The Dog Days of August

Samoyed dogAre you enjoying the dog days of Summer? These are described as the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, which coincide with the dawn rising of the Sirius, the Dog Star. This is soon after the Summer Solstice, which of course also indicates that heat will soon set in.

Here in central North Carolina, the heat appeared months ago, about the same time our house A/C  unit broke. $$$ later, I keep writing.

In my latest book, Heaven-sent Warrior, my characters include a special dog I call Ivor. He is a Samoyed. Big, white and fluffy, he has a knack for guarding other otherworldly beings. Why did I pick this breed? My grandmother had two during my lifetime, both named Frosty. Whenever I think of her, I think of Frosty. Adding him to my book means she is being remembered along with her dogs.

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How do you keep cool during summer months? And for my readers in Australia, what are you doing for fun during your cooler season?

Nancy Lee Badger

p.s. please do not leave your dog inside a hot car

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LATE BREAKING NEWS!

Heaven-sent Warrior has won the Reader’s Choice Cover Contest for July 2018!

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New Paranormal for July

I’m excited about several new paranormal books out recently. These are stories that draw me and it’s been a boon month for me. I don’t write vampires but I love reading about them. (I am dipping my toe into shifter fic later this year or early next year).

Earlier in the month Awaken the Darkness (Book 8 in the Immortal Guardians) by Awaken the Darkness Dianne Duvall
Dianne Duvall released. I’ve followed this series from the beginning when I realized her guardians were protecting students from vampires on North Carolina campuses. I worked at UNCG for 22 years and this just explained so much . . .

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Also released this month is Heaven Sent Warrior by our own Nancy Lee Badger. This one’s a little hard to describe, but it’s next up in my reading queue so I’ll have to get back to you.

 

For me the second book in my Melting Series, The Progression will be out August 1 – following a pandemic that wiped out most of Book two 6x9humanity from a virus that thawed out with the melting of the glaciers, the people that remain are . . . changed. I love reading and writing this stuff!

And just like that you’ve got three totally different books, all paranormal and each can take you to a different place, depending on your preferences. And you can always try something new. The possibilities are endless!!

Stay Cool with Christmas in July

Just in Time for a Highland Christmas

Just in Time for a Highland Christmas
A Highland Gardens Novella

The 3rd tale in the series.

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$0.99 through July 31st

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Can a determined brownie craft a perfect match in time for Christmas?

When the Chief of Clan MacLachlan travels to the stronghold of his feuding neighbors to fetch his betrothed, she is gone. A year later, she is still missing. Making life more vexing, a band of reivers are stealing clan cattle, leaving behind destruction. Archibald MacLachlan determines to capture them and administer harsh punishment.

Though once in love with the man, Isobell Lamont refuses to wed her clan’s enemy. After running away, she joins the band of reivers set on revenge.

Can Archibald forgive the raven-haired beauty? Will a journey through time bring them together for a Highland Christmas?

 

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Twelvetide: Twelve Nights of Highland Magic
A Highland Gardens Novella

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He has twelve nights to gain her love. She has twelve nights to save his soul.

Fulfilling a childhood promise, Ashley Dumont returns to an ancient Druid garden in the Black Hills of Scotland on the eve of the winter solstice—a time when magic hums and the veil between realms thins and tears, allowing all manner of supernatural creatures through. Will the ghost who claimed to be her destiny still be there?

Caelan Innes awaits her arrival. Unjustly murdered in the sixteenth century, a second chance at life depends on this woman. The Druids grant them the twelve nights of Yule to find love and save Cael’s soul. Will a trip through time and the treachery of enemies make the sacrifice too dear?

 

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Hope you have a magical summer!

~Dawn Marie

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Alpha’s Mate

Special Anniversary Extended Edition

Caryn Moya Block

Following a wounded animal to its lair has never been a safe thing to do. But Violet Anderson, Wildlife photographer, is thinking of doing just that, when she meets Siberian Werewolf Dmitry Volkov in Moscow. Can she handle being the beauty to his beast? Also includes non-fiction articles, “Why Siberia” and “Love at First Sight, Believe in the Possibility”

 

 

Destined Magic

A Witch Guardian Romance

Caryn Moya Block

Garrett Amhurst, a member of the Witch Guardian Police Force, investigates a claim of blood magic and is surprised to find his “Destined One”. Her sister is guilty of the illegal practice and it’s Garrett’s job to bring her to justice.
Gabriella Ross, Water Witch, would do anything to save her sister, including stepping in front of a bullet.

 

Shadow of My Heart

A Shadow Walker Romance

Caryn Moya Block

Raven Darkwood, Shadow Walker, leader, and shaman of the Nuni Nagi Tribe, as well as CEO of Isanti Inc., the conglomerate his tribe owns and manages, is also a spy for the government. His mentor Isanti Quiet Thunder has prophesied the perfect mate for him. But how can he find her when he doesn’t have time to date? And how can he bring an innocent into his crazy violent world?
Cara Hamilton wants nothing more than to be with Raven Darkwood. But she soon finds out Raven lives and works in a dangerous world and that is before she learns he can walk into a different dimension. Can she conquer her fear and put her trust in Raven and his tribe?

 

 

My First Reiki Book

A Psychic Kids Series Book

Caryn Block

My First Reiki Book is part of the Pyschic Kids Series, a book for empathic and intuitive children.
Lanis learns about the energy healing technique called “Reiki” and how it can help her feel better when she is stressed.

(For Children Three to Six Yrs.)

July is a Month to Celebrate!

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July is known for celebrations and fireworks. In America, we celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July. After the fireworks fizzle out, the real celebration starts! My new book, Heaven-sent Warrior, will be released with great fanfare on Wednesday July 18th. This full-length paranormal romance, set in North Carolina, deviates from my normal Scottish characters and shape-shifting dragons. Intrigued? Here is a taste:

 

 

HEAVEN-SENT WARRIOR

CHAPTER 1

Present Day

Raleigh, North Carolina

Henrí Chevalier materialized in human form, stretched his naked limbs, and groaned. Bones, long unused, slid into place. He arched his back, raising both arms toward the night sky. Aching in a dozen places, he inhaled and savored crisp fresh air.

I am free.

Lowering his arms, he flexed all ten fingers, and shook the numbness away. His last memory was of a cold, damp wall at his back. No longer imprisoned, he relished his newfound freedom. Rubbing phantom pain at each wrist, Henrí soon relaxed, while he slid his fingers over one cheek. As he brushed the light stubble, the tips tingled. Moving his hand lower, he paused on the pulse pounding beneath the skin of his neck.

Life beats here. I am alive again.

A clean, grassy scent lingered on the night breeze. The sweetness made his lips twitch into a slight smile. Such normalcy, he thought, even as he turned in a circle with slow determination to get his bearings. Sleep-filled eyes adjusted to the inky night’s low light. Odd forms hovered near, and he fought the urge to crouch low, into a warrior’s stance.

I shall stand my ground this night.

Odd sensations cautioned him to move slowly. Rounded pebbles pressed into the soles of his bare feet until he tripped over something low and hard. His hand shot out into blackness, slamming against something smooth and icy.

Mon Dieu!” Did God care that he was cold and achy, standing alone in a strange place? As if in answer, clouds moved aside, and the moon’s radiance spilled over a trio of statues. Familiarity made his eyebrows quiver. He brushed loose hair off his face and stared at the hard, cold bronze beneath his palm. His breath caught in his throat, remembering the pain, sorrow, and loneliness. Without love, there was no life. One-sided love did not count. This was not the time to feel sorry for himself.

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Why Paranormal?

Okay, I talked about sci fi, now the other side. For me it starts with revealing my little secret – I wrote fanfic for X-Files for ten years (10!!). Like I said, I’ve always written. What I didn’t mention was I never allowed anyone to read anything I wrote – it was just for me.

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Then I stumbled across a fanfic story that popped up on my feed. I didn’t know any such thing existed. I dived in headfirst. I wrote over 500 short stories, including a 60 chapter novel – After the Future – which got a chapter a month. You do the math, I wrote that thing for five years with monthly installments! Fanfic has no formal editors and quite often it shows, but we had fun!

That led me to writing about those little changes that make someone “different”. Again, as with sci fi, the possibilities are endless and you can create your own rules about whatever abilities your hero and/or heroine have. So now I’ve written psychics, ghosts, supernatural children . . . Having to follow the rules of physics isn’t necessary and the imagination can soar.  Small Changes, Before You, Learning Trust,  Wraith’s Heart

Talk to me, what abilities would you want to read about (or have yourself)?

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Why Science Fiction

Well, for me it came naturally. Both of my parents read extensively – Daddy, sci fi and Momma, Harlequin (I still remember those boxes arriving.).

In third grade my teacher, Mrs. Hickman, allowed us to bring in books to read when we’d finished our work to keep quiet while she helped someone who wasn’t finished. One of the books I chose came from Daddy’s paperbacks in the basement – Slan Slan new coverby A. E. van Vogt. Okay maybe that wasn’t what most third graders would read, but it was about a young boy who was an alien, and I was fascinated. Then Momma found the book in my bag and took it away. I was told that I couldn’t take that book to school because, and I quote here, girls don’t read science fiction. Well, that sealed my fate. If I wasn’t supposed to read it because of my lesser gender, it was the only thing I wanted to read.

I’ve been at it ever since. The freedom of possibilities has always drawn me in. The fact that women could be the heroes and anything could be achieved kept me going long before #MeToo came along. I’ve added my own to the mix now and added a little romance to them (hey, that’s what was missing!) and am enjoying it immensely. Below are some of my sci fi covers. Anyone want to guess what’s in the distance of the one with forest – Rth Rising.  Alien Embrace

Do you remember what led you to the love of reading? Please share – you never know what will inspire someone to pick up a book!

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