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Dec
6

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Terry Spear

Author Guest Post & Giveaway: Terry Spear Hello Readers! Today I have a special guest, Terry Spear, author of Scottish Medieval Romance & Urban Fantasy. Terry also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She received Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year in 2008 for Heart of the Wolf. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry is a librarian by day. She lives in Crawford, Texas. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses.  Please help me welcome Terry to That’s What I’m Talking About. And be sure to check out the end of Terry’s post for a special giveaway!  Take it away, Terry… What’s Your Favorite Holiday Ritual? Family means everything, and I’ll be gathering the pack for the big celebration. Only the pack has expanded a bit, no pups yet, but a couple of mates were added to the family! So here we go. Despite all the hustle and bustle of a blog tour for Dreaming of the Wolf for the month of December, which in light of the Christmas spirit, I’m giving a copy away to one commenter, and trying to decorate for the holidays, clean house, work a full time job, and help my daughter with her bridal pictures in a couple of weeks and make teddy bears for orders as they come in, it’s hectic. But it all comes down to family. The wolf pack. Presents are nice. But it’s really the gathering, of sharing meals, and of playing games. Of seeing the Christmas lights and swapping stories. Of family. Everyone’s coming in from various places the day before Christmas Eve, so no plans before that but to do all the above before everyone gets here. Although in my werewolf pack, the family and pack members would help decorate, clean, and prepare all the good meals together. I will be working the morning of Christmas Eve and the day after for a few hours while everyone is abed! That’s to help out my fellow coworkers at the library because the day following a 3-day holiday will be awful if I don’t do something with all the books and movies turned in. But I’m sure I won’t be missed at home while everyone has their nightcaps on still and are dreaming of sugar plum fairies. I’ll be taking off the week after to spend...
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Sep
14

Guest Post: Elise Hepner

Guest Post: Elise Hepner Dear Readers, Today I have a special treat for you… A guest post from author Elise Hepner. Elise is celebrating the release of her lasted book, Roped Emotions (info below). Elise lives with her husband, two ferrets, and an eccentric cat in Maryland. She spends the majority of her free time in her basement office concocting smutty characters and sinful situations that leaves readers satisfied. When not writing, she researches everything from automatons in the 18th century to gladiatorial rules in Ancient Rome. She prides herself on being an avid information hound as well as a blog reading addict–which is her favorite way to procrastinate. Her previous publications include books and stories with Excessica, Ellora’s Cave, and Cleis Press.  Today Elise provides us with an interview with Rapunzel (from her book, Roped Emotions), which was printed in the publication, Thought’s Today, one of the premier discussion pamphlets in the Kingdoms. Please help me welcome Elise and Rapunzel to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away… What is a typical day like for you? Rapunzel: Most every day is exactly the same as the one before it. I wake to what little sunshine I can garner through my small window in my tower room and set to washing with cool lake water while my mother stands watch to observe me. She wishes to inspect me to ensure I’m clean enough for my morning lessons. What little food I receive to break my fast is given to me and I nibble it as my mother and I discuss the commandments carved above my pallet with a strict recitation of each one. If I’ve gotten my studies correct then she rewards me with a trinket or a book to while away the hours. After my lessons my time is my own—though I wouldn’t say it’s freedom. My mind spins with possibilities about the outside world and where I fit into it. It’s a wearying train of thought. Though watching the world outside change and shape itself to new spans of time is one of my greatest pleasures. What are the commandments? Rapunzel: Be Ever Watchful Of The Forest,  Mind Your Mother,  Know Thy Place Between These Walls,  Don’t Speak To Strangers,  For Every Brushstroke Let There Be Three,  Eat Every Morsel,  If They Do Not Know You They Will Hurt You,  Mother Will Keep You Safe,  Honesty Will Set You Free. Why do you adhere to these rules? Rapunzel: Because there...
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Aug
8

Author Guest Post – Gerry Bartlett

Author Guest Post – Gerry Bartlett Hello Readers! Today I have a special guest, Author Gerry Bartlett, author of the Glory St. Clair series. Gerry’s a native Texan and lives halfway between Houston and Galveston with her own wonder dog. When she started writing, she was still teaching and used the pseudonym Lynn McKay. You can probably still find her historical for a penny on-line. Now that she’s no longer in the classroom, she has come out of the closet and uses her real name, much to her mother’s delight and sometimes embarrassment. Author’s note: Sorry, Mom, but, yes, I do have to write “those scenes.” Please help me welcome Gerry to That’s What I’m Talking About. And be sure to check out the end of Gerry’s post for a special giveaway!  Take it away, Gerry… Gerry Bartlett here, stopping by to celebrate the release of my latest book, REAL VAMPIRES DON’T WEAR SIZE SIX. Of course neither do I. Seems Glory St. Clair, my heroine in the series, was bloating when she was turned in 1604 and she’s been stuck with those extra pounds ever since. In this chapter of her long, long life, Lucifer himself comes calling with an offer he thinks she can’t refuse. He’ll make her the size she’s always dreamed of being if she’ll work for him. Of course Glory’s not really tempted, is she? Not even when he lets her see her reflection for the first time in centuries.  One of the things I try to do when I write my stories is to remember that every vampire was a unique individual before he or she got fangs. So Glory has all the insecurities, wants and needs that any woman might have. Of course she’s also seen a lot of history and had to deal with a controlling sixteenth century man all these years. Unfortunately, she loves him and can’t seem to walk away from her sire, Highlander Jeremy Blade. Her struggle for independence is at the center of these books and I’m lucky that fans seem to relate to Glory and her adventures. REAL VAMPIRES DON’T WEAR SIZE SIX is the seventh in the REAL VAMPIRES series but can be read as a stand alone. I hope readers new to the series will jump in and try it. Book eight, REAL VAMPIRES HATE SKINNY JEANS will be out next April. I enjoy writing about vampires but have also added demons, shapeshifters and even the occasional angel to the...
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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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