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Monday, August 31, 2009

Crazy Weekend



I need eye candy to get me motivated!

I feel like I haven't done anything writing related in a long time. I had to work the day job on Saturday, after I was done the DH took me to dinner and a movie. Saw The Time Traveler's Wife. I hadn't read the book, but enjoyed the movie. Family came back from the Cape. Went to dinner with them on Sunday. They just left to go home to NY!

I have Heat Wave edits waiting in my in box. Paperwork and Cover Art requests need to be filled out for another book. And I've yet to finish self-edits on another story.

School starts in two days. L, is not a happy camper. She went back to NY for a short, which has put a damper on things. We still need to get school supplies and a back pack. And mom can not even think about buying anything without her. So I'll likely be making the three hour journey to meet her father so she can come home today.





Off to try and accomplish some of this stuff! Happy Monday.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Titles

I've been pleased thus far with not having to change any of my titles. So when my editor explained that Cabin Fever had to be changed it threw me for a loop. I totally understand her reasons, but my mind went blank. That's what happens when I feel pressured. lol I racked my brain for anything I could pull from the story - nothing. The only thing from the story I could possible use was Mustang Love. Don't think she liked it that much and she shouldn't. Still waiting to hear if we can use the new title. I'm also assuming that since I'm working so hard on a title for a story that hasn't been contracted, one must be coming with the title change. Let's just say if I'm doing this for nothing, I won't be a happy camper! :o)

I wrote this morning. Only two pages, but it was more than I had yesterday. Today is a busy day. L has a dental and doctors appointment back-to-back. Originally they were a few hours apart, but she got an invite for a fun day of swimming, go-carts and a baseball game to end the day. Being a good mom I found a way to rearrange the dentist appt.

I have my own agenda for that too. It gives me an hour of waiting while she has a physical and cleaning, oh and lets not forget the shots. Waiting means time for editing. Woo Hoo.

Off to get ready to bring her to her appointments. Hope you enjoy this lovely day!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

Finished my local writer's chapter newsletter for this month. Now to just staple and mail out these suckers! LOL Hopefully I can get back to editing His Submissive. I really want to submit it by last Friday, but that never happened. The goal is this Friday.

I sent my editor 13 title suggestions. She only liked one. Wait, she loved it! :) She's making sure it's not a duplicate before approving it, so until then....it's still Cabin Fever.

Today I need to help my oldest go open a checking account. After six long months he's finally found a job! YAY They require direct deposit, which is fine with me. N, has never wanted a checking account. I think at 21 it's about time. So, we'll go over and do that today.

My youngest has open house at her new school tonight. She'll get her schedule, locker and such. Welcome to the world of junior high. You know I love summer. Don't care for the other seasons too much, but I'm really looking forward to school starting again and getting my life back in order - whatever that is!

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Trying to get thru the day

Went to the doctor's today. Was poked, prodded and just tortured. Currently all the tests are inconclusive. I'll have to return in two weeks for more testing. My fate is still undetermined. Frustrating to say the least when a doctor can't give you all the answers you need. So we wait. Did I tell you I'm not a patient person?



On the writing front, one of my editors will not move forward with offering me a contract until I change the title. It seems Cabin Fever has been used in the past. So I've given her one list which she didn't like. I'm in the midst of creating a second list, hoping she likes one of them.



Not much of anything else going on for me. I did post at Six Sexy Scribes today. Stop by and check out my first review of Talk Dirty to Topaz!

http://sixsexyscribes.blogspot.com

Oh and got notice edits for Heat Waves will be coming today or tomorrow! Fun, fun, fun!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Entertaining the Family


My mom and aunt came in from NY for the night yesterday. They're in route to Cape Cod for a week long vacation. Our house was total chaos yesterday. Between them, the kids and grand kid I couldn't hear myself think. Well, they're off and hopefully the weather will be perfect for them. Next Sunday they'll be back on their way home. My youngest came home from being with her father for most of the summer. School starts next Wednesday -junior high. L is not a morning person. School starts at 7:55am. This should be interesting.

Me, I woke up with an ear ache, pain in my neck and jaw. Not sure if I was clenching my teeth in my sleep or if something is going on. I'll wait until tomorrow before calling the doctor. On another note tomorrow we find out if our lives are going to change and if so how much. I could be worrying for nothing. I could be just fine. But either way I'll know tomorrow.

Needless to say, no writing was accomplished for me this weekend or today. There's always tomorrow. Right?

Welcome back to the work week!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tired




Don't have much to blog about today, so I'll just wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ghost Hunters and Life Changes

I was so excited about the review from Manic Reader's yesterday I forgot to mention the return of Ghost Hunters last night. They came back with a bang. I like GHI, but Jason and Grant are my all time favorites. Last nights episode Jason was scratched. He had five marks on his legs. Not that I want to see them hurt, but this is the stuff I WANT to see. That's what they're there to do isn't it? SHOW us that ghosts and other paranormal entities exist? They didn't let me down. I hope the rest of the season only gets better.

On the writing front I've got the editing for His Submissive just about complete to submit to Noble Romance. My next submission Research Required is a few scenes away from being done too. Not sure who I'll submit this one to. I've had some thoughts. I'm really considering Loose, Id or Resplendence Publishing. I'll keep you posted. Or I might keep it in house with one of my current publishers. It's a lot to think about.


Off to work on my local chapters newsletter. I volunteered to be the editor for the next two years. When I volunteered I hadn't expected some of the life changes I've been facing. (That's a post for another day!) Oh well, can't turn my back on it now, but this might turn into a one year run instead of two. I'll know more in the weeks to come HOW much my life will be changing! lol
Oh, and I before I forget to mention I'm blogging on Tuesday's at Six Sexy Scribes. I'm excited to be blogging with five wonderful and talented authors. So, drop by sometime! http://sixsexyscribes.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Manic Readers gives Spank Me Twice a "Thumbs Up"



4.5 Stars
Release Date: 05/22/09
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing LLC
Genre: Erotica
ISBN: 978-1-60592-037-5
Pages: 79
Format: E-Book
List Price: 6.00
Author Page: Jude Mason
MR Reviewer: Amanda



Ticket to a Spanking by Jude Mason


When Julia and her best friend Chris find a speeding ticket belonging to Julia’s husband, Ken, she figures the best way to make him pay for keeping it from her is a spanking. However, Chris has always been interested in how Julia “punishes” Ken but she never expects to have a front row seat to it. While Ken is embarrassed and shocked to be receiving his spanking in front of another woman, it’s kind of a turn on as well. Will all three find their pleasure or be left out in the cold?


YUM! I love Jude’s books, especially her spanking stories. They’re so original and sexy. I loved Chris the most in Ticket to a Spanking—she’s such a newbie to the lifestyle and she was depicted brilliantly. This is a very hot and heavy story and sure to rev your engines.

Rein Me In by Amber Skyze


When Delia overspends on her credit card, her husband is understandably upset. Poor Delia thinks he’s going to leave her though, and she’ll do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen—even take a spanking for her naughty behavior. No cajoling on her part is going to get her free of his “lesson in overspending.”


Rein Me In is a ton of fun. I loved Scott (Delia’s husband). He’s gorgeous and dominant. He’s determined to get his wife to lay off shopping and the only way he can get her to pay attention is by teaching her a lesson. The spankings are off the charts hot and although I felt a little bad for Delia I know she enjoyed it just as much.

Road Trip by Tara S. Nichols

While on a road trip, Mona can’t keep her horniness in check. Anytime she’s in the car her needs just ratchet out of control. Her boyfriend Jess knows it drives her wild, but he’s holding back. Will he be able to resist her the entire trip, or will her sensual teasing be too much to resist?


I love road trip stories. There’s just something so carnal about them. A quickie on the side of the road or over the hood of a car, they’re all very stimulating. I loved Mona. She’s quite the little hussy. I don’t know how Jess managed to hold out on her for so long. Fast paced but not lacking in any area, Road Trip is definitely a feast for your senses.


Lip Service by Keta Diablo

After Navarre and Bryan have a fight, Bryan takes off on assignment to Japan. Determined to reconcile, Navarre creates the perfect romantic atmosphere for Bryan’s homecoming—only to have it go to hell in a hand basket. The plane has mechanical problems and Bryan is stuck in a hotel—200 miles away. Well, nothing like a little spontaneity to keep the relationship at its peak. Navarre decides to surprise Bryan in his hotel room, only to get a surprise of his own—Bryan isn’t alone.


Ouch. The suspense was killing me. I could feel the connection between Navarre and Bryan so I was really worried about what Navarre was going to find in the hotel room. Lip Service is a total page turner and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen.



Wowzers. Spank Me Twice is mouthwateringly delicious down to the last page. What an incredible array of writers in this book. Jude Mason starts it off with a delicious tale of a naughty husband who gets his punishment and it goes out with a bang with a male love story by Keta Diablo. Spank Me Twice is like an Oreo cookie. Yummy crunchy cookie on the outside with delectable cream-filling in the middle. All the stories are fast paced and will have you needing a fan on high next to you.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

It's gonna be a scorcher

I wanted to post yesterday, but the day job would not allow any time for it! The temps are reaching ninety again today. I know most hate this weather, but I absolutely love it! Give me hot temps and a float in the pool and I'm one happy camper. I'm not a cold weather person, yet I continue to live in the northeast. Maybe some day we'll move south.

I think I've damaged my granddaughter from sugar for the rest of her life - and she's only 3 1/2 months. Sunday my daughter and the baby came over for a visit. Well the daughter just needed a shower without the baby in the room. Anyway, before she jumped in she said, T might get hungry. Just yell if she gets cranky.

Okay, I can handle this. I've raised three of my own children. T got cranky almost immediately. I called to B and asked how much water/formula to mix. She proceeds to tell me she needs her fruit. Heat it for ten seconds and then mix in two spoons of cereal. The cereal is in her diaper bag.

Simple enough. I grab a container with what I thought was cereal. Heat up the peaches and mixed in the finely grain cereal. Well, T refused to eat her peaches. She kept spitting it back out and screaming her head off.

B got out of the shower and I firmly told her "T hates peaches and needs a bottle." So while I'm giving her a bottle, B's checking out the peaches. "They're not very thick," she states.

"Yes," I say, "what kind of cereal are you feeding her?"
"One grain."
"It's awful fine," I say.
She's stirring and decides to taste it. "Ummm, mom which container did you use to mix into her peaches?"
"The one in the bag."
She reaches in the diaper bag and asks, "This one?"
"Ummm, no. The one I used is on the kitchen counter."
B rushes to the kitchen and comes back. "That's the sugar!"
Now we're both laughing our asses off. My stomach hurt!

So T had more sugar than she wanted! That's when B reminded me how I threatened to sugar her up and send her home.

I hadn't intended to start this young. I meant around five or six! LOL

Note to self: make sure T's containers are labeled going forward.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Contest - Goddesses of Storytelling

Hi All,

I'm hosting a contest over at Goddesses of Storytelling today. Drop by for your chance to win a free book!

http://goddessesofstorytelling.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Light at the end of the tunnel

I managed to do the revisions for Cabin Fever. Cut 8k from the story. It was painful, but I'm going to use it in another story. The edits for Chicken Soup were simple. Faxed that over. Now that's off my plate. I'm going to read Cabin Fever one last time before sending it to my editor.
Managed to get some words written on His Submissive, my short for Noble Romance. Gave myself a deadline of next Friday to have it to that editor.
Once those are done, it's back to Research Required, which is half done. I have a few ideas written in my handy dandy notebook.

One more day 'til Friday! YAY!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Revision Day






Enough of the slacking for me.




Yesterday I spent the day with the granddaughter. She's growing so quickly. I can't believe she's already 3 months old. We're having our first overnight Labor Day weekend. It's baby T's mom and dad's b-day, so grandma and grandpa are babysitting while they go away to NH for the night. This should be interesting. Haven't had a baby in the house in...well 12 years. LOL




I'm determined to get the revisions for Cabin Fever done and back in my editor's inbox by Friday. Hopefully she'll like the changes and contract it.




Received my short for Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family in the mail yesterday. That needs to be edited and faxed back by Friday. Will get that done today!




Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday.




Enjoy the Hump Day Hottie!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday, Monday


I had today all planned out...until I got a migraine at 4am. I've been in bed all day trying to get rid of this sucker. Normally, I can pop a Advil migraine and be done with it in an hour at most. HA! Not today. Nope, this one has lingered. I'm finally feeling okay to lift my head.

Not sure if my to-do list will get done. The older kids have been calling all day. They want to come swim - oh, and what's for dinner, Mom? My response? I don't know - what are you bringing!


Hope every one's Monday is better than the one I'm experiencing.

Friday, August 7, 2009

TGIF!

You don't know how happy I am it's Friday. This week has been tough to say the least. But I can finally say I found a way to use the part of my book I have to dump for one editor. I'm going to use it for a short story I'm writing for another editor. AND the short story I had rejected for being too cute, well I'm going to harden that up and use it for my series Lady Shea's Manor. While I was writing Secret Rendezvous I felt it would be perfect for the series.

So, there you have it..my plans for next week. Kid free this weekend - YAY. Might go to the movies. DH wants to see GI Joe. I may humor him! :o)

Have a great weekend. Happy Writing.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Chaos

Usually when the DH is out of town I get into a writing frenzy. No such luck this time. We are having a deck built on our pool and the guys were at the door all day long for ice cold water. Okay, it was the least I could do, it was ninety degrees outside.

That wasn't the end of it. There were deliveries and surprise guests. Umm, I do have a day job. Not that I feel like performing that these days.

A year ago our company felt it would be a smart move to merge with another company to become a powerhouse in the IT industry. Well that company has been making pay cuts to our staff, but not their own. Morale is at an all time low. I've lost over 10% of my base salary in the last six months. With over 10 years experience I've been reduced to an entry level position. My co-worker has 22 years and he is now entry level too. How are these people determining what level we're at? They don't even do what our company does!

Pay cuts will continue until morale improves!

Oh well...I don't have the energy to look for a new job in this rotten economy so I'll stick it out and hope something good comes from all this.

On a lighter note, it's almost Friday! YAY!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Promo Frenzy - Spank Me Twice

The DH is out of town for a few days. My youngest was kind enough to stay with mom a few extra days, instead of traveling back to NY to spend the rest of her summer with her dad. Went to the neurologist on Monday. She's recovering nicely from the concussion. Still on limited activity, but the headaches are less frequent. She's dying to go to an amusement park, but until she's headache free for one full week it's still a no-go! Try telling a 12 yr old she can't be active. No an easy feat.





I'm hoping to get a whirlwind of writing done now that the DH isn't here to pester me! :) Yes, I love him dearly, but I need some ME time.





Thinking about going to Jessica Andersen's book signing at our local Waldenbooks tonight. I'm ready to read Skykeepers. Plus, L needs a few books for her summer reading requirements for junior high.





Hope everyone has a Happy Hump Day!





My fellow authors and I are promoting Spank Me Twice everywhere we can this week. Check out this HOT book!



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Lip Service, Keta Diablo

After their recent tiff, Bryan took off for Japan on business and left Navarre home to stew. Now Bryan is expected home after two long weeks, but fate has other plans--mechanical problems with his plane and no rental cars available. So what's a desperate man to do? Find his own means to get to the man he loves. When Navarre finally arrives at Bryan's hotel, he has second thoughts about challenging fate. Bryan has company in his room!

Ticket to a Spanking, By Jude Mason

If you have a kinky young couple into the spanking lifestyle, and you add a female friend who's intrigued by it, fun things can happen. Add a ticket for speeding and the fella's desire to expose his masochist needs; you definitely have the makings for an afternoon of naughty pleasures.
Julie's the dominant wife, Ken, the naughty husband and Chris, well she's just plain curious about it all and very horny. Ken's speeding ticket brings these three together for an afternoon of sexy, painful pleasure. He gets his butt warmed, Julie gets to show her girlfriend just how much fun a spanking can be. And Chris is inspired to try it all on her own wayward husband.
Will Ken find `release' from the two sexy women or will his rampant erection go unattended, unlike his rosy red bum?

Rein Me In, Amber Skyze

Delia is happy being a stay-at-home wife, spending her husband's money. Only problem? Scott doesn't share her enthusiasm. Yes, he wants his wife to enjoy the finer things in life, but he wants her to stay within a budget.
Delia can't stick to a budget. To teach her a lesson, Scott paddles her.

Who knew getting spanked could be so arousing? Not Delia, but now that Scott's turned her on, she wants more. In fact, she might go over her limit just to feel the heightened orgasms.

Can Scott rein her in before they both end up in the poorhouse?

Road Trip, Tara S. Nichols

After a long, cold winter spent indoors, a drive in the country to an unknown destination is just what Mona needs. The simple act of going for a drive has sensuous effects on the kinky, urban girl, something, Jess, her boyfriend, is well aware of.

Mona grows more and more aroused with each deserted side road they pass and Jess shows no sign of stopping. Seeing he isn't about to pull over and do her right, she starts to tease him as best she can in the little space she is provided, hoping to rile him up enough to give her a spanking.

When she finally succeeds in driving Jess to distraction, Mona can only hope she's been naughty enough.

Special Content Alert: Spanking, Menage, M/M

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Knock Me Over Review - One Tasty Night


ONE TASTY NIGHT
AMBER SKYZE
ISBN: 978-1-60168-231-0
May 2009
Aspen Mountain Press
E-Book$4.00
84 PagesCougar /EroticaRating: 5 Cups




Taylor runs Taylor Sweets and every morning sells a bunch of lollipops to the uber handsome, hot, and younger Shane. After accepting a challenge from her friends, Taylor heads to an “adult toy store”, only to discover that the shop is Shane‘s second business.




Shane is thrilled when his long term crush, Taylor, is discovered in his store. When he finally gets her to go out with him, his family interrupts his big date.Talyor hopes Shane comes back, because if he is her dream man come true, then she is going to fulfill as many of her fantasies as she can. Shane is thrilled to use some of his store’s toys with Taylor. But, can he show her that the age difference is not as big as their desire for each other?




Here is the quick part of the review: One Tasty Night is excellent. Stop what you are doing and go to Aspen Press and buy it now. For the details, the main characters are perfect for the story and each other. The sex is out of this world and works fantastically with the plot. No act is gratuitous, but they are all hot and thrilling. Little details are well written and made this wonderful story all the better. This is my first book by Ms Skyze, but I cannot wait for her next publication.




Anya
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
Blurb:
Taylor Jax has a secret. She fantasizes about seducing longtime friend Shane Griffin. Only problem, he’s eight years her junior – too young in her mind.

During a game of truth or dare her secret is exposed. Challenged by her best friends, Taylor must go into an adult toy store and buy all the accessories needed to live out her fantasy.With another night of truth or dare looming, Taylor makes a bold move. Before her friends can dare her, she plans a full-fledged seduction.
Shane has loved Taylor for as long as he can remember. She enters his store in disguise, prompting him to tease her. To his surprise she agrees to have dinner with him. And when she propositions him he wonders - will one night be enough?
Excerpt:
Looking around, Taylor noticed she’d wound up in the vibrator aisle. At least it was something familiar. Every woman owned a vibrator, didn’t they? As she absorbed the different sizes and shapes she wondered how big Shane was. Picking up the icicle dreams she scrunched her nose. Not her style. She liked them to at least look like a penis. She placed it back in its spot.
She snatched a rather large one off the hook, imagining it was Shane’s size. “Hot bunny. Now this is what I’m talking about.”
"Find everything you're looking for?" Shane asked, sneaking up behind her.
His warm breath tickled the back of her neck, sending heat coursing through her overheated body. Her mouth grew dry. Water. She needed water to put out the flames burning her body. "Umm, I think I'm okay."
"Are you sure?"
She wanted to fall back into his arms. She wanted to give in to her desires and let him do whatever he wanted. “Yes.”
God, she had to get out of there soon or something bad was going to happen.
"You sure you don’t need a hand?" His fingertips traced down her arms and sent shivers through her body.
She wanted to scream Fuck Me! but she fought the urge. "Really, I'm fine. Don't you have other customers to assist?"
"Not at the moment. You're my only customer. And since you're always so good to me I'm going to give you extra special attention.”
Her legs were mush standing this close to him.
“Let me see your list,” he coaxed.
“Shane, I’m fine. Seriously. I'll handle the list."
Shane stepped in front of her. "I know the store from top to bottom. Just like you know Tasty Taylor’s. Let me help, please."
Those captivating eyes pulled her into a trance. They begged her to just give in this one time. She wouldn't. She couldn't.
"No.”
"Come on," he pleaded.
Before she could respond, he snatched the paper from her hands and looked it over. "Oh, this will be a cinch."
"Give that to me," she demanded, her hand held out impatiently.
He shoved the paper into his pants. "If you want it, come and get it."
Taylor stood there dumbfounded. Had he really just stuck her list down his pants? What the hell was she going to do now? Certainly she couldn’t put her hands down his pants and grab it could she? Serve him right if she did. Would he be standing there looking so smug if she reached in and took her paper? If she did she could find out just how big he was. Oh, the girls would enjoy that conversation.
“You seriously don’t want me to come and get it, do you?” She gave him one last chance to change his mind.
“Don’t I?” He turned and walked away.
Challenging her was a big mistake.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Contest Winner

My darling daughter did the honors of picking a name for me. Drum roll please....the winner is SiNn. Please contact me at amberskyze@aol.com to claim your prize. :)

Congrats and thanks for playing.

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