Wednesday, July 25, 2012

No Ordinary Love by Kate Lynd

. Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Just finished reading No Ordinary Love, a short science fiction erotic romance by Kate Lynd. It is a shortie but a goodie set in post alien-invaded Earth with a half-breed hero and a human rebel heroine.

Lynd has a unique voice, telling the story she wants to tell the way she wants to tell it. The guts she shows in her writing is seen in her gutsy characters as well. She left me wanting more, which is what any good writer should do.

Yay! New science fiction romance! I'm soooooo happy right now. ☺ ♥

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Blues

. Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday blues, my grrls and girly boys?

Ugh. In this heat it's even harder to be cool instead of blue so here's a little excerpt of the book I'm working on right now, tentatively titled Intimate Ally--yes, it's the second in the Intimate Series after Intimate Enemy.

Enjoy, y'all:

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“I’m going. Even if it kills me,” Corra Haison whispered to herself for the third time.

But she didn’t budge. Instead she hid from the early morning light in the shadow of a skyscraper, glaring at the building across the street as if the sleek, glass-and-platinum structure was her enemy.

It wasn’t. Not really. Well, hundreds of her natural born enemies did wait inside, but they weren’t the ones threatening her—that would be her husband Krand.

The narcissistic ass---e would probably kill her on sight.

Not that he’d get the chance. Corra wasn’t the defenseless little wimp she’d been while married to Krand. In the months since her escape, she’d learned hand-to-hand combat, how to fire disruptor guns, and to pretend not to give a f--k about anything or anyone.

All great skills when you’re hiding from your husband and living in enemy territory, she thought as she eyed the two Nashete greeters standing on either side of the wide, glass doors that she needed to go through. Even with the two females in sight, her gut told her she wasn’t safe. And the last time she’d dismissed her gut, she’d married Krand who had treated her like his w---e instead of his wife.

I’m never going to ignore my instinct again, she thought as a wealthy Nashete couple pulled up in a long, serpentine looking landslider with four armed guards in tow. Instantly the sick feeling in the pit of her stomach dissipated. Made sense. If someone was out to get her, they wouldn’t approach with wealthy witnesses around whose guards were almost definitely outfitted with tiny observe-cams.

She was safe—at least for the moment—from whatever had been eating at her gut.

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Jocelyn Modo

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Perfect Triangle

. Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Oh, my lucky ducky grrls, we have Tracey Sinclair on MetaModo today talking about love triangles and her amazing new book Dark Dates. So make yourself a martini and listen to Tracey the witty and wonderful talk about all of our favorite threesomes.

Tracey says:
There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good love triangle, so when I wrote my novel Dark Dates, it seemed natural to make sure that the heroine Cassandra Bick had two very different admirers – her mysterious ex-lover Cain, a hunter who hates all supernatural creatures, and the charming but possibly duplicitous vampire Laclos, who is all too keen to get his fangs into her… what’s a girl to do? (If only I could have that dilemma… sigh!) So I thought I’d do my guest post on my favourite love triangles – did I mention yours?

Sookie, Bill and Eric from True Blood: I’ve never read the books (I know, shame on me) but this sizzling love triangle has powered the TV show for four seasons (going on five), and shows no signs of cooling off. I must admit I like my vampires tall and Viking – but I’m actually more of an Alcide girl, really.

Stefan, Damon and Eleanor - The Vampire Diaries: Oh, to be Nina Dobrev! This show has fast become my favourite guilty pleasure, and though you wonder how long they can keep dragging out the ‘which Salvatore will she choose’ dilemma, it’s awfully fun along the way.

Oz, Tara and Willow - Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a heartbreaking one, this, because I truly loved Oz and Willow as a couple, but Joss Whedon unsurprisingly handled this beautifully: never minimising the truth of that relationship, while acknowledging that as Willow had matured she had grown into her sexuality, and her future was with Tara (although, of course, being Whedon, that future turned out to be tragically brief). Bonus points for being one of the most realistic and non-sensational portrayals of lesbians on TV.
Buffy, Spike and Angel – Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Proof that sometimes the happy ending isn’t sailing off into the sunset with with one of the guys, it’s actually choosing to be alone – when you all have your destinies to fulfil, love doesn’t always triumph. Still, it did make for some great scenes when Spike joined the spin off series Angel; the two vampires snarking at one another became a highlight of that show.

Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli – the Stephanie Plum novels (and the movie One for The Money): OK, going off-genre here but including as an example of how even the hottest love triangle burns out: trying to keep it going too long just leaves everyone looking at best, indecisive (pick one, already!) or at worst, weak: why would a smoking hot guy hang around forever?  The Stephanie Plum novels are a riot – I can’t recommend the early ones enough – but 18 books in, you really start to feel she should just make a choice and move on. Because that’s the thing with love triangles – they just can’t last forever.
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Dark Dates Blurb: All Cassandra Bick wants is to be left to get on with doing her job. But when you’re a Sensitive whose business is running a dating agency for vampires, life is never going to be straightforward – especially when there’s a supernatural war brewing in London, a sexy new bloodsucker in town and your mysterious, homicidal and vampire hating ex-lover chooses this moment to reappear in your life.

Witty, sharp and entertaining, Dark Dates is a heady mix of vampires, witches and werewolves – with the occasional angel thrown in – and introduces Cassandra Bick, a likable heroine destined to join the ranks of fantasy’s feistiest females.

UK Readers may purchase Dark Dates HERE!

US Readers may purchase Dark Dates HERE!

BIO: Tracey Sinclair works as freelance copywriter, editor and legal directories consultant. A diverse and slightly wandering career has included writing factsheets for small businesses, creating web content for law firms, subtitling film and TV and editing one of the UK’s largest legal directories. A keen blogger, she regularly writes for online theatre site Exeunt and science fiction site Unleash the Fanboy and her blog Body of a Geek Goddess was shortlisted in the Cosmopolitan Blogger Awards 2011. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies and her short play Bystanders was premiered in 2011 as part of the CP Players New Writing Season at Baron’s Court Theatre, London. She has published two small press books (Dolland No Love is This, both Kennedy& amp; Boyd) and is now dipping a toe in the digital self-publishing world with her new urban fantasy novel, Dark Dates.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Manic Monday Fight

. Monday, July 16, 2012

Time for a long neglected and much needed manic Monday free write. And the wonder word of the day is "fight".

Hit it. Pit it.
Make it bleed.
Indeed, this is the fight you've been waiting for:
Shouts and kicks and slamming doors.
I'm knocked out on the floor
Down for the counting.
Stars circling my head
birds in my ear
I fear I'll stay here
Unprotected head.
I'm dead to you.
We unstuck the glue
that kept the family together.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Evil Stalks the Night by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

. Thursday, July 12, 2012

Just finished reading Evil Stalks the Night the revised author's edition by Kathryn Meyer Griffith and loved it.

From the first paragraph Griffith sets a dark, spooky mood that carries throughout the entire book until the last page that reminded me of Edgar Allen Poe's stories. Evil Stalks the Night is a tale of monsters under the bed being real and nightmares coming to life in the woods out behind Sarah's, the heroine's, house.

The tale begins in the summer of 1960 when children begin disappearing and showing up dead in the nearby woods. Skip to years later and Sarah is an adult with a child of her own. All of her family is dead save her one brother and she lives far away from the little town where she lost everyone she loved.

She's a famous psychic who's cop husband has left her for another woman and is at crises point looking for a safe place to land in these hard times. Her only option is her grandmother's house back in the town were nightmares came true in the forest.

When she arrives back home the one bright spot is police detective Ben, who she is greatly attracted to if a little skittish of starting a new relationship. But even if Sarah doesn't want to start a relationship with another cop, she needs Ben's help as she fights the evil that awakens upon her return.

Now, I'm more of a classic romance sorta grrl but this story grabbed my attention and kept me emotionally invested and completely entertained without any slow or boring points. I definitely recommend this read to anyone who likes a scary story with a happily ever after ending.

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fantastic Fan Mail

. Tuesday, July 10, 2012

I received the sweetest fan letter for Intimate Enemy the other day and it couldn't have come at a better time. Fan mail is the most wonderful boost. I had a smile on my face all day and I crack another toothy grin whenever I think about it.

I never realized the power of a nice note until I became pubbed and started receiving the occasional fan mail. I never used to write them myself but now I drop notes to authors whose stories I've enjoyed because I know what a difference it can make in some one's day.

So get out there and shoot an email to the author of your recently read book. Tell them how much you enjoyed their story and how much you are looking forward to their next release. Who knows. You may even receive a response!

Love, light, and laughter!
Jocelyn Modo

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