Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rebecca Airies Has a New release! #RHACafe

A fellow RHACafe author has a new release this week. This is an erotic romance and you;re going to love it!


Tangled Bliss

Chelsea Ash healed plants, but she can't fix her own problems. Alexander Woods, a gorgeous, new deputy in town and her boyfriend, refuses talk about part of his past, leaving her wondering what he's hiding. On top of that, a stalker is sending her creepy gifts and stealing her sense of safety.

Alexander is building a new life in Alden Glen. He wants a home after years of hunting the tainted. Chelsea is sexy, sweet and the sensual hunger explodes between them. He's not walking away from her. Even as they untangle the mess of their relationship, the stalker escalates his attacks. Alex will have to use all his skills to protect Chelsea and claim the future he's always wanted.




Excerpt:

Chelsea turned into the drive of her little cottage in the trees. Bright pink, blue and yellow flowers bordered the driveway. She stopped at the side of her cream-colored house.

Even as she gathered her things, her mind already focused on the long, hot shower she planned. It was good to be home. She looked forward to a great date with Alexander tonight. The thought that it might be one of the last dates she had with him did depress her.

Unless the man began revealing more about himself. With a sigh, she shook her head. She didn’t see that happening without some drastic intervention.

She got out of the car and walked up the flower-lined path. The scent of roses surrounded her, making her feel at home. Just before the front step, a sudden wave of nausea hit her. She took a deep breath. The sick sensation continued, but it didn’t come from within her.

She stopped and focused. The troubling impressions came from her left. She looked at a rose bush near the corner of her porch. Something different about the feel of the plant pulled her toward the bush.

She strode over to it. Her hand lifted, but she stopped before she touched the plant. The odd sensations coursing through her body caused her to hesitate.

She frowned when she saw the problem. The leaves drooped. Yellow blotches discolored the vibrant green foliage. The energy pulsing from it wasn’t normal, even from a sick plant. Something was off.

What the hell had happened to it? The leaves had been fine this morning. They’d been vibrant green. Several buds had stood tall, reaching for the sun. She’d looked forward to watching the petals unfold.

Now, those same unopened flowers sagged. The sepals, which protected the petals, had withered. This was not normal.

Especially for the home and surroundings of an Aelfir gifted with the ability to heal and grow plants. A brush of her fingers could open closed blooms. The transfer of energy into the plant could help mend disease or breaks in stems and branches.

She itched to heal those plants, but the sudden withering struck her as strange. She wanted it checked by someone who could detect the type of energies within the plant.

Maybe she was being too cautious. On the other hand, maybe not. After the weird letters and gifts sent to her, she didn’t want to take the chance.

Chelsea would call as soon as she made sure that was the only thing wrong. She headed into her house, passing through the living room and into the dining room. One step into the room, she stopped. She stared at the dining table. Her breath caught in her throat.

A wrapped gift sat on gleaming dark brown wood. A green ribbon wrapped around the stark white box. An elegant bow perched on top of the package.

Her stomach dropped. Nausea and dread rose. Fear sent a shiver skating down her spine. Someone had been inside her house.


Bio: Rebecca Airies writes paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi/futuristic romance. She loves reading, writing, crafting, a good cup of tea, chocolate and snuggly kitties. She's been writing stories since she was in her teens, at first trying to get over that elusive hump and finish a story. She loves creating new worlds, especially anything paranormal and fantasy related. You can usually find her working on multiple WIP at a time and she likes nothing more than losing herself in those worlds and characters.


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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Welcome My Latest Guest Barb Caffrey!

I want to welcome Barb Caffrey. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Thanks for having me! I'm a writer, editor, and musician from the Midwest. I play three musical instruments (saxophone, clarinet, and oboe), I hold two college degrees, and despite being a music major, I wrote for both of my college newspapers.

I've written since I was about ten years old, and have stories in a number of anthologies – GIFTS OF DARKOVER and FIRST CONTACT CAFÉ being the latest. And I'm a huge baseball fan – my favorite team is the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tell us about your latest release.

AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE stars Bruno the Elfy (originally known as Jon), a short young being from a magical race in a parallel universe. His people, the Elfys, send him to our California because they've detected unusual mage currents…but while that's true, that's not the whole truth—they really want him out of the way because they're afraid of his prodigious power. Once he's in Knightsville, California, he gets captured by an unusual family. The parents won't give them their names and expect him to do magic tricks for their friends; they don't feed him or give him water, and generally treat him like a prisoner. He makes common cause with their daughter, Sarah (originally Daisy), who's been under a strange curse that makes her believe she's far younger than she is. Bruno's teacher, Roberto the Wise, tries to help them, but ends up getting captured himself. Then Bruno finds out a Dark Elf, Dennis, is behind it all…and is going to sacrifice his teacher on May Day, just to prove a point.

How will Bruno and Sarah get Roberto out of there? And what will they do when they find out they're both actually on the verge of adulthood, not young kids at all? (Hint, hint: It makes a few things about their romance less troublesome.)




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?

My favorite villain is Dennis the Dark Elf. My late husband, Michael, helped me create Dennis…he's a hissable villain of the old fashioned kind, and gets all the best lines.

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

That one's easy. Bruno is my favorite character. He has an indomitable spirit. He's deeply romantic. And he has a great sense of humor. (Plus, I'm a sucker for sweet, age-appropriate romances.)

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

Mostly, I write humorous urban fantasy. I like it for two reasons: First, it allows me to write something that I hope will make people laugh. And second, it gives me a lot of leeway, plot-wise.

4.) What are you working on now?

I just sent the sequel to AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE to my publisher, Lida Quillen of Twilight Times Books. It's called A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE. (Yes, I intended people to think "Big Trouble in Little China.") And I am finishing up my rewrite of a non-Elfyverse transgender fantasy/romance, CHANGING FACES, which is about two clarinetists.

In addition, I'm working on a novel set in my late husband's Atlantean Union military science fiction universe. But I'm still in the very early stages of that.

5.) What got you to start writing?

I read a great deal, and had read most of the books in my school's library by the time I finished third grade. And I started to wonder…could I tell some interesting stories, too?

Of course, my first stories were all about baseball. But later, I turned to poetry, then science fiction, and finally fantasy…while I've continued to write a little of everything, what I'm best at is funny urban fantasy.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Most of the time, I have some sort of inspirational dream. Or I read something that makes me think. Or maybe both. (Actually, I'm not sure where my ideas come from. But I really do dream up a few of 'em.)

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

My first love wasn't writing at all. It was music.

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I play three musical instruments well (saxophone, clarinet and oboe), two fair-to-middling (piano and trombone), and I compose music.

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

Persist. Persist. Persist. And keep on persisting.

This stuck with me because it rang true. You have to keep trying. You can't give up. And you have to keep writing, keep honing your craft, until you finally manage to come up with something workable. Something others will hopefully enjoy.

I believe strongly in the power of persistence, coupled with the power of hard work.

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

I'd like to talk with Gautama Buddha about the nature of suffering. I'd like to find out if he believes anything close to what Viktor Frankl believes, as explained in Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning. (In other words, is suffering intended to make us better, wiser people? Or does it just exist for no reason whatsoever? Frankl clearly believes that suffering must be worth something, which is why talking to the Buddha would be so interesting—the man who came up with "All life is suffering" must have something to say, surely.)

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

"All You Need Is Love," the Beatles. (Note I'm not a huge fan of the Beatles, but this makes the most sense.)

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

A lion, or perhaps a tigress. (This is assuming my husband comes back as the same animal. Otherwise, I don't want to be bothered.)

Short blurb:

Bruno the Elfy believes he’s very young, has no power, and has no enemies.

He’s wrong.

Quickly sent to our Earth (the Human Realm) and told to watch for magic, Bruno must unravel the lies, keep his mentor from being tortured, and—oh, yeah—figure out why he’s so strongly attracted to young, Human Sarah.

Because his life depends on it.



Excerpt:

"Now, that’s odd," Bruno said as he looked frantically for Roberto and Sarah. He saw neither of them.

Cautiously, he went up to the door and knocked. Surely this was the correct protocol? As he wondered, Sarah opened the front door.

"Shh," she whispered, putting her forefinger to her lips. "My parents are fighting with Roberto. Get in here before they notice you, too!"


"All right," Bruno said quietly as he felt himself being pulled inside. Sarah closed the door softly behind him and motioned Bruno to follow her.


As he went through the front room, he faintly heard Roberto’s raised voice. Roberto was saying, "Now see here, madam," but just as Bruno had been ignored, Roberto was apparently being ignored, too.

"Oh, Elfy," Sarah’s mother said in a high-pitched, carrying whine. "I just have to take you out today. Get into that uniform we bought you."

"But—but—but—I’m not—" Roberto sputtered.

"What do you mean, Elfy?" her mother said. "You’re not what? Interested? I don’t care, you’re going!"

"What’s going on?" Bruno whispered.

"Like I said," Sarah whispered back, tossing her long, black hair, "My parents are fighting with Roberto. Fortunately for us, they’re all upstairs in the attic, so I can get you inside without being seen."

"But—but—but—" Bruno tried, knowing he sounded like Roberto.

"Please, Bruno, wait for later?" Sarah pleaded. "I know you have a lot of questions. So do I, and I’m sure Roberto does, too. Not that I care."

"What happened?" Bruno asked again.

"I can’t tell you right now," Sarah said, looking around. She motioned for silence.

In the distance, Bruno heard Sarah’s father say, "Why doesn’t that outfit fit anymore, Elfy? Did you witch it?" in a threatening tone.

"No! Like I’ve said, I’m not the same Elfy as before!" Roberto’s desperate voice shouted.

"Well, we know all Elfys can change their shapes just as easily as they change their names," the woman said, loudly enough for Bruno and Sarah to hear. "I think you’re the same Elfy, and even if you’re not, which you are, I say you’re going out with me today! And that’s final!"

"Sarah, what—?"

"We don’t have time," Sarah whispered urgently. "They’re about to take Roberto out and show him off to their friends, and they’ll be coming down here anytime. Please, I’ve got to get you inside my room before then!"

"All right." Bruno let himself be pulled toward Sarah’s room. As they went through the kitchen, he realized how hungry he was.

"Can we stop for food?" he whispered.

"No," Sarah said.

They heard footsteps and voices on the steps.

"Quickly! Get in here!" Sarah pulled Bruno through the kitchen, toward her bedroom. "We have about half a minute, no more. I’ll go and distract them until they leave. I definitely don’t want them knowing they now have two Elfys to torment, rather than just one!"

"That’s a good point," Bruno mused softly, just as Sarah pulled him to her door.

"Get in, quick! I’ll make sure they don’t come in here."

"You said before they never do," Bruno interrupted.

"True, but there’s always a first time. Anyway, since they didn’t see you, hopefully they will not sense you either. Now, get inside!" Sarah pushed him inside the door.

Bruno whirled, but wasn’t fast enough to stop Sarah. He did, however, hear her say through the door, "I’ll be back as soon as I can. We’re really in for it now."

Bruno went and sat on Sarah’s bed, running his hands across Sarah’s elaborately embroidered bedspread, even more confused than before.

What in all the worlds and time was going on here?

Buy links:
Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/1p6xvQj
Amazon (UK): http://goo.gl/dDoBnd
Barnes and Noble: http://tinyurl.com/m8o49ad

Social media links:
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Barb-Caffrey/e/B00H8EROC8
Blog: http://elfyverse.wordpress.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/barb.caffrey.1
Twitter: http://twitter.com/BarbCaffrey
Google-Plus: http://plus.google.com/101403408003727584589/posts
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2843982.Barb_Caffrey


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

More updates....

I am back! I had a great time and was able to relax for a bit.

I to want you to know I will be getting back to the handouts next week. I had to take my laptop to the repair shop because I had trouble connecting to the internet and kept hearing a weird noise. I dd it just before I went on vacation.

The good thing is they fixed everything - it turned out my hard drive had gone bad. So when I got it back I got a blank slate. Thank goodness I learned to back up all my data. So now I have to reload all my files. I should have everything done in a day or two.

I'm also happy to say that Phaze Books has bought the nineth book in the Vespian Way series  titled Timeless Desire - Yay! It has a tentative release date of mid December. I'll keep you posted as things progress.

Barb:)

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Meet My Latest Guest: Shauna Aura Knight

I want to welcome Shauna Aura Knight. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.

Thanks for hosting me! I’ll give the informal intro, then the “grown up” bio. I’m a total geek and creative nerd. I write fiction and nonfiction, I paint, I’m a graphic designer, I teach workshops on facilitation and leadership. And, when I have the time, I plan events and do things like building life-size replicas of Jabba the Hutt for themed parties.


Shauna Aura Knight: An artist, author, and presenter, Shauna’s creative work is inspired by awakening mythic imagination and the shadows we each face. She’s the author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels including A Fading Amaranth, Werewolves in the Kitchen, Werewolves with Chocolate, A Winter Knight’s Vigil, The White Dress, the Autumn Leaves, and The Truth Upon Her Lips.


Shauna’s mythic artwork and designs are used for magazine covers, book covers, and illustrations, as well as decorating many other spaces. She travels nationally, offering workshops on facilitation, community leadership, and personal growth. She is the author of The Leader Within, Ritual Facilitation, Dreamwork for the Initiate’s Path, and many other articles on personal transformation, leadership, and related topics.


Tell us about your latest release.

My newest book is A Fading Amaranth. Nathaniel’s been a vampire long enough to grow weary of glamoured seduction, and he’s lost his poetic muse. He meets reclusive artist Alexandra—her telepathy has overwhelmed her for years, and she can bear no one’s touch. However, she can’t hear Nathaniel’s thoughts, and she’s immune to his vampire glamour. During scorching nights together, they rediscover their passion for life.

When a Faerie creature stalks Alexandra, the lovers find themselves snared in a paranormal battle alongside Chicago’s mage guardians. Worse, Nathan’s rising bloodlust places Alexandra in danger. Will she master her abilities before going insane? What will they risk to be together?

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?

Darth Vader. He starts out so very bad, so easy to hate. And then, at the end, just when you’re all excited and thinking yeah—he’s going to get his butt kicked…then he goes and turns against the Emperor to save Luke. And then you see beneath the mask, and realize what a completely tragic figure he is. Since then, I certainly love a good villain, but I have a special place in my heart for the villains who are as tragic as that.

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

This is such a tough question because I connect to all of my characters so much. I really like Nathaniel from A Fading Amaranth, and the mage guardians Jocelyn and the Walker who are side characters in that story but who star in my longer urban fantasy series I’m working on. However, I’d have to say my favorite main character so far would have to be Sonya from The Truth Upon Her Lips, which is my book that will be coming out in about a month. Sonya’s not your simpering heroine; she’s strong and kick butt. Her magical powers threaten to overwhelm her, and she faces some pretty titanic magical forces from those who stand against her, but she doesn’t back down.

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

Paranormal romance, urban fantasy, epic fantasy, some dystopian and space opera. Basically, anything speculative and fantastical. I’ve always enjoyed fantasy and sci-fi, I’ve never been interested in contemporary fiction. Give me a movie with spaceships or magic any time. Chick flicks? Not so much. I was raised on Star Wars and Star Trek and the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, and books by Anne McCaffrey and David Eddings and Mercedes Lackey. That’s the stuff that I find fascinating.

4.) What are you working on now?

The Truth Upon Her Lips, Book One of the Roses Rising, is coming out soon, and I’m in the finishing phases of A Golden Heart of Glass and A Winter Knight’s Silence, but I’m also working on Book Two of the Roses Rising, Until She Wakes From Sleep. I also have a longer urban fantasy series that explores the psychic mage characters introduced in my book A Fading Amaranth. These stores all feature romance, heroes, magic powers, gods and goddesses, and some vampires, shifers, and a bit of old fairytale magic.

5.) What got you to start writing?

My parents both worked at a bookstore when I was a kid, and they read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy.  I mowed through their book collection as a kid. I wanted to be a writer from about third grade onward when I started writing short stories in English class, and I started writing my first novel when I was twelve, a science fiction story. I’ve been writing ever since, it’s just that I’ve only started publishing my work in recent years.

6.) Where do you get your ideas from?

Often from dreams; I frequently have these massive, epic dreams. Swordfighting and space battles and magic. A lot of my fiction ideas come from that. Other ideas come from “what if.” Werewolves in the Kitchen came from a “what if” moment while I was doing my laundry. The Truth Upon Her Lips came from a “what if” moment while I was standing on the side of the road after I’d been in a car accident that totaled my car. What if…there was a really sexy EMT? What if…the woman in the car had precognition, but it had suddenly failed her? The story pretty much wrote itself from there.

The story for A Fading Amaranth came from two scene snippets I wrote years and years ago. The first scene was a vampire trying to glamour a woman in an alley; she wouldn’t go under his hypnosis magic and he was snarling and frustrated. The other scene was a vampire with a woman in her bed, trying not to bite his lover. Those scenes didn’t seem to be about the same characters at first, but once I figured out the storyline thread between them, that’s where the story took shape.

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

I write pretty spicy romance that often features Pagan characters, or various kinds of magic…but what I also do professionally is teach leadership and facilitation, particularly within the modern Pagan community. I write everything under the same name, though I have a few different blogs so people can focus on my fiction or my nonfiction. People who know me largely as someone who teaches Pagan leadership are sometimes surprised to find out that I write romance and fantasy novels. And people who meet me in my role as a public speaker are often shocked to find out that I am an introvert and actually pretty shy!

8.) Do you have any special talents?

I keep pretty busy; along with being a writer of fiction and nonfiction, I’m also an artist, a graphic designer, a professional presenter and public speaker, and I’ve done theatrical design and event planning. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve built some crazy things like a life-size Jabba and a reproduction of the Carbonite Chamber from Star Wars. I love planning events, I just wish I had bigger budgets to do them properly. I’d love to organize a Faerie masquerade ball in the Midwest.

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

I went to a lot of scifi/fantasy conventions in my twenties and attended a lot of author panels, and I heard a lot of really great advice so it’s hard to boil it down to just one piece. I can encapsulate it this way; keep writing and learn how to be a better writer. If you’re really serious about writing, learn how to do it well and keep at it. I don’t want to put forth the “anyone can do this, just keep at it” advice, because I don’t think that’s true; not everyone is going to have the skill as a writer to do a good job at it. And not everyone is going to have the patience and perseverance to keep at it. And some writers aren’t going to be able to handle a serious edit of their work—and trust me, everyone’s work needs an editor. So yes—do keep at it, but if you’re really serious, also be willing to do the work to learn your craft and become a better writer.

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

Growing up, I was a big-time nerd for history, and a lot of my heroes and role models were people like Einstein and other scientists. I’ve always been particularly fascinated by scientists who sacrificed their own health and wellbeing to learn more about the universe, like the Curies. I’m also fascinated by military strategists. So who I’d pick really depends on the day. Today I’d pick Rumi or William Butler Yeats. I’d love to talk to them about the mystical inspirations of their poetry.

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

This is so hard because I really love music; in fact, I obsessively create soundtracks for each of my stories. I don’t know that this song describes my life, but I often write to it; Queste Saranno by Origa. Or Inner Universe by Origa.

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

Cat. No brainer. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m halfway a cat already. Maybe a great cat, which would be slightly more majestic than a house cat. Well, sometimes they are more regal….I am working up a freebie short story I’ll give away to folks who join my email newsletter; the story focuses on wereleopard Kade from The Truth Upon Her Lips around Halloween. Did you know that great cats like leopards really like to play ball with pumpkins? Yeah, not quite so majestic, but there are some hilarious YouTube videos of this. Funny where inspiration strikes!






Excerpt from A Fading Amaranth:

“I must go now,” Nathaniel rasped. He had to, or he risked biting her whether or not she was glamoured. Yet he couldn’t stand the thought of leaving Alexandra there, of not tasting her. There was something about her, something that made him want…he didn’t even know what he wanted. Given his life, it probably wasn’t something he could have. “I have to find…I have to feed.” His hands shook. That was a bad sign.

 “All you had to do was ask.”

He looked up at Alexandra in surprise. “What?”

She took a step closer to him, and he caught her wrist, unable to resist scenting her again. She wasn’t overcome with lust in the way she would be under his hypnosis, but she did want him. When they touched, he could feel her attraction to him growing. Fascinating, he thought, that he could sense her feelings like that, even though he couldn’t bring her under.

He wanted her so badly he burned, but it wasn’t just his teeth, his blood. He wanted her in a way he hadn’t desired a woman in years. He ached to kiss her. Could he do it without biting her?

With the blood hunger riding him, could he stop himself from trying?

“I’m sorry,” he whispered.

She caught at his wrist, and he looked at her in surprise. “Don’t go.”

“I must. I have to go. Quickly.”

“Am I right that you only take a small amount of blood? Is what I sensed correct?”

“Yes,” he hissed as she stepped closer.

“Just ask.” She reached up to caress his cheek, and he barely suppressed a flinch.

“I cannot, my lady. You are not susceptible to….It will hurt. I cannot allow that,” he said, though he still found his head dipping down to her. He had no idea how he was even coherent; his vision hazed with red, throbbing to the beat of the pulse in her neck.

“Oh.”

He couldn’t resist nuzzling his cheek against hers, brushing his lips across her neck. Ah, the taste of her. He pulled back, shaking, and she reached up to pull him closer. He shut his eyes and gave in, kissing her, trying to keep his fangs from cutting her lip. Moaning, she kissed him back, pulling herself against him until he wrenched himself back. “I must go,” he snarled. Her desire nearly shattered his control completely.




Saturday, July 4, 2015

On Vacation!!!! And Other Updates....

Hi all!

For those of you who follow my writing down the bones probably noticed I didn't post this past tuesday. Those of you who follow my interviews might have realized I didn't post an author interview either. I have decided to take a much needed vacation. I'll pick everything up on July 18th with an interview with Shauna Aura Knight so be on the look out for that.

I wanted to give a quick update - I don't get a chance to do this very often.

I was looking around today and found out that ARe is having a sale today - all my books there are 50% off! ARe:http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Barbara+Donlon+Bradley

I am also visiting two blogs this week. One is already live,

http://marielaval.blogspot.com/2015/07/welcome-to-american-author-barbara.html?showComment=1436050380145#c8805777960152983738

I had a lot of fun answering her questions! Come on by and leave a comment.

On Wednesday I'll be on Lily Bishop's blog, answering her interview questions. Here's her main blog address - http://lilybishop.com/ - I'll post a direct link when I get it. Here;s the main link - comeone by and say hi! http://lilybishop.com/ww-meet-barbara-donlon-bradley/

Oh and I sent in book 9 to my publisher! Fingers crossed I hope to have good news soon.