“Favorite” Type of Scenes?! Is this a trick question?

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

This week, our topic is, “What types of scenes do you like to write and why?”  This seems a bit like a trick question. I’m not sure I like or dislike any type of scene more than the others.  Here’s how I feel about it right now: sitting down to work almost always pains me. I usually have to trick or guilt myself into it, even though I desperately want…


How To Make A Curse Tablet Like Thrasius From FEAST OF SORROW

Thursday, April 27, 2017

You’ve probably heard us shouting it this week but… Crystal King’s novel FEAST OF SORROW is now available! It’s the kind of historical novel–about the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius and his slave Thrasius–where you aren’t simply dipping a toe into the world, you are fully emerged. Crystal’s vivid descriptions and nuances of Ancient Rome are simply immersive. So much so that I often felt like I was reading either…


Sometimes Anticipation Is the Best Part

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I love a great sex scene, especially the ones that are stomach flippingly good. I admire the authors that can describe every caress, every tantalizing touch with such gusto that the reader can’t help but get carried away. I love getting swoony along with the characters, having my heart race and my skin tingle. I love the creative euphemisms some authors employ. I love sweet and tender sex scenes, awkward…