Monday, July 30, 2012

Here Be News

Posted by: Eleri Stone
Our new releases this week

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn't imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I'd seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I've always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don't get me wrong, I like helping people--and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course...

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Links of Interest

Congratulations to Fiona Lowe (Carina Press) for winning the RITA for Contemporary Single Title Romance with Boomerang Bride!!! The complete list of 2012 RITA and Golden Heart Award winners is here.

Dear Author has a great post: The Principle of Fair Use and Image Usage for Bloggers. Related to Roni Loren's announcement last week: Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog - My Story.

For the sci-fi people: IMMORTALITY FOR HUMANS BY 2045. Cool or creepy? What do you think?

Here Be Magic Group Announcements

David Bridger is gearing up for his forthcoming releases with a brand new newsletter, which will feature subscriber-only contests. Readers can sign up for it on his site at
http://www.davidbridger.com/.


Friday, July 27, 2012

Meet the Here BE Magic Author - R L Naquin

Posted by: Veronica Scott

 Continuing our periodic "Meet the Authors Who Create the Magic" feature, today we're interviewing R. L. Naquin, whose book MONSTER IN MY CLOSET, Releases on July 30th!
 
Tell us a little about yourself: I always hate this question. My standard bio says, you know, one husband, two kids, three cats, and an imaginary dog named Waffles. Yawn. I’d rather talk about my books. Or urban legends.  Or the fact that Marvel movies are better than DC movies, but I only read DC comics. Except for lately, since DC totally screwed up the entire universe and Donna Troy doesn’t even exist at the moment, rendering my collection of Donna Troy/Wonder Girl/Troia action figures a little ridiculous. I like cake better than pie, though pie is good, too. Animals in human clothes make me laugh. Every time. Without exception. Also, spontaneous combustion. I don’t even know why that makes me laugh, but there’s something seriously wrong with me.

What’s your writing process? Where do you write?
My writing process is filled with complicated pre-steps in the planning stages. Index cards, magnets, a big white board, a notebook, multiple word .docs. When I finally settle in to write, play time is over. Mostly after that, I plow through it. I write on the couch. At a desk. In coffee shops. At the park. Wherever my laptop can go.  It’s acting weird lately, though, so the battery only gives me two hours before I have to plug in somewhere. I’ve been known (after two hours) to pack up from a coffee shop with no outlets, drive across town, and plug in at another coffee shop so I can keep going.

Which five people (real, fictional, historical) would you invite to dinner and why?
Anastasia Romanov, Amelia Earhart, Lizzie Borden, the captain of the Mary Celeste, and Nostradamus. The first four so they can tell me their stories and solve the unsolvable mysteries they left behind. The last one, well, just give me five minutes with him so I can see exactly how crazy and/or drug-addled he was.
VS sez: I love your choices!!! Wow, the mysteries you could unravel at this dinner!

 What has surprised you about being a published author?
Being a published author! That was a huge surprise all in itself. Holy cow. You mean I don’t totally suck?

Do you do a lot of research for your books?
I get bogged down in research sometimes. I once wrote a short story about a psychic fortune-cookie maker. I watched every YouTube video and read every article I could find on the subject. I spent days on the research. Once I wrote it, the story had maybe two lines describing her actually making the damn things.

Have you ever used an incident from real life in one of your books?
I pillage my own life for content all the time. Mostly, stupid, little things. In the second Monster Haven book, Pooka in My Pantry, there’s a conversation Zoey has with a guy who’s hitting on her at a party. He teaches fourth grade and tells her that some girls in his class “decorated” in the girls bathroom using yogurt, milk, and a peanut butter sandwich. True story. My best friend did that. To this day, I’m not sure if I was upset that I wasn’t invited to participate or if it was because they used my unwanted sandwich I’d cleverly tossed in the bathroom trash so I wouldn’t have to eat it. I carried a lot of guilt for years over having left behind the materials. She got into a lot of trouble.

Quickfire:
Favorite TV Show:
Once Upon a Time
Favorite Movie:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite Flower:
White Roses
Boxers or Briefs:
Boxer briefs
Favorite food:
Popcorn
Favorite time of the year:
Summer
Please answer finish this sentence:
 “I believe in the Magic of……Disney." I am a Disney girl to the depths of my soul.

What are you working on next?
Fairies in My Fireplace, book three of the Monster Haven Stories.

What one question do you want to ask your Readers today?
What monsters do you believe are lurking in your house? (Kids, partners, and pets don’t count.)

Where can your Readers find you online?

Buy Link for MONSTER IN MY CLOSET:



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Magic of SciFi Movie Making - Interview with Steve Latshaw

Posted by: Veronica Scott
Today at my blog, I have a lengthy, wide ranging interview with Steve Latshaw, multi talented Director/Producer/Writer, whose extensive credits include writing and directing favorites such as "Vampire Trailer Park" and "Return of the Killer Shrews" (which is premiering this week in fact). ...writing over twenty other movies like  "Planet Raptor", "Curse of the Komodo" (a favorite in the Scott household),  and "American Black Beauty".

We talk about writing, directing, acting, James Best (Star of the original "Attack of the Killer Shrews" and - 50 years later! - Star of the sequel), Bruce Davison, Dukes of Hazzard, .....here's an excerpt from the interview, with Steve talking about some of his personal favorites when it comes to old science fiction movies and storytelling:

 If you could tell ANY story on film, rights, budget and stars being no object, what would that be? What’s your all time favorite movie monster and why?
I have a number of projects I’d like to do.  Books I’d like to make, etc.  I like to keep them to myself.  RETURN OF THE KILLER SHREWS was a movie I’ve wanted to direct since 1989, after first meeting James Best.  I still get a thrill when I think to myself that we actually got it made.  I love showbiz biographies and am currently circulating an original screenplay about  Al Jolson’s 1950 trip to entertain troops in Korea.  I don’t have a favorite sci fi film… I have eras… for me,  1951 to about 1962 is my favorite period.  However, I have a few guilty pleasures I always return to… THE SLIME PEOPLE… NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST… ROBOT MONSTER… FLYING DISC MAN FROM MARS (A Republic serial – if anyone can find me the feature version of this one, called “MISSILE MONSTERS” – I’ll be eternally grateful)… GIANT FROM THE UNKNOWN… WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST… RADAR MEN FROM THE MOON… INVISIBLE INVADERS… BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS… HIDEOUS SUN DEMON… ATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS… NOT OF THIS EARTH…. IT CONQUERED THE WORLD… MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND… ASTRO ZOMBIES… and all the early 1980s Fred Ray classics like BIOHAZARD, THE TOMB, PHANTOM EMPIRE, WARLORDS, ALIENATOR, HAUNTING FEAR, BAD GIRLS FROM MARS, STAR SLAMMER, SCALPS, etc.
(VS sez: You're listing a lot of MY favorites above as well!)

 What’s your favorite science fiction book or series?
Original Star Trek series and movies.  Even GENERATIONS.  Heinlein’s FUTURE HISTORY stories. TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE.  But my biggest influences are adventure fiction writers (novelists).  Alistair MacLean (GUNS OF NAVARONE, WHERE EAGLES DARE, ICE STATION ZEBRA) probably has had the biggest effect on my writing, in terms of stories and characters.  And Ian Fleming, in terms of how, and when and how much I write.  I’ve been reading and re-reading his James Bond books since 1969.  A great travel and historical writer… his novels are now picture perfect looks at the bad old world of the 1950s and 1960s.

If you'd like to read the full interview and more about the magic of movie making, please come over to http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/   and enjoy!

Steve's question for Readers today (which we also pose on my blog) is:
What movies haven’t you seen that you’d like to see?  What do you like and dislike about today’s movies?

Friday, July 20, 2012

7 Reasons Why I Don't Trust Lady Sarathena Remillus (by Lance)

Posted by: Nicole Luiken

1.  She’s a noblewoman.  Enough said.  As a breed, they’re spoiled and untrustworthy.

2.  She owns slaves.  Well, I suppose in fact, Felicia is her father’s slave, and Sara does treats Felicia well, like a friend, but STILL.  She actually believes that Republican nonsense about ‘three generations making a citizen’.

3.   She’s the daughter of the Primus of the Republic of Temboria.  The Republic has been trying to conquer my homeland, Kandrith, ever since a group of ex-slaves created it with magic.

4.  She’s a flirt.  She keeps staring at my chest and touching me.  It’s driving me crazy.

5.   She’s a spy.  Felicia told me about her plan to discover the secret of slave magic.

6.   She’s too damn beautiful.  And wild.  I can never predict what she’ll do next.

7.   She’s the Child of Peace.  If her father breaks the Hostage Pace and invades Kandrith, she’ll be executed.  And my heart will break.

   "Do you want help or not?" he demanded in a harsh whisper.  His hands were killing him, and the two sides of his nature were in conflict.  One side insisted she was smaller than he, female and in need of protection; the other side shouted that she was a highborn lady--contemptible by definition. 
   "Yes," she said in a small voice.  "I need an escort back to the Primary Residence, but only if doing so won't get you into trouble with your master."
   Lance stilled.  She thought he was a slave.  He was caught between being amazed by her concern--few nobles worried about the fate of a random slave--and angry at her patronization.  Dark amusement won over both.  "I won't get in trouble, I promise."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Othello in Space, or How Not to Build a Sci Fi or Fantasy World

Posted by: Regan Summers

I had all kinds of amazing ideas for this blog post, but those were superseded by an urgent need to talk about how NOT to build a fantasy or Sci Fi world. Consider this a PSA. A rambling, not terribly informative PSA.

I was recently reminiscing with a friend over a high school version of Othello we saw years ago. Maybe “reminiscing” isn’t the right word. “Eviscerating” probably fits better. The innocent “hey, do you remember…” dissolved into me ranting about the utter lack of respect for the cadence of the verse and the pronunciation of the words (But lo, what emPHAsis from yonder, wrong sylLAble breaks?).

There were also a number of random pelvic thrusts. Have you ever run into an out-of-the-blue hip gyration? It’s baffling. I get that Othello contains both insinuations and overt accusations of adultery. I do. Apparently the cast was also clued in to this, but they weren’t sure exactly which words were naughty, because the final product looked a lot like this:

Othello:
“Had it pleas’d Heaven
To try me with affliction, had they rain’d
All kind of sores and shames on my bare head,
Steep’d me in poverty to the very lips,
Given to captivity me and my utmost hopes (pelvic thrust)
I should have found in some place of my soul
A drop of patience (pelvic thrust)”

-Shakespeare, Othello (Pelvic thrusts are mine. Well, not mine, mine.)

Maybe we just saw the production on an off night, which would explain the director sticking his head around the scrim and stage-whispering: “Psssst: ACT!” a few times. Regardless, I raved about this for fifteen minutes, after which my friend chimed in with, “Yeah, and I can’t believe it was set in space!”

Whaaa?

I have a vague recollection of geometrical set pieces, large headdresses and silver and purple lamé clothing. And this brings me to my point – which should come as a relief if you’re still reading. I had no idea this Othello was set in space. None. What was there to clue me in? From what I could tell, it was set in a kingdom that adored Euclid, was full of women with strong necks, and had a keen desire to show metal how easily it could be mastered and turned into ill-fitting pantsuits. That could be anywhere, anytime. It could be happening in your home town right now! Though I hope it’s not, because pantsuits are not flattering.

I’m not saying that Iago should have come out with a giant “Saturn or Bust” bumper sticker on the side of a suitcase. I don’t love the obvious info-dump. If more than half of the first chapters of a Sci Fi or fantasy novel describe the rules, history and minutiae of the world outside the immediate context of the characters, I zone out. But I also don’t care for window-dressing worlds, stories that could easily exist here and now but happen to be in space!, or underground!, or on an Earth where the sun has set permanently and humans are slaves to vampires decadently living out their final decades as the planet cools (!...wait, that actually sounds sweet).
There has to be a balance but, more importantly, the environment – this world that the author takes so much time and thought to create – has to impact the characters and plot. Ilona Andrews is someone(s) I often point out to new authors when showing them how to create a dramatically different world. In their Kate Daniels series, paranormal and mythical creatures exist, but that element isn’t what makes that world unique from the real world. Magic battles with technology and the two ebb and flow erratically. Which of the two is “up” at any given time is integral to the story. Characters can go from powerful to frail, or sane to mad during these shifts. Long distance communication can be instantaneous one moment, and impossible the next. This results in conflict and drama and peril, oh my!

So, I guess what I’m saying is that, if you’re going to festoon your world in triangles, those triangles had better be important, not just pretty, pointy things. Also, please keep your ill-timed pelvic-thrusts to yourself.*

*I was going to put a “the more you know” here, but I don’t want any major networks to sue me.



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Monday, July 16, 2012

Here Be News

Posted by: Eleri Stone
Our new releases this week


This is no fairy tale...

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life--and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can't control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price--my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself...

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils--including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to...

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                                                               ******


Claire Winters is two days away from taking her place in the Shamanic Council’s Genetic Protection Program. To keep the fragile bloodline strong, every Shaman female must have one pure Shaman child. Tonight she wants one last fling and she has the lead violinist of Lucinda’s Lover in her sights—even though lustful liaisons with Vampires are strictly forbidden.
Absinthe has shunned long term relationships for so long he’s not sure he knows how to do anything but one-night stands. A forbidden hybrid of Shaman and Vampire, he has the ability to draw up power during shows and enchant people—usually women—out of their panties. But when he chooses Claire and a quickie backstage turns into a passionate night he can’t forget, he isn’t sure who was enchanting who.

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Links of Interest

Texts from Jane Eyre. "MY HOUSE IN FRANCE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE AN ATTIC
IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE WORRIED ABOUT..."

First Animated Disney – Marvel Crossover Announced — And It’s Phineas and Ferb! Heee!

From io9: Joss Whedon at the Firefly Reunion: “These are the best meat puppets I’ve ever controlled” There's a ton of Comic-Con coverage on that site but it makes me sad I couldn't be there.

The Fringe Season 5 trailer!

Here Be Magic Group Announcements

#steampunkchat with @CindySPape and @Jenny_Schwartz on Friday July 20 at 9pm New York time on Twitter. This week's topic is "Steampunk tropes, stereotypes & cliches". Everyone is welcome! and if you think you're going to forget to include the all-important hashtag #steampunkchat, you can join the hour long chat via its Tweetchat room, http://tweetchat.com/room/steampunkchat , and have the hashtag added automatically to your tweets. This is a great chance to learn something about the fascinating world of steampunk or to share your enthusiasm. Don't forget to wear your goggles ;)

Annie Nicholas will be having a birthday bash this weekend, July 21-22 with lots of surprise gifts! Stop by: www.annienicholas.blogspot.com.

Rebecca York is thrilled with the response to her new blog www.onromancewriting.com  People are telling her it’s reminding them of what they’re supposed to be thinking about when they write a romance novel. Rebecca says, “It’s reminding me, too.”

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Rogue's Pawn Release Day!

Posted by: Jeffe Kennedy
Okay, it comes out on Monday. But Woo Hoo!

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

 You can preorder/buy at Carina Press

and Amazon

and Barnes and Noble.

It will also be available on Audible, but they don't seem to have it up yet.

Would love to hear any and all feedback! Even someone calling it "Fifty Shades of Fae" made me laugh.

Friday, July 13, 2012

What’s in a name?

Posted by: Shona Husk
I always have my baby name book handy when I start plotting. Sometimes I know what my characters are called straight away, other times it’s more of a vague feeling. In my Sex with Strings series I had to pick two names, or more, for the vampire guys. The vampire’s real name, the name they currently used, then their stage name. 
Vampire rock stars have stage names so they can disappear more easily from the spotlight when people start to realize they aren’t aging. ;)

The picking of stage names was actually a lot of fun.

Phoenix for the guy who was burning his relationship to the ground and starting again.

Thanatos for the vamp who couldn’t feel any sensation and was trapped in his own body.

Sirius, the brightest and best, yet he always stepped aside for the flashy showman who is Absinthe.


Absinthe got his name because of his unnaturally green eyes.

To celebrate the release of Enchanting Absinthe today (yay!) I’m going to give away the first three novellas in the series, Kissing Phoenix, Tasting Thanatos and Sharing Sirius, all you have to do is tell me what your stage name would be.

Winner will be drawn by random on Monday the 15 July 7pm WST

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Spotlight: WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM - Assassin or Bodyguard?

Posted by: Veronica Scott

Today's post highlights two of the secondary characters from my Science Fiction Adventure WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM. Readers have been intrigued with Khevan, a member of the D’nvannae Brotherhood, an order of assassin/bodyguards, serving a mysterious alien deity The Red Lady. Readers also tend to have equally strong feelings towards Twilka, a self centered, superrich, high society girl who becomes part of the small group Nick Jameson, my Special Forces hero, is trying to rescue.   (One reviewer said basically she wanted to take Twilka and slap some sense into her LOL!).
 
Today I thought I’d excerpt the scene where Twilka tries to hire Khevan for herself, to save her, much to the annoyance of the rest of Nick and Mara.

First, here’s the Book Blurb:
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara (and Khevan), Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

 Now the excerpt, which comes after Nick and Khevan have rescued Twilka from a very ugly scene near the Casino, after the ship has become disabled and many passengers panic.



As if registering for the first time who and what he actually was, Twilka stared at Khevan. She raised her hand to stroke the scarlet tattoo curling on his cheekbone. “You’re a D’nvannae Brother!”
            “Yes.” Khevan captured her hand and lifted it away from his face, squeezing her fingers slightly before releasing them.
            “Hey, I want to offer contract terms.” Her voice gained animation and energy. She didn’t even notice the tranq inject he gave her. “Get me out of here alive. I can pay, whatever the going rate is. You can do it – I know you can. The D’nvannae can do anything.” She worked to remove the intricate collar of golden chains and charms dangling around her neck and upper body. “Here, this has to be worth enough.”
            “Now wait a minute. “ Mara’s voice was sharp with annoyance. She frowned. “He’s with us. “
            Khevan curled his hand over Twilka’s, stopping her awkward attempt to unclasp the necklace. “I’m not available for contract.”
            Blinking, she stared at him in confusion. “But you- your hair’s not braided,” she argued, taking a strand of it into her fingers for a second. “So you’re available. So we contract. I have the price, right here. This necklace cost my father a fortune – two fortunes probably, on the jewelers’ planet in the Inner Sector.”
            Mara stared across at Nick, who was watching this by-play in frustrated silence. He shrugged in answer to her unspoken question. “I certainly have no authority over a D’nvannae Brother. Can’t stop him from taking a personal contract. I’m grateful he acted as my backup since the problem with the lifeboat, on Level Three. There was a damn good chance I wouldn’t have been able to pull off the rescue of either the children or Twilka without him.”
Mara transferred her glare to Khevan again. Her voice dripped scorn. “It’s common knowledge that the Red Lady who rules your Order favors profit over philanthropy. Twilka’s necklace is more than a fair price for the services of a D’nvannae, even such a high ranking one as you appear to be.”
            The Brother’s answering words took Nick by surprise.
            “I cannot contract with you.” Khevan was speaking to Twilka gently but with unmistakable finality. “The Lady Whom I Serve decrees what a Brother does and does not undertake. This night I serve at this man’s command.” He pointed at Nick.
            “For how long?” Twilka pouted.
 It was not an attractive expression for her, in Nick’s opinion.
            “As long as it takes to get us – all of us – off this cursed ship. I can’t argue with the Red Lady. Nor can I accept a private contract while I am bound by Her to act upon Captain Jameson’s orders.”
            “I’ve never heard of a D’nvannae refusing a legally offered contract,” Mara said.
            Khevan  raised one eyebrow. “And you are, of course, our contractual expert, Miss Lyrae. But in this matter, you’re mistaken. The Brotherhood does refuse contract if the Lady herself declines. Rare, I admit, but so is the situation in which we find ourselves tonight.”
            Nick cleared his throat. “I don’t know why you’re so sure your Red Lady wants you to take my orders, but I’m grateful.”
            Khevan made him a half bow. “The word of the Lady is quite unmistakable to an initiate.” He gazed at Twilka, who apparently had nothing to say, her eyes wide and her mouth open. “You’re one of our party now, and therefore I’ll work to see you safely away from this ship, along with the rest.”
Guy sounds genuinely sorry he can’t take the contract. Nick checked Twilka’s reaction.
            The girl licked her bruised lips, fingering the rejected necklace absently. “Well, I guess that’ll have to do then, won’t it?” Closing her eyes, she reclined on the couch, deliberately shutting them all out.

Here's a short interview with Khevan:

What was your life like growing up?
When I was very young, perhaps 3 or 4, my father brought me to the Brotherhood on our home world. I am told he was poor and hoped that by dedicating my life to the service of the Red Lady, he could ensure a better future for me. It is a fairly common occurrence. I’ve known no other life than the Brotherhood until now. It is a life of discipline, sacrifice and rewards.
From boyhood I have studied, trained and practiced to be very very good at what I do. Martial arts, assassination techniques, culture, history – one must be well rounded to reach the highest levels of the Brotherhood. (Khevan smiles and lowers his voice.) And then there are the…other arts that the Lady decrees her high ranking servants must learn, to please her in human form. Those skills come in handy on certain assignments as well.
Before the action in the book, what were your plans/hopes for the future?
I was on the path to reach the highest levels of my Brotherhood, completing many dangerous missions of assassination or guarding others against death. The Lady decrees who we contract with and whether we are preserving life or taking it. Some say it is at her whim. I chose to believe she had a plan that was beyond our human comprehension. (Shifting uncomfortably in the chair, Khevan frowns.) I needed to believe that to carry out my assignments at times. I was an Intimate Initiate of the Order, which means I have been privileged to serve the Lady of the Flames herself. Those private rituals are not to be spoken of outside the Brotherhood.
What changed that?
It became necessary on the Nebula Dream to in essence defy my Lady in order to save lives. I know Veronica doesn’t wish to provide spoilers, but there were consequences, to myself and to another…

Veronica sez I think we’ll leave it there. WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM  is available from  SmashwordsAmazon and Barnes & Noble

You can watch the book trailer (which Khevan is not in, alas!) on youtube.
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