Tuesday, November 12, 2019

It's Almost Thanksgiving!

Posted by: Ruth A Casie

We celebrate Thanksgiving the day after turkey day at our house. We started the tradition as a compromise with my kids. They were conflicted about where to spend Thanksgiving. No one wanted to miss dinner with their family. We talked about brunch in the morning or dessert later in the day.
In the end, I opted for the day after. It was not a hardship. I did it selfishly. This way I have them all to myself. The kids, and their in-laws, love the idea.
I start cooking on Wednesday. That's another benefit of celebrating the day after. No turkey. Everyone's had their fill on Thursday. I can be a bit more creative with the menu. Although the family still demands the same menu each year, butternut squash soup, roast leg of lamb with mint jelly, brisket, sweet potato souffle (with marshmallows), green beans, mashed potatoes (yes, even though there are sweet potatoes), and a salad. My daughters bring dessert.
Today the family will begin to gather. Our son and his new wife will drive to New Jersey from Boston. Our two daughters and their families will move back home on Friday and stay for the weekend. It will definitely be a houseful but I wouldn't want it any other way.
For me it's all about family. The coffee runs to Dunkin Donuts, the late night outing to the local ice cream shop, and flopping on the sofa watching movies or football with a large bowl of popcorn. It's magical to me.
I also look forward to Monday when they all go home but I know it's only for a few weeks. We'll do all again in three weeks. This time with presents!
If you're tired of watching football or just want to escape, I have just thing. The Pirate's Redemption.
After her beloved father dies, Moira MacDougall becomes chieftain of their small clan. She is tested on every level, not only by her councilors who question her every move, but also by an exiled Englishman who raids her village under the guise of a notorious pirate, Gareth Talbot.

He wants the secret weapon Moira possesses, and will do anything to get his hands on it—including committing murder so he can give it to King Henry to prove his worthiness and be welcomed home.
Moira will follow her destiny and do whatever is necessary to protect her clan.
The real Gareth Talbot is through with love. His last romance did not end well. He suffered a broken heart and doesn’t trust women.
Humiliated, Gareth goes to sea and becomes a captain for MacAlpin, the pirate king. When raids along the Scottish coast are blamed on him, he seeks revenge. Nothing less than death will do.
Moira and Gareth are on different missions, but seek the same goal. Can they work together and eliminate their greatest enemy, and in the process, find the one thing they didn’t know they were searching for, true love?
Buy Link: Amazon KU

What are your family traditions? What are your favorite holiday recipes?
Have a great Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 11, 2019

HERE BE NEWS for November 11, 2019

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author




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Monday, November 4 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic, including the winners from our October Scary Movies Contest.

Tuesday, November 5 -
NANOWRIMO REBEL” – Author Nicole Luiken is taking part in National Novel Writing Month – but being a rebel means choosing your own goals! 

Thursday, November 7 -
"PLANNING FOR 2020" - Every author needs a crystal ball to help decide what ideas will become stories and when. Author Shona Husk has decided to kick off 2020 with cryptids and romance. 






Sweet Contemporary Romance from Linda Mooney
Excerpt and buy link here:
https://lindamooney.com/WhentheHeart.htm

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Planning for 2020

Posted by: Shona Husk
New sci fi romance
It's November, so while I'm trying to finish up this year's projects, I'm also planning next year's work. January is usually editing month, cleaning up anything that was written in last 3 month month and getting them out the door (some of them are due in February so they will get done first).

I also have a list of stories that I want to write (it's a long list) but I have to decide which ones are going to be most marketable. If I write X will I be able to sell it to a publisher? If I self publish does it hit any hot tropes? Can I come up with something more interesting and more saleable?

At the moment I'm tossing up between a few ideas for next year, both are novella series.

What I need is a crystal ball to tell me what will be the most fun and profitable.

Alas, no one seems to have one of them.

What I do now is that 2020 will start with crypitds and romantic suspense on January 4th.

Close to the Truth

Is the truth worth dying for?
coming January 2020
TV biologist, Jasmine Heydon, escaped Bitterwood once. She was 16 and run out of town by the cops for the crime of being born on the wrong side of the tracks. Ten years later, she's changed a lot but Bitterwood hasn't. The town's only claim to fame is the legend of the River Man, a murderous creature who first killed a century ago. Back in town to film a show about the River Man, Jasmine plans to put the mystery to rest once and for all.
Bitterwood's favourite son, Gil Easton, has never forgotten Jasmine, and he's never forgiven his father, the chief of police, for running her off. But now Jasmine is back, stirring things up. This time, Gil is determined to stand by her even when the locals want her silenced.
As Gil works to unearth the truth, Jasmine tries to understand her own childhood sighting of the monster. As the threats escalate, the search for the truth grows dangerous ... because the River Man is killing again.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

NaNoWriMo Rebel

Posted by: Nicole Luiken

I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month (hereinafter known as NaNoWriMo) again, but this time I'm breaking the rules.

The rules of NaNoWriMo are to write a complete 50,000 words novel from start to finish during the month of November, but a significant portion of us bend the rules. There are so many of us Rebels, that NaNoWriMo staff made a badge for us. (See left)

My goals for the month are two-fold: First to finish the first draft of Mike and Angel 5 which I was supposed to finish in October. (I feel like I only have a chapter or two to go, but my outline is sketchy at best so we'll see.) Second, to lay down as many words as I can on a sequel to my unpublished epic fantasy novel Path of Power.

I still want to hit that 50,000 word achievement, but being a rebel means choosing your own goals. This may mean trying to hit a smaller goal like 10, 20 or 30,000 words or simply to write every day.

So if you've been avoiding NaNoWriMo because you feel it's impossible or you're already in the middle of a project, I encourage you to go for it! There's no penalty if you fail (I have both won and lost NaNoWriMo in the past, but I've never regretted trying) and no monetary prize hinged on winning just the simple joy of accomplishment.


Monday, November 4, 2019

HERE BE NEWS for November 4, 2019

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author





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Monday, October 28 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic.

Wednesday, October 30 -
HORROR ROMANCES - BALANCING MY SWEET AND SALTY” – Author Linda Mooney writes romance. She also writes horror. And sometimes she writes BOTH. Check out her post on ‘genre-splicing’ on Here Be Magic. 

Saturday, November 2 -
This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is TICKLE MY CANDY CANE, a humorous and sexy paranormal romance by Linda Mooney writing as Carolyn Gregg. Plus this witchy ebook is on sale during the month of November! Scroll below for all the details.





TICKLE MY CANDY CANE
Tales of the Blakeney Sisters, Book 2

Humorous Erotic 
Urban Fantasy and
Paranormal Romance
by Linda Mooney
writing as Carolyn Gregg

Word Count:  18.8K
$0.99 e / $6.99 p

During the month of November, get this ebook for 99 cents!
(Available at this price only on Amazon and Linda's website. Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)

Once upon a time, there lived a man with five rambunctious daughters. They were an average American farming family except for one minor detail. The man was a warlock, and all of his daughters were witchlets--half witch and half human.

With Christmas only two days away, Tamberly Blakeney has given up hope of finding her heart's call this year. That is, until Jonathan Mauk walks into the market and into her life. With the magical swirl of a candy cane's stripes, she knows he is the man meant to be her lifelong love. But first he has to pass the sex hex test, which she is sure won't be a problem.

What she doesn't realize is that there is something in Jonathan's past that deeply disturbs her father. And until Daddy gets all the answers, there could be hell to pay.


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And the winners are:

1. BEVERLY wins an ebook from Jody Wallace - Catalyst: Cat Ship (Obsidian Rim Book 8) 
2. LOUISE wins her choice of one ebook from Dani Harper
3. GLENDA wins a deluxe canvas tote bag from Dani Harper
4. SHERRY H. wins her choice of one ebook from Linda Mooney
5. MARTHA L. wins her choice of one Audiobook from Linda Mooney
6. ANNE wins the grand prize, a $35 Amazon Gift eCard from all the authors at HERE BE MAGIC

To protect privacy, we've only revealed first names, plus the last initial if we have it. We do have the contact information for all six winners and they will be receiving congratulatory emails over the next few days.

Thanks again to everyone who stopped by to read our 4-part Scary Movie series! 

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

Bring It Back(list) - TICKLE MY CANDY CANE, a Humorous/Sexy/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Posted by: Linda Mooney
Tickle My Candy Cane
Tales of the Blakeney Sisters, Book 2
Humorous Erotic Urban Fantasy Paranormal  Romance
by Linda Mooney
writing as Carolyn Gregg
Word Count:  18.8K
$0.99 e / $6.99 p


During the month of November, get this ebook for 99 cents! (Available at this price only on Amazon and my website. Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)


Once upon a time, there lived a man with five rambunctious daughters. They were an average American farming family except for one minor detail. The man was a warlock, and all of his daughters were witchlets--half witch and half human.

With Christmas only two days away, Tamberly Blakeney has given up hope of finding her heart's call this year. That is, until Jonathan Mauk walks into the market and into her life. With the magical swirl of a candy cane's stripes, she knows he is the man meant to be her lifelong love. But first he has to pass the sex hex test, which she is sure won't be a problem.

What she doesn't realize is that there is something in Jonathan's past that deeply disturbs her father. And until Daddy gets all the answers, there could be hell to pay.

Excerpt and Buy Links

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Horror Romances - Balancing My Sweet and Salty

Posted by: Linda Mooney
One of the great things about being an indie author is being able to write a book in a niche romance. Either by creating a new "spliced" genre, or by adding to one that few know exist, thus drawing fresh eyes to it.

I write horror as Gail Smith, but there have been occasions when I've taken the romance genre I normally dabble in and placed it in the horror realm. Or rather, I've taken a story of horror and added romantic elements to it. Case in point, BLOOD TENDERLY, which features a demon determined to remove a human female from his domain.

Horror with romance is really not so new. Movies have done it for years. For instance, Bram Stoker's Dracula, starring Gary Oldman, is, at its core, a love story. A story about love lost, and the chance to regain it. But it's considered a horror movie first and foremost. Not a romance movie that contains horror. (I also consider An American Werewolf in London another horror romance.)

Same goes for my book SILENT NIGHT, FINAL NIGHT, which deals with a family fighting for survival in an post-apocalyptic world. It's also a Christmas story. (Talk about sub-genres!) Again, it's a horror story first, but the familial love shared by the husband, wife, and their child is the driving force that helps them survive.

And, yes, believe it or not, both have a Happily Ever After...of sorts.

True, you can find plenty of stories in the romance genre that have horrific elements, especially if they deal with werewolves, vampires, and the like. But I'm always on the lookout for a gut-wrencher that also tears out my heart -- in a good way.

If you know of a story or film that's horror first, and romance second, share it with me! 
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