I love to write! Which is a good thing, because no matter what I'm doing, my brain edits sentences, selects or discards words, equivocates over paragraph formation. My file cabinet is stuffed with folders full of ideas, scenes, and half-finished work.
My favorite part of writing is description. I want my readers to see, smell, hear, and feel what is going on in the story as if they are there. I can't think of many things as wonderful as those hours when words are pouring through my head and spilling out onto the page, creating a physical world full of passionate people!
Other pursuits have taken up parts of my life--a technical profession for a career, children, questionable progress in learning to watercolor. I enjoy cooking, gardening, and time at the Pacific coast. Sunrise and sunset create special moods for me, the twilight between two worlds--fully of creative energy. Most of all, I love snuggling up with a good book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For my first novel, I went through a lengthy process of obtaining a literary agent. She was very encouraging and taught me a lot about the publishing business. But after several months of editing, when she began pitching the book to publishers, the response was less than enthusiastic. Feedback told us that the problem had nothing to do with the quality of the writing or even the premise. It had to do with mixing genres. The story was set fifty years in the future, included explicit sex and romantic elements, and was paced like an action/adventure. Her advice, after a year of our effort for that work, was to self publish!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess you could say my joy comes from getting into the "zone" where the story unfolds before my very eyes. You know, at first, there's the struggle of how to begin, and then how to frame and plot the story, and then how to discover who the characters are. A lot of this is more about believing in yourself enough to let the words just hit the page and deal with the details later. It's always hard to believe that the story knows what it wants to be. But when it all starts tumbling out, and your hands can't work fast enough to get the words formed, and even while theoretically doing other things, the story is still flowing---that's the joy.
The House of Rae series plunges deep into a mid-21st century world of religious terrorism, legalized prostitution, and a spreading plague. Backed by governments desperate in the face of water shortages and rampant fire, psions organize energy grids to distribute the healing effects of pleasure energy harvested from dance centers and sex houses. Fighting back, a brotherhood of zealots sets their plan in motion.
It started innocently enough. A rich young man in search of adventure in sadistic humiliation. An older woman intent on her profession as dominatrix. Their crossed paths should have been six weeks of a purely business relationship.
But things never go as planned.
The story of Jarrod Bancroft becomes much more than scenes of extreme sexual kink. Hope rejected, regret and anguish, terror in captivity, and an awful truth about Jarrod’s family emerge in this richly-presented series. Told in stunning detail, Jarrod Bancroft’s adventure reveals old lies, ugly threats, and the raw human need for love.
As Saturnalia dawns and Rome’s Legio XIV Gemina prepares for the midwinter celebration despite their station on the far western border of Britannia, Greek slave Antius faces the disaster he set in motion involving his beloved master and legion commander, Marcellus. He takes refuge with his young lover even as an intimate betrayal unfolds between trusted friends.
The book fell, quite literally, into Emily’s hands. Bound in blackened ancient leather, the slim volume included a title visible more from the indentation on the leather than by surviving lettering. Spells and Incantations, it said. She had no idea.
A short mysterious romance--of sorts.
Ross Stanford works the front office of Superior Cabinet, every day fielding a string of customers and phone calls about the cabinets produced by his stepbrother Charlie and the other men. But he’s never seen a customer quite like Amanda Melrose. She’s all elegant and educated and rich and worst of all, she’s got her eye on him. He should have known better.
Marley Wilson has just had the shock of her life. She’s running, looking for refuge where she can try to come to terms with what she saw. Then it snows. Then the park ranger shows up, and things get a lot worse—and better.
Flight delays, bad weather—what’s not to loath about holiday travel? Except this time there’s a man daring Giselle to do something she never imagined, something that exceeds her wildest fantasies. Is the temptation worth the risk?
Rose Blevins stands at her window watching Justin mow her lawn. She couldn’t be more conflicted. The loss of her husband still haunts her days. Does she dare act on her desire? A short contemporary romance.
An ambitious Roman commander captures a fiery maid of Britannia and forces her to his will. A story of conquest and love set in the glory days of empire, their struggle to meet each other’s needs and expectations exposes the underbelly of Rome’s legal system, its dependence on slavery, and sexual secrets from Marcellus’ past. Can young Caerwin survive unexpected challenges to her womanhood?
In the bloody first century Roman conquest of Britannia, a Celtic maid vows to kill the Roman commander who holds her life in his hands. Despite her hatred, her body responds to this man's forceful seduction. And despite his callous intent to use her as his slave, his feelings for her soon conflict with his military duty and the sordid ties of his past.
In 5th century England, natives join to fight off invading bands of Saxons. With her husband Bedwyr off at battle, Nefyn lingers at their homestead hoping for one last visit before she flees to the mountains with the last of their belongings. The door latch rattles and she is suddenly confronted with a tall warrior and the risk of rape and death. There is no escape from his brutal conquest.
Married against her will in order to save her father and their village, a Saxon maid faces her wedding night with a brutish Danish warrior. He stands across the firepit from her, leering as he demands she remove her clothing. Does he mean to take her on the floor like the animal he is?
A tangled web spreads its tentacles around Josh Carter and his true love Anne’s new life on the California coast as her groundbreaking teamwork in biomechanics threatens a powerful psion. What evil force wants to stop a possible cure for brown death? Is sex energy losing its power to heal this insidious killer? Broken, Josh stumbles back to pleasuring women at the House of Rae.
It started innocently enough. A rich young man in search of adventure in sadistic humiliation. An older woman intent on her profession as dominatrix. Their crossed paths should have been six weeks of a purely business relationship. But things never go as planned. Includes all five previously published novellas of this series, now in one convenient, red-hot book.
In the year 2056, Josh Carter sets out on his mission. His assignment: destroy the Kansas City House of Rae, flagship establishment of a flourishing prostitution trade catering to women. Amid rampant fire and diminishing food supplies, the nation is desperate for a cure to a mysterious illness that only pleasure energy can heal. Who will be saved?
Cara Carson only wants one thing, and it isn’t a man. Morgan Woods never believed in love. A sea of mud brings them together and for a few shining moments, what they have is too good to be true. Then old wounds resurface to inflict even more pain. Can two broken people find a way to trust again?
Jarrod had it all but it came too easy. Something was missing. When he signed up for Stonybrook Academy, he wanted to be pushed hard. He didn't expect to want Madam and the torment she bestowed. Macie prided herself on the thoroughness of her training. It was business, and she was a professional. But she had a past and so did he, and as Christmas neared, the past caught up with them. A novella.
Bryn’s emergency plan for income is already out of control. Standing on her porch watching two gorgeous men walk toward her, she thinks maybe she hadn’t fully appreciated how deer hunting with side benefits could become so complicated. Alex stuns her with his warmth and charm, but the cold and angry Dan is to be her master. When the first spanking sparks her passions, she wants them both.