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Myths, Legends and Detective Stories
Nearly every culture – from the Mayans to the folk of the British Isles to the Orient – has tales of dragons or dragon-like creatures. Nearly every culture has tales of elves, elf-like beings, fairies ....
From Western Europe to Japan and China, you find stories of shape-shifters – were-wolves, were-cats, were-foxes and badgers. Vampire legends crop up around the world. Nearly every culture boasts tales of gods who mated with humans (or other creatures) to create monsters.
So … Assume these creatures are real. That the stories about them contain a germ of truth that's been passed down from our human ancestors who, in fact, encountered such beings.
That's the foundation of my Portals fantasy/detective series. In my world – which, in fact, is our own in a not-too-distant future – these beings exist on a world that's a magical analog of our own, separated from our world by gateways (the Portals). The gates once were open, but have been closed for centuries …
Until now – when the gates have re-opened, and these creatures once more have access to our world.
That's where the detective part comes in. Because I'm intrigued by the concept of magic-wielding beings coming into our world and …
Using their magic to commit crimes.
What defenses would we have against a wizard – or an elf or a dragon – that uses his/her/its magical abilities to murder someone – and to evade pursuit by simply … disappearing – or escaping back to the magical realms across the Portals? Legends abound of Fae who can alter their appearance, appearing older, younger, taller, shorter – even change their gender.
I love blending myth and folklore with modern-day police procedural. The main characters in my series are Kat Morales – a very human police detective – and her partner, Tevis – an elf. I love the discoveries they can make from each other. I love bringing ancient magic into our modern world – and giving it a twist.
Those are the ideas I play with, beginning in Shadow Path, first book in the series. I hope you have as much fun reading as I've had in the writing.
The letter for entry into the Grand Prize Giveaway is U.
P.L. Blair is also offering an eCopy of Shadow Path to one lucky winner who comments below. The draw will be held on April 8th, 2012.
By P.L. Blair
Magic and crime. Agatha Christie meets J.R.R. Tolkien.
An Ogre murdered with a rune-inscribed sword is just the beginning as Kat Morales, a very human police detective in Corpus Christi, Texas, and her Elf partner Tevis MacLeod follow a blood trail that leads to Pixies, necromancy and Magic of the Blackest kind … to its climax in a stronghold Between worlds, where Tevis must duel spell for spell with a former lover who wants to see her old flame extinguished permanently.
Shadow Path placed third in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Awards (YA Category) in January 2012.
Ogres looked – and smelled – bad enough in life. Death magnified those uncharming qualities, especially the smell, something like a cross between rotting fish and open sewer. Kat found herself swallowing again and again against the urge of her stomach to empty itself.
If she'd seen this coming, she would've skipped breakfast.
Tevis, kneeling beside the body, seemed unfazed. With his short-cropped blond hair, wearing a pale gray summer-casual suit (white shirt, no tie), he could have passed for one of the young attorneys who worked in the law offices that lined the surrounding streets. Except, of course, for the pointed ears that marked him as an Elf – Aalfar, as he called himself and his people – and the white, department-issued rubber gloves similar to those Kat wore.
“Almost done?” he asked in his strange accent that was slightly Scottish and slightly … something else.
“Almost,” Kat said. Sense of duty overcame revulsion, and she raised the digicam and took two more shots, slightly different views, of the corpse. The Ogre lay face-down on the street just at the edge of the alley, its head twisted to one side. The one eye she could see was open. She slowly surveyed the kill site: North Carancahua Street, midway between Antelope and Leopard, just a few blocks from the Nueces County Courthouse Complex. The killer had nerve.
Fans can follow Pat on her tour by clicking the links below each date.
March 15th, 2012
Tour Launch & Easter Treasure Hunt
March 17, 2012
Guest Blog and Giveaway
March 21, 2012
Giveaway and Promo Stop
March 30, 2012
April 7, 2012
April 8, 2012
April 9, 2012
Giveaway and Promo Stop
April 10, 2012
Guest Blog and Giveaway
April 11, 2012
April 12, 2012
April 13, 2012
Tour Wrap Up
About the Author
A native of Tyler, Texas, P.L. Blair spent nearly 30 years as a full-time newspaper reporter before writing Shadow Path, book 1 in her Portals fantasy/detective series. Now semi-retired – and still writing (part-time) for a newspaper in South Texas – Blair divides her year between Sheridan and Rockport, Texas, where she has family. She is companion to two basset hounds, a long-haired dachshund and a cat – all rescues. She writes a regular column and is a book reviewer for myshelf.com, and writes occasional articles for the Wyoming Business Journal.
P.L. Blair can also be found at the following places on the web:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/P.-L.-Blair/e/B003N1L7AK/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/p.l.-blair
The Shadow Path book trailer is also available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tJ8jqtW0Dc
Good morning everyone!
On the Philia blog today we have Morgan K. Wyatt. This interview was scheduled to appear on another site but, due to some technical difficulties on their end, we're posting it here for Morgan's loyal fans to enjoy.
Read on to see what Morgan had to say:
Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?
I’m from Louisville, Kentucky. The great thing about Louisville, besides The Derby, is the people. Louisville folks don’t take themselves too seriously, which allows them to be friendly, often witty, and polite. The next best thing about Louisville is there is always plenty to do from the various street festivals to their eclectic hole in the wall stores.
Did you always want to write? How did it influence your career?
My mother taught me to read and write when I was four to give herself a break from me pestering her. I used that talent to write my class mates in first grade, perhaps spurring them onto reading. I also told them how all the reading books ended earning my teacher’s undying gratitude.
I majored in English in college and became an English teacher, then morphed into a special education teacher.
Tell us about your latest book. Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
Reluctant Cougar is the first book is the Cougar series. It is about a perfectly average woman who never, ever thought of herself as a cougar, but then fate intervened. Reluctant Cougar is followed by Cub in Blue, a story with a wounded hero as the male romantic lead. Next is Puppy Love, a humorous tale about a shy banker, a new vet, and the wayward puppy that brings them together.
Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?
I have used situations as opposed to using names. There was an accident in my town involving two boys who looked alike. They actually buried one boy thinking he was the other. In my story, I allow the boys to be twins. The surviving twin takes the identity of the dead twin since he was more popular.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
The hardest thing is finding time to write because if my job, family, and demanding dog often get in the way. I usually do write about four or five in the morning before work, and before anyone is awake.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Write every day, and get connected to the writing world. It is so important to have all types of writing friends, from beginning to multi-published friends too. If a writing or critique group doesn’t feel right, then it isn’t. I spent four years with a group that met monthly and all they did was rip each other apart. Needless to say, it didn’t motivate me. Looking back, I can see the group was a bad fit.
Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
Not too often, writing is like me talking, and I can do that endlessly! Sometimes I come to a block in my story, and I deal with it by working on another story. I have three in the works currently.
Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?
Jayne Ann Krentz is my favorite author because her books are a delight to read because of the rapid pace, witty dialogue, and chemistry. I loved all The Black Stallion books because I grew up with horses. Gone with the Wind has had a profound effect on me because it showed me a heroine didn’t have to be sweet and virtuous.
How did you deal with rejection letters?
I usually moan to my writing friends about the rejection letters, who either regale me with theirs rejection letter tales or tell me my story has merit. Most of the rejection letters have been decent letters with legitimate criticisms, which helped my writing. The worse I got recently wasn’t even about my book. It was about someone else’s book, which made me wonder if they ever read my story or did someone else get my letter?
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A computer, plus memberships in organizations like local writing groups, and Romance Writers of America, will help a young writer find her feet. A library card is another must have and an Internet connection to do research.
Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
I don’t usually do gory, not my style. If someone gets shot it is off stage, so to speak. As for erotic, I am old fashioned girl in that there is only one woman and one man involved, although they can be very passionate. They do fall in love, even though there are some complications, and end up happily ever after. Even though my books are billed as erotic romances, there is plenty of romance, and even plot! You could skip the love scenes and still enjoy and understand it.
What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
I like to visit places as research. I went to a drag show once, and was thought to be a performer. I am not sure if it was an insult or a compliment. Most of the performers were gorgeous, but campy. LOL
And now for the giveaway! Morgan is graciously offering an eBook as a prize for one lucky commenter and a "Cougar Basket" to another. The basket includes a stuffed cougar plushie, dark chocolate, bath salts and flower seeds. To enter, you must comment below, follow the Philia Book Tours blog via Networked Blogs and retweet this post on Twitter. Entrants will be chosen on Friday, March 16th.
Please include your email address in your comment so we can contact you if you're chosen as a winner.
Caressed by Night
By Amanda J. Greene
Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundred years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.
Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.
While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.
Fans can follow Amanda on her tour by
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March 7, 2012
March 8, 2012
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March 11, 2012
Giveaway and Guest Blog
March 12, 2012
March 13, 2012
March 14, 2012
March 15, 2012
March 16, 2012
March 17, 2012
March 18, 2012
March 19, 2012
March 20, 2012
Tour Wrap Up
About the Author
Amanda J. Greene is an erotic paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a full time university student, who works part time.
She lives in Southern California with her very supportive, military husband and their sweet cocker spaniel.
Amanda can be found online at the following places:
Google +: https://plus.google.com/117800803105791003658#117800803105791003658/posts
Genre: Erotic Romance
Heat level: 4
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release date: January 21, 2012
What if all your life consisted of was, work and therapy dates where middle-aged men talked about their fears in a family-style restaurant? Would it depress you? Maybe it would even make you long for something new, even, a little wild? It did Deidre. Call it an impulse move born of desperation, but she finally caved into Curt, a policeman who just returned to duty after being wounded in a sting operation, who wasn’t taking no for an answer. Going out with a cop, fourteen years her junior was an irrational thing to do her friends helpfully pointed out. Meeting Curt for drinks was just the beginning. Deidre was unsure how to handle her recovering hero, and her growing affection for the young alpha male. The real question was would Deidre be able to overcome her doubts and peer pressure to live the life she always fantasized about having?
We are looking for 15-20 sites to host reviews, promo stops and giveaways for this one day event on March 20th, 2012.
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By Ashlynne Laynne
“No fate other than the one I choose.” The timeless creed, and tattoo, bore by the Rousseau’s— a vampire clan with the purest bloodline of any vampire family. Out of this clandestine group came one who was different, yet the same: Ascher - a half-bloodling— half- human, half vampire.
Ascher questions the purpose for his existence and which world he truly belongs to: the human world or the vampire world. Two months from sealing to Ursula— a prearranged union to a woman he abhors — he’s at his wit’s end. He knows if he calls off the sealing, the Romanian clan will strike with deadly force, but he cannot see eternity with a cold empty shell of a woman like Ursula.
Just when he thought life was complicated enough, he meets Shauna— a beautiful, bi-racial human Wiccan — and immediately develops an unshakable attraction to her. She makes him feel alive and vital despite his origins and Ascher makes a decision that turns his immortal world upside down.
The tour will run from March 1st to 7th, 2012.
Readers can reference the list below to follow Ashlynne on her Virtual Book Tour.
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About the Author:
Ashlynne Laynne has always had a soft spot in her heart for vampires but grew tired of the garlic fearing, sun loathing creatures of old. An avid horror movie fan, she tends to enjoy media and music that is of a younger, more eclectic nature. This was the catalyst for her writing The Progeny. The vampire/witch pairing is unique and different when most books pair vampires with werewolves.
The infinite possibilities, for such a wickedly unique couple, intrigued her. There is no shortage of romance, steam and surprises in The Progeny. These books are for adults and contain adult sensuality and themes, but minimal profanity. She loves writing on the edge and teetering between the erotica and romance genres. She thinks of Ascher and Shauna as the damned version of Romeo and Juliet.
She’s currently working on book two of the series entitled Blood Bonds. In her spare time, Ashlynne enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family. Ashlynne juggles the hats of wife, mother, full time employee and part-time writer, hoping to write full time one day soon.
Ashlynne lives in North Carolina with her husband and teenage son.
Ashlynne appreciates and loves to hear from her readers. You can connect with her at the following places:
Facebook: Book Page- http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Progeny-Series-by-author- Ashlynne-Laynne/129418917161599
Author Page- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Ashlynne-Laynne/118945981513261
Author Blog: http://ashlynnelaynne.blogspot.com/
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Progeny-ebook/dp/B0074535P6/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328127665&sr=1-1
Barnes and Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-progeny-ashlynne-laynne/1108540255?ean=2940014108355&itm=1&usri=the+progeny+by+ashlynne+laynne