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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Welcome Janet Lane-Walters Back to my Blog @JanetL717

I want to welcome Janet Lane-Walters. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

As I often tell people I’ve been writing since the dark ages it hasn’t quite been that long. I’ve been published since 1968 with a few years off to return to nursing to help children through college. Many of my books have some kind of medicine involved. Some are nurse/doctor romances. Others can contain other forms of healing since I write in several subgenres including fantasy both YA and adult, paranormal and mysteries. I live in the scenic Hudson Valley with my husband of fifty-five years. I’ve four children. Our youngest is an adopted bi-racial young woman. There are now seven grandchildren, three bi-racial and three Chinese.

Tell us about your latest release.

Seducing the Baker – This is the sixth and final book in the series. The heroine owns a cupcake bakery. What fun I had researching cupcakes. The hero is a man who does investigation work for a series of magazines and is asked by one of the editors to have the heroine sign for a feature of Cupcakes – Sweet and Spicy. The hero and heroine knew each other when they lived in neighboring group homes. In face, she is the only girl who turned him down.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite author? Do you feel you write like them?

I don’t have one favorite author. I have a lot. I don’t think I write like any of them. Andre Norton is one of my favorite fantasy writers, but Mercedes Lackey comes a close second. In mysteries Joan Hall Hovey is a great read. For historicals Mary Jo Putney and Jo Beverly are some I like. Action adventure stories finds me reading James Rollins. Would really like to write like them all, but that would be a rather mixed up book if I tried.

2.) What was your favorite book growing up?

While growing up I was a reader and reader. I’m not sure I could point to a favorite because I read just about everything. Had read through the entire local library’s children’s book section by the time I was ten and moved to other books. I even read every one of my textbooks from beginning to end every year. I just enjoyed escaping in the pages of books.

3.) Are you a plotter or a pantser and why did you choose that method?

I’ve decided I either neither or both. When an idea comes, I sit down and tell myself a story. I write this out and this totally tell story can be from five pages to many. When I was writing my YA fantasy series there were well over a hundred pages and I knew this wasn’t one book. The characters come alive in my head and from there I divide this into chapters and write with changes occurring as the characters and I decide the original idea has changed. The one thing I am for the first two to three drafts, I write by hand. I think better with a pen in my hand and doing this gives me time to think.

4.) Do you consider writing a career or a hobby? Why?

Writing is an obsession. Writing is something I must do. Therefore it’s not really a hobby and since I don’t earn enough to live on comfortably I don’t think it’s a career. Guess I’m stuck somewhere between.

5.) What are you working on now?

I’m working on the Cancer Capricorn Connection the fourth in Opposites in Love Series. The heroine, a Cancer has an eight year old child. She is a nurse and a specialist in Rehab Medicine. The hero is an orthopedic surgeon and a Capricorn. The kicker is that he is her child’s father and when they graduated from college he took off on his motorcycle without telling her where he was going. She is angry and when he comes into her life again, she has to tell her daughter who he is.

6.) What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to an up and coming author?

Don’t give up. Persistence pays. Find a time every day to write and it doesn’t matter how many words you put on the paper. Just keep writing until you reach the end. Then revise, revise, revise.

7.) If you had the ability to time travel and your first visit was to see a younger version of yourself what would you say to that younger self?

Life is full of interesting things. Enjoy.

8.) You just got a million dollars, whether it’s from an inheritance, the lottery, or a sweet book deal doesn’t matter. What would be the first thing you would buy for yourself?

A plane ticket to see my kids who live at a distance.

9.) If you could un-invent one thing in the world what would it be?

Gun powder.

10.) What is your favorite movie/TV Show? Why?

I enjoy most crime shows. Right now Hawaii Five-O heads the list. Like all the actors.



Excerpt from Seducing The Baker


Chapter Two

A frown creased Grace’s forehead. Did she know this man? Something resonated in her memories but no name bobbed to the surface. He resembled the faceless man of her fantasies. The hair, short and styles instead of long and shaggy. Was he someone she’d seen on TV, except she watched cooking shows, not sports, prime time or movies?
“How did you get in here?”
“By the door.”
His crooked grin brought a name closer to the surface. Did he look like someone she should know? “Why did Bonnie let you come into the kitchen?”
“The arrival of a flock of customers derailed her.”
Grace sucked in a breath. Who was he? He was too young and too well-dressed to be one of the men her mother had dragged home years ago. “Do you really think the cupcake is good?”
“I do.” He finished the last bite and crumpled the paper. With a flick of his wrist he tossed the small wad into the trash bin across the room. “You’ve achieved a miracle. Edible fruitcake.”
His smooth words spread over her skin like a swatch of velvet. Whoever he was he talked about the treat like a man who knew food. Was he a rival? Had he come to steal her recipes? He certainly hadn’t appeared to ask for a job. Not when he wore what looked like custom-made clothes.
“What will you call this one?”
Grace stepped back. The cold marble of the worktable edge pressed against her back. “Fruitcake.”
“Not like any I’ve ever tasted.” He grinned. “I hate holiday parties where the hostess pushed dark dense stuff she’d ordered by mail or baked.”
Grace laughed. “I’ve eaten some of that kind. This was my sixteenth try to make an edible one.”
He stepped closer. “Persistence pays. You’ve created a light cake with the traditional flavors and the right amount of fruit. The touch of rum in the frosting is perfect.” He raked his fingers messing his perfectly stylish dark hair. “Is it legal?”
“Just a flavor essence.” Definitely the competition. Warmth shone in his deep brown eyes. When he stepped in her direction she grasped the pastry bag. “Who are you?”
“Don’t you remember me? I’ve never forgotten you.”
The dimple in his left cheek made her want to touch. Seduction filled his voice. A whiff of evergreen beneath the aroma of the bakers reached her. He oozed the kind of danger she had to time to allow in her life. The suggestive gleam in his eyes raised a need to run. Only, she was trapped.
He placed his hand on her arm. Though the touch was light she felt as though his fingers branded her. “Think back, Grace.”
“I’ve never seen you before.”
“Sure you have.”
“Really?”
“I sure remember you. Years a go I made a play and you turned me down. When I said you would be sorry, you said I would be the one to regret.”
With warp speed her thoughts flew to the fence between the group homes. Was he really? He looked so different from the boy she’d known. The features of the face in her thoughts matured and became the man crowding her space.
“Jules Grayson, what are you doing here?”
“Representing Good Eatin’. Since you refused to sign the contract for a future feature article I thought the personal touch might work. I didn’t realize who you were until you turned.”
A smile broke her somber mood. “Most of my communication was with Allie Blakefield.”
“You and I spoke twice but the moment I mentioned the magazine you hung up. Just listen to my spiel. I’m sure I’ll do a better job of making the case than I did years ago.”
Though knowing he didn’t plat to steal her recipes her instincts remained on high alert. Her thoughts raced from what had been to what ifs. Not a good place to be.
“I sent the proposal back unsigned. The feature doesn’t fit with my plans for growing the business. A year from now or maybe two I might take a chance. I’ve seen too many in this field move to fast and fail.”

Where You Can Find Janet:



Buy addy for Seducing The Baker



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Meet the Author's of Baby It's Cold in Space!

Hi All,

My guests this week are all part of a new anthology. One I’m sure you’re going to enjoy. I have asked each author to let us know which story is theirs in Baby it’s Cold in Space and asked them to answer the following questions.

1.) How did you come up with the story in this anthology?
2.) Do you normally write SF? If not what is your normal genre?

And I asked one to answer this one.

3.) How did you come up with the idea for the anthology? (only 1 person needs to answer this question)




First up is Donna:

Donna S. Frelick, Saturday Night in Devils Holler

1.) There are several threads woven into this story: First, the premise of my Interstellar Rescue universe which is that aliens are stealing humans for slaves and an intergalactic abolition organization exists to rescue and return those who have been Taken. Second, my own family connection to the mountains of West Virginia. And, third, of course, the idea of romance, which is strong in all my stories.

2.) Yes, I’m a science fiction romance gal all the way! I started out writing STAR TREK fan fiction to give Jim Kirk an outlet for all his romantic inclinations!

Next is Rosalie:

Rosalie Redd, Angelo 13

1.) When I saw the title of the anthology, Baby, It’s Cold in Space an image of a capsule floating through space with a lone survivor popped into my mind.  The story morphed to become one about discovering emotions, love in particular. Of course, the dashing hero needed to meet up with a strong heroine that shows him the true meaning of love.

2.) My stories tend to be a blend of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal romance. Angelo 13 is my first foray into the traditional science fiction romance genre and it was so much fun to write! More stories are churning, eager to get on the page.
Now meet Selene:

Selene Grace Silver, Light Up the Dark

1.) The vision of a young woman, trapped, naked, completely vulnerable--except for her wits and intelligence--in a dark space cell, just appeared in my mind. I wanted to know who she was and how she’d ended up in such a dangerous situation. I had been fiddling with the story for over a year and thought this joint project might be the venue for it.

2.) I have been writing SFR for several years, but this will be my first published story in this genre. I have several other stories from this same universe and the first full length novel is coming out at the start of 2017. I also write contemporary romance and paranormal romance.

3.) Actually, the anthology was proposed by another writer on the RWA’s Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal forums. She left the project early on, but eight of us hung with it and followed through on the idea. We loved the title. It’s been a great experience to work with each other and we’ve even created a website in hope of pursuing another joint project. Check us out at sfrshootingstars.com.

And Blaire Edens:

Blaire Edens, The Climate of Love

1.) My husband and son are amateur astronomers. When I heard them discussing a planet, similar to Earth, that *could* be reachable in few decades or a century, I began to wonder what we could learn from the beings that might live on that planet. Around the same time, I binged Ancient Aliens and somehow the two ideas merged in my head and I wondered if it was possible that nearby planets were populated by our ancient ancestors. I added the element of climate change because, as a woman with degrees in environmental sciences, it’s a real concern for me.

2.) I’ve been writing paranormal romance and contemporary romance for several publishers for several years. This is my first true Sci-Fi romance but most of my books have a strong science element because I’m a Smithsonian and Nat Geo JUNKIE!

Plus Jayne Fury:

Jayne Fury, Still Life

1.) When we decided on the name, Baby, It’s Cold In Space, my first thought was to explore my own feelings about the winter holiday season such as light in the darkness, hope, and new birth. From there, the story about a terraforming astrobiologist’s project as the target for a celestial terrorist began to flow. Add in one inquisitive robot and bam! This was a perfect fit for my Solar Flame series about “bodice ripping ninjas in space” romance + pulp.

2.) I’m new to the author game and SciFiRom is my current jam. I began writing SciFi fanfic in the Star Trek community and just recently broadened my horizons to create my own universe. I’m staying with SFR because the authors I’ve met have been supportive and truly inspirational. It’s a growing genre and I love it.

My last Guest is Diana Rivis:

Diana Rivis, Star Gazers

1.) I was being a television couch potato one day a while back and happened upon a documentary about parallel universes and the possibility that they exist.  It was the first time I’d ever seen the concept analyzed from a scientific point of view by legitimate scientists.  It was also the first time I’d ever heard the term, multiverse.  I was completely gob smacked!  I started to think about the possibilities of jumping from one universe to the next.  What would we find?  Would there be planets like ours?  If so, would they be populated by beings like us?  A story and characters started to form in my mind and I just HAD to write it.


2.) I’ve always loved science fiction, so that’s what I write the most often.  In fact, Star Gazers is the first of what will eventually be a three-book series.  I also write some paranormal and have a series of baby dragon short stories.  

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Welcome N.N.LIght Back! @NNP_W_Light

I want to welcome N. N. Light. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

N. N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

Tell us about your latest release.

Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year is the real-life romance of Mr. N and Mrs. N. It’s an Amazon Best-Seller and Hot New Release.

I had been searching for love my whole life. It took the opening up of the world via technology for me to find my soulmate. Once I laid eyes on her, at the arrivals gate, I knew I was never going to let her go. The following is a collection of poems I wrote to my angel, from our first meeting up until our wedding day. I was working crazy hours as a chef and I had a long commute. I chose my commuting time to pen her a poem each day. These poems speak of our life, our challenges and our growth together...in every aspect they speak of our love.

May this book give someone the courage to let their special someone know how much they care for them and how much they mean to them. Saying I love you is a gift you can give many times a day.




Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite author? Do you feel you write like them?

Mr. N – My favorite fiction author is J. N. Williamson. He has the ability to create vivid characters, unveil only what he wants the reader to know and just when you least expect it, he scares the crap out of you. Brilliant. I’ve never attempted writing horror but I do enjoy surprising the reader when they least expect it.

Mrs. N – My favorite romance author is Jude Deveraux. I’ve read everything she’s written and I admire the way she portrays history so clearly, it’s like I’m right there.  She’s so talented at building romantic tension and I keep striving to be better.

2.) What was your favorite book growing up?

Mr. N – I’ll let my beloved take this one.

Mrs. N – The Chronicles of Narnia, Winnie the Pooh, anything by Roald Dahl, Dr. Seuss. I was a voracious reader growing up and I loved books that took me on a great adventure.

3.) Are you a plotter or a pantser and why did you choose that method?

Mr. N – I’m a plotter. I have outlines and know where my book is headed from the start. Just ask anyone and they’ll tell you I’m organized. When I first met my beloved, I was a strait-laced by-the-book kind of person. She taught me to embrace my own creative side. I’m still organized (favorite activity is organizing our library of books, music and movies) but I’m more laid back than I used to be.

Mrs. N - *laughs* It’s true, when I met Mr. N, he was super-organized and I was… ummm… not. He says I’m artistic which is his way of saying I was disorganized. But he taught me the benefits of being organized and now I am what you’d call a hybrid: organized pantser. I do write from start to finish but I have a loose outline of plot, characters and conflict. I like this writing method best because it allows me to be free to explore characters and situations while staying on-course with the overall plot.

4.) Do you consider writing a career or a hobby? Why?

Mr. N – My second career. I’m a coin numismatist by day and an author/ book reviewer/ book promoter the rest of the time. I’m an insatiable reader and it’s only through writing Princess of the Light with my wife did I discover my love of writing.

Mrs. N – I’ve had this gift for words and writing since I was a little girl. I knew in my heart I was destined to be a writer and to inspire others. I consider writing a career and I work really hard at it. While life tries to distract me, my muse never strays too far from me. My characters are always in my head, begging to be released. I tell them there’s only twenty-four hours in the day and I do need to sleep. Lol!

5.) What are you working on now?

Mr. N – I am working on an alternative history book as well as the follow-up to Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year and working with Mrs. N on the sequel to Princess of the Light.

Mrs. N – Let’s see, I’m working with Mr. N on the sequel to Princess of the Light as well as working on a cozy mystery. I also have a sequel to Planting the Seeds of Love: A Novella stewing in my mind. I still have to flush that one out before I start writing it.

6.) What one piece of advice would you like to pass on to an up and coming author?

Mr. N – Forget the traditional publishing route as the be-all-and-end-all. Write and publish your way. The tools are out there for you to publish a professional book.

Mrs. N – Don’t let anyone talk you out of your goal to be a published author. You have a gift and your stories deserve recognition. The numbers are daunting but you can do it!

7.) If you had the ability to time travel and your first visit was to see a younger version of yourself what would you say to that younger self?

Mr. N – Be strong. Real love will come when you least expect it to.

Mrs. N – Ignore the bullies and love yourself. You are beautiful.

8.) You just got a million dollars, whether it’s from an inheritance, the lottery, or a sweet book deal doesn’t matter. What would be the first thing you would buy for yourself?

Mr. N – Everything on our Amazon Wish List.

Mrs. N – A week’s vacation with Mr. N at our getaway spot up north.

9.) If you could un-invent one thing in the world what would it be?

Mr. N – Cars. I hate cars and the world we know it would be much safer without cars.

Mrs. N – Smartphones. I know it’s unpopular for me to say this but I see too many people disconnecting from the world. They have their smartphones attached to their body and they’re missing out on the world. There’s a disconnect, a lack of compassion in the world, and our society is forever changed because of it. People can hide behind a screen spewing hate, evil and bully someone without consequences. It’s sad and I wish we could go back in time to when there weren’t any smartphones.

10.) What is your favorite movie/TV Show? Why?

Our favorite TV show right now is Death in Paradise on BBC/PBS. It’s a quirky mystery show about a British inspector moving to an island and heading up the local police station. It’s a delight and a highlight of our week. We never miss an episode and we’re big fans of the cast.

Title: Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year
Author: N. N. Light
Genre: Poetry, Love Poetry

Excerpt:

I love to lay and listen
As my beauty sleeps.

The sound of each breath
As my beauty sleeps.

I think how I will awaken her
As my beauty sleeps.

To kiss her softly
That is my plan
As my beauty sleeps.

My lips move close
But I just enjoy listening
As my beauty sleeps.




Buy Links:
Available at Amazon Worldwide or FREE on Kindle Unlimited:



Author Biography: N. N. Light is the best-selling husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight   



Saturday, November 12, 2016

Please Welcome Trevan Rogers!

I want to welcome Trevann Rogers. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.
Tell us about your latest release.

I’ve recently released an urban fantasy novella titled After Midnight. It’s the prequel to my first novel, House of the Rising Son, and it clears up a few unanswered questions. Here’s the blurb:

After Midnight
Prequel to House of the Rising Son
Living After Midnight Series
Author: Trevann Rogers
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Improbable love. Impossible life. Immeasurable danger.
Jewell’s stepfather thinks she’s worthless. She agrees. When she looks in the mirror she sees an overweight, overemotional, overeating mess who can’t keep her fangs to herself.
Ria hails from a family of old world vamps who'd be happy to share their wealth with her, if only she’d fall in line. Fat chance, especially since being in that line includes not being gay.
Being in love is easy for Ria and Jewell—the young vampires belong together like vodka and tomato juice. Adding Cheyenne, a talented and sexy incubus, to their union is the hot sauce in their Bloody Mary. The only problem? Vampires and incubi are mortal enemies.
Despite the odds Ria, Jewell and Cheyenne find their way to happiness. But Jewell is hiding a huge secret, one that defies the laws of procreation: She’s going to have a baby.
While she tries to figure out how to break the unbelievable news to her lovers, a horror from Jewell’s past slithers into her present, forcing choices no one should have to make.
Will it be love or death? Happiness or safety? She has until dawn to decide...and it's already After Midnight.

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1. Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?

Tough first question! It would have to be Zillah, from Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls, for all the wrong reasons. He’s completely amoral, totally gorgeous…and true to who he is from start to finish. And what a finish it was.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

Cheyenne, the incubus rock star, is hands down my favorite character. He first appears in House of the Rising Son. There are so many reasons I love him. First—incubus AND rocker? They don’t come sexier than that. More importantly, however, is his love for his children. He loves them so deeply, enjoys their quirkiness, and he would die for them.

3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

Urban Fantasy and paranormal romance. I write what I like to read. I’ve loved the genre since reading Interview with a Vampire. Man oh man, was that a sexy book.

4.) What are you working on now?

A few things. My writing group is putting out a holiday anthology in late November, so there is some pressure to get a winter-ish short story done. I’m also working on Cheyenne’s continued trials, tribulations and romantic journey in the sequel to House of the Rising Son, and a YA urban fantasy set in the same world.

5.) What got you to start writing?

Believe it or not, I belong to a circle of penpals who have been writing for two decades. We started sharing stories we made up, even circulated an underground newsletter. I started to fall in love with the worlds that were swirling around in my head. Seemed a natural progression to write a book.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Music, mostly. Lyrics and songs set a mood and spark feelings. Mood and feelings start stories. For me, anyway.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

They’d be shocked to find that in addition to book boyfriends, I have a couple of WWE boyfriends, too. Randy Orton…Roman Reigns…You probably shouldn’t get me started.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I seem to make traffic lights turn red. All the time, but especially when I’m in a hurry.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

“Write what you love.” There is occasionally pressure to write to the market, or to the latest “thing”, or to one editor or another’s wish list. But I know that wouldn’t be my best work, and it wouldn’t be fun for me.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

I would talk to Damon, from Vampire Diaries. I beg him to never forget his true nature, as he is far, far sexier when he is his evil, serial killer self. The touchy-feely Damon doesn’t become him. Oh, and a few minutes to bask in the beauty that is him wouldn’t hurt either.
I think I might like to talk to Dean Winchester too, but that would be risky—for him, as I am likely to throw myself at his feet, naked, and not let go.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

“Voices”, Randy Orton’s theme song. “I hear voices in my head, they council me, they understand. They talk to me.” Fitting for a writer, no?

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

Easy. A cat. They’re pampered and nothing is expected of them. Not even walking on a leash. I remember seeing this cat video on Facebook where the cat is looking at her owner while slowly pushing a glass vase off of the table. Yup. That’s me.




EXCERPT:

The choice between staying in on a Saturday night to clean and going to see Cheyenne at his first real gig hadn’t been a complicated decision. He was a world-class rocker who could play the guitar like a fiend and had a voice that made you feel…everything. Or made you horny. And hell if she didn’t love him. Damn incubus.
She reached across him and caressed Jewell’s side. Jewell’s eyes opened and she stared expressionless at the ceiling, hyper-alert to danger. It always took a few moments after resurrecting for her to remember where she was and who was with her, but since moving into their new home it seemed to take even longer.
Ria sighed. She’d do anything if it would help Jewell feel safe enough to die each dawn and awaken peacefully. “All is well, Babydoll. It’s just me. Time to rise and twinkle with the stars.”
“Already?” Jewell scrunched her eyes and blinked as if trying to focus them.
Cheyenne lay his head on the soft swell of Jewell’s belly. “Didn’t we just go to bed?”
Ria kissed his back and licked a slow trail down his spine. “Hours ago. Did we tucker out the poor little sex demon?”
“Not hardly, dead girl.”
She grabbed a fistful of his hair and turned him to face her. “That’s undead girl, thank you.” She bit his lower lip and let it drag between her teeth. “Show us what you’ve got left.”

BUY LINKS:

You can find AFTER MIDNIGHT at http://amzn.to/2dEOt59
HOUSE OF THE RISING SON, Book 1 in the series, is available at http://amzn.to/2bmiPx8


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Meet Mary Corrales! @MaryCorrales_A1

I was on hiatus the last two weeks. Between having family in town and my birthday at the end of October I knew my time would be limited.

So I'm back and have a wonderful new guest for you. I want to welcome Mary Corrales. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

I'm an author who's been writing for several years in the genre of erotica/erotic romance. I'm also an avid reader. My mom used to buy me so many books as a child that the stores often ran out of new books for me to read. I started reading romances in my late teens. From there I was hooked and wanted to write my own version of happily ever after with my own heroes.

Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release is titled, Sindriel. The story is a paranormal fantasy erotic romance. This book is the sequel to Love's Demon Ways, but is a stand-alone novel. Readers who love to see that darker hero redeemed will enjoy this book. There are also plenty of naughty scenes to that will get your toes to curl. *wink*

Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.

1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why? Right now I'm into watching Lucifer on TV. Talk about a sexy villain. He makes bad look soooo good.

2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?

My favorite character has to be Sindriel. He's been bugging me to write his book and it took several years to get it right. He was picky about everything from his lover to what he'd do in the book. Talk about a dictator. This book underwent a few revisions to accentuate his demonic nature. In the end, I'm happy with the book and I know readers will love him. He's still bugging me to put him in future WIPS as a secondary character. We'll see.

3.) What genre do you write? What made you pick that one?

I write in several erotica/erotic romance genres. My most prolific is paranormal and fantasy. I love my vampires, and demons, I guess. They're edgy and dangerous which makes them all the more challenging when it comes to love.

4.) What are you working on now?

I'm a confessed story jumper. I work on several stories at once, depending on my mood. I have at least five WIPs at the moment, a few paranormal and one dystopian. The closest book I have to being finished is a contemporary erotica titled, Clandestine Engagements. It's a novella version of two short stories I wrote years ago. It's very steamy.

5.) What got you to start writing?

Ever since I was a child I was a prolific reader and later that translated to reading romanced and wanting to write my own 'happily ever after'. I think I committed myself to becoming an author though, when I met my best friend, Kari Thomas. Her books are amazing and she's a wonderfully supportive friend.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

I have a dirty mind. Lol. Actually, I can't say what gives me ideas. Sometimes it's just a moment I experience that sticks with me and a character evolves from it.

7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?

I'm actually rather shy, despite the easy way that I can write erotic scenes.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I read people. I have an innate talent for body language. It comes in hand while writing as well.

9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?

Do not head hop. It's taken skill and work to get this behavior out of me. A lot of the bestselling authors I read do this, and it drives me crazy. The advice stuck with me because I noticed that editors will catch it and make you redo entire chapters if you head hop.

10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?

George S. Patton. He was an amazing military general, and I'd love to hear how he strategizes and reads others. He was also rumored to believe he lived past lives. That'd be interesting to hear about.

11.) What song would you say describes your life?

Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses comes to mind. Lol. 

12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?

A wolf. In so many ways, that is the animal I most identify with.





 Excerpt:

His dreams hadn’t done her justice, come to think of it now.

What was she doing summoning a demon—summoning him? Suddenly it irritated him to know that she’d discovered his secret. Last he’d seen of her, she’d been dabbling in demon hunting or some such thing if the scent in her house were any indication. Why would she take such a risk as to call on him?

He’d find out soon enough. “What is it that a mysterious wet goddess might want from a humble demon bargainer as me?”

Sarcasm colored his tone. Yes, Ren had warned him away from her, and now she stood before him, a supplicant. He could have had her all along in his way of thinking.

“I never suspected, you were...” She clutched the towel tighter around herself and said, “It’s not what you think.”

“If you knew my thoughts, you’d find more than a towel with which to clothe yourself.”

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Welcome Dorothy Bell Back!

Dorothy A. Bell, author of Oregon historical novels: The Reprobate, The Cost of Revenge, Dance Hall Road and contemporary romance, Reinventing Mica Avery.

I was born in Iowa and moved to Oregon with my mother, father and older sister when I was ten. So I think it’s safe to say I’ve been and Oregonian most of my life.

I’ve known for a very long time that I am a writer. When a work is published, then and only then do I declare myself an author—it’s a process I go through each time. It keeps me humble and grateful.

I believe every writer has their own distinct writing style and methodology. I couldn’t say what mine is. I write to entertain myself first, so I have to have humor. I’m a people watcher, so my stories are character driven. And romance, got’ta have some steamy romance in there somewhere or the story doesn’t interest me.




In all of my stories, I portray my leading ladies as strong, independent, intelligent women who command admiration and respect. The heroes of course, have problems with strong, independent, intelligent women, that’s where the humor comes in to play. As a writer, it’s fun to manipulate through dialog and inner action the transformation of a man’s opinion to bring about his acceptance and inspire attraction.

I have a favorite parable I’d like to share:

Once upon a time there was a woman who’d won over a hundred cooking contests in one year and received multiple blue ribbons and trophies. When asked how she’d done it, she answered simply, “I entered.”

That’s it, right there, if you love to write, submit your work. Refine it, learn all you can about plot development, the difference between character driven and plot driven stories, point of view, passive voice, showing instead of telling, the mechanics of course. And for God’s sake be human in whatever you write. Even monsters have feelings. Reveal the truth in your characters. Expose their soul, their underbellies.

I have many, many more books in me. They’re coming as fast as my editor and my publisher can get them out there. Next one up will be an Oregon historical titled, The Widow’s Ferry. A story of three men: one an abuser, one a user, and a married man with a secret past. They all want one woman—a strong survivor.

You’ll find old family photos, poems and all my buy links on my blog, plus a link to a free full length Oregon historical novel and several free short stories that I’ve put up on Amazon cloud for easy access.

You can find all of my books on Good Reads, Kobo and Amazon. They are Kindle and Nook, e-book friendly.




Fallow her on her blog: http://dabellm3.com

Publisher - Freya’s Bower: http://freyasbower.com

Oregon historical, a Laura Creek romance, The Cost of Revenge, Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Cost-Revenge-Laura-Creek-Novel-ebook/dp/B00FEMQ9DQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406144692&sr=8-1&

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

100,000 hits! @barbbradley

I'm doing the happy dance! I hit a mile marker and I couldn't do it without you guys! I hit 100,000 hits on my blog!  I wanted to do something special for this and have racked my brain.

I've had this idea in my head and have thought about writing it out so here is a free read as my thank you...Note I've been working on this for a few weeks and realize that I'll never load it if I try to write the whole thing at once so I'm going to load it in snippets and create a page for the completed story.




I opened my eyes and found myself in a white room. What the hell happened? Was I in a car accident? Pushing myself into a seated position I looked around. Never saw a doctor's office or hospital like this before.

Just as I sat up a man walked in. Damn he was cute. Chiseled features, beautiful brown hair and I could see he was well built under the white outfit he wore. He had romance hero written all over him. I wasn't sure of his age but I'd guess early thirties. He smiled and I had to smile back. He had one of those smiles I wrote about. The one that would melt any heroine's heart.

"How are you doing?" He came over to the bed and pressed his fingers against a glass wall behind me.

"Um, fine, but can you tell me where I am?" I watched as data popped up on the glass. It was a computer. Hmm. Something I should work into my futuristic books.

"Sure, you're in my medlab." He stepped back, but kept an eye on whatever was streaming on the screen behind me.

Medlab? I use that word in my futuristics. Especially the series I've been working on. Am I dreaming a very lucid dream? It felt too feel to be a dream. I could see people moving out in a corridor beyond the glass wall sealing us in. There were other patients in the room with me. Dreams normally don't go into that much detail. Did they? Mine didn't. At least I didn't think so. But what else could it be?

I looked at my doctor and noticed his eyes for the first time. How I missed them before this I didn't know. I saw gold eyes with a violet ring. It couldn't be... "Dr..."

"Just call me Kuarto."




Hopefully more next week...

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rije's Sacrifice Part 2 @Xaion64

Well my son the writer has written another section of his story. I think he has something unique here. Please enjoy!

Let Me Tell You a Story...


In the far future, a great cataclysm occurs, that sunders the world anew. This is one of many stories in the world after, where hundreds of legends appear.


A man walks in the darkened world. A card floats around him. He wears a black trench coat, and a black pair of eye shields that comes to a point on his cheeks. He is pondering his current situation. And everything that has come before now. He looks at the sky with its sun slowly disappearing.


“How is that new world of yours I wonder...” he sighs. He walks across the disappearing world, wondering what happened here, what was it like before. “Seems I found a planet without the hatred present … how quaint.” He scratches his head. “How many evils will I destroy before the end of this?”


He continues walking and shadows form together in front of him.


“Rije… There you are!” the shadow says in a raspy voice.


“Looks like I spoke too soon, Which dark being from the past are you? ” Rije’s spear appears in his hand. “I’ll end you here, if you like, or shall you run from your apocalypse?”


A man in black samurai styled armor with sharp jagged talon points all over walks out of the shadows. “I am the Demon King of Xaionia! Don’t tell me you forgotten about me Rije … or should I call you R-”


Rije cuts him off. “Don’t. That identity died long ago … it’s time for your end.”


Demon King studies him.  “Heh, oh? I remember that time. You were just a reflection of her … you hated her so much, you wanted to destroy her. You even helped me to that end!”
Rije looks annoyed. “My Past… DIES Here!” His eyes fill with anger and rage. “All of your hatred… You killed thousands upon millions on a mere WHIM! And...” The rage turns to sadness. “And I am no better… ” Darkness swells around him, as if resonating from his own feelings. “I...” His eyes glow purple. “I won’t be forgiven, nor do I want anyone's forgiveness … but the only forgiveness you will get is DEATH!” He lifts his black spear and points it at the demon king.


Demon King looks at the spear and smiles. “Oooh? Think yourself all high and mighty. You’re like us Rije. A monster, an evil being bent on the destruction of the world! Join us! Lead us through the door so we can take control of the new world!”


A spark of black and purple shines through the Demon king, and Rije appears behind him “Sorry Demon King… OUR Evil… Dies here!” Rije flicks his wrist and purple lighting and shadow tentacles explode out of the demon king.


Demon king “GHAHHH!!! Wha- What?” He staggers from the single attack he could not follow. “You shouldn’t be this powerful! You are merely a reflection of her! How? HOW?”


Rije smiles, his eyes darken to pitch black. “When she gave up her forced form I absorbed it all, then my former master gave me all of his power… I AM THE VOID! ” Rije turns around and points his spear at the demon king “DIE!” Hundreds of black spears materialize in the air and slam into the demon king. Rije jumps up and unisons into his reverse tiger form and slams his spear into the Demon King. “WE Die NOW!” The white stripes across Rijes armor glow a dark purple. “REVERSE.”


Demon king shakes his head. “NO! If we die here! We die for good! There is no Escape!”


Rijes eyes fill with anger and rage. “Maybe you do… but my curse will keep me alive until the end. NOW DIE! REVERSE APOCALYPSE!” Rije explodes in a huge blast of black light and chaotic black lightning. Destroying the planet and Rije appears in the chair he sat before yet again.


Rije nods his head. “One down… six to go… why was one of the Pillars such a weakling… holding that section together?” A table with a map titled “Void” lies there in front of Rije and his chair. He walks over to it as a large section of the map begins to disappear. “Your first villain… it must have been that...” he sighs. “I will end this… this place won’t exist anymore… the world doesn’t need it.” He clutches his fist and shakes his head. Suddenly, a sharp pain hits him “GHAAA!!! ”


He falls out of his chair in pain and clutches his chest. “AH HAAA…. HA…. Damn I didn’t think it would hurt this much!” He slowly stands back up and notices he’s becoming incorporeal for a second then returns to normal. “I feel like something is missing...” He holds up his hand and attempts to use the purple lightning he had used in his assault against the demon king, but nothing happens.


Rije stares at his hand. “With every villain I annihilate will I lose a part of myself? I lost the power of darkness… so what else will I lose? And what do I still have?”

He limps over to the edge of the floating island his chair and table lies on. A portal opens and he walks through.

John W. Bradley III