Wow! Thank you to ROSALIE LARIO and CLAUDIA CELESTIAL GIRL, regular visitors to The Block, who both honored me with this blogging award. *blushes* Awww … thanks ladies.
I started blogging when I signed my first contract. It just seemed like I had so much to say and just needed a place to get it all out. The fact that people take time and stop over to read my ramblings is pretty humbling. But it’s fun to chat with all of you.
Now, as I understand I need to share seven things about myself. Okay …
1. I LOVE Christmas and my cellar is filled with decorations which explode inside and out turning my house into a Christmas wonderland (except this year because it’s all packed. 🙁 )
2. I started dating Mr. Nina when I was 14 … a lifetime ago.
3. I used to be a teacher which satisfied the actress in me that needed an outlet. *vbg*
4. I’ve actually been in a cadaver lab in college and thought it was pretty cool.
5. I love wine. No, not just have a glass now and again … nothing makes me happier than finding the right wine to go with a meal.
6. I grew up in the country and my siblings and the neighborhood kids used to take our runner sleds out to woods at and sled down this HUGE hill into a field. Yep, we did this as teenagers. It was a blast!
7. I actually went to school for a year to be computer programmer, but I’m about as technically challenged as it comes. Yeeeah, teaching was a much better choice for me.
And now I need to pass this on to other bloggers that I enjoy. It seems many of the blogs I enjoy reading have already been bestowed this honor, but I did want to pass it on to a few of my favorites.
I hope you’ll take some time and visit these wonderful blogs and give them a shout out.
And my lastest news? I got the cover for my newest novella coming soon from Ellora’s Cave, Maid for Master Druuuuuummmm roll please …
And here’s the BLURB:
Treat herself to a carnal weekend at the hedonistic retreat, XTC Resorts? That’s not something Claire Calderwood, a three-time loser in the relationship department would ordinarily do. But at forty-one, having a successful cleaning business is no longer enough. She wants a chance to let go of all responsibility, submit to a stranger’s sexual demands and satisfy her darkest fantasies.
Jonathon Brierton has known his best friend’s sister long enough to recognize her submissive nature. He would like nothing more than to have Claire bound naked and at the mercy of his flogger as he teaches her the sensual art of obeying her Master. At thirty-something, he’s a successful real estate developer, owner of a BDSM resort—and hopelessly in love with the older woman.
When Claire follows him to his resort, Jonathon is certain he can keep his identity secret long enough to convince her that being restrained in his stocks is something that will satisfy them both. But lies, deceit and broken hearts may not be so easy to overcome.
I don’t have a release date yet, but I’ll keep you posted!
Today I’d like to welcome guest blogger Kathy Kulig. Her newest release Damned and Desired will be out JANUARY 6 from Ellora’s Cave. Take it away Kathy…
Among the many paranormal romances out there, shapeshifters continues to sell well. Werewolves, panthers, leopards, jaguars, tigers, dragons and other creatures real or imagined find their way into these stories.
I think predatory animals, both real and fantasy, make the best shapeshifters for romance novels because the hero/heroine take on the persona of that animal. And predatory animals show strength, power, intelligence and control-all characteristics typical of an Alpha hero. Even though the Hare is in the Native American folklore, using a shapeshifting rabbit for a hero doesn’t seem very heroic or Alpha-male material to me. Although I did read an erotic romance where the hero was a shapeshifting seal or otter and it was an enjoyable read.
Beside the Coyote shapeshifting of the Native Americans, I’ve found a variety of shapeshifters in cultures. Various animals were feared or represented power, so it was not hard to imagine how these cultures created deities, gods, or mythical beings that were part human form and part animal.
Shapeshifters possess fearsome powers of strength and wit-compelling characteristics for an Alpha man. But the downside of those powers is that he’s usually in opposition to his environment and in conflict with the people around him, including a strong willed heroine. What if that heroine is a demon with her own power and agenda? Here lies the premise of my book, Damned and Desired.
Other shifters found in mythology include: A Norse god, Odin, has the ability to turn himself into an eagle at will or any other bird or creature. Tricksters are the mischievous and capricious of the shapeshifters and can be found to shift into a Raven, Coyote or Hare. In the Aztec mythology, the technique of shapeshifting and the sorcerers who had learned its secrets were called nabual. They were greatly feared. African sorcerers can shift into the form of birds or animals, or the soul of the sorcerer can inhabit these animals. There are many others. Plenty of sources for ideas for stories.
I see you had some photos of Sedona, Arizona several posts ago, Nina. This is the setting for my new release DAMNED AND DESIRED. I thought the Sedona area with its mystical feel would enhance this story. The story has demons and shapeshifters. I combined Native American mysticism with a twist on a Norwegian myth called Eigi Einhamr (not one-skinned) into the plot. The Eigi Einhamr myth says a person can shift into any animal by putting on the animal skin and willing to become that animal.
I’ve always been interested in Native American folklore, especially the more esoteric side after reading a couple of Lynn V. Andrews Books many years ago: MEDINE WOMAN and JAGUAR WOMAN. I also set the first book in the Demons in Exile series in Arizona. (Book 1, DESERT OF THE DAMNED takes place in the Sonoran Desert).
Here’s the Blurb:
She’s a demon, he’s a shapeshifting leopard. From their first meeting in the Arizona desert, passion ignites and trouble begins. As a demon, Sakari Lock must harvest lifeforce energy through sexual seductions to sustain her exiled world. But when Sakari meets Brad, she breaks the number one rule of Anartia-Don’t get personal with your quarry.
Physician’s assistant Brad Montag is drawn to Sakari’s lustful advances with a blazing desire he can’t explain, unaware of how dangerous she is. No matter how enticing, she’s a complication he doesn’t need until he can conquer his past and regain control of his shapeshifting abilities. Sex this wicked and good can only lead to disaster.
When immortals from an alternate dimension try to free their exiled world, Brad is caught in the middle of a battle that could destroy not only him, but the land he loves.
Nina, thanks for having me as a guest on your blog!
You’re very welcome Kathy. There’s some left over eggnog in the pool house and of course the cabana boys. Hope you can spend a few more minutes and relax.