Braving the Elements

A Fantasy Anthology
By Various Authors
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: September 4th, 2017

Claire Davon
– The Dragon, the Witch, and the Swordswoman
Michael Siciliano – Forging Mettle
Kelly Said – The Myth of Mount Agony
Terri Rochenski – Mist Weaver
Rebecca Hart
– Alice and the Egg




Mist Weaver

By Terri Rochenski

Dolan wants nothing more than to escape his village for the big city where his small stature and unpleasant features won’t make him the recipient of constant ridicule by the lord of the manor and his heir, Gilroy. The mist that dances to the sweet notes of Dolan’s flute is his only camaraderie and the only beauty in his life—except for Keavy.

When the kind milkmaid is faced with unwanted attentions, Dolan must defend her honor with a choice that will ultimately change his life.

The Myth of Mt Agony

By Kelly Said

Meadow’s mere presence ensures the Morningstar farm produces with preternatural abundance. A dirt-dusted foster-child, she hungers for harmony with Auric’s lands.

Valcone is the reclusive prince of Auric. Confined to his room—for the safety of his subjects—he craves control over his persuasive powers.

The prince and the farmgirl’s powerful personalities will collide with epic force when a war erupts between Auric and a neighboring kingdom. With Auric’s fate on the line, Valcone tests the limits of his ability. He amplifies his steady push into a forceful shove against Meadow’s gentle Nature. The Earth-shaper finds herself between a rock and a hard place, literally, where the only choice to save her family may lie in surrendering to the destructive force of her ground-breaking ability.

The Dragon, The Witch, and the Swordswoman

By Claire Davon

As the person responsible for calling the bronze dragon that destroyed her village, Losha is tasked with killing it. Failure to do so means she will be outcast from everything she has ever known. Yet one she is on the road, two local women in tow, she finds that she is strangely reluctant to harm the beast that lurks in her mind.

After an encounter with an oddly familiar old woman and a knight in a small hamlet Losha is more confused than ever. On one hand, failure to slay the dragon means she cannot return to the promise of marriage from a local boy yet the more she learns about the dragon the less she wants to harm it.  It, like the bronze sword that is her only defense, speaks to her in a way nothing else has.

The stage is set for a final showdown between knight and beast when the knight’s true quest is revealed and Losha must choose between all she has ever known, or the companionship of an old woman…and a dragon.

Alice and the Egg

By Rebecca Hart

Alice would do anything for her father, the only parent she’s ever known since her mother’s death in childbirth. When he falls ill, Alice doesn’t hesitate when the opportunity to barter her life for his is presented by Jayden, the prince and only heir to the Dragorean throne.

It doesn’t take long for Alice to realize the palace has secrets. Ones that relate to her own past more than she could ever have imagined. If she can find a way to play the game of secrets well enough, not only could she save her father, she just may manage to save herself as well.

Forging Mettle

By Michael Siciliano

Xander, a teenaged street thief in the grimy slums of Low Town, discovers he has an innate magical talent on the same night his father is killed. Intent on getting revenge, he attempts a risky robbery which goes bad. Rather than face the hangman’s noose, Xander agrees to accompany a group of soldiers intent on finding a powerful magical artifact. But the Beggar’s Hand isn’t what the King’s sorcerer thinks. Deep in the mountains, Xander must make life and death decisions, not just for himself, but the Kingdom he calls home.

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Finding Freedom by Lynn Burke

Finding Freedom
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Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Keywords: Erotic, Romance, Contemporary, Menage, Novella, Series
Tessa’s life beneath the strict rules of her parents’ cultish church leaves her longing for independence. Her boring, small-town checkout lane job barely covers the bills, let alone fulfill her wants and desires.
Until the weekly visits of god-like Trent and Brody have her dreaming of a Tessa sandwich with both sensual men as her bread.

Fantasies may be a pastime of the wicked, but when Trent asks her on a date—with both him and Brody—Tessa decides to take a chance, knowing the purity of her soul is at stake. Will these two men be her ticket to freedom – or her one way trip to eternal damnation?

Towel wrapped around me, I peeked out the bathroom door into Trent’s dimly lit bedroom. A T-shirt and shorts lay on his massive, king-sized bed.
I tugged the shorts up my damp legs, but couldn’t get them over my bum. More tears pricked as I cursed my too-much body. Trent’s shirt hung to the middle of my thighs. It would have to do.
Trent lounged beside the blazing fire pit. The sound of trickling water drew my attention to the right. Brody stood beneath the outdoor shower, his round, bite-able backside flooding my mouth with drool.
Tearing my gaze off him, I ambled over toward Trent. He patted the couch beside him, and taking care not to reveal my too-much, naked bottom half, I settled on the cushion and allowed myself another peek at Brody.
“Hot, isn’t he?”
Trent’s low, murmured words whipped my head around. “What?”
“Brody.” He continued to stare at his friend, a smirk on his lips, lust in his eyes. “Just look at that ass.”
Unable to help myself, I did as told while trying to wrap my mind around what Trent had said—and the unmistakable desire in his gaze.
“What do you think, Tessa?”
I swallowed and laced my fingers together in my lap. “I think he’s beautiful.”
Trent made a sound of appreciation in his throat as Brody turned, closed his eyes, and tipped his head back, running his hands through his hair.
My focus zoned in on his long, flaccid penis. Cock, my whore-mind whispered. I laced my fingers tighter and forced my attention on Trent.
He met my gaze and grinned. “Quite the temptation, isn’t he?”
“Enough to make me burn in hell,” I admitted with a whisper.
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New Cover Love for Darkside Sun #CoverReveal

I’m so excited to have a new cover for Darkside Sun! This is so Addison, with her plaid shirt and don’t mess with me look.

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For anyone new to the series, here’s the back of the book that began the Mortal Machine’s adventures.

The dead have been waiting for her…
Addison Beckett tries hard to pretend she’s normal, but she’s far from it. Since she was six years old, she’s seen the world around her unraveling, as if someone is pulling a thread from a sweater and it’s all slowly coming undone. When she ignores it, it goes away, so that’s what she does.

Enter her arrogant-but-hot professor Asher Green. He knows all about her special brand of crazy. In fact, he might be just as nuts as she is. Asher insists that the dead from a parallel dimension are trying to possess the living in this one. And since Addison seems to be the only one who can see these “wraiths,” she just might be the key to saving the world.

Addison wants nothing to do with Asher or his secret society, The Mortal Machine. But as their animosity grows, she finds it harder and harder to ignore the chemistry between them. And when she discovers that Machine laws forbid her from touching him, she realizes that’s all she wants to do.Stop the wraiths. Break the rules. Save the world. All in a day’s work.

Normal was overrated, anyway.


Here are all my pretties put together. Aren’t they awesome?

Forever Dusk will be out next month. Check out the cover reveal over at Ever After Romance.

Happy Book Birthday to Tempered By Her @AuthorLynnBurke

Happy Book Birthday to Lynn Burke and 
Tempered by Her!

Tempered by Her
Risso Family #4
Keywords: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, BDSM, Light Bondage

Zane Risso, a Dominant unyielding in his desires, is haunted by the one woman he wants and can’t have, vanilla goodie-two-shoes Raquel Hawkins. He knows the only way to flush her from his system is to seduce her and move on, because surrendering the kink club addiction he enjoys is not a demand he’ll accept. From any woman.
Raquel Hawkins has never known temptation like the blue-eyed Italian god who seems fond of whispering naughty things in her ear during office hours. He’s bad news—sin personified—and although she continues to deny him, her body’s responses to his sensual words just might buy her a one-way ticket to hell.
From their first kiss, Zane’s determination to overcome her Pollyanna principles threatens his lifestyle. For Raquel, giving in to temptation would doubtless leave her heart a shredded mess—and unlock sordid secrets best left in the dark.

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I found Raquel kneeling in the center of my bed, hands on her lap, head bowed, her high heels placed side by side on the floor at the bed’s foot. She hadn’t obeyed my first command, but fuck me, I didn’t give a shit.

I’d planned on taking her over my knee and reddening every inch of her ass and thighs, but seeing her in such a submissive pose in the middle of my bed had me drooling for a taste. “Take off your blouse.”

She started at my voice, but lifted shaking hands to do as told. With each button slipped free, my arousal returned, and the blue silk sliding off her bare shoulders and revealing a see-through white lace bra and puckered rosy nipples brought a groan to my lips.
“Lay back.” I strode forward as she straightened her legs and complied, the sounds of her quickened breaths heating my blood.

Fuckin’ Raquel Hawkins, sweet innocent, was on my bed, the darkness beneath her knee-length skirt sending my saliva glands into hyper-drive. I slipped leather ties around her wrists and tied her tight to my headboard. She chewed on her lower lip, chest rising and falling enough to make me think she might call out her safe word, but she kept silent.

I kicked off my shoes and climbed onto the bed, pushing up her pencil skirt with agonizing slowness over nylon-clad legs while settling on my haunches between them.

Thigh highs. I swallowed. Fuckin’A.

A sweep of my thumbs from inner to outer thighs, and she lifted her ass, allowing me to push the skirt to her waist. So much for my assumption about granny panties. White lace matching her bra and a scrap of silk hid her virgin curls from me. I leaned down, breathing in the sweet, musky scent of her arousal. “I’m going to taste you, Raquel.”

She gasped, her hands flexing in their restraints.

“You’re not allowed to come until I tell you to.”


I reached up and pinched her nipple, earning another gasp, a groan of pleasure on its heels as she writhed on the bed. “The proper response would be, yes, Sir.”

She licked her lips again and whispered, “Yes, Sir.”

“Yes, Sir, what?”
“I won’t come until you tell me to.”

About Lynn Burke

Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.

Her current work, the Risso Familly Novellas, revolves around four siblings from Boston’s North End.
Find Lynn on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Amazon, and Goodreads.


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Lila Gray News! #TheGlassMan

I’ve been a crazy busy little author this year so far. Two books finished, three more at the half way point, another queued up to write at the Muskoka Novel Marathon in July, edits coming up for Forever Dusk, and a few other “secret” projects on the go behind the scenes.

Thank hell for coffee!

Today, I can officially tell you about one of those projects, and yes, it involves my first published heroine, who is still dear to my heart, Lila Gray. I’ve missed her so much!

TheGlassManFrontThose looking for the Glass Man in the coming weeks won’t find the book for sale. Now, don’t panic, it won’t be unavailable forever. Let’s call it under construction.

My terrific publisher has so kindly returned the publishing rights to me, and I’m madly editing, designing a new cover, writing a new blurb, creating marketing materials, and preparing to launch the 2nd edition on Amazon Kindle at a yet-to-be-determined date.

In the future, I’ll be doing the same to Shadowborn and Rise of the Magi. This is all in preparation for a fourth novel in the Lila Gray world I’m planning to write next year, only it won’t star Lila and Liam.

This book will star one of my favorite villain-turned heroes of all time, the one who inspired the entire series, none other than the Glass Man himself.

You heard it here, first, folks. Parthalan will have his very own book, set twenty years after the Lila series finishes. This time, he might just get the girl in the end, who will be none other than Lila & Liam’s daughter.

If you haven’t read Rise of the Magi yet, you may be asking how this can be, so I won’t spoil anything for you here. Go and read the book!

Stay tuned for more info, including the new cover that’s very nearly finished.

Meet the Author – Sheryl Winters #giveaway

Welcome back to Meet the Author. It’s been a while, I know, but I have a goodie for you today. Meet Sheryl Winters, author of Skydreamer. Welcome, Sheryl!

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What’s your favorite paragraph from Skydreamer? No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.

I dreamed of dragons again and in my dreams, I soared through the sky. It’s almost as if I could feel the wind caressing my skin, weaving around me as I fly on effortless wings.

This is my favorite paragraph and I will give a little teaser. Jaden is not the dragon but she is flying on the dragons back. A mere passenger enjoying the flight. This paragraph was in the original story and throughout all the edits and revisions it stayed. It tells so much about the story, so much about Jaden’s thought process at this point in the book.

Are there any other fantastic novels waiting to burst free from your imagination in the future?

I have so many novels trying to break out of my head I’m amazed I’m not in a mental hospital. I’m working on the sequel to Skydreamer called The Rogue’s daughter. It’s about an artistic protege that falls in love with Draven’s nephew Tholi Winterbourn. It is entirely from the dragon-changer point of view. I’m also working on a nice short historical romance. So you can see my interests are all over the board.

Tell us about your road to publication. Was it short and sweet?  Long and winding with many bumps?

The road to publication for Skydreamer was the bumpiest road you could ever imagine. The original idea came in 09. I wrote over a hundred thousand words before I realized I had the story completely wrong.

The spoiled princess became a troubled pauper, the arrogant King had to learn to bend. I re-wrote personalities etc. Even the story plot had to be reworked to fit my vision of the story. I can truly say I learned to write with this novel. More than one editor quit on me. It’s been my baby for so many years that I actually hesitated before I took the plunge and sent it in. 

How much of you is in your heroine?

I have to admit, I coldly designed Jaden, then one day I realized she was more than a cold blooded character in my mind. She was alive. She breathed in my subconscious. I could see her hazel eyes, (a trait she shares with me), her long red hair which she keeps in a tight braid. There are things she’s done that completely puzzled me. I would never jump out a window after a wedding ceremony, especially if I was getting married to someone as good looking as Draven Winterbourn.

I think that is what makes Jaden special. She didn’t expect to jump out that window either.

So yes in answer to your question. There is a lot of me in Jaden, but there is also a lot of her in me.

Do you have any phobias, like run-screaming-at-the-mere-mention-of-it, fears?

Cockroaches. I can handle spiders. I save them all the time, rescuing them out of the house and into the woods, placing them on trees so they can live out their short lifespans. Put me in the room with a cockroach and I can (and have) knocked over a bookcase and sprayed them with Oven cleaner to kill them.

Let’s have a look at the pretty, shall we?


Title:  Skydreamer

Author:  Sheryl Winters

Publisher:  Roane Publishing

Release Date:  March 30, 2015

Keywords:  New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Dragons, Twins


For fire talent, Jaden Zarie, life is far from a fairy tale. Blisters from any contact with water, check. Sleeping in a shed behind your greedy Uncle’s house, check. Ex-boyfriend scouting the bar where you work for one-night stands every night, double check.

When Jaden sets off to secure a new life with her two sisters, winning a contest with a huge pile of gold on the line seems like a quick fix. Getting hitched to Draven Winterbourne, King of the Dragon-changers, and finding true love, was beyond anything she could have hoped for.

But a friend turned enemy threatens to take it all away. Jaden is thrust into an alternate universe and separated from her new husband and her sisters, she must summon up the courage to start over, alone, knowing she may never see any of them again.

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{Cover Reveal} Darkest Day by Emi Gayle

I have another awesome J. Taylor cover to share with you today.  This is the third of the 19th Year trilogy by Emi Gayle.  Isn’t it pretty?


Darkest Day

The 19th Year

by Emi Gayle

Release Date: January 6, 2014

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: FictionParanormal RomanceRomance,
Thriller/Suspense,Urban FantasyFairyShape-shifterVampire

Back of the Book

 Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

 It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between. 

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

 After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

 Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads. 

Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known—vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed. 

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

 In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide. 

 Responsibility? Or Love?


So, what do you think?  Will this lovely make it onto your TBR list?

{Meet the Author} Who is R. Brennan’s Hero? #erotica

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Brrr, I hope you’re staying warmer wherever you are than I am.  What better way to spend a cold winter’s day than reading something a little spicy?  How about meeting the author of something VERY spicy?  Please welcome R. Brennan, author of the erotic horror novella, Blood & Fire

DISCLAIMER:  Please not that this interview has some naughty words in it, so if you are offended by sexual content, then please turn back now. 

RbrennanImgWelcome, Ms. Brennan!  Who is/was your childhood hero?  It can be someone fictional or real.

I’m such a sap for saying this, but my pop (he wouldn’t let us call him Dad — would ignore you if you tried). I’m from a very blue collar family, and I can remember times when work got scarce  for him (he was an Ironworker – retired now). Pop would pack his clothes, and a little black and white13” b/w TV into his beater of a car on Sunday night to drive the 3 hours to NYC because that is where the jobs were. We wouldn’t see him until the weekend. I’m the oldest of four, and Pop was at all of our ball games, coached teams, played catch in the yard — all of it. Yup, my hero is definitely my pops.

A girl after my own heart.  Great answer.  Speaking of answers, can you finish this sentence for us?  If I couldn’t be an author, I’d be a ____________.

Well, I AM an IT Support Specialist as well as being an author, but that’s not what I would consider a “dream job”, so I’d have to go with pirate? Can I pick pirate? No? Hrmm…okay, then I’ll go with a singer. Though I will be brutally honest, I can’t carry a tune, so I’ll need someone to wave a magic wand or something first.

*snort*  Nothing saying you can’t be a pirate.  🙂  And I always wanted to be a singer, too, with a voice like a hoarse frog.  Ah, dreams.  🙂  What’s your favorite paragraph from Blood and Fire?  No spoilers now, just a nice, slow tease if you please.

That’s an easy one:

My gaze dropped to his firm lips. The image of them locked over my pussy flashed in my mind. I caught my shocked squeak before it escaped my throat and swallowed it. “Uhm…thanks…uh, Sir.” And the part of the village idiot will be played by Miss Francesca Morgan. Fire blazed in my cheeks.

As far as why — this is SO something I would do. Meet the man of your dreams and end up well…playing the village idiot.

Whew.  *zips out to dunk myself in the snow*  Nice.  There are a lot of stereotypes cast in a romance novelist’s direction, like they must sleep in slinky lingerie when most I’ve met are dressed from head to toe in flannel jammies when they hit the sack.  Are you a warm and comfy girl?  Or an in-the-buff or silk and satin kind of girl?

My preference is for a tank top and boxers for sleeping and lounging. Occasionally, some flannel jammie pants, but I do have a life partner I affectionately call my Bo-hunk, and he would skewer me if I wore those things to bed. His rule is pretty simple, though. No bottoms. 🙂

Hehe.  I can’t stand jammies in bed.  They’re for lounging, not…er…sleeping.  *snort*  Boy shorts, granny panties, thong, g-string or commando?

Okay, I shall share a secret which would probably cause my mother to faint should she ever find out, but I am a commando kinda girl. I’ve been in the D/s and BDSM lifestyles on and off for years, some of that time “servicing” a dominant partner. One of them had a no panties ever rule. We lived together about 6 years on and off, and once we parted ways, the habit had been formed. If I wear them now, I sorta feel like I’m in a diaper.

Ha!  I so knew you were a commando girl.  Let’s talk what ifs.  If you met a yummy man who had a time machine, where would you ask him to take you, and when?

I am all about 17th century pirates, so I would have to say then. As far as where, I have to cote for someplace tropical and sunny. Being from Upstate NY and this being the middle of winter, I could use some rays, baby. Think I can find Jack Sparrow while I’m there?

Not if I find him first.  >.<  Nah, I’m more of an ancient Scotland, highland warrior kind of girl.  How much of you is in your heroine? 

In this novel, quite a bit. This is the first time I’ve written a “submissive” character, and more than the others in my stories, it took a bit more of my own experiences to create Frankie and make her come across as real and believable. Plus, she has my sarcasm.

The characters are always more powerful when they come from your own soul.  If you could be a superhero, what would your power be and why?

Oh, I want to fly. Badly. Growing up, I would say 5 nights out of 7 my dreams involved me being able to fly like Superman. Though, I seem to have needed more of a running start if I remember correctly.

I’d be with you if it wasn’t for the whole heights issue.  🙂  Tell us one thing about you that your parents don’t know.

We have already established my parents don’t know about my non-panty ways. But, I don’t think they know I am a submissive either. Though, I do remember one time, when I had a fight with a BF, my dad coming over to make sure all was well and actually asking me — “Do you ever make a decision for yourself?” I wondered at the time if he had an inkling I prefer to take orders vs. giving them. I’ve since learned I’m really only submissive in the bedroom.

Sometimes parents see more than we want them to, or that we think them capable of, most often when we don’t want them to.  🙂  Best.  Movie.  Ever.  As in, went to the theatre ten times to see it.

Breakfast Club. Hands down. I can quote that sucker word for word. Man, I miss John Hughes.

Oh, I loved that movie, too.  I assume John Hughes is the bad boy?  *fans self*  Hawt! Thanks for hanging around with me today.

And now for the pretty!

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College student, Francesca Morgan has finally met the Dominant man of her dreams. Kevin Stevenson is sexy, sure of himself, and knows just how to make her knees quake.

When he takes Frankie to her first fetish party, she is reminded being collared means her Master can do what he wishes with her, including offering her “services” for the evening to a sexy Dominant business associate he is trying to impress.

It doesn’t take long for Frankie to realize their host, Bartholomew Andrews is nothing like any Dom she has ever served. Aside from his devastating looks and heaping financial fortune, Bartholomew can read her thoughts, and knows just how to make her body react.

Can Frankie keep her wits about her and serve at his feet without falling for him, or will Master Amazing steal her heart and her soul in one steamy night of servitude?

Be warned — Contains elements of horror, BDSM, S&M, and a Dom/sub dynamic


We took a left at the end of the hall. Kevin stopped in front of an etched mahogany door. He released my hip, put his hand on the brass knob and faced me.

My stomach flip-flopped as his gaze dipped to my collar.

He smiled, and returned his eyes to mine, melting me into my boots. “Time to lose the protective layer.” He held out his hand, lifted a brow. “Coat, please.”

Oh, boy! Heat flushed my cheeks as I untied the belt with quivering fingers and shrugged out of the trench coat. Air rushed over my exposed flesh, raising goosebumps. Rubbing my arms, I looked to Master for approval.

Kevin tilted his head and folded his arms with the coat draped over his elbow.

His reaction sent my teeth in search of my lower lip while my gaze fell to the floor. What am I forgetting?

My toe dug at the tiles. Kevin’s words echoed in my skull–when we get to the party, you’ll be wearing nothing but those pretty boots and a smile. My eyes sought his, a smile of understanding curled my lips.

His foot tapped, the slight sound somehow drowning out the pounding music just beyond the door.

Focused on the expectant look in his dark eyes, my arms bent behind my back. I unfastened the bodice clasps. In a show of bravado, I tossed it aside. My nipples puckered at the sudden change in atmosphere, drawing Kevin’s gaze.

His grin widened. “Nice.”

Before I lost my nerve, I wriggled out of my drenched panties and added them to the satin garment on the floor. Standing upright, I looked to my Master. Shoulders back and chin high, I flashed my collar, pride blooming in my chest.

“That’s my little tigress.” Kevin reached into his jacket pocket and withdrew a chain leash. He clipped one end to the o-ring on the collar, and gave it a yank that vibrated all the way down to my toes. Holding the other end of my leash over his shoulder, Kevin turned the knob and pushed open the heavy door.


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BIO: R. Brennan is a subbie brat with a bitch streak, a single parent, and a reformed gaming addict. She works FT as an IT geek for the state of NY and lives in the rolling hills of Upstate NY (you know, where it takes a ten minute drive to buy a gallon of milk and the scent of cows linger in the air). When not reading or writing steamy stories, she enjoys spending time outdoors or travelling with her family.

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What’s Emi Gayle’s favorite joke? #meettheauthor


Today we’ve got Emi Gayle, fantastic YA author of PNR, in the hot seat. *rubs hands together and gives a maniacal laugh* 

Welcome, Emi!  Let’s start off with the good stuff.

If you met a yummy man who had a time machine, where would you ask him to take you, and when?

2013 I’d like to see what’s coming next year so I can properly plan.

Ha ha!  One of those, are you?  I’m guessing you’re not much of a thrill seeker, then?  No motorcycles, roller coasters or bungee jumping in your past or future?

I’m really not. I’m a little … well … boring. All those things scare the bejeepers out of me. Though my hubby does have a crotch rocket. Well … the roller coasters. Yeah, those I can take. Love Thunder Road at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina. Yep. That’s my biggest ‘thrill’.

Have you seen the 90 degree drop one at Busche Gardens?  Yeah, that’s on my bucket list if I can find someone brave enough to go on it with me.  🙂  Have you ever done what the author t-shirts threaten and written somebody you dislike into a story?  No need to name names, or anything.  🙂  If so, what did you put them through?

Me? Do that? Guess that person will have to ‘see’ based on what’s in the book. 😉

Gah, such a tease!  🙂  What’s your favorite joke of all time (can be dirty or clean)

Hehehehee. Joke: “Wanna hear a dirty joke?” Punchline: “White horse fell in a mud puddle.” Haaaahahahahahaa 😉

*snort*  Ohhhhhh-kay.  😉  Where did your hero come from?  Someone you know?  Dreams of the *ahem* daytime persuasion?  What makes him tick?  Inquiring minds would like to know.

I just wanted a hero who wasn’t the traditional ‘hot boy’ with all the money, all the smarts and all the goods. I wanted smarts first. And what makes him tick? Anything supernatural. Thus, he’s the perfect match to Mac.

I’m down with yummy geeks.  🙂  And Winn is a perfect one.  There are a lot of stereotypes cast in a romance novelist’s direction, like they must sleep in slinky lingerie when most I’ve met are dressed from head to toe in flannel jammies when they hit the sack.  Are you a warm and comfy girl?  Or an in-the-buff or silk and satin kind of girl?

Satiny silk is what I want … but I can’t stand actually sleeping in it. It gets COLD!

Cold?!  That’s what your man’s for, girl!  *grins*  Boy shorts, granny panties, thong, g-string or commando?

G-string? Blech! LOVE Boy shorts though.

But they’re so comfy!  *cough*  Not that I wear them or anything, just sayin’. 

Food is often a good way to create a tension-filled moment in a steamy novel.  What’s the most sensual food you’ve ever eaten?  Have you ever written about it?

There are strawberries and chocolate in book 2 of the trilogy … Day After. Oh yeah. That.

Mmm, sounds divine!  Okay, I have to go back and read that part because I don’t remember that!  What kind of high school personality were you?  Band dork?  Jock?  Loner?  Brainiac?

Band dork!

I’m starting to think being a band dork is a prerequisite to becoming a writer.  🙂 If you could be a superhero, what would your power be and why?

I would be a shapeshifter! Oh yeah!

Hmm, but what would you shift into, I wonder.  *taps chin*  Do you have any phobias, like run-screaming-at-the-mere-mention-of-it, fears?

I. Do. Not. Do. Spiders. ::shiver::

Ick.  You and me, both.  If you could take back a single moment of your life, what would it be and why?

The haircut I got when I was a senior in high school. Yes. That. Needs to go away.

*shivers as I remember badly permed hair of my own*  Yeah, so not going there.  🙂  If you could live your life as an animal, what would it be and why?

Cat! Lazy rules!

Oh yeah, that would be nice, wouldn’t it?  Eat.  Sleep.  Repeat.  If you could only paint your house one color on the inside, what would it be? (does it do something to your mood?  Is there a reason why it’s your favorite?)

Raspberry. It’s my FAVORITE color. 

Love it.  And red.  LOVE my red living room.  What’s your proudest moment so far?  (It doesn’t have be about writing.)

Watching my son as the captain of the football team walk out onto the field with his co-captains. Rock on!

That would be neat.  Congrats to him!  And now for the pretty – isn’t it awesome!

Back of the book:

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists — which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class, figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

So, if you love YA PNR, you HAVE to read this one.  Check out the deets.


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LOOK at that! A writer’s challenge

With a short 6 days left until Shadowborn comes out, I’ve been challenged by the wonderful and talented Kevin Craig, to divulge how many times I’ve used the word “Look” in my manuscript.

This is the guy *jabs thumb at the guy behind the stack of his published book, Summer on fire*  I curse you as I blow you raspberry kisses.  🙂

*groans* Do I really have to?  I’m afraid to look, but okay, here it goes.

Okay, that wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.  Out of 100,000 words, I used “Look” only 74 times.  Wow.  I guess my editor’s lessons have finally sunk into my thick skull!  🙂

“Eyes” however, I’ve used *cough* 359 times *cough*.  Geez.  Eyes tell a lot, but 359 times? 

Here’s the challenge, which I will extend to five of my best buds below, is to not only find the LOOKs in our current WIPs, but to also post the paragraphs around the word. Choose your favorite three in your WIP to post.

Here are mine:


“You needn’t look very hard to find the evil who now hunts you, Lila Gray.” Alogason’s fiery eyes scrutinized my face as if assessing something beyond my skin. “Alastair will find you, if only you let him.”


“Been a long time, Lila. What’ve yeh been up to now?” Willa said in her Irish lilt as her brown seal eyes swept my ragged form. “Yeh look like yeh fell on a cheese grater.”
Nice to know I looked as I felt. “Good to see you’re all healed.”


“I haven’t much time.” She glanced left and right and sashayed to me in two long strides. “There is one of us who remains in the human world who may help you if she deems you worthy.” The one Alogason had spoken of? The prophet? Galati slipped a roll of cloth into my hand and folded my fingers around it. “I’m risking much by giving you this, but I disagree with the Elders’ decision in this matter.” She leaned down and kissed my forehead, silver tears drawing a shining line down her cheeks. “I wish . . . even when our world seems to collapse around us, a closer look often reveals that which we hold most dear has survived.” Her brown eyes bored into me as if trying to transfer knowledge she couldn’t say.
A flash took her from my sight and left me holding a worn, yellow cloth.

*rubs hands together*  Now for my five suckers lucky contestants who I challenge to spill their dirty “Look” secrets:

The lovely and talented Aimee Laine

The delectable Rebecca Hart

The sweet and powerful Julie Reece

Claire Gillian and her tantalizing alter ego

The sinfully delightful Kastil Eavenshade

Are you brave enough to accept the challenge, ladies?  Come on, play with me!

I’ll see all of you back here on Monday, October 1st, where my squeeing will be heard for miles as I launch the continuation of Lila Gray’s story for the minds of readers everywhere.  Until then, I bid you a week full of good reads and good times.