Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year From the Diablo Blanco Club

Sending holiday greetings from the Diablo Blanco Club!

Here's hoping your holidays were wonderful. That you received all the gifts you needed and you're looking forward to a bright and prosperous New Year!

(A resolution from Qwillia--more blog posts for 2010!)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween at the Diablo Blanco Club

**Please remember all postings about the Diablo Blanco Club are works of fiction. Any similarity to persons or places, living or dead, is purely coincidental.**

Every year, the Diablo Blanco Club throws a party that has Doms and subs eager to participate. It's a night to dress up and explore the endless possibilities available to them at the Midnight Masquerade. It's a tradition that began in the late 1800s and continued for several decades until prying eyes and greedy politicians attempted to manipulate the owner of the Club into participating in activities against the rules and nature of the Club and its members. Despite threats of sanctions and legal action, it kept its door open to those members willing to risk exposure of their lifestyle.

As society matured and acceptance grew, the Club came under the ownership of Bryce Halsey and Richard Bennett. With the power they wielded both in business and politics, the Club again began hosting a Midnight Masquerade. A Halloween party established exclusively to allow Doms and subs to mingle and meet with potential partners. The atmosphere is relaxed and the guests are by invitation only.

Throughout the evening guests drift between the dining room of the Club restaurant and the open lounge area. Only after agreements are made between parties are any of the guests allowed upstairs and only those guests who've made arrangements for a room in advance. With the popularity of the Masquerade it is rare to find an available reservation on Halloween night with less than two months notice.

Costumes are worn only by the submissives and each one's intent for the night is indicated by a bracelet given to them upon entering the Club. Dominants who attend dress in formal wear. It isn't uncommon to find couples in committed relationships attending--it is a party after all. Alcohol is available but excessive consumption is prohibited.

All of these elements aide both Dominants and submissives in their quest to find a partner to match their needs. It's only when someone new enters the premises that things can go awry. Even knowing what the Masquerade is in place for, there have been visitors who have been surprised when a prospective partner has approached them as the evening winds to a close. It's a tradition that midnight marks the end of the Masquerade. The party-goers without a reserved room dissipate and return to their homes or any private meeting spots interested couples have arranged with one another.

It may sound like a staid, boring party, but the entertainment makes it well worth attending. Though a small band plays, providing dance music to those interested, the primary "shows" are the various scenes played out by members. Especially the scenes enacted in the Haunted Dungeon. A trip into the lower rooms of the Club have brought many a guest together, if only to play out their own version of the "tortures" revealed in the temporary maze.

Only rumors have ever been whispered about the Midnight Masquerade. Whispers that titillate and intrigue Lyssa Lawrence into accepting an invitation to the Masquerade. An invitation presented in challenge by the one man she couldn't have, but longed to submit to--Michael Halsey. Perhaps this Halloween she'll give in to the curiosity and use the invitation.

We'll see...

Have a very happy Halloween!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wondered just what you'd be doing if you didn't read? I've done that and discovered that if it weren't for my reading habit I wouldn't have a writing habit. LOL.

Everytime I turn around I'm coming up with ideas and "what ifs" and "who says" that just have to be put on paper. Even better I'm discovering these fascinating characters that are coming to life and I wish they were real.

Just so you know I didn't drop off the face of the earth. I thought I'd just post a note and let you all know what's happening in the world of Qwillia Rain.

I'm in the middle of edits on A Neighbor's Ultimatum (the sequel to Meeting A Neighbor's Needs). I just received a contract from Loose Id for my next book, Ariel's Pet, which I wrote in conjunction with my friend and fellow Loose Id author Jennifer Cole (her book is Alayna's Training).

And for those readers who are still waiting for Mike and Lyssa's story, you're going to have to be patient with me just a little longer. Mike didn't like the way I portrayed him in the story (those damned Doms and their need to be in control) so I have to practically rewrite all 200 pages all over again. If you're going to through something, aim at him, not me!

As for other ventures, my time-travel/vampire story is on the shelf for the moment, and I'm still working on my high school reunion story.

Hope all of you have a great day. I have to get ready for the day job.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

It's In Print!!

Okay just have to shout it out!! Mattie and Bryce's story is IN PRINT!

Diablo Blanco Club: Unfair Advantage is now available in print through Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Books A Million finally has it on their site now! I'd been looking for the last five days and just found it this morning.

For those of you wondering--yes, I'm working on Mike and Lyssa's story, but the original story I wrote needs heavy editing so don't expect to see it any time soon--sorry.

As for what I have in the works: Meeting A Neighbor's Needs is going to get a sequel, A Neighbor's Ultimatum, hopefully by the end of this year (tentative release date is November 10th--if I can get my butt moving on the edits!)

Work on the time travel/vampire story has stalled, but I'll make sure to get it revved up once I'm done with the edits on A Neighbor's Ultimatum and a joint project I'm working on with Jen Cole.
(Hey, watch the throwing of the mice--your computer doesn't appreciate it! I'm not forgetting Mike and Lyssa--they're tucked in the schedule too! Sheesh--readers are soooo demanding, LOL!)

Anyway, just wanted to give you all a heads up about the writing schedule. Take care and have a great day! Dayjob is hollering for attention. Peace!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Update for June Writing

I'm finding my progress is going well. Even though I have to spend some time at the day job getting the last of my computers cleaned up, I have been able to get some work done on at least one of my projects.

Here's my newest update:

A Neighbor's Ultimatum:
Started 6/14 at : 10,502
End on 6/18 at: 19,915

got 3,201 on 6/15 and 6,212 yesterday!!

let's just hope I can keep up the progress!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Writing Update

Well, I have been able to get some work done.

I decided to list the latest word counts for my stories here.

Here you go:

Beginning on Monday, June 8th my time-travel vampire story (At the Claiming Moon) was at 6,112 words; my latest Diablo Blanco Club story (Mike Halsey and Lyssa Lawrence's romance) Midnight Masquerade was being edited and was at 41,691 words; last in the group I'm currently working on is a m/m/f novella A Neighbor's Ultimatum, which was at 8,251 words.

Friday word counts were:
At the Claiming Moon: 6,325 (gained 213 words)
DBC: Midnight Masquerade: 43,998 (gained 2, 307 words)
A Neighbor's Ultimatum: 10, 502 (gained 2, 251 words)

Making a grand total, last week of: 4,771 words or approximately 19 pages

Since my focus this week is on A Neighbor's Ultimatum I'm happy to report, today I was able to take the story from:
10, 502 words to 13, 703 (gained 3, 201 words)

My goal with ANU (A Neighbor's Ultimatum) is to reach 25,000 words by the end of the week. Just 12, 000 words more to go, and completely doable if I can continue at the pace I began today.

Yay me!

(I know, boring blog post, but hey, I have to be proud of making an effort to get more books out there for the readers!)

Hope all of you have a great day!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Setting Goals

Summer vacation is about to begin, but there won't be any time off for my writing. At last count I have a novella that needs 20,000 more words added to it; another novella that needs 40 pages of it removed and the beginning rewritten; a third novella that needs about 15-20,000 words added to it; and at least 3 novels outlined.

Can you tell I over schedule myself? Heck, if I'm not overcommitting , then I never know what to do with myself during the summer. In fact, last year was the first time I actually took the summer off. I think it was the greatest thing I could have ever done for myself. Kinda scary that I haven't actually thought about how to take care of myself until my first book sold in 2007.

This summer I'm hoping to get more stuff done this summer. Even more important about this summer, I've joined up with a bunch of great authors to challenge each other to keep a steady production of pages for projects.

So, I'm here to list some of the books I'm working on and the word count. I'm hoping to make a daily update, but I'm more likely to update weekly. (I know me, I'm a bad, BAD, procrastinator)

Here's the list:
Diablo Blanco Club: Midnight Masquerade (rewrite first 40 pages)
A Neighbor's Ultimatum (needs approximately 20,000 words)
Diablo Blanco Club: (TBD) --Jodi and Case's story
At the Claiming Moon -- 6,215 words (needs approximately 20,000 words)

There's some more, but I figured that's enough for now.

Hope you all have a great day, I'll try to get some other character interviews set up soon.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

What Is She Thinking!?

Hey there,

I've hijacked Qwillia's blog for a day--longer if she stays away from it as long as she has recently. It really isn't her fault, she's been having to deal with some issues with the story Ben and I had to tell her. Have to admit, she's done a pretty good job putting it all down on paper.

Man, I didn't realize I was that bad when I first got back home. Ben assured me it was okay, but when I look at what Qwillia wrote, the things I was thinking, it makes me appreciate all the more the man I love.

Let me introduce myself--before Ben comes to drag me away--I'm Vance Justiss. If you read Ms. Rain's book, Diablo Blanco Club: Unfair Advantage, you may have noticed Mike mentioned me briefly. My partner is Ben Murphy, he works part-time (really just an on-call basis) at the Club as a bartender.

A few months back, Qwillia was kind enough to sit down and listen to me bitch about some things. That she decided to write about it should have been obvious to me. She is a writer after all and any and all experiences are fodder for her imagination. What I am proud of is how well she portrayed Ben. He's a great man, understanding and kind, but he doesn't take crap from anyone.

If you'd like to read our story (shameless plug for Qwillia's book!!!) you'll be able to find it at Loose Id, LLC on May 26th.
Here's the link:

Now, I'd better get back to work before she finds me messing with her stuff. Ben may love me and put up with me, but Qwillia's a bear when her things are misappropriated.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Musings from the Directionally Challenged

You know how some people say, "Just go north about forty miles before heading east" when they're giving you directions? I hate that--not because they're detailed, but because I wouldn't know north from Timbuktu in any city unless I had a compass in my car (which I don't!)Give me, "turn left, turn right" I'm okay with that. Don't give me cardinal ordinates! (I think that's what they're called)

Why am I going off on this little rant? Because I am Directionally Challenged. See, I said it. I freely admit this, and still, I make insane decisions to drive places besides work and home. Like Easter weekend. I decided to drive nine hours up to Pittsburgh, PA from Raleigh, NC to visit friends. Could I get there without getting lost? No. This time was better than the last two times I tried it. At least I made it within five miles of their home before I got lost. The last time it took me an hour to find my way back onto the highway --in the right direction-- then I needed step-by-step directions from my friend on the phone to get to their house.

Now, you might say, "Well, you know, Pittsburgh does have some busy highways and wild clover-leaf structures"--Not at three in the morning! I assure you. I learned my lesson watching my friends drive in Pittsburgh when I visit. Don't go on the highway at peak driving times! Not a good Idea!

Besides that, you're talking to a person who got lost in Bakesfield, CA in the 90s when it was still small! There were only two ramps--one going east, one going west--I'd only gone about three miles from the highway--heck I could still see it, I just couldn't navigate my way to it.

All this drama over directions, right? Well, here's the kicker. I received one of those GPS thingamajiggies as a promotional item at an event the weekend after getting lost driving to and FROM (see, I don't do things in half-measures at all) Pittsburgh. And proceeded to accidently delete the maps from it.

What can I say, I'm talented --and not in a good way! Anyway, I made a phone call and was able to get the maps back, but it was a three hour download. I made it through the first hour or so, then got bored. I knew there was a bookstore just down the street, so I thought, "Okay, while this loads, I'll go get the book." No problem, right?


Me, being the "adventurous spirit" that I am decided, "Hey, let me see if this road goes all the way out to the store?"

You're sitting there laughing, I know you are. Either that or shaking your head in dismay. And I would be doing the same. I should have learned my lesson when I first arrived in North Carolina and I ended up 70 miles from Raleigh when heading to the only mall I knew in the area. I should have taken the extra hour-long side trip of my return drive from Pittsburgh as a warning not to check out streeets I do not know.

But I didn't. No, me being the stubburn, directionally challenged git that I am, I decided to see "what if". And....

You guessed it. I got lost. FOR 90 MINUTES! An hour and a half of driving around taking left turns and right turns! (I couldn't even call my friend because I'd left my cell phone at home!) But, I did get my book and I did get home to find the download was complete. And I have vowed never to stray from my home without my GPS.

The good thing about this whole mess--I have another story idea. It involves a directionally challenged woman, her GPS, and a unique set of directions.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Diablo Blanco Club Book Coming

I'm very happy to say that there is just over a month to go before my next Diablo Blanco Club Book will be released. This one is my first m/m romance and I'm kinda nervous about it. The guys in it are great characters and I really like the way the story shaped up.

It's currently at line edits and with luck won't need much editing. Keeping my fingers crossed that the readers will enjoy it.

Just wanted to give a shout out about it today--not much else going on.

Come on Spring Break!!!

Take care all!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Those Pesky Secondary Characters

Have you ever wondered what authors do with those pesky characters that just won't stay in the background? You know the ones I mean--the best friend that has an opinion on everything, the buddy who is always there to back the hero or heroine up (and give them crap when they screw up), the couple who steal the attention in the one or two scenes they have in the whole book?

Well, I have to tell you, it's difficult to figure out what to do with them. On one hand, they grab the readers' attention and get them asking questions. On the other hand, they distract and annoy a writer when they'd really rather keep the story centered on someone else.

I know, I sound crazy, spouting off as if these figments of the imagination were actual people. Flesh and blood members of society that you could run into if you walked around the right corner. I have to tell you, to me they are real. I argue with them--reasoning is usually out of the question, especially when they're refusing to follow the plot outlined--LOL. I try to cajole them into staying on the path I've created, but they rarely listen. And boy, can they be stubborn!

When a friend and I were working on a book, years ago, we had one character who was downright rude about trying to steal the scenes he was in. Add to that his adamant requests for us to write his story had my friend and I so frustrated, we finally gave up and had him shot. We left him bleeding on a warehouse floor for about three months while we completed the other scenes necessary. Unfortunately, the pesky little bugger threatened to die on us if we didn't at least get him off the floor. Begrudgingly, we did. But, he did stop bugging us for attention after that.

Right now, I'm dealing with an even worse kind of secondary/extra character. The quiet one. This guy just will not give me any information. No matter how I ask, cajole, or try to tease the information out of him, he just relaxes into his chair at the Diablo Blanco Club and smiles at me. I only know a few things about him (and no, I won't tell you all--that would spoil the fun!), but I do know that he will eventually get his own book. But not yet.

So, here's my question for you all (don't I always have one for you?) Who were some of your favorite secondary characters in the books you've read? You know the ones you really, really want to know more about and hope they get their own book some day.

Mine are too many to count, but here are a few:
Cat from Laura London's Windflower
Andrew from Laura London's The Bad Baron's Daughter
Nicki from Linda Howard's Mackenzie series
Alex Stone from Cherry Adair's The Mercenary (whose story was finally released last year--yay!)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Woo Hoo! I Sold Another One!


I have to just do my little happy dance! On Friday, I sent off my fourth contract with Loose Id, LLC! Yup, I said fourth. And this one is my first M/M erotic romance--so I'm a little nervous about it's acceptance by the readers.

I am so stoked that my stories have found a home at Loose Id. I'm even happier that there are readers pleased with the characters I've created. It's nice to know the wild voices in my head are being accepted by others. (And no one is rushing off to get the men in the white coats to take me away!) LOL. I've received the nicest emails from readers and reviewers who say the coolest things about my books and ask about other characters in them.

I keep hoping this will be the year for me to produce and sell more books. I'm off to an okay start with one contract and a new release out in January, I just need to keep the momentum going. Many times, I worry that I don't write enough or that the length of what I do write is too long and I should try writing shorter stories. (Santa's Elf, my first book, was 68K words. Unfair Advantage is 85K words. Meeting A Neighbor's Needs and my fourth book, Diablo Blanco Club: Under Control are 28K and 23K words respectively.)

I already have a bit of a schedule going. I get up around 4 or 5 AM to post promotions and excerpts to different loops. Then I try to write on my stories for about an hour before getting ready for work. Once I return from work, I go through my emails, participate in various loop chats, continue posting excerpts on the loops until I get ready for bed.

With the talented authors out there, I'd love to learn some of your secrets. Do any of you have a specific schedule you adhere to in order to produce your books? Should I start aiming for shorter books or should I let the story determine its length?

Please, let me know. I'd love any kind of input.