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I've been blogging (incredibly infrequent posts, but that's me) at blogspot and have neglected LJ. I actually prefer LJ and want to post here more, but I think blogspot better suits my needs.

Just posting this on a whim - it's the longest bit I've posted up anywhere from the story. Blame clarelondon for it - she sent me a virtual birthday gift here at LJ this morning:) Much love to you, Clare, and thank you!

I'm over 40,000 words on the sequel, still with lots of action to come. The readers who wanted back story and more info on the wolves are getting it - along with actually finding out Mal and Zach's last names;)

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self-pubbers, I've made a comparison between the new Barnes & Noble NOOK Press terms and PubIt! terms here:

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Posted on 2013.01.25 at 15:35
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from my yard -

shot from beneath

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Hawaii 5-0 teaches THINGS

Posted on 2013.01.21 at 21:50
thing I did not know: the family and I watched Monday's Hawaii 5-0 and saw this - a fire made using a battery and the foil paper from a pack of cigarettes.

(screengrab from gallicka)

Next thing I know, my 15 y.o. puts a battery in a glass bowl, grabs the foil wrapper from her pack of gum and rips two strips off, holds each strip to the ends of the battery, pushes the other end of both strips together and hello, instant spark, smoke and then fire. Y'all probably know about this, but it's the first I've seen of it:)

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free ebook

Posted on 2012.09.26 at 17:25

Free for a limited time at All Romance ebooks - mobi, PDF, EPUB and HTML

Levi is a vampire, villain and tragedy, a monster made rather than born. He was only a teen when another vampire went rogue and turned him. He's obsessed with his first victim, Jared, who survived the attack.

Jared is in love with his best friend, Jordan, and has been for years. Jordan feels the same--but it's too late. Jared pushes him away, believing Jordan's in danger.

Jordan is crushed until he discovers Jared's hiding something from him. Something that's killing him. And in the meantime, Levi's growing stronger every day, drawing Jared in against his will.

The Vampire's Boy

I'm celebrating the start of a writing project - Beneath the Neon Moon's sequel. It's been awhile since I concentrated on writing, and it feels good. It picks up right where I left off. Have the rough draft, very short beginning:

 The screen door fell shut behind them, creaking, heat and humidity swelling it so that it fell short of settling fully into place. Zach reached behind him and absently shoved it shut. Mal stopped in the middle of the living room, looking around him.

The place was at least a hundred years old, floors of hardwood, low-slung ceilings, wide doorways between rooms. Zach's old green couch, sagging in the middle, sat at one end of the room, the outdated TV on the other, with a bookshelf full to overflowing with tattered paperbacks against one wall. Ahead of them, Jasper rushed for the kitchen, then stopped and circled back when they didn't follow, meowing impatiently. His tail curled over his back.

Mal smiled down at the cat. He towered in the low-ceilinged room. His hair was raked off his face, wet with rain, shirt clinging to his skin. He looked at Zach, his face still. Zach looked back, waiting. Mal moved closer, reached up and curled his hand around the back of Zach's neck.

Jasper meowed, his voice high in protest, like a week-old kitten.

Mal sighed. "I could just eat him," he suggested.

Zach stepped close into Mal's body, smiling when he heard Mal's breath catch. "Not funny," he said in Mal's ear. "He's pack, got it?"

Mal laughed a little. "You, me and the cat. We'll strike fear in the heart of wolves everywhere."

The Traveling Vampire ShowThe Traveling Vampire Show by Richard Laymon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's the story of three teens trying to get into an adults-only vampire show coming to town. Nicely written as far as the coming-of-age theme goes; good Dwight-voice. Lots of longing on Dwight's part for Slim. By the time I got to the end of the book, I didn't care about what happened to Rusty because of what he had done.

It dragged on a bit, but I was okay with that. Some eyebrow raising scenarios were suggested about some of the relationships within the book, which I found interesting (always wanting to peek around corners and discover the dark parts). The scariest part to me was the twins waiting on the road a few weeks before the climatic scenes in the book. I don't know why the twins showed up at the end - it felt irrelevant. Slim was way too unbelievable there at the end, sadly, though I still admire her competence. The ending fell apart/fizzled for me in that it was like a comic book (I love them, but it didn't work for me here).

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new release: What I Need

Posted on 2012.06.22 at 16:42
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available at Amazon
Jacob’s a damaged young man, trying to climb out of the pit and find what he needs to be happy. He meets a beautiful boy, Elijah, and falls hard for him. The problem is, Elijah’s a hooker.
Does Jacob have a prayer in a relationship with someone even more lost than he is?

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update, and TOTAL ECLIPSE

Posted on 2012.05.27 at 16:26
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I have a blog at black-bara.blogspot.com, and I really don't utilize either LJ or blogspot as I had hoped. I'd actually thought of shutting this blog down since it's been so long since I posted, but I've been visiting over here this morning. I still like LJ and am very comfortable with it. So I'm thinking if I should continue to split my attention between the two (which will certainly lead me to continue very spotty posts, but I think that's going to happen whether I have one or two blogs), and anyone who wants to friend me can do so at whatever blog they like best.  I think I'll start doing some commenting on books and movies, which will maybe help me to post more.

I watched TOTAL ECLIPSE (1995) last night with Leonardo DiCaprio and David Thewlis. IMDb summary: The
self-destructive relationship between 19th-century teenage French poet Arthur Rimbaud and his older mentor Paul Verlaine.

photo of Arthur Rimbaud (a bit of resemblance between the real AR and young LD?)

Paul Verlaine: (here, the resemblance to Thewlis is limited to the hair and beard style, also the apparent thinness of both)

The movie is striking in characterization, both in terms of the combustibility of their relationship and the way they relentlessly motivate the other to act out. Arthur is young, arrogant, brilliant, scornful of society. Paul is dissatisfied, resentful, and finds Arthur's companionship freeing.

As the relationship turned darker, Arthur found in Paul someone who almost without limit accepted whatever he chose to dole out. As much as I felt LC was at this point in his career undeveloped as as actor (though he had plenty of personal magnetism, of course), I saw something in his portrayal that I enjoyed very much - that he needed someone to draw a line in the sand, and he found himself involved with someone who seemed incapable of doing that. Paul's fascination and worship of Arthur was too much to deal with. Arthur's emotional maturity was undeveloped as yet, that fact hidden somewhat by his intelligence and world-weary persona. Neither of them seemed to consider stepping away from the other as an option. Arthur became more violent and blatantly abusive as time went on, and for awhile, no matter what he did, his behavior was accepted by Paul, who took the bad as well as the good with fervor. When Paul left him, the child he was (such as he was, anyway) was exposed: Arthur stood in the streets, crying and screaming that he'd been abandoned. Fucking nuts, honestly, and fascinating to me.

The movie sells for around $30 now. You can find it cheaper on occasion (which is what I did - I found a non-pirated copy on ebay).

Originally posted by morgandawn at The War Against Women Is Never Over
When they marched for the women's right to vote 100 years ago, they were imprisoned, put into straight jackets and force fed until they vomited blood. They fought for your right to own property, to have access to birth control and your right to an education. This video is fun and clever and hits on some hard truths. And it makes you ask yourself...what I am willing to do today to fight back and protect our rights as women and citizens?  

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spring fling (storms)

Posted on 2012.03.03 at 09:50
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My nerve isn't what it used to be, after last year's storms, but Knoxville did okay. There was rotation in the clouds above us at work during the day in downtown Knoxville. There was tornado warnings yesterday afternoon changing into almost constant warnings last night until around eleven with high winds, a little hail and constant lightning last night, but that was the extent for me. I'm dreading this season, and hope it isn't as bad as last spring. I thought it was a fluke.

There's a house on the block below me that STILL hasn't gotten their (massive) tree from last year's tree fling cut up/hauled away.


And today only, AFTER ANNA is free at Amazon


THE BAND PLAYS ON (short story) now available at forbidden fiction:) FF believes in pushing the boundaries, and it might not be what you're used to from me  - dark(er than normal, even) and possibly shocking, so please keep this in mind! Fair warning: no HEA.

But the characters were snappy, horny, fucked up and so MUCH FUN TO WRITE.

Apparently there's a site called popyourpimple.com where you can watch people doing just that. Oh God.

My youngest observed this morning on the way to school that 'anime' sounds a bit like 'enema.'

My oldest has taken to firing up her ringtone from Heath Ledger's Joker, the 'why so serious, let's put a smile on that face' bit and mouthing the words as if she's saying it. That's not wisdom, that's just weird.

as for me! I churned out an 11,000 word story in a week and it's sort of mostly edited, all to meet a deadline for the 'Dear John' anthology at riptide:) I wrote part of it in the hospital. Go me.

oy, my girls are quite a bit older than in the icon now - they look so young!

Posted on 2012.02.03 at 11:34
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After Anna (2nd edition) is a Kindle freebie at Amazon for the rest of the day. Sonja's  artwork is featured (love Sonja!!) - here's what it looks like.

Reply to kimberlyfdr - LJ Comment

today and tomorrow, Beneath the Neon Moon is free in mobi, epub, html and pdf format at All Romance ebooks:)

hey everybody, I subbed Sonja's pretty book cover for THE VAMPIRE'S BOY in the November book cover contest at alternative-read.com - come look and vote if you're interested and/or curious:)

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Alice the cat

Posted on 2011.11.06 at 14:23
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Say hello to Alice the alley cat - the girls and I found her last Wednesday on a walk behind the local high school, literally in an alleyway. As you can see, her ear appears to be ruined, but we'll see how it responds to treatment. She's emaciated and weak, 5.7 lbs., hugely friendly. We came back on Thursday to get her but it was raining and she was nowhere to be found. Went again Friday around 3:30 after I was out of work and found her. We put her in the cat carrier and took her straight to the vet. She's clear of feline leukemia and other worrisome diseases, since I have other animals and couldn't have her around them until she was cleared. She has a bacterial infection of the ear. She sleeps a lot and eats and knows how to use a litter pan. She's so friendly that she's had to be a pet at one time.



Posted on 2011.11.01 at 00:29
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Sent short story sub to Steve Berman for Boys of Summer anthology at Bold Strokes Books - fastest rejection EVER. There oughta be a medal?

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Happy Halloween:)

Posted on 2011.11.01 at 00:23
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"Put your arms around me please, I want to kiss you. Say that you forgive me for letting him love me. We can both love him, my darling."

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