Cover Reveal: Suvi’s Revenge

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Neither Brenda nor Tami grew up writing stories or dreaming of one day being authors but that changed when they shared a joint dream of creating a world to bring to life the stories of a group of dangerously handsome supernaturals.

Brenda is a Southern California girl who grew up in chaos, having ten siblings. Her mother is a brave, courageous woman who gave birth to a small village of children and has successfully battled advanced stage breast cancer for almost two years. Her parents did something right and taught Brenda how to persevere and accomplish whatever she set her mind to. Whether that was completing her bachelors and Masters degrees, or writing books, she is always up for a challenge.

Brenda survived the brutal murder of her first husband, John DeCaprio, at the hands of the children he was counseling to go on and help children in similar situations. Brenda remarried years later and now lives with her husband and their three fun-loving, energetic children. She loves running, reading, cooking, and Monster Energy drinks. And, Tami’s margaritas!

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Tami is a southern girl, born and raised in Georgia. She is married and has two boys, so needless to say, she is surrounded by testosterone. We are trying to bottle Tami’s strength and positive outlook on life. It has helped her beat breast cancer and she is a proud three-year survivor. She loves reading paranormal romances, running at the lake near her home, watching college football (Go Dawgs!!!), and is always in search of the next best margarita.

Their life journeys led them both to Texas and one another. They fast became best friends and can always be found together. Whether it’s lounging by the pool or writing steamy love scenes, they are frequently seen pissing themselves from laughter. It’s embarrassing, really. But that’s ok, life is good!!

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Wednesday Briefs: Hearth & Heart

Avery is back for this edition of Wednesday Briefs! I hope you’re ready for some medieval flash fiction. Right now, the story is a standalone piece, but if she get’s motivated, it has the potential to turn into more.

Remember these flashes must be 500 to 1000 words. Additionally, they are to be based on a prompt. Avery used a picture prompt this week.

Hope you enjoy the story!

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Hearth & Heart

by Avery Dawes

Desiring to reach Castle Wellington before dark, I pushed my horse harder, despite the fact we’d been riding since break of day. With winter’s approach, the sun now set earlier, and I doubted we’d succeed. I had to get back and see my love, my cherished Rowan. I strained my ear, listening for the sound of waves crashing on jagged rocks that would signal we were home.

Alas, nothing yet. I slowed Fury, my brilliant black destrier, and motioned my squire forward.

I knew Rowan would be worried. The man constantly fretted. He had utmost confidence in my skills, but he’d lost his family at a young age. To make matters worse, I had no doubt the tales of our last battle had already reached the castle. I needed to reassure him that I was of good health, not to mention I couldn’t wait to hold his lithe body in my arms again or taste his sweet lips against mine.

“William, ride ahead. Instruct the guards to keep the drawbridge down, and the portcullis raised as well—”

“Of course, my lord, as you wish,” William replied, winded. Continue reading “Wednesday Briefs: Hearth & Heart”

The Mobile Mistletoe Series

If you aren’t keeping up with The Mobile Mistletoe Series, you should definitely check out the last two releases:

Rules of Love (#6) by Natalie-Nicole Bates and Bad Boy’s Second Chance (#5) by Jennifer Conner. There will be two additional releases this year…mine and Sarah’s. My story is a romantic Christmas tale set in Vermont. Look for it later in the fall.

But back to Natalie-Nicole’s and Jennifer’s stories…

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On the surface, Paige Paget seems to have it all. She’s beautiful, confident, successful, and the co-owner of a new business, Cheer-Mania Academy, with her sister, Polly.

But beneath her seemingly charmed life, Paige is a woman stifled by rules.
When she meets Jordy Evans, the brother and now guardian of Paige’s fourteen year old student, Gabrielle, she believes Jordy may be the man of her dreams.

Dating a man with the responsibility of parenting a teen means a whole new set of rules, and Paige isn’t so sure she can handle it. Continue reading “The Mobile Mistletoe Series”

Ink Calls to Ink Book Tour

  • Title:   Ink Calls to Ink
  • Author:   Nathan Crowder
  • Published:  July 23rd, 2015
  • Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
  • Genre:  Urban Fantasy
  • Content Warning:   PG-13 Violence

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Franklin the Steadfast Soldier saw first hand what the cold indifference of modern London does to a Fictional Personae–a Fict. Refugees from their respective texts, scratching out a meager existence, the Ficts’ only comfort is the weekly Book Fair.

When a determined Knight of the Round Table hires him to find a missing king, Franklin starts to believe a better world could be possible. But the Knight works for the Host of Heaven, and Medea and Judas warn Franklin: One man’s heaven is not heaven for all. There is no place for misfits and villains in this new world order, their crimes are pre-ordained, written into the very fabric of their being.

To protect their city from a holy war, Franklin and his friends must stop the Once and Future King and an army of angels. Will they find the courage to write their own stories, or will they die slaves to their text and the ink in their blood?

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Author Interview:

Tell us about the story. Where did you get the inspiration for it? How long did it take you to write it? Do you share any traits or likes/ dislikes with your characters? Where is your story set? A fictional place or somewhere you’ve visited/ lived?

>So, this story started with Mary Poppins, weirdly enough. I was brainstorming the idea of movie action heroes taken out of their original context and put in other stories, and a friend suggested Mary Poppins who we quickly decided would make the best spy ever. That spun out into the broader idea of what would a world be like where fictional characters ended up stranded here. I turned that into a short story, also called “Ink Calls to Ink” that was originally published by the Wily Writers podcast. When recording the story, Angel Leigh McCoy, the editor/producer wanted to see more, suggesting that there was a whole novel there. I thought the idea was crazy—until I had a full outline written five days later.

I started writing in February of 2009, and had the first draft done by the end of November 2010 which is kind of long for a first draft for me. It went through a couple of rewrites in that time, including an extensive rewrite in 2012 with notes from an editor I was hoping to land. So, maybe 3 ½ years front to back to get the novel where I was happy with it.
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My Musings on Bittersweet

Before I get to my thoughts on Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, I want to give some background on how I came to have the book (yes, paperback, not ebook).

I was in Orlando, Florida, for a work conference. I had the misfortune of traveling with two coworkers. Yes, you’re reading into this correctly…I was the third wheel, the female cramping their boob-scoping missions. When we stopped by Target, I jumped at the chance to pick-up a puzzle book to entertain myself. Well, being the bookworm that I am, I had to check out the books (sorry, Target, but the book section was a disaster). Bittersweet was stuck in front of a YA title. The cover caught my eye as did the 20% off sticker (yeah, I won’t lie!).

I wasn’t familiar with the author and hadn’t heard anything about the book. I did a quick check of the reviews on Goodreads. To my surprise, the reviews that came up first were one and two stars. What?! So I weighed my options…I liked the cover and the blurb. And, heck, it was on sale. I was willing to take the chance!

In case you aren’t familiar, here’s the blurb:

Suspenseful and cinematic, Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider’s hunger to belong.

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the Bittersweetbeautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact – and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev’s world her own.

This book hooked me from the start. I was enamored with the Winslow clan. The idea of Winloch, an expansive summer estate/ great camp, on the shores of Lake Champlain was fabulous. Some people have complained about Mabel, but I found her character realistic. How many of us haven’t wondered what it would be like to be rich (not millions of dollars, but billions)? How many of us, when we were poor college students, would welcome the opportunity to spend a summer in such a place as Winloch? Continue reading “My Musings on Bittersweet”

Monday Flash: Gotta Have Faith

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What a great photo for this week’s edition of Monday Flash Fiction! Avery was very excited to see where her story would go. Not trying to spoil anything, but she decided to skip the sad ending. *thank goodness*

Feel free to check out the group’s Facebook page here.

The stories are to be no more than 500 words (shh, this one’s a bit over), and are to be based on the picture prompt.

I hope that you enjoy this week’s story!

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Gotta Have Faith

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Avery Dawes

Blinding headlights pierced the night and time slowed to a crawl as the monster truck crossed the centerline and slammed into us. The seat belt bit into my torso as glass shards pierced my skin. The car spun, bouncing me around the interior like a rag doll.

Once we came to rest, I fought for equilibrium. I have to reach Matty.  The vague sound of sirens wailed in the distance. Pain radiated in countless waves. If only I could move… The darkness beckoned, and I gladly—willingly—succumbed.

My subconscious awakened, and disappointment coursed through me. Wasn’t my life supposed to flash before my eyes? What was wrong with me? I’d been so focused on Matty, the love of my life. We were nothing without each other. He was truly my other half—no way could I go on without him. Continue reading “Monday Flash: Gotta Have Faith”

Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest

Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest

  • Publisher: Mischief Corner Bookscover-discovery
  • Author: Various
  • Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
  • Length: 32K
  • Format: eBook, Paperback
  • Release Date: 7/10
  • Price: 3.99, TBA

It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words. But somehow we inspired more than a hundred writers to give it a try, with some amazing results collected here for your pleasure.

The rules are simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.

The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.

One of the things I like best about this format – it’s quick and painless. You may not fall in love with every story here. In fact, you probably won’t. But if you don’t like one of them, just move on to the next, and you’re sure to find some bite-sized morsels of flash fiction goodness.

At Queer Sci Fi, we’re building a community of writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. We hope you’ll join us, and maybe submit a story of your own next time!

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Excerpt:

Self-Actuating Jenn Burke

“The electrical anomaly did not damage me,” I report. “Operations are within expected parameters.”

“Glad to hear it, Davey.” Through my bridge cameras, I see Captain Landon’s smile. He pats my console. I am sure he knows I cannot feel it, but I understand it is a gesture of camaraderie.

Landon leaves the bridge. Every time we encounter danger or other stress, he retreats to his cabin to indulge in May. She is always ready, naked, legs spread, eager, just as she is programmed to be. I have watched Landon copulate before, but tonight it is…strangely familiar. The flex of buttocks, the rhythm—I know it.

I knew it? I run my diagnostics again, but a moan captures my attention and…

Hands cupping firm buttocks, fingers spearing flesh. Hardness moving inside of me, wringing from me more pleasure than I should know. A beloved, masculine face hovers over mine. A hand encircles my own erection and—

Oh, God, I remember. Continue reading “Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest”

Recent Romance Reads

I feel very fortunate that I’ve had a decent amount of time to read of late. I’ve been focused on M-F paranormal romance. Check out the three books mentioned below. Have you read them? If so, let me know what you thought!

When Darkness Ends (Book #12–the final–in the Guardians of Eternity series) by Alexandra Ivy.

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Cyn, the vampire clan chief of Ireland, is an unabashed hedonist whose beauty is surpassed only by his insatiable appetite for pleasure. It’s no wonder he’s furious when he’s transported from the magical land of the pureblooded feys to his desolate private lair—only to have his very existence thrown into a chaos that even he cannot charm his way out of…

Most women may be all but powerless against Cyn, but Fallon, a sharp-witted fairy princess, is less than beguiled by the silver-tongued vampire. She’s a serious soul with no time for the sort of games he plays—especially when they learn that someone is trying to close the veil that separates the dimensions. But seduction may prove the most powerful force of all, as attraction ignites between the unlikely pair even as worlds are colliding around them…

I really enjoyed this one. Cyn was to-die-for!! So very yummy!

4.5 out of 5 stars!

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When an Alpha Purrs (A Lion’s Pride #1) by Eve Langlais.

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