The New York Times Bestseller List... and are print books dead?

I read recently that self-published books can't get onto the New York Times Bestseller List. That they weren't allowed.. or that the New York Times doesn't recognize self-published sales. I knew, when I read it, that it was false. Black Lies, my erotic romance, hit it three times last year. But it was still a welcome sight to see Hollywood Dirt, my newest baby, hit the list. Twice. Technically, three times, because it hit the eBook list AND the Combined Print/Ebook list.

What does that mean?

#HowIWrite Video - My research on sex toys

Check out my latest #HowIWrite Video - this one is on researching sex toys! Research is one of the most interesting parts of my job, and I think you'll really enjoy my opinion on two of the toys I tried out.

Signings and Radio - Spreading the Author Brand

This weekend I flew to New York for two reasons. The first: BookCon. For those who aren't familiar with BookCon, it is a reader event that caps off the end of the BEA Convention: Book Expo of America. BookCon covers Saturday and Sunday and is comprised of a ton of author signings and panels. I signed at 1pm on Saturday. The beauty about arriving at 1pm is that I missed the line for entry...

How to Get Your Self-Published Book Copyrighted

So… you wrote a novel. First off, CONGRATS!! Now you need to protect it. ASAP. Remember Napster? There are a hundred sites just like that for books, and they won't remove your title unless you have a copyright certificate in hand. People will always break laws, but you need to do what you can to stop your book from being stolen.

What you need is to copyright your book, and the US Copyright Office has made a simple process ridiculously painful. So sit down, pour a beverage, and feel free to use the below guide to help you through the process.

My Goodreads Group

If you're not already on Goodreads, it is THE Facebook of the online reading community. Everything is focused on books, you can create reading lists, leave reviews, recommend books to friends and chat with your favorite authors.

And now, finally, I'm exploring it the way that I should have, back in 2012. But I'm a little slow, so bear with me. Thankfully, my Goodreads' hand is being held by SueBee, a Goodreads icon and Top Reviewer, who knows everything there is to know about this site and has been invaluable in helping me.

Erotica's Rightful Place in the Standings

Amazon recently published their Top Selling Ebooks of 2014 and guess who made the list?

Black Lies, the same ebook that hit the New York Times List three times, an erotic romance about a woman involved with two men.

Easy and Fun Christmas Dessert!

While wandering around Pinterest at 3am yesterday, I found this great Christmas dessert/craft on RainingHotCoupons.com and had to share it! It's not sexual, it's not about a book, but I'm a holiday freak so here it is:

INGREDIENTS: 6 cups Rice Krispies Cereal 3 tbsp Butter 10.5 oz Marshmallows Green Food Coloring 12 Miniature Reese’s Cups 1/3 cup M&M Minis 12 Candy Stars (or you can use Lucky Charms marshmallow stars) Icing in a tube

The Best Toys for Female Masturbation

The Best Toys for Female Masturbation

When it comes to self-pleasure, it seems that, historically speaking, guys were regularly the ones pegged with tooting their own horns most often. But oh, how times have changed. According to Cosmopolitan Magazine, 40 percent of women say they actually prefer masturbating over having sex with a partner. Which, if you think about it, makes a lot of sense.

When it’s just you, by yourself, doing your thing, undistracted by another person on top of you (or behind you, or… you get the picture) you’re able to focus on what gives you the most pleasure—when you want it, where you want it, and how you want it. And all those yous can lead to better, more intense, all-around amazing Os.

Hilarious Things said on the Stand

These brief snippets are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts. These are items people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters. Someone sent me these items and they were too hilarious not to share. ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?' ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: My name is Susan! _______________________________ ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active? WITNESS: No, I just lie there. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth? WITNESS: July 18th. ATTORNEY: What year? WITNESS: Every year. _____________________________________ ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you? WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which. ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you? WITNESS: Forty-five years. _________________________________ ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory? WITNESS: I forget.. ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot? ___________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning? WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam? ____________________________________

ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he? WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ. ___________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken? WITNESS: Are you shitting me? _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time? WITNESS: Getting laid. ____________________________________________

ATTORNEY: She had three children , right? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: How many were boys? WITNESS: None. ATTORNEY: Were there any girls? WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney? ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated? WITNESS: By death.. ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated? WITNESS: Take a guess. ___________________________________________

ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual? WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female? WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male. _____________________________________ ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney? WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work. ______________________________________ ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people? WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight. _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to? WITNESS: Oral... _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body? WITNESS: The autopsy started around8:30 PM ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time? WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample? WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?

______________________________________ And last:

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing? WITNESS: No.. ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor? WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.