Today we have Honoria Ravena visiting and sharing with us her writing ritual! Everyone give her a warm welcome.
I have a very specific writing ritual. I usually write at night, after dinner. I work better in the darkness. Lol, a paranormal writer who writes during the night. Imagine that. It also might have something to do with all those times I was up all night finishing papers in high school. I also always wrote at night after my parents went to bed.
I like to drink tea when I write. I don't know why, because I am definitely a coffee drinker, but coffee seems to get me to wired to work. Tea seems to soothe me, and allow me to focus.
I burn candles and incense when I write. I don't burn the incense a lot because my mother hates the smell, but I always have at least one candle going.
I also always have music going. My muse used to be very picky about what I could listen to. It had to be a female voice. Since then she's loosened up a bit and I can listen to just about anything, as long as she approves. I usually don't know what she approves of until I listen for a while, get no work done and go "No, that's not right." and change the music. And I do have my trusted stand bys I go to when she's being picky. Niyaz is a favorite, and the soundtrack to Queen of the Damned. And of course some of my characters have their own favorites.
Also, I prefer to write at my desk. Lately I haven't because my computer chair is too uncomfortable. I've been writing in bed, which is plenty comfortable, but annoying.
I don't have to do all this stuff to write, but the words seem to come easier if I do. But I've found that if I feel like writing, nothing will stop me.
What about you? Do you have a writing ritual?
Now, I'd like to share some blurbs with you. I hope you enjoy them!
Fear of Darkness Blurb:
Vahe Patten is a Watcher in the King’s guard. The vampire king, that is. As a Watcher, Vahe executes vampires who break the only major vampire law: keep the secret. When Dylan Andrew starts leaving his murder victims for the human authorities to find, something must be done. While in Haven, Vahe enters the dreams of a woman plagued with nightmares of her past. When he sees Dylan flirting with her in a bar, he knows she’ll be his next victim.
Natalya Woods just wants to avoid her ex-husband. The small town of Haven, Maine seems perfect until she’s attacked in the street by, literally, the man of her dreams.
Buy it here!
Hunted by his people, the shapeshifter, Jayden, sheds his human skin after escaping his execution. 200 years later he’s still on the run. When he’s attacked in the remote woods in Wyoming, the last thing he expects is to be saved by a human woman.
When Maura finds a rough looking group of men hunting a tiger in her forest, she doesn’t hesitate to pull a gun on them and release the animal. What she doesn’t expect is for that frightening cat to change into a gorgeous, surly man with a tortured past.
But when his people threaten her life, will he save her, or leave her to the wolves?
Buy it here!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
A friend asked me to pass this along. This guy is really awesome so please consider it:
The romance community has long had a reputation for being loving, generous, and supportive of charity, so I hope you'll all take a moment to read this, and to make a small donation that will help benefit children, this is about the KIDS HELP LINE - an organization that helps kids in need by giving them a safe and accessible place to turn to when they're in trouble. One of Canada's best musicians has not only opened his kind and giving heart to this cause, he's opening up his home - on CHRISTMAS DAY - and giving a special benefit performance from his own living room... Time is getting short, but if you can spare a few dollars, you will not only make a difference, you will receive a very great gift back in this special show.... The details are here, and I really hope you'll consider doing this, and spreading the word to as many people as you possibly can between now and Christmas Day....
Thanks so much, and here are the details and the links, and the whole idea from Mr. Dusk himself:
On December 25th at 4PM (EST), Matt is giving you the unique opportunity to watch an intimate online performance of your favourite Christmas carols and songs from his albums. All proceeds will be going directly to Kids Help Phone. To be a part of this special event, visit www.kidshelpphone.ca/mattdusk to donate and help make a difference in the lives of these kids today.
December 25th at 4PM (EST)
Canadian and Juno Award Nominee Matt Dusk is a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and fervent jazz-pop musicologist blessed with the perfect name ... for his spirit truly comes out as night approaches and concert audiences await.
In the spirit of giving, Matt Dusk is asking you to make these Twelve Days of Christmas special by donating to Kids Help Phone. In return, he will be giving you an intimate online performance!
On December 25th at 4PM (EST) Matt will be singing a collection of Christmas carols and songs from his albums to those who make a donation. The best part is you have the chance to be the musical director of his show by voting for the songs he performs!
To be a part of this special event, please DONATE NOW.
Upon receipt of your donation, a special link will be sent to you with:
* an insider’s view of the venue
* a voting feature (you choose the songs!)
* exclusive access to the video of his intimate performance
* ongoing access to the video at any time after 4PM on December 25th.
What better way to spend the Holidays with your family and friends than by enjoying the smooth sounds of Matt Dusk, all for a great cause! Don’t miss out on this special event. Your donations help Kids Help Phone provide the immediate help and hope that our kids need and deserve.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Since the year is coming to a close and I'm hoping for an even bigger year next year, I decided to start the year off with a bang and have a month full of guest bloggers. So far I've had great response and almost the whole month is full. Here's a peek at who will be here so far:
January 1 - I'll kick off the bash
January 2 - Delilah K. Stephans
January 3 - Natasha Bennett
January 4 - Colleen Love
January 5 - Jane Beckenham
January 6 - Denyse Bridger
January 7 - Pamela Hearon
January 8 - Brigit Aine
January 9 - Mark Terence Chapman
January 10 - Eve Summers
January 11 - Sandra Sookoo
January 12 - Franny Armstrong
January 13 - Peg Herring
January 14 - Cat Grant
January 15 - Ellie Moonwater
January 16 - Angel Martinez
January 17 - Rebecca Rose
January 18 - Pamela Tyner
January 19 - Annie Nicholas
January 20 - Cindy Jacks
January 21 - Aline de Chevigny
January 22 - Isabel Roman
January 23 - Jordana Ryan
January 24 - Brianna Roarke/Brynna Curry
January 25 - Angela Kay Austin
January 26 - Crystal Andros, tentative
January 27 - Micah Parrish
January 28 - Roseanne Dowell
January 29 - Kat Holmes
January 30 - Jane Toombs
January 31 - Aubrey Leatherwood
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I have the pleasure of hosting Ms. Knobova as part of her virtual tour. Below you'll find a little bit about her and her novel, Tales for Delicious Girls
Price: $22.70 Paperback: 180 pages Publisher: BK Publishing (September 1, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 0578033399 ISBN-13: 978-0578033396 Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
Tales for Delicious Girls has received perfect 5-star ratings from women all over the world!
"Tales for Delicious Girls" offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. "Tales for Delicious Girls" deals with wishes, desires and dreams - as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. However, "Tales for Delicious Girls" is not simply a humorous book. In addition to entertaining the readers, the tales will inspire women to think about their own life and relationships, see themselves through different eyes and realize that they are their own best friend, the pillar of their own life, and the only person they can always count on. "Tales for Delicious Girls" encourages women to love, respect and appreciate themselves, to live the life they have always wanted, and become aware of their true uniqueness and deliciousness. This book will make you cry till there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you're delicious - the most delicious girl in the world.
Portion of Author Autobahn Review:
We all have different experiences, but every "delicious girl" will see a bit of herself in Barbora's book. She doesn't feel sorry for herself; she uses her past as a springboard to the future. Tales for Delicious Girls is filled with cautionary true-stories. Is Barbora trying to use her experiences as a warning to every other girl? To prevent her from making the same mistakes she did? Of course, that would be ideal! But when it comes down to it, what the author is trying to remind every woman is to listen to that small voice inside and act upon it when it says, "Dump this loser!" She wants every woman to remember that no matter our choices, we can make better ones tomorrow.
Barbora Knobova is an author who writes about women and for women. A relationship coach and a "Delicious Girl", she is always on women's side and dedicates herself to helping women find their path to self-love and happiness. Barbora believes that every woman deserves to be loved, appreciated and respected, and her books speak to women of all ages, providing them with support and encouragement. Barbora's motto is: I believe in myself. In us. And in you. Because we all are Delicious. Visit Barbora's website http://www.barboraknobova.com for free e-courses, e-books and relationship advice.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
By NaNoWriMo!! But, I beat it up and came back. ^.^ Seriously, I made my stab at NaNo this year and to my surprise I did it. I've got a little more actual writing to do for it too but once that is done, I'm going to let it stew for the month of December. I crammed alot of threads into this tapestry and its a mess but I'll pick out the ones I don't want and make something from it next year.
In other news! December really crept up on me with being so engrossed with NaNo so I almost forgot to mention my December 3rd release from Red Rose Publishing.
“I had everything under control, Sebastian.”
He took a step towards her, she retreated but he followed. “But you didn't really want to be, did you Lily?”
“What are you talking about?” Lily swallowed around the sudden lump in her throat, watching his eyes travel to her throat. The way he was looking at her made heat collect in her belly.
“You don't want to be in control,” he replied, his voice a low seductive growl.
“Yes I do,” she protested weakly.
“No, you don't. You want to let go, to hand someone else the reins.”
“I can take care of myself.” Lily straightened her shoulders, trying to ignore her body that longed to throw itself at this man's feet.
“Of course you can,” Sebastian conceded, “But you want someone to take care of you. I know why you weren't happy with Philip,” he said.
“Oh?” For every step she took away from him, he took one forward. Her heels touched the wall at the same time her hip hit the counter. She had backed herself into a corner and he placed his hands on the wall on either side of her head, trapping her. Her breath was coming in quick gasps now. She couldn't look at him. She kept her eyes on his shoulder but that turned out to be a bad idea as she noticed now that the black turtle neck hugged his form in a sinful way. “And why is that?” she somehow managed to ask
Sebastian bent his head, catching her gaze with his own. “You want a man who won't let you control him.”
“And you could?” she countered, her cheeks flushing.
She held her breath, thinking he was going to kiss her again but he took a step back. “Come, we're leaving.” His tone left no room for debate and she really didn't feel any desire to refuse the command. Still it was her brother's party and she always stayed here to spend Christmas morning with him and Kate.
“I said, come.”
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Hi everyone, please welcome the wonderful Sandra Sookoo. She's here celebrating the release of her newest book, Exiles from Christmas, which is on sale from Lyrical Press starting today!
First off, I’d like to thank Antonia for allowing me to post on her blog. I always love visiting other folks around the web and in this instance, I get to share my latest release with you!
The inspiration behind this book was a fascination with Santa. It’s not what you think. It amazes me that the Santa myth still holds strong today and I find it amusing that sentiments are so strong regarding the issue: does he or does he not exist?
So, I decided to turn the jolly old man on his ear and Exiles from Christmas is the result. It’s my take, or explanation on the Santa scene. What’s more, I didn’t just stop with the jolly elf. I’ve taken a lot of the myths and childhood stories and created a sort of “what if” scenario in my Holiday Magic Series.
Here’s a blurb and excerpt for Exiles for Christmas:
Blurb: Santa’s nephews have come to Crystal Falls to run a cookie business. If they fail, they’ll have to go back to the North Pole and fill their uncle’s black boots when he retires. But sick of toys, elves, and the North Pole’s influence, that’s the last thing Landon and Aaron want. They’re looking for love.
Jayne isn’t much for sentimental family holidays and she certainly doesn’t believe in magic. Working in the Crystal Falls post office, she is mystified when she handles mail bearing a North Pole postal mark.
When Landon and Jayne meet, their attraction for each other is undeniable, but will the truth about Landon’s life make Jayne a believer, or will it be his love that finally melts her heart?
Landon was glad when Peg finally walked away. “Tell me why you hate Christmas.” Pleasure snaked through his gut when Jayne’s cheeks infused with a rosy stain. He had the insane desire to see her smile. He wondered if the back of her wrist was ticklish. “Or is it just the commercialism of the holiday that turns you into Scrooge?”
Her lips twitched but she didn’t follow through with a full grin. “Why don’t you tell me why I should like this holiday?” She dipped a triangle of her golden sandwich into her orange-red soup then took a delicate bite.
“Everyone likes Christmas.” He floundered for words. “It’s... It’s...magical.” He broke open the flaky crust of his chicken pot pie to let the steam escape.
“What’s so magical about the whole population of the world succumbing to avarice and greed?” She pointed her spoon at him. “And don’t get me started about that jolly old fat man in the red suit.”
“How do you know Santa is old or fat? Have you seen him?” Her abhorrence to Christmas fascinated him, but the information he was about to tell her would make or break the new friendship.
It was now or never. For some reason, he trusted her. “Actually, yes. In fact, I know him pretty well.” He kept his gaze glued to her face, alert for any outward signs of derision or ridicule. Prior relationships usually broke down at this point. Some had even ended with drinks to his face or upended dinners in his lap. When Jayne did nothing more dramatic than blink, he released his held breath. Maybe it’d be different this time.
“How can you possibly know him? He’s a make-believe character from story books.” She narrowed her eyes. “Unless he’s an invisible friend of yours.”
Very witty, Jayne. Funny and sexy. A great combination. He fought a smile. “He’s definitely not invisible.” No longer hungry, Landon pushed his mostly untouched plate away. “You never believed in Santa when you were a kid?” He watched as hope briefly flitted across her face but that moment of vulnerability vanished as quickly as it had come.
“Why?” He wasn’t about to give up. He felt a tiny seed of belief buried beneath her protests and he wanted to draw it out. He needed to draw it out, if only to justify his own determination to remove himself from his own issues.
Jayne busied herself by crumbling little bits of her sandwich into her soup bowl. “Santa has always been a disappointment to me.” She captured her bottom lip between her teeth. “When I was eleven, I desperately wanted a microscope. I loved science and thought it would be fun to look inside living things.”
“And you didn’t get it, I assume?” He wrenched his gaze from her invitingly wet lips to focus on her face.
“Of course not.” Bitterness crept into the confirmation. “Not only that, a few months after that, I found all the letters I’d written to Santa in my mom’s underwear drawer. She never mailed them. I understood why later—there was nowhere to mail them to. Santa’s a fake.” She shrugged. “I found all but one letter. She must have lost it.”
“I’m sorry you had a bad childhood. What about now? You’re older and wiser. Do you believe in Santa now?”
“Are you kidding me?” She gaped at him as if he were a car wreck. “Why should I believe now? What’s the point?”
“Because.” Landon cleared his throat. “Santa Claus is my uncle.”
Promo video for Crystal Falls:
Buy link: http://www.lyricalpress.com/exiles_from_christmas
Or visit my website for more information
Keep your eyes open for more books in this series.
Thanks again for having me here. I love to hear from readers and other authors so look me up on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, one lucky poster on this blog will receive a goodie bag. Name will be selected by random drawing at 5:00 p.m. EST.
Thanks Sandra! It sounds really interesting. I love Christmas so I for one will be on the lookout for more! Remember to post so you can be entered in the drawing!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
So NaNo is going well this year! I went into it as excited as I was for my first year (2007), which I can honestly say I wasn't last year. So I think this year I'll make it to 50k again. The story is kinda jumping all over the place BUT that'll be fixed in edits. A lot of my prep time is spent looking for pictures as well as songs. I already shared the songs, now time to share the pictures!
Gareth is a mage born in Shift. He is almost forty but the magic of Shift keeps him looking very young. He was the one sent to find Cael and Caim and has become their teacher. His elemental strength is fire and his weak element is wind.
Mallory is a seer. She is in her 60s but as with Gareth the magic of Shift makes her look much younger. She is Chance's teacher, even though she has no magic of her own. She loves books, her house is filled with them and when not teaching Chance, she can be found reading. She does not venture much from her home in Shift.
Elizabeth "Chance" Maddox
Chance came by her name because of the uncertain nature of her magic. She has little control over the results and has no affinity for one element over another. Gareth bestowed the nickname upon her and for years she was a thorn in his side. Now, however, they've realized their feelings for one another and are a couple. Chance is almost always in a happy mood.
and I have two pics of the twins, one put together for me by Delilah and the other by Elle.
Cael and Caim O'Conner
Caim is the ghost. He died at childbirth and his spirit became attached to his twin. He exists somewhere between the realm of the living and the realm in which other spirits and ghosts exist. He can see auras and lines of magic, making it easier for him to manipulate them. He can transfer some of his ability, both passively and actively to his twin. Caim's affinity is water and his weak element is earth. When Cael uses magic, the power flowing through Caim makes his eyes glow with white light. Caim has for the most part accepted what he is, but for the longing of touch.
Cael spent six years in mental institutions due to misunderstanding of his "talking with his dead twin." Cael seems to have affinity for both wind and fire but virtually no control over earth. Cael has violent mood shifts, accompanied by loss of control of his abilities.
And these characters, you'll find out about later! :p
Friday, October 30, 2009
First off, the wonderful Denyse Bridger had an awesome idea to give a neat free read to our readers. She sent me and a few other talented ladies some pictures and we each wrote a story based on the picture. If you go to Denyse's Romantic Moments site you can download the anthology called "Every Picture Tells a Story"
Contributing authors are : Brigit Aine
While you are on the Romantic Moments site, take a moment and grab some of the other stories.
This anthology was really fun and gave me the opportunity to jump into the world I am basing my NaNoWriMo project in. I thought I'd share some of the music I've been listening too to get me in the mood:
Songs by Disturbed
Songs by Adelita's Way
Songs by Green Day
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
And finally, Black Velvet releases on Monday. Remember to check here for a list of the places Del and I will be stopping by!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Yes, folks, we're fast approaching the release of the third installment in the Tales of the Rikashi series, Black Velvet. More exciting even is the fact that this is the first published work that is coauthored by my long time friend and writing buddy, Delilah K. Stephans. In a mere twelve days!!!! We have several blog appearances scheduled for Nov 1-3 and we'll be offering up some prizes so be on the lookout!!!
What else am I up to? A whole heck of a lot! Trying really hard to finish the second in the Tarot Kings series but right now Shir is a little stuck on upcoming NaNoWriMo. There's a lot of things kicking around in my head right now, just need a big chunk of time to sit down and work on it. Anyways, I'm off again so keep an eye out for me!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Hey everyone! Please give a warm welcome to Marc.
Hi there. I’m Marc Nobbs and I want to thank Antonia for letting me crash her blog today.
In my recent post on the Virtual Bok Tour Blog, I wrote about what it’s like to be a man in a woman’s world. I’m talking, of course, about the world of romance, which is dominated by women – both readers and writers.
Today, if it’s okay with you, I’d like to talk about my published books.
So, what can you expect from a Marc Nobbs novel? I’d suggest you go and read Reunion (go ahead and download it, it’s free) and you’ll get a good idea because, even though it’s a very early work of mine, it’s got many of the traits that have become my hallmark.
Firstly, It’s got two very likeable leads in Matt and Kelly – Matt was described as one early reader as the ‘nicest man in the history of porn, ever’, while Kelly tends to split opinions for much of the book but ultimately readers love her as much as I do. It’s a passionate, sexy story, littered with hot sex scenes but in the end it’s just got a really good plot full of twists and turns that lead to a climatic (and happy) ending.
It’s also fairly dialogue heavy at times. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been told that I’m ‘good’ at dialogue. Hell, I’ve even been told more than once that I should turn my hand to scriptwriting for movies. lol
All of these things are my hallmarks. From the hero everyone loves to the heroine we have our doubts about but end up falling in love with. From the twisty, turny plot that races towards the big ending to the passionate, heart-felt, loving sex scenes. You’ll find them all in a Marc Nobbs novel.
But there is a reason I’m giving this story away for free. Reunion is quite old – written before I even thought about going to a publishing house and instead gave everything I wrote away for free. It was my first real effort at writing a longer story. Up until that point I’d only written shorts – less than five thousand words normally. It was also written before I became quite as obsessive about word choice, sentence structure and the ‘mechanics’ of writing as I am now. Still, it’s a good read. Not as good as the books below, but still pretty good. Go ahead and download it and let me know what you think.
Okay, let’s talk about my Phaze books then shall we?
Charlotte’s Secret started life as a short. A single scene with a twist at the end. I actually went through three different ‘twists’ before realising who these characters were and that they had a longer, more interesting story to tell.
The original scene made it into the final book – it’s the first scene of the book in fact, where our hero David goes to visit his sister-in-law in her shop. At first it was written as a husband and wife role playing. Then it became a husband and his wife’s twin sister and then the husband thought it was his wife but was actually her evil twin sister. But none of those felt right until it became what we have now.
Even though most of the book is told from David’s point of view, the undoubted star is Charlotte herself – as evidenced by her nomination as ‘best female character’ in the 2008 Romance Erotica Connection awards. And she typifies what’s best about my female characters. She’s a strong, independent woman – successful in her own right with her thriving business – but she never stopped loving David despite all they’d been through. And they’ve been though a lot.
It’s a quick read and a heart-warming book – and I still managed to get in that twist at the end. But this is a twist that will make you go ‘Aww’ when Charlotte’s Secret is finally revealed.
Lost & Found contains one of my favourite characters – but it’s not the hero or the heroine. And the reason that Colonel Burnett is one of my favourites is very personal – he took the most work on my part to get right. But get him right I did I’m sure you’ll agree.
He’s a tough cookie. He’s stubborn and arrogant and at first is decidedly unlikeable. But then you realise that he only wants what he thinks is best for his daughter, and that he’s suffering from the loss of his son, and you actually start to feel for him.
Lost & Found only takes place because Beth, the heroine, loses her brother in Iraq. He died a hero and his father, a retired Colonel, wants to treat him like a hero with a big military funeral. And that funeral is one of the best scenes that I think I’ve ever written. I defy anyone to read it and not well up.
But ultimately, this story is a love triangle with Beth at its heart. It’s about her struggle to reconcile her natural love for her father (and his love for her) and the passion she feels for a man she met on the internet and crosses the Atlantic to comfort her in her hour of need.
Which brings us to my most recent release – Kissed by a Rose. It’s the longest book I’ve ever written and by far the best. I’ve said it elsewhere and I’ll say it here – I’m hugely proud of Kissed. Chloe, Adam, Cassie, Eddie and even Kim – I love them all. I love the way we are never entirely sure about Chloe’s motives. I love Adam’s absolute belief that she’s on the level and his complete love for her. I love the contrast between the ‘student’ scenes in Westmouth and the ‘celebrity’ scenes at the Royal Premiere and the Oscars ceremony.
I’m gushing, I know, but I can’t help it. I promise you, read the book and you’ll see why.
Well, I think that’s about enough from me. Thanks once again to Antonia for hosting me today. If you want to know more then pop along to my website and take a look or catch me on my own blog. You can also find me on facebook, myspace and twitter.
Thanks again to Marc for stopping by and sharing his works with us! I'll definitely be checking out his free read.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Hi all! Please give a warm welcome to Colleen. She's here to tell us about her recent release.
Available Now from Liquid Silver Books!
The Fireman and the Ice Queen by Dee S. Knight:
Harm Reynolds hasn’t asked to be the liaison between the firefighters’ union and the city, he’s been thrust into the role. Even worse, his opponent in the negotiations is the new assistant mayor, the reputed Ice Queen, a heartless ball buster who doesn’t care if his men charge into fiery buildings with equipment that doesn’t work. He strides to his first meeting resolved to prove that a fireman can handle an Ice Queen.
Beth Edwards knows of her reputation as a heartless bitch, and in truth, she even uses it to her advantage at times. She isn’t without compassion, she just doesn’t handle emotion well. And since she has only career plans in mind and no time for love, well, what does a nasty nickname matter?
Both Beth and Harm should have known that playing with fire—whether it involves matches or love—is a dangerous thing to do.
Here's a short excerpt from The Fireman and the Ice Queen. "Sally" is Harm's late wife, dead for 18 months.
In this scene, Beth, the Ice Queen assistant mayor, is meeting with Harm, the firefighters' union rep, to negotiate a new contract. This is their second meeting, one they've both dreaded and longed for.
Beth cleared her throat. “Harm, I’m sorry you came all the way over here. I called the station but you weren’t there.”
“No, I left from the house. I’m not on duty today.”
“Oh. Well, I called to tell you I’m waiting for news from a city in South Carolina regarding their radio system. I’d like to gather as much information as possible before we meet again.”
Harm saw the sense in what she said, but sharp disappointment struck in learning they wouldn’t be sitting across the table from each other that afternoon. “You’re aware the contract is up in three days?”
“I know we’re cutting things short, but I hate to make decisions without knowing all I can, don’t you?” She winked and smiled. “I find whenever I do, deals tend to go up in smoke. No pun intended.”
He chuckled. “Okay, I bow to your fact finding. I’m on duty tomorrow morning for the next 24 hours, but I can make arrangements for whenever you want to get together again.”
“Well,” she said, not meeting his gaze, “would you object to a, uh, dinner meeting? I should receive my phone call by noon, but I’m tied up with the Chamber of Commerce for the rest of the day.”
If Sally had filled his mind, Harm would have been ashamed at the thrill he felt with Beth’s suggestion. So he pushed Sally out of mind and tried to ignore the shame he felt at that.
“Sure. I mean heck, it’s important to get through these talks, and we have to eat, right?” What a damn fool thing to say. She must think you’re an idiot, but at least she doesn’t know you’re a horny idiot. “Where did you have in mind?”
“Um...I actually had in mind, my place. I mean, it’s just that, well, it would be private.” Now she did look up, blushing and eyes wide. “To talk about the contract, I mean.”
Harm could hardly breathe. “Right. It would be bad for any details to leak before we’ve hammered out everything we need to.” God, had he just said he wanted to hammer everything out? What he felt like hammering shouldn’t even be thought in mixed company.
Then she let out a breath. “Oh, yes. I just don’t want you to think, well, that I want to be alone with you.”
He laughed, a burst of surprise and humor unleashed. “God forbid.”
Her cheeks turned a deeper rose. “I mean I do want to be alone with you.”
“That’s nice to hear,” he said, and meant it.
“For the sake of the city,” she replied, her voice low.
“And the firefighters,” he said just as low and a little husky.
“Right. Can’t forget them. I’d never do that.”
“I know you wouldn’t.” He took a step forward, crowding her against the door. “You live on Smithville Road, don’t you?”
“How did you know that?”
Actually, he’d looked her up last night, and even driven past her house, a neat little bungalow with a nice front lawn. “Knowing where city leaders live is one of our jobs.”
Was it his imagination or did she look a bit disappointed?
“I don’t think it would be a good idea to meet there,” she said. “You know how people talk. Your truck in my driveway and the whole town would have us sleeping together in a matter of hours.”
While Harm wanted that to happen--maybe--he didn’t want the town to talk about it. Especially since his wish was far from likely to be granted.
“If talk did start,” she continued, “it would certainly be seen as a conflict of interest, even though neither of us would compromise our principles over sex.”
“No, I’d never let sex compromise my, uh...” Her hair smelled so good. Flowery, but not overpowering.
“Principles,” she prompted.
Inferno by Colleen Love:
Henrietta James is completely satisfied with her polished, metropolitan lifestyle until she accepts an assignment that brings one heroic Cade Lane into her world. Henrietta's research reveals that Mr. Lane is not only the firefighter that saves a child’s life, he's a man with a pin-up calendar worthy body, but more importantly a man that deserves appreciation.
For Cade Lane, being is firefighter is more than just a job - it's who he is. He is also very surprised to find that Henri James is a woman! A very sexy woman who sets his blood burning. He quickly does anything he can to get closer to her and kindles the heat of instant attraction between them, stirring an inferno.
When trouble threatens, putting heart and body in harm's way, can the flames of love be kept burning bright despite the firestorm?
“Then I’ll see you tomorrow, Cade.” Her sultry voice ribboned around his name in a sexy whisper. She leaned close to him, brushing his cheek with a soft kiss. A smile slid over her lips as she turned away from him, walking to her car with quick steps. She glanced at him one last time with dark, wanting eyes as she ducked within.
It was only then he let out a long-held breath. How long he had been holding it he couldn’t say. But one thing was certain, he was glad his jacket was long enough to cover the raging hard-on he was sure was noticeable otherwise. He moved quickly to his truck and started the motor, then let the engine run for a moment as he leaned his head against the headrest, giving him time to think for a moment. What had just happened? He’d been completely blindsided. Henri was everything he hadn’t expected. She was the epitome of his wildest, wettest dreams. And that didn’t happen too often, matter of a fact, with the way he felt right now, it was a first! He released the emergency brake and shifted into reverse, slowly backing from the empty parking lot. After plugging in Kenney Chesney’s newest CD, he relaxed, beginning the long drive home.
The time and distance on the dark, empty highway let his mind wander back over dinner and Henri. A woman named Henri. A smirk played over his lips and quickly dropped when a flashback of her long legs, which brought her nearly to his eye level. Her stilettos brought her even closer. The swish of her silk stockings, knee-length black skirt and white silk blouse screamed that she was a classy woman and out of his league. And yet, she was interested in him. Interested enough to blunder her interview. That made him smile again. The way she had flushed with embarrassment and fidgeted with her long, dark hair when he had turned the tables away from the interview. He could hear the nervous shift of her legs, guessing by the swish of silk against silk and the fabric of her skirt, that she was crossing and uncrossing her legs. The results had titillated his senses with her musky sweet scent. It became all he could do to refrain from asking her if she wanted to find a room somewhere. But that would have been cheap and not her, in his mind anyway. He did refrain and was proud of himself, because after all, a man can only take so much. The suggestion of showing her the place he had rescued the child was a near stroke of genius. Now, he would be able to see her again, but this time it would be more of an effort to restrain himself.
Where Love is Magic
Monday, September 28, 2009
My website has been updated to a new look and with some REALLY awesome wallpapers by DKRenders. Go have a look!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Everyone please welcome the wonderful Heather!
What is Romance?
Candles, chocolate and soft music? Yes. Sexy lingerie, a big soft bed and a perfect partner? Yes.
Romance is different to everyone – some would say it has nothing to do with sex and others would say it is all about sex. I say – whatever it is to you then make sure you have some in your life.
My husband is great about flowers when no one is looking, or a Border’s gift certificate when he thinks I’m down. To me those are romantic. Not everyone would think so, but in our relationship, the little things that he notices are what make me melt. What about you? In your world right now, what is that seems romantic? That brings the tingles and tears because it touched just the right spot at the right moment and made you melt?
Could it be moonlit walks on the beach? A canopy of leaves overhead with sunlight streaming in? A room filled with scented candles around a canopied bed? A glass of champagne on the edge of a tub full of bubbles?
All of the above has been used in some romance novel or movie somewhere as the ideal romantic moment. So tell me what is your ideal romantic moment?
Denyse Bridger and I co-own/co-edit a FREE on-line quarterly magazine devoted to the sensuality of romance. The magazine, Sensual Treats, focuses on romance around the world. We have romantic places, foods, articles on sensuality, interviews with top romance authors and musicians and all great things romantic. Stop by the Sensual Treats website at http://sensualtreats.webs.com and download the first two Romance Packed issues. Sign up with the website and you’ll get notified of when the next great issue is out. Our December issue is already in the works. We're going darker for the Holidays, with some fabulous paranormal authors, and many other cool things to make your Holiday.... well, a little odder! Stay tuned for more details!
So tell me what you think romance is… who knows you may inspire something that ends up in Sensual Treats.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hi out there!
So a lot has been going on over here both in writing life and other stuff. Its been pretty busy in the lab so haven't had much time to update here. King of Swords, the first in the Tarot Kings series, has gotten the final okay from line edits so I should have a specific release date on that sometime soon. Black Velvet, the third book in the Tales of the Rikashi, is in final check as well, got the galley on Monday. That will be coming out on November 2.
I've been working on a short for Denyse Bridger's idea of an anthology of stories written from a picture. Its almost done (good thing too cause deadline is coming up ^.^) So once that is finished I can get back to laying down the bones of King of Cups. NaNoWriMo is coming up and though last year I didn't make the 50k words, I'm hoping this year that I will.
I've discovered that I have an art muse. Apparently she hides alot cause she's scared of Shirak. She's just a tiny thing too. Her name is Ibissa. She's been coming out a little more since I've been going to this crafting group with a couple of friends every first and third Tuesday of the month. I'd like to get into doing photomanips again, I had fun doing that.
And the last thing for now (and I apologize to Del for being so lazy in putting up these awesome-tastic videos) are the trailers for both Black Velvet and King of Swords.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hey all! Just got a finalized blurb and tag line for BV so wanted to share
Always in battle, always alone... A prophecy that cannot be denied.
Determined to avoid a forced marriage, Amara hops a plane to find and recruit Jett, the only man her fellow shifters believe can save them.
Jett cares little for Amara's cause, and an ancient prophecy has told him he must always fight alone. But when the plucky lass shows up in his life and refuses to leave, the last thing he expects is the turbulent emotions her presences brings.
When she's not busy hating him, Amara kind of likes Jett, and Jett can't deny that he's falling for her. But when love ignites between them, can they deny their destiny?
Content warning: Sexual innuendo, explicit sexual situations, language.
Keep your eyes peeled for it!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
So I got two more reviews for The Gathering!
Four Pawprints from Howling Good Books!
Four Hearts from Night Owl Romance!
And as of last night The Quickening was the number one fantasy seller at Once Upon A Bookstore (Lyrical Press's store) and The Gathering was number eight!
Working on The Watcher for Denyse's Story from a Picture project. Once that's done I have a little freebie in mind for The Tales of the Rikashi and then its back to King of Cups.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
RRP First Love Contest! Click for details!
If there is one thing someone always remembers its his/her first love/crush. I certainly remember mine and I don't recall much from my child hood. I was in elementary school. His name was Tyler Stevens. We hung out a lot because our moms took turns walking us to and from school. Of course, this first crush was innocent and all I really wanted was for him to pay attention to me. In fact, at one of his birthday parties, I thought he was talking too much with another girl in our class so I arranged a silly little dance contest.
Do you remember the first time you were in love? The thinking about your love, the counting the minutes until you see him/her again. The believing you will die if you don't see him NOW. Its burned into your memory to call upon again and again through the years. And .... is great inspiration for writing! You can pull all those thoughts and feelings and pour them into your characters. So sit back and think....who or even what was your first love?
FOLLOW THE TRAIL!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Lets see...It was me, my fiance, my baby brother and his girlfriend headed to the beach for 6 days. Sunday started early with a last minute grocery store trip for ice, travel toothbrushes and cookies for the ride. We didn't really want to take Route 50 so we went up 40, to 896 and down 113/13/1. Pit stop at the Micky D's in Glasgow for stretch and tea. Trip down was uneventful really and we made it to Rehobeth Beach around 10:30am. Hit Grotto's Pizza for lunch. (God that's good pizza) and played a round of minigolf. Saw a friend from work at the same mini golf place, which was funny and while we played it started to rain. Luckily the place had umbrellas which afforded some rain protection. When it stopped, we finished the game and were going to walk around a bit since we couldn't get into the hotel until 4pm but the skies looked ominous so we headed out. Ended up taking us an hour to go the twenty miles from Rehobeth to the Fenwick Inn, had dinner in the sub shop across the street, which proved to be pretty icky. Checked in and after the rain stopped, Micah and I went to the beach to watch the waves.
Monday - The four of us went to breakfast and then Amanda and Josh went to the Boardwalk, leaving Micah and I to the beach and our books. Even with the beach umbrella I started getting a headache from the heat and squinting in the sun glare so around noon we went to a different sub shop across from the hotel with similar results, was pretty crappy. The kids were back by this time so we went to play some putt-putt (mini-golf), which Josh won (2/2 at this point) and had dinner at Philip's. I bought some cheapy sunglasses at Sunsations for next time we hit the beach during the day. After dinner, we went down to the beach with the chairs and books, staying until it was too dark to read. Did a tiny bit of writing back in the hotel before bed time.
Tuesday - Breakfast at Dirty Harry's again and then Micah and I hit the Boardwalk. We just walked around and looked in the stores, picked up some presents for the family at home and went to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum. Went back to the hotel, cooled off and then went out for putt-putt again, Josh won. This one had a Viking theme and was pretty fun. Philip's was once again our dinner place of choice. Back to the hotel and to the beach for some evening reading. Then it was writing and bed time.
Wednesday - Hit the beach after breakfast, this time braving the waves. I was stupid and wore the sunglasses into the water and lost them when a large wave knocked me for a loopy. There were two little kids swimming near us and I ended up saving the younger of the two from a nasty wave. After we had our fill of the waves, we read for a bit and then hit the hotel pool to hopefully get rid of SOME of the sand, though come to find out, it didn't do any good. Putt-putt for this night was an Australian theme and we played two rounds since it was early and though Josh took the win on one, I did tie him on the second. I was itching for steamed crabs so we went to Bahama Mama's for all you can eat crabs for $23. I ended up going through two dozen so I got my money's worth. Got a coldstone shake and then the usual beach reading, writing before bed.
Thursday - The day looked pretty gloomy so we decided to go to the Boardwalk again. On the bus we heard someone saying it was just going to be overcast so we decided that we'd go for putt-putt in the evening anyway. It started to drizzle when we got to the first hole...by second we were soaked...by the third it was impossible to keep score on the now soggy score card and those of us with glasses couldn't see anything so we just played through. By hole 6 it had cleared and we went to Philip's looking like a quartet of drowned rats.
Friday - Since it was our last day, I decided to get up early for a little beach reading and it was GORGEOUS! If the weekend rate hadn't been so much higher than during the week I would have been tempted to stay another day. We read on the beach for a couple hours and then checked out and headed home. Stopped in Rehobeth again for one last shot at Grotto's pizza, last minute shopping, and one last round of mini-golf, which Josh won. The ride home was a little more fun because we'd bought a pack of mad libs and played those for a little bit. And then we were back home sweet home in Baltimore...and back to work today.
All in all a good vacation but way too short. ^.^
So where have I been? On vacation! Got a week at the beach. The plan was to sit on the beach all week and read but rain many of the days kept me at the Boardwalk or in the hotel. I did get some writing done on King of Cups so that was good. We had a good time though, got some beach time and lots of mini-golf, which unfortunately my little brother is much better at than I am. I got a very nice surprise while I was away though. Black Velvet now has a cover and it is HOT! As you can see Jett was kind enough to post it while I was away ^.^
And The Quickening got an awesome review at Joyfully Reviewed
So that's it for now...see you soon!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Posted by Delilah K. Stephans at 2:19 PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hi all! Today I have the pleasure of hosting the wonderful Cindy Jacks. Welcome Cindy.
The Disney Movie Club shipped me the wrong movie. I’d ordered “Monsters, Inc”, but I received “Enchanted.” My upper lip curled in disdain at the sight of the cover, but my four year-old son was unfazed by the error.
“Let’s watch this movie, Mommy,” he said, finding (as children often do) the simplest solution to the problem.
Now, I’m a huge fan of Pixar, the quality of their storylines and the detail in the animation makes their movies easy to sit through over and over again. And over and over and over…well, you know how kids can wear out a DVD. “Enchanted,” on the other hand, seemed to me a saccharine piece of shlock I didn’t want to watch even once, much less dozens of times in a row should the little one develop a liking for it. But, thanks to McDreamy’s starring role in the movie, I decided to give it a go. If nothing else, I could stand watching Patrick Dempsey as the charming leading man for a couple hours.
By the second musical number in which rats, pigeons, and cockroaches helped our heroine scrub down the hero’s filthy New York apartment, I was laughing aloud at the funny and astute satire of archetypical Disney princess movies. And though I don’t want to spoil the ending for those of you who want to see the movie, but haven’t gotten around to it, I will say this—by the end of the movie I cheered right along with my son when Princess Giselle wound up with her true love. Okay, I’ll admit it, I even got a little misty. My heart rejoiced though my brain huffed, “What a load of crap.”
Given the predilection in romance and sensual erotica genres for a neat, fulfilling happily-ever-after ending, the movie made me wonder—Why do we love HEA so? In reality almost as many marriages fail as succeed and that doesn’t take into account the myriad of people we burned through just trying to find the person we’d be willing to take a chance on. With a real world full of broken hearts, dysfunctional couples, and blasé pairings, how can we willingly suspend our disbelief and seek out fiction that propagates what some would call the myth of true love?
I finished my long list of reasons why we shouldn’t buy into HEA and then the realization struck me—It is for all these reasons and more that we do crave the fantasy in our fiction. HEA endings allow us to experience vicariously the satisfaction that so often eludes us in our day-to-day lives.What woman doesn’t want a break from work, motherhood, chores, and the tedious (and often messy) reality of an adult relationship? Somewhere inside of us is a little girl who wants to flounce around the house in a tiara and a tutu. We love to conjure up mental images of a prince who knows how to anticipate our every need, who will catch us each time we fall, and who doesn’t fart, burp, pee on the toilet seat, get cranky or forget to take out the trash.
That we have different tastes as to the form of our princes has given rise to the different icons of masculinity we romance writers use to delight our readers—the dark and brooding vamp who longs for a mate to bring meaning to his soulless existence, the uber-macho warrior who needs the softness of a feminine touch, the rebel without a pause who runs into the one woman that can ease his restlessness, and of course the regal and gentlemanly prince who finds his true, but forbidden love through a chance meeting. Just to name a few.
With our appetite for love and romance sated for a little while by the many incarnations of our princes, we are all the more ready to take on the challenges each day brings. But when the real world gets to be a little more than we can take, we’ll be back at the cinema, the video store, and of course Once Upon a Bookstore hungry for more flights of fancy.
Check out Ana's happily-ever-after in Point of Distraction the Final Collection today! http://www.lyricalpress.com/cindy_jacks
Thank you Cindy! We hope to have you back again sometime soon. Click the link to the side to visit Cindy's website.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I'm participating in an e-reader giveaway with LASR in August. Its a scavenger hunt. Just click the banner on the side here to get to the website and the details.
Elle has made a wonderful site for her beading, which is fabulous, so please click the banner at the bottom to visit and show her your support!
Click --> Red Rose Songs of Summer Contest
And finally this is a very nice charity so if you can sew or cross stitch take a look at Cole's Quilts
Monday, July 20, 2009
So excited. The Gathering has released today! Check it out!
I've got an interview over at Playground Mystique, a big thanks to the talented Cindy Jacks for that. She'll be guesting here this week because of her new release today as well.
Mickey of YouGottaReadReviews has given The Gathering a You Gotta Read. ^.^
And finally guest blogging at YouGottaReads Guest Blog as well.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I definitely need to set a reminder to update here so I don't forget when things get busy! So what's up in the wide world of Tiranth? The Gathering releases on Monday, so I'm pretty excited about that. Black Velvet, the third book in The Tales of the Rikashi series is almost into line edits. I'm looking to guest blog at a couple places next week so keep your eyes peeled for that. I will probably announced that over my Facebook and Twitter pages. Book Four is mulling around in my head.
And I've started work on a new series, called The Tarot Kings. The first book, King of Swords - A Dom for Christmas has been accepted to Red Rose Publishing! Waiting to be assigned an editor on that one and working on the second in the series, King of Cups. There will be a story for each tarot suit with the hero being based on the card. I've already got King of Pentacles in my head and just waiting on King of Wands to show up.
I think that's pretty much it for now. Here's a look at the beautiful cover made for KoS by the wonderful DKRenders
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I'm guest blogging over at the wonderful Nicole Zoltack's today. Please stop by and say hi! Hopefully she'll be visiting us over here some time soon.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Hey out there!
The Gathering is in its final steps for its upcoming release on July 20th! Here is the blurb for it:
Tagline: Can Gem and Shirak find their way through madness and sorrow to forge a new peace?
Blurb: Gem Tunuviel thought her father’s insane quest was at an end. She was wrong. He is resolved on destruction. Driven to escape him, she seeks the faces in her visions: other Rikashi, dragon shape-shifters like herself.
Shirak Gwindor, haunted by nightmares of half-remembered tortures, is also following a vision. He struggles to keep his attraction for Gem buried under his rigid sense of duty.
As a force draws the Rikashi together, can Gem find acceptance with others of her own kind, or must she keep her true self hidden?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. I dog-sat for a friend and yesterday, I went to get the tattoo I've been wanting for YEARS. I saw the King of Swords from The Dragon Tarot deck and I wanted it but was too chicken to get it when I was 18. I kept thinking, well what if in ten years I don't like dragons anymore. Now....12 years later...I think I still like them, what do you think? So I finally went to get it. I'll edit this post tomorrow to add the picture of it in. Turned out really nice.
Now, what's happening in Rikashi land? Well, I need to redo the blurb for Gathering and finish my portion of the first copy edits on Black Velvet. After that's all done, I'm hoping we can get to work on Book Four and try to get to some edits on another non-Rikashi related work of mine and Del's.
Anyhoos, that's it for now. Talk to you later.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
You haven’t met me yet – but my name’s Jett Houston, you’ll get to meet me in The Gathering that comes out July 20th then in my own book Black Velvet that comes out November 2nd. But that ain’t why I’m here. See, the author that I talk to Delilah has this story coming out today – Sarah’s Story and since I have a weakness for redheads I agreed to introduce Sarah to you folks. So here’s Sarah.
Sarah: Well thanks for that less than stellar introduction, Jett. But, Delilah did warn me you were only slightly less abrasive than my brother Carson.
Jett: Is that a fact?
Sarah: Oh get over yourself. I’ve been stuck in the 1850s and grew up dealing with a surly older brother and forced to wear a corset that isn’t sexy – so don’t think you can intimidate me.
Jett: I dunno a corset can be damn sexy.
Sarah: Only when it doesn’t make taking a deep breath painful. So, can I tell these readers about my story or are you going to hang around harassing me? Aren’t you waiting for your edits?
Jett: Yeah, yeah… it’s all yours.
Sarah: Thank you. So, my name is Sarah Elizabeth Beauchamp – in the past. I needed a name and Beauchamp was the only one I could think of. I was the second agent that the Time Displacement Corps sent back in time. I’d been a history major and the chance to go back and observe was too tempting to resist. I was only supposed to be gone for a year – my timeline – just seconds for the TDC. But, for some reason I was never retrieved. Let me tell you, sitting in the April heat of Mobile, Alabama in corset, bloomers, chemise, and gray dress is not fun! I do wonder what happened sometimes when I want to see my family – including my irritating brother Carson.
Not being retrieved caused a real crimp in my style. Do you have any idea how hard it is for a lady of 1858 to get laid? Oh and for sh…er grins and giggles add a tramp stamp to the mix. I mean I wasn’t promiscuous or anything but still. I bought a tiny little plantation about 90 acres and determined to stay out of the way of history.
Then he showed up! Captain Matthew Barrington looking oh so fine in his uniform. But he is weirding me out with his questions. No one has ever asked me some of these questions and the way he’s looking at me. Dear heaven help me!
My story is available now at Red Rose Publishing, so stop buy pick up a copy, read it and then come let me know what you think!
Oh almost forgot – Delilah made this booktrailer thing for us – so enjoy the mini movie!
Posted by Delilah K. Stephans at 12:01 AM
Friday, May 15, 2009
I blame Facebook for my lack of updates. Totally Facebooks fault. And Twitter.
Anyway...what's been going on in the world of Tir? Well, The Gathering went to line edits. Del and I are waiting for copy edits to start on Black Velvet which should be very soon. We are also working on getting the next books in the series hammered out. Book Four will focus on another of the characters introduced in The Gathering, as will Book Five. There is potential for another book or two after that to finish out the rest of the characters from Book Two but we'll see who that goes when we get there.
We've also been kicking around an idea for a little later in the Rikashi Universe, which I am very excited about. Also, I'm going to be on Kim's Blog Talk Radio show on July 21st, the day after Book Two's release so if stop by and listen, even call in if you'd like. Del was on her show not to long ago and I called in. It was a ton of fun!
As for Facebook and Twitter...I'm on there as Antonia Tiranth so add me!
In other news, Delilah has a very important and exciting day coming up next week, May 21st to be precise. It is the day of the release of her first book, Sarah's Story. You guys'll love this book and no I'm not just saying that. It is very good and Del has been waiting very patiently for the release. She'll be blogging here on that day so stay tuned to hear from her!
Edit: I just got an email from Long and Short Book Reviews. The review is awesome and I'm dancing over here. The reviewer says "I would be happy to place The Quickening on the shelf beside dragon books by authors such as Anne McCaffrey and Melanie Rawn." How cool is that???
Monday, April 27, 2009
Hey all! Today I'm featuring the talented Sapphire Phelan.
Sapphire Phelan is an author of erotic and sweet paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction romance, along with a couple of erotic horror stories. She also writes as Pamela K. Kinney, for horror, fantasy, science fiction, and a nonfiction ghost book, Haunted Richmond, Virginia and the upcoming Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths and True Tales. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two cats, Ripley and Bast. You can find out more about her and what she has or will be coming out at her website: http://FantasticDreams.50megs.com Also check out her MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/SapphirePhelan , her blog at http://SapphirePhelansPassionCorner.blogspot.com, and subscribe to her newsletter at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SapphirePhelansParanormalNewsletter .
She admits she can always be found at her desk and on her computer, writing. And yes, the house and husband sometimes suffers for it!
Hi, Sapphire Phelan here. Thank you, Antonia, for letting me blog here today.
I decided to give you a snippet from my current erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch, published by Phaze Books. You can find it at http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Being+Familiar+With+a+Witch/exact_match=exac and for those with Kindles: http://www.amazon.com/Being-Familiar-With-A-Witch/dp/B001VA1O8U/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1237148167&sr=1-7 .
Warning: This title contains hot, graphic demonic sex that goes beyond magic.
Tina doesn't know she's a witch. It will take Charun, her demon Familiar, to convince her to make love with him and let loose her witch powers.
For if she doesn't, then with the demon army about to bring Armageddon to the Mortal Realm on Halloween, she won't stand a chance in Hell.
Thank goodness, in a couple hours she would have the week off from work. Soon it would be Halloween, her most favorite holiday of all. Last week she had decorated her house, making both the front of her house and the yard spooky. Two unlit Jack-O-Lanterns sat on the steps of her front porch, their expressions empty of vivid light. Until Halloween night, when she would stick a candle inside each one and, with a flick of a lighter, set them a glow.
She had bought bags of candy a month ago in anticipation of the kids in costume. She always dressed as a witch. Though why she did, she never understood. It just it felt right for her to be costumed as a witch. Using a big metal cauldron she found years ago in an antique store, she would fill it to the brim with the candy and wait for the costumers to trip up the porch steps to her, uttering “Trick or Treat!” in loud, tinny voices. She would cackle and offer each child to take some goodies from her cauldron if they dared. The neighborhood looked forward to this every year, and the troop of children to her place grew each year.
But even her favorite holiday didn’t alleviate the problems at the bookstore today. She stopped daydreaming as the bell above the bookstore door rang. She grimaced as she saw the unhappy lines pinched in the face of the lady who stepped inside. A hat that should have been pert and cute sagged on top of mousy brown hair drawn back in a tight bun. The woman marched up to the counter and slapped a book down on the desk, hard. Tina frowned as she didn’t like seeing books abused. Then the woman stabbed her finger repeatedly onto the book.
“This was sold to me by one of the clerks here a week ago, promising it would make my husband amorous.” The lady snorted as she glared from behind Coke-bottle glasses. “All he did was read it for the ‘dirty’ pictures as he called them, and then fell asleep.” She tossed the cash receipt at Tina. The paper drifted down to the counter, just an inch from falling off at the edge. “I want my money back for this trash.”
“That’s no problem at all, ma’am.” Tina opened the cash register and withdrew some dollar bills and a few coins. She handed them over to the lady, who opened her purse and chucked it all inside. Then the lady stomped out of the bookstore, the door banging shut behind her and causing the bell to clang for a long time. Tina gave a sigh.
After that, it seemed every nasty customer in the world had stepped into the place. Each and every one had a complaint. One man demanded the book he swore he called two weeks ago to order, but nothing was in the ordering forms for it. An elderly lady didn’t like the racy and very erotic romance section wedged next to the sweet romances she normally bought. She claimed that the covers with the naked men gave her the flutters. Tina had noticed earlier that the lady stood in front of that section for quite a long while, but she didn’t say anything, just uttered how sorry she was. She told her that they were romances, too, and her manager had wanted them there. Her nose in the air, the bag of four sweet romances tucked under an arm, the woman hobbled out of the store without a backward glance.
A portly gentleman waddled in, wanting the latest thriller that had been advertised on a commercial on television last night. He couldn’t understand when Tina explained that it wouldn’t be out for another week. It had been on TV, so that meant it was out in his opinion. He clomped out, saying that the bookstore down the road was a better one anyway and always had what he wanted in stock. Tina just shook her head.
There had been more of the same thing all day long. Finally, she saw the last customer to the door and, with a sigh, locked up. Then she staggered through the automated motions of locking up the cash in the safe in the back of the store, cleaning up the bookstore, putting back misplaced books and magazines, and dumping and cleaning out the coffee pot in the break room. Grabbing her purse from her locker, she left by the back door, locked it, and then walked over to her car parked in back. The sound of thunder rumbled just then and she stopped to look up at the night sky, devoid of stars and the moon. She heard another blast of thunder. Saw a flash of lightening, too, as it lit up the area.
Great. The news had been wrong last night when they reported that the last of rain had left the area. Hopefully, it wouldn’t start until she made it home.
She climbed in and started the engine. The car roared to life and she turned on her windshield wipers, thanks to the terrible storm that hit just then. She drove down the alley and into traffic.
The rain came down in a torrential downpour, making her wipers work hard, but still she had problems seeing the road. It didn’t help much that it was also night. So dark, lights from oncoming cars shimmered, and she took care to make sure she didn’t weave over into their lane. The windshield fogged up from the humidity, and kept her wiping at the glass so she could see. Doing this for the umpteenth time, she didn’t notice the cat, not until her car was almost upon it.
It was black as a dark and stormy night, quoting a bad beginning to a book. The cat’s eyes shone in the brightness of her headlights, eerie like lamplights. She brought her car to a screeching halt, the car’s tires skidding for a bit. Her chest smacked into the steering wheel and she bit her lip to keep from crying out from the pain. She jammed the car in park and, leaving the engine running, climbed out of it to check on the feline. She peered at the front of her car and under it, but no cat. The rain drenched her within seconds as she tried to see if she could find it in the immediate area.
She couldn’t see the dratted thing.
“Kitty, kitty,” she called, “here, kitty-kitty. Nice puss.”
Thinking that maybe it had gotten away and knowing the storm made it impossible to locate it, Tina opened the driver’s side door and heard a plaintive meow. Something streaked past her and dove into the car. Freaked out, she screamed. Then she realized as she looked inside she saw a very wet black cat sitting on the bucket seat on the passenger side. It stared back at her with large, luminous eyes that seemed to glow. She got into the car and shut the door behind her. She felt her seat become very wet from the water running off her, and she shivered from cold.
Attempting to wring out her wet hair, she stared at the cat as it settled down and began to dry itself with its tongue. She sighed.
“Well, I see I have a passenger. You can stay in here and ride with me to my house, but cat, you are not coming inside my place. Hear me? You can remain on my front porch until the rain stops.”
The cat appeared unconcerned and kept lashing its tongue over its wet fur, though the tail lashed. Then it paused and looked up at her. She saw for the first time that it had very pretty yellow eyes, actually more the color of amber. They were large and round, eclipsing its face. For a minute, she seemed to drown in their depths. She blinked, breaking the spell. The cat ducked its head back down to its side and went back to drying itself. Its sharp ears perked up, twitching. Its purring filled the interior of her car.
Tina took the car out of park and maneuvered it back onto the road. The downpour had calmed to a misting. She kept her eyes on the road, ignoring the smell of wet fur and how cold she felt. She would take the occasional glimpse of the cat from the corner of her eye and see that it was lying down and purring. It should have bothered her. After all, what stray cat would be so well behaved in a strange car, especially not in a cat carrier? Except, she accepted it all.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009
So my good buddy Delilah was on Blog Talk Radio tonight. Click HERE to listen to the show. I called in and we chatted about her upcoming release, the upcoming release we have together, and writing in general. It was a fun show.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Yay! Got the cover for The Gathering, book two in my Tales of the Rikashi (formerly known as The Rikashi Files) series. I have a few more tweaks to make for this round of edits and then I believe its on to the line editing department for the more detailed, grammar, etc editing. Hopefully we'll start on Black Velvet soon and hopefully I can get some of the others to talk to me so I can start book 4.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Yep...I'm guest blogging again. This time its over at the Virtual Romance and Erotic Book Tour Blog. While you are there check out some of the other authors. I'm honored to be among such talented people! I'm also blogging (I think) with Writing Divas the same day. So check that out too!
Talk to you again soon.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Hey all. Its a rainy icky day out. Been working on edits for The Gathering with Pam and waiting for edits to start on Black Velvet. I'm also working with Del on whipping (and its taking a lot of whipping) something we wrote awhile ago called Hieroglyphs into shape. Its got space travel, alien races, and ancient Egyptian civilization. It was written though email and the POV is kinda wonky so working on smoothing out the rough edges. I'm very excited to be getting back to it though, I love the story.
Now today, I'm also featuring the wonderful Keta Diablo in honor of her new release. I asked Keta a few questions to go along with this :
1. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing under a pen name for about six years, and under Keta Diablo for about two years.
2. Where did you inspiration for your new release come from?
Most of the ideas for my novels come from real-life incidents or newspaper articles. Decadent Deceptions was spawned when I read an article about brothels in the 1800’s. I found the subject very intriguing and realized it’s true what they say, that from the beginning of time prostitution has existed in one form or another. And generally, men owned the brothels, although they might have been managed by women. So then I had to come up with a plot that would incorporate a prestigious house of prostitution and try to figure out how my hero and heroine could fit into the scheme of things.
3. What is your perfect writing moment?
I’m often asked this question and it’s easy to answer. My most perfect moments are when a reader e-mails me and tells me he/she loved my book; that it afforded them a time to escape from the every day angst of life. I would no doubt write regardless of whether or not people bought my books, but I’m well-rewarded on the journey when I hear from happy readers.
You can find Keta Diablo on the web at:
http://ketadiablo.blogspot.com (Author home)
http://ketaskeep.blogpsot.com (Author blog – recently voted on of the top fifty romance blogs to watch in 2009.)
http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com (Author’s gay fiction blog)
And her new release :
Author: Keta Diablo, http://ketadiabo.blogspot.com
A 2008 Molly Contest Finalist
Noble Romance, http://tiny.cc/m5EEj
About the book:
Daring and desperate to win Morgan’s love, Olivia Breedlove embarks on a reckless folly. But everything backfires when Morgan remains one step ahead of her and the game ventures down a path of duplicity and murder.
A decade ago, Morgan was a heartbeat away from taking Olivia’s virginity. Her father, Thaddeus, intervened and threatened to meet him over pistols if he so much as looked at his daughter again. But now, Thaddeus is dead and Morgan has no intention of ignoring the ravenous hunger he’s harbored for the blasted woman for ten years.
One way or the other, he will quench this burning desire and make her his forever.
Special Content Alert: Voyuerism
* Read the Five-Star Reviews at Publisher's web site
And thats all from me for now. I'll be guest blogging on the Virtual Tour Blog on Saturday so come on by!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Hey all! I am guest blogging over at Sapphire Phelan's Blog today. Please head on over and check it out. I'm talking about how I write. Sapphire will be blogging here on April 20th so make sure you check it out!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Okay, so what the heck has Tir been up to this last week? Well, editing, editing and more editing! I just send my second round of copy edits back to Pam and Delilah and I sent Black Velvet, the third book of the Rikashi Tales series to her. It has been offered a contract and I hear that we have the first co-authored Lyrical release. It will be released in Novemeber. Del and I also, as you could see in the trailer for The Gathering, Del and I found reference pictures for all the characters so far. I'll be posting some of them after The Gathering has been relesed in July.
Um, lets see what else? I'm going to be guest blogging over at Sapphire's Blog on Friday so make sure you go check that out. I'm not quite sure yet what I'll be talking about but you better believe it'll be something ^.^
Now..Denyse has asked me to repost this. For the original please visit her website so you can click the links if you wish.
7 April , 2009
The Abruzzo Quake
Show on map -- Abruzzo
Many of you have written and expressed solidarity with those whose lives have one way or another been dramatically affected by yesterday’s earthquake in Abruzzo. If you are interesting in contributing here are a few ways you can.
NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) has set up a fund for this purpose; Relief Fund.
Another option is through the Italian Red Cross: Croce Rossa Italiana.
Last night saw more aftershocks, freezing temps, and some rain which contributed to making the emergency work and relief efforts even more difficult. Nonetheless, upwards of 100 survivors have been extracted from the rubble thanks to the continuous efforts of the fire departments and rescue teams.
Relief efforts that also need to be pointed out include the temporary medical camps that have been created. One story involves A. who was in labor during the pre-shocks around midnight, and who three hours later when the main quake hit grabbed her newborn in one arm and her I-V drip in the other and b-lined it out of the hospital, now attended by the medical teams, safely in one of these camps.
Other efforts involve sheltering all the people whose homes were destroyed as well as those who can’t return until engineers determine whether their homes are condemned or livable. This is expected to take months. One new temporary camp resident, ninety year old Signora N., lost her entire home as it crumbled around her, blocking her in her bedroom for 30 hours until the rescue team managed to dig through this morning and pull her out. When asked how she kept calm and passed the time, she said “I sat in my bed and did crochet.” …30 hours.
While sad, it is important that psychological counseling too is already being offered to those need it. One cannot imagine what V. and his brother are going through after losing their elderly parents who came to visit them for the Easter holidays; their mother’s body was found shielding their disabled father’s body. This is only one of the many tragic stories that are slowly emerging in the aftermath of the earthquake.
It must however be pointed out that many Abruzzesi immediately began helping each other. As 75 year old N. said on his way to finally rest after 30 hours of helping others, “I was lucky. I only lost my house. Others lost much more. What else was I going to do?” This very pragmatic Abruzzese way of approaching hardship certainly explains how they have managed to already begin the enormous task of rebuilding their lives, towns, and communities.
That said, knowing that others around the world are close to them in facing this task is extremely important. And for this they already give thanks. Your help is truly appreciated.
Kind regards, ed.
The Italian Notebook
My heart goes out to all the people affected by this natural disaster.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I'm guest blogging over at Denyse Bridger's blog tomorrow, so please go check it out!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Thanks to the wonderful Kadian Tracey over at Virtual Romance and Erotic Book Tour Blog, on which I will be guest blogging on April 18th, I've met up with the talented Denyse Bridger, who will be guest blogging here today. So please, a warm welcome for our new friend, Denyse!
First, my thanks to the lovely hostess for the chance to meet her readers today! I’ll give you a very brief bio first: I am Denysé Bridger, Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, my life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life.
My first major fantasy novel is AS FATE DECREES. (Available in bookstores everywhere, and on Amazon’s international sites.) A visit to my website will show the diversity of what is currently available, and the mixing of genres and styles that will be employed in many up-coming projects as well. The Italian influence is in evidence with several of the more important works, as many people already know.
To stay current with all these projects, or to just say hello, please feel free to email me anytime, there’s a contact link on the mail menu of my website. Or, feel free to sign up for my newsletter, which is called Romance and Fantasy. If you prefer to chat with me and other readers, the newsgroup is open to everyone. Denysé Bridger News.
Post: Do romance and fantasy mix as genres?
I’m curious, these are two of my favourite genres, so I tend to use them both in stories, often. I’m talking about the fantasy of Lord of the Rings, or Sword of Shannara now, not romantic fantasy. Can you write an epic adventure and still have a romance core, without offending or putting off readers of either genre? I did it in my first major release, As Fate Decrees, and that book was nominated and became a finalist for the very prestigious Aurora Award last year. So… I know it can work. BUT, do you as readers enjoy it?
My next release is again a romance/fantasy blend. It’s called Royal Consort, and will be released in a month or so by Firedrakes Weyr Publishing. I’ve taken an epic adventure, a threat that looms over a world, but the core of it is two people who love each other with tremendous passion and respect. I like that concept. We forget sometimes that respect is as integral a part of love as the passion itself.
And what of the other blend of romance and fantasy – where the fantasy lies in sweet whispers and candlelight and champagne and roses… When that’s the fantasy you want to settle in with, is it an erotic, explicit love affair you’re inclined toward, or is the sweeter, less provocative air of romance that makes you sigh? Or does it move more into the paranormal fantasy where your passion is ignited by a sexy vampire, or a werewolf who needs taming?
Tell me what you like to read, and at the end of the day, we’ll pull a name and see if there’s something in my catalogue that might suit your fancy. My current release is a very sexy vampire tale set in Pompeii just about the time Mount Vesuvius blew and buried the city… Check it out at Absolute XPress, the cover is amazing….
Thanks again for visiting and I’m looking forward to chatting with you!!!
Amore Senza Confini: http://amoresenzaconfini.blogspot.com
Manic Readers: http://manicreaders.com/DenyseMBridger/
The Author’s Den: http://www.authorsden.com/denysembridger
Absolute XPress, Romance Division
Thanks Denyse for stopping by! And here is the trailer for her upcoming release. I'll definitely be taking grabbing this one!