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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coming Soon from Samhain - MOONWITCHED

Just got the final "proof" copy of Moonwitched. Edits done. Reworked, rewrote, added, subtracted, and tweaked to death. Found some more of my favorite overused phrases - ack! Thank you, line editor. Learned from my beloved editor Linda that inference will never cut it - get in there and be specific (no matter how painful).

Comes out August 11, 2015 - can't wait to see it on Samhain's "Coming Soon" page.

And now - the big reveal. What the new baby looks like:

 

I am so excited by the cover quote by fellow Samhain & WisRWA author, Mary Hughes--she captures the essence of Moonwitched perfectly!
 
 
He was bred for war. Her magic is only for peace. Together they must fight for love.

Guardians of Light,
Book 7

Weapons stolen, comrades dead, ship burned and sunk, Valkyn is rotting in Lord

Zurvan’s grim dungeon, wondering if he will ever again see his sons. Rescue comes from

an unexpected source—the human witch Zurvan sent to patch him up between beatings.

 
Mari can’t bring herself to let Valkyn die, never mind that the fearsome northern

riever is the scourge of her homeland. Yet in him she finds an ally who could help restore

the rightful boy king to the throne. And a man who reminds her body there’s life after

widowhood.

 
Their first kiss unleashes pent-up passion she thought was long buried, clouding all the

reasons they shouldn’t get involved. But the blood on Valkyn’s hands is anathema to Mari’s

magic. If she dares open herself to him fully, he could destroy her.

 
Valkyn knows his heart has already surrendered to hers. When this quest is over, the

real quest will be convincing her that polar opposites not only attract, they belong together—

forever.

Warning: Contains a witch who abhors violence teaming up with a war-hardened riever

who has never known peace. Complicated by a savage warlord, a boy king in hiding, an

embittered selkie prince who’s lost his skin, and hot love scenes that show a lot of it.

 
Dedication

To my fellow Samhain and WisRWA author, Liz Kreger. If not for her help and
encouragement early on, withDuality, I wouldn’t be a Samhain author penning this today.

A true warrior princess in her own right. Gone too soon, but never forgotten…

 
Acknowledgment


I wish to give thanks to some very special ladies who gave enormously of themselves to

make this project a success. For tireless critiquing that never let me settle for good enough,

the enormously talented Lacy Danes. And for their amazingly comprehensive special

critique of my martial arts lesson scene—including a very humorous DVD that showed

me EXACTLY why my original ideas were physically impossible—my own personal Three

Musketeers, author superpowers Karyn Powers, Mary Hughes and Leigh Morgan. Without

you ladies, I’d have fallen flat on my face! Love you all!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A year in review and a #Giveaway from Sabrina York



Everyone hates taxes, I know. But the interesting thing about this time of year is it allows us to reflect on what we did (and what we spent--LOL) last year.

I'm so steeped in what I am doing now, sometimes I forget all the joys of last year, so I thought I would write them down.

Here are some of my accomplishments and joys in 2014. I'm sharing them with you because YOU made them possible. THANK YOU for reading and supporting my passion! If it weren't for you, I would be shuffling papers for some draconian agency instead of exploring new worlds and creating stories that excite and thrill me! (And hopefully you!)

Here are some of the highlights of 2014 my accountant and I have been reliving:

January: Devlin's Dare releases. Readers love this sexy snarky Macarena-fest. http://www.amazon.com/Devlins-Dare-Tryst-Island-Book-ebook/dp/B00I3V2NTO/

February: Dark Duke comes out to rave reviews. This is one of my favorite books so I am delighted! http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Duke-Noble-Passions-Book-ebook/dp/B00ID8MAJU/ Jayne Rylon​ mentions it in her newsletter and I squee myself.

March: I am invited to scribe 3 books in the Untamed Highlander series for St. Martin's Press (The first releases in September!) I cannot wait! (You can preorder now! :) ) http://www.amazon.com/Hannah-Highlander-Untamed-Highlanders-Sabrina-ebook/dp/B00TDRJ8JU/

April: Brigand, the companion book to Dark Duke explodes on the scene! Regency readers love it! http://www.amazon.com/Brigand-Noble-Passions-Book-4-ebook/dp/B00JUTD3L0/
ALSO I discover that Rebound is a RONE finalist (thanks to InD'Tale Magazine​) http://www.amazon.com/Rebound-Tryst-Island-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00C44H0OE/

May: Parker's Passion (Book 6 in the Tryst Island Series) releases http://www.amazon.com/Parkers-Passion-Tryst-Island-Book-ebook/dp/B00K4FJPTS/
ALSO I have the most fun ever at RT in NOLA and meet so many wonderful readers! 
Also, at that conference, I gained 5 pounds, but we won't focus on that, okay?

June: Hot Alpha SEALs comes out. The collection hits the New York Times and the USA Today Bestseller list! There might have been some alcohol that night.

July: Defiant (Book 5 in the Noble Passion Series) releases. Readers love it. http://www.amazon.com/Defiant-Noble-Passions-Book-5-ebook/dp/B00M0L22YY/
ALSO I was a featured speaker at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association​ conference

August: Whipped releases in the Brought to his Knees Collection--readers ADORE IT and beg for more!
ALSO Dark Fancy wins the Carolyn Reader's Choice Award for Historical Romance http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Fancy-Noble-Passions-Book-ebook/dp/B00AN86ILY/

September: Hometown Heroes​ Collection releases and soars up the charts. Now Heartbreak on a Stick is a stand alone reader favorite! http://www.amazon.com/Heartbreak-Stick-Sabrina-York-ebook/dp/B00TA5FWQS/

October: Dark Duke wins the Golden Ankh Legend Award.
ALSO I was thrilled to speak with Anna Alexander​ and Gail Bridges​ at the EmeraldCity WritersConference​

November: WTRAFSOG #8 releases and becomes an instant hit! http://www.amazon.com/What-Read-After-FSOG-Collection-ebook/dp/B00PX9RJWA/

December: Snow Angels (from Decadent Publishing​) releases http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Angels-Calendar-Men-Book-ebook/dp/B00NF6LWZS/
ALSO the Cowboy 12-Pack​ goes up on Preorder (It eventually hits both the NYT and USA Today bestseller lists!) It was such a scorching hit, we're planning another!! http://www.amazon.com/Cowboy-12-Pack-Twelve-Novel-Boxed-ebook/dp/B00PKTN7SI/

WHAT A FABULOUS YEAR! And that hardly covers it all. There were so many wonderful moments featuring all of you! I would also like to acknowledge the efforts, support and incredible dedication of the amazing ladies on the Royal Street Team. You humble me daily. <3 o:p="">

I thank you so much for everything!

So what's next?

Busy, busy, busy! I'm working on my Untamed Highlanders, Elite Metal Ghosts (Special Ops/MC Club!), The Incomparables (Waterloo Collection), Cowboy Firemen, A Highland Time Travel, more Tryst Island and more steamy, funny, snarky adventures.

Don't miss a single one! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get alerts! It will be a fantastic year, I know it!! http://sabrinayork.com/sabrinas-contest-and-newsletter/

COMING EVENTS & APPEARANCES!

RT Booklovers Convention
Giant Book Fair open to the public
May 16th 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Hyatt Regency, Dallas TX

International Tiara Day Event
May 24th
(Someone is walking away with a tiara!)

Lori Foster Reader Author Get Together
Book signing open to the public
Friday, June 5th 3:00-5:00 pm
Cincinnati Marriott North


About Sabrina York
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. With over 25 titles her books range from sweet & snarky to scorching romance. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests.

Books by Sabrina York
CONTEMPORARY
NEW!

Wired Series—Steamy Contemporary Romance

Tryst Island Series—Steamy Contemporary Romance
Rebound Book 1
Smoking Holt Book 3
Heart of Ash Book 4

REGENCY

Noble Passions Series—Steamy Regency

Untamed Highlanders—Coming Soon!
Susana and the Scot
Lana and the Laird

FANTASY

ANTHOLOGIES AND COLLECTIONS

SHORT STORIES AND NOVELLAS



Monday, April 27, 2015

Planning a #vacation? Why not hop a #train in #England or #France, dine, drink for 14 days of bliss?

 
Gare de L'est, Main Concourse in Paris!

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 Need a vacay? Hey, me too! If only to please my significant other who says I spend too much time tapping the keys and talking to "others" on TW and FB! (Really??? I do that? Time flies when you are having fun!)
 
This fall, he and I are going to...drum roll here...England. And our current argument...um, discussion...is about length of stay. Eight days? Ten? Fifteen?

 I often vote for as long as I can get him to agree to the budget (a term I use too loosely which is why we have our discussions). Our longest vacay recently was a glorious 18 days in eastern France covering the American battlefields of WORLD WAR ONE. But I can get him to agree to 14 days and 10 often!
 
   What do we do? And why do we stay so long?
   First, very important here, we skip all hotels. Why? Too expensive AND they never let you in until 3 in the afternoon and by that time, you are ready to skin the receptionist because you are so jet lagged.
 
   We rent an apartment. With washer and dryer so you can take a smaller suitcase. And a dishwasher. No, not hubby. A mechanical dishwasher.  BUT we have also found that in Europe, people tend to sleep very close together. Single beds or double are the norm. You wince? We do, too. Ergo, hunt for that rental that sports a queen or, if you really need it (and we do), a king.  Tough to find but they are there, trust me.
   I
   s an apartment really that much more affordable? It is. Just think. You have your coffee and breakfast in house. You have a refrigerator so you can, if you wish, pack a lunch. We don't but it is an option, especially if you have food sensitivities or allergies and must do this for health.
 
   How do we plan? We decide before we go exactly what we plan to see. In order. Then we figure out if there is a Metro card (Visite, in Paris, London GO in London) and the right time period we need to purchase! We are also good to ourselves and KNOW that the first day we're there, we are good for the move in, breakfast at a local cafe, a nap and a glorious dinner. No touring. THEN, the next day we begin.
 
   Our WORLD WAR ONE trip began in Paris where we went to Les Invalides, where they have the most marvelous collection of items for display for the world wars. We did the Musee D"Orsay, walked along the Seine, and drank champagne till we couldn't any longer...at least, not that day.
What did I get from this trip that took us to Compiegne where the Armistice was signed in 1918 and to Verdun where the most costly battles were fought and to a wonderful museum in Meaux devoted entirely to the La Grande Guerre?
 
   I got  HEROIC MEASURES, written under my other name. This novel is about thousands of American women whom you've never heard of or eve thought about...I bet. American nurses who volunteered to go to France to nurse Doughboys in 1917 were paid HALF what an Army private was paid and had no rank. NONE. I could go on, but hope instead you will read my novel about these truly heroic Americans.
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 Last fall, we went to Paris again and this time our agenda was to trace the history of France by visiting a few significant places in and around Paris—and to do so by taking only the Metro or the train!  We stayed for 15 days and let me just say, that it was marvelous. We walked at least 3-4 miles a day, because you leave the train station, by golly, you are hoofing it to the site you wish to see. BUT armed with good walking shoes and our umbrellas, we did it. And then—yes, you guessed it—we dined. And I must confess, we drank well, too. Because well, it is France you must taste the local produce, right???
   What did I get out of that visit? Well, I got marvelous backgrounds for my "Cerise went to Paris" Blogs on my own blog here: http://cerisedeland.blogspot.com   And I have wonderful info for my next few Regencies as Cerise!  Do look for THE INCOMPARABLES, 6 HEROES OF WATERLOO AND THE 6 LADIES THEY ADORE BY 6 INCOMPARABLE REGENCY AUTHORS due out for 99 cents June 18! The 6 are: Sabrina York, Dominique Eastwick, Suzi Love, Suzanna Medeiros, Lynne Connolly and me!
   And the material I researched appears in my entry in that box set, INTERLUDE WITH A BARON, Regency Romp #4...and in the soon to be released #3 in that series, MASQUERADE WITH A MARQUESS!
   Keep traveling and keep reading!


Sunday, April 26, 2015

What if… the French had won at the Battle of Waterloo?

As a history aficionado, I find myself constantly asking what if…
  • Horatio Gates had been put in charge of the Continental Army instead of George Washington?
  • Ferdinand and Isabella had not started the Inquisition? Or agreed to finance Columbus's trip to the "Indies."
  • Princess Diana had not died and could hold her grandchildren in her arms?
  • Elizabeth I was actually a man impersonating her? (Okay, this may sound absurd, but it could explain a few things.)
  • Princess Charlotte of Wales and her child had not died and instead both lived to reign over England? No Queen Victoria? No Elizabeth II?
  • Even better: What if the oldest son of Henry VII had lived and Henry VIII had never been anything but a younger son? Would England still be Roman Catholic? How many people would still have their heads upon their shoulders?
So when the time came to put together a Rafflecopter for our Waterloo-themed anthology, Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles, I asked participants to answer a special "what-if" question:

What do you think would have happened had Napoleon's Grand Armée won the day on June 18, 1815?




And here are some of the answers:
  • If Napoleon had won that day he would have continued to expand his territory. He was so focused and determined - I believe he would have continued to try to conquer new lands until he was killed or died.
  • More people would have died. 
  • I think fighting would have continued until Napoleon was eventually defeated.
  • Just my opinion, but I doubt it mattered. By the time of Waterloo, France was not recovered and the Allies were determined. There might have been a much longer war, but Waterloo would have been just another battle.
  • More turmoil.
  • If Napoleon’s armée had won that day it would be such a different world now. Europe would have had a different structure and people would not have been allowed to be free and for people to explore their creativity. Would the Eiffel tower or the Statue of Liberty be in existence?
  • We would all be speaking French!
  • Somehow, I don’t think it would have been a lasting victory. Someone would have waited for him around the corner, so to speak. In terms of language, it wouldn’t have changed anything for me as French is my native tongue. :)
  • I think we’d all be speaking much better French and drinking champagne.
  • In the short term more people would have died but in the long term I don’t think he would have lasted and in the grand scheme of things wouldn’t have changed much beyond what actually happened. Maybe history would have been affected depending on who may have been one of the future deaths if someone really important in future history died.
  • Also don’t think he would have lasted much longer. He was just too ambitious for his own good and was making more enemies than friends.
  • Us short people would be appreciated a heck of a lot more!!!
  • Well, there wouldn’t be a Regency nor anything to do with this time. Everything will be backwards and although we’ll be speaking the lovely language of France, our own knowledge of history would be false.
  • It would have made little difference. He was so crazy his supporters would eventually have done him in.
  • It wouldn’t have mattered. He was so crazy his supporters would have eventually done him in.
  • Ah! We will never know!
  • If he had won, I don’t think it would’ve been a lasting victory. The world at the time saw the danger he presented and would’ve immediately begun to bring him down. Alliances would’ve formed with nations who you never would’ve thought would come together, just like France did for America during the American Revolution.
  • I’m not up on my Napoleonic history, but Napoleon or someone would have thrown a ball or other party if they had won.
The general view seems to be that Napoleon was pretty much burned out by then, in spite of his triumphant escape from Elba. But the Duke of Wellington himself said it was "a very close-run thing." And frankly, trying to put together an alternative past is pretty much an impossible task. In Outlander, Jamie and Claire try to stop the massacre of Culloden and fail miserably. (Yes, I do know that's fiction…most of the time anyway.)

My experience tells me that reality is rarely black or white, though. Villains aren't usually all bad, nor are heroes as lily-white as Sir Lancelot was (in the beginning). It does make me wonder if certain events just meant to be or they just are and things just sort themselves out. Am I making any sense?

Do you ever wonder about these things? I'd love to hear your what-ifs if you have any.



Beaux, Ballrooms, and Battles: 
A Celebration of Waterloo

June 18, 1815 was the day Napoleon Bonaparte's Grande Armée was definitively routed by the ragtag band of soldiers from the Duke of Wellington's Allied Army in a little Belgian town called Waterloo. The cost in men's lives was high—22,000 dead or wounded for the Allied Army and 24,000 for the French. But the war with Napoleon that had dragged on for a dozen years was over for good, and the British people once more felt secure on their island shores.

The bicentenary of the famous battle seemed like an excellent opportunity to use that setting for a story, and before I knew it, I had eight other authors eager to join me, and to make a long story short, on April 1, 2015 our Waterloo-themed anthology was released to the world.

You are all invited to visit our Website and Facebook Page.


Our Stories



Jillian Chantal: Jeremiah’s Charge

Emmaline Rothesay has her eye on Jeremiah Denby as a potential suitor. When Captain Denby experiences a life-altering incident during the course of events surrounding the Battle of Waterloo, it throws a damper on Emmaline’s plans.

Téa Cooper: The Caper Merchant

The moon in Gemini is a fertile field of dreams, ideas and adventure and Pandora Wellingham is more than ready to spread her wings. When Monsieur Cagneaux, caper merchant to the rich and famous, introduces her to the handsome dragoon she believes her stars have aligned.

Susana Ellis: Lost and Found Lady

Catalina and Rupert fell in love in Spain in the aftermath of a battle, only to be separated by circumstances. Years later, they find each other again, just as another battle is brewing, but is it too late?

Aileen Fish: Captain Lumley’s Angel

Charged with the duty of keeping his friend’s widow safe, Captain Sam Lumley watches over Ellen Staverton as she recovers from her loss, growing fonder of her as each month passes. When Ellen takes a position as a companion, Sam must confront his feelings before she’s completely gone from his life.

Victoria Hinshaw: Folie Bleue

On the night of the 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Aimée, Lady Prescott, reminisces about meeting her husband in Bruxelles on the eve of the fighting. She had avoided the dashing scarlet-clad British officers, but she could not resist the tempting smile and spellbinding charm of Captain Robert Prescott of the 16th Light Dragoons who— dangerously to Aimée— wore blue.

Heather King: Copenhagen’s Last Charge

When Meg Lacy finds herself riding through the streets of Brussels only hours after the Battle of Waterloo, romance is the last thing on her mind, especially with surly Lieutenant James Cooper. However, their bickering uncovers a strange empathy – until, that is, the lieutenant makes a grave error of judgment that jeopardizes their budding friendship...

Christa Paige: One Last Kiss

The moment Colin held Beatrice in his arms he wanted one last kiss to take with him into battle and an uncertain future. Despite the threat of a soldier’s death, he must survive, for he promises to return to her because one kiss from Beatrice would never be enough.

Sophia Strathmore: A Soldier Lay Dying

Amelia and Anne Evans find themselves orphaned when their father, General Evans, dies. With no other options available, Amelia accepts the deathbed proposal of Oliver Brighton, Earl of Montford, a long time family friend. When Lord Montford recovers from his battle wounds, can the two find lasting love?

David W. Wilkin: Not a Close Run Thing at All

Years, a decade. And now, Robert had come back into her life. Shortly before battle was to bring together more than three hundred thousand soldiers. They had but moments after all those years, and now, would they have any more after?




About the Author


Susana has always had stories in her head waiting to come out, especially when she learned to read and her imagination began to soar. Voracious reading led to a passion for writing, and her fascination with romance and people of the past landed her firmly in the field of historical romance.

A teacher in her former life, Susana lives in Toledo, Ohio in the summer and central Florida in the winter. She is a member of the Central Florida Romance Writers and the Beau Monde chapters of RWA and Maumee Valley Romance Inc.



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Culture Evolution - Cecile Tellier



Culture Evolution
When I first began writing I was a teenager.  I didn’t know any other authors especially my age that wrote romance novels.  I had big dreams of publication when I was older and eventually when life happened those and my original story got shelved.  As I grew older I made friends with poets, artists, and other authors.  I have since found there are some cultural shifts in writing that I for one am very glad to see.  Authors are like sisters and brothers in many instances and we do whatever we can to collaborate either in work, knowledge, skills, or just understanding.   We take on huge overwhelming topics like pirating (I will do a blog post on that some day, honest), rejections (we got those), and disappointing reviews (that’s something for another blog day maybe).  I have found in my short time as a published author that I have so many shoulders to cry on and so many friends to celebrate with!
The same can now be said for readers, cover artists, editors, publishers, models, and anyone else interested in the world of books!  With the advent of the Internet new ways to interact through blogging and social media have made it so we are more connected than ever with the very people who help make our writing dreams a reality, and the people who allow it to be a livelihood in so many countries! 
It’s amazing, and as a social butterfly in all walks of my life I have truly enjoyed the community I have joined!  Feel free to contact me on any of my social media accounts, I always respond and look forward to making new connections every day. 
Author's Bio
Author of Truthful Silence, Binding Dreams, and it’s soon to be released sequel Binding Blood, Cecile Tellier holds Masters degrees in Special Education as well as Criminal Justice: Law. She lives in upstate NY with her husband and two children. She got her start in writing as early as high school and has been published in poetry anthologies and freelance erotica. Cecile is part of a wonderfully supportive critique group lovingly referred to as the Round Robbins. Cecile believes that everything in life that can be accomplished should and has endeavored to live up to this whether it was starting a flat track roller derby league or writing the next great romance novel.

Website/Blog: www.ceciletellier.com
Twitter: @CeecTellier 
 Email: CecileTellier1980@gmail.com
 Latest Release: 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Writing a Scifi Series by Kayelle Allen #scifi

Writing a Scifi Series 
Remember reading a series? When you picked up the first book, it held such promise. There would be more to learn, more to see, more worlds for you to explore. When you finish, you have a kind of "book hangover." You're still so tied up in that book's world that you aren't sure you can handle another one. But the promise of learning more and seeing what happened to your new favorite characters is too strong. You succumb and start reading the next book. And just like that -- you're lost in the characters' world again.
You can recapture the world you read about in Surrender Love, and Wulf. The Tarthian Empire you explored in Alitus, Jawk, At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only is waiting to be found in the new Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series.
If you loved the universe in which those original stories were set, then you'll be glad to know the Tarthian Empire is alive and well. This new book features all the characters, places, and things that made the other stories so unique.
Before writing the first book in my Tarthian Empire science fiction romance series, I wrote 10,000 years of future history. The Tarthian Empire Companion features that history, plus Earth and its colonization of the galaxy. The companion focuses on the big picture. What events drove the wars? Who won them? What made the peace so short, and the centuries of fighting so dire? Did the immortal Sempervians evolve or were they created? What do they want from mankind? What characters, places, and incidents shape the Tarthian Empire today?
The Tarthian Empire Companion contains a full list of every character in every book, and peeks at books to come. This is the book I use to keep all the details straight. It's written for readers as well as writers. If you write Scifi Romance and want to know how to keep a huge story world organized, this book is for you. I share all my details in this illustrated volume. If you love reading SF and loved my books, you'll be able to look up details, go through the character lists, and learn inside secrets about the people and places. Always wondered what Peril, the game of the immortals, was all about? It's in there.
The companion book is illustrated with original art and a few stock photos. My son, Jamin Allen, helped me create many of the images in this book. He's a digital artist and began assisting me when he was in college at the Art Institute of Atlanta. In fact, he taught me how to use Photoshop. The work I'm able to do today is because of him.
Slang
I'm not a fan of changing basic terms for the sake of making them sound alien. For example, we "inch" along, not "millimeter" along, so I apply the same principle in my books. Diamonds are diamonds. Water is water.
Language, however, is malleable. Considering how far in the future my own stories are, there would be few (if any) words in English that we'd recognize. Being the practical sort, I kept many current terms.
What better way to describe rock music than to call it rock? Why call a flashlight a "mobile light source" or some other phrase for the sake of sounding different? It comes across silly and pretentious instead.
People shorthand words and phrases to things like OMG, LOL, BFF, deets, and probably one of the most famous shortcuts of all -- the abbreviation for "more of the same" -- "etc." I prefer to use natural, understandable language whenever possible.
If you create a language, write down the words you use and keep a definition handy. This will keep you from later misspelling or contradicting yourself. You should also create a phonogram chart (list of sounds). This will help you create a richer language.
What terms do your characters use for slang? Define these and list them so you have a ready reference for future books. List how and why the words became slang. This not only helps you maintain consistency in creation, it also helps you with creating future slang you might need.
Here is a list of Kelthian Street Slang. It's used in limited places, and there is far more listed here than I used in my actual books. However, I wanted a big list from which to choose a term.
Kelthian Street Slang
Cobber is Kelthian street cant (characteristic language) used on Kelthia by slaves and gangs. The slang was used by Senth and Khyff in the books At the Mercy of Her Pleasure, and For Women Only. The characters Trink and Yvan (who own Batchelors) sometimes use it too.
Boastin'; mess with, put on a front, tease, etc.
Clinkers; great, fine, no worries
Going all Kin; becoming feral, unruly, wild
Hawkin'; watching from the sidelines
Junk me; pay no attention to me
Leave me sly; forgive me, let me off
Lipped; said, explained, told
No new coins; same stuff different day, nothing new
Notta boasted you clean; shouldn't have messed with you, or shouldn't have put on a front with you, teased you, etc.
Ride my pocket; Follow me, stay on my tail
Right clinkers; perfectly fine, totally great
Royal; excellent, top notch
Scam-butt; cheater, scam artist
Scat these taggers; get out of these clothes, undress
Screech, the; sickness of any type
Seein' you slip; noticing you're not doing well
Smacked; happy, pleased
Smackers; general swear word with unspecified meaning. Dang, damn, hell, etc.
Sotted; drunk
Spacin' me; In my space, close to me
Space me; give me some room, move away
Street freak or freaks; homeless person or people
Street; the street in general. Culture of the street.
Tawkin'; looking for action
What's down; what's up or what's new
You skinnin'; you're skin and bones
Shake out those taggers; what's under those clothes
Taggers; clothes
Tarthian Empire Companion 
All my books are being re-released in new formats. Surrender Love and its long-awaited sequel, Surrender Trust will come out at the same time. At the Mercy of Her Pleasure and For Women Only will be re-released with their sequel, Crystal Clear Truth, and will introduce a third Antonello brother, Darq. In the meantime, I'm sharing all the details of my world with fans.
If you write science fiction romance, this book will guide you to build believable worlds, http://kayelleallen.mobi and if you're accessing on a desktop, you can see the full sized version here: http://kayelleallen.com Either way, you'll get a glimpse of the kind of world building and complexity that is the Tarthian Empire.
track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. My website has over 90 pages of material for my world. If you're on a mobile platform, visit the limited version here:
Have questions on world building? Leave me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Want to know if a character is included in the book? Just ask.
Available now on Smashwords, and Amazon.
Smashwords http://bit.ly/companion-sm
Coming soon in print
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Need Fire

The ancient Celtic festival of Beltaine or May Day is almost here. So it's a perfect time to launch my new Box Set - Need Fire. A need fire is a ritual bonfire used at the ancient Celtic fire festival of Beltane. Many people now days celebrate May Day in place of Beltane. The words need and fire also conjure up images of a hot romance so I thought it would make a perfect title for this box set of five Celtic romance novellas.

In fact there is a hot excerpt set at Beltane in Timeless Voyage, one of the novellas in Need Fire. It's too risqué to post here. But I post a line or two. that's suitable  These sentences are pulled out of the excerpt. There is more to the excerpt than this.

In this daydream, by the light of the flames, she peeled off a loose tunic dress and stood nude before her Beltane lover.
He stood in all his glory adorned only with a brazen gold neck ring.
Though he could have had any woman, he wanted her, and she wanted him. 
Save for thick red hair, spiking like a badger’s bristles, her Beltane lover looked exactly like the Roman. 
Her body tingled as she recalled the sultry heat of his lips searing a path up to her mouth and hungrily covering it. The kiss created a shock wave though her entire body.  He lowered her to the fertile earth.
She recalled that he’d gazed in her eyes and said, “We shall wed at Lughnasa.” 
As joy filled her, she remembered answering him excitedly, ”Yes, we shall marry come the Lughnasa feast.” 

Her body jerked, startled. She shook her mind free of the strange musings. How could she have loved this Roman, Kaeso, in a previous life?

Blurb:

Need...then love
burns hot for five Celtic couples who risk all for love.This box set includes: Moon Goddess Wife, Timeless Voyage, Pendragon's
Obsession, A Fine Cauldron Of Fish, and Some Vampires Shimmy all published
individually as well. 

 
A Fine Cauldron Of Fish
It's a hot summer romance for Margaid and Andrew on the Isle of Man. There are only a couple of minor problems: Margaid lives in a cave under the sea, is invisible, and thinks that only Andrew's blood can save her from turning into a water horse! But hey, whoever said love was perfect?

Moon Goddess Wife 
Chief Pwyll's life turns into one wild ride the day Goddess Rhiannon gallops past him on her magic horse. 
Timeless Voyage
A Celtic pirate, Anwen, captures the enemy, a Roman seaman. As she holds
a dagger to his throat... memories of fated lovers, druids and sacrifice stay
her hand.

Pendragon's
Obsession


What if a warrior king wanted you so badly he'd turn to magic to have
you?

Some Vampires
Shimmy


It's all sizzle and steam when the last of the dancing vampire sisters get together with a sexy rock guitarist and a hot looking god at a Scottish
Steampunk Con. 

The box set is available at the kindle store now and is soon coming in print.
 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Rock On #EarthDay2015
















I never get tired of wearing my vintage 1970 booster button to commemorate the very first Earth Day. Back then, I had no idea what Earth Day was about, but one of the cutest boys in school gave me this button, and so I wore it on my t-shirt. I thought it might have something to do with protesting since I wore protest buttons, too, but I knew as little about war then as I did about preserving the environment.

Time has changed my awareness, of course, and my 1970 Earth Day button means, quite literally, the world to me.

Rock on, Earth Day!

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Coming April 28, 2015!

LIP SERVICE by Adele Downs
A novel.
Light paranormal romance
From Boroughs Publishing.

Some ghosts won’t take “yes” for an answer.

Jack Harris has loved Legs Anderson since they were kids. Now that he has her in his bed, he has no intention of letting her go. Aunt Ada has other ideas, even from the grave.

GETTING BETWEEN JACK…
Orphaned at a young age, Legs Anderson owes her Aunt Ada everything. The stoic old lady raised her, and Ada’s warnings about men—and the Harris boys in particular—have stuck, even after her death. Of course, that could be because Ada stuck around, too.

 …AND HIS LEGS

Patience is not one of Jack Harris’s virtues, and he’s waited too long to start a life with the woman he’s loved since childhood instead of them just knocking boots. Now Ada is interfering from beyond the grave, haunting the old Victorian house she bequeathed to her niece and reinforcing Legs’s fears of commitment. But Jack won’t give up. No matter what trouble may follow, the house will be renovated, Ada will learn to let go, Legs will put her money where her mouth is…and then Jack’ll put his lips everywhere else.

To learn more about books by Adele Downs visit: http://adeledowns.wordpress.com

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kagan Wolves: Bridged by Love ~ Coming soon!! #preorder #shifters

Happy dances! My newest shifter novel, Bridged by Love, is up for pre-order! I love writing about shifters, and it's been way too long since I have. Check out my world of wolf shifters, danger and love. You won't want to miss it!

Bridged by Love
Nancy Corrigan


Follow his head, he breaks her heart. Follow his hearthe breaks his pack.
Kagan Wolves, Book 1

From the moment he was born, Nic Kagan’s future was sealed. He’ll accept a mate, have kids, and eventually take over his father’s role as pack alpha. There’s just one problem.

Long ago, his heart settled on Riley, the pack’s human doctor and honorary member. Except only half of him can have her. The other half—his wolf—won’t give a weak non-shifter female a second sniff.

No one—human or shifter—has left a mark on Riley’s soul like Nic. But with his father hospitalized, any hope things could work out between them is slipping away. Yet Riley understands something else about pack life. Power isn’t always a physical gift; love is just as strong. What she and Nic have is worth fighting for.

With rival threats mounting, Nic realizes he can’t simply turn his back on Riley. Though his wolf could tear his heart out for it, he must fight for what he wants before he loses his mate. His pack. Maybe even his sanity.

Warning: Contains a reluctant alpha with only one roadblock between his heart and the woman he loves—biology. And a woman who isn’t giving up on him, even if it means risking her life to fool Mother Nature.


The details…

Book Title: Bridged by Love
Series Name: Kagan Wolves
Series Number: 1
Author: Nancy Corrigan
ISBN13: 978-1-61923-004-0
Length: 63,982
Categories: PAW: Paranormal, PAW: Red Hot, RH: Paranormal & Alternate Worlds
Tags: Shape-Shifters; Werewolves
Price: 5.50
Publication Date: July 21st 2015

Read a teaser…

Nic ran through the woods. The broken twigs and rocks poking into his paws barely registered. He pivoted and headed deeper into the underbrush. The sharp pulling of the low-hanging tree limbs on his fur appealed to his need to punish himself. He wanted to hurt. A fight would’ve been better, but he couldn’t go around initiating any. Actions like that would come off as a dominance tactic, and the Kagan males had always held to a higher standard. They understood all members of a pack played a vital role.
He lowered his head and pushed through the bowing evergreens. An open space greeted him. He froze. Sides heaving and blood soaking his fur, he panted and took in the small home in front of him—Riley’s place. His dad had bought it for her. Last time Nic had seen it was right after she’d moved in. She must’ve remodeled since then. Where the concrete stoop once stood, a wide front porch spanned the house. It looked inviting with the swing and chairs decorating it. He could see himself lounging on it, enjoying the night.
A low growl rumbled in his chest.
It didn’t surprise him that he’d ended up here. He hadn’t been able to get thoughts of her out of his head. Guilt ate at him. He’d treated her like shit the last time they were together. She deserved an apology and explanation. If he’d been man enough, he would’ve been straight with her then.
He padded across the gravel road. On the other side, soft grass met the pads of his paws. Halfway across the front yard, the door opened. Riley stepped out, a bottle of beer in hand. An oversize flannel shirt covered her chest and bare thighs. Jealousy surged, knowing she wore another male’s clothes. Shock replaced it with his next breath. It was his shirt, the one he’d had on the last time they were together.
She whipped her head in his direction. Narrowed eyes zeroed in on him. They widened on a gasp. She set her bottle down and sprinted across the yard. Her loosely buttoned top gave him a tantalizing glimpse of her legs. He sat on his haunches to watch her, but she reached him before he could decide if the swath of black between her thighs was a thong or a bikini.
Nic”—she dropped to her knees in front of him—“what happened?”
He couldn’t answer her in his wolf form. She knew that. She also understood that depending on how much control he gave his other half, he might not even hear her. It never stopped her from approaching shifters. She’d said she could tell who was in charge by looking into their eyes.
“You’re bleeding.” She brushed back his fur and gently touched the skin around a long gash. “This wasn’t from a fight, was it?”
He shook his head, the only answer he could give in his limited form.
She stared into his eyes. Not a hint of fear showed in her expression. She treated his dad and the other dominants with the respect owed them by avoiding eye contact. Never Nic, at least not in private, but the rules were different around the other wolves. Riley had always understood the need for hierarchy among the members. In the pack’s eyes, she was as low as one could be. In his, she was his equal.
“Shift and tell me why you decided to drag your sorry ass to my house. None of these cuts need my attention.”

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A little about Nancy…

A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with women strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.
She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.
    
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