Being Jade, my second novel, has been out for 2 months and the reviews are nothing short of stunning. I'm still pinching myself that Being Jade has been so well received. Even people who hate it are giving it a good rating because it made them feel so much, which is, I believe, what a good book should do.
Stories are powerful. They change people. If told at the right time to the right audience, they can change the course of history. It’s time to for us to stop believing our superstitious fairy tales about who and what women can be. We need books like this to be written by people like Tara Moss. Why? Because her mass market celebrity appeal means her message might reach the very people who need to hear it.
Launching a book is a bit like christening a baby. It’s a welcome to the world, a blessing, a celebration, an expression of gratitude from the author to the community of people who supported the birth of the book. I am told by my many author friends that a launch is as essential to the release of a new book as a family gathering is essential to the welcoming of a new family member.
The final hurdle for my babe in arms manuscript (aside from the last round of edits, the acknowledgements, the promo plan and the cover) was the title. I sensed my original title Saint wasn’t quite right for the story but I was at a loss to come up with an alternative.
This month we are in bed with fabulous and fascinating Regency and steampunk erotica author, Suzi Love. And her first kiss story is so sweet it will melt in your mind.
Move over T-Rex teasers and Big Foot boners - Cari Silverwood is in town with a whole new take on doing it with demonic non-human creatures. If there is such a thing as quality monster porn, this is it!
Part 5 of my Journey to Jade series is all about light bulb moments - the 'Eureka' of solving a gnarly problem in the plot and the 'You want me to do WHAT?' of the editing process.
In the fourth of my Journey to Jade series I talk about courage, the power of writers groups and the power of story. Last week I explained how I jumped a big mental hurdle thanks to a bit of art therapy. While this got me writing again, I was still up against a complex plot with some gnarly character problems that needed sorting out. And I was still being dogged by those nasty spooks, Doubt and Fear.
Welcome back to the boudoir which we are sharing today with Aussie erotic writer, Bianca Sarble. I met Bianca in the notorious Facebook group, Erotic Writers of Australia. She is one cheeky lady and lots of fun, so let's get under the sheets and get to know her better...
With 'Saint' contracted and a deadline looming, I now had no choice but to keep writing.
Banjo was dead. Jade was comatose. And I had no idea who Lissy was. Or why I’d chosen to write this particular story. The bar I'd set for myself seemed insurmountable.
I felt like I was on a one way path to literary oblivion. Then art therapy arrived...
To celebrate the upcoming release of Being Jade, I'm talking each week about how the novel came together and the challenges I faced in writing it. This week, my first of many crises: character names and the original title of the novel, Saint.
Being Jade, for many reasons, is the most difficult piece of work I’ve ever written. It began as a challenge and over three years of writing, never changed.
In the run up to its release, I thought it might be fun to share some of the ups and downs of my journey with this intriguing story, beginning with the character at its heart – Jade. This is what she looked like in her first draft.
It’s come to my attention there is a myth floating around about writers. Actually, it’s not so much floating as super-glued or nail gunned into people’s minds. But with a little honesty and algebra, I think we might have sorted.
So you think I'm rich and famous? Here's the truth...
If you're after some boundary pushing then you've come to the right place. Cathleen likes a challenge in the bedroom, here's why...
Sound the trumpets! I'm proud, excited, relieved to announce Being Jade, my second novel, will be released 1 June 2014. And for you, my precious readers, I have a wonderful surprise. The cover and blurb, freshly released from the publisher! You'll have to wait until next week to sneak a peak at a sample teaser from the book. And stay tuned for a competition to be announced soon. x
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of raw and honest personal memoirs about infidelity and adultery. By the time I'd finished the book I understood that, without exception, the story of infidelity/adultery is one of growth and self discovery.
‘Erotica can change the world, I really believe that.’
This statement was issued with conviction by my fellow panelist, Krissy Kneen, last Wednesday night during The Wheeler’s Centre Sex in Words event. Sounds crazy, right? How can erotica change anything, let alone the world? It’s just writing about sex, isn’t it? Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
I have so many mixed feelings about this book I hardly know where to start on this review.
I climb between the sheets with author Margareta Osborn to discover first kisses can be a curse and resisting a man for 24 hours can be considered as 'holding out'.
This wonderful short film captures everything that's special about a first kiss. I promise you'll be smiling by the end of it...