Cowboys and Bad boys~Oh Yeah! #MFRWauthor #blogchallenge #romance

 

Welcome to week  19 of the 52-week MFRW blog hop challenge.  The topic for this week is What is our perfect Romance Hero.

That is a real tough question for me as I don’t have a perfect one. My ideals change with my moods. This reflects in both my writing and reading material.

I guess my favorite is a Cowboy. I never seem to get tired of them. Whether is is a gentle, caring one saving his farm or raising some family members babies or starts out a royal pain in the butt ( these are my favorite I suppose) I like bad boys to redeem.

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I also like Military men, special ops, bodyguards, firemen, and police. Bad boys rank high on my list as well. I like men they work hard yet have a soft spot under all that rough exterior. (ok erotica writers no chuckling.)

I also like chefs and blue-collar workers. I like men that work hard yet have a soft spot under all that hard exterior. (ok erotica writers no chuckling.)

Bad boys rank high on my list as well. I don’t know what it is about a bad boy but there is this invisible pull that leads me to them LOL. I guess I like the tough take no crap attitude, but we as authors can find their weakness and redeem them.

I fell in love with Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind and have loved bad boys ever since.

What is your favorite romance hero? Who was your first Romance Hero Crush?

Let’s go check out the other blogger’s favorite romance heroes.

Let the Music Play~ Cathy Writes Romance #MFRWauthor #music

Welcome to the MFRWauthor blog challenge week 7. This week our topic is  Music we write by. I wonder if I can count the flow of my fish tank, the hum of the refrigerator and the occasional cars that drive by. Maybe even all the kids screaming and dogs barking in the afternoon?

I don’t have any set music I listen to as I write. As a matter of fact, I do better with it quiet (except for the above). On occasion, I may turn on Pandora or YouTube but most likely for research for songs my characters may listen to. I do sometimes have a playlist for each story but rarely do I listen while I write. Not the first draft anyhow. I need to concentrate. Sometimes I do play my playlist when I do my rewrite or edits to help get in the mood of the story, so each story will have me listening to different music.

I am an 80’s rock girl, so that is what I listen to a lot. My daughter had me hooked o other things like Evanescence, Nirvana, Disturbed, so I  have a list of songs she hooked me up on as well. I guess you could say I am diversified. Here are some of my favorites.

I use to listen to music a lot while I blogged or did household chores now  I listen to audiobooks instead.

What kind of music do you like?

Now let’s go see what the other MFRWauthors like to listen to!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writerly Wednesday~Decisions Decisions #amwriting #genres #newwip

Five years ago I decided writing would be fun. Just pick up a pen and start writing that story brewing in my head.  That is a good thought. It is also a good start. In reality, it isn’t that easy at all.

Having an idea for a story is a good beginning, but who are all the characters? What’s the plot? Subplots? Trope?  Genre? Are you going to plot it out? If so how much detail? A basic beginning middle and end or details by chapter? Or are you going to pants it? Even If you do that, you still need to know your characters to a point and the basic plot. How long is the story? Is it a short story, novella or novel? These are just basic questions for the writing of the story.  Now say you figured this all out. Sat down and got your first draft now the next barrage of decisions.

How many times will you reread it? How many rewrites will you do? Do you have your beta readers picked out? How many do you need?  Should you send it to them before the editor? Do you need one editor or three? Are you going to have a proofreader?  While you contemplate this, you also need to figure out who will be designing the cover.  Who will format? Will you hire it out or attempt it yourself and that brings you to–are you using CreateSpace, Smashwords or something else?  Are you self-publishing or submitting to a house. If you choose the latter, then you need to look up their submissions. What do you need? How many pitches? Are you writing them or having them professionally written? how do you write a summary? What’s the difference between a summary and a blurb? A blurb and an excerpt? Do you need all of this?

It took me years to come up with something that worked for me as I kept redoing and redoing and now I have a stack of unfinished books in files. I felt I never could get them right enough.  Now I am writing the rough draft, rewriting it once going through Grammarly as I do and then sending to my Beta(or Alpha) I’ll correct what she finds then send it to an editor. After that, a beta and proofreader and hopefully I will be ready to get it formatted.

Now that these decisions are made, you have more. You need your social media campaign set up. You need marketing plans. How many social media sites do you need?  How much time do you need to spend on them? Do you need a newsletter?  A blog? A website? What’s the difference? Do you need all three? How do you get people to sign up for it? All of this is up to an individual, but you do need to get out there.  I use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest , Goodreads and I blog. I will have a website to showcase my books and a newsletter once I get my first release out.

Whew! Now you’re done, right? Nope. Whether you self-publish or submit to a house, you have to market your books. Social media is just to get you out there. to get people interested. the easiest way to lose them is to only post buy my book stuff. so how do you market?  I haven’t figured out all of that since I haven’t gotten that far, but I do have marketing experience since that was my day job for 19 years. If I could sell diamonds I should be able to sell books. I hope. There are a few ways to market I haven’t mentioned. One is tours. Not as many people read blogs as they use to so be sure to make these fun, offer prizes but what? Do people want a cup with just your name on it? Most likely not.  Books are good. If they are in your party they probably read. Gift cards are also good.  Look into your book and what it’s about. are there some fun scenes in it that you could come up with a prize from?  Early in the year, things like planners and calendars are good mid-year and later unless you have next years these probably aren’t good.  Does your character cook? find easy to ship cooking relating items like aprons, cookbooks, special utensils and you can ship direct from Amazon which makes it easy. Pick items related to the season as well.   Another fun way to get readers are Facebook parties. I love these.  and do as above have a few fun prizes, some books maybe one grand prize. One thing I dislike about these parties is if you have to preorder the book for the prize. it may be ok to have one post for those that do but don’t make it the only prize or grand prize. I also don’t like the prizes on the follow me posts. The prizes should be for fun and not to force people to sign up to your pages or like you.  more than likely they will leave shortly after. You want to win people over and get them to stay so be fun.

There is one more thing. Reviewers.  Reviews are important in so many ways. not only does it help other readers choose to buy or not, but it helps you move up the ladder in Amazon, get on lists, etc.  Reviews do not have to be professional or extensive.  Just pick your stars and a few words like it was good,  it was ok, I loved it. Or even if you felt there was something missing. Reviews should be honest. These should never be bought.

So as you see there are lots of decisions in writing. It isn’t just sitting down on your computer and popping out a story. A lot of work goes into it. Don’t get me wrong it is a fun occupation, but it can get overwhelming and expensive as well. Not all books will come out of the red. It is something you have to want to do and work hard at.

I am sure I left something out, especially in the putting the book up on Amazon. I haven’t gotten there yet so I don’t know what all choices are there. I have seen several, such as Kindle unlimited or KDP select. I see new things now like Kindle Worlds and Kindle Scout I will have to research.  And there is research.

Do you attend Facebook parties or follow blog tours? What kind of prizes do you like to see offered? Do you buy books based on covers and titles or by only authors you already know?

Writers work hard to entertain you so go out and let some of your favorites know how much you appreciate them. Life would be dull without books, since most movies once began as a story.

Take a peek Tuesday~confessions of Love#valentinesday #mmmromance

 

In honor of Valentine’s Day and since I don’t have anything that is valentines day related. I thought I would post a scene for Simon plus two where the three men declare their love. This snippet is very sexual so if explicit man on man on man- sex isn’t for you. Happy Valentine’s day and come back next week when I will be posting from my current WIP that is M/F contemporary with Cowboys and baseball players.

Today’s post is very rough since it was a NaNo story and hasn’t seen a second draft or edit yet.

Simon Plus Two ( working Title only) copyright2016

Simon’s View

“Tonight I want to prove to you both…” Max turns to Topher taking his face in his hands “… That means you too..how much I love you. ” He takes each of our hands leading us to the bed.
“I don’t bottom. I have long ago in a committed relationship. Never when I’m playing. So to prove to you both I am not playing with you guys. That I  trust and love you, I want you both to make love to me.”
My knees buckle and head spins. I never thought about this. I’ve only bottomed for both Max and Topher. Topher has bottomed for Max. I’ve never topped.
Max takes my face in his hands. “It will be ok love. Not all men like to top. It won’t make you less of a man, and if you never want to again after this it won’t change how I feel. This is a gift to you. To you both.” Max croons, caressing my face.
Topher sits still. Pondering. It’s funny how you can look at him and see his brain working.
“Topher. You Ok?” I ask taking his hand in mine.
“Yeah. Just trying to figure this out.”
“Don’t you want me Topher? I know why Simon is nervous. He hasn’t ever topped. You are versatile.”
“Oh yeah! I want you.” Topher looked over at Max longingly.
“You both have your testing done?” Max asks
We both nod. I have only been with Max but we decided it was only fair we all three got tested.
“Do you want to see mine and Simon’s Topher?”
“I was with Simon. I trust you.”
All three papers are in a folder on the nightstand. Max made it when we brought them in.  He picks up the envelope and slides it in the bottom drawer along with the condom boxes. Max bought me a box when we first got together that is larger than the ones he wears. I was so embarrassed when he showed me them. I haven’t used any of them, though.
“Would either of you like a glass of wine to loosen up?”
I consider it. I decide I want to go into this with a clear head. Topher shakes his head. He hasn’t had a drink since the accident. Seeing him in the hospital wrapped like a mummy was a nightmare. Something I never want to relive.
“Undress me. Both of you.”
I begin unbuttoning his shirt. He takes my lips into a sweet kiss, then ramps it up.I love when he sucks and nips on my bottom lip. He lets out a groan. I push his shirt off his shoulders. Glancing down I can see Topher. He has undone Max’s jeans and licking his thigh as he slides the jeans down Max’s long legs. Holy shit that’s hot.
“Kiss me, Simon. My chest. He whispers huskily. I work my way down his square jaw, his throat stopping at one nipple I take it in my mouth.
“Oh Holy Christ!” Max shouts. I can hear Topher humming and moaning. I angle myself not stopping my assault on Max’s nipples. Topher has Max in his mouth. I nearly lose it watching Topher lick and suck. It’s one of my favorite things. He gets into it. Max screams out as Topher runs his tongue piercing over his sensitive skin dipping it in his slit. I thought that would hurt when I first watch him do it. I found out how good it feels when He did it to me one night.
“Guys. Guys. You gotta stop. I’m going to blow. I stop. Topher keeps going, swallowing Max all the way. He grunts when Max pulls him up by the long wisp of his hair. Licking his lips hungrily, looking at us both like we are juicy steaks. Damn, he is one bad, bad boy.
Max swats him playfully on the bottom.
“Undress each other for me.”
Topher grabbed me roughly, his lips crashing down on mine. The taste of another man no longer bothers me. I love tasting Max on Topher. I chase after Topher’s mouth as he breaks the kiss to pull my shirt over my head. I take the chance and pull his of too. He drops to his knees to slide my jeans off. He takes my hard dick into his mouth sucking hard. I’m so aroused I’m not sure ill make it to taking Max.
“Enough Topher,” Max growls from the bed. I glance over to see he is slowly stroking himself.

”Simon take Topher’s pants off.
I unfasten Topher’s jeans, and they drop to the floor. He wears the looser kind. I drop to my knees to tease Topher. I lick and toy with him.
“Simon. Dammit guys. If you two don’t behave.” He leaves the treat in the air. I’m tempted to pull a Topher and ignore him. I like the playful spanks he gives us for misbehaving. He has threatened to buy a whip and taking lessons to tame Topher. I don’t think there’s any taming that man.
Max motions us to come to him pulling us both onto his lap.
“How do you want to do this. Who want to go first?”
Topher and I look at each other. “I think Topher should.”
“Are you sure Simon.”
“Yes. I want to watch you make love to Max.”
“Ok enough Talk.”
Max stands up holding me close to him.
He presses my shoulders showing me where he wanted me. I drop to my knees noticing Topher on his knees behind Max.
Oh, hell is he gonna …
Max shouts some expletives his hips thrust forward.
Yep. Topher is rimming Max.
I take Max into my mouth licking and sucking.I can barely keep from gagging as he bucks forward.
“Oh, God. Oh, oh Shit Fuck. TOPHER! I need you inside me.” Max cries out, pulling my head up.
“Give me a minute, baby. I need to catch my breath. Lay on the bed for me,  your head to the bottom. You can continue while Topher fucks me.”
I do as I’m told. Max climbs above me on his hands and knees from where I lay I can see Topher as he kneels above Max. I hear the snick of a lid, then see Topher’s slender fingers rubbing at Max’s hole. I get busy licking underneath Max’s shaft. I can’t take him in the position I am in so I lick, nip at the skin and playfully suck and lick his balls. He breaths heavy and moans as Topher’s plays him like an instrument.
“Simon, roll over onto your stomach and suck him.”
Max is begging and pleading Topher to take him. I turn over on my stomach lift up and take Max into my mouth. Max shouts as Topher entered him in one fast thrust. I can feel Max tense and breathe hard. Topher begins a slow, steady pace behind Max. I match that pace with my mouth. Max is steadily cursing.
Oh God that’s it. Shit. ‘Right there. Yes.”
I swallow and hum. Max screams as my mouth is flooded with his spend. It’s all I can do to take it all. Makes is huffing and breathing hard as Topher is still steadily moving behind him I lay and watch as Topher’s beautiful cock slides in and out, I realize I’m humping the bed hard. A steady hand presses down on my ass.” No Simon. You can’t get off yet.
Suddenly Topher throws back his head and lets out his yell. Max moans as Topher fills him. I roll out-of-the-way as they both collapse in a heap.
We lay there for several minutes.
I love you both. Max kisses first me then Topher.
I love you both too. Topher kisses me and then Max.
I pull them together kissing them both at once I love you both too.

 

I hope you enjoyed the post. Do you like MMM stories? What did you think of the scene?  Was it too explicit? What could it need more of or less of? I appreciate all comments.

Writerly Wednesday~Schedules#timekeepers #writingtools #amwriting

Last week I made my decision on the project I was going to begin. I also knew I needed to work on the timeline first. My beta agreed to be my timekeeper and push me towards my goals. I agreed on two weeks to work on the timeline then to begin the rewrite that would be my last before she got it. I decided to get it to her by April. Man do I have the work to do.

My homework for yesterday was to have her my tentative schedule and daily plans by today. I kept it simple. 30 minutes to wake up, get my first cup of coffee in me, and sort my emails tending to anything pressing. after that writing first. at least two hours and no less than 2 chapters a day. I am reading through, making notes and especially checking for timeline issues.

Monday was a bust. I got up an hour late feeling awful. My allergies are doing me in. Hubby got up working on budgets and kept calling me in. then we had the budget meeting and I had to sort some medications and make Dr. appointments for us. When I got back online I was told my Tuesday blog had posted, so I went to see why. While there I decided to work on my Wednesday blog. I decided to make a header. That header led to 6 more. ( hey in my defense now I have all my blog headers done for my blogging.) I was showing her the shinies and she asked me if she was supposed to support me in all things writing, she did understand the importance or push the story first. I said story first.  She was a doll yet politely pointed out in the time I had made the pretties I could have done my chapter work.  She was right. I did have these on the schedule for the weekend on my blog work days but I was off schedule.

Being an amazing drill sergeant she had me drop and do that chapter I owed he, LOL

Now back to the subject of Schedules.  They are awesome tools if you use them.  But what is the point of having everything lined up then jumping around like a frog on a hot sidewalk.  I use to have a very detailed calendar and write things down by the half hour. it was so overwhelming and upset me so much if I couldn’t do it that it did more harm than good. I found that less is more.

I put the three most important things.. 2 chapters, reviews/blog, email/ social media Instead of giving them timeframes I  simply write that. I have about 6 hours I dedicate to my computer/ writing. I will do my two chapters ( and any makeup if needed), then down the line.  I drew a line under those three and put Housework/craft. This is not daily chores as I work those in the morning. I can only sit about 30 minutes to an hour then need to move. I have chronic back injury.  So I work my first sprint with my girls, get up and sweep or do a small chore, rinse and repeat. The afternoon house is decluttering I am trying to do I have a list of chores I would like to get done this year, so i will tackle in small bites. I think I will alternate. Do a chore one day some crafting the next. This way neither will be so overwhelming to me.

I also switched to one schedule. last year I had it on my computer on a large desk calendar and in a day planner. The only one I really used was the day planner so I eliminated the other two this year.  This week is my first on my new scheduling and I will keep you up to date if this works. Scheduling is a personal thing for everyone. What works for me won’t work for everyone.  Do you have a tried and true schedule that works for you? Do you use a calendar or computer or a fancy Bullet journal?

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