Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Outer Rim by Diane Burton

In the world I created, the Outer Rim is an area far from the Central Planets. Think concentric circles. The Central Planets—those that make up the Coalition of Planets—are at the center. Expanding outward are the lesser planets, those that aren’t members of the Coalition but still civilized. Beyond that is an unexplored region. The Outer Rim.

I think of the Rim as similar to America’s Wild West. A frontier where people go to explore or escape. They change their names so the law can’t find them. As if given a second chance, they start their lives over. Some go by choice, others are taken there then abandoned. The latter was the case with Rissa Dix, the main character in THE PROTECTOR

Rissa had made her own life on the frontier. Where most females work in menial jobs or as pleasure providers, Rissa owns a tavern. She provides food and drink for the rowdy miners who excavate valuable minerals from the mountains near Astron Colony. A fem has to be tough to survive on the Frontier. A tavern owner has to be tougher. Strong enough to hoist kegs of ale and break up fights.

She also has a secret. A secret she never shares so she won’t appear vulnerable.

As more people arrive on the Rim, outposts become colonies that become cities. Crime abounds, especially organized crime. Racketeering, trafficking, drugs and illegal weapons. Most people give gangsters a wide berth and a blind eye. Not so Rissa, Celara, and Jileena.

My Outer Rim series is about strong women on the frontier of space. Rissa (THE PROTECTOR) is tall with broad shoulders. One look and you know she is physically strong. The other fems in the series are strong in different ways. Celara (THE PILOT) has a mouth on her that makes sure everyone knows that though she is short, nobody pushes her around. Jileena (THE CHAMELEON) looks like a dainty fluff brain. Under that disguise, she has a strong will, a determination to prove she’s worthy to run the family business. Each story is a standalone book.

To enjoy the latest, THE PROTECTOR, you don’t need to read the previous books (although I hope you will).

 THE PROTECTOR is available at Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ iTunes ~ Kobo


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Going Dark

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For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the time has come when night and darkness dominate. The weeks between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice have always been my favorite time of year, when night becomes longer than daytime in the decent toward its darkest hours.

This is when my candles come out. I love the warmth of candlelight and the romantic shadows it throws, and although I don’t have a fireplace, I love it when the scent of burning wood begins to carry on the crisp fall air as people who do have fireplaces light their first fires of the season.

Perhaps because of the dying light, scent just seems to become more important. The aromas of apple cider and pumpkin pie and warm, wintry spices entice like few others.

And then there are the creatures of the night. Nothing sends a delightful chill up my spine quite like the supernatural: Vampires and werewolves. Demons and dark Fae. Ghosts and goblins and witches. The dark things in our psyches we’re supposed to be afraid of somehow hold a particular romantic attraction. Maybe it’s the unapologetic power they wield or the fact that they exude a feral sensuality. But give me a dark, dangerous beastie over a stalwart knight in shining armor anytime.
Even better if that dark, dangerous beastie is a little bit tortured, damaged, and misunderstood. Or better still, a tragic hero enchanted under a dark curse.

Because let’s face it: everyone looks good in black.

What’s your favorite thing about the season? Are you, too, a sucker for creatures of the night?

By the way, if you’re looking for dark, misunderstood heroes—and heroines—I’ve got them in spades:

Prince of Tricks by Jane Kindred Belphagor, in my Demons of Elysium series, has secrets he still hasn’t told about his past. He’s hinted at them in the Demons series and its companion series, The House of Arkhangel’sk, but he plays his cards close to the vest.

If you like thieves, gamblers, and rogues, and you love m/m erotica and BDSM, Belphagor’s your man. Er, demon. The first book in the trilogy, Prince of Tricks, is a good place to start:

Amazon | ARe | B&N | BAM! | iBooks | Kobo | Samhain

Idol of Glass by Jane Kindred

In my Looking Glass Gods trilogy…well, where do I start? Pretty much everyone here is tortured and full of secrets, but Ra takes tortured to new depths—and heights. In this dark fantasy, heroes become heroines, heroines become heroes, and mortals become immortals.

The final book in the trilogy, Idol of Glass, comes out at the end of this month and is available for pre-order now at the usual suspects.

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And my first m/f gothic paranormal romance, The Lost Coast, has a classic broody, angsty alpha hero in Lukas Strand.

A dark paranormal romance about fire, wine, and old-growth forests, The Lost Coast is coming in December and is also available now for pre-order.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Introverts Unite!

by Maureen L. Bonatch 

So...I have a new book coming out on October 7th! entitled,

Grandma Must Die

As an author, it's my job to flit all over the place on social media like a headless chicken blurting 
'book, book, book, book-out!'  

Tweeting and Pinning and Blogging- oh my!

I could post an excerpt here and be done with it. I could ramble on endlessly about the story, the characters, the process of getting from idea to a finished novel, or how it took close to two years to get this story where I wanted it to be or what it's like to be an author and just what I sacrifice to make time to get the words on the page (just ask my hubby who'd like to see me without my laptop, my friends who still naively ask me if I've watched a specific television show, my exercise videos gathering dust, the dust bunnies renting out rooms in my home...you get the picture). 

     Because from my experience, most authors (including myself) are introverts. Despite the time suck that social media elicits, it's a rich haven of opportunities for authors who might not be the best personal promoters (the few times I've attempted public speaking have not had the best results...if only I could do it telepathically.). 
But give me a keyboard, and I won't shut up!  
     So if you ask me if my book is out yet...in person, then my face pinches up like I've bit into a lemon, my brow furrows and I frantically think about how to express over 80,000 words that I've purged, honed and molded into a story. Inside I'm ecstatic, mooning over the cover, smiling until my cheeks want to crack and...
                          ...all that comes out is, "Yeah."

So without further ado, I'll let the cover and blurb speak for themselves. Cause we all know, I'm gonna end up just babbling about love, magic, witches and bounty hunters. 

She's a witch hunting a spell. He's hunting witches and falling for her.

     Carman has worn out more towns and last names than impractical shoes protecting the secret of her magic blood. But when a friend goes missing, and another is infected with a deadly spell, Carman must choose. Expose her magic blood by curing the spell—or stop the infection from spreading by killing the source…the grandmother.

     Magic bounty hunter Dylan has scoured libraries of banned magic paraphernalia seeking a method to distinguish genuine witches from impersonators. He suspects unorthodox librarian Carman might hold this information tighter than the hair he’s dying to unleash from her bun. With a past as hidden as his sleeve of tattoos, Dylan discovers he’s been used to gain Carman’s trust and their passion risks more than mixing mortals and magic.

So...Tell me, are you an introvert or an extrovert? Love Social Media? Or hate it?

Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.  


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