Random post in which I share my favourite movies

Taking a break from writing to give you a list of my top twenty-five movies, presented in no particular order (and updated from time to time).

  • High Fidelity
  • Mad Max
  • Seven
  • Bronson
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • True Romance
  • Warrior
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Darjeeling Limited
  • Farinelli
  • Fight Club
  • RoboCop
  • Velvet Goldmine
  • Lawless
  • Last Night
  • Stuart a Life Backwards
  • In Bruges
  • Ghostbusters
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Predator
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Locke
  • The Drop

I can’t write and watch at the same time. I miss watching movies.

Author of the Month

I am April 2014’s AOM on Hines and Bigham’s Literary Tryst! Read here

How very cool is that?



Fan Mail

It’s fan mail Wednes— oh hey it’s only Tuesday. *scratches head* How does that happen?

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I am happy that I put my email at the end of Caged. It’s nice when people take the time to write to me!

Today’s email (and my reply):

Dear Bey,

I just want to say holy shit and wow.
Keep writing. I know a lot of young writers give up because the market is hard, but keep it it up! 

Thank you! It makes me happy to know that I’ve made someone happy. *Grin* though I am a new writer, it does not mean I am young!

Yes, I will definitely keep writing for as long as it makes me happy. I’m not in this for the money… I just want to share what goes on in my head.

Thank you so much for writing to me!

Caged is Awesome Indies Approved!



What does this mean? you ask. Well, for one it means that has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction.

The Awesome Indies mission is to:

  • identify and honour independently published books that meet the same standard as books published by major mainstream publishers and their imprints,
  • promote and support AIA authors and their books,
  • raise the standard of independent publishing,
  • assist authors to achieve quality through our author’s services,
  • raise the image of independently published books amongst readers.

So Many Words, So Little Time

Slowly creeping up to 50% on Beyond the Spires. I keep thinking that I should put up a teaser chapter somewhere, but unless you’ve read Caged, there’s at least one big spoilers.

And I personally hate spoilers.

Another chapter done of Spires. Next is a chapter for a different writing project. After that, there will be another chapter for my gladiator book – Sentenced to the Sword (I’m still looking for beta readers)

So many words.

I’m waiting for my first really bad review to see how I feel about it. I have been reading through bad reviews of other books on both Goodreads and Amazon, and I’m amazed at the range of complaints and the sheer vitriol of some of these reviews.

Can’t lie… makes me a little nervous.


Awesome Indies gives Caged ★★★★★

Read the review at Awesome Indies


Intact. Uncut. Hooded.

Yes, I am talking cocks.

One of the things I decided when I started writing was to skip any talk of foreskins. Why? Because my audience is largely made up of North American women whom, from my understanding, don’t share my love of an intact cock.

It makes me sort of sad and I wonder how true it is.

Do you know how much more you can put into a sex scene when you’re talking foreskins? It’s a whole other source of pleasure – sliding, pulling, nibbling… but will it engender a squick factor in my readers?


Can you tell I’m excited?

It’s available right now from the CreateSpace eStore. It will be available at Amazon (all stores) in 5-7 business days and in the expanded distribution channels in 6-8 Weeks.

There’s just something really neat about holding your very first book. Having it on your Kindle is one thing… but holding the physical version in your hand? That’s special.


So… in another vein:

There are definite downsides to not reading your own genre. For one, I don’t know what are considered clichés or just overdone in romance/erotica. For another, I can’t recommend work like my own because I don’t know who else writes historical fantasy romance erotica (if that’s what mine is). That’s what happened this week – a fan contacted me asking if I had suggestions to tide them over until I finish the sequel to Caged. I had no idea what to say.

Sorry N – maybe someone will respond to this post with suggestions. I will let you know.


Tonight is a drawing night. Tomorrow is a writing day.

No concentration for writing today… but look! Another portrait of Tom Hardy as Freddie from The Take.

Tom Hardy as Freddie from The Take
click for full size.



Writing and Drawing

Loved this show. I have a few more of Freddie started.
Freddie from The Take – Loved this show. I have a few more of Freddie started.

I’m taking a little break from writing today. I’ve only written about 600 words of the 1000 that I normally like to get out in a day but eh, my mind is elsewhere and I’m not going to sweat it. I’m still new to this digital portrait painting… so many brushes to choose from! I have no idea how to use half of them and end up using the same three over and over. I should ask someone else who does digital painting what brushes they like to use.

The giveaway contest for Caged ends in less than 12 hours! So exciting. Tomorrow is the launch of the paperback edition – I know some people will be very happy about that.