Farewell and Many Blessings…

17 Apr

Dandilian farewellDear readers,

After much discussion and attention to the long range plans of the authors on this blog, we’ve decided it’s time to shut the doors on Passionate Reads. We’ve enjoyed connecting with you and sharing our tales. For me as one of the newest bloggers here, it’s been a great experience and honor to post on the blog, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to connect with you all.

But for now, we must stay goodbye and turn our attention not only to our individual blogs, but our writing too. You can find us all at the links below and the best part is most of us regularly blog at these places.

Nara Malone
naramalone.com
Tea and Strumpets

Nara’s Nook
Therian Verse

Marilyn Campbell
marilyncampbell.com

Siobhan Muir:
The Weird, the Wild, & the Wicked
Buy a Book, Tell a Friend

Brandi Evans
branidevansauthor.com

Shannon Emmel
Shannon’s Blog

Thank you all for joining us on this blog. Take care, be well, and stop by our respective blogs. If you follow them, you can get announcements when we post. Thanks again, and many blessings.

SexyScopes for April 2014

30 Mar

News for all signs:

Aries tattoo***Sun in Aries thru 4/20 encourages spontaneous (though not always wise) decisions and actions; ***Full Moon in Libra predawn 4/15 with total lunar eclipse (visible in most of U.S. & Canada) will shine a sudden, bright light on an issue in your life that is out of balance; ***New Moon in Taurus predawn 4/29 with annual solar eclipse (not visible) is the perfect time to launch a solid/grounded plan; ***Mars still retrograde thru 5/19, lowering many people’s energy levels and assertive tendencies;
(Info on eclipses and retrograde planets at www.marilyncampbell.com>Astrology Basics)

The forecasts below involve two of my passions – astrology and tarot. The first card is a general message, the second is about love & relationships (sexual, romantic, friendly, familial). The interpretations are from my book, “Tarot of The Lotus Circle”, but you’ll have to use a little intuition to determine what it means to you personally. Have fun!

RomulusARIES – March 21 to April 19

Ace of Wands: You have been brought to the right place at the right time by fate, but a human hand is in charge now – yours. All you need is the faith that you can bring an idea to life, then perform an action to prove it.

Prince of Wands: A male under 40, with medium coloring, possessing both organizational and creative talents will play an important role in a relationship matter this month.

 

Falcon.phpTAURUS  – April 20 to May 20

10 of Wands: You do not have to do it all by yourself. Your burdens are not only heavy, they are drastically dimming your personal light.

The Fool: You are either alone or at a crossroads in a relationship. There are at least three options before you, but nothing will change until you make a choice and take the first step.

 

Gallant.phpGEMINI – May 21 to June 20

7 of Coins: You are asked to do an accounting of your positive and negative thoughts, words and deeds. Yes, in a way, you are being graded. A slight adjustment in attitude could make a big difference in the end.

6 of Wands: You may have doubted it there for a while, but you will now receive evidence that you are the favorite. You win your lover’s heart or the respect of someone else whose opinion is important to you.

 

Gabriel.phpCANCER – June 21 to July 22

Lucky moon babies – Jupiter is visiting Cancer until next July, so you can expect a major goal or dream to be achieved before the Great Benefactor moves on, as long as you put in the necessary time and effort.

5 of Wands: Life is filled with competition and conflict, but the Five of Wands tells you to be the best person you can be and ignore how others are playing their games.

The Magician: Someone new is entering your life in an unusual way. Fate set up the meeting long ago, but Serendipity makes it interesting. What you do after the encounter is up to you.

Carnal Vengeance-final coverLEO – July 23 to August 22

6 of Swords: Troubled waters may be all around you but you can rise above any problems. At least one Spirit Guide and one friend will create a bridge for you to safely cross. (Yes, this is the same message you received last month.)

10 of Swords: You’ve reached the end of a relationship as it has been. Either work together to figure out how to rejuvenate it or let it go and move on.

 

Unnatural Relations-final coverVIRGO – August 23 to September 22

The Empress: Femininity and connection to Mother Earth are your power sources. Subtlety, sensitivity and sexuality are your tools—use them compassionately.

The Hanged Man: It seems as though you’ve been waiting forever for that certain someone, or for a resolution to a problematic relationship. Hang in there, the waiting period is almost over.

 

Twisted Hunger-final coverLIBRA – September 23 to October 22

2 of Swords: Regardless of what is going on behind your back, you have two Spirit Guides protecting you. Don’t let your inability to clearly see an outcome stop you from taking action.

8 of Wands: Whatever the conflict, it’s resolved and you will be enjoying a passionate, yet free-spirited, kind of love. A plane trip could bring you and a loved one together, physically or emotionally.

 

Wicked Obsessions-final coverSCORPIO – October 23 to November 21

Ace of Swords: The energy of a new beginning is just ahead, but you seem to be hesitating. You have a powerful sword in your hand. Whatever you want or need to cut out, you have the tool to do the job.

9 of Wands: Regarding all relationships, extreme patience is being called for. If looking for love, you’ve got a bit longer before the ideal mate is in your field.

 

Serving NicoleSAGITTARIUS – November 22 to December 21

5 of Cups: Though mourning is a healthy step in dealing with loss, it is not a lifestyle. It’s time to pick up the pieces, clean yourself up and get on with your life.

10 of Cups: This is the Happily Ever After Card. The perfect relationship with a long-term commitment or marriage is coming into your life. Family relationships find a comfortable balance.

 

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CAPRICORN – December 22 to January 19

7 of Wands: Your intellect is all you need to get past the current obstacle. Step back, look at the big picture and find a way to do it smarter.

Wheel of Fortune: Your love life, and/or other close relationship, is about to undergo a big shift.

 

Zenith Rising CoverAQUARIUS – January 20 to February 18

8 of Coins: Be open to learning more about psychic realms, spirituality, predictive tools. Something is missing in your education that is vital to your growth.

Princess of Coins: A female under 35, probably with fair to reddish coloring and proud of her appearance, will play a part in resolving a relationship matter very important to you.

 

Ghost Lover CoverPISCES – February 19 to March 20

Justice: You need to find some balance in your life before you can move on. A past life is seriously influencing your present circumstances. Regression therapy could clarify what makes no sense. An encounter with the legal system may be needed.

The World: Everything you’ve been wishing for in a partner is right in front of you. All the obstacles between you have finally been cleared away.

 

All the books shown above are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe Books, iTunes and more. My Author Page on Amazon.com

      For an introduction to astrology, tarot and numerology, I invite you to visit my personal website, www.marilyncampbell.com.

FB–AuthorMarilynCampbell; tw–marilyncampbel3

Happy Spring! Celebrate with Bronco’s Rough Ride

20 Mar

Today is the Vernal Equinox and the official first day of spring! Are you ready for it? In Las Vegas, spring often shows up in February, and we get all sorts of flowers. I love sitting out in my backyard and reading in the balmy days (before the summer heat kicks in and burns everything to a crisp).Spring Snapdragons

Speaking of reading, tomorrow March 21 2014, Bronco’s Rough Ride, the next book in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series comes out. This is the prequel to The Navy’s Ghost, and you get to see how John “Bronco” Andrews met his wife Lindsey before Ghost, Magic, and Retro got into their mess. Here’s the blurb:
Broncos Ride
What happens in Vegas, stays in the heart…

Chief Petty Officer John “Bronco” Andrews only meant to stay one night in Vegas for a little R&R before resuming his duties as a US Navy SEAL in Coronado. But someone slips him a mickey in the bar and he finds himself in Madame LeBeau’s sex trade. As the product. Doped up on ketamine to keep him docile, Bronco has no choice but to let it ride.

Detective Lindsey Jarvis has been undercover in LeBeau’s sex slave racket for two years and she almost has enough evidence to take it down. Between abduction, prostitution, and murder, she has LeBeau by the short hairs. All she needs is a “product”. John is the perfect witness if she can get him out before the drugs shut down his heart. Then she’ll be free to start a normal life.

Lindsey doesn’t count on her overwhelming attraction for Bronco or her need to see him through detox. But she’s a cop in Vegas and he’s a Navy SEAL, two lifestyles with too much unpredictability to maintain a relationship. Neither have time for more than one wild rough ride, and what happens in Vegas, stays. Forever.

Come join Bronco and Lindsey on their wild ride on March 21st 2014 everywhere ebooks are sold. Kick-ass adventure, a hot cop, and a hotter SEAL. And remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in the heart…

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More Like A “See You Later”

10 Mar

By Alexa Day

Saturday was a pretty special day for me. It was my book’s birthday. One year ago on Saturday, my book was released on an unsuspecting world.

Things have been pretty crazy ever since. Lots of promo work, lots of chaos in the so-called real world, and a couple of very special events, like my first signing at Romanticon. The twelve months have flown by, and almost everything that could have happened has happened.

One thing hasn’t happened yet: that next book. I’m still getting my arms around it to get the job done, but in the meantime, I’m having to cut back on some other things. Unfortunately, that means I’ll be leaving you all this month.

I’ve had such a good time here, and I’ll never forget that this is where the crazy ride started, with that pitch contest so long ago. But I won’t be all that hard to find. You can still catch me on Tea and Strumpets or on Lady Smut, and hopefully, I’ll be able to tell you about the next book really soon.

In the meantime, I’m going to leave you with warm thoughts and this video, which never fails to make me smile.

I’ll see you around!

SexyScopes for March 2014

1 Mar

News for all signs:

Pisces***Sun in Pisces thru 3/20 encourages dreaming and going with the flow; ***New Moon in Pisces 3/1 is an ideal time to wish for an important dream to come true; ***Full Moon in Virgo 3/16 will illuminate a personal issue that needs clearing or deleting from your life; ***Mars goes retrograde 3/1 thru 5/19, lowering many people’s energy levels and assertive tendencies; ***Jupiter goes direct 3/7, getting back to supporting career progress and plans; (Info on eclipses and retrograde planets at www.marilyncampbell.com>Astrology Basics)

The forecasts below involve two of my passions – astrology and tarot. The first card is a general message, the second is about love & relationships (sexual, romantic, friendly, familial). The interpretations are from my book, “Tarot of The Lotus Circle”, but you’ll have to use a little intuition to determine what it means to you personally. Have fun!

RomulusARIES – March 21 to April 19

Prince of Swords: Time to switch from a holding/wait-and-see pattern to charging full speed ahead; trust that the Universe will protect you from the harm you’ve been concerned about.

King of Cups: A male over 40, probably fair in coloring, in a caretaking, medical, teaching or artistic career will play a very important role in a relationship matter this month.

Falcon.phpTAURUS  – April 20 to May 20

9 of Coins: A strong vibration of independence and prosperity is all around you. Money and comforts will come to you with little more than a wish.

Princess of Wands: A workplace relationship is in a transitional phase—one of you may be moving on or moving up, but the result should be beneficial to you.

Gallant.phpGEMINI – May 21 to June 20

9 of Wands: Patience. The Universe will allow events to occur only when the time is right, no matter how much you fret.

The High Priestess: You need some time alone to get to know yourself. Meditate on the sort of people you really want in your life. This is not a good time to begin an intimate relationship.

Gabriel.phpCANCER – June 21 to July 22

Lucky moon babies – Jupiter is visiting Cancer until next July, so you can expect a major goal or dream to be achieved before the Great Benefactor moves on, as long as you put in the necessary time and effort. (See opening note regarding Jupiter’s retrograde period.)

6 of Cups: Look to the past for answers about the present. A Spirit Guide is coming to you in human form. Remember and learn from the past but live in the present. Literary efforts are favored by this card.

Ace of Cups: Romance is in the air. Welcome it without bias or strings and you’ll be very happy. Someone new is entering your life in a traditional way – this could be an ideal mate or a baby.

Carnal Vengeance-final coverLEO – July 23 to August 22

6 of Swords: Troubled waters may be all around you but you can rise above any problems. At least one Spirit Guide and one friend will create a bridge for you to safely cross.

3 of Cups: The upcoming holiday is a great time to be with family, old friends and kindred spirits. Attend parties, join a club or group activity to meet an ideal mate, but don’t get serious right away.

Unnatural Relations-final coverVIRGO – August 23 to September 22

4 of Wands: You are being blessed with the energy of a harmonious environment. Enjoy the moment of peace rather than struggle to force some sort of action.

4 of Coins: Either you or your partner are more interested in material wealth than love. Stop trying to convince yourself that that is enough for you. Don’t be stingy with your affection. There’s always more on tap to draw from.

Twisted Hunger-final coverLIBRA – September 23 to October 22

The Hanged Man: What you await is in a “holding pattern”, but it is in your atmosphere. Meditate on removing the obstacle that’s preventing it from landing at your airport, then practice your patience. It will come when the time is right.

Ace of Swords: Be cautious in new relationships, especially where the chemistry is very strong. There are strings attached, possibly another, pre-existing relationship. Ongoing relationships are about to be unexpectedly shaken up, but it will be for the best in the long run.

Wicked Obsessions-final coverSCORPIO – October 23 to November 21

The Moon: A veil of mystery covers the face of your future. Like the moon, time must pass for the full face to be seen. Check your astrological chart or an almanac for guidance on timing.

The World: Everything you’ve been wishing for in a partner is right in front of you. All the obstacles between you have finally been cleared away.

Serving NicoleSAGITTARIUS – November 22 to December 21

Queen of Cups: A female over 35, fair to gray in coloring, in a maternal, medical, teaching or artistic career will want to nurture you or will need you to nurture her.

Ace of Coins: You are about to meet someone new who either is, or will be, financially well off. A money-making venture could bring you into the perfect partnership.

inandoutoftime CoverCAPRICORN – December 22 to January 19

8 of Cups: You have a lot going for you, yet your intuition is telling you that something’s missing. As long as you aren’t just trying to escape problems, it may be time to walk away from a current comfortable situation in order to find your bliss.

The Star: A good time to wish for a special person, or an improvement in a relationship, but be cautious in your wording. Though The Star may grant a wish, it does not guarantee a happy ending.

Zenith Rising CoverAQUARIUS – January 20 to February 18

Judgment: Incidents and people from your past are coming back into your life to haunt or help you, depending on your previous behavior. It is time to take a good look at your life so far and rework the plan for going forward.

6 of Coins: Though your relationship seems to have been one-sided for a while, that is about to turn around. You’ll now experience the good stuff love has to offer. If looking for love, try volunteering your time to a charitable organization.

Ghost Lover CoverPISCES – February 19 to March 20

Prince of Cups: You are, or soon will be, undergoing an important, positive transition in your health or love life.

The Magician: Someone new is entering your life in an unusual way. Fate set up the meeting long ago, but Serendipity makes it interesting. What you do after the encounter is up to you.

 

All the books shown above are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, ARe Books, iTunes and more. My Author Page on Amazon.com

      For an introduction to astrology, tarot and numerology, I invite you to visit my personal website, www.marilyncampbell.com.

FB–AuthorMarilynCampbell; tw–marilyncampbel3

Enter the Dream World of OpenSim Interactive Fiction

20 Feb

Have you heard of interactive fiction? Years ago it started with those old Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novels where the authors had written multiple endings and paths to get through the story depending on which choice the reader made at the end of each chapter. It was very cool because you could get a different story each time you read it.

Now, in the Twenty-first Century, we have things like SecondLife and OpenSimulator which allow us to build actual avatars (characters) and wander around a fictional world. A new kind of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure in digital worlds.Tarot 2-3-14

This week, my good friend Nara Malone has introduced one step higher in interactive fiction. She’s asked me and several other authors to write OpenSim stories so readers can come visit, wander through our worlds, and get a story along with the adventure. You can visit Tina Glasneck’s suspense tale Letter to Charlie that takes you through Greyville Writer’s Colony, drop by Shara Lanel’s Good Karma Tarot shop, or trip across worlds (grids) to Nara Malone’s Blue Harbor. And if you like your stories a little more sensual and romantic, follow my Incubus Dream through Cloudburst, Colorado and beyond.Incubus Dream cover

How do you do this? Nara has a gift for teaching others and she’s posted a great article of how to get started. It says it’s for authors, but anyone can use the information therein to visit the Metaverse and Greyville. Greyville is where you start all the stories. Once you log in, just find the park with all the books in it and you’re off. Shara Lanel wrote a blog post on her experience and what you can expect. We’ll all be around at one time or another, time zones permitting, to answer questions or tell you the tricks we’ve learned putting this together.Dragon Temple Book intro

We hope to see you there.

For those already familiar with SecondLife and the Metaverse, you can tromp on over to Nara’s Nook and see for yourself at: world.narasnook.com:8900

Let’s talk about VD…

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shannonemmel:

Gotta LOOOOVE “VD”!
Enjoy!
Shannon

Originally posted on Passionate Reads:

Okay… I’ve never been a big one for Valentine’s Day, but I would ABSOLUTLY take up drinking if he was delivered to my door!

Where was I? Oh…I remember! I was about to do a blog on VD!  :-)

Seriously, I’ve always looked at Valentine’s Day as more of a “Hallmark Holiday” because I believe that the reasons we celebrate Valentine’s Day, like Christmas, should be observed EVERYDAY, not just on a few dates marked on a calendar.

As far as traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, here’s my thoughts on those (take notes, guys!):

Flowers.

All flowers, including roses, don’t need a special occasion to be given to a woman. In fact, getting them for no reason at all is, in my estimation, the BEST reason to receive them!

Guy Hint #1:

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