Wicked Wednesday – My Red-Headed Stepchild, One Four All.

jrb-ofa3That’s my hand and arm and my tattoo on Lira Pakan, my intrepid heroine. This story is… ahem… Science Fiction Romance.

From Penny Watson (OMG she makes me laugh) at her site, Penelope’s Romance Reviews:  Orgie Porgie Puddin’ and Pie

“Every once in a while, Julia Rachel Barrett will make a comment about her “menage” book and giggle. That’s right. She’s actually incapable of discussing this book without laughing. I kept hearing about the “menage” book, and I incorrectly concluded it was a “menage a trois” which, for those of you not familiar with the French language, is a “threesome.” So, I decided to read this giggly threesome, One Four All. The heroine is Lira, a totally kick-ass royal from another planet. And her “good buddies” (French for “good buddies”) are Cer, Redda, and Kepp. Wait a minute. Cer, Redda and Kepp. That’s three good buddies. Let’s do the math…

3 good buddies + 1 heroine = 4!

“OH MY GOD! This isn’t a menage a trois! This is a foursome! Julia wrote an orgy book! (The title One Four All should have been a dead give-away, but I guess I’m a bit dense.)

“I tormented Julia for several days with the fact that she did indeed write an orgy book. However, I wasn’t giggling while I read it. I was sweating! This book is hot! It is also extremely well-written, has a cool sci fi storyline, a very believable 4-some going on–dealing with feelings of possessiveness, lust and love–and a satisfying ending. It’s one of the best written multi-partner (a.k.a., orgy) books I’ve read. Nevertheless, I shall continue to torment Julia. Coz it’s fun!”

Lira Pakan, heir to the Throne of Zhinshu, has vanished. Her zealots gather along the border with the neighboring state of Khubuk, awaiting the outcome of her father’s pleas to the World Court.

Captain Tanner Kepp serves in the elite Special Forces of Khubuk. When the captain is ordered to choose two men to accompany him to Land’s End, an isolated compound on the maritime border between Khubuk and Zinshu, the last thing he expects to find is the missing princess.Captain Kepp, Arms Master Cer Watso and Sergeant Redda Till realize they must rescue her and avert all out war.

The princess, however, has other plans. These men can be more than her rescuers. According to the law of Zhinshu, she must choose three men as consorts. Her people say: “one to guard the right hand, one to guard the left hand, and one to guard the back, always.”

You all don’t get an excerpt.  I’ll start giggling.  Go read it for yourself.  One Four All is available:





A Couple Days Off.

Sorry.  I’m still not back in the swing of things – I’ve missed you and I’m pretty dang sure I’ll find a new normal.  I’m taking the next day or two off to get a few things done.  However, by the time you read this Daughters of Persephone, Book One Exile, will be FREE!  And Daughters of Persephone, Book Two Return, will be available!  (I hope!)  Go for it!

Click on the above titles for the links.  (As of this post still waiting for Book Two to go live.)

The Lady Ennat, has been sent by her mother to Resistance Commander, Karna Aram for protection. She is a Blood decoy. Her role is to protect her sister Aja, the Thousand Year Empress. She must draw the bulk of the Coalition forces away from the Resistance fighters. From the beginning she’s known she may not live to see tomorrow, yet despite her misgivings she finds herself drawn to Commander Aram.  

Karna Aram wanted the woman from the moment she set foot on his supply depot, but nobody touches a Princess of the Blood. He resists his bone deep desire until Ennat challenges him to pick up a sword and spar with her. All bets are off.  Karna has a different kind of sword play in mind.

When the Ennat and her sister, Aja, are reunited, they know the Coalition is coming after them.  They must risk all to save their devoted fighters and the men they love.



It’s been weird, to say the least.

You’ve all been so nice.  Thanks.  I mean it… thanks.

Dad’s not out of the woods yet.  As my husband reminds me, baby steps.  He’s had a few setbacks, but overall he’s making progress.

I headed home early this morning, after picking up coffee at the Human Bean, a drive thru coffee place that has been my lifeline all week, or maybe my mainline – yes, I have been mainlining caffeine.  I was so happy when I read on their sign that they would be open on Thanksgiving from 4:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  I hit the drive up window at 6:55 a.m.

The trip was interesting – some pea soup fog, some ice, some black ice, some freezing fog, some wind on steep mountain roads and me driving like a bat out of hell because that’s what I do.  Only saw one cop.

When I drive this route I count raptors.  On the way up I counted 38.  On the way down I counted 29.  Big fat birdies.  Of course on the way home I had to pay a little more attention to road conditions.

Hubby was here for about 30 minutes after I got home and then he left for Thanksgiving dinner with my cousins in San Francisco.  Don’t say, awwww, poor you!  There is no poor me.  I wanted to de-stress by cleaning my house, doing laundry, walking my dog.  I simply couldn’t cope with making conversation.  That would have been a bridge too far.

It’s Thanksgiving and my dad’s alive so the lack of a turkey doesn’t bother me one bit.

While I was away, Jaye and I did some work too, and my Science Fiction Romance or Fantasy Romance or Futuristic Romance or Time Travel Romance, Daughters of Persephone, Book One, Exile, is available on Amazon.  Click the title for the link.

Princess-in-exile, Aja Bokinan, is the Thousand Year Empress. While her family has remained in forced isolation for nearly thirty years, women throughout the empire have been banned from public life. Females have no legal standing and they have become little better than property. The restoration of the monarchy is their only hope. Revolution threatens the male dominated Coalition. Resistance forces expect the Princess to be the salvation of the empire. The ruling generals fear she will be its destruction. 
Kyr Aram, is a smuggler and secret Resistance sympathizer. He must find a way to protect the Princess from both the general who plans her assassination and a traitor on his own ship who wishes to see her dead. Kyr believes she is no more than valuable cargo. With the Thousand Year Empress, he gets more than he bargained for.