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Fate of Four by Ariel Marie

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Fate of Four (Blackclaw Alphas #1) by Ariel Marie

One powerful witch. Three alpha bears determined to possess her. They would do anything to protect her–even if it means war.

Keeva Vixen was a witch who had been promised to another against her will. Running away from a life she didn’t want, she ended up in the sleepy bear town of Blackclaw. Everything she knew about soul mates flew out the door the minute she laid her eyes on the three hunky alphas.

Their bears were drawn to the honeysuckle scent of the new witch in town. Her wide eyes, plump lips, and luscious curves were for them and only them. She belonged to them, and they would claim her. Fate had driven her to Blackclaw, and they would do anything to protect her.

Keeva would have to face her past to have a future. With her three mates at her side, will they be able to defeat the enemy?

Fate of Four is the first book in the Blackclaw Alpha series, a reverse harem paranormal romance. If you love powerful witches and strong bear shifters, then dive right into this steamy series now!

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About Ariel Marie

Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She loves a good action-packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children. Want to know more about her and her books?

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Some say love is the strongest emotion while some would rather die than feel it…but what if it could last forever?

The idea of immortality can haunt and fascinate to the point of insanity, especially those who actively seek it. But what if you fell in love with someone with the blood that gave them the power to live forever? A love that could last or a love that could crumble you to pieces.

Lust.
Betrayal.
Forbidden love.
Creatures of the night.

These converge in this collection of paranormal romance stories meant to tantalize the senses and penetrate the soul.

Authors: Iris Sweetwater T.a. Moorman Chandra Trulove Fry Cynthia Staton Terri A. Wilson Paige Dardeen Clendenin C.L. Williams FKA Luke Wood Author

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Symphony of Heart Strings by TE Hodden

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Blurb:

Meet Bob. Bob is the guy between the lines of every love story you ever met. The lucky chance, the twist of fate, the astounding coincidence that sets sparks flying. Never seen, but always there.

Today Bob is assigned to help Jenny find love. But there is something more than bad luck working against the quirky librarian. Bob might have to save her life, before he can help her find love.

And he can’t do that from the shadows….

Excerpt:

Let me tell you a story. Stop me if you have heard it before.

We start with a woman, it could be any woman, of any age. She is alone. She thinks she is hawks, awkward and plain, and never sees her own beauty. It’s is a cruel fact of life that it only takes one person to tell you that you are ugly, and you will believe it.

She starts in a prison. Not a real prison, well not usually anyway, but a metaphorical kind. Maybe a marriage whose passions have faded, or maybe a small town where nothing happens, or overly protective parents.

Way over there is an ambition. Maybe true love, maybe the big city, or overthrowing the evil empire.

One day our girl breaks free. She runs for her life and she bumps into this guy. If she happens to be a princess, then he is literally the first guy she meets. They hate each other. They bicker. They spark. But they make each other laugh, and by a cruel twist of fate, they end up stuck together as they embark on a quest to reach her ambition.

At some point they stumble into a thrilling situation. A chase, a fight, an accident where the handbrake fails and the parked car rolls into a ditch. Something to set the heart racing.

Then they pause for breath. They talk. They learn they aren’t so different and under all the sparks and insults is something tender and sweet. Something good and warm.

When hope wears thin, and the ambition seems so far away, the guy convinces the girl to give it one last try. To take a chance. To hold his hand and know he will be there if she succeeds or fails. And in that moment, in that one look, that one kiss, nothing else matters.

Author Bio:

T. E. Hodden trained in engineering, and works in the rail industry. He writes as a hobby, when he is not walking the Kent coast, looking for forgotten nooks and crannies of history and folklore.

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Book Sale: Princess by Ariel Marie

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For centuries, a vicious war has raged on between the Necromancers and Vampires. Two powerful races who refused to surrender in defeat. A half a century ago, the Necromancers disappeared from the face of the Earth…. until now. Nadira Olaru, the youngest offspring of the Vampire King has become the target of the re-emerging Necromancers. The King of the Necromancers has offered a peace treaty, an offer he refuses to take no for an answer. His one demand— Nadira to mate with his son. The Dark Shadows, Vampire warriors run by her eldest brother, have been charged with protecting the Vampirian Princess at all cost. Zac Cooper, human police detective, never believed in the supernatural world, that is, until he witnessed a dead body walk right out of the morgue. Fate brings Zac and Nadira together. Twice. Nadira knows that Zac is her Fated Mate, but now he is caught in the middle of the war between the Vampires and Necromancers. Nadira is torn, should she be selfish and mate with the love of her life for all eternity? Or should she sacrifice their love forever, and let him go, in order to save him?

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About the Author

Ariel Marie is an author who loves the paranormal, action and hot steamy romance. She combines all three in each and every one of her stories. For as long as she can remember, she has loved vampires, shifters and every creature you can think of. This even rolls over into her favorite movies! She love a good action packed thriller! Throw a touch of the supernatural world in it and she’s hooked!

She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where she currently resides with her husband and three beautiful children. Want to know more about her and her books?

Visit her website www.thearielmarie.com

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Dragon Trap by Sarah Marsh

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All Marisol Lewis had ever wanted was a family, but her ex-husband back on Earth made sure that would never happen while they were together.

Now? After waking up on an alien planet, she has a plan and she’s more determined than ever to see it through on her own. When the contract comes up that will give her exactly what she’s always dreamed of, she’s eager to sign on the dotted line and begin the journey to her new home planet of Dolovia.

But when things go horribly wrong, she ends up surrounded by mad doctors and Frankenstein space pirates. Luca and Baelion are dragon shifters with a troubled past, shunned by their own people, they now work for the Coalition Council taking rescue jobs that no one else can do.

They manage to find Marisol—but their rescue plans take a wrong turn and they all end up stranded on a dangerous quarantined planet.

Mari finds out the hard way that life often gets in the way of best-laid plans…and dragon shifters most definitely do get in the way of hers.

Good thing for her that dragons are naturally quite stubborn once they decide they want something—and they’ve decided she’s theirs.

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EXCERPT:

Mari stared at the sheer beauty of the male in front of her. His chest was a sculpture of rippling golden muscles. Fine beads of sweat made their way down his toned stomach, drawing her gaze ever lower. She watched as his hips swayed back and forth to the seductive music, his low, loose pants barely clinging to his lean body. She wasn’t sure if she’d even seen a more beautiful man before; it had certainly been long enough since she’d had her hands on any man at all. The sighs of the woman next to her finally broke the trance of his delectable gyrations and allowed her to turn her eyes away. No point in torturing herself any further with things that she couldn’t have.

“God, Mari, how can you even look away from a sight that divine?” Devyn fanned herself with both hands. “I mean, I love Benic like a brother, but when that boy dances, even I can’t keep my thoughts platonic.”

“Well, I’m almost old enough to be his mother, so I shouldn’t be gawking at him at all,” Marisol answered as she stood up from the stone bench where they’d been watching the dance performance. The gardens of the Courtesan Guild building were created for showcasing and practicing all sorts of exotic performance arts, and most of those who attended the classes or worked in the building loved to enjoy the shows.

“You’re leaving right in the middle of his routine?” Devyn asked, looking back at her as if she were crazy.

“I’ve got an appointment with the Guild Matron in twenty minutes. Sally says she’s found the perfect contract for me.”

“Oh,” Devyn answered with a frown. “This soon? I thought it would take longer, that we’d have at least until I’m done with classes before you shipped off to planets unknown.”

Mari reached over and gave her friend a tight hug. For some reason, little Devyn’s perky, outrageous personality had meshed perfectly with her own—surprisingly, since she’d been told on more than one occasion that she was too serious, too much of a control freak. So the tiny tornado of happiness had become her best friend here, and if she was sent off world, she would miss her something fierce.

“Don’t worry, Devyn. It might not even be one that I want,” Mari said with a shrug. “No point in worrying over nothing. I’ll see you after.”

As Marisol walked back through the education center and into the Courtesan admin wing, she had to admire the sensuous beauty of the building. If she had been ten years younger and perhaps a little bit braver, she would have loved to apply to the Courtesan Guild. It sounded so glamorous and fascinating, and Sally certainly couldn’t look any happier than she was in her new role as Guild Matron. Of course, it didn’t hurt that it was a role that just happened to come with a smoking-hot husband, Guild Master Arkenon Quinn. A more devastating alpha male Mari had never met, and she couldn’t help but be a little jealous of her friend.

She walked into Sally’s new office and was not surprised to see the intimidating Kalista Dax standing at the secretary’s desk, going over some paperwork. When the former Tokka assassin turned her unsettling solid blue eyes toward Mari, it was all she could do not to book it back out the damned door. Kali had always been very nice to the rest of the rescued Earthers and actively went out of her way to make friends, but the rumors of the kind of violence she was capable of left Mari just a bit freaked out.

“Hello, Marisol. Are you here for your appointment with the Guild Matron?” Kali asked, an almost smile trying to form on her beautiful, pale white face.

Mari knew that Kali liked to spend so much time with the Earth females because they were so expressive emotionally. She was only half Tokka and had been forced to suppress her physical expressions at an early age. Since Kali had defected from a society where it was unacceptable to show emotions of any kind, she was trying to learn by observing them, and sometimes the results could be…unsettling.

“Yes, Sally said that she may have found a placement for me,” Mari answered, trying to maintain eye contact with the much taller woman.

“Mari, come on in!” Sally bellowed from her desk, which made both Mari and Kali smile at how outrageous their new Guild Matron could be.

Sally was up to her elbows in material swatches when Marisol sat down in front of the large desk. The office was beautiful, with an incredible view of the mountains through the floor-to-ceiling windows on one side. The furniture was all made in a black wood that looked exotic and expensive. But then again, Sally’s new position as Guild Matron was one of the most important on the entire planet of Sirus. It was just strange because Sally really didn’t seem to care about the prestige at all. She had really grown into herself since that day they had all walked out of their rooms for the first time and realized they were now on an alien planet, but she was still just Sally to the rest of her friends.

“Argh, I’m supposed to decide on material for new dresses for the council meetings, and I seriously couldn’t care less. I wonder if I can hire someone to do all of this clothing crap for me?” the Guild Matron said, shoving the material to the other side of the desk with a look of disgust. “So how are you, Mari? How are the classes going?”

“Good, Sal. I’m almost done with the EMT equivalent, so I’m sure that will be handy to have on top of my nursing experience. You said you had a possible match for me for placement?” She squirmed in her chair, trying not to look too excited.

 

Author Bio:

Sarah Marsh was born in British Columbia where she still lives, she has only recently began her writing career finding it the perfect outlet for taking the edge off a nine to five office job. She’s been a science fiction and romance junkie for years and when her imagination started to take the characters she’d read about even further in their adventures she decided to try writing something of her own.

Sarah’s also a former pastry chef and spends a lot of time cooking and baking for friends and family as well as painting and knitting. Her biggest weaknesses are animals of any kind…she even loves the ones that wake you up at four in the morning because they can almost see the bottom of their food dish.

When it comes to life in general she’s a big believer that laughter is the best medicine and that there’s no such thing as too much love, which is why she’s such a sucker for a happy ending.

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Para-Con with Rose & Carol Part 3

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Hello everyone and welcome to Part 3 of Para-Con with Rose & Carol. Today our focus will be dialogue and backstory.

Two every basic elements, yet you would be surprised to know that it isn’t something some writers even think about. Yet, it plays an enormous role in the world of proper storytelling.

Without the correct dialogue and backstory a story can easily fall through the crack.

Before I keep going, I’ll allow my buddy Carol Cassada to say hello.

Hello everyone.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Para-Con with Rose & Carol.

We’ve touched on a lot of stuff, everything from heroes to heroines to settings. Now, we’re delving into the nitty gritty of the story.

We’ve got a lot to discuss, so Rose I’m ready whenever you are.

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Dialogue

Once, not too long ago—about a year or so—I picked up a book that claimed to be historical, yet in the dialogue and backstory one wouldn’t have realized. Had it not been for the blurb, I wouldn’t have automatically understood that this story was supposed to have been based on WWI.

When I started reading the story I was expecting the characters to speak with the term and slang that they would’ve back in that time. Something like, “My chum and I went to see that blighty down the street, ‘cause he was knockin’ around my other buddy. We wiped the floor with him like a strip of bumf paper for my bum.”

Translated into modern verbiage this would mean, “My friend and I gave this foreigner near by a visit because he beat up a friend of ours. We pummeled him to the ground, wiping the floor with him as if he were a strip of toilet paper on our butts.”

SIDE NOTE: I apologize in advance for the violence of the above, but it was the best example I could give.

Back to what I was saying … so instead of the characters in the story speaking more like the former, they actually spoke more like the latter. It just didn’t seem realistic to me. I’m a firm believer that a story MUST have all of the elements that signify the time that they are representing. Most of this happens in the dialogue.

A great example of this is my Fate’s Endeavor Collection.

I use angels and demons as the primary element in the collection. It is a common belief that these deities are as old as time itself. If that’s the case, then they WOULDN’T sound anything like you and I.

Some time ago a fellow author did a character interview on Gabriel, the villain of If Death Should Love Me. That character interview was the perfect means of demonstrating how both dialogue and backstory work together. You can see it here:

If angels and demons are as old as time itself, wouldn’t they speak in a very cryptic way. Also, I would assume that they would be blatantly honest, as they have nothing to lose otherwise. They’d be powerful, even in their speech pattern and tones. They’d be majestic, showing that through their words. They would be transcendent and it would be their language.

So, implementing these key elements in the way the characters communicate is imperative to making the story realistic.

How about for you, Carol?

Rose, I’m laughing so hard at your toilet paper example.

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But I agree with you about how the dialogue should reflect the time and characters of the story.

With my stories, everything takes place in the present. So it’s important the dialogue reflect the time.

For instance, I like to spruce it up having characters mention current trends or use slang terms such as chillax and yolo.

While these words are a good representation of the time, you’ve got to be careful with which character uses them. Younger characters like Westmore’s Alicia and Scott can get by with using this language. Yet, you wouldn’t find a rich snob like Andrew Braxton using these slang terms.

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A powerful character is nothing, if he/she does not have a believable backstory. Backstory can be told in many ways; through flashbacks, through narrative, through character conversations. Just about anything in a book can establish a good backstory. The most important thing an author can use to give the character viability and substance is to give him/her a probably backstory.

What is backstory?

back·sto·ry

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noun: backstory; plural noun: backstories; noun: back-story; plural noun: back-stories

  1. a history or background created for a fictional character in a motion picture or television program.
  2. similar background information about a real person or thing that promotes fuller understanding of it.

When creating a viable backstory to a paranormal character it is important to consider some things.

  • WHAT TYPE of mythical character are you writing about?
  • How old is the character?
  • What does history dictate about the time/age in which this character was ‘born’. Using the word born loosely, of course.
  • How can true past events be applied to this character’s history to make his/her life more plausible?
  • What is the most practical way of narrating his/her history in the story?

Once you’ve figured all of these things out then you have the right tools to put together a believable paranormal backstory.

Trust me when I tell you that backstory is one of THE, IF NOT THE, most important elements in executing a good and credible fictional story.

A great example is the history of Zita and Roman from Demoness Enchanted. You see, they are both still very young, but it was their parents who gave Zita and Roman the necessary substance and backstory that they needed in order to reach their prime potential and make the story more profound. Everyone knows that family drama is the best method of establishing a feasible means of current conflict. It was through Zita and Roman’s parents the their current hardships were founded.

Backstory at its best. 😀 LOL

Carol, how about for you?

Rose, you hit the nail on the head about the backstory being an important element.

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The backstory not only gives you a glimpse into the character, but it also sets the stage for the story.

With the Westmore series, it was hard because I had twenty characters to write backstories for.

Even though I had my work cut out for me with the Westmore characters, it was also fun to write. I have a variety of characters, everyone from the CEO to the rockstar to the bar owner. Each character in the series has their own individual storyline, so it was great creating their backstory to explain how they reached this point in their lives.

A good example is Andrew Braxton, who’s sort of the villain of Westmore. He’s a very domineering businessman, who resorts to devious tactics to get what he wants. Through Andrew’s backstory, you learn about his childhood and how it shaped him into the man that he is. What he went through in the past plays a huge role in the drama with own children, which is one of the main focal points of the series.

Well, I’ve said everything that I needed to say on this. Carol, would you like to sign us off?

Rose, it’s been a pleasure working with you. I hope we get the chance to do it again.

Everyone, thank you for tuning into Para-Con with Rose and Carol. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading the articles as much fun as we had writing them.

Until next time, this is Carol and Rose signing off.

Toodles!

~Rosie & Carol

Para-Con with Rose and Carol Part 2

rose-90821_960_720Welcome Readers! Today we began part 2 of Para-Con with Rose & Carol.

Carol Cassada, here and I don’t know about you, but I’m excited.

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Hey there, Rose here! Super-uber (No, not like the cab.) excited too! Yay!

For those of you just tuning in, Para-Con is a series where Rose and I discuss the differences between contemporary and paranormal romance.

Last time, we discussed writing heroes and villains. This week’s topic is creating heroines and settings. We’ve got a lot to discuss, so let’s get started.

Rose, are you ready to begin?

You know it! Like a boss!

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No hero is complete without his lady love.

The yin to his yang.

Any romance author will tell you the hero and heroine are important parts of the story. In the previous post, I discussed how I preferred heroes with a combination of strength and sensitivity. Those are the same qualities I love to have in my heroines.

A recent trend you see in contemporary romance novels is the heroine having an independent side. She has her own life, speaks her mind, and doesn’t let anyone control her.

With the heroine’s soft side, you have to delve deep inside her personality. For me, I like to show why she’s hesitant to take a chance on love.

A perfect example of this type of heroine is Alicia Green in Westmore. On the outside, Alicia’s a tough rocker chick complete with tattoos. Yet, inside she’s a sensitive soul. Throughout the book, it’s revealed Alicia’s exes cheated on her. Because of their infidelities, Alicia’s lost trust in men. In fact, at one point she swears off of them. Yet, as the series progresses, she meets her hero and begins to rethink her stance on love.

Much like heroes, you’ve got to have the reader relate to the heroine. These are two characters that you’ll want to cheer on, and have them live happily ever after.
Rose, tell us what it’s like creating your heroines.

I do agree that it is important for the audience to relate and connect to the heroine. Personally, I like to create the awkward or misfit heroine. Much like myself, if I were to be completely honest.

For example, Sophia, from “If Death Should Love Me” is strong, yes, but she is the blundering self-sufficient sort. That is to say, while she is strong like most independent women of our time, she is also eccentric, widely misunderstood and never quite fit in.

I often feel like this type of heroine is more relateable than the “I have everything under control” type. Because when the heroine has a clumsy side, it’s easier to see her as human. Hence, the reader being able to connect with her more rapidly and profoundly.

Also, the fact that she never quite fit in is like a nod and whisper in the direction of paranormal. It speaks to the genre, if you will.

Real World vs Supernatural World

One essential part of a book is the setting.

When choosing a setting, you’ve got to have a place that fits with the story.

With contemporary romances, the setting is in the present time. The places chosen for the location are usually a real city. In Going Home Again, I used New York and Norfolk, VA as the two cities. When describing the cities, I use attractions to grab the reader’s attention. As they’re reading the book, I want them to visualize that they’re going to a Broadway show or dining at a fine restaurant. If it’s a place readers have never been, I want them get a sense of what the city’s like.

Another option authors have is creating our own fictional towns.

That’s what I did with Westmore. I created a setting in a small, New England town. I found it fun making up my own setting for Westmore. I can get as creative as I wanted with the scenery and the names of the local businesses. For instance, in Westmore the characters can be found shopping at the Charie boutique or enjoying dinner at Jack’s Bar.

With the setting, it’s important to create a place where readers can escape to. When they’re reading the story, they need to envision themselves there with the characters.

Rose, what’s it like creating a supernatural world?

That’s a great question, Carol.

Dear reader, if you missed me, I’m C. Desert Rose.

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LOL.
Now, to answer your question.
Creating a world for a paranormal romance requires the ability to marry the real world with a fictional one. I find that the best way to do this is to use a real location for the real world, so that your fictional location seems more probable. For example, in the Fate’s Endeavor series I’ve created an entire “universe“.
The ability to conjoin these two elements flawlessly requires a lot of skill. Because the last thing you want is for the reader to question their validity.
Another facet that is important to look at is the setting of the story background.
Personally, I incorporate a lot of history when it comes to my characters lives. When doing that I have to consider things like “what they are, who they are, how they live, how they used to live, what their part in the story is.” When all of these things have been figured out, then I can come up with a viable past world that can effectively tell the characters story from a place of both logic and necessity.
Let’s take Zita from “Demoness Enchanted”, for example. Zita was born and raised in a secluded section of the Amazon Rainforest, hidden from everyone and everything. In setting up her history effectively, I had to consider what this place might look like, be like, sound like and how it played into the overall role of who Zita is.
I believe quite a bit in the fact that our surroundings play about 50% of the role in our lives that make up who we are. THAT is why the setting is SO important. Because if I am not authentic in the portrayal of the character as per the influences of the setting, then people WHO ARE from there WILL be able to tell the difference.
And, like you said, the funnest part it to take those who have never been there to that place to enjoy the sites and sounds of it.

Creating characters and settings can be hard at times. But once the creativity sets in, it’s fun to write.

You’re right, Carol. It IS hard, but that’s just half the fun!

Rose, as always it was a pleasure talking with you. 😀

The pleasure is mine, amiga. 😀