Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Well I haven't read a whole heck of a lot this week! I'm now reading Renegade by Lora Leigh. This is an auto buy for me, but I think might be my last one. At least for a while. Having a definite feelings of deja vu. All seems very similar to all her other books. And this book is little repetitious, too, I'm sorry to say, with a not very strong conflict keeping them apart.

Monday, September 27, 2010

WIPs and Chains


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 The photo this week doesn't have anything to do with either whips or WIPs but it's a nice tree in my neighborhood, and today was a beautiful fall day.

This past week I have done some writing but I'm back to bouncing around from one project to another. I need to FOCUS, MAN!

I got a Great Idea for a new story and was anxious to start it, so I did that. Meanwhile I got a few more reviews for Power Struggle (great reviews - yay!) and it seems everyone who reviews this book asks for Gabe's story. I've been planning to write it and had the basic idea sketched out, but this made me want to work more on it, so I've actually been working on both stories!

Which means I let my historical go for now. I was feeling a little stuck with that one anyway, so it's okay, but I had hoped to have a draft done for next month so I can do some research when I'm in California.

Sometimes it's good to have several things on the go at once, so that if I do feel stuck with one, I can move on to another. But then sometimes I think I need to focus on one project and stick to it until it's done. I guess there's no right or wrong, as long as I keep working on something!

Friday, September 24, 2010

New contract!

I got my signed sealed and delivered-to-my-inbox contract yesterday for my next Ellora's Cave release - Taming Tara.

This book is a modern-day BDSM version of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. I will be blogging more about how the similarities between the two and how Will inspired me to write this story, so watch for that closer to release date (which I don't yet know but stay tuned!)

Although this story is also set in Santa Barbara and the fictional Le Chateau features in it, I actually wrote this book before I wrote Power Struggle. So unfortunately, Gabe does not make an appearance in this book. But for all of those who've asked, after reading Power Struggle, for Gabe's story - I am working on it!

For now, here's a sneak peek at Taming Tara (unedited, of course):

Joe stared across the main room at Le Château. That could not be Tara Lockhart leaning against the bar over there, so fucking hot in a shiny black dress that looked like it had been laminated to her curves, and heels that could seriously injure a man. Her honey-blonde hair had been scraped up into a tight, high pony tail. Her eyes were wide, her lips parted as she met his gaze.

Oh yeah, that was her.

Busted, sweetheart. Joe’s pulse leaped and he couldn’t restrain the smile curving his lips. Tara Lockhart, secret Dominatrix.

Huh? That wasn’t the impression he’d gotten of her earlier. Sure, she was strong. Intelligent. Confident. Bossy. But that flicker he’d seen in her eyes, the way she’d hesitated when he’d greeted her, made him question her domination. Somehow it didn’t ring true.

He crossed the room toward her as if drawn by a magnet. No way was he going to do her any favors by pretending not to recognize her or disappearing. He was going to have his fun with this, and the anticipation of it sizzled through his veins.

Like arousal.

He stopped in front of her, stared down at her, not saying a word.

“Hi,” she finally said weakly, her eyes dropping briefly.

“Well. Tara. Imagine my surprise seeing you here.”

She swallowed but lifted her chin. “Likewise.”

He looked her over, up, down, then raised his gaze back to her face. “Very nice.”

She pressed her lips together. No thanks for the compliment. He wanted to laugh.

"I had no idea you were into the lifestyle.”

“I’m not.”

“Ah.” He lifted a brow. “Just…exploring?”

“No. Well.” She sucked her top lip in briefly. “I’m uh…checking this place out.”

“Ah. Finding yourself.”

“I’m not finding myself! I know exactly who I am.” Irritation tightened her voice.

He nodded. “Of course.”

“Don’t patronize me! What the hell are you doing here? If my grandpa knew…”

He lifted a brow. “Does he know you’re here?”

She blinked. “No.”

“Then we’re on even ground,” he murmured.

She closed her eyes briefly. He could almost hear the curse words he was sure she wanted to spit out. “I guess we are,” she finally said.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What I`m Reading Wednesday

This week I finished Sweet Temptation by Maya Banks. First of all - my heavens this book has a lot of typos. That is so unfortunate. This story was as hot as Maya`s usually are, but I have to say the scene with the four men just went a little over the top for me. Now I`ve written BDSM stories and I know that it can make sense for a man to give a woman what she wants but this just seemed a little incredible. But then again it`s a fantasy, right? I've read this exact trope before though, how a man will share a woman with other men (three at the same time, even!) because it's what she wants until the end of the story when he admits his love for her and suddenly, wham, no more sharing, because she's HIS. I do like a possessive man, and I suppose it can be explained by the fact that he loves her now, whereas before he didn't...or did he? But if he loves her and still wants to give her what she wants, why not now? A question to ponder.

I am now reading Renegade by Lora Leigh, whose stories are much smiliar to Maya's.

Monday, September 20, 2010

WIPs and Chains

If you read Friday's post you'll already know I did not have a productive week writing last week. I was completely distracted by other stuff. The week ended on a positive note, thankfully, but it's been hard to get back into the writing.

Right now I'm also doing an on-line workshop through Writer U which is excellent. I've been doing my homework for the course, part of which is analyzing my own WIP. I've actually been analyzing several of my WIPs, including one which is completed (but I still call it a work "in progress" because I could keep editing and tweaking until the day books are published!). I'm finding this workshop really valuble - so far I've tweaked my characters, rewritten my opening lines (about ten times!) and fine-tuned some scenes.

So even though I haven't been writing, that all counts as work, I guess.

Friday, September 17, 2010

I've had better weeks

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This week I got very disturbing bad news (writing related) that has thrown me off my writing. Also got a royalty statement with disappointing sales of my June release Lost and Found. My husband has been so busy this week I haven't even been able to talk to him about all this and now he's gone golfing for the weekend.

Thankfully I belong to the BEST GROUP IN THE WORLD, the Nine Naughty Novelists - their support is incredible and means so much to me. Special thanks to PG Forte. And to my critique partner Nara Malone, too. Too bad my internet went out Wednesday night and was out until late Thursday night, because my support is all on-line! I felt so cut off from the world without internet access! Not to mention I had business commitments that I needed to be on line for. I had to stop at a Starbucks on my way home from work, with my laptop, to do a few things. Then while I was trying to cook for guests in from out of town, the internet repair guy was there asking me stuff I don't know, and then the guests arrived and I drank a lot of wine.

There's my week in a nutshell.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I finished Corralled by Lorelei James. I really enjoyed it. I know what I'm getting when I read one of her books. I liked how this one kept me wondering how the book was going to end, because though it was a menage story it wasn't clear from the start who the "couple" was. I did guess right and I was happy!

Right now I'm reading Sweet Temptation by Maya Banks. This is one of the ones that fianlly became available at the Sony Store. This is Micah's story, who has been in Maya's earlier "Sweet" books and it's cool learning more about him.

Monday, September 13, 2010

WIPs and Chains

I've been working on my historical story this past week. I hesitate to say too much about it because I'm still not sure if I can do this. I'm still in love with the idea of the story and the characters are starting to really grow on me too. I find it slow going, though, because there are still so many details that I need to research. I find myself wishing for an expert in this time period to be standing beside me with all the answers to my questions. Don't think it's going to be that easy though! I'm about 12,000 words in, so it's a good start.

I'm also doing a workshop right now on pacing, through Romance U, with Mary Buckham. I've already learned a lot and we're just into the first week. I'm doing my homework and then applying what I've learned to my WIP, also to other stories that I have sitting finished. They can always be better, and I know that my WIP is already better for taking this course. I hope the rest of the workshop is just as good. I always love to learn more and find ways to improve my writing.

Friday, September 10, 2010

More reviews!

What a week! I got 2 more reviews for Power Struggle:

Fallen Angel Reviews  5 ANGELS and a RECOMMENDED READ
Bella said: "I cannot begin to tell you how much I loved Power Struggle! I loved the dynamic between Tori and Dev. ... Power Struggle is a thoroughly emotionally engaging, scorchingly sexy, deliciously kinky story and highly recommended to all readers, especially those yearning for a great BDSM read."

And from Book Binge:
Judith said: "Ms Jamieson has given the readers a very romantic story of two people who are exceptional at what they do, but who are floundering in their personal lives. They are multi-faceted individuals and therefore they are intriguing. Neither one is "easy" or uncomplicated. Their relationship would have been a challenge without the BDSM ingredients. But the reader sees two characters who value one another, are most definitely aware of the deeper connection between them, and who are willing to work at finding a way to be in one another's life long term...This is the kind of story that makes for good reading, in my opinion. There's lots to consider in this novel--lots in the back story and lots to consider about the merits of the BDSM lifestyle and how a personal relationship can affect its place in someone's life."

And I also got a review for Conference Call, which has been out for a while now, but what an awesome review!

Whipped Cream gave Conference Call 5 CHERRIES!
Honeysuckle said: "This little novella was such a fun read. Ms. Jamieson tapped into a real life common man’s (and woman in this case) fantasy and made it sizzle. Her character building is strong and the plot, while simple, is well developed. Both Kenzie and Noah were such “real” people with relatable insecurities and desires. I couldn’t put Conference Call down and I think you’ll enjoy this quick read as well. It’s sweet, it’s sensual, it’s a can’t miss!!





Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy's Secret Werewolf Babies



Do you want to laugh like there's no tomorrow, read like you've just gotten new reading glasses and get a little nookie in the process?

The Nine Naughty Novelists invite you to stop by our blog (http://www.ninenaughtynovelists.blogspot.com/) every Thursday starting September 9th to read our steamy western paranormal category multi-part romance mashup, The Zillionaire Vampire Cowboy’s Secret Werewolf Babies (set in beautiful, bucolic Bloodsuck, TX).

Every blog comment you post (one comment per chapter), and every tweet/retweet using the #bloodsuck hashtag (tweets/retweets are unlimited, check blog for details) enters you in our contest and puts you in the running to win a free nook.

So come early, come often. Welcome to Bloodsuck. Have some wine.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What I'm Reading Wednesday

I finished Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale. This story just grabbed me and pulled me along, I loved it. So emotionally intense. What a hero. What a heroine. It impresses me that her characters are always so different thought her heroes do often seem to be quite tortured.

I'm now reading Corralled by Lorelei James. I've read all her Samhain books and now this one! It's just as hot as her Rough Riders books, too.

I have quite a lengthy list of books to read now thanks to the Sony store suddenly making all the books I want available to me here in Canada! I went on quite a little spending spree the other day. Check back to see what I bought!

Monday, September 6, 2010

WIPs and Chains

I've had a great week! In some ways it doesn't feel like I've accomplished a whole lot, but in others, it does!

I did get some writing done on a couple of WIPs. I started on my historical and wrote 4000 words, then realized I had started at the wrong place. Did a bit more research and thought out my new opening. Haven't written it yet. Maybe tomorrow.

Also did some work on a finished story that needed some revisions. I've changed the characters, planned out a different ending and a few other things that needed to be added, and I'm working my way through those changes.

But a lot of this week was spent working on "non writing" things - if you haven't been by the Nine Naughty Novelists blog recently, you need to check it out! We've finally unveiled our "Soopersekrit Project" which is: THE ZILLIONAIRE VAMPIRE COWBOY'S SECRET WEREWOLF BABIES.



We`ve been planning to do a serial story ever since we started this group and in the last few months have had a number of brainstorming sessions which have been fall-off-your-chair funny! What a great group of writers these naughty novelists are! We`ve had so much fun and now it`s almost time to unleash our wild creativity on the world. This Thursday (September 9) we`ll debut our story at our blog.

This week was busy planning our promotion stragegy and I worked on the trailer for the story, which you can see here. We`re having a great contest along with the story, too, so be sure to check at the NNN blog on Wednesday for the contest details and then Thursday for the first installment! It`s going to be so much fun!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Reviews for Power Struggle

A few weeks ago I posted a couple of reviews for Power Struggle. Since then I got this lovely review from reviewer Jolene at Night Owl Reviews, who made it a NOR TOP PICK!

"Power Struggle by Kelly Jamieson was my first time reading the BDSM genre of books. I really enjoyed taking a walk on the wild side and being a voyeur into a lifestyle that I know nothing about. Power Struggle was a well-written story of Dev, a young (hot!) doctor and Tori, the Vice President of her company.Power Struggle was a wonderful book and a great read for a lazy day."

Thank you Jolene and I'm glad you enjoyed Power Struggle.

And I also received this week a lovely email from a reader who said "This is a wonderful novel...While there was definitely some hot scenes (real hot!), I think the beauty of this book was the depth of characterization, and its honest and realistic development of the plot... This is a well-developed, perfectly paced novel with BDSM that was tastefully delivered (that even the faint-hearted could appreciate) but ultimately, a beautiful love story that truly resonated with me. I hope there is a sequel but really - I don't think she can top this one."

Thank you so much! It means a lot to hear from readers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Cook naked!

Sexy Chef


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Today I'm at Passionate Reads and I'm cooking naked! I'm in the kitchen whipping up a dark, seductive treat with chef Bond from Nara Malone's Dungeon Gourmet.  He got me all hot and flustered in the kitchen! Come see what we're making!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Last time I posted I was debating between Erin McCarthy's Hot Finish and Kristan Higgins' Too Good to be True. Well, I read them both, and loved them both. Erin's one of my favourite authors and I really loved this story. Suz and Ryder have a lot of chemistry and it was great to read their HEA.

I wasn't sure about Too Good to be True. It's written in first person point of view, which I tend not to like, mainly because in a romance I love getting inside the hero's head and knowing how hot he is for the heroine. But I did like this book, a lot, despite the first person POV and despite the bedroom door being closed firmly in my face when they got there. There was nice sexual tension and the characters were all really endearing, even (or maybe especially, because I am a dog lover!) her little dog.

I've also been reading The Pearl by Anonymous, which is Victoria erotica. This is research. :-)

And I read Tough Customer by Sandra Brown. She tells such a great story but I kinda figured this one out (I say that's a yay for me, because her twists are usually pretty darn twisted). I really enjoyed it, but maybe because of reading and writing romance, I did feel that the romance part of the story was underdeveloped. It was wonderful seeing Dodge with the love of his life and knowing his story, but the story between Berry and Ski seemed a little unrealistic - it just happened too fast. They barely even talked and they were in love. Still enjoyed the story , though!

And right now I'm reading Shadowheart by Laura Kinsale. WOW! This story is quite different from others of hers I've read, SUPER hot, and I'm loving it!