Writer’s Treasure Chest’s 6th Anniversary

Writer’s Treasure Chest is 6 years old!


I’m so excited to be a blogger of 6 years!

Writer’s Treasure Chest has grown enormously since I celebrated my last anniversary:

1,832 Posts

9,574 Comments

96,100 Visitors

and

1,645 Followers

 

I’m so lucky to be part of the blogging world with all your help. Without guests, friends, followers, supporters, and people encouraging me again and again this blogging adventure would not have been progressing at this pace and wouldn’t have been as successful as it is.

To all of you:

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Bounty Hunter’s First 5-Star Review

I’m dancing and jumping around in excitement about the wonderful first 5-star review my new release ‘Bounty Hunter’ got yesterday! This is thrilling! Thanks for such an amazing review! I’m over the top happy that the book is liked!


REVIEWED BY LINDA TONIS
MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE GUILD REVIEW TEAM

Archangel Centriel is having a bad day so it was suggested that he get out and fly,
something that he excels at. After a while he sits on a rock and looks out around him only to find a man running with a beautiful woman right behind. Centriel recognizes that the man is not human and when he gets down on his knees begging not to be killed his true appearance of a minotaur shows.

Simin Arnatt is a bounty hunter with secrets and once again Centriel knows he is not dealing with a mortal but is unable to detect what she truly is. The connection between the two of them is instant and Centriel realizes without a doubt that he has found his consort. She can hear his thoughts and touch his soul.

Now that Simin’s assignment is over Centriel takes her on a holiday to Bali where they can get to know each other better. The vacation is cut short when she is called for a new assignment, one ordered by Beelzebub. Rapha Golden, a demon has disappeared and Beelzebub wants him back. Zepheira is the best demon tracker and agrees to help since everyone knows that Simin is Centriel’s girl.

Knowing that this would not be an easy case since Rapha is a shadow and hard to track down both Zye and Simin are shocked when he turns himself in asking for asylum. He wants to turn to the good side and defect but is he telling the truth it will be up to the archangels to find out.

I loved the bond that Simin and Centriel formed and her acceptance by everyone else as a part of the family. Of course we touch base with other archangels and their consorts that we met previously which was nice and we still get a follow up on Sundance. I would suggest that this series be read in order just for your own enjoyment.


Bounty Hunter Release Day

IT’S RELEASE DAY!

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BOUNTY HUNTER

4th book of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ Series


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When Centriel roams the Earth in a dark mood and atypical despair, in a mountain clearing, far from humankind, he unexpectedly discovers a runner, followed by a petite hunter. The way the woman treats the giant fugitive amuses the Archangel, but he quickly learns that neither of them are what they seem to be.

Simin Arnatt is an extraordinary woman. Her occupation as a Bounty Hunter takes her all over the world, as she follows her prey to the most unusual places. She would have never expected to meet the famous Centriel while on a hunt. When he offers to help her, she feels the enormous attraction, but she knows, with the secret she holds, she could never dare to hope for love.

Neither of them could guess that with her next assignment, Hell is breaking loose…


 

 


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Only Three Days Until Bounty Hunter Is Available!

The ‘Bounty Hunter’ Countdown is on!

Book #4 of ‘The Council Of Twelve Series’

will be published

March 13, 2021


Currently, Bounty Hunter can be pre-ordered:

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When Centriel roams the Earth in a dark mood and atypical despair, in a mountain clearing, far from humankind, he unexpectedly discovers a runner, followed by a petite hunter. The way the woman treats the giant fugitive amuses the Archangel, but he quickly learns that neither of them are what they seem to be.

Simin Arnatt is an extraordinary woman. Her occupation as a Bounty Hunter takes her all over the world, as she follows her prey to the most unusual places. She would have never expected to meet the famous Centriel while on a hunt. When he offers to help her, she feels the enormous attraction, but she knows, with the secret she holds, she could never dare to hope for love.

Neither of them could guess that with her next assignment, Hell is breaking loose…


 

Mark your calendar – Release date is March 13, 2021

Interview with one of my characters VI

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Hello Teddy,

I’m very honored to have you here as my interview guest today.

Hello A. J.  It’s a pleasure to be here.

 

Teddy, the first time you show up in ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, is in book number two, ‘Sundance’. Can you tell us what the situation was when we met you there?

Yes, I remember that situation. Sundance was supposed to visit relatives and she wasn’t exactly appropriately dressed for a half-formal visit as an angel. That’s why Archangel Uriel called upon me.

 

What was she dressed in – and what did you have to do in that situation?

She wore the everyday warrior-leather-outfit I created for her. It’s definitely not something her family should have seen her in. And I was called to design an appropriate dress for her.

 

One second. Do I understand that correctly? You are a designer in Heaven?

(Teddy laughs heartily). Not just ‘a designer’, Sweetie. I am the heavenly designer. As the head-designer, I have the privilege to dress ‘The Council of Twelve members and their consorts.

 

That must be exciting. I remember, Zepheira and Katie, who I had for interviews here, were dressed very elegantly.

Yes, my dear. Those were my creations. I admit the consorts are very modest in their outfits. It’s not like I have to create something for them every other day. Heaven is not like the Earth. A formal dress goes for several occasions and no angel will talk bad about them because they wear a dress twice.

 

May I ask about your age and past, Teddy? I know, it might sound a bit impertinent, but my readers and I are a bit curious.

(Teddy shakes his head). I’m not a born angel, A. J. But I admit, I do prefer to keep my past to myself, at least for now. I am very old, but still I remember my past well. However, please let’s change the subject. Maybe one day I might talk about it…

 

Is there something you love to design in particular?

(Teddy smirks) I would say, what many designers love to create: wedding dresses.

I always love to meet new consorts, of course. They are unique and wonderful women. One of my best friends is Zepheira. Despite her rough way to express herself, she has a golden heart.

Just lately I had to draft another wedding creation for a new consort…  Maybe you heard about it… Simin Arnatt.

Oh, wait… Simin’s story ‘Bounty Hunter’ is going to be released soon.

 

Yes, that’s right, Teddy. ‘Bounty Hunter’ will be released March 13, 2020. Can you tell us about Simin? She is quite reserved when she’s talking about herself.

No, I’m sorry. You said, Simin was here. In that case I suspect, she told you everything you need to know.

Please read her story, and you’ll find out everything you want to know.

I will have to get going. Maybe we will meet another time again. It was interesting to see you.

Good-bye, Teddy…


Check out Simin’s story here:

Coming March 13, 2021

The fourth book of “The Council Of Twelve” series

BOUNTY HUNTER


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When Centriel roams the Earth in a dark mood and atypical despair, in a mountain clearing, far from humankind, he unexpectedly discovers a runner, followed by a petite hunter. The way the woman treats the giant fugitive amuses the Archangel, but he quickly learns that neither of them are what they seem to be.

Simin Arnatt is an extraordinary woman. Her occupation as a Bounty Hunter takes her all over the world, as she follows her prey to the most unusual places. She would have never expected to meet the famous Centriel while on a hunt. When he offers to help her, she feels the enormous attraction, but she knows, with the secret she holds, she could never dare to hope for love.

Neither of them could guess that with her next assignment, Hell is breaking loose…

 

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Soul Taker Secrets – The Council Of Twelve Favorite Dessert


We know for quite a while now that Katie loves to cook for her family. As the respective family grows, more and more favorite dishes of the council members and their consorts become known.

But there is one dish the entire ‘Council of Twelve’ would ‘die for.’ (Not literally, of course, since they are the most powerful individuals in existence, but you get the main picture.)

Today the consorts have agreed to publish the recipe. (And no, it’s not Katie’s recipe. That much I can tell you.). In case you are going to try out ‘The Council of Twelve’ member’s favorite dessert, please let me know how you like it.


Tiramisu

(for 8 servings)

Ingredients:

4 egg yolks

3.52 ounces refined sugar

1 organic lemon

1.1 pounds mascarpone

1.35 fluid ounces Grand Marnier

5.05 fluid ounces very strong, freshly brewed espresso

7.93 ounces ladyfinger cookies

2 Tbsp. dark cacao or chocolate powder

 

Instructions:

  1. In a high bowl, mix the four egg yolks to the highest mixer speed and add the refined sugar spoon by spoon until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Wash the lemon with hot water, wipe it dry, and rasp the peel’s yellow part into the mascarpone. Don’t rasp the white, lower part of the peel. Stir the mascarpone with the lemon peel
  3. Mix the mascarpone spoon by spoon with the egg/sugar mass and prepare a big, shallow form. Mix the Grand Marnier with the cooled strong espresso in a small bowl.
  4. Half of the ladyfinger cookies should now be briefly dipped into the espresso, pulled out, and then spread out on the ground of the shallow form. Cover it with half of the creme and smooth it down.
  5. Take the rest of the ladyfinger cookies, dip them and cover the creme in the form with them. Then use the rest of the creme to spread it on top of the second cookie-layer and smooth it down.
  6. The dessert goes into the refrigerator for at least four hours.
  7. Shortly before serving, use the cacao powder (chocolate powder) and dust the entire form through a sieve.

If you did everything right, the dessert should look like this:

Enjoy! And if you can guess which consort’s recipe this is, you can get the e-book of one of the first three books in ‘The Council of Twelve’ series for free!

Let me know in the comments.

A Beautiful Little Flyer – A Riddle


We’re rarely noticed, but still, we’re there

silently, still beautiful, we roam the air.

We have room on your thumbnail we land

or we can be almost as big as a hand.

**

We exist in every country, all over the globe

and still, even if scientists did plenty to probe

humankind still doesn’t know us too well

that’s why I’m here for a few facts to tell.

**

Our babies are tiny and live often in water

up to three years where they eat and grow, and slaughter.

They go through transformation before they turn us

some kind of flyer, beautiful, exotic with a plus.

**

We come in all colors, big, medium, and small

with wide wings, and thin once, short, fat, or tall.

Some scientists have proven, we are about 7,000 sorts

others think, they’re about 2,000 shorts.

**

With 28,000 eyes, we can see 360 degrees

We can fly in sunshine, in rain, but not in its freeze.

We have double wings, which can make us last

up in the air – and up to 35 mph fast.

**

We have six legs and none of us is the same

other flyers compared to us, are kind of lame

We’re carnivores, believe it, in our kingdom we’re high!

I think you have guessed it – I am a dragonfly.

*****

(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, February 2021)

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Paranormal Romance Guild 2020 Reviewers Choice Awards – THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTES

Earlier this week, I checked the results of the Paranormal Romance Guild 2020 Reviewers Choice Awards. And I got the incomparably phenomenal news that Demon Tracker, the third book in my ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series, made 3rd in the YA/NA category.

(Click the book to find out where to get it.)

But it gets better!

In the YA/NA series category, The Council Of Twelve series made 1st. My series WON!! I’m so enthusiastic!!

 

Technically I am writing an Award-Winning series! This is EXCITING!

Find all winners here.


At this point, I want to use this opportunity to thank all voters for your support! I’m very happy and excited. You made a dream come true for me!

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My Valentine’s Post About Men, Women, Their Differences – And Giggles

It’s 2021 – another year has passed – and while I hoped things would be clear and happy around my birthday – here I am – a month and a week later and still no flowers. *sigh*

For some reason, I’m surprised sometimes that most men ‘forget’ to give or send me flowers because they tell me they thought I wasn’t the flower-kind-of-girl. WHY NOT? What exactly gives you the impression I wouldn’t like flowers? Flowers are important to me – my favorite flowers are white lilies. BUT: Make no mistake: flowers have a meaning, they are a symbol and they should be used correctly:

  • White lilies and roses – wonderful – for my birthday bunch!
  • Yellow roses – they mean ‘friendship’
  • pink roses – are boring in my opinion and symbolize gratitude and say ‘thank you’
  • white roses: purity, innocence, spirituality – good for bridal bouquets of an 18-year-old – or a funeral
  • red roses: passion, romance, beauty, love – perfect for my valentine’s day!!

But then… men usually only think about flowers when they’re at the gas station and see these plastic-wrapped ‘last-minute-rose’ by the door. I’d love to have Valentine’s Day just once in my lifetime… but since that’s not happening, I most likely just have to pretend I don’t like it so much…

See, men and women are so different in many ways. Let’s see:

Women often complain about how their men/husbands/partners are never on time. It seems we women don’t understand that our better halves are like children when they play with their friends. They meet in a bar, have a couple of beers, and forget the time. At home, they told us, “Darling, I’ll be home latest at midnight,”… and when are they coming home? Sometime in May.

Many women don’t understand that men can be far more sensitive than we think, more profound, elaborate, and far more plaintive! Oh, come on, Guys; you know it! If you don’t feel well, you insist on informing the world! And in particular, you don’t want that anyone trivializes the entire tragic magnitude of your suffering!

If my friend’s husband has a cold, he is hugely hurt if someone asks him: Do you have a cold? His face is red, his nose purple, his eyes at half-mast, and he snuffles: “Cold? Oooooohhhh… my nose is running a marathon… I closed it down with superglue now. They’re still working on a dissolver.” (cough-cough-sigh). “But somehow things have to go on…” (sob)

A woman would get up, take a couple of sinus Tylenol’s, blow her nose, and start her day. Men make a far bigger fuss around their booboos.

If men would get menstruation, you don’t believe they would be satisfied with a simple ‘Always Ultra’? No way! They would carry half a mattress in their pants for everyone to see! And of course, talk about it at work. “Yo, Buddy… got your period again?” – “Ooooohhhh…. Yeah, last night, I’m telling you! I thought I’m bleeding out. And my wife, next to me? Sleeps like nothing is happening. I shook her, yelling at her: Woman, get up! Drive me to the hospital! I need a blood transfusion!” – And you don’t think men would carry tampons discretely in their bag or pocket? No! They would have their own golf-bag for that! Oh well, being a softie isn’t a sin. Compared to other things, of course.

Why do you think it’s said, so many of us ladies don’t meet their husbands in the afterlife? I heard after men pass away, they go to Heaven. The man stands there, in front of Saint Peter, and then they work on the payroll. If they’re above zero, in the end, they remain in Heaven; if they’re below zero, they’ll go to Hell. Life is hard work. Every man gets a minimum salary of $13/hr. That will be quite an amount, let’s say, at the age of 80. And then, of course, there will be the sins to pay for:

  • A lie -$25
  • Cheating -$235
  • Swearing -$80
  • Physical injury -$20,000
  • Masturbation -$0.50 (Yeah, you’re laughing, but hey, these accumulate, ‘ya know)

And then, Saint Peter calculates, and at the end -the guy is 50 cents short…

On the other hand, many men complain they don’t understand us, women! Well, if God would have wanted you guys to understand us, we’d come with a user manual.

Life is serious, sometimes tragic, at times, it’s stressful, hard, and horrible. And in these times, we need something to laugh about, and what would be funnier than the differences between men and women? This was my way to make you giggle.

 

The Council Of Twelve Series – Picking Fashion For My Female Characters I

Today I decided to dress my ladies.

The Council of Twelve series has four books out now. And my female characters are three wonderful, beautiful, and completely different ladies. The ones of you who have read the books know what I’m talking about. Now, in all of my books, the characters’ wardrobe is playing only a minor role. None of my characters has an extended closet and mainly dresses for work or dresses up for a formal occasion.

Naturally, the characters have different tastes and styles to dress. Of course, we cannot forget Teddy, but if you would like to know who that is, please read the books, Teddy is hard to describe, and it certainly needs more than only one paragraph.

Let’s have a look at Katie. She’s a Guardian and therefore can relax a bit in the way she dresses. She tells herself she mainly likes to be comfortable, and those are two of her favorite outfits.

 

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For a formal occasion, Katie can dress up in an official robe and look stunning in this turquoise gown:

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Sundance is an essential leading character in ‘The Council of Twelve’ series. Even though as young as she is, she is an exceptional warrior and therefore dressed accordingly. (Most of the time).

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As a protege of the ‘Council’ members and, in particular, the Council leader, she already has official tasks and duties to fulfill, and a formal dress for her can look like this:

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The consort in book three, Demon Tracker, is Zepheira. Her unusual looks, her horns, her unique character and behavior, and her extraordinary abilities make her one of my many reader’s favorite characters in the books. She permits herself to dress in an extravagant style and can easily allow herself that freedom.

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But even to Zye, how she’s called by her friends and family, formal means formal, and her consort insist on the traditional way in such a case. That doesn’t mean Zepheira always follows all the rules. A tiny sexy detail would be just like her… Dressed for an official occasion for Zepheira could look like that:

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Authors: Do you dress your characters in your books? Is the outfit for you important, and do you spend pages describing it? Do you imagine how your characters look and are dressed? Let me hear it.

Readers: Do you want to read about the outfits your characters are wearing? Or is it sometimes too much for you?

I’d be happy to read your comments.