Saturday, September 29, 2012

October = "Give me all your candy" month

Everyone loves Fall. Well, most everyone I know does. As a person living along the Gulf Coast, I can't wait for the cooler temperatures to make an appearance. With the horrid humidity and heat here, I really believe people can melt. I do like Autumn for various reason though. One, I like miniature bite size pieces of candy. Sure, the regular sized candy bar serves its purpose, but those little bite size bits of glory make you feel young and not as much of a fatty. Granted, it's probable you consume more of those in one sitting then just in the regular candy bar. Meh, I chalk that up to interpretation.
 In addition to cooler temps, Autumn also brings on the start of holiday cooking. Gotta love that. It's nice to experiment in the kitchen each year and see what new recipe I can come up with for turkey and dressing. Bobbo (my mom) goes on her pie kick. Not a bad thing. :)
And it seems to mark a time of plentiful blog hops and releases. Halloween anthologies are right around the corner, followed by many Christmas anthologies.

So what are you looking forward to with the coming of Autumn and subsequent holidays? Any of you have any stories that will be featured in the seasonal anthologies? Are you participating in any blog hops? Have any big plans for the holidays this year?

Saturday, September 22, 2012

How, in the name of God, do you write your "fluff" scenes?

So, I've been wondering about this particular subject lately, since I have a big intimate scene coming up in my work in progress. The much anticipated (because everyone loves 'action'), evil (because it gives me trouble) "wedding night". I've put it off long enough, but I have to push on. The problem, however, is just how are you supposed to push on and write the damn thing?

Sure, I like the intimate scenes as much as the next person. I can read them, anytime, any place. Right, so how do you write one that doesn't sounds utterly painful - you know, throbbing, exploding members, engorged things I don't want to think about, and all that other strange stuff? They didn't prepare me for this when I was in school. 

Since my WIP is a historical, I have to stay within the bounds of 'sweet' as well. Granted, I don't have to, but that is my aim. The object is to write a book that is a bit on the sweet side with sprinklings of sensuality. 

Okay, sensuality is so very lost to me. I mean, what words are alright to write in a scene like that? Or aren't? 

Obviously I could never use certain words since I associate too many other things with them. Plus, some words are just a bit too "weirdo" to use for me.

Penis - Dave and his friends hung out in Australia, checking out an old penal colony. Suddenly, a flock of penii flew overhead.

Cock - You know, the thing that makes the most god-awful sound way too early in the morning. Also, this thing likes to chase you around when you are trying to score an egg from his fluffy, lady friend.  No sexual innuendo there, you just wanted an omelet.

Squirt - Ha, I can't read this one without laughing. When someone 'squirts' something, I envision a Super Soaker 500. Or, a rather nasty wound to an artery. Take your pick. 

Throbbing, Pulsating - While I like these two for some reason, I can't help but imagine "The Call of Cthulhu", with his throbbing, pulsating tentacled head. Plus, if a "member" is pulsating, I would probably be inclined to pause mid-action and wait for it to spring to life and talk to me.

I think you've gotten the idea. Right, so here's what I've come up with thus far in my WIP:

" “Please believe me. I want you as my bride. Will you accept that?”

She snuffled and nodded, and his heart soared. He placed his hand under her chin and lifted her face. “Say it. I need to hear you say it.”

She searched his face closely before she uttered a tiny ‘aye’.

Her soft voice was his undoing. The last vestiges of his restraint broke. He lowered his head and captured her lips in a deep, consuming kiss. She yielded to his demand and opened to him, allowing him to sink further into her sweetness.

He slipped his hand from her back to her belly, and he felt her muscles tense under his fingers. With deliberate slowness, he slid his hand up her waist to the underside of her breast and cupped the plump mound in his hand. She stiffened, and he deepened the kiss, ravaging her mouth thoroughly. With his other hand, he loosed the ties of her gown, causing the neckline to sag. He caressed her pebbled nipple through the light fabric, and she moaned.

Calum guided her back to rest against the stable wall. He drew back from her mouth. Arabella made a sound of protest, but froze when he moved the neck of her gown to expose one pale, rounded breast. His hand molded around her delicate flesh, then lowered his mouth to the hard, rosy peak, pulling it between his teeth. The action elicited a strangled moan from her while her nails dug into his shoulders. A trail of fire rippled through his groin as she raked her nails up his neck and clasped his hair in her hand. She cradled his head close to her breast. Suckling the bud, his tongue lashed against her soft flesh. She tasted of sunshine, honey, and everything beautiful in his world.

His other hand dropped down her lush body, dipping below her waist to her hip. Calum knew she was unaware of her hips rocking against him, begging for his touch. Nothing would stop him from touching her in this moment.

He used his hand pull up her skirts, and trailed it up to her inner thigh. She panted in his ear, ruffling the hair at his nape. His hand found her soft curls, damp with her desire. He closed his eyes, and tried to control the aching length of his arousal. Christ, this woman drove him mad.

When she whispered his name on a breathy sigh, the last of his restraint shattered. He removed his hand from her breast and dropped it to the laces of his trews, his intention to bury himself deep inside her. His fingertips caressed her delicate folds. She was ready for him. He fumbled with his ties in an effort to free himself as he continued to stroke the soft petals of her core, readying her to take him.

“Laird! Have you found Lady Arabella?” 

Marcus’s deep voice from outside the stables broke through the haze of passion, causing them both to freeze. "

Cheese! When I read it, I get nothing but Velvetta. So, do you guys have any cool tips, tricks, hints, etc., that helps you write your intimate scenes? Any certain words you stay away from? Words you love? A favorite scene that is perfect in relaying the intimacy? Feel free to share with me. I'm all eyes! :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Interview with Stacey Brutger

Hurray! I'm happy to have Stacey Brutger for a visit today. She's a truly awesome lady, fellow avid reader, and a really kick butt author. *Also as a special treat, Stacey is offering one lucky commenter a $5 Amazon gift card. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment.*

Glad to have your here today, Stacey. I suppose we'll start of with the usual. Can you tell the readers a bit about yourself? 

Thanks for inviting me over! I grew up in the wilderness of Minnesota and loved it. I’ve always had an active imagination, so the idea of writing and doing that for a living has always appealed to me. When I’m not reading, I enjoy creating stories about exotic worlds and grand adventures…then shoving my characters in to see how they would survive.

When I first picked up a book, I hated it. I couldn’t read worth a darn. I forced myself to struggle through the book, but soon fell in love with the wonderful new worlds opened up to me by reading, and I haven’t stopped since.

I can understand that. I love getting lost in imaginary worlds in books as well. :) How long have you been writing? And what inspires you? 

I started off as a doodler. I fell in love with reading, and it just seemed natural to give writing a try. I did it for fun at first, then grew serious about it five or so years ago.

What's the best piece of advice anyone has ever offered you about writing?

I’ve picked up a lot of advice from writers over the years, but I think there are two that impacted me the most: You can't fix a blank page and just because you finished a book doesn’t mean it’s ready to be published. Writing is hard, getting ready to have it published is harder.

Bah, I dread that publishing part. So in your latest release, The Demon Within, how did you come up with the concept for the story?

I usually get a short scene of one of my characters, a quick peek into their life, and the first person that came to me was Caly. Her struggle with her own personal demons touched me. Then things became more complicated when she tangled with an angel. I only knew a little about angels and demons, so I purchased a few research books and after reading all the lore, their story sort of fell into place.

Well it seemed to work out very well in my opinion. Can you share one of your favorite excerpts from The Demon Within? And why is it your favorite? 

One of my favorite scenes was when Caly met Ruman for the first time. It’s one of the first scenes I wrote for the book. Here’s the excerpt. I think you’ll be able to see why…

Excerpt: (First meeting with the hero)
   Caly met the open-eyed stare of the stone man, forever captured in time. Caly’s lips parted, and her breath stuttered out of her mouth.
   There was a God.
   The man — and from her view kneeling on the moss covered ground, he was most definitely a man — was absolutely gorgeous. Not in the normal sense, not by Hollywood standards. Prominent cheekbones, a full, sharp nose and a strong jaw kept his face from being too feminine.
   Desire twisted through her. A deep yearning tightened her chest, and a bubble of hope swelled. This was a man she could depend on to not let her down. When she looked at him, the chaos inside that defined most of her life settled.
   She felt normal.
   Then reality crashed over her.
   Desire for a damn statue.
   How ironic she could be attracted to stone when living men left her cold. But here, in the middle of nowhere, she found a man who turned her on like nobody else, and he wasn’t real. It was enough to make a grown girl cry.
   Little details filtered into her brain, and a thrill of excitement thrummed under her skin. The answers she sought about her condition were stuck in the past; she only had to uncover the clues. Since they’ve landed, he was the first concrete hint something was off.
   This was why she came here. What quieted her protests against the mission. All for the chance to learn if there was a possibility for her to be fully human again and finally destroy the demon infection that had taken root and flourished in her body. Every day, it ate away her humanity. Relished the fighting a bit too much. Each time the darkness opened up in her, the more she wondered why she fought it at all.
   The mission forgotten, Caly took her time to catalog the odd details. The statue wasn’t what she’d come to expect from this region. Instead of native garb, the grey stone man had chiseled, close fitted pants.
   Two inch carved straps crisscrossed his chest, appearing to almost dig into the stone. His long hair, wild with waves, was tied back from his face. Her fingers twitched to run her hands over him. Though his complexion was tinged green with age, the fierce expression drew her gaze instead of repelling her.
   The turn of his lips was anything but sensual, yet their fullness made her think of sex and what a man could do with a mouth like his.
   Strong shoulders led down to a lean, sculptured chest. His open shirt did little to disguise his physique. The statue shouldn’t have impressed her, but it was as if the stone called to her. A streak of light filtered through the canopy, wavered a moment then illuminated him like an offering.
   Something just for her. She had to curl her fingers into a fist to resist touching him.
   As she watched, she swore his chest moved to breathe. It took a physical effort to pull her gaze away and longer to tuck away the desire to stake claim.

That was a great excerpt. Thanks for sharing! So what’s in the works for you, Stacey? Are you currently working on another book?

I’m working on a new book called BloodSworn.

There is a tentative peace between vampires, shifters and witches, but all that goes to hell when the first bloodsworn witch is born in hundreds of years. She is known as a scepter, and anyone who possesses her will rule. Now, each group wants to either own her for their own or kill her before the others get their hands on her. A small group thinks she might be the only one who can prevent the oncoming war…if they can keep her alive long enough. And only one man would risk everything to win her love for his own.

You know, I read the 'sneak peak' for Bloodsworn at the end of The Demon Within and I was already hooked. Right so I stumbled across this picture. Now that’s a bit exciting and daunting at the same time. I mean, good Jesus, it's like your own personal library, literally. Can you name a few of your most favorite authors and books of all time?

I adore books, so this is a tough question. My favorite authors change each time someone asks me. Here is a list of my top five series in no particular order:
·    Devon Monk - Allie Beckstrom novels
·    Lili St. Crow - Strange Angels novels
·    Michelle Sagara – Chronicles of Elantra or Cast series
·    Ilona Andrews – Magic Series
·    Shelly Laurenston -Anything

Ha, I love anything by Shelly Laurenston as well. So what’s your ideal, perfect day? What makes Stacey Brutger a happy lady?

Maybe not surprising, a perfect day would be the one where I can just lose myself in a book by either reading one or plucking words out of the ether to create one. I love to travel as well, so sightseeing would be a close second.

Forgive my silliness, but I have to ask this. You wouldn’t happen to sound like one of the cast from the movie Fargo would you? 

Um, I’ve never seen Fargo, though I’ve heard a lot about it. I’d like to think I don’t have an accent, but I’ve had some people ask me if I was Canadian.

Right, you'll just have to check that one out sometime or something. :) Now if you had your choice, which supernatural being would you choose to be and why?

I’ve always been partial to dragons. I’m not sure I’d like to be one, but I’d like to meet one…er, as long as they don’t like skinny blondes for dinner. lol Now if we were talking about powers, there are a few that I’d love to put on my wish list. :)

Ha, lately, I wouldn't mind the superpower of long distance teleportation. Right, so purely fiction of course, but you wake up tomorrow, and the world is being overrun with demons. Who you gonna call? Ha, sorry, always wanted a reason to say that. But really, to counter the invading demons, what would you do?

Wow, what a tough question. I’m good with a blade, but I’m not sure I would be able to survive without help. During the day, the possessed could be killed by a bullet if you were quick enough and could spot them. At night, I would have to pray for rescue. I might be able to survive zombies, but demons are a whole other thing.

Lol, you're good with a blade? Lord, that sounds ominous. And you're one up on me. I doubt I would survive zombies much less demons. Say you were walking in the park one day and decided to stop for a moment near a statue of a man. Now say this said statue sprang to life. Besides screaming bloody murder, how would you handle the situation?

I’m not sure I would scream, but I would swear up a storm. lol I would most likely think it was a joke, but I’d like to think I would be curious enough to stick around to find out what’s going on. Then again, I wouldn’t underestimate the scaredy-cat in me.

Lol, I don't blame you. I'd probably incapacitate him out of surprise. Thanks so much for stopping by today, Stacey. I look forward to reading many more of your books. And you are always welcome here. :)

Blurb: As a punishment for failing his duty as an angel, Ruman finds himself encased in stone in the form of a guardian statue. Every few decades he is given a chance to repent. And fails. Until the totally unsuitable Caly Sawyer accidentally brings him back to life. Nothing is going to prevent him from gaining his freedom, especially some willfully stubborn human determined to kill him.

Caly doesn’t trust the mysterious stranger who came out of nowhere and risked his life for hers. As a demon hunter, she knows there is something not quite human about the sexy bastard. Her ability to detect demons is infallible. She should know. She used to be one.

War is brewing between demons and humans. The demon infection that Caly had always considered a curse might just be the key to their survival...if Ruman can keep her alive long enough. Despite the volatile attraction between her and her sexy protector, Caly’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep everyone alive. The more Ruman learns about his beautiful charge, the more he questions his duty and loyalty...and dreads the call to return home. If they can’t learn to trust each other in time, one of them will die. 

Review: So, I've read Electric Storm by Ms. Brutger and I really loved it. Of course, I had to give this one a try as well.

And yet again, I was not disappointed by far and was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. It was impossible for me to put the book down once I started even though it was way past my bedtime. This author has a distinct voice that makes it easy for you to delve into the world she creates and into her character's heads. And I have to say, I'm totally in love with her action scenes. I can actually feel my heart rate kick up its pace while my eyes are devouring each word to discover the main characters' fates.

The heroine, Caly, is one of those types that's easy to sympathize with. She's a stubborn, kick butt warrior that protects all those in her tight circle of friends and team mates while she's fighting her own demons, quite literally. The hero, Ruman, is also quite likeable and extremely protective of Caly. Gotta love a hero who will willingly sacrifice his life for his love. *Le sigh* Of course, after reading this book and the character, Ruman, I'll be sure to examine statues a bit more carefully in future. Just saying.

In my opinion, I thought this was an awesome book with a fluent flow that engages the reader easily, great action scenes, and tortured main characters begging for their own happily ever after. This is definitely a read to check out. I'll be waiting for Ms. Brutger's next release!

Available for purchase at: Amazon

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review of Remedy Maker by Sheri Fredricks

Blurb: Man by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.
He's the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress disorder has broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his secluded cabin at the edge of the forest.

Patience is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.
Environmental pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He doesn't push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.
When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares, and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint venture into a deadly bout.

Will their love endure when survival hinges on trusting each other?

Review: I have to admit I'm not the biggest lover of mythological creatures with my romance. But, I'll give everything a try at least once. After reading the book, I'm just saying.. where the crap is my centaur? 

I awaited this book's release for a while so I was glad when I finally had the chance to sit down and read it. I've got to give credit where credit is due. Ms. Fredricks excelled at world building when she created the mythological Boronda Forest full of assorted creatures of myth and fantasy. 

Rhy is one of those tortured, loyal heroes who has a duty to carry out, but he also has his heart in the right place. Patience was a entertaining heroine, in my opinion. Her quirky vocabulary tickled me since I have issues with inventing my own words as well. There was no shortage of witty dialogue and great sexual tension when this pair were together, trying to sort out the problems in the forest and political alliances among the mythological factions. 

It was a pleasure to read how Patience's unbiased, understanding nature helped Rhy through his PSTD and his own past prejudices. Their blossoming love was sweet to read, and Rhy is a hero you'll fall in love with. He's protective of his little wood nymph, and I absolutely loved that. There is no shortage of "sexiness" to the book as well. 

This was quite a read that I enjoyed very much. I liked the emotional depth added to many of the characters and the awesome fantasy world in which they co-existed. You should definitely give Remedy Maker a try if you haven't already.

All in all, I thought it was great book. And I'll just say.. so when's the next in the series, eh? I've gotta know who will tame Aleksander.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

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Review of Up in Flames by Rosanna Leo

Blurb: Juliet Baker is not looking forward to coming home after six months. Yes, the fiery brunette wants to make a go of turning her parents' farmhouse into a B&B. She’s just not looking forward to seeing the place where they died. To make things worse, she knows she'll finally have to face her cheating, firefighter ex-boyfriend.

Luckily, her sister has found Jules a boarder. Easy money, right? Not when she realizes the boarder is Captain Shane Gaskill. Not only is Shane a firefighter, he’s the town's hot new fire captain.

Jules is determined to hate all firefighters. After all, the men of that precious brotherhood protected her cheating ex. Shane, however, proves he’s different from the start. He's protective and kind, and she can't stop looking at his smoking, Viking-hot body. She learns, though, that Shane isn't so willing to love again either. He's been hurt, too. They both fight the sexual chemistry, and resulting tenderness, between them. But when a stalker begins to target Jules, they realize they can't fight their desire forever.

As the threats escalate, Shane and Jules are thrown together. The resulting passion overwhelms them. But are they willing to trust each other and surrender to the flames of love?

Review: This happened to be the first book that I've read of Ms. Leo's, though I can honestly say it will not be my last. This was a sweet, lighthearted romance that grabbed my attention with the very first line. I know lots of people probably comment on those first lines. Even though I try to stray from the typical, I have to add a small excerpt of it. 

“Good Lord, give me strength. Please keep the local firefighters away from me. Keep me out of the path of hardened abs and tall men in uniform, for they are bastards, one and all. Amen.” 

Ha, if that doesn't grab your attention, then I really don't know what will. 

So there I was, sucked in with those first few sentences of Up in Flames. And thankfully, I wasn't let down after that. The author created a pleasant, sexy read with two extremely likeable characters that you will root for from the start. They each have their own emotional baggage to overcome in the beginning, but it was enjoyable to read their love unfold throughout the story despite their hangups. Jules and Shane were a perfect pair for each other, and I was thoroughly satisfied when this couple found their happily ever after together. Not to mention, the intimate scenes in the book were pretty hot. :)

I'll be sure to check out more from Ms. Leo, and would recommend you check this author out.

Available for purchase at: Amazon

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Don't get too excited, but I'm back!

I have to say that was just the break I needed. I think we all have to take a vacation or some little getaway from time to time to ground us all, or in my case, save the lives of others.

I've been fortunate in that I have been able to take a nice vacation somewhere semi-distant for the past few years. Hopefully, I can maintain that tradition from here on out for years to come. There are just so many things to see. In addition, there are a lot of affordable places to visit in the US. I'm all for the nature type scenes as I've gotten older versus the larger, more expensive cities.

So.. on to the photographic part of my vacation. :)

I can honestly say I really didn't care for San Francisco. Too many people, too many hills for this lazy, fat body. 

It did have Alcatraz, however. 
I did see some very awesome views along Highway 1, heading north from San Francisco. Though, I did wonder if I was going to die at some point during the car ride with all the up, downs, and all arounds.

The trees had to be the highlight for me in Northern California. I suppose that was worth the risk of death during the car ride.
Apparently they like everything large in California, including a giant blue ox with one testicle. Totally had to stop for that photo.
Not too sure why, but I think this is my favorite coastal shot. :)
We pushed on through Northern California and traveled through Oregon, taking in a few sights there. Crater Lake being one of them. Gorgeous place. It was hard to tear myself away from all that blue water. 
I wish I knew just how far up we had to go for this shot. Definitely worth it. 
Of course, we had to visit some touristy places as well.
After staying in a few "ghetto" places since our flight was cancelled and we had to take one a day earlier, it was nice to stay in this place for a few nights in the middle of nowhere.
Canon Beach, another touristy place.. The Goonies beach, of course.
Astoria, which I think was my favorite small city we traveled through.
And since we were so close, we had to dip over to Washington too.
 All in all, it was a great trip. Lots of great views. Hella expensive in most places. Some great food, including some very kick ass huckleberry pie in Crater Lake, OR, and the best clam chowder ever in Canon Beach, OR. Now that I've seen San Francisco, probably wouldn't go back again. I'll also be sure not to pass through Garberville, CA again either. Everyone looked like hobo, crackhead hippies. The entire place seemed to be enveloped in fog, or maybe that was the weed smoke. Meh, they can keep their lead pipe showerhead at their ghetto motel. The Redwoods and coast of California, Crater Lake, and Astoria had to be my favorite destinations on this trip. If you are ever considering a trip there, go for it. You'll love it.