Thursday, January 28, 2010

ebook sale

Fictionwise has 45% off multiformat books right now. That means The Forbidden Chamber is only $2.48 and my erotic short story, Wolf-Bitten is only $2.19.
Check it out here, at Fictionwise.
In other discount pricing, The Forbidden Chamber is $3.60 for the Amazon Kindle, here.

DarkShip Thieves by Sarah A. Hoyt

DarkShip ThievesI recently read Darkship Thieves, a new science fiction novel by Sarah A. Hoyt. Here are 13 things I really enjoyed about this read.

  1. This gritty SciFi revolves heavily around a sweet romance.
  2. The heroine, Thena, is a kick-ass, no apologies given, messed up chick.
  3. As the story unfolds, Thena's story is intriguing and gives great insight into why her character is the way she is--which, without giving away spoilers, is because of her relationship with "daddy dearest."
  4. The hero, Kit, is as strong and fragile as Thena. He's been genetically enhanced to be a human with strong feline characteristics. Made me want to curl up with him.
  5. Kit's character is endearing and sweet but in no way takes away from his strength. He's not "alpha" but is portrayed as someone who can take care of himself and those around him. He's wounded from a previous relationship, willing to sacrifice himself, and is generally just a strong, vulnerable hero.
  6. The romance itself is written in a way that has broad appeal. It's closed door as far as intimacy goes, but (and this is a tough sell for me) it doesn't feel lacking that we don't see in the bedroom.
  7. The universe is unique. Spaceships, space stations, colonies, genetic manipulation. It has it all in one neat package.
  8. The futuristic Earth scenes have an Urban Fantasy feel mixed with a bit of skater punk.
  9. The genetic manipulation elements of the story are fairly creepy.
  10. I could actually recommend this to my husband because the romance isn't superfluous and the "kissing" scenes wouldn't offend his sensibilities.
  11. The worldbuilding around mating for Kit's kind is believable in a way that doesn't feel too "fated".
  12. The Space Opera style is sweeping and engrossing.
  13. There are twists and turns that took me on a wonderful ride, not the least of which is a flying broom chase scene.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sky is the Limit

Another guest blog today.
I'm at the Samhellion, talking about letting your imagination soar, then bringing it back down to the ground. Come visit.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Finding treasure in the junk

I'm at the Liquid Silver Blog today, talking about ideas that came while cleaning house.
Stop by and leave a comment: Cleaning House.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy Thursday

Today I'm over at The Otherworld Diner for Thursday Thirteen, talking about my experiences with epublishing. Hope you come visit.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Wolf's Mate: a Tale of the Holtlands by R. F. Long

New release by fellow Samhain author, R.F. Long. Check it out!

ISBN: 1-60504-702-3; 978-1-60504-702-7

"It’s well written, fast paced and filled with interesting and unique characters....The best part of the story is Jeren herself. I liked her in The Wolf’s Sister but in this release, she really grows and shines, as she turns into a confident and determined woman, willing to fight for her man. I’m very curious to see what happens to these two mates with the next and last release." - 4 Nymphs, Mystical Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews Only

Their love is a forbidden gift. Keeping it means a fight to the death…

A Tale of the Holtlands, Book 2

After escaping from her Holtlands home and her brother’s madness, Jeren looks forward to a new life with her beloved Shan and his people. She doesn’t expect the Fey’na to readily accept someone of her bloodline, but she’s determined to prove herself worthy. Then the jealous eyes of the beautiful sect mother, Ylandra, fall on Shan—handsome, strong, matchless among warriors—turning Jeren’s fragile new world upside down.

Shan wants nothing more than to be with Jeren, the courageous beauty who’s captured his heart. But their ancient enemy has attacked, and Ylandra cleverly uses an archaic oath to bind him to her service—fulltime. As he sets out on a suicide mission into the heart of enemy territory, he promises Jeren he’ll return—somehow—to claim her as his mate.

Jeren is left alone to make a place for herself among the elite Fey’na warriors, until a Holtlands envoy arrives bearing her ancestors’ sword. This magical artifact calls to the innate magic in her blood and forces her to make a terrible choice. She could lead the battle to free her people…but only if she forsakes Shan.

Warning: contains scary monsters, desperate acts, burning jealousy and the consummation of a timeless love.

Read An Excerpt Online

Buy now from MBaM

Friday, January 15, 2010

Are we warm yet?

This stop on the Fill Your Reader Blog Tour, I thought I'd provide a friendly neighborhood Public Service Announcement. If you aren't aware of these Marky Mark Calvin Klein ads from the early '90s, then scroll down! Right away!

This ad campaign, for obvious reasons, has stuck in my brain for years. I think I'd call that a job well done. What do you think? I distinctly remember walking down the street, seeing one of these, full body sized on the side of a bus stop. Yummers. I nearly tripped.

Mark Wahlberg has gone on to be a wonderful actor that I enjoy watching, but no matter how far his career goes, I'll still remember him in his undies. (Oh, and that's Kate Moss with him). If you want to see these a little bigger sized, just right click and select "view image".

This concludes the friendly neighborhood PSA.
Please continue on with the blog tour.
Your next stop, wonderful author extraordinaire: Alanna Coca

If you're dropping by and haven't heard about the tour, then get thee to the start of the trail at
Paige Tyler: Or, visit the LSB forum for more details.

Prizes on the list include Hearts Afire: December, a two-ebook anthology including Firestorm on E'Terra by Ella Drake and This Fire by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan Davis.


Waiting for the Big One by PG Forte
Flash of Dark by Sara Brooks
Rip Cord by Jeanne St. James
Doll by Juniper Bell
Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee
Huntress Prequel by Trina M. Lee
Bound by Deception by Christa Paige
Preja Vu by Alanna Coca
For a Price by Olivia Brynn
Fireproof by Tina Holland
Destiny's Magick by Rae Morgan
Alitus, Tales of the Chosen by Kayelle Allen
Satisfy Me by Madison Scott
Baptism by Fire by Keira Ramsay
Black Cat Beauty by Savanna Kougar
Intimate Strangers by Gem Sivad
Bait by Annie Nicholas
Breathing Shallow by Stephanie Adkins
The Company of Fools by Annemarie Hartnett
Choice of two books by Lexi Ryan
Safe from the Flames by Sandra Sookoo

Thursday, January 14, 2010

13 ways to read a book

I noticed how many books I have on my Fictionwise shelf this week. This follows quickly behind my effort to keep track of the books I read this year on Goodreads. It got me thinking about ebooks, ebook devices, and just where do I find myself reading print books. Here are 13 ways I've read books in the past.

  1. Under covers. With a flashlight.
  2. On a plane.
  3. On a beach.
  4. At the dinner table (as a kid in a house where I was the only female).
  5. I first started reading ebooks on a regular basis after I had my second baby. It was a life saver to be able to nurse him while reading or sit with him when he went to sleep. With the device, I was able to turn off the lights and still read. I read on a pocketpc, a Dell Axim. (pictured to the right)
  6. I've read on my laptop & PC.
  7. I've read on my Blackberry Curve
  8. My Nokia N810, which is a purely awesome geeky little device. (pictured at the top of the post). This is the device I use most at the moment for multiformat ebooks. If I really have to have an ebook w/ DRM, I'll read it with mobipocket on my Blackberry.
  9. In the library
  10. In the library, cramming for an exam
  11. On a long car trip. This method of reading is long in my past. I did this on family trips as a kid. Now, I get car sick.
  12. In bed.
  13. In the bathtub.
How do you read?

Monday, January 11, 2010

A few updates

Quick updates:
First, if you haven't see it, I blogged over at the Raven Happy Hour last week about New Worlds, Avatar, and a few SciFi Rom reads featuring relationships between the advanced civilization and the indigenous.

Coming soon...
On Thursday, I'll be blogging about the different ways I've read a book.

On Friday, I'll be participating in the Fill Your Reader Blog Tour. More info here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Steampunk Workshop

Steampunk Workshop

January 21-23, 2010 at Romance Divas


Zoe Archer

Meljean Brook

Gail Carriger

Sarah A. Hoyt

Katie MacAlister

Dru Pagliassotti

This workshop will take place at the Romance Diva Forum. All are welcome. To get access to the forum you will need to register.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

13 lines from Scent of Cin

Scent of Cin

She didn’t recognize her own body, rigid in death. The fire red teddy, crumpled on the floor, had been ripped from her cold alabaster skin exposed for the scalpel to cut. On the sterile metal table, her blood dried in a trail down the legs to the drain on the floor.

The last remnants of her life.

Cinnamon watched from the upper corner of the room, feeling raped and defiled by the men spreading her lifeless body before the angel of death himself.

Confusion, loneliness, and fear were not emotions Cinnamon Murphy was accustomed to feeling. And yet, there she was, dead on a slab in the mortuary, awaiting the scalpel with emotions she’d never experienced in life, and wondered why she was hanging around instead of going after that big bright tunnel in the sky. Moments ago, if asked, she’d have said being a hotshot detective should have been a first class, express train to Paradise. Let alone getting the Hellions off the street before they could cause damage, protecting the innocent, righting the wrongs, putting the depraved behind bars.

But if the men in tacky Hawaiian shirts—sans lab coats—with the roaming hands gave any indication, she had more work to do, and unfortunately, she was dead. Unable to grill the bad guys and stuck in hellhole limbo, she watched somebody’s grunts touch her body. Tugs and pulls, pinches and rough fondling gradually muted as if she were numb, under anesthesia, but with an edge of awareness seeping in. The air changed, shifted, when another man stepped into the room.

Available now from Cobblestone Press

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Review for The Forbidden Chamber

From Romantic Times (RT Book Reviews, Feb 2010)
The Forbidden Chamber: "This interesting story has an unusual shapeshifting hero...full of sexual tension...Exciting and fast moving...dark, with an nice gothic feel."

Buy Now from Samhain Publishing at MBaM

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