Monday, February 27, 2017

Rebellion, Home of the Werewolves' MC

Most readers aren't aware that Rebellion is a real location. I just changed the name to use in my books. Rebellion is the home base of The Werewolves of Rebellion Motorcycle Club. It’s a small town, but since the bikers are lycanthropes, they stay in a rural-like region to prevent any problems from arising, especially when they want to hunt. What most readers don’t know, however, is that Rebellion is actually my hometown of Woodsfield, Ohio. Landmarks are used in my novels, actual town names, too, and even the history of the area. Founded in 1814, Woodsfield has a lot of wonderful history.

SE Ohio is a beautiful region set in the Appalachian foothills. I could have based the series in Pittsburgh or on the opposite side of the map in Washington State, but one hard and fast rule in writing is “write what you know” (otherwise, you have to do tons of research to be accurate).

In The Werewolves of Rebellion, you’ll find little villages and towns such as Laings, Sardis, Barnesville, Graysville, and even the bigger places such as St. Clairsville and Wheeling mentioned. The Ohio River runs through the area, dividing Ohio and West Virginia where so many of the industrial plants lie. I’m even thinking of making a page for my website that will have photos of some of the landmarks, such as Foraker Covered Bridge, just something for readers to view out of curiosity and can use as references as my books are read.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a werewolf in one of the photos? LOL. Join me in The Werewolves of Rebellion. Nightshade's Flame is book 1 and you can get a great preview  of the novel there to your left. The Devil's Russian Beauty is book 2. Coming soon—Persephone’s Beastly Lover, book 3. The books are available at many various distributors and you can learn more on my new releases page.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Next Couple

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As I draw to the end of writing book 3 of The Werewolves of Rebellion, I find myself brainstorming for book 4. I’m uncertain whether to create a romantic plot around the character, Puppy, or create a set of new romantic characters. Everyone loves Beastman and Luella. Beastman is a giant of a man and bursting with crazy fun with unexpected bouts of humor from him. His mate, Luella, is more or less the matriarch of the MC, but the bantering between her and Beastman endears them to readers. I’d like to write a story about them, but I’m stumped on ideas that would make their romance fresh. However, I supposed I could come up with a subplot that involves them. I’m still thinking about that one.

There are many, many other minor characters I could draw from such as the Stellarmi boys, but the oldest is only 18. Plenty old enough for a serious romance, but I’m not sure I want to deal with the hormones of a young guy, LOL.

Yet I still turn to Puppy as the heroine of my next Werewolves of Rebellion novel. She’s barely old enough to drink yet she plays a big part of managing the main house of the MC. Puppy is Filipino, brought to the US when her parents immigrated. She’s bubbly, sweet, and gets her nickname because she has big, deep brown, expressive puppy eyes.

But who to pair her up with…decisions, decisions…

What do you think, dear readers? Who would you like to see as the next main characters for book 4?

**Also, I’m doing research for a new book outside the Werewolves of Rebellion. I’d love to hear from readers about what type of man your dream man is. What makes him your fantasy dream man? Is it his job? Etc.? I need more than just a description of a ripped, hunk of a man. You can email me HERE or IM me on Facebook. Again, I’m just doing research, so any help is appreciated.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Daffi and Phil of Book Two

As I near the end of writing book 3 of The Werewolves of Rebellion, I’ve been thinking about some of the reviews book 2, The Devil’s Russian Beauty, has received. Honestly, fiction is subjective, so I seldom get my feathers ruffled by a mediocre or bad review (unless it’s obvious someone is deliberately being mean). Where I love a book, someone else might not and vice versa. Some readers love one author regardless of what he or she might write; whereas another reader might be more objective and feel that the author is lacking in one area but excels in another. See? Subjective.

However, in The Devil’s Russian Beauty, my heroine, Daffodil, is a sweetbutt who has been excessively abused. She’s sold from one MC to another and lands in a really scary situation with Ezra as the River Rebels’ “temporary” president. There’s only one problem—Ezra is not human. He’s a creature—I’m not going to spoil it for those who haven’t read the book—that thrives on sex. For Ezra, sex is a power and energy high, the way he amps up his own powers, and he’s especially “fond” of Daffodil whom he abuses every chance he gets. In fact, as I wrote a couple of the sex scenes between Ezra and Daffodil, the content weirded me out a little. Daffi feels trapped, and sex with Ezra is physically destroying her.
Now in walks Phil, the hero of book 2. Daffi falls for Phil. He pays attention to her, not how she looks (although he loves his lovely, leggy blonde) or what she can do for him sexually should he demand it, it’s about her, who she is. Book 2 centers on an inner strength that we all don’t realize we possess until we need to draw from it. Now, reviews so far have applauded the book except for one thing—the lack of sex between Phil and Daffi. There are erotic scenes, but the focus of this book is inner strength and how meeting the right person can help amplify that strength, and the other half of the focus is how love can conquer all. Phil and Daffi are special to me because they defeat the odds that were against them—they defeat evil through their love.
But the lack of sex between them, you say? Again, there are erotic interactions between Phil and Daffi, but here’s the thing—Daffi is sexually abused, so is it logical for a sexually abused woman—and I’m talking by a paranormal creature of sex—to want to jump into the sack with a new man every chance she gets? On one side, it would seem logical to Daffi if her self-esteem is at rock bottom. It would be a way she might feel needed. However, in this case, she knows that Phil doesn’t want to force anything physical on her because she has something she has never had before.
Respect. Especially respect from a man.
Now book 3, OMG sex, sex, sex… You’ll see why once you read it, lol.
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