I hope everyone had a good Halloween. Mine was nice, as you can tell, my alter ego did all the work this year. (If only she could help with the clean up! ;)) At any rate, I have some winners to announce. The winner of my entry in Melissa Snark’s Snarkology blog hop is:
Jean MP. I’ll be sending you an email soon, Jean! Congrats.
Also, Dylan Newton informs me she’s picked a winner: Gayle Pace congrats to you for winner that awesome pen from Dylan!! Thanks for coming by, y’all!:)
*Minion Juli pulls drapes. Pauses. Peers out window*: Does the ground in the garden seem to be moving to you?
*Night Mistress comes to her side and looks* “I don’t see anything moving.”
Juli: I think it is. Should we call an exterminator? We don’t want the rats scaring off our next guest.
Night Mistress: I’m sure she can handle it.
Juli: You could be right. She does seem okay with things most people consider strange. (Aside: Like you)
Night Mistress: “What was that?”
Juli *opening the door*: Nothing. Just rehearsing what I’ll say to welcome our next guest.
Night Mistress: Don’t mind her, Brandy, and thank you for coming! Folks, Brandy Nacole is a New Adult author of paranormal novels.
Juli: Brandy’s come to tell us why she loves paranormal creatures so much (clearly she’s never had the misfortune to meet my employer).
Night Mistress: What was that?
Juli: Do you need to get your hearing checked, Mistress?
Night Mistress: I don’t think so. Brandy, dear. Come in, don’t mind my minion. She’s going on unemployment soon. Would you like some tea?
Brandy Nacole: Thank you, Mistress. I’d love some.
Night Mistress: Now tell us about these lovely creatur–er friends of yours, won’t you?
Paranormal creatures have been the center of many conversations throughout history. Parents who try and keep their children from doing something dangerous or to keep them in line. Friends scaring each other around the campfire. Local townsfolk telling the local myths to tourists around a steaming cup of coffee.
But the question many ask, which paranormal creature is the most popular?
For the past few years many believed it to be the vampire, others ghosts and demons. But when you take away the worldwide range and focus locally, it will be the local legends at the top of the list, not majority vote. There are a few post found about the top ten in paranormal, but they are all solely based on opinion or popularity over decades.
My interest in all paranormal creatures is what led me to write my first published novel, Uniquely Unwelcome. The main character, Racquel, is a hybrid of four different Shadow lines: Witch, Vampire, Lycan, and Shifter. The problem with Racquel is, she’s an outcast among the other pure-blood Shadows in the Shadow World.
After the publication of Blood Burdens, the second book in the Shadow World series, I wrote Broken Faith. Broken Faith is another series with a mixture of different paranormal creatures. Kayson is a fallen angel out to prove everyone wrong. Sabrina is a vampire, a half-blood created from the original blood children, whose only goal is to stay hidden and survive. Then there’s Falon, Alpha of the Hell hounds, destroyer of the blood children. And when these three world’s collide, no one may be safe.
Racquel is unique. The bloodlines of four of the most powerful beings in the Shadow World are intertwined within her DNA. She has never craved attention. She just wants to be able to live as normal life as she can. But she’s about to find that even though she’s uniquely unwelcome wherever she goes, her abilities also make her the best chance the Shadow World has to stop a threat to all the Shadow races.
Once arriving home, Racquel finds that greater evils exist and that the person she cares for most in this world, her half-sister Addie, has been kidnapped along with other Shadow World beings. Racquel finds herself facing horrible odds with those who would rather see her dead than alive.
As her journey continues, Racquel learns more about herself, what she is capable of, and that not every being looks at her as an abomination. Coy, a human captive that Racquel saves from the Vampires, starts showing kindness toward her. Racquel tries putting distance between her and the human boy but as they spend more time together it becomes harder and harder for Racquel to fight the affection she wants and needs.
But will Coy’s friendship and her new found discoveries be enough to help Racquel unravel the strangest mystery that has ever plagued the Shadow World?
As someone with four Shadow bloodlines, Racquel is uniquely unwelcome even among her fellow werewolves, shape-shifters, vampires, and witches. Growing up, she was bullied and tormented for being a “hybrid,” a condition frowned upon by Shadow society. After saving her sister and a number of other kidnapped Shadows from a diabolical plot to create a Shadow army, many have found a new respect for Racquel, but she is far from accepted in Shadow society, and the evil is far from over. To complicate matters, Racquel now finds herself torn between two brothers. Coy is caring and has helped Racquel through her struggles, and Micah, who Racquel has only met once but who is somehow, having dream conversations with him. Racquel becomes torn between following her heart while breaking it at the same time. In the second installment of the Shadow World series, Racquel and her sister Addie face off with the Shadow leaders against a threat that could bring the world to its knees. Power will be pushed to its limit, hearts will be broken, and some will pay the ultimate price as Racquel and her group of Shadows fight against an ancient evil that is determined to make the earth bleed and Racquel with it.
Kayson is a Fallen Angel who has spent decades running from the Hell Hounds while searching for something that no one else believes can be so, not even God. Kayson is determined to find a Blood Child. But when a hound finds Kayson first, he is sure his end has come.
Falon, Alpha of the Hell Hounds, destroyer of the blood children, and devoted believer in his master’s plan, is bound and determined to drag Kayson back to Hell with him.
Sabrina is a Vampire, a half-breed created from one of Lucifer’s original blood children. After years of hiding, Sabrina’s fate changes when she finds Kayson barely alive. Against her instincts, Sabrina saves him. Now she and Kayson are both marked by the Hell Hounds.
Emma is an ordinary human, whose only problem is making ends meet, and getting over the hurt caused by her untrustworthy brother. Her everyday problems become supernatural ones when she finds Kayson and Sabrina hiding in her parent’s backyard shed.
Kayson, Sabrina and Emma are unlikely allies, thrown together by chance to fight against the most powerful creatures of the underworld in order to follow their world-changing quest. But will the broken faith of one break the faith of all?
These sound fascinating, Brandy! Folks, If you’d like to learn more about Brandy Nacole and her fine works, see her website at: http://www.brandynacolesbooks.com/ and you can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorbrandynacole
and on her blog: http://brandynacole.blogspot.com/
and at find her works on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Brandy-Nacole/e/B008N4MN7I
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Juli *tugging on Night Mistress’ sleeve* Uh, excuse. Mistress?
“Night Mistress sighs* What now?
Night Mistress: What– *eyes go wide* OMG, Doctor Franken-Helsing. It’s impossible!
Doctor Franken-Helsing: *growls* NIGHT MISTRESS!!
*Night Mistress hits door alarm* Bugger! He’s supposed to be dead.
Juli, *wide-eyed*: I know!!!!
*Night Mistress* Get the others to the basement. *turns to guest* Brandy, dear. Thank you for coming, and good luck with your two series–Shadow World and Spiritual Discord--and with all you do! I believe, though, the front entrance isn’t the best way to go home tonight.
Brandy: It’s not?
Night Mistress: Not tonight. *smiles* We wouldn’t want you trampled by trick or treaters.
Juli *aside* (Trick or treaters, my foot.) *Speaks up* Brandy, have you seen my Mistress’ library? Come this way. I think you’ll like this. *cellar door creaks as it opens*
*Brandy looks down staircase doubtfully* Here?
Juli: Yes. *Juli nudges Brandy through door* Go ahead, dear. I’ll be right down. *draws curtains* Ah, folks? I hope you’ve enjoyed our party. Thanks for coming to our party this year. We hope you found something you’ll love to read and we wish you a happy Halloween!
**Monster pic copyright to and property of Juli D. Revezzo’s hubby
*Night Mistress dusts off boots* Well… We’ve had some excitement around here. Remember those noises I kept hearing out in the graveyard? *nods* Turns out the witches next door had raised a few dead–and a few dead shapeshifters as well. *plucks fur from minion’s coat*
Night Mistress: You might want to get that bite seen to, Juli. It looks nasty.
*Juli peers at torn coat* I’m sure it will be fine. *twitches*
Mistress: Are you certain?
Juli: *twitches and gags* Yes. *ahem* I’m fine now.
Mistress: You look a little…well?
Mistress: Furry. *sigh* Excuse me, folks. I think I have to brew up an antidote for her. in the meantime we have another guest for you tonight. Paranormal erotic romance author Ms. Eliza March has stopped by to talk about one of our favorite creatures: vampires and when not reading about them, writing them. Eliza, why don’t you tell us about your new book, Defeat the Darkness?
Eliza March: My friends and I have been sweating over my hot cauldron, conjuring up a great recipe for our favorite dark reads…
This one contains a gallon of sex and a dash of scary, evil demons (very bad), several hot vampires (*swoon*), a handful of shifters (hunky), one sex fae (really…need I say more?), and a wanton succubus (wicked) … If it goes bump in the night, you’ll probably find it in this erotic tale.
The Perfect Halloween Recipe for a weekend Read
author Eliza March
I’m used to being teased about being an avid vampire fan. I’m drawn to all things paranormal — Buffy, Vampire Diaries, Underworld, or True Blood. Some don’t get my fascination with the undead or the supernatural. (Being around great looking, powerful men who stay in perfect shape forever doesn’t hurt. Even if it is only in my imagination.) If you understand, then you’ll love this series.
I’ve done (oops…written) a few shifters, but Defeat the Darkness was my first attempt at writing vampires. I realized there were a few more stories I had to tell, so I started them all. I think Kyle and Shelby’s story is a good starting point. The reader gets to meet most of my ensemble cast of characters in this book, although new ones keep popping in to keep my interest going. Simone, the succubus, came out of nowhere. I thought she added one of the essential elements missing in this story — a female friend for Shelby. And I love Garr (Wolfgar) — he’s becoming one of my favorites.
Max, Shelby, and Kyle will play a part in future books, especially now that they’re acclimating to their new lives. Of course, if you bought this book, you know the next book is about Dylan’s past. Conquer the Highland Beast is going to be Hearts of Darkness Book 1.5
Dylan, Cailin, and Jackson’s story in this series is Damn the Darkness, Book 2.0, coming the end of December. So save your gift cards for this one.
We still have to meet Niccolai, and find out more about Jackson his hybrid son. Is the natural born element of their species destined to die off, or will Max and Victor find the solution to the vampire’s infertility problem? And…what about Amyra?
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[Erotic paranormal romance, MFM, menage]
Possessed by evil, ruled by lust, driven by hunger. Can love defeat the ancient demon and turn the darkness into light?
Max Hamilton and Shelby Mackenzie go way back to being in diapers together. Over the years, they’ve shared playgrounds and fishing, first dates and first sexual experiences. It wasn’t a surprise when she followed Max to Tulane Medical School where they shared Kyle Lachlan—Max’s new friend and Shelby’s first real love.
Before Kyle, something had always been missing in the romance department for Shelby. But when Kyle announces he’s joined Physicians International Charity and is heading out to save innocent lives after the mudslides in Guatemala, Shelby is devastated. Until, he gives her a family heirloom engagement ring.
Kyle is determined to make up for his privileged Boston upbringing even if it means being separated from Shelby for a few months while she finishes her residency. But when he arrives in the makeshift medical camp, strange things begin to happen. Local legends inspired by the jungle jaguars tell of men who shift into the form of the large cats.
While out searching for a missing boy, Kyle is attacked by a rogue jaguar. His life changes, instantly and so does he. His former beliefs and ideals manifest into the myths and legends of a bad “B” horror flick.
Pursued by a demonic vampire, the exquisitely beautiful yet evil, Amyra de la Santiago plans to use him for her own selfish purpose. Kyle is determined to fight becoming the dark demon he senses within her.
She will stop at nothing to fulfill her ambitions, and Kyle is the answer she’s been waiting over three thousand years for. Leverage is what she needs to convince him, and who better to use against him than the people he cares about most?
Kyle will do anything to protect innocent lives like Max’s and keep the woman he loves safe even if it means sacrificing himself to the demon. What does it matter since his soul is already lost to the darkness?
Shelby must learn to believe in Kyle, again, then trust him and finally, she must be willing to fight for him. Later, there will be time to deal with the secret need she developed from the transition he caused. The hunger for sexual satisfaction drives her the way a vampire is driven by the need for blood. Max is always a willing partner, but as relationships change, so do their needs.
Will Kyle adjust and accept their new roles? After the danger is past, will Kyle be able to love a sex fae?
Shelby holds out hope since she is the light to his darkness. Only she can defeat the demon darkness taking over both Kyle and Max.
To learn more about Eliza March and her fine (hot) works, see her site at: http://elizamarch.com/
Thanks for being with us tonight, Eliza! Your vampires sound tasty! :) Don’t they, folks? If you’d like to win a copy of her forthcoming story, please leave her a comment here, or on her blog.
Minion Juli: What are you doing?
*Night Mistress draws sigil on door* Letting our next guest in. He has a long journey to join us.
Juli: Yes I realize that, but… You don’t have to be opening gateways. (In fact, I’d much rather she didn’t!)
Night Mistress: No, not him. *Mistress shakes head* His friend. Do you really think you can just say hello to raise the dead?
Juli shrugs. I think I’m regretting ever raising you.
*Mistress glares* Do the words “tasty dinner” mean anything to you? *Mistress raises arms* Okay, ready now? I think this should work.
*Juli ducks Light flashes* Did it work? *Peeks through fingers. Sees two gentlemen by the door*
Night Mistress: See now, I told you it would work. *Mistress holds out hand* Welcome, my dear. Thank you for coming,
Juli: Geoff! Thank god. Thanks for coming. *Whispers* I hope you brought help. She’s being really weird this year.
Night Mistress: Don’t you just love this time of year all the handsome monsters hanging about? Who is your friend?
*Juli clears throat* Come to think of it, that’s the topic of your discussion today, isn’t it?
Falling for a Monster
Halloween is the perfect time for some spooky shenanigans and a little bit of a scare fest. We all love some horror in our lives – well at least, I do – and I don’t tend to stick to October 31st. I like my scares around the year. We all know that famed horror creatures; zombies, vampires, ghosts, ghouls and demons. And we love them for what they are. But what happens if you fall in love with one of these monsters.
Despite menacing creatures of the dark traditionally being those who just tear humans apart and bring nothing but death,
Night Mistress: Ah, for the good ole days!
*Juli frowns* My lady, stop interrupting the guests. Geoff was brave—er, kind enough to accept your invitation, kindly let him speak. I’m sorry, Geoff, you were telling us about the difference between new and older paranormal stories?
*Geoff clears throat*. Yes, well. As I was saying, more recent literary works have seen these ghouls find a way into our hearts. Charlaine Harris had Sookie falling in love with vampire Bill, Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies see ‘R’ develop an emotional connection with Julie, which subsequently helps him find humanity. Even shows like Supernatural have found the means to bring Sam and Dean closer to the demons they hunt. Sometimes, despite their very nature, the brothers even end up empathising for those they seek to destroy.
This is something that I wanted to explore myself, and it gave birth to Pacifier 6, The Shadows Within. Here, the zombie apocalypse is mostly over, with those who’ve survived fleeing to safe zones as a few rogue monsters still lurk. But some, such as Carl and his mother, have decided to stay in their London suburb and try to rebuild their community. Zombies have been pacified with a new drug, making them manual labourers, and it’s commonplace to have zombie slaves building, gardening and even cooking. However, seeing these monsters in close quarters, Carl realises there’s something more and begins a strange attraction to the new male pastry chef slave his mother’s allocated. He knows it’s wrong, but the emotional tie is there regardless of what society thinks.
Falling for a monster is now a common storyline in fiction. Done well, it allows a strange mix of repulsion and compassion to occur. I suppose it’s the next step on from loving the bad boy – I mean, that’s taking rebelling against your parents to a whole new layer. The tattooed, smoking punks of the past are pussycats when compared to the new boyfriends that’ll sink their teeth into you at any disagreement.
*Mistress chuckles* Ain’t that the truth!
Geoff: And whether you like it or not, I think these inter-creature love affairs are here to stay.
Mistress claps* Well said! I do hope your prediction comes to pass, Geoff my dear friend. It’s a about time we monsters receive the respect we deserve, don’t you think?
*Juli grumbles* *Mistress clenches fist* What do you mean, no?
*Geoff raises cup and takes a small sip*
“Ahem, Night Mistress. I do hope you haven’t slipped love potion into this.”
*Night Mistress places hand on heart* Me??? Now why would I do that?
*Juli nudged Geoff* Thanks for the diversion. I’m sorry for the way she’s acting. I don’t know what’s gotten into my Lady recently but I wouldn’t believe a word she says, Geoff. She’s been threatening to add to the staff lately. I think I’d put that tea down and head on home sooner rather than later, if I were you.
Night Mistress: Why do you keep speaking when you’re not spoken to, minion! Do you want me to think you’re plotting against me?
Juli: Nope. Not I. Just thanking Geoff for stopping by on this fine Halloween eve. If you’d like to check out Geoff’s new novella Pacifier 6, here’s the synopsis:
But what happens when you realise that familiar faces still have feelings?
Carl’s pulling himself back together, attempting to cope with the losses that life has dealt him. Amidst the horror of the past few months, he begins to realise that death isn’t necessarily the end; it can be the start of something new, something that has never been seen before. With everyone around him battling to keep society intact, Carl manages to see beyond the ravaged faces of those he once knew. There’s a new creature in the darkness, a consciousness that most have overlooked, and it’s waiting to reveal itself.
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Geoff Wakeling lives in London and escapes the smog of the city through his writing. The Inside Evil, even though being dark and mysterious, was a way to escape the drudgery of every day life and indulge in something a little more fantastical.
With a degree in Zoology, Wakeling is animal mad and has a dog (Beetle), three cats, fish and five chickens in his London home. He is a keen gardener and conservationist. He is also still awaiting the arrival of his Hogwart’s Owl!
Learn more about Geoff and his works at his fine website: http://geoffreywakeling.com/
*grumbles, rattles, bells sound through yard*
*Night Mistress steps out on back porch* What under Earth was that?
*Minion Juli peeks out from behind the door* I’m not sure but I don’t know if I’d stand out there long.
*Night Mistress snorts* Oh, pishaw. It sounded like bells.
*Juli reaches for candy dish* Maybe the trick or treaters are on their way. Which reminds me, you haven’t given us the new costumes this year.
*Night Mistress eyes Juli’s worn jeans* Well, you’re a bum, isn’t that obvious?
*Juli glares* I thought I was supposed to be a bloody clown?
*Night Mistress snickers* You said it, dear minion. I didn’t. Ah, our next guest. Come in, come in, L.A. Would you like some tea?
L.A. Kelley: Thank you I’d love a cup of tea.
Night Mistress: *snaps fingers* Juli, bring her a cup of tea.
Juli: Yes, Mast…er. *Hands L.A. a teacup* Now, L.A., come on in the parlor here. The guests are waiting. *opens parlor door; eyes guests* Oops, I think you’re on, L.A. Let me just introduce you.
Hello again, folks, Mistress was just saying our costumes are late, but Paranormal Romance author L.A. Kelley has some suggestions if you, like us, are still looking for last minute costumes ideas. L.A., thanks for coming (and putting up with Night Mistress!) You have the floor.
Searching for a perfect costume
As I was saying, sometimes you just want the damn candy, but don’t want to go to all the trouble and expense of putting together an outfit. Here are bad last minute Halloween costumes to get you into that party:
Too much work?
You can also show up with no costume at all and walk around the room with a high pitched nasal voice saying, “Kids nowadays don’t respect their elders. The world is going to hell in a hand basket. Young folks don’t know what’s what.” If anyone asks say you’re a well-aged wine.
*Juli snickers* Now that seems like a good costume for you, Mistress.
*Mistress glares* I’ve changed my mind. I think I’m going to turn you into a–
L.A. Kelley: Excuse me, Night Mistress. I don’t mean to be rude, but does this tea taste funny to you?
*Mistress blinks* No, not at all. I’ve had a fresh pot brewed. It should be just fine. Unless….*eyes minion*
*Juli clears throat* Hey, L.A., *aside* thanks for distracting her. Uh, why don’t you tell us a little about your new work, The Naughty List?
L.A. Kelley: Sure, here’s the synopsis:
Something smells at Penrose’s Department Store and it isn’t sugarplums.
Christmas had always been a magical time for Rosalie, but not this year. The new manager introduces idiotic rules, steals the affections of the cute temp Santa, and forces employees into butt-ugly elf hats. Then Rosalie meets a real E.L.F. (Elemental Life Form) named David and gets lassoed into a desperate hunt for the stolen Naughty and Nice List. Now the couple must stay one step ahead of the hellhounds, dodge a murderous invisible demon, and retrieve the List before the world tumbles into chaos.
Murder, mystic artifacts, demons with anger management issues and interfering cupids…not your typical yuletide tale. On sale now at $2.99 for Kindle.
Night Mistress: Ooh! Mystic artifacts and demons? Sounds like my kind of Christmas tale. Minion Juli, get me a copy of that.
Juli: *lopes to library door* Yes, master—I mean, my lady.
*Night Mistress looks at L.A. and rolls eyes* Don’t mind her, dear, she’s definitely going on that Naughty list you mentioned *aside, if I don’t put her in the next batch tea cakes!
Juli: L.A., what did she say?
About L.A. Kelley
I’m the palest person living in Florida and will take air conditioned comfort over heat and humidity any day. Married with three kids, I spent most of my working life in higher education writing boring technical papers, but now concentrate on fiction. (Always with an HEA.) I never clean under my sofa. L. A. Kelley is author of The Naughty List.
Night Mistress: L.A., dear, thank you for joining us tonight. If you could just go out through the front door, I swear there is something lurking in our back yard right now. I’m not sure what it is but I’d say it’s probably a good idea to keep from letting it get wind of something that it might think is tasty! Happy Halloween!