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I am in love with this one 🙂 ~ it has a LOT of twists and turns and tons of revelations about the wyrd, fae, and humans of Dumnos.
Back on track.
Remember: It matters not whether we get turned into a newt. What’s important is that we get better.
Fred: Well, then, it is my duty, as a pirate, to tell you that you are too tender-hearted.
…The Pirates of Penzance
I’ve had scathing reviews that hurt my feelings, some that made me laugh and enjoy their cleverness, some that made me mad because I couldn’t see any connection in my book to the book the reviewer was trashing.
In short, I know that reviews are only tangentially connected to the material being reviewed. Reviews are separate works. I have no more right to swell with pride over a good one as I do to crawl under a rock because of a bad one.
Today Fever Mist got its first review and… it kind of broke my heart. Kind of made me not care anymore. Made me wonder why I do this.
It’s funny how you think you’ve made a little treat for your readers, something fun and interesting – a peek into a secret part of the characters lives. Something that doesn’t fit into the flow of a novel, but works as a short story or novella. Something fun. You spend weeks on it, and practically give it away.
And they don’t see it like that at all.
Don’t get me wrong. Writing stories, publishing them for other people to read, is a blast. The best thing I’ve ever done in my (long) life. But I think I need to crawl into my shell for a while.
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Secrets by Liz Schulte: While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the Abyss gazed back at her. She discovers mysterious men follow her around, people close to her are dying, and her dreams are no longer her own as she falls head over heels for a perfect stranger. A chance encounter leads to an obsession that could destroy everything she has ever known or loved. Olivia is about to find out there is a lot she doesn’t know and sometimes what you don’t know can kill you.
The Charmer by Autumn Dawn: Jasmine didn’t realize her friend Wiley was special until they were drawn into another world. Here Wiley is betrothed to the ruler of the Haunt, a wererace both dangerous and proud. Keilor is the master of soldiers, a man few would cross, yet he’d never met a menace like the little brunette his princess calls friend. Will Jasmine find the portal home, or will she find a werewolf of her own?
Forever Fae by L.P. Dover: He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect … We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae. According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.
Stronger Than Magic by Melinda VanLone: Water can be deadly, in the right hands. In a world of magic, hidden away from those who have no power, Tarian Xannon commands the natural forces of water, air, and fire. As heir to the Dolphin Throne, her job is to learn what it takes to lead—but she’d much rather forget the heavy weight of responsibility in the waves of the ocean. When Tarian is brutally attacked, she faces the shocking reality her talent, while strong, is no match for the demon-like creature. This power play for the throne ignites the Succession Ritual, forcing Tarian to make hard choices about the future of her unborn child, House Xannon, and the very fabric of magical society. As her defenses wane, his attacks grow bolder. All she knows and loves hangs in the balance. Tarian fights not only to keep the throne she thought she hated, but to accept her true place in the world. Will her power be enough? Or are some things stronger than magic?
Give Me by L.K. Rigel: A Romance Reviews top pick. All she wanted was a vacation … but Dumnos offered a new life. Lilith Evergreen has always lived in the California desert, but when she receives an antique ring as a gift, she dreams of a castle by the sea, a magnificent tree at cliff’s edge, and a mysterious woman who calls her to Dumnos, a land of mist and rain. Cade Bausiney is the future Earl of Dumnos, but at present he just wants to bolster the local economy with a scheme to increase tourism. When he meets Lilith, a tourist from the other side of the world, his attraction to her is overwhelming ~ but are the feelings real or magically induced?
Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson: Attacked by a wolf while hiking, Anna Avery’s life just got a little hairier. Living in the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming, with a group of werewolves who are more animal than human, Anna must try to hold onto her human side. It’s not easy when the alpha continues to persuade her into his bed, while another wolf is chomping at the bit to become her mate. To top it all off, dead bodies are showing up and it just so happens that Anna was the last to see them alive. She’ll have to work to prove her innocence and taming the wolf who bites first and asks questions never.
Sweet Magic Song by Olivia Hardin: Belle Bittner was sold to the highest bidder when she was just a child, sought for the magic lying dormant in her blood. She grew up as the adopted daughter of a wealthy vampire couple, and serving the child-trafficking Org seemed her only option in life. But Belle has other plans, and she won’t let anyone get in the way of her escape, even if it means betraying those who try to help her. Desperate to stay free of an evil vampire who means to possess her no matter what, Belle decides she can use the protection of the flirtatious faery named Roon. The two of them flee to the faery realm where Rooney believes he can better protect her. What he doesn’t know is that taking the beautiful siren through the golden door will set off a cataclysm of events that will threaten the fabric of both the human and the faery worlds. Separating myth from fact to decipher the truth about her powers could mean the destruction of the new life Belle’s trying so hard to build.
Enlightened by Melissa Lummis: Loti Dupree is about to learn that karma’s a bitch. After her husband’s sudden illness and mysterious death, ominous nightmares and psychic attacks have her running for her life—and straight into the arms of a dark and broody vampire called Wolf. In his world of closely guarded secrets, every answer she uncovers leads to more questions. Sexy distractions teeter between dangerous and too good to quit, while Loti struggles with both losing and finding herself in the arms of this mysterious creature. When the attacks intensify and friends become casualties, she must face the truth whether she wants to or not. Someone out there will stop at nothing to kill her and only the vampire named Wolf and a destiny she isn’t prepared to embrace stands between her and an early grave.
Undeniable by Tawdra Kandle: For Rafe Brooks, running from a broken heart means losing himself in alcohol and women. Lots of women, none of whom will remember him, since he has the ability to manipulate their minds and make them forget. Numbing the pain works until he meets an irresistible redhead with secrets of her own. She offers him the opportunity to join forces with an organization that will use his powers for good rather than his own amusement.
Jocelyn rocks his world with her unapologetic passion and makes him believe for the first time he just might survive heartbreak.
When a mission takes the two of them undercover to infiltrate a commune with suspicious activity, they discover it’s just the tip of a plot to cause world-wide anarchy. Hiding their extraordinary powers and real identities is crucial to staying alive.For Rafe and Jocelyn, when life is uncertain, love is undeniable.
Hanna, Hanna, One-and-Two by Myndi Shafer: Twenty-two year old Johanna Cochrin’s world is broken. Eating mists ravage the plains, and wilder-than-most hunt and kill in all but the most protected lands. Sickness shadows the populace, and the minds of men are slipping. And even though there’s something she would do about it, she can’t. She’s a prisoner. After witnessing her brother’s brutal murder, she’s spent the better part of the last decade in self-imposed silence, hell-bent on taking his secret to the grave. Even if that means living the rest of her life confined in a remote government compound. But when she is kidnapped from that compound, her silence becomes a liability. Annabel Haier, the ruthless dictator of a fragile government, will stop at nothing to see Johanna back in her clutches and sacrificed to a time-altering Device. If Johanna is to survive, she must learn to trust people she has never met and share the secrets she never meant to share. And if she is to discover her place in the world, she must come to terms with her own mortality – a thing that has the power to save, or condemn her broken world.
Divine Destiny by Joanna Grace: Avery McClain is normal. Or so she thinks. Until her life is shattered and she is rescued by a Thracian warrior. He takes her to the Haven, a realm of safety for the magical race of Olympians. There she discovers her life was meant for a higher calling as the mate of an Olympian Prince. Her choice will change everything. Ryse Castille has one job: convince Avery to step into her role as a Divine Grace. As with any mission, there are obstacles to overcome. Including the fact he is captivated by her. Of all the gifts the gods have given him, romance was not included. But Avery belongs to him and he will stop at nothing to protect her. The enemy might be closer than they think. Can Avery find the courage to embrace her destiny? Or will evil separate them for eternity?
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I mean… can’t you just feel the seething, I’m-not-going-to-take-it-anymore rage?
Don’t you want this book? (I did. I have it now.)
Tethers is now buffed up with a new name ~ simply the Wyrd and Fae series. Easier to remember, no?
Fever Mist (August 15) is a novelette-length story as an appetizer to A Glimmering Girl (Coming in September, after the KU turmoil at Amazon will have, I hope, subsided).
Fever Mist is about lust and loss of self-control, so of course it includes Max and Cissa’s first meeting!
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I’m SO excited!
When Phoenix Sullivan asked if I’d like Bride of Fae to be included in this collection of novels about the fae, I was thrilled – and what perfect timing, with A Glimmering Girl coming out later this month!
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The fae. Find them here in all their forms–dark and mysterious, light and winged, shifters and schemers. From the faery lands of the ancient Isles to the uncertain streets of the modern world, six strong heroines risk everything to face magic, binding and the impossibility of forbidden love that will forever change their lives.
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INFLUENTIAL MAGIC – Deanna Chase
A HEART IN SUN AND SHADOW – Annie Bellet
QUEEN MAB – Kate Danley
BLOOD FAERIE – India Drummond
BRIDE OF FAE – L.K. Rigel
HEARTSONG – Phoenix Sullivan (a box set exclusive!)
INFLUENTIAL MAGIC (Crescent City Fae – Book 1) – Deanna Chase
It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, especially for a part-time vampire hunter for the Void. When Willow Rhoswen’s life is threatened, the director saddles her with a new partner: ex-boyfriend, David, now turned vamp. Not trusting David, Willow turns to childhood crush, Talisen to help. Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control her gifts, Willow finds it’s more than just her life in jeopardy.
A HEART IN SUN AND SHADOW (Cymru That Was – Book 1) – Annie Bellet
In ancient Wales, Áine, a changeling woman with Fey blood and Selkie gifts, struggles to fit into the human world. Twin brothers Emyr and Idrys, cursed to live as hounds–Emyr by night and Idrys by day–rescue Áine when tragedy strikes, and the three soon confess their love. The only way to break the brothers’ curse means Áine risking everything and confronting her own gifts and heritage. Love will set her free…or bind her forever…
QUEEN MAB – Kate Danley (with help from William Shakespeare)
When Faunus, god of daydreams, breaks the heart of Queen Mab, she seeks revenge. Using the most powerful families in Verona, they wage war against one another, and place their final bets upon the heads of two youths: Romeo and Juliet. But when Mab falls in love with Mercutio, everything changes and she will do anything, even destroy the world, to save him. But will it be enough to stop tragedy? Or only spur it forward to its terrible end?
BLOOD FAERIE (Caledonia Fae – Book 1) – India Drummond
Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran–away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.
BRIDE OF FAE (A Tale of Wyrd and Fae) – L.K. Rigel
Beverly Bratton has a safe, mundane life–until a fairy’s charm sends her 100 years into the past. To save the Dumnos fae from turning dark, Prince Dandelion must retrieve the mystical coronation cup that has fallen into Beverly’s hands. For a fairy, love is rare. To love a human, impossible. But when Beverly and Dandelion come together to fight both wyrd and fae, they learn that in Dumnos the impossible happens every day.
HEARTSONG (An Arthurian Paranormal Romance) – Phoenix Sullivan
By night, in her Gabriel Hound form, Brinn runs with The Wild Hunt. When she’s unwittingly thralled by brother princes Alain and Pellinore, only one thing can free her: the blood of her captors. But freedom is not so easily won as the three of them form a grudging bond that soon turns intimate. Love should be easy, but The Wild Hunt wants Brinn back, the Questing Beast wants Pel, and Alain wants the impossible–to keep them both at his side.
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I’m so bad at hitting my target dates. My dream is to someday make enough at this writing thing that I can leave the day job work and just write, write, write. Sigh…
However, I’m going to have a fun, EXCITING announcement in the next couple of days, here and in the newsletter.
If you’re interested in receiving an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of A Glimmering Girl, make sure you’re signed up for the newsletter ~ which will include a neato giveaway.
Meanwhile, don’t miss this sneak peek at A Glimmering Girl!
It seems everyone in the thrall of HBO’s Game of Thrones is having a whacked-out breakdown over “the scene” in the sept between Jaime and Cersei.
1. Spoiler alert: Read no further if you don’t want to know….
2. Yes-buts and disclaimers: a. This is about the series, not the books. b. Yes, I know rape is wrong.
I completely identified with Jaime’s point of view. After his Big Reveal in the bath with Brienne, Jaime has morphed from Despicable He to Tragically Misunderstood Anti-Hero. My altered eye alters all:
Yes, he’s an oath-breaker – but for the noblest of causes. He sacrificed his oath, his very self-definition, to save the world (so to speak) from a monster. And then he was condemned and judged for doing so by none other than the holier-than-thou, beloved-by-all, Stupid Ned Stark.
The world was not grateful for Jaime’s sacrifice. The world went on as it had before, stupid, cowardly, self-absorbed, cruel. Jaime adapted. I don’t know if he was a murderer before then. I know he was afterward. He pushed Bram out the window, intending to kill him. He murdered that guy in the stockade. His contempt for the world is genuine, heart-felt, and the world deserves it.
But I think in his heart of hearts Jaime wishes the world were an honorable and just place, and it tears him apart in his soul that it isn’t.
So he keeps his own code of honor. He wouldn’t finish Stark off in the square “because it wouldn’t have been clean.” He saved Brienne because it would have been dishonorable not to.
For years, he’s been estranged from the world. Recently, he’s been captured, ridiculed, lost his right hand (his sword-fighting hand), and finally returned home to Cersei, the one friend, the one love, the one safe place and source of comfort in his life. And she rejects him.
Watch the scene again. I think Jaime cracks when she looks at his stump with revulsion and pulls away from him. It’s too much. The final rejection from the one place he hoped to find acceptance. He breaks, loses control, and demands what he’d hoped she would give freely. Not sex. Comfort, solace, love.
And that’s why the scene is so tragic. Those things can’t be taken; they can only be accepted when offered freely. Poor Jaime Lannister.