Monday, October 31, 2016

Pre-order Skin Thief - The Hotel Paranormal Series

Happy Halloween and Blessed Samhain!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Enlightened Excerpt - Celebrating Witches in Literature

Halloween is fast approaching and with it all the witchy goodness that is this time of year. Spooky and fun movies like Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus are lying by the DVD player (watched several times already), songs like Fear the Reaper and Witchy Woman are on my Halloween playlist, and costumes for our Halloween party are in various stages of assembly.

But one of my favorite things is finding books to read with witchy magic in them. Or ghosts, like in Southern Spirits where a woman finds herself with the ability to see and interact with all things on the ghostly plain.

I love the magical realm so much, I've written almost exclusively in the paranormal genre myself and wanted to celebrate Halloween a little early with a witchy excerpt from my novel Enlightened.





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Enlightened is FREE for a limited time on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, B&N, and Smashwords.

Enjoy the excerpt!

Rachel blew out a breath and chugged her wine, eyes darting around the alley. “I haven’t seen him in ten years, and when he left, I was upset. My folks said we needed to take a break.” She gave the empty glass a dazed look. “Because of me.” When she looked back up at Loti, her eyes were thick with tears. Loti touched Rachel’s arm in sympathy.
“It was the first few weeks of college and I was not paying attention to my classes. I was much more interested in working on a project with Wolf.” She frowned, dabbing her eyes with the cocktail napkin. “He had a theory that he could amplify a witch’s powers—don’t ask me how. We experimented.” Rachel tugged at the ends of her sleeves until the cuffs covered her hands.
She was one of the best witches Loti knew, with strong energy and incredibly good instincts, so it was no wonder her “uncle” wanted to work with her. Loti had seen her perform magic many times and was always impressed with her abilities. The most impressive time had been when she, her grandmother Katie, and their coven mate and old friend,Patrick, scryed for any sign of magic in David’s cancer. They swept the house for black magic and found nothing, except the angry energy of the cancer, which Loti had been living with since the day he fell off the ladder. Shaking herself back to the present, she realized Rachel was struggling to say the next thing. She leaned closer.
“Whatever it is, it’s okay. It’s me.” She put the wine glass down as Rachel looked sideways at her.
“My parents weren’t just worried about my grades.” She lowered her eyes to her empty wine glass. “They were worried about what was going on between Wolf and me.”
“Were you two—”
“No.” Rachel glanced up, wrinkling her nose. “Of course not. Geesh. He’s my—well, uncle. But we, uh, did exchange blood.”
Loti’s mouth fell open, but she closed it at Rachel’s anguished expression. As far as she knew, blood exchange was a fairly intimate act with a vampire. Allowing a vampire to feed on you was, well, orgasmic. Loti knew the clinical aspects of blood exchange from a course she’d taken in college, but she’d never donated herself. God, no. A suspicion bloomed, but she gathered her thoughts and looked for the tactful approach.
“So, there were unintended consequences to this experiment?” she asked, proud of herself for not blurting something that would embarrass them both.
Rachel nodded too quickly, twirling her wine glass in both hands. “And it did work, to some extent. But Wolf never saw the results he was looking for. And when my parents realized what we’d done, they asked Wolf to leave me alone for a while.”
Rachel stared into her glass, turning it in uneasy circles. “Unfortunately, I hadn’t thought through what the blood exchange might do to me.” She looked up and cringed. “I was eighteen at the time, and I never thought he would disappear from my life.”
“Well he should’ve known better—he’s the 400-year-old vampire for god’s sake. Vampires.” Loti rolled her eyes. “They’re so self-centered.”
“Hey.” Rachel sat up straighter, a little of her feistiness returning. “It wasn’t like that. He explained it all to me, but I was too damned infatuated with him and the whole idea that we could be partners in some great magical experiment that I wasn’t listening.” Rachel leaned back in her seat, narrowing her eyes at Loti.
“And he should’ve realized—” Loti started, trying to pick careful words.
“Let me finish, please.” Rachel held a don’t-go-there palm up.
Loti sat back in her seat with a huff and grabbed her glass, splashing wine on the table and her white yoga pants.
“Damn it.”
She’d been doing so well at this tact thing David had often begged her to practice.  The waiter appeared with dinner, and after the plates and bowls were settled and their drinks replenished, Loti dabbed at the red stain with a wet napkin. She dipped it into a glass of ice water, then dabbed again, refusing to look at Rachel.
“Oh, Loti, here.” Rachel sighed, touching the wine stain with her fingertips. The wine extricated itself from the fabric’s weave, curling into tiny tendrils that flowed with Rachel’s slender fingers as she lifted her hand. Casually, she guided the red swirls, smirking as the wine fell back into Loti’s wine glass.
“Neat trick.” Loti chuckled.
       “No trick. Just magic.” She tossed her hair in an arrogant flip and devolved into a good-humored laugh. 
       Loti smiled. At least Rachel was laughing again.

A Magickal Samhain Celebration




Samhain is on its way and so is a wonderful online celebration I'm participating in!

Won't you please join me and over 30 paranormal and fantasy authors for A Magickal Samhain on Facebook right now? It's been a full month of Halloween fun that will end this weekend with a party, fun Halloween facts, games, and prizes.

Can't wait to see you there! 

Click HERE to join the fun.

Blessed Be. 

Saturday, October 01, 2016

How to Ignite Your Next Romance

Last year, my husband and kids accompanied me to the 2015 Indie Bookfest in Orlando, Florida. My husband snagged himself a pair of author Tawdra Kandle's sunglasses, which have Ignite Your Next Romance printed on one side.

He has proudly worn them all over the world, literally. Here he is in Copenhagen a couple weeks
ago.

Those sunglasses have been a reminder to me every time he wears them that it's not just his job to keep the romance going in our relationship; it's mine too.

Recently I watched the Big Bang Theory episode where Penny tries to do something romantic for Leonard that doesn't involve sex.  She was flummoxed, so she asks Raj for help. After all his ideas are rejected, Raj mentions that she probably hasn't had to do anything romantic because she's a pretty girl and guys fall over themselves for her.

Then Penny says she has a hard time feeling bad about that.

I know that was meant to be funny, but I actually found it kind of sad. Is that the romance narrative in our society? Men woo women with romantic gestures while women wait around to be woo-ed? The proverbial princess trapped in the tower waiting for her knight in shining armor to set her heart on fire?

Ick.

Makes us women seem completely powerless to create our own romance unless of course, we fit the social beauty norm. And how many of us do? This story has a very sad ending, if you ask me.

And then I found and watched the Valentine episode where Leonard is the Romance Ninja, but Penny poops all over their romantic evening by being completely self-absorbed.

Again, ick.

So then I asked myself, am I as bad as Penny? Do I wait around for romantic gestures from my husband? Do I rely solely on sex as my romantic gesture? What AM I doing in the romance department? How am I keeping the romance alive in my marriage? The answer is I'm not sure.

Yikes.

So here's my first stab at it: every morning I'm going to ask myself, "What can I do to make my husband's day today?"

I don't know where this is going to lead (I just stopped typing to stare at the wall and try to think of something), but I have high hopes.

What do you do to keep the romance fresh in your relationship? Inquiring minds want to know...because we need ideas.

Help!

How to Ignite Your Next Romance

Last year, my husband and kids accompanied me to the 2015 Indie Bookfest in Orlando, Florida. My husband snagged himself a pair of author Tawdra Kandle's sunglasses, which have Ignite Your Next Romance printed on one side.

He has proudly worn them all over the world, literally. Here he is in Copenhagen a couple weeks
ago.

Those sunglasses have been a reminder to me every time he wears them that it's not just his job to keep the romance going in our relationship; it's mine too.

Recently I watched the Big Bang Theory episode where Penny tries to do something romantic for Leonard that doesn't involve sex.  She was flummoxed, so she asks Raj for help. After all his ideas are rejected, Raj mentions that she probably hasn't had to do anything romantic because she's a pretty girl and guys fall over themselves for her.

Then Penny says she has a hard time feeling bad about that.

I know that was meant to be funny, but I actually found it kind of sad. Is that the romance narrative in our society? Men woo women with romantic gestures while women wait around to be woo-ed? The proverbial princess trapped in the tower waiting for her knight in shining armor to set her heart on fire?

Ick.

Makes us women seem completely powerless to create our own romance unless of course, we fit the social beauty norm. And how many of us do? This story has a very sad ending, if you ask me.

And then I found and watched the Valentine episode where Leonard is the Romance Ninja, but Penny poops all over their romantic evening by being completely self-absorbed.

Again, ick.

So then I asked myself, am I as bad as Penny? Do I wait around for romantic gestures from my husband? Do I rely solely on sex as my romantic gesture? What AM I doing in the romance department? How am I keeping the romance alive in my marriage? The answer is I'm not sure.

Yikes.

So here's my first stab at it: every morning I'm going to ask myself, "What can I do to make my husband's day today?"

I don't know where this is going to lead (I just stopped typing to stare at the wall and try to think of something), but I have high hopes.

What do you do to keep the romance fresh in your relationship? Inquiring minds want to know...because we need ideas.

Help!