Sunday Surprise


redemption-final-smallREDEMPTION – A Many Lives Standalone Story
One of the best books I read this year. A tightly-woven tale of what it means to be redeemed by love ★★★★★” – Margo Bond Collins, NY Times bestselling author.
From New York Times bestselling author, Laxmi Hariharan, comes REDEMPTION the much anticipated next standalone story in the Many Lives Series. For fans of Nalini Singh and Christine Feehan. Experience a thrilling paranormal romance where shifters, vampires and immortals fight to save those they love.
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When differences threaten to tear fated mates apart
LEANA
I submit to no one—not even him.
Not till I was taken
Now a terrible emptiness tears me apart. For,
he’s just…gone
Will I see him again?
MIKHAIL
I never needed anyone
Then I met her, a cage fighter, my shifter. Mine.
The one I must protect
Now I want her. In my life, in my blood.
Her, only her.
Reclusive designer Mikhail Anton blames wolf-shifters for his memory loss, refusing to accept the signs that he is immortal. On meeting Leana Iyeroy, a cage-fighter and shifter, Mikhail is drawn to her in ways he can’t identify. And when vampires threaten Leana, he must acknowledge his abilities to rescue her from certain death. They must team up to save their city– before their differences destroy everything they love.
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Writer Wednesday


A new title is out – both e-book and paperback, and interestingly the paperback is already linked to the e-book on Barnes&Noble but not on Amazon. Wonders never cease. Anyway, the awesome cover is by Sir Wendigo, who did also the cover of volume 1. And if the characters are clothed while they were naked on volume 1 it’s also because volume 2 is more chaste! 😉

Now, Tori, please don’t rush to buy it. Just wait for the next, Fairy Tales Revisited, okay? You’ll have the same stories and no doubles, since Male Lovers volume 2 overlaps with More Tales of the Southern Kingdoms and an Amazon story. I’ve ordered the proof of the POD and the e-book should come out at the same time at the beginning of October.

Since the series I’m more proud of is Vampires Through the Centuries, I even ordered postcards with the books that came out so far (well, two came out, two are still in pre-order, but you will be able to read them before the end of the year). So look at these neat postcards, don’t they look great? Hoping to give some to interested readers at next Worldcon…

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By the way, here’s a sneak preview of what you will see expanded on this very blog for what I call the Hastings 1066 Fortnight, courtesy of fellow author L.J. Hick… stay tuned!

Now, writing-wise. I’ve rewritten the end of one of those Star Minds stories and given them all to a proofreader. And in the meantime, I’ve started on Quests Book 3 – sort of outlining only to make sure I don’t forget anything, but I’ll still be improvising much! 😉 And researching some stuff, since it’s not at the tip of my keyboard, haha!

I have changed writing process, I guess those workshops kinda worked, haha! If you’re thinking of taking some, here’s a workshop curriculum. I took Depth, Teams and Author Voice not really in that order, but well… Still mulling over them. And then I’ll take a couple more – either at the end of the year or beginning of 2017.

Now some writing dreams and harsh realities, advice from a professional writer. And 5 legal terms every author should know. That’s part of the writer’s education. And even if the Publisher’s Hat doesn’t really suit me, I better learn that stuff.

Now back to writing! Have a great week!


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Star Minds Next Generation Diaries

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Rajveer the Vampire

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Sunday Surprise


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

Soo! Tell me a little about yourself.

My name is Dii – Dii’Athella is the longer version. It’s elven. I’m told it means Flower of the Dawn. I’m about twenty-five summers – although I don’t know my exact age. I was taken from my true mother as an infant and given to a human family. They did not take me to raise me as their own, I was a Kept – a slave. I’m an elf – elves have no rights, no liberty, no justice in Eranan law.

Ugh. I already hate your world. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Female, red hair, tattoos, elven, midnight blue eyes.

Lovely! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

My Keeper Joset Tremayne. He’s the one who stole me from my mother’s arms. Although I do not know how my mother ended up in the Enclave. Joset used me….Please do not ask me the details. Let’s just say he’s very unpleasant, he’s cruel and unfeeling. He beats all his servants and slaves. By law he does nothing wrong. I was property – to be treated as he wished but surely property does not think, does not feel or hurt.

I am a sorceress – which made me doubly forbidden. The Order of Witch-Hunters rule the land, and by their law magic is illegal. Anyone caught using it can be taken and imprisoned or executed. There is no trial – I think that’s what you call it in your land. Magic is just there, it infuses the land, some people are born with it. Magic does not know it’s forbidden. How can it be forbidden – it just is. Like the sky, the sun, the moon and the gods.

I know exactly what you mean. I do have my own share of magic people of other worlds don’t understand. Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Yes. And yes.

So tell me more about your world.

I now live in Tremellic, which is a valley community at the far edge of Erana. The Jagged Peak mountains look upon us and the Shimmering Forest guards our border.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Lord Archos. He is kind, clever, powerful and charming. He’s an excellent lover, a courageous fighter and a shrewd businessman. He is also a mage, our magic met and now we are more powerful together. He loves me for what I am, what I was, and what I can be.

Sounds like a dream man! What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Surviving.

I get a lot of answers like that, I wonder why… Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

Archos is my family, and his friend Olek. Olek is like the brother I never really had. Ozena lives with us too. She’s an elven huntress from a local elven community which was destroyed by slavers. It’s nice to have a female companion about the manor. My Keeper had a son – Ulric – who was sometimes kind to me. Mostly he was his father’s son and could not see me as anything more than a pretty dalliance, someone to warm his bed. He cared for his own pleasure, and the honour of their house. He was not a man. He was a child, and a petulant one at that.

Most men are – I think it’s called Peter Pan syndrome somewhere… Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have a tattoo which spirals from my cheek to my thigh.

Whoa, neat! What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

Oh gods, I do not know. Perhaps why I visit the Enclave in Varlek when I know it is a terrible place?

Varlek, one of the largest cities has an elven Enclave. I suppose in your world it would be called a ghetto. All elves must live there – unless they live in the house of their masters. It’s a terrible place, there is much disease and poverty. The Enclave is another tool of the Order of Witch-Hunters – to keep the humans and elves apart. Highlight our differences you might say. Elves and men are really not that different, there are a few cosmetic differences – elves have different ear shapes, we are slightly smaller and our features more pronounced. But elves and humans can interbreed – any child thereof is classed as a half-elf and subject to the restrictions of all elves. Even if it’s father is a lord of the land. Why did we visit the Enclave? Ozena’s sister was taken from Szendro, and often such elves end up in the Enclave, the slave markets or worse. As it happened the elves we found were not of Szendro. That’s another story – and you must read my adventures to find out who they are.

I’d not dare to enter the Enclave alone, but some humans do feel pity for the elves and bring medicine or extra food. Officially it’s not allowed but a starving, sick elf cannot work and besides disease can spread to the humans. The Witch-Hunter guards turn their eyes away if the payment is large enough. Money can buy freedom, of a sort. Or at least pity and mercy.

Archos tells me it depends on the particular guards – some turn aside. Others do not. Some of the merchants pay to the temple. The priestesses are allowed in the Enclave to give alms, bring herbs and prayers. I suppose it keeps order. Vestiges of the old religions linger and not even the Order often dare to defy the gods. It’s more, I think, they ignore it, or perhaps feel that angering the gods helps no one.

Any mage knows the gods are real, or at least were. Many do not walk the lands now, the magic is not as Powerful as once it was and so although the beliefs do linger they are often not strong. Do I believe? Yes, of course. When one has nothing but hatred and fear one looks beyond the mortal for hope. The gods are there, getting their attention – that’s another matter entirely.

Another question? What are my hopes for the future? I’m an elf – and even within Tremellic where elves are treated well it’s hard to believe we will ever be truly free. For now the Witch-Hunters ignore Tremellic – Archos pays vast bribes to keep it so but the more we interfere the more likely they are to come. My hopes for the future are to live with the man I love, and to be safe and happy. I hope for the elves to be free, but I know that is a dangerous hope. We cannot simply sit back and do nothing but for every elf we save, for every mage we help the risk of Order ‘pacification’ increases. My hopes are that we live to see another sun rise, another moon rise. I will say this – despite my fear I will never again become a prisoner of the Order. I will live as freely as I can or die trying. The Order think they rule this land, think they rule magic. Magic does not agree.

Well, thank you for your time, Dii’. I see we have another guest… Tell me a little about yourself, my good lord.

Ulric Tremayne, son of Lord Joset Tremayne of Reldfield. I am heir to the lands, and all its chattels. I am twenty-five or so. Really does it matter? As yet there is no Lady Tremayne. My mother is father’s…concubine. She is a mage – but that is of no matter. In our lands she has protection. Have I a wife? Not yet, I do not need the burden of a wife and my father is still young enough to have many years left to him and perhaps if he takes another mistress there will be another son.

I like the company of women. I am the master’s son and so if I command they warm my bed. Then there is Dii. Such a sweet creature, poor soul. But of course she’s a Kept. Property. I suppose Mama is too, if I think about it. There is no point in taking Dii as any more than the whore she is – any offspring would be half-elven bastards. Dii brings me pleasure but it can never be more than that. Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Black hair, young and handsome.

What is your role in the story?

I’m the son of Lord Joset Tremayne. When Dii runs away I go to seek her. Father has a temper, he does not treat her kindly and so if I can return her to the household I may be able to pacify him. Dii is his prize Kept, she has certain….skills, and charms. Dii brings us a goodly amount of coin. Besides it is dangerous world for a young elven woman. Dii knows nothing of it. She is safer within our house.

What is your relationship with the protagonist?

I suppose you could almost say Dii is my foster sister. Mama certainly tries to treat her as a daughter. My mother had a true born daughter once – stillborn. I don’t recall her, I was either very young or not yet born. I try and tell mother Dii is just a Kept, an elf but it doesn’t help. I worry for them both. Father could easily end his protection and Mama would have nothing, perhaps end in the Enclave prison, or worse. Dii is an elf and a mage. The Order do not look kindly on her type.

Where do you live(world/town/whatever)?

I live in Reldfield. It’s a town West of Jaeden and the city. We have other holdings but that is where my father chooses to reside.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

I can take any girl I choose in the household or from among the Kepts. Dii is my favourite but I am a young man, I take my pleasures where I wish.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding Dii. The foolish girl ran from our protection. You’d not think it so hard to find one red-haired elven girl but she’s clever. She finds herself a protector. Dii has something about her, an allure. Many men find her irresistible.

Do you have a moral code?

I wish to protect the honour of the House of Tremayne, and of course our interests. I don’t think I’m cruel but well, elves are elves aren’t they? The law is the law.

Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have an attraction towards red-haired women, but I can’t think why.

*to herself* Glad I’m a brunette! *back to Ulric* What 2 or 3 questions do you wish I’d asked and what are your answers to them?

What will I do with Dii when I find her?

I’ll bring her home. I know she fears my father but I’m sure I can placate him. At least I think so.

What do I think of the Order of Witch-Hunters?

They can be….heavy handed at times. I mean one hears stories but rumours are just that rumour. Erana can’t be an easy land to rule – there are many factions after all. They leave us alone – in fact now I think of it some of my father’s cronies wear the colours of the Order. It helps to sweeten them, after all my mother is a mage. I try and stay out of their way but I know mother and Dii fear them. The law is the law.

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LBTS Book IThese characters appear in Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles.

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series – an adult fantasy/fantasy romance series, with a touch of erotica.

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book I

In a dark world where magic is illegal and elves are enslaved a young elven sorceress runs for her life from the house of her evil Keeper. Pursued by his men and the corrupt Order of Witch-Hunters she must find sanctuary. As the slavers roll across the lands stealing elves from what remains of their ancestral home the Witch-Hunters turn a blind eye to the tragedy and a story of power, love and a terrible revenge unfolds.

Available as an e-book in all the Amazon stores, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and the Smashwords associate stores.

Also available as a paperback on Createspace and Amazon.

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More info on the author’s website

Writer Wednesday


After dealing with Mr Procrastination for two whole weeks, I finally managed to get back to writing on Easter weekend. My weekly wordcount (10K) was covered in two days. Now I have the rest of the week to write 20K more and catch up on the lost time, haha! 🙂

And from the guy who invented the “WIBBOW test”, here’s a helpful metaphor for writers. My weak leg of the table is #4 – marketing and the business side of writing. I guess, like Leah Cutter suggests, I should buy a hat. Or a wig. Wait, I already have wigs. When should I wear the wig – as the author or as the publisher? Decisions…

Openings_resizeAnyhow, I did manage to upload the new short stories that sprang from last year’s Depth Workshop… As is now usual for the new titles (but I still haven’t done it for the previous ones), the Amazon link redirects you to your Amazon store.

And next week I start another online workshop, so maybe more contemporary stories will come out eventually. I’m not sure I want to keep writing those, but if some nice prompt… prompts me, I’ll write them! 😉

In a couple of weeks you’ll get the other novella, “Changes”, the one that was stuck in project block for months, along with the other stories by the discarded pen name. So look out for “Choices, Changes and Other Stories” if contemporary fiction is your thing.

In the meantime I’m finishing those Silvery Earth stories before refining the last scene in Chandaka’s story as per suggestion of Mighty Beta Jo and then onward with Kaylyn’s book.

No more writerly links – but the ones above are well worth the detour! 🙂 Have a great week!

Sunday Surprise


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

PrinceSplendorDTFSooooo… hello, gorgeous! Tell me a little about yourself

I’m Splendor, prince of Bold Castle. Well, I’m a prince of a small northern kingdom, close to a forest and, um… well, let’s say that I’m the most wanted bachelor of the lot, and I have two lovely ladies that I’m considering marrying, except there’s a… well, she’s the court witch and she also has a fancy on me and so… she curses me.

A-ha! A witch! A real one. This new Silvery Earth has some nice tricks! *chuckle* Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Blond and blue-eyed. I’m never sure if they like me for my looks or my title, to be honest.

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

I had two noble maidens I was interested in – before I fell askeep. Now I’m stuck with an adventurer, a warrior woman who dresses like a man and doesn’t believe in love. Still, she’s taking care of me and she’s helping me… She woke me up with a kiss, but I don’t remember much of that.

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding a way of getting rid of Leondina’s curse. The alternative is making a chastity vow…

Do you have a family? Tell me about them.

I awoke after a century. My family was completely wiped out by the curse. I had a brother, who was married. And my parents were still alive when I fell asleep at twenty-two. Sometimes I still miss them…

Maybe because your companion isn’t very nice? Let’s hear the lady now. Tell me a little about yourself…

Who are you calling “lady”? I’m Billinda and I’m a fisherman’s daughter who became a warrior woman and a mercenary. I was wandering the northern kingdoms when I found Splendor’s castle and I hoped it hid some treasure, but no… I guess I’m not very lucky in life. *snort*

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

My sword is real and I can use it.

You don’t scare me, sister. I’m not *that* kind of woman! What is your relationship with the protagonist?

I find him, I kiss him, thinking nothing except he has yummy lips…

He has! *chuckle*

I know. *grin* Next thing he wakes up and I’m stuck with him, since any other woman lusts after him and sends him back to sleep…

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

Like he said, I don’t believe in love. Or I wouldn’t have woken him!

What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Finding a new home for Splendor. He’s gorgeous, but women keep falling head over heels for him, so he can’t really settle anywhere… unless he settles with a man, but I think he doesn’t like that… *wink*

Buy Prince Splendor now.

Sunday Surprise


Archers_resizeLAST DAY FREE KINDLE BOOK The Archers

Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

Now, what do we have here… a handsome young man and a beautiful lady! Let’s start with the bowman, swordsman, wait, what are you?

I’m both. I was captain of Lovenback Castle guards. My name is Mark and I am now an outlaw hiding in the forest.

Oh, I see… So you hide in the forest and rob the rich to give to the poor?

Let’s say I keep an eye on who travels through my lord’s fief…

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Black hair and eyes, clean-shaven, long hair.

Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

Lord Donovan has become my enemy. After he abused of his power and… um… well, he also stole a woman I fancied and used her just to spite me, so I revolted against him. I’d be dead now if it weren’t for my friend Brendan who got me out of prison along with three other men who went against our not-so-loved lord.

Mmm… sounds more and more like Robin Hood and his merry men! So there must be a Lady Marian! Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

When Lady Eleonor crossed the forest on her way to her cousin’s castle, I couldn’t avoid noticing how beautiful she is. I thought she’d be much like Lord Donovan, but she’s actually very different. She doesn’t like her haughty cousin and actually prefers me to the almighty duke – which is a nice change after all those women falling for a title or a few coins…

Would you kill for those you love? And would you die for them?

Absolutely! Currently it’s Eleonor, Brendan and the other three, David and his cousin Sebastian, and Jeffrey. We hope to get rid of our lord soon and live happily ever after.

Thank you, Mark. Now let’s hear the lady! Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I’m Eleonor of Logris, only heir of my father’s castle. My father died in a hunting accident and my relatives decided I should marry my cousin Donovan, so the fief and its vineyards would stay in the family. Even the king loves our wine, and in fact I hope to convince him to let me marry who I want.

Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Blonde and blue-eyed, I’m a duchess and it shows.

Indeed! What is your role in the story?

I believe it’s my story – how I was taken to Lovenback and when Donovan refused to let me join a nunnery, I ran away with Mark, hiding in the forest with him.

So what is it about Mark that you like? And what is it that you hate of your cousin?

I like his sweetness and how he respects me. Mark is a real gentleman, even though he’s not noble born – unlike my cousin, who is a haughty bastard who probably doesn’t even have a heart. I’ve met plenty of young noblemen like him, and had avoided marrying them while my father was alive…

Do you think your father would have approved of Mark?

I’m not sure, but since he passed away, if the king allows me, I’ll marry him and keep sending the king our wonderful wine!

Well, let’s hope your author allows you to live happily ever after! Thank you for your time!

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The Archers currently on Free Book Promotion will go from March 2, 2016 to March 6, 2016 – so ending today. The link should go directly to your country’s Amazon store.

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The Moren Empire is no more and the northern lands are a scatter of fiefs, small kingdoms and city-states. Eleonor leaves her father’s castle to go to her cousin’s who will probably propose her. Meeting a batch of handsome outlaws in the forest will change Eleonor’s destiny forever. A Silvery Earth novella of bad lords and good bowmen, love and sorcery.

Random Friday


Hi guys,

I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

ColorsDTFNow, what do we have here… a male Snow White, I daresay! Tell me a little about yourself, young man!

I’m Nerian of Ker Daragon, I’m now nineteen and I’ve been locked in on of my castle’s towers for ten years now. I was wondering what the Sorcerer King planned on doing with me… when I discovered he wanted me dead!

Was he jealous of your youth or your beauty? Does he have a magic mirror?

*Nerian stares blankly at her*

He’s a socrerer, I don’t know what he uses. I haven’t seen him for ten years except from the window…

Oh, fine… Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Pale blue eyes, raven hair and fair skin.

“White as snow, black as ebony, red as blood” – definitely Snow White! Do you have an enemy or nemesis? If so, who are they and how did they become an enemy?

The Sorcerer King took my father’s life and throne and locked me up. Until someone probably brought to his attention that I wasn’t a child anymore and therefore could be dangerous if left alive. Not that I can do much against him… my princely education stopped when I was locked up, so I can read and write, but can’t use a sword or ride a horse… *sigh*

Are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

What part of “locked in a tower for ten years” did you miss? I barely saw the same servants bringing me meals! I long for a relationship of any kind! I guess I’m lucky I convinced the huntsman who was supposed to kill me to let me live!

I guess I’ll skip some questions, since you have already answered them and you don’t like to repeat yourself. Spoiled prince. Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I understand birds languages. And I wish that the winged beings that fly by the castle would stop and take me away.

BiancanevoCol1_resizeMmm… okay. I guess I’ll leave you to your staying alive and brooding mood. I guess you’re too young to have much to say, so let me go to the other main character of this fairy tale revisited. Supposedly the Prince Charming, but I think he might be something more…Excuse me? Can you tell me a little about yourself?

I’m Riander, king of Ker Garenn. I’m thirty and I’m still unmarried. My counselors and servants are all pressing me to find a bride, but I’m really not into it.

Oh, wow! Royal duty number one, breed! Describe your appearance in ten words or less.

Tall, well-built, with honey-colored eyes.

I can see that… I mean, you’re just like a certain Desi vampire – without the fangs! What is your role in the story?

I don’t know what you mean, but while hunting with my personal servant, I ended up too far from my castle and asked for hospitality in Ker Daragon, which is my neighbor. I met the Sorcerer King and I must admit he’s a fascinating man, all dressed in black.

Not an ugly and mean sorcerer, then. What is your relationship with Nerian?

I haven’t met Prince Nerian yet.

Something tells me you soon will! Besides not wanting to get married, are you involved in a relationship? If so, with who and what is it about them that you find appealing?

No, I just can’t find anyone who isn’t obsessed with sex, so I’ll probably die alone, which is fine with me.

I think people like you are called asexual on another world and in another time… What is the biggest challenge you face in the story?

Resisting the Sorcerer King’s seductive manners. Even though I’m not interested in sex, he’s… irresistible, I’m afraid.

Maybe I should interview him too! *chuckle* Please give me an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

I have a faery godmother. Well, she’s not really a faery, I believe she’s a Genn, a member of the Magical Races, and she’s a healer, and she hears me when I call her with my mind. I am fascinated with the winged beings that never get any close to my castle too.

I think they’re called Sila and they’re also members of the Magical Races. But that’s the mess of new Silvery Earth! *snorts* Thank you for your time!

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Nerian and Riander are the main characters of Colors, a fairy tale revisited, a sweet m/m romance, a Silvery Earth novella.

White as snow, as Nerian’s skin and pure heart.

Black as ebony, as the Sorcerer King’s clothes and soul.

Red as blood, the blood of confrontations meant to happen.

Yellow as honey, as Riander’s eyes, as the golden crown restored to the rightful heir.

Blue as the sky, the freedom, the bright future.

Writer Wednesday


So, February was productive, since I finished a 50K novel – based on a graphic novel published at the time of the photocopied fanzines (read: late 1990s). Longtime friend Nik might remember Kolia and Joris… I have revised their story and made it a novel in the new Silvery Earth (the original had elves and other very usual fantasy beings, now Joris is a Genn, but since it’s earlier in the history of Silvery Earth, there are still a few unicorns and centaurs and dwarves and giants and probably faeries besides the Magical Races).

ColorsDTFLovers should come out next month, after Prince Splendor (another graphic novel rewritten, they were actually sorta kinda related and they still are). For now please check Colors, the Snow White revisited that still has the seven dwarves in the new Silvery Earth.

The cover is where I drew my first bird, the swallow on Nerian’s window, talking to him (although in the opening scene it’s a family of swallows… might be earlier! 😉 I’m bad at drawing animals, have mercy!)… The previous attempt is also on DeviantART. Wait for this character’s interview sometimes next week.

I spent last weekend working on the covers of Lovers and Prince Splendor, since I didn’t want to use the old drawings from the graphic novels. Although I did end up doing a mash up of old drawings for Prince Splendor, but well… after 2 or 3 attempts at coming up with a new cover, I just gave up and looked at the old stuff! 😉

Linky links… just food for thought in the Day-Job Thinking post by Dean Wesley Smith. And if you want to see Joe Konrath fisking Lee Child

Going back to writing. And reading. Have a great week!

 

Sunday Surprise


Rajveer the Vampire

 A “sun clan” warrior can never become a true child of darkness.

Turned into a bloodsucker by an ancient Celtic vampire, Rajveer, a proud Rajput warrior of a Suryavanshi clan in 14th century India, becomes almost invulnerable.

Immortal, he loses his family to war and time and travels through northern India, seeing history unfold. Threatened by both human wars and evil vampires, can he remain true to his sworn vow not to take human lives?

A vampire’s journey through centuries.

In this new novel, Barbara G.Tarn combines her love for history (especially medieval) and fantasy. It’s the story of a vampire through the centuries that will appeal to both historical fiction readers and vampire lovers all over the world.

Rajveer the Vampire by Barbara G.Tarn is now available for on Amazon US,  Apple US, Barnes&NobleKobo US and Smashwords for 4,99$.

Print version coming soon.

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excerpts that were posted during Amaranthine week on Facebook

from Chapter Two

Desi vampire family col_resize“Rajveer! Charumati tells us you’re sick!”

Akshita and Enakshi surrounded Rajveer’s bed at sunset. He woke from his deep, dreamless sleep and found them climbing on the mattress with Charumati who wore a worried frown on her beautiful face. His first wife – a kshatriya like him – had told the other two he’d been sleeping all day, obviously. He didn’t feel feverish anymore and his new sense of smell told him Akshita was also menstruating.

“I’m fine,” he answered as Enakshi nestled against him.

She still had traces of the vermilion he’d put over her black hair when he’d married her. A vaishya – her father owned a small farm outside the walls – she was the latest acquisition. The wedding ceremony had ended a week earlier and they had barely consummated once.

“I just have to change my habits a little for the time being. I’ll do night duties from now on and sleep during the day.”

“Should I have some food brought in?” Charumati asked, still frowning.

“I’m not hungry, beloved, don’t worry. I’ll eat something before going on watch.” He couldn’t tell them he longed to drink their blood.

“You are so cold,” Enakshi whispered, shivering against him. “Are you sure you’re all right?”

“Yes, little one, I’m fine,” he assured, squeezing her. “I had a bad fever, I’ll need a few days to recover.”

“I think we should do another pilgrimage,” Akshita said, fidgeting with her gown. She had long black lashes that made her look very seductive when she wanted to – and she knew it. Daughter of a rich merchant that had often dealt with Rajveer’s father, she’d known him since childhood, therefore she’d been the obvious second choice after five years of fruitless marriage with Charumati. “Or you should spend more time with us.”

“Oh, please, I’ve been longing for you since the chaturthi-karma!” Enakshi added, staring at him with her doe eyes. The rite performed on the fourth day of marriage had seen him take her virginity, but he hadn’t gone back to her bed since. He was pleased to hear she had enjoyed it so much that she wanted more.

“What do you say, Charumati? Should I spend more time with them?” Rajveer turned to his first wife. “Charumati?”

The young woman stared at him in both fear and wonder. She had glimpsed his fangs and was now filled with doubts. Rajveer was startled to discover he could read her mind – not clearly, but he could tell what she was feeling. He understood now how the much more powerful Bran had read him like a book.

At the sound of her name, she snapped out of her musings and smiled briefly, but not with her beautiful black eyes.

“Sure, Enakshi should have her chance, like Akshita and me,” she said quickly, averting her eyes.

The other wives stayed for a little longer, and then Charumati shooed them out of his bedroom. She carefully closed the door and slowly came back to the bed, staring warily at Rajveer. He opened his arms to welcome her, but she sat at the edge of the bed and kept her distance.

“Charumati…”

“I don’t know what happened to you, but the fever changed you,” she said.

“You are most perceptive, beloved. Yes, some change occurred, and I cannot explain it. But whatever it was, it will not change my love for you. I would never ever hurt you or the other two and will keep fighting for us – our home, our freedom. Like I said, I fear my habits will have to change slightly, since the sunlight seems to drain me of my strength.”

“What have you become?”

He moved to take her in his arms and felt her stiffen against him. “I’m still a mighty warrior, and you’re still my one and only love,” he said before kissing her.

“Your skin is so cold,” she whispered, caressing his clean-shaven cheek but nestling against him. “Rajveer, what have you done?”

“I didn’t want to die in my bed,” he answered, laying her down.

He covered her with kisses that made her moan, but she kept him at arm’s length. He could feel her menstrual cramps and the blood running in her veins, but he resisted the impulse of biting her. He simply cuddled her until she fell asleep in his arms.

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excerpt from Chapter 3

(the king of Mewar has been held captive by the Sultan of Delhi – he’s supposed to give up his wife, the beautiful Rani Padmini)

2015yellow&Rajveer_resizeThe palanquins left the fort at daybreak, giving the sultan the impression the queen was coming to him. Rajveer watched them leave before collapsing to sleep.

He woke up hours later with a gasp and found Akshita by his side.

“Charumati is with Rani Padmini,” she informed him.

He nodded, knowing of Charumati’s duties as lady-in-waiting to the queen.

“Rana Ratan?” he asked, frowning.

“He’s back.” Akshita grinned. “The sultan was furious and our men inflicted heavy losses on his army.”

Rajveer exhaled in relief. But then Akshita’s smile vanished.

“Heroes saved the day, but Gorka and Badal have fallen at the gates of Chittor,” she said. “And they weren’t the only ones. You should visit Anuja before it’s too late.”

Rajveer jumped out of bed. Anuja was his sister, and Akshita knew her very well. Her words implied his brother-in-law had also fallen on the battlefield. He rushed out, barely grabbing his sword.

Rajveer arrived just in time to see Anuja jump into her husband’s funeral pyre – much like their mother had when their father had died. Anuja had his same honey-colored eyes and she smiled ruefully at him before the sati, as if to tell him, “Soon Charumati will do the same for you.”

As the sun set, Rajveer reached the sultan’s camp, furious, and ended many soldiers’ lives both with his sword and sharp fangs. The human blood was intoxicating and his thirst for revenge made him drink so much that he ended up feeling dizzy – and very slow.

A Muslim warrior saw him stagger through corpses and sounded the alarm. Rajveer was surrounded, although he could see fear on his enemies’ faces – probably because his mouth still dripped with blood.

“Face a Hindu demon’s wrath!” he screamed before attacking, oblivious of being outnumbered, feeling invincible and ready for another slaughter.

His warrior instincts were heightened by his new nature and he didn’t feel too bad drinking enemy blood. But then he wasn’t really thinking as he slashed with his blade left and right, biting when flesh came too close to his fangs.

The soldiers fought him valiantly and wounded him, but he didn’t feel any pain. He still had more strength than any of them and they couldn’t hold him down.

And then Kaylyn joined the fight, with her long gown and a short dagger, cutting throats like the Goddess Kali. Her long chestnut-brown hair was loose, and she looked like a fury to the startled soldiers who soon retreated, cursing them both.

“Let’s go back,” Kaylyn said, offering her hand to a still panting Rajveer. “You ate your fill, no use staying here.”

“I want to kill them all,” he growled.

She smiled. “You can’t. Not even with my help and Bran’s. There’s too many of them. Come, Rajveer. Time to go home and tend your wounds.”

He grunted, but followed her back to the fort. The gates were closed, but she climbed the steep path to the northern entrance that had only one gate, trying to stick to the shadows. Then she continued up the bastions and over the false merlons like a colorful lizard, until she reached the parapet of the wall walk where she sat to wait for him.

He followed a little clumsily. He had drunk too much. His head was spinning, and he wondered if it was the wounds weakening him.

Like Bran, he couldn’t really fly, but he could jump and glide and climb surfaces. He stopped for breath on the battlement and looked left and right for any guards on watch.

Kaylyn took him down to the shadows of the walls, moving quickly through the darkest spots, and checked his wounds.

Rajveer“They’ll be gone in the morning,” she said. “You had so much blood, you were almost invulnerable.”

Rajveer noticed he wasn’t bleeding anymore and the wounds were already closing. Amazing. Whenever he’d be able to fight during the day, he’d be invincible. Maybe Gorka and Badal would still be alive if he could have joined them.

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Rajveer the Vampire by Barbara G.Tarn is now available for on Amazon US,  Apple US, Barnes&NobleKobo US and Smashwords for 4,99$. Print version coming soon.

 

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