Knowing Your Place As An Indie Author
That’s the word I’d use to describe the attitude of many traditionally published authors when they talk about Indie writers.
There are other words. Pretentious. Arrogant. Elitist. And I’m keeping it clean here.
Their belief is that a book published outside of the blessing of a major publishing house is innately inferior, and that the creator of said book is an unworthy poser.
In fact, in a 2012 interview, best-selling author Sue Grafton described self-published authors as “too lazy to do the hard work.”
She went on to say that “To me…
Ghost Story as a Family Heirloom
October has always been my favorite month. One reason is that my birthday is in October. I’ve always loved Halloween, too.
Spooky stories are fun. My family has our own family ghost story, passed down through the years. It involves a woman named Della Barnes, a distant relative who was born in 1874.
According to family legend, Della was was a beautiful young woman who was married to a doctor. While he was busy out healing the sick of western Kentucky, she was reportedly at home having an affair with an ardent suitor. …
Five Little Things You Can Do to Keep the Fire Burning
Hello, I’m Pandora S. (Hi, Pandora!). I don’t cure cancer, I don’t solve the problem of world hunger, I don’t perform brain surgery or do rocket science. But I do know romance. I write sexy erotic romance novels. It’s what I do.
Ladies, talk amongst yourselves. This one’s for the boys.
What are you watching this October?
This time of year, I’m dying to watch a good ‘dark and scary night in a spooky house’ kind of thing, and in the past couple of years, I haven’t had much luck finding something that fits the bill. I’m not talking about a cheesy, slasher, ‘all the teens are gonna die’ movie — I’m looking for something smart and creepy.
Then I turned on Netflix last night and found this, their original series The Haunting of Hill House. It’s based (loosely) on the 1959 classic horror novel by Shirley Jackson. If you’re a…
5 Things I Learned the Hard Way
(UPDATED January 21, 2019)
I had a story pin-balling around in my mind. So I began to write it. At first, I posted it, chapter by chapter, on Tumblr. Then I put it away for a while, only to bring it back out again and post it, chapter by chapter, on a WordPress blog.
When I started getting a lot of positive feedback, I began to think maybe I might look into self publishing. But I knew absolutely nothing about the process. In fact, I ended up accidentally publishing that first book on…
I’m face down on the carpet. It’s hard to take a full breath. His forearm across my shoulder blades supports his full weight, pinning me to the floor as he forcibly sodomizes me.
No prep. No lube. Just him, pushing his way in.
I scream. I cry. I beg him to stop.
And he finally does. When he’s finished.
He gets up and walks away. “Thanks, dear. That was real sexy.”
His tone drips sarcasm.
He is my husband.
That incident happened nearly 30 years ago. But it’s not something you forget. It’s not something that fades with…
Nik peered grimly out the window at the passing grey tableau as the Mercedes made its way uptown toward the exclusive Empire Club. Dalton Rigby’s great-great grandfather had been a founding member, as the man had been careful to point out every time Nik had ever met him.
At least the food will be good, he consoled himself. Mentally, he went over his talking points as the city passed by in a gloomy blur.
A flash of color on the sidewalk caught his focus. Ahead, a woman in a bright red dress was attempting to hail a cab…
I should be writing right now. I should.
My latest novel (my 9th, but who’s counting?), WARRIOR MINE, is successfully launched into the world. I’m close to 30k words into the next book.
But right now, all I can think about is that Facebook has locked me out of my author account, with no indication when (or IF) it will be reinstated.
I know what you’re thinking — Big deal! Facebook is a huge time vampire anyway.
And that’s where you’d be wrong.
I’m not talking about the personal Facebook of cat photos and what everyone had for dinner last…
Netflix has come a long way in its 21 years of existence. Remember when they were simply the disks that arrived at your house in red envelopes, movies that you added to your queue months ago, only when they arrived, you weren’t in the mood to watch them, so they sat for weeks until you sent them back?
Now they have fantastic original programming that makes you say, “What networks?” Everybody knows about Stranger Things. But what don’t you know about?
I’m going to countdown 5 shows that you should definitely check out.
#5 — Lost In Space
Literary erotic romance author Pandora Spocks is a sassy ginger and hopeless romantic, living her happily ever after in South Florida. Occasionally, she blogs.