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Stories in Submission

I’m excited to share that I’ve got a couple stories out in submission right now.

Legacy made it through the final approval of my CP’s. This story started as a blog entry twice a week, and over the past months grew and grew. At 50K it’s now the longest manuscript I’ve submitted–although not my longest ms ever written. The Young Adult fantasy still wins that category at 117K.

Gasp!

Legacy is a contemporary romance. No one turns into wolves or dolphins. No one talks to elves or gremlins. Weird. :) Actually, I really like the story, and learned to layer more emotion and tidbits throughout. There’s a good thing about a story that isn’t over too soon– there’s more room to play!

I sent Claiming Derryn a while ago, but the anthology call closes today. So now the official waiting begins. The Space Opera was a great new genre to try, and I will definitely write another.

And now, I’m attempting to finish off a short story I had titled Shaman, but it might be switched to Stormchild. The characters are on a sailboat in the small islands of the Pacific Inside Passage… and yes shifting will be involved.

I’ll leave you with a tidbit from Legacy.

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His eyes were dark and smoky with desire and she leaned forward, without thinking, to offer herself again, to return to his intoxicating embrace. He pulled back a little more, lifting his thumb to stroke her swollen lips.

“I need to be going soon and I still have to check the perimeter of the house,” he whispered, his voice husky and low.

Max flushed hotter. “Of course. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean…” It was just a kiss. It was wishful thinking to imagine the chemistry between them meant anything more. “I’m sorry,” she repeated, “I shouldn’t have done that.” She tried to back away but he restrained her.

“Damn it, Max, what are you talking about? I kissed you because I wanted to. And I want to kiss you some more only I’ve got an appointment I can’t miss.” He stepped away slowly, seemingly hesitant to peel their bodies apart. The temperature in the room dropped in spite of the sunlight shining in and Maxine bit back a complaint.

Ryan cursed. “Ah, fuck it.” He dragged her back against his body and ravished her lips, taking her by storm. Nothing gentle this time, nothing hesitant. He took control and offered her complete proof that his desire for her was real. His hardness against her softness, the rigid length of his erection pressed into her belly. Her body responded immediately, a tingling sensation in her core spreading fingers of delightful tension throughout her system.

It was only a moment later he released her, stepping away and dragging a hand through his hair. Her breathing took forever to return to normal, especially since he kept looking at her with an intense stare that said she was the next thing on the menu.

Damn, she wished…

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Tuesday Tidbit

I feel like I haven’t done a tidbit for a while. I know I have, but I’ve been busy writing up the synopsis for Claiming Derryn, and filling in interview question for blogs…

My brain is going numb as I head into the launch for Tidal Wave. I’m very excited, but I’m also aware of more ‘to-do’ list items than when Wolf Signs came out. At some point I’m planning on just throwing the hands in the air and sitting back.

And starting a new story!

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“Request permission to contact the QWE for transfer back to my assigned ship.” She stared straight into space, keeping her face blank. The sooner she did this the better.

“Not possible, baby.” Trev stepped forward, his concerned gaze sweeping her. “We’re undercover. The QWE doesn’t know we’re here and that’s how it’s got to remain.”

What? “One of the Institute’s flagships and you’re hiding from her?” Suspicions crowded her mind as the data fell into place. “Trev, what’s the name of this ship?”

“Well, baby, you see—”

“The name, Trev, or I’ll put a hurt on you.”

Davis stepped forward, tucked his fingers under her chin and lifted her gaze to meet his. The black sharysa on her shoulder squealed and leapt to the floor, chatting angrily at him from a safe distance. “Welcome aboard the Nottingham, sweetheart, your new home away from home.”

Her stomach fell. The Nottingham? The most notorious ship in the galaxy? Grawlix. “Oh fantastic, you’re telling me the two brightest minds in the Institute are now outlaws?” Davis beamed at her, but refused to relinquish her chin, his thumb stroking her jawline. She swallowed hard and maintained eye contact only though sheer willpower.

His touch undid her.

“She said we were two of the brightest minds, did you catch that, Trev?”

“I did. Think we can get it in writing?”

His caress distracted her, but their familiar banter made her heart ache. She wanted to run away before the whole universe went supernova. “Oooh, you are so annoying. How did this happen? You shipped out on a cruiser, Davis, six stinking months early without even saying goodbye. Trev and I were scheduled to join a research vessel prior to—”

“—getting volunteered for something more in line with my talents,” Trev interjected.

Davis released her, brushing his fingers against her cheek and her mouth went dry. Trev leaned against the wall, studying her. Her whole body reacted to his heated stare. Reacted to them. The combination of Trev and Davis played havoc on her libido. Crap, it wasn’t possible. She had to regain control before she ended up doing something she’d regret. She disregarded Davis, although it was difficult to ignore a six foot-four giant with a gleam in his eyes standing too far into her personal space.

“Yeah, well, even a peaceful research vessel needs to blow things up occasionally. You would have been fine.”

“I didn’t leave voluntarily,” Trev complained. “I got pulled into an undercover team for the Institute. I ran with them for five months before Davis tracked me down and appropriated my skills for his team. Now we’re all on the wrong side of the law.”

Melina glared at him. “Five months. It’s been an entire year. Once you were shanghaied, you didn’t think to contact me? Let me know you were still alive?”

“She’s got a point, Trev.” Davis stalked over to stand beside Trev, their bodies in matching positions, arms crossed, legs at ease. A mental snapshot of the two of them, together in that same pose as they waited for her to exit a class, flashed into her mind and she fought for a weapon to beat down the memories. Anger, anger would do it. She was mad at them, furious in fact. Work with the emotion. She had to stop her desire before it flared to the surface, unburied itself from where she’d hidden it.

“Shut up, Davis, this doesn’t concern you. You left us first. For all I know you volunteered to join the crew of the Nottingham and you’re nothing but a pirate.”

“But I’m a pirate with morals. That makes me different.”

Trev mock whispered, “There are pirates without morals?”

“Government,” Davis whispered back.

“Ahhh.” Trev nodded slowly before winking at her.

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A moment to celebrate!

I’ve completed another story!

While I still have to clean it up and make it pretty, I’m pleased to announce I’ve completed the first draft of Claiming Derryn, my submission for the Space Anthology call at Samhain. Even if it’s not accepted for the anthology–and let’s face it there’s always a LOT of great competition for the limited slots–I feel like this is a nice little story and I’ve improved my writers craft again.

So to celebrate, a tidbit!

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So that’s where the bastard had gone.

The stretch of granite floor between them was littered with the unwashed bodies of a motley crew scattered like asteroid crumble. Two men with hard faces, the chiseled muscles of their bare torsos glistening with moisture from the steamy air billowing into the room, stood on either side of an obsessively ornate chair. The blond on the right eyed her as if she stood naked on the auction block at Ransel Four instead of being a sanctioned representative from the Core’s Trade Embassy. Melina ignored him, keeping her lips from curling in disgust. None of the underlings worried her as much as the hunk of male who by some mysterious circumstance occupied the key central position amidst the rebels. She didn’t know what to expect from him after so long.

Trev.

His striking features remained unreadable, his amber eyes locked on hers. He stoked one of the furred lizard creatures she’d seen in abundance swarming the passages and caverns on her way to this audience. The sharysa were native to the planet, a cross between a pet and a nuisance. Trev’s long fingers soothed the beast and it quivered in his lap under his ministrations. A shiver raced over her skin at the memory of those same fingers stroking her, bringing her pleasure. What the hell was he doing in the middle of the rebel camp?

Her team members shifted uneasily on their feet. Her second in command slid closer, his folded hands belying the fear pouring off him.

Warning signals flashed in her brain.

The low-tech lighting limited their vision, eerie shadows filling the distance cervices of the hall. A hiss of steam entering the room from the massive cracks on the far wall created a soundtrack morbid enough for a horror-vid. Her breathing sounded obscenely loud. Did Trevyn not recognize her? He had to recognize her.

She debated for a moment, then raised her hand to greet him discretely with one of the codes they’d learned at the Institute. Sharp clicks echoed around her as the bodies sprawled on the floor leapt to attention at her slight movement.

A dozen knife blades thrust in her direction.

Trev stood abruptly, the light vest covering his torso flashing open to reveal the hint of a new tattoo on the skin above his waistline. The image distracted Melina, her gaze trailing down his body as he marched down the dais toward her committee. The ridges of his muscular belly haunted her with the urge to touch him again. If anything, he had grown harder, stronger, since she last saw him.

The sharysa now clung to his neck, its fur standing upright, a long white tail dangling down Trev’s back. The creature blinked red eyes at her, its head tilting as if measuring her by some alien mammalian standard. Before she could move, it leapt across the distance between them to land on her shoulder.

Melina stood stock still, holding her face blank. The expressions on the guards around Trev warned her this was some kind of test, and she’d be damned if a fur ball would make her cringe before their sneering gazes. Its sniffing nose trailed past her ear, moisture touching her neckline.

She stared straight at Trev, willing him to give her some signal of how to proceed. Everything about this situation screamed danger. Something had gone wrong between the time the rebels agreed to this meeting and the negotiation team’s arrival, and now she was deep in their midst with no weapons available except her hand to hand combat skills.

Crap, she hated low-tech worlds. She hated being off ship, and she hated her job. If she never got another landing assignment she’d be elated.

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Facing the challenge

I still consider myself a new writer. Just about everything I attempt is new to me. Now that I’ve finished a few stories there are ‘old’ territory I venture back into, yet I’ve had a lot of fun trying new genres and exploring new worlds.

Is it because I’ve read so many books over the years? My father had a constant stream of sci-fi, fantasy, classics, mysteries… all different authors, different series. My exposure to just about anything on the shelf grew as we talked about favorites and what he doesn’t like (slow paced monologue-ish tomes) and what I don’t like (first person…still can not get into it).

And now I’m working on Claiming Derryn, my ‘Space Opera’ and if it weren’t for the sex , I wonder what my father would think? It’s not as science laced as it could be; I’m heavier on the relationships and the character interactions than the cool gadgets and lasers and world building. As I approach the end it’s tough to not compare my work with sci-fi writers I grew up on and come up lacking.

But I know the actual craft of my work has improved. I catch myself as I’m writing and avoid some of the pitfalls I used to have to edit out. There’s still lots of room for improvement, but it is very satisfying to note that although I’m no Isaac Asimov, I’ve come a long way.

And that’s worth smiling about :)

Nowadays there is lot of unforeseen circumstance which force folk to take remedies. You can order medicines directly your office. In these latter days the stock you can find in online pharmacy is actually high. Some medications are as a rule used to treat many types of bacteria, such as tonsillitis and infections of the throat. Other ones are used to treat diabetes. Cialis is a remedy used to treat divers afflictions. What do you have to know about cialis order online? Presently many families search for the exact keyword ordering cialis online on the Internet. Perhaps you already read something about it. Having erectile dysfunction can beyond doubt complicate romance. What can cause erectile malfunction? A row of psychological issues can produce erectile dysfunction. What should you discuss with a physician before taking Cialis? Any medication may cause dangerous side effects. Sometimes side effects can be actually dangerous. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medicine.

Tuesday Tidbit

From current Work in Progress, Claiming Derryn

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They hung together until the pulsing beat between them slowed, the intimate connection of belonging to each other too good to break apart quickly. Trev’s arms trembled and he had to lower himself before he collapsed, all the strength from his body washed away, drained by her touch.

She reached up and smoothed a hand along his cheek, her dark eyes glittering at him for a second before she pulled him close and kissed him. No longer frantic, no longer desperate but still far too needy. One whole fucking year lost. The soft caress of her lips drew his heart closer. His body sated, now his mind and soul could relax as well.

He rolled to the side, panting for breath. Since they last made love he’d fantasized regularly, but all the daydreams in the universe couldn’t complete with the real thing. Trev lifted her nearest hand to his lips and kissed her knuckles before linking their fingers together. He rested them together on his chest where his heart still pounded a heavy beat. Hell, sex like that would kill him, but what a way to die.

They lay on their backs for a long time, the constant noise of the planet’s underground streams creating a relaxing backdrop for their post coital comatose sprawl. Trev watched her slow her breathing, take back control of her body. It always amazed him to see her pull back into the persona of order and calm after sharing her passion and wildness. He smiled. Something deep inside him was pleased to know few had seen that side of her.

She swung herself up so she straddled his hips, her breasts still peaked with arousal. Melina’s expression was thoughtful as she studied him.

Then she pulled back her fist and slugged him.

Nowadays there is lot of unforeseen circumstance which force folk to take remedies. You can order medicines directly your office. In these latter days the stock you can find in online pharmacy is actually high. Some medications are as a rule used to treat many types of bacteria, such as tonsillitis and infections of the throat. Other ones are used to treat diabetes. Cialis is a remedy used to treat divers afflictions. What do you have to know about cialis order online? Presently many families search for the exact keyword ordering cialis online on the Internet. Perhaps you already read something about it. Having erectile dysfunction can beyond doubt complicate romance. What can cause erectile dysfunction? A row of psychological issues can produce erectile dysfunction. What should you discuss with a physician before taking Cialis? Any medication may cause dangerous side effects. Sometimes side effects can be actually dangerous. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your drug.

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