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Saturday, October 27, 2012


What is Pinterest?

Pinterest.com is visual blogging, a network of image sharing.
As the days of reading a printed and delivered newspaper decline (Newsweek just announcing they are going all digital, no more print), so do the days of reading.
You might reply, “But Alley, surely reading and text is not completely obliterated?” And my answer is no, not completely, however look at the online zines and newspapers and count the number of images available to the viewer, including the ads.
And think about how much thought and money goes into your book cover, both in print and online. Book covers draw the readers or publishers wouldn’t spend so much money on them. Book covers are visual and now that the internet has so pervaded our day-to-day lives, understanding and using the newest internet social connections is vital for an author.
And now, there’s Pinterest, providing 100% visual posts.
The Pinterest website says:
Pinterest is a “virtual pinboard.” Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.”
A “pin” is an image added to Pinterest.
Do you use Pinterest?
You collect and share images.
You might not yet think it’s a worthwhile method to increase readership and sales, but don’t overlook Pinterest’s capabilities and opportunities.
But is a visual network helpful to writers?
Yes. Let’s look at some facts and figures:
·         On 16 August 2011, Time magazine listed Pinterest in its "50 Best Websites of 2011" article.

·         In December 2011, the site became one of the top 10 largest social network services, according to Hitwise data, with 11 million total visits per week.

·         In January 2012, it drove more referral traffic to retailers than LinkedInYouTube, and Google+. (notice it didn’t say Facebook J).

·         Also in January 2012, the company was named the best new startup of 2011 by TechCrunch.

·         In January 2012, comScore reported the site had 11.7 million unique users, making it the fastest site in history to break through the 10 million unique visitor mark.

·         According to Hitwise, the site became the third largest social network in the United States in March 2012, surpassing Linkedin and Tagged.

·         The Pinterest app for Android and iPad was also launched on August 14, 2012.

·         Traffic on Pinterest has increased over 2700% (yes, nearly three thousand percent) in the last ten months. With over 10 million monthly page views, it’s the fastest growing standalone website in history

·         Users spend more time on Pinterest (average of 15 minutes per visit) than they do on Facebook (average of 12 minutes per visit)  or Twitter (3 minutes). (And by “people” I mean your potential readers.)

·         Even Ann Romney and the First Lady Michele Obama have Pinterest accounts.
Now tell me you don’t want to “pin” on Pinterest.
And, lest I forget, the biggest users of Pinterest are women, almost 70%.
Why is that significant? Because the biggest buyers of fiction books are women.

You are the author. You have to do a lot of your own marketing (well, OK not if you’re Miss Nora or Mr. King, et al.), so you are an advertiser as well. Knowing the statistics of your social media connections will help you market your books optimally (that means easier and to the best target audience).
Pinterest, you, and demographics
You should know the demographics of both your book(s) (YA? Adult? Childrens?) as well as the demographic of your social media connection. Pinterest users tend to be young, about 25 to 44, upper middle class (maybe because they have the time?) and female. (Don’t forget female! They buy.)
As a writer, I am more attuned to words than pictures. When I want the news or to learn something new, I prefer text, not videos or visuals. And you might be like that, too. However, the rest of the world, your readers, aren’t exactly like you, and the especially the younger crowd (younger than me, climbing to old-age-hood) like images and videos. And, the even younger set are indoctrinated to the visual learning style by Xbox, YouTube, TV, and Netflix and so on.
Author Kristen Lamb wrote:
“Pinterest is a splendid tool for word of mouth. With billions of posts a day on the Internet, we all suffer a discoverability problem. Pinterest (and sites like it) help that problem, so in my book, they ROCK. I hope I at least helped you look at Pinterest in a new way. We can take advantage of this site without a lot of the problems. And yes, it is another social site, but this one is easy and fun because who doesn’t love looking at pretty pictures?”
Read Kristen’s article concerning Pinterest and how it can help you become a better writer: Writers, Why It’s Time to Renew Your Love Affair with Pinterest
Are you ready to pin on Pinterest?
Your readers are on Pinterest in huge numbers, huge numbers. And so, you as a writer should be there, too.
You can find me on Pinterest as “alleypat.” Check out my boards and pins:
·         Writers Office Spaces
·         My Articles
·         Writing Workshops
·         Book Events
·         On Writing
A Bit More about Pat Hauldren:
Pat Hauldren writes speculative fiction short stories and novels and nonfiction freelance and for Examiner.com on topics such as hockey, writing, science fiction, women’s sports, and the SyFy Channel, and is a contributor to Beacon-News.com and the North Texas eNews. She is the co-founder of the North Texas Speculative Fiction Workshop (NTSFW) and the Coppell Writer’s Group, and is or has been a board member of the North Texas Romance Writers (NTRWA), DFW Writer’s Workshop(DFWWW), and is a coordinator of the Frisco Writer’s Group as well as a member of various other groups both locally and online. Pat is also a freelance editor/copyeditor and is a fiction copyeditor at Cyberwizard Productions. Pat teaches writing workshops both live and online from Grand Prairie, Texas. Find out more about Pat Hauldren at www.pathauldren.com, more about her editing at www.editalley.com or write her at pat.hauldren @ tx.rr.com or editalley @ gmail.com (no spaces).

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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Solid, consistent worldbuilding creates a culture that adds valuable texture to a story.  By the same token, careless or confusing worldbuilding can confuse readers and detract from the plot. 
So let’s look at the process of creating a setting. 

1.  Pick The Setting.  This doesn’t mean merely choosing a spacefaring society or a post-apocalyptic or medieval or urban or rural backdrop.  It includes choosing the cultural details that will enrich the characters’ quest.           

Joss Whedon’s series Firefly is set in a spacefaring society with varying levels of sophistication and urbanization.  Some planets are high-tech and urbanized while others resemble America’s Old West.  It’s not totally American-influenced, though, because people curse in Chinese.  According to a Firefly interview video on science.discovery.com, the show’s backstory posits that the United States and China were the only surviving superpowers.  The clash of cultures and choices of government is an ongoing source of conflict in the episodes. 
Laura Anne Gilman’s Retrievers and Paranormal Scene Investigations series take place in a modern, urban setting but incorporate magical creatures out of myths and legends, like angels, fauns, brownies, demons, and dragons.  Gilman also distinguishes modern magic, or electrical current manipulation, from the older magic of the world’s wild places.  The result is a setting that not only conveys layers and textures in a few words but sets the stage for conflict as humans try to control or eliminate the fae. 

2.  Keep It Simple. Whedon and Gilman pull in different cultural influences but not every possible one.  They picked and chose the ones that would most complement their stories. 

Jessica Andersen uses Mayan mythology to power her Nightkeepers’ magic.  This fits beautifully with her overall plot, the Nightkeepers’ efforts to avert the 2012 apocalypse the Maya foretold.    She doesn’t bring any a lot of other cultural influences.  Maybe that’s as well because the plots involve escalating stakes from one book to the next, travel to far-flung locations, and a lot of explosive action. 

Linnea Sinclair’s science fiction romances take place in a futuristic society with faster than light space travel.  This world includes alien races but is, in many ways, an extension of our society.  The clashes that occur and the obstacles her characters face often arise from the power structure and from issues within that society. 

3.  Remember the Stakes: The bigger, the better on this one.  Sustaining a fantasy or science fiction series always requires high stakes.  The bigger the stakes, the wider the potential consequences, the more scope the series has as it builds.

The Retrievers series revolve around escalating conflict between humans and fae incited by a secret organization who wants to control those with magical gifts, known as Talent.  As the conflict escalates, it takes its toll on the relationship of the heroine, Wren Valere, and her partner and lover, Sergei Didier. 

In Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series, which just concluded, the characters fight for the freedom of peoples and planets.  The struggle periodically forces Jax and her lover, March, apart and creates uncertainty in the relationship.

Although there are still paranormal romances where the risks and rewards are mostly personal, the subgenre increasingly involves high stakes.  Alexis Morgan’s Paladins are protecting the world.  The Nightkeepers are the world’s only hope of avoiding an apocalypse.

4.  Choose the Characters’ Gifts: If the story is science fiction, maybe the characters don’t have any unusual gifts.  They could be part of the military or a rebel alliance or the crew of a starship going where no one has gone before. 

Giving them some special ability, however, broadens the scope of the possible.  If the heroine is a Jedi who can move objects with the Force, she may not need to engage hand-to-hand.  If she’s one of the few who can navigate grimspace, as Jax does, her ship can escape pursuers who lack such a navigator.  If the science officer can render people unconscious by pinching their necks or obtaining information with a mind meld, that gives the author options to explore.

There’s one important caveat to this.  As Hugo and Nebula Award winner Orson Scott Card notes in How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, magic needs a price. If the hero can use his telepathy or telekinesis or magic indefinitely with no price paid for it, the magic system seems less believable.  The conflict also suffers because omnipotence is boring.

Any magic system needs both rules and limits.  Once those are set, the author should stick to them or have--and share--a very good reason why this instance is an exception.  The world can be whatever the author wants it to be, but it needs internal consistency.  If a character can translocate in book 1, but not in book 2, the reader needs to know why, and the reason needs to apply the next time a similar situation arises.

That brings me to the last step: 

5.  Use What You’ve Created.  Obvious, right? Maybe not.  If an author creates a world with, for example, influences of French culture, that world might have a judicial system based on the Napoleonic Code.   It might use red, blue, and white stripes on its flag, and French phrases may pepper the language.  That may be all that appears in the first book.

Down the road, though, the French cultural base opens the door to bring in other French customs.  Salic law, the prohibition of inheritance via the female line, comes from the French.  If a world is established as having strong French influence, and if earlier stories contain nothing to the contrary, the author can later tell us this doctrine is part of the world.

Conclusion   Worldbuilding is important in every genre to some degree or other.  In paranormal romance, fantasy, and science fiction it’s vital.  I hope these tips will help you create your story’s canvas.  

Thanks to the FF&P chapter for having me today and to Nancy Lee Badger for setting this up. 

Book blurb for Renegade
As the mage council's sheriff for the southeastern United States, Valeria Banning doesn't just take her job seriously, she takes it personally. So when a notorious fugitive and supposed traitor risks his life to save hers, she has to wonder why. To find the answer, she’ll have to put everything on the line, starting with her heart.
As a mage, Griffin Dare is sworn to protect innocents from dark magic, which is how he finds himself fighting side by side with the beautiful Valeria Banning. But when the council finds out the two have been working together, the pair must run for their lives--from the law, the threat of a ghoul takeover, and a possible council mole.
Author bio:
Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman.  Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance.   A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in her new contemporary mage series.  Her debut novel, Renegade, is a November 6, 2012, release from Grand Central Forever Yours.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Connecting with Readers in Virtuality by Lynda K. Scott

In today's world, we communicate with people we've never met in 'real' life. We may have never been close enough to shake their hands or hug them. Yet, they are our 'friends'. They are vital parts of our virtual world. 

Our real world and our virtual world are pretty much indistinguishable. My writing career is conducted in a fairly solitary manner--I sit in my office, write on my PC, and if I need to contact my agent or publishers, I'll send an email. I've never actually met any of them face to face (though I hope to do so). 
I have a newsletter list, a presence on a variety of social media, blogs…My readers are in front of their computers/tablets/smart phones reading my blogs (or any of my Virtuality promotional efforts) while on the other end, I might be running to the grocery store, playing with my alien kitten (Wookie) or watching my favorite hockey team. That delay doesn't make the post/email/what-have-you any less valid. Not today. 

This is our virtual world. This is our real world.  
We have to learn to use it. To command it.
To make it help us as we attempt to promote our work.  
How do we do that?  

In the real world, we have author signings or appearances. But in the virtual world, we have other resources. Many of them are just as great as the old smile-and-sign at the author's table. I'll list a few of these with what I consider to be salient points.  

The one thing I want to point out is that you are not promoting just your books. You are promoting YOU, the AUTHOR. In other words, you are bringing your pseudonym, and your author's personality, to life in this Virtuality world we inhabit. 

Virtuality Promotions:

            1. Website & Domain

-You must have a website in this Virtuality world. If you don't have a website yet, reserve your domain name (before someone else does). 

- Having your own website will give you a 'professional' email address, ie happyauthor.com, not happyauthor@snappytrails.com 

            2. Blogs

-You can use a blog for a web site (Try to get a domain name for it--you always want to bring your name forward). 

-Regularly post to your blog. Readers like routines and they'll appreciate the way you reach out to them on a regular basis. This also keeps your name in front of them and helps build your author-reader relationship. 

-Guest on other blogs (See Blog Tours. Also see my **NOTE under Blog Tours.) 

- Get your blog syndicated in as many places as you can, ie Facebook, Amazon (Author page), etc.

            3. Free reads

Doing free reads on your website or blog, or even free e-reads on Kindle, may help promote you and your books. The consensus, on how helpful it is, is still out but I often give away a copy of one of my releases on a blog. Again, this helps build name recognition, not just for your book but for YOU.

4. On-line chats

-Be prepared. Have your blurbs, links, etc, typed out so you can quickly copy and paste. Be friendly and responsive, and even if only a few people show up, be engaging. Draw them out. 

-Consider doing a chat on yahoo because those on digest will see all the excerpts. 

-Many publishers, review sites, and other authors have chats, so find out if they'll let you guest. See my **NOTE under Blog Tours.

5. On-line book-related communities. I'm just going to list a few of the more reader oriented ones:
Goodreads - This appears to be the most popular and largest. (7.3 million members) As an author, you can list your books on your page, so people can find them.  

Shelfari  - Add “book extras” on Shelfari.com that will appear inside the Kindle versions of your books and on your Amazon book buy page. 

http://www.nothingbinding.com/  - You can promote your books; connect with fellow authors, avid readers and book buyers. 

AuthorsDen   - You can reach readers by sharing your bio, books, blogs, events, stories, articles, poetry, newsletters, etc. Readers can discover, interact, track and enjoy!  

Yahoo Groups - There are yahoo groups for authors and for readers. For promotional purposes, aim at reaching the reader loops…unless your book is intended for authors. 

            6. Blog Tours

-A blog tour gets you out in front of a new audience as you guest blog at other authors sites, and promote your book to their followers. Other blogs, like one of mine, is designed to feature book reviews and guests. Blogs come in all shapes and specifics.

**NOTE: Do make sure the host site (subject) is something you want associated with you and your writing, ie an inspirational writer probably won't be interested in hosting an erotic writer or vice versa. There are exceptions but do make sure.

- Ask if they have guidelines and try to follow them as close as possible. 

-Whatever you do, make your content both informative and entertaining. It should not be just a blurb and jpg with “Buy my book!” It is not just an infomercial. It is a way to connect with readers in the Virtuality world. 

- Offer a giveaway. Yes, it sounds like bribery but it draws readers in to see an unfamiliar author. They see your name, eventually they'll remember it. That's what counts 

            7. Social Media
- Social media, ie Facebook, MySpace, Twitter etc is a great way to promote your name and your books. But they're huge time sinks so be careful. Stay away from Farmville!

There are many other ways to connect with Virtuality. Unfortunately, I've run out of space. I hope the few ways I've listed are helpful to you all.

Thanks for having me here today! 

She isn't really an alien or from another planet. If she was, she and her alien kitten, Wookie, would be headed to Alpha Centuri or Deneb to play tourist and write about what they find. Lynda is actually a 'ridge runner' from Kentucky, who likes to tell tales that entertain and amaze. Wookie, however, is an alien kitten.

Where to find Lynda on the web: 
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Book Blurbs

Magical Mayhem is the first of many anthologies to come from new tween/teen publisher Ambush Books. This anthology truly has something for everyone featuring short tales that will twist your brain and wrap around your soul. "Heart of A Dragon" a heart-warming YA adventure by Lynda K. Scott. Magical Mayhem is the perfect bedtime companion for a cold autumn’s night. 

Heartstone - Eric d'Ebrur is out of time. He must find the legendary Heartstone and fulfill the ancient Gar'Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will it cost him the woman he loves? After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks she's losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d'Ebrur saves her from the monstrous Gawan, she's sure of it. But insane or not, she'll find the Heartstone and, if she's lucky, a love to last a lifetime.

Altered Destiny - Stranded on an alternate Earth, architect and Jill-of-all-trades, Liane Gautier-MacGregor must find her way back to her homeworld before she's enslaved...or falls in love with a man who is the exact duplicate of her ex-husband. Devyn MacGregor's alter ego as the Reiver Lord is the only way he can fight the Qui'arel and their nefarious Bride Bounty, a tax paid with human females...until he meets the oddly familiar woman who claims he is her husband. And who sets in motion the rebellion that will either free his countrymen or destroy them. 

Great Escapes: Valentine's Day - The heartbroken and lovelorn come to Great Escapes B&B in search of a relaxing getaway, only to embark on a weekend of sexual self-discovery, courtesy of the inn's resident ghosts, who bring to life each guest's deepest desires. In Great Escapes: Valentine's Day, Rose's best friend gives her a weekend stay, where an invisible lover helps her to rediscover her sexuality. But will she open her eyes enough to see who is right next door? 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ALIEN SEX by author Margaret Fieland

I read a review of a science fiction book recently in which the reviewer commented that he had particularly enjoyed the book because the aliens in question were really alien and not some sort of human in disguise. This interested me particularly because when I invented the aliens in my recently published novel, “Relocated,”I went to some lengths to insure the opposite: that they weren't too alien. 
All of which brings me to my musings about what goes into creating an alien species, and the series of questions an author must ask themselves: what do they look like, how many limbs do they have, where do they live, what do they eat, how many planets do they occupy, what is their government like, what are their cultural values, what about their art, literature, music? What about their sex lives? How do they interact with other cultures? I could go on.
Those things, in my opinion, the fluff: what in my day job we call, "simple matter of programming." The real question for any author to ask is, what is their role in the story, and what, therefore, are the required characteristics? What is the theme the writer is exploring, and what part do these aliens play in it?
Now wait, I hear you saying, all I wanted was a list where I could fill in: Six limbs, no external ears, speech not audible to humans, reproduces by fission. Why do I have to decide on how they play into my theme? 

Um, well, because that's the question from which all others spring. Is your main character going to get up close and personal with the aliens or are they going to bomb the hell out of each other? How large is the canvas on which you're painting? Are the aliens part of a bunch populating a bar on some space station or other, or are they going to play a major role in your story? And, perhaps most important: do they interact with human in the story, and if so, how?

Sometimes the requirements are simple. I wrote a short story involving an alien species where they needed to look alien, be able to communicate with humans, albeit with difficulty, and drink whiskey. The last was the most important. Since I'm hoping to get the story published, I'm not going to say more. Not a lot of brain sweat went into inventing those particular aliens.
In “Relocated,” my recently published novel, I needed my aliens to look only slightly alien, because (warning, spoiler alert) one of my characters is a human-alien cross who was "passing" as human. In order for this to be believable, I needed enough background to justify this. 

Stories need conflict, and I wanted one of the conflicts in the story to be the discomfort my character feels when plunged into the alien society. I wanted the culture of the aliens to be different –and in some ways, disturbing – enough so that my character would find integration into alien society a challenge, but not so different that he would find it impossible.
Why? I wanted my character to straddle both societies and be forced to make a choice, and how I styled my aliens grew out of this. I didn't want clash of empires. I wanted culture-clash and individual angst. That's where my interests lie, and those are the kinds of themes I'm drawn to. 
I wanted to push the envelope in at least one area, and I chose sexuality. While there were other ways in which I made my aliens, alien, the sexuality piece and how their family organization, sex lives, and reproduction differed from humans was the keystone. 
Okay, you asked. My aliens form committed relationships involving, typically, four people, and the relationships involve same-sex as well as opposite-sex interactions. I had to tread lightly, however, as this was a novel for young adults. 
And so my character becomes involved romantically with an alien. The two characters do nothing more than kiss.
I hear you saying, "Oh, darn it." Never fear, I'm working on a couple more books set in the same universe, and one of them is an adult science fiction novel with a mixed-sex menage involving three men and a woman. One of the men is human, and the other two men and the woman are aliens. 

Face it, sex is interesting.. Even alien sex.
Want to know more about Margaret Fieland? Check her
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Behind the Scenes: An Editor in Action by Mary Hughes

Editor Christa Desir
What does an editor bring to the storytelling process? I’m thrilled to share a few insights from an actual first-pass edit made by brilliant editor Christa Desir on my latest vampire romance, Biting Oz. These samples are by no means all an editor can do to make your story shine, but hopefully they will shed some light on just how vital the editor’s role is. 

This simple change ramps the sentence from basic showing to yikes! Heroine and pit musician Junior is late getting to the theater and is about to miss the downbeat. 

“Overture, please.” Up front the pit director called the musicians to attention.
Before: I forked fingers into my hair, forgetting my scalp-tight braid, and nearly tore out hair.
After: I forked fingers into my hair, forgetting my scalp-tight braid, and nearly tore out a chunk. 

Here, a strategic pruning makes for maximum emotional impact. At the sausage store heroine Junior is overrun by customers. Hero Glynn sees this and acts. 

Before: Glynn saw my dilemma. Brilliant guy that he was, he glided to the door and did his vampire compulsion thing. “Inside, please. Form the line here.”
I loved him a little more in that moment.
He shepherded them all in and shut the door, then nudged the line to wind through the aisles. Oh wonderful man. Vampire. Whatever. I didn’t think I could love him any more.
Until he got behind the counter and started bagging.

{Editor’s comment attached to second highlighted sentence: So you need to either drop this one or the earlier one bc it feels redundant.} 

After: Glynn saw my dilemma. Brilliant guy that he was, he glided to the door and did his vampire compulsion thing. “Inside, please. Form the line here.”
He shepherded them all in and shut the door, then nudged the line to wind through the aisles. Oh wonderful man. Vampire. Whatever. I didn’t think I could love him any more.
Until he got behind the counter and started bagging.
Author Mary Hughes at work

Am I the only writer who gets so myopic with plot nuances that characterizations suffer? Here’s an example of inadequate scene conflict coupled with character motivation issues. Heroine Junior goes to villain Camille’s bar to ask Camille to return hero Glynn’s mementos of home. On the way Junior aimlessly explores the bar (because I needed the descriptions established for a later, more action-packed scene where detailed descriptions would have been awkward). Camille says no and Junior makes a rude gesture and leaves.  

{Editor’s comment: This whole previous scene doesn’t really work to me. [Junior] goes and asks for the knickknacks and Camille won’t tell her so she leaves? I think at the very least, you need her snooping around, trying to hunt around the place to see if Camille hid them somewhere. Which will also give you the excuse you need to stumble on all the rooms instead of Junior just being nosy. Then Camille can find her and they can have that conversation. Then, I think Camille needs to throw her out (w/ help of bodyguards) so we feel like she at least tried. As it stands, she has accomplished nothing and it seems silly for her to have even gone.} 

Solving two problems with one stroke—sheer genius. Naturally I rewrote the scene. 

Best of all, an editor will tell you what works well, so that you can build on your strengths. At the end of Biting Oz’s first chapter, blue-eyed friend Julian (husband to friend Nixie) is warning heroine Junior not to go out for drinks with hero Glynn and young stage star Mishela.

“Junior, the thing is, Mishela and Glynn aren’t like you and Rocky.”
[Julian] was warning me off, just like Nixie…no, not just like Nixie, because of Nixie. The bricky titch had pulled a Business Maneuver #5—siccing a well-meaning relation on me. [ …] “Not like us? Are they brain-sucking zombies? Space aliens?” I gasped. “Mimes?”
"No, of course not.” He looked away. “Not exactly.”
“Then what? Exactly.”
“Well, I…” Frustration shaded his features. “I can’t say.” His eyes returned to mine and they were an eerie shade of violet. “But be very careful.”
That shook me. Smiling to cover it, I latched onto Rocky’s arm and pulled her out the door. He watched me with those strange violet eyes the whole way.
{Editor’s comment: Outstanding chapter one!!!}

Real vampires do musicals.

Biting Oz (Biting Love Book 5) 

Gunter Marie “Junior” Stieg is stuck selling sausage for her folks in small-town Meiers Corners. Until one day she’s offered a way out—the chance to play pit orchestra for a musical headed for Broadway: Oz, Wonderful Oz. 

But someone is threatening the show’s young star. To save the production, Junior must join forces with the star’s dark, secretive bodyguard, whose sapphire eyes and lyrical Welsh accent thrill her. And whose hard, muscular body sets fire to her passions. 

Fierce as a warrior, enigmatic as a druid, Glynn Rhys-Jenkins has searched eight hundred years for a home. Junior’s get-out-of-Dodge attitude burns him, but everything else about her inflames him, from her petite body and sharp mind to what she can do with her hip-length braid. 

Then a sensuous, insidious evil threatens not only the show, but the very foundations of Meiers Corners. To fight it, Junior and Glynn must face the truth about themselves—and the true meaning of love and home. 

Warning: Cue the music, click your heels together, make a wish and get ready for one steamy vampire romance. Contains biting, multiple climaxes, embarrassing innuendos, ka-click/ka-ching violence, sausage wars and—shudder—pistachio fluff. 

More about the Author:

Mary Hughes is a computer consultant, professional musician, and award-winning author. She has a wonderful husband (though happily-ever-after takes a lot of hard work) and two great kids. But she thinks that with all the advances in modern medicine, childbirth should be a lot less messy. Visit Mary at http://MaryHughesBooks.com. 

More About the Editor:

Christa Desir is not only a spectacular editor, she is also also the author of intense young adult novels. Her powerful story Trainwreck is coming from SimonPulse. Visit Christa at http://ChristaDesir.com