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Today awesome writer, Sarah Hegger is here with her cool Medieval romance, The Bride Gift. She’s the one who keeps our Thursday Threads spinning!

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The Bride Gift

Title: The Bride Gift by Sarah Hegger

Genre: Historical Romance (Medieval)

Heat Level: Sizzling

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Blurb

Thanks so much for sharing today, Sarah.

It’s 1153 in the period dubbed ‘The Anarchy’, King Stephen and Empress Maud are not the only ones embroiled in a fierce battle of the sexes.

Determined to control her own destiny, willful Helena of Lystanwold has chosen just the husband to suit her purposes. But, when her banished guardian uncle attempts to secure her future and climbs through her bedroom window with a new husband by a proxy marriage, she understandably balks. Notorious warrior, Guy of Helston, is everything Helena swore she would never marry; a man who lives by the sword, like the man who murdered her sister.

This marriage finally brings Guy close to his lifetime dream of gaining lands and a title. He is not about to let his feisty bride stand in his way. A master strategist, Guy sets out to woo and conquer his lady.

Against a backdrop of vengeance, war and betrayal, Guy and Helena must learn to forge a united front or risk losing everything.

Excerpt

Slowly, Helena turned and approached her husband.

His large body barely fit in the wooden tub. He sat with his knees almost to his ears. A slight frown creased his dark brows.

Helena dipped her hand in the soft soap they kept for bathing; more jasmine. She rubbed it between her fingers to create lather. When they next made soap she would need to produce something less feminine for Guy.

From this position, his head was almost on a level with her breasts. A feeling akin to excitement fluttered through her belly.

He watched her face as she leaned forward to soap his head, working it through his cropped hair. The bristly ends tickled her palm.

She reached for a bucket of rinsing water. He closed his eyes as soap and bubbles streamed down the strong planes of his cheeks. Droplets clung to his lashes. They were almost ridiculously long and so incongruous with the rest of him. Probably the only part of him that could be called soft.

He dropped his head forward onto his knees so she could finish rinsing.

Guy presented the broad expanse of his back, and she laid her hands across the sun-darkened skin. He was warm under her fingers and beneath the smooth skin, his muscles bunched slightly as she spread the soap. This might be bearable. When she rubbed her fingers on either side of his spine, he made a soft purr of enjoyment.

Her pulse jumped.

“Soft hands,” he said.

Her fingers traced a long, puckered scar running beneath his shoulder blade and disappearing around his side.

“A lance man with poor aim,” he murmured.

The skin on his back was firm, but marked by the scars of a lifetime spent wielding a sword. “It appears you really do fight,” she commented lightly.

For some reason those accumulated injuries and the pain they had caused angered her as well as rendered her sorry for his suffering. Helena steeled her resolve. It was just these sorts of wounds that made him perfect for her purpose.

She lathered soap across his shoulders and down the thick, corded muscle of each arm. Her belly reacted with another odd little quiver as her fingers slid across his skin like oil poured from a vial.

Guy raised his eyes to her face. A slumberous warmth made them glow nearly silver.

Her breath quickened in her chest as if she had been running; her hands tingled where they touched him.

 

Sarah is always delighted to hear from readers. She can be reached at any and all of the following places:

Buy link: http://http://www.amazon.com/The-Bride-Gift-Sarah-Hegger-ebook/dp/B00KBAYOTM/Bride-Gift-Sarah-Hegger-ebook/dp/B00KBAYOTM/

Thanks for stopping by.

Bren

Happy Mother’s Day to Everyone! Moms, Daughters, and Sons, too! We’ve all had moms!

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Happy Mother’s Day to you all! The previous link gives some interesting facts about Mother’s Day you may not know. The first Mother’s Day was officially May 9, 1914.  Above is a picture of my grandma, and my mom with her mother. Below is me and my mom, and my daughter, grandson, husband, and me. Mother’s Day is a time to take a moment to appreciate the women in our lives who have helped make us who we are today. Or, I guess we can blame them for who we are, too, but I suppose then we wouldn’t be celebrating.  Mother/daughter relationships aren’t always perfect, and sometimes, Mother’s Day can be sort of pressuring, as if it’s impossible to live up to all those Hallmark cards. I know in my new book, Tenth Degree of the Paranormal, mother/daughter relationships play an important part in the storyline. But I do know one thing for certain from my own experience, and that’s when our mothers pass away, we wish we had the chance for that perfect moment when we could tell them how much they meant to us. No matter what age we are, I think we always want to feel that our mothers are around for us.

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Below there’s a picture of Steve and his brother Bill with his grandpa, grandma, and mom. Is that sailor boy adorable, or what? I realize his relationship was much more complicated with his mother, and sometimes, his grandma seemed more like his mother to him. I know that Becky and Tiff were much closer to their great-grandma than their grandma on Steve’s side of the family.

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Above is Becky and Tiff with their dad and their great-grandma, and Tiff and I in Hawaii.

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Above is me with Becky and her family, and Tiff and I with her boys. When our daughters become moms themselves, they promise themselves to do all those things differently they thought we never got quite right. Families are complicated structures, and sometimes, Mother’s Day can confuse it further. I have many friends who have never been mothers themselves, and their mothers have passed on. They might feel that Mother’s Day is not their holiday, but I know these women are wonderful, nurturing people who have been like a mother to students, patients, relatives, or pets, or any number of other people in their lives. And every man I know had a mother. Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day in 1905 after the death of her own mother. She wanted Mother’s Day to be a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers make for their children. Anna Jarvis was never married and had no children of her own. So I want to say happy Mother’s Day to everyone, because a mother has been part of all our lives, no matter who we are. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Bren

 

Check out awesome writer Elle Hill’s, Hunted Dreams, on Thursday Threads!

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I’m so happy to have Elle Hill on Thursday Threads to share a snippet from her book, Hunted Dreams.

Genre: Paranormal romance

Heat level: Sensual.

 

Hook: A woman trapped in an endless cycle of nightmares. A handsome hero committed to

rescuing her. It’s just like Sleeping Beauty – except the dreaming damsel is the sword wielder and

the hero is a psychic vampire feeding off her pain.

Excerpt:

 

“The Leeches got their nickname from the way they eat.” Reed’s voice was even.

“They drink blood?” she breathed.

He shook his head. “A little less literal. The Broschi are empathic. They can feel and even

evoke other people’s feelings, negative ones like fear, pain, horror.”

“Sun and stars,” she breathed. She got it.

She got it.

“They’re eating me,” she said, and laughed, but not humorously. “These superhuman,

psychic Leech people are keeping me trapped in nightmares, eating my feelings.” Her chest felt

heavy. She pressed her left hand against it and felt its gentle rise and fall.

None of this is real. All this drama, all this fear, all the pain and anger and malice. None of

it exists except in the form of juicy brainwaves that these beings sip like mint juleps. No wonder

she couldn’t die, couldn’t escape, couldn’t ever wake up.

Reed’s face was flushed, his nostrils wide. Her handsome hero. For a minute, she hated

him, hated that he got to wake up, hated this situation, hated everything boxing her in this narrow

world.

Katana glared at him for a moment. “I’m trapped in here,” she grated.

His face relaxed into compassion. Hers hardened.

“I know,” he said.

She stared at him for a moment longer. Finally, with a sigh, she leaned her head against

the glass. “Who are you, Reed?”

“I’m a Leech, too, Katana.”

Thanks for stopping by.

Bren

 

Links:

Blog: http://ellehillauthor.blogspot.com/

 

Website: http://www.ellehill.com

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author­Elle­Hill/155409064486649?ref=hl

 

Purchasing the book: http://www.amazon.com/Hunted­Dreams­ebook/dp/B00CHUEIIG

 

Twitter: @ellehillauthor

Mel & K-Pop/Talking about the pop culture of South Korea & Japan!

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Hi! Today I have Mel, pictured above, talking about the pop culture of South Korea & Japan.  Could you tell me a little bit about yourself: your age, your nationality, and your interests?
I am 18 years old, born in England, but living in the great state of Florida. I enjoy Asian culture, especially that of South Korea and Japan. I enjoy collecting figures and plush toys and doing toy photography. I also watch a lot of Japanese anime and Korean dramas!
Could you tell me what K-Pop is? And what is it that drew you to South Korean music and pop culture?
K-Pop is Korean pop music. There is an English-dubbing anime company called FUNimation entertainment. They were at an anime convention in America in 2012 called Otakon, and they took photos there of a group called “VIXX” holding up different anime DVD’s that FUNimation did. I noticed that this group was holding up DVD’s from some of my favorite series, so I went on their Facebook page. All I saw was “VIXX – Rock Ur Body” and different things related to “Rock Ur Body.” It turns out that was their current song that they were promoting. From then on, I looked up everything to do with VIXX, which led me to other K-Pop groups. I have now been a fan of K-Pop for a year and a half.
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Above, I posted a picture of VIXX, since they were my first and fav. group. This picture is their promotional poster for the song they were promoting in August 2012 when I found out about them.
I listened to a young South Korean girl, Ailee, singing Whitney Houston’s   “I Will Always Love You” and it was amazing. I also heard the group, Got 7, and I was impressed. I found it very different to watch their concert audiences compared to audiences in the US. They were intensely involved, but very, very respectful and reserved. Is this something that attracts you to the South Koreans’ music?
I think so. I noticed that the culture of South Korea is very polite and respectful in general, and I find that quite nice. In Korea, the fans do something called “fan chants” to show their support for artists. Found this online to better explain things: “They’re basically just phrases the fans like chanting while the performance is going on. Sometimes, they’re chanting the lyrics of the song along with the singer and sometimes they’re just yelling other phrases to go along with the song.
If you see this video, during certain parts of the performance, fans are all chanting a certain thing. The louder the chant, the better it is because it shows the performing group the strength of their fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB3JN4aPrqU
Have you made any friends from other countries through this medium?
I have. I have made some life-long friends because of K-Pop; friends from many places from other parts of Florida, to South Carolina, to California to places like New Zealand and Hong Kong! I wouldn’t have known these people had it not been for K-Pop.
I know you have a great interest in comics and animation. Could you share a little bit about your interests?
I really like manga and anime. I like watching anime in English or Japanese, but it’s very fun watching in Japanese because I learn new words! I like to draw also; it was anime that got me back into drawing regularly. I have also made very good friends because of anime. One of those friends actually lives in Japan! I also take part in going to many anime and comic book conventions a year and even cosplay from time-to-time. Thanks to these conventions, I have met many of the English-dubbed voice actors such as Sean Schemmel, who plays Goku from the very popular series “Dragon Ball Z.” Below is a pic of myself with Sean Schemmel, since I mentioned him.
 
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I’ve added pictures of three K-Pop items (out of many lol) that I own that I find interesting. One being a signed album from K-Pop superstar “G-Dragon” that I won from a K-Pop website called Gurupop for a drawing that I did. Another is a basketball jersey from a group I love called “BTS” (also known as “Bangtan Boys”) with my favorite member’s name from that group on the back. The bottom one is a plush I had made of a member named Luhan from the group “EXO” (next to my poster of Luhan).
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I’ve added links for a couple of videos. One is a cover of an English song that 4 members from the 12-member group “EXO” sang. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKr9GU9emfg
Another is a video from G-Dragon, who I won the signed album from. The music video was filmed in London.
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Thanks so much for sharing today, Mel. I noticed while watching some of your groups they reminded me somewhat of Motown back in the sixties, with the guys wearing stylized suits and dancing in syncopated rhythm to their songs. I appreciated stepping into your world for a little while. You showed me how much our world has widened in outlook and possibilities.
I’d just like to send thoughts and prayers out to those victims and their families of the South Korean ferry that sank.
If you have a chance to stop by, please let me know what you know about the latest in Asian pop culture. I find it amazing!
Bren  
 
 
 

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