Saturday, August 24, 2013

2013 Authors After Dark Vampire Ball After Party Giveaway

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If you missed the Authors After Dark Vampire Ball, don't despair! The dark mistresses of the night are here to provide you with a taste of something sweet--a chance to win a pile of books from the authors who sponsored the Vampire Ball, and a limited edition booklet only†available to Authors After Dark attendees! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Author Bio:†Jess Haines writes about furred and fanged things that go bump in the night. Best known for the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, she's been writing since she was a teenager and was first published in 2010.†Visit the author at†www.JessHaines.com†for the latest news and updates. Type of Books: Jess Haines writes dark, daring and funny urban fantasy novels that follow the (mis-)adventures of human private investigator Shiarra Waynest. Praised by RT Book Reviews, Library Journal, and many more, the latest release is Forsaken by the Others (Kensington/Zebra; July 2, 2013).
Bio/Books: Winner of the Romantic Times Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over thirty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including four series. Her emotionally-intense love stories offer everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids. Free excerpts from all her works are available at her website, www.storywitch.com. Additional vignettes, character interviews and graphics inspired by the work are at the fan forum site, accessible through www.storywitch.com/community.
Author Bio:†Jae Lynne Davies is an†author,†wife, and mother who wishes there were more hours in a day to balance all three and a full-time job. But whenever she finds a spare moment (usually in the late hours of the night when her husband and two young children are visiting the land of dreams), youíll find her sitting in front of her laptop typing the next chapter! Type of Books:†Striving to share her passion of the written word, Jae Lynne†pens stories of conflict and believable, but forbidden relationships between extraordinary characters. In fact, the more complex, the better, which might explain her desire to create erotically-charged paranormal tales of romance and urban fantasy†that she hopes leaves readers†thirsting for more.
Author Bio:†USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Zanetti has worked as an art curator, Senate aide, lawyer, college professor, and a hearing examiner - only to culminate it all in stories about Alpha males and the women who claim them. She writes the Dark Protector vampire series, the Maverick Montana cowboy series, and the Sin Brothers romantic-suspense series. Type of Books:†Rebecca writes steamy romances featuring Alpha males and smart, determined heroines. †Whether the characters are paranormal creatures, wild cowboys, or dangerous soldiers...there's adventure, hot romance, and deadly fun in Zanetti's worlds.
Author Bio:†Nightmares as a child forced MK Mancos to begin telling herself stories before going to sleep. Thus began the lifelong love of a good pulse-pounding tale and lives not her own. MK resides in New Jersey with her wonderful husband, Dave, and dog, Lily. Type of Books:†MK Mancos writes anything that strikes her fancy. From tales of the Jersey Devil, to magical Leprechaun gold. She writes paranormal & fantasy as MK Mancos and†futuristics and sci-fi†under the name Kathleen Scott.
Author Bio:†Back in 1994, TJ picked up her first romance novel by Heather Graham. It was love at first page. Years later, after raising her family and establishing her career, TJ wrote what became her first published work. Writing like a madwoman, TJ hasnít lost steam. Her mind may be gone, but steam there is a-plenty! Type of Books:†TJ is an award-winning author of paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and urban fantasy romance. No matter the genre TJ is penning, her favorite thing to do is build worlds. To take you somewhere extraordinary. To transport you to a place where you can close your eyes and slip into your fantasyÖ
Author Bio:†Marianne Morea is a New Yorker, and her stories embody the grit and complexity of the city that never sleeps. An avid traveler, she uses experiences from around the world in all her books. Her love affair with the paranormal is born of fantasies, transporting her into a world of what if? Type of Books:†Dark Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Suspense are the hallmarks of Marianne Morea's writing style. Stories filled with underworld violence and the desire to transcend a broken soul, readers are thrust into a world where the city never sleeps because the nightmares are real.
Author Bio:†A military brat and wife, Melissa Schroeder has a Monty Python type of humor meaning she is usually politically incorrect. She is busy raising two human and two dog daughters and is looking forward to her move back to Virginia after her husband finishes his career with the Air Force. †More info can be found at: www.melissaschroeder.net Type of Books:†With over 50 novels, novellas and short stories published, Melissa has stories that span historical to futuristic time periods. Her ADD allows her the ability to write paranormal to straight romance, always with a touch of humor. She is best known for her Harmless series.
Author Bio:†A national best selling author, Heather Long lives in Texas with her family and their menagerie of animals. In addition to military romance, Heather writes a wide variety of romance from paranormal historical western romance to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She loves characters and the stories they have to tell. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel. Type of Books:†Heather writes paranormal romance, contemporary romance, military romance, and westerns with a paranormal twist. Her focus is on characters and the emotions that drive them to love, hate, live life and survive - romance with an edge.

Author Bio:†Seventeen years and over a hundred books later, I'm still a quiet wife, mom and grandma who dotes on kids, cats and a growing collection of orchids that sometimes rewards me with an exotically beautiful blossom. One might say I've explored my wild life vicariously through the people in my stories. Although I've won several prestigious awards over the years, the compliments that mean most to me are those that come from readers who've been touched deeply by my stories. Type of Books:†I write romances, from "vanilla" erotics to kinky BDSM, †in settings both familiar and fancifully exotic. All of my books have the proverbial "happily ever after" in common, though my lusty heroes and heroines follow many different and rocky roads to that happy, committed relationship.
Author Bio: USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, C.J. Ellisson, lives in northern VA with her supportive husband, two children who listen at their whim, two dogs that worship her, a cat she's allergic to, and two lizards she wishes lived somewhere else. She's been writing for a four and half years and can't imagine ever returning to her previous day job of real estate and property management. Type of Books: C.J. spins tales containing adventure, intrigue, action, a little bit of mystery, and a whole lot of steam. She firmly believes hot monogamy exists and all her books, whether erotica, urban fantasy, or contemporary erotic romance, reinforce her views on the magic two people can share.
Author Bio: Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsession with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. Type of Books: Gothic urban fantasy featuring vampires, courtesans, shifters and fae.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Show & Tell Tuesday: Marry Me, I'm Irish by Joanne Kenrick

Life couldn't be more perfect. Liz Grant has it all: a starring role in a major motion picture, a fabulous apartment central-London, and a great boyfriend who knows how to mix a mean cocktail and make her come with a flick of a switch. He works for Bell’s Irish Pub, so she gets free drinks, too!

A surprise for St. Patrick's day. There's just one problem. Devlin Kinney wants to marry her. Like, now. And rip her away from her glamorous life. Why? So they can live happily ever after in a wee country cottage in the heart of Belfast, Ireland. What’s a city girl to do? He is Irish. And he does has a certain way with words. And vibrating toys. But does she love him enough to leave the comforts of England? And is there something behind his sudden proposal?

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Excerpt:
A mass of people snapped their attention to her then cheered and clapped. She knew most of them. Friends from school and college, agents, actors. Her parents, too. They were waving. Even her best friend was there, giving the thumbs up.

Devlin sauntered through the crowd Travolta style and dropped to one knee. In a tux! He’d even swept his unruly brown hair back. Beads of sweat glistened on his forehead and his lips quivered. “Will ya marry me?” He lifted his arm, a ring box cradled in his shaky palm.

She dropped her jaw and twirled a finger through her locks. “It’s a joke, right? You’re taking the piss? Ha. Ha! Nice one. You can get up now.”

“Baby, I’m serious. Breathe. Just breathe.”

“I am breathing fine, thank you.”

“Not ya, I mean me. Damned, girl, I’m so nervous. I love ya and I’m scared ya’ll say no. So, I ask again. Will ya marry me?”

“Say wha-at? You are actually asking me to marry you? That isn’t some cheap light-up ring in the box?” She gulped and looked out over the crowd again, realizing if it was a prank, it was a really expensive one. Shit.

“Oh. Wait.” He buried his head in his hands then glanced up at her. “I did it all wrong. I forgot the big romantic gesture. Hang on.” He clicked his fingers. The lights went out and twinkles sparkled above. Fairy lights? Where did they come from? Her hands shook violently and words stuck at her throat. She wanted to say no. Wanted to say never. Wanted to say...something.

Their song kicked into gear on the jukebox. She glanced in that direction. Sandra hung off some young, tall hottie whom Liz assumed was her fella from Ireland.

Could I be that happy in a marriage, too?

“I want ta be with ya forever and a day in our little country cottage. Will ya marry me?”

One of the dudes with a suit on slunk forward and asked if the bride and groom were ready.

“So how about it? Liz, will ya marry me?”

Shock engulfed her and she stuttered, “Maybe.”

Light, bodiless. The room spun. Needing to sit, she hobbled to the nearest booth. “Is this real?


About The Author:

Born n bred Brit, JoAnne Kenrick grew up in a wee sea-side town in North Wales and has enjoyed a variety of vocations such as holistic healer, window dresser, and ghost tour guide. Having lived in Wales, England, and Scotland with her dear family, she finally escaped the dull British summers to reside in sunny Australia. After two years, they moved to the States where she endured three harsh winters in Minnesota. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband, two kids and two puddy cats. When they aren't demanding her attention, or jumping on her head, she strums away on the keys of her little laptop, creating worlds and adventures she could only ever dream of.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Heat Wave - It Must Be an August Release by Taryn Kincaid

Sent into the human realm to retrieve prodigal princess, Zena Night, Bhyrne Raines is shocked and unprepared for his carnal reaction to the sexy succubus. In service to the succubus queen, the rugged enforcer must stifle the instant passion exploding within him. Fulfilling his royal duty doesn’t allow for quickie dalliances. His biological clock is ticking, and he begins to enter breedspawn, an intense and unstoppable frenzy of mating all fire-demon males must endure. But the more he wants to avoid Zena, the more he’s drawn to her. 

Reluctant to give up her carefree life of partying among the mortals when the hot-as-sin Bhyrne comes to fetch her for the queen, Zena uses her succubus wiles to entice him, or at least delay the inevitable trip to the royal court. Once in the demon stronghold, hidden deep within the Catskill mountains, she learns the reason for the summons: she must choose a consort within two days.

Zena needs a mate. Bhyrne needs to mate. With time running out for both of them, they each turn to 1Night Stand. With time running out, can Madame Eve come to the rescue?

EXCERPT: 
Holy freeze gun, Batman. The words died before she managed to expose them to air. Her mouth snapped shut.

One of the Queen’s guards stood before her, huge and tall, nearly twice the size of most of the other males in the joint, a hella hunka supernatural male. Clearly not human, although Hugo Boss’d to his Adam’s apple in an apparent bid to fit in among the humans trolling for hot sex, illicit drugs, watered-down booze and loud music. Beneath the fabric of the unstructured designer suit, the toned muscles of a demonic warrior rolled like tidal waves. Even without the small lapel pin the uninformed might mistake for the The Rolling Stones’ logo, she’d recognize him for a captain of the guard. Maybe the Queen’s own Captain.

Hellfire and cotton candy. Trouble. T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

But, by the goddess, whattahottie! Despite her certainty that his presence in the club corridor boded ill for her, the force of her sudden hunger shook her.

Like lightning.

Thunder.

A desperate bolt out of the blue.

Instant connection to him on the paranormal plane, as if he’d wrapped her aura in gold chains and tugged her to him. But did that fast lane to heaven run one way or two?

A grim expression straightened the lines of what otherwise might have been a generous, sensuous mouth. A military buzz cut had weed-whacked hair the color of iron. And it didn’t stop there. Without doubt, metal fortified every single cell in the massive male’s body, pure titanium flowing in his veins. The stern planes and angles of a hard-edged, swoon-worthy face set grimly as cement. Though he lounged in the hallway like any Archie or Jughead waiting in line to discharge his rented beer in a urinal, he exuded authority, his carriage and bearing such that he made the others look like a pack of Twizzlers. Oh. Yeah. More than a mere guardsman, she guessed. An enforcer.


Ruh-roh.

About Taryn Kincaid

Taryn is an Olympic caliber athlete egg roller and spends a great deal of her time petitioning the U.S.O.C. to introduce a fantail shrimp competition. When she's not bungee jumping off the Palisades or parasailing up and down the Hudson River, she devotes her time to caring for her aging pet walrus, arranging her voodoo doll-pin collection and practicing rhythmic chants. At this moment, she is busy sweeping up the loose masala chai tea leaves she spilled all over the kitchen floor. (Probably because she needs COFFEE.) Wait. Is that something…sparkly?

Taryn hangs around a lot on Facebook and Twitter with her trillions of fans and pops in at Goodreads from time to time. You can catch her on her website, http://tarynkincaid.com, and her blog, http://dreamvoyagers.blogspot.com where she lives for comments!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Taking the Stage Release Day!


Roseâtre takes one look at the white tigers that the stage manager has brought in to shake things up at the Midnight Mystery Lounge, and nearly has a heart attack. It doesn’t matter that the beautiful creatures’ handler raises her pulse and makes her want to purr. The tigers are sure to recognize her—and arouse her need for the hunt.

Pride outcast Anthony diNapoli wasn’t expecting to encounter an Amazon princess when he brought his white tigers to the lounge. The lucrative show will go a long way toward securing his future, but not if he gives in to the urge to make her submit to his dominance, and claim her as his mate.

No matter how desperately her body aches for the sun-kissed stranger and his completely lickable abs, Roseâtre is no man’s prize. Yet she finds herself hungering for Anthony to defeat her and take her for his own.

It’s show time in the Arcana Royale’s Midnight Mystery Lounge and all bets are off.

Warning:  Contains sword fights, shackles, sexy showgirls, and a game of dominance between a determined weretiger and an Amazon who refuses to submit. Blades, bliss and battles, oh my!
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Excerpt

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Countdown to Showtime: Taking the Stage with Fame!

I love dance movies--I've always loved them. I grew up on a steady diet of Solid Gold Dancers, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Broadway musicals and dance movies! I poured all that love for dance into Soulgirls. Book #1, Into the Spotlight released last March and in seven days, Taking the Stage, book 2 will release. So to count it down all this week, I thought I'd share some of my favorite movies!



Up first! Fame!

In addition to being a movie, Fame also became a television series and it was can't miss TV for me. I was so invested in these characters, I still remember magical scenes from both and who could forget Debbie Allen's advice? It resonates as well today as it did then...




Facing down against a football team. I heard for years that dancing wasn't a real sport and sad as it is to say, I've seen grown men and women who should know better say it to their kids today--especially if its their son who is interested in dance. Dance is teaches flexibility, endurance, and style--and frankly, I love a guy who can dance his ass off.




With several seasons, and two movies to its name--Fame made dancing, singing, and acting cool and cruel and hard work for every one who ever had a dream to make art with their minds, their bodies and their talent--and that said, it also had Erica Gimpel, and her smile? It always made me grin!

Did you have a favorite character on Fame?

Show & Tell Tuesday: Jack, Jewels, and Junior by Jennifer Labelle

After six months with the man she adores, Angel Martinez has a sexy anniversary night planned. If everything goes her way, their bedroom fantasies will be played out with the help of Jack, Jewels, and Junior, new toys she bought just for the occasion.

Brody Cahill comes home from work expecting an empty apartment and a date with a TV dinner. Instead he’s greeted to the delightful sight of his girlfriend waiting for him, and in the buff no less. Forget dinner, Angel is on his menu! The night takes a delectable twist, “J” becomes his favorite letter of the alphabet, and Brody gives her a special anniversary surprise of his own. This is one naughty night they won’t forget…and hope to repeat!


Excerpt:

Her lips twitched in amusement. Already naked when he walked in the door from work, she had special plans for them that night. She checked him out from top to bottom and her mouth watered.
“We’ve been together six months now, and I thought we should celebrate.” She sauntered forward with a seductive twist of her hips until she stood close enough to withdraw his belt and work the button loose on his pants. “I’d like to introduce you to the three Js tonight. What do you say?” She rubbed the front of his pants and dropped to her knees before unzipping him.
“What are the Js?” He gulped and she trembled with excitement to begin their night of sinful fun. Brody thrust closer to her face and threaded his fingers through her locks to urge her forward. The gesture filled her with satisfaction. The time had come to put her plan in motion and to show him their first J.
“Well, first there is Junior….” She pried her hair loose and bent to the side to drag a small box closer, her head bent forward giving him a perfect view. “Then there’s Jewels, and if you’re really good, and agree to proceed, Jack will come along later.”
She grinned before pulling out some lube and a small plug from their naughty box. “First, meet Junior.”

About The Author:


Jennifer Labelle resides in Ottawa, Ontario Canada with her husband and three beautiful children. After her third child, she became a stay at home mom. In her busy household Jennifer likes to spend her down time engrossed in the stories that she creates. She is an active reader of romance (especially historical), mystery and anything paranormal. With an education in Addictions Work she's decided to take a less stressful approach in life and hopes that you enjoy as she shares some of her imagination with all of you.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Countdown to Showtime: Taking the Stage with Flashdance

I love dance movies--I've always loved them. I grew up on a steady diet of Solid Gold Dancers, Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Broadway musicals and dance movies! I poured all that love for dance into Soulgirls. Book #1, Into the Spotlight released last March and in seven days, Taking the Stage, book 2 will release. So to count it down all this week, I thought I'd share some of my favorite movies!

Up first! Flashdance!

When this movie came out in 1983, the critics called it all kinds of names--and most of them weren't polite.




But you know what? I didn't care. The movie had a hardworking blue collar girl who worked as an exotic dancer, but what she really wanted was to become a professional ballerina. Mentored by a lovely older woman and pursued by her wealthy boss, the story is familiar to any good romance reader and yes, it made the dreamer in my tween heart beat!




Now while I never practiced that chair and water dance and I know Jennifer Beals didn't do her own dancing, the Maniac dance sequence and the final remain iconic...and who doesn't love leg warmers?



When she finally gets her chance to show the stuffy board of admissions what she can do--well, it's the stuff that happily ever afters are made of.

What was your favorite part of Flashdance?

Sunday, August 4, 2013

August Pre-Writing Workshop Registration Open

This five day class is all pre-writing work and warm-ups. You will do your research, you will answer Heather's top ten questions of what you need to know before you start writing that book. You will get some time management techniques for creating writing windows in your writing schedule and you will warm up your words per hour with sprints. You will develop your plot, your characterization and your storytelling – and you will learn everything you need to know in five days to write your book. Eliminate obstacles, develop your toolbox, and write that novel you can see and hear in your mind.

Class Cost: $20
Length: 5 Days
Dates: 8/26-8/30
Where: Via Yahoo Loop


This method has helped Heather write over 40 books in two years. Students of the method have found a measure of success in achieving their writing goals, including completing novels where they hadn't been able to complete before, overcoming story or plotting issues, and making more efficient use of their writing time.

This is the last time in 2013 this class will be offered online.



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Friday, August 2, 2013

Guest Blog Where do you come up with this stuff?

On August 2nd, my popular novel, Last Flight of the Ark re-releases. This story has one of my most unique plots, one that often has my readers asking:  Where do you come up with this stuff?
That is probably one of the most frequently asked questions an author hears—I hear.  One we don’t mind answering, but it can get a bit tricky trying to explain exactly what goes on in our heads.  So, I’m going to attempt to do it.  I’m opening up the doors and letting you inside a gale-force brainstorm.  Everything you see will be as it is when I go through the plotting process, from thought to keyboard.
All novels start with a single idea.  The idea can come from something as simple as your child’s homework; conversations overheard during people-watching or even a dream.  For this post I’m going to borrow some zombies and make it into a romance.
Okay, I see you rolling your eyes.  How the heck are you going to slip a cadaver in there, make it sexy and stay away from necrophilia?  Ah, the second part of a writer’s brainstorming process, “what if?”  Don’t you love a good challenge?
Before I get to the zombies, I want to talk physics for a second.  Don’t run away.  Science can be interesting.  Seriously.  In my humblest of opinions, all science started once as fantasy.  The difference is simple.  Science is proven theory; fantasy is theory yet to be proven. 
Don’t buy it?  Two hundred years ago you’d have been burned at the stake for using your cell phone or even suggesting man could fly or travel to the moon.  Back then, it was all fantasy and magic.  Impossible.  Ten years ago, invisibility was fantasy, today its fact.  Scientists can bend electromagnetic waves to make objects invisible to the naked eye.  Okay, getting off topic here, but keep your mind open.  Okay?
Physics.  Let’s talk about traveling faster than the speed of light.  Scientists say it’s physically impossible to do.  If we could, the universe would open up to us.  We could travel to distant star systems within our galaxy or even to other galaxies.
So, how do they know traveling faster than the speed of light is impossible?
Black holes. 
Escape velocity is the speed it takes for an object to escape the gravitational pull of another object, for example Earth.  The speed an object must travel to get free of Earth’s gravitational pull is in direct relationship to its size.  So, the bigger the object, the stronger the gravitational pull.  You still with me?
So, an object so massive it can swallow galaxies has to have some serious gravitational pull.  Here’s where the black holes come in.  You don’t see a black hole in space.  What you see is the absence of light.  When the pull of an object is so great, even light can’t escape it, you end up with a black hole.  Now, since we can’t travel faster than the speed of light, and scientists know this by studying black holes, is there a way around this theory?
Yes.  I think there is.  What if you could manipulate space?  Fold it, bend it, twist it or even loop it?
Okay, right about now I can see you’re scratching your head and wondering what the heck this has to do with zombies.  Remember what I said about all science being fantasy once?  Here’s where we cross genres and add that magic.  We’re writers, this is our universe, our rules and we’re not confined by anything except our imagination.
Let that fantasy part of your brain kick in for a second.  Suspend your beliefs.  Remember, your world, your rules.  Take a strip of paper.  Put an A on one end and a B on the other.  Measure that distance as though it were a distance a ship would have to travel.  Now fold it, placing the two letters together.  What’s the distance between the letters now?
The thing is, even if both objects travel light speed, one trip is going to take less time.  Why?  Because we manipulated the environment around it.  We didn’t try to break any speed records; we’re still traveling light speed.  We simply made the trip shorter.
Back to the zombies.
What is a zombie?  An undead without a soul?  The living dead?  What if, a scientist designed a device that could manipulate travel from one spot to the other by altering space?  But—since you can’t fit a square peg in a round hole, he needs to make some changes.  In order to move the object through this altered space, he must first alter the matter on a molecular level.  Let’s call this process teleportation. 
How much of that matter makes it from point A to point B?  What if inanimate objects work fine, but when he tests it on himself, his soul doesn’t go with his body.  What if someone had been waiting for man to evolve this exact technology and they hijack his body in transit?
Now I’ve got a disembodied hero who has to figure out how to get back in his body and warn the world.  But hold on.  We can’t stop here.  That would be too easy.  What if there are legions of these energies waiting for bodies, living on an alternate plain--that folded space, parallel to our existence?  Now we’ve got a scientist out of his body and unable to communicate the danger to others.
What are they?  Demons?  Ghosts?  No, let’s give the reader what they didn’t expect—aliens from another dimension, people who’ve colonized our world for thousands of years, lived side by side with us.  Perhaps we always assumed they were ghosts.
Now how does our hero alert the world to the danger, that his invention has opened the door to an invasion from the other side?  Here’s where our zombies come in.  Because he can alter space, jump from one plain to the other, he can move greater distances and the physical laws of our world don’t apply to him.  Perhaps he can jump into or possess the body of someone deceased and because he has both altered his form and environment, he can do it from a distance.
A solution, but it’s not going to be easy for him.  He’s now got to warn the world as one of the walking dead.  Not an easy task for sure.  But we’re not going to stop there.  It’s still too easy for our hero.  We’ve got to make him suffer.  It’s our responsibility to put our characters through hell.  Put on your evil-author hat.  Here we go.
Perhaps his doppelganger has already been contacted by the military and they are using his technology to transport ships, fighter jets and troops.  The invaders could have seized thousands in a matter of days.  Now our hero has to break onto a military installation as a zombie and dismantle the technology.  But he’s not alone; he's got buddies, other people who’ve been hijacked, perhaps a Special Forces unit, but the only bodies they could find on short notice, were from a nursing home?
This will be a case of where the zombies are the good guys and they can't kill the bad guys.  So what do they do?  They’ll have to kidnap them and force them through the machine.  But they also don’t have a lot of time to do it.  Things will begin to fall apart, in more ways than one.
So, that’s the hero’s path.  What about his counterpart, our Femme Fatale?  We need a heroine, someone our hero can fall head over heels in love with and do it as the undead.  How about a police woman (military police) or an ambulance driver?  Perhaps he scared the s*%$ out of her while she’s on her way to the morgue.  She’s going to be afraid of him, assume he’s evil.  At first she might even try to destroy him.  Perhaps he has a way to show her who he really is?  Maybe he gets her in front of a mirror and forces her to look at his reflection, where she sees the true soul?  Lots of options.
Whose body he inhabits can also play into the story, if it was a criminal, perhaps the people that killed him think they screwed up?  Now they're chasing him while he's trying to get back in his body and shut down the technology?  Perhaps he was an assassinated political figure, a death-row inmate or even a movie star.  I like the death-row inmate.  Whoa!  Imagine the heroine’s reaction to that?  The body he’s in could have once belonged to a real beast before execution.  The world was scared of him alive, dead, well…you get the idea.
As for the sex, remember he can jump into bodies.  What if he jumps into the heroine’s and he helps her go solo?  A whole new way to make it a spiritual experience and avoid sex with a cadaver.
The outcome will be the HEA we all love.  She falls in love with the man for who he is on the inside, only to discover later he’s not the beast he appears to be when she helps him to return to his old self.  Seems like a beauty and the beast scenario with a twist.  Hmm.
Okay, so that’s it.  That’s where I come up with this stuff.  It's all a process of sitting down, taking some of what you already know and saying what if, like one of those "chose your own adventure" stories.
Interested in the way my brain works, the way I spin a tale? For more twists of my imagination, check out my latest release, Last Flight of the Ark.
Here’s a peek at my science fiction erotic romance novel.



Blurb ~ Last Flight of the Ark:
Colonel Kaleb Titan, commander of the Ark, suffers a shipboard encounter with a little gamma radiation. It’s not all bad: his senses are heightened, his libido’s gone haywire, and he can’t keep his hands off his crew. Unfortunately, it also means a life-or-death choice that could change the fate of humankind.
Excerpt ~ Last Flight of the Ark:
He walked up on Jessica, peering over her shoulder into the cage at a snarling Sheba. The bitch caught sight of Kaleb and backed up with a whine, sinking to her belly.
“I’ll be,” Jessica muttered. “She’s submitting to you.” Her ponytail smacked him in the face as she turned. He flinched and knocked it out of his eyes.
“She’s not stupid.” He glared at Sheba, whose tail thumped against the floor. Her golden eyes studied him. “She knows I mean business.”
Jessica grinned. “I don’t think that’s it. I think she’s got a crush on you. She likes you.”
“What?”
“Sheba’s the alpha female. She doesn’t submit to anyone but the alpha male. Hence the reason she bit Lobo. He’s not alpha enough.” Jessica eyed Kaleb. “Apparently you are, sir.”
“Will she let me in the cage?”
Jessica shrugged. “She’s not growling, and we’ve got to try something. I’d hate to tranq her again. Use that catchpole over there with the loop in the end.”
He nodded and snagged the pole. One way or another, someone had to go in there. If Sheba liked him, it might as well be him. “Open the door when I say and get the tranq gun in case she gets ugly. First sign of aggression, put her out. I’d rather keep my arm.” He’d request they import another if this didn’t go well. He eyed the wolf. “Sorry, sweetheart, I have priorities. Just be a good girl, and everything will be fine.”
Jessica loaded a cartridge into the gun. “Ready?”
Kaleb nodded and Jessica opened the door. He stepped inside and it clanged shut behind him. “Hey, girl.”
With a growl that sounded more like a roar, Sheba launched from the corner. Her paws landed on his chest, knocking him to the floor. Kaleb only had seconds to register her open jaws and large teeth. He threw his forearm over his throat. Sheba latched on, sinking into flesh. A crunch and then sharp pain shot up his arm. Oh, God. Her teeth had pierced bone.
“Shoot her!” The bitch shook her head side to side, shredding flesh, and wouldn’t stop until she’d ripped his arm off or torn out his throat. “Anytime…ahhh.” Crunch. Easing her grip and then clamping back down on another part of his arm, she backed up and tried to pull his limb from where he’d blocked her access to his jugular. It was the wolf or him. “Kill her!” Little flickers of light swam before his eyes as pain exploded through his body. “Now!”
The tranq popped and was followed by a yelp from Sheba, who released his arm and staggered back. Blood dripped from her muzzle and stained her white fur. She swayed and dropped to the floor with a snort. Her front paw dug at air as she fought the drug.
“Omigod.” Jessica threw the door open and rushed to his side. “You okay?”
Kaleb glanced at his blood-soaked sleeve. “She likes me, huh?” He cringed as pain radiated from his fingers to his shoulder. Last time he’d trust a smiling female. They were all trouble.
Jessica helped him to sit up and ripped his sleeve open, staring at the bite. Blood pumped from the wound and formed a puddle on the floor. “Can you walk to the med-bay?”
“Does it look like she bit my leg?” he snarled.

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