May 11, 2017

#MFRWauthor Shari Elder takes part in the Race to Redemption on #Thursday 13

By day, #MFRWauthor Shari Elder saves cities. By night, she builds them—on Saturn’s rings, under a lilac bush, in a coral reef – then packs them full of shifters, vampires, Olympian gods, extra-terrestrials or whatever else comes into her head. In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom, since she cannot resist writing a happy ending, especially for those who have given up on ever getting one. Now that's satisfaction.
                                       Race to Redemption,
                                                           Green Rising #1
   Genre Erotica Sci-Fi/Futuristic
 Publisher  Evernight publishing
Blurb
A woman who lost everything.

Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all—fame, wealth, men—until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the medical outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.

A man desperate for redemption.

Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine, and flames his body to ash.

A planet at risk.

When the outpost is attacked, they're thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon. As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be Warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.
 




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 Thirteen Favorite Villains

1. Roy Batty, the lead replicant in Blade Runner, who rebels and kills humans on his quest to live longer than the four years of life given to replicants.
2. Borg Queen, because she made being a villainess sexy, but so very powerful.
3. Cersei from Game of Thrones, because she might have been great, if the times and her family gave her the credit she was due, but instead she had to take it for herself.
4. Fairy Godmother in Shrek 2 because I love it when traditionally good characters are used as the villain.
5. Gollum in the Lord of the Rings, who didn’t really choose to be a villain, but fell prey to his own weaknesses when exposed to the ring of power.
6. Hans Gruber, the baddie in Die Hard. That was my first introduction to Alan Rickman, and the actor and this villain remain on the top of my list.
7. Khan, especially Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal, in Star Trek into Darkness, because he rocked a villain who loved his followers, even if they thought everyone else was at the level of a gnat.
8. Master/Mistress on Dr. Who because its Dr. Who’s greatest nemesis, and the longing to redeem the time lord crushes Dr. Who’s soul, creating phenomenal conflict.
9. Q from Star Trek, because his unpredictability is what made him do dangerous, reminding us we can’t always out think villains using logic.
10. Voldemort, because he made Harry Potter the hero he was, and the story reminds us that often, it’s the choices we make that shapes the path to goodness or villainy.
11. Loki, because he’s a trickster and an arrogant sod, whoever now and again shows a hint or two of humanity, or at least we think he does.
And the last two are my own.
12. Tij, in Race to Redemption, who is a hero to some, but has an intergalactic agenda most won’t agree with.
13. Amaris, the insane wildling fae in my soon to be released Unnatural Allies, who does it all to create a better future for a children.


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May 4, 2017

#MFRWauthor Carmen Stefanescu brings Dracula's Mistress visiting on #Thursday13


#MFRWauthor Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire  Count Dracula. 
High-school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of communist oppression  by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. Reading was, is and will always be her greatest hobby..
She likes to blend genres and thus she writes paranormal stories with a smidgen of mystery, history and romance. The reader will find suspense, dark themes, adventure, danger as well as sweet revenge. She calls her stories  “Gothic” romance. Her writing focuses on rebirth, past life regression, karmic retribution.


                            Dracula’s Mistress

Publisher -  City Lights Press 
Genre  - Paranormal historical/light romance/light horror




                Blurb
Evil grips the town of Targoviste, capital residence of Walachia. The secrets behind the stone walls of the palace are as dark and violent as a winter’s night, as terrifying as the prince’s deeds. Dead bodies, drained of blood and missing their little finger keep appearing in the streets at night.
Lovely, smart, determined, Angela Oltenescu ignores all the aggressive rumors and her mother’s warning regarding Vlad. Will she suffer the consequences of falling in love with a man nicknamed Dracula by his enemies—an infamous creature of the night?
Rich, sly, treacherous,  Marin Craioveanu, a powerful landlord, craves the same woman loved by Vlad. Marin's hatred toward the prince will make him an ally to Handsome Radu, Vlad’s brother and Sultan’s friend, ready to sell the country to the Ottomans to get rid of his rival.
Dracula’s Mistress will awe legions of fans of Gothic literature, paranormal and historical fiction.


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13 Things about Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula


1. Vlad  Tepes  was a medieval prince with a figurative thirst for blood.

2. Vlad had two nicknames, the Impaler and Dracula.

3. The name Tepes is the Romanian for “the Impaler.” It was a title given to him posthumously as he had a penchant for brutally punishing his enemies.

4. Vlad was known in his heyday as Dracula — or Drăculea, in old Romanian.
6. During his childhood, Vlad is believed to have studied all of the academic disciplines. He was also educated in warfare and close combat.

7. When Vlad’s father was called to a diplomatic meeting in 1442 with Sultan Murad II, he brought his young sons Vlad III and Radu along, having no idea that they fell in a trap. All three were arrested and held hostage. The elder Vlad was released but he had to leave his sons behind.

8. According to historical accounts, Vlad suffered much at the hands of the Ottomans. He was tortured for part of that time, and was locked up in an underground prison.  Vlad spent 12 years in prison while his brother Radu became the Ottoman puppet leader in Walachia.

9. When Ottoman diplomatic envoys had an audience with Vlad in 1459, the diplomats declined to remove their hats, citing a religious custom. Commending them on their religious devotion, Vlad ensured that their hats would forever remain on their heads by having the hats nailed to the diplomats' skulls.

10. Vlad tested whether his technique for dissuading theft or dishonesty worked.  He had a valuable gold bowl placed in a public square, on the rim of a well.  The rule was that anybody could drink out of it, but it could not leave the square under any circumstances.  The bowl stayed put! 

11. Reports state that Dracula’s body was buried at a cemetery in the Snagov Monastery, outside Bucharest, where one of his brothers was a monk.

12. It is believed that the archaeologists searching in Snagov, (a commune outside Bucharest), in 1931, found Dracula’s remains. The contents were transferred to the History Museum in Bucharest, but they later disappeared without a trace, leaving the mysteries of the real Prince Dracula unanswered.

13. Stoker's bloodsucking tale may have been influenced in part by the Balkans’ folklore, however, these tales have nothing at all to do with the historical figure, Vlad the Impaler.


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