Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Salem Tales

It's Halloween.

And when many people think Halloween, they think Salem, Massachusetts. Because it's basically our Mardi Gras.

Want to know practically everything there is to know about Salem?

From witches to how a Salem boy became a Chinese god, to where the Murder of the Century occurred, and including where to find Salem's ghosts?


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

PinUp Cats

What drives the internet more than sexy girls and cats?
So let's put those two things together:
Cats posing like pin-up models!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Reminding y'all about Adam Howden (again)

Adam Howden is supposed to be signing at 12pm and he's on the voice acting panel at 3:30pm.

So. Are you at the London Comic Con - MCM Expo?

Share pictures! Stories! Cool encounters! 

Did you see Matt Smith? Adam Howden? Billy Boyd?

Buy anything awesome?

Tell me in the comments section!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hot Men With Black Cats

Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead with a black cat

Adam Howden (voice actor for Anders in Dragon Age 2 and many other voices, like the Ostagar Prisoner, in Dragon Age Origins) is known to have two black cats.

One of whom is Goose:

This is Adam Howden:

There is also:
Yoko, John, and Pepper (Lennon)

Cary Grant and a black cat

Herbert Tobias and a black cat

Morgan Freeman and a black cat

Robert Redford and a black cat

And, although not actually the owner of this cat,
who can forget:
Spock with a black cat 
from the episode Cats Paw 

Why is this post focusing on black cats?
Because today is NATIONAL BLACK CAT DAY in the UK 

Check out Cats Protection to see what you can do to help out!

Norman Reedus and an armful of black kitty

Monday, October 22, 2012

Zaftig Is Sexy Too 2

I think this is a beautiful group, and I wish more jobs were given to plus-size models.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Twenty-Five Acts

Houston, we have a problem. 

Okay. So I'm watching Law & Order SVU, which is one of my favorite shows. I've watched all the episodes.


And I'm enjoying the new actors this season. Got nothing against the show.

This week's episode - Twenty-Five Acts - was about the rape of an author of a 50-Shades-of-Grey-style BDSM romance.

Now here's my problem - the show went with the premise that the below are truths:

1) Because the author wrote about certain sexual acts, the jury would think she wanted those acts done to her.

2) Because what you write is your personal fantasy.

3) And she couldn't have just researched it. Those sexual acts had to have been inspired by a real man/relationship.


Now, I've written a BDSM romance.

On an alien planet.

I've never done any of the BDSM sexual acts in the story.

Neither have I been to an alien planet.

Nor are either of those things my personal fantasy. I'm really not interested in interstellar travel until we get to the space-cruise-ship level. Until then, there's plenty of places on Earth for me to explore.

And the inspired by a real person thing? Oh sure, I'm quite positive I was inspired by real men - who do not know I exist. 

It's called imagination.

Coupled with research.

As with the fictitious book in the Law & Order episode (based on 50 Shades of Grey - itself originally a fan-fiction Twilight tale), this isn't a kiss-and-tell memoir, it's fiction, for pity's sake!


Other types of fiction don't get treated like this.

Nobody asks Stephen King how many hotel ghosts have driven him insane. Or James Patterson how many people he's murdered. Or Tess Gerritsen if she's secretly a serial killer.

Nobody assumes these three have bloody fantasies. Or that they're asking to be possessed/murdered/crime victims.

And certainly nobody believes they've actually done any of the things they've written.

So why do people take for granted that it's imagination and research when it's violence, and lifestyle when it's sex?

Why is writing about consensual sex between two adults shameful and writing about body horror and physical atrocities perfectly acceptable?

I don't know the answer. So I'm asking you.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cyber Launch Party!

For today only, over at Author Island's party page:

"WIN - leave Susanne a question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a copy of her new book WICKED BELOVED in your choice of either ebook or audio! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner!"

So pop on over and comment:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Listener Reviews for WICKED BELOVED

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