NSFW

It goes without saying, I would guess, that this website is not safe for work and should only be viewed by adults.

I’ve put a lot of effort into making sure that there are no explicit images on the front page of this blog unless they are beneath a cut, but as soon as you follow any links from here you are nearly guaranteed to find sexually explicit content.

What’s more, even on this page there are likely to be images (non-explicit but inappropriate for work), naughty text and sex stories. That is, after all, what you came here for, right? 🙂

 

(This was originally posted on Dec. 19, 2012 but I regularly edit the published on date to keep it stuck to the top of the page)

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Setting Goals for 2020

I set goals for myself at the beginning of each year and then assess how well I did at reaching them at the end of that year.

2020 was pretty tough in regard to time management. I wondered, more than once, if I should hang up my hat and focus exclusively on the work I do as Other Me because I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to this and Other Me’s stuff.

I mean, you’d think it would be obvious that it’s impossible to do all the things as two different people, but I really did try LOL

Looking back at the goals I didn’t accomplish last year they were all my writing goals. I did what I aimed to do in regard to publishing other people, it was my writing which I failed to prioritize. I don’t regret the choices I’ve made in that regard at all, but what it taught me is that if I want to continue writing romance and erotica (and despite giving some thought to quitting, I don’t want to quit) I need to not just prioritize it, but do fewer other things.

That is one reason I’ve decided not to publish any new works by other people via Pen and Kink this year. By not putting out new titles it will allow us a chance to really focus on promoting the work we’ve already put out there, and also (hopefully) open up some space in my calendar to work on my own stuff more.

2020 Goals

  • Finish the first draft of Prairie Magic #3
    • I started this as a NaNoWriMo novel in 2018 and discovered partway through that it was brutally flawed. I think I may know how to fix it, but it will require stripping most of it away and, essentially, starting over. It will be worth it, though. This is a story I really want to tell.
    • Total bonus points to myself if I manage to complete the first revision of this story as well.
  • Compile and publish a collection of the ‘She’s on the Bottom’ stories
    • I forgot to do this last year >_<
  • Spend 15-20% of my work week on marketing and publicity
    • I’m reasonably good at selling books with my name on the cover. Selling books with other people’s names on the spine is a different skill, though, and one I’d like to dedicate some time to learning. I won’t be spending all of my marketing and publicity time on other people’s books, but on P&K books in general (which include mine).

Three goals. I think it’s a good number.

Note to self: Cori, if that seems like your setting the bar low, remember that you are two people sharing one body and there are only twenty-four hours in the day.

 

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Looking Back at my 2019 Goals

Each year I set goals for myself and then evaluate how well I’ve done to meet them. This right here is the evaluation part… it’s always much more difficult than the bit where I actual set the goals LOL

2019 Goals

  • Compile and publish a collection of the ‘She’s on the Bottom’ stories

I totally forgot I was going to do this. Which, honestly, mostly means I need to ‘Check current goals’ into my planner at regular intervals. I’ve done this so hopefully I won’t miss goals this year because I’ve just totally forgotten about them.

  • Finish writing and editing the third (currently untitled) Prairie Magic novel

Alas, I made zero progress on this. In fact, the Post-it notes detailing the scenes I have written are starting to lose their ability to stick to things, which cannot possibly be a good sign.

  • Write the next part of the Running on Empty series

Also didn’t do this. Honestly, I didn’t write a single new word of fiction in 2019 I don’t think…

  • Publish THH (Full title to be announced in time) via P&K

These Hollow Hearts by Em Shotwell hit the shelves in March 2019. Yay!

  • Publish LGLFL (Full title to be announced in time)  via P&K

Lesser Gods Looking For Love by Wendy Sparrow hit the shelves in May 2019. Whoot!

  • Publish DDL (Full title to be announced in time) via P&K

Destiny’s Dark Light by Sara Dobie Bauer hit the shelves in October 2019. Yay!

  • Publish Haunted via P&K

Haunted, edited by Trysh Thompson, was released on September 13, 2019. 🙂

  • Set some concrete, measurable 5 and 10 year goals

Concrete, measurable goals I don’t have… but I do have a vague idea of what the next three to five years will hold, and that’s not nothing.

  • Open up to submissions for my ‘Power Play’ anthology.

Well… I opened up submissions but then I had to cancel the anthology. Mostly, I think that was my fault — I didn’t promote the submissions as well as I should have, and because of that and the rather niche nature of the subject of the anthology, I didn’t receive enough high-quality submissions to move ahead with this one.

I feel pretty guilty about this, because some people did submit some great stories, but because of my time management failure they weren’t able to find a home with me. I hope they found homes elsewhere though.

 

Also, in addition to those goals we also published INKomplete: The Total Tattoo Studio by Mara Malins in December 2019.

I also opened up a Patreon that includes all of my currently available short fiction. So far that has mostly just sat and collected dust… but it’s there. So that must count for something LOL

 

So, though I didn’t hit all of my goals, I was far from idle in 2019. When I set my goals for this year, however, I’m going to have to keep in mind that there are only twenty-four hours in a day, and I need to spend some of them sleeping.

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Destiny’s Dark Light

Destiny’s Dark Light by Sara Dobie Bauer is out today. Well, I suppose more specifically, it’s out again today.

This story was originally published in three parts spread out across the Enchanted series, but now we’ve pulled it all together under one cover and are releasing it as a single author title.

If you like romantic urban fantasy or paranormal fantasy this might be a good fit for you:

In modern day Charleston, two fated lovers meet at the beginning of a world-ending witch war…

Cyan Burroughs is a lonely light witch prophesied to battle the dreaded Dorcha—a dark sorcerer with the power to rule the world. There’s one problem: Cyan doesn’t have any powers of her own.

An unknown witch flips a trolley and causes mass carnage, and Cyan’s dormant magic awakens. When she drags handsome Irishman Liam Cody from the wreckage, she recognizes his face from her aunt’s psychic portraits. He is the man Cyan is destined to love.

As she and her magical family seek to unveil the murderous witch who caused the accident, Cyan and Liam grow closer, but Liam’s mysterious past is not the only thing keeping them apart.

Dark witches and light will soon fight to the death, and Cyan must face her calling. How can she protect Liam and win the war when her immense powers are barely under control?

I edited this book and it’s being published via Pen and Kink so obviously I’m a bit biased about it, but I think it’s a fun fast-paced witchy romance. And I’m not alone. The reviews have been great. For example:

“ONE EXTREMELY INTENSE TREAT!!!

Intensely pleasing! Sara comes out swinging with this jaw dropping, tough as nails wild ride that blow this baby wide open. You get it all with this action packed, hard hitting, page flipping, adrenaline rush that keeps you riveted and on a razors edge. “

— Kaye from Goodreads

If that sounds like something you might like you can pick up a copy here:

Amazon (US) (CA) (UK)

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Apple

Add it to your Goodreads shelves now

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Patreon

I’ve tried for a few years now to find the time to be two people but unfortunately no matter how hard I try there are still only twenty-four hours in a day. That means that for a few years now, one or the other of my personas has been neglected while I focused on the other one.

It was time to make a choice.

So I’ve decided to simplify.

Moving forward I will no longer attempt to have a social media presence, because I just haven’t got the time to spend there. And trying to maintain a social media presence was taking away all the time I could otherwise have been spending writing.

And that’s where Patreon comes in.

I will be shifting all my focus to Patreon. I will blog here and I will release my books and stories here.

Oh, they will also be available at the other usual places online, but for more money. Here, my patrons will only be charged when I put something new out (that means no ongoing monthly payments — you’ll only be charged your pledge amount when I put out something new) and will have access to my entire library in the meantime.

And with a little luck this system will mean I’ll get to produce more work than I managed last year. Fingers (or feathers, I suppose) crossed.

<3

Join my flock here 

 

Stories already available that you can access right now just by pledging your support (you won’t be charged anything until I release something new) include:

Prairie Magic
Circles Within Circles
The Longest Night

She’s on the Bottom
Moonlight and Magic
Running on Empty
Of Water

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Lesser Gods Looking for Love

I’ve been spending most of my productive time these days working on things for Other Me, but every once in a while I get to sneak an awesome project in for This Me.

This is one of those times 🙂

Last year Pen and Kink put out the Enchanted series which included all of Wendy Sparrow’s demigods in love novellas. This year we’re re-releasing the demigod novellas all together under one cover and today is the day it hits the shelves!

Check this out:

Unmatched powers have their downside—in that they can kill a demigod if they don’t find their equal partner. Fertility needs Death. Pain wants Healing. And, all’s fair for Love and War if they find each other.

Aster recognized his beautiful Lady Death even though she didn’t know of her divine birthright. But Chandra doesn’t welcome the demigod of fertility’s announcement of her heritage with open arms. Having being used in the past, it’s not too much to want to be loved for herself, is it? If Aster can’t convince Chandra that she’s all he desires, it might just kill them both.

Pain has been Corbin’s companion and he knows he’s living on borrowed time. As a bounty hunter, he’s familiar with the chase, and he’s had a good run. The countdown clock is down to the final hour when Tam finds him. She seems too good to be true…especially when she kisses him senseless. Stealing her away to his cabin could save both their lives, but it will cost him his heart if she doesn’t forgive him for abducting her.

Despite being a demigoddess of love, Allie is not soft and tender. Donovan recognizes that around the time she’s got him pinned to her sparring mat. He keeps telling her she could do better than a one-eyed, burnt-out fighter, but she wants him and she isn’t shy about it. The demigoddess of love fell for him the moment she saw the growly need in Donovan’s expression, but she can’t war for his heart if he isn’t willing to fight for hers.

These demigod novellas are sexy-sweet and filled with sassy banter and feisty heroines. They have a heat rating of “not your mama’s romance, but she’d appreciate a copy so buy her one.”

Get it now!

Only $0.99 for a very limited time!

Amazon (US) (CA) (UK)

Kobo

B&N

(The price goes up on Saturday!)

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