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Tuesday Tales: Writing Red Dining

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Welcome to Tuesday Tales, 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. From our choices of interesting pictures, I selected the one above, which I call “red dining.” The excerpt is from a dark fantasy romance, #7 in the Wytchfae series. Make sure to check out the other Tuesday Tales excerpts.


If Rhade hadn’t been seated next to her at the formal dining table, she swore she would have found some way to skedaddle. As it was, her fingers were practically woven together from twisting.

The whole set up here was an odd mixture of royal protocol and sensuous gratification. Sumptuous fruits and breads dripping with butter loaded the table. Resa had never seen so many half naked servers, all going about their business without a word. The Goddess of the Underworld had yet to make an appearance, but numerous guests had already arrived. Some were seated, and other cavorted in enclaves. Armed to the teeth guards lined the serpentine corridors visibly extending beyond the dining area.

The air lay heavy with swirls of incense and the decadent aroma of huge vats of red wine. Each section of table had its own special candles and incense. Theirs was a blend with top notes of myrrh. Along the walls, amber resin smoked in footed obsidian bowls. As much as she loved incense, and wine, you’d think she’d be more relaxed by now.

“Stop with the teeth gnashing.” Rhade’s voice was a low growl.

“I’m not.” But she realized she was, and sighed. She grabbed her goblet and took another swallow of wine.

“You weren’t kicked to the earth curb for that long. Most of your life was spent down here in the Underworld.”

“As a sheltered step sis of the most antisocial triplets known to man. Clotho never even let me date, much less attend one of Helle’s bacchanals.”

“This is a dinner.”

She waved a hand. “You know what I mean.”

“You’re intimidated.”

She hated to admit it and busied herself rearranging the red linen napkin in the water crystal.

“Don’t let Helle’s pomp parade get to you.” He ran a finger across her wrist. “Besides, you’ve seen me at my dregs and didn’t run away screeching.”

Another arrival caught her attention. “Who’s the smarmy dude with the foot-long?”

His eyes shot to the Adonis lookalike refilling her wine glass, and his dimple creased. “Come again?”

Heat suffused her cheeks. She jerked her thumb toward the door, hoping to deflect his amusement. “The guy with the dark cloak and long braided beard. Wait…is he wearing a freaking mask?”

Rhade’s frown was anything but subtle. “So Helle is up to her old tricks.”

“What do you mean?” 

“This is Lammas, not a Hallows Feast. There are only two reasons I can think of for inviting an incognito to dine along with the other guests.”

“Such as?”

“Either she wants to make us writhe, casting her guests one against the another, or…”

She didn’t like the way he broke off. “Or what, for God’s sake?”

“Or someone is about to get scythed.”


I hope you enjoyed the snippet based on the picture about “red dining.” Return to Tuesday Tales.

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance



Tuesday Tales: Writing Ghost


Welcome to Tuesday Tales, 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 word prompt is ghost. My excerpt is from a paranormal romance. Please visit the talented authors at Tuesday Tales.


On the back edge of the graveyard, Finn shifted into park and cut the lights and motor. The black SUV blended well with the night. His voice, though held to a whisper, cut into the silence. “Well, here we are, as you wanted. What the devil are we waiting for?”

Tessa flinched at the clack of the keys as he dropped them into the cup holder. She pulled the handle and stepped out, and then reached behind the seat for her witch’s bag. Her whisper sounded more like a snarl. “If you keep it up with this quirky mood of yours, you might as well forget about my waking him. It interferes with the energy.” She flicked on a tiny penlight.

She quivered as he came up close beside her and brushed a finger under her jawline. “Sorry, I’m unaccustomed to traipsing around trying to dredge up a ghost.”

She let out the breath she’d been holding. “I told you not to come.”

“I didn’t want you out here alone. Besides, I wouldn’t miss this show for a casket of the finest Irish whiskey. How do you know where the grave is anyway? It’s dark as soot.” He looked up. “Nothing but a million glittering stars.”

“Dark of the Moon is the best time to summon a spirit. To answer your question, I studied the layout online.”

“I’m glad I took up with a computer savvy witch.”

Ignoring his comment, she led the way toward their destination. “This should be it.” The light bobbled on a headstone, and her pulse quickened. “Yes, here it is.” She pointed to a spot several feet away from the grave. “Finn, stand over there. You’ll be inside the circle for safety. Don’t move and for God’s sake don’t interfere.”

He drew out a flask, uncapped it, and tipped it to his lips. “Care for a nip to ward off the chill?”

“Are you nuts? Put that away. It can interfere with the spell.”

“How so?”

“What if he’s a sot? Here, suck on this.” She handed him a mint.

His eye roll created shock waves, but he took it.

Using the penlight as a delimiter, she walked a circle in clockwise fashion, Finn’s spot being in the south quadrant. The grave, of course, faced east. She stowed the penlight and  positioned herself in the middle of the circle heading north. She drew in a deep breath to center herself.  After several more cleansing breaths and energy maneuvers that led her into an alpha state, she began the summoning ritual. Reaching deep into the carnation scented womb of Mother Earth and then high into the stars, she opened herself to the power at hand. Having no intention of allowing Finn access to her spell casting, she performed it in silence and low murmurs. The names of the deities and guides involved were sacred and hers alone to know.

Nearing completion, she perceived an energy spike from Finn. He must have started to wonder if there was really something to all this. She flashed out a golden swirl to tamp down his concern. Soothing the tiger. She usually did this sort of thing alone. Too late now. She turned back to the task at hand.

As her consciousness entered the realm between worlds, the moment between moments, Padric Malloy stirred. She held forth her hands, palms outward. For the first time tonight she used a clear, firm tone. “Rise, Padric Malloy.”

Like morning fog, his spirit lifted, hovered for a moment, and turned toward her, a glowing apparition in the night.

Behind her, Finn cursed.

Padric Malloy’s voice came out like rusty iron. “I slumbered peacefully in my tomb. Why did you wake me?”


I hope you enjoyed the snippet based on the word prompt ghost. Thanks for stopping by. Return to Tuesday Tales. 



Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance






Book Release: Ronnie Allen – Scorpio

I’m jazzed to present a special guest, fellow member of Sunshine State Romance Authors, the talented Ronnie Allen and her upcoming crime thriller, Scorpio. Her first two books, Gemini and Aries, kept readers on the edge of their seats — including me, and I’m sure this one will do the same. How cool is the astrological theme, by the way!

I asked Ronnie to answer a few writing questions, as well as share a blurb and excerpt from Scorpio. Take it away, Ronnie!


I’m so excited to be on SSRA sister’s Flossie Benton Rogers’ blog as my first guest blog appearance for my upcoming release on Oct. 28th from Black Opal Books, Scorpio: The Sign Behind The Crime, Book 3. Wow! I’m only published since June 2015, and the third book is coming out in less than four weeks. I’ll tell you. I’m definitely grateful to the powers-that-be.

What inspired you to write in your genre?

I love the crime genre, so even way back in my screenwriting days in the late ‘70s – mid-90s, that’s what I wrote. For those of you who believe in it, I truly feel I was an FBI agent or detective in a past life.

What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Actually, it isn’t the writing. It’s the marketing and what we have to do after we’re published that’s the most stressful.

Who is your favorite supporting character in your book and why?

I absolutely love Vicki Trenton, formerly Victoria Elizabeth Marin. She’s grown from a love interest in Gemini, to the wife of the main character, to now a mommy. She has a fairly large role in Scorpio. In Gemini, she ended the murder case. In Scorpio, she helps the detectives to solve it. And if you love to cook, she has fabulous recipes and cooking tips in both books.



With a mind as strong as twisted steel, Scorpio obsessed Henry Slater, suave, sophisticated, sexy, intelligent, and wealthy is the perfect man—except to women who tell him what he doesn’t want to hear.

Dr. John Trenton is called back to NYC for a case close to his heart, while NYPD Detective Samantha “Sam” Wright and Dr. Frank Khaos, conflicted about their on-again-off-again relationship, take on another case—a serial killer who’s orchestrated sixteen murders across the United States over a nine-year period. The seventeenth victim is Sam’s best friend, Carrie Baines. When forensic science connects Frank to Slater, Frank is pushed to delve into his past, something he swore never to do. Meanwhile, due to the interstate nature of the crimes the FBI gets involved, convincing Sam to go undercover. But Slater is clever, and Sam is no match for him. Will her psychic skills and police training be enough to survive this close encounter with a killer,  or will she end up as his eighteenth victim? And even if she lives, is her relationship with Frank really over?



His reaction took her totally by surprise. How could he do this to her?

“Any more good news?” The sarcasm rolled off his tongue. “That’s not what I’m concerned with.”

“Then what?”

“The way he looked at you.”

“Don’t worry about it. We’re adults here.”


“Frank, please. Can’t you deal with this?”

He did a double take. “Know what, Sam? No. I can’t. And I didn’t realize you’re so emotionally disconnected.” He checked the clock and blew out a deep breath. “As soon as it hits daylight, I think it’s best that you go back to your place.” He rolled over onto his left side, his back facing her.

“What are you saying, Frank?”

He barely turned his head. “Use your psychic intuition to figure out what I’m saying.”

“You’re breaking up with me?”

“I think we need to distance ourselves. It’s been too hot and heavy these past eight weeks, anyway. You’re not the woman I thought I knew.”

“How in hell are we supposed to distance ourselves? We work cases together. Every day, if I have to remind you.”

“Keep it formal. I’m now Dr. Khaos from you, and you’re Detective Wright from me.”


“No buts. I’m done. We’re done.” His stomach twisted as he uttered those last two words.


Where readers can find Ronnie:

Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Instagram 

Read Ronnie’s blog and subscribe to her newsletter.

Catch up on Gemini and Aries, Books 1 & 2 of the series. 



Ronnie Allen is a NYC native transplanted to central Florida nine years ago. A teacher for 33 years, and a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, she includes her experience and skills in education, the paranormal and psychic development into her novels. Her characters have the skills she taught to her clients. Ronnie is an advocate for children and their health and well being. That’s included in the themes throughout her books.


Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance





New Release: Shadows of the Past #paranormal #historical

                     Shadows of the Past

               by Carmen Stefanescu

This is a re-release by the marvelous author, Carmen Stefanescu. Now with a new publisher, the book has a fabulous new cover as well. I enjoyed this story tremendously, and I know you will, too.

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Genre: paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror.


Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Buy Shadows of the Past

About the Author: 

Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

High-school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. Reading was, is and will always be her greatest hobby.

The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

She likes to blend genres and thus she writes paranormal stories with a smidgen of mystery, history and romance. The reader will find suspense, dark themes, adventure, danger as well as sweet revenge. She calls her stories “gothic” romance. Her writing focuses on rebirth, past life regression, karmic retribution.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

Connect with Carmen Stefanescu:

Blog | Simplesite | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Goodreads | Google+

Amazon Author Page | Cold Coffee Cafe

Other books by Carmen Stefanescu:

Till Life Do Us Part
Dracula’s Mistress
Dracula’s Prodigy

Book Review: Dracula’s Mistress



Author – Carmen Stefanescu

First Published – 2017

Genre – Historical fiction

SubGenre – Romantic elements, paranormal elements

Setting – 15th century Walachia (Romania) at the time of Vlad the Impaler

Heroine – Angela

Hero – Vlad the Impaler, ruler of Walachia

Major Theme – Love survives violence, intrigue, chaos, politics, and power struggles.

Descriptors – dark and suspenseful, brooding with betrayals and deep emotion, exquisitely textured historical tapestry

Memorable Supporting Character – Angela’s cold and calculating mother gives the reader chills.

Fun Tidbit – The lead male character is Vlad the Impaler, the historical basis of the Dracula legend.

Memorable Line – All present bowed deeply as if felled by the harvester’s scythe.

Memorable Line – Darkness settled its heavy wings over the castle.

Chosen Book of the week on Goodreads MFRW! This books is a must read! 

Buy Dracula’s Mistress

Buy Dracula’s Prodigy


Author Website


Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Cover Reveal: Carmen Stefanescu’s Dracula’s Mistress

My online friend from Romania, Carmen Stefanescu, is unveiling a new book cover. Just looking at this splendid  cover and title, I am beside myself with anticipation to read the book! It is a “paranormal historical with a smidgen of romance.” Available at Amazon.

Congratulations to Carmen, and to my readers, cheers & happy reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Vintage Friday: Tea and Cupcakes

TeaToddy1Happy Friday, everyone! Today I am visiting with my friend Dylan Newton on  her blog. It’s giveaway time too! For a chance to win a free copy of my paranormal romance Mind  Your Goddess, click on the following link, go to Dylan’s blog, and leave a comment. If you already own the book, you can still win it for a friend. http://www.dylannewtonwrites.blogspot.com/2014/03/interview-with-flossie-benton-rogers.html

Dylan is the author of several paranormal romance books, including Any Witch Way and Despite the Ghosts. Because I know she likes cupcakes, please enjoy this vintage cupcake recipe.


Ingredients: 1/4 cup cocoa, 1 cup water, 3/4 cup shortening, 2 1/2 cup sifted flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Directions: In a saucepan mix cocoa and water. Add shortening, bring to a boil, and cool slightly. In a bowl sift together remaining dry ingredients. In another bowl blend together sugar and eggs, but do not beat, and then blend in the cocoa mixture. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk, stirring after each addition until well blended, and then stir in vanilla. Pour into greased cupcake tins lined with paper holders. Bake in hot oven for 20 minutes. Cool and frost with chocolate icing. Makes about 24 cupcakes.

Chocolate Icing: Melt 1/2 cup butter in 1/4 cup milk in small saucepan. Mix 1/4 cup cocoa with 3 cups sifted confectioners sugar, stir into milk mixture, and add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spread on cupcakes. Optional: Top with sprinkles or 1/2 cup chopped nuts.

Pour the tea, lift your pinky finger, bite into a cupcake, and enjoy!

Torchy Tuesday: Vikings and Dark Guardians

HummingbirdDonna Wright of The Hummingbird Place internet radio show interviews me. Come over and see what I reveal about the Wytchfae heroes. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hummingbirdplace/2014/02/04/paranormal-romances