Characters To Die For
I 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. Read More
Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal
Characters To Die For
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… :-) Read More
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. Read More
Writing Phoenix Fire
I want to say a big thank you for inviting me here today to talk about my fantasy romance, PHOENIX FIRE.
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. Read More
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 time… Read More
Vance ordered you to do…don’t even think about it”
Buzz-cut 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 laughed.
Juliet 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. Read More
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
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… Read More
Theme Parks as Setting
Most 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 attractions. Read More
The Writing Life
A 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
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