Monday, March 16, 2015

Guest - Amy Boyles

Good morning! I had a medical procedure on my wrist (I'm doing well, thank you!) so we'll just get to our lovely guest. Enjoy!

Oh and Amy is giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate so make sure you leave a comment to be entered in her drawing.
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I recently read an article where George R. R. Martin, author of the highly successful Game of Thrones series, suggested that characters who aren’t killed off in his books may find their ends in the HBO television series.

As a fan of the books, I’m not exactly sure how to take this. Certainly I hope these will be secondary characters, but Martin still has the final two books to publish and from his fairly slow pace of production, HBO is going to reach season ten before Martin finishes the last and seventh book (they’re currently on season 5).

That being said, I’m starting to fear that the television show will begin to steer far away from some of the plot points in the books. I mean, how else is HBO going to keep this thing going without taking a five year break so that Martin can finish the novels and they can finish filming?

There’s a fine line there, to be sure. HBO wants to keep loyal fans of the book tuning in as well as continue to cultivate an audience comprised of those who haven’t read the novels.

From what I understand, The Walking Dead has done something very similar. Some of the more primary characters in the comic have been killed off while other characters who aren’t even in the books are mainstays on the show. Either way, that show works on its own, as its own entity, regardless of whether or not you’ve read the comics.

Perhaps that’s what HBO is striving for—their own GoT universe, so to speak. There will be the television version and the book version. Both can be watched/read separately, and the show may explore story lines that Martin as an author didn’t have time to examine. Perhaps this is a win/win for viewers and readers.

Still. I think I’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out. I’m keeping my fingers energetically crossed that everything works out in the end, and though Winter is coming, I hope it doesn’t leave us underneath twenty feet of snow.

What do you think about all this? Leave a comment below and be entered to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Winner will be announced at 3pm (CST) on March 17.



RENDERED

Ten years ago, Drian Becker underwent the Rendering, a humiliating body exam imposed upon the masses by her father, a commander in the Patriot Army. Being a high ranking official’s daughter, Drian thought she was safe from the practice—not so. Her father’s betrayal left her emotionally scarred and dishonored.

It’s now 2098. Drian hasn’t thought about the Rendering since she became leader of a rebel faction—mostly because she’s an expert at hiding her feelings behind a thick outer wall of badass attitude.

All that changes when Colvin Hinton walks into her camp. With his easy swagger and even easier demeanor, Colvin makes being a rebel look good enough to taste. But when Drian finds herself tangled in his charms she lets down her guard, giving an old enemy the chance to take her out once and for all.

If loving a man is this dangerous, would Drian have been better off remaining in the clutches of her father and living with the scars of being RENDERED?


Excerpt from RENDERED, Book Two of The Dark Revolution series. Book One, Unlikely Rebel, can be found in the Mistaken Identities Anthology:

Liam took a step forward. “If you can’t deliver, Drian, maybe you shouldn’t be leading us.”

The fire caught on a new log and intensified. Drian felt the heat wash over her, flushing her face and body with its energy. She let it fuel her words. “Then let’s do it. Let’s form a plan, go in and attack the fort. We have, what, fifty people? Not including the children, of course. Let’s send them all in, and when Becker’s men capture us—because he will; there’s a few hundred guarding the place—who will rescue us? The children we’ve left behind?”

They were silent, the only sound being the crack of the flames. She watched their faces turn from ignorant pride to shame.

“I might be able to help you with that.”

Fifty heads whipped in the direction of the darkness, hers included. A man emerged from the forest with the predation of a bobcat. Wearing breeches, boots, a button-down shirt and a sage-green coat with wooden buttons, he made standard-issue clothing look appealing. Almost sensual. As he stood in a corner of the firelight, Drian noted his dark blond hair, fiercely sharp eyes and quiet confidence that almost knocked her over. It must’ve done the same to everyone else there, for no one said one word.

He smiled, his eyes twinkling. “Join me and my men, and we can take the fort. We can change this from a rebellion of skirmishes to an actual uprising.”

RENDERED can be purchased on Amazon.



UNLIKEY REBEL, Book One in The Dark Revolution series.

UNLIKELY REBEL Blurb:

"I loved him the moment his dark eyes met mine, and I swore I would do anything to get him." The year was 2087, the height of the second Civil War. The Patriot Party waged a fiery assault against the government in response to the oil drought. They were successful, winning cities and territories, burning as they went… So begins Book One of the Dark Revolution series, a tale where the future is ruled by an elite group that dictates what people eat, what they wear, even who they marry.

Caught in the middle is Anna Hinton, a young woman torn between her desire for Branthe, a mysterious rebel, and loyalty to her family. But when Branthe reveals a secret that shakes the very foundation of her beliefs, will the truth prove too much for Anna to handle?

UNLIKELY REBEL is in the MISTAKEN IDENTITES anthology and can be purchased here.

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Amy Boyles’ Bio

After living in Chicago, Louisville and New York, Amy finally settled in North Alabama with her husband. Along with writing, she has a passion for cooking ridiculously fattening food and complaining about weight gain. She loves to connect with readers.

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Guest - Ines Johnson

Good morning! We're getting closer to Spring and that's something a lot of us are looking forward to! Right now, let's look forward to our guest - Ines Johnson, who has a new book coming out. So grab a cup of cinnamon flavored coffee and a Krispy Kreme of your choice and enjoy!



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Girl On Her Own Horse

Have you been paying attention to the evolution of the Cinderella story? If you’ve watched the Disney blockbuster, Frozen, then you have. Young girls and women are no longer waiting around for a man to come by on his horse, sweep them off their feet, and give them shoes.

Okay, I doubt any of us would turn down the shoes!

My point is that women are now taking the reins of their own stories and rejecting the Cinderella trope of changing themselves into someone new. In many, dare I say most, of these stories the prince doesn’t pay attention to the Cinderella character in her ordinary world of working 9-5pm with grime under her nails and threadbare clothes. He doesn’t look her way until she gets magicked into expertly applied makeup, a binding, shape-shifting corset, and brand new shoes.

My first notice of this was in the film Working Girl. This 80’s retelling of the Cinderella story featured a bright secretary who had dreams of entering the boardroom with a briefcase instead of coffee. When her wicked boss steals her idea, the secretary seizes an opportunity to steal into a high profile business meeting by pretending that she’s her boss, while also wearing her boss’s dress and shoes. Melanie Griffith, as the secretary, uses Harrison Ford’s charming character to get her into the board room’s door. When the business deal goes south, Griffith doesn’t wait for the knight in a business suite to rescue her. Instead, she shows off her ‘head for business and bod for sin’ in order to win a business deal, thwart her boss, and get her man.

A decade later Drew Barrymore retold the Cinderella story in Ever After. In a pivotal scene when Barrymore’s character, Danielle, has been taken prisoner by the evil Pierre Le Pieu, the audience holds their breath as the prince leaps onto his horse and heads off to rescue her. But Danielle picks up not one, but two swords, and swashbuckles her way to an escape. As she’s walking out of the castle a free woman, the prince arrives moments too late with her shoe in hand.

Nearly another decade later came another retelling with Penelope. Penelope is an heiress born under a curse that can only be broken in the face of true love. The problem? Penelope’s face doesn’t inspire sonnets and poems as much as it does a hankering for breakfast meats. Penelope’s snout nose has caused her to be rejected her whole life, including rejection from her own mother. When she finally finds a man willing to tolerate her looks and break the curse, she comes to the realization that she likes herself just the way she is. And just like that, the curse is broken and Penelope’s outside matches her glowing inside.

In today’s stories, women don’t wait around for men on horses. They take the reins, defend themselves, and declare love to their own reflections. They’re now even qualified to deliver true love’s kiss to their own sisters as we saw in the blockbuster Frozen.


In my fairytale retelling, Pumpkin: a Cindermama story my heroine has given up on fairytale love. Single mother Malika “Pumpkin” Tavares lost faith in fairytales after she fell for a toad. Town royalty Armand “Manny” Charmayne has been searching for his soulmate all his life, whom he’ll recognize at first sight by a golden aura, that only he can see, surrounding her person. Manny doesn’t see gold when he meets Pumpkin, but the more he gets to know her the more he considers defying fate, if only he can convince her to take a chance on love again.



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Monday, February 02, 2015

Riding The Odds is Available NOW

The first book in my Rider universe, RIDING THE ODDS, is out today!

An act of desperation
           and the beginning of seduction...

Spaceship captain Tara Rowan has her secrets. One is her Rider, Zie—an organic symbiote, like a living tattoo—that enhances Tara's physical abilities. But Zie is no ordinary Rider, and Tara can never risk anyone discovering Zie's true origins. Especially not the sexily dangerous stranger who appears out of nowhere and makes Tara's pulse race...
Except that “Trace Munroe” isn't exactly who he says he is. He's in fact a Holy Knight, who does everything by the book, and Tara is his only lead in tracking down a kidnapped princess. And Trace will do whatever it takes to get that information—including blackmail. But a blazing attraction to Tara is definitely complicating things...especially when Trace realizes that following his code of honor means destroying the woman he's falling for.




Price Steal! Money pinching Tara Rowen would love this because RIDING THE ODDS has a special introductory price of $1.99 this week only.




Here's what reviewers have said:

"There was never a dull moment." --Book Sniffers Anonymous http://booksniffersanonymous.com/?p=3907

"This was a fun and enjoyable read...I would love to read more books set in this world." --Lola's Reviews

"Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! For those who love romance novels, or even someone who is looking for something new to read. Riding the Odds isn't jammed back full of romance, there is a lot of mystery, action and interesting details" --Books Galore

The ending is beautiful & poignant (I cried) with the depth of love between Tara & Trace. -- Linda

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Guest - Jessica Kong

Good morning and Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a great year so far. Did you make a New Year's Resolution? I generally don't do that anymore...always pitched them to the side around January 10. Now I don't have to worry about breaking them :-)

Today, we have an interview with author Jessica Kong. So grab a strawberry cream cake and a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy!

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Jessica Kong

What draws you to romance? I love romances because of the pairing of characters and their happy endings.

Do you prefer alpha/omega relationships in stories, or alpha/alpha relationships, and why?  I prefer alpha/alpha relationships because I like strong, independent characters that are leaders not followers.

Have you ever written outside the romance genre? If not, do you ever plan to? No, and I have no desire to do so.

What’s the sexiest feature on a man to you? And on a woman? Why? On a man, I would say the
eyes. Eyes speak volumes. They hold mystery, intrigue and danger. On a woman, I would have to say the way she carries and presents herself. That shows confidence and independence.

By night, you’re a romance writer. What do you do to stay out of trouble by day? Day or night, I’m a romance writer. In between that, I am a mother to three teenagers. But naturally, my kids come first always.

What’s your earliest childhood memory?  Being in diapers and combing my hair with a gigantic plastic comb.

What was the very first romance you ever read? How old were you? Were you being naughty and sneaking it off the shelf before you really even knew what sex was? How did it make you feel, and is that what hooked you on the genre?  My first introduction to romance novels was during High School. I had two girlfriends that always had a romance book in their hands. They read a book a day. I found that crazy, but eventually my curiosity got the better of me. I mean, really, a book a day during High School. I asked them to refer their favorite book to me so that I can understand what was so intriguing. It was a Native Indian romance. That was when my addiction began. I, too, started reading a book a day. J Terrible, I know, but that is what addiction means. My family didn’t mind what I was reading as long as I was reading and improving on my reading comprehension. And by the time I started reading romances, I already understood what sex was. I was in a nursing program at the time, so the human body was part of the curriculum.

Who are your latest crushes (celebrity, book character, or otherwise)? Do you ever keep those people in your mind when writing your own works?  I actually have no crushes. I have a collection of celebrity images/movie characters that have certain qualities that I prefer in my characters.  I call up their image on my computer and use it for inspiration.

If you could pick anyone in the world to be the cover model(s) on your latest release, who would it be?  Geeze, if I was able to get Brendan Fraser for Rick McCall I would jump for joy. He was my inspirational image for the character.

What’s your favorite hobby outside of writing?  Doing jigsaw puzzles and playing video games.

What would constitute your own personal happily ever after?  Marriage to the person who completes you, and having a family.

Do you own an e-reader? Why or why not? If so, what’s on it?  Funny, you ask. I had proudly declared myself as an old school book reader. I was dead against e-readers because I like the way a book smells and feels. But being the techi that he is, my husband bought me a Kindle during one Christmas ago. I wasn’t too thrilled with it, but I slowly gave it a shot.  Once I discovered the convenience of carrying multiple books with me wherever I go, I was hooked. Now I can’t live without my Kindle. It makes it too easy to read 2-3 books at a time. My reading addiction has gone out of control and my E-Book library is growing by leaps and bounds with horrors, paranormals, mysteries and romances.

Are you a book hoarder?  From my last answer you will guess heck yes!  My family can’t
understand how I can read so much.

If you were doomed to spend the rest of your life on an island with only one book, one person, one food (coconuts and fish aside), and one object from the modern world (computer, deodorant, vibrator, etc.), what would they be?  I would easily say my husband, Chinese buns (bread roll with meat inside) and my Kindle. My Kindle has many many books to keep me happy.

Do you have a favorite character out of all the ones you’ve written? If so, who is it and why is s/he your favorite?  I love ALL my characters, so it’s very difficult to choose one as my favorite.

Speaking of online hangouts, where are yours?  Where can your readers find you? I can be found on the following locations.










What’s your current book list and where can we buy them? My books can be found on the following sites:



Anything else you’d like to add?  If you pick up one of my books and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review letting me know what you think. Plus, don’t be shy if you wish to connect with me. I love making new friends.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Guest - Echo Ishii

Good morning! I'm buried in galleys and writing Book 2 of my Rider trilogy and here it is Thanksgiving week (in the USA). I'm not even sure at this point if I'll be cooking the big celebratory dinner on Thursday or if Hubby and I will visit friends instead. I'll be happy either way because I love cooking the dinner but I also love visiting the friends. For me, it's a win-win :-)

So since this is Thanksgiving here, how about we all take a moment to think of one thing that we're grateful for. For me, I'm grateful for many, many things but for this moment, I'm grateful for all the Star-Crossed Romance readers. You all rock!

Now grab one of the comfy seats and a cup of your favorite brew and a treat or two and enjoy our guest, author Echo Ishii who will be discussing Magical Objects.

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Magical Objects

Echo Ishii

For most fantasy stories, magical objects hold a certain fascination. Swords are ever popular, as well as knives, rings, necklaces, and amulets. And of course mirrors. Mirrors appear in a variety of stories.  And because, thus far, there doesn't seem to be a technological innovation that replaces mirrors they are likely to stick around.

The spinning wheel, however, is increasingly rare. Spinning wheels are still common in some parts of the world, but in a society in which clothing is commercially produced, spinning wheels, looms, spindles, and such-common in folktales-are rarely used items that many people have never encountered.

In my novella, Mr. Rumpel and Mr. Grimm, one of the characters is bound to a magical spinning wheel. Spinning wheels are common in folktales and fairy tales throughout the world: two of the most common are Rumpelstiltskin and some versions of Sleeping Beauty. The Three Spinners, a lesser-known Grimm tale about a princess and three old spinners whose bodies are deformed through spinning, emphasize the role spinning played in the lives of all social classes.

Directly related to tales of spinning and weaving, a whole genre of folktales and fairy tales concerning magical clothing. Who can forget…The Emperor's New Clothes? A classic tale of expectations and extravagance mixed with human foolishness. In a A Swahili tale, The Cloth of the Serpent Pembe Mirui, in which a merchant's wife demands that her husband acquire a special cloth from a magical serpent to prove his love and devotion. And many Chinese folktales focus on special garments made of silk given magical power and significance.

This was not only a world in which items were handmade, it was also a world in which people had fewer possessions. A man would have one good pair of boots. A woman might have one fine dress and one work dress. Until the last century, that was standard outside of the very wealthy. Things were made by people others knew and made to last. In a world of mass produced clothing, there is still something special about handmade items. The modern hobby industry of knitting and sewing exists as part of a desire to create something on our own.




Echo Ishii writes fantasy and paranormal romance. Her M/M fantasy novella Mr. Rumpel and Mr. Grimm is out now from Less Than Three Press. (note: some explicit content) and at Amazon.com.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Guest - Megan Morgan

Good morning! How are you on this cold, snowy (here at least) November day? Yep, I'm bundled up when I go outside and I'm bundled up when I'm working inside. It's too soon for the snow and cold but Mother Nature doesn't have a complaint department and I can be crabby when it comes to weather, lol. At any rate, we have author Megan Morgan visiting us today with a terrific post on scary things. Enjoy!

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Scary Is the New Sexy

Once upon a time in the old, olden days (like, fifty years ago) the link between the paranormal and sex wasn't as strong as it is today. Entertainment intended to scare and horrify rarely titillated as well. Horror was created to shock, to repulse, to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and keep you awake at night. Nosferatu, with his deformed alien otherness, was a far cry from our modern sexy vampires who sweep the hapless village virgin off in a whirlwind of passionate discovery. Likewise, The Blob wasn't a tantalizing, hunky shifter looking for his true mate. Even the Bride of Frankenstein wasn't so much a love story as a tale of tragedy and horror. Monsters used to scare us because of their lack of humanity—after all, they lacked one of humanity's most fundamental values: no one could love a monster, not even another monster.

Until today, when everybody loves a monster, and monsters can love.

Our screens are now full of TV shows and movies about sexy, sensual, otherworldly creatures: The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, True Blood, the Underworld movies. The monsters of yesterday who made our skin crawl are now misunderstood hunks and vixens looking for acceptance and love—and more often than not, finding it. Where the idea of fangs in your throat used to make your blood run cold, it now sets your pants on fire.

Thus the emergence of paranormal romance, that wild child of the romance world, the one that breaks formulas and bends the rules as only creatures from the fringes can. I hear every other week it's going out of style, or not being acquired/selling anymore, only to see a fresh batch of vampires and werewolves pop up, ravishing their chosen mates. Readers love it. Paranormal romance authors love it. We're not going anywhere. Supposedly horror went out of style years ago too, but fans are still demanding a steady supply.

Why is that? Because in addition to love, humans crave being scared. We like a thrill, something that sends our pulse racing, the idea that there might be something out there that can't be explained. We like mystery and magic. We like to believe there's something more exciting than this boring day-to-day, that if we leave our window open at night a sexy vampire will sweep in and make us his eternal lover; that if we get lost in the woods we'll acquire a hunky werewolf instead of just poison ivy.

Mixing love and scares is appealing. Monsters aren't mundane. They live in an unpredictable and exciting world, where you might live forever or gain superhuman powers. Likewise, we imagine they love as outrageously as they live—passionate, intense, desperate and devoted. They want to be understood and accepted and crave a tender touch from the only human who can love them the way they are. They want to be saved and transformed, but they're still dangerous. We like a little danger, because danger is sexy. If it's true women like bad boys, then vampires, werewolves, and shifters are bad boys with all the glamour and none of the realistic 'bad' of the real world, like a meth lab and six warrants in the next state over.

He might suck your blood, but he won't steal your purse.

At the core of romance are fantasy and escapism, and a suspension of disbelief. Romance is meant to take us to a world of passion and thrills, where things always work out and the sex is mind-blowing. Adding the paranormal gives it another layer of un-reality we desperately need in a world that is unpredictable and scary in ways that aren't fun at all. The hero battles the darkness he knows all too well, the heroine spreads her literal wings, but neither are trying to remortgage the house or survive an audit. Better to fight actual dragons than the dragons we deal with outside the page.

Scary is sexy now. Probably, it always was sexy, though the learned and stoic authors of the past didn't want to admit that—unless you're Bram Stoker, and even he was trying to pass on a tale of morality and humanity rather than a story of love and passion. Both terror and lust make you tingle and set your heart pounding. Nothing is wrong with craving something out of this world. Also, we see the humanity in monsters better now—the real monsters, out here in the real world, are the ones we actually, actively fear instead.

So go ahead and leave your window open. Metaphorically, anyway—you don't want the mosquitoes getting in. Those buggers will suck you dry.





THE WICKED CITY

She's got a voice to die for…

Whatever June Coffin says, goes—literally. And it’s not just because she’s a chain smoking rebel. As a Siren, June has the ability to force people to obey any command she voices. But in a world where those with supernatural powers quickly become lab rats for science, she’d rather look out for herself than fight on the front lines…until her similarly gifted twin brother, Jason, is captured by Chicago’s Institute of Supernatural Research.

To save Jason, June has no choice but to enter a hidden world of conspiracy, murder—and strange bedfellows—including a widowed paranormal advocate whose memory June accidentally erased, and a fiery paranormal separatist leader. Soon the lines between attraction and strategic alliance become blurred. But in a city exploding with paranormal crossfire, and her brother’s life at stake, June will have to face her inner demons and finally take a stand.

Available March 3, 2015. Pre-order at Kensington Books:



About Megan:

Megan Morgan is a paranormal romance, erotica, and urban fantasy author from Cleveland, Ohio. Bartender by day and purveyor of things that go bump at night, she likes her fiction scary and sexy. She’s a member of the RWA and trying to turn writing into her day job, so she can be on the other side of the bar for a change. Currently published with House of Erotica and Muse It Up, she is also the author of a three-book urban fantasy series coming in March 2015 from Lyrical Press/Kensington Books.



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Monday, November 10, 2014

Guest - Red L. Jameson

Good morning! Author Red L. Jameson has a great post on Time Travel for us. Which would you do? Go forward or backward? I skipped the answer altogether in my ALTERED DESTINY and went...sideways though the heroine didn't realize that at first. Time is a great tool for us writers. 

Enjoy!

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Time Travelers
By Red L. Jameson

Time travel . . . we’ve been telling stories about it for a long, long time. As soon as we began to film movies and television shows, we’ve been interested in wanting to know more about the past and the future. The longest running science-fiction TV show is Doctor Who, which is also based upon time travel. And it’s understood why time travel is so fascinating. When glimpsing into our shared human past, who among us hasn’t wondered what it would be like back then? When contemplating the future, we all wonder what will be in store for us. Even in our minds, meditation experts encourage us to think of only the present moment. Why? Because our minds run amuck with thoughts of what we just did or what we’re supposed to be doing. We can’t help but think of the past and future and often have a hard time paying attention to what’s right in front of us.

You know what? I think it’s perfectly okay to contemplate about our future and our past. And I’m not just saying that because I’m an historian. Nor am I saying that because I’m a writer of time travel. I think in order to make better decisions now, we often need to look back, think of what we did and either replicate it, if we were successful, or try to avoid the same problem. Also, when I need to make a really big decision, I often wonder what the me ten years from now would do. So, looking ahead and behind can be greatly beneficial on a personal level.

But on a grander level . . . have you ever thought about going back in time? Did you know in 1901 two academics were at the Palace of Versailles when they thought they saw Queen Marie Antoinette and her attendants? The two academics did not think they saw ghosts. They wondered if they had slipped back in time. They knew intimate details about the former queen that only someone who had been there would know. Okay. Okay. You probably noticed that the women were academics? Yes, they were well-researched historians. They probably knew well the details of the former queen and wrote about it in a way that would attract more attention to their recently published book. But have you seen the Charlie Chaplin movie, The Circus, made in 1928? You should check it out for the woman who walks by a zebra, appearing to be talking on a cell phone. It’s not the best of footage, and maybe she’s not really holding a cell phone. However, you should definitely watch a documentary about factory workers from Massachusetts in 1938. Again, a woman walks through the crowd, holding, what looks like, a cell phone. (I’ll leave the link below.) This one freaked me out, because she really is holding something to her ear that looks like a modern-day cell phone.

Or maybe you want to see the future? In 1935 a British wing commander flew around a cow field turned airstrip over Drem, Scotland. Upon first inspection, it was vacant and obviously still needing construction. A rainstorm hampered the commander’s plans to return home, but upon flying over Drem again, he saw that the airstrip was sunny, finished, and had airplanes the likes he’d never seen before. Four years later, the Royal Air Force began making planes exactly like what that commander had seen.  

Spooked yet? I know I was when I’d discovered an odd article documenting cell phones in the past—way past, as in there was no such thing at that time. In my Glimpse Time-Travel Series, I have muses and special cell phones helping the mortals shuttled through time. And I couldn’t help but wonder, especially as I saw a 1938 woman appear to hold a cell phone, what if the muses I’m writing about aren’t so . . . imaginary?

Yikes!
(Here’s the link for more about time travel happening all around us http://io9.com/all-the-evidence-that-time-travel-is-happening-all-arou-1446262029 )

I’d love to know what your favorite era might be? Do you want to go back in time? Or maybe fly to the future?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Lynda! Wishing everyone a great day!
-Red



Highlander of Mine



Book Two of the Glimpse Time Travel Series

Trickster muse sisters, Clio and Erato, kidnap genealogist Fleur Anpao and dump her in the seventeenth century. Even though Fleur has never been to Scotland, let alone the Highlands, and feels like a modern-day fish out of an ancient loch, the muses have a plan. What it is remains to be ambiguous—they are mischievous muses, after all, and can’t just tell her. Though the logical genealogist wants nothing more than to return home, there’s something about this time and rough land that feels somehow familiar. And there’s something about Duncan MacKay—so strong, so brutally handsome, and so distracting.

As a mercenary for long years, Duncan has seen many things. But never in his life has he seen the likes of Fleur: more beautiful than any woman he could have imagined. It doesn’t matter she insists she’s from another time, or that she’s too far out of reach for a common man like him. He’s drawn to her intelligence and wicked sense of humor. However, Cromwell’s reign threatens anarchy, clan rivalries reach a peak, and a laird’s younger brother vies for her attention. He can hardly protect her from his county’s bedlam, let alone convince her he’s the better man. And if he does, will the bonny time traveler stay with him?

Making matters worse, a god wreaks havoc, or has fun as he calls it, with Clio and Erato’s mortals. The two firecracker time stewards might have to set down their margaritas for this glimpse!

Excerpt:
Looking over his shoulder, he saw the crowd of recruits still far off.
Laird MacKay had asked for Duncan by name to help train the new troops, since the laird’s brother, Rory, was new to the captaincy. New to military life in general. Duncan had been the obvious choice because he’d been a soldier then a soldier of fortune, for a decade and a-half. And now was the time when Himself needed soldiers. Ah, hell, was there ever a time when soldiers wouldn’t be needed? After Cromwell had burnt through Scotland, the chiefs and lairds kept speaking of revenge. Reciprocity, they’d said. What the hell did they know if they hadn’t lost one of their own, say, a younger brother with sparkling mischievous green eyes? 
Jesus Christ, what was wrong with him for thinking such things again?
He shook his head, startled upon seeing orange flames from the corner of his eye. After a second look, he realized he was standing less than ten feet from a small fire right at the entrance of the cave, wondering how he couldn’t have seen it when he first arrived. But it was the sight beyond the sparks that entranced him, sitting so still he thought mayhap she was a statue. But eventually one side of her full pink lips curled up in a . . . Jesus, what a smile.
“Hi,” she said. Her voice was melodious and fluid, as if she’d just woken.
It seemed to take him an eternity, but finally he said, “Hello.”
“It’s probably illegal to have this fire, huh?”
Fire? What fire? All he could do was stare at her. He’d never seen a woman so beautiful in all his life. She was dressed in black, yet nothing like he’d ever seen before. But she—her—Lord Almighty, from her blackest black hair to her tiny nose and those full pink lips, she was wildly exotic. Her eyes shone back at him, sparkling like onyx. As much as she wore black, even her dark coloring, she glowed as if she were made from heaven’s own light.
Mayhap she was an angel.
“Am I in big trouble for the fire?”
He had to shake himself to gain access to some part of his mind that could function and speak.
“Nay.” Brilliant. He sounded just this side of idiotic.
God, then she did it again. She smiled. It widened and brightened, and Duncan felt his solar plexus explode with something he’d thought long dead.
“You seem . . . cold. Want to join me?”
Before he could even think, he was walking toward her. He sat right beside her too, not even a thought about circumstances or consequences, just staring. Couldn’t be helped. Couldn’t stop himself if he’d wanted to. And, oh, how he didn’t want to.
She kept her eyes on him, her smile shifting to warm and welcoming. For a long moment she searched his face, then glanced about his linen shirt. He’d forgotten he was drenched. With a quick glance, he noticed his goose bumps and nipples peaking out from his nearly translucent white shirt. He may as well have been naked from the waist up. Thank the Lord, his brown, heavy plaid was thick and didn’t reveal as much. That was when he realized he sat cross-legged, as she did. Oh, her legs. Yet again he couldn’t stop from staring at her long limbs, clad in black shiny trews that left precious little to the imagination.
“I’m Fleur. Fleur Anpoa.”
Pretty name. He almost let the words trip out of his mouth, as though he was a bumbling lad. “Duncan,” was all he could stammer. Aye, that was much better.
“You live around here, Duncan?” Her accent was lovely—definitely not Scottish, from the Highlands or the Low, but not quite English either.
“Aye.” Damn it all, say something more. Helpless, he gazed at her, while she looked deeply into his eyes.
She smiled widely and arched a perfect black brow. “Not a man of many words, hmm?”
Well, if she were in his head, and already he knew a part of her was, then she would know his mind was amuck with too many words, too many . . . feelings. No, that wasn’t quite right. Of his sentiments he felt only two—curiosity, and an animalistic sense he knew only during battle. But this—this was different. This wasn’t mere desire, for he knew what that felt like. This other feeling was magnetic and too powerful for him to make much sense of. All he knew was he wanted to sit with her for the next eon or so.

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Bio for Red:

As a military historian by day, sometimes Red does feel a bit clandestine when she writes romance at night. No one knows that while she researches heroes of the past and present, she uses everything for her characters in her books. Her secret's been safe . . . until now.

She lives in Montana with her family and far too many animals but never enough books.

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