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Firefly Meets CSI…Murder, Mayhem, and Alien Worlds, Oh, My!

Omicron ZX_200x300Something like two years ago I announced I was working on a new series. One that takes place in space. One that involves murder, mystery, adventure, and romance. Well, Omicron ZX is FINALLY coming your way!

In preparation for the first book in the series, A Rage of Angels, (to be released this fall) I’ve just released a prequel novelette: Omicron Zed-X. This little prequel introduces the main characters of the series and the world in which they live: space ships, alien worlds, nano implants, cryogenic stasis, and, of course, MURDER! Let’s not forget a little romance, too (‘Cause that’s the way I roll).

About the book:

Starship captain Zala Lei's bid to bring a dangerous criminal to justice leads her to Omicron 5 and Xander Lodai, a man even more deadly than the one she's tailing. She can only hope that Xander can help her stop evil in its tracks before she becomes the next victim. 

(This prequel novelette to the upcoming Omicron ZX series was originally published as a short story in the Eclective's Holiday Collection. It has been extensively rewritten an expanded.)

Get it now on Amazon!

Kissing Under the Mistletoe

I’m thrilled to welcome my fellow romance addict and Montlake author, Marina Adair! She’ll also be giving away a signed ARC of her latest book. But first, let’s find out why Marina LOVES romance…

Marina Adair

I am a self-admitted, life-long romance-a-holic—an addiction that started well before I could even read. Growing up with a movie-buff for a mother and a live-in grandmother who had a thing for game shows and musicals meant that instead watching the Smurfs or The Facts of Life I was spoon-fed The Newlywed Game and movie classics. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers led me to Sabrina which led me to romantic comedies like French Kiss, You’ve got Mail, and Never Been Kissed. What gets me every time is the quirky heroine who is working toward accomplishing her dream when she suddenly finds herself in an awkward and embarrassing situation at the precise moment she meets her true love–only to be forced to choose between her perceived road to happiness and happily ever after. Contemporary romance and romantic comedies have a lot in common, which is why I think that, although I love all kinds of romance novels, I am drawn to reading and writing small town contemporaries.

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Pride and Prejuice and Colin Firth

Today I’m over on Norah Wilson’s blog giving a tour of my work space and talking books, dragons, and Jeremy Renner. In the meantime, I’ve got a special treat for you, my lovely readers!

For today’s Writer Wednesday I asked fellow Montlake author Debra Holland to stop by and tell us why she loves romance. Plus answer a few nosy questions! Here’s Debra:

I started reading romance when I was thirteen. A classmate’s mother read Mills and Boon books, gave them to her daughter who read them, then gave them to me. In those days the romances were sweet, not sexy, totally appropriate for a thirteen-year-old. I’ve been reading romance ever since.

It’s probably no co-incidence that at the same age, I started reading my grandmother’s Ladies Home Journal magazines, and loved the “Can This Marriage be Saved?” column, especially how the therapist helped the couple change. I knew I wanted to grow up and be a marriage counselor, and I never wavered from that goal. What I didn’t know was that I would also grow up to be a romance writer, although that desire came much later in life, long after years of graduate school, a Ph.D, and a thriving psychotherapy practice.

I love to read romance novels, not just because of the romantic elements in the story, but because the hero and heroine change. Their relationship with each other– falling in love–causes them to grow past their limitations and become better people.

What’s your favorite romantic movie?

Pride and Prejudice—the Colin Firth version

Ohhhh, I do love the tasty Mr. Firth! Who is the most romantic couple in history (real or fictional)?

I’ll pick fictional. J.D Robb’s Eve Dallas and her husband, Rourke. Maybe they are the most romantic couple because we get to see their relationship develop over numerous books. They are completely devoted to each other, but don’t have a traditional relationship, and Eve is definitely not a traditional heroine. That’s what makes their love so strong and special. Not to mention that Rourke is the perfect hero!

 I can’t argue there! I’ve got a serious soft spot for Rourke. And what’s your idea of a romantic getaway?

Well the romantic getaway has to first include a romantic man. Either one I go with or one I meet at the destination. Definitely a beautiful beach, privacy, a hotel or house with ocean views, a balcony or patio, comfortable furniture to nap and read on, and someone else to do the cleaning and cooking!

HAHA! Love it! Definitely the best part of any getaway, romantic or otherwise.

Thanks for stopping by Debra!

When her brother announces his marriage, Elizabeth Hamilton suddenly becomes unwanted and unwelcome in the only home she’s ever known. To escape the new mistress of the house, Elizabeth accepts the invitation of her best friend to journey to Montana.

The dirt streets and wooden storefronts of Sweetwater Springs and the hardships of ranch living are worlds away from the refinements of Gilded Age Boston, yet Elizabeth is filled with new hope—and buoyed by a wealthy banker’s attentions. Yet it’s cowboy Nick Sanders who slowly awakens her heart and helps her recognize her strengths. And when a deadly influenza epidemic strikes, Elizabeth will fight for those she loves—and the life she’s ready to claim.

A USA Today bestseller and winner of Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, Wild Montana Sky is historical romance at its best—a warm, uplifting story of new love and second chances.

Debra Holland’s novel, Wild Montana Sky, is available NOW on Amazon!

Fantastical Friday: Betty White, Garth Vader, and Still More Zombies

We all want to live long and happy lives, right?  I mean, I sure do.  I’ve got a bajillion books to write so I gotta live to at LEAST 120!  And who better to give advice on a long and happy life than the fabulous Betty White!

Those are some real gems.  Hope you took notes.

A friend of mine sent me this photo which made me laugh hysterically.  We’re talking squee your pants funny.

This dude totally reminds me of the character Garth Vader from PJ Jones’s Driving Me Nuts!  He’s even got the hood thing going on.  All he needs is a light saber.

Author Danielle Blanchard was over at Lizzy Ford’s blog this week talking about whether or not women can enjoy zombie books just as much as the guys.  Check it out, it’s a great read.  And I agree, there is room for a kinder, gentler zombie tale.  AND women like to get their scare on just as much as the guys do.

I’m pretty psyched because her new novel, Beginnings, is finally out.  And, you guessed it, here there be zombies!

Danielle will be on my blog in a couple of week answering some deep and probing questions.  Like what her favorite flavor of ice cream is and what she’d do if she was abducted by aliens.

Another great new book out this coming week is S.G. Rogers’s magically delicious The Magical Misperception of Meridian.  She’ll be by next Wednesday to talk about her book, her favorite super power, and her deep and abiding feelings about … dragons.

Because, as you know, EVERYTHING is better with dragons. ;-)

Tomorrow I’m off to Central London for a girls’ day out with the REAL Kabita Jones.  We’re going shopping, wreaking havoc, and eating Thai food. If you’re ever in London you must try Busaba Eathai.  The food is amazing and extremely reasonable.  Well, for London, anyway. :-)  I’ll try to remember the camera so I can share the adventure with you.  You never know what I’ll get up to down in London town.

What are you up to this weekend?  Anything exciting on the menu?

And with that, my friends, I shall bid thee adieu.  Have a fabulously fantastical Friday and I’ll see you on the flip side!

Fantastical Friday: Gary Oldman Light My Fire

Today I’m over at the blog of horror writer G.R. Yeates.  He’s asking me deep, personal questions like do I go barefoot or wear socks.  So hop on over and say “hey.”

Also, don’t forget there are just a few days left in the Kindle Fire Giveaway from The Eclective.  So, Come On Baby Win My Fire and leave a comment!

Now, I’m not a huge fan of “reality” television.  The closest thing I get to it is Hoarders and the occasional viewing of Biggest Loser.  But unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the overwhelming new talent <cough> that is Snooki.  (What the hell kinda name is Snooki?)  So, I share with you a recap of Jersey Shore read by none other than the amazing and TRULY talented Gary Oldman:

Seriously, is that not awesome?  Way better than the show itself, I’m sure.

Unfortunately I don’t have any new books to share with you this week.  I’ve been up to my eyeballs editing and proofreading and writing and … well, you get the picture.  Let’s just say I’m getting a sneak peek at Jack Wallen’s next Fringe Killer novel and it is rocking my socks.  Bet you’re jealous!

However, M. Edward McNally has taken up the slack with his usual humor and charm in Books That Don’t Suck.

But if you want a book that DOES suck <ahem>, try Tessa Rae’s erotic romance short story Oral Exam.  And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Well, boys and girls, that’s all she wrote.  Have a fabulous, fun-filled weekend and I’ll see ya on the flip side!

Writer Wednesday: Forever’s Not Enough

Some people love them.  Some people hate them.  Some people could go either way.  I am firmly in the “love” camp.

I’m talking book series.

When I find a story that’s well written, enjoyable, and with brilliant world building and real characters, I want to read more.  One book simply isn’t enough.  There’s nothing worse than reading a book oozing with series potential only to find out it’s a stand alone.  ARRRRGH!

I guess this is also why I prefer to write series.  Once I create a world, I want to stay there awhile.  Have a sit down and visit with the characters.

So, I’d like to share with you some of my all-time favorite series.  And, of course, since it’s me we’re talking about, they’ve all got something sci-fi or paranormal going on with them.

The Tripods by John Christopher pretty much started me off in the post-apocalyptic direction.  This brilliant trilogy (it’s a quadrilogy now) takes place in the near future and follows a young teenager as he joins an underground resistance movement against an alien race which has enslaved mankind.

Aliens?  Yes, please!

The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh is the kind of series that gets my juices flowing.  It’s sexy, it’s action packed, and I never ever want it to end.  Angels, vampires, murder, and mayhem.  What’s not to like?  Singh has another series out which is also fabulous, but this one is my favorite.

The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger is all that is good and wonderful about steampunk.  They are novels of vampires, werewolves, and parasols.  And, of course, manners, tea, and steam engines.  Honestly, they make me giddy just reading them!

I honestly couldn’t tell you which is my favorite series by Norah WilsonDix Dodd (written as NL Wilson) or her Vampire Romance series.  Dix Dodd is like an older, wiser, crazier Stephanie Plum with all the freshness of the early Plum books.  The vampire books are smoldering, sexy, and did I mention sexy?

Stephany Simmons rocks my world with her Lian and Figg series.  I loved, loved, LOVED her first novella, Voodoo Dues, and I just downloaded the next book in the series, Vampire Blues.  Seriously, these books are such a unique voice in the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genre.  I love how Simmons tells the entire story in first person, but from the perspectives of both Lian and Figg.  Doesn’t sound like it will work, but it totally does.  Plus the too make a ridiculously cute couple, if you ask me.

And last, but by no means least, Jack Wallen’s Fringe Killer series totally rocks my socks.  I love his other series, but this one creeps me out, freaks me out, and makes me want to lock my doors (as if I don’t already) and keep a shotgun under my bed.

These are the kinds of series I could just keep reading FOREVER.  The kind I could seriously stalk the authors down if they ever stopped writing (That’s a joke.  Not planning to stalk anyone.  Yet).

What are your favorite book series and why?  What series could you read over and over?

Fantastical Friday: Still More Aliens

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s time for more of the fantastical …

Video Goodness

Going with the alien theme of this week, I just had to share this clip from a BBC2 interview with, well, I don’t know how to describe it.  See for yourself:

You’ve gotta love Louis Theroux.  Guns that only work in the presence of aliens? How he keeps a straight face throughout these interviews is beyond me!  Go Louis.  And the ending?  Priceless.

Still, you could make a darn good story out of that one.  Aliens attack the Earth, our only chance at survival the Great Protector with his mind-ray guns.  Awesome.

Linky Love

Anyone who knows me knows I’m usually at least a decade behind the times, so imagine my thrill when I came across this blog post about NASA’s discovery of Keplar 22B.  “Earth’s Twin”.  And yeah, it’s real.  I double checked. ;-)  No word on the alien population, though.

Okay, this movie I’ve gotta see!  Perfect Sense is a blend of science fiction and romance.  I saw a trailer for it during Mission Impossible and it looked ridiculously good.  Best of all?  It stars the delightfully delicious …

Spot of Smexy:

… Ewan McGregor.  

Hubba hubba.

Any film is worth watching just for the sheer smexy of this Scottish actor.  Can I get an Amen?


Friday Book Club:

This week I’m reading two books: Eat, Slay, Love and Secrets of the Lost Races.

Eat, Slay, Love is the third novel in Jesse Petersen’s zombie trilogy.  It’s sort of romantic comedy meets zombie apocalypse.  Gotta love that, right?

In the “Non-fiction” book Secrets of the Lost Races, Rene Noorbergen shares his theory about our ancient past.  It wasn’t aliens that visited earth and shared their technology, it was us.  Human beings.  He believes that long before recorded history there existed civilizations so advanced they’d have made us look like cavemen.  Civilizations destroyed by nuclear war.  It’s fascinating stuff.

What are you reading this week?

Wishing you all a happy Friday.  I’ll see you on the flip side!



Fantastical Friday: The Lemurs Are Coming (And So Is AC/DC)

As you all know by now, I love to start Friday with a good giggle.  So, here’s a seriously funny clip for your viewing pleasure:

That’s kind of scary accurate, if you think about it.

Linky Love:

One of my favorite posts of the week is Gene Lempp’s treatise on Lemuria.  Never heard of it?  Well, you probably wouldn’t have seeing as how it’s not quite as famous as it’s cousin, Atlantis.  Still, I love me a good lost continent story and this one is worth checking out.

Apparently now that the stockings have been put away and Santa is on holiday for another year, douchebaggery is running rampant.  Jesse Petersen and Jack Wallen have two really excellent posts up this week on why being a douche is bad.  You know, just in case you were a little vague on that point.  Shockingly, some people actually are vague on that point. Very vague.


Today I’m featured over at WereVampsRomance.  Or rather, my book, Dragon Warrior, is featured.  Okay, I’m featured, too.  I did a little interview thing, which was fun.  So, pop on over and say hey.  And leave a comment for your chance to win one of three copies of Dragon Warrior!


Spot of Smexy:

Hold on to your hats boys and girls, because this one is too hot to handle!  I stumbled across this pic of the delicious Alex O’Loughlin (Okay, fine, I Googled) and realized this is pretty much EXACTLY how I picture Micah from Dragon Warrior.  Of course, I had to share it with you.  Okay, really, I just wanted to pretty up the place.  Who can blame me?

Though I really think dude should invest in a belt.

No, wait.  Never mind …  Forget I said anything.

Friday Book Club:

This week I’m reading Nalini Singh’s Kiss of Snow.  It’s the latest in her Psy/Changeling Series.  If you love a good paranormal with some serious kick-ass world building, I can’t recommend Singh enough.

What are you reading this week?