October Rushes in to Frighten or Entertain?

Halloween

Pumpkins, Witches, bats…

Like this sign in my yard, October is filled with crazy things that kids and candy companies look forward to. Halloween is known in the Celtic community as Samhain. My readers are often unaware of the celebration’s strong Scottish connections. With Scotland’s beautiful yet harsh landscape, haunted castles, and superstitions, it is not surprising that Halloween first took root there.

My heroine in Heaven-sent Warrior is an American of Scottish descent, but my hero is French. Halloween is not a typical French holiday, although you might find carved pumpkins at the grocery store. The French translation concerning this holiday is “des bonbons ou un sort” (candies or a spell) or even “betises oufriandises” (mischiefs or sweets).

However you call it, this is a holiday that brings us the beauty of pumpkins, harvested red apples, changing leaves, and sweet-smelling wood fires. Enjoy these with a good book…    

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How about Heaven-sent Warrior
With Every Spark
 Or, With Every Spark

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The Coming Fall

We’re heading toward my favorite time of year. Not quite to Halloween yet, but the heat of the summer is broken and cool evenings are finally returning. The dark comes earlier and the spookiness re-enters the world.  Man walking on a path in a dark forest with fog

It’s time for a touch of the paranormal. This term is so wide spread I always have to read the book description to find out where I’m going. It can mean anything from vampires, werewolves and gods to psychic children. Me, I’m more on the side of the kids, just a touch of the weird, something that makes you slightly uneasy but you want to keep going. And it might be real.

That’s what I write, that little twist that’s not apparent immediately. In Learning Trust, Becca Brandywine has been a psychic her whole life, but has never flaunted it, most people don’t even know. In Small Changes, Emma appears to be a normal little girl, unless you look too closely, and in Before You, everything looks ordinary, until they look below the surface.

I really enjoy that kind of story. Stephen King is the master of it, everything seems commonplace until . . . What’s your favorite flavor of paranormal? I’d love to hear from you.

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The Next Generation

My readers have been asking about the next generation stories that go with my three paranormal series, The Siberian Volkov Pack Romances, The Witch Guardian Fantasy Romances and The Shadow Walker Romances. These stories would highlight the children of the various couples you met before, all grown up.

I’m so excited to announce that the first in my new series, The Volkov Family Chronicles is here! Where else would I start, but with the stories of the children of Siberian Lycan, Dmitry Volkov, and his mate, Violet, from Alpha’s Mate.

Some of the themes really hit home for me. It’s now twenty-six years after Alpha’s Mate and the world has changed considerably for our characters. The world is a smaller place. The same could be said about the world changing for you and me.

Do you remember when the first cell phones came out? They were huge and so expensive only the rich or government officials had one. Now everyone has one and most of the time they are within reach.

Not to mention other forms of technology, drones, AI, social media, cameras, and computers. Everything seems to be caught on camera these days. Making it hard to hide anything from anybody. So if you were a supernatural being, how would you stay hidden from the masses?

This is the world my characters will find themselves. All of my characters from all three of my series. We will journey with them as they find their way. I hope you will be excited to join me.

Katya

Book One of the Volkov Family Chronicles

 

Katya Volkov is all grown-up and working in New York City. She has the unfortunate title of “Ice Princess” because she can’t get past friendship with a man. The only one she ever loved, Illarion Lebedev, left Siberia when she was sixteen and she hasn’t seen him since. Unwilling to return to Russia and a life in a pack where women are expected to mate and have babies, preferably girls. She has worked hard for the last four years at Sunrise Advertising. Now a vice-president, she’s finally accomplished a level of success. But what does success really mean when you’re all alone at the top?

Illarion Lebedev has secretly watched over Katya since she was in college. He’s proud of her accomplishments. Now that his plans are coming together and he’s the new CEO of Sunrise Advertising, he’s ready to finally claim his mate. But wooing the “Ice Princess” will take more than his good looks and social position. It will take a love strong enough to thaw her wounded heart.

Available on:    Kindle,     Paperback,     Smashwords,

Look for it coming soon to Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.

Sweet Smells of September

cowWhen we lived in northern New Hampshire, the best smells of the beginning of the Fall season were State Fair food that mingled with the odor of 4-H cows and sheep. It was a homey scent, until the demolition derby started. Fumes and smoke were not my favorites smells, but my kids loved that part of the annual fair program. fireplace and cat

Here in North Carolina, people begin using their fireplaces to ward off the chilly evenings. The delicious aroma of burning wood takes me back to my days as a volunteer firefighter.

I am packing for our annual trip back to New Hampshire where we will meet up with other family members to volunteer at the NH Highland Games & Festival. I cannot wait to smell the morning mist over the White Mountains, the aroma of hot cider and Scottish shortbread cookies, and haggis. 😦  Find out more about the festival HERE

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Family Ties

I’m from a large family, not the immediate, I only have one sister (who also writes as PK Corey though not supernatural) but Daddy’s family was large – seven boys and one girl and they were fairly prolific. Therefore I have a lot of cousins and know them all. Can’t say I know their spouses and children as well, though I do in many cases.  (The author Carolyn Stoor Steele is one of us – check her stuff out!)

Last month was our 34th annual Cousins’ Reunion (yes 34!) and getting together with them kept sparking ideas to continue writing in the Before You world I created.

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Before You is definitely considered supernatural, through different from many I’ve read. I don’t as a rule write suspense or mystery but, hey, you have to break out occasionally and this story took me in that direction.

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Here’s the blurb –

When Jocelyn decides to take a two-week vacation away from the chaos of the city and work, she expects to just relax and enjoy. Instead, after taking an impromptu exit off the highway the car quits and she’s stuck in some Podunk town in nowhere North Carolina. But the scenery is great – especially the guy who tows in her car.

Noah is helping his cousin out for the afternoon at the garage and is more than pleasantly surprised when the city girl shows up needing help.

Neither can foresee what drew her to that exit or what they will uncover trying to discover what has frightened her so. But they will do it, together.

Do spooky things happen in your family? Could your grandmother see things others couldn’t? Both of mine could and it led to jokes and some uneasy glances occasionally. I’d love to hear about your experiences with the weird – who knows what it might spark!

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!!