Loose Corset (Dice & Debauchery, Book #1)
by Christine Rains
Dice and Debauchery, Book 1
A weekend away at a convention is exactly what overworked student Morgan needs. Dressed as her character from her favorite online game, Morgan is braced—seriously, could her corset be tighter?—to meet the other players. As Lady Gyrfalcon, she’s ready for everything—except her intense attraction to Dean. A clandestine meeting in the hallway of the hotel and Morgan’s corset is looser but now she can’t breathe for entirely different reasons.
Utterly charmed, Morgan decides to roll the dice and indulge in a fantasy-worthy weekend of sexy roleplaying, scorching sex and life-altering orgasms. Still, through it all Morgan is too smart to believe the chemistry constantly stripping her of costumes and control can last more than the length of the convention. But if she wants to keep a relationship so intense she thought it only existed in fiction, she’s going to have to let go of her cool-headed logic and allow herself to fall far and fast for the perfect guy.
Geek girl problem #31: Your flat-chested best friend is a cosplayer who tries to fit you into her costumes when you’re built like Rose Tyler from Doctor Who.
After blotting my chest with a cool paper towel, I realized I couldn’t do the corset back up myself. And I’d left my cell back in the room.
Think clearly. Be rational. What would the Doctor do?
He wouldn’t be wearing this ridiculous contraption to begin with.
The hallway where the bathrooms were was pretty dark. Maybe I could wave Emily over. If Emily could turn her attention away from the guys.
Taking one more deep breath, I stepped into the hall and peered over at their table. I bit at my lower lip. Emily’s back was to me, but Sydney might be able to see me. I waved, holding onto the corset with one hand. When no one noticed, I wondered if I should shout.
Wait. There was an empty chair. His chair.
“Did you need a hand?” Dean’s breath was warm against my bare shoulder.
I turned slowly. My arm brushed him as he stood so close. With my heart pounding, I couldn’t find my voice. God, he was glorious. And when he smiled, an impish glint shone in those sexy hazel eyes.
Two cold showers tonight. No, three.
Wetting my lips, I forced myself to say something, anything that would be less embarrassing than just standing there drooling. “Come to kill me in a dark alley, Sir Thorton? Catch me unaware and undo the resistance in one silent motion?”
Dean’s grin widened. “Who said my plan was ever to kill you? You always assume, but you know so little of my desires.”
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HOW TO MEET DEADLINES AND REMAIN SANEBy Christine Rains
The easy answer: time travel.
The real answer: Organization, a little bit of panic, and cookies.
I happen to be a far planner. When I have a deadline, I mark it in big red letters on my calendar and take a deep breath before sitting down to work out my schedule. Here are some tips on how to maintain your sanity while meeting your deadlines.
First thing, take into account all the other responsibilities you have in your life. Family, work, housework, watching Castle, and tons of other activities. Oh, and sleeping. I'm useless if I don't get eight hours of sleep a night.
It's important to know how you write. Are you fast or slow? Do you edit as you go along? Do you follow a detailed outline or wing it? Take into account your speed and quirks. Every author is different. Two months might be enough for one writer but nowhere near enough for another.
You have the big final goal, but it's easier to handle if you make smaller goals. Set a minimum word count for each week. You can even do it for each day, but usually some days are busier than others. I've found weekly goals to be more manageable.
Share your goals with your critique partners, local critique group, or on your blog. This will help hold you accountable. Plus, other writers are so supportive. If you're stuck, they can help inspire you. If you're panicking, they can calm you. If you're writing at warp speed, they will cheer you on. Take advantage of their encouragement, because some days, it's the only thing that will keep you sane.
One thing many people forget to add in their schedules is extra time for the unexpected. Life will try to derail you from meeting your goals. When I was writing the second book for my Dice & Debauchery series, I broke my wrist falling in a creek while with my preschooler. This stole a whole month of writing away from me. I still made my deadlines, though, because I gave myself that extra time.
I'm still working on building a time machine, but until then, creating a realistic schedule and rewarding yourself with cookies will help you meet your deadlines without ending up in the loony bin.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood but make her a great Jeopardy player. As an avid gamer, she's either going on adventures with her son or rolling dice with friends. Christine is a proud member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. She has several short stories and novellas published. “Loose Corset” is the first book of her geeky and hilarious Dice & Debauchery series.