Friday, August 30, 2013

Ode To Buffy...


Congratulations to "Silver Petticoat", the winner of Maureen's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

We have a break in our talented array of guests for the holiday weekend, so I am stepping in to chat with you about a subject that is very near and dear to me...Buffy.

Buffy. It isn't the most elegant or intimidating of names.  I remember watching the Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie and thinking, meh, it was okay.  I probably watched it just because Dylan from 90210 was in it. :)

Then, along came the real Buffy. I had my reservations, but I was powerless to resist. The first season was light, campy, fun. I adored it. The end of the second season ripped my heart out and stomped on it with no remorse. A kiss. A declaration of love, and then a sword through the heart.  Goodbye Angel.

Sigh. I still get upset over that. But I survived until next fall. 

And so, each season grew a little bit darker. Buffy matured. I matured. 

It's so hard to pick a favorite episode. There are many that stand out (besides the one that ripped my heart from my chest and stuck it in a blender). "Hush" was one of the most unique. The ghouls, The Gentlemen, came to town and stole everyone's voices, so that the whole episode was void of speech.  Boy did The Gentlemen give me the creeps!  

And then there was "Once More, With Feeling...", aka, Buffy, the musical.  I remember rolling my eyes at that one, but it served its purpose.  Buffy had turned so dark, we needed a little reprieve.

For me, though, the episode with the most impact had no drama...no romance. It was raw. For a woman who deals in the death of vampires, demons, and ghouls on a daily basis...to have her walk through the front door and find her mother has passed away on the couch...that moment had such impact.  There were no villains or stakes responsible. It was nature. And I walked in a cloud for days, devastated by a single television episode.
Now the years have passed. As I watch tv, I find myself playing Six Degrees Of Buffy. "That actress was on Buffy." "That actor played a demon on Buffy." Even poor Freddie Prinze Jr. I refer to as Buffy's husband.  LOL.  Sarah Michelle Gellar is an accomplished actress, a doting wife, and a wonderful mother. I will watch her in this new show coming up with Robin Williams. But when it's all said and done, she is Buffy.  There is no shame to that. How many actors have embodied a character so successfully?

Take the fine citizens of Philadelphia. Do they know Sylvester Stallone? No. They know Rocky Balboa. Rocky lived in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. He was real...to them. If they see Sly Stallone walking the streets, they will call out, "Yo, Rocky." And he will answer, because that is who he is.

Do you have any favorite Buffy episodes or moments? Do you identify any actors/actresses as their characters ahead of their given names?
Giveaway:
I will be giving away a Kindle or Nook copy of my book BEYOND which, like Buffy, deals with a 17 year-old girl who is dealt an adventure she never volunteered for.


BEYOND

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes. 

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth. 

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead. 


Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Sep. 2nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustParanormalRomance.com with a subject title of JPR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Day in the Life


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A lot of times I’m asked what’s a normal day in the life of an author. My default response is... normal day? What's that? Each day is different, and there’s nothing too glamorous about them. Unfortunately, I don’t have houseboys doing my laundry... yet.

I wake up in the morning and usually check my email before I start writing. I have cats that like to jump in my lap or beg for attention while I’m working. If they’re not, then they’re likely nearby sleeping and making me just a little envious. I take lunch around one o’clock and do business-related things. After that, I get back to writing for a while.

When my husband gets home, we have dinner and spend time together. We love watching movies and playing computer games together and with our friends. When a new game comes out, there are usually some late, late night gaming sessions.

But I know myself well enough that if I didn’t spend the time gaming or hanging out then I’d be work-work-working! Sometimes I can be too much of a workaholic. My friends and family think so too.

What’s a normal day in your life?

Saved by Moonlight

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Changeling Press
Date of Publication: August 30, 2013
Cover Artist: Bryan Keller
Changeling Press

A werewolf reveals what he is to save the love of his life...

When Sylvi comes home to find someone lurking in the apartment she shares with her boyfriend, she realizes her life is in danger. Lukas arrives in time to defend her from the intruder, but she's shocked to learn Lukas is really a werewolf! Can their love survive his revelation?

Excerpt: 

Sylvi turned off the shower and dried herself. She wrapped the large bath towel around her then set off to grab the cordless phone from the living room. There weren't any flashing lights on the phone to indicate that Lukas had called. Disappointment fluttered in her chest before she shoved it away.

He probably had a busy schedule filled with meetings and schmoozing galore.

She headed for the bedroom and paused in the hallway, staring at the closed door. Had she closed it this morning? Lukas couldn't be here since he would have come out to greet her. However, he wouldn't close the bedroom door either. They had no reason to.

She chewed on her lower lip and looked down at the phone. Her thumb hovered over the number nine. Should she call the police? What if no one was there? What if she'd had a strange memory lapse? She'd look like an idiot.

Stop acting like a child, she scolded herself.

Taking a deep breath, she jerked the door open and flipped on the light. Her gaze raked the room. It was decorated in delicate shades of blue and white. She and Lukas had done this together, as a team. The memory brought a smile to her face. Until she saw him...

Demetrius stood by the window overlooking the street, staring into the rainy night. She knew it was him by his overwhelmingly muscular build and shoulder-length brown hair. How had he found her after all these years? They'd experienced a short, wild rendezvous before she'd come to Florida, but it was so over!

"What are you doing here?" Her voice shook slightly. He turned to face her, and she stepped back toward the door.

Tension rose and filled the air.

"Hello to you, too." He stalked over to the bed. His hands splayed over the blue velvet comforter. "Mmm... Soft. You certainly do have superb taste." The bed groaned under his weight as he crawled onto the mattress and stared at her.

"What do you want?" Sylvi shivered and pressed herself against the doorframe. She had to get out of here. There was no telling what he'd do, especially with her being so vulnerable.

Demetrius licked his lips and ran his gaze over her as if willing her towel away. "You."

"That's too bad because --" Sylvi's words cut off as Demetrius jumped at her in a graceful leap.
He closed the distance between them like a predator. "You were saying?" A smug grin caressed his lips.

"I was trying to say I have a boyfriend." She took a step into the hallway, but he grabbed her upper arm and pulled her against his chest. She was five foot five inches, and yet the top of her head barely reached his shoulder. Even when they'd lusted after each other, his towering stature had intimidated her.

"I don't see anyone else here." He glanced around the room pointedly.

She shivered, but not entirely from the cool air conditioning. Tendrils of fear chased down her spine.

About the Author:
Sarah Mäkelä loves her fiction dark, magical, and passionate. She is a paranormal romance author, but she’s written all over the romance spectrum with cyberpunk, sci-fi, fantasy, urban fantasy...even a sweet contemporary romance!

A life-long paranormal fan, she still sleeps with a night-light. In her spare time, she reads sexy books, watches scary movies (and Ghost Adventures), and plays computer games with her husband. When she gets the chance, she loves traveling the world too.






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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Age Of The Geek


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I love reading paranormal romance and all the other kinds of "spec fic" that gets lumped with it—science fiction and futuristic, fantasy, urban fantasy, dystopian, and so on. The exploration of things beyond what we know in real life ups the stakes and makes me think. I also love writing it because I can make stuff up and minimize the research. :) 


Over the last couple of decades, paranormal romance has grown and evolved. And so, I am squeefully delighted to say, has its counterpart out in popular entertainment as a whole. I could go on and on about Buffy and the Doctor and Mal Reynolds and his crew on the Serenity, but we know all about those already, right? We're now in the Age of the Geek, where loving such things is mainstream and no longer looked down upon. 

What's most exciting to me is the proliferation of paranormal and other "genre" shows and movies out there. The biggest movie in two years was The Avengers—what's more paranormal than superheroes? :) This summer had comic book characters (The Wolverine and R.I.P.D.) and sci-fi (Elysium and Oblivion and of course the new Star Trek). And this fall some really cool shows are coming to TV. 

Here are the ones I'm most excited about: 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are actually regular humans, but they deal with people who are extraordinary, like the Avengers. I thought Clark Gregg was super-fantastic as Agent Coulson in all the Marvel films, and I'm thrilled he got a second life for this show. But the concept of the show itself (and that fact that it's by Joss Whedon) thrills my little geek heart. 

Almost Human Karl Urban (yum!) is a human cop partnered with an android partner (Michael Ealy—those eyes!). The show is supposed to be, at its core, about what defines humanity, but it's also a basic cop show set in the future. 

Intelligence Sawyer...I mean, Josh Holloway, is an agent with a computer in his brain. This is similar to the concepts of Jake 2.0 and Chuck, though he's less of an everyman because he's a soldier. I have a very analytical mind, myself, so I really like the deconstruction of things the way his character seems to do it. 

All of these shows get to explore popular, common concepts (solve crime! spy on people! save the world!) but with a much broader ability to explore new territory because of the extraordinary elements. There are others that are less future-science and more woo-woo. 

The Tomorrow People Kids with powers, scary guys after them. I don't know much more about this than that, but I saw the early teaser trailers and that's all I wanted to know. This show has Mark Pellegrino—what more does it need? Also the cousin of the guy who does the salmon ladder on Arrow. Nuff said. (I know! I'm such a cliché! All these shows feature hunky men. We could do a whole 'nuther post on what that says about the value of women in the eyes of television advertisers nowadays...) 

One more: Sleepy Hollow With this one, we hit the creepy, gothic, truly paranormal world. Ichabod Crane follows the Headless Horseman from revolutionary America to the present. The showrunners are the JJ Abrams guys who did Star Trek, so it has a good pedigree. And atmosphere! I graduated from Ichabod Crane Central High School in upstate NY, so that gives it added interest for me. :) 

So what about you? What unreal TV shows, movies, and books are you most looking forward to this fall? 

Tomorrow, Natalie celebrates the release of the second book of her Goddesses Rising trilogy, Heavy Metal. To celebrate, she's offering one digital copy of the first book in the trilogy, Under the Moon. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. You don't need to have read Under the Moon to enjoy Heavy Metal. a Rafflecopter giveaway 

You can learn more about Natalie and her books at her website, Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook. She blogs with a number of fantastic romance authors at Everybody Needs a Little Romance and just to hear herself talk (when she's not on deadline) at Indulge Yourself.

Natalie's Latest Release Heavy Metal (Book 2 in the Goddesses Rising trilogy
Paranormal Romantic Adventure Entangled Publishing, August 27, 2013 
ISBN 13: 978-1622668908 

The world is not what Riley Kordek imagined. On the run from those who’ve targeted her, all Riley wants is a chance to figure out her new ability to bend metal’s energy. When a hot guy who knows more than he should helps her escape her attackers, she thinks she might’ve found someone who can lead her to the answers she needs. 

Three years ago, Sam Remington walked away from his employer and the woman he loved, and now, all he’s looking to do is fill the gaping hole left behind. Except, when Sam takes Riley to the Society for Goddess Education and Defense, the stakes rise beyond what either of them could have imagined. 

After being alone for so long, falling for Sam would be far too easy—and far too painful, once his old flame calls needing his help. Worse, Riley uncovers a plot with disastrous ramifications not only for herself, but for Sam and the people he loves—and potentially every goddess in the country.


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About the Author Natalie J. Damschroder grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she's not writing romantic adventure for Carina Press and paranormal romance for Entangled Publishing, she does freelance editing and works part time as a chiropractic assistant. She and her husband have two daughters they've dubbed "the anti-teenagers," one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Burned In Shadows


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Thank you to Just Paranormal Romance for having me on the blog today. Here is an excerpt from Burned In Shadows


“Again.” Royce’s voice was hard as Jes got into stance. It was funny watching her friend practice with the twins. Jesminda Zealand was no longer human, and it showed. A large smile spread wide across Belinda’s lips. Her girl was bad-ass. Ronin charged from one end of the training room and Royce from the other. The grace of her movements was envious as she threw her entire body into a sprint and quickly dropped to her knees sliding under both men’s swords as they swung in unison. Her body was stronger, leaner and harder edged. Every move she made was precise and timed perfectly. She’d picked up fast on the training, and it seemed her body was shaped for fighting. It’d be her turn next, and she was ready to hand both men their balls. They’d been riding her for over a week. Ronin was always up front with his intentions, but his twin Royce was a different story. She couldn’t figure them out. It seemed she was just another conquest. Ronin approached her first and then Royce, with his never ending sarcastic remarks and movie quotes. Should she give in? No, you can’t. You’re the next heir in line. Mother would die of embarrassment.
The sounds of grunts and fists connecting to skin brought Bells out of her thoughts. Jes’ hand connected to Royce’s jaw, her punch was powerful enough to snap his head back. Ronin simultaneously connected to her gut. In slow motion, it would have been comical. Jes hitting Royce, Ronin hitting her. Her friend doubled over and stumbled back, but Ronin moved forward. She’d made tremendous progress over the last six weeks and still managed to stump them all with her astonishing new abilities.
“Fuck!”
“Don’t drop your guard Jes, never assume your opponent will give you that momentary breath you may need to use for your second wind.”
Jes was doubled over, sucking in large gulps of air and Bells almost went to comfort her, almost. Ronin walked closer. Jes’ hands tightened on her knees as she sucked in more air. Bells felt her friend’s anger rising like a tidal wave. Any moment she would come crashing down. Hard. Ronin placed a hand on her back as a comforting gesture. It was strange to see him being so warm and accommodating. When Ronin’s hand landed lightly on Jes’ shoulder, her head shot up. She used the balls of her feet to progress her upward movement. The sound of her head connecting with his chin was dull. It was the sound of his teeth clacking together that gave everyone pause. Did she shatter them? 

SERIES SPOTLIGHT:
Book One of the Shadow Unit Series

A man's Past leads to his Future......

Agent Stone of the Shadow Unit's job is simple, most days. Work in the Shadows, police his own Kind.
When an unwanted assignment turns out to be his darkest fantasy from the past, Draven can't help but be conflicted by the memories of the past and his responsibilities in the future. But his decision has been made.

The Heart of a woman is Tested........

Jes can't let the tall dark agent back into her life. 

How can she trust any man after what she's endured. Years of abuse have broken her down and she doesn't have room for more. The man she turns to for help hasn't abused her physically but he's tormented her emotionally. A past betrayal left her scarred, but also brought her life. 

Can she accept him into her heart and trust him again? 

One will survive and adapt, the other will realize hearts can be mended even if it’s a bit too late. 
The road to forgiveness sometimes only brings more pain. Unexpected events set their lives on two separate tracks leading to one outcome. Lives will be changed and an emotional battle to save their souls will leave them both trapped and enslaved in their need for one another.

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe

Book Two of the Shadow Unit Series

Royce Zarides has accepted his hand dealt by fate. He's loved and left far too many women. In the bedroom that is. But one kiss from Belinda Raine Ignis was all it took for his eyes to open. Is she really the woman meant for him and his brother Ronin? Or will history only repeat itself? That's the million dollar question he doesn't want to answer.

Ronin does not believe that Belinda is for him and his brother. But one night with her isn't enough. Even when he sees her for who and what she really is, Ronin still has a hard time expressing his emotions where Belinda is concerned, and time is running out now that she's to ascend to the status of Matria of the Phoenix Enclave.

Belinda (Bells) Ignis is good at ignoring men. She's had her share of heartache. Jilted at the altar by her first love, she's sworn all men off for good. Her mother and Matria of her community has other plans in mind, as well as the Zarides brothers. When faced with the heated glances of Ronin and the smooth tongue of Royce, what's a girl to do?

The clock is ticking down for certain members of the Shadow Unit. Draven assumed dead, leaves a sour taste in every ones mouth. Jes' new found abilities make for a great addition to the team. But when things seem to settle, they only get worse, as the team sets out to discover the origins of Mr. Black and the notorious Red Sun Organization. Secrets are uncovered and deals are made that result in a deadly blow to all involved.

AVAILABLE AT: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | ARe

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
There is really not much to say... I love to write, read, and listen to music. My attempt at a music career sadly ended at the Apollo one warm night in May. LOL (Side note: I was not booed just outdone by two munchkins rapping to Biggy Smalls, they were good. 
Military brat extraordinaire; have traveled to a lot of interesting places.  This February I will be going over to the other side of the pond where I will spend two weeks in Europe.  I will be in Cambridge, London, Paris, Versailles, Bruges, and hopefully Cardiff.
The very first time I put pen to paper in story fashion (for fun), was in 6th grade.  The story was called, The Case of The Missing Pepperoni. It was a cute mystery where all the ingredients and shop appliances came to life when the store owner closed up for the evening.  See, pretty boring stuff. I always say I'm not the interesting one, but the people around me.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Embrace The Dark

By: Caris Roane

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How can he resist his blood rose… 

Enter a world of blood-starved mastyr vampires and the rare women who can satisfy their deepest needs… 

Gerrod, mastyr vampire of the Merhaine Realm, never thought to have his blood-needs satisfied by a mere human. But Abigail is no ordinary woman. She stuns him with her telepathy as well as the richness of her blood. However, her human DNA makes her an unacceptable mate. Yet how can Gerrod turn her away when she alone has satisfied his blood-starvation for the first time in a hundred-and-fifty-years?

Will she fall to temptation and give herself to a vampire… 

When the dreaded enemy of all realm-folk, the Invictus, attacks at a fae wedding, Abigail’s simple human life gets turned upside down. She doesn’t know if she has the courage to pursue a path that means giving herself body and soul to a mastyr vampire. Will she return to her normal existence in Flagstaff, Arizona? Or will she embrace the dark…

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Excerpt:
Chapter One

            Mastyr Vampire Gerrod, of Merhaine Realm, lifted a hand toward the human, Abigail, then let it fall away. She stood with her back to him, ignoring him, delighting in the wedding festivities, laughing often.

Sweet Goddess, even her laughter spiked his blood-need, which caused other needs to rise as well. His desire for her was never far away and deepened now, echoing through each cell of his vampire body, stiffening muscles and other parts, begging for sustenance, all kinds.

He should have been beyond such madness. He was three-hundred-years-old, for the Goddess’s sake. But ever since Abigail Kirkland had made her presence known and felt in Merhaine, he’d been held hostage by even the scent of her.

Like crushed rosemary.

He breathed in, his nostrils flaring. A full sliver of heaven in that delicate scent, with just enough woman beneath to rob him of rational thought.

And she a human.

He flexed his biceps: he was that mad. He had to work not to let his fangs descend, else everything he felt would be on display for even the lesser folk to know and understand. He wouldn’t let her humiliate him.

This madness was maddening.

He stood behind her, and a little off to her right side. He could almost see her profile. She knew he was there, but she was ignoring him. She had told him that his temper irked her and she wished he would be silent.

He could have her killed for saying such a thing to him, he, the Mastyr Vampire of the Merhaine Realm, one of the Nine Realms of North America. Did she not understand that he ruled this realm?

He should walk away. There were many at the wedding reception expecting his attention, several mayors, council members.

Yet he couldn’t do so since apparently his leather boots had rooted to the earth. What power was this she held over him? He had never understood, not in the entire year he’d known her.

As the best man spoke into the mic and delivered a slightly slurred toast to the groom, Gerrod’s gaze roved Abigail, his hunger increasing. Her bare shoulders tempted him, called to him, begged for his lips, his fingers, the full length of his tongue. His nostrils flared a little more. Her gown, a soft cream, revealed a portion of her fair back, a large window of skin that set his jaw to trembling. Her long red hair was curled and pulled forward to dangle over her shoulder in beautiful layers over one breast. She had extraordinary eyes, a beautiful light green. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been so taken with a woman.

May the heavens help him. Abigail had teased his mating frequency into a frenzy and he was overwrought. Yet he could do nothing about it. The damn woman was human. He would no more give himself to such a ridiculous creature than he would bring forest gremlins into his bed.

He’d be damned first.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Why Paranormal Romance?


I want to start of saying thank you to Just Paranormal Romance for turning their blog over to me today. 

What is it about the paranormal that intrigues readers? I lack the knowledge or the arrogance to speak for everyone that enjoys the genre but I can speak to my own love of the genre. Maybe some people will agree. Maybe they won’t. I’d love for people to chime in with their thoughts and opinions on the subject; luckily there is a spot at the bottom where comments can be left for just that purpose. ;)

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy all the myriad sub-genres of romantic fiction but paranormal tugs at me a little harder than the rest. And I think the reason for that is simply when I read I do so for a bit of escapism from the realities of my life. Now I don’t have emotionally crippled billionaire sexy-as-hell Doms beating down my door but hey, those things ‘could’ happen in real life. Just like the boy who broke your heart in high school could come back ten years later ready to make amends. Or the baby-daddy who got away before you could tell him you were pregnant could show back up in your one horse town ready to be a father and husband. While these stories are wonderful to read and take you away from your own day-to-day you’re not really suspending that much disbelief in order to enjoy them.

When the fantasy world you’re diving into involves vampires, fairies, dragons, werewolves, witches and wizards, well you’ve found the Golden Ticket and eaten the Everlasting Gobstopper. This is escapism in the trust sense. I really give myself over to the tale the writer has told. When it’s done well I find myself believing in the impossible and rooting for creatures that I would have been terrified of as a child. You want a little bit of evidence that adults are looking to escape the stress of everyday life and looking to literature for that release valve? I point, with all the obnoxious hopping and oh-oh’ing of a fourth grader, at the masses of adults that devoured the Harry Potter books. Paranormal is fun, it’s fresh and it is a departure from reality that will always be in high demand. It’s why Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley still resonate. 

And the paranormal lends itself seamlessly to romance. Beautiful people navigating surreal worlds, overcoming impossible odds to find love - what’s not romantic about that? I’ve read Romeo and Juliet – I thought it sucked. Give me A Midsummer Night’s Dream any day of the week and twice on Sunday – haven’t read that one? That’s the one with the mischievous fairies in it. 

I’ll read just about anything (except non-fiction and westerns, yawn); I prefer romance; and I like my happily-ever-after a little, well, paranormal.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When I was little I thought everyone had stories in their head. I didn’t find out that wasn’t the case until kindergarten. I remember thinking that was sad; and that I should share the ones I had. I asked my teacher for help. I had her cut, fold and staple the paper into a suspiciously book-like shape. Then I drew the cover art and illustrated the interior pages. Finally, and most importantly, I dictated the text. And violà … a writer was born. 

It took thirty years for me to get from that first attempt to being a published author. I think the road thus far has added some depth and experience to my writing. At the very least I learned I shouldn’t ever do my own illustrations. 

A city girl, born and bred, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters ranging in ages from college through pre-school, and a grandson who arrived on my birthday last year. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

I’d love to have you visit with me on my Blog; at Facebook and Twitter; on my Goodreads and Amazon author pages; or write to me directly at beckyfladeauthor@gmail.com 

Fated Souls, my first paranormal romance, is currently available for eReaders and is coming soon in paperback on demand.  

Fated Souls by Becky Flade

Investigative journalist Maggie O’Connell went from hard hitting exposés to alien abductions in the blink of an eye, but she did it with style. Her next big lead takes her to northern Minnesota hot on the trail of a werewolf and straight into the arms of Aidan Gael, a horse rancher with many more secrets than he has friends. Maggie may get the story but the man who shares the wolf’s compelling green eyes may end up with her heart - provided they can keep each other alive. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Basking In My Nerdom


My husband and I bought a Netflix-ready blu-ray DVD player. Oh, we’d had one of the first blu-ray players but it really wasn’t all that good. And we got fed up with it when we couldn’t get it to work one night. So it has since been banished from the house and replaced by the new one. 

Anyhoo… there are all kinds of apps on the new one. Everything from Netflix to Hulu to Amazon to Pandora. It’s a virtual cornucopia of entertainment. In addition to our U-Verse and our DVR and our extensive DVD collection…we have more entertainment that you can shake a stick at. HOW could we possibly EVER get bored? :)

Here’s my favorite thing about having this Netflix ready device—I can watch Star Trek any time I want.

Hence the nerdom.

And much to my hubby’s dismay. Don’t get me wrong, he likes the show but he’s not a Trekkie by any stretch of the imagination. Me? I grew up on the thing. I fell in love with the original show when I was kid and it was in syndication. And then when the new series launched in 1987, I was all over it. I went to the Star Trek conventions and got autographs from the original stars in my Star Trek Compendium. Which I still have to this day, mind you. I saw Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes in real life. I dragged my friends to these conventions or anyone who’d go with me. It was so much fun.

I watched a few Deep Space Nine but I never got into the others—Voyager or Enterprise. Something I plan to rectify with my new Netflix ready device. (Sorry, honey.) I wonder how long is going to take me to get through ALL those shows?

I’ve been spending a few evenings here and there watching the episodes. I start with the end of Season 1 and have been working my way through Season 2. Some of them I remember bits and pieces of and some I have no recollection of at all. So I’m excited to re-visit the series again. And yes, I do plan to watch the entire series. :D I missed the last three seasons after all!

So tell me – what is a show you’d watch over and over again on Netflix or any other device? Have a favorite?

Michelle Miles is published in contemporary, paranormal and fantasy romance with Samhain Publishing and Ellora’s Cave. For more on her books, check out her website at http://www.michellemiles.net, follow her on Twitter @MichelleMiles or Facebook at MichelleMilesRomanceAuthor.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Paranormal Creatures Living Among Us


GIVEAWAY Alert!

What would the reaction be if paranormal creatures revealed themselves to the world? It's an interesting question. If you watch TrueBlood or read the Sookie Stackhouse books, some people are against vampires and other creatures. Some humans embrace the idea we are not alone. I agree with this way of thinking because I think there will always be religious followers that strongly disagree in the existence of anything non human. And there will be a population that is open minded and willing to work with another species. So I stuck to this logic but created a special event, a day the paranormal creatures would celebrate forever because they were proud to come out of hiding. The day is called P-Day, Paranormal Day.

When is P-Day? It's Sept. 9, 2009 and all paranormal creatures celebrate on September 9th. Why that date? Well, I was thinking if some religious fanatic wanted to go crazy, they could say 9/9/9 upside down is 666, which is an evil sign. It's an idea I can work on in future books.

What happened 9/9/9? Supernatural creatures revealed themselves to the world because they were tired of hiding and lying. They want to fit in with the rest of society. They already do in a sense, but they've had to hide what they really are. On 9/9/9, paranormal creatures stood in front of humans and the media to show off their true selves. Werewolves and shape shifters changed. Vampires showed some fangs. Witches and warlocks casted spells. Pixies flew on television. A respectable and civilized population attempted to prove to the world that humans were just one species living on Earth.
And the response? Hollywood made people and acts appear real. It was special effects. Fangs? Fake teeth like the kind you can buy for Halloween. Those who didn't want to believe found an excuse, any excuse, to argue paranormal creatures were fake.

But the truth is we are not alone. Many civilized humans realized this and they had to change their way of thinking to accept these other creatures. For example, how do you police supernatural creatures? They (supernaturals) want to fit into society, but there is always a few bad apples. How do you protect the good from the bad?
Well we, humans, have to accept and work with supernaturals. Governments have to think of ways to police, detain, and punish those that are criminals. After all, you don't want supernaturals to get a bad reputation. So, I created the town and an organization called Nightwatch. Detectives work with paranormal creatures to ensure peace for everyone. The majority of paranormals are good and just want to be normal, live their lives free and without hiding the truth. But for the ones that cause problems, they will be caught and punished, much like humans are.

This is how I envisioned a world where humans are not alone. It's everyday life as we know it, only my neighbor might be a supernatural creature. Hey, that may not be so bad after all. I wouldn't treat them different. Would you?



Sparks fly under the full moon in paranormal suburbia.

Vampire Alexandria Cartwright believes she’s found the perfect home in paranormal suburbia. An independent young woman and professional financial adviser, Alexi needs help from no man, human or paranormal. Until burglars break into her house and steal her most valuable possession–one which could lead to her demise.

Werewolf Gregory Holmes is instantly attracted to his new neighbor and wants nothing more than to protect her from any who would seek to harm her. Helping Alexi recover her stolen safe seems to be the perfect opportunity to show her how he feels.

Centuries of experience have shown Alexi all men are greedy pigs who only think with the brain below their belt. But as Greg comes to her aid repeatedly, she wonders if he’s the real deal. Can she overcome her loathing for men? Can Greg break through the wall she’s built to show her the meaning of love?

CONTENT WARNING: Language. Violence. Graphic sex
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Monday, August 19, 2013

Is the Romance Genre still going strong?


Never before, in recorded history, have women been able to do so much and become whoever we wish to be. We can be astronauts, chefs, mechanics, or even the President.

So we don’t need romance, right?

Wrong.

Romance is everywhere. Don’t let your friend, spouse, or anyone else tell you the Romance genre is fading.

Romance Writers of America indicated that romance was the top-performing category in the bestseller lists in 2012 accounting for $1.438 billion in sales. [1]
(source: Business of Consumer Book Publishing 2013)
·         Romance was the top-performing category on the best-seller lists in 2012 (across the NYT, USA Today, and PW best-seller lists).
·         Romance fiction sales are estimated at $1.350 billion for 2013.
·         74.8 million people read at least one romance novel in 2008. (source: RWA Reader Survey)

Romance is not only a genre of books, it’s everywhere: TV, movies, and even other books that are not labeled ‘romance’. 

For example, the new movie The Wolverine, there is a love interest. TV shows like The Game of Thrones have romance sprinkled among the battles and plots. Pick up a fantasy book; chances are there will be at least a romantic thread in the story.

So why aren't these labeled as romances? Two reasons, I believe: one is that the romance is a secondary part of the story, and two, there is no guarantee of a HEA (Happily Ever After).

The romance genre has matured since I was a young teen sneaking into my mother’s hidden library. No longer are the stories purely focused on lovemaking, but now romance novels have enthralling plots, intrigue, or mesmerizing characters.

Within the romance genre there are so many wonderful categories to choose from: Contemporary, Historical, Suspense, Paranormal, Christian, Erotica, New Adult, Regency, Category, Time Travel, and more.

I would say that the romance genre is not only going strong, but has improved and will continue to astound us.
Bibliography:
[1] RWA Romance Writers of America:  http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=580


THE GARNET DAGGER

Forbidden to cross the Elvin barrier into human lands, Brock cannot sate his curiosity. Cursed by a vampyre bite that forces him to feed on the life-essence of others, he is unable to touch another without taking their life. Chained by prophesy, he must find a witch, pierce her heart, and draw her blood for his cure.

Celeste must escape the monks who have held her prisoner for years. Her magic has been kept dormant by her captors. An ancient powerful Warloc craves her powers. If he succeeds in devouring her magic, she and the world will die.

When Brock falls in love with Celeste before realizing her demise is his cure, will love triumph over his desire to be healed? Will he risk everything to save her from a Warloc, an oath breaker, who also wants her dead?

Sensuality Level: Sensual