New Amazon Links for Books

Due to some unseen issues with my distributor, I’ve republished my books.

Here are the new Amazon Links.

Candy Man Delivery Anthology: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016YYJE16

Smolder (Kindle Unlimited – Read for FREE): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016YYJE3O

Contessa: Princess of the Summer Fae: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016YPTTV0

Candy Men – 99 cents each

Tastes Like Chocolate: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HWVXK20

Irish Cream Dreams: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IW6KMEI

White Chocolate Cherry: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KMDD9P8

Apple Cinnamon Swirl: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DKOAGO

Hot Caramel Passion: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DLCL1O

Dark Chocolate Peppermint: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DLCQ0K

Dark Fantasy – Arcane Court Series: 

Death Dealer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GAG32N0

Red Lady: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DKNYES

Shadowed Vengeance: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017DKNYI4

A Sadly Necessary Book Pirate Post

Dear Pirate sites, I will report you to the FBI office. No warnings. I’m not going to be kind and give you a chance to stop being a fucking prick. There is NO OUT for “I don’t have the file on MY system.” If you have to put that shit on your site, you KNOW you’re profiting from a crime.

This includes my work and anything published by Dark Fantasy Press.

Copyright Infringement Information:

The legal penalties for copyright infringement are:

– Infringer pays the actual dollar amount of damages and profits.
– The law provides a range from $200 to $150,000 for each work infringed.(Each copy of a book downloaded)
– Infringer pays for all attorneys fees and court costs.
– The Court can issue an injunction to stop the infringing acts.
– The Court can impound the illegal works.
– The infringer can go to jail.

Examples of Infringement – Book related.

1) Copying and reproducing includes photocopying books, chapters of books and journals; or scanning books into a digital format such as a PDF file; converting VHS movies to DVD format; uploading or downloading internet files, including electronically scanned books, videos, or music; copying pictures from the Internet and posting them on a web page or social media website; copying pictures from the Internet for a brochure; and copying art from the Internet and placing it in a PowerPoint presentation.

2) Making derivative works includes making a movie from someone else’s novel; making a sculpture from someone else’s drawing; and creating a movie clip using someone else’s pictures (multi-media).

3) Publicly disseminating includes mailing photocopies to lots of people; circulating journals to others by way of emails; selling, loaning, leasing copied works (you may resell or loan your first lawful copy); making a copy of a CD and selling it for profit (reproducing and disseminating); and uploading electronic files for others to copy (copying and publicly disseminating).

http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx

Convention swag

Currently, I’m creating bookmarks, postcards, and posters for this summers conventions.

I’m loving how they turned out. The Arcane Court ones will be ready later this month.

 

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Renaissance Festival 2015

I had so much fun at the Ren Fest with Chelle and Charity (the lovely ladies of Literal Addiction to Detail).

Pics.

 

The guy in the middle asked Chelle to "show my brother your animal."

The guy in the middle asked Chelle to “show my brother your animal.”

Chelle and dragon lady

Oookay.

Oookay.

Nice knights, it was very very hot.

Nice knights, it was very very hot.

A lovely sleeping dragon pair.

A lovely sleeping dragon pair.

He said he was a "Wee Fairy." I think his idea of Wee is different from mine.

He said he was a “Wee Fairy.” I think his idea of Wee is different from mine.

Charity and a nice guy we saw on the way in.

Charity and a nice guy we saw on the way in.

Tall, hot, blond bagpiper.

Tall, hot, blond bagpiper.

Steampunk with kilts.

Steampunk with kilts.

This is so wrong, it's right.

This is so wrong, it’s right.

Noms.

Noms.

Coastal Magic Convention 2015

Coastallargesquare

I will be attending this conference again next year as Rane Sjodin. It’s in Daytona Beach, FL February 5-8, 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Website: http://CoastalMagicConvention.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CoastalMagicConvention

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/878971558786474/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoastalMagicCon

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/coastalmagiccon/

Tumblr: http://coastalmagicconvention.tumblr.com/ 

Coastal Magic Convention’s charity book sale and signing will benefit a local Habitat For Humanity chapter. 2015 will be the third year we’ve worked with Books-A-Million and H4H to provide a percentage of book sales from our event to the organization.

Featured Author listing:

http://coastalmagicconvention.com/featured-authors/

Featured Blogger listing:

http://coastalmagicconvention.com/featured-bloggers/

Important Dates:

July 1st: General Registration begins

October: Schedule Posted (tentative)

December 31st: General Registration ends (tentative)

Coastal Magic Convention 2015

Coastallargesquare

I will be attending this conference again next year. It’s in Daytona Beach, FL February 5-8, 2015.

Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. Join us for reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach with us!! Feb 5-8, 2015

Website: http://CoastalMagicConvention.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CoastalMagicConvention

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/878971558786474/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CoastalMagicCon

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/coastalmagiccon/

Tumblr: http://coastalmagicconvention.tumblr.com/ 

Coastal Magic Convention’s charity book sale and signing will benefit a local Habitat For Humanity chapter. 2015 will be the third year we’ve worked with Books-A-Million and H4H to provide a percentage of book sales from our event to the organization.

Featured Author listing:

http://coastalmagicconvention.com/featured-authors/

Featured Blogger listing:

http://coastalmagicconvention.com/featured-bloggers/

Important Dates:

July 1st: General Registration begins

October: Schedule Posted (tentative)

December 31st: General Registration ends (tentative)

Nix Scorching Reviews

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My favorite romance trope is in my favorite genre. Call it urban fantasy, paranormal, or magic,  I don’t care what the official category is, if it has creatures, spells, magical powers, I’m ALL IN.

Romance with a paranormal twist engages me right away. I love the aspect of interspecies (werewolf – human, vampire – human, demon – human) passion. It adds an additional level of complication, and opportunity to bring in more humor.

My favorite author in  the paranormal romance genre is Molly Harper. I love her characters, the humor, and reread  her Naked Werewolf books all the time.

My recent release, TASTES LIKE CHOCOLATE, is a paranormal, erotic romantic short story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Website Issues

As of today, I cannot get into my website to update the front page. This blog back-end works just fine. So please bear with me as I try to find a way, other than deleting a directory, to update the cover page.

 

Thanks!

Graylin

 

On Chronic Pain and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Today is one of those days when I can’t write or edit much. Not because I don’t want to but because I physically can’t do the work. [Cross posted on my Graylin Fox site.]

I have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. It’s a neurological disease you can get from birth deformities, trauma, pregnancy, or repetitive activities. I’m writing this because I’m the only one who suffers from it. Maybe someone else can find this post and tell their friends.

I was born with this. I have an extra first rib. Oh goody, I overachieved in the womb and screwed myself up.

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I started experiencing symptoms in high school. When the gym teacher asked us to do cartwheels, I fell on my head a few times because the nerves in my wrist would pinch. Damn. I started to do them by barely putting my hands on the mat so it looked like I was doing what I was told. Then my mother took me to every doctor in town to find out what was wrong.

I ended up with a hand and foot specialist who worked with the Auburn University football team. He twisted me in knots and took x-rays. There was the extra rib. Then he asked me to put my hands up in a surrender position and hold them there. Thirty seconds later, I had no discernible pulse in either wrist. Which makes for interesting effects on work out equipment. If I grip the pulse readers, it doesn’t register.  It also means I can’t do my hair if it requires me holding anything up for more than a few seconds.

They sent me to physical therapy. I went once. That shit hurt. If I’m never going to get rid of this problem, the least I can do is avoid things that make me scream in pain. Again, I was sixteen at this point and stubborn. Very stubborn.

That was thirty plus years ago now. The pain has gotten worse and more persistent. I wake up with tender muscles in my shoulders and upper arms. No one warned me I could get injured sleeping. I have bursitis in my right hip. Some days, I get up hunched over and limping. It ain’t pretty but I got a life to get to. 

I drive to work with my right arm (the most affected) in my lap so I’ll be able to write my progress notes that day. I can’t buy groceries weekly because I can’t carry them, so I go two to three times a week. Most days, I get home from work and lay down with my shoulders supported. It takes an hour or two for the throbbing to go down. But it does, and then I can tackle what I need to that evening. Reading, writing, cleaning the house.

Today, I’m packing to move. I gave away my dishes and the matching glasses I’ve had for twenty years because I had to change to Corelle. Thank gods for Corelle. I can now carry a bowl of fruit without having to use two hands.

Recently I started using muscle relaxers to calm the tension so I can type. I’ve gone through physical therapy exercises to ease the tightness. They help on days I need to edit or write for hours. Some days, I get so caught up in what I’m doing that I’ll forget to pause and stretch. Typing is actually easier than the fine motor movements required by the mouse.

Texting hurts worse. I have to grit my teeth to get through messages. The only way I do it now is by dictation. My friends understand that sometimes they’ll get crazy things because autocorrect and I don’t speak the same language. Add that to my middle age sight loss and my phone could be its own Autocorrect comedy routine.

Today hurts. So I’m going to get on the couch, put on comedy DVD’s to forget the pain, and let the tension ease up so I can edit more later.

Chronic pain sucks. Stopping what I love to do would suck more.

Rane

Summer Solstice Blog Hop

I used the Scene Generator and got : Hitman, Cowboy, and Werewolf.

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Hop. Remember if you fall off the tour (the bar above disappears) you can go back to JustRomance.Me and pick up where you left off.

I used to write poetry and then moved to short fiction. Today you get a mind dump from me. A little action from a female werewolf’s point of view.

 

So a hit man walks into a bar. No, that can’t be right. It’s too cliche. So a rich hit man in designer-cowboy-duds-a-real-cowboy-would-never-wear walks into a bar. And he was delicious. I could smell him over the sweat, angst, and alcohol. I’m Gina, I’m a werewolf, and I’m sure I was the target. At 5’5″ with shoulder length brunette hair I looked fetching in a western shirt tied at my waist and a denim mini skirt barely rested on my hips.

This had to be about last night. I went out with a cowboy. A real one. The kind that can pull a calf out of cow and not make girly-girls gag. His abs didn’t come from a machine or DVD, he earned them every day. We met here yesterday while I was eating my third or fourth meal of the day. We werewolves have very healthy appetites and the owner of this particular Houston bar is a friend. So, I was eating a huge steak and this cowboy walked up and said he could out eat me in the steak department.

I took the challenge and promised my friend I would stop a few bites past humiliation so as not to rub it in. And I did. I won and the cowboy was so impressed he offered to take me back to his place. I knew he wanted to see if he could ride me until I cried for mercy. Anything to get his pride back.

We went back to his farm just a few miles south of here. It was beautiful with acres of land my inner wolf wanted to check out. He offered me a drink, and then another. His kitchen was natural wood and the smell of oak filled the air. He tried to get me drunk. Not the brightest move but he didn’t know it at the time. His dog did. He barked so much when I walked in that he was left outside. Watching me with his master. I even let him see my fangs. He ran at the sliding glass doors with everything he had and knocked himself out.

I turned my attention to the hot cowboy who wanted a ride. He took me back to his bedroom and stripped my clothes off. I too had the kind of body earned by sweat and hard work. Seemed he was caught off guard by that as his breath escaped in one ‘woosh.’ I smiled and removed his clothes to reveal a tanned and toned body to rival any male model.

His ability to handle a werewolf with ease gained my appreciation as the hours wore on. And then he bit my neck. Not a nibble, a bite. I growled and my fangs dropped into place. He pushed me away from him and ran out of the house yelling into his cell phone. Well, crap. Another one. I got up and dressed. The dog looked triumphant as I let myself out the front door. I didn’t bother to look back it would take a while for him to realize he ran toward town naked.

I headed back to my hotel and would get up early to hear the story over breakfast from the local gossips. After a refreshing night’s sleep, I was back in my friend’s bar eating slabs of bacon while the buzz was all about Nick getting frisky with one of his animals again. Only this time he ran into town naked afterward. It was nice to find out his name. And that he made it into town on my fangs alone. Imagine if I had fully shifted.

I smirked into my coffee and looked up to see the hit man help himself to a seat at my table. His reputation for accuracy when hunting werewolves gave pups nightmares. He didn’t look that dangerous to me. He approached me with caution. Oh yeah, cowboy squeaked. This particular hit man took out some friends of mine just last month. It’s why I was on the move.

He didn’t say hello. Bad move. He opened up his jacket to show his big bad gun to the little lady. Worse move. He grabbed me by the arm and dragged me out back to teach me a lesson. His last move.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Graylin

 

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