The Texas Mystique

BY KAT MARTIN

Since my new book, THE CONSPIRACY, Chase Garrett and Harper Winston’s story, is set in Texas, I thought it might be fun to talk about one of my favorite places.

There is something special about Texas.  My husband and I lived in Houston for a couple of months one summer and it was a wonderful experience.  The people in Texas are extremely friendly, and always seem to be in a good mood.  Continue reading “The Texas Mystique”

MINING FOR STORIES

BY KAT MARTIN

All year long I search for new and interesting stories.  Each year, they seem more elusive.  November 1st, WAIT UNTIL DARK, a digital novella will be released.  It’s a prequel, and introduction to my Maximum Security series that starts with THE CONSPIRACY, out January 22nd.

As I worked to come up with a plot, the only thing I knew was that Jonah Wolfe and April Vale would be thrown together in a tale of greed and murder.  I had no idea how the story would play out. Continue reading “MINING FOR STORIES”

A Little Time At The Beach

BY KAT MARTIN

Everyone loves the beach.  Though I live in Montana, I’m fortune to spend my winters at the beach in sunny California.  My writing space looks out on a boat channel that leads to the harbor so I watch the tide go up and down several times a day.

A bicycle-ride away, a sandy beach slopes down to the water where a frothy tide rolls in and out, the perfect place to talk a stroll at the end of a long day or just dig your toes into the warm gritty sand. Continue reading “A Little Time At The Beach”

A Party to Remember

BY KAT MARTIN

Since my hero in BEYOND DANGER, Beau Reese, is a mega rich playboy, a once-famous race car driver, I thought it might be fun to write about a mega-wealthy party I got invited to a few years back.  Well, more than a few, considering it was a millennium party celebrating the thousand year change in our calendar.

My husband and I wanted to do something really special for that night so I had been looking at different trips, hotels, and cruises.  We wanted to do something we would never forget.  Continue reading “A Party to Remember”

GEEK GOES MAINSTREAM

BY CATHY YARDLEY

I’ve been a geek since way back in the day. We had one of the first PC’s on the block (yeah, I’m dating myself here) and I knew how to code in BASIC before the fifth grade. I remember early bulletin boards.  I was into comic books, science fiction, fantasy; I watched anime with friends, enough to learn Japanese phrases; I played RPG (role playing game) based board games and video games.  Continue reading “GEEK GOES MAINSTREAM”

My Tribute to Heath

BY ANYA SUMMERS

One of the steps in my writing process has always been to use an actor or model as a frame of reference for my heroes and heroines. I’m a visual person and when I write, I tend to see the scenes play out as if I was viewing a movie in my head. To make my life infinitely easier, while also making the scene and imagery more tangible for me, I will ascribe an actor to the character as my point of reference for their physical appearance. Usually I will find pictures of the actor, which is not a hardship by any means, and will pull them up whenever I need a little nudge of writing inspiration. Continue reading “My Tribute to Heath”

Unsung Heroes

BY ANYA SUMMERS

When I was first approached about participating in the Hero Undercover Anthology, what stuck out for me was that this would be a chance for me to give back. You see each author involved is donating their royalties earned on this set to a charitable organization of their choosing. There is one that is near and dear to my heart. It’s a worthwhile cause that helps children. Continue reading “Unsung Heroes”

Plotting a Trilogy

BY KAT MARTIN

When the idea came to me for a book set in Texas, I knew immediately I wanted to write more than one.  Texas is such a vast and interesting place with limitless possibilities.

In BEYOND REASON, the first book in what turned into my Texas Trilogy, multi-millionaire, Lincoln Cain, was a character who came to me full-blown.  Cain, six-foot-five inches of solid male muscle, a man who survived a tough childhood and even tougher years in prison, then redeemed himself and became a mega-successful entrepreneur, was a guy I desperately wanted to write. Continue reading “Plotting a Trilogy”

Superpowers

BY MAGGIE GALLAGHER

Speed, strength, immortally, shifter, magic, genetic modifications, and more.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be gifted with some type of superpower? I certainly have. Our society has examined this mythos in film, on television, in comic books, and novels. The phrase “Faster than a speeding bullet” first used in the Superman radio shows in the 1940s (Wikipedia n.d.) and many more like it entered popular culture in such a way as to exemplify our desires for greatness. Continue reading “Superpowers”