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Saturday, October 19, 2019

What a long, strange trip it's been....and other stories

Sharon Hamilton here, along with a convenient cowboy who has an incredibly small head.

I'm working on a new website design and, although I'm happy with the emerging results, it's taking far too much time away from writing.

But I have to remember that if I don't spend the time now, I'll be frustrated in the long run. Getting everything perfect, especially with a new designer involved, is tricky. Not impossible, but tricky.

I know this because I've consumed more wine and beer lately than I normally have. And tonight, I managed to have 2 cocktails. I got my models and books all mixed up until I couldn't tell what I was mashing together. I needed a Calgon moment.

If you hear a giant screeching of brakes, it's from this huge machine of a writing career taking a sudden turn to the side. Oh yes, I'm smarter than to say left or right in this day and age! What I'm saying is that I'm taking a detour. I'm writing a {{shock}} paranormal, not a SEAL book, coming out this December. And it's in my long-overdue and most often requested Golden Vampires of Tuscany series.

This is Book 4 in this series, and it will pretty much wrap up a lot of things, but I do plan to write more. Just not until I get a few new SEAL adventures under my belt.

Here's the book trailer for Book 1, Honeymoon Bite, which, by the way, won several contests as the best first paragraph for a novel. I loved it!

Honeymoon Bite Book Trailer

Midnight Bite continues the tale of Lionel Jett and Phoebe Monteleone. Lionel is a 300-year-old Dark Coven vampire, and virgin Phoebe is the 19-year-old spitting image of her many times great grandmother, Maria Monteleone, with whom Lionel had forbidden love for. Both women are from the Golden Vampire clan--a breed who can live in the light of day (and they don't sparkle), and don't turn immortal until they reach puberty, and only then by choice. Maria chose to remain mortal and never took the turning. Phoebe must make that choice very soon. But one of the huge world rules is that the two species must never mate.

And therein lies the problem, because Lionel thinks he might be fated to this lovely young thing who is definitely hands off.

Here's the blurb:

He’s taken a vow to remain unmarried
out of loyalty and duty to the Monteleone Clan of Golden Vampires. Although a member of the immortal Dark Coven Vampires, Lionel Jett was not celibate. In fact, he’s harbored a forbidden, secret love for the matriarch of the Golden Clan, who died in his arms three centuries past.

Maria Monteleone’s many times great granddaughter, Phoebe, enchants him at the wedding of her cousin, and, as she dances by the bonfire, his forbidden obsession roars back to life.

And then sweet Phoebe, only nineteen years of age, claims him for her personal bodyguard…demanding the family allow him as her husband of convenience.

She taunts and lures him until he finds he can no longer resist, forcing him to cross boundaries that could mean their death. In her thirst to be made his woman she refuses to see the danger she’ll bring upon their union.

Under the skies of California Wine Country comes this vampiric tale of a three-hundred-year-old love story like Romeo and Juliet, as two star-crossed lovers break all the rules, while the Dark and Golden Vampire wars loom. Under the burden of a centuries-old prophecy in the newly-discovered Book of Spawn, either a miracle or a tragedy will be born.

For Lionel must sacrifice himself to protect her to the bitter end and Phoebe will have her Romeo, no matter the cost.

I'm thrilled beyond belief to be writing this wonderful love story. 

Yes, a love story, as grand as Romeo and Juliet, not on Valentine's Day, but right after Halloween. It's a story with a Christmas message too, the tale of a Dark Coven vamp fascinated with Christian artifacts and things mortals believe in. He choses to wed in a chapel in Tuscany previously banned to those of his kind. There's redemption, loyalty, honor, and of course,


Friday, October 18, 2019

Obsession--Not in a Stalker Kind of Way

We all have some thing that we are obsessed with and cannot get enough of. For me, it’s Family Guy. I love that show. I love Stewie , Brian, Meg, the Griffin clan and the rest of the gang. I watch episode after episode, binging the show until I’m sure that I look like Meg (the daughter of Peter and Lois Griffin). It’s funny and smart in a way that speaks to the human experience. It’s perfect. But my love for the show doesn’t stop there.

I admit I love Seth MacFarlane. Ted, Ted 2, A Million Ways to Die in the West, The Orville. While others are swooning over Ryan Reynolds or someone else, I get lightheaded over Seth MacFarlane. The man is hilarious and the voices he can do, and his talent. I’m inspired by it, by him. I swear if I was a teenager I would have a poster of him. Perhaps more than one.

Perhaps, I shouldn’t have written this post but this secret obsession demanded to be confessed. I just hope he doesn’t read this (which I doubt) and think I’m a loser.

Do you have an obsession? Confess all. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#NewRelease #Alert - The #SoldiersofFortune are back with the 3rd installment #RB4U #SOF #Romance #Suspense

S.O.F.: Soldiers of Fortune

A Romance Books 4 Us World (Volume Book 3)


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Rhett Fortune settled on the small parcel of land he purchased in 1858 with his wife Clara and founded the beautiful landscape that surrounded his newly built home and what is now known as Fortune, TX. A veteran of the United States Army and as a Colonel who served with honor in the Mexican-American War, Rhett and Clara raised a large family. Sons and daughters, and grandchildren to follow, their clan grew throughout the decades.

Now in the 21st Century, two of their descendants remain at the helm. Chance Fortune, a former member of the Army’s Delta Force and co-founder of Soldiers of Fortune, has an innate duty to serve and protect. Working with his brother, RJ Fortune, a former Navy SEAL and wounded warrior, they take the cases that their government won’t. And vow to protect the civilians that no one else can.
They have quietly put out the word and now, after three years, other former brothers-in-arms have contacted them bringing situations that span not only the country but the globe. On Fortune family land they have built a facility out of the public eye for their office, a helicopter, a gun range, and whatever else they might need.

They are the Soldiers of Fortune… and these are their stories.

RJ: The Beginning by Nicole Morgan
A lifetime ago she disappeared from his life. Now that she’s back, RJ will face ghosts he thought he’d left buried long ago.

Dogs of Fortune: Part 2 by Joanne Jaytanie
The mission is clear, and this time Zane has no intention of leaving anyone behind.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

HOMOPHONES and Words That Sound Like Homophones but Probably Aren’t

Posted by R. Ann Siracusa
No. A Homophone is a word that is pronounced the same (in varying degree) as another word but differs in meaning and often in spelling.
They run in family herds with other similar relatives, the heteronyms [words with the same spelling but different pronunciation and meanings] and heterographs [words with the same pronunciation but a different spelling and meaning].
The grammatical relationships in this family are more than this writer wants to deal with, but they still come around and break into my novels and cause problems for me.
The duck test is a sort of logic employing observations to find the most likely explanation of the observations. The test implies that a person can identify an unknown subject by observing that subject's habitual characteristics.
     “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
I’ve applied that very test to some of my problem words. I can’t prove they are homophonic couples, but …. well, you’ll see.
Nauseous and Nauseated
I’m not sure what to call this situation which sound similar to a homophone but is not.
●nauseous = causing nausea, sickness
●nauseated = feeling sick
Both words nauseous and nauseated are often used to mean “feeling unwell” “or “sick to the stomach”, but grammar purists insist nauseous means “to cause nausea” (presumably in another person) while nauseated means “to feel sick.” = vs = nauseous/
Nucleus, Nuclear, Nucular
This one is my pet peeve and drives me nuts when I watch the TV news.
nucleus = a central point, group, or mass about which gathering, concentration, or accretion takes place; the core; central part; focus.
1) = in physics, the positively charged central core of an atom, consisting of protons and neutrons and containing nearly all its mass.
2) = in biology, a dense organelle present in most eukaryotic cells, typically a single rounded structure bounded by a double membrane, containing the genetic material.
              3) = in astronomy, the small bright body in the head of a comet.
nuclear = following definitions:
1) of, relating to, or constituting a nucleus or core of something, such as the nuclear family.
2) of or relating to a process by which the nucleus of an atom is divided or joined to another nucleusresulting in the release of energy.
● go nuclear = to become wildly excited or upset; to go berserk or crazy wild. (verb)
nucular is not a word. Despite the commonly used pronunciation -- in particular, by every TV news commentator who has ever spoken on the tube since it was invented -- nucular is actually the colloquial mispronunciation of the word nuclear.
Most people, and particularly writers, use homophones all the time and have no trouble with them. Most of us know the difference between ate and eight or bare and bear. Nonetheless, all of us blithely breeze by some of the more tricky ones and don’t even realize we’ve made a mistake.
Discreet and Discrete
Here is one from my first book. It is not even a tricky one but I didn’t pick up on it and neither did my editors. Some of my readers did and kindly pointed it out to me. Yuck!
● discreet = on the down low, under the radar, careful
● discrete = individual or detached.
Carat, Karat, Caret, and Carrot
I see this misused, often in commercials and advertisements.
● carat = 1) a unit of weight for precious stones and pearls, especially diamonds; now equivalent to 200 milligrams. Denoted by “Ct”; or British spelling of karat.          

karat = the measure of purity of a metal , especially gold, pure gold being 24 karats. Denoted by “K”
● caret =  a mark placed below the line to indicate a proposed insertion in a text.
● carrot =  a vegetable
Note: I would guess that much of the technical confusion between Karat and Carat is caused, at least in the US, by the fact that the British use the words interchangeably.
Afterward, Afterwards, and Afterword
For shame if you are an author and are not familiar with this one.
afterward = interchangeable with the words "after" and "later."
afterwards = at a subsequent or later time and usually relates to events that occur relatively close together, typically one right after the other.
Afterword = an epilogue or concluding section of a text, typically written by the author of a book, play, or other significant work. In the past, was referred to as the "author's notes." (Noun) = and = afterword = 1689292
Note: the words forward and foreword are similar, being a verb (motion) and a noun (part of a book or written document).
Corroborate and Collaborate
These words are not homophones, but mispronounced or misunderstood words, that create confusion similar to homophones.
● corroborate = confirm or give support to a statement, theory, or finding; verify, confirm, authenticate, such as “The witness had corroborated the boy's account of the attack” (verb).
collaborate = work jointly on an activity, especially to produce or create something; join forces, work together, form alliance, team up (verb); or cooperate traitorously with an enemy.
Complacent and Complaisant
complacent = satisfied with the status quo while unaware of a danger lying ahead; self = satisfied or unconcerned.
complaisant = eager to please; marked by an inclination to please or oblige.
Roo, Roux, Rue, and Roué
Foreign words absorbed into common English create several problems, one being that the letters are usually pronounced differently in the foreign language than they would be in English. Another of the other difficulties is that the meaning in the original language may be modified or completely changed once it becomes an English word.
roo = a kangaroo.(Australian)
roux = a mixture of a fat, such as butter, and flour, that is used to make a sauce or a gravy. The term roux is derived from the French culinary term beurre roux, which means browned butter.
rue = (French) a street, road, avenue, boulevard.
rue = to regret something, to wish one may undo something, carrying a connotation of bitterness; regret. (transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object.)
roué = a debauched man, usually an elderly debauched man.
Eminent, Imminent and Immanent
Most of the homophones that give me problems involve three words, one of which I am unfamiliar with.
eminent = famous and respected (usually a person within a particular sphere or profession.) Most often used to emphasize the presence of a positive quality; significant, influential, esteemed.
imminent = about to happen (adjective)
immanent = dwelling within; inherent to something else; spiritual presence
The less common word, immanent, often sneaks in where it doesn't belong. The word is often used in reference to spiritual or otherwise nonmaterial things. It's a formal word, popular with philosophers and religious people.
Eye, I, Aye, and Aye-aye
eye = the part or organ of a boy used to see (noun).
● I = A first person singular subject pronoun. (Always capitalized)
● aye = an old fashioned and nautical term for “yes”
aye-aye = The Aye-aye is a rare species of lemur native to isolated regions of Madagascar and known as the world's largest nocturnal primate.
They are also one of the most distinctive looking animals on the planet due to a number of unique adaptations, including coarse dark hair, long bushy tails, rodent-like teeth, piercing eyes and skeletal hands that feature extra-long middle fingers with hooked claws. Aye-ayes are born weighing just a few ounces and reach up to 5 lbs. as adults. They have been known to live up to about 20 years.
There are zillions more homophones, but most of them  we all know and love, and have mastered. It never hurts, though, to look up uses and pronunciations that sound a little off. English is constantly losing words and absorbing new ones, particularly foreign and technological words.
Converting oxygen to carbon dioxide for more than three quarters of a century
Travel to Foreign Lands for Romance and Intrigue
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