Out of the Closet into the Fire

naked man1Due to my career as a police officer (recently retired), I kept my erotic writing a secret. I live in a small conservative town and to top things off, my husband works for the school district. All were a combination for disaster.

When “Play” the first book in the Completion series hit the USA Today Best-Seller list, I wanted nothing more than to scream my success from my front living room window.

I didn’t.

But unable to hold back my excitement, I called family and friends and told them the great news. After the final phone call, my heartbeat continued its fast pace as I sat back in my comfy chair and prepared to announce the news to my friends on Facebook and Twitter.

I carefully keep my private life and real name hidden, spending most of my social media time as my alter egos Holly S. Roberts and D’Elen McClain. My daughters follow my pen names along with a few close friends but the small town citizens remain peacefully unaware.

Or, at least they did until my youngest daughter, unable to hold her pride for her mother in check, copied the USA Today link and posted it to her Facebook account with the words, “My mother made the USA Today Best-Seller list.” She attended high school here and her friends all know me.

My secret was out and for several minutes, I sat in stunned silence. After a few deep breaths a feeling of relief came over me and I began laughing. It was time to throw open that window. I posted my own link to my personal Facebook account and prepared for the fallout. Informing my husband of my success (he never answered his work phone so he was the last to know) and then giving him the news that I was no longer in the erotic closet, couldn’t have gone sweeter.

DH (huge grin on his face) – “You mean they could fire me tomorrow?”

We both laughed. The following day, a teacher came up to him and asked why he hadn’t quit his job with all the money I was raking in. His reply… “I’m waiting for someone to piss me off and then I will.”

Teacher (after laughing with delight) – “So she writes books like Fifty Shades of Grey?” she whispered.

DH – “No dirtier,” he whispered back.

Really he didn’t know that “Play” is not dirtier (he doesn’t read romance) though a few books I’ve written give FSOG a run for the smut. I truly love this man who supports me whether I say, “I know I’m forty-five years old but I want to go to the police academy and become a cop,” or “I really want to write erotic romance because I love reading it and it sells.” He gets me.

I guess the moral of my story is that my porn star legendary writing was short-lived here. I wasn’t as important as I thought and my husband, much to his disappointment, didn’t lose his job. I don’t notice side whispers when I go out in public and the women don’t shun me.

I love erotic romance, I will continue to read and write it, and I’d like to see more writers stand up and shout out their hidden names. But every closet is different, I just know from experience that the flame is not as hot as I feared.

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Exciting Fang News

DM-Fchron-Ivan-432x648I’m very excited to announce  Fang Chronicles: Ivan is now available for pre-order.

If you haven’t read a Fang book, no worries. I tested this installment on an unsuspecting reader and she loved it without having read the prior books.

October 10th is the release day for Ivan.

 

Update: Releasing on Sept. 30th, ten days early!

I’m still working on it, though now, I have a strict deadline for the polished product. My home will be a calmer place when I achieve my goal. I get testy when I’m at the end of the book writing process. My husband would use a different word but we’re not asking him.

Pre-order Buy Links (You are not charged until release day)

iBooks * Amazon * Smashwords * B&N * Kobo

Enjoy this wicked teaser!

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USA Today Bestseller “PLAY”

USA today play screenYesterday may have been one of my most exciting days as an author. My book Play written under my Holly S. Roberts pseudonym made the USA Today Best Seller List!

This is something most authors only dream about and I’ve been dreaming about it for years. Someone please pinch me because I don’t plan on waking up.

“Play” was special to me from conception. It’s the first time I used my husband for research. I live with the Wikipedia of football. From playing to coaching to gluing himself in front of the TV, the man has football on the brain. I am the true definition of a football widow which made him invaluable in writing Play.

We sat for countless hours in our hot tub discussing football… what if a player intentionally made a late tackle on the quarterback and another player retaliated? Would someone be thrown out of the game? Would there be an imposed monetary penalty? What would happen in this situation or that one. My DH was so helpful. I would love to say he didn’t laugh at me a time or two but that would be lying. He moaned (and not in the way you think) at a few of the situations I described.

So what changes when you make the USA Today Bestselling List? Actually, I have no idea. I do know I get to place a nice tag line on all my books:

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

I also get to dream bigger. New York Times here I come!

Buy Links:  iBooks * Amazon * B&N * Smashwords * ARE * Kobo * paperback

P.S. You will notice the new tag line on my blog header very soon too!

 

 

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Home Of All Things Wicked

Holly Roberts Small picA note from D’Elen aka Holly

I’ve combined my three blogs into this central blog, Wicked Story Telling. Hopefully it will make following the happenings in my writing chronicles a little easier. I will continue to put out a newsletter (sign up here) every month or so.

Having a central blog has been on my list of items to take care of for awhile. Unfortunately the list only grows longer but such is life.

My previous blogs will remain active but I will no longer post updates. They contain older stories from back when I wrote to myself because I didn’t think anyone was listening. I’ve come a long way in four years. The journey has been exciting, educational, and filled with new friends who actually read my work. No author could ask for more.

If you click on the CONTACT page you will find my social media links if you wish to stalk me across the web.

 

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