Brisk conversations stopped as I passed by and people scrunched their noses in disgust. I glanced down. Sewer water trailed in my wake; I was drawing far too much attention. Squelching the need for sustenance, I needed a place to check the manuscript and ascertain if anything was salvageable. If that place came with a shower and clean, dry clothes, I’d do months’ worth of penance to the gods. With this many people around, the less conspicuous I appeared, the better. Saving this world had to wait until then.
I ducked inside a store front with leather apparel in the display window. I completely ignored the clerk behind the counter with spiked blue hair and metal piercings in his eyebrows, nose, lip, ears and, frankly, I didn’t want to know where else. His bored eyes hardly noticed the state of my clothing as I perused the store.
I was more utilitarian when it came to clothes. They served a function but little else. I never much saw the point in it. Shirts of every color hung on display with crosses and symbols emblazoned across the chest. Leather pants and jeans in shades ranging from black to brown were stationed on round hanging units.
“Wot cha be wantin’?” Read More
Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal
Kitty is a classically trained dancer turned stripper. It's not a new concept but I pulled it out for KRISTAR because I wanted to use "write what you know." No I am not a dancer (trained or otherwise) and I'm definitely not a stripper (and never have been). I did, however, work as a bathroom attendant (a few sporadic weekends one year) in a strip club in the VA side of DC.
Working the bathrooms at the club was very interesting and I learned a lot about a profession I had thought was pretty easy—dance to good music while taking off your clothes. What's hard about that? Being around the ladies in the club taught me that stripping, like any profession, has it's own hardships.
Putting aside the guys who might get grabby and crappy tippers, there's a whole host of things those women put up with to do their job. Not to mention, swinging around that pole takes talent and a lot of upper body and leg strength. The pole dancing alone (actual pole dancing, not grinding against the pole) is something spectacular to see.
The best part about working in the club was meeting a woman who proved Kitty—my 6'2" stripper—wasn't unrealistic. A very lovely Russian-born woman worked in the club. She was 6'2" and she wore heels (flat heels instead of platforms, like a lot of the other ladies) and she got tipped a lot. I was almost schoolgirl-squealing when I saw her because I had thought making Kitty so tall as a stripper would seem implausible to a lot of readers. Reality to the rescue. Read More
Romance that takes you to new worlds.
Sypnosis for Hunter’s Claim: The Alliance Book 1
Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters' lives have changed. Four years before the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, they try to survive. Hunter, a Trivator warrior, is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape. He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life.
Where do the Stories Come From?
I have always loved Science Fiction/Paranormal stories. Being a romantic at heart, it only seemed logical to combine the two when I began writing. I loved watching Star Trek and Star Wars which contained all the elements that held my fascination of the universe. Even as a child, I found it hard to believe that we could be the only ones in the universe. I often asked myself ‘what if we aren’t the only ones’? What would we do if others came to our world? What if someone out there among the stars heard our invitation and answered our call? So many questions, and yet, what a great story if it happened! That is how Hunter’s Claim came about. Read More
“Why can’t I just help you pick out the women you intend to invite?” he asked. “Then I’d be sure to find one I like.”
“If you connect with someone, then you’re free to go out on a personal date. But, you’re not allowed to cast any spells on her and I expect the date to be platonic. If you both have a good time, you can continue on your own from there.”
He frowned. “If you could just sprinkle in a few younger ones—”
Tessa cut him off. “Be sure to stay open-minded over the next couple of days.”
He tapped his finger on top of her desk. “About this no sex thing…I see no reason why two adults can’t have a good time together if the feeling is right.”
“Because I run a matchmaker service. If you’re looking for a call girl, there are plenty of them around town. I make marriages, not one night stands.” Read More
What is a Shaman, Anyway?
The official definition is “a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, esp. among some peoples of northern Asia and North America. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practice divination and healing.” For some North American indigenous people, the name “shaman” is not used, since it was a created name given by others. They prefer the words for medicine man in their own languages. But many modern shamans are perfectly comfortable with the term. Schools now even exist where one can study to be a shaman, with the goal of providing metaphysical healings upon graduation.
The origin of shamanistic peoples is fascinating. We can learn of the spread of humanity through either the Bering Strait, or, as the Hopi believe, by crossing the Atlantic via now submerged islands. As the spread of shamanism is traced by anthropologists through early pre-History, we can see how it dies out in many places (including all of Europe) with the spread of agriculture. Did all of our early ancestors believe in spirits, believe that everything, down to even the rocks, possesses a spiritual power? Did we all originate from these more ecstatic and spirit-focused societies, where the work was more communal and less hierarchical? I like to think that we did, and that the modern Native American still has a lot to show us about how we can connect with nature and ourselves. Read More
Returning to Familiar Ground
One thread dominates all the romance subgenres and books of other sorts on my shelves. Most of them are parts of series. As I read romances that have intriguing secondary characters, some corner of my brain hopes those characters will star in their own books. I love seeing them have their chance to shine, and getting to see the first book’s hero and heroine after their own happy ending is a bonus.
Jessica Andersen’s Nightkeepers series kicked off with a group of Mayan mages, descendants of royalty, who were destined to fight off the 2012 apocalypse. As Strike, the Nightkeepers’ king, and Leah, human cop he loved, battled evil and struggled toward happily ever after, they sucked me into their world. I not only cheered for them but longed to see their comrades find true love, too.
I had the same reaction to Kylie Griffin’s Light Blade series. Her gifted warriors, the Na’Chi seek to escape the demon Na’Reish who would destroy them. In the first book, Na’Reish halfbreed Annika helps Na’Chi warrior Kalan escape her father’s dungeon in exchange for sanctuary in his land. As I dropped into their fight to survive, I came to care about their friends and families, too. Read More
Exploring Worlds of Imagination
When asked why I write fantasy and science fiction romance, I'm sometimes at a loss to describe an attribute so core to my creative impulse. Before I started writing fantastical tales, I read them, and before that, I begged older people to read them to me. The first books I remember vividly, were Dr. Seuss's The Lorax and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. I was about four, at the time, and my mother read to the family every evening.
I loved The Lorax so much, I memorized it. My mom still has a cassette tape recording of me reciting the whole book, before I even knew the alphabet. As goofy as it may sound, reading The Lorax aloud can still make me cry. It's a brilliant plea for environmental responsibility, while also lifting the reader into a different world.
And then there is The Hobbit, still one of my favorite books, partly because the images I formed in my mind, listening to it as a child, were so compelling and marvelous. That book lived and breathed for me, the elves at Rivendell, orcs in the misty mountains, and spiders in Mirkwood. I went on a journey with the dwarves and Bilbo, riveted every step of the way. Read More
A MAGIC TABLET
From @PitchitPerfect...You keep your #iPhone5S. I want a #Lisa738 tablet for Christmas.
Anyone who noticed my brother’s tweet and decided to shop for the tablet quickly hit a dead end. Shopping for digital devices during the month of December can be challenging and, in this case, extremely frustrating for both sales associates and customers. A few puzzled sales associates may even have checked the store database. One thing is certain: They did not find a Lisa738 tablet on any database or anywhere else on this planet.
Because it exists only in my novel, Between Land and Sea. Read More
Tarot plays a prominent role in my latest novel, To Growl or to Groan. The deck in the book is modeled on the Mary-El Tarot, which is one of the most fascinating, beautiful and haunting tarot decks I have come across. It brings in not only traditional tarot interpretations, but also draws from a rich comparative mythology background.
I used an integrative tarot method for the readings in my book. Much thanks goes to a friend, who introduced me to this method and the Mary-El Tarot.
I believe that serendipity is at work in the world. Shortly after I was introduced to the deck, I found it for sale at my local Half Price Books on a 40% off day. It was meant to be mine. It became integral to the path of my novel. I did not deliberately pick particular cards for the two readings that appear in the book. I actually did two separate three card readings for Chloe for two different points in her journey. Read More
Underbelly Chronicles Book Three
BLURB:A sex demon and a preacher’s kid? Heaven forbid!
Technology whiz Bailey Brown is one of two humans alive who knows a very important secret: that humanity has shared their planet with paranormals for millennia. When an obsessed hacker from her past threatens to expose the secret, Bailey and her Sebastiani Security colleagues must use every weapon at their disposal to stop him. The stakes couldn’t be higher, and she can’t let herself be distracted by her boss’s gorgeous brother, even if he is temptation incarnate…
Incubus sculptor Rafe Sebastiani hasn’t produced a decent nude in over a year, since he made the most selfish mistake of his life: sleeping with Bailey Brown. Now, with a deadline looming, his cranky muse has finally allowed him to express his memories of that incendiary night in clay. But when his brother asks him to pose as Bailey’s lover to provoke her dangerous ex, he jumps at the chance…to sculpt her, to protect her, and to earn the right to tempt her—and only her—for the rest of their lives… EXCERPT: Read More
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