Every author has a tale bigger than the one they tell in their books. Like everyone else authors have families, day jobs, hobbies and pets. Life isn't always glamorous, but it always gives us something to talk about! Here is where author's can tell their tales about any subject they like, so sit back, take some time to yourself and see what these authors have to say. And if what you read provokes a response in you, please leave a comment and say your piece too!
A Winter's Night
"A Winter’s Night has a fairy tale feel and I enjoyed the strong sense of right and wrong, evil and good." Dark Diva Reviews
"...mysterious, provocative and heartwrenching." Whipped Cream Erotic Reviews
"Rie McGaha creates a realistic world of high action, and pure sexuality while giving us a new twist on the lore of the werewolf..." Siren Book Reviews
"This is one of those fine books that gets the reader emotionally involved..."The Romance Studio!
Cocked & Fully Loaded
"Cocked and Fully Loaded has me wild for more!" Manic Readers
Comes An Outlaw
With the fast-paced action of a western, and a side of romance, this book is one heck of a ride. A ride that I believe is definitely worth taking. ‘Comes an Outlaw’ earns five Tea Cups and a rating as a recommended read.
Cross The Line
"What an amazing novel this is..." CTR
"intriguing and thought provoking..." Siren Book Reviews
Deep Within My Heart
"From the first time Caleb appeared on the page, I was head over heels for him..." Kimberly, Reviewer Coffee Time Romance
Written In Stone
"If the passionate love doesn’t grab you, then the memorable characters, drama, and surprises will..." Literary Nymphs Reviews
IS THERE anything new out there, really? As an author, and especiallyone who writes Speculative Fiction, the goal is always to stretchtoward uniqueness, to invent something completely new and original.
Maybe that’s stating the obvious, but a lot of the time, the goal is alot harder to reach than you might imagine.
Sometimes you hit it out of the park, a thought so purely anddistinctly “yours” tickles you into action. Success. You’ve hit onsomething “new.” Finally. Until you go to the movies a few monthslater and see something so similar it makes you want to weep openly.You thought of it first, right? Didn’t you?
Sigh. Tell me this has happened to other authors…please? I’m notashamed to admit it. It happens to me all the time. I invent newtechnologies only to find shades of them in the latest ConsumerElectronics. I create creatures so bizarre they have to be unique, andthen see a cousin in the newest Scyfy series. (Don’t get me started onthe Sci-Fi thing.) Am I unimaginably predictable? So average that mybrainwaves only fluctuate in the “obvious” range? Or are we all tunedinto the same, giant, universal wavelength?
Heck if I know. What I do know is that creating something completelyunique is a challenge. Even the pros struggle with it. I’ve read thatthere are only a finite number of story themes possible, and that alltales ever written are merely a version of one or the other of them.While the thought gives me shivers, I imagine it’s close to the mark.
So should the Speculative author give up? Well, where’s the fun inthat? There’s more to a tale than one element, and how a story is told can be equally important as anything else. Maybe it’s enough to have aunique perspective—something we are all inherently gifted with. Evenif the most original thing an author can manage is their voice, Ithink that’s a pretty good start.
As for that new technology…I intend to keep trying. Somewhere outthere is a device or gadget, or ship’s drive that belongs to me alone.
I’ll let you know when I find it.
Roarke by Frances Pauli
Published by Devine Destinies
Short Science Fiction Romance
They have to be lying when they tell her she was dead. With no memory of her past, and no idea who she actually is, Nora has little options. Alone, and at the mercy of the Mercenary Defense Conglomerate, she searches for clues into her past, and the truth about her supposed demise.
If she is a prisoner, robbed of memory and held against her will, then she must trust no one. If she has, in fact, returned from the dead, then who could possibly help her? Armed with only her wits and her inexplicably sharpened senses, she is forced to play along, to search for the holes in their story, and to piece together the flashes of memory that serve only to taunt her.
But the visions seem to confirm the impossible. The man who is supposed to be her fiancé seems bent on confusing her, and the one person she is desperate to be near may very well be responsible for her death. If the silent Roarke is her enemy, why do her visions draw her closer to him? And why, when nothing else seems remotely familiar, does Nora find herself remembering, or wanting to remember only him?
Though she always held aspirations to be a writer, Frances originally chose to pursue a career in visual arts. Her stories, however, had other plans for her. By the time she entered her thirties, they were no longer content existing solely in her head. Compelled to free them, she set aside her easel and began to write in earnest
She currently resides smack in the center of Washington State with her husband and two children. When not writing she dabbles in insane things like puppetry, belly dance and playing the ukulele. She collects rocks, and is a firm believer in good wine, fine chocolate and dangerous men.
Her short fiction has appeared in Alternative Coordinates magazine.
More information on Frances and her writing can be found on her website.