The Most Unique Love Scenes – SEISMIC CRIMES by Chrys Fey #TWRP

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When you write romance there comes a point when the love scenes all start to feel the same. There’s only so many different wordings and descriptions you can do. After a while, you’re struggling to make each new intimate moment different from the previous one between your characters. Or even from another book! Then when you’re a reader on top of that and have read so many romances that also sound alike, you realize you need to be a little—no, a lot—more creative.

I definitely took the creative approach with the love scenes in Seismic Crimes. While my book is steamy and for 18+ audiences, they are not erotic. Beth and Donovan don’t use toys, swings, bondage, role-playing, or any of that stuff. What I did instead was think outside the box of the typical love scenes, such as how and where they could happen. So that’s how I have a monster truck involved in one passionate moment.

This is by far the most unique love scene, but the one my readers all seem to comment on the most involves ice cream:

“I’ll never look at ice cream and chocolate in the same way again.”

 “The well-choreographed, sexy scenes between the two main characters will keep readers turning the pages as much as the chase and fight scenes do. Fey handles each of these intimate scenes amazingly well, setting a high bar for steamy romance writers.”

There are other sexy moments and even these aren’t usual. One happens a few stories high…inside a glass box…Now I’m not going to give away any more details, but I will offer an excerpt from the beginning when they steal a moment in a jail cell.

 

See the EXCERPT below:

He laid a finger against her mouth, feeling the velvety softness of her skin. He traced her cheekbones and slid the tip of his finger down the bridge of her delicate nose. Every bit of her, he found beautiful. He bent his head and kissed her forehead, the tip of her nose, and her cheeks. Then he took her sleeping mouth. Beneath him, he could feel Beth awaken. Her lips twitched to life and accepted him. He leisurely explored the inside of her mouth.

Beth’s fingers curled in the thickness of his hair, her hands drew him closer. He slipped a hand between their bodies, sought the heat of her skin. When his palm flattened against her belly, Beth’s body reared up and bumped into his. A gasp flew from her mouth. She untangled her fingers from his hair and pushed him back. Her head turned to the cell next to them.

Donovan looked, too, and saw an officer stretched out on the cot. He glanced at the other cells to see them all occupied. He resisted the urge to groan.

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BLURB:

An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer’s location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

 

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BIO:

Chrys FeyChrys Fey is the author of Hurricane Crimes, Book One in the Disaster Crimes series, as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group and creates their monthly newsletter.

Fey lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes. She has four adopted cats who keep her entertained with their antics, and three nephews who keep her entertained with their antics. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and through her blog, Write with Fey. She loves to get to know her readers!

 

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Character Interview with Declan Hunter – Collateral Damage @Goddessfish #Romance

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What’s your biggest goal?

I started working for the FBI right out of college, back when I was 22 years old. I don’t think I knew what I was getting myself into but I also knew fighting crime was what I was meant to do. I stayed in Chicago up until pretty recently, when I put in for a transfer to Washington. For personal reasons.

So now you’re working for the Counter-Terrorism Unit in the FBI?

Yeah, for a guy named Nick Doyle. To be honest, I think he’s got his doubts about me and I’m still not one hundred percent sure why the hell he hired me. I had a few things come up in Chicago that threw me off my game. I was up front with Doyle about them and half expected never to hear from him again after the interview. But he called and said he wanted me to come right away. I was hoping to prove myself with the case I’m working on now but things have gone off the rails.

Can you say a little bit more about that?

Only that sometimes you’ve got to put what’s really important ahead of your own interests, your own career. Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn’t but it’s not really a question of choice. I signed up to defend and protect people, no matter what the consequences, no matter what the risk. That means I don’t get to prioritize my own life.

Do you consider yourself a risk taker?

Oh, yeah. Always have been. I grew up in kind of a rough Irish neighborhood in Chicago. I guess I was always the kid who got into the wrong side of a fight. As in the losing side. But I like a challenge. And I hate to see bullies win. So I do whatever I have to stop that from happening. Sometimes that involves what some might call reckless behavior.

What’s your biggest weakness?

Trust. Lack of it, I mean.

Care to elaborate?

Nope.

Okay, point taken. Tell us your impression of Laura Drake.

She’s beautiful but doesn’t seem to have any idea that she is. She also may be the first truly honest person I’ve met. I don’t mean she’s an open book, just that she’s the sort of person who is incapable of lying, at least not when it comes to the things that really matter. But she holds herself back, even pushes people away. I can’t figure that out and I don’t want to be one more person who’s trying to push her.

Your feelings for her seem a bit romantic?

[hesitates] I want to help her out of the mess I got her into. And to be her friend. I don’t think she wants anything more and God knows I’m not in any position to offer her more right now.

Care to explain?

Nope.

Why am I not surprised?

[laughs]

Okay, change of subject. How did you meet Elijah Todorev?

I met Eli back in Chicago. He was this pimply teen-age hacker genius who was into LARPing and Cosplay. Not to mention a huge pack rat. Everybody—the NSA, the CIA, the FBI—was after him. He went the government route for a while but he got bored with it eventually. I think he was always too much of a rebel to spend his life in a cubicle taking orders. He still thinks of himself as working for the good guys—and he’s right—but he does it on his own terms. He’s also one of the people who can always make me laugh.

All right, let’s do a few speed round questions. You game?

Sure.

Favorite Group: Springsteen. Always.

Favorite Color: Blue

Favorite possession: My Harley. I sold it a while back, but that still counts, right?

Favorite Food: Cheeseburger and fries.

Favorite City: Chicago

Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption.

Love or lust?: [grins] I take the fifth.

 

MediaKit_BookCover_CollateralDamageGENRE: Romantic suspense

For three years Laura Drake has watched Senator Pete Worthington promote a series of gorgeous women while she sits in a forgotten corner answering constituent letters on an outdated computer. When Worthington asks her to find an elusive file one Friday night he sets off a series of events that brands her as a killer and puts her life in jeopardy. The path she sets out on forces her to confront not only the nature of evil but the ghosts from her past that have never been set to rest.FBI Agent Dalton Ross transferred from Chicago to Washington to escape his own ghosts. When his investigation leads him to Laura he’s torn between his desire to keep her safe and the need to protect his own heart. As the mystery that surrounds them deepens, Laura and Dalton race to save themselves and the nation from someone willing to sacrifice anything to protect a secret.

 

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Excerpt:

Dalton checked his gun and opened the driver’s side door as quietly as possible. “Appearances can be deceiving.”

She opened her door too. “You leave me here, I’m gone when you get back.” She flashed an object in front of his face. “And I’ve got the key.”

“Do you have a death wish or something?” How had she managed to get hold of the key? He was sure he’d put it in his wallet, which was tucked away in the glove compartment. He would have remembered it if she’d opened it. “I thought you said you were dull.”

“I am.” She deposited the key down the front of her dress. “But I’m kinda getting the hang of this adventure thing.” A grin tugged at the corner of his mouth, but he suppressed it. She was charming, no doubt about that. And damn mysterious, too. As she stood there smiling with cat-like satisfaction, he had to resist the urge to take her in his arms and kiss her. Just the idea of pressing his lips to hers was making him hard. The trouble was Laura had no idea what she was up against. She thought of all this as an exciting change from her ordinary life. But this was real life, and real life was full of people whose sole purpose was to inflict as much pain as they possibly could. It was all too easy to go about one’s business without ever seeing the dark side of things—he’d done it for years, and in a way, he wished he could go back to being that twenty-year-old kid who signed up for an interview with the FBI mostly to impress his buddies. But after more than a decade spent hunting killers he knew that like all fairy-tales, the happily-ever-after of suburbia had its monsters.

In real life, people died.

 

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MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_CollateralDamageI live in an old Cape house with my daughter, too many books, and a red-and-white Siberian husky born on Halloween. After working in Washington, D.C. for several years and traveling to Russia, Europe and Pakistan, I moved back to New England. I’m the author of the romantic suspense novel Vertigo, which is available as an E-book from Amazon Encore and in paperback from Wild Rose Press. Collateral Risk, the follow-up novel to Collateral Damage (which features Dalton’s boss Nick Doyle and scientist Mia Lindgren), is forthcoming from Wild Rose Press. When I’m not working on fiction, I write poetry, teach literature and am still trying to learn how to cook.

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When is it okay to leave your reader behind? by Gerhard Gehrke #SciFi @Goddessfish

VBT_ABeginnersGuideToInvadingEarth_Banner copyI’ve read science fiction novels for most of my reading years. It started with Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. This book is both deep and accessible for a younger reader. The same cannot be said about all science fiction.

When I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968), the novel by Arthur C Clarke came next. Hopefully some clarity would come, as the film and its enigmatic ending can defy explanation or understanding. What comes through on the page, though, is that Mr. Clarke knew his science, and I (both today and as a youth) don’t know it as well as he did. Arthur C. Clarke held degrees in math and physics, and has written on both subjects. This means that when he touches on orbital mechanics and thrust maneuvers, I have to take his word that he is correct in his details. The end portion of the book is both different and clearer than the film.

Yet both 2001 the film and the book are classics and are not diminished by their advanced storytelling that leave some wondering what, exactly, they are watching or reading. There are many examples of novels where the writer knows more than the reader and is flexing her mental muscles. It’s up to us as readers to decide if we mind going along for the ride. The caution for a writer seeking an audience is that sometimes the reader might give up. The counterpoint is that a dumbing down of an idea for the sake of simplicity can rob a work of its character.

A more recent example of a novel with portions that confound is Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, which has sections on Sumerian mythology and linguistics that can be a challenge to read. Yet it’s because the author has such big ideas and is trying to explain his unique universe that these sections are endurable and worth struggling through to understand the entire story.

So as either writers or readers, we seek a level of clarity that doesn’t come at the cost of a story’s substance. Literature needs texture much as certain foods do. A term used by chefs is “toothsome,” which is when something has a chew but can’t be critiqued for being chewy. Language and information that make it to the page can’t be so sanded down that it becomes beige prose, yet it needs to not present an obstacle that cannot be cleared.

Yet no two readers are exactly alike. Some will persevere in the face of a challenge while others will give up. One point I keep in mind when reading is that some writers don’t care if their plot suffers for the sake of the rest of the narrative.

Consider the novelist Raymond Chandler. When the film adaptation of The Big Sleep was being filmed by Howard Hawks, it was discovered that one of the murders in the book was never explained and perhaps didn’t even make sense. Chandler’s response is classic. He didn’t know who the murderer was, and it didn’t matter to him. The characters and the overall situation came first in his story, and he felt confident that the screen version could survive with this unanswered element.

It would never be a good idea for a writer to set out writing with this attitude. But patient readers will make it through a vague or missing plot point or a section that goes above their heads because they value the rest of the work. Sometimes the understanding comes later upon reflection or research. Sometimes it means we go online to find out what, exactly, we just read and if we’re the only one who had a hard time puzzling through a book.

 

What would you do if you found a dead alien on a lonely highway?

MediaKit_BookCover_ABeginnersGuideToInvadingEarthWas it an accident, sabotage, or murder? And why is everyone blaming Jeff?

The extraterrestrials aren’t waiting for answers. They want revenge. And Jeff isn’t ready for company.

His only hope is an outcast mechanic from another world and a woman who might do anything to get off planet, including selling out her own kind. Jeff has to get to the bottom of why there are so many alien bodies piling up and who is really responsible.

A science fiction adventure novel, A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth tells the story of a reclusive ex-computer programmer who is the unwitting central figure of a plot to keep humanity from ever making first contact.

 

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Excerpt:

Jeff fought to breathe as he spun about in Whistleʹ s tightening grasp. He saw the Grey standing calmly by, an odd smile on its tiny, noseless face. It was transfixed by the action and violence. As Whistleʹ s swathe through the ranks of the Clyptus grew, the Grey tittered.

“Hi,” Jordan said to the Grey.

It hadn’t seen her approach. It was too focused on the brawl. Jordan punched the short alien. The Greyʹ s head snapped back, and its big eyes fluttered. The Grey crumpled, its weapon flying out of its hand. Before it lost consciousness, it released the scent of rotten eggs.

“And here I thought you liked me,” Jordan said.

Meanwhile, Oliop jumped on Whistle and latched onto her head with arms and legs and tail, blinding her. She grabbed at him. When she did, the remaining Clyptus struck at her. They moved over their stomped, battered, and torn companions and stabbed away at the rocky creature. Their darts and stickers poked uselessly at her hardened exterior. Some shot her with their energy weapons, but the yellow beams did nothing. All the while, Jeff wrestled and clawed at Whistleʹ s thick arm, but he couldʹ t break free.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_ABeginnersGuideToInvadingEarthGerhard Gehrke studied film at San Francisco State University. He wrote and produced several shows for community television. His Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror short stories have appeared in several publications, including an Editor’s Choice-winning short story at AnotheRealm.com. A Beginner’s Guide to Invading Earth is his first novel.
You can connect with him at Gerhardgehrke.com.

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Blog: www.capriciousnarrator.wordpress.com/

 

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Your Writing Journey by Jay Swanson (Contest) @Goddessfish #SciFi #amwriting

VBT_ShadowsOfTheHighridge_Banner copyAny good journey requires a tattoo. Tattoos require ink. Sometimes you can’t find good ink on your journey, so you’ll have to do your best with memories alone and hope that they don’t fade before you find yourself in a place with better supply lines.

Spoiler: don’t get tattoos in the Congo.

When I started writing my first book I was in the process of selling everything I owned and moving to South Africa to work on the world’s largest private charity hospital ship. I started that first book on one continent and finished it on another, a pattern I would somehow maintain for the three books that would follow.

For me, a writing journey isn’t so much about learning to love stories, reading voraciously, starting to write, and stumbling into my first novel. Writing is an outpouring of everything I’ve seen, every place I’ve been, and everything that has happened to me in the midst of those experiences.

You can’t travel and not be changed.

We like to think we enter the world to change it, but it is the world that changes us. This is one of the most challenging aspects of losing our pride, which is a greater hindrance than most would like to admit. We are so very small, and that’s ok. Perspective changes not who we are, but how we relate to everything around us (which, in turn, does change us foundationally).

I wanted to save the world, but the world has been the one to save me far more frequently.

My journey is encapsulated in my latest story in the same way that everything I write holds some part of me – but Into the Nanten holds much more. It’s the story of a man who has been exiled into the world’s most hostile jungle in search of a man that he hates, a man exiled there 20 years before him. It’s the story of a man wrestling with the consequences of his passion, with the loss of those he should have loved, with the murder of those he did.

And in the midst of all that, it’s the story of his unblinding. It’s the story of his self-realization, of understanding just how little he truly understands. Knowing how much more there is to know.

Marceles na Tetrarch enters the jungle much as I entered Western Africa: duty-bound and under orders. Marceles and I both fled our failures; we both hoped to return better men. Yet somehow in the midst of that, there is a realization that better men may not exist – the distinctions begin to fade. The surety of what we want and who we want to become dissolves before the strangeness of the ‘other’ we discover.

The world is not as we always imagined it to be. Those we meet do not hold to the same ideals, nor do they see ‘good men’ as the ones with the same traits we would uphold. Whose good is better? Whose right is right?

At a foundational level, Marceles and I both want what is good and right, and I think we both understand that such things do exist. There is Truth with a capital “T” out there, but we mistook our lenses for the world beyond them and in the process called them “Right.”

As we both have learned, the warrior and the writer, often ‘right’ is exactly what you must let go in order to discover something better. Truer. Nearer the mark. Sometimes the ink you find is better than the ink you knew, even if it doesn’t meet the standards you always held.

Let’s hope we both survive long enough to arrive at the place and peace we seek.

 

Moving along the soil is the quickest way to die; for Tolly to survive she must learn to stay silent. Life on farms like hers was difficult enough in the face of plague and a decade of drought, but something worse has come to the foothills under the Highridge Mountains. Something that will destroy everything she loves.

MediaKit_BookCover_ShadowsOfTheHighridgeMere miles away, Vanig’s search for water to revive his farm is cut short when soldiers arrive bearing dark news of disaster striking farms throughout the region – and they suspect he is the root cause of it all. Those suspicions spike when a disheveled warrior appears hundreds of miles from home and takes Vanig hostage.

Death looms in the shadows of the Highridge.

 

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“Farmer.” Gaptooth grabbed Vanig by the shoulder and turned him. “We ain’t walkin’ no farther. You do your thinkin’ on the way back.”

“Do you think I came out here to ruminate?” Vanig was shocked at how the anger boiled over, but he followed it.

“To rumiwhat?”

“I need to make a survey of these draws.” Vanig shoved the soldier’s hand off his shoulder. It felt good. “Take measurements. Draw. No amount of thinking will move it without knowing just what I’m moving it through. You think because I live out here that I’m some stupid mystic. Sacrifice a goat and maybe this time the rain gods will bless me with abundance? Well they won’t. Gods and man have abandoned this place all the same. It’s a waste; and without someone like me to change that, that’s the way it will stay.”

Crooknose stepped forward to speak, but Vanig held up his hand.

“I need an hour. Give me that. Go drink your fill and sit down to rest. Gods know you both need it.”

Crooknose shoved his finger into Vanig’s chest. “Listen here you goat lovin’, dirt humpin’, ignorant piece of shit. We’re leavin’, and we’re leavin’ now.”

“We are not,” Vanig growled. “So get your finger off my chest.”

“Don’t move. Any of you.” All three of them jumped at the sound of the voice. A new voice, one they didn’t recognize. “I mean it! Don’t move. Take one more step and you’re all dead.”

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jay Swanson is the creator of Into the Nanten, the world’s first real-time fantasy blog. He is also author of a spin-off novel, Shadows of the Highridge, the standalone short novel Dark Horse, and the Vitalis Chronicles trilogy. Jay grew up in Washington State, and has lived all over the world since then. Jay served for three years with Mercy Ships, a medical charity that runs the world’s largest private hospital ship, the Africa Mercy. In each country they visit, Mercy Ships donates free surgeries to the world’s forgotten poor, alleviating the suffering that so often accompanies a lack of access to medical care. He started in IT, then worked as the editor for their international Creative Pool, and finished as the on board Media Liason.

Paris will always have a place in Jay’s heart; he lived in France for two years, but he’s currently working in the US as a consultant on electronic medical records. Basically, he lives on planes.
Jay has a background in design and video production which have been instrumental in his self-publishing endeavors. Jay was telling stories from an early age, and latched on to video as soon as he discovered he could borrow people’s cameras. The stories that would one day become the Vitalis Chronicles began to take form in Jay’s head as movie ideas while he was still in college, and he began writing them down when he realized that they might make good books as well as films (and that if he died in Africa, there would be nothing left to prove they ever existed). He started writing White Shores in May of 2010 and finished on Christmas day of that year in Applesbosch, South Africa.

 

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Shifted Obsessions by C.E. Black #Paranormal #Romance @WolfPackReads

The wait is almost over…

Shifted Obsessions, the long awaited 3rd book in the Alpha Division Series, releases next week!

 Shifted Obsessions

(Alpha Division, Book 3)

C.E. Black

December 3rd, 2015

Bear just can’t catch a break.

The woman he loves has a secret. A deep secret, that’s making her keep her friends and family at arm’s length. But the further she pushes Bear away, the more he wants to help. Sometimes, the acts we feel are selfless, end up being the most selfish acts of all.

The government is allowing the Alpha Division to take more control over the case, but it feels like the Division is no closer to finding out who’s behind the deaths of both shifters and humans. Between a horrific crime scene, uncooperative prisoners, and a missing body, things are getting out of control. And Bear’s starting to question if he’s cut out for the job. Does he even belong anymore?

There are more surprises around the corner for the Division. Secrets and lies seem to hit them from every direction. Things not thought possible have become a reality, along with the blow of losing one of their own.

A Heartwarming #Christmas #Anthology by Anna J. Stewart #Romance

So great to be here at The Snarkology blog!  *Muppet flail*. Thank you so much for hosting me today, Melissa.

Anna, welcome to the Snarkology! :=)

How’s everyone doing? Recovered from Thanksgiving yet? Seriously, how many of you are now done with your Christmas shopping?  Bah! I’m still neck deep in my to do list for the holiday season (with only 3 weeks until Christmas! How did that happen?).

Besides gearing up for all the jingle belling and lighting of the trees (I have 3 in my house!), I’ve decided to add book launch to the list of things to do. Yeah, I know, totally crazy, right? December is so chock full of lists and parties and, well, sometimes I just need to decompress and relax. To me, there’s nothing better than settling in with a romance, a cup of tea (or cocoa), and losing myself in something…else.

The Bad Boy of Butterfly HarborToday marks the release of my first full-length Harlequin Heartwarming romance, THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR. I’ve dreamed of writing for Harlequin for so long, I can’t tell you how excited this is for me. Even better? I hit the cover jackpot with this beauty. He’s, er, it’s absolutely perfect and while I love looking at him, writing Luke Saxon’s story was an adventure of its own.

There’s something about a bad boy that jumps out at me; always has.  Misunderstood, sometimes their own worst enemies, most of them determined to keep the world at bay to protect themselves (and others).  Luke has a little bit of all that going on, but he’s also a man out to redeem himself. Mistakes he made as a teen have haunted him; so much so that he’s done everything he could to try to outrun his past, but when he agrees to return home to Butterfly Harbor and take over as sheriff, things get, well, let’s say they get a bit dicey. Especially when it comes to dealing with Holly Campbell, the woman whose family he very nearly destroyed. 

Holly has her own issues (of course she does, it’s a romance!), not the least of which is needing to come to terms with the fact that people are more than their biggest mistakes. She should know, since she’s made enough of them herself. Add in her eight year-old son with a penchant for troublemaking and a town on the verge of complete ruin, she definitely has her hands full. Seems like the perfect time for some romance, right?

There’s never the right time for romance (unless you’re reading of course), which is why I love my job. Writing these stories, putting people together, especially when they have so much going against him, is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I’ve ever done. 

So with this book being released, why not add more? Sure, okay! 
Last year, my first Harlequin novella was released in the CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY anthology (with authors Melinda Curtis and Anna Adams).  My first foray into novella writing turned to gold with this story. We created Christmas Town, ME, and the Banning siblings, who each find their happily ever after during the holiday season. We enjoyed the process (and the stories) so much, we decided to do it again this year and we brought a bunch more of our Harlequin Heartwarming authors with us!  The result?  A HEARTWARMING CHRISTMAS, a boxed set of 12 (twelve!) BRAND NEW, interconnected AHeartwarmingChristmas3D_newsweet romances that all take place in Christmas Town. 

My contribution to the set is BELLS ARE RINGING, a story featuring life-long best friends Sam Collins and Marnie Wright.  For Sam, he’s always dreamed of something more with Marnie, but when Marnie announces her plans to leave Christmas Town, Sam realizes he’s running out of time to show Marnie everything she’s always wanted, and needed, is right in front of her.  I am so proud to be a part of this collection and who knows…we might be up for doing it again next year.  Fingers crossed!

Bells are RingingSo how about you all? What’s your favorite type of romance? A sweet holiday get together or spending some time with the town bad boy? I don’t think there’s a wrong choice here…and of course there are tons of other fabulous romances to choose from this holiday season. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. And hey, if you’d like to receive an e-copy of BELLS ARE RINGING, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about your favorite romance reads.

Happy reading!
~Anna J

 

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A geek at heart, national bestselling author Anna J Stewart writes “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance” (RT Book Reviews) for Harlequin Heartwarming (The Butterfly Harbor series), Berkley Intermix (The Tremayne Family Romances), and the upcoming BONDED trilogy for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. NYTimes bestselling author Brenda Novak says “The talented Anna J Stewart delivers every time!” Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a  serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it’s Snickers who tolerates her). Visit her online at www.authorannastewart.com

 

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Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My! by Gwen Knight @WolfPackReads #Romance

ReachForTheSky_600x900Shapeshifters as a whole are my favorite paranormal breed to write and read about. Part of the appeal is the range in animals with wolves, bears, and dragons seemingly being among the most popular. But what about others? Since I’ve begun publishing in the paranormal world, I’ve seen an assortment of shapeshifters: gorillas, mongooses, even sharks! The werewolves of this world no longer hold a monopoly! So this post today is to find out what your favorites are.

I think werewolves will always maintain that special place in my heart, as seen by my latest publication Reach for the Sky.

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Crossing Genres: The Ultimate Mash-Up by Tabitha Conall @WolfPackReads #PNR

I didn’t start out writing paranormal romance. I didn’t even start out writing romance at all–my very first story, back when I was seven, was science fiction. Since then, I’ve written science fiction, fantasy, Y/A, mystery, non-fiction, and of course romance, of several different flavors–paranormal, contemporary, historical, romantic suspense. I think it’s my love of all sorts of different genres that makes it absolutely impossible for me to resist trying to mash them up.

Take my Colliding Worlds series, for instance. It’s paranormal romance, sure. It’s also got some of that medieval/fantastical/historical flavor to it in the castles and swords and lineages. But at it’s heart, the idea for Colliding Worlds is based on science–it’s an idea born from the Many Worlds theory of quantum physics, to be exact. My characters aren’t scientists, so when describing the “colliding worlds” they gloss over anything too technical, but that doesn’t change the fact that my entire paranormal romance series wouldn’t exist if I weren’t a science fiction geek.

SilenceInHanoverClose_thumbSo I love genre mash-ups, and I’m not the only one. Crossing genres has become more and more popular in recent years, which is no doubt how paranormal romance finally managed to gain some ground (after existing for a looong time in the shadows…pun intended…). Romantic suspense is a mash-up too, albeit one that’s been around a while. As is science fiction romance, fantasy romance, and post-apocalyptic romance (a small sub-genre, but one I enjoy).

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Why Shapeshifters? by Tami Lund @WolfPackReads

Here’s a question: why shifters? I now have two series centered around shifters – the Twisted Fate Series (Of Love and Darkness was released in June, 2015, and Prim and Proper Fate will be released in 2016, followed by the final book in the series, in 2017) and the Lightbearer Series. Twisted Fate is entirely about shifters, while Lightbearer was supposed to be about magical beings called, well, Lightbearers. Yet when I threw shifters into the mix in that series, it became about them. How did that happen?

Lightbearers-January2016The answer is simple: shifters are one of my favorite genres to read. So not coincidentally, I also happen to enjoy writing about them. They are sexy, strong, powerful, hot, did I mention sexy? In my reasonably extensive research, I have learned a few things about these seductive alpha beings.

I’ve learned they all have one thing in common. All shape shifters have the ability to change from human form into…something else. And that, as far as I have been able to determine, is the single aspect that defines every shifter in every book I’ve ever read or written. Beyond that, well, every author interprets them a little differently. Which is the way it should be, right? We’re talking magic, and magic is defined by the imagination of the person writing it – and reading it.

Some shifters can only change into the form of one animal. These are typically referred to as were-animals (werewolves, were-bearers, were- you get the picture). Others are able to shift into pretty much any animal, or, as I like to explain in my books, the form of any warm-blooded creature. The shifters in my Lightbearer Series can even shift into the form of birds, if they are so inclined. This comes in handy when one wants to escape rapidly and he’s on the second floor or at the top of a cliff (both situations occur in the first book in this series).

Many shifters’ clothing cannot shift with them. The clothing is either shed before the shift or, if the shift must occur with little notice, the clothing is torn to shreds when the body changes and alters, and the shifter must figure out another means of covering his naughty bits when he returns to human form.

The shifters in my books can shift while wearing clothing, and when they return to human form, their clothing returns to their body exactly as it was before the shift. I admit, I made this decision out of convenience. I considering the no-clothing route because, let’s be honest, that makes more sense, from a non-magical standpoint. But I was having a difficult time writing the whole, “Hold on, I have to strip and hide my clothing for later” aspect into the various scenes and plots and sub-plots of the series. So I decided if magic can make a person change from human to animal, then magic can make that person’s clothes reappear when they return to human form.

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On Writing #Wolves : Best Alpha Females by Heather Long @WolfPackReads

I can recite chapter and verse the number of “best” werewolf Alpha posts, of the best males or sexy heroes. Of course I can, I’m a romance author and paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. In the best shifter books, we love the sexy growl of a male who is driven to protect his mate and his pack. We love their loyalty, their need to keep those around them safe and their power in defense of their world. I love a strong hero, but strong heroes need to be complemented by their powerful heroines so let’s talk about the best wolf females.

Intelligence

The best wolf females are not only strong, they are intelligent. They know how to face off against the world and enhance their own personal best. While some wolf worlds are written as a man’s show, that they do all the fighting and the little women stay home and behave, the best wolf females aren’t competing in a ‘man’s’ world, but a wolf’s one.  
One fantastic example of that is Elena Michaels from the Women of the Otherworld series. She’s that world’s only female werewolf, and it had been a real man’s world there with only their male offspring developing the wolf gene. Women usually didn’t survive the transformation until Elena. She didn’t let her ‘uniqueness’ go to her head, instead she made the best of what was to her a horrible situation. Her strength is not only in her ability to track, but in how she can utilize the strengths of the people around her.

Compassion

In addition to being as tough and protective as their male counterparts, the best wolf females are compassionate. They know how to care for those around them, even when their hearts have been trounced upon or they have suffered. Anna Cornick from the Alpha & Omega series is a woman of heart, she cared even when the level of abuse she experienced could have broken others. Her mate is the second most powerful wolf in the U.S. yet she not only handles him, she handles the wildest and maddest among them because her compassion seems without compare.

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