The Word Count Episode 9 – “Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica”

DitDCoverA bit of a naughty podcast for your listening pleasure!

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This week, I work with the good folks at Pfoxmoor Publishing and the Pfoxchase imprint to bring you selections from their recently released Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica publication!

I interview the Creative Director, Diane nelson then jump right into a small selection of spicy stories…so open a bottle of wine, put a log on the fire and give a lisen with your significant other to stories most passionate.

Definitely an NC-17 cast!

 

Guests:

 

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON – Creative Director & Author

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time. Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010. She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010. Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns. Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint. Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

Websites:

www.idancewithwords.com

www.romancingwords.com

www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

TLTysonT. L. TYSON

T.L Tyson is a non-drinking, non-smoking, vegan from Canada. Her hermit-like existence allows her to delve into her writing without worrying about someone knocking at her door. Sleep is a rarity for her and she spends the night hours conjuring up new characters and thickening plots. She is constantly being lead in new directions by demanding personas and quirky ideas. Her writings cover a broad range of themes and genres, from YA urban fantasy to sea-faring historical fiction. If you catch her without her laptop, you may find her curled up reading a book or expanding her music knowledge.

She has been writing for the better part of her life. Everything started in her grade five creative writing class when she wrote a short story about Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark. As it turns out, it ended up being a thirty-six page story and, though her teacher appreciated her efforts, he considered it grossly over-written. She is still trying to curb this habit. After a bout of writing bad poetry through her more angst riddled teenage years, Tyson settled into her groove with novels.

Her novel, Seeking Eleanor, is the first installment in her book series, The Sought-After Series. Seeking Eleanor was started in 2004, but was shoved to the side to deal with more pressing matters (working in a music shop and going to concerts). In September 2008, she picked her idea back up and three months later had her first very rough draft. She is still working on perfecting it and has learned editing is a long and twisting road that seems to have no end.

Since Seeking Eleanor she has completed three other novels: From The Tower (the second installment in The Sought-After Series), Bare, and The Reign Of Billie Blackwater. While she edits these, and hopes to find a home for them, she is working on a few other ideas, hoping to complete them this year.

Website: www.tltyson.com

Twitter: @TL_Tyson


Noelle2NOELLE PIERCE

Noelle started writing fiction in 2009, when a story crept into her head and wouldn’t leave. Since then, she’s lost countless hours of sleep writing into the early morning hours because more stories wanted to be written. Her novels are historical romance, but her short stories include romance, mainstream fiction, and erotica. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with photo-editing software to make book covers and movie-making software to make book trailers. Anything to keep from doing housework.

Website: http://www.noellepierce.com

Twitter: @noellepierce


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S. A. SAYURI

 

S.A. Sayuri: Savannah Aiko Sayuri started a journal before she dropped out of high school, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in many countries and led many lives. Her favorite things to read are The Bible and Anais Nin.


 

 

Sessha_w_tattooSESSHA BATTO

Sessha turned to writing full time two years ago after a twenty year stint in video production editing, scripting and creating motion graphics. Her first novel Strength of Will was released in November 2009. Her short story Wintersong is included in Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica. Her latest offering, Shinobi, is currently out on query. More information and sample chapters can be found on her website http://www.sesshabattousai.com

 

Twitter: @Sesshabatto

The Word Count Episode 8 – “The Unexpected”

The First Episode of 2011 is now LIVE!

 

Show Links:

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This week’s show is based off a prompt: “The Unexpected.”

There is also a tie-in to Leah Petersen’s “5 Minute Fiction” weekly competition-her prompt this past week was also “The Unexpected,” and we have entries from one of the finalists and the Winner!

Our guests:

 

Paul_FreemanPaul Freeman (“The Curse of Summer” and “The Unexpected”)

 

The bio, Paul Freeman is from Dublin, Ireland. He is still trying to figure out if he can write, or if people are just humouring him. You can read extracts from his unpublished novel, Taxi, and some of his other work on his website http://sayitsoftly.weebly.com/

 

 

 

 

MMUNSONMatthew Munson read by Lisa Lindsel (“Death and Betrayal”)

 

Matthew wrote his first work of fiction at the age of 9 – a full 8 pages in length (with pictures) – and is currently languishing somewhere in his parents’ loft. He sincerely hopes the rest of his work doesn’t go the same way. He lives in the south-east of England and is searching for a publisher for his first, full-length novel, Fall From Grace, as well as writing his second one, currently untitled. He hasn’t got much time for anything else, as he feels like he is trying to live three lives already.”

My links are; Twitter @mnwjm1981, Website

 

 

MonicaMonica Marier (“Fool me once”)

Monica Marier is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is coming out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

 

 

book_em_twitterEmma Newman (“Everything in its Place”)

Emma drinks too much tea, has too many ideas and writes too many stories. Only one of these is true. Her debut novel ’20 Years Later’ will be published in July 2011 by Dystopia Press. She blogs and gets up to all kinds of writing mischief at www.enewman.co.uk.

“Everything in its Place” is from Emma’s short story anthology ‘From Dark Places’, recently acquired by eMergent Publishing to be released on March 1st 2011 in print, e-book and audio book formats. If you like dark short stories, join Em’s Short Story Club (www.enewman.co.uk/sign-up-for-free-stories) to get an original short story for free in your inbox every month.

Emma fell in love with audio book narration when podcasting ’20 Years Later’ prior to her publishing deal. Since then she has recorded audio books for multi-media publisher Big Bad Media and has narrated short stories for fiction podcasts. To find out more about her voice work go to www.enewman.co.uk/voice where you can also listen to a couple of quirky flash stories written by emerging writers. Emma loves recording speculative fiction, science fiction and steam punk.

Twitter: @emapocalyptic  (http://twitter.com/emapocalyptic)

 

denred-resizedDiane Nelson (“The Purple Shroud”)

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time. Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010. She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010. Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns. Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint. Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

Websites:

www.idancewithwords.com

www.romancingwords.com

www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

Sessha_w_tattooSessha Batto (“Unexpected” WINNER of this past week’s 5 Minute Fiction Competition)

Sessha turned to writing full time two years ago after a twenty year stint in video production editing, scripting and creating motion graphics. Her first novel Strength of Will was released in November 2009. Her short story Wintersong is included in Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica. Her latest offering, Shinobi, is currently out on query. More information and sample chapters can be found on her website http://www.sesshabattousai.com

Week Thirty-Three Winning Entry

PROMPT: EXPERIENCEwomanscuba

 

Twenty meters.

The water was already getting darker. Lisa Berkley hated the confined feeling that the blackness brought with it. The experience was frightening She forced herself to relax. She couldn’t use up the air in her tank before she got to the bottom.

Forty meters.

The wreck of the Calliope should be right beneath her. The old pirate she’d paid to find her husbands boat told her it would be here. She hated the cold and the claustrophobia. But she had to know. She grabbed her tether life-line to the surface tighter.

Sixty meters.

At this rate, she’d only have about ten minutes at the bottom to find the wreck, confirm that it’s her husband’s boat and have enough air left for her staged assent.   The dive master she hired to take her here—the only one in Puerto Escondido– had explained in graphic detail what would happen if she got the bends. Made her sign a waiver when she insisted on going down alone.

Seventy-four meters.

A shape loomed beneath her. Her dive light bounced off the gleaming metal cleats of a freshly sunken boat. About twenty –feet long, the deep-v hulled craft lay on its side. Swimming to the back, she made out a word painted on the stern. A word she’d painstakingly painted only three weeks ago.

Calliope.

Her fears confirmed, she slowly made her way along the ship to see if she could find the cause of the sinking. The hull seamed intact. But there were small holes riddled above the water line…bullet holes.

“Jose, it’s Lisa,” she said into her full mask microphone. “Do you copy?”

“Si, senora. Are you all right?” a static-filled voice came back immediately. “I was getting worried.”

“I’m fine. I found the boat. It looks like it’s been shot up pretty bad.”

Static.

“Jose? Did you copy?”

“I’m truly sorry senora. You weren’t supposed to find the boat. Your husband found the treasure, but wasn’t willing to share.”

There was a tug on the line, and Lisa’s tether and communication line went slack.

Lisa remained unusually calm. She realized now what and who her husband had been involved with. She vowed to make it to the surface and make those responsible pay.

That thought alone accompanied her as she made her way slowly to the surface…

  

 

The Word Count Episode 7 is LIVE!

micThe Holiday Episode of The Word Count is now Live!

If you’ve subscribed via iTunes, all you need to do is refresh the podcast section. Links can be found:

ITUNES

Or

DIRECT

 

Our Guests:

 

lisa_foxLISA FOX

World-renowned neurosurgeon, jet fighter pilot, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day. List of work: Sculpting a Demon; Santa’s Sleeping Beauty

Website: www.lisafoxromance.com

Blog site: http://lisafoxromance.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @LisaFoxRomance

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Matthew wrote his first work of fiction at the age of 9 – a full 8 pages in length (with pictures) – and is currently languishing somewhere in his parents’ loft. He sincerely hopes the rest of his work doesn’t go the same way. He lives in the south-east of England and is searching for a publisher for his first, full-length novel, Fall From Grace, as well as writing his second one, currently untitled. He hasn’t got much time for anything else, as he feels like he is trying to live three lives already

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk

Blog: http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 

 

 

SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE

 

You can request an interview or a book review by contacting me here on my email, or by comment on 

my blog http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com

To read an excerpt from my biography written under my pen name of Stacey Danson please go to http://staceydansonemptychairs.blogspot.com

To read about my comedy/ romance Dudes Down Under go to

http://dudesdownunder-soooz.blogspot.com

I also have a monthly article on Welcome to Wherever ezine

And a weekly article on Authors On Show.

Twitter: @pursoot

Week Thirty Winning Entry

PROMPT: THREE

Climbing that fucking ladder.

The corporate workplace seldom rewards true sweat and effort. More often than not, it’s that evil prick in the corner who’s taken your report, word-replaced your name with his and sent it in who gets all the kudos.

Or the jackass in the next cube who’s willing to give a better blowjob.

Corporate_LadderReal work is passed over by politics. Time and time again. You’ve seen it—I know you have.

But, see, I’ve figured out a way to beat the bastards at their own game.

Take Basman, for example. Smart guy from India, has a lot of degrees. You’d think he’d climb the fucking ladder the right way.

But no. See, he got cozy with the big boss at the Christmas party. The two of them disappeared into a bathroom stall for thirty minutes and just like that.

The Indian fucker’s my boss.

I took a week of his smug gloating, nonsensical orders and dictatorial management style. Then, I discovered the solution to all the fucking ladder climbers.

See, I know Basman loves fast cars. He’s got one of those Audi two-door jobs. Boat-load of speeding tickets in the trunk.

Too bad the breaks failed one morning on the way to work.

It was sad, of course. We were all broken up by his James Dean impersonation. But the big boss asked me to step in ‘for the good of the company.’

So my secret to success is to change the rules a bit. When the fucking ladder-climbers skip a rung or two, just even the odds.

I have just about everything I want now. And believe-you-me I worked for it. Just about everything.

Except Steve has that corner office with the nice view of the three rivers…

The Word Count Episode 6 is LIVE!

12279734891774712434rg1024_old_microphone_cleanup_style.svg.medThe second NaNoWriMo themed podcast is now LIVE for your listening pleasure!

Here are the links:

ITUNES and DIRECT.

 

 

Our Guests:

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time. Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010. She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010. Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns. Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint. Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

 Websites:

www.idancewithwords.com

www.romancingwords.com

www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

 

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

MonicaMONICA MARIER

Monica Marier is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is coming out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

 

Websites:

Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

 

Twitter: @lil_monmon

 

SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE

You can request an interview or a book review by contacting me here on my email, or by comment on my blog http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com

To read an excerpt from my biography written under my pen name of Stacey Danson please go to http://staceydansonemptychairs.blogspot.com

To read about my comedy/ romance Dudes Down Under go to http://dudesdownunder-soooz.blogspot.com

I also have a monthly article on Welcome to Wherever ezine

And a weekly article on Authors On Show.

Twitter: @pursoot

 


Episode 5 of The Word Count is LIVE!

The Word Count  NaNoWriMo Special Edition Podcast

Links are here (and off to the left):

This is a shorter episode entitled “Half Way” as it is close to 15 November, half way through Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  The theme for this episode is, of course, in honor of National Novel Writing month– where four intrepid guests are reading from their NaNo-based Works In Progress.

Our guests for this show:

 

NoelleNoelle Pierce – Noelle started writing fiction in 2009, when a story crept into her head and wouldn’t leave. Since then, she’s lost countless hours of sleep writing into the early morning hours because more stories wanted to be written. Her novels are historical romance, but her short stories include romance, mainstream fiction, and erotica. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with photo-editing software to make book covers and movie-making software to make book trailers. Anything to keep from doing housework.

Website: http://www.noellepierce.com

Twitter: @noellepierce

 

 

 

Chris_PictureChristopher Blanchard – Christopher Blanchard is a 37 year old husband and father who has decided to really get serious about becoming a published author. He is currently shopping around his novel The Windsmith. He currently is working on a project where he writes one short story a week for a full year, which can be found at his blog, http://1storyaweek.blogspot.com. His newest novel, The Life and Times of Aries Webb, which is a series of short stories about the first man born on Mars, is being posted on his blog each week. He is also planning on working on an epic fantasy as soon as his weekly short story project is done, and also sending out some of his shorts to get published. He’s crazy like that.

Website: http://1storyaweek.blogspot.com

Twitter: @BlanchardAuthor

 

 

 


denred-resizedNya Rawlyns
– is the author of Sculpting David, scheduled for release in early Winter by Red Sage.  She writes primarily erotica and paranormal romance.  Nya will post daily galleys from her NaNoWriMo book, Portals: The Devil and the Falcon, on her blogsite www.romancingwords.com.  Nya also writes under the name ‘Diane Nelson’.

Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

LMStallL.M. Stull –  is a Washington DC native who relocated to southern Virginia. During the day, she works with lawyers, but at night she channels her inner creative monster and writes. Her debut novel, Memoirs of a Monkey, will be available early next year.

Website: http://www.lmstull.com

Blog: http://lmstull.blogspot.com
Twitter: @LMStull

Special 5MF NaNoWriMo Edition – Week 2

Winning Entry (TIED with Jeff Pfaller)

Prompt: Your Main Character finds a painting of himself/herself.

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Penelope Price stopped dead in her tracks.  The echo of her heels coming to an abrupt halt, much to the relief of the visitors around her.

Having almost an unlimited source of money and a black hole where her scruples were supposed to sit, makes for an interesting time traveler.

The plans she had made were all working quite well, thank you very much.

It was the little things–the unexpected things—that were a direct result of her meddling with the fabric of time/space that always shocked her.

She stared at her discovery.

She was meeting her contact with a line into Mussolini’s new government.  Penelope was about to close a deal to sell the 20th century dictator microchip technology.  

“It must have been a side journey,” she thought.

The little Italian weasel of a go-between–Carducci—had insisted on meeting somewhere public.

Three years ago, she thought.  That mistake with the time settings.  She though she’d left before anyone noticed.

But obviously not.  She began to laugh.

The Sistine Chapel in Rome was as public a place as any.

And there, on the ceiling, was a perfect representation of Penelope…in her 1930’s costume.

 

“Michelangelo, you old dog!” she said.

The Word Count Podcast Halloween Special

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Welcome ghouls and ghosts to episode 4 of The Word Count Podcast!

This week’s entry is my first Halloween special featuring shorts and even a song that will scare the pants off of you.

And if the pants DO come off do NOT send me pictures this time! 🙂

Links to the show are off to the left.  Enjoy!

 

And keep the lights on.

 

Our fiendish guests:

emmettEMMETT SPAIN

Emmett is a guy from Sydney who spends every free second that he’s not at work writing stories. It was Angel turning evil on Buffy that did it. That was the moment that the fanfiction started and the need to create stories became a compulsion rather than a hobby. Ten years of honing his craft yielded the first story that was actually worth the time and effort and constant swearing – Old Haunts: A London City Novel. He hopes you’ll read it.

Website: http://alondoncityblog.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @OldHauntsAuthor

 

 

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time.  Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010.  She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010.  Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns.  Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint.  Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

Websites: www.idancewithwords.com , www.romancingwords.com , www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

Twitter:  @Diane_Nelson

 

Bill_KBILL KIRTON

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010.

Website: http://www.bill-kirton.co.uk 

Blog:  http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Matthew wrote his first work of fiction at the age of 9 – a full 8 pages in length (with pictures) – and is currently languishing somewhere in his parents’ loft. He sincerely hopes the rest of his work doesn’t go the same way. He lives in the south-east of England and is searching for a publisher for his first, full-length novel, Fall From Grace, as well as writing his second one, currently untitled. He hasn’t got much time for anything else, as he feels like he is trying to live three lives already.

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk

Blog: http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 


SooozSUZANNAH BURKE

What Soooz says about herself: “I write books. Some people even think I know how the hell to do it.”

Blog: http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com

Twitter: @ pursoot

 

jeremyphotoJEREMY C. SHIPP

Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Cursed, Vacation, and Sheep and Wolves. His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 50 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Withersin, Pseudopod, and Shroud Magazine. Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse called Rose Cottage. He lives there with his wife, Lisa, a couple of pygmy tigers, and a legion of yard gnomes. The gnomes like him. The clowns living in his attic–not so much. 

Web: www.jeremycshipp.com 

Twitter: @JeremyCShipp

 

 

MonicaMONICA MARIER

Is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is coming out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum ( http://www.frumforum.com/ )  and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists  (http://www.tangentartists.com/). Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband. 

 

Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

Twitter: @lil_monmon

 

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SESSHA BATTO

Sessha turned to writing full time two years ago after a twenty year stint in video production editing, scripting and creating motion graphics.  Her first novel Strength of Will was released in November 2009.  Her short story Wintersong is included in Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica. Her latest offering, Shinobi, is currently out on query. 

Web: http://www.sesshabattousai.com

Twitter: @sesshabatto

 

 

jeff_pfaller_picJEFF PFALLER

Jeff dabbles in novels, short stories, poetry, screenplays, plays, comic books, traditional and digital advertising copy. His current gigs include writing multiple on-going comic series and acting as creative director for Saint James Comics. For a day job, he’s a content strategist at Arc Worldwide, using the power of content to convince consumers to get in bed with products. Jeff currently lives in his own personal zoo in Des Plaines, Illinois with his wife, two children, dog and cat. 

Web: http://jeffpfaller.com 

Twitter: @pfallerj

Writer of Things. Podcaster.