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Color Me Blue

Patio1I love color, so when I decided to redo my patio I went for impact. I painted the walls a beautiful Cobalt blue. So now when I open my orange Indian print curtains, and look outside, I see this wonderful vibrant color and my plants (in bloom :o) and it’s a great pick-me-up.

I love it so much I’m going to also paint the opposite wall the same color. Or I should say my husband will be doing the painting. I only paint on canvas. 🙂

I looked up the meaning behind the color blue. BournCreative – a cool design firm (love their name for starters) has a great summary of the meaning behind blue:

Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.

The color blue has positive affects on the mind and the body….Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration.

I love that ‘imagination’ and ‘inspiration’ are mentioned, since this is the view from my writing studio. As writers, we draw on our imagination and inspiration. So whenever I need a break, I can rest my eyes on my view from my patio doors and get inspired!

Cheers,

Viki Lyn

Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

 

Art Explosion

FullSizeRender-16This will be  a short post. I just returned from a five day immersion into art. This morning I’m catching up on laundry, grocery shopping, emails and projects.

I’m serious about art – and attended Artisan’s Expo in Santa Fe. This picture is me ready to attack my canvas. The Expressionist painting workshop was AWESOME. I got to throw paint on my canvas, grind in sand and mica and just go crazy without thinking of composition or color. I don’t have a picture of the outcome because I had to ship the work home.

Five days in Santa Fe infused my creative heart.

Taking a breather from writing has been good. I love writing love stories but I also love expressing through mixed media and paints, and teaching the creative process.

Creativity is a wonderful thing in any form you choose to express yourself.

Cheers,

Viki

Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

 

Definition of Diva: It’s All About Me

Good morning! Since we don’t have a theme for this week I am going to do some self-promoting. I don’t usually self-promote here, but many of you might not  know about me or my writing. First about me…hmm…I’m an Aries with a Cancer Moon and Virgo Rising. I’ve always walked to a different beat, and my husband tells me I think like 8% of the population! Now where he came up with that stat, I never figured out. But, he’s an engineer, so I don’t question. I love to travel and have visited most sacred sites across the globe. I spend a lot of time in coffee houses chatting with friends. Waste most of the afternoon hanging out and watching anime, reading, playing on my iPad…you know, nothing too constructive. But, I get up at 5:30 am every day and work until I crash!

In 2013, I almost gave up writing. I had several m/m books published and the industry was going through growing pains. I thought about starting something new and getting back to my art. Well I did start something new, a business with a wonderful friend and artist, teaching online classes, but I couldn’t give up writing all together.

In 2014, I had four books published.

Mostly, I write m/m romance but started as a m/f historical romance writer. These older books have been out of circulation for quite some time. I decided to republish two through Musa Publishing. It’s always nice to get a refresh on a story and a new editing job.

regardingeliza-200Regarding Eliza is my m/f Edwardian book  – and a fun story about Eliza, a young woman living during the 1910’s. This was quite a decade of change, much like the 1960’s – which is the other m/f story I have out – Formula For Love. Both stories feature strong, independent women who want to make a change in the world, and are trying to figure out how love fits in with their need for independence.

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FortheBiteofIt_200On the m/m romance side, I have a new series, Orbus Arcana, co-authored with Vina Grey. This tells the story of Vince and John, a vampire in love with a human cop. The story leans towards a fantasy in the sense we have a lot of world building. Orbus Arcana exists alongside the human world but  in another dimension. We will soon have an audio book for the first book – For The Bite Of It and plan to have the second book converted to audio next year – A Bite In Time. Vina and I are working on book 3, and hope to have it published in April, 2015.

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I’m not sure what 2015 will bring? Maybe another trip overseas, or a brand new series I’ll write with Vina. I learned to take things day to day, to enjoy my writing and not stress the details. Life is too short not to enjoy every minute of it!

Cheers,

Viki Lyn

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Rewriting Romeo and Juliet

A homosexual couple, closeup of a body(kisses JULIET, takes out the poison)

Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide.

Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on

The dashing rocks thy seasick, weary bark.

Here’s to my love! (drinks the poison) O true apothecary,

Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.

Ah, and so end’s Romeo and Juliet. Now, this isn’t a favorite play of mine. I don’t like tragic endings in romance, that’s why I write in the romance genre and not women’s fiction. I want the HEA. The HEA might take a few books to get there, but rest assured, my heroes will be happy together, and not in death. So here’s how I would write the ending (and being predominately a m/m writer, I’m changing Juliet into Jules.)

(kisses JULES, takes out the poison)

Romeo stares at the ugly brown bottle. Did he really want to end his life? Yes, he loved Jules like no other, but it wasn’t as if they could marry. He’d have to do the deed sometime in the future.

He vehemently shook his head. With Jules he had no life, and the thought of taking a wife left a knot in his stomach.

“Bitter, bitter taste I will welcome. Here’s to my love. “

He uncapped the cork and the nasty whiff made him choke.

Jules stirred, sitting up on his elbows, rubbing his eyes. “Hey, Rom, what took you so long?”

Romeo gasped and dropped the bottle on the concrete floor. The glass smashed and released the foul odor.

Jules wrinkled his nose. “What the fuck is that stuff?”

“I thought you were dead?”

“Didn’t you get the message?”

Romeo’s heart pounded. He’d almost taken the vile poison, and all this time his lover was alive. “What message?”

“Man, you have the worst luck. I only pretended to die, idiot. Why would I kill myself? Tybalt is dead. Mecutio is dead. How many dead bodies do we need in this goddamn play?”

Romeo shrugged. “And Paris…”

“Geeze, man, is there anyone left alive?”

Romeo grinned, his eyes shining. “We are…so let’s make the best of it.”

Fade to black…

Ah, come on, this IS Shakespeare and he doesn’t do erotic romance!
ABiteInTime_200Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

 

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Holy Heat, Batman!

BatmanHoly Heat! There’s enough of that generated by Batman aka Bruce Wayne.

I love Batman. He’s the ultimate alpha hero—handsome, rich, intelligent, brooding, muscular with a tender heart surrounded by a steel wall. He lets no one in but the very few people he can trust—Alfred, Robin, Superman and Wonder Woman. The trinity of three (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman) make for a formidable team.

Batman has no superpowers, but he’s a survivor. With his exceptional fighting skill and the use of his innovative gadgets, he can stand side-by-side with any super hero. Ah. What I would give for him to swoop down on his bat-a-rang and scoop me up for one night of passion. 🙂

What is often overlooked is his amazing detective skills. He also has a super cool computer system hooked up to all sorts of data and impossible information only he can access! The ultimate, sexy nerd. How can anyone ignore an intelligent, impossibly sexy guy with a body sculpted of pure muscle?

Viki Lyn

 

ABiteInTime_200Book 2 of the Orbus Arcana series – For The Bite Of It
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A dangerous secret, a vampire, plus one sexy cop is a recipe for trouble.

JOHN REEDER has accepted his love for VINCENT KAMATEROS, but he doesn’t know his lover is a vampire. When a killer targets Vince, John has to deal with uncovered secrets that blow his life apart.

Will Vince reveal his true nature to protect the cop who has come to mean more than his own life? In doing so, he might ruin his only chance for a ‘happy ever after’ with John.

Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

FortheBiteofIt_200Vincent and John are coming to dinner. Not that I’m worried or anything, but Vince is quite the wine connoisseur, and can afford the best. Also he cooks and bakes a mean dessert. John is more the BBQ kind of guy. And, well, there’s one more little problem–Vincent is a vampire.

I don’t really wish to become Vincent’s dessert. Not that he’d take advantage of his dinner host. He’s the ultimate gentleman, and gay, so he’d prefer a bite of the male persuasion. He’d prefer John, but John has no clue his lover drinks blood. Really!? He’s been with Vincent, for how long now?

Okay, back to dinner. What to serve?

I’m from the Central Valley (California). My family is still there, and lives close to Lodi, an award winning wine valley that produces some of the finest Zinfandel varieties. A bottle of Lodi vintage should pacify the wine beast.

I’m going to keep the menu simple, and with John in mind. He’s a basic kind of guy, not fancy but likes good quality without fuss. Hah, look at his gorgeous partner…

 

Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel – comes from 100 year old vines

Menu:

Steak filets – cooked medium rare (some blood to satisfy the craving)

Russet baked potatoes served with sour cream, chives and butter

Fresh salad with my own vinaigrette dressing

Fresh fruit and whipped cream spiked with a bit of Amaretto

*****

I’m happy to announce that book 2 of the Orbus Arcana series is now available at Amazon:

ABiteInTime_200A dangerous secret, a vampire, plus one sexy cop is a recipe for trouble.

JOHN REEDER has accepted his love for VINCENT KAMATEROS, but he doesn’t know his lover is a vampire. When a killer targets Vince, John has to deal with uncovered secrets that blow his life apart.

Will Vince reveal his true nature to protect the cop who has come to mean more than his own life? In doing so, he might ruin his only chance for a ‘happy ever after’ with John.

Cheers!

Viki Lyn

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Groov’in Sixties

woman legsAs a child, I was enamored with the sixties. So much so, years later, I wrote Formula For Love set in the late sixties in San Francisco and Berkeley. I’ve been accused of writing my memoirs, but honestly, I was too young for the antics of Rose Red! I have three older sisters, and yes, I took some liberty of stealing from their life stories.

I grew up listening to my sister’s AM radio stations – singing along with the Supremes, Herman Hermits, Dave Clark Five, The Associations, and of course, the Beatles. I watched with fascination as America’s social structure unraveled on television. Race riots, peace-ins, love-ins, marches on Washington, the rally cry of the day was make love not war. Even as a young child, then a teen, I knew times were a’changing. You only had to listen to Bob Dylan to figure that out.

The 60’s were filled with turmoil. Women’s Movement and the Gay Movement were born from the remains of the Civil Rights and Anti-war movements. In ten years, a President was assassinated, then Martin Luther King, followed by Bobby Kennedy. By the end of the decade, no one was safe, and disillusionment set in.

But with incredible change comes incredible growth. Good comes from bad and vice versa. Some historians say we are coming into another decade similar to the sixties, where institutions will break down and we’ll experience tremendous changes. We can see some of that now, with our banking system breaking down, even the changes in publishing.

The old paradigm must give way to the new.

Peace and Love,

Viki Lyn

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formulaforlove-200-2Kenneth believes everything—even love—can be solved logically, until he meets a flower child who challenges him at every turn

Kenneth Hailey, an uptight conservative mathematician, believes he’s in control. After all, every problem can be solved in a deliberate and logical manner. Even love. When his fiancée dumps him for his best friend, he leaves Manhattan for the West Coast. What better place to forget his past. It’s 1967, and San Francisco is the place to turn on, tune in, and drop out.

But is he ready for Rose Red?

Rose Red, a free-spirited flower child, challenges Kenneth, thrusting him into her world of love-ins, protest rallies, and rock concerts. Kenneth finds himself falling down a rabbit hole, hanging on for dear life.
Old habits die hard, and he retreats, but Rose Red has other plans for him.
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Too Hot To Think, Need A Drink

stgermain-bottle-koI’m not much of a cook, but I love a refreshing cocktail, especially when the temperature hits over 110 degrees. Last year I discovered St. Germain, a french liqueur made from elderflowers. It has bright, floral notes, perfect for a sunny day.

The elderflower has small, starry flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. The flowers are harvested on the slopes of the French Alps, which in my mind, is very cool and romantic!

There are several cocktails made with St. Germain, but I keep it simple:

Glass of Ice

Shot of St. Germain

Shot of Champagne – sparkling wine

Spring of Mint

Cheers!

Viki

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Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

Why So Evil?


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Evil minions are not people I normally think about. Yeah, well, bad people exist and make for a great story. But, I don’t want to like the evil minion, or root for him in any way. If I’m emotionally attached to the E.M., it’s too sad when he gets what he deserves. I’m old fashion that way. I grew up when the good guys wore white hats. If there has to be a ‘bad guy/gal’, then I want to have no doubt that this person deserves his wicked fate.

But sometimes I’m surprised by the fate of an E.M. It’s a well known factoid that in writing great evil characters, there needs to be a ‘soft’ side to the character. Or, a believable motivation why the character is so evil. I admit that when Darth Vadar was unmasked, it shocked me how gentle he looked. My heart went out to him, and I was happy to see him back to his ‘old self’ standing alongside Obi Wan and Yoda. From purely detesting Darth Vadar for three movies, in the last few seconds of the third film, I had a change of heart. That’s a great E.M.

Love and Peace!

Viki

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Viki Lyn: Award winning author of paranormal and contemporary romances. You can find all of Viki’s books at the following sites: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and GLBT Bookshelf.

Story Part 2: Atavistic Were

Here is part two of Atavistic Were:

INTRO: These next two weeks, we’re experimenting. Marcella started a story. My fellow authors are going to further the story and then finally complete it. But no pressure. 😀 We have not talked about our plans or compared notes on the characters or plotline. This should be a surprise for all of us.

Starting from the ending of Part One (click here to read part 1):

“I don’t want your pity.”

“What do you want?”

“It is possible, if unlikely, that I am not the only legend walking around and taking on fur with the moon phases. If other prides have cast out their misfits and those misfits have survived, I’d like you to help me find them.”

Samuel scratched his injured cheek with the tip of his pen. How the hell was he supposed to search for mutant weres? This job screamed danger. Most likely mutants didn’t want to be found and would do anything to protect their secrets. And he had one of his own he kept a tight lid on.

“You really think they want to be found?” he said.

“They will be needing protection. They also will want what I need.”

“And that is…”

Her amber eyes flashed. “I’m asking you to find others like me. What I do with the information is my business.”

Sam shrugged. “Yeah, but why ask me?”

A rough laugh escaped her red lips. “Because, Mr. Samuel Talbridge, you’re one of us.”

Fear shot through his gut down to his toes. “That’s ridiculous.”

“Is it? I’ve been tailing you for months.” Her smile revealed her incisors, curved and seductive. “Several moon phases, actually.”

The sexual pull he felt for this stranger started innocently enough, a slight tingle in his stomach, a strange lurch in his heart. Her gaze latched onto his, but he wouldn’t back down. He had a thing for big cats, the coil of power ready to be unleashed at any moment, the deadly cat and mouse game they loved to play. Shit. He reined in where his sexual fantasy was heading. Right into the gutter, and that meant, he was losing control of the conversation. Taking a deep breath, he briefly closed his eyes. When he opened them, he meant her steely eyes with his staunch determination.

“And if I decide to help you, what’s in it for me?”

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Love and Peace,

Viki

 

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