1st Post of 2016…

david bowieAnd it sucks.

I had hoped that my first post of 2016 would be relating the story of how I had sold my shapeshifting superspy novel to a big publisher over the holiday break. I certainly didn’t expect to be mourning the loss of a personal hero.

On January 10, 2016, David Robert Jones aka David Bowie, passed away from liver cancer. There have been a rash of celebrity deaths lately and while they don’t usually affect me, this time was different. You see, David Bowie has been with me most of my life.

I first became aware of him when I was three and heard the album of Peter and the Wolf that RCA put out. If you didn’t know, he was the narrator telling the story in that soothing, smooth as silk voice of his that naturally lent itself to storytelling to wide-eyed children. I listened to it over and over, fascinated by the story of Peter and his forest friends outsmarting the wolf. I was also falling in love with music– becoming aware that music itself was the storyteller. That you didn’t need words.

As I got older, I was blessed with older sisters that were also music lovers. They were bent on completely warping me as much as possible. Fortunately, they were Bowie fans that never missed an album. By osmosis, I grew to be a fan loving songs like “Let’s Dance,” “Never Let Me Down,” and “China Girl.” By age seven I was making my own compilation tapes from the radio and staying up late to catch the video for “Blue Jean” on Friday Night Videos. The first time I saw that video, I thought he was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.

In 1986, I was nine years old and at the age when most girls are prepubescent and just starting to realize that there is a difference between boys and girls. And that perhaps they aren’t the ideal romantic heroine. The romanticism of being in love is just starting to occur. I suppose it wasn’t a surprise. I was obsessed with fairy tales. And what better fairy tale is there than Labyrinth? The story of a misunderstood, awkward girl who still plays pretend long after it’s appropriate. Who makes up stories to escape from feeling unloved and unattractive. Who feels herself growing up and losing her innocence and desperately wants to hang on to it. And then when it seems that all hope is lost, a powerful savior arrives to save her from being a grownup. He loves her because of her strangeness and isn’t going to require that she change. For the first time, she’s the cool one that someone is willing to reorder time and space to be with. Her, the awkward innocent that only wants someone to love her best. By the end she realizes that she had that all along and that she doesn’t need a savior. Especially not one who wants to keep her as a possession. She is in control of her destiny. “You have no power over me.”

Even now when I’m feeling awkward and unloved, I watch Labyrinth or listen to the soundtrack and wish for the Goblin King to take me away (right now!). And I think that’s what’s hurting the most today. That no matter how much I wish, The Goblin King isn’t there to take me away anymore. And there will never be one to take his place.

RIP Mr. Jones. You served us all so well and your voice will echo throughout the centuries. Thank you for making the world a little bit brighter. For being a friend in the dark. For molding an artist. And for making us all proud to be different.

 

NEW RELEASE: Huntress by Alexandra Christian

Well kids, it’s been a productive year for The Belle.  I know it doesn’t seem like it.  You haven’t seen the name “Alexandra Christian” on anything since last November.  But I have kept busy with Little Red Hen Romance and the anthology of paranormal Sherlock Holmes stories, An Improbable Truth.  But FINALLY, I have a new NOVEL releasing under my own name!  Yes, the chicks over at Little Red Hen thought that dragon porn sounded like a GREAT idea.  No, I’m kidding.  It’s not porn.  In fact, Huntress is a fairly tame mainstream heat level romance with lots of high fantasy action to go with it.  Think Game of Thrones if there was no rape and they actually liked women.  In fact, the main character Thalia is a kickASS heroine.  But I don’t want to give too much away.  Here’s a blurb—

Every girl dreams of a fairy tale prince.       

Thalia is the Huntress, a dragonslayer from a barbarian tribe. But her dreams are haunted by her prince, a dark shadow who whispers delectable taunts in her ears and smells of crushed roses and ash. When she is captured and sacrificed as a symbolic “bride” to the most fearsome dragon she has ever seen, she wants only to escape into the endless dream of death where she and her dark prince can be together forever.

But princes aren’t always what they seem. And neither are dragons.

Huntress_1If you’d like to read more, there’s an EXCERPT here.

You can order Huntress NOW from Amazon, but the release is Dec. 1, 2015!  Just in time to fill up those holiday Kindle Fire HDs.  Guys will love the action, gals will love the smoldering sexiness of alpha hero, Malik. That is, if you’re like me and went to see The Hobbit movies just for Smaug.

COVER REVEAL: It’s Christmas, Cupid! by Drea Riley

Who doesn’t love a naughty holiday story?  I know I do.  Something about the sparkling lights of the Christmas tree, the spirit of giving, and that suggestive little twinkle in Old St. Nick’s eye just makes me long for the warm touch of that special someone.  Drea Riley is back on December 1st with a continuation of her Naughty Klauses series for Mocha Memoirs Press.  Her new shortie is called “It’s Christmas, Cupid!” and what a Christmas it will be!  Check out this blurb…

With Nick and Jessica cooling their heels in Key West the Klaus children are tasked with running Christmas. Nothing but shenanigans could come from this arrangement. Or murder if Jaq has to spend winter babysitting the son of Cupid. 

Amur new Jaq would rather kill him that speak to him. And he’d stand still and let her do it, but he’d prefer it to be  Ранняя смерть/Rannyaya smert’. Or as the French say “petite mort”. He’d willingly die a thousand times as long as it was between her thighs.

Doesn’t that sound delicious?  So without further ado, here’s the cover for your viewing pleasure….

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COVER REVEAL: “Mr. Hollywood”

So the first batch of releases from Little Red Hen Romance was a rip snorting success!  Every single title hit the FREE bestsellers lists for short romance!  I’d call that a win!  So over at The Coop, we’re already preparing for next month’s #newreleases!  First up, a cover reveal for a little contemporary we like to call “Mr. Hollywood.”

Stacie is a romance writer that no longer believes in romance.  Her agent sends her off on a working vacation to Bora Bora in an attempt to rekindle her creative fire and meet a pressing deadline.  It seems an impossible task until she’s saved from the clutches of disaster by a beautiful stranger.

COMING MAY 29TH!!

COMING MAY 29TH!!

“Mr. Hollywood” is the fifth release from Little Red Hen Romance, a publisher with a completely new concept in romance:  short, sexy, romantic stories that are never more than 99 cents!  Click the image for more!!