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My new darling. March 21, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Tales from the Arena, WIP, wow.
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I’m working on Tales from the Arena, and it is now humming along nicely. I’ve slightly more than a third of the way in, with a June 1st deadline.

And some of these scenes, oh, boy…

“I’m honored,” Gavir said. He took Iras’ hand in his and squeezed her fingers. “I just wish I were in better shape right now. I’m not in any condition to see to you the way you’re needing, Iras.”

Iras arched an eyebrow, feeling a surge of indignant anger. “Really? And what do I need, Kian-ti-os?”

He didn’t rise. He just smiled, gesturing to one of the gray-clad novices who acted as servitors in the Lounge. He didn’t say anything until a pair of drinks had been delivered to the table. Then he leaned forward, and his voice was a low growl when he answered, “You need to be bound. Bound to my whim and paraded on a lead throughout the Arena so that everyone knows you are mine. You need to be beaten, often and thoroughly, so that you never forget just how much regard I have for you and how dear to me you truly are. And you need to be taken, bent over a table and savaged until your screams of pleasure and your cries for mercy ring from the very rafters. That, my dear, Iras, is what you need.” He sat back, raised his drink, and smiled. “Unfortunately, it’s not what I can give you. Not tonight. Would you settle for dinner?”

That is, I think, one of the hottest scenes I’ve written to date.

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THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP March 7, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Tales from the Arena, upcoming books, WIP, writing.
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Welcome to the blog hop!

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way that readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find a way to introduce readers to authors they may not see in their local bookstore.

Here you have the chance to find many new authors. You’ll find information about me and my upcoming work. But that’s not all! Also see links below to other authors you might like to check out.

I’d like to thank fellow author Tof Eklund for tagging me to participate. Here are links to Tof’s blog, and the sites for Autumn Harvest and The Unconventional.

http://www.tofeklund.net/

https://bigworldnetwork.com/site/series/autumnharvest/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Autumn-Harvest/2232791078005180

http://www.spectaclepmg.com/books/uncon/

In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work in progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!

1: What is the working title of your book?

The working title of my current work in progress is Tales from the Arena. It started much like Princes of Air did, with a short story. Unlike Princes, though, I could see that there needed to be more to this. I just needed to find the more.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

Same place all of my really good ideas come from — deep in my subconscious. I had a dream. It’s rare for me to remember my dreams, so when I do remember a dream, I pay attention. This time, I dreamed about a man being strapped into some sort of machine, and basically being tortured. But he was very obviously enjoying himself, so I gave it some thought, and came up with the world in which this took place, where Rakesh (that guy in the machine) is one of the Collared — deep masochists who contract to serve in the Arena for five years, as playthings for the genetically engineered, sadistic super-soldiers who basically saved the world. And he’s in deeply in love with the man who was doing this to him, but he can’t leave the Arena to be with him, because what is  fine in the Arena is illegal everywhere else. They can’t ever be together the way he wants.

3: What genre does your book come under?

Science fiction BDSM erotic romance. There is a happy ever after ending (actually, there are three — this is three stories making up one novel, just like Princes.)

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hrm… assuming that they could ever MAKE this into a movie, the only one I’ve gotten in my head so far is Rupert Graves, who is very clear in my head as Vi-Rin, Rakesh’s love interest.

What surprised me is that there aren’t any characters in this one that are based in ANY way on Benedict Cumberbatch.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

One sentence? I’m lucky I did it one  paragraph!!!

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I’m hoping to send this one off to Circlet Press when it is finished. All of my other books (with the exception of two) have been through Circlet. I love them to bits, and they’ve been really good to me.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m hoping to put -30- on the page and call it a draft by June 1st, so I can spend the summer getting crits and editing.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

There’s a very Kushiel’s Dart vibe to this one, I think. Which tickles me to no end, because I want to grow up to be Jacqueline Carey (and I’ve told her that!)

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Like I said, this one came to me in a dream. No idea what the source was or what inspired it. I’m not looking too closely, either! Like the centipede, if I think about how I coordinate ALL THOSE LEGS, I might not be able to do it any more!

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, I’ve had to come up with interesting BDSM of the future. One scene (that one from the dream) involves nerve induction. Another involved using the Collared as a canvas… and painting designs on her skin with conductive paint (I’m still — pardon me — working the kinks out on that one.)

Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates and exciting developments.

Lynn Richards: http://lynnrichardsromance.blogspot.com/

Wynter Daniels: http://www.wynterdaniels.com/

Happy Writing and Reading!

March 5, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in 2013 plans, forthcoming works, From Dusk 'til Dawn, Heart's Master, Sable Locks, Sapphires and Gold, Tales from the Arena, Waiting-for-the-other-shoe.
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What’s upcoming on the Schechter writing radar?

Well, my next novel, the steampunk erotic romance House of Sable Locks, will be coming from Circlet sometime soon. How soon? Not sure. I sent the page proofs back in a couple of weeks ago, which means we’re in the home stretch. But we’ve been having trouble finding a cover. I mean, just WHAT do you put on the cover for a book where the hero is a half-trained Mad Scientist, and the heroine is a machine?

Yeah, that was a FUN book to write. Skirted some real legal issues there, too. There were a few chapters that had to be gutted and rewritten to avoid the whole “It was legal when this book happened. It is NOT LEGAL NOW!” gray area.

After that, I’ve got another novel in the slush at Circlet. This one is a paranormal BDSM M/M romance called Heart’s Master, and I’m pretty pleased with it. Especially since it took six years to write!  I’m trying to be patient, but patience is not my strongest virtue.

Another M/M romance went off to Circlet too, a few weeks ago. That one is a high fantasy novella called Sapphires and Gold. When I started it, it was supposed to be erotic horror, but apparently, while I can do erotic pretty durned well, I cannot write horror to save my life.

I seem to like writing M/M, because another novella went off to the Pagan Writers Press a few weeks ago, too. That one was From Dusk ’til Dawn,  and it was another high fantasy.

And right now, I’m writing a science-fiction BDSM erotic novel called Tales from the Arena. I’m hoping to have this done by June 1, so that I can focus on my son for the summer.  So, that being said, I need to get back to work!

 

What do you think of? March 1, 2013

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in deep thoughts, ex-cathedra from my navel.
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I was at lunch with a good friend a few months ago, sitting outside at Panera. We watched a raven land nearby, and she turned to me and asked, “What do you think of when you see a raven?”

Like I said, she’s a good friend. She’s read Princes of Air, and The Ice Raven, and I’ve bounced ideas for The White Raven off of her, looking for feedback. So I’m pretty sure that’s where the question came from. And I didn’t have an answer for her. I’m still not sure I do, but every so often, that question comes back to mind. Usually, when I see a raven.

What do I think? What do I think?

The answer is, I’m not sure.

Ravens have always been fascinating to me, to the point that my craft name (one of them) is Corvidae. I’m sitting here writing this right now with a Lego raven on my desk, and a Nene Thomas Faery of Ravens print on the wall. There’s a Tlingit raven on my pentacle, so it is kind of obvious that I really dig ravens.

Totem animal? Maybe. Traditionally, ravens were considered messengers, the keepers of wisdom and magic and bearers of prophecy. In Celtic mythology, they were associated with battle (because of the Battle Raven, the Goddess Morrigan). I suppose a messenger is a good totem for a writer to have.

Now, that being said, I really didn’t mean to rewrite Celtic mythology when I wrote those stories! But apparently, I have — some of the reviews have basically said I’m retelling stories of the Morrigan that they never knew existed. And I’ve had to tell them that they never did before I told them, that my Raven Boys are creations of my own imagination. Or maybe the keepers of secrets really are whispering in my ears. I never really know what stories are going to flow out of my fingers when I sit down to start writing, and the stories of mine that have really had legs have all come to me in dreams.

So, what do I think of when I see a raven?

I think “Thank you, for giving me these stories to tell.”