Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Monday, July 16, 2018
Saturday, July 14, 2018
For thirty years, Rebeka’s people have fought the Earthmen who invaded their planet.
Now, Rebeka’s father has devised a plan to bring about peace: offer the Earthmen a cease-fire, and cement it by giving his daughter as their leader’s bride. At first skeptical, Governor Philip Hamilcar is swept away by lust but he soon finds he has a rival for his wife’s affections in Darius Marx. An android possessing the ability to experience human emotion, Darius has also fallen in love with the Earthman’s bride.
Rebeka doesn’t want an alien husband and she certainly doesn’t want to kill anyone, but she’s given no choice. Once married to Philip, she discovers her husband more than empathetic to her people’s plight. Soon the two are in love, and Rebeka has to make a choice…
Will she make herself a widow or give up her own happiness for her people’s freedom?
Friday, July 13, 2018
A shocking secret brings danger to Jack Sinclair and his sister Maggie.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Tonight, I’m using the Medieval Cat Tarot by Gina M. Pace and Lawrence Teng. (Did you know that tarot decks have authors and artists, and they get published much the same way books do? Each deck has its own little booklet of interpretations, and some have separate, full-sized books written to accompany them. I have eight full books on tarot that I can think of off the top of my head.) At any rate, I’m throwing the spread for my main character, Aoife, in my current WIP. Aoife is under an enchantment, so it’s difficult to figure her out, because she doesn’t know her true self at the moment. Hopefully, this will help me make some headway with her.
So here’s the spread:
I use a modified Celtic Cross layout (there are many different layouts, but this is one of the most common). Each position has meaning. The three cards at the center of this spread (collectively, the “Heart of the Matter”) are the Significator, which represents the querent at the present time, the Covering Card, which represents what’s influencing (and generally helping) the querent directly, and the Crossing Card, which represents that which is at odds with the querent in their quest.
Aoife’s Heart of the Matter is Knight of Wands, Six of Swords, and Eight of Cups. Loosely, these represent “conviction,” “moving forward,” and “taking emotional inventory.” This fits very well with where Aoife is right now. She’s just discovered that she’s being lied to and is determining to fight back, and at the same time, she’s experiencing emotional attraction to a woman she’s just met.
Next, we have the cards above and below the Heart of the Matter (conveniently called Above and Below). These represent what’s on the surface of the current situation—what’s outwardly visible—and what lies hidden beneath in the subconscious realm. Aoife’s cards are Ten of Swords and the Empress. Now, the Empress is one of the cards of the Major Arcana, which represent archetypes and forces outside our control—in essence, Fate. The numbered (pips) and court cards of each suit (there are four, like in playing cards: Wands, Swords, Cups, Coins) are referred to as the Minor Arcana. Here, the Ten of Swords represents the culmination of negative energy around the present situation. There’s nowhere to go but up. Yep. This is very true for Aoife. And the Empress is Mother Nature, the goddess of abundance, calling on the querent to gather her internal strengths and take what she’s learned on her journey to manifest her truth. Interesting; Aoife needs to stop thinking and start doing what she knows is right.
The next two cards to the left and right of the Heart of the Matter, are Behind and Before: the immediate past and the immediate future. Seven of Cups is Aoife’s past: daydreams of happy times, in danger of dissipating as an illusion. Wow. That one’s right on the money. And I was just contemplating having Aoife remember the beauty and riches of the world she once knew. I wasn’t sure if that back story should remain off the page or if we should see it here. I think I have an idea now. The future card, Eight of Wands, says opportunities are coming Aoife’s way, and she needs to take aim. This one could be literal. Aoife is a soldier, so perhaps she’ll soon be in a battle that can tip the war in her people’s favor.
Finally, we have the four cards on the right: Self (where the querent is now), Home (how others see and influence her), Hopes and Fears, and the Outcome. The Self card, Page of Swords, shows Aoife poised on a new undertaking that will bring her greater understanding. So far, so good. Home, Seven of Coins, represents a small harvest—Aoife has what she needs at the moment. Her Hopes and Fears card, Four of Wands, indicates that Aoife may be starting a new relationship, from which she should pause to take joy in the moment. And Aoife’s Outcome? She drew a Major Arcana card: Judgment. Judgment Day is literally depicted on the card. This means Aoife will ultimately succeed, but she’ll have to pass through the fires of suffering, fear, doubt, and toil.
So now we put this all together: Aoife is moving forward after accepting that her past happy life is gone, acting on her new conviction and exploring new feelings as she heads into battle. All around her is negative energy and enemies, but she possesses secret strength in her Empress energy if she will only embrace it. Poised on a new undertaking and understanding the truth being kept from her, she has what she needs right in front of her if she’ll only look—a new relationship that will bring her joy, despite everything that’s happening around her—and, ultimately, she will prevail against the evil in her world. But the fight is going to be hard won.
So there you have it: throwing tarot for a fictional character. What do you think? Silly game or helpful tool to unlock the unconscious?
Jane Kindred is the author of the Harlequin Nocturne series, Sisters in Sin, and the epic fantasy series The House of Arkhangel’sk, Demons of Elysium, and Looking Glass Gods. She spent her formative years ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the Tucson sun and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark. She now writes to the sound of San Francisco foghorns while two cats slowly but surely edge her off the side of the bed.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
By Maureen L Bonatch
Some Like It Hot
Fall for You
Do You Prefer a Beach Read or a Cabin Cozy?
Monday, July 2, 2018
We may not put ourselves in the same category as Robert Frost, but a modern writer’s life seems loaded with work these days. We Gothic writers require a certain atmosphere when we write, so just keeping all the candles and incense lit can turn into an exhausting chore. Not to mention feeding the cats, bats, newts, and spiders.
Then we have the requisite writerly chores like promoting and social media and book signings and author conferences, —and most importantly—writing the next bestseller. It all has to be done at the same time, which means while you’re cleaning the writing cave and promoting your books, you are also editing, revising, writing—and rinse and repeat! Publishing early and often is the best way to keep the sales moving so the cycle is never-ending.
It’s easy to feel like you are caught in a washing machine set on perpetual spin.
An author friend likes to joke about the common misconception readers have about a writer’s life. “They think we spend the afternoon on our yachts, sipping champagne and hobnobbing with celebrities. Then we duck below decks to type out an eighty-thousand word novel before dinner.”
If that were reality, more people would be authors. As it is, the general populace will never write anything beyond a high school essay. About 81% of U.S. citizens report they want to write a book—that’s around 200 million people. But fewer than 1 million books are published every year so most of those wannabees either can’t, won’t, or don’t write books. (Based on some of the “great ideas for a book” some of my acquaintances regale me with, it is a blessing most of them never see the light of day.) A good number probably make a stab at it, see what kind of soul-sucking, mind-warping endeavor it is, and back slowly toward the door. And that’s fine. Writing, like any profession, isn’t for everyone.
And somewhere along the way, creativity shrivels like a witch’s blackened heart (present company excepted, of course.) Writer’s block is a real thing that sometimes has its roots in the constant pressure to be not only a writer but an editor, a designer, a marketing expert, a financial guru, an entrepreneur, a mom, a wife—not to mention whatever you do for a dayjob. The secret to dissolving this kind of writer’s block is to do nothing.
I think it pays to remember what we do is unique—maybe be even divine. With that in mind, time spent just letting that energy flow is a worthwhile enterprise. Sit on the porch. Star at the stars. Mutter to yourself. Daydream. Close your eyes. Take a nap. Replenish your creative juices with some hard-core nature walks and extreme rose-smelling.
Doing nothing—when you are a writer-- is always doing something.
And—not for nothin’—I’m doing something starting July 13. My new book, Zoraida Grey andWitchmageddon page for more info.
BTW—you can preorder Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen right this very minute HERE.
Sorchia Dubois writes paranormal romance and mysteries from her upstairs office overlooking a piney Ozarks woods.
Her books delve into the occult—reincarnation, psychic powers, mysticism, ancient cultures, and good old fashioned “ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night.”
A proud member of the Ross clan, Sorchia incorporates all things Celtic (especially Scottish) into her works. She an often be found swilling Scotch at Scottish events. Online, you can find her at www.SorchiaDuBois.com.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018
Trad, Indie, Hybrid...Which Should I Be? with @Meganslayer #authors #hybrid #indie #traditional #authortalk
So what am I?
I never thought I'd be a hybrid author. I was determined to go Traditional or nothing, but then a couple of my pubs closed and it was crushing. I thought these were my places to be...and they're gone. So some of my work I opted to self-publish.
It's been nice to have publishers still, but also nice to have print copies I've got control over in my hands. There's nothing like holding your own book in your hands that you helped create. So, I'm still with publishers because I like the safety of being there, but I like having some control over my work, too.
One of the bad things about being a hybrid published author is the cost. When you're with a publisher, they handle the costs. You write, do the edits and get the art, but they pay for it. With self-publishing, you have to foot the bill for that all. It's a push to promote more to recoup what you put into the cost, but it's not easy if you don't have a lot of startup cash.
Still, I like being a little of both. Kind of reminds me of that old Osmonds song...
Here's a little bit about my latest release, Roosters: Innocent & Sweet:
Innocent and Sweet by Megan Slayer
M/F, New Adult
Anissa Dunn wants one man -- Kameron. He’s got looks, brains and a boatload of attitude… and all that muscle. A girl can only take so much, and he's her heart's desire. She’s not afraid to give as good as she gets and she wants him to be her teacher in all things carnal.
There's only one catch -- he's her bodyguard and the rules state she can't date the staff.
But rules are meant to be broken…
Available from Changeling Press: https://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2745
Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/b5rkBA