What Do Women Really Want?

Kristal Hollis:

Life in the Boomer Lane demystifies the ultimate mystery…

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Reader’s Note #1: The following post is about yet one more expensive blob of scientific research  To the question “What do women really want?” some men will answer “Money,”  others will answer “Who the hell knows?” and those of a more prurient bent will answer “Seven inches or more.”

Reader’s Note #2: Life in the Boomer Lane recently posted  a commentary on “The Universal Hot/Crazy Matrix: A Man’s Guide to Women.” She has noticed since then that this remains far and away her most popular post to date, indicating to her either a serious interest on men’s part to understand women or a serious belief that hot women are crazy.  This post may serve to demystify.

Here goes with the post: A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin recently found that while men were attracted to nice-seeming women upon meeting them,  women did not feel the same way…

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THE QUEST ~ Breathing Fantastical Life into Reality TV

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SHOWSHEET_TheQuest-2014_640Reality TV has invaded the fantasy realm.

In 2012 the hubster and I were glued to the History Channel’s debut of Full Metal Jousting, a reality game show where contestants lived and practiced as if they were knights of a medieval kingdom and underwent weekly challenges of full-armor jousting. Now this was the type of reality TV that I was delighted to sink my teeth into without reservation. Although the angle was historical, not medieval fantasy, I knew that it wouldn’t be long before some clever minds would be inspired to think outside the box.  And so they have…

THE QUEST, the love-child of a production team who produced the LOTR trilogy is a reality game show that takes contestants into the fantasy kingdom of Everealm. There, the contestants, called paladins must learn how to fight and defend the kingdom from the evil forces of Verlox, and in doing so…

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Guest Post: Vampires in Space by Yolanda Sfetsos

Kristal Hollis:

Yolanda Sfenos is visiting Smart Girls Loves SciFi & Paranormal Romance. And, while I was checking out her post, I came across a previous post about vampires in space. Check out here RECAST world, with some smokin’ hot heroes who are more than what meets the eye.

Originally posted on Smart Girls love SciFi:

I’m so excited to have Yolanda Sfetsos with us at the blog today. Please make her feel welcome and join in the discussion.

Vampires In Space

by Yolanda Sfetsos

Hi there. Firstly, I’d like to thank Smart Girls love SciFi for having me over here today. :)

My name is Yolanda, and I live in Australia. I write in a variety of genres, but all of my stories have a dash of the paranormal and skim very close to the dark. Today, I’m here to celebrate the release of the third book in my SFR series.

The Recast world features a bunch of smoking hot heroes and the strong women who love, and often rescue them. Each book highlights a new couple, but many of the characters crossover into each other’s books. I have to admit that I love doing that. Actually, the hero in Shiver is mentioned in the…

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Since TRUE BLOOD is drawing to a close, I thought about some of those other vampire series in the last decade or so  that didn’t last quite so long.



This short lived show was derived both from the comic books and the movies. It starred Kirk Jones as Blade and Jill Wagner as Krista Starr  an ex soldier who joins Blade in taking down vampires. Nelson Lee was cast as Blade’s assistant/tech genius type of person, Shen. It did well in the ratings, but was not renewed for a second season, the official reason being the cost for the then fledging network.

Actually, I rather enjoyed BLADE: THE SERIES. I had somewhat of a post-apocalyptic look. It wasn’t a fantastic series, but I thought it had potential. I enjoyed Jones’ Blade portrayal more than Wesley Snipe’s movie portrayal, actually. (apparently Snipes was going to be in the…

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Announcing Coastal Magic Featured Authors #CMC15

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We’re one month closer to Coastal Magic, (awesome reader convention in Daytona Beach, FL, February 5-8, 2015). I know it seems like a long time away, but it will be here before you know it.

Last month I introduced you to KC Burn, one of the featured authors. This month I’ll be spotlighting  a new featured author and then another each month until registration closes. Before any of that, though, here is the scoop on which of the 50+ authors we’ll be spotlighting here on SGLS.

Danielle Monsch

Dani is the author of the new Entwined Realms series.

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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe is the author of Going Under as well as the Covenant of Thorns and Twelve Kingdoms series.

GoingUnder198Rogus_Pawn198 jeffeeFind her at www.jeffekennedy.com.

Jeanne Stein

Jeanne is the author of the popular and long running Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles and is one half of the new…

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A Few Updates: Mid July Edition

Kristal Hollis:

Coastal Magic News…

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executor-checklistWell, hello there, my lovelies!!

WE MADE IT THROUGH THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF REGISTRATION!!! *passes out party hats & tosses confetti*

I always get so crazy around time for registration to start, because I always feel like I should be doing MORE OF THE THINGS!!! But I think we had a good start this year, and at least I know I won’t be standing around the Daytona Hilton with a bunch of authors all by myself! Thank you all for that. :-)

BUT… we have just begun, and there is PLENTY of room for more readers. I’d love to give these amazing authors full rooms for panels, lots of fans at their meet & greets, and keep them busy with chats and mingles throughout the weekend. If you haven’t already registered… I would urge you NOT to wait until the last minute, because there IS a limit to attendance…

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Award Winning SciFi and Paranormal Romance!

Kristal Hollis:

Congratulations to Veronica, Alyssa, and Kathy on their awarding winning releases!

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A quick congratulations to the finalists and winners of the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards! I thought it would be fun to highlight the books of most relevance to our blog. 


Paranormal and Futuristic Romance Category



Escape From Zulaire by Veronica Scott

Andi Markriss hasn’t exactly enjoyed being the houseguest of the planetary high-lord, but her company sent her to represent them at a political wedding. When hotshot Sectors Special Forces Captain Tom Deverane barges in on the night of the biggest social event of the summer, Andi isn’t about to offend her high-ranking host on Deverane’s say-so—no matter how sexy he is, or how much he believes they need to leave now.

Deverane was thinking about how to spend his retirement bonus when HQ assigned him one last mission: rescue a civilian woman stranded on a planet on the verge of civil war. Someone has pulled some serious…

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Hollywood’s Hottest Bachelor is a Werewolf

Sitting in the neuro imaging center bereft of my purse, containing a book, my iPad, and my iPhone—because the office staff was freakishly concerned that I would smuggle such items into the toothpaste sized cylinder I would be stuffed into for twenty minutes—I noticed the July 14th edition of PEOPLE magazine on the coffee table in the waiting room. Generally, I don’t pick up mags in medical facilities because of … you know … germs! But, I was bored and the flashy headline HOLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST BACHELORS! made me reckless.

Actually it was Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux from HBO’s True Blood) on the cover.

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I snatched it up and had to move a few seats over because I wanted to enjoy Joe’s hottness without the weird woman next to me steaming my shoulder with her heaving breathing. Can I just say, c-r-e-e-p-y!

Anyway, PEOPLE magazine supposedly showcases HOLLYWOOD’S HOTTEST BACHELORS ages 20 to 60+. Notice I stated “supposedly.” I got up and asked the receptionist for my glasses, stowed in my confiscated purse because I didn’t quite trust my first impressions.

The glasses didn’t help.

I’m not sure who the editors at PEOPLE polled or how they define HOTTEST. Apparently their concept differs from mine. Not saying those gentlemen are hideous, but for me the title of HOTTEST is false advertisement. Except of course for Joe. They got that one right.

Leafing through the magazine I did find an advertisement featuring Liev Schreiber and thought, Holy Smokes, now he’s HOT! Why isn’t he on the list? Then I noticed the ring on his finger. Oh, yeah. He’s married. So are all the really HOT men in Hollywood are  taken? Except for Joe?

Who’s your HOTTEST celebrity? And what do you find attractive him or her?

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Fizzle to Sizzle: TV’s Paranormal

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TrueBloodOriginally, I planned to dedicate this post to TRUE BLOOD, a series based on Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries featuring Sooki Stackhouse. I had high hopes for the series’ final season. Especially after a drawn-out sixth season that fell flat in the entertainment department, for me. However, the hubster and I found the premiere to be the worst episode in all the seasons. For us, it seemed that the writers and actors put very little effort into the episode, and we had to wonder if they just couldn’t muster the motivation since they’ll be unemployed after the finale. Honestly, if the entire season is that poorly put together then it would’ve been better to have not brought back the show.

The one caveat that did pique my interest was the switch up with the actor portraying James. In season six, Luke Grimes played the charming, goody vampire who developed…

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Coastal Magic Featured Author KC Burn

Kristal Hollis:

From now until Coastal Magic begins, I’ll be reblogging the Featured Authors hosted at SMART GIRLS. Be sure to check out their exciting releases as we showcase the best in UF/PNR FICTION.

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It’s here, it’s here!!ExteriorRegistration for the 2015 Coastal Magic Convention has begun! If you’re an urban fantasy or paranormal romance reader, you need to be hanging out with us, right on the beach, next February!  Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL, February 5-8, 2015. There will be panels, meet & greets with fun themes, and some cool evening activities. There are 225 general registration tickets available, and the featured author list will be close to 60 once everyone is settled! It’s a relatively small shindig, but full of dedicated, enthusiastic people. Everyone will have opportunity to meet and chat with their favorites, and I bet you all find some “new favorites” on the list, as well. :-) If you haven’t checked out who’ll be attending yet… go… do that… I’ll wait… Awesome, right!!??

I (along with the…

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