Romeo and Juliet by Denyse Bridger

One of the most famous love stories of all time is Romeo and Juliet. But, have you ever wondered just where this tragic love story began? We know they were from Verona, and the historic place that is called “Juliet’s Balcony” is as famous in Italy for tourists as the story itself. This is a photo of the balcony where Juliet looked down upon her Romeo.

 

copyright by Vincenzo Chiofalo

 

So, here’s a quick look at the history of this famous/infamous tale of ill-fated love:

The history of Romeo and Juliet took place while in Verona the Scaligeri were reigning. After the period in which Alberto I della Scala governed, the regency was kept during the years 1301-1304 by the magnanimous Bartolomeo I della Scala, who tried, in vain, to appease the hate of the internal struggles between the families of Verona.

The literary origin: In 1524, the captain of Vicenza Luigi da Porto, who had been wounded during a battle, retired to write down his war memories: there was a big contrast between the failure of his writings and the success of his “Historia novellatamente ritrovata di due nobili amanti con la loro pietosa morte intervenuta già al tempo di Bartolomeo della Scala” (The history of two noble lovers and their piteous death occurred during the reign of Bartolomeo della Scala). It’s a long work printed in 1531, that contained all the fact that Shakespeare would narrate later. Da Porto explains that the plot was given him by an archer named Pellegrino da Verona. It is probable that an oral tradition about the history of the two lovers already existed at the age. The historicist of Verona, Girolamo Dalla Corte, in his “Historie”, written in 1560, tries to sustain the reality of this legend. The history of the unlucky lovers became famous all around Europe, so that the English writers Arthur Brooke, in 1562, and William Painter, in 1569, wrote a version of it. Also the Spanish Lope de Vega ventured upon the narration in 1590, and he obtained his aim.

Finally, in 1596, Shakespeare gave to the world his immortal version, that was represented at the English Theatre, playing himself the part of Mercuzio or Fray Lorenzo. A year later he printed “The excellent tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, as it has often been represented to the public (with great success) by the servants of the very Honourable lord Hudson”, while in 1599 a second corrected edition had been printed. Since Shakespeare had never been in Italy, he probably took the subject from the versions of Brooke and Painter. Moreover Brooke affirmed to have seen the drama played at the theatre before 1562.

Apart from the balcony, the modern city of Verona also allows tourists to visit the tomb of the legendary lovers. Despite the variations, the story will live forever in the hearts and imaginations of romantics everywhere.

A novella of mine, set in Ancient Pompeii, Italy, has just been re-released, and several new works will also be set in the birthplace of Romeo and Juliet. the romance of Italy is like the lovers, it will never cease to be magical!

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This is an EROTIC/VAMPIRE historical….. it’s set in Ancient Pompeii, mostly, and moves into modern time….. it contains a great deal of sexual content, and historical accuracy about the decadence of the Romans of that era. It was fascinating to write, and as you can see, the cover is a stunner….. I hope your curiosity will be piqued, and you’ll consider adding this one to your collection – the reviews are amazing… and I think you’ll find it a satisfying read!!!

3_26 WhomGodsHaveFavoured_MEDPompeii lies complacent and decadent in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, the populace thriving on their depravity and their hunger for blood and Games. Within the elite aristocracy, games of another type are being played, deadly secrets are a threat to more than status, and conspiracy is a way of life for those who are unhappy.

 Lucius has long been exalted as a warrior without peer. Adored and covetted by men and women alike, he is blind to the plots that are thickening around him. While total control is his on the bloody fields of war, on the battlefield of the heart, as he is about to discover, even the strongest man can be deceived by his ignorance.

 Watching over it all is the majesty of Vesuvius, sputtering smoke, promising retribution. In the midst of the looming destruction, an ancient evil emerges, and will claim not only a celebrated general of Rome, but the slave girl he has slowly grown to love and cherish. A girl who will follow him into hell itself?

 

WHOM GODS HAVE FAVOURED

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  3_26 DENYSE YahooAvatarCanadian born and bred, Denysé has been signed with over a dozen publishing houses in the past nine years. Recently winning the prestigious title of Best Author of 2012 from the Predators and Editors site, the best-selling author has been nominated for and won numerous awards. Never confined to one genre, she writes in many and has garnered a loyal audience of readers over the past decade.

 

Denysé
“Live the Romance, Become the Fantasy…”

** Predators & Editors Best Author 2012 **

** Best-Selling Author 2011 **

** Best-Selling Author 2012 **

http://www.denysebridger.com

 

Halloween Blogfest Denyse Bridger

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I’ve told this story to people in person when we get talking spooky stuff, but I’ve never actually committed it to the page, so I thought maybe a little ghostly tale might be fun. I’m going to write it like a mini-story, but rest assured this really DID happen to me.

The night was just starting to cool after the warmth of the Indian Summer day. The four people who’d been hanging out together were restless in the apartment, and one of the guys suggested they take a drive, just to get out. Maybe go for coffee or a drink. One member of the group was underage, so they settled one the coffeeshop.

The next hour was spent laughing and they decided on a walk in the local park. Fifteen minutes later, they were strolling the paths and trails. Officially the place was closed to visitor after 8 PM, but no one would stop them if they wanted to walk in the dark. It didn’t take long to find a nice secluded spot, and before long the conversation took on a challenging tone – the subject ghost stories and anything that might scare the girls. It didn’t take long. The rustling of the leaves in the sighing breeze, the sound of night birds and crickets chirping all added layers of awareness that heightened the ignited uneasiness the stories had awakened.

“Why don’t we leave, go for fresh coffee,” Jacqui suggested, glancing around when a twig snapped and something moved in the brush.

Kevin laughed and made a grab for her, eliciting a yelp of frightened surprise, before she got angry and slapped his arm, hard.

The other couple watched, then laughed when their friends started arguing.

“Come on, let’s head back to the car, we’re not supposed to be here anyway and security might find us,” the second girl said. Since it was her boyfriend’s car they were driving around in, there was no objection.

Half hour later with fresh coffee in hand, they were back on the highway.

“Where are we going?” Wayne tossed the question to the couple in the back seat as well as his girlfriend. When no answer was forthcoming, he headed out of town.

“Head to the Passage, I’m going to show you a really cool and creepy place out there.”

He looked at his girl. “How creepy?”

“Wait and see, this place is old and a friend took me out there for the first time years back, you’ll see,” she replied.

Following her directions, they were there in fifteen minutes. They parked and no one moved. The blackness was incredible and complete, despite still being in the city. Directly in front of the car was a huge slab of bone-white stone, rectangular in shape. Beyond it, an abandoned shack that had once been used by the power company. She told everyone to get out of the car, and when they did, they all shivered.

“Shit, it’s like the middle of winter here!” Wayne complained.

“It’s always like this here,” she told him, staring at the open space around the lone building. The air was icy, and it crept under your skin within seconds. The stillness was even more unsettling. There should have been sounds of traffic, but there was nothing, only a silence that shouldn’t have sucked every bit of external noise into it.

Something moved near the little shack and Wayne grabbed her hand and told Jacqui and Kevin to get in the car. In less than a minute, he had the car in reverse and they were speeding away from the spot. No one said a word.

She stared out the window, and a sudden blast of cold kissed the back of her neck. She almost screamed when they sped past a tall figure on the side of the road. She had a split second of contact, and her stomach knotted. Eyes with no colour bored into her for a fraction of a second, and the impression burned into her brain. Over six feet tall, pristine white shirt, black pants, and cape like coat, stark silvery white hair that flowed over his shoulders… she turned and looked back as they passed him, and he smiled. She felt like a gush of Arctic wind blew through her entire body.

“Did you see him?” She almost shrieked in the silence of the car, and Wayne swerved, almost going off the road. Brakes squealed as he stopped the car and everyone looked back – no one saw a thing, but he was still standing there, watching her. And even with the distance, he was as clear as if he stood in front of her…

We drove to a church after that – for real. To this day, no one believes me, but it wasn’t a dream, I was wide awake and aware. That’s haunted me for years, and I never saw anyone who looked like that again. Mind you, just writing about it makes me shiver a little.

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Happy Halloween everyone!!

Denysé Bridger
“Live the Romance, Become the Fantasy…”
** Best-Selling Author of 2011 **
WEBSITE: http://www.denysebridger.com
Fantasy Pages (general): http://fantasy-pages.blogspot.com
Bound By Passion (adult content): http://boundpassion.blogspot.com

Anniversary Blog Fest: Denysé Bridger

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Summer Heat
Some people live for the summer months, and thrive in the heat and the sunshine. I’m not one of those people. Give me a light snowfall and chilly temperatures and I am smiling and happy. Writing these exotic summer nights is always a lot easier in the cold, too! Not always easy to create a mood of seduction and emotional heat when you’re dripping sweat into your keyboard, mostly it just makes me irritable! Then again, I know I’m not really the general rule with the love of summer.

So, this leads me to wonder how readers respond? Do you like to read stories set in steaming hot places, or is a snowy mountain cabin with two sexy partners a welcome diversion in the heat of the summer? I tend to get absorbed in my books, so reading about blazing heat and sunshine tends to be something I avoid in the summer months, oddly. I didn’t realize that until recently. We all know that the steamier romances are smokin’ with heat and passion, so wow… overwhelm the senses?

What is your perfect summer day? I have a lovely corner of my patio set up with a table, chairs, and umbrella, and I love sitting there with a notebook and a chilled glass of wine. I’m not a beach person, unless it ocean waves pounding in on a rocky shoreline. That creates a world of enticing and exciting ideas to the creative mind.

This summer I discovered a new drink that is positively decadent, it’s called a Dark and Stormy–and it’s 2 ounces of Dark Bermuda Rum with 4 ounces of Jamaican Ginger Beer, all over crushed ice. If you get the chance, indulge in it! My sister’s been to Jamaica, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas–she says drinking these Dark and Stormy concoctions was like being back on the islands! Hell, just the name of it conjures up images of pirates and maidens and storm tossed seas. I think this drink is destined to become one of my guilty pleasures!

Despite my aversion to writing summer in the summer, I have been frantically typing away creating my next project for Ellora’s Cave – it’s part of a two story set, with the other half of the tale being written by Cindy Jacks. We’re calling the Duet Backstage Passes and my contribution is entitled “Until I Find You Again” which is a song title from Richard Marx. If you visit my blog, Bound By Passion, you can get a glimpse of the very sexy Michael Eden–who just happens to be inspired by the delectable Ryan Gosling. I hope you’ll stay tuned for more info as we get closer to announcing the completion of this project! It’s going to be great.

Happy Summer Days to everyone!!! May your days all be blessed with love and laughter.

Denysé
Denysé Bridger
“Live the Romance, Become the Fantasy…”
** Best-Selling Author of 2011 **
WEBSITE: http://www.denysebridger.com
Fantasy Pages (general): http://fantasy-pages.blogspot.comBound By Passion (adult content): http://boundpassion.blogspot.com

About the Author: Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life. In the past half dozen years, I’ve signed with over a dozen publishers, and have released books in all lengths and genres, and it’s something I hope to continue to do for many more years. A visit to my website will show the diversity of what is currently available, and the mixing of genres and styles that will be employed in many up-coming projects as well. (All my social site links, etc., are on the About Me page)

INTERVIEW: DENYSE BRIDGER

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Long and Short Reviews welcomes back Denysé Bridger. We are always glad to have her chat with us.

I wondered what books or authors had influenced her own writing.

“Conan Doyle is the author I’d have to say has influenced me for attention to detail and tight, concise plotting. The Sherlock Holmes stories, their subtle detail, and the atmosphere that dominates them. Also, for fantasy and world-building, it would have to be Terry Brooks and his Shannara series. I’ve read that several times, and each time I find myself swept up in the magic, it’s wonderful. If I could write something like that, I’d die happy!! Also, for the romance aspect, Margaret Mitchell’s epic Gone With the Wind is one I have read repeatedly–for sheer scope and splendour, you can’t get a better story!!”

She told me that she has the most wonderful and supportive readers an author could hope to have. She hears from them daily on her Facebook pages as well as via Twitter and her newsgroup, often getting lovely notes in her email, as well.

“When I ask for input on what they’d like to read, or share something I feel is worth discussion, they’re always there to give me very thoughtful and intelligent opinions,” she said. “The notes that tell me how much they’ve enjoyed books, of course, are just delightful, and I cherish them, but really, it’s an on-going relationship that I hope I can always maintain, because every opinion is valid and I want to always hear from people about what they like or don’t like.”

One of the things she can count on her readers for is calling her on it if her facts are wrong, especially in a specialized field or an historical. Denysé loves western and Victorian settings and can often write them without a lot of detailed research, because she’s read so much of it over the years, but admits there are still things you need to look up for the sake of accuracy and authenticity.

“If you’re writing contemporary, thrillers or anything with a specialized character, he or she has to have the right background and credentials,” she said. “It’s always the small details that make a story live and breathe, so they have to be acknowledged and presented properly, or it’s going to be a reviewer’s pleasure to point out all those little things you got wrong.”

When Denysé is thinking about her characters’ descriptions, eyes come first to her, because that tends to be the first real awareness and contact between people.

“If you look up and see someone watching you, the first thing you take note of is often their eyes,” she explained. “From there it depends on the situation, the setting, and the type of story. If it’s paranormal, odds are you will be impressed by the air of mystery that surrounds the otherworldly character, and probably the general size of the vampire/shifter; in contemporary, it’s going to be a more basic and every day notice, hair colour, general build, voice if they are speaking. Historical will often lead to type of dress, etc., because that tends to determine the social standing of your characters in many settings.”

“How do you personally distinguish between pornography, erotica, and erotic romance?” I asked.

“Emotional investment is often the thing that distinguishes genres, even within them. For me, pornography is just sexual titillation, sex for the sake of it, and often graphic and without emotion attached to it. Erotica is sexuality with sensual settings, some kind of connection between the characters that runs deeper than their physical enjoyment of each other. Erotic romance is the love stories we’ve read since we were first enchanted with the whole genre, but they’ve grown up, and the love-making is detailed and passionate in emotional and physical terms. I tend to think of erotic romance as HEA, erotica is HFN, and pornography is immediate release.”

Denysé writes what feels right for the story—sometimes that means passionate sex scenes, so she tries to let them work with intense emotion and strong, seductive language.

“If you have two very strong, physical characters, it’s natural that their emotional connections will be drawn out by their physical actions. In other stories, it’s more about the falling in love than the falling into bed, so to speak,” she said. “Erotic romance is in many ways much more ‘reality based’ than sweet romance. Yes, people DO fall in love without sex, at least initially, but the reality is, sex is the natural act between people who are intensely attracted to each other. It’s a universal human response, like love itself. Erotic romance is about the romance and the evolution of a strong bond between two people, the kind of connection that readers know will endure and last forever.”

“Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book,” I said. “Where would you most likely want to go?”

“No brainer, really…Rome, Italy–for reasons personal and professional. I’ve got three new novels set in various parts of Italy, a fantasy novel set in Sicily, a werewolf tale set in Venice, a paranormal set in Naples, and several other projects that are set in parts of Italy. So, yeah, a wealth of material waiting to be ‘researched’ and enjoyed!”

Not to mention enjoying her love of Italian food—she thinks dishes with pasta and rice are the most delicious things in the world. However, she has rather strong feelings about scallops.

“I totally loath and despise scallops.” She shuddered. “OMG, they are vile, slimy things and the mere thought of them makes my stomach twitch.”

Finally, I asked Denysé, “What advice would you give an author who wants to write erotica?”

“Be sure it’s what you want to create, and make sure your family knows about it. They don’t have to like it, but they really should know. Then, find a publishing house that you can work with, where you are comfortable. Good editors are wonderful, and if you are lucky enough to get one who works well with you, recognizes your strengths and helps you master your weaknesses, you’ve got a great shot at having a wonderful time while you create. Be at ease with language and don’t shy away from risks; they’ll be what sets you apart in a sea of writers who are vying for readership.”

About the Author:

During the past eight years it’s been my good fortune to work with over a dozen publishers, and many, many wonderful people in this industry. I never really stop writing, and I’m always looking for new challenges to keep it exciting for me, and fresh for readers. I like to write in a wide variety of genres, though I seem to have become a paranormal author to many readers. Historical has always been my first love, and often even the contemporary stories find their roots in an historical setting. When I write paranormal, I get the best of both because the characters often have back-stories that can be told in their historical settings. I’ve won awards, been a best-seller with several publishers, and chat with readers from all over the work on a daily basis–this business is something I love, and I am exceedingly grateful every day for the opportunity to make people smile and entertain them with something I’ve created! Thank you to everyone who shares this amazing journey with me, you make it so much fun!!

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WARRIOR MINE: RETRIBUTIONS

Angelique Devereaux is a dark legend, once a Chosen Warrior of god, she betrayed her oaths to love one who was forbidden. Cast out, cursed and scarred, she continues her battle alone. Until a soul as tortured as her own stumbles across her path. Asher Elliot is lost in his own darkness when he first sees the tall warrior known to legend simply as The Slayer. Tortured by the deaths of his wife and children, this grieving warrior is nonetheless drawn to the timeless, cold being he witnesses at work. Like him, she deals in death and her justice is swift, sometimes messy, but always final. He follows her, watching, growing ever more captivated by her, until finally he must reach out to claim what his reawakened heart wants most…

Book Two in the exciting new series WARRIOR MINE, Retributions continues the passionate and ever-changing relationship that is building between Asher Elliot and Angelique Devereaux.

Asher’s past has come back to haunt him in a way that threatens to open old wounds just as they’ve begun to heal. When he is contracted to do a job, he shuts “Angie” out and goes to exact his personal vengeance for the sins committed against those he loved.

Angelique has never been part of humanity, is still struggling to find her way in the midst of love and passion that is alien to her immortal soul. The ties of blood have revealed Asher’s pain to her, and she will not allow anyone to hurt him if she is able to stop it.

As the two warriors each set out on the path of retribution, they are once again drawn back to each other. Face to face with Asher, Angelique wonders if he can forgive her, and her beloved male is trying hard to understand her fear of not being good enough for his love.

They have a long way to travel before true understanding will make them whole, will their love be strong enough to keep them together for their journey?

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Once in awhile you create a book that seems to resonate with people, and this is one of them. A historical Western that was born in my fascination for my childhood hero, Paladin. So, Dylan Coulter is a combination of Paladin’s urbane charm and sophistication and his lethal side, of course. Maggie is a woman a little ahead of her time, strong, compassionate, and independent. I hope you’ll like her. I hope you enjoy their story, it’s exciting, and passionate, and has some surprises in store too!

WINNER TAKE ALL

Genre: Historical/Western Erotica Novella

When Dylan Coulter rides into Sparkling Springs, he quickly discovers the woman who runs the local saloon is worth the risk of facing the hangman. Things get ugly fast when Dylan is accused of killing the only son of the richest rancher in the area. Unwilling to leave her behind, Dylan takes Maggie with him as he tries to dodge bounty hunters and a determined Pinkerton agent who just happens to be Maggie’s old love…

GUEST BLOG: DENYSE BRIDGER

A year ago, if someone had asked me, “E-books or print?”, I would have said print only. I bought an eReader late last year, and while I still tend to purchase more print books, I have been reading more and more e-versions of books. I bought all of the Guild Hunter books as eBooks, and the entire Midnight Breed series is on my reader. Ward’s books were bought as print novels, so I won’t mix them up and start getting eBooks of her BDB series. I get anal about it all, honestly. If I’m reading a set, I want them all in the same format, so… Plus, short stories and novellas are most often only available in eformats, and they’re easy to take with you that way, too.

I listen to music all day long; it’s what keeps me focused, and some days it’s what keeps me sane! When I’m writing, I love environmental sounds playing in the background, wolves howling, storms, rain forests, etc. When I want singers, I tend to turn on Radio Italy Live from New York, and just let that play in the background. Music can often enhance the writing of certain scenes, because they set the mood in a subconscious way.

What about you? What are your thoughts on e-readers and e-books and/or music?

Coming TODAY from XoXo Publishing:

WARRIOR MINE: RETRIBUTIONS

Angelique Devereaux is a dark legend, once a Chosen Warrior of god, she betrayed her oaths to love one who was forbidden. Cast out, cursed and scarred, she continues her battle alone. Until a soul as tortured as her own stumbles across her path. Asher Elliot is lost in his own darkness when he first sees the tall warrior known to legend simply as The Slayer. Tortured by the deaths of his wife and children, this grieving warrior is nonetheless drawn to the timeless, cold being he witnesses at work. Like him, she deals in death and her justice is swift, sometimes messy, but always final. He follows her, watching, growing ever more captivated by her, until finally he must reach out to claim what his reawakened heart wants most…

Book Two in the exciting new series WARRIOR MINE, Retributions continues the passionate and ever-changing relationship that is building between Asher Elliot and Angelique Devereaux.

Asher’s past has come back to haunt him in a way that threatens to open old wounds just as they’ve begun to heal. When he is contracted to do a job, he shuts “Angie” out and goes to exact his personal vengeance for the sins committed against those he loved.

Angelique has never been part of humanity, is still struggling to find her way in the midst of love and passion that is alien to her immortal soul. The ties of blood have revealed Asher’s pain to her, and she will not allow anyone to hurt him if she is able to stop it.

As the two warriors each set out on the path of retribution, they are once again drawn back to each other. Face to face with Asher, Angelique wonders if he can forgive her, and her beloved male is trying hard to understand her fear of not being good enough for his love.

They have a long way to travel before true understanding will make them whole, will their love be strong enough to keep them together for their journey?

* * * * *

Once in awhile you create a book that seems to resonate with people, and this is one of them. A historical Western that was born in my fascination for my childhood hero, Paladin. So, Dylan Coulter is a combination of Paladin’s urbane charm and sophistication and his lethal side, of course. Maggie is a woman a little ahead of her time, strong, compassionate, and independent. I hope you’ll like her. I hope you enjoy their story, it’s exciting, and passionate, and has some surprises in store too!

WINNER TAKE ALL

Genre: Historical/Western Erotica Novella

When Dylan Coulter rides into Sparkling Springs, he quickly discovers the woman who runs the local saloon is worth the risk of facing the hangman. Things get ugly fast when Dylan is accused of killing the only son of the richest rancher in the area. Unwilling to leave her behind, Dylan takes Maggie with him as he tries to dodge bounty hunters and a determined Pinkerton agent who just happens to be Maggie’s old love…

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INTERVIEW: DENYSE BRIDGER

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Denysé Bridger, whose latest release, the Warrior Mine series, is a partner project, released under the name Elliot Devereaux. Denysé used to write fan fiction with a partner occasionally, but this is her first work with another author.

“A very talented writer, too, he brings so much amazing energy to the project. Even the way we’re writing the books is different,” she explained. “We’ve created several groups on Facebook, where readers are welcome to come and watch the stories played out for them; once a story is done, it’s copied over and we polish and refine the story. It then goes to editing and covers, etc. Kayden McLeod is creating a very distinctive look for the entire series, and we plan a number of other releases soon in this set. Also, there will be a special sub-site created on my website soon, too–where you can learn more about the whole series. “

Denysé told me she’s been writing as long as she can remember, but she’s been writing professionally for the last eight years.

“I can remember writing my first essays and stories in about Grade Three, and getting gold stars for them – it was quite exciting to know that people would like to read something I’d created, and I think even when I abandoned the idea in my teens, some part of me still longed to be telling stories,” she said. “I find them everywhere I look, and in everything I see and hear. It’s wonderful. I used to watch my favourite shows and then in my mind I’d continue on with what I’d watched, or invent new stories to enjoy. It was one of those ‘new’ stories that started me writing again at twenty-two, when I sat down and decided to put the new episode I’d dreamed onto the page…it began a twenty year ‘apprenticeship’ as a writer of fan fiction!”

Apart from her new Warrior series, Denysé is writing two more stories for Ellora’s Cave—the prequel and sequel to Hide and Secret, her first story for EC which was released last year. She’s also writing a genie story that she’s having a lot of fun with. Her next major project is a new paranormal series—which might actually be YA, but she’s still toying with that idea. Plus, there’s another Western in the mix.

Since she started writing her own stuff, instead of the fanfic, she’s never suffered from writer’s block.

“I used to fear everything I wrote would be the last thing I could create, then a dam burst inside my brain, and I know I’ll never have enough time to tell all the stories that I want to tell,” she told me. “I’ve got notebooks everywhere, files of research notes for things. Essentially, there’s a story for any mood, and over time I’ve reached a point where I can write anywhere, regardless of the distractions. I think when your imagination flags a little, you need to step back and relax; your life is telling you something, even if it’s as simple as ‘now is the not the right time’ so if you just focus on family and friends, and whatever else you love–the stories return when you’re ready to tell them. At least in my experience.”

She has several writers, depending on her mood as well. If she wants to read exciting, sexy paranormals, she opens Lara Adrian, J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, or Gena Showalter.

“They’re all winners on a huge scale,” she assured me. “If I want straight-up romantic escape, I adore Lucy Monroe every time!! She never misses. Same with Linda Lael Miller. If I want mystery, it’s Anne Perry and her Victorian detectives, as well as Conan Doyle– Sherlock Holmes has been my hero forever!! Fantasy leads me to Terry Brooks or George R.R. Martin. So, it’s all dictated by what the mind is craving at the time!”

For Denysé, good writing pays attention to detail and continuity—things that happen as a logical progression of the plot, not a need for sensationalism or shock. To be a successful story, it needs to engage the mind and heart of the reader.

“It doesn’t always have to be a brilliant one to be enjoyable and pleasant,” she said. “So pay attention to the details, let your writing draw readers into a place where they escape and enjoy it, and if they’re smiling when they put your book down, it’s a good one! The technical aspects of writing are so flexible, you really need to focus more on story, content, and execution than the actual textbook rules you learn in school. Grammar and spelling and all that good stuff is important, but those things improve with use anyway. Tell a story that you love, and you can bet others will fall in love with it, too.”

Characters will introduce themselves to Denysé as they are needed and usually leave an impression even if they are minor characters, but it’s the plot that drives a story.

“It’s a balance, though, because even the most intriguing of plots can fall apart if you don’t have the right chemistry for your characters,” she warned. “I like to lay out a story in point form, on paper, then have a look at it – often what happens is the action-reaction equation then develops the type of character needed to make the story work and move forward. Small things evolve and make themselves a part of the plot as you go; they emerge from the personalities of the characters themselves. So for me, seeing how the story will work out often tells me who I need to ‘create’ for the job at hand.”

The characters often make their own suggestions and change the plan a little, she finds, but often it takes the form of introducing subplots and touches Denysé had not anticipated when she started writing.

When she’s writing a short story, Denysé can often outline it in one paragraph, add the character names and begin writing. However, things are different with novels or world building.

“If you’re going to write a novel, or world-build, you have to be willing to sit down and make your rules,” she explained. “So, very detailed outlines and blueprints for novels. I usually end up with a well-used file folder of immediate research notes, names, and character specific details. When my first fantasy novel was submitted, the proposal package was just over 100 pages, and it was done formally: 25-page detailed synopsis, short synopsis of 3 pages, three chapters of the book, query letter, and résumé. The book itself ran about 350 manuscript pages when it was done. You can’t do a book of that size if you don’t outline and plot well. Short stories can tell themselves in minutes, literally.”

Finally, I asked, “What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?”

“I think the soundest advice any writer can embrace is that you have to let the story go sometimes and move on. None of us writes a perfect book so to think we can is the way to madness and to believe you have is the way to huge disappointment. Do the best job you can, get it out there, and move on to your next project. Each one will teach you something and improve your skill, but if you never leave the first one because you have to keep rewriting it, you’ll never know how far you can go with the talent you have. Listen to the advice editors offer; don’t fight them or justify your work. These are professional people; they know what works and sells, so listen when they take the time to offer you advice.”

About the Author:

During the past eight years it’s been my good fortune to work with over a dozen publishers, and many, many wonderful people in this industry. I never really stop writing, and I’m always looking for new challenges to keep it exciting for me, and fresh for readers. I like to write in a wide variety of genres, though I seem to have become a paranormal author to many readers. Historical has always been my first love, and often even the contemporary stories find their roots in an historical setting. When I write paranormal, I get the best of both because the characters often have back-stories that can be told in their historical settings. I’ve won awards, been a best-seller with several publishers, and chat with readers from all over the work on a daily basis–this business is something I love, and I am exceedingly grateful every day for the opportunity to make people smile and entertain them with something I’ve created! Thank you to everyone who shares this amazing journey with me, you make it so much fun!!

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Book One of an exciting new series for paranormal fans. Told by two distinctive voices, one familiar, one new, Warrior Mine: The Claimingsets the stage for a very different kind of story. With roots over two centuries in the past, Angelique Devereaux is a dark legend, once a Chosen Warrior of god, she betrayed her oaths to love one who was forbidden. Cast out, cursed and scarred, she continues her battle alone. Until a soul as tortured as her own stumbles across her path.

Asher Elliot is lost in his own darkness when he first sees the tall warrior known to legend simply as The Slayer. Tortured by the deaths of his wife and children, this grieving warrior is nonetheless drawn to the timeless, cold being he witnesses at work. Like him, she deals in death and her justice is swift, sometimes messy, but always final. He follows her, watching, growing ever more captivated by her, until finally he must reach out to claim what his reawakened heart wants most…

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Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Denyse Bridger

Christmas in Italy

I’ve decided to blog about the Holiday, in my favourite place in this world…. Italy. Since it’s generally considered the heart of Christianity, what better time to look at how the most Holy of holidays is celebrated there?

In Italy, the holidays are steeped with the spirit of celebration and reverence for which Italians are famous. 98% of Italians are Catholic, and as the holidays approach, it may seem like the entire country is in eager preparation. The thing that makes it really unique is although rituals are somewhat similar throughout the country, they vary from region to region as well as house to house. Food plays a central role in each.

The Christmas season begins with the national holiday on December 8, marking the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Churches all over the country unveil their presepi, (elaborate nativity scenes). Hundreds of presepi can be seen in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo and a life-size nativity scene resides for the season in St. Peter’s Square. The tradition of displaying mangers originated in the 13th century when St. Francis of Assisi erected the first manger in Greccio. Other noteworthy presepi are on show in the Museum of St. Martino and Church of St. Chiara, both in Naples, and the King’s Palace in Caserta (Campania).

On the streets of Rome, one of the most festive places to experience Italian Christmas traditions, zampognari, (shepherds from the Abruzzo region), dress in native costumes and play Christmas tunes on their bagpipes. The Piazza Navona transforms into a giant Christmas fair with booths selling candy, toys, gifts and roasted nuts. Lights and music flow through the square.

Twinkling lights, red ribbons, Christmas trees (Italians started putting them up after World War II) and the likeness of Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) begin to appear in storefronts and homes throughout Italy.

And, a tradition many would like to have, almost all employers give their employees la tredicesima, a Christmas bonus the equivalent of a 13th month of pay.

Christmas Eve

Italians eat very little on the day of Christmas Eve. They are preparing their stomachs for the massive meal to be consumed that night. The meal centers on fish, in the Catholic tradition to abstain from meat the night before a major holiday. La Vigilia di Natale (the vigil) is also called The Feast of the Seven Fishes. The origin of the “seven” is somewhat of a mystery. Some say it comes from the number of sacraments; others say it relates to the phase of the moon (seven days). Some families even serve 13 fish dishes, one for Jesus and one for each of the 12 apostles.

Popular offerings include linguini with clam sauce, spaghetti with mussels, grilled lobster, salt cod and shrimp. Romans traditionally eat capitone, a long, fat female eel that is grilled and seasoned. Families attend midnight mass together and return home for panettone (the dome-shaped fruit cake that originated in Milan) and Prosecco (sparkling wine).

The Language and Customs of The Italian Holiday Season

You can find bigger Christmas trees (alberi di Natale) and more extravagant decorations (decorazioni) in other parts of the world, but nothing looks, tastes, feels or sounds like la stagione natalizia (Christmas season) in Italy. With roots in the “Saturnalia,” the winter solstice rites of ancient Rome, and Christian commemorations of the birth of Gesù Bambino (Baby Jesus), the Italian holidays blend religious and pagan festivities that light up the darkest of nights.

In Rome and much of southern Italy, the traditional sound of Christmas is the music of bagpipes and flutes played by shepherds from the region of Abruzzo. Zampognari (bagpipe players), wearing shaggy sheepskin vests, felt hats and crisscrossed leather leggings, used to come to Rome weeks before Christmas to play in churches. These days the shepherds arrive later and play their ancient instruments in front of elegant stores along the Via Condotti and other shopping streets near the Spanish Steps.

Festivities such as fairs and torchlight processions begin weeks before and continue weeks after December 25.

The Tastes of Christmas

When Italians are asked what they do most during the Christmas holidays, they invariably say, “Mangiamo” (we eat) – very often and very well, with a huge feast on Christmas Eve, il pranzo di Natale at mid-day on Christmas, and il cenone di capodanno, another elaborate dinner on New Year’s Eve. In some regions the Christmas feasts must have seven courses (for the seven sacraments); others serve nine (the trinity times three) or thirteen (for Jesus and his twelve disciples).

The centerpiece of the Christmas Eve dinner is fish, particularly eel, a favorite of the ancient Romans that appears in the earliest known cookbook, written by a gourmand known as Apicius. This symbol of life and immortality was traditionally sold alive and wiggling, then beheaded, chopped and dropped into boiling water, spit-roasted, grilled, stewed with white wine and peas, or pickled in vinegar, oil, bay leaves, rosemary and cloves.

The Christmas day feast usually starts with a rich pasta, such as cappelletti in brodo, little hats stuffed with chopped meats, cheese, eggs or pumpkin. By tradition everyone is supposed to eat at least a dozen. Depending on the region of Italy, the main course may be capon, pork or turkey. However, everyone saves room for the special dolci (sweets) and breads of Christmas.

Buon Natale!

Denysé Bridger:

Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affair in my life is Italia and all its magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life. A visit to my website will show the diversity of what is currently available, and the mixing of genres and styles that will be employed in many up-coming projects as well.

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Friday Spotlight: Denyse Bridger

To wrap up the week, I thought I’d introduce you to a new novel–the first full-length novel I’ve had published in over a year. This one is a complex story, set partly in the past, Victorian London circa Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror–and partly in modern day Toronto. It’s as much a mystery/thriller as it is romance, and the reviews so far have been amazing! We’ll be giving away a copy of this one, too!! So, have a peek…. You can read more over at my gorgeous new website, as well.
OUT OF THE PAST is a paranormal thriller that is part historical and part modern day. The first reviewer stated: “Out of the Past is a crime-mystery, a thriller, a romance—intensely sensual, interweaving 1880’s London with present day Toronto in a heady blend of carefully constructed scenes and a cast of characters that bring the story to life with an undeniable authenticity. This is a tale that will satisfy on many levels. I heartily recommend it for your ‘must read’ list. Well done, Denysé Bridger.”
OUT OF THE PAST
A new paranormal romance/mystery novel
Cover by: Kayden McLeod
Buy it from AMAZON

From the Publisher


eBook Page count: 260
A series of killings has the Toronto Police Department in turmoil. The press has labelled the killer a “werewolf” and hysteria is on the rise in the heat of the summer… Detective Damien Knightley is the lead investigator, but he’s got secrets of his own that need guarding in this very public investigation. Knightley is a vampire, and as the case gets more complex, what he discovers has him both baffled and worried.
In the Northern Ontario town of Brighton, a visionary woman finds a stranger outside her door, and because he’s near death she brings him into her home. In the wake of her kindness, dreams and visions expose things that terrify her. The stranger is a wolf, and history is about to repeat itself and explode in violent death if they can’t reach Toronto and capture a renegade on a blood-hunt.
As Damien recalls a love from a century ago, the threads of time are being pulled together, joining the past and the present. The beautiful woman he is falling in love with is bringing back memories he’d rather forget, and when the killer is finally revealed, there are more questions than answers in the identity…
THANKS so much for dropping by this week, it’s been great chatting with you!!
Denyse
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Thursday Spotlight: Denyse Bridger

Set in the Eternal City of Rome, Italy – the night just got a little bit steamier when two people finally give in to their attraction for each other and take a leap that might change their lives forever…. A best-seller for six months when it was released a few years ago, this expanded and revised version is a little sexier, a little hotter, and whole lot more sensual — take a look and fall in love….. And if you’re curious, listen to the song here:

Bella Signorina
Revised and expanded
Genre: Sweetly sensual contemporary romance

Set in Rome, Bella Signorina is a sweet, romantic story of two people who meet in a trendy caffè, and through the magic of dance and music discover they have many things in common. Bianca comes to Caffè Rosati every week, and for many weeks she’s been watching a special man, a handsome, charming stranger who dances, flirts, and leaves alone each week. Bianca is a woman who enjoys her freedom, and has been hurt before, so she’s not anxious to fall in love again. Something about the enigmatic Stefano has captivated her heart, though, and she is drawn to him in spite of herself. When she finally gathers her courage to approach him, and ask him to dance, little does she know that her entire world is about to change.

Stefano Esposito is a man who’s past relationships have not left him much in the way of ideals about women. Many have claimed to love him, none have understood him. Stefano is a rare breed in today’s world of fast-paced life and love. He is a gentleman, a man who many consider a little out of step with the times. For Stefano, falling in love is the completion of a soul, not the consummation of a sexual itch. He wants the woman in his life to respect, understand, and adore him, as he will her. When he meets Bianca, he wonders if he’s finally found the one he’s waited a lifetime for? She understands his internal conflicts, his desires, and his dreams, after only hours together.

When their attraction to each other flares too quickly and too intently, Stefano pulls back. Confused and uncertain, Bianca flees his beautiful home and business, and goes back to her busy life. But, once the dance has begun, is there a way to go back to what you knew before, or is it just a matter of time before the music lures you back to your dreams and, perhaps, makes them reality?

Read an excerpt:

I simply smiled and raised a glass when she walked over
Then love began, she took my hand, and said let’s dance…

Bianca allowed the music to surge into her being, until the only thing real was the easy rhythm of motion that had her spinning into the pulsing sounds of the catchy song. She’d danced with Gianni many times, and no thought was involved, only the perfect movement and the music. He was an excellent partner, and as always, the song ended too soon. Tonight, as often happened, there was a small burst of applause for the performance they’d given.

She smiled and turned to go back to her table when the handsome stranger at the bar lifted his glass and saluted her. For just an instant, the cafe and its patrons vanished, and there was only his sparkling eyes and the humor that emanated from him. Excitement surged into her veins, making her reckless and determined. Bianca murmured an excuse to Gianni, then changed direction and headed directly for the beautiful man she’d been wanting to meet.

When she stood in front of him, she offered her hand.

He took it, kissed it, and waited, faint challenge in his eyes.

She ignored the tremor working its way into her knees and making them wobbly.

“Let’s dance,” she invited.

Laughter accompanied the shake of his head.

Bianca eyed him with amusement.

“Why?”

“I don’t dance, bella.”

His voice was soft, richly modulated, and layered with too many subtleties to readily define them all.

“Of course you do,” she countered, her head tilting to one side. “I’ve seen you dance here.”

“Not like you do,” he replied.

He reached for his wine, and she caught his hand and tugged, gently but insistently drawing him with her as she walked back to the dance floor, her gaze locked with his startled look. The four piece band was just beginning a lively number when Bianca struck a pose and waited for him to take the lead. He did, and she was totally unprepared for the shock of awareness that went through her when he pulled her to him and they started to move like one person…

Wednesday Spotlight: Denyse Bridger

Do you ever wonder the ideas come from for some of the most interesting concepts and stories you encounter? One of my latest releases, a non-erotic–all three of them are non-erotic which is a nice change–happened to come about when I was with an actor friend at a convention appearance and he was asked about the origins of a vampire character he was playing in his television series. They hadn’t really made a point of telling the audience much about who he was or how he was “created” and he had very intriguing ideas about it. We talked later in his room and I told him I loved one of the ideas he’d proposed, then asked if he’d mind me writing it. He was totally cool with the idea, so Prelude to Eternity was written. Because it’s about vampires, I considered several things, among them the roots of the whole mythos. If we go back to Dracula, there is a legendary link between Christianity and vampires, so in this short story I ask the question why, and propose an answer that makes some readers shudder, and others angry. So, what do you all think is the connection, and why do ALL early vampire stories present Christian symbolism as the very bane of vampire existence?

Prelude to Eternity is available here: XOXO Publishing.

Ever wonder why a vampire cannot walk in the light of the sun… why he was cursed to nocturnal existence…. reviled by all… a symbol of evil? I have a theory… the Prelude to Eternity….

Excerpt:

The man was dying. Alexander had a keen sense of encroaching death. He was often the cause of it. Angelo della morte – Angel of Death.

He wasn’t sure if the words inside his head were his own, or a whisper from the man who was near death before him. It was an appropriate name to give him, the most honest of the many he’d taken over the past several centuries.

A chill touched his spine.

The shadows were growing longer, yet the sun blazed infinitely brighter behind the figure who commanded the former priest’s enraptured attention.

‘You have damned your kind to a darkness greater than any you have known before.’

Again the words whispered softly, sadly, into his barren consciousness.

As Alexander watched, the sun passed behind the prisoner. He stood, immobile, and felt the shadow of the cross settle over him. Pain, a searing, fiery force that drove him to his knees burned into his dead flesh. He was being torn apart from within, and was helpless to move. Ice flooded through him in the fire’s wake. Again, he was paralyzed by the onslaught of terror and anguish.

For endless, eternal minutes, Alexander writhed before the cross. His mind screamed in a steady litany of agonized horror and emerging understanding. The darkness grew absolute around him and his pain eclipsed all other awarenesses…