Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The World Of Sharita Lira

SL: Hi Momcat thanks for having me! :D

     AMC: You are most welcome here in my world.  Shall we get the party started?  Where did you grow up? Do you think your childhood impacts your writing?

SL: I grew up on the southside of Chicago. Not much of my childhood impacts my writing since I was so much of a late bloomer when it came to the sex thing. *laughs*

     AMC: Do your siblings if you have any, find their way into your stories?  

SL: I have one younger brother. He hasn’t shown up in any of my stories yet. I don’t think he’ll be happy about being in an m/m book. *grins*

     AMC: Are you married, single? Children?   

SL: Yes I’m off the market thankfully. Happily married with two lovely, bratty kids. 

      AMC: Who do you read?  What genres do you enjoy? Can you list any that you think we would enjoy?  

SL: Um, I’m mostly into m/m of any subgenre now. I need to get back into hetero but I’m so addicted to anything gay. I love Sue Brown or Sue Brow as I called her in my last interview. Damn typos. I also love Tara Lain, Sloan Parker, Rick Reed, Blak Rayne and so many of my peers in m/m that might take up the rest of this page. 

     AMC: Who is your all time favorite author and why?  

SL: All Time, definitely Anne Rice. I know it’s so cliché but I’ve read almost all of her books. She’s the only one I can say that about right now. 

     AMC: Ebook or paperback?  Why?  

SL: I love the feel of a paperback book. I haven’t bought any in a while. I still have GC’s from B&N leftover from Christmas I need to spend. Still, e-book has given a new author like me a chance to achieve part of my dream. That might not have happened even as soon as 5 years ago. 

     AMC: How many books do you read a month? What are you reading now?  

SL: I might read, depending on length, 4 books a month. I know that sucks because I write, work part time, and I have a family. When in the middle of my own novel I usually don’t read as much. Right now I’m reading Caribbean Heat by Remmy Duchene, another of my faves!

     AMC: What's your favorite way to relax and recharge? Hobbies?  

SL: My favorite way to relax? Reading and or writing fanfic. No seriously, I love writing that much. Occasionally some erotic movies. LOL They inspire me. 

     AMC: Do you have a favorite quote?  Does it have a special meaning to you?  

SL: Fave quote? Never tell a book by its cover. It has always been my mantra because it fits me. People don’t believe that I write erotica, less alone m/m erotica. I look too innocent. At least that’s what they tell me. *grins*

Fun Stuff  Why?  Because Mom Cat’s are curious creatures!
Favorite color? Black
Favorite food?  Pizza
Favorite time of year and why?     Halloween. I love dressing up!

Where can readers find your books and learn more about you?

SL: The links
The Literary Triad -!

Michael Mandrake –

Thanks for having me!

Author Sharita Lira: The Triad, otherwise known as the characters in the head of Sharita Lira are three separate muses that are the driving force behind her small amount of success. Misses Lira sees her own life as one that is very ordinary, so instead of presenting herself out to the world, she created three personalities that continue to haunt her all hours of the night to get several WIP’s done at the speed of light, and push her to the brink of sheer exhaustion, but she loves it and that’s the reason she hasn’t told them to get the hell out her head.

Michael Mandrake, BLMorticia, and Rawiya collectively have written over 30 stories published in e-book and or print through 7 different publishers. Right now as it stands, Mrs. Lira and the muses have 6 sole author books with much more to come in 2012 and beyond.

She is a happily married mother of two that writes m/m, m/f, ménage, paranormals, contemporaries, and for fun some fan fiction. She is a proud member of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, as well as an advocate for rights of LGBT citizens, and a big fan of 80′s and heavy metal music. She’s also a contributor to the heavy metal ezine

For more information, please visit as well as her Facebook fanpage, The Literary Triad.

Unofficial Blurb: Camdyn Hardy is a former cop who has his own private investigator business. Due to a misunderstanding from a client, he gets into an argument with his lover Tay. Right after, they breakup Camdyn is left alone to think about his future as a PI and his love life.

Malik Day was recently discharged under the DADT policy and is looking to get his life on track The main reason he joined was because he dreamed of being a ranking officer. Now that it’s been taken away, he desires to start his life anew and find someone to share it with.

After two weeks the men meet at a shooting range and find out they have a lot in common. Once they engage in a one on one match, they proceed to a bar to have drinks and get to know one another better.  They both discover their affinity for guns as well as Camdyn’s need for a new partner at Camdyn & Associates. Malik is intrigued but afraid to ask him and decides to wait till they are closer. Camdyn is excited about this prospect as well but waits for Malik to say the word. Finally, in an erotic encounter, true feelings are revealed.

The story continues where the twosome began their work and love relationship. Together they’ll take on cases investigating cheating husbands or wives, companies with defector employees all the while trying to maintain their newfound commitment to one another as well as having a little fun in the process.

Excerpt PG

After he’d folded his laundry, he thought about going somewhere to let off some steam, to get all the violent thoughts out of his head. Why not a trip to the range?
Malik could pretend the targets were those idiots that beat that kid and his old drill sergeant. Why not? His fantasies would harm no one. It was the safest way to let out some aggression without landing in jail.
Just as he prepared to leave his room, his mother came in. “Son, why don’t you come to Bible study with me today? It might do you some good.” She stood by the door, tightly gripping her purse.
Malik sighed and shook his head. He really did love his mother, but the last place he needed to be was at a Bible study. He swallowed hard and cleared his throat. “Mom, I was just on my way out. Maybe I’ll join you the next time you go, okay? Just not today.”
“That’s what you said last week, Malik. And the week before that.” She tilted her head, her eyes flaring at her son, and then pursed her lips.
“Mom, really, I don’t wanna…”
“Malik, you listen to me. If you cared more about your religion, you wouldn’t be in this kind of situation in the first place. You need to start puttin’ God first in your life. Bein’…” she stopped and stuttered. “Desiring a man is against God’s word. You don’t wanna go to Hell, do you?”
Malik rolled his eyes and silently exhaled. He had answers for that, but she was up in age, and he didn’t want to cause her a heart attack. He bit his lip and shifted his weight onto his left foot. “Mom, please don’t lecture me. I was born this way, okay? I love men, I never will…”
“Don’t…don’t…” Mrs. Day put up her hands to her head, and petulantly stared him down. “I don’t wanna hear those words in my house. It ain’t right, Malik. That’s the choice you made and… I mean, you never even tried to look for a woman.”
“Mom, I’m not attracted to women, never have been. Listen mother, with all due respect, I was born this way, and it was my choice to act on it. I could’ve stayed closeted, sure, but why hide who I am in order to make you or dad happy? If God’s gonna judge me because I like to lie with other men, then so be it. For now…” He grabbed his keys for the rental car. “I’m gonna live my life the way I want to. Bye, Ma.” He walked past her and out the door.
“Malik! Malik, you come back here!” she yelled from atop the staircase.
Former Lieutenant Day didn’t bother to turn around. He’d never just flat out ignored his mother until today, but he felt this to be as good of a day as any. She got on his nerves, and if he would’ve stayed there, there would’ve been an argument. Malik blew raspberries after he closed the car door. “Fuck… I need a drink, but I’m going to the range first to let out some of this mad energy!”
The freeway was clear of traffic for a change, and he whizzed along without interruption until he arrived at the shooting range. Just the thought of holding a gun again caused disruption in his pants; one he knew wouldn’t dissipate until he actually held the steel in his palm.
Once he checked in and got the necessary safety gear and ammo, he proceeded to one of the booths and prepared to take aim at the targets. He adjusted his goggles and headphones as he fired a bullet at the panels in front of him.
“Gotcha, heh.” He laughed to himself, while hitting every target with precision. He thought back to basic training, when he’d first held a weapon in his hands. The proudest moment in his life, other than the day he came out of the closet. In both instances, Malik was cocked and loaded. Nothing stood in the way of his obtaining his goal to be a soldier and, in the case of revealing his sexuality, his right to be a happy man.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

List One Anthologies

Anthologies are an awesome way to find new authors.  Here is a list of anthologies that I currently own.  Frequently harder to find, due to the smaller print run,  I consider myself lucky when I can find them in the secondary market.

After Twilight (2001) (Amanda Ashley)

Beyond Magic (2008) (Susan Kearney)

Beyond the Dark (2007) (Lora Leigh)

Bite (2005) (Signed by Laurel K. Hamilton and Mary Janice Davidson)

Bitten By Cupid (2010) (Lynsay Sands)

Bump In The Night (2006) (J.D. Robb)

Captive Dreams (2008) (Angela Knight)

Chards of Crimson (2007) (Liz Maverick)

Cravings (2004) (Laurel K. Hamilton)

Dark Dreamers (2006) (Christine Feehan)

Dark Love (1995) (Stephen King)

Dead After Dark (2008) (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Dead Of The Night (2007) (J.D. Robb)

Deadly Promises (2010) (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Dragon Lovers (2008) (Jo Beverley)

Fairies Gone Wild (2009) (Mary Janice Davidson)

Fantasy (2002) (Christine Feehan)

First Blood (2008) (Susan Sizemore)

His Immortal Embrace (2003) (Hannah Howell)

Huntress (2009) (Christine Warren)

Holiday Are Hell (2007) (Kim Harrison)

Hot Blooded (2004) (Christine Feehan)

Inked (2010) (Karen Chance)

Irish Magic (1995) (Roberta Gellis) (Oversize)

Kick @$$ (2005) (Maggie Shayne)

Love At First Bite (2006) (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

Mammoth Book Of Paranormal Romance (2009) (Kelley Armstrong) (Oversized)

Mammoth Book Of Vampire Romance (2008) (Karen Chance) (Oversized)

Mammoth Book Of Vampire Stories By Women (2001) (Anne Rice) (Oversized)

Midnight Cravings (2009) (Michele Hauf)

Midnight Pleasures  (2003) (Amanda Ashley)

Mistletoe And Magic (2000) (Lynsay Sands)

Moon Fever (2007) (Susan Sizemore)

Moon Shadows (2004) (Nora Roberts)

My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding (2006) (Sherrilyn Kenyon)

My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon (2007) (Jim Butcher)

My Immortal Highlander (2006) (Hannah Howell)

My Zombie Valentine (2010) (Signed by Angie Fox)

Mysteria (2006) (Mary Janice Davidson)

Mysteria Lane (2008) (Mary Janice Davidson)

Nature of the Beast (2008) (Hannah Howell)

Night’s Edge (2004) (Charlaine Harris)

Night Magic (1993) (Shannon Drake)

Nocturnal (2010) (Jacquelyn Frank)

On The Hunt (2011) (Signed by Shannon Butcher)

Once Upon a Castle (1998) (Nora Roberts)

Once Upon a Midnight (2003) (Nora Roberts)

Once Upon a Star (1999) (Nora Roberts)

Only One, The (2003) (Christine Feehan)

Out Of This World, (2001) (J.D. Robb)

Over The Moon (2007) (Angela Knight)

Penguin Book Of Vampire Stories (1987) (George Gordon)

Real Were Wives of Vampire County, The (2011) (Signed by Angie Fox and Alexandra Ivy)

Shadows Of Christmas Past, The (2004) (Christine Feehan)

Silent Night (1998) (J.D. Robb)

So I Married A Demon Slayer (2011) (Signed by Angie Fox)

Sprinkle of Fairy Dust, A (1996) (Maggie Shayne)

These Boots Were Made For Stomping (2008) (Julie Kenner)

Timeswept Brides (1996) (Mary Balogh)

Trick Or Treat (1997) (Lori Handeland)

Twice Bitten (2005) (Chrystal Green)

Unbound (2009) (Kim Harrison)

Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, The (2007) (Jennifer Crusie)

Unlaced (2008) (Jaci Burton) (Oversized)

Unwrapped (2000) (Nina Bangs)

Weddings From Hell (2008) (Maggie Shayne)

What You Can’t See (2008) (Allison Brennan)

Wild Thing (2007) (Maggie Shayne)

Year’s Best Science Fiction (1992)

Year’s Best Science Fiction (1993)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Michele Hope's New Release -- SERVICE RENDERED


Seven years ago, Michele Hope had become accustomed to Midwestern winters and scraping ice off her windshield. Until one day, a Southern boy possessed of good looks and entirely too much charm fell out of the sky like a piece of space junk, landing smack dab in the middle of her life. He swept her away to the green-gold banana republique de Louisiane and warmer climes, where she resides beside her sleepy and peaceful bayou. Surrounded by wildflowers, animal companions, voodoo and that Southern man, she writes, fishes, contemplates, and occasionally goes to town. A girl needs to dress-up and wear heels from time to time.

A handsome, charming and adventurous couple depart their plantation home for an evening of elegant partying. Our prettiest of Southern belles has given thoughtful consideration, not only to her ensemble, but to the many possibilities the evening may hold. After arriving at the grand antebellum home for a charity ball, their evening progresses with friendly and warm hospitality. Our lovely chatelaine decides to heat up the night, first with an unexpected flirtatious encounter with an equally beautiful woman in the lady's room. Then finding her handsome and commanding husband at the bar, she insists on playtime. Their moment leads to seduction and a guest room with an antique vanity . . . all with a young bartender in tow.


As I walked from our bedroom toward my waiting bath, it was you who was waiting, sly assassin that you are. Without a word, you spun me around to face the wall, my appeal extinguished by your cupped hand, the towel falling to the floor in silent witness. Your restraint lessened as I knew resistance would be futile then I felt your finger tips caressing my arms, outlining my shoulders, tracing down the center of my back. Closing my eyes, I could sense your breathing, still in control yet beginning to rise in concert with my diminishing will. You chose this seduction and I became your compliant and ready victim, needy of your resolve. The delicate nape on my neck rose in electric response and I could smell you in the ionic air. The scent of power. I knew what to do.
Without prompt, I extended my arms to the wall, pushing back against your power. Full of grace, I bent at the waist, offering the barest of resistance. Then the slap to my bare bottom. "Yes!" The sharp crack of palm on flesh reverberated down the short hallway, ricocheting off the bathroom's cool tiles. The report came back to me at light speed. "Spank me one more time," my hushed plea. "and then I will surrender." I stood on tip-toes, arching my smarting buttocks high for your access. Another smack to the same cheek. I welcomed it. My legs spread, my toes struggled to gain purchase on the hardwood floor. I felt your hand massage the sting with gentle caress then handle my breast coarsely, my nipples stiff and aching. Compelling me more, you prepared me with a single finger. I adored letting it all be about you. Because I am in your sphere, I'm pulled ever closer and closer, only to be set free. Oh God! Yes . . .
You had your way with me and never ever selfish, you allowed for my pleasure before your own. That nobility is your manner and with a kiss to the back of my neck and sweet reminder, " How I love you," you disappeared with the same stealth as your assault. Like the dove, I was released. 


Tuesday, October 4, 2011






Monday, October 3, 2011


Archon 35 is now over.  We were sad to see the days go by so fast.  Please continue to watch these pages for the great photos and stories from this awesome event. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011


TWO Count them TWO more days until the start the start of this years  St. Louis Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention : September 30 - October 2, 2011

The convention has moved back to Collinsville Illinois this year.  I have not attended ARCHON in Collinsville, so does the mean I am a "VIRGIN"  once again?  So to get you started on the road to ARCHON 35, here is a repost of last year's fun and the pictures to go with it.  So many Panels so little time!  I can't possibly go to all of them!  Angie Fox, M. R. Sellars, Sara Harvey... Camera, and Computer Don't fail me now!

Perceptions of Archon 34 from a "CON VIRGIN"

       Yes, I was actually called a "CON VIRGIN" by someone who has been doing Archon in St. Louis for 30 years. But that was on Saturday. More on that later.

Friday at Archon was short.  BCC (a.k.a. "Bruce Miller" according to his press badge) and I went to pick up our Press Passes.  We talked to a person named Byron. He was very nice, very friendly and helpful.  He gave us his cell phone number in case we had any questions, or if we needed suggestions on what to do to have fun at Archon 34.  Unfortunately for me, the first day of Archon 34 had to be short due to other considerations.  You see this here reporter has a "day job" .  A job that pays the bills so I can afford to have fun with the reporting thing, and not worry about getting paid.  But I did have an hour and change to see what I could see.  As I was saying, when we picked up our press passes from Byron, I saw a familiar face. St. Louis author M. R. Sellars was in the house!

Now for those of you who do not know who M. R. Sellars is, he is an active member of the HWA (Horror Writers Association). He is a relatively unassuming homebody who, in his own words, considers himself just a “guy with a lot of nightmares and a word processing program.” Legend has it, he started making up stories to entertain a stuffed bear during his single digit years, then began writing them down sometime around his early teens when the growing catologue of fiction started causing him to experience migraines. Although he had several short stories and newspaper articles published during his early adult life, it wasn’t until 2000 that his first full-length novel, Harm None: A Rowan Gant Investigation, hit bookstore shelves, officially launching the acclaimed paranormal thriller series about Rowan Gant a practicing Wiccan who consults with police on strange cases..  You can find out more about M. R. Sellars at or  His series, has a total of ten books (of which I own all ten all signed by the author). 

Before I had to go to the day job, we went to find the author in his lair.  We found him in the Geneva Room (situated in another building, about as far from the registration desk as one could get at Archon).  We decided to stop in and say "Hi".  We had met M. R. at a couple of other locations (book signings here in St. Louis-see reference to the ten signed books above).  He remembered us.  I asked him if I could take a "truth in advertising" photo so that people on Facebook would know he followed through with his blog promise to wear his "Castle" T-shirt.  He said "yes" (see my Facebook profile, "D. Alexx Miller", for the photo), and we chatted for a few more minutes as two other authors came in for the writing seminars they were doing.  By the way, his books are awesome. If you have not read them, you should.

The second author we met that day was Monette Draper.  She also writes under the names Monette Michaels and Rae Morgan. You can find out more about Monette at .  After Monette obtained her law degree, she worked in a small general practice attempting, in her own way, to right wrongs and fight the good fight. Little did she realize that all those clients, opposing counsel and the problems she handled would jump start the need to write fiction. But after twenty years in law, she did just that -- started writing. First, romantic suspense, then adding paranormal, then adding a sexier side (as Rae Morgan).  I found that she was a friendly person, and she let us take a picture with me as well.  I got to know a little more about her on Saturday.

The third author that I met that day was Sandy Lender.   Fantasy enthusiasts will recognize Sandy Lender as the author of the breakout novel Choices Meant for Gods , and a leader of workshops on world-building and characterization. Her four-year degree in English and seventeen-year career in magazine publishing augment her book publishing experience for a variety of presentations. Find out more about Sandy at  Sandy is a very nice person, and I learned some things from her on Saturday. 

So ended my Friday at Archon.  It was a short day for me, but I made up for it on Saturday.  I will write more on that later.


Saturday at Archon was, to say the least, busy.  It was also a hell of a lot of fun.   There were, it seemed, at least ten times the number of people there, many of whom were in costume. Bruce and I got there a bit after the first panel discussions of the day started. 
Let me just state for the record, it is damn hard to decide what you are going to do at a convention like this. Why? Because so many interesting things start at the same time Like This...

Balancing Writing With The Job That Pays The Bills
You were born to write, but you just haven't sold that bestseller…yet! Haley Elizabeth Garwood, Joy Ward
Humor in Speculative Fiction
A wonder (sic) addition humor is to your story.  Julia S. Mandala, Angie Fox
Japanese Street Fashion Show
Katrina & Mikhail Lynn

Sagging Middles!
Hitting the wall.  Monette Draper
Steampunk  Adventure Theatre Presents:  All's Wells That Ends Well 
Steampunk Adventure Theatre Presents A Preview Of Its Upcoming Shows And Offers A Chance To Encounter Some Of The Unusual And Exciting Characters From The Show. Dan McGee

We (I) wanted to attend all of these things, but as you can see they all started at 10:00 AM.  So We (I) chose Humor in Speculative Fiction.
Part of the reason I chose this panel discussion is I love Angie Fox's books. If you aren't familiar with Angie Fox, she is the bestselling author of the Accidental Demon Slayer series. If you want to learn more about Angie, you can find her at 

Angie, Me, and Julia
The discussion covered many authors.  Some of the discussion speculated about how with some book genres, sales figures were down, but how light paranormal romance (para with humor) sales were either up or stable.  One theory discussed was, with the economy and the general climate being somewhat sluggish, people were looking for happy cheerier things to read. Perhaps with the combination of the paranormal and humor, people are reading for pure escapism. It was a great panel with a lot of interaction on the part of the audience.  Angie seemed to be the moderator and kept the hour fresh and lively. 

The next session was even harder to choose from.  There were no 
fewer than six panels, shows or classes that we (I) wanted to attend.
We (I) chose CHICKS DIG TIMELORDS A Doctor Who discussion of the 11th Doctor  (for those of you who do not know, Matt Smith is the current actor who portrays Doctor Who). 
Discussion varied between who was the best doctor, best companion, etc.  Also discussed was that Torchwood was returning, for more on this  
BCC (aka as “Bruce Miller”) told me that in 1984, he was at a convention here at the same hotel, and met my favorite Doctor Who, Tom Baker. After some minor research I found that Tom Baker was here during the weekend of March 30-April 1, 1984, for the NADWAS annual convention.  BCC said that a crowd in the hotel was pushing forward as Tom Baker was coming out a door, and he got pushed into the corner with him and actually had a chance to shake his hand.  For more information on Doctor Who, is the official website.
After we left this panel, there was an empty spot on the list because it was nearing lunch time. I (we) walked over to the far side of the world of Archon to visit the Dealers rooms. We found a variety of fascinating things and people to talk to.  We met Glen Cook. Glen Cook's love of writing began in grade school, and in high school he wrote the occasional article for his school's newspaper. After high school, Cook spent time in the United States Navy and later worked his way through college, leaving little time for his writing endeavors. Cook began to write in earnest while working for General Motors at an auto assembly plant in a job which was "hard to learn, but [involved] almost no mental effort", writing as many as three books per year... Glen is quite a prolific writer, and he was nice enough to sign my book of Autographs. He is an old world author and seems like a gentleman to me. For more information on Glen and his books
Kevin J. Anderson was also in attendance. He was a Guest of Honor this year at Archon.  Kevin ( and his equally talented wife Rebecca Moesta ( were both in the Dealers room when not doing panels.  They were both charming and friendly. 
Author Rachel Neumeier was found in the second Dealers room. She was very friendly (are you detecting a theme yet?) and helpful even suggesting an author for my stepdaughter Rachael to read as well. For more information on Rachel Rachel also loves dogs, and her books have been added to my TBR List. 

Lunch was a run to McDonalds for BCC, while I sat on the patio after our walk back to the other side of the hotel again. People watching is fun. I took several pictures of people in costumes as they relaxed and enjoyed themselves. Some of the costumes I could figure out right away.  There was several Stormtroopers and villains from the Star Wars saga along with an itty bitty jedi (This Reporter’s Best Costume Award, but I did not take any pictures of children because they cannot give consent-Sorry). There was Darth Maul, and the make up job this person did was fantastic. There were anime costumes and Steam punk costumes. Now there is a subject to look into.  There are at least 100,000 web pages when I plugged in the term.  Some of the costumes were great, but by the look of the cost of individual pieces, it is an expensive costume to put together.  

After lunch I sat in on a writer’s workshop on Dialogue with M. R. Sellars (BCC had to run home to get something.) There were other authors in the room as well with their own discussions going on including:
Selina Rosen, Monette Draper, Haley Elizabeth Garwood, and Rachel Neumeier. 

I wish I could have had a chance to listen to everything everyone had to say. There just was not enough time in the day. M. R. Talked about the importance of believable dialogue. He stressed that you need to write what you know. He also talked about consistency in voice unless there is a valid reason shown in the narrative. As a book reviewer, he made the importance of dialogue in a book clearer.  He also stated though that there are other authors that would disagree on the distribution of dialogue versus narrative in a book.  

We took a break shortly after the writer’s workshop.  We went back upstairs to people watch.  It was actually kind of humorous, as it had started turning colder and some of the costumes were kind of skimpy.  This is when I met a lady who had been going to Archon and other conventions for 30 years. I mentioned that this was the first CON I had ever been to. She shouted to a crowded hallway of CON attendees, “We have a CON Virgin here!”  Many of the costumed attendees turned and smiled, but no one laughed.  I took more pictures of the costumes and people around me.  I met one of the Archon committee members dressed as a witch.  She loves the convention, and has fun every year.  
Panelists were Cindy Mathews, Sara M. Harvey,
Monette Draper, and Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Sara was hysterical.  I loved her bits of youthful enthusiasm.  Her views were so different and fresh.  What is it to love a non-human?  The opinions varied from yuck “vampires are dead; how can you have sex with a vampire?” to the “because vampires are portrayed as very sexy in most paranormal romance these days”. Everyone had something to add.  Cindy talked about the non-human non-corporeal character in her book. Kathryn said all her vamps and demons were bad, so there was no love of vamps there. Sara was talking about Seraphim in her book, and how one was dead so there was definitely relationship issues there. And Monete, who writes shifters, asked if they were human to begin with and only shifted to another form, did that mean loving them was wrong?  The jury is still out it seems, though the general consensus seemed to be it depended on your age. 

The final panel of the evening was THE EVOLUTION OF THE VAMPIRE: WHEN DID HE GO FROM MONSTER TO ROMEO? Panelists were Angie Fox and Kathryn Meyer Griffith. 

This really was an interesting subject.  Some said that the vampire has always been sexy. Others said that no way was that true if you look at the portrayal of Dracula by Bela Lugosi. There is no way that was sexy. So then the question became why are women so attracted to the tortured soul type that is in Paranormal romance novels?  Some said the Alpha male qualities in the characters, because today women do not want to be seen as weak, yet in the books they can become the character who is taken care of and protected.  Someone else suggested that it was the fact that they do come across as tortured souls, and that they bring out the nurturing qualities we as women have. 

In closing, the authors and panelists were gracious and generous with their time and talents.  They shared a bit of themselves with us.  I enjoyed the interactions I had with each and every author I spoke to or listened to.  There are many authors listed in this report that I will go out and find their books, and read and perhaps review. Most exceeded my expectations, and would take the time to sign an autograph or let someone take a picture.  For those that went the extra mile, thank you.

The hotel was wonderful and roomy though BCC said an alternate name could have been Aerobicon due to the amount of walking involved in getting from one place to another. Archon Staff was great.  There was always someone around to answer questions, and/or point you in the right direction. Keep up the good work. I can't wait till next year. 

This is for all the attendees. Thank you. Everyone was friendly and polite.  You let me take your pictures. I realized from all the people watching that everyone was accepted. It was, for a short time, a place where all species, and races, colors and creeds coexisted. Perhaps a bit of paradise, for the weekend. Thanks everyone for  the use of your photos.