Monday, October 23, 2017

Here BE News

Posted by: Veronica Scott
New Releases:

Other News: 
Veronica Scott reports that Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 is a USA Today Best Seller! Thanks to everyone  for all the support and it's not too late to get your copy and support Hero-Dogs, Inc.
Buy Links: Amazon   iBooks   Kobo   B&N 
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Veronica interviewed HBM Author Linda Mooney and Author R. E. Butler (Were Zoo Series) about writing unusual shifter novels for USA Today/HEA last week: http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2017/10/19/veronica-scott-linda-mooney-re-butler-interviews-unusual-shifters/



Bring It Back(list) Feature:
Linda Mooney's Healer of the Heart here:


Joely Sue Burkhart's latest release, QUEEN TAKES KNIGHTS, is FREE this week starting 10/23!


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bring It Back(list) - HEALER OF THE HEART by Linda Mooney

Posted by: Linda Mooney
HEALER OF THE HEART is my 99c Special for October!

From October 1st through the 31st, you can get the ebook for only 99 cents! (Available at this price only on Amazon and my website. Note: Click BUY EBOOK on my website to get the Nook or PDF version at this price.)

HEALER OF THE HEART
Epic Fantasy Romance
Word Count: 88.2K
$0.99 e / $15.99 p

On an alternate world, a woman with extraordinary healing powers, and a man who would be the next ruler of his country, are thrown together to save their lands from warring nations and to solve the mystery of two brutal deaths within their fortress, despite the danger to their own lives.

Through it all, they find a love that defies all odds, and become the symbol of hope for the future of their world.

Warning!  Contains bloody swordplay, dungeon indoctrination, covert meeting in the kitchen, challenging authority, repeated attempted murder, total disregard for traditions, and the ultimate Seven Joys.


Friday, October 20, 2017

trying something new: lead lighting

Posted by: Shona Husk

A few weeks a go when I was going to teach a writing class I stumbled over a lead lighting class in the same building. I’ve always been fascinated with lead lighting. It looks amazing and as a kid I had those kids which come with the metal frame and your pour in the glass/plastic pieces and bake in the oven.



Here was a chance to actually try lead lighting properly with glass and actual led and soldering and…I’m sure there’s other bits to it but I’m not up to it yet.



This week was my first class and while I had an idea for the piece, I had to turn it into a lead light design (like making sure the lead parts connect to the edge). With that done is was time to rummage through the beginner boxes of glass to find the colors and start cutting.



Now would be a good time to point out I hate broken glass. I cut my foot open as a kid at the beach and even now I won’t take my shoes off outside (If I were a heroine in a romance novel lead lighting would be me confronting my fears of broken glass in a non-threatening way).



The glass pieces rubbing against each other as I looked for blues and red was grating and I kept expecting shard to break off, none did. The cutting however was a challenge. Score the glass and snap it (that was fine) but then tiny slivers littered the work bench. Getting a glass splinter was a real risk.



I survived class one with only a small cut and no splinters. Next week it’s more cutting then somehow getting the pieces into the frame. I’ll share the finished product when it’s done.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween Costumes--who do you want to be?

Posted by: PG Forte
One of my favorite things about Halloween are the costumes. I love how each one tells a story.  Are you dressing up as who you are, or who you’d like to be? Or are you picking your costume for some other reason altogether?

I once knew a woman who worked for a government agency. She told me that, in order to keep up the pretense that they were just an ordinary company, all the agents would show up at work on Halloween wearing costumes. In my imagination they all dressed up as spies and secret agents in trench coats and masks. I’m guessing they really didn’t do that, but wouldn’t be great if they did?

For myself,  I tend to take a very minimalist approach to costuming—not that I dress up very often. The last time was for a circus-themed party at RT. I went as a Tattooed Lady because, well, I have tattoos.

For my son’s first Halloween I took the clothes off the large, stuffed Paddington bear he’d been given and dressed him in them. As you can see from the picture, he wasn’t all that impressed with my costuming skills

For several years in a row my son would only dress as a pirate for Halloween.  He’d played Captain Hook in an afterschool production of Peter Pan and it stuck. My daughter, on the other hand, clearly inherited my less-is-more costume philosophy. When she was in third grade she went to her school party in her usual clothes. When questioned she’d explain she was dressed as a juvenile delinquent, then she’d pull out the fake cigarette she’d bought at a magic shop and pretend to light up. That didn’t really go over all that well.

That was the year I “dressed up” by accentuating the dark circles under my eyes. When  anyone would ask what I was I’d tell them: “Tired.”  A few years later, I accompanied my kids to a party dressed as a coat rack, because that was obviously what both of them thought I was anyway given the way they expected me to hang on to all their belongings for them. But I digress.

No conversation about brilliant Halloween costumes is complete without mention of the first Halloween episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer—the one where everyone became whatever they were dressed as. “Outside to inside,” as Drusilla put it. It was a brilliantly written episode. In fact, now that I think of it, I’m sure this episode was a big reason why I’ve written several Halloween costume parties into my own vampire series.

My characters are often less than thrilled with the idea (much like my son and his Paddington costume, I guess). This is what Jason (the hero of  Going Back To Find You) had to say on the subject:

Everywhere Jason looked, he saw reminders of the holiday. From the artificial jack-o’-lanterns grinning at him from every lamppost, to the amiable scarecrows and sheaves of corn that lined the sidewalks. There were gauzy ghosts hanging from the branches of trees in the park, comical “gravestones” in front of the haunted house. It was all so charming and picturesque and playful--and depressing as hell.

Jason knew there were vampires who enjoyed Halloween, who took a perverse pleasure in dressing the part. Occasionally, they’d tried to convince him to join them in crashing one of San Francisco’s infamous Halloween parades. But the idea of pretending his very existence was imaginary left Jason feeling like the punch line of a really bad joke. Like being a turkey at Thanksgiving, an elf around Christmas time, or a small, winged god on Valentine’s Day. Not that he’d ever personally met any small, winged gods, but it stood to reason.

Despite my characters’ reluctance, I’ll probably keep on subjecting them to embarrassing costumes After all, my kids are too old for me to dress, and I enjoy it. As Spike observed, it’s just...neat.

So what about you? Do you like costumes, hate them, or don’t care either way? Do you have a go-to or fall-back costume that you reprise every year (like my son’s pirates, or Willow’s ghost)?


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's Almost Halloween: Do You Believe In Ghosts?

Posted by: Angela Campbell

Like many of the people who write in the paranormal genre, October is my favorite month. I love the way the cooler air whisks at my face; the crunch of gold and rust-colored leaves beneath my boots; the smell of pumpkin spice; and seeing fun and scary costumes in stores. Of course, I also love Halloween. I suppose I tend to gravitate toward spooky things year round, but it somehow seems more acceptable in October.

Speaking of spooky, some of the spookiest things that have ever happened to me have happened in graveyards.

Here’s a really strange fact you probably never wanted to know: I actually visit the cemetery a fair amount, having lost my mom when I was 12. My best friend also lost her mom as a young adult, and she’s buried not too far from mine. Now, we regularly go place fresh flowers on their graves. Nothing odd in that, right? Well, except we usually go late at night.

I know. Weird.

We’re both night owls, and I work long hours during the day. It’s not uncommon for us to meet up — safety in numbers — to go to the cemetery at night.

One time we were inside my car when the headlights captured a woman and a dog standing beside a grave. There was something unnatural about them that caused me to immediately stop and turn around. I mean, they had no flashlight and they weren’t near a car. “Did you see a woman and a dog standing there?” my friend immediately asked, but when we both turned back to look seconds later, they were gone. GONE!

Another time, I took my then-teenage niece with me to my mother’s grave, and she carried a voice recorder to try to capture EVPs — electronic voice phenomena — because we’d been watching ghost hunting shows and she thought it would be a fun experiment. Yes, she’s a bit weird, too — probably my influence, sadly. Anyway, she was playing back the sound and had asked, “Is there anyone here?” when a man’s raspy voice replied, “Leave.” Needless to say, I drove a little faster than necessary to do just that.

Did I also mention my best friend lived in a haunted house when we were kids? Yes, I have tons of stories I could share on this topic, but I won’t, except to say that the things I experienced firsthand in that house helped convince me there are unexplained things that do go bump in the night.

After reading all of that, it should be no surprise that I believe in ghosts.

It should be even less of a surprise that I enjoy writing about them. I should probably be terrified of ghosts — lord knows my best friend is — but I’m actually quite fascinated by them. And I love Halloween. I have three older brothers who forced me to watch scary movies as a child. I kind of blame them for making me this way. I don’t scare easily anymore, which is a good thing, I suppose, since I’m weird and traipse around graveyards at night.

What about you? Do you believe in ghosts, or better yet, ever experienced one?

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You can read more about Angela Campbell and her books at her website, www.AngelaCampbellOnline.com, or connect with her on twitter @angelacampbel.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GHOST SHIPS and HAUNTED VESSELS

Posted by: Dani Harper, AUTHOR

Image from Bigstock.com
October is the perfect time to talk of all things ghostly, and one of the most fascinating of paranormal phenomenon occurs at sea. Ships are said by those who crew and captain them to take on lives of their own ... and sometimes those lives seem to continue. Here's a sampling of spooky ocean tales that are sure to put you in a Halloween mood!

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The Flaming Ship of Nova Scotia


Since 1583, a three-masted sailing ship has often been sighted in the Northumberland Strait between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia in Canada. The nameless vessel is described as completely engulfed in flames, or sometimes outlined in a fiery glow.

There have been a number of rescue attempts over the years, but no one has ever been able to reach the burning ship before it vanishes. No debris has ever been found.

In 1965, there were two sightings witnessed by hundreds of people along the coast of Nova Scotia near Cape John. The fiery ship lingered for nearly half an hour before it faded away. One of the most recent sightings was in 2008, where a glowing phantom ship was spotted sailing up Northumberland Strait ... but the strait was completely iced over at the time!

The Ghost Ship of the Arctic


The Baychimo, locked in the ice in 1931
Photo: Public Domain
The Baychimo was a 230-foot steel cargo steamer used by the Hudson Bay Company for transporting furs along the Arctic coastline and carrying supplies to Inuit communities. In October 1931, the Baychimo was near Barrow, Alaska when it became blocked by sea ice. The crew left the ship to seek shelter on land, but returned when the ship broke free a week later. It was only a few days, however, before the ship was again trapped. The crew returned to land, knowing they would have to wait until spring before the ship would be free again. A month later the ship vanished during a blizzard!

The crew thought at first that the Baychimo had broken up and sunk, but a seal hunter told them that he’d seen it 45 miles away. When they tracked the ship down, the captain decided that it couldn’t possibly survive the winter. The crew removed the most valuable furs and abandoned the vessel to its fate.

The Baychimo did more than survive until spring, however. For the next thirty-eight years, the Baychimo was sighted again and again along the northern coast of Canada. There were many attempts to board the ship, and a few were successful. Each time, however, the salvagers were thwarted by terrible weather and the ship disappeared once again. The last confirmed sighting was in 1969 when the Baychimo was again frozen in sea ice off the coast of Alaska. No one knows whether the ship sank or sailed free to roam the frigid Arctic waters once more. In 2006, a group of researchers began actively searching the sea floor for the Baychimo ... but no wreck has been found to this day!

The Lone Lifeboat


In 1906, the SS Valencia, an iron-hulled passenger liner, was making its way from San Francisco to Seattle. A severe storm caused it to miss its destination and run aground on a reef off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. The situation was horrific, with the Valencia trapped between the pounding waves and sheer cliffs. Rescuers could not get to the stricken vessel by sea or by land, and could only watch helplessly from a distance as the sea tore the ship to pieces and 136 people perished. Thirty-seven survivors were eventually rescued from the forbidding coastline.

SS Valencia in 1900
Photo: Public Domain
In 1910, Seattle area newspapers reported the sighting of a phantom ship resembling the Valencia on the rocks where she perished. Stories were told of a lifeboat found in a sea cave with eight skeletons aboard. Native fishermen claimed to have seen a lifeboat still at sea with skeleton passengers!

A single lifeboat from the Valencia was eventually found floating in the area -- 27 years after the sinking! It was in remarkably good condition despite being exposed to the elements for so long. The nameplate of Lifeboat #5 can be seen at the Maritime Museum in Victoria, British Columbia.

Alabama's Phantom Steamboat


1888 photo of the Tombigbee River
in Alabama, near the site of the
Eliza Battle sinking.

Photo: Public Domain
The Eliza Battle was a luxurious side-wheeled paddle steamer that had hosted presidents and many other prestigious passengers as it traveled the Tombigbee River in Alabama. In addition to some wealthy clientele, the Eliza Battle was also carrying a thousand bales of cotton on her main deck on the wintry night of March 1, 1858, when a fire broke out. Strong winds quickly whipped the flames out of control. Most of the passengers and crew leaped from the ship, but many succumbed to the frigid water before they could be rescued.

The steamboat finally came to rest outside Pennington at Kemp’s Landing, and the burnt-out hull still remains on the river bottom there, approximately 28 feet below the surface.

To this day, sightings of a flaming ship are reported in the area on cold and windy nights. It has been said that music can be heard playing within the ship while fire engulfs the deck! The appearance of the ghostly Eliza Battle is considered an ill omen by fishermen and ship captains alike, a warning of impending disaster.

The Haunted Hornet


USS Hornet
Photo: Bigstock.com
The USS Hornet joined the war in the Pacific in 1943, and quickly became one of its most decorated ships. The Hornet, nicknamed The Grey Ghost, was at the forefront of the action, supporting troop landings, shooting down enemy planes, sinking Japanese battleships and earning no less than nine battle stars for its service. Later in its career, the Hornet recovered the astronauts from the first moon landing mission, Apollo 11, and also those from Apollo 12.

In its retirement years, the Hornet was designated as a National Historic Landmark and opened its doors to the public as a museum in Alameda, California. And that’s when it came to light that the Hornet has one more distinction – it’s arguably the most haunted ship in America!

Workmen, museum staffers and tourists have reported heavy doors opening and closing by themselves, things falling off shelves or large items sliding across the floor, the sudden smell of pipe smoke and the sensation of being grabbed or pushed. Sailors and officers in WWII uniforms have been sighted, moving with purpose as if carrying out their duties as usual. Footfalls are heard where there is no one present, plus voices talking, shouting laughing, even calling for help. Some individuals have heard entire conversations, as if aircraft crews were talking shop.

USS Hornet
Photo: Bigstock.com
If there are ghosts aboard the Hornet, no one is surprised. Over 300 men died on the ship, some in combat but many through horrific accidents – an aircraft carrier is a dangerous place. And like all warships, the Hornet had its suicides. Despite this, most of the people who have had paranormal experiences on the old ship say that the spirits tend to be friendly, even playful. And not above playing pranks – one volunteer was alone in a restroom when the urinal beside him flushed by itself.

In recent years the USS Hornet has attracted the attention of many psychics and mediums, and even a number of TV shows such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. Fortunately, the average person doesn't need special permission to ghost hunt since the Hornet is open to the public during museum hours. And if the stories are true, then ghost hunting really isn't necessary -- the ghosts will find YOU!

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Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.


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Watch for the newest installment of the Grim Series, STORM CROSSED, releasing January 9th!
Available now for pre-order in ebook, paperback, and audiobook.





Monday, October 16, 2017

Here Be News

Posted by: Veronica Scott
New Releases:
BLOOD TENDERLY
Paranormal Horror Romance
by Linda Mooney writing as Gail Smith
Word Count:  11K
$1.99 e / $6.99 p

With the cold weather quickly setting in, Lark is trying to ensure she has what she needs to make it through another bone-chilling winter in the cabin in the woods, but something has decided to pay her a visit. The question is, who? Or better yet, what?

There is a human invading his sanctuary, and he is determined to get rid of her. Humans in the past have left of their own accord, but not without a threat from him. However, this one is proving difficult. But she’ll go. One way or another, he will make her.

The thing is demanding that Lark leave, but she has nowhere to go. No one who cares.  So she's determined to stand her ground.

After all, what does she have to lose, besides her life? 

Excerpt and buy links

Other News:
Veronica Scott was the guest on the Hank Garner podcast, talking scifi romance, writing process and more! 

Giveaway Contest Results: Veronica sez: Final Update: I'll award an ebook OR a paperback copy of EMBRACE THE ROMANCE:PETS IN SPACE 2 signed by me to both PamK and Linda since there were only two comments. Their choice of ebook version or paperback version - need your preference and either e mail or snailmail address. Thanks! This giveaway now closed.

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