>EroticBliss pARTy – August 7th!


For Immediate Release
For more information contact:
Stacey Murphy, Co-Owner
Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique
1810 N. Orange Avenue | Orlando FL 32804
407-462-8298 (cell)
The EroticBliss pARTy is Coming!
Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique presents EroticBliss! A sensual celebration of Erotic Art, Artistic Nudes and Erotic Poetry.
Blissful Lotus will be a “buzz” on Saturday August 7th, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm as the EroticBliss pARTy gets underway featuring the provocative feminist art of Elizabeth Shupe, the captivating performance art of Perego, a reading of Steampunk erotic poetry by Elizabeth Schechter & the sharing of a coming of age love story by Liz Allen.   
We bring to you an evening that will inspire, seduce & tantalize your artist palette. This pARTy will also feature Love Tarot Readings, Corset Models that will tease and tempt the crowd and Perego will “WOW” the guests as he creates a sensual work of art LIVE.
Join Us on Saturday, August 7th
8:00pm – 11:00pm: Mix & Mingle ~ Schmooze with the Artists & Writers
8:30pm – 10:00pm: Love Tarot Readings in the Lotus Lounge
8:30pm: Reading of “Who Got Liz Gardner” by author Liz Allen
9:00pm: Live art performance by PEREGO
10:30pm: Erotic Poetry Reading of the SUCCUBUS by author ELIZABETH SCHECHTER
Other Important Details:
  • EroticBliss pARTy will be held at: Blissful Lotus Romance Boutique at 1810 N. Orange Ave (south of Princeton)
  • Door Fee: $5/pp
  • Audience: Adults 18+
  • Special Offer: All guests will receive 10% off their entire purchase @ Blissful Lotus
EroticBliss will feature this arousing line-up of both artistic and literary talent:
  • Elizabeth Shupe:  A featured Nude Nite Artists, Elizabeth’s art is filled with intense symbolism drawn from feminist, Tarot, Fairy Tale traditions and more.  In her words…”Art to me has more to do with spirit than with the finished object.   Art peers into the dusty drawer of the artist’s personal history. Art is the resurrection of an ancestor’s tea-stained imaginary world.   An untouchable past is opened, hopes for the future are explored and the joys and anxieties of the human experience are expressed; all in a personal symbolic language. That to me is art.” Elizabeth Shupe Website
  • Perego: The artist that brings you the Vagabond Art Party and the Art Army, how do you define his artistic style? Perego is all about Performance Art, and “his art” is Performance-Art-Theatre.  In only a way Perego can do, he combines light, sound and movement in a striking and provocative exploration of the material and spiritual worlds; incorporating action and the spontaneous energy of his environment.  Well tonight, we’re going to see his erotic and sensual side. Go To Perego’s Website
  • Elizabeth Schechter:  Well…Ms. Elizabeth is a pansexual pagan perv with a penchant for purple pornographic prose (and a great love of alliteration). She’s been writing since very early grade school, and finally seems to have gotten the hang of it. Her professional fiction debut, the Steampunk short story The Succubus, appeared in the Circlet Press anthology Like Clockwork.  As her day job, Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom, and is the mother of an active and rambunctious toddler who loves to keep Mommy from writing during the day. She lives in Central Florida, where she amuses herself at playgroups by describing herself as a pervy fetish writer when other moms ask what she does for a living. Surprisingly, she actually does get invited back to playgroups! Elizabeth Schechter Website.
  • Liz Allen:   Born and raised in the Sunshine State.  Her career path has spanned from physical to fiscal to literary starting in nutrition,  then riding the roller coaster we call the stock market as a financial advisor and ultimately penning her first book at age 49… Liz’ debut novel “Who Got Liz Gardner” was published in April 2009 as the result of an international contest and is now enjoying tremendous popularity in book clubs around the world. Her short story “Radiance” was published in the 2009 winter edition in Literary Magic Magazine and will be included in the anthology “Wisdom of Our Mothers”.  A second short story “A Dark Secluded Place” will be published Summer 2010. Liz Allen Website
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>On Publishing

>I wrote this for a writing group of which I am a member. I’m the only one with pro credits, so they asked me about publishing and how to get published. Here’s what I came up with:


First, Publishing is NOT like what you see in TV (Ignore Castle. The writers I know who watch it think it’s a comedy). Publishing is slow, subjective, and the writer very rarely gets rich. I can think of three off the top of my head who did (Stephen King, JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer). Most writers I know either have a day job that pays their bills, a spouse/partner who supports them, or can bring in enough in royalties that they can support themselves, a dog and a cat (and that writer has a roommate who helps with the rent. And even she occasionally flirts with the idea of getting a real job. There’s no health insurance in writing.)

The most important thing is that you have to be persistent. Publishing is a REALLY subjective business. What one agent or publisher turns down might find a home with another. Don’t let the rejections get to you. Most of them are form letters, anyway, when you get an answer at all. A good number of agents and publishers are of the “no answer means no” school.

Before you even thing about selling anything, make sure it’s the best work you can possibly turn out. Join crit groups like this one, but make sure that the membership is not open to the public. Public posting of your work ANYWHERE, evne if you made no money on it, means that you’ve given away your first serial rights. One group that I like a lot is the Online Writer’s Workshop — where your work can possibly be read by Elizabeth Bear, Joshua Palmatier and C.C Finley, all of whom are alums. This is something you can put in your query letter to an agent that really makes them take notice. Oh, and make sure that you keep your wordcount in spec — an adult novel over 100,000 words is pushing it. 80,000 is better. A YA novel over 60,000 or so is too long. If you write an epic 200,000 tome, you’ll never get it looked at. Ask me how I know…

If you’re selling anything longer than a novella for your first sale, then you want to try for an agent. You REALLY, REALLY want an agent if you’re going the traditional publishing route (I’m mostly doing e-books right now, so I don’t have an agent.) Expect a lot of rejections, unless you’ve managed to write the next Twilight, (in which case, I hate you). Personally, I’ve queried over a hundred agents for the novel that I wrote with a friend. Please note above that I said I don’t have an agent. 😉  Get a copy of the current Writer’s Guide — it lists agencies, and you can see which agencies cover your genre. You can also check Querytracker, Agent in a Box, or AgentQuery. Do your research. You want to be a good fit with your agent. You will (hopefully) be with them for a long time.

The reason that you need an agent is that there are very few traditional publishing houses that take submissions from unagented writers. In the Science Fiction world, there are two – Tor and Baen. (Right now, that novel is out in the slush pile at Baen). Now, if you submit to a publisher, and you get an offer (my fingers are crossed here), then you can go to an agent and ask them to represent you. Nine times out of ten, they’ll say yes. This is like free money to them — they get their 15 percent without having to do the groundwork to sell the book. (They’ll sell the REST of your books for you, and make sure you get the best possible contracts. Trust me on this. You NEED an agent in traditional publishing).

Now, there is one thing I cannot stress enough. MONEY GOES TO THE AUTHOR. The author doesn’t pay the agent — they take their cut out of what the publisher pays. The author also doesn’t pay the publisher. EVER. If anyone ever tells you that you need to pay reading fees or editing fees or that you have to buy so many copies of your book to see it in print, RUN.

Now, the reason I keep saying ‘traditional publishing’ is because with e-books publishers, the rules are a little different. There are no advances, for one. You either get paid a flat fee and royalties, or you just get royalties. This does not suck — in traditional publishing, if the publisher doesn’t make back your advance with book sales, you never see a penny of royalties. With e-books, we’re talking months to publication, not years (in most cases. I’ve just hit my second anniversary of my first sale, and that story should see publication this month.) You don’t need an agent, and most of them are open for submissions all the time. The turnaround for submissions is faster, too. That novel at Baen? I’ll hear about that sometime next year. I have a novelette out with Cobblestone Press, and I should hear about that by September (they have a 90 day turnaround.)  To learn more about e-book publishing, check out EPIC.

Have I covered it all?

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>It's Alive!!!

>Apocalypse Sex is live!

Be sure to check out my story Darkest Night!

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>To Write:

  • House of Sable Locks (novel, in progress)
  • Sea Prince
  • Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series. Currently on hold.)
  • Drum Mage

To Revise

To Outline

  • Coral Throne
  • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
  • Mystere Book 2 (which hasn’t given up the title yet and may turn into book 3 and A&L will be book 2)
  • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
  • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)

To Sell

  • Nomad’s Moon
  • Exile’s Moon
  • Infernal Machine
  • Prince of Air

Allow to percolate

  • Professional virgin story (no title as of yet)
  • Wandering star story

These last two are pretty low on the priorities list right now.

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>The Glamorous Life of a Writer…

>Kidlet is engrossed in a movie, let’s see if I can get anywhere on the novel (the novel in question being House of Sable Locks).

(get to the right place in the document, stares at the scene for a few minutes…)


Grumble. Not now, Muse. Unless you want to remind me where this scene was going?

I’m bored with this one. Let’s do something new!

No, we have to finish this. Remember? Finish one project before we start another? Or we’ll get confused.

No, really! I have this great idea for the gaslight fantasy! C’mon, it’ll be great!

I haven’t even started the outline for that (that being Hidden Things). And it’s three down the list of projects. I have to finish this, and the next is Sea Prince. The outline is done on that, we just have to wait for Danielle to finish filming. Tell me the idea and I’ll make a note of it.

You’re no fun.

No, I’m not. Idea?

Not telling. And see how far you get on that scene.

You wouldn’t!


(stares at scene some more) Where was this going? Hey, Muse, where was this going?

I’m not at home right now. If you leave a message, I’ll get back to you. Or, you know, not….

(bangs head on keyboard.)

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>Corset Fashion Show!

>Central Florida Steampunks, mark your calendars!

On August 7th, Blissful Lotus in Orlando, Florida will be having an Corset Fashion Show/ Erotic Fiction Reading event, starting at 8PM. They are (I believe) Central Florida’s only retailer for Timeless Trends corsets (I might be wrong about them being the only retailer, but they do carry Timeless Trends).

I will be attending, and will read my steampunk short story “The Succubus” which appears in the anthology Like Clockwork (available as an ebook from Circlet Press.)

I’ve spoke with the owners, and they encourage any steampunks who want to come out in costume to please do so! They’d love to see you all!

There is a nominal cover charge — $5.00.

(x-posted to my personal journal)

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I have a tentative release date for Apocalypse Sex! Look out for this new Circlet anthology the week of June 28th, and let me know what you all think of my story Darkest Night. I posted an excerpt of Darkest Night here.

And today I got the page proofs for Like a Sacred Desire. Sometime real soon now, I’ll have a release date for my short story The Hand You’re Dealt! There isn’t an excerpt of this one in the wild yet, but the main characters are two of my favorites: Nicolai and Steven, who I introduced you all to here.

I’m am so VERY psyched about these two coming out!

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>Pins and Needles, Needles and Pins…

>Nomad’s Moon has been sent off to Baen Publishing. Now we wait… for nine to twelve months.

Prince of Air has been sent off to Cobblestone Press. The wait on that is closer to one month.

Here’s hoping!

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>A Ta-da and an excerpt

>Another Ta-Da! I finished my revision of Prince of Air and sent it off to one of my favorite beta readers. This little short story that was supposed to have been for a Circlet anthology is now a erotic novelette (between 10,000 and 17,500 words– in this case 12, 350).

Here, have an excerpt:

In hindsight, I should have realized that something was amiss. As we walked, Arlaith told me that she lived alone, that her father was long dead, and that she had no husband. And yet, when we arrived at the fortified baile that Arlaith called her home, there was a meal laid and waiting that would have fed everyone at Rath-Morrigan, with enough left over for another meal. There was clothing laid out for my use as well, a man’s robe that had obviously never been worn before, made from the finest silk from over the seas. If I’d been thinking, I would have asked the questions: why so much food for a woman who lived alone? Where did the robe come from, and why? And in all the years that I’d flown over this land, how was it that I had never seen or heard of this baile before, or known of the woman who lived here alone? If I’d been thinking, I would have been alarmed. But I was addled by Arlaith, bewitched by her attentions and by her touch, and I followed her without question.

We arrived, and Arlaith formally granted me guest-right under her roof from dusk ’til dawn. Then she led me through the grand feasting chamber and into her bedchamber, where there was a large bath waiting. Again, she undressed me, waving off her servants so that she could attend me in the bath herself. She was the perfect bath-servant, as she scrubbed my limbs and unbraided my shoulder-length hair, working through the tangles with a heavy horn comb. She held a warmed drying sheet for me when I stepped from the bath, and sat with me before the fire so that she could comb my hair again and rebraid it, threading carved amber-and-gold beads worth a king’s ransom into my hair. When I protested, she silenced me with a kiss, coaxing me to my feet so that she could dress me in the silken robe that was worth even more than the beads. She dressed herself in a similar garment, and led me back out into the feast hall for our meal.

Our meal was served on golden plates, with snow-chilled wine poured into jeweled goblets. I ate and drank without noting what passed through my lips, my eyes on Arlaith, my thoughts already ranging ahead to the promised night in her arms. In the firelight, the robes that we wore were sheer enough that I could see the rose-pink of Arlaith’s nipples, and the hint of darkness betwixt her thighs, and I was certain that she could see my own arousal clearly. Indeed, she gave me a long, appraising look, and then laughed and set her goblet down on the bench next to her.

“Shall we retire, my hero?” she asked, standing and holding her hand out to me. I needed no further encouragement, getting to my feet and then, impulsively, scooping Arlaith up in my arms. She laughed, putting her arms around my neck and nuzzling my ear as I carried her into her bedchamber.

Her bed was everything that she had promised; I laid her down amidst the cushions thinking only that I was the luckiest man in the world, to find favor with such a woman.

I was such a fool.

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>Did you know that when you finish a to-do, if becomes a ta-da?


I just now finished Haunts, the Shadow Unit story I’ve been working on,  and I posted it to the SU forums. And if you haven’t started reading Shadow Unit yet, what is keeping you???

To Write:

* House of Sable Locks (novel, in progress)
* Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series. Currently on hold.)
* Drum Mage
* Professional virgin story (no title as of yet)
* Wandering star story

To Revise

* Prince of Air

To Outline

* Sea Prince (outline in progress)
* Coral Throne
* Hidden Things

To Sell

* Nomad’s Moon
* Exile’s Moon
* Infernal Machine

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