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Dar’kind Promises

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Dar’kind Promises

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(BLURB) Novellette length (16,920 words)

Darkind Fairy Maura comes to the human dimension on a search and rescue mission for one of her race. The success of the mission rests on her wits and the skilled aid of her feline tracker, Zelia. Unfortunately, Zelia is experiencing unpredictable shifts between feline and human forms.

Distracted by the sultry woman in her bed, Maura struggles to stay focused on their quest. If they’re unable to figure out how to gain control of Zelia’s shifting, all hope for success of their mission as well as any possibility of their future together will be lost.

Worse yet, an ancient evil targets Zelia and Maura in a bid for power and control of their magic.

Zelia is willing to risk becoming trapped in feline form and losing the love she’s found if it means she can save Maura from the evil hunting them. Meanwhile, Maura searches for the strength to abandon the quest for her lost ‘sister’ if doing so will save Zelia’s life and stabilize her shifting abilities.

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Dar’kind Promises – Secret Thirty

Today is release day for Dar’kind Promises. I hope you have enjoyed our month of secret reveals about the story and the world created through it.

My work to date with Rebel Ink Press started with the anthology Once Upon a Twisted Tale and my short The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp in Oct of 2011.

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In Dec, 2011 I was part of a collaborative team from Rebel Ink Press that wrote and released Paw Prints to raise money for animal rescue.200x300PawPrints

Then in Feb of 2012 Raynia’s Magic Released. I love this cover. I dream of having it framed as art work on my wall. LOL

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Later that spring we re-released the Galloping Ghoul under it’s own cover apart from the Anthology. I think that cover is probably my favorite.

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And today, Dar’kind Promises is released.  Maybe this is my favorite cover. LOL. Technically my fourth real launch. Somehow, for the first time it seems real. I have a giddy excitement and so much hope for the future.

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So, that is my last secret. That I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning. I hope the joy and anticipation never fades. Happy Reading

And just for a sneak peek  “Beverly’s Secret” to be released April 17, 2013

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Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-Nine

The magic of the fae people.

In the Human Dimension we each have talents and abilities that are unique to the individual. In the Fae race on the other side of the veil the expression of magic is similar.  It isn’t like you’ve seen in the movies where magic users learn specific spells and everyone can do the same things. Dar’kind Fairies have talents in different areas of magic and different combinations unique to the individual.

Maura has a talent with potions and herbs that we don’t have a chance to see in the story. She can influence with her voice. Maura is developing a collection of spoken spells and uses an unbinding one. In the Fae world magic isn’t some big snap, crackle, pop thing. It is seemless and natural like cooking would be to the average human. A little of this and a little of that to cause something useful to be created.

Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-Eight

Future work within the worlds of dragons.

Dar’kind Promises will be followed with the story of Rhys and Haydn

Dragon’s Unbound (w/t)

Blurb Draft:

Haydn escapes the abuse of the Telihedran, the dragon shifter warrior class, from WyrmArach, his home dimension. He’s found refuge on the earth side of the barrier in the home of the healer, Isobeau. Trapped in the shadows of his past he works to demonstrate his gratitude through service to her cause. He denies himself comfort and pleasures offered by his freedom.

Rhys is immediately attracted to Haydn. He desires to help the younger man embrace his new life. Unfortunately, Haydn seems stuck, unable to grasp the happiness he craves. Rhys fears Haydn’s continued self-loathing will prevent any possibility of their future together.

Drastic measures may be necessary to convince Haydn of his worth and Rhys unconditional love for him. Events in their world are spinning out of control with the emergence of a human as Dragon Guardian. When they both discover they share a secret that may tear apart the leadership of their society. Haydn is faced with the choice to let go of his past and accept all Rhys offers.

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The next story in this world I’ve jokingly called Goldilocks and the three Dragons. I know that is not the finished title. I just don’t have a title yet. It takes place in the other dimension. Goldilocks is a woman from the Earth Dimension who will travel via the Watcher’s inter-dimensional rail road through the veil like a mail order bride. Trouble is she doesn’t arrive at the right location to make her connections as intended. Her adventure win the wilds of WyrmArach and exploration of polyamorous love with three male dragon shifters makes for some sweet hot nights in the jungle.

Full length novels in this world have the working titles of Dragon’s Mark and Dragon’s Soul. I am looking for a third story as a full novel for the trilogy.

Dragon’s Mark

When sabotaged stairs drop new-age shopkeeper, Wren Aldridge, into the arms of Drakin Enforcers, Caleb and Ethan Monroe, she accidentally initiates a mating bond between the three of them. Much to her new “mates” surprise, the process of sealing the bond kick starts latent Dragon Guardian powers in Wren. Since mating with a Dragon Guardian is forbidden, Ethan and Caleb must protect her from those stalking her while fighting to keep the Watchers from secluding her away from them.

Their tri-bond union will help the twins overcome the doubt that has plagued them—a result of their unique dragon-form and an ambiguous royal heritage. The trio embarks on a hunt to uncover and eliminate the threat against Wren, while the two brothers learn to love her the way she yearns to be loved and help her find her destiny as their Queen and savior of Draconia.

This manuscript is a finalist in the FCRW 2009 Beacon Unpublished Contest and the 2010 Winter Rose Unpublished Contest.

Dragon’s Mark is in final edits now. I plan to seek publication for 2014

Dragon’s Soul is Kiernan and Isobeau’s story and is in draft form now. I hope to finish and seek publication in 2015

Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-Seven

The sexuality of Fae Folk and Trackers

The Dar’kind Fairies have moved past rigid definitions of gender based sexuality. Touching, pleasuring and loving don’t have a prescribed gender. It is completely acceptable to have love between men and women, men and men, women and women, polyamorous groupings. Love doesn’t have the boundaries in their society that are found in ours. Parings can be temporary or permanent. Love and sexuality is very fluid. Possession, jealously and ownership aren’t natural concepts to the Fae. In a Dar’kind household it would be a completely natural conversation for one partner to offer pleasure to a guest. If the woman is attracted to the guest it would be socially acceptable for her to have sex with the guest to welcome them to the home. If the husband found the guest attractive he would join them.

For example. The husband would know the wife wanted to welcome the guest with sex. Her body language would speak the message. His love and attentiveness of her would cause him to see and interpret her signals. I use the term husband and wife because that is what we understand as humans. They don’t have the same definitions on the relationship that we do. He would tell the guest, “Elinaha wishes to retire with you and make you welcome”. Make you welcome means have sex with you, pleasure you. In turn the same rules would exist for the man and the woman would tell the guest “Mikahel, would serve you now and welcome you to our home.”  The opposite partner does the offering out of respect for their commitment to each other. Not necessarily out of ownership or possession of their partner.

In the event that both of them desired sex with the guest one or the other would say “We are at your disposal, please accept the pleasure of our home.” Now this work whether the couple is Male / Female or same sexed gender Male / Male or Female / Female.

It can become a fairly complicated social dance. If the guest isn’t interested in sex with the party who offers it they would say. “Your welcome is sufficient and I’ll rest in the peace of your house.” That means “I’m cool but I’ll sleep alone.” There isn’t really a concept of rejection. If the guest doesn’t want the partner who offers but would prefer the other that is acceptable as well.  For example in the first instance of Elinaha wanting to sleep with the guest, they would say “Your welcome is sufficient. Perhaps Mikahel would offer me the peace of your home.” In other words. Thank Elinaha but I’d rather have Mikahel. Now, Mikahel can decline by saying “May you find the rest our home affords.” Like “No thanks Bud you’re on your own for self pleasure tonight.

Or if Mikahel is agreeable he would kiss Elinaha good night and say to the guest “My hospitality is yours to command” or “May you enjoy the pleasure of our home.” Depending on his mood.

It’s deceptively simple and yet somewhat complicated at the same time.

There is no concept of lesbian, gay, bisexual. All is fair game in a unbiased way.

The Tracker people are much different.  They have really hard lines of ownership for their mate. They may be more interested in same gender (gay), or cross gender (Straight) or both genders (bisexual). However, once a mate is confirmed by the gods giving one to another as Divalents it is forever with an exclusivity that is not to be messed with. Someone might bear the scars of even an indiscreet look at another’s mate.

Matings are loud and primal and rugged. Often accompanied with biting and scratching to enhance the experience.  A mating between two trackers can progress in animal or human form. In cross gender pairings the male’s genetalia locks into the female’s for hours. He might even have multiple erections and orgasms while they are locked together.

What does this mean for Zelia and Maura. First off, they have some rock roads and miss understanding ahead of them for sure. I can see where Maura will have to turn away from the sexual customs of her people and embrace Zelia’s. At times she may be overloaded by the in your face forwardness of the Tracker people. Their choice of same gender mate isn’t the obstacle as much as their race differences Fae and Tracker. Trackers don’t even consider themselves the same species as Dar’kind Fairies.

I think some interesting days are ahead for the two of them.

Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-Six

The superiority of the Fae People.

“The race of Fae were created to hold the world in balance. They are the peace givers bringing love and harmony to all they touch. Happiness springs forth from the magic of the Fae. Grace and beauty exude from the paths of the Dar’kind.” It goes on for some paragraphs about the mission of the Fae. It stops just short of saying they belch flowers and fart rainbows.

“The Dragon folk are a beast to serve the needs of the Fae when services are required for security and protection against less enlightened races.” That would indicate  in the delicate Fae way, that they feel the Dragon peoples are nothing more than hired thugs.

“The Tracker folk are amusing in their superstitions, yet possess useful skill in finding things that have been misplaced.” Another indication that everyone bows to the Fae race. Taken from the pages of the Dar’kind Fairy Codex of Indications.

To arrive at the place where the Fae and Tracker people work in a cooperative venture with equality like Maura and Zelia have on this mission indicates a massive political negotiation on both sides. Pride can be a terrible enemy to true understanding. This history also helps us understand why Zelia is horrified that her hormones are indicating Maura is her destined mate. It might also give us insight into why Maura grieves for the poor beast trapped by The Chosen without real indication of it’s humanity.

Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-Five

So, my dear readers. By now you’ve gathered the tie in between all my worlds. The pivot point being Salynne’s Crystals and Thyme, the small rural town in North Florida and key characters interacting and crossing through each other’s stories.

Dar’kind Promises is paranormal and the ones to follow it on a quarterly schedule will be paranormal.

Raynia’s Magic is contemporary. Oh the hint of paranormal is teased with the potential of the necklace having magical properties. However, it is rather a hokey pokey dance of Does it…Doesn’t it? Raynia’s Magic has become vol 1 of the Amethyst Desire Collection. Future stories in that collection will all involve the amethyst necklace and cameo the stories of the lovers who interact with the necklace. Those stories will publish about every other month. Some of them are paranormal and some are contemporary. Obviously Raynia’s Magic is Contemporary. Beverly’s Secret vol 2 is also contemporary. However, vol 3 Phoenix Reborn is paranormal. There are hints in the titles of the story that reveal to readers the underlying nature of the book whether paranormal or contemporary.

Will Maura and Zelia appear again in a future story? Now that is a good question. I don’t know the answer to that one. I think it will depend on the readers. Maybe Maura and Zelia will appear again in Ardith’s rescue. Perhaps you will see the two of them in their home environment on the other side of the veil. Who knows? LOL What would you like to see?

 

Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-Four

What is my writing/business routine and do I write every day.

It is really hard for me to write on some of my work days. I work nights from 6:30 pm until 5:00 am, ten hour shifts in a really physical kind of occupation.

Some days I am just too tired to write. I come home catch up on face book, email, blog posts that I need to write, edit or promote, setting up or responding to blog tours or other promotions for upcoming releases. Sometimes I can write. I will usually stay up until about 8am and then go to bed to rise in the afternoon. Once I am up I do a quick email check and get ready for work, shower, prepare lunch and leave all over again.

I work four, ten hour shifts a week and have three days off unless a mandatory over time day is called.  On my days off I end up awake all night and sleeping in the day just like my work days. I can’t really shift back and forth. So I’m like a freaking vampire.

On my days off/ nights off. I write and edit.  I have three or four pieces I am working on at a time. The piece that is with my editor and might come in with a revision letter from her. Second is the piece that I am almost finished with and doing final edits on. The third piece I am in the revision/edit stage that follows a draft of the work. I am working it and writing it. The process that takes me to the final edits stage. The fourth piece is the work that I am writing as a rough draft. It is the first run through of putting words on paper for the first time to get the characters and story down. Some of this process can carry over onto my work days where I will edit a bit or write a bit on one piece or another.

Along this way I send pages to my Critique Partner as I need her advice or help. At the beginning of a project I will often talk with her and brainstorm the plot, character or story line with her for realism and plausibility. At the beginning of each project I organize my thoughts into a blurb draft to send to my editor as a query to see if they are interested in the story. If they are, they give me the go ahead to write the story for submission. If they like what I send they contract it with me, set release date, send it through their revision / editing process with my editor. I complete a contact sheet about the story to get Carl Franklin the graphic artist on board for the cover design.

Once I know the release date I work to organize blog hop tours, radio shows, and any publicity I can generate to get the word out to readers. The Rebel Elite Authors periodically do advertisement and publicity together in various magazines and on different websites. Rebel Ink Press promotes my work on their website and they handle all the release business with the e-vendors.

When I totally finish a rough draft I set it aside for a week before I start the phase two editing and revision. I do this at each step of the process. Once I completely finish the final. I set it aside a couple weeks then go through it one more time or two before I send it to the editor.

Every author is different. However, this system works for me. I like routines and knowing what to expect. It helps me be more productive. You might say this is the secret to my success. LOL

 

Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-Three

Recessives and Pleasure Slaves.

In the world of WyrmArach there are Dragon shifters in the warrior class and there are Humans that can shift to dragon, the ruling class. Of the human to dragon faction, there are some who are unable to shift to dragon form at puberty. They are labeled recessive and given to the warrior class as pleasure slaves to serve their every need. It can range from housekeeping to satisfaction of personal needs i.e. pleasure slaves.

As recessives have no value other than the services they can provide their owners. There are specific customs assigned to proof of ownership, transfer of ownership. Slaves are pierced and fitted with fettish chains of the house that owns them.

The Watchers on the human side of the veil run an intricate underground railroad to attempt to rescue those that they can in a judicious manner to avoid detection.

The culture of Pleasure Slaves will be revealed more in Dragon’s Soul – Isobeau and Kiernan’s story.

Maura says this about pleasure slaves in Dar’kind Promises:

She needed fucked and the fates put a naked whore on her doorstep. Some trick turned bad probably put the woman out of one of the other rooms. Back home, a person had to take ownership of their sex slaves instead of this random free agent shit, another plus for her culture, over this Goddessless place. The practice of recycling the useless recessives and giving them purpose and a useful place, win/win.

It hints that the use of pleasure slaves is well accepted even in the Dar’kind Fae society.

Dar’kind Promises – Secret Twenty-two

The Time Table. The events of Dar’kind Promises happen within a couple of days of each other.  Several stories are meshed together and I thought you might be interested in how the stories fit together within a time line.

Isobeau has been watching and protecting the Dragon Guardian. (future W/T Dragon’s Mark)

Maura finds the Indigo Dragon and sets a spelled portal for someone of his kind to find him.

Zeila and Maura find refuge at Isobeau’s home. We meet Rhys and Haydn (future w/t) Dragon’s Unbound.

Maura and Zelia reveal information to Isobeau about the villian the morning of their rescue, right before Isobeau calls Wren to check on her after her date from the previous night.

Wren’s story begins. It is fall before Samhain. (W/T Dragon’s Mark)

Day 1 of Wren’s story in (W/T) Dragon’s Mark – Raynia Castellano of Raynia’s Magic purchases something from Salynne’s Crystals and Thyme while Caleb is acting as clerk and Ethan is outside the shop working on a carpentry project. Wren is outside talking to Ethan.

Day 2 of Dragon’s Mark – Kiernan is rescued. That evening Dragon’s Unbound begins with Rhys and Haydn

(W/T) Dragon’s Soul events occur.

The following Spring – Beverly’s Secret takes place