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October 29, 2013

At 2AM Insomnia walked into the bar and presided one stool over.


I mumbled a greeting and mainlined a tequila. Tongue to tummy, skipping everything else—including enjoyment.


We eyed each other, me without humor, Insomnia with a knowing smile.


Next I ordered something the resident mixologist called Lullaby. Perfectly aware It’d take an actual stone to rock-a-bye this baby. Still I had to try.


Insomnia held up two fingers with a $50 fluttering between. The mixologist nodded, sending dual Lullabies sliding down the bar.


We caught our drinks one-handed, no sloshing. Insomnia had me trapped. We both knew it was going to be a long night. Only one of us liked the sound of it.


(My friend Kwesi says I was in Bukowski mode with this one. Hey, sometimes the channel you’re on has nothing to do with the TV.)

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Published on October 29, 2013 06:36 • 62 views

July 29, 2013


Superpowered Love – The Swag Pack


To celebrate the release of my new superhero romance, To the Fifth Power, I’ve matched the book up with an equally hard hitting, highflying, romanc-a-thon of a swag pack called SuperPowered Lurve. . .and there are snacks too!


Here’s what you’ll win:


The Amazing Spiderman see clip


First love’s first blush is so amazingly adorkable in this movie. There’s no doubt Spidey is one of the greatest to ever rock a mask, but the romance here starts off awkward then blooms. That love story and its growth center the movie. Plus, there’s spinning and skipping in this clip. D’aww.


The Avengers


To the Fifth Power is the first in the Powers Trilogy. In the series a team of superheroes break into duos to fight very personal battles, and to unwittingly fall in love. I chose The Avengers because it is the linchpin to the love stories in Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and various versions of The Hulk (incredible or otherwise). And because it hints at a romance I’m anxiously hoping to see: Hawkeye and Black Widow.


Blink* – Doctor Who episode see clip


Whether you’re a Doctor Who fan or not, there’s no denying the genius of everybody’s favorite episode, Blink. It’s frightening, heartbreaking, and utterly magnificent. It also features the most perfect love story ever told in 10 minutes or less. Remember this line: “I have until the rain stops…”


Hancock


Uh huh, this is a movie about a FUBAR superhero. It’s also a story of epic love and sacrifice. The three main characters forfeit the most important things in their lives for each other. That’s amazing on its on. Also, sexual tension, thy name is Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Pure sizzle.


Hellboy 1


Never did the words “I love you just the way you are” “stay” take on more meaning than in the romance of Liz Sherman and Hellboy. She’s surly as hell and he’s from there. Yet somehow we adore them both. Not only does this team up get the job done, they get each other.


Megamind


There’s a line in To the Fifth Power, “So what? Even villains fall in love.” In Megamind, a super villain with a huge blue cranium and an ace reporter take us on a classic rock infused joy ride, showing us just how fun the fall can be.


Superman 2


If you’ve seen Man of Steel and enjoyed it you’ve got to watch Superman 2, starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. Actually, you’ve got to see Superman 2 whether you’ve ever seen another Superman movie or not. Reeve and Kidder have become the prototype for this iconic power couple. Their snappy banter reminds you of a 1930’s film and their chemistry will blow up your lab. Bonus: Terrance Stamp as the villain. Oh my Zod!


This Little Piggy* – Justice League Unlimited Episode


The Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series told some of the finest DC Comics stories to ever hit screens. I recommend watching both from beginning to end. But, if you’re only interested in the romance, Batman and Wonder Woman have a serious love thang going. It’s clutch your pearls worthy. In this episode Batman does things we never thought he would to save Wonder Woman from a bad case of being hogtied.


Power Up Snacks


I can’t set you loose on a marathon of such epic proportions without offering a few snacks. If you win, you’ll also power up with these:


Moose Munch or Popcorn Mix – Misfits TV Series


I’m sad I wasn’t able to include the love story of Alisha and Simon from the British television series Misfits. This snack is in honor of them and an ongoing joke about pick n’ mix (it’s an UK thing).


Tortuga Rum Cake – Hancock


I’ll let the movie’s hero speak for himself.


Rail Crossing Crowd #2, “I can smell alcohol on your breath!”


Hancock, “That’s cause I’ve been drinking, b–!”


Chocolate and banana chips – Doctor Who

The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, is featured in the Blink episode above. In his honor we have Endangered Species chocolate (he’s the last of the Time Lords, after all) and banana chips—his favorites.


There you have it. Have fun. But use your power wisely.


~Shirin Dubbin


* TV episodes to be delivered digitally through winner’s choice of Amazon or iTunes.

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Published on July 29, 2013 07:36 • 96 views


Superpowered Love – The Swag Pack

To celebrate the release of my new superhero romance, To the Fifth Power, I’ve matched the book up with an equally hard hitting, highflying, romanc-a-thon of a swag pack called SuperPowered Lurve. . .and there are snacks too!

Here’s what you’ll win:

The Amazing Spiderman see clip

First love’s first blush is so amazingly adorkable in this movie. There’s no doubt Spidey is one of the greatest to ever rock a mask, but the romance here starts off awkward then blooms. That love story and its growth center the movie. Plus, there’s spinning and skipping in this clip. D’aww.

The Avengers

To the Fifth Power is the first in the Powers Trilogy. In the series a team of superheroes break into duos to fight very personal battles, and to unwittingly fall in love. I chose The Avengers because it is the linchpin to the love stories in Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and various versions of The Hulk (incredible or otherwise). And because it hints at a romance I’m anxiously hoping to see: Hawkeye and Black Widow.

Blink* - Doctor Who episode see clip

Whether you’re a Doctor Who fan or not, there’s no denying the genius of everybody’s favorite episode, Blink. It’s frightening, heartbreaking, and utterly magnificent. It also features the most perfect love story ever told in 10 minutes or less. Remember this line: “I have until the rain stops…”

Hancock

Uh huh, this is a movie about a FUBAR superhero. It’s also a story of epic love and sacrifice. The three main characters forfeit the most important things in their lives for each other. That’s amazing on its on. Also, sexual tension, thy name is Will Smith and Charlize Theron. Pure sizzle.

Hellboy 1

Never did the words “I love you just the way you are” “stay” take on more meaning than in the romance of Liz Sherman and Hellboy. She’s surly as hell and he’s from there. Yet somehow we adore them both. Not only does this team up get the job done, they get each other.

Megamind

There’s a line in To the Fifth Power, “So what? Even villains fall in love.” In Megamind, a super villain with a huge blue cranium and an ace reporter take us on a classic rock infused joy ride, showing us just how fun the fall can be.

Superman 2

If you’ve seen Man of Steel and enjoyed it you’ve got to watch Superman 2, starring Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder. Actually, you’ve got to see Superman 2 whether you’ve ever seen another Superman movie or not. Reeve and Kidder have become the prototype for this iconic power couple. Their snappy banter reminds you of a 1930’s film and their chemistry will blow up your lab. Bonus: Terrance Stamp as the villain. Oh my Zod!

This Little Piggy* – Justice League Unlimited Episode

The Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series told some of the finest DC Comics stories to ever hit screens. I recommend watching both from beginning to end. But, if you’re only interested in the romance, Batman and Wonder Woman have a serious love thang going. It’s clutch your pearls worthy. In this episode Batman does things we never thought he would to save Wonder Woman from a bad case of being hogtied.

Power Up Snacks

I can’t set you loose on a marathon of such epic proportions without offering a few snacks. If you win, you’ll also power up with these:

Moose Munch or Popcorn Mix – Misfits TV Series

I’m sad I wasn’t able to include the love story of Alisha and Simon from the British television series Misfits. This snack is in honor of them and an ongoing joke about pick n’ mix (it’s an UK thing).

Tortuga Rum Cake – Hancock

I’ll let the movie’s hero speak for himself.

Rail Crossing Crowd #2, “I can smell alcohol on your breath!”

Hancock, “That's cause I've been drinking, b--!”

Chocolate and banana chips - Doctor Who
The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, is featured in the Blink episode above. In his honor we have Endangered Species chocolate (he’s the last of the Time Lords, after all) and banana chips—his favorites.

There you have it. Have fun. But use your power wisely.

~Shirin Dubbin

* TV episodes to be delivered digitally through winner’s choice of Amazon or iTunes.
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Published on July 29, 2013 07:16 • 51 views • Tags: giveaway, superhero-romance, swag-pack, to-the-fifth-power

July 28, 2013


I’m going out on a blog tour to celebrate the release of To the Fifth Power.

Join me on all my stops. There’s bonus material and swag to be won.


July 29 - Guest blog


http://spicedlatte.blogspot.com/



July 30 – Spotlight

Kelly P’s Blog

http://kellyatx.blogspot.com/



July 31 – Review

Brooke Blogs

http://www.brookeblogs.com



August 1 – Interview

Reading In Twilight

http://readingintwilight.blogspot.com



August 1 – Spotlight

Krystal’s Enchanting Reads …

http://enchantingreads7.blogspot.com/



August 2 – Guest blog

Musings and Ramblings

http://judy-ree.blogspot.com



August 2 – Spotlight

Storm Goddess Book Reviews

http://www.stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com/



August 5 – Spotlight

BookwormBridgette’s World

http://bookwormbridgette.blogspot.com



August 6 – Spotlight

Mythical Books

http://mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/



August 7 – Spotlight and Review

Book Liaison –

http://www.bookliaison.net/



August 8 – Spotlight

http://booksbooksmorebooks.blogspot.com/



August 8 – Spotlight

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

http://saphsbookblog.blogspot.com/



August 9 – Guest blog

Share My Destiny

http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com



August 9 – Spotlight and Review

Faerie Tale Books

http://www.faerietalebooks.org


August 9 – Review

Mousehead & Tales

http://www.mouseheadandtales.weebly.com



August 12 – Interview and Review

Manga Maniac Cafe

http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com


August 12 – Guest blog

Urban Fantasy Investigations

http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/




Look out for Book 2 and 3 of the Powers Trilogy Coming soon…







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Published on July 28, 2013 16:42 • 31 views

DC Comics New Catwoman (Reboot)


Confessions to the Fifth Power – Posting Schedule


There’s something about a confession that really gets us going. If someone tells us they have a secret we automatically lean in, and our hearts start to pound. What will they say? Will it be sexy? Scary? Scandalous? We have to know. And we love confessions most when nobody knows the truth but us.


With that in mind I thought it’d be fun to see what secrets Zola and Fort, the heroine and hero of TO THE FIFTH POWER, might reveal before the story begins. There are four secret sessions in total. Without question all four are sexy, scary, and juicy—like Fort and Zola themselves.


Here’s the release schedule:



July 29
Confessions to the Fifth Power – Part One, The Way He Moves
http://spicedlatte.blogspot.com/



August 2

Confessions to the Fifth Power – Part Two, I Want It All
Musings and Ramblings
http://judy-ree.blogspot.com

August 9

Confessions to the Fifth Power – Part Three, title to be announced
Share My Destiny
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

August 12

Confessions to the Fifth Power – Part Four, title to be announced
Urban Fantasy Investigations
http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blogspot.com/
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Published on July 28, 2013 16:31 • 33 views

Three years ago, Zola Noite’s nemesis killed her sidekick and forced her to watch. The guilt drove her to hang up her cape. Zola knows one thing for certain. She will never be a superhero again.


Psychologist Dr. Arturo “Fort” Forte specializes in super-powered mental health. He’s the only reason Zola can once again call herself sane—although, truth be told, the heat between them is slowly driving her back to mad.


When three mega-villains escape the prison Fort oversees, all Zola’s best laid plans go up in flames. Fort asks her for help, and she can’t turn down the man she’s secretly come to love. As battles ensue and clues add up, the one thing Zola trusts is called into question: Fort’s true agenda and which side he’s on.

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Published on July 28, 2013 16:00 • 36 views

Lace. Leather. Open collars over exquisite collarbones. A single red drop on paper-white cuffs. From the brocade extravagance of the Unseelie courts to the ubiquitous leather of supernatural detectives to the old-fashioned good taste of wealthy vampires — we are as familiar with fantasy protagonists’ attire as we are with their paranormal deed. Tales of tormented designers and well-dressed vampires strut into spotlight in this anthology of fantasy tales focusing on the world of fashion and its intersection with the uncanny!

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Published on July 28, 2013 15:52 • 44 views

May 23, 2012

I wanted to post this image because it is romance encapsulated


In addition to the inspiring image: I share my thoughts on the delicate condition called author in a post called Many Voices today on the Urban Fantasy Reviews. Thanks to Kate for having me!

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Published on May 23, 2012 05:53 • 90 views

March 30, 2012


NEWS! The contracts are signed. My superhero-romance "To The Fifth Power" will release from Entangled Publishing, LLC, edited by the amazeballsKerri-Leigh Grady! You guys are going to love this one.

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Published on March 30, 2012 06:48 • 137 views

March 19, 2012


I’m thrilled to announce, I’m in an anthology with Kelly LinkHolly BlackMaria V Snyder and several other amazing storytellers. It’s called “Bloody Fabulous” and it’s edited by Ekaterina Sedia, who is just as wonderful. Look out for the antho this fall from Prime Books.


The image above evokes the mood of my story, “The Truth or Something Beautiful?” I can’t tell you much about it yet, but there will be blood on the catwalk…


If you’d like to hear the theme song behind the “The Truth…” you can listen to it on Spotify— it’s a very cool tune, of near the same name, by Paloma Faith.


Now, you must excuse me while I pass out from giddiness! ^_^

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Published on March 19, 2012 12:38 • 75 views