Thursday, 16 December 2010

Claire De Lune: Dual Interview Round Two... which Sloane Taylor and I field delightful questions by the fabulous erotic author, Melissa Bradley. These dual interviews are a lot of fun as we don't get to see each other's answers until the actual blog goes live. Find out what we had to say about Claire de Lune (and one another) at Melissa's Imaginarium.

The incomparable Sloane Taylor has a website and blog here.

Claire de Lune is now also available on Amazon Kindle, as well as at All Romance Ebooks.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Impulse Power - Out Now In Paperback

Samhain's super-shiny space romance anthology IMPULSE POWER, featuring The Mythmakers by yours truly, is out now in paperback! The other two stories in this triple threat extravaganza are Metal Reign (by Nathalie Gray) and Hearts and Minds (by JC Hay). Tremendous stories by ace writers. All this was masterminded by editor and Firefly fangirl, Sasha Knight. The much-ogled cover is the work of intergalactic super-being Kanaxa (aka Nathalie Gray).

IMPULSE POWER is available here, or you can order it from Amazon if you like.

Light-speed isn't fast enough to outrun the heart.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Claire de Lune: Dual Author Interview

How on earth (or elsewhere) did two authors from opposite sexes and opposite genres--science fiction and erotic romance--ever get to join forces for a sexy mystery novel set on the moon? Head on over to the lovely Beth Anderson's blog to find out.

Hint: I'm the manly sci-fi half. ("Who's scruffy-looking?")

In the meantime, here's the blurb for Claire de Lune, our daring eBook recently released at Amber Quill Press - Amber Heat. (Paperback coming soon).

CLAIRE DE LUNE by Sloane Taylor & Robert Appleton

You’re invited to the galaxy’s most prestigious beauty pageant. Clothing optional. Romance and danger…fully provided…

Cocky young detectives Gerry Rappeneau and Sebastian Thorpe-Campbell arrive at the premier lunar resort expecting a week of eye candy and long massages. With a half-billion-credit purse up for grabs, this year’s pageant is the focus of a hundred worlds. And beauty isn’t the only thing in the eye of the beholder.

One contestant, Evelyn Lyons, is attacked and her assailant killed. Surely a simple case of a stalker gone mad, as nothing bad ever happens at the Selene contest. So the brochure says.

The closer Gerry gets to Evelyn, the more he is convinced she’s hiding something. His meticulous character sparks with her wild, sassy nature, and they embark on a torrid affair. Their forbidden romance isn’t the only thing set to ignite in Pont de Reves.

Sebastian’s infatuation with demure Claire Villiers, another contestant, threatens to put all four of them in harm’s way. A deadly trail of corporate conspiracy, monstrous assassins and hot bikini wax is more than anyone bargained for in this incendiary erotic mystery. Get ready for some serious heat on the dark side of the moon.

See you there,


Saturday, 4 December 2010

Moongypsy Press Writing Contest

This just in from one of my publishers:

Moongypsy Press is proud to announce our first anniversary contest.

The theme for this year's contest is the End of the Aztec Calendar using Romance, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, or Historical genres.

The first place winner in each genre in the Novel class (80K or more words) will be published by Moongypsy Press in Ebook and Print formats.

Moongypsy Press will publish the first place winner in each genre of the short story class (50 K or less) in an anthology in both Ebook and Print formats.

Deadline for all entries is January 25, 2011, midnight PST

Electronically submit the first 30 pages to MGPFB@Hotmail. com along with a cover letter including word count, genre, and the following personal information:

Name (and pseudonym, if applicable)
Mailing address
Phone number
E-mail address
Web address (if available)

Foery MacDonell, CEO Moongypsy Press, Author of Laird of the Mist, The Rhythm to Your Rhyme, and The Fool's Journey.
Tabitha Shay, member of the Oklahoma Writer's Federation, Inc., Author of Witch's Moon. Author of Montana Men under pen Jayden Chelcee
Diana Rubino, Sr. Acquisitions Editor at Moongypsy Press, Author of One Too Many Times and many historical novels.
Becky Eastman, Director of Marketing, Promotions, and Reviews

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Must Read: The Vampire Sonnets

Now this is what I call a treat. David Nelson Bradsher is hands down one of the best traditional rhyming poets I've read. His metric verse is exquisitely crafted and never less than 100% passionate. When I first started out as a writer, he was the poet's poet of our online writing group, and I grew in leaps and bounds by following his ingenious creations.

His new release, The Vampire Sonnets, is a project he worked on for several years. It's a collection of dark, poignant and extraordinarily atmospheric verse fashioned as a period vampire story you won't be able to get enough of. Brilliant stuff.

Check out this review.

And here's an interview with the man himself, David Nelson Bradsher (his Vampire Sonnets facebook page can be found here)

Finally, here's the buy link.

I strongly urge everyone to read this unique collection.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

New Release: Claire de Lune

And the day has finally arrived! Pack your swimsuits, lingerie and shiniest evening attire for a lunar vacation you'll never forget. Sloane Taylor and I are proud to present our erotic sci-fi mystery CLAIRE DE LUNE, our first co-written novel at Amber Quill Press (Amber Heat).

BUY LINK (eBook available now, paperback coming mid-December)

You are invited to the galaxy’s most prestigious beauty pageant. Clothing optional. Romance and danger...fully provided...

Cocky young detectives Gerry Rappeneau and Sebastian Thorpe-Campbell arrive at the premier lunar resort expecting a week of eye candy and long massages. With a half-billion-credit purse up for grabs, this year’s pageant is the focus of a hundred worlds. And beauty isn’t the only thing in the eye of the beholder.

One contestant, Evelyn Lyons, is attacked and her assailant killed. Surely a simple case of a stalker gone mad, as nothing bad ever happens at the Selene contest. So the brochure says.

The closer Gerry gets to Evelyn, the more he is convinced she’s hiding something. His meticulous character sparks with her wild, sassy nature, and they embark on a torrid affair. Their forbidden romance isn’t the only thing set to ignite in Pont de Reves.

Sebastian’s infatuation with demure Claire Villiers, another contestant, threatens to put all four of them in harm’s way.

A deadly trail of corporate conspiracy, monstrous assassins and hot bikini wax is more than anyone bargained for in this incendiary erotic mystery. Get ready for some serious heat on the dark side of the moon.

Read an excerpt here.

The story's epic two-year journey from initial outline to finalized book is a pretty fascinating one. Over the next several weeks, we're going to share it with you at various chats and romance/sci-fi blogs, where we'll also post excerpts and talk about our other book releases (including another joint effort!). Check back soon for detailed schedule info, and don't forget to visit Sloane's fabulous website here. She's a master of sexy romance.

Hope you enjoy your lunar vacation!



Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Mysterious Lady Law - Cover Art

Carina Press artist Frauke Spanuth hit the steampunk vibe dead centre with this corker of a cover for The Mysterious Lady Law. The mystery, attitude and retro-science are all here in spades--I couldn't have asked for a more fitting piece of artwork.

Thank you, Frauke!

Lady Law will make her debut on January 31, 2011, in digital format from Carina Press. Here's the official blurb:

In a time of grand airships and steam-powered cars, the death of a penniless young maid will hardly make the front page. But part-time airship waitress and music hall dancer Julia Bairstow is shattered by her sister's murder. When Lady Law, the most notorious private detective in Britain, offers to investigate the case pro bono, Julia jumps at the chance—even against the advice of Constable Al Grant, who takes her protection surprisingly to heart.

Lady Law puts Scotland Yard to shame. She's apprehended Jack the Ripper and solved countless other cold-case crimes. No one knows how she does it, but it's brought her fortune, renown and even a title. But is she really what she claims to be—a genius at deducting? Or is Al right and she is not be trusted?

Julia is determined to find out the truth, even if it means turning sleuth herself—and turning the tables on Lady Law...

Saturday, 13 November 2010

November Writing Update!

This is by far the most hectic Nov/Dec I’ve had as a writer! Exciting but hectic. Anyone have a spare DeLorean with a flux capacitor handy...

I watched the Back to the Future trilogy on Blu-Ray the other day and it’s aged extremely well. The stories are so good and Marty and Doc are such a great quirky double-act, I never get tired of rewatching. It might be my favourite movie trilogy of all, and those nail-biting finales to parts 1 & 3—never bettered.

Sloane Taylor and I are gearing up for our blog/chat/interview tour for Claire de Lune, the erotic sci-fi mystery novel we co-wrote at Amber Quill Press (Amber Heat). It’s been such a unique project right from the start (both on and off the page), we’ve got plenty of material to share with you—male/female perspectives, blending genres, spicing up a romantic novel, the lunar beauty pageant, creating a sci-fi world. The release date for the eBook is Nov 28, and the paperback will follow some time in December.

And we’re so pleased with the book, Sloane and I are collaborating on a new erotic sci-fi romance novella, titled Dark Side of the Moon. It’s a prequel of sorts featuring one of the secondary characters from Claire de Lune. The outline already has us plotting like crazy. Check out Sloane’s website to sample her phenomenal writing style—now imagine that in a wild sci-fi setting! I have to think at beyond light-speed to keep up with her.

December 7 sees the paperback release of Impulse Power, Samhain’s space opera romance anthology featuring The Mythmakers by yours truly. My co-authors, Nathalie Gray (Metal Reign) and J.C. Hay (Hearts and Minds), are frighteningly good in this genre, and I remember being floored when my story was chosen last year. Apparently there were tons of submissions. Look out for Impulse Power, available from Samhain, Amazon, and all good bookstores, soon.

Edits are completed on my steampunk mystery at Carina Press. The Mysterious Lady Law (new title) went through several drafts before my lovely editor, Alyssa Davis and I perfected the story arc. It’s a tricky mystery, part Sherlock Holmes, part retro science fiction, and a lot of fun. I’m still waiting for the cover art, but I have a release date to announce... January 31, 2011. :doffs hat to Alyssa:

I submitted my latest romantic sci-fi novel to Samhain a few weeks ago and should be hearing back before too long. Sparks in Cosmic Dust is a huge, treasure-seeking adventure featuring five down-on-their-luck characters on a dangerous prospecting dig beyond the farthest deep space outpost. It’s loosely inspired by The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (the 1948 Bogart classic), and was a bitch to write. At 89,000 words, it’s by far the longest story I’ve written. I’ve absolutely no idea how it’s going to be received. I do know it showcases some of my best writing, for what that’s worth. Let’s hope I’m not the only one who thinks so!

Okay, this is me signing off.


Friday, 5 November 2010

Sci, Meet Fi

For all you science fiction romance fans, here's a small article I wrote for the Parallel Universe series on The Galaxy Express a few months back. For some reason, I forgot to mention it on this blog, so here you go:

Sci, Meet Fi

What if...? is the ultimate science fiction question.

The hazy space between hard science and fantasy is a SF writer’s playground. That stellar place where conjecture meets the impossible and everything is somehow exciting and plausible. A place that renders cynicism impotent. A cosmic cloud in which nothing and no one can “get to you” if you don’t want it to.

It’s the Mutara Nebula!

For every Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke), we have a John Carter of Mars (Edgar Rice Burroughs). The two couldn’t be more different—plausible SF and space swashbuckler—yet both have inspired generations of scientists, and command a preternatural excitement in readers to this day.

Romantic elements have existed in SF since the early pulp adventures. It’s an easy pairing—romance provides the human face for what can at times be a cold and sterile genre. There’s something inherently romantic and grandiose about trekking through the stars anyway. As a reader, the further we go from what we know, the more comforting the romance becomes. Why not just go one step further and give it a name—SFR.

For me, one of the great things about science fiction romance is its versatility. Fringe stories that may lean further toward one genre are embraced by SFR readers precisely because a balance between the two genres is so difficult to achieve. But this inclusivity is also a factor in SFR’s identity crisis; those fringe stories are automatically absorbed by either Romance or SF, or other misleading labels such as paranormal romance, in terms of cover art, genre classification, promotion, etc. SFR therefore becomes a cherished sub-genre without ever convincing “outsiders” it isn’t having its cake and eating it.

Is it cold, hard science with a splash of romance? Or lovey-dovey shenanigans in a starry setting?

But Science Fiction Romance is one of the most cutting edge genres in fiction precisely because it has the potential to depolarize two traditionally opposite readerships without compromising either of its component parts.

Anyone who doubts that, please consider these Top 100 Must-Read SFR Books posted on The Galaxy Express.

In The Promise of Kierna’Rhoan, Isabo Kelly blends action, politics, xenophobia, espionage, and a human love triangle, and the effect is seamless. Her unique world-building, particularly with the alien “shifters”, is proof that romance need not soften SF; and vice-versa, as Kira Farseaker’s passionate affair with David Cario is never diluted by the technology and out-of-this-world elements.

It’s a tricky balance to strike, though. Many writers are skilled at SF or Romance but not both (I’m still working at the latter), and a great many fringe stories don’t necessarily require equal footing be given both genres. The plausibility of the “science”, however, is as variable and subject to taste as it ever was, with equally successful SFR being written in everything from solid, speculative science (Manda Benson’s Dark Tempest) to giddy, Star Wars type space opera.

No one can say warp drives won’t be invented, or that humans won’t evolve with all sorts of outlandish traits (ESP, two heads, brotherly love, maybe all three at the same time!). And what was silly science way back when—walking on the moon, the micro-world, evolution—is now taught in schools. Anyone who states categorically that a SF concept will never become reality because it doesn’t fit with what we know has misunderstood science fiction.

“As I gazed at it on that far-gone night it seemed to call across the unthinkable void, to lure me to it, draw me as the lodestone attracts a particle of iron.” – A Princess of Mars

First comes the dream, then its capture.

Romance, too, need not preclude the highly unlikely—alien species being humanoid—any more than a good old-fashioned human love triangle. If the story is working and the characters compelling, SFR has an infinite canvas.

Consider Heather Massey’s article on Defining the Genre: Science Fiction Romance for an overview of the main categories of story type and labelling.

Personally, I dislike a HEA or HFN requirement in any science fiction. It strikes at the speculative heart of the genre. But I also understand why romance readers insist on them—that comfort is one of their primary reading joys. And at the end of the day, what if...? applies equally to any kind of ending.

SF and R. It’s a fascinating marriage.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

2011 EPIC Award Finalist!

No, make that a double...EPIC Award finalist. Amazingly, both my entries made the shortlist for the big prize this year in their respective categories. My WW2 crocodile attack thriller Sunset on Ramree hit the spot in Historical Fiction, while Charlie Runs Rings Around the Earth scored a nomination for Science Fiction. How pleased am I?


Wish me luck in the finals, announced at the ceremony in Virginia, March 2011. EPIC celebrates the best in digital publishing from around the world each year, and the "Eppie" award is regarded as the top prize for eBooks. I hope you'll join me in a glass or two of cyber bubbly.



Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Claire de Lune Cover Art!

The cover has landed! Amber Quill's Trace Edward Zaber has outdone himself with this elegant, romantic cover for my upcoming erotic SF mystery novel, Claire de Lune. What? Me? Licking the screen? Nah, that would be my co-writer Sloane Taylor, who now plans to decorate her living room in lunar grey and star-pocked black. And no, we can't wait to ogle the paperback version due for release sometime in Decemeber.

Stay tuned for more from Sloane and I in the upcoming weeks...

In the meantime, check out the synopsis for Claire de Lune.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Cover Art for The Temporal Man

It seems ages since I debuted new artwork for one of my books, so it's with great pleasure that I reveal this, Dawne Dominique's fabulous cover for THE TEMPORAL MAN.

Dawne created several of my covers over at Eternal Press, and she never lets me down. I always feel like I've collaborated with her on these works of art--even if it's just an idea or two. And this one worked out very nicely.

Great job, Dawne!

The Temporal Man is a romantic time travel fantasy novella. It's due for digital ebook release in October, and in paperback sometime in December. The publisher is Moongypsy Press.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Amber Quill Signs SF Mystery Claire de Lune!

Friday 13th, all is forgiven! On that date last week, Amber Quill Press accepted my new novel, erotic SF mystery Claire de Lune, for both digital and paperback release. Look up. You see that slightly bemused-looking fellow in the moon? That's me figuring out how to get back down to Earth, post-celebration!

Here's the story blurb...

You are invited to the galaxy’s most prestigious beauty pageant. Swimwear optional. Romance and danger…fully provided.

Cocky young Detectives Gerry Rappeneau and Sebastian Thorpe-Campbell arrive at the premier lunar resort expecting a week of eye candy and long massages. One contestant, Evelyn Lyons, has been attacked, and her assailant is now dead. Surely a simple case of a stalker gone mad, as nothing bad has ever happened at the Selene contest before. So the brochure says.

The assassin turns out to be a horrific hybrid of man and feral beast. No one seems to know where it came from or why, including the wily resort administrator who is desperate to keep the whole thing under wraps. The closer Gerry gets to Evelyn, the more certain he is she’s hiding something. His meticulous character sparks with her wild, sassy nature, and they soon embark on a torrid affair. Their forbidden romance isn’t the only thing set to ignite in Pont de Reves.

Sebastian’s infatuation with demure beauty Claire Villiers, another mysterious contestant who may or may not be connected to the case, threatens to put all four of them in harm’s way. With a half-billion-credit purse up for grabs, this year’s pageant is the focus of a hundred worlds. And beauty isn’t the only thing in the eye of the beholder.

A deadly trail of corporate conspiracy, monstrous assassins and hot bikini wax is more than anyone bargained for in this incendiary erotic mystery. Get ready for some serious heat on the dark side of the moon.

When I finished the initial draft last year, it wasn’t as spicy as I’d envisioned (ie. I’d chickened out of the steamy stuff!) so I invited my favourite erotic romance writer, Sloane Taylor, on board to sexify the proceedings and breathe extra life into one of the characters. It must have worked a treat, because Amber Quill is one of the market's top digital publishers.

Claire de Lune is due for release at the end of the year!

To find out more about the uber-talented Ms. Taylor and her books, click here.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Upcoming Steampunk Mystery at Carina Press!

Seriously great news here! Carina Press, the mighty new digital publisher backed by Harlequin and fronted by epub queen Angela James, has signed my latest novella.

It's tally-ho with a clink and a clank and several uproarious bursts of steam, as The Miraculous Lady Law, my first ever stab at steampunk, is now undergoing the first round of edits. The setting is Victorian London; the genre is steampunk mystery with a dash of romance, as four disparate characters are thrust together in the wake of a puzzling murder.

Lonely airship waitress and part-time chorus girl Julia Bairstow arrives home one night to find her sister brutally murdered. Staying alive herself long enough to find justice is going to take more than fancy footwork.

Over-protective Constable Aloysius Grant has a vested interested in keeping Julia safe, but what deep scars from his past is he hiding?

Legendary explorer/scientist Horace Holly feels rather obsolete these days, but the disappearance of his young protege has a profound effect upon the old professor.

Beautiful Harriet Law is the most famous private investigator alive. Her record stands at one hundred percent. Never a crime unsolved in over six hundred cases, including Jack the Ripper. But this isn't any old case, as she and all London are about to find out.

In a time of grand airships, giant burrowing machines and pioneering astronomy, the biggest mystery may lie in the smallest of details.

We don't have a release date yet, but I'll keep you updated on Lady Law's progress. My editor at Carina is the lovely Alissa Davis, and she's already given some invaluable suggestions for improvements. Can't wait to share the finished book with you.

In the meantime, check out the terrific Carina Press website:

Cheerio for now,


Sunday, 6 June 2010

Great Review for Charlie Runs Rings!

My SF adventure Charlie Runs Rings Around the Earth received a 4/5 rating from Bitten By Books. Smashing news! I may join Charlie for a few victory laps later.

If you've yet to experience orbital running, head on over to Lyrical Press for a serious imagination workout.

Also available in e-book format from Fictionwise, Amazon Kindle, Diesel Ebooks, Mobipocket.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Two Reviews for The Mythmakers

Mrs. Giggles tells it like it is, reviews my space opera novella The Mythmakers here:

And here's another positive review for The Mythmakers from Two Lips Reviews.

The romance might not be bowling them over, but they're certainly digging the SF and the story's originality. Count me v happy.

Interested? Head on over to Samhain's bookstore and read the first chapter. I've also learned that Impulse Power, the paperback anthology featuring this and two other novellas, is to be released sometime in December. Not too shabby.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

First Review: Godiva in the Firing Line

Penny Ehrenkranz over at 'One Writer's Journey' has posted a review of my recent SF war novelette, Godiva in the Firing Line. Hint: it's positive.

Take a look:

She'll also be interviewing me later in the week, so keep an eye out for that.

Thanks Penny!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Male or Female SF Writers?

Here's a intriguing article for you. SF author Ann Wilkes posits the question: "Why do I read more male SF writers?" You'll enjoy her explanations, as well as the fascinating replies. Head on over to:

And here is Ann's website:

Friday, 26 February 2010

And The Winner Is...

The winner of Tabitha's Witch's Fire contest is...


Huge congrats, and an ebook copy of this fantastic book, are e-winging their way to you.

Thank you to everyone who took part. Tabs has great fans.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Special Guest Author - Tabitha Shay

I have a fantastic guest author for you today! Tabitha Shay writes paranormal romance--specifically the very popular Winslow Witches of Salem series. She's now on Book Five, and I know her fans are casting every wicked spell they can think of to get their hands on a copy. Well...this might just be your chance.

Over to you, Tabs...

Hi Everyone,

First, let me say a big “Thank You” to Rob for inviting me to be his guest blogger today. It’s always such fun to be Rob’s guest. I’m Paranormal Romance author, Tabitha Shay. I hope you’ll enjoy the following blurb and excerpt from my upcoming release from Moongypsy Press in Feb. 2010. And remember, for everyone who leaves a comment, their name will be dropped in the witch’s hat and a drawing held later today. Rob will post the winner’s name right here, tomorrow, so be sure and check back to see if you’re the lucky winner…Enjoy!!!…Tabs


In a world where magic is dying―two people meet under unusual circumstances…

Realm of light―New to this witchy stuff, Kirrah Walker crashes her broom into a stranger and knocks him unconscious. Feeling guilty, she takes him home with her and nurses him back to health. However, she soon discovers a terrible secret―the stranger is on a mission to assassinate a witch. Now Kirrah must decide if she’ll set him free or keep him tied to the headboard of her bed…

World of darkness―Prince Stry, future King of Ru-Noc awakens to find he’s not only a captive, but captivated by the charming witch who flutters around him like a nervous butterfly. Her magick is wild and so out of control, he knows in his heart he must steal her soul, but kissing Kirrah is habit-forming.

Kirrah and Stry―magical beings who must face the fear of their past, acknowledge their future and trust in destiny in a world gone mad…


She sighed, shoved up her sleeves and went to work dragging off his low-heeled boots and socks. Carefully, she swung his legs onto the bed. Only―somehow her legs tangled with his. She stumbled and fell clumsily across the poor man’s chest.

His eyes flew open. A half-smile flirted at the corners of his mouth. Kirrah glared at him. How the heck did he manage to look so darned sexy with a big ole’ purple bruise fanning over his right eye?

Slowly, he slid his arms around her hips and squeezed her buttocks. “Well, hel-lo.”

Kirrah widened her eyes. Oh, crap, that’s all she needed, a concussed Romeo with a sexy voice hot enough to curl her toes and set her thighs on fire, a voice that both compelled and could easily lead a woman astray.

The man looked at her as if he’d never seen her before and had just discovered his favorite eye-candy. “Aren’t you just a sweet little beauty?” he purred, sounding for all the world like a hungry cat whose appetite had just been satisfied. A big, dopey, contented cat.

Sweet little beauty? She blinked. Oh, yeah, the man was definitely off his meds. Obviously he was no stranger to seduction 101, either, if the way he massaged her butt was anything to go by.

And damn, did he have to have such dreamy bedroom eyes? Tiny gold specks sparkled like angel dust in the warm amber depths. Thick gold tipped lashes completed the allure of his heavy lidded gaze. He had the kind of gold-flecked irises that attracted a woman and sucked her right in.

He might as well wear a sign around his neck that read: Come and get it, sinful indulgence right here!

And boy was she ready to go get it.

Her brows knitted together in a deep scowl. What was wrong with her? All of a sudden her hormones were out of control? She wondered if her face was as red as it felt. Since she had red hair, her complexion was the fair one typical of redhead’s. She blushed as easily as she sunburned.

His gaze wondered from her hair to her lips. Oh, my. Those tiger-colored eyes fixed on her mouth. He licked his lips as though he’d just discovered a delicious snack he contemplated nibbling on.

Startled, Kirrah gasped as he suddenly tugged her closer.

Her hands splayed across his wide chest. “Uh-Mr. Wa-Wa, I think you might be getting a tad bit carried away here. Unhand me.”

“No.” One hand slid up her back and his fingers curled around her nape holding her in place. “I don’t think I should do that at all. You’re belong to me,” he whispered, and took her mouth.

That was the only word for it. Took. He ravaged her mouth with a slow steamy gut-wrenching kiss. Warm and wet. Hot and melting. Yum. He might be half-dead, but he had a mouth to die for and he knew how to use it.

I hope you enjoyed the blurb and excerpt. Be sure and visit my website at

There’s some very beautiful art work of my witchy characters you’ll enjoy and new pics coming soon. Witch’s Fire will be available in E-format and print from Moongypsy Press at

Books one through four of the Winslow witches of Salem series are available at Fictionwise in E-format or in print at

Have a great day and as always…

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

New Release Day: The Mythmakers!

Get your spacesuits ready and your warp drives in gear. The day's finally here! THE MYTHMAKERS, my sci-fi romance, is out now at Samhain Publishing.

And there's plenty going on to celebrate, including TWO contests. Bitten By Books has featured my article 'SCI-FI ROMANCE: A MALE AUTHOR'S VIEW' on two of their blogs, one for romance, one for SFF. You can find them here and here, along with the chance to win an ebook copy of The Mythmakers!

The lovely and talented romance author Tabitha Shay has invited me as guest author today at her blog: My topic there is a fun one: '10 SCI-FI MOVIE LOVE STORIES TO CHERISH', where I give a rundown of my favourite Tv & movie romances, sci-fi style. For another chance to win The Mythmakers ebook, just leave a comment after the piece (contest for today only!).

Hope you enjoy! Here's a brief intro to The Mythmakers...


The last will and testament of a forgotten Earth…

For Captain Steffi Savannah and her crew of deep space smugglers, life has become little more than a dogged exercise in mere survival. Their latest disastrous heist ended with another dead crew member—and no place left to hide. She’s even finding it hard to dredge up any excitement over the giant, crippled ship that appears on their radar, even though it’s the salvage opportunity of a lifetime.

They find that it’s no ordinary alien vessel. It’s a ship of dreams, populated with the last remnants of Earth’s mythical creatures. Including the blond, built, mysterious Arne, one of a race blessed with extraordinary beauty—and few inhibitions. Though he won’t tell her exactly what he is, in his arms Steffi rediscovers something she thought she’d never feel again. Wonder, love…and hope.

It isn’t long, though, before the Royal guard tracks them down, and Steffi and her crew are faced with a terrible decision. Cut and run. Or risk everything to tow the Albatross and her precious cargo to safety.

Warning: Contains moderate sexual activity, strong language, and high-cholesterol breakfasts. Also features hot nudists, naïve men and other equally rare fantasy creatures.

You can read the first chapter and buy The Mythmakers at:

And the other two fabulous boks in Samhain's space opera collection, also releasing today, are:

METAL REIGN by Nathalie Gray

Later in the year, all three stories will be published in a paperback anthology titled IMPULSE POWER. Awesome stuff.

Saturday, 13 February 2010

New Review for Sunset on Ramree!

A week before the 65th anniversary of its tragic true events, my WW2 crocodile thriller Sunset on Ramree has received FIVE STARS from Readers Favourite!

Check out what the reviewer had to say:

Friday, 22 January 2010

Great Review For The Basingstoke Chronicles!

It might not have made a splash right away, but my time travel novel The Basingstoke Chronicles has performed steadily since September, and now comes this super review from Bitten By Books. Note the reviewer's fondness for Wells and Verne, two of the authors that inspired my tale from the outset. This makes me happy.

5 Tombstones (Highest Rating)

Lord Henry Basingstoke searches the world over for adventure, spending his time on research and discovery. His wealth and station in life have made the world his playground.
When a corpse is found floating in the Caribbean Sea, Lord Henry and his cronies cannot pass up the challenge to investigate the bizarre mystery. The Enigman is wearing a garment only twenty years old but made from an animal extinct for over nine thousand years.

When Lord Henry reaches the sight, he stumbles across a technology from a distant future that has the power to send them through time. Lord Henry now has the ability to retrace the footsteps of the Enigman and return to an ancient time with a civilization advanced beyond comprehension.

The Basingstoke Chronicles is a novel any speculative fiction fan would enjoy. Robert Appleton’s creative mind runneth over with imagination, and we as readers are the lucky recipients of that creativity . For those of us who long for stories in the vein of Wells and Verne, we now have it with The Basingstoke Chronicles.

The novel has time travel, ancient civilizations, mythical creatures and locations and natural disaster. I could not ask for more.

I felt in the moment with the characters throughout the book. Every discovery made, I was a part of, every disaster averted, I felt relief. This is the kind of book that makes you hope the author has more installments planned in the future. I believe, if continued, it has a great chance to become an epic series. I guess by now you can tell I highly recommend The Basingstoke Chronicles.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

My Top Ten Movies of the Decade

So many to choose from, but ultimately, rather than trying to pinpoint the criteria for what made the "best" movies of the decade, I simply went with my personal faves--cinema experiences that I will never forget. 2000-2009:

1. Lord of the Rings
2. Master and Commander
3. Sideways
4. Gladiator
5. A.I: Artificial Intelligence
6. Spider-Man 2
7. There Will Be Blood
8. Casino Royale
9. Avatar 3D
10. The Bourne Ultimatum

And a few other special titles that didn't quite make the cut:

King Kong
Donnie Darko
Brokeback Mountain
Catch Me If You Can
Cast Away

Here's looking forward to a great moviegoing 2010!