Meant to Be Press Podcast: Episode 019, Haunts and Hellions Gothic Romance

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Meant to Be Press Podcast
019 Meant to Be… Haunts and Hellions
Hosted by Emmy Z. Madrigal
Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger

A special presentation of Haunts and Hellions.

With audio stories by Emmy Z. Madrigal, Naching T. Kassa, and Emerian Rich

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich
13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.
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Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger
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Haunts and Hellions Emmy Z. Madrigal Excerpt

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich

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13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

With stories by: Emily Blue, Lucy Blue, Kevin Ground, Rowan Hill, Naching T. Kassa, Emmy Z. Madrigal, R.L. Merrill, N.C. Northcott, Emerian Rich, Daniel R. Robichaud, Daphne Strasert, Tara Vanflower, and B.F. Vega.

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An excerpt from Haunts & Hellions

 

Hungry Masses

Emmy Z. Madrigal

1909

HH3DPromoOff the Coast of Australia, aboard ship

“Miss Smith! Miss Smith, my word! Would you slow down, girl?” Mrs. Linden called after her as she entered the corridor.

“What is it?” Vivienne paused, taking in Mrs. Linden’s flushed cheeks and heavy intake of breath.

“Such news!” Mrs. Linden took hold of her forearm, holding a little tighter than she would like as the older woman led her to a couple of chairs by the window. “Haven’t you heard? The most dreadful thing!”

“No, what is it?”

“Seven more passengers are ill. Seven! And all from the upper-class cabins.”

“No!” Vivienne covered her mouth as she felt faint. How could an illness spread so fast?

“The young Dr. Radley has been called in to service as even the ship doctor himself has been feeling under the weather.”

“But are you sure? Seven? Seven overnight? Surely that must include the maid and…”

“No, I’m afraid not, sweet girl. It is on top of. There are now five passed on and…oh!” Mrs. Linden pressed her handkerchief to her mouth, her watery eyes speaking of fear and uncertainty. “I must go… I’ve only come to tell you, my husband and I will be dining in our cabin for the remainder of the trip. We’ll be leaving as soon as we come to port and booking passage elsewhere. I advise you to do the same.”

“Yes, that is wise. Thank you for telling me.” Vivienne helped the lady from her chair and took her side to walk her back.

“No, now, you must return to your room. I won’t have you sick because of me. Fare thee well, young Miss.” Mrs. Linden waved her hanky to her as she passed and hurried down the corridor as quickly as her little stubby legs could take her.

Vivienne’s heart thudded hard in her chest. What could she do? Should she see Charles? Was there a cure?

Noticing some commotion out on deck, she peeked out and saw several crewmen lifting a large flat object, covered in dark cloth, up on the railing. It almost looked like a…body. The captain was up above them on the steps, crossing himself.

She couldn’t help drawing nearer.

“Heave…ho!” the crewmen called and the form slid from the flat plank of wood, into the water below with a splash.

As the crewmen pulled yet another body onto the wooden slab, one of the shipmates saw her.

“Oh, now this isn’t the place for a lady. Please go back inside, Miss.” His words melted into nothingness as she locked eyes with the captain and saw the shame and disgust in his eyes.

“Miss Smith!” She turned to see Dr. Radley without a jacket and his shirt-sleeves rolled up. His eyes held concern and he came to her side, gently touching her on the elbow.

“Charles?”

“I think you should be in your room.”

“Yes…”

Charles gently grasped her arm and led her away from the most disturbing thing she’d witnessed in her young life. He held her as she wilted into him and led her down the hall to her cabin.

Once seated inside her stateroom, Charles fetched her a cool glass of water and stood against the doorframe, studying her. After a period of silence, she looked up at him.

“Charles… Mr. Smithe, he….” She touched again the place where he’d placed a kiss.

“What did he do to you? Are you alright?”

“Yes, but he was coughing and coughing and he kissed me… Right here on the cheek.”

“I see.” Relief washed over his face. He retrieved a washcloth and brought out a small vial from his pocket, dabbing the cloth. “I’m sorry, but you won’t have to worry about him anymore. He is… Well, he’s sure to be laid up the rest of the trip.” He smoothed the cloth over her cheek and the smell of rubbing alcohol caused her nose to tingle.

“But I’m sure to get it now.”

“No.” He shook his head, brushing back her hair and looking into her eyes. “The chances of that are…and besides, I’ve just disinfected you.”

She smiled weakly, hoping he was right.

“How many?” she asked. Mrs. Linden had said seven, but the bodies coming out of the hall seemed in the dozens and she wondered if there were more to come.

“Twenty-six in total.”

“Twenty… Why are they being dumped into the sea? Won’t their families want to—”

“The captain doesn’t want to take the chance. With how quickly it spread, he fears… He wants to protect the other passengers.”

“Who…were they? Anyone I…” She gulped back tears. Having not been on the boat long, she didn’t particularly have feelings for any of her shipmates especially, but she still didn’t want to see them die.

“Mostly below deck crew.” Charles kneeled before her and took her hand in his. “Try not to worry, Vivienne. You are safe here in your room.” He leaned in and she could not help but touch her lips to his. They kissed and she felt so safe in those moments.

“I should get back.” He stood, kissing her once more before taking his leave.

“Charles…” she called as he opened her door.

“Yes?”

“Will you come back this evening?”

“I shall try.”

To read more, read Haunts and Hellions at: Amazon.com

Haunts and Hellions, A Gothic Romance Anthology

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich

HH3DPromo13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

With stories by: Emily Blue, Lucy Blue, Kevin Ground, Rowan Hill, Naching T. Kassa, Emmy Z. Madrigal, R.L. Merrill, N.C. Northcott, Emerian Rich, Daniel R. Robichaud, Daphne Strasert, Tara Vanflower, and B.F. Vega.

Meant to Be Press Podcast: Episode 018, Austen, Northanger Abbey Chap 04

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018 Meant to Be… Austen, Northanger Abbey Chap 04
Hosted by Emmy Z. Madrigal
Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger

Meant to Be… Austen, Northanger Abbey Chap 04

Author Emmy Z. Madrigal reads Jane Austen’sNorthanger Abbey, Chapter 04

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Review: Rogue in My Arms by Celeste Bradley

roguinmarmscoverRogue in My Arms is a steamy Romance from St. Martin’s Historical Romance.  For those of you who like series’ or crossover books it’s also  part of a set. This is the second novel, but I didn’t know that until I started reading it. I wasn’t really missing anything from the first novel that I could tell. This book was pretty good to standalone on its own. But now, I have to find the others!

Sir Colin Lambert is a gentleman who  may be the father of a poor orphan girl named Melody. If he is, then her mother is Chantal, an exotic, theater diva who’s on the run. When Colin takes Melody with him to try and search for her mother and make an honest woman of her, he runs into Chantal’s seamstress, Pru. Seems Chantal didn’t pay her wages before she left and Pru is pretty hot about it, especially since she is supporting her younger brother. Hiring Pru and her brother to watch over Melody, take care of his horse, and accompany him on the trip, Colin thinks he’s got a pretty good chance of catching his lost love. Only, he doesn’t count on Pru being as enticing as she is.

This was a pretty steamy romance novel so if you’re into just sweet love you should steer away. Colin and Pru’s connection is intoxicatingly addictive. From the first moment they kiss, you can feel the fire between them. With lines like…

“His traitorous lap really enjoyed the entire experience.”

and

“The last time they had been thus, he had not been able to keep from ravaging her to the limits of her permission.”

I really enjoyed just reading how the author put  things. The erotic scenes are well done and appealing while the true love that blossoms between them keeps you reading and wanting to find out what will happen in the story. Whether it’s traveling with Gypsy performers, acting out pirate stories for the kids, or battling real pirates for their freedom, you’ll want to see how this gem turns out. I can’t wait to read her other books in this series.

Book Review: Petticoats and Promises by Penelope Friday

Petticoats and Promises by Penelope Friday

I may be out of the loop, but this is the first time I’ve ever read a Regency book with same-sex lovers. Sure, they mentioned the lifestyle in Lost in Austen, but only as a joke and plot device. To see an actual lesbian affair, treated with respect and reality in play was quite different. I was worried at first about how the author would handle the societal expectations and restrictions, but this book was a pleasant surprise.

Serena is a young girl very close to come-out age. Her BFF, Clara, is about to have her London season and Serena gets to go with her.  However, when Serena’s dad runs into financial issues and can’t pay for Serena’s trip, the two girls are plunged into turmoil.

You see, Serena and Clara have a secret. They are in love with each other and the thought of being apart for a whole season inspires Clara to ask her disapproving mother if Serena can come along.

The girls travel to London and enjoy the season by going to balls and meeting other Debs. But living in the same house and experiencing the fun city life, proves too tantalizing. In a moment of overwhelming indulgence, they are caught kissing by Clara’s mom and are parted for good.

Serena is sent back home and spirals into a depression. She totally expects to never love again until she meets another woman who also loves women.

I really enjoyed this book and I think the way the author dealt with her parent reactions was interesting. I also liked how she explained what might have happened to a gay woman in those days. The decisions a woman might have to make in those days to keep her secret quiet and to be free to at least have children, are hard ones. I think this was a brave, inspirational story that needed to be told. I’m looking forward to checking out her other books soon.

One More Try by Emmy Z. Madrigal Audio Book – Chapter Eight

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Listen to Chapter Eight:

In Chapter 8, Victoria receives a call from Mrs. Basant de Busse which makes her more nervous than she already was for her first concert-length gig. Rob takes her dress shopping and gives her a Valentine’s Day gift. 


Voices in this chapter by Miriam Bell Garfield, David Barrett, Candace Lynn, and Emmy Z. Madrigal.


In One More Try, Victoria Knox is ecstatic as she performs her first solo gig for a party at the nation’s most famous Fashion Designer’s estate. Her biggest worry is that she’ll screw it up somehow.

Unfortunately, Cynthia’s life isn’t going as well. As if her insane mother and guy trouble wasn’t enough, she may have to come head to head with the biggest thug in town. When Cynthia steps in at the wrong time she gets involved in the criminal’s path of destruction. What could a high school senior be…

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Meant to Be Press Podcast: Episode 014, Inspired

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Meant to Be Press Podcast
014 Meant to Be… Inspired
Hosted by Emmy Z. Madrigal
Theme Music: Mr. Darcy’s Minuet by Michele Roger

Meant to Be… Inspired, readings by the authors this week.

Meant to Be… Inspired, readings by the authors this week.

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Meant to Be…INSPIRED

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. ― Plato

Take a journey through five melody-infused worlds where music inspires love to bloom.

“Tempo of Temptation” by Lela Bay / Regency
Perhaps it is best that Mr. Leon doesn’t recall Petra’s mortifying declaration of love. Could their intense attraction during an impromptu midnight concert inspire her to risk her heart again?

“Contact High” by Emmy Z. Madrigal / New Adult

Raul’s addiction is just another symptom of the hard life he’s been…

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Live music inspired by Meant to Be…Inspired Rick Prince and the Manhattan Muse

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Today, harpist Michele Roger explores the musical inspiration behind…

Stay tuned for more musical inspiration from the Meant to Be…Inspired anthology.

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Meant to Be . . . INSPIRED: new music-inspired romance

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Hey kittens! The writers of Meant to Be Press (including one of my best beloved writer girls, Emmy Z. Madrigal) have done another anthology of music-inspired romances. And I say ooooo . . . .

Meant to Be…INSPIRED

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Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. ― Plato

Take a journey through five melody-infused worlds where music inspires love to bloom.

“Tempo of Temptation” by Lela Bay / Regency
Perhaps it is best that Mr. Leon doesn’t recall Petra’s mortifying declaration of love. Could their intense attraction during an impromptu midnight concert inspire her to risk her heart again?

“Contact High” by Emmy Z. Madrigal / New Adult

Raul’s addiction is just another symptom of the hard life he’s been dealt but when Victoria sings, his troubles fade into the background. Can her music…

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