Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Writing in RWA/NYC’s Keynotes: April 2015 issue – “The Happy Ending, What Does It Mean?
Ay, there’s the rub.
For in those five little letters abides a world of differing opinions.
I once thought of “happy” in the Wizard of Oz/Norman Rockwell sense. And then I turned eleven, and have ever since been trying to come to terms with exactly what does “happy” mean. Never mind trying to figure out “ending.”
We know all too well what HEA means, and it better not have anything to do with Into the Woods, which is anything but. Readers, and editors and acquiring publishers, want a clean finish. No wobbling on the blades. Norman and Dorothy lock-stepping into the sunset destined to spend the rest of their days together in connubial bliss. Or at least canoodling bliss.
And if Norm happens to be a hunky billionaire with soulful eyes who can incite one to multiple organisms, and if Dot happens to sparkle like the cheerleader(s) who set your nether regions to flame in grade school, so much the better.
Then, the billionaire with a penchant for grey ties and blood red playrooms comes along and/or the cheerleader who has lost her cheeriness but who still boils your hormones like Old Faithful, and things start to get dicey.
The diceyness might not be all, but it has its place in the romance canon. There is room for the not-so-easily defined cowboy or city girl, musician or mechanic, or lord or lady of the manor. I believe my readers have been the HEA route and know it’s not paved with yellow bricks but would like to believe there are still good reasons for tromping on down it and seeing where it leads. I want to provide a route for that escape, by providing characters they can empathize with, get annoyed with, then cheer for, and hopefully in so doing also perhaps provide a little insight into themselves during the process.
I would like my reader to close the book and think not only was that a great read, but also, just maybe, subliminally, feel better about themselves, having been challenged to think a little deeper, feel a little something they hadn’t quite felt before, perhaps give a passing positive thought to an attitude they possibly had been dismissive of. To realize that “happy” can mean a lot of different things for a fictional character…and them.
It may not be exactly bridge crossing time, but every story we tell has the opportunity to plop another stepping stone down in the mire of human emotions. Give your readers characters with lives that matter, with depth and humanity in all its failings and triumphs, with whom your readers can relate, even the sketchy ones. A villain that touches us can open a pathway into a better understanding of our own badder nature. Every little bit helps.
And of course if those little bits are clothed like billionaires or sheathed like sexy cheerleaders, well, that’s what makes it a romance in all its wonderful ramifications and combinations.
That’s what makes it happy.
I'm right in the middle of learning and sharing stories that excite, challenge and give a chuckle—and occasionally a hearty guffaw. Try out my CoveHaven ménages, HAVING IT ALL, GETTING IT ALL, WANTING MORE and NEVER TOO MUCH in all their combinations: MMF, FFM, MMM, FFF and even HEA.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Yea! A New Year a new novel!!
NEVER TOO MUCH, the fourth book in my CoveHaven menage series is now online at Secret Cravings. This time, the girls/women/ladies have their go at a threesome. It's funny, sometimes a little over the top, sometimes WAY over the top, but heartfelt and moving, as well. The series has been called "uber hot," and NEVER TOO MUCH continues in that vein. If you've ever wondered about three ladies getting it on, have a sizzling read and discover my take on it. Enjoy!!
Click on the link to to Secret Cravings Publishing for a blurb about the book and for a lovely excerpt.

And a heartfelt Happy New Year to all my readers!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Finished the fourth book in the CoveHaven menage series, NEVER TOO MUCH. Three ladies looking to freshen up their five-year relationship. Had to keep digging deeper for my inner female. Great trip...for me. Hope my editor feels the same way.

Also got the word that my Christmas novella SCANTY SANTA is ready to go as part of Dreamspinner Press' 2013 Advent series.


Bunch of fine authors of M/M fiction. Pleased to be a part of the group. Take a look. It's a great gift -- at a great pre-season price! -- for that special holiday person. A novella a day keeps the winter blues away!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Another gorgeous day in the CoveHaven neighborhood. This is pretty much what it looks like on the small country roads in upstate New York today. And if you can tear yourself away from the awesome scenery, take a moment to get a FREE copy of HAVING IT ALL this weekend.

Syble realizes she will no longer accept compromise in her love life and will not give up either one of the men she now loves. Nor are they about to give up the woman they care most about. But Steven and Chad are oil and water: a solid failed businessman vs. a young man stuck in a job he despises. Can they become friends? Will they all become lovers?  Troy's first CoveHaven menage (MMF) today FREE!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Gorgeous, gorgeous weekend in the CoveHaven neighborhood. Trees are at their peak! And to celebrate, my CoveHaven erotic menage (MMF) is FREE FREE FREE this weekend. It's a fun read about a small town librarian who decides she doesn't want to think small town anymore, and a couple of bewildered, but determined guys who battle to get her to think about them!

FREE FREE FREE for the weekend!! My first book in the CoveHaven menage series (small town hanky panky) HAVING IT ALL is free on the Secret Cravings Publishing website for this weekend only! Do drop over and pick up a fun erotic MMF read.

Many, many thanks!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Been busy the last couple of months finishing the next two CoveHaven menage books. And have started working on the third which will be out in January.

The big news and the first Troy Storm CoveHaven menage (FMM) will be a Free Read which you can get on the Secret Cravings Publishing website. The big weekend to remember to get the free read download is Oct 18, 19 and 20! So be sure and mark your calendars. And I will keep reminding you, too! Want to have a big turnout so new readers can see what they think of my books.

Hope you're all having a good fall!