Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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How's the Weather?

Now that's a loaded statement, huh?

Here on Maryland's Eastern Shore, we've got rain (plus a few rumbles) today. Nothing terribly exciting, but, hey, at least I don't have to water the new garden. Of course, that's when Mother Nature throws a wrench into the works. Apparently, Salisbury is facing a freeze warning tonight.

In mid-April.



According to weather.com, the upper midwest is looking at (yet another) potential winter storm, too. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around that one. Anyone up there? What's the weather looking like, firsthand?

My middle daughter mentioned one time how horrible the weather forecasters were at predicting the weather. I explained to her that one can't really, truly predict the weather because Nature does whatever it wants. Forecasters can certainly try to predict it based on countless variables and data, but, in the end, it's still guesstimating.

So what's the weather like in YOUR neck of the woods? Are you enjoying a nice day out? Or, like me, have you simply given up trying to make sense of any of it?

Monday, April 14, 2014


It's BDSMonday!

Today's question: What are some of your favourite pervertibles? 

I recently got one of my favourites again--rose stems with the thorns left on. Yummy. You've gotta be quick and tell the florist not to cut them off (and ignore any weird looks you may get). The stems don't hurt much more than, say, a crop or cane, but I must warn you that occasionally the thorns will get stuck in your skin (still attached to the stem, luckily!) and you'll feel them being pulled out.

Some other pervertibles I enjoy are signal paddles and wooden spoons that my wife and I have painted and made fancy.

What about you? :D


If you would like to write a guest post for BDSMonday, please message me or email me: tq.strange (at) gmail.com

Celebrating Passover with queer women

Isaac the wizard and Rivka the warrior woman from The Second Mango protecting their queer loved ones, Queen Shulamit and her partner Aviva.
Across the doorposts and lintel are streaks of the pride rainbow, which are protecting them just as the streaks of lamb’s blood are supposed to protect our people on Passover.

Meanwhile, sometimes Queen Shulamit doesn't mind being gluten-intolerant!

See more art with these characters at the author's blog.

Artwork by Becca Schauer (top) and casually-draws-dorks.

Coming This Week...

Coming This Week...

Cat in the China Shop
by BA Tortuga
Clay may be a cat shifter, but he does everything he can to deny that part of him. Good thing Brock is willing to be the bull, or the cat, in the china shop and bust down Clay's walls.
A Bunch of Roughstock
by BA Tortuga

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Authors After Dark 2014

Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance. Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle Denison, Jasinda Wilder and Lorelei James

The ladies will be talking more about this on the FB group starting soon!

New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party! Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved? You will have to join the FB group to see!

And of course, we have the amazing Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes, including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!

Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors:
Sin Lust
Boone Brux
Opal Carew

Sin Pride
BA Tortuga
Andrew Grey

Sin Envy
Stella Price
TJ Michaels

Sin Gluttony
Desiree Holt
Saranna DeWylde

Sin Greed
Ann Mayburn
Heather Long

Sin Sloth
Lizzie T. Leaf
Julie Morgan

Sin Wrath
Stacey Kennedy
Marianne Morea

Virtue Charity
Kerry Adrienne
Trista Ann

Virtue Chastity
Jenn LeBlanc
Annabel Jospeh

Virtue Humility
Milly Taiden
Donna McDonald

Virtue Kindness
CJ Ellisson
Alexandra Ivy

Virtue Temprance
J. Kenner

Virtue Diligence
Denise Grover Swank
Jenna McCormick

Virtue Patience
Lousia Bacio
Kallypso masters

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!

And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini events we have going on? Ready?

On Wed. Night,  Join Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A, Also, the Blind Date Book Party will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday?  Panels up the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards----- goodies and books to be given out! The hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux for some crazy fun! And if that wasn’t enough?  Readings and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and Pals, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big ass booksigning with 100 authors,  the Cowboy Stampede party, the Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a special publisher sponsor, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to Carrowwinds…. We have a minimum of 90 special prizes…. So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough…. AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants…. Wanna know what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015 in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!


How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD registrations for 2015…  2!!!!! So get registered, get your room and get ready for one HELL of an amazing year with us!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Family of Choice

As a writer, there are the plots you choose and the ones the story provides on its own. When I started writing Stories Beneath Our Skin, I planned on having a few fun side characters to liven up the place. Like decorative pillows or knickknacks. My story had another idea altogether. The casual background characters grew more and more crucial to the plot. Eventually, I found an entire new theme running through the story: Family of Choice.

It probably isn't surprising that this topic rose up from my unconscious as a mostly welcome kraken. I’m an only child, who often felt isolated from extended family by age and circumstance. Instead, my friends have often taken the place of familial roles. One such companion, another only child, came up with the term 'sister-friend' which has the added bonus of sounding a bit creepy cultish if said in the correct tone of voice. Separated by half of North America, we speak on the phone every week without fail and often text during the day when we encounter the weird and weirdly banal. It's a complex relationship to navigate in many ways. The reality is that we don't have those powerful blood ties or family pressures that might bring us back together during a rift. Instead, we have to build that bond ourselves. We have to believe in our sisterhood and revive it constantly. Only our investment makes it 'real'.

It was only recently, despite years of writing romantic stories, that I realized how strongly romance is about seeking that very kind of relationship. After all, what is a long term romantic partner, but family of choice? Out of all the people in the world, you are the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. That's a powerful statement that many spend their lives longing to hear.

With all these thoughts stewing in my messy brain, it isn’t surprising that Stories Beneath Our Skin became laced with these ideas. Beleaguered Liam, who is about to lose his central father figure, spends much of the story on the outside looking in to the assembled family that makes up the tattoo parlor where he works. While his budding relationship with Ace is critical, the friendships that he builds with the rest of the Great Sin Ink crew are what truly help him come of age.

This book is my first novel length publication and if it weren't for my own family of choice, it might never have come to be. I hope for all my readers that they have at least once such person in their lives. Feel free to tell me about your family of choice in the comments.