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Tuesday Tales: Writing Ghost

Tuesday TalesTuesday Tales is a weekly blog featuring diverse authors who post excerpts from their works in progress based on word and picture prompts. We’re a book hungry troop that enjoys reading as much as you do. Today our Halloween appropriate word is ghost. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.

Damn, he could devour a feast of oxen with no help at all. A smile creased his face at the thought of his father’s elaborate banquets, plentiful cattle and fowl covering the long table, juices dripping from their succulent flesh. His mouth watered. Banging his fists together, he rejoiced in the desire for food after all the dim eons in an aimless world—unseen by the humans he observed, ignored by other ghosts, confronted by the occasional demon.

His brow furrowed, and he wondered at his increased vitality. Was the curse fading? The possibility of becoming a man again caused his heart to thunder in his chest.

The demon serpent-lion he had fought and killed must have rekindled his warrior’s appetite. He smeared the red liquid across his chest. The first blood he had spilled in over a thousand years. He sucked blessed air into his lungs. The beast deserved a thousand deaths. It had dared bare its teeth at the woman.

In his mind’s eye, he saw her as she danced beneath the moonlight. Small of stature, but strong looking, she resembled a queen or goddess. Dark silken hair haloed an enraptured face as she lifted her arms to the sky. It seemed to him she was calling down the moon, in the same kind of secretive ritual he had learned of from his mother, concubine to the king. Women in such a stance took on the power of fabled times, and the one called Ivy was no exception.

Still, at the same time, she had looked all woman. Ritual over, she had appeared startled by his presence, for a moment only. Then she had stood firm and taken his measure. His loins twitched at the memory of her eyes on him.

His stomach rumbled. First things first. He must fill his belly. Then he would search out the woman.

Thanks for stopping by. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Tuesday Tales: Writing Grab

Tuesday TalesTuesday Tales is a weekly blog featuring diverse authors who post excerpts from their WIPs based on word and picture prompts. Our prompt today is grab. The snippet is from a paranormal romance being reworked for submission. Please visit the other talented authors at Tuesday Tales.

His heated gaze flowed around her, tamping down her irritation, transforming it into a swirl of heat low in her abdomen.

Her breath hitched in her throat.

A half smile played on his lips. “Then—after you, Garnet McAnna.”

“Finally.” She reached down to grab her cap and twisted her hair up beneath it. There was little choice but to fall in step beside him. He wasn’t going to leave her alone with this, and she couldn’t put off the task. She gave a start of surprise when he motioned her to walk ahead of him. To keep an eye on her, she supposed, tugging down her cap brim.

His powerful presence put her off kilter. Lord knows she had enough to be uneasy about already. She brushed her palm against the affirming weight of the snub-nose in her pocket. She’d proceed as if he weren’t here. Resuming her single-minded focus, she made her way on around the corner of the fence line and then set off toward the north. Use a compass in front of him? Not likely. Her fae sense of direction would work just fine.

After a while, her nose twitched at the earthy aroma of decaying vegetation. The swampier ground sucked at the soles of her boots, and her pace slowed. She spotted the sycamore and stopped. “This is it.”

Gabriel halted beside her. He flung out a hand and released a glowing shard of green light.

Garnet jumped.

The light elongated into a slender, taffy-like string that snuggled up against and caressed the aged tree.

“Damn it, what kind of fae creature are you?”

He ignored her question. “There is a portal here, but not an ancient one. Someone established it recently, obviously for secrecy’s sake. Your demon, I suppose.”

“He’s not my demon. I’m going to incapacitate him with the first slug, drag out the information about the familiars he abducted, and then fire a second shot. He’ll be nobody’s demon.”

He shook his head. “A bullet won’t stop Boros.”

I hope you enjoyed today’s snippet using the prompt grab. Thanks for stopping by. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Sneak Preview!

Paranormal Romance Tour 7 (1)WHO: 12 Amazing Paranormal Romance Authors

WHAT: International Paranormal Romance Blog Tour

WHEN: Every Thursday, starting October 1st and lasting through December 17, 2015

WHERE: Right here in my little ole cyber crib

WHY: Your chance to discover some fab paranormal romance authors and books!

 

Authors in the tour are:

Cassandra Ulrich – http://cassandraulrich.blogspot.com/

Kimbra Kasch – http://www.kimbrakasch.com

 Lyndi Lamont http://lindalyndi.com/

Carmen Stefanescu – http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

M S Kaye – http://booksbymsk.com/

Penny Estelle – www.pennyestelle.blogspot.com

Margo Bond Collins – http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Daisy Banks – https://daisybanks.wordpress.com/

Adrienne Woods – https://woodsadrienne.wordpress.com/

Julie A. D’Arcy http://juliedarcystoryweaver.blogspot.com.au/

N. N. Light http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

And me, who will be rolling out the process by posting my book information here tomorrow – Flossie Benton Rogers – http://flossiebentonrogers.com/blog/

See you right here tomorrow!

Many thanks to the amazing Carmen Stefanescu for organizing the event.

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Desserts Blog Hop

480152_4917574095992_796845717_n222CONGRATULATIONS TO EVA P., WINNER OF THE SCP JUST DESSERTS BLOG HOP. EVA WON A COPY OF WYTCHFAE RUNES AND A FREE RUNE READING.

Florida Cracker Treats are tasty morsels containing a luscious layer of chocolate.Yum! Because of that, Kelly and Ingvar of Wytchfae Runes would go to the Underworld and back for them. They would time travel to ancient Timbuktu for them. They would sneak into the dark, dire world of the Grims…well, you get the idea.

For a chance to win a free Rune Reading and a copy of Wytchfae Runes, comment on this blog by describing your favorite dessert. Make sure to leave your email address.

FLORIDA CRACKER TREATS

Ingredients: 1 sleeve saltines, 1 cup brown sugar- dark or light, 2 sticks butter, 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips.saltinepic

Oven- preheat to 400 degrees. Line cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Place a layer of saltines onto cookie sheet. Combine sugar and butter in saucepan and bring to boil. Cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and pour over crackers, spreading it out evenly. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle chocolate chips onto the crackers. As the chips melt, spread out the chocolate to cover the crackers. Optional- top with chopped pecans or slivered almonds OR let your kiddos decorate with colorful, edible sprinkles. When the concoction is completely cooled, break into pieces. It is more fun if the pieces are irregular! Here is the most important step- take a bite and squeal with delight.


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Blurb: Combine one faery witch and one hot Viking ghost and what do you get? Supernova attraction. Can they evade their enemies long enough to fan the flame?

Opening Line: In a star’s blink, a claw like hand gripped Ingvar’s throat and crushed him against the wall.

One line teaser: Kelly had seen Ingvar transform from insubstantial apparition to hot red blooded male.

Guest Author Jillian Chantal

Many thanks to Flossie for inviting me to visit today to talk about Surf Break, my story set on my local Beach. I actually met Flossie at that beach at a writer’s conference where I was the chairman and she was  lucky enough to be an attendee who could enjoy the lovely weather and the interesting workshops. Me? I was the one running around putting out fires.  Flossie is also a writer with Secret Cravings and I love that we’re both with the same publisher.

For this blog post, I thought I’d share some surfing definitions since the heroine in my story is a former professional surfer. So, ready to learn some terms and definitions?

  1. Riptide-  a rip tide is a strong current running along the surf line. If you get caught in one, relax. If you try to swim out or fight it, you could very well drown. Imagine the strongest river current you’ve ever been in and add a torquing twist to that and multiply by three. It’s a super strong current. If you relax, it will let you go sooner than if you fight it. Trust me on this. Been there.
  2. Wahini– A wahini is a female surfer.
  3. Hodad- a non-surfer who hangs out at the beach and pretends to be a surfer
  4. Paddle-out –  A paddle out is when a surfer sits or lies on the board and paddles the water to get out past the swells to catch a wave.  There is also a paddle-out memorial that happens when a surfer passes away. His friends gather and paddle out past the wave line with flowers or wreaths and have a service for their fallen comrade.
  5. Longboard– a surfboard from 9-12 feet long is considered a longboard. Usually they have one fin and are used to ride waves that are too small to use a regular board. A lot of new surfers use them as they are easier to learn on but there are a lot of professionals who love a longboard.
  6. Hangten– When a surfer walks out to the nose of the board and places his toes on the edge.
  7. Leash– the leash goes on the ankle. It’s a cord to hold the board to the surfer so the  board doesn’t get lost if the surfer falls off, or more importantly, doesn’t hit anyone else who happens to be in the water.
  8. Red Flag Warning– means stay out of the water. So, if you’re ever at the beach and see those red flags flying, stay on the sand. Yellow means only strong swimmers need to be out there (i.e. the ones who know about rip currents, etc) and green means safe for all. Well, as safe as water can get anyway.

Okay, there’s a little primer for you. Any questions? There will be a test later.

Thanks again to Flossie for being a great hostess. I hope you all learned a little today about surfing.

Blurb: Her past life as a professional surfer comes back to the fore when Juliette Mackey spends her summer break surfing the Gulf of Mexico. She left the pro-circuit when her former husband broke her heart. Returning to her beach roots, she signs on to work part time at a local burger joint to have the funds to rent a cottage on the shore. While working there, she meets a local cop named Pete Schwartz who is determined to let the world know about her surfing skills and force the younger crowd to acknowledge her gifts.

Attracted to Pete but wary of risking her heart again, Juliette resists Pete’s advances and wants no part of his plans to have her display her surf skills. It’s a battle of wills that Pete is determined to win. More importantly, he’s on a mission to break the wall Juliette has built around her heart.

 

Find me on the web: www.jillianchantal.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/JillianChantal

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/jillian.chantal

Weekend Fun with Authors

At dawn this morning we got just the merest hint of cooler autumn air to come. Secret Cravings Publishing Readers’ Group is celebrating the beginning of fall with  a weekend of conversation and entertaining chat. Your favorite Secret Cravings authors are there! Come over and join the fun at http://tinyurl.com/9hl5pny