February 22, 2021

New Book: Song of Light by Sandra Saidak


My friend Sandy has a new book out I thought you might enjoy.  What a beautiful cover! Who can resist music, magic, and adventure?


Song of Light by Sandra Saidak

Fleeing a cursed land, Salia finds salvation in a world of magic. But she must fight to save her new home from the impending dark forces that threaten to consume it.

Sold into servitude by her father to settle his debts with a brutal innkeeper, Salia dreams of a better life. Desperate for a way out, she finds her escape in a portal to another world… a world where magic still flourishes.

Welcomed by a band of wildlings into a land of eternal childhood, time passes happily, until the injury of one of her friends forces Salia to seek help at the temple of healing. There she meets Alyssa, an elven warrior princess who encourages Salia to explore the wider world with her.

As Salia embraces her exciting new life of adventure, she is able to grow and blossom. A sense of belonging and acceptance fills her with the belief that she’s found her true home in the elf kingdom of Evintyr.

But the Darkness, an evil force that drained Salia’s former world of magic, now threatens her new home with the same fate. As Salia finds herself thrust into a race to save this new world, can she prevent it from falling victim to a similar destiny?

Author’s note:

I’ve loved escaping into other worlds for as long as I can remember.  Sometimes, through movies, books and songs, I found worlds created by others.  Sometimes, I created them myself.

The upside of this quirk was two ready-made careers.  The first is teaching high school English so I could share my passion for stories with the people I believe need it the most: teenagers.  The second is writing, so I could share the worlds I created with everyone.

While not all my fantasy life centers on history, all of my early writing did, probably because of the huge impact Jean Auel and her Earth’s Children series had on me.  Despite the rich niche of prehistoric fiction, I couldn’t get enough of it.  More properly, I couldn’t find the exact story I wanted to read.

So, I wrote it.  And in 2011, published Daughter of the Goddess Lands, Book 1 in my Kalie’s Journey series.  I added alternative history with From the Ashes and That This Nation Might Live, and historical fantasy with The Seal Queen.

This year, I am taking the plunge into epic fantasy, with Songs of Light, and for the first time, indulging my passion for ballads and folk songs, and the healing power of music.

When not writing, I enjoy dancing, music, attending science fiction conventions and hearing from my readers

February 16, 2021

Lost Angels, Oral Fixated

Hey Sweet Dreamers! Here’s a nice little post about Kiss Counts from my friend, Loren Rhoads.

Romance novelist Emmy Z. Madrigal invited me to read through of my succubus/angel novel Lost Angels and do a Kiss Count. She wanted to know how many kisses, how many graphic sex scenes, and how many F2B (Fade to Black, like sex on broadcast TV) scenes there were. I thought it would be fun to read through Lost Angels to find out.

Wow, was I surprised. Lost Angels came in with 46 instances of kissing. That doesn’t actually count each of the individual kisses, because I only counted the feverish kisses and little nips as one kiss each. I knew the book was obsessed with kissing, but I had no idea.

Here’s the description of two of my favorites:

“I’ll show you mercy,” Azaziel threatened, looming over her suddenly. Lorelei whimpered—it wasn’t entirely feigned—but there was nowhere to go to get away from him. The angel grasped her head in his palms and bent down over her. She felt his cool breath in her hair. His lips melted against her flushed forehead. Sweet angelic compassion washed over her.

Lorelei collapsed as if her limbs were unstrung. The lingering pain in her head vanished, but the kindness of his grace turned to terror in her chest. She tried to remember how to breathe. She thought he’d killed her.

“Fuck your compassion, Angel,” she snarled weakly.

He laughed, the first truly amused laugh she’d heard from him. He stroked the hair from the succubus’s face. “You’re all right, Lorelei.”

As he said it, it was true. She drew a deep, shuddering breath. “That was one hell of a kiss, Aza.”

“Glad you liked it.”

She dropped her gaze and put just the right amount of hesitation into her voice. “Can I have another one?”

When his lips brushed her cheekbone, she turned her face into his. Their lips met. A spark passed between them, magnified as it traveled. They both jumped. He pulled away just a fraction.

Lorelei yearned toward him. Weakness trembled in her muscles. Aza couldn’t resist that. He supported her in his arms.

Using all her guile, Lorelei pressed her mouth into his. His compassion flowed into her again, but now that she was prepared, it didn’t paralyze her. She felt it swirl down into her body, curling smoky tendrils around her heart.

Deep in her hips, though, was the unquenchable fire of who she was, the lust that drove her. Raising that power up the ladder of her spine, she focused it as finely as a laser into her kiss.

In the days before the Flood, Azaziel had been a Watcher, sent down to help God’s creatures on Earth. He fell in love with one of Cain’s granddaughters and he rescued her from the Flood. They passed her mortal life in bliss. Now he’s imprisoned in the Los Angeles basin. His angelic brethren, Heaven’s misfits, don’t understand the longing Aza feels: once he had been loved entirely for himself.

The succubus Lorelei doesn’t know any of this when she sets her sights on Azaziel. All she knows is that the angel’s fall will bring glory to Hell and acclaim to any succubus who accomplishes it.

Of course, it never occurs to Lorelei that Azaziel might try to tame her by possessing her with a mortal girl’s soul. Can the succubus find an exorcist before the angel’s love changes her forever?

Lost Angels is a complex novel that could be called paranormal romance but it also works as horror and erotica even though the sex scenes aren’t over the top like some erotica books I’ve read. The best part of the book was the characters. Since Lorelei is a succubus that has works for Hell, you expect her to be an evil character. In reality she is a sympathetic character that I liked quite a bit. I felt that she was much more compassionate than Azaziel. I would have thought that Azaziel would be the ultimate good but you quickly find that he is more of a shade of grey. None of these characters acts like you think they would act and the lines between good and evil are blurred.” — HorrorAddicts.net

Ordering information for Lost Angels:

For the Kindle or in paperback from Amazon.

In paperback from IndieBound or Bookshop.org.

From Barnes & Noble for the Nook or in paperback.

From Smashwords as a mobi, epub, or PDF.

Or order signed copies of both books in the
series directly from Loren:

Loren Rhoads is the co-author (with Brian Thomas) of Lost Angels and Angelus Rose. Her succubus stories have appeared in the books Sins of the Sirens, Demon Lovers, and Unsafe Words. You can get a behind-the-scenes peak into the secret lifes of her angels and devils in As Above, So Below: Behind the Books, available for free on Bookfunnel: https://BookHip.com/KHJFPA

January 27, 2021

New Year Update 2021!

New Year Update 2021!
Biters, Sweet Dreamers, Readers, and Listeners,
Last fall when I did the Fall Update, I promised myself to do the next update on a more regular time schedule. I mean, I actually wrote it in the calendar and everything! O.O WOW.
So, here we are. This is the NEW YEAR update! It’s 2021… to read more go to:
November 13, 2020

Press Release: A Peculiar Prom Night by R.L. Merrill

New Paranormal Romance
A Peculiar Prom Night
By R.L. Merrill

Four sexually frustrated chaperones

Three hapless kids caught vaping in the bathrooms

Two heated kisses

One ghost ship on the San Francisco Bay turns this joyous celebration into one helluva creepy night…

Meet siblings Ramona and Ruben, veteran teachers at Baymont High School. They’ve been chaperoning proms for years, but tonight they’ll need all of their faculties to protect their students from beings who may or may not have evil intentions. Oh, and manage to keep their family’s secret while attempting to get closer to their respective love interests. No problem, right?


Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited 

About the Author:

R.L. Merrill brings you stories of Hope, Love, and Rock ‘n’ Roll featuring quirky and relatable characters. Whether she’s writing about contemporary issues that affect us all or diving deep into the paranormal and supernatural to give readers a shiver, she loves creating compelling stories that will stay with readers long after. Winner of the Kathryn Hayes “When Sparks Fly” Best Contemporary award for Hurricane Reese. Ro spends every spare moment improving her writing craft and striving to find that perfect balance between real-life and happily ever after. She writes diverse and inclusive romance, contributes paranormal hilarity to Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Universe, and works on various other writing and mentoring projects that tickle her fancy or benefit a worthy cause. You can find her connecting with readers on social media, educating America’s youth, raising two brilliant teenagers, trying desperately to get that back piece finished in the tattoo chair, or headbanging at a rock show near her home in the San Francisco Bay Area! Stay Tuned for more Rock ‘n’ Romance.


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August 28, 2020

The Inspiration Behind “Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse

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The Inspiration Behind “Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse”

By Naching T. Kassa

The inspiration for my story, “Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse,” began with a fairy tale. Or, I should say, it began with the end of a fairy tale.

You’ve probably seen the movie Tangled by now. It’s the story of Rapunzel told with a twist and, though fun, it bears little resemblance to the tale told by the Brothers Grimm.

Rapunzel’s story begins before her birth. Her father and mother live next door to a witch and the mother is pregnant with Rapunzel. She has a craving for the plant called rampion and believes she will die if she doesn’t eat it. The mother is wasting away and so her poor husband sneaks next door to steal from the witch’s garden.

The husband slips in and out of the garden without incident and brings his wife…

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August 24, 2020

Live music inspired by Meant to Be…Inspired Her Immortal Beloved

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August 24, 2020

Live music inspired by Meant to Be…Inspired Love Comes to Kenneth’s Valley

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August 24, 2020

Inspiration for “Her Immortal Beloved”

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“Her Immortal Beloved”

By M. M. Genet

INSPIREDsmCoverWhen I originally got the idea for writing Her Immortal Beloved, I was already knee deep in writing the novel, Agent for the Orchestra: Rites of Spring.  After writing the first chapter where Yvonne, a secret agent disguised as Beethoven’s maid steals a famous piece of music he wrote for his lover, I knew there was more to the back story.  Yvonne, a cool headed agent nearly misses her portal back to The Orchestra because she feels so terrible about stealing a piece of music that means so much to Beethoven.  As I wrote the chapter, I also felt terrible.

Meant to Be…INSPIRED gave me a place to explore that back story.  It is historical fact that Beethoven did write a piece of music called, My Immortal Beloved.  We also have proof that he wrote a letter to…

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August 18, 2020

Live music inspired by Meant to Be…Inspired Contact High

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August 18, 2020

Meant to Be…Inspired Video Contest Announcement

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Comment with your favorite love song below to be entered into the prize drawing.

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