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99¢ sale in time for Halloween

Halloween means different things to different people. I like a bit of everything, from suspenseful thrillers like Hitchcock is associated with to giant monsters who make a career out of crushing Tokyo.

My writing reflects this too. We just held a free promotion for Panama, and it included dark magical forces and black magic.

This week's promotion is for The Playground. It includes some of that demonic magic, but it starts off with some near future science fiction.

A ruthless businessman, Tommy Fazio, created a line of toys that include a social network for children. They become the “must have” product of the Christmas season.

He has larger plans though. The Playground Network is brainwashing our children into his own personal army. Imagine a homegrown army housed in our very homes.

Tommy isn't a patient man, so he turns to the occult to speed things along. This is where the story opens.

I chose to tell this tale from three different points of view. The main characters are involved in three distinct stories, but they converge at the end for an explosive finale.

Chloe is a little girl who gets a Playground doll for Christmas. She names the doll Sandra, and it leads her down a dark path. She represents all the children, and their only hope is to bring down the entire network before it's too late.

Gina is a doctor who narrowly survived a brush with cancer. She's somewhat broken at the beginning of the book and working in end-of-life care. She accepts a position working for an eccentric old man, and it changes her life completely. She acquires a parasite that allows her to see into the other world. Demons, fairies, ghosts – it's all real, and now Gina may be the only person who can stop the Playground Network. She doesn't really know what she's doing, but she'd better figure it out fast.

The next generation of Playground software goes missing. Tommy hires a ruthless thug to retrieve it. Clovis is huge, street tough, and has a head start on Gina. A seeming force-of-nature that is going to be hard to overcome.

I tried to replicate the works of Frank Miller and Quentin Tarantino in this story. If you think a scoop of Sin City plus a portion of Pulp Fiction, might make a great Halloween story, this may be the one for you.

Like I said, Halloween can mean a lot of different things. This one includes a demon, ghosts, a secret society, a parasite, magical weapons, a classic GTO automobile, a stupid dog, and more.

The Playground is on sale from Monday through Friday for the frighteningly low price of 99¢. I set it up on both Amazon.com and Amazon.uk. It should be live right before this post shows up. (International date lines and time zones may vary, because who really knows what Amazon does?)

 

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Princess of the Light, on Lisa Burton Radio

Welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio, the show that interviews the characters you love. Today I'm in the studio with Lisbeth who is an actual demon from Hell. “Welcome, Lisbeth. I have to say you don't look very demonic.”

“Touché, although to be fair, you don’t look like any machine I’m familiar with. Say, do you like my new ensemble? Normally, I wear my gold leather pantsuit (with matching collar and whip) but I’m getting tired of the whole BDSM thing. Aren’t you? I’m trying to revamp my look, you know, steering away from the whole Jessica Rabbit look.”

“For our listeners, Lisbeth is wearing a black suit with a white lace bustier and strappy black heels. I think I remember seeing something similar in Vogue last month.”

“It's Hugo Boss, you know the designer for the Nazis. He's one of ours now.”

“I see, so what is your role in Hell?”

“I’m your run of the mill succubus. I go around and tempt men using sex as a weapon to get them to our side.”

“Your side?

“Ah yes, I forget you’re a robot. Let me detail this for you. There are two sides fighting for supremacy on Earth: good and evil. I’m a demon and I work for Lucifer. You’ve heard of him, haven’t you? Lucifer is the CEO of Hell and there’s an intricate hierarchy of demons. Every demon has special skills/talents and we’ve got a soul quota every week (think telemarketers). I’m a succubus and my skills are sexually driven. My purpose is to have sex with human men (although I’ve been branching out to women in recent years) and tempt them to pledge their souls to Lucifer.

“I know it sounds like fun, right? Well, you’d be wrong. Sure, it’s fun to have multiple orgasms and alpha men clamoring for my affection. But I get ridiculed by other demons all the time. They think it’s easy to be a succubus… but it takes a lot of work to pull off a good seduction.

“The worst part is that I’ve been turned down twenty-two times for promotions. I’m smart, smarter than most of the demons above me, and no one will give me a chance. They pat me on the head and make fun. Especially Than.”

“Than?”

“Yeah, Than is Lucifer’s second-in-command and he thinks he’s the shit. He won’t give me the time of day, other than to get off. Men…”

“It's good to have ambitions. How do you intend to get noticed and get that promotion?”

“I already have a plan formulating. I was walking down the halls towards Lucifer’s study when I overheard a secret conversation. I think I can show it to you magically…”

Than straightens his body and looks around. He’s in Lucifer’s study not the throne room. Lucifer doesn’t look amused. and the putrescence of rotting souls hangs in the air. “The Princess of the Light has been called.”

Lucifer explodes in a rage, his talons lengthened to sharpened points, his anger setting fire to books, tapestries, scrolls, anything in his path. “He has gone too far!”

Than flinches and attempts to calm him down. Whispers and rumors about the Princess have circulated around Hell for almost a thousand years. The old demons talked about her in hushed tones, like she’s the end of Hell. “What does the prophesy say, Lucifer?”

Lucifer looks at Than and takes a few deep breaths. “The prophesy speaks of a Princess of the Light and a Warrior of the Light being called to lead the army of God. She will come when the Dark One arises and will vanquish all of Hell into nothingness.”

Than gasps and start to tremble. “Can she really do that?”

“Yes, she will. The prophesy also speaks of a Warrior who will banish the Dark One into nothingness.” Lucifer stares hard into Than’s eyes.

Than pales and shakes his head. “I won’t let this prophesy happen, Lucifer. Everything is in place for the Dark One and I will see it through. We will defeat her, like we defeated Andre.”

“What does she look like? Is she beautiful?”

“She is beautiful, yes, but weak. She doubts her own abilities and is afraid of snakes, of all things.”

Lucifer laughs. “We can use that to our advantage. So, she is weak? I like that. If we attack now, she will not be ready or able to defeat us so quickly as the prophesy states.”

Than grins. “Leave it to me, Lucifer. I will see to her destruction. God couldn’t save Andre and the same will be true now.”

“Listen to me carefully, if Gabriel is her protector, then you will need more forces to double-team her. Take Lisbeth and attack the Princess from all sides. Do not reveal our plan for the Dark One! I have kept it hidden from God and I will be victorious!” Lucifer tilts his head back and laughs wickedly.

“I will bring Lisbeth in and together we will break the Princess.” Than smirks, bows and leaves.

“Lisa, I retreated so fast that I ran right into one of my sex slaves. I didn’t want to be caught eavesdropping by Than or Lucifer so I grabbed Donald and disappeared in a puff of smoke. This is my one chance to make an impression and I’m not going to blow it. Male demons climb the corporate ladder using any means necessary and I’m determined to do the same. Lucifer’s going to be confiding in me soon, not Than.

“My plan? I’m going to use Than to get access to the foretold Princess and defeat her. I’m smarter than Than and I’ll seduce him to get what I want. He’s an easy target, anyway. He has 'feelings' for the Princess… yuck. And they call me perverted.”

“Oddly enough, It's not the craziest plan I've ever heard. Do you think it will work? I don't know Brain, what do you want to do tonight…”

“Is that your best attempt at humor? Quoting a has-been cartoon? I’m disappointed in you, Lisa. I thought we were becoming friends.

“Getting back to my plan…I tried it once and failed miserably. The Princess and Warrior together were much stronger than even Lucifer was prepared for. Lucifer got so mad at my attempts that he kicked me out of Hell. Who knew that killing innocents was a bad thing? But I’ll get my revenge. I have my own army and soon I’ll be Queen of Everything. The Princess and her precious Warrior will be my slaves, begging for their deaths, before I’m through.”

“If you become the Queen of–“

When, Lisa. When I become the Queen of Everything. All of humanity will worship me.”

“Okay, when you become the Queen of Everything, what's left to live for?”

“Astarom. He’s one demented demon, torturing humans by hugging the Light and Love out of them. Delicious. He’s stood by me through it all and we share a forbidden love.”

“Forbidden? Since when is love forbidden?”

“Demons aren’t wired to love; we’re designed to create chaos, torture and steal souls to an eternity of hopeless torment. If a demon loves another, they’re thrown out of Hell and turned over to Heaven.

“Lisbeth, I wish you the best of luck. I mean, kind of, maybe not the absolute best. Um.”

“Thanks Lisa, and if you’re ever looking for a new look, gimme a ring.”

“Do you think you can fix me up with some of that Hugo Boss stuff?”

“Sure, your body is curvy in the right places… Hugo’s dream model.”

“It looks like we're out of time today. Lisbeth's interview was sponsored by Princess of the Light, by N. N. Light. This book is on sale for 99¢ all during the month of September, so hurry over there and get your copy today. It helps me keep the lights on around here.”

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Title: Princess of the Light

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Tagline:

Mary's the Princess of the Light but her only hope is to make a pact with her enemy.

Blurb:

Mary Miller receives a startling visitation from Gabriel, the Messenger of God. The Archangel reveals an astounding truth–Mary is the Princess of the Light and even more amazing, her destiny is to battle Lucifer's army of demons and restore the balance of good and evil on Earth. It's getting harder to fulfill her new role and keep her identity secret while juggling her personal life, and when Than, Lucifer's second in command, amps up the attacks on her, she knows she needs help.

Joe Deacons is everything she's ever wanted in a man. And as providence would have it, in a moment of great need, he's the Warrior of Light–the one who can help her defeat the forces of darkness.

Not so simple when they confront Lisbeth, a demon hell-bent on usurping Than and Lucifer himself. When Lisbeth wages war and several innocent people die, Mary must form an alliance with her enemy in order to destroy her. But will this be a grave error or the choice that saves their world?

E-book Sale:

During the month of September, Princess of the Light is on sale for the super-low price of $.99 USD. 100% of the proceeds during this time will go directly to our local food bank to help feed children and families in need. This is the first time Princess of the Light has ever been this low and who knows when it will be this low again.

Buy Links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/469480

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/princess-of-the-light-nn-light/1120170709?ean=9781502438454

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Light-N/dp/1502438453

Amazon Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/Princess-Light-N-ebook/dp/B00N19FDKO

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Princess-Light-N-ebook/dp/B00N19FDKO

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/princess-of-the-light-1

Indigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/princess-of-the-light/9781310880230-item.html?ikwid=princess+of+the+light&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0

iTunes/ iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/princess-of-the-light/id913013798?mt=11

Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/5008419

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23009005-princess-of-the-light

Author Bio: N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

100% of the proceeds of Princess of the Light go directly to food banks (US and Canada) in order to feed the hungry and help those in need. With only 7,500 books sold, N. N. Light will be able to set up a monthly endowment for the local food bank.

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Website: http://princessofthelight.com

Blog: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NNP_W_Light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

iAuthor: http://www.iauthor.uk.com/princess-of-the-light:10294

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Let’s all speculate a bit

Last night was a pretty rare celestial occurrence. I watched the eclipse from my Idaho driveway last night, and thought it was wonderful. I’ll spare you my pitiful iPhone photo, because others have posted some wonderful images online.

Events like that get my creative juices flowing. This was not only a full moon, it was a super-moon. Add into that the designation blood moon, and that is enough for most people to be pretty rare. This was also a total eclipse. There are frequent eclipses, but they are partial eclipses.

I’m more likely to avoid such an occurrence in my fiction. It’s just so rare as to be unbelievable. It’s also likely to be glommed onto by half the speculative authors out there. It has that special snowflake thing going for it in my mind.

Still, it’s a hot topic right now. So here’s how I might speculate about it. I always start off asking questions, the most prevalent one being “what if.” Note that many times the first few aren’t all that great.

What if it disappears and never comes back?

The moon influences the tides. What if all the special circumstances gave it an influence on other liquids, like magma?

It was called a blood moon. What if the tidal influences were felt upon our very blood. What would happen?

Geologists tell us the Earth has reversed polarity multiple times. Could this gravitational pull cause that to happen? What would happen if it did?

Perfect night for werewolves. Could the eclipse screw them all up? Maybe they line up and dance the Time Warp.

There certainly has to be an arcane ritual that takes advantage of the situation.

What if the shadow on the moon looked more angular and geometric than Earth’s shadow? The cloaking device worked perfectly for the invasion fleet, but the shadow gave them away.

Some ancients believed a monster swallowed the moon during an eclipse. What if it were true?

What if it were a solar eclipse? With the sun behind the moon, it revealed an image like candling a giant space egg. What if during the lunar eclipse, astronauts saw something similar inside Earth?

Maybe the fact that everything lined up caused what we used to call a radio skip. A spy agency gets wind of some pending terrorist action. Maybe alien messages are intercepted.

What if they predicted the eclipse and it didn’t happen? Something changed celestially. What is it?

To be honest, this doesn’t trip my trigger as a speculative element. I’m much more interested in the idea of flowing water on Mars. I enjoyed it immensely, but that’s the limit of where I’m going with it.

I think this particular eclipse is going to find its way into a lot of fiction. My only suggestion is not to take the easy way out with it. It screams druids, witches, lycanthropes, and demons. Maybe that isn’t the best way to incorporate it into a story. There will be a lot of competition in this arena too.

What do you folks think? Is this the speculative element of your dreams, or are you inclined to pass it over?

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Saddle up! Time for Panama’s free day

Tuesday, all day, my paranormal adventure, Panama, will be free. I have a theory some people are waiting for this one. It’s been pulling in some wonderful reviews.

Panama is the story of two former military men. The President knows they have unusual skills, and brings them together to investigate a mystery at the construction site of The Panama Canal.

This is a self serious story of the paranormal. It involves an international construction crew, and the magic represented is international in scope as well. A demon is spiriting construction workers away and turning them into an invading army. They are (barely) under the control of a Spanish Carlist rebel with designs on re-establishing Spain’s lost colonies.

Listen to what the reviewers are saying:

“The story takes several surreal twists and turns as it navigates its way through the unlikely pair’s adventures. It’s clear they don’t have a clue about what they’re doing, which is what makes them so endearing, and which leads them into many a scrape, but they muddle along, making enemies, friends and allies as they go.”

“The writing is funny and sad, cynical and naive, plausible and incredible, and quirky as hell – and it all works and makes you feel like you’re right in there with the characters who all leap out at you.”

“Boyack has created a great story, with the result being a fascinating, enjoyable book that is very well written. His character development and descriptions of the scenes are extremely well done. It is an easy read and captures your attention almost immediately.”

“The characters at times say completely unexpected things or act in ways that will make you laugh out loud. You will never be quite sure how the story will end.”

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Okay, I’m about to blush. Those are some wonderful things to say about my story.

I grew up around actual Cowboys, Basque people, and gold miners. The dialog between Ethan and Coop is authentic. I hope you’ll grab a copy of Panama on its free day.

panama

PS: It would be really cool if someone from Panama would pick up a copy of Panama.

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Yippie Skippie!

My cover art is finished for Panama. I hope to work on publishing it this weekend. Since I usually post on Wednesday, this arrived right on time.

image

I really like it. Panama is a paranormal story set during the building of the Panama Canal. I like the way the demon’s eyes grab the reader. I think it communicates the paranormal aspect pretty well. I’ll give a description of the story in a future post. Today is about the artwork.

The art is by Eric Dagley. Eric doesn’t blow his own horn very much, but he provided me a link to his blog. If you’re interested, you can contact him here: Eric Dagley. Eric has done some work on a cool webcomic called Next Town Over. That’s how I found him.

I also like the upside down star on the badge. It’s kind of subtle, but helps communicate the tone of the story. I think it’s going to look pretty good as a thumbnail image too.

What do you folks think?

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