Monday, September 27, 2021

HERE BE NEWS for September 27, 2021

Posted by: PG Forte

 

                            


Monday August 30, 2021 

Welcome to HERE BE NEWS, where each monday we bring you all the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic:


Tuesday September 21, 2021: Deborah A  Bailey discusses Including Easter Eggs in Your Stories.

Thursday September 24, 2021: PG Forte writes about starting over in Begin Again.


                        


ROOG
Sensuous Sci-Fi/Time Travel Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count: 47.6K
$3.99 e

Scientist Leigh Readon and her colleagues have done the unimaginable. They’ve invented a machine that can transport matter to other platforms of the same machine. When the US government gets wind, they want it shut down immediately, or so they say. In an effort to save the technology from falling into the wrong hands, the group deletes all of the schematics and research information, and Leigh takes the risk of transporting herself to France where one of their landing pads is located. When she gets there, she plans to give the French scientists a heads up.

Only she doesn’t land in the France she expected. She finds herself among…cavemen? Is that even possible? Accepting her fate, Leigh tries to navigate the primitive world of the Stone Age, and soon finds herself in the arms of her hero, Roog, who protects her from the elements and the not so friendly inhabitants, and teaches her the way of his people.

The other scientists are still trying to figure out where she is, or worse, when she is. With the government breathing down their necks and trying to shut them down, can they find her before it’s too late?

If given the chance, would Leigh go back to her time, or make a life for herself with Roog?

Warning! Contains Mr. Muscles and Mr. Roboto, fire making skills, learning a new language, a claiming ritual, an ambush, flash drives and solar lights, and one woman given the choice between the life that she knew and life in a barbaric time with a man who'd give his life for her.

Excerpt and Buy Links


REVENGE IS SWEET:   
A  Collection of Halloween Tales
Only .99 through September.

It's the most wonderful time of the year...for revenge. 

Halloween is a time for tricks, mayhem and murder. This collection of Halloween tales follows the wronged as they seek retribution for the crimes against them. 

By whatever means necessary. 

Read the deliciously dark stories from S. K. Gregory, Ashley Brion, R Jaye, N. D. Testa, DJ Shaw and P. G. Forte.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09H3643ZH








Saturday, September 25, 2021

Bring It Back(list): A Sight To Dream Of by PG Forte

Posted by: PG Forte

A  Sight to Dream Of is the second book in my Oberon series--which is not currently available.  The story takes place over the Fall Equinox, which was just this past week, and that put me in mind of the following scene.

BLURB: Sam Sterling is a man with problems.  Including a partner who is trying to kill him, and a nosy reporter, who's just turned up dead! It's going to take a miracle to save him.  Or, better yet, an angel. ​  

Marsha Quinn is used to being called a witch.  After all, her abilities as a psychic make a lot of people uncomfortable.  But no one has ever called her an angel before!  

 Falling in love was not a possibility she'd ever envisioned, until Sam the skeptic arrives in Oberon, and teaches her to see past the scars she carries, and the lies he's told her, to the love that lies within their hearts and minds.

EXCERPT:

When she reached the glade, Marsha put down her bag, and glanced around her. The grass felt cool and slick against the soles of her feet, and the energy in the little glade seemed to reach out and embrace her. She could almost hear the music Sam had been listening to earlier—as thought it were still echoing in her head. It was so perfect for the evening, she thought, remembering that in certain Celtic traditions this month was called The Singing Moon. She nearly laughed aloud when she recalled one of the other names she had heard for it—this one from a Native American tradition. The Ducks Fly Moon. Sam would get a kick out of that. She’d have to remember to tell him. 

Crouching in the grass, she began to remove the tools from her bag: Her drum and a large crystal cluster, which she placed in the North. Her feathered wand and the smudge stick of sage, cedar and sweetgrass in the East. Her pipe and tobacco, and a small lantern in the South. A silver bowl, partially filled with water from the creek, and her conch shell horn in the West. And in the center of the circle, on a flat piece of granite Celeste had long ago embedded in the grass, a small, iron cauldron. Finally she was ready to begin. 

 She put the bag down, outside the boundaries of the circle she was about to cast and--ignoring the hairs rising at the back of her neck, resisting the urge to glance over at the cabin--she removed her robe, and dropped it on top of the bag. Skyclad, she re-entered the circle, maybe a little more aware than usual of her nakedness, but determined to put every other thought out of her mind, except for the work at hand. Picking up the matches and the smudge stick, she set to work purifying herself, and the space around her.

 * * * 

 Sam reclined in the window seat, as the shadows deepened in the little grove. Marsha moved about in the glade with the same unselfconscious dignity he had noticed on Sunday, as though she had merged, in some fashion, with the place itself. He reached for the wine bottle and poured himself another glass, scarcely taking his eyes from the window for an instant. The sight before him was far too compelling. He was familiar with the popular wisdom that eavesdroppers seldom learn anything to their advantage, apparently the same held true for voyeurs. 

He had been curious about the ceremony she was performing. But satisfying his curiosity carried a steeper price than he’d guessed. He knew the sight of her, bathed in moonlight, would be with him for a long, long time, and would bring him little peace.



Although the series itself isn't available, you might enjoy the Oberon short stories that are included in the following anthologies:

It's the most wonderful time of the year...for revenge. 

Halloween is a time for tricks, mayhem and murder. This collection of Halloween tales follows the wronged as they seek retribution for the crimes against them. 

By whatever means necessary. 

Read the deliciously dark stories from  S. K. Gregory, Ashley Brion, R Jaye, N. D. Testa, DJ Shaw and P. G. Forte.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09H3643ZH


Experience the magic of romance this Christmas. 

Holiday Kisses is a festive collection of ten exclusive Christmas stories that will make you fall head over heels in love. Are you ready to take a journey with us? Get into the Christmas spirit with these swoon-worthy romances this holiday season.  ️

Stories by Adina D. Grey, Ann Grech, Maci Dillon, Rosie East, Samantha Baca , CJ McKnight, PG Forte, Andrea Marie, ️Holly J. Gill, and ️Lynn Stevens

Friday, September 24, 2021

Begin Again

Posted by: PG Forte

 It's hard to believe that September is almost over. It feels like just a few days ago that I was waking up and whispering, "Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit..." or am I the only one who's recently discovered/become obsessed with this (apparently very old) superstition? 

But, here we are, at the end of the month that, for many of us, still signals new beginnings--a holdover from our school days, I suppose. Or numerology, I guess, since 9 is the number of completion, and you can't begin again without ending something else. 

I've spent most of the month writing--definitely a new beginning there, since I'm still coming off a years' long writing drought. The two stories I've spent the most time on this month will each be released as part of a multi-author anthology (also relatively new for me), both are related to my Oberon series (which needs a new beginning--just sayin') and neither of them are (strictly speaking) romances. This is something else I've noticed happening to many of my fellow romance writers. We're stepping away from what we know, or what we've always done to try something new. 

One of these stories releases on Saturday--woo-hoo! Hungry Heart is a (hopefully) creepy little tale that I pulled out of Oberon's seventh book Visions Before Midnight. It's currently part of the Revenge is Sweet Collection of Halloween Tales, which has a suitably creepy cover. 

It's the most wonderful time of the year...for revenge. 

Halloween is a time for tricks, mayhem and murder. This collection of Halloween tales follows the wronged as they seek retribution for the crimes against them. 

By whatever means necessary. 

Read the deliciously dark stories from S. K. Gregory, Ashley Brion, R Jaye, N. D. Testa, DJ Shaw and P. G. Forte.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09H3643ZH


The other story I've been working on is for the Holiday Kisses, Sweet, Hot and Christmassy Anthology. The cover is gorgeous, and very romantic, and my story...is not. It's a riff on It's a Wonderful Life, so it wouldn't be. Amazingly, it took me quite a while to realize that. I think it's because I'm so used to thinking of Scout and Nick's story as a romance--which it is. And it didn't occur to me that this particular tale is not, in itself, a romance. It's quite cute, however, and I'm enjoying the writing of it very much. I just hope readers will feel the same. 

Experience the magic of romance this Christmas. 

Holiday Kisses is a festive collection of ten exclusive Christmas stories that will make you fall head over heels in love. Are you ready to take a journey with us? Get into the Christmas spirit with these swoon-worthy romances this holiday season.  ️

Stories by Adina D. Grey, Ann Grech, Maci Dillon, Rosie East, Samantha Baca , CJ McKnight, PG Forte, Andrea Marie, ️Holly J. Gill, and ️Lynn Stevens

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Including Easter Eggs in Your Stories

Posted by: Deborah A Bailey

Easter eggs in our stories could be messages, or perhaps jokes or puzzles that we add for the reader to find. I haven't included them often in my stories, but I think they're fun to add. They can be simple things or maybe mentions that only a small number of people would understand. 

In my book Once Upon A Princess: Land of Dreams the heroine is a lost princess (which makes sense since it's a fairy tale retelling). The hint to her identity is in her name - at least it is for readers of the other two books in the series. 

Since this is a sequel to book one, I continued the story with a few of the characters. The heroine is named after the grandmother in the first book. So, a reader who is paying attention will know the heroine's origins before they are revealed to everyone else. 

Here's another example: in my Hathor Legacy series, the planet Hathor has twin moons called Isis and Osiris. I chose them because of the symbolism of what those mythological characters represent. In the first book, the heroine Nadira is helping Jonathan (the hero) to find his father. In Egyptian mythology Isis is looking for her husband Osiris. So, the names of the planets reflect the journey of the hero and heroine in the book. In addition, the goddess Hathor is patron of miners, and the planet Hathor's economy is based on mining. 

For my novella Metamorphosis, that is part of a series called Worlds of Fire, (and will be included in the upcoming Pets in Space 6 Anthology) I included two easter eggs. I won't be giving away spoilers by mentioning one of them. In that story world phoenix shifters are very important. When they transform, they create the portals that open up the pathways to other worlds. They play a role in this story and in my upcoming book in the series, Blood Red Moon

And the Floating World, the location of the beginning of Metamorphosis, also plays a central role in Blood Red Moon. Readers of both books will see the connection. Which might inspire them to find other connections between these books and others. It's part of the fun - for the author to include these mentions and for the reader to find them. If you haven't hidden any in your books perhaps it might be a good idea to give it a try.

Interested in checking out Metamorphosis? Pets in Space 6 is now in pre-order and launches on October 5th. 

Pets In Space® Is Back For A New Year Of Adventures!

Join the incredible authors in this year's Pets in Space 6 for another out-of-this-world adventure. This award-winning, USA TODAY Bestselling anthology is packed full of your favorite Pets in Space®.

Featuring 11 original, never-before-released stories from some of today's bestselling Science Fiction Romance and Fantasy authors, Pets in Space 6 continues their vital support of Hero-Dogs.org, the non-profit charity that improves quality of life for veterans of the U.S. military and first-responders with disabilities. Don't miss out on this limited-edition anthology before it's too late!

Buy Link: Books2Read (universal): http://books2read.com/PISA6


New! ROOG, a Sensuous Sci-Fi/Time Travel Romance by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney

New! 

ROOG
Sensuous Sci-Fi/Time Travel Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count: 47.6K
$3.99 e

Scientist Leigh Readon and her colleagues have done the unimaginable. They’ve invented a machine that can transport matter to other platforms of the same machine. When the US government gets wind, they want it shut down immediately, or so they say. In an effort to save the technology from falling into the wrong hands, the group deletes all of the schematics and research information, and Leigh takes the risk of transporting herself to France where one of their landing pads is located. When she gets there, she plans to give the French scientists a heads up.

Only she doesn’t land in the France she expected. She finds herself among…cavemen? Is that even possible? Accepting her fate, Leigh tries to navigate the primitive world of the Stone Age, and soon finds herself in the arms of her hero, Roog, who protects her from the elements and the not so friendly inhabitants, and teaches her the way of his people.

The other scientists are still trying to figure out where she is, or worse, when she is. With the government breathing down their necks and trying to shut them down, can they find her before it’s too late?

If given the chance, would Leigh go back to her time, or make a life for herself with Roog?

Warning! Contains Mr. Muscles and Mr. Roboto, fire making skills, learning a new language, a claiming ritual, an ambush, flash drives and solar lights, and one woman given the choice between the life that she knew and life in a barbaric time with a man who'd give his life for her.

Excerpt and Buy Links

Monday, September 20, 2021

HERE BE NEWS for Monday September 20, 2021

Posted by: PG Forte

 

                            


Monday September 20, 2021 

Welcome to HERE BE NEWS, where each monday we bring you all the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic:



Thursday September 16, 2021Author Maureen Bonatch asks, What's In Your Pocket?


                

Christmas is coming, and so are holiday sales!


🎄 Experience the magic of romance this Christmas. Holiday Kisses: Sweet, Hot and Christmassy Anthology releases 7 Dec!


 ➜ Add to your TBR: https://bit.ly/HolidayKissesGR

Thursday, September 16, 2021

What’s in Your Pocket?

Posted by: Maureen

  By Maureen Bonatch 



As the seasons change, soon I’ll pull out my jackets as the temperature drops. Often I haven’t worn the jacket since the year prior, and for some coats, much longer than that. 

When I reach into the pocket I’m often in for a surprise. The items stashed there may tell a story about that season of my life. 


Nowadays, the items I find are rather predictable. I might find: 
  • Gloves 
  • Winter headbands 
  • Extra quarters for the parking meter 
  • Bags for when I take Scruff for a walk (One never can be certain how many to bring with Sir Poops-A-Lot.) 
This year I suspect there might be a mask or two tucked in the pockets. 

A review of my items may allow someone to deduce that I had a dog, and that I lived somewhere that had cold seasons. 

 Pockets Today vs. Pockets of Yesterday 


It didn’t used to be that way. When my twins were young and my pockets were the place to stash every odd and end the girls’ needed saved since they didn’t have a pocket—or they just preferred that I carry their things because in their opinion, that's what moms are for.

Usually there was barely room for my own items when I had to store all of theirs. 

Today is Collect Rocks Day. I don’t collect rocks. But when I was young, I thought I might be a rock collector. Mostly because I was sure I would find some nugget worth lots of cash while searching for fossils in the woods. Since this was before the Internet (gasp!) I’d study the piece of cardboard with sample rocks and photos of different collectable rocks. 



I didn’t get far with that collection, but in more recent years my daughters also thought they might become rock collectors. 

A Pocketful of Memories 


Last year I found a few rocks in my jacket pocket. If someone had discovered one of my jackets then they might have deduced that I was a mother of young children when they searched the pockets and found items like: 
  • Rocks 
  • Wads of gum or other candy wrappers 
  • Plastic bracelets 
  • Beads or marbles 
  • Sticks 
  • Small toys from the supermarket machines 
  • Seashells 

It’s funny how a random item can bring back a time in my life, or a memory. 


Happy Cat Month 

September is also Happy Cat Month! If you’re looking for a magical story with a witch that can talk to her cat, Hexes, Highballs & Hockey should make you —and your cat—happy!


How can one tiny spell create such a mess? 

 Hi, I’m Marissa Hale and I’ve spelled up some trouble. You see, I live in Boca, Florida. Most of the time all the mishmash of paranormal play nice in the sandbox—except when it’s an ice rink. Of course I’d be the one to test the boundaries of the “no spelling” rule at the hockey arena when my friend, Grace, begged me to go to a game. 

My careless spell to conceal the nacho cheese disaster, which happened when a big blob landed on her treasured jersey, caused more trouble than the wrath I avoided from my hockey obsessed friend. 

 Due to the ridiculous rule, Grace inadvertently gets blamed and tossed into the arena’s jail for illicit magic…and I might have accidentally spelled one of the players. 

When I try to make things right, my sleuthing skills uncover secrets, and more trouble than I bargained for. I might need more than my chatty cat and charmed cocktails to solve this mystery… 


 What Would Your Pockets Say About You? 


Maureen’s first novella was a paranormal romance published when blogs were a new-fangled thing. She’s since changed her focus to writing paranormal cozy mysteries as M.L. Bonatch and urban fantasy as Maureen Bonatch. 

While she’s not busy writing or doing nurse-things, she’s a mom to her twin daughters, bicycling in the beautiful woods of PA with her hubby, doing the bidding of a feisty Shih Tzu, and dancing as much as possible. She believes music can be paired with every mood, laughter is contagious, and that caffeine and wine are essential for survival. 

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