World Building in Fantasy, a Podcast Interview with Beth Barany

In August I was interviewed by Michelle Murrain on my views on world building in fantasy for the monthly Broad Universe podcasts.We discussed the philosophy of world-building for fantasy, examples of world building, discussions of settings for stories, and tips and tools for fantasy world-builders everywhere.

Enjoy the interview here:

Be sure to also check out my handout on world building.

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It’s Here: Labyrinth of Love and Roses

GreenManCover02I’ve neglected to announce that my new romance story is out! I was inspired to write about labyrinths by a documentary I saw on the subject. And also by the myth of the green man. Lastly, my own experience of visiting the Amiens cathedral sparked me. I was pleasantly surprised to see a labyrinth on the floor of this cathedral.


What if what you wanted got in the way of your destiny?

French MBA grad Lili Grenault needs to succeed at her last pitch meeting to fund her international green tech business. But her grandmother tells her to drop everything, find her one true love, and embrace her magical legacy by Beltane, in one week, or chaos and failure in her life will ensue.

San Francisco investor Brett Barnaby wants to find his great-grandfather’s gravesite in Amiens, France, one of the primary battle sites of World War I. Family legend says that purpose, greater mission, and perhaps even untold riches, will be unlocked when he finds that grave. But his search in Amiens brings up fear, anger, and dire warnings about some wild Green Man. He turns to local Lily Grenault for help.

Can these two independent freethinkers work together to prevent chaos from triumphing and find love in time in the labyrinth of roses?


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On Scorpion: What Draws Me Into A Story Is…

Photo by Monty Brinton - © 2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Photo by Monty Brinton – © 2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

I was inspired to talk about what draws me into a story from a post on Steven Pressfield’s site by Callie Oettinger. All I know is that I like heroic stories and watching/reading about heroes, men and women, being tested to the max…

Last night I watched the opening episode for Scorpion. I really enjoyed it! These ensemble stories thrill me — people with divergent skills coming together to do good and important work. So, I like that collective element.

The IMDB blurb:

An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

I also like how there’s men and women working together and that one of the women is a bad ass. Happy Quinn is a mechanical genius, and you get the sense that she’s super street-smart, too.


Then there’s the theme that the differently abled are just different, not wrong part. I like that too, as someone who is differently abled. And I love also how the mom, who is really the heart of the show, is the glue that holds the group together, to her unexpected delight.

It’s a fun story with heart and a certain lightness, while dealing with real-world threats. I don’t like stories that take themselves so seriously. I like a bit of humor, too.

I don’t want to reveal too much about the story. You’ll have to watch it for yourself and see if you like it.

Suffice it to say that I like this story of extraordinary people getting a chance to be useful and heroic under pressure.

What draws you into a story? On Scorpion, on CBS
What draws you into a story? On Scorpion, on CBS

** What draws you into stories?

PS. My newest story, a sweet paranormal romance, A Labyrinth of Love and Roses, is now available! Read an excerpt here!

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Kick-ass with Attitude! Blog Tour Stop with The Unraveling by Holly Barbo

Unraveling Blog Tour  by Holly Barbo
Unraveling Blog Tour by Holly Barbo

Today I welcome Author Holly Barbo as she stops by on her book blog tour promoting her book, The Unraveling, a YA fantasy with a kick-ass heroine with attitude. Be sure to scroll all the way down to enter Holly’s fun giveaway that ends soon. Enjoy!


There are several components necessary for a reader to fall in love with a book. The way they relate to the main character is one of them. When that protagonist is female I like her to be strong: kick-ass with attitude!

It is essential for her to be believable and compelling in her complexity. She has moments of uncertainty and doubt, but can move through those times, with a determined step forward into the daylight of confidence. She has an intelligence that allows her to extrapolate solutions and a focused mindset that gets things done. Though she can physically hold her own in challenges, our heroine can be subtle in using guile when she needs to.

This admirable protagonist is not so headstrong that she doesn’t listen to advice. Decisions are ultimately hers to make, and she weighs the counsel with that in mind. She can adapt and learn and has the courage to face her fears. As for the kick-ass with attitude? This gal will not be lied to or belittled! Characteristics like these will pull you into a story and delight you with every page.

Anne McCaffrey had several admirable kick-ass heroines who I’ve loved, rereading the books until the edges were dog-eared. Lessa in the Dragon Riders of Pern series, was petite, full of fire and rode the largest dragon on the planet. She was an intelligent young woman who had endured life-threatening danger by disguising herself and surviving by her wits.

The uniquely talented Menolly was very unappreciated. She had the courage to escape the pigeon hole she was being forced into and, with the help of some devoted fire lizards, found her niche in her world. It wasn’t easy but she triumphed.

When Killashandra’s dreams were shattered, she grasped what opportunity she was given and reinvented herself with outstanding success and happiness. It meant leaving a life she knew and entering a very hazardous occupation but she did so with focus and courage.

cover for The Unraveling by Holly Barbo
The Unraveling by Holly Barbo

In my Sage Seed Chronicles: The Unraveling, Erin is a kick-ass heroine and continues to be in the next two books. Her parents have been murdered and she is fleeing the killer. Frightened, she runs to an old friend of the family for advice. While there she realizes the choices are hers. Homeless, our protagonist becomes a gypsy, of sorts, making a home where ever her companions are. Stepping up to the challenge of staying alive and learning why her folks were killed, she disguises herself as a boy.In that capacity, Erin leaps out of moving wagons, wrestles stampeding horses to a stop and faces down the murderers. Though this young woman has others around her working the puzzle, it is Erin who puts the pieces together and does the heroic acts, earning her a place in her fellow character’s hearts…and in ours.

Erin’s world is a different planet from ours but I based it on areas I know well. The only exception to that is Scotland. I not only wrote in several standing stone hedges but I sprinkled in references to Celtic designs and motifs. It would be cool to visit Scotland.

I completely enjoyed writing Erin in all of her facets. There are a few times when she flashes her temper at people who are being less than honest or trying to “put her in her place.” I cheered at those eloquent moments. No one was going to take that young woman for granted! Kick-ass!


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Erin’s parents are murdered and she can sense that same malevolent energy hunting her down. With little time to grieve, Erin is forced into hiding and discovers an unusual ability she’s never had before — she can talk to animals!

With the help of her new found animal companions, she eludes the killer. Disguising herself as a boy, she joins the Autumn Gathering and is able to concentrate on the questions she needs to solve: Who killed her parents? Why are they trying to kill her, too?

Quakes, storms, and murders begin plaguing Erin’s world and she soon realizes that they’re all connected. The fabric of her world is just beginning to unravel…

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About the Author

Holly Barbo
Holly Barbo

Holly Barbo‘s world is shaped by her love of her family, the beauty of the natural world in Northwest Washington State and an irrepressible creative drive.

Living where the scenery is incredible with a rich abundance of wildlife “is so special and soothing that it feels like a quiet kind of magic,” according to Barbo. She is drawn to creating stories where there is just a bit of something unworldly, perhaps it is magic or psychic skills. Her stories are mostly in non-urban settings and usually have some focus on nature, building a discordant drama inside the peaceful frame.

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My kick-ass heroine just wants to be normal by Nicole Quinn

It’s a Nightmare by Nicole Quinn

A kick-ass heroine is a brave, empathetic, critical thinker. She’s Lizzy Bennett and Princess Leia, and even Mary Poppins.  Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, and Katherine Hepburn played her.  The Hunger Games and Divergent are resurrecting her.  Herodotus wrote of her as, Cassandra, Clytemnestra, and even Helen. She’s the Goddess of the Druids and the Sumerians.  She’s Boadicea, Joan of Arc, Lilith, and half of the Viking warriors.  She’s a mother. She’s all women, when they choose to live proactively, in a world designed to keep them in a reactive place. She’s me.

I’m a fan of the reluctant hero, someone who would rather just be left alone to live their lives, but who also understands the impact of her participation with the social contract, with the greater good. A kick-ass heroine acts, because she recognizes that not to will be cataclysmic.  A kick-ass heroine knows that in order to effect change, she must participate in it, dream it, maybe even instigate it. She knows that making something happen, is more potent than waiting for something to happen to her.

It’s a Nightmare’s kick-ass heroine, just wants to be normal, though it’s evident that she’s not.  Mina was found inside a willow tree.  She can race the wind, and jump into tall treetops, and she can dream, in a world where only nightmares are legal. She’s humane, though we suspect that she’s not human.

My kick-ass heroines, because all of my female characters are kick ass heroines, grew up with me in a girl’s finishing school, where we were raised to be gentlemen’s ladies, a moniker which never made much sense, since the nuns taught us. Single women, living in community, taught us how we were to behave in a world ruled by men.  Wall yourself in, eat well, and pray? Yes, but they also taught us how to learn.  They taught us to think. By the time the dogma was supposed to have taken root, my kick ass heroines had discovered that there was another way – first, do no harm, then do what you want without waiting for permission.  So we also learned to apologize.

Kick ass heroines are not underdogs, but they are not part of the herd.  The something that makes them different, also allows them to empathize with others who have not been made in a mold — the downtrodden, the misunderstood, the disenfranchised.  My kick ass heroines, like me, enter worlds where they are not like everyone else, where they have been singled out, intentionally set apart.  I’m not white, I’m of color, and so are many of my characters.  I integrated that boarding school when I was eight, the year after my family moved into a white neighborhood, despite the petition drawn up to keep us out. So my heroines learn early to be brave.

I was adopted as a baby, and while I have flirted with wanting to understand the circumstances surrounding my birth, I realized early that my imagination was stimulated by not knowing. I could be anyone, from anywhere, and like me, my kick-ass heroines are not confined to what is, to the legacies created for them by those who came before. They are unfettered by the past, to be who they will.

Kick-ass heroines live in every woman who is not interested in being cast as a damsel in distress, as the victim.  All of the women who do not dream of rescue, but dream of rescuing themselves.  My kick-ass heroines enter inhospitable worlds and make them home.

They threw me into the dragon’s lair when I was eight.  By the time I was finished I was seventeen, and I’d learned to breathe fire.

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Nicole Quinn is a writer, director, actor. A member of Actors&Writers, she has written for HBO, Showtime and network television. Audiobooks narrated by Quinn include, Desiree, Hawk of May, and The Queen of Last Hopes,The Story of Margaret of Anjou. Her feature film Racing Daylight (writer/director), starring Melissa Leo and David Strathairn, is streaming everywhere. It’s a Nightmare is the first book in The Gold Stone Girl Trilogy. More at:

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There is no summer vacation for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer #MFRWauthor #MFRWhop

3 books so far in The Kingdoms Series about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer
3 books so far in The Kingdoms Series about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer

Readers, this is an excerpt of an unpublished scene in the continuing epic about my young adult fantasy heroine, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, and takes place after book 2, Henrietta and the Dragon Stone. Enjoy!

I’m posting it as part of the Endless Summer Blog Hop. Be sure to visit each stop and then enter the giveaway for our $50 giftcard. Good luck!


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“When you’re a world famous dragon slayer, there is no such thing as a summer vacation. You must roam from town to town taking care of pesky dragons who think sheep are their supper and sows their midnight snack.

No villager is equipped with the courage, expertise or experience to face down a three-story fire breathing creature.

Enter our intrepid hero, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, at your service.”

Henrietta bowed to the quiet crowd, circled around a blazing bonfire. The Horse people huddled in their long white hooded robes and watched her without expression.

Was she getting through to them?

She peered beyond the shadows of the fire, but couldn’t see anything of the dry flat plains beyond. She swept her gaze across the group again. At least they weren’t heckling her, like folks did back home in the taverns of the Kingdom of Bleuve.

Franc, her companion and more than friend, nodded at her, solemn as usual.

Antoine, the young boy she had so recently returned to his mother, stared at her with his big brown eyes.

His mother, the clan’s leader, gestured, her palm open. She spoke in accented Bleuvian, “Continue your tale. We like it. Many have never seen a dragon, and only a few of us have, from a distance.”

Henrietta stared into the fire and continued.

“This was two suns hence and I was a young thing at fifteen suns, but I already thought I knew the world and its wily ways. By this time, I had befriended and trained with my trusty companion, Sytiphell. And together we hunted dragons.

On this night, a full moon, much like this one, we tracked the seven-toed dragon to his lair in the foothills of the Middle Mountains —  range of steep hills with many tricky canyons.”

She eyed the clan. Many men and women nodded. They had mountains like hers. Though hers were much wetter and colder than the ones in this dry, high desert land.

“Sytiphell and I crept quiet as mice into one canyon after another, hunting the lair of this dragon who had been terrorizing the Middle villages all spring and into the bloom of summer.

Finally when the moon was setting we found its lair.

Full of bones and treasures it was.

And such a smell, like the rottenest eggs you ever did smell! No one ever cleaned the lair of this large beast.”

Someone giggled. She scanned the group. Antoine had his two hands pressed against his mouth.

Henrietta smiled at him. It was good to see him happy.

“It was a hot summer. Sytiphell and I were tired from night after night of dragon hunting. We’d been tracking this particular dragon for days.

And here he was. In his beautiful, smelly glory, and snoring away in his lair.

I nodded to Sytiphell. She knew what to do. We’d done this many times before.

She crept left and I went right. We dragged a net with spikes between us.

On my signal, we ran the length of the dragon from head to toe, and encased him in our dangerous net.

The dragon must have been so tired from all his sheep and sows. He didn’t awake until we’d arrived at his long tail.

Then he awoke with a terrible roar.

We’d luckily clapped his mouth shut with our net, so he couldn’t breath fire. But he thrashed about mighty hard.

Sytiphell and I hung on the net and were thrown about like rag dolls.

After what seemed like hours passed, the dragon exhausted, we approached, swords drawn, and ended the life of this naughty beast. And walked into the village at dawn as well-greeted heroes.

High-pitched yiyis filled the air.

Henrietta stared at her crowd. They rushed to her and clapped her on the back, some still making the high-pitch yiyi cry that must signify applause.

Franc stood beside her, his presence comforting. “I think they liked your tall tale,” he whispered in her ear.

“Hey, it’s not tall. It’s true,” Henrietta protested.

“I know.” Franc smiled.

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Thanks so much to the wonderful Sherry Ewing for tagging me in this “Meet My Character” blog tour. She’s the second author to tag me so I decided to run this post for a second week in a row and feature my heroine in my current work-in-progress, soon-to-be-published, “Green Man” story.

First I’d like to introduce you lovely readers to Sherry, then I’ll move on to my character, Lili Grenault.

Sherry Ewing writes romance and I’ve had the pleasure of being in a writing community with her and watch her blossom from a newbie author into a successfully published romance author! Woot! Woot!

Sherry Ewing, author of IF MY HEART COULD SEE YOU
Sherry Ewing, author of the bestselling IF MY HEART COULD SEE YOU

ABOUT SHERRY: Sherry Ewing is a self-published author who writes historical and paranormal romance novels to awaken the soul one heart at a time. Her debut historical romance, If My Heart Could See You, hit Amazon’s top ten bestseller list only two days after the paperback release. Always wanting to write a novel but busy raising her children, she finally took the plunge in 2008 and wrote her first Regency novel. She is a national and local member of Romance Writers of America since 2012 and is currently editing her to be released soon second novel, For All of Ever. When Sherry is not busy writing, she can be found in the San Francisco area at her day job as an Information Technology Specialist.

Now let’s meet the Character from my WIP, currently name “The Green Man story” by Beth Barany. Today, I’ll focus on Lili Grenault, the heroine. Last week I focused on the hero, Brett Barnaby.

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Lili Grenault. She’s a fictional person.

When and where is the story set?

The story is set in present-day, Amiens, France.

What should we know about him/her?

stock-photo-beautiful-young-woman-with-red-hair-wearing-short-pixie-crop-hairstyle-on-studio-background-118614265She’s a hard-working entrepreneur, educated all over the world. She also plays hard and loves to go dancing to blow off steam.

What messes up his/her life?

Her latest pitch for funds doesn’t go as planned and she’ll have to start from square one if she doesn’t raise funds from this group.

Also, her grandmother tells her she needs to drop her ambitious and world-contributing business to embrace her magical legacy by May 1st, Beltane, or suffer a lot of chaos in her life.

Then she meets a scary “Green Man” and gets really freaked out. Maybe there’s something real to her magical legacy, after all!

Driftwood art by Paul Baliker
Driftwood art by Paul Baliker

What is the main conflict? 

25958956-sexy-portrait-of-a-young-confident-businessmanHer life starts getting more chaotic as she denies her magical legacy. When she turns to Brett Barnaby for help, her life gets more complicated, not easier.

What is the personal goal of the character? 

She wants to fund her social high-tech start up.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

I haven’t yet decided. here’s some ideas I’m working on: Love’s Labyrinth, Labyrinth of Love, or The Rose in the Labyrinth. Which one do you like best?

When can we expect the book to be published?

By September 1st or before, I promise!

Love is a labyrinth. Fiction by Beth Barany
Love is a labyrinth. Fiction by Beth Barany

Now here are 3 wonderful writers you should know. Next Monday (August 25), you’ll be able to check out their Meet My Characters posts on their respective blogs: 

Author, Emmy Gatrell
Author, Emmy Gatrell

Emmy Gatrell has been a voracious reader since an early age and recently launched her own writing career with the highly rated Meanmna: Book One of the Daearen Realms series. The follow on book, Bienn-Theine: Book One of the Daearen Realms continues her success. As the mother of two boys, Emmy continues balancing writing, reading, and parenting–not it that order. She and her family split their time between the North Georgia Mountains and Costa Rica. She talks about Mathew in her blog today. It’s in his realistic-eighteen-year-old guy’s first person perspective that Bienn-Theine is told.
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Author, KG Stutts
Author, KG Stutts

Growing up in Texas and later South Carolina as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, K.G. Stutts had her natural curiosity and imagination nurtured since birth by family movie nights where they would watch Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even timeless Disney favorites. A prolific writer of sci-fi, romance and mystery, K.G. draws much of her inspiration from those amazing works that gave her an appreciation for telling rich, compelling, character-driven stories for all audiences. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Brad and works for a customer service call center full time. She’s a lover of Star Wars, Star Trek (original, TNG, and Voyager), Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis, Muppets, Garfield, Disney, Indiana Jones and is a big football, wrestling, and hockey fan. 
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Author, Andrea Buginsky
Author, Andrea Buginsky

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books a few years ago. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight. Andrea has written three more books since: My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease; Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2; Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy. She is currently writing the second book in the New Avalon series and editing the third book of The Chosen series. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.
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I owe many thanks to fabulous writer Karysa Faire for including me in this fun blog tour.

First I’d like to introduce you lovely readers to Karysa, then I’ll move on to my character, Brett Barnaby.

Karysa Faire writes romance and horror and I had the pleasure of being one of her beta readers for her fun romance work-in-progress, Swashbuckler.

Author, Karysa Faire

Her bio: Karysa Faire is a writer of the romantic, the unseen, the other worldly and the horrific. Residing in Northern California with her daughter, dog, and cat, she reads when she can and cleans her house when she has to.

Now let’s meet the Character from my WIP, currently name “The Green Man story” by Beth Barany. (I’ll be introducing the heroine, Lili, next Monday, in another Meet My Character Blog Tour stop.)

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My hero, Brett Barnaby

Brett’s name is entirely fiction. I did research his last name, Barnaby, because I wanted him to have an English-sounding last name.

When and where is the story set?

This story is set in a smallish town northeast of Paris, France, that has the largest cathedral in France: Amiens. This town also say terrible action in World War I, part of the backstory of my story.

What should we know about him/her?

Brett, a Californian investor-surfer-player, is, well, was a ladies man, before he meets my heroine. He loves to work hard and play hard, and has been driven to make great business deals, as an investor in high-tech start ups. He loves to party, go dancing, and is loyal to his friends, Josh and Liam, his fraternity brothers. (Liam is the hero of A Christmas Fling. Josh is the hero of Parisian Amour.)

Lili Grenault, my heroine

What messes up his/her life?

Meeting Lili messes up his life in an unexpected way. He doesn’t usually mix business with pleasure, but meeting her on the dance floor and then at the investment meeting gets him questioning his vow.

What is the main conflict? 

Limestone Green Man Mascaron, Fourteenth Street NW (Washington, DC) by takomabibelot_creative-commons-license_flickr
Limestone Green Man Mascaron, Fourteenth Street NW (Washington, DC) by takomabibelot_creative-commons-license_flickr

Magic! Time! And the Green Man!

What is the personal goal of the character? 

Unsatisfied with his current jet setting lifestyle, Brett Barnaby, a San Francisco investor by day and dance club hound by night, wants to find his great grandfather’s gravesite in Amiens, France, one of the primary battle sites of WWI. The family legend says that purpose, a greater mission, and perhaps even untold riches, will be unlocked when they find their ancestor’s grave. But his search in Amiens brings up fear, anger, and dire warnings about some wild Green Man. He turns to the redheaded pixie and hot local, Lili Grenault, for help. She knows the area. It has nothing to do with the fact that he needs to be near her, even though she’s an investment candidate, and he usually always keeps business separate from pleasure.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

I have a placeholder working title right now, “the Green Man” story is what I call it. I may call it: Magic in May; Roses for Lili; Labyrinth of Love. Any ideas? :)

When can we expect the book to be published?

By the end of August, I promise!

Now here are 4 wonderful writers you should know. Next Monday (August 18), you’ll be able to check out their Meet My Characters posts on their respective blogs: 

Emmy Z. Madrigal, Author
Emmy Z. Madrigal, Author

Emmy Z. Madrigal is the author of the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams and the artist spin-off Anime Girl. Her love of music and the Jazz masters of the Big Band Era have always inspired her life and her writing. She also writes horror and vampire fiction under the name Emerian Rich. To find out more, go to:
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Catharine Bramkamp, author. Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice
Catharine Bramkamp, author. Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

Poet/author/podcaster champion of Newbie Writers everywhere. Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns. She is a successful writing coach and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, Future Girls (Eternal Press) and the poetry chapbook Ammonia Sunrise (Finishing Line Press). She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct professor for two Universities. A California native, she divides her time between the Wine Country and the Gold Country. She and her husband have parented two boys past the age of self-destruction and into the age of annoying two word text missives. Her latest book: Death Revokes the Offer, first book in the Real Estate Diva Mystery series: For the series:



Author, Carol MaloneCarol Malone successfully combined her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her highly rated book, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night and became the first woman to punch her way into the male-dominated genre of pulp boxing with her first tender love story. Her stories entice readers to scramble into a front row seat for a power-packed thrill-ride or swoon to tales of gentle passion. If not hammering out new tales, Carol is reading, watching sports or the Food Network on TV, or hanging with her author husband on the Coast of California. She loves to chat about sports and amour.

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Author, Michelle Murrain
Author, Michelle Murrain

About Michelle Murrain, she writes: “I have been writing science fiction since 2006, and have been an avid reader and fan of science fiction since I started to read. Since I have been both a scientist and a technologist by trade, and as a polymath, my interests span a wide range of topics, including science, technology, history, culture, politics, race, gender, sexuality, philosophy, spirituality, and religion. I brings all of these to bear in my science fiction writing, which has strong elements of exploration of all of these topics. I specialize in stories of culture clash and/or first contact, and has numerous strong female protagonists and characters. I have a philosophical approach to publishing my work – everything is licensed via Creative Commons – freely sharable and modifiable.”
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Christmas in July Giveaway and Blog Hop

Christmas-in-July-Giveaway-HopJoin me and my fellow authors in this fabulous giveaway and blog hop for Christmas featured stories, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Laurie Here.

Dates: July 22-July 31, 2014

I’ll be giving away 10 copies of my sweet/clean paranormal romance, A CHRISTMAS FLING.

A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany
A Christmas Fling by Beth Barany

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ParisEbookCoverFinalParisian Amour (A novella in the Magical Tales of Romance & Adventure series)

Sarah Redman, a bank project manager, wants adventure in her life. Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at a Paris conference to land more clients and save his company. Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

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For Fans Of

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About the Author

Beth Barany, YA Fantasy Author
Beth Barany, YA Fantasy Author

Based in Oakland, California, Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

She’s the award-winning author HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, a young adult fantasy novel (Book 1 of the Five Kingdom series.)

In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, traveling, and watching movies with her husband, bestselling author Ezra Barany, and playing with their two cats, Kitty and Leo.

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