Wednesday, May 24, 2017
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Saturday, May 20, 2017
5 Commonly Learned Senses
In researching this a little, I discovered that scientists are still divided on the additional senses. Some link them to specific sensory organs in our bodies (eyes, ears, olfactory, tongue, skin - but also inner ear, etc.). Some consider that there are subcategories to the main 5.
Regardless of classification, here are some additional senses that most of the websites I reviewed agreed on:
- Temperature - Hold/Cold
- Sense of where your limbs and body parts are
In paranormal romance, we are dealing with creatures that don't have just their human senses. They could potentially have heightened sense. Take werewolves and wolf shifters for example. Several articles pointed out that animals have heightened versions of these senses. Dogs smell 100x better than humans. So it stands to reason my wolf shifters would as well.
Think about having fun with the possibilities this presents. For example:
A dragon might be cold intolerant, because they like heat better. They might also have a great sense of balance which could be needed for flying. How much fun would a dragon with inner-ear issues be to write, because suddenly they are grounded (and more interesting).
A vampire might be a great CSI because they can taste elements in blood. What if they could be a DNA tester? Or blood-alcohol tester?
A psychic can't stand to be touched because it triggers visions. That'll make intimate relationships difficult. Build in conflict right there.
I think you get where I'm going now. (In fact, I might go write that dragon with balance issues right now.)
Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by obtaining a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
Friday, May 19, 2017
I grew up in the country and spent most of my summers outdoors. I rode horses with my friends in the surrounding woods (fighting orcs, of course, with the elven army), waded through creeks to catch crawdads, splashed in the secret neighborhood swimming hole until my toes wrinkled worse than grandpa’s patooty. Sure, I miss all those childhood activities, especially when I’m holed up in an office all day, but what I miss the most are the summer evenings. We’d sleep out under the open sky, roughing it without wimpy tents or air mattresses, and stay up until that time of night when deep quiet creeps in and an otherworldly element charges the air. Without street lamps and house lights, the cosmos hold a hypnotizing brilliance. I’d stare up at the landscape of stars for hours and wonder how far away Luke Skywalker was at that very moment. Light years, I guessed. Maybe I was his other long-lost Jedi sister and somewhere in the heavens my light saber awaited…
Sunday, May 14, 2017
The Cowboys of Clark's Folly (Texas) features four stories set in the imaginary town of Clark's Folly which is south of Dallas. As the only resident of Texas, I had a slight advantage, perhaps. It's interesting to see how three women from Georgia viewed Texas.
The stories are Esther's Cowboy by MM Mayfield; A Cowboy's Cinderella by MJ Flournoy; Matchmaker by Carol Shaughnessy; and Return to Folly by Yours Truly. Matchmaker is an erotic paranormal romance. The other stories are just good old cowboy romance!
The anthology, published by Gilded Dragonfly Books is available on Amazon as an eBook and will later be available in print. Buy Link: http://a.co/ib535pH
Here's the Blurb:
Welcome to Clark's Folly, Texas, a town where you will find cowboys to lust over. Each of the four novellas will make you fall in love. The cowboys are tough, but so are the women who tame them.If you love Cowboys, you don't want to miss these sexy, sensual stories. Take a fantasy trip to Texas and find the cowboy of your dreams.
To celebrate the release, I'm offering a copy of the book to a commenter who'll agree to review the book--love or hate. :-)
I'm walking the moors of Yorkshire while you read this or perhaps visiting The White Cliffs of Dover. The White Cliffs of Dover is one of my all-time favorite books, and, if possible, I'd like to take my granddaughter, travel by train to the coast, and take a ferry to France. The White Cliffs are supposed to be much more spectacular viewed from across the Channel. I'll report when I return in June. Wish me happy castle hopping!
All the best and more!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
We also shopped in the Marktplaats where vendors displayed Dutch souvenirs, like hand-made wooden shoes, tulip decorated mugs, and just about anything with a Delft design. And, of course, windmills. Dancers in the street wearing wooden shoes (and multiple pairs of socks) is always fun to watch. The best part of the day was watching a parade of children dressed in Dutch costumes, accompanied by marching bands.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Author of BEWITCHING THE DRAGON, Jane Kindred’s THE DRAGON’S HUNT, about an immortal Viking cursed to lead the Wild Hunt and the tattoo artist who reads the tapestry of fate in the ink on his skin, to Kayla King at Harlequin Nocturne, in a nice deal, in a three-book deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).
Rafe can't afford to lose control and act on his feelings for Phoebe. His unfulfilled sexual tension begins to stir something inside him—the legacy of Quetzalcoatl. But as these newfound abilities awaken a dormant power in Rafe, can he stop the real murderer in time to claim his true destiny?
One Night with a Dragon...
Buttoned-up assayer Dev Gideon’s loyalty to the Leadership Council should be reason enough to resist Ione. Never mind that she stirs the ancient demon secretly bound within him. But their blood connection is undeniable. And now Dev must risk his reputation, and his soul, to save Ione from a vigilante intent on destroying her and the entire Covent, even if it means unleashing the monster inside.
Jane Kindred is the author of 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.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Friday, May 5, 2017
There's a bump, a really big bump, in the palm of my left hand. I'm right handed so I didn't realize how much I used my left hand until the bugger started hurting because I'd hit it or clutch something too tightly. Since it was getting bigger and bigger, I visited a plastic surgeon last week who, after examining the 'thing' for a bit, looked up at me and said, "There's another one behind it." Good Lord! Only me. I'd been having some pain and lots of cramping but I put that down to my Lupus acting up. No, can't blame that this time, though I do think some of the cramping is a by-product of Lupus.
Anyway, I have two ganglion cysts nestled in my palm when most pics I've looked at show growth on wrists, fingers, sides of the hand, even toes. Really? I get it--them--in the palm of my hand. The pic shows one similar; however, mine is located between third and fourth finger. This is the stuff horror stories are made of. In real life you don't have things sprouting from your body, right? I do. It's hard to grip anything without it hurting and I can't open my hand all the way without some pain. Typing, well, that's an adventure because I never know when the 'claw' will make an appearance. My fingers just fold inward and ache like hell! Sometimes it takes a good twenty minutes to massage what I call a spasm out. I've been wearing a wrist brace so I don't bang it too much and that also hinders writing.
All this while I'm scrambling to finish a novella before my surgery which was supposed to be Tuesday but was postponed until next Tuesday, May 9th. Doc says I should not have much pain, will be back to work by end of week, and can possibly be whirring away on the keyboard in 3-4 weeks. My plan is to have the story done and will only have to peck the keys doing edits and necessary fixes.
I also intend to use some of the time to get a few more of my 'returned' books up on Amazon's Kindle Unlimited. I think I can handle that with one hand.
So, that's what I've been up to and I hope to be back in full swing by early June and I'll update you then. Meanwhile...
Growl and roar-it's okay to let the beast out. - J. Hali Steele
(In this case I'm having my beast 'cut' out!)