Portals: Fantasy Anthology Part 2 of 2

 

Welcome to the Portals Blog Tour. I’ve asked each author to answer the following question:

Did you use real world elements or was your world completely plucked from your imagination?

I’m huge on world building in fantasy/sci-fi so the question was a no brainer. Let’s see how they faired.

 

Anna Simpson, author of Mexmur, the Huntress:

Even if you ask a reader to suspend belief, I think they still need to relate to the world where the story plays out. With this in mind, either side of my portal, are similar to Earth’s and also touched on the fairy tale kingdoms most of us know. I basically made a wheel on an imaginary map with the portal in the hub and the kingdoms of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, etc. All of them had some sprinkle of magic and depended on the magical source of the portal. I hoped it would help the reader believe in magic, dragons and heroes.

The space round where the portal stands is clearly marked with white stones because it isn’t easily seen. I used the mist floating behind the gates to help me figure out what was on the other side. It would be damp, and light would have trouble reaching the ground. Trees with very large leaves as high as the canopies of the South American rainforests and the ground down below soft with dampness where in the dimness spindly plants try to grow.

 

Christy Thomas, author of Maronda’s Quest:

I used both elements. I wrote the story using only my imagination, but when I began to revise, I struggled with describing parts of the setting. With help from a Medieval Faire that came to town and Google, I used some of what I saw and read to help with descriptions.

 

Laurie Treacy, author of Ordinary World:

I used a combination of real world elements for the setting, some psychology and added paranormal and fantastical items like a grimoire which I improved upon with my own ideas.

 

 No matter what world you call home, or what your station in life, there are just some paths that weren’t meant to be tread.

 

Genre: Fantasy Anthology (mixed sub genres) Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: June 5, 2014

Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas

Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson

Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea

Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat

Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy

The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano

 

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How About a little giveaway?

$10 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copy of Portals

 

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Portals: Fantasy Anthology Part 1 of 2

Welcome to the Portals Blog Tour. I’ve asked each author to answer the following question:

Did you use real world elements or was your world completely plucked from your imagination?

I’m huge on world building in fantasy/sci-fi so the question was a no brainer. Let’s see how they faired

 

Michael Siciliano, author of The Lunatic Queen:

I used some real world elements.

I came up with a system for creating character names that have a certain cultural feel. I’d find a baby-naming site where the names have been subdivided into culture and gender. I’d search under those preferences and then skim through the result. If one struck my fancy, I’d play with the name a bit by substituting a consonant or a vowel. If that didn’t get the perfect name, I’d substitute more than one. If none of that clicked, I’d consider taking the original name. Such was the case with Pavel and Tamara. Also, I had a crush on a Tamara in college and always wanted to use the name in a story.

I do the same with place names. Both geographical features and city/town/village names. In some cases, I’d simply take the name, and in others I’d do the same substitution I described above. This process has helped me immensely with my fantasy series.

During research for a different short story, I came across several North American Indian folktales about stealing the sun.  One from the Northwest involves a raven, while another from the southwest uses a coyote and an eagle. Russian folktales are filled with stories about witches, Baba Yaga being the most infamous.

I combined these two elements, but I needed a concrete, viable reason why someone would steal the sun. I came up with the idea of the moons powering the witch’s magic, but only when visible in the sky. What better way to ensure the moons would be visible than to steal the sun that out-shines them during the day?

With all of that decided, and the visual prompt before me, the story wrote itself.

 

Havva Murat, author of Where Once were Hearts:

Having never traveled to the Yorkshire moors, most of the setting was plucked from my imagination combined with a good dose of the Bronte sisters’ work. The characters were also drawn largely from my imagination. I’ve enjoyed the work of other steampunk authors such as Gail Carriger, Philip Pullman and Paul Di Filipo over the last few years so I’m sure they have inspired both the characters and the setting in many ways. Clockwork hearts, spell casters and disemboweled squirrels aren’t part of my everyday world either, but I wish they were!

 

Echo Shea, author of Entrance of Lost Souls:

The story is set in Maryland…or what Maryland could be? There are waterfalls and woods and wells in the state, but this story wasn’t based on any one in particular.

No matter what world you call home, or what your station in life, there are just some paths that weren’t meant to be tread.

 

Genre: Fantasy Anthology (mixed sub genres) Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: June 5, 2014

Maronda’s Quest by Christy Thomas

Mexmur, the Huntress by Anna Simpson

Entrance of Lost Souls by Echo Shea

Where Once were Hearts by Havva Murat

Ordinary World by Laurie Treacy

The Lunatic Queen by Michael Siciliano

 

Add it to your Goodreads TBR Pile  

How About a little giveaway?

 $10 Amazon Gift Card & paperback copy of Portals

 

Just follow the Rafflecopter link for your chance!

 

Purchase Links:

PRINT: Roane Publishing | Createspace | Amazon

DIGITAL: Roane Publishing | Amazon | Amazon (UK)  | Smashwords | Bookstrand

Succubus Steam by Lila Shaw

I remember when I first read this story as a little fledging. Lila had this great idea for an A to Z succubs chronicles of sorts. The problem is, however, selling a whole book at isn’t necessarily all the required HFN or HEA is a tough business. Even when you’re as excellent as Lila at writing. To my great enjoy, she decided to dissect her masterpiece and rework them. What that has done is give a reader like me a bounty of steamy hawt succubus stories to tear into.

Without further delay, I give you her latest in the series.

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Succubus Steam is the latest edition to The Succubus Chronicles, and joins predecessors, Succubus Games and Soul of the Succubus. Though part of a series, the books can be read in any order.

Succubus Steam is a fun little steampunk romp about an intrepid inventor in prim Victorian London, who also happens to be part succubus, a sex demon who requires sexual energy for survival. Violet’s story was one of the very first succubus tales I wrote over two years ago. Originally it was a much shorter story. Violet has always been a particular favorite of mine, so I’m thrilled I was able to expand her adventures into a novelette that Evernight picked up. The small handful of critiquers who may have read the original short story will be introduced to a new character in Succubus Steam, Lyle, an incubus, who is both Violet’s nemesis and her heart’s secret desire.

Blurb:

A succubus half-breed, such as Violet, who hobnobs with the highest echelons of Victorian London society, is a bride in a difficult marriage of extremes. Any act that wants of propriety, and she would find herself banished to the wilds of Cornwall where her full-blooded succubus sisters live and thrive. Yet she prefers the company of mortals, even if she must occasionally risk her reputation by engaging in discreet sexual liaisons.

When Violet’s great uncle dies and bequeaths her his laboratory and home, she crafts an artificially intelligent automaton named Adam to sate her carnal needs. Her plan is coming along nicely until an incubus from her past, and the unwitting model for her invention, discovers her secret. Violet has good reason to be wary of losing her heart to Lyle, but perhaps Adam is the key to fulfilling all of her desires.

Be Warned: menage sex (MFM), anal sex, Adam is a very large, steam-powered sex toy
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Excerpt: I wake to a pair of deep green eyes staring at me. “Adam?”

 A grin blooms on his handsome face. “Adam? Is that what you named him? How biblical of you, Violet.” He straightens and roars with laughter.

 On the bed, behind my back, a body stirs to life. I roll over and squeak at the twin of the man I’ve just woken to. “Adam?”

 “Yes, my love,” says the male lying next to me.

 “Oh, my God!” I sit bolt upright and cover my breasts with the sheets. Now that the sleep scales have fallen from my eyes and my brain, I understand my situation. “Lyle! How did you get in here?”

 “Never mind that, you clever girl. What the deuce have you been making?” A few strides of his long legs carry him to the other side of the bed where Adam lies. “Adam? Is that your name?”

 Adam sits and turns to me. “Who is this man, Violet, my dearest?”

 Lyle’s eyes grow wider. “Good Lord, he sounds exactly like … me!” He reaches out a hand and pokes Adam in the cheek. “Not nearly as good-looking though.”

 “I am not a lord,” Adam tells Lyle gravely, and I can’t help but snicker at the shocked expression on Lyle’s face. “I belong to Violet. By what name shall I address you?”

 “You may call me … Lord Cocksucker,” Lyle says mocking my creation.

 Adam laughs, sounding so like the man he was modeled after. “Lord Cocksucker. That is an interesting name. I like to have my cock sucked. Do you?”

 Lyle sits on the bed next to Adam. “Oh, yes I do, very much. You’re quite a lucky man if Violet sucks your cock. Does she?”

 “Sometimes. Today I fucked her. It was our first time to have sexual intercourse, and I liked it very much. Violet is all any man could ever want in a lover.”

 “Yes, I dare say she would be. Lucky you, my friend.”

  “Lyle!” Both Lyle and Adam face me, one a pale replica of the other. “Adam, go to sleep now, please.”

 “As you wish.” Adam lies supine and closes his eyes.

 Lyle’s eyes drift to the tent Adam’s erect penis has created beneath the sheet. He reaches out and wraps a hand around the center pole. “A crude copy but nowhere near as grand as the real thing. Still, I applaud your taste.” He casts a smirk my way. “However, I’m really wondering but one thought at this moment and that’s … why?”

“Why?” I blink and wonder how much I should tell him. Given the extent of what he has discovered, I suppose no further harm can be dealt by sharing the why of Adam.

“Yes, why an inferior copy when you could have the superior original at the snap of your fingers?”

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About the Author:

Lila Shaw is the pen name for a writer of works of erotica and erotic romance. Her stories typically involve strong-willed women and are often playful, sarcastic and even silly. She believes if you can’t occasionally laugh at the physical aspects of love, you’re taking life far too seriously…unless the condom breaks, then you have every right to fret.

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