Saturday, June 6, 2020

Bring It Back(list) - BREACHERS by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
During the month of June, all 3 ebooks are just 99 cents each! (Available at all vendors below and my website.)

BREACHERS: Holt and McKenna
Book 1
Contemporary Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 28.1K
$0.99
e / $9.99 p


They are the cause of many legends, myths, and fairy tales. And they still live among us.

There are creatures from a parallel world called Breachers who, for hundreds of years, have been inadvertently pulled into our world. They are the truth behind the creatures normally considered to be mythic. Once on Earth, they cannot go back, and those who cannot cope become rabid. Murderers. And when they go berserk, they must be put down.

Jerrod Holt always wondered why he was selected to be part of the secret governmental organization. More perplexing is why his skills as a professional bodyguard are needed.

He discovers his partner assigned to help him bring down a Breacher is the one woman who had caught his eye the moment he saw her at their initial group meeting. Together, he and McKenna travel to Utah to confront a killer beast, not knowing that the terror will be all too real, and too damn close to home.


Warning: Contains smart ass remarks, unbearable cold, a nightmare come to life, toe loss, rabbit farming, a search for the truth, and an unconditional love that defies all boundaries.
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BREACHERS: Hawthorne and Marya
Book 2
Contemporary Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 32.4K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p

They are the cause of many legends, myths, and fairy tales. And they still live among us.

Arik Hawthorne prefers to be a loner. He has a dark secret to protect, and as a professional kick boxer, he is able to work off the wild energy that fills his life.

His whole world changes when he is partnered with Corinth Marya, and they are ordered to find and stop the creature that is killing innocent people in New Mexico.


If going after the Breacher isn't bad enough, he finds himself seriously and dangerously attracted to the army lieutenant. There is no way he can let her find out about his real self, but neither can he deny the possibility that she may be his one and only chance at love and happiness.


They never foresee the danger that will threaten their lives, or the passion that will pose an even greater problem.


Dragons, anyone?


Warning! Contains unrelenting heat, calling for sex advice, invisible targets, hamburgers, pistol-packing, vengeful dirt, and hard and hot leathery love.
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BREACHERS: Viento and Bycote
Book 3
Contemporary Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 49K
$0.99 e / $9.99 p

They are the cause of many legends, myths, and fairy tales. And they still live among us.

Someone is slaughtering young women in London, and using the same methods as Jack the Ripper did in the late 1800s. As much as the Metro police try to deny it, all signs point to the fact that the infamous killer could be back - somehow, some way.

Ex-lovers and now partners, Jahar Viento and Fasha Bycote are sent to track down the murderer, whom they believe is actually the work of a Breacher. A Breacher who may have found a way to transcend time. A Breacher known as a garphar. Or, more commonly, a vampire.

Their abilities, their past history together, and their still fiery attraction to each other will be sorely tested as they draw closer and closer to the killer... 


Because it will take a vampire to kill a vampire.

Warning! Contains fried chicken (extra crispy but not spicy), venom, undeniable passion, time traveling, living a nightmare, scrumptious cattle blood, and two people desperately in love, but with secrets that are determined to keep them apart.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A to Z

Posted by: Nicole Luiken


NOTE: I acknowledge that the world is on fire as we live through a pandemic, a recession and a civil rights movement all at the same time. This should be obvious, but racism including institutional racism is evil, black lives matter and being a cop is NOT a license to kill. But this is a book and writing blog about SF, fantasy and romance and, in these troubled times, I believe a little escapism is important to mental health. So…
Here's a little game is you want to distract yourself for a few minutes. I’ve read over 100 books so far this year, and I wondered if I had read a title for every letter of the alphabet. Some letters were harder than I thought! Here’s my incomplete A to Z. Wherever possible I’ve put in a book that is both SF/fantasy AND romance, but sometimes it’s just one category. These are all books I enjoyed. And sometimes I couldn’t resist listing more than one…
A – (Okay, I had to cheat a little here, as I wouldn't normally file these titles under A.) A Conjuring of Assassins by Carol Berg (fantasy), A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane AKA Meljean Brooke (fantasy romance)
B – Bane and Shadow by Jon Skovron (epic fantasy), Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer (urban fantasy)
C – Chaos Reigning by Jessie Mihalik (SFR), Crush the King by Jennifer Estep (epic fantasy)
D – Destiny Kills by Keri Arthur (PNR/Urban fantasy)
E –
F –Found Magic by Jax Garren (superhero fantasy)
G – Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (fantasy), Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno Garcia (historical fantasy)
H –His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik (alternate history/fantasy), Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence (epic fantasy)
I – Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire (urban fantasy)
J –Jade War by Fonda Lee (fantasy)
K – Karma Girl by Jennifer Estep (superhero romance)
L –Love Hard by Nalini Singh (contemporary romance), Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (YA paranormal), The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (SF)
M –Mercy Burns by Keri Arthur (PNR/Urban fantasy)
N – Network Effect by Martha Wells (SF)
O –
P – Penric’s Progress by Lois McMaster Bujold (fantasy), A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (contemporary romance), Paladin’s Grace by T. Kingfisher (fantasy romance)
Q –Queen Takes Sunfires by Joely Sue Burkhart (PNR)
R – Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst (fantasy)
S -Shattered Earth by Karen Chance (urban fantasy), Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs (urban fantasy), Stormsong by C.L. Polk (fantasy with romantic element), Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse (apocalyptic fantasy), Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler (YA fantasy)
T- Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (middle-grade fantasy), Terminal Uprising by Jim Hines (SF), The Truth by Terry Pratchett (fantasy)
U – Unseen Attraction by K.J. Charles (historical romance), Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire (urban fantasy), Utterly Dwarfed by Rich Burlew (graphic novel epic fantasy)
V – Venusian Job by Ryan McFadden (SF heist), Vengeful by VE Schwab (superhero fantasy)
W – Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost (PNR), Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan (fantasy romance), War Priest by Ann Aguirre (PNR), Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh (PNR)
X –
Y –
Z -Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang (SF thriller)
My score is 22/26, what’s yours?

Monday, June 1, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for June 1, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


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Monday, May 25 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic, including ideas for what to do during quarantine, plus a brand new sci-fi romance release from Linda Mooney.  

Thursday, May 28 -
THE COLOR OF ROSES” - SciFi Flash Fiction - Free read! - treat yourself to a tasty morsel by author Linda Mooney.


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Thursday, May 28, 2020

THE COLOR OF ROSES, a SciFi Flash Fiction by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
THE COLOR OF ROSES
A SciFi Flash Fiction
by Linda Mooney


Mack strode into the bedroom after returning home from work to find DeShay sitting in the middle of the bed. Her bared chrome feet were propped up on the quilt, and pieces of cotton were stuck between her toes. Curious, he stopped to see what she was up to.
            She was holding a small bottle of something which emitted a highly pungent odor, and she was applying the liquid from it to the metallic tips of her digits with a tiny brush. Throwing his jacket over the back of the nearby chair, he eased himself down on the bed next to her to watch.
            DeShay smiled and glanced over at him. “I had to try it for myself.”
            He laughed softly. “I can see that. But why?”
            “I was at that place today where you buy food, and there were two women over in the section where you buy items to make yourself more beautiful. They were talking loudly and laughing and arguing. The noise caught my attention. I went over to listen, and I discovered they were talking about painting their nails.”
            Mack bit his lips to keep from commenting and patiently waited for her to continue. She held up the bottle for him to see. “They were particularly interested in this color. I liked it, too. When they left, I got one. Now, I am painting my foot nails.” She examined the tips of her fingers. “I debate whether or not to do my hand nails. What do you think?”
            “I think you should do what makes you happy.”
            It seemed an odd ritual for her to do, especially since she rarely went barefoot. The syntho souls of her specially-made boots could withstand anything. Even temperatures as low as minus forty degrees, to as high as one thousand degrees Fahrenheit. The only time she didn’t wear them was when she was home.
DeShay shrugged, one of the human attributes she’d adopted. “I know it may seem silly to you, but it makes me happy. It makes me feel…”
            “Human?” he supplied, lightly jesting.
            “It makes me feel as if I have properly taken care of them.” She smiled. “I think I will make this a regular part of my regimen in my personal hygiene.”
            “Who is going to see them?” Mack questioned.
            “You, for one.” She wriggled all ten experimentally. “What do you think? They are pretty, right?”
            He looked at her feet. The shade she was using was a pale pink. It reminded him of the tea roses his mother used to raise in the back yard when he was growing up. And he told her so.
            DeShay studied her feet, but this time from his perspective. “I never thought of it like that. I chose this hue because I thought it was pretty, but you are right. My foot nails are now the color of tea roses.”
            “Too bad that stuff doesn’t smell like tea roses.” Getting up from the bed, he went over to the wall to turn on the air filtration unit. After all these years, with all the advancements in science, technology, medicine, and a million other improvements and upgrades, you’d think they’d make a nail polish that wasn’t noxious to the point of giving people a headache, he mused to himself. But he’d never complain about it to her.
            He glanced over at where she continued to admire her handiwork. “Are you going to do your fingernails now?”
            “No. Not yet. Maybe later, after dinner.” She flashed him a smile. “I tried fixing your favorite. Chicken tortellini. I hope it is to your liking.”
            Mack tried not to groan. Her military prowess may be unsurpassed, but her cooking skills were rudimentary at best. On the up side, at least he knew he could make himself a sandwich if their meal turned out to be inedible.
            Surprisingly, the chicken tortellini was pretty good. After they were finished, they stretched out on the bed. DeShay cuddled in his lap as he indulged in a bag of peanut butter cookies she’d also bought that day. The movie they’d selected to watch was soon ignored as they mused over more of the day’s happenings. Their mood soon mellowed, with one kiss leading to another, until their combined heat began to infuse them with a deep yet playful hunger.
            Nuzzling the sensitive skin beneath her ear, Mack ran a hand along her thigh. “DeShay, are your toes still the color of roses?”
            She giggled softly, stroking his body with hers. “I think they are.”
            He grinned. “You think?” He loved to tease her. She was totally unpredictable, which added to her appeal.
            “I have not looked at them lately,” she tried to explain. “I do not know if the polish will wash off or wear off after a while. I need to find out how often human females paint them.”
            He kissed her earlobe. “I’m so proud of you. You know that, right? But you don’t have to try so hard to appear human. I love you just the way you are, mechanical body parts and all.”
            “I know, but why?”
            “But they’re what make you you.” He tapped her forehead with a finger. “Those doctors and scientist may have replaced most of your human limbs with superior artificial ones, but that doesn’t change the human side of you.”
            “I am not human. I am a cyborg.”
            “You’re the love of my life,” he argued, chuckling.
            “I am an amalgamation of what is the best of a human female and…” She paused when his head suddenly vanished under the quilt. “Mack, what are you…ooohhh!”
            The next second, she was jerked underneath the covers as Mack smothered her with his passion. But at one point, he made sure to kiss those wonderfully strange feet with toenails the color of roses.
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New!

MY BATTLE LORD'S PASSION
Book 9 of The Battle Lord Saga
Sci-Fi/Futuristic/Post-Apocalyptic Romance
by Linda Mooney
Word Count: 53.2K
$3.99 e

The battle lord and lady of Alta Novis are still recovering from disease and loss, but things are slowly getting back to normal. Of course, things can’t be that easy. There’s a new enemy in town, of the eight-legged variety—an infestation of them. The species is a new one, and it's unknown how dangerous they are, but Yulen isn’t going to take any risks to find out.

With a plan in motion, Yulen and a small army of men set out to track down the giant creatures, finding their nest in a cave. He and his crew waste no time going in to burn out the egg sacs, but when Yulen emerges from the flaming caverns, he finds himself…in the past? At least, he believes so when he sees the figure of a long-dead adversary.

Somehow, a twist of fate has switched Yulen with a different version of himself. With the monstrous Yulen. The way he was before Atty. Before love. Before his acceptance of the Mutah. Realizing the other D’Jacques could be with his Atty, the reformed Yulen is seeing what his life would be like if she'd never come along. Now he must figure out how to get back to his own present. But before he does, he knows he has to bring this alternate timeline back up to speed with his own thriving world.

Parallel lives, parallel realities, but totally different people and circumstances. Sometimes you learn a lot about yourself from experiences that you never knew possible, and it alters the course of your future for the better.

Warning! Contains hammies, seven years imprisonment, hard-won trust, a threat from within, an unexplained phenomenon, stagnation, and a love that crosses all boundaries of time and space.

Excerpt and Buy Links

Monday, May 25, 2020

HERE BE NEWS for May 25, 2020

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


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Monday, May 18 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the fantasy romance authors at Here Be Magic, including how to beat cabin fever, fairies in North America, a collection of futuristic tales, and a sale on an angelic ebook trilogy.  

Tuesday, May 19 -

LOOKING FOR DISTRACTIONS? HOW ABOUT LEARNING SOMETHING NEW? – According to author Deborah A. Bailey, there are online classes for every hobby or interest. Check out her suggestions

Thursday, May 21 -
STIR YOUR CHILDLIKE CURIOSITY – Being more observant can help us experience life more fully. Author Maureen Bonatch invites us to take off our blinders and look at our worlds—both real and fictional—with fresh eyes. 






New! 
 

MY BATTLE LORD'S PASSION
Book 9 of The Battle Lord Saga


Sci-Fi/Futuristic/Post-Apocalyptic Romance
by Linda Mooney


Word Count:
53.2K
$3.99 e / $9.99 p

The battle lord and lady of Alta Novis are still recovering from disease and loss, but things are slowly getting back to normal. Of course, things can’t be that easy. There’s a new enemy in town, of the eight-legged variety—an infestation of them. The species is a new one, and it's unknown how dangerous they are, but Yulen isn’t going to take any risks to find out. 


With a plan in motion, Yulen and a small army of men set out to track down the giant creatures, finding their nest in a cave. He and his crew waste no time going in to burn out the egg sacs, but when Yulen emerges from the flaming caverns, he finds himself…in the past? At least, he believes so when he sees the figure of a long-dead adversary.  

Somehow, a twist of fate has switched Yulen with a different version of himself. With the monstrous Yulen. The way he was before Atty. Before love. Before his acceptance of the Mutah. Realizing the other D’Jacques could be with his Atty, the reformed Yulen is seeing what his life would be like if she'd never come along. Now he must figure out how to get back to his own present. But before he does, he knows he has to bring this alternate timeline back up to speed with his own thriving world.  

Parallel lives, parallel realities, but totally different people and circumstances. Sometimes you learn a lot about yourself from experiences that you never knew possible, and it alters the course of your future for the better.

Warning! Contains hammies, seven years imprisonment, hard-won trust, a threat from within, an unexplained phenomenon, stagnation, and a love that crosses all boundaries of time and space. 


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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Stir Your Childlike Curiosity

Posted by: Maureen


by Maureen Bonatch 

It seems that as we get older we tend to notice things less. Our lives are busy, our minds are always churning away at what we need to do today, tomorrow, or what we did yesterday. Being more observant, and curious, can enable us write better stories, make little changes in our lives, and maybe experience life more fully.

Wearing Blinders


Often we go through each day wearing blinders, sometimes to the point that we’re so immersed in our routines that we might wonder if we completed a routine task—or if that was yesterday as time blends together.

Children usually go through their days blinder-free, filled with curiosity and the tendency to notice everything. Here are just a few examples of how my girls used to remove my blinders when they were younger.

Twins:              “When did you go to New York?”
Me:                  (At the time, I’d never been to New York.) “I haven’t.”
Twins:              “Why do you wear that shirt that says New York on it?”
Me:                  Confused. “I don’t.”  Sure enough, one of my favorite shirts 
                         said New York

Twins:              “I know what your favorite room is.”
Me:                  “What?”
Twins:              “The laundry room, because you’re always in there.”
Me:                  Vows to get out of the laundry room more.

Twins:              “I know what your favorite color is.”
Me:                  Thinking they will say mauve, black or purple. “What?”
Twins:              “Green. Most of your shirts are green.”
Me:                  Checks closet and vows to go shopping soon.

Me:                  “Have a good time at daycare.”
Twins:              “Why can’t we stay home today with you?”
Me:                  “I’m going to work.”
Twins:              Wailing. “No you’re not, you’re not wearing your work clothes.”
Me:                  …Caught in a fib planning a quiet day off

Taking Off The Blinders


We spend a lot of time in our home, or other personal spaces, and tend to stop truly seeing things other than what we expect to see. Gain a fresh perspective on your life, personal space, or your story, by taking off your blinders, thinking out of the box, or opening the door for something more than ordinary.

Allow your childlike curiosity to guide you and ask “why” or consider what might be possible when:

  • You’re world building in your story, or adding some unique character traits or making an ordinary experience into your extraordinary story 

  • You’re spending time at home and look around with a fresh eye, or from a different angle by standing or sitting somewhere new. Maybe things could be reorganized better, or colors might not match, or would look better in another area or room. This might allow you to make something old look new again.

 

You don’t have to be a child to embrace the extraordinary and believe in magic. You just have to look a little closer —and maybe take off your blinders.




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

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