Saturday, December 15, 2007
Oh, and I got a GREAT review from JERR on Urban Myth.
...Give me a book that mixes the paranormal with an ass kicking female and I will be in heaven. Reading Urban Myth provided more than enough of the two and threw in some fantastic erotica. Taina is an independent, self sufficient loner that needed nobody. Having been betrayed, she had decided that the only person she could count on was herself. Rayan took her heart and froze it when he left with no reason and seeing him at the compound was like having it thawed out. The lust was instant, tangible, and there for all to see. Only Rayan was just as affected by her presence. The reasons he left were admirable, however, instead of telling her what was going on, he just left. And men wonder why we women bash them...Anyway, he is just plain and simple HOT. He is a physically fit, sexy specimen of a man, one that I could just jump on and go crazy with. The sexual tension between these two is obvious and I could not wait for them to jump one another. I was NOT disappointed. The sex was blatant, filled with hunger and repression, and it just exploded. They had me squirming and wiggling with my own desire to play, but the desire to read overrode that. Fiona Jayde did a fabulous job with the writing and storytelling aspects of the story, and the editing was just as wonderful. Plenty of action, sex, and emotion made Urban Myth a must read.
Just Erotic Romance Reviews
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Urban Fantasy is coming along. Not nicely - plenty of twists and bumps in the road, but if I don't have conflict with my characters they would be dull to write.
I never reveal deets before I finish -- but here's a little sneaky visual preview. Its not the official cover but I had fun making it when I was stuck in the middle of the plot. Of course I ripped up half of the said plot (and may again before this thing is done!) but I'm beginning to realize thats part of my creative process.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Urban Legend is out!! This book kicked my rear end from here to there and I'm happy it did, because it turned out awesome! Cain - my main character -- wouldn't budge until things worked out his way. Damn stubborn sexy male.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
In that context, I'm thrilled to announce that an anthology my friends and I worked on only a few months ago is released by Cobblestone Press!
Beneath the Masque is a grouping of novellas of various genres, all tied with a common thread. The setting is a Charity Masquarade Ball for Breast Cancer Education and Research. The theme is control - as in loosing of, due to a gypsy cursed amethyst that amplifies desires and quiets inhibitions.
The authors and the publisher will donate 100% of net profits to breastcancer.org, merging the cause in the anthology with the cause in real life.
For More Information on the Anthology, Please Click Here
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Urban Legend is a couple of days from going to my editor -- as soon as my fabulous critique partner is done with it. Its scheduled for Oct 12 release at Changeling and I'm a bit anxious about it. This one really kicked my butt -- its quite intense with all sorts of action and car chases and vampyre human love.
Amethyst Moon will be part of a FABULOUS anthology titled Behind The Mask. Cursed jewels, masked ball and a couple of thieves... This one was a lot of fun to write and whats more, I'm sharing this antho with a group of dear friends and very talented writers -- Cyan Bell, Sheri Livingston and Taylor Voltaire.
And since I can't focus on just one thing I tried my hand at cover design. Its not at all the official cover but it was lots of fun to play with. We're hoping for a November Release so stay tuned!
I also painted again. And I think I learned a few things -- of of them being that apparently I paint better if I'm slightly miffed. I think this one is my best one so far! My hubby already called dibs...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
So I dug out my brushes and paints and channeled Bob Ross.
Not bad after a year! (Being a photoshop junkie I brightened it up a bit.. but still not bad)
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
GrimJustin 2.37 – DeServed
Discover the series Literary Nymphs calls “..naughty, engaging, and thrilling just like a sci-fi romance should be”.
Monday, July 30, 2007
The cover is great -- aren't those Sai just perfect?
Here's a little blurb:
As peace between humans and vampyre crumbles, Taina Bates trains to become one of the Hunters. Her strength increases with each day, the scrapes and bruises like badges of courage. The drive to fight rages inside her.
Rayan Slade -- half sympath, full vampyre and certified assassin for the Alliance of Human Protection Services, is called to train the new blood -- SEALs, Green Berets and one lone female. Except the female is the only woman he has ever loved, the one he’d left years ago when the cravings became unbearable, when he feared draining her in his need for the energy that fed him.http://changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=661
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Aside from that, I'm moving. Packing and repacking, boxes upon boxes. I have books on writing, books on art, books on programming, books on music, my collection of JD Robb and plenty of romance novels. I also have 3 large bags worth of boots and all the peripherals to Chris (my pc)
Between that and work, I somehow managed to do art. Probably because I needed something from the side of the brain that isn't verbal. I'm still finding my way with Daz3d, but this isn't bad for a beginner. I'm no Renee George or Angela Knight, but its a start:)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
My cat had surgery last week and upon shaving his belly, the Dr discovered a long healed scar from sternum to.. well, whatever the medical term is for pee-pee. Now the cat adopted us last year, and we have no idea of his medical history or why someone would cut him open like that. But he ended up having not one but TWO hernias from it, so he had to be opened again to tuck things back into place.
All was good until last Sunday night when he decided to lick at the suture site. Since I'm a responsible cat mommy, I took him to the emergency vet who nicely fitted him into a torture device called a plastic cone.
So now he mucks around with that damn thing on his head, bumping into furniture and hating life and me with it. Since he likes to sleep next to or on me, half the time I end up with my face in the damned cone.
Since he won't eat with that stupid thing on, I have to take off it at nights. So my writing time is punctuated with "No Sylvester", or "stop it" or "Bad Kot" (Kot is cat in russian) etc etc. Instead of eating or drinking, he tries to groom. And he won't eat or drink with the stupid cone on his head...
Needless to say, Urban Myth isn't quite where it needs to be...
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I cleaned half of my closet and unpacked a suitcase that has been on the floor for the past two weeks. One never really knows how much crap can live in the belly of a closet (or a suitcase) until one takes EVERYTHING out. And that was just half. Tomorow I will tackle the other half if i still have strength left.
I also have a good outline for Urban Myth so we a back in business. I managed to save about half of what I scrapped. The scenes will have to be tweaked to adhere to the outline, but hey, easy stuff. right? (I HOPE!)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
DisArmed had the BEST review from Kerin at TwoLips Reviews!
"Kira Dillon is a pilot. Being captured and used as a lab rat forced her to become innovative. The fact that the scientists turned her blood into an undetectable explosive, well, hell, that’s practically a bonus. When she’s rescued, it’s by the last person she expected to see, Holloway Duke.
When Duke was sent to retrieve Kira, he was hell-bent on retribution. After giving her a blood transfusion, he discovers that she needs his DNA, in any form, to survive. Making her beg for it, every time, will be his biggest pleasure.
Oh. So. Hot. Fiona Jayde is definitely an author to keep your eye on. When I read GrimJustin 1: DeBriefed, I was absolutely convinced that Ms. Jayde was a veteran author but since then, others have worked to convince me otherwise. With sensual characters, an exciting storyline, and decadent love scenes, GrimJustin 2: DisArmed belongs on everyone’s must-read list as well. I can’t remember the last time I read more intense lustful scenes as the power struggle between Duke and Kira raged. With finesse for world-building and intense storylines, this series belongs at the top your To-Be-Read pile. Thank you, Fiona Jayde for making being a reader so enjoyable! "
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
In other news, I spent most of the evening trying to figure out how to send emails through my web server. I'm not the best of hackers and tech support is notorious in their continued effort to answer without answering. I'm hoping on the fifth go-around I'll actually get the answer I need.
I'm wondering if my continued efforts to procrastinate are actually my subconcious telling me I wasn't liking the story... Maybe next time I'll listen BEFORE half way?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Yes, there are spelling mistakes. I even saw one. Chrissie saw a couple... Oh well.
I'm 6K into Urban Myth and pantsing it. I tried to do an outline, I really did. But first I dead-ended and then I got an idea.
Usually if I dead end -- meaning the scene is going nowhere -- I delete and choose another angle. This time I really tried to make it work. For 2K i tried to make it work. Then I said F-it, erased it, and did something different. The scene flowed like water.
I wanted to be at 10K by today, but 6K ain't bad. Now I need to stop procrastinating and get back into it.
Oh, did I mention what this thing was about ? Vampyres.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Last night, I gathered all my balls and upon advice of a writer friend submitted a first chapter to Opal Caraw contest. I polished it as best as I could, I had my wonderful crit partners looking at it, but didn't run it through my last and best line of defence -- Chrissy, my editor at Changeling. So I'm feeling naughty and scared at the same time. I can't spell and I tend to get cute with my turn of phrase. I also used "eyes" instead of "gazes" -- which is on the list of no-nos, but like I said, I was feeling naughty.
(As in "her eyes lifted from his chest to his face" -- vs. her gaze lifted.... Chrissie is right, eyes can't lift! )
The story is a contemporary suspence (romance of course), titled Shattered Silence. (Thanks to Xjiard for the idea on the name!!!) its set in the modern "real" world, but it has a slight paranormal twist. My heroine - Kate Malloy -- is a cop who turned psychic after a concussion. She can sense "intent" towards her before its made, be it verbal or physical. True to form, I'll have martial arts fighting and lots of "action".
My second article on writing is up on the Cheeky Changeling Newsletter. Check it out -- For Every Situation, There Must Be Motivation
Today I need to get 2k into Urban Myth, so of course I'm procrastinating.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Here is the blurb:
GenAlt -- superhuman, super strong. High risk status.
Aboard the GrimJustin, Trent O'Blak hides his identity as a retired GenAlt soldier, until he is called upon to safely retrieve the head scientist responsible for the alteration and subsequent pain of thousands of others like him.
MedTech Lilian Oser leads a quiet and sensible life aboard GrimJustin until Trent is called to Arius Prime and the old need for revenge burns through every cell of her now strong body.
She will get to Arius Prime. She will take her revenge. And she will prove to Trent that she can handle anything the big GenAlt can dish out.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I finally have a cover for the third installment of the series and not a moment too soon, cause its released this Thursday!!!
I'm very happy with this one-- as my editor said: lots of emotion and lots of hot action. What else does a romance need?
Now i need to do some edit magic to Amethyst moon and start on Urban Myth, my vampire martial arts thriller which I'm really excited about.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I was on a street, carrying my laptop under my arm. As I walked past a mean looking individual, he flicked glowing sigarette ash at me and it burned my skin.
I promptly called the guy an asshole, and he promptly started to advance towards me with full intendion to do more damage then the stil burning ash.
And that's when it hit me -- I can't fight him with my laptop at my side! I can't put the thing down, cause his budies will steal it. And I can't fight one handed -- I'm good, but I ain't Neo! (I'm really NOT that good, since I haven't technically practiced martial arts in over five years.. Cardio Kickboxing doesn't count)
Anyway, I woke up with a major revelation: fighting one handed is exteremely difficult and I need to remember to allow my characters to run around empty handed otherwise they would get the crap kicked out of them.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Nevertheless its up and I'm quite happy with it. Check it out at www.fionajayde.com
Thursday, May 17, 2007
I redesigned my website. I did this blog. I cleaned my bathroom.
I'm done with the story, and have to do my usual three passes of editing, and that's what scares me. I write fast. I vomit words onto the page and then have to face them once I'm done. Sometimes its good. Most of the time, its complete crap and only there to move the story along and like the jewel in my story, needs to be polished so the facets can shine.