Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vegas and Authors and Knights, Oh My! by Emerald

Hot Mojave Knights (HMK), scheduled to take place October 18-20, is an event devoted to readers, writers, Las Vegas, and hot men. That’s pretty much enough to get me there (or almost anywhere) all on its own. Incidentally, if you feel the same way, by all means stop reading this and register now to join us there in just a couple short months!

If you’re already signed up (yay!!) or want to hear a bit more about the multitude of additional plans that make this event one I’ve been looking forward to all year, I’m happy to share a little more about it.

I was (and still am) honored and flattered to be asked to be one of the Authors of the Court for the inaugural Hot Mojave Knights romance reader event. My invitation came from the ever-so-lovely SiobhanMuir (one of the HMK organizers whom I met at the Erotic Authors Association conference in Las Vegas in 2011). Though I was thrilled when she asked me, I felt some apprehension that I might seem a bit out of place. I have the impression that the work of most of my fellow Authors of the Court differs from mine in that 1) they all have at least one book of their own (you know, with their own name on the actual cover :) ), and 2) the work they’ll be featuring at HMK has no trouble falling into the romance genre.

My work is a bit outside of these lines; for one thing, I work in the short form currently, so I do not (alas, yet!) have a book of my own to feature. Rather, I’ve written stories that have been included in a number of anthologies alongside many of my venerable colleagues in the erotica genre. Which leads to the second slight contrast between my work and that of most of my HMK colleagues: I don’t really write romance. While some of my work has been categorized and published as erotic romance, I generally consider myself an author of erotica.

That being said, my plan is to stick to featuring and speaking about my stories that have been published as erotic romance at HMK. It is, after all, an event for romance readers! And I will say that in the face of the obvious excitement building among my fellow authors and the attendees, as well as the plans and events the extraordinary HMK coordinators have come up with, my enthusiasm about the weekend soon trumped any initial concerns I experienced about my inclusion.

In short—I am so excited! Las Vegas is one of my favorite places. I love dressing up, and I can hardly wait for the chance to at the Masquerade Ball, which takes place on Saturday night. As both a writer and a reader, I love being surrounded by writers, and the opportunity to meet readers is of course something I invariably look forward to. In addition, for me a stay in Las Vegas isn’t complete without a trip to see strippers (of the male persuasion, of course), and HMK has this covered, too! Friday night will include a trip to Hunk Mansion for a male review.

Seriously, does this weekend not sound like a dream in the making?? I can hardly wait! And you don’t even have to plan any of it for yourself—the amazing Hot Mojave Knights organizers have taken care of it all. (See the schedule for the weekend here, and book your hotel room at the conference site here.) All you have to do is show up!

I very much hope you will, and if so, I look forward to meeting you. I, the acclaimed group of authors I am alongside on the Court, and a number of hot, lovely men will be eagerly awaiting your arrival! ;)


About Emerald:

Emerald is an erotic fiction author and general advocate for human sexuality as informed by her deep appreciation of the beauty, value, and intrinsic nature of sexuality and its holistic relation to life. Her work has been featured in anthologies published by Cleis Press, Mischief, and Logical-Lust, and she serves as an assistant newsletter editor for Marketing for Romance Writers (MFRW).

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Emerald_theGLD (@Emerald_theGLD)


  1. Siobhan,

    One of the ladies in our writer's group posted the link to the HMK. It sounds intriguing. If I can get the time off, I'm going to do my best to get there. Any chance to learn from those who have challenged and beaten the gauntlet is not to be missed; especially by one who is dodging obstacles!

    1. Oh, we'd love to see you, Diana. It's shaping up to be a great time and a worthy challenge. :)

  2. I'm so looking forward to seeing you again, Emerald. It's been way too long. It will be exactly 2 years this October. Thanks again for posting today. :)

    1. Right back at you! :) Thanks so much, and thanks for all the work you and the other organizers are doing to make this such an extraordinary event. Xoxo