By Tina.Donahue On Feb 28 2014, 7:00 am
Welcome to worlds within worlds.
When I first conceived of my Outlawed Realm series, I had the idea of Earth having more than the dimension we know. In fact, I gave it five dimensions, all of them populated. The dimensions would look something like this graphic:
E1 (Earth as we know it) is the first layer closest to the sun, followed by E2, E3, etc. beneath it. Because of time differentials, the various inhabitants don’t see what goes on in the other realms.
That is, if they’re behaving themselves and don’t go through the portals connecting the realms.
As the series begins, my hero is definitely breaking the rules, and sets into motion a series of events that cause inhabitants from one dimension to go into the others. All with exciting and very romantic results.
In Unending Desire, book one of the series, the hero comes from E2, a place where everything is controlled, emotion isn’t allowed, all the men look the same. All the women are identical in appearance. He comes to Seattle (E1) to rescue the heroine from certain death. Imagine his shock in seeing our messy, vibrant world after being so restricted in his own. In book two, Illicit Desire, I wrote about E4, a world of twilight and jungles. E2’s rulers have built a palace there where they enjoy pleasure slaves. These slaves aren’t born, they’re grown in artificial wombs to begin a lifetime of servitude to their masters. Shameless Desire, book three, again takes place in Seattle. One of the shifters from E4’s jungle has crossed over. Like the hero in Unending Desire, he needs to warn the heroine of danger. Read more…
By Delilah.Devlin On Feb 26 2014, 9:00 am
I didn’t start out writing cowboys. In fact, my first books were about space pirates and vampires. This, while I was still living in Texas with a working ranch right outside my back door. Go figure. For some reason, perhaps because cowboys were part of my daily scenic view, I didn’t think of them as particularly exciting. My, how that has changed!
I live in Arkansas now, and I miss that view of cowboys riding horses and motorized mules while herding cattle. I miss the sound of cattle mooing in the distance. I even miss that familiar, warm smell of the herd that occasionally drifted through my open window when the wind shifted. Yeah, I’ve got it bad.
Mostly I miss seeing cowboys, wearing Wranglers, scruffy hats and boots, with dust on the seats of their britches and a sexy shy smile when they tip their hat as they pass you.
That nostalgia has fueled my series, Lone Star Lovers, and I’ve let my mind go wild thinking of all the sexy possibilities I missed. And why moon over one cowboy, when I can moon over two, or three, or even four? Yeah, that’s the way my mind wanders.
Tomorrow, I have the latest in the series, not the last one, not quite yet. And I do have other cowboy stories you can peruse, as well, but for now, I hope you’re check out Reined In…
Who says a cowgirl can’t have it all?
Lone Star Lovers, Book 7
Stormy is a rancher’s daughter through and through, and although she went away to college, her soul is firmly rooted in home ground—and the cowboys she grew up tormenting. When she hears her father might be selling the ranch, she packs her bags and high tails it for home, terrified she might never get another chance to lasso the heart of one of her cowboys before the hands scatter to the four winds.
For Cam and Joe, foreman and wrangler on the ranch, Stormy was a pain in the seat of their Wranglers. But when she roars back onto the ranch, the spoiled brat they remember emerges from the cloud of dust in skin-tight jeans and spike heels and all grown up.
It only takes a hot second to figure out she’s hell-bent on seduction. But if she thinks they’re going to make it easy for her to pick which cowboy she wants most, she’s sadly mistaken. And who says she has to choose one?
Product Warnings: Contains cowboy-style spanking, flogging, and hog-tying. And a cowgirl who loves every minute of it.
By Samantha.Burnett On Feb 25 2014, 8:21 am
Samhain Publishing’s novel Redheads by Jonathan Moore named to final ballot of 2013 Bram Stoker Awards®
REDHEADS is available in e-book and trade paperback format
Feb. 24, 2014 – Cincinnati – Author Jonathan Moore has been named to the final ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards® in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel, with his novel Redheads.
“Like everyone at Samhain, I’m extremely proud of Jonathan,” said Don D’Auria, editor for Samhain’s Horror line. “After a debut novel as good as Redheads, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.”
Redheads is the story of a man searching for his wife’s killer—who finds far more than he expects:
A killer far worse than insane.
Chris Wilcox has been searching for years, so he knows a few things about his wife’s killer. Cheryl Wilcox wasn’t the first. All the victims were redheads. All eaten alive and left within a mile of the ocean. The trail of death crosses the globe and spans decades.
The cold trail catches fire when Chris and two other survivors find a trace of the killer’s DNA. By hiring a cutting-edge lab to sequence it, they make a terrifying discovery. The killer is far more dangerous than they ever guessed. And now they’re being hunted by their own prey.
The Bram Stoker Awards® will be presented at the 27th annual Bram Stoker Awards® Banquet held during the World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, Oregon, on May 10th. Purchase of tickets to both the convention and the banquet are open to the public. The awards will also be live-streamed online for those who cannot attend in person.
About Jonathan Moore
Jonathan Moore and his wife, Maria Wang, live in Hawaii. When he’s not writing, or fixing his boat, Jonathan is an attorney. Before completing law school in New Orleans, he was an English teacher, a whitewater raft guide on the Rio Grande, a counselor at a Texas wilderness camp for juvenile delinquents, and an investigator for a criminal defense attorney in Washington, D.C.
By Mychael.Black On Feb 20 2014, 8:37 am
I admit it. I’m a sucker for destruction. I know, that sounds incredibly…odd? Maybe. You see, I have a weakness for end-of-the-world shows and movies, be they natural disasters or the results of disease or war. One of my favorite game series is FallOut.
I’ve had ideas for such stories of my own for a while now. I even have the bare bones of a few plots brewing in various stages of research. One is the result of disease wiping out the majority of the human race, another is the aftermath of World War 3, and another is something like a mix of the two with vampires taking over. (Not much of a surprise there, I suppose, eh?) Read more…
By Cora Cade On Feb 12 2014, 11:39 am
In my debut release MORNING LIGHT we meet Tennyson Sharpe while she’s standing atop Noah Harper’s mahogany bar in her bare feet. Much of the book takes place in and around Noah’s pub, The Drunken Duck. And it’s only fitting that we explore what kind of adult beverages our motley crew of characters would choose to imbibe.
Let’s start with Tenn. She’s our down-to-Earth heroine with a curvy build and a love of lemon lip gloss. At one point in our novella she finds some liquid courage in a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey. And I think it’s safe to say her drink of choice is:
- Jameson Neat- Just a simple glass with two-fingers of Jameson. No fuss, no muss.
Up next is Noah, of course. Our former Army Ranger is recently home from active duty overseas and has the shrapnel scars to prove it. With his ocean blue eyes and military buzz cut, Noah is a no nonsense kind of guy. HIs drink of choice is:
- Bass Ale on tap- An English beer brewed since 1777 in Burton on Trent. A straight forward beer for our straight forward hero.
Molly Ryan is Noah’s second-in-command at The Drunken Duck and runs the pub with a wicked sense of humor and an iron fist. She’s an experienced bartender with a flair for the dramatic. Her drink of choice is a custom made cocktail of her own design:
- Bloody Molly- A traditional Bloody Mary with Jameson and horseradish for extra bite. Molly might be tiny, but the girl is mighty. Much like this specialized cocktail.
Last, but not least, we’ve got Chris Harper. Not only is he Noah’s little brother, he’s Tenn’s BFF. Chris is a little more refined than his brother. He’s got a heart of gold, even though he has the worst taste in women — so far. Read more…
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