Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I have been working on my book “Master Nikolai” and have come up to the hardest part-the middle. Writing the beginning and the end are very easy for me, it’s the middle if I’m not careful the story can wander away from the main plot. When I am done with a book then go through and edit it is always the middle of the book I have to rework a bit. The middle is where I have to stop and think how this storyline is going to get to the ending that I have envisioned. There is nothing wrong with a storyline taking little detours. When I am writing a book and the characters start interacting with one another the book might take a different direction than I planned in the first place. Where I am at now in “Master Nikolai” the storyline is pretty much set. I just have to keep myself from taking too many detours. This will slow down the story and I sure don’t want that.
I have been thinking of ways to spruce up my Yahoo Group, but am coming up with no really different ideas. There are so many good yahoo groups that deal with erotic romance or other genres of writing there really is no need to do anything they are

I have heard two different opinions about writer's yahoo groups, one- that readers only want a monthly newsletter and that is all. The other- that readers want some interaction and like for different events to be going on in a writer's group. I tried to get a nice balance between the two.

I will ponder this for awhile. I really want a yahoo group that everyone will enjoy.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It was brought to my attention that the blog for Master Nikolai has been taken down. If you have purchased my book "Love Thy Master" there was a link to Nikolai's blog. This blog covered Jade's training, which is already included in "Love Thy Master" so none of the story will be missing due to Nikolai's blog been removed.

I am pretty sure it was removed due to inactivity for so long. When I do a character blog in the future I will remember to post on it every now and then to keep the blog running. I am sorry that Nikolai's blog is gone. Unfortunately I didn't save what was written on it. But as I stated earlier all the stories about Jade's training is already in "Love Thy Master"

It's going to be one of those weeks I can tell already, lol. I swear being writer is like riding on a roller coaster, up and down constantly.

Monday, August 21, 2006

I am a bit disappointed. I read that article in the Free Press and saw that she didn’t use any of what I said. All I can say is oh well, it was a good experience and I am happy that other authors did mention me to the reporter for her article. Sometimes promo stuff gets very frustrating to say the least.
I did receive a pretty good review for “A Song for My Warrior” from Just Erotic romance on Sunday, but I didn’t read it until this morning. The reviewer had a couple of negative things to say. Overall it was a nice review. Not every review is going to be a completely glowing review. Thankfully most of the reviews I received for this book have been outstanding and the emails I have gotten from readers telling me how they have enjoyed this book is wonderful :) So I am very happy with how the book has been received so far.

Friday, August 18, 2006

I finally think I got this blog working the way it should. A few of your comments weren't being posted, though most of them still haven't showed up I did reply to all of them by email. If you have emailed me and haven't received a response please email me again, my junk mail filter for my emails has been off this month. I love hearing from readers and respond to every email sent.

It looks like I got the links working too, yay! I am new to this blogging thing, but I think I got the hang of it now, lol
I have been working on two stories at once this week. I have almost finished the Erotic Shiver "His Eyes Wide Open" this story is about Jacob, Rose's young assistant. He went to Master Drake's island to do some research for his and Rose's book about Masters. This story is bigger than I first originally thought it would be. I also have been working on “Master Nikolai” this is the book Rose is in. I have been really wrapped up in this whole story. I have type so much this week my poor fingers are sore. But I love it when my stories flow this good. Master Nikolai is a bit more complex, he is more a ritual Master (He prefers to have things done a certain way, his submissives love doing these things for him) and he doesn’t accept guests the way Drake and Dante does. His punishments are more of denial than pain, he doesn’t want to or like to bring pain to his women. Nikolai is a very private person.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I have been debating whether or not to change my website. I decided against it. I like my website the way it is. I know it's not as flashy as other authors’ website, but it is easy to load especially for the visitors who only have a dial up connection. I live out in the middle of nowhere or at least darn close to it, lol and just recently they started offering DSL. So I know the frustration of waiting for a website to load up when you have dial up. The Erotictales Publications yahoo store is rather simple too, again for easy load up. I like to keep things simple. Maybe in the future I might revamp my website I never close my mind to anything.

Monday, August 14, 2006

I just had my first phone interview :) It was actually rather easy. I had visions of me saying something stupid, but I did okay. Me and a couple other authors and editors were asked to give our opinions on the erotic romance and erotica genre. Questions like why I got into this genre etc. I am not quite sure how much of what I said will be in this article for this Sunday's Detroit Free Press. But it was a good experience. Doing something for the first time is always the hardest. Next year I plan on doing some promo events like , radio interviews, a couple of book conferences, and a couple of book signings. I am a rather shy person so these promo things will be hard at first. But I think the more I do these things the easier and funnier they will be.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

What’s in a name? :)

I just received a very nice email from a reader, which I just love to get these kinds of emails. It really brightens up my day : ) The only thing was it was address Mr. Roux. This never bothers me, I know my pen name is masculine sounding. Well for that matter my real name is kind of too, lol. I was asked once why I picked the name Justus Roux? To be honest I just love the way it sounded and the way it looked in print. I was going to use the last name Roux, it took me forever to come up with the first name. It must have taken me a good month to come up with a pen name that I really liked. My young adult author pen name was easy. I let my children pick it out. They combined the initials of my name and my son picked the last name, he saw it on the web and thought it sounded cool, so they came up with T.S. Torok.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

What’s up with Amazon.com

What’s up with Amazon.com

I recently just found out that Amazon isn’t carrying PDF or Microsoft e-books anymore or at least it appears that way. Instead they are directing customers to Mobipocket, which of course they own. Thankfully all my books are on Mobipocket and of course are in print. But what about the small publishers who only produce ebooks, this has to have a huge impact on them. I don’t like the fact that readers will lose the option to have ebooks in PDF or Microsoft reader, when they buy from Amazon. I sold quite a lot of ebooks through Amazon and have to wonder how this will affect my business’ bottom line. Since ebooks of all my books are found in a number of other avenues I am hoping this won’t affect my business too much. As a reader I often bought ebooks through Amazon, I personally prefer Microsoft reader.

Another thing that concerns me a little is the rising price of gas. I feel the impact of this in my household. With so many people barely making ends meet they will have less and less money to spend on fun stuff like books. I have tried to keep my ebooks at a very reasonable price. Most outlets carrying them for between $4-$5, I plan to keep the price of my ebooks at this price. However I don’t have control over if retailers increase the price, most however follow the suggested retail price.

My young adult imprint On Dragon Wings will still hopefully (Fingers crossed) launch by March 2007. I have sent the first book “Soul Spectrum” to be tested by the targeted audience (children ages 12-17) and so far the book is being well received, even in it’s pre-proofed form. I certainly hope by time this imprint launches that the economy will get back on track.

Monday, August 07, 2006

When Muses Misbehave

Last week it was terribly hard to focus on writing. First it was hotter than hell most of the week and even though I do have air-conditioning it still got toasty in my house. I told my husband next summer we are getting central air.

My muses have been overactive the last few weeks too. I’ve been having a creative storm as I like to put it. I have so many new storylines bouncing around in my head, it is almost impossible to focus on the story I am writing now. The only thing I can really do is write down all these new story ideas and hope it settles my muses down a bit.

Today is the first day I have gotten some serious writing done. I have been working on “Precious Cargo” and should have it done tomorrow. I am really pleased how this story has turned out. I would like to continue work on “Master Nikolai” by the end of the week. However Jacob’s story is demanding to be written. Jacob is Rose’s assistant, both are working on a book about Masters. The first part of their story is in the erotic shiver “Curiosity Seduced the Woman” Rose is the leading female character in “Master Nikolai” While Rose is at Nikolai’s home in Romania, Jacob managed to get on Master Drake’s island. I wanted to write an erotic shiver about Jacob’s experience on Master Drake’s island. The original plan was to write this story after I finished “Master Nikolai”, but apparently my muses don’t like this plan. Jacob’s story and Rose’s story cover the same timeline. I thought this would be very interesting. Both of them will find out that there is so much more to the Master/Slave lifestyle than they thought. Both also find out something about themselves along the way. I haven’t come up with a title for Jacob’s story yet, but it will come to me.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Leading Men

I had someone ask me once why I often have big muscular men as my leading male characters and if they are not extremely beefy that they were lean and feminine looking. It’s just my personal preference. When the characters are forming in my head they tend to take on traits that I find very attractive. Especially for the erotic romance stories.

It seems silly that a woman who stands only five foot two would find such large powerful men very attractive. After all a man who stood six foot two, would tower over me. That’s one of the things I find so sexy about big, strong, beautiful men. I love how strong men are. I mean here is someone who could quite literally break a woman in two if he wanted to, but yet he is so gentle.

On the other end of the spectrum men who are so beautiful almost feminine looking have there own appeal. These men always seem to have long silky hair in my stories. Another trait I find terribly sexy. When I pair the big men with these feminine men, damn it can get pretty darn hot.

I have always liked a man who was more on the dominant side, so most of my male leading characters are certainly alpha males.

All this talk about men is getting my muses stirring, so I better get to writing.