What are You Reading Thursday

Heavy HandedThis week I read the début story by Jacci DeVera. Heavy Handed is a heart-warming sensual short story about Jake Merritt’s attempt to get his life back on tack after a bad breakup and losing his family property. Moving from Kentucky to Tennessee, he buys a farm, but no one shares with him one important detail. The property is cursed. Alicia is the mysterious dark haired beauty that shows up haunting his mind and his body. Together they find love in an odd way, but it’s a healing and enduring love that strips away the scars of the past. Though this is a short story I believe you will enjoy their journey.

Heavy Handed is available now from Dark Hollows Press and can be purchased at Amazon and other fine eBook retailers.


Rumor Has It Wednesday

Juli Alexander has some new covers for upcoming books to reveal, but her readers will have to wait a while to see them.

Carolynn  Carey is working on a new Barboursville story dealing with dogs and cats.

Lexi Witcher just revealed the cover for Twisted Sixteen.

Mallory Kane has started working on a new two book series for Harlequin Intrigue.

Random Thoughts Tuesday

So who watched the Bachelorette this season?  Were you pleased with the outcome?  Curious minds may want your opinion.

I didn’t watch. Lost interest in that reality show long ago. DWTS is about the only one I watch anymore.

Trying to write a Christmas themed story in July is not easy. Especially when I usually pick music to write by. Listening to Christmas sons when it is so hot outside seems odd.

I was terribly saddened by the passing of James Garner last week. TCM did a feature of his films in memorial yesterday. I loved him in Rockford Files and his movies with Doris Day, Polly Bergman, Suzanne Pluschette were great.  Move over Darling, The Thrill of it All, Support Your Local Gunfighter. Well…really the list could go on and on.

Happy Birthday to Sandra Bullock who turned 50 0ver the weekend.

Guest Author Monday

Please welcome today’s guest author — Michele Drier

Series or sequels?

A few years ago, as I started on this writing adventure, I did two and three paragraph synopses (for myself) of six mysteries built around small city crime from the point of view of Amy Hobbes, the Managing editor of the city’s daily newspaper.

I’m now writing the third book in this series, Delta for Death. The setting and main characters are constant from book to book, but the plots, the secondary characters, the mysteries, are completely different.

Each of these books can stand alone and they can be read in any order.

With six books loosely plotted out, I thought I knew how to do a series.

But when my son-in-law suggested I write a vampire book, everything went out the window.

The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles were supposed to be a trilogy. Three books that told the story of a regular, Maxie Gwenoch, as she took on her dream job at the celebrity gossip magazine, SNAP.

Book One, SNAP: The World Unfolds, introduces Maxie and her lover, Jean-Louis. Who turns out to be a vampire and the second in command of the Kandesky vampire family, a group of Hungarian vampires several hundred years old and owners of SNAP.

The second book, SNAP: New Talent, follows Maxie as she pushes Jean-Louis to teach her the Kandesky non-verbal communications…a decision that both she and Jean-Louis will come to regret.

Suddenly, it was becoming cumbersome to provide a detailed back story for the Kandesky family, so books three and four became novellas that told the stories of the principals of the Kandeskys; Baron Stefan Kandesky, his wife, Pen; Jean-Louis, and his wife Magda.

Then came SNAP: Love for Blood, the book that was originally planned as the third in the trilogy, but a funny thing happened.

Maxie and Jean-Louis…and several of their friends, acquaintances, enemies and hangers-on… kept getting involved in clandestine activities, which meant their stories continued.

SNAP_Jazz_050914Now, Book Eight, SNAP: All That Jazz is published and Book Nine, SNAP: I, Vampire is in the works.

These paranormal romances—light on the paranormal, heavy on the romance—have taken on a life of their own and found a home with readers. The reviewer for Paranormal Romance Guild said of All That Jazz: “I loved all of the Kandesky books but there is love and there is LOVE, and this one I LOVED. I loved Nik and Jazz and their love for each other is beautiful in spite of the inherent problems, i.e. being a vampire and the violence. I can’t wait for book nine to find out what happens with Nik and Jazz and Maxie and Jean-Louis.”

These books are a family saga, tales of the growing and maturing that takes place when worlds and cultures collide, and they’re a bit trickier to write. Each one can be read as a stand-alone, which means that the backstory of the family members and their adventures must be interwoven into each new book, without becoming overwhelming or an information dump.

One reviewer for The Reading Cafe was hesitant to read SNAP: Love for Blood (book four), because she was concerned she’d be lost. She’s now one of the fans for the books and the series.

When you start to write (or read) a series, be careful…if secondary characters hijack the plot you may be in for a larger story than you set out to write (or read!).

Do you like series? Do you prefer recurring characters or continuing stories? If you’re writing a series, do you intersperse it with a different book? Is writing a series mind-numbing or wonderfully creative?

my bio pixMichele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. She’s lived and worked all over the state, calling both Southern and Northern California home. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series.

SNAP: All That Jazz, is Book Eight of The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, was published June 30, 2014. The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles paranormal romance series include SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story, DANUBE: A Tale of Murder, SNAP: Love for Blood, SNAP: Happily Ever After? and SNAP: White Nights.

She also writes the Amy Hobbes Newspaper mysteries, Edited for Death and Labeled for Death. A third book, Delta for Death, is coming in 2014.


BLURB: All That Jazz

Nik and Jazz, both employees of Kandesky Enterprises and passionate lovers, are having a tumultuous time. Are their differences too great? She’s a contemporary, hip, young career woman working in the fast-changing world of celebrity gossip journalism in Los Angeles. He’s a 500-year old vampire living in Kiev, Ukraine and running the Kandesky Munitions factories. She deals with celebs and sun, he deals with terrorists and dark.
Is their overpowering attraction enough to build a life-long future, or will their relationship fizzle out before Maxie’s and Jean-Louis’ wedding, dying faster than a Fourth of July sparkler?



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TGIF … Heroes

TGIF … Heroes with Elizabeth rose

Thanks Leanne, for having me as well as my MadMan MacKeefe heroes here today. I want to start out by saying that these three Scottish Highlanders are from the MacKeefe clan, best friends, and more or less crazy. I’m going to ask them each a question or two and let them tell you about themselves.

Elizabeth: My first question is for Onyx – from Onyx –Book 1, of my MadMan MacKeefe Series. Onyx, tell the readers about yourself – like about your two different colored eyes and your “little spells.”

Onyx: Och, ye would have te ask me aboot thet. Well, all I have te say is thet me own faither thought I was a demon when I was born and hated me since he blamed me fer me mathair’s deith. Anyway, he put me in a box and ordered a guard te throw me inte the ocean.


Elizabeth: In all fairness, your father thought you were dead.


Onyx: True. It’s becooz o’ me spells of anxiety when I get anxious or stressed thet he thought I was deid. Me heart almost stops beatin’ and I stop breathin’ and me eyes are starin’ wide open. Thet scares most people since I have demon eyes, no’ te mention, they dinna ken thet I’m no’ really deid. O’ course, thet was really a bad thing when I got thrown in a cart o’ deid plague victims, but I survived.


Elizabeth: Thanks Onyx, or I should say Dagger, since that’s what your friends call you since your father put an onyx dagger in the box with you that day. My next question is for Aidan, from Aidan – Book 2, of the series. Aidan – can you tell the readers about your strange pet?


Aidan: Elizabeth, me pet squirrel, Reid is no’ as strange as Dagger’s pet wildcat or Ian’s mangy wolfhound.


Ian: Me hound isna mangy ye dunderheid!


Elizabeth: No interruptions, Ian. Now, Aidan, tell us about the Stone of Destiny and your part in that ordeal.


Onyx: Ye mean thet he lost Scotland’s coronation stone?


Ian: Aye, he had it stolen by his “Dream Angel.”


Aidan: Haud yer wheesht ye two. And quit interruptin’ me. The truth is I used the Stone of Destiny as me pillow and had a dream o’ a reid-haired angel. True, I was supposed te be guardin’ the stone, but Effie tricked me! And if the readers want te ken what happened they’ll jest have te read the story.


Elizabeth: Fair enough. Now, my last question is for Ian. Tell us about the vision you saw in the Samhain fire on All Hallow’s Eve.


Ian: It was more than jest a vision, Elizabeth. It was the face o’ Tearlach MacTavish, a man I hated more than anythin’ and killed – or so I thought. Ye ken thet the veil between the worlds is lifted on All Hallow’s Eve and the deid can come back te life.


Aidan: Are ye sure ye jest dinna ken how te fight and kill like a man?


Ian: I’ll show ye how I fight when I have ye screamin’ like a lassie when I get ye inte one o’ me headlocks.


Elizabeth: Calm down, boys. Now, one last thing, Ian. Tell the readers whom you fell in love with.


Ian: Blethers, I had no idea, Kyla, Aidan’s wee sister liked me when she kept followin’ me around. Especially since we grew up together. But the readers can find out more aboot this in me story – Ian – Book 3.

Elizabeth: All right, guys. Thanks for joining me here today and try not to kill each other. After all, don’t forget you are friends. And I want to point out that anyone can read excerpts of Onyx, Aidan and Ian’s stories by going to my website at http://elizabethrosenovels.com.



Elizabeth Rose is the author of over 30 novels. She loves anything paranormal or medieval and hopes to someday visit the castles of England and Scotland. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago, is married and has two sons. She loves gardening, has an herb garden as well as a secret garden, and enjoys grilling and inventing new recipes. Some of these recipes can be found on her website, part of her ongoing project.



Blurbs and buy links for the MadMan MacKeefe Series:


onyxmad2300Onyx – Book 1: Can Lady Lovelle, a proper Englishwoman and Onyx, a mad Scottish Highlander work together to find a stolen Book of Hours before a death and impending doom overtake them? Deceit is evident and hidden secrets are revealed in Onyx.







aidancover300Aidan – Book 2: Scotland’s coronation stone, The Stone of Destiny has been taken. Now Aidan is willing to die to protect his country, while Effie is willing to betray her country to save her sister’s life. Beliefs are shattered as desires grow stronger and someone’s destiny is bound to change in Aidan.





Ian300Ian – Book 3: Can Ian overcome his tormented past when a man he’s killed rises from the grave? And will he notice that Kyla, his best friend’s wee sister is a strong, beautiful woman before he loses her forever? A desperate man faces more than one inner demon in Ian.





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