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Novel Magic: The Boyfriend Swap by Meredeth Schorr

 

I’m excited to announce that Sorchia’s Universe is now a host for Goddess Fish Promotions. While, we’ll usually stick to our favorite fare of paranormal, Gothic, or horror, every now and then we’ll share something that just sounds like fun like today’s selection.

The Boyfriend Swap is a Romantic Comedy by Meredith Schorr. Here’s the set up.

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Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorkers Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure. Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

 

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flaky actor beau.

 

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

 

Here’s a taste of The Boyfriend Swap

 

When my mom stood up and brought her dishes to the sink, I allowed myself a small breath. Dinner was almost over. Once my parents retired to their rooms, they’d leave us alone for the rest of the night. Perry could watch television in his room or listen to his music collection. I wanted to call Will and see how things were going with Robyn.

 

My mom turned away from the sink. “I have an idea. It’s a Wonderful Life is on television tonight. How about the four of us watch it?”

 

“I’m sure Dad has work he needs to do tonight. Right?” I turned to my dad, certain he’d never choose an old movie over work.

 

He stroked his chin. “A two-hour break wouldn’t kill me.”

 

I gripped my wineglass like a vice. What was happening here? I brought home an artist whose resume wouldn’t even qualify him as an actor on the D-list, and not only was my mom encouraging our relationship, but my dad was willing to lose billable time to watch a movie with him—a film all of us had probably seen at least ten times. “I think the movie is three hours long. Besides, Perry has that script he needs to rehearse for an audition. Don’t you, hon?” I widened my eyes at Perry.

 

Perry nodded. “Cherry’s right.”

 

I smiled. Thank God.

 

“But it can wait until later.”

 

I was going to kill him in his sleep.

Meet Meredith

 

A born-and-bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to. After trying her hand penning children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing romantic comedy and humorous women’s fiction. She secures much inspiration from her day job as a hardworking trademark paralegal and her still-single (but looking) status. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan, an avid runner, and an unashamed television addict. To learn more, visit her at www.meredithschorr.com.

 

 

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Book Blast: Duets and Dominance by Anya Summers

Something a little different this week. Sorchia’s Universe is teaming up with Goddess Fish Promotions to provide the occasional tasty morsel. Usually, we’ll stick with the paranormal, the freaky, the out of the ordinary. But life is full of alternatives and it’s always good to venture beyond the boundaries of your safe little world. Today, we give you a steamy peek at the world of Doms and Subs in an erotic romance by Anya Summers.

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Duets & Dominance by Anya Summers

 

Elizabeth “Lizzie” von Klepper has a problem of epic proportions—she’s the oldest virgin in the world. Invited to perform on Pleasure Island with her best friend Solomon, she devises a plan to seduce him, and rid herself of that infernal status. After all, they shared a mind-blowing kiss a year ago and that has to count for something, right?

 

Solomon Ventura adores Lizzie. She’s been his best friend since their humble beginnings at Julliard, but deep down he’s yearned for her. For more. And ever since he tasted her, a stolen kiss he hasn’t been able to forget, he cannot seem to stop his mind from conjuring up myriad fantasies with Lizzie in the starring role. But he’s not the man for her. She’s light where he is dark, and his brand of love would shatter the only woman he’s ever cared about.

 

Will the best friends move their relationship out of the friendzone? Or will a week spent on pleasure island destroy them both?

 

Excerpt (Warning–There be graphic language here)

This place would be good for him. He already planned to stay past their performance week. If he had to fuck his way through the sub pool on the island—as well as any single subs who visited—to thoroughly evict Lizzie from his lustful thoughts and put her back squarely in the friend column, then that was what he was going to do.

 

The private balcony off his room had a clear view of the ocean. The waves undulated, an endless movement of shimmering turquoise and cobalt. Sol inhaled a few steadying breaths. Lizzie wasn’t for him. She was too pure, too sweet, and just too good for a man like him.

 

But Christ did she look good, better even than when he’d seen her in Scotland.

 

Lizzie was the type of woman suited to candlelight and gentle lovemaking. Sol wasn’t that kind of man, never had been. It wasn’t that he wasn’t a good man, he just wasn’t good for her. She wouldn’t survive his brand of love, and Solomon couldn’t be satisfied without being a Dominant.

 

That didn’t mean he’d forget that one stolen kiss. Far from it. One touch, a simple brushing of lips, and every part of his being had stampeded to the forefront, eager to stake its claim. That Lizzie belonged to him.

 

If only that were true.

 

They were friends. It was better that way. She deserved better. Were he to turn the full brunt of his desires in her direction, she’d run screaming into the night. As she should, because a good girl shouldn’t tangle with the big bad wolf. His brand of dominance would leave her shattered. Solomon must have control, otherwise it put him on a slippery slope toward utter ruin.

 

And he’d never be able to live with himself if he destroyed such perfection.

 

Meet Anya Summers

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

 

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

 

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Don’t miss these exciting titles by Anya Summers and Blushing Books!

 

Dungeon Fantasy Club Series

Her Highland Master, Book 1

To Master and Defend, Book 2

Two Doms for Kara, Book 3

His Driven Domme, Book 4

Her Country Master, Book 5

Love Me, Master Me, Book 6

Submit To Me, Book 7

Her Wired Dom, Book 8

 

Pleasure Island Series
Her Master & Commander, Book 1
Her Music Masters, Book 2
Their Shy Submissive, Book 3
Her Undercover Doms, Book 4

Her Lawful Master, Book 5
Her Rockstar Dom, Book 6
Duets & Dominance, Book 7
Ménage In Paradise, Book 8
Her Rodeo Masters, Book 9

 

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Novel Magic: Rule Breakers Soul Takers by Jacqueline Jayne

Happy Halloween, my darling Sorchialites! May your Samhain celebrations be enchanting and may your spells never backfire. (Seriously, let’s be careful out there. Nobody wants a repeat of the embarrassing toad debacle of ’07.)

Since Halloween falls on a Novel Magic Tuesday, we wanted to present something fitting for the season. And what’s better than a little trip through the Gates of Hell.

My guest, Jacqueline Jayne, explains the inspiration for her latest release. I hope you find it spookily intriguing.

Rule Breakers Soul Takers by Jacqueline Jayne.

Thanks so much for having me at Sorchia’s Universe to talk about my new release, RULE BREAKERS SOUL TAKERS, Book One of the Hell Runners Series.

The idea developed when I visited the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia. In the portico, before entering the museum, is the first bronze casting of Rodin’s Gates of Hell. Rodin based the Gates on Dante’s Inferno. The sculpture is huge, covered in suffering figures, writhing in agony.  At the top of the sculpture are miniatures of Rodin’s famous Three Shades and The Thinker staring down in judgment.

Dark and detailed, the hairs stood up on the back of my neck while staring at it. Part of me wanted to turn away, but I was too intrigued. Turns out the Gates in Philadelphia are just one set of seven placed all over the world. Heart and brain embraced both the history and the scare factor.

What if Rodin sculpted the Gates as portals into Hell? And what if humans could pass through the bronze structures in Philadelphia and exit in Paris, or Seoul, or Stanford? And what if the humans turned out to be so gifted they could rescue souls from Hell, veritably stealing from Satan? And what if there were hidden doors in Hell that were escape hatches to Heaven?

The story details formulated fast through these questions. So I sat down and composed my own strange fake-history of Rodin, complete with a secret Society gone south and a band of present-day heroes, trying to expose the Society’s corruption while searching for Heaven’s secret doors.

I’d have to say the hardest and scariest part of writing the story was “demon shopping.” I needed a good villain that could withstand at least a three book story arc, so I researched demon legends. In the beginning I couldn’t sleep, dreaming about horned critters from the depths, willing to torture abandoned souls and mortals alike.

But I got over it. The romance between the rough around the edges hero and a smarty-pants heroine wouldn’t work without a lot of edge and a big payoff. I like a little humor, too plus added some life lessons and hot sex.

I hope readers have as much fun on the journey as I did writing it. Did I mention hot sex?

Now that you know the genesis of the book, here’s a little taste.

 

“We’re leaving the mother’s soul,” Prudence said, with a catch in her voice. “We have no choice.”

 

“No choice?” The shade’s ghostly eyes sank deep into his head.

 

“We don’t need you. Not this time.”

 

“I see.” His voice hissed like a radiator ready to blow, but his face sagged as if he might weep. “You—”

 

“Follow orders. For the greater good.”

 

“Greater good?” Niall huffed and stepped back, his clothes dissolving with each step.

 

Without another word, she walked, death-march slow, up the sidewalk.

 

Shit. Jesse knew damn well his partner wouldn’t be able to live with her decision. Not to mention his long-standing grudge against Baalberith. He’d pay heavily for disobeying orders. But he’d deal with the consequences later.

 

If he survived.

 

Before Niall disappeared, he motioned for the shade to move in close.

 

“She’s hell bent on following the rules, but I’m not. Get Prudence down the rabbit hole,” he whispered. “No matter what. I’ll take care of the minion.”

 

“Jesse—”

 

“I know. Save your breath. The only way out of Hell tonight is the hard way.”

 

The shade placed a hand over his heart, sighing through a grin.

 

“Railing against authority. I’ve so missed that. I’ll stay close at hand. Be aware, my friend, the demon will be upon you as soon as you exit. Confuse him with speed, if you can. You won’t like it, but Prudence runs fastest, it would be best if she took the mother and led the beast away.”

 

“No.” He shook his head emphatically. “We don’t split up. Ever. Especially not now.”

 

“Might I remind you, the child is off-limits? He only wants the mother. Though out of sight, Swift and I will be with her. By the time he realizes he’s been chasing the wrong Runner, you’ll be gone. We’ll follow you once the demon is out of sight.”

 

A rumble, deeper than thunder, filled Jesse’s brain. His head snapped from side to side searching for the source.

 

Brazenly close, the demon shimmered like a hologram, rapidly changing shapes as if considering his best self for the job. A brutally scarred man morphed into a crimson-skinned demon with elephant tusks and a long tail whipping electric sparks. In a blink, he crouched into a muscular panther, as sleek and shiny as a Maserati with protruding fangs and huge claws curved like Death’s scythe.

More firepower than needed to extract the mother’s soul. A demon so determined wanted extra recognition.

 

Like the kind earned by delivering a live Hell Runner to his master.

His heart pounded hot fear into his veins, quickening his thought process.

 

If Prudence couldn’t ditch the beast, she’d have to take to the woods. She’d never outrun it on the straight way home. This time she didn’t have the advantage.

 

But he did. He could see the beast if it chose invisibility at any point.

Before he could change his mind and leave the mother behind, he stomped up the walk.

 

Niall’s plan belonged in the shitter. His partner was going into the fissure first, even if he had to toss her in.

 

With luck, he’d lose the beast in the maze of houses and follow them soon. Without luck, he’d have to stare down Baalberith for the third time in his life.

 

Third time was so not the charm.

 

RULE BREAKERS, SOUL TAKERS is published by Hartwood Publishing and is currently available in ebook with the paperback edition out in November.

Get your own copy  Here.

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Follow Jacqueline at any of these places.

www.jacquelinejayneauthor.com

jacqueline.jayne.author@gmail.com

Facebook @jacquelinejayneauthor

 

Meet Jacqueline Jayne?

Jacqueline Jayne is a multi-award winning author of paranormal romance who writes what she loves to read—adventure laced with deep insights on the human condition and a hard-won happily-ever-after.

Her Hell Runners Series features fearless heroes and clever heroines determined to overthrow Hell’s demons while navigating the emotional ups and downs of falling in love.

Jacqueline enjoys everything paranormal and sci-fi, especially those Winchester Boys, Jon Snow and all things Star Trek. She loves spending time with her sports-crazy husband (even though she doesn’t get football or the infield fly rule) and their two sweet rescue cats.

Motivation for Murder

Happy Week before Halloween. I’ve got a morbid and disturbing post for your reading pleasure today but

First: the News

 

Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones is on sale for the ridiculous price of 99 Cents until November 3. GRAB IT NOW BECAUSE BOOK 2 WILL BE OUT SOON.

 

I’ve been blogging around this month. Here are links to massively entertaining posts.

 

 

Even Scottish Vampires Fall in Love

Frankenstein Characters

13 for Thursday

 

Three Zoraida Grey stories are finished and nearly ready to distribute FOR FREE. Look for an Email blast soon. Sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss it.

Let’s talk about murder and the motives thereof,

shall we?

Love, lust, lucre, and loathing—These 4 motives would seem to cover a multitude of sins, right? Turns there are as many variations on the theme as there are murderers. Author John LesCroart boiled these variations down to 14.

As I contemplate a new book, I’m looking for motives that ring true. Do you have a favorite? What might drive you to add just a soupçon of arsenic to the scones?

Motives for Murder:
(love, lust, lucre, and loathing)

  • To keep a secret
  • Revenge
  • Frustration/hate
  • Money/Greed
  • Sex/Jealousy
  • Property Dispute
  • Personal Vendetta
  • Political
  • Class Conflict
  • Narcotics
  • Other Felonies
  • Urge to Protect

While my little murder will be solved in eighty-thousand words or less, real life murderers stray from the safe world of literary murders. If you’re up for a macabre study, here are a few motives of real life murderers to brighten your day.

Woman, Mystery, Suspense, Hidden, Smoke

  • Ted Bundy killed more than 20 young women between the years of 1974 and 1978. He was executed in Florida in 1989.
    • “I haven’t blocked out the past. I wouldn’t trade the person I am, or what I’ve done – or the people I’ve known – for anything. So I do think about it. And at times it’s a rather mellow trip to lay back and remember. I just liked to kill, I wanted to kill. I want to master life and death.” Ted Bundy
  • The Zodiac Killer operated in norther California during the late 60s and early 70s. This killer was never caught and is responsible for at least 7 deaths.
    • “I like killing people because it is so much fun. It is more fun than killing wild game in the forest because man is the most dangerous animal of them all.” Zodiac Killer in one of the letters he sent to taunt the police.
    • The Zodiac Killer is also responsible for one of the best excuses for not finishing a research paper I ever heard. A high school student who was researching the Zodiac Killer (yes, I was that teacher—the one who gave weird assignments) came to me one day during my office hours and told me he needed to change his topic. I was surprised because he had been researching steadily and, for once, had turned in all the precursor work on time and in good order. When I asked why, he became a little uncomfortable. “Turns out my dad was in northern California at that time and I can’t eliminate him as a suspect. He doesn’t have an alibi for any of the murders and when I ask him about it, he told me to mind my own business.” I allowed him to change his topic for the assignment to another serial killer and we both agreed we should never speak of this again.
  • Carl Panzram claimed to have committed over 20 murders and was executed in 1930.
    • “I have no conscience so that does not worry me. I don’t believe in man, God nor the Devil. I hate the whole damned human race including myself.”
  • Herbert Mullin killed thirteen people in California in the early 1970s. He confessed to the killings, which he claimed prevented earthquakes. He is currently serving a life sentence.
    • Satan gets into people and makes them do things they don’t want to.”
  • Jane Toppan nicknamed “Jolly Jane” confessed to 31 murders. She was determined  criminally insane and died in an asylum in 1938.
    • “That is my ambition, to have killed more people – more helpless people – than any man or woman who has ever lived.”
  • In 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two adults, and wounded 8 children and one police officer at an elementary school, later saying, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

 

  • John Hinckley Jr. attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan in 1981 so he could get actress Jodie Foster’s attention.

 

  • Fergus Glen was mad that his brother didn’t thank him for making dinner, so he used an axe to hack him to death in 2003. The siblings didn’t get along very well, so that small perceived insult was apparently the last straw for the 36-year-old killer.

 

  • Tan Teck Soon pushed his girlfriend off a 12-story building over an argument about chopsticks and then jumped after her. He thought she was about to break up with him and that they should die together. Trouble is he survived and she did not.

 

  • Dennis Nilsen is one of Great Britain’s most prolific serial killers. He is also one of the most enigmatic. Between 1978 and 1983, Nilsen took 15 different men out on nice dates in which he treated them kindly and then murdered them. Similar to America’s Jeffrey Dahmer, loneliness was the motive.