Enter the contest and win a copy of “Binding Spell”!

Demons can be sexy. They are dangerous and cunning, and live in lust. They are beautiful, dark angels, fallen long ago from grace, sometimes striving to return to heaven, or even just glimpse it through love or pleasure.

How would you describe demons in one word or phrase?

Leave your comments. One of you will win a copy of my novella “Binding Spell” – the story of Mador, a demon summoned to help Jay, a mortal man in need, and his discovery of trust and love. 🙂


My first review is here!

*jumps around the room with glee*

My first review on my short erotica (M/F) fantasy story “The Crown’s Blade” – and it’s nice! *insert huge grin*

From the review:
“Dark fantasy is one of my favorite subgenres, and Jay Di Meo knows what she is doing. I loved this story….The Crown’s Blade could benefit from an extension, at the very least a sequel.  It has all the trappings of a good erotic fantasy series.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed. ”

Now that’s a thought. A sequel. As soon as I find the time, I wouldn’t mind writing one at all! 🙂

Check out the complete review here.

Author Interview: Becca Abbott

Jay Welcome, Becca! I am very happy to have you here, and a little nervous, because I have loved your stories since I first started reading M/M pairings and erotica about ten years ago. I always go back and reread them, both the fanfiction and the original fiction. You are my muse, the reason I ever thought of writing such stories myself, and I am very privileged to have you as my blog guest today. Thank you for accepting my invitation!

Could you tell us a little about yourself? When and why did you start writing?

Becca: Since I was a kid.  My mom enjoyed writing and, like most daughters, I wanted to be just like her.  Usually, we grow out of that stage, but I never did.  There was a long period between my early teens and college years when I went back and forth between art and writing.  Writing finally won.

Jay What genre(s) do you write and why?

Becca: I write what I read, which works out to be, pretty exclusively, science fiction and fantasy.  Escapism has always been my motivation for curling up with a book, so the further from reality, the better. I prefer reading stories with good plots, action, fully thought-out, believable worlds, and a strong thread of romance running through it all.  Most of my pairings these days fall under the category of homoeroticism, but I occasionally write het, as well.

Jay What are your current projects?

Becca: I’m producing four chapters a month for SL Publishing Group’s subscription site (http://slpublishinggroup.com/shop/): Daggersphere 2: The Sacred Core and a sequel to Cethe, Dreams of Fire.  I’m supposed to be working on Daggersphere for publication next year.  That one is going slowly since I’m completely reworking it.  Anyone who read it on the subscription site will find it very much changed when it reaches book form.  I gave a more general fantasy romance in the works, as well – with both a het and gay couple.  I’d like to try my hand at an urban fantasy, but who h as time?

Jay I had heard of this publishing system, where readers can follow along as the writer creates the story. I think it’s fascinating! Tell me, what do you find particularly challenging about writing?

Becca: At this point – original plots. I have favorite themes I gravitate toward and have to consciously move away from them.  Pacing is another challenge, especially when working with subscription fiction.  There is no going back and re-writing, so you have to have a fairly good grasp of what’s going to happen and when as you go along.  For someone who’s accustomed to stopping and starting, deleting and rewriting, that can be tough.

Jay Are character names important to you? How do you name the characters in your stories?

Becca: Pick ’em out the air, mostly.  If I want a name to have a particular flavor, I’ll sometimes Google a country and skim through their English-language newspapers until I find a cool-sounding name.  One thing I do – and should guard against – is latch onto names beginning with the same letter.

Jay I know what you mean! Most of my characters’s names start with “J”. What inspires you?

Becca: Random stuff: scenery, television documentaries, someone passing with a strange expression on his face, riffing on weird ideas with my friends or crazy sister (who has the misfortune of living with me).  Weather, dreams…

Jay Which was your favorite story, ever? (could be one of yours!)

Becca: My favorite story is actually a series – the Morgaine series by CJ Cherryh.  Love it.  For years, I would read all four books once year, just to remind myself how a real writer does it!  The hero was young, tormented and angst-ridden (who landed in a few slashy situations); and the heroine a tormented, kick-ass, angst-ridden woman, older than the hero and very much in charge.  It’s also a series that reads like fantasy, but is, at its heart, science fiction.  Yum.

Jay Marking it on my to-buy list then! Can you tell us a few words about any (or many!) of your stories/novellas/novels?

Becca: At the moment I have one novel, Cethe, published.  It’s available on my publisher’s website.  http://slpublishinggroup.com/shop/ (It’s also on Amazon, but those sharks take a big percentage, so support your dedicated yaoi/slash bookseller online!) You can read the first two chapters on http://beccaabbott.com/original/cethe01.php .

The original fic site also has a complete, free novel: Reifu Rising.

Next year, Daggersphere is scheduled for publication.  That book is science fiction and the first in a projected series.  It will be tied loosely into the Reifu Rising Universe, although I can’t go into exactly how.  There will be indentured slaves, assassins and mystery.  And smut.

I have one more site, http://becca.slashcity.net/index.html, that houses most of my fanfic  (Highlander, Queen of Swords, Dr. Who [Paul McGann’s Doctor], Gundam Wing, Moonchild, and Ai No Kusabi).

Jay Note to all readers out there: Don’t miss these stories! They are simply amazing – both original and fanfiction and Reifu Rising is among my current favorites – until I go and subscribe to Cethe, that is. Becca, do you have any advice for other writers?

Becca: Yep.  Write.  Write all the time.  Write when you feel like it; write when you don’t.  Even if the muse has deserted you and all you come up with is crap, keep going.  It’s the constant writing that pays off in the end.  Also, remember that writing is as much a craft as it an art.  Raw talent only gets you so far.  Grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure – these things do matter.  Learn the rules before you break them.

Jay Becca, thank you very much for this interview. I am privileged to have my personal muse on my blog today. You’ve been the greatest influence on my writing. Thank you for writing.

Blog Guest: Author Krista D. Ball

It is with great pleasure I welcome today my guest, published author Krista D. Ball, who will talk about:

Underrepresented Peoples in Genre Fiction

Krista says:

A few weeks ago, I was asked to recommend a good gay science fiction. My response? “Gays have been eradicated from the future.”

While my friend thought it was a joke, I meant it. I have been disappointed at the low number of genre books I’ve read, outside of erotica, that have multi-racial relationships, different religions, the full range of sexual orientations, and aboriginal peoples. Too many books are “western straight white,” even when they are supposedly alternative worlds.

This bothers me greatly. The world possesses a wide range of peoples and cultures and landscapes. I want to read more books featuring different peoples. I want books with gay knights in shining armour, aboriginal heroines, Inuit hunters, and female warriors.

In my latest short story, The Amazing Transformation of Wicca Dog, I’ve opted to make the main character, Robert, a Wiccan. While the story is light-hearted at its core, it features a minority religion. It’s my small way of trying to restore the balance and equity.

For the month of August, The Amazing Transformation of Wicca Dog, is free for download here.

Krista D. Ball

Krista D. Ball is a Canadian SF&F author, who enjoys turning sterotypes and traditions upside down. Look for her upcoming novelette, Harvest Moon, a Canadian First Nations story with a gender-bending twist on the “damsel in distress” theme.

Come and enjoy the adventures of a fantasy writer at www.kristadball.com