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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!

Use the links below to navigate to all the posts in a particular category:

How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps is out today!

How To Train Your Dom In Five Easy Steps coverI’m sure most of you who follow the blog will have pre-ordered this title (should BDSM be your thing–I know it’s not for everyone!), but I just wanted to post a little squee to say it’s release day at last!

Since I can’t celebrate with anything too naughty at the moment, I’ve just had a proper coffee and biscuit (been on decaf for the last five months, so that was a real treat!). Later Daisy and I will make some chocolate brownies, and I’ll probably just have a quiet night in, but make up for it at the weekend ;)

Anyway, here’s the buy links, should you need them:

Kindle | Kindle UK | Samhain | Nook

And here’s today’s blog tour post–Larissa interviewed me over on her new blog. Remember, every blog tour post will have a winner chosen from the commenters, and you can claim either a couple of back list titles or one of my signed paperbacks as your prize!

http://www.bookwinked.com/interviews/author-interview-and-giveaway-with-josephine-myles/

And here’s the full blog tour itinerary in case you want to catch up:

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

Have a wonderful day, peeps!

Jo x

PS- any Amazon reviews for How to Train Your Dom would be greatly appreciated. They make a huge difference to Amazon’s search and bestseller algorithms, which is why certain publishers who offer free titles to early reviewers always do so well, despite the quality of their stories.

You can’t blame a girl for trying :P

Inexperienced Doms and why I love writing them – the How to Train Your Dom Blog Tour

shy leathermanI’m chatting about inexperienced Doms and why they’re so appealing to write over on It’s About the Book today. Come and share your thoughts for a chance to win the giveaway!

http://itsaboutthebook.com/2014/09/22/how-to-train-your-dom-in-five-easy-steps-blog-tour/

Photo credit:
Leatherman: masterdesigner via photopin cc

Motivation Monday: release week craziness!

Hi everyone! Well, it turned out I was more ill than I thought last week, so I really didn’t manage to get much crossed off the list. Still, I’m feeling healthy now and I’m not worried about falling behind. I use this lists more as a way to motivate myself than anything else, so I don’t get too invested in the idea of actually managing to finish everything. I am now setting myself a “three things a day” mini list, though, so I get at least three important and achievable tasks done every day, in theory. So far, so good. Posting this will be #2 off today’s list :)

So here was last week’s list:

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas. – not a sausage. My brain was too exhausted and fuzzy to concentrate.
  • Do a brief write-up of the signing event up in London this weekend. - Let’s face it, I don’t think this is going to happen now.
  • Write and send in the remaining five How to Train Your Dom blog tour posts.
  • Keep up with my regular blog posts - sort of. I got a vintage smut one scheduled, at any rate :)
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies, but this time focus on my sewing room. – Nope, didn’t get any tidying done!

This week’s aims:

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas.
  • Respond to the comments on my Blog Tour posts each day.
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies and get my sewing/writing room looking pretty.
  • Add new review snippets to the How to Train Your Dom page here on the site.
  • Try not to obsess about release week Amazon rankings…

So, that’s my modest list. Anyone else got any aims or achievements they want to share?

Vintage Smut Sunday: Turn of the century BDSM (m/f and m/f/f erotica, NSFW)

To celebrate the impending release of How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps, I wanted to share some vintage BDSM pics with you. These are from the very early days of photography and all feature women (although there are some men too)–it’s nearly impossible to find any explicit gay photographs from this era, let alone kinky ones.

However, since Jeff, the Dom in the novel, is “straight”, I think he’d approve of this post. Hope you enjoy them too!

For more kinky Vintage Smut Sundays, check out the following posts: http://josephinemyles.com/2012/02/12/vintage-smut-sunday-raiding-the-toy-box-mf-nsfw/ and http://josephinemyles.com/2012/03/18/vintage-smut-sunday-girls-spanking-girls-nsfw/

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Guest post by Sue Brown: Authors don’t need to compete!

FallingForRamosLGI read a blog last week called “Why don’t authors compete?” These paragraphs really stuck in my mind.

“It’s one of the things I’ve always liked best about being a professional writer. The universal recognition that there’s plenty of room for more authors, and that more reading is better than less reading, even if what’s getting read isn’t ours.

It’s not a zero-sum game. It’s an infinite game, one where we each seek to help ideas spread and lives change.”

Even in the smallest genre, there are always readers who love books. Lots of books. They seek out books like moths to a flame. Authors love writing books. Lots of books. We write because we love offering our readers our worlds and our ideas. Our world is infinite.

I looked over my social media today, and authors were promoting other authors’ books, offering giveaways and chatting to their readers. In return readers posted excitedly about new releases and forthcoming books, promo’d by word of mouth, and offered authors the chance to talk about their books.

I’m not a reading snob. I don’t care what you read as long as you enjoy it. Read Voltaire, read Stephenie Meyer. Read what you like. “More reading is better than less reading.”

In reading books we get ideas that shape our world.

Over to you. Do you agree/disagree?

FallingForRamosLGBuylink for Falling for Ramos

Dreamspinner, ARe, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

A glimpse of a group of businessmen in a newspaper tells Colin Hess his old love, Alejandro Ramos, is back in London a decade after they split up.

They met by chance as students, when Colin was pushed into Ramos’s lap at a party. Despite the disapproval from Ramos’s parents, Colin and Ramos were inseparable from that moment and settled in their own place as soon as they finished university.

But when Ramos’s father fell ill, Ramos was forced to return to the family vineyard, leaving Colin behind. When Colin joined him for a holiday, the plans Ramos’s parents had for their son became painfully clear—and those plans did not involve Colin.

Colin knows it would be stupid to rekindle their old love after the devastating end to their relationship. Still, neither can deny that they still have feelings for each other from the minute they meet, and Colin learns the meeting might not be as random as it seemed.

Sue’s bio:

Sue Brown is owned by her dog and two children. When she isn’t following their orders, she can be found plotting at her laptop. In fact she hides so she can plot and has got expert at ignoring the orders.

Sue discovered M/M erotica at the time she woke up to find two men kissing on her favorite television series. The series was boring; the kissing was not. She may be late to the party, but she’s made up for it since, writing fan fiction until she was brave enough to venture out into the world of original fiction.

Sue’s internet links

https://www.facebook.com/suebrownstories?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/suebrownstories

mailto:suebrown.stories@gmail.com

http://suebrownsstories.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=711a0a0202d37ef6

http://www.pinterest.com/suebrownstories/

https://www.goodreads.com/sue_brown

Excerpt:


January 23, 1998

COLIN LOOKED dubiously at the house. “It looks like a squat.”

The venue for the party was a three-story crumbling monstrosity hidden behind a huge overgrown hedge. Compared to the rest of the street, this house looked unloved and definitely out of place.

“So? It’s not the first time we’ve been to a squat.”

Tim dragged Colin to the front door. It was open, and without hesitation Tim went in, swallowed up by the crowds in the hallway. Inside was a pleasant surprise compared to the unprepossessing exterior.

For a split second, Colin was tempted to bail on his friend, but as he hesitated on the doorstep, Tim emerged, grabbed his hand, and dragged him into the maw of the house. Tim didn’t stop until they reached the huge lounge heaving with people. Then he let go of Colin’s hand. “Where is she?”

“Who?”

“Rita, of course.”

Rita was Tim’s current girlfriend. Colin hadn’t met her. He never bothered unless they lasted longer than a week, which was rare for Tim.

“What does she look like?”

“Short, blonde, and stacked.”

No change there, then. Tim had a type.

Colin looked around. “What about that girl over there?”

“Where? Oh yeah, that’s my girl.”

“She’s kissing someone else.”

“What?”

Tim ploughed through the crowd toward Rita with Colin following reluctantly. By the time they arrived, Rita had stopped kissing the other guy and launched herself into Tim’s arms with an ear-piercing “Timmy!”

Tim responded by shoving his tongue down her throat. Colin supposed it was more hygienic than pissing on her leg to claim possession. Still it was gross to watch and went on for a long time. Rather than watch them play tonsil hockey, Colin took the opportunity to survey the room. The usual suspects from his year were there, a couple waving at him as he caught their eye. He was mainly known as the person to call when Tim got out of hand. Colin decided to grab a beer before he settled into a long evening entertaining Rita’s friend. The beer was in large kegs along one wall.

As Colin reached for a plastic tumbler, someone went for the same one and their fingers collided.

“Sorry,” he muttered and pulled back.

“No worries.”

The rolling accent caught Colin’s attention, and he looked up to see the man of his dreams smiling at him. But before he could say anything, Tim appeared, dragging Rita behind him.

“Hey, dickwad. You haven’t met Rita. Beer, great.” Tim reached between Colin and the other man to take the tumbler and filled it up.

Rita caught Colin’s eye and smiled. “Hey, you must be Callum. Great to meet you. Come and meet Kyla.”

“It’s Colin,” he corrected.

She shrugged, obviously uninterested.

Colin smiled apologetically at the guy—who, Christ, pushed every one of his buttons—and let himself be dragged away without a beer, wishing he could touch the other man’s hand again because that brief touch had set all his nerves afire.

Once Kyla established that Colin wasn’t going to be interested in her no matter how much she thrust her cleavage in his face, she huffed and went off to find a guy who knew where to stick his dick. Her words, not Colin’s, who already knew perfectly well where he’d like to stick it. Tim was all over Rita, and that left Colin bored witless and wishing he’d stuck to his guns and stayed on the sofa. His stomach growled every so often to remind him that Tim hadn’t allowed him to finish his dinner. He eventually found a tumbler, filled it with cheap beer, and retreated to a corner so he could drool over Mr. Tall, Dark, and Gorgeous in peace.

Whoever the guy was, he was popular. He’d got a seat on the sofa, and a crowd of people had gathered around him. Colin wished he could be one of those people. He stared down into his half-empty glass. He needed enough alcohol to survive the evening but remain sober enough to get Tim home.

Heading over to the dustbins, the unexpected shove between Colin’s shoulder blades lurched him forward, right into the people by the sofa. They scattered, and he ended up in the lap of Mr. Tall, Dark, and Gorgeous. Normally he wouldn’t mind sitting in the lap of any gorgeous man, but he did prefer it to be consensual, and this man looked anything but happy. Then Colin realized his glass was now empty, the contents emptied down the man’s T-shirt.

The guy looked down at his soaked shirt, and his lips twitched. “I like to drink beer and have my men plastered against my chest. Not the other way round.”

Motivation Monday: uncluttered workplaces

Afternoon, peeps! I’m afraid I’m not feeling all that sparkly today (coming down with a sore throat), but I’ve had a nap and thought I’d get on with some light work-type tasks.

I’ve had a great week. Daisy really enjoyed her field trip away and I spent the time in Bristol with the other half, which was lovely. Then at the weekend we went to a party in Newmarket, which was a long road trip but we had a great time. I’m pleased to report I can still stay up late dancing in heels, despite the size of my bump. Although perhaps an earlier night might have staved off this head cold…

Last week’s aims:

  • Get at least the first 70k of Scrap revised to second draft status.–I got to just over the 40k mark, so not as much as I’d hoped but still over halfway there :)
  • Do a brief write-up of the signing event up in London this weekend. - nope, not yet.
  • Write and send in three of the How to Train Your Dom blog tour posts. - written and will be subbed this afternoon once I’ve found pictures.
  • Brace myself to visit IKEA and pick up some much needed storage items. - a successful trip, despite my misgivings! Also managed to get to some other shops for some more maternity clothes I needed. Everything is black so I’ll be looking like I’m going to a funeral for most of the next three months, but at least it’s a flattering colour on me.
  • Do my daily 20 minute tidies around my computer desk and aim to have the whole thing looking beautiful by the end of the week. I did brilliantly with this task. Two hours worth of tidying in short, 20 minute bursts, and the desk has now been transformed! Check out the before and after pics:

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  • Keep up with my regular blog posts. – I did a Throwback Thursday, but the weekend two didn’t happen. Hey, I’m working my way up to it :)
  • Make some minor adjustments to three maternity dresses and take up Daisy’s new waterproof trousers so they actually fit her. – not had a chance to work on the dresses but actually Daisy’s trousers were fine when I took another look at them.

This week’s aims:

  • Get the second draft of Scrap finished and sent to betas.
  • Do a brief write-up of the signing event up in London this weekend.
  • Write and send in the remaining five How to Train Your Dom blog tour posts.
  • Keep up with my regular blog posts.
  • Carry on with the 20 min tidies, but this time focus on my sewing room. This serves double duty as my other workspace where I write on my laptop (away from the distractions of the internet!), so I really want it to be beautiful and ordered. I find it much easier to concentrate on work when my surroundings are harmonious. Here’s hoping I can work the same kind of magic as I have around the PC this week! Here’s what I’m dealing with at the moment:

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I think that’s plenty! How about the rest of you? Got any plans for your week ahead?

Throwback Thursday: the autumn of 1994

I’m going back twenty years here, with a pic taken of me in a park in Blackpool when I was 17 (I was in a very long-distance relationship with a local at the time). I don’t remember that t-shirt (must have borrowed one of the boyfriend’s), but those DM boots and German army coats were de rigueur among alternative teens at the time. I do very affectionately remember that skirt, though. I bought it in Kensington Market and I think I still have it up in the loft somewhere. It was so soft and comfortable to wear!

Throwback Thursday 1994

Guest Post: Jamie Lake – new m/m author on the scene

Bad Boy coverJamie Lake seems to have burst onto the M/M scene out of nowhere. In no time, he has come out with over 12 different books each of them becoming a reader favorite. Today Jamie’s answering questions from readers about his books, especially his newest series Bad Boy and what makes them so popular with m/m readers.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Bad Boy series, tell us about it.

It’s the story of a really hot teacher who becomes desperate for money when his hours are cut and the only choice he has is to moonlight as an erotic masseuse for men. The problem is, he has to keep is profession a secret from the school and it’s right when he meets the guy of his dreams, who happens to be not only one of his student’s dads but also a cop.

In Book 3 of Bad Boy, Peter’s roommate Anton is so obnoxious but I had no idea what happened to him would happen. Are you worried about the fans reactions?

No, I wanted the readers to be shocked and also, sometimes we just want annoying characters to go away. This was one way to do it that I think made Peter’s situation, which was already complex, even worse.

Chip seems almost like the perfect guy, it almost makes me wonder why he ends up with someone like Peter, who although he’s sweet too, has such a complicated life.  How did you manage to make both of them so appealing?

I think you can’t help fall in love with who you fall in love with. I say this, first hand. We all come with baggage, some more than others and I think in Peter, Chip sees right away that he’d make the perfect partner. He sees past all of Chip’s bullshit and the secrets he’s clearly hiding and sees who he could be if only with a little support from him.

Chip’s son Johnny is so cute and the fact that he starts out as Peter’s student was a nice twist. The thing I wondered about is that Chip is so open about his relationship and the fact that he loves men to with his son. Did you worry about that any?

I think a dream guy in the m/m world for me is someone who is totally comfortable with who he is. That’s Chip all the way. He’s a macho guy but he knows he’s gay and he doesn’t care if people don’t like it. He even says in the book that he’s very open with his son. I don’t think he wants Johnny to grow up ashamed of his son. Plus, if you look at the younger generation, no one really cares if someone is gay or not. That’s the world, I think that he hopes his son Johnny will grow up in.

You often write about very masculine men, rather than men that are more effeminate, why is that?

I personally am more attracted to masculine men than effeminate ones but there are some super hot effeminate ones too. Many of my readers are more into macho guys too, so I like to make them happy. There’s one series I wrote called Stay Always where the main character is more softer than than macho. So, you can be hot either way.

Where can we get a copy of Bad Boy?

You can get it exclusively on Amazon http://bit.ly/BADBOYNOVEL1 or email me at JamieLakeNovels AT gmail.

Interested in writing a guest post for Jo’s blog? Just contact Rach (Jo’s PR Bitch™) at rachmaybury@hotmail.com