Thursday, January 31, 2013

When There's THUNDER... There's Taryn Kincaid

KAREN: Taryn Kincaid is a multi-published author or sensual romances. She writes for Decadent Publishing, Carina Press and The Wild Rose Press.  Here's a sneak peek at Book 2 in her 1Night Stand series: Thunder!

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Title: Thunder
Series: Sleepy Hollow #2 | 1Night Stand
Author: Taryn Kincaid
Genre: Paranormal, erotic romance, urban fantasy
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Format: Ebook
Pages: 36

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Book Description:

Lonely young witch, Veronica Hardwicke, has struggled to get on with her life after the death of the elderly husband who’d left her a fortune and a sprawling estate in mystical Sleepy Hollow. When frightening things go bump in the night on a stormy Fourth of July, who better to call than the sexy developer and contractor, Sean Jones, who's been renovating her mansion for months?

Sean may grace the tabloid pages with a different supermodel on his arm every night, but it's Veronica who drives him nuts. Ignoring his instinct to stay away, he answers her summons.

Will the thundering passion of their 1Night Stand tear down the barriers between them?

Excerpt:

Veronica paced back and forth in the grand entry foyer of the Belmont mansion, the kitten heels of her Prada mules clacking on the marble floors.
The rest of the place might not be finished, but she’d insisted on having a few rooms completed, so at least she felt like she was living in a home, rather than a massive, never-ending construction project. Well, her contractor had insisted, even though working around the main entrance and central hallway created more work for him and his crew. But she was forced to admit he was right.
Her cell phone chimed on top of the antique credenza shoved flush against one wall. She leaped for it. Probably Geneviève, to regale her with all the fun she was having inParis. Or Sean, to advise her he couldn’t make it after all. She sighed and read the text message on the small screen.
Congratulations, Veronica. 1Night Stand has found your date. Have a good time.
With both anxiety and mounting excitement, she stared at the screen and waited. No other info. Outside in the night, thunder boomed. She jumped then laughed at herself.
Ghosts are one thing, but freaking out at the weather now? Cripes, you really do need this date!
She let her imagination run wild, then texted back for more details:
When? Where? Who?
An insistent pounding at the front door jarred her out of her fantasy. She swung the door open on another explosive crack of thunder.
Sean stood on her doorstep, his soaked T-shirt molding sculpted pecs and abs, his drenched hair flattened over his brow. Rain poured down as he fiddled with his iPhone, a bemused expression on his face. Behind him, jagged arrows of lightning tore the dark sky. He glared at the screen, glanced at her in confusion, then back at the screen.
Veronica’s own phone pinged again. Thunder roared. She read the message in disbelief.
You’re looking at him.

About the Author:

TARYN KINCAID is a multi-published author of sensual romance. Her 1Night Stand series stories, LIGHTNING and THUNDER are available from Decadent Publishing and wherever eBooks are sold. Her Regency romance, HEALING HEARTS, for Carina Press; her  erotic paranormal, SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS, for The Wild Rose Press, are also available wherever eBooks are sold.

Website | Blog | Twitter: @TarynKincaid | Facebook | Facebook Author Page | Amazon Author Page |
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Monday, January 28, 2013

Keira Michelle Telford Doesn't Follow the Rules

KAREN:We have Keira Michelle Telford in the house. This rule breaking author gives us sneak peek at her world building and how she came up with the idea for her fascinating Science Fiction series: THE SILVER SERIES.  Let's give Keira a warm welcome.

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To win an ebook copy of the first book in the series, SILVER : Acheron (River of Pain). All you need to do is ask Keira a question or leave a comment. CONTEST ENDS FEB. 2ND for this contest.

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The Unrepenting Rebel by Kiera Michelle TelfordWhy do I write dystopian science fiction? Because I don’t like rules.

That is, I don’t like your rules. We live in a world where apples grow on trees (money, unfortunately, doesn’t), water is necessary for life, and you can’t expose yourself in public without getting arrested. We live in a world of rules.

The rules are dictated by the environment we live in, our governments, and (in some cases) our conscience. I didn’t murder my husband last week when he left his dirty socks on the bedroom floor instead of putting them in the laundry basket. Why? Because if I did, I’d go to prison.


Necessary, but boring.

If most of the world was destroyed, and humans were very nearly extinct, how would we repopulate the planet? I imagine that birth control might be made illegal for married couples. Pairing would be encouraged, and we might see people marrying at an earlier age. Of course, the legal age of majority would then be lowered, to compensate for this.

I love world-building. I love making up new rules, then watching them play out. I love playing god, I guess, and that’s probably a control freak thing. World-building is fascinating to me. It’s intricate and detail-oriented, and the more anally retentive you are, the better. Your world has to be believable and livable and, above all, it has to make sense.

Every single decision you make has repercussions.

Sometimes the research involved in this is tedious. Other times, it’s thrilling. I just spent three days immersed in British politics. It was dull and confusing, but it was absolutely vital. I’m currently having an interesting conversation with one of my editors over whether or not the British government would hold a ‘debate’ or a ‘summit’ in the Palace of Westminster. It seems ridiculous, but if you need the British government to hold a summit, and you also need to blow up that government in the Palace of Westminster, those two things somehow need to mesh. And it’s not good enough to answer the problem of “They don’t hold summits in the House of Commons” by saying “They do now”—that’s just lazy.

Don’t get lazy.

Don’t let your dragons snort smarties.

Research, research, research.

You’ll write a better book because of it.



Title: SILVER: Acheron (A River of Pain
Series: The SILVER Series #1
Author: Keira Michelle Telford
Genre: Dystopian SF
Publisher: Venatic Press (author's imprint)
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: 40,000 words

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BOOK ONE in THE SILVER SERIES.

2342 CE

Dishonorably discharged from the Hunter Division and banished for crimes she did not commit, Silver struggles to come to terms with her new prison-like surroundings: a segregated area of the city called the Fringe District, populated by murderers, thieves and rapists.

Starving, and desperate for money, she reluctantly accepts the Police Division's invitation to enroll in a covert Bounty Hunter program: an initiative devised to infiltrate the criminal underworld of the Fringers, and to force the very worst warrant dodging law-breakers to meet their fate--death.

Unfortunately, Silver doesn't realize that the Police Division is about to up the ante. They need more than little snippets of information and arrests--they need someone to pull the trigger. They need an executioner.


SILVER: Acheron is the first book (a 40,000 word novella) in a 10-book series featuring the character of Ella 'Silver' Cross. Set more than 300yrs in the future, the Silver Series takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world where humans are a species on the brink of extinction. No longer at the top of the food chain, humans are preyed upon by the Chimera--genetic mutants that outnumber humankind 25:1.

***Content advisory: Contains graphic language and violence.***

About the Author:



Keira Michelle Telford was born and raised in the UK. She spent the early part of her childhood in Worcestershire, before the family moved to Wales where she lived for most of her teenage years. In 2006, she moved to Canada. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and 9 guinea pigs.


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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Six Sentence Sunday: Magic of the Loch the Beginning #2

It's Six Sentence Sunday at Karen's Shenanigans. This is another snippet from Magic of the Loch. The Legend begins #2 See you there!

Here's the story's blurb:

The Magic of the Loch
(Shapeshifter/mystery/paranormal)
E-book Available at: The Wild Rose Press
Kindle
NOOK

Blurb:
Michaela Grant travels to Scotland for a holiday, knowing this vacation is her last. A medical condition threatens her life and any chance of a future—until she meets Alan MacLachlin, a man forced to exist between two worlds.

Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life.

Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he’s threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it’s too late.


Pop on over to Karen's Shenanigans for a sneak peek of where the legend all began.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ain't It (Not So) Romantic?, the Anti-Romance

Karen: J.P. Sloan pens science fiction tales, urban fantasy, and horror stories. He's here today to share a sneak peek at his newest release: The Curse Merchant. Sit back, and enjoy! **Popcorn and soda optional.



Ain't It (Not So) Romantic?, the Anti-Romance by J.P. Sloan

     I'm not a Romance author. I say that because I want to immediately contradict myself, and I’m odd like that. I believe that every story should possess a romantic element of some kind. Granted, the term "romantic element" is purposely vague, but a protagonist should be driven by love of someone or something. In the more traditional sense, that protagonist is motivated by another character. But it could also be something less tangible… a nation, an ideal, even revenge can be a kind of love. A sick, twisted kind of love, but the thin line between love and hate is a widely celebrated conceit. 
     
     Which is what brings me to the Anti-Romance. In my latest release, The Curse Merchant, the protagonist Dorian Lake tries to save the soul of his ex-lover. On the surface, this is his motivation. But dig deeper, and his real goal is to win back her affections. Here's what makes it interesting. She hates his guts. Plus, she drives him more than a little bit crazy. The reader navigates their first scene together like a holiday visitor standing awkwardly in the corner as the hosts have a blow-out shouting match. There's no affection here… just lots and lots of spite.
     
     Ain't it romantic? Well, yes it is once you realize what kind of history there is between the two characters. You want to know more, you dig through the jabs and upper cuts to delve into the unresolved tension. Memorable characters tap-dance over the line between love and hate regularly, and the reader gets to choose sides. The results are rarely predictable, and aren't always positive. That's the fun of the Anti-Romance. The stakes are higher. We as readers are given no assurances of a resolution. It's a roller-coaster ride that we're not sure won't end in our plunging to our deaths.

     The Anti-Romance can be applied to nebulous concepts as well. A slave may be forced to defend his master's property during the Civil War. A prisoner of war may develop a deeper understanding of the enemy while incarcerated. In fact, I'd make the argument that any revenge plot is, at its core, an Anti-Romance. Any thorough investment of hatred is just a twisted kind of love. After all, the opposite of love isn't hate. It's apathy.

    So, if we play fast-and-loose with the definitions, I find that I am, in fact, a Romance author. Though I wouldn't mislead the average Romance reader by billing myself as such. I think the important thing to remember is that any interesting story has a protagonist who is "in love" with something, even if it's being in love with hating someone. Avid readers can't abide an uninvested character, and once an author identifies what the character's love is, whether it be romantic or anti-romantic, the story can't help but to move forward.

Title: The Curse Merchant
Series: The Dark Choir #1
Author: J.P. Sloan
Genre: Urban Fantasy Noir
Publisher: Self-published
Format: Ebook
Words: 83,000

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Book Description:

Dorian Lake has spent years cornering the Baltimore hex-crafting market, using his skills at the hermetic arts to exact karmic justice for those whom the system has failed. He keeps his magic clean and free of soul-corrupting Netherwork, thus avoiding both the karmic blow-back of his practice and the notice of the Presidium, a powerful cabal of practitioners that polices the esoteric arts in America. However, when an unscrupulous Netherworker interferes with both his business and his personal life, Dorian's disarming charisma and hermetic savvy may not be enough to keep his soul out of jeopardy.

His rival, a soul monger named Neil Osterhaus, wouldn't be such a problem were it not for Carmen, Dorian's captivating ex-lover. After two years' absence Carmen arrives at Dorian’s doorstep with a problem: she sold her soul to Osterhaus, and has only two weeks to buy it back. Hoping to win back Carmen's affections, Dorian must find a replacement soul without tainting his own. As Dorian descends into the shadows of Baltimore’s underworld, he must decide how low he is willing to stoop in order to save Carmen from eternal damnation... with the Presidium watching, waiting for him to cross the line.
About the Author:

I am a storyteller, eager to transport the reader to strange yet familiar worlds. My writing is dark, fantastical, at times stretching the limits of the human experience, and other times hinting at the monsters lurking under your bed. I write science fiction, urban fantasy, horror, and several shades in between.

I am a husband and a father, living in the “wine country” of central Maryland. I’m surrounded by grapevines and cows. During the day I commute to Baltimore, and somehow manage to escape each afternoon with only minor scrapes and bruises. I am also a homebrewer and a certified beer judge. My avocations dovetail nicely!

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Day Job vs. My Passion by Sara Walter Ellwood

KAREN: Welcome to the Gambling on a Secret tour with Sara Walter Ellwood! She is here today to tell us about her passion for writing and what keeps her motivated to pen such exciting tales. You're also in for a few treats. Not only do you get a sneak peek at her new release: GAMBLING ON A SECRET, she also has prizes to give away! Read on and find out how you may be dealt in on this game of fortune.



Day Job vs. My Passion by Sara Walter Ellwood

“So, now that you’re published, when are you quitting?”

If I’ve had this question asked once, I’ve had asked a thousand times since publishing my first book in July of 2012. And after I have a nice laugh, my answer is always the same. “I can’t quit.”

Would I like to? Emmm… Now that’s a hard question. In many ways, I’d love to write full time. I could get so much more accomplished! But I think my writing would become very stale. Without work, I could see me becoming a homebody, and that doesn’t make for good stimulus for the muse.

Besides, I like my day job… No, I don’t love it as much as I do my passion for writing, but I’d miss it. As much as I dislike some of the work politics, I like the people I work with. And I enjoy the reward of helping others and serving my country (I’m a medical secretary for the U.S. Army).

Of course, I’d never turn down the opportunity to work part time if I could afford it. That would be the best of both worlds!

****So, what about you? Would you quit your job for your passion? Or would you prefer a compromise?****


Former runaway-turned heiress Charli Monroe is hiding her sordid past and planning a future in Colton, Texas. Attending the local college for a degree in social work, she intends to raise cattle on her newly purchased ranch, which she plans to open as a home for troubled teens. Only a few glitches—the Victorian mansion is crumbling, the barn needs a roof, and her oilman neighbor wants more than friendship. When she meets Dylan Quinn, Charli is willing to take a chance on the town drunk to help her rebuild the rundown ranch.

Dylan has his demons, too. The former Special Forces commander can’t get past his ex-wife’s betrayal and the botched mission that left him with much more than a bad limp. Certain the greedy oilman next door to Charli wants much more than just her heart, Dylan’s even willing to stop drinking in order to protect her.

When things get dangerous and secrets of the past are revealed, is he only looking out for his new employer, or is she the new start he so desperately needs?

CONTENT WARNING: Details abuse of a minor, drug abuse, alcoholism, swearing, spicy sex, murder.



COVER QUOTE: “Full of intrigue, tangled pasts, and raw emotions, this one is guaranteed to keep you turning pages from start to finish and then wishing for one more chapter!”
Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Just a Cowboy and His Baby.
Ms. Brown also named Gambling On A Secret as one of her favorite romance reads in 2012 in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today.


Excerpt:
“Ferguson, what are you doing here?” Dylan barked.

Leon ambled toward them on the stone path. “I’m saving a young maiden from torment. What are you doing here, playing the part of the devil?”

“I’m Miss Monroe’s new manager.” The deadly edge of his voice matched the flintiness of his eyes. “If there’s anyone to save the young maiden from, it’s you.”

“Mr. Quinn, please.” She turned to Leon. “Leon, is there something I can do for you?”

He smiled, showing off perfect white teeth in a face handsome enough to belong to an actor. “I was just passing by on my way home and decided to stop. How are the boys working out?”

Dylan’s stance widened and his hands flexed at his slides. “What boys?”

“Charli and I have entered into a business arrangement.”

She lost the battle with the urge to wrap her arms around herself. As much as she appreciated Leon’s kindness, respected him, and was even a little attracted to him, something about him didn’t sit right with her. He represented her peers in the community. According to Mrs. Pratt, besides the Cartwrights, she and Leon were undoubtedly the wealthiest residents in the county. No one in Colton could learn about her past. It would ruin her, and Leon, no doubt, had the means to dig up the dirt.

“Really?” Dylan stepped closer to her in a protective manner. Whiskey tainted his breath as the warmth of the exhalations tickled her cheek. “What kind of business arrangement?”

She could protect herself. Dylan Quinn wasn’t any safer than Leon Ferguson. Stepping away from him, she forced her arms to her sides. “Mr. Quinn, I can handle this.”

She faced Leon. “I’m amazed by how much the men got done since starting on Monday. The foreman told me last evening they’d be reseeding another fifty acres for hay this morning. And they have the corrals fixed and started on the fencing in the north pasture.”

“Good, good.” He glanced at Dylan. “I’ll be going, unless you need a more reliable exterminator. I couldn’t help but overhear about your snake infestation. I can give you the name of the company that has gotten rid of the snakes in our lakes over on Oak Springs for years.”

Although he presented the perfect solution, she didn’t the like way Leon had looked at Dylan as he said the word exterminator. “No, Mr. Quinn is quite capable of getting rid of the snake.”

“Oh, I’m sure he is.” Leon tipped his hat. “Let me know if there’s anything else I can do for you, Charli.” Dylan’s jaw tightened as his uncle glanced at him. “It’s good to see you up among the living again.”

Leon headed back to his Porsche. With no pretense of lowering his voice, Dylan said, “Now, there’s a snake no one wants in their garden.”

Upon hearing the jibe, Leon’s shoulders jerked in mid-stride.

Rattled by Leon’s attention and the snake fiasco, she turned on Dylan. “You aren’t off the hook. I want those snakes gone.”

“We’ll see.”

“I hate snakes.” She shuddered and put her hands on her hips. “Maybe I should have asked him who the exterminator is.”

Bio:
Sara Walter Ellwood is an award winning author whose novel Gambling On A Secret was named by bestselling author Carolyn Brown in the Happy Ever After Blog on USA Today as one of her favorite romances of 2012. Although Sara has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her stories. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for nearly 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia.

She also writes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.

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~One poster from every stop will win a Gambling On A Secret ebook
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(The winners of these two prizes will be announced the day after the tour stop.)

I also have 2 Grand Prizes!

~First Grand Prize is a SWAG PACK, including a signed copy of Carolyn Brown’s Just a Cowboy and His Baby. Also included is a copy of D’Ann Lindun’s Shot Through the Heart, a pen, a notebook, a horse themed mini calendar, a patriotic themed day planner, and more all tucked away in a reusable tote bag at the end of my blog tour.

~Second Grand Prize is a $10 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If you follow the tour and comment as often as possible, you increase your chances of winning!
(The winners of the Swag Pack and Gift Card will be announced on March 1, 2013.)
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Paranormal Romance - Beyond Fang and Fur and Wings

KAREN: We have the talented Angela Quarles with us this morning. She admits to being a geek girl at heart and loves all things paranormal. Let's give her a warm welcome. Strap on your tin foil hats and sit back and enjoy a glimpse into the world beyond fangs, furs and wings....
 
Paranormal Romance - Beyond Fang and Fur and Wings by Angela Quarles

Thank you Karen for having me on your site. We both write paranormal romance that includes elements other than "creature" romance, so I thought I'd talk about what paranormal romance entails for me.
You might think I'm preaching to the choir on this blog, which is probably true, but I can't tell you the number of times my time travel romance was dinged by a contest judge for "not being a paranormal romance". To give a background, my time travel romance, MUST LOVE BREECHES, entered a bunch of RWA chapter contests last year and I always entered it in the paranormal category, and it finaled thirteen times. If someone hurtling through time is not "beyond the range of scientific explanation [Wikipedia]", I don't know what is, LOL. And these are judges who must've felt knowledgeable enough about the genre to judge paranormal entries. And many times, their own chapter category definitions had "time travel" listed as belonging in the paranormal category. Hrmpf. Anyway, enough ranting. This is my anecdotal explanation for the impetus behind this post.
There seems to be a prevailing belief that paranormal romance is purely a romance involving some kind of supernatural creature, be it vampire, were, angel, demon, or what-have-you. And the sheer numbers of these stories out there help reinforce this conclusion. Many of them are wonderful explorations into what it means to be different, or human, and synthesizing or creating complex myths and worlds.
But there are other types of paranormal romance out there. As one fellow paranormal romance writer said to me at a convention recently, she thinks the creature element of paranormal romance might be saturated and the time is ripe for the other kinds of paranormal romance to come to the fore. Boy, I hope she's right!
So what are some other kinds of paranormal romance? The now defunct P.E.A.R.L. awards had the following categories, which I think sum it up pretty well:

  • Fantasy/Magical: Story takes place in the natural world but featuring beings [mythical or real] with unnatural abilities. Stories may include visits to other realms. This category also includes ghosts and psychics.
  • Futuristic: Stories in this category require the main plot to be set in a time far enough into the future for there to be significant developments (changes) in culture as we know it, or the introduction of an otherworldly culture which affects the contemporary world - plot involves two romantically linked central characters.
  • Shapeshifter: Books in this category include beings that have the ability to take on different forms one of which must be human. Werewolves, Selkies, and others.
  • Time Travel: Stories in which main character[s] travel to a time period other than their own. Can be historical, contemporary, or futuristic in setting.
  • Vampire: Darker and generally more sensual, these stories feature preternatural beings who subsist on human and/or animal blood, or life force (in the case of psychic vampires) often having magical powers and the ability to transform.
  • Romantic Fantasy: This category includes traditional Fantasy which is set in wholly imaginary landscapes, and alternate history (a.k.a. historical fantasy). Stories draw imaginatively on speculation in the plot and setting.
  • Science Fiction: Stories involve speculations based on current or future science or technology as the plot focus or involve a futuristic setting which is significantly different from the world as we know it.
  • Romantic Urban Fantasy: Fantasy in which supernatural elements are introduced into contemporary, real-world, urban settings.

I think this is more inclusive than the definition given here by Prof. Sarah S.G. Frantz:

paranormal romance is a novel focusing on a close relationship in which the primary mundane vs. paranormal tension is explored between the partners in the relationship. So while a story in which both characters know of, understand, and believe in the paranormal elements of the world would technically be "paranormal," it might not be a paranormal romance because why have a romance with paranormal elements if the mundane/paranormal tension does not effect the relationship? In a paranormal romance, then, by my definition, at least one character must believe they are mundane (whether or not they are) and have to struggle within the relationship with the tension between mundane and paranormal. This definition can be represented in any number of ways, but that's what I come to when I actually try to parse out my personal understanding of the combination phrase "paranormal romance." If you think of most of Nora Roberts' paranormals (I haven't read the Morrigan's Cross series, so I can't speak for those) and Linda Howard's paranormals, each and every relationship has to get over the "I don't believe you are a ______/I don't believe you can do ________" stage. That's what makes them paranormal, in my opinion.

Which precludes a lot of what was defined by the P.E.A.R.L. Time travel would not be considered paranormal by her, then.

What's not in the P.E.A.R.L. categories is 'steampunk' which I would argue is a subset of paranormal romance, since an alternate history is definitely 'other-worldly'. Also, it's seemingly acknowledged that reincarnation romances are paranormal, but where would that fit in the P.E.A.R.L. categories?

Perhaps that's why I really like the name of the RWA special interest chapter "Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal" (FF&P), and a few RWA chapter contests are changing the Paranormal Category to FF&P, so that it can include sci-fi romance and fantasy romance, and the like.

What do you think? Feel like hashing it out? Do you see paranormal romance in the strict sense like Frantz or more inclusive? Do you consider time travel romance a sub-genre of paranormal romance like I do?

Angela's new release, BEER AND GROPING IN LAS VEGAS, features a match-making djinn:

Can a djinn and a magic slot machine bring two geeks together?

Riley McGregor is a geek trapped in a Good Ole Boy body and as owner of a microbrewery, smart chicks never look at him twice.

Rejected by a geek who wanted to “trade up,” Mirjam Linna would rather immerse herself in work than be the girlfriend-of-the-moment. Stranded in a Vegas hotel, she makes a wish—a night of hot sex with the man of her dreams. It's granted. She agrees to dinner, but afterward, she’ll say thanks, but no thanks, and see what’s on the SyFy channel. But when they meet, they're surprised to find they had a shared connection in their past. Sparks fly as these two learn to be in the moment, be themselves and find love.

Fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python, Firefly and Marvin the Martian will enjoy this romantic comedy.

About the Author: 
Angela works at an independent bookstore and lives in an historic house in the beautiful and quirky town of Mobile, AL, with her two matched gray cats, Darcy and Bingley. When she's not writing, she enjoys the usual stuff like gardening, reading, hanging out, eating, drinking, chasing squirrels out of the walls and creating the occasional knitted scarf. She's had a varied career, including website programming and directing a small local history museum.

She's an admitted geek and is proud to be among the few but mighty Browncoats who watched 
Firefly the first night it aired. She was introduced to the wonderful world of science fiction by her father, by way of watching reruns of the original Star Trek in her tweens and later giving her a copy of Walter M. Miller Jr's A Canticle for Leibowitz as a teenager. She hasn't looked back since. 

She has a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in German from Emory University, and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She was an exchange student to Finland in high school and studied abroad in Vienna one summer in college. She recently found representation with Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon, Assoc.

Find Angela here: Website


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Six Sentence Sunday: Magic of the Loch, The Legend Begins…

At Karen's Shenanigan's:
Six Sentence Sunday: Magic of the Loch, The Legend Begins…

It's Six Sentence Sunday and this is the a snippet from Magic of the Loch. It's been a while since I shared a sneak peek. I thought I go back to the beginning where the legend all started...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Creme dé La Cover Contest

I'm so excited! I just received an email letting me know my cover for "Twilight's Eternal Embrace" is competing in the semi-final round of the Creme dé La Cover contest over on the fun page at Ind'tale website!  Please, if you have the time, would you vote for the cover. Pretty please with sugar on top!! 
 
It stands to win a 1/4 page ad in the Feb. magazine, plus automatic submission in the best of 1012 RONE awards for outstanding cover.  It will then go on to compete in the finals at the end of the month, where a full page ad PLUS an entire month of advertising on the homepage of our website it up for grabs.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Vampire VS. Werewolf Hop

CONTEST IS NOT CLOSED. THANK YOU ALL FOR PARTICIPATING. THE WINNERS ARE... STACEY (WINS A PDF COPY OF MOON SHIFTER) AND TRACEY D (WINS AN AMAZON KINDLE COPY TWILIGHT'S ETERNAL EMBRACE)! CONGRATULATIONS. I'LL BE EMAILING YOU BOTH SHORTLY WITH YOUR PRIZES!!

Welcome to the Vampire VS. Werewolf Hop! Don't you just love those creatures of the night? I know I do. 

Vampires and Werewolves, both have a large fan base and many legends. I have a difficult time deciding which preternatural being I like more. I enjoy reading and writing about both of them. Their legends and myths intrigue me. Many countries have their own versions of blood drinking fiends and werewolf tales of horror. Though each legend may be similar, each country has their own interesting spin on the folklore.

In the movies and novels of today, vampires and werewolves have a lethal hatred of each other and are forever trying to eliminate one another. However, this was not always the case. The two beings were intertwined in quite a few of the legends. There is a belief that when a werewolf dies, he or she will return as a vampire. In France there is a werewolf known as the loublin. This werewolf is found in cemeteries. They dig up corpses and eat them. In Montenegro, there is a belief that all vampires can shift to a wolf form. In Greece, they believed that if anyone ate a sheep that had been killed by a wolf, they would become a vampire. Hollywood may depict werewolves and vampires hating each other, but as you can see, the legends state many ties that draw them together.

Also the earlier movies betrayed werewolves of not being able to control their actions and they were tied to the full moon. An Irish legend about the werewolves states the Ossory people can change into wolves whenever they wanted. When an Ossorian became a wolf he would leave his body at home and it would appear as if he were dead. Before the shift, he would leave strict orders with a trusted friend not to move the body. If someone moved the body and the wolf couldn’t find it, he would remain a wolf for the rest of his life.

There aren't many vampire-type myths in Irish folklore compared to other countries, but keep in mind the word vampire didn’t appear as a word to describe blood-drinking entities until the 18th century. The Irish bloodsuckers were known as: Dreach-Shoula or Droch-Fhoula, which is pronounced “droc-‘ola”. It means ‘tainted blood’. Sean O’Suilleabhain spoke of a site called Dun Dreach-Fhoula (Castle of the Blood Visage). Supposedly, this was a fortress guarding a lonely pass in Magillycuddy Reeks in Kerry where blood-drinking shape shifting fairies lived. Some believe these myths were actually the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and not Vlad Dracul. 
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***CONTEST: I’m giving one lucky reader the choice of a vampire tale or a shifter tale. If you should win, you have the choice of a PDF copy of Moon Shifter (werewolf) or a Kindle copy of Twilight’s Eternal Embrace (vampires).

MY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite werewolf or vampire legend? If you do, please share it with us. Also, please state which one of the books you would prefer to win and don’t forget to leave your email. Good Luck!!
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In 2013, look for my new tale SOUL TAKER starring both vampires and werewolves.

Here’s a blurb:

No soul is safe…

A vampire from the Grim Sith sept is sucking the souls out of young women from the Boston area, but this sinister crime is far worse than a vampire seeking substance, he’s selling the souls to the highest bidder and it seems business is booming.

A vampire, a werewolf and a Necromancer, are a most unlikely team, but Garran, Harrison and Isabella plan on putting a kink in the dubbed Soul Taker’s plans. It’s personal now. One of their friends has fallen victim to the Soul Taker’s charms, but to stop him from hurting anyone else, their efforts may involve raising the dead.

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Participating Blogs:

1. Full Moon Bites (INT)  17. Carin@ My Reading Obsession  33. Paranormal Romance Fans for Life  
2. Kallysten (INT)  18. Proserpine @ Proserpine Craving Books (INT)  34. Karen Michelle Nutt  
3. JoAnne Kenrick (INT)  19. SMARTMOUTHTEXAN (US)  35. Lisa Carlisle  
4. Book Lover's Hideaway (Int)  20. Bloodthirsty Muses - Author H.A. Fowler  36. Lena Loneson - Paranormal erotic romance (INT)  
5. The Wiccan Haus (INT)  21. Ashlynne Laynne Paranormal Romance and Beyone  37. Felicity Heaton, PNR author (INT)  
6. Dominique Eastwick (INT)  22. Not Now...Mommy's Reading (INT)  38. Sedona Venez (INT)  
7. Lia Davis (INT)  23. Book- Marks The Spot (US/CAN)  39. Tempting Reads  
8. Books Amour (INT)  24. SnifferWalk(Int)  40. Carmel @ Rabid Reads  
9. Nya Rayne  25. Mae Clair  41. Hennessee Andrews  
10. Crazy Four Books (INT)  26. Milly Taiden  42. I Smell Sheep  
11. maghon @ Happy Tails and Tales  27. Corina @ Pink Fluffy Hearts  43. Dani Harper, PNR author, (INTL)  
12. Vanessa North - Paranormal Romance  28. Author Ambrielle Kirk (INT)  44. AwesomeSauce Books  
13. Booked & Loaded (US/CAN)  29. Diane Thorne - Erotic Paranormal Romance (INT)  45. Mary Abshire-Paranormal Rom/UF  
14. Lily Graison, author, (INT)  30. Victoria Danann  46. Dianna Hardy  
15. Kaitlin Bevis  31. Elizabeth Morgan (INT)  47. Lorraine Pearl  
16. C A Nicks, author (INT)  32. Karyn Gerrard (INT)  48. Sharing Links and Wisdom (INT)