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!

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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!!

Let me introduce myself

Hi! I’m Donna Steele and I’ll be visiting with you here at Supernatural Superlatives now. A little about me – I’ve been writing my whole life, and I can state that with reassurance now. When Hubby and I downsized and moved to our condo, I found a manuscript I wrote when I was seven! It’s never going to see the light of day, but I wrote it, so I’ve been at this awhile.Time banner copy

I’m celebrating right now. My 23rd book came out June 20. A Different Time is the second in the Guardians of Now series that I’m writing for Soul Mate Publishing. The first in the series, Another Time came out last year and the third, A New Time, is half written. I hadn’t written a time travel before so this led to some fun research – medical practices, women’s rights, and green energy in 1891. In this second book, they’re back but things are not the way they remember them.

Back in a futuristic present following their time travel, Dusty and Dee have a lot to catch up on in their new reality. Things have improved, but people still have their issues. With their child on the way, they think everything will be smoother sailing.

The other influences have different ideas. The Guardians are watching as the offspring heralds monumental changes, and The Malveks plot to discover why a planet they had planned to invade is no longer viable.

I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

Daffodils, Bamboo, and…a Book Release?

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The warmer weather, here in the south, is welcome. The daffodils are already gone, and the rain has held off enough for hubby and I to do much-needed property repairs. A huge blow down of dead bamboo that grows in the no-man’s land between our house and a 4 story Condo building, had fallen on our new fence…yeah, the fence previously smashed to bits by a huge tree during Hurricane Matthew. We had the fence replaced last fall.

We pushed the bamboo onto our property, carted them up the hill to the driveway, and now need to cut them into 5ft parcels and bundle them together so the town will cart them away. It’s a lot of work, but their combined weight could have easily brought down the fence. It also opens the lane by our fence where deer used to trot by. With the 30-40ft bamboo laying on the fence, the path was blocked.

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Cleaning up and protecting our property keeps up the value, should we ever need to sell. Are you making a list of things that need fixing? Even apartment-dwellers must plan to ‘Spring Clean.’ Dusting, polishing, straightening, and decluttering leads to a great feeling.

 

Another great feeling? The release of another book!

p.s. Did I mention the main characters are aided by different ghostly voices?

 

 

Book Blurb for 

With Every Breath-An Opportunity Falls NovelWith Every Breath

The author has used her EMT, Firefighter, and 9-1-1 background to create this story about a quirky college town, an injured hiker and his beautiful rescuer. Assumptions pull the new lovers apart. Barely surviving two stalkers, a murder on campus, heartache, and hypothermia, their race up a mountain during a snowstorm keeps the pace rolling in this hot, spicy adventure-filled romance.

Buy Links:

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Amazon CAN     Amazon AUS

NOOK     iBooks     KOBO

My Favorite Paranormal Book Read During 2017

Wow! I can hardly believe 2018 is almost upon us. I’ve decided to start a new tradition at my writing blog, Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes–a year-end top 5 list of my favorite books read during the year. Since this blog is all about the supernatural, I thought I would mention my favorite 2017 paranormal read here.

Skin Deep by Marissa Doyle

Marissa Doyle is a new-to-me author. And this was the first selkie book I’ve read in a very long time. I so enjoyed the way Ms. Doyle weaved her love of quilts and quilting into the story.

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After a painful divorce, Garland Durrell looks forward to settling into her home on Cape Cod to make the quilts that are her passion. On the first morning of her new life she finds a man and a small boy washed up on the beach, both badly wounded. Since the town chief of police is strangely reluctant to help, Garland takes on the care of the mysterious pair who don’t seem to remember what happened to them–and feels her own heart begin to heal.

Alasdair does remember. He and his son Conn are the last of the ruling family of selkies from the waters around the Cape, locked in a decades-long struggle with an evil that threatens all, selkie and human. He’s not sure if he can trust the lovely, blue-eyed woman who takes them in until he touches one of her quilts and feels the magic she’s sewn into it…and the emotions that he never thought he’d feel again.

But the evil entity that stole Alasdair’s sealskin and left him for dead quickly senses both his presence and Garland’s magic, and is determined to destroy one and possess the other. Only Garland and her quilts, made with a power she barely believes she has, can save them all from destruction—if she can avoid being destroyed first.

Skin Deep at Amazon

 

My year-end top five list will go live on my blog on Thursday December 28th. Stop by for a visit

Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes

 

~Dawn Marie

 

Do witches have a bad name?

tarot-cards-magic-fortune-telling-gypsy-esotericDo witches have a bad name in romance?

I’m just wondering because while we had a vampire craze and a werewolf craze, which merged into a shifter craze, we haven’t really had a witch craze.

If you think about how paranormal romance became so big in pop culture, it was through Harry Potter, a witch, so it’s odd that we haven’t had a huge craze of romances featuring witches. Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t some fantastic romances about witches, we absolutely have. But none have inspired other writers to jump on the bandwagon and write more witch stories.

Is it because the category is so broad? Witches are, after all, simply people with the ability to wield magic. That could be mean anything.

They could be hocus-pocus witches who need a magic tool (like a wand) to create the magic. They could simmering witches who need magical ingredients (snail’s toenails and eye of newt) to create potions that do magical things. They could be innately magical where they just need to think or will something to have and *poof* it happens. Or they could be elemental magic, which is quite popular—although it too has not seen a craze like the vampires and shifters—but it’s a really fun area to explore, tapping into the Earth’s natural energies to control magic.

So, is that the problem? There’s just too much choice? Too many variants?

Personally, I love witches. I find the possibilities a wonderful opportunity to create something new and different. And, as you might have guessed, I really love bringing in an elemental aspect. The Earth itself is so powerful and full of wonder that it’s not a huge leap to think about harnessing that power into something magical.

As I’m working right now on the fourth book of my magical series, I wish that I had more books to read that featured witches. Naturally, with too few books in the sub-genre that I like, I feel compelled to write them myself. But if you know of any good books that feature witches, I’d appreciate it if you could share them below.

 

Expertise

I’m in the process of reviewing my editors comments on a new short story/novella. It’s the bonus story in my Merry Men Box Set #2 (which will be available December 15th).

box-set-2In Box Set #1, I included the story of how the parents of the hero in one of the books in the box set met, so I thought it would be fun to do that again. The problem is that to write this story I had to learn all about the treaty negotiations between France and Spain at the beginning of the Napoleonic War. That would have been fine. I love history. But I didn’t just have to learn what happened, I had to figure out how a negotiator would have actually conducted his negotiations. I had to figure out all of the nuances in this delicate task and the underlying political consequences of each move.

I had to learn all about the politics at the time and how treaties are actually negotiated! Ugh! I am not a politician. I don’t like politics all that much. It’s really slippery stuff. But in order to write a convincing, authentic story I had to have an idea of how these things worked and how people who engage in politics (and treaty negotiations) think. Once I did that, I had to make sure that the story wasn’t actually about the politics (because, lets face it, you don’t want to be reading a dry recounting of a pretty minor treaty negotiation, you want to be reading a romance novel!), but about the people. studying

It made me start thinking… as writers, we actually have to know a lot about things work. If we’re going to have someone murdered in a book, we have to know exactly how it happens, how the blood spurts, how it feels to hold a gun, or sword, or whatever the murder weapon is in your hand and how to wield it. Just how hard is it to slice off someone’s head? Well… actually, it’s really hard. There’s a lot of bone and tissue and tendon in there that you have to slice through. Why do I know this? Because I’ve written about it, so I had to learn about it.

I’m beginning to think that if people knew how much research goes into every novel, they’d have a lot more respect for writers. We become experts in whatever it is we’re writing about. We need to be in order to write convincing stories.

How is it then that writers are dismissed and thought of in the lowest possible terms? We know how to kill you. Er… I mean, we know a lot of stuff! 🙂 History, medicine, politics, law, you name it, if a novel has been written about it, that author had to know that subject pretty darn well. No wonder the authors I know are so intelligent–intelligent enough not to get upset when our work is dismissed as frivolous.

So, what is your specialty? What could you write about? Or what have you learned by reading a great book?