#FictionFriday Featured Author: Jana Denardo Blood Red Roulette

Today I’m featuring a new release from fellow author and online friend Jana Denardo! Make certain to read to the bottom for an exclusive post from Jana, one that particularly interested me since I deal with magic in both my own writing and private life.

 

 

 

Title: Blod Red Roulette

Publisher: DSP Publications

Novel: 123,179 words

Cover Artist: Tiferet Design

Genres: paranormal, romance, MM – it’s more paranormal but there’s a strong romantic subplot with Arrigo Giancarlo & Luc St. John

CW: Luc’s family is homophobic and violent. There is violence in the book from the villain, Eleni as well

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Book Blurb:

Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.

When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.

An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.

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#TBT #CleaningHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals No. 5

Yes, I’m well aware that it’s only been a few months since the release of Cleaning House – An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, but I’m spending the month of November featuring it in my #TBT (Throwback Thursday) series because of the recent release of the second title in the series, the novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree. It’s generally good to relive the past, even the recent past, so I’ll be sharing Chapter One from Cleaning House throughout the month.

The section in orange comes from last week’s #TBT post.

  Maybe I should take up gardening.

     Being close and sweaty, their hands touching as they worked side-by-side. Cent shivered as she scrutinized the envelope. “It’s too thin to be a summons.” She went to the kitchen for the scissors but couldn’t find them, so she opted for a paring knife, sliding it beneath the taped flap to open the envelope, pulling out a single, handwritten page.

 Dear Centenary,

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#WriteLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Biscuits

#writeLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Biscuits. The official theme is precious but in 122K words, I haven’t use the word precious once, so I went with a valuable, dare I say precious, commodity where I’m from – biscuits. (we had them at dinner last night 😊)

 

 

 

   “No, sugar, it wasn’t me. “Cause if I’d kissed you like that I’d be smilin’, and you’d be meltin’ like butter across a hot biscuit.” Dane thrust her jaw forward and turned her mouth at the same time, an odd look Cent remembered meant she was deep in thought. “Go ahead. Check me for intent.”

#AppalachianElementals #KeepingHouseNovel #Paranormal #Fantasy

#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Shop

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is shop, very appropriate since Black Friday and Cyber Monday have just passed. While this line might not be exactly what the host intended, the word has many different meanings, this one, a noun, being how I use it most often in this #WIP. The excerpt comes from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

    “I already took them to the back.” Eddie nodded toward the shop door. “Headin’ home?” He drew his eyes from Dane to Cent, where they lingered. “You look like you done seen ol’ Scratch ridin’ a Harley.”

#WIP #amwriting #KeepingHouseNovel

 

#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/28/18: Bone of Contention

This has been a heck of a week, but I am happy to report that the first draft of Keeping House is finished, and it’s a whopping 122K in length. Now, as we all know, that length will change during the revision process, but I certainly don’t want it to grow in length. That length pushes the limits where I’m concerned, but there’s a whole lot going on in this book… overturned community, love lost and found, relationship conflicts, magic, vivid flashbacks of past lives, multiple faiths, new characters, welding, iron fabrication… you know, the general chaos I’m known for. (grin)

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m again sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

I shared the prologue for Keeping House a while back (you can find it under #WIPpetWednesday under Topics to your right), so I’m currently sharing from Chapter One.

I’ve found a song that fits the overall tone for the novel as it stands right now, and it’s actually on the Keeping House playlist for chapter four when things really going to “hell in a handbasket” (Cent’s words).  The song is Shinedown’s “Darkside.” The link connects to a lyric version on Youtube because the song is an album track and not a single. (Their album tracks are often their best ones IMO because they’re not working for a chart success.)

Here’s my WIPpet math for 11/28/18: 8-2=6 paragraphs from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series

The sentence in orange comes from last week’s WIPpet.

  (Cent speaking) “I’m going to miss you, baby, especially at night.”

     “I am going to miss you as well.” Stowne pulled her into their lap to hug her to them. “I am glad you will have Pyre and Exan to watch over you.”

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#HolidayTreeNovella #RainbowSnippets Seventy-Four 11/24: Hot Stuff

Welcome to this week’s installment of Rainbowsnippets*! This one is uniquely mine, but there are lots of other great snippets to read, so after you finish here click the FB link at the bottom of the post to discover other great LGBTQIA authors and their works.

 

This week I’m sharing from my new novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree, which is set within the Appalachian Elementals Series. At 22K words in length, it’s a shorter novella, but it packs a lot of great things within its 74 pages.

The setup:  Cent’s lover, Stowne, has joined the conversation and helped convince her that she needs to spend time with her difficult mother.

“So what ornaments are we making?” I’ve grudgingly accepted the idea of spending the day with Mama.

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#WriteLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Comfort

#writeLGBTQ #KeepingHouseNovel Comfort because we all need a little and should take other’s into consideration more often.

 

 

 

 

     Dane put the truck in neutral, set the brake, and climbed out. “Meet us at home, Exan. Cent’s drivin’ in with me.”

     “Certainly.” Exan opened the window a crack and slid from the truck to hover beside it in black mass form. “Are you comfortable with this, Centenary?”

     “Yeah. I’ll wreck if she gets handsy with me.” Cent flashed Dane a cheesy grin as she slid into the driver’s seat. “Cent make big boom if you do bad.”

#AppalachianElementals #KeepingHouseNovel #Paranormal #Fantasy

#TBT #CleaningHouseNovel #AppalachianElementals No. 4

Yes, I’m well aware that it’s only been a few months since the release of Cleaning House – An Appalachian Contemporary Fantasy, but I’m spending the month of November featuring it in my #TBT (Throwback Thursday) series because of the recent release of the second title in the series, the novella Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree. It’s generally good to relive the past, even the recent past, so I’ll be sharing Chapter One from Cleaning House throughout the month.

The section in yellow comes from last week’s #TBT post.

     “Can I do anything else for you?”

     Are they flirting with me? Cent looked down then back up, startling when she saw the messenger’s eyes were still on her. Taller than she was, which was unusual, a bit thick at the waist, but it was clearly muscle. A puzzle, and an attractive one at that. There was something calming about this person’s eyes. Something familiar Cent couldn’t quite place. They’re damn-near twice my size. The realization that such strength stood so close made her skin prickle in a way she’d come to miss. No wonder they’re on this route. “No, um, thanks.”

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#1LineWed #amwriting #WIP Food

Here’s another short-‘n-sweet  #1lineWed post. The theme is food, how apropos considering it’s Thanksgiving week here in The U.S. This excerpt comes from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series and one of my current WIPs.

 

 

 

“I remember Stowne’s wantin’ you to stick to natural foods. Can’t blame them for it, but sometimes…” Dane tossed the empty pizza box onto the bed and opened the full one. “Junk food’s got its place in this world.”

     “Like in our guts.” Cent stifled a belch with her hand.

#WIP #amwriting #KeepingHouseNovel

#WIPpetWednesday #WIPpitWed #AppalachianElementals 11/21/18: Favorite Books

Welcome to #WIPpetWednesday! Since Mama, Me, & the Holiday Tree has been released I’m again sharing from Keeping House, novel two in the Appalachian Elementals series.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., a time to celebrate family and generally overindulge in favorite food traditions.  I’ll be making deviled eggs, my elder son will be making an Under the Sea gelatin salad, and my younger son will be sharing a new recipe he discovered away at college. My mother, bless her, will be handling the bulk of the meal.  And Black Friday… y’all can have all of it you want. I’m staying home and waiting for Cyber Monday and the sales after to do my shopping aside from select local shops.

As for #NaNoWriMo… it’s going. I think I’ll actually finish Keeping House, but I won’t get to work on the novella I was wanting to and that’s okay. My mind has switched gears to another novella, one in the Appalachian Elementals series, this one about the characters Conall and Bea. Conall’s the strong, silent type and Bea’s dynamite in a small package. Those are both cliche’ archetypes, but it’s all I can really say about them at present. They’re talking to me as characters do to authors. Well, Conall is. Bea’s giving me the stink eye most of the time, but I think she’ll slowly open up. This novella might actually be a Romance, but if it is, it’ll be a really topsy-turvy one, mainly Bea’s doing, I think. This novella will be set in the Revolutionary War period. Historical Fantasy… that’ll be a new one for me, and it might be the first work I’ve written from a male perspective.

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