Thursday, November 29, 2018

So, It's A Poem

Posted by: Jenny Schwartz
Mostly, I write fiction. You'll find my novels listed on Amazon under my author profile. Occasionally, I write a blog post, either here or at my website. And rarely, I write a poem. I love poetry. It is the stripped-to-the-essence power of words. This poem is my celebration of poetry and our encounter with it.

So, It's A Poem

What is poetry?

Thought given words.
It is truth forced naked into the world;
conversation
stripped of hiding places.

Poetry is you, undreamed of,
reading, hammering meaning out of the few words
I didn't discard.

What is poetry
but the impulse of a moment;
cocooned to lose itself
and still be true.





Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Christmas Shopping When You Don't Know What the Heck to Buy

Posted by: Linda Mooney
My biggest problem every Christmas is not getting the shopping done. It's figuring out what in the world to get everyone.

It took me a while, but I've come up with a few ideas that I want to share. And perhaps they might help you through this holiday conundrum as well.

Friends: I've started picking a "theme" for each of my friends, and then buying items that match that theme. For instance, one girlfriend loves owls, so I've gotten her owl socks, an owl necklace, an owl t-shirt, and a cute owl coin purse. Another friend is into horses, so ditto for her (including a travel mug with a horse on it, etc.) Each successive year I've assigned a new theme for each of them, and extended that to include their birthdays.

Male Family Members: You can never go wrong if they're into sports. Anything with their favorite teams logo on it will work.

Female Family Members: Themes work well here, too. What also helps is knowing their favorite color, and finding items in that color.

What to avoid: Unless specifically requested, don't buy anyone underwear, cooking appliances, or cleaning appliances. Learn from my mistakes.

Of course, if all else fails, gift cards to either their favorite stores or restaurants are never wrong.


So, how's it going for you? Have you started yet? Or are you one of those who finished up before Thanksgiving?

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Now Available In Its Original Format!

BEAUTY'S ALIEN BEAST
(Formerly released as Captive Surrender)

Erotic Sci-fi Romance
by Linda Mooney

Word Count: 62K 
$3.99 e / $9.99 p
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.)

Monday, November 26, 2018

HERE BE NEWS for November 26, 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 19 - 

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

Tuesday, November 20 - 

"GUEST INTERVIEW: TJ NICHOLS" - Shona Husk quizzes author TJ Nichols about her urban fantasy trilogy, Studies in Demonology.

Thursday, November 22 - 
"WISHBONES - A HISTORY OF LORE AND LUCK" - Author Dani Harper explores the facts and folklore around the surprisingly ancient tradition of "breaking the wishbone" on Here Be Magic.  

Friday, November 23 - 
"HAVE A HOWLY WOLFENOOT!" - Author PG Forte writes about this fun new canine-based holiday and tells you how to join in the festivities. Plus: a list of fantasy wolf and dog themed books from the Here Be Magic gang!



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New Release: Blood for the Spilling




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.

Buy Now 
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Have a Howly Wolfenoot!

Posted by: PG Forte



Hello, and happy Wolfenoot!

For those of you who don’t know what that —yet I'm thrilled to introduce you to this brand new holiday invented by the seven year old son of author/editor Jax Goss.

According to the official website (https://wolfenoot.com/)  Wolfenoot is “when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else. You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon.”

Well, that sounds like all kinds of awesome to me. I'm just enchanted by the idea. I think that's because it's fun (and God knows we need that now!) it's animal related, and it doesn't come with any unpleasant baggage, like so many of the established holidays do. 

Although, people being what they are, I suppose it's only a matter of time. But I digress. 

Apparently, I'm not the only one who fell in love with this idea. Something like ten thousand people have expressed interest at the event site: 


One of the things I really like about this holiday is that it’s become a force for good. All profits from any Wolfenoot-related art and/or merchandize are being donated to “canine based” charities.

And if you're interested in purchasing any of this wolfeloot yourself, you can find it here: 


I was kind of surprised to realize that I don’t have any appropriately themed stories to give away or donate the proceeds from, and, yes, I think I’ll have to correct that oversight very soon. In the meantime, however, I’ll be making a donation to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group:  


NVADG has been dealing with animals who were injured or displaced as a result of the devastating Camp Fire here in northern California. 

As part of my own attempt to honor the Spirit of the Wolf, I’ve put together a list of books by some of our Here Be Magic authors that feature dogs or wolves. Admittedly, since we are all fantasy authors here, after all, most of the wolves are werewolves and most of the dogs are supernatural, but I can't see that it matters. Fictional wolves are still fictional, with or without the woo-woo factor. 

Enjoy and have a howly Wolfenoot!  

Doctor Wolf by Jenny Schwartz, book 4 in her Collegium series, is FREE this weekend! (Nov 22-24) 


“Some secrets are worth dying for - but Liz Jekyll is a doctor and a werewolf, she's not dying for anyone. So she needs another plan.”






You'll also  want to check out Her Robot Wolf, the first book in Jenny’s Shamans & Shifters Space Opera series.



The Changeling Series by Dani Harper is comprised of 3 books (Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, Changeling Dawn).






“The two highest laws in the Changeling world are never harm a human and never turn a human against their will. But the wolf within has its own primal rules. If a Changeling’s life is in danger, the wolf will emerge to defend it. It will also rise to the surface, unbidden, to defend a mate at all costs. Because Changelings mate for life!”


And in Dani’s Grim series, humans (and occasionally fae) are transformed into the supernatural Black Dogs known as grim.





Motor City Wolf, by Cindy Spencer Pape, is part of the Urbana Arcana series.

“Less than a year ago, Fianna Meadows was a pampered noble in the Faerie court. Then she was exiled, turned mortal and forced to work for a living—in a werewolf bar in Detroit, no less! Still, Fianna has to admit her new life isn't so bad…particularly when it comes to Greg Novak, the bar's sexy owner.” 

https://www.amazon.com/Motor-City-Wolf-Urban-Arcana-ebook/dp/B005CRQ4TW



On the Scent, by Angela Campbell, is subtitled “a laugh out loud pet detective rom com” check out entire series here:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011M9EXDW/ref=series_rw_dp_sw


Right Wolf, Right Time is book number six in Marie Harte’s Cougar Falls shifter series.


“Warning, this title contains the following: A slow moving wolf and a shy virgin with an addiction to adult movies, date nights gone wrong, and bad guys with bite. But when the good girl goes bad, stand back and watch the fur fly.”



Qitirin by Linda Mooney

“Scarred and traumatized, ex-Marine Sergeant Joshua Cobb can no longer function amid normal civilization. He's retreated to the mountains of Alaska to live in solitude, where he can battle his personal demons in peace. He has no idea that the injured wolf he rescues will become more than a companion. It will also save his life, and show him a love he only believed was possible in fairy tales. Because the wolf, Qitirin, is more human than anyone could imagine.”


Also from Linda Mooney, Peter and his Wolf: A Sensuously Erotic Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale

“Do you remember hearing the musical story of  “Peter and the Wolf” by Prokofiev when you were in elementary school? About the boy who lived with his grandfather, and who captured a wolf by the tail? Did you ever wonder if the story was real? Did you ever wonder whatever happened to the wolf? More importantly, did you ever try to guess what happened to Peter after he captured the wolf? “ 

Download here for free: http://www.lindamooney.com/PaHW.htm

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.
Blood for the Spilling buy links
Goodreads




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