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Motivation Monday

Where I post about what I aim to get done this next week, along with a brief update on how I did with my aims for the previous week. Will include writing as well as craft related stuff, and will be functioning like a master “to do” list, and hopefully replacing the myriad scribblings on backs of envelopes currently covering my desk…

Throwback Thursday

I’m already posting old pics of myself once a week on Facebook, but I’ll start sharing them here too, you lucky people :P

Social Saturday

This will be the real life update part of what was formerly Update Monday. Expect cute Daisy pics on a regular basis. And please, come along and share what you’ve been up to. I love to hear what all my regular commenters are up to!

Vintage Smut Sunday

Because I adore vintage porn and have been collecting it wherever I can. I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite drawings or photographs each week. I can’t guarantee it will happen every week as it takes me ages to set up these posts, but I’ll do my best as it’s such fun!

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Interview With KJ Charles

Good day to you all, Rach here, as Jo is off lounging round a pool in sunny Spain I’m hijacking her blog! Here’s my interview with the lovely KJ Charles whose A Charm of Magpies Series is a firm favourite of mine and Jo’s.

Rachel
Welcome, I was going to offer you tea or coffee but it seems champagne is in order! Massive congratulations on your publishing deal with Loveswept for your Society of Gentlemen trilogy. You must be very excited, it’s a double whammy, being that it’s going to be Loveswept’s first queer romance.

KJ
I’m absolutely thrilled. I feel very strongly that queer and het romance should be published side by side and I’m so happy that the big publishers are starting to do that. And obviously I’m thrilled to be in the vanguard of this. I just hope I can do a suitably good job to fly the flag…

Rachel
As a huge fan I’m extremely excited too!
It’s only been just over a year since The Magpie Lord was released, did you ever think then that a year later you would be writing full-time?

KJ
Good grief, no. I expected Magpie Lord to sell about 12 copies. I was amazed by the reception it got. I started wondering what it would take to go full-time in spring, when it became apparent that I had my writing mojo back. We set a date of Christmas to look at the money, but I was very unhappy in my job, and then I got signed by the wonderful Deidre Knight, my agent, and my husband said, the hell with it, hand in your notice and give it a try. That obviously was extremely scary, so it was, on the whole, pretty nice to flog a trilogy to Loveswept within a month of leaving the job.

Rachel
Hahaha yes I can imagine, and a relief! The Magpie Lord was the first full length historical I’d read, I never thought I’d be interested in reading them, it was only Jo who convinced me and since then historical has become one of my favourite genres. So thank you for the introduction.
There are 3 Charm of Magpie books and a novella, is Flight going to be the last outing of Lord Crane and the lovely Stephen Day?

KJ
Oooh. Well. There’s the novella (which is Charm of Magpies 2.5, but publisher reasons) in January. Then, in February, there’s Jackdaw, which basically tells the story of Jonah, one of the villains from Flight of Magpies. Which is fun because just as Jonah is Stephen and Crane’s antagonist in Flight, they turn up as the antagonists in Jackdaw. Well, the hero and the villain all depend on which way you look at the story, after all. /evil grin/
So Stephen and Crane will be back for that. Otherwise, not sure. I think the story arc that began in Magpie Lord is finished, definitely, but there are doubtless adventures to be had and the world opening up for them. I’ve nothing planned, but it’s not ruled out, put it that way!

Rachel
I’m really looking forward to reading all about Jonah and Ben in Jackdaw, it’s going to be interesting to see Stephen as the villain (though I’m sure I’ll adore him just the same). Is Jackdaw a standalone?

KJ
It is a standalone, definitely. It wasn’t a book I planned to write at all, the story just took hold of me, but I’m really happy with it. In part, it was such enormous fun to show Crane and Stephen from the outside. When you aren’t privy to their thoughts and feelings and care, and when you’re on the wrong side, Stephen can be quite the bastard. Just as Jonah is*not* hero material in Flight of Magpies…

Rachel
I’m glad we only have few months to wait.
You have another duo that are much-loved, will we be hearing some more from The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal?

KJ
Oh yes. Discussion is underway, so I can’t confirm anything on dates, but there will be a full set of Simon Feximal stories coming. It’ll be a kind of novel in short stories, various cases and happenings to cover about five years of their lives. I already know how it’s going to end. I’ll be writing those in between the Regency trilogy, keep my hand in with Victorian paranormal…

Rachel
Excellent! We definitely need more of them.
I’ll let you go in just a minute Just a couple of quick ones for you.
What’s your favourite genre to read?
Who is your automatic buy author?

KJ
Historical and fantasy all the way, and ideally both. I’m not a massive contemporary reader generally. Autobuy authors…Alexis Hall, Harper Fox, Jordan L Hawk, Alex Beecroft, to name but four.
I hardly ever touch BDSM as it mostly just isn’t me, but I really enjoyed How to Train Your Dom. Very human and likeable and really interesting power balances!

Rachel
Ahh yes, I loved it too, though I’m slightly biased lol!
Thank you so much for your time, I’m going to go curl up on my sofa with Flight now :)
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Motivation Monday: getting my energy back

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t been posting this last couple of weeks. I was absolutely wiped out by tiredness and thought I must have been coming down with something, but then found out that I had borderline anaemia, which explained everything. I don’t know why I never recognise the symptoms as I’ve had it before–poor iron absorption runs in my family. Anyway, over the last few days I’ve started to get my energy back as I’ve been taking plenty of extra iron, but I’ve been taking things easy and getting as much rest as I can. This is why I didn’t get much writing work done this last couple of weeks.

But this weekend has been lovely, as I went on a “not at GRL” spa retreat with some other writers and readers: Rachel Maybury, Anna Martin, Jay Northcote, Lily G. Blunt and Annabelle Jacobs. We had a lovely time being pampered, hanging out in the hot tub and eating good food. I’ve come home refreshed, and with plenty of inspiration for future projects. Can’t wait to get started on my next novelette!

spa retreat girlsSo, here’s what I actually managed to get crossed off my last “to do” list:

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas. - It was such a good feeling to get this sent off to betas and to my Samhain editor. Whew! Only a couple of weeks overdue ;)
  • Add new review snippets to the How to Train Your Dom page here on the site - nope.
  • Do some exercise every weekday–either a long walk or my pregnancy exercise DVD - nope. Too tired.
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies and get the kitchen craft shelves more organised – ditto.

This week’s aims:

  • Complete first round of Samhain content edits on Scrap.
  • Start work on next short novella (provisional title: Locked Out)
  • Add new review snippets to the How to Train Your Dom page here on the site.
  • Make Daisy an Anna from Frozen dressing up outfit.
  • Host two birthday parties for Daisy: one for family on Sunday, and one for her friends on Monday. I don’t have enough room in the house to have everyone at once.
  • Do some exercise every weekday–either a long walk or my pregnancy exercise DVD.

Yep, it’s Daisy’s ninth birthday next Monday, so I know much of my week will be dominated by prepping for her parties and getting her presents made and wrapped. I just want to make it a truly special day for her, especially as I’ll be off to Spain without her for a short break the following day! So if you don’t hear from me next Monday, just assume it’s because I’m up to my eyeballs in packing summer clothes and prepping party food :)

Oh yes, and I have round 2 of the dreaded dental treatment on Wednesday. Yay…

What are you all up to this week?

Jo xxx

 

 

Release Day Interview with Anna Martin & MJ O’Shea

Today is the debut of a new series of interviews hosted by my fabulous book buddy, PR Bitch, and all round star, Rachel Maybury. Rach will be inviting a number of authors we’ve both enjoyed to have a chat about their books, and today is the turn of Anna Martin and MJ O’Shea on the release of the first in their new series, Macarons at Midnight. This interview is a (slightly edited) transcript of what took place on Facebook chat :)

Take it away, Rach…

Rachel: Welcome ladies, take a seat, make yourselves comfortable, tea? Coffee? G&T?

Anna: GIN. always gin.

Rachel: No Sober for October for you then Anna?

Anna: Nope. It’s Halloween this month! Halloween night out will be epic.

Mj: Oh and I have blueberry hibiscus tea with almond milk. that sounded really Washington didn’t it…

Anna: No comment.

Rachel: Keeping it simple then

Mj: Always! I’m a tea addict. I haven’t had coffee in a while so tea! all the way.

Rachel: Always fruit tea or do you drink English tea too?

Mj: I should send you a picture of my tea collection you’d laugh
the answer is yes. I drink it all.

Anna: (I’m already laughing)
(with you, not at you )

Rachel: Yes I need a pic! Lol!

Mj: Okay lol. two seconds. My kitchen is around the corner. Continue reading

Motivation, Mon… erm, Tuesday

I have to admit, this hasn’t been my most productive week. Things have kept cropping up, and then I had my dental treatment on Thursday which wiped me out for days afterwards. It was a root planing to remove an acute gum infection, and the appointment was two hours long. I didn’t feel a thing (thank you, private dentistry and effective anaesthetics!) but it was still a traumatic experience and I’m not particularly looking forward to getting the left side of my mouth treated in a few weeks. I also now have to use an intimidating array of interdental brushes twice a day for the rest of my life if I want to keep my teeth. It takes me 20 minutes to brush my teeth now!

Then I had some time on Sunday afternoon to work, but ended up having to deal with a website issue. Someone had recently hacked into the site and inserted malware hidden away in the code, redirecting mobile browsers to a porn site instead of my website. Fortunately after scratching my head for an hour or so, someone reminded me of a lovely IT expert I met at Eroticon, and he was able to fix it all for me within a couple of hours, and for a very reasonable price. Site security is now greatly improved, but please do let me know if you notice anything that isn’t as it should be. I will always take action!

Then yesterday I had a midwife appointment in the morning (all is well for me and the babe!), but instead of being able to work for the rest of the day, I ended up having to drive the boyfriend back to work in Bristol as his car broke down in my driveway. Still, that’s life as a self-employed writer for you. You can never predict what’s going to scupper your plans for work!

Anyway, here’s what I’d hoped to get done:

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas. – I did get another couple of sections sent out, but still have a quarter of the novel left to work on.
  • Respond to the comments on my last two Blog Tour posts. – Don’t think I ever got to the last one. Bad me!
  • Add new review snippets to the How to Train Your Dom page here on the site. – Nope
  • Do some exercise every weekday–either a long walk or my pregnancy exercise DVD. – Nope. Was too tired.
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies and get the kitchen craft shelves more organised. – Ditto
  • Work on clearing garden waste and taking it to the tip (with help!) – Yes! Having help made all the difference.
  • Go to IKEA and buy frames, plant pots and bathroom storage. – Yes!
  • Get up into the loft (with help!) and check out how much baby stuff I have left. – Yes! But very little baby stuff left. Will definitely have to go and buy lots of new things.

This week’s aims:

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas.
  • Add new review snippets to the How to Train Your Dom page here on the site.
  • Do some exercise every weekday–either a long walk or my pregnancy exercise DVD.
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies and get the kitchen craft shelves more organised.

This week’s aims are simply the things I didn’t get done last week :)

How about the rest of you? Did you have a productive week, or are you planning one?

Vintage Kinks finish off the How to Train Your Dom Blog Tour

How To Train Your Dom In Five Easy Steps coverI’ve blogged over on the fantastic Love Bytes Reviews about two kinks with a long history that Eddie and Jeff indulge in.

And this is the last post, so your last chance to win either a couple of backlist titles or a signed paperback. Comment over there for a chance to win!

http://lovebytesreviews.com/2014/10/01/blog-post-guestpost-giveaway-josephine-myles-how-to-train-a-dom-in-5-easy-steps/

Many of the other posts still have open giveaways. Check out the itinerary here.

 

Motivation Monday: I survived release week!

Despite my illness lingering last week (perhaps it’s a virus as I still can’t quite seem to shift it), I did manage to get a fair amount of things done.

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas – I didn’t get this done, but I did work on an extra section which required two new scenes writing.
  • Respond to the comments on my Blog Tour posts each day – I think I did pretty well with this one. Better than I did for the last blog tour, anyway!
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies and get my sewing/writing room looking pretty - Success! It’s now beautifully organised (including the contents of the drawers) and a much nicer place to work in–both sewing and writing. I still want to get more stuff up on the walls, move the bathroom stuff through to the bathroom (need somewhere in there to store it first, though) and change the curtains, but I’m really happy with the results so far. Check out the before and after pics:

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Love my new boxes for organising the smaller stuff on my shelves, including all my threads. Am trying to inject some colour into the room to cheer it up a bit too, as it’s quite dark in there what with it facing north east and having overhanging eaves.
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20mintidy5 I got this new pinboard up too, which I was really pleased with. Just what I needed to organise all those scraps of paper!

  • Add new review snippets to the How to Train Your Dom page here on the site – Yep. There are a few more still to add from the last few days, but I got lots up there.
  • Try not to obsess about release week Amazon rankings – I was very good, only heading over once or twice a day. And it’s been doing very well, hanging around in the top 20 of the Amazon and ARe bestseller lists :)

This week’s aims:

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas.
  • Respond to the comments on my last two Blog Tour posts.
  • Add new review snippets to the How to Train Your Dom page here on the site.
  • Do some exercise every weekday–either a long walk or my pregnancy exercise DVD.
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies and get the kitchen craft shelves more organised. This is what they look like at the moment:

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  • Work on clearing garden waste and taking it to the tip (with help!)
  • Go to IKEA and buy frames, plant pots and bathroom storage.
  • Get up into the loft (with help!) and check out how much baby stuff I have left.

So, that’s my (possibly over-ambitious) list. Anyone else got any aims or achievements they want to share?

Vintage Smut Sunday: Poseurs standing tall (NSFW, gay erotica)

This set of pictures are all of two naked men standing and posing together. You find a lot of these sorts of pics in very early gay erotica–probably because the photographers could get away with claiming it was “art” if the men weren’t hard. These kind of pics are generally highly posed and stylised, but even though there might not be as much spontaneity as I enjoy in other pictures, they often make up for it with all those arty qualities I admire in photographs. I suppose it’s easier to get the lighting and composition right when you’re dealing with people standing still.

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Rude Britannia–the How to Train Your Dom Blog Tour stops at On Top Down Under

The ButtsToday I’m sharing a few of my favourite local place names and talking about where I got my inspiration for the (mostly fictional) Somerset locations in the book. Head over there and share your favourite amusing place names for a chance to win the giveaway!

http://ontopdownunderbookreviews.com/guest-post-and-giveaway-by-josephine-myles-rude-britannia-and-writing-rural-england-how-to-train-your-dom-in-five-easy-steps-blog-tour/

And here’s the link to the full Blog Tour itinerary in case you need to catch up on some of the other posts:

http://josephinemyles.com/published-stories/novels-and-novellas/how-to-train-your-dom-in-five-easy-steps/blog-tour/

PS – the book is doing incredibly well–already a bestseller on All Romance eBooks and in the top 10 for Gay Romance on Amazon on both sides of the pond. Yay! Huge thanks to everyone who’s bought a copy :D

Blog Tour stop 5: Researching BDSM

leather kissIt’s the fifth stop on the tour today, and I’ll be sharing some of my ideas about how writers can research BDSM even when they don’t live the lifestyle, and resolutely refusing to give a straight answer as to whether or not I do :P

Comment on the post at Rainbow Gold Reviews to be in with a chance of winning today’s giveaway:

http://rainbowgoldreviews.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/how-to-train-your-dom-in-5-easy-steps-josephinemyles-lgbt-guestpost/

And you can catch up on the full blog tour itinerary here:

http://josephinemyles.com/published-stories/novels-and-novellas/how-to-train-your-dom-in-five-easy-steps/blog-tour/

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