D. F. Krieger

Friday, April 24, 2015

Gone!

Have you ever heard that song by The Cure called Gone? Right now, it really resonates with my life. Particularly:

Oh you know how it is
Wake up feeling blue
And everything that could be wrong is
Including you
Black clouds and rain and pain in your head
And all you want to do is stay in bed

But if you do that you'll be missing the world
Because it doesn't stop turning whatever you heard
If you do that you'll be missing the world
You have to get up get out and get gone!


As many regular visitors to my blog know, I'm the Editor in Chief for Breathless Press. *Ahem* Was... I was. But due to various reasons, the publisher decided to close its doors and will be officially out of business as of May 1st. What does this mean for me?

My job of 4 years is gone. Poof. Out of existence. I'm not panicking too hard though, and I'll tell you why in a minute. First, I'd like to cover how it affects me as an author.

Several of my titles as an author are now unpublished, or will be. Depends on how long it takes the ebook facilitator at Breathless to take them down. I'm in no rush. She has 750 titles to slog through, and my books need some rewrites anyway.

What does this mean for my readers? Well, don't freak out when I say rewrites. His Prey will remain largely untouched. I'll probably do another read-through and some basic edits just to pretty it up with things I've learned as I've grown as a writer and editor.

Red as a Rose will have some rewrites to answer some questions that readers posed. Mainly, they wanted to know if Tobias was the alpha of his clan, and I'll be clearing that up. I'm glad I'm getting this story back under my control as I have an entire slew of fairy tale and nursery rhyme themed stories set in this world that I want to write and release. That means, though, that I would like to wait a tad before putting this back on the market. I'd like to get at least another in this series finished before I put it back out in the world.

The biggest changes are coming for the Faxfire Series.The book has been through two publishers now and though it has an audience, the reach just isn't what I want. I realized why, though. The book is an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Mystery. Though it has romantic elements, it is not a romance. So when I keep tossing it at romance publishers, I'm essentially throwing it in waters it can't compete in. My fault, not the publishers.  So the following changes will take place:

*I will self pub the series as an Urban Fantasy
*The original plan was 6 books at 50k words apiece. I will be condensing it into a trilogy (3 books at 100k apiece)
*I will be releasing the book as print and ebook
*I will be getting new cover art for the series (darker looking stuff that reflects the true content of the book)
*I will be doing some minor edits to the first two books as I work on combining them into a single book.
*I plan to release the series in 2016 as I've already got several releases planned out for 2015. This will also give me time to write book 2 (formerly books 3 and 4) so there isn't a huge gap between releases.

So sorry Faxfire Fans, but the books will be on hiatus. I promise they'll come back bigger and better than before.

Now, as to why I'm not panicking over losing my job at BP? Well, to be honest, between my impending due date to have a baby in July, and the steady growth of my freelance editing business, Krieger Kreations, I'm just really not stressing. I've plenty of work coming in, and I was already talking to the publisher about leaving BP when I gave birth. So though my heart goes out to everyone affected by the closure, I'm not freaking out about my own future. I've got to get up, get out, and get gone.

And to those who are stressing and want to give up writing because of the closure of one publishing company, I'll point again to the lyrics listed above. "If you do that, you'll be missing the world. Because it doesn't stop turning, whatever you've heard."

~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, April 20, 2015

Must Read Monday: Not Vanilla (Voyeurism)

A sexy duo that will keep you hot long after the book is over!


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    Blurb - Not Vanilla (Voyeurism)

    USA Today Bestselling Author Roz Lee, and Bestselling Author Jennifer Lynne, invite you to taste the forbidden in a brand-new series offering a tantalizing glimpse into a range of "flavors" that are definitely not vanilla!


    The first in this series, Not Vanilla (Voyeurism), includes Watch Me by Jennifer Lynne and Lookin’ Good by Roz Lee. These sexy, novellette-length stories are designed to take you into the erotic world of the watcher and the watched, while still holding onto the romance.


    Blurb - Lookin’ Good by Roz Lee

    I wish I had never told Travis my deepest, darkest secret—that I like to watch. I should have known he would want to give me my heart’s desire. I love him more than anything, but I hate him for using my weakness to try to win me back. Moreover, I hate myself for not being able to turn down the gifts he brings me. ~ Bailey Rose




    Blurb - Watch Me by Jennifer Lynne

    I was so afraid, when my husband uncovered my secret. Afraid he'd hate me, or think me disgusting, or be completely turned off. Equally scared this watching game I play with our sexy neighbor might be shut down for good. Can William bring himself to join my addictive Sunday night ritual, or will he force me to choose between the man I love, and the sexual urges that consume me? ~ Isabel


Watch Me actually comes first in the book, so I'm going to discuss it first. Both stories are told in first person, and to me that just makes the characters so much more approachable. I really expected a short sex-filled story, but the plot in this was huge. The character's interactions with each other weren't one-dimensional. There were facets and layers to why she and her husband reacted the way they did, and why she was even doing it to begin with. We all know I'm a sucker for books about marriages to begin with, so this story sucked me in from the start. As always, Miss Lynne reeled me in, hook, line and sinker, though this story is completely different from her Gods of Love series I rant about so much.

Looking Good is the second book. This is the first time I've ever read anything by this author, and it was nice to be introduced to someone new. I guess that's why I like anthologies that have a mix of authors I know and authors I don't. I know I'll love some of the book, and I get to meet new authors to fall in love with too. This case wasn't any different. The main character of this book talks to the reader and it feels like we're sitting right beside her, being her besty as she tries to work through her own emotions. It's very well done and artful. Not something I see commonly achieved.

I like the fact that the two stories are vastly different yet keep with the same theme. It's obvious when you read them that you are reading completely different characters, different scenarios. It doesn't feel like a boring repeat of what you just read. The end of the book indicates there's another co-authored book to come, and I can't wait to get my hands on that baby. That's what makes this a Must Read! ~ D. F. Krieger

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Orange Drink of Ick!

Somehow, Spring Break is over and everyone survived unharmed. I'm actually more than a little shocked. Once we got to the middle of the week, the kids seemed to finally reach a stand off that resulted in them being strangely civil to each other. It was scary. They played together quietly, coordinated on video games, and quit whining every two seconds. I began to wonder if my kids were replaced with clones engineered to be nice to each other.

Then my oldest returned to school, and my youngest started this whining about everything phase and I knew all was normal in the world. Okay, so normally Tank doesn't whine. He's really a calm kid who just kinda rolls through everything with his own unique view point of the world. Example, he asked me at dinner last night what my unborn daughter's name was before she came to my tummy. Uh... 0.o  Dude, that's deep.

On a side note, I took my glucose test Monday. It was every bit as miserable as I remembered them being. Except, when the heck did they change it from the tiny cup of crunchy nasty orange flavored liquid ick to an entire bottle of orange Crush gone deadly? *Shudder* By some grace of the gods, I managed not to throw up during that hour of waiting time until my blood could be drawn.

My poor husband though. This is his first child and though I warned him I'd be sick from the Orange Drink of Death and the following blood draw, I don't think he realized just how sick I meant. I'm pretty sure I sounded like a slurred drunk on the walk back to the truck. Now, the truck is mine. Hubby doesn't drive my truck. Period. End of story. He's not familiar with driving large vehicles, and he's happy that way. But that day, he drove us home. In my woozy state, I decided to critique every single thing he did.

I'm still not sure why he insisted I take a nap like a grumpy 2 year old when we got home. And I'm still kinda pissed he didn't read me a bed time story as he tucked me in for my nap. And I still think he hugged the middle line too much while he was driving my Chevy Avalanche.

But eh, that's just the opinion of a woman drunk on Orange Doom. PS - I passed the glucose test. No gestational diabetes for me! ~ D. F. Krieger

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Break Breakdown!

In honor of my post that I'll write more about my life as an individual, I'm writing about a very dreaded topic for parents everywhere... Spring Break. My son started spring break yesterday. It's only Day 2 and I'm ready to throw in the towel on my expectancy to get anything done without having a nervous break down.

Now, before you get all judgy Mcjudgerson, please understand I love my kids. I really do. I have two boys-- my 9 year old (We'll call him X-man) and my 5 year old (Who we fondly call Tank around here.) Those boys can't be any more different in personality, which is fine. I love their individual thoughts, dreams, and views. The problem is, they are NOT a case of opposites attract. Nothing...I repeat, NOTHING can be done without fighting.

Let them play a video game and they will argue about one of them being on the same area of the screen as the other. Apparently there are invisible lines in games, and gods help whichever brother crosses that line into the other brother's "territory." This is especially true in something like Minecraft, even though neither of them are doing anything except destroying every block of anything in sight.

Let them play outside? They will argue about whether it's cold or hot out. Whether a flower can kill you or not (I'm waiting on the dares to eat said flowers in a sibling plot to kill each other). Whether the toys they took out belong to one or the other, and whether said amount of toys were equally divided.

The only things they seem united on is that Mommy is fair game to whine to...constantly. Their favorite phrase is "That's not fair!" (and they don't even have the decency to laugh when I quote David Bowie by saying, "You say that so often. I wonder what your basis for comparison is.") And that farts are both hilarious and gross, pending on who is doing it at the time.

One thing I can tell you, nothing pulls me out of editing or writing a sex scene faster than, "MOMMY!" as a kid comes barreling into the room to tattle. My work has become a moonlight affair I sneak in after their bedtime just so I can edit or write in peace. In the past two days, I've come to a few conclusions:

*Maybe I do want to be one of those moms who lets a 3DS babysit her kids. It's not out of laziness, but necessity.

*Moms who opt to homeschool multiple children must, in my humble opinion, by psychopathic masochists.

*The fact that I'm due in July with my third child (a daughter this time) must make me a psychopathic masochist too. Because otherwise, I'm not sure why the hell I thought it would be a great idea to have one more.

*As the days pass, I envy my husband's ability to escape to work more and more.

*By the time my oldest son goes back to school next Monday, I'm probably not going to have a voice anymore.

And finally *I must love my kids, because despite it all, my heart still beats double-time when they bring me one of the killer flowers from the yard commonly known as a dandelion and tell me they love me.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Must Read Monday: Blue Moon House -Slave

Fourth book in and this series has yet to lose it's spark, or my interest.


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In this fourth Blue Moon House eBook:

How does a slave become an equal? What does it take for a young man to see women in a new light?

Will has no interest in women. He thinks them all animals to be trained, beaten. It doesn't take him long to discover his preference for men, but time and error reveal how wrong his view toward women is. Before long, he is able to separate the way he treats women, which is still horrific, from the way he regards women, as fellow human beings.

*Trigger Warning: This book contains racial slurs and one man's misogynistic ways and errors in judgement until he learns a valuable lesson. This treatment is not intended for the purpose of titillation and does not in any way reflect the author's or publisher's beliefs of the appropriate treatment of any woman or human being. The information is, however, necessary to portray the moral behind this story, the lessons learned, and the appropriate use of SSC within BDSM erotica.*

When I read that blurb, I wondered how I could ever possibly like this book. As a dedicated reader of Ms. Dawson's Blue Moon House series,  I refused to give in to my inhibitions. I'm so glad I did. This story was one of the best roller-coaster rides I've ever read. I loved watching Will grow as a character, and loved being able to piece together why he thought and did the things he did.

As with all of her stories in this series, it wasn't without it's fair share of hardcore kink. The self-discovery for Will isn't an overnight thing, and as usual, the Masters and Mistresses of Blue Moon House are there to guide him, each in their own unique ways. I love that the author is back tracking to show how each member of the House ends up there, and the back story to why they are the way they are. More importantly, I love that the series continues to have real plot and isn't simply a compilation of kinky sex scenes for the sake of writing kink.

As usual, well done, Ms. Dawson. You continue to stun and astound me with the depths you travel into the psyche of your characters, and the artful portrayal of BDSM at it's kinkiest. That's why this book, and this series, continues to be a Must Read! ~ D. F. Krieger

*Note: I received an ARC of the story in exchange for an honest review. :)