Thursday, February 20, 2020

New Release | The Demigod Complex

I have a new(ish) book out and am so excited to share!

The Demigod Complex is being re-released, new and improved, with my awesome publisher, Entangled! While the basic plot remains the same, some things have changed and the book is now set in the dragon shifter world of my Fire's Edge and Inferno Rising series.

Each of the other novellas in the series will also be going through a makeover and re-release. Shift Out of Luck (previously The Worse for Were) is coming this April and Bait N' Witch this June. Then...we get to dig into brand new stories starting in October!

But let's get started with The Demigod Complex, only $0.99!!! (And is that new cover gorgeous or what!?!?)

THE DEMIGOD COMPLEX

BRIMSTONE, INC. #1
Two nights. One room. One demigod-sized problem.
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When Lyleia Naiad was head-hunted by Brimstone, Inc., for her job as Executive Assistant to a high-powered billionaire demigod, she was given one directive—do NOT fall in love with Castor Dioskouri. Doesn’t matter if he is the son of Zeus and can electrify a room with a single glance. As an ex-nymph, she possesses a unique ability—a gift from the goddesses to protect nymphs from the randy gods—to resist her boss's charms.

Or so she thought.

He insists she accompany him to an alpha wolf shifter mating ceremony, an event where the pheromones fly, and so do clothes...and inhibitions.

Goddesses save her, because Castor has stolen into Lyleia’s heart, and she’s not so sure she can hold out much longer...

***This novella was previously self published as a Legendary Consultants story, but has undergone a complete re-edit. Scenes were added, things were changed, but the kissing still remains!



EXCERPT

Marrok suddenly gave a low whistle.

“What?”

“Did you see Leia before coming here?”

“Yes.”

“Was she dressed for the wedding yet?”

“No.” She’d preferred to come to the ceremony without him, a decision that had bothered him more than it should. She’d muttered something about needing to sit near the back. Whatever that meant. Best guess, she was avoiding the werewolf who’d ruined her identity as a nymph. The only thing keeping him from ripping out the bastard’s neck when they’d been introduced ten minutes earlier was not wanting to ruin his friend’s important day. That, and Leia had warned him not to before he’d left the hotel.

Dark laughter lurked in Marrok’s voice. “Let’s just say you’re going to need a very large stick.”

Stick? What the fuck was Marrok talking about? “Why?”

“To beat off the wolves.”

His friend was obviously enjoying the hilarity of the situation but had to be mistaken. Leia was gorgeous, but she didn’t flaunt her beauty, tending to dress on the conservative side. Besides, he doubted she wanted to call attention to herself with Kaios here.

He scanned the crowds filing in at the back of the chapel. “I don’t see her.”

“Navy dress. Her hair is up.”

Navy sounded right. Conservative. The way his nymph liked to dress.

He caught a flash of blue and the top of her golden blond hair piled high on her head. Then the tuxedoed man blocking most of her from view stepped aside. What was Marrok talking about? While she looked incredible to him—his body started to heat up and harden at the sight of her like it always did—he harbored feelings for her. Given the way the other ladies were dressed, he doubted Leia had anything to worry about with the wolves.

The dress was long, draping to the floor, the top gathered over her right shoulder. No cleavage showed. A thin slit at her hip showed a sliver of flat belly. Sexy as all Hades. But still covered up compared to the skin on display from the lady wolves. Leia appeared classy in a room full of overdone.

She caught his eye and waved. Her lips, painted bright pink, stretched wide in a smile. Castor caught his breath as his stomach clenched in response. Her smile was for him alone. How he knew, he wasn’t entirely sure. His heart hadn’t tripped over itself like this since he’d captured his wife. Only this was different, not stronger exactly, but…different. Hilaera had been familiar, his love tender. With Leia he was all fire and need and protectiveness. Leia pointed at the back pew, indicating where she intended to sit.

Someone he couldn’t see snagged her attention, though she seemed reluctant to turn away from him, but she did.

Castor inhaled sharply.

The back to the dress was…there was no damn back to the dress. The garment was held in place by a thin strap or two across her shoulders and dipped low to a point above her curvy derriere. Barely above.

“Holy hell.” His body, already charged by the intimate smile she’d graced him with, responded rapidly. He shifted his stance, trying to ease his discomfort. In the meantime, every man around her did a double take. What was she thinking?

His friend had the temerity to chuckle. “You’re a lucky man.”

“She’s my assistant.”

“Right.”

Yeah. He didn’t believe it, either.


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Friday, February 14, 2020

Say Hello to Neon, Your Next Best Friend

Have you met Neon?  You might like to say hello. In the next few years, Neon could be sitting on the seat beside you.

Neon is the newest entry in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from Samsung-backed Star Labs' demoed 6 Neon avatars at CES 2020. This humanlike android runs of propriety technology platform CORE3. R3 stands for realtime, reality and responsiveness. The Neon models each demonstrates a unique personality, expressions and dialogues.

Neon, our first artificial human is here (according to Star Labs). Neon is a computationally-created human being who looks and acts like a human being, able to demonstrate emotions and intelligence. One day soon, these new 'people' may exist from all walks of life.

Star Labs plans to introduce a beta version of Neon with select partners in 2020.  Neon is the brainchild of CEO and President of Star Labs, Pranav Mistry.

Such androids are being considered to work with the elderly and with children as well as many other roles within society. In Japan, there are already android receptionists in a hotel, and an AI newscaster.  The Japanese people think of them less as threats, and more like partners. What is your opinion on this controversial subject?

Neon is marketed as not "Hey, Neon." Not an AI assistant, music player, or internet interface. Neon can speak English to Hindu, and all in between. They can connect and learn more about us, becoming simply a friend (again according to Star Labs).  They can converse and sympathize like real human beings in realtime, with latencies of less than a few nanoseconds.

The pictures of the androids on the website is mind-blowing. The website itself is very well done, even if the info is sparse.  It's worth a visit to look at the prototypes. If you are really, really interested, there is a newsletter to which you may subscribe.



https://www.neon.life/

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My sci-fi romance Love For Sale deals with androids, totally indistinguishable from human beings, who are being marketed as love for the lonely. However, that is not the real purpose of these almost humans.  When Christian and March discover the actual plans of Mayfair Electronics, their freedom and indeed their lives are at peril. Available in print, eBook, and audio.





I am now working on rewrites with my editor at The Wild Rose Press on the sequel, Life for Sale, which will be released in late Spring. This book explains the dark secret and continues to follow March and Christian in their quest for the truth.

Have a most happy Friday (and Valentine's Day)!  I want to buy a Neon!!

Linda

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Women in Science by Diane Burton


Yesterday on Facebook, I read two posts on Women in Science that we should know, one from CNN and the other from A Mighty Girl. Of the 20 women listed, I knew 4 (indicated with asterisks). That is pathetic. 

How many do you know?

Mary Anning (1799-1847) discovered the first known ichthyosaur fossil.
Alice Ball (1892-1916) discovered a treatment for leprosy.
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) first to demonstrate the basic DNA strands.
Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) determined the structure of biochemical 
   structures.
Grace Hopper (1906-1992) developed multiple computer languages.
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) botanist.
Lise Meitner (1878-1968) responsible for advancements in nuclear physics.
* Sally Ride (1951-2012) astronaut.
Tu YouYou (1930- ) treatment for malaria
Maria Winkelman (1670-1720) discovered a comet
Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) physicist
* Maria Sklodowska Curie (1867-1934) discovered radioactivity
Henrietta Leavitt (1868-1921) astronomer
Gerty Cori (1896-1957) chemist
Helen Taussig (1898-1986) founded field of pediatric cardiology
* Rachel Carson (1907-1964) launched environmental movement
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012) discovered nerve growth factor
Gertrude B. Elion (1919-1999) invented treatment for leukemia
Maria Tharp (1920-2006) created 1st scientific maps of ocean floor
* Jane Goodall (1934- ) world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.

When I read their mini-bios, I was appalled by those whose male partners and even some husbands who took credit for the women's research and either claimed it as their own or gave a mere footnote about their help when the women made the discoveries. After watching the movie Hidden Figures about the contributions women made to NASA, so I guess I should've known better.

I didn't intend that this post be a rant on men who cheated women. But that struck me, when I should have been learning more about women who excelled in the sciences. As you can see from the list, these women are not recent. Most are older than me, older than my mother. Most were my grandmother's contemporaries. Astronaut Sally Ride is the only one on the lists who was younger than me.

When I was in school, girls were expected to be homemakers. Until they were married they were nurses, teachers, secretaries, or telephone operators. Girls didn't go into sciences. Yet, not only did the women in the two articles go against the norm, they excelled. Did we ever read about them in school? Were they ever held up as role models?


Today, we read about the many STEM programs. I am so proud that Girl Scouts of the USA offers many STEM opportunities to encourage girls to explore the sciences, to discover and stimulate their love of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.    

If you want to encourage youngsters in fun STEM projects, check out the games on Amazon. I love the LEGOS Women of NASA Space Heroes. 


Along with the mini-bios in the A Mighty Girl article, books about these fantastic women are listed. Great gifts.

Not all girls want to be scientists, engineers, etc. They want to dance ballet, sing, write, paint, or play sports. That's okay, too. We need to give them as many opportunities as we can to help them explore and not limit them.


  

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Support Relief Efforts for Australia's Wild Fires by Reading



One thing I've discovered during my author journey is that most authors are amazingly generous and supportive. 

A Little Help From My Friends


I've made author friends over the years and many are fellow authors of The Wild Rose Press (WRP). WRP has authors all over the world, including authors from Australia. So when Australian author, Stephen B. King reached out to the WRP to help support recovery efforts with the worst wildfires Australia has seen in decades people volunteered in droves:
  • Over 40 authors offered stories
  • Countless others planned to promote
  • Editors, and cover artists stepped up
  • The Wild Rose Press volunteered all the time and effort involved in creating a 3 book anthology

Nothing short of Amazing


If you're not familiar with the process of the birth of a story until it's publication date—it can take a long time. In 'author time' it feels like nearly a lifetime, but this 3 Book Anthology was prepared and out for publication in less than a month. Amazing.

The Wild Fires of Australia 

If you're not familiar with what's happening in Australia, here's a snippet from someone who's there: 
"Recent rains have helped enormously, still there are fires, but not to the same extent as there were, and the focus now is more on recovery and rebuilding. To that end there are advertising campaigns now to stop what’s called the second wave disaster and that is people staying away from tourist areas and business who rely on travelers and visitors to survive. Most of our tourist destinations are unaffected, yet people think the whole country is gone, which of course isn’t true. The problem of course is that if people stop visiting, businesses will go broke, making the overall recovery much harder. With the rains, re-growth has already begun and some burnt out areas have grasses and shrubs recovering already.
Then of course there is the wildlife, and those organizations such as the RSPCA, and others are doing remarkable work rescuing animals and rehousing them. A lot of our native trees are Eucalyptus, and with millions of trees gone, Koalas only eat those leaves, so regrowth and resettlement is going on in huge numbers to save a cuddly species from extinctions in the wild. Kangaroos will bounce back, and in time, the feeling is most other animals will to, but the key words are – in time. In a lot of cases we hope the burnt trees themselves will regrow as they have evolved to grow after bushfires. I’m told with heavy rains in recent days some are showing green growth, which is encouraging."   – Wild Rose Press Author Stephen King

Preorder Book One of the Anthology Now


The Anthologies are grouped by genre— and my story, Detective Paws and Lip Gloss (a cozy mystery flash fiction story I wrote some time ago that I was thrilled to find a home for) is in Book #1. 

Book #1: A collection of Short Stories in Mainstream Fiction,

Women’s Fiction, Thrillers, and Mystery


  • A Solicitous Wife by Madeleine McDonald
  • No One Knew by Larry Farmer
  • Pinochle by Brenda Whiteside
  • The Tuesday Night Meeting by Peggy Jaeger
  • 911, What’s Your Emergency? by D. V. Stone
  • Tall Tales by Laura Strickland
  • Fare Gain by Alexandra Christle
  • The Note by Stephen B. King
  • Three Ghosts by Julie Howard
  • Detective Paws and Lip Gloss by Maureen L. Bonatch
  • The Ring by Margaret Ann Spence
  • Portrait of a Gunfighter by Hywela Lyn
  • Six Hours or So by Lisa Wilkes
  • Prussic Acid by Melody DeBlois

Blurb: Detective Paws and Lip Gloss by Maureen L. Bonatch

Catherine, with her basset hound, moves out of her father’s home, to prove she has what it takes to be a cop. 
But when two menacing women inadvertently share their killer secret, Catherine wonders if she can solve the mystery or end up being nothing more than a `Fraidy Cat.

Book #2 of the Anthology 

Book #2: A collection of Romance, Young Adult, and Women’s Fiction Short Stories

  • Che Gelida Manina by M. S. Spencer
  • Recipes for Love by Carol Henry
  • Waiting for Caleb by Gini Rifkin
  • Wings of Fire by Jana Richards
  • A Lark by Gabbi Grey
  • Apple Crisp by Terry Graham
  • Goody Twoshoes by Mark Love
  • The Number by Barbara Bettis
  • Deadly Homecoming by Peggy Chambers
  • An Egg-Cellent Witness by Marilyn Barr
  • Season of Withered Corn by Judy Ann Davis
  • Beneath the Pines by Debby Grahl
  • Christopher Reisner by Linda Griffin
  • Unexpected Love: Chase Allen by Anna Lores
  • The Cowboy and the Lady by Jean Adams
  • The Heart Necklace by Amanda Uhl
  • The Relaxation Response by Darcy Lundeen
  • Dancing Through Tears by Jeny Heckman

Book #3 Information Coming Soon




Like We Need a Reason to Read


Every single state in Australia is suffering major fires, many hopelessly out of control. Estimates of how many and how big vary, but one source says 17.9 million acres of Australia have burned in one of the country’s worst fire seasons on record. Another report says that well over one billion native animals and birds have lost their lives…one billion.

Please help and show Australia some love by purchasing one or more of these anthologies. ALL proceeds will be donated to organizations aiding the victims of this horrific event and assist those still battling the flames. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Order now at The Wild Rose Press.

You CAN order these books through AmazonBarnes and Noble, or other online book retailers, but this reduces the funds going to the Red Cross. 



Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her websiteFacebook & Twitter Be the first to know about Maureen’s book sales and new releases by following her on BookBubAmazon and/or signing up for her newsletter