I just spent the last few weeks in Australia—another check off my bucket list! We met our son there and spent a big part of our time touring Tasmania. We visited a wildlife sanctuary where we could feed kangaroos and visit with koalas and gorgeous cockatoos (one was a hundred years old!). To our dismay, as we continued our journey, we learned many of the animals—including the kangaroos and Tasmanian Devils—in the sanctuary are basically roadkill in the countryside.
But we also visited with Anne Gracie (Hi, Anne!), traveled part of the Great Ocean Road on the mainland, and saw koalas hanging from the trees in the wild.
If you could, what country would you visit?
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Help, I’m having trouble naming the three books in my new historical romance Magic series!
Submit your best ideas below and I’ll reward whoever submits my favorite with a $10 Amazon gift card and the best five with a free digital ARC of the first book in the series.
Hint: the first book is about an astronomer and an astrologist, the second about a couple with “compelling” voices, and the third has a blind marquess and an empath.
Previous titles include: Must Be Magic, This Magic Moment, and Merely Magic – among others.
I can’t promise I’ll use the titles, but I appreciate the support! (and those of you who have made prior suggestions–I’ve kept track of all of them!)
Maybe the reason I add magic/odd/psychic elements to my book is because in my search for escapism, I’m hoping to warp time–must try that some day! But in writing historical romance, time is still relevant, unfortunately. I have just written myself into a nasty corner on this Magical Malcolm trilogy I’m drafting. The final book ends on a particular day in history and even my powerful characters can’t take back time. Which means I must go back through the whole book and figure out what they’re doing on which day of the week. Really, when will I learn organization?
While everyone else is raking lovely autumn leaves, here at the beach we’re dodging palm fronds. Don’t let those dainty frills against blue skies fool you. They’re attached to the tree with wood as solid as any pine branch. And the trees don’t just drop the pretty fronds–they drop the entire branch. On roofs, heads, anything that happens by at the wrong time. The ones at the beach will wash away, but the ones all the driveway have to be cut up with saws and hauled off. The Santa Ana winds are blowing off the desert this weekend, so they’re crashing everywhere. Along with the full moon tide, we’re ready for Halloween!
It’s time for a giveaway!
With Halloween just a few days away, I’ve teamed up with some fantastic romance authors – Melanie James, Tonya Kappes, Mindy Klasky, Kelly McClymer, and Jen Stevenson – to give away some great prizes, including a new Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!
I’m also giving away 5 eBook copies of Mystic Guardian, the second book in my Mystic Isles historical-paranormal series.
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I’m in the nail-biting process of deciding on the “look” for the next Malcolm/Ives historical romance series. Do I want naked lady backs? Not particularly, but I do like Mary Balogh’s lady/landscape covers. But I’m writing as much about the Ives men as the Malcolm ladies (and by 1830, they’re pretty intermixed, magic wise). So a hot guy on the cover, maybe? But how does one differentiate between one 1830 fashion model and another? Wouldn’t they all look alike? What do you think?
Prince Charming by Elliott James—urban fantasy
I can’t remember who told me about this book, but thank you! It’s fantasy on a level with Patricia Briggs. The characterization is amazing. The hero is an outcast from an ancient group of Knights Templar who are under a geas to protect the veil between humans and the supernatural. Because the hero’s mother was bitten by a werewolf, he has unnatural tendencies and is despised and hunted by his father’s knights. His conflicts are manifold but his sarcasm is hilarious. Like Briggs, this is not a bloodfest nor erotica, but a strong contemporary fantasy with a fascinating stage of characters on a vampire hunt. The action scenes are beautifully choreographed and hard to skim, even though I usually skim violence the same way I do sex scenes. If you can handle another vampire hunter, check this one out.
How often do you skip the sex and violence scenes in genre fiction?
Because I’ve been out playing this weekend–finally saw Lion King live with the family among other things–I played hooky from the computer. It’s hard to come back from the awesomeness of that music to words that must be pulled from my cranium. So today, I refer you to my Word Wench post on historical world building. Do you have favorite book worlds that you visit?
One of my many frustrations in researching Regency England is the difficulty of picturing 1812 against what I can see in the 21st century. The photo is of Big Ben in 2015. For the fun of it, here are some montages of London in the early years of photography. Those of you who are familiar with today’s London will see a lot that’s familiar. Do these kind of images help you picture what we write about in our novels?
Street life in Victorian London https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlNzeoyAokE