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  • #CampNaNoWriMo to the rescue

    I started writing. Again.

    Nothing makes a writer happier than three thousand new words on a long overdue project. I got a late start on #CampNaNoWriMo but better late than never. Starting back on a stagnant project is hard. Motivation is hard. Every word feels like a trudge through quicksand, but then… But THEN, somehow when you read back later, like a few weeks and many chapters later, those words get acquainted in the bits and bytes of your iPad or laptop and suddenly seem… much better.

    This is almost universally the case for all of the books I’ve written. I expect nothing less this time.

    So even when it’s hard (and it almost always is), forward progress is the key.

    Why can’t I remember that?

    In a few short days (EIGHT!), I’ll be getting on an Amtrack train and riding to my own personal nerd Mecca. Also known as the Supernatural Convention in Chicago for four days of geeky, Supernatural immersion. You know, of course, that show started this entire writing endeavor. I loved everything about it. The grown up, Scooby Doo vibe, the cute brothers, the overarching story of good vs evil.

    It was the reapers in the series that sparked my interest and led me down this path.

    The road so far has been rocky but good.

    I’ve even written a few pages of a screenplay this month; the last scene of the Supernatural series finale, which will likely never be seen by Eric Kripke, but you can’t blame a girl for trying. I promise it is a FAN-PLEASING conclusion and could be added to the end of their final battle. You know…like ten years from now.

    I’m already plotting ways to slip those pages into Jensen Ackles’ back pocket when I pose with him for a picture next weekend.

    That would likely get me kicked out of the con and onto some sort of restraining order.

    Still might be worth it.

    I’ll give you a full recap after the con.

    Unless you see me on CNN before that.

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  • Read, Write, and Respite. What comes next?

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    That time I broke down and told you the truth…

    I just finished reading Felicia Day’s fantastic memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) today. It was weirdly inspirational and got me thinking even more about what’s next for me, creatively speaking. July marks my five-year authorversary. I started  Reap ‘Em & Weep (which became Reap & Repent) July 15, 2011.

    Here was the inaugural post where I espouse all the vainglorious reasons for beginning this journey. July 2016 will mark the release of my seventh book, Shifted In Seattle. It’s a sexy, Sasquatch shifter story. Weirdly wonderful, I think. Are sexy Sasquatch stories what’s selling now? Probably not. But now it’s a thing, nonetheless. Because I made it. Myself.

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    I’m not going to lie, creating a story for public consumption from my own brain is very satisfying. Selling books is very satisfying. Getting reviews from strangers saying they enjoy those stories is even more satisfying. But at some point, I have begun to wonder if it’s all worth it.

    Writing takes time. A lot of it. And for very little return, financially or otherwise.

    Would any of my other past hobbies: scrapbooking, beekeeping, homesteading, raising chickens, adventure racing, walking/Fitbiting, reading et al have produced a substantial income? Not likely. In fact, most of those things only cost money and never have a financial return.

    A rough estimate shows that after five years of publishing (in all its various incarnations), I’m basically at the break even point, Somewhere around $10K out vs somewhere around $10k in.

    Five years. Seven books.

    Maybe it’s time to move on to the next big thing.

    That said, I have 6K written on a fourth reaper book, REAP & RECKON and a kernel of an idea for a third Cosmic Cowboys Episode, The Magnate’s Moon.

    I just don’t know if I have the heart left to finish them.

    Some days, I’m one click away from dismantling the entire endeavor.

    But I won’t. It took too much work to build it all.

    In the meantime, you can check back here, sign up for my newsletter for the release of Shifted In Seattle, and follow me on social media to see WHAT’S NEXT.

    It will be a surprise.

    For both of us.

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  • A year in the life of an indie-published book

    It’s that time of year, where we take stock of the year behind us and look forward to the year ahead.

    All in all, 2015 was a very fine year.

    I published five books in 2015. Three titles were indie published for the first time ever, and two were republished after a year-long stint with a traditional e-book publisher. Since Haunt My Heart was published on January 5, 2015, I thought it might interest people to see how it has done.

    Please keep in mind this is one indie publishing experience. My experience. Your mileage and actions may vary. Authors and publishers don’t like to share results. I guess they sometimes want to maintain the illusion of doing better than they really are or maybe they just don’t want to appear to be bragging. I don’t know why. I suppose everyone has his/her reasons.

    For me, it helps to see what others are doing to see if I’m on track or at least on a path for potential success. If we don’t track and evaluate what went wrong and what went right, how can we ever achieve our dreams?

    For the record, my copy editor in the table below was actually more of a proofer, and she was my extremely, grammatically inclined friend. I posted about The cost of self-publishing one book (Haunt My Heart) back in January 2015, soon after it published. Clearly, I spent more during the year trying to promote the book. I’m sure there are things I missed. Also, Haunt My Heart spent a year in Amazon’s KDP Select program. HMH expires from that program tomorrow, and then I’ll try my luck on the free market and on  every platform for a while. That post generated lots of love as well as its fair share of hate. So here we go again.

    By the numbers:

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    As you can see, I’m still -$734 from breaking even. My Reaper Series books made a bit of money for me this year, and overall, I should end up making around $5,500 total on my writing. Keep in mind, I’ve spent more than three-quarters of that back into the business with advertising/marketing/publishing expenses during the year. So yeah, nowhere near a reasonable profit on any of the five books yet. Publishing is still only a labor of love.

    I’m not going to lie. I’ve thought about quitting.

    Writer friends have talked me off the ledge more than once this year. But you know what? Lightning could still strike. It only takes one good break to reach a tipping point.

    And you can’t be struck by lightning unless you’re in the storm.

    I have an ambitious business plan mapped out for 2016, which includes audio books, and at least, three new releases.

    If you’d like to come along for the ride, sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

    In the meantime, you can find all of my books and their links here: https://lisa-medley.com/books/ You can even start the Reaper Series for FREE on all e-reader formats.

    The best is yet to come.

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  • That time I wanted to quit writing so I started four books instead

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    Writing is hard.

    Marketing is harder.

    I’m just going to be honest here. I pretty much want to quit writing about every other week/day/hour. Thankfully, I have several good writerly and readerly types who talk me off the ledge time and time again.

    I quit this week. For an entire week, I made up my mind that I was done. It just wasn’t worth the hassle. I didn’t promo tweet. I didn’t write. I watched TV and sat on my couch crocheting cat butt coasters.

    Not even kidding.

    Hell, no one would really even notice that I’d quit except for Jennifer who asks me about Reap & Reckon, book four of my Reaper Series, EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE HER.

    Not gonna lie. That feels good.

    Every time I think about quitting, someone sends me a curiously timed note of encouragement or an awesome review. Maybe it’s the Universe, nudging me to keep going.

    Even during the week I quit, I couldn’t turn off the stories. So many stories. Of course, most of them are just ideas. Sparks in the dark. The work of turning them into more is both exhausting and magical. When books are selling, it’s rewarding and exciting. When they aren’t?

    Yeah, that’s when I want to quit.

    Sometimes I wonder what I ever did before I started writing five years ago. Well, I was craftier. for example, Facebook reminded me last week that I did THIS…

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    But you know what? This year so far I’ve earned $5,200 from my writing. Last year with a traditional publisher and two books out, I made $300. Of course, I’ve already reinvested half of this year’s proceeds back into editing, book covers, and marketing etc.

    I’ve never made any money off of my crafts. One look at my cat butt coaster below, and you’ll see why. #crochetfail

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    What mine looked like.
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    So really, I have no room to whine

    I’ve done ALL THE THINGS an indie publisher is supposed to do. You can actually download a cool checklist here: http://bookmarketingtools.com/blog/

    All I need is a tipping point.

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    Yeah, I don’t want to be that bottom guy. Boo! So instead of giving up. I started a couple of new books. Now I have four works in progress. Yep. go big or go home…erm…or something like that.

    I guess this falls into the ‘try harder’ camp of thought.

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    I have no estimated dates of publication. You’ll be just as surprised as I am.

    Your best bet? Sign up for my newsletter http://eepurl.com/9Zhcz and I promise you’ll be the first to know when a new book drops.

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    Write on.

     


  • Writing Update: My year in publishing

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    So much happened this year in my writing career I can’t even begin to put it all here.

    Here’s the Reader’s Digest version:

    March 2014Reap & Repent published in a box set

    May 2014 – Attended Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in New Orleans

    June 2014Reap & Repent published as a single-title

    July 2014Reap & Redeem published in a box set

    September 2014 – Attended Ozarks Romance Authors Conference

    October 2014 Reap & Redeem published as a single-title

    November 2014 – Attended Authors at Artwalk

    August 2014 – Finished Haunt My Heart Manuscript and sent it off to the editor

    January 2015Haunt My Heart publishes on Amazon in e-book and print.

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    There’s so much more on the horizon and some really big news regarding the Reaping Series. I’ll share just as soon as things are finally firmed up. I’ve been sitting on that news since Sept. 29.

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    My first PRINT copies!
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    I was pretty excited 😀

    Yeah, I’m not really that patient but I can’t share it yet.

    Trust me though. It will be good news.

    If you’d like to keep up with my writing you can visit and/or subscribe to my writing blog posts over here on my site. Just look at the top right corner there.

    Or if you’re only interested in new releases, you can sign up for my New Release Newsletter. You won’t get more than 5-7 emails a year from that one. I’ll only send when there’s actual new release news 😀

     

     


  • The Big Easy Blog Tour

    The Big Easy Blog Tour

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     I’d like to thank Willy Robbins for inviting me to participate in The Big Easy Blog Tour.  If you’ll read to the end of this blog, you’ll find another author who will answer the same questions on June 30. Be sure to check them out.

    Reap & Repent is my first published novel with Harlequin E.  Pick up a copy of Reap & Repent today.

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    They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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    What am I working on now?

    My current project is a paranormal ghost romance. It’s a departure from The Reaper Series and will be a stand-alone book. I project it to be in the 70-80K range. I’m 40K into it and my ghostly hero has only now made physical contact for the first time. Ghost heroes are…complicated. I can’t wait to see how it plays out!

    How does my work differ from others of its genre?

    I think my reaper series is different mostly in the type of monsters in love I write about. I wanted to choose a species that hadn’t been oversaturated. There aren’t too many authors out there writing reapers, although it’s growing! I love how we’ve all approached our worldbuilding in such different ways.

    Why do I write what I do?

    I’ve been in love with monsters for a long time, since I first started reading Stephen King ages ago. But it was J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover which made me realize monsters in LOVE were even better. That book sent my imagination reeling. I don’t discriminate. I want love for vampires, shifters, witches and of course, reapers.

    The dark hero speaks to me, and when I find him in the shadows, it’s my job to bring him into the light, sometimes kicking and screaming. Reading urban fantasy and paranormal romance makes me crave contact with the things that go bump in the night. Don’t fear the reaper, because reapers need love too.

    How does my writing process work?

    My writing process is a work in progress itself. The first book I totally pantsed. The second, I collected sticky notes from the nether regions: car, desk, notebooks, bathroom mirror,  and then compiled them into a list. I sorted, shuffled, added, and subtracted until … HOLY COW, I had a plot! Things moved along quickly after that. For my third book I made that plot list FIRST and included a whole bunch of “What if” questions. Then I picked the ones that made sense and worked them into the story. Somehow it all magically tied together all three books. I’m fairly certain most of that was divine intervention.

    On my current WIP, the ghost romance called Haunt My Heart, I wrote a bona fide FIVE PAGE synopsis! Now at the halfway point, I’ve mostly followed it but discovered I needed to speed up some of the later elements and add a few plot twists to carry it through to the 75-80K I’m shooting for.

    It’s tough when your hero and heroine don’t meet in person until halfway through the book! The good news is they have a lot of ground to make up and this second half is going to smoke.

    I write mostly at night after the family has gone to bed. Usually I stay up from 8:30 or 9 p.m. until midnight writing or working on writing related things: blog posts, social media or actual word accumulation on a novel.

    I average about 500 words an hour but strive for 1000. My record was 4,700 in one day. That was epic.  I’m just happy for forward progress. I’m really working to speed up my overall novel completion. The first three books took me six months each to write. If I didn’t have a day job, I could do it in three or less I’m sure. It’s tough juggling all those balls: family, day job, home, writing. But I have a great support group and so far so good.

    Keep writing and reap on.

    That’s my process.

    Hop back and read Willy Robbins’ post from last week.

    Hop forward to next week (June 30), for the next author, ANGELA ROQUET On her blog, she’ll be sharing her own writing process, and I’m sure it’ll be fascinating to discover how different we all are in the way we work.

    Here’s a bit about ANGELA ROQUET

    Urban Fantasy Author Angela Roquet lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

     

     

     

     


  • Release Day! Reap & Repent Spotlight

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    Reap & Repent by Lisa Medley

    Urban Fantasy Romance: Reapers and Demons and Angels and Sex. Oh my!

    Words 84K * 259 pages

    Series: The Reaper Series, Book 1

     

     

     

     

     

    Reap & Repent blurb

    They see death. Can they share a life?

    Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

    Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

    A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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    Excerpt: Not the hero and heroine’s first meeting but the first with introductions:

    “Ruth, my name is Deacon. You might have noticed that I have some rather unusual abilities. For one, I’m very fast when I want to be. For another, I can affect your mood by touch, which I did just now to calm you. I don’t want to hurt you, but I do need to know a few things. What are you?”

    What am I? Uh, a girl would be a good start. What the hell?

    She shook her head side to side, indicating “No.”

    “No, you don’t understand? Or no, you don’t know what you are?” he asked, obviously growing frustrated.

    She shook her head again.

    “Okay, this isn’t going to work unless you speak. I don’t read minds, you know.”

    Good to know, she thought. What came out was, “I don’t understand.”

    “When we ran into each other at the hospital, you had no aura. What are you? Are you a reaper? An angel? Christ on a crutch, you aren’t a valkyrie, are you?” he asked, running a hand through his hair, pushing it away from his face. “I’m betting no on the angel front because the Reiki energy doesn’t seem to work on angels. So what are you?”

    “A student. Or, I was a student. Now I’m just… I don’t know what you’re talking about—angels and reapers and valkyries. I’m…human?”

    “You are more than human.”

    “I’m not. What do you want with me?”

    “I want answers. In the hospital, I sensed something about you when we met… Your mother was Mary Scott. Correct? She died in that hospital room while you were there?”

    “I didn’t do that. It wasn’t my fault,” she blurted out.

    “Okaaay,” he proceeded cautiously. “Did you touch her before you left?”

    She considered him, her mouth going dry. She had touched her. She’d given her that final kiss on the forehead.

    “Yes,” she whispered.

    Ruth couldn’t look at him as she began to realize what all of this might mean. Had her bizarre handicap really killed her father, and now her mother, too?

    She was a killer.

    “You’re not a killer,” he said, rolling his eyes.

    “I thought you couldn’t read minds!” She sobbed, tears choking her throat closed.

    It’s my fault. I AM a killer.

    “You’re not,” he insisted. “I think you’re a reaper, like me.”

    Her heart starting beating faster and her vision started to go blurry around the edges. The whole room sped down a black chute into darkness. She was going to pass out. She was going to pass out with a strange supernatural man in her house.

    God help me.

     

    20130921_130451600_iOSLisa Medley writes reapers. The grim kind. Her urban fantasy romance, Reap & Repent is available now. Look for book two, Reap & Redeem, coming October 2014. A lover of beasties of all sorts, she has a farm full of them in her SW MO home including:  one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees and a guinea pig. Not so in love with the guinea pig. She can do ten pushups IN A ROW and may or may not have a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times. Just. In. Case.

    Connect with me here: 

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  • Cara Bristol Author Interview: Breeder

    It’s Author Interview Friday. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

    Think on THAT a while… Welcome, Author Cara Bristol. You’ve just released Breeder, a sci-fi erotic romance with a twist.

    Tell us a little bit about your story and what makes it different.  

    CB_Breeder_coverin Thanks, Lisa. Thank you so much for having me today. Breeder is about love thriving in an alien, hostile male-dominated world. Women are relegated to the role of breeding slaves. Men and women are forbidden by law to pair up. One of five ruling Alpha Commanders purchases a female to produce his progeny—but he falls in love and violates the law he’s charged to uphold. Breeder mixes many genres in one: sci-fi romance, dystopian sci-fi, domestic discipline, and a touch of M/M—although the story is primarily M/F.  What attracted you to the genre? I conceive the story and then decide which genre to plug it into. I like the liberating nature of sci-fi (and that’s true of paranormal also) in that I am not bound by contemporary limits of what is possible. Let’s talk world-building. Where and when is your novel set. What, if anything, makes your setting unique. Breeder takes place on Parseon, a planet that resembles its ally Terra. It is populated by humanoid aliens (hero Dak is quite the sexy dude), but their culture is totally different from Earth. Breeder blends futuristic elements (lasered weapons, advanced communication, sky tram travel, contact with alien species) with anachronistic ones (travel by beast-drawn conveyance, fighting with daggers). But what’s truly unique is the degree of misogyny in which love manages to bloom—I don’t think I’ve run across that in any other sci-fi romance book. Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your current or other novels you’ve written. If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it. If you don’t have any monsters making appearances, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction? There is one super creepy alien that makes a cameo appearance in Breeder, but other than that, all the characters are humanoid. The villains are monstrous enough without them being actual monsters. I didn’t pull any punches—and by the way, neither do my villains. As to monsters in general, I’m partial to vampires—the sexy kind—and did feature one in my short story, A Scent of Longing, published by Decadent. However, I’ve come to realize that vampires are so yesterday. I hear reapers are new trending paranormal creature. Is Breeder a part of a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN! Breeder is part one of a trilogy. Book 2, Terran will be published mid May 2014. I’m writing the third book Warrior in hope of a fall publication 2014 date. I am toying with the idea of doing a “prequel” to the trilogy called Seer, which would tell how the Parseon society came to be so dominated by males and/or a “sequel” called Progeny, which would follow the stories of the adult children of Breeder characters. Although all the books are part of a series, they can be read as stand-alones. What else are you working on? I am in editing with my publishers on Terran (May release), and Long Shot (June release), a spanking romance novella. This year I also have to produce Warrior and want to finish the fifth Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline novel. Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie? I would like to meet Mark DeLuca, the deputy chief of police from Body Politics and take a tour of the Rod and Cane Society mansion. Oh. My. God. Mark is sexy. But he’s hooked up with Stephanie, the heroine, so I’d need a time machine to travel back before he meets her. Then again, maybe I could just rewrite the book and make Stephanie dump him for a plumber. Oh wait, I’m married. I guess I’ll just meet with both of them for dinner. As to who might play him in a movie, I need that time machine again, because a young Sean Connery would be a perfect choice. I daydream most of my plots. I have a sketchy idea of major plot points and then fill in the details day by day as I write. It’s the sky diving approach to writing a novel. Hm…should I have checked the parachute before I jumped? How long does it typically take for you to write a novel.  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world? I write the first draft at a speed of 30k to 40K per month. It takes me as long to edit/proof as it does to write a first draft. So I can whip out a polished 30K novella in two months. I did write 50K of Terran for Nanowrimo, and then took another nine days to wrap it up with another 12K. But that was humping it. Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction? There is so much that they need to know, but I’ll limit my advice to two things. No. 1, if you do nothing else, eliminate “was” from your manuscript. That alone will result in stronger writing. Rule of thumb: no more than an average of three wases per page. No. 2, get socially connected before you try to publish. Start a blog, build Twitter followers and Facebook friends, open a Goodreads account, get chatty with other authors, read strategically (in your genre). Can you give us a taste of what to expect? Breeder blurb To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love. Breeder explores the concepts of gender roles and social prohibitions against deviant behavior. It includes nonconsensual domestic discipline and M/F and M/M sexual practices. Breeder excerpt If not for the sneeze, Dak would have exited the musty, dank corridor. But the muffled sound caught his attention. When he squinted into the darkened cell, he spotted a female crouched on a straw mat in the corner. He hadn’t noticed her on his way into the Breeder Containment Facility; the habitation unit had appeared empty. Dak turned to the BCF director and sighed. “What about her?” The beta’s already crooked mouth drooped farther in distaste. “My apologies, Commander. You don’t want that one.” Sival’s disparagement piqued Dak’s interest. The director’s opinion had proven worthless; none of the breeders he’d preselected for inspection had rated close to satisfactory. “I would like to see her,” Dak insisted. “Very well, Commander.” Sival saluted and opened the habitation cell with a master entry card. Dak stepped into the small enclosure. The director followed, and the metal gate clanked shut. The naked female drew into a tighter ball and tucked her face deeper into the crook of her arm. Other breeders had preened as soon as they’d noticed him and his chest-insignia identification. He wasn’t just an alpha. He was the Alpha. This breeder’s lack of respect and failure to adhere to Protocol by acknowledging his presence struck him as odd. Dak frowned. “Is she mentally deficient?” Sival tightened his lips. “No, stubborn, ill behaved. She would not befit an Alpha Commander.” He nudged the female’s hip with the toe of his boot. “Rise to your feet.” She did not respond, and he moved to prod her again. Dak forestalled him with a wave and grasped the female’s arm. “You will stand.” He hauled her upright. She averted her face, so he grabbed her chin and forced her to look at him. Tangled hair the color of black heating stones fell back from an oval face to reveal eyes like the Parseon moon. The glimmer of intelligence that sparked within the violet depths aroused his interest more than anything else he’d seen so far. Nature had bestowed the Parseon people with an exceptionally strong immune system so that they rarely required medical intervention, but breeders by nature were weak, and so many of the ones he’d seen had seemed dull or ill or both. This one’s skin, when unsmudged by grime and dirt, probably glowed like the pale sands of the Ospian Sea. He supposed, as breeders went, she wasn’t unattractive, although the stench emanating from her was. His beta would throw a fit if he dragged such a creature into their domicile. “Why is she so filthy?” he asked. “She refuses to bathe.” As Dak scrutinized her facial features for shape and symmetry, he noted little imperfection or dysgenics other than her lack of hygiene and her gender. When cleaned up, she would please the eye, but to bear his sons, it mattered more that she be healthy and strong. He released her face, stepped back, and assessed her from head to toe. He exceeded the height of most males, alphas included, while she stood smaller than the average female. The top of her head failed to even meet his shoulder. She was thinner than other breeders too, although her chest bore an abundance of fatty breast tissue. In the chill of the cell, her nipples had puckered to hard points. Despite the coolness, he was experiencing a rise in temperature. A dormant lust chose that moment to kindle, causing heat to coil in his abdomen and groin. He could not remember the last time he’d experienced such a spontaneous reaction—if he ever had. With the pads of his fingers, he probed the sides of her neck for swollen areas. The way she trembled under his touch aroused a sliver of sympathy. Breeders lacked courage, and uncertainty frightened them. Not all alphas and their betas treated breeders well. If he chose her, she would be adequately fed and housed. His command consumed his time and energy, which left his beta alone for long stretches. A breeder would relieve Corren of household chores and provide him with a physical outlet as well. “What is she called?” Dak asked. “Her sire named her Omra.” Peace, it meant. He parted Omra’s lips with his fingers and slipped a digit into her mouth, running it along her upper gum line to check the solidness of her teeth. At a flash in her eyes, he jerked his hand away a centisecond before she snapped her jaws together, so that her incisor only grazed the tip of his finger. Sival’s face reddened. “Commander, I apologize. I will have her flogged.” “Unnecessary. I will take care of it.” He unclipped the sudon from his belt.   Where can we find you and your books online?  Amazon Buy Link BN Loose Id Buy Link ARe Buy Link Author website Amazon Author Page Twitter  @CaraBristol Facebook

    Cara Bristol

    Cara Bristol has written everything from mainstream long and short fiction to nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles. She sold her first erotic romance in 2009. Now multi-published, she has ten erotic romances and three anthologies to her name. The author of the popular Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series, Cara writes spanking fiction most often, but her published works also include contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. Breeder is her first science fiction novel and the start of a series. She lives in the Midwest United States with her husband. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching reality TV shows.


  • Gwen Knight Author Interview: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings presents A Hunter’s Passion

    It’s Author Interview Friday. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

    Think on THAT a while…

    Welcome, Author Gwen Knight! You’ve just released A Hunter’s Passion.  Tell us a little bit about your story.A Hunter's Passion

    Ryker Bennett has dedicated his life to hunting down—and eliminating—creatures of the dark. But his latest assignment has him questioning everything he’s ever believed in. Jenna Sinclair may be a witch, but she’s also the only woman Ryker has ever loved

    Jenna thought leaving Ryker two years ago would save him from having to choose between their forbidden love and his sworn duty. But when he tracks her down, it’s clear the desire between them burns as hot as ever—and that they’ll have to walk through the flames to be together….

    What attracted you to the genre?

    Boredom! By the time I reached grade six, my concentration started… well, fading. I wanted something interesting, something dangerous to think about. Not exactly the best thing for an elementary student to think about, but hey, monsters definitely top the cake compared to math equations. From that moment on, I was a paranormal junkie.

    Let’s talk beasties. You have one or several monsters making appearances in your novels. Tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it.

    Vampires always make an appearance in whatever project I am working on. They were the first paranormal creature I read about, and I’m sure I will continue reading about them until I’m well into my graying years and blind. I’ll just need some vampires in brail then. In A HUNTER’S PASSION, vampires are only briefly mentioned. As much as I adore them, I did want to branch away from them since they are so popular. Other than vampires, necromancers are my next favorite. Maybe there’s one in my next project, maybe not…

    Is this a series? Stand-alone book? What does the future look like for this series? Are there more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!

    I’m definitely striving to make it a series! It’s my first, so it’s taking a bit of time to arrange everything. Should all go well, there will be a book per brother. As for when, well, that depends on when I can get it all out of my head.

    What else are you working on?

    Quite a bit, too much some might say! While tossing the Bennett brothers on a whirlwind adventure, I’ve been working on a romantic suspense AND a “reckoning”. There’s also another urban fantasy series brewing in my crowded head.

    Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?

    Weston Bennett… That boy is my absolute favorite. In a movie, he’d be played by Chris Pine. As for the long weekend, what wouldn’t we do! I would definitely have him take me on a hunt.

    Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?

    I used to be a pantser (is that a word?! lol!) until I realized that doesn’t work for me. Around midway through the book, I’d get stuck. So I’d much rather be stuck at the beginning, take the time to plot it all out, and then get down to the nitty-gritty. This is new for me, though, so I’m just realizing how much work goes into plotting! I used to do everything by the seat of my pants. In fact, A HUNTER’S PASSION was written that way. The last 4 brothers, however, being a series require a full breakdown.

    How long does it typically take for you to write a novel.  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?

    Depends on length, I suppose. And how inspired I am, naturally. Usually I can pump out a chapter every two days or so (being that I work 8 -5). But that’s best scenario, if I were writing every single day. When I’m inspired, absolutely. Obviously, I’m not inspired every day. As for editing, I have 2 beta’s that help me with editing. They pick it to shreds, I stitch it back together, then we all take one final read through before it gets shunted off.

    Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?

    Stick with it. Writing a novel can be the hardest thing you do, but not writing it is even more difficult.

    Where can we find you and your books online?

    Links to Me:

    Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/gwen.knight.the.writer

    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/GwenKnightx

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/GwenKnightx

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gwen-Knight/e/B00EMN2RX4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1393856579&sr=8-2

    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7216477.Gwen_Knight

    Website: www.gwenknight.ca

     

    Links to Book:

    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A-Hunters-Passion-Gwen-Knight-ebook/dp/B00F12GYVG

    Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/a-hunter-s-passion

    B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-hunters-passion-gwen-knight/1116863082?ean=9781460326398

    Mills & Boon: http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/a-hunters-passion

    Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=50166

     

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    Gwen Knight is a northern Canadian girl currently living in Fort St. John, British Columbia. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Archaeology and Geography. Her interests consist of playing in the dirt, designing elaborate snow forts, boating, and archery. She enjoys meeting new people and can be followed at facebook.com/GwenKnightx and on Twitter @GwenKnightx.

     

     

     

     

     


  • Reap What We Sow Wednesday: Facebook

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    This week I want to share my Facebook Author Page.

    If you come on over and LIKE me, you’ll get all of the minute-by-minute updates including what goes on inside my head. Sorry about that.

    I post daily so come on over and play.

    Have you read Reap & Repent? If so, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads. If not, well, here’s your chance!

    AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1gF6Q98
    B&N: http://bit.ly/1gz4x7M
    KOBO: http://bit.ly/1cSZBam
    ITUNES: http://bit.ly/1njOngj
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