Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New review!

As Fate Decrees
ISBN: 978-1-890463-41-8
Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Review by ellen george

This is a superb story of the Pantheon of Ancient Greece - the backstory is on the back cover - there is just a slight mention of the prophecy and fate in the early text of the book, but the back cover explains the start and emphasis of this story so we know what we need at the start - The Oracle of Delphi tells Ares, Greek God of War, that he is to find a Champion of the Gods in a very lowly place - Find her and you will find the savior...

…In ancient Greece, slaves are being sold - out comes a fiery girl who fights against her captor - A stranger comes in and bids for her - no one else dares outbid him. She goes with this mysterious new master not knowing her new master is Ares, God of War… Then the world shifts. We are in 1999 Athens, Greece - Someone is destroying shrines and holy places in an effort to destroy the religions of the world and create a new religion - one religion - one god - and ancient holy places in Greece are being destroyed in an effort to show the world their old religions aren't as powerful as the new religion...

Both tales, as they merge, are masterfully told. The mythology is vivid, and the story of everlasting love and honor of the ancients is amazing. Am and Ares are together until the Fates decree she is to go and champion them at another time...

There is a possibility of a sequel to As Fate Decrees - further adventures of Ares and Amarantha, his now love, are truly a story fit for the Gods.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Now Available!!

As always, the serial is FREE, and this newest chapter is the lead-in to some very traumatic events in our hero's life... it's getting good, I hope you decide to ride on and stay with the adventure!!

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

A kiss... or something more?

We all know the song, Casablanca is a classic in all ways. But, when writing all this romance, how do you approach the simple yet crucial aspect of a kiss and what it means? How critical is that first sweet touch to your story, your relationship, and your mood?

We’ve watched, those of us who love classic movies or are old enough to remember it, the evolution of this special moment over the years. From the romance novels we love to read and write, to the movies that have become so entrenched in our minds that they’re part of our culture.

Remember Gone With The Wind? What was more risqué than the sight of Clark Gable whisking Vivien Leigh into his arms and climbing that staircase with more passion than many more explicit scenes could ever evoke. And on the bridge, before he leaves her to the Yankees in the last days of the Civil War — isn’t that image, that kiss, burned into our memories as a kind of iconic representation of romance at its best?

Casablanca has its share of passion and romance, too. What new movies do you think come close to these in the embodiment of what we dream about, sigh about, and mostly just wish for in our private hearts?What about our books? At what point, do you think, a book crosses the link from romance to erotica, and can the two really merge and blend well without treading into the area of language so explicit it takes away rather than enhances? And, again, what about that crucial kiss?

Do you like the first kiss to be a tender discovery of passion that’s hinted at and now coming to the surface? Or do you prefer a smoldering clash of emotions and raw need? Is it the mood of the story that’s altered and shifted over the years do you think, or the perceptions of a society that’s become somewhat desensitized to gentler and more subtle interpretations of love and passion? Our books leave little or nothing to the imagination. No more fade to black after a passionate, lingering kiss between the hero and his love. Is that, do you think, a good thing, or something that leaves the reader with nothing to contemplate when the book reaches its end?

Music is explicit, movies are intensely so, and books tread ground that would make angels cower in terror at times. So, what are your thoughts on this diverse and somewhat controversial subject? What constitutes too much, and why?

Anyone recognize the guy in the picture? He's The New Voice of Romance.... If you'd like to be enchanted, click on his image and you'll discover something rather magical in this man's voice....