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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I figured out why I haven't made enough money from romance novels to quit my day job (practicing law) yet. I even know why I haven't made enough dough to support myself writing full time and pay cash to buy a new house. One of my tweeps steered me towards the secret, and I wanted to share it here on the blog.

Even the duck lady is bright enough to know that what I need is a bestseller - or better yet, several. And yes, even I who am more quackers than the average quacker know that the secret to launching a book to the bestseller stratosphere is one word -- PUBLICITY. I also know what publicity is - you know what it is? EXPENSIVE.

And because I'm a strange duck lady who communicates best in writing, I'm one of those things that most people think is as real as the proverbial Magic Genie. Yes, Virginia, because I'm a lawyer who practices research and writing (a scrivener) I'm something else that far too many of you can understand. You know what that is? POOR. Yes, a poor lawyer. Go figure.

So I can't afford all that publicity, which leaves me hanging around here, on Twitter (@quackingalone) and on Facebook. I shuffle my feet a lot and try to think of pithy, not totally insane things to say that might interest readers into checking out my books. ("Hey, Ethel, this one might be good for a laugh. The writer's a complete nutcase.") But I thought that was pretty much the limit of the options my non-existent publicity budget could afford. Then, one of my gang tweeted the link to an article.

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The guy in this video is Gary, one of Mr. Duck's co-workers. Gary was tooling around the course at Pine Lakes in Myrtle Beach when he had a quacking close encounter. Gary named "his shortest golfing buddy" George. The twosome has just one problem -- George isn't sure whether to address the ball or hatch it!!!

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Why am I the last to know these things?

There seems to be a 10-step plan for everything these days, but somehow, I thought the eternal quest for writing the Great American Novel was above and beyond all that.  Not so, according to a new piece from Huffpo by Ester Bloom, entitled:  "Write the Great American Novel in 10 Easy Steps."

And they're EASY steps?  Geez!  Just think of all the time I've been wasting behind my keyboard.  Worse- think of all that stress and strain on my wee, already-stressed and strained brain.  Come on Ms. Bloom - give a girl a clue, why don't you?  OH, that's right - she just did.

Let's see - step one is to be a dead dude like Mark Twain, William Faulkner or Nathaniel Hawthorne.   Well, that doesn't sound so easy.  It sounds pretty impossible.  Wait - there is a sub-choice!  If I'm not a dead dude, it'll work if I'm Toni Morrison, a one-book wonder like Margaret Mitchell or Harper Lee, or a privileged, white drunk like Fitzgerald or Hemingway.  Well, I'm white - but I'm pretty much out of luck on the other qualifications for the first step.

I have more luck with step 2.  Reclusive I can do.  I can't do masculine seclusion but feminine seclusion - that's my natural state.  So I can be the female Pynchon or Salinger.

Step 3 is to tell a violent story set in rural America's Southern or Western regions.  Well, most of my contemporary romances  are set along the coast of South Carolina and this is a pretty darned rural area.  And love is the ultimate violence, isn't it?  Besides, in most of my contemporaries someone dies - which is a double whammy for violence.  I guess that equates me with Penn Warren, McCarthy and McMurtry.

Then I'm supposed to center my tale around a white male hero who wrestles with diversity - preferably involving brown people -  while he travels.  Well, in "A Magical Forever" the hero has to overcome his prejudices against love and magic and he takes a trip that's literally out of this world.  I'll count that.

Next, I have to title my book something with particular keywords like "Great," "Wrath," "Love," "Fury" or "Death."  Woah, Nelly - Eden is on the list.  Hot dog - "The Duke of Eden" fits that one.  We're making progress!

Uh Oh - there are questions.

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