Saturday, June 18, 2011

UPDATE! Priority Mail – If the mailman decides to come today

There are lots of good things about living in a small town.  Traffic is when it takes more than 5 minutes to get across town, locals complain about the line at the DMV if there are more than 3 people in front of them and I can get fresh organic food from local farms at a fraction of the cost.  But all of that goodness comes at a price.  The nearest mall is 32 miles away (which sucks if you are a city girl), the job market is limited and the Mailman picks-up and delivers mail when he feels like it.

I find it intriguing that I have become friends with the FedEx guys Darren and George, and the UPS guys John and John (weird how they have the same name) but for some reason unknown to me the mailman is elusive.  I have tried to say hi on numerous occasions, but he ignores me.  When I have a package that has to be signed for, I get this look like I just inconvenient him.  I am vexed by his behavior and it saddens me that he is so unfriendly, because he is very cute…except for that attitude of his.  So when Christmas rolls around and Darren, George and the John’s all get cookies and gift cards, you my friendly postman will get nothing!

And would it really hurt you to deliver my mail everyday (except Sunday), I only live a mile from the post office for Pete’s sake.



Update:  I finally got the mailman to smile….although he was very late delivering the mail that day J

Friday, June 17, 2011

Book 2 “Exile Bytes”

Hello Blogaverse, after a 2 week break (editing L) I am finally back at my keyboard writing again.  Below is the temp cover for book 2 “Exile Bytes”….I love Jimmy Thomas at Romance Novel Covers his work makes me swoon!!





I’m taking my kiddies (characters) to China in book 2.  I hear it’s where all the really cool Vampires hang out…or at least where Nikola Tesla (Vampire) hangs his hat.  It’s all fun and games, until Mae’s parents land their space ship in the Mongolian Desert and get followed by a Demon Assassin (Demons make the best Assassins).  I feel the need to cause chaos with the lives of others today…so, it looks like I am going to start this book in catastrophe!  Who do I kill first?  I don’t care much for small children, so I am leaning towards getting rid of the fetuses first…They don’t bring much to the book so, nobody will miss them. 



I need Sea Monkeys, so I guess hatching Brine Shrimp eggs is on the to do list today…my tank is getting kind of empty since my husband keeps feeding them to his fish. 



Question of the day…What type of characters would you kill off first?  What is a good city in China, for a couple of Tech savvy Vampires to live in?  Does Purple really clash with Green?

Please leave a comment – it’s the only way I know of to prove you really did read this blogJ

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Interview with Author Evelyn Lafont

Hello and happy hump day everyone.  Today I have with me, the witty and talented Mrs. Evelyn Lafont, author of “Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting and Mating”. 




 
What gets you in that mind set to write about Josie and all those hot Vampires?
I just let my mind wander a little. I think about Josie and just start day dreaming about a weird situation that may or may not be planned for the books, and then I’m ready to go.

Are there other beings that Josie might run into on her adventures?
Oh yes! You can expect some other supernatural creatures. In book two, we watch as Josie is introduced to the were community.

Does Gregory have a not so evil twin that is also rich and hot?
Lol, I don’t think so, but Gregory wasn’t exactly the open/sharing type, so who knows?

What are some of the strangest places you have either written or had sex in?  Please don’t specify which one is which…we all like a good mystery.
Wow. Um, car, city hall, office, store room, kitchen, Alligator Alley, grandparent’s house, Airstream trailer…

Is Walker doing Sturgis this year?  It’s where all the bikers like to hang out.
Walker is not a group event kind of guy. He might have taken Josie to a biker bar, but he went right inside to get close to his girl, he didn’t bother talking to any of the bikers there.

Any juicy surprises in store for us in book 2?  I think Josie needs a little revenge!
There are a couple of big surprises but Josie doesn’t get any revenge, although I think you’ll be happy to find out what the National Vampire Fund did for her after the incident with Gregory.

Tell us about your new website VampLure.com
VampLure.com is a monthly e-zine set in a world where vampires exist and are on the prowl for traditional women to sexify. VampLure is like the Cosmo for vampire lovers. It’s got sex tips, horoscopes, advice articles and all the things you’d expect in a women’s mag but with a little more…bite. It’s a free site for readers to enjoy while they wait for the next book in the series to come out. Eventually, the Vampire Relationship Guide cast of characters may make some appearances.

Josie works at a bridal shop, is this a manifestation of your own deep personal desire to be a bridal consultant?
I worked in a bridal shop for a number of years. This gave me an intimate familiarity with the world of weddings. I got married while I worked for the shop and actually decided to elope at City Hall in a short black dress with no family or friends present.

Now time for some quick questions:
Red, White or rum?
Rum

Stilettos or flip-flops?
Flip flops for day wear, stilettos for sex.

Mexican or Japanese?
Mexican.

Beach or Mountains?
Arrrggg…beach, but this is a close one.

Chaps or Kilt?
Kilt.

Sedan or SUV?
Sedan.

Monkeys or Crocodiles?
MONKEYS!!



 
Evelyn Lafont is an author and freelance writer with an addiction to Xanax and a predilection for snark. Her debut novella, The Vampire Relationship Guide, Volume 1: Meeting and Mating is a comedy about dating, sexing, and living with vampires and is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. She has also developed a monthly e-zine to accompany the series, which can be found at VampLure.com.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Trouble with Jinn


Remy was accustom to wandering the deserts of Sintaus 5.  His parents had been explorers of this world when he was a child, left to play in the ruins of a civilization that had long disappeared, as his parents mapped and researched what was left of it.  As the years passed its mysterious landscape became as ingrained as any home could be, to a child of off world explorers.
Now that he was an adult of twenty-seven years Sintaus 5 had once again brought him into her fold.  Remy was part of a team of scientist sent back to this desolate planet to find out if colonization was possible, on this once luscious world.  He and three others had volunteered to spend the next ten years trying to unlock its secrets, before their government marked the planet as unsustainable for mass habitability and moved on to the next location, some 200 light years away.
Dr. Tintin had spent much of his life exploring other worlds, his white hair contrasted against his overly tan, weathered skin.  This would be his last exploration party as his bones could no longer keep up where his mind would have them wander.  He was grateful to have three hand selected scientist with him.  Dr. Nugilis or Angel as he liked to call her was an expert at locating subterranean water.  Dr. Zimmer was not only a medical doctor, but a master tracker, her expertise had been honed by her race thousands of years ago, as a means of survival on her planet which is covered in thick jungle, and Remy, their expert on Sintaus 5 and doctor of archeology.  
Their shuttle landed just yards away from the largest set of ruins on the planet.  Eager to be back on the planet he remembered as home, Remy popped open the hatch and took a deep breath of the arid air as he exited the shuttle.  Angel had already grabbed her gear and began to work.  Water was the first thing they needed to find or this whole mission would have to be scrubbed.
“Hey Angel, I think I remember a deep water well not far from here.  You want me to show it to you?”  Remy offered enthusiastically.
Dr. Tintin disembarked the shuttle and began to spout orders.  “Remy, let Angel do her job.  I need your assistants setting up camp.  Angel, make sure you take a phase pistol with you, if you plan to go anywhere out of our line of site.”
Angel opened one of the conex boxes she had placed on the ground moments ago and removed a holster containing a pistol.  She strapped it on to her hip and began to walk towards the ruins.  “I will be back in thirty minutes, if not, feel free to look for me,” she said as she turned her tracker on.
“Remy, make sure we are tracking her on the mainframe before she gets too far,” ordered Dr. Tintin.
Remy ran back into the shuttle and pulled up the tracking screen.  “Everything looks good Dr. Tintin.”
“Good, good.  Now please help Dr. Zimmer with the tents.  It will be night soon and I am expecting a substantial temperature drop.  It will not please me to have to spend another uncomfortable night in the shuttle.”
“Don’t worry Dr. Tintin, Saran and I will have those tents up in no time,” Remy smiled as he unloaded one of the larger conex boxes containing tents.  
Before long all three tents were up, one large work tent and two smaller housing tents.  Remy was resting on a block of stone drinking from his container of water, when he realized that Angel was still not back from her search for water.  “Has anyone heard from Angel?”
Dr. Tintin was sitting in the shuttle looking at the tracking screen.  “I have her located in the same spot she has been in for the last hour.  I tried to contact her by radio but there is no answer.  Maybe you should go check on her Remy.”
Remy looked over at the screen, taking note of her location.  “She is right next to the well I was talking about earlier.  I’ll go get her,” he said as he strapped on his pistol and grabbed the hand held computer.
Remy made his way down what looked like an ancient road that led into the city.  As he passed through the large arch of what appeared to be gates, he noticed the air getting thick with moisture and a low fog began to cover the ground.  It was something he had never witnessed here before.  The planet was pretty much one large desert, the only water was located deep within the crust.  He continued to walk until he reached the town center where the well was located.  Angel was sitting on a stone block next to the well typing on her hand held computer when Remy approached her from behind.  “You must have found something phenomenal, for you to miss your check-in and ignore Dr. Tintin’s calls.”
Angel just sat there typing on her computer as if Remy were not even there.  Remy walked around the well and stood in front of her.  As he gazed down at her, he was shocked to find her eyes glowing with a beautiful blue hue as she continued to type.  He reached forward to touch her shoulder, when she abruptly looked at him and began to speak.   
“Tu atha natu retori sa.  Retori sin tu et tu nata,” she yelled at him as if he had disrupted her from something important.
Remy stepped back as her hands flew even faster across the keyboard of her computer.  He pulled out his hand held and called Dr. Tintin.  “We have a problem.  Angel is physically okay, but she is talking in some unknown language.  It’s like she didn’t even recognize me.”
“Go ahead and stay there with her, Dr. Zimmer and myself will be there shortly.”
Remy sat down on a block across from Angel and watched her peculiar behavior.  Just as he could hear the voices of Saran and Dr. Tintin coming from the distance, Angel stopped typing, let out a sigh and crumbled to the ground.  Remy dashed to where she was lying.  “Angel! Angel!  Wake-up!” he yelled as he picked her up in his arms.
She began to open her eyes and mumbled, “What the hell just happened?”
“I was going to ask you the same question.  When I got here about fifteen minutes ago, you ignored me and then started yelling at me in a language I have never heard before,” he said as he sat her back down on stone block.
Angel rubbed the back of her neck as Dr.’s Tintin and Zimmer joined them and she explained.  “I was sitting here taking water samples when I notice a blue glowing smoke rising from the well.  I don’t remember anything after that.”
Dr. Tintin bent down and picked up Angel’s hand held computer.  He began to read what she had been typing during her memory lapse.  “It appears we are not alone on this planet.  Anyone ever heard of the Jinn?”
They had all heard the stories of the mythological Jinn, a race of beings that could bend the elements and the minds of others to their whim.  But that would be a story for another day.   


C.G. Powell

Author of Spell Checked: Book One of The No Uncertain Logic Series

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Monday, June 6, 2011

And The Winners Are!!!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the pasted few days for the 18 & Over Blog Tour Giveaway.  I would also like to thank http://www.bittenbyparanormalromance.com/ and http://www.awesomesaucebookclub.com/  for organizing this tour.



The Winners-

MMBourassa – Monogamy Sucks

Kah_cherub - $10 amazon gift card

TaraWMizztuts – Monogamy Sucks





Today’s blog: Going to Luray Caverns for the 100th time – Bad idea!!!



I had a lot of fun on Saturday, but not for the obvious reasons.  I took a couple of friends from out of town, on a ride down Skyline drive through the Shenandoah National Forest and a tour of Luray Caverns.  I know that sounds like fun, but I realized half way through the tour at Luray that my mind was completely in the gutter.  I stopped paying attention to the tour guide after the first 10 minutes of the one and a half hour tour.  Not because it was boring, but I guess I had been on that tour a few too many times.  Soon I started seeing things in the rocks.  Below are some of the photo’s I shot in the cave…Do any of you see something strange about these rocks?  Or am I the only one who felt they were surrounded by dicks on this tour…and I don’t mean the idiot who brought the screaming toddler on the tour.