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So, have you made any New Year's Resolutions yet?
Ooh, it has a deep appeal, doesn't it ... the idea that we can start again with a clean page, put the mistakes of the past behind us - and somehow be better than we were before. Don't we all want to be better versions of ourselves? January 1st is a hook on which many people hang these aspirations. It's a piece of magical thinking: New Year, New Me.
So here goes with my writing resolutions for 2012:
* I will give up playing Spider Solitaire: it wastes writing time.
* I will write at least 2,000 words every day, come hell or high water. I’ve just read a blog post by a woman who writes 10,000 words every day – and she has a pre-school child! What is wrong with me?
* I will not treat Facebook and posting on my blog as a cast-iron obligation, whilst treating my novel as something that can be put off until I'm in the right frame of mind.
* I will give up on housework, gardening, cooking my food, and getting dressed in the morning. They waste writing time.
* I will give up watching TV over lunch: it wastes writing time.
* (Well, except for Judge Judy. And maybe CSI. Unless it's that episode with the bones in the sewer, which they seem to run every other week.)
* I will not play Spider Solitaire in a state of panic every time a deadline presses.
* I will not carelessly base my next romantic hero on any guy I actually know.
* If that does happen by mistake, this time I will notice BEFORE it gets to the final edit stage and I have to take refuge in a nunnery in fear of his wife.
* I will stop sneaking references to the Cthulhu Mythos into innocent erotic romances.
* When someone asks how my work is going, I will say “Oh, fine.” I will not embark on an explanation of the oddities of the editing process. They really don't want to know.
* I will learn to spell “dependant,” “weird” and “occasional” without having to look them up every time.
* I will not use semicolons in any fiction I hope to sell to an American publisher.
* I will write a romantic hero without long hair and/or a stubbly beard. Just to prove I have range.
* I will write a romantic novel in which everybody has a nice time and nobody gets beaten up, tortured or killed. Just to prove I'm not a psycho.
* I will never play more than 10 games of Spider Solitaire in a row. Ever.
Oh - who am I kidding?
New Year ... Same Old Me :-)
And on the One-Thousand-and-Second night, Scheherazade told this story…
By day, Taqla uses her forbidden sorcery to move freely about the city of Damascus in the guise of an old sage. Her true identity known only by her faithful servant woman, Taqla is content with the comfortable, if restrictive, life that keeps her safe from the control of any man. Until she lays eyes on a handsome merchant-traveler. Suddenly her magical disguise doesn’t rest so easily on her shoulders.
When long-time widower, Rafiq, hears that the Amir’s beautiful daughter has been kidnapped by a scheming djinni—and that she will be given in marriage to her rescuer—he seeks the help of “Umar the Wise” to ensure he will be that man. Yet as he and the disguised Taqla set off, he senses that his prickly male companion is hiding something.
In a moment of dire peril, all of Taqla’s secrets are stripped bare—her fears, her sorcery and, worst of all, her love for Rafiq. Yet the princess’s life hangs in the balance, and there is no running away or turning back. Even though passion may yet betray them all...
Warning: Scary monsters and creepy ruins in the desert—check. Pagan gods that demand blood-sacrifices—double check. A handsome hero who looks good in a robe and even better out of it—oh yeah. Check, check and check. That’s worth a heroine dropping a veil or two.
Janine Ashbless is a multi-published author of erotic romance and erotica. Her first book was published in 2000 by Black Lace and she currently writes for Samhain and Ellora's Cave among others. She’s always used elements of fantasy, mythology and folklore in her writing, with occasional forays into horror.
Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage, and any movie or TV series featuring men in very few clothes beating hell out of each other. She’s a roleplaying geek and can still sometimes be found running round in the woods hitting other geeks with a rubber sword. It is unlikely she will grow up anytime soon.
Janine lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two rescued greyhounds, and is trying hard to overcome her addiction to semicolons.
Janine will be giving away a PDF copy of her previous fantasy/erotic romance novella, "The King's Viper" to one randomly drawn commenter and a special sweet treat to the tour host with the most comments.
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