Monday, July 30, 2012

Visit the TRR Party for a Chance to Win!

The Romance Review's month long Sizzling Summer Reads Party is nearing its end -- and the best has been saved for last :)

Visit TRR today here (and if you haven't already signed up for the party, sign up), and enter for a chance to win several great prizes, including a free copy of my hot m/m space short story ABOARD THE AVENGER:

My Q&A is number 4.  What does Captain Darius Rivers fin in the Captain's quarters of the enemy ship The Avenger?  None other than his nemesis Captain Hector Ramirez. 

Good luck! 

ABOARD THE AVENGER is also available from Silver Publishing here.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Halloween in July

Hey, why not? Aren't you tired of Christmas in July? It's time for another holiday. :) With a treat!

Today through Sunday, you can download my paranormal ghost story, In the Midnight Hour, free from Amazon.

If you don't own a Kindle, you can still read it on your computer using the free app. So don't miss out!

To get you in the mood, how about a ghost story? "Intelligent" hauntings, in which the spirits interact with the living, are reportedly rare, but not in Gettysburg. You can find dozens of accounts of such interactions - visitors recording Q&A sessions where they hear the dead person's responses only during playback, soldiers who appear quite alive walking up to park visitors and handing them objects (which later disappear, like the soldier), or soldiers speaking to people and then vanishing.

On the campus of Gettysburg College, a Civil War soldier still keeps his sentry duty - and sometimes points his rifle at passing students. He keeps the college security guards busy! Gives new meaning to "college spirit." You can read more about Gettysburg College's ghosts here.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The History of Wedding Customs.

My cousin the firefighter, Ray is marrying his sweetheart, Robin, a real estate agent, today. I thought for fun I’d list some common wedding traditions and where they originally came from.

Engagement rings:  A symbol of true love, and the intent to commit. Originally this little band of gold meant that the bride to be had been purchased from her father, the dowry paid, and it was a warning to back off. She belonged to someone. The French made it romantic in the 16th century by creating the gimmal ring. These rings intertwined and were broken apart, one given to the groom, one to the bride to be. On their wedding day, the groom would take his off and put in on the brides finger, locking the rings back together in a symbol of marriage. With the wedding band, the custom goes back to ancient Egypt, where they placed it on the left hand and third finger, believing the vein in the finger went straight to your heart.

In ancient Rome, they employed a little trickery by putting together a wedding party. They believed that demons wanted to break up the wedding and would target the bride and groom. To prevent this, they developed a wedding party that would dress exactly like the happy couple, in turn tricking the demons and preventing them from targeting the bride and groom. Today, it is custom for the bride to stick her bridesmaids in the ugliest, most garish dresses she can find. Shows like Say yes to the dress, have become popular for just that reason. Ah, how times change. As a side note, bridesmaids and groomsmen were later used as backup if the groom or bride should decide to run away before the nuptials. Getting married wasn’t cheap business, it still isn’t and the bride’s family and the groom’s family always had back up standing by to take the vows. Someone was getting married.

Veils in ancient times were made of heavier cloth that hid the bride’s face. This prevented other men who were in love with the bride from recognizing her and  absconding with her. This also prevented the groom from knowing exactly what he was getting until he sealed the deal. Many a man was tricked with a swap. When the veil was lifted and he went to kiss his bride, sometimes it wasn’t who he thought it to be.

In Jewish tradition, a groom steps on a glass. This symbolizes the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem and that he should never forget the hardships his ancestors had to bear.

And the red slipper on the roof? Why that’s like hanging a do not disturb on the door. It means the couple is on their honeymoon and you should leave them alone.

The honey moon. Well, the bride was kidnapped and hidden from her family until they called off the search. The best man’s job was to distract while the groom’s family made off with the goods. While in hiding, the couple would drink a beverage called mead. And you guessed it. It’s made from honey. This custom has not completly gone away. My mother was kidnapped leaving the church and run all over town with the bride's family for a couple hours, while my father and his groomsmen chased after her. Watch your brides, guys. And the best men better be on their toes. Makes me wonder how many people have had this happen to them?

That’s it for today. These are common wedding traditions in the United States. Tell me about some other customs in other countries and their origins.

I’m off to a wedding. Have a great day!


Zombie Cover Revealed!

Would you believe me if I told you zombies could be sexy?  You should!  I can finally reveal the cover for my zombie romance novel NO BRAINER!!

The cover features Grace Jones, a government employed zombie killer, and her newest co-worker/lover zombie Ethan Waters.  He's totally awesome!

Mahalo to Lee Tiffen for creating such an awesome cover!!

NO BRAINER is tentatively scheduled for release in August through Silver Publishing.

Monday, July 2, 2012

New release - In the Midnight Hour

I've finally let it loose! After more than a year and countless revisions, In the Midnight Hour is finally available on Amazon. Yay! Coincidentally, on the anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg, where the story's set in present day. But with the ghost population outnumbering humans, they're bound to run into one another. Especially in my story!

I am crazy about this cover. And relieved - my approach to technical problems is to just keep clicking until it works, lol. I can't even count the number of times I clicked, but I'm glad I did!

The book video came out pretty well, too, don't you think?