[Note from Jessa: Not only is E.J. Russell a geeky girl goddess (she helped design my daily word count spreadsheet that keeps me On Task!) she writes wonderful and wonderfully diverse stories with a paranormal bent. So of course we had to have her here at See Jane Publish for the month of Halloween!]
Thank you, Jessa, for inviting me back to See Jane Publish to celebrate the release of my latest M/M paranormal romance, Wolf’s Clothing. This book is the second in my Legend Tripping series with Riptide Publishing—and BTW, Riptide is having their annual Anniversary Sale the entire month of October, and you can snag the ebook of Stumptown Spirits (Legend Tripping #1) for only $0.99 on their website!
About Wolf’s Clothing:
What do you do when you finally prove the existence of the otherworld, but the ghosts kick your ass?
For Trent Pielmeyer, the answer is run like hell—away from his hostile family, away from the disbelieving cops, and far, far, far away from anything that smacks of the supernatural. After seven years’ captivity in a whacked-out alternate dimension, he is so over legend tripping.
When Christophe Clavret spots Trent in a Portland bar, he detects a kindred spirit—another man attempting to outrun the darkness of his own soul. But despite their sizzling chemistry, Trent’s hatred of the uncanny makes Christophe hesitant to confide the truth: he’s a werewolf, one of a dwindling line, the victim of a genetic curse extending back to feudal Europe.
But dark forces are at work, threatening more than their growing love. If Christophe can’t win Trent’s trust, and if Trent can’t overcome his fear of the paranormal, the cost could be Trent’s freedom and Christophe’s humanity. Or it might be both their lives.
Find Wolf’s Clothing here:
E.J. Russell — certified geek, mother of three, recovering actor — lives in rural Oregon with her husband. She enjoys visits from her wonderful adult children, and indulges in good books, red wine, and the occasional hyperbole.
[Note from Jessa: In continuation of our new-release theme, I’m excited to share a new project from author and inspiring lady Susan Lute. Years ago, she convinced me to try vision boarding when brainstorming a book. I was sooo reluctant because it seemed like “wasted” time. To my surprise, I loved it! And I hope you’ll love this new book from her. Although I will fight her on her ranking of Firefly…]
Hello, See Jane Publish. Thanks for letting me take over your blog🙂
I’m going to let you in on a secret. I have a new obsession. Not chocolate, though on any given day, that easily hits the top of the list. A good cup of coffee? My new favorite is Don Francisco’s Kona blend, but that’s not what has my fingers doing a crazy dance across the keyboard.
It’s a given I’m a huge geek over Star Wars, Firefly, Star Trek (probably in that order), but it turns out I’m also a little obsessed with how-to webinars on anything related to publishing books. And because everyone has a story, that obsession has flung me on a new adventure outside of writing my usual contemporary romances.
Life isn’t about the destination. It’s about the journey.
As a kid raised in a military family, it’s no surprise all my novels are about the journey home.
Drum roll, please… My newest release… Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Yourself (A Summer Journal) is the first of four journals. Your story starts here in these keepsake books.
About Susan: You can take a girl away from her home, but you can’t erase the search for home from that girl’s heart. Like all children of military families, Susan Lute spent her childhood moving from one duty station to the next. Today she works as a Registered Nurse and writes whenever she can. When not writing, her favorite Zen moments are spending time with family, gardening, traveling, and remodeling the house she now calls home.
[Note from Jessa: Since the Janes have some good friends with new releases lately, we thought we’d do some blog takeovers. I thrilled to have Linda Mercury here to share a re-release of her dark and sexy twist on Dracula. With temperatures dropping here in the northern latitudes, it’s time for something hot!]
Blood Wings Series
by Linda Mercury
She calls herself Valerie Tate. One of the few vampires left on earth, as beautiful as she is powerful, Valerie has resisted her craving for human blood for years, just as she once hid her true gender. But the night she lays eyes on the most enticing man she’s ever seen, her appetite can no longer be denied.
He radiates goodness and light-and searing sexual energy. Valerie must have him. Taste him. Consume him. For he is temptation-and he is her destiny . . .
Lance Soleil is a rugged war veteran who runs a homeless shelter in Portland.
At first gaze, he knows what Valerie is-and wants her even more. But when he welcomes a pack of werewolves into his shelter, he attracts the attention of Valerie’s oldest rival-her bloodthirsty brother, Radu, who hopes to become the first vampire President of the United States.
Valerie knows Radu has a hidden agenda, and with Lance’s help she is determined to stop his unholy rise to power. But first, she must risk their growing love by fully revealing herself-as the one and only Dracula . . .
When Linda Mercury was four years old, she started reading. She realized that words are powerful and couldn’t stop reading andtelling stories. And the rest…is history.
As a writer, she’s deeply passionate about the ability of words to give us courage.
One reader calls her work as “fast paced and full of action” while another declared her writing was, “hot, hot, hot.”
When she’s not writing, you can find her napping and dancing.
It’s a new month and a new moon and, hey, I have a new book, first in a new series! Well, not me, per se, but my alter ego, Elsa Jade. As we head into the cold, dark months here in the northern latitudes, it seems like the perfect time for some hot alien loving in science fiction romance! Seven authors have joined intergalactic forces to each write a trilogy about alien mail order brides for the Intergalactic Dating Agency shared world series.
Looking for love in all the wrong galaxies…
Intergalactic Dating Agency
Big Sky Alien Mail Order Brides
by Elsa Jade
Sinclarion Fifth-Moon Jax will be lord of his own solar system, but he can’t claim the homeworld until he takes a bride. He needs the right mate to win his mating rings, but choosing one female from among the neighboring systems while slighting the others could start an interstellar incident—and this ex-mercenary starship captain has finally had enough of war. Where in the universe can a runaway cyborg prince find a naïve female willing to risk her life on the dangerous frontiers of space?
Big Sky Country has a big secret…
Intergalactic Dating Agency
Big Sky Alien Mail Order Brides
#1 ~ Alpha Star available now!
#2 ~ Red Shift coming in October
#3 ~ Dark Matter coming in November
Never read a science fiction romance? All my heroes had to fill out dating profiles for the Intergalactic Dating Agency — cuz of course they did! — which are gathered in a quick free sneak peek at InstaFreebie so you can try it out.
In space, date night never ends!
There was something wrong with the 2016 Olympic media coverage. It wasn’t just the commercials every 5 minutes or the security and health concerns facing all the athletes in Rio. It was the blatant sexism illustrated best in this video:
The women’s entire female Olympic team and Katie Ledecky deserve all their media attention for their accomplishments but there was more female talent than the hours of media coverage on the women’s beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross with constant bottom up camera shots of their derrieres. The media was happy to give women attention for all the wrong reasons: Hope Solo’s poor sportsmenship, the doping scandals of Russian athletes highlighted by the feud between Russia’s Yulia Efimova and U.S.A.’s Lilly King or Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s female Prime Minister’s downfall. But the reality is that women at the 2016 Olympics made Olympic history and shattered glass ceilings. Just on the USA Olympic Team alone, there were 264 men and 294 women. USA women won 27 of the 46 American gold medals. The following 10 women are inspirations to their countries and would make legendary kick-ass romance novel heroines.
10) Majlinda Kelmendi
Gold in Judo
It is a great honor to pursue the dream of bringing home your country’s first gold medal but that doesn’t guarantee food on your table. Majlinda is such a talented athletic that other countries offered her huge financial incentives to compete for them. She turned down these lucrative offers to bring home hope to her war-torn country. That must have been a tough decision to make, especially for someone who has experienced a life of limited resources. Her bravery and fortitude landed her on my list.
9) Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
Track and Field:
- Bronze – Women’s 100m
- Silver – Women’s 4x100m relay
At Rio, the first Olympian to get the chance to pursue a third straight Gold medal in the 100 meter race was a Jamaican track star named Usain B….Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. What? Based on the media coverage, Usain Bolt was the only athlete of such grand stature but there was a woman who had the chance to accomplish the same dream. Unfortunately she also came to Rio recovering from a toe injury and only walked away with a Bronze and Silver medal. It was the way she handled her non-gold medals that landed her on this list. She was gracious and congratulated her fellow Jamaican track star Elaine Thompson. Shelly-Ann is one of my favorite Track and Field athletes and I will always wonder what kind of reception she would have received if she had also achieved the third goal medal.
8) Gwen Jorgensen
Triathlon: Gold Women’s individual
Country: United States
Gwen is on this list because she broke free from a safe comfortable life in a work cubicle to pursue her Olympic dream full-time. At first, she kept her full-time job and only practiced before and after work. It was only when she took the leap of faith and trained full-time that she became an inspiration to all women to have faith in their dreams.
7) Caster Semenya
Track & field: Gold Women’s 800m
Country: South Africa
The coverage of this athlete was brutal. They were determined to put an asterisk by her name to dimmer the shine of any medal she received at Olympics. They insisted on calling her a name that has never been proven by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and has never been confirmed by the athlete and her family. Because of her appearance, her clothing choices and her stellar improvements on the track field, people have been cruel to her. But it’s up to the IOC to come up with a fair way to determine gender identity and not to revert back to historically humiliating gender identity verification. It’s unfair to the athletes to be found guilty in the public’s eye. When the warm-up to her race was televised, I had to mute my television screen because the announcers wasted minutes talking about her in a way to imply that when she won, it was because of an unfair advantage. Instead of becoming bitter and resentful, Caster only expressed kindness and gratitude, making her a true Olympian in my eyes.
6) Michelle Carter
Track & field: Gold Women’s shot put
Country: United States
On the flip side, there was another athlete who received a lot of media attention for having a physical appearance that went against traditional public opinion. Female Shot Put athletes are not known for appearing to be feminine but Michelle Carter not only wore beautiful make-up during her competition, she has her own cosmetic company. None of the criticism stopped her from taking home the Gold Medal with her father, Michael Carter (1984 Silver Medal Olympian in Shot Put), in the stands. It was a beautiful moment for the Carter family and the United States.
5) Oksana Chusovitina
Most people have the mental picture of female gymnastics as being extremely young and petite with high pitched voices. Oksana breaks that mold by her accomplishment of completing at her 7th Olympics at the age of 41. She even has a pole vault routine named after her. If she could have stuck her current pole vault landing at the 2016 Olympics, she could have been serious competition for Simone Biles. Very few other athletes had the chance to be a legitimate threat against the Rio golden girl. They might even go toe-to-toe again in 4 years. Oksana proves that you can still go after your dreams at any age.
4) Tie: Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) and Abbey D’Agostino (United States)
Track and Field: Women’s 5000m
These women collided during the women’s 5000m qualifying race. Abbey encouraged and helped Nikki to get back on her feet to compete and Nikki helped Abbey get medical attention after Abbey finished the race. They were both awarded with the prestigious Pierre de Coubertin medal for Spirit of True Sportsmanship. They are awesome women with hearts of gold.
3) Allyson Felix
Track & field
- Gold Women’s 4x100m relay
- Gold Women’s 4x400m relay
- Silver Women’s 400m
Country: United States
Allyson is the most decorated US woman in Olympics track and field history with seven total career Olympic medals. Yet her path has not always been golden. She lost out on 1st place during the Women’s 400m because Bahamas’ Shaunae Miller dramatically dove for the finish line to get more of her body across the line first. Then they were almost disqualified in the women’s 4X100 meter relay because Allyson was bumped while trying to pass her baton. She fought for every victory, never giving up and earned her spot in Olympic history.
2) Simone Manuel
- Gold Women’s 100m freestyle
- Gold Women’s 4x100m medley relay
- Silver Women’s 50m freestyle
- Silver Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay
Country: United States
Believe it or not, there was another Simone on the USA Olympic Team making history at Rio. Simone Manuel made history by becoming the first African American woman to win an individual swimming medal. But she didn’t stop there; she walked away with 4 medals, cementing her inspirational journey to Rio. I cried tears of joy with her.
1) Yusra Mardini
Refugee Olympic Athletes
Why did I select a person for the #1 spot who didn’t even medal at the Olympics? Because she accomplished something that no other swimmer has ever been asked to do by swimming for hours in the freezing cold water to save the lives of other boat passengers. Yusra competed at the Olympics as part of the first ever Refugee Team and took this opportunity on a global stage to shine a positive light on refugees. Part of her refugee journey was traveling by a boat that began to sink. This has meant death for so many other refugees in similar situations. However, Yusra and her sister jumped out of the boat and swam for three hours to help everyone reach the shore alive.
Last week I spotlighted 10 male champions at the 2016 Olympics that would make ideal romance novel heroes but today these 10 female champion counterparts deserve a bright spotlight for their Olympic achievements. And right now, athletes all over the world are training for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. I can’t wait to meet you all!