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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.

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…

http://siobhanmuir.com

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

To Sequel or Not, That is the Question

23 Jan

It doesn’t seem like a complex question, whether or not to write sequels to stories already written, but the answer isn’t always clear at first look and it depends on several factors.

The first factor to consider is the original story. Was is strong enough to stand on its own or did it leave some questions to be answered after the final paragraph? Also, did it have strong enough supporting characters that perhaps their stories need to be written?

The second factor is the Muse. As an author, I call the creative energy that brings out the tales I write just “The Muse”. Some folks name them. My friend Silver James has named her Muse Iffy and she runs with scissors. If you’ve read Silver’s stories, it makes sense. If the Muse isn’t interested in a sequel, it won’t happen. I’ve had several requests for a continuation of Her Devoted Vampire, but so far, the Muse is mum on more.

The third factor is a more practical one. Readers love series. They want to know what happens to the characters after the sun comes up after they’ve ridden off into the sunset. Or at least to their family and friends. Series require more than one book, so sequels are needed. Hopefully the Muse agrees and spins tales like tapestries from a loom.

TNG-webfinalAs for myself, I have two series going and the Muse has graciously told me storylines for most of the stories in them. My latest release is The Navy’s Ghost, a Menage a’SEALs tale and romantic suspense, and the first book in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series. While I wrote that one, the Muse told me a storyline for a prequel for one of the squad members and she’s been hot to finish this bad boy. That should be out in a couple of months. And I have story ideas for Book 2 and Book 3, plus Books 3 and 4 for my Cloudburst Colorado series.

So for me, right now with the Muse’s blessing, the answer is yes, I’m writing sequels. If you’re a reader, that means there’s plenty to look forward to. What’s your favorite type of reading? Stand alone tales or series?

Storytelling: Taking the Next Step

9 Jan

Have any of you read Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury? It’s a story about how the future would be, as imagined in 1951, with books being dangerous objects and outlawed so much, Firemen were actually required to come and burn whole libraries. Instead of the printed word, people were supposed to be entertained by talking walls, large screens that took up entire rooms and could have “people” standing around you.

This story is amazingly well written and well told, but it scared the bejeezus outta me. Why? They were burning books, trying to kill imagination. Disguising the world into their own belief of the black and white. The intent was to control the people. Keep them drugged up on the euphoria of visual and audio stimulus. There was no place for thinking or imagining.

Can you imagine?

As an author, it’s a scary prospect. With that view, imagination seems like a fragile thing to be kept sacred and nursed, hidden away. Fortunately, stories are now in an electronic format, easily moved or transported, copies hidden in various places so nothing would be lost. Backups upon backups, so if one falters, another can continue in its place.

Yes, I’m waxing poetic like an onstage poet. But the truth is, storytelling has a rich history. First, it was oral, handed down from one generation to the next so everyone would know either history or legend. Then we found pen and ink, and wrote the tales to paper or hide, coinciding with live plays, acting out the stories. Then came the printing press and books with hard covers and soft pages were born. Currently, the stories are strung out of thought and typed onto a screen, held sacred by little ones and zeroes until resolved into decipherable words. Or shown on the big screen with actors relating the words to you.

What’s the next step? Bradbury had the inklings of it. You get to be your own actor, playing out a tale of your own making. Or even roleplaying a story made by someone else. OpenSimulator, a program meant for online and virtual interaction, offers a unique opportunity for readers. Authors are now writing little pieces of flashfiction, little snippets of storyline to entice you to come see more and find out where the tale goes. In the next few weeks, Nara Malone and I will be working on depositing these little snippets where you can find them if you join the virtual community. Nara and I both write paranormal romance, we like our stories with magic and unusual critters occupying the pages (screens?), but we are joined by other authors, some erotic, some not, and all you have to do is walk through the worlds to receive little snippets of tantalizing tales.

So are you ready to take the next step? Come join us. Stop by Nara’s Tea & Strumpets blog to find out how. 🙂 Hope to see you there.

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Hot New Release to Warm the Cold Nights

12 Dec

Good morning! Brr! Is it cold out there where you are? It is here in Las Vegas. I know that seems like an odd occurrence, but deserts do get cold in the winter, and Vegas is in the driest desert in North America. So it’s cold and dry here. Perfect time to get hot and wet, right? LOL

Last week, my newest releast The Navy’s Ghost, came out, and it’s a hot menage a’SEALs. Here’s the blurb:

TNG-webfinalA SEAL is strongest with her Team…

Ensign Christiana “Ghost” Brickman is the only female SEAL to survive BUD/S training, a real Navy Jane. But when an ambush ends her career as an active SEAL, she’s free to pursue other interests. Like her two best friends Lt. Jim “Retro” Waters and Chief Warrant Officer Todd “Magic” Hunter. She’s wanted them for over a year, but never dared to approach them while in the squad.

Retro has fought his dark desires since high school, certain the need to share a woman unnatural. Magic had never considered sharing before Ghost mentions it, but it solves his dilemma of choosing between his best friend and his woman. But Retro balks at Ghost’s offer to share and retreats from both when she marries Magic.

Everyone feels Retro’s loss, but he ignores the ache of their broken connection in favor of living ‘normal.’ When Ghost and the other wives of Beta Squad are kidnapped, Retro must reevaluate how much both Ghost and Magic mean to him. And he must decide how far he’s willing to go to save the woman he loves, before she becomes the Navy’s ghost.

And here’s an Excerpt The Navy’s Ghost:

As she lay dying on the grimy floor of the Nicaraguan warehouse, Magic’s feelings for Ensign Christiana Brickman had crystallized into blinding clarity. I love her. He’d ignored the thought in favor of saving her life, but now, with the squad around him and the action settled, it came roaring back into his mind, clear as day. Jubilation mixed with terror settled into his gut. No fraternization within the ranks. Too bad his heart couldn’t remember the rules.

“How’s she doing, Magic?” Retro shouted through the mic to Magic over the rotors.

“Stable for now. High as a kite, but stable.”

“Good to hear. Pilot says back on base in fifty mikes.”

“Roger that.”

“Why do they always use boys’ names for everything?”

Retro and Magic turned to the woman lying between them and met the clouded hazel gaze beneath the lowered brows. “Say again, Brickman?”

“Boys’ names. Why do they always use them for everything?”

“What are you talking about?” Retro raised an eyebrow.

“You know, Mike for minute, Roger for understood.” Brickman rolled her head to pin Retro with her focus. “Jimmy for futzing with locks. Hey, your name is Jim.” She licked her lips and swallowed. “I like your name, Jim Retro. And I like you, too. You’re handsome.”

“Yep. Definitely high as a kite.” Retro snorted and shot a smile at Magic. Todd tried to smile back, but his gut sank. What if she preferred Jim over him? Get your head back in the game. She’s never shown interest in any of us.

“Yeah, but I’m pretty sure she’s not in pain. With the dosage I gave her, she should be floatin’ on cloud nine by now.”

“You’re my cloud nine, Magic.” The hazel gaze hit him and he tried not to fall into it or the words she murmured. “So sexy and smart and nice. All the Navy bunnies just love you.” Her lips tightened in irritation. “Sluts.”

Magic raised his eyebrows. Don’t listen to her, she’s out of her mind. Except morphine often acted like a weak truth serum, stripping away inhibitions to expose real sentiments underneath. Chris turned her head away to mumble something under her breath as a mild frown creased her forehead.

“Not good enough for you.”

“Say again, Ensign?” Retro leaned closer to her.

“They only want dick, you know.” Her gaze slid slowly back to Jim’s face. “You deserve better, Retro. Mo’betta. ’Cause Bravo Squad does everything mo’betta. They should call it Betta Squad.” She trailed off in a dreamy, sing-songy voice.

“At least she’s got that right.” Retro shook his head, a half smile quirking his mouth.

“Bravo Squad definitely does it mo’betta.” Ghost fixed him with a hard stare. “Just like you, Retro. And you need someone who knows you. You, and Magic, too. Perfect, sexy, tall, and hard. Like bananas.”

“What?” Magic traded looks with Retro.

“Oh, shit. You better knock her out before she says something really crazy.”

“Bananas. You know…” Chris raised one hand, curling her fingers into a C-shape before swaying it back and forth as if stroking something. “Long, hard, smooth, and warm.” She grimaced. “Bananas. So much better than cucumbers. Mo’betta in Betta Squad.”

“Knock her out, Magic.” Retro growled as the other squad members snickered in the background.

I hope you enjoyed a little bit of The Navy’s You can find it at:
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Thanks for stopping by and happy reading. 😉

Happy Thanksgiving!

28 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to the readers in the US! And I give thanks to all you readers who live in the rest of the world, too. Without you, I wouldn’t be the author I am today and I’m so grateful you’ve given me the chance to share my stories with you.

For my family, Thanksgiving represents a time to get together and enjoy each other’s company. Mr. SM and I take the kids and visit with my folks and my brother’s family in the high desert, looking for antelope (“anigoats” as my kids say), coyotes, and big horn sheep along the way. We spend a few days screaming at football games (well, they scream. I read) and sharing in good food. I try to count my blessings and take stock of how lucky I truly am.

As I close in on my second year of being a published author, I want to say thank you to the wonderful authors I’ve met along the way: Nara Malone, Marilyn Campbell, Karla Doyle, Silver James, Cat Johnson, Gem Sivad. These are just a few of the ones who have encouraged me, commiserated with me, and helped me on my way.

The tradition is to start Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving and get revved up for the holiday busy-ness associated with the end of the year. I hope you get a chance to relax and enjoy this holiday and be raring to go on Monday, December 2 2013. Because that’s when The Navy’s Ghost, the first book in my Bad Boys of Beta Squad series comes out. It’s a M/F/M romantic suspense and I stay true to my tag line of “kick-ass adventure with hot sex”. Here’s the blurb:

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A SEAL is strongest with her Team…

Ensign Christana “Ghost” Brickman is the only female SEAL to survive BUD/S training, a real Navy Jane. But when an ambush ends her career as an active SEAL, she’s free to pursue other interests. Like her two best friends Lt. Jim “Retro” Waters and Chief Warrant Officer Todd “Magic” Hunter. She’s wanted them for over a year, but never dared to approach them while in the squad.

Retro has fought his dark desires since high school, certain the need to share a woman unnatural. Magic had never considered sharing before Ghost mentions it, but it solves his dilemma of choosing between his best friend and his woman. But Retro balks at Ghost’s offer to share and retreats from both when she marries Magic.

Everyone feels Retro’s loss, but he ignores the ache of their broken connection in favor of living ‘normal.’ When Ghost and the other wives of Beta Squad are kidnapped, Retro must reevaluate how much both Ghost and Magic mean to him. And he must decide how far he’s willing to go to save the woman he loves, before she becomes the Navy’s ghost.

Thank you again for stopping by on this gratitude holiday and I send mine to all of you. Many blessings! 🙂

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