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Sunday, December 19, 2010

On Vixen Book Trailer

. Sunday, December 19, 2010
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Check out the book trailer for On Vixen!



Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Friday, December 10, 2010

On Vixen Release Day Contest

. Friday, December 10, 2010
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To celebrate the release of On Vixen today at Ellora's Cave, I'm asking everyone to post a comment here on my  blog. At the end of the weekend, I will pick one random reader to receive a free copy of On Vixen! So get to posting, people!


Check out the excerpt to On Vixen here.
To purchase, go here.


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

High Heels and Bloodsuckers

. Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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First, let me say, I love the title of this book!
My crit partner, Casey Pendelton, wrote High Heels and Bloodsuckers and I can't tell you how proud I am of her. The story ROCKS! And I can't wait for the second in this series to be released because it has sci fi elements in it.

Vampires, aliens, and sex. Oh, my!

Below is the blurb for High Heels and Blooksuckers. Click on the the title and go buy it!

Trish never asked to be the human queen of a vampire Collective. She enjoyed her life as a wedding planner and the long-term fiancée to a prominent doctor. Even so, she can’t deny the sudden thrill of sharing sexual power with hundreds of hungry night creatures turns her on.

Even more exciting than the exhibitionist appeal of her royal duties is king of the neighboring Collective. Remy becomes her mate and partner in harnessing the ritual power needed to overthrow a common foe. Little does she know the pleasure she experiences with him is just the first of many delights she will share with him and Damien, her dark-haired goth-child of an assistant.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

PUNISHING THE ART THIEF by Shoshanna Evers

. Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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Sister Ellora's Cave author and FB friend Shoshanna Evers has written an amazing book that I wanted to share with everyone!

Punishing the Art Thief by Shoshanna Evers
Ellora’s Cave - Erotic Contemporary
ISBN: 9781419929359

Art History professor Melissa Dwyer is an old hand at crashing parties where new art will be unveiled. But her luck at never getting caught runs out when she crosses path with security guard James Tannen, who took one of her classes a few years before. James lets her crash the party, but when Melissa spots a priceless – stolen – Rembrandt and decides to make off with it, James loses his job.


Now James is on the hunt, but not for revenge. He promises Melissa that if she spends the weekend with him doing what he wants, he won’t tell a soul about her stolen painting. It’s blackmail and he knows it, but after years of wanting her, James isn’t about to let Melissa get away. Armed with some sexy toys and a few erotic books from Melissa’s library, James will use the weekend to convince his luscious art thief that his brand of “punishment” is exactly her style.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Stronger Than Sin Release & Contest

From the amazing Caridad Pineiro:

Oct 26th is the release day for STRONGER THAN SIN! Come visit www.caridad.com to find out about an awesome contest that starts running on November 1 featuring a SONY Pocket E-reader as the Grand Prize along with other goodies. Also check out the Second Chance Bonus Prize of a $25 gift card and how you can earn points to win that prize. Take moment to visit a blog on the ARE YOU STRONG ENOUGH Blog Tour for a chance to win one of the giveaways at each blog.


STRONGER THAN SIN has been getting rave reviews. You can check out all the reviews by visiting http://www.caridad.com/books/paranormal/stronger-than-sin/.



Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

And the winner is...

. Friday, October 22, 2010
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I had so much fun at the release party over at Romance Author Hotspot! Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered my contest for a free copy of First Heat! I received much more entries than I anticipated so I've decided to pick two winners instead of just one.

A n d   t h e   w i n n e r s   a r e . . .

Maria Durst

&

Jane Thompson


Congrats and enjoy ladies. I'm sending the book your way.


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
http://www.jocelynmodo.com/

Monday, October 18, 2010

Should You Enter?

. Monday, October 18, 2010
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Lucky ladies! We have guest blogger Wendy Ely on today to discuss writing contests. Enjoy!

If you’re active in the writing community then the chances are pretty high that you come across writing contests. I see them on chat loops, individual blogs, by publishers, writing groups, and many more! While some are free, the general concept for many contests is the author pays money to submit a manuscript to the contest. The manuscript is judged by the first round of judging and if it finals, the manuscript is read by an agent or editor.

Fabulous, right?

One of the main goals of a writer is to have their book read by an agent or editor of a big publishing house. The outcome of a contest seems like a great way to go, resulting in tons of manuscripts entered into contests each month. I do not enter my manuscripts into contests but I do judge a few contests each year and know a couple of contest winners.

So here are my two biggest tips for making the most out of a contest:
  • Do your research on who the agents and editors are in the final round. Is it someone that represents your genre? If it isn’t, pass on the contest. If you final, having a judge who doesn’t represent the same genre as your novel won’t do you any good which ends up being a time and money waste.

  • Make sure you read the guidelines before submitting and make note of what type of contest it is that you’re entering. The first round of judges needs to connect with your story in order for the big important person to judge it at the end. If you are entering a “first kiss contest”, make sure it is a kissing scene. If it is a romance contest, it is a good bet that your manuscript will be judged on romantic conflict or other elements based on the romance. If the scene you’ve chosen doesn’t portray those elements, your manuscript probably won’t make it through the first round. 
Have you entered any contests? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

You may visit Wendy Ely at http://www.wendyely.info/

Bio:

Wendy has been interested in romance for a long time. She began her first romance novel when she was just thirteen-years-old. It certainly wasn't anything great but sparked the passion for writing romance novels.

When she’s not writing, she's usually busy taking care of her two children in Phoenix, Arizona. Wendy keeps busy with her small business and going to college. During her free time, Wendy enjoys traveling and being outdoors.



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Friday, October 15, 2010

Party @ RAH!

. Friday, October 15, 2010
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Release party over at Romance Author Hotspot with me and Rachel Leigh! Fun and freebies! Woot!




Go to RAH


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
http://www.jocelynmodo.com/

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Heat Released!

. Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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To celebrate the release of my new novel First Heat I'm running a contest. Shoot me an email at jocelyn@jocelynmodo.com to enter to win a free copy of First Heat. The winner will be announced here on Meta Modo next week on Oct 8th.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
http://www.jocelynmodo.com/

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Call for Submissions: Couples erotica anthology

. Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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The following call is from editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, who wrote a column about what she's looking for. Check it out here: http://www.edenfantasys.com/sexis/erotica/rkb-secrets-of-a-sex-writer-writing-and-selling-erotica-0825103/

You can find a list of books edited by Rachel Kramer Busselat Amazon.

Couples erotica anthology (title TBA)
Editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel
Publisher: Cleis Press in 2011
Deadline: December 15, 2010
Payment: $50 and 2 copies of the book on publication

Below is the call:

I’m looking for stories featuring many long-term, committed couples (monogamous or not) but newer couples can work too. This book will include primarily heterosexual couples, but adventures can include all sorts of experimentation, including bisexuality, group sex, etc. Sex toys, public sex, vacation sex, dirty talk, BDSM, etc. are welcome. The stories will range from romantic to intensely kinky, with everything in between. I’m looking to capture various stages of couples’ lives and how they broach and explore fantasies together and continue to learn about each other via sex. I'm looking for diverse stories that cover a variety of ages, races, and backgrounds as well as various forms of coupling (marriage, cohabitation, long distance, etc.). Another option for storytelling could be an individual who encounters a couple, but stories told from part of a couple’s POV are preferred. Male or female POVs welcome. Authors of all genders are welcome to submit to this anthology.

Stories should grab me with the first sentence and not let go. Looking for characters with a range of voices, storytelling tones, diversity of age, race, sexual experience. All characters must be over 18; no nonconsensual scenes, incest, scat or bestiality. No poetry. See Fast Girls: Erotica for Women, Orgasmic, Smooth and Passion: Erotic Romance for Women for an idea of the types of stories I prefer.

How to submit: Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document with pages numbered (only .doc, NOT.docx) OR RTF of 1,500 to 5,000 words. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to couplesantho@gmail.com. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you'd like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. I will get back to you by July 2011. Publisher has final approval over manuscript. Please DO NOT submit stories to both Women in Lust and this anthology; pick the one that best suits your story.

About the editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel is the editor of over 30 anthologies, including Orgasmic, Fast Girls, Smooth, Please, Sir, Please Ma’am, Bottoms Up, Spanked, The Mile High Club, Do Not Disturb, He’s on Top, She’s on Top, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Crossdressing, Dirty Girls, and is Best Sex Writing Series Editor. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, a sex columnist for SexisMagazine.com and has hosted and curated In The Flesh Reading Series in New York since October 2005. Her writing has been published in over 100 anthologies, including Susie Bright’s X: The Erotic Treasury, Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, and Zane’s Purple Pantiesv and the New York Times bestseller Succulent: Chocolate Flava II. She has written for Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, Penthouse, Time Out New York, Zink and other publications..

Have fun writing and good luck from Meta Modo.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
http://www.jocelynmodo.com/

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Interview with Author Michele Hart

. Saturday, September 4, 2010
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Jocelyn: Hi, Michele Hart! Thank you for stopping by to chat on Meta Modo today about your new release, Luminous Nights.


Michele: Hi, Jocelyn and Meta Modo! I’m glad to be here.

Jocelyn: Let's get right to it! Tell me what inspired you to write Luminous Nights.

Michele: The first scene popped into my head as clear as day, a gruesome prison murder and a high-risk escape, aided by a holographic mask. I just kept writing to see what happened.

Jocelyn: Your hero, Jack, is a bad boy with a mysterious and questionable past. What is it about bad boys that are such a turn on?

Michele: Jack is a bad ass. I think it’s the risk-taking that sets our female hearts aflutter. Risk-takers bring home big game. It shows they’d make worthy cave companions. Courage, skill, cunning. All that stuff just turns us women on enormously. Nearly everything about human attraction goes back to the caves.

Jocelyn: Rachel and Jack have great chemistry. Is this something you have to work at when writing love scenes or do your characters' passion come naturally?

Michele: I don’t have to work at it because I make my heroes really earn their women. By the time they find their women in their arms, I’ve put them through hell, so a lot of steam has built up. Especially with Jack. Fresh from prison, he’s a very slick operator used to getting his way with women in the outside world, so I gave him an iceberg to melt in Rachel. She knows he’s a killer, and she keeps that thought in mind when he’s focusing his charm on her. She thinks she’s strong, but Jack’s got tricks up his sleeve.

Jocelyn: How do you come up with your science fiction worlds—the technology, galaxy, etc.?

Michele: Sometimes I start with a science that fascinates me. I love futuristic technology and sneaky things that do sneaky things. Jack has a lot of technology at his disposal. Sometimes I see a scene that just comes out with such clarity, it must be written. That’s how I met Jack.

Jocelyn: How long have you been writing and when/how did you get started?

Michele: I’ve been writing on and off for about 15-20 years, interrupted by life. I have a good friend who, back in the day, sported a Mohawk and more earrings in his ears than I had in my ears. He was a creative dynamo, and I admired that in him. He passed me some pop fantasy stories, encouraging me to be creative. It worked. I was soon writing, and I have him to thank. All of Jack’s woman-wrangling skills came from my friend. He showed me how sexy combat boots can be. He used to wear them with his zebra-striped toga. Sexy. He’s Jack without the drive to kill everyone.

Jocelyn: Have you ever had an Aha! moment when writing? If so, what was it?

Michele: My writing is a series of Aha! moments. I’m not a planner, so the whole story is a surprise to me first time around. I often find myself saying, “So, that’s why that happened!” Long-hand for Aha! If I’m in a 1940s hipster mood, it’s “Eureka, baby.”

Jocelyn: Now that we’ve covered the serious stuff, how about a few fun fluff questions? If you could be an alien, what kind of alien would you be?

Michele: I don’t know how to answer that without revealing the plot of an upcoming book! I would be a friendly alien wearing a shiny robe. Who else can get away with that, fashion-wise? I would wear a big fedora to conceal my bulbous head around the “small skulls” so they don’t become envious of my giant brain. I would mesmerize the humans with some silly trick: teleportation, telepathy, interdimensional light-speed travel. Upon landing on Earth, I would immediately demand naked time with Brad Pitt and a soundproof room. Not a good idea to listen to his screams. But oh, what a welcome it would be!

Jocelyn: What would be your first question to the aliens when they visit our planet?

Michele: I’d want to know their motive right away. We have a gorgeous, juicy planet with a lot of yummy water and a fat wallet of gold, which protects against radiation. Astronaut helmets are coated with a thin layer of gold for that reason. The aliens could be here for our heavy metals, uranium or plutonium. We could be a food source for them, maybe a planetary farm they revisit from time to time to replenish their slave population. We’ve been blasting TV signals into space for quite a while now. Maybe they’re addicted to Friends, and they came to protest the show’s end. I’d really want to know what the aliens want. It’s a long, costly drive for a mission of peace. I would pat them down as soon as they step from their ship. Especially if they want naked time with Brad Pitt. Brad belongs to us, and we’ll be the ones who make that decision.

Michele: Thanks, Jocelyn and Meta Modo, for a fun visit.

Jocelyn: Thank you for allowing us to get to know you and Luminous Nights better and giving us a sneak peak of the first chapter!

Read peril-packed excerpts, watch a kick-ass book trailer

Buy Luminous Nights at: http://www.BookStrand.com/luminous-nights

Visit Michele at her sweet website: http://www.ILoveShapeShifters.com/

Below is an exciting excerpt of Luminous Nights:


“I’m not authorized to hand itineraries to every slick, badge-waving power jerk who boards my ship.”

Jack’s eyes sparkled from the insults. “So you think I’m slick?”

Rachel’s brow dived into her sight, and she thought his bulletproof pursuit of her cute, but she couldn’t let him know that. It was a sure bet the number of his bedpost notches constituted a furniture mauling.

“Get over yourself, Marshal. If you’ll excuse me, some of us have to work for a living.”

Jack propped a combat boot against the galley entrance, preventing her exit.

“Don’t brush me off so quickly, Rachel. You don’t know what I’m willing to barter for that itinerary and the name of Xerxes’s contact on Desmonda Station.”

Looking into his handsome holographic face, she became interested in hearing his enticements for its entertainment value. “What do you have to barter that I’d be interested in?”

“How about that surrender you requested?”

“I thought you never surrender, Marshal.”

“I had less of a technical surrender in mind than a custodial transfer of my physical self into your private servitude, prepared to take on missions of erotic nature.”

She couldn’t stifle her smile. “Private servitude. I could have you wash my windows.”

“My better skills concentrate in the bedroom.”

“Oh, yes…missions of erotic nature.”

Not the slightest bit disarmed by her sardonic tone, Jack reached out and tugged the zipper of her techsuit down achingly slow past her cleavage to her bra. He gave her his weaponized eyes of blue laser, powerful enough to break any woman’s will. Then he bit his bottom lip as though relishing the temptation of climbing into her techsuit with her. It was a lethal combination. Her blood surged through her body at the application of it.

“Do you often offer yourself as a reward for evidence?”

“This is my first time. Does it show?”

“Not at all. What makes you think I’d find value in your private servitude, Marshal? Enough value to break the law?”

His hypnotic eyes twinkled, took her over, and lingered a bit too long “I can set a fire on Pluto. I’ll melt an iceberg like you.”

He did set her to a simmer with his eyes and voice alone. She hadn’t reacted to a man like that in a long time. And she knew better than to let it happen. But Jack was a beguiling kind of fun. She couldn’t resist playing along.

“I don’t think you can…” she teased in a dilatory, cold challenge, brushing his shoulder of lint from his white shirt, “melt an iceberg…like me.”

Jack’s hand rose to her cheek and slipped into her hair. She was stunned to respond, having underestimated his hubris. She’d thought his threat an empty one. The stroke of his thumb against her cheek robbed her of her nerve. The will to protest his intimate contact fled her.

Her thoughts stopped at the silent command of his sky eyes.

Before she could step away, he brought her to his mouth and, with a half-second’s pause, Jack kissed her gently. His free hand at her back, he pressed her against his big, warm body, and he deepened the contact into a softly invasive kiss of restraint and quiet passion instead of a harder kiss more physically driven. The unexpected tenderness sent an awakening burn through her, giving her a full-body sizzle, something she’d never felt. She didn’t want his unwanted kiss to end.

When he released her, she reminded herself to breathe, to retake possession of her mental faculties. She was close to a sweat. If he’d kissed her any longer, she’d have needed to shed her clothes to keep them from catching fire. The places his hot hands had been were now cold without them. Rachel thought her knees would buckle.

Jack was right. He could set a fire on Pluto.


-End Excerpt-

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
http://www.jocelynmodo.com/

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Evernight Publishing Call for Submissions

. Thursday, September 2, 2010
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Below is a call from a new e-publisher, Evernight Publishing, who is expected to launch October 2010.

With all new e-publishers it's a good idea to include a reasonable release date in your contract so that your manuscript doesn't end up in limbo if the venture fails.

Evernight Publishing http://www.evernightpublishing.com/

We're looking for new and established authors to join Evernight Publishing. We are currently accepting completed manuscripts of 10,000 to 80,000 words in sub-genres of romance and erotic romance, as well as urban fantasy.

Upon final acceptance, your book will be edited, assigned an ISBN, and our artist will create an eye-catching cover. It will be available for sale through Evernight Publishing website and also sold at several distributors.

At this time we are focusing on ebook publishing, but plan to offer POD publishing for titles 50,000+ words in the future.

Authors earn 40% gross royalties from sales off our website, and 40% net royalties from distributors.

Your book should be thoroughly edited before submitting. We want to see books that have well developed plots, strong conflicts, and memorable characters.

To submit:

Send a query letter with your name, pen name (if applicable), working title, word count, genre and any previous writing credits to: evernightsubmissions@gmail.com. Please add "SUBMISSION" to the subject field.

Attach a one page synopsis and the complete manuscript. We will send an acknowledgment within three days, and make a decision on your submission in less than one month. These guidelines will be updated as needed at: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/9373.html


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Model Men Call for Submissions!

. Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Call for Submission

Model Men
Editor: Neil Plakcy
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: December 1, 2010
Payment: $60.00 per story, payable on publication, plus 1 copy of the book

Who hasn't experienced a pang of lust or longing at a photo of a male model? Whether a hundred times life size on a billboard, or romping through the pages of a glossy magazine in his Calvins, Tommys or Ralphs, the male model is the gold standard for masculine beauty.

But what happens behind the scenes at those South Beach photo shoots or Manhattan runway shows? When the students put away their sketch pads, and the photographers shelve their lenses? Model Men will show these men at their handsomest and sexiest moments.

The editor of Hard Hats, Surfer Boys, Skater Boys and The Handsome Prince is looking for great stories focused on male models. Hand models, silver foxes, and locations around the world are fair game for Model Men. I’d love to see stories set in the traditional locales of New York, London, Milan and LA as well as other, unexpected places. Surprise me, romance me, get me hot and bothered!

Story length: 3,000 ­ 5,000 words

Deadline: December 1, 2010

Publication Date: 2011

Payment: $60.00 per story, payable on publication, plus 1 copy of the book

Submit your story to Neil Plakcy at plax@bellsouth.net as a MS word attachment."

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Monday, August 30, 2010

Xcite Erotic Short Story Collections Call for Submissions

. Monday, August 30, 2010
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Xcite Books, an award-winning erotic publisher, started in England and recently launched a US and Canadian site.

Call for Submissions for Xcite Erotic Short Story Collections - print anthologies. Please note they are closed for ebook submissions at the moment due to the overwhelming response:

We are currently seeking stories for the following anthologies: Please make sure you clearly state which title your story is for on your submission. We are only seeking stories for these specific titles so if we don't know which one it is aimed for your submission will not be read.

Title Themes Closing Date

  • Indecent Proposals Swapping, Sharing, escorting 30th Sept 2010
  • Kinky Girls Role play, bondage & restraint, domination, submission, spanking, kink 30th Sept 2010
  • Sex at Work office affairs, work encounters 30th Oct 2010
  • Threesomes Menage, group sex 30th Oct 2010
  • Best of Both Bisexual Stories 30th Nov 2010
  • Wanton Women Lesbian, girl on girl action 30th Nov 2010
  • Dark Desires Paranormal erotic 30th Dec 2010
  • Power Play Domination and submission stories 30th Dec 2010
  • Partner Swap Partner swapping, straight, gay and lesbian 30th Jan 2011
  • Illicit Encounters Sex when you shouldn't - affairs etc 30th Jan 2011
  • Hot Under The Collar Collaring - slave, submission stories 28th Feb 2011
  • Crimes of Passion When lust breaks the law - stories with crime, cop themes 28th Feb 2011
Submission guidelines: your short story should not already be published anywhere in the world. Thematically, it should be written with the Xcite guidelines in mind. Obviously you will not be tied to having to provide detailed plot, numerous characters and enough varied types of sex to fill a novel, but the story should be about more than 'some people having sex'. The emphasis is on intensity, imagination, erotic tension, pleasure and explicit action and what's-at-stake for the main character. We want to position these as suitable for the general reader as well as erotica fans.
We pay a flat fee of £50 providing your story is 2 - 4000 words (though 4K is preferred). Payment is made on publication; letter of acceptance is issued one month prior to publication. Accent Press will retain worldwide publication, e-book and audio copyright for five years. Please ensure full rights are available before submitting stories (we do not make exceptions to our standard contract).
Xcite Writer's Guidelines
Content: We are looking for variety in the themes with a high standard of writing. All sexual acts must be consensual and legal. These stories are aimed at female readers so must celebrate female sexuality in all its forms and never denigrate women. Variety is the spice of life so giving your story an unusual setting, time period or style will help your chances of being accepted. We do accept stories from male writers and they can have a male POV but PLEASE remember they must celebrate female sexuality and be empowering to women.
Due to the volume of submissions I regret that I will not be able to return rejected manuscripts so please do keep a copy of your work. Please send submissions as a WORD attachment to your email, NOT within the content of your message.
  
Format: Double spaced, 12 font and Times New Roman
Cover page must include your name, address and contact details PLUS your pseudonym if you are using one.

Thanks for making an editor's life easier!
Please send manuscripts as a Word attachment, and email to: submissions@xcitebooks.com

Editors: Miranda Forbes and Lucas Steele
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Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Bight Me

. Sunday, August 29, 2010
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Interested in a little romantica (erotic romance) science fiction? Tymber Dalton has a wonderful book called Love at First Bight that you should check out. Now. Right now.

Full of wonderfully wounded characters and a cool new futuristic world, I read this one straight through then went in search for more books by Tymber Dalton. While this is the only sci fi I could find by the author, she does have some great shifter fantasy out there as well.

TD has a way of making the reader not only relate to her characters but bond with them so that you find yourself completely emotionally involved in the story. Not a ton of action but that just doesn’t seem to matter when you have such wonderful characters to fall in love with.

You can find Love at First Bight on Amazon (or Bookstrand if you want to purchase it as an ebook). Hope TD writes some more sci fi soon.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Where My Heart’s At

. Saturday, August 28, 2010
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Celta, the world Robin D. Owens created for her Heart series, is literally magical. That's because 400 years ago witches colonized the planet. In the first book of the series, Heart Mate, we meet Rand T'Ash and Danith Mallow, two well-developed and relatable characters. This book (and all the others in the series) has everything: love, danger, magic, magic everywhere.

My only problem with Robin D. Owens is she doesn't write fast enough...I'm always impatiently waiting for her next book to come out. Luckily the series is good enough to read over and over again.

The books in the series in order of release are:























Friday, August 27, 2010

Love For Nancy Cohen

. Friday, August 27, 2010
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Love this book by NANCY COHEN


TITLE: Silver Serenade
PUBLISHER: The Wild Rose Press
RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-6015-4782-8
Print $15.99 Digital: $7.00

SYNOPSIS:
A beautiful assassin and a desperate fugitive join forces to catch a terrorist and prevent an intergalactic war.

Ace pilot Jace Vernon is forced to flee his home world after being framed for murder. He seeks justice, but S.I.N. agent Silver Malloy gets in his way. The platinum-haired beauty counters his every move in the quest to clear his name. As he makes it his mission to break her, he doesn’t count on the personal consequences of success.

Silver refuses to abort her deadly mission even if it means killing the one man Jace needs alive to prove his innocence. Her resolve wavers when Jace's charms melt the barriers around her heart. Can she help him win his case, even if it means betraying her own people?

READ AN EXCERPT:
http://bit.ly/9Yk8nI

WATCH THE VIDEO TRAILER:
http://bit.ly/9pth1w

AUTHOR BIO:
Nancy J. Cohen is a multi-published author who began her career writing futuristic romances as Nancy Cane. Her first title, CIRCLE OF LIGHT, won the HOLT Medallion Award. After four books in this genre, she switched to mysteries to write the popular Bad Hair Day series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles made the IMBA bestseller list. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors & Poets. SILVER SERENADE will be her fifteenth published title.

VISIT NANCY ONLINE:
WEBSITE: http://nancyjcohen.com/
BLOG: http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com/
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: http://bit.ly/c3YchC
TWITTER: http://bit.ly/cBJbwz

















Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Author Madeleine Drake is blogging today about being a vampire at TRS Blue:

One lucky commenter wins Blood Hero and a $10 B&N gift certificate!

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A vampire and a succubus join forces in ancient Babylon

---+ An AllRomanceEbooks bestseller +---

"Hot, exotic, fast-paced and downright mesmerizing, this is one short story lovers of the erotic won't want to miss."
-Amanda, Rants-n-Raves

"Ms. Drake does a wonderful job of bringing action, sensuality, and passion into the story. The way she writes is intelligent and kept my attention. ...Although this is the first story that I have read by this author, it certainly won't be the last."
-Claudia Rhyes, Manic Readers

"This is a very short, fast-paced read that left me breathless. I was hooked from the first page, drawn in by the fabulous writing and the original plot. ...Ms. Drake, please continue Rihat's story, I want more of him...um, his story I mean."
-Strega, The Pagan and the Pen

















Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Robin D. Owens Contest

. Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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One of my favorite authors, Robin D. Owens is having a contest over on her site. Go to her home page and scroll down until you see "Enter My Contest!"

The prizes are your choice of:

Complete Heart Series (I love this series have read every book several times over)
Or
Complete Luna Summoning Series
Or
Rough Draft of Enchanted No More


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Girls Who Bite Call for Submissions from Cleis Press

. Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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Delilah Devlin at Cleis Press has a call for submissions:

Girls Who Bite

Editor: Delilah Devlin

Publisher: Cleis Press in Fall 2011

Deadline: November 1, 2010 (earlier submissions preferred)

Payment will be $50.00 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication

Girls With Bite is open to all authors.

Editor Delilah Devlin is looking for lesbian vampire stories for a romantic erotica anthology entitled Girls Who Bite.

“Dark hungers, shocking thirsts… For blood, for connection… A sharing of nourishment and comfort… Infliction and acceptance of pain…”

A vampire is the ultimate bad girl. The word invokes images of dark, shadowy liaisons, forbidden desires, and sensual blood lust. Whether the story depicts a traditional blood-drinker seducing a meal, a psychic vampire stealing life-force from an unknowing host, or a real-life sanguinarian seeking a partner to share a ritual bloodletting to cement a bond, the stories should be varied and unexpected. Writers are encouraged to investigate vampire myths from around the world, looking for something fresh to add to the pantheon. Published authors with an established vampire world may use that setting for their original short story.

The stories may be as kinky or vanilla as the writer wants­but a deep sensuality should linger in every word. Exotic locations and scenarios are welcome. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. We are seeking original stories.

How to submit: Prepare your 2,000 to 4,500 words story in a double-spaced, Times or Times New Roman, 12 point, black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT.docx) OR rich text format. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required. Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to girlswhobite@gmail.com. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. Delilah will respond to you in November 2010. The publisher has final approval over the manuscript.

Payment will be $50.00 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication.

Direct any questions you have regarding your story or the submission process to Delilah at girlswhobite@gmail.com.

About the editor: Ms. Devlin has published over sixty erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths. Her published print titles include Into the Darkness, Seduced by Darkness, Darkness Captured, Down in Texas and Texas Men. Her short stories are features in Zane’s Purple Panties, and Cleis Press’s Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, and will be featured in Carnal Machines and Passion. She is published by Avon, Kensington, Atria/Strebor, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, and in 2011, Berkley.


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Monday, August 9, 2010

Storm Moon Press Call for Submissions

. Monday, August 9, 2010
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Call for Submission from S.L. Armstrong, editor for Storm Moon Press.


Storm Moon Press is a recently launched independent press that specializes in romance and erotica focusing on GLBT and alternative lifestyles, including but not limited to, ménage à trois, polyamory, and BDSM in all genres. Everything you need to know about Storm Moon is at: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/faq.aspx

Call for Submissions

Two anthologies from Storm Moon Press

Deadline: November 30th, 2010

Payment: $0.013 per word (based on final, edited word count) paid upon publication, plus a PDF copy of the e-book, and two contributor copies of the print book.

Wild Passions

Other worlds, other planes of existence, other places where humans are not the only type of creature to walk and talk. Human-like animals populate the new anthology from Storm Moon Press!

We are looking for male/male romance stories involving at least one partner that is an anthropomorphic animal; that is, a humanoid, bi-pedal creature with human intelligence and some animal features. For example, tail, ears, claws, changes to eyes and/or teeth, even fur, feathers, or scales, are all acceptable. We do not want, however, shapeshifters, mythical creatures that part human-part animal, or full animal forms. Acceptable genres for this anthology would be contemporary (urban) fantasy, high fantasy, or science fiction. The stories do not need to be explicit in nature, but romance is required.

Length of submissions should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words.

Only short stories that still have their First English language rights still attached will be considered, and we do ask for exclusive electronic and print rights for two years, at which time, all rights revert. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Payment is $0.013 per word (based on final, edited word count) paid upon publication, plus a PDF copy of the e-book, and two contributor copies of the print book.

We are accepting submissions from August 1st, 2010 until November 30th, 2010. Acceptance notifications and contracts will be issued during the month of December. All content to be featured in "Wild Passions" will be edited. Planned release for both the e-book and print book is June 17th, 2011.

Details and submission guidelines can be found at our website: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/submissions.aspx

Daughters of Artemis

Werewolf lore has been long dominated by the strong alpha male, but what of the strong alpha females? The Storm Moon Press anthology "Daughters of Artemis" explores this long neglected aspect of the werewolf mythos.

In this anthology, we're looking for female/female erotic romance stories with at least one partner being a strong werewolf in a position of authority. This may be a pack leader, a council member, one of the tribe elders, or any other similar position. We would prefer urban fantasy or urban horror in a contemporary or historical setting. Please, no sex scenes in which the characters are in full animal form. Full human or partial shift is all right, but nothing more bestial than that. The stories do not need to be explicit in nature, but romance is required.

Length of submissions should be between 10,000 and 15,000 words.

Only short stories that still have their First English language rights still attached will be considered, and we do ask for exclusive electronic and print rights for two years, at which time, all rights revert. We do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Payment is $0.013 per word (based on final, edited word count) paid upon publication, plus a PDF copy of the e-book, and two contributor copies of the print book.

We are accepting submissions from August 1st, 2010 until November 30th, 2010. Acceptance notifications and contracts will be issued during the month of January 2011. All content to be featured in "Daughters of Artemis" will be edited. Planned release for both the e-book and print book is July 18th, 2011.

For further details and submission guidelines, go to: http://www.stormmoonpress.com/submissions.aspx

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Friday, August 6, 2010

Archangel’s Kiss

. Friday, August 6, 2010
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I just finished reading Archangel's Kiss, the second book featuring Elena, the vamp hunter, and Raphael, the archangel, in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. And let me just say that this book was even better than the last (Angels' Blood).

The series picks up after Elena wakes from a year long coma to find that Rafael's kiss has converted her into an angel. A dream come true? Not really. As the first human to be converted to an angel in...maybe ever, Elena's pretty new wings are garnering way too much attention from way too many nut job angels.

When someone decides the best way to prove they belong on the big bad council is to kill Elena, complications ensue. Then when Elena and Raphael attend the ball that Lijuan, the insane, is giving in Elena's honor all hell breaks loose, and Elena has to fight to keep her new angelic life.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Killer Angels

. Wednesday, August 4, 2010
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Just read a fantastic book by Nalini Singh titled Angels' Blood that’s part of her Guild Hunter series.

The main character, Elena, is a kick ass vamp hunter – sound like the same ol’ same ol’? Wrong. In Elena’s world vamps are created by angels to use as servants until their debt for the gift of immortality is paid off. LOVE IT!

Enter Raphael. Cold, hard, and incredibly sexy, Raphael is one scary archangel that no one with half a brain wants to mess with. Unfortunately Elana doesn’t have a choice. Raphael demands her assistance in catching a rogue archangel who’s off on a killing spree.

Raphael treats Elena pretty badly at first but she gives right back, sometimes even worse than she got. It was great fun to live in this unusual world with two very snarky but lovable characters. My only snark is that a couple of scenes were repetitive (same argument down to the words, no change) and should have been edited out. Because, let’s face it, no one wants to read the same scene twice. Meh.

Still, I can’t wait to get the next book in this series and check out her other Psy-Changeling series, too.

Monday, August 2, 2010

No Better World Than The Otherworld

. Monday, August 2, 2010
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Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series brings a fresh take on werewolves. But the series doesn’t just concentrate on werewolves. The main characters of several of the books in the series are witches, demons, necromancers, etc. However the most popular protagonist is Elena Michaels, a werewolf. She stars in the first book of the series, Bitten, as well as the latest release, Frostbitten.

The great thing about Elena is that she is a tortured soul who has found a way to redeem herself despite the setback of being bitten by Clay, her (on again, off again) werewolf boyfriend.

What I love about Clay is that he truly loves Elena but can’t seem to stop hurting / annoying / putting her in danger.

As the reader, I couldn’t decide who to cheer for more: Elena or Clay. I know they belong together. I just didn’t know if it was possible - with Elena’s past and Clay’s present behavior - for them to be together.

There isn’t a book in this series that I don’t love. KA’s books have relatable (if sometimes not-so-likeable) characters, beautiful physical and emotional descriptions, and interesting plots/themes.

The books in the Women of the Otherworld series are:















































Thursday, July 29, 2010

Steampunk Call for Submission from Untreed Reads

. Thursday, July 29, 2010
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The following call for submission information comes from editor and author Lisabet Sarai:

Suggest that you read all the information on the Untreed Reads site. What I like about Untreed Reads is that they are not just looking for erotica or romance, however, "Romance and eroticism are fine within the work when it furthers the story, but we prefer plot over a focus just on sex scenes."

Call for Submissions
Steampunk works
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Payment: Royalties are 50% of net earnings

Untreed Reads is an innovative ebook publishing house that is committed to the promotion and visibility of its authors throughout the publishing industry. We are now accepting 2010 submissions for electronic-format (ebooks) full-length fiction and nonfiction titles and short stories.

Note that Untreed Reads is not looking for erotica, romance and poetry. The feeling is that these categories are already well represented by other publishers, and we prefer our fiction focus to be on other genres such as sci-fi, mystery, fantasy, and general fiction. Romance and eroticism are fine within the work when it furthers the story, but we prefer plot over a focus just on sex scenes.

Attention authors! Untreed Reads is actively looking to release short story and full-length steampunk works. We are simply fascinated by the world of steampunk, and would like to help authors who are addicted to the genre as much as we are see their tales reach new audiences.

In particular, we'd like to see genre crossover steampunk titles. Got a great steampunk/zombie novel or short? Great! Maybe a steampunk mystery? We’ll want to take a look at that too.

Please note that we have NO interest in titles using public domain works that are converted into steampunk. Our focus is on original stories only.

Please see our Submission Guidelines for our expectations, and be sure to include the word “steampunk” in the subject line of your email. Preference is for works over 5,000 words, but we will consider anything except microfiction. Series are especially welcome.


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fire and Ice

. Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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Love Sherrilyn Kenyon and her Dark Hunter Series. But what I have been waiting for years for has happened at last! She has started releasing The League science fiction romance series!

Ever since I read Fire and Ice (a short story in the book "Man of My Dreams") in 2004, I've been impatiently waiting for another sci fi romance story from Sherrilyn Kenyon. Sci fi romance is so rare, and to have a great author like SK write a series...a dream come true!

The first book, Born of Night, was everything I wanted it to be. The next two in the series (Born of Fire and Born of Ice) are already out. I'm just waiting to get my greedy paws on them.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Untreedreads Thanksgiving Call For Submissions

. Tuesday, July 27, 2010
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The following is a call for submission from Untreedreads:

We are in the process of creating an anthology of short stories to be released on November 1st as a Thanksgiving release.


This anthology is designed to be a humorous mystery anthology. Only mysteries with a definite humor angle to them will be accepted or considered. What we're looking for are stories geared around the most popular Thanksgiving dishes: turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, etc.. As long as it's a regularly-featured food at Thanksgiving, we're open to how you work it in. Please note that it is unlikely we will publish multiple stories of the same food (i.e.: no two stories where pumpkin pie is featured).

As this is a short story anthology, submissions need to be between 3500-5000 words in length. We may be willing to accept longer works depending on the content. Previously published material is ok for submission providing that all electronic rights have reverted to the author. Stories that have been published previously need to be notated as such, along with the information as to where it first appeared.

The intention is to release each short story as its own release under our existing Fingerprints short story line, but there will also be an all-in-one edition at a lower price than purchasing the stories individually to encourage readers to pick up the entire anthology.

Editor-In-Chief Jay Hartman will serve as Editor for this anthology.

Deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2010. Email submissions ONLY, and they MUST be in DOC format, Times New Roman, 12pt. Submissions received that are not in this format will be deleted. Please include the word "Thanksgiving" in your subject line. All stories should be sent to submissions@untreedreads.com. Submissions sent to other email addresses will not be recognized. If an insufficient amount of usable entries are received, this anthology may be withdrawn, and such withdrawal will be announced no later than September 15th.

Please repost/cross-promote this Call with fellow authors/blogs/lists, etc..

Questions regarding this Call should be directed to Editor-In-Chief Jay Hartman at jhartman@untreedreads.com.

Learn more
 
Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What Makes a Great Critique

. Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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I wanted to take some time to talk about writers groups and the feedback writers give and receive. Since writing is such a solitary occupation, local and online groups can be invaluable. However, I’ve noticed that many writers don’t know how to give constructive feedback. All too often critiques are destructive instead of constructive.

I do not believe that these destructive critiques are given with malicious intent. However, the result is the same: harm to the writer and their work.

When giving a critique the overall feel of the feedback should be encouraging, while the meat of the critique should be instructive. If the mood of the critique is not hopeful/helpful than it falls into the destructive feedback category.

Types of Critique Partners:

  • The-glass-is-half-empty critique partner: This critter concentrates on the negative while throwing in a few off-hand positive non-instructive remarks from time to time. Overall the critique is not helpful because it is not instructive or constructive.

  • The-glass-is-broken critique partner: This critter only offers feedback on the negative. They have nothing good to say. Often this is because they believe that offering positive feedback is a waste of time. They would be wrong. Telling a writer what works and why it works is just as valuable as telling a writer what doesn’t work.

  • The-glass-is-overflowing critique partner: This critter only comments on the positive. They use lots of smilies, boost the writer’s ego…and offer nothing constructive. Saying, “This is great! I loved!” without telling the writer why it’s great and why they loved it is not instructive and can be destructive because the writer might take your word for it and sub a piece that needs some TLC.

  • The-glass-is-half-full critique partner: This critter knows how to give constructive feedback. They construct a critique like a painting, framing their instruction with positive feedback to draw in the recipient, allowing them to receive the instruction provided.

How do you become a “glass-is-half-full” critique partner?

Easy. Start and end with positive feedback. Frame the negative using the two-for-one method: offer two positives for every one negative. This method works because when you find and explain the positive, your critique will be instructive. Remember, knowing what works is just as important as knowing what doesn’t work.

A constructive critique should look like this:
  1. positive
  2. positive
  3. negative
  4. positive
  5. positive
  6. repeat

Don’t:
  • offer your personal likes and dislikes (subjective)
  • rewrite the author’s work for them (changing style/author’s voice)
  • say you like/dislike something without explaining why

Do:
  • motivate the writer by balancing your positive and negative feedback
  • critique work outside your genre
  • give examples and use lessons learned when giving feedback

Taking the time to give constructive feedback not only helps the recipient but helps the critter. If you understand what does and does not work in someone else’s writing, you will learn what does and does not work in your own writing, and, more importantly, how to fix it.


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Monday, July 19, 2010

First Heat Book Trailer

. Monday, July 19, 2010
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In anticipation of the release of my new book First Heat, I have created a book trailer and uploaded it here and on YouTube.

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Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
http://www.jocelynmodo.com/

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Call for Submissions LazyDay Publishing

. Saturday, July 17, 2010
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Call for Submissions from LazyDay Publishing

LazyDay Publishing is a new digital publisher that is focused on the future of storytelling.

All books will be on our site, but will also be available with all the leading third party distributors. Our books will be easily available in all leading formats. LazyDay Publishing will be a dominating presence in the future of the digital book.

LazyDay Publishing is royalty based with no advance. Payments will be made to the author on a quarterly basis. Royalties are 40% of cover price for digital direct sales, 50% of cover price of publisher's royalty for 3rd party distribution and 7% of cover price for print.

Contract requires full rights to the work, including both digital and print. A fully negotiable contract will be available for your review upon acceptance of your manuscript.

LazyDay Publishing will be officially launching December 1, 2010! Our initial web page is designed for the author, but will vastly change on December 1, 2010 to become a fully integrated online ebook store and digital publishing house that will be focused on the reader.

We are actively pursuing authors who want to be part of our team. Please see our submission guidelines on how to get published:

http://www.lazydaypub.com/Submission.html
 
This call is from Staci Helling of LazyDay Publishing, new to the ePublishing world. I recommend that anyone who accepts a contract makes sure that they have a reasonable launch date. This way if the venture fails, your work doesn't end up lost in in limbo.

As always, be sure to read the contract carefully. LazyDay "requires full rights to the works, including both digital and print." However, the contract is "fully negotiable."


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Friday, July 16, 2010

Call for submissions Samba Mountain Press

. Friday, July 16, 2010
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The following call is from Susannah Indigo of Clean Sheets Magazine fame! Check it out.



Samba Mountain Press
Call for submissions
"Sex & Food" anthology
Publication date: Late 2010

"Sex & Food" will be a print anthology, sponsored in part by Clean Sheets Magazine. This themed anthology will be edited by Susannah Indigo. We are looking for stories and poems that involve food and appetite, along with eroticism -- the topic is wide open, and not limited by any conventional image of sex & food. Your submission doesn't have to be serious, though we love deep and serious -- it can be funny, inspiring, profound, fantastical, but please be sure to make it new, something we've never read before. "Sex & Food" will be pansexual in nature, and all varieties of erotic encounters are encouraged.

Stories should be less than 5000 words, and can be much shorter if they're great. Previously published work is fine, as long as you notify us of the publication, even if it has been in Clean Sheets previously. Payment is $50/story, $25/poem, for one-time anthology rights, along with 2 copies of the book. Please send submissions either pasted in an email, or as a .doc attachment, with this information in the subject line:

POEM: name of poem
FICTION: name of story

Deadline is September 15, 2010

Email submissions to sfoodanthology@gmail.com



Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Poetry Contest - Free to Enter

. Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Here are some upcoming free poetry contests! Good Luck!!!


7/25: GLCA New Writers Awards

Recommended free contest offers a reading tour of 12 midwestern colleges, with a $500 honorarium per visit, for the author of a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction that is the author's first published book in that genre. One winner in each category. Publisher should submit 4 copies of book along with publicity material. Book must have been published in the US or Canada between spring 2009 and spring 2010. Selection process favors recipients of major first-book awards.


7/30: Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature

Entries must be received by this date

Recommended free contest offers $25,000 fellowship for foreign-born writers aged 38 or under who are citizens or legal residents of the US. Enter online only. Poets, novelists, short fiction writers, and creative essayists are eligible. All genres compete together. See website for application form and required materials. The Vilcek Foundation honors and supports foreign-born scientists and artists who have made outstanding contributions to society in the United States.


7/31: Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Highly recommended free contest for unpublished poems by authors aged 11-17 offers free books, anthology publication, and other prizes. Online entries accepted.

7/31: Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize

Entries must be received by this date

Highly recommended free contest offers 3,000 pounds and a reading at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in Suffolk for the best first full-length collection of poetry published in Great Britain or Ireland since August 1 of the preceding year. Either publisher or author may submit 3 bound or proof copies of the book with a note indicating the date of publication. Include cover letter with contact information.

7/31: Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature

Don't enter before July 1

Recommended free contest offers publication by Sarabande Books, a high-quality literary press, for a manuscript of poetry, fiction, or essays (all genres compete together) about Kentucky or by Kentucky authors. Winner must agree to travel to readings within the state. You are eligible if you were born in Kentucky or have lived there for at least two years, or your book is set in or about Kentucky. Poetry manuscripts should be 48-100 single-spaced pages, prose manuscripts 150-250 double-spaced pages. No scholarly works, children's literature, or genre fiction.

7/31: Marie Alexander Poetry Series Book Contest

Recommended free contest offers $500 and publication for a book-length collection of prose poems by a US author, at least 48 single-spaced pages. Send one copy by regular mail and another copy by email as an MS Word or PDF file. The Marie Alexander Poetry Series is an imprint of White Pine Press, a well-regarded small press.


8/15: Memoir (and) Prizes for Prose or Poetry

Recommended free contest offers twice-yearly prizes for the best memoirs submitted to their magazine during each reading period (November 1-February 15, May 1-August 15). Online submissions preferred. Send 1-5 poems or one prose piece, maximum 10,000 words. See website for art formatting requirements. "Memoir (and) publishes memoirs in many forms. We strive with each issue to include a selection of prose, poetry, graphic memoirs, narrative photography, lies and more." Enter by mail or online.

8/16: Boardman Tasker Prize

Entries must be received by this date; formerly August 15

Recommended free contest offers 3,000 pounds for the best published book on the theme of mountains or mountaineering, first published or distributed in the UK between November 1 of the previous year and October 31 of this year. Entries must be submitted by publisher, and may be poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or drama. Early entries are encouraged.



Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

 
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