Sunday, November 12, 2017

Podcast Episode 52: Nano Et Al


                                                                                                                                                                           


Focus on Fantasy Romance Podcast 

Episode 52

NanoWrimo & Other Junk

In which the ladies of the podcast discuss NaNoWriMo, and a whole lot of other off-topic stuff. As we do!
Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Libby Sinclair Presents: Hunted (Vampires in Space!)



Libby Sinclair Presents: HUNTED

Enemies by nature. Allies by necessity. Lovers by fate.

Bound for an off-world job, Morgan Sandoval had a fling with a sexy stranger during her final night on Earth. But it’s the last thing on her mind when her deep space transport arrives at its destination, and the crew and passengers are forced to abandon ship. She, and a small group, crash land in an escape pod, and are stranded miles away from civilization, with no way to communicate with the other survivors. Undeterred, she scavenges for supplies, and the group marches to the closest settlement only to discover it’s abandoned. Worse, people begin disappearing in the night then all hell breaks loose. As if in a nightmare, vampires attack, and her one-night stand is one of them. When he swears he wants to help her, can she trust him? Or is she just prey for the hunters?


EXCERPT

The bartender set her drink before her and looked at him expectantly. He waived his credit pass over the counter to buy them both a drink. “Vodka.”

“Uh oh, looks like he had some friends.” She sipped her drink and glanced behind him.

Of course, the drunk had found his friends. Turin wouldn’t have a problem putting down a couple thugs but he’d rather get to know the woman beside him. And he had orders to keep out of trouble.  A bar brawl didn’t really sound wise.  “Let’s make them jealous then, shall we?”

He took her hand and led her to the dance floor. Her eyes lit up, she tossed back her drink, depositing the empty glass on a passing server’s tray. His vodka sat on the bar, forgotten.  Didn’t matter. She smelled like she’d had enough for both of them.

They walked to the middle of the dance floor, the music thudding around them.  She pressed herself against him, every curvy, delectable inch of her. Her arms wrapped around his neck, her sly smile revealing dimples.

She pulled him down until her lips met his ear. “Morgan.”

Her name seared itself into his memory.

“Turin.”

Her scent invaded his senses until nothing else mattered. Roses, sugar, and alcohol. “I’ve never seen you here. From out of town?”

“Yeah. Here on business, headed back home tomorrow.”  The urge to get to know her was at war with the notion he couldn’t have attachments.  Not on earth, or any planet he lived.  It was forbidden.  Damn contract.

She smiled, swaying in the circle of his arms.  Morgan danced like flowing water down a stream, part of the reason she grabbed his attention.  She had a grace of movement rare among her kind.  Each move looked effortless and in perfect time with the music.  Her lithe body wriggled against him to the beat, distracting him.

He ran his hands down her back and rested his palm on her rounded bottom.  She squeaked.

“Is this ok?”  He felt like a teenager for asking, but he didn’t want to push her into something she didn’t want.  And he hadn’t been with a woman in…  He couldn’t remember.

“Yeah,” she laughed.  “Just fine.”

He hadn’t wanted a woman in ages. Turin desired more than to grab her ass.  She was going to be his undoing if he didn’t return her to her friends.  He couldn’t bring himself to let her go.

“I think it’s safe now.”  The song transitioned to another, a perfect excuse to part ways.  A quick glance at the bar confirmed the drunk had moved on.   

“Oh, but I like this song.”  She turned, leaning into him, her round bottom pressing against him.  “Just a little longer?”

He groaned.  She was bound to notice the bulge in his pants. And then what?  He’d be leaving in the morning and gone for weeks.  Months.  Her warmth was so enticing.

She spun again and faced him, her hands resting on his chest.  “I’m leaving tomorrow.  To start a new job.”

“Well, then don’t waste your time with me, your friends are right over there.” 

Before he could step away, she pressed her lips to his and heat shot through his body. Soft and supple, her kiss awakened a desire he’d worked hard to crush over the years. Her greedy tongue coaxed his mouth open until they met passion for passion.  Her soft moans drove him wild, the dance floor forgotten.

“Morgan.” He broke the kiss, his body screaming for her.

“My friends can’t offer the particular sort of fun I’m looking for,” she breathed, her bosom heaving against him. She nibbled her bottom lip. “I want to make the night memorable.”

“We’ve just met.” He ran his hands up her arms and pulled her grip from his neck. He held her hands to his chest, meeting her eyes. It was best they stop, before things got out of hand. “If you keep kissing me like that, I might not be able to stop myself.”


Apparently, that was the wrong thing to say to discourage her.



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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Podcast: Episodes 50 & 51: Interviews Simone Anderson and Michelle Rabe


Author Interviews: Simone Anderson

The ladies of the podcast interview author Simone Anderson. There may be expletives and diversive commentary! Enjoy!




   


Author Interview: Michelle Rabe

The ladies of the podcast discuss writing, process, hardcovers and whatever else we can come up with. Enjoy!



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Monday, October 23, 2017

MARKED BY FATE: A Mega Release of YA Fantasy


Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection
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Jeanne Bannon
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Lena Mae Hill
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

London Calling



London Calling
Three Scintillating Victorian Steampunk Tales
By Sorcha Mowbray, TL Reeve & Michelle Ryan, and Dena Garson
Publisher: After Glows Publishing
Release Date: October 17, 2017


Take a journey to Victorian London where an assassin meets her match, zombies invade, and top scientists go missing.

Four talented authors come together to bring you three BRAND NEW, full length Victorian steampunk novels of seduction, adventure, and mystery.

A look inside…

Seducing the Assassin (The Ladies League) by Sorcha Mowbray
Josephine Stanton, Madame and assassin, has another assignment to eliminate an enemy of the Queen. Too bad John Griffin, The Earl of Melton, has no intention of dying. Neither of the pair expects the heat that steams them up between the sheets and ultimately sets New Victorian London on its ear.

Darkness Rises by TL Reeve and Michele Ryan
A zombie horde has invaded London, England. Jonah McRae and his band of ghoulish Dreadfuls are London’s only hope. However, when Annabelle Craig threatens his mission he doesn’t know whether to kill her or claim her as his. Can the hunter and the huntee team together to take down the horde? Or will London be lost forever?

Her Clockwork Heart by Dena Garson
During her search for her missing brother, Trixie is reunited with Nathaniel, the man she never stopped loving. Sensing that Trixie might be in danger, Nathaniel lends his skills as an investigator to her efforts. Their love is rekindled as they race across the country looking for clues to more than one mystery.

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Sorcha Mowbray
Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
For more information about Sorcha, please visit her website, “Like” Sorcha on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Join Sorcha’s newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming releases. She’s loves hearing from her readers. Email her directly at sorcha@sorchamowbray.com.

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TL Reeve
TL Reeve, a best selling, multi-published author with Cobblestone Press, Decadent Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Loose-Id, was born out of a love of family and a bond that became unbreakable. Living in Alabama, TL misses Los Angeles, and will one day return to the beaches of Southern California. When not writing something hot and sexy, TL can be found curled up with a good book, or working on homework with a cute little pixie

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Michele Ryan
Michele Ryan is an author with Decadent and After Glows Publishing. She embraced her creative passion and co-authored several books with fellow author TL Reeve. Michele has also published two solo novellas. Michele is a lifelong resident of the state of New Jersey, along with her husband and three children, whom she refers to as her hobbits. When Michele is not plotting or writing, she can be found either volunteering at her children’s school or reading.

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Dena Garson
Dena Garson is an award winning author of contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and sci-fi romance. She holds a BBA and a MBA in Business and works in the wacky world of quality and process improvement. Making up her own reality on paper is what keeps her sane.
She is the mother of two rowdy boys, two rambunctious cats (AKA the fuzzy jerks), and a loving Labrador. When she isn't writing you can find her at her at the sewing machine or stringing beads. She is also a devoted Whovian and Dallas Cowboys fan.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Podcast Episodes 47 & 48: An Interview and Discussion

Focus on Fantasy Romance Double Episode Share!


Episode 47: Interview with Author Stacy Reddy





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Episode 48: The ladies discuss inspiration




In which we discuss what inspired us to write, what inspired us to publish and what gets us over the hump when we're stuck on a story. 


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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Free Book: The Alchemist's Kiss: A Magical Steampunk Adventure



The Alchemist's Kiss: A Magical Steampunk Adventure

by AR DeClerck

London, 1869

Alchemist and wizard Icarus Kane returns to London after a long stint in the Americas during their Civil War. With his best friend Archimedes Merriweather, and his protege Cora Mae Jenkins, Icarus hopes to settle down in peace as the Warden and protector of London. 

A dark mage appears in London at the same time an uprising in the non-magical community is gaining steam. Icarus and his friends will have to band together to destroy the threat to their coveted peace. Icarus will have to face his inner darkness, and his past, if he hopes to save the city, and the people, he loves.



A Special Look Inside 

Icarus stepped into the rain and tasted the blood on the air. His father was playing a very dangerous game indeed. The rain was sharp, slicing at him as he clutched the talisman tightly in his ungloved palm. He looked over his shoulder once, and could see the shadow of Cora staring out from the wheelhouse at him. The ship lurched hard to the right and he stumbled, cursing. He made his way to the bow, climbing up to the very edge as he had when he'd released Machiavelli's feather to the wind. He could still see it ahead of them, spinning wildly as it continued on its magical quest to show them to Croft. His duster was caught in the gale, blowing out from his body and letting him become soaked to the bone in seconds. Had he mentioned that he hated rain, he wondered. With The Hand tight in his fingers he lifted his arms and held them straight out from his body. He tipped forward as the wind tried to pull him into the cloudy abyss, but he managed to hold himself up with sheer will and upper body strength.
“Deffro i mi,” he said through teeth clenched in cold and pain. He felt the talisman grow hotter as he spoke to it in it's native tongue, “Rhannwch eich pwr gyda mi.”  Awaken unto me. Share your power with me.
The Hand and his rune were on fire, but he bit his lip to hold back a cry of pain and held it tighter. The ancient magic of the celtic talisman mingled with his own, and the aether around him came alive. Like fireflies in the summer night the air around him lit with static electricity and the aether glowed. A cloud of golden aether particles swirled all around him. He managed a smile as the world around him darkened and narrowed.
“Not now.” he gritted out, keeping his consciousness with his own stubborn refusal to go down.
Glanhau.” he begged the aether. It could read the hearts and minds of a man; he knew it as clearly as he knew his own strength was nearly gone. It was not an inanimate source of magical power, but a sentient thinking thing. Many thinking particles that hated the stench of the blood magic as much as he did. Cleanse, he asked it.
Once he'd told Cora that The Hand was a tool of dark magic, but as he held it he felt what she must have felt in the train car with his father. The Hand was loyal to Cora. It wasn't emotion he felt from the talisman's magic, but he knew it like he knew his name. The Hand wanted Cora. Would do this thing for him because Cora loved him.
Icarus nearly lost his balance as the thought blasted through his mind. Cora loved him. He'd hoped she cared for him, at the same time feared she might. He'd tried to shake off the responsibility that came with love, but here it was as clear as glass. Cora loved him. The Hand knew it. Now Icarus knew it too. He could no longer pretend that Cora's infatuation would end someday when the right man came along. He was the right man. Cora's man. All that remained was to say the words.
The aether spread out around him, the glow visible for a far as he could see across the great expanse of sky before him. Everywhere it moved it sizzled against the aether tained with his father's dark magic. They collided and the dark aether was burned out by the light of his own. The magic was draining him quickly, and his sudden infusion of spirit at the knowledge of Cora's love had only bolstered him for a moment. His arms were leaden as the last of his father's magic was eradicated and the storm began to clear. He smelled smoke, but knew the ship was no longer in danger of falling from the sky. The aether was surrounding it, keeping them in the air.
His head was heavy with a fog of its own as he felt the last of his strength give way. He moved his arm, letting The Hand fall to the deck behind him. As the tunnels of darkness that he dreaded closed in around him he pitched headlong off the ship and fell toward the city he loved.

***
In the moment that the storm was burned off by the aether I saw Icarus drop The Hand. I pulled open the wheelhouse door with the Captain quick on my heels. I must have screamed when Icarus went over the edge, because the Captain and all his men stopped to stare at the bow of the ship where their savior had only moments before been standing.
I thought I might be frozen in fear or grief, but I dashed forward and grabbed my talisman from the deck. I could feel my heart racing as I looked over the edge. Icarus was holding on, but dangling limply as the wind buffeted him about like a child's toy. I got to my knees, tucking The Hand into my bodice,  and reached for him. I grabbed hold and he raised his head. He was pale and I knew only moments from unconsciousness.
“Grab my other hand, Icarus.”
“I cannot.” His voice was a whisper, raw and agonizingly rough. He was shaking, every muscle quaking with the effort it took to hold himself to the ship. My arms screamed in pain as I tried to hold him up. The Captain was across the way, tending to a fire that had broken out on the deck.
“Icarus, please.” I begged, pulling with all my strength. I could not hold him and concentrate enough to chant a spell to help me with his weight. “Take my hand.”
“I am not gloved, Cora. I won't.”
I cursed as he quaked hard again, nearly loosing his hand from mine. My palms were sweaty and he slipped away from me a little more. “I am willing to risk it, Icarus! You're going to fall. Take my hand. Please.”
He smiled at me and I felt a sob escape. I'd seen that smile before. Sad and full of soft apologies that Icarus Kane never needed to make. I clutched at him as he opened his hand and slipped away from me. He fell, and all I  saw was a speck of herringbone tumbling end over end toward the ground below.
“Adept Jenkins,” the Captain knelt beside me, his face pale. He gulped, his large adam's apple bobbing as he stared wide eyed at Icarus falling. “I cannot bring the ship down fast enough to catch him.”
I untied my hat and handed it to the captain. It looked ridiculous in his large-knuckled hands, but I clutched The Hand tightly and stood at the bow.
“Continue to follow the feather, “ I said with proper severity, despite the fear bubbling in my gut, “and Icarus and I will be along shortly.”
“Adept, what are you doing?” the Captain grabbed my arm as I leaned over the edge of the decking. I shrugged him off and something in the jut of my jaw or the fire of my eyes must have convinced him that I was not to be trifled with in that moment.  He pulled his hand back and shook his head, “This is madness.”
I took hold of my skirts and held them tightly. The Hand burned in my palm and I wondered if my clothing could catch fire from the heat. The Captain was positively aghast as I raised my dress above my ankles and tensed.
“Good luck, Captain Levisque. Until we meet again.” Then I bent my knees and leaped from the side of the ship.


***

This is one of my favorite scenes from The Alchemist's Kiss. There's so much to love about Icarus Kane, and yet he cannot love himself the way we do. Cora Mae is the one person in the world who might be able to save Icarus from the oncoming storm, and from himself. She's strong, independent and deeply in love. Don't forget that Archimedes has his own love story in the next book The Enchanter's Embrace!



My Icarus



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