Thursday, April 26, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Angela is totally not in the slightest bit nervous about Steve's chances in this movie NOPE NOPE NOPE (fidget fidget fret). And when she's totally NOT FIDGETING about Steve Rogers, she writes as both Angela Highland and Angela Korra'ti. You can find her books under either name at angelahighland.com! Or come say hi and tell her all about your favorite superheroes on Facebook or Twitter.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Cinderella. You value family harmony above all else; certainly, above your own health and happiness.
Rumpelstiltskin. You metaphorically spin straw into gold through hard work. This fairy tale irritates and intrigues you. That some people choose to skip through life on a mix of wishes and trickery baffles you.
Beauty and the Beast. You like to look for hidden truths and believe that you see deeper than most people. You find a well-informed mind far sexier than a well-muscled body.
Jack and the Beanstalk. You have gigantic problems in your life. Sometimes they seem overwhelming. But you never give in. You keep sharpening your ax and one day that beanstalk that's causing the problems is coming down. Timber!
Red Riding Hood. You've survived some tough situations while keeping a positive view of people and life.
Sleeping Beauty. You know that hiding under the bed covers is a viable strategy. Not everything is your problem to solve. But when you do decide to act, wicked stepmothers should watch out!
Hansel and Gretel. You love wandering into the woods and trying new things. Candy cottages? Yum! You always manage to escape the trouble you get into.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Bring It Back(list):
UnderSilver from Linda Mooney, a sensuous scifi romance on sale for $.99: Warning! Contains loss of oxygen, vicious sea creatures, massive destruction, scientific theories, near-drowning, subsonic bursts, questionable seafood, alien artifacts, and two people trying to survive what could be the complete annihilation of their species.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Word Count: 56.7K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p / $19.95 a
Centuries ago, mankind's only hope for survival were the seven vessels specially fitted to send the last survivors of Earth to a planet named New Earth. Seven space ships that became floating cities once they landed on the water-only world teeming with edible seafood, as well as dangerous creatures.
Lt. Jace Novick, of the ship UnderPlatinum, is sent to sister ship UnderSilver to see if he can help find a possible solution to their growing problem. Food is beginning to run low, catches are scarcer, and the tension between ships is increasing as starvation becomes imminent.
Lt. Commander Rhone Derth has created a security device called wrap shields to protect Silver from repeated attacks by the planet's hostile monsters. But it seems the shields are also keeping the fish away as well. Jace believes he has an answer, but it means he and Rhone must work together despite Rhone's antagonism toward him, and the short time he's been allotted before he must return to his own ship.
Together, they try to discover a way to survive as the other vessels turn on each other in a desperate battle for the last of the dwindling food supply, not knowing that another, more malevolent being is watching them from the depths.
Friday, April 20, 2018
Which got me curious. At that time, the answer was, "No." But then I made a spreadsheet. Excluding titles that began with "the", "a", and "an", (and excluding my books as Carolyn Gregg and Gail Smith) I made an alphabetical list, and discovered that there were only five letters I had yet to go.
Since then, I have accomplished that goal that never was intended to be one. I can now say that I have a book title beginning with every letter of the alphabet, including at least one numerical title.
So if you ever see me at a convention or book signing, feel free to quiz me, the same way I test myself whenever I'm stuck at a railroad crossing, or going down the highway.
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1000 of You
Fantasy/Time Travel Romance
Word Count: 40.7K
$3.99 e / $9.99 p
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Thursday, April 19, 2018
There’s been much controversy, at least among the sort of geeks who care about such things, over whether Robin Hood was real. My answer: it depends on what you mean by Robin Hood and what you mean by ’real.’
Certainly the Errol Flynn version of the Robin Hood story is largely fictional (no offense to the late and very handsome Mr. Flynn, whom I enjoy watching in almost any role, historical inaccuracies and all.) For one, Prince John was hardly a worse king than Richard Lionheart. Understand that this is damning John with extremely faint praise. Richard hated England, hated the English, and did not speak the language. He bled the country dry so he could go off and play soldiers in sunny Palestine. Any version of the Robin Hood tale that has Good King Richard coming in to save the day is as much a fantasy as tales of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. (Not saying that these versions aren’t enjoyable in their own right; I myself collect film, TV, and novel versions of Robin Hood. Just keep in mind that they aren’t history.)
There have been two candidates proposed for the ‘real’ Robin Hood: Robert, Lord Locksley and Robert, Earl Huntington. The 1980’s BBC series Robin of Sherwood took advantage of this when the actor playing Robert of Locksley quit. They wrote in a passing of the torch to Robert of Huntington, and the series went on. Robin of Sherwood was one of the few interpretations that got the whole Saxon/Norman conflict right and didn’t have the Lionheart riding in with a pardon. Some of the dialogue and plotting was a bit campy, but I will always love the series for its nod to the deeper pagan roots of the Robin Hood legend.
But I digress (often, as anyone who regularly reads my blogs will tell you.) The point is, historical records show that there were, indeed, men by the names Robert of Huntington and Robert of Locksley who lived in England roughly contemporary with the later Robin Hood legends. This is hardly definitive, especially since there is no record that either of them were outlawed. Also, the early roots of the Robin Hood legend predate the lifetime of either man,
Were there outlaws and robbers hiding in Sherwood Forest during the time of Richard Lionheart? Almost certainly—those were dangerous times. Did they rob from the rich and give to the poor? There’s no evidence that they did, although to scholars who insist that such charity would be unlikely I counter with the power of enlightened self-interest. The Saxon peasants already hated their Norman overlords. A few coins here and there would buy their silence with regard to the outlaws’ movements and perhaps even a safe bolt-hole when necessary.
The legend of Robin Hood has its antecedents in the pre-Christian Lord of Forests, in the Green Man carved above church lintels even though the image has been around long before the first Christians set foot on the British Isles. He is the trickster Robin Goodfellow, and he is the stag god, Herne, hunter and hunted, ready to spill his own blood for the sake of his people. Perhaps he is more, not less, real for the fact that no single man is large enough to encompass his story.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
|Old illustration of Vampire Bats|
|Intricately carved facade of Goa Lawah Bat Cave Temple.|
|Chinese pendant showing lucky 5 bats|
surrounding the word for good fortune
Necklace owned by Dani Harper
THE GRIM SERIES by Dani Harper
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…
It's fun to read them in order, but you won't get lost if you don't!
See ALL Dani's novels on her Amazon Author Page
Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.
A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn’t anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.
A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.
Harper’s first foray into fiction began with a series of successful wolf-shifter novels: CHANGELING MOON (2012 RITA finalist), CHANGELING DREAM, and CHANGELING DAWN. A darker werewolf tale brushing the edges of horror followed: FIRST BITE.
More recently she’s been bringing ancient faery legends into modern-day America with THE GRIM SERIES (STORM WARRIOR, a top ten pick by PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STORM BOUND, STORM WARNED, and soon-to-be-released STORM CROSSED)
For those who love a ghostly love story: THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Book 2 of The Battle Lord Saga
Word Count: 90K
$4.99 e / $15.99 p / $24.95 a
Length: 10 hours
Warning: Contains a near massacre, renewed friendships, shocking revelations, birth control 300 years in the future, a trip down memory lane, and a deepest desire finally fulfilled.
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