Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day calls for a stingingly hot and romantic message, so we (Jan Darby and Ravynne Sun) have collaborated on our blog entry. Jan writes contemporary erotic romps, and Ravynne writes to please your dark fantasy desires.

What Alice Wants features a lawyer and a chauffeur, a missing will and a mansion filled with sensual temptations. Sting of the Concubine explores a mystical, Egyptian-like empire and the bond between a foreign princess and the emperor.

How could such different writers collaborate? Well, we have at least two things in common: scorpions and a heat that's sure to warm you up on this holiday. The powerful metaphor of the scorpion burns through both What Alice Wants and Sting of the Concubine.

So on this Valentine's Day, be your mood adventurous and lusty, or dark and sensual, pick up an e-book and sample the delights inside. It's not too late to be stung by your own love scorpion.

Meanwhile, we have a pop quiz for you, and if you post an answer, we'll enter your name in a drawing, from which one winner will receive Jan's book and another winner will receive Ravynne's book.

True or False?
1. Scorpion bites are fatal.
2. Scorpion bites can cause a feeling of euphoria.
3. The first people to group the stars together to form the scorpion constellation is the Chaldeans, also known as the Babylonians.
4. Scorpions only live in holes and crevices in the ground.
5. When scorpions court, it is not uncommon to see them perform various rituals such as clubbing, sexual sting, cheliceral massage and mate cannibalism.
6. Scorpions make great pets.

If you think you know the facts, or if you just want to guess, post your answers as a comment. And check back later in the day, when we'll each be back with stinging excerpts, followed at the end of the day with the correct answers to the quiz and an announcement of the winners.

19 Comments:

Blogger Bec said...

LOL...I know this, I know this! Scorpions do do all that stuff, the mate massacre, the massage the whole deal, they do live in crevices around rocks etc, and Scorpio was discovered by the Babylonions. Only one type of Scorpion has a deadly sting, the sting from the non-deadly type does very little except hurt a bit. That second type of scorpion apparently does make a great pet, because it takes a lot of squishing and mushing in order to get it angry enough to bite! LOL..there! Ask me another Biology question!!!

11:07 PM  
Anonymous moonlightwillow said...

hoo boy! We've just moved to Texas, and we've learned the hard way about scorpions! these are my guesses:

1. False and true. Sometimes scorpion bites can kill you; it depends on the type of scorpion and the size and health of the person bitten.

2. False. The feeling scorpions have inspired in my dh (who's been stung three times now!) have been hell and damnation, not euphoria.

3. True.

4. False. Scorpions live all over the house, it seems. There was one on the handle of my four year old's backpack.

5. True. Just because it sounds all scientific-like =)

6. False-o-rama. Or, if you consider a frk'n scary wee beastie who can give you a sting that will paralyze one whole side of your body a great pet, then...true?

11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scorpions? But that's not the question! The question is, are Jan's and Ravynne's books hot and amazing? Did anyone read those excerpts?

11:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are my attempts at answering:

1. True and False (I have heard that some species can be fatal and some aren't)
2. True
3. True
4. False (some species live in or on plants...so I have heard)
5. True
6. True

Don't know if my answers are accurate, but I thought I would try. Can't wait to get

11:55 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

I didn't finish my sentence...can't wait to get the excerpts!!

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously, I need to know more about scorpions!

Happy Valentine's Day and good luck to you on your books!

Cory

8:43 AM  
Blogger Ravynne Sun said...

Wow lots of posts already! Morning folks. Jan and I are very excited, not only to be sharing this day but to be sharing our mutual interest in scorpions. Moonlightwillow, ouchie!

Excerpt coming from Sting of the Concubine in just a second here.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Cherie said...

1.False
2.False
3.True
4.False
5.True
6.False

Can't wait to read the excerpts.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

1. Scorpion bites are fatal. False if you meet one in GA but true if you meet one in Texas.
2. Scorpion bites can cause a feeling of euphoria. True, and only if you're lucky!
3. The first people to group the stars together to form the scorpion constellation is the Chaldeans, also known as the Babylonians. True, those clever bastards!
4. Scorpions only live in holes and crevices in the ground. False. You wanna tell a scorpion where to live?
5. When scorpions court, it is not uncommon to see them perform various rituals such as clubbing, sexual sting, cheliceral massage and mate cannibalism. True. Ever read the "Karma Scorpion"?
6. Scorpions make great pets. True, as long as you're a different and compatible sun sign.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous lsb author Jan Darby said...

Wow! Who knew we had all these biology/entomolygy experts reading the blog?

12:10 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Since I'm married to a Scorpio, I'm only interested in one type of scorpion. It's about 5'9", bald, has a fantastic sense of humor, and its sting ALWAYS causes euphoria.

Sigh.

Dee
www.deesknight.com

1:18 PM  
Blogger snowflake said...

1. T and F. It can be fatal.
2. F
3. T.
4. F.
5. T
6. T.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Barrie Abalard said...

1. No
2. Yes
3. Yes.
4. No
5. Yes.
6. Yes. Though I personally wouldn't want to own one. :->

Hi, Jan!

Barrie A.

6:21 PM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

Taking a shot...

1. Scorpion bites are fatal.

--True

2. Scorpion bites can cause a feeling of euphoria.

-–false?

3. The first people to group the stars together to form the scorpion constellation is the Chaldeans, also known as the Babylonians.

-–true?

4. Scorpions only live in holes and crevices in the ground.

--false

5. When scorpions court, it is not uncommon to see them perform various rituals such as clubbing, sexual sting, cheliceral massage and mate cannibalism.
--true

6. Scorpions make great pets.
--false

8:45 PM  
Blogger KimW said...

1. False
2. True
3. True
4. False
5. True
6. True

8:56 PM  
Blogger Southgrl said...

1.F
2.T
3.T
4.F
5.T
6.F

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Paula G. said...

Where's that Scorpion special on the Animal Planet when you need it?

1. Scorpion bites are fatal.
SOMETIMES?

2. Scorpion bites can cause a feeling of euphoria.
SURE, WHY NOT?

3. The first people to group the stars together to form the scorpion constellation is the Chaldeans, also known as the Babylonians.
UM...SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.

4. Scorpions only live in holes and crevices in the ground. I'M FROM TEXAS - THEY CAN LIVE IN BATHTUBS, DOGHOUSES, BEDROOM CLOSETS, YOU NAME IT, SO I WOULD HAVE TO SAY: FALSE.

5. When scorpions court, it is not uncommon to see them perform various rituals such as clubbing, sexual sting, cheliceral massage and mate cannibalism.
OOH..SOUNDS SEXY. TRUE?

6. Scorpions make great pets. I SUPPOSE IF YOU'RE INTO THAT SORT OF THING, BUT GIVE ME A FURRY BUNNY RABBIT ANY DAY. ;-)

9:21 PM  
Blogger Ravynne Sun said...

Closing the contest! Thanks everyone for participating. We will be posting the winner shortly.

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Debora said...

Hmmm...don't know if my answers are right or wrong but I loved loved loved those excerpts!

1. false
2. true
3. true
4. false
5. true
6. false

Happy Valentine's Day!

10:17 PM  

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