Sorry I’ve not been around much, I finally sent back the limplid laptop. I’ve gone without for three days now, but–fingers crossed–I THINK I’m getting it back tomorrow. I’ve gone three days without writing and it’s driving me nuts. Not only am I doing BIAM (book in a month!), I’ve also been asked to write a piece for my chapter’s newsletter about epublishing and writing short stories. And let me tell ya…I’ve got an itch to write that one. I did a workshop on writing and selling short stories, but this a newsletter will reach a bigger audience.

As to my healthy lifestyle, I’m still doing fantabulous exercising. Something new is sore everyday. But the food part, hmm, not so much. So I’m not really gaining weight, but I’m not losing either. I need to eat good. Tell me to eat good…I say as I pop a handful of kettle corn into my mouth. *Sigh*

With a lack of computer, I forgot to post that I have a new book out! So if you’re interested, here are the details…

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When her roommate, needing a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, bribes her out of the house with use of an isolated cabin, Nikki reluctantly agrees. She didn’t realize the cabin came fully equipped with an uptight, yet incredibly sexy, man.

Chase is looking forward to a quiet weekend alone at his cabin. When he tackles someone who he believes to be an intruder, he’s surprised to find the unusual and sensual woman was given a key to his place.

Stuck together during a snowstorm, the heat from the fire isn’t the only thing heating up the cabin.

Take a look

Anyway, I really will try and blog hop. It’s harder without my computer. Hopefully things are back to normal soon!

I’m over at The Novelty Girls today. Come visit! I’m talking about my addiction.

Okay so last night I didn’t make 1k (See, Robin, I have my moments!) I put it off until the evening, and then by the time the night rolled to an end I was exhausted. Granted, I did spend a couple of hours in an impromptu yahoo conference chat with some other authors and my publishers. And that got way out of hand, but really was a great break from the norm. I’m not sure when the last time I laughed so hard was. But tonight I did make word count, and I’m officially at 20k in 2 weeks!

So today I took Emma to the mall to support some local chapter members at a book signing. I bought Gerri Russell’s The Warrior Trainer (she was the American Title winner!) and Pat White’s Harlequin Intrigue The American Temp and the British Inspector, and Shannon McKeldon’s Venus Envy. I’m so proud of all three of them. Now comes the hard part…which do I read first? *Grin*

Onto my own good news that I’m still all giggly and googly over. I got my first review for my book Silk Hauntings. I got a 5 star review from JERR!! It’s my second 5 star from them. They also gave The Pirate’s Booty a 5 star. So I’m feeling pretty good about it. Good thing because I was having a, ‘No one likes contemporary romance anymore’ break down this morning. Which is a whole other rant that I won’t go into. Anyhow, here’s part of the review!

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“Silk Hauntings has all of the items that I deem necessary for a great book-sex, ghosts, sex, women learning about their bodies, oh, and did I mention sex? Ms. Stevens does a wonderful job of describing her characters in this short story-the main characters as well as the secondary characters. The five women who attend Taylor’s first seminar are hysterically funny and add a great deal to the story. Gavin and Taylor have fabulous sex EVERYWHERE! I was intensely aroused because not only do they have amazing sex, they talk and joke with each other. I watched them fall in love, as I fell in love with them… Ms. Stevens is an author that I plan to read again and again.” 5 stars, Marcy Arbitman, (JERR) Just Erotic Romance Reviews

So last night was one of those nights. Where I wanted to get my 1k a day done, and it was killing me. Well really, the love scene was. I wasn’t in the mood. But I can’t plead a headache with my WIP, or blame it on being tired, because…well, it’s my daily goal. And when I start putting it off because I’m not feeling it, the book will never get written. So I pushed through it, with help from friends on messenger. The constant, ‘You can do it’ and other phrases I won’t repeat that encouraged my characters to get it on. *Grin*

Anyway, love scene complete. And I now have that at the starting line feeling, itching to get out the gates because I know exactly where I’m going next.

I hope you all have a fantabulous weekend! Here’s a funny little clip I thought you might enjoy. No. Seriously, watch it. It’s good. And it’s short.

Well, life has been busy busy. Pretty much feeling better, which is great, except for this deep hacking cough that’s just not pretty.

So I kind of wanted to spread around some good news of my friends! Because it’s so much fun and I’m so excited for them.

Deanna Lee is going to have an excerpt of her book Barenaked Jane in the May issue of Cosmo!

Sable Grey has made a sale to Ellora’s Cave under the pen name Amon Bieste for her sci-fi erotica called The Latharian Review,

Lacy Danes just received the copies of her first book What She Craves, which comes out at the end of Feb.

So yay! Big congrats to all three of you!!!

I’ve hit around 17k on my sci fi book and I started it not even two weeks ago. So I’m very pleased with my progress. But on an interesting note, I decided to use the POV of two other characters, the little sister of the hero and the hero’s best friend. They need to get together in this book, and I just really wanted to be able show parts of their story in their POV. So hopefully it works.

Oh and I got my cover for my Valentine’s romance that comes out from Forbidden Publications on Monday. There’s a group of us authors that all are doing the Valentine series.

Sela Carsen: The Virgin Courtesan (historical; sensual)
Stacy Dawn: Apple of His Eye (contemporary; mainstream)
Elisabeth Drake: Wasting the Dawn (dark paranormal; carnal)
CJ England: Angel Eyes and Demon Lies (carnal paranormal)
Dayna Hart: Wings of Love (fantasy; mainstream)
Loribelle Hunt: Be Mine (contemporary; sensual)
Crystal Jordan: Twice in a Blue Moon (paranormal; carnal)
Jennifer Leeland: Naughty Notions (contemporary; carnal)
JT Schultz: Cupid’s Target (paranormal; sensual)
Shelli Stevens: Cabin Fever (contemporary; carnal)

I worked out four days in a row this week. My abs and arse are killing me. But I LOVE it. My workout buddy is off to California for four days though, so I have to make sure I go to the gym at least once by myself adn eat well.

All right, short and sweet post. Back to writing. I hope you’re all doing well. I promise I’ll blog hop later, I tried yesterday and Blogger was being a lame arse witch again.

P.S. Oh, and my laptop is busted–again. So I’ll be offline for awhile starting in a few days while I send it out to be repaired. So not happy with this laptop.

I’m at The Novelty Girls today.

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So I apologize for my period of absence. Unfortunately Emma got sick and then I got sick. Sigh. And I’m still a sick little monkey. Though, I think the chills are going away. Just the really yucky cold part remaining. I’m seriously bummed, because I’m missing a dinner at The Melting Pot with Lauren Dane and Kelly Maher. But it would just be wrong when I’m contagious to be dunking my meat into the same pot of oil. Oooooh my, that sounded a wee bit dirty. *Grin*

But during the past few house-ridden days, I have been doing some writing. Though not as much because I was sleeping more. My sci fi book is coming along fantabulously! Though Emma Peterson is ready to hop a plane to Seattle and beat my arse because of the standard self doubts that have kicked in. Anyway, what originally started off as a short story, possibly novella, has become a larger goal. I’m going to shoot for around 50k on this book. A mid point between short story and single title. I’m already going back and figuring out a subplot and extra scenes.

So, I got another review on Tourist Attraction. Thank you Kristi for the wonderful review! Here’s a part of it…


I love anything Ms. Steven’s writes. All of her stories come fully loaded with entertaining storylines, engaging characters, and plenty of romance. This effort is no different. Melanie is a character just about any reader can relate to and we should all be so lucky to find a guy like Brian. There is plenty of sensual moments and reading Melanie and Brian’s romance was a wonderful way to escape for a short period of time. My only complaint…the story is a short one so we had to say goodbye sooner to these characters. If you are looking for a steamy romantic romp…look no further then “Tourist Attraction.”

Reviewed by Kristi

I’m having computer issues again, my monitor flops shut…it’s become a limp-lid. The hinges are broken. So I’m going to have to send it back, and be without my laptop or a week or two. *Bawling* My time on the internet will be cut down 1/4 of the time, reduced to a desktop banished to the corner of the house. It’ll be hard to get my 1k in a day, but I’m sure as heck gonna try.

And so that’s about as much excitement as you’re getting from me today. If you consider that excitement by some chance.

K, some good news… the insurance came through for me, so I don’t need to go on insulin! They’re covering the pill. *Doing the Running Man* (Did I just date myself?) Woo whoo! Though I have, like Robin, done insulin during pregnancy, I’m in no hurry to go back, but will if I ever need to.

Hey, did you hear that new statistic that’s out? For the first time in American history, more women do not have a spouse than those who do. The percentage is 49% married to 51% single, divorced, widowed, etc.. At first I was like, wow so cool. I’m not alone. Then I was like…wow, maybe not so cool. So much competition. But I think I’m back to the first reaction as I’m not really looking right now. *Grin*

So I am on fire with this book. This sci-fi, (yes, I think it’s sci fi because there’s all kinds of planets and life on them) is pouring out of me like mad. I just hit 7,500k and I started this puppy on Sunday. Which is good, because I’m doing the book in a month thing for a 25k book, which is right around what I’m aiming for. So I’ve been hitting my daily goals while getting through two days of a kid with major barfing, fever, and constipation. Good times, people, good times. And I’ve got the stained comforter to prove it.

So I’m doing great exercising, though I was eating far better when I was a vegetarian. Well… not too much better actually. I’m just thinking meat weighs more, so I’m a bit freaked to step on the scale.

Well, all right. Should go to bed soon because I have another arse crack of dawn workout. I’ll blog hop tomorrow!

I’m over at The Novelty Girls today!

Or just watch this Hmmm moment of an interview Paula Abdul did with a local newstation in my city (Seattle!) So you tell me…was she on something or what?