Monday, October 9, 2017

Who wrote Beowulf? One author's Romantic theory.

   Beowulf—the very name steps up my pulse rate and floods my mind with images of a larger than life Storm Geat warrior. A pagan hero of great integrity who faced a changing political environment, an otherworldly enemy, and a lonely existence. 

No other epic poem has elicited such heated debates.

How old is the manuscript? Who conceived of this intricately woven tale, a saga written in a language the main character’s ears never heard, with a poetic text flavored with religious inferences from a faith he never practiced?

     Pondering these questions, I wrote Iron Heart
              where history, myth and romance
                          meet and catch fire.  
Cover Art by Debbie Taylor, 
original Beowulf manuscript 
can be seen in background!
                   Follow Beowulf's ancestor, 
                      Tyne Farren Kilbraun,                             
                  and explore one possibility. 


England: circa. 879 A.D.
    With the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet, Faran Kilbraun travels far from home in search of the sword and shield of his ancestors. Protecting the ancient relics was his responsibility. Now, to regain his honor, he must recover the stolen artifacts and battle a life-long enemy.  

Following the accidental death of her cruel husband, Leanora Wrenn is wrongly accused of his murder. Forced into exile, a small north shore island becomes her lonely refuge—exoneration her only hope. 

    When Faran discovers Leanora's remote sanctuary, both their lives are changed forever. Comrades-in-arms, they fight side by side for their chance at redemption and love.             

                 PRAISE for IRON HEART
 Vicki at Sizzling Hot Books gave it 5 out of 5 hearts and states “Iron Heart gives the classic epic adventures a run for their money. 

     Rifkin weaves a tale of romance and adventure that could easily be shared around a blazing campfire. Fans of mythology and epic adventures will enjoy Ms Rifkin's book...Veronica Marie Beaumont at The Romance Reviews 

 The Medieval Chronicle. “A wonderfully captivating blend of medieval history and fantasy.”


                     Faran, the Iron Heart.
   It was a name that set one’s mind to wondering.
Did he pride himself on disallowing any woman to
touch his cold hard heart? Did he woo ladies into
love trysts with promises of treasure and pleasure
only to tragically desert them?
    For certes he was unlike anyone Leanora had
ever known. He approached life fearlessly, as if he
dared anyone to cross his path, his mood, or the
territory he called his own. And his generous mouth
was an unbidden fascination. It could accommodate
a childlike smile, tempering all the fierceness he
worked so hard to portray. Or it could accommodate
a reassuring smile, making her believe everything in
her troubled world would be all right.
     He was handsome to be sure—with a rock hard
body, images of which occupied her thoughts much
too often. And his mind was also intriguing, and as strikingly developed as his form. It was a quality
Leanora truly admired. Knowledge could be a
powerful weapon, and Faran appeared well armed.
   To her benefit, he seemed preoccupied with the
present and not with prying into her past. Nor did
he threaten to rule her future. He treated her
differently, he treated her like...a friend. 
   The idea stunned her. Life had never afforded her the opportunity to know or cherish another person in
such a manner. Another new experience.
   Then a spark of yearning for more than mere
friendship flickered inside of her. You can never trust
a man, she chastised, you can only believe in
yourself. Unyielding logic cooled the fiery ember of
need, but not before it claimed the barren part of her never before touched by warmth or light

Monday, September 25, 2017

If the Fae Warrior Trilogy became a graphic novel

   Don't we all dream of our stories becoming movies? We even know which actor and actress we would cast as the hero and heroine. We'd be thrilled to see our characters jump off the page into another medium.

  Or how about a graphic novel,
 or a Marvel comic? 
      For my Fae Warriors books, 
       the cast of characters, might look like this.

                      The Fae Warrior sisters: 

Solace, holds sway over Air,
spirit of the East

Bliss, an empath, 
with the ability 
to compel.                


Portence, controls fire, 
spirit of the South.


The Heroes...  

Tanner Jackson, Ex-Army Ranger, Solace's partner, 
fearless in the face of 
the enemy---human or Reptile.

Nat Calhoun, cowboy/scientist. Bliss' partner and the inventor of the laser shotgun.  


 Malachi, Fae/sorcerer and Port's partner. 
  Defender of "white" magic, he has a score to settle with Thurax.


 Noodge, a Rapran (short for Rapacious Ranivorous) the Fae's faithful companion. He faces down gnarly Reptiles without hesitation.

  Mother Nature, a tough love parent, overseeing all as she fights to save her favorite planet, Earth. 

                                 The Villains...

The Reptiles, alien creatures, primitive yet cleaver, with opposing thumbs, a penchant for weaponry, and a love for fighting. 


   Thurax, an otherworldly mercenary warrior, bred for fighting, and out for revenge as he seeks to lead  the Reptiles to victory.


  Xandora, obsessed with taking over planet Earth. 
She's as insane as she is beautiful.


  Hephaestus, god of fire and crafts, son of Zeus and henchman  to Xandora. 

   Gorlock, would-be wizard, turned to the dark arts, resentful, and at odds with Malachi.


 I'm still waiting for Marvel comics to calls 😻, but you can read the Fae Warriors Trilogy in its original form, paperback or e-book. Join the adventure.

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

Portence available at...
AMAZON Barnes & Noble   Wild Rose Press              
                         Until then Dream On....

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Portence: Fae Warriors Book 3 Release Day!

The Third Sister. The Grand Finale.

 In the final battle to save the Earth, Fae Warrior, Portence Goodeve stands ready to serve Mother Nature. But as she fights for the future of the planet, she’s haunted by her past. One near-death experience and a betrayal that goes deep become weapons that could get her killed.
    Malachi, a cross/breed, half-sorcerer and half-Fae, is back to help fight the Reptile invaders. Once upon a time, his sexy Fae-half stole Portence's heart, breath, and good sense. Then he abandoned her—what if it happens again? Should she surrender to desire, giving both Malachi and love another chance? Or seek retribution and be done with him forever?

   Portence and her sisters, as well as their Earth partners, are in a fight for their lives. When Malachi's magic is stolen and his life is in danger, will she discover the path to her future is bound by both love and duty?
Join the adventure, 
                 where fantasy meets romance---
                           and catches fire. 

                 All 3 are E-book or Paperback.

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

Portence available at...

          Portence 50% off at The Wild Rose Press



Monday, September 11, 2017

Where in the world did you get that idea? $.99 SALE

 While admiring my Nene Thomas statue, Fortitude, the words Fae Warriors kept running through my mind. It had such a noble, enchanting ring to it. Wouldn’t that be a great title for a book—no a trilogy.                  The Fae Warriors Trilogy. 

     Then the what if’s and how about’s began. 

  The warriors would be female. How about sisters, better yet triplets, one for each book. They would be identical accept for the color of their hair, their weapon of choice, and what stirred their passions.   Maybe they were separated in their teen years for a prank they pulled on Mother Nature. Now they’re all grown up, reunited, and part of Mother’s elite forces. 

  Living together, fighting sided by side, and getting reacquainted could lead to all kinds of danger and fun. Of course each book must have a hero to watch the heroine’s back, and maybe warm her bed. Why not partner them up with Humans, or Humes as the Fae refer to them. Add a wonderful companion creature named Noodge, and we we’re on our way.

Get your copy of Solace and Bliss only $.99 cents. 

  See what other characters and surprises await the 

Fae Warriors, be part of the adventure to save Earth from planetary takeover.

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

          Portence coming September 20th!

Friday, September 1, 2017

$.99 Sale for Fae Warrior Trilogy 1&2

    Three times the fun of Wonder Woman. 
           Meet Solace, Bliss and Portence
          They play, as hard as they fight. 
Six foot tall and drop-dead gorgeous, the Fae Warrior sisters are part of Mother Nature's elite forces. Along with their partners, they're here to save the Earth from a planetary take-over.  

Invading forces include deadly Reptiles (called Reps), a mad scientist, an otherworldly mercenary, and a spoiled brat of a goddess bent on revenge.

Noodge, the Fae's companion, is a Rapran, 
(short for Rapacious Ranavorous). 
He not only chases cars, he catches them. 

               But it's not all work and no play.
  Love cast a spell over each sister, and Fate granted them a counterpart to match their intelligence, skills, and passion

You'll meet an Ex-Army Ranger, a Braniac Cowboy,
and a Golden-eyed 
Fae/sorcerer crossbreed. 
Join the adventure for only $.99 each. 

Solace available at...

Bliss available at...

              Portence coming in September!


Reviews Solace
Kam’s Place 4.5 stars
Science fiction lovers, I’d like to proudly introduce you to your next favorite book.

Net Galley 4 Stars
Reviewer Charlie B, recommends this book.

Reviews Bliss
Still Moments Magazine 4 stars
Filled with action, drama, Fae warriors, and evil Reps. 

Kam's Place 4.5 Stars
I had a feeling Bliss was going to be as memorable as Solace (book 1) and I was correct. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Pink Fairy Armadillo

    First described by R. Harlan in 1825, the Pink Fairy is the smallest species of armadillo. They have small eyes, silky white fur, a flexible dorsal shell, and a spatula-shaped tail which protrudes from a vertical plate at the blunt rear of its shell. 

This desert-adapted animal is endemic to central Argentina and can be found inhabiting sandy plains, dunes, and scrubby grasslands. Their diet is mainly composed of insects, worms, snails, and various plant parts.


Pink Fairies caught in the wild have a poor survival rate in the best of conditions, and they die almost immediately in the hands of amateurs.                         

            Hope this little guy makes it. 

Their rosy shell acts like a radiator. By pumping blood in and out of it, the armadillo can raise or lower its core temperature.

The conservation status for pink fairy armadillos is still uncertain, with the decline in population attributed to farming activities and predators including domestic dogs and cats. 

Thank you to..
Source: HotNews/Youtube 

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Fabulous Fisher Cat...

 ...who lives in trees and doesn't like fish.

            The fisher is found only in North America. Historically, it ranged the northern forests of Canada and the United States as well as forests in the Appalachian, Rocky Mountains, and Pacific Coast Mountains.
    The fisher is the largest species of marten. Some males can weigh as much as 20 pounds. It is a large arboreal weasel, and an omnivore, feeding on a wide variety of small animals and occasionally on fruits and mushrooms. It prefers the snowshoe hare, and is one of the few animals able to prey successfully on porcupines.

But how did the none fish eating Fisher get his name? One theory is that the animal gets its name from the trade name for its fur. The French fur-trappers sold the fur of this animal as European polecat fur. (A European polecat is a wild ferret, not a skunk. How skunks became known as polecats in this
country is something for which I so far have found no answer.) The French word for a polecat pelt is fichet or ficheux.
The females are pregnant for almost a year, giving birth in the spring to a littler of three or four kits. 

Fishers have five toes on each foot, with unsheathed, retractable claws.Their feet are disproportionately large for their legs, making it easier for them to move

on top of snow packs, and allows them to maneuver well in trees. The fisher is one of relatively few mammalian species with the ability to descend trees head-first.

Because of their highly prized fur, the Fisher was trapped and hunted almost
to extinction in the 1700's. Conservation and protection measures have allowed the species to rebound, but their current range is still greatly reduced from its historic limits.