Double Whammy, bammy, thank you…etc

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Well, the Christmas special of The Bucket List (Part Four – Chilled Out) is now complete and is having a wee rest before the final read-through. As promised there is a little surprise in there for readers of other SteameReads stories. I’m not going to say any more at this time *winks*

Chilled Out reprises some of the characters who have appeared in earlier Bucket List stories and may even contain a new romantic thread for poor Lucy…

It still feels a little strange to be writing a Christmas special in September. But I guess actors have to do this sort of thing all the time…

On another note, SteameReads have asked if I would like to try my hand at some M/M stories, so this week I borrowed the (fire fighting) cast of TBL3 ‘Flames of Passion’ and penned the first 1600 words. I like the way its developing, so watch this space!

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Annie

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Cover Reveal! TBL2 is almost ready!

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It’s here! I’m pleased to be able to show you the finished cover for TBL2 – Caught. This was created by the same artist who put TBL1’s cover together – and I could give her (or him…I’m not 100% certain) a great big kiss for this effort.

The early mock-ups had a nice tidy bed and no handcuffs, so I was very happy to see the changes – this cover is more in keeping with all the naughty goings-on in TBL2. I love Amber’s (on the right) sultry, calculating expression and Lucy (on the left) looks suitably uncertain of what’s about to happen.

I’m hoping to be able to announce the release date soon – so watch this space.

TBL3 – Flames of Passion  is now completed and has been sent off to SteameReads. I’m already wondering how THAT cover is going to look. Eight naked firemen should make for a sizzling hot cover. 😀

*Scurries away to begin writing TBL4 – Chilled Out.*

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A Great Big THANK YOU!!!

This morning I received the following pair of notifications from WordPress;

100 followers 200 likes

I’d just like to say a great big

Thank You

to everyone who has elected to follow me, plus an extra thank you to my friends who have commented, encouraged and advised me in the short time that I’ve been blogging.

I know that I can be random, I know that I can be rude (but you like that, right?), but I hope you continue to stick with me as I learn and develop my blogging style and make a better hash of it (that’s a good thing, isn’t it?) as I blog into the spring and summer time.

I look forward to reading the posts of my longer-term friends plus those of all my new ones!

Happy writing!

An extra big Muwaaaaah for you all!

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Annie

Really, really put my foot in it this week!

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I wanted to begin today’s blog post by telling you a little more about myself, but then I realised that after having changed my on-line name twice to avoid

A)    Perverts and Spammers and

B)     being noticed (again) by my work colleagues and bosses

that telling you personal stuff would be kind of self-defeating.  I’d love to share a little more about me with my friendly followers – it’s beginning to feel like a family here – but I’m risking being exposed (not THAT kind of exposure!) to those who would mock, ridicule and generally hand me my notice.

So instead I’ll tell you a little more about what I do when I’m not rambling away on my blog.

I’ve been very lucky to be found by Steam eReads, an Australian publisher who specialises in erotic stories.  However, most of my writing income is still generated by ghostwriting – those short stories that are created in a whirl of inspiration, then sent off into the electronic abyss never to be heard from again.  It’s a little sad – rather like fostering children who never write home once they’ve left.  That’s why Steam eReads has become a little like a literary anchor to me.  My name is on the cover of the book that I wrote and they’ve been nice enough to allow me a say in the cover and the final editing.

Ghostwriting is my bread and butter for now, though.  So I continue to trawl for work, fend off those who can’t read what I specialise in (No, I DON’T do web design – where did it say that on my resumee??) and hum and haw over offers of $15 for 10,000 word ‘short’ stories.  Do I really need the work that badly?

But this week I put my foot in it.  I was asked if I could produce a 6k short story with a gay element – featuring two or more participants.  Erotica, I thought.  I can do that.  I can do gay erotica.  After all, my BFF characters Amber and Lucy are always ‘at it.’

I accepted the challenge – and was shocked when the outline arrived.  I’d naturally assumed (as you may have) that I would be writing about two (or more) girlfriends.

Nope.

The contractor wanted guy-guy stuff.

Aw, shoot.

Pun not intended.

I credit myself with a pretty good set of imagination neurons, but this was off the beaten track, even for me.  Yes, I have a gay friend.  I might even have two (I must ask him if he is – just to be sure).  But this will take some ‘getting inside the head’ stuff.

The alternative is turning down dollars that I can really use.

*sighs*.

Time to start following more gay (guy) blogs?

Definitely time to start checking the job descriptions more closely.

Any advice, guys and girls?

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Zooma and the interview

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Zooma has been kind enough to say a few words about me and has asked if he could repost my sampler story ‘A little taste of Annie’.

I was happy to chat to him and share a few naughty facts.  As the story has brought me a lot of luck and a good deal of work (as a sampler) I was happy to let it out to fly around the blogsphere.  If you haven’t already seen it, why not pop over to Zooma’s page and have a naughty little read.

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It’s aliiiive!

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http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16340884-the-bucket-list

I just found ‘The Bucket List Part One’ on Goodreads.

Wow! Wowwowowowowowow!

Darn, that makes me sound like a Yorkshire Terrier!

Anyway, I’m excited (if you couldn’t already tell).

After years of writing naughty stories for first my school friends (they giggled, but always wanted more), then to try to make ends meet, I finally get to see my name up in lights print.

Please note, dear reader, that the book won’t be available until March 1st.  But don’t worry, I will shout it from the rooftops.

Annie

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Deliciously distracting…

My hotmail account keeps throwing up the same advert in the sidebar every twenty seconds.

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I wish they wouldn’t.

I know this is very likely to be a narrowed, Photoshopped and highly unrealistic image that simply serves to perpetuate the myth that women covet this body shape…

But isn’t she just deliciously distracting?

*Sighs and tries to get back to reading emails from my publisher.*

I’d completely lost my thread, so I had to re-read the email.  My publisher tells me that…

*Glances at image that pops up twenty seconds later and sighs again.*

Maybe I will write a story around this experience…

Annie

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My first real story…

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I’ve been writing erotica for quite some time now, ghostwriting a series of short stories between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length.

But I’ve just completed a longer project – a 15,000 novella with the working title of ‘The Bucket List’.

I’ve also provisionally tagged it as ‘Part One’ in the hope that the publisher will be interested in publishing further stories involving the same characters, my delicious mocha-skinned Amber and her girlfriend Lucy.

That’s girl friend as opposed to girlfriend, although they are very close. *Winks*

The Bucket List story / stories feature a ‘do before we die’ list that was created one wine-soaked night by the two girls, although Lucy had since forgotten all about it.

But Amber hadn’t.  She uses the list to prepare (in the first book) a surprise based  on the list;

“You remember number seven?” Amber whispered.  I [Lucy] frowned, trying to remember the nonsense we’d penned whilst giggling over the glasses of red. 

“Having sex whilst skydiving?” I guessed.

“No, silly,” Amber chuckled.  “Acting as the demonstration model at a vibrator party.”

And so the story unfolds;

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Annie