Monday, October 15, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for October 15th, 2018

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
All the latest 
from the authors at 
Here Be Magic
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In Case You Missed It:

Monday, October 8 - 

"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the authors at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, October 9 - 

"PETS IN SPACE 3" - Author Veronica Scott visits to talk about the latest in the series of sci-fi romance anthologies. These multi-author novels support HeroDogs.org, which places specially trained dogs with veterans. 

Thursday, October 11 - 
"BRIDAL GOWNS" - Author Ruth A. Casie explores their history. (Did you know wedding dresses haven't always been white?)

Saturday, October 13 - 
This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is "DESTINY CALLING" by Maureen Bonatch. See all the details below.

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New Release: 



GISELLE
Contemporary Fantasy Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count: 18.5K
$2.99 e / $9.99 p
#apocalyptic #postapocalyptic #futuristic
Sick of the same day in, day out, soul-sucking job, Giles Noft decides it's time for a change. Starting a new career as a voice actor with Voce Audio, he realizes it’s also the perfect opportunity to narrate his own published book after hours.

Renting studio space in the evenings, Giles plans to have his book finished in a couple weeks. What he didn’t expect was to find a companion while in the recording studio, or for that companion to completely turn his world and his future upside down.
A chance and seemingly impossible encounter with Giselle Renard changes his entire life. Armed with new information, Giles starts planning for a tomorrow no one knows is coming. Their fast friendship leads to more, but “The End” is closing in. And although neither want their time in the studio to be over, they know there is no way they can avoid the cold, hard reality of what has been, and what is to be.

Warning! Contains an old footlocker, a friend in trouble, a remote location, and a loving promise that's kept fifty-four years later.


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Bring It Back(list) Feature:


On sale for a limited time for 99 cents!
Is he a dream come true, 
or a nightmare just beginning? 

There's magic, mayhem and a little bit of madness in the first book of The Enchantlings series, DESTINY CALLING, by Maureen L. Bonatch. 

Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil's spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn’t. 

Drawn back to the home town she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn't know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld. 


Time is running out, and Hope’s choice may be made for her, as she discovers she’s a pawn in a bigger game played by a merciless ruler who doesn't lose. 

Find out more at Here Be Magic: http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/2018/10/bring-it-backlist-destiny-calling.html

Or go directly to Amazon, where the Kindle version is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time!
https://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Calling-Enchantlings-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00Q3OB85I/ 

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Sales, Contests and Events:



Our authors often take part in hosted giveaways and events, or sponsor their own, Here's the latest: 



Night Owl Romance is hosting their annual Hallowpalooza Scavenger Hunt for readers. It just gets bigger and better every year! There's over 100 prizes, sponsored by authors including some from our own Here Be Magic. 


Runs October 11th to 31st, 2018.


Check it out at:

https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Hallowpalooza-2018

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Maureen L Bonatch is celebrating the Halloween season plus the upcoming release of the first novel in her Enchantlings series: DESTINY CALLING

Check out all the places she’ll be visiting this month on her blog at:
https://www.maureenbonatch.com/2018/10/lots-of-chances-to-win-celebrate-my-upcoming-new-release-not-a-chance/  MANY CONTESTS TO ENTER!!! Join in the fun and enter to win a prize. Be sure to check the dates, since the contest times vary.


Hope just wants to be normal—too bad that will never happen.
Kindle version is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time!
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Bring it Back(list): Destiny Calling

Posted by: Maureen

Are you ready to go back to the woods? Before Not a Chance releases on October 31st (Happy Halloween!) It's your chance to grab the first book of The Enchantlings series, DESTINY CALLING
Get it  right here for .99cents for a limited time!
Magic, mayhem and a little bit of madness

 Is he a dream come true, or a nightmare just beginning?

Hope only wants to find out if her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with her touch makes her the devil's spawn, or his exterminator. But when the woman who raised her is murdered by something not human, she loses the only family she knew and discovers one she might wish she hadn’t.

Drawn back to the home town she vowed never to return to, her ability is seen as an asset to everyone but Hope, and she doesn't know who to trust. Her family wants her to help them overcome an enemy oppressing the human population, while the man of her dreams is courting her for the Underworld.

Time is running out, and Hope’s choice may be made for her, as she discovers she’s a pawn in a bigger game played by a merciless ruler who doesn't lose.


P.S. Stop by my blog right here for a ton of contests, giveaways, and prizes to celebrate the paranormal season and the upcoming release of NOT A CHANCE.

Preorder your copy of NOT A CHANCE right here.


Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

Be the first to know about Maureen’s book sales and new releases by following her on BookBubAmazon and/or signing up for her newsletter 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Bridal Gowns

Posted by: Ruth A Casie

Marriage is one of the great public occasions in a person’s life at which the principals can revel in being the center of attention. For the bride, it is Her Big Day and for centuries women have worked hard to make every detail special, memorable, and perfect especially their wedding dress.
Medieval Brides
Royal princesses were more ‘royal’ on the wedding days. In the medieval era, when royal weddings were great political events and used to seal alliances, the bride had to look majestic. She had to uphold the prestige of her country, impress the in-laws and their country with her own wealth, and if possible outshine them.
In days when all fabrics were hand spun, woven and dyed, and economical use of fabric was normal, wedding gowns made with more material, dyed with expensive dyes, and expensively accented made the statement the bride’s family was wealthy. Skirts were gathered, sleeves were down to the ground and trains were long. Rich colors were used because these dyes were expensive. Furs and jewels were often used as accents. No expense was spared.
The gowns for lower class brides were also formal. They too tried to impress. Humbler fabrics and dyes were used but brides copied the styles of the nobility and trimmed their dresses with less expensive furs, rabbit or fox.
Peasant brides wore cloth died green or blue. Weddings were still a special occasion for the lower classes as well. They dressed as formally as possible wearing humbler fabrics, but styled on the order of the nobility as much as possible. They used flowers and ribbons to enhance their gowns.
By the 1300’s wedding gowns were the ‘bold coat,’ fitted over gowns worn over the kirtle or under dress. The ‘coat’ was laced up and had long sleeves, and a long slit up the front to show the under dress and train.
Some shade of white has always been a favorite. It symbolized virginity and innocence. But white was not practical and not always worn. Blue, associated with the Virgin Mary, was another symbol of purity as well as fidelity and eternal love was also worn. Brides who wore blue believed their husbands would be true to them. If they didn’t wear blue, they wore something blue, a tradition that we still see today. Other popular colors for bridal gowns were pink, yellow, even brown and grey.
Victorian Brides
In 1840, Queen Victoria married Prince Albert and wore a relatively plain white satin gown. Her headdress was a wreath of orange blossoms with a lace veil and eighteen foot train. Their official wedding picture was published around the world and the white wedding gown became the fashion of high society.
The Industrial Revolution brought about great changes even in wedding gowns. Materials were more accessible and reasonably priced.  By 1890, the white wedding gown became a tradition.
Edwardian Brides and Onward

This period brought about more extravagance in wedding gowns with lace and pearl embellishments. Overtime, hemlines rose and tight laces corsets disappeared. Wedding gowns followed the fashion of the day and reflected the economics and politics of the time. During WW1, styles became simpler. Gowns in the 1920’s reflected the flapper style. During the depression, brides wore their ‘best’ dress for their wedding with many brides dying their white wedding dress after the wedding to get more use out of it.
The picture above on the right is special to me, My grandparents, Samuel and Ida Finkelstein on their wedding day March 7, 1908.
Modern Fairy Tale Weddings


Grace Kelly’s marriage Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 set the next big trend. Her wedding gown was a white high-necked, long-sleeved gown with fitted torso and billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie, tulle and Brussels rose point lace. She wore a Juliet cap decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms, and a veil of 90 yards of tulle. Like Queen Victoria's wedding before her, Princess Grace's wedding set the trend for the next decade and big white wedding dresses were in.
This picture above on the right is my sister, the bride, my brother and me. You can see a similarity in the wedding gown style. Her wedding was in 1953, a bit before Princess Grace’s. I like to think my sister set the trend.
Lady Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles in 1982 was also a spectacular wedding complete with a Victorian styled dress. It was puff-sleeves with a fitted bodice, full skirt ivory taffeta on a grand scale. Diana’s gown was not understated, it was grand. It was grand. The nineties saw a return to sleeker, less complicated styles.

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle – Today’s Brides

Fairy Tale weddings continue to draw our attention and play to our dreams. Who doesn’t see Prince Charming with his Cinderella in these pictures?
Today, brides dress in any style from ornate designer dresses to informal dresses and suites. While the traditional colors remains white, eggshell, ecru, and ivory colored wedding gowns are coming back in style.
Our Fairy Tale Wedding
Last month, our future daughter-in-law asked me to go wedding gown shopping. I joined her sister and her aunt at the bridal shop. It’s very different being the mother of the groom especially after working with both my daughters on their weddings. But some things are the same.
My eyes teared with each gown she put on. One was prettier than the next. I’ve only known her for five years, but I’ve seen her grow and blossom as a young woman and as my son’s partner.
When she walked out of the dressing room in front of me stood a poised beautiful princess in a white  lace gown. Seed pearls and crystals embellished the bodice and skirt all the down to the gorgeous lace trimmed train. I’d love to tell you more, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy. You'll have to wait until September 1, 2019 (9-1-19, my son loves the palindrome) to see how lovely she looks.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Veronica Visits to Talk Pets In Space 3 #SciFi Romance Anthology

Posted by: Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me on the blog today. So lovely to come back to visit Here Be Magic as a guest! I’m happy to talk about  my story for this year’s Pets In Space 3: Embrace the Passion anthology!

I love going back to revisit my interstellar cruise liner, the Nebula Zephyr, for these Pets In Space stories, as the ship cruises through the futuristic human civilization known as The Sectors. This is our third year of doing the anthology.  I’ve written a number of books and novellas centered on events aboard the cruise ship now and find the whole cruise setup lends itself to telling a good scifi romance adventure tale. Readers new to my world don’t need to know a lot of backstory to enjoy the events, and for those who have read others in the series, it’s a nice return to see some favorite characters (I hope!).

I usually start with the concept of the pet when I’m figuring out my annual Pets in Space story because that’s the key here. (We're talking pet stories like Lassie but in space!) I have to develop a story that can involve the animal in a meaningful way, not just a throw away line like “And the cat purred!”  So the pet must be able to drive at least part of the plot, for me to feel I’ve succeeded. I also want to have a science fiction-y element to the pet itself. While I was pondering the 2018 story, I saw a really distinctive photo of a Siamese cat and I thought that would be fairly easy and interesting animal for our talented artist Nyssa Juneau to turn into an alien feline for me, with the addition of a third eye and a few other alterations. 

But I’ve done a cat and a catlike alien before, for PISA1, although Midorri, the alien pet there actually is kind of a cross between a red panda and a tribble who acts like a cat. So I wanted something very different, to push the envelope a little more this time and I started thinking about what if the cat wasn’t actually a real animal at all? I ended up making F’rrh a ‘jenfellini’, which is something like a genie or perhaps a mischievous spirit, living in a beautiful lacquered box when not out and about making mischief.

And of course since Moby and Midorri from the PISA1 novella Star Cruise: Stowaway live on board the Nebula Zephyr these days, we do get a few quick glimpses of them in this year's tale.

Anthology Blurb:
Pets in Space™ is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space™ 3 today!

STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

The excerpt - Tassia is safely aboard the ship and calls F’rrh forth:
From the clock in the bulkhead, she knew she’d slept several hours by the time she woke up with a start. Dressing in an oversize T shirt and shorts, she wandered into the kitchenette and found the promised welcome basket. These people try very hard to be kind. Munching on a ration bar, holding a cup of synthcaff, she went into the living area and sat on the couch built into the wall, running through meditation exercises in an attempt to regain her inner calm. The danger wasn’t over, but she had a temporary respite.

Finally, she returned to the bedroom and opened the backpack, carefully removing the few items Xandrina had swept into the bag at the last minute. Tassia arranged the small boxes and miniature statues on the top of the empty bureau with care, trying to appreciate what she still had, not to remember the vast collection in her bedroom at home on Ruatsar Ten, or the beloved relatives who’d given her each of the beautiful items. Soon enough she’d probably have to sell the remaining trinkets, if not on this ship, then later.

“I need to save every credit in salary I can.” She spoke out loud just to hear a voice. Trinkets weren’t important for anything other than the memories attached to them, most of which were now too poignant to revisit.

Picking up the final item, the black lacquer box Liam had been so fascinated by, she set it in the exact center of the bureau, put her hands together and made a formal bow, then rubbed one hand over the drawing and opened the lid.

Golden motes drifted upward from the interior of the container, twirling in the air as if happy to be set free. As Tassia watched, the sparks came together in the outline of a catlike being. There was a flash of purple and F’rrh sat regally next to the box. Her third eye was closed but, tail curled over her paws, she watched Tassia intently from the other two.

“It is well?” F’rrh asked in the old tongue of Ruatsar, voice raspy as if she was meowing and speaking simultaneously.

“Yes, Knowing One. Your vision was clear, and I pursued it to fruition. Thank you for the gift.”

“We will miss Madame Xandrina,” the cat said. “Yet it was her time to join the goddess and enjoy peace. Our time to continue onward.”

“Do you have any further guidance for me?” Tassia enjoyed using the language of her birth, the syllables falling from her tongue so lyrically. She held her breath as the cat’s third eyelid opened the slightest bit and then shut.

“Not at this time.” F’rrh stretched and reverted into golden flickers of light which flowed into the box as if sucked into the heart of a black hole. For all she knew the box might contain such a thing. Tassia smiled at the whimsical concept.

Buy Links: Amazon     iBooks     B&N    Kobo     Google

For more about the anthology, the authors involved and Hero-Dogs, Inc., our charity, visit https://www.petsinspaceantho.com/ 

Author Bio and Links:

USA Today Best Selling Author
“SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happy Ever After blog
 Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!
 She read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

Monday, October 8, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for October 8th, 2018

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
All the latest 
from the authors at 
Here Be Magic
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In Case You Missed It:

Monday, October 1 - 

"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the authors at Here Be Magic.

Wednesday, October 3 - 
"5 PLACES TO STALK YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS" - Writers are readers too! Maureen L. Bonatch lists places on the web that we can go to find out more about the authors behind the stories we love, the development of the stories themselves, and when we can grab the next great read. 

Thursday, October 4 - 
"WHERE ARE THEY NOW?" Marie Harte discusses the issue of small presses disappearing -- leaving authors scrambling to get their books re-released on their own. Her own #CougarFalls is coming back October 16th!

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New Release: 


Releases October 31 on Kindle!
(The Enchantlings Book 2) 

Releases October 31st, Available for PRE-ORDER Now!

The last thing Hope Hallows wants is to become the latest headline. Living in a town that likes secrets, she prefers to keep hers hidden. Avoiding a nosy reporter’s questions about her ability to infuse euphoria or despair with a single touch, and those who crave this bliss, is nothing new. But having her brother’s annoying girlfriend, Berta, go missing is—especially when it makes Hope suspect number one. 

As a triplet, her resemblance to her beloved dead sister causes her family to grieve even more, and her escalating supernatural skills makes Griffith, her half-human-half-Oppressor boyfriend, wary. He wants to put his unsavory past behind him—this could include Hope—since her abilities remind him of the Underworld. 

In her desperate search to find Berta, she stumbles across a tunnel. Phantom voices within whisper that evil has been waiting for a new leader—and isn’t she lucky, they’ve chosen Hope.

https://www.amazon.com/Not-Chance-Enchantlings-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07H9NB38L 

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Where Are They Now? #CougarFalls

Posted by: Marie Harte
There's nothing quite so frustrating for an author (yes, I'm now speaking for all authors, LOL) as having a book that's been published and then disappears, no longer available for purchase anywhere. It's almost spooky. A book graveyard without the headstones, books lost!



I've been dealing with this issue for the past two years! As the publishing world has changed, many small press houses have disappeared, taking with them their authors' works. In many instances, the publishers have relinquished the rights to these works back to the authors. Great! But that means it's then up the author to get that work back out.

In my case, I had 25 titles with Samhain, 6 from Ellora's Cave, and 18 with Loose Id. Of those, I've released 24. 8 more will release in two weeks, but I've still got a ways to go, and it's frustrating.

I hear from readers who are confused and eager to read those books, and I feel the same way. It takes time and money to get new covers, more edits, and formatting. Granted, my edits are light since these books have already been professionally edited, but still. They get looked over. And the problem with these re-releases is it interferes with the creation of new books, thus I'm writing less this year and re-editing more.

But the good news is that I'm seeing, not just with me, but across the board, familiar authors and titles who have re-released titles under their own name or with a different publishing house.

What books are you waiting to read that are no longer out there?

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And coming back to life October 16th, my Cougar Falls shapeshifter romance series! Yea! Only 17 more titles to re-release. LOL

RACHEL'S TOTEM
Cougar Falls #1

Mountain man or mountain lion? In his case—one and the same.

When Rachel arrives in Cougar Falls for a reading of her aunt’s will, she finds herself in a strange little town. The fantastic tales that the townsfolk tell about a clan of people who can shift into animals are nothing but folklore. Aren’t they?

Burke is taken with sexy Rachel, even more so when she shows signs of possessing Ac-Taw blood. But this puts her in more danger than she knows, danger that only increases the urgency to mark her as his own. Rachel comes to realize she’s inherited much more than just property. She has also inherited a destiny to protect her newfound home, and her new love.
For the Ac-Taw aren’t just legend-they’re real.



Wednesday, October 3, 2018

5 Places to Stalk Your Favorite Authors

Posted by: Maureen

I was going to mention that fall is in the air and how it’s the perfect time to curl up  and read. Then I realized, anytime is the perfect time to read. No matter what season, there’s nothing like escaping into a good book. (Although I do love fall!)


When I find a book by a new-to-me author, the first thing I do is stalk them. No worries, authors are safe, it’s only cyber-stalking. 

Lucky for us, there are plenty of places on the web that we can go to find out more about the authors behind the stories we love, the development of the stories themselves, and when we can grab the next great read. Here are a few places I like to check out my favorite authors.

1- Website or Blog
Authors may keep the information about their books, perhaps what the order to read their books and what’s coming next. It’s their website, so it’s pretty much whatever they’d like to share. Other authors might blog regularly and you can subscribe to that, or they may feature guests, or host giveaways.

As an author, as well as a reader, my favorite part of the author website is finding their author bio and reading about how they started their writing career. 

2- Amazon
If you want a quick overview of the author’s books and an ability to grab every book so you can binge them, you can usually find their author page on Amazon. If you follow them you’ll receive an email notification when they have a new release so you never miss out on a book. You might see other books like the one you enjoyed and discover a new favorite author. (Favorite authors are kind of like potato chips, you can’t have just one!)
 
I leave a review for almost everything I purchase on Amazon, because if you’re like me, reviews are one of the first things I look at when I’m deciding on what to buy. So be sure to show your favorite author some love and leave a quick review. 
 
3- Newsletter
Most authors have a newsletter that gives you an extra behind the scenes look at the mysterious author life. (Hint, most authors aren’t all that mysterious, but newsletters are usually informative, and often fun!) It’s like getting to be a VIP in the author’s life. Plus occasionally you get freebies—my subscribers get a free short story when they sign up.
 
4- Goodreads
Goodreads has a plethora of information on authors, books and groups that can help you discover new books. There are groups available if you want to participate in what’s like an online book club. 

5- BookBub
BookBub is the latest hot spot for authors and readers. You can follow friends and authors and make and receive book recommendations.
 

Authors might also like to spend more time on their author Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or any of the new social sites popping up every day—but usually those are indicated on their website so you can follow them from there.

 If you’re around my cyber-world, you’ll know that I have a new release coming up (Not A Chance) on October 31, 2018 and get a chance to participate in tons of fun giveaways leading up to the big day.

Where Do You Find Your Favorite Authors?



Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four
seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebookTwitter

Monday, October 1, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for October 1, 2018

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
All the latest 
from the authors at 
Here Be Magic
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In Case You Missed It:

Monday, September 24 - 

"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the authors at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, September 25 - 

"MUSIC MAN (OR WOMAN)" - Author Shawna Reppert talks about music as a tool for creating a multi-dimensional character – using her own Raven from the Ravensblood series.

Wednesday, September 26 - 
"AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER ... REALLY?" - Are the best-remembered, best-loved romantic movies and stories the tragic ones? Author Linda Mooney poses the question on Here Be Magic. 

Thursday, September 27 - 
"THE RULES HAVE CHANGED" - Does speculative fiction change the rules? Author Jenny Schwartz talks about how reading and writing science fiction and fantasy is inherently a political act.

Friday, September 28 - 
"WHAT IF..." - Author Cindy Spencer Paper talks about the underlying question in every work of fiction.

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Sales:


Available in
Kindle, Paperback, and Audio
STORM WARRIOR
Book 1 of the bestselling GRIM SERIES by Dani Harper

Enslaved for millennia by the masters of the Welsh faery realm, the fierce Celtic warrior Rhys is doomed to wander the earth forever. But when a brave beauty unwittingly breaks the enchantment, he is drawn into a strange new world…and an all-consuming desire.

Sensible Morgan doesn’t believe in magic—until a mysterious being saves her from a fate worse than death, and life as she knows it changes forever. Now the man of her dreams has become flesh and blood, igniting a spark in Morgan’s soul which science cannot explain. But even a love that transcends time may not be strong enough to withstand the power of an ancient curse.

Kindle version is $1.99 for the month of October.

ABOUT THE GRIM SERIES:

The fae are cunning, powerful and often cruel. The most beautiful among them are often the most deadly. Hidden far beneath the mortal world, the timeless faery realm plays by its own rules—and those rules can change on a whim. Now and again, the unpredictable residents of that mystical land cross the supernatural threshold…

In this enchanting fantasy series from Dani Harper, the ancient fae come face-to-face with modern-day humans and discover something far more potent than their strongest magic: love.


Friday, September 28, 2018

What If...

Posted by: Cindy Spencer Pape
The first question any story starts with is "What if?" What if there was a dragon under the mountain? What if some people had a powerful force that could be turned to good or evil? What if two people who seem unlikely partners on the surface met, had to deal with one another, plus some outside conflict, and fell in love? It's constanly pondering what if that, IMO, makes an author, especially when it comes to genre ficion.

I was asking what if long before I knew I would be a writer. I would overhear one or two sentences as I passed by someone, completely out of context, and then mentally build my own idea of the story. I'd see a product ad on TV and turn it into an entire reality in my brain. I'd rewrite a movie or book if I didn't like the ending. (I had Monica and Chandler from friends married off in my version from season one!) Even as a teen, I'd take my YA books, and write up stories of the characters as adults. A few of them even ended up on paper. This was long before there was a term for fanfic, but yes, I wrote Trixie Belden fanfic, with the characters grown up and married. I was probably about 12.

I always knew I was weird. Other people I knew didn't do this. My first book was about a space fighter pilot and an infantry soldier. Otherwise known as I really didn't like the movie Starship Troopers, but did like the character concepts. Then, after I had actually written that first book, the awful one stashed in the back of a file cabinet that no one should ever see, I joined the Detroit chapter of Romance Writers of America. What I found was priceless.

I wasn't just crazy. I was WRITER crazy. That acceptance made all the difference.

50+ books and stories later, I am still writer crazy. Life has taken some rough turns in the last few years, so I've seen a hiatus in my creative life, and it's making me a whole different kind of nuts. But I know I simply won't be happy again until I'm writing again. Until I'm back to loving the What If?

These are darker times than when I started, for me personally and for my country, even the world. My new works might be a little darker, but I also think that might make them a little more important. Because, to piggy-back on the words of my illustrious colleague Jenny Schwartz, specultaive fiction specifically addresses the What Ifs regarding the essential rules of our reality. Looking at these rules, pondering how things might change if the rules do or what might happen if they don't--that's a powerful tool.

I'll always be a happy endings kind of girl. Making people smile is a big part of why I chose to write romance. But happiness between a couple doesn't mean a perfect world. It just means you have someone beside you to face the rough times. Speculative fiction or reality, I really believe that's the ultimate HEA. To not be alone when you have to face up to the universe.

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For a few more days until the end of Spetember, Steam & Sorcery, my award-winning, best-selling steampunk story that kicks off the Gaslight Chronicles, is on sale from Kindle for only $1.99. Click here to have a look. This my What If there was still magic, and computers had been invented in the 1840s world.


You can also find more about me and my books at www.cindyspencerpape.com Happy Autumn!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Rules Have Changed

Posted by: Jenny Schwartz
I read and write a lot of speculative fiction: everything from steampunk to space opera with paranormal romance, urban fantasy and dystopian fiction thrown in.

The appeal of spec fic is both simple and fundamental. In it, the rules the world plays by are changed.

I'm very law-abiding. I'm too much of a worrier to be anything else. I like to do the "right thing" for fear that anything less will usher in the End of Days. Yep, me forgetting to rinse out my coffee mug will cause Armageddon. Bet you didn't know that? *rolls eyes at self*

But what happens when the rules change and the "right thing" becomes something radically new?

Rules (both stated in the legal sense and implicit in the form of social norms) structure our society. Change the rules and you change society.

Speculative fiction is inherently revolutionary. Being fiction, it provides a safe means to test drive dangerous notions. (The military calls it "scenario planning").

The act of reading spec fic is, therefore, political. As readers (and writers) we are choosing to explore challenges to the status quo. Consequently, it's fascinating to recall our favourite novels and analyse them for what they reveal about our political, social and personal aspirations.



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My novel, The Troll Bridge, is a coming-of-age fantasy novel, and is available on Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited. Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VRR76K 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

And They Lived Happily Ever After...Really?

Posted by: Linda Mooney











There’s been a question rolling around in my mind like an errant marble for some time now. Is it my imagination, or are the best-remembered, best-loved romantic movies and stories the tragic ones?
            
The reason I’m asking is because I’ve been told that readers want their books to end with an HEA (Happily Ever After) or at least an HFN (Happy For Now). But it makes me wonder if Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, and more recently, Cameron’s Titanic and Brokeback Mountain would have been anywhere near as popular if the loving couple had been allowed to remain together.
            
Why do you think these tragedies continue to be popular after so many years? Also, why don't current romances - books and movies - have more tragic endings? Would it make them more or less popular?

Other than romantic comedies, can you name a romance-driven movie with an HEA that is still popular to this day? 

I could use some good recommendations. I'm ready for a popcorn-and-tissues night.

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MIRACLE Beyond Measure
Book 2
Paranormal/Supernatural/Contemporary Fantasy Romance
By Linda Mooney
Word Count: 43.1K
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Life on the run is hard. Food is limited, and clothes are difficult to come by, but I’ll keep going. We’ll keep going. We have to. The world is depending on us.

My name is Casi Clarity, and there’s a prophecy that says I will be the one to save the world, along with my protector, Coheed. But we don’t know how, or when, or why. We just will.

Our travels have taken us to New Orleans, where the demons are getting stronger, smarter, and harder to evade. With new allies and enemies alike, who can I trust? Is my protector even who he says he is?

I’m in the fight of my life, with or without Coheed, but fighting without the help of my love is impossible to fathom. I’d rather die myself. But if I did, would I stay dead this time?

My name is Casi.

The undead call me Little Mouse.

Coheed calls me his Miracle.

Warning! Contains a special tea, a trailer in the swamp, deception, bitter cold, a lost testament, a new revelation, and the loss of a loved one that tears the heart apart.

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