December 2014

Almost 7000 words of Rocky and Dex! WARNING! HOT SEXIN’

December 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

And LOTS of it!  Man, I did Six Thousand Words this morning.  My personal best!  And here’s one last look at Nico for you, to the left 🙂 I’ve got one more block of Rocky’s backstory to go, and then it’s “Let’s All Go To The Lobby” for a bit, while “my cool brother Adam Vance” kickstarts his science fiction series (I don’t mind calling it SciFi, and you know, I probably just will from now on).  I think this is going to be pretty good; I’ve got strong worldbuilding done, a solid outline of story 1 of 5, and a killer battle to open #1 with a hook that’ll get ’em when they read the excerpt. Yes, many more buckets of ducats to be found in that genre than in gayrom… And Loometh Menacingly in the New Year, Doth the Tower of the Dark Lord Maximus Outofpocket, and we must forsooth gin up his $6500 in tribute in a fucking hurry 🙂   Rocky came back to school brimming with ideas.  The most [MORE]

So I got a call yesterday afternoon…From IAVA!

December 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

Yeah.  The caller ID said “Iraq&Afghanis” with a 212 area code, so I picked up, figuring it was a request for donations.  I was all ready to say, thanks for calling, and I give every month, and will give again this month once Lord Bezos finally decides on Monday, December 15th what my pay rate was for all the work I sold in November. Instead, the gentleman on the other end of the line told me that he wasn’t calling to ask for anything.  He was a veteran, who’d served in Afghanistan, and he and his wife (also an Afghanistan vet) were in New York City on holiday to see “Christmas in the city.”  IAVA had helped them out on their return home, and they’d stopped in the IAVA offices to make some calls to donors and thank them. Well, I was flabbergasted.  He and I talked for about 20 minutes.  I told him about my dad’s Army career and how the Pacific fucked him up, and how that impacted a lot of my decision to try and help today’s vets – in my dad’s time, you [MORE]

Add me on! The social network that pays CONTENT CREATORS!

December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Also, here is a random hottie, because I found a new one.  That dirty mind!  You can just see the wheels turnin’. If it asks you for a code or something, BradVanceRomance is it 🙂  Content providers/creators get 90% of the ad revenue. It’s really ironic – a new website where Toiling Workers Control the Means of Production, and get paid for it.  Unlike Facebook, where Toiling Workers Toil for Free, even as Mark Zuckerberg, newly minted Marxist, is hailing socialism in China (‘with Chinese characteristics,’ of course – i.e. everything belongs to the government and the government belongs to me and my cronies). Only a thousand words this a.m. on Rocky and Dex, so nothing for you today, alas.  But…I’m working up to a HAWT SEXIN’ scene so there’s that to look forward [MORE]

Rocky’s Rapture, and, You Can Go Home Again

December 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

Okay, truthin’ time.  I was bawling like a baby writing this part, with Rocky meeting New York City for the first time.  Because I wish this was how it had been for me, I wish that my life had gone right, early, hadn’t gone off the rails in so many ways – some of them just accidents of birth, some of them my own personal fuckups.  But still. They say you can’t go home again, blah blah BLAH.  You can’t go back in time. But you can.  Writers are sorcerers.  Today I went back and rewrote time, rewrote history the way it could have been, should have been.  In linear actual time I can’t fix what I did or didn’t do.  But I can create Rocky, this avatar of me, and give him the life I should have had…and by giving it to him, I give it back to myself, every missed chance, every ordinary youthful joy, everything.   Rocky raised his hands in the air like he just didn’t care.  Those around him, raised with a painful [MORE]

Rocky’s First Unwise Obsession…

December 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Yeah, I love this guy.  Love that look on his face.  And this morning, I totally used him as my inspiration for Nico in the following excerpt.  No, not exactly the same physically, but it’s the size of him, the way he stands, and, most importantly, that face, the look on his face.  What he wants, what he demands, so clear in in his eyes… Yeah.  Just like Rocky, I’d be lost too…   “The Rocky Project” was just the thing to justify a group of smart, savvy students in their decision to skip homework in favor of something really important.  Sam, Jet, Rick, and a helpful (and not so helpful) legion of others began their evenings at Sam and Rick’s house by getting really baked.  Only then were they ready to battle over a whiteboard, on which they prioritized the “must see” items that would bring Rocky into the 21st century. Some had made the cut with little argument.  All Simpsons episodes with Itchy and Scratchy.  The original Star Wars [MORE]

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! “A Little Too Broken” is a Rainbow Awards Winner!

December 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

Co-winner with K.C. Wells for “Best Gay Erotic Romance”!  So, no Rocky and Dex for you this a.m., while I post and repost and thank all the people who congratulated me. Last night, ALTB was at around 14,000 in the Kindle Store (it got a boost from the Apollo’s Curse BookBub), and jumped to 7,000 overnight after the awards.  So as always, I’ll keep you posted on the “behind the scenes” results! OH YEAH, for those of you who haven’t already bought it, I mustn’t forget the link to the book! 🙂 [MORE]

Keep, keep, keep on movin’! MORE of Rocky and Dex!

December 7, 2014 // 2 Comments

Because when you’re on fire, you’re on fire.  My brother and future science fiction writer “Adam Vance” was born this morning with his own Gmail and WordPress existences.  Our sister Angelina, as you know, didn’t do so well in her literary efforts, so she became a Buddhist monk and disappeared into a remote Himalayan monastery, never to be seen again.  We wish her well! I’ve already got a strong outline for Episode One of the SF-serial-to-be.  And I’m feeling good about Rocky and Dex, too.  I’m producing, but not “rushing,” blabbing out words just to get it done.  I’ll do what I can for the next two weeks, and then Adam gets control of the computer for a while. Having this new, totally different non-romance project has been the best thing FOR my romance, seriously.  I’m realizing that I DO LOVE to write the sweepin’ feels, even if they aren’t that lucrative.  I reread “Given the [MORE]

HERE IT IS! 3200 more words of Rocky and Dex!

December 6, 2014 // 2 Comments

Yep, more of Rocky’s backstory.  I wrote SO MUCH yesterday!  Yeah, I’m that guy, you know?  Every now and then I need Some Big Thing to happen to keep me moving.  I get so tired of plodding on, ever on, wondering if today’s gonna be the day that doing the same thing over and over finally gives a different result… The science fiction thing, yeah, it just…woke me up.  The thought of doing something totally different for a little while.  And it’s really what I need to be doing in the winter – something cerebral, action oriented, maybe a bit funny, but no Big Feelin’s like a romance novel requires.  So we’ll see how much *good* output I can get on Rocky and Dex before Christmas week, which I’ll be dedicating to this other project.   Rocky watched the procession of cops and criminals in and out of the holding area.  Mostly white cops arresting black men, he noticed.  He’d already learned a lot about racism by [MORE]

The Good News is…MAJOR PROGRESS on Rocky and Dex

December 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

OK so CHECK OUT THIS GUY.  Are you not in LURV just looking at him?  I know I am.  And the thing is, he’s a writer!  Now I’m in doublurv.   Isaac Hooke, is that not an awesome name?  He had a BookBub yesterday for a bundle of his science fiction shorts.  I picked it up, because I liked the excerpt and that’s enough to make me say, “.99 why not.” But, well, this quote on the book’s page is what really made me drool: The book originally started life as a 24,000-word novella. In the first two weeks of its release, that novella sold 1,000 copies without any promotion whatsoever. OMIGOD that’s my cream dream come true!  Just…write something good and watch it sell!  That’s why I went into erotica two plus years ago now and counting – because I wanted to be a writer, not a salesman, and at that time, erotica “sold itself.” I’ve become better at selling, in my own fashion.  I still made the choice to [MORE]