Sunday, December 25, 2005

Who's laughing now?

People kept telling me it couldn't be done. "You can't write an erotic romance with clowns in it AND get it published!" Guess what, sports fans? I did just that! Whoo! Hoo! Hot damn! Noemi with Ocean's Mist Press gave me a helluva Christmas present today when I opened my e-mail and found a contract for my erotic romantic suspense called Silly Fears.

Now I did promise in a previous blog entry that I would reveal the slight twist in my story when I got a contract. The twist is that although there are clowns in the story, the story is not about clowns. (Sorry to those looking to read about clowns getting it on.) The real and true backdrop of the story has to do with voodoo. That's right. That sometimes controversial but always intriguing religion called voodoo. But admit it. Hearing something called clown erotica got you thinking, didn't it?

I'm already thinking about what I want on the cover. It's got to incorporate voodoo, hot sex and clowns. Hmmm, gotta think on that one. While I am, you all enjoy this video from the rock group called Godsmack. The song is called (what else?) "Voodoo". *LOL*

Merry Christmas to you all! I know I'm going to be drinking a little extra eggnog over this news!

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Monday, December 19, 2005

For good times and bad times...



...I'll be on your side forever more!!! THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR. No, I'm not doing a bad impersonation of Stevie Wonder. My full-length contemporary interracial erotic romance called That's What Friends Are For has been released today through Liquid Silver Books!

Just because I know you'll ask :) here's a blurb:

Can best friends sleep together and still be friends in the morning?


A former high school cheerleader and a former high school nerd have grown up together and are now best friends. Ned is attracted to Fiona, but thinks she’ll always see him as just a big nerd. Fiona is attracted to Ned, but figures a brainiac like him would want an equally intelligent woman by his side.


So Fiona cooks up a plan that would get Ned a potential promotion at work and get her a job that she thinks will please Ned. In between the pretend relationship and the real one, sparks fly. When the truth Fiona has been hiding is revealed, will their friendship be strong enough to hold them together? Or will this be the end of the friendship that, according to their friends, should have never lasted this long in the first place?

As always, you can read an excerpt on my website or you can read it on the Liquid Silver Books site. So tell me. Can you have sex with your friend and still be friends the next day or is it impossible?

Stay sexy,

BridgeT

Friday, December 16, 2005

The End...and the beginning!

I'm sure you all have heard me lament over and over and over again how I've been working on the Silly Fears story. I finally buckled down this week and I finished it! Whoo! Hoo! I sent the synopsis and the first 3 chapters to Ocean's Mist Press. Keep your fingers crossed for me. It's more suspense than I've ever written before and it has an interesting twist. I keep calling it a clown erotica because it's just quick and easy to call it that. But if I call it what it should be called, it might give away the twist. If it gets accepted, I'll let you in on the secret.

So I know what you all may be thinking. "Hey, Bridget, now that you finished that story you can relax." I wish! I'm now starting a Christmas story (yeah, yeah, I know) called "Peace, Love and Understanding." Hey, what's so funny about peace, love and understanding? Sorry, couldn't resist. *LOL* In case you're scratching your head about the title, I stole it (quite liberally) from an old Elvis Costello song. I have a thing with songs, don't I? Fascination Street, That's What Friends Are For, "Peace, Love and Understanding." Hmm, problem or niche? I haven't decided yet.

Have you all noticed? I did a little upgrade on my website. I have to do that at least once a week. Go ahead. Look around. Sit down and get comfortable. I'll let you. *LOL* The next time I upgrade the site I'll add excerpts from C-A-I-N and A-B-E-L and my 2 shorts for Midnight Showcase.

Okay, I've played long enough. Time to get to work. I have a book to finish in one day! Agh!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

I've only just begun to fight...

Actually it's not a fight...unless you count the 3 of us: me, myself and I. I'm midway (love that word) through my edits for Fascination Street. This is the first time I've edited something this long. As I reread the story, there's so much I want to add and change now. It's a writer thing. We're always trying to one-up ourselves. *LOL* But I'm hoping in the end I have a story that will be both provocative and appealing. If not, just don't tell me. My weak, little heart can't take it. *LOL*

Other than that, things are going spiffy! Once I'm done with the edits, I'm hoping, God, I'm hoping, I can FINALLY put Silly Fears to rest. No, I'm not talking about my own phobias. I'm talking about my clown erotica I've been working on it seems like forever. I did put a big dent in it and I'm hoping by week ending it should all be done. Then there's the revision period. That should go well though. I don't mind revising as much as I do getting the story down. Revising to me is like decorating the house after it's been built. Then I'm going to try something that'll probably kill me: a book in a day. Gasp! We'll see how it goes.

And speaking of going, I have to head to work. Blah!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Monday, November 28, 2005

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

My "Chances" publisher said that my interracial, May-December erotic romance has already sold over 100 copies! Okay, again, this will not make Nora Roberts nervous. But consider this. My novella was released on November 16th so within a couple of weeks I sold that many copies! Thank you all for letting me be the first Erotique Press author to achieve this milestone. Without you all, I wouldn't be able to successfully do what I do. It would simply be a hobby instead of a dream I could actually reach.

BIG SMOOCH!!!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Monday, November 21, 2005

Floating dicks, a few sales and a contract...

Well, the "In The Pink" book signing event is over and done with, and I am just winding down. Whew! What a weekend. The whole thing felt like a blur. Whoosh! I did have a great time though. Even though I had seen Devi Sparks and Robin Slick at the Romantic Times convention this past April, it was wonderful to see them again. I finally met fellow Phaze authors Jessie Verino, Jayelle Drewry and Petula Caesar. Pairing up with Leigh Ellwood and my girl, Laura Bacchi felt like old times again. I miss you being local, Laura. The T.I.E.D. folks are going to have a play party some time soon. ;) Just a suggestion.

I was REALLY happy to see my Phaze publisher, Stacey L. King, not because she is my publisher (all hail the great and powerful Stacey!) but because she surprised me by saying that she's going to offer me a contract for the follow-up story to "Adam and E-V-E" called C-A-I-N and A-B-E-L! Talk about your great surprises!

Of course I took lots of pictures of the event. As soon as I get them developed I'll post them on my website. Yes, I'm definitely old school. *LOL* It wouldn't be an event at The Pink Banana Boutique without Mr. Happy (the floating penis) hovering over our heads. I sold 21 books all together. I don't think Nora Roberts has anything to worry about. *LOL* But for me, that was pretty good. And I met a very enthusiastic fan named Cinquetta who found me on Interracial Multicultural Romance Readers. She promised to come down and see me and that she did. I was sorry she didn't win one of the 2 gift baskets, but I really hope she enjoys "Walls" and all the other books she bought at the signing.

I wish I could jaw some more but I have to go. Things to do. Stories to write. Hearts to break. Characters, not my own. *LOL*

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Everything's coming up roses!


Or maybe I should say, "I love you, a bushel and a peck!" Look at those pecks! Yowsa! That, ladies and gentlemen, is the cover of my novella through Erotique Press called "Chances". Purrrr! I'm taking a break from rereading the story right now to make sure it's ready for the public. Then it'll go on sale this week! Whoo! Hoo! And I just got the thumbs up from the publisher that I can sell copies at the "In The Pink" book signing this Saturday. Can my day get any better? So that'll be 2 new books I'll be signing on Saturday. I love it.

Okay, I've been playing around long enough. Time to get back to work. I have a story to finish and books to sell!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Still doing my happy dance!



Here's my new cover for my Liquid Silver Books upcoming full-length novel That's What Friends Are For. I'm thrilled with the cover. April Martinez, Liquid Silver Books' cover artist, did an amazing job of capturing what my hero and heroine look like and the tone of the book. I hope this means I'm closer to a release date. I can't wait for this book to come out and Fascination Street and Interpersonal Skills and "The Lesson" and "Suburbia" and "Chances" and "Hired Hand" and...I have too much stuff out there, don't I? *LOL*

Anyway, I'll let you all know when this book is out. Meanwhile, I'm getting ready for my group book signing coming up this Saturday. Gulp! When I arranged this back in July, I thought it couldn't get here fast enough. Now that it's right around the corner, I need more time! *LOL*

If you all can make it to The Pink Banana Boutique in Virginia Beach, Virginia on Saturday, November 19th, I would love to see you there!

BridgeT

Monday, November 07, 2005

How should I feel?

As you all know, I've sort of ingrained myself with the members of a local BDSM group called T.I.E.D. Last night one of the submissives for the Domme I've been primarily dealing with announced that as of Friday night, she had been "released". What this means is that she'll no longer serve her Mistress.

Now as a black woman, seeing that she wouldn't be serving anyone again and she had been released should have relieved me. Instead I felt differently for her. I've seen how this woman interacts with her Mistress and the other submissive, a male, in the house. I know that serving makes her extremely happy. So now I have to wonder if her leaving will put a hole in her that will never get filled. I also wonder what made her decide to break from her Domme in the first place. But ultimately I'm afraid for her and I don't know why. I just feel like with her Domme she was safe and protected. She didn't have to make excuses for her lifestyle or what she liked and wanted. Could she possibly get that type of love, protection and freedom outside of that structure?

I'm sure she'll be okay. I'm sure it's just my mind working overtime. But I do worry, which means that I care. If you're reading this, take care lilone. Hope everything turns out all right for you.

BridgeT

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Tagged again!

People must want to keep a track on me. *LOL* I've been tagged again by Leigh Ellwood. This time it's about threesomes. Hey! Hey! Settle down! Not that type. Just read on and see who I'll tag next.

Three screen names that you've had: Just 3? Cleopatra Jones, Tamara Dobson (see the Cleopatra Jones reference) and Miss Mahogany. Don't ask.

Three things you like about yourself: My sense of humor, my comic timing and my warped mind.

Three things you don't like about yourself: The hairs on my chinny chin chin (getting old sucks!), my need to please others before I please myself, and my lack of confidence in my writing...at times!

Three parts of your heritage: My nose, my large breasts and my writing ability.

Three things that scare you: Heights, snakes and religious zealots.

Three of your everyday essentials: My laptop, lotion of any kind and a publisher's acceptance letter. You other writers don't get that every day? It's just me? *LOL* Yeah, I wish.

Three things you are wearing right now: Actually I'm only wearing 3 things right now. A brown-and-tan striped sweater, tan bra and tan panties. I am southern. Southern women have to match their underwear to their outerwear. Didn't you know that?

Three of your favorite songs: "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel (loved it way before it was in the movie "Say Anything"), "Pagan Poetry" by Bjork, and "The Chauffeur" by Duran Duran. An oldie but a goodie.

Three things I want in a relationship: Laughter, honesty, trust.

Two truths and a lie: I once met the governor and lieutenant governor of Virginia, I breed Great Danes and show them off in dog shows, I've been to a nudist resort.

Three things you can't live without: Sex, creativity and string cheese.

Three places you want to go on vacation: Hawaii, Australia and Greece.

Three things you just can't do: Stop watching "American Idol", stop lusting after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, and take a lot of pain.

Three kids names: J.J., Michael and Thelma (take your time on that one. It'll sink in eventually)

Three things you want to do before you die: Win an award at an RWA conference, win an award at an RT conference, be a guest on Oprah.

Three celeb crushes: Again, just three? Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Julian McMahon and Harvey Keitel. I know. It's weird.

Three of your favorite musicians: Peter Cincotti, Bjork and Frank Sinatra.

Three physical things about the opposite sex that appeals to you: Great sense of humor, nice eyes and big hands.

Three of your favorite hobbies: writing, writing and writing. Is there anything else?

Three things you really want to do badly right now: Sleep, sleep and sleep. Haven't done that in a while.

Three careers you're considering/you've considered: Veterinarian, physical therapist and courtroom stenographer.

Three ways that you are sterotypically a boy: I watch professional wrestling, I hang out at Hooter's and I like grabbing crotches (not my own)

Three ways that you are sterotypically a girl: I have a huge shoe collection, I have an even bigger purse collection, and I love wearing perfumes and scented lotions.

Three people that I would like to see post this meme: Jenna Allen, Selah March and Anna Fallon.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Our house in the middle of our street!


Hiya, folks! How are you all doing? Yeah, I'm doing okay myself. The weather? Kind of cool. But hey, we are in autumn now, right? Think it's going to be a very cold winter this year. What's that to the left, you ask? Why that's my spiffy, new cover for my upcoming full-length erotica Fascination Street through Venus Press. I'm so thrilled that this book is being published.

To promote it, I have opened up an on-line community on my site. Go to http://www.BridgetMidway.com/FascinationStreet and check it out. I have pictures of what I imagine each character looks like, pictures of their homes and excerpts. But the best part is that you can read what each character is thinking on their blog and chat with the characters in their forum! I think it's going to be a blast. I've already made a formal announcement. My next announcement will be for the contest I'm going to have. I have so many cool things planned for this place. You should definitely join in, otherwise you'll miss all of the fun!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Tagged for migrating purposes!

It's happened again, folks. I've been tagged! This time It's from Jenna Allen. Here are my tasks.

1. Delve into your blog archive. Done that. That was the easy part.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to). The 23rd post would have been my most recent post: "When it rains it pours. And I love being wet!"
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to). Here's my sentence: Let's talk about my cover for my novella "Public Domain".
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas. My meaning? I wanted you all to look at the cover. The subtext? I wanted you to like my cover. My agenda? I wanted you to buy my book. *LOL*
5. Tag three people to do the same.

Now I'm going to tag Anna Fallon, Leigh Ellwood and Alessia Brio! Moohaahaahaa!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

When it rains, it pours! And I love being wet!


Talk about your amazing months! Okay, so we're only in the 4th day of October. But I'm telling you, it's already starting off to being an awesome month.

Hmmm, where should I start first? Oh! Let's talk about my cover for my novella "Public Domain". It's that big colorful thing to your left. *LOL* I love it! Thanks again, Jinger Heaston, for doing a wonderful job. Sometimes as a writer, you write something and put it away for a while and don't read it until weeks or months later. I hadn't read "Public Domain" for a couple of weeks and I reread the opening. I couldn't believe how accurate Jinger got with the picture and how much it matched the opening of the story. I kid you not when I say I was literally reading and flipping back to the cover to compare. *LOL* Yeah, I have no life.

Okay, so I get this really cool cover. So then what? So now this cool story with the cool cover has just been released through Ocean's Mist Press! The book came out on October 3rd. Uh, yeah. I know I'm a day late. So sue me. No, really don't sue me. I have no money. But I do have it on good authority that sales are going well. I'm glad people are digging the cover and, especially, the story. If you're interested in reading an excerpt, you can check it out on both the Ocean's Mist Press site and on my website at www.BridgetMidway.com.

If that wasn't exciting enough, I have more great news! Midnight Showcase offered me not 1, not 2 but 3 contracts! Two contracts are for erotica short stories that I had written for the BetterSex.com contest but neither made it as a finalist. And Midnight Showcase also accepted my full-length interracial erotic romance Interpersonal Skills. I'm thrilled about this because my work will be in print! Can you believe it? I would love to be able to sign this book at the In The Pink signing in November.

So what's next? Well I FINALLY did my edits for "Chances", my erotic romance for Erotique Press. Still not sure when it will come out but hey, at least that's done. I also found out who my editor will be for...oh, wait, I haven't shared that news yet.

Next big news is that Liquid Silver Books offered me a contract for another full-length erotic romance called That's What Friends Are For. Okay, NOW I can share that news. I just found out who my editor for this book will be and I can tell we're going to get along great. She gets my sense of humor! That's rare, let me tell ya'. Again, I really hope the book is out by signing time but I don't think it will be. :(

So now I've been promoting my butt off for "Public Domain". I'm hoping it's a hit. I would love for it to reach 100 sales. Oh, and vote for me on Erotic Romance Reviews for Women to win the Golden Shoe Awards. I'm losing right now but I'm losing to my dear friend, Laura Bacchi so I'm way cool with that. http://www.errw.bravehost.com/home.html

I'll try not to stay away from my blog. I'm trying to get better. If I misbehave again, just give me a spanking. Oh! That reminds me. I went to a T.I.E.D. demonstration where we learned...oh, wait. Maybe I should save that for another time. *S*

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Thursday, September 08, 2005

From rejected to, well, accepted!

It has been an awesome month and we're only in the 8th day! I tell ya, I don't know how much more of this I can take! One day I'm getting 2 rejections in a day, and just yesterday I received a contract from Ocean's Mist Press for the novella I had been working on for ages called "Public Domain", and Liquid Silver Books asked to see the full manuscript for THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR.

So let's do a tally here of just contracted works: "Chances" at Erotique Press, "Suburbia" at Phaze, "Public Domain" at Ocean's Mist Press and Fascination Street at Venus Press. Oh, then I can't forget about the two short erotic tentatively accepted works at Midnight Showcase. I'm on fire! I'm the overnight sensation that only took five years to happen. But if I want to make a name for myself, I have to keep working so expect to see more of The Bridge!

Hate to blog and run but I have to go off and do my Snoopy happy dance. Involves a lot of jazz hands and Riverdance-type stepping.

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Rejection...it's a good thing

So I got 2 rejections yesterday. I thought I would feel really bad about it but I didn't. I guess once you've been rejected as many times as I have (insert 'didn't go to prom joke' here) then it just becomes water off a duck's back or something. Wait. I'm a writer. I need to be original. Uh, it becomes an ankle alarm on Martha Stewart's leg. Damn. No wonder I got rejected! Sheesh!

I had to put things in perspective. I'm writing. I don't do it full time like I want to but I am writing. I sometimes get paid for it. Also a good thing. And I'm happy. I knew I was going to get rejected way before I got the e-mails. But I'm glad I got them because now I feel like I can move on. I did the whole "big pub" thing. I'm really pleased with lighting my own path. And I'm also a firm believer in karma. I'm still rubbing my Cindy Cruciger bag that I still carry in my purse since I got it back in April of this year. It's been good to me so far. That and my undying will to succeed.

Hopefully soon you all will see the cover of my full-length novel, Fascination Street. I just sent in the cover I approved. Just waiting for the art director to approve it and add a Ebony Side icon to it and it'll be done. Then the fun starts: editing. Blah! I've never edited a full-length novel before. This should be interesting.

Okay, have to finish this novella I've been working on for what seems like forever and a day! Wish me luck with it.

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

I feel good!

What a crazy, crazy month it has been! I'm sure you're all wondering what I've been up to lately. If you haven't, why haven't you! I think about you all all of the time! Stalkers are just that dedicated! But I'm digressing.

Within a month, I have signed 3, count 'em, 3 contracts! First Erotique Press contracted my novella, "Chances", a story about what happens when Mr. Right comes in the wrong package. Then I received a contract from Phaze for a short story called "Suburbia". You'll never look at Saran Wrap the same way again! Then, and this is the biggie, Venus Press contracted my 100,000-word, erotic baby, Fascination Street! I couldn't believe it! I am so thrilled. I believe in my work and it's wonderful to get that kind of confirmation from a publisher. I even got to participate in my first Venus Press chat on Fallen Angel Reviews. That was a hoot. Don't have a pub date yet but as soon as I know, you all will know! My ardent wish, hope and desire is that it comes out before my booksigning on November 19th. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Now for my immediate future, I have a lot of work to do. I want to polish up 2 short stories for Midnight Showcase. Then there's a short story called "Public Domain" that I've been working on for a while. I want to get that finished up and submitted...to which publisher, I'm not sure yet. Still debating. And then I'll work on my Phaze Shiver. I have a great idea in mind if I can just get it from my brain to the paper! And finally I'll have to start plotting then writing the prequels to Fascination Street. When I put on my website homepage that I was determined to make this year my year I wasn't kidding!

Some other great news. I found out I am one of the lucky winners in the BetterSex.com Best Erotic Fiction Writer contest! For that, not only will get the title of Best Erotic Fiction Writer but I'll also receive $200! Whoo! Hoo! Mama needs the money. I put it all towards promotions.

Speaking of promotions, yours truly will be featured on Jewel's Way Radio on Wednesday, October 12th at 10 p.m. EST. I'm excited but nervous about doing it. I just hope I don't come off as an idiot or a goofball!

Okay, time for me to hit the hay. I'll try not to wait so long in between blog posts. But see what happens when I wait? Look at all of this good news!

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Getting closer to world domination!

Our "Three The Hard Way" booksigning event at The Pink Banana Boutique in Virginia Beach, Virginia went over smashingly well! Got a lot of great feedback from both customers and the sales associates in the store. So pleased was my publisher over the news that she wanted to do another signing there...only bigger! So now we're going to do another signing on November 19th at The Pink Banana and call it In The Pink. Ohhhhh! Sexy, huh? This time there will be more authors. Click this link to see who's on the line-up. You might be surprised! http://www.phaze.com/InThePink.htm

The day of the signing I met two people from an organization I've been dying to meet. It's called T.I.E.D., Tidewater Individuals Exploring Domination. I sent them a passionate e-mail in April begging them to let me sit in on a meeting because I have BDSM elements in Fascination Street and Interpersonal Skills. I wanted to make sure I had done the scenes correctly. Well I had never heard from them. So when they showed and introduced themselves I was over the moon. Apparently Dama, the PR person for T.I.E.D. and a mistress, had e-mailed me...twice! I never got her mails. So she invited me and Laura Bacchi and Leigh Ellwood to their cookout the next day. I was the only one available the next day so I went and I had a wonderful time! We did something at the cookout, an outside venture if you will, that I will have to include in one of my prequel stories I have planned for Fascination Street. At the end of the day, Dama asked if I would lead a workshop on the erotica publishing market, what publishers are looking for and what to expect. So that's how In The Pink came about. If possible, we would love to hold a workshop the night before the event. Great tie-in, don't you think?

Onto other news, a publisher asked to see the completed manuscript for Fascination Street. Might be that much closer to publication, folks. Keep your fingers crossed.

Okay, I have to go. I've gotten so much flack for not updating my blog. Happy now, Stacy? *LOL*

Oh! I almost forgot! My newest erotic short story is on sale now at Phaze! It's called "Walls". I've gotten one stellar review already. Fame looks good on me. *LOL* It's a big departure from what I normally write. Please check it out.

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Monday, July 11, 2005

I got my ass!

FINALLY the poster I ordered from Cafe Press with my new cover for my short story "Walls" came in today! Found it on my porch when I came home for lunch. That juicy tushy looks better bigger than it does on the website. Now I need to mount it. The picture, silly! I know it can't mount me! Going to put it on a hard back and get a stand so I can set it up.

Now I'm just waiting for my biz cards. They have both the "Adam and E-V-E" cover and the "Walls" cover. I'm so clever. I won't know what to do with myself when I get a cover for "Chances" through Erotique Press. Sigh. Decisions, decisions.

Okay, have to go play with the group from eCatareaders!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Friday, July 01, 2005

I did it!

Thanks to a lot of votes (hee, hee!) my short story "Civic Duty" was a weekly winner in the BetterSex.com erotic fiction contest. Whoo! Hooo! I have another step to go through before they'll declare the winner on August first so keep looking out for that news.

In case you hadn't heard, I have 2 contracted works: one with Phaze.com called "Walls" and one with Erotique Press called "Chances". Actually the real name of it was "Chance" but the contract had "Chances" and before I startd my sistagirl head roll I realized that the story was really about giving more than one chance. So it does fit. See, I am a nice person!

I'll have excerpts to both on my website soon so watch out for that.

Wish I could stay longer and chat but I have to earn a living. Blah! Come on, folks! Buy my books so I can write full time. Is that so much to ask for? *LOL* Kidding.

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

I'm a bad, bad girl!

Because I'm a self-admitted contest whore, I willingly jumped at the opportunity to enter the BetterSex.com Sexiest Writer contest. They ran this in February and I didn't make it as a finalist. *pout* It's okay. It made me the erotica writer I am today. Smutty and proud! So when I saw that they were running this contest again, I knew I had to go for it! They're running it differently this time. Instead of the Better Sex folks reading all of the entries and deciding which one should win, they're reading the entries as they come in and posting the ones they like. 3 a week. Well guess what, sports fans? I'm one of the lucky three this week! Whoo! Hoo! You all can vote for my dirty little tale called "Civic Duty" until about midnight on June 28th. Click this link to vote for me: http://www.bettersex.com/collection.asp?sc=7STORYB My story is Story B for Bridget. Okay, I added that in there to be cute. But you get my meaning. The winner, aside from being called the Sexiest Writer in the World, wins $500. Not bad scratch for a day's worth of work.

So if you don't want me grovelling in the streets looking for my next meal you'll vote for me. Please? I'd do it for you.

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Phase (or is that Phaze?) II complete! World domination next!

You would probably never know it from reading my posts but I'm really anal retentive. Yep, it's true. I can show you the diamond I made when I shoved a lump of coal in between my cheeks, I'm so damn tight! So all of you know from reading my site and reading my blog posts that Laura Bacchi, Leigh Ellwood and I have an upcoming booksigning at an adult toy store called The Pink Banana Boutique. I have a vision of doing media blitzes at certain stages of this process. Yesterday I called it Phase II. That's where I took to the store a bunch of flyers and Laura dropped off some of her business cards (had a dripping hose on it. I don't get it. *LOL*) So last night I faxed the local media about our little shindig. And today I'll drop off the store posters and some of my business cards. Man, hard to believe that in about a month, I'm going to be sitting inside of an adult toy store and doing a book signing! And the people in The Pink Banana Boutique have been ultra-supportive. For our first time doing this, it has been a great experience so far!

Okay, have to run out to my favorite store in the world: Wal-Mart! All hail Sam Walton! Then off to see a friend for his birthday. Shhh! It's a surprise! Hee! Hee!

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Friday, June 10, 2005

My name is Dita! I'll be your mistress tonight!

My friend said it couldn't be done but I did it! I had taken him to one of my romance writing group meetings a few months ago and after the meeting he said, "All of your heroes are these big, buff guys with long hair and they're young. You have never written a story about a regular guy like me." And he was right. So I set out to write an erotic romance where my hero was short, stocky, balding and older. Think Danny DeVito/Louie DePalmer. First time I wrote the story, it was about 2000 words. I submitted it to the first BetterSex.com contest and it didn't make it to the finals. So then I decided to expand it. I sent it to Erotique Press and they accepted it...okay, that was after some minor changes, but it was accepted! So maybe people do want to read about an average Joe who still gets the girl. At least I'm hoping they do. So now I'm going to be working on the revisions this weekend. As soon as I get an approved final draft I'll post an excerpt on my site.

And I also felt inspired to write the sequel to "Adam and E-V-E". I'm calling this one "C-A-I-N and A-B-E-L". I'm sure I'm going to Hell with all of this but I'm going to have a hell of a story to tell when I get there! *LOL* Again, as soon as I clean up my first draft, I'll post.

Okay, running late for work. Blah! Hope you all enjoy the rest of your day! Fellow Phaze author, Laura Bacchi and I are going to go drinking tomorrow night. Everyone, get your bail money together!

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Monday, June 06, 2005

Dance: 10, Looks: 3

The subject line came from a lyric in a song in the musical "A Chorus Line". The song is aptly named "Tits and Ass". Gotta love it. Well, I picked it because I just read a review of my science fiction erotic romance novella, 'Adam and E-V-E'. The reviewer seemed to like everything about my story. She said she liked how the characters developed, the sex scenes were hot (apparently hot enough for the reviewer to reach for a toy and I don't mean a Slinky!) and the story was unique. So why did I get a 3 out of a possible score of 5? So my story made you want to masturbate. You enjoyed the characters. But there was just something you couldn't put your finger on that made you give me an average score. Yeah, I understand...NOT!

I don't know why I'm letting this bother me. It's one score out of, well, so far 3. But I'm working on it! It's just like in high school. I may have had a report card with 5 A's and 1 B and I'll kick myself over the 1 B. It just gives me something to work on for my next book, which by the way may be a sequel to 'Adam and E-V-E'. Stay posted for details.

But for now, I have to get going. There's a chat going on and I'm about to miss it!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Winners, losers and naked men

After a long month of running my website contest, I have finally picked a winner. That winner is Jackie Wisherd! Whoo! Hooo! Way to go, Jackie! She gets a free download of "Adam and E-V-E", autographed bookmarks, a bookfloss signed by the artist, a 1940's style journal and chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Hope she's not allergic to the stuff. Because I know how I am when I win things, I'm not wasting any time. I've already sent her the story. Now this morning I'm going to mail off her gift pack. Yeah, I know the post office is closed and it won't get mailed until tomorrow anyway. But it's one less thing off of my plate.

So now I'm going to be doing another contest. This time I want readers to be creative. I want them to come up with their versions of what E-V-E stands for or they could even do it with Adam's name. I found it kind of difficult to come up with a creative name for E-V-E that truly captured her true meaning. But maybe there's someone out there who can do it better. I'm always up for a challenge!

You all probably read my last post where I lamented about getting a story rejected and having a book review site pass up reviewing "Adam and E-V-E". Well, that same day another review site e-mailed me and said they would love to review my novella. I also got the green light from another publisher to submit more work even if it's a simultaneous submission. Gotta love that!

And last but not least, because I'm sure you're all wondering, the penis line in my subject line. Yesterday I went to an open house at a nudist resort. It was for research. Yeah, that's it. Research. I did get a receipt for going since this was my second time here so I'll slip that to my accountant and see what he says. If he's anything like the accountant in my story, "That Time of Year" then I'm in trouble! *LOL* But I had a great time and I can't wait to go back again.

Okay, I'm played around long enough. Time to get to work. Hope you all have a lovely day. I'm hoping I'll have a better week. Wish me luck!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Just want to stay in bed...not for a good reason either

Ever have those weeks where you just wanted to stay in bed and not look at anyone for a day or a week or a month or a century? I'm kinda going through that right now. It's been a week of highs and way down lows. First of all, got my first great review on the Romance Divas website! Now that made my day! I had to tell everyone and my mother about that. Wait. Damn! I forgot to tell my mother! I'm such a bad daughter. I should be spanked. Oh wait. That's another site and another conversation. Moving on.

I also found out that I got the big reject from the 2006 Best Women's Erotica anthology from Violet Blue. I figured when I didn't hear anything in a few months that I wasn't in the running anymore. *sigh* Can't say I didn't try. Then a book review website turned down my request to review "Adam and E-V-E". My mommy said my story is special. *S* God, I'm pathetic.

I can hardly wait to see what tomorrow has in store for me. I need to find that white magic bag I got from Cindy Cruciger when I was in St. Louis and rub it for good luck. I've kept it in my purse since the convention. I'm not giving it up just yet!

Okay, time to get back to work. On the upside, I did mail off my first contest winning gift pack to Cachel C. in Mississippi. She won an "Adam and E-V-E" gift pack through Romance Junkies. I'll be mailing out another one this weekend when I announce my guestbook winner. Stay tuned!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The scream heard 'round the world

Talk about ignoring signs and being given a second chance. My poor little laptop, which has been working overtime these last few months, finally went kaput the other day. Earlier in the week, though, I had heard a little grinding noise inside of it. Yeah, the rest of you know what I'm talking about. I just hoped the poor thing had the hiccups. So after leaving it alone over night, I turn it on the next morning to find nothing! And I mean nothing. I freaked. I panicked. I had my nearly completed manuscript for Fascination Street on my hard drive. Let that be a lesson for you kiddies. Always back your stuff up! So after cursing, crying and praying (although I'm sure God was going, "Who is that on my Caller I.D.? I don't recognize that number.") I was given a reprieve the next day when for some strange reason, my computer worked. So, you guessed it, I backed everything up and took as much as I could off of my hard drive. Good thing. The next day it really crashed. No amount of sweet-talking or cursing was going to bring it back to life either.

So I buckled down and went to Comp USA, the devil's playground, and got myself a hard drive and had it installed. I've been spending most of my day loading all of my favorites and other software back onto my computer. Another lesson for you munchins. Don't rely on a computer! Yeah, I say this with a book on e-book and another slated to come out in July or August. I'm a slave to the circuitry. What can I say?

But on the upside, I managed to secure a spot for a booksigning for myself, Laura Bacchi and Leigh Ellwood for July 16th. The spot: The Pink Banana Boutique, a fine adult toy store. I'm excited. There's so much I need to do to get ready for that day.

Just needed to share that before I get back to work. Enjoy your day. Sorry I kept you all up with my screaming and crying...and not the good kind either.

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Tagged for migrating purposes!

That darn Laura Bacchi! She tagged me with a blog tag. I have to answer 5 of these things from this list and pass it on to someone else.

If I could be a scientist...
If I could be a farmer...
If I could be a musician...
If I could be a doctor...
If I could be a painter...
If I could be a gardener...
If I could be a missionary...
If I could be a chef...
If I could be an architect...
If I could be a linguist...
If I could be a psychologist...
If I could be a librarian...
If I could be an athlete...
If I could be a lawyer...
If I could be an innkeeper...
If I could be a professor...
If I could be a writer...
If I could be a backup dancer...
If I could be a llama-rider...
If I could be a bonnie pirate...
If I could be a midget stripper...
If I could be a proctologist...
If I could be a TV-Chat Show host...
If I could be an actor...
If I could be a judge...
If I could be a Jedi...
If I could be a mob boss...
If I could be a backup singer...
If I could be a CEO...
If I could be a movie reviewer....

If I could be a scientist I would find that female scientist who blinded that guy who's always screaming "She blinded me with science!" and ask her why she did it. (Okay, so I'm a product of the eighties. Go listen to Wham UK! and kiss my behind!)

If I could be a farmer I would grow plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep my community fed, happy and healthy. Then I would grow pot to keep those teenagers eating! It's the circle of life, folks.

If I could be a missionary my knees wouldn't hurt so much when I'm on top and...wait, it said if I could be a missionary and not if I was in the missionary position. Whoops! Moving on.

If I could be a chef I would compete on "The Iron Chef" and would hope to get a secret ingredient like an octopus or a live shark or maybe Newt Gingrinch. Hey, he's been asking for it for a long time! Time to make rump roast out of the man!

If I could be a mob boss I would have someone in my group named Big Dick instead of Big Pussy like on "The Sopranos"...and he'd better live up to his name too!

Okay, I think I'm done. Did you learn anything about me that you didn't already know? That's what I thought. I guess now I'll pass this on to my fellow Phaze author, Leigh Ellwood.

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Sunday, May 08, 2005

It's official!

I have crossed over into that well-known but sometimes dreaded world of running a *gasp* contest! What I'm hoping is to at least get one person to do it. All I'm asking is for people to sign my guest book. I feel like a geeky teenager in high school trying to get the cool kids to sign my yearbook. "Sign my yearbook, please." "Please, be my best friend!" Okay, so not that sad and pathetic but close enough.

I just want to make the contest fun and exciting...okay, and generate some sales. Is that a bad thing? Meanwhile, I still have some work to do. Those words and characters just don't appear in my laptop on their own. I have to put them there.

Okay, enough playing. Time to get down to business. Hope I get a lot of responses for my site. If not, I'll be jumping off of the Empire State Building on June 3rd.

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Biting nails and promotion ideas

Last night I sent the editor of Phaze.com the first three chapters of Fascination Street, an erotica I've been working on since about mid-February. What am I saying? You all know that if you've been on my website and looked at my calendar, right? *waiting for the sounds of crickets to die down before moving on*

Anyway, I reread and sent them in like good little soldiers. "Fight my battle, honey! Bring me a head on a stick!" Whoops! Wrong battle. Cross your fingers for me, you all, that she digs it and digs the idea of the 4 spinoff stories. Can we say 'securing a steady job'? I knew you could!

I feel so scatterbrained. Did I mention that Erotique Press dug my novella, "Chances"? The editor there asked if I could change a couple of things and if so I could be published with them by July or August of this year. Not bad, huh? Wished my mainstream work went this fast! But that's another story and a whole different persona.

There are a couple of contests coming up and I really need to get my butt in gear and start entering. I can't become a famous author by sitting back and waiting for things to happen.

So that leads me nicely into my next point: promotion. I've been joining sites and begging to be promoted on them. Promoting myself is harder than writing the damn book! But that's my cross to bear, folks. You just have to sit back and enjoy my work.

Okay, not a lot of time on my lunch break so I have to go.

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Sunday, May 01, 2005

What happens in St. Louis stays in St. Louis!

Well as you can well imagine, I am having a wonderful time in good ol' St. Louis, home of the Cardinals (so I've been told) and the rap star, Nelly. Do you know they actually have his picture in their St. Louis magazine as an attraction to their fine city? I guess that's when you know that you've arrived when you make it in your city's attraction magazine.

So my first booksigning. Hmm, what can I say? It was great! I came in with 15 discs. (Okay, so I'm no Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan or Heather Graham but I'm working my way up to it.) But I sold 14 of them! Whoo! Hooo! How cool is that? And since a friend of mine back home asked to buy one, technically I sold all of them. Considering "Adam and E-V-E" was released this past Monday, March 25th, I thought selling more than what I sold to my sister was a bonus! Apparently it was enough to impress my publisher. That's what REALLY counts!

I met some great authors and attended some really worthwhile workshops. Today I'll spend the entire day siteseeing. The Arc has been outside of our hotel this whole time and I have yet to go out and really take a good look at it. I'm trying to convince my sister (site owner for www.ThunderandRoses.com) to do our last dinner at the restaurant on the top floor that spins around. How cool would that be?

Okay, two more fun events for today and then I'm heading home tomorrow. But as my first RT experience, this did not disappoint me. Very laid back and fun. And watching all of the manmeat didn't bother me either. *LOL*

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The sound barrier has been broken

Aaah!!!! I can't believe it! Just by chance, I check the Phaze.com website last night just to look at my cover and see if there were any new updates. My novella, "Adam and E-V-E" is on sale NOW! I wasn't expecting it to go on sale this soon. I've been trying to drum up sales without being a pest. That's hard. But I'm so happy that I actually have a work out for sale. People can buy a story I created. That's an awesome feeling, let me tell ya'!

So now that I've updated my website and worked out my daily blog, I need to fix something to eat. I have a huge day in front of me. I have to make sure I'm all packed and ready for RT tomorrow. Big day. Big event. I hope I don't get swallowed up in it. Gulp!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Monday, April 25, 2005

Wet hair and an overstuffed suitcase

I know I'm close to being ready to go to the RT convention but I feel so behind. I feel like I'm missing something. It's all happening so fast for me that I'm a bit overwhelmed at times. In a matter of months I've gotten a novella accepted, about to be published and I'm going to be signing it at a huge conference. Talk about your coming out parties! Aside from packing, I still have gifts to buy and a website to update since I mentioned I would be offering a contest. Me and my big, adorable mouth. And I have to practice signing my name. Don't want to slip and sign the wrong name. I would do that because I'm an idiot.

So I'm sitting here with conditioner in my hair. My plan of packing one suitcase into another so I can bring more stuff home is not going to work. Hey, what can I say? I'm a woman and I love shoes. I could fill one suitcase full of shoes. But I won't...this time. And I have to finish that story for Erotique. I can't believe how behind I got this weekend. And look at what I'm doing now. Damn it! Damn blog. It's addicting, I tell ya'!

Okay, going to rinse and write in that order. Then spend all day tomorrow packing for real and getting all of my goodies together. St. Louis, here I come!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

Sunday, April 24, 2005

My first booksigning!

I've posted this everywhere but I just had to put it here to make it real...at least for me. It's that whole, "If a tree falls in the woods..." sort of mentality I have. If I don't share, then it's not happening.

Anyway, I've stalled long enough. I got news from my editor with www.Phaze.com that I'll be signing disc copies of my novella, "Adam and E-V-E" at the Romantic Times convention this week! And here I thought I was just going to go and smile and give out my candy. I actually have to work! But that's a good thing. I've been wanting to do this writing thing for years. It'll be great to be able to do a book signing and show off the fruits of my labor. I'm going to call it grape but you can pick any fruit you want.

Now I need to make up my candies to give away and finish writing this novella for Erotique. I'm starting to suck with my deadlines!

Stay sexy,
BridgeT

It's 2:30 a.m. Do you know where my head is?

Good morning, all. Man, what the hell am I doing up this early? Had a hard time sleeping. I'm working on a story for Erotique Press. It's not working out the way I wanted to and I promised to have it to the editor this weekend. Thought sleeping on it would help. Only made it worse. I kept thinking about the story, the characters, the conflicts. If you're a writer then you know what I'm talking about.

On a good note, the editor of Phaze.com where my first novella, "Adam and E.V.E." will be published liked my final edits. Whoo! Hoo! Again, if you're a writer, you know that feeling too. She's going to clean up the formatting and send it off to be proofed. With any luck, I'll have disk copies of it to sign at the booksigning in RT (I guess). I'm not sure how that goes. Gee, is my novice showing? Haa! Haa!

I also want to rework a couple of short stories for the Phaze.com Heatsheet Sparklers contest. What can I say? Once a contest slut always a contest slut.

Okay, now I'm just stalling. I'm going to finish this damn story by breakfast if it kills me! Hopefully it won't. I want to be able to sign my novella at the convention (or not, still not sure if that's what I'm doing.) Sigh. It's a bitch being so new at something. I feel like a virgin again!

Stay sexy!
BridgeT

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Kiss them for me. I may be delayed.

I went in kicking and screaming but look at me now. I have my own blog! Never thought I would ever say that.

So who am I? Just a girl with a dream...to write sexy romances. And what can I say? Mom's proud so I guess I'm doing something right!

Not going to stay too long on this blog. I would get tired and you would get bored. Neither are good things to happen. So I'm going to work on a short story for Erotique Press. Oh! I guess I should tell you what's going on with my little world. I'm going to have a novella published through www.Phaze.com called "Adam and E.V.E." Before you Bible-thumpers start praising my name, it is an erotic romance. Lots o' sex. It's a science fiction tale about what happens when you really enact the phrase, "Make love, not war." If you want to read more, go to my website at www.BridgetMidway.com and read an excerpt. I should warn you. The excerpt is unedited so it's not the spit-and-polish version it should be. Let's see. I just said sex, Bible, spit and polish. I'm going to Hell.

Happy reading! I'm going to get going.

BridgeT