The Joys of Travel

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In my DRACIM series, travel by air isn’t exactly the norm. All of my characters live in a post World War III planet alongside dragons, and the lack of tech or dragon plane escorts make the commercial airline industry virtually non-existent. But what fun is a world without the chance to experience new cultures? I had to add at least a little foreign flavor!

Back in 2010–2012, I had the opportunity to live in Bangalore, India. As someone who’d barely traveled outside of her birth country, moving a couple of continents away was simultaneously exciting and frightening. But I am oh-so-glad I did. Bangalore, much like New York City, is filled with people from all over the world. I was lucky enough to live in an apartment complex with families from almost every state in India, and they were happy to teach me some of their local customs, including the fantastic Onam celebration below. Look at these beautiful saris!

In Dancing with Dragons, the heroine, Carol, has an opportunity to visit India. Unfortunately, she isn’t in the country under the best of circumstances, and the hero, Daniel, can’t afford to give her much time for sightseeing. However, I felt it was important for her to feel at least a little bit of the excitement I had upon seeing a foreign country for the first time. Especially one as diverse and colorful as India.

It was actually kind of nice to know what a first-time visitor to India would feel like, and I really enjoyed writing the scenes based in Bangalore. And while Carol probably wouldn’t agree, I always kinda hoped I’d catch a glimpse of a dragon flying outside my plane window! (I’m sad to say, that never happened.)

Carol had more important things to worry about during her stay in India, but while I was there, I posted my experiences to a personal blog. If India is on your bucket list, or you want to see how I handled expatriate life, you’re more than welcome to take a look.

But if genetically mutated dragons are more your style, I invite you to visit my author website at lorendac.com. I’m running a contest through the month of March to celebrate the release of Carol and Daniel’s story. Stop by for a chance to win a dragon flavored t-shirt, awesome dragon-centric books, and a Kindle Fire to read them on.

So now it’s your turn. Where is the coolest place on Earth? Tell me about your travel plans/dreams/experiences in the comments below. Or, come find me on Twitter @Lorendac or Facebook. I’d love to chat! Namaste!

 

In the Blink of an Eye

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In a New York minute. In the blink of an eye. Before you can say “let me off this roller coaster.” These expressions indicate how quickly a life can change.

At the heart of danger and suspense is fear. One of the reasons I chose to write romantic suspense is a fascination with that particular emotion, a desire to understand how fear can overwhelm some people, how others overcome it, and why we experience it at all. In my Mindhunters books, which currently center around an agency (SSAM) that hunts serial killers, I explore how fear can be created, encouraged, and exploited. And how love, hope, and trust can conquer it.

But as I explore these themes, it has me thinking, what is it that really scares me? It isn’t the threat of pain, at least not physical pain. (Heck, I’ve given birth three times—without drugs.) It’s the fear that I could lose everything I have, everything I am, in the blink of an eye. The fear of change, or loss, is what drives me to protect what’s mine.

Dark Deeds cover photo DARKDEEDScover.jpgIn Dark Deeds (Mindhunters, Book 4), Becca fears her past is about to catch up with her, and that it could destroy everyone she loves, including the one man who can scale all of her defenses.

Dark Deeds Blurb:

Walking away from sexy Detective Diego Sandoval was one of the toughest things security specialist Becca Haney ever had to do. But her past is a direct threat to his future, to the career he’s working so hard to rebuild. Now, with a witness from a horrific case implicating Diego, Becca must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

Diego is a big-city lawman used to cracking the hardest cases, but he’ll never understand why Becca ended their passionate affair. When he’s assigned to help keep her safe from a human trafficking ring, he’s determined to stay by her side and learn about the woman behind the passion—scars and all.

But Becca has another admirer. Known only as “the Fan,” he believes he’s the perfect partner for her—and he’ll kill to prove it. When the stakes are raised in the killer’s deadly game, Diego will be called upon to save lives—including Becca’s.

Purchase Dark Deeds at: Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

What is it you fear? What are the people, things, and/or parts of you that you couldn’t live without?

Dark Deeds cover photo DARKDEEDScover.jpgAnne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling.  Her passion for understanding the human race is now satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and award-winning author of romantic suspense.

She writes to reclaim her sanity. Connect with Anne Marie via:

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Author Spotlight: Lorenda Christensen

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lorendaIf you’re a fan of dragons, you’ll definitely want to check out Lorenda Christensen. The Dracim Series deals with the coexistence of humans and dragons, and features adventure and, of course, fiery romance! Along with details about the first book in the series, we also have a note from the author herself on how even something as simple as a search engine can turn into inspiration!

 

Auto-Complete as Inspiration by Lorenda Christensen

I love internet search boxes. Especially those that have the auto-complete feature where the search engine guesses at what you’re looking for next. Sometimes, auto-complete simply saves me a couple of key presses. But on really good days, it jump starts my imagination. For example, I was recently looking for advice on how to make a craft box for my son’s class project, and this is what I received for my choices.

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Sure, there’s not a craft box to be seen, but the Minecraft server certainly caught my eye. It made me wonder just exactly what a Minecraft server was, but more important, what type of person (or people) would be interested in creating one. And this is why I love being an author of romantic fantasy. Just like those Minecraft players, I can take just a few items, and build an entire world around them. What other job gives me that much freedom to dream?

So next time you’re looking for inspiration, try using auto-complete. Because you never know, it might be the spark that sets your imagination free.

 

Book Two of The Dracim Series:

dancingDancing with Dragons

If Carol Jenski knows anything, it’s fashion–and it’s not in fashion to consort with dragons, even though they’ve coexisted with humans since World War III. Still, she would never have agreed to take part in a plot against them. Now a dragon lord has called for her head, her boyfriend is MIA and she’s been abandoned in a foreign country.

Only reporter Daniel Wallent is on Carol’s side…sort of. He offers his assistance if she helps him investigate his latest story. He’ll need Carol’s language skills to infiltrate in the organization run by one of the most dangerous and secretive dragons in the world.

Escaping one sociopathic dragon’s claws only to walk into another’s is an insane risk–and so is falling for Daniel. Posing as his blushing–and very affectionate–new bride as cover soon leads to an all-too-real attraction. But fighting off dragons and her desire for Daniel may be more of a challenge than Carol can handle…

 

What readers are saying about Never Deal with Dragons:

Author Lorenda Christensen adeptly intertwines world-building details with an engaging cast of characters and an intriguing story. — Amazon review

 

 She has created a world so believable, so tangible and sparkling and delicious, I found myself wanting to move there. — Goodreads review

 

Never Deal With Dragons is a refreshing new take on the dragon story. I was hooked on the first page.

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Want to know more? Visit Lorenda’s website, and be sure to like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

Genre Spotlight: Space Opera

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Confused as to what a Space Opera is and how it’s different from other science fiction genres? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Author T.D. Wilson explains what a Space Opera is and what makes the genre so exciting, and continue scrolling for some great recommendations!

 

What is a “Space Opera”? by T.D. Wilson

Reading science fiction novels is something I really enjoy and nothing can draw you into a creative new world like a space opera. Not sure what a Space Opera is? Well, you’re probably already familiar with them. Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, and even Firefly, are all considered space operas.

The current space opera genre is filled with adventure, conflict, mystery, and romance and beautifully orchestrated for the reader in an outer space setting. Space operas can mix the romantic and dramatic elements with high tech or alien cultures often found in hard science fiction and make it palpable for readers of all ages and different backgrounds. The center focus is more on the characters and their struggles, desires, and conflicts than technology or abilities. Today, most Space Opera novels are part of a series, which allows the adventure and storyline to grow into a larger experience for the reader.

As an author, I love writing space operas. Just like a good fantasy novel, a space opera story can take on a will of its own and lead both author and reader to something they didn’t expect. That’s when it is truly exciting.

 

Three Space Operas to get you started:

The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace by T.D. Wilson

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Book one of The Epherium Chronicles

London, 1678

Hope. James Hood, the most decorated Captain in the history of the Earth Defense Force, remembered what it felt like. It had surged through his very being the day he watched the gigantic colony ship rocket away from Earth carrying his uncle and over five thousand colonists to a new world light years from home. In the early 22nd century, Hood, like so many others on Earth, dreamed of following in his uncle’s footsteps. He wanted
to travel to a new world, to be something greater.

Then came the War.

An insectoid alien menace, known as the Cilik’ti, swarmed into Earth’s solar system like a plague. After years of vicious conflict, humanity was left battered but not broken. Thanks in part to Hood’s tactical genius, Earth’s forces had finally driven the invaders from the solar system.

Now, six years after the war, new word arrives, informing Earth’s leaders that two of the three colony ships that left Earth have arrived safely. One of them, the Magellan, was his uncle’s ship.

Earth desperately needs those new colonies, but the Cilik’ti are still out there. If Earth sends out a fleet in force, it could start another war. Reluctantly, Earth’s leadership agrees to send one ship to make contact. Hood is given command of a new ship, the Armstrong, and is ordered to proceed to the Cygni solar system—the same system to which his uncle’s ship was headed—with best possible speed.

Hope. Hood needed it now more than ever. Hope to find the colonists alive and hope that he could one day forgive himself for his actions that cost so many lives during the war. Hood and his new ship set out to Cygni, but what he discovers along the way could be more dangerous to Earth than their formidable foes.

 

At Star’s End by Anna Hackett

atstarsendDr. Eos Rai has spent a lifetime dedicated to her mother’s dream of finding the long-lost Mona Lisa. When Eos uncovers tantalizing evidence of Star’s End–the last known location of the masterpiece–she’s shocked when her employer, the Galactic Institute of Historic Preservation, refuses to back her expedition. Left with no choice, Eos must trust the most notorious treasure hunter in the galaxy, a man she finds infuriating, annoying and far too tempting.

Dathan Phoenix can sniff out relics at a stellar mile. With his brothers by his side, he takes the adventures that suit him and refuses to become a lazy, bitter failure like their father. When the gorgeous Eos Rai comes looking to hire him, he knows she’s trouble, but he’s lured into a hunt that turns into a wild and dangerous adventure. As Eos and Dathan are pushed to their limits, they discover treasure isn’t the only thing they’re drawn to…but how will their desire survive when Dathan demands the Mona Lisa as his payment?

 

Sky Hunter by Fae Sutherland

skyhunterBook three of Skybound

Jeret hasn’t looked back since running away from life as a crown prince and joining the Crux Ansata’s crew, but when the Ansata returns to his home system, he finds his father ill and a traitor maneuvering for control. Now that he’s a full-grown man, he can’t just walk away again.

Letting Jeret escape was the biggest black mark on bounty hunter Dagan Nu’aim’s otherwise distinguished years as a royal guard. When he catches Jeret back in-system, Dagan seizes the chance to regain his lost honor and bring the wayward prince home.

Jeret’s not so sure he wants to go, but the reignition of his old crush on Dagan complicates the issue. As the two unravel a tangled plot against the crown, their old friendship lights up with a fiery new desire. And when the traitor strikes and the two men must choose between duty and freedom, neither is certain which to pick.

 

Blue Nebula by Diane Dooley

bluenebulaSola de la Vega is on a mission to save the galaxy, and nothing will sway her. Not even the pleas of her beloved husband, Captain Javan Rhodes, to keep herself and their unborn child safe.

Fitted with a series of technological “enhancements” entwined with her central nervous system, Sola is not fully human. Her father is the undisputed leader of Earth, and Sola is driven to put an end to his genocidal rule–before he can follow through with his plans to consolidate power over the universe into the hands of the aristocracy.

Despite Javan’s fears for her safety, and coping with a difficult pregnancy, Sola’s quest has become an obsession she cannot control. Compelled to choose, duty must come before her love for Javan. And when Sola joins forces with Destin Grady–her father’s sworn enemy–in a plot to execute the dictator and seize power, she soon uncovers secrets from the past that have her facing a future she never could have imagined…

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Slam Dance with the Devil – Are Rock-and-Roll Legends True?

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Rock & roll has spawned a lot of legends. Rock stars have to be larger than life in order to fill the stage and get their music heard. We’ve all heard stories of the wild parties, wrecked hotel rooms, and bizarre contract riders (only green M&Ms allowed). But what about the other legends, the unsubstantiated rumors that surround some stars?

What if I told you some rock stars were really demons who fed on the energy of the audience? Would that change the way you thought of rocker Kent Gaol’s late night bacchanals? He’s the hero of the second Demon Rock book, Slam Dance with the Devil, and his legends go back much further than private investigator Nona Harris could imagine.

All those wild rock stars you hear about? Some of them really are demons, sustained by the energy pouring off the audience…

Wild, destructive and immortal, rocker Kent Gaol has given up the search for his Muse—a demon’s one true source of inspiration, his forever partner. After losing the one woman he thought might be his, he’s convinced she doesn’t exist.

Hard-as-nails private investigator Nona Harris has been hired by a mysterious client to track Kent. She knows nothing of his truths, until one night when Kent tricks her on stage during one of his concerts. Amazingly, she not only senses the energy around the demons, she feeds from it…and it turns her on.

Kent never expected Nona’s response to be so intense, nor that she could enter his world and so thoroughly rock it. This is beyond a tumultuous love affair—this is a sexual and emotional bond that will change them both forever. A bond strong enough that now Nona’s shady client wants them both dead…

When I was younger, we didn’t have the Internet, so rock star tall tales were spread by word of mouth. Here are some I remember, and some I’ve read about. Are they true?

  • Phil Collins secretly witnessed a man standing by and not helping as someone drowned. Then, years later, Phil got the man front row tickets to one of his concerts and played “In the Air” directly to him, indicating he knew what he’d done.
  • David Bowie’s eyes were two different colors because he dropped liquid LSD into one of them.
  • One of the male members of the Thompson Twins assaulted the female member, so she burned his house down.
  • Elvis Presley faked his death. Years later there was even a TV special hosted by Bill Bixby investigating the evidence.
  • Paul McCartney had died. Clues such as references to “the eggman” and “walrus” in songs as well as his position on album covers were seen as unmistakable clues.
  • Blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil.

To find out the answer on the last one, we might ask Kent Gaol. In one of his past incarnations he was also a blues man. A heartbreak from those days has been shaking his life for years and threatens to destroy the growing attraction between Kent and Nona as their worlds are slammed together.

So what are some of the rock and roll legends and fables you’ve heard? Give us some of the lore in the comments and one person will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon gift card (for rock and roll – of course).

Thanks for stopping by. You can find Slam Dance with the Devil here.
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Helmut Saves the World — Notes from a First-Time Author

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CARINA_0314_9781426898020_HelmutSavesTheWorldThis being my first book release, and the first of anything I have written longer than a term paper, I thought I would talk about my experience as a new author. First off, I’ll tell you a little secret. I’m not a real writer. That’s what I told my editor Jeff after he reviewed my original draft. I got C’s in high school English. I can’t spell. I didn’t know what a dangling participle was (I only kind of do now). So how did I end up writing a novella in the first place?

I’ve always liked sci-fi, fantasy and comic books, and I had the general idea for a comic or novel that I hoped to get someone else to write. So I started by trying to create a world based on ancient history, and spent quite a bit of time on Wikipedia researching ancient civilizations and their religious beliefs. My background of Catholic school upbringing didn’t hurt either.

Once I had a rudimentary universe built, I was sort of stuck. I didn’t know what to do with it. I’ve read enough books to know that a good story requires likable characters, but the idea of creating characters was daunting. So I cheated. I just based the characters on my lifelong best friend and myself. Now it’s not an exact match, but there is quite a bit of realism in their personalities, and many of Helmut’s stories and memories are based on my friend’s life. I changed the names (somewhat) to protect the innocent and the guilty.

Now I had characters, I just had to make them do something that was worth reading about. For that I fell back on my love of detective novels, specifically the stories about Nero Wolfe, written so excellently many years ago by Rex Stout. The mystery was never too complicated, and really was only the backdrop to the wonderful personality quirks of the two main characters, Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe, and the way they played off each other throughout the story.

Up until that point all I had done was Internet research and daydreaming. That was fun. Actually starting to write words on paper was bear. My first thirty or so pages were written longhand in a spiral notebook. I purposefully wrote it more illegibly than my usual chicken scratch, just in case my wife came across it and decided to try and read it.

I didn’t have any expectations for publication when I started, but I wanted at least a little validation. I figured the real version of my main character was my best bet for that.  My goal was simply to make him laugh, so I sprinkled the pages with enough one-liners and references to our favorite cult movie to keep him interested. After I had finished typing the first two chapters onto my iPad, I went over to his house to let him read it. The ten minutes of waiting while he read—he reads soooo slow—were some of the most anxious moments in my life. It was worth it though. He laughed, many times, which gave me the confidence to push on through till the end.

There are multiple references to a cult movie from the 90′s throughout the book.  The first to name the movie in the comments or the Facebook site will have the honor of knowing that their taste in fine cinema is first class.  Here is an excerpt from the book.

My name is Helmut Haase and I’m one half of the Fog City Detective Agency—specifically, the half that pays all the bills. My partner, Shamus O’Sheehan, mostly drinks beer and naps. I keep him around because he’s my friend, but also because he’s a Druid. I’m just a detective, and there are plenty of those in Wudong, the Confederacy of Hesperia. There’s not another Druid for miles.

We had it pretty good until the day we met Alek Pallas. He hired us to track down a thieving employee, and even though something was off, his big fat check was too much to pass up. But the man we found wasn’t what we were led to believe, and neither was Alek.

I’m talking shape-shifters, fallen angels and a conspiracy involving the vicious Cretan Empire. At least we didn’t die. Hope that doesn’t ruin the story.

Why am I telling you all this? Someday I’d like some credit for saving the world. Maybe not the entire world, and maybe not alone, but I still deserve a medal. And perhaps a cash prize.

Helmut Saves the World is available from Carina Press.

About Matt Sheehan:  Moody and sarcastic at the best of times, the author should not be conversed with prior to his morning cup of Joe.  Excels at sitting with his feet up, drinking beer or coffee, depending on the time of day, and reading—but has yet find someone willing to pay for that service.  Has always been, and will always be, his mothers favorite child.   Dreams of someday moving to a deserted island that supports coffee trees and hop vines.

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A Regency Aspie

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My latest historical romance, An Heir of Uncertainty, is a regency with a gothic flavor—and a few surprises.

An Heir of Uncertainty cover - Lina, Countess of Radbourne

Yorkshire, 1820

Lina, Lady Radbourne, thought being a countess would rescue her from poverty. Unfortunately, her young groom failed to plan for the future, and his drunken accident left her widowed and pregnant. Now Colonel Winstead Vaughan—Win—will inherit her late husband’s fortune…unless she gives birth to a boy. Win is her natural enemy, so why can’t she stop thinking about him?

Win is stunned to learn he stands to inherit a vast fortune. He’s even more surprised to find himself falling for the beautiful, spirited Lady Radbourne, who is the one woman who stands in the way of a life he’d only imagined.

When someone tries to poison Lady Radbourne, suspicion falls on Win. There’s a clever killer in their midst, and if Win doesn’t solve the mystery fast, Lina may perish. He needs to win her trust, but how can he prove it’s she he wants, and not the fortune?

One of An Heir of Uncertainty‘s surprises comes in the form of a secondary character, Freddie Vaughan, the hero’s unconventional and single-minded younger brother. While Win works to unmask the killer menacing the lovely Countess of Radbourne, Freddie remains focused on his driving passion, raising pigeons.

I based Freddie on members of my own family with similarly intense interests. They have one other thing in common: they all have Asperger’s Syndrome.

Asperger’s runs in my family—my older sister and my oldest son are both Aspies, and I’m certain my grandfather had Asperger’s even though he was born at least a generation too early for a diagnosis. I based Freddie largely on my son, or at least gave him one of my son’s traits: hyperlexia, the super-ability to read at a precocious age without prior training, often accompanied by a difficulty understanding speech. We first noticed my son could read when he was just two years old and my husband was carrying him through a shopping mall. Our son pointed at a credit card decal on a store window and said “Discover.” We thought he was simply recognizing the logo from a television commercial, but when we pointed at a store name he read that too. We discovered he could read pretty much anything, but at the same time he had trouble expressing himself verbally. You can learn more about his unusual style of communication in An Heir of Uncertainty, where Win tells Lina, the heroine, about Freddie’s “rather backward manner of expressing himself” as a child.

Of course, no one in Freddie’s world—England in 1820—recognizes that he has Asperger’s, or indeed any particular neurological condition. The other characters in An Heir of Uncertainty just view him as eccentric.

Nikola Tesla, possible Aspie?

Inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla (1867-1943) is one historical figure doctors have retrospectively diagnosed with Asperger’s. He even shared Freddie’s love of pigeons.

They’re living more than a century before Asperger’s was first described and given a diagnostic label in the 1940s. Even today, researchers are still refining and redefining the criteria that make up an autism spectrum diagnosis; last year, “Asperger’s Syndrome” was dropped from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and grouped under the more general term “Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

I sometimes see characters with Asperger’s on TV or in the movies (on The Bridge, for example, or in Parenthood—and though he’s never been labeled an Aspie on the show, Sheldon of The Big Bang Theory bears an uncanny resemblance to my son). They’re always in a modern setting. I wanted to set a character with Asperger’s in a regency because, while terms like “autism spectrum” and “neurotypicals” may be recent additions to the lexicon, I’m pretty sure Aspies have been around every bit as long as neurotypicals have.

Of course, An Heir of Uncertainty isn’t “about” Asperger’s. Freddie is merely a secondary character in a love story, the tale of a widowed army colonel and the title and fortune he may or may not inherit, depending on whether his predecessor’s lovely widow gives birth to a boy or a girl. It’s a mystery and a gothic and, most of all, a romance. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know Win Vaughan and Lina, Countess of Radbourne, as the alliance they form against a deadly threat grows into something deeper.

Do you have anyone in your life with Asperger’s, or have an Asperger’s diagnosis yourself? How do you feel about the way Aspies are portrayed in fiction? Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win a copy of An Heir of Uncertainty. You can enter up until 9 a.m. Eastern time on March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day). I’ll announce the winner here and on my website, alyssaeverett.com.


Alyssa Everett

An Heir of Uncertainty is Alyssa Everett’s fourth regency romance, joining Ruined by Rumor, Lord of Secrets, and A Tryst With Trouble, all available from Carina Press. She hopes you’ll visit her website and follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook, where she promises not to spam you relentlessly.

When “The End”…isn’t

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They say a great book is one that leaves you with a satisfied sigh and a smile at the end. You walk away believing the hero and heroine have overcome the odds and will settle into a happy, full life together. Maybe you wonder about the names of the happy couple’s future children (sequels!). Or maybe you don’t. But you don’t worry, because…romance. HEA. It’s a guarantee.

Except sometimes it isn’t. We live in a complicated world and complicated characters like to hunt me down and hold me at keyboard point until I give them what they want. Recently, my characters convinced my editor to fire off an e-mail telling me (liberal paraphrasing my own), “This story isn’t over yet.”

Yikes! Bad words! Bad!

But…maybe those words aren’t always bad. I didn’t think they were terrible when my editor said them about the triad introduced last November in Menage on 34th Street, the book I co-wrote with Elise Logan. In that case, “This story isn’t over yet” meant I didn’t have to say goodbye to Kat, Liam and Hunter.

Lucky me, because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. Like my editor, I believed Kat, Liam and Hunter had a little more love to find and several more obstacles to overcome in Dial M for Menage before they could believe in their own happy ending.

That happy ending…well, the members of this triad didn’t find their way easily, but three don’t go into the world expecting the easy road. Love that survives? That takes work.

Have you ever been in an unconventional relationship? What are some creative ideas you used to stay in touch with your loved one?

CARINA_0314_9781426898273_DialMforMenageKatrina Holland began the new year by waking up with two men in her bed. Introducing marine Hunter Croft into her marriage was passionate and explosive–for Katrina and her husband Liam. But now that the honeymoon period is over and they’ve returned to the real world, can this arrangement ever work?

Liam Holland thought he had it all–a beautiful wife, great home, and a solid career. Only one thing–one man–eluded him. When he saw an opportunity to grab Hunter, Liam reached out with both hands, determined not to let go. But as the first rush of passion fades, Liam must identify exactly how far he’s willing to go to keep Hunter a part of their lives.

Hunter needs something only Liam and Kat can give him. But while he’s willing to change some aspects of his life to be with the couple, he’s a marine before all else. When a reassignment means relocation, he’ll need to move on–with or without his two lovers.

See how Kat, Liam and Hunter’s love began in Ménage on 34th Street.

Emily Ryan-Davis is a lifelong East Coaster whose passion for the written word saw her through jobs writing obituaries, press releases and grants before she decided “I’m going to do this” and sat down to write a book. And then she wrote a book. Get in touch and keep tabs on Emily’s current and future projects by subscribing to her newsletter, visiting her online or following her on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.

Journey to the Stars

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Did you ever stop and think what it would be like to live on a different world from Earth?  Not just an inhospitable one like Mars or a moon around Jupiter, but a world capable of supporting human life.  Trouble is, planets like those are light-years from us and to travel to another star system would take years, decades even.  Would you still sign up to go if given the chance?  I agree, it’s a big decision.

In my science fiction series, The Epherium Chronicles, I wanted to explore that possibility.  There are choices to be made—both good and bad—to make it happen.  The outcomes of those decisions will have severe repercussions.

One of the fun parts of writing Embrace, and the other novels in this series, was the creation of the characters.  My main character, Captain James Hood, is a brilliant commander, but a reluctant hero.  He’s been on the forefront of a lot of battles.  Despite his victories, there are combat decisions that continue to plague his mind.

For another character, I wanted to add something close to me.  My father suffers from Parkinson’s disease.  To honor his struggle, I used a nervous system disorder in the background of Lieutenant Maya Greywalker.  Maya is one of three surviving subjects from a genetics experiment to cure a disease similar to Parkinson’s.  The results of the experiment left her with augmented abilities.  I’ve had long conversations with readers about my characters, and besides Hood, Maya Greywalker is always a topic.

It’s been a great experience creating Embrace and I’m excited for readers to enjoy it as well.

The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace

Book one of The Epherium Chronicles

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.

Then came the war…

Hope. During years of vicious conflict with an insectoid alien race, it was nearly lost. Though Earth has slowly rebuilt in the six years since the war, overcrowding and an unstable sun have made life increasingly inhospitable. When mysterious signals from the nearly forgotten colony ships are received, Hood is ordered to embark on a dangerous reconnaissance mission. Could humanity’s future sit among the stars?

Hope. Hood needs it now more than ever. As secrets about the original colonists are revealed and the Epherium Corporation’s dark agenda is exposed, new adversaries threaten the mission, proving more dangerous to Earth than their already formidable foes…

 

T.D. Wilson

T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his reading scope expanded, Mr. Wilson was fascinated by strange new worlds from the magical of Middle Earth and Narnia to the far reaches of space in Star Trek and Babylon 5. As a science fiction author, he strives to integrate a realistic flavor to his worlds by providing his readers a feel for the real science in science fiction. A topic he loves to discuss with his friends and readers. Mr. Wilson still lives in Ohio with his wife and their two sons.

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Chincoteague, Virginia: My Island Inspiration

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Do you like to travel? I do. I can’t get enough. I want to go everywhere, see everything. I make games of guessing where my fellow travelers are going when they get off the plane or highway. I wonder how long the couple at the next table has been in love or if they’ve admitted to one another yet that they are. Do you do that too? It’s fun. Travelling is fascinating and quite good for the soul.

Every trip is unique. Sometimes, I’m ready to move on. Other times, a place beckons me to stay. Have you ever been somewhere like that? Somewhere that speaks to your heart? I have. In 2007, I visited a place that resonated so intensely it pained me to leave. Seven years later, I still remember the faint scent of brine in the humid summer air and how evenings smelled of ash from charcoal grills and bonfires. I close my eyes and see the weathered clap board of our rental home and the curving steps to the historic lighthouse. That vacation changed me. I’m back in Ohio now, but I’ve never been the same. In many ways I never really left.

Chincoteague, Virginia plays a major role in my daydreams and novels. When I sat down to write a mystery series, I knew the island had everything I needed to tell the tale. Chincoteague is a tiny island community off the East Coast where the locals are delightfully unusual, made up of some transient folks who spend the winters elsewhere and those who stay year round. On any given day, there are handfuls of tourists, craftsmen and artisans. The town slogan is “Relax. You’re on island time now.” I mean, right? Who doesn’t want to live on island time? Whatever that is, it sounds wonderful! The island is a perfect backdrop for romance and the national forest is great for some scary chase scenes. The possibilities are unending.

I’ve loved every moment of writing about this town, and I long to return there more than anywhere else. Maybe someday I will. My fingers are itching to pack even as I type this post.

How about you? Has any place ever gotten under your skin like this? I’d love to hear about it. Maybe I need to visit there next!

And now for a giveaway: Leave a comment below with your favorite place to visit and one winner will receive a copy of Murder Comes Ashore AND a cool dragonfly necklace. Can you just picture the dragonflies hovering over cattails on the marsh? It’s the perfect accessory for reading about the seashore!

Murder Comes Ashore
 photo MurderComesAshorejpg.jpg Patience Price is just settling into her new life as resident counselor on Chincoteague Island when things take a sudden turn for the worse. A collection of body parts have washed up on shore and suddenly nothing feels safe on the quaint island.
Patience instinctively turns to current crush and FBI special agent Sebastian for help, but former flame Adrian is also on the case, hoping that solving the grisly crime will land him a win in the upcoming mayoral election.
When the body count rises and Patience’s parents are brought in as suspects, Patience is spurred to begin her own investigation. It’s not long before she starts receiving terrifying threats from the killer, and though she’s determined to clear her family’s name, it seems the closer Patience gets to finding answers, the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.

About Julie:
 photo 1103.jpg Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

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