Why? Because I want to!

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The question for week 35 of the MFRW 52 Week Blogging Challenge is Plots: What period in history and why?

My reply is whenever, wherever, and whatever I think fits because that is how I roll.

My universe has multiple timelines that converge and interact. Like my mind, it is intricate, imperfect, and somewhat difficult to explain, but I will try to break things down.

I was born one day after Valentine’s day in 1965 and have been writing and creating for as long as I can remember. I learned how to read when I was four years old, and by the time I was six, I was reading Edgar Allan Poe. I’ve also loved the old horror comics from that tender age. I love gothic horror as well as mid-twentieth-century horror.

I am honestly not particularly keen on most modern horror. As a rule, I don’t enjoy splatter or exploitation, although I absolutely loved Return of the Living Dead.

I can’t recall my first exposure to science fiction, but I’ve always loved learning about the Universe. My father had a lot of old comics and books and what are now known as graphic novels. I imagine my earliest exposure to sci-fi involved comics such as Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.

I like paranormal romance if it’s done right. Twilight is most assuredly not my cup of tea. Give me the original Dracula or Fright Night. That, my friends, is the way it’s done.

The ingredients in my writing involve a heaping helping of Lovecraftian steampunk. Incorporate a long-dead world that got screwed over by its inept king’s attempt to master forces that don’t take well to being ordered about. Jump even further back in time to a cosmos held in the sway of unforgiving forces and introduce a pair of nearly omnipotent star-crossed lovers to learn the motivations of a pissed-off witch sired by the powerful trickster god spawned by the embodiment of primordial chaos.

Move ahead in time to the early twenty-first century and meet an unfortunate musician whose cognitive abilities are starting to fail. This self-deprecating chap is at the eye of the raging wibbly wobbly timey wimey temporal storm.
There are dead worlds and damned souls and more timelines than you can shake a stick at, and as for why, the only answer I have is because that’s the way I see it, and if I didn’t see it, I don’t even know if I’d still be here.



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MFRW Book Hooks: Serving It Up Hot and Free


The Blurb
What's better than one fun, light-hearted story about adorably awkward guys and sexy, shape-shifting aliens? 

Four fun, light-hearted stories about adorably awkward guys and sexy, shape-shifting aliens!

What's better than getting these stories at an awesome low price?

Getting them free!

Find out how to grab your free copy of the first Carnal Invasion collection following the snippet!

You can read the previous snippet here.

The Snippet
The bodies of the gelatinous aliens bubbled, and a moment later, their appearances had shifted to that of two attractive women in their early twenties, clad in extremely tight-fitting silver mini dresses. Both had long platinum blonde hair, pale blue eyes, and translucent white skin.

“Is this acceptable, Terran?” one of the aliens asked in a monotone voice.

“Well, uh, close. Except you sound like a robot and you look like a couple of strippers or porn stars. Sorry, I’m afraid you went a little too deep into my unconscious and saw my masturbation material. You’re totally going to call attention to yourselves. You want to make your voice more like mine, except you want to sound more feminine if you’re going to appear to be female. Also, you want to look a little less like you’re starring in an X-rated version of Star Wars. Right, you don’t know what that is. Here, look into my mind again. I’ll give you a thought of a more realistic-looking girl.”

The aliens touched their fingers to Gandy’s temples. Their appearances shifted to that of two young women with long, dark blonde hair and blue eyes. They were now clad in innocuous attire.


From Tuesday 25 August 2020 thru Saturday 29 August 2020, you can grab the Kindle version of the first Carnal Invasion collection free. After August 29, it returns to its usual price of $3.99.

I am also giving away the PDF version of the collection on LBRY from Monday 24 August 2020 thru Saturday 29 August 2020. It will return to its normal price of 75 LBC (approximately $2.25) after August 29.


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Weekend Writing Warriors + Snippet Sunday 30 August 2020: Ketil and Yitzy



The Notes
I'm sorry to be so all over the place with my shares. I've decided to stick with Ketil and Yitzy's Adventure in the Xura Dream House for the foreseeable future.

In the previous installment, the human spirit Ketil Nagel and his Yithian companion have arrived at the storied House of Lost Dreams in Xura. Unknown to them, they are being spied on by a pair of Cockney ghouls who came from London to visit the Xura carnival. You can read the previous installment by following this link. 


The Snippet
“Nor I, but I’m curious. Who do you suppose that is with him? Have you ever seen the like?”

“Ain’t that one of them things from beyond the stars? What do you reckon they’re up to?”

“I don’t know, but I’ve long heard whispers about both Ketil Nagel and this house. Are you up for an adventure, Johnny?”

“I was happy just eatin’ this tasty hunk of pie, if you must know. But I reckon it couldn’t hurt to ask ‘em what they’re doing here.”

The laid-back ghoul followed his excitable compadre to introduce themselves to the rangy phantom and impressive extraterrestrial who stood before the storied Dream House.

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First Chapter Friday: Gettin' Down on the Farm: Meeting His Dream Girl Plus Upcoming Promo


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Welcome to First Chapter Friday, a semi-regular feature here at Naughty Netherworld Press. I'd like to give all of you the chance to share links to a first chapter or snippet from either a WIP or a published work, or you can share a flash fiction or artwork. Fanfiction and original characters are both welcome. Just leave a link in the comments and I will visit. Please visit the other links, too, and let's see if we can give this thing some legs!

I'm very excited to announce the release of The Carnal Invasion Collection Volume I: Short and Sexy, which contains the first four Carnal Invasion stories. Gettin' Down on the Farm is the second book in the Carnal Invasion series. I will provide purchase links following the chapter. Now, get ready to meet Frank and Jenny!

Meeting His Dream Girl

Frank Hamilton had no idea how a life could change in the blink of an eye, until the night he met Jenny in the parking lot at Tasker’s Roadhouse. Jenny was every red-blooded cowboy’s dream with her big blonde hair, peaches-and-cream complexion, and her long and slim but curvaceous body. The lonely twenty-one-year-old rodeo rider quickly fell under the spell of the lavender-eyed beauty.
However, Jenny was more than met the eye. Frank quickly became her servant in ways he could not have possibly imagined. The embodiment of his fantasies turned out to not be human at all. She was a shape-shifting alien from a planet called Gamma Iridon and she needed energy, and lots of it, to maintain her new form. The most readily available and powerful energy on Earth was sexual energy.
Jenny wasted no time revealing the truth about herself to Frank. The invasion force targeting Earth had been wiped out by unexpected space junk. A few pods were released, which fell in various locations across the planet. Jenny wondered if Frank would help her. Looking into her hypnotic lavender eyes, his mind was filled with visions of this impossibly perfect woman pleasing him in amazing ways, and he agreed immediately to assist her.
Frank realized that there was no way his services would be enough for Jenny. He had always prided himself on not being the jealous type. He was a good-looking guy, the epitome of the all-American boy. He stood six foot one, had a lean but muscular build with biceps that the girls just loved to squeeze and defined chest and abs that were the result of disciplined daily training. He had wavy blond hair, dark blue eyes, and even when his peers were struggling with acne during adolescence, he had remained remarkably clear-skinned. Frank Hamilton was all that, but he could never be enough for the woman he couldn’t get enough of.
“You will always be my number one, but there is no way you can be the only one, Frank,” Jenny cautioned on their first night together.
“That’s all right, Darlin’,” Frank said confidently. “I ain’t a jealous guy. You’re one hell of a woman. I know there’s no way one man could keep up with you. You can tango with other fellas. Hell, it’s a little kinky, but it might even turn me on to watch. Just don’t never forget who’s taking you home. I’ve waited all my life for a girl like you, Jenny. I’m willing to sacrifice a little to make you happy.”
Sometimes those words were accurate. But sometimes Frank was overwhelmed with just how much energy Jenny needed every day.

The Blurb
The Carnal Invasion Collection contains the first four books in the Carnal Invasion series. Compact but packed with heat, these naughty little numbers are sure to make fans of explicit erotic action happy.

The Carnal Invasion series features a group of naive yet naughty shape-shifting aliens who need large amounts of energy to maintain their Earthly forms. The quickest way to get the energy they need is sex, and lots of it.

The Links
I will be featuring a free five-day Kindle promo for the book starting 25 August 2020. But if you don't want to wait that long, here are the purchase links.


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August WEP Challenge: Long Shadow

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The Notes
This piece ties in with my Urban Nightmare story. You can read that one by following this link: https://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com/2020/06/west-holpry-urban-nightmare.html

Content warning for profanity and snarkiness in case anyone is on a low saltiness diet.

This is Cthulhu Mythos/Lovecraft Mythos fiction. So, if that sort of thing really is not your bag, Baby, don't read it. 

On with the show!

From the long shadow of a dimension outside Euclidian space, a group of human spirits watched as a white-haired sorceress with skin the color of lightly tanned leather railed at the spectre of an imposing-looking man with silver hair, a slate-colored complexion, and impressive pointed ears. A dark-haired, angular man with Middle Eastern features sat on a throne, watching the proceedings in amusement.

“Idiot!” the sorceress snapped. “You destroyed your entire solar system with your clumsiness! You are the most incompetent excuse for a ruler that I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with. You are no monarch, Qweh. You are a goon combined with a jester posing as a king. Curse the day that your equally inept father succeeded in summoning my father and me. Damn this curse afflicting my weary soul!”

“I did not realize that you bore the burden of a curse, Madam Yadira,” the stately drow king interjected solicitously. “Perhaps I can assist you in breaking your curse to atone for my folly. Can you tell me the nature of said curse?”

“Moron! You could not assist me in sewing a serviceable quilt! The curse I speak of is in my very blood. I am a witch, but no ordinary witch. My mother is the lost Queen Nathicana, the benevolent sorceress who once presided o’er all of space and time. My father is that peerless commander of the cosmos seated upon yon throne—the mighty Nyarlathotep Himself, who, in His mercy, has spared you from my wrath. For my own part, I would have incinerated you to a single ash and ground the remains to dust beneath my boot. It is my immovable opinion that you are vermin and will only spread the plague of your ineptitude to any world you blight with your odious presence.”

Nyarlathotep held a jar containing sparkles of multicolored light. Although the lights were visually appealing, they exuded unsettling, malevolent energy. In the long shadow between dimensions, the spirit of a handsome, flamboyant bald black man grimaced and turned away, rubbing his temples.

“Henry, you all right, Mate?” a small Caucasian man with elfin features and shoulder-length hair the color of black coffee inquired.

“Bish, don’t worry about me,” Henry replied, his accent identifying him as being from the New Orleans area. “I just been sensin’ the motivations of that weird-ass, wrong-ass, wicked-ass Lite Brite for a few too many minutes. Those little fucks think they bad, but they just plain ugly to the core. I’ve known e coli that were more pleasant than that collection of ectoplasmic vomit.”

“Yah, they is a real can of worms,” said a tall, pale Scandinavian spectre with straight flaxen hair flowing to his mid-back. “They has no organization for their motivation, and they is stupid as mud. In the life where we knowed them, I thought them such colossal idiots that I wondered if one day they would forget to breathe. Their only desire is to lick Qweh’s arsehole, from which they think the sun and moon shines.”

“Right you are, Ketil, and Qweh ain’t the brilliant visionary they believe he is,” the small man agreed. “They think he’s a genius, but he’s just a big wanker. Bloody king of the wankers he is.”

“He’s a royal jerkoff,” Henry smirked.

“Yah, but you know who else is a jerkoff?” Ketil speculated. “Fucking Nyarlathotep and Yadira. They could stick Qweh into that jar with his fellow jerkoffs and let them make a daisy chain and jerk each other off for eternity and not make a bother for innocent souls again. But they shall release the entire fuckery, partly because of some bullshit about the cosmic order, but mostly because they are cunts.”

“We can discuss their cuntiness later,” Henry suggested, putting a hand on each of his companions’ shoulders. “For now, Babies, let’s hush and listen. We need to know what Yadira wants with Gerry, and we don’t want them to hear us.”

“How could they hear us, Henry?” Gerry inquired. “We’re between the bleedin’ dimensions. Anyway, Qweh has his head so far up his arse that when he farts, he thinks he’s hearing a brisk gust of wind blowing through the trees.”

“Boyfriend, I’m going to pretend you didn’t just say something so dense,” Henry sighed. “I couldn’t give a rare rat’s ass about Qweh. He isn’t paying attention to anything but the fact that Yadira Root, the witch who makes time her bitch and commands the cosmic forces like a five-star general is chewing his ass up one side and down the other, while her father, the big bad trickster god from beyond the stars, is holding Qweh’s moldy crew of sycophants hostage in a jar. I do not want Nyarlathotep or Yadira to become aware of our presence!”

“Yah, let us learn what we has comed here to learn,” Ketil agreed.

“You weren’t supposed to kill the thief,” Yadira railed at Qweh. “You were supposed to allow him to hone his skills under your sister’s tutelage. He possessed the dormant ability to form pathways in shadow and to mold shadow into living creation. I needed him alive!”

“A triad of pardons, Madam Yadira, but if you had but let me know that the thief must be spared…” Qweh started.

“I didn’t let you know because you would have telegraphed the fact that Serab was being groomed for a special purpose,” Yadira explained. “Once your sister realized the magnitude of his mission, she would have channeled her magic into awakening his dormant abilities and asked him to use his powers to spirit them away to who knows where.”

“Begging your pardon, Madam Yadira, but she did spirit him away…”

“Yes, she spirited him away in spirit after you murdered him, you dunce! Father, release this bungler’s useless companions and let them be on their way. At least we know that Qweh will lead us to Serab whenever and wherever he may reappear.”

“The actions of raving megalomaniacs are indeed predictable,” Nyarlathotep agreed.

1000 words

 


Acknowledgments

Nyarlathotep is the creation of H.P. Lovecraft, initially appearing in his 1920 story of the same name.

Nathicana is a character appearing in H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 poem of the same name.

All other characters are the intellectual property of Team Netherworld Creations/Naughty Netherworld Press.

This piece was created from the August WEP prompt Long Shadow and the Reedsy Weekly Writing Contest prompt “write a story about a meeting of a secret society.”


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Rumors Part II: Getting to Know Gandy: MFRW Book Hooks


The Blurb
Geeky Gandy Stafford's lifelong fantasy comes true when he meets the otherworldly Dorma and Desyra. These last remnants of a botched extraterrestrial invasion discover that they require a great deal of energy to maintain their human forms.

The easiest way to obtain essential power?

Sex, and lots of it.

Catching Up
Groundskeeper Gandy Stafford finds himself face to face with a pair of gelatinous aliens. The aliens have assured him that they don't want to eat him, but he's still not sure what they plan to do with him. The previous installment can be found here.

The Snippet
“We wish to learn of your planet. Teach us what you know.”

“Well, um, yeah, okay, sure. I just need to finish putting everything away. Is that okay?”

“Companion, I believe the Terran would feel more comfortable if we were to assume the appearance of one of his kind,” one of the aliens suggested.

“Yes, I believe you are correct, Companion. One moment, Terran. We are retrieving data from your mind to create a form that you will find pleasing.”


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The Notes
I'm still learning the ropes with this hop. I read the room with last week's share and it doesn't seem like too many of you were interested in my Lovecraftian buddy story, so I'm going to stick with this one. I'm planning to combine the three first stories in the Carnal Invasion series into one volume because they're all so short. 

Thanks for reading!

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Alpha and Omega I: Weekend Writing Warriors + Self-Promo Saturday + Snippet Sunday



The Snippet
All things are interconnected, and yet sometimes it is impossible to find the link between them, particularly where humanity is concerned. Those who are no longer living can see these associations better than those still bound to corporeal form. 

Those of us who looked deeper into certain affiliations became deeply unsettled by what we found. Forces of evil long dormant in the waking world are quite active behind the walls of sleep. I and five other appointed agents were dispatched by King Kuranes of Celephais to explore the Cosmos and discover how we may yet save ourselves from annihilation or, worse, enslavement to these malevolent tyrants.

I followed my research to the dead world of Zecor 6 in the year 3121 where I found scientists of various species exploring the planet. The more physically vulnerable among them were wearing protective gear; as I am a spirit, there was no need for me to take such precautions.

One fellow clad in such a safety suit was happily humming a zany little tune from my time. This nasty earworm proceeded to give me fits for the remainder of my journey to this foul orb.

Wynona's got herself a big brown beaver and she shows it off to all her friends

One day, you know, that beaver tried to leave her, so she caged him up with a cyclone fence

The Notes
This is my excerpt from the first tale in my WIP, The Ballad of Gerry Clifford, which I'd hoped to have published back in July, but both it and life have been unwieldy. Those of you who have been around the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday circuit for a while may recognize the quaintly snarky or snarkily quaint banter of Ketil Nagel, a Swedish spectre who often finds himself in precarious peril.

You can find more adventures with Ketil and his friends in their debut novella.


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In other news, I finally figured out how to create a link for my post to put on the linky list while scheduling the post to go live at a later date. I've only been using Blogger since 2006, People. Hoo boy...

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First Chapter Friday: Toys in the Attic: From the Dark Past: Project Elysium

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Suffering from writers’ block, as she had been for close to a year now, sixty-year-old hopeful author Sabella Laaksonen was listening to an album called Project Elysium that her friend Tio Monday had given her, hoping to find inspiration in the lyrics. Tio described the music as “a gang of Cajun and Creole tunesmiths jammin’ by whatever dey has on hand. Every cat and chick on de Paradise label is on dis album. You gonna hear Rey play de organ and yours truly got his hands on a Qilaut. Dis be a drum from Iceland. It got a handle for carryin’, so I be jumpin’ all around and keepin’ de beat! Now, I warn dat I do not necessarily keep de time like a metronome, but what I lacks in rhythm I makes up for in merriment, yes ma’am.”

Sabella smiled at Tio’s enthusiasm. However, her amusement at her friend’s exuberance was tempered by the knowledge that part of him was always wishing that each day would be the day that he would take the last steps in his current incarnation and at last go to join the beloved brother who had been dead for exactly as many days as Sabella had been alive.

“I let you go to your writin’ now, Miss Sabella, an’ I go home and try an’ sleep afore de witchin’ hour. But if I ain’t able to sleep, I has me a new recipe for Sunday Supper Club. Dat sucker Gene ain’t gonna be able to tease me dat I can only make a cake from de box no more. I find me a recipe for a sour cream fruit tart dat don’t look too difficult-like, an’ I’m gonna try it. If I ain’t fixin’ to spit it out after a bite, I’ll let you try too.”

“I’m sure it will be wonderful, Tio,” Sabella encouraged. “And if you don’t make it tonight, come by tomorrow afternoon and we can try making it together.”

“You gots yourself a deal, Miss Sabella,” Tio agreed. “I shall see you tomorrow, either with a sour cream tart or wit de makings for a sour cream tart, yes ma’am.”

The Blurb
When 60-year-old nurse Sabella Laaksonen takes early retirement and buys a house near the remote Vermont lake where her family spent their summers during her childhood, she hopes to finally get serious about becoming a writer. 

Teodore "Tio" Monday is a 93-year-old Cajun blues musician who was part of the successful New Orleans-based band Blue Mondays along with his brothers Solomon (Sol) and Reymund (Rey). Rey died on the night that Sabella was born, and Tio has maintained Rey's house at Dark Lake in pristine condition since his brother's death. Rey would only permit the sale of the house to the right buyer, and Sabella is that buyer.

Sabella befriends Tio, who introduces her to the music that he and his brothers created and regales her with stories about his history with Paradise Studios. Sabella wants to write the history of the musicians involved with Paradise's Project Elysium. What she learns reveals a shocking connection between herself and the long-dead Rey Monday and places her in unexpected danger from malevolent unearthly forces.

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This has been a very busy week, and not entirely in a good way. I was involved in a rear-end collision on Wednesday. My rear end was not at fault, nobody was badly injured, and the car is still driveable, but now it will need to go to the body shop. They always make it sound like you get the rental free and clear, but that really isn't the case. Anyway...

I'm learning the ropes with the MFRW Book Hooks Blog Hop (https://mfrwbookhooks.blogspot.com/). I'm used to Weekend Writing Warriors (http://wewriwa.blogspot.com) and Snippet Sunday (http://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday) where you share a few sentences. The Book Hooks crowd seems to be sharing entire chapters. So, I'll have to beef up the word count a little on my next Book Hooks share.

There were a few blogs on the MFRW hop where I tried to leave comments, but I'm unsure if the comment went to a moderation queue or if it was eaten by an overzealous Spam filter. 

McKenna Dean (http://mckennadeanromance.com/bishop-takes-knight-is-a-prism-award-winner-mfrwhooks-mfrwauthor-giveaway) wanted to know what kind of heroine I prefer. I like heroines who are realistic. I prefer snarky old broads in their middle years on up. Kind of like Annie Wilkes but without the homicidal tendencies. Dolores Claiborne is a good example of the kind of heroine I like to read about. The older I get the more I want to read about gritty, imperfect people rather than young hot hotties doing hot stuff hotly.

If you like reading about gritty heroines whom life hasn't been very kind to, you can grab a copy of Dolores Claiborne here. https://amzn.to/2E1BpZm This is an affiliate link.

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