January 15, 2017

Renee Rose and Alexis Alvarez of Arizona—Something Warm During for Those Who Live in the Cold



Hi! I’m Renee Rose (Tucson, AZ) and I paired up with fellow Arizona author Alexis Alvarez (Phoenix, AZ) to bring you the flavor of our state. We both write steamy romance with hot alpha heroes and the strong women who win their hearts and Alexis is also a professional photographer responsible for these incredible photos!
 
Hot and Cold.
Most people think of extreme heat when they think of Arizona, and that’s true.  Between May and September, for most of Arizona, the weather becomes uncomfortably hot.

 I’ve lived in cold climates, and I remember once you’re freezing, you don’t notice the difference between one degree below zero or three.  Here in AZ, we notice every degree over 100. When you step outside in the summer, it literally feels like you’re in an oven. So we behave much like the rest of the world behaves in the winter--we stay indoors and, like vampires, we don’t come out until nightfall.
 
My husband and I used to own a nightclub in downtown Tucson. Summer nights were always pumping. For that reason, I set two of my paranormal romances in downtown Tucson--Deathless Love and His Captive Mortal.  While it may seem strange to have vampires live in a place so sunny--it was the nightlife I was going for.  

What most people not from Arizona don’t realize, is that it gets quite cold here, as well.  Great extremes occur between night and day temperatures throughout Arizona, sometimes ranging as much as 50 or 60 degrees.

In my latest bad boy shifter romance, The Alpha’s Promise, the climate between the hero and heroine fluctuates about that much, too. :)  Cody, an alpha shifter, has been thrown together with Melissa, an uppity human, who he must protect. While their physical attraction for each other is off the charts hot, they each have prejudice about the other, which brings on the ice.

 
Hi! I’m Alexis Alvarez. Like Renee, I love living in the beautiful state of Arizona.

With thirteen different species of rattlesnake, Arizona has more than any other state. Of our fifty-five species of scorpions, the smallest and most deadly (and also an accomplished climber) -- the bark scorpion -- is frequently found in  homes.  The rare and shy Gila Monster can deliver a painful and severe bite if provoked, and while tarantulas prefer to hide from humans, the black widow and brown recluse are responsible for many hospital trips each year. To top it off, the desert centipede, which can grow to over six inches in length, can provide a nasty welt from its venom.


Despite these dangers, people flock to Arizona for the natural beauty of the place, for the amazing climate, and for the vistas -- large and small -- that come from our dry, severe deserts and the unexpected pockets of verdant beauty within them.

Perhaps the knowledge of the danger that lurks makes the beauty more powerful. The pride that comes with avoiding nature’s harsh bite allows us to better savor her sweetness.

 I still feel the excitement from my first Gila Monster sighting -- we were on a hike, and there it was! Sunning itself on a rock just a few feet away! The sick fear that comes rushing in with the rattle of a snake tail gives way to the pride of knowing how to safely avoid them while hiking.  The anxiety of finding black widows in your backyard gives way to the knowledge that you know how to deal with them to keep your kids safe. We learn to co-exist with nature.


In my book Casey’s Choice, a sexy BDSM novel about a woman who has to choose between two men, the juxtaposition of pain with pleasure heightens the enjoyment.  I use themes of art to showcase Casey’s journey to self-awareness and confidence, as she develops the strength to do what’s right for her heart and her soul.  The difficulty she experiences on her journey makes her final happiness that much stronger.

A desert Saguaro, the universal symbol of the Southwest, grows in just a small area of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico.  These cacti, the tallest in the United States, can grow to be over sixty feet tall and can weigh up to 4,800 lbs.  Native American have historically used the Saguaro for food and building materials, and the cacti provide homes to many desert animals.  Yet these life-giving plants are covered with prickly spikes to protect themselves, a veritable armor, as are most cacti in the desert Southwest.

/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_aGeuyb7P355E2  a contemporary romance about opposites attracting, both the hero and heroine have their own defenses built up to prevent heartbreak and pain, walls that look like disinterest, dislike, and sarcasm.  They have to learn to open up and trust each other, to get past the thorny exterior to see the true beauty below.


Thanks for reading about our gorgeous state and our books! We hope you give us a chance and try our novels. We think you’ll love them as much as we enjoyed writing them.

Thank you for stopping by! Please enter for a chance to win a gift basket of Arizona goodies!

About the Authors

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE is a naughty wordsmith who writes kinky romance novels. Named Eroticon USA's Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews' Best Historical, Best Erotic, Best Ageplay and favorite author. She's hit #1 on Amazon in the Erotic Paranormal, Western and Sci-fi categories. She also pens BDSM stories under the name Darling Adams. To receive FREE Renee Rose books, click here. http://owned.gr8.com/

Renee loves to connect with readers! Please visit her on:

Alexis Alvarez writes romance that’s smart, bright and sexy. Her contemporary romances have humor and sizzle, and her BDSM novels are dark and delicious. She loves creating books that are poetic, with words flung like diamonds at the night. You can find her here:


(All info provided by Authors) 

January 8, 2017

Alaska Writers Guild




I didn’t have an Alaska blogger volunteer this year so I searched the web and found this great group-- Alaska Writers Guild.  


Alaska Writers Guild is an organization supporting published and unpublished writers in Alaska. If you have written, are writing, or are thinking of writing, you want to be a part of this dynamic group, which meets monthly for fun, fellowship, and programs of interest to writers at all skill levels. Alaska Writers Guild is designed to educate and inform beginning, intermediate and published writers. Members gain information and skills in which they may form a plan of action and a system of working with editors, agents, public relations people, printers, publishers, bookstores, and marketing people. 


 
They host an Annual Conference with happens to be in September 2017.  The information is on the site. 
  
They have several divisions of Membership—also available on their site. One unique opportunity is Family Membership which is a great idea--most of my inspiration comes from my family. 





Link up here for all the latest: http://alaskawritersguild.com
 
 
Check out the sampling of novels by the AWG Members.  Some of these have guested on this blog before so I urge you to check out the Alaska Archives in the sidebar.
  
(all info downloaded from AWG site)

January 1, 2017

Alabama Born-Speculative Fiction Author Aidee Ladnier



I’m Alabama born and raised. My favorites places in Alabama vary from the white sand beaches of the Gulf Coast, to the nature trails of the Appalachian foothills, and from the cosmopolitan splendor of Birmingham, to the rural serenity of the forests that dot the state. I wouldn’t wish to be anywhere else.

But one thing I love most about Alabama is the history it’s steeped in. Like a fine tea, you’ll discover its richness and variety the moment you take a sip.

For example, last summer my husband Curt and I spent the weekend at the Kate Shepard House bed and breakfast. We were treated to gourmet food, luxury accommodations, and predictably, a history lesson.  

In late afternoon we climbed the tall steps to the wraparound porch of the Queen Anne style mansion in the little neighborhood of Monterey Place in Mobile, Alabama.  Our host, Wendy James, greeted us at one of the two doors gracing the front of the house.  She later explained that the extra door was a relic from World War II.  The Shepard family converted the mansion into a boarding house to lodge workers employed during the war effort.  Mobile’s contribution of airplanes and ships helped win the war in the Pacific.

Inside the Kate Shepard House, the d├ęcor was warm, ornate woodwork, antique light fixtures (many original to the house), stained glass windows, and built-in bookcases. A grand piano sat enthroned in the parlor. We followed our host up the winding staircase to the second floor where Wendy settled us in the Barber Room, named for the architect George Franklin Barber on whose designs the house was built.  She told us that Charles Martin Shepard and his wife might have chosen the plans from Barber’s mail order catalog after seeing an advertisement in a women’s magazine.  It is rumored that more than a dozen railroad cars of building supplies arrived in Mobile from Knoxville, Tennessee to create the Kate Shepard House.

The Barber room was furnished with a tall, comfortable carved oak bed, a fireplace, and a wonderful view of the magnolia trees and garden. A few steps led to the bathing area housing a huge two-person soaker tub (TMI—I know this from experience).  A water closet, hid behind tiny French doors, enclosed the commode. 


While dining the next morning on pecan praline French toast, Wendy informed us that when she began preparing the house for visitors, the attic yielded a treasure trove of Civil War correspondence and letters. Kate Shepard, the daughter of Charles Martin Shepard, was the great niece of Colin J. McRae, the Confederacy’s Chief Financial Agent to Europe.  The papers Wendy and her husband found changed recorded history, proving that Great Britain aided the Confederate States during the Civil War.  In addition to the correspondence and financial documents from the Civil War, there were dozens and dozens of personal letters lovingly preserved. The correspondence revealed intimate details of the McRae family life and included receipts for items bought or sold, recipes, school records, medical records, property deeds, and court settlements. She explained that one letter detailed the anguish experienced as family members succumbed to Yellow Fever, quarantined and nursed by mothers and daughters also stricken with the dread disease.  Overall, the McRae’s saved more than 2500 documents that spanned a hundred years.  The collection is one of the most complete histories of that era in the South.

And here’s the best part:  Wendy and Bill James have donated all these papers to a museum with the caveat they be available to anyone who asks to examine them.  The papers are now housed at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum.  You can view a listing of the collection at https://www.crr.sc.gov/exhibits/mcrae and request to see them for yourself.  

So have you ever thought of visiting Alabama? One lucky commenter will win a $10 Amazon gift card! Remember to leave a contact link. 


About the Author
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, fold origami, send ping pong balls into space, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.

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December 27, 2016

Happy New Year-2017



Thanks for visiting Fifty Authors from Fifty States Blog in 2016.  Congratulations to all the participants for making this year one of the biggest yet and to the winner of the end of the year prize Mary D. and the Author Participant, Patricia Smith Wood.
We begin another great year with the state of Alabama, Author Aidee Ladnier, and her interesting history.  Aidee began writing fiction at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.
http://www.aideeladnier.com/
We’ll continue throughout 2017 with  different writing professionals from each state each week and a prize along with the talent.  Visit and comment to win each week for a chance at the end of the year Grand Prize.Just ask Mary D. and Patricia Wood, they both received a Gift Basket from GROW Nebraska.




With this blogs success, participating writing professionals overflow so make sure to check out the additional talent for each state in the sidebars.  You aren’t going to want to miss a thing in 2017.

I’m wishing All a Safe and Happy Holiday Season Followed by a Flourishing New Year.
Annette Snyder
If you're a writing professional, check out the contact page for details on participating.  Have a GREAT 2017!