Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stand-Alones and Sequels and Series, Oh My!


But first, a word from our sponsor. Take a gander at that cover up there. Ain’t it purty? That’s my new ménage, Jessalina’s Pets, and it’ll be out around the end of August. If you’d like a peek at the blog post and photos that inspired the book, just follow the link right here. The story was almost a standard M/F, but that photo of Jensen Ackles practically forced me to add the second hero. Fin’s whole personality is right there in that pic. I probably owe Jensen money.

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Right now I’m in my finished-a-book-and-floundering-around phase, while I sift through ideas and abandoned WIPs in search of the one that grabs me. I could save myself a ton of anguish if I’d just write a series. Then there’d be no question which book was coming next. I’ve got a number of series ideas, and I’ve always been infected with sequelitis. Plus Siren loves series. (Serieses?) I could put together a bunch of characters and a multi-book story arc and fill up my dance card for months.

And yet, I’m pretty sure my next book will end up as another stand-alone.

That’s pretty much how my mind works. I’m always primed for the next new idea. It hits and I run with it. I finish the book. Then something in the book sparks ideas for a sequel, or sometimes a number of sequels. I’ve even written a couple. However, I draw the line at calling these a series. My version of a series is a bunch of stand-alone sequels strung together by a common thread. Read one, read several, read ‘em in any order, it doesn’t make a difference because each book is a world unto itself, with no dangling threads left behind. Even if you come in on the middle, you’ll still get a satisfying read.

What do I consider a true series? Something like Harry Potter or Stephen King’s Dark Tower. The books can each be read on their own, but read in order, one after the other, they tell a single massive story. I had one of those planned out years ago, with a beginning, middle and end. Unfortunately for me, I’m a slow writer, and the first book never got off the ground. I still have all the notes and huge chunks of prose in my closet. Maybe I’ll get back to it someday.

Sequels are easier. Legacy happened because I couldn’t let go of the characters from Belonging. There’s still a third book sitting in the back of my brain, waiting for the plot to gel. I’ve also written a YA offshoot, and I could at some point write the book that wraps up their story for good. Would that make it a series? There’d be more than three books involved, so that lets out a trilogy, and it would tell a single big story. I just feel like a true series should be more than four books and a sidebar. How many “(Whatever) in Death” books has Nora Roberts/J. D. Robb written? Now there’s a series for you.

That’s the other definition of series: a bunch of books connected by a common cast of characters or background, overarching story arc optional. I could probably do one of those. Like I said, I’ve had ideas. The shapeshifters who work at the seaside bar, finding love at the Jersey Shore. The family of cowboy vampire hunters (which also grew out of Belonging. Annie Stanton, nee Colt, is a former slayer, the boys’ aunt, and the one who trained them. Sequels just seem to happen to me). The multi-book story of the alien invasion, with people finding love along the way. That one’s closest to my idea of what a “true” series should be. I’ve already got some vague ideas and characters. All I need are some solid plots and I’d be set for months.

More like years, or decades. I write really slow. I think that’s the real reason I haven’t committed myself to a series. Once I start the stupid thing, it would take me forever. I’m not one of those writers who pops out a new book every month. I wish I was. I could write five or six series at the same time and make a decent living at this. At least a better one than what I’ve got right now.

Until I get the self-discipline in gear, looks like I’m stuck with stand-alones. And sequels, which are basically stand-alones inspired by a previous book. If I do enough of those, I suppose I could call it a series, after a decade or so.

At the moment I’m toying with ideas for sequels to Jessalina’s Pets. I left the villain in a bad state. Yeah, he was a dick, but he also looks like Ian Somerhalder. I want to write a book about him so I can have that image in my head. Then there’s the guy whose shapeshifter breed is practically extinct and the threesome’s plans to rectify that, which is going to require new female characters and a lot of sex scenes. If I write these, I still won’t have a series, but maybe I can squeeze out a trilogy. I want to see how sales for the first one go before I commit myself.

In the meantime, I’m still working through my list of WIPs, all of which are stand-alones. For now. My sequelitis might kick in, or I might end up with an accidental series after all. Hey, it’s writing. Anything is possible.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ July 28, 2014

Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #308 


Sacred Are the Peacemakers, at this major crosspoint in human history/herstory. They come from every race, creed and culture, and now the peacemakers join together in mind, heart, and spirit. Now they traverse the world in a monumental effort to bring forth a lasting and true peace.

In opposition, the psychopathic War Beasts unleash more chaos-hell on planet Earth. All to spark a world war of epic and 'Sky Net' destructive proportions. Think Darth Vader meets World War Two, tenfold.

On the magickal, mystical front, this week the 'Mages of Ages Lost'... whirl their magickal lightblades, and the walls come tumbling down around the black-hearted Viper magicians. Or, those who have trauma-controlled humanity for century upon century. Watch the *scandal* headlines this coming week.

Also, the past continues to reveal itself at hyper-jump speed. HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Gobekli Tepe: the Temple of the Watchers ~ The mysterious stone complex of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey is one of the great mysteries of archaeology. This week, Andrew Collins reports on his findings at the site and discoveries nearby that suggest even more incredible ruins remain to be uncovered. ~unknowncountry.com/dreamland/latest~

On the personal front, a difficult busy week for most of us. Yet success in certain ventures will be highly rewarding.

Also, this could be a time when your intuitive-psychic sensibilities and powers become more obvious. This could be sparked by a certain incident, or merely 'show up' as part of your experienced reality.

Remember too, the times they are a-changin' at nova-burst speed. To balance yourself, slow down one area of your life, as you are able. Listen to music, and allow yourself more leisure time.

On the paranormal front, the meteoric rise of the cryptid phenomena, including mini T-Rex sightings. Watch out!

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Bigfoot & Southwest Cryptids
Dave Schrader was joined by cryptozoologist JC Johnson (youtube.com/user/cryptofourcorners), who shared his research and experiences with cryptids in the Southwest US. He recounted details from his 1999 bigfoot encounter at Blue Ridge Reservoir in the Mogollon Rim area of Arizona. Johnson and a friend were camping on a ten by fifteen foot rock on a lake when they heard a high-pitched shrill scream and the sound of something moving through the trees. "I saw a huge outline of a very large body in the moonlight," Johnson said, adding that the shrieking creature began throwing rocks and other forest debris from the ridge above the camp site. ~coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/07/25~

Also, the moon rises. HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Alien Artifacts On The Moon? ~ The notion of looking for alien artifacts on our own Moon may finally be gaining mainstream scientific traction. — Forbes.com

On the land changes front, the sun awakens once again, in the near future. For, now the Great Lion Star lashes the atmosphere of Earth, likely causing weather anomalies and communication disruptions.

From the prior forecast: "BOOM-SUPER BOOM-MEGA BOOM ... Earthquakes quicken, more volcanoes awaken worldwide and erupt on the sea floor. Superstorms strike one after another, strafe shorelines, and dump rivers of water causing floods. In other areas, wildfires rage out of control while the drought deepens. Mudslides, sinkholes, and in the coming months, there are likely to be mega windstorms.

In the meantime, land rises forming new islands. Within the center of the Earth herself shifts in energy are occurring, which, in part, are responsible for weakening the magnetic field.

However, the real danger: the weather and earthquake wars being waged between high-level factions of the dark-side controllers. Some of this will be mitigated by the Benevolents who are on the side of humanity."

On the AWAKENING front, this week, the AWAKENING of humankind surges ahead on one front while decreasing among certain populations. This is the price of war as orchestrated by the dark-side controllers.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Weekender: Timeline Jumping - A Glimpse Into the Complex World of Selective Existence ~ Friday, July 25, 2014 ~ The message, displayed on Kenyon's website www.TomKenyon.com, suggests that our collective destiny is made up of a combination of individual choices, evolutionary forces and terrestrial factors, along with cosmic energies that impact upon us due to our position within the complex cosmic matrix. The Hathors say that more of us are now "awakening" and the Controllers are getting nervous; a sudden unexpected surge in elevated human consciousness could overcome them. ~unknowncountry.com/news/weekender-timeline-jumping-glimpse-complex-world-selective-existence~

On the economic front, now the rules change worldwide. That is, the dynamics of the world economy begins to go in reverse. Those on top of the financial heap are losing their position, and thus, the battle royale starts. Now far beyond the current economic global war.

For the coming weeks, crazy-town chaos is likely to rule the markets. The banking system will be rife with more giant-sized scandals. And the American people will look for creative solutions outside of the establishment.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "America’s Lost Decade: Typical Household Wealth Has Plunged 36% Since 2003 ~ Zero Hedge | Does it feel like you’re poorer?" 

Meanwhile, the threat of war, and the bloodletting horrors occurring now, will be used as smoke-and-mirrors to hide the true Depression-state of the economy. This is because the banking system is running on fumes. With diabolical perseverance, the bankster gangsters have pillaged and plundered nearly every last cent. The final rape will be the pensions funds, and related assets.

Out of this orchestrated impoverishment, watch for the intro of more magic-tree-grown cyber currencies. All while the cyber attack-hacks continue.

On the truth front, TRUTHS about so-called world leaders now come bursting out like elephant-tons of infection and pus. THE CLEANSING is here, and will not be denied.

However, the *whole truth* about these Machiavellian politicos and technocrats will be more than many can comprehend, let alone stomach. Regardless of provable facts, these revealed 'truths' will seem like a horror-movie fantasy. Thus, many will continue to exist in the Land of Denial.

On the war front, China will make several bullying, take-over moves in a bid to increase their dominance. Also, North Korea will make some *beat the drums of war* noise in an attempt to gain their ends.

Breaking News -- heard after what was written above -- North Korea vows to nuke the white house. Is Dennis Rodman needed ASAP? 

Meanwhile, the Middle East explodes into ever more war and beast-brute ethnic cleansing. This, to the delight of the new world order criminals. As well, innocents are being slaughtered in Ukraine, all by plan and order of Viper elite globalists.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Ukraine’s Army Fires Phosphorus Bombs at Donetsk – People’s Republic ~ RIA Novosti | Ukrainian troops fired internationally banned phosphorus bombs at Donetsk and Mandrykino in eastern Ukraine overnight, the Donetsk People’s Republic has said."

However, worldwide, the peacemakers are making their moves backed by the SPIRITUAL ONES, and backed by every being on planet Earth who is soul-weary of war.

On the tyranny-at-work front, oppression moves ahead like a battlefield filled with the tanks of war. While the southern border remains wide open by executive order -- and the border patrol is playing handmaiden to those who are being used like the Trojan Horse to further the establishment's sinister agenda -- the American people are being trained like prisoners to obey any and every order given by the TSA, and gov agencies. Or risk being put a terror watch list.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "How the US's terrorism watchlists work – and how you could end up on one. Long-withheld document provides insight into secretive system in which people can be placed on terrorism databases with astounding ease, and without any way to get off..."

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Aerial Footage Shows Massive Holes In Border Fence: The Gates Are Wide Open ~ Prison Planet.com | Infowars reporter Joe Biggs takes to the sky to demonstrate just how serious this manufactured border meltdown really is. "

On the communication front, a breakthrough week for the human race. That is, planet-wide, the people are coming together at a whole new level of AWARENESS. This is through *it's a small-small world* dialogue. And what is called the Aquarian Conspiracy.

From a past forecast: "Thus, activism against the dark-side global controllers becomes a force to be reckoned with, and fast. Also, this internet way of bonding will be enhanced by the mind-to-mind connection that is called the Aquarian Conspiracy."

As well... from previous forecasts: "Out of this, across the globe, the UPRISING of the people against the Viper-Robber-Baron elite accelerates at a blistering pace. This will not be a leader-focused movement, but more a melding of minds ala the Aquarian Conspiracy...

..."at this point in history, many realize governmental restrictions are now obsolete in the face of the Aquarian Conspiracy -- or the ability of humanity to live and love from their spiritual center, from their caring hearts...

IN OPPOSITION ~ from a previous forecast: "The New Inquisition is Here... Shutting Down the Aquarian Conspiracy.

That is, the dark-side controllers will use every diabolical method to shut down the mind and heart bond humans form with each other. This connection is part of what the Aquarian Age is all about, or what was called the Aquarian Conspiracy by author, Marilyn Ferguson, in her 1980 best-selling book, "Aquarian Conspiracy"."

On the home front, the migration of Americans out of the united states of America accelerates at this crosspoint in time. Many now realize it's now or never as far as leaving their home country -- of having an 'exit strategy' as suggested by Matt Drudge.

With the economy in an endless nosedive, and tyranny rising like an angry, hungry leviathan, those with the 'means' have a critical decision to make -- stay or leave.  As well, those of us without the means also have critical decisions to make, unique to our individual situations.

For, the proverbial prison gates are being shut and the freedom to travel -- with your wealth -- is being shut down.  Welcome to Amerika!

On the food front, at this point in history, corporate-sold food has become 'not food' ... or artificial and harmful to the human body in ways that will cause accelerated aging, high levels of sickness, and death on a mass scale. This is especially true for the younger generation.

However... HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "U.S. Consumers Avoiding GMOs, Buying Organics More than Ever ~ Elizabeth Renter | The number of people actively seeking out non-genetically modified foods is higher than ever."

Further, on the not-good food front, HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Leaked: Secret text exposes food safety dangers in U.S.-Europe trade deal
A form of mutual recognition of the safety of imported food from Europe in the U.S. and vice versa that reduces standards to the lowest levels;
    An objective that food safety safeguards should generally be enforced in the least trade restrictive manner, rather than the manner that is most protective of public health and the environment; and
    A system of “exporter country certification” that would  sharply reduce food safety inspections at ports of entry."
~foe.org/news/news-releases/2014-07-leaked-secret-text-exposes-food-safety-dangers-in-us-europe-trade-deal~

On the energy front, strange days ahead in the realm of energy. ALL realms of energy. On the personal level, energy levels are likely to spike sharply up and down. Look for ways to accommodate your need for rest, and charge ahead during the high times.

On the world stage, the chessboard battle for energy and mineral resources becomes a *vicious dog eat a more vicious dog fight* -- when there is no need.  This 'battle' is simply to keep the people enslaved and impoverished. It's all a nefarious farce perpetrated against humankind. For, energy is abundant, as proven by Tesla.

On the really bad news front, parts of the Gulf of Mexico have been murdered, and the Gulf is still being killed off by the corp-gov powers that be.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Dead Zones Throughout The Gulf Of Mexico, BP Never Cleaned Up 2010 Oil Spill ~ Michael Thomas | Pathogenic Micro-organisms Proliferate Due To Polluted And Poisoned GOM ‘Bioterrain’.

INVESTIGATIVE ARTICLE: The  conditions in the Gulf Coast region are so bad, that some are actually talking about a mass evacuation of the coastal regions in Louisiana. Others think the potential devastation is so dangerous that the entire Gulf Coast region should be evacuated. Others think that all is well in the Gulf. What exactly is the truth? ~thecommonsenseshow.com/2014/07/28/the-gulf-needs-to-be-evacuated~

On the good news front, effective activism against Monsanto, Dupont, Dow, etc., and Big Pharma, takes root on a worldwide basis. Because of internet communication, the people are discovering the real truth, and are battling back to save themselves, their loved ones, and ALL of humanity.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Monsanto Ordered to Pay $93 Million for Poisoning Citizens
West Virginia has finished a settlement causing Monsanto to pay $93 million to a town for poisoning citizens with Agent Orange chemicals. ~naturalsociety.com~

On the global mafia cabal front, sloppier, and ever more *in your face* ... that is: the anti-humanity crimes, and false flag events, staged by the globalist minions of the Viper elite. Their desperation to hold the reins of ALL POWER and brutishly dominate humanity has an immense price.

One price, at this time, more and more of the people are seeing through their worldwide horrific 'staged events' -- thus, seeing through their tsunami of propaganda and lies. Or, all the world is a stage, and they own the stage.

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” ~George Orwell

On the heroine and hero front, everyone who is taking action to make their corner of the world better for themselves, their community, and the whole of humankind. For, during these times, the battle is often overwhelming, and takes courageous perseverance.

On the freedom front, Goliath-like changes ahead in the battle against the all-consuming encroachment of the Viper cabal's tyranny. That is: the underground revolt of the people comes to the surface.

This ages-long revolt of the WHITE HAT brigade will begin making key strikes against the enemies of humanity. Those of us with the eyes to see, and the ears to hear, will be able to witness these strikes by reading between the coming news headlines.

However, as stated in the prior forecast: "the battle for freedom goes into maximum high gear. There are those who have been born for these times, for this flashpoint of destiny. Now, many of them take the lead, but not the reins. For, the people, as a whole, are in charge of shifting the Pisces Age paradigm from enslavement to liberty."

Trendwise, American people, people in the state of Michigan, you have a problem. History is repeating itself with devastating consequences. Before and during the Depression era, massive amounts of 'good' milk were dumped out on orders of the government. Why? The excuse was that the price was too low, and this would help the economy.

Current day: The excuse to starve people and force them to eat the corporate swill is 'you don't have a license to sell'. This, when a private co-op IS NOT required to have a license, and no complaints about the quality of the food had been made.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: Michigan Dept of Agri Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs
Posted by: Daisy Luther | on July 22, 2014
While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water,  the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of  Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 gallons of milk, to break 100 dozen eggs, and to destroy an undisclosed amount of fresh cream, butter and cheese.
According to a post on the Hill High Dairy page on Facebook, the agents from the MDA stood over the family, watching as the food was destroyed.
~theorganicprepper.ca/michigan-dept-of-agri-forces-farmer-to-dump-248-gallons-of-organic-milk-and-break-1200-free-range-eggs-07222014~

THIS WEEK, breathe in, breathe out, and notice the very air your lungs capture every moment. For, the breath of life itself is being cosmically energized at this time. The air around you is, and always has been, a sacred essence. 


 Angelic blessings from Volcano & Sedona
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MORE...Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ sirenbookstrand.blogspot.com ~
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Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~

Friday, July 25, 2014

My Sexy Saturday ~ Stallion of Ash and Flame II

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Sexy Saturday kisses, everyone.

Seven paragraphs from ~

Stallion of Ash and Flame

Chapter One ~ Her Hired Hand

Southeast corner of Arizona, Spring 2009

Trail rapped his knuckles on the splintery wood of the ranch house’s front door and made a mental note to replace it. The instant Seneca moved to answer, he gathered her fragrance into his nostrils, then let the blazing rose and gingery spice of her womanly flesh course through him. He suppressed his urge to breathe in her scent more fully. He’d decided to help her and, at the same time, make his cover on Earth look real.

Trail had admired Seneca from afar, mainly at the Saturday night dances in town. Despite the raging bulge of his cock every time he did catch sight of her, he knew she was not a woman to give a man a one-night tumble, so he’d always respected her aloofness toward him.

Even now, his balls ached to give her a mounting she’d always remember. One that would make her call out his name, his real name, Drojovv. One that would make her summon him when he ran as stallion, the way of lovers in his realm.

His was an equine shifter world more advanced in technology than present-day Earth. Since the time of Deluge, after the catastrophic sinking of Atlantis, Earth and his planet-world had been connected by a portal, many of them now. The first portal had been created by renegade Atlantean scientists looking for other worlds to inhabit.

Down, stud, he commanded himself. You’re only here to help a mare in need.

Before she opened the door entirely, Seneca peeked around the edge. The glisten of her bright sky eyes galloped over him. Recognizing him, she opened the door, her gaze meeting his without an ounce of pretense. Still, speculation flickered in their depths. Trail had decided a long time ago her eyes were a type of magic he wanted to explore. However, that could not be his destiny.

“Howdy, Seneca. I’m looking for a job. Mandy saw your ad for a hired hand until your brother can get back on his feet again. I’m applyin’.” He tried a small grin that he hoped looked more friendly than saying, “I want to grab your fine round ass and plunder your mouth until you melt against me.”


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Blurb ~

Drojovv Zyan of the V’Trailuc Realm is a man-stallion of ash and flame on a mission to save his world’s crucial Earth portal from the fires ravaging the National Forest surrounding it. Pretending to be the tracker, Trail, he settles in a small southeastern Arizona town. When he gets an eyeful of the beautiful ranch owner, Seneca, he stud lusts after the Earth human, a woman he’s not supposed to take as his Mate.

Trail leaves her alone until her brother is in a bad motorcycle accident and she needs a hired hand. Soon both of them are threatened by a whole horde of enemies. At all costs Trail must protect her. His world depends on it, her world depends on it. And his heart comes to depend on it. Ebook and In Print ~bookstrand.com/stallion-of-ash-and-flame~

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Have a sexy magical week ~

Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Picky Picky Picky


I’ve wrapped up my edits on Jessalina’s Pets and will be sending them off to the publisher right after I post this blog. It was pretty easy this time around: few requests for sentence changes, even fewer typos. Nobody mentioned the fact my white-skinned heroine bought a brown-skinned slave. It’s set on a futuristic fantasy world, so I suppose such things are irrelevant. Looks like I needn’t have worried.

Oh yes, said the editor, a couple other things: make it so the woman repents her slave-owning ways, and have the thief regret being a thief. While you’re at it, she only marries the one guy. Does that mean she’s giving up the other one? Do they just get a Happily For Now?

Oy.

I handled this the way I do all editorial changes. Upon receiving the email, I skimmed through the entire manuscript and read over the editor’s comments/suggestions. Then I pouted and sulked. This phase usually lasts from an hour to as much as a day. By the next morning I was ready to get to work.

Why these particular changes? Because the editor feared my characters, who are involved in a hot threeway without benefit of marriage, might be perceived as less than noble after owning slaves and stealing things. Seems pretty silly on the surface, but apparently readers look for that sort of thing in their romance characters. They also expect a Happily Ever After, preferably for all the characters involved. The publishers know what their readers want—they’d better, if they want to stay in business—and the editors let us writers know by asking us to conform.

If I don’t want to make the changes, no big. The book will just be reclassified as a Menage and More, where only two characters get an HEA and they’re allowed to have less-than-perfect pasts, as opposed to a Menage Amour, where everybody gets an HEA and the characters have higher moral standards. Yes, those are two different imprints, and yes, they’re that sharply delineated. I’m sure there are also two different audiences, and there may or may not be crossover.

Such strict catering to a niche audience isn’t anything new if you’ve got cable TV. There’s the Golf Channel, the History Channel, the SyFy Channel, Cartoon Network, the Food Network, and several channels devoted to movies. And that’s just broadcast cable. Sign up for HD or subscription channels and you can get all sorts of boutique networks. Love pro wrestling? The WWE has its own channel now. You can watch the Rock 24/7. You get the idea.

Harlequin is no stranger to subgenres. They have different lines for mainstream, sweet, spicy, paranormal, romantic suspense, and billionaires with secret babies, each with its own devoted audience. Romance e-book publishers have gone down this same route. Most have separate lines for erotic and mainstream. From there they break down into male/female, male/male, female/female, one chick and two guys, one woman and a boatload of horny guys, and so forth. The lines can diversify even further, as my experience demonstrates. For instance, a ménage can be either M/F/M or M/M/F, depending on whether or not the two guys get it on. I initially wanted mine to be classed as F/M/M, because my female lead was the dominant partner. However, my publisher doesn’t carry that category. Other publishers do.

And the readers can be downright picky when it comes to their preferences. M/M fans won’t read M/M/F because the boys’ relationship gets contaminated by girl cooties. Readers of M/F/M may avoid M/M/F, depending on whether or not two men enjoying themselves as well as the woman squicks them out. A dominant female lead may turn off a lot of readers, which could be why my publisher doesn’t advertise that category. And everybody likes the HEA.

As a writer, I should know this. I should be aware of the differences between the lines that indicate reader preference. It’ll save both me and the publisher a lot of time if I don’t send my M/M/F opus to a company that specializes in M/F/M. They’re not the same, and readers know the difference.

In the case of Jessalina’s Pets, I wanted all three of my characters to end up together, but wasn’t clear enough on the three-way marriage thing. I further muddied the waters by having the woman say the other man needed “a wife.” (They’re different species biologically and can’t have children together.) I’m sure this is what led to the HEA/HFN confusion. Luckily it’s an otherworld fantasy, so I can make up rules that let all three marry each other. I can also see the logic in having them repent their pasts. It’s part of the slave romance trope. They have to end up as equal, loving partners by the end. Otherwise nobody’s going to respect the characters, and there goes any chance of sales for your next book. Besides, repentance means there’s a character arc. Character growth and change is always a good thing in fiction. I couldn’t quite make my thief fully repent, but he does retire from the biz. I hope that’s enough for the line.

For all I know, books with HEAs sell better and have a larger audience than books with HFNs. Here’s hoping I find out.

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In other requested changes, the editor wanted me to develop the relationship between two of the leads more fully. She was right, and I know how it happened. The book was inspired by publicity photos for Supernatural season 9, with Sam and Dean in cages. Being a Sam girl, I tend to favor the “Sam” character over “Dean,” and it showed up in the writing. Dean may get the better lines, but Sam gets the meatier story arc, and always gets the girl. Sorry, Dean, but I have to be honest: Mom really does like him best.

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Finally, Han Solo’s photo graces this blog because in my correspondence with the editor I used him as an example of an unrepentant rogue who nevertheless remains loveable. That might not be good enough for demanding romance readers. I suspect movie audiences are more forgiving, especially since you can see the guy’s cute, cocky smirk rather than just read about it. I ended up dedicating the book to Harrison Ford. Whether or not he ever reads it will depend on which camp he’s in, HEA or HFN. If I get a fan letter on Star Wars stationery, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ July 21, 2014

Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #307 


This week's theme: The True Past of Humankind Dramatically Reveals Itself

On every front, the real history/herstory of our planet, Earth, and of the sentient races who have inhabited, built megalithic civilizations, and contributed to the genome... is being REVEALED nonstop. This, despite every attempt by the 'nefarious cabal' to control and crush THE TRUTH.

Blurb-snippet: "Are we really aliens? Was there a race of giants that once inhabited the Americas?" ~coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/07/19~

On the truth front, a mammoth-sized month ahead for the human race. As *TRUTHS* long denied to most of us, explode, then expand planet-wide. Now, turnpoint decisions must be made.

For the destiny of each one of us is on the proverbial doorstep. Do we progress and live among the stars? Or do we fall before the mass media lies perpetrated by those who have the most to lose -- those psychopathic puppeteers who are on the ultimate power trip.

On the magickal, mystical front, this week the 'Mages of Ages Lost' cast forth their collective and magnificent power to hyper-jump the evolution-revolution of humanity at this critical point in our cosmic timeline. Be aware of your potential as never before, and continue to tap into your own powers. Then take right action.

For, this is how the good among us will rise, and wing above the diabolically orchestrated CHAOS of our times. In truth, our strength is limitless, large as the greater universe. But we must grow into this grand power like children growing into a new set of clothes.

On the personal front, this week, likely there will be spikes of 'up and down'. This means both your emotional state and life events. Prepare to surf these extreme waves.

For the immediate future, it will become crucial to learn how to manage the troughs and the top of the wave. Grab those opportunities that *will* arrive, and hang on during those times of trial and scarcity.

Thus, at this time, all of us of like mind and heart need to come together.

On the paranormal front, TIME slips and slides, the strands and streams weaving together at lightspeed now. This will cause episodes of confusion among the populace, and some zombie-like behavior.

As well, these quick alterations in the time stream will cause the psycho, psychopathic Viper elite to make major mistakes. This will become obvious midweek to anyone *watching* for the signs.

For an understanding of the time dimension, listen to Whitley Strieber interview Starfire Tor. Blurb-snippet: "Toward the end of the program, Whitley Strieber springs a new timeslip on her. Something that he has possessed for years has suddenly and inexplicably changed. How? Is it because he has moved between timelines? If so, why does this happen? ~unknowncountry.com/dreamland/latest~

On the land changes front, BOOM-SUPER BOOM-MEGA BOOM ... Earthquakes quicken, more volcanoes awaken worldwide and erupt on the sea floor. Superstorms strike one after another, strafe shorelines, and dump rivers of water causing floods. In other areas, wildfires rage out of control while the drought deepens. Mudslides, sinkholes, and in the coming months, there are likely to be mega windstorms.

In the meantime, land rises forming new islands. Within the center of the Earth herself shifts in energy are occurring, which, in part, are responsible for weakening the magnetic field.

However, the real danger: the weather and earthquake wars being waged between high-level factions of the dark-side controllers. Some of this will be mitigated by the Benevolents who are on the side of humanity.

On the AWAKENING front, now in the human consciousness, oppression goes the way of the dinosaur. While this will not be universal, a tipping point is about to be reached. This means less and less of us will tolerate being suppressed-oppressed by the dark-side powers that be. 

For, within the sacred landscape of the soul, the desire to live free, to determine our own lives, becomes a greater part of WHO we are. Freedom beckons us, a shining beacon leading to a bold and beautiful future.

On the economic front, this week, now 'cartoon crazy town' meets 'it's a mad, mad world'. Prepare for the worst while creating a better future by 'creatively' participating in your own local economy. For now, the bankster gangsters are going berserker wacko, eating their own, and vampirically sucking the last drops of life out of the worldwide economy.

Likely cyber attacks will continue against financial institutions. This will be used as an excuse to herd, then corral people into a global biometric ID system. However, major resistance will flare up across the globe, and regions will go their own economic way.

Later this week, there 'could' be a world-stage event that will tumble the stock markets and the world of finance, like ice cubes thrown inside a high-speed commercial dryer. This will, of course, all be orchestrated -- but in the end, will not get the sinister job done for the black-hearted Viper elite.

On the war front, likely congress will appear to go ballistic against the Great Bear, the goal to ramp up a new cold war. This, to enforce a greater tyranny and demand even higher taxation.

Some of the people will revolt. Others will tout and tow the party line.

Sadly, the brutal, pillaging wars in the Middle East escalate as the new world order criminals cheer behind the scenes, and believe their 'world war' is just around the proverbial corner. However, there are White Hat forces that will put certain 'checks' in place. And the people of the world DO NOT want war.

Meanwhile, China becomes the dog of war on the high seas, and the occupier of nations via buying up their assets. Simultaneously, Japan becomes the fierce dragon seeking a new home while wanting dominance in their region.

This week, look for another huge 'false flag' event that will be used as a *reason* for war.

On the tyranny-at-work front, this week will be monstrous. Revolution, the refusal to comply, simmers below the surface, and is about to boil over in certain segments of the population. This might not be obvious where you are, in your particular community, nevertheless the tide of activism continues to rise fast.

As well, in some key areas of the country the American spirit will not be defeated by the wrecking ball that is the dark-side establishment. The people will successfully seek out ways to stay afloat, and take care of each other's needs.

On the communication front, many more of us in this culture will now have telepathic type communication with our loved ones, our ancestors that have passed onto the 'other side'. While this will be a gradual process overall, such communication will become ever more commonplace as we progress in the Aquarian Age.

At this point in history, language itself is being lost by some in the cyber generation. This is mostly by design of the dark-side social engineers. However, on the opposite side, there is a renaissance of language, a majestic flowering of creative expression by those who are tuned into this cosmic turnpoint.

On the home front, fostering the herd mentality with mind control methods is one endgame of the Military Industrial Complex. However, ultimately the human spirit cannot be contained.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Air Force research: How to use social media to control people like drones 'Containment control' model looks at how groups of influencers can manipulate people. ~ by Sean Gallagher - July 17 2014 ~ Facebook isn’t the only organization conducting research into how attitudes are affected by social media. The Department of Defense has invested millions of dollars over the past few years investigating social media, social networks, and how information spreads across them." ~arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/07/air-force-research-how-to-use-social-media-to-control-people-like-drones~ 

On the food front, the people are waking up to the consciousness that food is one of our best medicines.

As well... HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Health Ranger reveals brush with poverty, financial survival and urgent warning for humanity's future ~ Saturday, July 19, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger ~ Natural News was a key voice in this rapid transformation of health consciousness, climbing from zero influence to now reaching over 7 million unique readers every month. We were also part of a rising community of such voices which also include Dr. Joseph Mercola, Ronnie Cummins of the OCA, John Robbins, David Wolfe, Jeffrey Smith and many more. Each of us brought a unique personality and activism style to the internet, reaching out to tens of millions of readers with a message the world was hungry to hear: FOOD can be your medicine; and YES the corporations are lying to you most of the time...

...Refugees only exist in our world because governments go bad. Wars only take place because governments fail to protect the peace. Today's failed system of medicine is held in place entirely by government corruption and monopolistic practices, trapping hundreds of millions of world citizens in a system of medicine that only causes disease, suffering and financial destitution..."
~naturalnews.com/046075_Health_Ranger_poverty_financial_survival.html~

On the energy front, this week many will notice their lack of personal energy. At this time, enough energy will be at a premium for a lot of us. This is largely due to harmful environmental factors, and the forced pace of our lives within this society.

Also, the extreme change in frequencies as we transition into the Aquarian Age is taking a toll on our bodily systems. We require time to adjust, to normalize. Whenever you are able to relax, to rest, take full advantage.

On the really bad news front, this week, the decline of the dollar will cause a larger impoverished population, and all the consequences thereof. At the same time, this will also provide new, unlimited, off the grid opportunities.

Further, there 'could' be an incident this coming week, or the next, which will trigger large protests.

Meanwhile... HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "AMERICANS PROTEST AMNESTY IN 319 CITIES Rallies strong despite 'media blackout' from CNN, CBS, NBC, Fox News" 
On the good news front, many lightworkers on the planet are working diligently and in their own unique way to assist humankind's advancement toward a beauteous and wonderfully creative life. The closer you move to your heart center, the more the current hurdles in your personal life, and in the world at large, will serve advancement into the Aquarian Age.

For, through this heart path, the world is born anew for ALL.

Also, for the betterment of life on Earth, the backyard inventors are out in force. This explosive-growth movement will not be stopped, despite vicious crackdowns by the beast system.

On the global mafia cabal front, this week, metaphorically Toto pulls the curtain back on the mega-march of the globalist cabal toward One World domination. This is mostly observed by their 'divide and conquer' tactics designed to rip the world apart, both economically and socially. Or, order out of chaos... by means of war and more war.

At this point on the cosmic timeline, the Viper cabal is being thwarted on several levels. Yet, the human race must step up to the plate, and claim their right to rule their own lives.

On the heroine and hero front, all the *truthtellers* on the frontlines of the information war. For only facing the 'truth, the whole truth' -- as Luke Skywalker faced the truth that Darth Vader was his father -- will turn the tsunami of upcoming events in favor of humankind. For, as it's been said: the truth will set us free.

On the freedom front, the battle for freedom goes into maximum high gear. There are those who have been born for these times, for this flashpoint of destiny. Now, many of them take the lead, but not the reins. For, the people, as a whole, are in charge of shifting the Pisces Age paradigm from enslavement to liberty.

From a prior forecast: "Meanwhile, more and more of the people powerfully rear up against tyranny and stampede toward freedom. With fierce purpose and intent, they prepare to take their stand, all while spreading these symbolic words far and wide: "the British are coming"."

Trendwise, on a societal and spiritual level, ALL is being re-created, re-imagined. That is, the interpersonal dance of one to another changes as more of us dance to our own tune -- boldly dance to our own drum. This, while learning how to heart-and-soul dance, or partner with those who are part of our community.

Resistance to this re-imagining, this personal freedom, will be widespread. And metaphorically some of us will be burned at the stake of put-down, of condemnation. For, such soul freedom will revolutionize life on this planet, and threatens those who hold the cruel whip, the restrictive reins of power.

Also, within the next couple of weeks, there 'could' be a major change in who is at the top of the establishment heap.

THIS WEEK, is about the joy of dance... dancing itself... and how we dance through our lives. Take time to either, dance as you enjoy most and/or feel your constant dance with the energies of LIFE. 


 Angelic blessings from Volcano & Sedona
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MORE...Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ sirenbookstrand.blogspot.com ~
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Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~ 

Friday, July 18, 2014

My Sexy Saturday ~ Her Midnight Stardust Cowboys ~ Dono, Black Cougar

kougarkisses.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.htmlSexy Saturday kisses, everyone.

For your reading pleasure here are seven paragraphs from my shapeshifter erotic menage.
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Seven paragraphs from ~

Chapter Eight:
Dontoya watched their chosen mate's face...

Originally his kind had been genetically brought forth to prowl the deepest, darkest jungles. Amazonia and the other rainforest areas of Earth were hostile to one of the primary ruling races. Thus, his shapeshifting ancestors had brought back knowledge of the plant and animal life.

With a degree of ease envied by other shifters, Dontoya phased to what he called his other molecular body. For Sherilyn's sake, and to let her observe his change, he slowed the process significantly. Instead of under a minute, he stretched his shift from human to black cougar in under five minutes.

"O. My. Gawd. It's true."

Sherilyn's shocked pants of breath blasted into Dontoya's sensitive cat ears, while her luscious female fragrance tickled his nostrils, filling them to the brim.

"It's true! You're a shapeshifter...a real live..." Her voice trailed away.

With his cougar instincts, Dontoya honed in on her initial wild panic. Yet curiosity, a sense of wonder quickly gripped Sherilyn, and she leaned forward slightly, trying to take him all in.

After a leisurely stretch of his muscles, Dontoya flicked his tail. He decided not to gaze directly at her. Not yet. She might feel he wanted to steal her soul, as some of the old lore claimed.


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Have a sexy magical week ~

Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What's in Your Wallet?


I don’t know about you, but here’s what’s in mine: not much, these days. If this keeps up, I might have to start looking for a job.

Here’s the bald truth about writing fiction for a living: it’s damn tough, and there’s no guarantee you’ll make any money, or how much, or when you’ll get it. At least with a “real” job, you get a weekly paycheck. Or biweekly. Unless you’re fired or laid off. Or the company goes under and closes its doors. Or your job gets outsourced to India. All of which has happened to me over the past three decades, with depressing regularity. You can understand my reluctance to put myself through that again. Clearly I’m not very good at doing the employee thing.

So why can’t I make a living as a writer? I don’t want to say it’s because I suck at storytelling. I’m not as good as some, but I know I’m better than others. We’ve all read books we ended up throwing against a wall and wishing we’d spent the money on a decent movie instead. And yet, bad as they are, they got published. By a company that pays advances and sends physical books to brick and mortar stores, so you ended up with something to throw in the first place. I don’t recommend pitching Kindles. Way too expensive.

But before you slammed that book against the wall, before you bought it on impulse at the Kmart because you liked the cover, before some committee convinced another committee to shell out big (or at least medium-sized) bucks for this tripe, somebody had to write it. Somebody applied their butt to a chair for the weeks or months required to string 200+ pages of words together. Maybe not the best possible words, or you wouldn’t have hurled it like that. But the authors sat themselves down for however long it took to get the sucker done, then made a list of best possible markets or agents and kept sending their brainchild out until some publishing house said yes.

And that’s why they have money in their wallet and you don’t. That, and the fact you shelled out $8-$15 for their book. Twice that much if it was hardback, in which case you now have to pay to fix your wall. Think twice about chucking those bloated hardcover epics at drywall. They do damage.

Here’s what us artsy writer types sometimes have trouble grasping: writing is a business. Not just for the publishers, but for us too. When you’re a writer, you’re the whole show: boss, employee, clerical support, bookkeeper, marketing department. If you don’t show up at your desk, Cyndi from the steno pool isn’t going to cover for you. If you opt to watch TV instead of finishing a chapter, that chapter ain’t gonna get writ. It doesn’t get written, you have no product. No product, no subs, no money in your wallet. Got it now?

This is really difficult for us slow writers, who take a month to finish a page. E-publishing and self-pubbing favor the speedy. If you’re prolific, you can earn a pretty penny. If you’re slow … well, maybe you should have a job, or a spouse with a job, or be independently wealthy. You’d better have something in your wallet that’s not dependent upon words strung together.

I haven’t given up just yet. Just the thought of having to hunt for a job in the current economy is enough to get me to park my butt at the keyboard and commit 1000 words a day to the hard drive. Do that every day for a month and you’ve got a 30,000 word novella. If you picked the right 1000 words every day, somebody will pay you money for it. See how easy that is?

You don’t even have to put up with an idiot boss or annoying coworkers. You are the idiot boss and all the annoying coworkers. Didn’t know you were that versatile, did you?

Right now I’m ahead of the game: in spite of all my farting around, I managed to finish a book this year, got it out to market and had it accepted. I’m working on the edits now. If I’d been faster I could have had a couple other things finished and out working for me by now. Maybe I’ll pull a James Patterson or Tom Clancy and hire other writers with empty wallets to write my books for me. Instead of being Stephen King, I can be Donald Trump. YOU’RE FIRED! Hey, that does have a nice ring to it.