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April 18, 2014

Kickboxing Smuff Progress, Title Madness & Another Sex and Candy Giveaway!

It's been a while since I've posted, so I thought I'd add a little update about the kickboxing Love's Landscapes story that has been consuming my free time. Consuming it voraciously. Like a puppy with a juicy bone. *ahem* I finished up the draft last night (yay!), and since I do most of my edits as I write (which is just as time-consuming as it sounds, heh), I polished it up this morning and sent it to my awesome beta buddy for thoughts. >__>

A lot of stuff happens, and, at the same time, it's total smuff (smut + fluff), too. I'm a little nervous about how that combo works here, so we'll see what she thinks. I wanted to post a cool kickboxing photo, but there weren't any decent ones in the public domain. Thus, instead of a kickboxing or boxing photo, here's a picture of Nico-kitteh sitting in a box:

I can also tell you that a unicorn costume makes an appearance in this story. Anything else is secret, and you'll just have to see what happens when the (freebie!) story comes out this summer! ^__^ The full prompt and picture can be found at the end of my post here.

I would totally share the title with you, too, except I'm not sure yet what it is. Eeps! Yes, I sent the title Punch-Drunk Love to the event organizers, but now I'm not sure if I like it enough to use it for the story. *shakes fist weakly* Argh, why is the title so hard?

For my latest story Sex and Candy, the title was automatic.

Have you heard the Marcy's Playground song "Sex and Candy?" That's one of my favorites, and I had it on repeat often in college. Of course, when I set the decidedly smuffy short story in a club called Hard Candy (which you can read more about here), the title Sex and Candy immediately popped into my head. At the time, there was only one other story out there with that title, so I thought it was good to go. I wrote the story back in the autumn and didn't give the title a second thought.

It's funny because a few weeks before the March 30th release, another story with the title Sex and Candy came out from MLR Press. That came as a surprise, but then, after reading the description, I realized the stories were completely different. Now I'm just crossing my fingers that people give my Sex and Candy a shot, too. =)

So while I'm waiting for my beta buddy to get back to me (alliteration there, eh?), I thought I'd post a bit about Sex and Candy and give some stuff away. Yay!

There have been some amazing reviews, and I'm so freaking grateful to everyone who has checked it out. Thank you! You can see what the folks at Prism Book AllianceMy Fiction Nook, and 3 Chicks After Dark had to say about the book if you're curious. =)

Another thing to mention is that the publisher, JMS Books, is having a sale this weekend. All ebooks are 40% off, including Sex and Candy. You can enter the giveaway below for an ebook copy or, if you can't wait to read it, you can pick up the discounted story (for $1.79) here at JMS Books through April 20th! :D




I'm giving away another prize package to celebrate the Sex and Candy HARD opening (heh heh, hard) now that it's available everywhere. *tosses confetti* The soft opening on March 30th was a publisher-only release date, so here's a quick listing of some of the other ebook retailers where you can now find Sex and Candy:

To celebrate all the sexy and sweet things, I'm doing a giveaway package with these lovely goodies:
- ebook copy of Sex and Candy

Plus a snail mail package of these items (open to international winners because you guys read books, too!):
- a pair of electric blue undies (unfortunately, hot guy not included)
- a candy-colored gumdrop bead bracelet
- a silver-colored metal "love" ring


To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment with a means of contacting you (e.g., email, Twitter handle, Goodreads profile link, etc.) and, if you feel like sharing, let me know what your favorite type of candy is! :) 

Hrmmmm...or, since I've asked that before and maybe you'd like to share something else, how about letting us know what song inspires you? "Inspires me to do what?" you ask. Anything! We're equal opportunity inspire-ers here. ;)

Contest closes at 10PM (Pacific time) on Monday, April 28, 2014. The winner will be chosen using a highly scientific internet randomizer (i.e., the 21st century's answer to "names in a hat") and should reply within 48 hours or else another winner will be chosen.

You can also add Sex and Candy to your Goodreads shelf here. Thanks for checking out the post, and happy reading!


  1. Looking forward to your story!

    Chocolate is always at the top of my list for favorite candy but lately I've been having a love affair with Wild Berries Gummy Lifesavers.

    1. Mmmmmm, good choice! Chocolate is super popular around these parts. :)

  2. There is something about Sweedish Fish that keep me reaching for more!

    Thanks for the chance to win! I can't wait to read Sex and Candy! And I am totally looking forward to the summer with all the new stories being released for the Love's Landscapes event! :)
    aegger.echo @

    1. I love Swedish Fish!

      Yes, the M/M Romance Group's writing event is always so fun. There are so many great authors whom I've discovered through those freebies. :)

  3. This looks good and congrats on finishing love landscapes story. Give me skittles and/or York Pepppermint patty

    1. Thanks, Roger! I'll share my Skittles with you any day. :)

  4. I can't wait for the new book and it's on my GR TBR list. Let's see, I don't really like chocolate (no I'm not an alien) but I love peppermint patty and anything cinnamon. My current life jam is Carrie Underwood's Wasted, which reminds me to not waste time or any part of my life. Email is best for me jessparra at gmail dot com

    1. hahaha, I totally understand! Chocolate in its candy form is not my first choice, but I do appreciate a good brownie or cake. I haven't checked that one out, but Carrie Underwood is great. *wanders off to find the song* :)

  5. Okay I was tempted to just go for the candy question, because let's face it, that's easier than coming up with my current inspirational song. :) If I had to pick one right now, it's Supremacy by Muse. Not because I'm plotting world domination or anything like that, but simply because it inspires me to actually get off my butt each day & actually DO something. I know, lofty goals, but sometimes it's just a little step in the right direction. :)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    georgiagreen73 AT gmail DOT com

    1. I love that! A kick-you-in-the-butt song is definitely something that can motivate you. And you're so right - anything that helps you move in the right direction is a plus in my books. :)

  6. Thanks for checking out the contest and the book, everyone! The winner is Lynette, whom I have emailed directly.

    There's another contest over at the Stumbling Over Chaos blog if you're interested:

    Happy reading! ^__^