Aren’t You Done Yet?

IMG_3751I get this question about a lot of different things. “I thought you started that book five years ago.” and “Weren’t you knitting that last time I saw you?” are variations on a theme. Most recently, I’ve been pinged a few times by folks who are excited to share the audio version of Blood in the Rain: seventeen stories of vampire erotica. I had no idea when we started this process just how long it was going to take. Future audio book scheduling will take into account life and the way things just get in the way. Illness, school vacations, dead hard-drives, and things like that are very hard to factor into a schedule, but they will, inevitably, mess with any timeline.

One of the things I really didn’t know was just how long it was going to take to edit a story. In the photo above, you can see the raw content in the shaggy caterpillar like band across the middle. All the vertical lines are markers for flubs that need editing. Every time the voice actor stopped to change a word, intonation or cough, the audio tech put in a marker. Then, after the recording is all done, each line has to be addressed.

So…seventeen stories. Each story takes sixty to ninety minutes to record and three to five hours to edit. Add in voice actors can only work for three hour stretches (union rules) and, since ours are working full time at “real jobs”, one evening a week and you can see why it’s April and we’re just now really close to finishing. We have twelve stories mostly done and five left to record. I think you’ll find it’s been worth the wait. Here’s hoping for a June release!

Seriously, CC? More vampires?

RI5544The audible version of the Blood in the Rain is ALMOST finished being recorded.  Did you know that professional voice talent is only allowed to work for three hours?  Did you know that one story takes approximately an hour to record but takes about five hours to edit?  Add in colds–a voice can change dramatically with illness, weather, and life…well…things take longer than you think they’re going to.  Still, we’ve hit the 3/4 mark on the recording.  I’m hoping we can finish the raw recording by the end of April, finalize the edits by the end of May and have the audible version available soon after.

We had so much fun with the first volume, Mary and I have decided to edit another volume of Blood in the Rain! Here’s a link to the submissions guidelines.  http://bloodintherain.com

 

Loving the image above? :  © Renascence Images / The Peacock Mirror

Why Vampires, CC?

4143366_origMy first attempt at editing an anthology came out last week.  When my co-editor, Mary Trepanier, and I first sent out the call for submissions, I didn’t know what to expect. And, I’ve been asked by friends who know I write erotica, “Why vampire erotica?” My answer is, “Why Not?”

This project started with a discussion about how we’d like to find a home for some of our current work. When Mary and I figured out that we both had vampire stories looking for placement, we decided to put together an anthology.  Mary is a writer and professional editor, and I have a degree in journalism. We’ve both been writing erotica for a while and figured we could work our way through the hoops and hurdles involved. We jumped in, and Blood in the Rain is the result. I thought we’d receive a handful of stories and have to resort to begging our friends to write something for us. We got WAY more than that. In fact, we got so many submissions we had to create an elaborate excel spread sheet to track them all.  One thing is clear, people love reading and writing about vampires!

After many hours of reading some incredibly awesome pieces, we picked fifteen other stories that were erotic in different ways.  We ended up with an eclectic mix–it’s not all straight, or all gay, or all BDSM.  Instead, we went for stories that moved us or stayed with us after the initial reading.  We turned down stories we really liked but just didn’t fit the overall mix or were too much like other stories we liked ‘just a little more for some reason.’ Editing an anthology is incredibly subjective, and I totally get that some readers will love some of the stories we included while hating others. Such is the nature of anthologies. I’m okay with that.

Here are three links to purchase this collection:

Click here to go to Amazon

Click here to go to Barnes and Noble

Click here to go to Kobo Canada

Big Book Of Orgasms–also a reading in San Francisco!

It’s finally here.  Yay!  That this is the first story I’ve written with homo-erotic elements makes it extra exciting for me.  Most of the stories I’ve had published have been pretty much straight hetero and mostly vanilla.  Okay, Birthday Boy, (Cheeky Spanking Stories) has a touch of Discipline in it, but is still pretty tame.  Being a cis-female, I have focused almost all of my stories on the female characters in my story.  They are virtually all female POV, so this was a fun stretch for me.  The thing is, this is an AWESOME collection of stories.  So, it’s worth getting if you want some quick hot moments over the next few weeks.  69 stories that are likely to get you off in many happy ways.  (Disclosure:  Click the link below to purchase, and I actually might make a couple of pennies.)

If you live in the Bay area, check this reading out!   No, I won’t be there, but ten of the other authors will be–it sure sounds like fun.  I love going to author readings because you get to hear their voice and how they punctuate and stress their words.  Sometimes it changes how I experience a story completely.

From a review on Amazon:

In the foreword of this hefty anthology, Barbara Carrellas writes:
“Orgasm is an adventure, a surprise. No matter how many orgasms you’ve had–or how few–the potential for new and different orgasms is just one erotic encounter away.”

This collection of short, powerful stories, each under 1,200 words, shows how many different routes there are to the ultimate goal of climax and release. There are stories by relatively well-known erotic writers and by newbies in the field, but each of these stories is a polished gem of condensed excitement. Here are stories about long-married couples reviving the spark of their honeymoon, sex workers and their clients, same-sex couples, gender-bending threesomes, near-strangers getting to know each other in ways that will never be repeated, and solitary masturbators.

In “Hard Knocks” by Malin James, a woman tells her boyfriend: “You absolutely cannot make someone come just by spanking them.” He responds to this challenge by showing her that spanking alone, done with enough skill, can indeed lead to orgasm. In “Book Lover” by Donna George Storey, a woman has a tryst in a bookstore, where she is pushed over the edge by the smell of a well-used book. In “Beer and Orgasms” by Jeremy Edwards, a woman is only able to let herself orgasm when she can no longer resist the urge to pee; her understanding boyfriend arranges for her to do this without ruining the furniture.

Several of these stories involve the orgasmic stimulus of music. In “All You Do Is Play” by Annabeth Leong, a clever woman shows her musician lover how to “play” in more than one sense. In “Piano Man” by A.M. Hartnett, a male musician brings a female fan to ecstasy after his performance before they have even left the club. In the more over-the-top “By the Beat” by T. Fox Dunham, “Mr. Wolf” helps “Ms. Peacock” to reach orgasm with the help of a metronome, a relentless device that can’t lose its rhythm.