Friday, December 13, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Love How Easy it is to Find Great Stories


Splintered Energy, the first episode in my science-fiction/romance series, was lucky enough to be accepted by the FL. The novel is being featured on Thursday, Oct 24th on this new website that offers (at no charge) personalized selections of books that are bargain priced, free and/or reads worth checking out, as a daily email. Sign up and spend time reading instead of searching.

Monday, October 14, 2013

200 Titles--how cool is that?

Decadent Publishing reached a milestone this month in their 1NS series and of course that means a celebration. Sign up in the rafflecopter for chance to win some sweet reads.

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 Cover and blurb for my contribution:


 
 
 


Dear Madame Evangeline,
As you can see by my attached application, I am an ideal candidate for your matching service. Unless you believe in ghosts (ha ha), it’ll be impossible for me to breach contract by attempting to find anyone who wishes to remain a stranger after a one-night stand.
This would surely be a risk-free set up for any potential date. Please consider leaving out details of my identity, as I fear opportunistic journalists/news reporters. With that in mind, I left the preferred height, weight, shape, race, personality, and so forth options blank. Clean with an XY chromosome is more than I deserve, and all this sinner would hope for.
If you’re wondering how one such as me could have the audacity to even contact you, well, what do I have to lose? I beg pardon for my crudeness, but seeing as electrocution is currently an acceptable form of execution in this sovereign state, I’ve fantasized for months about a bang the night prior to the roast.
I have the means to persuade the warden into allowing this rendezvous to happen. Authorities may agree just to avoid agitation between the anticipated media spectacle and me. There’s been much controversy concerning a woman in the electric chair for the first time in a decade, and the warden expects I’ll remain steadfast in my refusal to appeal or prolong the inevitable. With consideration of my right to exit this world sooner rather than later, I anticipate every home within a thousand mile radius will have their power off Saturday afternoon, two weeks from today.
I’ll be moved to the D ward shortly and unable to converse further with anyone but the chaplain and warden. Please consider this my last request.

Sincerely,
Prison number 24609
Joan Bennett

 


 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Jung/Briggs Thinks A Pair of Males are Extreme


Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test™
 

ESFJ

Extravert(78%) Sensing(25%) Feeling(62%) Judging(1%)

You have strong preference of Extraversion over Introversion (78%)

You have moderate preference of Sensing over Intuition (25%)

You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (62%)

You have marginal or no preference of Judging over Perceiving (1%)

Damon: An extrovert without any judgment who values feelings over common sense.

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INTJ

Introvert(67%) iNtuitive(88%) Thinking(38%) Judging(67%)

You have distinctive preference of Introversion over Extraversion (67%)

You have strong preference of Intuition over Sensing (88%)

You have moderate preference of Thinking over Feeling (38%)

You have distinctive preference of Judging over Perceiving (67%)

Malcolm: An introvert who’s intuitive and judgmental and pretends not to care.

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ENFJ

Extravert(89%) iNtuitive(50%) Feeling(50%) Judging(33%)

You have strong preference of Extraversion over Introversion (89%)

You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (50%)

You have moderate preference of Feeling over Thinking (50%)

You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (33%)

Digo: A rather perfect blend of Red and Blue.
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The author? Introvert(78%) iNtuitive(38%) Feeling(12%) Judging(44%) Mainly, just someone who needs to stop wasting time, but seriously. How cool is it that two polar opposites are blended so well in a third character?
 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Colors Debating Reviews

“Oh my. I see our author is delightfully blue about reviews. A waste of time, this unproductive whining over whether to ask anyone brave enough to admit liking the colors to step up and speak up, if they haven’t done so already.”


“Whaaat?  Of course people hate wrong color like yours, but reviews are important?”

“I should care about these reviews?”

“Yes. Rankings are everything on Amazon. Promo sites and readers want honest opinions if the reader should spend the equivalent of a cup of coffee, but most of all, whether they should invest that wretched four letter t-word. There’s so many options for entertainment.”

 “T-word?”

“Time, you big dummy.” Giggle. “The thing Mal worries about all the time, ha ha. But counting stars won’t get us back home. We have to invest in four novels worth of time no matter what any critic thinks, so it makes more sense to have fun and not worry.”

“Mal, I can make stupid-girl count the stars for you. But I want our author to be red about these reviews, not blue. Fix that, okay?”

“Right. You can’t make—”

“Leave her alone, brother, and forget the night sky. The rating system uses stars.”

“I don’t understand why I should care that our author cares.”

 “Shut up. Like fire and water, words spoken by those who aren’t a sociopath are important. Our author shouldn’t be afraid to reach for these stars. Mal, is our author a wimp?”

“How the hell do I know? I’m just expected to have the answers, figure everything out, decide every comma Oxford or not, screw round with dangling particles, find a happy ending for a tome of over 400K words while every bigot in the spectrum fights for the spotlight, and so on.”

 “It doesn’t seem nice to put a reader on the spot by directly asking for a review, and it’s not like every reader  likes all color,” shudder, “Not if they’re truthful. Some shades are better, less scary, and most of all, less stupid than others. Mal, hold me. I’m worried that…no! Stay away, you—”

“Jesus, Damon, could you leave her…sure, lock her in the closet. One less character to complain without offering a solution. I’d like to resolve this issue before my ‘helper’ returns to add to the pointless interruptions.”

“Hmpf.  Readers, the rest of you contaminated freaks, I don’t care—”

“Thank you, brother. Once you’re done shoving your fist down her throat, drag her down the hall to her room…okay, fine the closet door is still on its hinges.”

“Mal, get off the computer. Quit fussing about reviews and come play with…Stop that, you stupid big lout. At least let me open the closet before you completely destroy it. Mal! Make him—”

“Oh for the love of whatever. Now it’s just you and me, brother. And I don’t think you’re capable of understanding the complexity of asking for reviews. It’s a detailed, heart wrenching…what are you doing? Get your damn hands off me. P-please. Oh no. Not in there with the miserable girls. Oh my-my-my-my—”

“Author—forget reviews. Get back to work. Write a better story where Red doesn’t break everything I touch like this damn comput—

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Memories of Cool Times

 Recently, NASA found another blue planet only 63 light years away. They suspect, based on an estimated 2000 degrees F, that it rains liquid glass there. So, with thoughts of other worlds truely hotter than hell and shattering shards of liquid zapping down, along with a new screen-saver on my laptop showing my front yard a few months ago, living in the little room where the AC cranks away to avoid my brain melting out of my ears when I'm home doesnt seem quite so bad. Just wish I was more productive when it's humid. I much perfer bundling up and shivering.

Friday, June 7, 2013

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Win a Nook, Buy a Book...for a dollar? Seriously? Yes!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Some Great Authors with Current Releases

Bruno diCesare lives alone by necessity, not choice. An experiment performed by Leonardo da Vinci, who believed having a dual DNA would grant a person immortality, used magic to render Bruno a chimera—the head of a lion, body of a dragon. The only time he can mingle with people is during Carnevale, ten glorious days of masked anonymity, frivolity, and intimacy.

Melina Weaver learned fire dancing to enliven her dull existence. Her long hours at the lab leave no time for a social life. For ten days at Carnevale, she can pretend to be someone else. Someone sexy and daring, who lives on the edge.

Once she meets Bruno, her wish comes true, but everything goes terribly wrong. Beneath Bruno’s costume lurks an alpha male, but is he dangerous? Worse, can she return to an employer who sells her research to the military to make an army of efficient killers? Her only hope may lie with the man she’s just met but has never seen.
 
 
 
 
Keeping an eye on his charge isn’t easy. Keeping his hands off? Impossible…

It took attending his own funeral to force Logan to accept a new life as an undercover MI6 agent. That doesn’t make his latest assignment any less aggravating. Babysitting a Russian pop star with delusions that someone’s trying to kill him.

Other than an inexplicable attraction Logan ruthlessly suppresses, he couldn’t have less in common with the irritating, arrogant rich kid. He’s even prepared to walk away—until very real bullets start flying.

After his mother’s death, Zak Kochenkov’s life unravels in an impenetrable haze of grief, drugs and alcohol—until one bodyguard candidate stands out. Except his hopes of having some fun with that guard’s body evaporate when he realizes Logan is buttoned up tighter than a clam.

The first thing Logan learns is that his charge won’t do as he’s told. And there’s some secret behind his haunted eyes that shakes Logan’s resolve to keep him at arm’s length. Because he knows if he lets passion close his eyes, that’s when danger will find them both…
Product Warnings
Contains a sexy bodyguard with a tortured past, and a spoiled rock star with a tortured conscience. Stir (don’t shake), and prepare for spontaneous combustion
 
Centuries ago, they tried to invade us and failed. Now the elves are back.

Finn’s revelation has placed Ella between a rock and a hard place. Unsure how to reconcile herself to his true nature, she struggles with trust issues and her feelings for him. Add to the mix her discovery that her dead ex-partner harbored more secrets than a library book can contain, and Ella has just about more than she can handle. With the snow wolves and dragons loose, the out-of-season heavy winter and a return of the mysterious Guardians, Ella’s week is looking sucky at best — if the world doesn’t end first.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Family of Ron...without the missing i

And more thanks to Marion Sipe, cover and graphic artist extrodinaire for fixing the typo in Temujin with a smile. When a character picks a name in honor of a guy in the top ten of the most evil males in history, leaving the i out isnt a good thing. Good news, it only took me once to do a search replace and correct 109 spots in the novel, and 6 times to reload and re-publish so the picture of the chart was line up correctly (I hope).

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Nothing Like A Shiny New Buy Link

 

 
Smashwords and B&N should be coming.
Isnt this chart (thanks to Cate Masters and Marion Sipe), awesome?
 

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

Harey--Editor's Pick!

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Decadent Publishing is awesome. They picked Harey for a sale to celebrate Easter. Limited time with coupon code  EW82W.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Welcome Spring


Wow. 300 entires in the blog hop with a theme of first times. Congrats to Karl and Chum for their wins of a kindle fire and a 50$ gift card.
Shelly came up as winner of an e-copy of Haery. Many thanks to everyone for participating and to Jessica and Heather for all the hard work organizing the hop.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

First Times



There're many reasons to write about first times, mainly because they can be so powerful. Some stories have more firsts than others.

In the first chapter of Harey, a story about the man behind the myth of Easter, this little clip barely shows the emotion a boy must feel when he's touched for the first time without malice, his pet rabbit not killed, and  when he's given a name other than Gwas, which means servant.
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      He ran his fingers along his cheek, wiped streaks of crimson on the ground, and Gwas knew then he must be dreaming. He had never had anyone touch him before, not like this, and it felt wonderful.
His tears stopped and Gwas sank, lost into the gaze of a man-angel.
“Listen,” Gareth said. “Your name is no longer Gwas. I christen you….” he smiled down at Bitty. “Harey. And Harey, you are not anyone’s servant. You now belong to the goddess and you are to come with me.”
Me? A real name? Harey?
Gareth shifted his hand to untie a brown cloth from his waist. “Forgive me—Harey. I am placing your pet in this sack, and then I shall have to hurt you. The arrow must come out.”
He, Harey, did not know what thrilled him more, the fact he had been deemed worthy of an identity, or the novel feel of Gareth’s powerful hand sheltering him and his friend.
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     Of course, the most written about first must be the kiss and there's nothing like setting. How about a man kissing a man inside a filled church? Here's another clip from Harey. It's spring, and he's returned from a winter where no one knew where he was. The groom-to-be is so relieved to see Harey, he goes in for that first kiss and forgets his bride-to-be's name.
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Harey thought his heart would burst. Gareth looked so happy. Son, brother, friend, I wish I could be more to him. “I could never miss your marriage. Gareth? I have to tell—”
“Shh. First, a proper greeting.” Gareth threw his arm round Harey’s neck and fastened his lips over his gaping mouth.
Harey leaned into Gareth’s hold, closed his eyes, and the world melted away. He had never been kissed before, not like this. Gareth’s lips felt beyond wonderful, salty and firm as they molded into Harey’s. When Gareth’s tongue danced, brushing inside Harey’s mouth, his moan pulled from his toes and every molecule of flesh, bone, liquid within him began to hum.
Way too soon, Gareth eased his lips from Harey’s and a low growl forced its way through the rushing waves in Harey’s ears.
“Not now, you heathen fools,” Patrick said. “This is Maura’s day.”
“Who?” Gareth stepped back, straightened his robe, and his grin widened. “Oh yes, right. Maura. Stand by me, Harey. Sod off, Patrick. Let friends and God witness what his presence means to me.” Gareth grasped Harey’s hand. He thrust their arms into the air. “Eostre’s hare, Christ’s saint, has blessed us. Hail to our Harey!”

 
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Accomplishment

 


There's nothing like working for months, hating and loving it, fighting for every word and then wearing out the delete key, ups and downs of insecurity versus whatever, and then putting the mess in hands of critique partners.
The world wouldnt turn for me without my friends and peers who never let me down.

Blood Alert, book 2 in the chronicle of IF, has been exposed for better or worse.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Viva Italia

I dont know why it thrills me, but I think this is the first time someone downloaded a copy of Splintered Energy from Italy.
Those in the UK always come through on free days, second only to the States. Canada, Denmark, France and sometimes Spain has a couple readers willing to check out the first in a series for free, but wow, the Italians...or at least one of them so far, just did.
Now, if I can only invade Japan.

Amazon Link
And wishes do come true! Today I found a download from Japan. Smile.
 
Another update...
Splintered Energy. 2:20 pm on 02-19-2013.  4995 downloads and counting.
·         Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sometimes It's All Worth It





Review for Incoming Alert

Not only is the review insightful and detailed, showing how much time this reader invested in me,  the website is awesome. If you're looking to find honest reviews of promising reads, I'd start cruising by.
 Here's the link for the website. I am, Indeed   Yes, I love that name as well.