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.



I love it when Sheldon speaks Klingon…

Queen of Geedom here!

When Sheldon speaks Klingon, my heart sings!

I have a comic book collection and I like nothing more than perusing the stacks of old comics in a used comic book store – and when the guys in The Big Bang Theory are discussing the various attributes of super heroes, I know exactly what they are talking about!  Oooh…Green Lantern…he’s my fave!  Weakened by the color yellow – LOL!

Battlestar Galactica and Firefly were the two best  television science fiction series…ever!  But I still love the original Star Trek, especially Mr. Spock.  He was so Vulcan-y hot and smoldering just beneath his controlled surface.

Science fiction and fantasy may be the most compelling of all literary genres.

Video games and RPGs aren’t so bad – In my mind, they’re good things.  Especially Tetris and Dr. Mario!  RPGs kept my son busy and outdoors!

For once in my life, I have a TV schedule – there are actually shows I want to watch besides True Blood – which I’ve managed to avoid this entire disappointing season.  Okay now, let’s see…Monday – the new Hawaii Five-O – because Grace Park of Battlestar Galactica and Alex O’Laughlin, the vampire of Moonlight, are featured players.  Tuesday – NCIS – I have such a girl crush on Abby Sciuto.  I adore her!  Wednesday I’m off the hook.  Thursday – The Big Bang Theory…yay!  Steph over at Fangs wands and fairy dust claims that somebody is producing a television version of George R.R. Martin’s – A Game of Thrones – OMG!  If done right, this could be almost as amazing as Lord of the Rings.

Here’s the plan – there’s this new pho place in town.  I’ll get Vietnamese takeout and watch The Big Bang Theory.  Sound good?

New picture of Jakie-boy!  He’s got that cone-head look going on.

Why I love Firefly!

How do I count the ways?

Firefly was a short-lived futuristic science fiction series created by Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame.  The series was brilliant in its simplicity – after a galactic war and the end of the revolt against what was basically Big Brother ala 1984 – people just try to get by the best they can.  Serenity, the ship captained by Malcolm Reynolds and his first mate and former companion in arms, Zoe, exists in-between, her crew taking jobs where they find them, legality be damned.  I love the show because while there is intergalactic travel and advanced technology on the inner planets, people on the outer settlements live a very primitive life, something like a cross between the wild, wild west and Amish country.

So…what else do I love?

The people – the repartee between characters – the trust between cynical Malcolm and competent, loyal Zoe – the self-absorbed survivor that is Jayne (you know he’ll stand behind you when push comes to shove) – the sweet innocence of Kaylee – the single-minded protectiveness of Simon Tam – the brilliant insanity that is River Tam – the tender heart that is Wash (I still can’t believe they killed Wash!!!) – the secretive Shepherd Book – the intelligent, resourceful courtesan, Inara.

I love the fact that there are no alien creatures – it’s humans who populate the galaxy, scratching out a marginal existence, scattered to the margins of the empire, the new frontiers.  It’s humans who are both hero and enemy.

I love the fact that two languages from earth-that-was survive five hundred years into the future, English and Chinese, and people speak a blend of the two.

I love Jayne.

I love that the Reivers terrify me to the bone.  Just the word, let alone the sight of one of their horrible ships, sends chills down my spine.

I love that I have the DVD collection so I can watch Firefly to my heart’s content!

Which do you prefer? Stories that stand alone or a series?

Or do you like both?

I have a four-book futuristic series coming out this summer – in July and August – Daughters of Persephone.  Books one and two will be released together and then books three and four.  I have to admit, the series nearly wrote itself – it was so fun to write these stories involving one specific line of genetically enhanced women.  The results sort of blew me away, as did the cover.  This is my first series and I did leave room for a couple other books.  I have several more sci fi series planned – so many plans, so few hours in the day!

As a reader, on the other hand, I hesitate to involve myself in a series because I’m afraid of being disappointed.  Sometimes I think a series goes on too long – past the point of exhaustion.  It can be a bit of a crap shoot.

There are a few series that I’ve enjoyed.  Even if I haven’t liked every single book, I’ve stuck by the author because I like the characters and hate to leave them behind.  Because of Sookie and Eric and Pam and Bill, as long as Ms. Harris writes ‘em, I’ll read ‘em.  Her books are always entertaining.

George R.R. Martin – A Song of Fire and Ice – oh baby – gimme my next 5000 page installment!

Tad Williams – The Dragonbone Chair series.  Yummy fantasy.

The Chronicles of the Warlands, Warprize, Warsworn and Warlord, by Elizabeth Vaughan – listed as paranormal romance but much more fantasy.  Great stuff!

Kilgannon and it’s sequel, The Wild Rose of Kilgannon, by Kathleen Givens is a good historical romance with a strong heroine, my favorite kind!

Linda Howard’s MacKenzies – not perfect, but I love the family so their stories are in my permanent collection.  Of course, if you read Kill and Tell, you can go on to read All the Queen’s Men and follow John Medina, one of the secondary characters in Kill and Tell.

I enjoyed Angela Knight’s Jane’s Warlord, Warrior and Guardian, all interrelated.

I stuck with J.R. Ward through Lover Revealed.  She lost me after that, just like KMM lost me with her Darkfever series and I did try to like it, I swear I did.  I tried my best.

While I slogged through every subsequent book written by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the only book I loved.  Nonetheless, I have to admit that Jamie Fraser was, is, and always will be my ideal romance hero.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!