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What To Read Next: Off To St. Helens

As you all probably know by now, I’m a HUGE fan of paranormal romance (PNR) and scifi romance (SFR). I write both, and I read both.

AmaryllisLately I got to thinking about a trilogy I read back in the day. And by “back in the day” I’m talking late 90s (clearly I was an infant at the time). It was this fantastic series that took place on an alien world that had been colonized by humans. The humans had developed these amazing psychic abilities. I couldn’t stop thinking about the series, so I hopped on over to Amazon and picked up the first book in the series: Amaryllis by Jayne Castle.

For those of you who have never heard of Jayne Castle, she’s the alter ego of the uber popular romance novelist Jayne Ann Krentz. As Jayne Castle she writes all kinds of paranormal romantic goodness.

So, if you love psychics, murder, mystery, and romance and wrapped up on an alien planet, you have GOT to check out the St. Helens Trilogy!

Amaryllis Lark is one of the best psychic detectives on St. Helen’s, the earth colony recently cut off from the mother planet, yet not so very different from home. . . . Lucas Trent, the rugged head of Lodestar Exploration, isn’t keen on the prim type—and from her crisp business suit to her cool evaluation of his request to bust a corporate thief, beautiful Amaryllis is excruciatingly proper. But when a bold hunch heats up into a twisting murder investigation, by-the-book Amaryllis must let her guard down and break some rules—and a red-hot love affair ignites. Now, as they race to solve a puzzle of deadly intrigue, no power—otherworldly or otherwise—can keep them apart!

Pick up a copy of Amaryllis HERE.

Welcome to Faerie, Mr Darcy.

Ladies and Gents, my apologies for the late post, but things have been a bit nuts this morning. I have for you another fabulous Montlake author sharing her thoughts on romance and the paranormal. Please welcome Delle Jacobs!

Thanks for having me here, Shéa! It’s great to see you on the Montlake author list!

Delle Jacobs

I wasn’t always a lover of romance. For a long time, I just assumed romances were poorly written, cheesy love stories, but I was really tired of dark, ugly, gritty stories that seemed to be so popular for a long time. So I’m grateful for Laura Kinsale for the first romance I ever read, Flowers From the Storm. I found what I was missing in the rest of commercial fiction. I like believing in people, and in finding happiness in love. And no matter what critics say about 50% of marriages failing, there are still the other 50% that don’t. Romance is about finding a true committed relationship. And that’s something I believe in.

S – Amen, to that, Delle!

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The Lure Of Romance

Latte Art by Mortefot

Today another of my new friends from Montlake Romance, Susannah Sandlin, dropped by for a chat and a cuppa. So pour yourself something tasty, pull up a chair, and join in on the conversation as I ask this author of dark paranormal romance (just my kind!) a few questions. Like why she loves paranormal romance…

I always like to joke that I love to read romance novels—as long as either the hero or heroine (or both) aren’t human. Yeah, I’m one of those paranormal romance people. What’s the lure of paranormal romance?

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Ed Harris vs. Aragorn

This week’s Writer Wednesday guest is another fabulous Montlake (and indie) author, Norah Wilson. But I didn’t meet her through Montlake. I met her over a year ago through an online writer group and we’ve been friends and super-fans of each other ever since! I asked Norah the question: Why do you love romance?

I am a life-long romance reader, having started reading my mother’s tame Harlequins long before I perhaps should have been. There was always something so comforting about them. No matter the challenges (or should I say the misunderstandings? I seem to remember a lot of them!), no matter how arrogant or bull-headed the hero (I remember a lot of them too!), the heroine always managed to set him straight, after which they got their happy ending. A lot has changed about romance since those days, including the level and nature of the conflict. Heck, these days, the H&h might not even be the same species. But much remains the same, including the work and/or sacrifice required for the couple to earn their happily ever after.
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Writer Wednesday: The Quest for Eternal Youth

A couple of my friends, Heather Marie Adkins (writing as Nolia McCarty) and Julia Crane have teamed up to write a fantastic new novel called Eternal Youth.  I was able to catch up with the ladies over virtual coffee and find out a little be more about magic, collaboration, and the quest for Eternal Youth.

Fountain of Youth by Eduard Veith - National Geographic

1. What do you love most about the story and characters in Eternal Youth?

J: My favorite part is traveling aspect of the book, as well as the search for the elusive Fountain Of Youth. I’ve always been fascinated with the legend. Of course, the older I get, the more I’d like to find it on my own…
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Fantastical Friday: Rednecks, Hijinx, and Bringing Sexy Back

Today is a very special Fantastical Friday.  A couple of my Indie Eclective peeps have new books out, so we are celebrating!  And what better way to celebrate the new redneck comedy by the fabulous PJ Jones than with a classic Ray Stevens UFO tribute!

If only all UFO abductions were so much fun.

And talking about fun, check out the new release by PJ Jones, Driving Me Nuts.  While PJ is normally known for her parodies, this one is a deeply moving and yet hilariously funny tale of loss, love and discovery.

Three mental patients, two loaded guns, one stolen car, and a whole lot of trouble. 

Check it out over on The Zon.

As if that weren’t enough, Lizzy Ford’s latest paranormal romance novella is live on Smashwords!  

Emma crossed paths with a black witch in an ill-fated love triangle that ended in Emma fleeing and the death of the man they both loved. Two years later, the witch is seeking revenge and strikes against Emma’s family. Emma turns to the only person who can help her: a man rumored to be half-demon with the power to control the shadows. Tristan agrees to help her lift the curse on her family but isn’t prepared for what he finds hidden in Emma’s secrets.

And now I thought I’d do something a wee bit special for ya’ll.

I think most writers like to imagine who they’d cast in the film version of their books.  (You know, just in case.)  Just me?  Well, all right then.

In my case, the cast of the Sunwalker Saga was actually pretty much predetermined as each character was, as least in looks, inspired by an actor.  So, I present to you the cast of Kissed by Darkness and Kissed by Fire!

Morgan Bailey:

Morgan is our main character.  She’s a Hunter and as such spends most of her time kicking bad-guy ass.  She’s about the only character for whom I didn’t have an actress in mind.  

Until now.

Me the divinely delicious Christina Hendricks.  The minute I saw her in THAT dress, I knew.

With Morgan’s dangerous curves and pixie face (not to mention the RED hair – though we’re going to have to darken it), she’s the PERFECT choice.  There’s even a pic of her in a green dress not unlike the one Morgan wore to her disastrous blind date.  Minus the train, of course.  Can’t kick vampire butt with a train trailing along behind you.

And while Christina is generally scene in fabulous vintage-inspired dresses (so not Morgan’s style), she can also rock a wicked steampunky Gothic look, which is definitely Morgan’s style.

I can see her beheading a demon in this outfit.  Can’t you?

Yep, I think I’ve found the perfect Morgan Bailey.

What do you think?  Does she fit your vision of Morgan?

Kabita Jones

Yes, Virginia.  There really is a Kabita.  Her surname isn’t Jones, but she is a real person and she definitely inspired the personality of Kabita Jones.  But there’s someone else who inspired the physicality and that would be the fabulous Claudia Black.

Sci-Fi fans will recognize Claudia from Farscape, Pitch Black, and Stargate: SG1.  She’s brilliantly talented and has proven she can play both tough and vulnerable with a huge side of sexy.

She’s what I see in my head when I think “Kabita Jones”.  What do you think?

Jackson “Jack” Keel:

There is only ever going to be one man for me who embodies everything that is our resident Sunwalker, Jackson Keel.  And that man would be the seriously tasty Mr. Gerard Butler!

In fact, it was this picture of him that sparked the idea of Jack having been a Templar Knight.  Seriously, could there be anything more yummy?

I love the sort of juxtaposition of the “ancient” garb and his usual modern look.  And, oh, baby those eyes!

I really focus a lot on those eyes, especially in KbD.  Who wouldn’t?

Oh, and also he looks ridiculously good in a kilt.  Granted this has NOTHING to do with the series.  I just wanted to post a picture of him in a kilt.  BWAHAHAHA!  Frankly, I think more men should wear kilts.  They are seriously sexy!

What’s your take?  Gerard Butler as the Sunwalker?  Gerard Butler in a kilt?

Inigo Jones:

Inigo Jones is, in a way, the exact opposite of Jack.  Where Jack is a warrior, hardened and rugged and oozing with sex appeal, Inigo is young and pretty and sexy in a totally different way.

He’s sunny and happy-go-lucky.  Or is he?

Readers of Kissed by Fire will know there’s a darker side to Inigo Jones and that things are not always as they appear.

This is why I love Kyle Schmid for Inigo.  He was that wonderfully sunshiny smile, yet (as he proved in Blood Ties) he can definitely channel the Dark Side.

So, is Kyle Schmid the perfect Inigo?  Or is he just too damn pretty?

 “We’re not gonna die. We can’t die, Bendis. You know why? Because we are so…very…pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die.” – Mal on Firefly

Trevor Daly:

Trevor is the newcomer to the group.  He doesn’t put in his appearance until the very end of Kissed by Darkness.  Thing is, he’ll become integral to Morgan’s life as the series progresses.

The seriously tasty Shemar Moore was my inspiration for this gun-toting government agent.  So far I haven’t really gotten into Trevor’s sex appeal (and Shemar is all about sex appeal), but trust me, it will come up later in the series.

And if you’ve any doubt as to why I was inspired by Mr. Moore, well, here’s your answer.

Any questions?

So, there you go.  My Fantastical Friday line-up.

Next week I’m going to have lots of Halloween/Samhain themed posts.  There will be lots of sexy special guests and maybe even cake!  So stop by and say hey and join in the fun.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, how about some of this!

AVAILABLE NOW!

Dragon Warrior

Dragon Wars Book One

A man without a past.
A woman without a future.
A world destroyed by monsters.
All that’s left is hope.

In Rain Mauri’s post-apocalyptic world there are no shades of gray to survival. Until she meets a Dragon Warrior and discovers nothing is as simple as it seems.
Together, Rain and the Dragon Warrior must uncover the truth behind the nightmare their world has become. Their quest will put them in the crosshairs of a ruthless enemy, but with her determination and his skill, they might just save their race from destruction. If they can save each other first.

(Contains a sneak peek at Jack Wallen’s zombie apocalypse tale, I Zombie I.)

AVAILABLE IN ALL FORMATS ON SMASHWORDS

Have a fabulous, fun-filled weekend.

Fantastical Friday: Terra Nova, Zombie Apocalypse, and Captain Kirk vs. Columbus!

Video Goodness:

For today’s entry in the video log, I’ve got something REALLY special.  Hold onto your tricorders boys and girls!

I think it’s pretty obvious who won there.  But what do you think?

Okay, onwards!

On-Screen Goodness:

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere in the Andromeda Galaxy, you’ve probably heard of the new show stamped with the Spielberg mark of approval: Terra Nova.  Seriously, this is my new favorite show.  Time travel, futuristic weapons, dinosaurs, mystery, adventure, romance … what’s not to like?  It’s like the Swiss Family Robinson goes Twilight Zone.  It totally rocks my casbah. 

Of course, that may have something to do with the divinely delicious Jason O’Mara.  Nom, nom.  What can I say?  I’ve got a weakness for men of the Irish persuasion.

He also takes his shirt off.  A lot.  I am not opposed to this.  In fact, I think it should be a requirement.

If you watch one new show this season, check out Terra Nova.  You can thank me later.

Linky Goodness:

Now, ya’ll know I love Gene Lempp’s Designing from Bones series.  Well, this week he’s talking about ancient Greece and our theatrical roots.  It’s some fascinating stuff.

I get quoted for a post over on PJ Jones’s site.  Very exciting.

And just in time for Halloween, Jack Wallen talks Top Ten Horror Films and Ten Favorite Gore-Tastic Flims.

And finally, just in case you missed it, you want porn? I has porn!  Check out Piper Bayard’s hysterically funny post Invisible Art? That’s Nothing! We’ve Got Invisible Porn. 

Reading Goodness:

I’m reading some seriously good stuff this week.

First off, there’s the second installment of Jack Wallen’s I Zombie series: My Zombie My.  I have been looking forward to this book every since I read I Zombie I and so far, it hasn’t disappointed.

You can find MZM on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble.  And at only $2.99, it’s a steal!

Next, I’m nearly through reading Nalini Singh’s Play of Passion from her Psy-Changeling series.  Let me just say Nalini is one of my all-time favorite writers.  The woman does urban fantasy and paranormal romance like Emeril does chicken.

And last, but by no means least, is M. Edward McNally’s epic fantasy The Sable City.  I used to read quite a lot of epic fantasy, but have kind of gotten out of it the last few years.  However, I’ve been hearing loads of good things about this book and the fact that it was inspired by Hawaiian/Polynesian history piqued my interest as it’s a bit of an usual inspiration for epic fantasy.  There are also DRAGONS!  So far, I’ve been really impressed.

The Sable City is also available on Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble.

And that’s all she wrote.  Until next time.  Happy Friday!

Mythos Monday: A History of Dragons

Welcome to another Mythos Monday.  Here there be dragons.  (I have mentioned everything’s better with dragons, right?)

But why dragons?

Because they’re cool.  That’s why.

I admit it.  I have a soft spot for the scaly beasties.  I like good dragons and bad dragons and evil dragons.  I like dragons who can turn human and humans who can turn dragons.  I even like dragons that are just plain reptilian with no pretenses toward biped whatsis at all.

Dragons make appearances in two of my series.  In the Sunwalker Saga, Morgan Bailey will face dragons for the first time in Kissed by Darkness (book two of the series).  Will they be good?  Will they be evil?  Will they be the size of small horses?  You’ll find out in August.  :-)

I’m currently working on another series which will combine the juicy goodness of paranormal romance with the sheer awesome of post-apocalyptic adventure.  And yes, there will be DRAGONS!  Lots and lots of dragons.

But I promised you a history of dragons.

Merriam-Webster tells us dragon quite literally means “serpent”.  And that was where it all started, with no more exciting a meaning than that.

But we WANT excitement, gol durnit!

According to Wikipedia (and the Beeb – BBC), the ancient Chinese started digging up dinosaur bones somewhere about 300 BC and mistook them for dragon bones.  Yeah, I get that.  I’d probably think they were dragon bones, too.  In Chinese myth, dragons can take on human form and are often benevolent.  I think that’s particularly cool.  I love the idea of a dragon being able to walk among us without anyone being the wiser.

Of course, in Western folklore, dragons are almost always portrayed as evil (Exceptions being Welsh folklore and modern myth.).  In fact, they were often used in art to portray sin.  Puritanism strikes again.

The Romans, being Romans, sort of smooshed the two together, creating a dragon that was half Western and half Eastern mythology.

Every culture had it’s own take on dragons.  Every people had their own artwork, their own mythology.  There was a ribbon of commonality, but the specifics were as far apart as the hemispheres.

To my mind, that’s the best thing about dragons.  You can create your own mythology.  They can be good or evil.  They can even be neutral.  They can be intelligent or animalistic.  Beautiful or ugly.  Wild and savage or mild and meek.  They can be anything you want them to be.  That’s the joy of mythology.  Starting with a basic background and working from there, anything your mind can conceive can be real.  At least within the pages of a good book. :-)

 

What are your favorite dragons?  Do you prefer the nasty ones?  Or the nice ones?  Do you think dragons can be sexy?  Or will they just eat you for lunch?