Monthly Archives: January 2013

Muse Wednesday – How Harry Potter led to writing Romances – http://wp.me/pL05w-h9

Check out my Muse Wednesday post over at suspense author Monette Michaels’ blog, Romantic Imperative. Learn about my unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter as well as my authorial forays into fan fiction. Click here for the full post.

If anyone’s curious about my younger self, my pen name over at fanfiction.net many moons ago was Romantic Fool. As much as I cringe at the repetitive use of the word actually in the bio of my teenage self, click here to check out the stories I wrote back when I was young. (Disclaimer: My writing is much better now, I swear).

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday No. 4 (#sffsat) – Tower in the Woods

Continuing from the past weeks, this snippet is from Tower in the Woods, a post-apocalyptic zombie romance now available on AmazonARe and LSBooks. It is based on the Grimm’s fairy tale Rapunzel. For past snippets, click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of this post. (Note: For those I have somehow lured into buying this book, don’t worry. I’m going to start switching it up after a couple more snippets.)

Grabbing a pistol from the holster around her shoulders, Nel pointed the sidearm downward and aligned the sights. The Glock was a precaution, something she was meant to use if she ran out of the .300 Magnums. It wasn’t as accurate as the rifle but the 10mm bullets were much easier to come by and there were a large number of them stockpiled in the Tower. Out of boredom she had lately allowed zombies to get much closer to the Tower so she could practice using the Glock. Making perfect shots using her M24 had lost its challenge several years ago.

“Whoa there. Take it easy. I’m unarmed,” the man said as he saw what Nel pointed at him. He must have excellent night vision for it was pitch-dark at this late hour with storm clouds blocking any light from the stars and obscuring the moon. “I’m not here to hurt you.”

Twitter: #sffsat

SFFSat is a group of writers sharing snippets from both published and unpublished works of science fiction and fantasy. You can read more about the group by clicking the banner to the left, as well as follow links to the other participants.

Any comments are much appreciated!

13 Reasons to be an Erotic Romance Writer (Absolute Write Blog Chain – January 2013)

This post is part of the January 2013 Blog Chain at Absolute Write. This month’s prompt is “the number 13″.

Here are my 13 reasons be an erotic romance writer:

13. You can work anywhere – all you need is a laptop (though wifi is a plus).

12. You can claim other erotic romances as business expenses on your tax returns.

11. Watching an HBO series on TV can be safely considered as work (especially if you are taking notes).

10. If your significant other catches you drooling over a picture of Aleksandr Skarsgard, you can tell him/her you’re just using the actor as a model for your MMC.

9. You get to shock people every time someone asks “What do you do for a living?”

8. If someone sees porn in your internet browsing history, you can tell them it’s research.

7. You get to look up a all the different ways to describe a penis.

6. Ditto breasts.

5. Ditto vagina.

4. You have an excuse to look up BDSM equipment. How else will you become the next E.L. James?

3. You get to have quasi-serious discussions on writer’s forums about oral sex.

2. You can tell your significant other that leaving you alone to work on your manuscript is in his/her best interest (and they actually believe you).

1. Your parents NEVER ask you about your work.

Check out this month’s other bloggers, all of whom have posted or will post their own responses:

orion_mk3 – http://nonexistentbooks.wordpress.com (link to post)
Ralph Pines – http://ralfast.wordpress.com (link to post)
SRHowen – http://srhowen1.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
areteus – http://lurkingmusings.wordpress.com/ (link to post)
angyl78 – http://jelyzabeth.wordpress.com/ (link to post)
Amanda R.: http://www.twoamericansinchina.com/ (link to post)
randi.lee – http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
ConnieBDowell – http://bookechoes.com/ (link to post)
writingismypassion – http://charityfaye.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
Araevno – http://www.simonpclark.com/ (link to post)
Briony-zisaya – http://fantasywriterwannabe.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
Kewii – http://kellyneeson.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
katci13 – http://www.krystalsquared.net/ (link to post)
HistorySleuth – http://historysleuth.org/ (link to post)
bmadsen – http://hospitaloflife.wordpress.com/ (link to post)
pyrosama – http://matrix-hole.blogspot.com/ (link to post)
gell214 – http://gelliswriting.blogspot.com/ (link to post)

Tower in the Woods’ First Review – Thanks to kickbookchick at The Bookchick with Kick

3.5 Stars: “The story was both sweet and steamy. Very enjoyable and unique.”

If I’m not mistaken, this is the very first review I’ve received (ever!). Not bad for a first novella (click here for full review).

Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday #3 – Tower in the Woods

Continuing from last week, this snippet is also from Tower in the Woods, a post-apocalyptic zombie romance now available on Amazon, ARe and LSBooks. It is based on the Grimm’s fairy tale Rapunzel. For past snippets, click on the SFFSat tag at the bottom of this post.

The shadow was now close enough she could see it without the scope so she flipped on the safety of her M24 and pulled out the five-round detachable magazine before unloading the chamber and lowering her weapon. The draw of the human’s blood had flushed out most of the zombies within the vicinity so Nel was pretty certain she wouldn’t have to use the rifle again tonight. Any zombie within sniffing distance of the human had just been eliminated.

Still undecided about what to do, Nel peeked through the small window and looked downward. The shadow had finally reached the Tower and fumbled around the walls, looking for an opening. She could have told her uninvited visitor there was no door, that the Tower had long since been sealed with brick and cemented over, and the spiral wooden staircase leading up to her quarters blown to smithereens. But other than the few monosyllabic answers she occasionally muttered in Mother Gothel’s presence, Nel hadn’t spoken to anyone in eleven long years, and she didn’t particularly want to start now.

Twitter: #sffsat

SFFSat is a group of writers sharing snippets from both published and unpublished works of science fiction and fantasy. You can read more about the group by clicking the banner to the left, as well as follow links to the other participants.

Any comments are much appreciated!

Tower in the Woods by Tara Quan – Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Romance – Now Available!

Alright, I have to admit to shameless self-promotion. My very first published work is now available on Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and LSBooks. I am told that it will slowly percolate to other outlets.

I have updated my Undead Fairy Tales Page with the buy links and will continue to add to them as more go live. It’s 25% off at LSBooks right now, if you’re looking to save a buck.

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday #2 – Tower in the Woods

Continuing from last week, this snippet is also from Tower in the Woods, my soon-to-be released post-apocalyptic zombie romance. It is based on the Grimm’s fairy tale Rapunzel. Last week’s snippet can be found here.

The kickback was absorbed squarely against Nel’s shoulder, an impact she was practically numb to, having been taught to use the weapon since she was six. She had been told that the accuracy of the rifle was within two inches and that its maximum effective range was eight hundred and seventy-five yards. However, Nel had been making shots at over a thousand yards for the past five years, and her accuracy was closer to one inch than two.

One by one, Nel lodged .300 Winchester Magnums into the heads of the zombies gaining on the bleeding human. Each time she squeezed the trigger she made a single-shot kill.

Twitter: #sffsat

SFFSat is a group of writers sharing snippets from both published and unpublished works of science fiction and fantasy. You can read more about the group by clicking the banner to the left, as well as follow links to the other participants.

Any comments are much appreciated!

Cover & Excerpt Reveal up at Bitten By Paranormal Romance

A Cover & Excerpt Reveal for Tower in the Woods just went up at Bitten By Paranormal Romance and WildAboutBones Presents. Go check it out!

Science Fiction and Fantasy Saturday #1 – Tower in the Woods

My very first SFFSat snippet is from Tower in the Woods, my soon-to-be released post-apocalyptic zombie romance. It is closely based on the Grimm’s fairy tale Rapunzel. 

Protocol indicated that Nel should still put a bullet through her target’s brain, infected or not, but she couldn’t bring herself to do it. In the eleven years that she had been stationed at the Tower, she had never killed another human being. It wasn’t because she was particularly merciful; it was just that no human unaffiliated with the Women’s Independent Territory Church had ever made it this far. The Tower overlooked the western border of the WITCH, and the woods beyond contained swarms of zombies, enough to ensure that no human would survive a journey through the undead wastelands.

Twitter: #sffsat

Twitter: #sffsat

SFFSat is a group of writers sharing snippets from both published and unpublished works of science fiction and fantasy. You can read more about the group by clicking the banner to the left, as well as follow links to the other participants.

Any comments are much appreciated!