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From Angela James’ blog:

Samhain is open to submissions.

In the most recent issue of the RWA’s Pro newsletter (Prospects) it was reported that Samhain is closed to submissions. We’re unsure where the erroneous information came from, but we are not closed to submissions and have no plans to be. We continue to accept submissions in all genres of romance, as well as science fiction/fantasy/urban fantasy all with romantic elements. Submissions guidelines can be found http://samhainpublishing.com/submissions. All questions and submissions can be directed to editor@samhainpublishing.com

We hope you’ll help us out by posting this correction on your local and specialty chapter loops.

Thank you!

Angela James, Executive Editor

**permission to forward granted**

My cynical mind is pondering how such a thing came to be published.

I’ve noticed that good old Dick has been shooting his mouth off, left, right and centre. Now we finally know for sure, who was behind the majority of George Bush’s heinously bad decisions.

Keith Olbermann’s special comment on this last week was right on:

Dick Cheney, in case you haven’t heard it enough sir, you are a twat who needs to shut the fuck up, and resign yourself to the fact that you are an irrelevant fool who needs his head sticking in a toilet full of piss and shit, and whipping until you cry uncle.

You are a terrorist in a suit, who just happens to be born American.

Pox on you, you son of a bastard.

I’d suggest we start a #JailCheney Twitfest on Twitter, but I’m not sure how many KKB readers really give a shit either way.

Kiss & Hell, by Dakota Cassidykiss-hell

A paranormal romantic comedy with heart is probably the easiest way to describe Ms Cassidy’s Kiss & Hell. The problem is that such a label doesn’t come even close to doing it justice. There are some deeper threads mixed in with the laughter, but there isn’t any overt preaching because none of the characters take themselves terribly seriously.

There is some graphic language and a couple of rather explicit sex scenes in the novel, but the real warning is for people who can’t take their religion with a sense of humor-the language in the narrative is highly irreverent, but definitely not with the intent to offend.

Here is the back cover blurb:
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This week’s dilemma is as follows:

You’ve been dating a guy for just over a year, and you’re very much in love with him. He finally asks you to marry him, and you’re ecstatic. He then tells you that he had an irreversible vasectomy a few years ago, which means that you have no chance of having kids of your own. You’re devastated because you desperately want children.

What do you do? Do you stay with him, and look at other options like adoption, or do you leave him, due to your desperate desire to have a child of your own?

What would you do?

the-tycoons-rebel-brideThe Tycoon’s Rebel Bride, by Maya Banks

The second in Ms Banks’ Anetakis Tycoons trilogy, The Tycoon’s Rebel Bride follows the second Anetakis brother, Theron, and Isabella Caplan, erstwhile ward of his elder brother Chrysander. This novel is a good example of how clichés can be used effectively to tell a story.

First, the back cover blurb:

“I don’t suppose you saved me a dance?”

Tycoon Theron Anetakis had only one problem-and she just walked through his door. With his business takeover complete, he’d intended to arrange a marriage for himself to further secure his future. However…

Little Isabella Caplan had blossomed into a voluptuous vixen with plans of her own, and they didn’t include letting the executor of her father’s estate also arrange a marriage for her to another man! She had pined for Theron long enough. Now it was time to seduce her hot-blooded hotel tycoon and bring him to one bended knee.

The Anetakis Tycoons-Three Greek tycoon brothers bound for love… only as a last resort!

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wild-thing-anthI have mentioned before that I rarely read anthologies cover to cover-which begs the question of why I buy them in the first place. The answer is that I want one-perhaps two-of the stories within, and that I want that one story bad enough to pay for content I know I am likely never to read.

You can imagine how happy I am on those occasions when two or more of the stories in the same anthology resonate with me. These are two such stories, originally published in 2007 in the Wild Thing anthology by Berkley. (more…)

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Now of course I’m a proponent of free speech, and free expression, but I think I take a dim view of protests that cost me money as a tax-payer.

The UK government has spent something like £8m policing the Tamil Tigers protests that have been taking place in Parliament Square in London, over the past five weeks, and the discovery of this bit of information has annoyed me no end.

Apparently the protestors are angry because of the UK’s lack of action, regarding the rebels, but why the fuck do we always have to be the ones leading the way in trying to solve the problems of other nations?

My main problem with this particular protest is because as far as I’m aware, the Tamil Tigers are actually terrorists, so wouldn’t it be akin to people protesting in favour of Al-Qaeda?

If people are going to protest, then I would suggest that the atrocities going on in Zimbabwe, is probably a worthier reason to protest.

Undoubtedly, there are some worthy causes out there, but surely there has to be some curtailment to the extent of the freedom of expression that we allow to some protestors? Would half the people be out there protesting if they were made to pay a nominal sum for the policing of the demonstrations? I think effing not.

Also, where are the protests in India, one of the largest economies in the world, regarding this matter? They are Sri Lanka’s nearest neighbour, but because of their zero tolerance methods re demonstrations, nobody dare protest over there. It infuriates me no end.

In London, the congestion charging is a pain in the arse, but coupled with diversions here and there due to protestors, it’s enough to drive a person mad.

Anyway, I think people should be able to protest where and where they please, but I do believe that the organisers of some of the more spurious and ambiguous protests should be made to pay.

What say you?

“A Gypsy’s Vow”, by Bonnie Deea-gypsys-vow

I believe it is no secret that I enjoy Ms Dee’s writing very much. This short story, published by Silver Liquid Books, is no exception. Set in England in 1902, “A Gypsy’s Vow” is a sweet little tale of romance-and lust. A little warning, then: the romance is sweet, but there is graphic sex within.

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This week’s dilemma is as follows:

You and your hubby have been married for five years, and you’re both very happy.

One day an old male friend walks back into your life (Let’s call him James). You were best friends in college, and except for one drunken one night stand, when you were feeling depressed over breaking up with a boy you were seeing, the relationship wasn’t sexual. You’ve missed him in your life, and you’re pleased that he’s back.

You tell your husband about James, (without mentioning the one-night stand) but he’s not too pleased. He does however, agree to have him over to the house for dinner.

Throughout the dinner, hubby acts in a jealous manner, and is obviously very uncomfortable with James. You try to include him in as much of the conversation as possible, but he’s not interested in being nice.

After James leaves, hubby lays down the law, and tells you that he doesn’t want you to see him anymore.

What do you do? Do you tell him no, and stay in an active friendship with James, knowing that A), it may cause a strain in your marriage, and B) you’ll have to keep the two of them separate, or do you respect your hubby’s feelings on the matter, and stop seeing him?

What would you do?

(By the way, whilst looking for an appropriate jealousy-related image, I noticed that the majority of the images depicted two women, and one man. The implication being that it’s mostly women who get jealous of other women, and that men don’t get jealous of other men perhaps?)

flirting-in-trafficFlirting in Traffic, by Beth Kery

An erotic contemporary romance, Flirting in Traffic is my first exposure to Ms Kery’s writing. Published as an electronic book by Cerridwen Press (a division of Ellora’s Cave), it is marketed as a full length novel. However, at less than 140 pages, this story fits more comfortably under my definition of novella than of novel; other people’s mileages may well vary, of course.

Here is the blurb from the author’s site:

She went off like a red-hot firecracker on his foyer floor, then vanished.

Esa never intended to participate in her best friend’s unorthodox dating scheme – flirting with hunky construction workers in Chicago traffic. Her thoughts changed when she saw a long, lean slice of heaven strutting around the side of the highway. For him, she would be the carefree sex kitten her borrowed car with its suggestive license plates implied she was.

Though smarting from the wounds of a recent break-up, Finn can’t resist the tempting redhead driving the come-and-get-me car, flashing him contemptuous looks with those brandy-colored eyes. The lure of taming the feisty little kitten is just too great to deny…

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After nine years and tons of bitterness and accusations flying every which way, the final report on Catholic schools for children in Ireland has been published. Apparently it details decades of abuse of thousands of children by the very people who should have cared for them, protected them, eased their (already heavy) burdens.

What is truly sad is that I am not surprised, not the teensiest bit surprised.

I’m sure a number of people are going to get up in arms over this post, so let me explain a couple of things:

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Sometimes I feel as if I have been living in a cave, far away from civilization, averting my eyes whenever smoke signals appear on the horizon.

atlantis-risingWhy, you ask? Because I am just now starting to read yet another series with a respectable backlist.

Alyssa Day’s Warriors of Poseidon series to be precise.

Atlantis Rising, by Alyssa Day

The first title in the series, Atlantis Rising introduces a rather complex universe, in which a number of seemingly disparate and disconnected mythologies turn out not just to be based on fact but also linked. There are Greek gods and their descendants (or perhaps, their chosen race?), vampires, shape shifters and humans and, inevitably, power grabbing and evil.

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Look what AL found when she was looking through this year’s RWA schedule:

Online Promotion: B(u)y The Book (CAREER)
Speakers: Lori Foster, Jenna Petersen, Michelle Buonfiglio, and Danielle Jackson
Romance industry insiders and an Internet media expert teach you the simple, down home truth about successfully marketing and presenting yourself – and by extension, your work — to online media and communities.

I’m assuming Buonfiglio is the Internet media expert?

Internet media expert? Really?

She’s like that embarrassing relative that you wish would stay locked up in the house.

Hopefully she’ll change up from her last presentation.

I wont hold my breath though.

I find I must share.

Sunday, May 17, 2009
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks

Some of you may have noticed that I am not terribly forthcoming with personal information. Call me paranoid or a hermit, but there you have it.

However, there are times when if feel that either I share or burst. This is one such case, and even though I’ve managed to sit on this for over a year, I find I cannot hold it in anymore.

Behold the words of my second and youngest kidlet (who had turned 15 a few short months before writing this)

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I honestly didn’t think we’d do it this season seeing as we had such a splendid season last year, but win it we did.

If I’m honest, I expected Liverpool to pip us to the post, and even as a United fan, it wouldn’t have bothered me too much, but Rafa-Rant changed the whole complexion of the season for me, all of a sudden, we had to beat Liverpool no matter what.

Thanks Rafa for inspiring my beloved United to go forth and claim their eighteenth title. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Bwahahahahaha!!!!

I had the pleasure of meeting Olivia Gates at the crazy-huge signing on the last day of the Romantic Times Convention. Since she lives in Egypt, it is not often that she gets to meet many of her fans face to face, let alone sign books for them. Being an RT virgin, I didn’t think to bring any books with me to the signing, but man, I wish I had had my copies of her Throne of Judar trilogy with me!

However, she had some copies of her May release to give out, and she kindly signed one for me (with a lovely message too; thank you again, Ms Gates!), so you can imagine how difficult it is to write a negative review for it.

The Once and Future Prince, by Olivia Gates

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First in Ms Gates’ new trilogy, The Once and Future Prince introduces the setting for these stories, a mythical Mediterranean island kingdom. This kingdom, like real life small kingdoms and principalities in Europe, is the product of many varied and, occasionally, opposing influences. In this case, Moorish and Italian are the prevalent heritages. So far, Castaldini has survived in part due to its location and relatively small size, and partly due to the foresight of its first king, whose succession law decreed that it would be personal merit first, and bloodlines second, that make a worthy heir to the crown.

And yet, it is this same law that produces the conflict behind these stories.

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harassment

This week’s dilemma is as follows:

You and your sister, Georgia, are very close, and always have been. She’s married to an ok guy called Mike, and they have two beautiful children.

You call round one evening to look after the kids, as your sister is going out with some friends, and Mike is busy working on an important proposal.

When the kids go to bed, you and Mike pop open a bottle of wine, like you have done on many occasions, and proceed to get a little tipsy.

During the evening, Mike suddenly lunges at you, and tries to kiss you. You rebuff him, and ask him what the hell he thinks he’s doing.

He apologises profusely and blames it on the drink.

You decide to take his word for it, and you put the incident behind you.

Over the next couple of weeks, you notice that Mike does his best to ‘accidentally’ brush up against you again and again, and he even starts patting your bottom when your sister isn’t looking.

You threaten to tell your sister, but he doesn’t believe you.

What do you do?

Do you tell your sister, and either risk breaking up a family, or risk damaging your relationship, or do you keep quiet, and stop going round to the house?

What would you do?

This Dilemma Friday was inspired by Creole In DC blog.

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I don’t know how I missed the fact that Sarah Tanner, a fellow reader, now has a blog. Actually, I do, I’m ridiculously self-absorbed, and sometimes it takes a while for outside news to filter in.

Anyway, Monkey Bear Reviews is here, so hop along and say hello.

My top blogging rule? If you ever find yourself responding to a topic on another blog, and you’re going on, and on, and on – turn it into your own blog post. That way, it’s one less post you have to write.

Works for me. :)

Look, you got a smiley and everything.

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For those who were curious about Cindy Cruciger’s post that she deleted, here it is in full with some of the accompanying comments. I’ve edited out some of the more laborious comments, because… well, because they were boring and not really relevant.

Savage Incivility” – tried it once didn’t like it May 2

Filed under Jane Litte, Apropos of nothing, Assholes On the Web, Blog wars, Dirty Politics, Light a match for Karen Scott’s last bridge, Loose Thoughts, Pointless Blathering, The Four Horsemen, Writing by admin | 45 comments (K:There were 45 comments, but just 3 commenters)

Must be soap box day in 3 … 2 … 1. (more…)

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Hey Guys, guess what, The Vindictive Rhinoceros has reared her very ugly head again.

Like I twittered last night, just as I start to forget that the bitch exists, up she pops wanting some attention from her favourite people in the whole world. Talk about extreme separation anxiety huh?

Anyway, from what I can tell, she was trying to make a political statement, but somehow ended up talking about yours truly, The SBs, and Dear Jane. She truly does love us so.

VR started off talking about wearing pyjamas on a website, (which I really didn’t get, but we know how fragile her mental state is), then she mentioned feathers on said website, then she made a statement about trying to eradicate conservatism from us (I have no idea which us she was talking about) , then she talked about a dress on Google Earth, then she talked about her work in class, (I didn’t actually think she was a teacher at the university, but I could be mistaken) then she mentioned that good old biblical figure, Saul whatshisface (wasn’t he the dude who got David into that unfair fight against Goliath?).

Anyway, apparently Saul had some rules, and there were supposedly 13 of them. I did wonder if VR meant The Ten Commandments, but I figured it was best to not interrupt her flow. She then talked about freezing a target, but I didn’t have the foggiest idea what she was talking about. (more…)