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Welcome to the insane asylum. February 28, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Princes of Air, promotions, publishing, Sable Locks, upcoming work, writing-mom.
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If you’re new to the area, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth Schechter, and I am a writer, artist, jeweler, wife and Mom.

I write erotic romance, and have one novel out as of right now, that being the award-winning Princes of Air (honorable mention is so an award!) I also have a boatload of short stories (I have had to stop counting). You can check out my Bibliography over here.

As an artist, I worked on several pieces for the Chivalry and Sorcery role-playing game (If you check out this image, I did the sword, the pendant and the bowl). I used to exhibit at science fiction conventions, but I haven’t for quite a few years now.

I have an Etsy site, for when I’m being sparkly. Everything there is handmade, which means I don’t get nearly as much done with that as I used to, since my hands are usually on the keyboard now.

My hardest job, though, is also the most rewarding. And the one that I’m most afraid of screwing up! That’s my job as Mom. I have a very smart, very energetic little boy whose favorite thing to do when he was small and I was working was to come up behind me and say “What are you writing, Mommy?”

If you guessed that I was usually writing something he shouldn’t have been reading at that point, you have much to go on. I had to stop writing around him once he could read (at age three).

I glossed over the wife part. Happily so, for almost sixteen years. My work as a writer amuses him to no end. He’s my first reader, and my worst editor (the man is a grammarian. I love him to bits, but sometimes, the comma has to stay! That being said, my editor loves him to bits, too. He makes her job easy!)

That’s me, in a nutshell. An odd duck, a pervy fetish writer, and the last mom you ever would expect to be composing BDSM sex scenes in her head whilst on the playground with her son. I’ll be posting a few things about my writing, my other interests and my process, and capping it off next week with a Q&A about my upcoming work, House of Sable Locks, a steampunk erotic romance coming soon from Circlet Press.

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Which way is up? February 25, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2013 plans, a-writers-life-is-never-dull, except-for-when-it-is.
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Seriously, that is about where my brains are right now.

It was a busy weekend. If you follow my Tweets, you know I was at the Disney Princess Expo on Friday, volunteering. (I  didn’t do the Disney Royal Family 5K this year because I blew out my knees training for a different 5K.) So, for SEVEN HOURS, I was on my feet, talking to people, handing out shirts, answering questions and basically having a BLAST.

An exhausting blast.

Saturday, I got up early and went to Weight Watchers, then came home and realized that I’ve been so busy that I haven’t really done much cleaning up around the house. MUST CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!

Again, exhausting.

Sunday? Finish cleaning, laundry, go meet friends and drop off food for a friend who is having a baby any minute. Then come home, pick up my boys (the big one and the little one), go shopping. Come home again, make dinner. Attempt to write. Pick exactly the worst time to discover that DH and I have been working at cross purposes for months, and hash that out. Fall down FAR TOO late at night for the time I had to be up this morning.

Writing? Not so much!

I did, however, get myself a lovely little toy last week. Picked up a tablet computer. So now, I can write wherever I am, even if I don’t have the laptop with me.

Which means I need to decide what the end of the school  year project is going to be. I have until June 1 to finish something, so that I can have a fully edited manuscript to send out come fall. And I have choices.

I’m thinking I’ll be working on Sea Prince, since I’ve been thrashing at Tales for about a month now, and have thrown out the accumulated words twice as crap. Something about this opening sequence is NOT jelling, and I think I need to rethink my outline. But I also got feedback on Willow Sword from a contest I entered, so I might focus on that one.

Or something new might pop into my head.

To Finish (all started!):

    • Tales from the Arena
    • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
    • The Willow Sword

To Revise

    • From Dawn ’til Dusk.

To Outline (in order)

    • Holy Orders (Sequel to Heart’s Master)
    • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
    • Steam and Screw
    • The School
    • Temple of the Mysteries
    • The White Raven (sequel to Princes of Air)
    • Color Wars (YA)
    • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
    • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
    • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
    • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)

To Sell

    • Nomad’s Moon (currently being revised)
    • Exile’s Moon

On Hiatus

    • Wanderer’s Moon

Audio books??? February 9, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in audiobooks, Carnal Machines, SQUEEE.
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Just when I think it can’t get any better, someone shows me it can.

I found out tonight that Carnal Machines is now available as an audio book through Audible.com.



carnalmachinesThis wonderful book includes The Succubus, which was the reason DL King actually PITCHED this anthology (true story — I sent Succubus to her for her anthology Spank, and she sent back a lovely rejection saying “I love this. It isn’t right for this anthology, but I really love it. Would you mind if I pitched an anthology to my publisher so I can use it?”

Would I mind?

Also included in here is the Elias A. St.James short story Infernal Machine. And for those of you not in on the joke, Elias is me, too.

I love this anthology to little bitty pieces. I haven’t gotten my copy of the audiobook yet, but I will. I can’t wait to hear it!!!