Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bumble Bee Bats

The smallest mammal in the world.
         I like bats. They're fascinating in appearance and ability. Watching them while camping is always a great show, and while I've yet to have bats in my belfry, I have had one in the woodstove. 

 This tiny bat weighs less than 2 grams. Its body is about the size of a large bumblebee, hence the common name “bumblebee bat”. 

  Prior to 1974, Kitti's hog-nosed bat was unknown to the world at large. This name refers to it's discoverer, Thai zoologist Kitti Thonglongya. After Thonglongya died suddenly in February 1974, his British partner, John Hill described the species, giving it the name in honor of his colleague

    Since that time this tiny mammal has been hunted and harassed by collectors and tourists wanting to see the world’s smallest mammal. Today the main threats are from burning of the forested areas near the limestone caves in which it lives. 

  Its relatively wide wings are darker in color, and have long tips which enable the bat to hover like a hummingbird.It is thought to have last shared a common ancestor with other species around 43 million years ago. 

Bumble Bee bats roost at the back of caves or remote caverns. Group size varies from as few as 10 individuals to as many as 500, although most caves contain around 100 bats. The bats spread out across the ceiling of the caves so that they do not
come into contact with one another. At dawn and dusk they leave their caves for around 20-30 minutes to forage for food. The bats primarily use echolocation to hunt small insects on the wing, although they may also glean small spiders and beetles from plant leaves.
 They do not make good pets, so don't even go there. And, the species is protected under the Wild Animals Reservation and Protection Act (WARPA) in Thailand. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

PORTENCE 4 STARS "Great ending to a spectacular trilogy!"

         Thank you Kam at  Superkambrook.com
November 3, 2017SuperKam
Format: Paperback
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)

In the third and final installment in the Fae Warriors trilogy, I expected loads of action and Gini delivered…. starting in chapter one. There was green blood and Reps’ brain matter flying here, there…. every-freaking-where. It was a disgusting, fantastic scene — much like a few others. I will shall a few places in the book that stood out for me the most.

1.) Hoover Rats. Ok, I don’t like regular rats but Gini has rats flying around and their packing weapons… aka egg bombs. Just no. Please no. I hope rats never fly, let alone come ready for battle with ANYTHING!

2.) Portence and Malachi’s love scene: It has fun, sex, creative….. magical. Most importantly, it was memorable and that says a lot because, as an avid reader, I have read A LOT of love scenes.

3.) I have no desire to ever step one toe onto Dermis III. To survive there, you have to literally shed your skin once every 24 hours due to superficial bugs and viruses. Nope. If I have to live on another planet I want to stay on one resembling Hawaii. Bikinis 24-7, 365 days a year!

As with the above sections of Portence, I enjoyed the final battle scene. After a fiery start, Gini had both sides using whatever tools were at their disposal. You’ll see magic utilized, the elements, man-made weaponry, and even hand-to-hand combat. In the end, you know who wins but maybe you won’t guess so easily what happens to the Fae sisters and their counterparts aka their one true loves. I was happy with the ending and I think you’ll be satisfied as well.

With humor, romance, action, and reptilian aliens running amuck, this book is a must buy.

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

Portence available at...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Romance in a Basket #8---5 FREE BOOKS


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Publisher's Pick
Clover City, Colorado—1888

A mysterious letter and the drop-dead handsome town marshal, are the last things Mariah expects to find making rounds as a midwife. 

Mariah McAllister plans to be married before her next birthday. Too bad Marshal Virgil Kincaid barely knows she’s alive. Not one to give up easily, she’s determined to show him she has an abiding passion for more than her work.

Virgil Kincaid loved a woman once—after she broke his heart, he spent three years in prison. Women can’t be trusted, no matter how good they look. He’s sworn off relationships in favor of Saturday night poker games. Life is simple—the way he wants it…until a stranger turns up dead in the road. 

Forced to work side by side with Mariah, Virgil begins to wonder if she might be his second chance at love. As they trade kisses and oh so much more, he’s willing to take the gamble. But when a killer threatens their once peaceful town, all bets are off.  

Maple Leaf Award 

Colorado, 1880
When East End London meets the Wild West, sparks fly.

   Kicked out of England for offending the Royal Family, Britania Rule heads for Leadville, in the Colorado backcountry. Passing herself off as a highborn lady, she pursues her dream of opening a parlor of spiritual enlightenment.

 Cody James, her guide, thinks he must be half-crazy to hire-out to a female. But his luck at the gaming tables has run dry, and she’s his meal-ticket out of town. Betrayed by the only woman he ever loved, and shot and left for dead by a man he once called friend, Cody declares himself a loner.

   Traveling side by side, they deny their desire for one another, but the Tarot cards say otherwise—and their hot night of passion confirms the prediction. Will love be waiting at the end of the trail? Or could Cody’s past destroy their future? 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Who wrote Beowulf? One author's Romantic theory.

   Beowulf—the very name steps up my pulse rate and floods my mind with images of a larger than life Storm Geat warrior. A pagan hero of great integrity who faced a changing political environment, an otherworldly enemy, and a lonely existence. 

No other epic poem has elicited such heated debates.

How old is the manuscript? Who conceived of this intricately woven tale, a saga written in a language the main character’s ears never heard, with a poetic text flavored with religious inferences from a faith he never practiced?

     Pondering these questions, I wrote Iron Heart
              where history, myth and romance
                          meet and catch fire.  
Cover Art by Debbie Taylor, 
original Beowulf manuscript 
can be seen in background!
                   Follow Beowulf's ancestor, 
                      Tyne Farren Kilbraun,                             
                  and explore one possibility. 


England: circa. 879 A.D.
    With the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet, Faran Kilbraun travels far from home in search of the sword and shield of his ancestors. Protecting the ancient relics was his responsibility. Now, to regain his honor, he must recover the stolen artifacts and battle a life-long enemy.  

Following the accidental death of her cruel husband, Leanora Wrenn is wrongly accused of his murder. Forced into exile, a small north shore island becomes her lonely refuge—exoneration her only hope. 

    When Faran discovers Leanora's remote sanctuary, both their lives are changed forever. Comrades-in-arms, they fight side by side for their chance at redemption and love.             

                 PRAISE for IRON HEART
 Vicki at Sizzling Hot Books gave it 5 out of 5 hearts and states “Iron Heart gives the classic epic adventures a run for their money. 

     Rifkin weaves a tale of romance and adventure that could easily be shared around a blazing campfire. Fans of mythology and epic adventures will enjoy Ms Rifkin's book...Veronica Marie Beaumont at The Romance Reviews 

 The Medieval Chronicle. “A wonderfully captivating blend of medieval history and fantasy.”


                     Faran, the Iron Heart.
   It was a name that set one’s mind to wondering.
Did he pride himself on disallowing any woman to
touch his cold hard heart? Did he woo ladies into
love trysts with promises of treasure and pleasure
only to tragically desert them?
    For certes he was unlike anyone Leanora had
ever known. He approached life fearlessly, as if he
dared anyone to cross his path, his mood, or the
territory he called his own. And his generous mouth
was an unbidden fascination. It could accommodate
a childlike smile, tempering all the fierceness he
worked so hard to portray. Or it could accommodate
a reassuring smile, making her believe everything in
her troubled world would be all right.
     He was handsome to be sure—with a rock hard
body, images of which occupied her thoughts much
too often. And his mind was also intriguing, and as strikingly developed as his form. It was a quality
Leanora truly admired. Knowledge could be a
powerful weapon, and Faran appeared well armed.
   To her benefit, he seemed preoccupied with the
present and not with prying into her past. Nor did
he threaten to rule her future. He treated her
differently, he treated her like...a friend. 
   The idea stunned her. Life had never afforded her the opportunity to know or cherish another person in
such a manner. Another new experience.
   Then a spark of yearning for more than mere
friendship flickered inside of her. You can never trust
a man, she chastised, you can only believe in
yourself. Unyielding logic cooled the fiery ember of
need, but not before it claimed the barren part of her never before touched by warmth or light

Monday, September 25, 2017

If the Fae Warrior Trilogy became a graphic novel

   Don't we all dream of our stories becoming movies? We even know which actor and actress we would cast as the hero and heroine. We'd be thrilled to see our characters jump off the page into another medium.

  Or how about a graphic novel,
 or a Marvel comic? 
      For my Fae Warriors books, 
       the cast of characters, might look like this.

                      The Fae Warrior sisters: 

Solace, holds sway over Air,
spirit of the East

Bliss, an empath, 
with the ability 
to compel.                


Portence, controls fire, 
spirit of the South.


The Heroes...  

Tanner Jackson, Ex-Army Ranger, Solace's partner, 
fearless in the face of 
the enemy---human or Reptile.

Nat Calhoun, cowboy/scientist. Bliss' partner and the inventor of the laser shotgun.  


 Malachi, Fae/sorcerer and Port's partner. 
  Defender of "white" magic, he has a score to settle with Thurax.


 Noodge, a Rapran (short for Rapacious Ranivorous) the Fae's faithful companion. He faces down gnarly Reptiles without hesitation.

  Mother Nature, a tough love parent, overseeing all as she fights to save her favorite planet, Earth. 

                                 The Villains...

The Reptiles, alien creatures, primitive yet cleaver, with opposing thumbs, a penchant for weaponry, and a love for fighting. 


   Thurax, an otherworldly mercenary warrior, bred for fighting, and out for revenge as he seeks to lead  the Reptiles to victory.


  Xandora, obsessed with taking over planet Earth. 
She's as insane as she is beautiful.


  Hephaestus, god of fire and crafts, son of Zeus and henchman  to Xandora. 

   Gorlock, would-be wizard, turned to the dark arts, resentful, and at odds with Malachi.


 I'm still waiting for Marvel comics to calls 😻, but you can read the Fae Warriors Trilogy in its original form, paperback or e-book. Join the adventure.

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

Portence available at...
AMAZON Barnes & Noble   Wild Rose Press              
                         Until then Dream On....

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Portence: Fae Warriors Book 3 Release Day!

The Third Sister. The Grand Finale.

 In the final battle to save the Earth, Fae Warrior, Portence Goodeve stands ready to serve Mother Nature. But as she fights for the future of the planet, she’s haunted by her past. One near-death experience and a betrayal that goes deep become weapons that could get her killed.
    Malachi, a cross/breed, half-sorcerer and half-Fae, is back to help fight the Reptile invaders. Once upon a time, his sexy Fae-half stole Portence's heart, breath, and good sense. Then he abandoned her—what if it happens again? Should she surrender to desire, giving both Malachi and love another chance? Or seek retribution and be done with him forever?

   Portence and her sisters, as well as their Earth partners, are in a fight for their lives. When Malachi's magic is stolen and his life is in danger, will she discover the path to her future is bound by both love and duty?
Join the adventure, 
                 where fantasy meets romance---
                           and catches fire. 

                 All 3 are E-book or Paperback.

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

Portence available at...

          Portence 50% off at The Wild Rose Press



Monday, September 11, 2017

Where in the world did you get that idea? $.99 SALE

 While admiring my Nene Thomas statue, Fortitude, the words Fae Warriors kept running through my mind. It had such a noble, enchanting ring to it. Wouldn’t that be a great title for a book—no a trilogy.                  The Fae Warriors Trilogy. 

     Then the what if’s and how about’s began. 

  The warriors would be female. How about sisters, better yet triplets, one for each book. They would be identical accept for the color of their hair, their weapon of choice, and what stirred their passions.   Maybe they were separated in their teen years for a prank they pulled on Mother Nature. Now they’re all grown up, reunited, and part of Mother’s elite forces. 

  Living together, fighting sided by side, and getting reacquainted could lead to all kinds of danger and fun. Of course each book must have a hero to watch the heroine’s back, and maybe warm her bed. Why not partner them up with Humans, or Humes as the Fae refer to them. Add a wonderful companion creature named Noodge, and we we’re on our way.

Get your copy of Solace and Bliss only $.99 cents. 

  See what other characters and surprises await the 

Fae Warriors, be part of the adventure to save Earth from planetary takeover.

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

          Portence coming September 20th!