Blog Diva - Saturday, February 28, 2015
FURY OF OBSESSION Book Blurb:
Dragon-warrior Venom lives in self-imposed isolation. Cursed by his toxic touch, he is deadly to anyone who has contact with him for too long. Set apart from others and hounded by intense loneliness, he craves the lasting connection he believes he cannot possess. Until a chance encounter with a sultry mortal offers a ray of hope…
Evelyn Foxe is the woman of Venom’s every desire, but she’s too busy running from the Russian mob to think about love. As she accepts Venom’s offer to help her escape her precarious situation, she’s skeptical, afraid that he’s in league with those sent to harm her. But when a biological weapon is unleashed in her hometown, Evelyn is forced to trust Venom—or risk the dangers of going it alone. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 17, 2015
Five Things I Love About Writing & Reading Paranormal Romance
1. The heroes are HOT!
Seriously, have you ever read a PNR that didn’t have a smoking hot hero? Whether the guy is a vampire, a werewolf or another sort of creature, PNR heroes are undeniably hot. (In my free novella, Queen of Hearts, my hero is a gargoyle who’s also ex-military. DELISH.) Not to mention broody, dangerous and often in need of a little rescuing themselves. Which brings us to the heroines…
2. The heroines aren’t shrinking violets!
At least in the books I write, my heroines are equal partners to the heroes, even if they’re human. I love a well-balanced relationship and PNR typically delivers. The heroine might be a damsel in distress, but chances are good she’s already making an attempt at saving herself. It’s just easier with the hunky hero at her side. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 03, 2015
Hey, everyone! I’m very excited to visit with you and ring in the New Year with the topic of ROMANCE.
Romance books have been my drug of choice since…well, as long as I can remember. The writer in me hears fellow authors talking of classics, sci-fi, and high fantasy books, and the romantic in me runs for cover. I must have my happily ever after.
So, when it came time to pen my own novels, it only made sense I’d tackle what I loved, focusing on particular aspects my favorite authors dangled before me like Godiva chocolates in the dark, tempting moments of a too-long maintained diet.
What do those aspects look like? Well, for starters, strong heroes. The kind who’ll plow through any challenge to win their woman, and are willing to pull their head out of their ass and make themselves vulnerable if it means keeping her. Read More
Blog Diva - Monday, December 29, 2014
Garrett Kayrs lifted his head and took a deep breath. Slowly and way too deliberately, he set Janie away from him. “Janie?” he asked his sister.
Her hands fluttered together, her eyes wide. “It just happened.”
Garrett growled, his eyes flashing a bright aqua, then rushed Zane.
Zane dropped into a fighting stance just before the vampire slammed him into the rock chimney. Shards ripped into his back and pinged off the floor. “Knock it off.” He cuffed Garrett on the side of the head the same way he would his brother Logan before punching Garrett’s thigh and knocking him to one knee. “I have ten years of combat experience on you, kid. Wait for the right time to battle.”
Garrett shot a punch up into Zane’s groin. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, December 20, 2014
Excerpt from “Immortal Relations, Love and War” p.p. 60
It was a short flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg. There our party was met by two limousines and whisked along to the historic Hermitage Museum. Arriving, it looked to me like the whole world was there. I didn’t know why President Kolukov had asked me to wear the Russian General’s Uniform he gave me, but I wanted to humor my good friend. We exited the limousine onto a red velvet carpet that had wide gold piping down each side and which looked to be almost 400 meters long. I thought it odd that President Kolukov had me stand to his left and next to him, when Stephan was senior in rank to my uniform. When we got to the head of the carpet, we turned. Stephan and Adam moving behind us, I looked up and turning the corner onto the same red carpet we had just traveled was someone I would recognize anywhere, under any circumstances. It was Magdalena, on the arm of Roger, our doctor. At first I was confused, but when I saw the dress she wore, an exact copy of her hand made blue dress, only in brilliant white and then heard the music, I realized what was happening; Magdalena and I were getting married! My friends had somehow arranged all this without even a hint that I picked up on. I had already glanced at some of those on either side of the isle and thought I recognized some political figures from various countries. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 22, 2014
Cadan felt her presence like a wrecking ball to the chest just moments before a scream cut through the silence of the night. He sped toward the noise, racing down the sloping hill from his perch on an outcropping of Arthur’s Seat, his lungs and muscles burning in tandem. He’d waited here all day for Aerten’s vision to manifest.
Finally, it had. But she’d said nothing of attackers.
Terror lanced through him like acid in his veins. The wind tore at his clothes with icy claws as he hurtled down the eastern slope, with only faint moonlight to illuminate the scene below him.
A small figure fled from three taller ones at the base of the mountain, hair flying like a flag behind her. She stumbled and fell, and he swore he could hear a sob burst from her throat. Protect. He embraced the instinct and pushed himself harder, adrenaline singing in his veins.
Almost there. Only fifty yards. The beasts were upon her now, and her terror made a growl rise in his throat. Hurtling over a pile of rocks, he tackled the closest assailant, crashing to the ground in a tumble. The creature, a spindly red demon with eerie feminine features, bucked beneath him, attempting to throw him off. Cadan didn’t hurt women, but this demon was more evil than woman. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 15, 2014
Hi! I’m Jessica Aspen and I write paranormal romance. You may have read my sexy shifter twisted fairy tales, or my fantasy fairy tale romances with elves and witches, but I’m here today to talk about my newest venture into the paranormal, a new series of holiday romances called HAUNTED HOLIDAYS. And guess what? The first book is here just in time for your holiday reading. GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST has it all, Christmas, ghosts, and of course…romance.
I had a ball writing a Gothic romance with all the trimmings. A sexy hero, a young heroine just out on her own, a creepy house. You get to meet Jen, just graduated from college she had her life planned out for her by her mother. But when her rich husband to be cheats on her with her best friend, Jen bails on the wedding, her mother, and Christmas in Boston. Instead she flees upstate to lick her wounds in a small rented house. But sexy Nate up the hill won’t let her stew on her own. And the ghosts aren’t letting her get much sleep either. Is she dreaming about a love story that really happened a hundred years ago? Or is it Nate she’s dreaming about?
GHOSTS OF CHIRISTMAS PAST is set it in my fictional small town of Applesett, Massachusetts, where I plan to set the next few books in the series featuring Nate’s older twin brothers: the overly-responsible Atticus, and the wishing he was fancy-free Ethan. But wait, there are more Pierce family members waiting in the wings and more holidays to write about. Read More
Michele Callahan - Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and wondered what the heck happened? Thought to yourself, How the hell did I end up here?And where is this horrible here? Too fat? Too old? Too broke? Unaccomplished? Alone? Scared? Angry? Addicted? The list goes on and on. The optimistic six-year-old inside of us that dreamed of princesses, castles and knights riding their noble steeds is like a far-distant fantasy.
And when this moment hits us all, and it does find us all, what is it that we really wish was possible?
You know. Redemption. Another chance. A do-over. A fresh start.
Sometimes we can make that happen, and sometimes we can't. And I think that's why the redemption of our heroes in romance novels is so important to us. They aren't perfect, the fictional heroes we fall in love with. They're scarred, and broken, and they've been hurt. They've made mistakes, and paid for them. They've wounded other people, broken hearts, done things they're ashamed of, and genuinely messed up. Just like us. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 18, 2014
Seeing the Light is my first “on my own” novel. Why on my own? Because I’ve done a fair bit of collaborative writing over the past few years. My cohorts and I wrote Women of the Apocalypse, and even won a couple of Aurora Awards (a Canadian scifi/fantasy award) for it. Then we worked on an online writing experiment called The 10th Circle Project. That effort got us another Aurora, and a real appreciation for all those magazine publishers who put out four magazines a year! What a lot of work! Last year, we had a collaborative novel called The Puzzle Box published, and three of the four stories in it were nominated for Auroras, plus the book itself.
As you can see, I was doing lots of work, and lots of collaboration! However...
I kept working on my own stories while I was doing all that collaborating. Last year Tyche Books out of Calgary accepted Seeing the Light. So here I am, finally an “on my own” novelist!
Seeing the Light is a paranormal mystery, with big dollops of humour and romance. I actually started writing it years ago when I decided I wanted to try the 3 Day Novel Contest,. For those of you who do not know about the 3 Day Novel Contest -- basically, you pay $50, and then you try to write a novel. In three days. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 11, 2014
“I am so happy to share with you a special sneak peek into my newest novel. I hope you enjoy Granger and Brenda’s story as much I do.”
Brenda Scott, while being cured of cancer, had her world turned upside down when she shifted into a wolf. Now, living in Quebec with her new lycan pack, she wonders if her dream of joining a special operations unit is forever out of reach. Then there is the quiet man who watches her with the yellow eyes of a wolf wanting his mate. Will she be able to adapt to her new wild urgings?
Granger Thibault wants his mate more than anything in the world. But he knows that if he pushes her, she will fight back. Once a soldier, and the Alpha female’s lycan sister, Brenda is a force to be reckoned with. Can Granger find a way around Brenda’s hard shell to the soft woman waiting to be loved? Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, September 26, 2014
CAN’T STOP WRITING
Many years ago, longer than I am going to admit, I wrote my first “novel”. Seventeen pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last Harlequin romance I’d read. About ten years ago, I began writing with the goal of publication. Between that time, and the moment I received my first contract offer in 2012, I had written eighteen completed manuscripts in very, very rough draft form. Since then, six of those titles have been published. There are still quite a few waiting on the hard drive of my computer, longing to be published. So you see, I could keep polishing manuscripts for a very long time and always have something ready to publish.
So what’s my problem? Well, polishing those old manuscripts and publishing them is a good thing, but I’m a writer. If I can’t write, I might as well not breathe, so even though I could work on the rest of those completed manuscripts for the rest of my life, my muse keeps urging me to write something fresh.
Awhile back I started a series on my blog titled Conversations With My Muse. I’m going to share with you one of those conversations that I haven’t published to Suspense, She Writes yet. It goes something like this:
MUSE: What are you doing, writer? Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, September 25, 2014
It has been eighty-three years since the walls between Earth and Infernus fell, and now our world stands upon the razor’s edge of extinction. Demon platoons are marching upon us. My home, one of humanity’s last bastions of existence, is under siege.
My name is Alana Devereaux. I am the resident demon detector of Cantati Forces and Platoon Commander. My job is to hunt down the vermin unleashed upon my world, and I love it. I live for the day I can kick every last demon’s ass out of this world. Except as enemy forces reign down terror upon us, the Densare Council sentences me to a fate worse than death.
Enjoy this excerpt from Ruptured Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, September 20, 2014
Why Paranormal for Me
Thank you so much for inviting me to RomCon today. I thought it would be fun to tell you why I decided to write paranormal. I find that people in general are curious about writers. When I tell someone that I’m an author, the first question I normally get asked is “What do you write?” And when I tell them paranormal, the reactions vary drastically.
I get enthusiasm from the ones who read paranormal or watch paranormal shows or movies. Or I get two kinds of looks. The first one I call the “huh?” look. The one where their forehead wrinkles a bit as if they are processing the word. Most jump to the conclusion that I write about ghosts. The other I get is the “what!” look that says, I am not sure what to say about this. At all. Maybe I should change the subject and back away slowly. Okay… maybe I’m exaggerating a bit on this last reaction.
Honestly all the reactions I get are fine. I just spend a little more time explaining what I write to the huhs? and whats! My biggest challenge is getting someone who has never read paranormal to try it. Because they WILL like it if they give it a chance. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, September 06, 2014
Excerpt from A Pirate’s Revenge
Tonight was the full moon. Tonight he’d turn into a vampire. Tonight, for the first time, he’d be forced to suck human blood.
William O’Brien rested his head on his arm against the Green Parrot Inn’s window. It had been a month since he, his brother, and the Soaring Phoenix’s crew had battled the Fiery Damsel. Kane had granted the crew shore leave at Tortuga while repairs were made, the wounded healed, and supplies gathered.
The glowing sun sank lower and lower behind the mountains, changing white clouds to purple, yellow, and orange. Blue sky dimmed, turning to a light gray. He’d always loved watching sunsets, the clouds, the soft colors. Until now. His heart pounded hard, and with each thump, he knew he was alive, he knew he was human. But with each beat, he worried it would be his last. Thanks to the demon Zuto, he’d change into his worst nightmare.
The door opened, and William turned around. Doc strolled inside and closed the door behind him. He flashed one of his famous smiles, his white teeth highlighting his black skin. Despite his glowing red eyes, the man still remained jovial. William couldn’t help but smile back. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, July 12, 2014
Before reading an article about a woman who grew lavender to use in special dishes, I’d never considered the flower much. Oh, I knew lavender was supposed to soothe your nerves and help you sleep, and its purple blooms look very pretty swaying in the breeze. But then I began researching.
Surprisingly, lavender’s history stretches back to the Bible, and its mention in the Good Book led many to believe the flower acted as a safeguard against evil. A lavender cross over the door protected the home. In some countries, people believe fairies congregate around lavender, bringing healing and protection.
Lavender’s healing properties aren’t fantasy. Doctors used it as an antiseptic during World War I. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, June 20, 2014
5 Hot Heroes / 4 Authors / 4 Worlds
Discover five sexy alpha heroes in four hot adventures. They were each taken, tortured and tormented. These powerful males were held against their will, prisoners of fate. What happens when they escape their captors...and fall in love? Vengeance. Desire. Destiny. Nothing can stop...Alphas Unleashed.
A Warrior’s Heart (Marastin Dow Book 1.1) by S.E. Smith
Sealed With A Kiss, A Djinn Novella by Mina Khan
Dead Drop, A My Immortals Novella by Carolyn Jewel
Chimera Born: The Beginning (Book 1 of the Chimera) by Michele Callahan
Blog Diva - Saturday, June 14, 2014
Stone of Thieves, is a sexy, stand-alone, new adult romance & the magical sequel to Robin in the Hood in my Robbin’ Hearts Series. In this opening scene from the first chapter, Robin & her boyfriend Creek (former partners in crime) are heading to Venice to search for her long-lost mother.
I wake to the smell of blood.
Metallic, like maybe copper or iron, mixed with something fleshy and raw.
It calls to me.
Pulls me in the way a thief is drawn to an open drawer of jewels. Certain as the sparkle on a diamond or the heady aroma of a priceless perfume.
I remain still, my eyes closed, just taking in the scent. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, June 07, 2014
If men were like ice cream, Riordan St. James would be rocky road.
Tilting her head, Natalie Meeks studied the new D.I.R.E. agent through the one-way glass. He was one major hottie and, like ice cream, the last thing she needed on her hips.
But, a girl could dream.
Golden, sun-streaked hair lay in sweat-soaked tufts against the wide horizon of his shoulders. His pale blue eyes were barricaded and hard, a narrow beard lining his tight jaw. Glistening, tanned skin, mapped with scars, covered a torso of concrete-like muscle, his back a crossroads of whip marks.
Hanging on a pull-up bar several yards from the other agents, Riordan appeared to be a loner, on the opposite side of a bridge from human contact and relationships. His perpetual scowl screamed back off, his tense shoulders poised for attack. All he needed was a do not enter sign stamped on his forehead to make it official.
It must be her lucky day. She had to figure out how to get past the human obstacle course and get inside. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, May 31, 2014
You know the old BAIT AND SWITCH gimmick? It’s when something is dangled in front of you that looks too good to be true so you snatch it up only to find out at the last possible moment that the bait has been switched to something far less desirable.
I thought about this in the pharmacy the other day (I’m a community pharmacist) – the companies that make Diabetic testing meters offer a **FREE** or **GREAT DEAL** on their meter and people buy it expecting all these great things – small blood samples! Painless! Convenience!
Then they realize they’ve been had. The meter may have been free, but companies don’t make money on the meters, it’s the TEST STRIPS. The poor person is now having to buy expensive test strips and lancets that only work with their **FREE** meter.
See? Bait and switch! No different than 2 FOR 1 Happy Hours where you end up staying waaaay past happy hour (who? Me? No, of course this hasn’t happened to me!) and then buy food and drinks which are now back to their regular price! Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, May 17, 2014
Recently heartbroken, Raine Daniels arrives home in Las Vegas, Nevada, to help with her parents’ fortieth anniversary party only to discover they are planning to separate as soon as the last guest walks out the door. Everything she thought she knew—her very foundation is rocked to the core.
When she learns that Alexander, the sexy stranger she’d sat next to on the plane, is really the god of love, Cupid—she asks for his help, but he declines. The god of love, now long divorced from Psyche and living on earth among mortals, no longer believes in love.
Raine decides to take matters into her own hands, even if a god tells her she’s wrong. With her life falling apart around her and the solution seemingly within her reach she dares to try and make everything better. Unfortunately, she’s unprepared for the consequences of stealing Cupid’s bow …
Where you can buy it:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks | Decadent Publishing Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, May 10, 2014
Demon hunter, Nate Arbinger, uses ancient ballads to track the most evil of demons and send them back to Hell.
The year is 1812. Nate Arbinger is a Helwyn, a demon hunter, who is using an ancient ballad to track the Elf Knight, a fearsome demon who has left a trail of brutal murders from Virginia to Tennessee. When Nate crosses paths with Molly Tucker, who is seeking revenge on the Elf Knight for her sister’s murder, it becomes a race against time to send the demon back to Hell before the creature takes Molly as his next victim.
My fascination with ballads –
Helwyn is an idea that has been kicking around in my head for a long time now. I've just always thought that ballads were such an interesting insight into history. Spanning across cultures and continents, their universal tales of love, loss, monsters and moral lessons are timeless. They are the urban legends of their day. I was fascinated by the idea that the ballad's eternal appeal held something more – something paranormal and romantic. The Helwyn, and the women who love them, were born out of this thought. Each book in the Helwyn Song series will be based on one of the ancient ballads, weaving story and song together to create an unforgettable read. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, May 09, 2014
The Making of a Cover
Most people would agree that the cover isn’t the only reason they decide to read a book, but they’d also likely agree a great cover increases the chances you’ll take a close look.
When I started working with the Sourcebooks art department on the cover for HER PERFECT MATE, the first book in my new X-OPS Series, I wanted the best possible cover—every writer does. Fortunately, Sourcebooks has a great reputation for covers.
I had to give them detailed info about the book, like the background environment the characters were in, what the characters looked like (I even got to attach pictures of people I thought had the right look!), what kinds of weapons they carried, their clothing, etc.—the level of detail the artists were interested in was astounding.
I gave them the info…then held my breath. Every writer has probably been in a situation where they get that first look at a cover and realize that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. I prayed that didn’t happen with this book. I’d invested almost three years with these characters. They’re like my best friends and I didn’t want to disappoint them! Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, May 03, 2014
Lots of authors write to music, and I'm no exception. But I go a step farther. I create a soundtrack for every one of my books. Much like a movie soundtrack, my novel's soundtrack has music to fit every mood of the story: the "meet cute," the first crisis, the simple solution, the first kiss, the humorous secondary characters, the black moment, the climax, and the happily-ever-after. I find that certain songs, whether because of their lyrics, their melody, or both, light my creative spark
I begin with my working title, which is always based on a song title to help inspire me right from the start. For example, take ETERNALLY YOURS, Book I of the Afterlife Series. Here’s the blurb for that particular story:
After one too many disappointments, Jodie Devlin took her own life. Too bad her suicide is only the beginning of her troubles. Until a new future can be created for her, Jodie will serve as one of Death’s bounty hunters, retrieving souls who haunt Earth. She’ll need smarts, charm, and trickery to convince these specters to give up the ghost and move on. Of course, these same skills will come in handy for verbally sparring with her bull-headed, know-it-all trainer.
It's no wonder Luc Asante is so bitter toward women. His former wife ordered him taken off life support, condemning him to employment in the Afterlife. Now he has a trainee—a female trainee who’s as soft-hearted as he is hard, as impulsive as he is methodical. In a place where perfection is the norm, she flaunts her flaws just to drive him nuts. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, April 26, 2014
Prior to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampires were dead things that crawled out of their graves each night to feed on the living, usually their family members and friends. They were the evil (and icky) undead. Nothing remotely romantic about ’em. Then Mr. Stoker came along with his tall, dark and handsome Transylvanian count and all that changed. Oh, the vampire was still deadly. Just not as dirty.
This transformation opened up the way for the vampire to become the hero as well as the love interest of an intrepid heroine who was brave enough to take him on. When she looked at him, that monster cloaked in humanity, what exactly did she see?
Well, if she’s like me, she sees someone who’s sexy, powerful, and ruthless when he needs to be. He is fiercely protective of her and will use his strength—a preternatural strength that he could use to kill—to guard her from harm, from others and from himself if need be. And he’ll do it even while he’s fighting what he feels for her. He is usually emotionally (and sometimes physically) scarred. He’s big, tough, and ready to rumble. He might be a little (or a lot) rough around the edges, or he might be the quintessential metro sexual. But never doubt that he’s an alpha male who plays by his own rules. An apex predator. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, April 12, 2014
During a mystery writers’ conference a couple of weeks ago (yep, I write those, too) I was talking to another author (male) and the subject of what women want came up.
Well, the subject was 50 Shades of Grey. When authors get together they always want to talk about books that sell millions of copies.
If we could figure out the formula, we’d sell millions, too!
The conversation went beyond book sales, though. The guy was truly wondering why millions of women bought and read the book. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, April 05, 2014
War’s Passion, Sons of War book 1
By Lia Davis
Published by: Fated Desires Publishing
Genre: paranormal romance, dragon-shifters
Heat level: 4 flames
After losing her parents in a brutal attack from a monster straight out of her nightmares, Gwendolyn Preston tries to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Along with her best friend, she moves to a small fishing village on the coast of Maine to find a new life away from the nightmares that haunt her. Just when she believes her life could go back to normal, the deliciously dark and handsome Markus Sullivan disrupts her hopes to grieve in peace. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, March 29, 2014
On a whim, as if by magic Devane came to Chicago in the dead of winter. What she finds in the windy city alters her life for eternity.
I’d like to introduce Blood Art, my first paranormal romance. It’s a story about vampire Nikolai Volkov, an obsessive art collector and his fight for happiness. In his path stands an evil spirit imprisoned in the Mona Lisa. I had a lot of fun writing this one, and I happen to love writing about art.
I’ve been told by some agents and editors that because I write about art I’ll never be
main stream, it’s a small niche market and placement would be difficult. I began to believe that I could never be main stream, and would never reach many readers. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, March 08, 2014
Shurik is a dragon, not a shifter. At no point in this story does he change into a human form. Why? Most dragon stories feature shifters because dragons are traditionally much, much bigger than the average human, making intimacy an issue. Shurik is no exception. He's about the size of a two-story house. So why not make him a shifter? Because I love to make things difficult for my characters.
I wanted to explore a relationship beyond the cultural differences I get when I do my usual fish-out-of-water stories. A physical incompatibility was fun to work around and added a level of tension to the story I wouldn't have had if Shurik could turn human when he wanted.
My other reason for wanting Shurik to be a non-shifter was Dragonheart (fun movie and Sean Connery was great in it), Flight of Dragons, and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1980s version). Yes, I am a He-Man fan. I was back then and still am. I didn't care if it was a "boy's cartoon." But I digress… Draco, Bryagh, and Granamyr (respectively)—they were the dragons I fell in love with. Because of them, I wanted to write a heroine who loved a dragon that was a dragon all the time, not just when it was convenient to the plot. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, March 01, 2014
Brisk conversations stopped as I passed by and people scrunched their noses in disgust. I glanced down. Sewer water trailed in my wake; I was drawing far too much attention. Squelching the need for sustenance, I needed a place to check the manuscript and ascertain if anything was salvageable. If that place came with a shower and clean, dry clothes, I’d do months’ worth of penance to the gods. With this many people around, the less conspicuous I appeared, the better. Saving this world had to wait until then.
I ducked inside a store front with leather apparel in the display window. I completely ignored the clerk behind the counter with spiked blue hair and metal piercings in his eyebrows, nose, lip, ears and, frankly, I didn’t want to know where else. His bored eyes hardly noticed the state of my clothing as I perused the store.
I was more utilitarian when it came to clothes. They served a function but little else. I never much saw the point in it. Shirts of every color hung on display with crosses and symbols emblazoned across the chest. Leather pants and jeans in shades ranging from black to brown were stationed on round hanging units.
“Wot cha be wantin’?” Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, February 15, 2014
Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. It's not a new concept but I pulled it out for KRISTAR because I wanted to use "write what you know." No I am not a dancer (trained or otherwise) and I'm definitely not a stripper (and never have been). I did, however, work as a bathroom attendant (a few sporadic weekends one year) in a strip club in the VA side of DC.
Working the bathrooms at the club was very interesting and I learned a lot about a profession I had thought was pretty easy—dance to good music while taking off your clothes. What's hard about that? Being around the ladies in the club taught me that stripping, like any profession, has it's own hardships.
Putting aside the guys who might get grabby and crappy tippers, there's a whole host of things those women put up with to do their job. Not to mention, swinging around that pole takes talent and a lot of upper body and leg strength. The pole dancing alone (actual pole dancing, not grinding against the pole) is something spectacular to see.
The best part about working in the club was meeting a woman who proved Kitty—my 6'2" stripper—wasn't unrealistic. A very lovely Russian-born woman worked in the club. She was 6'2" and she wore heels (flat heels instead of platforms, like a lot of the other ladies) and she got tipped a lot. I was almost schoolgirl-squealing when I saw her because I had thought making Kitty so tall as a stripper would seem implausible to a lot of readers. Reality to the rescue. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, January 24, 2014
Romance that takes you to new worlds.
Sypnosis for Hunter’s Claim: The Alliance Book 1
Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters' lives have changed. Four years before the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, they try to survive. Hunter, a Trivator warrior, is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape. He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life.
Where do the Stories Come From?
I have always loved Science Fiction/Paranormal stories. Being a romantic at heart, it only seemed logical to combine the two when I began writing. I loved watching Star Trek and Star Wars which contained all the elements that held my fascination of the universe. Even as a child, I found it hard to believe that we could be the only ones in the universe. I often asked myself ‘what if we aren’t the only ones’? What would we do if others came to our world? What if someone out there among the stars heard our invitation and answered our call? So many questions, and yet, what a great story if it happened! That is how Hunter’s Claim came about. Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, January 22, 2014
“Why can’t I just help you pick out the women you intend to invite?” he asked. “Then I’d be sure to find one I like.”
“If you connect with someone, then you’re free to go out on a personal date. But, you’re not allowed to cast any spells on her and I expect the date to be platonic. If you both have a good time, you can continue on your own from there.”
He frowned. “If you could just sprinkle in a few younger ones—”
Tessa cut him off. “Be sure to stay open-minded over the next couple of days.”
He tapped his finger on top of her desk. “About this no sex thing…I see no reason why two adults can’t have a good time together if the feeling is right.”
“Because I run a matchmaker service. If you’re looking for a call girl, there are plenty of them around town. I make marriages, not one night stands.” Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 18, 2014
What is a Shaman, Anyway?
The official definition is “a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, esp. among some peoples of northern Asia and North America. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practice divination and healing.” For some North American indigenous people, the name “shaman” is not used, since it was a created name given by others. They prefer the words for medicine man in their own languages. But many modern shamans are perfectly comfortable with the term. Schools now even exist where one can study to be a shaman, with the goal of providing metaphysical healings upon graduation.
The origin of shamanistic peoples is fascinating. We can learn of the spread of humanity through either the Bering Strait, or, as the Hopi believe, by crossing the Atlantic via now submerged islands. As the spread of shamanism is traced by anthropologists through early pre-History, we can see how it dies out in many places (including all of Europe) with the spread of agriculture. Did all of our early ancestors believe in spirits, believe that everything, down to even the rocks, possesses a spiritual power? Did we all originate from these more ecstatic and spirit-focused societies, where the work was more communal and less hierarchical? I like to think that we did, and that the modern Native American still has a lot to show us about how we can connect with nature and ourselves. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Returning to Familiar Ground
One thread dominates all the romance subgenres and books of other sorts on my shelves. Most of them are parts of series. As I read romances that have intriguing secondary characters, some corner of my brain hopes those characters will star in their own books. I love seeing them have their chance to shine, and getting to see the first book’s hero and heroine after their own happy ending is a bonus.
Jessica Andersen’s Nightkeepers series kicked off with a group of Mayan mages, descendants of royalty, who were destined to fight off the 2012 apocalypse. As Strike, the Nightkeepers’ king, and Leah, human cop he loved, battled evil and struggled toward happily ever after, they sucked me into their world. I not only cheered for them but longed to see their comrades find true love, too.
I had the same reaction to Kylie Griffin’s Light Blade series. Her gifted warriors, the Na’Chi seek to escape the demon Na’Reish who would destroy them. In the first book, Na’Reish halfbreed Annika helps Na’Chi warrior Kalan escape her father’s dungeon in exchange for sanctuary in his land. As I dropped into their fight to survive, I came to care about their friends and families, too. Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Exploring Worlds of Imagination
When asked why I write fantasy and science fiction romance, I'm sometimes at a loss to describe an attribute so core to my creative impulse. Before I started writing fantastical tales, I read them, and before that, I begged older people to read them to me. The first books I remember vividly, were Dr. Seuss's The Lorax and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. I was about four, at the time, and my mother read to the family every evening.
I loved The Lorax so much, I memorized it. My mom still has a cassette tape recording of me reciting the whole book, before I even knew the alphabet. As goofy as it may sound, reading The Lorax aloud can still make me cry. It's a brilliant plea for environmental responsibility, while also lifting the reader into a different world.
And then there is The Hobbit, still one of my favorite books, partly because the images I formed in my mind, listening to it as a child, were so compelling and marvelous. That book lived and breathed for me, the elves at Rivendell, orcs in the misty mountains, and spiders in Mirkwood. I went on a journey with the dwarves and Bilbo, riveted every step of the way. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 04, 2014
A MAGIC TABLET
From @PitchitPerfect...You keep your #iPhone5S. I want a #Lisa738 tablet for Christmas.
Anyone who noticed my brother’s tweet and decided to shop for the tablet quickly hit a dead end. Shopping for digital devices during the month of December can be challenging and, in this case, extremely frustrating for both sales associates and customers. A few puzzled sales associates may even have checked the store database. One thing is certain: They did not find a Lisa738 tablet on any database or anywhere else on this planet.
Because it exists only in my novel, Between Land and Sea. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, December 28, 2013
Tarot plays a prominent role in my latest novel, To Growl or to Groan. The deck in the book is modeled on the Mary-El Tarot, which is one of the most fascinating, beautiful and haunting tarot decks I have come across. It brings in not only traditional tarot interpretations, but also draws from a rich comparative mythology background.
I used an integrative tarot method for the readings in my book. Much thanks goes to a friend, who introduced me to this method and the Mary-El Tarot.
I believe that serendipity is at work in the world. Shortly after I was introduced to the deck, I found it for sale at my local Half Price Books on a 40% off day. It was meant to be mine. It became integral to the path of my novel. I did not deliberately pick particular cards for the two readings that appear in the book. I actually did two separate three card readings for Chloe for two different points in her journey. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, December 21, 2013
Underbelly Chronicles Book Three
BLURB:A sex demon and a preacher’s kid? Heaven forbid!
Technology whiz Bailey Brown is one of two humans alive who knows a very important secret: that humanity has shared their planet with paranormals for millennia. When an obsessed hacker from her past threatens to expose the secret, Bailey and her Sebastiani Security colleagues must use every weapon at their disposal to stop him. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and she can’t let herself be distracted by her boss’s gorgeous brother, even if he is temptation incarnate…
Incubus sculptor Rafe Sebastiani hasn’t produced a decent nude in over a year, since he made the most selfish mistake of his life: sleeping with Bailey Brown. Now, with a deadline looming, his cranky muse has finally allowed him to express his memories of that incendiary night in clay. But when his brother asks him to pose as Bailey’s lover to provoke her dangerous ex, he jumps at the chance…to sculpt her, to protect her, and to earn the right to tempt her—and only her—for the rest of their lives…
EXCERPT: Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, December 06, 2013
Twisted fairy tales are hot right now, we see them on the big screen and on the TV screen. I’ve loved them since I first discovered a book of short fairy tale twists including one dark tale by CJ Cherryh that I wish I still owned. Darn those constant moves of my youth, so many lost books. Thank goodness authors took a chance and played around with the classics. I fell in love with the idea of taking a story that has all the right elements: romance, magic, girl in trouble, handsome guy, and something ugly, and making it my own. I got to change the things I didn’t like about the story and keep the things I loved.
That’s why all of my stories to date have been twists on fairytales. If you’ve read my spicy, new adult novellas, you’ll know my twists are different. You may not recognize the original story right away, but I keep enough elements that you’ll have fun when you find them. This series is darker, longer, and set in two worlds, ours and the world of the fae. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 30, 2013
Something to Believe in: Council Courtship
When I sat down to write Council Courtship, I didn’t conceive a story that would be so focused on convictions. In fact, I was set to write a story that would highlight the differences between the fairy world I had developed and the human world as we all know it. It was only when I started to enumerate those differences did the plot show itself to me.
Because the world that Tristan and Quinn come from is reminiscent of earthly places in recent history, it was easy for me to see how restless the young people would be. Some of this groundwork had been laid in Fairyproof – Monique fled the fairyworld (The Realm) to avoid an arranged marriage.
Freedom to choose her own mate is one of the things Quinn is longing for too, but for her it goes deeper than that. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 23, 2013
Sucking Blood – Hot or Not?
We read about vampires all the time, and in current times, they’re always the dark, mysterious, yet sexy character that every woman wants desperately.
But the other day, I saw some candy for sale. It was in a blood bag and said B Positive across the front. Since I write about vampires, I was immediately drawn to it. I purchased a few; one for myself to try and the others to bring to a book signing where I’d give them away. Since I’m not big on sweet beverages anyway, it didn’t surprise me that I didn’t exactly enjoy it.
This experience had me think of today’s topic. Is drinking blood really that hot? I mean, if I’m actually thinking about biting through someone’s skin and sucking down their warm blood, I get a little grossed out. But when I think of a scene I wrote in Dissension (excerpt is below)… I liked it! Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 09, 2013
Truth and Accuracy: What’s the difference?
They’re the same right? Wrong; well at least not in my opinion. I’ve written professional medical reports for 20 years, been published in non-fiction, worked as a paid website content provider and written fiction for almost 30 years and I’ve learned that truth and accuracy can differ widely. Why does it matter? What is truth to one person may not be so for another. While a statement or description may be true or based in truth, it may not be accurate to the specific item or event.
Truth is defined as: “conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality or logic” and accuracy is defined as: “exactness, correctness”. Sound similar, don’t they? But they can be viewed quite differently when details are important.
Example: The sky is blue. Is this a true statement? Of course, one can ask any random person and they would agree upon this universal truth. However, is that an accurate statement? Perhaps. It can depend on current weather conditions, time of day, physical location, personal perception and many other variables. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, November 08, 2013
As High Priestess of the most up & coming Coven in the world, Reece Crawford figures that her future has already been mapped out for her. Unfortunately, being High Priestess with incredible power can be too tempting for other supernaturals. Sexy witches, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves all play a part in this exciting and intriguing series.
Reece closed up her altar room just as she heard a knock on her bedroom door. Nathan stuck his head in cautiously. “Is it all clear?” he asked.
Reece gave him a tired smile and waved him in. She sank down into her bed, still wearing the beautiful gown and fell back into her pillows. She was always so drained after doing a spell. After her Kindling, it would be different. The power she would have would be welcome. She turned her head in Nate's direction and blew out a breath. “Earlier today, I felt someone using black magic. Piers ‘fessed up to it. I've not asked specifics, and I don't want to. He's changing now, I'm sure you see it as well. His temper is out of control and I'm afraid of what he's planning on doing to you, to anyone that upsets him in any way,” she told Nate is a somber tone. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, October 25, 2013
A teen who has seen and experienced too much for her years, Venus is thrown into the dark and seedy underworld of the Vampyre Nation. Shocking revelations about the truth of Christianity, coupled with her coming of age romances aid Venus to discover more about her past and ultimately reveal what is to become of her future. Revelations Coming, the first installation in The Dark Truth Novel series, will terrify you with the sadistic nature of both Vampyres and Angels and entice you with the not-so-innocent and increasingly passionate sexual encounters Venus endures.
“Arias is here my lord,” Corbin spit out breathlessly. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 19, 2013
An ancient curse, an imprisoned goddess, four immortal shapeshifting warriors and the women who can free them. That’s the premise for the Hades’ Carnival series. It will take four very special women to set free these smokin’ hot shapeshifters. Their lives will be changed forever as they battle Hades and his minions for the immortal souls. But the biggest battle each warrior faces may be the one for his lady’s heart.
Hell’s last chance could mean their last breath.
Howl of the Wolf
Hades’ Carnival, Book 4
http://store.samhainpublishing.com/hades-carnival-series-398.html Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, October 01, 2013
When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to Heaven, or maybe Hell. Instead, she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go. She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up in Alabama?
When I died, I expected to go to heaven.
Okay. Maybe hell. It’s not like I was perfect or anything. But I was sort of hoping for heaven.
Instead, I went to Alabama. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, September 28, 2013
Thank you RomCon and Karen for having me today and helping me launch “A Siberian Werewolf In Paris”. I’ve always loved Paris and couldn’t wait to take my lycans there.
A Siberian Werewolf in Paris
Book Five of the Siberian Volkov Pack Series
Valerii Belikov, Siberian lycanthrope, knew that under the baseball cap and grubby jeans “Little Joe MacDonald” was actually Josephine. He didn’t know why she was hiding, but when the mating bond snapped into place after she was injured, he never expected her to run away. Josie is his mate, the one woman meant to be his, and should have known they couldn’t live apart. He could accept her hiding, but there was no way he could give her up. Read More
Blog Diva - Friday, September 20, 2013
Cover Reveal & Book Release Announcement
Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys and Dragons
Thanks Karen and RomCon for hosting me and celebrating my release! I’m thrilled to share my novel, Wildfire: A Paranormal Mystery with Cowboys and Dragons, with you and your readers. Check out my cover:
Lynn Hana Alexander is a 25-year-old Japanese American shape-shifter haunted by guilt. She’s been questioning herself and her dragon abilities ever since she failed to save her grandmother.
When her best friend is threatened by mysterious fires burning up acres of West Texas, Lynn rushes to the rescue determined not to fail again. However, with a tempting firefighter, a flirty city developer and dragon pheromones distracting her, how is she going to find the arsonist? Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, August 03, 2013
Best of Both Worlds
“Okay, what’s the story. You’re a guy, and you’re writing… romance?”
It’s a question I hear often. Every convention I attend or speak at I get that suspicious stare followed by the inevitable… “Why?”
So in answer to the first comment. Yes, I am healthy American male in good shape and though no longer youthful, still in the prime of my life. And I write novels that contain that to use the publisher’s words, strong romantic elements.
I have coined what is probably not a new sub-genre but I’ll pretend it is and call my novels romantic thrillers. Does this let me off ? Not entirely, since romance is not an afterthought in my work but an integral element… as is the thriller. Hey what’s a good book without an exquisite damsel in distress? Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, June 08, 2013
When I wrote Love by Premonition, my goal was to have the story feel like a sassy contemporary. Although it’s a paranormal romance (amongst other things) I didn’t want this particularly story to read as overtly fantastical—I wanted it to feel like if you met my characters in real life, their quirks and gifts would seem like perfectly normal things. And maybe readers would wonder, “Hmm…could I have a little something extra, too?” Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, June 01, 2013
Special Sneak Peek!
I’m thrilled to announce the release of my latest addition to the “By Moonlight” series of dark paranormal shape-shifters: PRINCE OF SHADOWS. Here’s a teaser to whet your appetite:
She felt Cale recoil when she seized his hand. Before he could react, she dropped to her knees, pressing her cheek to his knuckles so he’d feel the heat of her tears. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Gypsy Way
I am such a television freak. I watch everything from reality television to documentaries on ancient Egypt. Actually, the inspiration for my new series came from My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and the glimpse it offered into the traveller way of life.
I sat there one night watching the preparations for this amazing wedding and wondered what if this secretive society was guarding an even bigger secret? The idea just wouldn’t go away. Over the next couple of days, I kept coming back to it. What if?
I searched Ireland’s history and came up with the legend of the Tuatha De Danann and suddenly it all made sense. Why not have the travellers hiding a group descended from the original Tuatha De Danann? Why not have the Tuatha De Danann use their magical abilities in a “Carnival of Wonders”? And every mythical group needs an adversary; why else would they have to hide? And of course there has to be a love interest just to complicate things more! Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, May 04, 2013
What if a man had two souls? This was the question that popped into my mind and began the quest to discover the story of Tienan and Janay, who are the hero and heroine of KARMA AND MAYHEM, a paranormal-fantasy-romance published by Soul Mate Publishing.
Of course, that initial question led to asking who could have two souls and why? And that quickly took me to my future Earth world of Zantharian warlocks and witches, whose souls are symbiote-veeds that give them special powers. Thus Tienan is the warlock, who is also a Guardian, a lawman investigating a series of diabolical murders. His veed is the wise, voice of reason, Zad, who takes the shape of a white lion. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, April 27, 2013
When Lycans and Magic Mix, Love is the only answer.
I had so much fun writing this story. Brencis and Meadow continued to delight me while they found a way for a lycan who is allergic to magic to mate with a witch.
My Magic Mate – Excerpt for RomCon.
Brencis “Bren” Solovyov, Siberian lycanthrope, stared in horrified fascination and amazement at the petite woman who clerked at Magic Herbs. Today, her hair was purple and stuck out like spikes in all directions. Maybe it was supposed to match the net tutu and purple, sparkly fairy wings she wore or possibly the combat boots. He shook his head in confusion. Every time he came into the store, the girl had on some outrageous costume. What would she look like without a crazy getup? Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Challenges and Rewards of Romantic Dystopian Fiction
When Harlequin Luna invited me to contribute a novella to an anthology called 'Til The World Ends, I was thrilled with the invitation, and slightly intimidated by the genre. I write urban fantasy and the anthology has a dystopian theme. I've been reading dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction for years, but I'd never tried writing it before. Enjoyment of the genre gave me confidence I could create a good story, but what surprised me were the revelations I made in the process.
Blog Diva - Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Medusa, serpent-goddess, executioner of men, scourge of Kisthene’s plain, stabbed a clawed finger in my direction. “Tell me the truth, human,” she hissed. “No more lies.”
I straightened my spine and fought the urge to rub my temples in a most unprofessional way.
Why did the gods have to be so dramatic?
Medusa coiled on the examination table in front of me, wearing a light blue open-backed gown. She stared at me, her eyes glowing red as her clawed hands shredded the white sanitary paper. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, April 06, 2013
During a day-trip with my family I ran across a quaint little shop in the North Georgia Mountains where the shop owner offered Fairy Doors for sale – tiny doors, eight to ten inches high. Along with the Fairy Doors came every imaginable fairy charm offering for your garden, yard, and home – miniature benches, chairs, garden tools, houses, you name it, they were there.
The idea the shop owner pedaled was, if you place Fairy Doors out on your property
fairies will come through the magic portals to visit. If they are pleased with your offerings, they’ll hang out and protect your property. How cool is that?
Initially, I found myself entranced. Then the Muse in me reared his head and snapped:
“Hey! What if you invite those guys in and they have mischief planned?” Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, March 30, 2013
A Tiger’s Claim - Ashwood Falls, book 1
By Lia Davis
Publisher: Fated Desires Publishing
As the Alpha’s only daughter Shayna Andrews has always been treated like a rare gem, protected like royalty, and she’s suffocating. Her longing to be independent has driven her to sneak out one evening after dinner. After relishing in being able to run free without an escort, she finds herself face-to-face with the enemy, miles from home, and nearly loses her life until a lone wolf comes to her aid. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, March 23, 2013
In my stories, my heroines are usually carrying on very hectic lives and are not watching what they are doing when they stumble into the hero. I hate to admit this, but I have done this more often then I count. Walking down the hall, see a good looking man and run into a door jam, great impression, and right? But hey, it makes for a great story.
In this scene, my heroine, Heather Bowen, has returned from a harrowing interview with two police detectives who believe her sister was a psychotic killer and now they suspect Heather to be involved in murders connected with her drug and alcohol treatment center, Serenity House. She is supposed to interviewing a new drug and alcohol counselor and in walks the hero.
Blog Diva - Saturday, March 09, 2013
NO SUCH THING AS IMMORTALITY is the first in the No Such Thing paranormal romance trilogy. It is written solely from the male point of view ― that of vampire, Nathaniel Gray.
Nathaniel, or Nate, Earl of Ridings, has been a vampire for nearly two hundred years. Living in relative seclusion from society as a whole, he spends much of his time on his isolated Derbyshire estate with four other vampires.
When Nate crashes (literally) into the very contemporary, very strong-willed Rowan Locke, he is forced to make dramatic changes to his existence. He loses a defining vampire power to control what he chooses to feel. Furthermore, he finds himself feeling the emotions of fiery Rowan for himself. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, February 23, 2013
Meet the Blood Vine cast
My debut novel Blood Vine is a huge story with lots of characters. When I first began writing, I often heard the advice that new romance authors should keep their books simple and only include a hero and heroine. I tried to follow these words of wisdom, but all the members of the Maras vampire household refused to let me ignore them. Each one stomped their feet or pouted, demanding airtime in the novel. So I gave in to them and I’m glad I did, because wrote their true story, with its intricacies and layers. Now its members are much nicer to me, and rarely pout. Let me introduce you to them:
Andre Maras is an ancient vampire from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. He has been making wine since the glory days of the Roman Empire, and he is hopelessly old-fashioned about it. Like all vampires in exile, he is slowly wasting away. And when he finds a cure for the disease, he must rescue all the other refugees. When a beautiful public relations executive shows up at his estate, she is a frustrating distraction from his honorable goal. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, February 09, 2013
Someone once asked me why I looked so young for my age. (And no, I’m not revealing it!) I laughingly replied it’s all genetic, so I couldn’t take the credit for it. But, it started me wondering, what if… a young woman, named Laura Dantonville, had actually stopped ageing in her mid twenties as a result of her family’s strange DNA? And it wasn’t until she came of a certain age, the frightening truth was revealed to her?
That’s how, Bloodgifted was born.
I always loved stories of the paranormal. As a teen I used to sneak into the living room late at night and switch on the TV to watch programs like, Night Stalker, Dark Shadows (the original series) and Thriller. When I was seventeen I read Bram Stoker’s, Dracula, and that cemented my relationship with the paranormal.
Ever since then, vampires have been my dark heroes. So, it was inevitable, one day I’d write my own.
Here’s a sneak peak - Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, February 02, 2013
Falling in Love with Wolves
I’ve been fascinated by folklore, superstition and tales of supernatural creatures since childhood. Do thoughts of ghosts, ghouls and predatory beasts frighten me? They terrify me.
So why turn a werewolf into a romantic hero in my paranormal/time travel, WEATHERING ROCK? Because there’s something compelling about a tortured soul chained to darkness and moonlight, especially when the character is noble at heart.
The werewolf myth is ancient. The first ‘recorded’ sighting dates back to 1591 Germany, when a man named Peter Stubbe made a pact with the Devil that allowed him to shift into a wolf. Norsemen had fierce berserkers who adorned themselves with wolf or bear skins. Native Americans spoke of skinwalkers who had the ability to transform into animals at will. In Greek mythology, the Arcadian King, Lycaon, made the fatal mistake of trying to kill Zeus by feeding him human flesh. Zeus cursed him to spend the rest of his life as a wolf. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 26, 2013
Flirting with Fiction and Fantasy
Hello fellow vamp lovers! The idea for my novel, Flirting with Fangs, popped into my head during a hot shower. I was writing another story about a sexy vampire hero and started fantasizing that he had magically come to life in my bathroom…ready to ravish my body and worship my soul for all eternity…mmmm, yes..it was a good idea! No-a Great Idea! So I wrote a whole book about it.
I had a blast writing a book about fictional characters coming to life. Writing from their perspective was challenging. And pretty funny. If you enjoy Mary Janice Davidson or Katie MacAlister I believe you will get a kick out of Flirting with Fangs. If I had to compare it to movies I would say it’s a combo of ‘Romancing the Stone’ and Night at the Museum.’ Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 19, 2013
In Highland Healer, I took advantage of the dearth of recorded history of the 16th century Scottish highlands to imagine what might happen to the clans devastated by the deaths of their lairds and King James IV at Flodden Fields in 1513. That got me to thinking about imagination in general and how we use it to create our stories - and our world.
“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”
― Albert Einstein
The very idea of imagination fascinates me. Why does it exist? When did it start? How did we develop the ability to extrapolate from what we observe to what might be? Do we have a cave-dwelling ancestor who imagined a better mastodon-trap so that his/her tribe survived on mastodon meat when others starved?
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
― Gloria Steinem
As authors, we rely on imagination to dream up our stories, to come up with the plot twist that no one sees coming, to envision the surroundings our characters are in, to get into their thoughts, and to share their emotions. Logic may give us our plot’s cause and effect. But imagination lets us ask “what if?” to come up with more than one answer. Read More
Blog Diva - Wednesday, January 16, 2013
What does an immortal Native American shaman do when the grave he’s sworn to watch over for all eternity disappears under urban development?
Book 1 – Ashkewheteasu
The True Beginning
Ten years ago, a reporter for a small-town newspaper heard word of strange sightings of a wolf-like creature roaming the Wisconsin countryside. Authorities had determined what these eyewitnesses had actually seen was a lone wolf broken off from a pack from the north. However, the witnesses were adamant that what they’d seen had been no ordinary wolf. This wolf walked like a man. Similar sightings were mentioned in ancient Native American oral traditions. In those tales, dog men or witchy wolves looked after burial mounds in much the same way jackal-headed Anubis guarded the tombs of ancient Egypt. And early French explorers knew of them too. They’d called these wolf-men the loup-garou. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, January 12, 2013
Recently I heard that cultural observers and commentators are talking about how the women's liberation movement has made it so that men really don't know what women want anymore, so many have chosen to just dis-engage from real-life women and turn to on-line porn for their sexual needs. This is tragic on so many levels. Fantasies are wonderful to get you through the rough times, but just as the sorrows of reality can make you feel life is not worth living, the joys of reality can make you feel like heaven does exist, right here on earth! So men who choose to not relate to a real woman, to learn about her body and what pleases her, in order to have her do the same for him, are robbing themselves of what should be a key avenue of pleasure for them.
Then I thought about it and realized that just as men turn to on-line porn, women have been burning up the pixels with eBooks about romance...every possible genre. We women are not as sex-specific as men. Studies have shown that hetero men only react sexually to pictures of sexy women, or of a male/female(s) coupling. Gay men will only react to sexy men and male/male coupling. But we women are not fussy...even though our minds may not agree, our bodies will react with arousal to pictures of sexy humans of every sex/race, and couplings of any combination thereof. Nature has made us that way, and who are we to argue? So the romance book publishing business grows by leaps and bounds as we read about menage relationships, though many of us will never be a part of that; we also enjoy reading about male/male sex written by women, and even enjoy human/alien or human/paranormal creature couplings, just as long as the sex is hot! Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, December 29, 2012
Welcome to Ashwood Falls
A good story almost always starts off with, “What if?” My newest series, Ashwood Falls, is no exception. The complete what if question was, “What if wolves and leopards had to live together in one den?”
See? Intriguing, isn’t it? It also sounds like there will be plenty of conflict. But just in case it’s not enough, there’s a rogue Pack name Onyx that wants to be the dominating Pack and Ashwood Falls is standing in their way. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, December 22, 2012
A Sneak Peek of A LOVE UNTAMED, book 7 in the Feral Warriors shape shifter series, coming Dec. 26th!
The shifters moved swiftly, but the women had no trouble keeping up even at a walk. They’d traveled more than a mile when she began to hear the shifters’ conversation in her head. They must be broadcasting it to all of them.
We’d make better time with longer legs, boyo. There’s no sign of humans. Read More
Blog Diva - Saturday, December 15, 2012
Michelle Miles on: A Discussion on
I love fantasy. I don’t think that’s
any secret. One of the first books I fell in love with as a teen was
Patricia McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld. It’s an
old book, now, but the story was about a girl named Sybel who lived
alone on a mountain with a menagerie of fantastic beasts that could
talk to her. One night, a man comes to her gates with a baby boy. She
raises the boy, names him Tam, and grows to love him. But Coren
returns for the boy and Sybel’s isolated world is turned upside
Blog Diva - Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Characters To Die For
love a good mystery. It doesn’t matter what genre, there’s just
something about following the clues to solve a puzzle that excites
me. The characters in mysteries are usually strong and unique. Agatha
Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple are good examples. So is another
favorite of mine, Sherlock Holmes. Each one of these characters has
been so well thought out that they seem as real as my own mother.
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 24, 2012
Is it cheating?
I’m a romance lover. But since you’ve
come to this site, I suppose you’re, too. Now tell me one thing:
Did you ever fall in love with a hero from the books you read? You’re
laughing now, aren’t you? Yeah, I’m sure you do, because you’re
probably just like me and fall in love with the hero in every new
book you read. What’s your favorite type? I love guys who’re
tall, stubborn to the core, and who don’t hesitate to rip the world
down to get the woman they want. And guess what! The literary world
is littered with them… :-)
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 17, 2012
Habits and Hobbies of the Witch folk
Parris McCall doesn’t know she’s a
witch. She knows she’s different. And what’s a girl to do when
she thinks she’s different? Try to fit in.
When she buys The Alibi, with the
inheritance from her parents wills, she knows she’s found a place
where different is normal. Her patrons don’t judge, even when
strange things happen around, most of them are too caught up in their
own concerns to notice that a certain song plays when Parris is happy
or a glass fills up with liqueur with a wave of her hand.
Blog Diva - Saturday, November 10, 2012
Writing Phoenix Fire
I want to say a big thank you for
inviting me here today to talk about my fantasy romance, PHOENIX
I got the idea for the book because I
had a dream. I know that sounds silly and probably cliché, but it’s
true. I dreamed the climax of the book with Cassius and Elena dueling
to the death in the arena. I dreamed her telling Valerius how she
wouldn’t fight him because she was in love with him. And how
Valerius, the healer and her friend, told her she had to because she
didn’t have a choice. I knew her name was Elena just as I knew his
name was Cassius. I even knew the antagonist was the evil emperor.
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 27, 2012
Talents for Granted
Have you ever had your own
talents turn on you?
I’m guessing most of us
will have to answer “Yes” to that question. How many times do we
mindlessly take our talents or skills for granted? You know those
moments where we’re so sure we know how to do something – and do
it well! – that we just perform without conscious thought.
Something we’ve done a thousand times. Only THIS
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 13, 2012
Vance ordered you to do…don’t even think about it”
took a step closer, his every move shadowed by his buddy Fugly. “Just
what do you think a little thing like you could do?” Buzz-cut
pulled hard on the raw power woven through the earth and air. The
surge prickled over her skin, crawling over her body like a million
ants. Another beat of her heart and an electric buzz raced through
her bloodstream making her lightheaded. Building energy this fast was
a dangerous thing. It took a great deal of concentration to keep the
swelling magic from going wild. Plus the body simply wasn’t built
to withstand that much power forced into it. Much like an overloaded
circuit board one uncontrolled surge and everything around a ten yard
radius fried including the magic user.
Blog Diva - Saturday, October 06, 2012
Soft snores carried from the darkness
on Nathaniel’s right. Weak sunlight slanted over his shoulder, cut
through the gloom, and illuminated the weathered face of his mark.
The mattress squeaked as the man rolled onto his back. His tangled
Nathaniel traced the cool metal handle
of his shears, sheathed in their fitted holster. Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 25, 2012
BOYFRIEND FROM HELL is the first book in the Saturns’ Daughters series. A short excerpt can be found at http://jamiequaid.com/bfhexcerpt.shtml
but I thought you might enjoy a sneak preview of one of the later
scenes. Tina has a slight anger management problem, but she really does
try to control it…
Blog Diva - Saturday, September 22, 2012
Theme Parks as Setting
people associate theme parks with fun, family, and fantasy. Where else
can you go and completely immerse yourself in an imaginary world plus
get greeted by globally recognized characters? Thrill rides, live shows,
dining, and shopping all await you at these popular tourist
Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Writing Life
lot of people (non-writers) have a lot of misconceptions about
professional writers. Last year, I quit my office job to write full
time. Since then, my friend and family's responses have run the gamut
from thinking I should be wearing diamond tiara's to asking how much I
pay to get my books published. When I say that the publisher pays ME,
they look astounded. (That just happened to me yesterday, so it's fresh
in my mind.) Read More
Blog Diva - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
River stubbed her toe on cardboard boxes stacked in one corner of
the dark attic and tried not to swear. With a pencil-thin flashlight
tucked between her teeth she stood still for a moment, listening, hoping
no one had heard her, but the house below remained silent. Read More
Blog Diva - Thursday, August 30, 2012
My latest release, RISE OF HOPE is the first book in a series that deals
with an ancient, secret race of humans with unusual, incredible,
fantastical abilities. I had a lot of fun developing the characters in
this world and devising their powers *cue evil, maniacal laughter*. It’s
not often you get to be the total and absolute queen of your own
universe, you know?