I'm joined today by author Elizabeth Ellen Carter
as she talks about mean girls!
We all know them and we’ve all been tormented by them.
Or perhaps that was just me who still winces at the memory of awkward high school days...
There’s something fascinating about how certain types of young women interact with one another.
Thick as thieves one moment, mortal enemies the next.
It’s one of the reasons why young adult fiction is so interesting and so cathartic – even for those who have long past our teen years.
High school and early university/college days are where we are placed in social competition for the first time, our focus turns inward as we try to relate our place in the world outside the safety of our family.
Our relationship with girlfriends and female peers gives us a superficial benchmark by which to compare ourselves – are we pretty enough? Are we popular enough? And later, are we successful enough?
That’s not to say boys and men don’t go through the same peer pressures, they most certainly do but different genders deal with matters differently:
Elaine: (on boys giving wedgies, etc.) Boys are sick.
Jerry: What do girls do?
Elaine: We just tease someone 'til they develop an eating disorder.
Young women use words and social exclusion to either reward or punish their social peers almost exclusively. It is only fairly recently where there has been an upswing of physical violence between girls.
Social inclusion is a powerful weapon in a society where individuals are more dependent on one another and rely on their good opinion for success.
And yet, as Coco Chanel pointed out in the 1920s, there is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about…
Cady: And they have this book, this "Burn Book" where they write mean things about girls in our grade.
Janis: Well what does it say about me?
Cady: You're not in it.
Janis: Those bitches.
-- Mean Girls
Ah, being ‘sent to Coventry’… a distinctly English phrase traced back to the 17th century and the English Republican wars where the defeated loyalists in Birmingham were imprisoned in the Republican stronghold of Coventry where they were pilloried and shunned by the locals.
The phrase came into common usage in the late 1700s to mean social exclusion.
From a literary perspective, using words instead of fists as weapons, makes for fascinating reading – oh those witty zingers and lightning fast rejoinders that very few of us can manage in real life are delicious to experience on the page.
And let’s not forget another thing – the gleeful joy at the end of the book when the ‘mean girl’ finally gets her comeuppance.
The finest example of classic ‘mean girl’ literature is the 1930s play The Women by Clare Booth-Luce which was turned into a hugely successful movie in 1939 and a real dog of a production in 2008.
Mary Haines: [about Slyvia and the model arguing] Oh it's just professional jealousy, they're really very good friends!
Sylvia Fowler: Of course! She adores the Fowler family. Particularly my husband.
Countess Tamara: Are you accusing me of flirting with Howard?
Sylvia Fowler: No, my little pet, but of trying to! I'd like to see Howard bat an eye at another woman!
Countess Tamara: Well I've seen him, and she's not bad either!
Sylvia Fowler: Did you get her innuendo?
-- The Women
According to Hollywood legend, The Women was born out of an overheard conversation in a ladies powder room and, rather fitting, the film’s dramatic showdown takes place in one too.
Proof positive that inspiration can strike an author in the most unexpected of places.
Moonstone Obsession is set in 1790, a period in time where women exercised their social and political power obliquely through elaborate social rituals and mores. It features several ‘mean girl’ style conversations involving our heroine and three other young ladies (including our hero’s former lover). All of which are great fun to read.
Here’s an extract:
“And you still won’t tell me who you’re going as,” Edith pouted.
“I thought the whole purpose of a masquerade was to conceal your identity?” Selina replied.
“It is,” assured Catherine. “It’s just that little Miss here has not the patience, nor the attention span of a gnat.”
Edith pulled an unladylike face before skipping around the room singing,
“Catherine is more tetchy than usual because she’s in love with the Colonel and is so sad that she won’t see him again for three whole
Selina watched as Catherine’s face darkened with thunderous rage.
“You little minx! I told you that in confidence!”
Catherine darted towards her. Edith squealed and ran from the room, dodging around Abigail sailing in through the door.
Selina decided to ignore her and continue painting her silk, but Abigail would not let her.
“Are you feeling well, Selina?” Abigail asked in an exaggeratedly conciliatory tone. “You were looking awfully pale this morning and after the fainting spell yesterday, James and I are most concerned for you.”
So that hadn’t
gone unnoticed, Selina thought with chagrin.
concern for my welfare comes as an unexpected surprise,” she responded. “James on the other hand, makes his interest abundantly clear.”
Abigail’s eyes flashed with anger momentarily, then were cool and calculating again.
“I’d like to give you the opportunity to be the first to congratulate me,” she began. “There’s going to be an announcement at the Masquerade Ball. James and I will be announcing our engagement then.
“I did warn you.”
“Does James know about your supposed engagement?” Selina enquired sweetly.
“Why do you think he’s having tea with the vicar?”
Catherine, listening some yards away while pretending to read, snorted, then feigned interest in the West Country Farmer’s Almanac
“James knows what his obligations are and as an honourable man he knows what he must do,” Abigail pronounced.
“At least we can be agreed on something,” nodded Selina. “James is
an honourable man, but I fear where we differ is whether you and I have the same definition of honour. Now,” she continued, shifting on her stool and picking up a paint brush, “if you'll excuse me, I’d like to finish some more painting before the light goes.”
From the corner of her eye, Selina watched Abigail consider her and then Catherine who had withdrawn to a further distance, determined to keep out of the discussion.
“By all means dear,” said Abigail as she seated herself on a wicker back sofa. “It’s nice to have a little talent, so important to keep the wolf from the door.
“You keep up the good work; you’ll need to earn your living one day.”
Catherine was unable to resist. “Abigail’s little talents earn her an income too,” she chimed in, “but there’s a lot of competition on the streets around Covent Garden.”
Abigail gave her friend a hateful stare, then Selina too, who was doing her best not to laugh.
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Lacey Everhart has carved out a tough existence in the wilds of 1880s Wyoming, working hard to build a secure life for herself and her younger brother, Luke. She will stop at nothing to protect what’s hers and keep them safe. Even if it means keeping a secret that could destroy their lives.
Marshal Dylan J. Kane is a man who considers everything as black and white, right or wrong. He's never seen life any other way until he sets eyes on Lacey. Suddenly the straight and narrow that he's followed has a few twists and turns. Loving Lacey offers the home life for which he hankers...but can he really love a woman who seems to be plain lawless?
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Congratulations on the release of Lawless Love!
Tell us a little about yourself, what do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? My greatest love outside of writing is traveling. Nothing I like more than going somewhere new, learning about different cultures, and seeing outstanding scenery and sites. Of course, I love going west and a road trip to me is heaven. My daughter and I have done a few now and clocked up nearly 3,000 miles on each.
What genres do you write? I don’t really like being pigeon-holed into a single genre. The two books that are currently out are both western historical romance but I am also working on a contemporary and on one that’s literary fiction. No matter what I write, there’s usually some sort of western setting at some point in the book—I’m just constantly drawn to the people who inhabit that part of the country.
How long have you been writing? As long as I can remember. I recall writing my first ‘book’ in a school notebook, one of those black and white mottled things. Can’t remember what the book was about, of course. I have a feeling the first line was something like, “She walked down the street.”
Who is your favorite character from one of your books? Oh, it would have to be Jesse, of course, from Loveland. I think every girl must love a guy who knows with just how much he should let you get away but also knows when to take control, who is kind and gentle and stands up for you and understands you!
Do you plan your stories or do they evolve as you write? In general, I know the beginning and the end but not always how I’m going to get from A to Z. I’m definitely a pantser and my characters seem to take control. I have a few signposts ahead of time but I don’t know the entire road.
Who are some of your favorite authors? I admire a very wide array of authors: Michael Chabon, Margaret Attwood, John Irving, Maggie Osborne, Nora Roberts, Paul Auster, Bella Pollen…phew! Better stop there. All good storytellers.
Tell us a little about your current work in progress. Which one?? LOL! The next one I hope to get finished is another western historical romance, which I’m hoping might be suitable for The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series. When a letter goes to the wrong address, a young woman sees the money and ticket within as her chance to change her life by going west. Of course, the ticket brings her out to meet the young man who is expecting someone else. I’ll leave it there I think, Dani-Lyn, except to say thanks so much for having me here today, the day Lawless Love is on general release. It’s been great to celebrate with you.
Thank you for joining us today, Andrea!
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Amanda in the Summer
Three generations of women…and the secret that strengthens their love.
A line of women, all named Amanda, stretches back for generations. Each with her hopes, her joys, her pain—each pouring out her heart in correspondence with a dear family friend who shares their lives, understands their loves, and joins in their sorrows.
But within the correspondence lies a secret. And as the youngest of the Amandas retraces the journey through the years—beginning in post-war America and following through to modern day—the letters reveal, layer by layer, the Amandas who came before her. Soon, the truths and lies hidden in the letters lead her down a path of self-discovery that forges a bond between her past and future.You can find Amanda in the Summer at amazon.
I was born and raised in Arizona. Outside of Arizona, my travels had only gone as far as California, Nevada, and New Mexico until I married a man doing a stint in the Army. If the Army offered nothing else, we at least had the opportunity to see a good part of the world. And we found we liked moving around.
Our frequent moves continued into our civilian life. Our gypsy lifestyle has finally landed us in the northern prairies of Arizona. We're transitioning from city people to country folk. We share our rambling farmhouse with our son the farmer, his wife, my granddaughter and three dogs. Together, we’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.
I've been writing all of my life. Early on my writing consisted mostly of the captions on my artwork. I was certain my destiny was to be an artist. In high school, my writing took on new meaning with the psychedelic age, and writing became an art in itself with loopy scrolls and color. It wasn't until after college that I found more satisfaction filling a blank page with words than an empty canvas with color. I left my paints behind.
Although I didn’t start out to write romance, I’ve found all good stories have to involve complicated human relationships. I’ve also learned, no matter a person’s age, a new discovery is right around every corner. Whether humorous or serious, straight contemporary or mystery, all my books revolve around those two facts.
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With time running out, there’s no pussyfooting around…
After her fiancé’s last betrayal, Mahri Lassler decides she’d rather become a crazy cat lady than live with another man. Yet when her sister drags her to the animal shelter to make that dream a reality, Mahri just isn’t ready to commit. Not even to a litter of cuddly kittens. But when an odd black and white tomcat reaches through the bars, it’s almost as if he’s choosing her
Cursed by a scorned lover for all eternity, Scottish clansman Morgan Felix resigns himself to living eleven months each year as a cat. Now, nearly a millennium later, he’s trapped in a cage at the animal shelter with no hope in sight. He has to escape before the first day of spring, when he’ll change back into his human form and find himself in a very tight squeeze. So when the pixie-like woman stops just outside the cage, he takes the situation into his own paws and reaches out to touch her hand…
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Title: ENDURE (Book One of the Endure Series)
Author: Laura Diamond
Publication Date: July 12, 2013
Genre: YA dystopian
Seventeen-year-old Justin's anemic blood is a blessing. Or a curse. It all depends on who you ask.
To most of the immortal Vie, his blood is a scourge: untouchable and useless. To some Vie, his blood is a drug. To Justin, it’s something that gets him in a lot of trouble. Being poisoned by a Vie is just one example. His sister getting kidnapped is another. Whether it’s being coerced by a deluded cult leader, or negotiating with Alex—an Vie scientist addicted to Anemie blood—Justin struggles to keep every mutated drop of blood he’s got.
His fight for survival gets more complicated when he meets Alex’s slave, Cara. Despite coming from different worlds, they’re both prisoners, at risk of being drained by a hungry Vie any moment. When she risks her own neck to help Justin find his sister, he's left with a terrifying choice.
Saving what's left of humanity.
Saving his sister. Saving the girl he loves.
Or sticking a stake in Alex’s chest.
Justin can't decide which option will get him killed first.
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About Author Laura Diamond:
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette, NEW PRIDE, and novel, SHIFTING PRIDE, debuted late 2012 from Etopia Press. A spin off short story based on the lions of Tsavo, TSAVO PRIDE, is now available on Amazon. Forthcoming novels include EVOKE, Book Two in the ENDURE series, from Etopia Press, and a Young Adult Paranormal Romance, ZODIAC COLLECTOR, from Spencer Hill Press. When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer
and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion.
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Dune Road, gateway to the Hamptons, where the rich come to play.
When Cole spots Ashleigh on Dune Road, staring out at the ocean, her vulnerability calls to him. A playboy at heart, he wrestles with developing feelings he doesn't understand. But he's also hiding a secret--he's not who Ashleigh thinks he is--and someone is trying to kill him.
Wary of strangers and struggling with ghosts from the past, Ashleigh fights her attraction to Cole. Will she lose him when she tells him that for her it's marriage or nothing?
When Cole realizes just how different Ashleigh is from the women he usually dates, he not only puts himself in danger, but her as well. Ashleigh and Cole are both keeping secrets. Will those secrets tear them apart? Or bring them closer together before the killer has time to cover his tracks?Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press
Love Strikes, Book 1
A sheriff plus a nurse plus a house equals trouble…
Nurse Molly Harper has had a tough year. But when she decides to regain control of her life, buying her dream house becomes her first priority. Finding the perfect house and falling in love with it—that’s the easy part. The hard part is getting rid of the obnoxious man who thinks he’s going to be the new owner. Even if he is gorgeous. And the sheriff…
Sheriff Luke Logan needs to buy a house. Getting out of the renting game will help in the custody battle for his son, so when the perfect place pops up right on his street, he can’t believe his luck. But there’s already an offer on the table, and the woman won’t back down. Too bad she doesn’t know that he always goes after what he wants, and he has no intention of letting her have “his” house. Even if she does make him feel that he might need more than just a house to make a home…
Luke stared at the papers in front of him. His real estate agent had faxed them over. Apparently, more than one person wanted the place on Maple Street, and he now needed to decide if he wanted to offer any higher.
He’d really liked the old house. It would be great for when his son came to visit every other weekend. But now he had to decide how badly he wanted the place. Of course, this could be some gimmick from the sellers. They knew what a gem they had there and probably wanted the most they could get. He had forty-eight hours to come up with his new offer, if he decided to. He already had a good offer on the house—but was it good enough? He rubbed his temples and brushed the papers to the side of his desk. If he didn’t get it, there were other homes.
Some sort of commotion was coming from the front of the station. It was always something. Sometimes he wished that one day at work could be slow and boring. Perhaps he should have chosen a different profession.
He went to see what was going on. At the front desk, he found a very familiar-looking brunette demanding to talk to someone. Women were never patient when they needed something.
“Ma’am, calm down. I’m Sheriff Logan. Can I help you?”
The woman looked him square in the eye. “You! You’re who I am looking for.”
He flinched beneath her bold, accusing stare. “Why don’t we go back to my office, and we’ll see what I can help you with.”
She followed him down the hall, her heels clicking loudly on the tiled floor. This woman was really uptight. He took a seat and pointed toward the chair in front of his desk, but she didn’t sit. She looked as though she was ready to burst.
“I won’t be here long enough to get comfortable.”
“Tell me what’s going on.”
“You’re trying to steal my house,” she snapped.
“That’s the only reason?” She wasn’t sure why she was disappointed.
“What were you hoping I would say?” His gaze locked on hers and held it.
There was no way she was going to ask if it had to do with her and the hope that they could have more. But as he stared at her with lust-filled eyes, she knew she had to say something. “I guess I just thought…from the stuff you said yesterday that maybe it was…never mind.”
Luke moved closer to her. Molly’s breath caught, and the sound of her racing heart filled her head. She did her best not to look at him, but her need to see his eyes was too strong. She gazed up and found he was staring at her with nothing but passion in his eyes.
She inhaled a spicy fragrance that tingled her senses. He reached out and rubbed his hand along her cheek. She closed her eyes out of instinct. Just the feel of him touching her brought back feelings she hadn’t experienced in a long time. The nerves in her body stood on end, and it was almost as though she were being tickled. She shouldn’t be enjoying this. In fact, she should tell him to stop again and not come any closer, but, man, did it feel good, for once, to just feel.
And feel she did. He was close enough now that she felt his warm breath touch her skin. Opening her eyes, she saw his focus was on her lips—his
mouth inches away. If she made the slightest movement, she’d taste him.
She ached to grip his shirt and pull him to her. If they kissed, it would be passionate and ignite a fire deep within her. She hadn’t kissed another man since Steven. Could Luke be the first?
She pushed up on her tiptoes. She was going to do it. Reaching out, she was about to wrap her hand around his neck. Her gaze was locked on his, and it was as though they were moving in slow motion.
“Sheriff, you in there?” A man pounded on the door, sending it flying open.
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It Must Be Fate – coming soon!
About Lacey Wolfe
Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. From the time she was a child she would slip away to write short stories about people she knew and fantasies she wished would happen. It has always been her dream to be a published author and with her two children now of school age, she finally has the time to work on making her dream come true.
Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their six cats and one black lab who rules the house.
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A novella to The Stone Legacy Series
To follow The Stone Guardian
She may have spent years in an asylum, but that didn’t make her crazy–just fearless.
Dropped in Moscow with her friends on an impossible mission against underworld forces, Tara is left to her feelings of overwhelming inadequacy. Her boyfriend is a healer, her best friend is “the Guardian,” and everyone else is a powerhouse of awesome strengths. The only thing she has been able to contribute are her memories, which has left her with nightmares of her time spent at the mercy of the evil Sarian–who everyone has gone to fight.
Alone with her emotions, Tara finds herself falling into a city of depravity and corruption. And amidst all this evil is a young man with an agenda of his own, who leads her down a road that will either prove she is a hero at heart, or drag her into a world she’s always feared.
He wants revenge, she wants redemption. And in an underground rings of missing girls and bloody sacrifices, only the fearless can survive…
Strolling through the streets, Tara watched the locals browse the produce market in the food district. The first time she visited this area, her and Peter were searching for Contessa. The red-haired temptress lived just a block away, but if Tara never saw that woman again, it would be too soon.
Mounds of colorful fruits sat piled on wooden carts. Market workers weighed, priced, and handed over the merchandise before waving goodbye.
Tara wished she could be one of those people. Anyone. A young woman with a scarf covering her hair hovered her nose over a peach, a warm smile spread across her lips while she counted several into a bag. She would be fine. The woman looked so peaceful. Why couldn’t Tara just snap her fingers and be the woman with the scarf? Have a completely different life.
The smell of cigarettes pulled her out of her daydream. Tara coughed and waved her hand in front of her face. “You know that habit will kill you.”
Malachi grinned. “I highly doubt that.”
She narrowed her eyes. “And you really have to stop just appearing out of nowhere. You’re like a freaking phantom.”
His grin widened. “I’ll take that as a compliment.” He flicked the ash from his cigarette and took another drag. “So, are you better today?”
She laced her fingers in front of her. “I guess I owe you a thank you, don’t I?”
“Well…” A nervous itch ate at her arm. She scratched it, and glanced at him. “Thanks.” He stared into the crowds of people while he took another drag.
It was time to get to the bottom of this. “Who are you, Malachi?”
He glanced at her. “In what way are you asking?”
“Is there more than one way?”
She examined the lack of black under his eyes. “You toned down the makeup today.”
He flicked the ashes from his cigarette. “It’s not makeup.”
“Really? So all the black around your eyes is…” She shrugged just one shoulder and waited for him to respond.
“A curse,” she said, more as a statement than a question. He stepped forward, his gaze locked with hers. In the light of midday, she could see him more clearly. The black shadows were hardly noticeable. But when she stared more closely, it didn’t seem like makeup at all. The darkness was buried deep in his skin like tiny capillaries. Tara stepped away. Maybe she should hear him out. “What kind of curse?”
Malachi gestured to the fruits stacked on the cart beside them. “Did you come here to buy something?”
She glanced at the pears, and then gripped her stomach. “I’m not hungry.” But the truth was she’d give anything to be able to eat one of those pears. Just a bite.
He nodded. “Yeah, me either. Not anymore.”
Her eyes grew wide. There was something really, really wrong with this guy. What he did to protect her that night was certainly not normal. But she still had no idea why Mr. Green’s men went after her. If she wanted to find out, she’d have to stick around this time. “What did those guys want?”
“Let’s walk.” Tara followed when he turned and strolled down the sidewalk. She didn’t have much choice if she wanted to know why she was suddenly a target.
He hooked his thumbs in the front pockets of his pants and cast his gaze to the cobblestone walkway. “That drug Andrei gave you is called Drop5. It’s new, from some dealer in Japan.”
“And how do you know Mr. Green?”
“I used to work for him. The drug is supposed to make the collection of offerings easier.”
She swallowed. “What do you mean offerings?”
He glanced over his shoulder, and slowed his pace. “Those guys don’t just traffic drugs,” he said in a more hushed voice. “It took me a while to find you. You’re here with the guardian, right?”
Tara nodded. “What do you want with Ashley?”
He suddenly spoke with more urgency. “Nothing. But something is happening that she’s not aware of, and if we don’t stop it, Sarian will have all the power he needs to not only control the book, but overthrow the underworld, and then the middleworld. Nobody will be able to stop him. Not even your little team.”
“How do you know about all of this? I thought only Riyata knew about Sarian and the underworld.” Her lips parted as she stared at him. “Wait. Are you Riyata?”
“Unfortunately, no.” The lines in his mouth deepened with a frown. “Maybe if I were, I could have done something.”
He glanced up at her and rubbed the back of his neck. “Nothing. Nevermind. The point is, Sarian is working hard to get enough power to make sure nobody is able to take the throne from him once he has it. But he wants something else—something more. The more human sacrifices that are made in his name, the more power he’ll have to take whatever he wants—including your friend.”
“But I don’t get how all of this works together. Why is he using drugs?”
They turned a corner and continued into the shopping district of the city. Fruit carts and the scent of earthy spices were replaced with windows of boutiques selling clothes and purses.
“Sarian doesn’t care how he gets what he wants, and even though the king would tear him apart if he knew, Sarian has resorted to using humans to do his dirty work. He promised to give them certain powers once he is strong enough to overthrow the king. Meanwhile, the drug is used to make it easier to handle the girls until it’s their time. And the guys have their fun with the girls meanwhile.”
Tara’s chest jumped. “What?”
“Nothing’s off limits. The girls are just toys for them until—” He glanced up at her. “After five hours of high, it makes you crash, and unless you’re lucky enough to have someone around to protect you, they collect. Mr. Green is the one in charge of this district, but he’s not the highest ranking.”
“So if you weren’t there that night…”
“You’d be gone.”
She rubbed her face, her cheeks clammy and cold to the touch. With Ashley still on her rescue mission, and she and Peter on the rocks, she would have to go to Renato for help. Until Ashley returned, he would know what to do. They would figure it out together. “I need to get back to the hotel.”
He stopped and pushed his palms on either side of her, caging her against a brick wall. Tara pressed her hands against his chest to keep him at a distance. “You can’t leave. I have unfinished business.”
“W-What do you mean?”
He slowly dropped his hands to his sides. “You owe me a favor, and payoff starts now.”
Coming on May 28th, the first book in the Restless Beat Rock star series!
He can seduce with a single glance.
Peering down at a sea of fans, rock star, Mitchell Davies can’t deny the innocent beauty of a woman in the front row. He’ll stop at nothing to get to know her. When a public altercation leaves her weak and defenseless, he takes the opportunity to be her savior. She’s been sheltered from the world.
Alana Shelton wants to spread her wings and experience life away from her restrictive upbringing. But she isn’t prepared for a gorgeous stranger to sweep her off her feet while at her most vulnerable. Attraction will bring them together, but their pasts will try to tear them apart.
He wants to teach her how to trust, but she’ll show him how to love. In a glamorous world of rock-and-roll, only time will tell if they’re up for the challenge.
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Author Laura Diamond had such a blast sharing her PRIDE series with you that she’s decided to self-publish a spin-off short story. Set in 1890’s Kenya and based on the man-eating lions of Tsavo, this young adult paranormal short has a decidedly horroresque bent to it.
Rogue shapeshifters, Santamo and Legeny, believe they are kings blessed with the power to shift into lions. Using that strength, they brutally defend their land from the British building the Ugandan Railroad that threatens their way of life. On a particularly ruthless raid, Santamo meets his match—Naserian. He spares the girl’s life, a move that fractures his relationship with Legeny and blurs his visions of cleansing his territory of invaders.
While the pile of bones in Santamo and Legeny’s cave grows, so does Santamo’s attraction to Naserian. When she challenges him to give up his murderous ways, will Santamo stay on the path of death he believes is his duty, or will he choose Naserian, and love?
About Laura Diamond
Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, and horror. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette, NEW PRIDE, and novel, SHIFTING PRIDE, debuted late 2012 from Etopia Press. A spin off short story based on the lions of Tsavo, TSAVO PRIDE, is now available. A short story, CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE, is in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press and another short, BEGGING DEATH, is in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology Volume One by Sirens Call Publications. Forthcoming novels include a young adult adventure, ZODIAC COLLECTOR, and young adult dystopians, ENDURE and EVOKE. When she's not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond--Lucid Dreamer
and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke corgi named Katie.
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Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Diamond/e/B009Y7L432/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1353277817&sr=1-2-ent
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Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5815639.Laura_Diamond
TSAVO PRIDE is NOW AVAILABLE via Amazon for $0.99! Amazon Prime members can borrow it for free. ;)
Don't forget to pick up the first two Pride books!!