Duck Day 2009 Menu, and other holiday stuff

First, if any of you are so inclined, please drop by this post on my baseball blog and leave your suggestions for baseball-related gifts this season:
And now, sorry for the delay, here is the Duck Day 2009 menu I’ve been meaning to post:
Amuse Bouche • Burrata with sea salt and a micro tomato basil salad
–sadly the burrata had gone bad! A very fine pecorino stood in for it nicely though.
Anti • Pasti
Anchovies, salt cured and garnished with Parmesan & Lemon
Arancini of porcini mushroom
Artichoke hearts in wine and vinegar
Peppers, red, oven-roasted
Peppers, baby red and yellow, pickled in olive oil and spices
Prosciutto of Duck
Wine Pairing: Muri-Gries Alto Adige Lagrein Rosato 2008 (It’s a rosé)
Duck Italian Wedding Soup
duck meatballs with stellina pasta and mustard greens in duck broth
Frangelico Duck Italiano
seared duck breast, glazed with Frangelico liqueur
served on a pair of root vegetable schmears: paprika’d carrot & parsnip and celeriac root frangelico
Wine Pairing: Aglianico del Taburno Fidelis 2005
–this was the dish it took me 3 days to prep all the ingredients. It was worth it.
Duck Ravioli
handmade ravioli stuffed with braised duck, roasted garlic, and fennel and served with a marsala demi-glace
–I will post photos of corwin and Scliff making the ravioli.
Mixed Grill
Smoked duck breast, honey and orange glazed roast quail, sweet italian duck sausage with fennel, spicy italian duck sausage, and duck livers and other organs
Accompanied by white beans, and roasted kale
Wine Pairing: Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2006
Tangerine Ice with Prosecco
Wood Fired Ducks served with roasted root vegetables, and broccoli in a lemon bath
–yesterday I threw the leftover wood-fired root veg (beets, turnips, leeks) into a pot with a leftover half bottle of red wine and two lamb shanks and it made the BEST LAMB STEW EVER.
Crimini Mushroom & Celery Salad with White Truffle
–yes, corwin finally got to serve a white truffle!
Dessert Course • Trio of Delights
Handmade milano cookies • Miniature flat cannoli • Homemade strawberry ice cream with balsamic vinegar and candied basil
Wine Pairing: Malvasia Sicilia
–unusually, I was the one who made all the desserts & their parts except the candied basil
Followed by Tea, Coffee, & Grappa
We sat down pretty much on time at 8pm and desert was served at about 2am. We used pretty much every dish in the china closet, many of them multiple times.
Photos now up on Photobucket!

99 cent ebooks today only at Ravenous!

So today is Ravenous Romance‘s One Year Anniversary!
They are having a special blowout sale, all ebooks for 99 cents! So you can now get my books that list for $6.99 for just a buck. If you’ve been meaning to pick them up, today would be a great day to do it.
What I’ve got out from them so far:
Paranormal erotic thriller. Wren is a withdrawn, solitary young woman with latent telepathic abilities. When her flaky sister goes missing, Wren hires a private investigator to help find her, only to find herself more and more attracted to him as time goes on. Derek is attracted to her, as well, and they discover that together they can unlock Wren’s suppressed talents. But what’s up with the strangely erotic yet threatening dreams Wren is having? I’ve written this one with situations of sexual jeopardy and dubious consent, which those of you who are familiar with my fanfiction I know will enjoy just fine. Wink wink.
Baseball romance!! This might be the most vanilla thing I’ve ever written, but it is hot and fun and is definitely ROMANCE with a Capital R. Casey Branigan is bored with her job and bored with dating, which has come to seem like a job. Then she meets a major league ballplayer and gets sucked into the whirlwind life of glamour that is being a baseball girlfriend. But there are things her beau isn’t telling her… hijinks ensue.
THE SIREN & THE SWORD (Magic University, Book One)
My Harry-Potter-esque adventure set in the magical university hidden inside Harvard. Follow the adventures of poet and college freshman Kyle Wadsworth as he discovers he is magical — and that in particular, sex magic may be his strength. Mystery, romance, and lots of sex in a coming of age sort of tale.
Plus several erotica anthologies I collected for Ravenous:
Boys of the Bite — gay vampires
Women of the Bite — lesbian vampires
Bites of Passion — het vampires
Young Studs — tales of younger men and older women
Wicked Pleasures — BDSM erotic stories
Go grab them now while the 99 cent special lasts! 🙂

Free Download of Telepaths Don't Need Safewords

So, many of you reading this blog know my very first book way back when (18 years ago, to be exact) was a self-published chapbook called Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords. The chapbook eventually sold thousands of copies, but it has been out of print for several years now. is releasing an ebook edition of it now, and until the end of November, it’s FREE. You still have to go through Circlet’s shopping cart to get the download, but you pay nothing!
I figure now is a good time to do this because an ebook from Torquere Press is coming in a few weeks that features Arshan as the main character, and it’s something of a prequel. May as well remind people what that original first short story was like.
The ebook includes all three stories from the original collection:
Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords
A tale of Arshan and Mriah, an established couple attending a glitzy, decadent BDSM costume party, and the adventures and trouble they run into there. What no one there knows is that they have a secret, a telepathic bond that allows them to read each other’s thoughts and share feelings.
Cat Scratch Fever
As humans attempt to gain a foothold on an exotic and alien planet, their leader finds taming a cat-like female alien the key to establishing peace.
Heart’s Desire
A lonely domme hosts a play party, where everyone takes on a fantasy role. But reality can be so much more painful, and so much sweeter.
Download your copy in PDF form today and tell your friends!

Daron's Guitar Chronicles

So far so good on the launch of Daron’s Guitar Chronicles! New posts appeared as planned on Monday and Today, and another will come Friday! New posts will be every M/W/F barring unforeseen circumstances like alien invasion or power outage that knocks us off the net.
I’ve been having fun making links to references in the text to things from the 1980s, bands and celebrities, places in Providence and Boston, and other such things, as well as embeddding Youtube videos, or at least linking to them, where appropriate. I hope people are having fun with it!
The site is here:

Royal Treatment cover!

For obvious reasons… just had to share the cover design of my next book with you all…
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It’s a BDSM novella called “Royal Treatment” which is a prequel to Telepaths Don’t Need Safewords. It will be out soon from Torquere Press in their “Highball” line.
Yes, that’s meant to be Arshan on the cover. Looks like him, doesn’t it? I got lucky and was able to point the cover designer at that image on a stock photography web site. Yes, I love it and am drooling. And yes, I know Arsh is a dom, but when you see what he goes through in this book… well, more on that when we have an actual book! I’ll link as soon as its available for sale!
Larger size view: Continue reading →

Oops, I Did It Again.

Okay, it’s official, I’m launching DARON’S GUITAR CHRONICLES.
It’s a serialized novel that never would have worked as a traditional print novel because it was too long.
It’s a coming of age story, a coming out story, and a period piece about the 1980s.
It’s sex, drugs, and rock and roll from the point of view of a neurotic 19-year-old closet case.
Daron: Hey! Watch it with the name-calling!
Me: What? Did I lie?
Daron: Well, no. But I’m not neurotic.
Me: Says who?
Daron: And I’m not in the closet, because I’m not gay.
Me: You just “like guys.”
Daron: Yeah.
Me: Uh-huh.
Daron: Don’t give me that look. You know it’s more complicated than that.
Me: If you say so.
Daron: Hey readers, don’t listen to her. Go see for yourself. You’ll totally agree with me once you see what’s going on.

The first few posts are up for your reading pleasure at: DARON’S GUITAR CHRONICLES.
New content will be appearing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, starting on Monday the 16th. Please spread the word! Follow Daron on Twitter to get a little reminder each time a new post appears (@daron_moondog). Meanwhile go read what’s there to get you started! Comments welcome!
And no, don’t worry, this isn’t going to take me away from The Prince’s Boy. The Daron stuff is already written — I started writing it back in grad school and finished in 2000. Many publishers have seen it and praised it, but never could figure out a way to publish it that made sense. So I’m doing it myself. Like a webcomic, without pictures…

Liner note #1

Yeah, hi, so she and I have been arguing over who is going to write these liner notes and I won. For once. God, these authors, you’d think they wanted to control everything. I might let her write some later. I won’t jump in with these too often because after all you’re supposed to be reading the story, not blather about it, right? But I figure let’s get one out of the way now, so you’re not surprised when the next one comes up. Regular story posts come up every Monday & Thursday (with a Saturday post each time the tip jar total hits $25) and liner notes only occasionally. Got it?
Anyway, the ‘liner notes’ are what they sound like. Extra stuff like song lyrics or bio stuff or clippings from the press, yadda yadda. I’m actually a little leery of posting my song lyrics because Continue reading →


Couldn’t help but notice that my best-selling books for Kindle right now are the ones that seem most appropriate for the Halloween season. Two anthologies I edited last year are at the top of the list: Like Crimson Droplets (vampires) is at number one, with Like An Animal (werewolves) at number two. Coming in third, another vampire anthology I edited back in 2005 for Blue Moon Books called Blood Surrender, which I hadn’t even realized there was a Kindle edition for until now!
I want to write a vampire novel at some point, but I’ve been so busy with other projects, probably by the time I get around to it, everyone will be tired of them…? Mine won’t be anything like Twilight, I bet…

Some upcoming appearances

My upcoming speaking engagements…
I’ll be in Provincetown next Saturday (Women’s Week) doing a couple of things supporting the Lesbian Cowboys books I’m in. Several editors and contributors to recent Cleis Press erotic anthologies will be on hand at :
Saturday, October 17, 12:30 PM
102 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
Reading with other contributors to Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures, and other Cleis Press books, with Radclyffe, Rakelle Valencia, Sacchi Green, Cecilia Tan, Charlotte Dare, Anna Watson, DeJay, Victoria Oldham, and Dalia Craig.
Saturday, October 17, 2:15 PM
Now Voyager Book Store
357 Commercial St. Provincetown, MA 02657
Erotica and romance authors appearance/signing with Dalia Craig, Charlotte Dare, DeJay, Sacchi Green, Victoria Oldham, Radclyffe, Cecilia Tan, Anna Watson.
Coming up:
Nov 20-22, Transcending Boundaries conference, Worcester, MA
January 15-18, Arisia, Cambridge MA
Jan 26-27, Digital Book World, NYC
Feb 14-16, Fetish Fair Fleamarket, Providence, RI
March 19-21, Vericon (at Harvard)
April 1-4, Frolicon, Atlanta, GA
April 30-May 2, Outlantacon, Atlanta, GA (Guest of honor! Whee!)
May 13-16, Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans (tentative)
May 27-31, Wiscon, Madison, WI (tentative)
September 24-26, FFF Carolinas, Charlotte, NC
I post the schedule with all the details on directions and locations at