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Quickie!

This is just a quick post to let you all know that “Melting the Ice” is now available on Amazon Kindle for purchase and download. Someone had asked in the comments – Dawn, it’s there for you now! – and I’d received a few emails from readers. So there you go. Go buy it. Go on, go and get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh and one other thing, the next chapter for “Breaking Through the Ice” should be posted tomorrow. You know how I adore the feedback.

Gah! This game is stressing me out. I just wish someone would score already… And how dare the Lightning make Max bleed?!?! Ack.

OK. Back to writing and freaking out over the game. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Take care and happy reading.

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Monday Blaaaahhh…

Hello all.

Happy Monday to you. Or if you’re east of me by about…five and a half hours, good Tuesday morning. Gah. I’m terrible with time zones. ๐Ÿ™‚ Either way, I’m glad you’re here. So to speak. Well, I think that clinches it. If you’ve come here to read this latest post in the hopes that I’ll wow you with something intelligent…you might want to just move along.

I don’t know what it is tonight. Too much turkey over the weekend? Not enough REM? Not enough writing of the romantic tales??? Heaven forbid. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to post tonight but I said I’d try to keep up with this blog and this is me keeping up. Barely.ย I’m doing all right, actually. Just tired. Long weekend + rain clouds on Monday afternoon = Blah. ๐Ÿ™‚ See? Intelligent, no? hahaha

I’m watching the Penguins-Tampa game right now. Anyone following the NHL playoffs out there? I know I asked this last time, but now that a few teams have been eliminated (Down with Anaheim!! HAHAHA!) I wonder if anyone has switched sides. Or maybe that’s saying it the wrong way. Have you decided to throw your support behind another team if your team is now out? It’s not easy, I can relate. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do enjoy just watching the games, no matter which teams are playing. I love the sounds, I love to see the crowds getting into the games. I could do without the chatter from the commentators sometimes but hey, that’s why the mute button was invented. And to think, the playoffs are going to be done in another five or six weeks and then we’ll all be waiting until October! *gasp* I’ll manage. Why do you think I started writing those hockey stories in the first place?

On this past Friday, I went to my family’s place just outside of town for a big family dinner. My dad, brother and I are all into the hockey. Surprised? I know. Canadian family loves hockey? Practically unheard of. Anyway, my brother was telling me about his hockey pool that he’d joined and who his picks were, etc, etc. I told him about mine, he bugged me about my choices, I bugged him. It doesn’t matter that we’re both in our thirties now, competition in our family never dies. I made a comment about how I thought it would be exciting/good for Nashville to win the first round. Not because I like them all that much but because I can’t stand Anaheim. Don’t know if you caught that above. ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, I told my brother that and he being the contradictory dude that he is, decided he’d cheer for Anaheim then. I wanted to call him today to rub it in but I didn’t. I’m happy with the moral victory.

OK, OK. Enough about hockey. I can see you all rolling your eyes. Don’t even try to deny it.

Oh, one more thing. Game’s back on and I miss #87. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

I suppose I should mention that I submitted another chapter of “Breaking Through the Ice” on Literotica. It should appear on the site on Thursday, like usual. I’m still not finished writing the entire story but I’m close. I know how I want it to end. The funny thing about being overfed and sleep-deprived is that I tend to have my creative brainwaves. I was flip-flopping on how I wanted to end the story with Drew and Mina and I’d been bouncing ideas off my friend-

GOAL FOR PITTSBURGH!!! YEAH!!!

Ahem. Where was I? Oh yeah. So I was bouncing some different ideas off my friend (and editor) and she had some ideas as well. The thing was, I’m at the point in the story where I could drag things on for a while, either with them being happy-in-love-

Dammit all to hell and back. Tampa just scored. Ugh.

Sorry, sorry. So I’m at the point where I move things along or not. Well, I can’t end it where I have it now but I don’t want to go on and on. I was waffling on how to continue it until I had my brainwave. I won’t tell you what the brainwave was. You’ll just have to read it when it posts. I think I’m up to nine chapters at the moment. So there. You have all that to look forward to. I never expected to have it go on this long but I don’t mind the pace and so far, the reader reaction is favorable. How about all of you? Have you read it? What do you think? You do realize the only reason we write for the free websites is to get the feedback, you know. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, that’s why I do it. And I just have to write.

Wow, OK, I think I’ve gone on long enough here. I hope this post finds you all well and satiated after the Easter weekend. I’ll be talking to you all later.

Take care and happy reading. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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“Melting The Ice” Release

Great news! The hockey romance anthology I told you about last time is now available for purchase through Republicapress.com – click on the link to the right to go right to my page there. The compilation with Eve McFadden is titled “Melting the Ice” and features four stories previously posted on Lit, that some of you may have seen before. If not, now’s your chance to buy and read the stories for the first time.

Eve and I each wrote two stories. Her two contributions are first in the book. The first one is “Ghosts of the Forum” and it was an award-winning submission on Lit last year, I believe. The second one is “Game Misconduct,” which is my favorite of the two, personally. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For my part, I chose “Tip of the Iceberg” and “Uncovering the Ice.” Both have been reworked extensively, and for the better, I assure you. You will see the differences if you’d read them before. I was thinking earlier today that I might do a post at some later date with the ‘cut scenes’ from each story, just for fun. I was particularly attached to some of the larger scenes that were cut from each so I’d love to share them some day.

In other news, my full-time job is keeping me busy and in the best way. Over this past weekend, the company I work for, a small, family-oriented, tight-knit company, had a very big night on Saturday. We attended an awards show and won a very prestigious award. I can’t give details because I want to preserve some anonymity here. ๐Ÿ™‚ You understand, right? Thought so. Anyway, it was a huge deal for us all and I’m still reeling from the sense of accomplishment and recognition. THEN, to top it off, our book gets released today??? If I get one more hunk of good news chucked at me, I might just keel over. No more stories…

Naaaaawwww. I’m just kidding.

Now I’m off to submit the next chapter to “Breaking Through the Ice.” It should – all things considered – be on-line at Lit by Thursday but keep an eye out for it.

Oh, and one other thing, this is strange but my story submission “Trading Ice” was taken off my Lit page for some reason. I think the error may have been mine. I did recently remove several stories – which I’m sure a few of you noticed – but “Trading Ice” was not one of them. I’ll have a quick look over my copy and resubmit so it should be reposted soon. It was an anonymous poster who pointed that out, so if it was YOU, thank you!! I might never have noticed otherwise.

OK, seriously. I have to go now. Stop prolonging the conversation. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love you guys! Thanks for all your comments and subscriptions. You know I love hearing from you all! Now get out of here and go buy my book. Luv ya!

Take care and happy reading!

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“Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s hockey night tonight…”

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I hope this post finds you all well and thank you to everyone so far who’s subscribed. I hope I can keep you all sufficiently entertained.

This is just a quickie post to let you know that the first chapter of my new story is up at Literotica. Click on the link to the right here and check out chapter one of “Breaking Through the Ice.” I hope you enjoy it!

In other news, PennLady (a.k.a. Eve McFadden) and myself are hard at work on our very first hockey romance anthology. It is due to be released tomorrow but I’m not sure if that’s for sure now. I’ll keep you posted. At the very worst, it might release some time over the weekend. We wanted it to coincide with NHL playoffs.

Speaking of which…who’s rooting for who? My team didn’t quite make it – and I still love them to bits! – and I’m not emotionally attached to any of the candidates right now. I did enter a hockey pool and so I guess by default, I’m rooting for Vancouver (Ugh) and Washington. Washington mostly just because PL’s such a big fan. ๐Ÿ™‚

And now I should get back to writing and finishing “Breaking Through the Ice.” I hope to see you all around here in the days and weeks to come!

Take care and happy reading!
Tamara.

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Welcome!

Having never done this before, I found myself at a loss about how to begin. I slept on it, which is always a good idea, by the way, and decided that the easy way to begin is to tell you a little about myself. Some of you have been reading my stories for years and some of you had absolutely no idea that I was writing them. Everyone who reads this now hopefully knows that I’ve been published. My first novel, published through Republica Press is called “Agent Alpha” and the sequel is “Undercover.” I hope you’ll read them!

That’s all the product plugging you’ll see from me on that. Of course, in the future, I hope to have more publication news to share with you and I hope that you’ll use this blog as a way to stay updated about my books.

I’ve always been a bit of a writer. Growing up, I’d make up back stories for my toys. The My Little Ponies weren’t just plastic horses with oddly large eyes, they were Sam and Mary and had rebellious streaks a mile wide. Sounds silly but eventually I worked my imagination into the written word. So the stories became less about the toys and more about the fantasy worlds I created.

My first typewriter was an old-school, manual, ink-ribbon typewriter. I wrote my first novels on that thing before I was fifteen. (Actually, come to think of it, I wrote my first novels longhand, complete with shoddy coverart.) Then I graduated to an electric typewriter and wrote even more. Eventually I joined the mainstream around age twenty-one and got a computer. That made writing and formatting considerably easier. This may not sound all that impressive, but I was still using a typewriter in 2001, when computers were, well, everywhere.

In any case, I eventually sought an outlet for my writing. I couldn’t bring myself to share with friends or family. It would have been too embarrassing if what I wrote turned out to be utter garbage. On the other hand, I may never have known just how bad it was if my family and friends couldn’t give me honest opinions. I knew I liked what I wrote but that didn’t mean it would be popular with the general public.

Surfing the web at random one night brought me to Literotica. I became a reader first, a fan and ‘regular’ of certain authors already on the site. Then I decided to take the plunge and post something myself. My first effort was terrible, I’ll readily admit it. It received mixed reviews at best, but some encouraging enough for me to continue. So I did.

I’ve made a few friends through the website, people I still chat with off and on, and I enjoy getting the feedback from everyone who comments. I’ve branched out from the one site and now also submit my short work to Erotica Republic. Again, I’ve met some people through that site and it was through ER’s partner site, Republica Press that I published “Agent Alpha.” Erotica Republic has since closed down. The owners of the site wanted to devote all their time and energy to the publishing site instead.

I hope in the future to publish more in that series, as well as other novels in different genres. Any writer will agree that we can’t just write on one topic or in one theme. Many of us have multiple things on the go at any given time and the real work is in deciding what to devote the majority of our time to.

Let’s see now…what else can I share about myself that won’t bore you…

I’m an avid reader. At time I have a dilemma in deciding between writing my own stuff or reading something someone else has written. I try to strike a balance and having a full-time job keeps me too busy and tired to do either sometimes.

My absolute favourite author is Guy Gavriel Kay. He’s written several books and he has a fascinating way of taking a period in history and creating a fantasy story around it. I bought his latest, “Under Heaven,” recently and I’m trying to get through my current book so I can start on that one.

Some of the other authors I enjoy reading are Diana Gabaldon, Jennifer Roberson, L.J. Smith โ€“ I read her novels before she became popular again and before the TV show started โ€“ Christopher Moore is another fantastic writer. I’d recommend “Lamb” to everyone. Seriously, go read it. I’ll wait here.

Let’s see, who else do I read regularly… Jane Austen of course. I can read and reread her classics any time. Tamora Pierce, Morgan Llywelyn, Scott Lynch โ€“ he’s only got two novels out so far, in a series he calls “The Gentleman Bastard Sequence.” They are both fantastic and I’d definitely recommend him. There are numerous others I could list… Elizabeth Gaskell, J.R. Ward, Nicole Galland, James McGee, Jim Butcher… the list goes on and on. My bookcases overflow with my collection of favourites. In any case, you could do a little research into a few of these authors and quickly see how varied my tastes are.

I’m also an avid hockey fan. You may sometimes see posts about recent games. Don’t worry, I won’t swamp the blog with all hockey news. That would get old fast for non-fans. But man, you’d be missing out!

I suppose I should tell you a little about why I wanted to start a blog.ย  Mostly, I just wanted one outlet to update on my writing – short, long, published or otherwise – rather than trying to operate a facebook, MySpace and author page. I’m not that tech savvy and I don’t have the time for that. So one blog it is. I won’t always be just writing about my writing. How boring would that be?! I will occasionally write about what I’m reading, or the movies I’m watching, or whatever comes into my mind that day.

I think this should cover things for a while. I intend to write once a week at least, even if it’s something brief. I enjoy responses and look forward to hearing from those of you interested in writing to me. Thanks for taking the time to read this first post and I am excited about writing more!

Take care and happy reading!

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