Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve - Resolutions? is that time...time to start a new calendar year...out with the old and in with the new and all that wonderful jazz.  At Winter Solstice during a fabulous Sabbat I let go of those things I wanted the New Year to start without, and made a single pledge on what I was going to work on for the new year.  I didn't choose something so overwhelming that I was going to get lost in it, I wasn't super specific like lose 10 lbs or blog every week or anything like that.  No I took a look deeper inside, to see what it was I could control and what I wanted to have positive happen in my life for the year, even if it meant having something negative happen first. And then I put that down.

So...I'm giving away a copy of one of my books to anyone who comments on:

What their New Year's Intention is...not necessarily resolution in the sense most are used to, but true Intention...from within.

Winner will be chosen tomorrow evening PST.

Good luck!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Post Holiday Blues?

Ha.  I know there are plenty of people out there who are sad the holidays are over.  Honestly, I'm not one of them.  For me holidays are stressful.  People (lots of them) over for dinner and presents, then getting ready for Santa in the wee morning hours, and then brunch for the family.  So much to do...and that is with working full time and trying to remember I love to write...well that part isn't so hard, but finding the time to write is.  So once they are over I can relax and sit down and take back up the things that I love.  Like writing.

Yep, I'm writing.  As a matter of fact I just got a late February deadline for my next installment.  I have a book out in February, a wonderful duet with Denyse Bridger that is fun and flirty and romantic.  And then I have this deadline...and I'm setting my own deadline for the second book to finish off Justice for Leanne...Hope's Story.  And I have about 4 new stories chasing around in my brain.  Which is a good thing, an exciting thing.  I can't wait to get them out and down on paper.

In the meantime though, I have lots of stories out there so find one you like and start reading.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and Blessed Yule.  I celebrated a wonderful Winter Solstice and moved on to a very Blessed Yule with my family.  I am looking forward to the new year as the Wheel of the Year has already been turned and I am looking to what the calendar year will bring with it as well.  This is a time of renewal and letting go of those things that you do not want to take with you or that you cannot take with you as you begin the new journey.  I have a number of both of those things.  I am sure we all do.  Remember to take a moment and gently release those things that need to be release and hold tight to those that are traveling with you.  Wonderful friends, family and the important things that need to come first in your life will always be with you.

I hope your days have been Blessed... mine have.  And I look forward to sharing more with you the coming year.


Monday, December 19, 2011

Change is in the Wind

Lots of cool changes are coming and quickly. As we get easy for 2012 around here there is going to be more time for these activities that have slipped past without notice. So prepare for things to get noticed. I am working on the finish to Prince of Shadsows and the second book to Justice for Leanne. And I have a duet coming in February with the amazing Denysé Bridger. Also, I have a special story I am working on inspired by a dear friend of mine. This is a fun tale of twin witches separated at birth. So lots to be focused on and after January more time to focus on them. So prepared to be re-introduced to Brigit's World...where the paranormal is just plain normal.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Holiday Hunt Begins

Hello everyone. To launch our new site here , and to celebrate the coming Holidays, the Authors Who Rock! are going to give all our loyal readers a super-cool contest with an incredibly gorgeous prize that will be awarded on Christmas Eve!! The prize will be a set of books from the four authors, one title from each of us, and a beautiful, hand-crafted set of earring. Red Tiger eye earrings threaded with bands of hematite. Garnet vintage Czech crystal drops and hematite balls on copper wire with copper bead caps. Lever-back post fittings. Tiger eye is believed to be good for courage while hematite is for grounding in crystal therapy. Red is used for health energy and strength by many practitioners. So, how do you enter to win these stunning earrings? Simple! Kayden McLeod has created a gorgeous graphic for each of the authors here - and it's been placed on our website or blog. All you have to do is find where on each author's site, and put the answer in a comment here. ALL FOUR locations must be given in order to be a proper entry for the Hunt. The comments submitted will not appear on the blog until after the winner has been announced, so if you don't see your comment, that's why. Look for the Authors Who Rock Christmas Graphic and then head over to the blog. Remember all 4 spots must be mentioned. So, have fun, look around our sites and check out the extras, the books, and we hope you enjoy our first contest!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Good intentions

So I had great intentions about being here and life got in the way. However I am now on to calendaring whe. I should do things so regular updates are coming. I promise. I have almost finished my book that is part of an amazing collection with some of my favorite authors. And will then start on the sequel to Justice. Once that is done I have an amazing world that I have begun building around a set of twin witches that was inspired by my wonderful friend, Carmen. So look for updates and hints as I get back into the swing of things.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Bloody Mary Mixer at JAPM

Join us... we want to hear from our fans, fellow authors and just about anyone...Bloody Mary Mixer...special guest moderator Sapphire Phelan for the day along with KA M'Lady and I.  Look for some fabulous legends, creature feature specials and all kinds of interesting excerpts from our fabulous authors. 

We look forward to having you there, so put us down for your Halloween Day haunting spots.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Thank you to Brenda Woody and Steve Tindle

Thank you to the fabulous Brenda Woody and Steve Tindle for the Liebster Award...
Brenda and Steve can be found at:
We blend our stories with the male and female perspective. "Best Lover in Town" is our first novella which was re-released July 2011 and "Temptations Triggers" is our second book, a collection of erotic short stories published by Charles River Press. We have twelve other books and several short stories in the works. However, we are currently focused on our novella, "Triangle of Secrets due to be released fall 2011. Read our author bio and surf the other websites where we promote on the "About us" and "Contact us" pages.

I am excited to be a part of this...

My five choices are:

Kayden McLeod:

Cindy Jacks:

Trent Kinsey:

T.D. Jones:

Audrina Leone:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Allure of Fairytales and Vampires

How`s that for a combination totally at odds? Does anyone know of a vampire fairytale? I've actually been thinking of creating a romantic fairytale where the Prince Charming is in fact a vampire. We've come to a place where these once reviled characters/entities have become the new princes we long for, so why not? Would anyone be interested in a story like that?

At the moment, like the lovely Brigit, I'm world building and creating something along the lines of my first major fantasy novel, which means research, reading and a very lengthy outline and plot. So far, I am loving what I'm creating and I hope you will too once it's underway and I can share some scenes and excerpts.

A couple of my most successful titles recently have been based on fairytales. One is a best-seller called Glass Slippers and Jewelled Masques, which is obviously Cinderella, and the second one is called Favola, which literally means "fairytale" in Italian - and yes, it's based on an Italian fairytale called Bella Venezia. Because that one isn't so well known here in North America, the publisher allowed me to include a synopsis of the story with the actual book.

Now, the world building is a much more complicated approach, for many reasons. It's always a challenge when you have to build from the ground up, because retelling fairytales comes with a built-in outline, doesn’t it. The new book is going to involve a race of vampires who share our world, but are apart from it, too. In this instance, I have to build two believable concepts, and they have to marry well, or it's a mess! Just like real-life in that respect, isn't it? *lol*

So, I'm curious, do you prefer a totally new tale, something based on old ones, or the combination of both? Since Brigit has graciously allowed me to take over her space today, how about if we have a little giveaway for her readers? Leave a comment and on Friday noon we'll pull a name and you can have whichever one of these two fairytales appeals most to you. Thanks for joining us and we'll keep you posted on the new world!! You can stop by any of my sites and stay in touch or just catch up. My links are listed below. Warning, the main website is undergoing reconstruction, so it's not totally up to date at the moment!

Ciao for now, and I'll be popping in and out to answer any questions you might have. Also, my blog HAS had its facelift, so if you haven't been by for a while, it's worth a look!

Available NOW from New Dawning International Book Fair
Our Price: $2.99
About the book:
Cindi Lancourte is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful businessman and a lovely woman who worked for him. Acknowledged when his wife died, she was quickly relegated to the role of servant by his new wife and step-daughters, but an invitation to a Masquerade gives this Cinderella a new shot at happiness with a handsome Prince Charming.

FAVOLA: Re-telling a fairytale for an adult audience:
Genre: EROTIC romance/fairytale
In the town of Favola, a prince and a lovely girl imprisoned by her mother's jealousy find passion and love... but will it be enough to outsmart the machinations and fury that their devotion inspires in the beautiful Bella Venezia? An Italian fairytale is re-told for an adult audience....

Saturday, July 16, 2011

World Building...

I have a new idea floating around in my head.  This one more complex then many others I have had.  Don't get me wrong, creating any story or series is difficult, and requires some world building. However, there are some that are more complex then others.  Where the back story is as important as what is currently going on, or the way the city or home is set up is imperative to getting your point across.

Anyways... I have a new idea, a complex one, with twists and turns and...*sigh* world building. I have witches, Gods, mixed races like Vampire/Demon/Warlock and there is something else niggling in the back of my mind that hasn't fully come forward yet.  The problem is, complex world building, like this, well it isn't something I have done a lot of.

Yeah I have Torrent's Talents.  But the world building there wasn't complex.  I created a town, made a bakery and then, outside of each story's individual needs set the scene the same way each time (yes I am aware of this).  And yes in Justice for Leanne I created a bit more complex world with the idea of Lesser and Higher Gods, and the portal and realm of Hell.  However, Book 2 will be in the same world, no need to move it and in fact I can't.

This however, this is so much more.  It is about the color of their hair, their eyes, the direction the house faces to the sun, the abilities they each have and how they help each other.  The back story of how their mother couldn't raise them both so they went to two very different homes and how that background helps them. *sighing again* So much to make sure is perfect before I delve into the story.

This is all Denyse Bridger's fault.  Well not the story, but the world building.  She is working on an amazing new world and she said... "I'm going to create a solid outline firths, then works from there." That is how her best work is done.  I thought, "wow, I wonder if I do that if it will make it a better story (or two)." Sure enough I got out the yellow pad and a pen and started building and am still building.  Yet I can already see how the stories will be better.  So my hat off to my bestest buddy Denyse Bridger who has yet to steer me wrong even when she doesn't know she is steering me.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Weddings, Romance and Dress Hems?

White tulle, flowers everywhere, rose petals down the aisle, men in tuxes, music playing... the magic of seeing the bride come down the aisle smile on her face as she sees the one she loves waiting there for her.  The groom's wide eyed grin as he spies her for the first time, looking like his dream and coming towards him to be his for all time.

Yep, the dream.  The Wedding.  The moment when it becomes a reality rather then just the thought that was somewhere in the future.  The end result of the smiles, shy kisses and hand holding that has led to this very moment, this time when two become one.

Wait...hold that a stress line on the bride's face?  And why don't the flower girl's flower match? And *gasp* is the hemline of the bride's maids dress shorter than everyone else's?  What on earth?  Is this perfect moment ruined?

Of course not, but it does serve to remind us that while it is all fun in the world of romance writing, it isn't as easy as it looks to get to that point. There are choices to be made from where to hold the service to what color flowers to what food to serve to what colors to use to who shall sit where and by whom.  Oh and let's not forget about who do we really invite.

Hemlines become the least of the concerns.  So when I asked my friend, who's wedding I'm in at the end of August, what length she wanted me to hem the skirt too (as I live in the States and she lives in Canada) and she said floor lengthish I had to laugh.  First off, the original plan was to wear heeled boots with the dresses so I have a brand new pair of gorgeous heeled boots, however if the dress is to the floor it won't matter what I wear cause well no one will see.  So then I figured take the boots wear them out and wear comfy shoes under the dress.  But now, she says *ish... well if that is the case then I could hem up a bit and people would see the boots, but I don't want to hem too far up cause well she said *ish.

Dilemma... see... so now I am off to figure out how long floor lengthish is and whether to wear my comfy shoes or my new boots...

Now don't get me wrong. I am so excited to see her and she is going to make the most beautiful bride ever and the wedding is going to be super romantic.  This is a romance for the ages for sure, it has taken a bit to get to the wedding, as they all do, but they never lost faith, hope or love for each other and it has been an amazing ride.  Hem lengths and family invites aside, this will be a romance talked about for years to come.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Hello faithful followers.  I am so sorry that I haven’t been here before now but oh what a wild wonderful whirlwind life has been lately.

So two new books out:

Justice for Leanne, the first of a two part set, is out with Solstice at Night

They are two very different and yet fun, sexy paranormal stories written by yours truly.

I am also finishing a fun flirty book and am hoping to get the second book of the set, titled right now Hope’s Heart, finished up before summer is over. 

As I find myself writing I have to wonder why I don’t more often.  And I can clearly say I don’t know.  I know that I don’t write as many books as others or have as much time to write, as I don’t do this for a full time job just yet, but I also know that is just an excuse.

I am making myself and you guys some promises, including more guests, more posts from me and a few surprises along the way I am sure.  I wish you all a happy Tuesday!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Paranormal Romance by Rie McGaha

I've always liked Brigit's blog – Where The Paranormal…Is Just Normal. And why shouldn't it be normal. We are all raised on the scary, things that go bump in the night stories and I don't know any kid who doesn't love to be scared out of their wits by ghosts and goblins. It's just when we grow up do we get to have bigger and better things that go bump in the night. Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and shape-shifters in the form of every animal you can think of. I even read one story about rabbit shifters.

I've also written my own version of werewolves in Blood Line and the sequel, Ancient Blood. I've always had a problem with rules, I guess, and as much as I love my werewolf stories, I didn't want a bunch of slobbering wild animals running around eating people. So my werewolves are a tad different than what readers may be used to but my werewolves are ones that I get emails and reviews telling me how much they are loved.

I also enjoy a good vampire story and have been in love with Lestat since Interview With The Vampire came out. There were a few things about Ann Rice's vamps that I disagreed with, so when I wrote my own vamp in Written In Stone, I had the chance to put my own twist on vampire lore. This isn't anything I've read before, nothing I've even heard of as a suggestion for vamps, and again, readers and reviewers both, love Written In Stone.

The paranormal romance genre is chock full of authors and books that encompass everything the mind can imagine, but still, we have to stand out amongst the others and I hope I've achieved this in my own paranormal romances.

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Rie McGaha is an author, editor, and reviewer. She has more than a dozen books to her credit, and her recent release, Calen, is the first book in the My Soul To Keep Trilogy, with the other two books being released later this year from Silver Publishing. You can join Rie, GA Hauser, & Stormy Glenn for Blog Blast 2011 (, on Blog Talk Radio, May 14, 2011 at noon CST, with an all day group chat at Erotic Promo.
Prizes will be given away all day long, so join us! And check out Blog Blast 2011 for a list of prizes, and "follow" us to be entered into the grand prize drawing.

Everyone who comments on this blog is also eligible to win!


Calen by Rie McGaha


When Calen MacLeod begins having dreams of an ethereal beauty who beckons to him, he passes it off as just having an itch he hasn't scratched in a long time. But when he leaves on a journey to find her, following the directions she's given him in his dreams, he begins to doubt his sanity. And when he finds himself high in the Mackinaw Mountains in a secret fortress with unicorns and a pink and white castle, surrounded by women, each one more beautiful than the next, it's a fantasy no man would want to wake up from. But Arianna is the only woman for Calen.

The women of the Fortress have lived in peace, hidden away from the humans who tried to annihilate them all. But now a 500-year-old demon is out to destroy the women's matriarch, Ariella, and he'll stop at nothing to complete his mission. When Calen MacLeod shows up, he throws a wrench into Damon's plans. Never let it be said Damon isn't ready for anything, but when he kidnaps Arianna and takes her to modern day San Francisco, is he ready to meet Calen, who will stop at nothing to save his ladylove?


At a stream, he stopped and kicked off his boots, stripped and carried his clothing with him as he waded into the cold water. As he made his way upstream to a pool damned by fallen logs, the water inched up his body, causing gooseflesh to rise on his skin. When it reached his stomach, he dove under and came up gasping for breath. He used the lye soap he'd pilfered from the laundress and washed his clothing, tossing each article onto the bank with a wet plop. Then he began washing himself.

She sat on a log at the edge of the trees, watching him, fascinated by his body. His muscles rippled when he walked. With well-defined thighs and calves, his high, tight behind appeared much whiter than the rest of him, and she licked her lips. Watching as he washed himself, she imaged those big hands roaming over her body in much the same way, even though she didn't understand the feelings going on inside her where this man was concerned.
She knew what a man was, of course, though he was the first mortal male she'd ever seen with her own eyes. The males of her kind had been annihilated so many years ago, she had nearly forgotten them altogether. Since that time only two women had dared leave the safety of the Fortress to be with mortal men, and now, both were dead. Arianna guided this man now because his life had been entrusted to her, even though wasn't supposed to be watching him this way, or be developing feelings for him, either. She wasn't sure exactly what those feelings were, but the need to touch him was nearly overwhelming.
Beautiful, she thought, and now knew why those who had chosen to leave the Fortress for a mortal had done so. She would leave for this one, even though she couldn't say why. But the task ahead of them both was much more important than what she wanted for herself. Nevertheless, she would take what she could get.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Marion DeSisto and Final Retribution

Life as the powerful ruler of Abbadon is becoming intolerable for Samael. The exiled archangel is lonely, embittered and bored. He has lost Malkura's love and even Seriel, his loyal brother, is gone from his side. Now, only fallen angels, demons and tormented humans are his constant companions. Yet into this hellish existence comes the beautiful and compassionate Angel Manah. Will she deny the increasing love she feels for this condemned soul, or can he persuade her to join him in endless damnation?

As they become aware of their romantic feelings toward each other, they journey from Abbadon to Cymllon, the magical Kingdom of Legends. There they meet the faery folk, centaurs, lycans and other mythical creatures. With two dragons as their protectors, Samael and Manah explore that mysterious world and face its dangers.

The final book of this Fantasy trilogy explores the ultimate retribution of the archangel who fell from grace and became the Devil. Is he, like Seriel, restored to his former glory or ruined for all of eternity? This question can only be answered by reading Final Retribution.
Author Marion Webb-De Sisto
Fiction - Adventure and Romance with a Devilish Twist.
Non-Fiction - Helpful Information on Crystals, Crystal Skulls, Healing and the Spirit World.


Monday, May 2, 2011

"It's an empath thing..."

Have you ever read a blurb that just captures your attention? Grabs you from the drudgeries of your day and stops you in your tracks - makes you read on? No cover, no flash - just the crafty words of a quirky character and a savvy author?

I think you'll find those things in Piper's Fury - the debut novel of author, Rachel Firaske.

So, let me first say congratulations on your novel! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself and your new book.

Well, I currently live in the heart of Central Texas with my husband and three children. I'm an active member in the Romance Writers of America, and belong to the Heart of Texas, FF&P, and YA chapters. Most days though you'll find me surfing the Savvy Authors site daily as their Article Editor.

By day I'm an office manager, and an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author by night. Passion of the Soul: Piper’s Fury is my first release, with Crescent Moon Press.

Do you have an excerpt from your book that you’d like to share?

I'd love to!

Passion of the Soul: Piper's Fury

by Rachel Firasek

Purchase e-Book

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 978-0-9828200-5-6

Length: Novel

Publication Date: March 2011

Cover art by Ash Arceneaux

It's an empath thing...

Using your "powers" to help the Dark Hills Police Department hunt down serial killers doesn't leave much time for dating. Not that Piper Anast is complaining. The last thing she needs is some guy brushing up against her and pumping his pornographic thoughts into her head.

When she meets Bennett Slade, a sexy, tormented vampire, Piper stumbles headlong into a telepathic connection with his missing daughter. She can't leave the kid to the evil surrounding her unwanted visions, nor can she resist her draw to Slade. He's the first guy she's been able to touch vision-free in, well, forever.

As she and Slade close in on the evil creature holding his daughter, Piper's powers morph into a deadly fury. To save Slade's daughter-and herself-Piper must face down demons she never knew she had and trust the one thing she keeps from everyone.

Her heart.


He leaned into my hand. His slight stubble scraped along my palm and I found myself exploring the hard angles of his face, firm muscle wrapped over steel. I let my hand slide along his neck to tease the hair curling gently at his collar. His eyes shut, allowing me the freedom to watch the emotions shift across his skin.

Dark and strong. Two simple words to describe the vulnerable strength in this anything-but-simple man. I craved the taste of him again. Leaning forward, I slid my parted lips across his. His intake of breath encouraged me to run the tip of my tongue along the seam of his mouth, teasing for entry. His eyes opened and I pulled back.

“You were kissing me with your eyes open.”


He touched my cheek. “Why?”

“I wanted to watch your face.”

“Your honesty, Piper, is what I like most about you.” His hands braced my head and he pulled me back down for another kiss. This time, he took control and deepened the assault on my senses. His tongue plunged into my mouth, sliding along mine and withdrawing only to plunge in again, coating my taste buds with his minty flavor. He tilted my head for better access and drove his tongue even deeper. A moan escaped him, sounding almost like a growl.

I broke away. “Am I hurting you?”

“No. Less talk, more kissing.”


Talk was overrated, anyway. He leaned deeper into me and explored my mouth the same way you nibble the cherry out of a cordial at Christmas. Delicious. When he moved to tease my jaw with his teeth, I asked, “Slade, will you show me the other way?”

He had worked down to my neck and a ragged breath escaped me when he worked the skin between his teeth. My stomach tightened and a dampness gathered in my panties. “What other way?”

“You said there were two ways to feed.”

His head rose from the crook of my neck and I completely forgot to breath. The heat in his eyes made my anger look like a holiday. Fire surged from his body and ate through my skin. Power. Pure energy. Little sparks darted between us like one of those static balls at the mall.

“You do not realize what you are asking.”

“You won't hurt me, will you?” In my heart, I knew he wouldn't. He was too gentle, too careful.


Wow! I just love this! It is so compelling. Piper is so interesting - childlike in her interest to learn but you have this sense that she's deadly.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration from many things. Mostly from scenes I pick out at random places. Piper’s Fury really came from a lot of places, but mostly my daughter inspired Piper’s characteristics. I wanted to create a character with some quirks that were a little abnormal. The rest of the book was a series of reactions from Piper.

I noticed on your web site that there is a play-list to go with Piper. So, I take it you listen to music when you write? What kind of music do you listen to?

I absolutely listen to music when I write. My fave is Emily Autumn. I love her gothic lyrics. Evanescence is my second fave. After that, it’s a combo of anything with a good beat.

Who would you say is/was your biggest inspiration and why?So, what's in the mix right now? What are you working on?

I hate this question. I have so many and for so many different things. For this book, my daughters absolutely inspired me. They are both so different, and when I used too many quirks from one, the other balanced Piper out. For my writing career as a whole, I emulate LK Hamilton. I’d love to have her business sense one day. She’s truly a brilliant author.

I couldn't agree with you more - on the question and LKH - she's in my list of favs as well.

What do you find to be the hardest thing about creating your stories?

I don’t have a hard time creating stories, it’s remembering the little things that get me. Piper wears gloves most of the story, I had a hard time remember that she did. You don’t think about that, but I promise you it’s the little things that a reader will catch every time. Or at least, I do.

I know exactly what you mean - I've resorted to list.

Do you have a favorite character?

Slade is my favorite. I bet you thought I would say Piper, huh? He’s so patient with her, even when you know she’s testing his stoic control. I love that about him.

He does appear to have the control of a Saint - to a point. (I can't wait to read this - it's definately moved to the top of my pile...)

What are reading right now?

I’m reading Come Back To Me by Julia Rachel Barrett, but I just finished Fated by Rebecca Zanetti. Fated was fantastic. I read it twice. Loved it. Come Back To Me is good so far, but a very different read from my normal paranormal romance. I’m loving it, too!

I just finished a novella and I’m ready to dig back into Book 2 of the Passion of the Soul series. The working title is The Gypsy Triangle. I also have several project novels, which means that they are in pure plot form right now.

Ahhh, more for the TBB piles...can't wait!

Where can your readers learn more about you?

I’m everywhere. My website is

You can find me on twitter: raebob78

I have an author page on Facebook: Rachel Firasek

And you can get to all these from my website.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Rachel! Readers - this is definately one author to check out - and watch. I'm sure more wonderful work is in the works!