11.30.2009

Trying To Finish ECHO by Deadline...

This week is officially eyecandy week all week so enjoy!

Don't you just love a man who enjoys reading?

11.23.2009

Happy THanksgiving!

I hope everyone has an amazing holiday. I will be seeing my in-laws and I'm very excited. Family...food...ahhh...

I am thankful for my family, my health, my pets...and my publishing houses,
Loose-Id, Lyrical, Samhain, and Liquid Silver Books, for the acceptance letters I received this year:

The Chronicles of Surrender, coming out both digitally and in print at Lyrical.

Voyeur, Edge, and So You Want A Job?which released digitally, and for Painted Lady which was accepted but which won't officially release until February.

Reaper and Prodigal Slave.

Heart of Change which was accepted but won't release until May.

11.17.2009

For Liberty and Justice For All...

Today I’m supposed to be posting about my new release, Prodigal Slave, and I’ll get to that, but first I want to draw your attention to a ten year old boy in Arkansas who is refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance in his classroom because of one sentence: “For Liberty and Justice for all.”

I’m not even certain I knew what that sentence fully meant when I was ten and here there is a kid exercising his write of freedom of speech or for him, refusing to speak, because he feels gays in America do not have liberty or justice in the US. You can read more here.

I’m bringing this article to your attention because the ideal behind the boy’s stance needs more attention than my book release. You know, it’s a funny thing. When I started writing my first book a dozen years ago, I pitched it to an editor…and basically said there’s a gay couple, a bisexual couple, and a transgender…want it? Yeah, I was laughed out of the one on one…but here we are so many years later and gay erotic romance tops the eBook charts month after month as best sellers. I have to think that in our own way erotic romance writers are helping to open more people’s minds to sexual orientation, diversity, and equality, and that soon, very soon, attitudes in America will shift. Gay marriage will be recognized in all fifty states…

In the meantime, I’m gonna keep doing my part by writing really sexy stories that will challenge peoples boundaries, make them question their core beliefs…and hope that Liberty and Justice For All will become a reality.


And now, I can express my excitement about Prodigal Slaves release!
I’m excited that Prodigal Slave is finally seeing publication! This was always a book of the heart. And it’s been collecting dust on my hard drive for almost as long as I’ve been writing. In 1998 my critique group started calling it “The Red Corset” story…

It started with a question: What if?
What if a recently divorced mother of twin girls…a professional/soccer mom…was suddenly confronted with her past when her “Master” summons her home?

I know why I wrote the book…on some subconscious level I was struggling with being a mom, being different (bisexual), being kinky…and how can I be two people…never really showing the truth. Writing the story triggered a lot of emotional response, and made me question whether keeping my sexual identity of from children was a good idea. Lying is never a good idea. I’m not sure if writing the book I became strong enough to be completely honest with my children or whether being completely honest with my children helped me to write this book. I do know I am a better person for this story. My relationship with my children is stronger.

I love this book and it will always have a special place in my heart…I hope you love this book too. Let me know at roxyharte at gmail dot com.

Here’s the blurb:
Recently divorced paralegal extraordinaire and soccer mom, Charlotte Sullivan, has a secret past life that has just returned to haunt her in the form of a red bustier that arrives perfectly gift wrapped in time for her birthday. With it is a summons from her once Master Francois Rene de Hart, “Come to me.”

With her twin teenage daughters in Europe for the summer with her parents, she finds herself with the perfect opportunity to relive her youth with a man she once loved, but can her heart survive the temptation of the man a second time around? Pure lust awaits a mere train ride away but does she dare make the journey she fears may break more than her heart this second time around?

Added surprise awaits when she meets her Master’s lover Pierre-Louis and discovers she can only be truly reunited with her Master if she learns to love the other man.

Read an Excerpt?
And of course you can buy it today:)

11.16.2009

Prodigal Slave Released Today!


Read an Excerpt
Buy in E-Book

Recently divorced paralegal extraordinaire and soccer mom, Charlotte Sullivan, has a secret past life that has just returned to haunt her in the form of a red bustier that arrives perfectly gift wrapped in time for her birthday. With it is a summons from her once Master Francois Rene de Hart, “Come to me.”

With her twin teenage daughters in Europe for the summer with her parents, she finds herself with the perfect opportunity to relive her youth with a man she once loved, but can her heart survive the temptation of the man a second time around? Pure lust awaits a mere train ride away but does she dare make the journey she fears may break more than her heart this second time around?

Added surprise awaits when she meets her Master’s lover Pierre-Louis and discovers she can only be truly reunited with her Master if she learns to love the other man.

11.15.2009

Let's Talk FemDom in Erotic Romance

I've given myself permission to not write this weekend, after logging 60 hours behind the keyboard last week, not including social networking, I decided I need some time off...

That meant my brain could go crazy again...
It seems when my fingers aren't busy typing the next word, my brain has to take up the slack and writing idea after idea is rolling through my brain...

Here's what I'm thinking about:
D/s with a woman Domme...
This is a problem because Femdom isn't as marketable as submissive girls with powerful alpha males. Why? After years (centuries) of fighting for equality we still have to have the man in the more powerful position in our romance novels? Is this a cross over from real life?

I love to see a powerful woman wielding a whip...
That isn't to say that with the right man I won't be tied up, gagged, flogged...
But I really like to be in control to so writing about women controlling men...or another woman...yeah, I enjoy that.
I have a F/F started ... emphasis on the darker side of bdsm...hopefully come 2010 I'll have time to focus on it...

I also have a stand alone that was originally meant to be part of the Chronicles of Surrender... Morgana's Story... and she is a Domme in every sense of the word.

In the meantime, I'll just keep looking for pretty pics to inspire me:)


But tell me...what's your take on Female Domme's in erotic romance? Love it? Hate it?
Would you be more or less likely to buy an erotic romance with a female domme with a male submissive? How about with a female submissive?

How about real life? Tied up your man to the bedpost lately and forbidden him from orgasm no matter what you do to him?

11.12.2009

So, You Want A Job? Gets Reviewed


So, You Want A Job? just scored a "Gotta Read it" review!

Reviewed by Roberta, she said I challenged her boundaries AND made her question what she considered taboo...for me, that makes my night PERFECT! (read the review at the above link)

11.11.2009

Because Someone Asked


A friend asked, "So what order should I read your books in?"

Here was my answer:

My absolute favorite, probably because it was my first "baby", is Sacred Secrets:) which offers an insider look at a BDSM lifestyle club...

My second fav is "So, You Want A Job?" about a wall-street diva on the verge of homelessness after the 'crash' and what lengths she'll go to...

I love the menage "Voyeur" which has a diagnosed sadist as one of the three... followed by Edge.

After that its kind of a crap shoot. Of course, I think they are all good lol
So here is an exact list of all available and/or their coming soon dates:) Most links are in the blogs sidebar:)

Series from Lyrical Press:
Chronicles of Surrender are: 1) Sacred Secrets (avail in print)
coming soon: 2) Sacred Revelations 3) Unholy Promise 4) Echo of Redemption
all Chronicles will be avail in print

The rest are digital...
Two-Book from Loose-Id:
1) Voyeur 2) Edge

Another 2-book coming soon from Loose-Id:
1) Painted Lady 2) Soiled Dove

Others are stand alone and can be read at any time:
coming soon are:
Liquid Silver Books: Prodigal Slave (11/17)
Samhain Publishing: Heart of Change (digital 3/10...print 9/10)
Loose-Id: Survival Instinct (2010)

11.09.2009

To Write Love on Her Arms Day - Friday, Nov 13th


To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform.

To Write Love On Her Arms Day is a day where anyone can write the words love on their arms, to support those who are fighting against depression and those who are trying to recovering. On this day, just write love on your arms, and show it off, other people will ask why you have love written on your arms, and you tell them you are supporting to write love on her arms day, and how its benefiting a non profit organization helping stop depression, and make love the movement ♥

The vision is that we actually believe these things…

You were created to love and be loved. You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you're part of a bigger story. You need to know that your life matters.

We live in a difficult world, a broken world. My friend Byron is very smart - he says that life is hard for most people most of the time. We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments. You need to know that you're not alone in the places you feel stuck.

We all wake to the human condition. We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss. Millions of people live with problems of pain. Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay. We know that pain is very real. It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.

You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption. We're seeing it happen. We're seeing lives change as people get the help they need. People sitting across from a counselor for the first time. People stepping into treatment. In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline. We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take. We want to say here that it's worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it's possible to change.

Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone.

The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.

The vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles.

The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.

The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.

The vision is better endings. The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships. The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love. The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise. The vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change.

The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.

The vision is the possibility that we're more loved than we'll ever know.

The vision is hope, and hope is real.

You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.

Feel free to upload pictures of love written on your arms on November 13th!

For more information go to their website

11.08.2009



This is my youngest daughter Kiya.
She is selling AVON to help pay for her college tuition.
If you love AVON buy something from her AVON Distributer page:)
Kiya's AVON Shop

11.05.2009

Writing on ECHO OF REDEMPTION Continues

With the beginning of November came the start of NaNoWriMo... normally one participating would write 50,000 words from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30th but since I also need to get Echo of Redemption to my publisher, I've decided to complete it for NaNo.

One hundred thousand words...
Today I am barely and I do mean barely on schedule at 15,000 words.

Oh what fun I'm having!

I haven't talked to Kitten or Garrett or Thomas for over a year. It's like going to a family reunion the chatter I have going on in my head. Everyone talking at once and everyone thinking what they have to say is more important than anything anyone else has to say...

Unexpectedly, Eva has returned, crashing the party like a jilted bride's attendance at her past lover's bachelor party.

I did expect Thomas's brother. He was actually formally invited. For a man so outrageously exaggerated...he is turning out to be quite shy. Which should be disappointed but is rather endearing.

I am still waiting on Latisha, Thomas's wife, and children, to RSVP.

In the meantime...I have more than enough dictation to keep me busy.

11.04.2009

I Have A Book Signing Scheduled!


I know...if you've already been there and done that and had a horrible experience...you are thinking, "You poor dear."

I've already heard all the author horror stories where no one shows up...Or people are there but just don't stop by the author table...and the author is stuck sitting at the table pen in hand feeling like a dork.

I hope I am mentally prepared for the worst, but of course I'm hoping for the best.
If I sell a few copies of Sacred Secrets I'll be thrilled.

So if you live anywhere near West Chester, Ohio which means from Dayton to Cincinnati...please mark your calendar and come see me!

December 5th from 1pm to 3pm
Barnes and Nobel - The Streets of Westchester
9455 Civic Centre Blvd
West Chester, OH 45069

11.03.2009

11.02.2009

Sacred Secrets TOP PICK of The Month


Dark Diva's recommends Sacred Secrets as one of their Top Picks from October.

Here is a portion of their review:
Jen said: "There was a lot of action and emotion packed into Sacred Secrets. Roxy Harte took me on a roller coaster ride of new experiences and self-revelation. I truly enjoyed watching Celia’s transformation from fetish reporter to BDSM slave. It was insightful, descriptive and, at times, poignant. My heart went out to both of these characters and I felt vested in the outcome.

Without the underlying suspense storyline this book would have still been quite interesting and engaging; however, the suspense ratcheted up the anticipation of reading each page.

This book had a fantastic ending in and of itself, but also a cliffhanger for lack of a better work. I, for one, cannot wait for the second book in the Chronicles of Surrender Series to find out what happens to Garrett and Celia (oh, and we mustn’t forget Thomas!)."

Thank you Jen and Dark Diva's for reviewing Sacred Secrets!

Read an Excerpt or Buy Sacred Secrets now.

11.01.2009

National Novel Writing Month Begins...

Okay, so all your friends are talking about NaNoWriMo...and you may be scratching your head...
either you don't know how they do it and you admire them for their guts...
or you wish you had the guts to try but you always have something more important to do in November...
Or, you've tried and failed...
Or you did it once and you just don't know if you want to torture yourself again...

Me? I'm always so focused on whatever I'm writing I don't need something to tear me away from the current WIP. Until this year. This year coincides with a DEADLINE.

I need to say that again just to get it through my brain: DEADLINE!!!!!

Yes, I've delayed, procrastinated, blamed my muse, dwelt on my ideas, waited for my characters to tell me what happens next until I. Am. Out. Of. Time.

So, I am joining the foolhardy novel in a month aspirees to get the job done. Period.

Here is a really good post by someone who has done this many times and has lots of wonderful tidbits of wisdom, which I totally agree with, to inspire you should you decide to join me in this endeavor, or to remind myself what in the hell I'm doing should I forget.

For those of you still scratching your heads:

What is NaNoWriMo?

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. You can actually register here and track your progress! Just go to the tab marked My NaNoWriMo.

If you are a teen or young adult...this site is slightly more cool...and includes workbooks...speaking of workbooks...

As a past homeschooling mom, if any of you are currently homeschooling a child of any age...the Young Novelest NaNoWriMo has great materials for elementary, intermediate, jr or senior high students. What a great opportunity. Makes me wish I still had a young child under roof to torture with literary fun...

Ok, so, if you don't see any great posts for the next...say, month...you will know my efforts are either going really, really, well, or really, really, badly...

I'll try to update on a more regular basis though...

WISH ME LUCK
and if you are NaNoWriMo-ing... GOOD LUCK TO YOU!