Saturday, June 30, 2007

Chat - July 1st!

Chat - July 1st!
Join me at Beth Kery and Lacey Savage's Double Exposure Yahoo Group!

Sunday, July 1st - 10am to 3pm US CDT

For Naughty Nuptial Day!

These two hot authors plan sexy excerpts, guest authors, contests and giveaways!

Join their group at

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Cost of Eternity is now available in print!

I received notice that The Cost of Eternity is now available in print at the Ellora's Cave's Online Ebay Store! Doin' a little Snoopy dance here! It should be available at in a couple of weeks!

I'll be signing copies of the book in Dallas at the Hyatt Regency on July 11th. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by and buy a book for Literacy!

Done! Woo hoo!

I finished the Ellora's Cave novella last night! I've been working on it off and on for months. I kept getting distracted by other projects. I'll do a final read through tonight. I sent it to my two crit partners last night. One has already finished reading it! I might tweak the ending a little bit. But I should get it to my editor Tuesday or Wednesday! Then I start on the Tor proposal! Thank goodness! This story has been driving me nuts but I had to finish the other stuff first!Now I have to get ready for work.

I didn't sleep well last night so it's going to be a long day. Either adrenlaline from finishing the story or too much coffee too late! Don't know which!

Hugs, Shayla

Saturday, June 23, 2007

One down, more to go...

Well, the Kensington proposal I've been working on for the last month is in the mail! I mailed it with the usual sick feeling in my stomach. Every time I send off a proposal or a manuscript, I get almost physically ill! There's a similar feeling when I have a book release. Nervous tension, I guess. But it's done.

This morning, I'm supposed to be working on a new story for Ellora's Cave. It's almost finished. Maybe another 3000 words. Except instead, I'm surfing the web and watching DVD's of Queer As Folk Season 1. Bad Shayla! I need more coffee. I need it done this weekend so I can start on the Tor proposal.

RWA National Conference is in two weeks! I can't wait. I'll get to see my wonderful writer friends and I'll have my first book signing at the "Readers for Life" Literacy event! July 11th, Dallas Hyatt Regency, 5:30 - 7:30! If you're near there, come visit! I got an email from Ellora's Cave Thursday notifying me that The Cost of Eternity was in the warehouse! It'll be on the Ellora's Cave online bookstore and at in a couple of weeks! I ordered my author copies yesterday. I can't wait to hold a copy of my book in my hands.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

It's Flash Fiction Sunday at LSB's SEx Blog!

Come over to LSB's Silver Expressions Blog and check out the Queen of Craziness, Lila Dubois! She's created a very interesting challenge, The Stripper Name Flash Fiction. Leave it to Lila! *cackle*

The Naughty Bits Reviewed Thirty Days!

Another fantastic review for Thirty Days! Teddy Pig at The Naughty Bits gave it a Grade A!

He wrote: "WOW! I am impressed you took this story on and kept such a tight focus in making it all understandable when I would have run far and fast in the exact opposite direction without a single clue of how to sell this particular brand of hurt and comfort in a BDSM context. This is the kind of stuff that could so easily get someone (like me) into trouble for making the slightest brain dead plot decision but you pulled it off very very well. You had my undivided attention from the first sentence while I watched you walk this tight rope and you never once lost my interest.

Grade A and I will keep watching for more genius from you."

Check out his entire review at The Naughty Bits. And read all my reviews on my website!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

My first review for Gaps In Your Soul!

From the lovely Elisa Rolle from Isn't It Romantic!

She wrote: Jared is an army officer at home to recover from a serious injury he got in Afghanistan. He is asked to be the groomsman of an old childhood friend, Steve. And the past relive, cause Steve's brother, Dalton, was a one night stand lover not at all forgotten. And Dalton was his only man lover. Now Jared wants to better understand his feelings for Dalton.

Dalton is waiting for Jared. After ten years he has not forgotten his crush on him. He has not forgiven that Jared has walked away without a word after their night of love. He wants revenge. He wants to bed Jared and then, this time, be him who walks away. But Jared is a tormented soul. War and regrets are left him empty. He admits to love Dalton, but he can't admit in front of his family and his friend that he is gay. His life and his work will be destroy.

Fear, hope, love all mixed up in a brief romance that will leave you asking for more. Shayla Kersten has managed to concentrare in few words a whirlwind of emotions. Till now the better romance in the Naughty Nuptials series I have read.

Thank you, Elisa, for the wonderful review!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Gaps In Your Soul Release Day!

My Ellora's Cave Naughty Nuptial Quickie, Gaps In Your Soul, releases today! Woo hoo! The release day babes, as Ashlyn Chase has dubbed us, are chatting on the Ellora's Cave chat loop this afternoon (12-5 EDT). Join us for prizes and sexy excerpts! I'll be giving away a copy of The Cost of Eternity!

Join the loop at!

Shayla, doin' the Snoopy dance!

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Busy Week Ahead!

I finished the chapters for the Kensington proposal. I'm going to see my friends, Delilah Devlin and Myla Jackson, on Thursday night. They're going to help me put together the final proposal! Woo hoo!

I'm working on a new m/m mystery novella for Ellora's Cave right now. It's about 2/3 done so I'm giving it the weekend. If I can finish it by tomorrow night, I'll send it to my editor. If not, it goes back in the box until I finish the Tor proposal.

Tomorrow, June 10th, I'm hosting Liquid Silver's SEx Blog for the first Flash Fiction Sunday. Stop by and post your own 100 story about a kiss! My post will go up at 5AM. Come check it out!

I'll also be part of a tons of authors from ManloveRomance hosting a chat party at Joyfully Reviewed's chat loop on Wednesday, June 13th. You can join that loop at Loads of excerpts and prizes!

My new Ellora's Cave Quickie comes out next Friday, June 15th! Woo hoo! I'm one of three authors playing list mom (moderator) on the Ellora's Cave Chat loop Friday afternoon. If you want to stop by, read some sexy excerpts, chat and maybe win prizes, you can join the loop at

Busy, busy week!

Hugs to all,

Friday, June 8, 2007


Last night, I passed 8500 words on the Kensington proposal. Another 1000 words and I'll be done with the draft. Hopefully, that will be tonight. Tomorrow, I do self edit, shorten the synopsis, write a blurb and come up with a better title than "Out of Body". Then I go on to finish a novella for EC, then I start the Tor proposal. *headdesk* But at least it's progress!


Sunday, June 3, 2007

Flash Fiction Sunday, June 10th!

Starting June 10th, the SEx Blog is hosting Flash Fiction Sundays!

What is Flash Fiction, you ask? Well, I'll tell you as long as you don't make me say "Flash Fiction" three times in a row. The rules are simple. You write a story of 100 words! Some purists think the story has to be exactly 100 words, no more, no less. But trust me, I'm not going to count them! LOL

As the first author to host FFS, I'm issuing a challenge to all writers and readers to post their own flash fiction!

The challenge for Flash Fiction Sunday, June 10th!

A first kiss! Can be sweet, sexy, passionate, or even chaste! Can be a true story, fiction, or something that makes us wonder how naughty you've been! You have one week to think about it and get it written! Then join me for a Sunday of short, short story kisses!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Bad Blogger!

It seems I'm not getting notified when someone posts comments on my blog! Not nice of Blogger! If I didn't comment to something you posted, it's because I didn't know it was there!

I'll try to figure out what's up with that and, in the meantime, I'll keep an eye on ye ole blog!


It's June? When did that happen?

Okay, May just went by in a zap! I can't believe it's June 1st! And the San Antonio Romance Author's Book In A Week group has decided to extended the normal challenge to a Book In A Month! Unlike the infamous NaNoWriMo in November, we don't have to do 50k words of one manuscript. A lot of us have novellas or sample chapters or just need a kick in the posterior to finish something. Me? I have several projects I plan to work on.

Jun 1 - 7: Finish the sample chapters for my Kensington single title proposal. Sorry slash fans, it's a het story! LOL (9k)
Jun 8 -14: Finish the Ellora's Cave story I started on ages ago but can't seem to find time to finish. (9-10k)
Jun 15-30: Work on the sequel to Thirty Days or the proposal for Tor or the LSB antho. The last two are with Kayelle Allen and Sienna Black.

I have an online meeting tomorrow with Kayelle and Sienna to talk about our series and antho.

Oh, and the Wild Rose Press story, Double Deutsch, will be released as a short story by itself on November 21st! I'm waiting on the cover but I have no fear on that front. The Wild Rose Press has some awesome artists!

So with all that stuff planned for June, I'm sure this month will fly by as well!

Hugs to all,