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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
Tea and Strumpets

Nara’s Nook
Therian Verse

Marilyn Campbell

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

Brandi Evans

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.


28 Oct

Writer’s block, lack of inspiration…or just too damned tired to write?

Okay, my lovelies, I’m not quite sure why I haven’t been writing much lately. It could be any or all of the above, but—

It really needs to stop…like, NOW.

33837f3838e5b90787080f870c67aa77It’s nearly November and in trying to figure out where 2013 went, I was reminded of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012.

Go to the Beach,

        Have a Drink,

                Eat What I Want,

                        Read a Book,

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A New Frontier for Star Trek

19 May

Well…I’ve been a bit busy in the past few months, but I’m BACK and promise regular posts from here on.

Having said that…Has anyone out there seen the latest STAR TREK movie?

I did, in IMAX 3D, and I have to say…

O. M. G.!




I thought that the first “revamped” movie was brilliantly crafted, providing a much needed updating for today’s audiences while still satisfying diehard “Trekkies” around the world.  The bar was set pretty high after that.


Into Darkness cleared that bar by light years!



I am NOT going to give any spoilers in this, so never fear, but I will say that the movie again plays brilliantly off of original Star Trek components. Some are very subtle, but do contribute to the believability of changes in the original “WoK” story line.




I think the casting for the new movies is absolute perfection, not the least of which is Karl Urban as Leonard “Bones” McCoy. I love Karl Urban and I have to admit, until I saw the first movie, I had my reservations about him as Dr. McCoy. He plays the good doctor to a “T” and adds a huge dose of sex appeal in the process. I hope he gets a “love interest” somewhere down the line…It IS only fair (hint hint).



Chris Pine as James Tiberius Kirk combinesKirk 2 roguish swagger, blatant sexuality and boyish charm with just the right amount of vulnerability. He has all of Shatner’s confidence and bravado, along with real human flaws that the original Kirk never seemed to show. Struggling and striving to overcome them makes for a much more realistic character that audiences can REALLY relate to.

Spock 1

Zachery Quinto’s portrayal of Spock is probably my favorite of all. Despite his Vulcan quest for logic in all things, his struggle with his own humanity is constant and adds dimensions to his character. These are qualities that the original “Spock Prime” (Leonard Nimoy) only openly acknowledges now, after a long and prosperous life. As with Kirk, glimpses of his basic human weakness make him stronger and all the more endearing.

The rest of the cast members are equally talented and have once again, been able to stay true to Roddenberry’s original characters and concepts, but enhanced them on all levels.

star-trek-movie crew

And speaking of enhancements… The special FX are off the charts, especially in IMAX 3D. This is definitely one you MUST SEE on a big screen! The action scenes are epic and the dramatic ones tear at your heart.

All in all…FIVE STARS!

Now… what will I blog about next?




Something SEXY for SURE!!!

(Yes, I do STILL love my job! LOL)


Risky Business

17 Mar

SkydivingFirst a shout-out to my BFF & sister Bitch Goddess, Shannon Emmel – HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You are still one super-sexy broad!

My question to everyone today is…do you tend to take the road less traveled or stick to the familiar path?

I consider myself a “controlled” risk taker. For example, I’ve jumped out of an airplane, but I was firmly strapped to a younger, stronger pro all the way to the ground. I went on a solitary vision quest around the U.S., but I was in my car (with a coffee pot that could be powered by the cigarette lighter) and never ventured far from civilization.

I’m a firm believer that great rewards—whether money, love or memorable experiences—require some level of risk. Though “luck” and “serendipity” can certainly play a vital part, the individual still has to take the chance on whatever falls in her lap. The easy, rational route is to ignore the whisper of an enticing yet risky opportunity if one is in a fairly stable or comfortable situation.

When it comes to writing, I’ve had my share of taking risks as well as taking the “safe” road and I’ve had successes and failures both ways. But honestly, the risky ones were the most fun for me. Believe me, I know how hard it is to work on a story that doesn’t have a fixed market. I received 79 rejections on my futuristic romance novels before finally getting PYRAMID OF DREAMS published in 1992. A number of respected editors and agents repeatedly told me I had to write category or historical romances if I ever wanted to break into publishing. But I wanted to write a cross-genre series even if everyone insisted that was completely unmarketable. And so I ignored all the good advice and broke a barrier.

Twenty years later, I was still receiving letters from readers about those books and this year, I was finally convinced to convert them to e-books. I just finished updating and revising all four of the original books and, once they are uploaded, I plan on working on the fifth, which never made it to bookstores.  Blurbs and excerpts for the first two books, retitled FEVERED (Pyramid of Dreams) and FALCON’S RUN (Topaz Dreams), are available on my site now and I’ll soon add teasers for FIERCE VOYAGER (Stardust Dreams) and FINDING TIME (Stolen Dreams).



Hoping all your reads are Passionate,

Marilyn Campbell

www.marilyncampbell; FB: AuthorMarilynCampbell; TW: marilyncampbel3

Holiday Giveaway!

16 Dec

blue-eyed-santaSo…Now that I have your attention–

I usually try to do something humorous and generally a bit risqué for my posts, as well as  relate it in some way to a writer’s life (and I’m gonna do exactly that), but I couldn’t without first acknowledging the horrible tragedy in Connecticut.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of those devastated families whose lives will never be the same.

On Sunday, December 16th  at 5:00pm EST, I will be lighting a candle and sending love and prayers out to them and I hope you will take the time to join me…wherever you are.

Individually, lighting a candle may seem like a small gesture, but healing doesn’t happen overnight. It happens in painfully small increments over time.

Similarly…it’s the small gestures—like the glow of a single candle—that offer strength and  hope and light in the darkest of times.

Pass this on.

    Tweet it.

       Share it with your friends on Facebook

              Stumble it! Tumble it! Pin it!

                      …and share it through any other social media groups you might belong to.

Let’s face it—Friday’s shooting has left its mark on ALL of us. It’s left us feeling hurt and helpless and at a loss to comprehend how something like this could happen.

We will probably never know the “why” of it, but it doesn’t matter at this point.

What DOES matter is that we survive it. That we move past the pain and sorrow and most importantly, that we cherish those we love and the time we have with them.

Because ya just never know how much time you have.

So remember…

Candle. 5pm EST, Sunday, 12/16/12. Pass it on!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled programing.

(There’s a BOOK GIVE AWAY and additional FREE READS included in today’s blog, so keep reading!)


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A Fairy Tale for the Modern Princess…

22 Oct

Hello my darlings!

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks, ( like that’s anything new for me?) and so I’m a little late in getting my post up.

I consider myself a fairly modern woman and I ran across something this morning that  made me smile.

We all want the “Fairy Tale”… the happy ending, if you will.

As writers, we have the ability to create as many happily-ever-afters as we want.

Having said that, I also came across a HP Fanfic titled  “The Headmaster’s Wife” that provides a TON of smutty happiness (and a great story as well!) for quite a few characters.

If you’re interested, here’s the link:

Link to “The Headmaster’s Wife”

Also… check out Shadowling Manor for news, teasers and excerpts from the “Passion’s Portal” novels from Ellora’s Cave. This is the place where the fairy tale meets the modern woman!

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the delightfully snarky take on the traditional “Frog Prince” fable below.

Wishing everyone a Happy Monday!


T.G.I.F./F.F. ( and Eye Candy, Too!)

6 Oct

Now that I have your attention…

Did ya miss me? LOL

Life intruded and my apologies for that. Mother nature also had to put her two cents in and trapped me in my house for four days with over three feet of water in my street.

Not fun, but not life threatening and really just more of a nuisance/inconvenience than anything else. Been doing some reading and some research and trying to get some writing done the process…

Notice I said, “trying”?

I’m having trouble with the rapidly (and rabidly) breeding plot bunnies that seem to be overwhelming me in recent weeks.

In an effort to tame the bunny horde, I’m going to be trying something a little different in the coming weeks.

I’m calling this little experiment T.G.I.F./F.F.Day.

In case you’re wondering that’s  NOT  “Thank God It’s Friday” with a stutter!

It stands for…

Thank God It’s Fan/Flash Fiction Day!

You see, in order to stop the madness, I had to start writing some of this stuff down just to get it out of my head so I could then focus on the manuscripts I need to get done.

So, I’ll be posting bits of stories (or links to them) and I’m inviting those of you who might also have similar bits out there in cyberspace to do the same by posting the appropriate links in the comment section of this blog.

You can also use the comment section to, well…comment on the stories/WIP and let me know if you’d like to see more.

Who knows…that might just help me decide what my next project will be!

I’m going to start this off with an Adult Fan Fic (not mine) that I mentioned in a blog I posted in July.

At the time it was posted as a “WIP” but it is now “Complete” so if you’d like a bit of “light reading”  🙂  here’s the link to “Broken Dreams” posted by “onecelestialbeing”.

In the meantime…Enjoy the delicious male hotness unabashedly displayed herein!

(You didn’t REALLY think I’d do a post without my usual eye-candy fix in it…DID YOU?!).


What can I say?

We ALL need a little inspiration to feed our muses and keep our plot bunnies happily humping away!



Damn! I DO love my job!





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