Friday, March 29, 2013

Love Without Restraint

Healing Love Series follows Doctor David Blankenship and Jason Ellis. Find out how they come together in Love Without Borders and see what happens when tragedy strikes in Love Without Restraint.

There were few times in Jason’s life when he'd felt this close to fantastic, and none of them matched his life now. Three months living with David had flown by, leaving him totally satisfied in every aspect of his life. Their schedules sucked, but since they lived together there were few days that went by without some physical contact, even if they only brushed hands when Jason handed a patient over to David’s team at the hospital.
The mornings when Jason woke to find David’s arms draped over him were the best. When their schedules were off, like last night, and he fell asleep long before David made it home, the surprise of being wrapped in David’s arms when he woke made his insides squirm and left him with goose bumps covering his body. He carefully disentangled his legs from David’s and crawled out of bed. After a quick shower he came out of the bathroom, trying to get dressed without waking his lover. David worked long hours and needed any extra sleep he could grab. Jason pulled a pair of boxer briefs out of his drawer and bent to put them on when a deep voice rumbled behind him.
“God, I love that view. Come here, baby, and let me see you up close.”
Jason’s heart thudded wildly as he spun around, just the thought of David watching him dress turned him inside out. “Sorry, didn’t mean to wake you.”
“It’s okay. But I want a taste of that before you go. I’m going to miss you today.”
Jason moved closer, halting just out of reach of David’s fingers.
“Hey, no fair.” David stretched and pulled Jason down onto the bed, rolling him underneath and tickling him. Jason wailed with laughter, screaming as David attacked. David dipped down and ran his tongue over Jason’s belly, sobering Jason quickly. His laugh turned into a groan as David lapped at his hips and nuzzled his balls. David’s tongue slid down Jason’s hardening length, leaving him panting for breath.
“You taste so good,” David groaned as he licked and nipped at Jason’s cock. “I’m so glad you took a chance on us and moved in. You know,”—David sat up, his gaze serious—“I love you more than life itself. I would do anything for you.”
Jason swallowed over the lump in his throat, his emotions high as he wondered if life could stay this good forever.
“Babe, any more thought about what we talked about yesterday morning? You know, getting married?”
Jason closed his eyes and whispered, “Mister Jason Blankenship.” He cracked open his eyelids, glad to see David smiling. “Yeah babe, I think I want to change my name to yours too. I like how it sounds.”
David pulled him up and hugged him tight. “You really want to? Like you really, really want to get married.”
“Yes, David, I want to marry you.”
David pushed him down on the mattress, kissing Jason until he couldn’t breathe. He heard the snick of the lube top and sighed. He’d woken with enough time to stop by the cafĂ© and eat breakfast before work, now it looked like he would be skirting into work and chowing down on whatever they had at the station. He didn’t mind, not really, not when David loved him so completely. His soul sang with pleasure as David pushed into him, spinning him out of control and into the oblivion of bliss that happened each time they made love.
The slow slide of David’s cock inside him left him dizzy. He arched up to meet each of David’s thrusts, wrapping his legs around David’s waist and holding him tightly. He reached down to take his dick in hand, stroking hard as David increased his rhythm.
“Fuck, Jason, you are hotter than ever. Your body is amazing. I can’t get enough of you.”
Jason groaned and threw back his head. He strained against David, trying to pull all of him into his body but knowing it was impossible. They rode the waves of passion, kissing and grinding against each other. Jason edged close to his orgasm, holding on as long as he could.
“David!” He cried out as he came, his hot jism shooting over his chest. David came, squeezing Jason so hard he couldn’t breathe.
“Jason, you take everything when we make love. Thank you.”
David slid out slowly, kissing Jason’s chest and neck. “Let’s get you cleaned up so you can go to work.”
“I’ll miss you today.”
“And I’ll miss you, but going in for Reggie is good. And tomorrow, you are mine.”
Jason chuckled. “Anything for you, babe.”

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Marriage Equality. Why should you care?

Who gives a shit if a bunch of gay dudes can't get married? Really, it doesn't directly affect me since I'm not gay, so I shouldn't care, right? But I do and so should you. Not that long ago a bunch of blacks wanted to *gasp* go to school in good schools, have good jobs, marry who they wanted -- Yes, marry who they wanted. Can you believe that not that long ago black people were barred from marrying whites? 1967 is when that changed for good. How can that be? How could the United States have waited so long? It's not like the US was Nazi Germany, opting for only the pure and Arian nation, right? I mean really, who cares what a spouses color is, as long as the couple is happy. Apparently, a lot of people did and that is why it took so long.

Now to the current civil rights issue. If you look at the arguments from those against basic civil rights for all, just change one or two words in their dialogue and it sounds amazingly like those fighting against civil rights in the sixties. There are people who suggest that if gays are allowed to marry then people will be allowed to marry their animals, or pedophiles will be allowed to marry their victims. I heard the same words from my parent's lips when I was a child, but they weren't talking about gays, they were talking about blacks and whites. And when you get down to it and take a look at those arguments, they are infantile and outdated. Those arguments were used to shame blacks and whites that wanted to make a life together. Only an idiot would use that type of argument today and not see the thinness of their words. Gays and lesbians getting married won't change the basics of life and to even suggest that gay men and lesbians are similar to pedophiles is wrong and shows how demented the people against same sex unions are.

Same sex couples aren't trying to take away rights. They aren't going to turn you gay or turn your children gay. They don't have an agenda to ruin your life. Same sex couples want the basic legal and civil rights that you have. They want to protect their families. They want to give their loved ones peace and assurances that they will be cared for if something tragic happens.

Really, I'm appalled by the arguments against same sex marriage and civil rights equality. The hatred those against civil rights are displaying is atrocious. I'm embarrassed for them. In 40 years they will end up looking stupid because they will be on the wrong side of the civil rights debate.

Love is love. If you don't agree with same sex marriage, then don't marry someone of the same sex. Your church doesn't have to preform same sex marriages. You can still misinterpret the bible and believe that homosexuality is wrong. No one is going to stop you from being an idiot. But don't force your hate on others. Same sex couples can get married in the same place I did to my husband of 22 years. The JP is just as good, if not better, at creating lasting marriages and giving loving couples a start on forever.

Stay Calm and Support Marriage Equality!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

List of Books by Sara York

I sat down and made a list of all of my books. Well, almost all. Very close to all. I think I have a lot of books out.

Emergency Servicing

Sweet Happenings in On Valentine's Day anthology

Texas Rough

Texas Hard

Texas Twist

Texas Branded

Texas Desire

Torn To Shreds

Not That Type of Guy

Without You

Selling It

Changing Currency in Winter Heat anthology

Working It Out

Murder Stalks

Red Skhye

Smooth Lies

Working Stiff

Watching for Love in the Silver Presents: Love is Love anthology

Intimate Interventions

Before The Proposal


Surprise Sleep Over

Zane's Inferno

Vampire Daycare

Miami Sizzle


New Orleans Nights: Jeff's Way

New Orleans Nights: Mike's Way

Secret Cravings

Runaway Princess

Princess Slave

Blood Demon Sacrifice

Fire and Ice

Saturday, March 2, 2013

What's in a contract? Should you sign?

If you choose not to self-publish your book and you decide to go with a publisher, you will have a contract. Contracts can be confusing. There are a lot of words and sometimes it's just too much. Add to that, not all contracts are created equal. There are a few things to look out for when you read over the contract.

1. Perpetuity - what the heck does that mean and how will perpetuity affect you? Perpetuity means for the life of the copyright of the work and then some. So you are looking at your life plus 70 years. Some publishers are including perpetuity clauses in their contracts, and even worse, some agents are too.

I find perpetuity clauses troubling. I don't like the idea of a publisher holding a piece of work for my entire lifetime. As some point the sales are going to slow down. The publisher may decide to pull the book from their website and just have it be dormant. They own the rights to your book because you signed a contract with a perpetuity clause and it's their book to do with as they wish. However, if you had limited the number of years your publisher can hold your book, you could refresh the series and put it up self-published for less cost, thus allowing your new fans a chance to read the work and giving you the chance to redo edits and make some extra money. There are some exceptions that your publisher might include in a perpetuity clause. They could include a clause that forces them to keep the book on sale or the perpetuity clause is void.

With agents it can get even more hinky. If you have perpetuity clause with your agent, they will get a piece of the pie from your work even if you leave the agency. You will always have to pay them a portion of the money you make for that book even if they do nothing.

I've spoken with a few authors about the perpetuity clause and here are their responses.

David Kentner, who writes as KevaD says - No, I wouldn't sign a perpetuity contract. I have one friend who signed away all her future first rights to one publisher, and one who negotiated that type of clause out of a contract.

Silvia Violet says - I would not sign a perpetuity contract. The longest contracts I have ever signed are 7 years and they included print rights. That's about as long as I would be comfortable with someone having rights to one of my stories without a chance to re-negotiate.

Laura Harner says - No, I would never sign a perpetuity contract, and I specifically chose not to submit to publishers who use that as standard practice.

2. Right of First Refusal - why is it important and when is it not.

The right of first refusal usually gives the publisher a set amount of time to look at a second book in a series and accept the work or reject the work. If they don't offer you a contract in a set amount of days, then you may publish the second book on your own or offer it to another publisher.

Make sure there is a set number of days in the Right of First Refusal Clause. If the publisher sets the days further out than 90, I would negotiate that time frame down. That's three months for the publisher to decide if they want the second book. Three months is long enough for them to make a decision.

Somewhere in the Right of First Refusal clause something about your work being released without encumbrances should be in there. Being released without encumbrances is important. You don't want to tie your series to one publisher if they reject your second book. You may disagree with your publisher about the second book's plot. If the first contract you signed for the series book doesn't have something about right of first refusal and releasing the book without encumbrances then your series could be stuck in limbo forever.

Silvia Violet says - I'm fine with the publisher having right of first refusal for a series or books using the same characters. I see why that is necessary for the publisher, but I wouldn't sign if I couldn't publish a book with the same characters elsewhere if it was refused by my publisher. In other words I wouldn't give them complete control over a series.

D.H. Starr says - I think right of first refusal is fine. My reason is because my experience is that when a publisher offers a contract, it's because they get what you're about as a writer. It's like a marriage and the editing process and evolution of the book from revision to publishing is intimate. The characters become as much a part of the editor's life as the author's.

3. Breach of Contract - No one wants this to happen. The language around breach is important to pay attention to. The author has a set of responsibilities to uphold. The publisher has a set of responsibilities to uphold. If either party fails on their end then breach occurs.

Of course, the breach may be unintentional. The author may be a few days late on edits and the publisher may have something happen to their computer system that makes their payments late. Those types of breaches are easy to fix, but what if the publisher breaches and breaches again? If the publisher decides to not pay the author anything, what then? The author can ask for a limit on the number of times a publisher breaches.

Silvia Violet says - At the recommendation of a friend, I will now ask that there be a limit on the number of times a contract can be breached before it is null and void assuming it contains the standard clause of allowing 90 days for a breach to be repaired.

Reading your entire contract is important. If you don't understand the terms then please ask questions. You may be very excited to receive a new contract and think that signing anything is a good deal, but it may not be. Investigate the publisher. Find out what their practices are and above all else, if you feel like something is wrong then walk away. Don't sign a bad contract because you are excited.

Lee Brazil has some good advice about contracts - I don't like contracts in excess of three years. Why? Because I'd probably forget about them long before that time period expired. (And I know that's my memory issues) I also prefer not to tie series and characters to a publisher. I've recently learned that it is best also to ask that a publication date be written into the contract.

Ethan Stone says - It is extremely important to read everything in your contract. I haven't had problems with contracts but I've been lucky because I admit I don't actually read them word for word. For all I know I could've been agreeing to give them custody of my son if I don't sell a certain amount. Actually, I wish that was part of the deal. They can have him.