Wednesday, December 20, 2006

EPPIE finalist and a new release coming soon!

Hi readers!

I was thrilled to discover a few days ago that my erotic romantic suspense Take It On Faith is a 2007 EPPIE finalist! A huge congratulations to all the other Amber Quill/Amber Heat EPPIE finalists, and we had a slew of them this year!! It's awesome to see AQP and AQP authors shining so brightly!

I also want to let you know about my upcoming January m/m release, Falling. I'm psyched because while I've already had a couple of m/m novellas published, Falling will be my first full-length man-love novel! You can visit my website to read a blurb and excerpt for it. (www.mlrhodeswriting.com) Enjoy!

Also, while you're at my website, be sure to check out the newest eye candy in my Hot Hunks Gallery. Consider the holiday hunks a little gift from me to you!

Happy Yule, Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year to all! And happy reading, too! :)

Hugs,
ML

M.L. Rhodes
Hot night. Hot heroes. Hot reads.
www.mlrhodeswriting.com

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Souls Deep on Fictionwise bestseller list!!

My M/M vampire erotic romance Souls Deep...

...is on the Fictionwise erotica bestseller list!!

It's also currently listed as one of their highest rated erotica stories!
And is also an Amber Heat #1 Bestseller!

Yeah, I'm pretty psyched!! Here's the blurb and some review quotes I've recently received...

As a child, Griffin Hilliard's special abilities were attributed to an
overactive imagination. But by adulthood, his psychic talents were so
strong he'd become a threat to his politically powerful family. To protect
their dirty little secrets, they arranged an "accident" for him. He
survived, but now he lives on the run, only one step ahead of his family's
hired assassins. Until one night, when he's finally caught...

His life is saved by a mysterious man named Jarrah. Griffin senses a
dangerous, primal undercurrent in the stranger-as if he's not quite human.
Yet Griffin's inexplicably drawn to him. It could be the emotional pain he
suspects his rescuer hides. But Griffin fears the real reason is more
disturbing-Jarrah stirs a powerful longing in him that goes against
everything Griffin's ever believed about himself. As the assassins close in
once again, and his rescuer reveals himself for what he really is, Griffin's
torn between running, as he's done his whole life, or standing up to face
his past and his own soul-deep desires.

What the reviewers are saying...

4 1/2 Kisses!! "As always, M. L. Rhodes delivers sizzling sensuality
wrapped in realistic, terrifyingly possible speculative fiction. Griffin and
Jarrah are both characters whom the reader will find readily empathetic, and
the plot revolving around Griffin's psychic capabilities and his family's
need to destroy him is stimulating and fast-paced. In Souls Deep Ms. Rhodes
pens m/m sensuality in just as searing a manner as she does m/f intimacy,
and is a writer not to miss out on." ---Frost, Two Lips Reviews

4 Hearts!! "This is a passionate romance that goes beyond the physical as
the two heroes learn to trust and accept. The steamy sex is described in
explicitly graphic and creative details for the reader's enjoyment. Souls
Deep is a highly erotic, passionately sexy romance with a creative storyline
and exciting action." ---Anita, The Romance Studio

Get a copy today at http://www.amberheat.com or http://www.fictionwise.com
Read an excerpt at my website: http://www.mlrhodeswriting.com

Happy reading!
ML

Monday, October 09, 2006

And yet another new release!!

Yes, I've been a busy, busy writer girl. A writer girl writing about sexy men. Hot, incredible, drool-worthy men who like to be with other men. :) Can you tell I'm totally in love with man love? LOL!

So, I hereby announce that my second M/M erotic romance is now officially for sale!! Souls Deep was released yesterday, October 8th. Pick up a copy! And while you're at it, pick a copy of The Professor's Secret Passion while you're at it (if you haven't already)! The Professor was the #1 bestseller at Amber Quill/Amber Heat in September! (Guess I'm not the only one who's in love with man love ;))

Here's what Souls Deep is all about...

As a child, Griffin Hilliard’s special abilities were attributed to an overactive imagination. But by adulthood, his psychic talents were so strong he’d become a threat to his politically powerful family. To protect their dirty little secrets, they arranged an “accident” for him. He survived, but now he lives on the run, only one step ahead of his family’s hired assassins. Until one night, when he’s finally caught...

His life is saved by a mysterious man named Jarrah. Griffin senses a dangerous, primal undercurrent in the stranger—as if he’s not quite human. Yet Griffin’s inexplicably drawn to him. It could be the emotional pain he suspects his rescuer hides. But Griffin fears the real reason is more disturbing—Jarrah stirs a powerful longing in him that goes against everything Griffin’s ever believed about himself. As the assassins close in once again, and his rescuer reveals himself for what he really is, Griffin’s torn between running, as he’s done his whole life, or standing up to face his past and his own soul-deep desires.

Release date: October 8, 2006
Heat Level: 3 (Amber Quill's hottest level of sensuality)
Length: Extended Novella (39K words)

For an excerpt, click here. To buy a copy, click here!

Have a great week! I know I will!

ML :)

Sunday, September 03, 2006

New Release!!

I'm so psyched! My first gay (M/M) erotic romance came out this weekend from Amber Heat. Yay!! The Professor's Secret Passion is ready for purchase in ebook formats and, and even better deal, it's on sale! All erotic romance novels and novellas are on sale at Amber Heat through the month of September!

Here's the info...

Professor Aidan Sheridan has secretly fantasized about his grad student, Nathan Turner, for two long years. And now Nathan is hinting he’d like to move beyond their professional association to something on a deeper, more intimate level. Although Aidan longs to claim the sexy, younger man as a lover, he doesn’t dare admit that he, too, burns for more. Not if he intends to protect Nate from a bitter event in his own past that still haunts him.

When Nate suspects Aidan is hiding his real feelings, he takes matters into his own hands. The long-pent-up passion between them explodes into a night of erotic and emotional intensity neither man can forget. But in the light of day, will Nate’s love be enough to heal Aidan, or will the professor’s fears tear them apart?

Read an excerpt
Buy a copy!

I hope my readers will enjoy this sexy man love story! I'm always happy to hear from readers, so drop me a note and let me know what you think! ml@mlrhodeswriting.com

Happy reading and happy September!

ML

Monday, August 21, 2006

Johnny Depp look alike

Current music: U2
Current mood: punchy from being too tired


At my local Whole Foods market there's a supremely hunky young guy (when I say young I mean probably in his early to mid-twenties) who works one of the cash registers. And I swear he looks like he could be Johnny Depp's younger brother. Truly! This guy is a major hottie. And personality plus. He's got a gorgeous smile with kind of a devish glint in his eyes.

Does this blog post have anything to do with anything? No. Not really. LOL! I just wanted to share. Wish I could post a picture of him. Do you think he'd let me snap his photo next time he's ringing up my organic milk and veggies? He's the type he probably would! Hehehe! Not sure my hubby would love that, though. He rolls his eyes every time we're there and we get this hunk at the register, as if to say, "Oh, no, here we go again with the Johnny Depp dude." And I just waggle my eyebrows at him (hubby).

I told the guy he looks like Johnny Deep except even better looking. (Nah, I'm not shy...and he probably thought I was a forward "older" woman, which, you could tell, he totally loved.) He said, "I've heard that a few times." Did he blush? Nope. Just grinned that cocky grin that said, "Yeah, I'm hot and I really can't help it."

I might have to model a hero in one of my books after him. Yeah... I can already picture a steaming fantasy with this guy as the star. Yes, indeedy! It's times like this I'm downright gleeful I'm a writer!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Souls Deep blurb...

Finally, at last, I have a blurb done for my October man love erotic romance release, Souls Deep! Here ya go:

As a child, Griffin Hilliard’s special abilities were attributed to an overactive imagination. But by adulthood, his psychic talents were so strong he’d become a threat to his politically powerful family. To protect their dirty little secrets, they arranged an “accident” for him. He survived, but now he lives on the run, only one step ahead of his family’s hired assassins. Until one night, when he’s finally caught...

His life is saved by a mysterious man named Jarrah. Griffin senses a dangerous, primal undercurrent in the stranger—as if he’s not quite human. Yet Griffin’s inexplicably drawn to him. It could be the emotional pain he suspects his rescuer hides. But Griffin fears the real reason is more disturbing—Jarrah stirs a powerful longing in him that goes against everything Griffin’s ever believed about himself. As the assassins close in once again, and his rescuer reveals himself for what he really is, Griffin’s torn between running, as he’s done his whole life, or standing up to face his past and his own soul-deep desires.


Coming in October from Amber Heat as part of the Hidden Desires M/M AmberPax!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Story Progress Update

Here's where I stand with my upcoming stories...


The Professor's Secret Passion: 21,000 out of 21,000 words (100% complete!)

Souls Deep: 5000 out of 25,000 (20% complete)

One Enchanted Evening: 42,000 out of 60,000 (70% complete)

Jonesing (Book 2 in the Night Shadows Series): 3000 out of 38,000 (7% complete)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Hunkalicious Inspiration!


Have you ever noticed as you’re browsing romance authors’ websites, specifically erotic romance authors’ websites, how many of them have a page dedicated to gorgeous, hunky, half-nude men?

As it happens, I don’t have a page of hunks on my site. But I admit, I’m considering adding one. I mean, erotic romance is all about pleasure, right? And if you’re reading it, then why not get a visual along with it? I’ve been extremely lucky to have some truly mouthwatering covers on my erotic stories, so I always feel blessed—and more than a little excited—when I see an email from the Amber Heat art director, Trace Zaber, with the words “Your cover for ____” in the title. Because I know chances are very high I’m about to get a little (okay, or maybe a big) thrill. It’s hard to pick faves because I love them all, but to date, the ones I most enjoy looking at are the covers from The Bodyguard, Night Shadows, Take It On Faith, and my upcoming September release, The Professor’s Secret Passion. The epitome of hot hunks, all of them.



So the cover does, in my humble opinion, definitely add to the pleasure quotient for readers. At least it does for me as a reader.

But back to those pages on author sites devoted to the half-nude men. Okay, drool-worthy cover art is a must. So what’s with these other guys?

Here’s the way I see it. Most writers, as we write, get a picture in our head of our characters. We describe them on the page for readers, give them heights, hair and eye color, sensuous muscles, and big co...er...manly appendages. :) But many of us also tend to visualize our characters, the heroes in particular, as specific people--maybe famous actors or cover models we’ve seen. Or, if there’s no perfect actor or celebrity, we might go out on the net and do some browsing around until we find a picture and go, “OMG, that’s my hero!!” Then we save the pic and put it in a file somewhere so as we write we can ogle the beautiful creature.

I’m guilty of this. I admit it. I don’t do it for every story, but many of them. For example, as I was writing Masks, my Phantom of the Opera book, I had Gerard Butler in mind the entire time as my hero. What was *really* weird is that I wrote the story before I ever even knew they were making a phantom movie and Gerard Butler was starring in it. How’s that for a woo-woo moment? Okay, so that’s my example of celebrity inspiration. But for my September release, The Professor’s Secret Passion, I actually came across pics on the internet that gave me OMG! moments. I have two heroes in this story (double the pleasure!), Aidan (dark hair) and Nate (blond hair). Here are the pics I looked at as I was writing:

So tell me, authors, who are your fave hunky hero inspirations as you write? And readers, do you ever visualize specific people as you read a story. Or do you picture the hunky hero on the cover art (if there is a hunk on the cover) as you read? And...be honest here, folks...how many of you have pics of hot hunks on your website? On your blog? Hanging on the corkboard in your office or cubicle?

By the way...the last pic here? Purely eye candy. Enjoy!

M.L. Rhodes
Hot Night. Hot Heroes. Hot Reads.
www.mlrhodeswriting.com

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sizzling new cover and blurb

Check out the cover for my upcoming contemporary gay erotica! Is that hot or what?! Once again Trace Zaber has created a cover that's not only sexy, but classy as well. Don't those guys look supremely intimate? I LOVE it!!!

And while I'm posting new stuff, I also now have a blurb for this story. Here ya go:

The Professor's Secret Passion

Professor Aidan Sheridan has secretly fantasized about his grad student, Nathan Turner, for two long years. And now Nathan is hinting he’d like to move beyond their professional association to something on a deeper, more intimate level. Although Aidan longs to claim the sexy, younger man as a lover, he doesn’t dare admit that he, too, burns for more. Not if he intends to protect Nate from a bitter event in his own past that still haunts him.

When Nate suspects Aidan is hiding his real feelings, he takes matters into his own hands. The long-pent-up passion between them explodes into a night of erotic and emotional intensity neither man can forget. But in the light of day, will Nate’s love be enough to heal Aidan, or will the professor’s fears tear them apart?

The Professor's Secret Passion is tentatively scheduled for release from Amber Heat (the erotica imprint of Amber Quill Press) in September 2006. Check my website late in the summer for a specific date.

ML :)

M.L. Rhodes
Hot Night. Hot Heroes. Hot Reads.
Bestselling erotic fiction
www.mlrhodeswriting.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Why are m/m stories so delicious?

In the world of heterosexual erotic romance, the hero, who in many cases is a strong alpha male type, finds lust and love with an equally strong heroine, while the reader keeps a glass of ice water on hand (or perhaps a willing partner) to cool down her own fire, which the author hopes has been ignited due to petting, foreplay, and sex between the hero and heroine.

Sound familiar?

I read tons of erotica--and I'm not using that word lightly, I mean tons. Not only do I write it, I truly enjoy reading it. I'd venture to say I gobble up an average of four or five erotica shorts/novellas/novels every week. Sometimes more. And I read widely, across all the sub-genres. The scenario I described above is the norm for probably 80% of the erotic romance on the market. (That's a guesstimate on my part, which I'm freely admitting, so don't yell at me if you know specific facts and figures.) Now, the heat and sensuality level varies widely. On one end of the spectrum we have erotica that's very similar to steamy "regular" romance. On the other end, we have erotica that pushes the envelope and contains extremely explicit language and situations that would probably make dear old Mom pass out in a dead faint. And then there's every heat level in between. But I think it's good that the sensuality levels cover a wide range of material. They should. Not every reader is the same, and it's important to have diverse material that appeals to a diverse audience.

So what's up with the other guesstimated 20% of the erotica? What I see making up that other 20% are stories that most publishers label as menage and same sex. It's this 20% that I've been thinking about lately.

My Amber Heat colleague, Adrianna Dane, posed a question on the Amber Heat Readers list last week, asking if readers like menage and m/m stories. The response was an overwhelming YES!! It seems these two sub-genres of erotica (menage and same sex) are building a huge following and are the newest "hot" trend for readers. These sub-genres have been around forever, and have always had devotees, but in the past year or so, they seem to have taken off like crazy, no longer appealing just to the niche readers, but to average erotic romance readers as well. The average erotic romance readers, mind you, are heterosexual women.

Okay, so hetero women like to read about strong, hunky men having fabulous sweaty sex with the woman they're going to fall in love with. This makes complete sense since finding the perfect sexual and life partner is many hetero women's fantasy. And...it then follows that hetero women might also be turned on by reading about a m/f/m menage. I mean, two hunks to pleasure her? Yeah, baby! Again, another fabulous fantasy. Women like to imagine themselves in these positions--either with the studly one man or with several studly men.

So then, what about m/m stories and m/m/f menages? And yes, there is a difference between m/f/m and m/m/f groups. In m/f/m menage, two men do the bumpy with the woman, but don't necessarily engage in intimate touching with each other. It's hetero sex all the way. In m/m/f, not only do the two men have an intimate relationship with the woman, but they also are intimate with one another. (The same follows for f/m/f and f/f/m menages, but since that's not quite as common in the erotic romance market, I'm not addressing them in this post). Okay, for a woman reader, it's easy to project herself into the menage story and become the heroine. But for the m/m action, the female reader becomes the observer rather than the participant. When two men are engaging in intimate play with one another, all the woman can do is look on. She's not involved.

So my question is...what's the appeal? Reading about m/m intimacy is a passive act for the female reader. She can "watch" the action, but can't insert herself into the play like she can in a m/f story or a menage. Why then is reading (or watching) m/m so arousing? Why did women across the US (the world?) flock to see Brokeback Mountain? Yeah, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal are hotties, no doubt, but why did they seem even hotter when they were portraying gay lovers? Why did the love scenes, which certainly weren't explicit, make women squirm in their panties?

A male writer friend of my mine mentioned recently, in relation to this erotica trend where hetero women are enjoying reading about two men getting in on, that with all the buzz about how "hot" these m/m couplings are, women darn well better not give men any more shit about liking to watch women. And it's the truth. One of the most common hetero male fantasies has always been watching women get it on together. There's no big secret about it, it's a fact. And if you ask a man why they like the idea of watching women touch each other, you'll usually get a simple response such as, "It's hot!" Yes, but why's it hot? "It just is!"

So have women always been secretly turned on at the thought of seeing or reading about men touching each other? Or is this is a fairly new thing? In either case, clearly today's modern woman is realizing what men have known for years: watching members of the opposite sex pleasure each other is a turn-on.

Is there a specific reason? Is this new trend perhaps based on the fact that with m/f erotic stories becoming more mainstream and more easily accessible--with a few clicks of the mouse online, a reader can buy enough erotica to keep her busy for a year--women are starting to get a little bored with the usual pairings and situations and they're looking outward, searching for something different to titillate them? Something...more? This could also explain why certain other trends have been hot in the past--vampires, for example, a sub-genre that added a dark and dangerous twist to the erotic stories.

Or is it as simple as what men have been saying for years? "It's just hot."

I'd love to hear your thoughts, so post a comment here or drop me an email if you'd rather at ml@mlrhodeswriting.com

ML :)

M.L. Rhodes
Hot Night. Hot Heroes. Hot Reads.
www.mlrhodeswriting.com

Sunday, July 09, 2006

A hot new m/m story!

Current music: the new Bon Jovi CD
Current mood: energized!


ML's been a busy, busy girl this past week. I'm still percolating on my vamp erotica, Souls Deep, so no new action there. But this past Tuesday night I had a dream about a teacher and a student and...er...some erotic stuff that happened. When I woke up on Wednesday, I couldn't remember details about the dream, but I was left with a burning need (hehehe) to write an erotic teacher story. Something fast and hot. But I wanted to do something a bit different from other AQP teacher stories that have already been published. So I decided to write a male/male story. I mean, how could I resist the pull of two hot hunks together, I ask you? Rwwoar! I started it Wednesday night, and now I'm almost done with it. LOL! I'm tentatively calling it The Professor's Secret Passion, but that might change. I don't have a blurb done for it yet, but as soon as I do I'll post it to my main site. Along with an excerpt. So stay tuned! I hope to get this one turned in to my editor at AQP some time over the next couple of weeks.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

New Faith Review!

Current music: Keith Urban
Current mood: Psyched!


Got another review in for Take It On Faith this past week! Cassidy at Joyfully Reviewed had this to say:

"Take It On Faith is hot, Hot, HOT! Strong characters, steamy and erotic sex, and a fascinating, suspenseful storyline kept me glued to the story and turning pages as fast as I could! The sex scenes are so hot (did I say they were hot yet?), be prepared for many, many cold showers, or a willing partner close at hand. I would definitely recommend this book if you like your books (and your romance) hot, hard, and achingly erotic! Miguel can drag me off any time."

Thanks so much, Cassidy!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

ML

Sunday, June 25, 2006

To Hell with Hail! And other ramblings...

mood: sleepy after a long day
current music: Michelle Branch


I wish the !$%&* hail would quit falling at my house!

I spent the afternoon with my family at our fave pastime...a baseball game. It was a gorgeous afternoon weatherwise where we were...partly cloudy, not too hot, nice breeze. Perfect baseball weather (Our team thought so to, 'cause they won! Woo hoo!). When we got home, however, we discovered that a thunderstorm had moved through and not only dumped a good rain on us, which we desperately need, it had hailed yet again. This is our third major hailstorm this month! The first one, about three weeks ago, completely thrashed my garden. My squash, corn, and lettuce all looked like it had been through a paper shredder. Then, just as everything was starting to perk back up and look better, another storm hit earlier this week. Luckily it didn't hail long that time. Then today. It didn't look like it was big hailstones today--mostly pea-sized. But holy moly there was a lot of it. Big piles of it, like snowdrifts.

You know, I'm all on board with the whole cycles of nature thing. Everything serves its purpose. But I could do with the moisture coming in liquid form instead of ice cubes that beat the crap out of my flowers and veggies I so painstakingly spend hours caring for. Grumble, grumble.

On the writing front...oh, wait, there is no writing front at the moment. But it's not because I'm procrastinating. Really! I'm kinda stuck on a certain issue in my current story, so I'm percolating about it. And once a brilliant solution comes to me, I'll race forward once again. For now...not so much. Instead I've been doing some promo work, some editing, reading my critique partner's latest story she's writing, which is oooooh so excellent! (Marin Thomas, who writes for Harlequin American, is my cp. Be sure to check out her McKade Brothers series, which starts in August! Lucky me, I'm reading the third book in the series right now...my very own sneak peek.)

And, of course, I've been going to baseball games. With one of my kids playing summer ball we have one practice and two games a week for him, then we try to squeeze in as many AAA and major league games as we can. Did I mention that this past week we went to an afternoon matinee game and my boys got to be the "junior announcers?" It was so cool! They got to announce over the loudspeaker who was coming up to bat. Talk about hamming it up. I think they have careers in show biz in their futures.

On another tangent...speaking of show biz, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were married today. I'm not usually the type to follow celebrity couples--usually because they come and go so quickly, who can keep up? But for some reason I have been following the Nicole/Keith wedding thing. I think they make a great couple, and do they look good together or what? She's beautiful, and he's a damned fine-looking man. Hmm...I might have to write a hero who's blond and bearded. What do you think?

And on a final, sad note... One of my darling clown loaches died today after an extended illness. When you're heavy into the fish-keeping hobby, you accept the fact that you're going to lose fish on occasion. Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts to get healthy ones at the store, they just don't make it. Other times they get mystery ailments and die overnight. I own a lot of fish, but of all my fish, my loaches have become the dearest to me. They have such funny personalities, and each individual loach has its own quirks. So I took the loss of my poor loachy, whose name was Francis, hard because I'd worked so hard to save him. He will be missed by his three loachy brothers and tankmates, Ronald, River, and Sebastian, by Angie the angel fish, and by me.

Signing off for today...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Kids play? I have to wonder!

Current mood: productive
Current music: Aerosmith


My boys have this game they like to play with my husband and me...they're always challenging us to name 10 Pokemon. For those of you who don't know, Pokemon are critters that were created by Nintendo ten years ago or so for video gaming, but now you can find everything from Pokemon trading cards, to stuffed animals, to board games, to clothing. So off we go, hubby and I, rattling off such names as Pikachu, Charizard, Mew, Jiggly Puff, and Squirtle...and then, much to our kids' dismay, we stall out because that's about the end of our repertoire.

"We ask you this question all the time. There are dozens of Pokemon. Why can't you remember what we tell you?" the boys want to know. Well...um...because you might as well be speaking Klingon?

Then they get really annoyed because my husband will start making up names: Peekadoodoo, Ickybock, Stinkybreath. But what really makes them insane is the fact that he never calls their favorite critters Pokemon, he calls them Pokeman. (Yes, yes, I'll leave your smutty minds to work on that one )

What, you might ask, aside from the obvious Pokeman reference above, does this have to do with erotic romance? Well...think about it. Squirtle? Jiggly Puff? Mew (as in a pussy...er...cat)? And these aren't my hub's made up names, these are the actual characters. For real. Holy moly! I decided I wanted to know if there were more like this. So, naturally, I did what every self-respecting knowledge- seeker does these days...I Googled Pokemon to see what I could find. Here are some more Pokemon names, and I swear these are for real! I'm not making them up. My comments, of course, are in parenthesis.

--Slowking ("Ooooh, baby, he's a real slowking...takes his time and fulfills all his woman's needs." )
--Chickorita (Oooeee, did you see that hot chickorita I picked up last night?)
--Bulbasaur (Good gods, that's the biggest bulbasaur I've ever seen!)
-- Celebi (She wouldn't do it with me, man. She's celebi.)
-- Cubone (Short for cute bone? As in, he has a sweet, wee cubone...)
--Lickitung (Does this really need further explanation? )
--Piloswine (He's hot in the sack, but I refuse to sleep with him afterward...he's a real pillow swine... Or, He's not as hot in the sack as he thinks...I always feel like I'm suffocating beneath a pile-o-swine.)
-- Rapidash (He made a rapidash for the finish line before I could even climax)

Okay, clearly I write erotica for a living because I can't help but shovel my mind out of the gutter when I hear this stuff. LOL! But if you want a real thrill, check out the pics of some of these Pokedudes sometime. Lickitung looks like...well, let's just say I've seen similar items in adult catalogs.

Here's something fun to do. I discovered a place where you can find "your Pokemon name." Woo hoo! Here's mine:

Your Pokemon name is: Eelock
Profile: You live in the grasslands of Prince Edward Island, and your diet consists mostly of TV dinners, donuts and lattes. (Hmm...not far off )
Characteristics (Combat and Non-combat): You have propellers. You have a fear of jet fuel. You can breathe fire. You have a fear of bricks. You can spit nunchucks. You can swim in air.
Natural Enemies: Your natural enemy is Nidoyu.

So here's the link. http://pizza.sandwich.net/poke/pokemon.html Tell me...what's your Pokemon name? :)


M.L. Rhodes
Hot nights. Hot Heroes. Hot reads.
ML's website :: ML's Blog

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Fictionwise woo-hoos!

I was just looking at the erotica at Fictionwise and discovered I currently have 3 books in the top 25 bestsellers there! Take It On Faith is at #6, After Hours is at #19, and Night Shadows is at #21. How cool is that?! Especially about After Hours because that's been out at Fictionwise for almost two years! It's always fun to see an older title still selling well.

Night Shadows is also the #2 highest rated erotica at Fictionwise!

Thanks to all the readers who're shopping for M.L. Rhodes at Fictionwise. :)

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Like your sci-fi hot?

Current mood: tired (Hey, it's three in the morning, whaddya expect?)
Current music: The Sounds of Silence. As in my house is quiet and I'm loving it.

I just finished reading yet another excellent sci-fi erotica by my fellow AQP cohort Adrianna Dane. When I read Eluria's Enforcer last year I was blown away at what a fabulous job Adri did on worldbuilding. I mean, she doesn't just toss sort of contemporary Earth characters into another world and supply a bit of techy wording here and there. She really builds a world, complete with customs, laws, characters who aren't necessarily Earth-type humans. And the sex! Holy moly, she writes hot, creative sci-fi sex.

Well, the sequel to Eluria is about to be released from Amber Quill next weekend and I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at it. It's called Kierra's Thread and picks up the world and characters where we left them at the end of Eluria's Enforcer. Kierra's Thread focuses on Devon's (the hero from Eluria) sister, Kierra. The hero, Jarek, and the heroine, Kierra, have already known each other for years when the story opens, but the gut-wrenching emotional baggage they each bring into their relationship is so well-drawn I was immediately sucked into their lives. I admit, I cried at the end--because I was so happy they were able to overcome all the obstacles that had been thrown in their path and consummate their love. I recommend this story to anyone who loves sci-fi erotica! Watch for it next weekend, June 25th! Be sure you get a copy of Eluria's Enforcer as well so you can really gorge yourself in Adrianna's sci-fi world.

And dare I hope a book about Alekos (Devon and Kierra's brother) might be coming in the future?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

And the winner is...

A huge congrats to Cheryl (she knows who she is because I've already emailed her!), who was the winner of my blog drawing! The Once More With Feeling CD will be winging its way to her this very week, and she's also received a copy of my vampire erotic romance, Night Shadows. Way to go, Cheryl!!

And now, for the poll results. Which Buffy vamp hottie is the hottest of all? Wow, the guys were neck and neck for a good long while...first one would pull ahead, then the other. But toward the end there was a bit of a rush for one in particular. So without further ado....

Angel received 60% of the votes
Spike received 40% of the votes

And no, I didn't round up or down in order to get these numbers. That's really how the votes came out!

Thanks to everyone who voted and who wrote me such fabulous emails about their fave Buffy vamps, their fave episodes, to one gal who did a write-in vote for Giles as her fave overall Buffy hottie :) and to one reader in particular for her most excellent tips on where I can get a Spike calendar AND a Spike pillowcase! LOL! Yes, I confess (some of you probably knew this already if you've ever read my 100 Quirky Tidbits About ML page on my website) but Spike is definitely my choice. Don't get me wrong...in the first three seasons of Buffy I was totally in love with Angel. But in seasons 5 and 6, Spike completely won me over and it's been bleach blond hair and blue eyes for me ever since.

Happy reading...and happy Buffy watching to you all!
ML

Monday, June 05, 2006

Dark Passions

Many of you know I'm a total Buffy the Vampire Slayer addict. I mean, who could resist? Aside from the fact it was just an exceptional show on all levels--characterization, dialogue, plot lines--there's also the juicy benefit of getting to ogle two sexy hunks...both of whom dance on the dark side. But, of course, the ever-lasting question amongst Buffy fans is...who's the fave hottie? Is it David Boreanaz playing the dark, brooding, long-suffering Angel, or James Marsters playing the sensitive poet-turned-bad-boy Spike?

I'll let you decide! Vote in my poll and we'll see what comes of it! Even if you've never watched Buffy, I've posted pics of the two hunks below, so feel free to drool and see which one strikes your fancy!

Once you've made your choice, send me an email at ml@mlrhodeswriting.com and let me know which vamp is THE ONE for you! At midnight on Sunday June 11, I'll randomly draw a winner from all who've emailed me, and I'll give away a CD of the soundtrack from the "Once More With Feeling" Buffy episode! That was the musical episode in season 6 when all the characters sang. It's a great CD! I have it and listen to it all the time. I'll also throw in an ebook copy of my most recent erotic vampire story, Night Shadows.

So send me an email with the word "Blog drawing" in the subject line and the name of your fave Buffy vamp hottie! I'll contact the winner by email on the 12th, and will post the poll results here on my blog! Have fun!


Angel


Spike

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Books in Progress

Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Chris Daughtry

Here's where I stand on my books currently in progress...

Jonesing (Nights Shadows Book 2): 3000 words out of 38,000 (7%)

One Enchanted Evening: 42,000 words out of 60,000 (70%)

The Still Point: 110,000 words out of 115,000 (95%)

Souls Deep: Um...haven't started it yet. So 0 words out of 20,000 (0%)

Friday, April 07, 2006

Bestsellers!!

Current mood: Woo hoo!
Current music: Evanescence

Yay!! I'm so psyched! Both Night Shadows and Take It On Faith were on the Amber Quill bestseller list for the first quarter of 2006! The coolest part is that Take It On Faith was only out for the last six days of the quarter, and it still made the list! Thanks to all my readers for those quick sales!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Zoom, zoom, zoom...

Current Mood: giddy
Current Music: Lynyrd Skynyrd

I'm SO pathetic. I can't believe I haven't written yet in my blog in March. Ack!! I can give excuses. I'm really good at excuses... Okay, well, not so much, but I can pretend I am. On second thought, I'll just confess I was busy and didn't think about my blog. I did, however, blog on the AQP Authors' Blog a couple of times this month, so that lets me off the hook, doesn't it? ;)

Really, though, it's been a busy month. I turned the big four-one this month. I have a new erotica release, Take It On Faith. I've had out-of-town company for a week. The weather where I live has been a combination of cold and miserable, and warm and springlike. I added a new aquarium to my...er...aquarium obsession (a 46 gallon bowfront in my office). Ooooh ooooh, and I almost forgot! I got an awesome early birthday present...a new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited! Wanna see a pic?

This isn't my Jeep, but it is. LOL! I snagged this pic from Rockcrawler.com, but my Jeep looks exactly like this--black with khaki hardtop. I've wanted a Wrangler for years. I LOVE it!

Think of me as I'm joyriding this coming summer. ;)

Sunday, February 19, 2006

What is it about Miguel? :)

Thanks to all of you who are subscribed to my newsletter and have sent me emails in my latest contest about which of my covers is your fave. Guess which one is in the lead as far as votes right now? Umm...I'll give you a hint---hot, hot, sultry hot? Not enough of a hint? Hmmm....how about this... His name's Miguel? Got it figured out? LOL! Okay, I'll just tell you...yep, Take It On Faith! Gee, I can't imagine why anyone would lust...er...love that guy! :)

By the way, I'm still typing away on Faith. I'm at 26,000 words. Just finished writing another scorching sex scene. Whew!!

Speaking of sex scenes, my hubby reads everything I write, usually a chapter at a time as I write it. But for some reason he hadn't read any of Take It On Faith yet. So this weekend I printed out for him what I had finished. He took it off upstairs (I was in shock...he actually turned off the Olympics so he could read it!). When he finished the first words out of his mouth were, "Damn, that's some of your best sex yet, hon!" (Have I mentioned how much I ADORE this man?!)

All right...back to the typing!

ML

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Another Studly Cover!!



Could you just die?! I swear when I got this cover art I had hot, sweaty lust flashes. I kept it open on my browser all day and would peek at it every now and then, and each time this man got sexier and sexier! Whew!!!

Um...remember that hero I was telling you about in the previous post? Well, this is what he looks like. Can you see now what I meant when I said I loved him? Don't you want to have sex with him, like, right now?! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

New look/New book

What do you guys think of my new website look? :) I was starting to get tired of the black...I liked it, but it was time for a change. I had fun playing around with colors and graphics, and this is what I finally ended up with. There are times I wish I had someone do my site for me--it takes a TON of time to revamp it completely. But in all honesty, I'm sort of a control freak, as in I like to be responsible for my own stuff like this because then I can change it whenever the mood strikes. I'd probably drive a web designer insane if they had me as a client. LOL!

Anyway, the new look coincides with my new book release. Yep, NIGHT SHADOWS is now available! So get thee over to my publisher, Amber Quill Press, and get yourself a copy! I'll be giving a pop quiz and I expect you to have all the answers! ;) Okay, no quiz. Hmm...it would kinda have to be like a sex education quiz and I know you all already know ALL about that!

I've been writing on my March release, TAKE IT ON FAITH. I'm cruising along on it. After I was about three chapters into it, I decided to cut the entire first chapter and start the story at chapter 2. That meant I lost almost 10,000 words. (gulp) But not to worry, I've been madly typing and I've made up for it! I swear the hero in this one is hot, hot, hot. I know, I know...I say that about every hero. And I do. You're not wrong. That's a good thing, though! Think about how sad it would be if I didn't like a hero!!

All right, enough babbling. I'm back to my writing...I'm in the middle of a sex scene and I'm kinda anxious to get back to it. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A typical writer's day...

Okay...typical for me. Probably not for anyone else. I never quite seem to do anything in sync with the rest of the world. I tend to march to the beat of my own...well, you know the cliche. :)

--Wake up. Roll over in bed. Grumble and groan that my bed is warm and I'm not going anywhere. Roll back over and go back to sleep.
-- Wake up. Look at watch (never my bedside clock...always my watch). Go back to sleep.
--Third time's usually the charm and even though I really want to roll back over and go back to sleep, I drag myself from the bed.
--Puppy (in kennel next to bed) whines. Needs to do her morning puppy business.
--Free little dog. Stagger downstairs with eyes still mostly shut and clutching squirmy, whiny, licky puppy against chest.
--Jab feet into whatever shoes happen to be sitting in front hall. Clip on puppy leash. Lurch outside with little dog dragging me and try not to fall down front porch steps.
--Yawn and shiver as puppy pees, comes to me for treat, pees again, comes to me for treat, pees, comes to me for treat (third time's a charm for the pupster, too), then finally goes poopy.
--Stagger back instead. Unleash pupster, who runs through house like a bat out of hell, making sure all other house residents (human and furry) know she's up and awake.
--Turn on fish tank lights (55 gallon tank in foyer, 20 gallon tank in living room) and feed fish.
--Enter kitchen. Fix Frosted Mini Wheats and pour glass of orange juice. Kids fend for themselves at breakfast. We homeschool so they can do it at their leisure.
--Take breakfast downstairs to my office. Turn on 10 gallon fish tank light and feed fish in office. --Eat breakfast and check email. Answer urgent emails, ignore the rest until later in the day. Catch up on any open edits or "day job" business I didn't finish the night before. Check Desktop Weather.
--More awake now. Shower and get dressed. Take little dog out for another pee-pee and let the big dog out, too.
--Back to desk. Check Desktop Weather. Open first Mt. Dew of the day. More email.
--Get children started on school work. Continue to do my own work as they do theirs.
--Take little dog out to pee-pee. No poopies, even though she's due again.
--Lunch.
--Back to desk. Check email and weather. Read with children, or answer questions and help with schoolwork.
--Pick up little dog poopies in living room. Remind her poopies go "outside!" Take little dog outside. Contemplate next story scene I want to write while pupster plays in snow or chases leaves.
--Back to desk. Check email and weather. Open Mt. Dew #2. More day job work. Kids go off to play. Hubby arrives home.
--Fix and eat dinner. Watch TV for a few minutes. Feed dogs and cats. Family time.
--Take kids to ice skating lessons. Take along Alphasmart so I can sneak in some writing while they skate.
--Home again. Writing time at last! Turn on iTunes player. Blast music. Check email. Respond to email. Stall. Dawdle. Play a game of Zuma. Check email again. Surf the web. Do my daily Mugglenet.com check-in. See if there's anything else at Amazon I absolutely must buy. Play another game of Zuma.
--Bedtime for children.
--Feed all fish again.
--Spend some quality time with hubby.
--Hubby goes to bed. I go back to my writing. This time I actually open Word and find my book file. Reread all the old writing from beginning of story and edit/polish it for the thirtieth time. Go upstairs. Make pot of tea. Back to desk. Reread/polish some more. Check email. Dawdle a bit.
--Bathroom break. Take puppy outside. Freeze butt off in the dark and cold. Pour another cup of tea.
--Finally settle in to do some real writing.
--Time check. Not bad. Only 2 A.M. Back to writing.
--Can't keep eyes open anymore. Save writing. Email check. One more Mugglenet.com check. Desktop Weather check. Take little dog outside.
--Put puppy in her bed. Crawl into my bed.
--Think of a whole section of dialogue I want to add to my book. Know I won't remember it in the morning if I don't write it down now.
--Get out of bed, cursing, go downstairs to office, pull up book file, write dialogue.
--Back to bed.
--Think of more dialogue. Curse even more heartily about why this stuff can't come to me during regular writing time, and get pissy because it always happens to me *after* I've gone to bed. Stagger back downstairs to office, open book file, and write dialogue.
--Back to bed. Try to shut off brain. More words come to me...but I'm so tired...but must write them down or I'll....forget...them...zzzzzz.