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Ruth A. Casie Talks About Expanding into Other Genres and Writing Happily Ever After

I LOVE my medieval heroes and heroines. I weave different elements into my historic fantasies. Some are filled with magic while others with time travel. These are the stories of my heart and always will be. So, why do I also write contemporary romance?

My writing partners and I decided to develop a series of stories and produce them together. We decided we didn’t want unrelated stories but rather stories that were connected in some way. As the only medieval author in the group I opted to write contemporary stories.

My mind was filled with knights, druids, and the fae. I had no idea where to start with a contemporary story. “Write what you know,” one writing partner said. “You’ve told us so many stories about your family. Use one of those as the story’s premise.”

I wrote Second Change by the Sea, a short story about a couple who after ten years of marriage find their wedding was never registered. That’s the story of my brother and his wife. While my story has them questioning their relationship, I’m happy to tell you they got married, again I was proudly was their witness, again.

Writing a contemporary story was a technical challenge. Historic stories use a different voice and world-building is not necessary in contemporary stories. I enjoyed the challenge and had such a great time writing Second Chance by the Sea that story I decided to write in both types of romances.

My new story, Happily Ever After is also drawn from my real life experience. I used excerpts from an actual ruthless review, personal attack actually that I got for my first book as the basis for my heroine’s fall from literary stardom. I must admit there was satisfaction in taking those lemons and turning them into lemonade!

 

Happily Ever After by Ruth A. Casie
Back Cover Copy:
From a fall from literary stardom to becoming the heroine in her own romance story, Beth Holmes has turned around her career and her love life. She owes it all to one very special person.

Jarred Watson has loved Beth since he read her first novel and suspected the heroine was the embodiment of the author. But the road to romance was fraught with pitfalls. He almost lost everything because of a conniving agent and a little white lie that got out of hand. At the eleventh hour, with honesty and hard work, their book sales are off the charts and a movie deal is in negotiations.
Interfering families and changed plans take their toll. Will they go their separate ways or will Holmes and Watson continue their literary collaboration and personal partnership in order to find their own happily ever after?

Excerpt:
“Interesting.” He chuckled. “Men are not known for their empathy.” He brought his chair closer to hers. “Like stress,” he said. “Under stress, men exhibit the “fight or flight” response.”
Beth nodded. She hadn’t considered the differences in gender reactions in that context. “Women don’t think fight or flight, at least not initially. Under stress they work to protect the group. It has to do with protecting the young and seeing to the family unit. They also think very differently about sex.”
A sly smile brightened his face. She wanted to slam her hand over her mouth.
“We do?” He dropped his voice to a low raspy whisper and sent chills, the good kind, up her back and to other places.
“For a woman, sex starts in their head, not necessarily between her legs.” Shit. Her face was so hot she was going to go up in flames. Jeez, that’s what her heroine Jo Dee would say, definitely not Beth Alexander.
“Oh really?” If she thought his soft, male mellow voice or his smoldering stare couldn’t get any sexier, she got that totally wrong.
“I’m a romance writer. I write about relationships and emotions,” she replied.
“And sex,” he added. Was he extending an invitation? She wasn’t a loose woman, but she was more than tempted to say yes. And that was her notion, not Jo Dee’s.

Purchase Links:
Amazon/Kindle: http://a.co/8DGxCzf
iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/happily-ever-after/id1231892165?mt=11
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/happily-ever-after-69

Ruth’s Bio
RUTH A. CASIE is a USA Today bestselling author of historical swashbuckling action-adventure time-travel romance about strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. Ruth also writes contemporary romance with enough action to keep you turning pages. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, three empty bedrooms and a growing number of incomplete counted cross-stitch projects. Before she found her voice, she was a speech therapist (pun intended), client liaison for a corrugated manufacturer, and international bank product and marketing manager vice president, but her favorite job is the one she’s doing now—writing romance. She hopes her stories become your favorite adventures. For more information, please visit www.RuthACasie.com or visit her on Facebook, @RuthACasie, Twitter, @RuthACasie, or Pinterest RuthACasie
Ruth’s Links:
Personal Blog: http://www.ruthacasie.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RuthACasie
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie/
Amazon: http://amzn.to/13GwuQ1
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ruth-a-casie

The Night Sister-A Goodreads Review

The Night SisterThe Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Night Sister
Once the Tower Motel was a huge and mysterious club house for Amy, Piper, Margot and Jay. That was until the children discovered a dark secret that destroyed their friendship. As adults, they’ve all tried to put it behind them. Piper fled while Jay married Margot and tried to forget about the crush he had on Amy. It almost worked, and then Amy and her family were murdered, forcing the remaining friends to re-examine the motel’s past.
I liked the way the story flipped from the present into the past and back, so that the mystery could be explored from its inception. The characters were as rich and complex as the whodunnit questions.
The supernatural elements were fascinating and really added to the overall intrigue in the plot. This was one of those novels I couldn’t put down. I read it in a couple days and I’ll probably read it again. If you like complex mysteries that involve things that go bump in the night and well-written prose, you’ll appreciate this tale.

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Want to Learn More About a Successful Romance Writer? Meet Kathleen Rowland #AuthorLove exchange Unholy Alliance

Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy AllianceBittersweet Alliance is in the works. Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.

Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels.   She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji.  Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.

Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors.  While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write.  If you’d enjoy news, sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter at http://www.kathleenrowland.com/

You’ll find other contact information for Kathleen at the end of this post. I’m sure she’d love to hear from you. She’s a very interesting person. Recently I got the chance to interview her. Here’s our conversation.

 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

True colors, virtue and character, are revealed in crisis.   In their own ways, heroine Tori and hero Grady undergo personal drama but exhibit calm and rationality when their loves are rocked by a murderer.  She stops beating herself up for her mob family’s mistakes.  He becomes more empathetic.

 

How do you come up with your characters?

Protagonists need four solid characteristics and one flaw. Antagonists need one good quality.  Otherwise characters would be lifeless. After determining qualities (which involves their horoscopes) how they react is set in stone.
Do you have any writing rituals that you do while writing?

Prior to writing a book, I write the intended blurb for the book, followed by a synopsis.  I place chapter headings in Scrivener.  This avoids a saggy middle and forces forward writing with goal, motivation, and conflict. Often another twist takes over, but I don’t stray far from the intended plot points. I write tight and steamy romantic suspense.

 

What types of books do you enjoy reading in your free time or what do you like to do with your free time?

I bring my Kindle everywhere.  The types of books I enjoy most are sexy contemporaries and romantic thrillers. I often select books from Tirgearr Publishing. My husband and family are in the center my life, but I love travel to Hawaii, Europe, and favorite places in the U.S. We rent some type of small boat if possible on vacations.

Does your family read your books?

Yes, particularly my husband who also loves hearing what I’m writing now. For my teenage grandchildren I wrote a sweet futuristic Intervenus series. The first book of the series, A Brand New Address, finaled in the Book Buyers Best contest in 2015. The hero in the series is Black, and the series is dedicated to our grandson D’mitri who is Black.

 Quick Draw:

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.  Morning coffee is a strong latte.

Jeans or sweats?

Fitted jeans with a midriff top—good for doing yoga stretches.

Beer or Wine?

Now and then, a glass of wine is nice. In addition to wine I like Asti Spumanti champagne.

Chocolate or Chips?

Dark chocolate kisses. I like chips, too.  Oh my, temptations! Kathleen1 wants to be strong and thin.  To be in the light she has to push impulsive Kathleen2 back into the shadows and not write-while-munching either of these appetizing items.  It’s a challenge to eat fruit instead.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I write every day but set aside time in mid-morning to swim laps. After lunch, I do floor stretches and gardening. Although I’m active on social media, I get out face-to-face.  Conversation is stimulating at my weekly local book club.  At the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America. I will chair The Orange Rose Contest for unpublished writers.  

I teach a writing class entitled: Spin reverberating scenes that resonate with your readers.”

Unholy Alliance (2nd book in the Irish American Donahue Cousins series) is Kathleen’s new release. It is an interesting as its author.

Blurb

A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.

Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin’s kidnapper.

When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.

And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.

Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.

Excerpt

“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.”  Attorney Grady Donahue Fletcher clenched his teeth and rehearsed what he’d say to his client, Victoria Morningstar. He’d won her appeal and drove to pick her up at Gladstone Penitentiary. “At least you won’t be placed in solitary.” That was worse.

Six months earlier Grady had phoned a reporter at the Los Angeles Globe. “Drew Barker. Grady Fletcher here.”

“Ah, the lawyer. Calling about a tip?”

“I am. Here’s something you can investigate. Tori Morningstar, did she murder Irene Brennan?”

“I wrote that story many years back,” the journalist had said. “I assume you have new discoveries.”

“Fraud, illegal testimony. Do you want the story first?” A second passed. “Otherwise, I’ll call the Orange County Guardian.”

“Okay, okay. We want it.”

Three days later Grady had a hand in writing the first article in Drew Barker’s column. “The public labeled Tori Morningstar as an undesirable. Not black and poor, but disfavored, accused, incarcerated, and wrongly condemned. Her cellphone has been recovered. Her call to 911 identified her voice and substantiated screams of the victim in the background. Could she have beaten someone while speaking to dispatch at the same time?”

The reporter had written the second article. “People who get their ideas about criminal lawyers from TV probably would be disappointed in Grady Fletcher. He lacks flash but stands up straight, his posture neither ramrod nor slouched. He doesn’t smoke, doesn’t wear thousand dollar suits. His voice is soft and low, one of his assets. He speaks truth with a voice inviting confidences.”

As nice as that was, Grady’s stomach cramped over pressure and strain from Drew Barker’s final article with the headline, Tori Morningstar, Released Today. Picked up by the online service, Newser, KTLA, and CBS Los Angeles, they planned to broadcast his arrival to escort his client from Gladstone.

Tori’s decade-long prison sentence ended today but with a sobering fear over tomorrow.

When was a July morning this hot? Grady balanced her release papers on his lap as he rolled up one sleeve then the other while gripping the damp steering wheel. Sweat blossomed on his throbbing forehead, wrapped like a python’s grip. He adjusted the dial for the AC and embraced the challenge of helping another client get back on track. Embrace and conquer. Or at least sound like it.

 

You will find all buy book links for Unholy Alliance here:

http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Rowland_Kathleen/unholy-alliance.htm

If you’d like to contact, Kathleen, you can find her at these links.

Tirgearr Publishing – Leading The Pack

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/786656.Kathleen_Rowland

http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Rowland/e/B007RYMF7S/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1450835163&sr=1-2-ent

https://twitter.com/rowlandkathleen

https://kathleenrowland.wordpress.com/

http://www.kathleenrowland.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/romanticsuspense.kathleenrowland/

 

Want to Sell Books? A Sure-Fire Tip #AuthorLove #Romance and All for Love Boxed Set

My new release just came out this spring and I still have a lot to learn about marketing, but I’ll share my most effective tip—make friends and ask for help.

Recently, a group of my writing friends put together this boxed set. They’ve asked me to share it with you.

ALL IN FOR LOVE Boxed Set by Six Award Winning Authors

An Inn Decent Proposal By Sharon Buchbinder

Perfect Odds By Lashanta Charles

A Ghost To Die For By Keta Diablo

Raising Kane By Kat Henry Doran

For Money Or Love By Margo Hoornstra

Take A Chance On Me By M.J. Schiller

 

ALL IN FOR LOVE

Six award-winning authors bring you six *sweet to sensual* romances filled with suspense, thrills and maybe even a ghost or two—for less than the price of a cup of coffee—99 cents!

Welcome to La Bonne Chance Resort & Casino!

With thousands of people passing through the casino’s doors on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that a variety of lives and loves are on the line there. It’s said that you’re more likely to lose your heart at La Bonne Chance than a hand of poker. Whether you are the Director of Casino Operations or the guy who created its software, a jilted bride or a black jack dealer, a past guest’s ghost or a sous chef–when it comes to love, the stakes are high.

Thank goodness what happens at La Bonne Chance, doesn’t always stay at La Bonne Chance….

Ready to roll the dice?

An Inn Decent Proposal, Sharon Buchbinder

Can an hotelier with a past and a chef with a future revive the grand dame in a neglected old inn?

 

Perfect Odds, Lashanta Charles

When a jilted bride meets the man of her dreams, will she embrace the new plan, or cling stubbornly to the old one?

 

A Ghost To Die For, Keta Diablo

She didn’t believe in ghosts…until one showed up in her room.

 

Raising Kane, Kat Henry Doran

Funny how a night in jail will change a woman’s outlook on life.

 

For Money Or Love, Margo Hoornstra

She’s the one woman he can’t afford to lose.

 

Take A Chance On Me, M.J. Schiller

Who do you count on when the chips are down?

 

* * *

Excerpt from An Inn Decent Proposal by Sharon Buchbinder

Post auction, a stunned Jim Rawlings and excited Genie King go to a coffee house. Overwhelmed with self-doubts, Jim begins to question his sanity.

“Why did you want this place?”

“The old girl called to me, begged me to save her.” He gave Genie a wistful smile. “Do I sound crazy?”

“You call the Inn ‘she,’ too?”

“Yes, she’s like a grand old dame who’s fallen on hard times.  Remember the parties? The famous people who stayed and played there? Celebrities came to the Inn because they knew their privacy and secrets were safe with us. If those walls could talk!  Every day was new and exciting. I would love to bring back her glory days.”

Genie leaped up, ran around the table and hugged him. “I have the same dream. We can do it.”

He hesitated for a moment, then returned the gesture, his hands unable to resist lingering on her luscious curves just a tad too long. Genie’s inviting cleavage made him wish they were somewhere private. He could scarcely breathe and had to shake his head to dispel naughty images of nuzzling her soft breasts. “We can do what?”

She sat down again, but clung to his hands. “I’ve done the research. The Inn should be in the National Park Service Historic Registry—but it isn’t. If we can get her added to the Registry, there are laws and standards about how we make the rehabilitation. We can bring it up to modern codes, but have to use certain treatments—”

“I hate to burst your bubble, but where will we get the money to do all this?” He wasn’t sure he could afford too many more big gambles like this last one.

Her face flushed and her sapphire blue eyes sparkled. “If we can get her added to the Registry, we’ll qualify for special low interest loans. And for a major tax credit. And we have a million dollars in equity.”

“Pretty, smart—and you say you can cook? If you can do all that, you are a genie.”

She released his hands, pulled her shoulders back, and inadvertently gave him a better glimpse of her bosom. Genie gave him a scalding look. “Are you challenging my cooking, Mr. Rawlings?”

Uh-oh. He never dreamed of Genie having a little temper. He couldn’t resist tweaking her. “I’m sure you’re a solid cook.”

She stood, almost knocking her chair over. “Solid? What the hell does that mean? Average? Good enough to make the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner for the family—but not good enough to cook for guests? Tell you what, Mr. Critic, you come to my house for dinner tomorrow night.” She scribbled her address on a business card and threw it on the table. “My food makes men go weak at the knees.”

Hypnotized by the sway of her voluptuous ass as she stalked out of the nearly empty café, Jim bet it wasn’t just this saucy woman’s cooking that made strong men weak.

Links

Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071V94BWM

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/allinforloveanthology/

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35052000-all-in-for-love

Webpage http://lucky6authorsblog.blogspot.com/

 

Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. When not teaching or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.

 

Author Links

Facebook: Sharon Buchbinder Romance Author https://www.facebook.com/sharon.buchbinder.romanceauthor

Twitter ID @sbuchbinder https://twitter.com/sbuchbinder

Blog http://sharonbuchbinder.blogspot.com/

Website http://www.sharonbuchbinder.com/index.html

Goodreads author page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4417344.Sharon_Buchbinder

 

 

Can You Name Your Zombies?

Is a Zombie by any other name still a zombie?
You decide.


Can you guess which name fits which story? Take this quiz and see.
1. The name The Revived comes from _______.
a. The Zom-B Chronicles
b. The Walking Dead
c. The Maze Runner
d. Zombie Nation

Answer- a. The Zom-B Chronicles by Darren Shan

2. In Pride. Prejudice and Zombies, a book turned into a movie, the Regency elite call zombies _______
a. Cranks
b. Blasters
c. The Afflicted
d. Unmentionables
Ha! I tried to trick you. There are two answers- c. The Afflicted and d. Unmentionables.

3. In the movie, Army of Darkness, as well as in the TV series Ash vs the Evil Dead the zombies are referred to as _________
a. Walkers
b. Deadites
c. Eternal Walking Nightmare
d. Biters
Answer- b. Deadites
4. In The Maze Runner movie and novel series, the zombies are called_____ by Wicked.
a. Biters
b. Cranks
c. Walkers
d. The Infected
Answer-b Cranks
5. In Other Than, all these names are used to refer to the undead EXCEPT for ________.
a. Biters
b. Shamblers
c. Stitches
d. Sneaks
e. Howlers
Answer- a. Biters

How did you do?

I made up this quiz with the help of this master list that, Michael Sellars, a friend of mine, who writes about the undead, too, compiled with the help of Goodread’s Apocalypse Whenever members.

Afflicted, The (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Awakened, The (Nod, Adrian Barnes)
Biters (The Walking Dead)
Blasters (Z Nation)
Brain Eaters (A Bloody Bloody Mess in the Wild Wild West, Justin Bienvenue)
Cold Bodies (The Walking Dead)
Cranks (The Maze Runner, James Dashner)
Crazies (The Crazies)
Creepers (The Walking Dead)
Dead Ones (The Walking Dead)
Dead, The (Zone One, Colson Whitehead)
Deadheads (Survival of the Dead)
Deadites (Army of Darkness)
Differently Biotic (The Kiss of Life, Daniel Waters)
Diseased, The (Once Bitten, Twice Die, Antony J. Stanton)
Draugr (Skyrim)
Eaters (Eaters, Michelle DePaepe)
Eternal Walking Nightmare, The (World War Z, Max Brooks)
Exes (Ex-Heroes, Peter Cline)
Ex-Living (Ex-Heroes, Peter Cline)
Ex-People (Ex-Heroes, Peter Cline)
Fence Clingers (The Walking Dead)
Floaters (The Walking Dead)
Flood, The (Halo)
Foamers (Toward the Brink, Craig A. McDonough)
Forged, The (The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb)
Freaks (Enclave, Ann Aguirre)
Geeks (The Walking Dead)
Ghouls (Night of the Living Dead; Fallout 3)
Gimps (The Hospital, Keith C. Blackmore)
Great Impure, The (Once Bitten, Twice Die, Antony J. Stanton)
Howlers (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Hungries (The Girl with all the Gifts, M.R. Carey)
Hyenas (Hyenas, Michael Sellars)
Infected (Resident Evil and all over the place)
Inferi (Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling)
Jokers (Hyenas)
Lamebrains (The Walking Dead)
Lifeless, The (Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson)
Lurkers (The Walking Dead)
Meat Puppets (The Walking Dead)
Monsters (The Walking Dead)
Mouth-Breathers (Hyenas, Michael Sellars)
Mudo (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan)
Necromorphs (Dead Space)
Phone Crazies (Cell, Stephen King)
Phoners (Cell, Stephen King)
Phytos (Z Nation)
Plague Rat (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan)
Puppies and Kittens (Z Nation — inspired by The Walking Dead)
Reliving, The (Handling the Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist)
Resurrected, The (Z Nation)
Revenants (The Revenant)
Revitalized, The (Zom-B Chronicles, Darren Shan)
Revived, The (Zom-B Chronicles, Darren Shan)
Roamers (The Walking Dead)
Rotters (The Walking Dead)
Shamblers (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Skels (Zone One, Colson Whitehead)
Skin-Eaters (The Walking Dead)
Slugs (The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell)
Sneaks (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Speeders (Zombie Fallout, Mark Tufo)
Stitches (Other Than, Mia Jo Celeste)
Turned (Love, Death and Tea, Will Once)
Twats (Hyenas, Michael Sellars)
Unconsecrated, The (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Carrie Ryan)
Unmentionables (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Vectors (Helix)
Walkers (The Walking Dead)
Wights (A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin)
Zapheads (After the Shock, Scott Nicholson)
Zed, The (Waking The Zed, M.L. Katz)

If you know any other zombie monikers, please add them in the comments. Thanks.

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Chasing the Moon- Goodreads Review

Chasing the MoonChasing the Moon by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Diana, a poor department store salesperson, gets a great deal on a new apartment, but there’s a catch—Vom the Hungering. He’s the monster in her living room closet. As soon as she signs the lease and carries her stuff in all exits in her apartment vanish. To leave, Diana must let Vom out, and once she does, he’s doomed to devour her. It turns out–all the apartments in her building have zany curses and Diana’s letting Vom out triggers events that led up to an apocalypse. Only it’s a funny end of the world with monsters that are as humorous as the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Ghostbusters.
I loved all the silliness along with the funny but true human psychology behind the main characters; however, even though the main source of destruction was amusing, it didn’t quite work for me. In my humble opinion, the end wasn’t quite up to the beginning and middle. That said, if you like lighthearted horror, scary-cute monsters, and escapism in general, this book is worth a read.

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Rebel of the Sands-A Goodreads Review

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amani Al’Hisa, is a pistol, quick to shoot and even quicker to mouth off. To get out of marriage in the middle-of-nowhere town of Dustwalk, she enters a shooting contest, where she meets a rakish stranger. He’s trouble, but he and a magical horse are her way out of town and into a country-wide rebellion, the schemes of an entire harem, and the secret magic of genies.

I love how Amani is flawed. She speaks out of turn, takes impulsive actions, falls in love readily, and holds a grudge, yet she’s loyal. She tries to save her friends and do the right thing. She’s a perfect heroine for all the action in this story.

If you’re looking for a tale of romance and adventure with a Wild West/ Arabian-nights touch, this is the read for you.

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Busy? Need to Find Time to Write? Shari Elder’s Tricks

Scratching out time to write challenges many writers, like me, who work full-time and have family and other community obligations. Along the way, I’ve figured out a few tricks I am happy to share.

Trick 1:  Ten minutes is enough to get something done so use it.
One of the most consistent enduring myths is that 10 minutes just isn’t enough time to get anything done, especially writing. It’s not true. You can write or edit a paragraph, crack a pernicious plot point, outline the next chapter or send off a marketing e-mails. It may seem like moving a mountain with a spoon, but the more you get used to using those hidden time gems, you will see outputs add up and things get done. I have learned never to let 10 minutes go unused.

Trick 2:  Establish A Writing Time and Keep it Sacred
It is way too easy to get seduced by cyberspace, get lost for hours on Facebook, twitter, blogs and the growing legion of on-line social media.  The clock strikes midnight, no writing done, laundry piled up in several corners, half empty glasses of tea and yogurt containers scattered around the house. One strategy is to carve out a time (daily, weekly) and show up, every time. For me, it’s the morning before everyone else wakes up. The alarm rings at 5:00 am, I wake up, make coffee and write. Every day. It is my writing time. Research backs me up. Regular writing periods trains the mind and unleashes creativity. Even if that is the only time I make it to the page, and even if I only write 200 words, my books move forward.

Trick 3:  Let it go.
It isn’t all going to get done. Accept it and move on.  Just chose what you can and can’t live with–turning underwear inside out for lack of laundry, eating take out to cover for the empty fridge, paying the kid next door to mow the lawn, kicking dust bunnies back under the bed, whatever it takes.   Embracing and owning that you can’t do it all, is empowering as all get go.

Trick 4:  Double dip
I live in the Washington DC region, one of the most congested region in the country. My morning commute to work is my biggest time suck. I moved from driving to taking the metro, and write on the metro with my laptop on my lap. I travel and write at the same time. It adds 20-40 minutes of writing to my day (I don’t always get a seat on the trip home).

How about you. Any suggestions for grabbing some more time, to keep writing, get the tasks of life accomplished and just have fun?

Now that I’ve shared a bit about writing, I’m very excited to introduce you to Unnatural Allies, Book Two in the paranormal romance series, Shifting Alliances. Although part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Blurb

A World in Transition
Violent fae encroachment on shifter land is heating up. With death tolls rising, the impossible becomes necessary – an alliance among predator and prey shifters.

An Inconceivable Love
Nicca Baron, lone wolf and wolf clan beta, finds herself under the command of Evan Grant, the rat alpha.  In different circumstances, he’d be dinner. Or so her wolf keeps reminding her.  Evan proves to be a perceptive leader, a skilled fighter and irresistible to her lonely heart.

To rule the rats, you have to rule the pack. Evan is a whiz at managing people and groups. Until he finds himself leading a mission made up of every single large animal that thrives on rat flesh. And not the kind between his legs.  The only bright light is Nicca. Her storm gray eyes miss nothing, her brilliant mind comprehends everything and her succulent curves offer the perfect place for a rat to nestle.

An Impossible Future
In each other’s arms, Nicca and Evan discover love and a new perspective in an off-kilter world. But a wolf cannot mate with a rat, no matter the strength of the human attraction.

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Evernight Publishing: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/unnatural-allies-by-shari-elder/

Bookstrand: http://www.bookstrand.com/unnatural-allies-mf
Excerpt

Evan had never seen Nicca look frightened before. Those silver eyes expanded into saucers, and they were still beautiful. He wanted to wrap her in his arms, just hold her close as they both tried to process a world spinning out of control. Even his rat wanted to comfort her.
She was getting under skin and fur.
The last leaves hung limp on the branches, resisting winter’s pull. Away from the sidhe, the air had warmed, although the sky retained a grayish winter hue. Shifter bodies held heat, keeping them comfortable in the most brutal frost. Evan burned hot from continuous movement, the too frequent adrenaline spikes, and Nicca’s nearness. Everything about her fit, like she was made for him. That agile mind, open-mindedness, those lush curves. Hell, she even spouted poetry. He yearned to put a sign around her neck—no trespassing, this woman belongs to Evan Grant.
Except for that whole wolf thing…
“Why don’t we find a comfortable place to set up camp near Fairy Falls and call it a day?” he said to get his mind back to practical things, not wishing for something he couldn’t have. He told himself he selected the location as part of the mission. All species declared the pristine, wild falls a safe zone, so they wouldn’t need the wolves or eagles to stand guard. The fact that it was the number one rated site for shifter romances had nothing to do with the selection. Nothing at all.
No one would ever accuse Nicca of talking too much, but she was withdrawn even for her on the hike to the Falls. “Any suggestions on places to sleep?” he asked when her silence got too loud for him.
“I’ve, uh, never really been here,” she whispered, looking at the ground. “Just run by it on patrols sometimes.”
“And that makes you sad?” He itched to run his hand down her cheek.
“This mission makes me sad.” Her gaze stayed lowered as she walked.
His rat senses perceived a deep despondency wrapped around her like a black aura.
“This mission makes you angry, anxious, and confused. Not sad.”
“Who are you to correct my assessment of my emotional state?” She gave him a half-hearted snarl. He figured he’d hit an open, raw nerve.
“I lead this mission, and I will not have you fall apart on me. Right now, you are not okay.” He opened his arm, aping Rafe’s earlier action, inviting her to him to take comfort. “Let me help.” Let me touch you.
She visibly shook herself, ignoring his outstretched limb. “You’re right. I need space. Let me run as wolf.”
He dropped his hand, then nodded to cover the ripping sound his heart was making. “Stay close,” he said over the lump of disappointment lodged in his throat. “Give me your backpack, and I’ll find a place to sleep. Meet me at the falls when you’re done.”
Relief brightened her eyes. Once shifted, she brushed against his leg, then licked at his hand dangling by his side. He ran his fingers through her thick, gray fur touched with black and silver as she trotted off. “Grab some happy, Nicca,” he said into the air, as she raced out of sight. Come back to me. Accept me.
Alone, he hummed as he walked toward the falls. The low tune soothed his skittish rat, who hated being alone and wasn’t too fond of the woods. Rats felt secure in the pack. The human in him appreciated the red gold of the sunset streaking across the powder blue of the sky, weaving in and out of spiky, hunter green firs that ate up the landscape. Beauty truly did soothe an aching heart. The whirr of winter birds, a chorus to his ears, unnerved the rat. He picked up his pace, following the smell of ice and the roar of the falling water.
When he arrived at the falls, he saw Nicca standing at the edge of the descending water, running her fingers through the stream. That sadness he’d sensed earlier scented the air and dulled those unique gray eyes. Following a powerful intuition, he approached quietly, staying upwind so she wouldn’t notice until he stood directly behind her. She may have rejected his offer of support earlier, but he was determined to try again. His way.
She turned to face him, and tilted her head up to meet his gaze. He pushed behind one ear a lock of hair that was draped along her cheek. The tresses felt like silk, the skin velvet against his fingertips.
“Evan?”
He leaned over, touching lips to lips ever so gently. Giving comfort. Sneaking a taste. Exploring what might be. She pressed back, her mouth opening slightly beneath his. He sank into cherry and cinnamon, shyness and heat. She didn’t require a friend; she needed a lover. He desperately wanted to be that man.
He pulled back, falling hard for the blush staining her cheeks a bright pink.
“Follow me,” he said, taking her hand, and led her to the camping spot he noticed along the way.
To love a wolf.

About Shari

Hello, I’m Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges.  I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination with her furry minions).  As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can’t resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives me immense satisfaction.

Join me on my journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

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Gil’s All Fright Diner- A Goodreads Review

Gil's All Fright DinerGil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Duke, a werewolf, and Earl, a vampire, are driving through Rockwood county. They stop at a local diner and are enjoying some greasy burgers when zombies attack. The Diner’s owner, Loretta, offers them $100 to fix her zombie problem. Well, things get complicated soon after. A graveyard ghost, a couple of bored teenagers and a magic eight ball may combine to spell the old gods’ destruction of the world. Or maybe not.
The plot brought an abundance of chuckles from me, but my favorite thing about the story is the characters. They are funny and vivid, but, at the same time, they seemed authentic like people I might kind of know.
If you enjoy dark humor in horror novels or if you like laughing about almost-apocalypses, this is story for you.

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