Monday, September 8, 2014

Full Moon New Releases (September 2014)

It's time for our Full Moon Releases. Enjoy! 




Night's Honor (Elder Races, #7)

Night's Honor by Thea Harrison


On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past….


From Berkley released September 2nd




22181805Just His Taste by Candice Gilmer


Avalynn Fay is not a typical Fairy Godmother. She wears leather body suits, rides motorcycles, and prefers bourbon to anything fru-fru. Probably why she is assigned new charge, Jason Gregorian—a PI who drinks bourbon and loves to cook barbecue.

Jason’s a good guy. Generally decent. Even willing to pretend to be his ex-girlfriend Tessa’s date for a wedding, so she won’t be alone while her ex struts around with his latest squeeze on his arm.

Should be easy, right?

All Ava has to do is talk to him, feel him out a bit, and she’ll know exactly how to get the wheels in gear. Except when she meets Jason, suddenly no one is good enough for him. Not even Tessa, his intended Happily Ever After.

It’s enough to make a fairy godmother want a healthy shot of bourbon—right before she breaks all the rules.


Coming September 9th from Samhain Publishing


20359709The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

Orphaned as a child, Octavia Leander was doomed to grow up on the streets until Miss Percival saved her and taught her to become a medician. Gifted with incredible powers, the young healer is about to embark on her first mission, visiting suffering cities in the far reaches of the war-scarred realm. But the airship on which she is traveling is plagued by a series of strange and disturbing occurrences, including murder, and Octavia herself is threatened.

Suddenly, she is caught up in a flurry of intrigue: the dashingly attractive steward may be one of the infamous Clockwork Daggers—the Queen’s spies and assassins—and her cabin-mate harbors disturbing secrets. But the danger is only beginning, for Octavia discovers that the deadly conspiracy aboard the airship may reach the crown itself.


Coming September 16th from HarperCollins Publishers


15839585 Siren's Song (Gray Court Book 5) by Dana Marie Bell

Oberon is well and truly lost, with no memory of who he is, where he came from, or where he’s going. One woman makes his palms sweat and his heart race, a woman with turquoise eyes and a beautiful voice. Instinct tells him she’s the only one who can save him.

Cassie knows the truth—he is the High King, her truebond, the one man born to be hers and hers alone. Restoring his memory and keeping him out of the Black Court’s clutches is her mission, though success means losing him. Yet to give the world back its High King, she will make that sacrifice.

As soon as Oberon’s memory comes crashing back through his mind’s closed door, he makes one vow. Though beset by enemies, chased and attacked, he will return to his rightful place with his Queen by his side.

Except when he makes good on his vow, all hell breaks loose. And when Cassie's life is threatened, the fae world will bow before the High King or pay the price in blood.


Coming September 16th from Samhain Publishing.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fox Hunt Excerpt

I thought that a little peek at Fox Hunt may be in order. Enjoy the excerpt.




This feels so right, Mike thought, feeling Dilly’s fingers tracing down his chest as her lips left a trail of fire down his neck. Dropping hungry kisses on her throat, Mike groaned as her legs tightened around him. Her hips were slowly twisting, grinding her core against him. Just as his hand slid down her smooth back to squeeze her firm bottom, Mike felt Dilly tense above him. A wave of insecurity washed over him, and Mike slowed his kisses and hands.

He flicked his tongue lightly against the soft skin in the tender junction between her shoulder and neck. He knew that if Dilly had never been with another of their kind, then she would have reservations about laying with him. Surrendering yourself to a man who might be your mate would be scary. Feeling her relax a little into his gentle hands, Mike wondered if she knew how hot the fire was that her questing fingers burned against his skin.

Chancing a glance up to her face, Mike lost his breath. Her head was tossed back and her lips were parted as if waiting for a sigh to drift out. Her hair had fallen across her shoulders, and a burst of pride at how he made her feel coursed through him. Then he saw her wide eyes, and felt her confusion.

Smoothing his hands over her sides, Mike flattened them over her lower back. In the gentlest whisper he could muster, he spoke her name, “Dilly?”

Her eyes turned to his, and for a long instance they just stared at each other. Mike didn’t know what raced through her mind, but he saw the conflict between what she was doing and what she thought she should be doing. Leaning upwards, Mike brushed his lips across hers once more. “It’s okay. We don’t have to.”

As if his words sparked something inside of her, Dilly rushed to move. “I’m sorry,” she stammered, retreating to her knees several feet from him. “I don’t know what came over me. Look, I’ll tell you where my family is. You just go see them and take care of whatever business you have.”

Turned away, Dilly stood up and began searching for something. Mike took it as a sign to lift himself up off the floor and sat on the edge of the couch, straightening his shirt in the process. He watched Dilly throw her shirt back on, and return with a slip of paper. As she held it out to him, Mike asked, “What’s this?”

“Directions and a phone number. You should be able to find them with this,” Dilly answered. She wasn’t looking at him and a bright red blush had spread across her face.

Standing up, Mike took the paper and barely glanced at it before folding it up. As he slipped the directions into the pocket of his jeans, he watched Dilly. He brought his index finger up and nudged her chin up with his knuckle. “Thanks. I should have gone to your father first. I haven’t been very polite,” Mike said as her eyes drifted up to him.

Reaching into his back pocket, Mike pulled out one of his business cards. Gently, he took the pen that still hung loosely in her hand and scribbled his disposable cell number on the back of the card. “This is the number I’m using right now. If you need it, use it.”

Mike handed back the pen along with the card, hoping once her confusion cleared she would call. Seeing her take a small gulp, Mike wondered if Dilly was too young to understand why she was so mixed up. “Yeah, well, you take care,” she said, ushering him towards the door.

“You too, Delilah. Until we meet again,” he said, stepping through the open door.

Dilly crossed her arms over her chest as she leaned against the doorframe. “If we meet again,” she grumbled.

A little trace of her smile had returned, and Mike found himself smiling back. “Of course we will,” he assured her before making his way to his truck.




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Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Trailer Madness

So I decided over the weekend that I would take the plunge and create a book trailer for Witch Hunt. This was something I had been thinking about doing for a while and I'm happy to say that considering I did it myself I like it. It was also within my budget. For any writer finding money to add to the budget can be hard. I used mostly free stock footage, images and music for this video, and along with Windows Movie Maker it was complete within a day.

I used a haiku that I wrote to help market the book for the text and the desktop image the art department at Cobblestone Press provided me. I've also been working on a trailer for Fox Hunt and with any luck I'll be able to share it also.


 


Until next time, peace and love!


 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

#MySexySaturday : Sexy Carriage Ride

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It's time for another My Sexy Saturday post. This week writers were asked to share scenes under the theme "Sexy Carriage Ride". It is a nod to the historical writers out there, so make sure to follow the links below for some great scenes. I've pulled a scene from my WIP Rip Tide that centers around just what Phinn thinks he and Kara should be doing on the space ship during their two day travel. Enjoy!



Rip Tide Outtake:


His arm shot out next to her, and Kara felt the instinct to defend herself start to kick in. She was just able to stop herself from kicking him or shoving his arm away when Phinn leaned in close to her. “I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting to get you alone for a while now.”

Image by Victor Habbick @ FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Kara ran the tip of her tongue across her lips and rolled her eyes up to meet his. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said, feeling a shudder in her voice.

Phinn flashed a knowing grin at her, and leaned in just a little closer as he said, “Really? Cause I’ll tell you what’s going through my head right now doesn’t have anything to do with the next system and has a lot to do with my cot.”

Her heart kicked up a beat as she felt his breath glide across her skin. “What?”

“You’re attracted to me, aren’t you, Kara?” he asked, his breath brushing against the shell of her ear. 

“Getting a little full of yourself.” The gentle glide of his fingers across her cheek and down her neck, made Kara take in a sharp breath. “Even if I did want you, Phinn, now is not the time for it.”

The deep sound of him chuckling lightly filled her senses as he pulled slightly away. “Really, I think it’s the perfect time. Nancy and Aaron are off ship and we’ve got another forty-two hours before we reach the next system.”  She meet his eyes for a moment before he stepped fully away, and she had to suppress a groan at the loss of his body heat. He spread his hands out innocently and said, “I’m just making the offer. If you really don’t want to we don’t have to.”


That's it for today. I hope you enjoyed the tease and make sure to check out the other blogs in the hop.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Full Moon New Releases (Aug 2014)


 


SCI FI NIGHTS 

Five out-of-this-world authors
share their science fiction romance heroes—
hot as the sun, cool as depths of space,
and all boxed up for you in one
sexy, irresistible package!
Open the pages and fall into the
otherworldly arms of a sci-fi man
who will make you see stars!





Included in this anthology is the much anticipated


DARK RUNNER, Book 3.5 of The LodeStar Series by Cathryn Cade

Tal Darkrunner is more than a tattooed bad boy, he's the alpha leader of a dangerous gang. Serpentian outlaw Scala Raj knows this--so why can't she stay away from him? She's supposed to be spying on him to gain back her freedom, not falling for him.

Tal fought his way to the top in the vicious streets of New Seattle, Earth II. Now he rules his gritty kingdom, his skin marked with a piece of inked body art for every victory won through his courage, cunning and refusal to back down--ever.

Only one thing could send him hurtling into deep space--a mission to find and destroy the slavers who tried to take the one woman he wanted. He trusts no one, including Scala, the sloe-eyed beauty with a lethal body who offers to guide him.

Lack of trust won’t stop him from enjoying the pleasures of her body. But no matter how fiery the passion that arcs between them, he’ll never risk his heart.

Unless she slips under his guard and steals it ...

Coming August 12th.



Heaven's Sacrifice by Scarlet Hunter


When mankind's existence is taken for granted, the only hope at saving their soul from an afterlife on the fire-pits of Sheol, are angels of God.

Percival, an angel, is sent on a mission to help save a human soul. When he arrives, he is tested by not one, but two, sisters. Should he fail the mission, he will lose an angel’s most cherished possession—his wings.

Ava and Brianna are sisters. Struggling to continue their uncle's business, one sister is left running the place, while the other’s attention is on anything but. After placing an ad in the local paper for a handyman, their only source of help arrives. A man, who both sisters discover, is more than he appears.

Coming August 19th.



Hero of a Highland Wolf (Heart of the Wolf #14) by Terry Spear

18487186 She's ready for change...
Colleen Playfair has never been to Scotland, but when she discovers she must spend a year and a day overseas learning to manage her newly inherited estate, she's ready for the challenge. She even has some ideas for improvements-if she can get past the sexy werewolf who seems convinced he's the one in charge.
But he's digging in his claws...
Grant MacQuarrie and his clan have been managing Farraige Castle for three centuries. The last thing he wants is a meddling American heiress trying to change the way things have always been done. He's more than willing to fight the she-wolf every step of the way, using every tool at his disposal. And if that means taking the lass to bed, well...all the better.
Locked in a battle of wills, caught in an attraction they can't escape, Colleen and Grant must find a way to work together...or face losing it all.


Released August 5th by Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Inspiration and Short Stories

I've moved back to the writing desk, moving away from my sci-fi and returning to the world of the Saving Grace Saga. I've started an outline for the third, and maybe final, novel in the set and I've got to admit I'm wanting to write a short story to fill in a small part of the missing back story.

At the beginning of Witch Hunt readers followed along as Rei, the heroin of the story, watched her brother be murdered for his magic ability. His name was Richard and while he didn't play any big part other than memory in Witch Hunt he did have a lot of background that didn't get explored in the story.

Richard spent most of his life protecting his sister and never really got to live a normal life, if that's even possible for a witch in this world. He took on the responsibility of making connections with other roving covens and packs, allowing Rei to stay quietly behind in the shadows. Thus keeping her off the radar of the feared Witch Hunters. Richard gave up so much for his sister's safety.

Wouldn't it be nice to get a glimpse of what was there?

My muse thinks so and I'm finding that as I work out details for this third novel I'm making side notes for a short story revolving around Richard. Only time will tell if it moves past ideas and notes, but it's a thought to play with.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Review: Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus

I found another great book for the Shifter Reading Challenge. I tucked this book away in my bag when I went camping this past weekend and I was not disappointed.

17405720Blood of the Pride by Sheryl Nantus

Blurb:
 
"When a severed rabbit's paw is delivered to her office, outcast cat shifter Rebecca Desjardin recognizes the summons home. One of their own has been murdered--and a shocking photo published in a local tabloid--and her Pride needs Rebecca, now a private investigator, to track down the killer.

Investigative reporter Brandon Hanover wants to find out who slipped the photo of the half-shifted cat-woman under his door, marking him as a suspect in her death. Determined to stay one step ahead of the sexy journalist, Rebecca reluctantly agrees to partner with him to find the real murderer. But as their mutual attraction heats up, Rebecca finds it harder and harder to keep Brandon from discovering the existence of the shifter society--and her own true nature.

When the search leads them back to the Pride, Rebecca must attempt to Change for the first time in years to face the killer, and save the man she loves..."


I've always loved the idea of cat shifters. Normally I see them as panthers, but these cat shifters are unique unto themselves. Rebecca was kicked out of her pride because she is unable to shape-shift, which left both emotional and physical scars behind. This created a wonderfully in-depth character right from the get go, which had me hooked. The reporter, Brandon, pops into the story with a flurry of alpha maleness that few humans have in paranormal stories. 

Along with an interesting cat human hybrid the story also offers a great detective plot. The plot runs deep within the pride and before Rebecca knows it she's tossed to the wolves, or cats in this case. It was hard to put down the book without finding the next break through clue in the story line.

Over all a great story with a nice sprinkling of romance. 


To my readers I'll add that this story is more of a detective story than a romance and does have closed door love scenes.