Secret Society

Blythe Suzanna Montgomery Todd has spent her entire life helping her stern and distant Grandmother Cadence support her "events" and "projects". But when Grandmother Cadence dies, she leaves Blythe her prestigious West Hollow, housing elegant antiques, a gargoyle, and a number of secrets.

And the women of West Hollow have their own secrets, and Blythe is about to learn of them.

This is a novel of 110,000 words. It is at times serious, playful, sexy, and powerful. And, perhaps, a little juvenile, but growing up is overrated.

Sandra Moran

Andi Marquette reports that Sandra Moran has died.

I didn't know Sandra personally, but we chatted late one evening via Facebook. Whe was a brilliant, kind woman with a dry sense of humor, or at least that's how I saw her. I have nothing but respect for her and her writing, and I am deeply saddened by her death.

To those who knew Sandra, her family, her friends, I am so sorry for your loss.


I just hit Publish. It should be available Saturday morning in the US.

Secret Society

Last night I completed the first draft of a new novel called Secret Society. This is a story about a woman who discovers she has spent much of her life helping to support an organization she didn't realize existed.

The novel is at times fun, funny, sexy, uncomfortable, playful, and juvenile. But I also think it could represent some of my most powerful writing ever. When it finally hits Amazon, you'll be able to tell for yourselves.

I want to share a snippet, but this requires a little lead in. The setting is at a very formal dinner party hosted by Mrs. Franklin. Everyone is in evening gowns. The first woman to speak is my favorite character from the novel, Sylvia. Sylvia writes lesbian murder mysteries -- a genre this author doesn't even read. Sylvia's role in the novel is relatively minor, but she gets some exceedingly important lines.

"I'm writing both of you into my next novel, and you won't like how I kill you off!"

Claudine laughed. "That's her favorite threat."

"I think I'll make you lovers," Sylvia continued.

"I can imagine worse," I replied.

"Claudine will slowly go insane, and she'll jail Blythe in a dungeon she builds in the basement. And every day she comes down and loops off a small piece. A toe. A finger. And then she deep fries it and makes Blythe eat it."

"Sylvia Appleton!" said Mrs. Franklin from the far end of the table. "Are you threatening to kill off one of my guests in one of your horrid novels?"

"I'm only offering to immortalize them," Sylvia responded. "Followed by deep frying."

"That is not polite conversation over dinner."

Sylvia looked at our host for a moment then bowed her head. "My apologies."

"That's right," Mrs. Franklin said. "Deep frying is so base. Next time, I recommend you sauté the victim in a red wine reduction sauce."

"Oh, that's much better. Thank you, Mrs. Franklin."

"We're here to help," the woman replied.

Sylvia looked back at me and smiled. "Do you prefer deep fried or sautéed?"

A Little Busy!

I've been a little busy. A wee bit busy. Since the beginning of October -- about 6 weeks ago -- I've written the first drafts of 3 novels, each about 100,000 words. The Lady has read the first and declares it "one of your best 5". I'm not sure about that, but the confidence is good. Along the way, I also wrote and published A Charming Brew, a cute little novella sitting out on Amazon for you.

I began writing the most recent novel on October 30th. It's about 110,000 words, and the first draft is done. Not bad for 6 days. Of course, there's a ton of editing to do, and it's not remotely ready for you to read.

National Novel Writing Month is November. During the month of November, you are to start and complete the first draft of a 50,000 word novel. I started two days early, so really, this is like November 6th for me, and I wrote 110,000 words. NaNoWriMo accomplished for me, 6 days into the month. I'll take it.

Yeah, I'm bragging a little. I feel really good right now. The latest novel is called The Secret Society. In some ways it's a little light and frivilous, perhaps even juvenile. But in some ways it's some of my post powerful writing to date, or I think so. You may not agree.

For those of you who have been getting neglected, I'm sorry. This is what happens when I'm in the groove, and I'm sure you'll forgive me.

Expect 1-2 more full novels on Amazon by the end of the month and the full trio by Christmas. Then I have a few to wrap up and get those out, too.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Enough said? Expect it on Amazon late tonight or something on Thursday. Enjoy.

Making Myself Angry

I'm so angry right now. And it's the silliest thing. I'm angry at characters in a book -- a book I wrote. To get emotional over a book isn't that uncommon for me. I suspect it's not for any of you, either.

About two weeks ago, I started the first draft of a story I've been sitting on for a while. I finished the first draft 2 nights ago. 184,000 words in two weeks. I broke it into two pieces, and I'm working on edits. The books are (tentatively) called Collected and Taken. They came about because a year ago I read a really, really, really disgusting bit of hetero science fiction. In my mind, long before I finished the book, I was rewriting it so that it didn't suck quite as much. But I've wanted to spoof the entire genre twice. This new story is my second attempt. I'm not sure it's a good spoof. It's turned into a decent story instead.

But I kept most of the tropes from that really bad genre. Well, except I gender-bended it. Well, the original genre has a group of space aliens deeply violating someone's constitutional rights. In the original book, the woman in question just sits there and takes it. You can imagine how long my version keeps that particular behavior pattern.

So I just reverted some edits where the woman in my story is spewing more vitriol upon the aliens in question. I decided even writing it was causing me to blow a gasket.

That's right. Characters from my own book were really pissing me off. On the bright side, I'm in edits for a pair of novels. They'll be out soon.


I just finished reading Wishbone by Elaine Burnes. All I can say is this: read it. It may not strike you as deeply as it did me. I have childhood history that resonates. But... Wow.

Warning: I went through some tissues reading this one.


This is from a work in progress. -Robin

I'm no one's pawn. Not with my skills. I may outwardly kneel in allegiance, but when I do, it is by my choice, and only my choice. In more private settings, well, in the words of my people, "She carries the spear from that hut."

It's never meant as a compliment.

No, I'm no one's pawn.

Not anymore.

Status Update

I'm still here, I'm still writing. I've been having trouble with focus. I work on this; I work on that. It's keeping me from finishing anything. But there's good news.

Last week, I finished the first draft of a new novel called My Soul to Play. It's from a new series I am calling "Games People Play". You know how I am about my games. :-)

I expected to roll right into editing, but instead another novel stole my attention. I posted the snippet above. Once I wrote that, how could I not keep going?

I expect My Soul to Play approximately three weeks after I tear my attention from the new work, so perhaps late September / early October. Then the new novel might be a few weeks after that. I also have several Fox/Wolf novels in progress and the sequel to Privateer. Expect at least one of these by the end of the year, perhaps sooner.

In the meantime, thank you all so much for your support. It's deeply appreciated.

As for the website... LONG story. Sigh.

Website Design Wanted

I need a new website design. I used this one because a friend had it sitting around, and I could plunk it in. But it doesn't really reflect my writing. I'm willing to pay some real money for a good design that takes into consideration my writing. I'm happy to share the raw jpegs for my book covers (with or without titles). I don't have thousands to spend on this, but I have hundreds. I want it done far better than I could do myself.

If you are interested, email me. Feel free to refer this to any friends who do web design. Basically I would want an HTML + CSS page. I can take it from there.

Strange Reviews

I just read a couple of very strange reviews -- not for my books, for someone else's. There was a 2-star and a 1-star review. The reviewers admitted the writing was good, etc. Their main complaint: there weren't enough characters of diverse ethnic origins.

Yes, that's how you get a 1-star review, I guess, from some reviewers.

Do reviewers have ANY IDEA how difficult it is to write outside your own socio-economic background? One of the reviewers asked, "Does this author even have any black friends?" I have black friends, but I wouldn't dream of trying to write important black characters because I would get it wrong. Flat out, I would get it wrong.

If people don't feel there is enough ethnic diversity within a particular genre, rather than complain about it -- and hand out 1- or 2-star reviews because a book doesn't fit your agenda -- write some books yourself. Put the diversity in yourself.

*shaking head*

I Suddenly Love This Woman

A Foxy Valentine

I'll let this image speak for itself:


Okay, I found this article while doing a little research. All I needed was one or two words, but I found the article absolutely fascinating.

It's sort of long, but it's worth reading. Wow.

You need to watch this

This is a TED talk. You need to watch this. Note: this is a new link. The last one went to the wrong video. Robin

Wrote Myself Into a Corner

From time to time, I receive email encouraging me to produce this book or that one. The Privateer sequel is the most common. More Fox books are a steady request.

And Nori's story from Amazon Companion comes up often.

I started writing a Nori story, but I set it aside and have been focused in other directions. I have a bit of a conundrum, and I wouldn't mind feedback.

Early in Amazon Companion, Nori tells Maya, "We do not consider a girl a woman until her 16th birthday." This is actually older than humanity has historically considered the age of consent and marriageable age for a young woman.

That link is interesting. For perspective, Juliet was 13.

It is only in about the last 50 years or so that we have had a dramatic increase in the age of consent to 18, coupled with the societal values that drive that.

At the time I wrote what Nori said, I didn't have to worry about it. This book was about Maya and Malora, both clearly adults, and I was clearly on the safe side. Then when I began Beria's story, I realized I had a problem. I squirmed my way around it, although I never felt comfortable with it.

In Amazon Companion, Nori also told Maya that her 16th birthday was a long-awaited experience, and she wore out her warrior that night. I didn't worry about that because I never expected to actually write it.

So... I'm not sure what to do. I can keep the sex as fade to black. But it's starting to get well into the creepy side.

As I said -- it is only in recent history that we have developed the concept that people should be more mature, with 18 being the norm in the US (and most of us thinking 18-year-olds shouldn't have sex, either). In spite of what I write, I'm not any less a prude than the average America, I think. But marriage age within fantasy novels can often be lower.

But I've written myself into a corner. I don't know how I can write Nori's story and not start at the beginning, and that's what everyone wants, anyway.

Comments, anyone?

I Just Hit Publish

I just hit Publish on a new novella, Submission. It should be available through Amazon late today (Sunday) or certainly by Monday morning.

Here is the blurb:

Cassidy Ellis knows what she wants but has a horrible history trying to find it. What she wants is a woman who ties a good knot but treats her well in the process.

Then she meets Miranda Gogburn. The two share a torrid, passionate, spectacular weekend. Then they must each go back to their regular lives. For Cassidy, this means her job as a deeply introverted computer nerd.

But then fate brings the two women together again.

Fate is not always a kind lady.

This is a long novella of 43,000 words.

A Free Short: Sweet Kisses

I wrote a short story and submitted it to You can find my story here:

It's a little different than my other stories. I'll be interested in hearing what you think.

Expect more Arlette and Tabitha stories in the future.

Pulled in Multiple Directions

I've been letting myself get pulled in multiple directions lately. But here are the drafts I've completed recently:

  • Snow Fox, a short
  • Sweet Kisses, a short
  • Submission, a novella

Snow Fox is part of a new series of shorts called Ski Bindings. Of course, it's about Michaela and Lara, but other stories in the series may be completely different. I've only read it through once, so it has some editing yet.

I'm actually going to publish Sweet Kisses for free reading over at I'll let you all know when it's there.

Submission is a novella of, of course, dominance and submission. It carries elements of The Interrogation and even starts out in a very similar fashion, but it becomes a very different story after that. I'm actively working on the editing.

In addition to these, I've been working on:

  • The Privateer sequel
  • A sequel to Fitting In
  • A Fox novel
  • A gender-bender series about a modern day Cupid living in Key West
  • A story I'm calling White, which was originally designed to be a spoof of the alien abduction genre, but I've decided it's a little too sweet to be a spoof
  • A sequel to The Emergency Claus, told by Petunia.
I've been bouncing around between all of these, which is why nothing has gone out the door for a while. I'm excited about all of these, but I haven't been able to stay focused on just one. So they will all (or at least most of them) make it out the door eventually.

More soon. I'm taking Snow Fox and Submission to bed with me, so hopefully I'll have one or both out by the end of the week.

Just Wrote a New Short

I just finished the first draft of a new short story, "Snow Fox".

Lara and Michaela head west for a little skiing.