The Demon Lord has conquered the mortal world and sampled its pleasures. Now all he needs is to conquer the goddess who is meant to complete him. She, however, has other plans.
Allia is sent by her goddess sisters to win the heart of the Demon Lord and make him her slave. But Allia soon discovers that the Demon Lord’s heart is not easily given, and that in order to win it, she must sacrifice her own.
Make sure you stick around to the end. We’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift card from Tricia Skinner and an awesome prize from Paula Altenburg.
I Need to Get a Life
As a writer, I’ve been spending too much time inside my head.
On the surface, that doesn’t seem like such a bad problem for a writer to have. My head, however, has been full of angsty demons for months. They won’t leave me alone. And they have issues.
It’s a weird way to live.
Now that I’m nearing the end of my Demon Outlaws trilogy, and summer’s approaching, brain cells have been freeing up. They’re begging to be used for other, equally useful things. Since I need to get a life, I’ve made a list to help fill in the gaps:
- Learn Dutch
I bought myself Dutch for Dummies and a Dutch grammar book. I’m married to a Foreign Guy. I’m all set. It would help if he didn’t crack up laughing whenever I try out my pronunciation. (“I swear, Sweetie. I’m laughing with you, not at you,” sez the guy who speaks four languages.) To be fair, I make fun of his English. Which, btw, sounds adorable.
- Listen to more music
As my kids point out, I never get the words right. Perhaps it’s time to make an effort to learn them. Either that, or stop singing songs I don’t know at the grocery store.
- Brush up on my knowledge of aliens and intergalactic space travel
My next book is a cowboys and aliens superhero fantasy. (It works. Trust me.) I need to give the aliens superior technology. I’ll be checking out the Discovery Channel for the facts.
- Figure out Pinterest
That’s all I’ve got on this one. I really don’t care about Pinterest, but I’m being spammed by my account, so perhaps the picture universe is trying to get my attention.
- Practice my social skills on real people
These particular skills disappear pretty fast when you spend all your time with demons, aliens and make-believe cowboys.
- Take cooking lessons
The Foreign Guy suggested we should do something together. I voted for hang gliding, but then he specified it had to be useful. At this point in our lives you’d think cooking lessons would be unnecessary. Turns out the old saying, “Use it or lose it,” holds true. On several levels, in fact, because I’ll be danged if I can remember where the pie plates disappeared to. I haven’t seen them in fifteen years. The lard, however, remains right where I left it.
- Run a half marathon distance
This is actually a serious goal of mine. I’ve been running for probably thirteen years now, but the last two years, I’ve been getting more and more out of the habit because of deadlines and life in general. It’s the one form of exercise I truly love and I don’t want to give it up. I’m not interested in running a race because this has always been a fun activity for me, not a competition, but I would like to run a half marathon distance. This year I’m planning to train.
Writing the Demon Outlaws series has been a lot of fun. I’m going to miss my demons. I love those guys. But will I get those half marathon miles in?
I’ll be writing more fantasy. Thanks for having me here today!
Meet Paula Altenburg!
Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys the freedom of working from home and writing full time. She currently writes demon westerns for Entangled Publishing. Paula also co-authors paranormal romance under the pseudonym Taylor Keating.
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Paula and Tricia are giving away a $25 Amazon Gift card from Tricia Skinner and an awesome prize from Paula Altenburg.. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What is on your list to do this summer? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered.