A minor character in Dirty Kiss is a cat named Neko. She belongs to Jae Kim. I’ve included her because I felt it would be humanizing to include a pet. So many of us have pets, be them dog, cat or ferret. There’s something about a character in a book having a pet that fleshes out the person.

Now some people create animals in a book and them make god-like, capable of talking or even cooking dinners (I’m being sarcastic). The Neko in the book does come from my own cat, Koneko and much like the real Neko, isn’t any thing other than a cat. A demanding, screaming diva of a puff ball.

Why am I talking about a cat? Because I’m working my brain loose and need to get something down in pixels to shake the cobwebs from my grey matter.

And I’m waiting for Castle to start.

(The screaming one is Neko. The one sleeping and ignoring her is her brother, Tam.)

Owning a Cat

Well to be fair, one does not own a cat. One is allowed to live with a cat. In my case, I have three.

I didn’t want three cats. I was happy with two, Neko and Tam. They are a bit aloof and really keep themselves amused. Once in a while, they want love and well, a clean litter box.

Then Yoshi arrived.

She appeared on my rooftop one afternoon, screaming and filthy. I got her off the roof and with all good intentions, took her to the vet to get fixed so she could be fostered into a new home.

She was pregnant. The kittens were stillborn and while the vet was doing the surgery, he discovered it was a tubal pregnancy.

Needless to say, she ended up costing me hundreds of dollars and I had a new cat.

She definitely is MY cat. She prefers to be with me. Sits on me. Wants love from me. She beats up my dog with a regularity that amazes me. She actually beats up all of the dogs. She’s not picky.

Yoshi is always disgruntled and will gladly tell you her opinion if I happen to move her from my lap, chest or shoulder.

She will also throw herself down in the middle of the living room floor for a belly rub. In front of anyone. Including the other cats and the dogs. Sometimes she does it when no one is in the room and you’ll come across of her lying in wait like some sort of quicksand trap looking for a victim.

She’s a good cat for all of her oddities. Mostly well behaved.

I don’t regret ever pulling her from the roof but I’d like her to stop beating up the dogs.


Ah What To Post

First off, this is crack:

I’m just saying. Total crack.

I’m left wondering how to cross-market Dirty Kiss. While I know where to hit for most urban fantasy genres and reviews, marketing DK perplexes me. I probably will ask if Reviews by Jessewave ( would like to review it but beyond that, I do not know.

I think it’s up to the author really to cross-sell any book that they write these days. So much of it means getting the word out and hoping for good reviews. I’m leery regarding how DK will be received mostly because I’m not sure how it reads to the average reader. I’ve been elbow and armpit up in it for so long, you’ll understand if my perspective is a bit slanted.

I can only hope for decent reviews and a fondness for Asian boys.


I just got an email from Dreamspinner. They’ve accepted Dirty Kiss for publication.

It’s kind of a surreal feeling but I’m quite delighted by the acceptance. I hope to get a sequel going. Seriously, my brain’s just not wrapped around the news yet. So very doing the happy dance at the moment.


If only I could tell my mother. Heh. Tattoos make her uncomfortable. I can’t imagine telling her I’ve written a m/m romance/mystery with smex in it. Not that I am ashamed of it. She would be very uncomfortable. I’ll have to figure out how to share the news. :::grins:::

Blurbs: Dirty Kiss

Part of the process in submitting a piece to a publisher is a blurb. I whole-heartedly admit at sucking at blurbing. How to capture a book in 250 words or less and make the reader WANT the book? Big question. And some people excel at answering it.

Here’s the blurb for Dirty Kiss. It took days to whittle this in and while I’m good with it as it is, it probably could use a bit more punch. Or rum. I’m guessing rum.

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