“Fire Fall” is Out Today! Plus a Special Memorial Day Romance Promo & Chance to Win $75 Amazon Gift Card

Fire Fall is out today! It’s only 99c and exclusive to Amazon – which means it’s free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers. So if you know any of them, please tell them!

paranormal romance, kindle unlimited, new release,Vanessa Araya is not hiding! She’s trying to find herself after the terror of being kidnapped six months ago. Who is she when her trust in people has been stripped away? How can she be free and brave and in love with life when a little part of her is always looking over her shoulder? Being the daughter of a billionaire hurts in unique ways.

Seth Bentham fell for Vanessa three years ago, and walked away. He’s a wizard mercenary: lethal, magical and in deep in a dangerous world. He would have only brought Vanessa pain. Now he’s hunting the southern Rocky Mountains for a kidnapped barrier wizard; not to save the man, but to learn more about the plot that involves him. The very last person Seth expects to stumble over while hiking is Vanessa, but here she is, strong, scared that she’s broken, and his.

This time, Seth won’t walk away.

But the price of stealing time together is high. Old enemies and new threats lurk in the mountains. There are fantastical creatures and there is the racing, hungry inferno of wildfire. Before the Fourth of July explodes in fireworks, someone will die.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Fall-Old-School-Book-ebook/dp/B06Y3Q8Z3F/

Excerpt at the end of this post!

Memorial Day Romance Promotion – Chance to Win $75 Amazon Giftcard

Fantastic books AND a chance to win a $75 giftcard – Memorial Day Weekend Book Fair hosted by Love Books, Love Authors.

Kindle Unlimited Discoveries

If you’ve been reading my books and posts for a while, you’ve probably guessed that I love shifter romances. So it’s cool to see that the exciting conclusion to Alicia Montgomery’s True Mate series has just released. Tempted by the Wolf has a lone wolf heroine and a warlock hero. The world needs more non-evil warlocks! 😉

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Larkspur, or a Necromancer’s Romance by V. M. Jaskiernia is an historical paranormal romance novella, and not as dark as the “necromancer” in the title might have you believe. Enjoy! (For those not subscribed to Kindle Unlimited, it’s only 99c – or less than that in American currency, I think).

Thieves’ Honor by Jamaila Brinkley charmingly combines a Regency romance with magic. Delightful..

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Fire Fall Excerpt

The wildfire in Fire Fall isn’t confined to the mountains! Sexy excerpt ahead 😉

Desire and delight spiraled through Vanessa as Seth hovered over her. Through her hand on his chest, she could feel his heart beating heavily. He’d braced himself over her. There was no weight, no cage…no demand. Only, he kissed her with hope and aching promise. His lips were warm and smooth, gliding against hers; coaxing her to respond.

It was a seduction and so much more.

Her fingers curled in his t-shirt, and he seemed to take that as a signal. He lifted her as he lay back on the sofa. It was long enough for him to stretch out and to cuddle her over him. She was free to end the kiss at any time, but until she did, his hand ran the length of her spine, caressing and claiming. His other hand cupped the back of her head, holding her tenderly for his kiss.

The flavor of him was hot chocolate and male desire, rich and drugging.

It could have escalated. Experiencing the tenderness of a strong man was a powerful aphrodisiac. Vanessa felt protected and desired. She was safe to simply be in the moment, to let all the everyday tensions go to enjoy one tension, the thrilling demand of passion.

She was free because Seth kept the intensity contained.

Finally, he guided her head down to his shoulder and she lay there, luxuriating in their closeness, soothed yet kept simmering by the slow caress of his hand on the small of her back.

There was no need for words.

 

 

Happy Snaps and a May Sale!

On a glorious autumn day, I took a stroll by the river. (Scroll down for an awesome romance book sale with over 25 novels at 99c each).

The sky and river were both overwhelmingly blue.
I wasn’t the only one enjoying the sunshine.
A fallen tree, still beautiful.
A fallen tree, still beautiful.

It might be heading into winter here, but the garden is flowering as if it’s spring! These are all self-sown flowers: nasturtiums, snapdragons and stocks. Even the violets are from seeds that drifted from their original bed.

Last year I sowed “peaches and cream” nasturtiums. This year I have a crimson jewel!
This is fairly close to the original “peaches and cream” from last year.
Sweet, subtle fragrance to this snapdragon
Stocks always seem old-fashioned to me. But lovely.
I love finding violets in the garden

Romance Novels on Sale, May 13 & 14

 

Romance eBook Sale at Amazon — over 25 books at 99c each.

Kindle Unlimited Discoveries

These aren’t really discoveries…

If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber and haven’t already read my short romantic fantasy novellas, they’re all in there:

Beauty Conquers the Beast

Up In Flames

Fantasy Man

The Lion and the Mouse

Release the Djinni

Dark Oasis

Fire Rose

Embracing the Ghoul

Denying the Dragon

The Crocodile Virgin

Her Robot Wolf

I’m having an absolute blast writing Her Robot Wolf. Professor Summer has to be the most unique academic you’ll ever encounter. And wait till you enter Proper University! Ooh, an university of aliens is so cool 🙂

 

 

Maybe, Baby, It’s May!

This is a random kind of newsletter, filled with things that I’ve found while wandering the net, and just things.

Spicy Barley with Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese

I snapped this as I was making a quick lunch the other day. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m lazy? So I like having some cooked grains in the freezer. Then it’s just a matter of getting out an individual serving an hour earlier so it can defrost, and frying it quickly in a little olive oil. I used cumin and smoked paprika to spice the barley and tossed in some broccoli. Once it was off the heat I added tiny chunks of cheddar cheese. Yum!

Choosing An Alien

When I was plotting Her Robot Wolf, I had to invent a number of aliens. It was fun, but I saved the best inspiration for some very special aliens that you’ll meet soon. I based them on super-intelligent octopuses – and yes, octopuses really are smart!

Australia Has Some Ancient Trees

Just a simple link to the article on ancient Australian trees, but the Australian Geographic site is generally worth checking out. Gorgeous pics.

Kindle Unlimited Discoveries

A fun new series by Alisha Klapheke. How can you resist a fantasy that involves magic and pirates? Waters of Salt & Sin was a great read.

From the blurb: “The epic setting of Game of Thrones meets the humor and romance of Pirates of the Caribbean in this new series! Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Sarah J. Maas.”

If you prefer crime novels, The Pick, The Spade and the Crow by Bill Rogers was a solid British mystery.

Fire Fall – Summer in the Rocky Mountains

It’s less than a month till the release of Fire Fall on May 26. You can pre-order it now for 99c. This Rocky Mountains romance has tons of romance, some distinctly different characters (they’re not all human!) and a sizzling hot attraction between Seth and Vanessa. Three years ago, she was involved with someone else, and he walked away. But he never forgot her. When fate brings them together again, he’ll do anything to keep her safe. High intensity magic, and even hotter passion.

Fire Fall pre-order link: https://www.amazon.com/Fire-Fall-Old-School-Book-ebook/dp/B06Y3Q8Z3F/

A Spring Into Spring Book Sale, the Readers Rock Mega Event and News on Her Robot Wolf

Oh, I have good stuff for you today! Two awesome book sales, a book with a fire-breathing unicorn shifter, and if you scroll to the end of the post, the draft blurb for Her Robot Wolf. Plus, I saw pelicans!

The Readers Rock Mega Event presents over 200 books (mostly romance novels) at 99c each. That’s perfect if you’re staying inside to escape spring/autumn hayfever – I hope you’re not suffering from it!

The Spring into Romance Book Sale runs April 27-29 with some gorgeous romance novels – all at 99c.

Kindle Unlimited Discoveries

Blood Moon by Lena Hillbrand and Lena Mae Hill has an interesting twist on vampires and a world in which they’re in charge. For those of you who aren’t Kindle Unlimited subscribers, I think it’s only 99c today – enjoy!
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A fire-snorting, C4-chewing unicorn – and that’s just the heroine! (when she’s transformed). I loved the craziness of Playing with Fire by R.J. Blain. I admit, I also cried while reading it, just at one point, near the beginning, which is proof of how into the story I was.

 

New Release

Prowlers and Growlers: A Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection with stories from bestselling authors has just released, and the huge boxset is only 99c!

I wish I could have taken a better photo, but it was difficult to bring them into focus fast enough. I was at the beach the other day, and it had visitors. I love pelicans. One of them landed and sidled up to a pair of fishermen. “Hey, mister, can you spare a fish?” So adorable.

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Draft Blurb for Her Robot Wolf

Jaya Romanov is an independent star ship shaman. She studies the energy flows of the universe and—for a price—will harness them to her employer’s purpose. Wormholes are a whole lot safer to travel when a shaman guides the jump.

Vulf Trent is a bounty hunter. It was that or join the family business, piracy, and Vulf is too much the lone wolf to tolerate the demands of a large pirate crew. Where his family enjoys the bonds of pack, he prefers the freedom of ranging the universe, alone.

Seven generations ago, humanity evacuated Earth and the shifter clans’ ability to transform into their primal animal forms was one of the most terrible losses of that time. Now, the werewolves, werebears and other shifters are trapped in their human bodies and slowly losing the essence of their primal souls. Jaya is determined to heal their torn transformational abilities, but Vulf doesn’t believe her.

He didn’t kidnap her for her healing abilities.

Pre-order link soon!

The Seven Rules of Great Storytelling

Humans are forever telling stories. For instance, effective advertising is essentially a story that convinces us that a) we have an unmet need, and b) the product in question meets that need. We also tell stories as ways to develop and sustain relationships. Stories help us to find common ground with strangers. If I tell you the story of how my nana’s dog used to try to herd jumbo jets and your nana’s dog used to do the same (highly unlikely, but still!) we’ll smile at one another and feel a kinship. Stories are bridges between who we are and who the person next to us might be. They connect us. Over the dinner table we tell our families the stories from our day so that they know how we’re travelling, what we’re struggling with, and to celebrate our small successes. And we listen to their stories to keep that bond between us tight. People change. Stories help us to change with each other and to understand some of the reasons for the changes.

Stories reveal us to each other. They’re also how we make sense of the world. People are rightly worried about fake news on the internet, but one of the important points to remember is that this fake news is composed of stories. Their facts are wrong. They may even be specifically designed to manipulate us. But they’re also fascinating for showing us issues that we as a society are grappling with. We want to understand our problems and our neighbours’ problems, and find a way to move forward, making a better life for everyone.

I’m particularly focused on storytelling because as a novelist it’s what I do. I write stories about who people are, what we strive for, and how we find joy. I tend to add magic to my books (since I write paranormal romance), but so do fairytales, and their magical trappings don’t change the essential truths revealed in those stories.

So, here’s my take on the seven rules of great storytelling:

  1. You must evoke emotion in your audience. A story works when people feel something on hearing/reading/seeing it. There are various strategies put forward on how to achieve this, from character development, to emotional topics, to high stakes.
  2. Tension has to build.
  3. The resolution must be credible. It can involve green flying monsters, but those monsters must tie back to something mentioned earlier in the story. A story makes certain promises to a reader, and those promises must be met.
  4. Know what promises you’re making with your story. If you’re a stand-up comedian telling a joke, your promise is that your story will amuse. Sometimes, as with stories over the dinner table, your promise is simply that your story won’t take long! Everyone wants their turn. Be attentive to your audience.
  5. Stories have a hero. This is the person who is changed by the story. In our personal stories, that’s generally us. Sometimes we’re our own catalyst for change, but more often, that catalyst is external.
  6. The most memorable, powerful stories change the people who hear them. It’s okay to tell a story with the purpose of changing someone’s mind. Doing so doesn’t make you an evil marketing genius. We do this unthinkingly when we try to improve someone’s mood with a story. In daily life, we select our stories for how they support the relationships we’re in, and for how they make us appear. All those selfies shared online are visual storytelling, affirmations that each of us is present.
  7. But never forget that a good storyteller is an even better listener – and by “listener” I mean someone who experiences other people’s stories. We spend more time as audience than as entertainer, and being an attentive audience alerts us to effective storytelling techniques. Listen for the gaps in the range of stories told, and you’ll also hear what people are searching for, but not finding. Tell those stories.

What have I missed? What does great storytelling demand?

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