Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal

A Pirate's Revenge By M.L. Guida

Blog Diva - Saturday, September 06, 2014

Excerpt from A Pirate’s Revenge

Tonight was the full moon. Tonight he’d turn into a vampire. Tonight, for the first time, he’d be forced to suck human blood.

William O’Brien rested his head on his arm against the Green Parrot Inn’s window. It had been a month since he, his brother, and the Soaring Phoenix’s crew had battled the Fiery Damsel. Kane had granted the crew shore leave at Tortuga while repairs were made, the wounded healed, and supplies gathered.

The glowing sun sank lower and lower behind the mountains, changing white clouds to purple, yellow, and orange. Blue sky dimmed, turning to a light gray. He’d always loved watching sunsets, the clouds, the soft colors. Until now. His heart pounded hard, and with each thump, he knew he was alive, he knew he was human. But with each beat, he worried it would be his last. Thanks to the demon Zuto, he’d change into his worst nightmare.

The door opened, and William turned around. Doc strolled inside and closed the door behind him. He flashed one of his famous smiles, his white teeth highlighting his black skin. Despite his glowing red eyes, the man still remained jovial. William couldn’t help but smile back.  Read More

What’s Ordinary to Some is Magical to Others By Cate Masters

Blog Diva - Saturday, July 12, 2014

Before reading an article about a woman who grew lavender to use in special dishes, I’d never considered the flower much. Oh, I knew lavender was supposed to soothe your nerves and help you sleep, and its purple blooms look very pretty swaying in the breeze. But then I began researching.

Surprisingly, lavender’s history stretches back to the Bible, and its mention in the Good Book led many to believe the flower acted as a safeguard against evil. A lavender cross over the door protected the home. In some countries, people believe fairies congregate around lavender, bringing healing and protection.

Lavender’s healing properties aren’t fantasy. Doctors used it as an antiseptic during World War I. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Read More

Alphas Unleashed, A Hot Sci-Fi and Paranormal Romance Anthology

Blog Diva - Friday, June 20, 2014

5 Hot Heroes / 4 Authors / 4 Worlds
Discover five sexy alpha heroes in four hot adventures. They were each taken, tortured and tormented. These powerful males were held against their will, prisoners of fate. What happens when they escape their captors...and fall in love? Vengeance. Desire. Destiny. Nothing can stop...Alphas Unleashed.

A Warrior’s Heart (Marastin Dow Book 1.1) by S.E. Smith
Sealed With A Kiss, A Djinn Novella by Mina Khan
Dead Drop, A My Immortals Novella by Carolyn Jewel
Chimera Born: The Beginning (Book 1 of the Chimera) by Michele Callahan
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Stone Of Thieves By Diane J. Reed

Blog Diva - Saturday, June 14, 2014

Stone of Thieves, is a sexy, stand-alone, new adult romance & the magical sequel to Robin in the Hood in my Robbin’ Hearts Series. In this opening scene from the first chapter, Robin & her boyfriend Creek (former partners in crime) are heading to Venice to search for her long-lost mother.

I wake to the smell of blood.

Metallic, like maybe copper or iron, mixed with something fleshy and raw.

And eternal—

It calls to me.

Pulls me in the way a thief is drawn to an open drawer of jewels. Certain as the sparkle on a diamond or the heady aroma of a priceless perfume.

I remain still, my eyes closed, just taking in the scent.  Read More

Agent M4: Riordan By Joni Hahn

Blog Diva - Saturday, June 07, 2014

Chapter 1
If men were like ice cream, Riordan St. James would be rocky road.

Tilting her head, Natalie Meeks studied the new D.I.R.E. agent through the one-way glass. He was one major hottie and, like ice cream, the last thing she needed on her hips.

But, a girl could dream.

Golden, sun-streaked hair lay in sweat-soaked tufts against the wide horizon of his shoulders. His pale blue eyes were barricaded and hard, a narrow beard lining his tight jaw. Glistening, tanned skin, mapped with scars, covered a torso of concrete-like muscle, his back a crossroads of whip marks.

Hanging on a pull-up bar several yards from the other agents, Riordan appeared to be a loner, on the opposite side of a bridge from human contact and relationships. His perpetual scowl screamed back off, his tense shoulders poised for attack. All he needed was a do not enter sign stamped on his forehead to make it official.

It must be her lucky day. She had to figure out how to get past the human obstacle course and get inside. Read More

BAIT AND SWITCH: Diabetic Test Strips, Happy Hour, and Novels By Kat De Falla

Blog Diva - Saturday, May 31, 2014

You know the old BAIT AND SWITCH gimmick? It’s when something is dangled in front of you that looks too good to be true so you snatch it up only to find out at the last possible moment that the bait has been switched to something far less desirable.

I thought about this in the pharmacy the other day (I’m a community pharmacist) – the companies that make Diabetic testing meters offer a **FREE** or **GREAT DEAL** on their meter and people buy it expecting all these great things – small blood samples! Painless! Convenience!

Then they realize they’ve been had. The meter may have been free, but companies don’t make money on the meters, it’s the TEST STRIPS. The poor person is now having to buy expensive test strips and lancets that only work with their **FREE** meter.

See? Bait and switch! No different than 2 FOR 1 Happy Hours where you end up staying waaaay past happy hour (who? Me? No, of course this hasn’t happened to me!) and then buy food and drinks which are now back to their regular price! Read More

Stealing Cupid’s Bow by Jewel Quinlan

Blog Diva - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Recently heartbroken, Raine Daniels arrives home in Las Vegas, Nevada, to help with her parents’ fortieth anniversary party only to discover they are planning to separate as soon as the last guest walks out the door. Everything she thought she knew—her very foundation is rocked to the core.

When she learns that Alexander, the sexy stranger she’d sat next to on the plane, is really the god of love, Cupid—she asks for his help, but he declines. The god of love, now long divorced from Psyche and living on earth among mortals, no longer believes in love.

Raine decides to take matters into her own hands, even if a god tells her she’s wrong. With her life falling apart around her and the solution seemingly within her reach she dares to try and make everything better. Unfortunately, she’s unprepared for the consequences of stealing Cupid’s bow …

Where you can buy it:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks | Decadent Publishing Read More

Helwyn by Kate Lockridge

Blog Diva - Saturday, May 10, 2014

Demon hunter, Nate Arbinger, uses ancient ballads to track the most evil of demons and send them back to Hell.

Synopsis:

The year is 1812. Nate Arbinger is a Helwyn, a demon hunter, who is using an ancient ballad to track the Elf Knight, a fearsome demon who has left a trail of brutal murders from Virginia to Tennessee. When Nate crosses paths with Molly Tucker, who is seeking revenge on the Elf Knight for her sister’s murder, it becomes a race against time to send the demon back to Hell before the creature takes Molly as his next victim.

My fascination with ballads –

Helwyn is an idea that has been kicking around in my head for a long time now. I've just always thought that ballads were such an interesting insight into history. Spanning across cultures and continents, their universal tales of love, loss, monsters and moral lessons are timeless. They are the urban legends of their day. I was fascinated by the idea that the ballad's eternal appeal held something more – something paranormal and romantic. The Helwyn, and the women who love them, were born out of this thought. Each book in the Helwyn Song series will be based on one of the ancient ballads, weaving story and song together to create an unforgettable read. Read More

Her Perfect Mate By Paige Tyler

Blog Diva - Friday, May 09, 2014

The Making of a Cover

Most people would agree that the cover isn’t the only reason they decide to read a book, but they’d also likely agree a great cover increases the chances you’ll take a close look.

When I started working with the Sourcebooks art department on the cover for HER PERFECT MATE, the first book in my new X-OPS Series, I wanted the best possible cover—every writer does. Fortunately, Sourcebooks has a great reputation for covers.

I had to give them detailed info about the book, like the background environment the characters were in, what the characters looked like (I even got to attach pictures of people I thought had the right look!), what kinds of weapons they carried, their clothing, etc.—the level of detail the artists were interested in was astounding.

I gave them the info…then held my breath. Every writer has probably been in a situation where they get that first look at a cover and realize that something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. I prayed that didn’t happen with this book. I’d invested almost three years with these characters. They’re like my best friends and I didn’t want to disappoint them! Read More

Eternally Yours By Gina Ardito

Blog Diva - Saturday, May 03, 2014

Lots of authors write to music, and I'm no exception. But I go a step farther. I create a soundtrack for every one of my books. Much like a movie soundtrack, my novel's soundtrack has music to fit every mood of the story: the "meet cute," the first crisis, the simple solution, the first kiss, the humorous secondary characters, the black moment, the climax, and the happily-ever-after. I find that certain songs, whether because of their lyrics, their melody, or both, light my creative spark

I begin with my working title, which is always based on a song title to help inspire me right from the start. For example, take ETERNALLY YOURS, Book I of the Afterlife Series. Here’s the blurb for that particular story:

After one too many disappointments, Jodie Devlin took her own life. Too bad her suicide is only the beginning of her troubles. Until a new future can be created for her, Jodie will serve as one of Death’s bounty hunters, retrieving souls who haunt Earth. She’ll need smarts, charm, and trickery to convince these specters to give up the ghost and move on. Of course, these same skills will come in handy for verbally sparring with her bull-headed, know-it-all trainer.

It's no wonder Luc Asante is so bitter toward women. His former wife ordered him taken off life support, condemning him to employment in the Afterlife. Now he has a trainee—a female trainee who’s as soft-hearted as he is hard, as impulsive as he is methodical. In a place where perfection is the norm, she flaunts her flaws just to drive him nuts.  Read More