Love in the Cards — Free Stories Just in Time for Halloween

Love in The Cards (small) The Love Lust and Laptops ladies who brought you Lucky’s Charms have done it again.  Beginning October 14th and continuing on through October 25th, the talented authors of the Love Lust and Laptops Blog are providing you free stories just in time for Halloween.  No tricks, just treats.

The unifying set up is the mysterious owner of Dacre House in the Garden District of New Orleans has invited selected people to his annual Halloween Party.  Each attendee receives a half of a Tarot card and when they find the person holding the other half — well, you need to read the stories to find out.

The Schedule is as follows:

October 14th — Jack of Hearts — Jianne Carlo

October 15th — Three of Cups — Becca Jameson

October 16th — Two of Wands — Vanessa North

October 17th — Two of Cups — Parker Kincade

October 18th — The Star — Christy Gissendanner

October 21st — The Strength of a Lion — Lynn Lorenz

October 22nd — Judgement Day — Rosanna Leo

October 23rd — The Empress — Cherie Nicholls

October 24th — The Wheel of Fortune  — Monette Michaels

October 25th — The Lovers — Emilia Mancini

And as we did with Lucky’s Charms, all ten stories will be bundled into a single e-book with pub date and on-line retail sites to be announced soon after the stories end.

As you might have noted, my story is The Wheel of Fortune. Here is the blurb:

Brendan Cooper has lusted after fellow student Abby Hart from afar. When Abby walks into the sex toy party he hosts at the Dacre House Halloween party, Brendan takes fate into his Dom hands and makes sure Abby knows to whom she belongs.

So, mark your calendar for October 14th to get in on the beginning of this ten-day story fest. Or better yet, go to Love Lust and Laptops and follow our blog and don’t miss a thing.

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Muse Wednesday: Vanessa North

I’d like to welcome fellow Liquid Silver Author, Vanessa North, to Muse Wednesday. Let’s see what book and author inspired her to write.

As a young bibliophile, I devoured every book I could find, especially those dealing with science fiction, fantasy, or mythology, and The Firebrand, by Marion Zimmer Bradley, was one of the first books to really change my life.

It’s not as well known as the MZB’s Mists of Avalon, but the Firebrand and I had a long love affair–I re-read it over and over again, and I still, twenty-something years later, take out that same battered hardcover and turn it’s tear-stained pages looking for a little magic from time to time. The Firebrand tells the story of Kassandra of Troy, who was cursed to always speak the truth, and to never be believed.

What was it about this book that captivated me so completely? I was maybe twelve years old the first time I read it. I was only beginning to understand and see the injustice of being a woman in a world governed by men. The sturdy feminist spark in the book called to me, and I answered it. I began, at that young age, to see myself as a feminist.

However, in addition to feminism, there was also adventure, war, love, passion. There was the tragic bromance of Achilles and Patroclus. The Centaurs and the Amazons. Petulant gods and goddesses warring over the island of Troy and its people. It was the story of women in a man’s world, told from a place of both privilege–Kassandra was a princess, after all–and oppression–princess or no, Kassandra was a woman.

When I began writing, I found the stories I wanted to tell were often stories of strong women in a man’s world. A sturdy feminist spark that was lit when I was just beginning to understand gender inequality has carried forward into my own work. It was no coincidence that I named my first novel “Amazon” in homage to the strong warrior-women in The Firebrand. It should come as no surprise to any who know me that very often the heroines of my story are fighting to take or hold a position of power in a male-dominated society, be it the werewolf society in my Ushers series, or the deep space military in Fight or Flight.

The Firebrand was named for Paris, the prince whose fate burned Troy, but it lit a spark in me, a shy girl with a love of books, and that spark burns still.

Author Bio:
Vanessa North was born in New England, but moved to the south as a teenager. She reads voraciously, writes obsessively, and takes thousands of photos of the people she loves. She lives in Northwest Georgia with her husband, twin boy-children, and a pack of dogs.

Her latest release, .

Love, Lust & Laptops Grand Opening is December 1st

Tomorrow and the week after that is a special time.

It is the Grand Opening of  a new blog, Love, Lust & Laptops.

I was thrilled to bits to be invited to join the other nine ladies in this blog devoted to all things romance. You name it and one of us probably writes it.  Over the coming weeks, you’ll have a chance to meet every LL& L lady and find out what we do and why we do it. As well as sharing the strange and wonderful things we think you’d love to know, we are also planning blog posts and interviews with some surprising guests.

As if that isn’t enough — to celebrate our launch, we have a blog hop giveaway. Every comment you leave at the LL& L blog between the 1st and the 7th of December enters you in the draw. You can increase your chances of winning by visiting each author’s blogs (listed below) and leaving a post. Each author may also be running their own giveaway.

AND HERE ARE MINE! —

LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG DURING THE GRAND OPENING WEEK AND I WILL GIVE-AWAY:

1.  One winner will receive a download copy of  EYE OF THE STORM, BOOK  ONE IN MY SECURITY SPECIALISTS INTERNATIONAL SERIES, and

2.  One winner will receive a download copy of  PRIME OBSESSION, BOOK ONE IN MY PRIME CHRONICLES TRILOGY.

So what can you win at the main LL&L Blog Hop Give-Away?

First prize is a $75 Amazon Gift Voucher

Two lucky second prize winners will receive $25 Amazon Gift Vouchers

Third Prize is a gift pack of the following E-books

  • Amazon by Vanessa North
  • One Night Stand by Parker Kincade
  • Male Order by Lillian Grant
  • For The Love of A God by Rosanna Leo
  • and any book from Lynn Lorenz’s backlist

Fourth Prize is a gift pack of the following ebooks

  • The Princes Bound by Robin Danner
  • Leashed by a Wolf by Cherie Nicholls
  • and any book from Monette Michaels’ backlist, excluding her Terran Realm anthology

Fifth Prize is a gift pack of the following ebooks

  • Lindsey’s Wolf by Becca Jameson
  • and The Rebound by Emilia Mancini

Be sure to visit the LL&L site on December 7th to see if you win one of the grand prizes and visit my blog (this one right here) also on the 7th to see if you won one of my extra prizes. All in all you could score some serious swag.

For more chances to win prizes be sure to visit:

Becca Jameson

Cherie Nicholls

Emilia Mancini

Lillian Grant

Lynn Lorenz

Monette Michaels — that’s this blog! 😉

Parker Kincaide

Rosanna Leo

Robin Danner

Vanessa North