Shannon Stacey

It's still Monday somewhere

Speaking of sabotaged navigational systems, I cleaned my bathroom already this morning. And the males in this house have seriously defective penile guidance systems. Aiming high is for the Air Force, dammit.

Last night the husband accidentally knocked over one of the foothills surrounding Mount TBR and, while trying to stack them, asked me why I don’t write for Silhouette Romantic Suspense. I told him my guys have been spoiled by Samhain—can you imagine Gallagher talking in PG-13? It took me forever to find an excerpt from On the Edge mild enough for the website and even then I had to edit a word or two out.

I don’t think Gallagher and Rossi could sneak by the red pen.

Gallagher watched the minutes tick away on the ugly, industrial clock. Only twelve passed.

“Straight up, Rossi,” he said, when his boss had closed the door behind him. “Eleven fucking years I’ve had your back, and you just fucking abandon me here, telling me nothing?”

“When one of the top doctor’s in the country tells me something’s in the best medical interests of my guy, I listen.”

“That’s bullshit, and you know it. You don’t have the balls to come and talk to me like a man.”

I’m utterly spoiled now, and I don’t know if I could write romantic suspense action-adventure romance with restrictions. Don’t really care to try.

Potties and pottymouths. Hey, I have a theme!

8 comments to “It's still Monday somewhere”

  1. Jaci Burton
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 10:43 am · Link

    But you could write single title, where you could be as pottymouthed as you liked.

    Just sayin. :wink:

  2. Annmarie
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 10:48 am · Link

    I like your potty mouth. Like it a lot. Hear that? I LIKE SHANNON’S POTTY MOUTH. In case. You know. Silhouette was listening.

  3. Shannon
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 12:43 pm · Link

    Too much pressure in single title. :ignore:

    And thank you, Annmarie. I don’t think the DG guys could even talk without the pottymouth thing. They’d be limited to hand gestures, and that would get old.

    An den he flipped him the bird.

    An den he flipped him the bird. Again.

    An den…

  4. Ro
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 1:09 pm · Link

    You may have found the answer to your sabotage.. sleepwalking (peeing) pilots!

    My munchkin has aim issues, as well as a bottle of spray cleaner and a roll of paper towels. :whip:

  5. Jill Sorenson
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 1:11 pm · Link

    Haha. I write for SRS and I’ve gotten away with a lot of dirty talk. There are some restrictions, sure, but not all of the books are PG-13.

  6. Shannon
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 1:35 pm · Link

    I actually just finished rereading all of Suzanne Brockmann’s TDD series, and I did note the creative way she got the dirty words almost kinda in there. My problem is the F word. Last I heard (and it could just be a rumor, of course) the occasional F word was acceptable in Blaze if referring to sex, but it was still a no-no as an expletive.

    Or in my favorite case, as an adjective.

    I honestly don’t know if I’ve read an SRS since they’ve become SRS, though I have a bunch in Mount TBR. I’ll have to check some out, since the times they have certainly changed since the TDDs were written. Especially yours, Jill, if you’re getting away with the dirty words. :thumb:

  7. Charlene
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 3:16 pm · Link

    I think there’s pressure no matter where you publish. But I’m sure you’ll find the right home for your stories, the way you want to write them. :kiss:

  8. Jill Sorenson
      · July 22nd, 2008 at 4:00 pm · Link

    OK, I confess I didn’t get away with any f words or even an s. Those are house style rules, rarely used in H/S books. Everything else passed, and I’m talking pretty graphic stuff. Maybe SRS is getting edgier?

  • Get my latest news straight to your inbox!

    I'll only be sending newsletters when I have news to share, and I'll never share your information. You'll receive an email asking you confirm your subscription (so please check your spam box if you don't receive that). You can unsubscribe at anytime.


  • Affiliation

    Shannon Stacey is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of

    If you purchase a book listed on the site from, she’ll earn a small commission. Thank you!