Monday, May 2, 2016

Caliburn Press Blog Hop

Hi all!!
Welcome to the Caliburn Press Blog Hop!!! Below you will find some of our books by some great authors. Please check them out. Don’t forget to follow the blog links below for more blogs and giveaways.

(see my giveaway at the end of the post)

JJ Fowler
The Longest Midnight
The Earth is dead, long ago ruined in the fires of the war - a war without end. Humanity now fights extinction from the legions of the ravenous dead.  These dead warriors change, they adapt, they fight back with our weapons, mimic our tactics, and even speak in our tongue. In a sign of desperation, a small group of human soldiers sets off into the unknown for answers to the dead's uncanny ability to learn and organize and kill. They hope to return with something that will turn the tide in humanity's favor. But is there even a tide to turn? Most humans can only wait and look up into the blackened sky, a sky without sun, a sky they call The Longest Midnight.
Link: Coming Soon.


Barbara Custer
When Blood Reigns.
Marked for death, Alexis holes up in a safehouse with her lover Yeron and four survivors of a zombie invasion. She’s searching for the compound where Kryszka renegades are making a chemical to induce a zombie-like state. Despite frequent assaults by ravenous walkers, subtle dangers such as hidden cameras elude Alexis. She never realizes until too late that the renegade soldiers have been tracking her.
Link: Coming soon.


Marti Boshers
Sophie's seemingly ordinary life is about to be replaced with one full of chaos when she travels to an immortal realm for protection. She discovers she is part faery and part witch, but she is more powerful than either. She soon realizes she will have to protect her family, friends, and this new world she has come to love. She will sacrifice everything and never give up hope. She finds family, love, and power, but she also finds betrayal and murder. Will she rise to the challenge set before her or fall beneath the ashes of what she is destined to save.
Link: Coming Soon

S.A. Hunter
Elanraigh: The Vow
Thera doesn’t know why the Elanraigh Forest-Mind chose her, of all the Allenholme folk, to hear its voice and to awaken her gifts of mind and spirit. The Elanraigh sends a warning dream—black sails swooping toward Allenholme from across the western sea—the Memteth, an ancient enemy, armed with blue fire that hungers to consume life. 


Chuck Daukas: A Little Night Fishing
"Hidden by the sea and the fog, he watches.  His lust for human flesh has sprouted and grown over a preternaturally long life.  Now his hunger is insatiable and he will hide no longer.
On shore, a young, bumbling security guard barely escapes a mind-wrenching encounter, only to find himself all that stands between the thing and humanity - and a multiplying horror that is closer to us than we are to ourselves."


Barbara Winkes
Amber Alert
When her two-year-old niece is kidnapped, Major Crimes Detective Ann McCoy uses every bit of leverage she has with Agent Cal Davis to stay on the case. The girl's parents, Ann’s sister and her wife, are desperate for answers. 
While the investigators look at the disturbing possibilities, a pattern emerges. They find an organization hidden in plain sight that has no boundaries when it comes to pushing their agenda- 
even at the cost of harming families and children.


Julia French
Hill Magick

Seeking escape from her abusive husband, aspiring columnist Rachel Jeffries travels into the hill country of
Massachusetts, where she is saved from certain death by self-taught folk healer True Gannett. Armed only with his great grandfather's knowledge, can True protect himself and Rachel and stop the swath of destruction started by the powerful magician Joshua Lambrecht and his obnoxious familiar?

Frank Julius Palumbo:
Planet Nibiru has returned from its twelve thousand year orbit, and its inhabitants, a race of advanced winged gargoyles, will again rule Earth as Gods. Humanity's harvest has begun. 


Sandie Will
The Caging at Deadwater Manor
On a cold, January evening, fourteen-year-old Jeannie Kynde is told that her beloved mother drowned in the murky waters along Florida’s Gulf Coast.  Her distraught father turns on Jeannie, no longer the caring father she once knew.  Four years later, Jeannie is finally old enough to escape her father’s clutches, but he has different plans.  He imprisons her at Deadwater Manor, a psychiatric hospital with an unscrupulous past. Will she be locked away forever?


BLynn Goodwin
Talent
Fifteen-and-a-half-year-old Sandee Mason wants to find her talent, get her driver’s license, and stop living in the shadow of her big brother, who disappeared while serving in Afghanistan. She tries out for the school musical, but is assigned to a job that might be better than any role. Everything changes after her dad picks her up following a Saturday work day, and I can’t tell you the rest without spoilers. If you check the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see that it’s well worth your time.


Tina Amiri
Whatever the Impulse
When There’s Nowhere To Go But Too Far.. 

With his sole guardian turned stalker and the police on the wrong side, 19-year-old Night has little choice but to enter into an elaborate ruse in exchange for refuge. Despite his oppressive, isolated past, fulfilling his dying mentor’s grand expectations is achievable for prodigious Night, but threats and temptations abound. As Night’s power increases, will he be able to control his feral impulses, and more importantly, will he care?



Michael Penny
The nations of Daern are being torn apart. Old enemies are watching their borders, leering through a thin veneer of peace. The nobles search for weaknesses among their rivals, even as their castles crumble around them. And hungry spirits creep into the souls of mortals, whispering of more horrors still to come. At the edge of civilization, four lives collide in this world where mercy has become a luxury few can afford and life is often cheap. Can they survive under the pressure of forces they barely understand?


Jodie Pierce
The Vampire Queen (book 1 of 3-trilogy)
A young woman awakes to find out not only is she an important Countess but she is also the very first or 'Ancient One' as she is called by her subjects. Her memories of being a vampire or anyone are gone so she must relearn everything (from spells to flying) from the people around her, but can they be trusted? She also learns her main objective as the old Countess was purifying the vampire race and wishes to continue with that work. The 'Others', powerful and evil vampires, attempt to use her memory loss to their advantage. They had been trying to entice her to their side for centuries. Struggling to remember her past, battling the 'Others' and coping with her new life keep the Countess busy throughout this spellbinding and thrilling novel. Will she succeed in her goals or will the 'Others' win her over to their side this time around?


Angela Page
Matched in Heaven
Heaven may not be what you imagine. 
Jake and Mimi are dead and riddled with guilt. They play matchmaker for their spouses on Earth with the help Marcel, a disgraced priest. A May/December romance blossoms for Samantha and Syd on Earth until fate steps in.

Thank you for visiting my blog and don’t forget to check out the other ones on this blog tour. You can find the links below:


5/1 www.matchedinheaven.net
5/2 www.bloodredshadow.com
5/4 www.kissedbyliterature.blogspot.com
5/7 www.sandrahunter.blogspot.ca
5/7 www.juliafrenchbooks.wordpress.com


**GIVEAWAY**

I'm giving away an ebook (winner's choice amazon.com/author/barbarawinkes). To enter, please leave a comment on this post. Thank you!



Monday, March 28, 2016

On "Carol"



Warning: SPOILERS (just in case we weren’t the last to see it)


At first I wasn’t even sure whether or not I wanted to see Carol. I was afraid of how it would end, and determined not to sit through another lesbian-themed movie that would leave on a note of little to no hope, or worse, with one of the main characters dead. Once bitten, twice shy.
So I asked a friend on Facebook—who was quite incredulous that I would want them—for spoilers. Once assured that none of my fears were about to come true, I became interested, especially after reading various reviews.

Here’s my opinion:

First of all, the first meeting. I’ve heard a few times that the theme of instant connection between the main characters is something that’s overdone. I disagree. First of all, the sheer numbers. Compared to the amount straight themed movies and books, I don’t believe that anything’s overdone yet. On a personal note? I love it, seeing it, reading it, writing it. I thought it was believable and sweet, the chemistry obvious.

The characters: I enjoyed watching the romance of two strong characters, women who were ahead of their time in knowing that there was nothing wrong with them. Their time, their environment was against them, but they still found a way to be together.

They both grow in the course of the story—Carol deciding that living an authentic life rather than stick with a miserable compromise was a much better way for both her and her daughter. Therese who at some point feels like she’s just saying yes to everything, clearly has made up her mind in the end. This ‘yes’ is an informed choice, not a spur of the moment decision.

I loved how so much was said between the lines. This is another favorite of mine, when characters—good actors—can communicate without words, affection, longing, want.

The name Todd Haynes pretty much guaranteed beautiful imagery, and didn’t disappoint.

I soon forgot why I was ever worried about watching this movie, and it stayed with me.

Do I have a wish-list for movies I want to see as long as the phone book? Of course. I want all of it, action, adventure, drama, mystery, romance and thrillers, political, dystopian and every genre you can imagine. This was just one item to cross off my giant fantasy list, but I’m happy about it. I didn’t think it was ‘slow’—in fact, I thought for the time it was set in, the pacing was completely appropriate.

It was one of the movies I wanted to see for a long time. The damaging effects of homophobia and misogyny aren’t being denied, but they don’t seem so insurmountable. In art that’s both social commentary and escapism, it’s important that ‘it gets better’ has its place too.

The Happy Ending is an archetypal theme that doesn’t belong to straight people only, but all of us.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: Amber Alert

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Amber Alert by Barbara Winkes

Amber Alert

by Barbara Winkes

Giveaway ends March 24, 2016.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday Women: The Vampire Queen by Jodie Pierce



In today's Wednesday Women blog, fellow Caliburn Press author Jodie Pierce tells all about her love for strong female vampires, and the books she's writing about them. Welcome!


Jodie Pierce is a Paranormal vampire Author that has also dabbled in vampire horror and vampire erotica. She has four traditionally published novellas and many other self-published novellas as well. She has had a fascination with vampires since 7th grade but it wasn’t until she read an Anne Rice book that she started writing about the vampires she had loved for so long. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, has 4 step-children and one kitty named Pixie. She enjoys research so many things in her stories are real with fictional twists. She enjoys creating strong female vampires in her stories. She sees a little of herself in these characters along with traits she wishes she had. 



In her Vampire Queen trilogy, she’s created a world for her leader of the vampire race to rule in. She’s committed to purifying the vampire race and this is very evident in the first book, The Vampire Queen. The Queen is bisexual so there are many scorned lovers left in her wake of searching for domination. The third book, Demise of the Vampire Queen is her undoing and she is left to suffer, something she’s never experienced in the past. She is beautiful, seductive and ruthless. In the first book, you are not supposed to like her but as the trilogy goes along, she’s supposed to grow on you once you can appreciate a strong woman. 

In her latest self-published release, Vampire of Brazil (also available in Portuguese), her main female character starts out naïve but triumphs in the end over her male lovers. It is a great vampire story mixed with Egyptian mythology and set in the beautiful Brazil Jodie loves so much (she lived there for six months as an exchange student and it has captured her heart). 



Jodie is currently working on a Scottish UFC type of story where the main male character meets the seductive female vampire who give him her powerful blood which boosts his career. He becomes cocky and she has to knock him down off his pedestal and take him down. She’ll control him along the way and is again, another of Jodie’s strong female characters. She looks up to Rhonda Rousey for her confidence, attitude and work ethic so that’s what sparked her ideas for this story, title coming soon. 
 
Jodie’s book are:
The Vampire Queen
The Vampire Chronicles
Demise of the Vampire Queen
Condemned by a Vampire
Vampire of Brazil
Crime Bites and So Do I
The Reluctant Vampire
Once Sanguist, Twice Bi
A Society Intoxicated with Vampires
Tales of the Vampire: From A-Z
Charity Books:
In Vein
Wild Cards
Animal Instincts
The Wolf Gift
Other Anthologies:
Bloody Kisses
Midnight Thirsts II
Bloody Games: Bloody Kisses Vol.2



You can find her at the following links:


http://www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com-My dedicated Author's promo blog!!







Twitter: vampiregds

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday Women: Randa Florez et al. by Kieran York

Today in the Wednesday Women, Kieran York and her leading ladies, among them Randa Florez from her latest release Astray. My apologies for being late today--tons of snow have messed with my schedule this Wednesday. But here's Kieran's blog now:




WOMAN I’VE WRITTEN

First, my appreciation to Barbara Wishes for inviting me to participate in Word Affair: Wednesday. It is a great honor to be among all the amazing writers.
As a Sapphic writer, my objective is creating believable, sometimes enticing female characters. I want them to belong to both the reader’s and my world. I want to know their desires, dreams, character flaws, and achievements. If it works, I can draw out their intimacies of living. I want them to breath and their hearts to beat.
To demonstrate my objectives in fictionalizing women, I’ll explain that I love knowing about people and women in particular. All women are fascinating. So the females in my literature are developed from real life, from combinations of real life, and imagination. They are based on my knowledge and experience.

Fictional characters often locate me without any enticement. They are just there – and probably have been hiding out with me for most of my life/their lives. They are characters waiting for their ‘call to plot’ within the queue.

In Sapphic literature, I’ve selected three of my most popular main characters. Naturally, artist Danielle O’Hara from Appointment with a Smile needs to assist me when talking about Appointment. She is nearly always mentioned. A question often asked is if there are similarities between me and any of my main characters. My answer is nearly always that Danielle is pretty close match. We have one another’s vulnerabilities.  

Danielle’s first person story flows through the eyes of an artist. She is nearing sixty years of age, and her love life is extinct. Her career – likewise. She finds it is never too late for her love of art, or her romance.

The Royce Madison Mysteries: Timber City Masks, Crystal Mountain Veils, and Shinney Forest Cloaks, are about an enforcer in a small Colorado mountain town. She is courageous, kind, and I’m told many women fall in love with her. It’s been interesting writing Royce. I see the development as the series moves along. A fourth mystery is planned to be published later in 2016.

Astray (published February 2016) is a suspense novel with one of the most fascinating Sapphic characters that I’ve written. Randa Florez is a newspaper crime reporter. Life alone requires an enormous amount of self-exploration and research. When attempting to decipher evil within a malicious soul, it is incomprehensible.  

Randa considered: If I was truly able to locate the message of others, I must decode myself. It was the human face filling itself with language that most intrigued me. Just as there are parts of the vast heavens above that I can’t see from here, there are also parts of my reflection lost from my vision. So often life was a cavernous, maze-like chamber.

Randa seeks to understand evil. Conflicted with her own obstacles, she always felt torn apart by being split between two worlds: Hispanic and Anglo. With her parents separating when she was born, Randa became a member of two heritages – she never completely belonged to either. Randa’s youth was one of being bullied by both communities. She felt to be abandoned.

Her character is complex. Although she reflects benignity with each of her missions/assignments, her personality is also stalwart. She is insightful, competent, and yet she is unable to trust completely. She never belongs completely – even to a woman she loves.

As a writer, I approach my main character with concerns about how the character impacts the plot. And how does the plot fit the character. In the case of Astray, there is a simultaneous interweaving of Randa’s exploration and the heart of a killer. Plot allows Randa to peer into the soul of a deranged, brutal killer. Randa’s search to discover evil takes her through a dangerous circuitry of horror.

In my experience, there are many main character requirements. There is her hunger for purpose. Another component is intensity. For me, character development needs self-disclosure as well as self-realization.

These are a few of the ingredients. There are many, many more. I want to have a glowingly symbiotic relationship, or an electrifying romance with my main character. I want her to be my leading lady. And if I’ve written her as she should be written – she will be my leading lady. And the reader’s leading lady.

A Word to my READERS from my leading ladies: From Danielle, Fleur, Bryana, Kelly, Olivia, Vicky, Royce, Beryl Trevar, Megan and Randa – thank you! Thank you for spending time with us. We appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.

A Word for my fellow Sapphic AUTHORS: I’m proud to be a part of this glorious wealth of literature that we’re experiencing. We’re all trying to make our art finer, friskier, and as exceptional as it can possibly be. Our destiny becomes an attempt to elevate literature. Our hearts are covered over with words – they are our gifts.
~Kieran York  




Kieran York is an author/poet with Scarlet Clover Publishers. She is a graduate of Fort Hays Kansas State University, and attended Mexico’s University of the Americas her junior year. She is originally from Kansas, and currently lives with her schnauzer, Clover, in the foothills of Colorado. She enjoys music, art, literature and her antique typewriter collection and her guitars. Sixteen of her Sapphic books of prose and poetry have been published. She was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist; Rainbow Honorable Mention for poetry; and Finalist in the Poetry category of Golden Crown Literary Awards. Her mysteries have all been Amazon Hot New Releases and on the Amazon top 100 Best Seller Mysteries. She has been a reporter and reviewer for newspapers and taught poetry classes. She wrote and performed songs with a regional woman’s band. She is a member of Lambda Literary Society and Sisters in Crime.

For additional information, please contact Scarlet Clover Publishers, LLC; P.O. Box 621002; Littleton, Colorado 80162.
You can find her on her Amazon Author’s Page: www.amazon.com/author/kieranyork/
or on Facebook: Kieran York or Kieran York Author
  

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday Women: Penny Elliot and Carter Forbes by Raven J. Spencer



A billionaire romance for us.

 Billionaire romances are all the rage and have been for some time. I’ve read a few and often felt left out for the most part—I just didn’t get the main character’s attraction for the guy. D’uh. I’m a lesbian, so that makes sense, right?
 
There were other aspects that did draw me in. Don’t we all dream of winning the lottery sometimes, leading a sorrow-free life without any financial worries? This is where the guilty pleasure comes in. Guilty, yes, but still intriguing, and I couldn’t help thinking: What if there were stories like this, but with women?

How would a character act differently, if she had all the privilege of the “new boys,” but had been socialized as a woman?
And the character falling for her, would she easily adjust to having obstacles moved out of her way for a certain price, or would she resist more?

I try to answer those questions with Penny and Carter, in the Surrender Trilogy.



In the beginning, Penny is a sociology student who puts in many work hours at the Café Vienna in order to pay for tuition and a roof over her head. She could use a break, but waking up one day in a luxurious suite on a Caribbean island was not what she had imagined. Carter’s motives are questionable. Penny is troubled by her attraction to her, but it becomes harder to fight with each day in her presence.
And her world is turned upside down even more…

This is partly fantasy, but I’m unapologetic about it. I love the idea of a powerful woman, giving her male peers a run for their money. I love the rising sexual tension between the two women, the focus on their pleasure, which is not a given in mainstream entertainment.

I wrote their story, because I wanted to read one like it, and couldn’t find it anywhere.

I hope you’ll have as much fun reading it, as I had writing it.



The Surrender Trilogy:




Surrender Forever (coming May 1st 2016)

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Blog Tour: Cake by Jove Belle

Congrats to Jove Belle on her new release! Come check it out:



 (graphic provided by author)

Holy smokes. I’ve been running around the internet like a promo whore telling folks all about my new release, Cake. And my friend Barbara Winkes was awesome enough to let me hang at her place today.



Because Barbara is all about woman-power, I thought I’d introduce you all to Elana, one of the two main characters in Cake.



Elana is a licensed therapist and life coach. She’s also still madly in love with her ex who is getting married to someone else (a dude, even). Elana is the sort who can take someone else’s life and turn it into a nice tidy. And maybe she’s the sort to run over her ex’s new boyfriend’s mailbox. And maybe she’s the sort to get community service at the local women’s prison.

She’s also the sort to go to her ex’s wedding even though it’s a terrible idea. And she’s the sort to bravely ask her new love interest to take a chance.

I hope you get a chance to introduce yourself to Elana. And I hope you find her as charmingly broken and I do.



Cake

A sexy romance about two women, one inconvenient wedding, and a shared love of cake.


Kelly and Elana’s relationship is a recipe for disaster. First, they meet at a wedding, and that never works. Second, Kelly’s older brother is marrying Elana’s ex-lover. And third, Elana is still painfully, undeniably in love with said ex.

When it comes to other people’s lives, Elana Verdad is an expert. As a licensed psychologist and life coach, she helps people overcome obstacles. Her own life, on the other hand, is a disaster. Her lover left her for a man, so she drove over his mailbox accidentally on purpose. Now, not only did the judge take away her driver’s license, he also assigned her to community service at the local women’s prison. In what may be her worst idea ever, Elana decides to crash their wedding.

Kelly Miller may not understand her brother’s rush to marry his girlfriend, but when he asks her to bake his wedding cake, it’s not as if she can refuse. She’s in the catering business after all. At the wedding, she meets a beautiful, complicated, and seriously damaged woman. Although Kelly knows it’s crazy, she’s drawn to her nonetheless.

Despite the reasons they shouldn’t be together, there’s still an undeniable something between them. All they need is a chance to enjoy their slice of the cake.



Jove Belle...

...has been a part of the lesbian fiction publishing community for almost a decade.

In addition to being an author and editor, Jove is a founding member and co-admin of the popular lesbian fiction blog Women and Words. She also works as a consultant with Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online marketing company for fiction authors, and as Operations Director US for Ylva Publishing.

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