January 14th, 2009

clarelondon

JAN 14: Let me introduce you...

So dear God, it's one of MY days and I nearly forgot! LOL
Not really, I just got distracted at my second home, The Dentist.
But now I'm back online and still in one piece, and I wanted to introduce you to

someone who's very close to me.

Who supports and cossets and encourages and inspires me.
Who is always there beside me when I write, who doesn't argue with me, who can be silent when I want him to be, who tolerates my bad moods.
But who also has a will of his own, who is volatile, emotional, fragile, flaky, tempestuous, sexy, determined, fractious...
Whose silence can often be taken for dismissal or sulking or just damned pig-headedness.
Who has a tendency to pack his bags at any imagined slight and leave forthwith for Brighton beach.
And not send a postcard. Or answer his cell. Or leave me any useful notes or plot directions or character bios...

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There he is, in all his fairly androgynous glory, showing his opinion of my posturing and complaints and creative pouts, i.e. despairing of how the hell someone as flaky as I am ever gets anything written in the first place.

And so you can see what a ridiculously small size he is, there's a picture of him at ClareSpace, that's where I (try to) write, the corner of the dining room table. I need my HD to hand and plenty of paper and pens, and a vase of flowers.
(Sorry that one looks a bit tired, they're due for a refresh *lol*. And thanks to Hubby for the pictures, despite the eye rolling when I gave him the project...).

So...The Muse.

*Angel or Anguish?

*Disproportionately powerful or a Critical Friend?

*Giving gifts of Inspiration or gleefully smirking at your Writer's Block???!!!

Who or what is your Muse?

A person / image / music / emotion / silly little statuette like mine? LOL.

Is he/she your greatest helpmate or yet another hurdle in the battle for Fic Completion?

Love/hate - or Love Eternal?

Let us know! ♥


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Follow this month with Clare (yes, it's all about the MEEEE...):

Week 2 :
Jan 09 : ravensilver describes the creativity of independent manga publishing - and the challenges...
Jan 10 : kitzheng talks about Kink...
Jan 11 : chrissy munder shares the struggles of writing, NC17 penguins and mantyhose...
Jan 12 : 1more_sickpuppy bares her soul about confessing her love for m/m fiction...
Jan 13 : erastes talks about taking that leap from fanfiction to the 'original' world...


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JAN 15: Sloane Nominated for The HOT....

Today I'm joined by the gorgeous, sexy, talented author Sloane Taylor, a mistress (no pun intended) in the contemporary m/f erotica market.

She describes herself better than I can, so all I can say is that she's witty and articulate, and her characters are fun and feisty. The settings are glamorous, the action is fast and full of suspense. And did I mention the HOT?!!!
She's also become both a good friend and an assertive crit partner to me (not easy, when I'm so flaky LMAO). And the books are all a damned good read!

Excerpts below, mostly NWS - please let us know if you enjoy them!

Thanks, Clare, for having me out today to pimp myself.:) You’re a sweetheart and I do appreciate the opportunity.

Here’s a little information for those of you who don't know me. I’m a sensual woman who believes humor and sex are healthy aspects of our everyday lives which carry over into my books.

My stories are set in Europe where the men are all male and the North American women they encounter are both feminine and strong. As a true romantic, my women bring more than lust to their men’s lives.

Currently I write for Aspen Mountain Press, Magnificent Men of Munich series, and Eternal Press, Naughty Ladies of Nice series. To date I have nine books published and am fervently working on the tenth, unless my addiction to Mah Jong and email grabs hold. Don’t worry, you’re safe, I won’t pimp all the books today. LOL

On the personal side, I was born and raised in Chicago. Studly, my non-husband and mate for life, and I split our time between a home in Illinois and a weekend cottage on the back roads of Indiana which is a great place to write.

Time to get this show started!


Magnificent Men of Munich - Teddi Turns On

At Aspen Mountain Press.

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No one’s going to take advantage of Teddi Howard again, including the Munich tour operator who screwed her over when he reneged on their contract. Her only option is to face the little weasel.

Nothing stands in the way of the prominent, German businessman David Stiefle, especially a woman. No way is he ever getting involved, even if she is the sensual Mrs. Howard.

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BUY LINK!

TEDDI TURNS ON is a 2009 EPPIE Finalist in the Erotica Category and has also been nominated as the Best Book All Around for 2008 at Love Romances Café.

The next book in the series is;
Magnificent Men of Munich - Lonnie Heats Up


At Aspen Mountain Press.

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Lost in the Austrian Alps, psychologist Lonnie Copley is forced to accept help from a Hell’s Angel wannabe. She never expected to be trapped with the Aryan god in deserted Castle Flophouse.

Disgusted with cleaning up his client’s dirty lives, attorney Wolfe Deider is in major career throes. He doesn’t need some insolent woman mucking up his mind, even if she does have a mouth made for kissing.

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Moving on to Eternal Press, below is the latest release in this hot little series;
The Naughty Ladies of Nice - Book Five - French Tickler


At Eternal Press.

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Lingerie designer Samantha Bradley is on the brink of major success. While having the time of her life in Nice she meets sexy Cisco Bernier, a man who turns her heart inside out and makes her body sizzle.

Despite being France’s key criminal prosecutor, Cisco’s success in relationships has been less than zero. When he meets Sam, his staid world goes up in flames.

Their happiness is short lived as their pasts collide. His underhanded mother and her mob-connected father resurface to threaten their future.

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BUY LINK.

And Sloane offers even more...!
Now, if any or all of you like bookmarks and postcards along with a handy booklet for travel, please send your snail mail address to me, sloanetaylor@comcast.net, with FREEBIE in the subject line. I'll be happy to send you a packet no matter where in the world you are.

Please stop by my website where you’ll find some of the tastiest and easiest menus ever to help simplify your life. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Thanks for taking the time to read about my work and me. And a HUGE thanks to you, Clare. You’re the best!!

Happy Reading,
Sloane


Sloane Taylor
Sweet as Honey...Hotter than Hell
TEDDI TURNS ON 2009 EPPIE Finalist
www.sloanetaylor.com
www.myspace.com/sloanetaylor




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Follow this month with Clare (yes, it's all about the MEEEE...):

Week 2 :
Jan 09 : ravensilver describes the creativity of independent manga publishing - and the challenges...
Jan 10 : kitzheng talks about Kink...
Jan 11 : chrissy munder shares the struggles of writing, NC17 penguins and mantyhose...
Jan 12 : 1more_sickpuppy bares her soul about confessing her love for m/m fiction...
Jan 13 : erastes talks about taking that leap from fanfiction to the 'original' world...
Jan 14 : meet my Muse, the 'man' who has way too much power in my writing house...

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Want to grab a day to pimp, pose or pontificate? Comment HERE!!