Monday, April 21, 2014

Netflix and Their Price Increase

I feel so strongly about this that I will be sharing this on my other blog, too.

Netflix has announced that they are increasing their prices. New subscribers will feel this sting soon, while it will take a bit longer for current subscribers to experience the increase. You can see the article by clicking here

Their excuse for the increase? So they can fund their recently increased movie library.

You've GOT to be kidding me.

Netflix has been horrible ever since the last outrage they caused a few years ago. All of the best movies left their system... And they've never returned. The movie selection they have now is very poor. I'm not even quite sure why I'm still paying for it.

But when the increase starts, I am gone. $7.99 is way too much already, considering their poor selection. Back in the day, it was a fair price. That changed years ago, though.

 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shapeshifter Romance Spotlight and Giveaway: My Wolf Cowboy by Rose Wynters

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Virtual Book Tour Dates: 4/14/14 – 4/28/14

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Plus-Sized Romance

Release Date: 3/25/14








Blurb: 


Wolf Town Guardians – Born to walk this world as both wolf and human, these men take their role as protectors very seriously. Enjoying sensual pleasures as they please, this group of alpha werewolves are the finest when it comes to protecting their hidden settlement.
Guardians are the masters of self-control, taking pride in their authority and hard, muscled bodies. That all changes at the first scent of their mates. Their control snaps. The mating heat begins.
This is their stories.



To claim his mate, Connor will have to break all of the rules…

It’s a good thing rules were made to be broken.



Connor Bouchard is a werewolf with a huge secret. He’s mated, but he’s done everything he can to avoid claiming her. But the wolf that lives within him has had enough. And even if it means war, this alpha cowboy will have his mate.


Natalie Miller spent her entire life living on the Amish settlement in Missouri. Her world was safe… Until the night everything exploded in her face. She learns that nothing about her life was what it seemed… Even her. In a fiery blaze of horror, secrets are revealed… And an enemy of old comes back into play.


Forced to accept Connor’s protection, Natalie refuses to indulge in the attraction that lies between them. She didn’t count on the heat, though. It burns within her as she craves a satisfaction that she never needed before. Natalie finds herself wanted by two men, both of them willing to fight to the death to have her. Only one of them is destined by fate to have her, though.


Connor has to seduce her, the sooner the better. The full moon is quickly approaching, his opponent determined to possess his mate. Can Connor tame this wild filly before it’s too late? 

Excerpt:

He stopped in front of a stall. A horse watched them warily, her body locked in place. She was a gleaming shade of dark chestnut with a white star on her forehead. There was something almost vulnerable about the horse, something that touched Natalie deeply. “She’s beautiful, Connor. What’s her name?”
“Her name is Star,” he replied, staring at Natalie. “And she’s yours.”
“What do you mean?” She gasped out, staring between him and the horse. “This is my surprise?”
“Indeed it is.” Connor looked at the horse with a frown. “She’s a rescued horse. Her previous owners treated her horribly. It’s a wonder that she even survived, but she did. Star is resilient, but she’s not able to trust anyone. When I heard about her, I knew she needed you.” He stopped to look down at her, his expression unreadable. “Even more, I think you need her.”
“Thank you, Connor,” Natalie said, her voice trembling. She was touched by his gift, more so than words could say. Overcome by it all, she surprised them both when she hugged him.
His arms wrapped around her quickly, holding her tight. A long moment passed, and then another. In her mind, she fit perfectly within the shelter of his arms. She wondered if Connor felt the same.
“You’ve got to be shitting me,” a male’s voice interrupted them, his tone loud and incredulous.“Connor, even in the barn? Really?” He sounded disgusted as he added, “This man ought to be neutered. It’s not safe to let him roam the streets, woods, or even barns. Once he was even caught messing with one of Alexander’s maids, and you want to know what’s worse? He was wearing red lipstick.”
Natalie jerked away from Connor. She was mortified by the other man’s words. Peeking past Connor’s large frame, she saw a large Native American male standing about twenty feet back. He was with a pretty blonde female who looked extremely exasperated. He had to be another guardian, his size and demeanor left no doubts in her mind to his identity.
Connor rolled his eyes and smirked before turning around to greet him. “Oh, hell,” he drawled out in a mocking tone of voice. “So Marrok is back and looking just as grouchy as he always did. What’s the matter, old boy? Did you piss your mate off on the honeymoon and get your sorry ass thrown out in the doghouse?” 


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 About the Author:

Rose Wynters is the author of the Wolf Town Guardians series, the Territory of the Dead series, and the Endurers series. As an avid traveler, she enjoys exploring new places and meeting new people. She also likes camping and seeking out the unusual, especially if there is an urban legend behind it.

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Giveaway:

Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook copy of My Wolf Protector – Book two in the Wolf Town Guardians series. Open internationally, must be 18 or over to enter. The giveaway will run 4/14/14 – 4/28/14. 


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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Terminator 5: Genesis

I've always been a huge fan of the Terminator series. From the get-go, Arnold Schwarzenegger has rocked his roles as a Terminator. 

The first movie (1984) was great. The second, I didn't enjoy so much, but I liked the third and the fourth. My only complaint about the fourth was the fact that Arnold wasn't in it. The movie didn't feel the same without him. 

Now, they are coming out with a Terminator 5, and I really have mixed feelings about this. Sarah Connor will be played by someone different, but Arnold will be back. I'm not a huge fan of switching out actresses. I think it would have been a lot more interesting to keep the original cast. 

Terminator: Genesis is scheduled to release July 1, 2015, which is still a ways off. There isn't a lot of information about it, yet, but it should be interesting to see how they end up going with it. 

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Paranormal Urban Fantasy Spotlight: My Wolf Cowboy by Rose Wynters

http://www.rosewynters.com





Release Date: March 25, 2014

Series: Wolf Town Guardians, Book 3

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, Werewolf Romance, BBW Romance, Science Fiction Urban Fantasy


Blurb:

Wolf Town Guardians – Born to walk this world as both wolf and human, these men take their role as protectors very seriously. Enjoying sensual pleasures as they please, this group of alpha werewolves are the finest when it comes to protecting their hidden settlement.
Guardians are the masters of self-control, taking pride in their authority and hard, muscled bodies. That all changes at the first scent of their mates. Their control snaps. The mating heat begins.
This is their stories.



To claim his mate, Connor will have to break all of the rules…


It’s a good thing rules were made to be broken.

Connor Bouchard is a werewolf with a huge secret. He’s mated, but he’s done everything he could to avoid claiming her. The wolf that lives within him has had enough. And even if it means war, this alpha cowboy will have his mate.

Natalie Miller spent her entire life living on the Amish settlement in Missouri. Her world was safe… Until the night everything exploded in her face. She learns that nothing about her life was what it seemed… Even her. In a fiery blaze of horror, secrets are revealed… As an enemy of old comes back into play.

Forced to accept Connor’s protection, Natalie refuses to indulge in the attraction that lies between them. She didn’t count on the heat, though. It burns within her as she craves a satisfaction that she never needed before.  Natalie finds herself wanted by two men, both of them willing to fight to the death to have her. Only one of them is destined by fate to have her, though.

Connor has to seduce her, the sooner the better.  The full moon is quickly approaching, his opponent determined to possess his mate. Can Connor tame this wild  filly before it’s too late?

Read book trivia, special excerpts, and book updates at http://www.rosewynters.com



Excerpt:


He stopped in front of a stall. A horse watched them warily, her body locked in place. She was a gleaming shade of dark chestnut with a white star on her forehead. There was something almost vulnerable about the horse, something that touched Natalie deeply. “She’s beautiful, Connor. What’s her name?”
“Her name is Star,” he replied, staring at Natalie. “And she’s yours.”
“What do you mean?” She gasped out, staring between him and the horse. “This is my surprise?”
“Indeed it is.” Connor looked at the horse with a frown. “She’s a rescued horse. Her previous owners treated her horribly. It’s a wonder that she even survived, but she did. Star is resilient, but she’s not able to trust anyone. When I heard about her, I knew she needed you.” He stopped to look down at her, his expression unreadable. “Even more, I think you need her.”
“Thank you, Connor,” Natalie said, her voice trembling. She was touched by his gift, more so than words could say. Overcome by it all, she surprised them both when she hugged him.
His arms wrapped around her quickly, holding her tight. A long moment passed, and then another. In her mind, she fit perfectly within the shelter of his arms. She wondered if Connor felt the same.
“You’ve got to be shitting me,” a male’s voice interrupted them, his tone loud and incredulous. “Connor, even in the barn? Really?” He sounded disgusted as he added, “This man ought to be neutered. It’s not safe to let him roam the streets, woods, or even barns. Once he was even caught messing with one of Alexander’s maids, and you want to know what’s worse? He was wearing red lipstick.”
Natalie jerked away from Connor. She was mortified by the other man’s words. Peeking past Connor’s large frame, she saw a large Native American male standing about twenty feet back. He was with a pretty blonde female who looked extremely exasperated. He had to be another guardian, his size and demeanor left no doubts in her mind to his identity.
Connor rolled his eyes and smirked before turning around to greet him. “Oh, hell,” he drawled out in a mocking tone of voice. “So Marrok is back and looking just as grouchy as he always did. What’s the matter, old boy? Did you piss your mate off on the honeymoon and get your sorry ass thrown out in the doghouse?”


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Thursday, February 6, 2014

My Interview With Scifi Author Daniel Seltzer: A Must-See And A Peek At His Book, Leviticus #Giveaway


Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/29/14 – 2/26/14
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Nanotechnology



Blurb:





Science has created a world where anything is possible and everything is affordable.

A world where illness and disease have been eradicated.

What if you could be young forever?

What if you didn't want to?

Levi Clayton Furstman's decision not to be inoculated with technology designed to bestow youth and immortality leads him on a journey that forces him to reexamine his relationships, his purpose in life, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

Excerpt:
The technology for TIN has been around for decades actually,” said the young man assisting Clay. The lanyard hanging around the youth’s neck displayed the words Rudy and Genius.
It had been almost eight months since his family had purchased him an iMeme as a birthday gift and they had finally worn him down and elicited a promise to have the TIN nanochip fitted today. Rudy was explaining how the process worked and it seemed to Clay the young man knew what he was talking about. Most of the Genius Bar staff did.
It uses the same technology the physically impaired use to transmit brain signals to a computer to perform specific functions. Your iMeme sits here on your Spot, or wherever you choose to keep it, and as long as it’s within a three-foot radius, it can transmit information to, or receive information from, the TIN, which is really just a cochlear nanochip placed in your inner ear. With two-way communication and the iMeme’s built-in nanocamera, the iMeme can perform any number of important functions.”
Clay was still nervous. “So you’re going to stick something in my inner ear? Right here?” he asked, looking around. “No doctor? No specialist?”
Trust me sir, I’m an Apple trained audiologist. I’ve done thousands of these. I simply place this device in your ear and the TIN nanochip will be inserted into your cochlea. Takes just a few moments.” Rudy put a smile on his face to try to reassure Clay.
That’s the problem, Rudy. I’m not too hip on you puncturing my eardrum with that thing. I mean, don’t doctors say that only thing you should put in your ear is your elbow?”
Sir,” Rudy responded. “The PSD will barely enter your outer ear.”
PSD? What’s a PSD?” Clay asked.
Rudy was clearly working to retain his patience. “Sir, the PSD is the Placement and Syncing Device,” he said, showing Clay the object in his hand. It looked to Clay like an ear thermometer with a small cable hanging off its lower end. Rudy pointed to the small tip protruding from the top of the PSD and continued. “A nano-needle extends from here into your inner ear and to the cochlea. The needle itself is thinner than the proboscis of a mosquito. Not only will you feel absolutely nothing, the procedure is so safe that even if the TIN were misplaced, there would be no harm done to you.” He saw the look of doubt on Clay’s face and added, “The TIN won’t be misplaced. I promise.”
Rudy put the PSD to Clay’s ear, pressed a button. Clay closed his eyes, expecting the worst. He felt absolutely nothing. A hopeful thought that the PSD was broken crossed his mind. He opened his eyes and turned to Rudy.
Listen, if there’s a problem, I can always come back.”
I’m sorry Sir. What was that you said?” Rudy asked, involved in hooking up Clay’s tiny iMeme to the cable dangling off the lower end of the PSD.
I said,” Clay started and then jumped slightly when he heard a gentle whisper in his ear.
iMeme now activated: November 13, 2021. 5:43 p.m.
Clay spun around to see who had spoken to him, but quickly realized it was no one, simply his iMeme communicating to him. Clay flushed slightly with embarrassment as he noticed Rudy grinning. Clay wondered whether everyone reacted as surprised or whether Clay was the random oddball. The idea of being looked upon as some sort of fool annoyed him. “What if I want to take the chip out?” Clay asked.
A puzzled look crossed Rudy’s face. “Take it out?”

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About Daniel Seltzer:

Daniel Seltzer holds a J.D. degree and a BA in English. He also holds an MA in Bioethics and previously worked at a major university researching the ethical, legal and social implications (“ELSI”) of nanotechnology. It was while working there that the idea for this story first took shape.

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Giveaway:

Author Daniel Seltzer is giving away 20 print copies of Leviticus and a $50 Amazon gift card! Enter through Goodreads and Rafflecopter! USA residents only, please.

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The Interview With Daniel Seltzer: 



Hi, Daniel. Thanks for doing an interview with us. Have you always been a science fiction fan, or was it something that developed after you became an adult?


Thanks for having me here. I have always been a fan of science fiction. I grew up a prolific reader and one of the schools I attended (I moved quite a bit growing up) used the Houghton-Mifflin readers. I think it was in the one entitled Serendipity (I’m not sure why that sticks with me) that we read Bradbury’s The Veldt. I found that story to be powerful. When I got a little older I picked up a copy of the Illustrated Man and enjoyed it immensely. I read a lot of science fiction in middle school and high school: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, the Foundation series by Asimov, Ender’s Game (the list can go on). A lot of really good stories. My mother was also a big fan of Star Trek and I watched a lot of that when I was younger. Throw in all the great movies (2001, Terminator, Star Wars, BladeRunner) and television series (Lost in Space, Battlestar Galatica) and I’d say I was a big fan for most of my life. I continue to enjoy the genre, but am also a big fan of dystopian literature. Leviticus is, ultimately, a futuristic dystopian novel (actually the first of a trilogy).


Did you always want to write? What steps led up to you writing a book?


I’ve always enjoyed writing. When I was younger (somewhere around 5th or 6th grade) we had to write poems for school. I started writing limericks and enjoyed doing so. I continued to write poetry through high school (I was equally obsessed with music and thoroughly enjoyed studying the lyrics of many songs - some of the most powerful poetry I’ve ever read). At one point, I decided to write a poem a day for a year. I’m not sure I was completely successful at producing 365 poems - I’ve got a book somewhere filled with a lot of bad poems, but it did get me writing. I also tried my hand at a few short stories. One children’s story and another a science fiction piece. I tried the traditional route to publishing for the children’s book quite a number of years ago to no success. The sci-fi story is a good story, but not nearly to the point of thinking about publication. Still, it filled the need to write.


In college I earned an English degree and ended up in law school a few years later (oops!). After that, the thought of writing seemed a far-fetched dream. I always say that law school squeezed the creativity out of me. Legal writing does not lend itself to fiction (or at least it should not - but that’s a different topic!). For a long time after that, I didn’t even think about writing. I had a few ideas here and there, but they led to little more than a note jotted down on a post-it note and stashed away.


I have never been overly enthused about the practice of law and back in 2009 I had the opportunity to work as a post-doc researcher at the now defunct Northwestern University’s Center for Bioethics, Science and Society under the tutelage of Dr. Laurie Zoloth. (I had earned a MA in Healthcare Ethics the decade after I graduated law school.) My research dealt with the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology (a word I had not even heard of at that time). It was through my research and I began to think creatively about the implications of molecular manufacturing and the medical advances that nano-scientists claim are possible. In reading the theory of one famous scientist, an idea was formed for the ending of a book (I’m not prepared to disclose the scientist or the theory as this trilogy is, ultimately, a direct response and I don’t want to give too much away). Ever since, this “ending” has been gnawing away in the back of my brain. When they shut the Center down in March 2011 I had some free time while I worked at rebuilding my law practice and decided to put pen to paper. Originally I had planned on writing a single book in three sections. My brother suggested a trilogy (“Why don’t you write a trilogy, Dan? Everyone’s doing it?”). It seemed like a good idea, a chance to expand on some of the characters and explore my vision of future a little more.

From reading the bio and excerpt, it looks like your main character, Levi, has quite a journey! How did you manage to stay inspired to create such an epic science fiction novel?
He does. And that is why I spend so much time in the early part of the story developing his character and the world he lives in. The story takes a little time to get rolling, but without the deep understanding of Clay (that’s what Levi goes by), who he is and where he comes from, I think the reader will have difficulty fully understanding the dilemma he faces.


I think the story is a good story. I’ve always felt it was a good story. The key was to be able to tell it well (which I hope I have done). The folks who have read it and commented to me have sought (and in one case demanded) that I drop everything and finish the trilogy - so they can find out how it ends. I’m equally as excited to finish the book - to get the whole story out there because I really believe it’s worth telling and I’m excited to share it. So, in a sense, it does not take much effort to stay inspired - the story is there, begging to be set free.


Do you think you would have made the same decision as Levi, the decision to not be inoculated?


That’s a great question. Unfortunately (for me), Clay spends a little more time considering matters before he acts. He’s a little more suspicious than I am and a little less comfortable with technology. I think that his actions ultimately represent what I would like my actions to be. I’m a little less cautious, however, and would probably have made the decision to be inoculated, and then, a week or two (or ten or twenty) later, I would have hit myself in the head for acting too rashly.


Do you think that one day soon, we might have a similar technology?


The technology in this book is not from my imagination. I basically tried to take the technologies that currently exist, and the technologies that scientists are currently working on, or believe are achievable in the next several decades, and created the world which exists in Leviticus. As the story advances (especially in Book 3) I will take a much further-reaching look forward at the technology, but still, it is technology that today’s scientists believe will come to fruition. Having spent over two years reading about nanotechnology and the science these folks are working on (and the advances they have made to date), I have to believe that much of the technology in my story will come to pass in the next 50 years. I tell my kids (teenagers) all the time that by the time they’re my age, cancer will either be curable, or treatments will be available such that it will simply be a chronic condition that will not prevent someone from enjoying a relatively normal life.


What are some of your favorite science fiction movies and television shows?


My all-time favorite movie (of any genre) is Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. I love the Phillip Dick stuff (BladeRunner, Total Recall, etc) and can watch Lord of the Rings again and again. Movies are a great escape for a couple hours, and, better yet, they oftentimes result in me (at least wanting to) read the books (I try to spend my time writing - although I should be reading, too). I don’t watch a lot of television. With two teenagers, it always seems that something else is going on. When I do sit down and watch t.v., it’s generally a Blackhawks game (I love hockey). Otherwise, I did manage to find myself home alone the other weekend and watched a lot of Twilight Zone. Serling was a genius, and I love to see all the famous actors who did those (William Shatner, Jack Klugman, Art Carney).


What about science fiction books?

I talked about books a little while ago. In addition to those, I do tend towards the dystopian, which are usually futuristic and sometimes apocalyptic. My all-time favorite book is Cormick McCarthy’s The Road. I’m currently reading (or at least trying to) the Passage trilogy by Justin Cronin. I read The Passage (twice, really) but have yet to start The Twelve. I know once I pick it up - I won’t be able to put it down and work on my next book will suffer.


Do you ever attend any science fiction conventions? If so, what is your favorite?


I did attend a scientific conference on trans-humanism. I’d have to say that it definitely contained elements of science fiction, but, no, I have not. I’d like to at some point, but not sure which. I’d love some recommendations if you’ve got any.


Are you working on another book now? If so, can you tell us some about it?

I’m working on Book 2 of this series. I suppose I should have pointed out earlier that the trilogy is called When We Were Gods. Book 2 continues the story of Leviticus: Clay’s struggle to make the right decisions and how his relationships develop in the world that has risen up around him. We also learn a little more about Eva and her connection to the events taking place. Of course, the main antagonist, Col. Leeds, continues to appear and we are introduced to several other characters who will play continuing roles in the rest of the trilogy.


If you could live on any known planet, which one would it be and why?


I’m going to skip the planets and pick Europa. I love watching our moon (I actually love watching all the celestial bodies - I’m an amateur astronomer and have spent many nights stargazing), especially a new moon, when you can see the dark side in shadow and really get a feel for the three-dimensionality of it. Can you imagine the view of Jupiter and Saturn from Europa? Two large planets in full technicolor (and seeing the rings on Saturn from so close!) would be truly amazing.



MechaCon 2014 - New Orleans, LA Aug 1, 2014 - Aug 3, 2014

MechaCon is an Anime Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana. This year, it will be held 8/1/14 - 8/3/14. 

I actually had a difficult time locating information about the event, hotels, and where it will actually be located. It looks like they have panels, video games, and gaming. Beyond that, I would email them directly. 

To see all the details and pre-register, please visit their website by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Vexing Voss Virtual Book Tour: Giveaway, Interview, and Special Excerpt




Virtual Book Tour Dates: 1/28/14 - 2/4/14

Genres: Erotic Science Fiction Romance with a sense of humor. 









Blurb:

For Voss, a Coletti warlord, conquering the universe is a piece of cake. After all, he's a master of psychic seduction; no one can resist him when he sets his mind to it. Zoey Jones is determined to find her mother's killer. Surrendering to a fierce Coletti Warlord is the last thing on her mind. But Voss is determined to make her his mate, forcing her to unleash her own brand whoop-ass to discourage his pursuit. When her clever disguises, skunk perfume, stun gun, smoke bombs, and tranquillizer darts failed to stop him, she's forced to negotiate her surrender. Zoey would willingly agreed to mate with him, if he would help her find her mother's killer. To Zoey's surprise, Voss agrees. Together they soon discovered that Malik, the deadliest villain in the galaxy, was behind her mother's death. Their quest to bring him to justice leads to unlikely alliances in an interplanetary war, and more surprisingly to love.

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About Gail Koger:

I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for thirty-one years and to keep insanity at bay, I took up writing. Not to worry. The insanity isn’t catching – much. Other than the addiction to chocolate and the twitch in my left eye, I’m good. My current project is Reality Bites, the next in the Coletti Warlord series.

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Giveaway:

The author is hosting a print book giveaway at Goodreads! Runs 1/28/14 – 2/4/14.





   

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            Giveaway ends February 04, 2014.          
         
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As you can see, Vexing Voss is an erotic science fiction romance *Blushing, and running a finger under my collar.* I've read many science fiction books, but I have to say, this was the first one I've seen in this category, and I just had to have an interview with the author. So please continue reading and see what this intriguing author had to share with us.

The Interview:

Hello Gail, thank you for letting us interview you. In your own words, could you please tell us about your book Vexing Voss?

Voss, a fierce Coletti warlord and master of psychic seduction, is determined to make Zoey his mate. She's equally determined it's never going to happen. When her clever disguises, skunk perfume, stun gun, smoke bombs, and tranquillizer darts failed to stop him, she was forced to negotiate her surrender. Zoey would willingly agreed to mate with him, if he would help her find her Mother's killer. To Zoey's surprise, Voss agreed. Together they soon discovered that Malik, the deadliest villain in the galaxy, was behind her death. Their quest to bring him to justice leads to unlikely alliances in an interplanetary war.
I know for many, writing science fiction is very difficult, maybe even harder than writing other genres. How do you come up with your plots?
I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea of what a real emergency is. Take this for an example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am, but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing.

My plots come to me in my dreams.  Really. Would I lie to you?

Have you always enjoyed science fiction?

My mother loved to read science fiction stories, and she passed on that joy to her children.  Plus, she dragged us to every science fiction movie that played in our small town. To me, traveling to other worlds, and meeting exotic creatures is a break from dealing with real life.

Do you ever attend any science fiction conventions?

No, I haven't, but I'd love to attend the Starfleet conference or Gatecon. Stargate was one of my favorite television shows. Now, Almost Human is my favorite.

What is your favorite science fiction book? Movies?

I love reading Jayne Castle, and Diane Rowland books. Both authors set their stories on other worlds, have a kick-butt heroine, and a nice romance.
Movies? I loved all the Star Wars movies, and I really liked the new version of Star Trek with Chris Pine. Zachary Quinto makes a wonderfully funny Spock.

How long did it take you to write Vexing Voss? Did you run into any stumbling blocks along the way?

It took me about eight months to write Vexing Voss. My father was diagnosed with lung cancer, and that knocked me on my butt.

Can you tell us about the book your currently working on?

Reality Bites is the next in the Coletti Warlord series. Bree's one tough cookie. Can she defeat Jaylan, the Overlord's best hunter, or will she succumb to his mental seduction?

What are your personal views on the possibility of life on other planets?

C'mon, of course there is life on other worlds. Arizona has had its share of other worldly visitors. In 2011, and 2013 we had numerous sighting of the blue UFO lights over Phoenix.

Do you participate in any yearly events? For example, any writing conventions, where readers could meet your personally and get their books signed?

In the past I have done book signing, but with my parents passing within a month of each other, I haven't done any recently.

In the blurb, you have quite an arsenal of weapons listed. Can you tell us about the skunk perfume?

I was around ten years old when my dog had a tussle with a skunk. Lordy, did he stink.  I thought the vomit inducing stench would keep a predatory warlord away.



Vexing Voss Excerpt:

The Battle Commander turned and every cell in my body went on red alert. In that instant I knew he would take me dead skunk smell or not.

Meeting his merciless gaze, I smiled and struck his mind with every ounce of power I had.

Voss’s head snapped back and shock flared for a brief moment in his eyes. An unholy smile formed on his cruel mouth as he inclined his head in recognition. “Nicely done, little warrior. You are everything I hoped for and more.”

Oh hell. Drawing heavily on my psychic power, I punched him again and again and again.
Voss easily blocked my blows as he stalked towards me like some great hungry cat.

Shit! I was about to become lunch. Yanking my Taser out of its holster, I shot him dead center in the chest.

The Battle Commander growled and pulled the electrodes out.

Before I could retreat, he snatched the Taser away from me and crushed it into itty-bitty pieces.

Note to self: Tasers only piss warlords off. Cold fear prickling my body, I pulled my knife and hurled it at him.

Voss caught it in mid-air and threw it across the gym. The knife impaled the far wall and quivered violently.

“Neat trick.”  Swallowing hard, I backed away from him, wondering if I could outrun him. Nah, he’d just teleport and catch me.

Voss bared his fangs in a predatory smile. “Now it’s my turn.”

I jumped a good foot when phantom hands began caressing my breasts and a ghostly mouth trailed erotic kisses down my stomach. “Hey! Knock it off! What kind of fight is this?”

“Sensual. You have been with a man before. Draw on that experience to seduce me.”

How in the hell did he know about Paul? I smothered a groan. Alejandro. “I’m not going to seduce you. I'm gonna kick your ass.”

Voss smirked. “I think not.”
“Think again,” I snarled and smacked wildly at my chest, trying to knock those ghostly hands off my breasts.

He feathered caresses across my nipples. “Can you resist my touch, my possession?”

I shuddered at the sensation. Good question. I might have his full, undivided attention but at least he was keeping his distance.

“You will soon beg for me to take you.”

“That will never happen.”

The Battle Commander arrogantly answered, “Are you so very sure?”

“Never gonna happen,” I stated defiantly.

Voss's tongue stroked my clitoris, and his oh-so amused eyes watched as my hips bucked helplessly. “Are you a screamer?”

I fought back the raw need and hissed, “Your touch disgusts me.” 

“No, it does not.”

My knees buckled as his hot mouth closed over my clit. He licked, suckled and nibbled my swollen bud of flesh, enflaming every nerve ending. I heard my shallow, ragged, desperate pants as he drove his tongue deep inside me. “Stop!”

“You are mine, little warrior.” Voss tweaked my nipples sending an explosion of pleasure racing over me.

I knew Coletti warlords were experts at mental sex but sweet Jesus! He made me want and need to feel a man’s touch again. Paul had been the only man in my life. How could I betray him? I focused on his handsome face and fought the Battle Commander’s seduction.

Voss replaced his merciless tongue with two long fingers. He pumped into me hard and deep.

My eyes rolled back in my head as the flames grew and blossomed, sweeping me into a maelstrom of need.

His mind pushed into mine. “You belong to me.”

I whimpered as the Battle Commander’s powerful arms lifted me. He filled my senses, stole all reason.
Voss’s lips closed over mine, and his tongue invaded, tasted, possessed. He began thrusting into my mouth, the rhythm matching the movement deep inside me.

His every touch, twisted the coil of arousal tighter and tighter.

My inner muscles clamped around his marauding fingers. No! I had. To.

Oh God. Oh my God.

Stop him.

“Come for me, little one.” He wielded an expertise that had me writhing under his mental seduction.

Paul’s familiar face vanished from my memory and was replaced by Voss’s hard features.

He rolled my clit with his thumb, and wave after wave of ecstasy pulsed through me. A scream tore from me as I climaxed.

“So very responsive,” Voss purred in satisfaction.

No. No. No. He wasn't just in my head any longer. I could feel his hands stroking my body. I had to stop him before it went any further. With what little sanity I had left, I drew my tranquilizer gun and shot him in the chest. “I win.”

“Have you?” Voss pulled the dart out and smelled it.  “Diatryman root.”

“Detja used it on the Overlord, so I figured it would work on you too.”

Voss threw his head back and laughed. “A well planned strategy but once again a futile one.”

I squirmed against this crushing grip. That wasn’t quite the response I was expecting. Why wasn’t he falling over? He should be unconscious by now.

The Battle Commander speared one large hand into my hair, forcing my head back and exposing my neck. His tongue rasped over my pulse point.

Sheer blind panic flared to life. If he took my blood, he could find me anywhere, any time he wished. “No! Let go of me.”

“Never.” Voss buried his fangs painfully deep.

Every suck sent fire racing to my pussy. I beat frantically at his mind. “Stop! Damn you. Stop!” My willpower was rapidly fading.
His grip loosened.  A second later, the Battle Commander slumped to the floor.

My breath coming in sobbing gasps, I wiggled out from under the warlord’s massive body and gave him a hard kick. “I am not nor will I ever be yours.”