Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal

Hunter's Claim: The Alliance, Book 1 By S.E. Smith

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

Reposessed By Shawntelle Madison

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

The Shaman's Temptation By Erin Moore

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

Renegade By Nancy Northcott

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

On The Outside By Diana Green

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

Between Land And Sea By Joanne Guidoccio

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.

Why?

Because it exists only in my novel, Between Land and Sea.  Read More

To Growl Or To Groan By Katya Armock

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

TEMPT ME by Tamara Hogan

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

The Dark Hunstman By Jessica Aspen

Blog Diva - Friday, December 06, 2013

Tale Twisters

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

Council Courtship By Constance Phillips

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