Thursday, January 21, 2021

Thursday's Opening Scene from Confronting the Wizards of Erda #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #Magic #Swords #Jewels


The Way of the Healers


Much is demanded of a Healer and inner peace is her only reward. She must seek neither power nor wealth. To walk in the Way is difficult and not all who try will succeed.

When a Healer names a man as Chosen, she must leave the House for she must think only of her craft and those who need her care. If she elects to depart, her knowledge of the healing arts will be stripped from her mind. She will be left with only those skills known to commoners who do not follow the Way.


Jindera left the herb storage hut and strode toward the cottage. Clouds dimmed the morning sun, then slid away. The leaves of the oka trees rustled in the summer breeze and the mingled scents of herbals and seasonings swirled around her. The coming of clouds meant a storm approached, but she felt certain no rain would fall this day.

Would the medicinals she would brew from the herbals she’d selected be of any help? She could only hope. All night, she’d fought the fever raging through her mother’s body and had seen no change.

“Mama, why did you leave the Healers’ House?”  Her mother could have remained and raised her children with the sons and daughters of the other Healers. On his tenth birthday, Jindera’s twin would have been sent to his father. But Jindera’s mother had chosen to leave. Love for a man had been her reason.

Tears blurred Jindera’s sight. She had loved her father dearly. His death seven lunars before had brought sadness to a home where love had ruled.

Rays of sunlight glinted on the golden stones of the cottage and brightened the dull yellow of the thatch. Jindera hurried along the garden paths that meandered among the beds of herbals and seasonings.

The plants flourished. Lajin’s touch, she thought. Her brother had only to tend any ailing plant and it thrived. She paused at the cottage door and peered along the road from the village. Her twin should return soon with the staples he’d gone to fetch.

The stench of illness pervaded the room where her mother lay on a narrow cot. Jindera’s breath caught. For a moment, she thought her mother had left this plane without the blessing to release her.

Holding back a sob, Jindera fled to the kitchen to blend a fever potion. She carried the mug of steaming liquid to the sick room and spooned the medicinal into her mother’s mouth. A drop or two fell on the linen sheet and spread like the tears Jindera held inside. She inhaled deeply. She had to hold grief and fear at bay. When the mug was empty, she rested her head on the edge of the mattress and prayed the remedy would work.

She jerked awake. How long had she slept? The light in the room told her ‘twas near midday.

The rasp of labored breathing filled her ears. She felt her own breaths fall into the same pattern. She raised her head and turned toward the door. Where was Lajin? She tried to reach him on the inner path where they could speak in secret. Flight. Fear. What had happened to him? Her hands and body shook. His fear or hers?

Jindera rose and looked outside. The fragrant scents of the garden brought a welcome calmness to her troubled spirit. ‘Twas a false hope. If Mama dies, what will Lajin and I do? Having but sixteen years, they weren’t old enough to hold the land.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Wednesday Horu's Chosen #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #alternate history #ancient Egypt #Paranormal


Join the authors @MFRWHooks here   for some great excerpts. Mine is found at   and Is the second book in this paranormal alternate ancient Egypt series

Seth, an undercover cop has been betrayed by his handler. To escape he calls a number on a flyer and is transported to an ancient Egypt he doesn’t understand. He must rescue the Daughter from the evil priests of Aken Re.

Merin is the Daughter. She must find the man who by wedding her will become Pharaoh. She plots to escape the priests of Aken Re and flee to those who years ago saved her life.

Can Seth and Merin find a way to defeat the priests? Is love the answer to their problems? Can they join with the Warrior of Bast and of Horu to bring unity to the Two Lands?

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Following on the heels of The Warrior of Bast, this story is filled with magic and fascinating characters. Those interested in ancient Egypt will find this an enthralling tale. A satisfying ending is presented for the hero and heroine, with a promising lead-in to the next story.

Excerpt: The hero's life is about to change.

Seth slipped into a dark doorway and waited. Five minutes. Ten. At the fifteen minute mark Tira exited and stopped to use her phone. Moments later she dropped something on the sidewalk and hurried away.

Seth dashed forward and picked up the paper and read.

     Life got you down? Have unsolved problems?

     Looking for an escape? The answer is in your stars.

     A counselor is available night and day.

     Dial 1- 800- 555- ASTR

He read the paragraph again. Truth or scam? Had this piece of paper lured Tira into danger? Should he follow her? He frowned and peered down the street. She had vanished. When he’d warned her not to go home, he’d done more than he should have. But he liked her and knew she’d done nothing wrong. Her sister’s murder had put Tira in danger. The cops would have questioned and released her. Then Ramon would have stepped in. Seth hoped she had a safe place to hide. Holding this thought close he tucked the flyer in his pocket and entered the coffee shop.

As he slipped into the rear booth his handler glared. “You’re late.

“Better late than identified.”

Bob Tolena rubbed his hand over his receding hairline. “What?”

“The girl who just left the shop was Luci Gray’s sister.”

“And you let her get away?”

Seth shrugged. He grabbed the cup of coffee and drained the bitter brew hoping a caffeine jolt would unclog his head. If he didn’t get some rest soon he would make a fatal mistake.

The waitress arrived and refilled his cup. She slammed a plate with a burger and fries in front of Seth. He glanced at the older man. “Yours?”

“Not. Eat. You look like hell.”

As soon as the waitress left, Seth looked up. “That lead to Ramos is dead. What now?”

“If you see that young woman, have her picked up.”

“Why? She’s innocent.”

“Don’t you think someone official should make that call? No matter. We’ll keep an eye on her.” The older man slid a piece of paper across the table. “There’s some new info surfacing. You still have an in at that church-run community center?”

“Sure.” Seth picked up the burger and took a bite. How much longer could he continue undercover? For two years he had slunk through the alleys passing information to his handler. Three drug busts based on what he’d learned had gone down. But the bosses wanted more and more. Ramos would be the biggest.

Seth’s hands shook. Would he ever see the end? He felt older than his twenty-five years. “I want out.”

“Not yet. You’re young. Hang in there for another year or two. About the center, Ramos is sniffing around.”


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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Openings - Settings and more @BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #amwriting #props # settings

 There is more to the opening of a story than the characters and the moments around the change happening to one or more of the characters. Setting is a big thing and Symbols are another that can shape the story.

Symbols is another word for a prop or an object that means something to the character and may be present throughout the book. I use this frequently. In some of my fantasies, jewels play a large role and often are used by the characters to enhance their talents. Often these gems are with the characters constantly. There are other symbols I've used. In my mystery series, mint tea plays a large role. Sometimes people think the cat, Robespierre is a prop but to my character in the book he is a person. So when you're developing a story try to find something for the character or characters to use.

Settings have a great deal of influence in stories. This has always been my problem and I've been accused of having my characters existing in a vacuum. This has become less stressful for me as a writer over the years. Of course there are some writers who expand their stories with volumes and volumes describing the settings. This can definitely upset the reader and often causes them to skip over the materisl. In an opening scene, the setting can give a hint to the atmosphere of the story. My current story has the opening scene in the hero's office and gives a bit about his character. The heroine's opening scene is set in the place where she is the caregiver to a young boy. These settings give the reader a view of the characters in their ordinary life and then shows the change.

Settings can set the tone and mood of a story. Often in my fantasies the opening scenes can show darkness coming to a character's life. One I recall has the heroine overlooking a keep and wondering what will happen to her and why she has been torn from her family. So remember the opening setting in important to your story.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

 Meander 1 - Reading - Still reading Mary Jo Putney's regency romances and have nearly finished the ones I have. There have been so few new books that interest me so I re-read. I've started Jennifer Probst's new book but i'll talk about that next week. 

Meander 2 - Thoughts - So much dreadful happened last week. I just can't understand people who listen to and believe lies by a large con artist. I decided to do something different and that was taking the ornaments from the Christmas tree and counting them. This year of the 250 ornaments I have I only managed to find room for 224 ornaments. Some were left out. Decorating a tree for so few people might have seemed foolish to some people but with the state of affairs these days having something beautiful to look at and having the memories the ornaments brought was good. Soom I hope there will be beautiful things happening to this country. One can only hope.

Meander 3 - Writing - 3 more chapters to write in the rough draft. Then comes the challenge of making this mishmash into a real story. Hopefully before long I will start on the next adventure. Finding places ot hint of coming events in the story, events I had no idea would come into play. This will be fun.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Sunday's Book Confronting the Wizards of Erda #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #Villains #Heroes #Heroines


Two of the Jewels have no Holders and they must be found. The Brotherhood of Wizards also seeks to find them. Jindera is one of the pair and she must escape her cruel uncle. She wishes to find her twin brother taken by the Wizards who will use him in their attempt to destroy the Jewels of Erda. As twins, they can speak via the Inner Path. The Wizards hope to use this.

Mara, is a clanless desert dweller and faces life as the abused plaything of a future clan leader. She flees into an unknown future. On the winds, the crystals call this pair.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Saturday's Blurbs feature Books by Daryl Devore #MFRWAuthor #The Last Dragon #Fantasy #Fate #Desires #Romance #Paranormal #Contemporary


The Last Dragon

Blurb - What do dragons, knights and romance have in common? Grab a copy of multi-published author Daryl Devore’s medieval fantasy romance – The Last Dragon and discover the answer.

A sorcerer craving dominance merged with a dragon, the power overwhelmed him causing him to split into three dragons. Demora ruled thought, but was lost in time. Yidithe offered protection, shining like the light of the sun. Ayrradex craved chaos, revelling in destroying souls.

Many knights died, attempting to slay the devil beast. One knight, Prince Hawkyns, did not fear death. He’d lost everything. Away on a mission when Ayrradex attacked his fathers kingdom, Penrythe, Hawkyns returned to find his noble father – feeble and defeated. His wise mother – crazed. His beautiful wife and unborn child - dead. Only a pile of ashes remained for him to bury. He knelt before his King and vowed to slay the devil-beast or be slain.

Derry was born with powers that terrified her parents. They delivered her to a nunnery to be raised in secret. Jathe, a wise sorceress, discovered the young girl and trained her to one day use the secret hidden in her soul.

Legends spoken around campfires hinted the sole way to destroy Ayrradex was when the hearts of a knight and a golden dragon became one. But after a vicious battle with Ayrradex, the golden dragon was thought to be dead.

Can Prince Hawkyns’s bravery and Derry’s powers end the reign of the devil-beast’s terror?


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Love My Fate

What's a woman to do when a voice follows her home and makes mad, passionate love to her?

Daryl Devoré’s quirky paranormal urban fantasy – Love My Fate.

Corporate businesswoman, Capricious Gray, is dragged to a sex toy convention by her best friend. After a mysterious disembodied voice helps her with her purchases, it follows her home. Passion ensues, leaving Capri torn between lust for her fantasy lover and the desperate need for reality in her life.


Thall, son of one of the Fates, harbours the irrepressible need to be with the woman he's desired from afar for years. In order to make her his, once and for all, he must help Capri get past her fears, including the fear of what he represents - a fantasy.

Can fantasy become a reality for these two lovers?

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When secrets conflict with dreams, love explodes. Desires is Daryl Devoré’s hot romance.


After a mistake by a surgeon’s scalpel shattered Fuchsia Quinn's dance career, she picked up the pieces of her life and moved forward. As the owner of a small, struggling dance school in a depressed neighborhood she supplements her income with a late-night job at a strip club. Haunted by the fear of humiliation, if her secret is revealed, her life was under control until the night he walked into the club.


Peyton Lang, having run from an impoverished neighbourhood, lives the lifestyle of a successful billionaire. Frustrated that his current multi-million dollar project is stalled, Peyton drops in to LEATHER-ICIOUS for a quick drink and late night entertainment. What he saw was a beautiful redhead. What he found was he wanted her.


After a lusty night with a hot pole dancer, Peyton and Fuchsia's worlds are about to collide.

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Two Truths and a Lie

The legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marian with a twenty-first-century twist. If you love hot, billionaire romances, then this is a must read.

From the author of the Two Hearts One Love Trilogy, multi-published, hot romance author Daryl Devoré's latest book revolves around deceit, betrayal, passion and the theft of a multi-million-dollar, rare, red diamond.

As if multiple planes crashes, a car accident, and a concussion isn’t enough, carefree Byn and straight-laced billionaire, Mark clash over Byn's need for independence and Mark's struggle with guilt pushing him in the opposite direction of love. When an art forger, an art thief and a ninety-five-year-old woman get involved the chance for true love for Byn and Mark fades.

All is lost until a children's game is their only hope.





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Friday, January 15, 2021

Friday Daryl Devore is visiting and talking about being a Panster or a Plotter #MFRWAuthor #Panster #Fantasy #dragons

How I Pantsered my way through The Last Dragon

Panster or Plotter


Day 1


1. Are you a panster or a plotter or perhaps a bit of both?


99.999999 pantser. Which is why it took years to write this book. I started writing in one heat level (hot romance), then I discovered that I wanted this story to be Sweet. Then I decided that a character had to have a major twist that I hadn’t even thought about, then I discovered…. All of this did involve some rewrites.


2. Which comes first - characters or plot for you?


As a pantser, it has to be the characters. It is my characters who dance around in my head, giving plot twists and dialogue.  I read somewhere, that pantser books are character driven and plotted books are plot driven – usually. And it does make sense.

I would like to try writing a mystery, but I am guessing there is a lot of plotting in that – maybe someday.


3. What are you working on now? Is this a book in a current series or something totally new?


Well, I have 3 books I have gotten my rights back for, so I am re-releasing them. Plus, I have 2 book bundles of some of my back list -getting that set up to be released. And…I, accidently, started writing another medieval fantasy romance. It is an off-shoot of this book.  So, I guess, maybe, it’s book 2 in a series I hadn’t realized I was writing.


4. Do you have some kind of object or place that figures in most of your books? I use gems a lot, hospitals and caves.


Water. I discovered this in my writing a few books ago. The characters always seem to end up near or in water – on a boat, by a waterfall, swimming. No idea why. I even tried not to have them do it on one book and scenes kept popping up in my head where they would be near water. I think I solved it by having them fly from North America to Europe. They have to fly over water!


5. Do you write everyday or just when the spirit hits?


Yes. I may not sit at my keyboard and type every day, but the story is constantly on my mind. Something in the real world triggers an idea and a character starts creating a scene for me to write. That’s sort of how The Last Dragon got started. Someone said “dragon” and then one started flying around in my head.


6. Where can we find you?


I’m not actually hiding. LOL. Sorry, couldn’t resist.


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7. Who are your favorite authors? What about a book you’ve enjoyed?


I love British mystery. I have all of Agatha Christie’s books and have read them a dozen times. I even have the DVDs. I love settling in to her books on a cold winter day with a mug of hot chocolate.

Dorothy L Sayers. OMG!! I adore her books. They aren’t easy to read, but her character – Lord Peter Wimsey – is perfect. I even belong to a FB group dedicated to Lord Peter Wimsey.

Then there is Peter Ellis and the Cadfael books. An 11th century monk solving crimes.

Of course – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the beloved Sherlock Holmes.

All of these books are like great friends. 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Thursday's Opening Scene from Search for the White Jewel #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Fantasy #Strong heroines #Strong heroes #Multi-cast



    The black-robed mage slipped through the doorway leading to the Queen's chamber. He paused and studied the wan woman propped against the black silk pillows. As he approached the bed, his robes rustled.

    The Queen grasped the Black Jewel, symbol of her reign. "Begone, I say. I have no need of you."

    "Your time has passed. 'Tis time to cede the Jewel to your successor."

    "Not yet." She raised the Black Jewel. Dark rays pulsed in its heart. "Begone and let me be."

    He evaded the dark beams. "What of the White?"

    She laughed. "Do you think I fear that thing? My sister failed to find the gem. For generations, there has been no sign of its existence. There have been but myths and rumors."

    He smiled. "The White stirs. I sought and I found."

    "Where?" Her eyes narrowed.

    "'Tis where it has always been, waiting for the one who can hold it. But fear not. 'Tis not your battle. Soon you will be gone, and I will have the training of the one who is to follow you. This time there will be no mistakes. As Holder and Chosen, she and I will rule."

    "Begone, dark mage." The Queen raised the Black and poured her anger into the gem. Thunder roiled the silent night and a great display of colored lightning brightened the sky above the palace.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Wednesday Bast's Warrior #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Alternate world #Ancient Egypt #Paranormal romance


Join the authors @MFRWHooks here  for some great excerpts. Tira flees from out world into an alternate ancient Egypt into an equally dangerous situation


Tira flees a threat to her life and encounters two elderly women who offer her the chance to be sent to an alternate ancient Egypt with no thought of return. She has had a fascination with Egypt and can even read hieroglyphics. Once there she will be given a task. Failure could mean death. Dare she take the chance and can she find the lost symbols of the rule before an enemy finds them? Kashe, son of the nomarch of Mero is in rebellion. His father desires him to join the priesthood of Aken Re, a foreign god. He feels he belongs to Horu, god of warriors and justice. He decides to leave home, meets Tira and joins her in the search for the symbols of the rule. Will his aid bring good fortune and will their growing love keep them from making a fatal mistake?

Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2015

I loved the book. The story was fascinating and well written. My only problem with the book was the editing - or, rather, the lack of it It was as if it had never been proofread, or perhaps only by a computer. There were many punctuation errors and several places where a word was used that caused the sentence to be nearly meaningless. Perhaps this is nitpicking, but it seriously interfered with a very interesting and well thought-out story. This said, I really liked the book and intend to read the others in the series. I just hope someone read through them before printing!


     The he older of the two women clasped Tira’s hand. “If you could go to ancient Egypt tonight, even if the 

Two Lands was not the one you studied, would you go?”

     If, Tira thought. A dream she had desired but impossible. “Maybe.”

     “Even if you had to remain there for all your days?”

     This had to be a joke. Tira could think of nowhere she would rather be. There was nothing left for her here.

 “I guess.”

     The second woman stood behind her. “Drink.” She touched Tira’s shoulder. “The price of the journey is

 a quest you must undertake. The only knowledge you and take with you is what will fit in the time period

 you reach except for your fighting skills. You will be unable to speak of this world or of modern conveniences.”

     “Tell me more.”

     “Many years ago invaders swept through the Two Lands usurping the rule and spreading unrest and

 chaos. The army lay defeated. The pharaoh became a prisoner. The priests of the invaders brought 

their god, Aken Re, and sought to make him supreme. The people rejected the new god. For years the

 land and the people were crushed beneath the sandals of the foreigners. Twenty years ago the men of

 the Two Lands rose and drive the aliens away.”

     The older of the two women nodded. “The sacred symbols of the rule were hidden and the location 

lost. Though the invaders were driven away some of their priests remained. They scheme to place a 

pharaoh of their choosing on the chair. Should this come to pass the Two Lands will be destroyed.”

     Tira felt confused. Their stories deviated from anything she had read about Egypt. Remnants of her flight,

 her fear and her grief coalesced. “And if I don’t go?”

     “You will leave this house and face whatever waits. Will you go?

     Tira thought about the men who waited outside. If she left the house she would die.

     “Will you go?” The women spoke as one. “If so, drink.”

     Tira lifted the glass and swallowed the beverage. What choice did she have? As she drifted into a fog 

she saw the giant wheel on the wall spin.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Opening Scene Characters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Opening Scene #Cgaracters #amwriting

 You've carefully devised the opening scene of your book and you believe you have the three elements needed. What comes next. The characters are what you need to bring to life.

There may be one or more characters in your opening scene. Too many could confuse the reader but having the ones you choose to show the reader need to be shown with care. There are stock characters found in literature but you don't want yours just to be there. You need to show them in living color.

In my current manuscript, the story opens with the hero at his new office. He is an attorney. His partner comes into play and we learn the hero is expecting his family to arrive. They are mentioned as being his mother, his young nephew and his two young sons. Also the symbol of a Christams tree comes into the story. In this case the tree symbolizes change and a new life for the hero and the characters. There are also hints to what haunts his dreams.

This is what makes the people come to life and hopefully interests the reader so they will read more of the story. So now you have the situation and the characters but opening scenes need more that will come in the next post.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

Meander 1 - Reading - For Others - One of my books is being offered in this promotion The Gemini Sagittarius Connection.  

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Meander 2 - Thoughts - The Events of January 6th - I have seen many events that have sickened me over the years. At my age, I have lived and seen much. Yes, there have been riots that sickened me and angered me but what happened on January 6th not only angered me but made me scared. How can one con man, otherwise known as Donald Trump, be able to stir up people to do such a horrid thing, attempt to take over the capitol. I have never been a fan of the man and now I fear i have become his enemy. He has no honor and makes no sense. I wonder what's happening with his brain. Is there a lurking disease that has made him act in such a way. Has the fact that he has crazy and evil people finding him to be a near god. Not only the man who thinks he's a leader but those who slavishly follow him scare me. Unfortunately I know a few of them and the ones I know are bitter, angry people who have no honor, hope or faith. Like their leader they think the world is treating them poorly. They should look into themselves and see where their hate and dishonor lay.

Meander 2 - Writing - Moving forward with the rough draft and finding new things that will enter the book when it's finished.  Will be working solidly during the remaaining days of this month and should have the story in hand.

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