I'm thrilled to be part of Mary Morgan's book tour and giveaway for her new release, RORIK! I love the cover for this book and I can definitely see why Mary calls Rorik "The Black Seducer"! Don't forget to enter the giveaway. Enjoy!
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
I'm excited to welcome Kayelle Allen to my blog today. She's here to tell us a little about Alitus, Book two in her erotic sci-fi gay romance series, Tales of the Chosen. Welcome Kayelle!
5 Things Alitus Will Never Do - from Alitus #SciFi #Romance
The character Alitus lives life in a personal lockdown -- not because of ill health or being shy. Alitus is addictive. He can touch no one.
Conceived as a Better, an enhanced human, Alitus spends his days working for Her Majesty Rheyn Destoiya, better known as the Conqueror. As her personal assistant, he manages every aspect of her life, and no one gets through to the Empress without going through him. They say it's harder to get an appointment with him than it is with her. So here are five things he will never do:
1. Alitus will never give up. He's determined that no matter what life throws his direction, he will overcome it and move forward. Even while not being permitted to touch another living person.
2. Alitus will never know what it's like not to have a friend. He is friendly, but that's not the reason. One of his special attributes as a Better is that if he touches a person, that person will like him and seek to help him. It's one reason he's not permitted to touch people. If he were, he would quickly gain control.
3. Alitus will never be allowed to use his natural voice. The voices of Betters are pleasant to the human ear, but there is a harmonic undertone that enables them to take control of another person's will.
4. Alitus will never tire of hearing stories about his parents. They were killed when he was fifteen, during a riot aboard a space station where they worked. They had done nothing to anyone and were not taking part, but to control the riots, the Praetorian Guard jettisoned modules of the station. Once exposed to outer space, his parents died almost instantly.
5. Alitus will never forget a kindness shown to him. Because he lives such an isolated life, when others speak to him and allow him to take part in an activity or to join a group, he appreciates it.
Promoted to Minister of Imperial Intelligence, Alitus has a newfound joy -- working with others. His days are filled with requests for assistance and information, and he loves providing it. That is, until a friend of the Empress accuses a lover of being unfaithful, and the Empress asks Alitus to help prove it. His access permits him use of any recording device in the Empire, so the task won't be hard. But this is one request he fears fulfilling above all others. Why? The affair is with Alitus himself.
Up to now, hiding what Wulf means to him has taken discipline and denial. Now, it will take a miracle...
Alitus is book 2 in the erotic gay science fiction series Tales of the Chosen. Book 1, Wulf, now permafree everywhere. Pick up the book and start the series from it's oh-so-hot beginning.
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Jawk, which completes the series, is available on preorder.
About Kayelle Allen
Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role-playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She is the author of multiple books, novellas, and short stories. She's also a US Navy veteran and has been married so long she's tenured.
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Friday, July 16, 2021
Dan Rice is visiting today with his YA Urban Fantasy, DRAGONS WALK AMONG US. I always love posts about what a character is wearing because clothes give real insight to their personality. Dan's character Allison is positively brimming with personality! Thanks for joining me today Dan.
Clothes Make the Character
In my YA urban fantasy, Dragons Walk Among Us, heroine Allison Lee's style can best be described as a cross between punk and goth. Her preference is for dark clothing, but, being a photographer, she has a deep appreciation for contrast. So you might see her wearing an oversized black sweatshirt featuring a white sketch of a goth kitty cat––think Hello Kitty but with a piratical eyepatch.
She typically wears skinny jeans, black, of course. The usual T-shirt or hoodie she wears, depending on the amount of Pacific Northwest gloom dialed in for a particular day, is always one or two sizes too large for her diminutive frame. For footwear, she opts for comfortable sneakers during the summer and boots to keep her feet dry during the rainy season, which is every season that's not summer.
Dragons Walk Among Us takes place in the late fall and winter. A cold front brings a freak early snow to the Pacific Northwest. Allison dresses accordingly, choosing practical attire––a heavy black winter coat and scarf. She neglects to wear gloves, though, because handwear makes manipulating her camera's controls difficult. Yes, she'd rather have icicles for fingers than miss taking the perfect picture due to heavy winter gloves.
Her pride and joy is her forest green hair, which she often refers to as her mop. In her absolutely 100% correct, factual opinion, forest green is the most fabulous color in the world. It reminds her of the forest and trees, which she loves despite not being an outdoors person. Like many of her generation, she's deeply concerned about climate change and the environment in general. She often photographs the local climate marches organized by her BFF, Dalia, who incidentally dyes her hair neon pink.
After surviving an unprovoked attack, Allison briefly has a scar on her forehead. She thinks it makes her look dangerous like a femme fatale. Her forest green mop covers up the wound, ruining the effect. Still, she'd like to meet her mysterious attacker again, only this time she is the predator.
Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl's abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest.
While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison's life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she'll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?
I sit at the dining room table for breakfast. After downing a second cup of coffee, I’m ready to head outside. I grab my heavy black winter coat, purple scarf, and black stocking cap from a closet by the front door. I rush back to the kitchen and take my camera out of the bag. The cool metallic and rubberized body of the mirrorless digital camera feels familiar in my hands. I turn the camera on, checking the battery life and the amount of free space on the two SD cards. Full battery power. Enough space on the cards for 2,000 shots. I smile, looking forward to heading outside, despite expecting to suffer from the biting cold.
The front yard is my photographic playground. I capture the sun as a starburst, backlighting the snow- laden branches of the cherry tree. Icicles hanging from the gutter catch my eye. The icy stalactites gleam golden in the light, almost like sparkling jewels. It reminds me of the glittering scales of the astral dragon. Don’t think about Dr. Radcliffe or his dragon. Don’t.
I bite my lower lip and notice my fingers are about as nimble as the icicles. I’m not wearing gloves to better manipulate the camera’s controls, the sacrifices an artist must make. I shoot for another twenty minutes or so, creating a visual scrapbook of the morning before the cold drives me inside. I rush to the kitchen where I find Dad sipping coffee while oatmeal simmers on the stove.
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Dan has wanted to write novels since first reading Frank Herbert’s Dune at the age of eleven. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he often goes hiking with his family through mist-shrouded forests and along alpine trails with expansive views.
Dragons Walk Among Us is his debut novel. He plans to keep writing fantasy and science-fiction for many years. You can explore his blog at https://www.danscifi.com.
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Tuesday, July 13, 2021
D.V. Stone is celebrating the 1st birthday of her book RAINBOW SPRINKLES and I'm helping her spread the news! Until July 23, 2021 RAINBOW SPRINKLES will be on sale for .99 cents. That's a great way to mark the occasion!
Retired and widowed Gloriana Jones is forging on with the plans she and her late husband dreamed of—bringing joy and happiness, one ice cream cone at a time, to Lake Unami. But bad weather is drowning her dream. A trip to Upstate NY is bittersweet for Nathan James. He is excited to see his first granddaughter but without his wife he’s lonely. When his car breaks down, he heads to the only light he can see, an ice cream shop. With aid from a heavenly source, electricity sparks, but will the two weather the summer storms and find love a second time? Or will their hopes and dreams melt away?
“Do you mind if I wait until the tow truck gets here?” He plucked the wet shirt away from his chest with the long fingers of one tanned hand. “It must be electrical, even the radio stopped working.”
“No, you’re welcome to hang around as long as you need.” Gloriana riffled through a cardboard box under the counter, pulled out an extra-large t-shirt, and tossed it to him. “Here you go. The restroom is through there.”
Mr. Gorgeous beamed a perfect toothy smile. “Thanks. I’ll be right back.”
When he disappeared into the hallway and the door clicked shut, Gloriana fanned her face. What the hot fudge was wrong with her?
“Coffee. Make coffee.”
Born in Brooklyn, D.V. Stone has moved around a bit and even lived for a time on a dairy farm in Minnesota before moving back east. Throughout her wandering, she always considered herself a Jersey Girl. She met and married the love of her life, Pete—a lifelong Jersey Man, and moved this time to Sussex County. They live with Hali, a mixed breed from the local shelter, and their cat, Baby.
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Other Books by
D. V. Stone
Rock House Grill
One man’s choices. One woman’s Impact
Felice, Shield-Mates of Dar
One foolish thought. One brutal act. Instead of a peaceful alliance––war.
Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at Branch Lake
Agent Sam Carter and the Mystery at High Pointe Tower
Friday, July 9, 2021
Jean M. Grant is my guest today and she's celebrating the creation of The Hundred Trilogy, a boxed set of her three medieval Scottish/Norse books in ebook format. She tells us how the trilogy came to life and came together. Congratulations Jean!
Tying a Trilogy Together
What seemed ages ago, but in the grand scheme of life, only about 6 or 7 years ago, I sat down to write another manuscript. With three “practice” novels written but shelved, I dug into a new story. I changed my time period from 12th to 13th century during the Scottish Wars of Independence, wove a mystical element into the story line, and on some invaluable advice of an agent, worked the heck out of that story to give it twists and turns to excite my readers. In 2017, A Hundred Kisses was born with the publishing house The Wild Rose Press.
The backstory of the heroine’s parents nagged at me. And guess what? When I looked at the history thirty years prior to the first book (which was 1296, and I looked back to 1263), lo and behold, it was a time rife with Norse-Scottish turmoil. The end of the Viking reign to boot. That story came forth in a flurry, and I found myself contemplating the third book in what was now becoming a trilogy. A Hundred Breaths (the prequel, and book one) released in 2019. Fast-forward to 1322, a time after the Scottish Wars of Independence, and A Hundred Lies was born, wrapping up my trilogy.
Each story is a standalone, but they can be read in or out of order. Each story tells a tale of a MacCoinneach family member “gifted but afflicted” with a mystical ability that comes at a cost: to heal but lose your own breaths in return, to feel auras/lifebloods but to feel others’ pain, and to see the future but to be unable to prevent the visions unless refraining from touch. Conquering Norse, Scottish lore, Ancient mystics, and invading English…the trilogy has a bit of everything. Can our mystical family hone their gifts for good, escape curses, discover mercy, find home, and find love?
With the encouragement of a few readers, I added supplemental material on my website to those interested: a genealogy/lineage chart of the family over three books, a glossary of people, places, and things, and medieval Scotland map. Check it out: https://www.jeanmgrant.com/extras
Scotland, 1263 – 1322
The MacCoinneach family is gifted but afflicted. Deeply rooted powers of healing, feeling, and prophecy run in their bloodline. Descended from the Norse and mystical Ancients of the Isles, they must each face the curses associated with their ability…they must each find the path to love. Norse invasions, Scottish fights for independence, and the plights of the mystical isles’ people come together in The Hundred Trilogy.
A Hundred Breaths
Gwyn of Uist is a merciful Healer but loses breaths of her life with every healing charm. She barters an alliance with a Scot bent on revenge against her Norse kin, in the hopes to save her brother from their abusive father. But can she and Simon MacCoinneach outwit her betrothed and bring an end to the Norse-Scottish bloodshed when it will take all her breaths to save Simon on the battlefield?
A Hundred Kisses
Deirdre MacCoinneach feels the lifebloods of everyone around her…but vows to discover if her gift killed the men she married. Under the facade of a trader, Alasdair Montgomerie travels to Uist with pivotal information for a claimant seeking the Scottish throne. A cruel baron hunts him, leaving little room for alliances with the lass he meets along the way. Amidst ghosts of the past, Alasdair and Deirdre find themselves falling together in a web of secrets and the curse of a hundred kisses…
A Hundred Lies
Rosalie Threston’s fortune-telling lies have caught up with her and she’s on the run from a ruthless English noblewoman. Rosalie finds refuge in the halls of Eilean Donan castle deep in the Highlands, and in the arms of the laird’s mysterious son, Domhnall Montgomerie. Terrible visions plague Domhnall and he avoids physical contact to temper them. When an accidental touch reveals only delight, he wonders if Rose is the key to silencing the Sight. Mystical awakening unravels with each kiss. But can Domhnall embrace his gift in time to save her life, even if it means exposing her lies?
Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and her family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women's fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she's not writing or chasing after children, she enjoys tending to her flower gardens, hiking, and doing just about anything in the outdoors.
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Thursday, July 1, 2021
My friend Alison's new book releases today! If you love emotional stories, especially emotional stories featuring dogs, you'll love CANINE CUPID.
Kara and Peter meet in the aftermath of a fender-bender when Kara brakes suddenly to avoid hitting a dog. From the moment we meet them, we like them. In this emotion-packed story, these characters are people we want to root for. You can tell a lot about people by the way they treat animals, and these two are definitely good people who deserve a happy ending. Both have faced terrible pain, and we want them to find happiness together. We can truly identify with what they’ve experienced in the past and what they’re still going through. When they fall in love, it feels like the most natural thing in the world, as if they were made for each other.
Ms. Lohans’ writing is rich and descriptive. The dogs practically jumped off the page and licked my face. I also loved the musical references connected to Peter’s career as a cellist in the symphony, and it’s obvious Ms. Lohans has a deep knowledge of classical music. One of my favorite scenes was when Peter brought his cello to Kara’s grade four class and was absolutely masterful in getting the kids excited about music.
I loved Kara and Peter’s love story. And I really loved their dogs! I highly recommend this book and will be looking for more stories from Ms. Lohans.
Buy links:Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1088124
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Linda Carroll-Bradd is in the spotlight today! Her new release, SWEET INSPIRATION, released June 28, 2021 from The Wild Rose Press. At 16,506 words, this sweet romance promises to be a short, sweet, very fulfilling read. Thanks for being here, Linda!
He’s the adventure she’s never had, and she’s the home he’s always wanted.
Dependable Cadence Wills yearns for excitement. The owner of a yarn business, she is pulled in every direction by her demanding family. Haunting dulcimer notes draw her to a practice session where she spies an intriguing stranger.
Musician Rafe Frasco is a rover, bouncing between musical competitions. Interest ignites at his first glance at a woman enthralled by his music, who he learns has a heart big enough to encompass everyone within her reach.
A fantastic opportunity for Rafe presents Cadence with a dilemma—is she strong enough to negotiate the business deal that will take him away…maybe forever?
“Is this the line for the Festival dinner?”
The husky voice sounding from behind sent a shiver down her spine. With a gasp, she spun and met the twinkling dark gaze of the exact man she’d wanted to impress tonight. Did he know she’d just been primping? “No line. I was, um, gathering my thoughts before entering.” That sounded totally lame.
“I dislike walking into these events alone. May I be your escort?” With a smile, he extended his right arm and waited.
Her gaze dropped to his crooked elbow, and her heart beat faster at the gentlemanly gesture. She stole a peek at what he wore. How did the man make a crisp, white tailored shirt and black jeans look like evening wear? “Sure, I’d like that.” She slipped her hand around his biceps and almost jumped when he tucked it against his ribs. Tingles ran up her arm.
For just a moment, she worried about what impression their entrance would make. Then a spark of rebellion ignited deep inside. How many times in life did a mysterious stranger appear? She tossed her head and stepped through the archway. “But you don’t need to worry—everyone here is real friendly. In no time, you’ll be pulled into a conversation about instruments or songs.”
“Is that what you’ll be discussing?” Rafe leaned close and spoke in a low, rumbling tone.
Warm breath tickled her neck, and the scent of herbs mixed with musk teased her nostrils. Her steps faltered and her hip bumped a chair. He wanted to stick close?
“Careful.” His arm slipped around her waist, supporting her back. “Must be an uneven spot on the floor.”
At the intimate gesture, she stiffened. What was wrong with her? Trustworthy Cadence didn’t jump without thinking through decisions. All she knew about this man was that he was a competitor in the festival. And that his dulcimer playing melted her heart. Through her clothes, she felt the strength of firm muscles in his lean frame. Not the body type of most musicians she’d known. Intriguing, but he was still a stranger in town…and a musician.
As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later years, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication--a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda now writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.
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