Manifest, An Alice Meriwether Novel by Beth Dolgner
Alice Meriwether is everything a well-bred young Victorian woman should be: genteel, proper, and a vision of petite beauty. She would be the ideal 18-year-old if it weren’t for her love of New Science.
Steam-powered inventions, electricity generators, and airships fill Alice’s thoughts, much to the dismay of her family. When Alice’s love of science proves to be greater than her love for her intended husband, her displeased mother sends Alice to Atlanta to be a governess.
As Alice settles into life with the Highcroft family, Mr. Highcroft’s brother Roland captures her imagination. He’s mysterious, distant, and definitely a New Scientist. When Alice helps him perfect his Ghost Machine, she finds herself in the role of Roland’s assistant. As she delves further into the world of New Science, Alice finds herself dealing with love, rivalry, impertinent ghosts, and runaway horseless carriages.
Angel Of The Abyss – Book Three Eternal Hunger by Francene Carroll
After walking away from her mortal life, Lucia discovers that the glamorous and sophisticated vampires she has chosen to join are, in reality, sadistic killers. She is determined to hold onto her humanity and not become like them, but she faces great difficulties when she is confined to the castle and watched over by vampires night and day. She maintains her humanity by thinking about the loving husband she left behind, and looking forward to the day they are reunited.
When she is finally given her freedom, Lucia returns to her former life to discover that things have changed a great deal. Instead of going home to her husband as she had dreamed, she is forced to back into the world of vampires, where she must again make a decision about whether to join them or expose them for their crimes. To her great surprise, it is Drake L’amour who steps forward to help her when she is at her weakest and most vulnerable. He gives her hope to go on, and reveals more depths to his character than she believed possible.
Could he really be a vampire with a conscience, or is Lucia falling into a dangerous trap by believing that L’amour could ever change?
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On Demon Wings by Karina Halle
But what happens when you no longer feel like yourself anymore? When fires spontaneously start-up around you, when you hear growling coming from underneath your bed, and you no longer recognize your face in the mirror. What happens then?
Ghost-hunter Perry Palomino doesn’t have much time to find out. Now, the evil she used to hunt is a lot closer to home. It’s inside of her, taking over her life bit-by-terrifying bit, and there’s only one person who can help her.
If part of her doesn’t kill him first
On Demon Wings is the 5th book in the Experiment in Terror Series.
The Real Ghosts of Savannah, Georgia
I know, I know, the title of this guest post sounds like the name of a reality show. When it comes to paranormal activity in Savannah, Georgia though, reality is often stranger than fiction. In fact, a reality show about the ghosts of Savannah has real potential…perhaps it’s time for me to trade in my career as an author and head to Hollywood. Read the rest of this entry
Insatiable For Sin – Book Two Eternal Hunger by Francene Carroll
Despite her disturbing experiences in the lead up to her wedding, Lucia Holmes returns from her honeymoon feeling completely refreshed and restored to her normal self. She puts her hallucinations down to stress, and she is ready to forget all about them. She quickly discovers, however, that it will not be so easy to escape her destiny.
As she settles into married life with Aiden, Lucia finds herself changing. She has little patience with her new husband or the frustrations of everyday life. She feels disconnected from everyone around her. When she attacks a man at Desire and attempts to drink his blood, Lucia realizes that she needs to find out what is going on before it is too late.
Her search for the vampire Drake L’amour takes her into a world of wealth and decadence which could not be more different from the mundane life she has left behind. But there is a very dark secret at the heart of this world, and when she discovers it, Lucia has to make a choice between her yearning for glamour and excitement, and her eternal soul.
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Desires Of The Flesh – Book One Eternal Hunger by Francene Carroll
Lucia West is enjoying her bachelorette party at the nightclub Desire, when she is savagely bitten by a man on the dance floor. From this moment onwards her world is turned upside down as she is haunted by giant bats and a strange glowing figure in the park outside her bedroom window.
As her wedding day draws closer, Lucia begins to walk in her sleep, and she believes the man who attacked her at Desire is following her. When she confronts him in the park one night, the man informs her that he is a vampire called Drake L’amour, and that she, too, could become a vampire if she allows him to drink from her veins one more time. He offers her a life of endless glamour and excitement if she surrenders her soul to him.
Is Lucia losing her mind, or does the vampire really exist? Will she go ahead with her marriage to faithful Aiden, or will she be lured to the dark side by the sexy vampire L’amour?
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Playing With the Big Girls
When I was asked to contribute to this blog I thought long and hard about what I could write about. I agonised about it and worried that I actually had nothing worthwhile to say about my writing. Eventually, I plucked up the courage and did what all men apparently find difficult to do. I asked for direction. “Talk about your characters, about how you developed the story. Why you chose now to write. How long you have been writing. Other projects in development. Who the book is being published by,” was the response I got. This got me to thinking about what it was that made my characters, or rather one particular character, special, and that was the fact that she was a big girl.
Looking at the Urban Fantasy and Paranormal shelves in bookshops and seeing the covers with pretty young things cuddling sexy Vampires and sexy vampire slayers looking all dynamic with blood covered stakes, you may be surprised to learn that there is actually a market out there for heroines who are not a well toned, skinny figure with ballistic breasts. More to the point, you may be surprised to discover that there is a Romance genre market that caters to the larger woman. However, it does exist. It may not be a very big market but it is out there and there are publishers and writing groups who are looking to expand it. My upcoming novella, Transitions, came about because of one such group.
I found the BBW Romance Writers group on a random trawl of the internet. I could argue it as one of the hazards of unprotected net surfing, you sometimes don’t find what you are looking for but what you do find is often life changing. At the time, as someone looking to improve my writing craft, I was thinking that romance was an integral part of many stories and so being able to write it well was a skill worth learning. When I later found out what the meaning of the abbreviation BBW – Big Beautiful Women – I also considered this as both a challenge and an interesting niche in the publishing world. When I then found out that this group, as part of their normal activities, put together anthologies and had them published (they had one already for sale when I joined and in the process of producing another which was also published) I was sold and immediately began thinking about stories involving romance with outsized women. It was during this process that I created Helen.
Helen is an amalgam of a number of people I know. I am not going to embarrass any of them by revealing their names and I hope none of them can recognise themselves in her because I like to think I have blended her well enough that she stands alone. Physically she fits the requirements of the group as this extract from the as yet unpublished ‘Transformations’ shows:
Unlike Sim, with her dark and exotic beauty, and Tina, with her classic blond good looks, Helen knew that she was not someone who was desirable. Her hair was too frizzy to look attractive; she was too tall and slightly plump. Her colouring, dark hair and skin that reddened too quickly, was often referred to by some as the ‘English rose’ look which she assumed meant ‘plain and built like a farmer’s daughter’.
This, of course, is coloured by Helen’s own point of view of herself. Like many women faced with the media images of what is considered beauty she never sees herself as being beautiful and is therefore distrustful when people tell her so. In actual fact, she is a very attractive woman and her natural intelligence and strong personality, when she isn’t using them to alienate her friends and create barriers between her and potential lovers, make her allure even greater.
In the course of the story, Helen meets Brandon. Brandon is our hero but he is not the typical action hero stereotype. He’s a geeky guy in the same mould as Simon Pegg and he also has a multitude of self esteem issues based on media perceptions about what a man should be like. So, when these two meet at university, nothing happens. He quite likes the look of her and would like to know her better but thinks a confident and clearly beautiful woman like her would never consider him worthwhile. She, on the other hand, has got to the point in her life where she thinks no man would ever be interested and has thus resigned herself to a life of loneliness and rationalised it all as a belief that ‘men are only a distraction from more important career things’.
So, what gets these two characters together? Well, I hate to give away spoilers but as it is a Paranormal romance story let’s just say it involves a ghost…
What I found interesting about the process of writing this story was considering the motivations of the two main characters and how Helen not considering herself to be beautiful by the standards of the media made things difficult for the romance part of the plot. But then, romance has to be about overcoming barriers and I think a barrier relevant to today’s world is this one created by unrealistic body shape issues. Slim and sexy heroes and heroines getting together can be very superficial and hold no drama. This is why I like to play with the big girls because there is an inherent tension in getting them to overcome their own self esteem issues and realise that they are, in fact, beautiful.
About D.A. Lascelles
D.A Lascelles is a former clinical scientist turned teacher who finds fun and relaxation in writing.
He is the author of the short story, ‘Gods of the Sea’ (released 19th September, 2011 in the Pirates and Swashbuckler’s anthology published by Pulp Empires. Please see the interview at Pirates & Swashbucklers for more information.
His upcoming paranormal romance novella Transitions (due out in 2012 from Mundania Press ) forms part of the ‘Shades of Love’ serires of ebooks. The Shades of Love anthology is scheduled for release in paperback June 2012, also by Mundania Press.
He might explain why he keeps a number of replica flintlocks in the house but you would not like the answer. :)
You can find out more and stay updated by visiting his blog at Lurking Musings.
When Zach goes missing for three months, Rose is heartbroken. Zach awakens in the dark of a coffin, his memory erased. A strange group of people who identify themselves as his family reveal he has become a vampire. Rose has also learned of her secret heritage: she comes from a long line of vampire slayers. It is only when her path accidentally crosses with Zach’s does love surface again.
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Echo Falls by Jaime McDougall
Running from a nightmare stalking her every move, Phoebe Martin arrives in Echo Falls hoping she has finally found a safe place to stop. But trouble has a way of catching up and soon the signs are there.
Falling by Cecilia Gray
The trouble with falling in love is the long drop down…
Alexis isn’t afraid of much. She’s never met a cliff she didn’t want to climb or a waterfall she wouldn’t plunge over. Yet when her fiancé leaves and takes her daring edge with him, she swears off love….