Spring Blogfest: Angelique Voisen

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What are the first few things that come to mind when you mention spring?

Fresh blooms. Storing away those heavy winter coats and scarves. Not thinking a scalding shower is the best part of the day. Spring may not be my favorite season, but it sure has its perks. Spring’s also the only time of the year that makes you say, “It’s too early in the year to moan about recent failures. Time to brush that dirt on your knees and get back up on your feet.”

Last spring, being told I could possibly never eat sweets again after being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes really wrecked me. Sugar and I have a love-and-hate relationship. Ask me my what favorite time of the day is, and I’ll reply teatime. I would proudly declare to anyone that tea and cake could substitute any well-balanced meal. Guzzling cans of Red Bull because coffee no longer provided the same effect, didn’t help, but I kept at it because it was sometimes the only way to stay awake during my day job and night classes.

Not content with a life limited to sweeteners and sugar-free treats, I became determined to eat real sugar again.

I faltered, moped, failed, and tried again. Fast forward to this spring. After following a diet accompanied by a regular exercise involving a mix of cardio and strength-building, my blood sugar levels have stabilized. I’m still a borderline diabetic, but I no longer pant while climbing up a flight of stairs, am able to easily lift a 20 kg luggage, and more importantly?

8963_SaltCaramelPretzel_660x756_NEWI recently had a tearful reunion with an old lover. My favorite salted-caramel completely non-sugar free brownie. Going fast and rough isn’t an option. I still need to trend slow and careful with this new relationship, otherwise my blood sugar will shoot up and I’ll have to repeat everything all over again, but hey, it’s an improvement.

Merchandise-EvernightPublishing-JayAheer2015-finalCoverUnlikely mates Brale and Dyos are space bounty hunters who exist outside the intergalactic planetary laws. Their two races might hold a centuries-old grudge against each other, but war is far from their agenda. They simply go where the space credits goes. When a wealthy client hires them to acquire a rare merchandise from a cargo ship, Brale and Dyos leap at the opportunity for easy cash.

The hunters get more than they’ve bargain for when they discover the merchandise is a rare human female breeder. For Brale and Dyos, J is the perfect woman, but when certain politics come into play, J comes with a hefty price tag the two outlaws might not be able to pay.

About the Author: Angelique Voisen writes LGBTQ erotic romances and likes experimenting with different sub-genres. Her stories are often set in exotic settings and may include blades, fangs, kinky magic systems and happily-ever-afters.

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Spring Blogfest: Juliet Waldron

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What’s up with the Rabbit and those Eggs?

I’ve always wanted to come to the bottom of this particularly odd imagery which goes hand in hand with Easter. When I was little, back in the early fifties, I received an Easter basket, usually complete with a fluffy toy bunny. We had festive posters on the school room walls of cheerful looking rabbits with candy baskets. Bunnies=Easter—that was simply how it was. Nothing to do with the awe-full Christian story of agony and resurrection, a mysterious tandem.

As I grew older, I was fascinated by mythology and with history. Following both back to the long ago age where they merge, I came upon a Saxon goddess named Eostre whose arrival brought spring to the British. Like others of her regenerative earth goddess kind, flowers sprang up where she walked. Eggs are laid in spring, and so perhaps, I thought, the basket is actually a nest, containing eggs, and the eggs and new born rabbits and all the other creatures who begin their life cycles at this time have simply become conflated in a mash-up of imagery.

This worked to satisfy me for a very long time, until this year, in fact, when I think, with input from British scholars, (Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm) I think I’ve finally come to the bottom of the rabbit and eggs conundrum. Long ago, in England, before the Romans introduced rabbits to the island, there were related creatures called “hares,” decidedly not the same animal as “silly rabbits.” For one thing, they are larger, relatives of the white Arctic Hare. They thrived in the extensive, grazing-created grasslands, sharing them with Neolithic people. Hares do not sleep in burrows, but in “forms,” which their neatly tucked up bodies make in the long grass.

julia walden 6406_Lapwing eggs in nestxxA British bird, the lapwing, shares this habitat. She lays her speckled eggs on the ground, like the American whippoorwill. She even does a similar “my wing is broken” routine to lead predators away from her eggs/chicks. Sometimes the lapwing made use of a hare’s abandoned “form” for her eggs—and presto!

Ancient people saw the forms, sometimes containing the pretty speckled eggs of the lapwing, and a magical image was born. To put a cap on it, at least from a long-ago Britain’s point of view, both these animals were sacred to the earth goddess, Eostre, the sweet goddess who brings fertility, green grass and flowers in her train, so welcome after winter’s frozen time.

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Loyalty Binds her! From childhood, maid-servant Rose bears witness to the passions, betrayals, battles and the reversals of fortune which shape Lady Anne Neville’s life—and, for better or for worse–her own.

About the Author: Juliet Waldron has lived in many US states, in the UK and the West Indies. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after her sons left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine history/time travel experience for her readers. She’s a grandmother, a cat person, and a dedicated student of history, Herstory, and archeology.

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Spring Blogfest: Sandi Hampton

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As the great native American, Sitting Bull, once said “Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” Spring, a time of rebirth, of renewal, of starting over. The plants shoot forth new seeds and flowers as the earth comes to life. Animals who spent the winter in hibernation come out of their dens, and those who traveled to warmer regions return and give birth to their young.

In my western historical novel, The Lawman’s Betrayal, Naomi Brecker starts her journey of rebirth. Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, the murder of her husband and his mistress, she’s now been pardoned and after three long years, she’s a free woman, intent on starting a new life—after proving her innocence.

But with the pardon comes danger. U.S. Marshal Wes Cooper has been assigned to follow Naomi and recover property her husband stole. Her release stirs up a hornet’s nest of people intent on hiding secrets—by silencing her. Only Wes stands in their way—but will he betray her too?

SANDI coverRecently widowed, Naomi Brecker has had enough betrayals to last a lifetime. First her deceitful husband, then a nine man jury, and now a U.S. Marshal who will go to any lengths to get information from her, including seduction. She dreams of revenge but first must prove her innocence. U.S. Marshal Wes Cooper’s job is to follow Naomi, hoping she’ll lead him to her late husband’s stash of stolen money and weapons. The headstrong, stubborn widow insists she is innocent of killing her husband and his mistress despite evidence to the contrary. Could this beautiful and delicate woman, who makes his job more difficult every day, really not have known her husband was a notorious outlaw? Or is she a better liar than he realized?

About the Author: Sandi has been writing longer than she cares to remember. But her efforts finally paid off when her first historical western romance was published in 2008 by The Wild Rose Press. Eight more releases have followed since then. Her short stories have appeared in New Love Stories Magazine, and several of her poems have been published in small press magazines and anthologies. Despite the fact that Sandi is a Florida native, and has never lived outside of Florida, she loves everything “western” and her passion for the “Old West” shows in her historical novels. She resides in Tampa with her husband Howard of 35 years. She has four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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Spring Blogfest: Cerian Hebert

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So, apparently spring as arrived. Well, that’s what the calendar says, but I don’t believe it. I think we’ve somehow either skipped spring, summer and fall, and have gone right back to winter. Fifteen degrees does not spring make.

Oh, I know that the temps will rise and we’ll finally get rid of all that snow, but for now I’ll put on five layers of sweaters, my wool socks just to take the dog out and get the mail.

Open bookIt’s been a very long winter for sure, but I have to say it’s been pretty productive. I’ve been at home now for nearly four months and I’ve accomplished a lot, including finishing and submitting two manuscripts, preparing to be a part of a boxed set of small town romances with five very impressive authors, and working hard on several more manuscripts that I hope will be completed within the next month or so.
There are definite advantages of the cold winter weather. Though I had been prepared to do outdoor activities, like cross country skiing, the cold temps have kept me inside at my keyboard, revising, adding, refining and beginning new projects. And looking forward to the day that spring actually arrives.

Spring is about beginnings, whether it be a new job, like the one I’m hoping to find soon, or a new and completed manuscript that will go out into the world to find a publisher, unless I decide to self-publish it. Spring brings a lot of exciting possibilities.

So yeah, winter saw a lot of hard work, lot of hours put into writing, but spring is when all that hard work will really show, just like all that snow of winter will melt away and give the flowers and buds on the trees a chance to finally pop. Can’t have one without the other, can we?

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CERIAN newfhcov2Alex is determined to make a comeback to the town and horse industry that tossed him out when he was a teen. Torie wants nothing more than to get out from underneath her mother’s controlling thumb. Unfortunately they both have their sights set on the same horse farm to accomplish their goals.

Despite their rocky past, Torie Barron and Alex Carmichael’s identical goals drive them in a headlong collision over the horse farm they both covet until a family tragedy puts an end to Torie’s dreams. As her life is swept down an unexpected and rocky path, she turns to the man who has been so infuriating yet intriguing. The man who stomped her heart into the ground when they were teens. Will Alex be her savior, or the one who stands in the way of all she’s ever wanted?

About the Author: Cerian Hebert, a multi-published author of small town romances like Sweet and Wild, Finally Home, and No Going Back, knew she wanted to write since she was twelve. From mucking stalls for top riding stables in New York to booking cruises in Maine, she’s kept on filing notebooks in pursuit of her dreams of being an author. Whether the stories are set in New England, South Dakota or Texas, Cerian keeps the romances in small towns with realistic characters all in search of romance. Currently she lives in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband, children, dog, cat, and three geckos.

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Spring Blogfest: Misty Simon

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Come on, Spring! By Misty Simon

Here in Central Pennsylvania, we keep getting just a taste of Spring before it gets yanked away by the snow. I love the fluffy, white stuff, don’t get me wrong. Who can resist snow angels? Impromptu snow ball fights? Dogs who come in with white beards from playing alongside you? But I would love real Spring to please stand up!

This time of new growth and budding things always makes me think of stories, of love and of the promise of new beginnings. I adore stories about reunion romances and second chances for two people who maybe just didn’t get it right the first time. But those about first chances and new love? Well, those I gobble up like the fluffy marshmallow birds that are so popular this time of year.

Who doesn’t love to go on the joy ride, or even the roller coaster of two people finding each other, struggling through their issues and their barriers to break down walls and let someone else, someone who doesn’t necessarily complete them, but complements them, in? I love that hope, that growth, that joy in turning the last page, signing out a sigh of YES! and wishing the happy couple all the luck in the world to build off their mutual foundation.

It’s what I do, it’s why I do this crazy thing called writing romance. And it’s why at this time of year, when the birds are singing and the flowers are emerging from the ground and opening their beautiful blooms, I wish you love happiness and a giggle or two!

MISTY SomethingOldSomethingDead_w9326_medIvy Morris never thought she’d be walking her new stepmother down the aisle to her father. Not a flawless event, because, really, when is anything in Ivy’s life flawless? At least she avoids tripping. It’s the reception that has the flaw. The wedding singer nearly chokes to death on a glass of water, and then Ivy’s sister finds something unexpected in the parking lot.

And that’s not all. Something odd is going on in the sleepy little town of Martha’s Point — for some reason, no female under the age of fifty can keep her hands off Ivy’s boyfriend. Ivy’s little shop enjoys a tremendous increase in business as those women keep running in to buy more new sexy lingerie, but her heart is anything but happy.

What will it take to solve these mysteries? Is Ivy up to it? Well, she’s about to find out.

About the Author:Misty Simon loves a good story and decided one day that she would try her hand at it. Eventually she got it right. There’s nothing better in the world than making someone laugh, and she hopes everyone at least snickers in the right places when reading her books. She lives with her husband, daughter and three insane dogs in Central Pennsylvania where she is hard at work on her next novel or three. She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at misty@mistysimon.com

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Spring Blogfest: Shawna Reppert

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The pagan festival of Beltane marks the mid-point of spring. It symbolizes the conjoining of the sun god with the earth goddess, a union which will bring forth the fruits of the field and orchard to feed the people. It is, therefore, a joyous festival with much celebration. An ancient tradition, it lives on today in many places and in various forms.

First, a long, straight young tree is cut for the Maypole. To be absolutely traditional, the celebrants would carry it out of the woods without letting it touch the ground until it set upright in the hole that has been prepared for it, a hole that has been wet with water taken from the very source of a stream. (Although both of these requirements are often eschewed out of practicality in modern celebrations.) Before the pole can be set upright, colorful ribbons are attached to the top. The colors used are less important than the number; in order for the Maypole dance to properly wrap the pole, there should be an even number of ribbons.

Then comes the fun part, the dance itself. Participants each take a ribbon by the very end, and face alternately in opposite directions. The easiest way to accomplish this is to count off one, two, one, two, and then have the ones go clockwise (deosil or deiseal) and the twos go counter-clockwise (widdershins). Then the two groups start moving, ducking their ribbons over-under-over, which is most easily accomplished in sort of an in-and-out dance, out to go over and in to go under, interlacing the ribbons. Often there is drumming or other music to help the dance along. When the ribbons are wound to their very ends, they are tied off, and the feasting can begin.
At night, there are fires to honor the flames of the sun, and talking and singing and dancing. Much is made of what does or does not happen on Beltane in the shadows of the woods just beyond the light of the fires. In reality, this would vary depending on time and place and community standards, and I maintain that, as long as the activities are consensual, it is really no one’s business but that of the individuals involved.

In Raven’s Wing, the second book of my urban fantasy Ravensblood series, I chose Beltane as the night for a reunion between two lovers, for both symbolic and plot reasons. The energies at work that night come into play in a way they do not anticipate.

Shawna Raven's Wing Cover Press Kit 500px ©Laura G. YoungRaven struggled to escape the world of dark magic he’d committed to as a bitter young man. Now he must come to terms with both his past and his ancestry. What will be his place in the Three Communities? When he finds himself on the run, trying to find the stolen Ravensblood, the task grows much harder. He must protect the people he has come to care about from the danger of this powerful artifact in the wrong hands, and at the same time prove he is not the thief!

This is the sequel to Ravensblood, and urban fantasy set in an alternate-universe version of the Pacific Northwest. Ravensblood won a Gold Medal in the 2014 Global E Books Awards.

The author’s debut novel, The Stolen Luck, won a Silver Medal in the 2013 Global E Books Awards and a 2014 Eppie.

About the Author:Shawna Reppert is an award-winning author of fantasy and steampunk who keeps her readers up all night and makes them miss work deadlines. Her fiction asks questions for which there are no easy answers while taking readers on a fine adventure that grips them heart and soul. “Definitely give this author a chance,” says one reader, “her storytelling will draw you in. Her style is just a hint of Andre Norton, a dash of J. K. Rowling, and the tiniest pinch of Anne Rice. The rest is her own unique stamp.” You can find her work on Amazon and follow her blog on her website (www.Shawna-Reppert.com). Friend her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for an amazing array of geekery, including history tidbits, Whovian memes, Trek humor, writing tips, and pics of David Tennant in a kilt. Shawna can also sometimes be found in medieval garb on a caparisoned horse, throwing javelins into innocent hay bales that never did anything to her.

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Spring Blogfest: Beth Trissel

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Heavy wet snow fell last night and the trees are laden, my crocus buried. But several afternoons ago after the rain showers ended, the day turned mild and I pulled some overwintering weeds from one of my flower borders. A whole wheelbarrow full. While bent contentedly to my labors, I heard the sweet trill of a meadowlark, my favorite songbird. Silent today. When the sun shines and the weather softens, I will hear it sing again. This crazy weather is typical of early spring in the Shenandoah Valley. A cold snap follows on the heels of a wonderfully balmy day or two. This year has been on the colder side and wet, which is just as well with our tendency toward summer droughts. We’ll take the moisture while we can.

Ducks and geese love all the puddles that come with the rain, and our farm pond is finally full again after dwindling to a sad state in the past. Happy quacks resound against the fussy geese fighting over nesting sites. These battles, and the meadowlark singing, are among the first signs of spring. And the pussy willow blooming. I picked a lovely bouquet of pussy willows yesterday. The fuzzy catkins brighten the kitchen in an old mason jar.

Back to the meadowlark, my goal is to ever actually see one of these elusive birds again. Theoretically, this shouldn’t be such a challenge, with our meadows and all. Once or twice, I’ve glimpsed a yellow flash and spotted the bird perched on a fence post before it flew. Mostly, they hide in the grass and skim away to another spot before I get a good look, calling all the while from various positions in the meadow.

Image of spring in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia by my mom, Pat Churchman

Image of spring in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia by my mom, Pat Churchman

Last spring, my daughter Elise and I were determined to track down the evasive songster and take its picture, like photographing fairies. We tenaciously followed its calls, even climbed over the fence into the neighbor’s pasture and picked our way along the little creek that flows from our pond, but never caught up with that bird, or birds. There may have been more than one taunting us. Unless I catch another rare glimpse, I must content myself with their beautiful trills. Birds like this need tall grasses and untidy hedge rows for nesting. Bear that in mind in your own yard and garden. Keeping everything trim and cultivated robs our feathered friends of habitat. It’s also a good excuse for a less than perfectly kept landscape. A little wilderness here and there is a good thing.

BETH redbirdssong_w4782_680“Can a Scots-Irish woman terrified of warriors fall in love with her Shawnee captor?

Taken captive by a Shawnee war party wasn’t how Charity Edmondson hoped to escape an unwanted marriage. Nor did Shawnee warrior Wicomechee expect to find the treasure promised by his grandfather’s vision in the unpredictable red-headed girl.

George III’s English Red-Coats, unprincipled colonial militia, prejudice and jealousy are not the only enemies Charity and Wicomechee will face before they can hope for a peaceful life. The greatest obstacle to happiness is in their own hearts.

As they struggle through bleak mountains and cold weather, facing wild nature and wilder men, Wicomechee and Charity must learn to trust each other.

About the Author:Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles, and nonfiction about gardening, herbal lore, and country life.

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Spring Blogfest: Jewel Quinlan

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When I think of spring I think of flowers, the hills being green and perfect beach weather. For my day job I drive a lot and I often pass a beach in Ventura County CA where the kites of kite boarders can be seen. The colorful swaths of cloth catch my eye every time as they circle furiously in the wind. And make me wonder about the guys down there harnessing it so they can get a rush cutting through the waters of the Pacific on a board.

I love writing about people with unusual hobbies and interests. And the intrigue I felt every time I passed by led me to create a hero for one of my books that was a pro kite boarder. Pro kite boarders travel all over the world for competitions, to some of the most exotic and beautiful beaches you have ever seen. How could I not write about one? Sure it mean that I then have to spend hours researching this kind of stuff. I’m definitely not one of those write-what-you-know authors. I want to explore the unbeaten path and bring it to you in my stories. But in this day and age of the Internet we authors have it so much easier. You can write about virtually anything with the help of YouTube, Google Maps and Wikipedia. Yes, my name is Jewel Quinlan, and I use Wikipedia. LOL.

I wove my kite boarder hero into a short story I wrote for Evernight Publishing and I also made him Australian. What could be sexier than that? Here is the blurb so you can get a feel for the story:

JEWEL extremeheat1mWhen photographer Chloe Gaige gets assigned to cover the Pro Kiteboarding finals in Morocco she never expects to run into her childhood crush. Back then, their age difference is what caused her to pull away. Would he resent her for how she treated him back then?

Fully grown, pro kite boarder Kai Shephard is a tough competitor used to going after what he wants…and getting it. When he catches sight of Chloe in the crowd with her camera, nothing can stop him from trying to be with her again. Except Chloe, that is. Would she see him for the man he is now?

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About the Author: JEWEL Facebook EH PhotoRestless by nature, Jewel Quinlan is an avid traveler and has visited 16 countries so far. Lover of ice cream, beer and red wine she tries to stay fit when she’s not typing madly on her computer concocting another tale. In her spare time she likes to do yoga, hike, learn German and play with her spoiled Chihuahua; Penny. It is Penny’s mission in life to keep Jewel from the keyboard. But, with the help of dog-chew-making-companies, Jewel has been able to distract her canine companion and continues to get thousands of words on the page for your enjoyment.

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Spring Blogfest: Lynda Coker

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March is the month when my desire for Spring begins to take on elements of reality. Setting my clocks forward and getting my patio area ready for Spring planting are activities that revive my energy and, somehow, my imagination. It’s the only time of the year that I write in longhand while sitting outside during the morning and evening hours. I find the switch from a computer/office environment to sunshine and gentle breezes brings on a frenzy of new ideas. Not only do I get to enjoy nature’s beauty, but the word count on my current writing project flourishes alongside the newly budding plants.

IMG_0024My patio area is covered with a deep purple Wisteria that blooms in early summer, and there are two beds of Knock-Out roses on either side. I have several beds of Zinnias, one of my favorite summer flowers because they can thrive in our Texas heat. Windows and a fireplace completes the illusion of an outdoor room, making me feel comfortably at-home in my environment.

Two years ago, my latest book release, STORMEE WATERS, was started in longhand on my patio. This Spring, I plan to complete the first draft of a new series I’ve been mulling over all winter while enjoying that same space.

So, now it’s your turn. When writing or reading, how does your environment matter? Tell me what you like, or don’t like. Do you write or read in different genres during different seasons? Does the great outdoors free your creative senses, or do you find it distracts and lessens your productivity or reading enjoyment?

StormeeWaters_w8636_750Dirk Savage never fails to acquire what he wants until he encounters Stormee Waters and a backwash of trouble…

Stormee Waters knows about hard times. Needing to care for her aging grandmother and teenage brother, she moves to Houston, Texas and takes a writing job for a popular magazine. Her first assignment is to interview a successful business man for a series of articles entitled, Make My Man Texas-Sized. Her target, Dirk Savage, appears to have the right criteria. He’s adventurous with the air of a conqueror. Admired by his peers and coveted by beauty queens and debutantes, he’s just the type of man that Stormee needs to make her first article sizzle and sell. But can she handle the heat when she catches his attention?

Dirk Savage is used to acquiring what he wants, except in the illusive quest for the one woman who can fill his heart. The shock of discovering her in the naive young woman assigned to interview him sets his jaded emotions on high alert. Can he convince her that his pursuit is genuine?

About the Author:Lynda is an author of contemporary romance that lingers in a reader’s mind long after they’ve closed the book. She lives in Northeast Texas with her husband of fifty years. They enjoy traveling, trying new foods, spending time with family and friends, and doing community service work together. When she feels the need to take a break from writing, she enjoys creating fabric art. She offers an open invitation to view both her writing and fabric art on her blog.

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Spring Blogfest: Lola White

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We’re coming up on the Beltane season, and magic is in the air. Beltane is an ancient concept that had largely been abandoned by the mid-twentieth century, though it’s been revived in many neo-pagan religions. While it was meant to mark the beginning of summer, Beltane is a springtime festival, as well as the spring season, and most of us who have heard of the celebration hold mental images of roaring bonfires and lusty orgies to usher in the change from winter’s dearth to summer’s abundance.

Bonfires are very much a part of Beltane celebrations, though there are conflicting theories as to why. Maybe the fire’s light represented an end to the cold, dark winter. Perhaps the fire and smoke offered a blessing for the livestock and crops, or perhaps it’s more romantic—and definitely warmer—to conduct an orgy next to a roaring blaze. Maybe the ancient pagans who celebrated were a bunch of exhibitionists who simply wanted to see the revelry, and electricity was not yet a concept humans could dream of.

A festival of light and love, or an appeasement and a prayer to deities during a precarious time filled with hope yet shadowed by winter’s leftover chill? Whatever Beltane used to be, today we remember it as a celebration of fertility, growth and change, and the season is upon us—just in time for my first release with Totally Bound. Though unseen, a Beltane celebration is the catalyst for my story—a story of an epic love challenged by a deep distrust, a fated connection threatened by greed and insanity.

Betrothed, the first of my Magic Matched series, begins ten years after a Beltane night shared by Silviu Lovasz and Georgeanne Davenold, the rarest of witches. Their talents prompted their families to betroth them at the moment of Georgie’s birth, and both have been groomed to do whatever it takes to achieve positions of power in a modern society constrained by archaic traditions. In a world where magic and politics are the only things that matter, marriages are still arranged for advantage rather than love, and theirs is an alliance that defies divisive coven politics.

But Beltane is a season where love can take root and bloom. Ten years ago, Silviu found Georgie outcast and lonely while the bonfires blazed in the distance. He didn’t stop to consider the consequences of his actions, and neither did she. Her first taste of passion saw Georgie banished, and left her convinced Silviu had used her to further his political goals.

Marriage is forever in the witching world. The betrothal contract between Silviu and Georgie is unbreakable, and they are Magic Matches with the ability to wield great power, if their affection grows strong enough to stabilize their talent. Silviu is convinced Georgeanne is the true love his soul has been hungering for, and he’ll have a chance to convince her when they reunite in Poland at his sister’s betrothal celebration.

Magic Matched is a four-part series about two witches who must open their hearts to each other in order to unlock their full magical potential. But with all that stands in their way—archaic traditions, murder plots, and a betrayal that threatens all they can be—Silviu and Georgeanne will need every advantage to navigate the dangerous world of witches, and the dark magic stalking them every step of the way.

lola betrothed_800In witching society, magic and politics are the only things that matter, and marriages are arranged for advantage rather than love.

But neither Ileana Lovasz nor Eliasz Levy are looking for love. Humiliated by a string of broken betrothals, Ileana only wants freedom from her manipulative grandfather. Eliasz simply wants an alliance with Ileana’s brother Silviu, a man rising through the witching ranks. That is, until the Lovasz woman arrives at his home and stirs up emotions he’d never thought to feel.

Silviu has bigger things on his mind than his sister’s marriage. Georgeanne Davenold, Silviu’s betrothed and the key to his rise in power, is back in his life after a ten year separation that left her distrustful of his intentions. Their union is a novelty, spanning the divide between Matriarchal and Patriarchal Families. Their union is also alarming, combining the influence and magic of two witches only heard of in myth and legend.

Ileana, Eliasz, Silviu and Georgie must build an alliance that will help them all get what they want but, with too many lies and too many enemies, the game they’re playing turns deadly. When the two women come under attack, neither Silviu nor Eliasz knows which is the target. They only know they will protect the women their hearts have claimed as their own, even though that means defying the traditions of witching society, risking every goal they hold dear and confronting the dangerous members of their own families.

About the Author: Lola White writes what she writes, which is erotic fiction. Sometimes horror, sometimes paranormal, sometimes romance. It’s all sexy, but never predictable because she likes to twist reality at its edges in her stories. She likes delving into the emotions of her characters, finding their strengths and weaknesses, and seeing (and showing) how they get themselves out of whatever trouble has found them—if they can.

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