Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Ancient of Ancient Days With Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster

A time when Nessie ruled the hearts of many and were known as the Great Water Protectors of the People 

Originally posted at SHAPESHIFTER SEDUCTION.

Late Summer howls and yowls, shapeshifter lovers. 

Rain has graced my tame prairie, and the temps are lovely and cool now. Summer had returned with a high-humidity vengeance. Yes, the animal adventures continue. 

I like to hang my laundry out and let the sunlight and breezes do the drying. Well, a few days ago, I was late getting it hung up and since there was no rain I decided to leave it outside, along with the large tub I use, which I'd hung socks on to dry. Anyway, since many were dry I just threw them in the tub. Lo and behold, to my complete surprise, after I'd brought the tub inside the house, and got around to the socks... well, beneath them was one of the tiny lizards that have been here since we moved in, some thirteen years ago. 

They're cute little critters, and not dangerous at all. Poor little thing was scared to death. But I picked up the tub reassuring Little Lizard that he/she was okay and I was returning him/her to the great outdoors. After a bit of talking, Little Lizard calmed right down, and remained calm as I carried the tub outside, then freed him/her. 

Then, almost a week ago, I trekked down to my rural mailbox, and as I turned toward it, I spied the back end of some brown furry critter that had a rather busy tail. Given it was much larger than a mouse--which sometimes inhabits my mailbox--anyway this creature was so darn fast I couldn't see it fully as it dived beneath the foliage in the ditch. In moments, at a fast and furious speed, it circled around the mailbox running desperately into the ditch's water pipe beneath my gravel drive. 

I barely saw the full critter and had no clue what it was...however, a bit of research on the internet and voila! I have a groundhog or what is also called a woodchuck... Yep, brown-furry critter did look like the infamous Punxsutawney Phil 

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The Ancient of Ancient Days 
With Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster 

Once upon a  time, the great beast now affectionately called Nessie was a dear and beloved pet-guardian to many in those ancient of ancient days. Yes, hard to believe. Yet, so much of our real history has been lost to entertaining myths -- to the mists of an ancient epoch which has become mere fantastical and magickal legends. This includes Nessie's story.  

However, many types of Nessies, both shapeshifters and beasts, have made their home in the water cave system beneath Wolf Peak Territory. 

A moonlight ride with the Water Dragon Nessie. An invisibility spell by one of the witches of Wolf Peak Territory comes in handy. 

The Nessies are particularly fond of girls and women, and were originally bred-created to protect female humans of the highest psychic-spiritual abilities. 

The Nessies were fearsome enemies of any monstrous sea creature who dared attempt an attack on their human friends. 

From an early age children were encouraged to ride and befriend young Nessies. Treats were always offered. Nessies particularly adored yellow-golden apples. 


On a ride through the magickal lands where fairies flit happily, and where dragonflies dance in the crystalline air. 

Often a besotted man would speak with a Dragon-Guardian Nessie about how to woo the woman he fiercely protected. 

NOTE: Yes ***KNOCK ON WOOD*** I am penning a short story sci fi erotic romance to submit for the antho featured on my last blog. 


Canadian Tourist Has Curiously-Timed Nessie Sighting

Canadian Tourist Has Curiously-Timed Nessie Sighting
A Canadian woman visiting Loch Ness with her family became the latest witness to snap a picture of what may be the site's legendary 'monster.' The ironically-named Lynn Locke was vacationing in Scotland with her husband and daughter when the trio decided to spend a few days at Loch Ness. While they were there, she spotted a strange anomaly about 150 feet from shore.
"I noticed something moving in the water, with trails of bubbles leading up to it," she told a Scottishnewspaper, "it went under the water a couple of times and reappeared." Having long heard tales of the Loch Ness Monster, Locke decided to snap a few photos of the oddity to document the weird sighting. Although her family was skeptical that she'd really seen the famed cryptid, Locke was more open-minded and mused, "I do think I saw Nessie – maybe the tail."
What makes her encounter particularly intriguing is that it actually occurred on the very same day that a schoolgirl happened to also spot something strange in the waters of Loch Ness and snapped a picturethat has been hailed as the 'best photo' of the creature in years. The distance between the two sightings measured about 12 miles and the time between the encounters was only a few hours, suggesting that perhaps the two witnesses had actually seen the same thing that day. What exactly they may have seen, of course, remains a matter of speculation.


Run on the Wild Side of Romance  

Kisses, Savanna Kougar

Sunday, August 5, 2018

***KNOCK ON WOOD*** SciFi Erotic Romance Anthology

Originally posted at SHAPESHIFTER SEDUCTION.

Summery howls and yowls, shapeshifter lovers. 

So, I have simply not had the time and energy to blog as an author. Sad, but all too true. 

Life on my tame prairie, yep, lots of tales including some visitations by adorable tiny toadies. And I see many, very cute half-grown bunnies during my half-mile trek down to the mailbox. Of course, I don't have time to share. My apologies. 

After days of humidity-hell weather, the temps cooled and it's been quite pleasant for several weeks now. Am I ever grateful! Today was hotter, but not humid-miserable. 

Okay, the good news ***KNOCK ON WOOD***  is that I have been writing a SciFi erotic romance, several stories actually... and I just MIGHT get one finished and be able to submit the story for a promo-type anthology... info below: 

Editor: Delilah Devlin
Deadline: November 15, 2018

STRANDED is open to all authors.

Editor/Author Delilah Devlin (me!) is looking for stories for a romantic erotica anthology tentatively entitled STRANDED:  A BOYS BEHAVING BADLY ANTHOLOGY.

Why write a short story for this collection? Well, it’s certainly not about making a lot of money, so why do it at all? I have several thoughts…

Writing a short story for a call for submissions is a chance to flex your writing muscle! It can be a chance to experiment with a genre you’ve never written. If you’ve never written a story in first person but don’t want to begin by writing an entire novel using it, start short! For myself, I’ve written stories in new genres or with fresh themes that ended up being so much fun to write they’ve spawned entire series.

You have a deadline! I don’t know about you, but I have trouble keeping my butt in the chair without one!

It’s a promotional opportunity! If selected, you’ll be joined by 12-15 other authors for the launch, sharing your audiences and, hopefully, picking up new readers along the way. Having your story in the collection is another chance to be “seen.”

And remember, you retain the rights to your story, so you can republish it for individual sale or give it away to attract subscribers to your newsletter. You might even decide there’s more story to tell and expand it into a novel!

Here’s what I’m looking for…

STRANDED: A BOYS BEHAVING BADLY ANTHOLOGY will include stories that satisfy the reader who craves stories about women who find themselves in extremely challenging circumstances—vulnerable to the elements and/or to their rescuers! But don’t create damsels in distress who don’t have an inner core of resolve to save themselves. Heroines must be strong characters, otherwise, how will they attract and capture the love of a strong alpha hero?

I’m eager to work on my next delectable anthology—this one filled with stories about women who find themselves—STRANDED. Your heroine could be a castaway on a desert island, have her car break down in the mountains, be stranded in the ocean while snorkelling, crash land in the jungle or on an uninhabited planet… Don’t limit your imagination to these ideas! Have fun with the concept.

I’m open to any subgenre of erotic romance you want to write. I’ll accept contemporary, historical, science fiction, or paranormal stories, and I won’t be picky about whether the stories are hetero, LGBT, ménage… Basically, you, the author, can go anywhere your imagination takes you so long as 1) the woman is in jeopardy, and 2) the story is a romance, and 3) you have a bad boy somewhere in the pages! Should you write that LGBT story, consider making the couple’s adversary or helpmate a roguish man—because, hey, I’m looking for men who behave badly.

The anthology will be sold at a low price—my intent is exposure for you and your writing. The more readers reached, the better! You will retain the rights to your story, so that, at a later date, you can republish your stories individually.

I’m seeking hot and inventive stories from authors with unique voices, and above all, I’m looking to be seduced by tales filled with vivid imagery and passion.

Published authors with an established world may use that setting for their original short story.

This is erotic romance, so don’t hold back on the heat. Stories can be vanilla or filled with kink, but don’t miss describing the romantic connection between strong-willed individuals learning to trust and love one another. A deep sensuality should linger in every word. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters, and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. I want original stories.

How to submit: Prepare your 2,500 to 5,500 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font, Word document (.doc or .docx) OR rich text format (.rtf), with pages numbered. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch, and double space (regular double spacing; do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). U.S. grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required.

In your document at the top left of the first page, include your legal name (and pseudonym, if applicable), mailing address, email address, and a 50-words or less bio, written in the third person, and send to If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. I will respond no later than December 30, 2018 with decisions.

Payment will be $25.00 USD ninety days after publication at the end of that month.

Who am I?

Delilah Devlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of erotica and erotic romance. She has published nearly two hundred stories in multiple genres and lengths, and is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Entangled, Grand Central, Harlequin Spice, HarperCollins: Mischief, Kensington, Kindle, Montlake, Penthouse, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.

Her short stories have appeared in multiple Cleis Press collections, including Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, Passion, Lesbian Cops, Dream Lover, Carnal Machines, Best Erotic Romance (2012), Suite Encounters, Girl Fever, Girls Who Score, Duty and Desire, Best Lesbian Romance of 2013, and On Fire. For Cleis Press, she edited Girls Who Bite, She Shifters, Cowboy Lust, Smokin’ Hot Firemen, High Octane Heroes, Cowboy Heat, Hot Highlanders and Wild Warriors and Sex Objects. She also edited Conquests: An Anthology of Smoldering Viking Romance, Rogues: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology, Blue Collar: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology, and Pirates: A Boys Behaving Badly Anthology.

Direct any questions you have regarding your story or the submission process to me at boyswhobehavebadlystranded 


Run on the Wild Side of Romance  

Kisses, Savanna Kougar