Falling in Love with Autumn
It’s only October, but the Christmas trees and ornaments are out along with the Halloween decorations. Does anyone decorate or buy for the December holidays this early? I don’t mean presents. I know people who were done with that by the end of the summer. I used to be one before my family decided to do a secret Santa instead of the whole shebang. But while it’s still autumn and :: knock on wood :: there’s no snow coming my way here on the East Coast of the U.S. for the moment, I want to list a few things that the characters in Shifting Currents, my erotic post-apocalyptic novel, miss about civilization (If they were old enough to be around before the meteorite that struck the earth changed all life as we know it.).
- Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I have a strict rule. Not to have one until October first. No matter how hard the temptation to enjoy one with an apple cider doughnut the day they come out.
Bethany, my heroine, is a Tech. She has mutated the ability to absorb energy from the air and recharge appliances. But even if they could find a Keurig machine, those little K-cups would be impossible to find. However if there was one available, since sex is the favored currency for trade I wonder how much a latte would be?
- Jumping in leaf piles. As long as I don’t have to rake before or after, I love this activity. Of course, there was the time I accidently raked up a pile of doggie doo with the leaves. That wasn’t so much fun.
Lucas, my hero, is a shape shifter. Lucas can shape shift into any form he wishes. His preferred form is an eagle, so he would be taking advantage of the cool fall breezes.
- Apple picking and then going home to bake pies. When my grandmother used to eat the apple peels in secret because she was supposed to feed them to the pig. We would snack on them in her kitchen while she showed me how to make her crust. The secret ingredient? Crisco works too (Surprisingly enough not the butter flavored one, though).
Cooking is done over campfires in my world. Some of the tribes, if they have the craftsmen, have kiln ovens. Bakers are a rare commodity and someone with the skill and the means to get spices could be able to barter for any woman or man they wished.
- Slow cooker stews and chili simmering in the pot so when you walk in after work that wonderful aroma of yumminess hits you. My favorite chili recipe is chop an onion, dump that and a can of black beans, white beans, and kidney beans in the crock pot with a lb of ground beef. Add a can of green chilies and a can of chopped tomatoes (if you can find the one with celery, garlic, and onion flavors – even better), stir and cook for 8-10 hours on low. It’s a real mild chili, so if you want to kick it up a notch, add some cayenne or chopped jalapeños.
Most of the produce and food stuff is kept for the tribe’s use. But during yearly conclaves, the tribes gather to trade their excess supplies. There aren’t any stores anymore. What hadn’t been destroyed in the meteorite strike has been long looted. However, pieces of California have been reported sprouting up in the Pacific Ocean. Caravans from the East are heading out there. The competition is fierce to get on one of these wagon trains. You have to be very skilled either in hunting, fighting or sex to be able to be accepted. Bethany and Lucas fall in love along the way to California.
What are your favorite fall things?
Genre: Erotic Paranormal
eISBN – 9781623001667
Number of pages: 191
Word Count: 60,000
Cover Artist: April Martinez
After the meteorite wiped out civilization and most of the population, it took thirty years to scrabble together rudiments of society again. Sex is the main currency, for those who haven’t mutated special abilities.
Bethany, a Tech, is able to channel electricity through her body and charge up electronics. When she saves a Shifter girl about to be sold at auction, the girl’s brother, Lucas, offers to repay the debt with his body. While Bethany would love to have Lucas at her beck and call, she’d rather have sex with someone who wanted her as a partner instead of an obligation. But unable to resist the sexy Shifter, she agrees to his terms.
When an opportunity presents itself to travel cross the ravaged countryside to loot the remains of California, Bethany believes this is the best chance for her to find her own brother, a rogue Shifter on the run for a crime he didn’t commit. Lucas wants to go, too, to free his Shifter pack.
The caravan members are expected to provide sexual services to the owners in exchange for passage out and back. As the lines between pleasure and payment become blurred, Bethany struggles to remain human while the pull of the energy feels good enough to leave her meat sack body behind. Can Lucas learn to ground her against the shifting currents?
Lissa Trevor has her stilettos firmly entrenched in the romance community. Spank Me Mr. Darcy is her debut novel from Riverdale Avenue Books. She is a frequent reader at Manhattan’s Between The Covers events, where her novellas Wild Oats and Timelash from Coliloquy’s Entwined volumes 1 & 2 have been very popular. Lissa also created an erotic story template for Coliloquy’s ValEntwined promotion that allowed readers to download a personalized ebook starring themselves and their significant other.
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