Saturday, April 26, 2014

Where ELSE to find us

Facebook a little old hat? Twitter too short? Google+ a little too dead?

Well now you can find Inkstained Succubus content at the following locations


Really not planning on a Tumblr or Instagram. But let us know if we need one.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

News from all over

 You've had the FroliCon report, and now we're back at work. I've got a steady hand on the wheel as Gabriel makes things go boom in the lab.

We also tried an experiment at Frolic: selling ebooks from the booth. The customer buys a cover card and we send along the ebook. It went rather well, I think.

If you've been to our site in the last 24 hours, you've seen some changes.

BTW, folks, "Skin and Bones" is awesome. You need a copy of this. Likewise "An Angel Has No Memory." Hottest lesbians I've read in a while.

New Call!

Deadline: March 15th, 2015

The spectrum would be a dark place with only black and white, and gender is no exception. We want your finest genderqueer/fluid characters doing what they do best. Whether science-fiction, fantasy, steampunk, or paranormal, these stories should be plot focused and starring a character not on the normal gender spectrum. However, we emphasize that this is not an anthology for genderqueer issues.

Pairing: Genderqueer, Any erotic
Happy For Now required.

Expected Release: June 1st, 2015

NOTE: Also seeking an inventive, inclusive name for this anthology.

Don't forget Taking Flight closes June 15. Get your wing sex in!

New Release Dates!
All of these are available for Pre-Order. They will ship as soon as they are ready.
All books are available as ebook or paperback.

May 1: 

Sexy men are only sexier on their knees, and what Master wants, Master gets. In these five BDSM short stories, everyone from combat mages to gladiators ends up there. Whether beautiful submission, power struggles, or spicing up the home life, feel free to indulge in all your tendencies.

Debts and Credits by Sian Hart
Riding the Edge by Angelia Sparrow and Naomi Brooks
Sacrifice by Gabriel Belthir
The Errant Son by G.C. Mika
What He Brought Home by T.C. Mill

Resistance has many faces, and one of them is Shandolin's. When she finds her friend brutally murdered, Shandolin decides to fight instead of run - but her only hope of survival is a takeover of the City government

June 1

Guardian angels, incorporeal lovers, and chilling dreamscapes color this four-story anthology of erotic horror. The darkness calls to us, and sometimes we answer in the most carnal of ways.

Blood Roses by Angelia Sparrow
Not Always As It Seems by Syble Baker
Persephone Is Bleeding by S. Zanne
The Graveyard Angel by Shenoa Carroll-Bradd

That's all we've time for. The Aetheic Operator has spotted an Air Kraken. Evasive!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It is spring. I have Frolicked. Provocatively, even.

So, the Inkstained crew went to FroliCon in  Atlanta this last weekend.

I can't speak for Gabriel or Cat, but I had a splendiferous time. The Atlanta crowd is one of my favorite bunches of people. The Super 8 has friendly staff and clean rooms. (plumbing was noisy)
The Sheraton--where the convention is held--is very nice. And Edward De Gruey puts on one of the best con suites around.

This is me in panel mode. I did four panels and a reading.
The Anthology World, Editor and Publishers tell all, Writing sex scenes and Write what you (don't) know

There was much information, much laughter and many good questions.

The Bedtime Stories reading was some of the best fun I've had. Not only did we read, the audience helped by acting it out.

We had a booth set up on the concourse and sold wonderfully well.

And we ran the annual Eight Thrones LARP. Last year was Murder at the Pleasure Club. This year was Scandal in Scarlett.

  Me dressed to be David Inman of the Eight Thrones 'verse. (yes, that is a Devil card from a Tarot deck)

Another successful LARP comes to its conclusion...

If you're in Atlanta over Easter 2015, please come see us!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jimmy Gillentine at Bitten By Books!

Our own Jimmy Gillentine, author of Crossroads and The Beast Within, will be at Bitten By Books on Monday. Please RSVP to get extra tickets into his drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card!

In other news, if you're going to FroliCon, the Inkstained Succubus crew has a treat:
Scandal in Scarlett, a PIPA 12 LARP.

Come to the most secret and exclusive pleasure house in Atlanta for an evening with world leaders. Enjoy lovely ladies, beautiful men, sensual debauchery, gambling and even rub shoulders with the Devil himself at the Tarot reading table.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Craft: Stating the Obvious

A quick update and then on to a Craft of Writing post.

Everyone should have their royalty statements. If you made less than $5, your royalties have been rolled into second quarter. Royalty checks and Paypal have been sent. If you do not have money by next Monday, please let me know!

What's coming soon:
Resistance. In which a ragtag band of outcast elves take control of a city pivotal in a war.
Dominant Tendencies: all m/m, all genre BDSM anthology. Cyberpunk, fantasy, urban fantasy and SF all with a side of kink.
Hungry hearts: Erotic horror, with graveyard angels and true love that not even death can stop.

We have other goodies in edits, and we'll talk about those as they come closer to release.

FroliCon is almost upon us. Look for an update about that soon.

So, now let's talk about Stating the obvious.

Words come not only with their basic denotative meaning, but with connotative meaning and implied meanings as well.

Consider "table." This is generally taken to mean a flat, freestanding surface for putting objects on.

It is usually modified. Dining table. Coffee table. End table.  Wooden dining table. Glass coffee table. End table made out of porno vids.

But it remains a table. It carries the implied meaning that people aren't going to sleep on it or sit on it.

Implied meaning can be a tricky thing for writers. Often when making word count or out-thinking people (many of my writers are former gamers and cover every contingency) , there is the urge to over-detail the scene.

"He reached into his pocket with his hand" was one such phrase. My immediate reaction was "Well I hope he didn't use his feet or his tongue!" When the author protested, I reminded him that "hand" was implied by "reach." If he had meant fingertips, he would have said so, or used a different verb. "Fished in his pocket with his fingertips," would have conveyed a different motion than "reached."

"A whistle from a man's lips" was another one. Anything that makes me giggle as if I'm 12 and make naughty comments about where else he could be whistling from is a bad sentence. "Whistle" implies "lips." If there is an actual whistle involved, or a couple fingers, or another orifice, THEN say something. But rest assured, your readers will assume he is whistling from his lips.

Or the character who gets into the fridge to make a rum and coke, takes all the ingredients out, shuts the fridge and mixes the drinks, which she just got out of the fridge.  I kind of face-palmed over that paragraph and reduced it to"started mixing a rum and coke" because the refrigerator should not be a major character in the book!

Be aware of the connotations and implied meanings. You are wordsmiths. Your readers do not want to go "buh-zuh?" or be talked down to. Reading aloud helps catch a lot of these. Beta-readers are also helpful.

So, what is the most "duh" moment you've encountered when reading? Did someone take a hood off his head? or put shoes on her feet? Tell me about it.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Coming up for air

Oh dear, Wednesday again.
I spent most of the day in the office, with ledgers and pens calculating how to divvy out the spoils of our publishing. We're doing remarkably better than we did last year!

So look for royalty reports in the next day or so.
Alas, some of you are getting promissary notes for your brass farthings.

Gabriel and I are writing for CampNaNo. We've banged out over 8000 words on a story we hop you'll like.

And Peter Tupper is guest blogging at the Literary Underworld. He's talking about book length. The LU is a secret society--er author consortium--of which I am a founding member. We attend conventions and have a website. All Inkstained Succubus books are available through the website. And the Ebooks are  instant download there.

So, as I go to my bunk, columns of numbers adding up in tantalizing array, I must say thank you to our readers and followers!