Friday, July 24, 2015

Travel to Copenhagen

 By Katherine McIntyre

     One of the things I love most about writing and reading is how it sates my wanderlust. Don’t get me wrong—I still adore traveling, and each year I try to chip away at my ever expanding bucket list—however, writing new stories in different locations helps me get through those pockets in between. So, when I signed up for the Beyond Fairytales challenge and was assigned the fairytale String of Pearls, I knew I had to seize upon that location: Copenhagen, Denmark.
     String of Pearls is an older woman’s recollection of the Copenhagen line and how she met her sweetheart along the way. Immediately a yearning seized me to explore the jewels of Denmark and what it might hold. The main character, Erik, is a soul collector who travels along the Copenhagen line, stopping at a different club each night. Not only did that allow me to explore the club scene in Denmark, but also different structures, like St. Mikkel’s Church, and the Great Belt Bridge.
Only problem is, I’ve never been to Denmark in my life.
So how to get details and properly envision what it would be like? One of the ways I do that is through Google Maps. That has been a lifesaver for me when I research my settings for any contemporary romance or urban fantasy stories that I work on. I zoom in on the areas and check street views of the spots to get a scope of things, and searching images works as well. However, I also had some help on the more detailed cultural questions since one of my friends happened to live in Denmark for awhile.
Once I wrote about it though, the travel bug bit me, and although Denmark was never on my list of places to go before, it’s marked down there now. Join me in falling in love with another city, and read Soul Solution, part of Decadent Publishing’s wonderful Beyond Fairytales series. Hopefully the city will cast the same magic on you as it did for Mina and Erik.

Soul Solution blurb:
For Erik Anderson, the Copenhagen line is his curse. He takes the train every night en route to collect souls. Like any lovelorn fool, he bargained his own long ago, and now pays the price—a lifetime of loneliness as a grim reaper.  Stay distant—that’s been his mantra and what keeps him sane.
Until Mina Castner drops into his life like a whirlwind, one spilled drink leading to staying up until dawn with the woman. He believed one night couldn’t hurt, but he sorely underestimated her determination. Every encounter between them is a reprieve from the guilt of reaping souls every night, but it can’t last. Even if she sparks long buried feelings, and even if her sheer presence intoxicates him, he can’t let this continue. For humans, his touch is poison, and if he slips up, it could cost her life.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Meet Celia Breslin!


Hi Everyone,

Happy summer! Nice to be back on the Decadent blog for a visit.  When my Wolf shifters found out I was making a return visit, Darci decided she would interview me. She said I spend a lot of time sharing her info with the world, and I was due to share some deets about myself, LOL.

[Darci:] That’s right, I said you’re due and I meant it. ::smiles:: Now spill it, Celia. Do you have another job in addition to writing?

[Celia:] Mom, cat wrangler, line and content editor, slush pile reader, Joss Whedon fan. Oh wait, that last one isn’t actually a job, ha.

[Darci:] Since I know you love to talk about us, I’ll give you a little break. Summarize our story in less than 20 words.

[Celia:]  Okay, how about three words?  Wolf shifters, love, mayhem.  :-) 

::Darci rolls eyes::

Okay, just kidding. Here are twenty words for Diamond Moon:  “Free-spirited human-werewolf hybrid meets fated werewolf mate while on quest to find a cure for her near fatal, painful shifts.”

[Darci:]  Free-spirited. I like that. Why do you write about us?  And by us, I mean Wolf shifters.

[Celia:]  I love paranormal fiction, both reading and writing it.  Werewolves, vampires, and the Fae are my favorite paranormal peeps.

[Darci:]  Tell your readers how long you’ve been writing and who, or what, inspired you to go for it.

[Celia:]  My Irish grandmother started it with her stories of the Fae, including one tale of her encounter with a Banshee in her root cellar. Imagination fueled, I wrote a lot of fairytales as a kid.

[Darci:]  Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

[Celia:]  Title usually happens first, though the title is derived from the subject matter of the book, so that’s a little bit like asking, “What comes first, chicken or egg?”   :-)  For your story, Darci, the title came as soon as I “met” you, meaning while I was compiling notes on you and outlining your story. For the next story about Ross’s sister, the title came after the story was written.

[Darci:]  Ah, speaking of us characters, do you discover us as you write or know all about us before you write our story?

[Celia:]  As my work is character driven, I develop character profiles prior to writing the whole story. I have detailed questionnaires on all major characters, such as you.

Darci. Of course, you all still manage to surprise me while I’m writing your stories. :-)

[Darci:]  LOL, I like keeping you guessing, Celia! Since we’re on bit of a book chat roll now, a couple more book questions.  The geek in me wants to know what format you prefer?  Digital or print?

[Celia:]  Both. I read a lot of eBooks, but there’s something quite satisfying about holding your own print book, or a print book by another author you love.

[Darci:]  Do you have a favorite book?  Have you read it more than once?

[Celia:]  I have so many favorites in varying genres. In urban fantasy/paranormal romance, I adore these series:  J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark, Amber Belldene’s Blood Vine, and Larissa Ione’s Demonica and Lords of Deliverance. I’ve read them all more than once.

[Darci:]  Okay, let’s wrap this up with some fun facts.  Tell the audience your favorite food, favorite singer/group, and favorite color.

[Celia:]  Gee, D, you’re letting me off easy!  For food, I love Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Japanese, Chinese...okay, now I’m hungry! :-)  As for preferred musicians…well, that depends on my mood. When I’m writing vampires, I gravitate toward industrial and techno/electro, so NIN, The Prodigy, Bass Kittens, Meat Beat Manifesto, etc. When I wrote your story, I listened to a broad spectrum of “love” tunes, from artists including Birthday Massacre, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, etc. Here’s your soundtrack, Darci: 

http://decadentpublishing.blogspot.com/2015/06/diamond-moon-soundtrack.html

[Darci:]  Thanks, Celia. And thanks to everyone for joining us today for a chat! ::waves::

Diamond Moon
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Human-wolf hybrid Darci Diamond spends every full moon locked in auntie’s basement in Southern Oregon. Her excruciating shifts terrify her, the last one causing her heart to stop beating. Seeking a cure, she journeys to Los Lobos.
Ross Luparell returns to the struggling Tao pack, using his millions made in the tech industry to build homes for pack families in need. He never imagined he would also find his one true mate. But when a hybrid with the biggest green eyes he’s ever seen lands on his doorstep in the middle of a wicked summer storm, there’s no denying it. She’s the one.
She wants a normal human life, free from pain-filled shifts. He won’t give up on her Wolf, and will do whatever it takes to help her accept her true nature. But can he convince her to trust him with her heart?


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Prince of Tyto Chasing Terran Tail on Elatia

by Jessica E. Subject


Hello! I recently caught up with Aristides, Prince of Tyto, on the planet Elatia. It was a rare occasion to see the Prince away from home and without any guards, so I used the chance to ask him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say....

Hey, Prince Aris, what are you doing on Elatia? Are you alone?
Aris: Yes, I’m checking out all the planet has to offer.
So, you finally decided to leave Tyto?
Aris: [He nods with a sigh.] Yes, I needed a break from the place, from my parents.
Interesting. What does Madelia, your betrothed think of your trip here.
Aris: [He shrugs.] She doesn’t know, and I’m sure she doesn’t care. Our engagement has ended, and she’s quite happy with Benignus.
Your Gentleman of the Bedchamber? When did that happen?
Aris: Just before I left.
Yet, you don’t seem upset about it.
Aris: I’m not. The two of them were meant to be a couple, and I helped  to make it happen. [He smiles, as if proud at bringing the two of them together.]
So, what carnal pleasures do you plan on partaking in while visiting Elatia?
Aris: [He checks his watch.] I have an appointment with an Adamo shortly, but I’d rather hunt down the woman I just ran into. [He glances past me.] Did you happen to see another Terran like you dart past? Her name is Xia. I lost where she went.
No, but if I see another Terran, I’ll ask her name, and tell her you’re looking for her.
Aris: Thanks. [He wanders off.]
And there you have it. The Prince of Tyto is on the pleasure planet without his entourage. But, he is more interested in a woman who caught his eye. A Terran woman at that, a sworn enemy of his Kingdom.

An Unexpected Return
by Jessica E. Subject
Erotic Science Fiction Romance
ISBN: 978-1613332993

Looking to experience all the universe has to offer, Prince Aristides escapes from the kingdom of Tyto and travels through space to the Emerald Planet, Elatia. He yearns to partake in the activities the planet is famous for, and fulfill all his sexual desires, but loses his heart and soul to an Adamos apprentice. Unfortunately, she is Terran, and her people are sworn enemies of those from Tyto. If he can convince Xia to give up her dreams of becoming an Adamos, and travel back to Tyto with him, will his parents accept her, or condemn them both?
Abandoned as a toddler on Elatia, and raised by Kalara, an Adamos specializing in erotic massage, Xia decides to follow in her footsteps. But she remains conflicted as to whether she wants to service clients for the rest of her life, or settle down and raise a family. When she meets Aris, he turns the tables on her, and brings her as much pleasure as she gives him.
Will they have their chance to be together, or will their families tear them away from any chance of young love?

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Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to sexy. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. 
When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.




Thursday, July 16, 2015

How do you like your Shifter?

 by Louisa Bacio

If you think about it, most shifters are portrayed as being dark haired. Maybe it’s the image of the wolf that comes to most people. When writing my Black Hills Wolves story “Claiming the She-Wolf,” I went to the light side.
The proposal for She-Wolf describes Yas as: “(white moon) Pale man in nature. Physically, can the city slicker survive the wild?”
As a white wolf, he doesn’t obviously blend in with the surroundings of the forest well. (That is, unless it’s wintertime and there’s snow.) Plus, as an outsider to the small community of Los Lobos, he doesn’t blend in a different way.
Tala, in contrast, embodies the strong-willed, raven-haired beauty that’s immensely attracted to this stranger.
Sparks, and paws, fly. Get ready to meet the newest wolves of the Pack.


Claiming the She-Wolf
Black Hills Wolves

When her older brother leaves the Black Hills to go to college, Tala Graystone stays behind, determined to restore their dilapidated home into a B&B for the pack. As more people return to the area, the need for temporary housing increases. Now, if only she can find someone to help with the heavy lifting.

Yas Collins fled Los Lobos as a child with his mother. As he struggles with his wolf and overpowering shifts, a desire for nature and the forest strikes hard. Black Hills, South Dakota, beckons him. With a background in construction, he easily finds work at Tala’s dilapidated B&B, but not everyone in town greets him with open arms.
As the remodel gets underway, Tala and Yas fight their growing attraction. Yas doesn’t trust his wolf urges around beautiful B&B owner. The she-wolf, however, has other plans. 


On sale July 17, 2015!

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