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The Friday Five - Sort of a City Ditty

I was busy editing this week and forgot all about TFF. I'm a terrible blogger. Um, let me think...

Five Things You Didn't Know About The Setting(s) of The Turncoat's Temptress. Go!

The book is set in a couple of places, actually. It starts in Norfolk, Virginia. I have never been to Virginia. I hope I don't insult the natives with my lack of knowledge about swamps. I'm not sure I've ever officially been to a swamp, although I did drive past a bayou in Louisiana. The rest of the novel is set in St. Louis and Illinois. I haven't been to either in years. All I remember about Illinois is that it was flat.

1) Norfolk is Virginia's second largest city. D.C. doesn't count, y'all. That's it's own . . . y'know, thingy. (District, if you want to get technical). Norfolk was known as Elizabeth Cittie in 1619 when the British started setting up colonies. It was, of course, brought about by the Virginia Company. Admit it, you're singing the Dis…

Interview - Elodie Parks

What's your book/current WIP about?

My next release is The Last Time released on May 1 by Eternal Press.

Actor Seth Carbery swears he will never fall in love again, that is until he meets private detective Bethany Snow. Something strange is going on. Seth and other members of the movie cast and crew are receiving threatening letters, but no threat has ever been carried out...yet.

Bethany Snow is sent on location by the Black Agency to investigate and guard Seth Carbery against danger. The case is not what it first seems and even when Bethany thinks it could be over, a new twist means she becomes a target. Seth and Bethany find they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Who is sending the letters and why? Does Seth have a secret admirer or stalker?

Care to share your favorite line(s)?
I have to give you a little excerpt because there are so many lines I like in this

“We have webcams up and the program we use can be set to watch nighttime activity.” She said softly, looking at his pe…

The Turncoat's Temptress Release Day

I hope you all read my newsletter. If you didn't because you're too stubborn to sign up for it, shame on you. If you didn't because you didn't know I had a newsletter, shame on you, because it's to your left, smarty pants. It's called reading. You're doing it right now.

There were good things in it. Just so you know. And now you'll never know what kinds of good things, will you? You see, my super-villainy knows no bounds. Mwahahahahaha. I just used 'know' 3 times in 3 sentences. The rules of repetition don't apply here.

I might be a little strung out on high fructose corn syrup right now. Ignore that. I just thought it was kind of important to add some links here so you can find The Turncoat's Temptress easier. Really? Easier than, I don't know, going to Amazon and typing The Turncoat's Temptress? I know how much you guys hate to click. When I see something I'm sure I'm not going to click, sometimes I change my mind and I…

It's The Day Before Release and All Through The House

It snowed Friday. I stayed home, nose to the TV as we plowed through season 2 of The Walking Dead. God, I hate that Shane. He's so skeezy. One other things that bugs me is don't any of those people know about zombies? There is no such thing as overkill, and you always, always shoot your loved ones in the head no matter how they die. I don't think I stand much of a chance in the great ZA, except as zombie fodder, but at least I know the rules. Okay, calm down. It's just TV.

I also hit my word count goal for the month of 14,278. I didn't pick it, the counter did. Actually I ended up two words over my goal. Two whole words, y'all. But I'm just over 20k, which was my real goal before Camp NaNoWriMo starts in April. I'm shooting for 40k, which will get me really close to finishing the book. And finishing the series. Yes, I'm still whining about that. *Play Sympathy for the Devil by GNR here*

According to the word tracker chart I'm using, I've wri…

Character Profile: Nora Frost

Behind the character:
Name: Eleanor "Nora" Frost
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Occupation: Teacher/seer

If someone came to me and asked which Hollywood actor would best portray Nora, hands down I pick Natalie Portman.

Nora's name comes from ancient Greek Basileios (sexy, non?). It means "king", but when he's cast out of the Guardians, he's anything but kingly. It's pronounced Bay-zil, not Baz-il. Although his nickname is Baz.

She scored a 20 on the Mary Sue Litmus test. That's the lowest score an L&L character has ever received. I'm thinking I must have filled that out wrong, or they aren't giving enough points for angst because Nora has some serious anger issues regarding her parents.

A couple of my favorite lines staring Nora:

“Miss Frost, your students have just informed me that you've developed a problem with your projector.” “There's no longer a problem, Miss Slater,” she answered meekly. The older woman's eyebrows rose. “Your skir…

The Friday Five - Your Favorite Day of the Week

If it's snowing, I'm not here, but you're in luck. I didn't forget about you on this, the day of Fri. Actually, the day gets its name from Old English meaning 'day of Frigg'. Frigg being a Norse goddess. Which lead us into: Stuff about Fridays

1) Wikipedia says Friday is between Thursday and Saturday. Who knew? In some countries, Friday is the first day of the weekend, followed by Saturday as the last day.

2) In many Christian ruled countries, it's believed there's bad luck in starting a journey on a Friday. Combined with the 13th, it's particularly hazardous.

3) Fridays are associated with the planet Venus.

4) In the UK, Friday is sometimes known as POETS Day, which stands for Piss Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday.

5) In Scottish lore, Good Friday is a favorite day for planting potatoes.

That's all I've got for you, kiddies. Now run along. Try to stay bundled in your beds if it's snowy and wintry where you are. If it isn't, I feel …

Character Profile: Basil Tinwhistle

Behind the character:
Name: Basil Tinwhistle
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Occupation: Junior Guardian Agent
Who are the Guardians? A group of men who hunt the preternatural, killing, stealing, and hiding it from the natural world in order to maintain peace and give innocent people who can't sense other things a chance at normal life. The Guardians have vast warehouses full of supernatural artifacts hidden from the world.

If someone came to me and asked which Hollywood actor would best portray Basil, I'd have a hard time choosing between Ian Somerhalder and Colin O'Donoghue.

Basil's name comes from ancient Greek Basileios (sexy, non?). It means "king", but when he's cast out of the Guardians, he's anything but kingly. It's pronounced Bay-zil, not Baz-il. Although his nickname is Baz.

Basil scored a 48 on the Mary Sue Litmus test. He's a big-time Mary Sue. That's the highest score any of my characters from the L&L series has gotten so far. Ouch.


Guest Post - Vonnie Winslow Crist

Speculative Romance
Spring is the perfect time for love whether found in historical romances, contemporary books, or even in speculative fiction. Wait – what do I mean by speculative? Speculative is the term used for fantasy, science fiction, dark fantasy (including vampires and werewolves), and paranormal (including ghosts and spirits). And I love to include love stories in my speculative fiction.
In my speculative short story collection, The Greener Forest, almost every story has a romance at its core. In “Shoreside,” a ningyo (a type of mermaid) has fallen in love with a man and borne him 3 children. When the family visits the local beach and the ningyo goes into the water to save a drowning child, will the ocean call her home or will she choose her land family? In other words, will love win? 
In “The Return of Gunnar Kettilson,” a young woman sits in her darken home waiting to see if her dead husband will return as a zombie. Oh dear, a zombie love story! I promise it's a tende…

Guest Post - Anne Glynn

“Free” is supposed to be a highly-effective sales strategy and, if someone was offering cars for free, I’d be driving a 2014 Ford Fusion right this very second. But even as I basked in my new car smell, I’d be wondering, What’s the catch?

Because there’s always a catch, isn’t there? TANSTAAFL -- There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch – is one of Nature’s Laws. Now that you’ve been warned, hey, have I got a deal for you. If you like funky, slightly different, romance stories, I want to give you a copy of my new book.


There are five novellas in the collection but the only real link between the tales is that they’re carrying my pseudonym. There’s a “hot and smutty” version of the book and a “hot but clean-ish” version of the book (if Pink can do it with her songs, I can do it with my publication).

There are stories about mail order brides, and the Zombie Apocalypse, and a Hollywood movie producer, and the Art of Whore. In one set, Nighttime Tales, Dickens’ Christmas Carol goes al…

The Friday Five - It's About Leprechauns

Really. I'm swinging dangerously close to letting TTF fall by the wayside these days. I ramble too much, I know. It's hard coming up with five things that aren't really random. So, today, you're getting leprechaun facts because Sunday is St. Patrick's Day. Leprechauns don't have anything to do with that, but it's okay, because they tie in with supernatural things. My blog, my rules. Also, there was already a label for them because of the St. Patrick's Day blog hop I did last year.

1) Leprechauns are always male. I think there'd be a market for leprechaun erotica or something. Maybe I'm just weird. Sure, the legends say they're tiny little men, but I'm thinking bulging muscles and shirtless Black Irish alphas with sultry eyes.

2) Leprechauns have one gold coin in their pots for every year of their life. Hey, if old vampires are sexy, why not leprechauns? Money + muscles. Just sayin'.

3) Leprechauns are apparently amphibious as well a…

Author Interview & Giveaway - Elieba Levine

What's your next project?
I am writing a thriller that is set in a broken down castle outside of London.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I loved setting my main character in different cultures.

Describe your writing in a sentence.
It is direct and in your face.

Do you choose character names or do the characters whisper them in your ears?
I choose the names of my characters . Sometimes their names are chosen for their simplicity because their lives are complicated and vice-versa.

Do you like background noise or do you prefer a quiet space when you write?
I prefer quiet.

What are you currently reading?
The Stain by Philip Roth.

Publisher: Pinnacle (September 26, 2012)
Category: Erotica
Tour Dates: March, 2013
Available in: ebook  196 pages
Amazon || Barnes & Noble

ADVENTURE From New York to Kenya to Katmandu, Jane Perry sets out to explore the world and finds romance and excitement at every turn... PASSION From Bali to Sydney to Hawaii, Ja…

Guest Post - D'Ann Lindun

Have you ever started over? Got a new lease on life with a big change? Have you ever risked it all? In both my March releases, the hero needs a new start. For different reasons Cody and Cooper both need to change their life in a big way. Both have risked everything financially to give themselves a fresh start.

From Cooper’s Redemption:
Cooper remounted the gelding and followed the tracks, unable to guess why the rustlers had headed toward his house. As he rode, Cooper faced the terrible truth– his cattle were gone, stolen. He grew angrier each mile. Who had herded his heifers into the upcoming blizzard? And where had they gone?

His heart sank a little lower with each question. Those cattle were his future. He'd scrimped and saved every dime for the last year to buy one hundred heifers to build his ranch. And someone had stolen some of them? Frustrated, his mind continued to work over the puzzle.

He'd have to solve the crime himself; he had no use for the law. And they had non…

I'll Never Win a Golden Heart

I mean, which of us will, right? Ever since I've learned about the coveted award, I've always known it wouldn't be me who won it. I'm too scared to enter for starters. There are tons of writers out there who are better than me. I hold my own, but . . . I'm sure I'm not GH material. I admire those who've won the award. Or even finaled. That's amazing. I have a handful of writing awards ranging from high school to 2011.

But I'll never win a GH or so much as final.

You see, they only give those out to authors without contracts.

I'll let you soak that one in for a second.


You've heard this story a dozen times. At the end of 2008, after a long dry spell of not writing, I was standing in the shower one day and an idea came to me. A convict woman transported to Australia where she could spend time in a gaol, serving a sentence for thievery, or she could be hired out to work. Choice number two makes for a better story. She's hired by a re…

So I Got A Non-Summons For Jury Duty

It's not a summons and it's not a survey where they ask questions like, would you be interested in serving? There's no optional 'No' box and certainly no 'Please do not contact me with future offers' or 'Remove me from your mailing list' boxes.

It asked for my occupation. I'm thrilled to announce that I put 'romance author' on the occupation line. It's the first time I've ever done that. My husband gave me a dry look that should have set fire to the paper, but unfortunately did not. I was like, what? It's legitimate. I make money as a romance author. I'm registered with the county as a sole proprietor business.

Which is probably what got me into this mess. So much for keeping my head down and staying under the radar. It's enough to make me want to chuck a rock through a post office window just so I can say I committed a crime and keep me off your stupid list. Granted, that would entail some pretty serious jail time, b…

I Might've Gone Overboard On The Metaphors

I don't have a Friday Five for you today. To be honest, I didn't even try to come up with anything. I'm busy with other details. The counter on the sidebar says its 45 days until The Turncoat's Temptress releases. I have mixed feelings about this. Not about the number of days, because you can't argue with time. That would be pointless. Sounds like something I would do, but nevertheless . . . pointless.

I'm excited. I still have a lot to do. Working on some guest posts and interviews. Gotta pick an excerpt. Gotta convert the document into a great file for e-readers. Need to set up the works on KDP and PubIt!. I should schedule some facts about the book to go out on Twitter and the G+ page I set up for the series.

I'm also nervous. You'd think with two other books living in the wilds of the Interwebz, I'd cheerfully stuff this one in its cage, drop the cage near its future pack mates, open the hatch and let it run free. Weird metaphor?

I have another …