SciFi-Romance, Valentine’s Day and sexy aliens

Are you tired of all the usual books for Valentine’s Day? Fed up with the flower shops? The romantic dinners in Italy? Always the same scenes and scenarios?

Do I have a book for you! Let’s leave Earth and have a romantic dinner and sexy shenanigans on a space station. You ever wondered about sex in Zero G and what kind of hilarious difficulties might come with that? I wrote a scifi-erotica short story just for you!



Find it on amazon for just 99 cents!

Draft2Digital Adds Ebook Templates

I’ve used the Draft2Digital converter to make epubs out of docx. After testing a few converters, I liked the results from D2D best. I’ll try those templates next.

How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks

Draft2Digital templatesFormatting ebooks has always been a challenge for self-publishers. Smashwords, the original ebook distributor, literally wrote the book on universal formatting with the Style Guide that teaches authors to do it in ways that will convert and be readable at any retailer. Their system is all about keeping things simple, using basic structure and avoiding fancy aesthetics for assured conversion. A functioning solution that was perhaps a bit plain, plus the instruction was difficult for many authors to follow.

Years later when Draft2Digital came out as an ebook distribution service, it distinguished itself from Smashwords by accepting virtually anything uploaded and made an ebook from that using the artificial intelligence of its automated system. Big surprise, a lot of crappy-looking indie ebooks got produced.

Now D2D has done a smart thing, adding ebook templates where authors can display more creativity in titles, chapters and more. Obvious question: does it work?…

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Moving some things around

This blog feels neglected and I have tried to understand why it is so difficult for me to write for this blog.  For one thing, this was meant to be a group project of writing advice and writing events. But that never took off.

I still have thousands of posts reblogged and collected on my tumblr but replicating that kind of resource on this blog would be more work than one little human here can manage. If you’re interested in writing advice, look at my tag page. As I always say when I come across questions: “I have a tag for that!”

Another thing I could use this site for is as an author page. But that doesn’t really work, does it? It doesn’t have my name in the URL and the title is misleading. I started a blog for me with my author name but it’s not exactly alive yet.

Once that lives, I’ll move Tempting The Dragon over there and continue it from there. This site will see the occasional update about writing and I still hope to convince someone to do it with me but it won’t become a collection of writing advice. I have my tumblr for that.

I’ll still link to all the projects I’m doing, like the fairytale anthology and the erotica short piece I wrote. And when I’m finally done with designing my plotting workshop, it will go up here too.

Our book, our authors

New Tales From Old Yarn

Barbara here with an update:

Our book is still available for free everywhere (amazon, ibooks, kobo and more).

It has gotten great reviews, I’m glad that readers seem to enjoy it. My favorite review from says:

This anthology absolutely kicked my ass from start to finish! There are so many fresh takes on familiar stories and tropes here; it would take an hour to write out my love for all of them. Long story short, if you like fairy tales, fantasy, speculative fiction, but you’re looking for something different? You need this book.
amazon review
Thank you, Kat, whoever you are, you made my day!
Over the coming weeks, we’re going to feature our authors here on the site, what and why they write and what kind of things we will see from them in the future.
We have some talented writers here and I’m sure we’ll…

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Free Ebook! Fairytales and myths in a new light.

The book is here!

New Tales From Old Yarn

As with everything, it took way longer than we expected. But it’s finally here:


Download it for free at Amazon and many more stores.

Or, if you want to avoid the stores, you can download the pdf version New-Tales-From-Old-Yarn.pdf right here.

Please leave us a nice review if you liked the book.
Thank you.

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It’s here! Our free book of rewritten fairytales is here!

In case your’re wondering what I’ve been doing…

New Tales From Old Yarn


Roughly a year ago, Lorna Davidson put out a call on tumblr for the writers of writelr, to submit short stories with the theme of rewritten fairytales and myths. The project faced a multitude of problems, and Lorna had to hand the project over to me (Barbara) at some point.

In my hands it also suffered from lack of time and distractonitis but now, finally, it is getting published.

This anthology combines short stories and a poem by eleven talented writers from tumblr. Never before published retellings and reinterpretations of well known tales and exciting new tales and myths from all over the world to read and enjoy in a new light.

I’m still waiting for the amazon link to go live but you can already find our book, for free, at Kobo, Barnes&Nobles, iBooks and many more stores.

I hope you’ll enjoy this anthology and…

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