Thursday, July 29, 2021

Not So Sham Wedding by @meganslayer #gay #gayromance #reluctantgroom #groom #wedding @evernightpub

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He’s older, wiser, and always gets what he wants. This wedding is happening ... whether the groom likes it or not.

Our seven hand-picked stories feature young reluctant grooms and the older men determined to claim them. These forced marriages may start out frigid, but our authors will prove that love can conquer all.

Evernight's Reluctant Groom anthology stories are sure to deliver passion that is off the charts, scorching hot sex, and sigh-worthy happy ever afters.

Worth the Risk by 
Allyson Young

Sins of the Father 
Hannah Morse

Room With a View by 
James Cox

Making It Real by 
Marie Medina

Protecting Chauncey by 
Cooper McKenzie

October Surprise L.J. Longo

Not So Sham Wedding by 
Megan Slayer



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Here's a little bit from Not So Sham Wedding by Megan Slayer

Lucas hated hearing Hudson fight with his sisters. The girls might be younger than him, but they treated him like their junior. Hud was brilliant and good at business. When he made decisions, his choices tended to pay off well.

The concept of marriage, even one entered under duress, seemed far-fetched. He and Hud worked together. They were partners in business, and he considered Hud his best friend, but to marry him…

“She’s so blunt.” Hudson shoved his hands into his pockets. “What does she know?”

“She thinks she knows what’s best for you,” Lucas said. “Hud, she might be right.”


“I’m your assistant, and I’m not good husband material.” He barely kept his two houseplants alive. How in the hell would he handle a real relationship? He spent too much time with Hudson at the office and traveling for business.

“Doesn’t matter. We’re going to Vegas tonight.” Hudson paced the length of the outer office. “No, isn’t Rebeka an ordained minister?” He shook his head. “No, we’ll go to Vegas. It’s faster and we can move forward without having the disaster of doing this at the last minute.” He stopped. “Call Rebeka just in case it’s faster to do it here in the office.”

Lucas had grown used to Hudson’s unique method for handling issues. He talked them out until he came to the proper conclusion. The best thing for Lucas to do was trust his boss. He stared at Hudson for another moment.

Hudson had been the feature of his naughty dreams since the night they met. He loved a man who dressed well and had confidence. That and his dark eyes and dazzling smile, he warmed Lucas all over. He’d seen Hudson naked a couple of times and knew he didn’t disappoint. Besides, he’d harbored a secret fantasy of being stretched across Hudson’s desk while Hudson pumped into him.

Lucas picked up the phone and dialed Rebeka’s number. After four rings, she answered.

“This is Ms. Wederspoon. How may I help you?”

“Hi, Rebeka. This is Lucas Cole. Can you come up to Mr. Granger’s office as soon as possible?” Lucas asked. “We have a question for you.” We … it sounded so strange, but oddly right.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Rimrider by L. A. Kelley : Free on Amazon July 28, 29, 30, 31, Aug 1


Rimrider Adventure Series, Book 1

Amazon Free Days: July 28, July 29, July 30, July 31, August 1


A real space pirate fights like a girl.

Teenager Jane Benedict is wakened by her father and ordered to memorize a mysterious code. Within hours Mathias Benedict is dead and Jane and her brother, Will, are wards of United Earth Corporation (UEC). To escape the company’s clutches and uncover the meaning of her father’s last message, Jane leads her brother on a desperate flight from Earth to the galactic rim.

Aboard the Freetrader smuggler ship, Solar Vortex, Jane and Will become tangled in the crew’s fight for liberty. Drawn to their cause, she and Will swear allegiance and join the crew. On a contraband run, Jane saves the life of young smuggler Mac Sawyer and learns her father’s code identifies a UEC cargo shipment.

 On route to a deep space station, the Solar Vortex answers a desperate SOS from a Freetrader ship under attack. Jane, Mac, and Will survive an ambush on the damaged vessel and unearth a deadly threat to the Freetraders and a clue to the location of the shipment. The trail leads to Rimrock and the massive prison complex of Golgotha. Undercover as a spy, Jane stumbles into a conspiracy that can spell doom for the entire Freetrader cause and the extinction of an alien race. Can she escape the prison confines and deliver a warning before it’s too late?

Piracy, intrigue, romance, and a daring rebellion from Earth wait on the planet Rimrock. Will Jane answer the call to adventure and find new purpose on the galactic rim or will death for high treason be her fate?


Jane fired wildly, mentally counting the seconds. Her shots went way out of range. Although none landed anywhere near the catwalk, they drew the sweeper’s immediate attention.

Crackles of lightning ripped through the air as he returned fire. An energy blast hit near her feet, bubbling the metal deck plate. Jane dodged in panic, adrenaline pumping through her veins.

Close—too close. Don’t think! Run! Run! Run! Twenty more seconds

Jane tore across the bay, darting through smoke, dodging flames. She veered toward the bulkhead aiming for the safety of a storage container. The back of her neck burned as if she could feel the laser sight zero in on her. A beam sliced the dark to her left. Jane sidestepped in a panic. She was in the open…no place left to hide. The sweeper had her in his sights. A red dot centered on the middle of her chest. She looked into the face of death.

“Now, Will!” Jane shouted.

So intent on Jane, the sweeper didn’t notice a dark blob shoot up behind him. Hack’s claws clamped on the device at the sweeper’s feet.


Will had raised Hack’s alarm to full volume, and an ear-splitting shriek echoed in the air. Startled, the sweeper spun in a half-circle in time to watch Hack disappear with the unit, diving into the smoky haze of the cargo bay.

Jane rammed the cutter into the holster and sprinted toward the rack of mech suits where Mac hid. Heavy footsteps ran across the catwalk and then pounded down the stairs. With a soft whir and an urgent bleh-bleh, Hack flew over her head and then dropped the device into Jane’s outstretched hands. She grunted with the sudden weight and struggled to hold on. It was much heavier than she expected. Within a few meters, her breath came in ragged gasps as she stumbled across the deck.

Footsteps drew closer as Jane cleared the last of the storage containers. An agonizing ache shot though her side. Her legs moved as if strung by lead weights. Muscles in her arms burned with the effort to carry the device. Dead ahead was the rack of mech suits.

Mac was gone.

Jane glanced around in panic, but he was nowhere to be seen. On trembling legs, she collapsed behind a mech suit and hunkered low, aware her hiding place offered little shelter from attack. Clutching her prize tight to her chest, she gulped lungsful of air. The sweeper jogged into view. He wore a spacer’s coverall with no insignia. A mirrored visor obscured the top half of his face. He instantly spied Jane. She pressed against the wall and drew the cutter from the holster.

Jane butted the muzzle against the device in her lap. “Take another step, and I’ll blast it apart. I swear it.”

The sweeper made no sound of protest. Instead, he raised the rifle. A red dot from the laser sight moved along the deck to Jane’s leg, her chest, and then to her forehead.

L. A. Kelley writes science fiction and fantasy adventures with humor, romance, and a touch of sass. She's Rimrider to the core.

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Refilling the Inspirational Well . . . by Nancy Gideon

Time to start a new project . . .

For decades, that phrase sparked a flood of ideas. Storylines poured in, all demanding to be told next. Dialog, sometimes snappy, sometimes tense, sometimes frightening filled my head. Picking between projects was the hard part.

But this time, it was different. I’d just finished AN UNTARNISHED HERO, the first book in a projected romantic suspense series. I had plotlines aplenty filling my computer screen but no particular one of them was shouting “Me! Me, next!”

Maybe I just needed a break from my office desk. A place to relax and refuel. Someplace just like the cottage I’d rented for a week with three other author friends where the demands of household and binge watching would be silent and all those storylines could be heard. Except suddenly, they had nothing to say. For three days, I cleaned up social media folders, worked on setting up an Instagram account, snuck off to the beach and a brewery, and stared at a flashing cursor. It wasn’t until the last day that actually words compiled a prologue. And pages appeared under the Chapter One heading. Eureka! I’m on a roll!

 Then I returned home with one day to unpack before my grandguy arrived to spend the week. Not complaining! LOVE my grandguy. Every day was an adventure: Fast & the Furious at the theatre, a trip to the zoo to meet thousands of mosquitos, a visit to Lansing’s Old Towne for fabulous food and shopping. A great time was had by all.

And now, it’s just me and my computer screen . . . and blog posts to write. Sigh.

Monday . . . Monday I will sit at my work desk, turn on the laptop and get down to the author business of writing on my WIP . . . trying to forget the Olympic Games are on. Well, maybe just Simone . . .

Hope your writing wells are full and producing!

Nancy Gideon on the Web

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Unseen is More Real Every Day

I sit on a cushioned chair at my desk and drink coffee out of my favorite plain-white coffee cup, the handle the perfect size for my fingers. In front of me, my computer, phone, and thermos of ice water. All around me are things I've gathered into my orbit over the years -- books, furniture, plants and knick-knacks. All tangible, all “real.”

But one of the first things I learned in high school chemistry is that we swim in a sea of the unseen. Atoms, molecules, and the electrical bonds that hold them together. I’ve been fascinated ever since with the idea that there is more empty space on Earth than there is matter.

Every item I mentioned before – my computer, furniture, coffee – has more empty space in it than firm matter. In fact, when I consider the science, it’s hard to believe they are even there at all. My hot coffee, after all, is made up of agitated molecules (in a warmed state) that if heated even more would change into a gas and disappear from view. Its molecular bonds would let go and those molecules would separate and float off to perhaps bond with the orchid across the room.

Even my very hard wood desk, heavy and thick, is hardly there at all. Most of its substance is empty space, with (relatively) huge spaces between atoms and molecules that make up its matter.

This idea of nothingness has only increased in my mind over the decades. Not only are solid objects mostly empty space, but it turns out the universe is mostly empty too. During my lifetime, the existence of black holes in space has been discovered. We’ve learned there is more emptiness in the universe than matter – and the empty space called black holes has tremendous energy. Throw in dark matter and dark energy, and there is even more of the universe to not see. All this stuff unseen and incredibly powerful.

The idea of ghosts and cosmic energy, therefore, doesn’t faze me a bit. This is child’s play compared to the “real” world. The unseen world which comprises most of the universe – those black holes, dark matter, all the atoms and molecules – is constantly moving. My heavy thick desk, though I can’t budge it an inch, is in microscopic motion. If I recall correctly from that long-ago chemistry class, the atoms in solid objects still are in motion, just a little slower than in liquid or gas. Light my desk on fire and the heat will excite the atoms to move faster – smoke will rise and millions of atoms of what used to be my desk will set off my smoke alarm and drift away. Seemingly impossible, my desk will fly.

One of my favorite things to do is walk by the river that flows through my city. I watch the rapids, keep an eye out for herons, and enjoy the lush summer foliage in the trees. All real and tangible.

But, like many followers of this blog, I have a fascination for the unseen. For those things that can’t yet be defined. Their existence is unquestionable. And, if this can be true, then can’t anything be possible?

These ideas keep my imagination primed and keep the stories flowing.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Ten Reasons You Should Read A Witch's Quandary by Tena Stetler

I see you lounging in a chair at the water's edge, dipping your toes in the surf! The only thing missing is your summer read. Got you covered! A few teasers why you should read my new release, A WITCH’S QUANDARY, sixth book in the award winning A Demon’s Witch Series. All books in the series can be read as standalones.

Top 10 Reasons You Should Read A WITCH’S QUANDARY.

1.   A Broken Engagement leads to the discovery of stolen magic and malice.

2. You love stories set in Ireland and Scotland.

3.  Find out why Dillon is summoned back to Scotland and why did Gale refused to leave Ireland.

4. Someone is being blackmailed.

5. A hidden secret in Gale’s family is brought into the light that puts them in danger.

6. There is the cutest puppy introduced into the story. Yes, she almost steals the story and quite a few scenes.

7.  Find out what rare magical talent Gale possesses.

8. Secrets abound in this story, what are Dillon’s father and brother are hiding?

9. You get to revisit characters from the other books in the series.

10. You need a break from your ordinary world to be swept into a romantic, fantasy adventure tinged with mystery that you may never want to leave. 

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A little bit more about A Witch’s Quandary:

Gale's engagement is off because she refuses to leave her thriving business in Ireland to follow Dillon to Scotland. Her family and friends are on the emerald isle. Yet, when Dillon returns with the whole story and asks for her help, she must follow her heart.

Becoming a Solicitor, then partner in the family law firm was never Dillon's dream. Now it's his nightmare. Called to Scotland, his father demands he take his rightful place in the firm or be disowned and disinherited. Something is terribly amiss in the firm and family.

During Gale and Dillon's investigation, they discover the enforcer for the Demon Overlord is also delving into rumors the firm is acting illegally. Magic has been stolen, someone is being blackmailed, and a member of the Witch's council is corrupt. If Gale and Dillon want a life together in Ireland, they have to unearth secrets threatening to destroy the firm and family in Scotland.

A sneak peek between the pages of A Witch’s Quandary:

“This is an outrage. It’s my firm.” Bram bellowed slamming his fist down on the table. Sparks flew in all directions creating a red-hot spider web of power crackling across the tabletop. Everyone at the table scrambled back or stood.  Dillon caught the malevolent spark in his father’s eye a split-second after Gale. She had already brought her hands together, the room sizzled as she conjured a ball of fire and with a few words sent the witch fire and spell at him.

“What have you done?” Bram screeched as the fire and spell hit him center mass. “Witchfire too? Bitch.” He slid to the floor.

Iris ran to his side, tears spilling her cheeks, she wiped his sweat-soaked brow with a napkin. “You just couldn’t stop, could you?  What did you do? Make a deal with the devil? We should have put a stop to it. To you. But…” She helped him into a chair. “I’m afraid you’ve messed with the wrong witch, this time. Brought this on yourself. You did. But I won’t let you take this family—the firm—down with you.” Giving his shoulders a little shake, she gazed into his shocked eyes. “What have you done?”

Bram slowly shook his head and murmured, “It’s my firm.” He raised his gaze and glared at Gale pointing a bony finger at her. “You’ll pay for this.” Then turned his attention to Dillon. “I told you nothing good would come from aligning yourself with this witch. Her blood is not pure. Diluted by the Fae power of her…” He broke off.

Dillon stood at Gale’s back his hands steady and supportive on her shoulders as she said nothing for several beats. Eventually, she turned her emerald green eyes to him and held his gaze. “I couldn’t let him divide the family with that dark magic. I tempered my deadly witch fire with the spell.” She tore her gaze from Dillon’s, touching her fingertips to the scorched marks radiating across the table stopping an inch from the edge all around. “If he’d succeeded, there’d been no turning back. If the tendrils of that spell had left the table and reached one of you…” She shook her head.

Appearing to gather his wits about him faster than the rest of his family, Sturgen surveyed the scene, wiped his brow with a monogrammed handkerchief, and sucked in a breath. “The firm is no longer yours.” He squeezed Olivia to him, starting for the door. “We’ve had enough for one night. Let’s adjourn until a full audit of the cases and firm can be conducted.”


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Ending a Series with a Sale!

 I started writing series with most of my books for several reasons... My favorite books were usually part of a series where you had lots of time to get to know the characters and the world. A series lets me explore several different relationships. I fall in love withe my side characters and just have to give them stories. An overarching story can be so large, one book just won't get you there.

I love series.

In July 2017 I signed a contract with Entangled for 4 books about dragon shifter kings and phoenixes. My Inferno Rising series. Only a month or two later, I signed a contract for another 4 books set in the same dragon shifter world, but with a different character group to focus on, the Fire's Edge series. The idea was that we would release the books from each series in and "every other" pattern.

I started on The Rogue King that month and The Boss shortly after. Along the way we added a prequel short story and a fifth book to the Fire's Edge series. Two years later, we added the Brimstone Inc. series also set in the same world but not dragon shifters. we are, summer 2021, and this coming fall both the dragon shifters series will be coming to an end. The Traitor (Fire's Edge) is up for preorder now, releasing August 16th. The Cursed King (Inferno Rising) will be releasing shortly after (still waiting on an official date).

I still can't believe the incredible journey I've been on.

  • 14 books
  • 3 series
  • 4 years
  • some lovely awards
  • amazing readers who've become friends and encouragers
  • friendships with other PNR authors and more great reads for me
  • a fantastic relationship with my editor and my publisher/publishing team at Entangled
For those who've been on this journey with me...thank you so much. I hope you've loved this series as much as I've adored writing it. Also, hopefully in the future I'll expand on it again. It will all depend on luck, timing, and other projects, but fingers crossed!

Now is a great time to check out the entire, almost complete, Fire's Edge series... 

The Mate (FREE Prequel)
The Boss (WILL BE FREE 8/2-13/21)
The Rookie ($1.99 now thru 8/13/21)
The Enforcer ($1.99 now thru 8/13/21)
The Protector ($1.99 now thru 8/13/21)
The Traitor (preorder - coming 8/16/21)

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Not Just for Summer Skin Care by Elizabeth Alsobrooks


Not everyone lives in the desert or on the beach, but everyone needs to be aware of the importance of good skin care. There are several reasons I became hypersensitive to skin care. First, I moved to the desert from the Midwest. The dry climate and hot sun sucked the moisture from my skin, hair, and nails. Next, I had skin cancer on my face. The doctor informed me it was from sun exposure in my teens and twenties (in the Midwest). Finally, I got older.

Over 5 1/5 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Pretty surprising, I know. The sun can really damage your skin. That includes sunshine that’s reflected off snow or water, because both heat and cold are hard on your skin. The cold winter winds or hot, dusty summer breezes can also damage the sensitive skin of your face and hands, your neck, or any skin that’s exposed.

Although many adults pay more attention to skin care as they age, many young people don’t notice the abuse they subject their skin to, but that’s when proper skin care should begin, in our youth. Teens are more likely to use skin care products for acne,  and often experience oily skin so don’t consider using moisturizers with sunscreen or even using sunscreen itself, in either the summer or winter months.

Year-round skin care is essential for a more youthful, bright-looking skin, whatever your age. I know most people know this, but they sure don’t take good care of their skin. Several skin care products are available and carry different formulas for different skin types, such as sensitive, oily, dry and aging. Just a few choices include: CeraVe, Aveeno, Eucerin, Gold Bond, OGY, Neocurtis and Jergens. These are all over body lotions. Special care should be taken with the delicate skin of face, neck and chest areas. Some of the most affordable skin creams with SPF protection are Oil of Olay, Loreal, Ponds, Jergens, and Kiehl’s, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique and others. The point is to do your research, find the skin care products that best fits your needs and budget, and use them every day for the rest of your life. The sooner the better!

Enjoy that summer glow!

Thursday, July 15, 2021

 The Lake House

I’m writing this from my uncle's nineteenth-century house on Sand Lake in the beautiful Irish Hills of Michigan. I’m here celebrating the release of Sundae My Love, part of the Wild Rose Press Two Scoops or One anthology.

When I decided to set the story here on the lake, I had to include the house and it’s ghostly inhabitants. No one has actually seen our spectral friends, but we’ve all heard doors slam, footsteps going up and down the stairs, along with numerous creaks, bumps, squeaks, and thumps. 

I know there are those who think we’re all imagining this, including my disbelieving husband. That was until one night, while alone reading on the couch, he said there was so much commotion coming from the kitchen, he had to take a look. He saw nothing, but he’s no longer such a skeptic.

This is a great old house where I have wonderful memories of summers spent with my cousins. We swam in the lake, played in the woods, picked wild raspberries, and piled in the back of the station wagon to go get ice cream.

My family still gathers here on the lake, and when I return the house welcomes me like a beloved blanket. Although, when I arrive, I make sure to say hello to those who can’t be seen and ask them nicely not to scare the pants off me.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Horse of Kings

 Surrender to imagination, and you can picture a fairy-tale horse trotting proudly across the mountains and plains of long ago. A hot Spanish breeze ruffles his long mane and tail. Then close your eyes and see this same horse cantering boldly into danger—the deadly horns of an angry bull. The bullfighting horse and the beautiful fairytale horse are the same.

The Andalusian. The Horse of Kings.

You’ve seen them in movies, on TV in various shows, and in art. The hero on the white stallion is probably mounted on an Andalusian. Although in the old movie “Lady Hawk”, the villain rode one into a battle in the cathedral.

The Andalusian is an ancient pure breed that has been carefully preserved over the centuries.  In Northern Spain, cave paintings depict men leading Mesolitic horses with convex heads, solid muscular bodies, elegant necks, and luxurious manes.  Circa 1,100 B.C., Homer refers to the Iberian horse in his “Iliad”. Xenophon, the 'father' of modern equitation’, praises the gifted Iberian horses and horseman who fought in the Peloponnesian Wars in 431 B.C. Julius Caesar wrote of the noble steeds of Hispania in "Del Bello Gallico". The Iberian horse carried Hannibal across the Alps in his invasion of Italy (though the elephants got all the credit!). Richard I and many of his knights rode "airy Spanish Destriers".

In the heyday of European monarchies, the Andalusian's flair, style, and formidable carriage made him the mount of choice for the aristocracy.  Not only did the Spanish horse excel in battle but he was a fancy parade horse and an elegant fine harness animal. This popularity earned them the title, "Horse of Kings" or "Royal Horse of Europe". Indeed, there was a time when no crowned head would consider having a portrait painted on any horse other than an Andalusian.

The 17th-century Flemish painter, Peter Paul Rubens, chose the Spanish horse, with its robust body and flowing mane and tail, for his paintings. The artist is noted for his voluptuous, full-bodied nudes, and the Andalusian horse epitomizes the term "Rubenesque."  The Spanish horse and Rubens' passionate style were the quintessence of the opulent Baroque era.  As a popular painter and a pro-Spanish diplomat, Rubens' work and his pro-Spanish politics accompanied him on his diplomatic missions, and on canvas the Spanish horse was introduced to the high courts of Europe.

Rubens painted portraits of such famous people as the governors of the Spanish Netherlands, King Charles I of England, King Philip IV of Spain, the Spanish Duke of Lerma, Kings Henri IV and Henri XIII of France, the Polish Princes Ladislas Sigismund and the Duke of Lerma.  In "Capture at Juliers", Rubens allegorically depicts Marie de Medici mounted on a Spanish horse.  Many of his works, including "St. George and the Dragon" (c. 1606-1610), feature them in powerful and fierce battle poses, which seemed to satisfy his taste for depicting violent action and lovely women.

Van Dyke, Rubens' most celebrated pupil, depicted Charles I on an Andalusian, and the Spanish painter Velazquez painted Philip III and Queen Isabel of Bourbon riding Andalusians.  But in the late 18th and 19th centuries, the trend to greater size and scope in horses began to adversely affect the Andalusian's popularity.

Then a tragic plague followed by a devastating famine nearly swept the breed into oblivion, but, fortunately, in a few mountainous areas of the country, the Carthusian monks carefully preserved the depleted bloodstock and began the long journey to re-establishing the breed.  In order to conserve these rare horses for breeding, the Spanish government placed an embargo on their export, and for over 100 years, the Andalusian was virtually unseen by the rest of the world. Only a scattered one or two Andalusians came to this country prior to the 1960s, and it was virtually impossible to see one outside art or film.

Throughout history, the Spanish horse has remained remarkably pure. The Andalusian is very sturdy, with a long sloping shoulder which gives him a lofty and pleasant trot.  Some lift up in the front, making the canter very graceful and dramatic. The horse’s wide chest, deep heart, strong, short back and well-rounded hind quarters give him the ability to sit down on his haunches and balance on his hind legs. The crested neck with its curtain of silky mane and the thick, long tail add elegance and a story-book beauty. Though most people imagine the Andalusian as the dancing white horse, the Spanish Registry recognizes both  blacks and bays. The Andalusian ranges in size from 15 hands to 17 hands, with the average being 15.3-16.0. 

In an era when the mounted soldier trusted his life to his horse, the Andalusian's strength and natural gift for collection made him the premier warhorse of Europe. When mortal conflict waged hand-to-hand, the Andalusian was the soldier's best friend or worst nightmare, depending on which side of the battle you faced him.

Dressage, today's fastest growing sport, developed as a means to school the superior warhorse.   The so-called airs-above-the-ground, capriole and courbette, were designed to strike terror in the enemy foot soldiers.  In capriole, the horse leaps into the air and kicks out with his hind feet.  In courbette, he rears and jumps forward on his hind feet. Can you imagine how frightening either of those moves must be to a man on the ground looking up?

It is easy to see why a horse, so bold and quick, that he can dart near enough for a mounted bullfighter to place a rose between the horns of a maddened bull then whisk away before being gored, is a definite advantage in battle.

For many years, I bred, trained, and showed these kind, gentle, and loving horses. My stallion’s name was Bonito and twice he won the national championship at halter. I rode him in musical freestyle exhibitions and dressage classes—and about anytime the gate opened. We rode to the thundering music of Phantom of the Opera. In a musical freestyle or exhibition, the horse’s movements are choreographed to the music. This photo was taken at the horse show grounds in Asheville, NC.

The International Association can be reached at: or at 205-995-8900.  Many. many videos of the Andalusian can be found on YouTube and Instagram:


If you are a horse lover, perhaps you'd enjoy my book Gambler's Choice about two people who love horses.  Gambler's Choice takes you to the glittering world of three-day eventing.  An English aristocrat and a Virginia socialite go head-to-head—and feet-to-feet—in a battle for ownership of a very special horse.  Here's the cover and blurb.


Becca McQuaid came to England to find the perfect horse but instead met a darkly mysterious challenge in Austen Heath, Baron of Hampton. She’s determined to buy Austen’s stallion Gambler’s Choice. He’s determined not to sell, but the rivals are thrown together by an accident that leaves Austen with a broken leg and the threat he’ll never ride again.

Austen Heath has the title, heritage and manor house…but not the fortune. Becca is wealthy. Her charms are irresistible, but he believes she’s shopping for a Ladyship to go with her money. He has another reason to hold the sexy blonde at arms’ length—the unexplained disappearance of an old friend everyone thinks was his lover. When her body is discovered on his property, he becomes a suspect in her murder.


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Pink Dolphin, You Are the Father! by Marilyn Barr


Many believe the concept of animal shifters was first documented in The Hobbit when J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about bear shifters, but this is not the case. In ancient Amazon river mythology lives a pink dolphin by day and man by night – Boto Encantado. From the Portuguese word for “enchanted”, Boto Encantado was as sexy as the shirtless shifters on today’s paranormal romance novels. Here’s a snippet from my next paranormal romance release, Smoother Than Spumoni where Susie Larkin describes the legend of Encantado:

Seagrass Island shifters need water like humans need air. Not just my family but almost every member of the Seagrass shifter pack can be traced back to one ancestor: Boto Encantado the Dolphin Shifter. Our pack’s greatest achievement is burying him in South American mythology with no records of his descendants. We are hidden in plain view.

Boto lived in the Amazon river basin as an outcast from a native tribe for his ability to shift into a dolphin. He had various lovers due to his irresistible looks and charm, one of which migrated to Seagrass Island Florida, birthing our pack. The shifter genes are dominant in every offspring so every pack member linked genetically to him can shift into a dolphin, including my family and Jean.”

(pre-order sale for $1.99 on Amazon and iTunes for release on 8/23/2021)

While the descendants in Smoother Than Spumoni have emigrated to Seagrass Island (modeled after Anna Maria Island FL) to live in saltwater Tampa Bay, the original Encantado myth describes an underwater kingdom of dolphin shifters. On certain nights, the male shifters would be in human form and join festivals, parties, or unsuspecting women on the riverbanks. Oozing charm, sensuality, and musical talent, their victims were easily seduced and impregnated. When the offspring reached maturity, they would be kidnapped by the shifters to be tested. If they had the magical abilities of an Encantado shifter, they were taken to live in the underground city. (by the gods dot net)

How was a woman to ensure her date wasn’t Encantado? Legend has it his blowhole was present in both forms. He is always shown wearing a hat to cover it. She must check under his hat before he suspects she’s onto him because telepathy and hypnosis are some of his magical powers. Yikes!

(Photo from Mermaid Wiki, Artist Unknown)

I know you are hoping I don’t show you a frightening cave drawing of a pink dolphin, but these river dolphins exist today. They not only live in the Amazon river but can also be found in its tributaries, flooded forests, and lakes of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Peru. They are unique because they bite and chew their food as we do. They are grey at birth and turn pinker as they mature. (US dot whales dot org)

(Photo from

Since Boto Encantado’s descendants undergo at least a thousand year’s evolution before Smoother Than Spumoni, I blended the pink river dolphin with the bottle-nosed dolphins of Tampa Bay FL. In Smoother Than Spumoni, the dolphins hear by sensing waves with their jaws, check for other animals by sending electromagnetic pulses, survive in saltwater, and are a blush color of grey like the dolphins of Florida. However, they have telepathy abilities in dolphin form but only with each other as Susie finds out when she tries to link with Frank. Here’s another snippet from Smoother Than Spumoni:

“I send out pulses to check for predators. Relieved to find only the manatees and the singular hammerhead shark, I redirect my energy to connecting with Frank. I try to link our thoughts.

No signature.

I try again pushing my hardest to find his frequency.


I guess having two different origins makes us as different from each other as we are from humans. Perhaps we can connect if he shifts into his wolf form. Sure, I can teach him how to swim and drag him through the ocean as I am now, but you can either link minds or you cannot. Can I bond with someone who doesn’t have this capability, or will I feel incomplete?”

 Susie and Frank have more than their inability to speak in each other’s minds. A mysterious Red Tide is killing the wildlife and destroying the bay. Then there’s the pesky shifter smell test sending female members of the Seagrass pack into Frank’s path to be sniffed. Susie doesn’t want anything to do with either phenomenon, just a relaxing summer before she returns inland for graduate school. She has her whole life planned until a werewolf on the beach proves to be…Smoother Than Spumoni. 

Smoother Than Spumoni is on pre-order sale for $1.99 on Amazon and iTunes for release on 8/23/2021 as part of The Wild Rose Press’s One Scoop Or Two book series. ($3.99 on Barnes & noble)

Here’s the back of the Book Blurb:

Susie Larkin is a dolphin shifter and heir to the humble Larkin’s Dairy Dip on Seagrass Island, FL. Pedaling ice cream from bicycle carts on the beach is just a stepping-stone for this future CEO of a frozen confection empire—or so she hopes.

 Frank Paulino Jr. receives his first taste of freedom from Strawberry, KY in a summer internship at Bart’s Oyster bar. His pasta creations save the restaurant when red tide poisons the fresh fish of the bay, making him the most popular werewolf on Seagrass island.

 Frank and Susie uncover a conspiracy that threatens not only the wildlife of the area but also their lives. Can these two shifters put their ambitions aside long enough to give their relationship a chance, or will Frank pay the ultimate price to protect Susie and the island she loves?

Saturday, July 10, 2021

We're Rollin' With the Big Boys Now...

 By Keri Kruspe

Author of Otherworldly Romantic Adventures

A reader ask me the other day who were the bestselling SciFi/Alien romance authors today. While that could have been a hard answer to come up with even at the start of this year, SciFi romance has had a shot out of obscurity in the last couple of months.

Looking back, the romance genre as a whole has branched out exponentially in the last twenty years with a myriad of genres to choose from. When I started reading romances in my late teens, the “bodice rippers” was the most popular. The covers had a studly man gripping a woman, threatening her bountiful bosoms to pop free. Course, the half-naked, hunky man on the cover was more than drool worthy.

Admittingly, back in the early 80’s, the choice of romance genre was pretty slim. You either read a historical (regency, old south, Scottish, etc) or some form of contemporary, especially with Harlequin. 

As best as I can determine, paranormal romance started in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s. The early pioneers were Sherrilyn Kenyon (1994) Christine Feehan (1999) and Maggie Shayne (1993) and Jude Deveraux (1989), to name a few.

Over the years, Paranormal romance spouted several offshoots, one being SciFi romance. Which has been steadily growing within the last ten years.

To be honest, the term, SciFi Romance is not new. However, up to this point, I would argue it’s an underappreciated one. Partly because those two genres seem to be completely opposite of one another. But the seeming incompatibility of the genres is what makes them so powerful when combined. One expresses deep emotions (like love) and the other fixes its gaze to fantastical ideals that explore the impact of science on society or an individual. When the two genres converge successfully, it produces a unique narrative that not only pulls your heartstrings, but teases the intellect.

According to the K-Lytics report of SciFi Romance dated April 2020, there was enough growth in the genre to prompt them to do a special report on that genre for the first time. Their bottom line  analysis was “Sci-Fi Romance has developed from a niche status into a high-performing mainstream market on Kindle. It offers high sales but also heightened degree of competition.”

A Miracle!

In June of this year, a miracle occurred that gave credence to the K-Lytic report. Ruby Dixon, author of Ice Planet Barbarians, hit the overall bestseller list on the Amazon site. Not just in SciFi Romance, not just in Paranormal Romance, and not just in Romance. In the mainstream Amazon store! First thing that came to my mind was the adage “A rising tide floats all boats”. I'm crossing my fingers crossed it will transform the genre to a higher level of popularity.

In a great article from CNN by AJ Willingham, they explained how "Sexy Blue Aliens invaded Amazon's Best Seller List." While we can’t rely on a Tik Tok post to shoot us into stardom like it did Ruby, there is hope others will discover what a wonderful read mixing science fiction and romance are.


  Exciting Futures to Read About

One of reasons I write SciFi Romance is I got irritated that heroines were usually “kidnapped” by aliens and taken away from Earth through no choice of their own. While I enjoyed the struggles they endured before falling in love with a match made in the stars, it got me thinking. What if those women had a choice? Would they voluntarily leave Earth for the chance of true love? I also wanted to put in a bit of adventure to go along with the budding love. 

Another thing to be excited about is instead of being stagnate, the romance genre is changing and growing in a variety of tropes. SciFi romance is just one of them. Gone are the days of simpering maidens waiting for a man to swoop in and rescue her from her virginity. While there may still be great stories out there like that, I appreciate today’s romances in which the woman is generally older than the barely eighteen-year-old of yore. And she can kick some serious ass when called for. They all have faults and struggles to work through, but they have enough “grit” and are equal with whatever love partner(s) they get involved with.

So, spread the word. Tell folks that SciFi romance is a wonderful blend of the two genres. Let’s stamp out the perception that girls don’t like science fiction and boys hate a soppy romances. I’d love for you to leave a recommendation in the comment section to give folks a choice of your favorite alien romance so others will give it a try.

That way, all our boats will rise in this tide of popularity.