Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Okay, so I haven't been posting here much. Sue me. I'm a busy gal. Here's a quick sum-up of what I've been working on lately.

Two weeks ago I headed off to the Lori Foster Readers and Writers Get-Together for the weekend. NYT Bestselling author Lori Foster (who also just so happens to hail from my hometown of Cincinnati) runs this great romance conference to help readers meet their favorite romance authors in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. No nonstop panel discussions, no hard-core promotion, no dressing to the nines (unless you want to). Just a great way for readers and authors to meet on a level playing field, along with great business and networking opportunities. Probably the best writers' (and readers') conference I've ever attended. I shared a room with my literary agent Lori Perkins and had a grand old time. Plus, Lori Foster uses the event to help raise money for some great charities. I wish more romance novel conferences were like this (are you listening, RWA?). And since it's in my old digs of Cincinnati, I got to visit with family and also get my Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream fix. I'll definitely be back next year.

I've started writing comedy sketches for Democracy Burlesque, a sketch-comedy troupe here in Chicago that satirizes all things American and political, with a sexy-dirty twist. Which is right up my alley, let me tell you. Plus, all the proceeds from DB's shows go to charity. So if you live in Chicago and want a rare chance to see my stage writing actually produced in town (instead of in NYC or L.A. or Seattle, like it usually is), be sure to stop by one of Democracy Burlesque's performances in late July or early August. Here's a sneak preview---in my tried-and-true dirty-book-author fashion, one of my contributed sketches uses am old-style burlesque striptease to lampoon unethical labor unions. Yep, that's right. Naked boobs, political satire---what's not to love?

Last but not least, I recently made an appearance on Mominatrix Radio in my Jamaica Layne persona, talking about how being a parent affects my life as an erotic romance author, and vice versa. You can listen to a recording of the show here. The Mominatrix folks also put out a very cool weekly sex advice column for busy moms and dads. Awesome!

I'll be doing some blog tours in the next couple weeks, so i'll be sure to keep everyone posted on that as well.


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