Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Because of the copyright law at the time, these magazine covers fell into public domain after their copyright wasn't renewed after 28 years. I find these pulp era covers to be incredibly fun and thought inspiring.
With this kind of artwork, I like to look at it and try to come up with the story that goes along with it. So do my kids. Sometimes it turns into a game of who can come up with the most outrageous story.
What stories do you see?
(hint: you can view these in larger size by right clicking and selecting "view image")
Monday, February 15, 2010
Now available at Fictionwise. 15% off as a new release!
Half-demon Vedo resurrects the newly-dead Cinnamon Murphy, detective, bane of the Hellions -- and all woman. Vedo needs her to find his son, product of a forced union with a powerful demoness, but Vedo gets more than he bargains for. Once Cin is no longer a shade, her scent becomes a lure his Nephilim nature can't resist. Cin finds that being raised from the dead gives her uncontrollable cravings for heat, especially for the hot man who needs her help, a man she's sworn to kill.
Available at Fictionwise, here.
For more info and excerpt, check the Scent of Cin page on my bookshelf.
Friday, February 12, 2010
And here's my lovely addition:
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There's something wonderfully sexy about a barefoot man in worn denim. This is the kind of image I have of the hero of my current work in progress.
Just take a moment and let your imagination wander . . .
Now, after that moment of zen, go ahead and continue on the tour, but don't forget to comment to be entered into the drawing for prizes. If you're dropping in here and don't know about the tour or the available prizes, a copy of the anthology Hearts Afire: December with my novella "Firestorm on E'Terra" and "This Fire" by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-Davis is included. Check out the rest of the prizes --- here.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
from Space-D, a Science Fiction Comedy Horror:
The gun in her shoulder holster made her back ache, but no way in hell would Daphne open the hatch and step out onto Planet H311 without it.
Thumbs hitched in her coverall straps, she sneered at the portal. The planet’s red sky roiled with an electrical storm that lit up the plexi. "I might be stuck on hell, but you suckers are the pit’s end of hell’s throwbacks. And you’re going down."
Too bad nobody heard her trash-talk. Then again, she still wasn’t any good at it.
With a shaking hand, she slid the locking pin out of the emergency door’s push bar.When she heaved it open, the hatch clanged against the outside hull and reverberated down the empty antechamber. The echo reminded Daphne of her status. Alone. Stuck on a terraformed planet settlement gone wrong. This enviro-struct her only shelter in a world teeming with carnivorous worms larger than her daddy’s pet python and meaner than his crazed, outlawed Rottweiler robo-dog.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
High Octane by Kathleen Scott
Two hearts are never more than one dimension apart.
A routine fuel run through one of the planet's dimensional portals explodes in violence when Major Geneieve Lockhart's Jumper team is hammered with an unprovoked attack. With her ship disabled and contact to mission control limited, Genie faces her worst nightmare—losing her crew on the blood-soaked floor of a foreign desert.
Help comes from an unlicensed freelance mercenary ship, piloted by a man she never thought she'd see again. Her AWOL ex-lover, Lt. Col. Dante Bowen.
Bowen knows answering Genie's distress call puts his undercover mission to expose a governmental conspiracy at risk. But after faking his death six years ago, he owes her something. Ending up chained in her cargo hold for transport to his own court martial wasn't the thanks-for-the-rescue he expected.
The bridges between them may be in ashes, but their desire burns as hot as ever. Even as Genie wonders what happened to Bowen's code of honor, her body betrays her heart at every turn. The hostile race that attacked her ship, though, is coming back to finish them off. The only way to ensure freedom—on both sides of the dimensional divide—is to put her trust in the one man who betrayed it…
***Warning: Contains action-packed dimensional travel, hot military wartime sex, betrayed lovers and evil, power-hungry bastards***
Available now from Samhain Publishing.
Monday, February 8, 2010
When last first saw Daphne, she'd just gotten the better of a bunch of creepy crawly carnivorous space worms. Then, she helped a few military-types rescue her. Today she faces an inquiry into all that's happened. Take a look at the next installment of Space-D.
The story is on my website: Space-D: Episode Three
Can also be downloaded:
Links to other Valentine Free Reads
Note: I have not personally screened these excerpts. Please heed the ratings and
be aware that the links may contain material that is not typical of my site.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
- My favorite type of fantasy being, since I first started reading, is the elf. I still love those characters from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien and the Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
- Quickly following that is the wizard. Of course Gandalf falls on that list, but so do the many variations of Merlin from the retellings of the Arthur legends that have always captivated my imagination. And of course, Harry Potter and friends.
- Also of LoTR fame, I fell in love with Strider aka Aragorn, a Ranger. So much so, that for years I had to have a Ranger character in my sad attempts at playing Dungeons and Dragons. (It was a sad attempt because I rarely actually played. Mostly I planned to play). A ranger is a woodsman and skilled warrior. Brings to mind a Robin Hood sort of character.
- Dracula. This is that very specific vampire I'm referring to, and even further, the character as portrayed by Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Werewolves. Not the horror types but the alpha hero type like Clay in Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
- Alien. The original movie was made of awesome.
- Predator. Yes, I loved that original movie as well. Perfect predator creature, alien killing machine. Great stuff. Not a fan of Alien vs. Predator franchise, though.
- Cyborg, or variants thereof. Kel-Paten, a bio-cybe in Linnea Sinclair's Games of Command is one of my favorite romance heroes.
- Dragons. I love dragons. Here's my guilty little secret, I have a shelf full of stuffed little dolls. If I were to ever get a tattoo (not happening, I hate pain), I'd get a dragon one.
- Unicorns. If we're talking guilty little secrets, I was one of those little girls with stuffed unicorns, little figurines, and even a t-shirt or two.
- Valkyrie. Women warriors. 'Nuff said.
- Mermaids/Mermans/Selkies. There's something about these water creatures that has a silkiness to it. Water and skin.
- Long living warriors. Warriors of Atlantis, cursed knights. Immortal suffering heroes with tons of delicious faults. Bring 'em on.