Sunday, February 1, 2015

What in the world is going on with "Zutto."?

There's this funny thing about deadlines when you're in charge of everything. They don't really mean anything (other than the meaning the royal you give them) and they're frustrating as all get out.

"ZUTTO.", the third and final installment of the JIAI JOUWA series, and the final RR related book for a good while, was originally meant to come out in December. I didn't think it actually would, but it was a good goal. Naturally, it didn't make the cut. Mostly because it ended up being about 40k words more than I anticipated. (Funny how that happens with me.)

Then I had hoped for January. But a family emergency over the holidays meant it still wasn't ready for the final edits yet. It wasn't ready until a couple of weeks ago, with the hope that maybe February would bring some JJ love. Oops. Turns out everyone in the chain of production is busy this time of year, and with a monster novel like Zutto, well...

This is not an excuse post. But in this business roadblocks happen. In this case those roadblocks are people doing people things and Hildred writing a huge novel because why the hell not. This means that Zutto will probably not see a February release, but as soon as I have a good idea of when it will be out you all will be the first to know.

There is some good news! Production of my next planned book (a standalone lesbian romance) is well underway, will be considerably shorter (HAHA JINXED IT) and thus should be out fairly soon after Zutto. My goal is to still get three full length novels out this year and a short novella series at least deep into development by the end of the year.

And then fantasy time!

Thank you all for your patience. If you have some time and some extra love, share it with my amazing editor who is the one who has to sit down and slog through RR edits every time going, "Damnit, Hildred, one of these days i am going to torch your long-ass novels and take away everything you love. Just as soon as I get done howling at your ridiculous typos." Without her, Aiko would have turned into a bear halfway through one of the RR novels, apparently. (It's not a shifter novel, I swear!)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year! How About A Free Romance Novella?

FREE Until Jan 5th!
What better way to ring in the new year than with a free romance novella? When Chemistry Wins, the first part of THE DARK HORSE TRILOGY as written under my pen name Cynthia Dane is FREE through January 5th!

That's not all! Both it and its following stories, When Passion Flares and When Romance Prevails are free under KU. You can even pick up the full and complete box set for only $2.99. Awesome!

I mean, this is assuming you like hot and sexy contemporary romance. Also assuming you're okay with some sultry boy / girl action.

Cynthia Dane is a name I've been working hard on alongside my other writing projects. (If you are subscribed to my HB mailing list, then last night you should have received an exclusive preview of the final RR universe novel!) You can bet there will be a lot more to come in 2015 from all of my names!

Check out the whole Dark Horse Trilogy Below!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Introducing Cynthia Dane, My New Contemporary Romance Pen Name

Some exciting news to share today! I have been working on a special writing project recently, which includes a new pen name and a debut in the contemporary romance world. Yes, folks. M/F. I know, right? Who knew.

My pen name in that world is Cynthia Dane, and most of my releases will be in serial format. My first release, When Chemistry Wins, is the first part of The Dark Horse Trilogy, which is basically Romeo & Juliet... but with modern politics!

Check it out!

“Two households, both alike in dignity; From ancient grudge break to new mutiny.” 

STAR-CROSSED LOVERS 

The Mitchells and the Halls are embroiled in the most heated gubernatorial election the state has ever seen.. Kerri Mitchell, the governor’s debutante daughter, yearns for a life free from her family’s controlling grasp. A life where her worth isn’t based on how vapid and innocent she can appear on the evening news. 

Hunter Hall doesn’t see eye-to-eye with his father, Governor Mitchell’s nemesis. He’s tired of the campaigning, the false promises, and the dirty mudslinging that comes with modern politics. And Hunter’s tired of having no one to share his life with. 

One fateful night brings these two souls together. One fateful night that changes the course of these two families’ fates forever. 

For when it comes down to it, will Kerri and Hunter choose their families… or love?

Friday, October 31, 2014

OUT NOW! "IKIGAI." Book 7 of REN'AI RENSAI

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"IKIGAI.", the seventh and final (for a long while at least) book of the REN'AI RENSAI series is now out! It's a whopping 100k words long and I hope you enjoy every single one. :) 

I'll have a more poignant post about the journey writing all seven books in this series up sometime next week. For now, please enjoy!

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"People say that we change as we get older. My biggest fear was that I would wake up one day and no longer be in love with Reina. Instead I woke up one day with urges that took me to the very kind of people she couldn't even think about."
Aiko almost has the perfect life. A strong marriage, a fun part-time job teaching English, and a healthy social life that keeps her stimulated in more ways than one. But she's changing. For the first time in years, there is someone she is falling for... and it's not someone her spouse would approve of. 
How can she truly be happy if she's repressing a part of what makes her tick?

"I haven't changed in over twenty-five years. This includes most of my opinions. Except I don't have popular opinions about anything. Take gender for example. I know I'm messed up, but it could be worse. I could really hate my body to the point I can't live in it anymore. Not even my wife understands that. But somebody else does."
Reina has come far in her therapy, but nothing can change the fact sometimes she can't face the way the world treats her because of her body. When she searches for someone who understands her, she meets another woman dealing with gender dysphoria. A woman whose dysphoria has taken her to a place Reina is still afraid to traverse. 

It's taken twenty years for Reina and Aiko to seal their relationship. Now the years have caught up to them and they must decide what their "ikigai," or their reason for living is. Friends come and go; lovers can be finicky; family is what they make of it. 

Their final hurdle in life, love, and sexuality will determine now and forever who they will spend the rest of their lives with. And they want so badly for it to be each other.

"IKIGAI." takes place from October, 2014 - February, 2015

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cover And Blurb Reveal For "IKIGAI.", Our October 31st!

After a month's worth of delays, we finally have an official release date, cover, and blurb for "IKIGAI.", the final (for at least a really long time) book in the REN'AI RENSAI series.

This book is a bit of a monster in the sense that it's the longest book I have yet to release, clocking in at just a little over 100k. (For reference, most full-length RR releases are between 70-90k, standard novel lengths.) And with a long book we also get the longest blurb yet. Usually we try to keep it down to a certain amount, but for the last book we decided to just go for it.

Below is the cover and blurb for "IKIGAI.", coming out October 31st! (Spooky.)


“People say that we change as we get older. My biggest fear was that I would wake up one day and no longer be in love with Reina. Instead I woke up one day with urges that took me to the very kind of people she couldn’t even think about.”

Aiko almost has the perfect life. A strong marriage, a fun part-time job teaching English, and a healthy social life that keeps her stimulated in more ways than one. But she’s changing. For the first time in years, there is someone she is falling for… and it’s not someone her spouse would approve of. 

How can she truly be happy if she’s repressing a part of what makes her tick?

“I haven’t changed in over twenty-five years. This includes most of my opinions. Except I don’t have popular opinions about anything. Take gender for example. I know I’m messed up, but it could be worse. I could really hate my body to the point I can’t live in it anymore. Not even my wife understand thats. But somebody else does.”

Reina has come far in her therapy, but nothing can change the fact sometimes she can’t face the way the world treats her because of her body. When she searches for someone who understands her, she meets another woman dealing with gender dysphoria.  A woman whose dysphoria has taken her to a place Reina is still afraid to traverse. 

It’s taken twenty years for Reina and Aiko to seal their relationship. Now the years have caught up to them and they must decide what their “ikigai,” or their reason for living is. Friends come and go; lovers can be finicky; family is what they make of it. 

Their final hurdle in life, love, and sexuality will determine now and forever who they will spend the rest of their lives with. And they want so badly for it to be each other.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

One Year Closer To Death And More Taxes

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Yesterday was my birthday. (Yes, it was lovely, thanks!) I turned the absolutely no1curr 27, which makes me happy because I quite like the number 27. (Plus I've been thinking I'm 27 for about six months now. Finally, I'm right!)

The reason I feel some great need to share this is NOT to get belated birthday wishes, but because I have a good feeling that this next year of my life will be pretty great. Considering some of the prizes I have to announce coming up soon (yes, soon!) I can't help but feel like some good things are going to happen!

Of course, I have a sinking feeling that certain terrible things may happen, but let's not think about that right now...

What I have been thinking about lately, however, is the image I had of my adult life as a child. What I mean is, when I was a child, I often imagined what my twenties would be like. Suffice to say, my twenties have not been anything like I imagined as a kid. Of course that's true for just about everybody, but for me in particular, it's been negatively different. For every decent thing that has happened these past seven years, three awful things have happened.

I don't say this for pity. In fact, I want the opposite, if I were to get anything. But it's weird to think of what I thought my twenties would be like and then actually experience most of them so far.

Out of the things I have accomplished so far, however, I am very proud for achieving my dream of being a full time writer and author. This is exactly what I've been wanting to do with my life. And now that I'm finally taking better control of my life, it can only get better! Or so I hope.

Naturally, though, I'm mostly glad I don't even care about my birthday anymore. Means if I have any crappy ones in the future, I won't care!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OUT NOW! Healing Submission: Tales of Hurt and Comfort Anthology (Only 99 Cents!)

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I'm super excited to announce that "SEIKOU." has made it into a great new anthology called HEALING SUBMISSION: Tales Of Hurt And Comfort. Published by erotic romance giant Excessica, it features ten stories about learning to love and trust through submission... oh, and getting over those pesky traumas that plague us.

"SEIKOU." has been truncated into a novella called Dysphoria. As far as I know it's the only lesbian story, but the other novels in this REALLY CHEAP (!!!) collection are definitely worth checking out!

Please take a look at the full summary below. Oh, and the Rafflecopter afterward ;)

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Safety. Security. Trust. Discipline.

How do you heal a shattered heart? With their dominants' masterful handling and unique approaches to comfort, these lovers with hurt and trauma in their pasts get another chance at finding the love they deserve.

This boxed set contains ten novels from bestselling D/s romance authors including NYT/USA Today bestsellers Anna Antonia, Adriana Hunter, Selena Kitt and Linda Barlow. Some books are from existing series, but each book stands alone - no cliffhangers!

Mastering Meg by Saskia Walker: 
When Piers finds Meg's secret stash of BDSM material he sees the way to unbuckle her and win her heart. Meg is wildly aroused, but getting her to admit that is going to be his biggest challenge!

Force Majeure by Arden Aoide: The mind of Jeff Rainier is remarkable and strange. It separates him from true intimacy. Until Evan. She revels in his obsessive nature and captivating idiosyncrasies. Can he trust her affections?

The Dangerous Hero by Linda Barlow: Stephen and Viola had amazing sex 9 years ago, and the chemistry is still sizzling when they meet again. But after an abusive marriage, can she trust a man whose home contains a dungeon?

Catching Caitlin by Amy Isan: Hugh Evans
. He's not the man I remember, but more powerful. He walked up to me in the dumpy bar. The speakers bled while he licked salt off my drink. A sly grin and twinkle in his eye.

Her Two Doms by Adriana Hunter:
 When Sebastian invites Brooke to his club and introduces her to his best friend Jax, things quickly heat up. But what happens when they find themselves wanting more than just her submission?

Trust by Anna Antonia:
 Nicola Dawson was once married but the severe emotional neglect left her feeling broken and unloved. When she meets handsome neurosurgeon Henry Kain it's her chance to learn to live and love again...

Coming Clean by Selena Kitt: When divorced Donnie hires Elena as a housekeeper, he has no idea the dark desires she will inspire in him, or the dark past he will help her overcome. (Note to readers: This is an extended version of Donnie and the Maid) 

Lost in His Woods by Penelope L'Amoreaux: 
She woke close to death in the snow. He saved her, but struggles to give her what she craves: comfort. Tolik and Clare's journey take them through dark, sensual depths, and a thrilling adventure.

Dysphoria by Hildred Billings: A woman dealing with severe gender dysphoria approaches her wife to help her become more submissive. Unlearning twenty years' worth of repression, however, does not come without its sacrifices.

Not Your Damn Dom by Amy Valenti: After a disastrous mistake, Spencer swears off BDSM forever. When he falls in love again, he battles the urge to introduce Alex to his Dom side. Can he trust himself with a submissive's safety again?

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