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What is the first thing you think of…

When I say romance? Fabio? Usually shirtless Fabio with a heaving bosom woman looking like she’s passing out in his arms? (all too often)

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Maybe roses, wine, sexy music?

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My idea of romance is going to differ, as it does for most people. For some, romance is the roses, satin sheets, lacy underthings, etc. For some it’s taking the kids for the day, letting the mom relax, recharge, and come home to a quiet, clean house.

For a romance author like myself, (and I write gay fiction) romance to me is a slow buildup of a relationship where there’s understanding, friendship, attraction, etc. The love between two of my guys is punctuated by the roses, the dinners, music, and then the bedroom scene (usually last in my books).

So for me this is romance too:

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Unfortunately, the covers follow the same perfect, chiseled man formula (80% of the time) which bothers me. I prefer my boys to be imperfect, flawed, overweight, skinny, hair issues, skin issues…you know..real!

This is why I’m studying graphic design so I can draw/create my own type of man who is really just a guy looking for his Mr. Right.

Most readers of my genre are a lot like me. We love to see a happy ending, and two guys falling in love. I’ve never read a Harlequin romance or anything with heaving bosoms…and never will.

 

 

 

 

Posted in announcement, Books, coming soon, gay, gay fiction, goals, new adult, new books, new dawn, planning, romance, stories, thank you, words, work, writing, young adult

Books Under Construction

construction  Oh yes, construction. Rework, redo, refurbish, you name it. If you go to my page on Amazon, you will notice several titles now missing…why?

  1. They need a makeover. Not just lipstick and mascara, but a full-face makeover worthy of a Kardashian!
  2. They will be put into box sets. Most of my works are series (if you can tell from my tabs). People love to get a bargain, so I will be working those into box sets.
  3. There will be paperbacks! Who doesn’t miss the sweet smell of the pages or the joyous sound of those pages flicking by, or perhaps the feel of a glossy cover. I miss it! I’m sure readers do too, so when these are refreshed, they will be all be available in physical form.
  4. I am diverting my focus to newer works that are coming out a faster pace than I can currently handle (as well as the market). All good things in time.

That’s just the beginning, but I won’t divulge it all now. The best I can say is…stay tuned. 🙂

Thank you for your support!

Cheers, Steph

Posted in corporate america, evil day job, rat race, work

Sick of the Rat Race

The rat race. The 9 to 5. The daily work that gives us the ability (mostly) to buy housing, food, clothing, and all the things we need (and hopefully some we want too).

Since the early 1990’s I have been firmly ingrained in the corporate world. From receptionist to file clerk and working my way up (and sideways) to learn all the MS Office you can handle, plus I was a top number-cruncher. At one point in time my then husband and I were doing just fine…until 2006 when the world as we knew it ended and I became the sole breadwinner. I earned two degrees in seven years…but now I need to leverage that knowledge.

As I type this during my now third month of unemployment I wonder…what did it get me? Where am I in my life? I am 40+ years old, no children, but I have a very hard-working fiance who is blue collar. (a shrinking field in its entirety for manufacturing in this country) but at least he has a job. My now ex-husband is still draining me a little at a time (no worries, there is a light at the end of that tunnel) but I’m still making next to nothing. I either have to learn an entirely new job or…

I need a non-traditional job.

All my life (working life) I wanted the 9-5, secretarial role, do my bit kind of gig. I quickly found out that’s not what I wanted at all and was typecast (after being Speedy Gonzales on a 10-key) in the accounting world. A stigma that haunts me to this day. I cannot get away from it, as much as I try. (I had been pursuing a 3rd degree in accounting when my personal life blew up. So much for concentration! Plus, I decided, that was not what I really wanted. It was a great distraction, but the mission failed.)

I have many skills and talents, but none of which the modern labor force seems to pick up in their keyword searches of my resume. In three months I’ve had one phone interview and two agencies call. Let me tell you, I’ve done the agency bit since I was 18 years old. It’s time to stop that altogether, (but that’s another post.)

So…I am saying here and now that while I am forced to look for something “traditional” I will work my side gigs and try to keep writing so that my books are at least seen and some fresh material is out there.  Plus I’m a knitting fiend and may open an Etsy shop or sell on Facebook.  I may pick up other crafts just to sell my wares if I find that there’s a market.

OK, rant over.

To all my fans and friends through these tough years, Thank You a millions times over! Without you, I don’t know what I’d do. You’ve fallen for Phillip or Sam or maybe even Mark. We love you and appreciate you all deeply.