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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Book freebies from Selena Kitt & Blake Crouch

. Thursday, December 29, 2011
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Holiday Giveaways for all you good boys and girls, including--drum roll please--Babysitting the Baumgartvers.

Hunting Season (a love blood story) by Blake Crouch and Selena Kitt is a holiday giveaway for a very limited time!
Hunting Season is approximately word collaboration by thriller/suspense/horror writer Blake Crouch and erotic romance author Selena Kitt includes bonus interview material with the authors about the upcoming sequel to the Konrath, Crouch, Strand and Wilson bestseller Draculas.

BLURB
He's a butcher. She's the trophy wife of a trophy hunter. They used to be high school sweethearts, but that was two decades ago, and times have changed.
Meet Ariana Plano...40 years old, miserable, stuck in a loveless marriage to the worst mistake of her life.
Meet Ray Koski...40 years old, miserable, a lonely butcher who can do nothing but immerse himself in the drudgery of his work.Once a week during hunting season, she brings her old teenage flame
game meat for processing. They do not speak. They rarely make eye contact. Some histories are just too painful.
But this week will be different. This week—a shocking encounter twenty-two years in the
making—will change everything.

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More Freebies!

Selena Kitt also has these books listed free:

Babysitting the Baumgartners

The Surrender of Persephone

The Song of Orpheus

Orpheus Mythological Romance Behaving

Starving Artist

Foreign Exchange


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

. Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Hippie Chicks blog is having a Holly Jolly Christmas Give-Away including a free Kindle as the grand prize, and my x-mas shifter lion erotic romance On Vixen is part of the loot!





To enter send an email to hippiechicks68 @ gmail.com with "Holly Jolly" in the subject line. You will be entered upon receipt of the email.

Books that are part of the loot:

Jewel Adams
Winner's Choice of 3 ebooks from my releases

Chloe Reeder
Winner's Choice of 1 ebook from my releases

J​ulie Lynn Hayes
My Fair Vampire - ebook

Liz Crowe
The Tap Room - ebook

Kacey Hammell
Sinful - ebook

R. Ann Siracusa
​​All For a Dead Man's Leg - ebook
​​​All For Spilled Blood - ebook

Tara Fox Hall
Return To Me - ebook
Surrender To Me - ebook
Wicked Christmas Wishes - ebook

​​Penny Estelle
​​Hike Up Devil's Mountain - ebook

Clare Dargin
​​​​Fugue - ebook

​​Beth Trissel
​​Somewhere The Bells Ring - ebook

Aithne Jarretta
​​​Kissing Santa - ebook

Kat Jones
Her Only Hope - ebook​​​​​

Margay Leah Justice
​​​Sloane Wolf - ebook

Jocelyn Modo  *Look, Ma, I'm famous!* ;)
On Vixen - ebook​​​​​​

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kiss and Tell Tour

. Wednesday, December 7, 2011
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On the Kiss and Tell Tour, nine erotica romance authors go on a nine day blog tour through Bewitching Book Tours. Sexsational!


Mina Khan

Elysa Hendricks

Marilu Mann

Melissa Mayhue

Karen McCullough

Nina Pierce

Barbara Monajem

Laura Kaye

Stacey Kennedy

They will be answering the question, "What does your hero/heroine most desire above all else and why?"

Check it out!


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Call For Submission: For The Girls

. Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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For The Girls is seeking written contributions from skilled erotica writers:


FLASH FICTION
We are looking for high quality super-short (flash) fiction to feature twice a month or more. Ideally we want succinct, erotic pieces that successfully get an idea across in a small number of words. Cleverness is encouraged, as is out-and-out dirty hotness. The piece should, of course, be aimed at a female audience.

Flash fiction stories should be a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 500 words in length.

BEDHEAD GRAFFITI - GUEST COLUMNISTS
For The Girls is introducing a new column: Bedhead Graffiti. This column will appear monthly and feature a different writer each month. We are looking for opinions, epistles, musings, rants and reasoned argument on the topic of sex and relationships.

The writing may encompass diverse topics such as sex, porn, erotica, feminism, sexuality, popular culture, memes, politics, reproduction, health, children, family, life and death. Personal anecdotes are welcome, research and fact-checking are encouraged. Humour is also encouraged but not required. The column needs to be witty, entertaining and well-written. It should be written explicitly for a female audience. We encourage both established writers and newcomers to the field.

Columns should ideally be 1000 to 1500 words in length.

PAYMENT
US$20 per Flash Fiction piece
US$50 per Bedhead Graffiti piece
Payment will be made electronically, so you must have an appropriate account the best known online payment system (who I won't mention here due to their unusual methods of dealing with adult sites). If you cannot be paid this way, we cannot publish your work.

SUBMISSIONS
Email submissions to:  submissions AT forthegirls DOT com
We prefer .doc or .txt attachments with no html formatting, but will also accept submissions in the body of the email. Do not send rich text format (rtf) or Word 2007 (docx) documents. If we can’t read your submission, it will go in the trash.

We accept stories with standard formatting however we prefer documents to be single spaced and without indents or tabs, each paragraph appearing as a separate block of text. This helps with our online formatting.

Subject heading should be “For The Girls Writing Submission.” Writers should state the column to which they are submitting and must include the author declaration (see below) in the body of the submission email.

You will receive a confirmation email upon submission. You will be contacted by the editors if your story is selected for publication. Turnaround time is approximately 4 weeks and rejection emails will be sent. However If you haven't heard from us after that time, feel free to submit elsewhere.
Payment is made upon publication although we may from occasionally pay for a piece some time ahead of it appearing in FTG.

Please note: Your submission will be published within the members area of For The Girls and will only be accessible to paying members. Small excerpts, however, may appear on our blog (www.forthegirls.net/blog/) and in the RSS feed produced from this blog. No more than a paragraph will be used on the blog.

TERMS
Submitted items must be in English, original and previously unpublished.

Submitted items should use correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. Poor quality or unedited work will not be considered. Writers who are unable to follow the guidelines will also not be considered.

Writers must be aged 18 years or over as at January 1, 2011.

For The Girls will retain exclusive electronic rights to the work for six months and non-exclusive rights indefinitely.

Very small extracts from published work may appear on our blog and RSS feeds.

For The Girls reserves the right to edit submitted stories if necessary. You may use a pseudonym if you wish.

We will not accept stories that feature any of the following themes or acts: non-consensual sex, bestiality, underage sex, incest, ass to mouth, violent or abusive sex, or anything where women are treated without respect (although consensual BDSM scenes are fine).

The author agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Purple Kama, its officers and assigns from and against any and all claims, suits, damages, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) which are based on any claim of copyright infringement, plagiarism or unauthorized use.

AUTHOR DECLARATION
I hereby declare that I am the original author of this article and that it has not been previously published in any form. I own the copyright to the work. I am over 18.
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Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Eat, Fry, Love

. Thursday, November 17, 2011
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You all should know by now that I love sci fi so it should come as no surprise that I'm a Trekkie. Yes, I know, I'm a dork, but I just had to share that Mr. Star Trek himself, William Shatner is starring in a docudrama about exploding turkeys called Eat, Fry, Love!

Shatner, who is 80 years-old btw, is so funny and smart in this. Good on State Farm for doing a Public Safety announcement and good on Shatner for being brilliant!



Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Hunger Games Trailer is Here!

. Monday, November 14, 2011
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The Hunger Games joy is rising in the dystopian adventure fans all over the world. Yes, at last Lionsgate has dropped its first and only full-length trailer! And may I say, "Squee!"

Almost immediately, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark from District 12 are introduced to the happiness of all their fans.

In Suzanne Collins' bestselling novel The Hunger Games, the future is filled with impoverished districts that are forced to serve the central government. Each year a Hunger Game contest is run to remind everyone about a past uprising against the Capitol.

The rules of the game are simple. Two teens from each of the twelve districts must compete in a violent fight to the death.

The movie trailer looks like the movie really captures the world and feel of The Hunger Games. We also get a quick peek at the book's most popular characters:

Jennifer Lawrence - Katniss Everdeen
Josh Hutcherson - Peeta Mellark
Liam Hemsworth - Gale Hawthorne
Alexander Ludwig - Cato
Woody Harrelson - Haymitch Abernathy
Elizabeth Banks - Effie Trinket
Lenny Kravitz - Cinna
Donald Sutherland - President Snow
Stanley Tucci - Caesar Flickerman
Check out the movie trailer for yourself:


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Thursday, November 10, 2011

My Perfectly Sane Interview with Pat Bertram

. Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Check my interview regarding Revolution Lovers over on Pat Bertram's blog. For once I came off...well, not exactly normal but at least not completely manic-depressive loony toons in a interview. It's a miracle!

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

All In The Family: Sex, Religion & Incest

. Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Check out Episode 012 of Ellora's Cave Chaos radio program: All In The Family: Sex, Religion & Incest with Thelmer Sedzoid, Jaid Black, and Jose from da Hood. An interesting trio who have a lot to say.

http://newdissidentradio.com/archives/cave/2011/november/cavechaos-110711.mp3

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Ice Bridge by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

. Sunday, November 6, 2011
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A wonderful story full of suspense, the paranormal, and even a little romance. The Ice Bridge kept me engaged all the way through to the last word. Charlotte, the heroine, is likable and interesting, and the setting, Mackinac Island, is such a strong force in the story that it feels like a dark, eerie character, who pulls the reader in, making you feel like you’re really there as a quiet character in attendance to observe.

Charlotte Graham returns to the island to write about ghosts while her heart heals after a broken engagement. What she finds at first is a warm, supportive friendship with her Aunt Bess and Hannah as well as an unexpected attraction to Lieutenant "Mac" Berman, but things quickly change and grow dark.

Griffith does an incredible job creating a dark, ghostly mood, which sets-off her warm, endearing characters perfectly. The contrast makes for a suspenseful read. I recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense, a good ghost story, and the sweet lull of a potential romance between two characters you will cheer for. The Ice Bridge has chills and thrills but warms the heart as well.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo
www.jocelynmodo.com

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Revolution Lovers Released!

. Thursday, November 3, 2011
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My new sci fi romance Revolution Lovers is finally out!


I love this story! Check out the excerpt:

An Excerpt From: REVOLUTION LOVERS
Copyright © JOELYN MODO, 2011
All Rights Reserved, Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.

Adie Perrin sat in a worn booth at the Hit or Miss Bar, downing her third bottle of cheap Cerberian alcohol, wanting nothing more than to go unnoticed.

Tonight she had a mission—drink until the green-gold alcohol consumed every vestige of pain. And unlike her previous assignment, her final mission of the interplanetary war, she’d complete this one. Hell, not even a legion of Petulo soldiers could stop her from getting drunk tonight.

After taking the last bitter swallow from her third bottle of alcohol, she palmed the last of her credits. She had enough for two more Cerberians, then she’d be finished. Finished drinking. Finished fighting. Finished living.

Finished.

There was a sad sort of satisfaction in knowing that she had come to the end of it all. She felt ready, ready to let go and fall.

Adie dropped her chin, allowing her dark-red hair to hide her scarred face before waving down a worn-out waiter. The crammed-in crowd forced her to shout her order up to the tall man. How he heard her over the cacophony of drunkenness, she didn’t know. Maybe he read lips or minds. Either talent would work to the benefit of the staff at her favorite crap bar.

While waiting for the alcohol to arrive, thoughts of the last couple of years surfaced. Tonight she celebrated an anniversary of sorts. It had been two years to the day since control of her body and all its parts had belonged to her instead of the Petulo commander who had captured her at the end of the interplanetary war.

Memories surfaced. A laser blade burning through her skin. Precise, intricate designs branded on her belly, her back, her face. The sound of her own screams. The smell of burning flesh

She gagged, her eyes and nose watering. Her stomach cramping.

She’d endured the torture for nothing. Her unit—her family—had died before she had even regained consciousness, making the secrets she fought so hard to keep worthless. She had lost everything.

Adie forced the memories away with another swallow of alcohol.

The waiter plunked the fresh bottles on the table, jerking her back to the present.

“On the house.” He gave her a toothy smile, a low bow. “It’s an honor to serve you, Soldier Perrin.”

Damn. Just her luck, he’d recognized her.

She slid the last of her credits to the edge of the table and glared. He had to be new to try that shit with her. Thankfully she had a glare as deadly as any of her former weapons. Grinding her teeth, she rolled her eyes up to meet his gaze and let her stank-eye do the talking.

With a shaky hand, he snatched up the slick, circular credits and hurried away.

She grabbed the frosted bottle closest to her and added a handful of pain-deflectors to her suicide cocktail. She’d already inhaled a baggie of her favorite street drug, Nevermind, before limping down the block to visit Hit or Miss for the last time.

The pain-deflectors melted in the Cerberian, changing the color to murky brown. She plugged her nose and guzzled. Yeah, she was something special, wasn’t she? A real role model. She snorted her disgust with herself and everybody else.

Gods, when would everyone stop seeing her as a war hero? When would they realize she was nothing more than a fool who didn’t know when to let go?

Well, she planned to let go tonight. Tipping the bottle up to her lips, Adie shuttered her eyes and let the liquid fire burn through the broken house of her soul.
 ~~End Excerpt~~

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Monday, October 31, 2011

Manic Monday Trick

. Monday, October 31, 2011
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Halloween is my favorite holiday so I'm having a blast but wanted to take time to do a quick free write for manic monday. The word of the day is "trick".

The trick is to treat you like them, those who you take care of, love, put first. The treat is to trick yourself into believing that your leaving on a holiday to celebrate how great and good you are, bright shining star. Self belief is the trick. The treat--knowing yourself.


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ready to Roll: one Author’s Experience in Self-Publishing By Chris Lindberg

. Friday, October 28, 2011
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I’ll bet every single Indie Author has a unique story about how we came to self-publish our book, and each story has its share of highs and lows.  The first high comes at the moment you type that last line and hit ‘save.’  You lean back from your keyboard, take a deep breath, and savor the moment, reflecting on your accomplishment -- you’ve just completed your novel, and it feels great.

And then the real work begins: it’s time to get your creation ready to meet the real world. 
You might edit it two, maybe three times, adjusting the word count, the story line, refining dialogue, scenes, characters.  Then, once you feel like it’s the best novel it can possibly be, you ship the concept off to the world in the form of a query letter, putting it out in front of editors and agents.  These are the people who can make your novel a reality: someday you’ll see it on bookstore shelves, newsstand racks, in the hands of people on buses, planes, and trains…and of course, on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Until that first rejection letter rolls in … then you feel your first real low. The letter is polite and has a “it’s-not-you-it’s-me” tone to it, but it’s still a “no thank you”.  But it’s just one person’s opinion, so you pick yourself back up, and you eagerly await the next response, knowing the next agent will surely be smarter than the first, and see the true potential of your book.  And then the next rejection comes in, followed by another.  And then another.  And before you know it, you have a pile of letters, all saying your work isn’t quite what they’re looking for.
At this point do you doubt yourself, and your work?  Of course, it wouldn’t be human not to.  But luckily you’ve grown a thick skin throughout this process.  And you realize that you didn’t spend three years pouring character, detail, storyline, and scene onto a keyboard just to have a few people tell you it’s not worth bringing into the world.
So you shake it all off, and you decide to self-publish.  After all the revisions you’ve done, you feel your novel is ready to roll.  Some people tell you not to, saying that self-publishing will place a stigma on your work, but you’re not going to be denied:  your novel is a labor of love, and it deserves to at least see the light of day, even if you’re the only one who winds up reading it.
So you pick a self-publishing partner (Lulu, iUniverse, CreateSpace, or any number of others), and you move forward: designing a cover, formatting the copy, making final revisions.  It takes weeks, maybe months, but at the end, you’re holding your finished work in your hands, proud of your accomplishment, and ready to see if anyone else will think it’s as good as you hope they will.
That was my experience in getting my first novel, Code of Darkness, out there.  I’m currently working on the promotional phase right now: updating Facebook, Tweeting whatever I find worth sharing, doing a Virtual Book Tour, submitting for reviews.  And getting some nice feedback so far!
Now I’d like to hear from you: where are you in your publishing process, and what have your experiences been like?


About the Author

Chris Lindberg was born and raised outside Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from Northern Illinois University in the mid-1990s, he headed out to the west coast for a couple of years, where he began writing as a casual pastime.

Some time after returning to Chicago he began attending writers workshops at StoryStudio Chicago, where he wrote two character studies, both of which have since been developed into key characters in Code of Darkness.



Chris now lives outside Chicago with his wife Jenny and their two children, Luke and Emma. You might catch him working away on his second novel while commuting on his morning train into the city.





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Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Monday, October 17, 2011

Manic Monday Edit

. Monday, October 17, 2011
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After a day of edits I am so ready for a little free association writing. It's time now for Manic Monday, using the inspirational word of edit:
Edit out the bad stuff. Highlight the good stuff. Move forward fast enough that I leave behind my house but not my home. Walk away by myself but not alone. All grown up and ready to roam. Will I reach my destination. A beach vacation. Sand between my toes. A new piercing in my nose. I find my place, knowing it's not a race but a marathon. Pace. Find where you belong. Not hard but strong. Edit it.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Wish I Might

. Saturday, October 15, 2011
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My sci fi romance short I Wish I Might has been newly released by Yellow Silk Dreams. Check out the new yummy cover.



Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Little Death Free on XOXO

. Sunday, September 25, 2011
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My short romance story The Little Death is now available on XOXO as a free read! Check the cool cover.


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Friday, September 2, 2011

Mike Arsuaga on Creating Strong Supporting Characters

. Friday, September 2, 2011
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Robinson CrusoeWhen speaking or writing about a supporting cast of characters, movies usually come to mind. Starting in the 1920’s first British and later American film makers recognized the importance of them. Interestingly writers used the tool practically from the first novel written. Robinson Crusoe had his man “Friday”. Don Quixote had his squire Sancho.
Don Quixote
This type of supporting character complements one or more main story figures, either by contrast or through some form of supplementation. The relationship is designed to enhance both personalities and make them come alive.

A good example is the character of Linda in “My Life as a Dog”. She is private investigator and shape shifter Drake Martin’s secretary. I used her insouciant competence to showcase his frequent inattention to detail. She is the classic “I am woman; I am strong” female who balances work and family keeping both on course, while complaining of being under appreciated by all.

On the other hand nothing beats a good villain. Where would Superman be without Lex Luthor, or Batman without The Joker? The character of Cynthia in “Subspecies” provides a sometimes humorous, sometimes guileless, high energy teenage foil to Sam’s cool adult behavior, with insights only the young can come up with. The contrast between her persona and that of the main characters, Sam and Jim, more clearly defines all three of them. She’s the kind of character you can both laugh and marvel at. Without her the personalities of hero and heroine would be watered down.
My Life As A Dog
You build a supporting character using the same methods as any other. Plan them out. They should have unique and believable attributes. In “My Life as a Dog” I contrasted Linda’s teased hair, East Texas speech, and general confident sassiness against Drake’s more laid back deeper thinking persona. That she doesn’t know about his shape shifting ability keeps tension in the interactions between them.
Subspecies
The character of Jethro from “Subspecies”, on the other hand, is what Mark Twain called “flourishing villainy”, that most despised of all creatures by humankind. Holding sway until the very end he keeps the hero and heroine on their toes, without respite.

So, build the supporting cast with the same care you take with the lead roles and the work, whatever the genre, will benefit.

Bio
Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mike completed careers in the United States Navy Submarine Force and the Transportation Security Administration. He lives in Orlando Florida with wife and Editor in Chief Cynthia, daughter Jennifer, six year old granddaughter Larrna and partner in crime Thumper, a Yorkshire terrier.

Mike’s extensive travels in the Navy took him throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, providing accurate and vivid settings for his stories.

Subspecies, Subspecies, Inc., Children of Subspecies, and Tenth Legion are scheduled for release in May, September, December 2011, and February 2012 from Muse It Hot Publishing.


About My Life as a Dog

Drake Martin is a unique shape shifter. Instead of transforming into a ferocious animal, he morphs into an eight pound Yorkshire terrier. Six year old Kady Hartley rescued him from an animal shelter. As "Precious" he was her "bestest friend" for twelve years, leaving when she started college. Ten years later they cross paths. He’s a PI; she’s FBI. Continuing to keep his abilities secret from her, he follows Kady as she pursues a case. Accompany them on an odyssey to New Orleans investigating human traffickers and watch the fur fly. To protect Kady, Drake remains in the shadows. For her sake he puts aside his loner life and accepts protection and assistance of the local shifter pack under its leader, the Sufi. The pack and Drake soon discover they have a common cause, leading to a bloody confrontation with the Russian human traffickers.

During the adventure, will Drake and Kady rekindle their loving friendship or will it become much more?


About Subspecies

A Professor on Campus
Dr. Jim White, a 130-year-old Vampire, as a mathematics professor and man of science, rejects the ways and lore of old in favor of modern solutions. Lycans and Vampires, The Subspecies, live invisibly in society, because discovery is their worst fear. Resulting from a chance meeting, he has the best sex of his life and  regrets the intriguing girl had to be his next victim. But she has a secret. As a Lycan, she hunted him as he hunted her. 

The Girl in the Library
Samantha “Sam” Johnson, a Lycan, lived through world wars and The Great Depression, counting Al Capone and Babe Ruth as acquaintances, before settling into decades of anonymity, quietly preying on humans to live. On a chance meeting with an intriguing professor, her decision to devour him comes into question. Kill after a night of exquisite sex?

A Dynasty is Born
After discovering each others secret, neither can resist the physical attraction. Together they hunt and reach out to others of their kind using modern technology to form a support group which becomes more than either imagined.
Follow The Subspecies’ journey as they open a universe of possibilities with the promise of life being more than hunting, living in shadows, and fruitless mating.
Thanks again to Mike Arsuaga for being a great guest!


Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Monday, August 29, 2011

Manic Monday Hush

. Monday, August 29, 2011
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Manic Monday and today's secret word is "hush". Time to free write!


Whisper in the library, the doctor's office, the church, the funeral home. Quiet. Observe respectful hush in a rush of social conscience. Do not run. Shout. Pout. Push. You can smile but not too big. Stand but not too tall. Sit so you don't fall. Emotion has no motion when constrained by social obligation to know your station in a hushed life.




Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Monday, August 22, 2011

Manic Monday Chair

. Monday, August 22, 2011
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It's just another manic monday and I'm free writing using the word, "chair" for inspiration:

The chair dares me to play duck duck goose, to drop my caboose in a cushioned seat, put up my feet and hang out. As I bang out these absurd words, the misfiring of my brain refuses to settle. I listen to the kettle whistle its warning for tea time, "Stop the rhyme and sit. Your chair is there."




Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Eve McFadden Interview

. Saturday, August 20, 2011
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Alright grrrls, I have a treat for you today! Please welcome the super sexy Eve McFaddento Meta Modo for a fun and friendly interview!

Jocelyn: Hi Eve, I'm not big on formalities so let’s get the basics out of the way. What’s your sign?

Eve: Aquarius. Which probably explains the frequent bathroom breaks.

Jocelyn: Aquarius is a fabulous sign! I’m a leo (hence my obsession with cats). Even though I’m fire and you’re water, Leos and Aquarius can get along famously. Have any of your characters every used cheesy pick-up lines like, ‘What’s your sign’?

Eve: You know, I don't think they have. That may be in large part because no one ever used one on me, so I don't think of it. In a story I'm working on, involving a hockey player and a musician, hockey player tries a few lines in a joking way, but none are quite that cheesy. Then again, few are.

Jocelyn: Any scary/crazy/strange writing rituals? Inability to write without…?

Eve: I don’t think I've been at this long enough to develop any rituals. It'd be fun to have some, like I could only do it if I was wearing big fuzzy slippers or a foil hat or something like that. Or small fuzzy slippers, just to be different.

Jocelyn: *Staged Whisper* I won’t tell your characters your answer to this next one: Who’s been your favorite character to write?

Eve: Oh, they're all my fav… oh, scratch that. I think my favorite was Jura Griet from Young Blood. She's the type who tends to act first, then think, which has its drawbacks, but she's not going to back down from anything. I also enjoyed Quentin in Numbers Game. He was gay and modeled after some guys I knew; not flaming, exactly, although he could if he wanted to. I like to write characters with a sense of humor, even the bad guys.

Jocelyn: Is writing romance a deep dark secret or do all your family and friends know, read, love your stories?


Eve: I'm supposed to tell people about this? Oh, well. Ahem. Some friends and some family know, and it's a case-by-case basis. Like my Grandmother, does she need or want to know this? Probably not. So that's fine. Mom found out by accident; she's a little iffy on the sex, but she thinks it's cool that I'm e-published. I told my husband, and he's very cool -- a beta reader, editor, supporter, and I suppose he'd even test out a few things if I asked.

Jocelyn: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever written (published or unpublished)?

Eve: I got a C on an English paper in high school when I said The Talisman by King and Straub was boring. Does that count? In all fairness, she was right. We were asked to write about themes, not critique it, even if the thing was pretty damn boring.

Ah, you probably meant my stories. That's a tough one, because every time I read over an old story I find stuff wrong with it. If I had to pick, I'd go with Cost of Loyalty, which is up on free sites and that I wrote like fifteen years ago. That was an age when I could do things with angels and devils and purgatory and not feel like a dope.

Jocelyn: If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

Light and the Darkness (Yellow Silk Dreams)Eve: Now, see, this is tough on two fronts. First, I'm married, and my husband is kind of traditional in the "not dating anyone now that we're married" sense. Who knew? Second, all of my characters get paired off -- or occasionally killed off -- so I wouldn't want anyone to think I was into wrecking relationships. Or threesomes. Or even fictional necrophilia.

However, if I was single, and he was single, I wouldn't mind a night out with Ian from Ghosts of the Forum (in Melting the Ice). He was such a sweetie.

Jocelyn: What real life inspiration do you use in your stories?

Eve: You can do that? Whoa.
I have found that I insert little things. In Numbers Game, which is set in Washington, DC, the female lead, Sara, works at the National Archives. I worked there for a couple of years myself and thought it was fun to put that in. Not that she goes looking for treasures like Nicolas Cage or anything.

In Nothing Gets Through, a short story (which I hope to expand sometime), the couple meets in a Starbucks-type place after witnessing a big fight between two people. That fight is based on one I personally witnessed in a Burger King in The Hague, The Netherlands. Yes, they have BKs there, and everyone speaks English.

Many ideas come from songs, and others from reading and thinking, "Hey, what if he/she did this instead?"

Jocelyn: What stories are rolling around in your brain right now?

Eve: The rolling around got really old, so I have them on computer now. Even backed up. There's quite a range. First up is another hockey romance, which has proved a surprisingly popular little niche. Then I'm working on a little light fantasy involving a character from my first Christmas story, Unexpected Gifts. But I have a slew of stuff on the computer in some stage of progress: a sequel to The Hunted Key, possibly another in the Exiled series, a sf/fantasy on a planet of islands, and more.

Jocelyn: Thanks for the interview, Eve! Love getting to know you!

About Eve:
Eve McFadden was born and raised in southern New Jersey. She attended college at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, receiving a BA in Russian Studies and International Relations. This led her to graduate school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she received an MA in Russian Area Studies in 1994. She remained in the Washington area until 2007, when she and her family moved to Pennsylvania. It was here that she found some sites with free online reading material, which led to her to try her luck at writing herself.

Her first effort, “Make a Wish,” was posted on Literotica.com and received many positive reviews, and so she continued writing. After the positive reception for her first novel, “Exiled,” she was approached by Republica Press in 2009 about publishing a sequel. Since then, she has published four e-books with Republica Press.

Backlist:
Exiled, Republica Press
Young Blood, Republica Press
All Too Human, Republica Press
The Hunted Key, Republica Press
Light and the Darkness, Yellow Silk Dreams

Coming soon:
Numbers Game, Republica Press

Find Eve Here:
http://www.republicapress.com/Eve-McFadden.aspx
http://www.facebook.com/evemcfadden
http://evemcfadden.wordpress.com

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Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bragging Rights

. Tuesday, August 16, 2011
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I swear I don't usually go around tooting my own horn but I couldn't help posting these two new reviews for On Vixen and Paradise Moon:


Paradise Moon
Amazon Review of Paradise Moon:

"Jocelyn Modo’s novella is a sexy, fast-paced tale of love conquering all. Her characters, other-world setting and futuristic elements blend effortlessly to make this novella well worth reading. My only regret was its length. I wanted more, and look forward to reading Ms Modo’s other titles."

On VixenAmazon Review of On Vixen:

"On Vixen is a wonderful take of the shape-shifter genre. Right from the start, Ms Modo catapults her reader into the heart of the story, taking them on a wild, raunchy romp that contains surprising twists. Her characters are believable, the male truly Alpha and his woman an equal in every way. Highly recommended and well worth reading."


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Jocelyn Modo

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Interview with Jacqueline George

. Thursday, August 11, 2011
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JM: Hi Jacqueline George and welcome to Meta Modo. I am excited to interview you today and I know my grrrls love a good contest. Can you explain the contest to us?

The Prince and the NunJG: Hi Jocelyn. Thanks for inviting me - it has definitely been worth the trip over from Australia.

Now, the contest: there are 3 questions at the bottom of this interview. They are about me and where I live - in northern Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef. If you can send your answers to Jocelyn at Jocelyn (at) JocelynModo (dot) com, the first 3 correct entries will win a prize ebook. You can choose one of three: The Prince and the Nun, Her Master's Voice and Light o'Love.




JM: Ooo! Sounds fun! Wish I was eligible to participate in the contest, but I have read Light o'Love and was thoroughly entertained. ;) Ah, well. Will you tell me about these three books?

JG: That's difficult. I suppose you'd say they are all 'proper' books, real novels you can lose yourself in. I try to write books you will want to keep and re-read in the future, so I work hard at creating stories with some meat to them. And they are all different.

The Prince and the Nun is set in a Central European castle in about 1940. There's a war going on, but it's not Hilter's war, it's an imaginary one. The heroine of the story is a nun, well, an ex-nun as it turns out, called Therese. She has a terrible time trying to protect the local villagers in those troubled times, and at the same time entertain the officers of the occupying army. And that does not mean giving them coffee and biscuits, as you can imagine.

Light o'Love is almost a Harry Potter story for adults. The heroine here is Shirley, and English girl at university in Liverpool. I say university, but the college she attends is actually full of witches. She gets dragged into dangerous times, but manages a certain amount of fun and mischief along the way. Why is the book called Light o'Love? You're going to have to read it yourself, but I can say it has a lot to do with Shirley's specialization as a witch. She grows into a powerful and very sexy person.
Her Master's VoiceFinally, Her Master's Voice is an action adventure set in South East Asia - Borneo, Malaysia and Singapore. I love that part of the world. The food, the scenery, the people - mmh! It was not trouble at all to set my story there and portray Sherry, a sexy lady whose relationship goes through some significant and very exciting changes.

All three books are good, old-fashioned stories that I hope will stay in your library for years.


JM: I'm drooling over all three. What was your inspiration for The Prince and the Nun, Her Master's Voice and Light o'Love?

JG: Well now. I suppose the first inspiration is that I have been lucky and lived in all three places. That gives me the settings. The stories come out of the blue, I suppose. I do recall wondering if a nun's vows are immutable, and what would happen if you backed a nun into a corner and said 'I want you to run an officer's club full of your girls, and if you don't I'll force girls from your friendly villages'. Not a comfortable situation of any nun to find herself in.

Light o'LoveLight o'Love is a paranormal fantasy because I was upset at the large number of TERRIBLE paranormal books around. This one is fantasy, but it is fantasy with its feet on the ground. Much more satisfying that way.

Her Master's Voice is attempt to show how light bondage and discipline can work in real life. I hate stories that have women as pinioned little dollies spending their whole life getting whipped and abused, and loving every minute of it. They're stupid - when do these bimbos get to do the shopping or raise kids, for goodness sake? This story shows how it's meant to be, and if it runs riot around a beautiful part of the world at the same time, so much the better.


 
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