Thursday, August 17, 2017

Genre Confusion

Romance, erotica and erotic romance. Touchy subject, but let's be clear: One is not the other and each have their places and I don't feel anyone should be judged for reading any of it. Read whatever you want! It's a free country and no one should judge you on your reading habits.

Anyways, onward...

Over the last few years I've had people tell me all romance is just porn. For those folks, romance is a story about emotions and building a relationship between character. If the story focuses on the relationship more than the sex, it's romance, graphic scenes or not. I've had people say the romance of today is just fluffy erotica or, yep, porn. Again, romance is about emotions and relationships. Deal with it. You don't have to read it if you don't want to, but at least understand it before trying to talk about it. 

Now, on to erotica. Erotica is a story that is meant to arouse the reader. It puts them in a sexy fantasy style of story. There is nothing wrong with reading erotica, but if it isn't your cup of tea it's just not for you. I have found some erotica stories that were really well written. They took the reader into the fantasy and euphoric bless was achieved. With that said, at least learn the difference between the genres.

Finally, erotic romance. This is an odd ball in my post. Erotic romance is defined differently by different readers, authors, publishers and whoever else may feel like defining it. Some people will say it's just really steamy romance. That could work for a nice definition. So could the definition that it's a story that focuses on emotions, the relationship and graphic sex helps that relationship move along. I've read books that do this. Some of them good some of them not so much. Personally, it depends on the author's ability and style. 

These are blurry times we live in. A genre could prove to sell really well and you have authors that rush to take advantage of that genre. This leads to some great books and some crappy books. However, no matter how popular a genre becomes that does not, REPEAT, does not change the genre. Learn the differences before jumping into a conversation, because a romance author may not enjoy hearing romance novels being called erotica. And an erotica author may not enjoy the ranting a raving of a reviewer who grabbed up their book expecting a Happily Ever After.

Peace and love! 


PS: Just Beyond Daybreak, my steamy witchy romance novella, is now available on Amazon!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Cover Reveal Just Beyond Daybreak


Here it is! 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XSQKVS


Just Beyond Daybreak

When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts.

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?



Check out a teaser here!
Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon!

Peace and Love

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Just Beyond Daybreak Teaser



As promised, here is a tease from my up coming novella, Just Beyond Daybreak. The story starts with Meredith, the leading lady, searching through Magic Town.





Magic Town was a dingy maze of alleyways tucked away in a section of Atlanta that never made it to the travel guides. It was crawling with some of the lowest members of society and if a person had to be honest it also had quite a few members of high society slinking around from time to time. It was a place that Meredith Blackburn despised venturing into. After four nights of searching questionable bars and occult shops, the young witch found herself standing in front of a small Chinese shop called Heavenly Herbs. Flexing her fingers, she could feel the flow of magic in her veins cycling painfully slow and it only reminded her how important it was for her to find the man she was looking for.
Meredith despised the man just as much as the area she knew she would find him in. Malcolm Blackwood was one of those high-society brats who had slunk down to Magic Town after displeasing his family. At least Meredith liked to think that he slunk, but entered with a cocky stride would fit his character more. Malcolm had been the second-son playboy that every family dreaded, but for some reason he held a type of charm that made everyone want to be near him. For all her detest of the man, Meredith was no different. Just like every other woman, she’d been drawn to him too.
But the Blackburns and the Blackwoods had been at each other’s throats for more than a millennium. It was family bickering left over from their roots in the old country, and that left little room for feelings besides distrust. So Meredith ignored the attraction and focused on the man’s arrogant attitude.
Nonetheless, he was one of the best magical trackers on the East Coast, and that was what she needed.


That's your tease! Hope it caught your interest. Stop back by tomorrow for the full cover reveal and to find out the winner of the giveaway!

Peace and Love

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cover Reveal Giveaway!

Just Beyond Daybreak is set to come out August 15, 2017!

And we're running a giveaway to celebrate the lead up to the cover reveal this Friday!

For a chance to win a velvet choker and turtle pendant just follow the instructions below!

Peace and Love!

Friday, June 30, 2017

New Release Coming

I've teased you with it. I showed you pictures that helped inspire it. And now it's finally on its way! 

Just Beyond Daybreak will be hitting the virtual shelves August 2017! 



When the source of her family’s magical energy and life force is stolen, Meredith Blackburn is left with little choice, but to search out the best magical tracker she knows. Unfortunately Malcolm Blackwood is more than just a tracker, he is also a man who captivates Meredith’s thoughts. 

She strolled into Malcolm’s life with a job that he didn’t want, but instantly he regretted turning her away. Now, with his own family relics in danger, Malcolm finds himself unable to leave Meredith behind.

Can they save the Blackburn bloodline? Or will family ties tear them apart?
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MidWeek Tease

MidWeekTease
So, I've been really really busy with everything and things have gotten behind, but never fear! Here's a MidWeek Tease to wet your tongue. Enjoy!

Just Beyond Daybreak snippet


Something was tickling her nose. Brushing it aside, Meredith nuzzled deeper into the comfortable pillow. She still felt the heavy tug of sleep, but another tickle traced over her ear. Meredith groaned and tried to swat it away, but was instead greeted with a man’s deep chuckle. “Come on. It’s time to get to business.”

The sound of his voice made her eyes shoot open. Meredith didn’t sit up at first. She just stared at her surroundings. The bold red comforter with black vines was definitely hers and so was the lamp on the night stand. “Malcolm, what are you doing in my bedroom?” she asked, finally rolling over to look at the man leaning over her.

He was close. So close that she could make out the golden flakes that dotted his blue eyes. Strands of blond hair brushed downwards, trying to hide the merriment that danced around those golden flakes, and a grin graced his full lips. “I’m trying to wake you up, Sleeping Beauty,” he answered, sitting back a little further away from her. “You’ve been asleep the better part of the morning.”


That's it for right now, but if all goes according to plan, I'll have some great news to share soon! Don't forget to hop to the other blogs for more MidWeek Teases.
 Peace and Love!


 

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale

I just recently found myself watching The handmaid's Tale Hulu special and while I grew up reading dystopia novels and wondering what if, I have to admit this series hits a button. The thing is I see similarities between the Handmaid's Tale and the Saving Grace Saga.

https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B00E89LE9UYes, the Saving Grace Saga is about witches and werewolves. Very far from the more than real reality in The Handmaid's Tale, but they are close still. In the Saving Grace Saga the U.S. Government passes a law banning all non-one God religions. This leads to the persecutions of pagans and atheists. It's also used as a cover to hunt down the more supernatural element hidden from societies view.

While in The Handmaid's Tale the government has become completely and utterly controlled by the religious extremists, in the Saving Grace Saga it is smaller and doesn't affect the day to day lives of average Christian people. This hidden control is what scares me the most.

https://www.amazon.com/Fox-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B00NAJ9R3E/In The Handmaid's Tale there is little hidden. It seems clear thus far that the signs leading to the take over of the people was coming. Signs that most people would see in today's world. I promise there are too many people in the country who disagree with the subtle changes in government shown in The Handmaid's Tale to let that happen.

And if we can't stop it, we can fight it. I have no disagreement with any religion really. As long as it is treated fairly. As long as it is kept separate from government. That's not just an opinion. It's written into the Constitution of our country.

https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Hunt-J-R-White-ebook/dp/B010GZXUQY
When writing the Saving Grace Saga the world was a little more crazy for me. My daughter was running around being a happy child. People told me this lifestyle and that lifestyle was wrong for raising a child in. Not because I was neglecting my child or harming my child, but because I was exposing her to life. To people who love her who also happen to have different religions and different sexual orientations than them.

That influenced the world in the Saving Grace Saga. Instead of an upfront take over like in The Handmaid's Tale, it was just an act of law that changed things, targeted groups that were different that threw the country into a downward spiral.

The stories are vastly different and yet play to a similar fear that people have. Thankfully it also gives us hope that we'll see something like this coming before it's too late.

Peace and Love!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Full Moon Releases (May 2017)




Last month was hectic and I missed the Full Moon release post. Sorry! I'm a day or so late this month too, but here are a few of the hot new releases. Enjoy!


A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley

A Fire in the Blood“I see a man. He is old. Very old. He will come into your life in a moment of danger. He will watch over you and protect you.” The gypsy’s hand gripped Tessa’s tighter. “He will bring you death,” she whispered, her voice like the rustle of dry leaves. “And life.”

Ten years later, when Andrei Dinescu saves Tessa from a vicious attacker, she has no idea that the handsome stranger the gypsy fortune teller predicted is not a hunter but a seven-hundred-year-old vampire. Darkly powerful, unbelievably compelling, he is obviously pursuing Tessa, but is it her love he's after or her blood?

Released April 25th by  Kensington







When Danger Bites by Heather Long

When Danger BitesButtoned-up Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is dangerous on every level. As a human, she poses a threat to Marine Captain Jax Raymond’s special Force Recon unit. Though the team has a reputation among the other recon units, only their commanding officer knows their secret. As a woman, the danger posed is entirely different. Jax can survive the temptation for only so long before his wolf takes over and pursues what it wants.

Military intelligence specialist Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman in the Marines to be assigned to a recon team. And everyone’s watching her. Her mission? Not only prove herself worthy of her place in the group, but uncover the mystery of why Bravo Team is so successful. A mission that gets more difficult every time she’s near Jax...

 Released May 8th by Entangled Publishing


Soul Mates: 6 Ghostly Romances

Soul Mates: 6 Ghostly RomancesCursed wedding gowns, haunted houses, and mischievous ghosts wreak havoc as romance brews in this value-priced digital bundle.

The Bride’s Curse: Three brides in a row return a gorgeous vintage wedding dress to Kelly Andrews’s Wedding Bliss store, claiming it’s cursed. Kelly thinks it’s nonsense, but these returns are bad for business, so she’d better get to the bottom of the problem. Researching the gown, she meets Brett Atwell, the handsome nephew of the dress’s original owner, and a mischievous spirit sends the two of them on a goose chase for a groom who went missing decades ago. Will love get its due at long last?

Always and Forever Love: Lacy Aegar is comfortable living with her husband’s ghost as they raise their son and run her PI business. That is, until Jackson Carter, the son of powerful and influential business tycoon, starts siphoning her business. But he has an ulterior motive along with his sexy smile, and soon Lacy will have to come to grips not only with her business plans but her feelings about love as well.

The Kindred: When it comes to being psychic, Janice Kelly is the best of the best. But she didn’t foresee falling in love with Adrian while fleeing the anger of thwarted ghosts in a haunted house.

His Lass Wears Tartan: Independent Rogue Bruce enjoys running a Scottish bed-and-breakfast with the ghosts that walk the halls. Then Bruce MacKenzie, the local heartthrob, suddenly begins hanging around while roguish Jonathan Olson arrives at the castle to teach a writing seminar. With two men after the heart she’d thought safely locked away, Rogue is torn. But when things start to take a sinister turn, only true love can save the day.

Jennifer by Moonlight: Lucy Dorset came to Moorgate as the happy bride of a dedicated young doctor. But she soon discovers that the old stone house is inhabited by a pale and lovely ghost, a victim of a fatal romantic triangle long ago. It’s possible the unhappy spirits of Moorgate are pushing Lucy toward a reenactment of a violent, century-old tragedy—and she alone must rid the house of the menacing presence threatening her marriage.

That Ol’ Team Spirit: Someone’s haunting the Sharks’s stadium and creating some major league mischief. So psychic Peg Noonan and her granddaughter Trish are determined to discover who’s menacing their concessions stand. With the help of Trish’s high school love, sportswriter Rob Hanks, they just might have a ghost of a (second) chance.

 Coming May 29th from Adams Media



Burn For Me by Cynthia Eden
Burn For Me
Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .

Cain O'Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she's a threat--in a way no one has been for him in years. She's safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there's no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts--and their hearts. . .

 Coming May 30th from Kensington




That's it for this month's new releases! Hope you find something you love.

Peace and Love!






Friday, May 5, 2017

Life After Camp

Winner 2017 

I did it! So did a lot of other great writers. Even those who didn't reach their goal accomplished something. Any little bit added to a story is worth it's weight in gold. Of course, now that I have a draft (almost a complete draft) for Shadow's Fall there's lots more work to do.

Last Friday when I reached my goal I promised myself a little time off. Read a couple of books, tease out another plot for a completely different story, play a video game. Anything that would give my brain a rest from these characters and let me go back with a fresh vantage point in a few weeks. That didn't happen.

There is one scene left in the draft that needs to be typed. I know the scene and I've just been putting off (trying to give myself a vacation) typing it. My brain doesn't like leaving things unfinished though and I've obsessed over it all week. Today I'm sitting down and I'm going to type it. 

But what about the rest of the work? If the other campers are anything like me they're going to have to revise and edit, revise and edit, revise and edit. So once this scene is typed I'm going to set Shadow's Fall aside and give myself some much needed personal time. 

That's all for today.

Peace and Love.

Monday, April 24, 2017

CampNaNoWriMo: Last Week Jitters



It's been a rough three weeks. My lil girl had spring break from school, my hubby had oral surgery and I've completely abandoned the house work. Somehow I've managed to stay more or less on track with my camp goal of 50k. Only 10k left to go as of this post, but it's had its ups and downs.

Last week it was all I could do to get just a few hundred words typed for this story. Shadow's Fall has proven to have characters that have a mind of their own and the plot went completely twisty turby. It kind of looks like a pretzel when I look at it. In the last stretch now I know there are parts I'm going to have to go back to and work on. I've left a couple of half chapters with vague dialog and actions. Defiantly going to have to fill those in.

But I always get a case of the jitters at this point of any NaNoWriMo challenge. (When I've made it to this point anyway). I also get these jitters when I'm getting to the last few chapters of any story. I know I'm going to have a lot of work ahead of me even after I type in "The End" and that's okay.

For those writers struggling to meet their word counts here's a shout out: You Got This! 

You do. Even if we don't meet the challenge we've got a lot accomplished. Whether it's 2,000 words or 40k words, there has been something added to the stories that keep us awake at night. So keep going. Keep telling those stories and don't quit.

Peace and Love everyone and keep the stories flowing.

Friday, April 7, 2017

CampNaNoWriMo : Break Time


I love camp. I love writing, but sometimes I go into writing overload. I just write and write and write and the life going on around me goes a bit ignored. My husband keeps me balanced as best he can and my daughter knows how to grab my attention. So my family is still there, but my brain doesn't always know when to take a break.

To fix this I cut time out of  my writing schedule for me time. This past week my me time has been all about an anime. Fairy Tail is a great way to let the mind rest and recharge. The characters are rich and the stories are enjoyable. While watching one of the later story arches I realized it was the characters I loved more than anything. They are proof that fictional characters can make you cry, laugh, fall in love and want to kill them. (Any reader already knows fictional characters can do this.)

I'm pulling one of my favorite characters out for a bit of character study. This is a great way to look at how an already complete character is setup and can help an author give some depth to their own characters.


Cana

She is a drunk with daddy issues. And I mean a drunk. In the anime she can turn up a barrel and drain it. Thankfully she's a functioning drunk. This means that even while three sheets to the wind she can walk out into the middle of an arena and pull off one of the most powerful spells of the Fairy Tail Guild.

Cana is loyal to her guild members. She is strong enough to fight off enemy guilds and still deal with her own emotional stuff. Cana's mother died when Cana was very young and the small child wondered around until she found the guild her father was apart of. She had never met her father, only heard about him. Then she sees him and realizes he doesn't recognize her as his child. So Cana decides she's not going to tell her father about anything until she's become a super strong wizard. She joins Fairy Tail and suffers watching her father paying attention to all the children.

I think this is what led to the drinking. Is it a healthy way to deal with emotional issues? No, not at all, but it's her crutch. As you'd expect from a person basically raised by a group of adults in a guild, Cana is very lively. She believes in living life to its fullest and that's just how it is. No ifs ands or buts about it.

Her daddy issues come to a head and she fails to get the title she wanted before she told him. Her father still loves her and wants to be with his 'little girl' as much as he can to make up for lost time. It's kind of smothering, but Cana keeps getting stronger. She keeps reaching for that goal, I believe in part to make her father proud.

In the current story arch that I'm watching Cana proves that a drunk with real daddy issues can save the day. When everyone in the guild is knocked out of the fight, Cana takes charge, issues orders and in a way leads an attack to save everyone. This is her true bad-ass moment and it was a journey that would make any father proud.

This is a complete developed character with a personal story line that made her real. Looking at Cana's development helps me work on my own characters.

Why does Kree have that weird tick? What's behind Jade's irrational fear of returning to the Dream Realm? Developing these details and others fills in a character and gives them personality that may otherwise read very flat.

That's all for today. Take time for yourself and happy reading/writing!

Peace and love!



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

CampNaNoWriMo Writer Fuel


Who doesn't love a good book? What's better than having a cup of coffee or glass of wine with the good book? Maybe a snack. Writers are the same. For me, the best idea for fueling any inspiration is always going to be Coffee and Wine.

But you, like me, need a couple of other things too. Real food matters. To get started, I love quick fix meals. The best and easiest meals to fix are ramen noodles. There are hundreds of ways to make ramen and everyone likes it a little different.

Instant Noodles, Noodles, Instant Ramen, Ramen, CheapHere's my go to recipe:

1) Bring one and a half cups of water to boil

2) Add ramen noodle pasta block

3) Give it half a minute to soften up and then unfold the pasta block

4) Add your flavoring packet and a splash of soy sauce

5) Stir and let boil for 5 minutes

You just made Jessie's Camp Special. Enjoy!

Peace and Love!


Saturday, April 1, 2017

CampNaNoWriMo 2017: It Begins



So it's that time of year again and I'm ready! Camp NaNoWriMo is one of my favorite Spring/Summer activities, and it has helped me complete books and really fill out others. NaNoWri month is always in November and I almost completed my first novel, Witch Hunt, the first year I participated. I fleshed out Fox Hunt between a Camp and a November challenge the next year. In a 2015 Camp I completed Lost Relic. So I love challenging myself and the challenges really do help. Even if I don't complete the challenge, I've always added a great deal to a WIP.

This year I'm working on Shadow's Fall. I'm working with a handicap though. Several months ago this story had a sudden spark of inspiration and I was able to type up part of the first and second chapter. At the time I was revising another story and let the spark flare to life and flicker out after I'd done all the typing. So I'm starting this challenge with a little over 3k words already written, but I'm going to withhold those and only report the words I write this month.

Shadow's Fall is the second story in a trilogy. So the characters and world have already been created and some details filled in. I've also already got an outline and lots of notes. I'm going into this challenge ready and I hope to meet my 50k word goal.

And if I don't I know I'll learn something and have a nice chunk of this novel completed. I'll be adding a tracker to my sideline. (It helps kick me into motion if I know others are tracking me too.)

That's all for now. Look out for a few CampNaNoWriMo tips and updates this month.

Peace and Love!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Netherwood by Michele Lang (Sci-fi Reading Challenge)

Netherwood

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sexy Saving the Day



It's a Sex Saturday post! Today is Sexy Saves the Day and I've pull a bit from Lost Relic. Lillian has just arranged to have Daniel freed from captivity and Alex isn't liking this.



Lost Relic snippet:


Reclining back on the low wooden bench, Alex stretched his feet out and crossed them at the ankles. “Another great use could be using your intoxication as an excuse to take you back to that longhouse and have my way with you.”

Turning sharply, Lillian nearly bumped into him, but was caught off guard by a quick forceful kiss. Once he pulled away, Alex smirked and winked at her. “That would be a great excuse should anyone ask,” Lillian answered.
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Setting his own drink to the side, Alex stood up and reached his hand out to her. “Come on then,” he said. Lillian put her hand in his and let him lead her away from the crowd of villagers. A giddy feeling blossomed in her chest as they made their way into the shadows of the longhouse where they’d stored their gear. Alex led her through the tangle of hanging hammocks that littered the room. Fire light filtered through the loose boards of the walls, giving them just enough light not to bump into each other.

When Alex stopped next to a hammock at the edge of the longhouse he pulled her in front of him and turned her to face away from him. His hands drifted over her hips as he bent and started dropping kisses along her neck. His breath sent shivers down her back when he whispered, “They’re going to let him go tomorrow.”

It didn’t seem the most appropriate time to be talking about another man, but Lillian still felt a bit of relief knowing Mr. Thurston would be let go. She felt for Alex, but she couldn’t bring herself to leave the other man behind as a prisoner. Mr. Thurston wasn’t completely unknown to her and he needed help. Lillian understood that Alex didn’t want to take the risk, but he was and the least she could do was show her appreciation.

“Thank you, Alex,” she said, reaching her hand back to run her fingers through his hair. Her other hand ran over his forearm to find his fingers working on the fastening of her pants. 

As he pushed her breeches down over her hips, Alex spun her around and grabbed her waist. “You’re welcome, Lil,” he said, dropping his lips down to the crook of her neck.


If you enjoyed this snippet head over to my Facebook page where I'm hosting a giveaway. Three winners will get a print copy of List Relic!

And don't forget to hop to the other great blogs for more sexy day saving!

Peace and love