Tuesday, February 7, 2023

THE BLOOD OF FAERIES: #NewRelease from Dan Rice

Fellow Wild Rose Press author Dan Rice is my guest today. Dan is celebrating the release of his YA urban fantasy, THE BLOOD OF FAERIES, book 2 in the Allison Lee Chronicles. He gives us a glimpse into what it takes to write a series of books. Dan is offering a $10 Gift Certificate as a prize during his blog tour, so make sure to enter. Thanks for being here, Dan!


The Surprising Aspects of Writing a Series

            Writing a series is a fun and surprising experience. You might think the writing gets easier the further along you are in the series. You have more experience writing and have lived with the characters longer. In the case of speculative fiction, you have a firmer grasp of your fantastical world.

            This is only partially true in my experience. I can knock out the rough draft faster, and it's of higher quality. I just don't put words onto the page; I often put down the right words. Most of this stems from having more experience writing the characters. While writing Dragons Walk Among Us, I was careful to ensure I was in Allison’s voice. Subsequently, while I wrote The Blood of Faeries and worked on the third book, I was not bothered by this concern. It's effortless to slip into her voice. That's not to say everything comes out perfect, but as mentioned before, the rough drafts are considerably better nowadays.

I've learned that the editing process never becomes less time-consuming. Yes, it's easier to catch errors in your writing with experience. But you spot so many more flaws sometimes it feels like you're trying to plug a leaking dam with your fingers. Keeping track of the minutia is one issue that rears its head while writing a series. With each novel in the series, tracking the details becomes a little bit harder. Likewise, identifying and fixing continuity errors becomes a time-consuming endeavor. I have comments sprinkled throughout the draft of book three, reminding me to check on details from earlier books. This is a crucial activity because, otherwise, some eagle-eyed readers are bound to notice continuity problems.

I have discovered that with experience, writing doesn't become any easier. You spend more time working on different aspects of the process than before. In my case, this is definitely editing, which I used to hate. Now, it is the most rewarding aspect of the process because it's while editing that the story truly comes alive.

The Blood of Faeries

The Allison Lee Chronicles Book 2

by Dan Rice

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy 

Allison Lee wilts under the bright light of celebrity after being exposed as a shape-shifting monster. She'd rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Being under the tooth and claw of her monstrous mother is even less enjoyable. All she desires is for everything to go back to the way things were before she discovered her true nature. But, after she accidentally kills a mysterious man sent to kidnap her, she realizes piecing her old life back together is one gnarly jigsaw puzzle.
When Allison's sometimes boyfriend Haji goes missing, Allison and her squad suspect his unhealthy interest in magic led to his disappearance. Their quest to find Haji brings them face-to-face with beings thought long ago extinct whose agenda remains an enigma.

“I’ll shoot you in the leg.” He adjusts his aim.

“What if you hit my femoral artery? I’ll bleed out.” What did the gunman do to Dad? How in the world did he overcome Mother?

He frowns. “It doesn’t matter where I shoot you as long as it’s not immediately fatal. I know you heal fast. Now, stand up. Hands behind your head.”

I comply. “How do you plan to escape with me as a prisoner? Since you know I can heal quickly from a gunshot wound, you probably know I’m faster and stronger than you. Do you really think you can walk out of here, avoiding the security detail, with me in tow? Take your eyes off me for a second, I’ll disarm you and break your arm in the process.”

Sweat rolls down his brow. “Stifle it. Turn around. Keep your hands behind your head.”

“You’re making a mistake.” I can’t believe he overcame Mother. Taking me by surprise is one thing, but overcoming Mother, a battle-harden, magic-wielding, full-fledged skaag, is next level.

“We have your parents downstairs. You don’t start doing what you’re told without giving me lip, they’ll get hurt.”

Dad shouts from downstairs, followed by a loud thud, but no gunshot. I drop my hands and dart toward the intruder. Before he can pull the trigger, I’m on him, wrenching the gun up and to the side. Burning pain lacerates my right shoulder, and the crack of the gun is deafening. I’m more surprised than hurt because the sleeper’s prowess courses through my veins.


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Dragons Walk Among Us

The Allison Lee Chronicles Book 1

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?


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Dan Rice pens the young adult urban fantasy series The Allison Lee Chronicles in the wee hours of the morning. The series kicks off with his award-winning debut, Dragons Walk Among Us, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “An inspirational and socially relevant fantasy.”

While not pulling down the 9 to 5 or chauffeuring his soccer fanatic sons to practices and games, Dan enjoys photography and hiking through the wilderness.


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Friday, February 3, 2023

Love and Romance Book Festival

Calling all romance readers! It’s more than candy hearts, chocolates and flowers at N. N. Light’s Book Heaven Love and Romance Book Festival. 42 romance books featured plus a chance to win a $75 Amazon gift card. Open internationally. You must have a valid Amazon US or Amazon CA account to win.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. My book, CHILL OUT, will be featured on February 6. Wait until you read my romantic tip to enhance your love life. You won’t want to miss it.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Groundhog Day Bookish #Giveaway Event!

Come to the Groundhog Day Bookish Road Trip Giveaway Event! Takes place all day on February 2! Every participating author is offering a prize for one lucky commenter. All you have to do is answer a simple question. Winner chosen at random. Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookish.road.trip



Tuesday, January 31, 2023

#NewRelease from Adriana Kraft: SWINGERS LIGHT UP VEGAS

Husband and wife writing team, Adriana Kraft, just launched a brand new erotic romance short story about the swing lifestyle. They're here to tell us a little about SWINGERS LIGHT UP VEGAS. Thanks for being here, Adriana! 

At 90? Really?

In case you missed it, Movie Star Rita Moreno, 91, recently owned up on TV to becoming aroused while filming her latest movie. The scene? A men’s football locker room featuring, you guessed it, virile hunks changing clothes.

Meanwhile, I was recently chatting with a librarian friend about the erotic romance my husband and I co-author under our pen name, Adriana Kraft—at our age. My friend laughed and told me about an elderly woman who came to her library each week to request specific books. When she warned the woman how explicit one of the books was, the woman drew herself up and proclaimed, “I’m not dead yet!”

Both these women – Rita Moreno and our librarian’s patron – are three to four decades older than the happily married pair who star in our brand-new release, Swingers Light Up Vegas. Dan and Ginger have been swingers since their children grew up and left home a few years back, and they’re in Las Vegas to celebrate Ginger’s fiftieth birthday.

Swinging at 50? Feeling sexy (and desirable) at 50? Hardly a stretch of the imagination.

There are lots of swingers age 50 and older. In some larger cities, there are clubs specifically by and for the older swing set, who’ve often aged out of more general lifestyle gatherings.

I think our fictional couple could easily have found such a club on their Las Vegas trip – in fact, they were referred to it by somewhat older friends back home in the Midwest.

We’ve created this short story to feed reader fantasies with a taste of the swing lifestyle. If you like this teaser, we hope you’ll come back for more!

Book Information:

Swingers Light Up Vegas

By Adriana Kraft

Release Date: January 30, 2023

Length: 5,500 words

Blurb:

What happens in Vegas…

Swingers Dan and Ginger head to Las Vegas to celebrate Ginger’s fiftieth birthday. Through their friends back home, they’ve scored a free week at a posh Vegas resort condominium. They fill their days with every iconic Las Vegas experience they can dream up. But by night? They’re determined not to leave Vegas without sampling what it has to offer in the erotically charged swing lifestyle. A Vegas swing club beckons – will it live up to their fantasies?

Excerpt:

Ginger heaved a sigh and slipped on the black top. “Do you think I need a bra with this?”

Laughing, Dan shook his head. “Foolish question. When have I ever thought you needed to wear a bra to a swing club? You have wonderful breasts. They shouldn’t be covered at all.”

“Of course that’s what you’d say.” Ginger chuckled. “I think this will work. I’ll wear the white shorts…the shorty ones. And if you wear your black pants, we should be quite the match on the dancefloor.”

“I don’t think we’ll go unnoticed. You’re hotter than hot tonight. Maybe it’s pent up energy from that abominable condo sales pitch. If so, I should write a thank you note to those sales agents.” Dan walked over to the floor-to-ceiling window and stared out at the evening lights bathing the lazy river below in a soft glow. “This is still a great place to celebrate your fiftieth birthday.”

Ginger wrapped her arms around her husband and looked over his shoulder at the courtyard below. “It’s beautiful. And the Vegas skyline is stunning from here. We couldn’t have a better view. Being on the fifth floor is just right. And you’re right, this is just the place to be for my birthday. Who knew I’d be in such a celebrative mood turning fifty? But I am. For that matter, who knew I’d feel this sexy at fifty? More than ever, really. In my twenties, I’d never have believed it was possible.”

Dan turned and pecked at Ginger’s lips, then kissed her soundly as she responded. He pulled back. “You’re so sexy it’s tempting to stay here instead of going to the club. But we have a date.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a married pair of retired professors writing eroticromance and erotic romantic suspense together. We like to think we’ve broken the mold for staid, fusty academics, and we hope lots of former profs are enjoying life as much as we are. We believe that love is love is love, and we often feature bisexual women and ménage in our erotic romance stories. Together we have published more than fifty erotic romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews.

During our academic careers, we lived in many states across the Midwest. We love to travel, so when we retired, we sold our house and took off in our motor home across the country. We now make our home in southern Arizona, where we enjoy hiking, golf, and travel, especially to the many Arizona Native American historical sites.

We’ve featured the swing lifestyle in a number of our erotic romance stories. We penned this short story to give readers a quick taste of swinging – erotically charged, always, and a safe place for bisexual women to express the full range of their sexuality. We’ve written an entire series of novellas set in the lifestyle, entitled Swinging Games. We hope you’ll check them out! And as always, reviews are the lifeblood of romance authors, so we hope you’ll leave one for us.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

#SnippetSunday - CHILD OF MINE

 


Here's a snippet from CHILD OF MINE, book 1 in the Masonville small town romance series. CHILD OF MINE is on sale for .99cents on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Child-Mine-Masonville-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07MBVK9LY 

In this scene, Cole and Lauren kiss for the first time:

Cole wrapped her in his arms. He held her securely, whispering reassurances. “It’s all right, Lauren. Don’t cry. It’s going to be okay, sweetheart.” 

She clung to him, her face buried against his neck. How wonderful to be held, to be touched. It had been so long— 

What was she doing? This was Cole, her friend. She pulled away from him. “I’m sorry.” 

“You don’t have anything to apologize for.” 

She turned away and tried to wipe the tears from her face. After she got her tears under control, she made herself smile at him. “Do you remember the homecoming dance? The time I tripped in my new high heels and sprained my ankle?” 

“Of course I do. You couldn’t walk, so I carried you from the school gym to Billy’s car, and he drove you home. I remember you were a lot heavier than you looked.” 

She swatted his shoulder, hiccupping laughter mixing with her tears. “Very funny. I was trying to make a point.” 

He wiped the tears from her cheek with the pad of his thumb, his dark eyes full of tenderness. “So what was your point?” 

“You’re a good friend. You’ve always been there every time I’ve needed you, and here you are again. Thank you.”

He stared into her eyes, but said nothing. She couldn’t look away. He continued to stroke her cheek with his thumb, the tiny caress acting like a balm to her battered heart. She placed her hand on his cheek.

 “Cole.” 

They reached for each other in mutual need. He pulled her against his chest, his mouth descending on hers in a hungry, urgent kiss. She sighed against his mouth, and he brought her closer. He wants me. It had been so long since someone had wanted her. Only her.

Sunday, January 15, 2023

New Year New Books Fete!



Calling all readers! It’s a brand new year and I’m ringing in 2023 with N. N. Light’s Book Heaven New Year New Books Fete. 24 books from multiple genres featured plus a chance to win a $75 Amazon gift card.

I’m thrilled to be a part of this event with my book, CHILD OF MINE, book 1 in the Masonville small town romance series. Stop by and read a blurb and an excerpt, and find out why I think CHILD OF MINE is a must read. I also talk about my resolutions/goals for 2023. You won’t want to miss it!

CHILD OF MINE is on sale at Amazon for .99 cents until January 20!

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Saturday, January 7, 2023

Snippet Sunday: CHILD OF MINE #smalltownromance #onsale

Here's a snippet from CHILD OF MINE, book 1 in my Masonville small town romance series. CHILD OF MINE is on sale at Amazon for .99 cents until January 20! https://www.amazon.com/Child-Mine-Masonville-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07MBVK9LY


"You mean everything to me. I love you.” 

She shook her head. “You don’t love me, not really. I’m nothing more than a responsibility to you.”

“Don’t tell me how I feel.” Desperation turned to anger in a flash. Cole jumped to his feet and began to pace. “I’ve been in love with you since I was sixteen years old, but you never saw me, not really. You only had eyes for Billy. It nearly killed me when you married him, but I stuffed down my anger and hurt and congratulated both of you, because really, what else could I do?” 

“No, that can’t be true.” 

“It’s true, all right. I wish to God it wasn’t. I tried to push away my feelings for you, tried to love other women, but none of them were you. None of them compared to you. I thought I’d get over you, but I never did.” 

Her eyes were wide with shock. “Cole—” 

“Billy guessed the truth. I found out he’d been cheating on you, and I confronted him. We had a huge fight, beat each other till we were both bloody. He told me I was jealous because you’d rejected me. He said you’d never want me, that you’d always be tied to him, no matter what happened. And he was right.” He gave a bark of mirthless laughter. “He’s dead and he still comes between us.”

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

An Interview with Lucy Bernard from A LITTLE BIT OF LUST

Author Shirley Goldberg is my guest and she brought a friend with her. Lucy Bernard  from A LITTLE BIT OF LUST sat down for a fun interview with Shirley. Thanks to both of you for being here today!

Thanks for hosting us on your blog, Jana. I’m here with Lucy Bernard, one of the main characters in A Little Bit of Lust, the third book in my Starting Over series. 


Lucy: Let’s talk about five things readers need to know about the characters, the book, and what you can’t live without. And I want to interview you, Shirley. 

Shirley: Good. That’s a lot to cover. You start. 

Lucy: It’s tough to talk about the book without spoilers popping out. Readers need to know that my best friend Deon, and I get together and break up near the beginning of the book. 

Shirley: Yeah, that’s in the blurb, so it’s not a spoiler. 

Lucy: It’s complicated. 

Shirley: Have you seen the movie, It’s Complicated? Meryl Streep and Steve Martin. 

Lucy: Love it. Alec Baldwin plays the ex-husband. He’s hilarious. Sexy, too, for a chunky guy. 

Shirley: So, you guys are besties, along with Phoebe. And you have this hot weekend that starts with kissing on the beach––

Lucy: Don’t remind me. Why did you do that?

Shirley: Do what?

Lucy: Have us go from friends to…well, it was a tremendous weekend and then pfttt. Nothing. 

Shirley: Don’t blame me. That was Deon’s fault. 

Lucy: You wrote the book! [Frowns and glares at Shirley] Why isn’t Deon here? 

Shirley: I didn’t invite him. I was afraid you two would embarrass me in front of him. 

Lucy: That’s ridiculous. 

Shirley: Now you’re embarrassing me.

Lucy: You’ll get over it. [Clears her throat.] I think the readers need to know Lust is about starting over. All the characters start over in some way. Deon’s a widower, I’m divorced, and Phoebe is moving on after a break up. We all hang out together, so our friendship is a big thing too. [Turns to Shirley] Did you ever start over? 

Shirley: More than once. I was married and living in Crete, Greece and moved back to Connecticut. Went back to school to become a teacher. Lived with my mom.

Lucy: Me too. My husband left when I as nineteen. I had a two-year-old. My parents invited me to move in with them. We’re very close. 

Shirley: What’s one thing readers need to know about you? 

Lucy: I love to bake and I have a small business concocting yummy desserts for local businesses. I cater to a few of the restaurants around the New Haven area and on the shoreline. 

Shirley: Yes, and Lust is all about summer and the beach and going dancing. 

Lucy: It’s also about me getting up at an ungodly hour because I can’t sleep and I have to bake to get my mind off…things. 

Shirley: No spoilers. One more question. What’s the one fun thing you can’t live without?

Lucy: That’s easy. Besides trying out new recipes, I love posting on Instagram. I have my own account and an account for my students’ work. They love it. 

Shirley: Cool.

Lucy: What’s your one fun thing you can’t live without? 

Shirley: Dancing with my honey. Oh, and dropping my characters into steaming hot soup. Metaphorically.

Lucy: Not funny.

Shirley: So funny.   

Lucy: Hey! Speaking of baking. I have a special recipe for the readers. 

Shirley: Thanks, Lucy. They’ll love that. And thank you so much, Jana. This was fun. 


Chocolate Macaroon Cookies

*How can anyone not love a crunchy, chocolatey macaroon? These macaroons are a similar version of the favorite little gem but since it’s a healthier version, it’s perfect eaten as part of breakfast or better yet, for an afternoon energy pick-me-up!

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened

1 cup oats

1 cup milk of choice

1 Tbsp honey

3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted or very soft

½ cup chocolate chips

2 Tbsp flour


Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix coconut, oats, milk and honey together in a bowl. Stir in melted coconut oil and chocolate chips. Add flour 1 Tbsp at a time until you form a dough. Spoon tablespoon sizes of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

This and all the recipes are originals, contributed by Eva Papadogiorgaki, The Cretan Nutritionist. Find her on Instagram and Facebook @thecretannutritionist. Thank you so much, Eva, for your hard work and support. 


Blurb:

How many second chances will she give him? 

Love-cynical Lucy Bernard delights in her independence. Baking, all things Instagram, the occasional special guy, and most of all hanging out with best friends Deon Goldbloom and Phoebe Karis. But when Deon kisses Lucy at the beach on a chilly afternoon, the two friends jump into a lust-filled romantic weekend. So what’s with slotting her into "ignore" status afterward? 

Deon Goldbloom is a widower who can’t move on after his wife's death. Is he a little crazy spending a sexy few days with Lucy and calling it the best time he’s had in four years? Yeah. Except blue Monday comes calling, and Deon isn’t ready for the guilt.

Lucy wonders how a smoochy weekend turns into a friends-with-benefits disaster. And Deon wonders if he’s made the biggest mistake of his life putting Lucy on "ignore." Using all his nerdy charms, he launches a campaign to bring Lucy around. Maybe they can chart a course back to one another if Lucy will only forgive him.

Excerpt from A Little Bit of Lust:

Lucy and Deon sat cross-legged, sifting through the stack of DVDs. 

“Seriously?” Lucy read the movie titles aloud. “You’ve got chick flicks? When Harry Met Sally. You’ve Got Mail. Sleepless in Seattle. Nora Ephron.” She turned to him. “So you love Nora as much as I do?”

“Sure.” He dug out a few more movies. 

An Affair to Remember. That’s romantic. Heartburn, not so much, but it’s a great movie. Who doesn’t love Meryl and Jack?”

“There’s more,” he said, stacking movies on the floor. 

“Let’s watch You’ve Got Mail. I always cry at the end.”

“So do I.” 

“You’re a man. What are you doing with romantic––” Lucy stopped in mid-sentence. A verbal gaff. “Sorry.” She felt embarrassed. The movie collection had to be from when he and his wife used to watch together. 

“Melinda loved them, yeah. We weren’t big on vacations or fancy restaurants. She loved a plain old movie night. And men cry at the movies too, you know.”

“Oh, of course.” Lucy tilted close and hugged him. “You cry at the movies, that is so, so romantic.” 

“Sit, relax.” He knelt down. “And by the way, my lips hurt from all that good kissing. Do yours?”  

“Nope, because I’m tough and you’re a wuss.” 

Deon leaned in and kissed her a nice juicy one right when the opening credits started rolling. 

Halfway through the movie, when Meg Ryan was losing her bookstore, Deon paused the movie. They opened the takeout bags to let out the oregano and basil and homemade tomato smells and prepared the plates with all the delicious Italian from Niki’s. Deon warmed the food and poured more wine, which contributed to their getting all misty-eyed at the end when Tom Hanks comes around the corner and Meg says, “I hoped it was you.” Which is what Lucy remembered her saying when she thought back on this moment. 

Then Deon found Arsenic and Old Lace and they took turns fast-forwarding to all the scenes with Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey. Deon did his Raymond Massey imitation, thrusting out his jaw, threatening the Cary Grant character. “Mortimer, just because you’re my brother doesn’t mean I won’t kill you.” 

Lucy howled and they rolled on the couch and made out a little.   

And then it was time for bed. Lucy’s new favorite time, since of course, she’d be staying over. 

Author Bio:

 

Shirley Goldberg is a writer, novelist, and former ESL and French teacher who’s lived in Paris, Crete, and Casablanca. She writes about men and women of a certain age starting over. Her website http://midagedating.com offers a humorous look at dating in mid-life, and her friends like to guess which stories are true. A Little Bit of Lust is her third book in the series Starting Over, although all her books are standalone. Shirley’s characters all believe you should never leave home without your sense of humor and she agrees.