Last time I told you about my dynamic duo, SUVI and Lady Blue. It appears you agree with me because this past week they both earned their gold star. Yes indeed, both SUVI and Lady Blue are now wearing Best Seller labels, SUVI for sci-fi, and Lady Blue for urban fantasy. So, if you haven’t already read either of these, here’s where to check them out.
Well, it’s time for me to tell you about another new author I’ve just encountered. Claire Stevenson has reached into the depths of our human experience and brought forth a story and characters all too many of us can relate to. Here’s Claire to tell you a bit about Escape and Freedom.
Two women escaping their own demons. One stuck in the past, the other a very real present.
Lucy Owens’ life was irrevocably changed in a matter of seconds. Life as she knew it was over in the blink of an eye. Moving away from all that she knew, Lucy now lives a solitary life in her cabin on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Filled with guilt and pain, she keeps herself to herself, and for years she manages to avoid immersing back into society.
Nicole Granger has three small children to worry about. Always looking over her shoulder, they arrive at the lake with very little to call their own. Haunted by years of physical abuse, she longs to belong again, to bring normality to her girls’ lives for the first time.
Both women are pulled towards one another in an attraction that could bring both of them their freedom.
So, there you go folks, that ought to pique your interest. Looks like a great story for a hot summer’s night, right?
So, what exactly is a SUVI ? A SUVI is a person who survived a terrible plague, survivor of unknown viral infection. That person lived through days of debilitating pain and a raging fever. Only a precious few managed to survive, but those who did came out enhanced, super human, and yet, not fully human anymore.
I’ve been off world for a while, but I haven’t forgotten all you awesome Earthlings. For those of you who aren’t aboard the spaceship, here’s a great new romance novel for you from Maria Siopis, Music of the Heart.
Here’s Maria to tell you a bit about it:
“Danielle, a New York media executive and owner, Melina, a Greek singer, and Vickie, a flight attendant, will unexpectedly meet, and their lives will change forever.
Danielle believes that the island of Santorini is the perfect getaway and where she hopes to find tranquility. All elements are there to grant her wish, the vastness of the Aegean Sea stretches in front of her for miles, and the rented villa is luxurious and minutes from the town of Oia where the most stunning sunsets occur, and where exquisite white homes with blue domed roofs climbing the mountainside. What she doesn’t expect is to lose her serenity within hours of arrival to the island. Nevertheless, she completely surrenders herself when she meets Melina who threatens to destroy her inane beliefs about love.
Melina is curious about Danielle, the intriguing woman she meets backstage after her concert, but she keeps her distance. Her life is settled, she has a fiancé she adores, and a career that’s taking off. That’s her destiny, yet, a brief moment, a tiny nanosecond changed everything. Her path is crossed, and she is too late to change course. She collides with her destiny, the perfect mate who is right in front of her. Can she make a choice that is truthful to her heart or is she going to allow accusations and lies destroy her better judgment?
Vickie stands between the two lovers claiming Melina’s heart when the dark secrets and lies are exposed. Is Melina going to give in to the gorgeous flight attendant or will her heart be taken by Danielle? In a moment of hurt and disbelief Melina takes the wrong path.
Yet, music cures broken hearts, music mends broken souls. Or so Melina believes.”
So, folks, get your copy today at any of these fine book vendors.
Today I want to say thank you for helping to make SUVI my most successful book to date. Thank you for the support, thank you for the help, and to those of you who took the time to read and review the book, a double thanks. Yes, even to the guy who gave it a two star rating.
SUVI was one of those books that demanded to be written. I sat up late to write, got up early to continue, and couldn’t truly rest until I’d told the story. Well, the beginning of the story, there’s lots more to come. (Book two is well under way.)
Now, for the rest of you beautiful people out there, if you haven’t already read and reviewed SUVI, here’s where to find her:
So, once again a huge thank you to you all, and keep your eyes open cause I’ll soon be telling you about some other great authors, plus there’s a new Lady Hawk adventure on the horizon. (yes, and a new SUVI story too.)
Today I’ll give you a bit of background about how SUVI came to be. I’ve had the idea of Forgotten Worlds in mind for years, The Elvish Chronicles were my first foray into that idea. In that series the humans have managed to survive and thrive, but have fallen back into a Medieval world which they share with other species. You can find that series and more here: All the good stuff!
In SUVI, I took a different approach. Here the humans weren’t able to survive the harsh realities of an alien planet with any success. The planet’s indigenous species have driven the humans underground and also mutated several of them. In this reality, the last of the humans are saved by the great ship that brought them to the planet, or are they? Find out here:
This was one of those books that demanded to be written. I awakened in the middle of the night with a voice in my head. The first two chapters were written before I was allowed to sleep. I love it when a story grabs me like that.
I’ll sign off for now and get my butt back to work. I have another Children of the Wild story to complete.
Last time I told you about this awesome promotion by several authors who you might not know. Believe me, read these previews and you’ll know who these authors are. Yeah, I downloaded all the previews and am working my way through them now. Get your own here:
I believe that ordinary people are capable of remarkable feats. I’ve always believed that given the right circumstances people can tap into the well of limitless possibilities. I saw this more than once as an athlete and coach many years ago. I’ve seen it more recently through the anecdotes people post on social media.
Despite this, we are all inundated with negativity and bad news stories every day. And this has seeped into entertainment as television series have become darker, filled with tragedy and angst-ridden plots that drag on season after season.
This is not my idea of entertainment and I’m betting it isn’t yours either. I want to offer you something different and invite you to find out more about me and the stories I tell….
Now, here’s what a couple of folks think of my storytelling.:
Great addition to the Children of the wild series. I was hoping you would add an herbivore (that’s not an insane elk) to your were family. What a fun story. Please keep them coming.
Keep putting out the children of the wild series love them. Ronnie and Igor are great along with Derek and Jillian. It’s nice to see the other characters as well. Can’t wait to see what comes next in the wild series and I have no problem recommending this book to my friends.
So, my point is, there’s a few folks out there who like a story with a more upbeat ending. How about you, do you prefer happy endings, or do you prefer dark and foreboding cliffhangers? Drop a comment, let me know what you really like.
Last time I introduced you to some of Lady Hawk’s history. People have been asking for some background on Lady Blue, so, here’s what Penny will let me tell.
She was born to a poor family, named Penny, as her father said the birth cost him his last cent. That attitude continued until her fifth birthday when he didn’t come home from work. Penny Preston never saw or heard from her father again.
After her father abandoned them, Penny’s mother began drinking heavily. All her bitterness and resentment were delivered to Penny in the form of unrelenting emotional abuse. School was no better, for she was bullied and mocked for her obvious poverty. By the time Penny was fifteen she had contemplated suicide several times, came close twice.
When Penny was sixteen she fell down a steep embankment in the highlands of Scotland and there she inadvertently awaken something that had slept for long ages, and she was changed forever. She became Lady Blue, an elusive vigilante who fights the bullies, defends the weak, and isn’t gentle about it. You can find the rest of her story here:
I didn’t go into a lot of this history when I wrote Lady Blue’s story, after all, it’s her story of life after the change came upon her. Any and all of us who survived child abuse can tell you, every damn one of us dreamed of, and prayed for, that elusive supreme being to come and grant us the power, the power to make the pain stop, the bullying, and the emotional abuse, to give us the power to make ourselves safe. Lady Blue’s story is one way that might look if it happened.
Okay folks, that’s a look at Lady Blue. Go ahead, check out the rest of her story.
Now, on to other business. I’m really hoping to get Race the Wind out this month. Race the Wind will be the sixth book in the Children of the Wild series, more adventures of the Lady Hawk.