Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Random and Embarrassing Facts about Yours Truly

I’ve been tagged by Kay Sexton (she has a fantastic blog with wonderful tips for writers), which is actually a fun way to pass the time while I wait for my damned book to be carried on Amazon US. Here are the rules:

"Each player starts with eight random facts/habits or embarrassing things about themselves. People who are tagged need to write in their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog."

So here are mine:

I was interviewing the famous Japanese writer Murakami Haruki for my dissertation research one winter evening on the U.C. Berkeley campus and suddenly all the lights in his office went out. Unfortunately, nothing particularly interesting happened in the darkness.

I adore rice pudding and feel a primal compulsion to order it when I see it on a menu.

I let a French fireman pick me up in a disco in Avignon and gave him a blowjob in his car while he smoked a cigarette. Even then I knew it would be material some day.

I take a three-mile walk every morning, usually before the sun rises.

I’ve only been inside a Japanese love hotel once—and the sex was pretty mediocre.

When I taught at U.C. Berkeley, there was a crazy old guy who held up a sign in Sproul Plaza during the lunchtime rush that read: “Michael Jackson Not Good Value For America.” For an embarrassingly long time I thought he was protesting the price of M.J.’s CDs.

When I first arrived in California, I brought a white Zinfandel to a party because I thought the pink color was pretty. And I was pretty embarrassed when no one deigned to drink it but even more mortified when I found out afterwards that pink wines are totally “uncool” (except for Provencal roses and certain champagnes of course).

A small part of every story I write has something in it that actually happened to me or one of my friends.

The eight very lucky people I’m tagging are: Jolie du Pre, Susan DiPlacido, Shanna Germain, Ashley Lister, Gail Siegel, Maryanne Stahl, and Sage Vivant

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

First Review of AMOROUS WOMAN

It’s official! Amorous Woman is now in print. You can buy it in Maxim Jakubowski’s Murder One bookstore in London’s West End. For now this is the bargain--$14 for the book, $3.25 shipping. The book is not listed in their online catalog but you can email them and request a special order. Since one of the owners of the bookstore is Maxim Jakubowski, the editor of the Neon series, he'll be happy to help you.

You can order it from Amazon US through a third-party seller, but the current one is steep--stay tuned, though, I'm trying to get Amazon to carry it in a reliable fashion and you'll be the first to know. You can order from Blackwell’s Online for $14 for the book and $7 shipping. It's available on Amazon UK for $11 plus $14 shipping, so that's not the best deal for now. Hopefully word of mouth will help with the availability. So please (she said with a winning smile) order your copy, write reviews on Amazon and Blackwell and your blog, grab the sleeve of the guy next to you in the coffee shop and tell him all about it. You’ll have my eternal gratitude—and if you drop me a line, I’ll even send you a very classy Amorous Woman refrigerator magnet, a facsimile of the novel's cover. I'm sure you'll agree no home should be without one.

The best news of all is that I got my first official review on a Web site called Sexy Reads, a recently-launched forum for erotica writers and readers to give honest reviews of books in the genre. I discovered it on MySpace, and this alone makes that place worth the time I’ve spent networking there. I encourage everyone who takes erotica writing and reading seriously to stop by Sexy Reads, add some reviews, chat about the writing life and give our genre the respect it deserves! Oh, and for writers, Victoria Blisse, the creator of the site, is inviting you to submit your book for review as part of the grand opening celebration.

Here’s a sampling of what she said about mine: “This is one of those books where you find yourself thinking ‘Oh go on, just one more chapter.’ And you end up being up half the night reading because you just can’t pull yourself away from the story.” Is there sweeter music to a writer’s ears?

No, dear reader, there is not.

So, pop on over to Sexy Reads to read the full review here, add your own comments, if you like, then check out the other threads and help support the cause.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

My Gorgeous New Web Site!

My Labor Day weekend was busy. We went to the California State Fair in Sacramento, which, alas, was disappointing. Our governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, promised in the program that we'd leave the fair saying, "I'll be back." I doubt it. The exhibits were low-wattage and the food was pure processessed chain food fare. This is California, for heaven's sake, and there wasn't one leaf of arugula to be found! Fortunately the closing day Weird Al Yankovic concert was awesome! Even on stage Weird Al can take on many guises. He even sang some of our old favorites: "Amish Paradise" and "Bob" and "Fat." The concert definitely saved the day.

A more exciting and productive activity of the weekend was that my technical advisor and I updated my Web site in preparation for the release of Amorous Woman. Each page is now adorned with a lovely wood block print by Kawase Hasui and there's a new "About Me" section that will tell you more about me and my path to the writing life than you ever wanted to know. There are also excerpts from Amorous Woman. Lots of goodies, so please drop by the site for a visit!