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Music Monday- A Talent for Trouble

This week we have the lovely Landra Graf in with her latest release, A Talent for Trouble!

  1. Sinnerman- Nina Simone

My hero’s song. Emilio Morales, drug runner and not the best person. He’s a sinner in every sense of the word. Plus, he is on the run through most of the story.

2. Thin line- Honeyhoney

This is for my heroine, Antonia ‘Toni’ Smith. She’s my sober alcoholic attempting to get her life back on the right track and get her ship back. This song is all about a woman taking what she wants and having to walk the thin line to do it.

3. luka- Secret Sisters

For the chase scenes and the action this song did some amazing things to channel all those moments. Plus, it’s got a creep-some vibe.

4. Down by the River- The Dirty River Boys

Another action song for me. Reminding me of the tough world my characters live in. How escaping their lives for something better may not be easy.

5. Better Love- Hozier

Every book needs a love song and this one is Emilio and Toni’s. Time and again Hozier creates music that speaks to me. This song hits all those levels. A little dark undertone and more.

What’s your next project on the horizon? A Gamble Of Sheep the second in the Bad Boys of Space series. The first book in the series, A Talent For Trouble, is available now.  It’s high octane, action adventure with romance, snark, and a heavy dose of sexual tension.

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Get A Talent for Trouble today!

A Talent for Trouble (Bad Boys of Space Book 1) by [Graf, Landra]

When notorious drug runner Emilio Morales meets desperate bootlegger Antonia Smith, they discover contraband isn’t the only thing worth breaking the law for…

Drug runner Emilio Morales is one deal away from being the sole runner from Earth to the upper planets—until his partner attempts a double-cross. Now, Emilio’s stuck in a disabled spaceship with an unpredictable, attractive female who’s willing to help him out if he’ll assist her in retrieving her ship from an impound facility.

Antonia ‘Toni’ Smith is sick and tired of being beholden to men. The only way to guarantee freedom is to get back her bootlegging ship to run her own business again. When Emilio kills her ticket out, she’s forced to rely on him for assistance. Emilio, the most wanted and annoying man in the solar system, is a sexy-as-hell means to an end.

But every plan the duo makes falls apart and every day they spend in each other’s company increases the tension between them.

With the death toll rising and their defenses low, can Emilio and Toni get the happy ending they want, without falling for each other in the process?

 

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Music Monday- Forged Decisions

Return of Music Monday! This week I’m taking over with Forged Decisions, and next week, Landra will be talking inspiration for her book Talent for Trouble!

1. Whatever it Takes- Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons is a favorite of mine for this series in general, and Whatever it Takes has this liquidity to the song, this driving beat that makes it perfect for a lot of the action and fight scenes. I loved listening to it while Finn and Navi were hot on the trail of the Landsliders’ meth distribution, but also some of the emotional beats as well.

2. Summer Air- Italobrothers

One of the things that got me in the mood to write the summer atmosphere of book two was this song. I felt like it captured the bit of carefree that comes with the warmer temperatures as well as the yearning that was prevalent in this book.

3. Ghost Town- Adam Lambert

This song had a lot of the past in it that I thought fit both Navi and Finn’s characters well. Finn is struggling with the past murder of his parents, while Navi constantly wars with her past as Tribe, harboring a bit of resentment towards the lonely life she’s forced to lead.

4. Despacito- Justin Bieber, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee

This super sensual song was really fun to listen to during some of the scorching scenes that happen throughout the book. Finn and Navi had grade A chemistry from the start, and even before the book begins, they’ve already hooked up, so both of them are just prolonging the inevitable.

5. Mouth of the River- Imagine Dragons

The joyful aspect of this song makes me think of unity and of finding direction. Finn struggles throughout this book in limbo of his old position in the pack changing and looking inward to find a new direction. The character’s inner turmoil while tough at the start grows into something beautiful when he finally makes his choice at the end.

What’s your next project on the horizon: The final book in the Tribal Spirits series! Book three comes out April 16th, and book four is currently in edits, so we’re gearing up to finish the series this year!

Dive into book two, Forged Decisions, now! Or begin at the start with Forged Alliances!

When Finn falls for Navi, a member of the East Coast Tribe, he’ll have to choose between the pack and family who saved him and the unforgettable woman who’s made her mark.

Ever since Sierra and Dax mated, forming their alliance, Finn has been restless in his position as beta for the Red Rock pack. So, when Navi, the gorgeous, lethal member of the East Coast Tribe, conscripts him to help break up the Landsliders’ drug-running ring, he leaps on the opportunity. As they work together, their attraction deepens to more than comrades and far more than a one-night stand. Except Navi isn’t sticking around town forever and Finn has his own responsibilities tethering him to the Red Rock pack.

When the trail to the drug ring leads them to the man who murdered Finn’s parents, Finn’s forced to confront the fears he’s buried and, in the process, the connection between him and Navi grows scorching and unforgettable. However, with an underground meth lab to bust and his parents’ murderer to take down, Finn throws his heart and soul into the fight, because he knows, even if he survives this, he’ll be forever marked by the goodbyes to follow.

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Weekly Word Count #171

Word Count: 5007

What story I’m currently working on:

Slow and steady! I’ve been pushing forward with Hypnotizing Beat, but I also got sidetracked the past couple of days with edits, so that put heavy writing days on the backburner. However, I did hit my goal of 30k in Hypnotizing Beat. I will finish this book by the end of the year, I swears it. I’m hoping to at least hit 60k with this book in October, if not complete it. If I don’t complete it next month, then I’m going to be finishing it in November to kickstart NaNoWriMo.

What I’m editing/marketing:

So, the reason I slacked harder on writing Hypnotizing Beat was because I started burning through edits on Forged Contracts…to the point that I finished them last night and sent in the submission. Fingers crossed for some good news, guys! Now that I have that edit out of the way, I can focus most of my editing mojo on The Lies We Weave, which I’m determined to finish this year. I’m super excited for next week, since the pre-order for Forged Alliances goes live!!! I absolutely can’t wait to relaunch this series!

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Teaser of the week:

Wistful notes spoke of loneliness, as solitary as the final birdsong of autumn or the trill of summer_s last cicada before the wintry freeze.

Currently listening to:

Line of the week:

Danica slipped beside him, craning forward to peer into the water. “So, what’s your guess, guitar boy? Think it’s in the middle of this muck? I’m happy to go splashing in the kiddie pool after the dive through Shark Central Station.”

Trevor lifted a brow. “I’ve been relegated to guitar boy now?” He couldn’t help the grin that rose to his lips. He’d love to chalk it up to her leannan sidhe charm, but he’d met plenty. Danica had an effortless ability to make him laugh, her brand of sharp wit and weird something he doubted he’d ever tire of.

“Yep,” she responded. “Better pull out the stops to wow me if you want a bump up on the nickname list.” Danica gripped the golden stones framing the pond as if she prepared to launch into the water.

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Music Monday- A Tale of Two Airships

Today’s Music Monday is featuring A Tale of Two Airships, the long awaited sequel of An Airship Named Desire which releases this Wednesday! (Though is currently available for pre-order HERE!)

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1. Outlaws- Delta Rae

This was a band I discovered while working on this book, and their music quickly became the top of my playlist, especially while editing. There’s a desperado/western feel to a couple of their songs that it with the themes and vibe of Take to the Skies so so well, and this song definitely nailed a couple scenes for me.

2. Hold the Line- The Clockwork Dolls

You can always count on The Clockwork Dolls for stirring, emotionally intense music. I had a really heartbreaking scene to write in this story, and this was the song I put on repeat to get through it. A lot of times when I’m writing a scene that’s taxing emotionally, I really need to immerse myself in the scene, which involves the right musical accompaniment.

3. Tarantella- This Way to the Egress

This is an Take to the Skies book, so of course there are bounty hunter bars on the seedy side of town and plenty of fighting. And with This Way to the Egress’s jaunty, vaudevillian music, it’s easy to envision the sort of bars Bea and the crew are sauntering into as they go to stir up trouble.

4. Delta Rae- Chasing Twisters

This song has such a stirring melody behind it that I can’t help but want to take to the skies. Or ride a horse into town to bust up a saloon. The western vibe is powerful, and the song itself is intense, like the building to a rising battle, which works perfectly for Bea and the crew, since the entire book builds to the final confrontation at the end.

5. First Aid Kid- Silver Lining

My husband found this song for me, and the first thing he said was that it reminded him of Airship. And I wholeheartedly agree. I can’t think of a song that emotionally captures Bea and the crew of the Desire better. They live a fast and furious life, free yet weighted by all the life lost, and all the tragedy they’ve dealt with. No matter what obstacle they face, they ‘keep on keeping on.’

Book three, The Airship Also Rises, will be on the agenda for 2017, though it may not release until the following year. As with this book, shout it loud enough and I may be persuaded to work a little faster–enthusiasm is infectious!

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Music Monday- What You Want

Musical Mondays for all!

Today let’s welcome Landra Graf with her book What You Want to discuss her musical inspiration for the book!

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Say You Do by Dierks Bentley – This song makes me think of early on in the story, when both hero and heroine have met, but she’s trying to convince him to agree to a little dessert.

Come a Little Closer Baby by Dierks Bentley – This is an end of the book song. One that has all the Happily Ever After and sexy I could dream of. Also, this guy’s voice… if you can’t tell I love it.

Come Over by Kenny Chesney – I easily got into the mood for writing Kanoa and Laney’s scenes leading up to the big smexy moments listening to this song.

Just a Kiss by Lady Antebellum – This song means a ton for my heroine, Laney. I can’t say specifically why, but kisses are a big deal.

Like a Wrecking Ball by Eric Church – One of the naughtiest country songs I’ve heard in a while. It fits my characters and came in handy for the more sensual moments in this book.

What’s your next project on the horizon? What You Want is the second in the Desperately Seeking Submissive series. The third one, What You Desire, is coming in April and features one of the characters from this story. What You Crave, the first book in the series, is available now.

Where can your readers find you? I’m always wandering Facebook via Landra Graf. My website is another way to check out my books and what I’m up to. If you want the latest news I highly suggest signing up for my newsletter, which I share with the awesome Catherine Peace.

 

What You Want

When her sister gets sick on the night of her 1Night Stand date, Laney Malcolm is asked to fill in and pretend to be her twin. Treating it as a lark, she looks forward to an adventurous event with a free dinner and not much else. She isn’t prepared for the fierce attraction nor the urge to help the Hawaiian, tattooed submissive she’s introduced to.

Kanoa Mahelona has spent the last year trying to find himself, but he’s tired of random hook-ups and women who only want him for his bad-boy image. Madame Eve helped his boss, so he turns to her for assistance. Attractive and damn good at breaking through his barriers, the blonde Domme challenges him in a way he can’t seem to turn down.

Only she’s not who she appears to be, and, once the truth comes out, it may be too late to go back.

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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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Music Monday-Secret of the Master Gearsman

Need some new tunes for the new week? Look no further.

Today Einar Mercier is sharing his musical inspiration for Secret of the Master Gearsman with us!

 

These songs from my Secret of the Master Gearsman playlist were common tunes while I sat at my laptop, envisioning the fantastic Gears & Gunfighters world and the people in it!

1. “Roundtable Rival,” by Lindsay Sterling. In truth, all of her music is amazing to play in the background while writing, but this song fits my steampunk material well. The pace keeps the keys clacking away while the melody fills you with a sense of adventure and opportunity that makes whatever comes next in the novel seem eager to break out onto the page. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=jvipPYFebWc

2.  “Jesse James,“ by Clay Walker. Steampunk Westerns combine two of the most common guy-stereotypes, the need to tinker and fix things, and the desire to wear a low-slung gun belt and walk into a saloon with your spurs jangling. This song does a great job capturing that ineffable quality, that glimmer in the hearts of good and ordinary folks to rob a train. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlpwKxd2s4

3. “Steampunk Pixie,” by Frenchy and the Punk. This is a great rockabilly-saloon song. The bounce in the beat and the charm of the tune is great for when I’m writing wry humor or sarcastic dialogue strips. It can be easy to get lost in the Western feel or the grit and noir of this book’s ongoing conflict, and this reminds me to have fun with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=ixbKm2JQx2w

4. “Glory and Gore,” by Lorde. This is a bit of a departure from the theme, but half of my world is populated by Vikings and this encapsulates the different worldview and behaviors of the Union’s northern border. The simple, direct savagery of the lyrics speaks to the way my Northmen behave in a beautiful and elegant way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOks2HArHf0

5. “Hungry Eyes,” by Eric Carmen. Not only a timeless classic and a great pace to write to, but it is a perfect representation of when Coline (the main character) encounters Guthvormyr, leader of a mystical race that lives within the Aether. That’s all I can say about it without giving away key plot points, but when you read the novel it will make sense!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oKUTOLSeMM

I never experienced Writer’s Block but instead have what I have termed Writer’s Diffusion, an inability to focus on just one writing project at a time. As such, I am amidst all of the following projects:

Einherjar, the Viking afterlife of a US Soldier, in edit and review for release in 2016.

Everlasting, a Slavic-horror tale, 30% complete.

Ransomed Dreams, a sci-fi pulp/noir adventure, 30% complete.

Seventy-Nine, a tarot-inspired adventure in the tradition of Alice in Wonderland, 20% complete.

Gunfighter: The Midnight Line, a modern action-novel, 20% complete.

 

Where can your readers find you?

My website: www.einarmercier.com

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/einarmercierauthor

My Steampunk Gunfighter Advice Column: www.gearsandgunfighters.com