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Aug
8

Author Guest Post – Justin Gustainis

Author Guest Post – Justin Gustainis Dear Readers, Today I have a special treat for you… A guest post from author Justin Gustainis. Justin grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania and is now a college professor living in upstate New York. Prior to his career in academe, he was, at various times, a soldier, garment worker, speechwriter and professional bodyguard. His books include the novels THE HADES PROJECT (2003), BLACK MAGIC WOMAN (2008), EVIL WAYS (2009), SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (2011) and HARD SPELL (2011), as well as an anthology he edited, THOSE WHO FIGHT MONSTERS: TALES OF OCCULT DETECTIVES (2011).  He is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.  Please help me welcome Justin to That’s What I’m Talking About. Genre Writers Deal with Darkness – Literally by Justin Gustainis This started as a thread on the “Genreality” blog today, and I’m afraid I jumped on it with both feet.  Writer Sasha White (who posts there every Tuesday) provided these three, for starters (but does not claim authorship): Q. How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb? A. Two. One to screw it almost all the way in, and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end. Q. How many screenwriters does it take to screw in a light bulb? A. Why does it *have* to be changed? Q. How many cover blurb writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?  A. A vast and teeming horde stretching from sea to shining sea!   ——————- And the rest of these atrocities are mine, all mine. Q. How many horror writers does it take to change a light bulb? A. Every writer who has tried to change that bulb has died — horribly. Q. How many romance writers does it take to change a light bulb? A. Light bulb?  Who needs light? Simone was just reaching up to unscrew the old bulb when suddenly Randall’s strong arms were around her, pulling her tightly against him, and she thought, “Either he’s got a spare bulb in his pocket, or this is the night that he’ll make me his own!” Q. How many urban fantasy writers does it take to change a light bulb? A. One can do it, but two is safer.  Chloe Badass knew she should wait to change the bulb until her partner Raoul returned from the Vampire Council meeting. But there were ghouls living in this part of the city, and Chloe knew that...
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Aug
5

Author Guest Post – Leia Shaw

Author Guest Post – Leia Shaw Dear Readers, Today I have a special treat for you… A guest post from author Leia Shaw. Leia is the author of a paranormal romance series called Shadows of Destiny. She’s here to talk about her latest book, Destiny United. Though it’s a series, each book is a stand alone as well. If you like a love story with a supernatural twist, sexy alpha males, smart kick-ass women, and a healthy dose of action and magic… check out the first chapter of each of Leia’s books on her website HERE.   Today Leia has brought along the hero of Destiny United, Marcelo, an 800-year old vampire. He is going to hijack today’s post to share his side of the story. Please help me welcome Marcelo (and Leia) to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away Marcelo… My world was a tomb. A pit of silent darkness though chaos surrounded me. For six hundred years I hunted. I wandered to every corner of the world searching for that familiar scent. Roses and red wine. Natalia – my wife from my human life. She’d been turned before I was, then disappeared. Our brief human marriage felt like a hazy dream.  After the first few centuries, the memory started to fade. My soul faded with it. I journeyed to the Underworld where I led armies of creatures that would haunt you in your sleep if you’d seen them. I was a master now, respected and obeyed.  But inside I was nothing. An empty soul doomed for an eternity of restless despair.  Until I was sent by the Queen of the Underworld on a mission to retrieve an inconsequential human girl and deliver her to the Underworld. It was a job I was loathe to do but to maintain the only friend I’d had in my eight hundred years as a vampire, I consented. The girl was a pitiful wisp of a thing, but she had the face of an angel. Our first encounter was a disaster. After waking from a concussion she hyperventilated on the bathroom floor. The Queen had failed to mention her beloved sister had panic attacks.  But she was full of passion – a feminine ball of sunshine. I had no idea what to make of it. Her gentle compassion touched a piece of my soul I thought I’d lost. And after our first kiss, I knew she was mine. We journeyed for a week through the Colorado...
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Jul
28

Author Guest Post & Giveaway – Cate Masters

Author Guest Post & Giveaway – Cate Masters Dear Readers, Today I have a special treat for you… A guest post and giveaway (details later) from author Cate Masters. Cate loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem and romance! Multi-published in contemporary to historical, sweet to erotic, fantasy/dark fantasy to speculative, she sometimes mashes genres. Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.” When not spending time with her family, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com, and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web. Please help me welcome Cate to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away, Cate… The Woo-Woo Moments in Life Reality can sometimes be a tricky thing. Ignoring strange events might extend the illusion that all’s well in your world. But then again, eventually those strange things might catch up to you. That’s what happened to my heroine, Jocelyn Gibson. Married for a long time to a nonbeliever, she ignores her unusual family history. After her husband dies, she buys an old Victorian to open a bed and breakfast – nothing out of the ordinary about that, right? Well… except that ley lines of energy run beneath the inn. What are ley lines? I’m so glad you asked! Throughout history, people have sought such energy lines for their mystical powers. Some to heal, some for personal gain. Because of their magnetic nature, animals are attuned to them, and many birds follow ley lines during migration. Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids at Giza are among the more well-known ley lines, and many today travel to Sedona, Arizona, to benefit from its positive force.  Tapping into a ley line is like having a direct line to magical energy. So when Joss buys the inn, it sparks a feud in the underworld. Lord Pluton, otherwise known as the devil himself, isn’t at all happy that someone with a connection to the fae and a goddess now lives atop those ley lines. Joss doesn’t learn about her goddess connection until moving there either. It comes as a surprise that she’s related to Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow. What about you – have you ever had a woo-woo moment, something that occurred you couldn’t simply explain away?  Leave a comment below by...
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Nov
15

Guest Blog & Giveaway by Author Philippa Ballantine

Guest Blog & Giveaway by Author Philippa Ballantine Today I have the honor of hosting author Philippa Ballantine to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Philippa (aka Pip) is a fantasy writer hailing from Wellington, New Zealand. In the coming year she will have three books hitting the real and virtual shelves. The first of which a supernatural fantasy, Geist is available now from Ace books. I really enjoyed Geist! Click HERE for my review.  Please help me welcome Pip and be sure to check below for a GIVEAWAY! Jen, thank you for hosting me here today. A Child’s Flight of Fantasy I vividly remember the first time my imagination took flight. I was eight and it was when my Dad sat down on a chair by my bed and read those magical words. ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.’ My Dad is a long time science fiction and fantasy reader. He started when he was a teenager in the glory days, and I guess he thought these books would be something we could share. Still, I know he didn’t ever imagine the path he’d set me on with those first words—starting off as a reader and then eventually a writer. So we began with The Hobbit, a chapter every night—providing that I had been good that day. The possibility of not finding out what happened to Mr. Bilbo and the dwarves was quite the punishment. My Dad’s voice reading those words to me is a cherished memory, and began a life long love of speculative fiction. I still recall the chill of entering the mountains with Bilbo and encountering for the first time the terrifying Gollum, and the leap of joy that came with the phrase ‘the eagles are coming.’ I could see the world Tolkien created so vividly, and the stories seemed familiar, like fairy stories but deeper and more intense. I know what really captured my attention, in a way that fairy stories couldn’t, was the characters. I had real affection for Bilbo and his party of dwarves—and when they were in danger I felt it. The magic and scope of the world building gave these characters the perfect stage to play out grand adventures. In short, I was hooked. Back then, fantasy wasn’t as accessible as it is now to children and teens. There was no real Young Adult category, and all of the stories I read were books for grown ups. My Dad supervised just what I was reading,...
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