Edits Are Fun, Yeah Right!

Hello everyone! So I just wrapped up edits on my upcoming release, Rawhide Angel. Right now the copy editor has it and copy editor willing I’ll be done with that book after a great read through. While I wait my wonderful critique partner, Rebecca Zanetti mentioned a romantic suspense book that I had started awhile back. I actually wrote around 16k on the book before seeing something shiny and forgetting about it :). Now I’m reading through it and well, I like it. I mean I like all of it except my bad guy.

Sometimes I see these series in my head and honestly believe that I can pull off a trilogy. I had this in mind when I began this book. In fact, I know each character what their beginning is, their arc, and their end. All except my bad guy that is. Holy crap its hard to make a bad guy really bad. I mean, yeah I can say he’s just insane but come on, that’s just not gonna fly with an editor. Plus, I have three bad guys but only one is the ultimate villan. Oh I’m so out there on this one!!

One day I’m going to write a book on all the comments I make to myself while writing as well as all the comments that Rebecca says. Some of them make me want to scream, others actually help. While I was stressing out Sunday on how to manage my bad guys and their stories Rebecca simply said, “Tell one story at a time. Focus on one bad guy in each book.” Oh soooo simple. I’m very blessed to say that I am PLOTTING the first book out with limited book two focus. Of course I have to add a little here and there to work with in book two but I’m so happy now that my mind is not spinning out of control.

While I have your attention however, I’d like to say I wish you all a happy holiday season. Recently while I was working I was told that one of my students wasn’t allowed to participate in anything to do with Santa Claus. At first I thought it was because her religion didn’t believe in the celebration of Christmas. Over the years most religions have conceded that scholars are right and Christ wasn’t born in the fall and that early catholics picked the time to celebrate his birth to offset the pagan holidays. So I just assumed that was what it was with my student. However, I was wrong. Her family simply doesn’t believe in the commercialism of Christs birthday. They don’t believe in Santa or what he stands for. So, just out of curiosity I wonder what you all think? Me, I see what they mean but I also believe that Santa is a great tool. I told my children that Santa helps deliver presents and spread God’s message.

 

Thanks all,

Sayde Grace

The Lure of Old Cemeteries

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If you know me, you would know, I’m a scary cat when it comes to watching horror movies. At the same time. I have this passion for paranormal, witches, voodoo, and old cemeteries. The old ones are my favorite, aged, and covered with moss, and some defaced from weather, and climate.

When I visit an old cemetery I love the old crypts, or graves. Love to see their names and wonder  what their life was like when they were alive. A defaced and broken crypt is ideal for a scene in any paranormal story which might include a vampire, goul, ghost, or whatever your fantasy might take a writer.

So with this in mind, here are some great pictures of some crypts located somewhere in the deep south. Let your mind wonder, and your imagination run wild, and free.

Forms of Sexual Tension

Hello everyone! Today I’m going to talk about different forms of sexual tension. A few months ago I did an online chat where I talked about adding emotion to your sex scenes. During the chat one of my side topics was sexual tension. Since then I have started a new manuscript where the sexual tension is thick enough to cut with a butter knife.

There are many ways to add sexual tension. I prefer to have my characters bickering. Now, I was once told that bickering isn’t something strong enough to build a plot on. That’s true, however using tha as a character trait is different.  Having a couple who have a major plot of why they can’t or won’t be together is your main concept but giving them a trait where when near each other they bicker, creating a friction between them. That friction can be just the beginning to passion.

That is just one way to create sexual tension. Some authors keep characters touching. A stroke of a hand down an arm will do it. Sometimes the gentle press of lips near flesh but never touching. And even a certain glance will create tension.

Adding an emotional element to any form of creating sexual tension will draw your readers deeper into the relationship. As a reader I know that what ties me to a character is how something effects that character emotionally. When that character is fighting with the other how does she feel? What are her hidden emotions? by bringing those hidden emotions to your readers they will connect your readers to your characters.

Those emotions can be presented in the smallest ways. Just a thought here or there. A slight sigh. A cuss. A blink. Those little actions can reveal emotions that are behind the sexual tension.

What are things you look for as a reader when it comes to tension, relationships, or traits?

thanks everyone.

Sayde

Guest Author Randi Alexander!!

Hi all!!! So today you get a double post from me!! YAY! My fellow wild and wicked cowboy blogger and Wild Rose Press author Randi Alexander is here today! Give her a giant southern sizzle welcome.

New Release and Book Giveaway!

I want to thank all the Southern Sizzle ladies for having me here today. I’m Randi Alexander and I write cowboy erotic romance. My first book, Chase and Seduction was released May 27 from The Wild Rose Press’ Cowboy Kink line.

I want to give a special thanks to Sayde Grace. She was my inspiration for submitting to the Cowboy Kink line. Here’s the story. Picture it: Spring 2010 – at the Silken Sands Writers’ Conference in Pensacola, Florida, I attended a workshop about cowboys given by Sayde, whose first Cowboy Kink novel, Riding Double had just released from The Wild Rose Press. A great conference, a fabulous workshop, and way too much fun. Oh, and informative, too.

When I returned home, I downloaded her book and read it. That’s when I knew Chase, the hero in my work in progress, shouldn’t be just a country-western singer, he should be a cowboy at heart. I checked out the submission requirements for the Cowboy Kink line, and rewrote Chase and Seduction, giving my hero a true cowboy life when he wasn’t on stage.

I submitted to The Wild Rose Press. And the rest – is history.

You just never know when someone or something will change the direction of your life. Sometimes we are so set on the agenda we’re following and so focused on the end result that we don’t take time to consider other options that pop up. Meeting new people, embracing new ideas, detouring a little out of our way can make a huge difference in our lives.

Gosh, my apologies if I sound like a guest on Oprah, but in my writing, as in my life, I’ve learned to be as absorbent as a sponge, as flexible as licorice, and as resilient as a weed. And as Sizzling as a Southerner!!!

Country music superstar/actor Chase Tanner has yet to be denied anything–and he’s never wanted anything or anyone more than gorgeous screenplay writer Reno Linden. So when the film they are working on is finally finished, Chase decides to turn up the volume on seducing Reno. 

Reno Linden lived a quiet, rural life until she was thrust into the Hollywood scene when her book was adapted to film. Chase Tanner is larger than life, sinfully sexy and hell-bent on getting her into bed. Skittish after a failed wedding engagement, Reno risks the plunge into Chase’s arms, and is surprised that her good girl self can keep up with bad boy Chase. 

Though Chase returns to his cowboy roots often, and Reno cherishes the time spent with him on his ranch, the two find their careers pulling them in different directions. Will their attraction survive the glitz and stress of fame? 

EXCERPT: Over 18 only

Reno sat on the blanket as Chase stood over her, gloriously naked except for his hat, looking out over his land, a potent mixture of pride and appreciation on his face. The same way she looked at her home in South Dakota. She loved the idea that he was so much like her. Hard working, unaffected by stardom. Born and raised in a small town, valuing people for who they were, not what they owned. Not like Drake, and not like the literary elite he called “friends.” She never fit into his crowd, no matter how hard Drake tried to reshape her.

But how would she fit into Chase’s crowd? He talked about the guys in his band, his manager, a few of the neighbors, and a couple country stars he called friends. What would they think of her? Just another in a long line of Chase’s women? She would prove to them she was good for Chase, a worthy partner for him.

He caught her stare. “What’s on your mind, Reno?”

She shrugged and smiled then glanced away. She wasn’t ready to share this intimate trail of thoughts with Chase. It’d probably scare him half to death.

Across the lake, the sun snuck below the treetops, sparkling its last rays across the waves made by a fresh breeze. Birds chirped in the willow tree on the shoreline. She could be happy here.

“Look.” He pointed to the lake.

Her hat floated, half-submerged in the middle of the lake like a waterlogged canoe. “Oh, pooh. I paid twelve dollars for that hat.”

“Twelve bucks? Hell, can’t waste all that money. Let’s go rescue it.” He secured his hat under the picnic basket, and called, “Race you.” He took off without warning.

“Cheat!” she laughed as she scrambled to her feet and followed.

He whooped and hooted as he did a high-step run into the shallows, then dove in when it was deep enough. By the time she caught up to him in the middle of the lake, Chase had her soggy, unstarched hat on his head.

“Ruined?” She tread water next to him.

“Yup. We’ll have to go to town and shop some.”

She swam closer, wrapped her legs around his waist and her arms around his shoulders. His big muscles worked harder to keep them both afloat. “I don’t want to go to town. I want to stay here.”

“Forever?” His tone sounded teasing, but his eyes were serious. He looked to her for an answer.

She smiled, the sweet knowledge that he waded into the same intimidating waters as she did, gave her heart a jolt. But she didn’t want to rush it. Not with this man, who possessed every quality she was looking for in a mate. They had to go slowly, set a good, strong base for their relationship.

She answered, “For now.”

To celebrate the release of Chase and Seduction, I’m giving away, to one lucky *commenter, an e-copy of my novella Her Cowboy Stud. Just leave a comment today and we’ll choose a winner tomorrow. *Commenter must be 18 years of age or older to win.

I’m also giving away a cowgirl hat to one subscriber to my newsletter. For more details, and to sign up for this contest, please go to my website, RandiAlexander.com  And while you’re there, you can read the first chapter of Chase and Seduction.

Good luck, and thank you!

Randi

RandiAlexander.com

WildAndWickedCowboysBlog

Buy Chase and Seduction at The Wild Rose Press Wilder Roses

Thanks Randi for stopping by! I enjoy the compliment of having a small part in this book but I have no doubt that Chase was already burning up those pages and would have caught the eye of many an editor!!

Talk About Hot Cowboys, Meet Author Marie Tuhart!

Hello everyone! Today I’m so thirlled to share the Tuesday spotlight with such a talented author as our guest blogger today. A little over a year ago I had the great pleasure of reading a book titled In Plain Sight. I loved it and am so thrilled that since then I’ve gotten to be in a group blog with the author of it, Marie Tuhart. Marie and I both write erotic romance about cowboys and hers are beyond smokin hot!  So it’s my pleasure to introduce our guest today, author Marie Tuhart.

 
Thank you for having me on your blog today, Sayde.

Sayde had asked me what inspired me to write my current release Quick Silver Ranch: Roped And Ready.  It was back in 2009, I had just sold my first book to The Wild Rose Press when the Scarlet line put out a call for new stories for a new series Cowboy Kink.

Since I was kneed deep in revisions and edits for the book I just sold, I printed out the email and set it aside for later.  Several months later, I found the email and was ready to start a new book.
After reading the requirements, I realized I was going to dip into the world of ménage.  I wasn’t against the idea, but I had to figure out how to make it work for me and my writing. Over the next week I thought about what kind of cowboy book I could write.  The idea of a dude ranch was good, but not the “kink” type of place the muse in my head reminded me.  So then I though “what about an adult dude ranch.”

My muse took notice.  I decide to take the idea of an adult dude ranch and run with it.  After some research, I started writing and in 6 weeks I had a rough draft, several critiques later and revisions, I sent the book off to The Wild Rose Press. The book sold, I was happy.  Imagine my surprise when my editor emailed me and asked if I could write the secondary characters story.  “Sure I can do that.” I wrote her back.  Within seconds of sending the email, my head hit my desk and I muttered, “Sure, I have no conflict, no plot, no idea of what I’m going to do with these secondary characters.  What was I thinking?” 
But it all worked out for the best.  Inspiration for books can come from anywhere.

Here’s a blurb for Quick Silver Ranch: Roped And Ready

After Becca Dalton finds her fiancé in bed with her boss, she ends the ill-fated engagement on the spot and quits her job. She heads to Quick Silver Ranch, looking to regroup before an interview for the job of her dreams–an executive position at a five-star hotel.
Becca’s best-laid plans are ruined when she discovers the exclusive ranch is for consenting couples who spend their days and nights exploring their most wicked sexual fantasies. For Becca to remain at the ranch and take advantage of all the arousing activities, she needs a partner.
Her sexy college lover and part owner of the ranch, Tyler Carson, is willing to break all the rules, partner up with Becca and have her roped and ready for a week of unimaginable pleasure.  But is a week enough to satisfy his desire for Becca?
Excerpt:
Indecision kept her from going into the bedroom and packing.  A knock sounded.  Cross the room, she pulled open the door.
            “Hi,” said Tyler.
            Her insides melted.  Liquid heat flooded her pussy and her nipples grew hard.  Damn it, it wasn’t fair he could do this to her after all this time.  “Come in.”  She left the door open and retreated, wrapping her arms around her waist.
            The door slid closed with a quiet click.  She paced around the room.  “I didn’t realize-I mean-Oh, hell.”  Her arms waved in the air as she tried to explain.  “I’m sorry.  I’ll leave.”
            “You don’t have to.” He crossed the room to stop in front of her.
            The heat coming from his body singed her skin.
            “Its couple only, Tyler.  I didn’t know about the adult part either, until I read the book here in my cabin.”
            “Yes, it usually is couples only.  But you do have a choice in the matter.”
            “I don’t see how.”  She tilted her head.  Did he want her to stay?
            “We do have regular dude ranch activities.  I’m sure you read that in the brochure.  I can teach you to ride if you decide to stay.  I’ll be your guide for the week.”
            “That would be nice.”  Who was she kidding?  It would be torture.  He’s asking as a friend, not as a lover.  She wanted the lover.  After Alan’s rejection the unwanted, unlovable feelings overwhelmed her.  And now here was this uncontrollable reaction to Tyler, giving her more proof the wedding to Alan was nothing but a shame.  She needed to feel like a woman, again.  And Tyler could do that for her, she was confident he could.  But only if he was willing.
            “Your choice, Becca.”
            Her haze gaze clashed with his blue one.  Stay or go.  She wanted to stay.
            Her mind was made up.  Stepping closer to him, she asked, “Will you be my guide for the adult activities as well, Tyler?”

And for a great look at Marie’s book covers here ya go. I have to admit I thought mine were hot but hers are just steamin!

For more on Marie please check out her website: http://marietuhart.com/index.php

Thanks Marie for stopping by and blogging with us today!!

A Time of Thanks

Hello everyone! So I can’t believe I forgot today was Tuesday! I’m going to set an alarm. But I had a rant I was going to share with you all about my brother but today I opted out of ranting. I’m writing on a book which I loved the first time I wrote it but no one else did. Now I love it even more and I can’t help but wonder if that means editors and agents will hate it twice as much this time or if it’ll pass. I’m not going to worry about it. Sometimes I get a little blue over projects that don’t go as well as I think they should but then I remember I’ve got two novella’s published and my editor is still wanting more. Then I sold a book which I thought I’d never sell. And then my editor emailed me and informed me that my latest novella is making it above the 50 mark in best sellers on two ebook sellers. It’s ranked 3 for books sold by The Wild Rose Press. I’m thrilled, and extremely thankful to all those who have helped me.

Another thing I’m thankful for, which I don’t say it enough, is my friends here on the blog. Liz was the first of the sizzlers that I met and I will always remember her intriguing me with her book. Then I spoke to Rita and Paula. Paula is probably the most patient person I know and you all have no idea how thankful I am about that as I’ve had her synopsis for nearly two months! Time issues coupled with computer meltdowns have slowed me down so much! Rita brought to the bunch order and a schedule! I love it. Then come in my lawyers. These ladies cracked me up from the get go with their love of men like Collin Firth and Alan Rickman. I’m so proud to say these ladies have had a great year too. And last but soooo not least I have to be especially thankful for Runere Mclain. This lady emails me out of the blue to encourage me or tell me how proud of me she is and I gotta say those emails make my day!

So I’m beyond thrilled today to thank all these ladies for being my friend. What is the theme song for the Golden Girls? Maybe that should play or better yet we can be Designing women. I want the tiara and the gun like Susan!

Ok so we need one more. Who wants to play Anthony?

Author Bianca Swan!!!

Hello everyone! Today I’m thrilled to have erotic romance author Bianca Swan here to blog with us. Please join me in welcoming her. Also I’m a popular lady today and am guest blogging at http://brindlechase.blogspot.com/2010/11/flirtatious-friday-on-tuesday-w-sayde.html with author Brindle Chase who will be a guest here soon. And I’m over on Rachel Leigh’s blog who guest blogged with us a few weeks ago http://rachelleighromance.blogspot.com/

Now lets get to wonderful author Bianca Swan and her new release :)!!

From the time I was a child, I loved horses—always thought every little box under the Christmas tree was a note saying that there was a pony tied outside.  Didn’t happen until I was 13 then not at Christmas just the miracle in July.  My first large pony was named First Fling, a black-and-white paint.

For several years, my husband (now ex) and I bred and showed Arabians.  They are lovely animals and I enjoyed my gelding Foxfire Baron, took him to The Nationals in costume, and had a superb time.  Then I discovered the Andalusian—the Horse of Kings and the bullfighting horse of Spain.  Also, a key ingredient in the original breeding of the Lipizzaner of Spanish Riding School fame.

I met my soul mate (on four feet) in the shape of a gorgeous 4 year-old stallion named Bonito, imported from Costa Rica, and a lot more talented horse than I was a rider.  I spent the next few years catching up, but I wouldn’t take anything for the experience.  Andalusians are very talented for the Airs Above the Ground  and I found myself wiping the red dirt of South Carolina off my hinny more times than I’d like to admit.

The Andalusian horse plays a strong supporting role in Hot Spanish Nights.  I’d always wanted to write a book about the horse I loved, was intrigued with their role in the bullring, and The Wild Rose Press offered me the opportunity with their erotic line Destination Desire.

However!  Once I started working with the editor the story grew beyond the line’s word length.  I must thank Trish Owens of TWRP for guiding me along the path to becoming a writer of erotic romance.  I was (and still am) a writer of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, the latter of which Bianca has blended into her hot world in the form of a novella about a sweet, dynamic fallen angel named Cam-ael.

If anyone wants to ask a question about the Andalusian or bullfighting, though I am no expert, I have done some research on the latter.

Sayde and I share the love of horses.  I rode English, foxhunting and dressage.  She lives on the edge, riding super fast horses around barrels (I do that in cars—around cones).

Thank you, Sayde for letting me take over the spotlight.

The music in my trailer for Hot Spanish Nights is Espana Cani (The Gypsy Dance).  A spectacular dance, the Paso Doble, is often performed to this song.

The translation of Paso Doble is “Two Step”, not to be confused with “Paso a Dos” (Dance for Two). The name refers to the marching nature of the dance, counted one, two for Left, Right.  Paso Doble is also known as the “Spanish One Step” because only one step is taken to each beat of music.  The tempo of Paso Doble music is usually a brisk 60 beats per minute.

The following steps are distictive to the Paso Doble:

  • Sur Place (on the spot)
  • Separation
  • Attack
  • Huit
  • Open Promenade to Open Counter Promenade
  • Spanish Line
  • Promenade Close
  • Flamenco Taps

The Paso Doble portrays a bullfight to march-like music used for the procession at the beginning of the corrida.  The music is played during the bullfighters’ entrance (paseo) or during the passes (faena) just before the kill. The man is bullfighter and the lady is his cape in the drama of a Spanish bullfight.

The dancers take dramatic steps forward on the heels, adding artistic hand movements. The forward steps, or walks, are strong and proud. The Torero (male dancer) should incorporate apel, a move in which he stamps his foot, much like a matador strikes the ground in order to capture the bull’s attention of the bull. All dance moves should be sharp and quick, with the chest and head held high to represent arogance and dignity.

Gypsy Dance, the music in the Hot Spanish Nights trailer, is classic Paso Doble.

(COVER HERE) The dance, the horses, the men and danger…all available now from The Wild Rose Press, The Wilder Roses….Hot Spanish Nights.  http://www.thewildrosepress.com/wilderroses/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=792&zenid=cdc4f915597ebca5d9fc1d29d2781098

Visit Bianca at:  http://www.biancaswan.com or at her blog:  http://biancaswanblog.wordpress.com/ .  You are invited to read an erotic short story, The Gatekeeper’s Cottage.  Beware: twisted ending.  Commenters on that blog page are entered to win prizes in random drawings.

THANK YOU to Bianca for bringing us such a great post!!

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