Monday, March 16, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Is My Wig Crooked? by Christine Rains



IS MY WIG CROOKED?
By Christine Rains

One of my favorite things about going to conventions is seeing people in costume. Silly costumes, sexy, detailed, horrible, funny, and WTF? I love them all.

Dressing up in costumes and role playing is called cosplay. It's a big theme in the Dice & Debauchery series. Cosplay leads to several hot scenes in my books. Emily (the protagonist in the second book) and her love interest, Russell are professional cosplayers. They make their own outfits and enter costume contests. Contests in which you can win a lot of money.



I've had two cosplay experiences. The first was during a Harry Potter LARP (Live Action Role Playing) for adults. I was dressed for Slytherin, but I was given a Hufflepuff character. So I had to be a good girl. Or rather, since I was a boy transformed into a girl, a good boy? It was a lot of fun. Everyone dressed up for it.

My second experience was not as positive. It was for a barbarian LARP. I pieced together a costume that was like a conservative Xena. But no one else dressed in costume for this game. To top it off, no one commented on my outfit. So embarrassing. But I was one of the last players alive by the end of it!

You don't need to dress up for games or enter contests if you want to wear a costume. Most folks just do it for fun.



Official Ellora's Cave blurb:

Dice and Debauchery, Book 1

A weekend away at a convention is exactly what overworked student Morgan needs. Dressed as her character from her favorite online game, Morgan is braced—seriously, could her corset be tighter?—to meet the other players. As Lady Gyrfalcon, she’s ready for everything—except her intense attraction to Dean. A clandestine meeting in the hallway of the hotel and Morgan’s corset is looser but now she can’t breathe for entirely different reasons.

Utterly charmed, Morgan decides to roll the dice and indulge in a fantasy-worthy weekend of sexy roleplaying, scorching sex and life-altering orgasms. Still, through it all Morgan is too smart to believe the chemistry constantly stripping her of costumes and control can last more than the length of the convention. But if she wants to keep a relationship so intense she thought it only existed in fiction, she’s going to have to let go of her cool-headed logic and allow herself to fall far and fast for the perfect guy.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

About the author:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She's married to her best friend and fellow geek living in south-central Indiana. They have one son who is too smart for his parents' own good and loves to pretend he's Batman. Christine has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not reading or writing, she's going on adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. (South Central Indiana Fiction Interface). She has several short stories and novellas published. The Dice & Debauchery series is her first contemporary erotic romance.

Please visit her website ( http://christinerains.net ) and blog ( http://christinerains-writer.blogspot.com )

You can also find Christine on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Purchase links:
Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Loose-Corset-Christine-Rains-ebook/dp/B00RKPY2NO
B&N - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/loose-corset-christine-rains/1120960238?ean=9781419992933
Ellora's Cave - http://www.ellorascave.com/loose-corset.html
Kobo - http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/loose-corset

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

#IWSG - A-Z Challenge

 
 
 
More Info on the group here
 
April is the A - Z Challenge!
 
I've never participate in the challenge and haven't officially said I would, but I started brainstorming posts. I labeled a letter of the alphabet to one index card and asked my kids to give me some words starting with them. I also added some words. I then looked over the words to see if I can come up with a theme. So...I came up with a few.
 
1. Video Games
2. Inspiration
3. Writing
4. Random words
 
 

 
I decided to go with Inspirational posts. I can use some inspiration right about now.
 
I still haven't signed up though. Not sure what I'm waiting for. I guess I'm afraid of failing.
 
That is my insecurity right now.
 
How about you? Have you signed up? And if you're a pro at this, any words of wisdom?

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bloggers of Letters

Okay, so I borrowed that from Supernatural (Men of Letters).  Did you know April is A-Z challenge month? Of course you did.

 
Here's the link to some more info. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

So...after a twitter chat last night with some folks, I decided to conquer those letters...super saiyan style.

 
 
I still have no clue what I'm going to write about....but I will.
 
So, how about you? Will you be participating this year?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Looking to the future

I just realized that I entered the new year without revisiting my accomplishments and with no goals for the new year. That really sucks. I haven't been really motivated to do anything. It's been a struggle just to get up in the morning. Being happy is hard work!

But alas! I have to fight the downward spiral of life. I read recently that some folks just can't seem to see great accomplishments right in front of them. I think it was Elizabeth Gilbert--who mentioned that. Yeah, that's me! And Danielle LaPorte--another inspiring motivational speaker--who said that in order to get unstuck one must stop analyzing the why of it.  "Too much analysis can create paralysis," she says. And I think she's right. I've been worrying so much that I can't see past the gloom.

I've been trying to analyze my future by trying to make sense of my past. Damn you Dr. Phil! 

But no more. I'm done with trying to figure out why. I'm done with self-analyzing every decision I've made up to this point. I can't change the past. And I probably wouldn't anyway. It's made me who I am and I'm pretty darn okay...me thinks.

In 2014 I self-published Darkness, a YA thriller. I also published an adult romance with a small press under a pen-name.

My goals for 2015 is to continue the submission process for my YA Sci-fi and to finally self-publish the third instalment of my Second Sign series--the story of Max--which has been brewing in my mind. The story needs to be told. I am also working on the sequel to Darkness, which I hope to self-publish in August.

 
And I'm super excited!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Review--Fade Into Me by Charity Bradford

http://www.amazon.com/Fade-Into-Me-Charity-Bradford-ebook/dp/B00SJJHT1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423669206&sr=8-1&keywords=fade+into+me+charity+bradford

Aliens live among us. Their purpose: to protect and nurture their greatest mistake—mankind.

Caeden Frey doesn’t believe humans will evolve to see the magic, much less control it. Even so, he has two months to marry a human or face the wrath of the High Council. Bitter about a responsibility he thinks prevents him marrying for love, he figures any human girl will do. He’s ready to propose when his soul mate stumbles into—and right out of—his arms.

Human, Ryanne Killian might be Caedan’s one shot at happiness while still fulfilling his duty. Unfortunately, she guards a dark secret. She’s determined to push Caedan away to protect him from her past.

Caedan must convince her she’s worthy of his love before a rival family puts an end to his wedding plans. If she can see her own worth, she just might save herself and his people.


My Review

Told in both MC's POV—Caeden and Ryanne--the story opens up with two weddings. One being Caeden's sister's wedding and the other is Ryanne's best friend's wedding.

In the beginning we meet Caeden who we learn has to marry a human to satisfy the "Reparation." Caeden is alien with fairy-like powers: he can manipulate feelings via aura magic and make things grow. Then there's Ryanne who is the "best man" at her best friend's wedding. She also crushes on him. He's getting married because he knocked up his girlfriend. Right away I know something happened between Ryanne and Kevin's friends. They make unwelcomed advances toward her and she's terrified of them, argues with Kevin about them, telling him that she had said 'No'…hint, hint.  She didn't tell anyone what happened to protect Kevin who laughs it off as a drunken mishap.

Anyways… 

Whatever happened to Ryanne forces her to distrust men, rightfully so. But then she meets Caeden.
She's actually drawn to him as he is to her. There's magic between them and Caeden realizes she is his soul mate. And she may be able to control magic, which is not the norm for humans. If only he could get her to marry him in a week.

As the story unfolds, we see him try to convince her of just that. He takes her to his world and shows her magic, he throws his wealth at her—didn't I mention he's handsome and rich, and up for the throne of Abhaile, the alien/fairy realm?  After a magic carpet ride (actually, a hot-air balloon ride) and exotic locations (Scotland) …who says money can't buy love? Ahem, okay, back to the book. Ryanne holds back. She doesn’t trust in Prince Charming, rightfully so. This forces Caeden to dig deeper into her past and allow her to build the strength she needs to heal.

What I really liked: Ms. Bradford paints a very vivid picture of the world of Abhaile. Though alien is mentioned, I saw it more like a fairy world. I really, really liked Ryanne's sister, Heather. I liked that Heather was there throughout the book trying to help Ryanne, and not discarded as so many family members are in books.  I also liked Heather and Patrick, an Abhithian working as a cop in the human world, as a couple. That would be a romance I'd like to read about. I also liked that Ryanne had to eventually save herself from the clutches of the evil Abhithian trying to take over the throne.


What I didn't like:  What Kevin's friends did to Ryanne was horrible and an issue not to be taken lightly. Two events in the book are around that issue—one with Ryanne the other with Caeden's aunt.  I think that's why it was hard for me to "get" Ryanne in the beginning.  I thought that issue needed a deeper…something. Not sure what. I felt as if Ryanne should be in therapy, not trying to cure her wounds with another guy.

I'm a sucker for sweet romance mixed with evil villains and fantasy worlds.  Overall, I give this book four stars.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Picture of the week...and then some

 
 
 
Just chillin'
 
The life of a turtle. Yeah...that's kinda like me when I feel blah... Whatever, stare away you homo sapiens, but I know the secrets of the universe. 
 
Only if real life were that easy. It'd be boring.
 
Let's face it. We need chaos. A certain kind of chaos in our lives. We need the ticking of time whispering in the background.
 
Tick.
Go to work.
 
Tick.
Pick up kids
 
Tick
Clean
 
Tick.
Write.
 
Yeah, not necessarily in that order. 
 
Sometimes, I ignore that chaos and ticking bomb but it's there when I'm ready to listen. Just. Doesn't. Go. Away. And that's totally okay with me. Without it I'd have no purpose. I'd have no direction. I'd cease to exist. Drama. Drama. Drama.
 
Happy Monday!  Excuse me while I go get my coffee.