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Virtual Bookstore in Second Life

Thursday’s Bite

a blog exploring new romance venues

the book nook in second lifeLast winter I placed The Dark Huntsman, a Fantasy Romance of the Black Court on the shelves of The Book Nook, a virtual book store in Second Life run by fellow fantasy romance author Sharon Clare. If you are unfamiliar with Second Life, it’s a place online where you create an avatar of yourself and you can visit locations all over the world, different countries, cities, museums. In this case The Book Nook is a romance only store located in virtual London, Victoria. Isn’t that cool? My book is available in a virtual bookstore in London!

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You can take your avatar and walk down the street in London, and walk right into the bookstore. It looks just like this, except these were taken December 2013, so I doubt Sharon has left the snowman and holiday rug out. When you click on the book you can read a blurb and there is a purchase link that takes you directly to Amazon, so you can buy the book. It’s just like buying a book in a real bookstore except you make the final purchase through your Amazon account and it shows up on your e-reader.The Dark Huntsman pic_001 (2)

 

 

This month I added Prince by Blood and Bone to the virtual scene and I’m pretty excited to see it up on the shelves.

You can discover the Book Nook in London: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/London%20City3/214/146/24

Like The Book Nook on Facebook

Add it to your circles on Google Plus

Follow on Twitter @BookNookVirtual

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What’s Your Number? with Paranormal Author Sharon Clare

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Please welcome guest author, Sharon Clare to Jessica Aspen Writes. Sharon is a fellow Margie Lawson enthusiast who I met through Sherry Isaac (my fellow WOO-HOO-U grad from Margie’s deep immersion class).  Sharon’s last post on Jessica Aspen Writes was a hysterical dive into our cultures struggle with women’s sexuality: Have Two Paroxysms and Call Me in the Morning. I loved Sharon’s first book, paranormal romance Love of Her Lives, where she introduced her mischievous elf, Finn. Read HERE for my review of Love of Her Lives on Goodreads and add it to your TBR pile. Now Sharon has come out with another fun Finn adventure where the elf once again meddles in the lives of two lonely people in dire need of some romance. Introducing, Sharon Clare and her new book Rhapsody.

Delve Inside Personality With Numerology

A few years ago, I spent a week in Beijing with three friends. With our own personal tour guide, we learned about China’s ancient history, the forbidden city and the great wall, it’s emperors and empresses, tombs and drums, pearls and silks, hot pots and rickshaws and a thread that wove through most everything—numerology.

The Chinese aren’t the only culture that believes in the mystical significance of numbers. Pythagoras, the father of mathematics, saw numbers as archetypes rather than just numerals.

I learned calculus from a brilliant mathematician who after explaining a mathematical theory exclaimed, “there’s proof of God’s existence right there.” He saw numbers in ways I’ll never comprehend, yet with a wide open mind, I’m drawn to both concrete and metaphysical concepts. I like learning about most anything, and I like wondering what-if. It makes for great story fodder.

So what if numbers gave us insights into our life purpose?

NumerologyIn a nutshell, http://www.numerology.com/ defines numerology as this: ‘Numerology is the universal language of numbers, and each of us was born with a set of numbers unique to us. These numbers unlock the door to the depths of our personality and reveal the way we interact with others, lessons we’ve yet to learn, opportunities we’ll be given and challenges we’ll face at specific periods of our lives—or throughout life as a whole.’

I believe we create our own realities. However we focus our thoughts (mindfully or habitually) will become real for us. Perhaps numerology does just that—triggers and focuses a thought. We see the number 8 and think prosperity. And then, voila, we find $20 in our pocket. Okay, maybe not. Perhaps it can work more as a prompt to remind us to invest that $20 wisely.

Or is there more to it?

Apparently, your birth name affects your numerology. I plugged my name into this site: http://www.paulsadowski.com/Numbers.asp. The results were remarkably accurate. My number is 3, described in part with this: ‘produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing’. Yep, that’s me. My soul number is 7 which means: ‘you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop your idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom.’ Wow, again, accurate.

I’m a fiction writer, so I couldn’t resist seeing this as a tool to help develop my characters. I plugged in the name of the heroine from my latest release, Rhapsody, to see how close my representation of her matches her numerology. Isabelle Carson. Hmm, as I read, I see potential, possibilities I could have developed to strengthen her character.

I set Isabelle up as a woman with outer strength, but who inwardly feels she’s never taken seriously by men who can’t see past her sex kitten body. This belief pushes all her buttons when she’s caught in an Elven game of seduction she must play to win her freedom.

I’m always looking for ways to get deeper inside my characters’ heads, and I think I’ve found a fun one with this numerology site. Check it out. Is your numerology accurate?

A little about Rhapsody, published by Crimson Romance:

Rhapsody Book CoverIsabelle plans to escape the real world when she takes a tropical vacation. But escape becomes too real when Paradise Resort disappears. To win her freedom, she must break an oath and out-play her opponent in a game of seduction. Her self-control is resolute until her traitorous body decides this is a game she wants to play.

Jonathan’s needs are simple: break down Isabelle’s resistance, win the game, and get back to the real world where an emergency waits. Desire grows between them as each roll of the die reveals secrets, truths and skin, until Jonathan is forced to confront his worst fear or forfeit Isabelle to the dark mastermind of the game.

Rhapsody buy links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, itunes

Author Bio:

Sharon Clare lives in Ontario with her husband and three wonderful grown-up kids who come and go from the nest. She fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a science degree in psychology and professional writing. She writes light paranormal romance and has published short stories, art reviews, newsletter and magazine articles. Her favourite place to write is outside under the maple trees beside the lily pond. Find out more at: www.sharonclare.com

Check out Rhapsody’s trailer HERE.

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Three Hot Paranormal Romance Authors and Three Hot Trailers

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a paranormal blog for romance lovers

With the success of the release of my book trailer for Snow and the Seventh Wolf (click HERE if you missed it) I thought I’d share some book trailers from my paranormal romance author friends.

Number one is a book trailer that I was first introduced to a year ago by Love of Her Lives author Sharon Clare. I love the way Sharon used second life to create her book trailer. Not only is it something that I had never seen done before, it also made it easy for her to incorporate her supernatural character, Finn, a trouble causing elf.

Love of Her Lives is now available in paperback and her novella, Rhapsody, was just released in December, 2012. Sharon wrote one of the best posts I’ve had on my blog about women and their search for, um… “personal pleasure”. Check it out HERE. And to read my review of Love of Her Lives on Goodreads, click HERE. Sharon will be my guest on March 7th, so check back for some more Sharon Clare.

If you liked Snow and the Seventh Wolf’s trailer, it was created by Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs. Lex also has created a trailer for a friend of mine, and fellow Passion in Print author, Lizzie T. Leaf. Lizzie’s book Beyond Magic, the first in her Magical Love series has Lizzie’s trademark sense of humor as well as being a fantastic paranormal love story.

You can find the second book in the Magical Love series, Emerging Magic, HERE. Like Sharon’s books Lizzie’s Magical Love series has a supernatural taking a hand in the romance, but Lizzie’s Cailleach is a little more reluctant than Sharon’s Finn.

Last, but of course not least, is romance author and fellow WRITING GAIM member, Isis Rushdan. Her brand new romance from Samhain, Kindred of the Fallen has one of the most amazing covers I’ve seen in a long time and there is no doubt a paranormal love story to match. Brinda Berry helped Isis put together this book trailer and I think they did a phenomenal job.

I have to include the warning that comes with the book: Warning: Contains a headstrong, soul-reading tattoo artist, a sexy alpha hero who knows how to get what he wants, adrenaline-packed action, and explosive sex that literally shatters bulletproof glass. 

Whew! Definitely ready to open those pages!

Do you love book trailers? Have you read any of these authors? If you’ve missed out on any of my book trailer posts then click HERE and HERE and HERE  for some additional trailers.

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Have Two Paroxysms And Call Me in the Morning

Thrilled to have guest blogger Sharon Clare- author of Love of Her Lives, back on the blog today. She has been published in Ontario Art Review, Short Story Library, Quick Brown Fox and Life to Life Magazine. Love of Her Lives, Sharon’s sensual romance, is available from Crimson Romance. Please join me in welcoming Sharon Clare.

After I read Jessica’s Monday post about the furor cause by classic remakes, and her musing over is it the sex, I rewrote my guest article for today. I’m not familiar with the criticism regarding Total E-Bound, but I do have a story to share on women’s sexuality that is steeped in the classic era.

I listened to the tail-end of a CBC radio program recently discussing women’s hysteria and sexuality. The discussion centred around the movie Hysteria, which is quite the hoot. Set in Victorian England, the movie is based on the true story of the doctor who patented the first vibrator. Yes, vibrator, and it wasn’t to massage achy shoulder muscles.

I’ve not seen the movie, but caught the gist from the radio show.

So imagine this. An unhappy woman visits the doctor and is diagnosed with hysteria. She could be suffering anything from anxiety to depression to boredom. Without modern medicine, how would a doctor treat such a condition? How to relieve pent-up tension? I dare say.

Brain-wave! Using what must have been a very scientific hand manipulation, the doctor gives the woman a pelvic massage that results in (quite a) release, aka “paroxysm”, aka orgasm. Halleluiah. Hysteria, be gone. We have a cure!

They don’t pay doctors the big bucks for nothing.

All is bliss for this doctor’s patients, but as you can well imagine, word gets around, and his waiting room is soon over-flowing with untreated women—his fingers worn to the bone. Blimey, he’s bloody well exhausted. Too many hysterical patients for two mere hands.

Enter the age of electricity, and the doctor is first in line. Now he must have relief and the first women’s vibrator is born!

For his purpose.

But really, like icing a sprain, couldn’t women now treat their own hysteria? Could the doctor send his patients home with their own vibrators?

Apparently not. Nope. Nada. When women demanded vibrators for their personal use, doctors said no.

When Sears catalogue offered vibrators, doctors sued. No. No. No.

You can’t just give women control of their own paroxysms. Imagine the mayhem. Dinner, late to the table. Husbands in public with wrinkles in their shirts. Dust bunnies accumulating under furniture while women self-treat again—and it’s only noon.

Of course, things have changed, right? We’ve come a long way, baby, and all that. We’re even allowed to read a sexy romance in prelude to paroxysms. We’re even reading Fifty Shades of Grey on the subway.

For a giggle, check out the trailer for Hysteria.

If you’d like some feel-good-prelude-to-paroxysm romance, please take a look at my sexy paranormal novel, Love of Her Lives. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play (for epub file) and wherever e-books are sold.

Calum and Beth are soul mates who have lived many lives together, lusting, loving, and dying for each other. While their lives are often turbulent, their eternal bond is secure—or so Calum thinks—until Beth decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the Upper World, he sees a wrongful imprisonment in her future, so he bargains with Finn, an elven trickster, to return to Earth, rescue Beth, and reclaim her heart. Unfamiliar with the twenty-first century, he must determine who plots against Beth while playing Finn’s sensual game, a game designed to awaken her repressed passion and keep them on the run together.

Beth has no recollection of their lives together and didn’t ask this sexually charged stranger to come to her aid. When she takes a risk to help an abused woman, she is horrified to find her house ransacked and her life threatened. With a secret to keep, she takes the greatest risk of all—trusting Calum. Her life soon depends upon re-evaluating everything she thought normal as she becomes embroiled in Finn’s game. Her eternal bond with Calum will only be saved if Beth can rescue the man who spanned worlds to rescue her.

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bijoux, the little jewels I’ve reaped from the retreat

Moonday Madness

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Wine, writing and song, (okay, nobody sang, thank God) that’s what writing retreats are made of. As many of you know I attended my very first Colorado Romance Writers September Writing Retreat last weekend. As to why I didn’t write about it last week, well I was still processing.

Our estimable retreat organizers packed the weekend with workshops, hilarious games and time to write. In fact there was so much going on I was never bored and wished we could keep going for another few days. It seems like September is the month for writer’s retreats as my friends Sharon Clare and Sherry Isaac at Romance and Beyond as well as Elaine Cougler were also at their own lakefront retreat and I’ve read of others who were retreating as well.

Why do we have retreats? One of the things I learned was that everyone goes to CRW’s retreats for different purposes. Some went to connect. To make new friends, see old ones and to get that piece of the business that writers are frequently shorted on, face to face conversation. Some went to write. To have time in a beautiful mountain setting where there were no kids, no job, no pesky husbands vying for their attention. Some went not knowing what they were going for, but all went home satisfied.

Why did I go? I wasn’t sure at first. This was my first retreat and I didn’t know really what to expect. I packed my laptop and WIP, hoping to finish those stubborn last pages. I packed two bottles of wine, hoping to spend time with friends. And I packed my Ipod, just in case I wanted to shut out the noise and really work. And I did all that and more. I did do some work (I should underline the word some) on my WIP, I socialized and played games. But I also attended all three of the quality workshops.

Workshops presented by the fabulous Margie Lawson on Defeating Self Defeating Behaviors, Ann S. Brady on handling the grief of rejection, and Liz Pelletier of Entangled Publishing on what editors are looking for in today’s tough market. All three were so fantastic that I decided they each need their own blog. So look forward to future Moonday Madness posts detailing each one. I can’t take you on the retreat with me, but I am sure going to try!

How do you refresh your inkwell? Have you attended a retreat lately or is it still on your bucket list?

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