Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bad


First things first: you folks don’t have to yell at me. No, I did not get a manuscript out on the market or a story uploaded to Amazon. But I am making serious progress. I’ve been averaging two to 2-1/2 pages per day on the Talbot’s Peak novel. That may not sound like much, but for me it’s a lot. More than the occasional page or half a page I generally write. As for the porn, about half of that’s typed onto the laptop. I should have the typing finished by the weekend. Then I can start formatting and look for a cover artist. I’m still waffling on what pen name I’m going to put on it. I may just go for a single name, like Cher or Madonna or Nebuchadnezzar. That way there’s no chance of me duplicating an existing person’s name and landing in legal hot water. All across America the dozen Anita Dicks just heaved sighs of relief.

Best of all, once these two are on their way, I know which one I want to work on next. I’m building momentum! It helps that the weather’s getting colder. I’m less inclined to go ramming around and more inclined to stay in the house and work.

Got the leaves raked, too. I’ve been busy this past week.

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One more quickie before we get to the main topic. I’m reading Stephen King’s new one, Mr. Mercedes, and it’s got That Racially Charged Offensive Word in it. That answers my question about political correctness and censorship. It doesn’t answer the other question: if a newbie author writes a book and uses That Word, will they be told to clean up their prose? I can’t answer that unless it happens to me or until some writer it has happened to contacts me and tells me about it. Therefore, my conclusion is: it’s okay to use offensive language, provided a) you’re writing mainstream fiction, b) your book comes out from a big publisher with a lot of lawyers, and c) you’re already a megaselling author with a huge international following. Granted, I can’t recall ever seeing That Word used as part of a title, so there may be limits in place no matter what your standing.

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And now, at long last, the main event.

The other day a friend sent me an odd book recommendation. It wasn’t the best book she’d ever read. The characters acted in ways that left her going, “WTF?” Which didn’t stop her from finishing it, or reading other books in the series. They are, in the parlance, page turners.

Yeah, I know how that is. I’ve read The Da Vinci Code. And Twilight. And The Firm. Dear Gawd, The Firm. The critic who wrote, “Grisham’s characters give new meaning to the word ‘cardboard,’” hit it right on the nose.

Didn’t matter. I couldn’t stop turning those pages, cardboard characters and all.

There’s a difference between good writing and good storytelling. It’s possible to have one without the other, as many bestsellers have proven. If forced to choose, I’d rather have good storytelling. The story is what really matters, not how well or how poorly it’s written. The story’s why we’re reading in the first place.

I don’t mind bad books, but they have to be good bad books. The ones that have that certain magic something that makes you keep turning the pages. Twilight had it. The Hunger Games had it, along with better writing than Twilight. Stephen King’s books have it by the bucketload. Stevie himself has admitted he’s not the world’s greatest writer. Sometimes he hits the bar, sometimes he misses. But damn, can he tell one hell of a story. Bet that explains why he's popular.

For the movie equivalent, I give you Star Wars. Think about it. Once you get past the rousing score and the special effects, the movie’s not that good. The plot’s older than prostitution. The characters are one-dimensional ciphers. The dialogue is clunky and clichéd. (Harrison Ford reportedly told George Lucas, “You can type this shit, but you can’t say it.”) Lucas himself didn’t think his “little space movie” would amount to anything. When it premiered in Hollywood, he was on vacation in Hawaii.

How many times did you and your buddies see Star Wars back in 1977? In my neighborhood, it packed ‘em in tight enough to play for a solid year. So what if the plot was creaky and the dialogue sucked? Lookit that friggin’ spaceship! That movie had a ton of magic, and we kept going back again and again to bask in its glow.

Imagine doing that in a book. The words and phrases and sentences you use may not be the best you could have picked, but it doesn’t matter. Your intent, your emotions, the magic overwhelms even clumsy word choices. Do it right and the reader won't even notice you. They'll be caught up in the story, even if it’s illogical, or the characters, cardboard though they are. They may throw the book against the wall, but not until after they’ve finished it.

Congratulations. You have just succeeded as a writer.

How do you learn storytelling? Wish I knew. The best you can do is read, read, read. If a book is bad but you can’t put it down, that’s the one you study. If it’s just bad, with no redeeming qualities, well hey, pick a wall.

Remember, even truly bad books have their uses. They’re proof that even crappy prose gets bought and published. If these turds made it onto the shelves, your chances just improved. Happy storytelling!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ October 27, 2014

Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #321 


Now it begins worldwide... the RESURRECTION OF POWER to the people. Amidst the global chaos, and the breakdown of society, HUMANKIND RISES to seize the reins once again.

On the AWAKENING front, now benign cosmic forces are RE-AWAKENING the true human soul, and with it, igniting the ability to be powerful, to express power in every area of your life.

For, there has been a ruthless, centuries-old campaign to keep the real power of humanity contained, and UNKNOWN to most of us. This diabolical veil is lifting at this time. That is the GIFT of this Samhain season.

On the magickal, mystical front, during this 'critical' supernatural week the 'Mages of Ages Lost' swing their lightblades in a relentless attack on the black-hearted Viper elite.  For, these soulless ones are being exposed in their endtimes' acts of evil.

However, as this sinister underbelly is constantly revealed to the people, a madness will grip some. On the other side, many who own strong natures will bring forth their warrior natures. They will successfully battle those who would destroy humanity and Mother Earth.

On the personal front, a key week for many as nefarious forces gather to overwhelm all of us. Center your thoughts on home and family. Care for yourself and your loved ones as much as possible, including your animal loved ones. For, this will create an atmosphere of GOODNESS, absolutely essential for these difficult times.

On the good side, opportunities abound to move ahead in your life. As always, check out what comes your way before you leap. But once you do, and all 'feels' right, then take that crucial leap.

As well, likely, there will be a monstrous amount of greed and bad coming at us like super-speed bullets for the rest of the year, 2014. Beware and stay out of harm's way.

On the paranormal front, the time of Halloween/Samhain is upon us. This year will feature bigtime 'oddities'. Also, the 'supernaturals' surrounding us will emerge ever faster. For, the dimensional walls are thin with many portals and windows.

Also, the opportunity at this paranormal time is to meet your own eternal soul face-to-face. More than ever, we are all in need of our latent soul abilities. This is part of reclaiming our personal power.

On the land changes front, Here Comes the Sun ... From a November 2012 forecast: "earthquakes, volcanoes, superstorms, and the exploding sun, oh my!"

Also, from the September 28, 2014 forecast: "As the year 2014 ends, superstorm weather hits more frequently. Remember, dare to prepare. Further, CMEs from the sun lash the Earth's atmosphere, causing significant communication glitches."

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Powerful X-Class solar flares hit Earth, cause radio blackouts – largest sunspot seen in 24 years"

Plus, as stated in previous forecasts, ocean-bottom volcanoes have now been proven by mapping the ocean floor: HEADLINE: "Thousands of undersea volcanoes revealed in new map of ocean floor"

And, on the volcano front, HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Kilauea Lava Flow May Force Evacuations in Hawaii
A searing lava flow may force evacuations in Pahoa, Hawaii, a small town on the eastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island, this week." ~accuweather.com~

On the economic front, globally, the proverbial poop is hitting the wind turbine engines. Prepare for more areas of collapse, and continuing collapse. All while the obscenely 'criminal-thug' rich, just keep getting richer by going berserker -- or continuing their economic rape, pillage, and plunder of the people.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "13 EUROPEAN BANKS FLUNK TEST, MUST RAISE MONEY: must increase their capital buffers against losses by 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion)"

On the cyber war front, HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Officials warn 500 million financial records hacked ~ USA Today - Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building... About 35% of the thefts were from website breaches, 22% were from cyberespionage, 14% occurred at the point of sale when someone bought something at a retail store, and 9% came when someone swiped a credit or debit card, the FBI said."

Meanwhile, on the 'another one bites the dust' front, HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "More dead banksters illuminate taking care of business goodfellows style: Another Deutsche Banker And Former SEC Enforcement Attorney Commits Suicide"  ~countdowntozerotime.com/2014/10/25/more-dead-banksters-illuminate-taking-care-of-business-goodfellows-style-another-deutsche-banker-and-former-sec-enforcement-attorney-commits-suicide~

On the truth front, this will be a MIXED BAG week of conflicting information and messages, as disseminated by the presstitute-bimbo media. This is all about establishing dominance through the tool of CONFUSION, or confusing the people nonstop. Thus, to make them emotionally vulnerable and compliant to authority.

Now it becomes ever more critical to hang onto your own COMMON SENSE, and to exercise your ability to discern the TRUTH. This 'discernment' or 'gut knowing' is part of your very being, and will become stronger with use.

On the war front, the invasion of Africa or Africom goes full speed ahead at this point in history. However, all will not go as smoothly as the Viper-elite cabal plan on. Not only will China and Russia 'back' their forces on the dark continent, but the peoples of Africa will battle back. Likely, this will become obvious by the middle of the year, 2015.

Meanwhile, the unholy war mess that is the Middle East goes doubly explosive on several fronts. While it will appear as though the bad-guy jihadis are winning, this is NOT TRUE. There are secret militias and armies being quickly built, and overall, the people in this region have had enough.

On the tyranny-at-work front, this week, watch the terrible rise of Medical Martial Law. While it is only common sense to isolate and treat victims of a contagious disease, this will eventually be used as a Machiavellian excuse to round up and corral the people.

In the near future, there *could be* virtual 'lockdowns' of major cities. Now, as never before, it is time to move into smaller towns, and out on the land. For, once a real contagion begins in a crowded city environment, there is no containment. Also, for those who survive the viral outbreak, you will be used like lab rats.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "2010 Rockefeller Foundation Document Envisions Pandemic Police State Scenario
Mikael Thalen | “Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified."

On the communication front, the BIG BROTHER NANNY STATE makes its 'twilight zone' move against the people... likely, within a month's time, the cyber airwaves will be completely commandeered by the dark-side establishment in the guise of providing a time-crucial warning.

While a *real* warning communication system is a good thing, in these times it's all about controlling the people for the benefit of the murderous, manipulative fed-state.

On the home front, The Gigundis Land Grab Accelerates ... at this time, the ubiquitous fed agencies and cartel-rich are using everything in their bag of evil tricks to LAND GRAB from the innocent and good among us. For, they believe their superior MIGHT MAKES THEM RIGHT in every heinous and criminal act they perpetrate.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Stunning federal corruption case moving forward with almost no media attention
So far, aside from the local paper, the Sacramento Bee, it is only Sidney Powell of the New York Observer, writing in the opinion pages of that publication that has paid attention to what should be a prominent national media scandal. In brief, the Sierra Pacific Industries, a lumber producer, was accused by the federal government of starting a large wildfire, and fined $55 million, and compelled to hand over title to 22,500 acres of land. The only problem is that the prosecution was allegedly corrupt, and knowingly submitted false evidence."  ~americanthinker.com/blog/2014/10/stunning_federal_corruption_case_moving_forward_with_almost_no_media_attention.html~

However, many are now battling back against land grabs. This activism will only grow exponentially in the coming year.

On the food front, during the times ahead, more of us will come to love the land and cherish its abundance. Homesteading at various levels is a trend that becomes ever more popular, and explodes once Spring 2015 arrives.

On the frankenfood front, HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "We’re Beating Monsanto! Yes to GMO Labeling Prop is Winning 49 to 44 in Oregon
Christina Sarich | The measure would ensure that the labeling of genetically modified foods was mandatory."

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Los Angeles Will Not be Denied: City Council may Decide on GMO-Free
On October 21st, Los Angeles City Council will vote on a citizens’ request to go GMO-free." ~naturalsociety.com~

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Maui, Hawaii Tries to Oust Monsanto: Vote for GMO Initiative Due Nov. 4th
Maui residents have signed a petition to push Monsanto off of their land for good by prohibiting GMO cultivation & more." ~naturalsociety.com~

On the energy front, as the health care system continues to degrade overall, and the hospitals breakdown due to 'superbug' infestation, there will be a revival of energy-frequency healing machines and methods. While 'energy medicine' already enjoys a certain level of popularity in the alternative fields, now this 'frequency healing' will go into hyperdrive, and there will be great advances made.

On the really bad news front, Own a small business? BEWARE! the IRS is looking to steal more of your hard-owned money. Never mind you've committed no crime whatsoever.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required
NY Times | “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?” The federal government does."

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: “They Just Want The Money!” The IRS Can Now Seize Accounts On Suspicion Alone ~ Zero Hedge ~ October 27, 2014
“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”
The federal government does.
~prisonplanet.com/they-just-want-the-money-the-irs-can-now-seize-accounts-on-suspicion-alone.html~

On the good news front, as more of the people WAKE UP to the reality that is life on Earth, and WAKE UP to who has been secretly 'running the show', revolt ramps up fast across the globe, and many more take to the streets.

This will cause the domino effect. For, the freedom to run your own life, is 'breath' to many, and they will not consent to tyranny.

On the global mafia cabal front, this week the financial realm goes explosive internally. This is because the infighting becomes even more extreme. Look for more death/suicides and high-level resignations during the coming months.

This week or next, one or more of the *too big to fail banks* will likely shake, rattle, and almost roll over. However, their bacon will be saved at the last minute... all on the backs of the taxpaying public.

On the heroine and hero front, all those BRAVE ONES running and working for small businesses in these challenging, 'keep the people down' times. Keep the faith, and look for out-of-the-box, 'renegade' ways to continue.

On the freedom front, this month, the looming civil war will be highlighted by many 'obvious' events. For, there is a contingent in the dark-side establishment who are determined to foment divisiveness to the point that a war between the militarized police and freedom lovers breaks out.

However, many White Hats and Benevolents are working to stop this type of disastrous conflict. Simultaneously, they are assisting those in the liberty movement from behind the scenes.

On the internet front, HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Hungarians revolt against Internet tax (PHOTOS, VIDEO) ~ RT - Furious with the government plan to impose tax on Internet data traffic, thousands of Hungarians rallied in front of the Economy Ministry in Budapest to protect the freedom of the internet from the “anti-democratic” measure."

Trendwise, hang on for the wild wacky weird ride that is Earth right now. And know, the ride will only get wilder, wackier, and weirder. This is a time to know your inner self as never before. Like the center of the cyclone, this will be your center of peace.

Also, by design of the dark-side controllers, the court system has become a corrupt and cruel fist ceaselessly beating humanity down.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Hollow Justice and Courts of Order in an Age of Government-Sanctioned Tyranny ~ John W. Whitehead | Justice in America makes less sense with each passing day."

THIS WEEK, bask in the golden sunshine of Autumn, and enjoy crunching the fallen leaves beneath your feet. Simply be with Nature. 


   Angelic blessings from Volcano & Sedona
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MORE...Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ sirenbookstrand.blogspot.com ~
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Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~ 

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Sexy Saturday ~ Kandy Apple and Her Hellhounds ~ damn ghosts

http://bookstrand.com/kandy-apple-and-her-hellhounds

Sexy Saturday kisses, everyone.

Given the witchy season is here, I'm sharing *seven plus seven* paragraphs from my Halloween-theme erotic romance menage, KANDY APPLE AND HER HELLHOUNDS. In this snippet, Kandace is escaping detection by the security guards on duty at the swanky charity art event. 

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The instant the doorway cleared, Kandace made a beeline for it. As she escaped, she wished she’d thought to take off her heels. Still, she’d worn her mid-thigh bouffant skirt since it didn’t hinder her.

Hastily, she minced her way to the staircase, and quickly descended. She huffed breaths because the bodice of her fire-red dress was tight as a corset.

Even though she remained invisible, Kandace felt relieved she saw no one. She wasn’t without mass. Someone could definitely feel her.

Oh crap, oops. There had been no one on the stairway when she’d just looked.

Now, two brawny men in matching dark suits pistoned their legs, trotting up the stairs. Thinking, yet acting on instinct, Kandace clambered astride the banister. Thank the Goddess, it was a straight slide to the bottom now.

She whooshed downward easily because of her expensive pantyhose. As she whizzed past the two super security guys, her skirt brushed the thigh of one. Hardly breaking stride, he glanced back.

“Felt one of your damn ghosts,” he growled to his partner.

“Told you the place is haunted,” his partner replied.

“Yeah, yeah. Casper isn’t happy tonight.”

“No one’s happy tonight with that painting disappearing right beneath our noses.”

“We’ll get the bastard, or fucking bastards.”

“Yeah, no cat burglar is that good.”

I am that good. For I am the notorious cat witch burglar.

Squinching her eyes shut, Kandace prepared herself for a collision with the Roman-style column at the end of the banister. 

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For more of My Sexy Saturday ~mysexysaturday.blogspot.com
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Blurb ~

Kandace doesn’t know why she’s a real witch. Despite her powers, she can’t find her bio parents. When the Tuxedo Twins tempt her with knowledge about her heritage at a charity event, Kandace agrees to dance with the mysterious Supernaturals. Unexpectedly, they are threatened by the omnipresent evil she’s been warned about in her dreams. To keep from being enslaved, Kandace brings forth her greater magick. But, to save her homeworld, she needs her hellhounds.

Zolivar and Zindale, two of Hades’ most mission-accomplished Hellhounds, see a witch sliding down the bannister after her heist of a painting. Spellbound, they know they’ve found just the right Kandy Apple to lick for Halloween. With every passion, Zin and Zol woo their chosen witch. Yet, will their Triad mate stay once she learns they can’t fall in love like humans? Or, will she return to her homeworld? Their very lives are at stake.
 
 
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 Available at ~ http://bookstrand.com/kandy-apple-and-her-hellhounds ~ and the usual ebook and print vendors. 
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Have a sexy magical week ~

Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Do, or Do Not


Good news for me: the logjam that’s been blocking my writing muscle finally loosened up, and I’m back to working on a book. I don’t want to say any more because I don’t want to jinx it. This particular WIP wasn’t high up on my list, but I know it’s the one. Why? Because my mind has starting supplying me with solutions to the problems that caused me to trunk it in the first place. For instance, I knew there had to be a confrontation between the good guy and the bad guy, but the good guy was physically outclassed. He’d have to outthink his opponent. Earlier this week I figured out how he does it. Now I’ve got ideas for scenes I can use to set up the climactic fight scene while also building the relationship between the characters and furthering the story. Damn, I’m good.

Best of all, an abused animal now gets to take on-screen revenge on the bad guy. That’ll make Savanna happy. Wins all around!

This book is part of our shared universe, so it’ll have to be self-published. That’s not a problem any more. I’ve already practiced formatting, though I didn’t upload. I’m saving that step for the porn. We’ve got two members in the group who do covers, so that’s, um, covered too.

Now all I have to do is type the porn draft into the laptop, format it, come up with a blurb that’s not too dirty, commission a cover, and upload. I’ve kind of been dragging my feet on these small but vital tasks. Procrastinating, in other words. That’s the one thing I’m really good at.

Trouble is, procrastination doesn’t put food on the table or bucks in my wallet. I’m going to have to put off the putting off, get the butt in gear, and actually do something.

This goes back to my mini-lecture of some weeks back, on how to go about getting a million dollars. What I said then still holds true: you have to work. Whether it’s for a paycheck or for your own benefit, eighty hours a week or forty or two, you have to work. It’s better to work smart than work hard, but “work” is still the operative verb in that sentence. Wishing and whining won’t cut it. Action is the only thing that will.

You have to create your product. You have to advertise it. You have to do market research, connect with your customers, find new customers and keep former ones interested. You have to stay alert for trends and changes in the market. If you’re not so good at one of these steps, you’d better find and hire somebody who is. Businesses won’t grow on their own. They have to be nurtured and maintained. To keep them going, you can’t just sit behind a desk and give orders. You have to do.

When you’re a writer, most of this is on you. You can hire an agent to market for you (recommended if you’re aiming for Big 5 publishing), and I suppose you could hire someone to do your promo for you (you think Stephen King ever stops by his own web site?), but most of the other stuff, especially creation of the product, is all in your lap, bunky. No writee, no money. It’s as simple as that.

I know what I need to do to translate my words into money. And I do do these things eventually. I’m still not the best at promo. I need to rectify that. I also need to knock off the put-offery and just sit down and do stuff. Like writing the stories, for starters.

I don’t know what’s holding me back. Maybe I’ve got a subconscious fear of success or something. Maybe I’m just plain lazy. Should I be calling Dr. Phil?

I don’t have much faith in Dr. Phil. Yoda said it better anyway. There is no try. Try is for procrastinators, lazy asses and losers. Do, or do not.

Because doing things is the only way things get done. When things get done and done right, you benefit from it. Your life gets better and you’re happier. You get to buy that car you want, and keep up the rent on your apartment—or even buy a house!—and food shows up on your plate on a regular basis and it ain’t just Ramen noodles, either. I like it when I can eat regular meals, and I enjoy having a car. And the rent is always due. This is what’s known as motivation.

I’m doing the right things, just not often enough. I’m working on fixing that. Starting with me getting back to finishing the draft of that book. I can work on self-pubbing the porn while my deathless prose cools off. I’m going to have at least one new story on the market before October’s over, see if I don’t.

Here’s what I want you folks to do: hold me to that. If I don’t have a draft finished or something up on Amazon by the end of the month, come here and yell at me. Make me feel like a lazy slug so I’ll get angry and do something other than watch TV. In return … well, I really can’t offer anything except something new for you to read. Best I can do. If you want cupcakes, go motivate a baker.

Hmmm … November’s coming up. National Write a Novel in a Month month. Do I dare … ? I’d better think about that one. Really, really hard.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Angelic Forecast from Volcano ~ October 20, 2014

Weekly Angelic Forecast from Volcano 

Straight from the Carnal Cherub himself...

Angelic Forecast ~ #320 


Miracles and Mayhem ... the world goes topsy turvy at this time on the cosmic calendar. Hang on for the bucking bronco ride.

On the AWAKENING front, the AWAKENING FLASHPOINT is here. At this turnpoint toward the Aquarian Age many of us will be altering our course in life. While for some of us this change in path will be a series of subtle events... however, for most of us the motivation to change our direction in life will be strong and immediate.

Know this, if there appears to be no way, a WAY will open up before us. For, this is a soul appointment.

On the magickal, mystical front, this week the 'Mages of Ages Lost' use spooky scare tactics on those who sinisterly cast forth the power of magick against humankind. Think the dreams of *Scrooge* meet the movie "Nightmare on Elm Street".

Out of this, *some* of the so-called, corrupt 'rich and powerful' will make amends, thus mending their evil ways. However, many will not accept this message, and will reap the fire-tornadic winds of hell.

On the personal front, the cosmic dynamics from the previous week continues, and only heightens.

"... lots of high-flying moments this week, and likely lots of low spots... this will be a slam-bash time for many. The way to navigate your way through is to listen to your gut while respecting your own inner wisdom.

Also, heartbreak and/or heart love could become central in your life. If there is heartbreak, this will pass and bring blessings. If this is a heart-loving time, treasure every moment, and nourish the relationship(s) -- pets included, of course. For, this is part of humanity's evolution-revolution renaissance."

As well, this week, a major opportunity is likely to rear up. Give it the eagle eye, and if it looks good, hop on and go for the big wild ride.

On the paranormal front, at the approach of All Hallow's Eve it's time to lift the barriers inside your mind. Glimpse your deepest fantasies. Take a step into otherworlds, whatever unique worlds you observe in your mind's eye. This exploration can be in any realm or in several realms.

Another opportunity is to see parts of yourself that have been off limits. Then, ask yourself: What psychic and/or super powers do you want?

And say, what about all those UFOS being reported these days? Here's one HEADLINE-SNIPPET:

"UFO Turns Night Into Day In Recife, Brazil (Video) CONTRIBUTOR: Mort Amsel. via Disclose TV A flash of light in northern Brazil was so bright that it illuminated the sky, temporarily making the dark night sky as bright as day. The incident occurred on the night of Wednesday, October 15 in Brazil’s Recife region. At approximately 10:20 p.m., witnesses saw a UFO... " ~beforeitsnews.com~

On the land changes front, from the previous week: "the season of the superstorm... for the next three months storms with fierce winds are likely to relentlessly lash various land and coastlines areas across the planet. Large earthquakes continue to shake, rattle, and roll Mother Earth. Look for more quake swarms.

Volcanic activity continues to increase worldwide, and there could be a major eruption on Hawaii in the near future." Plus, don't forget the sinkholes forming all over the planet at this time.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Terrifying Tornado Clusters on the Rise
Tornadoes are touching down in clusters more often than 50 years ago, a new study reports. On some days, more than 30 twisters strike the United States." ~accuweather.com~

On the truth front, this week, another UGLY TRUTH about the dark-side establishment goes viral across the country. This will be about the deliberate destruction of the economy, plus the resulting chaos of a 'possible' pandemic.
As people prepare to 'shelter in place' , DISTRUST of the system will reach an all time high. Also, upcoming events will cause both outright revolt, and a general shunning of authority figures in many key areas of the country.

Keep close watch on the evolving situation to take care of yourself and your loved ones.

On the economic front, all 'hellacious hell' breaks loose, especially inside the top-echelon ranks of the financial world. Meanwhile, the world quakes, on the brink of a devastating cascade in the stock markets.

Also, the cyber war raging in the big-bank empire will only escalate, even with a potential truce in the offing. Further, the White Hat hackers are planning another bombastic attack that will likely create a series of online glitches.

Now, as more of the people WAKE UP to the berserker greed of the bankster gangster crowd, there will be a resurgence in local trade-barter economies. While this has already been happening, now alternative economies will mushroom, especially in rural areas of the country.

On the war front, this week, it's all about the dangerous undercurrents. A quiet, ongoing mutiny is taking place in the rank and file of the military. This is one reason more troops are being sent out of country.

Likely, in the military, there will be a behind-the-scenes coup d'éta this week, or next. This means a public schism will form between the administration and a large faction of the military.

In the near future, there 'could' be an open campaign by this military faction to garner the support of the people. That is, to sway public opinion toward their goal of reclaiming the government from the mega-tentacle corporations.

On the tyranny-at-work front, the SWAT Team nation is here.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Obama: Ebola 'SWAT teams' to respond to infections
USA Today - President Obama has directed the Centers for Disease Control to dispatch rapid response "SWAT teams" of Ebola experts to any local hospital with an infected patient within 24 hours. Obama's announcement followed a Cabinet-level meeting at the White House Wednesday to deal with the government's response to the Ebola outbreak."

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: VIDEO: "Sleeping 7-year-old girl shot in head during no-knock police raid on wrong home
Police State USA - A Special Response Team shattered a family’s window in the middle of the night, hurled a flashbang onto a couch next to a sleeping girl, then charged in and shot her in the head. The hyper-aggressive tactics were made worse by the fact that police had taken it upon themselves to raid both sides of a duplex, when their suspect was only known to reside in one of them."

On the communication front, the chasm in the population grows ever wider, between those who see the TRUMAN SHOW humanity has been diabolically trapped in, and those who refuse to acknowledge its existence. This will bring greater strife, and a deeper division within the general populace.

Meanwhile, advanced frequency technologies are being used by the dark-side controllers to halt and modify spiritual ascension. Thus, to replace the Divine with an AI god.

On the home front, panic looms around the idea of a pandemic for some. However, there are those who refuse to get aboard this fearbola train. While they are preparing to hunker bunker down, and protect themselves, they refuse to succumb to the contagion of panic. For, this only serves the beast establishment's endgame against humanity.

During this coming week, via the bimbo-presstitute media, the lies pile up like sewer rats in New York City. This will be on all fronts, including Ebola.

On the food front, the massive exposure of pesticide-contaminated foods, and the truth about GM/GMO frankenfoods, only accelerates at this time. This will cause a stampede toward homegrown food, and small farm/ranching products.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "How would you feel if you found out that a popular brand of tortilla corn chips you’ve been buying – specifically because their packaging states they are GMO-free – was FULL of GMO corn?
After testing 6 different packages, Consumer Reports found that Xochitl "Non-GMO" tortilla chips actually contains up to 75% GMO corn!" ~naturalsociety.com~

On the good food news front: "Austin Business Diverts Food Scraps to Organic Gardens ~ One Austin company is diverting more than 100 tons of food scraps to community gardens – by bicycle. ~naturalsociety.com~

On the energy front, the violet ray of ascension strengthens striking those who are ready to receive this gift from the GOOD angelic realm. This will show up as more kindness, and as more empathy.

For, in our society people are starved not just for LOVE, but for expressions of true caring. However, take care in offering your kindness. Discern who will accept and who will not. There is no sense -- no badge of honor -- in having your act of kindness turned against you like a weapon.

On the really bad news front, the CDC fumble, the continued bumble, then the tumble from grace. Trust in the Center for Disease Control has been eliminated, as it should be.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "Ebola Turns Dallas Hospital Into A ‘Ghost Town’ – Virus Could Destroy U.S. Healthcare System
CONTRIBUTOR: Extinction Protocol: 2012 Earthchanges and News Event. October 2014 – DALLAS – The Dallas nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital have been moved from the building, but patients are still steering clear of the once-bustling hospital. People have called to cancel outpatient procedures, and some have even opted not to..." ~beforeitsnews.com~

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "5,700 hospitals in the United States; only four have biohazard isolation units suitable for Ebola patients
(NaturalNews) The mouthpiece of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Thomas Frieden, thinks Americans should calm down about the whole Ebola outbreak and just trust the government. In the event of more Ebola cases, he recently stated..."

On the good news front, the people battle back against those 'authorities' who are beyond stupid, those who are psychopathically corrupt. For, a national strike has been called to stop commercial flights from Ebola-stricken countries.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "#StopEbolaStrike: National Strike to Force Obama to Block West African Flights
Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones | Administration committing criminal neglect by failing to secure America against outbreak."

Meanwhile... HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "White House Deletes Petition to Stop Ebola
Kit Daniels | Americans can only petition their government if they follow “terms and conditions,” according to White House."

On the global mafia cabal front, *division* among the soul-corrupt minions is the key word for this week. For, cooperation among the mafia-cabal elite is waning fast. Look for major fireworks between the global leadership during this coming week, and as the year 2014 ends.

Meanwhile, a billionaire faction realizes the golden-goose middle class is being destroyed, and is now using common sense to encourage and bring forth a friendly form of capitalism. This movement will take root, and go worldwide, but will eventually morph into win-win business scenarios for ALL.

On the heroine and hero front, all the whistleblowers, and all those who are bravely revealing the TRUTHS around Ebola -- and all the bio-weapons being deployed against humanity -- especially bio warfare against specific race groups.

On the freedom front, now the freedom stealers are on all fronts, and coming at humankind like a horde of killer bees. However, the liberty movement exponentially expands in the face of every sinister attack, fire-storming across the world.

Despite the relentless march toward martial law, as orchestrated at the top by the Viper elite, this wildfire of freedom refuses to die.  For, those of GOOD WILL  and GOOD HEART rule the moral high ground.

Trendwise, more of the American people are WAKING UP to what is called Agenda 21. This is the U.N.'s covert plan to corral humankind and keep us penned up in sardine-cramped cities -- in apartments often smaller than prison cells. Even as they and their petty-creepy minions seize all the land.

HEADLINE-SNIPPET: "BO’s 1 MILLION Acres Federal Land Grab
CURATOR: John Rolls. Flying under the proverbial radar, but something that should concern any who think Big Government should not be allowed to continue getting bigger, is the rapid pace at which the Obama administration is gobbling up lands and putting it under the control of the federal government. Currently Barack Obama..." ~beforeitsnews.com~

From a prior forecast, this *trend* goes supernova... "widespread instant communication via electronic devices becomes the new Paul Revere. At the same time, biometrics using these same electronic devices, is being deployed, and is all about digital slavery.

For, Sky Net is here, and watching everyone's communication. However, the BRAVE ONES, and the so-called White Hats, are battling to destroy this sci fi-tech network."

THIS WEEK, let the autumnal sunlight bathe you and illuminate your spirit. Walk upon Mother Earth and listen to her many songs. Some are just for you. 


   Angelic blessings from Volcano & Sedona
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MORE...Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ sirenbookstrand.blogspot.com ~
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Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance ~ 


Friday, October 17, 2014

My Sexy Saturday ~ Kandy Apple and Her Hellhounds ~ a cat-thief mission

http://bookstrand.com/kandy-apple-and-her-hellhounds

Sexy Saturday kisses, everyone.

Given the witchy season is here, I'm sharing seven paragraphs from my Halloween-theme erotic romance menage, KANDY APPLE AND HER HELLHOUNDS. In this snippet, Kandace is on a cat-thief mission. 
 
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Grabbing a breath, Kandace crept toward the door. This time she expanded her awareness to the interior, checking for anyone else, before turning the knob.

The door cooperated as if she'd put a spell on it. Slipping inside, she closed the door so there was not the tiniest sound. She pivoted around and waved her hand, creating a soft illumination.

Paintings adorned all four walls of the private office. A mixture of modern, impressionism, and realism, they were all forgeries, to her utter astonishment.

That is, except for the painting Kandace planned to steal back. Of course, many collectors had forgeries done of their prize pieces, keeping the real art in secure underground vaults that were, more often than not, lavish showrooms.

Psi-detecting forgeries had become a magickal specialty of hers, ever since Kandace's sister, Meredith—also adopted by her parents—had opened up her own small art gallery, then been tricked by a man supposedly selling his original.

Curious, Kandace roved her gaze over the eclectic selection of paintings, unconcerned about surveillance measures. There would be none in this keep-all-deals-under-the-table office for the rich and famous.

While something pricked at her about the collection, something she didn't have time to figure out, Kandace moved toward the painting stolen from her friend. Valerie and her husband had found the early Frederic Remington painting at an estate sale. 
 
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Blurb ~

Kandace doesn’t know why she’s a real witch. Despite her powers, she can’t find her bio parents. When the Tuxedo Twins tempt her with knowledge about her heritage at a charity event, Kandace agrees to dance with the mysterious Supernaturals. Unexpectedly, they are threatened by the omnipresent evil she’s been warned about in her dreams. To keep from being enslaved, Kandace brings forth her greater magick. But, to save her homeworld, she needs her hellhounds.

Zolivar and Zindale, two of Hades’ most mission-accomplished Hellhounds, see a witch sliding down the bannister after her heist of a painting. Spellbound, they know they’ve found just the right Kandy Apple to lick for Halloween. With every passion, Zin and Zol woo their chosen witch. Yet, will their Triad mate stay once she learns they can’t fall in love like humans? Or, will she return to her homeworld? Their very lives are at stake.
 
 
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 Available at ~ http://bookstrand.com/kandy-apple-and-her-hellhounds ~ and the usual ebook and print vendors. 
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My latest shapeshifter release is HER MIDNIGHT STARDUST COWBOYS, a ShapeShifter Seductions Presents Novel.  
 
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Have a sexy magical week ~

Savanna

Savanna Kougar ~ Run on the Wild Side of Romance  
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Inch by Inch


It’s official: Little by little, I’m working my way toward self-publishing. I have a finished story. Yeah, it’s some porn I intend to slip past Amazon, but it’s a start. I’ve read the Smashwords formatting guide and practiced on a file, though I didn’t get around to uploading. Uploading a file is the only true test of self-publishing. The porn file is a lot shorter than the book I was practicing on. I’m hoping that means fewer glitches.

Why the sudden urge to plunge into the self-pub pond? Mostly for the shot at a little extra income. And I do mean “little.” I’ve been skimming through other writers’ self-publishing diaries over on Absolute Write. Some haven’t done very well. Others have. A lot are having better sales than I have, and I’ve got a publisher. I don’t know what that says about my marketing efforts, or my writing ability. I can see I have a lot of aspects to work on.

However, nobody’s earning in the Stephen King ranges, and I don’t hear about too many people making a living at it. Essentially, it works out to gas and grocery money. That’s fine. I always need gas and groceries.

On the other hand, there was the contestant on Jeopardy last night, the (male) romance novelist. He said he wrote his first book to get a couple extra bucks to pay for an engagement ring. His second book paid for the wedding. He’s been writing romance ever since. I’d love to know under what name, and for which publisher, if any. Enough success stories like these make the news to give the rest of us hope. In a lot of our cases it may be false hope, but it’s hope nevertheless.

What will I be publishing? My usual genres, romance and fantasy/SF. Any Talbot’s Peak novels I write need to be legit publisher-free because of copyright reasons. What happens if I write a TP book and it becomes a hit? I didn’t create that world. Guess we’ll worry about that after I actually finish one of my TP books. I also have over a dozen old fantasy short stories I wrote and had published in magazines and anthologies back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I’m pretty sure I own the copyright to those, but I can check with the publishers and make sure. A little reworking and I can put them up on Smashwords and Amazon for a buck apiece. Anything I get from those is gravy.

And, of course, the porn. I think I may have finally come up with a name nobody else has. All the Anita Dicks in the world are now safe. They should thank me.

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Another minor concern came up while I was researching covers. There are sites from which you can download stock photos, and free formatting programs are available. However, I think I’ll leave cover design to the designers for now. For the Talbot’s Peak books we have two designers in the group, so I’ll turn to them when the time finally comes. Anything else, like those short stories or porn, I’ll have to buy a cover for. That’s okay; I have a PayPal account that’s just sitting there. Just as long as I don’t have to spend too much for it. I mean, it’s porn and reprints, after all.

Luckily, there’s a site called Fiverr where you can buy services for five dollars or so, and that includes ebook covers. I figure that’s good enough for porn.

I started looking into artists and their portfolios, and that’s where I hit a snag. Quite a few of those cover designers, especially those with the highest ratings, are home-based outside the US. We’re talking India and Barbados and places along those lines. It’s always India or Barbados. Why don’t graphic designers live in Ireland or Wales?

Normally I don’t object to artists making a comfortable living. That’s my goal, after all. But this hits a personal sore spot. My best job ever was a home typing job for a printing firm. I lost it when the company shipped it to India. I lived maybe three blocks away, and it was still cheaper to send the work overseas. A hundred and thirty women were cast out in the street. Years later I went back to work for that company again, as a copy editor. That job lasted less than a year when the company’s biggest customer decided to—yeah, you guessed it. That company’s gone now. Out of business. The whole industry, my main reason for moving to Lancaster County in the first place, is pretty much extinct.

That’s both the blessing and the problem with computer-based jobs. You can do them anywhere. When I see them being done in India, it triggers a lot of bad feelings. Therefore, no offense to any talented artists who might happen to live in or near the Pacific, but I’m going to buy American. Nothing but American-made covers for my porn. USA! USA!

Unless I find a cover designer from Ireland. My family’s mostly Irish. I don’t mind giving my green to the Irish. You guys rock!

That pretty much does it for all my excuses. Now all I need is the guts to take the plunge. When I do, you’ll hear it here first.