Monday, 31 December 2012

Monday Fables #14: Big Bad Handsome Man

Last post of 2012. Ahhh! Well I hope this year has been a good one for everyone. 2013 looks good. I've got a new set of short stories coming that will definitely be a challenge. And you know what? I'm going to start one of my books. I'm going to write a book this year. Will you guys support me in that endeavor?

Friday, 28 December 2012

What I Learned From 10 Queries in 10 Tweets

For those of you who don’t know, Sara Megibow is an agent at Nelson Literary Agency who represents

Fantasy/science fiction               
Juvenile fiction                
Science Fiction                
Young Adult
Middle Grade and
General Romance

She also does (well, did) a weekly twitter program called “10 Queries in 10 Tweets” where she randomly went through her slush pile and talked about why she would accept or reject any given query (while maintaining the author’s anonymity).

December 3rd marked the last of the #10queriesIn10tweets series to be replaced by something new and exciting in the coming year. She is a fountain of eternal query knowledge and advice and if you aren’t following her, you really should be.

With her permission I’ve taken a few of her sessions and compiled a sample “10 Queries” set up so you can get an idea of what she talked about.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

In Which I Discuss My New Years Resolutions (and why they won't work)

So Christmas is over. It's Boxing Day here in Canada and in the UK but the brunt of the festivities are over and people must prepare to return to their everyday life - if they haven't already.

Here's a scary thought: in less than a week it will be 2013. Some people honestly believed we wouldn't make it this far and some people just laughed at them - but as each year comes to a close people everywhere resolve to make a change in the New Year, goals to improve themselves in some way. And every year, people fail. Not everyone, mind you, but New Year’s Resolutions are infamous for failing.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Monday Fables #13: Summer Wind

How ridiculously appropriate for Christmas Eve: Summer. It is Christmas Eve and I hope those who celebrate are spending the day wisely. I, myself are posting this and then heading out to volunteer as an elf at a local hospital before heading home for some last minute wrapping and family time. And even if you don't celebrate the holiday, it's a monday and the world is sort of taking a breather so enjoy the moment.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Traditional Scottish Christmas

It’s getting close to Christmas and so I thought it would be nice to sit around the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and learn a little about Scottish Christmases. This isn’t some comprehensive guide by any means; just some little tidbits to amuse you.

First of all, Christmas is celebrated on December 25th. Christmas Eve is the 24th and St. Stephen’s Day (also known as Boxing Day) is celebrated on the 26th – commercially, Boxing Day is kind of like Black Friday; lots of sales.

The Christmas Tree gets its origins from Germany (Tannenbaum) and are decorated with different lights and homemade decorations like holly and tartan bows.

Christmas Dinner is filled with many dishes but some musts are (taken from How To Have a Scottish Christmas):

This cake in a crust is the traditional New Year cake in Scotland. Every housewife has her own variations. This one is from a family recipe book

PreparationFirst make a 1lb weight of short crust pastry your usual method. Leave to chill.

Take a springform (if possible) cake tin, and line with baking parchment. Set aside.

Mix together

1teaspoon each of cinnamon, ground ginger, 1/4 fresh grated nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon white pepper.

Weigh into large bowl 10oz plain flour and 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda, mix well. Add 4oz Demerara sugar, then the spices, and weigh in 1lb currants, 1lb raisins, 4oz broken or flaked almonds, 4oz mixed candied peel.
Mix altogether well.

Add two beaten eggs, 5 tablespoons buttermilk (or milk will do) & two or three tablespoons whisky. Mix to a stiff sticky dough.

Roll out 2/3rds of the pastry and line the caketin with this. Press the fruit mixture into the pastry shell so that it is filled densely. Roll out the rest of the pastry to form a lid, and put on top in the usual way, moistening the edges with water to make then stick.

Take a long skewer, and pierce several times, right through the cake till you feel the tip touch the tin bottom. Brush the lid with a mixture of egg and milk, and bake in a pre-heated oven at 325 Fahrenheit; 170 Centigrade for about three hours. Test with skewer, when it is done, the skewer will not have any cake mix sticking to it.

Serve with coffee, or as the Scots do, with a wee dram of whisky!


This cake is popular throughout Britain as an alternative to Christmas Cake. It is less rich, and not so indigestible. But it is originally a Scottish Christmas cake from Dundee.

Line an 8" cake tin with baking parchment. I prefer to use springform tins, as they are easier.. Set aside.

Cream together 8oz butter & 8oz sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time, with a little flour taken from the total weight of 10oz. This stops the eggs curdling.. Stir in orange rind, finely grated.

Sift together the rest of the flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and a pinch of salt. Use plain flour and baking powder if you can, as it gives a better stability for the heavy fruit.

Fold the flour mix into the creamed mixture and add 2 oz ground almonds, 1lb of mixed dried fruits and 4 oz candied peels.

Spoon into the prepared tin, smooth the surface, hollow it slightly in the middle so that when it rises it will not peak. Arrange whole blanched almonds around the top. Brush all over with beaten egg white. Bake in a pre-heated oven 325 Fahrenheit, 170Centigrade for about three hours. After the first hour, put a sheet of baking parchment on top, to prevent it going too dark and burning. Test with skewer, when it comes out clean the cake is ready.


This biscuit type cake is a modern version of a very ancient cake or Bannock, which was baked in honour of the Sun. Nowadays, we make marks which divide the biscuit into slices or wedges, but these marks originally were symbolic of the rays of the sun. Bannock was the old name which was used to describe a mix baked in a large flat round shape, and generally hardish like biscuit rather than cake texture.

For this recipe you need to line a baking tray with baking parchment.
Cream together 4oz butter, 3oz caster sugar (very fine). Mix in 8 oz flour& a pinch of salt. This should be a stiff dough, pliable enough to roll our like pastry. If too crumbly, add a tiny drop at a tine of ice cold water (from the fridge).
Roll out to 1/8 inch thick only. A tip here, I roll it out on a piece of baking parchment, and then lift it onto my baking tray complete with the parchment. It breaks very easily! Define a large circle by cutting around a dinner plate . Remove the bits. Then take a small circular cutter and cut away a centre hole, but not right through, just enough to get the indented shape of a circle (or a sun!). Make eight evenly spaced 'rays' or wedges around the cake. Pierce each wedge three times with a fork.. Bake in a pre heated oven at 350 Fahrenheit, 180 Centigrade for about 20 minutes. It will be softish when you take it out, but will harden as it cools - like cookies.


Ingredients:1 lb.Self-Raising Flour
2 cups of Sugar
small packet Mixed Spice
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ginger
4 oz.Vegetable Suet (e.g."Atore" brand or similar)
2 lbs.Seedless Raisins, Californian
1 grated Apple
1 grated Carrot

Also, Linen Cloth to contain all ingredients while cooking. And a Pot big enough to take it all.

Mix together all dry ingredients then add raisins, suet, grated apple and grated carrot. Mix with cold water to a stiff batter.

Dust Cloth with flour, after rinsing the bottom of Cloth in boiling water. Tie Cloth tightly, but leave space to swell; tied halfway up is about right. Put in Pot.

Fill Pot with boiling water. Keep boiling and simmering for at least three hours.


At the stiff batter stage, we used to put silver threepenny pieces, wrapped in greaseproof paper, into the dumpling for the children to find. You might try the same with your decimal equivalent of the Silver "Thruppny".
Here is a delightful letter I received:

Dear Maria,

As an afterthought, it struck me that your folks might like some Braes of Atholl Brose to go with their Dumpling. It is not all that popular in my own family since drinking it led to the ensnarement of a relative of ours, Iain-mhor Donald, Lord of the Isles. Since then, the Macinnes´s have been traditionally teetotallers as far as Atholl Brose is concerned (but oddly enough, the Macdonalds have never let it bother them. I suppose they got the taste for it...

The Year was 1745 and Iain Macdonald was leading his clan in Bonnie Prince Charlie's Rising against the Protestant German Hanoverian that the scurrilous English had put on the throne of the Catholic Scottish Stuarts. In those days, people got uptight about that sort of thing and felt that the English should mind their own business. The English thought is was their business since they owned more than half the island and the intransigent Scots kept moving the goalposts where the Border should have been. Anyway, the word got around that our Iain (who was maybe originally a teetotaller himself?) always enjoyed drinking the water in a spring in Killicrankie in the Scottish Highlands. So that traitorous, treacherous scoundrel, the Duke of Atholl (you can see here how partisan feelings can arise, depending on your point of view) ordered that the well should be filled with a concoction of honey and whisky, bound in oatmeal. The noble Lord of the Isles (yes, you can definitely see a trace of residual partisanship creeping in again, even now), very taken with the brew, hung around for a few drams more than was wise and spent the rest of the Rising in the Duke´s dungeons. The Duke of Cumberland subsequently came up the M9 and arrived at Atholl with a permanent cure for Iain Macdonald´s alcoholism...

So if you fancy capturing a Highlander for yourself, here is the recipe for Atholl Brose: First prepare the body from oatmeal. Pour half a pint of oatmeal into a basin (the traditional measure is four sherry glasses full of the stuff) and stir in cold water until you have a thick gooey paste about the same consistency as wallpaper paste. Leave the mix to firm up for half an hour or so then squeeze through a fine strainer, using your hands or a non-metallic implement like a wooden spoon. The idea is to get the creamy extract, to provide a bit of body for the brose. The oatmeal you can throw away, or keep for somebody´s morning porridge, depending on how long you have been hiding in the heather. You don´t need it any more. Pour the extract into a jug and add four dessert spoons of whichever pure honey you prefer Stir it well, using a silver spoon. (If you don´t have a silver spoon, anything that.s handy will do; they´re only being pretentious). Pour the lot into a quart (1 litre) bottle and fill the bottle with malt whisky to your own favourite taste. Shake well before serving at room temperature. The toast is Slainte Mhath! (pronounced Slanjey-va, meaning "Good Health"). The response is Slainte Mhor! (pronounced Slanjey-voe, meaning "Great Health").

Slainte Mhath, a Mhari!



Today, most Scots will have their Turkey like everyone else. But Venison Stew is a rich traditional Scottish dish which would grace any Christmas table. Popular on tables of gentlefolk at Christmastide and New Year in the 18th-19th century.

Cut 1lb lean venison into strips. Cut off the rind from 1lb streaky bacon. Put 1oz butter into a non-stick pan, and brown the two meats briskly. Add salt & pepper to taste. Slice small 1lb carrots, a stick of celery, 1 large onion and grated peel of one orange. Add to meats. Then put in about 3/4 pint milk, just to cover meat, add a spray of thyme, and cover. Simmer for two hours until venison is tender.

Remove meat & vegetables, thicken juices with a little flour, and then add 2 tablespoons whisky and 1/4 pint cream. Heat gently until thick and smooth. Pour over the meat and vegetables in the dish. Grate a little cheese over, and brown in the oven until it bubbles.

Serve with buttered mashed potatoes and buttered mashed swedes or turnips - if you can get them.

And of course what Christmas Party would be without music? You’ve got your basic bands like Dougie Maclean, The Irish Rovers and Jimmy MacLeod and then there’s your traditional carols (though none have their roots directly in Scottish history).  

I hope your Christmas is merry and bright. Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, 21 December 2012

The Post Where I Update You On My Post-Apocalyptic Blog

I'm not even going to apologize for excessive posts this week. This close to Christmas and the end of the year, there's lots to talk about.

So...since the world did not end - though a zombie attack is still totally a viable option - I suppose I should start thinking about the new year. 2013 is fast approaching and I thought I'd take this opportunity to let you in on what's going to be happening in this new year.

First I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been following my blog these past few months. To those of you who commented...
you're awesome!!!! I know my blog is tiny but we're slowly growing and I really appreciate every one of you who are helping me along the way.

2013 is going to bring a few changes. I'm going to be starting a new semester at University (Shakespear, Greek Poetry, Archaeology and Chamber Choir...what) and - hopefully - a new job and possibly a new resolve to write one of the novels tumbling around in my brain box. And I'm also making one or two changes to the blog. Nothing big, just little things.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

This Fairytale Lives of the Brothers Grimm (200th Anniversary)

If you look on Google today you’ll find they’ve changed their logo (as they do for all geeky/awesome anniversaries and events). It features a little girl in a red riding cloak and if you scroll through the images on the logo you’ll get her complete story. It’s the story of little red riding cap, a French tale that can be traced as far back as 1697 that was included in the original first edition of Children’s and Household Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. Today (December 20th 2012) marks the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm publishing their first collection of fairytales. The first of many.  Over the years the tales they collected have been warped and twisted so that you can barely see where it began but like any good story, there is a beginning to the tale of the Brothers Grimm.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Importance of Fairytales by Anna Meade

As part of the fairytales collection week, I got the Fairy Queen herself, Anna Meade to talk about the importance of fairytales. How awesome is that? So without further ado, I present (with a flourish) Anna Meade:

The Importance of Fairytales

When Vicki asked me a few weeks ago to write a post for her blog on the importance of fairytales for the 200th Anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, I almost declined. I enjoy writing, I famously love fairytales, yet the analysis of the “why” seemed overwhelming. How could I speak for the human experience? I can’t, not being an anthropologist or a sociologist. I have no scientific basis for these words, only the long-held tang of instinct when the words ring true to me.

Fairytales are one of the oldest forms of storytelling. We have stories that survive from hundreds of years ago. They make up our common mythology. The Grimm brothers wrote down these stories and folktales, codified them into their most famous versions. But Cinderella existed in 1st century B.C. Greece:

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Retelling Tales: Fairytales with a modern twist

Everyone nowadays has seen - or at least heard of - NBC's Grimm and ABCs Once Upon a Time as today's example of modern day fairytale retellings. Although they take very different approaches to storytelling, the both centre around a world where fairytales are real. It seems that these two shows have started a fad in hollywood of fairytale retellings with movies like "Mirror, Mirror" and "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" but really, we've been retelling tales since the tales were told - and yes, that was the cheesiest line I could come up with.

In fact, the Brothers Grimm are just retelling tales and folk lore that have been around for centuries but I'm getting a little ahead of myself. These are the modern fairytale retellings from books to movies to television, OUAT and Grimm are just two in a long list of tales retold. And this list I'm providing is just a sampling.
If you look up fairytale retellings on Goodreads you're going to get a lot of books pop up. 
    One of the most popular nowadays is 'Cinder' by Marissa Meyer: a Science Fiction retelling of Cinderella where our leading lady is a cyborg living in futuristic Bejing.

    Another is 'Beastly' by Alex Flinn: adapted into a movie staring Mary Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens.

    Then, of course, there is 'Ella Enchanted' by Gail Carson Levine: a favourite author of mine, known for her YA fairytales.

    Month9 Books recently released 'Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes' featuring - you guessed it - twenty two authors spinning their own twisted tales.

    That's just four and there are hundreds if not thousands more out there, available with the click of a button.
Not even thinking about Disney or Barbie there are countless movies based on popular fairytales (especially Cinderella). There's a psychological reason for why people are drawn to the story of the girl who finds true love through a magical slipper but there is just not enough time to explore it. So instead, I'm going to rattle off a short list of movies based on fairytales that aren't Disney Animated or start with 'Barbie and the'. Ready?
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Little Match Girl
  • Sydney White
  • The Snow Queen
  • Rumplestiltskin
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Brothers Grimm
  • Shrek (1,2,3,and 4)
  • Happily Never After
  • Jack and the Giant Slayer
  • Black Forest
  • The Frog Prince
  • The Red Shoes

Ta da! So now you have something to occupy your time during your Christmas break. Some of them suck, some of them are awesome (like Brothers Grimm) and some are just weird (like Black Forest) but there's something out there for everyone.
Like movies, there have been fairytale retellings extended into televion since the 1930s. They're everywhere and come in all different forms.

Once Upon a Time: tales of love, betrayal and magic woven together in both fantasy and reality.

Grimm: bringing the legend of the Brother's Grimm to life in the form of monsters and magic.

10th Kingdom: a mini-series thrusting a girl into a post 'happily ever after' fairytale where not everyone is who they appear to be.

Faerie Tale Theatre: a series of retellings starring an amazing cast from the 1980s of so many well known actors it'll make your head spin
No matter how long ago these tales were written, there still sings a ring of truth and necessity to them that is reflected in the countless times these stories have been told over and over again in books, televion, movies and even musicals (Google: Once Upon a Mattress).
These are just a few examples of the timeless classics retold again and again: some in a gruesome twist and others in a family friendly environment that tell the tale as it's never been told before.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Monday Fables #12: Best Safety Lies in Fear

In honour of 'Fairytale Week' I've got a somewhat fairytale-esque story that was written several years ago. It was inspired, actually, by J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan - which I don't consider a fairytale but it's still one of my favourite stories ever. If you've written a fairy tale, let me know; I'd love to read it!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Fairytale Week: The Week I Went Insane

So this entire week is going to be a bit of a cry for help on my part. I am going to make myself go crazy for the simple reason that I love you guys that much. This week marks to 200th anniversary of the Brother's Grimm publishing their first anthology "Children's and Household Tales" and some of you may be like "why should I care?" and you don't have to but I love fairytales so of course I really wanted to celebrate with you. So all week (well actually just Monday-Thursday) I'm bringing you something Fairytale themed.

Monday: It's still Monday Fables but I'm sharing with you a fairy-like story I wrote about a year ago.

Tuesday: The world is latched on to the fairytale remake idea so we're going to go through some of them and their pros and cons.

Wednesday: Anna Meade, the fairy queen, is coming on to talk about the importance of fairytales.

Thursday: Marking the 200th Anniversary with a little history fo the Brother's Grimm.

Friday: No more fairytales but I've got an update on the coming new year - should we make it that long...

Saturday: In co-ordination with my other blog Aiden's Angels I'm talking about the Traditional Scottish Christmas.

So, lot's to look forward to this week. The reason I'm going insane is because I have my final exams this week and I haven't finished writing christmas stories for the people who are getting short stories for Christmas. Lot's of craziness for Vicki, lot's of awesomeness for you guys.


Friday, 14 December 2012

Author, Virginia McKevitt’s Take On Fantasy

Today we have the fabulous Virginia McKevitt, author of The Secret Enemy Saga, here to talk about what fantasy means to her.

Author, Virginia McKevitt’s Take On Fantasy:
I started reading when I was about four years old. I have a sister who is ten years older than I am and she loved to read to us little ones (I come from a family of eight) all the time. She was the one who taught me to read. That is when my love for fantasy really began. My imagination was always off the charts, and reading books like Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, and Cinderella, only added fuel to the fire. Disney’s Snow White is the first book I remember reading by myself. I carried that little book around with me until it fell apart. As I got older my taste changed, but not my hunger for fantasy or reading. I would write little stories about fairies, dragons, wizards, and kings. My teen years were vampires and the baddies that run around today. It’s funny how the circle continues. Some of my favorite authors are- Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and James Patterson. I could go on… Anne Rice in my teens, Stephen King forever, and the rest just followed. I like stories that have a lot going on from one page to the next and I hope I am giving that to my readers also. I am a character driven kind of reader, and writer. I like a strong plot but if I don’t get into the characters, it’s hard to stay with the story. I write fantasy, with a romantic flavor, but I want a lot of action and mystery for my readers. I don’t write erotica or occult type books. It’s just not me, but I do give you a peak and you can take it the rest of the way your imagination. The first person to read my finished work, Fracture The Secret Enemy Saga, was my husband who reads like most people eat. I will never forget what he said when he turned the last page, "I feel like I've been on a journey that I didn't want to end. Don't stop."
Those words have pushed me onward and there is no turning back. I wrote the following as a Q and A post originally, at Goodreads, to see what other writers had to say, and the reach continues onward. 
Paranormal Romance is one of the hottest genres (actually a sub-genre of fantasy) on the market today. The titles and book covers alone can make one break out in a sweat, but what is it that makes you want to read about romantic encounters with beings from other worlds or vampires and werewolves? Is it the old concept of forbidden love or the thrill of the bad boy (or girl) image mixed up with fangs and wolf fur? Dragons and wizards are sitting on the back burner, while muscled bodies and creatures who howl at the moon warm the beds of the humans we write about. Steamy romance, whether implied in YA or graphic in paranormal erotica, has increased by leaps and bounds since the e-book revolution and now knows no boundaries. Fantasy, as wild and imaginative as it is, still has rules. If your reader does not find your characters and story believable, you will lose their interest. Make the relationships between your human and non-human characters real. Give them a cause they both have a stake in (no pun intended), especially if it is for different reasons. Obstacles that strengthen real life relationships are everywhere. Just give them a little twist. So, what makes it hot? Dark and dangerous delivers whether you dash it with a little pepper or turn on the hot sauce. Romance appeals to the heart and the paranormal infuses it with the thrill of the fantastic, something we all want a little bite of (I just can't help myself). There are many challenges in mixing genres, especially fantasy and romance. How can beings from different worlds become romantically involved and even be believable? I hope I can shed some light on that very subject because that is what my novel, Fracture The Secret Enemy Saga stands on; two people from different worlds, fighting in the same cause and falling in love. That's a mouthful!

How can I make that believable you ask? Next time you go to the mall look around you. The couples holding hands and shopping are as diverse as you can get; different nationalities, different shapes and sizes, even different beliefs, yet they seem to make their relationships work. How? The Asian man with the American wife are from worlds so different they might as well be from Mars and Jupiter. What about the Italian woman or the French man? I could go on and on. The cultures and beliefs that separate us everyday are broken and shattered by one simple need, to be loved and accepted by another. How far off am I, that someone from another world could actually fall in love with someone from this world and vice versa. Not far at all. Take those two people, throw them into a conflict that threatens both their worlds and fill it in with a little magic and mayhem, friends and family and who knows.
Virginia McKevitt is an American author of fantasy. Her 5 star novel, FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga can be broadly described as fantasy incorporated with elements of the paranormal, suspense, mystery and romance (I couldn’t help myself). FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga is available in paperback at Barnes and Nobles and, and as an e-book through Amazon and Smashwords. Her vivid imagination and love of fantasy pushed her to finish a book she had started over two decades ago. The first book in this series, FRACTURE The Secret Enemy Saga, has received praise from readers since its debut release in early 2012 and now the beta readers are saying that book two, The Hunted, available at Smashwords, is another winner. Turn the pages and see for yourself.
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Thanks so much for stopping by Virginia.
Now tell me minions: what do you love about Fantasy?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

"What the Hell is that?": Writing Contemporary Horror by Mike Robinson

I'm very excited because today I have the brilliant Mike Robinson author of Green Eyed Monster here to talk about Writing Contemporary Horror Fiction. Last week, I reviewed his book so you can check that out in the archives. How many of you guys are fans of horror? Do you have any favourite books?

Monday, 10 December 2012

Monday Fables #11: Endless Night

I can't even believe it's December 10th already. I feel a little like I'm screwed in terms of Christmas - I'll rant about that later I promise - but I am determined to make it through...well I have to make it through so that's not up for discussion.

Today's fable turned a little darker than I had originally intended but I like it. It's taken from The Lion King on Broadway which has some amazing songs in it so you should definitely check it out.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Automatic Woman Blog Tour (And Giveaway)

Automatic Woman by Nathan L. Yocum

The Automatic Woman, by Nathan L. Yocum - Cover
There are no simple cases. Jacob “Jolly” Fellows knows this.

The London of 1888, the London of steam engines, Victorian intrigue, and horseless carriages is not a safe place nor simple place…but it’s his place. Jolly is a thief catcher, a door-crashing thug for the prestigious Bow Street Firm, assigned to track down a life sized automatic ballerina. But when theft turns to murder and murder turns to conspiracy, can Jolly keep his head above water? Can a thief catcher catch a killer?

Automatic Woman is the second novel from award winning screenwriter Nathan L. Yocum. A volatile mix of steampunk, noir, historical fiction, and two-fisted action, Automatic Woman takes us to a place that never was yet we all know so well… the London of Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper and Bram Stoker with a pneumatic twist.

EXCERPT from Chapter One:
I am a jolly fellow. My name is actually Jacob Fellows. The gentlemen in my office refer to me, literally, as Jolly Fellow, which is their euphemism for my rotund figure. There’s a long precedence of fat men also being funny men. I don’t regard myself as a man of mirth or good humor. In truth, I’m more apt to crack skulls than I am to make silly gestures, but the assumption stands and it’s easiest for my mates to pigeon-hole me in what they already hold true.

I’ve often looked for a solution to my roundness. I’m physically active at work and in leisure. I love football and am bloody hell on gears in the goalie box. Nevertheless, my cheeks are round and my jowls hang.

Whenever blokes find out that I’m a thief-catcher by trade, that I’m an operative for the Bow Street Firm, their eyes light up and I am forced to tolerate the inevitable comments.

“Oy, what kind of man are you going to run down?”

Or, “business must be good, my friend!”

Or my personal favorite, “your wife must be a jolly good cook, mate.” I’m not married, never had much luck with the female folk, and any reminder of this is liable to put me in an ugly disposition. An ugly mood means ugly deeds and I’ve hurt fellows over the odd comment. I’m not proud of that, just stating the truth.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Review of Green Eyed Monster by Mike Robinson (Blog Tour)

At the end of October “Green Eyed Monster” by Mike Robinson was released and as part of the blog tour I got my hands on the book and I devoured it in the span of a weekend. I love it so much in fact that I got myself two slots on the blog tour so we’ll be back next week with more. This week, however, you get my review of the book.
Martin Smith and John Becker: bestselling authors with ordinary names and extraordinary minds.

Their words have power — to heal, to kill, to change the lives of their “characters” in shocking and unexpected ways. Famous for their uncanny similarity in both physical manner and literary voice, their childhood rivalry spins out of control into adulhood.
The death of one at the hands of the other brings to light their troubling past — and a mysterious presence, watching on from the shadows — an authorial entity with roots beyond our time or dimension; an entity with far-reaching designs.
The pen is truly mightier than the deadliest sword.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Monday Fables #10: Like a River

Holy crap! Ten? How have I done ten of these? Wow. Well I'm still thinking of what to replace this with in the new year so if you have suggestions let me know.

Both this song and the piece I wrote are about goodbyes between a couple but they're different goodbyes but no matter the circummstance, saying goodbye to someone you love is always so hard. Are there an goodbye stories you're willing to share?

Friday, 30 November 2012

New Literary Agency: The Origin of Superheroes

So you may or may not know this but I love superheroes. I would never call myself a geek or a nerd (in this subject) but I love the comics and I watch all the movies and I am more of a DC girl than a Marvel girl but really I just love superheroes. And I love origin stories - how they became heroes - because no matter where they come from they are the heroes; they are the ones we look up to and admire and while they always don't get the recognition they deserve they never cease to do their job and save the world.

The same can be said for people in the literary world. There are some writers and publisher and editors and agents out their who have a great talent and are just very good at what they do but they don't always get the recognition they deserve.

Meet Jordy Albert (right) and Brittany Booker (left) of the Booker Albert Agency. They recently started their own agency; in fact they are officially opening their doors for submissions on December 1st 2012 (that's Saturday - tomorrow) and when I came across them recently I just had to get their origin story.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Truths About Dating and Mating Blog Tour

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today we are touring to the land of Radio Shows and New Adult Romance with the newly released novel "The Truths About Dating and Mating" by Jaycee De Lorenzo.

The Truths about Dating and MatingSpunky Italian coed Ivy Rossini likes to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both as she co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside her lifelong best friend, Ian Hollister.

Being the only girl who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation has its advantages, especially when he’s scaring off the jerks who just want to nail the campus sex-guru. It’s when he’s “protecting” her from the advances she welcomes that she wants to lob him over the head and tell him to butt out. But Ivy’s feels like she’s the one who’s taken a hit when Ian almost kisses her at a party. She knows she should feel relieved when he pulls away, so why is she disappointed instead?

What’s worse, Ivy’s now getting aroused by Ian’s slightest touch and can’t stop entertaining thoughts of a romantic future. But Ian doesn’t do relationships, and she’s not interested in anything casual. In the end, Ivy decides it’s best to keep her growing feelings a secret and hope they’ll pass. However, when Ian begins hinting at wanting to take things to the next level, she’s forced to decide if a chance at something more is worth risking everything they’ve built.

With their friendship and her heart hanging in the balance, can Ivy follow the advice she and Ian give their listeners - to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - or will insecurity, stubbornness, and pride ruin any chance of their relationship getting off the ground?

Spunky Italian coed Ivy Rossini likes to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both as she co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside her lifelong best friend, Ian Hollister.

Being the only girl who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation has its advantages, especially when he’s scaring off the jerks who just want to nail the campus sex-guru. It’s when he’s “protecting” her from the advances she welcomes that she wants to lob him over the head and tell him to butt out. But Ivy’s feels like she’s the one who’s taken a hit when Ian almost kisses her at a party. She knows she should feel relieved when he pulls away, so why is she disappointed instead?

What’s worse, Ivy’s now getting aroused by Ian’s slightest touch and can’t stop entertaining thoughts of a romantic future. But Ian doesn’t do relationships, and she’s not interested in anything casual. In the end, Ivy decides it’s best to keep her growing feelings a secret and hope they’ll pass. However, when Ian begins hinting at wanting to take things to the next level, she’s forced to decide if a chance at something more is worth risking everything they’ve built.

With their friendship and her heart hanging in the balance, can Ivy follow the advice she and Ian give their listeners - to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - or will insecurity, stubbornness, and pride ruin any chance of their relationship getting off the ground?

Watch the trailer here:

As a special treat I got to put Joycee in the lukewarm seat for a little Q & A. Check it out:

Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Fables #9: Breathless

It's monday (but not Castle monday which makes me sad on the inside) so I am back with anoth Monday Fable. I actually love this song even though it perpetuates that angsty, hopless romantic stereotype of falling in love with your best friend. But I'm a hopeless romantic so I went with it. Anyways, this week looks promising in the game of life so we shall see how it goes.

Okay so this is the part of the program where I ask you, the readers, the share. What do you think about love stories about two best friends? Cheesy? Sweet? Any love stories of your own that you want to share? I love love and I always love hearing stories about real world fairytales so share away.

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Merits of Writing Challenges

Wow! It's already week four of NaNoWriMo. Can you believe it? Now in case you hadn't figured it out I gave up on doing NaNoWriMo on like day three but I know my own short comings so we'll bypass that.

Even though I've given up on this noble endeavor I still get people asking me what NaNoWriMo is  which usually gets the same reaction:
they look at me like I'm crazy and I get the "who the hell would want to do that?" questions. Some are getting a little more understanding as I venture off into University-land but it's still the same.
Of course recently a friend asked me what NaNoWriMo was and I explained the basics and she smiled and nodded and looked genuinely interested which is a dangerous thing when you're talking to me because if you look like you're paying attention and actually care about what I'm saying I will just start talking - kind of like I am now. So after I explained NaNoWriMo I started talking about the other writing programs that are available that cater to the different kinds of writers out there. And because I love you all so much I thought I'd share a basic rundown of some of them.
Of course these aren't all of the writing programs out there. In fact these are only a select few - in chronological order - that might appeal to different writers. Ready?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Darkness Falls Tour

Hello lovely readers, it's Wednesday and it's time to talk about books. This week we have Wilde's Meadow which is the 3rd book in the Darkness Falls Series by Krystal Wade.


Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who’s already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her DraĆ­ochtans.

Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.

Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way. Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?

As a special treat for you readers we have the illustrious Krysta Wade here to answer my burning - if not a little random - questions:

Monday, 19 November 2012

Monday Fables #8: Karma

It's late, I know, and really short but I really don't like this song. The message is good but it didn't seem to exude much creativity from within it's lyrics so I worked with what I had. I did, however, finish an awesome book that I'll be touring in December so I'll talk more about that later. In the mean time, what do you guys think of these characters?


Friday, 16 November 2012

Cover Reveal! Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

Hooray! I get to reveal the cover of the YA Paranormal Romance Novella (some of my favourite word combinations in the universe) "Aversion" by Kenechi Udogu. Ready? Here we go!

Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series)
For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tannerdoesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
My name is Gemma Green and I am an Averter. You’re probably wondering what that means and why it is important for me to state that I am one. On the surface there is not much difference between me and most other fifteen year old girls, except for the fact that I have the ability to alter people’s minds and stop them from carrying out actions that will unhinge their predestined life paths. I know it sounds impossible but trust me, it’s true. Only another Averter will be able to tell what I am from sight. Well, not really sight. We have the ability to sense things that others overlook. For example, I always know when I’m being lied to. I can’t tell what the exact lie is but I get a knot in my stomach every time I hear one; the bigger the lie, the tighter the knot. It’s clearly not the most enjoyable ability for anyone to have but the older we get, the easier it becomes to tune the feelings out. You eventually get to a point where the only person’s emotions you can tune into is the person you are assigned to. But I’ll get to that later.
Sounds awesome right? The novella is set to be released on December 3rd 2012 (and I'm going to be talking about it in January) so look for it then!
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Reviews and the Draining of Writer's Veins (and a Giveaway)

So last week Laura Howard posted about the power of reviews not just on readers but on the authors as well (check it out here) and it got me thinking about reviews not just with works of fiction but also with fan fiction.

Now wait I know what some of you are thinking, fan fiction is not the most respected art but I think there's a lot of merit to celebrating someone else's work by creating your own - by drawing inspiration from an outside source. Not only that but reviews are very powerful when it comes to the written word and it doesn't matter how those words are presented, they deserve respect.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Monday Fables #7: Father

We're back with another short story on this beautiful monday (almost) afternoon. I'm really excited about this week because this week sort of marks when Wednesdays will be taking off. For the next few month Wednesdays are look awesome. We've got blog tours, giveaways (well one that's planned) and book reviews from all sorts of genres so it's going to be really good.

Anyways this week we're back with another song by Marina V (I also did one of her songs for week 1) this one is called 'Father'. I looked all over but I couldn't find the lyrics so I just sat down and listened to the song line by line and wrote it myself. *EDIT* Marina showed me lyrcis, there were on her site and I just didn't look hard enough. I apologize. There's are the corrected lyrics.

I also couldn't find a video for you guys to listen to so you'll have to use your imagination this week. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Friday, 9 November 2012

A Peek Into The World of the Publisher (as told by an unpublished writer)

So it's Friday but I'm admitting now, I am so very far behind on NaNoWriMo that it's actually kind of ridiculous so instead, I want to talk briefly and very informally about Publishing. Of course this isn't coming straight from me because as you guys know, I am more than an unpublished author I am an unwritten author (how's that for deep thinking on a Friday) so I dug up my old notes from a workshop I attended a while ago and thought I'd share with you my little adventure.

Alright so way back in April 2012 I was walking around at Comic Expo in Calgary and I saw a sign in one of the ballrooms that said "What Do Publishers Do?" so immediately I thought I should at least sit in on this panel to see what they have to say. I found myself sitting in the second row of this tiny little ballroom that was barely filled with people with notebooks and iPhones chatting with two women at the front of the room looking friendly as ever.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Interview With Cyndi Tefft

Today I'm here with the fabulous writer Cyndi Tefft who writes the Between Series. Book 1: Between came out in 2011, Book Two: Hell Transporter came out in March of 2012 and the third book (title unknown) will be released early next year.

For those of you who don't know, on top of running this blog I also run the Aiden's Angels blog which is a blog dedicated to the series 'Between' by Cyndi Tefft who has spent the last three weeks on the Aiden's Angels blog talking with me about all sorts of things. So I've compiled the entire three part interview for you to peruse at your leisure.

Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. She was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle in May 2010. A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis...well okay not the haggis.

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Monday, 5 November 2012

Monday Fables #6: Bi Ann (Be There)

So this one was a bit difficult and I'm not at all satisfied with this story. For what it is, it's cute and sweet and short and I like it but compared to this Gaelic piece I don't think it matched well. I love celtic, Irish, Gaelic - anything in that style of music - I think it's just gorgeous it's one of my favourite overall styles and the translation for this particular piece is of course simple but beautiful. So I was really looking forward to writing for this song but I have been feeling so disconeccted the last few days that I'm sitting here, feeling so inferior to this song and it's ridiculous. I'm wondering if I can write to Gaelic anymore. What do you guys think? Have you ever had a problem where you were so inspired that you couldn't find the words? Or is it just me?

Friday, 2 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: more than just a word for crazy people

It's day two of NaNoWriMo so there isn' much to talk about in terms of personal achievement. I'm not behind yet which I suppose is a good sign so instead I'm going to chat with you guys about NaNoWriMo itself.

So for those of you who don't know what NaNoWriMo is it's this ---->

National Novel Writing Month. A time when you sit down in front of your computer - or notebook - and write out a 50,000 word novel (sometimes more) in the span of 30 days. I forget that a lot of my friends in real life aren't writers (or readers, which makes me sad) so when I tell them I can't come out to play because I'm writing a novel, they look at me like I'm absolutely insane. And maybe I am but it has nothing to do with NaNoWriMo.

It shouldn't be that hard right? I mean really, all you have to do is write 1667 words per day and if you stick to that pattern you'll have just over 50K words by the end of the month. 1667 words? Pfft, that's nothing. A lot of people can pump that out in about an hour and be down with it. So if it's so easy then why is it this big project that drains and pushes people to the brink of insanity?

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

All Hallow's Eve Tales of Horror

Happy Halloween Everyone!

I have been on this weird creepy high all day and why? Because I LOVE halloween. The music, the colours the history...the MACABRE. I love death and blood lust and all those creepy things that people tend to associate with Halloween.

Tonight I'll be out at the Calgary NaNoWriMo Kickoff so I can't do my usually movie marathon but it usually includes:
  • Clue
  • Ghostbusters
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Labyrinth
  • Legend of Sleepy Hallow (the Johnny Depp one)
  • Scream
  • The Amityville Horror (the original)
  • Halloween
  • The Witches
  • Trick r Treat
I love the silly movies just as much as the horror ones. It's always a tie between Trick r Treat and Scream for my favourite.

Anyways, the point of this article is to present you with a little treat; some macabre stories. I've got a small collection of stories that I've written over the past few years all with a darker theme to them. You can find them in the 'Short Stories' tab up there ^  (though not all of them are scary)

My favourite one so far (and the one I'm going to share with you) is called 'Dollhouse' and I wrote it for Friday the 13th back in July. My other two favourites are 'Gore' and Flashback'.

Omar Blog Tour

Monday, 29 October 2012

Monday Fables #5: If You Could Only Know

Happy Monday everyone, I'm back with another Monday Fable. This week I'm going to be trying something knew - not just for the short story.

I'm going to start talking about other things on the blog like books and writing tips and crazy random stuff that comes up along the way. So starting wednesdays I'm going to be talking about books - books I've read, books I'm looking forward to, Author Interviews etc.

Fridays, I'm going to be talking about writing - not necessarily my writing - but tips and articles that I've stumbled across that I think deserve a read through. The next four fridays, however, are going to be devoted to NaNoWriMo because that starts on Thursday (yikes). If you don't know what that is check out all the details here and you can be my buddy here.

This week's fable isn't a song at all actually, it's a Spoken Word or Poem (it's described as both) by the gloriously macabre Emilie Autumn. So instead of writing a story, I wrote a little poem/spoken word piece. It's called 'I Don't Believe You'.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Liebster Award Nomination

YAY! *throws streamers alone* I have been nominated for the Liebster Award.

So the darling ladies at BOOKSSESED! have nominated me for the Liebster Award and my first reaction was: hooray!...what is that? So of course I asked the internet. And I found a blog post about how the Liebster is sort of chain mail for bloggers where you nominate blogs with less than 200 followers and they nominate five and those five nominate five and *I think* the purpose is to spread some love (and some recognition).

Liebster, in German, means 'Dearest' which I find very precious and sweet so I choose to believe that what I think of the Liebster award is correct. So, on to the task(s).

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Blog Tour of Oracle of Delphi by Diantha Jones

Prophecy of the Most Beautiful

Oracle of Delphi #1

By Diantha Jones

Synopsis: She has a destiny so great that even the gods fear her.

Constant hallucinations and the frequent conversations with the voices in her head, have earned eighteen-year-old Chloe Clever the not-so-coveted title of "Whack Job" in her home town of Adel, Georgia. With the onslaught of prescription medications and therapists threatening to push her over the edge, she wishes for a life far away from the one she has, a life where she is destined to be more than the butt of everyone's jokes and mockery.

Be careful what you wish for has never rung more true.

After living through an attack from her worst nightmare, she awakens to find herself far from home, surrounded by glorious riches and servants…and a few demigods who enjoy killing things. Upon learning that her favorite rockstar is an Olympian god, she is thrust into her new life as the Oracle of Delphi, the prophesier of the future, and the great Pythia that the gods have been anxiously awaiting to arrive for centuries.

Setting out to fulfill the prophecy she has been given and to keep her family safe from a demigod Princess that wants her dead, Chloe learns of how great she is to become, all the while fighting mythical monsters, evading divine assassins and trying to outwit the ever-cunning Greek gods who harbor secrets of their own.

In the hopes of discovering the Most Beautiful and the truth of her destiny, she strives to uncover the mysteries of the demigod Prince who has sworn to protect her with his life…and threatens to win her heart in the process.

Win a copy of Prophecy of the Most Beautiful

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Monday, 22 October 2012

Monday Fables #4: One Kiss

One Kiss - Sweetbox

Maybe I'm tired of being the strong one
Maybe my romatic sides taking over me, I don't know
In a single moment
You took over me and left me trembling and weak
And I just can't stay away

Just one kiss
One touch
Is not enough
Don't you feel the same
Your smile your look straight in my heart
Don't you want the same
Maybe I'm wrong but I can't get over this
One kiss
One touch
It's not enough
Oh, can't you feel the same... the same... the same

I never believed in finding the perfect love
I never believed that I would find something that I can't give up
But you made me shiver
When you took over me and left me trembling and weak
And I just can't stay away

Just one kiss
One touch
Is not enough
Don't you feel the same
Your smile your look straight in my heart
Don't you want the same
Maybe I'm wrong but I can't get over this
One kiss
One touch
It's not enough
Oh, can't you feel the same... the same... the same

Oh, don't you feel the same

The day had been long, grueling and finally, finally, the lights in the office had gone dim and she was the last person to leave. The window behind her cast a shadow of orange as he street lights from a story below invaded the night with its reminder that the days were getting shorter and her work hours were getting longer. The corner office with the view from both sides didn’t require half as much work as she was putting into it lately.
 Samantha sighed, taking a moment to stare through the glass doors of her prison and wonder what he was doing right now. It had been three months since she’d kicked him out telling him to get his life together and stay out of hers. She’d regret her words on nights like tonight when she worked until she was just tired enough to make it home and fall asleep without having to thinking about him and the things he’d promised her. And each day that passed, her resolve to keep him out of her mind grew weaker and weaker.
She breathed in again and the moment was gone; she began tidying her desk, stuffing papers in drawers and briefcases, clearing her throat to remind her to focus on the task at hand and not how the room suddenly smelt like him – vanilla and musk.
She didn’t hear him come in but when she looked up he was there, leaning against the door as though he’d always been there – as though he belonged there. Her heart was drumming in her ears, drowning out the voice in her head that told her to yell and scream and throw things until he left her alone for good. She paused in her stance half-standing in her chair and swallowed before gaining the courage to speak in a professional if not shaky voice. “Can I help you?”
Uncertainty danced in his eyes but a smirk played on his lips like he was going to play along if only to keep her from kicking him out again. “Yes, I was hoping you could help me find someone.”
“Could you describe this person?” She stiffened, holding her breath and trying desperately not to run into his arms.
His green eyes joined the cocky amusement on his lips, his confidence growing with every syllable that left his lips. He stocked towards her. “It’s this beautiful woman that I met two years ago. She started coming to my family’s restaurant for coffee every morning and we quickly became friends. She has red hair that just glows” his smile softened and she blushed but didn’t move “like a halo. And she has these eyes; like a sunset of colours that changes with every mood.” He came to the other side of her desk, standing just feet away from her and still she didn’t move. She watched him, his unprovoked confidence and the way he sat so casually on the end of her desk while she barely resisted the urge to throw something at him. The infuriating man.
“Of course I knew all that about her from the get-go, it was her personality that really attracted me though. Smart, charming, driven; not too funny but she’s hilarious when she’s drunk.” She rolled her eyes but the smile creeping on her face betrayed her. “And that smile, just lit up a room.” The smile faded from his eyes and the most interesting thing in the room suddenly became his shoes “it was impossible not to fall in love with her.”  And the room fell silent as the words seeped into her bloodstream and the buzzing spread through her chest. “And then three months ago” he looked up, the bright smile on his face, now more eager than she’d ever seen him “I kissed her,” she gasped at the wonderment in his voice “and it was wonderful. It was passionate and…perfect.” But when he looked at her, the wonderment was gone replaced with wallowing sadness that suddenly betrayed the sleepless nights he’d had that mimicked her own. “And then she kicked me out of her life and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about her since.” He shifted from his stance but didn’t step forward like he was aching to. “And now I just want to tell her that I’m sorry and that I want her friendship back. Can you help me?” The sincerity in his eyes broke her heart.
She couldn’t stand the moment of silence between them that passed and so she opened her mouth, having no clue what she was going to say to him. “I” she cleared her throat “I think that…the night you…kissed…her...she was scared, and drunk,” she swallowed again “but she really, really liked it.” His laugh of relief matched her own “and I think that scared her. And she did a very…romantic comedy, female thing by running away but I think that she’s almost ready to deal with her feelings.”
With a sudden burst of confidence he stepped into her space, meeting her eyes that were just above his in those power heels she’d taken to wearing. “And what are those feelings, exactly?”
She looked at him, his eyes, then his lips and she bit hers, remembering the warmth, the tingling sensations that ran like hot oil through her veins. Slowly, her arms came around his neck as her heartbeat slowed to normal, content. “I think she’s in love with a coffee boy.”
His arms came to her waist naturally, letting his body take over while his mind processed her words. When he came back to reality, he was kissing her, holding her just far enough to feel the heat radiating from her skin. She was responsive, leading, pulling him to her. Pulled against her chest he tightened the grip on her waist so they were intimately closer, sharing a heartbeat. She hummed into the moment, sending electric shocks through his fingertips that were suddenly alive and desperate to do something. One hand came lightly up her spine, their lips never truly parting except for a breath of air,  breathing each other in, the same heady scent she had missed so much, invading her nostrils and overwhelming her nervous system. Each kiss became slower and slower, drawing out the sensations, simmering against her skin where it was boiling and bubbling over before.
The buildup, the teasing visions that floated through her mind, sent her over the edge and she wrapped one arm around his shoulder, anchoring him to her as she gripped the back of his neck and pulled down. He had no choice but to follow her lead as she slipped out of her heels and sank down into the carpet, taking him with her. He gripped the edge of the desk to keep from falling but their lips never parted. Once he regained his balance, his hand returned to the small of her waist, dipping her lower until her knee came between his legs.
And then suddenly he was bending backwards, dragging her with him, lifting her onto his hips and spinning around until she was sitting on the edge of her desk, standing between her legs. Unwilling to let him gain the upper hand, she held his face in her palms, lifting up to wrap her arms around his waist and tug him that much closer. The blood was singing in her veins, melted down to liquid mercury, heavy and glowing through her body. Her heart pounding in her ears drowned any thought other than ‘finally’ and ‘why did I wait so long to do this again’.
He bent her over the desk so she fell back onto her elbows, dipping and leaning until he was nearly on top of her, and still their lips barely parted.
“Miss Christianson- oh I’m so sorry miss.” Samantha’s head hit her desk as she collapsed backwards, trying her hardest to listen for any of the other cleaning staff over the drums beating through her head. Meanwhile, he was collapsed on her chest, the weight of him, reminding her of where they were and what they were doing – and just how good it felt.
“Oh my god,” she breathed out, playing with the ends of his hair subconsciously.
He suddenly came into her line of site, hovering above her with that ridiculous grin plastered on his face “yeah.” He just looked so delighted, not just pleased with himself but genuinely happy, that she couldn’t resist lifting up for another kiss. But he pulled gently laid a hand on her shoulder and pushed her back before the last of his resolve was broken. “Maybe we should”
“Take this somewhere else?” Her grin matched his now and the warmth that spread through her was more potent than anything that she’d experienced in the last few minutes.
When neither of them moved she sunk into a smile “you gotta get off me first.”
“Right, right.” He shook his head, climbing off the desk and offering his hand to her. She took his hands as he lifted her off the desk and into his arms, pulling her in for one last kiss. “You know, this is not what I expected when I came here tonight.”
“Well this is what you get.” She winked at him as she slipped back into her shoes, making a half-assed attempt to rearrange her desk but gave up. “Are you going to take it?”
His hand snuck around her waist, pulling her flush against him “oh I’ll definitely take it.” He kissed her again. "Let’s get out of here.” She couldn’t stop smiling.