Wednesday, March 29, 2017

20-Minute Writing Sprints

Hi Lovelies!

I thought today might be a good day for a writing tip instead of my normal self-promotion. I use this technique quite often, and it honestly does help in getting things done. It's as simple as setting a timer for 20 minutes and writing (or editing, plotting, or any other writing task) until the timer goes off. I use the timer on Google, but the one on your phone, your iPad, your watch, or whatever works just as well. Heck, an old kitchen timer would do the trick, too! 

I find that if I know I can check my phone, Twitter, other Internet sites, or anything that normally distracts me from writing a short 20 minutes later, I can get plenty done. Once the timer goes off, I sooth myself with those fun and addicting things for a few minutes, set the timer again, and do another 20 minutes. (And if you have trouble limiting your time on those fun activities, set the timer again for 5 minutes and get back to writing when it goes off.)

Of course, 20 minutes is an arbitrary time. It's usually the amount I can give my undivided attention to something before my mind starts to wander a bit. If you find 10 or 15 minute sprints are more your speed, go for it! You might find that 30 minutes are more your sweet spot. Great! (I'm actually hoping to up mine to 30 minutes, but for now when I go past 20, I usually find myself itching at about the 22 or 23 minute mark.😄) All that matters is you're giving yourself plenty of uninterrupted time to write. 

There are also ways to block the Internet for a small block of time on your devices if you really need help avoiding distractions. I can't personally recommend any, as I've never tried them, but if you need that extra little help, know that they exist and are a Google (or whatever your search engine of choice is) search away. Whatever helps you get words on the page (or said words edited) is the way to go! 

I hope this helps some of you, or at least gives you something to think about. Feel free to leave your own tips in the comments! If I get enough, I'll make a new blog post with those tips! Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Couple of Things (Maybe a Couple and a Half)

Hello Lovelies!

EDIT: His Hard Rockin' Princess: Special Edition is now available at both Amazon and Smashwords. Pick it up as a Kindle ebook here, and in whatever format you prefer at Smashwords here!

As the title suggests, I have a couple of things for you today. First off, I just pushed publish at Amazon on the special edition of His Hard Rockin' Princess. The novel itself is the same, but I've added a few things. First off, it now sports an epilogue, which shows a moment in time three years later with a now married Elle and Tim. I originally planned to include this with the novel, but decided it didn't need it; the magic of romance novels proved that this would be a happily-ever-after story. This epilogue shows that is true. And though it's not necessary for the story, I think it is a nice addition for this special edition. I hope you'll enjoy that short chapter.

Also, if you follow me on Twitter, you might know that I have taken the three short stories in the His Hard Rockin' Princess series out of circulation. You can no longer buy them on their own, but you can now get them all together here in the special edition. Much is different in the stories compared to the novel, but those stories did plant the seed for this novel, so they hold a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading them!

I also made a couple of changes to the cover, basically just adding a few phrases to show it's the special edition. If you haven't yet seen it, check it out here:
This book is (or will be once it's live) only, at the moment, available as a Kindle ebook, and it's not a part of the Kindle Unlimited program. I'm looking into getting it onto Smashwords, but I don't know if it'll happen or not. You can buy it for $4.99.

If you already purchased the original, and don't want to buy it again, you can get in touch with me on Twitter, and we'll work something out. Or, you can get in touch with me from my website, which leads me into the second thing I want to talk about!

Yes, I now have a website, not just a blog! I'll continue posting here each week, but you can also find all my books and other goodies at Clara Zaynn: Erotic Romance Author. I'm very excited about it, and I'd love it if you gave it a look and told me what you think, either here, via the contact info there, or on Twitter!

So, back to the His Hard Rockin' Princess Special Edition. Like I said, if you already own the original and want to check out the extras, get in touch with me. I'm thinking that I will give you a free .mobi copy or Smashwords free coupon (if it ever does get to Smashwords) in exchange for an honest review of the original on Amazon. Show me the review, and I'll send off the Special Edition to you so you can see the extras. Goes for those of you who read it with the Kindle Unlimited program, too; give the original a review, and I'll be happy to send you the Special Edition!

That's all I have for you this week. I will, of course, update this post, my website, and Twitter when it's officially out. So stay tuned, and have a great week!

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Dragon's Mate

Hello Lovelies!

EDIT: It's now available. Find it here!

The Dragon's Mate should be out soon. I'm hoping by tomorrow morning. I'll have the link to it next to the cover image here on this site, and you can also find my links on Twitter! It's an erotic fantasy story. Here's the description:

This is a 21,000-word novella with plenty of erotic scenes.

Even before her blood glowed ruby-red under her skin, the Kingdom of Isslich knew Saelee was the one to break the curse the dragon held over them. They held her captive for the first 20 years of her life, until it was time to march her to the dragon’s cave so she could become its bride.

Saelee and her devoted handmaiden (and lover), Vivian, had no doubt a new life didn’t await them in the dragon’s cave. The dragon would murder and eat them before the night was through. Imagine their surprise when they find a palace deep in the cave, one that rivals even Castle Isslich for grandeur and beauty. The dragon, too, isn’t some semi-intelligent beast, but a refined creature who can transform into a human male. A very handsome human male, Saelee must say. Saelee knows why she was promised to the dragon: he’s her perfect mate. And things might work out as intended except for one thing: Vivian has become a woman scorned.

I hope you're excited about this one, as I had a lot of fun writing it! There are a few lesbian scenes to mix in with the dragon sex, so it's a true erotic tale! I'll be charging $1.99 for this one, and it'll be free if you are a member of the Kindle Unlimited program. So be on the lookout!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ch. 1 Preview: The Dragon's Mate

Hello Lovelies! 

My newest story, an erotic fantasy novella entitled, The Dragon's Mate, will be out later this week. I thought I'd share the first chapter for your reading pleasure. I'll be back later this week, of course, with much more, but for the moment, I hope you enjoy the sneak peek! 


Saelee sat on her bed, trying not to roll her eyes at the matron who scolded her. So what if she’d been caught sneaking out of the secret passage from her room, her cell? It’s not like she ever did anything that would get her in trouble. She simply needed to be out among people, have fun in a pub. She wasn’t going to lose her head and let a man take her maidenhood. No, that was reserved for the mysterious dragon, and she knew it.

“So close to your big day,” the matron, whose name Saelee had never bothered to learn, said. “Incredibly selfish. This kingdom is counting on you to break the curse.”

She blew out a breath. Close was an understatement. Tomorrow was her 20th birthday, and the day she would be led to the dragon’s cave to become his bride or meal or whatever. Yes, she was different from everyone else in the kingdom, as her blood glowed through her skin like fiery rubies since the day after her 19th birthday, but it didn’t mean she would be the one to end the curse. King Danyrd had been sending girls for years with no luck. Nor had the girls been seen again.

“We’ve positioned guards outside your little secret passageway, so don’t get any more ideas tonight. It was quite clever of you to send your handmaiden out on an errand, but she’s been instructed to not leave your side until you’re safely in the dragon’s custody.”

Nothing was said about the second secret escape, which led Saelee to feel comfortable in the knowledge that no one other than her and Viv knew about it. Not that she’d use it tonight, as she was resigned to her fate, but it was nice to know she would keep that secret. Besides, that way out, though the castle’s sewer pipes, proved much less pleasant than her preferred path.

Viv walked in and gave Saelee a wink. The errand, after all, to find out if there were any cakes left after dinner, had been Viv’s idea. It wasn’t an odd request, as the kitchen crew knew of Saelee’s sweet tooth, and it was the perfect opportunity for her to get one last night of freedom before her life as she knew it ended. Or maybe it would literally end tomorrow, which made the trip to the pub for drinking and dancing that much more important. Only bad luck ruined the ruse, as one of the off-duty castle guards had chosen that night to also hit the same pub. Of course he was one who knew her by sight over and above her ruby-red blood, and who felt it his duty to return her post-haste. Such was her lot in life.

“Ah, here’s your handmaiden now,” the matron said. “Vivian, you’ve been authorized to to tie Saelee to her bed if she gives you any trouble. She’s not to leave this room until the guards fetch her in the morning. Do you understand?”

“Oh, I may tie her down anyway,” Viv said. The look Viv gave her made Saelee’s lady parts tingle.

“Good,” the matron said. “You’re free to use your discretion. And Saelee, sleep well tonight knowing you are saving our kingdom. We know you’re the savior everyone has waited for.”

Saelee didn’t answer the awful woman, and after a few seconds of awkward silence, the matron left, offering up only a gruff, “Good night,” as she went. When she was gone, Viv strode over to Saelee and mashed her lips against hers, and then snaked her tongue into her mouth. After a brief but passionate kiss, she pulled away and smiled.

“Did you at least get your final drink?”

“No,” Saelee said. “The guard caught me right as I walked in. If I didn’t have bad luck, I’d have none at all.”

“Well, I’ll make sure you’re plenty lucky tonight,” Viv said, nudging Saelee down onto the bed. “It is your birthday tomorrow, and I should gift you a present.”

Viv dropped to her knees between Saelee’s legs and ran her hand up under her dress. When she found the top of her silk bloomers, she gripped the waist and pulled them down, eliciting a gasp from Saelee. When they were off and on the floor, Viv again moved up her dress, this time leading with her mouth, kissing and nibbling the tender skin of her inner thighs.

“Yes, this is the gift I crave,” Saelee said in a throaty whisper as Viv hovered over her neatly trimmed maidenhood. They groomed each other weekly as they both found a soft, velvety flower much more enticing than a tangle of wild weeds.

Saelee had to hold back a squeal of delight as Viv’s tongue traced along her opening, occasionally dipping in for nectar. How she wished Viv could ram a finger or two into her depths, but they couldn’t chance busting the proof of her virginity. That, alas, was for the dragon to take, if he even did before devouring her in a way much less pleasurable than what Viv now did.

Viv alternated between slow, sensual nibbles of her folds, and fast, frantic licks of her pleasure button. Before long, Saelee couldn’t hold back the flood of an orgasm, and she gripped Viv’s head through the fabric of her dress to hold her in that power spot. She screamed out a “Yes,” and was glad the thick door and walls didn’t allow much sound to escape.

When her pleasure had washed over her, she pulled Viv out from under her skirt and up to cuddle. They shared light kisses as they basked in each other’s comfort. Before long, though, Saelee was ready to continue. She pushed into a sitting position and said, “My turn.”

“No need. That was my gift to you.”

“Then this will be a continuation of it. Instead of going under your dress, though, I want you to strip for me. Slowly. Like a brothel whore being paid by the hour.”

A sly grin slid onto Viv’s face. “And how, m’lady, if I’m a brothel whore, shall you be paying?”

All at once, with the stealthy swiftness of a cutpurse in the marketplace, the reality of tomorrow crashed down on Saelee, and tears poured from her eyes. “With your gruesome death alongside my own, I’m guessing,” she said between sobs.

Viv hugged her hard. “No, none of this is your fault. I was given the choice to stay behind, and I chose to accompany you. If the dragon does tear us to pieces before making us a light snack, it won’t be your fault. Besides, we’re only guessing that our death is the only outcome. You may break the curse, and then live like a queen. With me as your faithful handmaiden.”

That got Saelee to stop crying, and to even crack a smile. “You make it sound so possible, Viv. I suppose that outcome could happen, and while I hope for it, I won’t bother wishing.”

“Fair enough.” Viv hopped off the bed and went to the trunk at the foot. Saelee’s smile grew bigger, as she knew what Viv was after. When she returned with their wonderful toy, Saelee took it from her and both rushed to shed their clothes. The toy was a spike of pliable wood wrapped tight with succulent leather strips, worn to a smooth and soft texture. It had straps that wrapped around her waist and upper thighs so she could truly fuck Viv with it. There was even a small leather nub that lined up perfectly with her clitoris, so while she couldn’t experience the penetration, she still received more than enough pleasure.

She and Viv kissed, and then Viv dropped her mouth to Saelee’s breasts as she positioned the leather phallus and tightened the straps. When it was on, and already rubbing Saelee’s button in that oh-so-good way, she pushed Viv down on her back, and climbed to her face. 

“Lick it. Get it slippery for your hole.”

Viv moaned and engulfed the leather stud in her mouth. She moved as if she were pleasuring a man, and it worked for Saelee, thanks to the nub on her end. Viv moved her hand up and down the shaft in a movement used to tease forth seed, and it worked in getting her saliva dripping all the way down. Saelee moved it from her mouth, climbed between her legs, and aimed it at her waiting flower.

Both moaned, and then their lips and tongues met. The leather phallus sunk all the way into Viv, and the nub pressed hard into Saelee’s button. They lay in each other’s arms, kissing hard. After a minute, Saelee pulled back, moving most of the leather tool out of Viv, and then drove it back in. They both squealed, and Saelee did it again. She then varied the length she slid from Viv’s wet folds, based on her moans, but never stopped smashing back in hard. Viv had confessed in earlier trysts that the hard thrust was her favorite part, and by the noises that came from her this time, it again proved true.

After a few glorious minutes of this, Viv shuddered hard in orgasm, and that, along with the constant rubbing of the nub on her pleasure button, triggered Saelee’s, as well. They clutched each other tight until their breathing returned to normal, and then Saelee pulled out of Viv. A few slow, sensual kisses later, she stood, cleaned off their toy, and put it back in the trunk that would leave with them in the morning. That might be the final time it would ever be used, but at least it had taken them both to the stars.

Saelee extinguished the lights and glided back to bed, her glowing blood shining through her skin and illuminating the room enough for her to have no trouble navigating back. Viv cuddled into her once she was down, and they shared one more kiss before drifting off to sleep. Saelee guessed she would have had trouble, but thanks to her soft red glow and Viv’s loving touch, she was deep in Slumberland before she knew it. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

His Hard Rockin' Princess Update

Hello Lovelies!

Wanted to let everyone know what is going on with this novel and with the three short stories that inspired it. First off, I unpublished the three stories (Festival Fun, Concert Chaos, and Viva Vegas) since I was afraid there would be confusion since they were called the His Hard Rockin' Princess series. The short stories had nothing to do with the novel other than giving me a spark of an idea, but I still decided to unpublish them. So if you're looking for them, you won't find them.

For now.

Sometime this month, in between other projects, I'm going to publish a second version of His Hard Rockin' Princess. That will have the three short stories included after the novel, so if you're curious, you can read them there. (And only there, unless you've already purchased them and haven't yet read them.) I'm debating whether to make it part of the Kindle Unlimited program or not. It depends if I can or want to set up a Smashwords account or not (various reasons I won't get into here). 

I will be charging more for it since it has extra content (either a dollar or two more, I haven't decided yet), but it will also include the epilogue I decided wasn't necessary in the original release. No, it's still not necessary for the story, but I feel it's a nice bonus feature, since this is essentially the bonus edition. The epilogue basically checks back in on Tim and Elle a few years later.

So there you have it. As I said, the "bonus" version will be out sometime this month (March 2017), and I will, of course, blog about it when it's ready. And talk about it on Twitter! So that's what I have for you this week. See you next week! (And plenty on Twitter!)