Friday Funnies – It’s In The Blood

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Now–on with the shenanigans! In Taken by the Others, Shiarra finds out what it’s like to be bound to a vampire. Seeing as there has been a great deal of talk lately about Shia and Royce, today she’s going to tell you a little about what it was like to be bound to Royce. Over to you, Shia!

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Shiarra:  Could we pick a more awkward subject?  Yeesh.

Chaz:  I’d rather we talk about anything else.  Skinning my own fur off, for example.

Royce:  Such dramatics.  Was it really so terrible?

Shiarra:  Don’t play the innocent. You know it was.

Chaz:  At least with Weres, you don’t have to worry about whether you’re able to be your own person anymore if you get bitten.  You have to answer to the alpha and any dominant Weres, but once you’re one of us, you’re part of the family. Not a puppet.

Shiarra:  I’m not sure if that’s much better, honey.

Royce:  Don’t let his statements mislead you.  Any dominant wolf with a grudge or taken in a momentary fury might kill you by accident.  I find death to be a waste. You can rest assured that any life taken by my hand is done so deliberately.

Shiarra:  Do you listen to yourself?  “Hi, my name is Creepy McCreepypants, and I’m going to talk about your eternal servitude today. Or your death. You know, whichever sounds creepier.”

Chaz:  Heh.

Royce:  That thing you did with your hand was not necessary.

Chaz:  Oh, I don’t know.  I think it gave her statement just the right amount of dramatic flair.

Shiarra:  I try.

Royce:  Ms. Waynest, perhaps you’d prefer to illuminate your beloved and the rest of the audience as to just what it was like being at my beck and call.  I’d like to remind you that I never once took advantage of your charms, or caused you any harm while you were in my care.

Shiarra:  Hey, guess what?  That was the most stressful and traumatic event of my life.  I’m not interested in taking a trip down Memory Lane, so back off, you fu—

Chaz: Ahem!

Shiarra: Err.

Royce:  Yes, because I was so terribly cruel to you, saving you from potentially being drawn to the side of my rival, Max Carlyle, sheltering you, and respecting your wish to remain unsullied by my hands.

Shiarra:  And gloating at my situation and lack of choice in the matter wasn’t an issue, oh-h-h-h-h, no.

Royce:  Are you telling me I’m not allowed to be pleased when I have drawn a new member into my fold?

Chaz:  Not when you’re talking about my girlfriend, leech.  She’s not yours, so back the hell off.

Royce:  Try me, wolf.  If she’ll let you off your leash, I’ll delight in the opportunity to impart some lessons on what it really means to be an alpha.

Chaz:  Why, you son of a—

Shiarra:  Chaz.  Don’t take his bait, he just wants to stir up a fight.

Royce:  Am I that transparent?

Shiarra:  I really don’t like that sarcastic tone of yours.

Royce:  And I don’t like how you won’t open your eyes enough to see that I have never deliberately caused you any harm, nor have I done anything to deserve your unkind words.  I’ve done nothing but aid you in your time of need.

Chaz:  Nothing but make her into an unthinking marionette so you could pull her strings.

Shiarra:  You haven’t got a clue what that was like.  I couldn’t think of anything but you.  Every thought was about what I could do to please you, to get closer, to be a better servant—I had no desire but to be around a . . . a thing that drinks blood and can’t stand sunlight.  You want me to thank you for that?  Please.

Royce:  Would you have preferred to have continued feeling that way for Max?  To have him draw you back to his side so that he could kill you out of hand, or perhaps first make you betray your friends and family—even that mangy cur at your side?

Chaz:  Hey!  My coat is thick and lustrous.  I’ll have you know my pack has some of the best grooming habits in the state.

Shiarra:  . . .

Royce:  . . .

Chaz:  What?  It’s true.

Royce:  Ahem.  Back on topic.  So, Ms. Waynest, let’s hear it.

Shiarra:  No, you didn’t mistreat or hurt me.  Yes, you could have done worse.  No, I wouldn’t have wanted to go back to Max’s side.  But you’re still a weird, scary, creepy, unnatural—

Royce:  Desirable, dangerous, sexy predator.  Yes, yes, I know.

Chaz:  Modest, too, I see.

Shiarra:  I was going to say walking corpse, but whatever.

Royce:  You wanted me before the bond, and you still want me now.  When you tire of your dog, you know where to find me.

Shiarra:  Keep dreaming, you sicko.

Royce:  I have eternity to wait, Ms. Waynest.  When the tide changes, and the going gets rough, we’ll see who remains by your side—and who you turn to for help.

Shiarra:  Hello, and welcome to my nightmare. Ugh.

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Friday Funnies – Shiarra Waynest Talks About Exercise

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Now–on with the shenanigans! Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about exercise regimen and how she stays fit and healthy  Over to you, Shia!

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Shiarra:  Staying fit is an important aspect of how one runs the hell away from anything with fur or fangs.

Chaz:  What?  You don’t run away from me.

Shiarra: Oh, honey, you know you don’t count.

Royce:  I don’t see why not.  He’s far more dangerous than I am.

Arnold:  Vamps and Weres are both pretty dangerous. It’s like comparing poisonous spiders and snakes. Doesn’t matter which kind bites you, if one latches on, you’re still pretty screwed.

Chaz:  The difference is that she likes it when I bite her.

Shiarra:  CHAZ!

Sara: Ew.

Royce: If she’d give me the opportunity to show her, I’m sure she’d enjoy her time with me just as much—if not more.

Shiarra:  You know what?  You’re both pervs.

Arnold:  I’m with Shia on this one.  Let’s get back on topic.

Chaz:  I’m not sure that there’s much to say. Shia doesn’t have the benefit of supernatural strength or speed.  If one of us was really after her, she wouldn’t stand a chance.

Shiarra:  . . .

Royce:  Not to worry, Ms. Waynest.  Unlike some of those present, I am not an unthinking beast who would run you to ground like some food animal . . . Hmm. Actually, on second thought . . .

Shiarra:  Oh. My. God.

Chaz:  Don’t listen to that leech. I’ll protect you.

Sara:  AHEM.  I like pilates.

Shiarra:  I think I’m going to barf.

Arnold:  I’m just going to wait outside—

Sara:  Yoga.  Let’s talk about that.  Or something else.  Anything else.  Oh, ew.

Chaz:  I hear you chicks like belly dancing.  It’s really good for the . . . uh . . . abs.  Circulation.  Yeah.

Shiarra:  Running.  Running away is good.

Royce:  Gets the heart pumping . . . fills the blood with adrenaline and endorphins . . .

Shiarra:  Hey!  HEY!  Put those fangs away, buddy!

Arnold:  I’m not much of a runner.

Sara:  I bet even an Olympic runner would have a bitch of a time getting away from a werewolf or a vampire coming after their ass.

Royce:  Considering some older vampires can move faster than human eyes can follow, yes, I imagine it would be quite impossible to escape us without a supernatural edge.

Chaz:  Yeah, but you’re not supposed to be chasing down people.  I’ve hunted down a few deer and elk, but—

Shiarra:  Oh, yuck, Chaz!  Come on!

Chaz:  What?!  I’m a werewolf, I do that.

Shiarra:  As long as you didn’t . . . didn’t eat it after . . . ugh.

Chaz:  Well, I . . . uh . . .

Sara:  Seriously?  That’s so nasty.

Chaz:  It tastes pretty good when you’re changed.

Royce:  Not nearly as good as the blood of a frightened human.  You failed to mention that part.

Shiarra:  Barf bag. Pass it.  Right now.

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It’s Been A Long Trip, But I’m Finally Home!

As you probably already know, I drove up to North Carolina for the Authors After Dark convention in early August. What you might not know is that I didn’t come home until a few short days ago.

I don’t want to go into detail, but I did spend a few weeks in New York and New Jersey visiting with friends and family. My mom flew up to New York at the end of the month for a wedding (and a huge congrats and all my love to the newlyweds!) and then we drove back to Florida together.

While I’m going to keep my family matters private, I thought some of you might enjoy a few of the pictures I took while I was in Virginia.

These are from the Luray Caverns:

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And here’s a small sampling of pics I took on the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park:

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Hope you enjoyed my pics! Back to bookish matters in the next post…

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Friday Funnies – Shiarra Waynest Talks About New York City

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Now–on with the shenanigans! Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about the sexy, dark, and deadly underbelly of New York City.  Over to you, Shia!

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Shiarra:  Uhm.  It’s not that sexy.

Royce:  I beg to differ.

Chaz:  Yes, because undead creatures who suck your blood are, oh, so hot.

Arnold: I feel like the voices of thousands of fangirls suddenly cried out—

Shiarra:  Oh, please.

Royce:  Since we are talking more about my turf than Ms. Waynest’s, I’d like to take this opportunity to—

Shiarra:  No.  Just… no.  This is not a forum for you to start advertising your businesses. Besides, New York City kinda sucks.  It’s overcrowded, way too hot in the summer, way too cold in the winter, and smells funny.  The only thing it has going for it are some landmarks, shows, museums, and a few nice restaurants.

Arnold:  The coffee can’t be beat, though.

Chaz:  The pizza, either.

Royce:  Oh, I’m more a fan of the entertainment options, personally.

Shiarra:  Yeah, we kind of figured that out, considering you’re the only one here who doesn’t—you know—eat.

Royce:  The food isn’t the only thing tasty in this town, Ms. Waynest.

Shiarra:  What? . . . oh. Oh, ew!  Sicko!

Chaz:  Forget about him. I’ll take you somewhere nice after this.  We’ll go out to the pier on Montauk and we can grab a bite to eat after. There’s this great little crab shack—

Royce:  Because that’s, oh, so much better than going to Le Petite Boisson, where every French culinary delight imaginable is available to tease and tantalize your taste buds, all while being serenaded by fine music and surrounded by lovers dancing by candlelight.

Shiarra:  Yes.  It is, oh, so much better.  There aren’t things with sharp pointy teeth lusting after my blood hanging out there.

Arnold: Actually, Shia, I’ve been there and I have to say, the food is amazing.

Shiarra:  Wait, what?  Arnold!

Royce:  It’s true. We do have an excellent Zagat rating.

Chaz:  Nobody cares.

Royce:  Quiet, cur. Perhaps you’d prefer something a little darker.  Twisted Temptations might be more to your liking.

Shiarra:  . . . I don’t even want to know what that is.

Arnold:  It’s not as bad as he makes it sound.  Even with that creepy lispy thing he does with the fangs.

Royce:  Excuse me?  I don’t lisp.

Chaz: Actually, when your fangs are out, you do a little.  Really adds to that “sexy” vampire vibe you’ve got going there.  Heh.

Shiarra: Honey?  Just so you know, the only thing that kept me from doubting your heterosexuality for a second there were the air quotes.

Royce:  Oh, I wasn’t referring to him when I made the offer, Ms. Waynest, I’d be happy to give you a personal tour of the facilities—

Chaz:  HEY!  Stay the hell away from my girlfriend!

Arnold:  You know, the vamps aren’t the only ones who own nightclubs in this town.

Shiarra: I’m not sure if a bunch of mage-run restaurants are any better.  What if it’s all Alice In Wonderland-y and I turn into a frog after eating something?  I’m not willing to take that chance.

Arnold:  Wait, what?  You won’t—I don’t even . . .

Chaz:  Does that happen?

Royce:  I hate to be the one to point this out, but not only are you mixing your lore, you’ve essentially just broadcast your intolerance to the entire audience.

Shiarra:  What?  I—wait, what?  I—oh.  Oh.  Oh, Arnold, I mean—I—I didn’t mean—oh, my God, I am so sorry!

Arnold:  I . . . you . . .

Shiarra:  SO sorry!

Chaz:  . . . what?  Why are you—

Shiarra:  Chaz!  Say you’re sorry!

Chaz:  I’m . . . sorry?

Arnold:  You know, I think we’re done here.

Shiarra:  God, yes.

Chaz:  . . . what?

Royce:  So, kids, come on down to Twisted Temp—

Shiarra:  STOP.  Just… stop.  And stop smiling while you say that!

Royce:  I always smile like this.

Chaz:  We know.

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Friday Funnies – The H&W Gang Talk About Summer Camp

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Now–on with the shenanigans! The H&W Investigations team are going to discuss their memories of summer camp. Take it away, guys!

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Shiarra:  I remember the first time I went to summer camp. I was covered in ticks by the end of the first day.

Sara:  Eww, yuck! I never went to that kind of summer camp. It was always ballet or painting or deportment classes for me.

Arnold:  Your parents didn’t know anything about you, did they?

Sara: Not really. They were both business professionals and didn’t have a lot of time for me or my sister.

Chaz: My dad tried to get me into one of those sports camps once, but when I started showing signs of turning Were, he had to pull me out.

Royce:  We never had such a thing when I was a teen. Most of my summers were spent tending crops.

Shiarra: You? A farmer?

Royce:  Is it that hard to believe?

Arnold:  Never took you for the type to get your hands dirty. Not that way, anyway.

Chaz:  He probably wouldn’t now.  These days, I bet you couldn’t get him to touch a potted plant with those manicured hands of his.

Royce:  At least I wouldn’t piss on the ornamental tree in the corner to mark my territory.

Chaz:  HEY—

Shiarra: Boys, boys, boys!  Enough!

Sara:  We’re supposed to be talking summer camp, not snarking at each other.

Arnold:  Vampires and werewolves. Cats and dogs. Need I say more?

Chaz: Nobody asked your opinion, sparky.

Arnold: Hey, you don’t like being called a dog, I don’t like being called a spark. We clear?

Chaz:  Yeah, yeah.

Shiarra:  Now. Summer camp. Ahem.

Sara:  I always wanted to tell ghost stories around a fire. Never got to do that as a kid.

Arnold: It’s overrated. Those stories never scared me.

Shiarra:  S’mores are pretty good, though.

Royce:  S’mores?

Shiarra:  I keep forgetting you never would have tried modern food. That’s a real tragedy. S’mores are these godly little finger foods you make by the campfire. Toasted graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows.

Sara: Oh, man. Now I’m craving some.

Royce: I can eat small amounts of food, but I don’t know that they taste the same to me as they do to you. Nor do I get any nutrition out of it.

Arnold: My, I feel so educated and enriched. My day is complete.

Royce: I don’t appreciate your sarcasm, mage.

Sara: Well, I didn’t know, so I don’t mind. It’s not like vampires talk about this kind of stuff every day.

Shiarra: It’s sorta gross if you think about it. I mean . . . where does it go?

Sara:  Um.

Chaz: What?

Royce:  I’m not quite sure I understand what you’re asking.

Arnold:  Do we really want to understand what she’s asking?

Shiarra:  Oh, shush. Royce, you said you don’t get any nutrition out of it, right? I mean, vampires drink blood. Duh. So . . . uh . . . what does your body do with it?

Royce:  That’s not exactly a conversation for polite company, Ms. Waynest.

Arnold: Okay. Campfire story material right there.

Chaz: Yeah, I’m with you on that. Ugh.

Sara: Nightmare material. I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep tonight.

Shiarra:  Sorry. Sometimes my mind wanders to weird places. It’s like that thing with hotdogs and hotdog buns.

Chaz:  You lost me.

Arnold: Me too.

Shiarra:  Oh, come on, you know that old mystery about why hotdogs come in packs of ten and buns come in packs of eight? Didn’t you guys ever wonder that when you were sitting around the fire at summer camp?

Sara:  Oh, yeah. Why is that?

Arnold:  Beats me.

Chaz:  I never noticed.

Royce:  You people think about the strangest things.

Chaz:  Not “you people”.  Maybe they do.

Sara:  I don’t mind being considered a “you people”. I’d rather think about weird stuff than never question anything about my environment.

Shiarra:  The down side to that is a complete inability to turn off the questions that should probably never be asked.

Sara:  Amen to that.

Chaz: How come you never asked me anything about what it’s like being a werewolf, then?

Shiarra:  Probably because I never had the chance to after I found out. With all the weird crap going on and you lying to me all the time, I didn’t exactly trust you to tell me anything about yourself or your pack.

Arnold:  Burn.

Chaz:  Stay out of this!

Arnold:  Hey, just sayin’.

Royce: Werewolves are a shifty lot. Better not to put your trust into them.

Sara:  Ha! I see what you did there.

Shiarra:  Hehe. That was pretty clever.

Chaz:  Oh, yeah. Laugh at the vampire’s jokes. Just wait. He’ll turn on you. Walking corpses always do.

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Err, right. As you can see, these guys probably wouldn’t do so great sharing a bunch of s’mores around a campfire together. Did you ever go to summer camp and share  stories around a campfire? What were your favorite scary stories as a kid?

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Guest Author Marian Perera — Sea Monsters, And Why We Love Them

I have a special guest here on the blog today. Marian Perera is here today to tell us about sea monsters. Considering how I feel about Sharknado, you guys know by now this is a subject near and dear to my heart. Give her a warm welcome in the comments, eh?

Sea Monsters, And Why We Love Them

by: Marian Perera

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Jaws. Meg. Below. Hunger. Beast. Loch. Deeper.

There are even more novels about sea monsters if you don’t confine yourself to one-word titles.

For me, it began with Jaws, and ever since then, I’ve loved to vicariously explore the hidden depths of the ocean—and evade whatever hunts in them. There’s scope for near-infinite variety here, in genres ranging from historical fiction to horror to speculative fiction and even paranormal romance (wereshark meets werewhale).

Sea monsters are part of the mystery of the ocean. There’s so much still unknown about that part of our world, and the ocean could conceal almost anything. A story about sea monsters not only draws on an atavistic fear of the vast unknown, it taps into myths and legends about Scylla or the Midgard Serpent. Not to mention Dread Cthulhu, who sleeps in an underwater city which he will hopefully never leave.

Many readers like to be scared—and the sea has so many ways to do that.

For writers, there’s so much potential beneath the surface, waiting to be tapped. Great white sharks have been the human-devouring villains of a lot of books and films, but I started burning out on them around the point where I read a novel which, much like the 1999 film Deep Blue Sea, multiplied the number of sharks and genetically engineered them to be intelligent. Even after the IQ boost, though, all they wanted to do was eat people.

In real life, such sharks prefer nice plump seals to humans, just as you might rather eat a chicken breast than a chicken head. I wondered if I could write such a shark realistically and still have it be magnificent and dangerous. That gave me the idea of a seafaring nation which needed to protect its ships in pirate-ruled waters. With their exquisitely honed senses, sharks make the perfect scouts, so children with psychic abilities are bonded to the juvenile sharks, and can control them—to a certain extent. They may be monsters, but they’re our monsters.

And this way, I could have undersea fights and boats being smashed without needing to off the sharks at the end, because killing magnificent apex predators makes me sad. No matter what those predators did.

After that I became curious about what other sea monsters I could exploit—er, write about. My first sharkpunk novel, The Deepest Ocean, also featured parasitic brain coral, and there’s a kraken in the sequel, The Farthest Shore. Humboldt squid appeared in Ryan Lockwood’s debut Below – these squid aren’t very large, certainly nowhere near kraken level, but they travel in a school. So basically, they’re ocean piranhas.

Then there are anglerfish. Not only did a specimen of this provide a shock in Finding Nemo, but their mating habits are fascinating. The tiny males search out the much larger females, bite down and fuse—literally. The male becomes little more than a nubbin attached to his partner of choice, who provides him with food and gets sperm in return.

Hey, if it works for them, who am I to criticize?

Poisonous predatory starfish like the crown-of-thorns can be scaled up for size. And why stop with the species living today? If you’re writing speculative fiction or just reality-bending a little, there were marine dinosaurs like Thalassomedon, which could be 40 feet long – with a neck about half its length. Even longer at 50 feet, Hainosaurus was an apex predator in the Late Cretaceous. Imagine giant marine crocodiles with teeth that could crack mollusk shells.

I’d love to hear more from readers on this topic. What’s your favorite sea monster?

Bio: Marian Perera was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in the United Arab Emirates, studied in the United States, and lives in Canada. For now. Her sharkpunk romances The Deepest Ocean and The Farthest Shore were released by Samhain Publishing, and a third novel is in the works. You can learn more about her and her books at her website, her blog and on Twitter (@MDPerera).

The Farthest Shore

Captain Alyster Juell is relishing the taste of his first command for the fleet of Denalay. The steamship Checkmate doesn’t carry weaponry, but that doesn’t matter. His mission is to win an ocean-crossing race—and its hefty prize.
As the voyage gets underway, Alyster hits his first snag—there’s a stowaway on board, a reporter who poked around for information about his ship the day before. And it’s too late to turn back.
Miri Tayes didn’t intend to stow away. She was forced to run for her life when a colleague discovered her secret: She can pass for normal but she’s a half-salt—daughter of a Denalait mother and a pirate father.
Despite her lack of seaworthy skills, Miri works hard to earn her keep, and Alyster, taken with her quick wit and steely nerve, falls for her. But as the race intensifies and the pirates use a kraken to hunt down Checkmate for its new technology, the truth could be the most elusive—and dangerous—prize of all.

Catch up on the whole series!

1. Before the Storm
2. The Deepest Ocean
3. The Farthest Shore

 

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Friday Funnies – The H&W Gang Talk About Using Magic

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Now–on with the shenanigans! Shiarra’s friend Arnold is going to tell you a little bit about how he uses magic.  Over to you, gang!

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Arnold:  Woo hoo!  You bitches know this one is all about me.

Sara:  Honey, that’s not very nice.

Chaz:  Eh, the David Blaine wannabe just wants his fifteen minutes.

Arnold:  Hey!

Shiarra:  This could either be really interesting or really boring.

Royce:  I don’t find it very interesting, personally.  Magi are common, generally useless creatures.

Arnold:  Same to you, buddy.

Chaz:  The leech has a point.  Your kind is the most common supernatural in our world.  That isn’t very out of the ordinary.

Arnold:  Oh, please!   I can summon beings from another world.  I’d like to see the furball or the walking corpse do that.

Sara:  It’s okay, love. I think you’re special!

Chaz:  Get a room, you two.

Shiarra: Babe?  Stop teasing my friends.  We’re supposed to be on the same side.

Chaz:  Aw . . .

Royce:  Why don’t we just let the mage get this over with? I’ve got an appointment to keep.

Shiarra:  Oh, well excuse us for taking time out of your busy schedule.

Royce: I don’t much care for your tone, Ms. Waynest.

Sara:  Hey, you behave yourself.  Both of you.

Arnold:  As I was saying . . .

Chaz:  . . . I’m gonna go watch the game . . .

Shiarra:  Shush!

Chaz:  Sorry.

Arnold:  Ahem!  So.  I can make things appear and disappear at will—

Royce:  Like any common stage magician.  My, how exciting.

Arnold: Hey!  Whose time in the spotlight is this?

Royce:  Yes, yes, go on.  Move it along, will you?

Arnold:  Yeesh.  I’m not great at conjuration.  My specialties are defensive runes and glyphs.  Some magi can snap their fingers and hurl a fireball—but that sort of thing takes me hours of prep time in advance to store the spell in a wand or some other focus.

Shiarra:  Holy shit, you can cast fireballs?!

Chaz:  DUDE.  We need to go find something to blow up!

Arnold:  . . . did you not hear what I just said?

Royce:  Of course they didn’t.  They have the attention span of a gnat.

Shiarra:  Hey!

Chaz:  Come say that to my face, buddy.

Royce:  I’m not about to risk wrinkling my suit.  I have an appointment with the Times I need to keep.  Is this excuse for an interview over yet?

Sara:  You are such a freaking killjoy, you know that?

Royce:  Ms. Halloway, words cannot express how thrilled I would be to bring this travesty to a close.

Sara:  Arnold hasn’t even said how he casts his spells yet!

Shiarra: You know, I hate to say it, but I’m with the vamp on this.  I vote we go watch Arnold explode stuff!

Chaz:  Seconded!

Arnold:  Well, I did make a ring that stores kinetic energy after I read that Jim Butcher book . . .

Shiarra:  Let’s go!

Royce:  Praise the Gods, you mean it’s over?

Sara:  *grumble*

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Tell me in the comments your favorite mage or wizard from classic fairy tales or urban fantasy novels!

If you’ve never heard of my books and want more info, head to the main page of my website for news on the latest deals, the reading order, etc. Or you can support more of this silliness by buying ‘em now!

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2014 Charlotte, NC Authors After Dark [AAD] Convention Recap & Giveaway!

As always, Authors After Dark was a fabulous, fun-filled convention that I’m missing already! If you don’t want to sort through all my pics and ramblings about it, you can skip down to the bottom of the post for the giveaway.

The Road Trip

Since I was driving all by my lonesome, I didn’t take any pictures of the things I saw on my way from Tampa to Charlotte. I one-shotted the trip in a single day. It took me a little over 9 hours, even with my GPS derping on me and sending me about 50 miles off course to somewhere north-easterly of where I needed to be.

Why did I drive, you ask? If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been so quiet on Twitter and Facebook the last few weeks, I’ve been on the road and I’m currently in New York for some family time. I’ll be around social media sporadically until I head home in September (and if you’re a Floridian and want to see me, come to my next signing–the Angels & Sinners Tampa Mashup on September 13, 2014 at the Westshore Tampa Double Tree Hotel–because after this I’m taking a break from the con circuit until Coastal Magic in Daytona in February, 2015).

I do want to thank C.J. Ellisson for being a fabulous host and an all around wonderful person for giving me a place to crash on my way up to New York. Thank you, C.J.! Can’t wait to see you (and play another round of Munchkin) again!

The Convention

Once again, I was thrilled to be an Authors After Dark featured author!

AAD-Featured-Author-Button

I sat on two panels this year (Vamps and Odd Paranormals) and had a fantastic signing. I’m still amused how many people were sold on the Werewives anthology based on my description of the bitchy werewives in one of the panels.

Odd Paranormal Panel at AAD Charlotte 2014
Odd Paranormal Panel at AAD Charlotte 2014
Odd Paranormal Panel at AAD Charlotte 2014
Odd Paranormal Panel at AAD Charlotte 2014

It was nice to sit in the audience of a few panels, too. Some of the panels Holly and I checked out included ones on Shifters, Urban Fantasy, and Kick-Ass Heroines. We had a total blast!

Here’s an idea of some of the fun times that were had:

AAD 2014 Charlotte - Even The Tables Look Like They're Ready For Fun
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Even The Tables Look Like They’re Ready For Fun
AAD 2014 Charlotte - The Panel Where Allison Pang Explained How She Got The Idea for Her Miniature Unicorn to Leave Behind Glitter In Her Heroine's Underwear Drawer
AAD 2014 Charlotte – The Panel Where Allison Pang Explained How She Got The Idea for Her Miniature Unicorn to Leave Behind Glitter In Her Heroine’s Underwear Drawer
AAD 2014 Charlotte - The Shifter Panel
AAD 2014 Charlotte – The Shifter Panel
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Do The Dragon
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Do The Dragon
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Girl's Night Out - Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I've Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Girl’s Night Out – Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I’ve Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Girl's Night Out - Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I've Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Girl’s Night Out – Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I’ve Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Girl's Night Out - Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I've Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Girl’s Night Out – Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I’ve Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Girl's Night Out - Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I've Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Girl’s Night Out – Some Of The Craziest Bachelorette Party Games I’ve Ever Seen
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Sins & Virtues Ball - Dinner at Alexandra Ivy's Table
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Sins & Virtues Ball – Dinner at Alexandra Ivy’s Table
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Sins & Virtues Ball
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Sins & Virtues Ball
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Sins & Virtues Ball - The Cover Model Announced Something But I Was A Little Distracted And Don't Remember What...
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Sins & Virtues Ball – The Cover Model Announced Something But I Was A Little Distracted And Don’t Remember What…
AAD 2014 Charlotte - Sins & Virtues Ball - Paris Hilton--I Mean, Carrie Ann Ryan, Escaping The Paparazzi
AAD 2014 Charlotte – Sins & Virtues Ball – Paris Hilton–I Mean, Carrie Ann Ryan, Escaping The Paparazzi

And, of course, there were friends I was thrilled to see again:

Me, Kate Douglas, another author (agh, I'm sorry I don't know her name!), and Joey W. Hill
Me, Kate Douglas (one of the authors from one of the anthologies I was in, Nocturnal), another author (agh, I’m sorry I don’t know her name!), and Joey W. Hill
Me, Elise Hepner, Paige Prince (aka, Mama Kitty)
Me, Elise Hepner, Paige Prince (aka, Mama Kitty)
Jenny Trout, Me, Holly Rutan
Jenny Trout, Me, Holly Rutan
Alexandra Ivy at the Corner of Mark and Twain
Alexandra Ivy at the Corner of Mark and Twain
Jennifer Estep, Me
Jennifer Estep, Me
Cards Against Humanity - Paige, Leanna Renee Hieber and Jenny Looking Calm Before The Storm. Then...
Cards Against Humanity – Paige, Leanna Renee Hieber and Jenny Looking Calm Before The Storm. Then…
Cards Against Humanity - ATTACK OF THE VIGOROUS JAZZ HANDS
Cards Against Humanity – ATTACK OF THE VIGOROUS JAZZ HANDS
Cards Against Humanity - Bringing Us Laughter, Tears, and Vigorous Jazz Hands
Cards Against Humanity – Bringing Us Laughter, Tears, and Vigorous Jazz Hands
Cards Against Humanity - Bringing Us Laughter, Tears, and Vigorous Jazz Hands
Cards Against Humanity – Bringing Us Laughter, Tears, and Vigorous Jazz Hands

This barely scratches the surface of everything I saw and did while I was there. I’ll upload more pics to Facebook as soon as I have a few minutes. Check out my albums there later this week if you want to see more!

As for me being my authorly self, I gave out tons of fun things at the paranormal party and I can’t believe I ran out of the ribbons the readers were supposed to collect before it was over! If you haven’t seen them, they are black with silver lettering and say “Doesn’t Play Well With Others”–subtle, right? I even had some bumper stickers made up that said it and ran out of those long before the party was over. Same with the “I went to New York and all I got was this lousy contract” T-shirts.

Me at AAD Charlotte 2014 Paranormal Party
Me at AAD Charlotte 2014 Paranormal Party

The signing was great, and I really enjoyed chatting with Bronwyn Green (who sat on my left) and the assistant to the author who sat on my right (I’m kicking myself for not catching her name). I was kept busy almost the entire time, signing, meeting fans, and generally having a good time.

Me at AAD Charlotte 2014 Signing
Me at AAD Charlotte 2014 Signing

Also this was Holly’s very first signing. (For those of you who aren’t familiar, Holly Rutan is a good friend of mine who occasionally comes with me to conventions. She is also a librarian and now a brand new author! Show her some love! And check out her book, SILVER BOUND, because it’s awesome.)

Holly Rutan's First Signing!
Holly Rutan’s First Signing!

The Town and The Food

Uptown Charlotte feels like it’s trying too hard to be a cleaner Los Angeles or Manhattan or something. Parts of it are very pretty, but near the Westin (the hotel where the convention was held) it has more upscale office buildings and restaurants than the feel or attractions of a tourist town.

Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC
Come on, now, Charlotte. Why are you channeling something out of Clive Barker's imagination?
Come on, now, Charlotte. Why are you channeling something out of Clive Barker’s imagination?
Meet me at the corner of Mark and Twain!
Meet me at the corner of Mark and Twain!
Charlotte Museum of Modern Art
Charlotte Museum of Modern Art
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC
I've got my eye on you, Charlotte.
I’ve got my eye on you, Charlotte.
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte, NC

It’s a nice town, but I don’t recommend it if you’re looking for a place with reasonable prices and lots of tourist-y things to do. Even the Starbucks closes at around 5PM on a weeknight and the bulk of the restaurants are of the fancypants and/or expensive varieties that might appeal more to foodies than tourists on a budget.

As for the food, Holly and I spent over $125 (1 shared appetizer, 2 entrees, 3 drinks, and 2 desserts) on our first meal at Mimosa Grill:

Mimosa Grill - Crawdad and Shrimp Hushpuppies
Mimosa Grill – Crawdad and Shrimp Hushpuppies
Mimosa Grill - My Dinner
Mimosa Grill – My Dinner
Mimosa Grill - Holly's Dinner
Mimosa Grill – Holly’s Dinner
Mimosa Grill - Holly's Dessert
Mimosa Grill – Holly’s Dessert
Mimosa Grill - My Dessert
Mimosa Grill – My Dessert

Red Ginger was an excellent sushi and hibachi restaurant to visit for lunch, but their service at dinner time was lacking. One of the people I was with for dinner has a severe allergy to certain foods and ordered something off the menu that had to be prepared in the kitchen. We didn’t discover until much later that our waitress never even turned in her order.

What we did have was good, and I can tell you it is very worth going there for hibachi for lunch (I can’t tell you how their sushi was as I don’t care for it), but I don’t recommend it (due to both price and service) for dinner.

Red Ginger - Fire Is Always Good
Red Ginger – Fire Is Always Good
Red Ginger - Fire Is Good, But Lunch With Friends Is Better
Red Ginger – Fire Is Good, But Lunch With Friends Is Better
Red Ginger - Getting Pretty Free and Easy With That Sake
Red Ginger – Getting Pretty Free and Easy With That Sake
Red Ginger - Getting Pretty Free and Easy With That Sake
Red Ginger – This Guy Likes To Share His Sake.
Red Ginger - Fire Is Good, But Lunch With Friends Is Better
Red Ginger - So Much Sake. SO MUCH.

We had to walk about 6 blocks to find the much more reasonably priced Valhalla’s Pub & Eatery, which not only had good food…

Valhalla's: Where Vikings Go To Eat
Valhalla’s: Meals Fit For A Jarl
Valhalla's Menu - I Should Have Tried the Loki's Loaded Fries
Valhalla’s Menu – I Should Have Tried the Loki’s Loaded Fries

…but they clearly have a sense of humor about themselves as well.

Valhalla's - Our Waiter Posed For A Pic
Valhalla’s – Our Waiter Posed For A Pic

I also strongly suggest avoiding Mellow Mushroom. Their service was terrible and their food was mediocre at best. We had a party of 10; it took us 30 minutes of waiting to get a table, 20 minutes for the waiter to come for our order, and almost 40 minutes to get our food–and it turned out the order was missing items, which meant more waiting.

About That Giveaway…

If you couldn’t make it to the AAD Convention, I have not one but 3 separate prize packs just for you!

AAD 2014 Charlotte - The Giveaway Prizes!
AAD 2014 Charlotte – The Giveaway Prizes!
AAD 2014 Charlotte - The Giveaway Prizes!
AAD 2014 Charlotte – The Giveaway Prizes!
AAD 2014 Charlotte - The Giveaway Prizes!
AAD 2014 Charlotte – The Giveaway Prizes!

Randomly selected books and swag from the above pictures will go into the themed bags I created for you! Everything you see above will be split into 3 prize packs. Yes–you’ll even get an official Authors After Dark Convention swag bag, complete with cherry-picked promo, swag, a number of ebook download codes, and a random selection of the physical books you see in the picture below, just as if you had come to the con yourself!

This is all thanks to the generosity of the authors listed below (and if they offered 1 or more paperback book, see the note beside their name in parenthesis for the title; no note means they gave ebooks and/or swag). Please be sure to visit the following authors on Facebook and Twitter (and buy their books!) to thank them for playing along:

(** Indicates author offered 1 or more signed paperback books. Signed books will be randomly divided between the 3 winners.)

These giveaways are intended to go to people who really wanted to go but couldn’t make it this year or don’t otherwise have the means to get their hands on these books. If you attended Authors After Dark, be sure to tell your friends about this giveaway so they have a shot at winning all of the wonderful things you brought home from the con!

Enter To Win One of Three Authors After Dark Prize Packs! (U.S. Only)

Enter to win books, books, more books! There is an eclectic mix of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, contemporary romance (new adult, cowboy, sweet, etc.) and more. There are shot glasses, pens, pins, magnets, even a T-shirt! Whatever the flavor of books or swag you enjoy, there is something in here for you!

AAD 2014 Charlotte - The Giveaway Prizes! Check Out These Books...
AAD 2014 Charlotte – The Giveaway Prizes! Check Out These Books…

The selection of paperbacks includes titles like:

  • A BRUSH OF DARKNESS
  • A MIDWINTER FANTASY (anthology)
  • A TALE OF TWO DJINNS
  • AWAKENED
  • CLOSE TO THE BROKEN HEARTED
  • ENSLAVED BY THE OTHERS
  • MAKE DAMN SURE
  • SET ADRIFT
  • SWEET FILTHY BOY
  • THE REAL WEREWIVES OF VAMPIRE COUNTY (anthology)
  • THE SPIDER
  • TURNED
  • WHEN DARKNESS COMES
  • And many more…

Each winner will get at least 10 paperback books (minimum 3 signed by the author[s]) and 2 (or more) free ebooks.

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(Unfortunately, as costs of shipping outside the U.S. are prohibitive, this giveaway is U.S. only.)

Please be kind, pay it forward, and tell your friends who couldn’t make it to the con about this special giveaway so they can play along at home, too!

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Friday Funnies – Shiarra Waynest Talks About Vampire Reproduction

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Now–on with the shenanigans! Shiarra is going to tell you a little bit about vampiric reproductive habits.  Over to you, Shia!

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Shiarra:  First, I’d just like to say ew.

Royce:  Squeamish, are we?

Shiarra:  Dead men shouldn’t have to “reproduce”.

Arnold:  I’m with Shia on this one.  Reproduction is supposed to be an act to make more living critters.  The last thing we need around here are more walking corpses.

Royce:  I beg to differ.  Every creature alive—and, no matter what you might think, vampires do have some semblance of life as we are still walking, talking beings—seeks to create more of its own kind.  It’s a natural urge.

Chaz:  Not when it involves a corpse.  Isn’t there a term for that?

Arnold:  Yeah.  Necrophilia.

Sara:  I think I’m going to be sick.

Royce:  I thought we were discussing reproduction, not sex.

Shiarra:  There’s a difference?  . . . oh, God, why did I ask that??

Sara:  Oh, yeah.  I read some magazine article about it.  Vampires don’t make more of themselves through sex, they do it by infecting their victims with the vamp virus through biting and sharing their blood.

Shiarra:  Gross!

Chaz:  Heh.  They’re a walking disease.

Arnold:  I wonder if they sell vamp virus microbe plushies on ThinkGeek?

Royce:  Very funny, people.

Sara:  Well, it’s true.

Royce:  We are selective about who we pass vampirism on to.  It’s not as though we indiscriminately create more of ourselves through our victims.  The world would soon be overrun and we would run out of food if we did not take some care.

Shiarra:  Why make more parasites?  That’s all you are.

Royce:  Hardly.  We are simply higher on the food chain than humans, Ms. Waynest.  We are an evolved, superior species.

Chaz:  Says the walking plague.

Royce:  Take care what you say, dog.  You might recall that you, too, spread your filthy genes and make more of your kind through a viral infection.

Chaz:  Hey!  That’s not true all the time.  Some kids are born as werewolves.

Arnold:  Ugh, what a great way to start puberty.  “Hey, Mom, guess what!  All that hair I started growing is actually fur!”

Sara:  Honey, be nice.

Arnold:  . . . sorry.

Shiarra:  This conversation is so wrong on so many levels.

Royce:  Did you honestly think that vampires had sex to reproduce?

Shiarra:  Honestly?  I did my best never to ever think about it.  Ugh.

Sara:  Wait a sec.  Are you saying vamps do have sex?  Ew.

Royce:  Sure.  The exchange of fluids might be a tad different than it is for humans, and we are only doing it for the sensation, not to reproduce—but otherwise we certainly still function in all the same ways.

Chaz:  But you’re a dead man.  How the hell do you get it up?

Arnold:  I’m gonna go wait outside for the rest of this conversation.

Shia:  Come back here!  If we have to listen to it, so do you.

Royce:  For God’s sake, you are such children. I thought your generation learned about sex in school—not to mention that you’re all of breeding age.  Don’t tell me you need me to spell this out for you.

Arnold:  They don’t teach vampire biology in high school.

Chaz:  Hey, I don’t need any lessons about sex.

Shiarra:  Chaz!

Royce:  Are you sure?  If I don’t miss my guess, you and your lady love are uncontracted—which must mean you’re not seeing any action to speak of.

Chaz:  Why, you—

Shiarra:  CHAZ!

Royce:  I, on the other hand, have certain privileges available to me thanks to that contract—

Shiarra:  AUGH! Not in a million years you sick son of a—

Chaz:  Shia!

Royce:  I’m just saying—

Shiarra:  That’s it, we’re done.

Sara:  Thank God.

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Yeah, you know, I think that’s enough on that subject.

If you’ve never heard of my books and want more info, head to the main page of my website for news on the latest deals, the reading order, etc. Or you can support more of this silliness by buying ‘em now!

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Friday Funnies – Arnold Talks About Being A Sexy Sidekick

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I’ve decided to revamp the Friday Funnies and re-post the guest posts I’ve written for blog tours and such. I may sneak in a few new ones here and there. Since some of the blogs I originally wrote these for have disappeared I thought it might be a good idea to save and re-share the posts here.

I’m sure if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably familiar with my characters by now, so I’ll save you the chore of reading through my intros. For anyone who stumbles across this who is not familiar, basic info on the characters can be found here, a funnier idea of who they are (in GIFs) can be found here, and a book list/buy links can be found here. All character interviews will be tagged that way so they’re easy to find on the blog.

Now–on with the shenanigans! Shia, Arnold, and some of their friends are going to discuss what it’s like being a sexy sidekick.

Take the floor, guys!

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Arnold:  Oh, baby!  You know you want me.

Sara:  Arnold . . .

Arnold:  Whoops, sorry, love.

Shiarra:  I think I’m going to barf.

Royce:  I think we should be discussing Ms. Halloway if we’re going to be talking about sexy sidekicks.  At least she’s attractive.

Sara:  . . . um.  Thanks?

Chaz:  I hate agreeing with the vamp, but he’s right.  You’re pretty hot.

Shiarra:  Chaz.

Chaz:  What?  The vampire can say it and I can’t?

Shiarra:  I’m not dating the vampire.

Royce:  That’s easy enough to amend . . .

Shiarra:  GOD, no.

Arnold:  Hey, I thought we were here to talk about me?

Sara:  Oh, stop pouting.  You know I think you’re adorable, and that’s what matters.

Arnold:  Aw. I know.

Chaz:  I’m feeling left out, too.

Shiarra:  Sweetie, you and Royce get talked about a lot.  It’s Arnold’s turn.

Arnold:  Yeah, fuzzbrain.  I’m going to enjoy every minute of this!

Chaz:  Oh, dream on spark.  Nobody finds a D&D nerd sexy.

Sara:  Ahem.

Royce:  I’m afraid I must concur.  There isn’t much sex appeal in a boy who lives in his mother’s basement playing video games all day.

Arnold:  Excuse me?  Do I look like I play video games all day?  Also, I haven’t lived in my mother’s basement since I was a teenager.

Sara:  Yeah.  He has a beautiful apartment in Greenwich with a view.

Shiarra:  I’ve seen it.  If not for all the computers and gaming manuals, it would be pretty awesome.

Arnold:  Stop smirking like that, you walking corpse.

Royce:  I can’t help but find this amusing.  You are, not to put too fine a point on it, a nerd.  You wear glasses.  You play with dice.  You dawdle on computers.  What’s attractive about that?

Sara:  You know what?  It’s more attractive than a walking, talking dead man.  He has a pulse, he has morals, and he’s—

Shiarra:  Actually, he’s not that moral.

Arnold:  What?  Yes I am!

Shiarra:  Every time you helped me, you were doing it for your own reasons.

Arnold:  But I still helped you.

Chaz:  Did he touch you?

Shiarra:  Of course he didn’t.  He has Sara.  Don’t get all Were-territorial on me.

Sara:  Anyway.  Like I was saying.

Royce:  Oh, do go on.

Shiarra:  Enough with the sarcasm, you.

Royce:  I’ll attempt to restrain myself.

Sara:  You know, I have to say, the glasses are adorable.  Get me every time.

Arnold:  Aw, really?

Sara:  Yes, really.

Shiarra:  Gag.

Sara:  Shia . . .

Shiarra:  . . . sorry.

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Well, that was . . . uhhh . . . yeah.

If you’ve never heard of my books and want more info, head to the main page of my website for news on the latest deals, the reading order, etc. Or you can support more of this silliness by buying ‘em now!

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