Faithful Quacking fans – Yeah verily, I have neglected thee.  I admit it – but, as you know if you’ve been paying attention – I have an excellent excuse.

I’ve been caught up in writing my erotic romances as Olivia Outlaw.  My first series, The Sultan’s Toy, features the story of Ring and Ali. It’s a m/m romance and writing it has been such fun!!  Readers who’ve enjoyed the books – and there are a lot of you out there – should know:  I JUST HIT PRINT ON BOOK FOUR- Coupled, the conclusion.

Coupled follows Ring back home to London, where he flees after witnessing Ali cavorting in his harem.  And where Ring goes, can Ali be far behind?  Not hardly, as anyone who has been reading the series knows.  But Ali has a lot of “splaining” to do and Ring is too hurt to listen.  Can Ali win a Second Chance at the love he can not live without?

The Sultan’s Toy – Coupled will be available any time now from Amazon, and I’ll get it up at Nook as soon as the site is back up.  (Speculation is that it has been down while Nook fixes the Heartbleed Bug security flaws.  Repairs to Heartbleed has caused a lot of Heartache for writers as the posting of sales is slow, slow, slow and way, way behind.)

Soon and very soon, Mr. Duck will work his quacking magic and a new bundle will be born.  We’ll surely hollah at ya’ll when the bundle is about to appear.  But don’t wait for that – go ahead and pick up “Coupled” today.

And me?  I’m boogling on to my first “Isle of Bliss” Romance.  It’ll be another m/m erotic as Olivia Outlaw.  What’s the Isle of Bliss, you ask?  Naughty question – you must be punished.  Where’s my whip?  Go read Coupled and you’ll find out.

As the weather heats up, it’s time for romance to do the same. Pick up a Quacking Alone Romance by Mary Anne Graham or Olivia Outlaw today!!

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Hello again, mi amigos! The Fat Man here and rocking your world.

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Confession time: I’ve been slack. Olivia Outlaw came out with a new novella, the third book in her Sultan’s Toy series: Consumed on the first of March and I didn’t update the webpage to show it.

Well, I’m here to make amends to you, the reader, and to my diligent waifu, Olivia/Mary Anne.

You’ll now see on the sidebar and on the appropriate book list webpage the very thing I neglected, the third Sultan’s Toy book.

Also, as a penance to the author and possibly to a select few of you readers out there, here is a duckling we can relate to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYpvEiRnWNc

 

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Big news in the Grey’s world – Isaiah Washington, a/k/a Dr. Preston Burke, Cristina Yang’s version of Dr. McDreamy, is returning for an episode in May.  Grey’s fans will recall that Cristina cut her teeth on Burke’s wisdom, and became more than his muse – for a while, after an injury, she was his hands.  Yes, Cristina learned those amazing cardiac skills as an intern by illegally performing complex cardiac surgical procedures on patients while her lover, Burke talked her through them.

Washington was famously fired after an anti-gay slur on the set against fellow cast member T.R. Knight – George O’Malley.

At the time, Burke and Cristina were getting married.  Yes, Virginia, Yang got corralled into a big, traditional, totally not-Cristina-style formal Church wedding.  It didn’t happen because Cristina ran away, almost literally at the altar.

So, how will Shonda Sunshine Rhimes write his return?  Here’s my thought.  We all saw in the last episode that divorced spouses Cristina and Owen had sex.  Later, the girlfriend Owen was about to move in with went all traditional spouse on him, telling him that she wants kids and wants to be home with the kids, walking them to school.  That prompted Owen to break up with the girlfriend, taking her out to dinner to tell her that he didn’t want that.  He wants a wife who is involved in her career, a surgeon with whom he can discuss surgery and medicine.

That sounds — an awful lot like Cristina, doesn’t it?  It sounds like Owen wants the wife he had.

So, Sunshine could play it that way.  Perhaps, Owen and Cristina will reunite, taking it slowly, at first, but then deciding to go “all in.”  This time, they’ll go “all in.”  It may be his idea or it may be hers, a reaction to her history.  But they could decide to schedule a big ole’ Church wedding.  Only, in Shonda Sunshineland, history tends to repeat itself and things end up where they started.

So, I think Cristina may show up at the Church, all dressed in white, and the wedding march will play (sound familiar?) – only, at the last minute, she can’t do it.  She just can’t do it.  And she runs out of the Church, down a flight of stairs, to find a posh, luxury car (I see it as a convertible, but it could be a limo ).  And the driver is – yes, you got it – Preston Burke.  He looks at Cristina and says something like, “Going somewhere?” or “I thought you might need a ride.”

And Cristina gets in the car.  As Burke speeds away, she asks him, “Where are we going?” And he answers, “Where we were always meant to be.” Cristina snarks, “And where is that?” And Burke answers, “Together.”{   And Cristina doesn’t snark.  She thinks, and smiles and nods……..  and they drive off, into a joint future as the hotshot couple of cardio…..

I could be wrong.  Burke could show up just to say, “I came to see if you’d really do it this time.” Or something similar, but Sunshine does love her circles.  I DO NOT, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM SUPPORT WASHINGTON’S ANTI-GAY SLUR, but I think he’s been interviewed a lot in the intervening years. I hope, and believe that his attitude has changed.  And I think Shonda thinks that’s true because otherwise, regardless of how tempting the prospect, I think she’d have written it differently.

Regardless, in strict show terms, I think Derek is Meredith’s McDreamy, and I think Burke is Cristina’s.  Having her end up with anyone else would just seem wrong.

We shall see, right Grey’s fans?  And while we wait, don’t forget to pick up my tribute to Grey’s Anatomy, Dangerous Relations:  Griffin’s Law.

 

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I’ve gotten several emails lately asking me whether I’d ever write more “Forever” books. We all agree that Vlad’s story needs to be told, right? So, the answer is – yes, but it will be a while. Why?

My erotic romances written as Olivia Outlaw outsell all my other books combined. I’m trying to write my way to writing full time so it only makes sense that I concentrate on the erotic romance for now. That would change if my “Forever Series” and other historicals start outselling everything else. They have a way to go — a long way — before they’d even come close to equaling the erotic work. If y’all want more Forever books in a hurry – go out and help me market the things! Pass the word on Twitter, do some blogs, bother some big name reviewers…

In the meantime, while I’ve got my Outlaw fingers working, I’m sharing a funny video. (BTW, I don’t really hate my coworkers a’tall and most days – this past Friday was NOT one of them – most days, I don’t even hate my boss. I just hate working a job that is ANY job other than writing romance full time) If y’all would rather not be doing your current day job, maybe you’ll enjoy this one too.

Heck, who am I kidding? Even if you LOVE your day job you’re going to enjoy this one. Hunky men, business shirts and ties, skimpy undies, high heels and KILLER legs. ENJOY!

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This is a quick post – and I’m stealing time from my muse to blog.  Snatching it from her greedy, absorbed, self-involved genius.  Because muse is absorbing me so, what else could I write about but her? (Are you happy now, Ms. Muse? Will you give me a sec to do this?)

As my “nom de plume” Olivia Outlaw, Ms. Muse has been working my imagination like a Sports Reporter on Super Bowl Sunday.  We’re still working on the story of Ring and Ali – my Sultan’s Toy series. As you can tell, it’s going like gangbusters. Musey really adores the 20-30k format of erotic romance and she’s having a mighty fine time with her first male/male romance. I’ll definitely have to do another sometime soon…….

But for now, we’re busy with Ring and Ali who are still in Turkey, in the Sultan’s Palace.  (For now….)

And sometimes, my dearest darling Hubby will summon me, or the kids will pop up, wide-eyed by my monitor, or life, generally will require me to stop writing to sleep, eat, clean, work or get kids ready for school.  Lately, I’ve often looked up with that lost, strained expression at whoever or whatever is calling me away.

My Darlin’ Mr. Duck could describe the expression for you – because it has annoyed him often enough – but you’ve probably never seen it unless you’re the poor unfortunate family member of a writer.

And remember, sometimes we’re writing when we’re NOT at the keyboard. Muse may be whispering in my ear while we’re driving somewhere or right in the middle of dinner.  When that happens, Mr. Duck will often break off in the middle of what he’s saying to grouch something like:  ”Are you listening to me?  Are you paying attention?”

I’ll respond, “Yes. Of course,” or something like that because – I’m really, really trying to listen and pay attention. It’s just that muse is really tough to ignore. It’s like trying to ignore a neon sign 5-feet in front of your face flashing thoughts in red and purple to the beat of the best song of all time. (Bob Seegar’s Night Moves). It’s really, really HARD.

It may be difficult to convince most non-writers that the world of a Grand Sultan’s Palace in long-ago, far-away Turkey is more real than the world outside the window or inside your house — but it’s true. It’s really, really true.

That is, it’s true when I’m very lucky and my Muse is sitting on my shoulder, whispering in my ear. With my Olivia Outlaw cap on, and my fingers typing away at Part 3 of “The Sultan’s Toy”, Muse has been doing that a lot lately. Just now, Muse is occasionally distracting me from Part 3 with thoughts of — what should I title this one?

I’m doing the “C” thing for all the stories – and I’m considering:  Captivated, Coupled and Consumed. What to do, what to do…..

I can’t even be distracted from my distraction for long because Muse is back, whispering in my ear and tapping her high-heeled shoes on my chest.  After a while, that really hurts, you know?

So, send some good wishes to Mr. Duck and the Duck Clan as they try NOT to kill me for being even MORE distracted than usual – which is really saying something.  But all this distraction means something I’m hoping that Olivia Outlaw’s readers will find mighty interesting……..

Whatever it ends up being titled – Part 3 of “The Sultan’s Toy” will be winding its way to your favorite online retailer very, very soon.

And – thank you Muse! I’m living for the day when I have no day job to distract me from my shoulder sessions with my very own, beloved, well-Mused one…….

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Last night in boogling around the vast expanse of offerings by Time Warner Cable, I ran across a channel running “Brokeback Mountain.” As y’all know, as ‘Olivia Outlaw’ I’ve ventured into the world of erotic romance with my ongoing series:  Sultan’s Toy – Book One (Captured) and Book Two (Claimed) are available on Amazon now. (Grab ‘em before you read the rest of this.  I’ll wait….)

And yes, I’m hard at work on Book Three as we speak. It’ll be out soon – and I’ll surely announce here when it’s available.

Anyway, Sultan’s is my first adventure into male/male romance, so I thought the time might be right to watch “Brokeback Mountain.” I started watching it, but then, I had that thought, you know, THE thought.  I’ve never heard how it ended.  Oh, I recall people raving about it, but none of those raves  mentioned feeling all happy,  squishy and warm at the ending.  And that sounded an alarm bell in my head, a loud one, like the annoying Emergency Warning System. A local TV station runs the “test” before 6:30 am when I’m trying to chug my first cup of caffeine and wondering when I’ll be able to write full time and arise at a decent hour. You really can’t ignore that alarm.

I paused the beginning of “Brokeback” and went to the Great Googled One to do a search.  I typed in, “Does Brokeback Mountain Have a Happy Ending?’ I no sooner hit enter than the first item on the list said – “one of them is beaten to death at the end.”  Well, great quacking ducks!  Thank God for warning bells. You know what I did, don’t you?  Yep.  I flipped back, turned off “Brokeback,” kicked on “Amazon Prime” and watched an episode of BBC’s Sherlock Holmes.

See, I don’t “do” unhappy endings in entertainment.  Never. Ever.  I’m serious about that – so serious that I refuse to watch “Titanic.”  I hear the ship sinks.

By trade, I am a lawyer. I’m toiling away at that until I can earn enough money at my writing to allow me to do it full time.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m a “scrivener” which means I do legal research and writing for a living. So I write at work too. (It’s the only thing I’m anywhere near good at, after all.) But none of the writing is happy. People involved in lawsuits rarely are joyous about it, of course, but so often the weight of the tragedy is nearly overwhelming – the destruction, the injuries, the sorrow.

And when I leave work and come home, to update myself, I’ll flick on some news.  In today’s 24-hour-everything world, it’s not hard to find.  And I hear about school shootings and monsters planning to attack Olympic athletes who’ve dedicated their lives to become the best of the best and are willing to use their skills in their country’s honor.

Enough. It’s enough.

If I want sadness and tragedy, I’ll go to work or watch the news. When I want to entertain myself, I EXPECT authors, actors, movie producers, TV showrunners, directors and all the others providing possible entertainment choices to have enough common sense to know they have one goal – Give it to me with a happy ending.

It’s the one promise I make to all my readers whether I’m writing as “Mary Anne Graham” or “Olivia Outlaw” – at the end of my story, the characters will have a happy ending. Y’all can take that to the bank.

As readers or viewers, we can choose whether we want to end feeling all hopeless and despondent or uplifted and encouraged – why would we ever pick misery? Aren’t all of our daily lives full of enough of that already? I’m up for almost any journey that a talented creator contrives, as long as it arrives at an ending that makes me happy.

Misery may love company but Happy Endings make you feel at home.

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Hi there boys and girls and otherwise, it’s the overweight luvah Heavy AOFM comin’ atcha.

I finally got around to shoring up the decrepit version of WordPress we were running the site on. All – well, most – of the behind-the-scenes stuff is shiny and new, but hopefully you, our loyal readers, won’t notice anything too different on the outside of the website…

EXCEPT…

I’ve taken the first steps to incorporate Mary Anne’s new nasty author alter-ego Olivia Outlaw. All of Mary Anne’s books are still in the same old place, but now Olivia has her own list. Granted, it’s only got one novella on it right now, but it’ll be getting more filled out soon enough. Mary Anne is working feverishly to get Book Two of The Sultan’s Toy erotic romance novella series out, and we should be seeing it in the next few weeks.

In the meanwhile, take a look at the sidebar, and the top menu, and the page list, etc. etc. for all the new stuff on YOUR side of the site.

Until later, my pretties, keep it on the topside.

AOFM outties.

 

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Hi, it’s your crazy duck lady writing as Olivia Outlaw here.

I just wanted to let those readers who have already picked up Captured(The Sultan’s Toy:  Book One) know that I am hard at work on Book Two of Ring and Ali’s story as we speak.  I really hope y’all enjoyed Book one, because I really enjoyed writing it.  I’m having even more fun writing Book Two, which should be out in the very immediate future – in the next week or so, I’m certain.

One of my favorite things about erotic romance is that it tends to be shorter than historical romance.  Another of my favorite things about erotic romance is that what drives the story is the erotic encounters between the lead characters.  What that means, dear readers, is that the sex must “draw back the curtains” not only on bedroom events, but on the characters, their romance and the problems interfering with their HEA.

Oh, the entire story isn’t told through the sex, of course.  But even the parts that occur between the sex are highly charged.  Essentially, if the characters are not in bed at the time, you’ve no doubt that they will be back there soon.

It’s a lot like romance told through ONLY the good parts.

If you’ve never read erotic romance or a male/male romance, you should pick up  Captured(The Sultan’s Toy:  Book One) and give it a read.  I’ll bet that if you do, you’ll be a fan of the genre and – you’ll be eager to see what happens next between Ring and Ali as Ring gets used to the palace in Turkey that houses Sultan Ali, his brother, Sultan Kaan, and their Father, Grand Sultan Osman.  Book One will tell you about Ring’s harrowing and erotic adventures after he awakens to find he’s been captured off the streets of London.  His captors are readying him to be The Sultan’s Toy -

But human toys sometimes cause human complications, don’t they?

Some like it hot and some like it hotter – and some like them both over the top!  Give Captured(The Sultan’s Toy:  Book One) a read – either because you’re a fan of erotic romance or because you enjoy my work as Mary Anne Graham. You must might be as “quackers” as I am over Ring and Ali…

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I haven’t blogged in quite some time. That’s because I’ve been busy writing.

As me, myself and I – Mary Anne Graham – I just put out the first in a new series. My “Lovely Lairds” series will consist of 3 books that follow a trio of Highland Lairds as they meet their matches. The first, Romancing The Rose, is out and about now everywhere, or almost everywhere, including Amazon – which is where the above link goes.  (I love my Kindle Fire even if it is the version from several years ago.  Got my youngest a newer, HD (refurbished) version for Christmas and he hasn’t even set it up yet! Can’t pry that kid away from all those computer games.)

Be sure to check out Romancing The Rose.   I got lots of fan mail asking me to set a series in the Highlands because so many people enjoyed my book that is a permafreebie everywhere, the lead to my Forever Series, A Faerie Fated Forever.  If you haven’t read Faerie yet, there is Zero reason not to pick it up for your ereader – yes ZERO, like the price! Once you have that one, be sure to pick up all the Forever books.  Ahead on my writing horizon, but a wee bit down the road, is Vlad’s story.  It’s written in my head.  I just have to get it down on my keyboard….

But Muse has been so active of late, making up for a period of a little while back when the fickle wench left me altogether, that I’ve had to — CREATE ANOTHER ME.  Yes, dear duckly readers, I introduce you to the dirtier, more sensual side of your favorite duck lady…..  Olivia Outlaw.   That’s my new “pen name” for my brand new series of erotic romances.  Why Olivia Outlaw?  Well, believe it or not, friendly duck fiends, “Outlaw” is my maiden name.  It was quite a moniker for a lawyer – which is still my day job until I can give it up to write full time.  My first boss used to joke, a lot, about how he hired an Outlaw while a nearby firm hired a new associate whose last name was…. Justice.

Outlaw captures the rebellious feelings of my new writing identity perfectly.  And I chose “Olivia” because it sounds so darned good with Outlaw.  Anyway, Ms. Olivia Outlaw is a much more in-your-face sexual kind of lady.  I’ve been told that my Forever Series, in particular, is quite sexual — too much for some reviewers’ tastes.  While that is true, in all my other romances the characters’ relationships, their histories, or events move the stories along.  In “erotic romance” it’s the sex that actually advances the story.  While that is something of a technical difference, it is a very important one.

I decided to create a “pen name” so that readers not willing to boogle over to the dark and delicious side of love with me can still enjoy my other, more traditional tales.  When you see one written by me as “Olivia Outlaw”, you’ll know that it’ll be shorter than my regular books — much shorter — but it’ll be much, much, much – (Did I say much?) – SPICIER.  Ms. Outlaw’s stories are downright out there, so much so that they come with their very own disclaimer!

My first “Olivia Outlaw” book is out and about now too.  It is a a 21,000 word novella that is Book One of a male/male romance series between an English Duke, Harrington Richards, the Duke of Devonshire (Ring) and Sultan Ali Paszade bin Osman (Note I don’t say Grand Sultan.  The Grand Sultan is Ali’s father.)  It’s my “Sultan’s Toy” series and the first is entitled:  Captured – Book One (The Sultan’s Toy).   Again, the link goes to Amazon though it’s available in most venues.

I’m already hard at work on Book Two of Ring and Ali’s story.  The novellas are much shorter and faster to write, so I expect that Book Two will be available within the next 2 weeks, and possibly sooner.  If you’re already a Ring and Ali fan, you won’t have long to wait!  I’m loving this new genre and the novella format because it’s like writing a book with so many “good parts” that the next steamy session is always only a few pages away.

How will my waddle into erotic romance work out?   That depends upon my quacking fine readers.  So far, sales of my Outlaw title are running substantially higher than sales of any other title, including A Sixth Sense of Forever, which is my Graham bestseller across the board.  That bodes well.  Besides, sometimes writing under a pen name turns out pretty fine.  There’s a certain English lady named Erika Leonard who wrote a trio of books under the pen name E.L. James.   I hear that the “Fifty Shades” series turned out quite fine for Ms. Leonard, ahm, Ms. James, ahm — bet she doesn’t care as long as the royalties get deposited in the right account.

That’s my attitude as well.   I’m hoping that Ms. Outlaw will help Ms. Graham write her way to freedom from her day job so that both of them can write full time!  You can help – pick up copies of BOTH Romancing the Rose and Captured – Book One (The Sultan’s Toy) and you’ll be contributing to my freedom fund.

And, I promise, I’ll try not to stay away from the blog so long again.  We have all sorts of nifty news to consider and quack about and I know I’ve missed out on our pondside chats for a while.  That absence, more than anything, should tell you how much I’m enjoying writing the erotic romances.  If I can’t tear myself away from writing them, I’m hoping you won’t be able to tear yourself away from reading them!

HAPPY 2014 everyone – may this be the year that all our dreams become our realities!!

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Hello again kiddies! AOFM here! It’s almost that time… CHRISTMAS HELL YEAH!

Just wanted to give you some quick updates here.

  1. Romancing The Rose.
  2. Mary Anne worked hard and put up her latest full-length novel Romancing The Rose (The Lovely Lairds) on Nook and on Smashwords. I have added the buttons and links for them on the book list page underneath the book’s entry.

  3. Fixed up some of the other books.
  4. I saw where I had been neglectful in adding buttons for the vendors of Mary Anne’s other books. I got those buttons on there and sorted out, along with some other things on the book pages of vendor websites themselves.

  5. Getting the plan together for the BIG SECRET.
  6. The BIG SECRET. Well, let me reveal it. Mary Anne has decided to get into… Erotica. She is going to write it under a pen name: Olivia Outlaw.

    These are going to be shorter texts, more along the lines of novellas than full-fledged novels. They’re also going to be more explicit and explore other types of couplings (or… triplings? I don’t know what kind of nasty things she has roaming around in that crazy duck skull of hers).

    Her first foray into this new venture is The Sultan’s Toy – Book One: Captured is currently available on Smashwords and a few other places, so check it out… if you’re nasty. LOL!

    I will be updating the website soon to accommodate this new fork in the road of Quacking Alone Romances’ destiny.

    Until then, peace out. And MERRY CHRISTMAS WOOHOO!!!

 

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