July 27, 2014.

BloodSworn

To celebrate my new release, I’ve decided to offer a sale.

 

For this week only, BloodSworn is ON SALE at Amazon for $0.99!

 

Lion, werewolves, and hunky alpha males, oh my! If you enjoy adventure, magic and forbidden love, be sure to check out this dark paranormal romance.

 

Undeniable desire. Forbidden love. Inescapable destiny.

Falling in love might be the most dangerous thing they’ve ever done…

 

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CovetedNEW RELEASE!!

I’m excited to share with you my new release Coveted.

 

Discover what happens when a woman stumbles across a Scottish werewolf imprisoned in a thousand-year old dungeon.

 

Magic and mayhem, not to mention a lot of kick-ass action and some sexy hijinks of course. *wink*

 

 

Blurb: 

Pack alpha Aiden vows to do whatever necessary to protect his people. When he discovers a plot to harvest blood from his wolves to create the ultimate drug, he’s determined to stop them at any cost. And quickly finds himself taken captive. After months in prison, Aiden barely manages to hang onto his sanity. The last thing he expects is a shapely little human to come to his rescue and bring out all his protective instincts.

 

Shayla is being stalked because of her abilities as a seeker. When offered a job in Scotland, she leaps at the chance to escape. With danger pursuing her at every turn, she must decide if she could give up her magic in order to live a safe, ordinary life. Never in her wildest fantasies did she expect to find a feral-looking man imprisoned in a thousand-year-old dungeon…or be so wildly attracted to him. She didn’t need more trouble, but when fate presents the means to help him escape, she doesn’t hesitate.

 

Now they are both being hunted, and Aiden is determined to do everything in his power to protect Shayla…and seduce her into becoming his mate. As the danger intensifies, Aiden  begins to suspect that Shayla might be the key to saving not only his people but also the future of his race…if he could keep her alive long enough.

 

 

Excerpt:

A heart-wrenching howl split the air. The lonely sound held such despair that Shayla stopped short. She spun around searching for the source.

 

Her eyes latched on the castle. The poor animal must be trapped.

 

Thunder rumbled, and the earth trembled under her feet with its ferocity. “Damn it!”

 

She couldn’t leave the dog stranded.

 

A night in a haunted castle was every tourist’s fantasy. She could brave a night in an abandoned castle with the spooks and spiders. It would be the kind of adventure her grandfather had always encouraged her to embrace. So why did she tense with the compulsion to flee while she had the chance?

 

Ignoring the heebie-jeebies crawling along her skin, Shayla pushed toward the ruined walls, wincing as she plodded through the beautiful flowers like some heathen.

 

Another boom shook the ground, and the sky opened up, jolting her into a run. By the time she reached the outer wall, she was soaked.

 

The rain was surprisingly warm. She cocked her head, listening for any sign of the dog who’d howled so plaintively, but she couldn’t hear squat over the storm. “Here doggie.”

 

Feeling foolish, she hunched over and made kissy sounds, searching the area for any traces of the missing hound. And not getting very far. She could barely see two feet in front of her in the downpour. Her foot slipped. Mud sucked at her shoes. She staggered to catch her balance as the ground beneath her feet shifted, and the earth began to slowly crumble.

 

“Shit.” Shayla threw herself sideways. But the ground had a mind of its own, slurping her down like a hungry beast, and she could’ve smacked herself for putting the image of being eaten alive into her brain. Her hands slid over the rain-slicked earth, mud squishing through her fingers as she scrambled for purchase.

 

By the time she was hip deep, there was no escape. She kicked her legs, frantic to reach something solid. There was only empty space below her.

 

Relief was instantaneous.

 

The fear of being buried alive lessened. That one second of inattention was all it took. The ground beneath her arms dissolved, sucking her under, and she fell into emptiness for what felt like an eternity.

 

She flailed like a ninny before her brother’s training took over. She crossed her arms over her chest, tucked her chin down, and bent her legs.

 

She landed with a jarring thud and rolled. She came to a stop flat on her back, her satchel crunched beneath her, while the pounding rain did its best to drown her. Clawing away from the downpour, she dragged herself out of the small river of mud and water.

 

Then she encountered stone.

 

Man-made blocks.

 

Fear of the unknown diminished.

 

She was in the basement of the castle. The random thought nearly sent her into a fit of giggles. As soon as her fingers touched the wall, Shayla climbed to her feet and leaned against it, relief weakening her knees.

 

Hell, she didn’t need a stalker to kill her, she could manage that all by herself. She pressed her face against the cool stone when her actual location hit her.

 

Castles didn’t have basements.

 

They had dungeons.

 

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You can find the rest of the story at Amazon.com. I hope you enjoy!!

 



July 25, 2014.

Last Friday, my dog ran away. I’m still pretty devastated, my hope that someone will call is dwindling.Regal Christmas

 

To make me feel better (or that’s what he says), my husband came home with this little critter the other night. Max 7-2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

A puppy! We’re calling him Max.

 

Battle lines have been drawn in my house: cats against the devil dog.

 

Max’s first order of business has been to chase any cat unlucky enough to be on the floor. So they quickly took to higher ground. The next time Max spotted one of those beasts, he snuck up on it, grabbed the tail and tried to run off with it. Cat was not happy. Cat also weighs 30 pounds. Needless to say dog did not win that round.

 

Dog has a fascination with bugs and toads. He managed to catch a dragon fly. Luckily, he dropped it and the bug had time to fly away. And like a boy of any species, he’s shown interest in a toad that had the misfortune to be on our porch this morning. I was able to call the dog away, so the toad managed a quick escape, but it was a close call.

 

So, while I’m still sad that my dog is gone, this little black-constantly-in-motion-hellion has helped. What do you think? Do they make them any cuter when they’re at that age?

 



July 15, 2014.

My husband and I hunted down a new dog bed for our furry critter. I can’t believe how much stores want for a large dog bed?! We finally found one, medium in size and price, and took our prize home thinking the dog would love it.

 

Yeah, not so much. He won’t even step on the thing. He wants his old dog bed. But someone else has taken it over.

 

Dog-Cat Bed

 

Cat is in love with the bed. He sleeps on it every day with the humans are away doing whatever they do all day. The other two cats have investigated it as well and deemed it suitable for their needs.

 

But not the dog.

 

The most expensive cat bed ever! :)  But hey, at least someone is using it, right? *sigh*

 



July 14, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #88.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

Nothing really jumped out at me. I have a couple of these books on my Kindle when they first went free, but nothing I’ve read yet. I picked up three more today…Anywhere But Here by Jason D. Morrow, Ageless Sea by M.R. Polish, and Magic of Thieves by C. Greenwood.

 

There is one cheap read that I’ve heard everyone raving about…and if the reviews are true…not to be missed. I bought it and can’t wait to read it. It’s called Tangled (The Tangled Book 1) by Emma Chase.

 

 

 



July 12, 2014.

This book has been a long time in the making, so I’m excited to show you the final cover for Coveted. Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m beyond thrilled how it turned out!

 

Coveted

 

Born of myths and legends, guardian wolves protect the world against evil. After centuries without their destined mates, their race is nearly extinct. Someone is determined to prevent their return and harness all their power for themselves.

 

Pack alpha Aiden vows to do whatever necessary to protect his people. When he discovers a plot to harvest blood from his wolves to create the ultimate drug, he’s determined to stop them at any cost. And quickly finds himself taken captive. After months in prison, Aiden barely manages to hang onto his sanity. The last thing he expects is a shapely little human to come to his rescue and bring out all his protective instincts.

 

Shayla is being stalked because of her abilities as a seeker. When offered a job in Scotland, she leaps at the chance to escape. With danger pursuing her at every turn, she must decide if she could give up her magic in order to live a safe, ordinary life. Never in her wildest fantasies did she expect to find a feral-looking man imprisoned in a thousand-year-old dungeon…or be so wildly attracted to him. She didn’t need more trouble, but when fate presents the means to help him escape, she doesn’t hesitate.

 

Now they are both being hunted, and Aiden is determined to do everything in his power to protect Shayla…and seduce her into becoming his mate. As the danger intensifies, Aiden begins to suspect that Shayla might be the key to saving not only his people but also the future of his race…if he could keep her alive long enough.

 



July 10, 2014.

I have officially received my new cover for Coveted, and I’m beyond thrilled the way it turned out.

Here is a little sneak peek for you…

 

Coveted_banner_300dpi

 

Isn’t this banner gorgeous? I’ll post the full cover this weekend.

I should receive my proofs this Friday. Copies are being sent out to a few readers. That means the book should be released shortly! Yay! I’ll keep you posted when I get more news.  :)

 



July 02, 2014.

 

It’s officially July. A third of the summer is over. Today was cloudy…windy…drizzling. I ended up wearing a sweater to work and turning on the heater in the car to keep warm.

 

The day started at 68 degrees, but by the time I got home from work, it dropped to a bitter 58. What’s up with that? Did someone forget to tell the weather gods that it was SUMMER!?!

 

I’m jealous of those of you who live in a warmer climate. Send some of that heat up here please. :)

 

I should receive my cover art and the last round of edits for Coveted soon. I’m re-reading Electric Storm and Electric Moon to get back into my characters and write Electric Heat. I can’t wait to get started! Are you doing anything fun? Or reading anything interesting?

 


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June 27, 2014.

I passed this book up the first time I saw it. A few weeks later I ran across it again (on sale), and couldn’t resist. Isn’t the cover gorgeous!

 

 

Title: Thief: The Scarab Beetle Series: #1 (The Academy)

Author: C. L. Stone

Genre: New Adult

Publisher: Arcato Publishing

Release date: February 2014

Pages: 420

ASIN: B00INCJGWK

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Kayli Winchester is a dirt-poor girl living out of a hotel, forced to be the parent for a drunken father and teenage brother who she’s desperate to keep in school. The only way she scrapes by is to utilize her one skill: pickpocketing. But even though she’s a thief she has a moral code: no kids or old ladies, only targets who can defend themselves. Not that they see her coming…

 

Thinking she’s been working under the radar, Kayli has no idea The Academy has been watching and taking notice. Now a team that needs her skill has offered her a way out of her predicament and it’s her last chance: work with them, or face jail time. Kayli resists at first, but slowly the boys reveal they can be trusted. With Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader, there’s a lot Kayli can learn from these Academy guys about living on the edge of the law. If only she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.

 

Especially when the job they offer her is more than any of them bargained for. After it’s done, the hunters have become the hunted and their target is now after Kayli. The Academy boys do their best to keep her hidden, but a thief like Kayli will never sit still for long.

 

 

REVIEW:
Kayli will do whatever it took to protect her bother, even if it meant stealing. Security was baffled by a thief who only stole a few dollars and then left the wallet where it could be found. It also came to the attention of the Academy.

 

It didn’t take Kayli long to notice something was amiss when she entered the mall, but it didn’t matter. She needed money, or she and her brother would be living on the streets. So when she lifted a wallet, intending to only grab a few bills, she’s caught in the act. Thinking quick on her feet, she managed to ditch they guys. Unfortunately, they knew more about her than she could’ve ever imagined. They busted her and gave her a choice…come work for them or go to jail.

 

I’ll start off to say that I have not read any previous books in the series…or should I say the parallel series? And for most of the book, that wasn’t a problem, but it did leave one big unanswered question. What exactly is the Academy? It was never answered. I went back and forth between whether or not I actually liked Kayli. Don’t get me wrong, she’s a great character, I love her spunk and her inteligence, but I became very uncomfortable the way she flirted with all the guys (even the bad guy). It just didn’t work for me, and all I can think about was how she was going to ruing this unique group of men. Speaking of guys…yum! I liked them all so much, I’m not sure I could pick out my favorite.

 

I loved all the characters. They were so unique and individual, I could easily envision them as real people. The only other thing that I never understood was why did they insist that Kayli needed to be the one to pull off the job? They apparently have a whole school of people who does the same thing (and with more experience), so why did they need her? Despite all the problems and inconsistencies, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The book ended on a slight cliff-hanger, meaning the main mystery was solved, but a new one had started. I hate being left in the middle of action, so this type of ending was perfect for me. I’ll definitely be reading more.

 



June 25, 2014.

I was immediately intrigued by the eye-catching water and fire symbol. Recently, I’ve been drawn to more and more dystopian books, so when I ran across this one, I decided to give it a try.

 

 

Title: Paradigm

Author: Ceri A. Lowe

Genre: Ya Dystopian

Publisher: Bookouture via NetGalley

Release date: June 2014

Pages: 376

ISBN-10: 1909490423

ISBN-13: 978-1909490420

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

 

Alice Davenport awakens from a fever to find her mother gone and the city she lives in ravaged by storms – with few survivors.

 

When Alice is finally rescued, she is taken to a huge underground bunker owned by the mysterious Paradigm Industries. As the storms worsen, the hatches close.

 

87 years later, amidst the ruins of London, the survivors of the Storms have reinvented society. The Model maintains a perfect balance – with inhabitants routinely frozen until they are needed by the Industry.

 

Fifteen-year-old Carter Warren knows his time has come.  Awoken from the catacombs as a contender for the role of Controller General, it is his destiny to succeed – where his parents failed.

 

But Carter soon discovers that the world has changed, in ways that make him begin to question everything that he believes in.  As Carter is forced to fight for those he loves and even for his life, it seems that the key to the future lies in the secrets of the past…

 

 

 

REVIEW:
Alice’s life was not very pleasant. She’s an outcast, a loner, ridiculed by others at every opportunity. She and her mother struggle to live a hand-to-mouth existence. When a sudden storm came over the city, Alice said good-bye to her mother, never knowing that the world was about to end. Days turned into weeks and the storm never stopped, but the number of people she saw does. Just when she believed she was the last person on earth, Alice was rescued and led to an underground bunker with the few remaining survivors…and left with the task to rebuild the world.

 

Carter was the second character during the book, and he lived in the world that Alice and her people had reconstructed. Their home was built behind walls, they were told when to eat, when to sleep and when to work. If you don’t agree with the rules, you die. There was no time for religion, music or any individuality. And people were no longer happy. A new ruler was needed to keep everyone in line, and Carter was determined to be that man. But things don’t go as planned when he learned everything about their world was a lie.

 

The descriptive writing was beautifully done (in most places), but the book unfolded slowly for me. Both Carter and Alice’s story were told simultaneously, which became confusing at times and annoying at others. Unfortunately, the confusion last three-quarters of the way through the book. I really liked Alice at the beginning, but then slowly came to dislike her…the opposite was true of Carter. It took me a while to warm up to him, but I really enjoyed how he evolved. I believe these characters unfolded exactly how the author wanted it. So, while I did like the story, HOW the story was told took away a lot of my enjoyment. I really wanted to like Paradigm (The ending was fantastic!), but it lacked a certain cohesiveness for me to enjoy it to its full potential.

 



June 15, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance: Kindle & Nook Freebies #84.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I looked at a few of them, but nothing really caught my fancy. Then I went back and decided to give The Living Night a try. I’m not a fan of ‘part’ stories, but what can I say? I love paranormal and horror stories.

 

I selected three cheap read this week. The first is actually another free read, an anthology called Dangerous Lovers. The second book is called Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. I’m not sure about this book, I think it might be a little too sexy for me, but the number of good reviews has me curious to check out all the hype. The last book I already own and loved! Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl) by Aileen Erin. If you like YA and paranormal books, I recommend giving it a try.