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Sunday, 30 June 2019

Sci-Fi Time Travel Fantasy - King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court by Kim Iverson Headlee #scifi #timetravel #fantasy

King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court
by Kim Iverson Headlee
Genre: SciFi Time Travel Fantasy

How sick are you of US politics? How doomed is the world because of who has claimed the Oval Office throne—er, chair?

Refresh your spirit by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today’s political falderal.

Solidly entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly

WINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.

Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.

Mark Twain began work on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 1879—the same year the Yankee Hank Morgan departed for his sojourn in sixth-century Britain. The first edition was published in 1889 and features more than 200 illustrations by the man who later would become founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Carter Beard. These illustrations are now in the public domain, and a handful have been incorporated into King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court as an artistic homage to this classic edition of the first time travel story in all literature.

**On Sale for only 99 cents!!**

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins--the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century--seem to be sticking around for a while yet.

Kim has been a published novelist since 1999 with the first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.

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Friday, 28 June 2019

The stories within Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu connect, unfold, interweave many character’s stories needs, feelings, desires, and dreams. Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu Audio Set by Kaitlynzq #literaryfiction #poetry #romance

Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu Audio Set
by Kaitlynzq
Genre: Adult Literary Fiction, Poetry, Romance 
Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set
Book tour June 4 - July 4, 2019

Title: An inside view by Kaitlynzq

glows of first feather light touch
showers of rose petals caress the air
as vocal chords meet in harmony
held in the center
feelings’ touch as cortajuba feathers
held in the center
flower bouquets
circles in love’s notes
as lovecontu
in the series of interconnected stories Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu. A series of interior connections that weaves
these interior elements throughout the books that are gently held within the stories that are included in Lovecontu Song de
Light Lovecontu audio set.
Lovecontu as sonic tunes in nature’s natural vital heart beats in Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem, to music scores
of melodies in Legend of Song de Light audio book, to streams of “yes” spoken into another’s heart in Legend of Song de
Light audio play, with whispers of walks of a lifetime in a rhythm of two.
midnight’s pink undercurrent
sunrise’s hum
What follows next is an extended and expanded upon scene from Legend of Song de Light of moments hinted about in the
books, and held within lovecontu. These moments are written within the artistic style of one of my favorite lead
characters, Kamille, whose birthday is April 18th. She has a photographer’s beautiful touch to bring into view the finest
details of feelings like nature’s rhythm of delicate music notes. And, she holds a very special place in her heart for her
favorite combination of saxophone and glass harp.
Today, he caressed his fingers along my face, the most gentle of touch, and as he did, memories of moments when he has
before breathe within my heart. Moments that I’ve drawn out in these series of photos that I’ve created today, and are
titled “A View of Feelings’ Touch From My Love.”
The first photo is of a dance with the composition notes written in the pixels of the textures that create this image.
Title of Dance: “Return of the Hummingbirds”
Costumes: Look like they feel of silk
Set Design: Made of the finest agefu wood with light touches of bluebell flowers
Danseur approaches ballerina with an outstretched open hand. Ballerina places her hand in his with her smile in
her eyes to bre-in-perso , and they begin to weave along the columns with hummingbird-penguin sculptures
carved in them. A duet of adoryu adream petite continues into an extended duet of adoryu abea uh li . Soft turns,
hand in hand to infinate blie
Cherished. Held in the interior of his eyes... blie
A dance that interweaves with the second photo of a page numbered with more than imagined. A page that starts with a
note written in a gentleman’s graceful hand. An invitation bioluminescent from within that extends into notes that
composes songs of his heart. My pulse has been in a new rhythm since I received his invitation, and the song of him
embraces me in delicate symphonies of sound.
The page continues into the third photo of words from within a flower bouquet that sing from the center. And, with a light
touch of a paint brush, I’ve added to the melodic colors to bring sight to the song. Flowers of Arabian jasmine with their
amazing, gorgeous scent, and chocolate cosmos with soft midnight velvet petals are held in a continuous ribbon of
lovecontu. A bouquet that holds my heart like my love holds me.
A floral scent that stays with me into the fourth photo of a painting that is on a canvas that is like cashmere’s special fiber.
Colored pencils in the brush strokes layer in the pink glow, and hum that emanate from a lighthouse. The glow and hum
that has been with me since his first overture.
And, an underscore that continues into this fifth photo of a crescent moon held in the deepest realms of the night’s sky,
and gentle lightness of daylight for a natural orchestra, accompanied with tender vocal chords that harmonize like the
beautiful color palette of seafoam green and antique silver. Music to my ears since I heard his name, and our walk
together began.
Gentle sonic chords lengthen in their notes within the soundwaves, and are in the sixth photo of a quiet saxophone and
glass harp. An instrumental duet that I hope continues to repeat like the tender caress of my love.
And now I get to share with him that “A View of Feelings’ Touch From My Love“ is going to be featured in the Island of
Glotu Daily .
sunrise’s hum
midnight’s pink undercurrent
This link will guide you to the audio streams of the vocal recording of the extended and expanded upon scene.
And, this link is for an audio streams that starts with a moment that for Kamille gives her heart’s essential connections to
experience lovecontu.
For more information about Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set, please visit kaitlynzq.com and
The stories within Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu

connect, unfold, interweave many character’s stories

needs, feelings, desires, dreams

contain words of

caresses around

as a cocoon of soft cashmere

accompanied by sweet aroma

allures to intimate nearness

remains a velvet kiss

their threads as two crescent moons

connected under the firelights

that layer the chords, and form the lyrics

all of you entered my world as dawn’s awakening sky of soft palette

my garnet heart melted in iridescence to bloom in sun’s rays

glow in night’s depth as the stars echo the rhythm of my heart

my insides sigh and expand in delight

harmonious blend as our lives

circle the melody

caresses around

as a cocoon of soft cashmere

accompanied by sweet aroma

allures to intimate nearness

remains a velvet kiss

Information for the audio set:
Included in Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set is
Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem
Legend of Song de Light audio book
Legend of Song de Light audio play

A set of interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath into downloadable mp3 files and pdf file.

An audio set that is interwoven in the Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu series that includes

Ancient Script of Lovecontu audio poem

Legend of Song de Light audio book

Legend of Song de Light audio play

Lovecontu Song de Light Lovecontu audio set

My fictional stories are written from the inside view

of a character’s interior heart-that

beautiful, vulnerable, intimate space

feelings, desires, needs, dreams

a blend of

delicate feather ripples of heart waves
needs, feelings, dreams, desires
quiet, gentle heart strings
tender, continuous
soft, vulnerable air mist
circles, weaves to caress
a sonic sea of heart’s breath

Woven into audio books that are recorded in my voice with a medley of music as a heart’s wave into
downloadable mp3 files; audio plays adapted from the audio books, and layered into pdf files like a
heart’s song; audio poems that are multiple poems designed to connect to form a story as a heart’s breath;
and audio sets that are sets of these interconnected stories with elements from each story that interweave
in one another as heart’s wave, heart’s song, heart’s breath.

Soundcloud profile link

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

It's been said before, but it bears repeating. #ThursdayThoughts #yoga

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019

This is it. This is the last purchase. Take me to the champagne. Daryl Devore's - Love My Fate - on Book Hooks #MFRWhooks #MFRWAuthor #hotread #urbanfantasy

Book Hooks is a weekly meme hosted by Marketing for Romance Writers as part of the MFRW Authors Blog. It's a chance each week for you the reader to discover current WIP or previously published book by possibly new to you authors.

Sorry, I wasn't here last week. A friend had a new release and needed the spot. 
Today, I am showcasing a snippet from my newly released hot urban fantasy - Love My Fate. Warning - Adult Sexual Content

Excerpt -

I kept pulling Kat out of displays as we walked back. I think she wanted to purchase one of everything in the building.
"Very good choices, so far," the deep male voice breathed in my ear. "But you still need one more item—something erotic."
Something erotic? I've got a glass dildo, warming lubricant, a red bustier and a riding crop. That's not erotic enough?
Can you hear my thoughts?
Trying not to think anything—or pee my pants—I reached for Kat's elbow, but my hand moved and I grabbed an object in the display beside me. The label proudly read The Nipple Tickler. Vibrating nipple clamps?
Tee stepped next to me. "I have a pair of those. I just love them."
I stared at my hand. Every time I tried to open my fingers to release the package, the muscles and nerves ignored my command.
Erotic enough for you? Voice. Person. Thing?
A hot breath passed over my ear. "Delightfully erotic."
I've got sex toys in my hands and a horny voice in my head. Oh, happy day.
"Kat." I tapped her arm. "I heard that voi—"
She looked at the package in my hand. "Ooh, those'd go so well with the peek-a-boo bustier you bought."
Swallowing down my moment of courage and conceding to my new purchase, I paid for the clamps then turned to Tee. "This is it. This is the last purchase. Take me to the champagne."
Champagne! That's what was causing the voice in my head. I breathed, a cliché-ridden, big sigh of relief. I didn't need to confess I was hearing voices. With a calmer state of mind, I followed Kat and Tee back to our seats in the VIP area. As I raised my glass, I paused to wonder what'd been put into the effervescent elixir. It was so not like me to hear voices or to purchase—you know—sex toys. Those are for other people. But here I am with a bustier, nipple clamps and a dildo. And it's only 8:30!

Blurb and Buy Links

What's a woman to do when a voice follows her home and makes mad, passionate love to her?

Daryl Devoré’s latest is a quirky paranormal urban fantasy – Love My Fate.

Corporate businesswoman, Capricious Gray, is dragged to a sex toy convention by her best friend. After a mysterious disembodied voice helps her with her purchases, it follows her home. Passion ensues, leaving Capri torn between lust for her fantasy lover and the desperate need for reality in her life.

Thall, son of one of the Fates, harbours the irrepressible need to be with the woman he's desired from afar for years. In order to make her his, once and for all, he must help Capri get past her fears, including the fear of what he represents - a fantasy.

Can fantasy become a reality for these two lovers?

Note: This book was previously published by New Dawning Bookfair under the title Capri’s Fate. The edition has a new title, new cover and has restored previously deleted scenes.

Amazon - ebook 
Amazon - print book

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Ethan Sutton had come to the stunning revelation that he’d fallen in love with his best friend. Valerie Ullmer's New Adult M/M Romance - Fall For You #CoT #romance #NA

Fall for You (A M/M Romance)
Valerie Ullmer

Genre:  New Adult M/M Romance



Ethan Sutton had come to the stunning revelation that he’d fallen in love with his best friend, Sebastian Young.  Although friends since childhood, Ethan vowed to keep his feelings for Sebastian under wraps and live the rest of his life with this one secret between them rather than risk a lifelong connection and never see him again.  But when they move into their own apartment at the start of their third year of college, can Ethan keep his feelings from showing when they live so close together?

Sebastian Young had an epiphany about Ethan at the end of last year and arranged for the shared apartment he’d found over the summer to be closer to Ethan and see if a relationship could develop between them.  But as they settle into their lives in a new place with such close quarters, ex-girlfriends, nosy downstairs neighbors, and Sebastian’s own doubts, their relationship could be in jeopardy before it even begins.
Can two best friends admit their feelings and fall in love?

Ethan kept his eyes on his phone during the entire trip.  It wasn’t as though he didn’t want to speak to Sebastian, who sang under his breath at the song coming through the speakers of his older SUV.  But whenever he’d been in an enclosed space with Sebastian, he caught his scent of pine and cedar mixed with a hint of mint, and each time he moved, it drifted over to him and drove Ethan crazy.  Even from the other side, Sebastian’s body heat surrounded him and he wriggled in his seat to adjust himself before his desire for his best friend became clear.
For years, the closeness he shared with Sebastian had been enough.  It was he and Sebastian against the world throughout high school, and Ethan understood it would be the same in college.
But when they started their freshman year, Sebastian decided he would make up for lost time by dating his way through the female student body at the University of Oregon.  Sebastian still made time for him, but it was rare during their first two years of college for Sebastian not to have at least one date on the weekend.
Ethan hadn’t understood what the churning emotions were each time Sebastian talked about a new woman.  Later, he recognized the feeling was jealousy.
There had been a time during his sophomore year, driven by those feelings of jealousy and his newfound awareness he was gay, he’d gone out.  Most of the time, with a frequency that matched Sebastian’s frenzied dating life.  Ethan resolved to find someone and forget about the man he most wanted, his best friend, so he headed to a well-known bar off-campus.
Although he’d gone home with guys, nothing progressed past blowjobs.  For one, it solidified the fact he was gay.  Despite knowing, Ethan had no clue what held him back from going further with the willing men he’d met, but something stopped him.
After his break-up with his long-time girlfriend, Sebastian became a constant in Ethan’s life again.  Their friendship had never strained during their first years of college, and they grew closer when Sebastian found himself single.
During the summer, they decided they wanted to rent an off-campus apartment and live together.  Ethan believed they would request a room together in the dorms, but Sebastian wanted to ditch the dorms and find their own place.  Their parents had agreed to it although it would be more expensive.
More than once, Ethan had wanted to look for a place before they were all rented, but Sebastian said he would handle everything.
“Don’t worry.  I’ve got it covered.”
And now they were moving in together, Ethan found himself nervous about having his feelings show at the most inopportune moments.
Their freshman year, they were assigned separate rooms in different buildings.  And being so far apart from each other became a pain in the ass.  More often than not, Ethan would stay at Sebastian’s place, or Sebastian’s at Ethan’s.  Unless Sebastian had a date.
It had been easy to hide his feelings then.  He wasn’t so sure his desire wouldn't show in such close quarters.  But when Sebastian brought up living together, there wasn't a reason not to, and he agreed.  Hundreds of excuses became plain as they drove closer to their destination but Ethan didn't voice them aloud.
But his eyes kept being drawn back to Sebastian, his heart kicking in his chest as he took in Sebastian’s tanned arm draped over the steering wheel.  Each time Sebastian caught Ethan looking at him, he would give him that easy smile.  The smile made every man want to be his friend and every woman fall in love with him.
Although their friendship was an easy one, Ethan sometimes wondered how they grew so close when they were so different.


Why do you write romance?

I love a happily ever after.  I love to think that these two people I’ve gotten to know throughout a book; their feelings, their insecurities, and the reason why the two of them fell in love are all laid out on the page.  The best part, I can go back to their world any time I want and they are still together in the end.

What’s the best advice you have ever given?

Advice is what you ask for when you already know the answer, but wish you didn’t.

What is your favorite day of the year and why?

That first fall day where the leaves have just started their change from green to oranges and reds and yellows.  There is a crisp scent to the air that promises cooler weather and the clouds are scattered about in the sky.  It’s not cold enough to call it winter and not warm enough to be the end of summer, but it’s the perfect fall day.

How do you define romance?

Well, I have two definitions of romance.  In real life, like with my husband, it’s the small things we share with each other I consider romantic.  I love it when I make my husband laugh and when he makes me, but it’s the moments where you spend together talking about nothing and everything that make your relationship and romance special.  I don’t need flowers, candy, or a night out, I’m most happy when he and I are together with our dog and we’re laughing or talking.

When I read romances, I look for that moment where the book brings out so much emotion, I can’t put it down.  Although the book is guaranteed a HEA, during these moments there is a tightness in my chest and my eyes start to water because you are rooting for these two people to finally admit their feelings but one or both unintentionally get hurt and there is a sense of desperation.  But the end, knowing the two characters will fight for one another to be happy in the end, I consider that truly romantic.

Do you believe you only fall in love once?  Why?

No, I don’t think you do only fall in love once.  I think love takes different forms.  Some people are in abusive relationships and they’ve sworn up and down they love that person who’s harming them, but once they leave, they stop.  Some live their entire lives married to one person and love that one person.  Other’s find themselves falling in love easily before realizing that although they might have thought it was love at the time, they are different from who they used to be and aren’t in love now.  I believe trying to answer this question is like trying to define love, and no matter how hard you try, I don’t think there is one definitive answer.  And I believe love comes in all forms.


Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary M/F and M/M erotic romances. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She's addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.


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