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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Win a copy of Kiss of Scandal!

I'm guest blogging at Unusual Historicals today. My newest release from Ravenous is Kiss of Scandal set in 1855 St. Petersburg. I loved researching this story, one because Russian history is a passion of mine, and two because the story itself relies heavily on setting. Could I have set this in London 1855? Sure, but it wouldn't have the same bite.
So join me, read the excerpt, read the interview, leave a comment!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Northern Roses and Southern Belles

Review! Long and Short Reviews gave the Civil War anthology 4.5 books!

Wild Plum said this about the anthology:

I think all of the authors did a great job with this anthology and so did the editors. I felt like I was involved in every story, I felt like I could smell the flowers and taste the crisp air. I felt the emotions the characters were feeling. It’s a great anthology that any historical fan will love.

About In the Shadows she said:


This was a different read for me from Isabel Roman. I have read a couple of her books and she’s more known for her erotic tales and her hot sex scenes. But this story was different. It was sensual but it was sweet and there was no sex. But Isabel Roman pulled it off. The characters were passionate and seemed like our next-door neighbors. The plot and the scenery were great. I felt like I was in the story, which seems to be common with this anthology. Isabel Roman did a great job. And I look forward to more sweet stories along with erotic stories from this author.

Northern Roses and Southern Belles is available from The Wild Rose Press in print and e-book. Also from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Whipped Cream Romance

As I posted last week, Dark Desires of the Druids II: Sex and Subterfuge received a 4.5 cherry review from the Whipped Cream side of Long and Short Reviews. Today I found out that it's also Book of the Week!

Thanks Holly for the wonderful review, and thanks to those who voted for me.

I also appreciated the research that must have gone into this book to make everything so true to the time period. I respect the author’s time taken to get it right.

Up next, my Druids contest!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New review!

I suppose one day I'll be blasé about reviews, but not yet. Not for a while, either, I'm thinking! They give me a thrill that someone liked my books. That, while I love writing and won't stop, this person saw what I was trying to do with the story and got it. Makes it all worth while!

Dark Desires of the Druids II: Sex and Subterfuge received a 4.5 Cherry Review from Whipped Cream Romance!

Holly said: Isabel Roman has stepped up the action in this second book of her series. The characters are all well defined and multi-faceted. Morgana is a strong woman, but one who is willing to give all to those she cares deeply for....If you are looking for a story with intrigue, magick and lots of hot sex (I’ll never look at a dining room table quite the same again). Keep the fan on high and enjoy.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Taming of the Wolf, now available!

Today, my short story, Shadow State, is released in the Taming of the Wolf anthology from The Wild Rose Press. I'm over at Black Rose, but here's the blog I posted there:

Ancient runes, occult legends and dark gods bring to mind the supernatural, paranormal tales we've heard all our lives but how often does it bring to mind...Nazis?

However, the Nazis and Hitler particularly were fascinated by all things occult. Many people do not realize that most of the Nazi symbolism comes from ancient runic markings. The Nazis were obsessed with all things occult or Druid in origin; in fact Hitler based many of his most controversial policies on ancient occult teachings or theories.

For instance: he believed the Aryan race was descended from the Nordic gods which in turn was a race saved after the lost continent of Atlantis' residents took refuge in the Scandinavian countries. Hitler firmly believed that the Aryan race lost their innate supernatural powers (such as telepathy, superior strength, etc.) because of interbreeding with lesser races. This belief was the main reason behind his ethnic cleansing and eugenics policies.

It was shocking how rich the Nazi world and mythos was for the setting of a paranormal story. They were into absolutely everything and their views were skewed toward the belief of the supernatural, they believed themselves to be supernatural actually.

The Indiana Jones movies are not far off the mark as to the fervent pursuit the Nazi's engaged in when hunting religious artifacts, lost legends and the like. It is well documented that they went on a crusade for the Holy Grail and The Spear of Destiny. In fact, it is theorized that Hitler started WWII in order to acquire The Spear of Destiny.

In my short story, Shadow State, I took these facts and used them to create my fictitious world where wehrwölfes or wölfes lived hidden in German society until one fateful day when a group of SS officers capture a man after he changed into his wölfe form.

The story then follows Christoph, the clan leader and Elsa, a defacto pack leader, through their journey to rescue the captured wölfe and explore the feelings they have for each other. Strasser, the SS flunky, is single-minded in his intent to learn their secrets and to create more wölfes.

EXCERPT:

“Based on what you’ve told me regarding the subject’s reaction to the dogs you introduced, I can only assume he was raised around other rabid beasts. Tell me, Karl,” he reverted to the familiar now that the interview was over. “Where did you find the…man?”


With an uncharacteristic huff, Strasser leaned back in the chair. “We picked him up in Neukölln after he attacked a mob. The details are unclear, but I understand it took four men to bring him in.” He sat up and added, “Four men, even though the beast had taken two gunshot wounds.”


“Hmm,” Gerard said to cover his disgust at Erik’s treatment. “Neukölln, I would have said in one of the outer provinces.”


“I want you to set up a test,” Strasser stood. “I’m going to have a subject brought in from the prisons. If the beast bites him, we can create more of these unusual creatures.”


“You believe the legends of the wehrwölfe?” Gerard asked.


Strasser offered a smile that made him sick. “There’s one way to find out.”

Friday, October 9, 2009

Kiss of Scandal review!

4 steaming cups of coffee from Coffee Time Romance for Kiss of Scandal!

Kim says: This remarkable story paints a vivid picture of life in the Russian court with all its intrigues and dangers. The characters are well written and their emotions are brought to life. The action is fast paced and believable. You will enjoy this story.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

October

It has a mysticism all its own. October is the month of true autumn, of eerie nights and haunted sightings. It's Halloween with all the connotations that go with that. I don't mind October, though it does get colder and I'm not a fan of the cold, it's also a time for fires and marshmallows and hot chocolate and new shoes. *G*

This October I'm going to have a contest the last 2 weeks of the month. It's something I've been working on since, oh, August. Time has flown, what can I say. Really flown. I have new release this month from The Wild Rose Press, Taming of the Wolf. It's been a long time coming but I'm thrilled with the story and the release.

But that's now what this contest is about, despite the werewolf aspect of that story.

No, this contest is for my Druids series. Each book is different in both tone and characters, dealing with a variety of themes such as duty, grief, forgiving , and taking chances. And each book deals with these themes in its own way.

I'm going to finalize everything on my end this week and then post what's what next week. Be on the lookout!

Murder & Magick
Sex & Subterfuge
Desert & Destiny
Temptations & Treachery

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Over at Dayana Knights!

Morning! Today I'm guest blogging at Dayana Knight's fantastic blog for an Author Spotlight. Please stop by. ;) I'm talking about writing paranormals, my newest release from The Wild Rose Press, Shadow State, and why writing the dreaded synopsis is the worst!

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