Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Guest Author – Linda Robertson

It is my special pleasure to have urban fantasy author Linda Robertson visit today with a guest post and news about her terrific Persephone Alcmedi series. The newest book, Arcane Circle has recently hit the shelves and I will be giving away two copies to some lucky readers (details at the end of the post. If you have questions or comments for Linda, please do.

You will also find an excerpt from Fatal Circle after the post.

Welcome Linda !

Hello to all you SciFiGuy Fans!

I’m here, technically, as promo for my books so let’s get the perfunctory plugging out of the way, shall we? I write the Persephone Alcmedi books for Pocket. They are about a girl-next-door witch discovering she has this huge destiny that directly affects the witches, vampires, werewolves and humans. VICIOUS CIRCLE, HALLOWED CIRCLE, FATAL CIRCLE and ARCANE CIRCLE are available now, and the fifth, WICKED CIRCLE is set for release January 2012. An as yet untitled sixth installment will come after that. I’d like to do nine books in all.

vicious cover smallThe people that Persephone needs, and those she protects, those she stands up for, and those who fight with her are more than people…they become family. She could not pursue her destiny without her friends. Some reviewers have said the books are a “family of choice” story. That’s my basic sum-up, and on that note, I'll continue.

Personally, maybe it’s the whole valentine season thing making me mushy, or maybe it’s the overarching friendship theme in the Lord of the Rings trilogy that I recently re-watched start to finish, or maybe I was programmed by all the lovey-dovey pinks and reds in the aisles of the stores lately, but I’m thinking about the people I care about, the family of friends surrounding me. Like Persephone, because of them, I'm better and stronger.

Some are in other cities and send silliness in the mail, some are local and we gather to mock the product of a Hollywood from before the days when film-making was a science. I am SOOO grateful for it all. Friendships are invaluable! It would be too easy to corral myself behind the desk (because I love what I do!) and work and work and work until I've lost sight of the important things and forgotten that time off for laughter is essential. But taking that time off to experience the laughter and the friendship means I go back to the desk fresh and ready to write.

hallowed cover smallSo if I may take the liberty here, I’m giving a rockin’ shout out to my friends, my real friends, true and loyal and fun. YOU ROCK!

If you’re reading this, whether I know you or not—you know who your real friends are…the people who lift you up, who accept you without expectations or conditions. I challenge you to do something that applauds and honors that friendship today! You--and they--will be stronger for it!

Also, I'd like to express my thanks to Doug for graciously hosting me here on SciFiGuy today. You rock too!

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fatal cover smallBefore I’d finished the coffee, Johnny returned. He entered by the front door, passed through the living room and dining room, checking on the gathered witches and inquiring if they’d had enough to eat. They claimed they had and complimented him on his culinary skills. Someone remarked, “Your pancakes are as fluffy as a cloud.”
“Well, you would know,” he replied, “flying around on brooms like you do.”

He came into the kitchen and, seeing Nana and me, wagged the empty platters and whispered, “They didn’t leave a crumb,” before stacking them in the sink. “I thought only wæres and teenage boys had claim to the appetite crown, but damn, those seven little old ladies can chow down!”
“There’s still coffee.” I lifted the carafe again.
He took it and poured himself a cup. Derisively, he asked, “So what are we going to do about the corpse in your cellar?”
“Corpse?” Nana echoed, voice hollow.
“He means Menessos.”
“He’s here?”
“Yes.” The chatter in the other room had stopped. Xerxadrea appeared in the doorway. “You must make Menessos tell you the truth.”
“Finally!” Johnny exclaimed.
“Huh?” I asked.
“I’m not the only one who thinks Menessos is a liar.” Johnny grinned over the edge of his mug.
“Do not add implications to my words, young man,” Xerxadrea snapped. “I insinuated nothing of the sort.” Though her patriotic velour jog suit was quirky, her formidability was undeniable. “Menessos is many things,” she went on, her voice firm but without the condemnation. “He embodies things you fear, things you envy, and things you cannot comprehend, but he is not a liar.” Before Johnny could protest, she raised a hand and added, “Oh, you can argue he twists facts to suit himself, but what he truly does is so much more than that. He can instantly take all the information he’s acquired and accurately discern which words—and what order—will produce the best advantage for his purposes.”
“My bad,” Johnny muttered. “He’s not a liar, he’s a manipulating ass.”
Again, I couldn’t intervene because Xerxadrea was quicker. “Omitting the unaccommodating words doesn’t make him a liar or an ass. It makes him a master.” She pointed at Johnny. “Perhaps you would learn a few things if you would but try to see beyond your own conflict, and see his.”
Johnny’s silence couldn’t disguise the fact that he resented her scolding. It was conveyed in his raised chin and rigid spine.
Xerxadrea continued. “His perception has been transformed by eons of blood. He has worn the fabric of this world for so long it’s threadbare and holds no mysteries for him now. He has mastered the patterns. Whatever moment in time you’re bitterly clinging to and trying to alter . . . it’s merely a thread to him. He can sever it as easily as he can fray it into a hellish and frantic existence for you. Or he can reweave that thread, making those seconds produce an outcome to fit the necessary and inevitable truth he uniquely sees, and it is that truth of which I spoke.” She gestured to me, and held out her arm. “Take me to him, Persephone. We must speak with him privately, you and I.”
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  1. Wow, I suppose sharing my love with my friends would be my choice :)

  2. I'd invited my friends over to play board games.

  3. I'd invited my friends over and cook them dinner. And then maybe we'd have some drinks and watch some of our favorite movies. Just spending time with them is enough for me.

  4. Spending time with your friends is the best way to show them what they mean! My pals and I do a mockumentary night. I do recommend! We've doen board games, card games, and there's ALWAYS food! YAY! I hope you all hang with your pals ASAP!

  5. I love spending time with friends, doing something we enjoy, having a great meal together, talking and laughing. I'm actually going to do my friend's taxes this weekend for her, I do them every year because she doesn't have a computer.

  6. I'll invite them all over to my new place (well, fingers crossed we get it!) and cook up a fabulous spread- and even though seafood is my favorite, make sure there are lots of non-sea options for my friend who's allergic.

  7. This past weekend, I had arranged to go on a hike with one of my friends, but when the day came, I really wanted to back out. I didn't though because my friend was totally stressed and I knew how much she was looking forward to it. I ended up having a great day also, just because I was able to spend time with her and to me, that's what friendship is all about.

    jen at delux dot com

  8. I hung out with my friend today, we had dinner. It's always nice to just hangout and talk about random stuff :)

  9. To me the most important thing about friendship and what one must do to strengthen and grow it, is to stay in contact with your friends no matter how near or far you are from each other. Only by doing this are to able to ensure that can fulfill the most important requirement of true friendship namely being there for them when they need you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  10. I guess I would just hang out with my friends. Watch movies or go to the movies if something's playing. Talk a lot and discuss books we've read!!

  11. I would call a friend and invite them to lunch.

  12. I am reading your Vicious Circle, and I love your family of choice. Nana "Demeter" reminds me a lot of my own grandmother (and I miss her very much). So enjoying this series.

  13. YAY! Thanks SO MUCH for letting me know you're enjoying the books lingeorge!

  14. My friend works shifts over dinner time, so I like to take here a container of something yummy as a surprise every once in a while. The best group thing though is movie/drinks nights! So much fun! :D

  15. I would wright a poem about how my bestest friend makes me feel , how they support me and lift me up and blast across the webisphere over blogger, facebook, etc etc

  16. Always being there for them is the best way to show your friend you care. Doesn't matter if it's something little or something major. Knowing you have a true friend you can really count on through thick and thin is priceless.

  17. I treated my friends to coffee when we went to the bookstore last weekend.

  18. Y'all mut be the bestest friends ever, food, drinks, java, poems, movies and just hanging out time! It's what it's all about! :-D Thank to everyone for stopping by!

  19. I love spending time with my friends, go out, have dinner, watch a movie or just talk have fun :)
    greetings, Ina

    inale87 at gmx dot at

  20. I've really enjoyed the books so far!

    I'd love to spend more time with my friends but they all live so far away :(

  21. I would love to take my friends to the spa and just pamper them! We've been leading busy lives and it would be great to just relax.

  22. I actually bought my friend a book that she wanted without telling her and had it delivered to her house thss week - for no reason other than she is a fab friend!

  23. I like to write these days, so, I would write down my feelings in a poem. Corny but that's me.
    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  24. I would ask that the book was published in the Hungarian language? I've been to several shops in the area, but still could not find it anywhere. Online stores also have looked at (, but could not find it there either. Planned to prepare the Hungarian-language translation? If so, then what is the timetable?

  25. Ina- hi! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

    Jessica- YAY!

    Amy- a spa? wow!

    Mel- that's wonderful!

    Dor- How sweet!

    boros1124- I would love it if the books came out in Hungarian! At this time, however, only the German publisher LYX has obtained foreign rights.

    Here's a link to it just in case you can read German:


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