Science Fiction sale!

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Need a book that will take you out of this world? You’re in luck, because until March 16, each of the titles below is only 99¢! Find your next read below, and discover why our readers love this genre.

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GASLIGHT CHRONICLES BOX SET 1 by Cindy Spencer Pape

Includes STEAM & SORCERY, KILTS & KRAKEN and MOONLIGHT & MECHANICALS

Three sensual steampunk romances from award-winning author Cindy Spencer Pape in one fantastic boxset!

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Get your copy of GASLIGHT CHRONICLES BOX SET 1 from Carina Press or your favorite ebook retailer:
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THE FURNACE by Timothy S. Johnston

2015 EPIC Award finalist, science fiction

“The Furnace is a fast-paced, science-fiction/thriller that takes you for a ride from the first page to the last.” — The Qwillery Blog

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Dead Space, 2401 AD

Kyle Tanner is about to die. Alone, floating in a vacsuit only a few million kilometers from a massive, uncaring sun, he has barely enough time or juice to get out a distress signal before either his oxygen runs out or he succumbs to the radiation.

Get your copy of THE FURNACE from Carina Press or your favorite ebook retailer:
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DRYNN by Steve Vera

These unlikely heroes might just save the world. If they don’t kill each other first.

“Reads like vintage Dean Koontz—fast-paced and suspenseful.” — DD Barant, author of the THE BLOODHOUND FILES series

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THE EPHERIUM CHRONICLES: EMBRACE by T.D. Wilson

“The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace is good old science fiction, or as T.D. Wilson himself calls it, ‘space opera – a lot like Star Trek, Babylon 5 or Star Wars’”. —Shelf Full of Books blog

Hope. Captain James Hood of the Earth Defense Forces remembers what it felt like. Twenty-five years ago, it surged through him as a young boy watching the colony ships launched by mega-corporation Epherium rocket away. He, like so many others, dreamed of following in the colonists’ footsteps. He wanted to help settle a new world–to be something greater.

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Get your copy of THE EPHERIUM CHRONICLES: EMBRACE from Carina Press or your favorite ebook retailer:
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NO SUCH THING by A.M. Arthur is only 99¢!

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Add some Male/Male romance to your eReader at a great price! NO SUCH THING, book one of The Belonging Series by A.M. Arthur is now only 99¢! This is a limited time offer that you won’t want to miss.

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“NO SUCH THING is an irresistible delight!” —Prism Book Alliance

CARINA_0315_9781426897962_NoSuchThingTwenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do. With no degree and a delinquent’s reputation, he’s lucky to have landed a job waiting tables. But not everyone is happy he’s back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss’s hot brother.

Jaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks. Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he’s still a virgin at twenty-three. Until the new waiter in his sister’s diner awakens desires he’d long ago given up on.

The last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime. And Jaime may have a new heart, but he’s scared of what giving it to another person would mean. Their no-strings-attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro’s past forces them to confront their feelings in the present…

I Have a Fairy Godmother and Her Name is #CarinaPitch

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By Pamela Cayne, author of THE FIGHTER AND THE FALLEN WOMAN

I remember February 10th, 2014 for one very specific reason: it was the day I saw Carina Press was doing their next #CarinaPitch on Twitter. (Yes, I know it was announced before that, but it was a busy weekend for me and I didn’t see the announcement until Monday.) You see, I had this book—no, scratch that. I had The Book, the absolute book of my heart. But that poor story had been more tortured than any character I’d ever written and it didn’t look like a HEA was forthcoming. Could it be the universe sent me a fairy godmother by way of Twitter? I had to find out.

The pitch was the next day, so I had just the evening to create my 140-character pitch (minus 12 characters for #CarinaPitch) and for a gal who takes weeks on a query letter, one evening was less than a blink. Got the perfect pitch all polished up and come the morning of the 11th, I pasted it in and saw it didn’t fit—I forgot to count for the spaces. Broke out my editing pen, got that baby down to exactly 140 characters and posted before I overthought it.

In less than 2 minutes, I had 2 requests for the full. I was beyond thrilled, but I also knew it was one step in a very long march. Once I submitted my manuscript, the next step was one every writer knows all too well—the long wait. Yes, I kept editing the story I had been working on and yes, I tried to keep my email check to once a day (okay, once an hour), but the weeks felt like eons and my fairy godmother remained stubbornly silent.

But then it happened. I got The Call. I was at work that Tuesday morning, and my cell rang, showing an unknown number. I honestly wasn’t thinking Carina at all, but when my caller identified herself as Angela James, I knew. My wonderful fairy godmother, a beautiful broad by the name of #CarinaPitch, came through and I had an offer for The Fighter and the Fallen Woman. I kept it together (writing copious notes as I knew I wouldn’t remember any of it) through Angela’s call, but as soon as she hung up the emotion started to get me. I started to walk outside so I could call my husband, but first I had to go back to my desk and grab a tissue. When I called him and told him the great news, I got strange looks, laughing and crying at the same time, but I think there was a reason nobody looked twice at me.

That Tuesday? It was April 1st. I got The Call on April Fool’s Day. Whoever said my fairy godmother doesn’t have a sense of humor?

About The Fighter and the Fallen Woman:

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“People like us don’t get happy endings.”

In twelve years as a bangtail, Lady has never feared a man’s kiss. Owned by the ruthless Hannibal Adams, the “Earl of the East End,” she’s draped in jewels and dead inside. Lady learns fear, however, when she kisses Mr. Adams’s best fighter for luck–for King sees the real woman locked away behind finery and falsity.

King’s life is made of fists and scars, the only things that have ever felt real to him. Even his name came from the man who owns him–the man who turned him into a champion. From the moment Lady’s kiss sends him reeling, King resists wanting what he can’t have. Mr. Adams never gives up what he owns.

When Lady is sent to nurse King through the tournament, she finds a new strength through the one man who’s never treated her like a whore. King discovers that the woman who shares his dark world might also be the one to lead him out. And as the tournament comes to a violent finale, Lady and King must decide–stay spoiled and shackled, or break free and risk what happens when fear and dreams collide.

Get your copy of THE FIGHTER AND THE FALLEN WOMAN from Carina Press or your favorite ebook retailer:
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Our Sci-Fi Influences

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By Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen, authors of CHAOS STATION

 

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One of my earliest memories of something science-fiction related is seeing The Return of the Jedi at the drive-in with my parents. I fell asleep in the middle of a space battle. Oops! When I was a teenager, I rented and devoured the original trilogy, then was right there in the theater when it was re-released, moaning along with everyone else when Luke whined about wanting to go to Tosche Station.

Strangely enough, despite falling into dreamland in the middle of a space battle, Star Wars is my original sci-fi love—probably because it tells a familiar story in an amazing, futuristic setting. Everyone can relate to the tale of a young man—Luke—who discovers he has potential he’d never dreamed of, or a rake with a heart of gold—Han—who learns that friendship is more important than saving his own skin.

Other series have compelled me over the years. Babylon 5 was one, and if you haven’t watched that TV series, go find it and watch it now. It is an incredible, encompassing story of heroics against the background of intriguing galactic politics, with love, adventure and heartache thrown in for good measure. Firefly and the follow-up movie, Serenity, will always be favorites of mine—I love how Joss Whedon managed to blend historic and futuristic elements into something new and awesome and how he managed to make men the scariest monsters of all. (But I’ll never forgive him for that leaf on the wind bit.)

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While I’m a fan of dystopias and apocalypses in fiction, I’m actually more optimistic than that. I like the future portrayed in Star Trek. I’d like to think that while we’ll have differences to work through with our galactic neighbours, if given the chance to connect peacefully, we will. I also love the Prime Directive—and the number of times that rule is nudged, bent and broken.  That’s our humanity, right there.

Star Trek is one of my greatest influences. I have always loved the diversity of the characters and plots, but what kept me (keeps me) watching, is the soap opera aspect. These are the stories of people’s lives and loves, set in a future where anything might and can happen.

The new Battlestar Galactica really captured me. The story telling in that series just blew me away. But even in that darker world, human connection prevails. I’d also count Batman as recreated by Frank Miller as one of my greatest influences. I love the idea of the dark hero—the Dark Knight—a man who isn’t necessarily good, yet does good deeds.

Finally, I’d like to mention Arthur C. Clarke. I’ve always been awed by his science fiction and appreciative of the fact it’s so accessible to readers who don’t hold advanced degrees. His books are written with the spirit of adventure, wonder and optimism with which I approach life. The future should be fascinating, if just a little frightening.

What role does science fiction play in your life?

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 “You’re not real. Felix Ingesson is dead.”

The war with the alien stin is over, but Felix Ingesson has given up on seeing his lover, Zander Anatolius, ever again. Zander’s military file is sealed tighter than an airlock. A former prisoner of war, Felix is attempting a much quieter life keeping his ship, the Chaos, aloft. He almost succeeds, until Zander walks on board and insists that Felix isn’t real.

A retired, broken super soldier, Zander is reeling from the aftereffects of his experimental training and wants nothing more than to disappear and wait for insanity to claim him. Then he sees footage of a friend and ally—a super soldier like him—murdering an entire security squad with her bare hands and a cold, dead look in her eyes. He never expected to find Felix, the man he’d thought dead for years, on the ship he hired to track her down.

Working with Felix to rescue his teammate is a dream come true…and a nightmare. Zander has no exit strategy that will leave Felix unscathed—or his own heart unbroken.

75,000 words

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Jenn and Kelly met in 2009 through a mutual infatuation with a man who wasn’t real. After all but crashing the video game’s forums with daily dissection of their obsession, they started writing together, discovered they really liked writing together and began plotting stories in worlds of their own creation.

The CHAOS STATION series aren’t the first books they’ve written together, and they’re pretty sure they won’t be the last. As long as their so-called smartphones keep making autocorrects that trigger brainstorming sessions, they’ll have enough character ideas and plots to keep them writing for years to come.

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The End of a Series, the Beginning of a…Knitted Scarf?

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By R.L. Naquin, author of PHOENIX IN MY FORTUNE 

It seems like everyone knits or crochets right now. A decade or two ago, everyone I knew did cross stitch. Somewhere in between, everybody was distressing, crackling, marbling and antiquing furniture.

I have participated in each of these things. Countless unfinished cross-stitch projects fill tote bags in the back of my closet. It took me so long to crochet the throw for my bed, I’d moved three times, so the person who’d taught me how to start wasn’t around to teach me how to finish it off. The “throw” grew large enough to cover a king-sized bed, but now sits half unraveled, crammed on top of the cross-stitch bags.

My desk is a grotesque green trimmed in dark purple, waiting for me to sponge gold marble paint on it, but since the initial paint job was over fifteen years ago, I’d have to start over with fresh paint, even if I did still think the colors were good choices. Plus, there’s that one drawer on the bottom. I’d have to sand away the stick figure of a cat my insane toddler painted on it in liquid paper. She’s twenty now. Neither of us want to see that little cat go.

So, that’s me. I want to be crafty. I buy things with every intention of making something spectacular out of them. I start off focused and with a plan. Then I wander off and forget about it. I don’t finish anything I start.

And yet, here we are. You. Me. And the last book of the Monster Haven Stories. I’ve tied all the threads, refinished the characters into something different from how they began, and knitted together a family that, six books ago, didn’t exist.

I know. My analogies always go on far longer than they should.

Phoenix in My Fortune was both the easiest and the most difficult book to write of the whole series. Everything I’d written up to that point was leading to this finale. Yet with each word I typed, I drew closer to having to say goodbye to all those characters I’d grown to love. I fully intend to revisit them in another series or two down the road, but Zoey Donovan’s story has now been told. She could show up in another series, sure, but we’ll be in someone else’s head. From here, Zoey will be somebody else’s side character. After six books, that’s hard for me to grasp.

I’ll be honest. I did some crying while I wrote the end of the book. Goodbyes are hard.

For everyone who stuck around through six books to see how it all turned out, thank you for joining me. For those who haven’t started yet, hop on board with Monster in My Closet, and I’ll take you on a crazy adventure filled with magic, monsters, shenanigans and emotion.

I suppose all I really needed in order to finish was to create something I truly loved.

Time to start a new craft, I guess. What do you suggest?

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When Zoey Donovan found out monsters are real, her life changed—mostly for the better. Since then, she’s fought bad guys, saved the world a time or two and earned the love of a growing family of humans and Hidden creatures alike. But the danger that’s chased her from the beginning is finally here.

Shadow Man, aka The Last Hidden, has stepped out of the story humans wrote for him and into the real world, hell-bent on stealing children. Fiction has become reality and Shadow Man intends to break the Covenant, reclaim the Hidden, and kill all Aegises along the way…triple bad news for Zoey and her mother, the only two Aegises still alive.

Zoey will have to rescue the stolen kids and hunt down the most terrifying villain humanity has ever imagined. But how can she fight a creature only invented a few years ago? If Shadow Man triumphs, the world as she knows it will end. If Zoey succeeds in driving him out, the people she loves the most may be lost to her forever.

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Rachel writes stories that drop average people into magical situations filled with heart and quirky humor.

She believes in pixie dust, the power of love, good cheese, lucky socks, and putting things off until the last minute. Her home is Disneyland, despite her current location in Kansas. Rachel has one husband, two grown kids, and a crazy-catlady starter kit.

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What We Want—Paranormal Romance!

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Can’t get enough paranormal romance? Neither can we! We’re on the lookout for new paranormal romance series to grow and build. Here are some details on what our editors are looking to acquire in this genre.

 

Kerri Buckley, Editor, would like to see:

  • Paranormal spins on romantic suspense–think werewolf mafia or other shifters engaged in organized crime and/or government agencies.
  • Super sexy or erotic PNR (paranormal romance) of all flavors, all time periods welcome!
  • PNR/psychological thriller mashups–creatures or shifters with cases of mistaken or stolen identity or missing spouses/partners, for instance.

Deborah Nemeth, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Time travel romance with robust world-building and an epic feel.

  • Historical paranormal, especially Regency, but with something new, not the same old vampires, shifters, demons or zombies.

  • Superheroes and fairytale retellings with a fresh twist, something I haven’t seen before. I also enjoy witches, fae, Norse and non-Western legends.

  •  Paranormal heists and capers with plenty of action and sparkling banter!

Rhonda Helms, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Gothic romance with paranormal elements (like ghosts/hauntings).
  • Sexy contemporary romance with unusual paranormal creatures/mythology.

Alissa Davis, Freelance Editor, would like to see:

  • Dark, emotional paranormals with intense conflict and strong worldbuilding.
  • Historical paranormals, particularly those featuring werewolves.
  • An erotic romance paranormal series.

Submit your paranormal romance manuscripts to Carina Press now, right here!

Genre Spotlight: Science Fiction

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Need a book that will take you out of this world? You’re in luck, because we have three! Find your next scifi read below, and discover why our readers love this genre.

Our readers on…science fiction.

“I really enjoy these stories and it was such fun to catch up with these diverse and colourful characters.”

–Amazon review, In the Void

 

“Loads of adventure and sheer fun: guns, swords, magic, great world-building, a Big Bad to fight along with heroes to cheer for.”

–Goodreads review, Blood Sworn

 

“Spine tingling tension builds throughout the story as the danger escalates and the strong compelling characters are easily related to and draw the reader deeper into the story.”

–Barnes & Noble review, Ladder to the Red Star

Great SciFi reads!

 


9781426899645-COVThe Void by Timothy S. Johnston

2403 AD

It would be easier to kill him than to trust him.

Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. After spending years apprehending murderers, he’s ready to hang up his pistol. Babysitting a prisoner will bring him to Alpha Centauri, where he can search for a way to escape the CCF forever.

If he makes it.

When his ship breaks down in deep space and a CCF research vessel comes to his aid, Tanner realizes he’s in terrible danger: the scientists on board have blocked his distress call. And when Tanner’s prisoner escapes, he begins to suspect that the proximity of the research vessel had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the CCF’s relentless reach.

Facing near-certain death by his own organization, Tanner must unravel a tangled skein of vengeance, duplicity and murder in deep space. But he’s being held at the will of master puppeteers, and if he can’t cut the strings, he’ll dance straight to a gruesome, excruciating death….

A Tanner Sequence Novel

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9781426899669-COVChaos Station by Kelly Jensen and Jenn Burke

Book one of Chaos Station

“You’re not real. Felix Ingesson is dead.”

The war with the alien stin is over, but Felix Ingesson has given up on seeing his lover, Zander Anatolius, ever again. Zander’s military file is sealed tighter than an airlock. A former prisoner of war, Felix is attempting a much quieter life keeping his ship, the Chaos, aloft. He almost succeeds, until Zander walks on board and insists that Felix isn’t real.

A retired, broken super soldier, Zander is reeling from the aftereffects of his experimental training and wants nothing more than to disappear and wait for insanity to claim him. Then he sees footage of a friend and ally—a super soldier like him—murdering an entire security squad with her bare hands and a cold, dead look in her eyes. He never expected to find Felix, the man he’d thought dead for years, on the ship he hired to track her down.

Working with Felix to rescue his teammate is a dream come true…and a nightmare. Zander has no exit strategy that will leave Felix unscathed…or his own heart unbroken.

Get your copy of CHAOS STATION from Carina Press or your favorite ebook retailer:
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CARINA_0315_9781426899201_TheEpheriumChronicles (2)The Epherium Chronicles: Echoes by T.D. Wilson

Book three of The Epherium Chronicles

The battle for Cygni colony may be over, but for Captain James Hood and the crew of the EDF Armstrong, the battle for humanity’s future has just begun. Hood’s defense of the remote outpost against the Cilik’ti aliens was magnificent, but without the timely help of an unlikely ally—a splinter tribe of humanity’s bitter enemies—the colony would have been lost and the Armstrong destroyed.

An uneasy peace has prevailed ever since. But as the humans prepare for a crucial meeting, a desperately needed Earth supply convoy is attacked under mysterious circumstances, with the lead escort cruiser’s captain disappearing even more mysteriously.

The fate of all of Earth’s new colonies hangs in the balance, and Hood is charged with protecting them against growing threats from all sides. When rebellion and unrest challenge the very leadership of the Earth Defense Forces, Hood may need to go it alone…and make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Author Spotlight: Pamela Cayne

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Are you curious about the musical influence behind some of your favorite Carina Press reads? Author Pamela Cayne is here to share the songs that inspired her new book, The Fighter and the Fallen Woman. Read on to discover more and let us know what songs inspire you!

A Love Story Inspired by Music, by Pamela Cayne

Up until The Fighter and the Fallen Woman, I’d relied on collages to really dig into the feel of my books. Pictures from magazines, stickers, specific quotes—they all helped me get into the story and nail down the characters. It had been working great for me, but then something happened (as such things always do…) I was driving to work, my iPod set on shuffle, and a song came on. This song called to me, set an ache in my heart that only an epic love story could heal. That song was I Fall to Pieces and the love story it inspired is now being published by Carina Press.

My version—or rather, Lady and King’s version—isn’t the one by Patsy Cline, as magnificent as she is, but a duet by Trisha Yearwood and Aaron Neville. If you have a few free minutes, go find it online. Take a listen to it and tell me you don’t feel the same ache I did.

You want me to act like we’ve never kissed, you want me to forget, pretend we’ve never met. And I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but I haven’t yet. You walk by and I fall to pieces.

Ouch. It gets me every time.

About The Fighter and the Fallen Woman:

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“People like us don’t get happy endings.”

In twelve years as a bangtail, Lady has never feared a man’s kiss. Owned by the ruthless Hannibal Adams, the “Earl of the East End,” she’s draped in jewels and dead inside. Lady learns fear, however, when she kisses Mr. Adams’s best fighter for luck–for King sees the real woman locked away behind finery and falsity.

King’s life is made of fists and scars, the only things that have ever felt real to him. Even his name came from the man who owns him–the man who turned him into a champion. From the moment Lady’s kiss sends him reeling, King resists wanting what he can’t have. Mr. Adams never gives up what he owns.

When Lady is sent to nurse King through the tournament, she finds a new strength through the one man who’s never treated her like a whore. King discovers that the woman who shares his dark world might also be the one to lead him out. And as the tournament comes to a violent finale, Lady and King must decide–stay spoiled and shackled, or break free and risk what happens when fear and dreams collide.

Get your copy of THE FIGHTER AND THE FALLEN WOMAN from Carina Press or your favorite ebook retailer:
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Get to know Pamela Cayne on her website, and be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook!

 

Writing Fantasy Romance

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By Eleri Stone, author of THE SHAPE OF TEMPTATION

My first book boyfriend was Jimmy the Hand from Raymond Feist’s Riftwar Saga. I’m talking about the young Jimmy the Hand from the Magician books—the clever teenaged orphan thief who gets swept up in an epic battle between good and evil. I was only about twelve or thirteen myself at the time so the teenager thing worked for me then. The thing is, the Riftwar Saga is fantasy, not romance, and Jimmy the Hand is a very minor character. This is how fanfic happens.

I made up great adventures for Jimmy where he got to be the star and not the sidekick. Stories where he fell in love with nerdy girls who liked to read too much but would drop everything to go on an adventure with a smart-mouthed pickpocket who needed help saving the world.

Fantasy was my favorite genre at the time and, while I liked the adventure parts of the stories just fine, I often found the romantic subplots unfulfilling. So, I owe a lot to Jimmy who inspired me to start writing my own stories where I could combine adventure and fantasy and romance all together. And I do still have a preference for heroes who are roguishly charming. You can see a touch of that in Benim, the hero from my new fantasy romance, The Shape of Temptation. He’s a soldier, not a thief, and he’s not out to save the world this time around. But he does fall head over heels for Kailey, who is both a powerful mage from a backwater territory and a completely unsuitable woman for a city-born soldier to fall in love with. The world they’re living in is full of magic, political machination and inconvenient class rules that keep Benim and Kailey apart. I hope you like their story!

9781426899553-COVHe once controlled her fate; now she holds his heart—and his body—in her hands…

Living in a humble village at the edge of the Sarian Empire, Kailey is a gifted but untrained mage with an affinity for stone. She believes herself well beyond the reach of the guild that controls all magic within the empire until Benim, an unwilling guild soldier, appears at her door. She’s part of his quest to assemble gifted citizens for entrance to University.

As Kailey struggles to navigate the strange society of the Sarian upper class, she’s tasked by a guild master to create a masterpiece for the emperor. And when Benim is commissioned as her model, Kailey comes to crave the hard-bodied soldier she spends her days sculpting inch by intimate inch.

Benim cannot resist the warmth of Kailey’s spirit nor the comforts found within her body, though he knows that a poor soldier has no place in a mage’s world. But he and Kailey will have to overcome more than just class differences in order to remain together. For someone has made Kailey a pawn in her mentor’s ambitious play for power…

This is Book Two in the Spellcraft series, but the books don’t need to be read in order. They share a common world, but there’s not an overarching plot or shared characters.

Are there any non-romance series that you love but wish had a little more romance to them?
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Eleri Stone is a RITA-nominated author of paranormal and fantasy romance. She was born in New Jersey, but now lives in Iowa with her husband and their three children. All of her stories have some element of speculative fiction in them and they all end with a happily-ever-after.

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Research and Fish ‘n’ Chips – A Short Insight Into the Writing Life

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By April Taylor, author of MANTLE OF MALICE 

Research is a very tricky topic for authors of fiction. For my protagonist, Dominus elemancer, Luke Ballard, cosmic balance is all and so it must be for authors. How much research is necessary? How much should be included in the text of the book? This is my take on it.

If you are writing a period book, then you must know salient facts about it. For example, a prominent part of the third book in The Tudor Enigma, Mantle of Malice, refers to the Lincolnshire Uprising of 1536. I chose this with “malice” aforethought (sorry for the pun), because where the uprising began is about 8 miles from where I was born and one of the major figures in it, on Henry VIII’s side, was John Heneage of Hainton Hall, which still stands, is still owned by the Heneage family and is less than 400 yards from where I came into the world. John’s elder brother was Henry’s Groom of the Stool. And this inspiration for a part of the story forced me to be very careful when I actually came to write the book.

We have all read books where it is clear the author has done an immense amount of research. So much so that he/she frequently stops the forward motion of the plot by giving the hapless reader reams of irrelevant information. Interesting, yes, relevant to this part of the book, no. And where do fish and chips come into this?

Fish ‘n chips is a quintessentially English dish, akin to haggis for the Scots. It is a great seaside favourite. People sit on the Promenade, usually in a cold east wind, eating battered fish and chunky fries while looking out to sea. In years gone by, it would be served in cut up pieces of newspaper and some of the old guard still say they taste best like this. When I talk to writing groups, I liken research to the salt most people put on their chips. Too much salt and they are uneatable. Too little and they are bland and uninteresting.

The wise author will do – and love doing – loads of research, but days or sometimes weeks of checking your facts should only result in a gentle seeding of information to give your story an authentic setting. I always like to find out one quirky fact and include that. For Mantle of Malice, it was that, in England, the “sweating sickness” started and died out with the Tudor dynasty, not known before 1485 or after 1603.

So my advice is always to do reams of research, get deeply involved in your subject or setting, but when you write the story, do so with a light hand and don’t put too much salt on your chips.

CARINA_0215_MantleOfMaliceEngland’s infant heir has been kidnapped, and there’s only one man who can find him.

Luke Ballard has dedicated his talents–and his life–to protecting the throne. As Henry IX’s Privy Inquirer and Dominus Elemancer, his loyalty is no longer in question. But when Queen Madeline’s coronation is interrupted with the news that Arthur, the baby Prince of Wales, has been abducted, Luke is given an ultimatum: retrieve the royal heir and prevent future threats to the royal family or lose his head.

That the young prince has been taken by dark forces is clear. The evil sorcerers of Custodes Tenebris will not rest until they hold power in England with Catholic Mary as a puppet Queen. Luke has bested them before, but he’s never needed to defeat evil while falling in love–Arthur’s nursemaid, the beautiful Blanche Oliver, has won him over with her seductive charms.

As Luke’s investigation leads into the dark recesses of his own family’s past, Blanche’s hold on him deepens. With the fate of the Tudors hanging in the balance, Luke will need to draw upon untested strength and sort truth from feminine fiction…for the enemy’s reach is long and time is running out.

Book three of The Tudor Enigma

 

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