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Mega #Research Trip: Day Two – Of #Liverpool, #Pirates, and Chicken and Mushroom #Pie (#paranormal #romance)

On March 16 I said “So, long London” and jumped a train to Liverpool. This was my first trip to Liverpool so I had no idea what to expect. What I got was epic Victorian goodness (in the way of architecture), lots of ideas sparkling in my head, good food, good friends, and wonderful memories.

Walk this way…

Yours Truly in Liverpool

They have a public library of epic. I want this library. In my house. Now. This is definitely going to make an appearance in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood. I’m not sure yet which book, but it’s going to happen.

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It’s all just so…atmospheric! Maybe the somewhat gloomy weather contributed to that. Or maybe it was the almost gothic-ness to the architecture. Who knows? But I was seeing vampires EVERYWHERE!DSCF1201 DSCF1238 DSCF1248

Dinner was at a place named Smuggler’s Cove. Aptly named considering my current obsession with Blacksails. We pause in our regularly scheduled programming for this:

Okay, back to business. This is the bar (they know what to do with a bottle of rum):

Smuggler's Cove

The dining room is…interesting. Fancy schmancy fireplace. Helmet chandelier.Smuggler's Cove 2 Helmet ChandelierDinner was divine. I went with the chicken and mushroom pie. It offends my sensibilities to eat pie that is not dessert, but when in Liverpool, eh? Besides it was super nom.

Thanks to jet lag the day ended earlier than I might have wished, but I’d begun a new love affair with Liverpool. Do not doubt that it WILL appear in Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood.

Stay tuned for the next installment of my Liverpool adventures.

Investigating #London: Part One (aka A #research trip for the ages.) #paranormal #romance

I’ve been back from my wild jaunt to Europe for nearly a week and I’m still not over the let lag. Which means I’m a little fuzzy in the head. But I did manage to get my photos uploaded so I could share them with you.

Join me…

If you’ve ever been to London (or seen it on TV), you might recognize the iconic St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel building. Tucked right next to the St. Pancras/Kings Cross train stations, it’s an unforgettable sight. Very Victorian. Very impressive. Very perfect for a supernatural event or other. (Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood)

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The Champagne Bar in the hotel is…stunning. The red uplights give it the feel of being lit by torchlight, and the hushed atmosphere makes you half-expect tuxedo-ed butlers to come gliding through at any moment. The perfect place for a bad date, perhaps? (Notting Hill Diaries)

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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Champagne Bar
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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Champagne Bar

The spa is in the basement in what was once the old kitchen. It definitely has an exotic Moroccan flair. I could see Kev hanging out here (Notting Hill Diaries), or even a brutal fight between a hunter and a vampire (Sunwalker Saga).

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St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel Spa

A mysterious doorway leading to…somewhere. A person could easily get lost here among the winding staircases and sweeping halls. Lots of places for evil to lurk. Plenty of gargoyles perched among the arches. And a stunning enough venue for a romantic fairy tale.DSCF1181

And that was just Day One (Okay, technically it was Day Two as I arrived Saturday and this was Sunday. But who’s counting?). Join me later this week for further Adventures in Europe.

What to Read Next: Paranormal Goodness from Michelle Muto

MUTO-OfShadowandStone-CV-FT V6 copyNew release from Michelle Muto, author of THE HAUNTING SEASON.

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Description:

Humans are so unobservant. All they have to do is look up… and hope the gargoyles looking back down don’t target them as prey.

Gargoyles were created centuries ago to protect mankind, but something went horribly wrong. Now only the sentinel—a mortal chosen to control the stone beasts—stands between them and their human prey.

When the latest sentinel is killed, Kate Mercer is destined to take his place. But Kate has enough going on in her life—like a skyrocketing film career, a delusional ex-boyfriend, and a crazed stalker who will stop at nothing to get to her. But the powers that be have decided, and Kate is transported to Shadow Wood, a mysterious castle that serves as a sanctuary for the supernatural. Although beautiful, Shadow Wood is no safe place for a mere mortal. Yet Kate is drawn not only to the gargoyles but also Ian McGuire, a charming novelist who might be in the greatest danger of all.

As Kate decides whether to accept the most perilous role of her life, she discovers there are more secrets than answers within the castle’s walls. Her survival and Ian’s depend on her ability to master the gargoyles before time runs out. Is fate really cast in stone?

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London Calling

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Just five more days and I’m on a plane headed to London. Oh, how I’ve missed that city. It was my home for nearly six years and I can’t wait to go back.

This time it’s just for a visit, to catch up with old friends, and (mostly) do research for future books. Particularly my new contemporary romance series, Notting Hill Diaries. I’ll also be headed to Liverpool, Paris, and Prague to do research for Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood, as well as other little ideas that have been niggling away in my brain.

Want to come with me? I plan to post pictures and possibly videos of my travels, so don’t forget to follow this blog for updates!

Get in the #Christmas Spirit! Penny Estelle Stops By For Some Holiday Cheer.

Please give a warm welcome to my fellow contemporary romance author, Penny Estelle! She’s sharing a little of her new Christmas romance as well as some interesting facts about herself. Welcome, Penny!

The Unwanted Christmas Guest

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The Unwanted Christamas Guest 333x500Elizabeth McMurphy is an up and coming high powered attorney and is after vengeance, involving one of the richest and most powerful families in Colorado. Steve York is an obnoxious reporter that thinks the ice queen has gone too far and does all he can to get under her skin.

When one of the worst blizzards in history hits Colorado during the Christmas holiday and leaves a hurt Steve York, stranded with Elizabeth in a mountain cabin, her hatred for him starts to thaw. But this attorney has a secret that she will guard, even at the risk of losing her only chance at love.

Excerpt

He pulled out the chair across from her and sat down.  One side of his mouth quirked up into one damn sexy grin.

“Look, as much as I’d love to sit and chat…”

He didn’t let her finish.  “You look very…” Steven paused for what seemed like minutes, “professional.”

“Professional?” she asked.

Steven nodded.  “Since I’ve been covering your cases, you have been the cover girl for professionalism.  Your chestnut hair is always in a tight bun at the nape of your neck, always parted in the middle and has never seen even a strand of hair out of place.  Your dark brown eyes, expressionless, almost robotic.  Your voice is never raised in anger or excitement.  It’s practically void of emotion.”

Elizabeth lightly touched the napkin to her lips.  Her insides were screaming for her to cut and run, but outside she was the picture of cool, almost bored.

“And then there is your choice of clothing,” he continued.  “Always the power suits.  The skirts hit just below the knees, hugging your…”  She couldn’t help but glance up him, waiting.  “…frame to perfection.  And the intimidating suit jacket. I’ve never seen you without the jacket.”

She opened her purse and threw some money on the table.  “It’s been a slice of Heaven, Mr. York,” and got out of her seat.

Steven grabbed her wrist.  “How did you find all those girls to come forward?”

She looked at his hand holding her wrist, saying nothing until he slowly let it go.  “I don’t do interviews.”

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Penny Estelle was born, long ago, in Iowa City, Iowa.  Her family up and moved to Mesa, AZ, when she was a toddler, and has remained in Arizona since.

She started writing for children right before retiring, claiming after working so long with children of all ages, she has plenty of material to work with. “I was never a reader as a child or teen and I missed out on so many adventures.  I think it’s very important in today’s world to get kids reading and keep them reading.”

Her books for the younger group include a children’s picture book,  Have You seen My Tail, a book of magic and fantasy, Hike Up Devil’s Mountain, plus a series of time travel adventures for ages 9 – 13, The Wickware Sagas.

Penny decided to try her hand at writing for the older crowd.  She now has a family drama about desertion and addiction, two contemporary romances, a paranormal romance and two historical western romances under her belt.  She and her husband also wrote a non fiction short story on their experience living with solar.

Penny Estelle was a school secretary for twenty-one years.  After retiring, she and her husband moved to their fifty-four acre ranch in NW Arizona where they live off the grid.  Solar and wind is the only source of electricity.  “A real adjustment for a city girl, but I love it.  At night, the sky is an explosion of stars.  It is breathtaking!”

If Penny is not working on stories, she enjoys four-wheeling on unexplored roads, visiting with family (especially her seven grandchildren), and enjoys the occasional visits to the casinos.  She also admits her weakness is ice cream, anytime, anywhere!

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5 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Me:

  1. I live extremely rural, on wind and solar only. At night, other than moon and stars, there is no light.  I am afraid of the dark!
  1. I write for kids, ages 9 – 13, and I NEVER read as a child. I missed out on so much.
  1. Once my folks went out of town and I had some friends over. Can’t remember the details, but a can of green paint was spilled in the middle of the carpet.  We moved an overstuffed rocker to cover it.  My mom became suspicious the second she saw a rocker in the middle of the living room.   Not only was I a little wild as a kid, but apparently not too bright either!  LOL
  1. I would rather deal with a rattlesnake than a mouse. We have an abundance of both around our property!
  1. If I had the money I would be a professional gambler!

It’s Alive! Kissed by Ice (Sunwalker 5) is out NOW!

Kissed by Ice_200x300Apparently I’m extra organized this month, because Kissed by Ice is already live on Amazon in the USKobo, Amazon UK, and Amazon DE

KISSED BY ICE

“Hurry, Morgan. If you don’t, we’re all dead.” 

With an old friend in mortal danger and the Dragon King demanding her presence, vampire hunter Morgan Bailey is stuck between a rock and a volcano. Jack’s gone AWOL, her nemesis is running amok with a magical book, and soul vampires are snacking on steampunk enthusiasts. Not to mention Morgan still has a price on her head. 

As if all that isn’t enough, a new power is growing inside Morgan. One so out of control it might be the one thing that tips her into madness. 

Be sure and stop by the release party I’m co-hosting with Tara West this coming Wednesday. There will be lots of fun games and prizes!

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