Monthly Archives: March 2013

SFFS for 3-30 : We have met the enemy, and he means to kill us

No matter how much you psych yourself up, it’s always hard to hold it together when you come face to face with your enemy. For many of us, it might be an in-law or a boss, or from time to time, a teenaged son. You go over all the things you plan to say in your head, rehearse them until you think it’s perfect, and then the confrontation comes.

Do you remember all those great phrases you’d polished and honed, the ones that would prove your point beyond the shadow of a doubt?

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I have to confess, since I’m a lawyer in my day job, I do practice delivering arguments, even when I’m half-asleep sometimes. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that I’d better write the darned things down before they shimmer away into thin air, as they tend to do.

But today’s snippet, from new release HORIZON SHIFT, shows how Captain Temms Rogers handles his personal confrontation with his demon, the fleet commander whose orders he disobeyed. The decision was the right one, morally, but came at a huge cost to both men and their crews. This man doesn’t merely mean to disagree–he’s out for revenge:

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And suddenly Jal Burko was there.

Sharp blue eyes under close-cut hair of striking black appraised Rogers, unsmiling. He looked much like he had since Rogers’ first days at the Confederation school when Burko had been a part-time flight instructor. He’d actually taken Rogers under his wing for about a year, until the differences in their political thoughts had quietly pushed them apart. He waited for Rogers to open, his stare icy-hot.

Where were all those damned words?

“Commander,” Rogers finally said.

“Captain.” Clipped tone, not giving an inch. Damn him.

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For more delightful snippets from a cornucopia of talented science fiction and fantasy writers, check out Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday, which every week features free snippets from published works and WIPs, giving you, the reader, a chance to see what’s new on the horizon. Or the Horizon, if you like this book. 🙂  You can pick it up here.

How do you handle those moments when you know that what you’re going to say may affect the whole rest of your life?

 

This news reporter goes out of her way to get the story–all the way to Hell!

One of my sister authors from Hydra Publications is sharing the covers for her four short stories, part of her soon-to-be-released series titled THE WORLD AMONG US, a YA/Urban Fantasy series about forbidden love and Greek Mythology.  Each of these is a short story based on THE WORLD AMONG US: PRINCE OF DARKNESS.

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In the first story, Murderous Regrets,

Leon Greene is accused of murdering his best friend, Jason Aysel, and the world wants to know if he really did it. Cue Elise Stevenson, the top news reporter for the Daily Gazette who gets the scoop. Will Leon tell her the truth and his motives behind the murder?

 

In the second story, Moon Spirit,

MoonRaul Blackoak’s world is tossed upside down one evening when he stumbles upon a damsel in distress.

What he wasn’t expecting was that his life would be changed forever by her. Because he risks his own life to save her, he is caught between two worlds; the world to which he belongs, and the human world. Will he be able to balance being in both worlds? Or will he have to give up one to be happily ever after in the other?

 

The third story is Hell Bound. HellsbounD

After impressing her boss with her interview with werewolf, Leon Greene, Elise is Hell Bound to an interview with the Lord of the Underworld himself.  Mr. Murphy wants her to find the dirty scoop on Hades himself, and foil his plot to take over the world.  Will she survive the clutches of Hell?

 

 

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The final of the four is  Hell’s Captive. 

As if interviewing Hades himself wasn’t enough, Elise gets sucked into doing an interview with his son, Prince Damien.  It turns out that the Prince of Darkness has a few tricks up his sleeve himself, and is head over heels for the girl he murdered.  Will Elise uncover the Prince of Darkness’s deepest, darkest secrets?

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Beth Ann Masarik was born on Long Island, NY in the year 1984 with an over-active imagination. She used to love playing make-believe games, and now loves creating her own fantasy worlds. Masarik has been writing since she was 15 years old, and had her first newspaper article published in her high school newspaper in her sophomore year. She has taken several creative writing classes, and started writing her very first novel in college, and is currently searching for the right literary agent. Aside from writing novels, Masarik enjoys bowling, gaming, and role playing online. She enjoys reading fantasy novels written by Richelle Mead, L.J. Smith, and J.K. Rowling, and looks to them for role models.

Beth is recently married, and when she isn’t writing or role playing, she is found volunteering down at her church.

Masarik is also the founder of Literary Lunes Magazine/Literary Lunes Publications, a bi-monthly zine that is dedicated to promoting authors.  You can find out more about Literary Lunes by going to its website at www.literarylunespublications.com

You can find Beth at the following places:

Websites: www.bethannmasarik.com, www.theworldamongussaga.com and www.literarylunespublications.com

Twitter: @theworldamongus and @literarylunes

Facebook fanpages: https://www.facebook.com/bethannmasarikauthor

https://www.facebook.com/TheWorldAmongUs

and https://www.facebook.com/Literarylunespublications

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4667718.Beth_Ann_Masarik

 

 

 

 

 

Get ready to go INTO THE SPIRAL!

School hallwayWelcome today to sister Hydra author Erin Danzer, with her fabulous cover reveal for her new book INTO THE SPIRAL. Great to have you, Erin!

Book Blurb:

Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother’s shadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that don’t appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.

Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.

Excerpt: from Chapter 27 of Into the Spiral. Ronnie learns something new about herself…

Ronnie woke with a start, immediately wondering what had woken her. A noise, she realized. She glanced at the clock on the table and saw it was just after two AM. She laid still and quiet, listening for the noise again. Her body flooded with warm, tingling awareness as she heard the soft rustle of fabric, making her smile.

“I know you’re there,” she whispered.

“I didn’t want to scare you,” Gavin whispered back. He sat on the edge of her bed as Ronnie sat up and scooted over to make room for him. When she knew where he was, she leaned forward and wrapped her arms around his waist, her head pressed against his chest.

“You could never scare me,” she told him as his arms came around her. Ronnie sighed as all the tension left her body and she finally felt the comfort she had sought all day.

“You’ve had one hell of a day, Princess,” he commented. She nodded.

“And I’m proud of you,” he added and she lifted her head. She could see his face well enough to know he was smiling at her, the kind of smile that made her heart flutter, and she blushed as she nestled against him again. This was what she needed. She closed her eyes and settled against him. Sleep began to take her again when she remembered her shoulder. She sat up so quickly she nearly knocked Gavin off the bed and reached back to turn on the lamp. Its soft glow had both of them blinking as their eyes adjusted.

“I have to tell you what else happened to me today,” she declared grinning and showed him her right shoulder. He looked at it and shook his head.

“I don’t get it,” he admitted.

“The shadow hound’s claws raked my shoulder when it attacked me after you left,” she told him. “And I healed myself.”

“You healed yourself?” he repeated slowly. She nodded and reached back to retrieve the paring knife she had left by her phone on the table. Still grinning, she turned back to Gavin, the knife poised to slice her left palm.

“What the hell are you doing?” he exclaimed as he reached for the knife. Ronnie shook her head as she jerked her hands out of his reach.

“It’s okay,” she insisted and sliced open her palm. The pain only lasted a moment and then they both watched as blood pooled in her hand and the wound knit itself back together. Once it was healed, she reached for a tissue and wiped away the blood. She set the knife back on the table and grinned at Gavin, so giddy she could barely sit still.

“Isn’t it cool?” she asked beaming. He shook his head, an odd expression on his face, like he was seeing her for the first time. He reached up to cup her face with one hand and she stilled, her heart fluttering in her chest.

“You are amazing,” he whispered.

 Buy Links

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Into-the-Spiral-ebook/dp/B00AA1O63Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362095769&sr=8-1&keywords=into+the+spiral

AmazonUK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-the-Spiral-ebook/dp/B00AA1O63Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1362095813&sr=8-2

BarnesAndNoble:

 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/into-the-spiral-erin-danzer/1113880674?ean=2940015810189

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/260112

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/into-the-spiral/id585943326?mt=11&ls=1

Add it to your Goodreads TBR list!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16283279-into-the-spiral

MEAbout the Author:

Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. She’s written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. Into the Spiral is the first of a four book series. In addition to her novels, Erin writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://erindanzer.com

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ErinDanzerYAAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/erindanzer

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3336797.Erin_Danzer

 

And it’s out! Read an SFFS snippet, then pick up HORIZON SHIFT in ebook, paper or hardback!

Release date finally! I’m so excited. I wanted to have this book in hand before I started writing HORIZON STRIFE, which is due to the publisher by July 1. Just a chance to immerse myself in Captain Rogers’ world again.  His attitude sometimes reminds me of Mal Reynolds, and I just LOVED that show, always will.horizonshift800x1200

I managed to build my Horizon Crossover page this week almost in time. But it helps fill out the story and has all the buy links. So I’m pretty happy. (Yes, I know THE ELF GUARDIAN came out this week too, but that’ll have to wait for next week’s SFFS.

So, snippet for this week–

Captain Rogers takes his ship down to the nearest planet, Mariel, for repairs. He and a couple of his officers mosey into the nearest town to unload some scrap metal and buy land to bury their dead.

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Careful to stay in character, he waved a hand at the thin almond-eyed server and asked for some sandwiches and more drink.

“Sure, Captain—you’re a captain, aren’t you?” she whispered, sounding desperate.

“Does it show?”

She studied him with more than idle curiosity and then went to the back.

Dani arrived at the bar a few minutes later. The captain pulled out a chair for her and she slipped into it, face flushed. “I unloaded all the uridium scrap for coin and they wanted more!”

Rogers nodded, noting the farm boys  had now focused on his table. “If you want a drink, I expect the boys will buy you one.”

“It might be a great offer, but I’m not looking for love, sir.”

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But then they don’t leave the bar without the Captain finding himself a wife.  Always something…. 🙂

Find other fascinating snippets at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday today and every week!

Do you dare go into the woods with Jessica? Her fairy tale series continues with “Snow and the Seventh Wolf”

Jessica Aspen and I met high atop a mountain in Colorado, where we were taking a wonderful class from writing guru extraordinaire Margie Lawson.  Since then, we’ve both gone on to be multi-published authors, and I’m thrilled to have here here with me today! Welcome, Jessica!

Hi Lyndi! Thanks for having me back as your guest. The last time I was here I had fun being interviewed about my debut novella Little Red Riding Wolf, (click HERE for Lyndi’s interview) and today I’m pleased to be back on tour with the second in the Twisted Tales Come Into the Woods series, Snow and the Seventh Wolf.

SnowandSeventhWolf_200I’ve been a big fan of twisted fairy tales for years, long before we saw them permeate romance and then our mainstream culture, and when I started to write my own stories I was naturally drawn to the twists and turns of fairy tale plots. And it turns out that over the last few years everyone has jumped on the twisted tale bandwagon. From Once Upon a Time to the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer fairy tales are the next big thing.

Fairy tale plots are the stories that we have told ourselves for generations. Tales of the poor becoming rich and the rich becoming poor. Cautionary tales that warn of the evils of the woods or to watch out for evil step-parents. Tales of bravery and success and romance. These are the common threads that we ourselves, our great-great-great grandparents and beyond told around the fireplaces and then some bright person finally wrote down. The original fairy tales are not what we’d consider children’s stories, full of dark torturous endings and not always ending happily ever after.

So a current crop of story tellers are doing what our ancestors did, taking the old tales and adding new twists and creating new fairy tales to sit alongside of the old. My stories are based on the old standbys and you’ll find bits and pieces of your favorite tales laced among my modern settings and modern characters. Open the pages and you’ll discover apples, and step-mothers and  old women leading young girls astray. Betrayal and murder and love.

I’ve set my stories in the Rocky Mountains. Little Red Riding Wolf takes place in Colorado, as does the third story (Goldi and the Bear, Fall 2013). Snow and the Seventh Wolf moves the pack up into the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, a wild lush landscape where you’d better fill up on gas when you see a gas station because you may not see another for miles.

And I’ve added in a little twist of my own, werewolves, romance, and a dash of paranormal suspense. Discover sexy alpha males and strong dominant females falling in love in a contemporary fairy tale. It hits all my buttons, how about yours?

Exiled for attempting to kill his sister’s lover, the last thing Seth needs is to be saddled with a human. But Seth can’t turn his back when he discovers Snow fleeing from her avaricious step-parents murder plot. Isolated in a cabin in the woods, Snow attempts seduction and Seth discovers even werewolves are vulnerable to passion’s temptation. Seth’s angry struggles against his desire drive him away, but his over-protective alpha nature won’t let him abandon a female in distress. With Snow in danger again, can Seth overcome his prejudices in time to save Snow from her step-parents’ evil plan?

Snow and the Seventh Wolf on: Amazon, Passion in Print, Barnes and Noble, All Romance

jessicaAuthor Bio: Jessica Aspen writes paranormal romance near the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Her books are full of elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. She loves dark chocolate, walking the dog, hiking and is obsessed with new electronic writing devices. Jessica is also obsessed with writing, learning about writing and is currently hard at work on the third novella in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series, Goldi and the Bear- available Fall 2013. She is a member of RWA, CRW, FF&P and PRO. You can find Jessica most days during the week at http://jessicaaspen.com

Author web links:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

https://www.facebook.com/jessica.aspen

http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Discover Little Red Riding Wolf, the first book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods Series

Available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Passion in Print, and All Romance

Too many stories, so little time–Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday for March 2

Four books releasing in March? What the heck was I thinking???

Oh yeah, I remember. I’m going to That Book Place for  an Author’s Fair in Madison, Indiana, and I wanted to be able to take new books with me. *headdesk*

So I have the fourth book in the Clan Elves series, THE ELF GUARDIAN: cvr200x300elfguardian2

And a story, “A Recipe For Success,” in SIDEKICKS, the new speculative fiction anthology from Alliteration Ink (writing as Alana Lorens):SIDEKICKS_512

And a new contemporary romance called BY ANY OTHER NAME coming from Desert Breeze Publishing   March 23…(also writing as Alana Lorens)

Holy Mother of bacon and blueberry muffins, Batman!

I feel like I’m tied to one of the fans on a windmill, spinning around trying to see which book I’m talking about THIS time.

Oh, wait. I know. I’m talking about the first book in the Horizon Crossover series, HORIZON SHIFT.

Here’s the blurb: When Captain Temms Rogers of the Confederation spaceship Doubtful disobeys orders to attack innocent civilians, he and his crew become hunted rebels. In the midst of a desperate space battle, they risk using an experimental alien device that opens a wormhole which hurls them into a new universe.

(Yes, the name of his ship is the Doubtful, and yes, there’s a good reason for it. It’s in the book. 🙂  )

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Captain Rogers has a lot on his mind, what with trying to save what’s left of his ship and his crew in the new universe. Even his sleep is troubled with worries:

When he finished saying grace, the children passed bowls of food and chattered about school as Connie corrected their grammar and manners. He could only watch–he couldn’t move.

Connie said something about the Confederation school and Tommy bragged about how he couldn’t wait to become a Confederation officer like his dad.

Temms wanted to tell Tommy he was forbidden to go. Tommy passed the tray of broiled meat, and small marks appeared on his shirt, red marks that got bigger and more liquid. Blood.

Tommy babbled about joining the Confederation corps as he slowly bled out and Connie looked at Temms, accusing him.

“How could you let this happen? How could you?”

He couldn’t move.

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Here’s another snippet from December 2012 from HORIZON SHIFT, and here’s where you can catch a whole bunch of assorted free snippets from authors around the world at Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday– come by and read them all!

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