Friday, April 27, 2012

April A-Z X is for Xeno


X is for Xeno

Okay, this is a new one for me.  I admit I hit the dictionary to find something for this letter so I didn’t have to resort to something like Xerox or ancient numbers for today’s date—which is XXVII, by the way.

Here’s what it means:

xeno-a combining form meaning “alien,” “strange,” “guest,” used in formation of compound words: xenogamy, xenolith.
Also, especially before a vowel, xen-
Origin:  combining form of Greek xĂ©nos stranger, guest (noun); alien, foreign, strange (adj.)

Get why I decided on this word out of the string of other X words out there?  That’s right.  The main characters of my Cornerstone Deep books.

Cole, James, and Vincent are Sentinels from a foreign realm, Meridian, serving in Cornerstone Deep.  They were accepted there by the noblemen through a covenant made between them and the gods of Terra at the reallotment of time.  The general public only know them as Founders.  Which is what they are—their father founded Shilo City when the portal to the realms was open.  But, they’re so much more.

Being from Meridian, they have certain abilities that those of Terra don’t.  They can manipulate the elements, speak telepathically, levitate, and have a broader understanding of what the gods of the planes have in mind for their children.

In their statement that I have posted on the series site,, they say:

"We are of another plane.  As strangers to your realm, we guard our knowledge firmly.  Only by ancient covenant do few know our true natures.  We walk this world among you, beside you, loving you."
The wizards of Shilo Manor

And they do.  They love deeply.  A soul mate is the most prized gift they could hope for.  But, something happens while they’re there that catapults them into a series of events that came to be the Chronicles of Shilo Manor.

So, would my Shilo men fall into the xeno-men category?  Lol.  (Maybe I’ll make it a category).  At any rate, I hope you enjoy them.

By the way, Cornerstone Deep Echoes is one of the books you could win in my April A-Z Challenge giveaway. (If you haven't had a chance you read Cornerstone Deep, you can choose to receive it instead *wink*).

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Visit the other A-Z blogs!  You can find the entire list of participating blogs by clicking  HERE or you can click on the A to Z images to go to the official A to Z blog site. 

And now...

I’m running a contest through the A-Z blog hop! 

~ Giveaway ~

I have 14 fantastic books, all by talented authors.  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance, and Contemporary are among the genres that can be won.  I created a special page to display them.  You can check them out here:

You can enter by using the Rafflecopter below.  The form not only allows you to enter the drawing, it gives you several ways to earn more than one entry.  Enter each day if you wish.

All entrants must be 18 years or older.  

Three winners will be chosen at random, using  
  • First place will receive 6 titles
  • Second and Third places receive 4 titles   

**Note**  Some of the books contain graphic adult situations.  If you do NOT want to receive Erotic Romance books, please note so with your entry.   
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Once the winners are chosen, I will notify them and contact the respective authors.  Your email will only be shared with the authors to allow them to send you your prize.  Each author generously provided their work for you to enjoy.  I do not own these books.

On that note, I'd like to thank each of the authors that donated titles for this contest.  Without you, I couldn't have offered such a wonderful giveaway!

Until next time, may your dreams be magical.  


1 comment:

Kate OMara said...

Your post brought Xenophobic to mind - fear of strangers. The fear can protect & isolate. I like that the wizards love & defend.