Tag Archives: Love Has No Boundaries

Oh, dear…what have I gotten myself into?

clip-art-pigs-552798Gabbo de la Parro’s Goodreads Love Has No Boundaries thread. See message 270 for the cause of my unease. Because I, dear reader, am one of Monkey’s aunties.

No one needs to tell me to be worried. Even Pig could have figured that one out. (To get the pig reference, you need to find Gabbo’s other thread. I show up about page 5. It wasn’t very mature. 😀 But a whole heck of a lot of fun!)

Steak and Beer and the May wordcount

‘Cause my brain has run off with my muse to do nasty things, so there’s nothing left to do except drink beer and eat steak. And ice cream. But looky, I did have words this month…

May Word counts 2013

I’ll admit that most of them were like pulling teeth, with all the interruptions I had. Hopefully June will be more settled. I’m almost halfway through my estimated word count for Furface and I think I will write the full moon scene tonight. After I finish off the scene where Glyn…oops! Almost let that one slip! Trust me, it will be so worth the wait.

Goodreads hasn’t told me yet when Sign of Spring will be out yet. It comes out in a thread in the group first, then the downloads are available at a later date. There’s a few stories out right now–incredible work going on here. I totally got sucked into Kaje’s, so you should go read that. Here’s a link to the folder where the stories are being posted. Don’t forget to leave a message for the author!

And I wonder why I have an inferiority complex.

Two More Goodreads Early Member Bonus Stories!!!!!

Love Has No Boundaries Stories

Sorry, it would have been up earlier, but I went to look and Jaye McKenna’s story sucked me right in.

Goodreads Sneak Preview and Outtake

The stories will start going up on Goodreads in about a week. We don’t have a schedule yet, but that adds to the fun and surprise of it all.

Last Friday I posted the first part of Sign of Spring in my thread. This week, I posted the first half of an outtake from the story–a piece I started to write while I was noodling around with the idea and trying to figure out how much time it should cover. In the end, despite how much I liked this little scene, I decided to compress the time frame for the actual prompt. Edits on Knight, dealing with a snafu with Bite Me Tender and trying to keep up with the crit groups and a whopping pile of betas put the final nail in the coffin of my idea to make it into a full novel.

But this little fellow wouldn’t go away. In the end, I fleshed it out and it’s now its own 2500 word mini-story, told from Justin’s point of view. I’ll put the rest of it up next week. I call it Caps with Justin. Because I suck at names.

Here’s the first few lines, and a link to the rest on Goodreads…

I knew Robin had never stayed in a hole-in-the-wall motel by the dazed way he looked around the tiny room, with its second-hand furniture and 1970’s style everything. Poor guy, he’s never really lived, has he? That’s why he’s out here, with his broken heart and his fear.

Fretful, is what my mother would have called him. Just before she’d say, ‘You’re only afraid of what you don’t know.’ And then she’d look at me and send the unspoken message, ‘Piss or get off the pot.’

I guess I’m pissin’, because I sure do like this pot.

“I’ll walk down to the corner store,” I told him, dropping a short kiss on his cheek and upending my backpack onto the bed. “Get us some snacks and something to drink. Why don’t you settle in, have a rest. Or, if you’re feeling frisky, you can have a look in the yellow pages and order some supper. Whatever you feel like. I’ll be back in, like, twenty minutes. Maybe less.”

He glanced at me then, and I don’t think he realized how lost he looked. So I kissed him a second time, a little longer and on the lips, because it smoothes out those lines around his mouth and gets his shoulders down from around his ears.

And then I goosed him and ran out the door, laughing.

Read on…

Furface and the Boyler Room are coming along. I’ve been slowed down a bit by a food allergy–I’ve been sleeping a lot because of it and, when I’m awake, I’m not a lot of good. The good news is that the symptoms should pass by tomorrow, and Glyn has finally explained one of his ‘issues’ to me, so now all I have to do is find a way to get it down on paper without sounding like a doofus.

The joys of having characters that are smarter than you are. Meh.

And the 10,000 to 14,000 word stories from Goodreads

There’s mine, in the blue!!  Getting excited, and nervous. It’s the usual “What if they hate it?” multiplied by the 10,000 members in the group. At least with a publisher, only one person sees how much you suck.

Contemporary – 10,300
* , m/m/m , athlete , college , first-time , bullying , homophobia ,

Contemporary – 10,500
* , cop , blue collar , lawyer , men with pets , family drama , finding a family ,

Contemporary – 11,000
* , friends to lovers , hurt/comfort , cute , accident prone MC , unethical boss , college internship , HEA

Contemporary – 11,200
* , first time , coming out , disabilities , men with pets , over age 40 , ,

Paranormal – 12,000
* , college , barely legal , public activity , shifters , interspecies , soul mates/bonded

Contemporary – 12,200
* , Young Adult , cross dressing , coming of age , , , , , , ,

Contemporary – 12,800
* , fraternity , college , in the closet , gymnast , athlete , masturbation , geek , nerd , virgin , new adult

Historical – 13,200
* , military , bdsm , age-gap , oral , anal , , , ,

Contemporary – 13,200
* mention of suicide , new adult , first time , coming of age , friends to lovers , reunited , YA characters , , , ,

Historical – 13,200
* , time travel , sideshow , snakes , magic , phychic ability , antropomorphic , non-explicit ,

Contemporary – 13,300
* , law enforcement , stripper , undercover , booklovers , pole dancing ,

Contemporary – 13,400
* , historical , present , brother in law , widower , instalove , first time , family , full life , loss ,

Contemporary – 13,500
* , Young Adult , coming of age , barely legal , first time , hurt comfort , homophobia , , , ,

Contemporary – 14,300
* , road trip , ptsd , outdoor sex , car sex , nurse , , , , ,

Contemporary – 14,900
* , athelete , sweet sex , enemies to lovers , sports , coming out , , , , ,

Paranormal – 14,900
* apparent rape , dub con , angels,demons/gods , spacemen aliens , shifter , pirates , enemies to Lovers , revenge , redemption , ,

Working on the steampunk today, but planning a bit more for Furface. Looks like there’ll be another one after Furface too–I ended up splitting out a plotline, or the thing would have been too big. And, to be honest, it makes for better stories this way.  I’m enjoying how fast the werewolf story feels like it’s going, as compared to the steampunk. I know part of that is the length, but part of it too is the amount of stopping to look something up I have to do with the Boyler Room Boys. Not complaining–it’s part of the attraction of writing, the chance to follow whims of curiosity. But every time I stop to look something up, I feel guilty because I’m not making new words.

Dumb kitty, silly kitty, fluffy little…..

List of Topics for the Midrange Goodreads stories

I posted my interview today. You can find it here. Next week is the last week of our Threadhop, then there will be a couple of weeks before the stories start coming out. Unless we get a few more people to join–then Jen will treat us all! Don’t be worried if you don’t hear back in 24 hrs–Goodreads is having email issues. Just apply to join again and you should hear back quickly.

Here’s the list that came out yesterday, for stories between 15,000 and 29,000 words.

Contemporary – 15,000
* , sports , light hearted , YA , ice hockey player , college lvoe , enemies to lovers , unrequited love , long time crush ,

Contemporary – 15,400
* , Hot and Sexy , Instant Chemistry , fluffy , visual arts , landscaping , men with pets , family dram , HFN ,

Contemporary – 15,800
* , cross dressing , light d/s , bondage , photographs , secrets , visual arts , home renovations , underwear fetish , role-play

Fantasy – 15,800 * m-preg possibility , supernatural , contemporary , angels/demons/gods , soul mates , opposites , gym , anal sex , action , HFN

Contemporary – 16,300
* , Friends to Lovers , first time , culinary bartenders , teaching , , , , ,

Sci-fi – 16,800
* character death, off page child abuse , futuristic , other world , enemies to lovers , military men , men with children , , , ,

Contemporary – 18,800
* , college , friends to lovers , geeks/dorks , internet relationship , long distance , chatty boyz , emoticon abuse , ,

Contemporary – 20,100
* , first-time top , age-gap , gaining self-worth , younger teacher/older student , beautiful boy , , , ,

Contemporary – 20,400
* mild violence , abducted/kidnapping , enemies to lovers , psych-play , captivity , , , , ,

Contemporary – 20,700
* , paranormal , masseur , surfers , disabilities , illusionism , geeks/nerds , humorous , psychic ability

Western – 23,100
* , cowboys , coming out , friends to lovers , masturbation , explicit sex , gay rodeo , , ,

Contemporary – 23,400
* , college , coming of age , friendship , new love , , , , ,

I think I recognize Jack Pyke’s prompt in this group…

Another Goodreads Love Has No Boundaries Update

Our great leader, Jen, posted a list of some of the longer stories that have been turned in so far. Here’s what she showed us, along with the content tags that go along with them:

Historical- 32,000
some violence,
knights spies/secret agents, action suspense, adventure, explicit sex, first time, twinks, cross dressing, abduction/kidnapping, domestic abuse, friends to lovers, revenge, road trip, europe

Urban Fantasy- 34,600
husky shifters, family drama, humourous, sweet, men with children, fugly spiders

Fantasy- 39,500
dub-con, sorcerer, angels, demons, gods magic-users, soulmates or bonded, dubious consent, snarky banter

Paranormal- 40,600
fantasy, fae/fey/fairies, vampire, disabilities

Dystopia- 46,900
master/slave, bdsm, menage m/m/m, explicit sex, three some, cross dressing, bondage/discipline, acrobat, contortionist

Contemporary- 52,300
bdsm, bears, blue collar, fetsih-toys, grief

Fantasy- 103,800
History of past abuse, self harm
mage/sorcerer, first time, hurt/comfort, friends to lovers, magic users, ptsd

Can you say Holy Crap?! Over 100,000 words in that last one!!!! So, go on, get yourself over there and join the group–maybe we can talk Jen into posting one of these lovelies. I think I recognize the Dystopian one and the one with the Knights, and I can tell you they will both be worth the read.