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A Pirate’s Curse- dark paranormal historical romance

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I get to Squeee! today. My critique partner, ML Guida has published her first historical paranormal romance, A Pirate’s Curse. Where else could you find vampires, pirates, demons and hot paranormal romance all in one book? ML likes to write dark so her previous books have been about the depths of hell and renegade angels, but this one takes us back to the 1600’s and a brand new spin on vampires who drink from a cursed lake and cruise the Caribbean Sea as pirates looking for revenge and to lift their curse.

ML and I started working together on our full length novels last summer and it was quite an experience. We kept up a fast pace of editing 1-2 chapters for each other per week, but sometimes those re-writes took longer. She helped me add more details to The Dark Huntsman, I helped her catch errors, and together we forged a critiquing relationship that is still going strong this summer as we each begin to work on book two in our respective series.

I’ve gotten deeply involved in Hannah and Kane’s story as I’ve seen Hannah turn into a strong heroine and learn to exercise her own paranormal talents while Kane is, of course, a tough alpha male with a vulnerable heart. I’m thrilled to see them finally in print. OK, today it’s only available in e-book form on Amazon Kindle, but you’ll be able to  buy the print version by next week!

Have you tried reading historical paranormal? What are your favorite series? What do you think about vampire pirates? To enter to win a Kindle Copy from Amazon leave a comment and let me know why you want to read ML Guida’s A Pirate’s Curse.

a pirate's curse by ml guidaLike a dark angel, Captain Kane O’Brien rescues Hannah Knight and her father from drowning after vampire pirates murder their crew and sink their ship. Struggling to control and hide her telekinetic powers, Hannah discovers the honorable and bold captain possesses his own secrets. 

Every full moon, Kane turns into a vampire. Finding out Hannah not to be the cabin boy she resembles, but a beautiful, luscious woman, tempts all his appetites. Desperate to be free of his curse, Kane considers handing Hannah over to a demon. But after Hannah uses her power to save his ship from his immortal enemy, Kane can no longer deny his attraction and vows to protect Hannah with his life.

 
To find true love, they must combine their powers to defeat evil vampires, thwart Hannah’s misogynist fiancé and escape a crafty demon.

The Legends of the Soaring Phoenix is a seven book series, so if you like hot, dark, historical, paranormal then these are the books for you! Check out ML’s website HERE where you can check out the Angels of Death, her paranormal series from our shared publisher, Passion in Print and sign up on her website for her new release email list.

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Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Welcome Lyndi Alexander. I met Lyndi at Margie Lawson’s Deep Immersion writing workshop, along with some other fabulous women, and was very impressed by her writing. Her first book, The Elf Queen, was about to come out and I loved the concept of a glass slipper breaking and tiny men escaping on a city street. Today she is writing about her latest release a paranormal romance, Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me. What a great title and this book too has a very creative concept. Please welcome, Lyndi Alexander.

The last time I got divorced, I was in a pretty bad way. Drained. Feeling out of touch with my world and myself. So, about ten years ago, I went with some of my friends to a new class that studied energy from an Eastern perspective. We learned about auras and personal energy fields and chakras and self-healing. As a person who routinely thinks from inside my head instead of on a “touchy-feely” basis, this was a long, hard education for me, but I eventually understood it.

This class, although really foreign to me, a person who functioned from a center of logic and judgment, showed me how to function from a place of love and feeling and emotion. You really can accomplish a lot of different things when you approach life from that angle.

I also came to understand how others’ actions affected me, and how others can drain your energy, in a very toxic way. You know, the person who calls at all hours of the day and night, just to whine about the terribles of their life, though they never take your advice and never change the way they do anything. They suck the life from you.

Try doing that when you’re a family law attorney, too, your clients trapped in the cold court system, and they always need, need, need…. And I was happy to give it to them, when I could, but after awhile, when I was giving and giving, to clients, to kids, and not getting much back in return, I was wiped.

So I used this class to help build up my own defenses and my own walls, but not in a negative way. As Dr. Rick Paulsen teaches Sara Woods in LOVE ME, KISS ME, KILL ME, the purpose of studying these healing arts is to realign your chakras, to make you energetically strong, so that you can withstand the daily attacks we all encounter. Of course, the forces after Sara are much more dangerous than just a sad client or two. She begins an investigation into a series of deaths that moves into a supernatural realm before very long, and she’s dealing with forces of this world and darker ones as well. I hope I shared enough of what I learned with her so that she can survive her battles ahead. J

Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lyndi AlexanderLove Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

Running away isn’t necessarily the answer.

In her mad rush to escape a failed marriage, Sara Woods takes the first job available and lands in the middle of a mystery. Her first assignment as a news reporter for the Ralston Courier is the investigation of a string of deaths, all young women, all her age.

She becomes a patient at the Goldstone Clinic, a local mecca of healing, to deal with chronic pain from her past. But all is not as it seems at the Goldstone, its doctors and nurses are all the picture of perfect beauty and health. Patients at the clinic first seem to get better, then they deteriorate. Sara enlists the help of Dr. Rick Paulsen, who teaches her how to access her internal power, skills she never knew she had, revealing secrets from her past. Police officer Brendon Zale also takes an interest in Sara, but he acts like a stalker, watching her every move, and he won’t leave her alone.

As she digs deeper into the story, and more young women die without explanation, she tries to choose allies wisely, but not till the last confrontation does she discover the identity of her true enemy.

By then, it’s too late.

hydra publishingLove Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me is available now from Hydra Press

Buy it at here at Amazon or here at Barnes and Noble

EXCERPT from Love Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me:

I watched Rick Paulsen in disbelief. “You’re talking crazy, you know. What do you think I am? A battery, charged or not charged or something? That’s not possible. Is it?”

“It would explain what happened. Dedra’s life force was ebbing and you replenished it.”

“Life force. Okay, so we’re in X-Files territory. Next you’ll be talking vampires.”

Rick twitched as if I’d slapped him.

That raised my eyebrow. “No way.” I thought about Talman and his charisma.

He walked behind his desk, as if putting the solid wood between us would insulate him. Or was it me he was trying to protect? He studied me, clearly torn about something. Still on the issue of trust?

“What does that have to do with the clinic?” I asked, as the silence went on.

He didn’t answer.

“Why did Dr. Ruprei show up so quickly?”

He shook himself and leaned forward, elbows on the desk. He looked so much more tired than he had the first day we’d met. “I don’t know why Ruprei was here. I didn’t send for her. She didn’t hurt you, did she? Or Dedra?”

I shook my head.

“What was it you said? A battery? That’s a good analogy. You’ve been at the clinic recently, haven’t you? Within the last 24 hours? Within the last week?” He poured another glass of juice for me, disapproval in his voice. As I started to argue with him, he held up a finger. “I know you have. Let’s just work this through, all right? Please work with me on this. It’s very close to Lily’s story. It may be the key.”

           “All right, fine. I did go, five days ago. But my life force was just fine. In fact, I felt terrific. Better than I had in years.”

He rubbed his forehead, lost in thought a moment. “I hadn’t thought she would move so soon. Drink the juice.”

What use was there arguing at this point? I drank the juice. I had to admit, it seemed to be having a positive effect. “Who’s she? Dedra was seeing Chal Talman. But he wasn’t doing anything wrong. I told you. I felt great.”

“Of course you did. You might have had all your own energy and some of his besides.” He leaned back, arms crossed.

“What are you saying, that they put it into me?”

“I’m not sure. It’s not easily done. Have you ever done any energy work? Studied chakras, tuning meridians, that sort of thing?”

“Speakee English?” I passed an arch look. Had Lily understood any of this, been a willing partner? “I never studied anything like that.”

“Amazing,” Rick said. “You’re a natural. I had to study four years with a healer in California to even begin.” He blew air through pursed lips. “Tell me about your treatments again, both yours and Dedra’s. Whatever you know, even if you don’t think it’s important.”

Thinking of the dead woman, and the near-dead one down the hall, I settled in and told him what he wanted to know, all of it, holding back only the deep smoky attraction I’d felt for Chal. Rick seemed most interested in the first, where we had both felt drained, and the last, when I’d been so charged. When I finished, he read over his notes, then looked at me, speculation written on his face.

“Can I try something?” he asked. Uncertainty must have showed in my face, because he actually laughed. “Nothing bad! It’s an experiment. Not dangerous, I promise. I just want to get a feel for your energy field.”

“You mean those areas governed by the chakras, the alignment and so on. But you just said I’d given Dedra any power I had.” Not that I was buying that. I was guessing if that’s really what had happened, that it was one of those miracle emergency adrenaline bursts, like the guy who could lift a car off his child in crisis mode. That made sense. Such events had been documented in the past.

Rick persisted. “I’m not looking for what you’ve got, just testing your usual state.”

“Then will you tell me about Lily and the others? And what this has to do with vampires?”

“Yes. Then I’ll share what I know.”

            Quid pro quo, Clarice… The dark words echoed in my brain. I eyed Dr. Paulsen. Which of us was Hannibal Lecter?

BIO:   Lyndi Alexander dreamed for many years of being a spaceship captain, but settled instead for inspired excursions into fictional places with fascinating companions from her imagination that she likes to share with others.

She has been a published writer for over thirty years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at a newspaper in Homestead, Florida. Her list of publications is eclectic, from science fiction to romance to horror, from tech reporting to television reviews. Lyndi is married to an absent-minded computer geek. Together, they have a dozen computers, seven children and a full house in northwestern Pennsylvania.

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Release Day Party for A Hunter’s Angel!

Release Day Party for A Hunter’s Angel!.

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Not sure why WordPress has those up there twice, but ok.

I had to share Sara’s promo today because not only is this a very exciting release party with prizes and multiple blog stops, but Sara is also a member of my very active GAIMX5 Goal setting loop. That amazing group of ladies who not only keep me on track, but are publishing fiends.

Go check out Sara’s site, her blog stops and her very fancy jewelry she is giving away as some of her fantastic prizes.

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The Bite Before Christmas Review

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Romance has a wonderful tradition of presenting us with themed collections of stories. We see Halloween stories and Valentines Day stories, but mostly there are Christmas collections. But Heidi Betts’ The Bite Before Christmas is the first paranormal Christmas story collection I can remember reading.

I was first introduced to Heidi’s through her modern (and definitely not paranormal) book Tangled in Love, a knitting romance. Fun, flirty and filled with yarn and pretty hot romance I enjoyed her style, but since I read mostly paranormal I didn’t look hard for Heidi’s other books. I consigned her to the cozy hot chick lit section, and moved on.

But Heidi is not keeping to her box. (Actually she writes a large variety of stories from chick lit to HQN Desires to westerns.) Oh no! Heidi has broken out and now writes paranormal, so when I saw she’d authored a Christmas collection of novellas, I decided The Bite Before Christmas has to jump to the top of the TBR pile.

I enjoyed it. Funny, sweet, and paranormal, this book is just the type of light reading I love for the holidays. Broken into three separate stories, each about modern day vampires, The Bite Before Christmas was a treat. I know it’s a little late for the actual holiday, so if you want to read about vampires, but don’t want anymore Christmas, you might try Heidi’s other paranormal books. Her latest is entitled Must Love Vampires, if you read it, let me know if you liked it!

And if you’ve tried The Bite Before Christmas, let me know what you think. Did you read a Christmas book this year? What are some of your favorites?

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Falling in Love with Vampires Before Twilight

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I first discovered vampires through my mother. My mother is a voracious reader. I can remember trying to get her attention as a child as she sat in her rocking chair reading. Unless there was blood or advanced screaming, she didn’t look up. By the time I had hit my teens I had cruised through a great many of her sci-fi books. Around age fifteen I came across a fascinating book, The Dracula Tape, by Fred Saberhagen.

Dracula re-telling his version of the story? Cool.

But Mom said no. I couldn’t read it. What the…?

She said it would be better if I read Dracula first. And Mom was usually right, when it came to books. So I kept looking at Dracula. I didn’t really want to read it. It looked boring, stuffy and old. Now this is from someone who read The Scarlet Letter for fun, so I’m sure there was something else brewing when I looked at it. Teenage rebellion, book lover style.

But I did it. I gritted my teeth and checked it out from the school library. And I fell in love with Victorian Gothic. Not that I hadn’t read Jane Eyre, I had, but Dracula was different. It has all the roots of the modern paranormal romance, but it’s a horror story. A sensational tale for the English, who at that time were concerned about immigration and its effects on their culture. Sound familiar? Dracula was the ultimate evil immigrant.

I loved the book, and still do. The slow build of suspense as Jonathan Harker realizes he’s been drawn into a world of evil and is working for the devil himself. The three women who represent the horror of letting women be sexualized beings. And then there is the romance between Mina and Dracula where she’s contaminated by his evilness into becoming the same sort of degraded sexualized woman. Lock up the womenfolk boys, they might like the new guy better.

But of course no one really wants to become evil and Mina is saved by Jonathan’s steadfast love, Dr. Van Helsing, and that American chap. The three men pour their blood into her, keeping her chaste and eventually stalking Dracula back to his own country and killing the bastard.

Or so they thought.

Enter Fred Saberhagen and The Dracula Tape. It’s almost a hundred years later and Dracula sits in his car, near a cemetery, recording his memoirs. In a reasonable tone he recounts his version of the worst visit to a foreign country imaginable. Where he was accosted and accused and eventually driven back home. How he tried to save Lucy and Mina from the evil Dr. Van Helsing and his terrible blood transfusions. You see, Dr. Van Helsing transfused blood from all of the healthy young men, regardless of blood type. By sucking out the bad blood Dracula was simply trying to help.

He couldn’t save Lucy and eventually decided to turn her into a vampire, just because he could see, this had all been his fault. He wanted to give her her young life back. But Dr. Van Helsing and his crew broke into her grave and killed the newborn vamp. Dracula was determined not to let that happen to his beloved Mina. Yes, that’s right. He loves Mina, and Mina loves him. And who is he waiting by the cemetary for?

Mina.

Mina Harker, who has lived out her life waiting for him. Just to become a vampire and be with the one she truly loved all those years. She had a human life, and kids (you meet her descendants in other books) but true love conquers all and at the end of her days she’s able to become a vampire and be with Vlad.

Mom was right. Reading Dracula enhanced Saberhagen’s book immeasurably. Oh, I could have just watched the movie, but reading the details and then seeing how Saberhagen manipulates them to show how poor Dracula was persecuted, well, it’s the way it should be done. I fell in love with Vlad and I read all the sequels. It’s not romance, but it is paranormal or maybe urban fantasy. And if you are interested in vampires at all, and in the growth of the vampire novel, Saberhagen is the one to read. After Bram Stoker, of course.

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Why Do We Find 500 Year Old Men Sexy?

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Vampires are the rage.

And they’ve been the rage for so long that authors, editors and readers all wonder, how long can this go on? How long can we find new vampires to love? Well the answer is, forever. Because that’s how long they live. Forever.

And they just get sexier as they age.

I blame Bram Stoker. He wrote about a sleezy perv preditor who accosted innocent women in their sleep. Well, that’s what he thought he wrote about. But by exploring the idea that good women had secret sexual longings that the vampire could bring to light and satisfy, Bram did the complete opposite of demonizing vampires. He began the myth. If you want a good time, better get a vampire.

Maybe its their age, maybe its the experience. Maybe its the innate magical gifts they have that make them such good lovers. (It always helps to have a magical boost.) Vamps got it going on. From the secret pleasure Victorian women got from reading about the fall of Lucy and the thrill of seeing Mina almost reach nirvana, to the current frenzy about Edward and his amazing self-control, we love the blood-suckers.

Who wouldn’t want a man who is gorgeous forever and has been around enough to know true love when he finds it. A man who knows to seize the day and get the girl, no matter what obstacles stand in his way. A man who really knows that if you don’t hang on to a good woman, before you know it, she’ll be dead.

With a man of experienced years, oh say five hundred, you know he knows what he’s doing. You know he understands women inside and out. And there is none of that youthful sowing of oats. The oats have been sown, the rampant blood-sucking is over, the accidental killing of lovers is no more.

Five hundred year old men know what they want and how to get it. They have money and have had it long enough to feel comfortable with it. They are able to keep their lovers in luxurious settings, provide exotic foods, and designer dresses. And the house guests are the type of exotic interesting people every Manhattan hostess would kill to get. Every one attractive, well dressed and articulate. Every one rich. And every one with a “do tell” story of murder and mayhem.

Why wouldn’t a woman want a vampire lover. Great sex, money, appreciation. And They also provide the one of a kind adrenaline thrill that women everywhere desire. Every kiss is a brush with death.

Love to hear why you love or don’t love vamps, or any 500 year old men! Leave a comment by clicking on the purple bubble.

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