More than Friendly

10409337_1463752397218603_4738045100179922348_nThe FREQUENT FLYERS collection ends with a bang, or at least a volcanic eruption. In Amanda Weaver‘s absolutely delicious The Friendly Skies, a flight to Mexico is rerouted back home due to a natural disaster.

Cassie, an overworked, overstressed, corporate travel director, is stuck on a plane, and her seatmate is a drooling drunk with no intentions of ending his bachelor party bender. Across the aisle, Tall-Blond-and-British gallantly invites her to the empty seat next to him. They enjoy a drink, and some conversation, but Cassie is all too familiar with the womanizing men in Business Class, and doesn’t trust Simon’s pretty eyes or his witty banter. However, enough champagne and soon she’s forgetting her own rules.

The dialogue in this novella is fantastic. Our hero has a passion for food and, quite obviously, for Cassie. His flirtatious one-liners are just yummy. My favorite bit:

“I can assure you, Mitchell and I were never involved.”
His unexpected deadpan delivery made her burst out laughing. “You’re not his type. Although…” She cocked her head and considered him. “He always did have a thing for blondes.”
Simon’s eyes skated over her hair, long, straight and dark brown. “He had no taste.”

Amanda Weaver is the author of the contemporary romance ALWAYS. (I garble about it here.) FREQUENT FLYERS comes out November 1st, but is available for pre-order now.

To the Moon and Back

bev's bookIn FREQUENT FLYERS’s fifth story, Bev Elle‘s charming and funny novella Fly Me to the Moon, Jessamy Taylor is the only ticket agent who can handle “Weird Griffin”, an eccentric passenger with a penchant for whistling Frank Sinatra, corduroy pants, and hand sanitizer.

Jessamy has quirks of her own, and knows there is more to Dr. Griffin Sanderson than meets the eye; he’s her neighbor, and she even dated him several years ago. But their common interests and the hard body under his Star Wars tee-shirts couldn’t overcome his idiosyncrasies, and she left him when he wouldn’t get help for the problems that were pulling them apart. He still passes through her check-in line every week, though, and lately, she’s noticing a few changes, like the switch from the Clark Kent glasses to contacts, and that lingering look back at her, before he disappears toward his gate. But has he changed enough? And is she too set in her own ways to give him another chance?

I love Jessamy. She’s smart and sweet and peculiar enough to be a good match for our good doctor (who, as it turns out, has a touch of Mr. Darcy behind his Big Bang Theory fashion sense), and her mother will have you in stitches.

Bev Elle is the author of OBSIDIAN FAITH, available December 4th.
FREQUENT FLYERS hits amazon.com on November 1st. Check out our article in USA Today!

Alternate Planes

unschedT.M. Franklin’s novella Unscheduled Departure, third in the FREQUENT FLYERS COLLECTION, is a marvelous story that slides into magic realism (my favorite literary genre) when Ro, heartbroken that her boyfriend Finn must move across the country, debates a last minute text after he’s boarded his plane: Please don’t go.

Finn doesn’t, and he and Rowan pick up where they left off with college, but… something is weird. Ro’s phone is receiving odd messages, and Finn’s shirt is the wrong color. In fact, quite a few things about her boyfriend seem strange, and she begins to wonder if somehow, her desperation brought back the wrong man.

I adore this story; it’s part romance, part modern fairytale, and the writing is lovely. Finn is a sweetheart, and the interaction between our couple is just so cute I want to squeeze them both like a flotation device seat cushion, and then go drink wine with Lindsay, Ro’s amateur psychic best friend. She reads auras and may have some answers to this mystery.

T.M. Franklin is the author of the YA paranormal MORE series (the third in the trilogy, TWELVE, drops today) and the teen romance HOW TO GET AINSLEY BISHOP TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU. The FREQUENT FLYERS COLLECTION, six romantic stories that all begin at an airport, will be available from amazon.com on November 1st.

Angel Flight

forcedForced Landing, the second story in the FREQUENT FLYERS COLLECTION, is a paranormal romance adventure by Angel Lawson of the WRAITH series (her first in this trilogy is featured in the BEWITCHED BEGINNINGS bundle) and our collaboration, ODIN’S MURDER.

This novelette opens with Nadya, a young woman who helps her father run a small private airport in Illinois, wondering about the enigmatic and surly Liam Caldwell. She craves a bit mystery of her own, trying to find her place in her dead mother’s legacy, taking on the trappings and clothing of a witch, though she’s better at sniffing out when Pop is avoiding the truth than predicting the future. Nadia spends her days trying to cure her boredom by reading the horoscope and stalking Liam, but when he is injured during a rough landing forced by a storm, her life suddenly becomes more complicated.

I won’t reveal more, because half the fun of this story is watching the secrets unfold. I also love the shifts to Liam’s point of view (I’m a sucker for dual PoV romance) and the way we discover another side to the story from his darker perspective. My favorite line in the story comes from his voice: Careful wasn’t something in my vocabulary, but fire? I liked it very much.

The FREQUENT FLYERS COLLECTION goes live on amazon.com November 1st.

A Bold Opening

bethIt was him.

Eye Of The Storm opens with this ominous observation, and Beth Bolden’s novella, the first in the FREQUENT FLYERS COLLECTION, maintains this tension throughout the whole story. Flight attendant Tess is both intimidated and attracted to the icy and aloof Captain Grant Montgomery III, and an embarrassing mishap strains their working relationship even further. When an inclement blizzard grounds their flight, and forces them together in a car chase on the leading edge of the snowstorm, Tess must act as co-pilot, and slowly, the captain begins to thaw.

Beth writes this story in the same casual narrative style as her baseball rom-com LUCKY CHARM, with Tess’s internal battle with her attraction described in quirky observations, and her gradual realization that Grant is not as cold as she first perceived.

What I enjoyed most is the depth of the characters, and the way we slowly learn not just who they are, but why and how their very different upbringings decided their choices and paths in life. And, oh yeah, that scene with the towel, and that one droplet of water that falls from the lock of his hair….

FREQUENT FLYERS hits amazon.com November 1st, and check out Beth’s FB page! Also, if you’re a book blogger, she’s about to reveal the second in her Portland Pioneers series- sign up to get involved here.

Frequent Flyers–Coming Soon!

Cover Reveal for Frequent Flyers, a Romantic Short Story Collection

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Coming November 1, 2014!

Summary

Romance flies the friendly skies in this diverse collection of short stories from a talented group of best-selling and up-and-coming authors.

There’s something for everyone in this mile-high compilation – from a love story born in a blizzard to a steamy encounter spawned by a series of crazy events. For supernatural fiction fans, how about the tale of an airport that’s also a portal to another world… or a scheduled flight that takes a detour into an alternate reality?

From an unexpected trip that reignites a twenty year old flame, to a quirky liaison between a ticketing agent and an adorable doctor, Frequent Flyers takes you on a journey that will touch your heart and leave you flying high!

Eye of the Storm by Beth Bolden – Commercial pilot Captain Grant Montgomery III lives for the rules; flight attendant Tess O’Brien loves to break them. The storm brewing between them might be even wilder than the record-breaking blizzard outside.

Forced Landing by Angel Lawson – Nadya discovers her tiny hometown airport is the portal to a world she never knew existed, one with an ancient history buried deep within her bloodline.

Unscheduled Departure by T.M. Franklin – Rowan Elliott is devastated when her boyfriend, Finn, tells her he’s moving across the country to take over the family business, and thrilled when he changes his mind at the last minute and gets off the plane. But then things get . . . weird. And Ro’s left wondering if her boyfriend’s really who she thinks he is.

A Midsummer Flight’s Dream by Kira A. Gold – Twenty years ago, he promised to catch her if she fell. Contains young lust, old books, and wild strawberries.

Fly Me To The Moon by Bev ElleTicketing agent Jessamy Taylor has been in a dating slump that was exacerbated when she moved her sickly mother in. Truth is, she’s never gotten over the quirky Dr. Griffin Sanderson whose OCD drives her crazy, despite his excellent bedside manner.

The Friendly Skies by Amanda Weaver – An unruly drunk, a misbehaving volcano and a re-routed flight lead to one steamy night for two strangers who meet on a plane.

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About the Authors

Beth BoldenBeth Bolden lives in Portland,Oregon with one cat and one fiance. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. After graduating from university with a degree in English, Beth unsurprisingly had no idea what to do with her life, and spent the next few years working for a medical equipment supplier, a technology company, and an accounting firm. Now Beth runs her own business as a Girl Friday for small business owners, assisting them with administration, bookkeeping and their general sanity.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. Her first novel, The Lucky Charm, was published in May 2014 and its sequel, Getting Lucky will be available December 1, 2014.

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Angel Lawson

Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

She is the author of five books, including the Wraith Series, Serial Summer, FanGirl, and Vigilant. She is the co-author of the New Adult Paranormal book, Odin’s Murder with Kira Gold.

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T.M. FranklinT.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her Amazon best-selling YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although . . . T. M. is the first to argue that love is the best kind of magic.

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Kira Gold

Kira A. Gold is a textile artist living in Lexington, Kentucky. She has four accidental cats and an intentional collection of vintage marionettes. After midnight, she writes strange things in a blue bathrobe.
Her first book, ODIN’S MURDER, with Angel Lawson, is a New Adult paranormal twist on Norse mythology. Her solo debut, THE SCENT OF FLAMES, is a Young Adult take on Hamlet, set in Vermont. Look for her next play on Shakespeare, a seductive and speculative MacBeth, early next year.
Like her author page here: https://www.facebook.com/kiraagoldauthor for book info and odd thoughts or follow her inappropriate insanity on twitter: @kiraagold
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Bev ElleBev Elle is the author of sweet and spicy contemporary romance, women’s fiction and historical paranormal romance. A love of books–many already written, and those she harbors in her very active imagination. Writing is a passion she’s had for many years, but was unable to act upon. Bev Elle is the mother of three human children and two canines. She is also the lover of one husband. When Bev isn’t writing in her spare time after work, she is thinking of doing so.

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Amanda Weaver

Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.

Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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Getting her right.

wtoI just read a book that I want everyone in the world to read: WRITING THE OTHER by Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward. These two ladies, with a whole lot of gentleness and humor, have written a book that doesn’t just give fantastic guidelines for writing characters outside the dominant paradigm, it shows us new ways to see, how to take another blinder off. Race, Orientation, Religion, Age, Ability and Sex are all discussed. (I wish it had a more eye-grabby cover; it looks like a dry academic discourse, when it’s actually easy to read, fun and exciting.)

The love interest in my latest WiP is the daughter of a general, in a dystopian setting, where a common enemy has made for more racial unity, but feminism has been set back. This girl is gorgeous, self confident, and she kicks ass; my MC doesn’t have a chance. She’s also black.

Y’know that internet list that came out about white people getting described like food? Ugh.
I want to get it right.
I want to create a real person who can stand on her own, no matter who reads my book, not a piece of cardboard cut out with a white person’s scissors. So I went looking online for some help on how to write a transracial character. I found a lot of articles about whether I should in the first place: the Root has a great one, a few that made me feel spanked before I even set words down, and some blog posts where I learned more from the comments than the articles.
But Shawl and Ward’s book was the only one I could find that guides a writer beyond “the unmarked state” and gives examples of how to write a minority character, and even has exercises that open the brain into seeing and writing a bigger picture. There are two essays at the end that are fantastic, too, both by Nisi Shawl- Beautiful Strangers: Transracial Writing for the Sincere, and Appropriate Cultural Appropriation.

About two hours after I finished WRITING THE OTHER, a colleague posted a piece on Beyonce’s feminism. It’s a terrific article that made my brain turn inside out; while I don’t have the experiences of an African-American woman, I’m incredibly passionate about the universals Dr. Bianca Spriggs writes of: female identity and sexuality, independence, self-expression and creativity.
Have you met Bianca? She’s an artist, a poet, an activist, an actress, and I get to work with her every few years where we have these amazing conversations about art and writing and feminism and creativity and sci-fi and, and, and, that seem to pick up right where they left off the previous time we met. However, when our conversations turn to race and discrimination and social imbalances, I rarely have anything to offer other than naive questions; I don’t have the knowledge to “go there.”

So why am I writing a woman of color?

Because there is an embarrassing lack of diversity in popular literature nowadays, and I want to be a part of the remedy, not the problem.
Because the story takes place in a post-modern urban setting where white people aren’t the only survivors.
Because she’s an awesome character, and I love her.

And with what I’ve learned from Shawl and Ward’s book, and what has been clarified into usable and concrete advice, I feel like I’m a whole lot closer to getting her right.