Rhiannon welcomes author Rebecca Royce…

Today I’m switching gears and handing my blog over to author Rebecca Royce.  Please enjoy the guest post and leave all kinds of comments below because Rebecca has graciously offered to give away a FREE ebook to a random reader.  When Rebecca has chosen a winner, I’ll make the announcement in a separate post. ~Rhiannon. 

 

Which disasters scare you?

In my new book, Love In One Night, my heroine handles her anxiety by preparing for

scenarios, by knowing what she’d do if something happened.

When I was younger, I saw the movie Twister. I saw it on a date but that is neither

here nor there. It scared me. Yes, I’ve seen it since then and it didn’t scare me but

it really set me off for a while. We didn’t have tornadoes in New Jersey. Not very

frequently, anyway. I used to sit up at night and worry about twisters that were

not going to come. Now, maybe I did this because I couldn’t deal with the idea that

someone might set off a bomb in NYC, which was fifteen minutes from my house.

Snow storms, which we had a lot of, don’t frighten me at all. Yet, others tell me they

are worried about blizzards, that the idea scares them. More recently, we’ve moved

to Texas and fire has been the entity we need to be more concerned with.

What scares you? What disaster worries you?

 

**Don’t forget to leave your comments below so Rebecca can choose a random commentator to win a free book!**

 

Love-In-One-Night-mockupMelanie is a woman who prepares for disasters.  If the world as she knows it were to come grinding to a disastrous halt, her Sustainable Living Community will be ready and able to take care of the people in their area. She doesn’t have a man in her life anymore but she has her daughter and that’s enough.

 

Until a tall, dark stranger drives into her life.

 

Griffith is on a mission to find Melanie’s ex-husband Victor, who has stolen a very expensive new drug from a pharmaceutical company.  Griffith is a man who can find what others can’t.  He never backs down from a fight and he’s never afraid until he sees Melanie.  She steals his breath and makes him wish for things he’s never wanted before.

 

They are two people who can prepare for everything except the depths of their own need for each other.

 

“I married him because I got pregnant.” She put her hands on her hips. “And I won’t take his money because I won’t take money from the pharmaceutical companies. No offense.”

“Gee, why would I take offense when you meant to insult me?” Melanie’s face turned a lovely shade of cherry as he spoke.

“Truth is, I meant to say something nasty about Victor. I forgot, momentarily, what you do and who you do it for.”

He shrugged like he words hadn’t stung a bit. The pharmaceutical companies did both good and bad things. Griffith didn’t have to feel one-hundred-percent comfortable all the time to still know he worked on the right side of the law.Love in One Night 7

“Theft is theft. I give them back things they’ve lost.” He moved along the edge of the room. Melanie must be organized. Everything had a label, down to the box holding sponges. “And I’d bet when you get a headache, you take a Tylenol.”

“I’d try magnesium and zinc, but your point is taken. I shouldn’t be generalizing. I don’t like when it’s done to me.”

Griffith had to get out of there before he did anything really asinine, like give the blushing woman a hug. He pulled out his card. “If you hear from Victor or you think of anything, give me a call. I’ll be staying in Austin overnight.”

“Right.” She took his card. “I’m sorry you had to come all the way down here for nothing.”

“I’m not.” Her eyes widened, and he had a moment of sheer male satisfaction. He’d been able to shock her.

“You haven’t asked me why I do this. Why I’m so prepared for a disaster? You haven’t asked. Everyone does.”

“I’ve been a lot of places. I think preparing for things, even if they might never occur, makes pretty good sense. I guess we all have our own reasons for why we do what we do.”

She bit down on her lower lip, chewing on it as she regarded him with narrowed eyes. “So you want to know why I married Victor but not why I formed a whole community dedicated to organic farming in the desert, self-sustaining living, and disaster preparedness?”

“Melanie, if you want to tell me, I’d be really amenable to hearing.” Anything she wanted to say would be fine by him. She could read the phone book aloud, and he’d sit like a good little boy and listen to her.

“Maybe I could. Over dinner tonight.”

His heart skipped a beat. Had she actually asked him out? His mouth opened and closed. When he’d gotten off the plane in Austin, he’d had no idea he’d be stepping onto a sustainable farm, a converted bomb shelter, and asked to dinner by a hot redhead.

 

About Rebecca Royce

 

portraitAs a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her

favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her

homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well

worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to

be married to her best friend. They’ve just moved to Texas where

Rebecca is discovering a new love for barbecue!

She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and

tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s

a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll

enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca

loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over

time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters

make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen,

and you should suspect that it will.

 

**Current and Upcoming Works**

The Outsiders
Love Beyond Time
Love Beyond Sanity
Love Beyond Loyalty
Love Beyond Sight

Westervelt Wolves
Her Wolf
Summer’s Wolf
Wolf Reborn
Wolf’s Valentine
Wolf’s Magic
Alpha Wolf
Angel’s Wolf
Darkest Wolf

The Warrior
Initiation
Driven
Subversive

The Conditioned
Eye Contact
Embraced

Sexy Superheroes
Screwing the Superhero
Banging the Superhero

Other Works
Behind The Scenes
First Dimension
Yes, Captain
Return to the Sea
One Night With A Wolf
Another Chance

Light Me Up
I’ll Be Mated For Christmas
The Edge stories: Unwanted Mate, Bar Mate, Mate by the Music, Out of Place Mate

Forever

Find Rebecca: 

www.rebeccaroyce.com
www.rebeccaroyce.blogspot.com
https://twitter.com/#!/rebeccaroyce
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Royce/172551376131638?sk=wall

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In Darkness We Must Abide (Death Comes Home, Episode 1) By Rhiannon Frater

In DarknessI absolutely hate serials.   Why, you ask?  Because I’m a fast reader and very impatient. I hate waiting for the second part of something I like.  That being said, I read serials like there’s no tomorrow because I’m a glutton for punishment.  Even though I know that when I finish the last page of an installment, I’ll be chomping at the bit for the next part, stalking around Facebook and Goodreads for any and all information regarding the release of the next bit of story just so I can download it to the Kindle machine and start the whole crazy process all over again. Reading serials is a torture I’ve grown to love and hate.  Honestly, they turn me into a maniac.

This particular serial, In Darkness We Must Abide, is fantastic so far.  The first episode is the only part released, but I was quite pleased with it.  I’m also quite frustrated because I’m ready for the next part and can’t read it yet and I’ve bitten my fingernails down to nearly nothing.  Okay, not really, but I feel like it.

Rhiannon Frater’s characters are very likable and real. There are three siblings:  Roman (oldest), Alisha (middle), and Vanora (youngest).  The beginning of the story shows the reader that Roman is a strong head of the household and that he has both patience and intelligence, but also heart and compassion for others.  The middle sibling, Alisha, seems to be a very competent, yet protective, caretaker for her younger sister, Vanora and I like her quite a bit.  Vanora is only a little girl in the beginning (I’m assuming we’ll see her grow up later), but she is spirited and reminds me quite a bit of my daughter in so many ways.  I won’t give away spoilers, so I’ll give you the description found on Amazon.com.

In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever. As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul. Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.Each episode will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words with new installments being published every 2 to 3 weeks.Episode 1: Death Comes Home Roman Socoli inadvertently releases a terrible evil when he has his Romanian ancestors entombed on his estate in Houston, Texas.
 I want to add that I love how Rhiannon introduces the vampire.  He doesn’t show up with a dashing smile, wearing a million dollar suit, with a cheesy, ridiculous romantic flair for womanizing.  Nope.  On the contrary, he’s a very classic vampire, which I absolutely loooooove (lots of o’s are completely necessary there).  This episode exhumes a very gothic atmosphere perfect for the story laid out.  Rhiannon, if you’re reading this review, I hope you know I’m watching you–in a non-stalker kinda way–for the release of the second episode. 😀
I’m not sure WordPress has a thingy to fill out with a star rating, so here are some bats for Rhiannon Frater.  LOL.  I think it’s the only photo I have that includes five of something!
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Horror Books Not To Miss

This week’s genre in the spotlight is horror. Since folks seemed to love the post I wrote on Alternatives to 50 Shades of Grey (spotlighting erotica and erotic romance novels and stories), I’ve decided to spotlight a new genre bi-weekly on Thursdays.  I love horror in most sub-genres and there are a lot of awesome Independent authors you should check out as well as the more established authors.  Without wasting too much time yacking, here is the list I’ve compiled:

 

Long Voyage Back by Luke Rinehart. — I don’t know this author and I have not read this book, but Permuted Press posted the link this morning because the ebook is on sale at $1.99 for Kindle.  Also, the book is available for Nook and Kobo.  “Nuclear Armageddon” was mentioned in the description, so I can imagine it’s probably pretty great for those action seeking horror lovers. But again, I have not read this book so I won’t know until I read it lol.

Among the Living by Timothy W. Long— I do own this one so I can vouch for the book and the author.  Right now, the kindle price is at $3.99 and the print copy price is $12.78.  Also, you can get the audiobook from audible for $1.99.

In DarknessIn Darkness We Must Abide by Rhiannon Frater— Folks, don’t forget that there are a lot of awesome, awesome female horror authors out there, too. Rhiannon Frater is one to keep watching.  This particular book is .99 for Kindle download right now.  Snap it up, folks.  This is book one of a serial!

Cthulhu’s Daughter and Other Horror Tales by Rhiannon Frater is also available on kindle and the price is only $2.99.

Also, check out Rhiannon’s Amazon Author profile and scroll around and find more books she’s written.  There are TONS of goodies to choose from.

Domain of the Dead by Iain McKinnon— $3.99 is the kindle price.  Iain Mckinnon is a pretty awesome author and I personally give him a big recommendation.

The Night of the Beasts by Eric S. Brown— I haven’t read this particular book, but I have read others by Eric S. Brown and have enjoyed them quite a bit and this one is priced for Kindle at .99 😀 Enjoy!

cannibalCannibal Corpse by Tim Curran–I don’t know Tim Curran and I’ve never had a conversation with him, but he must have poured magic sprinkles into the pages of this one because EVERYBODY has it on their kindle, either waiting to be read or being read right now.  As a matter of fact, it’s on MY kindle as well lol.  Anyhow, the Kindle price is $7.99 and it IS available for print as well at $14.95.

 
Nurse BloodNurse Blood by Rebecca Besser— This book goes on sale TOMORROW (3/21/13) until the end of the month for .99, but right now is listed at $3.99, just in case you can’t wait until tomorrow lol.  Also, what a beautiful cover!

Tygers by Brenna Lyons is a horror erotic romance, Undead Embrace is zombie fiction ranging from horror-comedy to straight horror,  Undead Underway is vampire comedy, and Monsters of Myth is a  mix of everything 😀  I haven’t read any of her books, but I just may check out some of these.

–FREEBIES–

Lost Girl of the Lake by Michael McCarty and Joe McKinney— FREE for Kindle download for PRIME members and I have this already and am confident in giving it my recommendation.  If you do not have an Amazon Prime membership, the ebook is still only $3.79 😀 Enjoy!

The End by MW Huffman  FREE for Kindle download.  Four star rating with fifteen reviews.

 

Well, that’s it for today, folks! If you have any book suggestions you’d like to share in the horror genre, please feel free to list them with or without links in the comments below so that others may enjoy your suggestions. I’d also like to mention that I do realize today isn’t Thursday, but tomorrow I have a dentist appointment and I have no idea if I’ll feel like blogging when I get back.  Enjoy!

 

 

Alternatives to 50 Shades of Grey…

There are a few books I feel aren’t getting the right amount of attention right now.

50 ShadesOne of them is an erotica anthology with lots and lots of merit.  For starters, it’s called Fifty Shades of Decay.  You just can’t go wrong with decaying eroticism, can you?  No, no you can’t. I won’t go into why I completely dislike 50 Shades of Grey, but I will say that I don’t like it and I refuse to tell people to read it.  For those who have never read erotica before in their entire lives, I can see why it lures them in, but for others, like me, who know what good erotica is versus horrible shit the toilet monster coughed up and called a book, it’s just bad, bad, BAD.  Okay, rant over.

So, with that being said, you should all check out Fifty Shades of Decay and get an entire anthology of awesome undead erotica.

Also, you could try some nice, cozy, Anne Rice erotica.  YES, Anne Rice’s writing goes way beyond the vampires and witches we all know and love.   Under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure, Anne penned three naughty BDSM style novels.  The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release were released in 1983-1985.  I can personally vouch for these books.  Each one has tasty surprises waiting behind every single page and the characters are absolutely magnificent.  Brilliantly written, the series is a must have for erotica readers.

Wikipedia gives more information about the books and a small synopsis for each one here.

One of my favorite erotica authors is Elizabeth Black.  Elizabeth’s stories are always interesting, but more than that, her characters are very imaginative.  Elizabeth’s story, Purr, is available on Amazon right now and is FREE for kindle download. I’d snap it up if I were you.

Nice cover, huh! WOO!

Nice cover, huh! WOO!

OTHER EROTICA AUTHORS TO CHECK OUT: 

Teresa D. Patterson– Uncrossing Her Legs is FREE for Kindle download right now.  I can vouch for this lady.  She knows what she’s doing!  

D.L. King– Check out The Sweetest Kiss, available on Amazon.  I have this book. It ROCKS. Lots of vampy goodness in there.

Cassie Ryan–Seducing the Succubus is now available on Amazon as well and is in Kindle and paperback formats.  Go get some! Just one question, folks…just how exactly does one seduce a succubus?  Guess we’ll have to read the book to find out, huh… 😀  With absolute pleasure, of course.

Dahlia Rose– Dahlia has an awesome online presence and is one of the nicest, realist authors I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with via Facebook.  😀  This book, Army Beasts 2042, caught my eye on her author page because the cover is delicious and it has an even more delicious price.

Red VelvetMitzi Szereto– Mitzi’s anthology, Red Velvet and Absinthe, is absolutely magnificent.  There are dark forces afoot.  Dark, sexy forces.  Also, I want to add that I did try to make this image bigger (the one on the left here), but for some reason I couldn’t.  So sorry!

Stephanie Burke– The Perfect Spice is available through Changeling Press.  The site gives a very enticing description, too!

He knew he was not supposed to watch. But she was so perfect, so hot, so hungry….

                                   And now the master has discovered his trespass. Whatever Master has planned for his punishment will be sure to add the Perfect Spice to his                             slavery.

Clare Dargin–Cold Warriors is available on Amazon right now and also the price is quite nice.  I don’t see a link for paperback, so this may be one of the many ebook only books, which is all the more reason to download the Kindle for PC app if you don’t already have it. Check out Clare Dargin, folks!

Sierra Cartwright, Cherise Sinclair, and Belinda McBride– Doms of Dark Haven is a multi-author anthology featuring one story by each author.  The cover is very nice, the price is also nice, and the reviews seem to speak very highly of the stories.  Check it out!

Also, from Belinda McBride is Blacque/Bleu.  The link to the Amazon buy page for this one is here. 

So, now that you have a good starting off list, go do your thing.  If you want to download these books and get a cheaper price and aren’t quite sure how to do that, it’s okay. If you don’t own a Kindle and don’t want to shell out the dough to buy one, you can download the FREE Kindle for PC app and it works just as well as long as you don’t mind reading on your computer.  Also, I think there are other kindle apps too, but I use the Kindle for PC because it’s free.  I’m cheap like that.

…and I just realized that I have just completed a whole page full of advertisements for Amazon without even realizing I was doing it.  Heh!  Well, at least you erotica starved folks like me out there now have some suggestions.

Don’t worry.  You can all thank me later.  I like cake and my birthday is in July. Me today

The Feast of Rhiannon

RhiannonMarch 4th all over the place is a day celebrated as the Feast of Rhiannon, in celebration of the goddess Rhiannon, which is the very goddess I was named after (more or less–I was named after the song and the song was written about the goddess lol).  So, in my own way to celebrate such a strong name, I’m going to post her story here so that you can enjoy it, too. It’s quite a tale!

Here is the short of her story:

Rhiannon was promised in marriage to Gwawl Ap Clud against her wishes. She chose to defy her family and chose the mortal Pwyll [POO-ul] as husband. She appeared to Pwyll, who stood with his companions on the Mound of Wonders. She was dressed all in gold and was riding a white horse so swiftly that she did not seem to be touching the ground. The fastest horses in Pwyll’s party could not overtake this beautiful woman. Pwyll’s companions were afraid and advised Pwyll against pursuit. Pwyll called out and asked Her to wait, which She did. Rhiannon and Pwyll were married and she bore him a son. The child was kidnapped by the jealous Gwawl. The six handmaids, who were nurses to the baby, were terrified that they would be punished; so, they planted evidence to suggest that Rhiannon had eaten her own young. They scattered bones and poured blood around Rhiannon’s bed. The offense of killing one. s own child was punishable by death, but Pwyll, instead, sentenced Rhiannon to stand at the gates of the city, telling of Her crime and offering to carry visitors into the city on Her own back. The child, who was not dead, was eventually found, and Rhiannon was vindicated by truth.

And her Origins:

Rhiannon [RHEE-awn-on] is a Welsh underworld Goddess form. Her story is told in the Mabinogion , translation by Lady Charlotte Guest). Her origin goes back further still according to Jean Markale who believes that she might have been the original Mother Goddess of the Celtic people. She brings sleep, dreams, and sometimes nightmares.  She is found in several ancient cultures, called by several names. Through history Rhiannon has survived and influenced many cultures and legends. Her name translates as “divine” or “Great Queen.” She may have been sun Goddess. She is Goddess of change, movement, and magic . She comforts in times of crisis, loss, and illness. She gives us gifts of tears, forgetfulness (to promote healing), and humor to ease our sufferings in this life  and guides us to the next . She is also accompanied by golden birds whose singing can call the dead or grant peaceful sleep to the living.

 

You can find more information HERE.   This website has a good bit of information, plus extra sources listed 😀 Aside from Rhiannon being my middle name, I am quite intrigued by this particular goddess.

Just for fun, though, here are the Symbols of Rhiannon, which can also be found in the link above:

Colors: white, silver, gold
Moon phase: waning
Animals: horse, bird
Herbs/Flowers: Jasmine, evergreens, any white flower
Stones: moonstone, quartz crystal
Aspects: leadership, movement, change, death, fertility, crisis, magic for women,
protection, strength and truth in adversity, dreams
Wheel of the Year:
Willow moon (Saille): April 15 – May 12
Ivy moon (Gort): September 30 – October 27