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  • Wolf Creek
    Wolf Creek
    by Nikko Lee

    Life as a gay omega werewolf is no fairytale.

  • NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    NECRONOMICUM #2 (NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica)
    by Gary Budgen, Julian Darius, Richard Greico Jr, Nikko Lee, K. A. Opperman, Alice Renard, Rose Banks, Paul St. John Mackintosh, Michael Seese

    Contains Instabiable by Nikko Lee

  • Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    Zombiefied Reloaded: The Search for More Brains
    by Carol Hightshoe, Cynthia Ward, Terry M. West, Christie Meierz, Dana Bell, Mary E. Lowd, Patrick J. Hurley, Francis W. Alexander, Liam Hogan

    Brainatarian by Nikko Lee

  • Coming Back
    Coming Back
    by James Arthur Anderson, Brian Barnett, Dave Fragments, Shawna Galvin, Vince Darcangelo, Ken Goldman, Michael Lindquist

    Contains A Mother Knows by Nikko Lee (paperback available at Lulu.com)

  • Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    Wolf Warriors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology
    by Jonathan W. Thurston

    Contains Great Mother Wolf by Michelle Knowlton

  • People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    People Eating People: A Cannibal Anthology
    by Frank Larnerd, Tony Peak, Geoff Gander, Shenoa Caroll-Bradd, Robert Hart, Nikko Lee, Kyle Yadlosky, Edward Martin III

    Contains Bouillon de Bebe by Nikko Lee

  • Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    Valves & Vixens: Steampunk Erotica
    by Nicole Gestalt, Crysta Coburn, J.T Seate, Nikko Lee, V.C., Zak Jane Keir, Blair, Regina Kammer, Jim Lee

    Contains Boson's Mate by Nikko Lee

  • The Big Book of Bizarro
    The Big Book of Bizarro
    by Rich Bottles Jr.

    Contains Honey-Do by Nikko Lee

  • Between Love and Lust
    Between Love and Lust
    by Nikko Lee

    E-book

    Print-on-demand paperback

  • Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    Templar and Other Stories of Suspense and Terror (Vampires 2, Volume 4)
    by J. Troy Seate, Patricia McCarthy, Nikke Lee, Andrea Saavedra, James Hartley, Edward McKeown, Mike Graves, J.E. Gurley, Zakk Erikson, David Bernstein C.C. Blake

    Contains Pure Delight by Nikko Lee

Sunday
May152016

Another You by Nikko Lee

The first time John killed his wife, it was murder. The second time, it was self-defense.

I forgot to mention that my story about a man haunted by the wife he thought he'd killed was published in The Body anthology (Thirteen O'Clock press) back in April.

Wednesday
May112016

Beech Mountain Hike

It's that time again; hiking season. After work, we fed and changed our 18 month old daughter, Bean, and headed to Beech Mountain with the Jax Outdoor club. It was our first after work hike with the Bean since last summer when her early bedtime forced us to re-evaluate the benefit of hiking with her versus keeping her happy.

Beech Mountain (839 feet) is listed as a moderate hike but has only a couple of rock scrambles. We hiked the South Ridge loop of 2.1 mile in a little over an hour and a half.

Bean was mostly cooperative staying in her pack until we reached the fire tower. After a short leg stretch and snack, we continued on our way.

Hiking with a toddler presents a couple of challenges (lots of preparation, timing consideration, unleashed toys thrown in mud puddles etc.). However, it was great to start the season off with our daughter in tow. Hopefully she will love the outdoors as much as my husband and I do.

Sunday
Apr242016

Writing Worry #36: Maintaining professional connections

Writing is by it's nature a solitary process. Publishing, however, requires knowing the right people at the right time. Living in Downeast Maine is a mixed blessing for establishing and maintaining professional writing and publishing connections. We have some great authors who either live in or summer in the area who make themselves available through workshops or authors talks at the local libraries. Yet the opportunities for those workshops and writing conferences is limited.

One of the ways I have enjoyed making writing and publishing connections has been the Maine Crime Wave. This would have been it's third year. Unfortunately, attendance wasn't enough to allow the organizers to go ahead with it. Hopefully, it will return next year since it was the closest writing-related conference to me at about a 3 hour drive.

I've looked into other fan, author and writing conferences with the closest ones being in Boston and New York city. Both require a lot more travel and expense – not to mention time – than I currently have available.

There are several writing groups in the area and I've been attending a semi-private one that has really helped with consistency of reviewing. Cynthia Thayer is giving a dialog workshop in Belfast in June that promises to be educational. I've attended a workshop by her before and found it incredibly valuable.

So back to focusing on writing and getting Safe Word edited and to beta readers no later than October. I have no idea when editing for Spar will begin but it's scheduled for release in October. November promises to be the start of another busy period for me where writing is going to have to take a back seat. Until then I have 5 months to get done what I can before another hiatus.

There are a couple of excellent authors visiting the local libraries. I just have to get out and not be shy. The only way I am going to make connections is by talking to people as a person first and an author second.

Friday
Mar112016

Writing Worry #35: The endless manuscript

I first had the idea for Safe Word nearly 10 years ago. I was on vacation with my mother and sister in the Dominican Republic at an all inclusive resort. Normally, I'm the type of person who likes to be busy. The idea of sleeping in past 7AM or spending the entire day lounging just runs against my grain. My mother and sister didn't have as much of a problem with the need to be busy as I had.

I worked out at the resorts basic gym. I swam in the ocean. I took Spanish lessons. I did a lot of walking. The things about being bored is that it lets your mind wander. When I joined my mother and sister pool side, I read and started outlining Safe Word.

After vacation was over, I had a partial outline and some character profiles. However, other writing projects needed my attention. I had to finish my trunked dark fantasy series. Then there was Wolf Creek. But the idea of writing a crime story with BDSM elements had taken hold.

So when NaNoWriMo rolled around in 2013 and I needed a new story to start on, I pulled out my partial draft outline.

Flash forward to 2016, where is Safe Word? Shortly after I started submitting queries for Wolf Creek, I began the editing process for Safe Word. I've done several drafts. Added point of view characters. I've re-worked the plot and fleshed out some minor characters. My main female character has had a name change and background change.

In between, I published Wolf Creek (new adult paranormal fantasy) and recently signed a contract for Spar (M/M martial arts erotic romance) - hooray! And still there is much editing to do on Safe Word. I fear it is become the endless manuscript. Normally I like to had off my manuscript to beta readers a year after I start editing. That's the goal anyways.

There are a couple of reasons Safe Word is plaguing me. I love the concept and don't want to sell it short. This is my first foray into writing a novel that has neither explicit sex - although there is a strong BDSM component - nor paranormal creatures. So I am doubting myself. The feedback I've received from workshops and writing groups has been lukewarm at best. No one else seems to find the characters or plot as engaging as I do. Have I missed the mark?

More self-doubt. More professional doubt.

D.B Jackson wrote a blog post recently about the need to submit rather than sit on a finished manuscript. I'm accepting the challenge. By next October, Safe Word will be submitted. I have two more scenes to write and nearly half of the manuscript to edit before I can even contemplate harassing beta readers.

So what's it about?

Dr. Jacob Rile is used to being in control, especially in the bedroom. When two former sexual partners are murdered, Jacob must help Detective Catherine St. Onge find the killer before he becomes the prime suspect.

Whether it's reporting a politically connected detective for discharging his weapon or ignoring her ex-boyfriend warnings about investigating a case she hasn't been assigned, Catherine is determined to make senior detective without anyone’s help. To solve two suspiciously similar homicide cases, she must delve into a world of desires she has denied herself.

To get Catherine into the BDSM club where the murderer is finding victims, Jacob will have to pass her off as his submissive. But is she willing to let her guard down enough to be vulnerable? As Jacob and Catherine struggle to find common ground, a jilted ex-submissive chooses Catherine as her next victim. Can Jacob atone for his past arrogance before someone else dies?

Wednesday
Mar092016

My four-legged hiking partner

Every now and again, I try to stretch my writing muscles beyond my comfort zone of paranormal romance and erotica. Safe Word is definitely testing my creative flexibility by forcing my deadly plot into a real world scenario where the only monsters come in human form.

Aside from my work and this blog, I occasionally write about my experiences and topics that interest me. Usually that comes in the form of blogs about writing, hiking, science or motherhood. Very rarely do I reflect on my past experiences and the road that has brought me to who I am today.

I'm currently working on a very short piece about how hiking with an always eager malamute mix helped me get over a fairly traumatic relationship. When I think of how much my dog Bruno has meant to me over the years, I feel I at least owe him an essay.

Sometimes standoffish. Often hand to control. Always willing to go for a walk/hike/ski/bike-jor.

Bruno forced me to overcome my shyness to strangers by greeting them before our paths crossed so he wouldn't act overly protective.

Bruno required me to get off my butt and hike. He was rarely content with a half hour or even hour long walk. On weekends we tackled mountains. Or skijored. Or bikejored.

Bruno was my introduction into the Downeast dogscouts. Many of whom have become good friends.

Now that Bruno is beyond 10 years old and slowing down, I know that I have fewer years left with him. He's still rambunctious, but he now does his fair share of napping. He still loves to be outside, unless it's raining or below 20F.

I never knew him as a puppy since I adopted him when he was two. But I always think of him with that perpetual smile on his face and a spring in his steps whenever we step outside for a walk.