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The ‘what if?’ Question by Pippa Jay

My stories begin in all sorts of different ways, but When Dark Falls started very much with a specific ‘what if’ question. In this case, what if a superhero’s secret identity was so secret even the superhero didn’t know about it?

Of course, this immediately raises all kinds of issues and difficulties. Okay, so the superhero is never going to be able to give themselves away in their normal form. No amount of torture or threatening their loved ones is going to work, if no one knows. But how does the normal everyday persona transform into the superhero without knowing? What effect will it have on their personality and memories? How will they get into their superhero costume and out again?! No running into the nearest phone booth or dropping down a chute to an underground hideout and arriving already dressed for the part. Something, or in this case someone else has to be around to help with the transformation.

In the case of When Dark Falls, that burden drops onto the ever present, fiercely loyal (and rather sexy) sidekick, Shadow. But how does he manage it? I suppose if it had been Batman, you might have had Alfred standing ready with cape, or a little shove down the chute. To find out how Shadow does it, ah, you’ll have to read the book to find that out!
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In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.

Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.

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**Giveaway: One digital edition of When Dark Falls if you tell me what your superpower would be and your superhero name. Contest ends 11/27/2014 at 11:59PM EST.

Author Bio:

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After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance—Restless In Peaceville—published by Lycaon Press, three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter.

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Music Fit for a Princess by Jessica E Subject

Thank you to the ladies of Literary Lagniappe for having me back. It’s always a pleasure to be here.

With the majority of my stories, I create a playlist with music that relates to my characters, settings, and even specific scenes in the story.

I had a lot of fun creating the playlist for The Star Princess, choosing songs I didn’t have on previous playlists, and purchasing songs I knew I needed for inspiration.

Here’s 10 songs from my playlist for The Star Princess:

Before You by Chantal Kreviazuk

Castle in the Sky by DJ Satomi

Closer by Tegan and Sara

Kiss You Inside Out by Hedley

Safe and Sound by Capital Cities

To You I Belong by B*Witched

Two Princes by Spin Doctors

We Found Love by Rihanna

What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) by Kelly Clarkson

You Found Me by Kelly Clarkson

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Here’s an excerpt that reminds me of the song Two Princes, when Ro’sa first sees her betrothed…

As a figure stepped from the shuttle, Ro’sa gasped at the same time as her friend. The prince. He had to be her betrothed, with the crown of gold on his head reflecting the sunlight. His hair cascaded to his shoulders in dark-brown waves, skin the same rich color of chocolate, her favorite treat from Earth. He wore a finely pressed black suit with a white shirt underneath. His plush cape reached the floor behind him. Pausing on the platform, he smiled, dimples forming in his cheeks.

Thank you, Earth! Excitement bubbled from deep inside her, and something more. She squeezed her thighs together and swallowed her own squeal to keep from giving away their location.

“He’s gorgeous,” Ka’lyn whispered. “Even the color of his skin is sexy. I wonder what he tastes like.”

Ro’sa shoved her friend. “None of your business. He’s mine.”

“And I’m so jealous.” Ka’lyn returned the punch. “I want to lick him from head to toe.”

So did she. “Don’t even think about it. You already have your own man.”

“Yes, but I can dream, can’t I? I mean, I love my sweaty woodsman, but, some days, I wish he was a prince.”

Before Ro’sa had a chance to respond, another man stepped out of the shuttle and slapped the prince’s on the back.

Ka’lyn shifted beside her. “Who’s that?”

“His personal servant?” She’d been told the prince would arrive with his own entourage. “Maybe a friend?” Would a servant be allowed to touch royalty? On Minjet, yes, but she’d been told the line between royalty and commoners was much more defined on Earth. At least before the last war.

“He’s cute, too. A stronger jaw, and look at those full lips. Imagine what they’d be like to kiss, how they’d feel on your breasts and between your legs.”

“Would you stop!” Ro’sa covered her mouth. Her words had come out much louder than she’d intended as she focused on the images her friend had planted in her head.

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In one week, Princess Ro’sa will board a spaceship, leaving her home on Minjet to be with her betrothed on Earth. The only problem is, she detests the prince’s selfish and arrogant ways, preferring to spend time with his personal aide, a man who stirs her desires in ways she never imagined possible with his radiant blue eyes and smouldering lips. And oh, the way he touches her.

Earth’s post-apocalyptic landscape offers little but the alliance offers much and a princess must do her duty, no matter the danger to her person and to her heart.

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Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to sexy. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Gargoyle Rock Stars in the Knights of Stone by Lisa Carlisle

In the past year, I’ve had several new releases, one type of character that keeps making an appearance is a gargoyle shifter. I suppose it makes sense. If you could see my office right now, you’d see three framed photo of gargoyles of Notre Dame over my monitors and several gargoyle statues keeping me company!

There’s something about the idea of a gargoyle statue coming to life I find fascinating. I think of a misunderstood creature (which I love to write about), someone with a compulsion to protect others. What do you think of when you picture a gargoyle?

I’ve explored gargoyle aspects in different ways in three releases, all which were released in the last month: Knights of Stone, Rock My Senses, and Dark Muse (which comes out today!).

For Knights of Stone, I had the idea of five gargoyle statues perched on a stage on a mystical island. Come night, the statues transform to human forms and play for the humans who come to watch their concerts. Originally, I wrote this as a short story for an anthology. After I submitted it, I kept thinking about the characters and the conflict and knew there was much more to tell. I withdrew my submission and continued with the story, letting the characters and story unfold. I loved how Kayla and Mason struggled against their forbidden attraction since their coven and clan forbid them from socializing.

This story was a little more fantastical from what I usually write and I wondered how readers would respond. The responses were overwhelmingly awesome! Readers wrote telling me they wanted more stories from the gargoyle brothers in the rock band Knights of Stone—even a story about the wolf shifter Ian. I am thrilled to hear this and happy to continue writing about these hot gargoyle brothers. So Knights of Stone is now the first novella in a series. More hot romances to come!
Book Blurb:

Knights of Stone

Highland Gargoyles

Book 1

Lisa Carlisle

Genre: Paranormal erotic romance
ASIN: B00O9EHH5E
Number of pages: 100

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Gargoyles, tree witches, and wolf shifters have divided the Isle of Stone after a great battle twenty-five years ago. When Kayla, a tree witch, hears about the unconventional rock concerts in the gargoyle’s territory, she sneaks from her coven and into their territory to see for herself. Night after night, she returns to see one in particular shift into human form and play guitar at these unconventional shows.

For several nights, Mason has kept watch for the pixie-like female. He plans to seduce her, thinking she’s a visitor from another island. When he discovers she’s one of the tree witches, he retreats, attempting to keep his distance. The temptation is strong, but forbidden.

Kayla and Mason attempt to meet in secret, but other elements on the isle command their attention. A magical cloak created by the three clans on the island is thinning, leading to repercussions for all the clans. Kayla and Mason are caught in the middle of it, and their actions may change the fate for all.

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Giveaway: One digital copy of Rock My Senses – featuring a computer geek by day/ rock guitarist by night who develops latent strengths while tasked to protect a yoga instructor. Comment to enter. Contest ends 11/20 at 11:59 EST.

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Lisa loves stories with dark, brooding heroes and independent, caring heroines. She feels very honored to be a multi-published author since she’s wanted to write since the sixth grade. Her travels have provided her with inspiration for various settings in her novels, including deployments while she served in the Marines. She lived in Parris Island, the California desert, and Okinawa, Japan. She also backpacked alone through Europe, and lived in Paris, France, as an au pair before returning to the U.S. and buying a book store. She now lives in New England with her husband, two children, a cat, and many fish.

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