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Update: Arianna’s winner is…Cassandra! Congrats!

Firstly, I’d love to thank Cynthia for allowing me to be a guest on her blog today.

I remember when I set out to write my first erotic romance. I really wanted to write the dark compelling tale of a woman who finds out that she is actually a faerie princess. I had a plan. I had a plot. Darn it, I had good story. My muse, although, must have misheard me. Instead of dark she heard “snark” and that’s when I realized that I’d never be able to write a dark fantasy or paranormal.

Then again, I should have known. Horror movies always scared me. Whether it’s Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, or even Ghostface, the result is always the same. I get scared as HECK. Don’t even get me started on The Exorcist and the 360 Linda Blair puts her head through. To a kid the tender age of ten, it can be frightening. I really don’t see the enjoyment of covering or closing your eyes through an entire movie. And even to this day I have problems watching scary movies.

Scary Movie on the other hand? Well I can watch that over and over. I love comedy. I love to laugh. Parodies have helped me discover that I have a real knack for humor. My recent trip to the theater brought me to see Vampires Suck. Okay, as far as parodies go, it wasn’t the greatest, but it did give me enough chuckles to satisfy my love of humor.

So, I’m quite happy with my hard of hearing muse and whatever corniness she decides to send my way. And thanks to her, I’ve found the perfect mix—A dash of snark with a splash of dark.

Here’s the blurb for that “Snark Fantasy” erotic romance:

A fairytale, but not the kind your mother used to read you!

Rhiannon Kinsley’s life goes from boring to downright crazy when a freak lightning bolt strikes her laptop. To make matters even more bizarre, strange words and symbols flash across the computer screen and she hears a mysterious voice. Time to call the men in white coats! Then Cerne Silverwing, an intriguingly sexy man, appears. He insists she’s a faerie princess whose fate will determine his own. What a crock! Now she knows who really needs those white coats.

With the Dark Faerie forces threatening his kingdom, Cerne kidnaps Rhiannon and brings her to Fey, a land where magic knows no bounds. He’s performing a duty to save his kingdom and nothing more—a duty that will bring him his wings and the strengthened magic that comes with them. If he doesn’t unite with the princess as her consort, those wings will never grow. But this princess grew up in the land of laptops and instant messages, and she’s convinced they’re both crazy. Despite their differences, the two are thrust together to defeat the whip-wielding Dark Faerie Queen before she takes over the kingdom. Passion and peril aside, will Rhiannon and Cerne discover their true destiny?

See what I mean? I definitely can’t write dark. And that’s the way I like it.

You can purchase Wings of Desire, my first published novel at Eternal Press or at Amazon (in Kindle or print formats). And in 2011, a ton more snark will be available in Spring, 2011 when Beauty School Demon (Written under my other penname, Sidney Ayers) will be available from Sourcebooks. You can read more about it here.

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29 responses to “Why Should We Be Scared?”

  1. Katie Reus says:

    Love the blurb! While I love dark paranormals it’s also awesome to read something a bit lighter and funnier :)

    • Thanks Katie! I went through so many versions of that blurb. I’m so glad I found one that captured the true nature of the story.

      I actually read both light and dark, but when it comes to writing it–the funnier the better.

  2. Viki says:

    I see what you mean. This looks like a really FUN read. Need to throw them in every now and then.

  3. Lynn Rush says:

    Great post. A dash of snark with a splash of dark—I LOVE IT!

    I’m a wimp when it comes to scary movies. I just saw LET ME IN…holy cow it was creepy but GOOD. I rarely go see spooky movies in the theaters because it totally adds to the creep-factor, but I had to go see that one.

    Laughing is much more fun, though, I must say. :-)

    • LOL. Thanks Lynn. I do watch the scary movies sometimes. But usually in the comfort of my own home.

      I do sometimes watch the older movies, because some of the effects are funny. Most recently watched the Evil Dead trilogy. LOL. I LOVE BRUCE CAMPBELL!

  4. Diane Sadler says:

    And that’s just fine since I don’t like scary movies either!

  5. desiree says:

    I am not a fan of scary movies I prefer action movies with a lot of guns and explosions.

  6. Stephanie M says:

    I agree with you about being a wuss when it comes to scary movies. I love the blurb about the book because it shows how people of a different time or culture can look at situations differently. It also causes them to have a harder time seeing when they have a good thing in front of them.

    • Thanks Stephanie. That’s exactly what the book is about. However her true faerie nature allows her to better cope with the new world she’s been brought to.

  7. Cynthia Eden says:

    Thank you so much for visiting with me today, Arianna/Sidney! :-)

  8. Valerie says:

    I love dark paranormals, but I also like a snarky story too…hehe!!!

    in Germany

  9. cories5 says:

    Laughter can relieve tension better than screaming in fear, I think. I don’t watch scary movies but the funny scary ones, I may catch it on cable or something.

    Great excerpt!

    • Thanks Corie. I think that’s why I love the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies. They have scary parts, but there’s enough humor to keep me from scaring myself to death :)

  10. Cassandra C says:

    Sounds very interesting whats for the post :)

  11. Trish Dechant says:

    I am so with you there–give me a snarky heroine any day of the week. I can’t stand some whiny bitch without a backbone. I think that verbal sparring between the hero/heroine a big must for me…it can be a hot form of foreplay! I want to check out your story; it sounds like it would be right up my alley.

  12. Edie Ramer says:

    Your book sounds like so much fun. And I love the title on your next book, Beauty School Demon. I bet a lot of hair dressers will be buying that. lol

    • Thanks Edie. It was fun to write too. Every time I re-read a part of it, it brings a smile to my face. LOL. I really love the title Sourcebooks chose. It’s an awesome play on words. Especially since Frankie Avalon was an angel in that scene in Grease. LOL.

  13. CatsMeow says:

    LOL… “my hard of hearing muse”. I adore snark, with a little paranormal thrown in. Best of luck on your new releases.

  14. Sorry I didn’t respond yesterday. I got enlisted to pick up my nieces and nephews from school. And then I had a charity function I forgot about. I’ll stop by later to reply and also give away an ebook copy of Wings of Desire to 2 lucky guests. Thanks again for letting me visit.

  15. Valerie says:



  16. Lynn Rush and Cassandra, you two are the winners of a WINGS OF DESIRE eBook. Please email me at sidney@sidneyayers.com to collect your prize.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by!