Monday, July 27, 2009

Picture, picture on the wall

**5/17/2016 - this post is outdated with the closing of Amber Quill Press on March 31, 2016.**


July 27, 2014


Okay, so I need to get a grip. Instead of writing, I've spent the last hour trying to figure out how I can expand the little gallery I have of my covers without going over the top into tacky.

Then again, it's my office, and no one but me and the cat will see it. The reserved, proper part of me says I need to reel it in and pick my favorites. But another part reminds me I'm a big girl. I've worked hard, not only writing but at the day job, and I can do what I want to do on my own walls. Walls that took me twenty-five long, hard years to pay for. It's a good thing I started young.

And as soon as I settle on my faves, Trace the Amber Allure Cover Guru will have the Taming Triton cover done and I'll be back to square one.

I guess I need to go to Wal-Mart and get a few more frames to paint to match the ones I have.

Thank heavens that's decided. Now maybe I can get some writing done.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Victory series goes to Kindle



Every so often a writer has to make the rounds. We check out which third-party sellers our publishers have sent our books. All Romance eBooks, Fictionwise, the Kindle shop on Amazon. There are way too many to list. Where our books are is something we like to know.

This morning I got the best surprise - the entire Victory series, and Give Me One Night, are now available for your Kindle reader. Go to Amazon.com and run a search on "KC Kendricks" and the page will pop up.

Happy reading!

KC Kendricks
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

No One But You

July 19, 2009

Lovers Stacy James and Levi Wright keep their relationship hot and spicy by enjoying the little things in life. Levi welcomes Stacy home from a business trip by delighting his partner with a quick trick in the men’s room of a local pool hall. An offhand comment by a stranger cools Stacy’s ardor, and sets in motion a chain reaction that rocks the very foundation of Levi’s world. He’s never cheated on Stacy, but Stacy has sudden doubts.

On his own, Levi is tested in his discoveries – about Stacy, their relationship, and about the kind of man he wants to be. One thing he knows for certain. He’s not losing Stacy over a careless whisper that isn’t true, but will the only man he’ll ever love forgive his angry words?

Stacy made the worst mistake of his life telling his lover to find another place to sleep. Levi might be younger, but he’s a man, with a man’s pride. Stacy draws on all his experience to walk a road full of detours and pitfalls to meet Levi halfway, and bring him home. Because for Stacy, there’s no one but Levi.

NO ONE BUT YOU

**update 5/17/16 No One But You is out of print until later this year.**


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EXCERPT

“Can you just let go of your notion that I’m missing out on life? I don’t feel like I am.”

“Okay. But here’s the thing, Levi. I want…”

“Just stop. I love you.”

To my utter shock, Stacy grabbed both my wrists, his powerful grip tight enough to bruise. His gaze bored into mine, freezing me cold.

“You stop, Levi. You listen, just this once. You’re so afraid I’ll be pissed if I see you get a hard-on for some other guy, you run from me when I want to talk about it. Do you think that in five years I’ve never seen another man that gave me a little tingle? It happens to everyone, lover. It’s not something to be ashamed of.”

My voice didn’t want to work. “I’m not you.”

“No, you’re not. I’ve never cheated on you, Levi.” He looked at me for the longest moments of my life, his eyes gone black with some emotion I had no name for.

I knew. I knew.

"I heard what the bartender said the other night. You need to know that if it ever happens, and you trick some guy, you don’t need to keep it from me. I
expect you to first, be safe, and second, to tell me so we can be more careful.”

Ice water tossed in my face would not have chilled me more than his words.
"What the fuck is going on here, Stacy? I've never cheated on you. Never. And
I'm not starting now."

“Levi, we've been together a long time, and as a couple, we've enjoyed unprotected sex for quite a while now. Do I need to be concerned?"

A fine trembling seized my body. This conversation was out of control, the potential for disaster increasing by the second. My stomach clenched in on itself until I fought back the dry heaves. The world spiraled around me, going black at the edges. I broke free of his hands.

"I love you. I never cheat on you. And yet you sit there and ask me if it's possible I could have given you the clap - or something worse? Maybe I should be the one worrying! And you have to do it here? You motherfucker! I have to go in there and work!" I choked, unable to breathe. "I never…"

Stacy's arms came around me. I shoved him away, holding him at bay. The words came as I managed a deep breath. Horrible words that I couldn’t stop from pouring out of me in my anger and pain that he didn’t know me well enough to believe how much I loved him.

“Why don’t you go get a fucking blood test since you can’t trust me! Now you listen to me. You decide whether or not you love me enough to have me hang around, because if I’ve gotten a little old for you, you should tell me. I’ll step aside so you can go find yourself another sixteen year old!”

He drew back like I’d struck him, which I had. I’d lashed out, hitting him with the most damaging words I owned. He’d been falsely accused of having sex with a sixteen-year-old boy when he was twenty. The boy had lied – Stacy hadn’t touched him – but the accusation had almost ruined Stacy’s life. The pain lingered, and I, who loved him so much, knew the wound lingered in him, unhealed at its deepest point.

And I used it against him.


I reached for him and this time he batted my hands away.

“I’m sorry, Stace. I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean that.”

“You said it, so you did mean it. Now get out of the car. I can’t be with you right now.”

My stomach roiled. “Stacy, please. We need to go back home and talk this out.”
He refused to look at me. The cold rage in his voice didn’t completely disguise the hurt.

“No, we don’t. Going home won’t fix this, Levi. I need some time alone. Do us both a favor and find someplace else to sleep.”

NO ONE BUT YOU


GIVE ME ONE NIGHT
http://www.kckendricks.com/GiveMeOneNight.html
SURRENDERED VICTORY
2008 Amber Heat Wave Winner


PASSION'S VICTORY
2008 CAPA Nominee


SHINING VICTORY
One of the Top Ten Bestsellers at
Amber Allure November and December 2008


A TASTE OF VICTORY (PAPERBACK)
http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/TasteVictory.html

Coming soon - NETTING NEPTUNE
Coming soon - TANGO IN THE NIGHT


KC Kendricks
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Harry, Pepper and the Homewrecker (a.k.a. Linda)

July 13, 2009

Linda! How could you?!?!?!?!

So, yes, it’s a wonderful Monday afternoon, I should be shouting from the rooftops, or at least my keyboard, that my latest book, No One But You, is live. That’s what I need to be busy doing. Everyone loves Stacy and Levi (Shining Victory) and I got emailed demanding I continue their story. Give the readers what they want is in the top ten of The Rules, you know.

Instead, I’m surfing the Internet, and giggling so much my co-workers are getting suspicious. It seems the romance of the new millennium, that of penguins Harry and Pepper, might be over.

(Now, don't get huffy that I'm amused. I like penguins. I just think the Internet is a wonderful, fun place full of all sorts of interesting information.)

Harry and Pepper, both male penguins at the San Francisco zoo, have been together since 2003. They even raised an abandoned egg together.

Enter Linda, a female with more than chit-chat on her mind. It seems Linda is a free-thinker when it comes to her mates, and she set her flippers on Harry. The little lady even got Harry to attack his long time partner Pepper. Zookeepers had to separate them.

Now, Harry and Linda have raised a chick, and molting season is approaching. When Harry loses his good looks, Linda may just move on to her next conquest.

As for Pepper, whether or not he’ll get the option to take Harry back, he’s seen Harry’s true colors. I hope his handlers give him squid for dinner every night for the rest of his life. And all Harry gets is fish.

And what about Linda the Homewrecker? Maybe I shouldn’t go there….

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

A great review for Seducing Light, and a few contradictions


July 11, 2009

Getting a book reviewed is a weird experience for me. As a writer, I do wonder what people think of my work. Yet, as a reader, I pay no attention to reviews whatsoever in choosing my next book to read. I'll make up my own mind about what I like, thank you very much. Contradictory, to say the very least.

Literary Nymphs gave Seducing Light a 4.5 (out of a possible 5) Nymph review, but more than the numbers, the reviewer saw into the story. Nick is hardly perfect, but neither is Asher. They're human, with a lot of contradictions, and contradictory emotions. How refreshing for a reviewer to understand that those opposing forces make a great 'character imperfect.'

As a general rule, my partner doesn't like some of the rock music I like, yet there is one AC/DC song he'll always turn the volume up to hear. It's still safe to say the man doesn't like AC/DC.

I have never owned a Dodge vehicle, or even considered looking at one to purchase. Suddenly, out rolls the new Challenger, and I'm seriously looking at it. But I'm still not a fan of Dodge.

If these small contradictions are part of what makes us who were are, why then must our characters be "cookie cutter" perfect? The answer is, of course, they shouldn't be. Mature readers, and reviewers for that matter, recognize that and look for the uniqueness of each individual.

My thanks to Scandalous Minx for the well-written review of Seducing Light, and for letting me know I hit my mark.

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Seducing Light is available at Amazon. 



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Monday, July 6, 2009

5 Angels for Give Me One Night


July 6, 2009


It's always nice to get a good review. My thanks to April at Fallen Angel Reviews for bestowing 5 Angels on Give Me One Night. I also want to thank her for saying the author (hey! that's me!) "never disappoints!"

For more about Give Me One Night, please visit my website at http://www.kckendricks.com/GiveMeOneNight.html.

One more thing about this story - it made the November 2008 bestseller list and it was released on the 28th of the month. That's pretty cool, too.

Give Me One Night


When passion changes the rules, one more night can alter the future...

Brody O’Connor joins the revelry of the yearly pub crawl, hunting a like-minded man for a night of fun and frolic with no strings attached. When a mystery man in an emerald green shirt engages Brody’s interest, it doesn’t take long for the hunter to become the prey.

Well-matched with his mystery man, Brody regrets his "no strings" approach to a night of shared passion that leaves him hungry for more. The morning after, Evan is gone, as agreed. Brody knows it was a mistake to let him go, and vows to find him.

Evan also never expected to meet someone like Brody. Now Brody wants to change the rules, and Evan decides he’ll give Brody one more night to convince him to stay.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Amber Allure June 2009 Best Sellers - Seducing Light made the list

July 2, 2009

The top ten best seller list popped up on the Amber Allure website July first, and I'm thrilled to see Seducing Light made it to Number Three! #3 !!!!

Does this mean I'm on a Cal Ripkin-ish streak? Probably not, but so far, all of my stories have made the top ten list in their debut month. Thank you! Thank you!

AMBER ALLURE Best Seller List - June 2009

1. Bring The Heat - M. L. Rhodes (Gay / Contemporary)
2. Car Wash - Shawn Lane (Gay / Contemporary)
3. Seducing Light - KC Kendricks (Gay / Contemporary)
4. Forbidden Desire - Carolina Valdez (Gay / Contemporary)
5. Pottery Peter - Rick R. Reed (Gay / Contemporary)
6. Sins Of Arrogance - India Harper (Gay / Suspense)
7. Bottom's Up: Triplesex - Amanda Young (Gay / Contemporary)
8. Bottom's Up: A Kinky Orgasm - Amanda Young (Gay / Contemporary)
9. Playing The Field: Play On - J. M. Snyder (Gay / Contemporary)
10. Sorcerer's Lover II - Shawn Lane (Gay / Fantasy / Historical)


PS. Get all these books before the 'just released' price expires!

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