism within the publishing industry, and whether or not it’s as prevalent as some believe. She’s looking for black or African American authors who have been published for at least one year.

She would like to know about your specific experiences within the industry thus far. She wants to know how AA authors feel about the current shelving policies, and niche marketing. She wants to know who you feel is to blame for the problems that you face. She also wants your suggestions on how things can be improved upon.

In all, there are twenty questions in the survey, and all that she asks is that people be as honest as possible. Confidentiality is assured if requested, but for the findings to yield more weight, she would request that she be granted permission to directly quote from the answers given by the authors.

She’s hoping to poll at least 100 AA authors, in an effort to ensure that a fair representation is achieved.

If enough authors agree to partcipate, (and depending on the findings) the results may well be sent to representatives within media and press. No promises that Oprah will hear about it, but all efforts will be made to get the message out.

If there are AA authors out there interested in particpiating in this poll, please e-mail Karen at hairylemony @ gmail. com (without the spaces) with the subject header ‘Please send me the survey’.

The deadline for the survey to be completed and returned to Karen is March 1st 2007.

Snagged from Angie.

05
Feb
07

Netiquette

The sidebar.

Do I link to everybody who comes by or links to me?  Or just to people whom I read? Or what?

I hereby make a resolution to follow Paperback Writer‘s example and will update the blog stuff once a month only.

MySpace.

Am I supposed to go comment on everyone who comments on mine? ’cause I’d feel really silly going around saying stuff like have a good day.

Someone has to answer these questions for me so that my productivity doesn’t go down the drain.

03
Feb
07

Jenna Black: Watchers In The Night

Watchers In The Night has occasional flashes of brilliance.

Every now and then, Gray (the hero) or Jules pop off the page. But the fact that I’ve only just finished the book hours ago and cannot remember the heroine’s name is a bad sign.

It’s also a bad sign that I could figure out the villain early. I do not like it when this happens. I mean, I like trying to guess who the villain is, but I do not want to find out until you, the Author, decides it’s Time.

At the very least, I want you to keep me off-balance, which this book didn’t do. I want to be thinking “Oh yes it’s her/him” and then a page later go, “It can’t be!”

The sequel-bait wasn’t THAT obvious, but since everyone knows you almost never have a paranormal romance (especially ones featuring vamps and other creatures of the night) without a sequel these days…

This rates 2.5 out of 5.

02
Feb
07

Watch The Book? Nah…

Have you guys been to Watch The Book yet?

No? Go and comeback. I order it.

Anyway, this is the part that interests me most:

As of now, having your trailer posted here is free. That will change in the future, once we attract the traffic that authors like to see before anteing up the funds to pay for the privilege of being publicized this way.

I am soooooo not convinced by the whole idea. Not because it’s book trailers, and everyone knows I’m not the biggest fan of those, but because I don’t think anybody’s going to subscribe to a site just to watch book trailers.

Given that it’s free, I’d say absolutely, go for it. But when it’s not? Wouldn’t it be more cost-effective to do a contest for bloggers who post your trailer? Wouldn’t your trailer get lost amidst the many trailers on a single site?

Link courtesy of Colleen Gleason, who also blogs at Muse, News and a Few Loose Screws.

And another link: 10 Reasons why Booksellers Hate Harry Potter*

01
Feb
07

7 Questions with Saskia Walker

1. On a scale of one to ten, rank your current level of insanity–where ten is belongs-in-lunatic-asylum insane–and tell us why.

I’d say about a 4, now. I feel a lot more grounded than I did when I was younger, more rational and levelheaded. I used to be higher on that scale, so I guess either age or knowledge has calmed me down.

2. You’ve written erotica, erotic romance and now you’re publishing your first full-length fantasy (ooh, alliteration!) novel. Was the process of writing it different from your erotic work?

Yes, mostly in that the world building is different, although not necessarily larger in scale. Every story demands some level of world building, with fantasy it’s usually much more engrossing for me because it’s coming from a deeper level of my imagination. At the same time there’s a freedom to it because you can make things function as differently to the real world as you like. Once that becomes a natural way to work, it feels different again to make things accurate to the real world in, say, a contemporary. It’s a very interesting question, because now that I think about it I did nearly as much world building to set a contemporary in the world of finance as I did to create a world akin to the ancient mid-east.

3. As a British author, you’ve talked about submitting to US publishers on your blog. Can you share what other difficulties might an author outside the US submitting to New York might have?

The biggest practical issue is probably an awareness of what might not work for an international audience. I’m lucky in that respect because I’ve lived all over the world, so I have a bit of insight. But it comes down to common sense — avoiding colloquial language, for example. One of the first US publishers I subbed to requested the full but then decided my voice was too British for the line. Other publishers haven’t had that problem and saw it as having potential appeal, but it’s something to be aware of. There are other questions that the author needs to address, such as should you get a local or a US agent? For me it made more sense to get a US agent, because she canbe more in touch with what’s going on. If you’re publishing in both your own country and the US, it might not be the case.

On a very personal level, feeling far away can get you down. Things have become so much easier since I started out, though, thanks to more extensive use of email for subs and so on, but I think all the hard parts of being an aspiring author (waiting to hear back on subs, and so on,) become exaggerated by that sense of being in a different country. I’m very lucky in that I’ve made some great author friends over the net, and they often touch base for me, reporting to me after an RWA publisher lunch I longed to be at, and so on. That means such a lot to me. My advice to authors outside the US is to go for it, what have you got to lose?

4. Have you ever been asked, as an erotica writer, about your personal life? It seems that this happens a lot to romance writers, so I was thinking, would you share with us?

Yes indeed, and I’m getting used to it now! My take on is that affection and desire are the most intimate emotions, and it’s that intimacy that suggests our lives are there on the page, which leads people to wonder if it’s true — just a theory. Also, when we write about murder or magic, the assumption would be that we hadn’t done those things, because it’s more extreme, less commonplace and so on.

5. There have been some rumblings online from readers who are unhappy about imprints like Avon Red, Kensington Aphrodisia and Berkley Heat, which published your Double Dare, not requiring a happy ever after. In other words, not all of the books are romances according to the RWA definition, making some wary about trying other books by these imprints. What’s your take?

These lines are relatively new and finding their feet, and my feeling is that they may gravitate in one direction or the other, depending on the market and reader reactions. It will be interesting to watch. One of the things that I feel gets overlooked is that the lines you’ve mentioned are growing out of the romance sector, and being edited by romance editors, (and that’s important,) but they are possibly also trying to live up to the erotica tradition of the empowering sexual journey for women, such as we might find in a Black Lace novel. It’s a problem for labeling, yes, because we all need to know exactly what we are buying, and that’s the crux of the problem.

Personally, I’m very fond of the happy-for-now ending, as well as the HEA. At the end of a romance novel a couple are at the start of the rest of their lives together, and I love the idea that it might live on in the readers mind in a positive way. I’ve never been able to write anything longer than 5,000 words without falling for the man in the story, so a HEA or HFN are guaranteed in my novellas and novels. That also meant my proposals were rejected from erotic labels for being too romantic! ;) My heroines are of the “Sex and the City” variety, independent and sexually curious. Kate Seaver, my editor at Heat, tells me she loves my strong women, and I’ve been encouraged to let my heroines explore their sexuality and find their perfect partners in doing so. For me, that’s a great mix, as well as a fun-packed, liberating agenda.

6. Do you think you’d be the same writer you are today, if you had lived a different life?

Probably not. I’d like to say yes and to believe my imagination is that unique thing only I’d ever own, ;) but I had the privilege of living in many different countries as I grew up. That flavors my writing, and for that reason alone I have to say no.

7 . So, you have fantasy, erotic romance, and erotica covered. Are you planning to branch out to other genres?

I’d like to write a big suspense one day. At the moment I’m really enjoying the mix of writing fantasy and erotic romance, because one seems to refresh me for the other. I’ve got heaps to learn and discover, and lots of stories to tell, so I think it might be enough to be going on with for the time being!

Saskia Walker blogs with the Berkley Babes.

Saskia’s current releases include THE STRANGELING (from Juno), and  “Sex, Lies and Bondage Tape” in the KINK anthology.

Her work in the anthologies A Is For Amour (February), D Is For Dress Up (February), She’s On Top (February), Got A Minute (March), and Lust: Women’s Erotic Fantasies (July) will be released in the months following from Cleis Press.

More Saskia will be in the anthologies Secrets 19 (July), from Red Sage, and Second Skin (April), from Alyson Books, as well as Unveiling The Sorceress, out in May from Juno.





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