Friday, December 31, 2010

New Dimensions to the New Year...In Ten Parts!

This video will blow your mind. At least, it blew mine. If you've ever wondered about dimensions and how there can possibly be more than four, check out these videos. They make it very easy to understand, or at least grasp, a complex idea of intersecting infinities. FASCINATING stuff, and something to ponder as we head into a new year. And now I have a headache...

And part two...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New Hot Contest!!

To celebrate 2010, I'm holding a contest and giving away five print books and five ebooks to ten lucky winners. The prizes are as follows:
Print Books
Storm Lords Vol. 1 (The Fire Within and Below the Surface)
Storm Lords Vol. 2 (Gale Season)
Over the Moon (an anthology with six other authors, all shapeshifter stories)
Circe's Recruits: Hale
Dawn Endeavor: The Circs (Fallon's Flame and Hayashi's Hero)
Kate Undone
Foxy Lady
To Hunt a Sainte
Enemy Red

Simply email me what you like or dislike about my website to be entered in the contest, subject line 2011 Contest. (Trust me, I want to know good AND bad.) Anyone can win, but you have to be a continental U.S. winner to receive a print book. (Sorry, postage is killer.) Send your response to by January 15th to be entered to win and note if you live in the U.S. or not.

Monday, December 27, 2010

2011: What's in Store?

2010 is wrapping up pretty quickly. Seems like I was just getting used to stop writing 2009 on checks when 2010 showed up. Now I've got to change again. So what's on my plate for 2011?

Currently scheduled 2011 releases:

Jan--Wolf Wanted (Total E-Bound-TEB)
Feb--The Lost Locket (Loose Id)
Aftershocks, print (TEB)
March--Guardian's Redemption, print (TEB)
April--Journeyman's Ride (Carina)
May--RetroCog (Loose Id)
August--Whispered Words (Loose Id)
Nov--Book 4 Power Up! series (Loose Id)

I have a finished project on hold, another romantic suspense I'm waiting to hear back from the publisher on. And a few projects I intend to finish this year. Thus far: 2 more Cougar Falls books, another romantic suspense, another 2 Voider books, and another steampunk. I also have in mind a more time intensive project, but that's on hold while I tie up some contractual obligations. And that's what's in store for my year, all subject to change of course.

It's never too early to start thinking about the next year.

Happy Monday!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Busy Busy Busy

So today I'm at Samhain's blog talking about Christmas traditions. No, I didn't copy my post from yesterday. Instead, I mentioned a common holiday tradition or two then shared two of my own. Check it out if you want to learn the Harte holiday song. :)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Traditions Explored

Okay, so maybe not explored, but I've got a few interesting tidbits about Santa Claus, Christmas trees and mistletoe at Hitting the Hot Spot today. Go on over and take a look.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Back and Shiny With Lights

Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas tree, how brightly colored your branches...

So the tree is up,the outside lights are bright, and the fireplace is burning. Cold down here in Georgia. Finally! I'm so excited to feel a good "brr" in the brisk air.

Since I last chatted via Blogger, I've sent my mother packing--back to snowy Oregon! I had a great time with her and am now back to--wait for it--editing! Copy edits on my fun steampunk that's due out in April. I love this story more each time I read it. Let's hope readers feel the same way. A funny thing happened today while I was going through it. An idea for another book set in the same world. Yea!

This time, picture a Viking who won't die, a Valkyrie sent to bring him in, and an adventure filled with dire wolves, cannibals, and Easterners who won't have much to do with the gods but everything to do with class, nobility, and whatever pleases His Majesty, the king. Lots of potential for trouble, there.

After my steampunk edits, I have to do a bit of admin for The Lost Locket, scheduled to release from Loose Id in February. Then I'll make time to write, write, write, which I haven't done for a while now. I plan to work around the kids being home this week by using that marvelous Wii and the television during the mornings. Yeah, bad mom, but I'll get some work done.

Oh, and before I forget, it's Ayla Ruse's birthday today. So I'm wishing her a happy, happy day!
Er, well, it was the 19th, but it's technically the 20th as I finish writing this. So I guess a belated happy birthday is in order? :) Cheers.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Excuses Are Like...These Guys?

Well hello. I've been remiss in posting lately,and it's not because I was waylaid by these two thugs hanging around my house. (To relieve your minds, the hockey killer and motorcycle ghoul left right after Halloween.) My excuse is that my mom's visiting from out West, and we're enjoying one another's company so much that I haven't been on my computer except to check email early each morning, and that's it.

I've for the most part finished up on pending edits for two works coming out next year. My current WIP is at a standstill as I celebrate the holidays, and yea me, I actually managed some Christmas shopping today. The house is decorated, except for the tree ornaments and the front lights which we plan to put up tomorrow.

So what's on your Christmas list? Books? Movies? Jewelry and clothes? I always tell the family I'm easy to shop for. Book store gift certificates, candles, soaps. I like to read and smell nice. EASY. I've bought some books for the kids and feel great about it. Nothing wrong with expanding the mind. Then it's okay for me to buy a few DVD's or those accursed video games. Games that I'm just too impatient to learn to play considering my kids pick up the mechanics in minutes.

So here's hoping Santa is good to those of you celebrating. Only 12 more shopping days to go...

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Very Bizarre Friday

So my mother has come to visit, and we're supposed to be having fun. Instead, I find a pair of yapping miniature poodles in my front yard. The canines were scratching at my front door and expecting to come in. Hello? Never seen the dogs before in my life. I already have 2 labs. We don't need more dogs.

Have I mentioned my mother is a dog lover? So now I'm waiting for some help to try to see if the dogs are microchipped, because they are too nice and well-groomed to be strays. sigh. I'm hoping the owners wake up and notice their dogs are gone. Geesh.

Happy Friday to the rest of you...

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

And the Weather Outside Is...

Delightful. Yeah, most people would say it's freakin' cold for Georgia. And hey, it is.(Hurray! Bring on the snow!) I have my gas fireplace on, which unfortunately doesn't extend to the room where I type, the spare room which has it's own AC/heater unit. I have to keep turning on the heater to heat it up, then turning it off so I don't get too hot. It's a pain, but with the door closed, the room heats up in no time.

Working on RetroCog right now. The title is cool, but too technospeak for this story, I think. I need to come up with something else. Retro-cognition is the ability to see the past. The opposite of precognition. And it's my hero's talent. The heroine has a ghost problem. The pair are currently in a town steeped in secrets, and the inn where they're staying was once a brothel. Leads to some heat between the sheets, I can tell you.

So back to my WIP. Stay warm out there!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mopping and Smiling...At the Same Time

I'm readying for my mother's upcoming visit. Writing, cleaning, shopping, everything all at once. But I never wear a smile like this when I'm mopping. Puh-lease. Yet I have to ask myself why I bother. My mother loves me. She had two kids at home while my dad worked, and she kept a really clean house.

Maybe that's why I feel so compelled to show her that my house can be as neat. When in reality, it's like, who the hell am I fooling? My kids and husband continually leave the place a mess. Ten seconds after cleaning up, there are new dirt tracks on the floor.

But I need to make sure the place is spotless for Mom. Weird. So this week I'm finishing work on a MS, working in some edits, and dusting like there's no tomorrow.

Mom is happy to visit. She loves the kids and even supports my writing, though she continues to ask when I'm going to write a children's book (sigh). I hope to have some fun with her while she's here. She can watch one of her grandsons recite his lines at the school play, watch the kiddos meet Santa, and help us decorate the tree. And a big plus for her, she gets away from snow in central Oregon and joins us here where the lows are in the 40's. A win-win, as long as I can get my work done on time. With that said, now back to my work in progress. Happy Monday to all!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Just Because

Christmas is coming...

Friday, December 3, 2010

Second Time's the...Charm?

Adjectives to describe me as a writer: creative, hard-working, focused, happy, neurotic. Yes, I'm neurotic. A bit crazy at times when it comes to second-guessing character motivations, reader desires, and a book's chance of success. Hence this post about Kate Undone, the recent source of my unease.

I've had the ideas for parallel worlds and Cross Step, Kansas in my head for years. Huge files full of characters, races and ideas for stories, some set in the future from when Namesake takes place. In fact, my Voiders folder has been transferred twice as I've upgraded computers over the years. When I finally decided to write Namesake, I loved the premise: Voids (wormholes) suddenly appear on earth in certain spots, and through them come Voiders, humanoids from alternate worlds. One type of Voider are the Ravagers, who equate to what we know as werewolves. Sexy werewolves. Bring on the romance.

I wasn't so sure about the heavy sensuality of the story. But it seemed a good fit for Ellora's Cave. One heroine, four heroes who later become two, then bump back up to three. Yeah, multiple heroes. But the story makes sense in the context of the Ravager family unit. One female to several males (3-6) make a pack. In Namesake, Vicki Fox claims the prime, his guard and one other.

Two of the initial heroes, who help make Vicki pack, drop out. They had their own female to claim, as well as each other. Perfect. I'd write the next story for Jesse, Logan, and Kate. Three Ravagers with some emotional issues to clear up before they can have their own happily ever after. An overarching plot of human watch groups, a crime lord with a hidden agenda, and Ravager politics round out the story.

I needed to be sure this story would stand up after Namesake's initial success. But so far, I have no friggin' clue how it's doing. I had one reader comment she liked it (thank you, Carrie Ann!) The ball in my chest eased. And then...nothing. No comments, no ratings, no nothing. I suppose no news is better than bad news, but I can't stop wondering about reader reaction.

Like I don't have other things I should be doing--wrapping up my current WIP before my mom comes next week, cleaning the house, decorating the house, starting my Christmas shopping... ACK! I can only hope Kate Undone does well enough that EC will accept my next novel about the mysterious crime boss in Cross Step--Mr. Tommy Chen. Chen is different than anyone else on the planet. No pack or clan, no family or relatives. He's the sole survivor of his people...or so he thinks.

Cross your fingers, and hope that his story will one day see the light of day. And that I can get my head out of my butt long enough to write it!

Have a nice weekend, and may the rest of your Friday be much less neurotic than mine.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Release: KATE UNDONE

Released today from Ellora's Cave...KATE UNDONE

In the year 2078, Cross Step is home to strange portals called Voids, and the species who’ve come through are now a part of everyday society. Humans mistakenly compare Ravagers to werewolves, but Ravagers are so much more than myth. They’re real, and they’re here to stay.

Kate Savage should be the happiest Ravager on the planet. She finally has the two males she’s been lusting after for years. But her mates don’t seem to want her. To make matters worse, she’s in her first heat. But when she wakes up in a hotel room, tied up and confronted with two angry mates who feel wronged and abandoned, things really heat up.

Logan and Jesse are tired of tradition and waiting on Kate. They’ve decided to claim her themselves, and to finally get the stubborn female to see what’s in front of her. Love, lust and danger combine to make Kate’s heat the hottest thing ever. If the three of them have the courage to put their hearts on the line, they’ll have that happily-ever-after yet.

To read more, click here.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Control Issues--Yep, I Got 'Em

I meant to blog yesterday but had to recoup from my strenuous Sunday. I drove for 2 1/2 hours, each way, next to my husband and with two other couples into Atlanta to see the Packers/Falcons football game. LIVE. We tailgated, watched the two grown men with us get stupid drunk, then one of them, an Army major no less, get lost on the way back to the friggin' car, but we genuinely enjoyed the game. It was close, and to my surprise, there were a lot of Packers fans in the audience. Go Pack! (Yeah, well, they lost 20-17, but it was a really close game.)

Yet, for all that, the bizarre part of the entire trip is how much I dreaded it. I like to be behind the wheel. I like to own the remote control. I like things done my way. Period. Hmm, sounds like a person with control issues. A WRITER! I tell my characters what to do, where to go, and rein them in when they go way outside my story. It really hit me that I have the perfect career. Except for having to listen to editors and publishers in regards to the administrative details of writing, I am in charge.

For example, I've written about half of a story about two psychics, a ghost or hint of reincarnation, I can't figure out which. And the story bothers the crap out of me. I've already changed some facets of my hero once, and now I'm going to go back and gut the story again today. Why? Because the story needs it, and because I CAN!!

Well, heck, at least I've got some control. I'll take it when I can get it. Happy Tuesday, and stay dry. It's raining here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Author of the Week

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. I just realized I'm author of the week over at Total E-Bound. This means some of my titles there are available at 20% off. Just an FYI. And don't forget the free reads at ARe.The Just One Bite anthologies. See? There are savings all over the place today!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving--And Free Reads!

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone enjoys the holiday. And to thank you, please check out this free read. All Romance Ebooks sponsored a contest a while ago, and the finalists' short stories are bound into free volumes! Volume 2 contains my story, Fangs, Fur and Fae. Enjoy! Click on the cover for the book.

Vamps and Weres and Fae, oh my!

Throw in some Angels and Demons and Ghosts, add some spicy sex, and you've got the perfect recipe for one hot read. ARe's Just One Bite Anthology Volume 2 brings you the best of paranormal erotic romance from some of your favorite authors...

Amanda McIntyre, Victoria Blisse, Brenda Williamson, Yvette Hines, Dahlia Rose, Marie Harte, Jambrea Jo Jones, Bethany Michaels, Tracey H. Kitts, Linda Palmer, Karalynn Lee, Rosalie Stanton, Virginia Nelson, Kathleen Dienne

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Day to Ponder

A few things to ponder on this fine Tuesday:
  • Why are manners a thing of the past? Is it so hard to say "thank you" for a kindness?
  • How much longer until Tangled comes out, because I'm dying to see it?
  • When the heck will I finish my current WIP? I'm hoping by January if not sooner. But come on muse, wake UP!!
  • When will I paint over this sickeningly cheery yellow wall color in my study? Because before coffee, anything this happy is incredibly annoying.
  • Will I survive the upcoming Packers/Falcon's game I'm attending in Atlanta this weekend? Note: my husband is driving.
And that's all my brain can handle right now. I have kids in the house I'm watching--in addition to mine--while a friend takes her mom to an appointment, and I haven't had an caffeine yet today. 'Nuff said. Now back to work...

Monday, November 22, 2010

New Author, Ayla Ruse

Today I'm interviewing new author Ayla Ruse at Hitting the Hot Spot. Come on over and say hey.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Free Reads!!

Just thought I'd pass this along. Samhain is giving away a few free books to tempt you into looking for more. Totally worth it, because there are some great authors with great reads. Check out their Facebook page for deets. And you can click to download to your Nook or Kindle easily. I added two today. Don't miss out...

More Cover Gladness

Happy Friday! Thought I'd share the cover for my upcoming January 2011 release from TEB. Wolf Wanted, a m/m shifter story. Enjoy!


Demon Prince Liam cast a spell for a wolf, and Anson exceeds his expectations. He’s golden, he’s sexy, and he’s a werewolf— a unique being in the world of shifters. After a hundred years of cursed living, Liam has a chance to finally break free from the spell holding his inner wolf at bay and embrace both his wolf and demon heritage. He never planned on falling in love with Anson, or of taking the maddening werewolf to mate. But his plans for a happily-ever-after come to a screeching halt when the evil sorceress who cursed him returns. She refuses to take ‘no’ for answer, and then she sets her sights on Anson…

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wowzers, Part II

Here it is! The cover for KATE UNDONE.

Coming to Ellora's Cave in just 2 weeks! December 1st...
To read an excerpt, click here.


Wowzers. This has been my word for the week. Not sure why I keep using it. It used to be Inspector Gadget's favorite word. Go go, gadget legs! (Sorry, an Inspector Gadget reference.) The point of this monotony is that I finally have my cover for Kate Undone, coming to Ellora's Cave Dec 1st. I'm excited to share it, but don't want to jump the gun. As soon as I get the go-ahead, I'm posting it here. Wowzers.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Top Ten List

I guest blogged at Delilah Devlin's last week and wrote a stellar, if I do say so myself, post from a reader's perspective. Because sure, I write, but I also read a ton. On my website I listed the wrong date for the post, which actually hit on Nov 11th, not the 10th. So in case you missed it, here it is.
A Reader's Top Ten Guide for a Great Romance.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Good Monday? Odd.

I can't fathom how, but this is shaping up to be a good week! I found my missing sunglasses this morning. No one was late for school, and I didn't forget to send the food with my kid for his party on Friday. (Food was due today.) I exercised first thing this morning, and though I haven't had any coffee yet, I'm still awake. Holy crap. It's like I'm dreaming!

On another note, it's time to start working on RetroCog again, though I think I'm going to change the title. RetroCog sounds too funky, cool, and almost steampunkish, but the story is about a psychic, reincarnation, hauntings, and a murder (or two). Doesn't fit. I have a few days to work on the book before I bog down in serious edits on Journeyman's Ride, which I found out releases April 25th from Carina Press. Woohoo! And I have to get my cover art request in as well. Fingers crossed.

So happy Monday to you all. And to all, a good week.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dawn Endeavor In Print: NOW!!!

It arrived! My author copies of Dawn Endeavor: THE CIRCS are here, at my house, in my greedy little hands! The excitement, the joy, the pretty, pretty books!

This volume is big. It contains Fallon's Flame and Hayashi's Hero, the first two books in the Dawn Endeavor series. I can only hope this means books 3 and 4, Julian's Jeopardy and the recently released Gunnar's Game, will also soon be available in print.

I'm thinking up a contest to give away a copy. So give me some time and I'll make it a good one.

Happy Friday! And to read more about this book, click here (you'll be directed to the Amazon link.)

Contains the books Fallon's Flame and Hayashi's Hero.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembering Veteran's Day

A Happy Veteran's Day (to follow yesterday's happy birthday to the USMC.) Remembering all those who served their country.
To CWO4 R.D. Jacobson for 23 years of dedicated service to the Corps.
For Cpl Joseph Owens, who gave his life in Beirut in 1983.
You're remembered. And to all the others who've served, lived and died for their country. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Marines

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps
235 years of service and sacrifice

Semper Fi and God Bless

Facebook Bites

Yes, in my ignorance, I am spewing venom and verbally blowing up (see picture, left) at Facebook. It seems so easy to use, yet it's not. I'm friending people left and right, mostly authors, and I'm enjoying the "social" process, I guess. But it's frustrating to not know what else to do. I attended an MS Office Live Meeting via Harlequin today to learn more about Facebook. As a result, I created a fan page. But I have no friggin' clue what to do with it.

I have gotten zero work done on my current WIP lately, spending this afternoon on Facebook and the morning chaperoning my kid's field trip to Steed's Dairy Farm. Fun, but so distracting. And Facebook just makes my brain hurt. Ack!

Anyway, if you want to check out the mess that is the Marie Harte facebook page, click on the link I added to the right on my blog. Somewhere. sigh.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Yippee Skipee! It's Finally Here!

Gunnar's Game, the fourth and final book in the Dawn Endeavor series, is now available from Loose Id!!

Enjoy Gunnar's story, but don't be surprised who wins the game at the end. In this book, all the answers are finally revealed. Take that, Mrs. Sharpe!

The Story:

It’s time Ava claimed her mate. The Viking won’t fall easily, so she won’t play fair. When it comes to love, she’ll leave nothing to chance. Conquering his heart is a game worth winning, and Ava’s playing for keeps.

To read a more in depth blurb and excerpt, or to purchase the book, click here.


Good Monday morning. And here, celebrating a new release, are the Storm Lords! Today, Cadmus Storm, Earth Lord and Light Bringer, has his story released from Total E-Bound. AFTERSHOCKS, Book Four, is now available for your reading pleasure...

Book four in the Storm Lords Series

They should be enemies, but he won’t let them. And what a Storm Lord wants, a Storm Lord gets.

Light and Dark have always been enemies. The Earth Lord, Cadmus Storm, knows this all too well. He’s lost his father and friends to the Darkness invading his homeworld. Now stuck in Seattle, of all places, he’s itching to return to Tanselm.

He thought he’d found solace in the arms of Ellie Markham. The tall, scheming blonde managed him with ease, then turned his world upside down when he learned she was his enemy. He left her behind, but when circumstances force him to return to her once more, he finds she’s not the hardhearted Djinn he assumed, but a caring, loving woman he hurt with harsh words.

He’ll have to work hard to win her back, and even harder to avoid an insidious enemy bent on ending everything Light—and Dark—Cadmus loves. When danger again comes calling, he and Ellie will have to stay rooted to each other, and to the truth-that love has no boundaries.
To read more, click here.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Release Date Update

Kate Undone, a book set in the Voider world, will be out from Ellora's Cave on December 1st!

Here's the blurb.
In the year 2078, Cross Step is home to strange portals called Voids, and species who’ve come through are now a part of everyday society. Humans mistakenly compare Ravagers to werewolves, but Ravagers are so much more than myth. They’re real, and they’re here to stay.

Kate Savage should be the happiest Ravager on the planet. She finally has the two males she’s been lusting after for years. But her mates don’t seem to want her. To make matters worse, she’s in her first heat. But when she wakes up in a hotel room, tied up and confronted with two angry mates who feel wronged and abandoned, things really fire up.

Logan and Jesse are tired of tradition and waiting on Kate. They’ve decided to claim her themselves, and to finally get the stubborn female to see what’s in front of her. Love, lust and danger combine to make Kate’s heat the hottest thing ever. If the three of them have the courage to put their hearts on the line, they’ll have that happily-ever-after yet.

To read an excerpt, click here.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bloody Distraction

Yeah, it was bloody. And the prick of the needle hurt, and I had to wait forever to get stuck. But I gave blood today, and I have the tee-shirt to prove it! Needless to say, between giving blood and my daughter who was vomiting all day long, I accomplished nothing, workwise. I feel bad about the girl, but she's 18 and there's not much to do when she's sick but wait it out. There's a flu going around, and of course, it hits the one person in the family who makes The Exorcist look like child's play. It's awful, sounds like she's throwing up a lung, and so loud I'm surprised people in San Francisco weren't checking to see if an earthquake was about to hit. sigh. I just hope she's better soon. And that I get back to friggin' work.
On another note, I celebrated another birthday yesterday. Scorpios unite!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Writing Contest Worth Entering

Thought I'd share this. A writing contest from Tawny Taylor, and the three finalists get critiques of their manuscripts from Grace Bradley, my editor at Ellora's Cave. It's a great contest. It's free, it's not a popularity contest but based upon your writing, and you get the possibility of terrific feedback on your story if you final. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by entering. These are the kinds of contests I look to enter.
Good luck!

Announcing the second ~Some Like It Hot~ writing contest

Starting October 25th, 2010, Tawny Taylor will be hosting a writing contest!
The final judge is an editor from Ellora’s Cave.

The Prize? Read on!

All SubGenres of erotic romance accepted, including:
~Contemporary~Fantasy~Futuristic~ Shapeshifter/Vampire~BDSM~

*You may submit one chapter–not to exceed 5000 words. Stories must be complete and unpublished.

*Each Monday, two stories will be selected by an Ellora’s Cave editor who is actively acquiring. At the end, six weekly winning authors will submit a partial (first three chapters, last chapter and synopsis) to the final judge for ranking.

The first place winner will receive …

A critique of the full winning manuscript by EC editor Grace Bradley!

The second place winner will receive…

A critique of the partial manuscript by EC editor Grace Bradley (first three chapters, last and synop).

The third place winner will receive…

A critique of the first chapter by EC editor Grace Bradley.


*Starting Date: October 25th 2010
(Submissions received between 12:00 am October 25th and 11:59 pm October 29th will be considered for round one. Submissions received between 12:00am Oct. 30 and 11:59 pm November 5th will be considered for round two. And submissions received between 12:00am November 6th and 11:59 November 12th will be considered for round three.)

*Weekly Finalists Announced on November 1, 2010, November 8, 2010 and November 15, 2010.

*Last Finalist Announced: November 15, 2010

*Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm November 12, 2010

*NO Entry Fee or purchase necessary to win

*Please send entries to A one-page synopsis may be included along with genre, word count, and your name and contact information.

*For any questions, email Tawny (



This contest is open to both unpublished and published authors of erotic romance fiction. All entries shall be the author’s original work and not contracted for publication prior to the entry deadline. (Authors currently published with Ellora’s Cave are not eligible to enter.)

Entry Deadline
All entries must be received between 12:00 am October 25th and 11:59pm November 12th (Eastern U.S. Timezone).

Entry Details
Entries will be accepted in electronic (e-mail) submissions only. If you have problems sending electronically, please email the coordinator.

Each electronic entry should include:
One (1) copy of the first chapter of your manuscript (5000 words maximum) and 1-page synopsis (single spaced is acceptable, but please, keep the font at 12pt or larger). Total entry must be in one file; synopsis can go at the beginning or end of an entry.

Name and contact information must be listed in the body of the e-mail.
You will get a confirmation of the arrival of your entry. If you do not receive a confirmation within two days of sending, please e-mail the coordinator to ask if it was received. (

Entries should be received in RTF (rich text format) files only.

Please enter a story only once. Authors may enter more than one story, but only one per week. Please keep in mind, the book must be finished.


First Round: The first round will be judged by Grace Bradley

The scores/scoresheets will NOT be returned to entrants. Entries will be judged on the following: plot, pacing, characterization, genre appropriateness, narration, dialogue, writing mechanics and originality.

Weekly winners will advance to the final round.

Final Round:

The finalists will be asked to send the first three chapters, last chapter and synopsis to the coordinator by 11:59 pm November 19th, 2010 for final judging.

The winner of the grand prize will be announced on November 29th, 2010.


The first round finalists will be announced weekly on Tawny’s blog and facebook page, the last one on November 15th, 2010.

Additional Prizes:

One entry will be selected each week by random drawing to received a detailed critique by an author published with Ellora’s Cave. The weekly random drawing winner will also by announced on Tawny’s website and blog.

Understand that by entering you are stating that:

1. You have read, understand and agree to abide by the rules of the Some Like it Hot writing competition.

2. You understand that contest judging is subjective, and that the decisions of the judges will be final.

3. You agree to be bound by the judges’ decisions and by the contest officials’ decisions, regarding any question or dispute arising from or relating to the contest, the interpretation of official rules, and any other matters relating to the contest, not specifically covered by the official rules.

4. In the event of any dispute arising from or relating to this contest, you agree to defend and hold harmless Ellora’s Cave, Tawny Taylor, contest personnel, and judges from any and all liability.

You understand that failure to agree to the above terms automatically disqualifies your entry.


Finally, please understand Ellora’s Cave publishes Erotic Romance. If you have questions about what is appropriate material to submit, see the submissions guidelines

While no purchase is required to enter or win, I suggest anyone wishing to enter Tawny’s Some Like It Hot writing contest read books published by Ellora’s Cave.

Good luck and Good Writing!

Tawny Taylor

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Missing In Action

Have you seen this bear? This is Brownie, my five-year-old's best friend. Unfortunately, Brownie went missing sometime this weekend, and my life since has been dedicated to finding this bear.

My husband and I have tried to figure out how many hours of our lives we've dedicated to tracking down stuffed animals. Too friggin' many, I can tell you that. But as annoying it is, finding the animal and handing it over to a hopeful little boy makes it all worth it in the end. But I'm starting to lose hope that we'll find Brownie. I've turned the house upside-down and he's nowhere to be found.

I swear, I feel as if I've lost my best friend. My son is happy until he remembers he's lost Brownie, and then he cries. Ack. This animal hunt consumes me, and it's intruding on everything. Ever tried to write a sexy scene with a plush bear on the brain? Doesn't happen. (No, I'm not into Plushophilia... and if you don't know what that is, you didn't see that CSI episode that was just very, very weird.) So I'm trying to put Brownie on the back-burner during the day and stick to writing, but it's not easy.

Cross your fingers and wish us luck. For I fear Brownie may be lost to us forever. sigh

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Contest Winner

Congratulations to Tanya H. for winning the Halloween Contest. Thanks to everyone who participated, and look for the next contest on my website/newsletter, themed around the upcoming holidays. Happy reading!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Contest

This is a quick contest* in time for Halloween. Details are found in my newsletter, linked below. Bottom line, read a short excerpt and answer one question to be eligible to win a bunch of great books by authors Caitlin Kittridge, Sarah McCarty, Charlene Teglia, Jaci Burton, and more.

Click here for details...and don't wait! Only three more days 'til it's over...

*Note: winners outside the U.S. will receive an online GC to B&N.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Contest, A Manuscript, and an Award? -- Oh My

Great news! No, I did not win Publisher's Clearinghouse, score a multi-book contract from Random House, or drop those many pounds I've been trying to lose forever. BUT... I've posted a new contest on my website in the October Newsletter. Yeah, I'm giving away a lot of brand new books to one lucky Continental US winner. Lest the non-US residents feel left out, be advised if you win, you'll get an online gift certificate to B&N. I don't discriminate by residence.


I have been on a roll lately. I turned in my revised steampunk romance to Carina Press today. Though calling the book steampunk may be stretching it a bit, because though there are elements of steam in the book, there's a lot of other wacky stuff going on. Godbolts, blood ravens, Norse gods... and some sexy interludes between one hot westerner and an innocent easterner. Yum.

I also finished and turned in the first manuscript of my brand new (very loosely tied) series, Power Up! Psychics who leave DC behind and join forces out west in central Oregon, far away from politics and danger. Or so they think. The Lost Locket is a little over 50,000 words long, and a humdinger of a story between psychics Keegan Price, James Foreman, and Rory Taylor. A very tight threesome. :) [Note: Keegan and James are introduced in Gunnar's Game, coming in just two weeks to Loose Id, but the psychics are moving away from the Circs into their very own storyline.]


I also learned, via my friend Google, that Seriana Found is up for a Bookie Award courtesy of Authors After Dark. My futuristic novella has been nominated, along with 4 other stories, for best Fantasy Short Story. Not sure how my book fits the fantasy bill, but it was nice someone threw the title in there.

Meanwhile I'm pumped up yet another cup of coffee and very happy to have made some progress with work. I'm trying to get a lot done before the holidays hit. Next on my to-do list: Cougar Falls: Grady's story.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Great News! Dawn Endeavor to Print....

It's uber-late, and I should really be in bed, but I just finished a meeting with my writing buddy and best friend, Ayla Ruse, and I'm still buzzing on caffeine. So imagine my surprise as, sitting at my computer, I get terrific news.

The first two Dawn Endeavor books, Fallon's Flame and Hayashi's Hero, will be coming out in print in the omnibus volume, Dawn Endeavor: The Circs. I'm totally excited and thought I'd share the cover. Drumroll please...

I'm not sure exactly when the book will be out, but as I know more, I'll share more. Sometime in the next few months, so stay tuned. To read more details about the Dawn Endeavor series, of which Gunnar's Game, the fourth and final book, will be released in two short weeks, click here.