Books Worth Your Bucks: Hard Wear

HardWearThere is so much to like about Hard Wear.  I loved the small town setting in Washington state. I used to live in Washington and this story took me back in a way that I could smell the ponderosa pines.

I loved the characters, Chase and Kali. It’s refreshing to read a billionaire romance where the hero is likeable, loveable even. It’s refreshing to read a BDSM romance  with a submissive who is kind and strong and independent. I love the sweetness of the romance that unfolds here. I think you will too.

Hard Wear by Marilyn Lakewood 
Book One of the Hot Alpha Billionaire Series Stand alone. Not a cliff-hanger. HEA. M/F, Mild D/s themes.

Successful, sophisticated, 36 year old, Chase Tanner is a Dom who has everything…except love. When he meets the woman of his dreams - a submissive beauty who’d rather be alone than with the wrong man - Chase knows convincing her that he’s the “right” one, won’t be easy. It’s the courtship of his life—and he’ll have to put his life on the line to protect her.

“You’re just not good enough, Kali.” Her ex-husband’s hurtful words echoed in Kali Benson’s memory as she moved to small-town Washington State to rebuild her life. It hasn’t been easy, but finally at 39, she’s happy, self-sufficient, and emotionally armored. But her strength and resolve are tested when a sweet-talking hunk, who drives an old Dodge truck and makes her feel nineteen again, comes to town.

About Malirlyn Lakewood

Marilyn writes erotic romance. Her stories range in heat levels from sweet to hardcore, sometimes include ménage, and usually have themes of dominance and submission. Be advised, the road to love is a little hard at times. You may need to buckle your cuffs. ♥

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If you enjoy Hard Wear, you’ll want to check out Lakewood’s  website and her Hot Alpha Billionaire series.

Check back again next week. Until then, happy reading.



Opensim on the Web for Storytelling

Selkie Island Scene

This is a gif from a scene I made back in May. What I want to do is build a scene that introduces a scene from The Selkie's Tale novel I wrote. This one would be a mini hunt for a selkie's pelt, because when you have the selkie's skin, you own the selkie.

I had managed to get the basic scene converted to mesh, add an avatar and the horse. I got the character moving forward and backward and had the animation controller running on the horse. All very buggy and a bald avatar. I even put up a webGL version from what I had made. My goal was to get as far as I could on my own and then ask for help.

Neothar Cortex helped me get things working better today. It took us awhile but we've got a webGL version up that can be used on a tablet by opening in Firefox.

Then he exported a version that can be downloaded to play on Windows desktop. This is just setting and characters. The horse was not animated yet in the uploaded version.

Still to be done:

Get the horse waypoints and animations done properly.
Add some interactive text story/quest components that play as the character walks through the scene.
Add a graphical arrow controller so tablet users can navigate
Add sounds

Scene from desktop version

Screenshot from iPad

This takes a long, long time to load on iPad and I used Firefox.

Go straight to web version in your browser from here.Use your arrow keys to navigate through the scene. The character starts in run mode so hold down the shift key if you want to walk.

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Books Worth Your Bucks: A Virtual Romance

Blow_Me_DownThis week I thought I’d review a virtual world romance since they are so rare and hard to fine. This offering is from back in 2005. I don’t know when the author did her research or where, but the blurb reminded me of one of my favorite pirate sims in Second Life, Barbary Coast, so I picked up a copy.  If you’re a virtual world adventurer don’t expect this story to be about current technology. It’s more about future tech, like the projects underway to create VR headsets. I enjoyed that the characters do get into the whole start a business build a virtual economy and earn a virtual living.  But beyond that I loved the romance and the interaction of the main characters getting to know each other first as avatars in another dimension and then as humans.

Blow Me Down by Katie MacAlister

This Game Girl has wreaked havoc on the high seas—but the tide is about to turn…

In the Internet virtual reality game Buckling Swashes, Earless Erika and Black Corbin are two of the most deadly pirates to sail the online seas. And now they’ve met their matches: each other.

But fearless Earless Erika is really just Amy—a financial analyst with little time in her life for anything but work. And Corbin is none other than the man behind the game—the programmer and owner of the company. He’s intrigued by Amy, the only buccaneer to best him in this test of digital testosterone, while she just wants to take his arrogance down a peg. But soon the two find themselves comrades in arms against a merciless rival bent on Corbin’s destruction—both on the virtual high seas and in real life. Only by setting aside their differences can they locate the actual people behind the swaggering swashbucklers—and along the way find that love can tame even the most fearsome of pirates.

Shiver me timbers…

About Katie MacAlister
Katie MacAlister is a Seattle-area author of fiction and non-fiction. Her most popular titles are historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance.

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Welcome back to another exciting edition of Books Worth Your Bucks.

It’s the last big weekend of the summer--Labor Day weekend holiday here in the US. Traditionally everyone makes one last trek to the beaches. With tropical storm  Hermine thrashing just off the Atlantic coast, it’s not looking good for a beach weekend. I think I’ll curl up with the last story in Undertow while the rain falls.
Undertow by Patricia A. Knight
Former Army Ranger, Max Harper didn’t know the young woman playing fetch on the beach with his therapy dog—but he wanted to. From his first meeting with Holiday Jones, her fresh beauty and soft heart swept him away. The wounded veteran knew he wanted forever with Holiday. There is just one small problem. She thinks he’s someone he’s not. When his down-to-earth Holiday learns who Max really is, love might not be enough—for no matter how generous a woman’s heart, it’s difficult to forgive deception..

About Patricia A. Knight
As a child I sat on our front stoop surrounded by the neighborhood kids making up fantasies about knights and fair ladies and cowboys and horses.  My front stoop has changed but I haven't. Grab a gin and tonic, have a seat on the porch (the wicker rocker is very  nice) and let me tell you a story.

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If you enjoy Undertow, you’ll want to check out Knight’s  website and her Verdantian series.

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