Summer Solstice confab.

West Metro Mommy Reads

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Here’s mine, in honor of Summer Solstice. The Solstice came and it’s already hot as heck here, so does it count? for what it’s worth I spent the day out walking and yeah…I think even the animals were taking advantage of the shade. You have to wonder if they laugh at us dumb humans, out in the hot sun.  During the latter part of the walk we found a confab of animals hiding out under the trees and these two facing off.

faceoff

You really think you’re taking that nut home, big guy?

:) I wonder what they were saying to each other. Were they facing off over an acorn stash… Or, thinking with a fantasy writer’s brain, were they planning some war against a common enemy?

faeries everywhere–new release

Sort of ….Actually, they’re just in my new book.

Fairies

Yep. That’s right. Finally, a new book. (Well, it’s finally for me, because I’ve been working up the silly thing since…I want to say mid-2012 but can’t find the date in my notes so don’t quote me on that exact date!). Geeze, another you say? Yes, well…I write, more than anything, I write. Some people play golf or like to go fishing, spin yarn, or love cooking, I write.  Anyway, this piece is entitled:

Changeling’s Crown:
genre: upper YA/New Adult Paranormal sweet paranormal romance
(Yep, slightly different genre)

 Changeling's Crown; fairy godmother; paranormal romance
Blurb:
When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong.

But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch, he can’t resist the opportunity to insert himself into her earthly assignment. Can he convince Ianthe of her true calling and thereby win her heart? Or will his subterfuge ultimately cost him her love?

I’m totally in love with this cover by Boulevard Photografica. and the gorgeous photo is by a photographer named  Nobledeath (aka Reiner). It’s beautiful, isn’t it?

The book trailer is here:


You can add it to your Good Reads To Be Read lists here.

Changeling’s Crown is available for Kindle and currently $.99 at Amazon and the paperback is processing….I hope it will be live by Monday. *fingers crossed*

The story is a little different than what you might be used to from me; it’s not quite as dark as Caitlin’s books (or Passion’s Sacred Dance for that matter). I channeled (or tried) my friend S.G. Rogers/Meg Cabot’s guiding muses for this one and while they and my usual one duked it out. All’s well. We eventually got together for dinner and hatched this screwy story. ;) I hope it gives you a chuckle here or there. I couldn’t help it Ianthe got in my head and I couldn’t stop her chattering until the book was done. And her nemesis just lends this different air to it that made me have a lot of fun with the story. I hope y’all will like it too.

Soundtrack to a battle…

So you know I’m a nerd for other media. I thought wouldn’t it be fun to give a glimpse at some of the playlist for my paranormal romance novel Passion’s Sacred Dance?

 

How Many More Times, by Led Zeppelin

(AKA how many more times are we going to have to fight this blasted war? ;))

Releasing the Demons by Godsmack

All Nightmare Long by Metallica

(Warning: This video’s creepy!)

Summer by Vivaldi as played by Vanessa Mae

Land of Youth (Tir nan Og) by Tuatha de Danann

The Last Words by Tuatha de Danann


(How can you not love a guy who plays flute?)

If you’d like to see if you can “hear” these songs in PASSION’S SACRED DANCE, The Wild Rose Press has put it on sale from now until May 9th. You’ll find it discounted to $.99 at Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, Itunes, Kobo, and of course, at The Wild Rose Press site.

 

Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her historic art gallery–a loss she can’t afford for, she suspects, more reason than one. Then Aaron Fielding appears, claiming to be a Tuatha dé Danaan warrior dedicated to protecting humanity from demonic monsters and that her land is their sacred battlefield. Confirming everything she feared. Stacy and Aaron must work together to ensure mankind survives, but their mutual attraction only complicates things.

My Writing Process

(I think this went live too early, earlier. Sorry folks)

My Writing Process – Blog Tour 
Step one: Acknowledge the person & site that involved you in the blog tour (that’s me).
Thanks, Helena Fairfax for tagging me in this process. Helena Fairfax is a contemporary romance writer and author of The Silk Romance and The Antique Love. You can find out more about Helena’s books and her writing process on her post at http://helenafairfax.com/2014/04/18/my-writing-process-blog-tour/

Step two: Answer these 4 questions about your writing process, at whatever length you wish.
 
1) What am I working on?
I’m about to release my next title, Changeling’s Crown. It’s a lighthearted paranormal romance, revolving around a disgraced faery godmother. :) For fans of my paranormal fantasies,  I’ve been working (slowly) on two follow-ups to Drawing Down the Shades. What with the “slowly” part I can’t say when they’ll be out. I hope to have one of them in my beta readers’ hands by Halloween. *knock on wood* Stay tuned.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I like to take chances, be somewhat different from what readers might expect. For instance, my disgraced faery godmother. :) I mean we all know faery godmothers from the fairy tales. Do you ever remember them fouling up an assignment? Neither do I. Until now, that is. For the Antique Magic series well, my heroine starts out a skeptic, and really gets into what she does. I’ve only read one other book like that.
3) Why do I write what I do?
I’ve always written tales with a magical bent, though I couldn’t really tell you why. I think it’s because I like the work involved in building a world outside the norm. Just setting something in a world that we all instantly recognizes has always seemed boring to me. Tweaking reality is just so much fun!

4) How does my writing process work?

Oh, I get an idea and–depending on the idea–I’ll do a little research or I’ll just start scribbling, I have a good friend (writer Jolene Dawe), who I bounce ideas off when I get stuck (and she bounces stuff off me!), then if necessary, I’ll do more research to fill in the blanks. I build off that until the end, then I’ll let the story or book sit for a week or so, then go back and do my first revision. Fix all the stupid mistakes, fill in with more research if possible.

Thanks for being with me on this journey and thanks, Helena, for including me in the hop.

Three other writers to visit:
Catherine McMaster
Helena Fairfax, of course.
A fine writer S.G. Rogers
and paranormal enthusiast and budding writer Renae Rude.

If only she’d lived in another time….#SPeekSunday

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Sunday afternoon brings on another Sneak Peek Sunday.

Excerpt from my paranormal romance book Passion’s Sacred Dance.

cover art for Passion's Sacred Dance. Cover art by Kim Mendoza

Cover art by Kim Mendoza

“I had a freaky encounter with this incredibly strange woman,right here in our courtyard.” Stacy waved a hand in the direction in question. “And you nearly beheaded her.”
“Did I?” He pondered the lost and found box absently. “That is some dream. I’m glad to see I made an impression.”
She frowned. “That wasn’t the dream.”
He set the box aside, folding his hands and giving her his full attention. “Wasn’t it?”
“No, the dream consisted of you whisking me away on some wild trip through the lights. I can’t account for what happened between then and six the next morning.”
“I’m not stupid, Aaron. I remember what went on last evening.” She waved a hand as if batting the problem away….
***
“I shouldn’t rattle on at you like this. I’m sorry to trouble you.”
His eyes twinkled and Stacy gulped. “It’s no trouble,” he said. If possible, his voice got even deeper with an edge of desire to it that curled her toes pleasantly. “I must say you’re pretty enough to be forgiven just about anything.”
No trouble? Her brain, and her honor, headed south every second he stood across from her. If they lived in the sixteenth century, she’d consider begging her father
to make a marriage contract with Aaron Fielding.

Oh, dear….so what happened to poor Stacy to bring on this wild dream? You’ll have to read to find ouT! If you’d like to try it, Passion’s Sacred Dance is available at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon(for paperback and Kindle), All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, Itunes, and Kobo, and B&N.

To see more Sneak Peek Sunday authors see the Sneak Peek Sunday site here.

The Wild Rose Press–Unusual paranormal characters in Romance

Unusual paranormal characters in Romance

by

Juli D. Revezzo

http://julidrevezzo.com

Springheel_Jack

Springheel_Jack, source, wikipedia

Modern paranormal romance caters to women who want to dream a little more than the average reader. They crave the weird and just looking at the romance pages in Amazon or at the shelves in a bookstore, you’ll see publishers are catering to that wish list…..

Here’s a recent article I wrote on this subject. Check the rest of it out  via The Wild Rose Press blog.