Dorothy A. Bell Interview

Dorothy A. Bell, historical erotic romance author, joins me today. Let’s give her a hearty welcome. ~ ~ ~ What inspires you and your writing? I love happy endings. Happy endings, like in fairytales, where everything is shiny and rosy and no one dies, gets cut up into small itty-bitty pieces or transformed into some kind of mutant something or other doomed to live forever away from all that they love and cherish. I know life isn’t perfect like in a fairytale, it’s messy and it often hurts. And marriage isn’t always the happy ending it should be. I like a story that starts out messy but works out in the end. That way I get to hold on to my fantasy, that’s the kind of story I want to tell. Is Royce based on anyone you know? He’s a combination of boys I knew in high school but never dated because they scared the hell out of me. And men who drove and wrecked log trucks like damn fools and worked in the woods taking chances, nearly killing themselves to make a living. They played as hard as they worked, the same mindset. My uncle Corbin for one, he had the most evil laugh, similar to Eddy Murphy’s laugh, only not at all playful. You did not want to play cards with Uncle Corbin. He was the devil with women. They loved him, of course, tall and good looking, very funny and charming but a devil. When did you first dream of being a writer? I don’t think I did dream of being a writer. I never thought...

Take an Autumn Train Ride Blog Hop

Do you have a favorite fall memory linked to a train? What do you imagine you would see if you were riding a train in the fall? Join the authors of Wild Child Publishing and Freya’s Bower as we Take an Autumn Train Ride through our blogs. Prizes will include   Four $50 gift certificates (two for Wild Child and two Freya’s Bower) An awesome swag package that includes: Bookmarks Books Wild Child T-shirt and mug Wild Child and Freya’s Bower bags Four handmade, crochet coasters by Kit Wylde An autographed copy of Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire A rare DVD copy of the Matheson/Furst classic “Up The Creek” (lovingly used) One ebook copy of Nita Wick’s short story, The Dream (previously published as part of a Freya’s Bower anthology.) Book trading cards Signed Dangerous Waters poster of “Battle for Blood: The Blood Feud” winner’s name as a character in Kissa Starling’s next sweet romance story. A Yankee Candle more… The summer after I graduated from college, I took my backpack and my savings and left for Europe. I spent five and a half months over there. At the tail end of my grand solo backpacking tour of Europe, I found myself on the Eurail bound for Venice, Italy. There were different types of trains then. Some had compartments; some were like the Amtrak trains that travel through California—open seating. Seats facing forward, some back, and racks overhead for luggage. I imagine it’s still the same. This particular train had compartments. Each compartment could accommodate six passengers. I sat down in one that had three young men in...

The End of an Era

Sometimes an end can signal a beginning. This month, or maybe it was the end of August when it happened, Yahoo switched the groups I own to their Neo version. Quite frankly, it sucks. Not only is it hard to navigate, but it ate all of our databases and files in our editors only group. Yeah, not good. Not good at all. I fumed for a few days. You know, I have better things to do with my time than to rebuild databases and queues. That made me so excited that I wanted to… strangle someone, preferably the person who came up with this numbskull idea. Fortunately, for them (and me, as I don’t really want to end up in jail–grin), that was physically impossible. Instead, I had to come up with another way to manage this part of my publishing houses. Looking around for options of what I could do, I realized there weren’t really that many that would function as well or as easily. However, I did come up with something that will work. It also gave me a chance to go over our editors’ queue again and see what we have pending. Not that I don’t pay attention to this, but now I know exactly what’s in there. This is a good thing. I also decided to look at this as a new beginning. And it is. Yahoo is still around, but there’s no guarantee it will be here forever, or that the groups will continue the way they are. I want something that I have more control over. Moving our queue and database to a...

Climber Has Returned

A few months ago, a friend of Lily’s gave her two baby praying mantises. We fed them aphids, watched them molt, and eventually had to let them go early as we were going to be out of town for a week, the aphid supply was dwindling, and I was worried they die if we didn’t. We let one, Snap, go in the side yard. Snap couldn’t wait to be released. She jumped off almost immediately. As far as she was concerned, she wanted nothing to do with humans. The other, Climber, was quite friendly. She sat on our hands and just looked at us, seeming very content to stay there. Eventually, after nearly all of the neighborhood kids had the opportunity to hold her, we released her into our rose bushes. Lily didn’t want to let her go. I understand, but it was her best chance for survival at this point. When we returned from my mom’s, we couldn’t find them. Disappointed, Lily and I just hoped they were thriving and hadn’t become some other bugs dinner. Fast forward to yesterday. We found a beautiful, full-grown praying mantis on our potato plant. It’s very friendly, like Climber was. We think it’s Climber. Welcome home,...

How to Piss off Your Wife

Come in and tell her there is both cat throw up and poop to clean up. Tell her you don’t have time to clean it up because you are running late. Tell her it’s because the cats need new cat sand that this happened. And let her know that we will have new cat sand whenever said wife “feels like going to Costco.” Do the whole passive-aggressive thing by reluctantly helping while sighing the entire time. And that is how you piss off your...