Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Your Literary Forecast - Snow(bound) and (Blame the)Rain

Waving hi to all my favorite people! Sorry I'm a day late in posting but the weather has been a pain in the butt and I'm up to my eyeballs in work. Somewhere I lost a few hours yesterday, even when I stayed up late. Unfortunately, I've done too many late nights and I'm paying for it today - I don't feel good :( I'm not a winter girl and we've been having snow and ice - and I'm not very pleased about it.

I'm also trying to work this new Google-ized blog out. I'm used to typing in html, and now you can just type links - so I'm trying to make it harder than it really is. The picture thing also seems to give me some difficulty - but I'll get it sooner or later.

But enough of that sour puss business - what's everyone up to? It's dang cold around here! I had to put socks on this morning, and I'm not a sock person. I like my feet free. It's the weirdest thing, but I can't sleep with socks on. Anyone else like that? I sleep with my feet sticking out of the covers. I think it's because I'm claustrophobic - don't like to be all tucked in either or I feel trapped. I actually have all kinds of strange quirks and phobias - I don't recommend them at all. ;)

I watched The Illusionist the other day and really enjoyed it! I just sat back and enjoyed it - very well acted and directed. I'm not usually an Edward Norton fan, but he played the role well - a very different one for him. Mainly the family and I have been watching a lot of Indie movies as of late. I find them better acted and with a lot more substance. Some gems we've run across are:
In America, Little Miss Sunshine(what a riot), The House of D, Mean Creek, and Man in the Moon(this one is with Reese Witherspoon). I highly recommend them all - though Mean Creek is not a feel-good movie, but if you have teenagers, I think it's a smart one to watch.

So let's see - what news do I have for you. My January newsletter is out. Hopefully if you signed up for it you've received it. Sometimes it goes to the spam folder/bulk mail - so be sure to check that if you didn't get it yet.

What else...Oh I received a great review for Blame the Rain:

Rave review from Joyfully Reviewed
Blame the Rain is a sweet and spicy romantic tale that speaks to the hope that lives in us all; that we can find our soul mates, no matter the odds. The sex scenes are hot and emotional and the story is just full of all the emotion of a couple who discovers their soul-mate by accident and finally allows themselves to trust and believe. This is a great romantic story I’m sure I’ll reread in the future.~Reviewed by Maura

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*tosses confetti*

Also out is Best of Torrid Teasers Vol. 1 from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid with my short story Snowbound. For an excerpt, please go here:

And before I forget, I also had my short story Fantasea accepted by Forbidden Publications. Here's a blurb for ya to get you in the mood:

Among some boxes in her closet, Brianna finds a tattered old book with the name Fantasea on the cover. As she starts to read about the main character, Lorenzo, a man washed ashore after a boating accident, she is hooked, and is magically drawn into the story.

Brianna knows it’s all make-believe, but quickly falls for the handsome stranger. With his quick wit and rugged good looks, it’s a fantasy come true, further proven by a night of mad, passionate love underneath the stars.

In the morning, a rescue team arrives on the island to whisk them to safety. Lorenzo is only too happy to continue their romance back among civilization, but Brianna believes that once they leave, the island magic that brought them together will disappear, and she will too.

Now, I did get my cover for Next Floor Naughty - my very first book from Ellora's Cave, but I can't post it just yet. Once I get the OK - you bet I'll be sharing it :) I'm totally stoked!! It's very sexxy ;) Yes, I know - I'm a terrible tease!!!

Question of the week:
If you were stranded in the snow somewhere and could wish for a dogsled pulled by 4 gorgeous and hunky men to get you to safety - who would the 4 men be? They can be musicians, models, actors, artists - you name it. 4 men who will gladly brave the snow to rescue you - and yes they'd be nekkid!

Here's one of my choices:
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Time for a little drumroll please! Winner of first part of my January blog contest is: KERRI1973!!! Please email me at anncory_erotica at spaces) with BLOG WIN in the subject line, and which ebook you'd like a copy of: Blame the Rain or Drinyian. Also include which format (PDF or HTML) you prefer and include your snail mail addy so I can send you a pretty book thong!

Remember, you can still win an ebook and book thong - the second part of the contest starts today! Blog on any post from today until the 31st of January and you are eligible!

A Pirate's Treasure Anthology is sailing your way and will reach Port on January 20th! The intoxicating(not intoxicated - very important) crew consists of myself, Jaden Sinclair, Teresa Wayne, and Cara North.

Here's the blurb from my story Sex Marks the Spot:

An evening aboard an exotic cruise ship turns into a nightmare for Charlotte Alderman. Cold and wet, she makes her way ashore what appears to be a deserted island, until she runs into a devastatingly handsome stranger with a sword. The last thing she needs is to fall for some ill-mannered pirate who only has gold and jewels on his mind.

Captain Phineas Parr gets quite a surprise when he comes across a beautiful lass draped over the very spot he plans to dig for buried treasure. Convinced she is a spy working for his archenemy, Fowler, he decides to keep an eye on her, though to look at her is more of a pleasure than a pain.

As Charlotte helps search for the hidden booty, she discovers that adventure has been missing in her life, while Phineas realizes that love can be the greatest treasure of all. The only thing standing in their way is a murderous pirate with a score to settle.

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Okay - I think that is my news for the moment :) I will do better and updating because I actually like to blog believe it or not :) I hope you all have a fantastic week - and hope you're staying warm and healthy! LUB YOU GUYS!!!!!

~Ann Cory :)


robynl said...

Welcome back, Ann. I can't sleep with socks on either and like my feet out from under the covers-too hot otherwise.
Congrats Kerri1973.

Cathy said...

You are a very busy girl. And the sock thing, I used to be able to sleep with them on until the hot flashes started up. Which makes cold winter nights a total pain in the butt, because my head and hands are freezing... Also saw Man in the Moon, makes me cry everytime.

Stacy Dawn said...

Nope...I hate cold feet LOL and like nothing better than to curl up under a toasy blanket.

OH YEAH, Matthew would be in the lead!

Busy lady...awesome for you!!

principessa said...

I love being cozy and warm and wear socks all winter long. The warmer the better with my trusty Hudson's Bay Blanket.

Anonymous said...

whew i thought i was 'not like every1 else' (so my mother told me for 40 yrs)
i hate to wear socks! i dont like cold feet either ... i like a fan going even in the middle of winter!
hot flashes r killing me!
4 ppl in the house and they want on heat , while im sweating and sneak to turn on aircondioner! lol

im still trying to watch king kong .


Dena said...

I hate the cold,and it has been crazy weather here in the Northwest,I will be glad for spring. There has already been 6 days the kids have to make up for because of the weather.
I am going to put those movies on my list,the Illusionist is there already.
I would have Matthew too,along with Keanu,Brad,and Eddie Cibrian

Cholub1968 said...

Happy 2007! i am on with username as screename

ellie said...

I hate the winter and have to dress extremely warmly to stay cozy. The heavy pj's and blankets and definitely thick socks.

alissa said...

winter is not for me. I love the summer and sunshine and heat. So I bundle up and then put socks on with fleece lined slippers.

pearl said...

I need heat and warmth to survive. Cold is the worst thing for me. I wear socks all day and when I go to sleep, then remove them later on.

joelle said...

I can do without winter entirely. Love bright intense sun and lots of it. Not meant for cold climes. I dress for it though and always wear warm socks.

Cathie said...

Hi Ann!!! So much news coming by to visit your blog!
Our weather has been icy then snowy. But its not been very bad as some have it, but I think the worse is the cold. Like right now its about ten degrees out! I love slipper socks! I'm the opposite, my feet are always freezing so I don't like socks but I like the pull on ones, like keds, I think they are called. Don't they say "Cold feet warm hear" LOL
Great on the review Blame The Rain. That is one I'm hoping to read this month. I've been trying to post my reads on my blog so I can spread the word a bit! Congrats on all your upcoming releases Ann!

Cathie said...

Ok now for my answer to the question of the week! I don't know many actors, etc but these I do know and would be lovely to see them nekkid :)
Richard Gere (even just younger like when he was in An Officer And A Gentleman)
George Clooney (I got this thing for natural grays :)
Stefan Andreas Schwartz (Book cover model for Feehan's Dark Guardian)
Andrei Claude

Jenn on the Island said...

Fuzzy chenille socks are the only thing that can keep my feet warm in this ridiculous Pacific Northwest winter.

That and my answer to your question:
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg
You can never have too much of a good thing!

Tempest Knight said...

Sorry to hear the weather there sucks. Here it was too cold for my taste. Good thing is starting to warm up. I think the temps are up to the 80's at night. :)

Ann Cory said...

I'm so glad to hear other people can't sleep with socks on either! I absolutely can't have bedsheets tucked under the mattress either. When I stay in a hotel, it's one of the first things I do is untuck the sheets, LOL

Ann Cory said...

I hear you Dena - very crazy weather in the Northwest. So far the sun has been out this week - and the temperature is warming up, but still frosty mornings BRRRRR!

Ann Cory said...

Okay, so our hunky guys to pull us in the dogsled are:

Matthew, Keanu,Brad, Eddie Cibrian, Richard Gere, George Clooney, Stefan Andreas Schwartz, Andrei Claude, and 4 clones of Mark Wahlberg :) I think we're in for a treat!!!

:) *tosses confetti*

Ann Cory said...

Hudson Bay blankets totally ROCK!

Liz said...

*snicker* Googlized links. I prefer to manually edit, because they end up going screwy on me anyway, at least on LinksAPlenty. They're trying to take all the fun out of it for us.

Since I fell at work a few years ago, I can't really wear socks, because my ankle is still tender and swollen. I let my feet burrow into the covers, and hope for the best.