August 17, 2014

How can she resist the sexy boy who brings her coffee? RUNNING FROM SHADOWS #8Sunday #YAPNR

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Today I'm sharing from my (unpublished) young adult paranormal romance Running From Shadows!

Follow Greta Shore (a 17-year-old, black-haired wiccan beauty) and Paxton "Pax" Craig (an 18-year-old, blond-haired college student with a dark secret) as they discover the fate of their forbidden love.
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(Read last week's post. Set-up) Greta runs away from her surprise engagement partthrough the woodsPax saves her from a shadow demon. Oh, and he's a unicorn! 
Pax tells her that the shadow has fed on her emotions. And that it's definitely someone she knows. And she must under no circumstance confront it because it will kill her. And don't get emotional about anything! >.< Now, her mother tells her Reed Clarkwell--Greta's shrink--suggested the marriage contract. She's gotta stay calm per Pax, and all she can do is think about it. Greta makes it to work and Pax shows up!

Cover Art by Danielle Fine
Grammatical liberties were taken :)


“Um, hey,” my foot slipped from the rung of the stool and I jerked to regain my balance.

Brilliant.

“For you.” His lips twitched into a coy grin as he put the coffee on the counter in front of me.

When he smiled, it flooded my body with need. If only we could have more time together…to make up for what we had lost.

Lost?

Omigoddess, I’m the one losing it.

Tune in next week for more angsty spooky goodness!

Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated!


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*Would you like to see some pics of Greta and Pax? Check them out here! Gotta love Pinterest!! Ooo, stalk me there too, please...uh, here! ;)

 *Self-publishing? Need an editor and cover artist? Check out my uber-talented editor, Danielle Fine, she's wonderful to work with and does exceptional work! Click here for more info!

August 12, 2014

My RWA Chapter's 3rd Annual “Finish the Damn Book!” Contest is OPEN! #writemotivation

JUDI(Reblogged from my RWA sister, Jenna Jaxon. Ohhh, guess what?? My lovely agent Terrie Wolf is one of the final judges!!!!)

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a member of the Chesapeake Romance Writers, my local chapter of Romance Writers of America.  Two years ago we inaugurated an annual writing contest in memory of our long-time member Judi McCoy, author of fourteen romances and the very popular “Dogwalker” romantic mystery series.

Judi was a driving force in our chapter, a mentor to new writers, a great critique partner, and an avid dog lover.  Her beloved bichon frise, Rudy, was a rescue dog and Judy supported the Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue organization where she adopted him.

To honor the memory of Judi and Rudy, Chesapeake Romance Writers is once again holding our “Finish the Damn Book!” Contest. That was one of Judi’s favorite pieces of advice to all of us writers and we thought it an apropos title for this contest.  If you’ve finished a book, at least 55K in length, please consider submitting it to our contest.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tidewater Bichon Frise Rescue organization in memory of Judi and Rudy.

Complete details on the contest are now available on our Chesapeake Romance Writers website or you can email me (Jenna) crwc@rocketmail.com with any questions, but I’ll give you the highlights here.

The contest is open to both published and unpublished authors, although the work submitted must be unpublished AND remain unpublished or uncontracted until after the contest.  Should an entered work become contracted or published before the contest ends, the work will be withdrawn from consideration and the entry fee will not be refunded.

To enter you need to submit the first and last chapters of your unpublished 55K+ manuscript (no prologues or epilogues), plus a two-page synopsis of the entire work that will not be judged.  Total submission must not exceed 40 pages.

This year we are going GREEN–only electronic entries will be accepted.  You should submit two things: 1) the Contest Entry Form, available on the CRW website, and 2) the first and last chapters plus a two-page synopsis of the book in one single (1) Rich Text file.

Entrants will receive the First Round Judges’ Score Sheets with comments.  No comments will be made on the manuscripts themselves.  The three top scoring works in each category will advance to the Finals Round and will be ranked by the Category Finals Judge.

Contest opens:  August 1, 2014
Deadline for Entry Fee and Submission:  Midnight, September 30, 2014
rudy+picCategories include:  Contemporary, Paranormal, Historical, Mainstream with Romantic Elements, Young Adult/New Adult, and this year we are adding EROTIC ROMANCE.

Finalist Judges for the contest are still being confirmed and will be announced shortly.
Winners will be announced at our chapter  meeting on January 10, 2015.
Entry Fee:  $15.00 for RWA members, $25.00 for non-RWA members

All Finalists will receive a certificate and a banner for their website.
First place Winners in each category will receive a Rudy Statuette and a check for $50.00.
I hope you will consider entering our 3rd annual “Finish the Damn Book!” Contest.  You’ll get great feedback and the chance to get your work before some excellent agents and editors in the publishing industry.  If you have questions for me, you can ask via comments or my Contact Me page.
I hope to see your name on a finalist list come October 31!

COME ON!  FINISH THAT DAMNED BOOK! :)

August 10, 2014

Succubi in spaaaaaaaace! She can kill with a kiss... A guest post by @pippajaygreen #scifi



Tethered blurb:
She can kill with a kiss. But can assassin Tyree also heal one man’s grief, and bring peace to a galaxy threatened by war?

For Tyree of the Su, being an assassin isn’t simply something she was trained for. It’s the sole reason for her existence. A genetically enhanced clone—one of many in Refuge—she’s about to learn her secluded lifestyle, and that of all her kind, is under threat by a race capable of neutralizing their special talents to leave them defenseless.

For Zander D’joren, being a diplomat has not only cost him his appearance, but also the love of his life. Scarred, grieving, he must nonetheless continue in his role as co-delegate to the fearsome Tier-vane or risk a conflict that could only end one way.

Now both of them need to keep each other alive and maintain a perilous deception long enough to renegotiate the treaty with the Tier-vane, or throw their people into a war that could wipe out Terrans and Inc-Su alike. But there’s more at stake than humanity, whether true or modified. Can the love growing between them save them both? Or merely hasten their destruction?

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Author Pippa Jay: 
 
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

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Where the idea began...

Succubi in spaaaaaaace!

It might seem an odd idea, and I can't help but say it in the same comedy way as Pigs in Space from The Muppet Show. But essentially that's what the story boils down to. It began as a random discussion on Twitter with a couple of author friends over how dragons and elves seemed to be hogging the limelight as mythological beings went, and it was about time the others got a look-in. I started with a vague idea of writing about a succubus, since I'd never seen it used in anything I'd read, but being a scifi author I wanted to put a futuristic or SF twist on it. And then Christmas Day, of all the days, muse had an epiphany and Tethered began.

It started off under the working title of Succubi, and the original opening scene was a stark revelation of her abilities (that particular scene later got moved further into the book). As the story developed and I researched the whole myth of succubi further, my seductive demon became a genetically enhanced clone with special abilities, who assassinates her targets in a way true to her supernatural origins.

From the Wikipedia entry – "A succubus is a female demon or supernatural entity ... that appears in dreams and takes the form of a human woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual activity ... Religious traditions hold that repeated sexual activity with a succubus may result in the deterioration of health or even death.

In modern fictional representations, a succubus ... is often depicted as a highly attractive seductress ..."

While Tyree's human co-delegate is somewhat uncomfortable with her methods, she's quick to assure him that at least her victims "die in ecstasy", though he doesn't find that much consolation. She feeds on their auras—an energy field given off by all living things (excuse the Star Wars reference, lol)—but especially the psychic release resulting from sex. It's considered the bonus of her profession. She could do it simply by touch, but as she points out someone in the throes of passion is far less likely to struggle or protest, and makes it far safer and easier for her to do the deed. Her genetic enhancements mean she's stronger and faster than the average human, can use her pheromones to seduce and enthrall not only human males but also those of the fearsome Tier-vane featured in the story. Add to that her ability to ghost through solid objects by adjusting her molecular density, and Tyree is as beautiful, deadly and irresistible as her supernatural origin.

But not all succubi are malevolent, and while Tyree might be a killer, she still has a conscience. And, much to her surprise, a heart...

Her protector's name played on her teeth and tongue... RUNNING FROM SHADOWS #8Sunday #YAPNR

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Today I'm sharing from my (unpublished) young adult paranormal romance Running From Shadows!

Follow Greta Shore (a 17-year-old, black-haired wiccan beauty) and Paxton "Pax" Craig (an 18-year-old, blond-haired college student with a dark secret) as they discover the fate of their forbidden love.
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(Read last week's post. Set-up) Greta runs away from her surprise engagement partthrough the woodsPax saves her from a shadow demon. Oh, and he's a unicorn! 
Pax tells her that the shadow has fed on her emotions. And that it's definitely someone she knows. And she must under no circumstance confront it because it will kill her. And don't get emotional about anything! >.< Now, her mother tells her Reed Clarkwell--Greta's shrink--suggested the marriage contract. She's gotta stay calm per Pax, and all she can do is think about it. Greta makes it to A Likely Story (the small bookstore where she works) to discover she's on the shift by herself...

Cover Art by Danielle Fine
Grammatical liberties were taken :)


At the counter, I dug out my Intro to Architecture book and started reading for my elected college course; no one cared if I did my homework during my shift. Besides, Sunday mornings in April dragged by, and new shipments only came in on Wednesdays…Not too much going on. 

Within minutes, I felt calmer, smoothed out; houses and buildings were my go-to. When I drew them, I was in charge; I molded them…shaped them. 

“Hey, I’ve got something for you.”

Paxton Craig stood in front of me, looking all hot and wild-eyed. Oh Goddess. Architecture forgotten, my protector’s name played on my teeth and tongue.

 

Tune in next week for more angsty spooky goodness!

Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated!


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Extra! Extra!

*Would you like to see some pics of Greta and Pax? Check them out here! Gotta love Pinterest!! Ooo, stalk me there too, please...uh, here! ;)

 *Self-publishing? Need an editor and cover artist? Check out my uber-talented editor, Danielle Fine, she's wonderful to work with and does exceptional work! Click here for more info!

August 4, 2014

Sassy Summer Book Party Launch on the Dragon Blog - my LORE up for grabs! #YA #NA #Adult



Love to read?? And you're all like this about books?



Then this party is for YOU.

Watch the pretty Dragon Blog for the next two weeks for participating authors... Ahem, I'm partying too!!!




My anthology Lore is up for grabs!! This is the prize pack that my genies are in...
here!
 


There are some awesome books on the list. One of which really caught my attention with its title: My Sister's Reaper.

So let's party, people! <3



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