Thursday, May 23, 2019

Everything on sale June 14-16

Mark your calendars, the weekend of June 14-16, every single book I have will be on sale. That's right, EVERYTHING. Books that are already really cheap will be free and everything else will be deeply discounted.This is an Amazon US exclusive. Depending on how this goes, I may later do an Amazon UK exclusive. ðŸ˜‰

If you follow me on Amazon, you can find everything more easily when the sale starts. ðŸ˜‰

Here's my Amazon author page.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Is Joaquin Phoenix the "real" Joker?

Probably didn't expect this topic on the blog of a paranormal romance writer, huh? What a lot of people don't realize is that Mr. J has inspired a few characters of mine. No, they weren't psychotic clowns, and yes, readers loved them.

I can't help that he comes out in my work sometimes. You see, I've loved The Joker since I was a kid. My first recollection of watching him in old Batman re-runs and starting to read comics, I was probably five years old, maybe six.

As I grew up I also became very strongly attracted to the character. That's right, I've got a Joker fetish. LOL How bad? I'd stand in line to touch it. All right? Happy?

Anyway, back to the subject. I have enjoyed Joker in his many incarnations, from Cesar Romero to Jared Leto. Yes, I was even able to approach the often hated Leto performance with an open mind. I kind of dug it. My reasoning for that being, I didn't compare it to anyone else. He did his own thing. 

I've been following talks about the new Joker movie for a while. Obviously not closely though because I just saw the trailer last night while browsing YouTube for meditation videos.

And .... I hated it.

Why can't I approach this film with the same open mindedness I gave to Leto? I'm not sure. Maybe my hopes were too high? Or maybe I've just got an issue with the concept. For whatever reason, this particular idea felt wrong to me.

He looked like a sad, and very thin, John Wayne Gacy. Ugh. Where was my low-key sexy Mr. J? For that matter, where was Joaquin Phoenix? This didn't even resemble the actor I remembered. When I first heard he'd been cast, I had serious doubts. Not because he isn't capable, because he certainly is. He just isn't Joker to me. But the more I thought about I reasoned, "He's a good actor and he's pretty attractive. How bad can this be?"

Then I saw the trailer and thought, "Oh, pretty bad."

Everything about it was just wrong. Including giving Joker a definite origin story. Part of what makes him an interesting agent of chaos is you don't know who he used to be, and he doesn't seem to give a damn. Whoever Joker once was is both pivotal (to him), and irrelevant in who he has become. That's what makes him interesting. (HAHAHAHAHA! THE CHAOS!)

Having said that, I have to admit that I do enjoy what the Gotham series has done with the character. And they did give him a background.

In my mind I was already going over many of the things that CinemaBlend's Adam Holmes points out in this article. Joker is too old to be Batman's nemesis. As Holmes states, the Joker in this particular version would be at least 30 years older than Batman, making it just plain odd to see them throw down. (But I'd still watch, because that would be hilarious.)

Also, the Waynes are still alive in this film, making me wonder if they're going to follow the route taken by the Jack Nicholson version of Joker and have Arthur Fleck (still cringing at the name) murder the Waynes. Or, will he be the one to inspire Joe Chill? Personally, I hope they go the Joe Chill route. This would begin to show how Joker has influenced the life of Bruce Wayne, and the eventual creation of Batman. In this case it would make Joker, even more so than before, responsible for "making" Batman. But what about that massive age gap? Oh, and giving him a definite story? Will that work?

I am now, with all my heart, hoping that Joaquin Phoenix isn't the "real" Joker. If he isn't, it would actually make perfect sense. What if this new character, Arthur Fleck, is merely the inspiration for the development of the Joker we've all come to know? What if this failed comedian becomes one of the many origin stories he sometimes tells, rather than sharing his own? (This is, for the most part, the origin story told in The Killing Joke.)

In that case, there will be others. Men who wear the smile and come and go from the face of Gotham. Since these men will no doubt be famous, of course he would know their story, just like everyone else in Gotham. But when he finally emerges, no one will know the REAL Joker. He could be anyone. He can spout off an origin story at random based on the criminal clowns who came before him, still maintain his mystery, still maintain continuity with the established Batman lore, and it could STILL work.

If that's what they're going for with this new film, it's freaking brilliant. Fingers crossed. 

Now, I've got a book to write. Lol Feel free to share your thoughts on the new Joker and this theory, or others, in the comments.

Monday, April 1, 2019

How about a few free werewolves?

Considering how many free reads you can find online, I thought I'd make it easier to find mine. LOL 

The first book in my Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter series is free on Amazon US. I've tried to make it free on all of Amazon, UK, etc. Unfortunately, that is out of my hands as Amazon refuses to do that, for whatever reason.

BUT, for those of you who can download from the Amazon US site, here's a freebie. :) The first book in this series is full-length and then some. You're getting over 100k of werewolves and ass kicking action, not to mention 3 months of my life, for free. 


You can find it here or click the cover image above. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

What the Lilith Mercury, Werewolf Hunter series means to me.

This post was originally written February 13, 2014, but since I still get a lot of questions regarding this series, I thought I'd share it again. And yes, it still means that much to me.

Everything I have ever written represents a part of who I am. But no story has ever been more personal to me than the Lilith Mercury series. The story is told from her perspective, but she is more an expression of myself than a work of fiction. 

The scars Lilith carries are my own, both the ones you can see, and the ones you can't. Her thoughts, her emotions, even her hobbies are my own. Every trauma she experiences represents a similar experience in my life. Not literally, of course, but emotionally.

The men in her life are not there because she is a raging slut, nor do they represent men in my life. They represent different aspects of myself, therefore, they are no less a part of Lilith than her own heart.

Marco is everything I wish I could be, and everything I ever wanted. He is a true hero. He is tough when he has to be. He is kind. He gives a lot of himself to others and knows exactly what he wants. This is why Lilith turns to him for direction. 

Dracula is my pain. He is my broken heart put onto paper. After everything is stripped away, when I am emotionally bare, he is the monster that remains. He is immortal, wounded, and lonely. He is the emotional equivalent  of everything that has caused me pain and how it changed me. That is why Lilith turns to him for comfort. If anyone understands pain and loss, it's Dracula. 

Bade is my fantasies come to life, and I don't mean sexually. He says and does exactly what he wants, even if he knows it is wrong sometimes. Bade is always true to himself and that is why Lilith is drawn to him.

Alek represents my dreams. He can make people's dreams come true, even if it is only in their mind. He has the wisdom that I often wished I could have and gives the guidance that I often long for. That is what Lilith sees in him and why he is her confidant. 

Elijah is my innocence. He is everything good in me and everything I feel that I have lost. He is the same for Lilith and that is why he means so much to her.

Lilith's powers say more about me than they do about her. She can take away the pain of others because that is something I have often longed to do. She heals with her emotions because I wish I could use mine to do the same. 

Lilith wants more than anything to be normal, to be loved, and accepted for who she is. She is drawn to all the parts of her soul that are missing. 

No, that doesn't mean that all these characters are or will be her lovers. (Some will be.) It means they are there for a reason.

Perhaps through growing as a person/character she can learn to accept these aspects of herself. Through writing her story, perhaps I can as well. 

Maybe I shouldn't be this honest about myself and my writing. I just want people to know why I care so much about this series and why it matters to me.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Dreams of walking on your hands

See, I didn't forget that I promised to get back to talking about dreams on this blog. LOL For those who don't know, I've been into dream interpretation for almost 20 years. It has been both a hobby, as well as something I occasionally do for friends of mine.

I also include many of my dreams in my books. The Lilith Mercury series, for example, is filled with dreams taken straight from my journal. I also use dreams as a source of inspiration for which direction to take some of my stories. 

As I was sitting here today, working on a new book, I realized that there is a new reoccurring pattern to my dreams. Lately, I keep dreaming about walking on my hands.

One dream in particular about walking on my hands will be included in the third book of my Unseelie of Atlanta series, Lord of Frost.

But lets get on with the dreams. 

Here is the first dream I had about walking on my hands. I'll edit out the names so as not to spoil the book this dream will be featured in. Everything else is exactly as it was in the dream.

As the dream begins, I know that I am dreaming. I am fully aware, yet I make no effort to take control. I want to know what my mind is trying to show me.
XXXXX is in front of me, lying on the floor between a bed and a wall. We are in someone else’s house. I have no idea whose house it is, only that it belongs to someone we do not know. He is fully clothed in his usual attire, jeans and a flannel shirt.

The next thing I know I’m doing a handstand. It takes me just a moment to steady myself. At first my back is straight. Then I realize it would be easier to balance my weight if I curled my legs toward my head in a scorpion position. I widen the position of my hands, and begin walking toward him. As I do this, he smiles.

In reality I don’t go around walking on my hands. I’m not even sure if I have the upper body strength, but in the dream it felt very natural. He moves his legs together so that I can straddle him with my hands and walk up his body.
We’re face to face and he continues to smile at me. The emotion in his eyes breaks my heart, because even in the dream, I know it isn’t real. But I miss this, so I allow myself to see and feel what I need to. It is both a comfort and a burden.

I lean down as if to do a push-up and press my chest against his. Slowly, I lower my body down, inch by inch until I am lying flat against him. His smirk is adorable as he says, “Please, continue.”

My heart flutters the way it used to when he smiles at me that way. Then we hear whoever owns the house coming back in. We laugh and get up, I’m assuming to hide or leave.

I wake up with a pain in my chest.

Needless to say, the first time I dreamed about walking on my hands was bittersweet at best. But, I figured it was too real to not put in a story somewhere. I felt like others could certainly relate.

This is the latest walking on my hands dream I had. This one was pretty simple. I was walking down a dirt road. The scenery was peaceful, woods, green fields, and I remember hearing birds. In this dream I knew that the path led to my house, even though that is not what the road looks like in reality. But in the dream, I knew I'd traveled this road many times. It was all very familiar to me. I felt at peace. I can still remember the way the ground felt beneath my hands. I wasn't struggling in the slightest to hold my weight. I felt free. And then I woke up.

Now, let's interpret, shall we?

Dreams are overlooked by so many people, but I believe they are how our higher selves communicate with us. Sometimes they hold messages we need to remember, or have yet to receive. Other times, they just remind us of what we’ve lost and break our heart.

The first time I had this type of dream we were in someone else’s house. Houses can represent people, our relationships with them or our feelings about them. But this was a stranger. Maybe I feel that some unknown aspect took this person from my life? After all, he was in the house when I arrived. Or maybe some as yet unknown part of myself knew it was time for me to move on.

He was lying on the floor beside the bed. Beds usually signify something about sex, even though this dream was not sexual despite how it might sound. In this case, maybe people would not have approved if I was sleeping with him and that’s why he appeared on the floor. I mean, it certainly seems that no one liked him, but didn’t tell me until after he was out of my life.

As for walking on my hands, hands are often symbolic of work or current projects. To walk on them means to take all the pressure, all the weight, in a way the body isn’t used to carrying it. I had to balance so carefully, just to be near him. Too much work and effort for someone who turned out to be toxic? I think so.

As for all of the emotions I felt ... I think I was just missing someone I once felt very close to, even if that person didn't really exist. At least, not the version of them I thought I knew.

The latest occurrence of this dream type was a much better experience, being in nature is always a good sign. This can pretty much be interpreted however the dreamer sees fit. For me, bright and beautiful scenery is self explanatory. 

I am really excited about the birds in the second dream.

Birds often symbolize goals, hopes and dreams. To hear them chirping and singing, like I did, represents joy, harmony, and love. This entire dream signifies a positive outlook on life and spiritual freedom.

I was still walking on my hands, still taking on a great deal, but it was not weighing me down.

These dreams happened roughly 3 months apart. I take this as a positive sign that I'm moving in the right direction.

So, what are your experiences with walking on your hands in dreams? I hope this helps someone in looking to interpret their own dreams.

Now, it's back to work for me. :) After all, books don't write themselves.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

I'm not dead. Lol

I realize it has been a REALLY long time since I have used this blog. What can I say? My life kind of went nuts.

For one thing  we were hit pretty hard by hurricane Michael. It will likely take the rest of this year to deal with insurance and to gut and rebuild our home.

All of that aside, I really want to get back to things that I enjoy, like sharing bits of my work and life with you here on this blog. 😊

Since it is a big interest of mine, I incorporate it into many of my books, and it still gets a lot of hits here, I plan to talk more about dreams and dream interpretation.

Of course I'll also be talking about upcoming books, what I'm working on, what I have in mind for the future, etc.

So stay tuned, my peeps, I'm still here. 😊👍

Friday, October 27, 2017

Have a HOT Howl-O-Ween!

Looking for a hot read of the shifter/magical kind this Halloween? These stories have it all.

We've got mystical hybrids, magical werewolves, faerie princes, Dragon-born guardians, a vampire princess,  Atlantean warriors, and a sexy werecat.

Bloodlines releases October 31st.

99 cents

**Pre-order Bloodlines now to lock in this special price.**

When night falls and the moon is full, the hunt calls to her.

Tasha is a fără magie, a magical type of born werewolf. Since the death of their last alpha she has distanced herself from the pack. The problem is the new alpha, Blake, wants her for his mate and he won't take no for an answer. Could Damon, the sexy new faerie in town, be her savior? Or could she be his?

**Warning: Contains a fae prince that will make you want to search your garden for faeries.**


A fresh, meaty, sink-your-teeth-in-and-hold-on-tight new adult fantasy series kicks off with King Hall...

King Hall -- where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies.

Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing -- The Mystical Kings. Being named future Queen of the Shifters shoves Lily into the spotlight, making her one of the most visible Mysticals in the world. But with risk comes a certain solace -- her burgeoning friendships with the other three Rulers: a wicked Vampire, a wild-child Mage, and a playboy Elemental. Backed by their faith and trust, Lily begins to relax into her new life.

Then chaos erupts as the fragile peace between Commoners and Mysticals is broken, and suddenly Lily realizes the greatest threat was never from within, and her fear takes on a new name: the Revolution.

Dark, Sexy. Powerful. This Zodiac Dragon Series will scorch the pages.
Lucas is the sixth of twelve Guardians. Dragon-born in the sign of Sagittarius, he carries all the traits of his sign—the good and the bad.
He's honest, outspoken, and can spot a lie from a mile away. So when the Vampire Prince pledges allegiance to the Guardians in hopes of keeping his sister and his clan safe, Lucas becomes uneasy.
Something isn't quite right with the Vampire Princess, nor with the tale her brother has told, and as the Guardians plan their wrath on those who've harmed their kin, Lucas starts to uncover the chilling truth, and finds a vicious immortal who rivals the Huntress herself.

Princess Eva Nicholi of the Shadistin Clan is a survivor, and she's lived with the secret of her father's fight to save her from the Huntress for the last five hundred years. She'll stop at nothing to keep her past buried—along with the bodies she's left in her wake—and as Lucas nears the truth, she knows only one way to protect those she loves—seduce and destroy.

Lucas may escape with his life.
But his heart is another matter altogether.

Family. Honor. Love.
What happens when those three collide?
Who will be left standing?
Who will be left heartbroken?


Halloween in Atlantis, a Poseidon's Warriors story:

A Halloween treat from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Alyssa Day. 
Now that Atlantis has finally risen to take its place on the world stage, the Atlantean warriors are having to face some new and interesting dangers -- like Halloween parties. 

Arrogant warrior Liam doesn't understand the beautiful, bubbly human whose entire function in life appears to be to plan parties, but he can’t seem to keep away from her, either. Jamie, who considers herself to be completely unflappable--the hallmark of a great event planner--doesn't understand why the far-too-serious Atlantean manages to get under her skin with every single encounter. Even if he is the sexiest man she has ever seen.

When the two of them are thrown together to solve a mystery surrounding the queen's stolen jewels, sparks fly, secrets are revealed, and Halloween has never been hotter. 

This novelette (longer than a short story, shorter than a novella, at 53 pages & a little over 16,000 words) is perfect for reading on a coffee break - or in between handing out candy to trick-or treaters.

99 cents

Don't miss the prequel to Deliciously Mated, A Mate's Wish, available now!

As head chef for Lake Haven Lodge, Eagan Masters spends his days cooking warm and hearty meals for his clan and their guests. His nights however, are spent in his cabin, cold and lonely. There's no mating for the big cats. He's accepted it, but no amount of time in the kitchen can keep his heart from craving someone to call his own. When food and other supplies go missing from the lodge, he sets out to reveal the thief. But without a scent to track, he begins to wonder if Lake Haven has a ghost. 

Clara Destacio is a ghost. Not literally, but if you count the way she can sneak into houses, get what she needs, and leave without a trace, she might as well be invisible. Years ago, a tragedy left her seeking solitude. Exchanging her friends, family, and cushy lifestyle for the quiet simplicity of a rough camp in the woods has helped her deal with what happened. But surviving sweltering summers and frigid winters in the Ouachitas means she has to take what she needs from those who have too much.

Clara finds Lake Haven's lodge and the abundance it offers, and realizes she's stumbled onto a gold mine. But when someone starts leaving her food so she won't have to steal, the guilt she's been running from catches up with her.

***Book 1 of the Ouachita Mountain Shifters series, which is a spin-off of the Dirt Track Dogs series. To experience more of these characters, read the prequel, A Mate's Wish, or the Dirt Track Dogs books. 
***Contains adult language and explicit sex scenes. Intended for mature audiences only.