What Would You Do If Time Stopped?

 

Yden_Book3In Secrets of Yden, an anomaly is stopping time on Earth for increasing lengths of time. Because he wears the portal key (an ankh), the anomaly doesn’t effect Jon Hansen. What would you do if the world literally stopped all around you? In the following excerpt, Jon is in an art museum when an anomaly occurs, and he’s presented with a dilemma:

Excerpt:

“I hate to admit it, but these shoes are killing me,” January said.

“You want me to carry you?” Jon replied.

She giggled. “Would you?”

January squealed when he scooped her up in his arms. “You’re much lighter than I thought you’d be.”

“Put me down!” she cried. “This is embarrassing.”

“Good,” Jon said as he carried her toward the entrance. “I found something that embarrasses you for a change.”

When they reached the atrium, Jon muttered a not-so-nice word. Almost as soon as he passed underneath the hanging banner with the stylized science fiction and fantasy art exhibit logo on it, everything and everyone suddenly froze in place. The sound of silence pressed against Jon’s eardrums and he had to force himself to breathe.

Time has stopped.

“What’s happening?” January squirmed in Jon’s arms. “Is this a joke? Why isn’t anyone moving?”

“It’s okay. It’s a time anomaly. I’ve been expecting it.”

“What? What are you talking about?” she cried. “You really are crazy!”

Freaked out, January began to kick her legs, scream, and bang on Jon’s chest, so he was forced to put her down. Contact with Jon was the only thing keeping her in real time, and he had a millisecond to decide whether to release her or not. It didn’t seem right, somehow, to let her freeze. So Jon clamped down on her wrist.

“Don’t do this, January, unless you want to become like those guys,” he said, jerking his head toward the people around them.

Past hysterical, she tried to pull away from him again, and he was compelled to take her into his arms. “Please calm down.”

He tried to use a soothing voice, but she was kicking him in the shins with her pointy-toed designer shoes. He let go. The instant she broke free, January froze like a celebrity wax figure. Jon was alone, and if Casey’s theory was correct, she’d be stuck that way for over an hour and a half. Aggravated beyond measure, he paced back and forth, trying to figure out what to do.

ornament29Secrets of Yden, Yden Book Three is available in all formats at Astraea Press and Smashwords, for the Kindle at Amazon, and for the Nook at BN.com.  Now in paperback HERE.

 

 

 

Weird Secrets about S.G. Rogers

I don’t usua475687_348027758569956_2090555840_olly talk about myself, but I decided to divulge ten weird facts secrets about me that nobody knows.  Shh! Don’t tell anyone:

1)  In karate class, when something really HURTS, I laugh;

2) Although I’m pathologically shy, I pursued acting;

3) I dislike blue cheese passionately because I got food poisoning from it when I was a teen;

4) When I was thirteen, my family and I attended a quinceañera in Tijuana for the daughter of one of my father’s employees. It was the first (and almost the last) time I ever drank tequila;

5) I was thisclose to winning a guest starring role on Baywatch;

6) When I was a kid in the 60s, there were only a few channels on TV, and a lack of programming. I remember watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat over and over again because there was nothing else on. As a result, I almost refused to go see Titanic (1997) when it came out;

7) I sing a great rendition of Honeysuckle Rose;

8) In the 80s, I grew my fingernails fashionably long (see photo, above);

9) I was a tour guide at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. One day, my tram got stuck in the river after Moses had parted the waves and we had to wait for a tow; and

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10) I got hypothermia once on a springtime canoe trip on the Tuolumne River, when the rapids tossed me into the icy water. Even though I was wearing a wet suit at the time, I turned blue. My group had to strip me in a cave (my fingers and arms wouldn’t work) and use their bodies to warm me up again. Unfortunately, I was too cold to get a thrill.

Bonus Secret: I have been known to hallucinate spiders in the middle of the night.

Tell me your secrets in the comments, below.  I promise not to tell anyone. ~ S.G. Rogers

 

 

Author Snack Snafus

Italian candy shopAlthough I try not to keep junk food in the house, sometimes I get a little desperate for a sugary snack while writing. Okay, perhaps very desperate would be more accurate. I roam the kitchen looking for some kind of fix. In my younger days,  several spoonfuls of canned frosting was my go-to snack. I found a bag of cinnamon candy in the spice cupboard once…the kind you bake into cupcakes and cookies. So what if it was three years past its expiration date? It still tasted okay, and I was very desperate. It’s sort of like the five-second rule that applies whenever you drop anything tasty on the floor. When you’re that desperate, you check for mold and bugs, say a little prayer, and then have at it.

My latest snack snafu involves honey-sweetened oat cereal. I saw the box and I imagined myself contentedly munching on handfuls of dry cereal. What a great idea! What could go wrong? So I filled an empty yogurt container (2 pound size) with a quantity of the stuff and sat down at my computer. I quickly discovered honey-sweetened oat cereal is indeed a delightful snack. Quick and easy. Provides great chewing action, like popcorn but without the annoying husks. You can go through a lot of it, but with such a large container you have a snack-on-tap.

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Back to the snafu part.  What I failed to take into consideration is the amount of fiber this oat cereal possesses. It’s like each little circle is a tiny colon scrub pad, just waiting to go to work. Probably a half-cup of the stuff is enough to keep things moving along properly.  More than that is a foolish indulgence that will come back to haunt you. I am reminded of a Phil Hartman Saturday Night Live commercial from the 80s. It was a riff on all the marketing hype surrounding fiber:

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‘Nuff said.  Word to the wise.

Have you ever had any snacks that have come back to bite you?  Leave a comment and we’ll chew on it a while.  ~ S.G. Rogers

 

 

 

RONE Awards Week Six – Children of Yden

Yden_Book2My novel Children of Yden was nominated for a RONE Award in the category of Young Adult Paranormal.  If you’re registered with InD’Tale Magazine, you can vote HERE.  If you’re not registered, you can still vote.

Just send an email to: anasmith@indtale.com with the subject line: 2014 RONE Awards Week Six

Copy and paste the following into the body of your email:

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal – 2013
Book: Children of Yden
Author: S.G. Rogers

Voting is only open for a week, so please don’t wait.

I REALLY appreciate it! ~ S.G. Rogers

thanks38What Amazon readers are saying about Children of Yden:

“Absolutely delightful!” ~ Babs Z.

“…comfortably paced and most definitely a page turner. Riveting action and nail biting suspense…” – Books4Tomorrow

“Rogers is able to build a remarkably creative world which has the distinct feel of a researched masterpiece.” - Jeff LaFerney

 

 

Goodreads Giveaway – Secrets of Yden

IMG_0026Join the fun and enter my Goodreads giveaway for a paperback copy of Secrets of Yden! Go HERE to enter (4/7 – 4/21/14, USA only).  In Secrets of Yden, Jon fights a corrupt faction of the Executive Council which would like nothing better than to discredit the Dragon Clan.  Worse, an ancient prophecy may require him to make the ultimate sacrifice unless he can figure out some other way to solve a horrific anomaly threatening to stop time on Earth.

Excerpt:

Jon paced, trying to overcome a sudden reluctance to touch the wooden owl. It was a little funny, actually. He’d come all this way to find this last piece of the prophecy, and now he was hesitating.

“I don’t believe in prophecies. Whatever I learn will simply help me with the time anomaly, that’s all.” He sighed. “So why am I so scared?”

He lifted the ankh from around his neck, knelt in the aisle next to the sculpture, and touched the owl, flinching when it shook its feathers and swiveled its obsidian eyes toward him. “Took you long enough, Champ.”

“Yeah, well, I’m here, aren’t I?”

Two feathers swiveled to one side, revealing the indentation under the owl’s beak. Jon pressed the ankh into the matching grooves, and as the wooden creature spread its wings, the hidden compartment was revealed. He wiped his sweaty palms on his jeans before retrieving the parchment nestled in the owl’s body. As soon as he’d done so, the owl’s wings folded into place once more. Before he glanced at the parchment, Jon took couple of deep breaths in order to calm his racing pulse.

The owl blinked. “I thought Dragon Clan wizards were brave.”

I’m being lectured by a brainless piece of wood.

“Who asked you?” Jon snapped.

“Whoo-who indeed?”

zdragonskyelGet caught up with the Yden saga by reading The Last Great Wizard of Yden and Children of Yden…both Kindle editions are $0.99 at Amazon!

 

Excerpt from Dancing With Raven

Originally posted on S.G. Rogers, Author:

I’m working on a paranormal novel entitled Dancing With Raven , about a young ballerina who can see demons. Hopefully, it will be released at the end of April. Here’s a sneak peek:

At the end of class, the students sank into a graceful reverence. A chorus of “Merci, Madame!” followed, but before the students had finished clapping, the lithe, gray-haired instructor held up her hands.

“Ladies, I have an announcement. The Saltare Ballet Theatre is coming to Los Angeles for a summer engagement. On the first Saturday in January, Mr. Saltare will be holding auditions for local dancers. If selected, you’ll be invited to take class with the company this spring and perhaps perform with the corps.”

Gasps of excitement ensued.

“For those wishing to audition, applications are available in my office.” Although Madame Martine addressed all her students, her proud gaze rested on Tori Moss. “I…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Writing Process Blog Tour

-1May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face; and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
~ Traditional Gaelic blessing

ornament29Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged for a Writing Process Blog Tour in which authors talk about their writing process and why they write the stories they write. So here it goes…

What am I working on?

Last year, I concentrated largely on writing historical romances. Historical romance is a popular genre, and fortunately my titles (The Ice Captain’s Daughter, Duke of a Gilded Age, Jessamine’s Folly, and A Gift for Lara) were all well-received. This year I’m writing whatever strikes my fancy. At this very moment, I’m working on a contemporary paranormal novel. Why? I don’t know. Sometimes stories just lodge in my head and I can’t work on anything else. The working title is Dancing with Raven, and the story revolves around a young ballerina who can see demons. I’m over 16K words into the book, and I plan to finish it sometime in April.

How does my work differ from others?

I like to write stories with unexpected humor and plot twists. My work is considered to be “clean” or “sweet,” but I prefer the words “fresh” and “original.” I prefer writing romance from the heart instead of the boudoir, and I enjoy slipping in a bit of adventure, too.

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I like to read. My goal is to create stories and characters that capture the imagination.

How does your writing process work?

Usually, I start with a particular scene that’s been running through my head. Then I try to figure out if the characters and conflicts have “legs” enough to become an interesting story. As I go along, I try to put in several twists or unexpected events to keep it fun. I rarely plan the entire story ahead of time became I don’t have the discipline. But then, I don’t like to ask for directions, either.

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Thank you to award-winning author Meg Mims for tapping me to join the The Writing Process Blog Tour! I’ve frequently been inspired by her attention to detail, and I’m looking forward to her upcoming series with George Bernard Shaw’s Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins!

The Release of CLASH OF WILLS!

COWFINAL2I’m pleased to announce the release of my romantic fantasy, Clash of Wills! The short story version was under contract for two years with a publishing company, so when I received my rights back I decided to rewrite the story and lengthen it into a novella. I’ve added new characters, new conflicts, and some awesome battles! If you’d like to check it out, Clash of Wills is available at Amazon HERE. ~ S.G. Rogers

ornament29Can Princess Samantha battle highwaymen, a snow demon, and a wayward prince to bring her brother home?

Princess Samantha’s magical compass will help her locate herMagic Book With Wizard Compass long-lost brother, but only if she manages to escape the watchful eyes of her royal parents. When an unwelcome suitor comes to call, Samantha seizes her chance. She beguiles the prince into taking her north, intending to abandon him at her earliest opportunity. Unfortunately, his captivating good looks and charming manner present an unforeseen complication—especially when she is forced to accept help from the very man she has deceived.

To maintain his bachelorhood, handsome Prince Wills is not above deception. Although reluctantly entangled in Samantha’s scheme, he vows to protect her…until a lie threatens to destroy their alliance.  Can his powerful attraction to the princess overcome his mistrust?  And can they survive a dangerous quest to the wild and magical Uncharted Region?

Excerpt:

Dinner was a cordial affair, with succulent roasts, plentiful salads, and freshly baked bread. Samantha engaged Wills in conversation about the beauties of his kingdom by the sea, and encouraged her father to reminisce about his friendship with Wills’ father, King Ewan. The evening was so convivial, Wills’ shoulder muscles relaxed and his laughter became genuine.

Over a tangy dessert of fresh berries and clotted cream, Samantha asked Wills about the roads between their two kingdoms. “Tell me sir, did you encounter any difficulties on your journey here?”

“I wish I could report an exciting clash with a troll or a band of highwaymen, but my travels were quite uneventful,” he replied. “Comfortable inns line the roads, and it took but three days altogether.”

“I’m glad to hear it.” Samantha turned a beaming smile on the king. “Oh, Father, I’d dearly love to visit Insolitia. Might I have permission to accompany the prince on his return home?”

“What?” Startled, Wills spilled wine down the front of his uniform. Footmen hastened to his aid.

“Nan can chaperone,” Samantha continued, “and I’m certain Prince Wills and his manservant will provide ample protection.”

Although Wills’ mouth opened, no sound would come out. Surely her father will refuse his permission!

“What a capital idea, Tomas,” the queen said. “Samantha will adore the ocean.”

“Why not, indeed?” Tomas nodded his approval. “It might do Samantha good to see a bit of the world—if Prince Wills agrees to the undertaking, of course.”

Wills twisted in the wind, but he had little choice but to be gracious. “It would alleviate the boredom of my travels greatly,” he managed. The wretched girl has outfoxed me…but to what end?

RONE Awards – Duke of a Gilded Age

2014 RONE Awards Week One has begun!  Duke of a Gilded Age has DukeofaGildedAge_432been nominated under the category of Young Adult, and I need your vote to make it into the finals. Voting is only open until March 16th, so don’t wait! Go HERE to vote. As an extra incentive, if you leave a comment, below, letting me know you’ve voted, I’ll enter you into a drawing to win your choice of ANY of my e-books in Nook or Kindle format (go HERE for the full list). I’ll draw the winner on March 18th, before noon EST. I cannot win without YOU, so please, please vote! ~ S.G. Rogers

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arrow1twistingPSST…Haven’t read Duke of a Gilded Age yet? It’s on sale at Amazon through March 16th only.  Pick up a copy for $0.99 (regularly $2.99) HERE.

Written flights of fancy, historical romance, and adventure from author S.G. Rogers

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