Monday, June 24, 2019

Freebie Links!


Her Cyborg Awakes
First in Series, Free!

Sabralia, wife to a warlord, housed in a harem:

 What happened to my servant Qy? He’s always been a docile cyborg! How does he know so much about weapons and warfare?  
He knows how to fly a spaceship? 
And he seems to notice me — as a woman! 
My cyborg has turned into a warrior! Am I even safe with him? 




Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Excerpt: Single Mom, Vampire Lover

I am featuring my various paranormal romances for a few weeks. Most will have a free day or two, so keep and eye out! I will advertise in the Facebook group Romancing the Shire.



Here is an excerpt from Single Mom, Vampire Lover

Single mom Darlene finds her teen son at a wild party hosted by rogue vampires.

Excerpt:

Brian was stretched across a bed, in a dimly lit room, his face so white the golden brown freckles that went with his red hair stood out clearly. Darlene rushed to him, grabbed him by the shoulders and shook.
“Brian?” He didn't respond. Panic overwhelmed her as she tried to find his pulse. Was he even breathing? Was it a drug overdose? She fumbled in her purse to find her cell phone, hands shaky, bile rising to the point she felt like vomiting.
The door behind her burst open. A tall, thin woman with short, black spiky hair, dressed in a skimpy black leather skirt and silky red top that left her chest mostly bare, stalked toward her. Before Darlene could ask her to help, the woman's hand lashed out and gripped Darlene around the neck, long nails digging in.
It was almost like it was happening to someone else, the shock was so profound. Why isn't she helping Brian?
The woman was so strong, her single hand squeezing the breath out of her and Darlene realized there was no help coming from this woman. Her eyes were half slits and chilling in their dead glare.
Is this how I die? Darlene struggled to get away but the woman's hand just gripped tighter and pulled her up until her toes barely brushed the floor. Darlene dropped the cell phone and her purse and grabbed at the woman's hand with both of hers, trying to pry it off her neck.
The fingers didn't budge. They tightened.
She's going to break my neck! Darlene's hands fell away, all her effort had to go into dragging in short, shallow, choked pants.
“You are troubling me. You shouldn't be here,” the woman hissed. Then she smiled, not a nice smile. Her teeth were white and Darlene watched in horror as her teeth changed. Gleaming white fangs descended and she opened her mouth wide.
A vampire? Darlene stared in confusion at the teeth. They looked so real. So deadly. She tried to kick and squirm away, but the woman just smirked at her and tightened the grip of the steel-like hands around Darlene's neck, cutting off all breath. The dim light of the room went darker.
Suddenly, the woman's grip evaporated and Darlene fell hard to the floor. The woman turned gray and crumbled to the floor into a pile of fine dust.
Darlene gasped for breath, her throat aching as well as the rest of her body from the sudden fall to the concrete floor. She stared up at a man who stood where the vampire woman had been. He was tall and broad-shouldered, dressed in a long sleeved black knit shirt and black jeans. Blond, wavy hair, cut close around the ears, framed an impossibly handsome face with high cheekbones, a square jaw, and full lips. His eyes were bright blue, visible even in the dim light, long lashed and tilted upwards similar to a cat. His presence seemed as bizarre as the vampire woman. Darlene shook her head and tried to pull herself together.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

~*Bridal Faire*~ Fantasy Romance Release!



New Release! So far it's live on Kobo and Nook! https://books2read.com/u/4jeX6v
Amazon preorder for 6-15 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QR14HBP
Wizarding student Adler has to find a bride at the annual Bridal Faire!


Bridal Faire is set in my fantasy world, Realms of Glister. Orc in Winter is set in the Realms, also. 

Excerpt: “Can I ask you zometing?”
“Sure.”
“Vat are you?” She raised her arms and did a little flap move.
It was cute. He grinned. “I'm a griffintaur. Wings and clawed feet of a griffin. Like buns have ears and feet of a rabbit, and fauns have ears and feet of a goat.”
She nodded. “Vere I am from zhere are only bun, faun, zentaur. Sirens, mermaids and Fairy, alzo.”
“Oh. Are you from across the sea? The Three Realms?”
“No. I am from farzzer south. The desert lands along the Southern Sea coast. Zareemjarem it is called.”
“That is a very long way from here.”
She nodded and gave a wistful smile. “Yes, so far from home.”
“My name is Adler.”
The girl smiled her deep dimples and blinding white teeth making her a stunning sight. “Ayperi.”
The old faun woman returned and screeched at the girl. “Girl, get me a fresh bucket of water! This has been sitting for hours! Scoot!” The old woman smacked at Ayperi as she rushed away with the bucket. The old woman smelled worse than the open ditches.
That poor girl. Sounded like her employer was mean. Something wrong with that old hag. Adler stuck around for a little while, eating from different vendors, but Ayperi was busy with baskets and the old faun woman didn't leave the booth. He finally went back to his room.


I've been writing in this world for years but haven't published much. The first sale I ever had, Faunication, was in an erotic romance antho back in 2005! In that story I introduce buntaurs, faun-like people with rabbit parts instead of goat parts. In Bridal Faire, my hero Adler is a griffintaur, with wings and feet of a griffin. My heroine Ayperi is from a distant land, and is part sea siren, part desert fae.

I have several stories in the works set in this world. Some are close to the finish line! Some future titles:

Wild at Heart:  Travelers on the road share the journey to freedom and love.

High Haven:  Mallowrose, a buntaur, is sent to the distant mountains because of the civil war in her country, The Three Realms. 

Fauntasy: Tip, a buntaur, and Sylina, a faun, are expecting a baby—and that is forbidden in The Three Realms since they are not the same Kind. Imprisonment will probably be a death sentence for Sylina. They escape to a wilderness across the sea.

King of Emrysdell: Siblings with an Earth mother and a royal Emrysdell father decide to leave modern earth. They perform a  midwinter portal ritual—and it works!

LeatherwingsDomhnall, a prince, and Farli, the granddaughter of Black Sorcerer Garvino, are kidnapped, bewitched into flying squirrel-like bodies, and caged. They must escape and try to restore stability to their land. But there are complications.  Four Leatherwing kits.


There are more, actually, but these are all half to three quarters finished.

As a child I LOVED Narnia, and I also loved Middle Earth. So I made my own world to play in. Only with romance and some spicy scenes!


Melisse

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Excerpt from Found In Space

Here is an excerpt from Found in Space, which will release in October. Found in Space is a Diaspora Worlds offshoot. In DW Book 2 Alien Blood we meet a pilot named Dooley and a female cyborg. 2LN77 has a breakthrough thought in his presence, and he is determined to save her, recover her from the cyborg implants. But she is swept away with the cyborg army before he can rescue her. He has her ID on his personal com, and set a finder alert on his ship.  Seven years alter they meet on a mining asteroid. The new series is Diaspora Worlds: Cyborgs Restored. Five books are in the works.


Coming in October 2019


2LN77 returned to the rock and jetted the packs to the gathering place  8SAF20 indicated.
Two injured cyborgs were unconscious, propped up against rocks. It was weird seeing them. She knew their designations, but this was the first time she noticed their gender and physical size. In her memory, cyborgs stood out because of their appliances or their function. Now she was noting gender. She knew herself to be female. One of the unconscious cyborgs was a tiny female, the other was a large male.
8SAF20 returned with powerpacks and another large cyborg. She pulled him by his utility belt, his arms hung limp. Once they were at the gathering place 8SAF20 had to turn off his jetpack for him. He flopped to the ground with a groan. “RN48  has two broken arms. We will assist in replacing his powerpack as needed. How many power packs do we have?”
“Sixteen. I'm not to red yet. And I think there are many more if I jet over toward the base.”
“There are. We'll rest, run our nutiprograms and switch out powerpacks before we look for more. I admit, without the maintenance drugs in my system, I am feeling tired,” SAF20 said. I took a while to remember what the word was, for how I felt.
“Confused.” RN48 spoke for the first time.
“Yes, I am having nothing but breakthrough thoughts,” 2LN77 confessed.
They all rested. 8SAF20 switched out her power pack. “Too bad we can’t switch out the nutripacks. We will dehydrate soon.”
“At the most, we will live three cycles,” RN48 spoke. He had a deep, resonate voice.
“I am also confused.” 2ln77 spoke slowly. Names are important. Using your designations is too weird. Long. Not for... a person. And we are all persons now, right? Not cyborgs only. Call me Elen. For LN.”
The others were quiet for a moment. “Yes, that is a good idea. Call me Safee,”  8SAF20 said.
“Aren,”  said RN48 with the broken arms. They had no pain meds they could give him.
The largest cyborg was now awake but had not spoken or acknowledged them. Safee checked his power supply. “He will need changed soon.”
“Kel,” The large one finally said. “For KL92. I...it is difficult to move.”
 “We should set alarms for when we hit red,” Safee said. “I think we will actually sleep, like humans. for...a person. And we are all persons now, right? Not cyborgs only. Call me Elen. For 2 LN.”
“I forgot what pain is. Now I remember,” Aren said.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Excerpt from Bridal Faire

Excerpt from 
Bridal Faire 
Fixed formatting, grr!)














“What magicks are you taking, Adler?” Little Piper, the youngest student, a snow faun with thick white hair cut into a bowl shape popular for little boys, was lying on Adler’s bed. He bounced a conjured ball with his hooves as Adler packed. His goat legs were thin and fragile and his alabaster horns nubs barely showed through his thick platinum waves. He stuck around Adler in his free time, since some older boys teased him for his tiny size.
“Not much. Master Shoji gave me a couple of his illusion cones, in case I need something longterm, for hiding if there are thieves on the road. Plus, they’re small and easy to carry.” He held up a small pouch decorated in magical symbols. A compass, though I probably don’t need it, I’ll follow the roads.
“Oh, and my wallet has a heat spell on it, so pickpockets will get burned. Also, Lofting Elixir. With the roads so muddy I'll get an airboat and loft it back here. Otherwise, it'll take a month to get back here by cart. Unless I find a flier bride.”
“Not much chance of that, since you can’t marry a griffintaur. There might be those flying centaur girls.”
“Master Shoji said no centaur girls, we don’t have housing for one.”
“Too bad. They always have such big—” Piper gestured above his skinny chest.
Adler gave Piper a look.
No love charms? Don’t you need a love charm?” Harl interrupted. He was a golden horsetail faun, with a flowing golden tail, and dark gold hair streaked with wheat pulled back in another tail. He had hard, dark brown tilted eyes with long black lashes and winged brows. He was handsome, selfish, clever, and in the same year as Adler. Harl knew much more about women than any of the other students at school.
Harl gave Adler a sly look. “How are you going to get a wife without a charm?”
“Yes, do you think some girl will just up and decide to be your wife? You need some help.” Pondo, a Lesser Giant from the north, nodded, his eyes round. Pondo had the advantage of looking stupid, with his bulging round eyes and double chin, but he was sharp and manipulative. He was the oldest apprentice, graduating soon, but he was staying an extra year to work on mastering jewel enchantments.
Harl and Pondo always stuck together and were not Adler’s favorite people. Lucky for Adler, Master Shoji had made him Head Apprentice, which gave him an edge.
“I’m not charming some girl into being my wife. It is unethical,” Adler growled.
Piper rolled his eyes. “What else you taking?”
“Oh, water purifier drops, some stomach calm. Some of Mistress Shoji’s ground pepper mix in case the food there tastes funny.”
“No protection charms?”
“No, they take too long to make, and I want to sleep tonight.”
Pretty soon you’ll be sleeping in the tower,” Harl said with a knowing grin. “Or not sleeping.”
“Please leave,” Adler frowned at the older boys.
“Hey, while he’s gone, let’s work on a transparent wall spell,” Harl said, getting off his bed.
“Oh, yes. That would be just the thing,” Pondo agreed as they left. “Though I doubt he’ll get a girl worth looking at.”
“True. But at least she will be a girl.” They clomped down the stairs.
Adler sighed.
“Don’t worry about that spell, Adler. I’m superb at messing things up. They’ll make me fetch stuff. I’ll contaminate it. That work for you?” Piper bounced his conjured ball up to the ceiling.
“Thanks, Piper. You are an honorable friend.”
“Are you going to bring back a pretty one? I hope she is pretty. I hope she bakes honey cakes.”
“Well, we’ll see what I can find.”
“Too bad I’m not going with you. I would be a big help to pick out a nice one. I have many sisters, you know. None of them are old enough to marry you, though. Redberry won’t be seventeen until July. Too bad.” The little faun vanished his toy and jumped off the bed. “Well, I best be off to mess up the transparent wall spell.”
Piper tapped away to find the older boys.


Preorder: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QR14HBP




Saturday, October 27, 2018

Winter is Coming

Wyoming winter is something to be reckoned with. I have inflammatory asthma and tend to have 3-5 bouts of bronchitis and constantly aggravated asthma from Nov-March. ER visits, steroid, inhaler after inhaler, nebulizer--and I still can't breathe well.

Medicine just can't fix this.

The diet I am on (Keto) is anti-inflammatory. Through the fall I have had no asthma symptoms! Usually, I am wheezy due to allergens. So I have high hopes for this winter.

My asthma doc said that even if I lost just 20% of my starting weight I could see improvement. I am close to 20%. If I lost a lot of weight, I might see the asthma clear up.

One food that helps with leaky gut/allergies/inflammation is bone broth. I started making my own. Here is my recipe, a combo of ones I found online.


3 carrots(scrubbed)
3 celery
3 cloves peeled garlic
1 whole onion, skin on
1 lemon cut in half
2T red wine or apple cider vinegar
1T pink salt
1/2t Black pepper or peppercorns
1-2 bay leaf
1 gallon of water
8-12 hrs slow cooker. (Instapot on slow cook).

I time it for convenience, it needs some time to cool down before I jar it. Can't do it if I am out the door to work!


For beef bones, I roasted them for 1 hour at 400f. Today I am making turkey broth from a  carcass, so no roasting needed. I added 1t Herbs de Province, it sounded good.


Mine is a combo of several bone broth recipes. I really like the added tartness and drink a cup at lunchtime.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Pets in Space #3 Embrace the Passion--All the Info!



One of my favorite anthology series is releasing this week! Really, there are just not enough SFR anthologies around so I was happy to see  Pets in Space 3: Embrace the Passion was coming. I love well-written shorts and novellas.





Pets in Space is back! Join us as we unveil eleven original, never-before-published action-filled romances that will heat your blood and warm your heart! New York Times, USA Today and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Ruby Lionsdrake, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Carol Van Natta, Tiffany Roberts, Alexis Glynn Latner, E D Walker, JC Hay, and Kyndra Hatch combine their love for Science Fiction Romance and pets to bring readers sexy, action-packed romances while helping our favorite charity. Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space™ authors have donated over $4,400 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans. Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 today!

Release Date: October 9, 2017
Price: $4.99 (Ebook Only)
Number of Pages: A lot!

Charity: Our charity is Hero-Dogs.org. Hero-Dogs.org improves the quality of life for our nation's heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships. 10% of the preorders and first month’s profits go straight to this charity. https://www.hero-dogs.org/

Authors:
Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 authors are:
S.E. Smith ~ HEART OF THE CAT: Sarafin Warriors Series (novel!)
Anna Hackett ~ DESERT HUNTER: Galactic Gladiators Series
Ruby Lionsdrake ~ QUASHI: Mandrake Company Series
Veronica Scott ~ STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER: The Sectors SF Romance Series
Pauline Baird Jones ~ OPERATION ARK: Project Enterprise Series
Carol Van Natta ~ CATS OF WAR: A Central Galactic Concordance Novella
Tiffany Roberts ~ HUNTER OF THE TIDE: The Kraken #3
Alexis Glynn Latner ~ STARWAY
E D Walker ~ THE BAJO CATS OF ANTEROS XII
JC Hay ~ SHADOW OF THE PAST
Kyndra Hatch ~ AFTER THE FALL

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Pet Illustrations: Nyssa Juneau
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