Guest Author: Siobhan Muir!

Today i’m pleased to welcome the sweet and lovely Siobhan Muir! She’s brought her paranormal sweet romance, A Centaur’s Solstice Wish. Those of you familiar with Siobhan’s work know she’s an amazing writer and storyteller, but maybe you didn’t know she also has a fondness for writing about men who love men.

Welcome, Siobhan! Thank you for visiting!

Research

Interesting word. It means to search through information again, to look hard at something before writing or speaking about it. Charley invited me to her blog and suggested I write about my research for my latest release of A Centaur’s Solstice Wish.

Hmm. Research. Here’s the thing about researching fantasy. Of course we have the well known fantasy authors like Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Piers Anthony. And we can add J.K. Rowling to the list. All of them have created extraordinary fantasy worlds and all have included centaurs. I’ve read all of them, too, and I like all of them for different reasons and different tales.

But when it comes to world building and research into fantasy, I didn’t want to recreate their worlds. I had my own ideas of centaurs and how they behaved. So I used the knowledge I’d learned from reading about centaurs from other authors, and started to create my own world.

Centaurs in my world tend to follow a military regime, and live in a harem structure much like horses in our world. They don’t have the hang-ups about homosexuality we humans do, but it still is unusual enough not to broadcast. They refer to distances in lengths, strides, and hands, and they worship the Goddess Epona as their main deity.

Because they worship the Goddess, I decided I wanted a Pagan-style devotion for my characters. This gave me the opportunity to talk to friends who follow that path and find out more about Solstice celebrations. While I didn’t mention them heavily, it gave me insight into how my characters would react to things. Building the world for my centaurs has been a real treat because I can add or delete things from it as I choose, and yet the world isn’t unfinished.

I hope you enjoy my centaurs from the Rifts world and Sedgewick and Ronin in particular. They are unusual centaurs in that they’ve never been interested in mares, but they certainly don’t shy from showing each other love and affection.

Siobhan

A Centaur’s Solstice Wish, by Siobhan Muir

When making wishes on the Hunter’s star…

It will take more than wishes to improve Sedgewick Icetrotter’s Solstice. After being sent to the infirmary, again, for dislocating his shoulder while stringing his bow, he figures he’s got a snowball’s chance in hell to impress the centaur he loves. Until Corporal Ronin Creekjumper brings in two injured centaurs suffering from unusual insect bites, and Sedgewick knows how to treat them.

Ronin can’t believe his good luck when Sedgewick saves his men. It also gives him a chance to do more than light candles for his injured friend. Ronin takes the chance and invites Sedgewick to spend the Solistice holiday together. Just the two of them.

And a pack of hungry dire wolves who’d like to put Sedgewick on the menu. Who says Solstice can’t be exciting?

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About Siobhan:

Siobhan Muir lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, with her husband, two daughters, and a vegetarian cat she swears is a shape-shifter, though he’s never shifted when she can see him. When not writing, she can be found looking down a microscope at fossil fox teeth, pursuing her other love, paleontology. An avid reader of science fiction/fantasy, her husband gave her a paranormal romance for Christmas one year, and she was hooked for good.

In previous lives, Siobhan has been an actor at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a field geologist in the Aleutian Islands, and restored inter-planetary imagery at the USGS. She’s hiked to the top of Mount St. Helens and to the bottom of Meteor Crater.

Siobhan writes kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. She believes in happily ever after, redemption, and communication, all of which you will find in her paranormal romance stories.

Siobhan’s latest release, A Centaur’s Solstice Wish, is the second story in her new Rifts series. She has published A Hell Hound’s Fire (a free read), The Beltane Witch, and Cloudburst Ice Magic in the Cloudburst Colorado series. Siobhan has also published Bronco’s Rough Ride and The Navy’s Ghost in the Bad Boys of Beta Squad series, Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin and Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack through Siren Publishing, and Her Devoted Vampire through Evernight Publishing.

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Guest Author: Siobhan Muir!

Happy Monday!

Today my guest is the amazing Siobhan Muir. You may know her from her Cloudburst Colorado series filled with sexy witches—or maybe her weekly flash competition, Thursday Threads.

She’s grounded in the real world today and talking a bit about what makes a kink, and she’s brought a pretty tease from her December release—no witches in this one, but, hey—Navy SEALs! Try not to like it too much, because you’ll have to wait until December 2nd to read it. 😉

 

Kink

It’s Kink Month on Charley’s blog in celebration of her upcoming release and that got me to thinking about what is kink? We’ve all heard what mainstream media says about it and seen some of the extreme versions of it, but I think it’s a matter of personal definition. One woman’s kink is another woman’s vanilla. 😉

Like a favorite body shape or flavor of cookie, Kink comes in all shapes, sizes, and flavors, and there’s no such thing as one size fits all. It’s subjective and personal, and it’s important to remember that whenever someone tells you their kink or expresses disdain for yours. I have one friend who doesn’t find spanking a pleasant kink at all, and another friend whose go-to object to start play is a wooden spoon.

Some folks’ idea of kink is having sex with the lights on and they might have a hard limit of any position other than missionary. That’s not even vanilla to me. That’s more like sawdust, and not remotely kinky. Others need role-playing to heat things up, but their hard limit is pet play (puppy or pony) or impact play. Some folks have fetishes like perfectly pedicured feet, but reject any notion of restraints. Still others like knife play and suspension. My own hard limit has to do with pain. For me, kinky playtime should be fun with toys and costumes (lingerie and fancy shoes count), but there shouldn’t be pain. That’s my hard limit and all play stops.

The point is kink comes in a wide variety of forms and each is right for the partners participating in playtime. For some multiple partners is a form of kink. For others it’s a lifestyle.

Like Charley, I have a new release coming on December 2 2013 entitled The Navy’s Ghost and I like to call it my Ménage a’SEALs because it’s about three SEALs finding love in an unconventional (kinky) way. Lieutenant “Retro” Waters has what he thinks of as a dark need to share his woman, which his father has repeatedly drilled into him as depraved. Chief Warrant Officer “Magic” Hunter doesn’t see a problem with sharing, especially when it comes to Ensign Christiana “Ghost” Brickman. Chris wants both her swim buddies and Magic’s okay with it, but Retro fears sharing as his addiction and will do everything in his power to avoid it.  Here’s the blurb.

A SEAL is strongest with her Team…

 

Ensign Christana “Ghost” Brickman is the only female SEAL to survive BUD/S training, a real Navy Jane. But when an ambush ends her career as an active SEAL, she’s free to pursue other interests. Like her two best friends Lt. Jim “Retro” Waters and Chief Warrant Officer Todd “Magic” Hunter. She’s wanted them for over a year, but never dared to approach them while in the Squad.

Retro has fought his dark desires since high school, certain the need to share his women unnatural. Magic had never considered sharing before Ghost mentions it, but it solves his dilemma: his best friend or his woman.

But when Retro balks at Ghost’s offer, she marries Magic and everyone feels Retro’s loss. When Ghost and the other wives of Beta Squad are kidnapped, Retro must reevaluate how much both Ghost and Magic mean to him. And he must decide how far he’s willing to go to save the woman he loves most in the world, before she becomes the Navy’s ghost.

Sharing may not seem like a big kink, but to some folks it’s way outside the norm. And that’s okay. As Azim in Robinhood said, “Allah loves wondrous variety.” So my question for you is, do you have a hard limit on kink, and if you’re willing to share, what is it?

Thanks so much for stopping by during Kink Month.

Guest Author, Siobhan Muir!

This is another busy week and another lovely lady to entertain you! Today the wonderful and talented Siobhan Muir is my guest and she’s brought her latest release, The Beltane Witch, to share, along with some thoughts on Romance genres.

Warning: this post contains thinky thoughts that’ll get you pondering, and some hot het lovin’ (but trust me, this is nothin’ compared to what follows *fans self*).

The Art of Writing a Damn Good Story

Thank you so much for having me here today, Charley.

Charley and I write very different story types. She writes contemporary male/male romance and I write paranormal male/female romance. What makes readers appreciate our stories isn’t necessarily the sex of the characters (although that is one criteria), it’s the ability to tell a damn good story.

I’m sure there have been times where you’ve picked up a book because the subject seemed interesting, and just couldn’t get into it, even if it was written in your favorite genre. And then you’ve picked up a book written in a genre you’d never considered, and couldn’t put it down. It has happened to me several times, and the major difference between them is the art of writing a damn good story.

When I first started reading romance, I stuck with M/F romance. I’m a straight woman and at the time, there wasn’t much M/M romance out there. It never occurred to me to look. But as the M/M genre has exploded, so did the number of people writing. I picked up a few to see what they were about and some of the storylines intrigued me.

What I found is this: no matter the genre, no matter the sex of the characters, I only liked the books if there was a good storyline. Let me clarify. The author had to make me care about the characters, make the situations real enough for me to dread the hero(es)’s defeat, and cheer the conflict’s resolution, and make me want to know that everything would work out.

Also, there had to be a connection between the characters, and I’m not talking about sex. Human interaction, the spark of emotion and connection, is the heart of romance. The characters have to show positive emotion toward each other in a realistic way with which the reader can identify, even in paranormal romance. And the characters have to grow from the beginning to the end. No growth, no real story.

In my latest release, The Beltane Witch, the second book in the Cloudburst Colorado series, Sabrina Foxglove is just existing and doesn’t trust men any further than she can throw one. Men leave and ignore their responsibilities, and as a single mother of two, she doesn’t have time for them. Darius Winterbourne is the ultimate playboy and has had quick liaisons with numerous women to avoid responsibility. But when he meets Sabrina, his motivations and needs change, and he grows as a character, trying to convince her he’s worthy of her trust. And she has to grow beyond her fears to see the value in Darius’s addition to her life.

What genre surprised you by becoming a favorite?

[Charley here–I love this cover so much I’m using it twice! :)]

The Beltane Witch, by Siobhan Muir

Magic, mayhem, and motherhood… a witch’s work is never done, but Sabrina draws the line at the Fae.

After almost two decades as a practicing witch in Cloudburst, Colorado, Sabrina Foxglove is done with men, magic, and the fertility rituals of High Beltane. She’s dealt with all three before and ended up with a young daughter and no partner. Twice. She’s looking forward to a magic-free May Day, with nothing more exciting than making brownies for a kindergarten class and decorating a May Pole. She definitely doesn’t have time for a handsome, Fae-touched man.

After almost two centuries as the human chamberlain to the Fae’s Summer Court, Darius Winterbourne is a man accustomed to getting his way. So when the Summer Queen tasks him with finding a witch to perform the annual rituals and strengthen the ancient warding magicks, he figures it should be easy. He doesn’t expect Sabrina’s hardheaded refusal, her untrained abilities, or his attraction to her. With less than a week to Beltane, he must gain Sabrina’s trust before he loses his home, his position…and his heart.

Emotional connection and character growth makes a story great, in any genre, and makes them memorable for years to come. That’s what makes a damn good story.

Thanks again for having me here today, Charley. 🙂

What? That’s it? Nope, here’s a little excerpt to put some wiggle in your walk on this lovely Thursday. If you can still see straight (haha) keep reading for more about Siobhan and the secret to finding her on the web.

He hadn’t expected her power to be so strong or so pleasurable. He’d never communed with anyone outside his family before, but her magic had slid over him like a tailored glove, meshing with his own abilities perfectly. He’d only wanted more. His suggestion to try again had been made more from desire than from encouragement.

Even now his cock rose in response to the sensation memory of her glorious energy.

Quiet, you. Go to bed.

He resettled his body against the cushions and closed his eyes, but the arousal followed him down into his dreams. He found himself standing in Sabrina’s room beside her bed as she slept. She’d thrown off the covers and lay on her back in nothing more than a gossamer silk nightgown. The finely woven fabric cupped her breasts, offering the barest hints of dark areolas and taut nipples. Another dark smudge marred the cloth at the juncture of her thighs and his cock flexed happily against his trousers.

“Holy Goddess,” he whispered. He could no more stop himself from bending to kiss her than he could stop the rain.

Sabrina smiled sleepily and opened her eyes. “Darius.”

“Shh. Let me pleasure you, acushla.” He traced her neck and shoulder with kisses as he slowly pulled aside her nightgown.

When he exposed one full, plump breast to his lips, he sucked the nipple into his mouth, laving it with his tongue. Sabrina moaned and writhed beneath him with sensual, sleep-slowed motions.

“Oh, yes, Darius. Please.”

The pleasure in her voice sent blood rushing to his cock, impossibly hardening it more. Her rich taste against his tongue took his breath away and he couldn’t get enough of her. He thrust his hand under her gown and stroked the other breast, reveling in the taut nipple against his palm as she gasped.

“Oh, Goddess, that feels wonderful.”

Siobhan Muir lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, two daughters, and a vegetarian cat she swears is a shape-shifter, though he’s never shifted when she can see him. When not writing, she can be found looking down a microscope at fossil fox teeth, pursuing her other love, paleontology. An avid reader of science fiction/fantasy, her husband gave her a paranormal romance for Christmas one year, and she was hooked for good.

In previous lives, Siobhan has been an actor at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, a field geologist in the Aleutian Islands, and restored inter-planetary imagery at the USGS. She’s hiked to the top of Mount St. Helens and to the bottom of Meteor Crater.

Siobhan writes kick-ass adventure with hot sex for men and women to enjoy. She believes in happily ever after, redemption, and communication, all of which you will find in her paranormal romance stories.

Siobhan’s recent release, The Beltane Witch, is the second book in the Cloudburst Colorado series, and she has also published Not a Dragon’s Standard Virgin and Queen Bitch of the Callowwood Pack through Siren Publishing, and Her Devoted Vampire through Evernight Publishing. Her free read entitled A Hell Hound’s Fire introduces her Cloudburst, Colorado series.

If you’d also like to get to know The Beltane Witch a little better, click on either book cover or find it on Smashwords.

Website: http://siobhanmuir.com

Blog: http://siobhanmuir.blogspot.com

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