40% off Rough Edges

Rough Edges, my anthology about sexy cowboys and cowgirls, is one of the titles included in Kobo’s 40% off sale this month. Yay! That means if you use the promo code 40SAVE at the checkout you can take 40% off the cover price.

Now, math isn’t my strong suit, but I’m pretty sure 40% off the regular cover price of $2.99 means you’d be paying about $1.79 for the book, which is a steal 🙂

(and don’t forget, you don’t need a Kobo ereader to use their books, there’s an app for that too 😉 )

If you don’t need any further convincing you can pick up your copy of Rough Edges by clicking here. If you do want a little more persuading I’ve included a short excerpt to try and tempt you 🙂

Excerpt from “Lady of Lacrymosa” by Brantwijn Serrah:

While the rest of Cain’s girls got to serving and the big gun’s partners found themselves a table to start a game of cards, Lady Gunslinger waded through the activity without showing much interest in anything. Katarina caught the warm glow of deep, Spanish eyes under the shadow of the ivory cowboy hat, and long, sooty lashes half-lidding the woman’s curious gaze. Fingering the charm at her throat, she found the piano, where Cain’s old tufted piano-man played some nameless favorite tune. The lady’s look gave off a joyful hunger, like each chord lured her in a little and a little bit more. When she reached the piano she tilted her head to one side, then turned perfectly still. Kat imagined the piano-man—Floyd—maybe looked a little skittish at the attention.

And that’s when the lady began to dance.

If Katarina thought the woman seemed leggy before, now she was all fine, graceful limbs in hypnotic revolution. She reached long arms up over her head and moved into a cadenced, swaying motion. Floyd’s tune hadn’t quite been ragtime quick to begin with, but now he slowed it down, and watched her as he played as though she were his sheet of music. The song turned into a fascination: something meant for romantic guitar, and Lady Gunslinger moved to it in abandon. Climbing roses would move like that, Katarina decided.  Climbing roses or jaunty little brown sparrows rolling on a lazy breeze.

For a wonder, no one else paid the lady any attention. Glasses were raised to the other three and some of the local boys made excuses to wander over and offer regards. A gaggle of the saloon girls hovered, no doubt hoping to catch the eye of the generous man who appeared to be in charge.  Nobody watched the lady, though. Nobody except Katarina.

Like a desert heat mirage she moved; like a thunderhead. Kat studied her with a subtle swell of interest and even a little envy. All at once she wanted to join the dance too. She wanted to be pulled close to the heart of the gunslinger’s languid, elegant storm.

“I want you,” she whispered in a tiny voice, before she even knew she’d said it.

And as if she’d heard, Lady Gunslinger’s dark eyes flew open, and her sharp gaze landed directly on the startled saloon girl.

Pick up your copy of Rough Edges now by clicking here, and don’t forget to use that promo code at the checkout to take 40% off the cover price!

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Rebellion & Refuge is open to submissions

Rebellion & Refuge, the anthology I’m co-editing with Laura Harvey, is open to submissions.

It’s somewhat awkward and a bit wrong-feeling to be announcing this in the wake of the weekend’s events in Las Vegas and Edmonton, but I remember when we first announced the anthology it felt awkward and wrong then too because there had been a different tragedy.

They just keep coming, one heartbreak after the other. But maybe we can find some catharsis in this anthology.

All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU and CCLA

Sometimes resistance is good–a bondage-loving submissive struggling against the things that bind her. Sometimes resistance is necessary–a rebel alliance fighting back against an evil empire. One thing it never is, however, is easy.

This anthology will explore resistance and rebellion within a romantic context—because sometimes love has to take a stand—but it will also include stories of refuge because you can’t fight all the time, and sometimes love is the only thing that brings you peace (or at least a place to breathe).

We want stories of feisty park rangers fighting the good fight, couples falling in love at protest marches (bonus points if they start out on opposite sides of the issue) and people forced to choose between what is right and what is easy. We want stories where a character’s only emotional refuge is within the arms of their lover and ones where couples work together to do the things they believe will make the world a better place.

We’re open to stories at every heat and kink level, and any sort of pairing (or more-ing) that you can imagine. Stories must have a real conflict and tension with a HEA or HFN ending.

Rebellion and Refuge: resistance is sensual.

The details:

  • Stories between 1,000 – 15,000 words long (query for longer)
  • Reprints accepted but not preferred. When submitting a reprint include information about its original publication in your submission email.
  • Open to all gender pairings and multiple partners
  • Simultaneous & multiple submissions = No
  • Kink is welcome but not required

Payment: $10 USD and a paperback copy of the anthology in exchange for the non-exclusive right to include the story in both the print and electronic versions of the anthology.

Open submission period: October 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017

Expected publication date: Autumn 2018

To submit: Please submit a .doc or .rtf in something approximating standard manuscript format to penandkinkpub@gmail.com

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Kiva Loan: Assisting Ganjina

When I released Circles Within Circles as a standalone title I promised to use all the profits to provide loans to women through Kiva.

I have good news and bad news.

The bad news is that it takes a lot of sales of a $0.99 title to make the $25 minimum loan amount for Kiva and, to be honest, we’re not there yet.

The good news is that previous loans I’ve made have been repaid and if I combine that money with the small amount of royalties I’ve earned from Circles Within Circles sales there is enough to make a loan.

Today I’m pleased to be able to contribute $25 to the loan for this lady from Dushanbe, Tajikistan. She will be using that money to pay her daughter’s university tuition.

If you purchased a copy of Circles Within Circles you helped make this happen — thank you!

If you haven’t got a copy of Circles Within Circles yet, you can use the links to the left to change that, and if you’d like to contribute to Ganjina’s loan directly you can do that using this link –> https://www.kiva.org/lend/1373824

Available now

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Cover Reveal: Magic Spark

Cover design by Amanda C. Davis

The first of a trio of trilogies by three amazing romance writers. These stories all have two things in common: magic and romance!

“When Demigods Court Death” by Wendy Sparrow:
As the demigod of fertility, Aster Slone has a thriving doctor’s practice. In fact, the incidence of triplets has made it too thriving. He needs more time with his neighbor the demigoddess of death to dampen his powers. Chandra Linton being gorgeous and sweet makes his task less of a hardship. Hitting the zenith of heretofore-unknown powers without enough exposure to her match is killing Chandra. Accepting all that her crazy, but hot neighbor says is her destiny…well, it muddles her convictions, but her real concern is: does Aster want Chandra because she’s the woman he desires or because she’s Death?

“These Roots Run Deep” by Em Shotwell:
Spitfire, New Orleans weather girl, Cheyanne Murphey has everything, and that is exactly how she likes it. When she discovers evidence of her fiancé’s philandering, she refuses to let her perfectly cultivated image fall to pieces. Cheyanne has worked too hard, dragging herself up from the trailer park into New Orleans’ society, to give in without a fight…even if that means trading a year of her life in exchange for a love incantation from her ancestor’s spell book.
A skyclad, moonlit dance, a mysterious potion, and magic gone awry leave Cheyanne with a very peculiar life lesson: love can take on many forms, so be careful what you wish for.

“Destiny’s Dark Light” by Sara Dobie Bauer:
In modern day Charleston, lonely white witch Cyan Burroughs has waited her whole life to lead the battle against dark witches and eventually meet the man she is fated to love. A tragic trolley accident brings Liam Cody into her life. He is her destiny, but he’s also in love with someone else. Now, Cyan and her magic family must find the dark witch who caused the accident while Cyan fights her feelings for Liam—a charming Irishman with secrets of his own.

I had the pleasure of editing this book, which is the first in a series of three. These three authors each came up with amazingly creative and different takes on the concept of magic + romance, and I love all three of them.

You can win a chance to win an early review copy through Goodreads:


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Magic Spark by Sara Dobie Bauer

Magic Spark

by Sara Dobie Bauer

Giveaway ends October 04, 2017.

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#3DaysUnderGlass Update

Well… that could have gone better.

And I’m sure it would have gone better if I’d gone in a bit more prepared.

I was aiming for 25,000 words over Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I ended up with closer to 10,000. Which is not awesome… but I’m okay with it.

My plan had been to spend Friday reacquainting myself with the paranormal circus story I started ages ago and then Saturday get to work on that. I’d hoped to finish it up and then begin another story in the paranormal circus series. Alas, I didn’t get that reacquainting done, and besides, I reasoned, it was probably better to start something new so I could build up some momentum rather than ramping down on a story that’s nearly finished already.

It sounded reasonable at the time. Still does, actually. The thing is though… I had no idea what the ‘new story’ was going to be about. None at all.

So I consulted my notes for the paranormal circus stories (aka: a smattering of Post-it notes stuck on my bedroom door), took a couple down and tried to jam them together into a story.

It worked, eventually. The story that is coming together as a result is one that I quite like, but it took a long time to get there. I’m going to have to cut about the first 4,000 words I wrote, and there’s a long, long way to go on this tale yet, but I have something. Which is more than I started with on Saturday.

I also have a wee bit of a streak. Over the past three days I’ve written for at least an hour. I’m going to see just how long I can keep that streak up. Given that I write longhand an hour doesn’t add up to a whole lot of words (somewhere between 500 and 2,500 of them, depending on how well the story is flowing) but it adds up to some. And the next hour adds up to some more.

Every little bit counts, is what I’m saying.

And this paranormal circus idea has begun to grow wings. I think it’s going to be a wee bit… uh… I think huge is the word I’m looking for. I’m excited about it and I want to block out some time just for it. And one hour a day feels like a doable number. So we’ll see.

I also picked up a couple story prompts this weekend, which I’m pretty excited about. You can see them here. That page will also tell you how you can send me your own prompt.

I’ve already turned the lady in the green dress into a vampire named Natalie, and I think the text prompt may form the basis of a great Christmas story. We’ll see… my subconscious is still chewing on it!


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