Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Near Year!

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Happy New Year from The Pen & Muse!

For all of your writers out there - Wishing you the best and much success towards publication and goals. It's a time for new beginnings, you never know what's around the corner.

For all others - Wishing you all the best in success, hears to making this year count and making all of our dreams come true!

The Pen Review: Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage

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Discovering Her Wolfen Heritage

By Missy Martine


Genre: Erotic

Publisher: Siren Publishing

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What I liked: Discovering Her Wolfen Hertiage is an amazing book that I would have to recommend to those who love romance with fantasy and of course eroticism. The characters are heartfelt and the scenes are so vivid that I found a world I would never want to leave. Maddie is such a great character, she is a person waiting to find herself and does with a new place, a friend she thought she'd never seen, and of course in the end, herself. I also loved Remus and his Pack. I loved the sense of pride and responsibility, I loved that how sweet her was to Maddie and genuinely felt the love and presence between the characters. Martine creates a world in which a reader could get lost in and never want to come home. I cannot wait for the next installment of the series and hopes Martine will continue with this. This book is a gem! A must read of those of your who love fantasy, romance, and of course who love that feeling of getting lost in a book.


Blurb:

Determined to make a new life for herself, Maddie Bowers travels to her late grandfather's cabin in Wyoming. When she was a little girl, she was first introduced to her grandfather's wolf and is delighted to find the wolf still living in the nearby woods, and that the wolf remembers her.

Remus has known Maddie was his mate since she was young. But a tragic accident and a cruel doctor kept them apart. Now that she is back, it's up to him to help her control her secret abilities and accept the truth about her heritage.

The love between Maddie and Remus will be threatened by a jealous woman and Maddie's brother's partnership with the evil doctor that kept her confined for so many years. Can Maddie and Remus realize their destiny before it's too late?

Excerpt:

Remus smiled when Maddie opened the door and then frowned when he could sense her anger. He was relieved when he realized she was angry with someone on the phone and not with him. He went in and sat down on the couch while she carried the phone off toward the kitchen area to finish her call. With his enhanced hearing, it was easy to hear her conversation. It pleased him to hear her giving Dr. Constantine the brush off as he tried in vain to get her to come back to the clinic. It was one less thing he’d have to worry about.

He heard her tell the doctor goodbye, then jumped off the couch when the candlesticks on the mantle jumped out at him.

“Oh, God, Remus, are you all right?” The look on Maddie’s face said she felt terrible by what she’d done.

Remus chuckled, amused that her gift caught him off guard. “I’m fine, Maddie, it just surprised me is all. I take it the good doctor got you angry.”

When she looked shocked, he smiled sheepishly at her.

“I’m sorry, I couldn’t help but hear your part of the conversation.” He didn’t tell her that with his increased hearing, he heard the doctor’s part of the conversation as well.

Remus felt true regret when he saw how much he embarrassed Maddie.

“Yes, he made me angry. He and my charming brother have decided that, just maybe, I should be locked away again for the good of mankind.”

He could easily tell she was struggling to control her emotions.

Remus walked over to Maddie, careful to mask how angry he was at the thought of her brother trying to take her away, and put his arms around her, pulling her close to his body. He was pleased when she didn’t pull away, and in fact, laid her head on his chest. Gently, he placed a kiss on the top of her head and tightened his arms around her.

“Maddie, you’re not a danger to anyone, especially yourself. I’ll be here for you, and I’ll protect you from the doctor. You have my word.”

Remus smiled when he felt Maddie’s arms come around his waist and hug him tightly. “I believe you. I really do,” Maddie whispered to him.

Pulling back so he could look into her eyes, Remus smiled and attempted to cheer her up. “How ‘bout we blow this pop stand and take a walk together?”

“Pop stand? Boy, you sure talk funny for a country boy.” Maddie laughed and smiled at him. “But I’d love to take a walk with you.”

“Let’s go, then.” Remus took her hand and pulled her out the back door and down the steps. Continuing to hold her hand tightly, he led her down toward the riverbank.

Content to walk along in silence, they continued downstream, following the riverbed until they came upon a shaded area still carpeted with soft, green grass despite the fact that winter was just around the corner. Remus stopped, gazed out over the flowing river, then turned and smiled at Maddie.

She seemed nervous when she smiled back up at him. He could see the tips of her breasts poking at the front of her shirt. The scent drifting up from between her legs told him she was wet with desire. Her breathing became erratic, and her body began to tremble in his arms.

Remus was having trouble controlling his need to claim Maddie as his own. Being able to smell her desire, he wanted nothing more than to lower her to the ground and explore every inch of her beautiful body. He could envision mounting her and plunging his throbbing cock deep inside her welcoming warmth while he marked her as his own with his canines. These thoughts made his jeans feel about two sizes too small. He was in danger of having a permanent zipper imprint on his cock if something didn’t happen soon. Unfortunately, both their needs would have to wait. Maddie was nowhere near ready to learn all about his wolf and being his mate.

Remus tugged on Maddie’s hand, pulling her closer to the warmth of his body. Lowering his head, he gently brushed his lips across hers, once, twice. Then, with a groan, he covered her lips with his while sweeping her up into his arms. Unable to stop himself, he ran his tongue along the seam of her lips to taste her. His senses were swimming in the intoxicating aroma of her arousal.

Maddie parted her lips allowing his tongue to sweep inside. Elated at her response, he placed one hand on the back of her head and tilted it just to the right angle to deepen the kiss. His other arm snaked around her waist to pull her body into even tighter contact with his. He was overwhelmed to feel Maddie slide her hands up his arms and grip his shoulders tightly. Feeling his passion flare at her acceptance of his kiss, Remus slowly began lowering her body down into the soft grass. He wasn’t surprised to feel her hands pushing against his arms in an attempt to make him release her. It was hard for him to remember his mate didn’t have any experience with the opposite sex. He’d have to stop pushing her so hard.

Remus loosened his hold on her but didn’t release her from his embrace. “Shh, it’s okay, Maddie. I’d never do anything to hurt you. You don’t have to worry. I’ll always stop if you tell me to.” Remus laid his cheek against her hair as he crooned comforting words to her. It pleased him to feel her relax her body into his embrace.

“I’m sorry, Remus. I’m just not use to this. I guess it makes me a little uncomfortable.”

“To this?” Remus teased her. “What’s this?”

Maddie flushed a bright red. “You know what I’m talking about. This. Kissing, hugging, being close to someone.”

Remus laughed. “I’m sorry, Maddie, I can’t help but tease you. You look beautiful when you’re all flustered.” He watched as her face became even redder and decided it was time to make her feel comfortable again. “I’d like to spend some more time with you, Maddie. Would you like that? Would you like to go to dinner with me tomorrow night?”

She looked up at him, her pleasure showing in her face. “I’d love to, Remus. It sounds like fun.”

“That’s great. I’ve got to go into town for some supplies, so how about I pick you up about four o’clock. We can make a quick stop at the market, and then we’ll have dinner at the diner. Will that be okay?”

“That’s perfect. I haven’t been off the mountain since Michael left, so I could probably stand to pick up a few things at the market myself, if that’s okay with you.”

“That’s fine. I’m looking forward to spending the evening with you.” Remus pulled her closer and touched his lips to hers. He was surprised when she opened her lips and touched her tongue to his. He didn’t have the strength to turn down her innocent invitation. Remus pulled her tightly against his body and plunged his tongue deep into her honeyed warmth.

Before he realized what he was doing, he’d ground his erection against her jean clad thighs.

Remus felt her body tense, and she began to push him away again. When he felt her withdrawal, he released her lips to run light kisses over her closed eyes, then over to her earlobe, which he took between his lips and sucked lightly.

“You’re so beautiful, Maddie. You take my breath away.”

“Uh, Remus, maybe it isn’t such a good idea for us to go out tomorrow.”

Remus could hear the fear in her voice and hated that he’d been the one to put it there.

“I’m sorry, Maddie, I didn’t mean to frighten you. I’ve never felt like this about anybody before, and I just keep wanting to be closer to you.”

Maddie gave him a doubtful look, and he couldn’t really blame her for her feelings. It was a surprise to him, but he was telling the truth. He felt things when he held her in his arms he never experienced before.

“Come out with me, Maddie, please. I promise to be on my best behavior. I’ll always back off if you tell me no. You don’t have to worry about me. I’ll never hurt you, and I’ll try to never make you uncomfortable.”

Maddie took a deep breath and then smiled. “Okay, I’ll be ready by four o’clock.”

Remus closed his eyes briefly, relieved he hadn’t scared her off. “Okay, then, I think we better head back now. I’ve got a business meeting this evening I can’t miss.”

He placed a gentle kiss on her lips, then took her hand and started back toward her cabin. Things were definitely looking up.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Eternal Press Reviews: December Edition

All these books can be purchased at http://eternalpress.ca

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Title: Too Close to the Fire



Author: Jaydyn Chelcee





Genre: Contemporary Western Romance



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What I liked: Exactly what I like in a novel, heat - romance - and of course passion! Chelcee really can write her romance with these two characters and the way they came together. When finally reading that scene, I think I was like Oh my god, thank goodness, they are finally together! I really enjoyed reading this because the characters were so distinct, so real, that you felt like you were there with them experiencing exactly what they were. Those who love unlikely characters coming together to survive and finding love in the end will fall in love with this story.

Your will definitely - Feel the heat—taste the passion—expect to get burned when you’re too close to the fire…



Blurb:

Out of luck—When Dianna’s plane crashes in the Australian rainforest, her life is in the hands of her passenger, Taylor Spencer, a bitter, venom-filled man who so far has only made her life miserable.

Out of hope—The last person Taylor Spencer wants to be stranded with is the spoiled sweetheart of the wealthy Remington family of Rimrock, Montana. Hell, he didn’t even want to be in the plane with her in the first place.

Out of time—Dianna and Taylor, two people at odds, with nothing in common, except a strong will to survive and a desire for each other that neither is willing to acknowledge.



Feel the heat—taste the passion—expect to get burned when you’re too close to the fire…



Excerpt:



“Ha! I’m a damn good pilot.”

“Give you a little power, and you’re a petrifying terrorist behind the controls!”

“I have excellent piloting skills.”

“Oh, yeah? What about all those rough patches, the plane shaking and dropping altitude?”

“Is it my fault there have been several stretches of turbulence? I can’t control the weather, for Pete’s sake. Besides, I owed you for the ‘damnable incident."

“What damnable incident?”

“You know what damnable incident.”

“I have no idea what you’re jabbering about. Stop fooling around with the plane,” he yelled. “You’re going to kill us!”

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Title: Insatiable



Author: Roxanne Rhoads



Genre: erotica



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What I liked: Roxanne Rhoads never disappoints with her work. From hot sexy scenes, to finding out who you are as a character, to finding love in places you'd thought never to be found, you couldn't possibly want more! You gotta read this one!



Blurb:



Scarlett has an extraordinary appetite for sex; a completely insatiable need.

Unfortunately, she grew up in a small town where women like her were frowned upon and treated badly—and her sexual escapades did not go unnoticed.
So when Scarlett decides to pack up and move, the last thing she expects is to find in her new city is Marcello, the most beautiful and erotic man she has ever laid eyes on and who seems to have an equal appetite for the pleasures of the flesh.

Despite only ever needing sex in the past, Scarlett soon finds that Marcello leaves her wanting more. But can love and her unquenchable thirst for sex exist together? Can he accept her for who and what she really is and find a way to let their passions sizzle for more than just a weekend?



Excerpt:



There were several women and only one man in the room. The man was so gorgeous I stopped dead just to stare at him. I had never seen a man that was so beautiful, yet so masculine. He was naked, muscles rippling over his bronze flesh. His raven hair looked like dark silk in the candlelight. His square jaw was softened by full lips and his green eyes sparkled with unnatural brilliance. He was so hard he could have been carved from stone. He turned to look at me and his sensual lips formed the most inviting smile.

“Come join us,” he said. His voice was deep and sensual with a slight Italian accent. I was drawn to him. More than just desire coursed through me as I neared him. His eyes seemed to reach right into my soul and look around.

I sat next to him on the pillows that covered the floor. I wanted to touch him, for him to touch me. Something stronger but similar to electricity was coursing between us. I wondered if he could feel it, or was it just me. I had never felt such an intense attraction to anyone before in my life.

“This must be your first time. I’ve never seen you before.” He looked at me with those dazzling green eyes. I swear his eyes caressed me. I could feel them all over my body as if he were touching me. Perhaps it was just wishful thinking.

“Yes, this is my first time at the club,” I replied. My voice was a little hoarse and I was dumbstruck by his sheer beauty and the intense sexuality that he exuded.

“Do you like it?” He asked.

“Oh, yes. I like it very much.”




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Title: Ink Me



Author: Robin Wolfe



Genre: Erotica



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What I liked: Wolfe gives a whole new meaning to getting a tattoo, falling in love, and romance. A must read!



Blurb:



Marie plans to get a tattoo that’s deeply important to her and needs the perfect artist to do her ink. But at her first appointment with award-winning tattooist Paul, she realizes that his pictures in tattoo magazine profiles don’t begin to do him justice. As embarrassing as it is for her to admit to herself, she knows she’d like to get a whole lot more than just a tattoo from him… and she soon discovers the feeling may be mutual!




Excerpt:



He picked up a felt-tip pen and made a few guide dots, extending the dots as lines onto the edge of the paper, then picked up the stencil and set it aside. He pulled a small jar from below the table.

"This is Vaseline. I'm going to smear some on your skin to make the stencil lines stand out." I nodded and he scooped Vaseline from the jar with a tongue depressor and put it into a disposable plastic cup, then put the jar away. He paused before taking a dollop of the gel from the cup and dropping it onto my skin.

When he started smoothing the gel over my flesh with his gloved fingers, my breath caught. He stopped, his fingertips still resting between my hipbones, looking at me with dark eyes. "You okay?"

Your touch breaks my brain. "Yeah. Yes. I'm fine."

His fingers eased over my skin in slow strokes, trying to distribute the gel in a thin and even layer. I closed my eyes and focused on it, the feel of him touching me in such a sensual way. I wanted to memorize it so I could remember it later on; I knew I'd be jilling off to this for at least a month. Fuck me right here on the table. Do me all greasy with Vaseline, those strong arms around me and your gorgeous lean body on top of mine. When I come I'll scream "Paul" so loud everyone within a mile will hear it.

I shivered with desire. Paul paused again and I opened my eyes to find him looking at me. He raised his eyebrows and the heat from his fingers splayed across my pelvis seemed to radiate into my bones. "Still with me, Marie?"

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays


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In the Christian faith, a creator made a son and sent him to cleanse the sins of his creation, man. He stopped time in order to bring his only son to this world and rejoice at a new beginning.

Let it be the beginning to a brand new year for all of us.
Remember to help those who cannot protect, defend, and care for themselves.

Each of us has a gift. We all have the the very light and love inside of us that our creator bestowed upon us. The power of one is stronger.

Let this be the year where we come set about change for the good of our race.

Just as a father stopped time to share his gift so long ago...let us give the gift back in the highest form any species could give back.. LOVE.

Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Pen Review: Dark Knowledge

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Dark Knowedge

By Keith Pyeatt

Genre: Paranormal/Horror/Thriller


Length: Novel

Price: $5.50

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Digital Publication Date: October 19, 2009

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What I liked: Talk about leading a double life, poor Wesley, a gift is never truly a gift even though you may think it is. With good comes the bad. Wesley surely will learn this while on his journey even when he needs to regain what was once his. Pyeatt truly put his heart and soul while writing this and it shows. A non-stop horror filled thriller from start to finish. Readers of horror and those love a good scare will love this book!

Blurb:

When good and evil intertwine, taking one means accepting the other.



When Wesley discovers a world inside his mind, he’s offered more than just an escape from mental illness. He’s given gifts of knowledge he carries back to the physical world -- unaware that with the good, comes the bad.



As knowledge builds Wesley's intellect and gives him the ability to heal sick friends, he’s thrust into an evil contest, pitted against opponents who have trained their entire lives to kill.

As Wesley fights for his life in two worlds, piecing together his mind and his heritage, the harder it becomes to distinguish good from evil. The greater his intellect, the more difficult his choices…and sacrifices.

Read an excerpt here

Content warning: violence (some graphic), Satan, strong language.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Matt Dusk Presents: The Twelve Days of Christmas


The romance community has long had a reputation for being loving, generous, and supportive of charity, so I hope you'll all take a moment to read this, and to make a small donation that will help benefit children, this is about the KIDS HELP LINE - an organization that helps kids in need by giving them a safe and accessible place to turn to when they're in trouble. One of Canada's best musicians has not only opened his kind and giving heart to this cause, he's opening up his home - on CHRISTMAS DAY - and giving a special benefit performance from his own living room... Time is getting short, but if you can spare a few dollars, you will not only make a difference, you will receive a very great gift back in this special show.... The details are here, and I really hope you'll consider doing this, and spreading the word to as many people as you possibly can between now and Christmas Day....

Thanks so much, and here are the details and the links, and the whole idea from Mr. Dusk himself:

On December 25th at 4PM (EST), Matt is giving you the unique opportunity to watch an intimate online performance of your favourite Christmas carols and songs from his albums. All proceeds will be going directly to Kids Help Phone. To be a part of this special event, visit www.kidshelpphone.ca/mattdusk to donate and help make a difference in the lives of these kids today.

December 25th at 4PM (EST)

Canadian and Juno Award Nominee Matt Dusk is a singer, songwriter, producer, arranger and fervent jazz-pop musicologist blessed with the perfect name ... for his spirit truly comes out as night approaches and concert audiences await.

In the spirit of giving, Matt Dusk is asking you to make these Twelve Days of Christmas special by donating to Kids Help Phone. In return, he will be giving you an intimate online performance!

On December 25th at 4PM (EST) Matt will be singing a collection of Christmas carols and songs from his albums to those who make a donation. The best part is you have the chance to be the musical director of his show by voting for the songs he performs!

To be a part of this special event, please DONATE NOW.

Upon receipt of your donation, a special link will be sent to you with:

an insiderĂ­s view of the venue
a voting feature (you choose the songs!)
exclusive access to the video of his intimate performance
ongoing access to the video at any time after 4PM on December 25th.

What better way to spend the Holidays with your family and friends than by enjoying the smooth sounds of Matt Dusk, all for a great cause! DonĂ­t miss out on this special event. Your donations help Kids Help Phone provide the immediate help and hope that our kids need and deserve.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Pen Review: Carolina Heat

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Carolina Heat by Christi Barth



Genre:Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense



Publisher: Eternal Press



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Purchase: http://www.eternalpress.ca/carolinaheat.html



What I liked: Christi Barth's Carolina Heat is sizziling. Annabelle as a character a true heroine to try to find her friend that has gone missing, this is where she meet the ever so charming, Mark Dering. The heat goes on and the mystery deepens as both Annabelle and Mark try to figure out what happened to Vanessa without getting killed first. A suspenseful tale from start to finish, Barth's Carolina Heat is a tale not to miss.


Blurb:

Well-known journalist Annabelle Carlyle is stunned by the personal twist of her latest assignment: her best friend Vanessa is missing. Annabelle goes undercover in the Old South to search for answers. Full of thick accents and a way of life rooted in the past, Charleston is as foreign and strange a place as any Annabelle's visited. And before she finds a single clue, she runs into a sexy man she can't shake.



Tall, dark and charming, Mark Dering is happy to show the gorgeous Yankee his hometown. He's captivated by the quick witted, quick tempered redhead. But when they're shot at, he realizes she's far more than just another tourist. Soon they're knee deep in a mystery that goes all the way back to the Civil War. For once Annabelle is in over her head. Desperate to find Vanessa, she reluctantly accepts Mark's help. It isn't long before romance blooms right alongside the magnolias.



The stakes grow higher when a body is discovered. Someone is willing to kill to keep a century old Confederate secret hidden. With her best friend missing and a killer on the loose, it's the worst possible moment for Mark to try and unlock Annabelle's heart. Or is love exactly what her life's been missing?



Excerpt:




He tensed, waited for a bullet to slam into his body, but nothing happened. Mark looked up and saw Jillian and Annabelle reeling in the rope, hand over hand. It felt like forever before they pulled him up the side and onto the deck. He flopped onto his back and concentrated on breathing.
“Mark, are you ok? Are you hit?” Annabelle’s voice quivered as she ran her hands frantically over his body checking for blood.
“I’m fine. Got the wind knocked out of me when the engines revved and slammed me against the boat. Think I swallowed about a gallon of river water, too.”
“What the hell is going on?” Ashby yelled over his shoulder, holding tight to the wheel. “Kind of a dramatic entrance for you. Want to fill me in? Tell me where we’re headed? And why I’m apparently stealing this boat?”
It was Annabelle who answered. “Head to the harbor. This river does connect to the harbor, doesn’t it?”
Jillian nodded. “If we use the engine instead of raising the sails we should be there in about ten minutes.”
“I haven’t navigated this part of the river in a while. Not too familiar with the layout. Might be a good idea to cut the engine and take it a bit slower,” said Ashby.
“Don’t slow down!” Mark and Annabelle shouted as one.
“Why not?”
Mark pulled himself to his feet and tucked Annabelle securely against his side, still gasping greedily for air. “Because someone tried to kill us. We don’t want to wait around and give them a second chance.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Twilight Days -Beth Duke & The Bella Bracelet

Beth makes amazing Twilight Jewelry. I had the pleasure of owning a bracelet. This is a must check out for those who want one of a kind replicas.


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Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?


I am originally from Alabama, but have spent most of my life in Florida. We recently moved back to the mountains of my home state, and I am loving it! I am the full-time mom of Jason and Savannah, wife of Jay, a published author and jewelry designer. I copyrighted a bracelet design years ago, and was hooked for life. I also collect vintage jewelry, and have written a reference guide about that; it's online, and gets a lot of attention. I receive several questions a month about jewelry designers and identification.


What drew you to the Twilight series? Who is your favorite character and why?


I bought Twilight out of curiosity - there was so much hype over it - and to screen it for my teenage daughter. I ended up enjoying the entire series so much more than I'd expected. My favorite character would have to be Jacob Black.


Team Edward or Jacob?


Definitely Team Jacob. I love his heart. Plus, I've always been a sucker (no pun intended) for dark-haired, dark-eyed men.



What did you think of the New Moon movie?


I knew from the beginning no one could make a movie to equal the book's characters in my head, and I was right. I certainly would've chosen a different cast!

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Your bracelets are beautiful! I always get compliments on it. What started it all? Where others get their own ?


Thank you. I made my first bracelet after reading Eclipse; it took me months to locate a talented woodcarver for the wolf. That one was for my daughter, and then I made mine. We received so many compliments on them, I knew I had to find a way to offer them to the world. They are literally everywhere around the globe now...Hong Kong, Europe, Australia...you name it. They may be purchased at www.perfecttwilightbracelet.com.



What do you like to read? What are you currently reading?


I have eclectic taste in books, and I read constantly. My favorite recent read was The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton.


What are your favorites?



My favorite books? There are so many! A Prayer For Owen Meany, The Pillars of the Earth, The Double Bind, Forever, Animal Dreams, Outlander and all its sequels...the Twilight series, of course. I have written my own novel, called Delaney's People: A Novel in Small Stories. That would have to be my very favorite!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cindy Green & Snow Kissed!

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Let’s get Snow Kissed!

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!

It seems impossible but in just a couple weeks it will be Christmas. This time of year holds different possibilities and memories for everyone. Maybe you live in the Southern Hemisphere where the weather’s turning balmy or perhaps you live in Florida or Southern California where there is no place for snow in the holiday. Then again, you might live in Minnesota or Wisconsin and the first snow holds a special place in your heart. Wherever you are, I’m sure the upcoming holiday fills your mind with the activities and events in whatever way you celebrate.

When I took up my pen to compose this winter-themed story (due to a call from my publisher), I had no idea what it would be about. But I knew I had the story in me. Then I got the idea of a winter wonderland carnival in a town that had no snow. And the romantic scene that played through my mind was that of the hero and heroine dancing in a gazebo. (See the cover!) Mind you, my hero hates dancing, hates town activities (hates snow too), but he’d do anything for the woman he loves…even if she doesn’t know it yet.

Imagine dancing by moonlight on a crisp winter night in a gazebo decorated and lit with small sparkly lights. The music is soft and oh so romantic. What song is playing?

To get you thinking, here is an excerpt from the book:

“Yes, Logan.” Holly tried to smile, but it was futile by the way he stared at her.

“I—I…would you like to dance?” He broke eye contact and pointed over at the activity above them.

His offer to dance couldn’t have been more surprising if he had expounded upon Bach’s harmonic chord analysis. Logan didn’t dance. Holly wasn’t even sure he could dance. The music playing was slow and romantic with the words sung in Italian by an awe-inspiring baritone. To dance in the muted light to such a song was way too romantic a gesture for Logan.
“You hate to dance.”

“Yeah, I know.” The smile he gave her was subtle as always, yet so darn adorable. Her legs went a little weak at the sight. Lord, help me. Seriously, Lord. Help! The last thing I need is to go head over heels—figuratively and literally.
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How infuriating was this? Not only was he flubbing up all this with Holly, but now he’d roped himself into dancing. Not just dancing, but dancing in the gazebo at a major town function. Logan could just imagine the look on Muriel Potter’s face if she spotted them. He grabbed Holly’s hand and raced up the steps. No use in prolonging the inevitable.
It didn’t take long before they were face-to-face in one corner of the dance floor. He stepped closer, her profound blue eyes staring him down. She didn’t think he could do this. Her smile was almost a dare; it was definitely playful. He pulled her into his arms and began swaying in time to the music. Holly followed his lead without question as if they had been made for this moment in time, each movement fluid and together.
“You’re good,” she said, with a laugh.
“Surprised?” He gave her a slow spin.
“Yes!” she replied with energy when she faced him again.
“For that I just might make you dance again.”
“Threatening me now?”
“Is it a threat?” He tightened his hold around her waist and she pulled her perfect, sweet lips up into a radiant smile.



Snow Kissed Released with White Rose Publishing .

Hope you have a great holiday season!



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Cindy K. Green is a multi-published author with degrees in History and Education. Previously a middle school English & History teacher, she now homeschools her own children and writes in several genres: Inspirational, Contemporary, Suspense, Fantasy and Historical romance. No matter what she writes, she always throws in a bit of humor and fun. Find out more about Cindy and her books at www.cindykgreen.com and http://cindykgreen.blogspot.com/. To join her newsletter email her at newsletters@cindykgreen.com, and she will send you out all three parts of her FREE READ serial, “Valentine’s Challenge.”




Season of Love


This DCL Publications Christmas anthology was released November 28 and I'm happy to report is #1 for the publisher at Fictionwise. We have received some nice reader reviews and now the first review site has given us their opinion:




Available for a reasonable introductory price at http://www.fictionwise.com/, Season of Love is a seasonal anthology featuring an installment in the Fang series, Mistletoe Fangs, by Susan Blexrud. British author Bill Haworth contributes a ghost story in the spirit of Christmas--The Office Christmas Party. A modern-day Scrooge makes life miserable for his office-mates in London, but is called to account by a most unlikely resident of the building. Contemporary author Kate Hofman offers A Special Christmas Gift, a tender story of reconciliation. Finally, I have written my first sci-fi novella, Peace on New Earth. With plague threatening both their people, will the love of a New Earth medical technician and a native leader be enough to bring peace to their shared home?


We hope you will join us for a little holiday cheer and romance!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Twilight Series Days ~ Sandira & Canvas Warriors

Sandira is a good friend of mine. She is such an amazing artist and friend that I had to showcase her work!

Check out our interview and her creations!

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Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
I'm of Indian descent and was born in South Africa. I have grown up in between South Africa and England, which is where I live now.


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What drew you to the Twilight series? Who is your favorite character and why?

I saw the movie last year and liked it. A few months later my sister was given the books for her birthday, we both started reading them and couldn't stop, I think I read the series one after another, in two weeks. I was hooked!

I love bella and related to her at first - I was always the new girl in school as we moved between South Africa and England. I got her felling of isolation and not fitting in. My fav character has to be Edward of course! I just wanted to meet a guy like Edward (who doesn't?!) when reading the series.

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Team Edward or Jacob?
I do like Jacob and feel for him but its Team Edward all the way!

What did you think of the New Moon movie?
I thought they did a great job, especially as this was my favourite book. The wolves looked amazing and it was exciting to see the Volturi come to life out of the book. Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were great, and I thought they did the whole love triangle really well. You really feel for Jacob!

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Your art is amazing as well as your Twilight Couture, bracelets, and hoodies. I own a pair of the chucks and will soon own one of the bracelets. I absolutely love them and wore them to the day opening day for New Moon. What started it all? Where can others view your works and buy them?

Thank you so much! Its awesome that other people love the creations, especially as it all started because I couldn't find anything that I would want to wear.So I decided to create things myself. Im a huge fan of Charm bracelets in general - so Twilight charm bracelets were a natural creation for me. Im also a professional artist so using Converse as an alternate canvas was another idea that came naturally. All my designs can be found on the Canvas Warriors website: www.canvaswarriors.co.uk


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What do you like to read? What are you currently reading?

I like quite a wide variety. At the moment Im reading two books: The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and The host by Stephanie Meyer



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What are your favorites?
I used to be a huge fan of James Patterson - especially his Alex Cross series. I have too many favourites - I loved Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.

One of my all time favourites though has to be Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert. I adore the way she writes. I read Life of Pi (Yann Martel) recently and found that incredible. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) had me choked at every chapter, this book really makes you appreciate things more. I also love The Alchemist, especially as I feel that my life followed a similiar journey. I could go on forever about books!

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Thank you Sandira for joining us on here!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Pen Review & Interview : Green Stone of Healing Series with C.L. Talmadge

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The Vision: Book One in the Green Stone of Healing Series

by C.L. Talmadge

Author Site: http://www.greenstoneofhealing.com

Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy


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What I liked: I'm a big fan of science fiction and fantasy. The first book in the series is simply amazing. Talmadge takes you on a journey that you never want to end. Reading the first book in the series, makes me want to read the rest in the series. If you are a big fan of science fiction and fantasy, this is the book to come pick up! One of my favorite characters is Lady Mary Atlas, her character is so strong, brave, and courageous that she embodies what every woman should be. The Green Stone of Healing Series is quite a ride from start to finish! A must buy for lovers of science fiction and fantasy!


Blurb for Book One:
Lady Mary Atlas, former Consort of Azgard, has survived the utter annihilation of her nation and is now taking refuge in a submarine with a band of followers.

After she awakens from a nightmare, Maguari, a member of an otherworldly race known as the Mist-Weavers, appears to Lady Mary. He urges her to write the story of the peoples of Azgard so that they will not be forgotten and so that those who follow might learn the spiritual lessons behind worldwide destruction.

When Lady Mary wavers, he suggests she start with the story of her dearest friend, Helen Andros. She agrees and begins…

Excerpt:http://assets.booklocker.com/pdfs/3538s.pdf

Interview

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

A native of Los Angeles, I moved to England at age 14, where I spent my high school years in an all-girls grammar school. I learned Shakespeare and other English literature from those who know it best. I also twice cruised the Mediterranean, visiting ancient historic sites in Algeria, Greece, Italy, Libya, Portugal, Spain, and Tunisia.

I returned to the U.S. to attend college. After I graduated, I became a professional writer in 1976, joining The Suffolk County News as associate editor. Under the byline Candace Talmadge, I was a staff or freelance writer for numerous media that included The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Forbes, Reuters America, Business Week, the Dallas Times Herald, and Adweek. I have written thousands of business news articles, county government stories, and features. I am at present a political columnist for The North Star National and also contribute to BloggerNews.net.

More than two decades ago, I encountered an alternative healing method called Sunan therapy that enabled me to resolve many of my emotional and spiritual wounds. This therapy also helped me become familiar with the intimate link between spirituality, energy, creativity, and healing. It introduced me to some of my past lives and those of family and friends.

In 1999, I co-authored nonfiction about emotional and spiritual healing based on the Sunan method of working in the energy of human consciousness. This book provides an expanded definition of energy that demonstrates the connection between matter, spirit, heart, and mind. It also argues that healing the individual and healing the world are interrelated in ways that perhaps many people don't perceive or expect.

The link between individual/personal and collective/global healing is one of the themes underlying my speculative fiction, the Green Stone of Healing® saga. The multigenerational novels are based on two of my past lives and the past lives of loved ones and acquaintances.


What inspires you to write?

Professional writers either crank it out or they don’t get paid. One of the benefits of my journalism background is learning to write on deadline and to write even when I may not feel like it. Writer’s block is an unaffordable luxury for me.

Beyond the practical, what inspires me to write is to tell a story. Whether that story is about business deals, government issues, personal healing, or what amounts to a fictionalized memoire, I am always telling tales. Fortunately, most people love a good yarn.


Do you find that your muse takes over when writing?

My muse doesn’t take over, but my characters do! I have found that in order to write good fiction, an author must know her characters inside out. Otherwise she will not know how they will behave in a given situation. Even then they can surprise. My characters often argue with me or do something I never expected from them. They take on a life of their own and pull me along for the ride.

Tell us a bit about the Green Stone of Healing® saga. What inspired it?

As I said earlier, this series is essentially a fictionalized memoire of two of my past lives, and the past lives of loved ones and friends. Since I was 12 or 13, I always knew I wanted to write a novel, and tell the story of an island nation destroyed by the conflagration of politics, passion, and piety. It become close to an obsession that consumed many years of research for me, and led me straight to much-needed healing for my many and deep emotional and spiritual wounds. Only when I healed significant issues was I able to begin writing the story.


Do you have any have any other works in progress that you want to share?

I am close to completing the firth book in the Green Stone of Healing® series, tentatively titled Treachery.


What would be your advice to aspiring writers out there?

Don’t focus on what’s popular or hot. Be true to your own story and tell it in your own voice. The only way to find your voice is to keep writing. Be inspired by novelists you like, but don’t try to imitate them.


What are your favorite books at the moment?

My favorites remain those that have stood the test of time. Fiction classics like The Lord of the Rings and Dune. I also read a lot of politically oriented non-fiction in my work as a political columnist.


What is your favorite word? Least favorite?

No favorites or intense dislikes. Words are tools, like a sculptor’s mallet or chisel. Wielded wisely, they carve out a compelling tale from the language bedrock. Used with little skill or discretion, however, words are as meaningless as static noise.