Tuesday, August 30, 2011

I won the Liebster Award!!!!!!

Liebster Award

Recently I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award from Jeanne Bannon

Thanks so much for chosing me for this award, Jeanne.

I would love to pay this award forward by awarding it to the following bloggers:

Donna Crocker

Jim Baugh


Felicia Rogers

Andrea Buginsky

The Rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
2. Give the Liebster Blog Award to five bloggers and let them know in a comment on their blog.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

Thanks Again Jeanne Bannon

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Guest Blogger: Jim Baugh

About the new novel “HOOKED” by Jim Baugh

HOOKED” is based on the true-life story of Virginia outdoor television producer Jim Baugh. Jim Baugh Outdoors TV is one of Americas most diverse and entertaining outdoor programs and has been in syndication since 1989.
“HOOKED” is a hilarious look behind the scene stories of filming a southern outdoor TV show. From the Chesapeake Bay to Key West these on location excursions will make your sides hurt with laughter. A cast of sea faring characters full of color and humor. From the docks in Gloucester Virginia to the Atlantic Ocean and a boat load of jolly swashbuckling Pirates. The stories and characters in “HOOKED” are timeless and span a period of over forty years.
In contrast, “HOOKED” also explores the solemn drama of dealing with divorce, death, and mental illness.

The story also delves into the totally crazy insane world of mid-life on-line computer dating. This is a hilarious look at dating in the computer world after 25 years of solid marriage. These “Dating” stories are contemporary, racy, scary, cheerful, timeless, and based on true events. Anyone who is old enough to date will soon relate to “HOOKED” as the comical reference for dating in the new millennium.
This adult romantic comedy story also relates to the power and testament of faith.
50 Years of an exciting action packed extremely charismatic colorful life and career, packed into 28 chapters . It is a fast ride for sure.

Jim Baugh Bio

Jim Baugh has been producing national and regional television shows for close to 30 years. Programs include: Award winning Jim Baugh Outdoors TV (220 episodes), Ski East, Classic Fishing. Fishing Virginia and, RV Times. Jim also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Music from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jim writes, performs, and engineers all the soundtracks for his television programs.
Jim Baugh Outdoors has broadcast on The Family Channel, The Outdoor Channel, The Sportsman Channel, Fox Sports, America One, and many broadcast affiliates throughout the Mid-Atlantic and South East.
Writer \ Author
Jim Baugh has written over 300 columns for numerous magazines during the last 23 years including:
Motor boating Magazine, Fishing Smart, The Chesapeake Angler, The Sportsman Magazine, Woods and Waters, Colonial Outdoors, Virginia Beach Sports Fishing and Travel Virginia Magazine.
Jim also writes and manages three on-line blogs including “Jim’s Galley” and the “JBO TV” main website.
Jim Baugh’s first published book, “HOOKED” was released by Solstice Publishing world wide late June of 2011. The book instantly won critical acclaim and earned a five star rating and was featured book of the month by the publisher during the first month’s release.
Jim’s second book, “COOKED” stories behind the recipes will be released during the fall of 2013.

Hi Jim, and welcome to our blog site. How was the trip over?

Well, considering I did not have to deal with rental cars, a taxi, air planes and hotel accommodations, I would say pretty good. Just put in the old web site address and away we go. World wide travel in seconds. It is a very, “Go Green” way to travel and do an interview for sure.
Tell me a little about why you wrote “Hooked” and what initially was the inspiration for such a funny book.

It probably initially started when I was around five or six years old. I grew up on the docks of Gloucester Virginia and the characters on the boats and docks were just larger than life, always doing practical jokes, fishing, just having a ball.
Growing up I always thought those times were very special and wanted the memory to live forever.

Then, during my forties I was single again after a great marriage of 25 years. When I was thrust upon the on line computer dating world, things changed real fast. The people I would meet and the stories were just WAY to funny.
I was dating the woman in HOOKED, DC Nympho, and we were in the swimming pool laughing how funny on line dating was. We swapped war stories, then I began to get an idea. Produce a game show called, “Meet My Match Game”.
Well, the idea turned into a screenplay, then finally a book. However it took me a few years to figure out how to combine the story.
I wanted to also include in the story line my memories of growing up on the docks in Gloucester, and also the hilarious behind the scenes antics of producing a southern outdoor show.

Sounds like a great idea!! Then you started to write??

I tried, but could not. I started with a screenplay and kept wanting to direct and block shots as opposed to just writing. That slowed me to a halt.

What did you do??

I called a high school friend of mine who had been a successful playwright in NY City and ask for advice. He simply said it did not mater if it was a book or screenplay, just get it down on paper. So, since I had been a columnist for 20 years, I figured I would try the manuscript approach.

Did that work?

Yes, I wrote the book in 12 days.

That is pretty much impossible, no one writes close to 400 pages in 12 days.

Well, I was actually also editing Jim Baugh Outdoors as well at the time. This is hard to explain, but once I figured out how to write the book, it was like turning on a garden hose at full power.

The manuscript just flowed at full speed. Afterwards it did take over four months to edit and polish, that was were the real work was, because for sure I had to do a lot of fictionalizing and compositing of some characters.

I was so truthful in my writing, I would have gotten in BIG trouble with certain people had I not fictionalized the book. That took some careful writing because although fictionalized, I did not want the essence and truth of the story to be changed, and it was not.

What were the hardest and the most enjoyable part of the editing process for you?

The hardest would be continuity- that can be a real bear. Especially when you’re fictionalizing, changing names and places, etc, etc.

The most fun was the humor. Once mostly edited I would read through the manuscript and look for ANY place that I could interject some humor, make the situation more humorous or more realistic and true.

The characters in HOOKED are so larger than life, simply by writing true to their character was funny enough. That was key, getting the character down so that the reader could feel like the person was sitting right in their living room. This, I believe worked very well in the book. You don’t feel removed from the characters at all, you feel like they are sitting next to you. That, is one of the things that makes HOOKED so special.

Do you have some favorite “FUNNY” lines form the book??

Oh yes, here are just a few! I LOVE these!
Chapter, “It Foams at the Mouth”. –The early years.
* From what unearthly demonic poisoned shallow grave did he drag this possessed ugly beast from I will never know. Someone must have sacrificed a goat in a gone wrong satanic ritual somewhere in the neighborhood and then this thing showed up. She made Mommy Dearest look like one of Santa’s Elves grandchildren at Mass.

* I would think at any minute she would pee on the floor, spit pea soup, do a 360 head turn, and speak in foreign languages while levitating off the bed. We are talking a SERIOUS Bitch here.

* “You are not allowed to sit in these chairs, but we are going to have your portraits done and hang them over the chairs.” I thought to myself why not just let us sit in the chairs and skip the portraits.
Chapter, “Tennessee Tim”-Behind the scenes of JBO TV

* I think Tim and I had a little different perspective of what a houseboat was and his renovation meant that he bought a pool toy at WalMart and stuck it inside the floating shack.

* Now shooting a wild pig and boarding it was not enough for this captain, no, he immediately gutted the pig and cleaned it right there on the boat. He said it was easier to do it on his boat, and he was right.

* Next morning, walking back to the front of the trailer on the sofa was the passed out Dominick’s Pizza Delivery guy. I opened the door and outside was his car still running, door open, and now 50 cold pizzas in the back seat.

* I said, “No sir, the only problem I have is that your B & B is 100 degrees and you put chocolates in your guest’s beds.

* “Damit man!!! Don’t listen to me I don’t know shit about flying an airplane, just photography! Fly the dam plane and don’t listen to a word I say!!’

* “We don’t need air conditioning up here in the mountains”. Really? Boy could have fooled me. To me 100 degrees is a 100 degrees whether you’re in the mountains or at the beach. According to my math, it is the same.
Chapter, “Dating in the Mid Life”

* She had so much baggage she should have had a retractable handle coming out of her ass and rubber wheels instead of feet.

* She did not want Nassau. She wanted the Pope and she was not even Catholic.

* Without a doubt, she could be the permanent poster child for the Jerry Spring Show.

* Could you imagine having her as your physician? I’d rather take up Scientology!

* She had turned into DC Nympho! It was like Clark Kent running into a phone booth and turning into superman. In this case blond-e had turned into raging sex goddess with a BIG attitude.

Yeah, I can see you have a pretty good sense of humor there Jim!! Was there any stumbling block in the story?? No mental block at all??

Yes, the ending. In the screenplay outline I had the ending down, however for the book, different story. I was stuck. So, I left it as is, Rose and I would come back from the Keys, then simply go into the final Chapter that was a very short chapter. Sort of my wrap up about faith and how it pulled me out of many difficult times throughout my lifetime.

To be honest, the last chapter, chapter 28, I did not write. The man upstairs wrote it, I just took dictation.

Very true, this happened on night at around 3 am, I woke up from a perfect sleep. Wide awake and it just came to me, this vision of how to perfectly end the book, and I was only a third of the way through writing it at that time.

The vision was of this football game when I was in high school, and we had won a game by only inches. I sat down and starting writing this final chapter, not making any sense at all to me, again, I felt like I was taking dictation, not writing.
Once done, I read it and thought, gee, I don’t know how this is going to work at all, but will leave as is. Then I wrote the rest of the book.

Sure enough, chapter 27 flowed into chapter 28 like it was destined to be. Like I said, I owe the credit to someone else, not me. It is a very inspiration ending and has effected just about everyone that has read it. Wish I could take credit.

That is quite an incredible story, sound like you have a very important co writer?

Yes, you could say that. I only wrote that Rose and I got married during the last week of editing. I did get stuck on that one to. But with some guidance from you know who, the “Big Guy”, I was clearly directed to end it getting re married on the beach in Key Largo. This is the only thing in HOOKED that actually has not happened, but hope to one day.

Getting re married in the book was a big deal, here is why. It enabled me to wrap up all the messages in the book, all the themes came together, and it was about the most positive reflection on a relationship one could have.

In HOOKED, there was quite a bit of trouble with woman. To or three mental cases, bizarre dating stories, etc,etc. So ending HOOKED on such a positive note helped smooth out the message. I could not of figured a better way to wrap things up. Very inspirational and funny read.

Now that HOOKED is published and out there, what do think about the publishing business so far?

Interesting. I can’t say enough good things about our publisher Solstice Publishing. Great people and they work closely with their authors. I like that a lot. Not something you’re likely to get in NY.

However I recently do have a gripe on the business end regarding our wonderful world wide distribution system.

Lord tell, what is that? (laughs)

The market is being drowned in 99 cent eBooks that is flooding the market in mostly a negative way. It is not good for published authors or publishers, and in the long run, not good for the reader either.

Explain, Please!

Here is what happens. Self published authors will put up anything on the web and sell it for 99 cents. Add to that, there are some published books that ARE good and worthwhile that are also doing the 99 cent thing. This fills up readers eBooks with an occasional good cheap book, but fills the rest with crap. Then the reader says, “Hell, I got 3000 books, mostly for free on my kindle, why would I buy and other books? I have more to read in a lifetime!”

The thing is, out of the 3000 books, there may be 10 worth even looking at.
I would like to see some sort of catorigaztion so that people would know what they are buying.

But, then again, the market may just take care of itself. Once the word gets out, you get what you pay for, then maybe that will stop the on-slaught of 99 cent books.
The other thing that I am not sure authors realize is that if you get catorigized as a 99 cent author, I think you can forget ever being published by a reputable publisher. Some may squeak by, but only a few.

What do you think is a fair price for eBooks?

Depends on the eBook. I think if you want them to sell, they need to be on the low end at least a couple of bucks, on the high end up to seven bucks. I just priced HOOKED at $4.99 and that is where it will stay for quite a while. Five bucks and under is where most of the sales are going to happen. The industry is not changing by the month, but by the day.

What are some other books that you have been reading lately?

I just finished Bill Bruford’s autobiography and loved it. Rutie’s just finished the Help and loved it. Next I am reading Joe Jacksons How I left the state of TN and am a better man for it.

Sounds good Jim! How do people get in contact with you and are you going to give us a recipe like you promised??

First up is the HOOKED web site \ blog. Everything is there, contact info, order info, our newspaper reviews, which thankfully have been excellent. Hooked is available just about everywhere on line. Amazon, etc.
My direct e mail is
Also I am on GoodReads now, great site

NOW! Here is that recipe I promised. This is one from our Galley Blog, you will love it.
Thanks Jim for stopping by, it has been a fun chat, now, what’s for dinner!!!
“Ok Lizzy and all you Tex Wis fans, here it is, the most famous Chili and Salsa recipe ever! And may the Border live on in your homes for years to come!!


Black Pepper
Red Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Chopped Onion
Canned Whole Tomatoes
Canned Crushed Tomatoes
Celery Salt
Cinnamon Sticks
Ground Chuck
Pinto Beans
Chili Powder
Fresh Bay Leaves.

Cook for several hours, the key to the heat was the Jalapeno and Cayenne pepper, the Widowmaker would contain a LOT of minced Jalapenos, and that is why the hottest Chili was more expensive.

I have my own Bay Leaf bush here at JBO Central and it really helps to have those fresh Bay Leaves.

Best Chili in the world, none better. Have fixed this countless time for company, and they can never believe that it taste as good as it does. Back in the day, I think this recipe won every Chili award there was.


This one was tough, and I NEVER would of figured it out, the three secret ingredients for the unique flavor and heat were, Red Wine Vinegar, Soy Oil, and Crushed Red Peppers.

Crushed Red Peppers- over a cup
One bunch of finely chopped (Food Processor) Parsley
1\2 cup of oregano
Three tablespoons of soy oil
Crushed garlic
Three larges cans crushed tomatoes
One large finely chopped onion
1\3 cup red wine vinegar.
Salt to taste
NOTE: There is a lot of dried seasonings, the oregano and crushed red peppers. After mixing and letting the salsa stand, add more water to thin out. You may have to do this several times to get the right consistency.

This salsa should be served at room temp.

The history of where this recipe came from????? I did ask, and believe it or not, the recipe came from a Taco stand in California. True story, that was the origin.

I live for this salsa, and everyone I have turned on to it, gives me Christmas cards with money in it every year. LOL, I wish.

I had a long history at the Border, and started going there back when I was in radio, before the GM job Blab TV, and even before JBO TV. It may be the only restaurant I can say that even after 11 years, I still miss that place. Always will. Those that frequented the Border, much feel the same I am sure.

For those that did not get to try the experience of the Border, try these two recipes, it WILL change your life, at least as far as Chili and Salsa goes!

Jim Baugh

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Guest Blogger: Sara Curran- Ross

Welcome my guest blogger: Sara Curran-Ross

So What Makes A Bad Vampire So Loveable?

So what makes a bad vampire so loveable? Is there such a thing as a good or bad vampire? Is that not a contradiction in terms??? Nobody likes a goodie goodie. They aren’t interesting enough. Nowadays there appears to be a demand for characters in literature and film that are in touch more with their shadow side than their good one. Gone are the days where you were able to identify the goodie by the white hat he wore and the baddie by his black hat. Now characters are wearing a dark shade of grey and causing a certain amount of confusion in their attraction. And this is really noticeable in vampire romances.
Ask any woman who her favourite vampire character is and she is likely to tell you either, Edward Cullen from Twilight, Erik from True Blood or Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Ok, so Edward is a nice boy I hear you shout. But he does possess some dangerous qualities. For a start he stalks Bella Swan, stops her seeing her friend and stands over her while she sleeps. Yet millions of women love him. Don’t get me wrong I adored the first book and the movie but the whole brooding thing started to wear thin. And I am not sure I wanted my ten year old daughter reading about meek and mild Bella Swan allowing Edward Cullen to do those things to her.
If you watch True Blood you will know exactly who I am talking about when I mention the rather delectable tall Scandinavian blonde, Erik. He would kill you in an instant if he could be bothered. Yet he is far more exciting on the screen than nice Bill Compton or as he is affectionately known in the series, Vampire Bill, Sookie’s boyfriend. Even Compton’s name is a turn off.
And then there is Damon Salvatore who when he first appeared on The Vampire Diaries was killing for the pure hell of it and frightening the heroine, Elena out of her wits but we all sat there hypnotised by his gorgeous black eyes and wicked smile. Even whilst reading the book you can tell that the author, L.J. Smith enjoyed writing about Damon and his, ‘dark fathomless eyes,’ more than his respectable brother who only fed off animals. You can sense her impatience to bring Damon back on the page at every turn and you were hanging on in there with her, desperately waiting for him to reappear.
Even as an avid fan of Buffy The Vampire Slayer I must confess a frisson of excitement when Angel turned into his bad alter ego, Angelis. I also noticed that when I made my own vampire character, Nathan Valancourt turn to his demon side and threaten the heroine with a horsewhip when she wouldn’t do what she was told in Ace of Swords, I had more people interested in reading the chapters on my blog!
So what is it that makes us forget our senses and play with fire? Well apart from the eyes, the super human strength that could defend you at a moment’s notice and come to your rescue as many of these confusing bad vampire characters do, every dangerous vampire hunk has to have the essential trait of vulnerability. It is that which endears or deceives us into believing that they are really a nice boy underneath and they just want to be loved. Awww! Hmmm!
Let’s look at that then. I suppose Edward is consumed with love for Bella. Erik has fallen for Sookie who ignores his advances and Damon has been rejected by Katherine and has been carrying his pain and anger around for nearly two centuries. Oh and he loves his brother’s girlfriend, Elena who refuses to acknowledge him despite all his efforts. Ok, so there’s an argument for vulnerability but there is also another important quality to these stories that enables us to walk on the wild side and live to tell the tale and that is the heroine herself.
She knows how to put the naughty gorgeous vampire back in his place when he gets out of hand. Sookie does it eloquently with her no nonsense talk, principles and fearless attitude and Elena stubbornly refuses to be afraid of Damon and capitulate to his frightening advances to make her his. Then there is the mistress of a vampire put down, Buffy. She well and truly knew how to put Angelis in his place. But I am still trying to see what Bella Swan does to keep Edward reined in. Maybe she needs a few lessons from Buffy. The video from Youtube above this post may give her some pointers!
So before you start sharpening those stakes perhaps we should consider that it is safe to indulge in liking a bad boy vampire as long as you keep your wits about you. After all he’s just a nice boy trying to get out from under all that baggage that makes him so angry. Or is he? Maybe he has just compelled you to think that way!

Award winning journalist Rebecca Eaton crosses the closed border of a troubled Asian country to interview a Human Rights activist and known terrorist. Three days later, after her reported mysterious disappearance, she turns up at the border tortured, beaten, minus her memory and one kidney.

When an attempt is made on her life in the hospital, her employer sends Eaton’s estranged ex-lover and security expert Dominic Kane to bring her safely home.

Kane wants Rebecca back in his arms. But before he can entice her into reconciliation he has to help her expose a worldwide medical conspiracy involving mass murder and the illegal sale of stolen human organs.

Kane has to protect Rebecca from the men sent to silence her and the terrorists who demand she ensures the medical criminals are brought to justice or four suicide bombs will be detonated in London.

Guest Blogger: James D. Sanderson

Welcome James D. Sanderson to my blog today.

Had the great pleasure being on the Tony Angelo radio show last Saturday, and I wanted to share some of the things we talked about (and have added some other things we didn’t talk about). If you have any comments or questions of your own, please add them in the comments below.

Why do you write? A person must be crazy to want to write, and I mean that literally. When I was a kid my Dad was such an overbearing and dynamic force in my life – and I don’t mean to say he was abusive, really – that I couldn’t seem to find a voice for myself. When he argued with my mother I remember scrunching down into the corner of my bedroom and making myself very tiny. Then, when I learned to write, my writing was very tiny as well. People still comment on it today. My script is almost microscopic and all pinched together. It was as if I was trying to express myself but I didn’t really want anyone to be able to see what I was trying to say. So, I guess to keep expressing myself, I had to write.

How do you come up with story ideas and characters? It takes me a long time to come up with story ideas – and I mean years – and they almost always come from character. Characters develop from people I know, or from my own experience, but I don’t believe any of my characters are based on real people. They are more like composite people. Then, when I know my character, I begin to wonder how they would act or react in this situation or that. The story usually emerges from that.

When and how do you write? I have the great luxury now of being a full-time writer, but if I’m not careful my time can go away just as fast as anyone else’s. I usually blog ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ – my novel coming out in August - on Monday. Then I work on the next chapter of my latest novel on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday I blog ‘Literary Greatness’, which is my blog about great authors, literature, books, and writing. I promote my work online anytime I get a minute. For the modern author, marketing and promotion must be part of the writing process.

What authors inspire you? I have a library full of authors I refer back to often. Tolstoy. Dostoevsky. Hemingway. Faulkner. Steinbeck. Melville. The complete Shakespeare. Henry James. Of course any I don’t have right on the shelf I can usually find online now. That is a great benefit of reading classic literature – you can usually get it free or very cheap on the library giveaway shelf or the used bookstore or online.

What are you working on now? ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ is a novel about a man who meets a woman who believes herself to be an angel. They are being pursued around Europe by a psychopath she believes in an anti-angel – an angel from hell. It is a thriller and a love story, but also a novel of ideas: about the thin line between sanity and insanity. It’s due out August 18th.

How long does it take you to write a novel? Oh goodness, there is no time limit. ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ came out in a limited edition literary paperback in 1994. I have been working on it off and on ever since. The edition due out in August is my final draft however.

What is your next project? I have been working on a series of short stories about nonviolent direct action as it has been used around the world, and the collection, as yet untitled, is due out in the spring (March 2012). Meanwhile some of them are being published in small press magazines.

How long have you been writing? Well, as I said about being a kid hiding out in my bedroom from the fights my parents had, I began to write stories almost as soon as I could write. I remember my twelfth year in particular. I always read classic literature too, so I was considered somewhat weird by my young friends.

How does your background influence your work? I know I have always wanted to be a writer, and the fact that I read classic literature from an early age has had the most influence on my work. Whenever I read I am making mental notes about how this or that style or technique might be useful to my work in the future. I believe that novels should express great ideas because the written word is just too important to waste on only entertainment.

How do you research? Plain old library time. Of course it is a lot easier to get books now through inter library loans and so on, and I use the internet extensively. A writer simply must use the internet to help with research. There is no reason for a writer to miss some important detail.

Give some facts and juicy tidbits about your work. (Laughs). I don’t know how juicy it is, but when I was writing ‘American Masters’ I came to the chapter about our American State Papers as Literature. It occurred to me that Benjamin Franklin, because he had access to his own printing press, was able to go directly to his readers with his story. Who knows what would be known of him today if he had had to go through some convoluted publishing process to get his work out. In France especially he was able to influence people directly with his writing. I think we authors need to start looking for ways to write directly to our readers. Of course the internet is making great strides at helping us do that.

What are you reading now? I am reading ‘Anna Karenina’ for the umpteenth time. It is really my favorite novel. On my shelf are also ‘Middlemarch’ and ‘Vanity Fair’, which are also long reads. So, I’ve got my reading time mapped out for me for quite a while.

Do you have any concluding remarks? Only that we writers need to hear from our readers. If you are reading a blog or are meeting an author on Facebook or wherever, don’t be afraid to speak out and say what you think about our work or about reading and writing in general. (Be kind, but be real). We are just breaking into the idea of being able to speak directly with our readers, and we need to know what you are thinking. It will help us create our future works and it will keep us honest about why we’re writing, and who we’re writing for. I would love your feedback at either of my blog sites: Literary Greatness - www.jamesdsanderson.blogspot.com or www.theangelicmysteries.blogspot.com. You may also look for me on Facebook (James D. Sanderson).


This excerpt is taken from Chapter 23 of ‘The Angelic Mysteries’. It is Copyright © 2011 by James D. Sanderson. All Rights Are Reserved.Daniel Allman and Sarah have been fleeing across Europe to escape the huge anti-angel Morton Toombs but here in Chapter 23 he finally catches up with them:

At last they came out on the Grand Canal. A boatman was standing at the ready. “Can you take us to Santa Lucia Station?” Daniel asked him.
“Of course,” the boatman replied. “I can take you anywhere you want to go.” The boatman pointed across the canal.
Daniel seemed perplexed. “I thought it was on this side.”
“No, my good sir. It is across over there.” He pointed again, as if they might be able to make it out in the darkness. “Step in; I’ll take you straight to it.”
“Very well,” Daniel said.
“Where are we going?” Sarah asked.
“We need to get over to the other side.”
“What’s wrong with this side? Going over there doesn’t seem right to me.”
“No? Well, unless you have a better idea, that’s where we’re going,” Daniel said. “We’ve been lost for hours.”
“I don’t know which way to go.”
“Just follow along, then. One way is as good as another.”
“This is the way,” said the boatman.
They stepped down into his vaporetto and a moment later they were off across the swampy-looking water.
“This place smells like hell,” Daniel remarked.
The boatman nodded sincerely. “These canals have become like swamps. They are like Styx itself.”
“Is that where we are?” Sarah asked him. “Are we entering the gates of Dis?” A black water snake shagged by in the silence. “Has he chased us into hell’s black capital?”
“Few return,” the boatman said.
“We’re at the gate,” she said. Red flames were reflecting on the walls of the buildings ahead. Toombs was on the other side, waiting for them.
“Welcome,” he said.
“You!” Daniel said.
“Weren’t you expecting me? Fallen angels are the first here. We have rebelled against Himself.”
“So you admit it. Sarah was right all along.”
Toombs laughed maniacally. “Right. Wrong. Makes no difference here.”
“Why have you brought us here?” Sarah asked.
“Ah, a sensible question. You have brought yourselves here, actually. I am here to conduct your tour for you. That’s all.”
“What if we don’t want the tour?” Sarah demanded.
“Don’t worry. You have nothing to fear, being here. Not yet.”
“What is this about?” Daniel asked.
“You have begun your inquiries. Now you must learn the truth.”
“Don’t follow him,” Sarah cautioned. “He knows nothing of the truth.”
“As I told you,” Toombs picked up smoothly, “there is no reason to hesitate. You have a free passage here. No one will detain you.”
Without another word on the subject Toombs turned and made his way up the street. Daniel followed him and Sarah tagged along after him. They were unable to resist his power which was drawing them onward. Wild birds were screeching somewhere ahead in the distance.
“Tell me, where are the other fallen angels?” Daniel asked Toombs.
“They are all above, on your good earth, doing whatever tasks have been assigned them.”
“What kinds of tasks are those?”
“They have tasks similar to mine.”
“What exactly is your task?”
“You still need to ask? It is just as your girl here has supposed all along. We have become very good at trapping these risen angels and bringing them back here.”
“What happens when they get here?”
“They are held in captivity until they come to recognize the true way.”
“The true way?”
“The way that leads to the great one – Satan himself.”
“Don’t listen to him,” Sarah interjected. “His words twist everything.”
“Quiet,” Toombs shouted. “Life here is not as she would portray it. This is a good place. A place of sensual delights. Unlike the sterile silence of her heaven.”
Sarah began to object again but the big man raised his hand and shouted, “Silence!” Sarah found she could no longer speak. “You have no power here.”
“What have you done to her?” Daniel asked.
“She talks too much. You have come here to learn, and learn you shall. You must decide for yourself. I think you’ll find that hell is very much for people like us. It is a place of power.”
“Is it all about power, then? I thought hell was about punishment.”
“Dantesque clap trap,” Toombs snorted. “Some are punished here. But not those who have power. We are Satan’s chosen.”
“You keep saying ‘us’.”
He gave Daniel a libidinous wink. “You too can be here, in the halls of power.”
Sarah grasped his arm between her two hands but Daniel pulled away brusquely. “And you say you have risen angels held captive here?”
“Only the ones who refuse to convert. Foolish, really. We all serve a master, do we not? What difference does it make which one?”
“But… I don’t see any of those captive angels around anywhere.”
Toombs stamped his foot. Daniel followed his eyes downward. “In the cement.”
“In the cement?” Daniel did not understand.
“We mix them in the cement we use to build our roads. None ever escape.”
Daniel was horrified. “So, we’re walking on them right this minute?”
“Don’t worry about offending them. It’s their punishment. Those who have risen so high must now lay there while we tread on them. Just punishment, don’t you think?”
“Are they never released?”
“Of course they are,” the big man smiled. “Some are released every day. They have but to pledge their allegiance to their rightful King, the Prince of Darkness, and they fly out of the roadway complete and unharmed. It’s quite a spectacle.”
“I can imagine it is.”
Toombs continued to lead the way. “Ahead here is the Park of the Suicides.”
Daniel caught his breath. It was from this park the sound of the screeching birds was coming.
“This is one part Dante actually got right. The leaves of the trees trap the souls of those who have committed suicide, and the Harpies eat the leaves.”
“Is my father...?”
“You father committed suicide, didn’t he?”
“Is he here?” Daniel whispered.
“He’s here. In one of these trees. But he doesn’t have to be, you know.”
“How do you mean?”
“Those of us with power can have things as we wish them.”
“You know what I wish…”
Morton Toombs cocked his head to one side. “What do you wish?”
Daniel caught himself and shook his head. “Nothing. It’s only that this has something to do with my dream. I don’t know what exactly.”
“A dream?”
“A recurring dream,” Daniel said. “In the dream I am confronted by two knights on horseback; a white knight and a black knight. The black knight is first. He charges his horse at me and lowers his lance. At the last possible moment I leap aside and, using my staff, pin his lance against the trunk of a tree, breaking it. The white knight then turns his horse and rides away.”
Morton Toombs nodded his head reflectively. “It’s a funny thing.” He motioned to the leaves of the trees. “All any of them have to do to escape is to desire it. But none of them ever does.”
“Because of pride?”
“I suppose so. But I don’t really know. Only they know, and they’re not talking.”
Just then a great pit began to open up at their feet. Sarah became frantic trying to pull Daniel back from the edge.
“Where do you think you’re going?” Toombs asked.
“This is far enough. I’m going back.”
“Oh, so you’ve decided have you? Don’t you want to see more?”
“I’ve seen enough.”
“That’s a pity, but there’s no going back from here.”
“I thought we were immune…”
“Who told you that?” Toombs asked. “Oh, I did, didn’t I? Well, I lied.”
“I want to go back.”
“Of course you do.”
The mouth of the pit opened up like the aperture of a giant camera lens. Daniel turned to Sarah. She needed no prompting. She was running already. There was a tremendous crashing noise all around them. The earth crumbled and fell away. Toombs’ laughter was in their ears. Toombs reached out and grabbed Daniel’s leg. His grip could not hold. His nails left a nasty scratch. Daniel and Sarah continued to lose ground, like ants in an ant lion’s trap.

Monday, August 15, 2011

5 Things you don't know about Andrea Buginsky

5 Things You don't know about Andrea Buginsky

1. I LOVE chocolate
2. I'm a big Disney freak
3. I cry easily at movies and television shows
4. I'm stubborn
5. "Dirty Dancing" is my favorite movie in the entire world

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Rachel Connors loved her life, and her job as a manager at a ski resort in Aspen Colorado, but after learning she was ill, she decided to take a long needed vacation to her parent's home. This was when she met Kyle Landers, who in her absence had moved into her parent's lives, and before he'd even met Rachel, Kyle had decided not to like her. Kyle had been alone in the world when Rachel's parents had taken him in; and he couldn't understand why their ungrateful daughter had chosen to distance herself from them.

Rachel and Kyle grew closer, and she knew she was falling for him, but it wasn't until his accident when she learned that he also loved her. Rachel was scheduled to pick Kyle up from the hospital upon his release, but a call from her doctor summoned her back to Aspen, telling her parents there was a problem at work. When Kyle hears of this, he boards a plane to find her, learning the truth of her condition. Their love blossomed but it was to be short lived when on their flight back to the ranch the plane crashed. Despite an extensive search, Kyle was never found, and Rachel was forced to go on without him.

Four years had passed, and Rachel's relationship with Marcus, her new boyfriend, was moving to a different level, but at the same time, the thought dead Kyle had come out of his coma; his mind lost in the events four years earlier. After Rachel accepted Marcus' proposal, Kyle returns, leaving Rachel with a dilemma. For four years Marcus had been by her side, but now Kyle was back, wanting her just as much as he had the day of the crash. She needed to get away to make her decision, so she left for Aspen, only Kyle followed her to try to convince her that they belonged together.

Who will Rachel Chose? Is Kyle’s love enough to bring her back to him?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

5 or more things you don't know about Becky Wilde

5 or more things you don't know about Becky Wilde:

Five things you didn't know about me?

1. I am a very shy introverted person.
2. One glass of wine is enough to get me inebriated.
3. I hate living in suburbia.
4. I have been married for twenty one years, but have been with my wonderful man for twenty five years.
5. I used to be a clean freak in the house, but now I would rather write than clean.
6. I probably love my kids too much, lol.
7. I have to research some aspects of my writing, but not in the physical sense, lol. Oh, this comment could be taken a few ways. Oh well, I'm not elaborating.
8. I write the english language better than I speak it, only because my brain works faster than my mouth. I do also suffer from foot in mouth disease. I speak before I think, lol.

Jade Ash made a promise to her dying mother, to visit her mom's childhood home in Eagle River, Ontario, Canada. Jade meets the owner of the estate, Sloan Taggert and is surprised when he asks he to stay in his home as a guest.

Jade can't pass up the opportunity to be around so many hunky men, so accepts the offer. Little does she know she has walked into a den of werewolves.

Sloan claims Jade as her mate and convinces her to go through the bonding ceremony with him, then himself and his two brothers, so they can anchor her to life, in case of his demise, in front of the whole pack.

They seem to be getting along with each other fine, until Sloan's enemy, Devlin Spawn, Alpha of the Hell Hound Pack, kidnaps Jade.

Will he get to her in time to rescue her? Or will it be too late for Jade to survive?

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Book Promo: Danger At Baird's Den

Kate Baird planned to have a quiet, boring summer in her small town in the mountains of North Carolina, cleaning bathrooms in her family’s bed and breakfast, Baird’s Den. Her mother was laid up with a broken leg and Kate would have to help her out all summer. Her world is turned upside down when she finds out her cousin, who she doesn’t exactly get along with, is coming for the entire summer to help them out.

Just when things can’t get any worse, Kate finds out that there is a huge secret in her small town. Some of the residents aren’t who they say they are. What are they hiding? Kate, her friend Jeremy, and her cousin Taylor set out to solve this mystery, but at what cost? Can they escape the danger they have gotten themselves in? Will they be able to survive?

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Guest Blogger: Denyse Bridger

1. Tell us a little about Shades of Death, what inspired you to write this novel?

SHADES OF DEATH is a different kind of paranormal novel because the focus is not on the romance that is part of the story, but is very much on the mysterious killings that make up the core of the book. I wrote this because when the idea was conceived, two best-selling vampire authors told me I’d hit on a new approach that they hadn’t seen before and they felt it was a book that I really should write. I was pleased with the whole idea, and the novel was born! The society of scientists and specialists that make up the Institute of Paranormal Research, and their sister organization were fun places to build. I’ve been delighted with the praise and reviews the book has received since it was released.

2. Do you have a favorite character you have written?

I have several that I am very fond of, but recently there are three that are special to me. Quinn Lockharte from Hide and Secret, Rienn from ROYAL CONSORT, and Dylan Coulter, a gentleman gunslinger from Winner Take All. Each of these men are strong, passionate, and very smart, as well as undeniably sexy.

3. What are you currently working on?

As always, I’m working a number of projects, but the most exciting two are new novels. One is a fantasy novel, and the other is a new paranormal/vampire tale. I love world building and these two stories have given me the opportunity to really indulge in creating my own vision again. I think they’re both very strong and unique stories, so I can’t wait to really get into both of them!

4. How long have you been writing? What influenced you to start?

I’ve been writing since I was a child, really. Began with school essays, and never really stopped. In 1984, I discovered the amazing world of fan fiction when I wrote a story based on my favorite television show. I even submitted it to the production company, and they liked it. The show was cancelled before I could do more than sign releases for the script. However, I had met a wonderful lady named Barbara Fister-Liltz, an extraordinary artist and gifted writer. She also published fanzines, and she wanted my story. So began a twenty year apprenticeship, and I learned to write in a tough forum, because fans who love their shows are quick to tell you when you screw it up! I won awards instead, and in 2004 I signed my first pro contract. I haven’t looked back since then and currently have dozens of novels, shorts, and novellas on my website catalogue. I love it all!

5. How do your family/friends feel about your writing?

I think they just see it as something I do, and have always done. They support me and are great when I need people to bounce ideas around with, and I’ve been blessed with amazing and very honest friends who critique and proof all my work, they’re fabulous editors!

6. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

In five years I hope I’ll have a few more novels written and published, and ideally I’ll be enjoying it as much then as I do now. I can’t imagine not doing this job!

7. Do you have any advice for new or aspiring author?

Keep writing. Nothing makes an artist improve more than actually working at their craft. There is no such thing in existence as a perfect book, so aspire to do a great book, but never expect it to be perfect. Also, don’t continually revisit and rewrite, the path of your growth comes from looking at where you’ve been as a writer. If you keep trying to improve your old work, you’ll never create new work, will you?

8. What is your favorite book? (one that you have read) and why?

Gone With The Wind has been my favorite novel since I was 17, that was the first time I read it, and I’ve read it many times since then. I’ve also got a weakness for Sherlock Holmes, so I’ve read Conan Doyle many times, too. I love both these books for their depth and intelligence. GWTW is the epic romantic story of just how far love and determination and passion can take you. Scarlett O’Hara never gives up, and that’s what makes her strong and memorable. Sherlock Holmes is an entire world away on all levels, but those stories are filled with a different kind of passion and determination, this time of logic and intelligence, and justice.

9. On the fun side, what is your favorite television show and why?

At the moment it’s The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick. Again, you have a strong and smart heroine, and a show that doesn’t rely on shocks but tight, well-written stories. I tend to watch British comedies for the wit and charm in them. My all time favorite show is Have Gun, Will Travel. Paladin is the ultimate hero, a gentleman and a killer, but a man with sophistication and intelligence always. His code of honor is unquestionable. He’s the kind of hero we all try to create, in whatever setting we choose.

10. Where can readers find you, Denysé? (Include all links you want, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

WEBSITE: http://www.denysebridger.com
BLOG: http://fantasy-pages.blogspot.com
Sensual Treats Magazine: http://www.sensualtreats.webs.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/denysebridger
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/denysebridger
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/denyse.bridger
Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/Romance.and.Fantasy
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003LUHE96


Deep within the ageless Carpathian Mountains, an ancient evil wakes. Imprisoned many centuries ago, the creature has waited, patiently, for the one destined to grant her freedom.

Arienne Lereaux has studied the preternatural menace called "vampyre" for most of her life. She is an expert in the field. Loosely affiliated with a secretive organization called The Institute of Paranormal Research and Investigation, she turns to them when she unearths what may be the first representation of the vampyre ever to exist.

The enigmatic and attractive Head of the Institute, Adam Raven, has spent a lifetime tracking the clues left by his mother's disappearance in the mountains of Romania nearly twenty years past. When Arienne arrives at the secluded island headquarters of the Institute, he wonders if she holds the key to finding his lost mother. But before too many days pass, the city of Vancouver is rocked by a series of grisly murders. As it races to find the culprit, the Institute faces an evil unlike any it has encountered before..

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

5 Things You Don't Know About Danielle D. Smith


1.) I still sleep with the first stuffed toy I ever owned, Blue Bunny, who was in the incubator with me when I was a 3lb preemie. If anyone moves him, I WILL KILL!
2.) I love veggies more than fruit--spinach is waaay better than strawberries!
3.) My husband was my first date, first kiss, first...everything.
4.) I spent the first 20 weeks of my pregnancy calling my son, Ryker, "she".
5.) I am a psycho fan of all the Mad Max films. And I hate chick flicks.


A meltingly sexy hunter with rock star style. An insatiable seducer and lover of women.

Son of a human lady of the night and a True Native of Hell, he is a killer of the evils that dwell in darkness.

Fifty miles of bad road will lead him and his rumbling Harley to an abandoned town and the vampyre hunt of his dreams.

It is in the rot and the ruin that Skriker will discover his destiny.


A fierce and beautiful huntress haunted by a tragic past. The most amazing woman that Skriker has ever met.

A sizzling tryst will lead him to discover that Rose is his soul mate, the girl who will make him abandon his lustful ways and make him hunger for her alone.

But Skriker's new beloved harbors an ironic secret.

A secret that may lead to a half-demon's gruesome undoing...

Skriker, half-demon bad boy, and his Nephil love, Rose, are inseperable. They've been through thick and thin, thin and thinner...and the hunt is calling them once again.

Rumor of a skinwalker draws the notorious pair to Shiprock, New Mexico, a place sacred to the Navajo and a site of enormous supernatural power. The classic Route 66 awaits them and their Harleys, as do open stretches of desert where they can camp under the stars and rut like horny teenagers…the chance of slaying the skinwalker is simply the icing on Skriker’s gore-soaked cake.

But when they finally cross paths with the enemy, the ancient desert monster develops an insatiable desire to capture Rose and posess her...leaving Skriker fighting with all he's got to keep the love of his life from being snatched from his arms forever.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Catherine Anne Collins

5 Things you don't know about Catherine Anne Collins
1. I own 12 pet goats, 2 livestock guardian dogs and 1 house dog
2. I've earned a 2nd degree Black Belt in Karate
3. I train with a Samurai Sword
4. I have a steel rod in my back
5. My weaknesses are extra old cheddar cheese and Coca-Cola

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The peaceful town of Solitary Cove will never be the same again. It’s about to be overrun with a movie crew and an assorted group of people all running to or from something in their lives.

Fleeing her husband’s killer, Nicole Warner rents a lighthouse on the cliffs of Solitary Cove and spends her time writing and living in fear for the safety of those she comes to care about. Determined not to fall in love again, her emotions betray her when she meets Ian McConahay.

Living a life filled with fame, fortune, and women, Ian should be happy, but he’s not. He can no longer perform sexually. Searching for elusive fulfillment, he agrees to act in a movie filming in the small Canadian town of Solitary Cove. When he meets Nicole, his life is further complicated by her rejection, his abused daughter’s appearance, and the necessity of protecting both the women he loves from Nicole’s dangerous stalker.

If you love fast-paced romantic suspense novels peopled with characters you'll cheer for, SOLITARY COVE is the book for you. A seaside village in Nova Scotia, a movie hero with a daughter he barely knows, and a woman on the run from danger equal the perfect formula for a terrific read. Catherine Anne Collins has a winner on her hands!

USA Today Bestselling author Barbara Bretton