Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Guest Interview: TJ Nichols

Posted by: Shona Husk
I won't have a new book out until next month, but TJ Nichols has the final book in their Studies in Demonology trilogy out next week (warlocks, climate change, magic and demons) so I thought I'd ask them a few questions.
Shona: You have an urban fantasy series wrapping up next week. What is it like to end a series where you've spent three books with the same characters. You must know them really well. Is it hard to let go?
TJ: I do know them well, which also mean I know exactly how to hurt them...it makes black moments that much darker. I thought it was going to be hard to let go, but the story was done and it ends on a really hopeful note.
Shona: Why demons?
TJ: Because everyone has their own demons, I just made it literal rather than figurative.
Shona: With Studies in Demonology over can we expect a new series soon?
TJ: I have a new urban fantasy series starting in April/May of next year. The Mytho series is set in San Francisco and has a dragon shapeshifter hero and a human cop who are most definitely not having a career ending relationship. There's a lot of mythological beings and it's not as dark as the Demonology series.
Shona: Where do you get your ideas?
TJ: All over the place. Sometimes from news article I read sometimes from just bits and pieces that drift together to form an idea. A lot of the time I have no idea, a character just appears in my head and starts talking about their problem, or I see them in a situation.
Shona: Got any writing tip?
TJ: Write. Read. Repeat. You get better at writing by writing. Read outside your genre to cast your creative net wide. And keep going, being an author isn't a sprint. Few make it to the top, but if you're having fun and making a few bucks then you're doing ok.
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Studies in Demonology: Book Three
Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire--a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren't offering sanctuary for free.

Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.

Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together--not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?

Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he's terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.

No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.
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Monday, November 19, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for November 19, 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, November 12 - 

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

Tuesday, November 13 -

"5 REASONS I WISH I WAS A ROMANCE HEROINE" - According to author Ruth Casie, there are other benefits besides the hot hero!

Thursday, November 15 - 

"WISHBONES - A HISTORY OF LORE AND LUCK" - The tradition of breaking the wishbone is surprisingly old. Dani Harper looks at the fascinating folklore associated with this custom - just in time for Thanksgiving!  

Saturday, November 17 - 
This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is "I'M NOT EHRYNN ROSE" by Linda Mooney. See all the details below!

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New Release: 



Whoohoo! It's out!
Now's your chance to read it the way it was originally written!

BEAUTY'S ALIEN BEAST
(Formerly released as Captive Surrender)
Erotic Sci-fi Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count: 62K
$3.99 e



As an intergalactic cop gifted with psionic abilities, Maurra instinctively went to the Ellinod's defense when she saw the immense and bestial-looking alien being attacked by a group of vicious Kronners. Little did she know what the Kronners had planned for her and the Ellinod until she woke up naked in a cell inside their ship. And it wasn't long before she found out a translation device had been implanted against her spine, debilitating her and making her helpless with pain whenever she tried to use her psi powers.


Neither she nor the Ellinod had any idea how twisted their captors were, but they soon discovered that she and the beast were at the mercy of someone who expected them to "entertain" his "customers", and entertain them well regardless of the consequences.

Warning: Contains moral degradation, public sex, self sacrifice, unexpected tenderness, sadistic little aliens, banishment, exorbitant Pay Per View charges, and sweet revenge served cold.

(Note: This book was previously released by Carina Press/Harlequin as Captive Surrender. It has been restored to its original content, including more than 7K additional words, and re-edited.)

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Bring It Back(list) Feature:

I'M NOT EHRYNN ROSE
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance
by Linda Mooney



The body was not hers, and there was the possibility her life could be in jeopardy.

Not feeling well, Nadia Logermeyer, a twenty-eight-year-old dental assistant living in New York City, lies down to rest, only to wake up in the hospital...in Houston, Texas. In someone else's body. With someone else's name. And with someone else's husband.

She has no idea how or why she's now Ehrynn Rose, or why Ehrynn tried to take her own life. All she knows is that as soon as she's able, she needs to return to NYC to find out what happened to her own body.

But that's not the worst of it. She's falling in love with Nash Rose, Ehrynn's husband. Unfortunately, the couple are in the midst of a sticky divorce, and her claims of a body switch are only making things more complicated.

She's not Ehrynn Rose, but it's quickly getting to the point where she'd give anything to be her. It isn't until she discovers the real reason why she tried to commit suicide that she realizes the danger isn't over yet.

Warning! Contains a prenuptial agreement, a monkey-shaped birthmark, visits to pawn shops, high-end fashions, long-distance revenge, a pink Bentley, and an incredible circumstance that threatens a new-found love.

Excerpt and buy links.
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I'M NOT EHRYNN ROSE
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance
by Linda Mooney


From November 1st - 30th, you can get the ebook for just 99 cents! (Available at this price only on Amazon and my website

Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)




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Hosted by Night Owl Reviews, this annual event just keeps getting bigger and better! Lots of authors = lots of prizes to be won -  Amazon gift cards, SpaFinder.com gift cards, Sephora.com gift cards and eBooks, eBooks, eBooks. Plus the grand prize is a KINDLE FIRE HD 8 WITH ALEXA!

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Bring It Back(list) - I'M NOT EHRYNN ROSE, a Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
From November 1st - 30th, you can get the ebook for just 99 cents! (Available at this price only on Amazon and my website. Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)

I'M NOT EHRYNN ROSE
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count: 38.2K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p / $14.95 a


The body was not hers, and there was the possibility her life could be in jeopardy.

Not feeling well, Nadia Logermeyer, a twenty-eight-year-old dental assistant living in New York City, lies down to rest, only to wake up in the hospital...in Houston, Texas. In someone else's body. With someone else's name. And with someone else's husband.

She has no idea how or why she's now Ehrynn Rose, or why Ehrynn tried to take her own life. All she knows is that as soon as she's able, she needs to return to NYC to find out what happened to her own body. 

But that's not the worst of it. She's falling in love with Nash Rose, Ehrynn's husband. Unfortunately, the couple are in the midst of a sticky divorce, and her claims of a body switch are only making things more complicated.

She's not Ehrynn Rose, but it's quickly getting to the point where she'd give anything to be her. It isn't until she discovers the real reason why she tried to commit suicide that she realizes the danger isn't over yet.

Warning! Contains a prenuptial agreement, a monkey-shaped birthmark, visits to pawn shops, high-end fashions, long-distance revenge, a pink Bentley, and an incredible circumstance that threatens a new-found love.

Excerpt and buy links.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WISHBONES - A History of Lore and Luck

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR
Vintage Thanksgiving Postcard
Public Domain
Thanksgiving is coming up fast, and many families will choose a turkey as the center of their holiday feast. And after dinner comes the well-known tradition of breaking the wishbone.

But what IS a wishbone? And why on earth would we want to break one?

First of all, you won’t find one in humans. We have two separate collarbones. But a bird’s collarbones are fused into a single Y-shaped bone known as the furcula, or “little fork” in Latin. The collarbones of bipedal dinosaurs like the T-Rex and the Velociraptor were also fused into one. In fact, the presence of a furcula was one of the clues that helped us figure out that modern-day birds—especially chickens and turkeys—are the closest relatives to many dinosaurs.

Two hundred and fifteen million years ago, there weren’t any humans around to make wishes on giant dinosaur furculas. But fast forward to around 700 BC, when the ancient Etruscans lived in what is now Italy. They believed that in addition to tasting good, chickens had a mystical connection to the future that bordered on the sacred. After dinner, the furcula was carefully separated out and dried in the sun. After three days, it would be retired to a safer place in the home. Family and friends would run their fingers over the bone while asking it for favors.

Victorian Thanksgiving Card
Public Domain
You might have noticed that the Etruscans did not break the bone. That little flourish was added by the Romans when they conquered the Etruscans and adopted the furcula tradition. No more could a bone be wished upon by more than one person! Competitors would each crook a finger around a leg of the wishbone and pull. Then as now, whoever got the bigger piece was said to have their wish granted.

The practice of making wishes on a furcula found its way across Europe to Britain. Chickens seemed to decline in popularity for a time, and the bones of geese and partridge were substituted. The birds may have changed, but the ability to divine the future was still attributed to their bones. Writings from 1455 show that geese eaten on St. Martin’s Night (November 11th) were used to predict the severity of the winter. Their breastbones, with wishbones carefully left attached, were dried overnight and examined by the oldest and wisest person available. Armies actually planned their campaigns based solely on the thickness of a goose’s wishbone!

By the 1500s, the furcula custom acquired more rules. Each person would balance the wishbone on their nose like a pair of spectacles and make their wish beforehand. But the game wasn’t necessarily over after the traditional breaking. The winner would often secrete their portion of the bone in one of their outstretched fists, and ask the loser to choose. If the loser picked the hand that held the bone, they could also have their wish come true.

Vintage Valentine Postcard
Public Domain
Written records from 1598 show that the wishbone was most often called a merrythought, and whoever won the break would be the first to marry. Among bachelors, the meaning was often a little more carnal – whoever won would be the first into the marriage bed. Small wonder that the breaking of the wishbone was frequently associated with the loss of virginity!

The tradition of the wishbone traveled to the American colonies from England. And America had an abundance of turkeys, which meant bigger wishbones. 

No matter which bird was used in the USA, its Y-shaped bone acquired more folklore. In 1890, it was recorded in Adams County, Illinois, that both the winner and the loser of a wishbone pull would hang their portion over their doorway like mistletoe. The first man or woman through the door was predicted to be the future husband or wife of the wishbone owner.

The 1910 Edition of the American Poultry Journal affirmed that using chicken wishbones to foretell a spouse was a widespread tradition. A variation on the custom was that the first single woman who walked under a wishbone after it was hung would marry soon. Women who were already married might hang a wishbone over the door in order to conceive a child, or in some cases carry a wishbone in their apron pocket.


Victorian Christmas Card
Public Domain
Victorian jewelry was often designed around good luck charms, and wishbones were as popular as horseshoes and clovers on pendants, pins and brooches. It was about this time that the classic V-shaped wedding ring emerged. Its shape was a streamlined version of a wishbone, and was immediately popular because of the wishbone's association with true love.

By 1900, the wishbone was appearing regularly in postcards and greeting cards for every occasion.

Surprisingly, despite the lengthy history surrounding the humble furcula, the first known use of the word wishbone wasn't until 1847 in the USA. That's according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Bartlett's Dictionary of Americanisms included the word in its third edition in 1859.  It’s also thought that the term “lucky break” might have come from wishbone pulling.

But whatever the word, whatever the occasion, and whatever the bird, remember this:  The next time you pluck a wishbone, you’re holding nearly three thousand years of tradition in your hands!

Oh, and don't forget to impress your relatives with the word furcula...

Victorian Sweetheart Card
Public Domain


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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…

In this enchanting romance 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.


See ALL Dani's novels on her Amazon Author Page

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

5 Reasons I Wish I Was a Romance Heroine

Posted by: Ruth A Casie

Many romance readers wish they had the same things the heroines they read about get: a beautiful man who adores them, a close community of friends, fantastic sex, and a guaranteed happy ending.
*Sigh* Yes, there are some heroines with whom I would love to trade places. But that’s not what I’m talking about. No, what are the real reasons I wish I was a romance heroine especially after what happened earlier this week.
I was fully engrossed in writing a new pirate story for the Pirates of Britannia series created by Eliza Knight and Kathryn Le Veque. The scene was dramatic:
“Oh, you’re meeting her fiancĂ©—”
“No, no, no,” she said growing more agitated by the minute. She snapped her head around as the sound of the horse’s hooves and the wagon on the cobblestones leaving the dock reached her ears. She gasped and shuffled back a step stumbling on the edge of the dock.
With lightning speed, the stranger grabbed her arm and pulled her to his chest before she tumbled into the water.
Darla stared up into overpowering gray eyes that seemed to see right through her. His ruggedly handsome face was familiar, but she couldn’t place from where. She lowered her head and looked away. Crushed against his chest, she felt his hard muscles under her hand. For a moment, she couldn’t move, she didn’t want to. A heady sensation wrapped her in a daze like dream. A shiver across her shoulders cleared her mind and she caught her wits.
… “Hey honey,” my husband screamed from the kitchen, “where’s the ketchup? Oh, I found it. Never mind.”
Darla didn’t have to worry about the ketchup. Okay so no ketchup in the 13th century Scotland, but you know what I mean.
For a moment I thought about all the little blessings romance heroines have in their lives. So, for a moment I forgot about Darla and Wesley (her hot hero). Here are five real reasons I wish I were a medieval romance heroine:
1. They never have to scrub the garter room (toilets).
2. My hero would know where to find the ketchup and start the grill—often insisting on it without even being asked (I know, not medieval)
3. I would have to do laundry, worry about wrinkles and I’d always be ready to receive the King and his entourage.
4. I’d have friends with exactly the skills and experience I’d need to rely on for every problem in my life.
5. Perhaps most importantly, though, a day of running the castle and managing the children could be glossed over in a paragraph.
Oh, why this picture? There’s just a little part of me that still wants the hunky hero!
What are the little blessings that make you envy romance heroines?

Monday, November 12, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for November 12, 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, November 5 - 

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

Tuesday, November 6 - 

"WHAT DO YOU FIND SCARY IN A STORY?" - According to author Maureen Bonatch, the difference between thrill or fear may depend on the reader.

Thursday, November 8 - 
"JOY" - It's National Novel Writing Month again! Author Nicole Luiken pauses to ponder why her project for this year's NANOWRIMO is different.

Are YOU taking part in National Novel Writing Month?

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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: 
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Begins November 15th!

WINTER WONDERLAND ROMANCE READER SCAVENGER HUNT

Hosted by Night Owl Reviews, this annual event just keeps getting bigger and better! Lots of authors = lots of prizes to be won, such as Amazon gift cards, SpaFinder.com gift cards, Sephora.com gift cards and eBooks, eBooks, eBooks. Plus the grand prize is a KINDLE FIRE HD 8 WITH ALEXA!

Best of all, it's open to the world, so no matter where you live, you're eligible to enter to win a prize.



Check it out here:
https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Winter-Wonderland-2018-by-Night-Owl-Romance
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Joy

Posted by: Nicole Luiken


I’m participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, and I’m delighted by how well it’s going. I'm on track and over 10K. My characters are coming alive, my plot in bundling along nicely, and the words are flowing. Yay!
There have been other years when this so wasn’t the case. Years where the words didn’t flow, where I’d check my word count after an hour of effort and despair to see that I’d only added 150 words. Years when I ran into a road block, was stumped for days trying to get around it, ended up way behind schedule and gave up.
This was especially painful for me because I’ve always preferred drafting to the drudgery of rewriting. That’s where most of my joy was and to have that turn into a slog, too, really sucked.
So since things are going well, I want to stop for a moment and analyze why. Why is this novel dancing along when the previous two didn’t? I think it’s important for writers to know their process, to know what works and what doesn’t.
Part of it may be because I’ve been wanting to write this novel for a long time. The basic character conflict came to me over five years ago, a premise that I love. I even wrote a synopsis, but until now I never sat down to write it. I had reasons: I wasn’t happy with that version of the plot, it felt clichĂ©d and vague. It's book two in a series, and I was still revising book one. (The series is PNR and my wheelhouse is YA fantasy so there was a steep learning curve when I switched genres.)
Mostly though, I think this year’s novel is going well because of my outline. I’ve always been an outliner. Pantsing for me is a nightmare of staring at the screen not knowing where to steer the story. However, over the years my detailed chapter-by-chapter outline had fallen by the wayside and been replaced by a simple list of chronological events with gaps in between. At a certain point in the planning stage, I would become overcome with enthusiasm and plunge in, trusting to momentum to push me through the blank spots in my outline. Sometimes it worked. More often, it didn’t.
With this book, I was ready to start writing by October 26th, but had to hold off until November 1st to participate in Nanowrimo without breaking the rules. Since it was only a few days, I waited and spent those extra days adding detail to my outline and plumping out character arcs. And it’s making such a difference! I can start each scene with a clear sense of what needs to happen.
Again, the purpose of this post is not to convince you to outline, but rather if you’re struggling to  take some time and think about your process. You know what works for you and what doesn’t. Are you doing all the things that you know work, or like me, have you been cutting corners and paying for it with poor writing days?
Best of luck! I have to go--I hear my novel calling.
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