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Book ideas from a hot woman on a gravestone?

Coveted Dreams JonVJones Where do book ideas come from? Everywhere and anywhere! Join me for a discussion of some of mine…funny, snarky and even serious. 🙂

I’m always asked where I find my book ideas. This picture by Jon V Jones was the inspiration for my popular Maiden series so I thought this would be a great place to start. I don’t even remember WHERE I first saw this picture. It was back in early 2004, so it might have even been in a local gallery.

I fell in love with the picture and stood looking at it for quite a while. My mind immediately started playing “What if?”  You know…that game we all played when we were little and got in trouble for when we got caught playing it in class and not playing attention?

Or maybe that was just me.

I think the part that fascinated me the most was how the stone was slowly flowing up her body as if she WAS turning to stone.

POOF!  My gargoyle warriors were born.  Some more “what if” time and it became Stone Maiden, the first book in my Maiden series, about 900 year old female gargoyle warriors who can turn to stone to fight and heal. God created them during the crusades to protect those being downtrodden in God’s name.  To date, that is my most popular and asked about series.

Unfortunately, the publisher I started it with, imploded, and my series was orphaned after the second book, Fire Maiden, but I do still plan to write Ice Maiden and Chaos Maiden! So stay tuned!

SEDUCING THE SUCCUBUSFor my Sisters of Darkness series, my husband and I were watching the History Channel. I don’t even remember the subject of the show, but they said that Lilith, the Demon who in Jewish Folklore was considered Adam’s first wife, made from the same dust of the earth he was. There are other folklore stories saying that she was the one who convinced Eve to eat the apple and then offer it to Adam in the Garden of Eden. For that treachery, that folklore considers her the first succubus.

That was about the same time I was trying to come up with a new series idea for my agent to shop around. So that little snippet fell on fertile ground…aka, my overactive imagination!

I started thinking what pressure that would be to be Lilith. Yes, per the story she convinced Eve to take the apple, but she didn’t MAKE her take it. And she didn’t MAKE Adam eat it, either. Humans were given free will. But Lilith ended up taking all the blame? Sounded like a bum rap to me!

So I started thinking about what a succubus would really do after that black mark on her resume…so to speak. For that matter, if they are immortal like many demons are thought to be, then what would they do with themselves as the world started to become more modernized.

What career path could you really go for when your only skills were temptation and killing men with too much sex? My snarky side first thought, “Lobbyist?” But that wasn’t really helping me with my new series idea. So I figured, if I were in that situation, with those jobs skills….I would probably go find a job at a high priced legal brothel. But then I needed some conflict for my book, so I started thinking that after living that long, they had probably pissed some other beings off. Thus, the Sisters of Darkness were born. The series is about 4 Succubus sisters in Hell’s version of the Witness Relocation Program.


rp_ceremony-of-seduction-sm.jpg For my Seduction Series, I had never written erotic before, and my friend and fellow critique partner, Brit Blaise, suggested I try my hand at one. My first thought was, what world can I build where it will be easy for my heroine to need lots of sex? After all, I like story with my sex in books, so it HAD to be integral to the story and make sense for my characters to need lots and lots of sex…LOL!

My son came home from school and said they were reading a book in class about how certain words became almost taboo in a culture. I don’t even remember what book they were reading now, but it ignited my imagination. I thought about the words I had issues with – which weren’t many. But I did find one that had always bothered me. In fact I saved that “C” word for the truly evil of the evil.

So, being my smart ass self, I decided to create a race of otherworldly witches whose life force is sexual energy. (Gives them a great reason to have LOTS of sex!). They started as one race on their home planet – they were called the Klatch. One faction called, yep – you guessed it…. the C%@*$, tried to overthrow the King and Queen and when they lost, they were banished to earth.  On earth the name of their race became synonymous with evil and betrayer…

I wrote the first three chapters and sent them off to Audrey LaFehr at Kensington. It’s a long story, but she bought a 3-book series off of that 3 chapter partial. She never blinked at my use of that word. I also used that offer to get my agent, Paige Wheeler, who also never blinked at that word.

I kept expecting somewhere along the way for someone to tell me I had to change it.  But nope…

In fact, Ceremony of Seduction is in its 2nd printing!! It is my best selling series under either pen name. I think that’s my most outlandish book idea story! And even better, it’s true!

rp_SleepingWithShadowsEbook_Medium-187x300.jpg Sleeping With Shadows came about because I was contacted by my first love who had found me on He was older than me and in the Navy. My grandfather (a Navy SeaBee) had gotten his word that he wouldn’t do anything “dishonorable” with his granddaughter. They shook, and that was it. Anyway, I was too young and the intensity of emotion was too much for me to handle, and I broke up with him. But for a while there, I thought I had found the man I was going to marry. And many times after that as I grew up, got married, had my son, divorced, remarried etc, I thought about him and wondered what he was doing.

When we got back in contact we had a lot of catching up to do. We were both happy with our lives, but were grateful to have found each other again. In fact, he’s one of my oldest friends (no, smartasses – not in age!!) But once we were in touch again we kept in touch, emailing when our kids made some new milestone or we had fun things going on in our lives. My husband never minded me staying in contact, and in fact, when I was in the hospital for all that time just after my brain blowout, he called Phillip to let him know what had happened and so he could talk to me.

But during all those walks down memory lane, he and I did have quite a few discussions about “What if things had gone differently.” Neither of us would want to give up the happy lives we have today, but it was firmly planted in my imagination. Sleeping With Shadows came out of all of that, but, I, of course, had to add a paranormal twist and a bad guy! This book contains some true stories out of my past as well as a whole lot of imagination. It became a reincarnation with a twist story, and yes, I did send him a copy of it when I was done and he said he really enjoyed it 🙂

The Pleasure Project After my brain blowout in 2010, I was trying to get back into writing, and my wonderful agent, Paige Wheeler, found an opportunity for me to try to break back in. Kensington (who had bought my Seduction series) was looking for authors to be in a futuristic erotic anthology. They had a big name author as an anchor for the anthology, but they were looking for others to fill out the rest. Paige asked if was interested, and I jumped at the chance. I had never written futuristic, but I had read a lot of it and knew my critique group would help me brainstorm something.

My friend a critique partner, Kayla Janz, suggested a space pirate, and that got the imagination firing. But I like to turn things on their head, so rather than having the normal male space pirate, My heroine became the infamous space pirate, Red Death. She spacejacks our hero and takes HIM as her sex slave!!

There’s more to it than that, since she also drags him into a war between two worlds and much more, but that was the main idea. One of my favorite characters to write in that book has both been raved about and panned by different readers and reviewers. The idea came from my friend and critique partner, Brit Blaise. I had Dani (aka Red Death) using a sex toy in one of the early scenes. When Brit critiqued it, she pointed out (rightly so) that in the future, there probably wouldn’t be VIBRATORS….so, the Pleasure Probe was born. And my heroine regretted buying the talking model!!

Needless to say, this thing can also fly, and enjoys taunting all the male characters–especially our sexy hero, to prove they can offer Dani better “equipment” than the probe can…LOL.

I have several other books published and each of those have their own spark of an idea. All book ideas come from somewhere! I have a growing file of book ideas, and I would have to live to be 250 to write all of THOSE!

How about you? Any of you have great book idea stories?


My addiction

I haven’t posted in forever! Mostly because I haven’t had anything to say and live a relatively boring life. Contrary to popular belief the life of a writer is not all glamorous. Ahhhh, what a shame.

Anyway, since I’ve been a naughty girl and haven’t posted I have much to catch you all up on. First, let’s start with the kiddos. Not kids anymore, but young adults. My youngest turns 18 in a couple of months, graduates high school and has joined the Army. She ships out for basic training mid July. She’ll be gone until Feb. 2010.

My son is getting ready for his 2nd tour in Afghanistan. He leaves at the end of this month and will be gone for a year. Please send positive thoughts and wishes his way. Mom doesn’t sleep much when he’s overseas.

I received another rejection letter the other day. But it’s not all bad. Silhouette Intrigue said the manuscript I sent them wasn’t Intrigue material but she really liked my writing and to send her something else. Woo-hoo! Now, to write the blasted synopsis. Grrrrrr

I’ve been writing! Working away on a story with a kick-butt heroine who used to be a hired gun and is now a body guard. What irony, she used to kill them now she has to keep them alive. I know writers are supposed to write and you’re probably wondering why I’m so excited about this. But life has a tendancy to get in the way  and suck the creativity right out of your very soul. But, I’m back on the horse, (as Kayce would say) and my fingers have been flying over the keys. Feels great and I’m stoked about my latest venture. This project has the opportunity to be a long, long series which would be amazing.

I bet you’re all wondering about the title of this post, huh? My addiction.


I just got my 5th tat yesterday and I’ve already got the next 2 lined up. And to answer your next question, yes, they hurt. All tattoos hurt to one degree or another. Some just hurt worse than others and then there are certain spots on the body that are uber-sensitive. Get your minds out of the gutter! I’m not talking about those spots, although, I’d bet they are uber-sensitive too.

I’m talking about your side, as in rib cage, stomach, lower back and believe it or not I’ve heard the top of the foot is the worst. There was a young lady in the room next to me yesterday getting a beautiful rose on the top of her foot and she was literally shaking. My grandma used to tell me pains to be beautiful, but I don’t think that was what granny meant. 🙂

So what did I get? I added a tribal design of a sun on my right forearm to go with the tribal moon I had done about a month ago on my inner arm.

My other pieces of body art include: a sea turtle with a tiki god face on its shell, the Social Distortion dancing skeleton (he has a martini glass in 1 hand) and a tangled vine with roses.

My next 2 designs will be: A martini girl, and a skeleton bride. One will go on my shoulder and the other will go on my left inner arm.

I’d post pictures but my daughter ran off with my digi camera. 🙂 Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll try and get better about posting. The next event coming up is Romantic Times convention in Orlando, Fl. Very excited about this, the RT convention is my favorite of faves for the year. I also found out and may have posted about this but Piers Anthony is going to be there this year. He’s the very first “adult” novel I picked up and started to read. When I say “adult” I don’t mean erotic or anything like that. I mean, transitioning from the Black Stallion to more adult literature and fiction.

If you’re going to attend RT this year, look me up. We’ll have a butterscotch martini together.


Kayla Janz

Smokin’ hot Sunday


Good morning Everyone,

What is it about men in uniform, er, out of uniform? (((Sigh)))

I don’t think I need to say any more…

Enjoy your smokin’ hot Sunday.


Even Sweeter Sunday


Hello Everyone,

This is Donovan, the inspiration behind my latest short story in progress. Unlike the beautiful guy from 2 weeks ago, Donovan doesn’t do dishes.

Ummm, looking like this – he doesn’t have to!

I thought I would share and brighten your Sunday. And Brit? I’ve added tattoos & piercings for the story line.

Donovan can be seen performing with the Thunder from Down Under, male dance review at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Since the other guy left I’m off to do my own dishes. 😦 Sigh…..


Kayla J

Sweet Sunday

Sunday Chores

I didn’t really have anything to blog about today. As you can see I’m busy with um…housework. Enjoy your Sunday.


How do you like ’em?

In the past a fellow BMG polled the audience to find out who was sexier, vampires or werewolves. And the wolves won, hands down.

Another BMG polled her readers to find out what kind of hero they craved on myspace and received some interesting answers. Check it out:

I have a thing for eye color. Can’t help it, I’ve always been a sucker for a beautiful pair of blue eyes. Probably why my dh has an incredible set and I can stare at them any time I want! 🙂

What I want to know is what eye color makes you melt? I can’t wait to hear your answers.



Big dreams. Big goals…Big wins.

Big dreams. Big goals…Big wins.


I signed up for the Heather Graham’s Writers for New Orleans conference (The Original Heather Graham)August 29-31 and am very excited about going. Some of the BMG’s went last year and raved about what a great time they had and I was a bit irritated I wasn’t able to go. This year I saw the ad and something inside told me I need to be at this conference. I pushed the thought away and went about my business.

A couple of days later I saw the ad again, and then again in yet another place. Things happen in threes.

Every time I saw the advertisement the little voice in my head kept repeating I needed to be there and grew more and more insistent. Yes, I hear voices in my head but they usually belong to characters who want their story written, not directing me where to go!

So I listened to the voice, signed up and bought a plane ticket. Now what?

I wasn’t sure what to expect and will be stepping waaaaaaayy out of my comfort zone by going alone. Alas, none of the BMG’s can make it this year but, for some unexplained reason I’m okay with this.

That insistent voice in my head has calmed down. I’ve discovered I have an editor appointment set up. Must admit I’m a little nervous and excited about this. I get as antsy as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs around editors. Which in a very round a bout way brings me to the title of this blog.


Big dreams – every author has them. It is what keeps us up at 3am when the story is flowing and you can’t stop. The fact we will have bags under our eyes and are dead exhausted the next day is irrelevant…at the time. J


Big goals – my goals have grown with my writing. As an aspiring author my first goal was to get published. Once I met that goal, my next goal was to publish another, and another. It still is. The idea of not writing doesn’t compute in my circuitry. Now the goal is New York.


Big wins – This covers a very broad spectrum. The wins have come in the forms of publishing contracts, new friends, business opportunities, travel, fantastic conventions and conferences personal growth and the satisfaction of knowing I can succeed. This may sound arrogant but I know I can and will be successful at whatever I put my mind to.


There, I’m stepping down from my soap box and leaving you with this final question.


What are you made of?



Kayla J

Happy Mother’s Day

I just wanted to take a moment to wish all the mothers out there a Happy Mother’s Day. Here’s to brand new moms, to old moms, and all the moms in between. I could list thousands of reasons why each and every one of us is special and unique, but I won’t. Instead I’d like to share my mother’s day weekend with you.

My daughter went camping this weekend so on Friday before she left I found a single daisy on my desk and a note. The note was covered with different ways to say ‘Mother’. Short, sweet and to the point.

My son, who chose not to go on this camping trip took me out to dinner last night. We then came home and watched movies together. Again, nothing fancy – short and sweet.

How have you…or will you be spending your mother’s day?

Take care,


Writing organizations

Well, today it’s officially my first day as the President of the Valley of the Sun Romance Writer’s chapter # 85. Long story as to how I ended up going from Vice to Prez but in a nut shell, I’m here.

First I’d like to say how proud I am to be a part of this great community. I’ve published 4 novels and 1 novella in 2 years because of help and encouragement I’ve received from this group.

I can still remember walking in to my first meeting. We met in the back room of a Denny’s and everyone was already in there when I arrived. I was immediately enveloped to the group. Women scooted chairs over to make room for me, asked me dozens of questions about what I wrote, etc. It was overwhelming for someone brand new to this whole wonderful world. But they made me feel welcome and before I knew it I’d become one of them.

We would like to extend this welcome to all of you. If you’re brand new, seasoned writer or like me and somewhere in between come to one of our monthly meetings. If you’re not in the Glendale, AZ area then find a chapter near you and check them out. I’ve made great friends, tons of connections and memories to last me a lifetime. If you’d like to check us out here’s the information to attend:

Valley of the Sun Romance Writers of America
Location: Great Wall Buffet 5905 W Bell Road The meetings are held on
the 2nd Tuesday’s of every month.
5:30 dinner and networking
6:30 Business meeting
7:30 Guest Speaker
See our website for guest speaker information –

That’s all folks!

Kayla Janz

Even more from RT 2008

I’m posting late tonight because I spent most of the day traveling and just arrived home an hour ago.

I read Kayce’s post and am disappointed I missed her water bottle demonstration. Pictures would have been great. But have I got a story for you!

Rewind back to Thursday night to the Faery Ball. Isabella, Kayce and myself all ended up in line together on one side of the stage. Iz in front of me and Kayce in line behind. Well, like I said, “Faery Ball” which means wings are involved.

Apparently my wings were brushing against Kayce’s chest, I say chest, to keep this PG. As she tells me this I burst into a fit of laughter which causes my wings to move and well, brush certain chest parts again. So, since my wings got to second base with Kayce she now expects an engagement ring or at least a long term commitment. I’ll have to break it to her gently. 😦

Speaking of wings, Isabella and I grew bored waiting in line and started a wing war. This is where you attack each other only using your wings. Quite fun when you’re standing in one spot for half an hour in high heels and your feet are killing you. The cover models who were to escort us across the stage looked at us like we were little kids or something. If they only knew how childish we can be! We decided they were waaaaaay too young to understand and we would break them. Teehehehehe. (Cassie & Iz can explain that one if they wish)

So RT 2008 is over and plans for the 2009 bash in Orlando, Fl are already underway. I am exhausted and would do it over again in a heartbeat if I had the chance. What am I saying? I will do it again!

Off and running ~


Kayla Janz