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Music Monday-Fractured Fantasies Volume 2

Music Mondays are BACK!

Today we’ve got the lovely Torie James here with her latest release, Fractured Fantasies Volume 2!

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I’d sat down with intentions to write only ONE volume for what became this series but my Dark Muse thought otherwise.

I’m entirely comfy writing paranormal romance, along with sub-genres like fantasy, sci-fi, etc. Erotica, however, was a field I never dreamt of taking but all it took was one person to double dog dare me and here we are.

I’m a huge fan of older shows such as The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Outer Limits, Tales from the Darkside and Tales from the Crypt. I wanted to write dark erotica with those shows in mind, those tales of erasing the lines between good and bad, blurring the limits of decadence and darkness and as always, learning valuable lessons only when its too late.

I’d like to think I’ve conquered that challenge with these lush, dangerous and sexy offerings.

Shakespeare said it best.

If music be the food of love, play on.

I’d like to offer an addendum, however.

If music be the food of love, play on. But if lust drives the bus, next stop is Kinkville!

Clearly, you can see why I don’t write profound poetry.

Making a playlist for these stories proved nearly as challenging as writing the stories themselves but when I did find songs that inspired me to go Dark Side, whole new worlds opened up and allowed me to paint a surreal, sexy backdrop. Here are a few of my faces.

Sweet Dreams (Marilyn Manson version) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUvVdTlA23w

Now, I’m an 80s girl, tried and true. As such, the original version done by the Eurythmics is an all time favorite, hands down. But Manson’s version is slow, creepy and hypnotic, adding the right amount of shadiness. The way some chords are shredded, along with screeching synth, always makes me shiver.

Hold me, Thrill me, Kiss me, Kill me – U2 –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDl1c0nR5SI&list=RDIDl1c0nR5SI

Bono and the boys knocked it out of the ball park with this one. Slow, throbbing  mystery and low, throaty lyrics that reach out and wrap around the psyche. Kind of like a stranglehold of seduction.

Make Me Wanna Die – The Pretty Reckless –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txBfhpm1jI0

Taylor Momsen surprised me with her vocal chops. I mean, wow. She was the little girl who played Cindy Lou Who in the Jim Carrey version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She went on to play a stellar role on Gossip Girl before fronting a bad ass band. This song is full of dark and delicious caution.

Take Me To Church – Hozier –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYSVMgRr6pw

This one is fairly new in my repertoire but I’ve quickly fallen in love with it. Thumping bass, whispery strings and the lead singer’s amazing lyrics and voice bring it all together. It’s a song of depth and deception, heaven and hell. Sinner and saint. *swoon*

Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghb6eDopW8I

I stumbled on this gem a couple of months ago by total accident. It’s so trippy!! I kid you not! I can’t praise it enough, simply for the fact that is it completely unidentifiable, if that makes sense. I’ve forced my sister and mother to listen to it then tell me what they thought the song was about. They had different answers and mine was also different from theirs. Part ghost story, part insanity, it leaves me a bit sad every time I hear it but that’s also part of its allure.

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Fractured Fantasies Collection (Volume Two)

In the burning lands of rapturous fulfillment and unrequited desire, one false step can lead down the path towards delicious destruction. Impassioned appeals, sinful seductions and fevered longings can often hide degrees of twisted tenderness but don’t be fooled. Not all prisons have bars, silence can be deadly and even the sweetest face conceals monstrous insanity. Tread lightly, choose well or find sexual satisfaction at the dead end of one-way street.

 

Book One – The Factory

A glittering citadel born from blood money and power tripping provides the perfect stage for its mysterious owner and his young, dazzling wife. Before the final act is called and the curtain falls, they’ll both be tested to the limits of their personal, moral compasses. And neither of theirs point true north.

Book Two – Nevermore

Newlyweds on a romantic, Spanish honeymoon find themselves battling against stereotypes after a short engagement leads to a much longer commitment. In the shadows of infatuation, however, lay the groundwork for a cruel coupling that even death cannot part.

Book Three – The Nomad

In a post-apocalyptic, dystopian future, one young warrior woman travels the world in search of help against The Great Evil. When her travels take her far underground to the lair of the last great Champion, she finds duty mixing with desire and a tender temptation that threatens her mission.

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Author Bio:

Born on the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous, Torie is the illegitimate love child of Han Solo and Daenerys Targaryen. Rescued by Gandalf shortly before her home planet was destroyed in the last days of the Clone Wars, she was raised in relative obscurity by her foster parents, Severus Snape and Pippi Longstocking. At the tender age of 113, she inherited the best little whorehouse in Texas and is rumored to be bringing Sexy Back. A self- confessed chocoholic, she’s been engaged to Willy Wonka despite gossip surrounding a lifelong affair with Bruce Wayne.

And clearly, she practices delusion on a daily basis.

The truth is, I’m just an overgrown kid with a vivid imagination who loves to write and share my crazy with the world. My future plans include, hopefully, buying a lovely Scottish castle and convincing Queen Elizabeth I that I’d make a fab addition to the Royal Family.

Three years ago, I finally got my ‘brave’ on and submitted a wee story about true love, honor, friendship and the magic within us all. That story was Timeless Night, the first book in a five book series I’ve named New Camelot. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to have published Timeless Desire (Book 2 of New Camelot), Beauty and The Feast (A New Camelot Thanksgiving Novella) Ties That Bind (The Cloie Chronicles I), Fractured Fantasies (Valentine’s Venom), Fractured Fantasies (Volume 1) and coming soon, Fractured Fantasies (Volume Two).

I live in Southern California, a stone’s throw from Disneyland, with my family and the most ridiculously spoiled pets anyone could imagine. I wake everyday with the determination to make this life as random, quirky and beautiful as it can be.

 

Buy links:

www.amazon.com

http://thirteenbelow.com/shop/#!/Fractured-Fantasies-Volume-2-eBook/p/55704436/category=12024988

 

Social Media Links:

You can find/follow Torie at:

Blog and Website: https://toriejames.wordpress.com/

 FB: https://www.facebook.com/WriterGurl216

 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Writergurl216

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7054839.Torie_N_James

 Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CTBYH0M

 

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Lovely Authors and a Release Day Party

Help me celebrate my release day by joining me and a bunch of the most kickass authors for this Facebook party!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1003808899683864/

The lineup includes:

Sawney Hatton

Sawney Hatton is an author, editor, and screenwriter. Other incarnations of Sawney have produced corporate videos, attended Scottish Highland games, and played the banjo and sousaphone (not at the same time). He laughs at death, which has made for some very awkward funeral services.

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Check out his novel Dead Size!

Sheri Velarde

I am a creative type who not only writes, but also paints and makes jewelry. I am most at home when creating. In my spare time I love to listen to live music, read, and just hang out with my fiancé and our two dogs.

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Check out her novel, Quest for Redemption!

Jessica Cale

Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. You can visit her at www.authorjessicacale.com.

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Check out her novel Tyburn, first of the Southwark Saga series!

Olivia Night

Olivia Night, a fictional character herself, has always been an avid reader and writer. She found the romance genre in college and has never been able to get enough. One sleepless night, the main characters of Book One in her Seduction series sprang from her head fully formed. They demanded she tell their story; so she did. As they revealed themselves, so did two other intriguing characters. Those characters convinced her to give them their own books because their stories were worth telling too. And so Olivia suddenly became a romance author. When Olivia is not writing, she has the best job in the world, which, too, will remain a secret. In her free time, she reads, write, runs, or is, most likely, out emulating Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Olivia lives in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S.—Baltimore. She lives with her cat, which she is convinced was a gladiator in his past life. Olivia plans to continue being awesome at this thing called life. Really, that’s her only goal.

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Check out her novel Seduction in Sierra Leone!

Shelli Rosewarne

Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she worked in various jobs from call centers to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and has since had her first stand alone novella published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, another novel contracted for later in the year and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she’s having to pinch herself as well!
She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.

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Check out her novel, Love Reawakened!

Caroline Bradley

Still waters run very deep…

Caroline Bradley runs in the Philadelphia suburbs with her two teenage sons and a very boisterous cat named Mickey (who doesn’t run). And she’s never ever telling who inspired her fantasies…

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Check out her novel, Indulge my Fantasy

Terra James

I am 34 year old mother of two beautiful children with special needs, so I am an advocate for autism. I have loved to read, write, and blog/journal since I was 10 years old. I live in the beautiful mountains of TN. I love it here, but I would also love to live near a beach. I love reading, and I will read just about anything. I just recently started blogging, and I love it as well.

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Check out her novel, Chaotic Evolution: Inception!

Landra Graf

Landra Graf consumes at least one book a day, and has always been a sucker for stories where true love conquers all. She believes in the power of the written word, and the joy such words can bring. In between spending time with her family and having book adventures, she writes romance with the goal of giving everyone, fictional or not, their own happily ever after.

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Check out her novel, Raven, Pirate, Assassin, Spy!

 

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Curiouser and curiouser…

I run and write for a geek blog, the Caffeine Crew. That’s nice, you say. There are five million geek blogs out there and plenty are way bigger than you. However, I didn’t start this with becoming the next IGN in mind, or to be a reviewer. I wanted to build a creative community inspired by my wonderful friends and our diner conversations. So, this year, we took a giant leap towards that with the Curiouser photoshoot, an Alice in Wonderland inspired photoshoot. We worked together, came up with the costuming, artistic direction, gathered all the models and produced beautiful art.

That wasn’t the last of it though–we’ve got talented writers at Caffeine Crew, and a photobook from our Curiouser shoot seemed to be the perfect fusion of that creativity. Hence, Curiouser, our journey of wit and whimsy was born. Featuring the photographs of Trisha Minicozzi and Ashley Battista-Fesh, as well as the poetry of Carrie Fulk Vaughn and myself, this is one compilation I’m so proud and excited about.

The release is slated for late September, so stay tuned for the date. The first convention I’m bringing copies to will be Steampunk Unlimited.

In the meanwhile, enjoy some behind the scenes photos:

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Books I Love: The Lies of Locke Lamora

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (More Costume Changes than FFX-2)

by Scott Lynch

Upon first introduction to the book, you need to look no further than the name of the series: The Gentlemen Bastard Sequence. That about encompasses the entire book and what a brilliant book it is. Scott Lynch juxtaposes levity with hard knocks seamlessly. While you spend half the story delighted at the sheer cleverness of Locke and his group of thieves, the other half is spent in horror at the dark depths the story takes. The landscape is alien and fantastical and you remember the characters long after the novel ends. The Gentlemen Bastards may not be paragons of honor and virtue, but they’re one of the most entertaining groups I’ve seen in a long while.

***SPOILER ALERT***

Continue reading “Books I Love: The Lies of Locke Lamora”

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Paula Millhouse

It’s that time of week again, where we get to know more of the kickass talent out there! As someone who loves meeting people, particularly creative people, this post has been a joy, and I’ve found everyone’s answers fascinating!

Today let’s welcome Paula Millhouse!

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What writing quote means the most to you?

Via the awesome Chuck Wendig: “Finish your shit.” While at first his words may sound crass, the truth is in the quote for writers. You started that story. Finish it. That’s the only way through. Writers write. End of discussion.

Ha, I love that! Couldn’t agree more. What about inspiration? Where do you draw it from?

Writing is my therapy, my way back to myself, a sort-of Zen meditation if you will. This crazy old world can challenge the best and the worst in us, and writing helps me diffuse. Temperance is a value I hold dear – the philosophy that we should take it for granted that people act for good despite their circumstances.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you’re so attached to that you could write stories about them forever?

My dragonlet Magnus is my favorite character. He’s young, and full of whimsy, and adventure with so much to learn about the world. He’s got this huge destiny, but he’s just this intelligent youngling thrown into an impossible situation. I think I could write about him discovering his world forever.

For those curious, we have a picture!

3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background
3D digital render of a little blue dragon isolated on white background

For many of us, we travel through our writing, but when it comes to real life vacations, do you have a dream one?

A cruise on the Mediterranean Sea to visit the Greek Isles. The landscape there, and the history fascinates me. Not to mention the food, and the Ouzo! Second choice – Scotland.

Any projects you’re really excited to share with us?

Chalvaren Rising, my first professionally edited and produced Fantasy Romance novel with Boroughs Publishing Group. I blended the genres, and while traditional bookstores might have a hard time shelving the novel, it seems like the perfect marriage of story to me. Most fantasy books don’t have enough romance for me, and I find magic lacking in most straight romances. Hey, all those Hobbits and Elves and Dragons had to come from somewhere, right?

That sounds fantastic! Not going to lie, I’m intrigued–I feel the same way about blending fantasy and romance. When you’re taking a break from writing, what TV shows do you check out?

I gotta go with The Big Bang Theory. Just enough Geek there to make me smile, and the humor is huge – exactly what I need after a hard day at work. I’m a recovering Outlander. Honestly, I still haven’t decided if I’ll give Starz another chance next season after the last two episodes.

What about in the book-o-sphere?

I’m currently reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I enjoyed Marilyn Baxter’s Direct Deposit, a great contemporary. And I just picked up Solid Ground – the premise sounds perfect for my kind of story.

The Book of Life looked pretty intriguing–let me know how it is! And I hope you enjoy Solid Ground : ) Now to my favorite question–what’s your zodiac sign?

Aquarius. It’s true, I can never make up my mind, and as a character flaw, I’ll admit I can hold a grudge for over a year if you cross me. I’m working on that with respect to my goal of Temperance…

Are there any pet peeves that will make you put a book down?

The heroine who’s too stupid to live. I know we’ve got to showcase internal conflict as writers, but nothing drives me battier than a woman who can’t make up her mind. I appreciate kick-ass heroines who harbor dark secrets and aren’t afraid to act on good instincts. I love to read about gals who know who/what they want, and go for it despite the odds.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Find the Author here:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon / Boroughs Publishing Group / Pinterest

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The Dragonstone has returned. With the love of Kort, Chalvaren’s warrior-prince heir, Mia Ansgar will seize her birthright and become the great dragon-riding wizardess prophesied to free that elven kingdom from her embittered sorceress kin.

TO ASCEND TRIUMPHANT

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Buy it here: Boroughs Publishing Group

Thanks for joining us on Meet the Writer Wednesday! Join us next week to meet a new author!

 

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Preview Paragraph: Reflections of Ice

“The wind brought more to glide against her cheeks, but she continued trekking towards her glade. As the silence and the snow began to settle around her, more sobering thoughts intruded into her mind. She’d seen Melinda’s secret and the woman wouldn’t let that go. Not when Lyra could call her father and tell him what she’d seen. And he might kick her to the curb, but her father was a lonely man. She’d watched him desiccate over years as he raised her by himself. Even though Melinda was horrible, he threw himself into his work and tolerated her bouts of crazy because she didn’t leave.”

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Preview Paragraph: A Reflection of Ice

“Cold wetness landed on her nose, and Lyra looked up. Snowflakes wove down, some landing and others trickling past the boughs of pine overhead. While small patches covered the ground from the previous day’s snowfall, the fresh powder held all the wonder it had when she’d raced outside in her pink boots, bundled up under her mother’s careful supervision as she explored mounds of snow taller than she was. Though those days had long passed, a giddy twirl still danced through her chest when the first flakes descended.”