Monday, July 25, 2011

Guest - Laura Bickle/Alayna Williams

Good morning all! Today's guest is Laura Bickle, who also writes under the pseudonym Alayna Williams...which reminds me of the Shakespearean line...'a rose by any other name' because it doesn't matter what pen name she uses, her writing and her books are just outstandingly terrific! 

I've got a review of her latest Rogue Oracle posted here. Check it out. 

And I have one copy that I can give to a lucky Star-Crossed Romance reader. Check below to see how you can be that winner.


The Long Walk
by Laura Bickle

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
-Lao Tzu

Nothing intimidates me more than a blank page. A blank page suggests a point a thousand miles away from where I want to be. It's formless and paralyzing. There's a lot of room to screw up, in that expanse as pale and broad as autumn sky. Under the weight of it, the process of writing a book just seems...too big.

And I stuff that page away in a notebook. I click over to the internet to "research." It's so much easier to sift through e-mail, putter through instant messaging, anything to avoid that threat of the empty page.

I don't often experience what psychologists describe as creative flow. I know that it's a state that overcomes dancers and painters and artists of all stripes. It's a fever that overtakes one, when one loses track of time and one's identity in the creative act. It's merging with the work. A momentary nirvana, when thoughts are emptied out and every breath is drawn in service to the journey.

It's rare when the words flow effortlessly, when my fingers fly across the keyboard. I often have fantasies that I'll have a fabulously productive night. I hope that the muse will strike me with her magic wand, and  I'll be up until three in the morning, writing ten thousand words of deathless prose.  I'll be puffed up with pride in the morning, assured of a breakthrough. The miles will fly by, as if the muse has strapped Hermes' winged sandals upon my feet.

That's not me.

Instead, I'm a plodder. When I'm against a deadline, I stare at my outline-map and figure out approximately how many words I need to finish. I build in some time for revisions and travel delays, divide by the number of days, and gnaw away at the project, bit by bit. It's like expecting to be in a new town every day at nightfall. Without a deadline, I set one. I use a technique I discovered in National Novel Wrting Month - a specific number of words a day. A thousand usually works for me. That allows me to keep the project fresh, the momentum going. I can do more if the situation warrants it, less if Real Life intrudes. But that number allows me to feel as if I'm making some progress without feeling out of breath or panicked.

It doesn't sound glamorous, does it? I guess I have a hard time with my Inner Perfectionist. You know the creature I'm talking about - she goes by many guises. Inner Editor. Inner Critic. The little voice that says "not good enough" whenever  I'm between scenes. The one that wants to count my name and address in the word count because, at least, they are formatted correctly. Her voice is loudest when I'm on the road alone, between plot points on the map, wandering in uncharted territory.

I've talked to a lot of writers who tend to abandon projects around the ten thousand word mark. I think there's something magic about this number. At this point on the creative walk, I tend to realize that I've put on some very uncomfortable shoes for this journey. Sure, they looked pretty at the beginning. But can I finish the journey in them?

I take these imaginary shoes off, let them dangle from my fingers, and continue walking barefoot. There are blisters and thorns. But also the blessed feeling of cool grass between my toes and cool water against my soles.

What little I've experienced of creative flow usually happens in the last chapters of the book, when I can see the intentions and plot threads and images coming together. Then, self-awareness slips a bit. I'm no longer walking; I'm running.

I think those last pages, that exhilaration is what makes it finally worth it. Knowing all that dark ink is behind me, pushing me forward. It's like moving with the wind at my back, when the work has taken on a life of its own.


Laura Bickle (a.k.a. Alayna Williams) has worked in the unholy trinity of politics, criminology, and technology for several years. She lives in the Midwestern U.S. with her chief muse, owned by four mostly-reformed feral cats. Writing as Laura Bickle, she's the author of EMBERS and SPARKS for Pocket - Juno Books. Writing as Alayna Williams, she's the author of DARK ORACLE and ROGUE ORACLE. More info on her urban fantasy and general nerdiness is here:



The more you know about the future, the more there may be to fear.

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around - and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn't need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards - and Tara's increasingly ominous dreams - suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi's Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…

and Barnes & Noble -

-- Lynda Again

I have one copy of Rogue Oracle to give away (sorry, this is for US addresses only). If you'd like to be in the drawing, here's what you need to do:

Leave a comment with

1) Answer this question: How many words does Laura/Alayna typically write in a day?


2) Your email addy (Make sure you do this so I can contact you)

Do this by Friday, July 29. I'll put your e-addy's in a box and have my alien kitten, Wookie, draw the winner.

Have a Blessed Day and Good luck!

Review - In The Heat of the Bite

In The Heat of The Bite
Lydia Dare
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
July 2011

Matthew Halkett, Earl of Blodswell, is a vampire. And a knight. At least, he was a knight before he became a vampire. And even 600 years later, he still has the noble instincts of a knight. When he sees a young woman standing in a drenching thunderstorm, his first thought is to assist her.

Rhiannon Sinclair does not need assistance. As the weather witch of the Coig, the storm is hers. It can be a weapon or it can reflect her emotions. She isn’t about to tell this man that. And as she quickly realizes exactly what he is, she escapes back to Thorpe House...all the while unaware that the knightly vampire has followed to ensure her safety.

Rhiannon is in London to find and see her sister, Ginny who is being launched into society by Rhiannon’s aunt. But her Aunt Greer won’t allow Rhiannon access to her sister. Rhiannon isn’t sure that Ginny wants to be cut off from her family and from her Scottish heritage. So with the help of her friends, she sets about entering society herself so that she can get the chance to speak to Ginny. She doesn’t realize that Matthew is also attending these balls and a chance encounter with him sends her magic into overload.

Each time Matthew sees Rhiannon his fascination deepens. He’s met other women in his 600 years of vampiric after life but none like Rhiannon. And as his feelings for her grow, his vampiric powers begin to decline. He’s not sure what’s happening to him. And even his maker and mentor can’t explain his malady.

Neither realize they’re falling in love and neither realize that love might just be the answer to their problems.

Once again, Lydia Dare has written a delightful paranormal romance that will make readers sigh. Her characters are for the most part noble, loyal and protective of their family and friends. I say for the most part because this book gives us one character, Aunt Greer, who I’d guess most of us would like to slap upside the head. But since Aunt Greer is only a secondary character, I suppose we can accept her less the brilliant character.

As usual, I enjoyed this book immensely. Though it’s part of the imaginative series of werewolves and vampires that Lydia Dare is famous for, the book stands alone quite nicely. The intermix of paranormal and Regency era romance draws the reader in and keeps her turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. The romance is scorching hot but has moments of touching sweetness. The plot is fast paced where it needs to be fast and sensuously slow where it needs to be slow. It’s a ‘diamond of the first water’ as Regency ton might say. I definitely recommend In The Heat of the Bite.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Review - Rogue Oracle

Rogue Oracle
Alayna Williams
Pocket Books
March 2011

Criminal profiler, Tara Sheridan, uses some unorthodox techniques—Tarot and an innate intuition—to perform her job. But her new assignment will need that and every other skill and intuitional gift she has. She joins forces with her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, to track down a group of missing former spies.

These people were all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia. With no bodies or clues to identify what happened to these missing operatives, Harry uses standard investigation techniques while Tara falls back on her evolving intuitional gifts.

While Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry, her concern for Cassie, a young woman she’s taken under her wing and her relationship with the mysterious group known as Delphi’s Daughters, the villain grows more monstrous by the minute.  Tara and Harry have to work fast if they’re to stop him from his ultimate destructive goal.

I’m always drawn to books with well developed characters and a plot that I can’t forecast each twist and turn so I’m doubly drawn to writers like Alayna Williams. Add a good helping of suspense…and you have the best of all things. This book is labeled as an Urban Fantasy, which it is, but you won’t find the standard elves or vamps or shapeshifters.

No, you’ll find a villain reminiscent of The Thing, one of the best Science Fiction/horror stories of all time. Except in Rogue Oracle, you’ll get into the head of the villain, Galen. And, in some ways, you’ll sympathize with him even while you’re yelling at his victims to run. But that’s not all.

That’s not even half of it. The plot is quick paced and grabs you right from the moment you open the book. There is enough suspense to keep you turning the pages even when you know you should be turning the light off and going to bed. Ms. Williams also does a marvelous job with all her characters. You can feel Tara’s remembered terror from a knife attack (in a previous book, Dark Oracle) and her antipathy toward the group she’s loosely affiliated with, Delphi’s Daughters. You can feel Harry’s frustration at what he perceives is his failure to accomplish his job and his fear of losing what he has with Tara.

No, this isn’t a Romance but it has definite Romantic Elements. I intend to get the first book in this series (Dark Oracle) because I want to know where these two characters started but not because it’s necessary to read first. This book stands alone quite nicely.

I definitely recommend Rogue Oracle and I'll probably recommend Dark Oracle too.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Guest - Stephanie Julian

Good morning all! Today's guest is new to me author, Stephanie Julian. Her book What A Goddess Wants is a great read and her publisher, Sourcebooks, has offered a copy to two lucky Star-Crossed readers! Read on to find out how you can be one them. You can see my review here.


10 Things I Love About the Etruscans

I’m a bit of a research geek so, when I chose the Etruscans as the basis for a secret magical community, I ordered every book I could find on Amazon that dealt with Etruscan life. Here are just a few things I discovered that I used to create my stories.

10. Etruscan scholars can’t agree on where the Etruscans came from originally. Historically, they appear around 700 BC in the area now known as Tuscany in Italy. For me as a writer, this was a golden opportunity to create a mysterious race of people out of the mists of time that still had a basis in history.

9. Their language has yet to be fully translated because there aren’t that many examples remaining.  No one really knows why all the texts are missing. And it was a language unlike others spoken in Italy at the time. How cool is that? Not only do scholars not know where the Etruscans originated but they also can’t translate much of the little text they left behind. So far we’ve got mysterious origins and cryptic writings. Win!

8. The Etruscans made gorgeous jewelry. Some of their techniques are unable to be duplicated even today. And they were brilliant artists. They worked in gold, silver, and amber and produced bracelets earrings, pins and necklaces without rival.

7. Rituals, curses and spells were used in everyday life. Noble children wore gold capsules around their necks as charms to ward off evil. Curses have been found inscribed on lead tablets. What paranormal writer wouldn’t be able to come up with loads of material from this?

6. The Etruscans had priests called haruspices who read sheep entrails and watched the skies for signs, particularly, the flight and behaviors of birds, as messages from the deities. Blood-thirsty and strange.

5. They had blue underworld demons, some with claws and fangs. Etruscan artists drew pictures of them on their tomb walls. Perfect villains for paranormal romance, don’t you think?

4. Their goddesses almost always are depicted with red shoes. Why? Hell if I know. But it’s these tiny pieces of information that, when you build on them, make your imaginary world richer.

3. They definitely weren’t prudes. There’s lot of nudes in Etruscan art, both men and women. Beautifully rendered, not crude caricatures, like the Greeks produced.

2. Etruscan goddesses had a much wider range of duties and responsibilities than the Greeks. Where the Greeks were typically petty and vindictive, the Etruscans had a more balanced reaction to most things. Since the Romans assimilated many of the Etruscan deities into their mythology, Roman goddesses have a much wider range of duties than the Greeks.

1. Unlike the Greeks and, later, the Romans, Etruscans women were held in high regard by the men. Their opinions were valued. In artwork, they’re shown in the same scenes as men at banquets and sporting events. You don’t find that in Greek and Roman art. Greeks historians occasionally made rude comments about how Etruscan women were allowed to speak their mind. The Etruscans were way ahead of their time. Huge point in their favor.


In his arms, her magic powers are on the rise…
Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is desperately fighting off a malicious god, but her powers are weakening. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her strength. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary…

And she’s the only one who can bring him into the light…
Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample heart after they’ve had their fun. But there’s something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa, and he knows he’s her only chance to escape the encroaching darkness…

Stephanie Julian is the author of three erotic romance series with Ellora’s Cave. She is a member of RWA and Valley Forge Romance Writers and is a freelance entertainment and lifestyle feature writer. Stephanie lives in eastern Pennsylvania, where she is working on the next two books in the Forgotten Goddesses Series: How to Worship a Goddess (December 2011) and Goddess in the Middle (July 2012). For more information, please visit

-- Lynda Again

If you'd like to be entered in the drawing for What A Goddess Wants, answer the question and send the answer to me at by Friday July 22.

1. Send me an email with Caligo in the subject line
2. Answer this question: What color are the underworld demons?
3. Include your name and mailing address.

On the 22nd, I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, help me pick the winners. Good luck!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review - What A Goddess Wants

What A Goddess Wants
Stephanie Julian
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
July 2011

Tessa, the Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is being hunted by the god of the Underworld. He wants to steal her powers, small though they might be, and uses demonic forces to pursue her in her waking hours and in her dreams. In desperation, she turns to her old friend, Salvatorus, a satyr with connections to many mythological beings.

Salvatorus can think of only one person who might help. A Cimmerian warrior. Cimmerians, highly respected warriors, are known for their lack of emotions and lack of physical sensations like warmth and cold. He sends her to Caligo, a Cimmerian warrior, for protection but warns her that Caligo may not be interested in helping her or anyone else. 

Caligo, or Cal as he's called, has tried to protect the goddess Venus only to discover, after he's beaten to a bloody pulp, that she'd used him to make another god jealous. That and the betrayal he's experienced in his home world has turned his heart to ice. But Cal is shocked when he touches Tessa and feels warmth. He's even more shocked by wanting that warmth again and again...and by the fact that he's starting to feel emotions - want, need, liking, love - for Tessa. 

When Tessa finds his secluded cabin in the woods, she stumbles inside, uninvited, falls asleep in his bed and…well, you can guess what happens when he arrives home. While the set up might have been a little…forced, the highly volatile chemistry between them is scorching hot. After that, there’s a great balance of romance and action and the reader can feel the emotions growing between the two.

I loved the characterization the author did for the characters although I wanted more information about Cal’s past and the reasons he left his home world. Salvatorus is another very interesting character that I hope we’ll see more of in the future.

Overall, there’s great romance, good action and sparkling dialogue. What more can you ask? I definitely recommend it. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I've been interviewed!

I've been interviewed at Linda Andrews Paranormal Journey. You can see it here

I'm also giving away an e-copy of my Altered Destiny to one lucky commenter who can answer the question I'm posed so make sure you stop by!


Monday, July 11, 2011

Guest - Stephanie Rowe

Good morning all! We have a super imaginative author visiting us today. I've reviewed her book - Touch If You Dare and loved it! You can see the review here. Also, Sourcebooks is offering a copy to two Star-Crossed readers so continue on to find out how to enter the drawing!


When Star-Crossed Romance asked me to blog about how I came up with the world of my Soulfire series, I wasn't sure exactly what to say. To help brainstorm, I decided to write down a few key points of the world of TOUCH IF YOU DARE, the second book in the Soulfire series.

The men: Immortal warriors who have been tortured by Death's grandma for 150 years in the Den of Womanly Pursuits. Men who can wield a pair of knitting needles as well as they can vanquish a demon with a sword. Not that they will admit that. Ever. Denial only goes so far, however… If a man's got a talent with a curling iron, he can hide it for only so long…
The bad guy: A suicidal Cupid who makes a deal with Death to become the world's first Reaper who kills with love. No one will ever be afraid of dying again…
Another bad guy: A hot sexy stud named the Godfather, who has given up at love because he orgasms every woman to death. Unfortunately for the heroine, he has just fallen for her sister…
Our intrepid lead couple: Jarvis Swain, a warrior with a talent for French braiding, who is also the Guardian of Hate.  He's on the fast track toward succumbing to the hate in an explosion that will be not-so-good for the world at large. His only chance to save the world? Get some love from his wayward brother, Cupid, who is more interested in his new future as an assassin than love. Jarvis's only chance? Teaming up with Reina Fleming, Death's tender-hearted assistant, who will either bring him to his knees or save him forever.
As I jotted down the above notes about the series, I started to chuckle. Now I realized why Star-Crossed Romance asked me that question! Okay, yes, so it's not the most traditional world, with vampires, werewolves, witches or demons (though a few of those do make unexpected cameos). But, you see, that's the point. I love reading paranormals of every kind, and I wanted to bring all of those elements into my stories.

At the same time, however, I wanted to deliver the unexpected. My goal with the Soulfire series was to create a story that took the paranormal genre and twisted it into new, unpredictable directions. I wanted to surprise the reader, by creating a powerful, sexy story about the triumph of love in the most unusual of circumstances.

For example, the dark, alpha tortured hero is deliciously yummy, but I wanted to do something more. I wanted to give these guys an unexpectedly soft side that torments them as much as it gives them peace. Each warrior in this series has his own special talent, one that he's embarrassingly addicted to for his mental well-being, be it knitting, cross-stitching or flower arranging. I wanted to show that a man can be a bad ass warrior, and still tap into his gentle nature without losing that which makes him so powerful and appealing.

As a writer, and also as a reader, I love the creativity of taking the known and expected and doing something new with it. What book have you read lately that surprised you, or had an unexpected twist on something? Share it in the comments, and a lucky commentator will receive a free copy of TOUCH IF YOU DARE!

*Also, the first book in this series, KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK, is available as a FREE download from Amazon and B&N through 7/11. Today is the last day of the promo, so hurry over now and download it before the price goes back up!*


He’s just about the hottest warrior she’s ever seen…
Reina Fleming really appreciates a man who’s on a mission—especially when he’s a badass warrior doing his best to impress her. And Jarvis is charmed by the way Reina’s magic touch can soothe his dark side.

But when Jarvis’s attention puts her job, her home, and her family in danger, Reina has to decide whether love is worth the price…

Enter the nonstop, action-packed world of Stephanie Rowe’s love stories—you’ll never think of the manly arts in the same way again.

Four-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart Award winner Stephanie Rowe is an award-winning and national bestselling author of paranormal romance, and has written more than twenty-five novels. Stephanie has charmed reviewers with her unique blend of humor and otherworldly magic. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she is working on Book 3 in the Soulfire Series, Hold Me If You Can (January 2011). For more information, please visit 

-- Lynda Again
     As I mentioned earlier, Sourcebooks has offered us two copies of Touch If You Dare. How can you get in the drawing? Easy!

Send an email to me at by Friday, July 15

1) Put Touch in the subject line

2) Besides being a warrior, what does Jarvis have a talent for?  ________ 

3) Give me your name and snail mail address.

On Friday, Wookie (my alien kitten) and I will select and announce the winners. Good luck all and have a Blessed Day!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Review - Touch If You Dare by Stephanie Rowe

Touch If You Dare
Stephanie Rowe
Sourcebooks, Casablanca
July 2011

What happens when you have an Immnortal Warrior who's filled with hate? Literally? No, no, Jarvis Swain doesn't hate. He's just the Guardian of Hate, filled with it. And that's not good for a variety of reasons.

Enter Reina Fleming, Death's soft hearted assistant. She's supposed to help Death collect souls but somehow bringing an unwilling soul to death isn't her cuppa, even though being promoted to Reaper status is part of her master plan to save her sister from a horrible fate. When Death gives her her walking papers, she looks for a way to get her job back and impress Death with her skills. But for that she needs in the form of a tall, sexy warrior whose potent sexuality and aloneness strikes something inside her.

Jarvis isn't looking for any female companionship and he's certainly not looking to work with a woman. Certainly not after his 150 year stint in the tortuous Den of Womanly Pursuits. But something about Reina keeps him cool, keeps him stabilized. And he wants that more than anything. He doesn't want the hate to take him over. And surprisingly he does want to help Reina. In fact, he wants Reina.

Joining forces, they search for a way to help her sister and for a way to help Jarvis contain the hate threatening to destroy both him and the world.

I love plots that twist and turn and that have characters that are out of the ordinary. Touch If You Dare fits the bill completely. These characters are amazingly human while being amazingly not human. The interaction between them is charming, sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant but never boring.

Quirky, funny and with a lovely, twisted plot, Touch If You Dare is a fiery, passionate love story.  This is definitely worth a read. Maybe even a second read ;-)

Monday, July 04, 2011

Guest - Roxanne Rhoads

Good morning all! Happy July 4th to our USA readers! Before you head out to your parades and BBQ's, take a moment to check out today's special guest. Author Roxanne Rhoads, will be discussing the supernatural and what brought her to the genre. She's offering an ecopy of Paranormal Pleasures. (It'll be Smashwords coupon so the winner can download the e-format of their choice.) Read on to find out how to enter the drawing.



Seduced by the Supernatural
Guest post by Roxanne Rhoads

I have always been a fan of anything paranormal.

The love of all things supernatural seems to be part of my DNA. From a very young age I loved ghost stories, scary movies, and anything witchy. My favorite shows included Scooby Doo, The Addams Family and the Munsters.

And Halloween has always been my favorite holiday.

When I was around eleven I found a copy of Interview with a Vampire at a yard sale and my love of the supernatural evolved to include vampires.

Books had always been an escape for me. As an only child growing up in a semi-rural area I didn’t have neighborhoods full of kids to play with. I had a swing set and books. I would sit on my swing and read, lie under a tree and read, sit in a tree in read. Yes a theme emerged. Me and a book- anywhere and everywhere. I read everything I could get my hands on but anything with a taste of something spooky made me enjoy it even more.

The thrill of the paranormal made the books that much more interesting.

As I grew older the love of all things spooky became something different. My supernatural books became ever more seductive and the lure to believe in “something more” grew stronger.

I was thoroughly seduced by the paranormal, wanting to escape into something magical, something more, something better than my boring, mundane existence.

And then I discovered not just scary tales and ghostly characters but the supernatural hero- the paranormal man to drool over. Talk about seduction. Wow.

Sigh…human men could just never be enough for me after that…book wise I mean ;-)

When I began writing fiction I just had to write about sexy supernatural creatures- male, female, didn’t matter. What mattered was that they were supernatural, sexy and so much more interesting than your average everyday human.

Forget about economic despair, unplanned pregnancies, illness, cancer, and the woes of the everyday human existence.

Sure being a supernatural entity has its own downfalls- like being looked at as a monster by most humans, always being in a power struggle with other supernaturals, and living a long and lonely life with no one understanding or loving you- that is until you find “the one”.

But for the most part- what’s not to love? Superhuman strength, magic powers like mind reading or mind control, teleporting, becoming invisible, shooting fireballs out of your hands…and let’s not forget all that supernatural sexual appeal that draws humans to you like moths to a flame.

Who wouldn’t be seduced by all that?

I know there are plenty of people who don’t enjoy the paranormal and urban fantasy genres- so sad for them; they don’t know what they’re missing.

Good thing this site is geared towards all of us who have already been thoroughly seduced. J

My newest book is not for the faint of heart or underage readers. It can strictly be labeled as paranormal erotica. Full of ten paranormal tales of supernatural seduction that each feature the sexiest of supernatural creatures: witches, vampires, demons…even a ghost. I hope you’ll be seduced. Just don’t expect a lot of hearts and flowers romance. Not in this collection. Nope in hear you’ll find heart pounding, blood pumping scenes of passion…perfectly fitting for these lusty and very naughty night creatures.

Title: Paranormal Pleasures Ten Tales of Supernatural Seduction
Author: Roxanne Rhoads
Publisher: Bewitching Books
Genre: Paranormal erotica
ISBN: 0615470386 / 9780615470382
Page Count: 138

Book description:
Ten tantalizing, erotic tales of vampires, witches and demons grace the pages of this short story collection by Roxanne Rhoads.

Step into the darkness and let these tales tempt and tease to satisfy your paranormal cravings.

Eight of Roxanne Rhoads' previous eBook publications appear in print for the first time, along with two brand new, never before published tales of supernatural love and lust.

Extended Description

A Last Goodbye

New witch Marissa is learning the ropes of being one of The Others. One of her mentors is vampire Deirdre, a tall beauty who really irritates Marissa. Marissa is extremely pissed when she shows up to Dante's Ball and finds Deirdre there with Marissa's recent ex-boyfriend, Jeff. The one she was encouraged to break up with because of his humanity. Deirdre explains her reasons for bringing Jeff and offers to help Marissa say goodbye to him in a way none of them will ever forget

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A Last Goodbye

New witch Marissa is learning the ropes of being one of The Others. One of her mentors is vampire Deirdre, a tall beauty who really irritates Marissa. Marissa is extremely pissed when she shows up to Dante's Ball and finds Deirdre there with Marissa's recent ex-boyfriend, Jeff. The one she was encouraged to break up with because of his humanity. Deirdre explains her reasons for bringing Jeff and offers to help Marissa say goodbye to him in a way none of them will ever forget


Vanessa is tired of her boyfriend Simon’s promiscuous vampire ways and stakes him, repeatedly- not close enough to the heart to kill him but close enough to make it hurt. But now she’s had a change of heart and considers embracing the sexual world of the vampire instead of being jealous of it.

Witch in the Middle

Ariadne is a witch torn between two men, a vampire and a human. Her heart doesn’t want to choose but the men force her to make a decision that could break her heart, unless with the help of the Goddess all three of them can come to a mutually acceptable…and enjoyable agreement.

When It Storms

Devon’s witchy girlfriend becomes insatiable every time a storm rolls around and he’s more than happy to give her exactly what she needs.

Monster Inside

Shannon’s never seen her vampire boyfriend, Logan, vamp out before. Then one night he has to kill to save her life. Can she ever look at him the same way again?

The Questioning Concubine

Elita, a pure blood witch, has come home to find who or what killed her parents and to take her rightful place as the head of the coven. After five years of investigating and exhausting all conventional methods at her disposal, she decides to do the one thing a good witch should never do—summon a demon. The demon is not what she expected. Elita is soon swept up in his power… and her own.


The residents of the sleepy little town of Flushing, Michigan had no idea a vampire lived among them, seducing and drinking from all the men in town. Renata walked among them, blending in, taking only what she needed. One night, while she was on the prowl for fresh blood at a carnival, a handsome carnie caught her eye. She had no way of knowing he was a vampire hunter and was there for her.

Sea of Blood

Liana made Nerissa a vampire centuries ago in the islands of Greece but she’s never tired of her companion or the way she hunts her prey.

A Halloween to Remember

What says Halloween better than a wild party at an old Victorian mansion complete with its own cemetery? Perhaps meeting the man of your dreams thanks to the magic of Halloween.

Adena can’t believe her eyes when she spots Dimitri in the library- he looks like something straight off the cover of a historical romance novel-the type of guy she’s always dreamed of. Too bad he disappears before she has the chance to introduce herself. When she finally spots him again later that night she decides she’s not letting him get away again. Adena thinks she’s finally found the one. Until she wakes up alone the next morning- in the cemetery.

Halloween magic brought them together but will it be strong enough to keep them together?

Witching You A Merry Christmas

Witch Vicki has been leery of vampires ever since she was attacked five years ago. Daniel's a vampire and he's been secretly in love in with Vicki for two years ever since becoming Vicki's partner in The Guardians a supernatural group of paranormal crime fighters. Daniel loves Christmas and hopes the spirit of the holidays will soften Vicki's hatred of vampires and help her see him in a new light. Will he get his Christmas wish?

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“I felt the lust, I felt the chills, I felt the desire and of course I felt the spookiness. This story is set in my favorite time EVER - Halloween! And I do have to say that Ms. Rhoads definitely has a flare for the very hot side all the while keeping my interest piqued. This story definitely has all the elements of a hot erotic, spooky Halloween, and a love tale that will have the hopeless romantic fall in love all over again.”~A Halloween to Remember reviewed by Cecile Smith Night Owl Reviews

“Renata is a saucy heroine who’s sexy, smart and totally self sufficient. With the to-the-point character driven plot,  Renata made for an overall delightful read...Throw in an unexpected twist and loads of blazing sex, and the outcome boils on high for a gooey-warm ending.The Questioning Concubine was sizzling-smooth, eyeballs-meets-mind goodness. The writing flexes its wonderfully visual muscles while my mental senses happily quivered from the intake.
Humorous, spicy and sweet…definitely reading-time well spent.” ~Renata and The Questioning Concubine reviewed by Patrice F., Joyfully Reviewed

“Narrated with gutsy charm by Marissa, a young witch in training, this story begins with her outrage at finding Deirdre, the beautiful vampire who is training her, together with Jeff, Marissa's idiotic but well endowed ex-boyfriend. This story goes places that Marissa would never have anticipated, and she finds a new way of controlling her literally explosive orgasms.”~A Last Goodbye review from Goodreads

“Wowza! A Halloween to Remember is sizzling hawt! It is a quick little short that is a powerhouse of erotic pleasures for the reader and most likely for their partner after indulging in this decadent Halloween treat! Ms. Rhoads pushes the buttons on every erotic floor with this wicked orgy of sinful pleasures as she manages to deliver a treat that is both a stimulating and steamy paranormal of carnal indulgence as well as a romantic and sensual love story.”~A Halloween to Remember reviewed at Bitten By Books

Short read filled with lust, hot sex and steamy scenes. Overall an enjoyable read, storyline present, idea and concept unique. The cover caught my eye ! An ideal short but hot read , recommended to all. !! ~A Halloween to Remember reviewed by Katrina Whittaker rated it 4 of 5 stars at Goodreads

Scorching HOT! What a fantastic read! 

By combining all the short erotic tales into one book, the outcome has turned it into one scorching hot read; I mean get out the ice cubes or take a cold shower. My sexual mind sensory circuits went into sensory overload. I definitely will be reading more of this authors work. ~Paranormal Pleasures reviewed by  
Ronda (Queentutt's World of Escapism) at Goodreads 5 of 5 stars

It’s a delicious read which I’d recommend if you like yourself some paranormal erotica.- Paranormal Pleasures reviewed by Lucy Felthouse

About the Author:

Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...these words describe freelance writer, book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.
When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write. She operates a book review site, Fang-tastic Books, dedicated to her favorite type of book- anything paranormal. She also owns a virtual book tour company, Bewitching Book Tours and is a publicist for Entangled Publishing.
When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.

-- Lynda Again

As I mentioned above, Roxanne is offering one copy of her ebook Paranormal Pleasures. To get in the drawing, leave a comment with your email addy by Friday, July 8. 

Good Luck!