Thursday, May 15, 2008

Older Women Doing Younger Men

The newest series from Ellora's steamin' Cave is called "Oh, Yum!" (That's a cute way of telegraphing the phrase older woman/younger man or OWYM.) The series reflects a recent--and, far as I'm concerned, long overdue--trend in real-life intimate relationships. And for that reason, I applaud it. Resoundingly.

My contribution to this series, Liberation, is now available:

For how many centuries have women had to endure rejection or the alienation of spousal affection because they haven't been considered desirable, for all kinds of reasons, as they advance toward middle age? (And it is indeed an advance, if maturity of vision counts for anything in this world.) How many Hugh Hefners and Donald Trumps have contributed to loss of female self-esteem? Well, EC authors have stepped up to tell these guys, "Perch and spin, you shallow, pretentious asshats!"

Liberation isn't the first book in which I explore the psycho-emotional landmines that pepper a woman's path out of her twenties. I actually took a much longer, deeper look at the issue in Two Out of Three Ain't Bad, a novel published through Cerridwen Press. It's an often emotional story, because aging can be an often emotional life-change in terms of how women evaluate their own worth. Sad to say, advertisers and the media, whose influence is pervasive in this culture, only exacerbate whatever perceptual problems already exist. (By the way, I don't use the word cougar in either book. I find it offensive, because it suggests that women who end up with younger male partners are cunning predators. I know from personal experience this is bullshit. Whatever sneering male dreamt up the term can go fuck himself with it.)

In both of my books--and, for that matter, all the Oh Yum! stories--what's ultimately celebrated are defiance and persistence: the defiance of stifling cultural norms and the persistence of joy in romance and in sex. The men in these tales are celebrated, as well, because they have the ability to see through surfaces to what lies beneath and to embrace those qualities.

So [raising my glass in a toast] here's hoping romance writers and publishers continue to slough off stereotypes and explore the many faces of love!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Full Chapter Excerpts at Live Journal

You'll find a new link for my new Live Journal pages in the left column. There, each of my titles has (or will have) a complete entry that includes cover, buy link, maybe some review snippets, blurb, and chapter. I've done two so far but will eventually get all posted. So go read.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Two Five-star Reviews from Ecataromance Sensual

How can I not love Candy at Ecataromance Sensual? She not only dipped into my backlist, but she gave each of the two books she chose a Five Star rating. (And I didn't even have to pay her nuthin'. Heck, I didn't even have to grovel and beg. She found the books all on her own! Wonderful lady, Candy is.)

So anyway, here's her review of Cemetery Dancer and here's her review of Plagued It's hugely gratifying to see a reviewer take this kind of time to read from an author's backlist. I'm really moved.