Thursday, February 27, 2014

Vampires in Nova Scotia? Blackthorne Clan Series by @KarynGerrard #Paranormal #Erotic

  • BLACK SCAR (book 4 Blackthorne Clan)
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evernight Publishing (May 26 2013)

My paranormal series with Evernight Publishing is set in my home province of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is called 'Canada's Ocean Playground' and for a good reason. One of my favorite places is along the South Shore of the province. With such spectacular Atlantic coastal scenery, I thought, why not have my clan of Vampires settle here? I even gave the clan leader a pirate background! There are four books in this series, and someday down the line, I may continue with it. There is nothing like standing on a beach and saying "this is where I'm going to set my book". When writing, I had the images all fresh in mind as I had visited all the locations at one time or another. In book 2, one scene takes place in a pub. It's one I visited in Mahone Bay a few summers back. It certainly brings the story vividly to life for me as I wrote it! And I hope I brought the breathtaking, oceanic beauty of Nova Scotia to life as well!~Karyn


Born a Thrope, a wolf shape shifter, Marcus Steele never imagined his life taking such a dangerous and heart-wrenching turn. Newly turned into a Vampire, Marcus became the victim of an attack of The Concealment from a member of the Blackthorne Clan. Now horribly scarred, Marcus also has to deal with the changes of his new life-state. The last thing he needs is to feel the Mate Bond.

 Logan MacNeil is a Faepyre and a skilled healer. She is called upon by the Clan to assist in Marcus’s recovery. His extreme youth and potent injuries call to her long buried heart. Having love and lost centuries ago, she swore she would never take a mate again. Yet Marcus has stirred emotions in her she doesn’t wish to feel.

 Many obstacles stand between them. Logan has many healing powers and skills. Will they be enough to heal Marcus and his emotional and physical...Black Scar?

EXCERPT:  “Since I am Thrope and Vampire, I must disgust you. Throw in my wrecked face and crippled body and I haven’t a hope in hell with you, do I?”

Logan sat back in shock. He seriously thought they had formed a sort of bond? Before she could try to form a reply, Marcus swung around to face her. He cupped her face and captured her lips with his.

Logan had not been kissed by any man in a very long time. The contact was a shocking jolt. His lips were warm, moist, and insistent. His tentative first brush scorched her insides. When he deepened the kiss and sensually wrapped his tongue around hers, Logan’s entire body erupted into flame.

Marcus groaned loudly and became more aggressive and possessive. The kiss became too much. Her long buried desires roared to the surface, and she could not have it. Logan grasped his shoulders and pushed him away hard. The movement caught Marcus off guard, and he fell backward on the bed, a dazed look on his face.

Her fangs extended again. No, it could not be true. She didn’t want a mate. She stood and backed away from him. He lay propped up on his elbow, winching in pain as he had landed on his casted arm. Her concern for his recovery soon overcame her apprehensions regarding the passionate and incendiary kiss. Logan stepped toward him to check his injured arm. Marcus hissed at her, his fangs clearly showing.

“Get out,” he growled.

Logan turned on her heel and rushed from the room, slamming the door behind her.


Blackthorne Clan~ a Clan/family of Vampires who have managed the impossible, they have procreated. They make their home on the South Shore of Nova Scotia (Maritime province in Eastern Canada in the fictional village of Bennington Bay) The leader of the Clan, Deegan Black, settled there in the 1740's. This Clan feels things deeply, they have hearts and souls. But do not cross them. They can also be deadly.

Blackthorne Clan Series

Book 1 is BLACK LUST
   Book 2 is BLACK DESIRE
  Book 3 is BLACK HEART
Book 4 is BLACK SCAR


Karyn Gerrard Bio:

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.

Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals are her favorite. As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden.

 Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

                               Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time to Go Hiking Yet?

With all the snow, icy and cold weather we've had in Ontario this winter, I'm more than eager to get out hiking, enjoying the views of some of our gorgeous waterfalls and just enjoy warmer weather.

This past October, for the first time, my husband, his Grandfather, our youngest child, our pup Peaches and myself hiked through and enjoyed the sights of Egan Chutes Provincial Park. About 15km East of Bancroft, it was about a 90 minute drive from our house but very much worth it.


The leaves were gorgeous and lined the floors of the trails and the cool/damp weather made for a perfect hiking day.

Loved this tree!
Kiddo led the way!

Peaches had fun!

And found these pretties!
I'm terrible at remembering flowers. A Hibiscus I think!:

I'm anxious to get back there and explore some more. Thinking this summer so I can see what other flowers are decorating the trails and if the water flows faster.

Hope you can visit the area if your traveling. It's like a tiny, private hideaway.

See you soon!

Monday, February 24, 2014

My Olympic Memories Over the Years ~ Post by Jessica E. Subject

With the Olympics now over, and all the medals handed out, I am left reflecting on the event in Sochi as well as the Olympics that I remember from my lifetime.

The first Olympics games I remember are those from Calgary, Alberta in 1988. When the Olympic torch arrived in Stratford, we went to city hall for a nighttime event by candlelight. The Olympic bears were there, and even though cold, it was a lot of fun. And at school, we watched the Olympic games. Yes, instead of working, we watched television. It was the best!

For the summer Olympics, I remember bits and pieces. Ben Johnson won and then had his medal taken away. I worked at McDonald's during the Olympics in Atlanta, because I remember wearing the purple hat to work everyday. And I also recall Donovan Bailey being the fastest man alive. His picture crossing the finish line donned so many newspapers that year.

And then came the Olympics in Vancouver. It was like the games in Calgary, only I had kids of my own. We went to the events at city hall when the torch came through town, and then we drove to the city limits to watch the carrier take it out of the city. And of course, we watched the games on television, cheering for Canada all the way.

I'm not sure how much of those games my children remember, but I love their enthusiasm for this year's games in Sochi. My son is amazed by all of the aerial events, with skiers and snowboarders flying through the air and performing tricks, or trying to jump the farthest or fastest. Many Canadians focus on hockey, but curling is a big thing to watch in our household. My daughter was super excited to go curling for the first time this year, and it just happened to be on the day Jennifer Jones won gold for Canada. She also watched the Olympics at school.

But here in Canada, we cannot forget about hockey. With the women's hockey game against the US for gold, we were on the edge of our seat. I was home with my sister-in-law, my son, and another little girl. When Canada was down 2-0 with only five minutes to go in the third period, we were biting our nails. And then the women scored once, twice, to tie up the game. Thus, they went into overtime. When they finally scored the winning goal, I'm sure there was cheering all across Canada. Because, that was honestly, the best game of hockey I've ever seen. And with the men, we watched both the semi-final and the gold medal game with our hearts pounding. We Are Winter!!

Of course, I'm super proud of all of the Canadian Olympians, but also of those from other countries, too. Because it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make it to the Olympics. And I know there are many inspiring stories to write after these games, too.

But, of course with my love for aliens and space, my mind is thinking in terms of a Galactic Olympics. Hmm... After all, the Olympic torch has now been up in space.

So, what was your favorite memory from the Sochi Olympics or any other games you remember?


Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. If you're looking for something even steamier, check out her erotica titles w/a Paisley Brown.

When Jessica isn't reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ghost Towns in Erotic Romances Part II

Ghost Towns in Erotic Romances Part II

In this post I am continuing my Ghost Town Erotic Romances subject. In my second Undercover series story “Kiss Me”, you will find private-eye Jo Brady and criminal defence lawyer Daniel McCullen heading to a top-secret wedding taking place at the true Canadian ghost town of Nicholson located near Chapleau, Ontario Canada.


Personally I’ve never been to Nicholson, although my dad and I did try to get in on a couple of occasions but sadly bad weather forced us to turn our canoe around and head back to civilization. Alas I was a few miles away from the town and with some research I got a really good feel of the area and hope I was able to convey the wilderness surroundings in “Kiss Me”.

Apparently some buildings in the abandoned town of Nicholson are still standing. Some buildings have also been turned into cottages. According to the people in Chapleau, Ontario’s Tourist Information Centre you can visit Nicholson via canoe into Little Prairie Bee Lake and portage along swamps and rivers into Windermere Lake. Or you can hike in along the railway tracks and/or flag down the train as it approaches (and the train will stop to pick you up - yes that’s what we were told! And it will stop at the town to pick you up too) or you can drive in along a rutted logging road. Make sure you bring a topographical map and a compass/GPS to avoid getting lost.

Here’s a sneak peek at “Kiss Me”.
Undercover, Book Two.

 A one-night stand
Mind-blowing sex one hot summer night makes Jo Brady fall hard for a seductive stranger. But when Daniel turns out to be the lawyer who frees the murderer of her young friend, Jo is devastated and vows revenge.

 Dangerous attraction
Years later, while saving his cute butt from kidnappers, private eye Jo Brady discovers the truth behind Daniel’s past and realizes their sexual attraction is hotter than ever. Escaping from the clutches of an illegal organ transplant industry, Jo and Daniel are thrown together in a fight for their lives.

Hot, passionate sex… Being so close to her sexy stranger’s hard body leaves Jo all hot and bothered. Being near his enticing rescuer scorches Daniel with fevered erotic images of the night they shared and the promises he made to her. Giving in to the seductive powers of pleasure and desire, they spend their nights sharing passion and lust, igniting a fiery love they can no longer deny...

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For my next post I’ll continue my Undercover series with “Intimate Stranger” which takes place on a secluded island just off Prince Edward Island, Canada and yes there is a lighthouse!!
Happy Reading!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ode to Poutine

Is there anything more Canadian than poutine? I've referred to this favorite dish of mine on Facebook and in some interviews and invariably get the query, "What is poutine?" I usually gasp in shock, because really, how can anyone have survived without having tasted this most yummy of treats. Well, it doesn't take me long to explain, in salivating detail, my temptation and downfall (of which the best I've eaten can be found at Pong's on Carp road).

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Live a little too far to check out Pong's? Then let me describe a poutine to you--please watch out you don't slobber on your keyboard. You start with some crispy french fries. Now, I personally prefer a straight cut, not too fat, home fry, well cooked and crunchy. Sprinkle over them, while piping hot, a generous handful of cheese curds (St. Albert of course!) Then apply a liberal ladle of salty, thick gravy. Let it sit for a few minutes to melt the cheese, then dig in.

Food Poutine Closeup

That's the basic poutine. Now, there are variations on that recipe. New York Fries for example at Bayshore Mall offers a beef stew version, basically fries, cheese curds with a thick and hearty stew spooned on top. There's the Italian poutine, which is fries, Bolognese sauce then cheese on top (the fries being a great alternative to pasta). The nacho version with taco meat, chopped green onion, tomato, green pepper and nacho cheese sauce drizzled on top. Ooh, the pulled pork, served up best by the folks at Boss Hog in Cobden. Pulled pork in a rich sauce layered over the fries and cheese. Oops, had to wipe the drool off my chin there.

I'm sure I've forgotten some flavors, or that my fellow Canadians have their own special recipe. I'd love to hear about them, right after I get myself some poutine to eat, because damn, I'm craving one right about now. Mmmmm....

In almost as exciting news, my newest Cyborg story is releasing on February 28th. For those who've been following the series, Seth is a must have as we not only get to see him in love, we also get an awesome glimpse at his creation. Lots going on in this action packed sequel.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Family Day in Canada

It's Family Day in Canada!

It's important to spend time with our families and children, and even our government recognizes the fact. Family Day is a statutory holiday in most of Canada. Since we are still in the heavy of winter, and I'm not all that crazy about snow sports, we will be spending time together inside. We'll be playing board games and other activities that don't require freezing my toes off! The above pic is the rear of our house from the kitchen window. It's a winter wonderland in northern Ontario!

Don't get me wrong, the snow is beautiful. Canada is, in my opinion, is the most diverse and gorgeous country in the world. But it has been a brutal winter in most of Ontario—ice, freezing rain, snow, frigid temperatures—and I just want it to be over. Next week we'll be heading to sunny Cuba with the kids to get started on our summer tans. The beaches are to die for, but it will still be wonderful to come home, relaxed and refreshed, with spring on the horizon. It would be easier for me and my hubby to just take off on our own, and many wonder why we don't, but it's just not the same without the little ones. They're only young once and we want to enjoy our vacation time with them. 

Although many of my books have a Canadian setting, from Vancouver to Toronto, I only have a few books that take place in the winter months. My romance books are not only an escape from reality, but an escape from the cold, too!

My latest release is Cowboys Mine. It's a friends-to-lovers cowboy menage (MFM) romance. I really enjoyed writing this story, especially delving deep into my characters. I'm thrilled with all the positive feedback I've received so far!

Eva Ford lives a sheltered life on her small rural farm. At twenty-two, she feels the need to spread her wings and start her own life, planning a trip to the city to show her prized cows. Colton and North McReed from the next ranch over are determined to make sure she stays out of trouble.
Twin brothers, Colton and North, have always loved little Eva. She's their rock in life, the one pure thing in their otherwise dark existence. Their abusive father ran out on the family years ago and their mother suffers from a serious addiction. They never look at Eva with desire...until they spend a week alone with her in the city.
Everything changes when Eva and the cowboys realize just how deep their love for each other runs. Once their passion is unleashed, it's impossible to contain. But can their unorthodox relationship last? Will sex ruin the friendship of a lifetime?
Be Warned: menage sex (MFM), anal sex, figging

Friday, February 14, 2014

Northern Ontario Splendor

My home was Toronto, Ontario, and no matter how many years I'm away I always want to go back. As a teen/young adult, I loved walking and hanging out along Cherry Beach in Toronto. Then there was hanging out Mars, a.k.a Cheltenham Badlands in Caledon.
Cheltenham Badlands (Mars)

But now, I live with my husband and two daughters on the border of that separates the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Ontario. If you're an outdoorsy type of person, this spot is for you. I live precisely a five minute walk away from a conservation trail, less than a three minute drive to the international bridge, and nearly an hours drive from Lake Superior.
Gros Cap

But of all my favorite places living up north, is the hub trail only a short walk away. My family and I have had some fun times along this trail, and many book plots have been sorted out while walking this trail.

Fort Creek Conservation 

There's something to be said when you live in a small city, and yet, have all the advantages of living so close to a border and wilderness.

For as much as I miss big city living, the surrounding area has been therapeutic in a way. You really don't comprehend how beautiful the world is until you take a moment to take it all in, and all its splendor. Heck! When was the last time you traipsed through a marsh looking for a frog to appease your nine year old? I can tell you without a doubt I would much rather stick my hand into the earth and reach for a handful of worms, than to teeter at the edge of rocks precariously, trying to catch an amphibian. 

White Fish Island

Do you have a favorite place to hike or photograph? I'm always on the hunt for new places to visit and photograph.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SALE! The Wicked Bad is 1.99 for month of Feb at Amazon! #bikerhero #ContemporaryRomance #sale

My April 2013 release from Crimson Romance is on sale for the month of Feb for 1.99. (ebook only) All books at Crimson romance are 40,000 words and above. So this is a great price for a romance novel~

Here is the post from the Crimson Romance Site:

 In celebration of February being the month of love and valentines, we at Crimson wanted to do something special. So, starting this Saturday, for the entire month of February, all 2012 and 2013 Crimson Romance titles will be on sale over at Amazon for just $1.99!
Over the past two years Crimson has brought you hundreds of contemporary, historical, suspenseful, spicy, classic, Wild and Wanton, and paranormal romances — and this month you can get them all for less than half price!
What better way to celebrate Cupid than to curl up with a steaming hot Crimson Romance? Click here to browse our titles.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
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  • File Size: 531 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1440573468
  • Publisher: Crimson Romance (April 15, 2013)

Nick Crocetti is an imposing figure in black leather riding his motorcycle about the town of Rockland. Owner of a bar, The Chief, whispers of criminal dealings and a murky past swirl around him. Dark and brooding, Nick is "the wicked bad" in looks and demeanor.

 Veronica Barnes, leaving a husband from a disastrously quick Las Vegas marriage and her high-paying consulting job, returns home after ten years to follow a lifelong dream and open her own bakery. Despite the mutual physical attraction - and a shared past - Nick and Veronica are wary of each other and have protective fences around their hearts.

 Can they break down the barriers of past heartbreak, or is Veronica just a good girl who longs to rub against "the wicked bad"?

 Sensuality Level: Hot

Karyn Gerrard Bio: 

Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She wiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few best-sellers under her belt,

Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals are her favorite. As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden.

 Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

                                 Karyn's Site/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest

Monday, February 10, 2014

When Writing Feels Like Home ... plus #Giveaway!

I have lived in Ontario my whole life. It has so many wonderful places to visit – Niagara Falls, which was where my Hubs and I honeymooned. And conveniently why the background of this blog is what it is. *g*
Ottawa, the old Victorian homes, Rideau Canal, The Canadian War/Science & Technology Museums & Parliament Hill are all eye-catching and hold so much history.
Wolfe Island—have been there once and holds a lot of small town qualities and history. In fact, I’m anxious to set a wolf series there. So Hubs and I will spend a weekend there this spring so I can take pix of the area and get a feel for the area. It’s extremely beautiful in the fall too.

For the love of Ontario, as well as various parts of Canada where I have family or have traveled to, I make it a practice now to set all new stories within Canada. I’ll travel to other areas as I revisit other stories set in a series, but my heart is really into home/Canadian places.

Here are my existing titles set within Canada:

Set in Niagara Falls
Set in Halifax (then LA)
Set in Toronto

Set in Ottawa
Set in Ottawa
Set in Belleville...
my hometown *g*

Coming Soon:
Set in Moncton, New Brunswick

And I am working on a story now that is set in Vancouver. So I’m making my way around Canada…one book at a time. LOL
All books can be found on My Website.


Do you have a favourite Canadian location you’ve been to and would love to revisit?
Or one you’d like to see for the first time?
Feel free to share! Leave an answer to either question below, and be entered to win an Ebook copy for one of the above stories (excludes Hands All Over obviously since not pubbed as yet.)
Winner will be drawn Tues, FEB 11 by 5pm EST
No Purchase Necessary. Open internationally. Must be 18 or older to enter.