Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Welcome special guest... author Skhye Moncrief!

Hello everyone,

Today we're having special guest, Skhye Moncrief, instead of myself blogging. Don't worry though! If you'd like to get your weekly fix of me, I'll be "covering" an... interesting topic over at my blog on condoms in romance novels.

Enjoy and leave plenty of comments for Skhye. She's a pleasure to have here with us.

Sarah
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Happy Hump Day!

I'd like to thank Deadly Vixens for inviting me over to chat today.
Yesterday, I learned my latest paperback, HAUNTED HEARTS, was available at amazon!

http://tinyurl.com/ahjmz2


Looking for a book with a hunky kilted guy on the cover?
Remember, it's HUMP DAY!!!
HAUNTED HEARTS is a Time Guardian anthology containing
the novella SACRIFICIAL HEARTS, the novel NAKED ON THE STAIRCASE,
& the Time Guardian glossary from www.timeguardians.com.
I invite you to read the story blurbs...


SACRIFICIAL HEARTS
a Time Guardian Valentines' tale

Alone, Twila Deeds tries to find her lost brother and stumbles upon a cult she believes is preparing to sacrifice her in a Valentines-Day sex ritual. She learns her brother has joined the cult and claims to be saving her by bringing her into the fold. She can't trust her brat brother, a selfish teen who never did anything for anyone. He's got to be dealt with. And she intends to dole out the punishment as revenge for his latest betrayal. Nor dare she trust the cult's gorgeous member who arrives to escort her to the cult's Scottish castle on his motorcycle. She's terrified of motorcycles. And the man forces her to climb aboard at gunpoint. After the terrifying motorcycle ride, she has no intention of falling victim to the sacrificial blade before her baby brother is served his just dessert.
But Illusion manifests as free will. (~1st Point of Time Travel)
Gerard Abercrombie can't seem to convince Twila that his time-travel brotherhood has only her welfare in mind before his patience wears thin. Time-travel Code will save him because only the fairies know what the future holds as the Gods send two SACRIFICIAL HEARTS racing toward their destiny.

Reviews for SACRIFICIAL HEARTS:

"Intense, original, suspenseful, and dramatic... an unpredictable, topsy-turvy romance... the suspense builds with every page. In a world where symbols mean everything, magic is the way... "Sacrificial Hearts" dramatically offers a romance that is both in and out of time... overall, a very fun read. " ~Snapdragon; LASR

"Have a thing for a tall, dark handsome man on a motorcycle? This is your book. I won't go into the details but Skhye Moncrief whips out and perfects her well-known worldbuilding skills in this story to perfection. It's well worth checking out. Cheers, Sky"~
http://www.skypurington.com

"Skhye Moncrief mingles fantasy, and love with Scotland, could it get any better? With delightful feisty characters and a well laid out story line, Ms. Moncrief delivers a spectacular tale! A perfect read for Valentines Day that will warm your heart. 5 Hearts"
~Book Reviews by Crystal

NAKED ON THE STAIRCASE
a Time Guardian Halloween tale with a psychic vampire

A demon stalks Druidess Aron MacKintosh, trying to use her to gain control of the timeline in present-day Scotland. Time plows toward Samhain when the doorways open between the Now and the Happy Otherworld. She finds herself in a strange alliance with an unusual time guardian, Cowboy. The duo struggles to defeat the demon. If Cowboy can’t earn her trust, the integrity of the timeline could be endangered. Only Cowboy’s charm and southern idea of chivalry has what it takes to leave an ancient evil bound NAKED ON THE STAIRCASE.

Reviews for NAKED ON THE STAIRCASE:

"NAKED ON THE STAIRCASE is a complex time-travel fantasy that should appeal to lovers of the genre... huge fans of time-travel and alternative timeline stories. The characters were entertaining... Skhye Moncrief has written an interesting tale with an original plot and fantasy world."
~Manda; Dark Angel Reviews

But I had two releases this month!

Aside from HAUNTED HEARTS' release, on January 14th, my were-assassin Time Guardian novella was released. This book is about as hot as I could make a dark short paranormal tale without it writing erotica. The female were-wolf was what The Wild Rose Press was searching for. And then, they said hotter than hot. Well, it was a challenge. I wanted to write something like LadyHawke but based on what I studied in Medieval Literature.
So, THE SPELL OF THE KILLING MOON was born...


One must die so the other can live.

A werewolf and a time traveler’s carnal attraction becomes a curse
when she arrives in medieval England to kill him for turning against his time-travel brotherhood.

He must guard a relic. She doesn’t care if she gets in his way.

Druid Elspeth is a were-assassin sent to Cumberland to kill a renegade time guardian.
She never expected to find him her soul mate.
All she knows is she must stop Aidan Gordon from changing history.
The sexy powerful knight proves too tempting to refuse.
If his noble actions convince her he was wrongly accused,
she will be forced to haunt the frenzied wood
under THE SPELL OF THE KILLING MOON.

Reviews for THE SPELL OF THE KILLING MOON:

"Skhye Moncrief pens and interesting tale of shape-shifters, duty, honor and the undeniable power of love!
You don’t want to miss it!" ~Highland Lassie; Highland Lassie Reviews

All of my titles are available in e-format at:
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=232

So what is Skhye Moncrief all about?
Gaelic peoples! For the most part, that means kilts. And sexy legs. And big hunky guys. Oh, I forgot long hair. Those hunky kilted guys need long hair... My Time Guardians have magic swords-- time-travel keys that only work for the hunky kilted guy who was awarded the sword. Voila, sword-in-stone twist. How you ask? Well, the fairies give these keys to Time Guardians--Masonic knights from the future who travel through time as kamakazie bodyguards for their soul-mate wives, i.e. Druids who study history. And these swords can penetrate stone...

Okay, because of the soul-mate angle, anyone may be an incarnate of one of these Time Guardians, whether male or female. So, you may just wake up to find you're biggest fantasy unfolding around you. Anyway, that's not all of what Skhye Moncrief is about.

I'm formally educated in geology and archaeology. So, I tend to be a geek. Just check out my blog where I'm recording my reference library--just in case a big hurricane demolishes it. I might need to let the insurance company know what I need to restore! Hurricane Ike blew over last fall. I live in La Porte, TX, right next to Shoreacres. The drive through Shoreacres wasn't pretty... So, if you're into researching the paranormal, mythology, or history, check out my blog, http://blog.skhyemoncrief.com. You might find a reference book that will kick off your next best-seller. And if you're into contests, check out my blog too! I post everything there. If you enter a contest, subscribe to learn if you win!

CONTEST ALERT!

As for contests, anyone who tells me the name of the heroine in HE OF THE FIERY SWORD, http://www.skhyemoncrief.com/Page_5.html, as a comment here today by midnight CST will be in the running to win a Celtic music CD, Loreena McKennitt's PASSPORT.

And don't forget to check out my dark paranormal free read, VOW OF SUPERSTITION: DRAGON'S BLOOD
http://tinyurl.com/aa7fyd. It's my only piece written in 1st person. And who wouldn't be interested in dragons, ladies, princes, and blood! It's as close to hot as one can get with a very short free read.

Thanks again for having me here, Deadly Vixens.

27 deadly screams:

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Great post, Skhye. Your books sound very interesting, and I love the fact that you mix Scottish/Celtic with paranormal. =) Btw, Loreena McKennitt's music is so pretty. Great choice.

Tierney said...

Druid Solas is the heroine in He of the Fiery Sword. :D

Skhye said...

Thanks, Sarah. And thank you, Tierney, for stopping by! Note, I'll have to leave this morning. But I'll be back after lunch. The 3-yr old has pre-K. ;) I'm going to write!!!

Debby said...

Druid Solas is the heroine. Nice to see you here. You know, I wonder, who are your fav authors?

Skhye said...

My favorite authors are Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jennifer Roberson, Charles Stross, and M. M. Kaye. There's romance in all of those, including the cyberpunk.
Thanks for stopping by, Debby.

Beth Caudill said...

Hey Skhye.

Can't wait to read The Spell of the Killing Moon. I have to wait for birthday money to come in. It's so hard being patient when there are great books to read.

The heroine of your story is Druid Solas.

Hywela Lyn said...

Loved your post, Skhye, and congrats on the print release at Amazon.

I'm saving my pennies for 'The Spell of the Killing Moon' too!

Skhye said...

Aw, thanks, Lyn & Beth! I know about the money crunch!!! Thanks for stopping by.

BethRe said...

Druid Solas
The Spell of the Killing Moon sounds like a great read

Penny said...

Druid Solas. Hrm... Light? Or comfort and solace? I love the Gaelic language. And the fae! Good luck with the Time Guardian series! I'm looking forward to having the time to get them and read them!

-PJ, aka Silver James

(LOL - My verification word is imodify. Why, yes. Since I'm elbow deep in edits, I do modify.)

Mary Ricksen said...

Believe me Skhye, you are right up there with your favorite authors. I know a pro when I see one.
Great sales to you!

Skhye said...

Thanks, Beth!

Silver, I get the whackiest verification codes. I've started keeping a list to use for character or place names!!! Talk about unique names. LOL.

Mary, you're too kind.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading the excerpt and have added this book to my TBR list.
Druid Solas is the heroine
JOYE
JWIsley(AT)aol.com

Skhye said...

Hi, Joye! Thanks for stopping by.

lastnerve said...

Wow, those are some awesome books you have there. As for the contest question, the answer is Druid Solas is the heroine. I am off to your page now to check everything out. Have a great day!

Skhye said...

Thanks, Lastnerve!

Phyllis said...

These all look really great! The only think I hate about contests is that I am always adding to my TBB list which then also makes my TBR list grow. :-D For the contest, Druid Solas is the heroine of He of the Fiery Sword. Oh and I absolutely love Celtic music,

Skhye said...

LOL, that's the truth, Phyllis. Thanks for stopping by.

Jeanette J said...

Lovely prize. The answer is Druid Solas

angietheresa said...

druid solas

i loved reading the book and listening to it

Skhye said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jeanette.

Hi, Angie. Glad you liked the book. :) Thanks for stopping by.

Laurie B said...

Great contest and prize. The heroine in He of the Fiery Sword is Druid Solas.

Skhye said...

Thanks for stopping by, Laurie!

robynl said...

Druid Solas is the heroine.
Love the music on your site that is playing.

Skhye said...

Thanks, Robyn! My 17-yr old nephew just plugged that tune out after his girlfriend broke up with him. It's sad and haunting. Lonely. Funny thing is that my nephew thinks he's stupid, dumb, and worthless!!! Thanks for stopping by. Skhye

Skhye said...

Congratulations, Jeanette J.! You won the CD PASSPORT. Please e-mail me at skhye@skhyemoncrief.com to claim your prize.

Skhye said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by yesterday. And thank you, Deadly Vixens, for helping me hear all those deadly screams! ;) Have a killer weekend.