Monday, December 31, 2012

Thank You!

A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone for making One Battle Lord's Fate an instant best seller and #1 best selling science fiction/fantasy over at All Romance eBooks! It's also my fastest climbing book on Amazon.

Just to let you know, it's also available now for Nook at Barnes and Noble.

 Thank you again so very much.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

NEW! One Battle Lord's Fate, Book 4 of the Battle Lord Saga


Now Available!

One Battle Lord's Fate
Book 4 of the Battle Lord Saga
A sensuous sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, futuristic fantasy romance novel
Word Count: 75.6K
Now available at Amazon and All Romance eBooks, and tomorrow at Barnes and Noble


On their first anniversary, Yulen is making plans to surprise Atty with a celebration unlike anything she's ever experienced. All of Alta Novis is preparing to honor their Battle Lord and Lady with pomp and pageantry never before seen.
 
Representatives from Wallis and West Crestin are expected to attend, as well as the Battle Lords from other neighboring compounds. Word has spread for miles, attracting well-wishers and the curious to make the journey to join in the festivities.
 
News of the couple has also reached the ears of the Battle Lord of Alta Seran. And for the first time in his life, he is determined to win back what is rightfully his by birth. What's more, he will see to it that the treaties forged with the Mutah compounds are destroyed forever.
 
Before the week is over, Rafe D'Jacques will become the new Battle Lord of Alta Novis, even if he has to kill his half-brother to own it. And Atty... Well, everyone knows that the only good Mutah is a dead Mutah.
 
Warning: Contains a reckless teenager, a doll with button eyes, devious guests, unrequited love, feast or famine, torture, a week long festival, assassination attempts, hellish relatives, tannic acid, and a three-way attack by fire, coup, and Bloods that could leave Alta Novis in ruins.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Need an Invisibility Cloak?

It's called Quantum Stealth material, and it's from a Canadian company. It bends light waves, and being produced for the military. But in the meantime, check out more photos here of this remarkable substance.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Next Time You're in New Zealand, Check Out the Hobbit Pub!

Called the Green Dragon, this unique pub and restaurant does more than cater to Hobbit fans. Go look here at more photos, including interior shots. I could plan a whole vacation around this place!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Announcing a BTR Cutback

I started doing my weekly radio talk show Other Worlds of Romance three years ago on Blog Talk Radio. The show was to promote authors and their books by allowing them to read aloud excerpts from their new releases.

But real life, health, family, and other issues are taking precedence.

So, beginning in 2013, I'll still be holding my BTR show, but not on a weekly basis. If you're one of my listeners, just check my blog, my BTR website, my Goodreads, my forum at Coffee Time Romance, or my Facebook to see if I have a show that week.

In the meantime, if you write fantasy, sci-fi, or paranormal romances, I'd love to hear from you and schedule you in. It costs nothing but a little of your time and effort.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Coming in 2013!

Fly Me to the Moon
A short erotic fantasy romance
(This story was initally a 3,000 word brief published on the Carina Press blog Here Be Magic in 2010. It has since been expanded to 13,000 words, and that brief is just the first chapter.)

http://lindamooney.com/FlyMe.htm
 
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Knight of Darkness
An erotic sci-fi romance

http://lindamooney.com/Knight.htm

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The Final Pleasure

An erotic sci-fi romance

http://lindamooney.com/FinalPleasure.htm

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! Here's a Little Holiday Treat!

 
Christmas Eve, 2012

It was late Christmas Eve. Jim had gone to bed long ago, as he usually did whenever I was eyeball-deep in a new story and lost all track of time. I glanced at the clock in the bottom corner of the monitor and sighed. Geez, no wonder I felt stiff. I'd been sitting here for nearly five hours straight.

Reluctantly, I saved my work and powered down the computer. I started to reach for my cell phone, as it was my habit to plug it into the charger overnight in the bathroom, when the phone went off. The number wasn't one I knew, so I figured I'd let it go to voicemail. My number is one digit different than a local auto parts store, and I'm used to getting wrong calls, no matter what the time or day.

The call ceased. I waited. No voicemail ding occurred. I started to get up from my chair again when the phone rang a second time. Same number. All right, since I knew survey people and other phone nuisances don't call twice in a row, I thought I'd answer. Who felt it so urgent to call me this late on Christmas Eve?

"Hello?"

"Linda?" It was a warm, deep, well-modulated voice. A voice just perfect for commercials or radio work.

"Yes. Who is this?"

"Don't faint, darling. This is Talon."

No. Freaking. Way.

I stared at my reflection in the dark monitor as the person on the other end chuckled. "All right. Who is this really?" I halfway demanded.

"John Eagletalon. Way up here in Colorado. By the way, the storm's passed, and the snow is beautiful. You ought to come up sometime and let us show you around the mountain."

"How? You're a figment of my imagination. You're not real."

"Actually, I am real, thanks to you."    

"How?"

"Long story short? You somehow managed to tap into my subconscious. I don't know how or why, but you have a very uncanny gift, woman."

I swallowed hard. "So, if you're real, then so is Maja?"

I heard him cover the phone and speak to someone there with him. A moment later, a woman's voice spoke to me. "Hi, Linda. This is AEquana."

"The mermaid?"

Her laughter was like golden bells ringing. The pitch was unbelievably beautiful. "I told John you'd be surprised."

"Why are you calling me?" I was still having a hard time swallowing the whole story. Surely someone I knew, or maybe a fan who'd gotten hold of my phone number, had cooked up this whole scenario. Regardless, it gave me a warm glow all over to know that someone cared enough about me to pull this prank.

"To wish you a Merry Christmas. And to say thank you for bringing our story to light."

"You mean it? I mean, I thought you might be upset I put your story out there for people to read."

"Oh, it took some getting used to," she admitted. "Hold on. John wants the phone back."

"Linda? Just to let you know, I've had a couple of buddies of mine investigate this ability of yours. They say it's called Psychic Reception. Somehow, you latch onto a series of brain waves from a person, and you're able to visualize in your own mind what they're experiencing. It's a very rare gift."

"I would imagine." I laughed. I had no idea whether I was dreaming all of this, or if any of it was real, but I no longer cared. Tears were starting to roll down my cheeks. "Listen, John, would it bother you if I wrote more about you and Maja in another book?"

"Not at all," the man told me in all sincerity.

My phone beeped. I glanced at the screen to see I had another incoming call. Again, it was from an unknown number. "John, God, I hate to do this. I have another call, but I would love to talk to you both again, if it's okay."

"You have my number now. Anytime, lady."

"And tell Buck I'd like to have a talk with him, too."

That got a laugh out of the man. "Sure will. Have a Merry Christmas, Linda. Talk to you again soon!"

I'd barely tapped the button to take the next call, when a male voice with an unusual accent spoke. 

"Is this Linda?"

"This is she. Who is this?" I held my breath, unable to believe, but too afraid that if I didn't, the magic would disappear like cotton candy in the rain.

"This is Jeb. Jebaral Morr. Merry Christmas, Linda, from all of us here in Tumbril Harbor!"


Monday, December 24, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 12

Congratulations, winners! Please contact me to claim your prize.

And thank you to all who entered! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 11

Congratulations, winners! Please contact me to claim your prize.
Today is the last day I will accept contest entries.
Just email me!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 10

Congratulations, winners! Please contact me to claim your prize.
I will continue to accept entries until Dec. 23rd.
Just email me!

Friday, December 21, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 9

Congratulations, winners! Please contact me to claim your prize.
I will continue to accept entries until Dec. 23rd.
Just email me!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 8

 
Congratulations, winner! Contact me to claim your prize.
I will be taking entries until Dec. 23rd.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 7

 
Congratulations, winners! Email me to claim your prize.
I'll be taking contest entries until Dec. 23rd.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 6

 
Congratulations, winners! Please contact me to claim your prize.
Everyone is still welcome to enter, up through Dec. 23rd.
Thanks!

Monday, December 17, 2012

New Release and Giveaway Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio!

Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio, I'll be reading an excerpt from my new release, One Battle Lord's Fate, Book 4 of the Battle Lord Saga. And one lucky listener will win a copy!

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct
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On their first anniversary, Yulen is making plans to surprise Atty with a celebration unlike anything she's ever experienced. All of Alta Novis is preparing to honor their Battle Lord and Lady with pomp and pageantry never before seen.

Representatives from Wallis and West Crestin are expected to attend, as well as the Battle Lords from other neighboring compounds. Word has spread for miles, attracting well-wishers and the curious to make the journey to join in the festivities.

News of the couple has also reached the ears of the Battle Lord of Alta Seran. And for the first time in his life, he is determined to win back what is rightfully his by birth. What's more, he will see to it that the treaties forged with the Mutah compounds are destroyed forever.

Before the week is over, Rafe D'Jacques will become the new Battle Lord of Alta Novis, even if he has to kill his half-brother to own it. And Atty... Well, everyone knows that the only good Mutah is a dead Mutah.

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 5

 
Congratulations, winners! Please email me to claim your prize.
I will accept entries until Dec. 23rd.
Just email me!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 4

 
Congratulations, winners! Please contact me to claim your prize.
I'm still accepting entries through Dec. 23rd.
Just email me!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 3

Winners, please contact me to claim your prize.
Thanks, and congratulations!

Friday, December 14, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 2

Winners, please contact me to claim your prize.
Thanks, and congratulations!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas - Day 1

Winners, please contact me to claim your prize.
Thanks, and Congratulations!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beginning Tomorrow - The 12 Giveaway Days of Christmas!

 
Enter Now! Beginning tomorrow, and going through the 24th, I will be giving away one of my ebooks AND an Amazon gift card EVERY DAY! All you have to do is  email me and ask to be a part of the giveaway. That's it! No contest. No questions to answer. No scavenger hunt.

Be sure to check back daily to see if you've won, and to claim your prize.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Juli Revezzo is my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

Like supernatural ghost stories? Then you won't want to miss tonight's episode of "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. Juli Revezza will be reading an excerpt from her paranormal romance novel, The Artist's Inheritance, book one of Antique Magic, from Raven Queen Publications.

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm et
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Trouble only a witch can solve...
Settling into a new home, Caitlin notices changes coming over her husband. When nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking--Caitlin knows something's not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It's the damned chair her husband's carving, she's sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces--the forces she suspects drove Trevor's siblings to insanity and suicide?

Armed with a handful of allies--a coven of helpful witches--she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cranky Old Man

 
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this ‘anonymous’ poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? What do you see?
What are you thinking when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice, ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice the things that you do.
And forever is losing a sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse. You’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten, with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters who love one another
A young boy of sixteen with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at twenty my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five, now I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide and a secure happy home.
A man of thirty, my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty, once more, babies play ‘round my knee,
Again, we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me. My wife is now dead.
I look at the future. I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own.
And I think of the years, and the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles. Grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass, A young man still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years, all too few, gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people. Open and see.
Not a cranky old man.
Look closer .. See.. Me.
 
(Source.)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Irresistible - READERS, BEWARE!

READERS, BEWARE!
New Concepts Publishing has "re-issued" my book The Gifted. They've given it a new cover and a new name, all without my knowledge or consent.
If you already have The Gifted, then you don't need to buy this version.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Angela Kay Austin is my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

Tonight, Angela Kay Austin will be my guest author on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. She'll be reading from her paranormal romance, Love All Over Me, from MuseItUp Publishing. She'll also be giving us some teasers to a few of her other books, as well! So come by and give a listen!

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct

Don't miss it!
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Tamara Blanden blames herself for the loss of her one true love. Hidden away from life, she lives only to see him again.


Jerome Blanden couldn't let go of his love, even in death. Because of him...his selfishness, she'd lost so much time. Time he couldn't give back. But, he could change everything.

Michael Armstrong didn't believe in a lot of things anymore. What was happening to him now couldn't be real. How was any of it possible?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Man Caves

Why should men have all the fun rooms? Check out these really cool man caves that, with a woman's touch here and there, would make excellent places for the girls to gather for a night out. What do you think?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Retired Health Message

Okay, mine isn't "officially" until 2015, but a friend sent this to me (thanks, Daisy!), and I couldn't resist reposting. Enjoy!
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RETIRED HEALTH MESSAGE
As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's hiney. It's the tortoise life for me!
1.. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
2.. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.
3.. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.
4.. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years.
And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.
 
I'm retired. Go around me.
 
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
 
Now that I'm older here's what I've discovered:
 
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and all-bran.
3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
5. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
6. If all is not lost, where is it?
7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.
8. Some days, you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.
9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.
10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
12. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
13. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.
14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.
15. When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone want to play chess?
16. Its not hard to meet expenses . . . they're everywhere.
17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . .
I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm hereafter.
19. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
20. DID I SEND THESE TO YOU BEFORE..........??????

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Liquid Drop Art

 
Go here to see some stunning photography of drops of liquid hitting a wet surface and bouncing back. Amazing how something so inconsequential can become breathtakingly beautiful.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Realistic Pencil Drawings by Rajacenna


Go here to check out these realistic pencil drawings that you would swear are black and white photographs!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Creative Fruit Packaging

There needs to be more marketing aimed specifically toward kids, like these packages of fruits and cheeses. Go here to see more of these wonderfully creative and whimsical offerings. And if your local grocery store doesn't have these, create your own!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Xavier Axelson is my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

Xavier Axelson returns to "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio. He'll be reading from his homo erotic romance, Velvet, now available from SeventhWindow Publications.

Show time is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct
Don't miss it!
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The first novel from Xavier Axelson is set against a backdrop of decadence, privilege and intrigue. Virago, the royal tailor, makes a discovery that will test the bonds of brotherhood, unravel the forbidden secrets of his heart and threaten the very fabric of his existence.

In a land where cruelty is disguised as allegiance, loyalty is masked by obligation and the laws of sumptuary govern the people, nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I Need My Romantic Movies!

I was in Hastings yesterday, looking for a nice romantic movie. An acquaintance saw me and asked what was I looking for? I told her I was in the mood for a little romantic movie, and did she have one she could suggest? She replied, "Why don't you just read a book, like the kind you write?"

There's a big push on for people to turn off the TV or movie, and "turn on to a book". Books are fine and good. I love books. But I also need my romantic movies.

Why? Well, for one thing, if I see an on-screen couple with definite chemistry, I want to try to recreate those feelings in my stories. I watch the characters' interaction, the moves, the gestures, the looks, and I file them on mental index cards. I listen to the words and the tone of voice, and I hope to emulate it.

Books are great for taking me away to places I've never been. But I also need my movies to help me give my own stories that sense of realism and warmth that first love, true love, and everlasting love can bring.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

And My Blog Hop Winners Are...

Wow! It was a fantastic Black Friday Blog Hop! I had a record number of people commenting, so many that I decided to give away three of each of my own prizes!

Winners of an ebook are:
Lisa Cox, Lynne, and Ingeborg

Winners of an Amazon gift card are:
laurie, Katie Amanda, and CBarton

Winners of a Starbucks gift card are:
crystaley73, Caitlin Mozzo, and JanD

Congratulations to all! And thanks to everyone who participated!

And don't forget to set your calendars. Starting December 13th, and running through to the 24th, I'll be hosting my own private 12 GIVEAWAY DAYS OF CHRISTMAS!

Friday, November 23, 2012

It's the ONE DAY Black Friday Blog Hop!


Today and TODAY ONLY, we're having a Black Friday Blog Hop. While the rest of the US is out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It's a ONE DAY hop where we're giving away prizes and most likely eating left over turkey. And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.
But that's not all.
We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

In the meantime, I'm also giving away three prizes: an ebook of your choice, an Amazon gift card, and a Starbucks gift card! International readers are welcome - just let me know if you're not in the US.
Here's what you have to do to be eligible.  Just tell us what you want Santa to bring you this year. That's it! Oh, and be sure you include your email address in your comment so we can get in touch with you in case you win!

Then all you have to do is go below and choose your next destination!


Now what are those grand prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Marsha Moore is my Guest Author Tonight on "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio

Marsha Moore returns to "Other Worlds of Romance" on Blog Talk Radio tonight! Come listen as she reads an excerpt from her fantasy romance novel, Lost Volumes, Enchanted Bookstore Legend Three.

Showtime is 11 pm et/ 10 pm ct

Don't miss it!

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When Lyra McCauley learns residents of Dragonspeir’s Alliance are suffering with a deadly plague, she doesn’t heed the warnings of her fiancĂ©, wizard Cullen Drake, to remain safe in her human world. After all, she’s the present Scribe—one of five strong women in her ancestry who possessed unique magic, each destined to protect the Alliance against the evil Black Dragon of the Dark Realm. With Cullen dependent upon Alliance power to maintain his immortality, the stakes are doubled for Lyra.
She leaves her college teaching and puts herself at risk for the community afflicted by black magic. To find a cure, she and Cullen travel into the vile, lawless underworld of Terza to strike a bargain with an expert. Their efforts further enrage the Black Dragon, vowing to decimate the Alliance and avenge the murder of his heir.
Lyra must secure the three lost volumes of the Book of Dragonspeir. Written by the three earliest Scribes, each book contains energy. Possession of the entire set will enable overthrow of the Dark Realm. Following clues into dangerous lands, Lyra and Cullen seek those volumes. His assistants, Kenzo the tiger owl and Noba the pseudodragon, prove invaluable aids. Only if they succeed, will the Alliance be safe and Lyra reach closer to the immortality she needs to live a life with Cullen.
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Things Are Queer (1973) by Duane Michals

This will blow your mind. Go here and scroll down slowly at each successive photograph. You'll automatically go back to check this first photo again.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wadi Rum Desert Resort

At first glance, my initial reaction was, "Total Recall!" This looks so much like the Mars from the original movie. But then I read that this was a hotel carved into the side of a mountain in Jordan. For more incredible photos, go here to check it out!