A World Apart (Shades Below, #1) is now live on Amazon!
A World Apart (Shades Below, #1) is now live on Amazon!
Let’s get to it
Strike a pose
There’s nothing to it
Happy 25th Birthday
(admit it – you love this video)
(ok – maybe you don’t, but I do)
I usually wait till the last minute to share bits of my novel (what if I change things? What if I wind up deleting it? Is it too spoilery? *worry worry worry*)
But not this time!
Today, I just finished writing down a chapter that I absolutely love, that is practically, almost perfect, and deserves a lovely little teaser to titillate all the nice folk (im)patiently waiting for Book 4 of the Outsider Chronicles.
It’s a fact that I’ve argued with many and will defend until…
well until whenever
I make no bones about my affection
nor do I apologize for it
I think she is such a badass
and I’ll take her over Beyonce
and Bey’s goody-two shoes act any day
And when I spied RiRi wearing these
the other day
my cold-cold heart got a little tingly
you love these
you want these
you need these
because really now
who doesn’t need some
Did you know Saturday, March 14th, has been crowned Steak and BJ Day, a celebration of two things guys love – steak and blow jobs.
And falling exactly one month after Valentine’s, Steak and BJ Day’s existence suggests to me that it’s assumed that holiday – the pink and red and chocolaty one – is really for women and we love it
Eh, not so much.
For real – because let me tell you, I fucking hate Valentine’s Day.
Have always hated it.
and I kinda think it’s for losers or those lame, sappy couples I would never, ever want to be.
now I’m passing judgment, which I swore I wouldn’t do, but sometimes it slips. Shit happens.
Anyway, back to Steak and BJ Day
I gotta say, I’m down
and it sounds all kinds of awesome.
It’s not sappy and saccharine
or just goddamned annoying.
It’s straightforward and in your face – pun intended – and I like that.
And for the record, some of us girls really love our steak and blow jobs.
Add a cake and cunnilingus day to the calendar and 2015 is going to be a fucking stellar year.
Today, is the third tour stop in Kendall Bailey’s Iditarod Blog tour, and since we’re smack dab in the middle of it all, it’s only right that we pause and take some time to pick Kendall’s brain a little (in a non-zombie like manner, of course).
Kendall’s newest work is a piece of short fiction, Sled Dogs. It’s a gruesome, bloody read (find it HERE) that may have you looking at the Iditarod in a totally different light.
Now, let’s get to the questions!
The Write Bitches: How would you describe Sled Dogs to those who haven’t read it yet?
Kendall Bailey: It’s a guilty pleasure story for people who like 80’s horror movies. It addresses no serious issues and is 100% plot driven. Sled Dogs is a gory good time.
TWB: How did the idea for Sled Dogs come about?
My wife and I took a cruise to Alaska for our honeymoon a few years ago and we visited a musher camp like the one in the story. While we were there I kept thinking, “What if these dogs went crazy and started eating people? We wouldn’t stand a chance!” It was the first story idea I ever had that I had to complete before I could concentrate on anything else. I actually wrote the story a few years ago but never published it, until now.
TWB: What surprised you most as you were writing Sled Dogs?
How long it took to finish the first draft. I think it was because I was brand new to writing, connecting the whole story together was a real challenge. I knew some of the high points I wanted to hit, but stringing those together was tough.
Second surprise was, when I went back to edit, how awful the first draft was. This story has been through four or five revisions over the last three years. There are still things I’d like to tweak, but there comes a time to walk away.
TWB: When did you first realize that writing was something you wanted to do?
After high school. It’s difficult to pin the year. I hated writing in school because it was nothing but assignments and I didn’t want to write things that HAD to be done.
It was a combination of things that got me interested in writing. One of my friends from high school was into screen writing, and we were roommates for awhile — so that’s part of it. I really liked the movie Orange County when it came out. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about a kid who wants to be a writer. And then I discovered Hunter S. Thompson and Chuck Palahniuk. They taught me about style and showed me that there are no rules when it comes to what can be a story.
TWB: What’s your usual writer’s schedule like? Are you an Outliner, or do you let the characters lead you where they may?
My schedule is chaotic at best. We have a two year old so he dictates when, how often, and for how long I am able to write.
I like to plot a little and let the story run from there. I usually have an idea of certain things that need to happen but I don’t always know from the start how I’m going to get there. (As I mentioned above with writing Sled Dogs.) I’ve tried to be a plotter, but I usually come up with a better idea once I learn more about my characters and have to scrap a lot of planning. To counter that, I quit planning. The only times I seriously plot a story is right at the beginning and if I get stuck somewhere.
I do have a ritual for figuring out where to go. It comes from Aaron Sorkin’s show Sports Night. Near the end of the series there’s this company that’s going to purchase the cable sports network the show revolves around. The name of the company is Quo Vadimus, which is Latin for “Where are we going?” I am a huge Aaron Sorkin fan, so I will say that to myself, almost like a mantra. “Quo vadimus, quo vadimus, quo vadimus–” slowly, over and over until something comes to me.
TWB: Name some of your favorite novels and why.
Ender’s Game – One of the best books I’ve ever read. I bought the paperback and loved it. I downloaded the audiobook on my iPod and have listened to that more times than I can count. This novel is what sparked my interest in military history, which lead me to Robert Greene, which lead me to the 48 Laws of Power, which plays heavily in my next novel.
Dune – The best sci-fi book EVER!
Less Than Zero – Brett Easton Ellis’s debut novel was one of the first I read out of high school and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I reread it every once in awhile. I think because it was one of my first it has held a place in my heart.
The Sun Also Rises – Yes, I have a thing for debut novels. But the debut novel of a writer as good as Hemingway, forget about it! Another book I’ve read multiple times. I am pretty sure this novel is a substitute for food, it’s that satisfying.
TWB: Contribute to our Wall of Flame, share with us some of your favorite Sexy Bastards, and Bitches!
I’ll give you one of each.
Khal Drogo – the Genghis Kahn of Game of Thrones
Lana Kane – Because how could I not?
I’ve got a water bottle, remote control, and an end table. I will use the end table like a lion tamer uses a stool…
I will then be eaten by the dogs.
Twitter – @KBaileyWriter
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Has anyone else heard of this series on YouTube?
Basically, complete strangers are asked to kiss each other on camera. No preamble. No prior introductions. Just “Hi, my name is ____. Let’s make out.”
It’s a funny, awkward-sounding concept… and the results are surprisingly poignant.
See for yourself:
Today is Wednesday, and while this isn’t exactly a woman crush post, I decided to let someone pretty cool take the reins for a bit.
Chevoque (whose name I absolutely love though I’m afraid to say it out loud *cough* name murder *cough*) is an Erotic Romance author. She debuted last year and already has six books available read, either home alone *suggestive eyebrows* or on the go.
Okay, I’m done blabbing away now. Let’s have Chevoque speak for herself.
Why Erotic Romance?
Even my mum has asked me this question and the simple answer is, why not? I love the genre immensely, as I hated reading a Romance novel that inevitably got to the ‘and one thing lead to another’ scene that would leave you wondering what ‘it’ lead to. No joke, I’ve read a few books with these scenes and to this day I still have no idea what the characters actually did, as most ended in the lounge with innuendos. (In my mind many things could have happened.)
I also think that the world still sees Erotic Romance as an unmentionable genre or see it as just being a written form of porn. There might be a lot of well-known authors in this genre, but many people you meet on a day-to-day basis draw their noses up at the mention of it. I am still sometimes reluctant to say I write Erotic Romance as I’m afraid of how people would react. But while I still want to explore other genres, Erotic Romance is where my heart lies, as I want people to see that it is not less worthy than any other genre.
With any book there needs to be character development and story progression, otherwise you can just look at a plant grow. What I try bringing to the Erotic Romance genre, is to use one of the most basic human instincts and show that with its beauty, it can help a person overcome their demons. We all take on new challenges in life without knowing where it might lead, as the power is not in our hands and we become the slaves in our own worlds of doubt. By fighting your own demons and finding that you are capable of much more, you begin to see yourself as more worthy and that is what my main purpose is with every book I write. (Just like so most books in other genres)
All in all, I think Erotic Romance, is a genre (like any other) you either see as ‘porn’ or as a beautiful love story, based on how comfortable you personally are about sexuality and sexual expression. That is why I stand with the opinion that Erotic Romance isn’t porn when it has a purpose to show love in its most honest and purest forms.
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