Monday, June 27, 2016

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #poem #writing

Meander i _ Poem

Death

Dormant lies my love
Deep beneath the soil.
Something special passed toway
And life keeps going on.
I never knew my feelings
I never understood
Until I felt the pain of death
And dormant lies my love.

Meander 2 - Supporting others. I try to support my friends in many ways. One is by buying their books and reading them. I may not always read them but I do try to rate them. Sometimes reviewing can be hard, especially when a friend writes a good story but one that doesn't quite make a wonderful read. I would never give a friend or another writer a poor review. I would rather not write one. Another thing is when they are guests on a blog, I try to go to read and comment. Sometimes the blog won't let me write a comment. I may let them know in another way that I read their post. My publisher has a blog and people have their day to write a post. I always go to the site and make a comment even if it's just a word. I noticed few people do this and I wonder why.

Meander 3 - My writing. I have three mss in a matter of stages. One I'm typing furiously so I can move to the next to last draft of the book. One is typed in small sections making changed in an old manuscript paragraph by paragraph. The third is a new book of mine The Cancer Capricorn Connection. The rough draft is going well but there's still a way to go before I can see about starting this on the way to becoming a completed book.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday's Book - Seducing The Baker (At First Sight Book 6) #MFRWauthor #romanticcomedy



She was the only girl to turn him down. What will happen when business and a wedding bring them together again.

Jules Grayson was a player as a teen and that hasn’t changed. Business and a friend’s wedding join to bring him to the place where his life had imploded and where his trust issues began. A Ponzi scheme and a suicide forced him into a group home he hated. For ten years he has avoided returning.

Grace Sutton is faced with a dilemma added to by the appearance of Jules in her Sweet and Spicy Cupcake bakery. Years ago she turned Jules down but she had a crush. His appearance erodes the vow she made years ago. Men had used her mother and led the woman into drugs and alcohol. Grace vowed to forego relationships with men until she could support herself. Though the bakery is making money, she doesn’t feel secure. When Jules arrives with a contract for a magazine feature, she is conflicted and attracted.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday's Blurbs - Featuring Books by Gianna Simone #MFRWauthor #historical romance


Blurbs/Links:
Warrior's Possession:
* Wed on the king's command, she finds an unexpected passion! *
Upon her father's death, Lady Gillian Marlowe is ordered by King Edward I to wed Royce Langley, the Earl of Montchester. Worried she is being offered up as little more than a sacrifice in a political game, Gillian is surprised to find herself intrigued by her arrogant and infuriating husband.
Tasked with ridding the border along Wales of rebels who seek to unseat the king, Royce finds subterfuge and secrets everywhere, even with his beautiful wife. Though he only agreed to the marriage because of the king's order, he finds himself both fascinated and incensed by Gillian at every turn. She tries his patience, defies his orders and places herself in danger. To keep her in line, he spanks her, binds her to his bed and dominates and torments her, not only to ensure her submission, but also to coerce her into revealing her secrets. But even that is not enough to subdue her stubborn determination to stand beside him and defend her home and people.
Discovering his wife enjoys the same dark pleasures Royce does stirs more confusion. He has sworn never to fall for a woman's wiles, but his wife captivates him in ways he never expected and she stirs a desire deeper than any he has ever known. Trusting her is another matter, as he fears Gillian may bring about his downfall with her continued secrets, which he views as an attempt to undermine his authority.
The rebel attacks increase and danger lurks everywhere. Gillian falls under suspicion as the traitor, despite her vows of loyalty. Royce must overcome his mistrust and find a way to maintain his possession of Gillian as they battle the enemies both within and without, if there is any hope for them to save each other.
** Featuring A Kinky Twist on History! Includes male domination, bondage, spanking, anal sex and so much more!
Norseman's Revenge:
* Kidnapped on her wedding night might be a blessing from the gods. *
Geira Sorensdotter awaits her new husband, but she's filled with doubts about the man and the marriage. Those doubts are forgotten when the village is attacked, her husband is struck down and she is tied up and carried off amidst the raid.
Kori Thorfinnson has waited years to take revenge against the man who murdered his wife. But he soon finds the innocent young woman he's taken as his personal slave is not his enemy, despite her marriage to his foe. Her courage in defying him, her caring heart, and the fiery passion she shares stirs feelings Kori hasn't known since his wife died. Afraid to lose Geira, he binds her to him in many ways  not only with rope, but with his body, his collar and his brand.

Geira quickly learns just how despicable her husband was, and despite her difficult circumstances, grows to care deeply for Kori, her captor. Still, dreams of freedom linger. But once she finds herself with child, she must plan her escape, to save herself and her baby.
However, Kori has plans of his own.
** Contains explicit love scenes featuring A Kinky Twist on History! bondage, spanking, ménage à trois scenes and more!
Norseman's Deception:
* He saved her life – can the gods save her heart and soul from the mysterious loner's dark desires? *
Fearing an arranged marriage, Thora Korisdotter flees her village, vowing never to return. With her two pet wolves beside her, she is confident in her safety, protected by the loyal animals. But outlaws attack, wounding one of her beloved pets. Only a mysterious stranger saves her from certain death. Now in his debt, she must repay him as he asks – with her body.
After being cast out of his clan as an outlaw, Ari Hugisson has wandered for years. The time of his banishment is nearing its end, and Ari has the proof he needs to clear his name and unmask the real murderer – his brother. His journey is delayed when he comes across a beautiful woman under attack. Compelled to save her, he also knows exactly how to claim the debt she owes, using the passion lurking under the surface of her fiery nature.
Betrayal cuts deep with the revelation Ari has lied and knows well the man Thora was to wed. But the passion he stirs is unlike anything she has ever known, even if he insists on treating her as little more than a slave.
When Ari confronts those who would see him killed, will Thora stand beside him, even at the risk of losing her family – and her heart?
** Contains explicit love scenes featuring A Kinky Twist on History! bondage, spanking and more! 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday - A Bit about Gianna Simone and Writing #MFRWauthor #writing


1.  What's your genre or do you write in more than one? 
I write in more than one, though I'm partial to historical. I also like to write paranormal, which encompasses anything from vampires, to magic, to sci-fi-ish, but the dark ages and medieval times are my favorite times to write in.

2. Did you choose your genre or did it choose you?
A little of both – a lot of my earliest romance reading was historical, and I was drawn to those times when I started really writing, because they were comfortable to me. And as my reading tastes evolved and changes, so did the ideas.

3.  Is there any genre you'd like to try?  Or is there one you wouldn't?
I don't think I'd enjoy writing inspirational romance – I'm not fond of reading the genre, so it doesn't do anything to motivate me to write in it. I haven't written any shifter stories, but the idea intrigues me. Maybe someday.

4.  What fiction do you read for pleasure?
Mostly romance, though I'll read anything Harry Potter related. :D

5.  Tell me a bit about yourself and how long you've been writing.
I've been writing almost my entire life – I've probably shared this in many places, but I wrote my first complete novel when I was 14, and I still have a bunch of the stories I wrote in elementary and middle school. I was always an extremely avid reader, I devoured tons of books each week, and I wrote stories about the characters in those books, or from TV shows, or my favorite musician of the time.
I don't get to read as much as I used to – a family and career will take its toll on free time, but I always make time for writing!

6.  Which of your characters is your favorite?
There are two – Royce and Gillian from Warrior's Possession. They first came to life with me about 20 years ago, and have always held a special place in my heart. I'm so happy they are finally out there, ready to face the world! :D

7.  Are there villains in your books and how were they created?
My villains tend to spring from the question, "Who hates the hero/heroine and why?" Once I have the why, it's not so hard to build the rest of their backstory. Sometimes the reason comes along with whoever I learn who the villain is. Truthfully, the villain rarely shows up until after the hero/heroine come to life.

8.  What are you working on now?
Currently, I have two WIP. I do this to myself every time, I never have just one project at a time. One is the next book in The Norsemen Sagas, and the other is book 4 in The Medieval Warrior's Legends series.

9.  What's your latest release and how did the idea arrive?
Warrior's Wrath is my most recent release, though it's actually a re-release. It's been revised and updated, and has a new cover, too! The idea for that story sprang out of the events toward the end of Warrior's Possession. Funny thing is, in their first release, Warrior's Possession originally came out after Wrath, as a prequel to the first two books. Now, they are in their proper order.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday's Opening Scene - Features Moon Summoned #MFRWauthor #fantasy #sword and sorcery

Moon Summoned

Eclipse

The setting sun brought shadows creeping along the mountain slopes. From the battle lines stretched across the plateau, the smell of blood mingled with the dust. Metal clanged against metal. Shouts, curses and screams filled the air. The moans of the wounded broke the Seer’s concentration on the amber light streaming from the crystal atop her staff. The beam sent a jagged pattern through the growing darkness.
A piercing cry arose. The ruby ray from the Warrior’s sword shot toward the sky. The Healer darted among the fallen and knelt beside the sorely wounded woman. Blue light from the Healer’s wand focused on the Warrior’s wounds. The Healer poured life-sustaining energy through the azure beam.
Gusts of wind drove thick waves of fog from the mountain peaks to obscure the plain and to cover the retreat of the women. A cluster of the servants of the Mistress of the Moons, clad in tunics of amber, red and blue, stumbled after those who bore the Warrior. They carried her between a pair of standing stones into a narrow passage that led to a crater lake and the Place of Choosing.
The Seer stumbled and would have fallen if the Healer hadn’t caught her arm. Together they moved through the fog. The edges of their cloaks brushed the standing stones.
“How much time have we?” the Healer asked.
The Seer tightened her grip on the staff. “I pray enough to complete the ritual before the eclipse hides the light of the moon.”
The Healer guided the other woman into the narrow passage. “With the coming of the fog, the bright moon and the dark moon have risen. We must succeed or all is lost for the One we serve.”
“Pray our call is answered before the next eclipse and the time of the lunar of the dark moon. For now and to all eternity, the thirteenth moon, the dark moon will rise each year to fill the sky.”
“We must wait thirteen years before this comes to pass. Pray the Mistress of the Moons will hold the Queen of Darkness at bay so the ones we call will have a chance.”
“Unless those who serve the Lord of Shadows call the Queen forth.”
The Healer sucked in a breath. “Never will the ones who serve the shadowed one share the rule.”
The Seer sighed. “Mistress bless. So be it. We will call, the Three will come and all will be as it has been. Unlike those in the other nomes, we can’t allow a drastic change to alter what we’ve built.”
“Agreed,” the Healer said.
They emerged from the passage and walked across the rock-strewn earth to the crater lake. The walls on three sides formed a crescent around the pool.
The Seer marshaled enough strength to walk unassisted. Her hair, darkened by age, flew wildly around her face. The Healer’s hair was as black as a night beneath the dark moon.
The remaining women clustered at the edge of the lake. The Seer and the Healer took the ends of the stretcher on which the Warrior lay. They waded through the cool water to the isle in the center of the lake. Gently they laid their companion on the pale rock. The Healer placed the Warrior’s sword on her chest and crossed the woman’s arms beneath the orb in the hilt.
Those who served the Mistress as seers, warriors and healers held torches aloft.
The ebon globe slid across the surface of the pale golden moon. The Seer passed her hand over the head of her staff. From the depths of the amber crystal, a band of pale yellow light flowed.
“From out of time and out of space, we three, Seer, Warrior, Healer, send our spirits questing for those who will continue the battle against the Lord of Shadows. We call for those who will keep the faith exactly as we have. Mistress of the Moons, pray keep the Queen of Darkness in bonds so You will prevail.”
The Healer raised her wand. The blue crystal on the tip flared and blue light shone. “The time of passing is upon us.” Her voice held neither fear nor anticipation. “Moon bright becomes Moon dark. May this eclipse add strength to our quest.”
The dark orb continued its stately progress across the face of the moon. The Seer held her staff so the light shone across the body of the Warrior. “How fares our sister?”
The Healer pressed a hand against the Warrior’s chest. “Her heart beats, but her body weakens. Can she bring forth the light of her sword?”
“The Mistress will sustain her.”
The Healer gasped. From the ruby crystal embedded in the hilt of the Warrior’s sword, a red ray rose to touch the blue and amber. “Just as our lights unite, we three are one.”

Moon Bright, Moon dark,
Mistress of the Moons.
From out of time,
From the depths of space.
Call the Three,
Seer, Warrior, Healer.
Empower them.
From conception comes the thought.
From the thought rises the desire.
From desire springs the seed.
And the fruit becomes the harvest,
Ending shadows, bringing light.

The women who had gathered at the edge of the lake added their voices to those of the Three. Once, twice, thrice, they intoned the call. As the dark globe completely covered the moon, they plunged their torches into the water. Clouds of herb-scented smoke obscured the isle. When the sun rose only a staff, a sword and a wand remained.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wednesday's Writer's Tip - Writing ABC - Who Tells The Story #MFRWauthor #amwriting


Though part of telling the story, who tells the story is important. When choosing a viewpoint, there can be one character, two characters or a multitude of characters.

Lately there have been a number of stories told in first person. This works for many writers. There are some downfalls. The first is keeping the story with the I character and not having them read minds of the characters they interact with. Another is the constant use of I which begins to stand out and can be annoying. A third is allowing the I character to go off on tangents that take away from the story. There may be others but these are the ones that jump out the most to me. Just remember to keep the I character in the character you've established.

We come to third person point of view. This is the most often used one. Choosing to tell the story through the eyes of one character has the same problems as the I point of view. Opting for telling the story from two POVs, hero and heroine, is often used in romances and can be very effective. Using more than one character is also used. I think I've done a story that has I believe eight points of view. Important things to remember is to stay in the character chosen for a scene and not bounce from character to character making the reader's head toss like a person watching a tennis match. Also remembering to keep the characters in character is important. What they show the world is filtered through their senses.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tuesday's Inspiration - Two Books That Inspire Me #MFRWauthor #Etymology #Inspired

Words have always fascinated me. When I was young, I used to read the dictionary when I'd read all the books in the house at least twice. Since I've turned my hand to turning the words that fascinate me into stories I've learned one thing and that is not to use too many unfamiliar words for that will turn people off if the unfamiliar are strung in rows. The trick is to use one of the different words in a way that people can understand the meaning. Then I began writing fantasy. And here unfamiliar words can be a plus. There are two books I use frequently in my stories, and not only for having new words but sometimes for names.

The first book is a Seven Language Dictionary that goes from say French to English and English to french. There is Italian, German, Russian, Hebrew, Portuguese and Spanish. Here I might find a word I can use for horse but one that makes people understand the creature I'm describing. I came upon lobo for wolf. This book also has a section of Proper names and one of Geographical names. Great when you are using a character from another land or wanting to name your characters and perhaps using a geographical name for a last name. My only problem is getting lost in exploring and forgetting what I am looking for. Also in the print for soon I will have to use a magnifying glass.

The second book is The concise Dictionary of English Etymology. What fun this is when building a world that's foreign to the one we live in. Here one can find ways to spell a word that still makes it seem familiar to the reader. Take Amber, the Middle English word was aumbre in French ambre and in spanish Ambar amd Arabic anbar. Actually the word went from French to Spanish to Arabic and was called amber for its resemblance to ambergris.which is really a different substance. But if I used any of the three spellings in a fantasy, especially when describing a gemstone. people would know that is amber.

So look up these books especially when you're writing fantasy or if you have someone from a foreign land in your stories.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Meandering On Monday with Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #poetry


Meander 1 - Poem - The Attic

The Attic

Tatters left from yesterday,
Fraying cloth in threads and shreds
Kept and stored in an attic space
Beneath the dusty eaves.
Sorting through them, remembering
Pain and pleasure, death and hope,
All they once meant to me.
Then came a knowing discovery
That turned my life around.
Tatters left from yesterday
Rags from days ago
Have no power in my life today.
I must let them go.

Meander 2 - Surgery recovery. Why is it when you have surgery you often think you can do more than you should. Mine was five days ago. I still fall asleep when I don't intend to. The pain is less but sometimes nags. I am impatient.

Meander 3 - Writing. I ahve done little writing for the past week. Soon I'll get back into the swing of things. Atleast i now have two ideas for the last two books of a six book series. I do think this will come about soon.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sunday's Book.- Moon Summoned #fantasy romance #MFRWauthor #epic saga



 Moon Summoned is on sale for a few more days this is Sunday's featured book.

Three Moon Summoned women. Ashiera the Seer who controls the winds and sees into the thoughts of others. Dian the Warrior who controls fire and fights with the sword. Egeria the Healer who controls fluids and heals those who are injured. They are joined in their battle by Sieper a sailor who knows the winds, Kobe once sworn to the Lord of Shadows and Jetan a healer of animals. These three vow to help the three women against those sworn to Evil.
Lugal the Cabal reads the winds and thoughts. Sargon the Gladius controls fire and the armies of the Lord of Shadow. Lugal the Cabal has knowledge of herbs and uses them for evil. These three with their cohorts will face the three and three sworn to the Mistress of the Moons.

Previously published as Mistress of the Moons



Janet Lane Walters has written a story that will take you to another time and place. She gives vivid descriptions of her characters and their role in this story. Ms. Walters has constructed a civilization so real that you will feel its very existence. A place where men rule women as chattel for their sexual needs, and three evil rulers who drain their bodies of their very essence for spells and to gain power. There is betrayal and treachery inside of plots, as each priest plans to rule alone. Ashiera, Egeria, and Dian are bound to the spirits of the ones who came before them. They discover a truth that will astound them, and have them doubting their chosen path. They will experience a love that is forbidden and discover that two stand together better than one. I could feel the emotional struggle between love and destiny, described so passionately by the author. I hope Ms. Walters plans to continue this story. I could feel that this is just the beginning of this tale. Janet Walters book, Moon Bright, Moon Dark will go on my keeper shelf, beside such authors as Charlotte Boyett-Compo and Nancy Gideon. I give this story Five Hearts and recommend it highly. Enjoy!

Format: Kindle Edition
Walters is a phenomenal world builders. This is not my first fantasy by her and it will not be my last. Three woman, who control the elements are joined on a fantastic journey as the battle the forces of evil. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday's Blurbs - Books by Janet Lane Walters #MFRWauthor #food #law #fantasyromance

Seducing The Baker
She was the only girl to turn him down. What will happen when business and a wedding bring them together again.

Jules Grayson was a player as a teen and that hasn’t changed. Business and a friend’s wedding join to bring him to the place where his life had imploded and where his trust issues began. A Ponzi scheme and a suicide forced him into a group home he hated. For ten years he has avoided returning.

Grace Sutton is faced with a dilemma added to by the appearance of Jules in her Sweet and Spicy Cupcake bakery. Years ago she turned Jules down but she had a crush. His appearance erodes the vow she made years ago. Men had used her mother and led the woman into drugs and alcohol. Grace vowed to forego relationships with men until she could support herself. Though the bakery is making money, she doesn’t feel secure. When Jules arrives with a contract for a magazine feature, she is conflicted and attracted.


Seducing The Attorney
Lauren Grant’s first meeting with Tony Carlin happened four years ago at her sister’s wedding to his older brother. There’s been an attraction but a wary one. The handsome arrogant attorney had showed disdain. At that time Lauren had been a troubled teen with streaked hair and piercings. Now, she’s working toward her Master’s in OT and has no time for more than school and her infant nephew. The death of Jamie’s parents has left Tony and Lauren as joint guardians of the baby.

Tony makes assumptions about Lauren’s current life-style. He’s as attracted to her as he was four years ago. But he’s a player and has no thought of making any commitments other than having sole custody of his nephew. He is grieving for his brother. Lauren grieves for her sister and Tony’s brother. A moment of mutual comfort sends them on a spiraling course.

Will they solve the problem of the custody and come to admit their feelings for each other


Moon Summoned
Three Moon Summoned women. Ashiera the Seer who controls the winds and sees into the thoughts of others. Dian the Warrior who controls fire and fights with the sword. Egeria the Healer who controls fluids and heals those who are injured. They are joined in their battle by Sieper a sailor who knows the winds, Kobe once sworn to the Lord of Shadows and Jetan a healer of animals. These three vow to help the three women against those sworn to Evil.
Lugal the Cabal reads the winds and thoughts. Sargon the Gladius controls fire and the armies of the Lord of Shadow. Lugal the Cabal has knowledge of herbs and uses them for evil. These three with their cohorts will face the three and three sworn to the Mistress of the Moons.

Previously published as Mistress of the Moons


Janet Lane Walters has written a story that will take you to another time and place. She gives vivid descriptions of her characters and their role in this story. Ms. Walters has constructed a civilization so real that you will feel its very existence. A place where men rule women as chattel for their sexual needs, and three evil rulers who drain their bodies of their very essence for spells and to gain power. There is betrayal and treachery inside of plots, as each priest plans to rule alone. Ashiera, Egeria, and Dian are bound to the spirits of the ones who came before them. They discover a truth that will astound them, and have them doubting their chosen path. They will experience a love that is forbidden and discover that two stand together better than one. I could feel the emotional struggle between love and destiny, described so passionately by the author. I hope Ms. Walters plans to continue this story. I could feel that this is just the beginning of this tale. Janet Walters book, Moon Bright, Moon Dark will go on my keeper shelf, beside such authors as Charlotte Boyett-Compo and Nancy Gideon. I give this story Five Hearts and recommend it highly. Enjoy!