Wednesday, December 28, 2016

World Building: Crime


Let's discuss crime and punishment.
What constitutes crime in your world?
Describe your world's justice system.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Mike Miracle


I enjoy the ability to build worlds and create different characters. Painting that mental picture and then transferring it to the screen.
Give an about the Author Blurb,
Originally from the east coast, Mike and his family now reside on a farm in the Midwest. Mike was able to use his programming skills to start his own small business from home, where every day is casual Friday. Mike has always searched for ways to express creativity and imagination. Through music, art and now the printed word. Mike’s childhood love of science fiction has never been stronger. There are plenty of crime dramas in the office library, but science fiction still dominates.
Provide Links:
                Where can we buy the books?
When this group of random hobos I’ve contracted to edit/distribute the book have completed their work, I’m told that it will be available at all usual places. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes. Hopefully in late January 2017. Depending on the reliability of said random hobos.
                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
                What is your Twitter Handle?
                @_mikemiracle
                Are you on GoodReads?
                Your Website Address is:
                https://mikemiraclebooks.com/
                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)
                http://stronglettertofollow.blogspot.com/
                Newsletter

Friday, December 23, 2016

April Brown

About the Author

My novels and nonfiction uncover myths society tends to hide behind.  Whether it is including the science of cooking, or social ills that mimic natural disasters.

Give an about the Author Blurb,
April Brown always had a fascination with history, science, and social science.  Too many questions have long forgotten answers.  Perhaps, new answers will be uncovered in the future, through studies of the past.  These novels and novellas, while adventures, are written in a more classical style, without extreme action, romance, or violence. Characters think before they act.  Sometimes, this leads to trouble.
Provide Links:
        Where can we buy the books?
My books can be bought at most major online retailers including Apple, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and many more!
Apple - https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/april-brown/id492256752?mt=11 
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00K6F0F7C
Kobo - https://wwwhttp://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00K6F0F7C.kobo.com/us/en/search?query=April%20Brown&fcsearchfield=Author

        How can we follow you on Facebook
        What is your Twitter Handle?  http://twitter.com/UncoveredMyths
        Are you on GoodReads?http://www.goodreads.com/UncoveredMyths
        Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Writing Prompt-Food

I had a sudden craving for a bologna and potato chip sandwich. This sudden craving made me think about the food my characters may crave.
So, after satisfying my craving, I thought I would ask: What does your characters crave? Did you have to create a food just for your world?
Share your creation with us.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Writing Prompt-Music

Write a song set in one of your worlds.
What would people sing about? What would it sound like? What musical instruments would be used?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Writing Prompt-Crime


How are criminals punished in your world?
Write a prison/punishment scene.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Val Tobin




About the Author

120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?

Val Tobin writes stories to lose sleep over.


Give an about the Author Blurb,

Val studied general arts at the University of Waterloo, then went to DeVry Toronto to get a diploma in Computer Information Systems. She worked in the computer industry as a software and Web developer for over ten years, during which time she started to get serious about energy work and the paranormal and occult.

In October 2004, Val became a certified Reiki Master/Teacher. She acquired ATP® certification in March, 2008, in Kona, Hawaii from Doreen Virtue, PHD.

Val started work on a bachelor of science in parapsychic science from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in March of 2007 and received her degree in September 2010. After obtaining her master's degree in parapsychology at AIHT, Val has set her sights on the PhD, which she'll pursue as time and finances permit.

At the end of October 2008, Val returned to Kona, Hawaii to complete the Advanced ATP® training and in April 2010 to take the Spiritual Writing workshop and the Mediumship Certification class. Val wrote freelance for content site Suite101, and was Topic Editor for Paganism/Wicca and Webmaster Resources there.

A published author, she contributed a story to Doreen Virtue and Grant Virtue’s Hay House book Angel Words. Her novels, in a variety of genres, are available on Smashwords, Amazon, and from other retailers. They are also available in paperback on Createspace, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Provide Links:

                Where can we buy the books?


                How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)


                What is your Twitter Handle?

@valandbob

                Are you on GoodReads?


                Your Website Address is:


                Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)



Provide One image: (Headshot, Book Cover, Favorite photo)

****Please note, you MUST own the rights to the image. No pics from internet sources or other copyright material.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Writing Prompt-Safe

Found in a safe:
Money from around the world.
A collection of watches
A note with the words Save Yourself written in thick black ink.
Write the story...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Writing Prompt-Innocence

When did innocence become synonymous with childlike or naïve?
Write a scene that breaks this trope.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Found Stories:-Writing Prompt...

Writing prompt:
Tell a story about an item found in a Pawn Shop. How did it end up there? What's the story behind the owner? What energy is attached to the item?

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bryan Caron


About the Author: Bryan Caron


120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Unique twists to both fresh ideas and myths surround relateable characters and captivate the visual cortex of your brain.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
Writing for me is the greatest escape I can offer both myself and others without ever having to leave the comfort of my living room (or office, or bedroom) unless I really want to. Creating new worlds, new characters, new friends is so fascinating, fun and fulfilling. With all of the danger and fear and hate and bigotry and bullying around the world, books (as well as film) offer people a few hours of absorbing themselves into another world, opening their imaginations and capturing their dreams and desires. Even the worst writing can still motivate people to do things they normally wouldn’t do, urge them to live life a different way, or compel them to seek out that one little thing that’s missing. Writing can inspire you, make you laugh, make you cry and make you think. If just one person came up to me and said that my work inspired them to do something great, all of the hard work I put into writing the book would be worth it.   


Give an about the Author Blurb
Bryan Caron is a multi-talented, award-winning artist and creative director/owner of Phoenix Moirai, a company based out of Murrieta that serves as the creative genius behind all of your graphic design, writing and videography needs. As a fledging business owner, Bryan dove headfirst into a world he knew almost nothing about and, like any worthwhile endeavor in life, has learned on the fly, failing and succeeding with every new day. Ultimately, Bryan would like Phoenix Moirai to become a successful publishing company, capable of competing with the big boys while offering artists more creative freedom, giving them a chance where others wouldn’t. Memoirs of Keladrayia was the first novel to be published under the Phoenix Moirai banner. On the artistic side, Bryan has published five novels, several short stories, and has written, produced and directed several short and feature films. He currently has several novels and screenplays in various stages of development and is always looking for that next big project he can sink his teeth into. Bryan resides in Riverside County.



Provide Links:

Where can we buy the books?
Smashwords    
Also on: iBooks, barnesandnoble.com and other ebook sites.


How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)


What is your Twitter Handle?


Are you on GoodReads?


Your Website Addresses are:


Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)
Instagram: @AuthorBryanCaron

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Terry Taylor Hobbs




About the Author: Terry Taylor Hobbs

If you like a good yarn in the sci-fi realm that’s really all about the characters, with some twists and some humor thrown in for good measure...then I may just be your next favorite author!

What do I enjoy most about writing? When you read a good book and it transports you; when you look up from the text and realize, ’oh, it’s not raining, that was just the book’, or when you heart leaps in fear, or you cry for a lost book character... That’s freakin’ wizardry. Writing can take you on a journey, and to be occasionally allowed to be the one to lead the way, well, what could be better than that?

Author Blurb:

I am a writer living in Colorado. I'm totally smitten with becoming a better writer and all the fun mistake-making you get to do along the way.

I lean towards reading, painting, and just making stuff in general. I especially like to start projects and leave them 80% finished. Beginnings are the best.

I have played a ridiculous amount of Left 4 Dead which makes me think I'm a zombie expert. In a real zombie apocalypse, I'd be out in the first 30 minutes. I'm super slow. I forgive you for running ahead.

Zombie Tetherball was my first book, followed shortly after by Healed, a sci-fi novella about being broken and put back together, and oh yeah, nanobots. Couple more in the works. I have a sign-up list on my website if you’d like to get occasional updates.

Links:

Where can we buy the books?

Zombie Tetherball: https://amzn.com/B014LBRJA2

Healed - A Sci-Fi novella: https://amzn.com/B0161OHN6W

How can we follow you on Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/authorterrytaylorhobbs/

What is your Twitter Handle? https://twitter.com/Falula_ONertz

Monday, September 5, 2016

Writing Prompt

Think about this...
When did innocence become synonymous with child-like. Does a character have to be childish to be innocent? Does childhood denote pure innocence?
Write a story around this concept or incorporate this concept into one of your current WIP.
Post the result in the comments.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Merri Halma




About the Author



1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

         I first wanted to be a writer when I was eleven or twelve. I had a        speech impediment mixed with a need to express myself and an active imagination. Writing gave way to control my life and power to speak of emotions I couldn’t verbally express. I loved losing myself in the worlds I created and often wished I could live those lives instead.



2.       What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I meditate as a write, asking Spirit assist me to assist me to create a story others would love. I also talk with my characters and ask them show me what exactly they want me to write about them.



3.      What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I like to go to movies, go for walks and I love to read.

 I also enjoy watching the birds and squirrels play around.



4.     What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

I have been I have a unique voice. I combine myths, folklore and some psychological elements to delve deep inside the characters. I strive to answer the question “What makes me tick? Why was I created this way?”



5.     What do you enjoy most about writing?

I enjoy getting lost in the world, daydreaming and imagining what it would be like to be inside someone’s skin. It helps me to understand others. To see their demons and how they need to face them down.



Give an about the Author Blurb:

  Merri Halma, raised in a small farming community of Sunnyside, Washington. Due to a speech impediment, Merri writing served as an outlet for her emotions and a way to channel her active imagination. She studied literature and children’s drama at Central Washington University but transferred to a new college, Heritage College, in Toppenish, Washington, where she earned two degrees. One in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Social Services and the Humanities and Masters of Science in Counseling-Psychology.  She makes her home in Nampa, Idaho with her husband, Kevin, 18-year-old son, James, and their two cats.

Where can you buy Indigo Traveler Book 1 and Keys to the Shadowlands Book Two of the Indigo Traveler Series.

  Indigo Traveler is on amazon in both print and ebook and Smashwords


Keys to the Shadowlands is available on amazon in print and ebook as well.


Facebook links:





I do believe Indigo Traveler Book 1 is available on Goodreads, but I have not placed Keys to the Shadowlands Book Two on there. I will put that on my to-do list.

Web address:  is under construction. My blog address is:














Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Adriaan Brae

Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?




If you're looking for well crafted diverse characters, unique ideas, and plots that don't go where you'd expect, I could be your next favourite author.



What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?




I'm never happy with a simple character, a straight-forward conflict, or a classic romance progression. There's always going to be a plot twist or a deeper layer of motivation. I firmly believe in happy endings, but most of the time what we think will make us happy is not actually what we want or need. Part of the character's journey is to figure this out.



About me:




My urge to see the world took me to Kingston, Ontario for university, then to Berkshire, England for a few years. I studied Engineering at university. While there I was introduced to the new and fascinating idea out of CERN called the ‘World Wide Web’. This led me into computer programming which became a bit of an obsession that luckily people like to pay me for.



I remember being told that the made-up worlds I loved were a childish thing that I would need to grow out of if I wanted to succeed in life. The older I get, the more I realize how wrong this is. In just the past few millennia, humans have moved from chipping tools out of stones to space exploration and cloned organs. Every step on that path was driven by someone who dreamed up something impossible.



Some of the writers that inspire me today are Lois McMaster Bujold, Sarah Zettel, and Tess Sharpe. These authors take on tough questions about what it means to be moral and the destiny of humanity without flinching. They inspire me to be a better person, as well as a better writer.



Links:




Where can we buy the books?

Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/Adriaan-Brae/e/B00J3LDZ1S

List with all retailers: https://www.facebook.com/braevitae/app/356345754480407/



How can we follow you on Facebook?

Personal: https://www.facebook.com/adriaan.brae

Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/braevitae/



What is your Twitter Handle? @AdriaanBrae

Are you on GoodReads? Yes (as Adriaan Brae)

Your Website: www.braevitae.com



Are there any other sites we should know about?

Blog: http://braevitae.com/blog/

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Eric Martell


·         Author interview questions and answers: Name: Eric Martell usually writing as E. S. Martell

Age: Old enough to know better – do I really have to answer this?

Where are you from: Windermere, Florida

A little about your self i.e. your education Family life etc.: Ph.D. In Psychology, black belt in Tae Kwon Do, jazz guitar player, trained quantum energy healer, Realtor – RE/MAX Hall of Fame, software developer, outdoors enthusiast, father of two attorneys (oops, kind of gave away my age there) and grandfather of 5. Question:Tell us your latest news? In the process of releasing Paradox: On the Sharp Edge of the Blade – a time-travel adventure/romance.

Question: When and why did you begin writing? My first book was written years ago and is happily residing on a closet shelf. I began writing stories again in 2010 after having compiled a book based on a years worth of blog posts.

Question: When did you first consider yourself a writer? That would be maybe tomorrow, or whenever I actually start making enough money with my book sales to cover my writing associated expenses.

Question: What inspired you to write your first book? I had an idea about the Vietnam War that was based on the use of dolphins for anti-scuba diver warfare and it seemed like it would make a good story. Most recently, I was trying to show my daughter how easy it would be to write a book and accidentally ended up with “The Time of the Cat” an alien invasion story that became the first installment of a trilogy.

Question: Do you have a specific writing style? I'm action oriented and try to tell the story as it happens. I sometimes switch perspective from one main character to another. My first three books were written using first person perspective, but I've switched to third person for the last two. I enjoy dealing with the natural world more than large groups of people, and I seem to do a fairly good job of writing from a female perspective – considering I'm a traditional, macho-type guy.

Question: How did you come up with the title? The story comes first. The title is often a struggle, but represents my attempt to put a name to the story.

Question: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? All of my books have an undercurrent of personal responsibility for one's own life.

Question: How much of the book is realistic? I do an extensive amount of research on geographical locations, historical facts, anthropology, science, time-travel, weapons, flora and fauna. My hand-to-hand combat scenes are based on personal martial arts experience. Romantic scenes, well, I'll leave that to the reader's imagination.

Question: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?A combination of both. I believe that all writers allow their own personalities and experiences to leak through into their stories to a certain extent. I don't write about my own experiences precisely, but my attitudes most certainly come through.

Question: What books have most influenced your life most? Too many to list in this space. I read extensively. Science fiction, literature, popular treatises on quantum physics, and spiritual works.

Question: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Stephen King, C. J. Cherryh and Jack Vance. I also admire Christopher Nuttall for his productivity.

Question: What book are you reading now? One of Nuttall's Schooled in Magic series.

Question: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Christopher Nuttall

Question: What are your current projects? I'm currently writing a sequel to “Heart of Fire Time of Ice”, my first time-travel adventure. Some of my readers have expressed a desire to find out what happens next to the main characters of that story.

Question: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members. Various friends have encouraged me to write.

Question: Do you see writing as a career? Not yet, but it is an enjoyable way to relieve stress.

Question: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Not a thing. The story told itself and I didn't have to worry about it.

Question: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? My most recent decision to write was based on a discussion with my daughter, and also based on the fact that I'd been re-reading some science fiction of the 50's and 60's while telling myself that I could write as well as those authors.

Question: Can you share a little of your current work with us? No title yet. That will come after the story is done.

Question: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?Only finding the time to sit down and write in the midst of a busy schedule. One has to engage in productive activity that actually pays the bills and that can take away from writing time.

Question: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I love the way Jack Vance uses words and develops his characters.

Question: Who designed the covers? I'm currently using Aleksandra Klepacka, an artist that I found through Freelancer. She does an excellent job of capturing my characters attitudes during a critical point in the story. Each cover represents not only a part of the story, but a critical point in the development of the character's personality.

Question: What was the hardest part of writing your book? Editing is the least pleasant part.

Question: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? I learn something with each scene I write. I'm not a natural writer. It has taken a lot of effort for me to change my academic style of writing and learn to become a better story teller.

Question:Do you have any advice for other writers? Sure. Sit down and write. Even if you don't feel like it. Nothing happens until you type a word, then a sentence, then a paragraph, and repeat over and over.

Question: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? Ha! Yes. Read my books. Your interest is what keeps me motivated. I write to entertain and I really love it when I know people have enjoyed my stories.

Question: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? My author blog/site is DeclanDunham.com (named for the main character in my Gaia Ascendant trilogy.) There are preview sections there for all of my stories, as well as some short stories. I post intermittently whenever I have something I want to share.

Namaste, Eric

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Elizabeth Munro



About the Author

120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?

Unique SF/Fantasy. Villains, heroes, heroines who hold their own and pack hunting flying carnivorous squirrel monkeys.



Answer one of the Questions:

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? All my second-in-the-series books have a bear in them and in my shifter romance the heroes have their own soft spots. One is ticklish and the other has a sweet tooth for honey. Oh, and motorcycles. Most of my books have a heroine who rides.

Give an about the Author Blurb,

Elizabeth Munro lives in the rainforest on Vancouver Island, Canada with her husband and kids. She has published six books, the three volume Chronicles of Anna, a contemporary time travel/reincarnation fantasy, Wingspan and Skyfall, gryphon shifter romances and her science fiction romance Constant.



She’s a recent fan of Aussie spec fiction and loves finding unusual stories set in common places. And watches too much true crime on TV. She used to ride a crotch rocket, silver with blue flames, a sweet ride. Her summer writing den has a view of the mountain in the background of the train scene in the new Godzilla movie. So far no rumours the view has affected her writing. She has several novels in the works, stay tuned.



Provide Links:

            Where can we buy the books?




https://geo.itunes.apple.com/ca/book/constant/id954623879?mt=11



            How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)

http://www.facebook.com/deadlyexpectations



            What is your Twitter Handle?

@author_lizmunro

            Are you on GoodReads? Yes!

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5343560.Elizabeth_Munro

            Your Website Address is: http://www.deadlyexpectations.com

            Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

S.A. Hoag


120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author? 
There’s never enough sci-fi, and that’s what I do!
Answer one of the Questions:
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Letting my imagination just run with it.  I can use real-world scenarios, or create my own.  It’s up to me how far I take it.

 Give an about the Author Blurb,

S. A. Hoag is an author, lapidary artist, very amateur astronomer ("I just look at the stars, I can't tell you their names."), hockey fan, and accidental desert-dweller. Born in the middle of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she has lived in a number of cities, in a number of states, before crash-landing in the New Mexico desert. Not Roswell, however. Science Fiction has always been her first interest in reading and writing; many other genres sneak into the novels and that's alright with her.
  
Provide Links:
               Where can we buy the books?
Other e-book links can be found at my website.

               How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
My personal page -  https://www.facebook.com/topaz08
               What is your Twitter Handle?  @HoagSheila
               Are you on GoodReads?  Yes - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13836637.S_A_Hoag
               Your Website Address is:   http://www.topaz08.com

               

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dianne Gardner


About the Author
120 Characters or less (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Fantasy, adventure, comedy. Wholesome stories for the whole family.
Answer one of the Questions:
1.      When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I love story telling. I often wrote poetry when I was younger and it was an expression of my feelings that I didn’t know how to translate any other way. For years I kept the pen silent as I raise my family, and pursued my career as an artist. But one rainy day, after looking at all my paintings tucked away in my studio, I thought how pleasant it would be to start writing again. So I did.

I realized I wanted to write a novel when I saw my grandsons who were struggling with coming of age, needing something wholesome to read. The Ian’s Realm Saga emerged about a boy and his struggle against a humongous dragon. I even went to my grandsons for advice about the story!

Give an about the Author Blurb,
I have a passion for a good wholesome stories, and for the young adult fantasy genres.  I enjoy books that ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor. Though my novels target young adults, they are enjoyed by all ages.

I was born in Ohio and raised in southern CA. I attended Northern AZ University and later continued my education in the Pacific Northwest. I’m an oil painter, book illustrator, screenwriter and filmmaker. I write under the names of D. L. Gardner and Dianne Lynn Gardner.

Provide Links:
               Where can we buy the books?
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/diendrial
               How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
https://www.facebook.com/DianneLynnGardner/?fref=ts
               What is your Twitter Handle? DianneGardner
               Are you on GoodReads?
               Your Website Address is: http://gardnersart.com
               Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)

My blog: https://diendrial.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bob Glynn




120 Characters (Think Twitter): Why are you THE Next Favorite Author?
Mine is to tell an epic story for all in simple and basic fashion that will never be forgotten—the story of mankind.
Give an about the Author Blurb,
It is traditional to call one who writes an author. Bob Glynn, a carpenter for fifty years, shares the ability to write. Having met many people and traveled to many places, he now wants his writing to convey what he has witnessed, experienced, and considered deeply during those seemingly average years of living.
Provide Links:
            Where can we buy the books?
                        https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018TS387G
            How can we follow you on Facebook? (No more than 2 links)
                        https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010777907229
                        https://www.facebook.com/bobgly32/?pnref=lhc
           
            Your Website Address is:
                        www.bobglynn.com
            Are there any other sites we should know about? (No more than two links)

                        https://www.wattpad.com/user/BobGlynn

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Rosalie Redd Sample Chapter



Chapter One



A remote region in the Pacific Northwest

600 years ago



“Why are we here, Maman?” Leonna raised her hand to shield her eyes from the bright sunlight.

A calm breeze filtered through the pines, whisking through the branches in a soft caress, but the familiar sound didn’t calm her nerves. On the contrary, the wind ratcheted up her excitement, her desire, her need. The prospect of participating in the Betram ritual sent a surge of adrenaline into her bloodstream. The evening’s rite was her chance to be free, if only for one night.

Maman glanced at her only daughter. Despite the scarf draped over her thin frame, the older female couldn’t hide the obvious pain evident in her stiff back. “This is a special place, Lea, one that changed my life. The Rock of Roan can change yours, too.”

“You really believe in the power of the stone?” A flutter built in Leonna’s gut.

“Roan’s rock and the sun brought your father and me together during a Betram ritual.” A familiar glimmer crossed her mother’s features, and her pale blue eyes held a radiant shine.

A small clearing surrounded the large boulder as if the old growth trees were afraid to get too close. Moss covered the stone’s northern edge, and the rock seemed out of place, a relic of a different time.

As Leonna approached the old sentinel, morning dew coated her toes. She glanced at the youth sandals she’d outgrown. New shoes were not an option, not with her father’s declining health. She touched the seashell in the center of her necklace. The smooth texture eased the ache in her chest, at least for the moment. With her brother, Corbin, in the tryouts for the warrior class, she was the only one to help her parents with the honey cart. Her sense of honor burned a hole in her soul, but she wouldn’t let her parents down.

Maman circled her finger in the air. “Turn around, Lea.”

A thrilling shiver crept up Leonna’s arms.

Maman’s cool fingers caressed the back of her neck as she flipped Leonna’s braid over her shoulder. The long hair tickled the skin on her arm leaving a trail of goosebumps in its wake. The chain holding her most precious gift slid from around her neck, and the cherished trinket landed in her palm. The rare shell, gilded in fine gold, reflected the sunlight.

Maman had obtained the rare object in trade from one of the humans who shared the forests and lived in strange dwellings made of mud and wood. Given to her when Leonna was a child, this piece represented hope. Leonna never took the necklace off, even wearing the jewelry to bed. She felt naked without the familiar weight against her chest.

She faced her mother. “What—”

Shhhh. Maman held a finger to her lips. Her eyes sparkled with amusement, the creases of her skin wrinkling, aging her before her time. “You must be ready for the ritual.”

The warmth from the early morning sun already coated Leonna’s skin in a fine sheen of sweat. The temperature would soar later. Today was the first day of summer, and tonight was the full moon. The occurrence happened approximately every thirty years. The pull of the sun and the moon on the same day brought out their beast, along with the urge to mate.

Betram was a Lemurian festival created to celebrate life and allow the beast the freedom to rut for one night without attachments, without restrictions—and to prevent the havoc that would ensue otherwise. All unbonded males and females of age were required to attend. She’d been a newb during the last ritual, too young to take part in the events. This time, at thirty-two, she was old enough. Now, she couldn’t wait to participate.

“What do you need my necklace for?” Her heart tripped at the thought of losing her precious piece.

“The energy from the sun works in tandem with the magic in the stone, infusing the gold with good luck.” Maman looked into the distance. A small smile curved her bottom lip. She placed her palm on the rock, caressing the smooth surface with her fingers as if remembering her own ritual many years ago. “Find a place that suits you, and leave the necklace there. Return before nightfall and good luck shall be yours.”

Leonna scrunched her eyebrows together. The ritual was all about releasing the beast and letting go, having fun. “But Maman…why do I need luck?”

Maman winked at her. “Many a Stiyaha has found their mate on this night. Perhaps you will as well.”

Ugh. Bonding to a male was not something she wanted. She’d already had one relationship that hadn’t ended well. She didn’t need another one. “Why would I want that? Males are so,” she waved her hand in the air, “demanding and possessive.”

A thin laugh burst from her mother’s throat, startling her. “Yes, but you’ll find them alluring and hard to resist tonight.”

“That doesn’t mean I’m interested in bonding to one of them.” Leonna clenched her fist around the shell, the gold chain bouncing against the back of her fingers, teasing them with the promise of hope and love. Her heart skipped a beat, the traitorous organ giving away her innermost desire. She pursed her lips.

“If you don’t want to bond, then you won’t. The luck is the hope that you will find what you really want, be that love, courage, faith, or whatever your soul craves.”

Find what you really want. The words echoed in Leonna’s mind. A swell of energy made her chest expand. I want to paint. Her love of painting had been instilled in her from an early age. She still remembered her first brush and how she’d swayed to her own rhythm, creating her painted canvases. Others had marveled at her work, commending her for her style and attention to detail.

A sharp pain radiated from her chest. That was before the accident.

Leonna looked at her index finger, the one remaining digit on her right hand. She still painted, when she could get away from her responsibilities at the family honey cart. The paintings were good, but she’d lost her special touch. With a loud exhale, she bit her lip.

Maman placed a warm hand on her forearm. “My daughter, fear not. My maman did this for me at my first Betram ritual, as her maman did for her. This necklace,” she touched Leonna’s closed fist, “was made for this very occasion. I gave the shell to you on your first birthday in anticipation of tonight.”

Leonna stared into her maman’s eyes, moist with unshed tears. Her chest tightened at the realization of how much her maman loved her. She threw her arms around her mother’s neck. The scent of cherries filled Leonna’s senses, and her heart swelled all the more.

“Thank you, Maman,” she whispered.

Stepping back, she studied the boulder, searching for the perfect spot. Placing the gilded shell on a small bump, she gently straightened the chain, making sure as much gold as possible absorbed the sun’s rays. She’d be back before nightfall to collect the precious gift. A lump formed in her throat. Now, if she only knew what she really wanted.



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The Betram ritual, when the full moon occurs on the summer solstice, is a sexual rite—and a requirement—for all unbonded Stiyaha of age. The irresistible urge to mate drives their inner beasts. Some succumb and transform, while others hide behind masks. None can escape the compelling need.



For Leonna, Betram offers one night of freedom from a destiny she doesn’t want. Eager to participate, she’s drawn to a formidable male whose tenderness burrows into her soul. Despite discovering she’s below his status, she is caught up in their passionate frenzy, and loses her heart to a male she can never have.



Though reluctant, as an unbonded male, Prince Nicholai must participate in the Betram ritual. Because he fears harming anyone he gets close to, he dons his mask and vows to stay in human form. What he doesn’t expect is the intensity of his hunger for a certain honeyed female hidden behind a disguise. As much as he longs to forget her, he can’t, for she’s unforgettable.



Author bio:

After finishing a rewarding career in finance and accounting, it was time for Rosalie Redd to put away the spreadsheets and take out the word processor. She writes Fantasy/Science Fiction Romance inspired by classics from the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres layered with a good, hot dose of romance.

  

She lives in Oregon, where rain is just another excuse to keep writing. When not at her computer, you can find her at Jazzercise, waterfall collecting in the Pacific Northwest, or relaxing with her husband and their pesky cat, Snookums.



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