My writing buddy Niamh Murphy is here today! I’m wiggling in my seat as I type this introduction. Niamh is super cool. She penned a lesfic novel about pirates. You can’t get much cooler than that, can you? Her novel Escape to Pirate Island is one of the novels discounted for the Fall in Love…
Thirty odd years ago (yeah, I can’t believe I can say that either) my mother bought me a luggage set as a birthday/graduation/xmas present. It was pretty expensive then (especially for my mom) and I have to say I have gotten a lot of use out of it. For roughly $100-$150 I got a complete Samsonite set.
And, after 30 some years of traveling (I lived out of them for a couple of years) they really have stood the test of time.
What happened to the days where you bought something and knew it would last? Remember the days where Samsonite had those commercials where chimpanzee’s, monkey’s, and apes threw the cases around? They really did/do last. Okay, it was American Tourister (do they still exist?) but, you get my drift…
I’m sad to say that other cases I’ve added have never lasted as long. This set, pictured above is still going fairly strong. I have one or two pieces I never use anymore (makeup case) and I’ve learned to downsize, but the same basic three pieces are still alive. I’ve lost the pull strap for the big one which still has working wheels, you can see wear and tear on the edges, and today I found a hole through one of them as I pack for the GCLS con in Chicago. Still, quality LASTS. So does a GOOD story. It stick’s with you for a LONG time, even after the book has become frayed and worn away.
We are living in a time where people dispose of their possessions far too easily. A book, a story that sticks with you, makes you want to read over and over again, is priceless. So take a moment and think over those you have enjoyed. Check out mine if you haven’t, and if you have, please leave a review….you never know who you might influence and they can have the same enjoyment of the story that you had.
If you are at GCLS this next week, please say hello to me. If I look a bit confused it’s because I have the memory of a goldfish and while your name might ring a bell, the bell’s clapper may have been muffled…Facebook friends and others have a tendency to make me look as though I don’t remember anyone, but I do, and I have a long memory for the oddest things…so take a chance and give me a hug (I really don’t bite (despite the fangs)…hard), talk to me, and ask me for a lesbian membership card! Lol! Who knows when/where we will meet again! See you all there!
Has it really been a YEAR since Washington DC and GCLS? Where has the time gone? REALLY? I traveled a lot since then, bought a few new computers, got a new SUV, wrote a few books (you didn’t miss THAT did you?) and here we are again! Another event. This year it’s in Chicago which is cool because it’s only 5 hour (depending on traffic) or so from the Northwoods where I hole up in my cave *depending on if I’m writing. This hermit is coming out of the cave for this event. Be sure to stop by the Shadoe Publishing booth as seen here from last year.
You couldn’t possibly miss my red hat could you?
Ask me for a Lesbian Membership card! I laminated a few too for you die-hards who need a card! lol!
Oh, and I’m bringing PLENTY of books too, got the first loads in the back of my new SUV:
Yeah, those are HEAVY…I will have to either get a bigger SUV or a trailer soon!
All joking aside, Shadoe Publishing has two booths this year as always and we would LOVE to see you. I’ll be on a panel with some very nice authors on Thursday, and, of course around for the author signings…or, if you can’t be there for that, buy a book and hunt me down with my red fedora or my light up shoes!
Because, well, as you know, I don’t like to draw attention to myself, bahahahahahah!
C’mon, you know you want to give me a hug, get a picture, and I want to see you all there too! Don’t be shy! I don’t bite…hard. BTW, if you post a picture of me and you on Facebook from the conference, I want you to tag me! I’ll even consider GIVING you a book for doing that!
See you there!
Today I’m sharing my blog with a friend and fellow author Alex Westmore. Alex turned me on (pardon the pun) to writing in the FIRST LGBT Kindleworld EVER on Amazon. She was fortunate enough to have many authors take one of her stories and create more stories using her characters. They went into space, they sailed the high seas, you may remember my own Sayyida…which was based on Alex’s own character in her book! I’d like to tell you a little about two of her books here (Click on her pictures to purchase the book(s)):
When Harper finds her husband in bed with another woman, she flies as far away from her crumbling life as she can. Although she signs up to volunteer for a village co-op in Egypt, a mishap lands her instead in the untamed wilds of South Africa. With new dangers lurking around every corner, Harper’s heart may not be the only thing that ends up broken, burned, and bruised.
She soon finds companionship in the company of a baby elephant who needs rescuing even more desperately than she does. But the unforgiving landscape and determined poachers could mean risking her own life to secure a better one for this new friend. Will Harper find a way to move to the rhythm of Africa? Or will this prove to be yet another off-beat adventure in her uncoordinated life?
And, most of all, why do her insides twirl whenever Sam draws near? For Harper, the answer could mean the difference between life and death, love or loneliness.
The Pirate’s Booty
Quinn soon finds there is much to enjoy living as a man, in particular the company of other women. When she finds herself falling hard for Lady Fiona, a woman far above her own station, she is torn between revealing her true identity and continuing the façade of being a male pirate. Love is never easy, especially in the sixteenth century and especially under false pretenses.
Can Quinn live with one foot in two different worlds, or must she consign herself to either the lusty life of a pirate or the loveless life of a noble woman? Come sail the high seas in this exciting and erotic adventure with the fierce pirate Gallagher as your guide. You’re in for a wild ride and may even score some booty along the way.
Alex Westmore, aka Linda Kay Silva, is a 5 time award winning author of 35 novels ranging from police action (Delta Stevens Crime Log) to historical fiction (Plundered Chronicles). She is a literature professor at a military academy where she teaches everything from America, World, and British Literature, to Modern Epic Fantasy and Creative Writing.
When not writing, Alex is traveling around the world living a wild life of an adventurer and being the story collector.
And boy does she have stories.
Alex has lived in a haunted house, been on safari on the back of an elephant, jumped from an airplane, rode rapids, and taken many Harley trips. To get closer to the paranormal action of some of her series, she has spent time with Vodoun in New Orleans, medicine men in the Southwest, and a Shaman in the Amazon. She has been a cop, a sportswriter, an ostrich rider, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Sayyida, variously known as a pirate queen, Queen of the Western Seas, or Queen of Tétouan was a REAL and HISTORICAL figure, but not much is known of her.
Sayyida married young, just sixteen, at the insistence of her father. Her first husband was thirty years older and a friend of her father’s. Al-Mandri sensed his bride’s intelligence and taught her about his business affairs and diplomacy. Together, the couple rebuilt Tétouan, which had been destroyed by the Reconquista, and when her husband died in 1515, she became the Governor or Queen of Tétouan in her own right.
Later, Sayyida was pursued by the King of Fes, Ahmed al-Wattsi, and accepted his marriage proposal, but on her terms: he had to travel to her kingdom to marry her, not the other way around.
Sayyida’s love of the high seas and her appetite for battle and conquest often clash with her duties as wife, mother, and queen. As hardworking as she is, Sayyida feels an emptiness in her life. Will Aya, her new slave, silence this longing? Join us as this fictional version of a real woman takes you into her world and captures your heart….
What is KindleWorlds? Welcome to Kindle Worlds, a place for you to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds, and engage an audience of readers.
When I was first asked by Alex Westmore to participate, I didn’t wait for her to fully explain but said an immediate YES! This fan-fiction is based on the book Plundered World Series! —The Pirate’s Booty by Alex Westmore. Alex approached me to write this, giving me an early copy of her book to get the flavor of her delightful characters. I have chosen to write about Sayyida since not a lot is known about this famous woman. The character Quinn Callaghan is Alex’s and I give her credit. Please read her book if you like my story.
When you are asked to participate in a truly historical moment, you don’t hesitate. A couple of months ago I was approached by Linda Kay Silva, aka Alex Westmore to participate in the FIRST LGBT Kindle World on Amazon. I got the concept immediately and before she could fully explain said, “YES! Where do I sign up?” Linda Kay said, “I KNEW YOU would get IT!”
She lent me a copy of one of the books that she had written and I read it over the course of two days. From her novel PLUNDERED I took a couple of her characters to create my OWN novella SAYYIDA. Sayyida is a REAL historical figure but not much was known about this Pirate Queen. She was also Queen of a Morroccan province called Tétouan. It was a fascinating glimpse of history (which I enjoy) as well as weaving my own story which resulted in this awesome novella:
We will be uploading ALL of the books in the first LGBT Kindleworlds, all related to Alex Westmore’s Plundered Chronicles in the next few days! You should be able to buy your copies on December 1, 2016 from Kindle! I’ll post the link(s) as soon as they are available! Meanwhile, look at me and my new author-friend’s books coming to an e-reader near you!