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New Face, New Body

Posted on: April 10th, 2018 by Madison Lake 1 Comment

I’m not talking about me, although as this aging thing continues to sneak up on me, perhaps I should consider it – haha.

No, I’m talking about after a long hiatus, Madison Lake – the website, the brand and the social media, will be getting a new look. Not only that, blogs will begin again and the website will offer access to interactive writing tips, publishing dos and don’ts, resources and more.

I’m excited to get back onboard with all of you. I’ve missed the connection we’ve had over the years, the sharing of information, the chance to chat about our interests in writing, reading, erotica, romance, relationships. What could be better?

Right now I’m back in my Baja happy place, gearing up for launching the new Madison Lake and writing my new book (still untitled) to add to the collection. So that’s one more thing to keep and eye and ear out for over the next few months.

                                          Cheers! Happy to be back.     

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It’s the year two thousand and seventeen — 2017. Wow! Imagine that in years. That’s a long time.

I remember as a kid, sitting around the dinner table with my family. One night we started talking about how old each of us would be in the year 2000, then 2005, and so on. We could not fathom that then. It seemed so unimaginable to reach the year 2000, like 2001 Space Odyssey, so surreal and futuristic.

Anyway, here we are in 2017, always with resolutions, whether spoken or silent, ideals for a better year, hope for resolutions far and wide, and we march on because that’s what we do.

Madison Lake has no great plans and yet, I love surprises, and hope you do too. One never knows what’s around the corner, who you’ll bump into with a new plan in store for you.

Be observant. Be open-minded. Be flexible. Be willing to try new ideas, taste new things, experience all that is available in this big wide world. At times we may fall flat. Other times we may win big. But we all know that with every new adventure we learn and grow, so keep at it. There is no such thing as too much knowledge and life experience.

I’m starting my next book. Yessss! I can’t wait. I won’t reveal clues as to the storyline yet, but once it gets rolling I will share tidbits to fuel your curiosity.

On another note…I am sad to say that Madison Lake’s Modern Trash is losing one of it’s finest and most loyal contributors as of this new year. Jade Lake (no relation) has worked tirelessly for Madison Lake dot com since the early days. She and I struggled together through the trials and tribulations of learning social media. She did all sorts of marketing and research and created youtube clips and experimented with advertising. In the early days she edited my books.  wonder_woman_commission_by_jadeddreams1-d6gr5ah

Most recently she has been the brains and creative talent, researcher and author, of our most popular blog, The History of Sex. That in itself is a wondrous feat. What the hell am I going to do without her??

Many people don’t know there are others onboard to make Madison Lake dot com happen all year round. Jade has been with me for so many years I seriously don’t know how I will manage. But she has her own life (imagine that!), a new daughter, and plenty of her own hopes and dreams. She is a creative, energetic, clever, free spirit and I know whatever she chooses to do in life, she will always find success.

Best of luck to you, my rock. You will be missed.

ML XO

Change Up

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 by Madison Lake 3 Comments

Hi y’all. Just wanted to inform you that as of this week, I will be changing the weekly line-up on madisonlakepages.com. Music Monday will now be called Madison’s Monday, and although Tuesday will still be Titillating Tuesday, the format will change to better suit the name.

I’ve really enjoyed producing tunes to start off the week (thanks to friend and follower, Wilbur Gilroy, for his help and support), but I have to say, music is not my agenda. Writing is. So, on that note (haha), I have decided that Monday will now host a more personal blog, and Titillating Tuesday will be about writing, in whatever way, shape or form it presents itself.

When I say personal blog, I mean sharing on a more real level, so that we might get to know one another better – or you can get to know me. I want to discuss issues, thoughts and feelings that are relatable to everyone, and I hope my books can be more reflective of this. I sure would appreciate audience participation on these posts via comments and emails. It’s so important to keep the conversation going.   

Tuesdays, I will begin to share excerpts from a current book I’m working on. Or, I might post a poem or just talk about what I go through when working on a writing piece. Excerpts from my work will be a titillating way to entice people to buy and read my books and/or give a sneak preview into something new coming down the pike.

I don’t know if any of you remembers, but the beginning of the Madison Lake website, which was many years ago, included posted chapters once per week from the books I was currently working on, so that readers/followers could read the book like a television series and wait for the story to unfold week after week. It was a lot of fun and it might be something I would consider doing again. What are your thoughts?

Until next week…enjoy yourselves and as Lily and Olivia would say, ‘Be for goodness’. 

ML

Four Days In Vegas

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Madison Lake No Comments

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The Romance Novel Convention was conveniently just on the perimeter of Vegas – off the strip as many conventions are nowadays. I suppose it’s to keep the attendees attending. It is pretty easy to get sidetracked there, although with temperatures rising as high as 115 degrees F, who would really want to be outdoors?

Four days felt like being locked away in another world. It was dark and moody. The stench of cigarette smoke was ever present and the ka-ching of slot machines and dribble of coins rang throughout.

I tried my hand a couple of times – won a little, lost a little. It’s fun to dabble but to get lost in it would be more than dangerous. For us novelists present, the setting made for the start of many a story, I’m sure.

The convention was small and intimate with cover model, Jimmy Thomas, as our host and event organizer, no easy task. I soon realized this was quite a different scene than what I had been used to in my writing life, romance or otherwise, and it took me a while to adjust to the onslaught of romance novels at their finest. Covers with beautiful damsels lusting after hunky guys, muscled bodies slick with perspiration staring seductively into the distance, hot men and hot women in hot embraces. Did I say hot? It goes on. I realized how ‘conservative’ my covers are, but then, I write with a somewhat different technique in the genre.

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In any case, I embraced this new style of true romance novels and came to learn a lot from my fellow authors/friends. There was a whole bunch of marketing and social media they were doing that I had not tapped into, for instance, Amazon, and it was fascinating. I too, was able to teach some tricks of the trade in my workshops How To Find The Erotic In You, How To Write Erotica and Become Self-reliant, Focussed and Confident in your Craft. Tons of fun!

All said, a good time was had by all and new friendships were made. Thanks everyone. You know who you are 😉  Romance Conventions are the best!

ML

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Today is like a Monday here in Canada. That’s because yesterday was Victoria Day, or as we call it, the May long weekend.

It almost always rains on the May long weekend. That’s because a lot of people camp. I can’t even remember how many camping trips I got rained on over May long weekends past. This year the weather forecast was for rain (surprise!) so some people prepared by packing extra rain gear (because in BC you always pack rain gear), or they changed their plans and booked a hotel or they canceled their trip altogether. All weekend it threatened rain but by noon every day the sun appeared. It didn’t rain once. Murphy’s law.

Generally I stay home for the May long weekend choosing a quiet, less busy city over traffic and ferry line-ups. This year, a lot of people who would have gone out of town (and should have) stayed behind making the seawall where I love to walk my dog almost as busy as Highway 1 during Friday rush hour.

Instead I opted for hikes in the woods and then the quiet of my own home, where (drumroll…) I drafted three new poems and revisited my new Madison Lake book! Does this mean the spell is broken? Does this mean my writing slump has been slumped? (that’s like a double trump for those card sharks out there). Could my block be freed?069e47cc1ed73ef7d7914605c6853b6a

Honestly, this hiccup in my generally prolific writing routine has lasted all of three months – a length of time I can handle (just barely), but enough time to regroup.

I feel like I’m back in the land of the living. My land, my life, where carefully chosen words begin to fill pages; poems like minimalist paintings, stories filled with complex characters, compelling plots, language rich and textured as midwest farmland in the spring.

Only the framework of book seven is in place but the cast thus far has been chosen and are ready to play out their story. My poetry seems to be angling toward the strife and triumphs of women as we age – our bodies, our spirits, our (must have) sense of humour, our sexual desire and needs, men, women, families. 

Ah, to be home again.   

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