Category: Fantasy

Electric Storm...Sale!

To celebrate my new release, I’m having a sale this weekend on the first book of my Raven Investigations series – Electric Storm. The book is on sale at Kobo for only $0.99! So grab your copy now. After Monday, it will be back to its normal price. 

Electric Storm by Stacey Brutger

 
Blurb: 

Everything changed when Raven, a natural born conduit, accidentally walks in on a slave auction. She only wants a night out with her friends before her next case as a paranormal liaison with the police. Instead, she ends up in possession of a shifter and his guardian. When your touch can kill, living with two touchy-feely shifters is a disaster waiting to happen.

 

To make matters worse, a vicious killer is on the loose. As mutilated bodies turn up, she can’t help fear that her new acquisitions are keeping secrets from her. The strain of keeping everyone alive, not to mention catching the killer, pushes her tenuous control of her gift and her emotions to their limits. If they hope to survive, they must work together as a pack or risk becoming hunted themselves.

New Release - Academy of Assassins

Academy of Assassins

 

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my new urban fantasy series: 

Academy of Assassins – An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

 

I think the cover artist, Amanda Kelsey, did a fantastic job, don’t you?

 

Here is a little blurb for you: 

 

ONLY ONE THING STANDS BETWEEN HUMANS AND THE DEADLY SUPERNATURAL WORLD…THE ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS.

 

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world…creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she’s summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment—find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground. 

 

As Morgan delves deeper into the investigation, she will need to dodge assassination attempts, avoid the distraction of romantic entanglements with the devilishly handsome security expert, Kincade, and his maddeningly overprotective teammates, while keeping the volatile magic in her blood concealed from those who would use it for their own purposes. When the danger increases and the school is threatened, Morgan must unearth her missing memories before someone finishes the job they started so long ago—killing her and unleashing a plague that will consume the world.

 

An Academy of Assassins Novel : Book 1

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I’m really excited to see what everyone thinks of Morgan and her crew of assassins! 

Since it’s Halloween, I couldn’t resist including an excerpt where Morgan and her men clear out a warehouse infested with gremlins!

 

Excerpt: 

A shadow flew overhead. When Morgan tipped her head back, she saw a dozen creatures no more than two feet high leap the fifteen feet across the aisle. She threw a blade, managed to hit one, but her weapon bounced harmlessly off its hard, reptilian hide. They scampered up the shelving and disappeared into the boxes as her blade clanked harmlessly to the ground.

 

There appeared to be three different varieties. The majority of them were varying shades of green, covered with warts and black, oily spots. Those were the males. The younger ones were a light tan, slightly smaller, but no less deadly. A couple had bright yellow bellies, but no less hideous. They were the females. Their eyes were pure red, their black pupils narrow slits. Some had distinctive stripes, while others were marked with scars, whether from battle or decoration, she wasn’t sure.

 

One evil little critter, slightly bigger than the rest, glared down at her from his crouched position, his scars prominent on his body, a bold slash gouging deep ruts across his face. He was the commander, battle-hardened and vindictive about having his space invaded. His large ears were thin and leathery, swiveling to catch even the slightest sound, the left one kinked where it had nearly been torn off. His claw-tipped hands were wrapped around the metal grates of the shelving, his arms almost as long as his entire body, which made climbing and running on all fours easier.

 

This one appeared to be covered with some kind of goo that dripped down the shelves. The ammonia smell was nearly enough to knock her out. Tuffs of scraggly hair struck up from the top of his head. He sneered, revealing dozens and dozens of bloody, razor-sharp teeth.

 

He lifted his hand and gave her the finger, then quickly ducked behind the boxes with his mates.

 

Both sides of the shelving erupted in giggles.

 

“We’re sitting ducks down here. We need to head up.” She peered at Draven, and he backed up a step, as if reading something in her expression. Morgan smiled grimly. “How do you feel about being bait?”

 

He grimaced, then glanced up at the top of the shelving thirty feet in the air. “Better than I feel about being an acrobat. You’re faster than I am, more flexible.”

 

Morgan sheathed her weapon. When she went to retrieve the one that had fallen, he grabbed her arm. “No undue risks. Don’t let them draw you away. Yell if you get into trouble.”

 

“Understood. Go. I’ll let them follow you, then climb.”

 

Ryder hesitated a moment longer, clearly not wanting to leave her alone, then huffed out a resigned sigh. “Kincade is going to kill me.”

 

With that cryptic remark, he turned on his heel and ran down the aisle, whistling a jaunty tune. While a few remained behind to watch her, the majority clearly saw her as no threat, and clambered across the boxes in pursuit.

 

Not wasting a second, Morgan leapt up, grabbed the edge of the third shelf and began to climb. Angry chittering erupted above her, and she spotted four gremlins arguing, appearing distress when she didn’t collapse on the floor, weeping in terror at the sight of them.

 

When they fell silent, the hair on the back of her neck stood on end. She leaned back to get a good look at them, unnerved to find the four of them staring down at her with yellowish eyes and malicious smiles that didn’t bode well.

 

Two clambered down, one lashing out at Morgan’s hands and arms, aiming his claws for her face, while the other one dove for her legs. She swung at the one trying to gouge out her eyeballs, but it scampered out of arm’s reach. The second one latched onto her legs like a deranged monkey, using his teeth and claws to gnaw at her leathers like she was his own personal chew toy.

 

“Son of a bitch.” Pain shot up her leg as he began to shake his head, his teeth sawing back and forth, and she wondered if the little beast was trying to tear out a hunk of her flesh or rip her leg off altogether.

 

Not to be outdone, the first gremlin lunged for her face. Morgan swatted the claws away, and nearly lost her balance in the process.

 

All the while, the two remaining on top ripped open the boxes and began lobbing metal spoons at her, one going so far as to bean her on the head when she didn’t dodge fast enough.

 

“Enough.”

 

She never realized something so small could bedevil her so much.

 

She reached out, ignoring the claws digging into the fleshy part of her hand, snagged the toothpick-like leg of the nearest gremlin and flung the creature as far as she could. The gremlin gave a scream of anger as he flew through the air before splatting across the floor, leaving a black smear behind him, his little body ending up a twisted mess.

 

Then, to her consternation, he lumbered to his feet and limped off, dragging his damaged leg behind him, leaving a trail of dark ooze.

 

The monster on her leg gave a scream of rage and renewed his attack.

 

“Get.” She brought up her leg and slammed the creature into one of the metal posts. “Off.”

 

Slam.

 

“Me!”

 

The critter clanged against the metal like a gong, then dropped like a rock to the ground, landing with a surprisingly solid thud for something so small. He turned and hissed at her with evil eyes, quickly dragging himself under the shelving, and Morgan couldn’t help but shiver at the malice.

 

And received another bash across the back of her head, reminding her she still wasn’t alone. As she reached the top, one leaned over and screamed, the high-pitched sound threatening to make her ears bleed.

 

Not to be outdone, Morgan screamed back at him in frustration.

 

The gremlin was so startled, his mouth snapped shut, and he staggered back, hastily covering his ears.

 

Of course.

 

Their large ears meant they were sensitive to even the slightest noise.

 

Morgan snatched at the next spoon aimed for her head and beat it against the metal. The creatures cowered, grabbed their ears, twisting away to escape. In seconds, they turned tail and ran.

 

Morgan breathed a sigh of relief and dropped the spoon.

 

If there had been more of them, they would’ve overwhelmed her, using their sharp teeth and claws and whittled her flesh down to bones in a matter of minutes.

 

A deep foreboding tore through her chest, until she thought her heart was being ripped out. “Draven.”

 

 

Academy of Assassins

 

I hope you enjoyed meeting the Assassins. To find out what happens next, be sure to visit Amazon.com:


 

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween!


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Electric Night - New Release

After long last, I’m pleased to announce the release of the fifth book in my urban fantasy series, Electric Night!

 

This is my tenth book (yay!), but I swear it was cursed. Every step of the production was delayed, but I think it turned out all the better in the end. Isn’t the cover gorgeous?!

 

Electric Night

 

AN INSIDIOUS EVIL ENDANGERS THE FRAGILE PEACE BETWEEN THE HUMANS AND PARANORMALS. IF WAR ERUPTS, NEITHER SIDE WILL EMERGE UNSCATHED.

 

Raven will go to any extreme to locate the missing member of her pack, even confront her murky past that still has the power to haunt her. A wild hunt leads her to an isolated mountaintop, where she and her pack are taken captive, and she learns that her nightmares are all-to real and more dangerous than ever. Every minute is a struggle to stay alive against the humans who would use her kind as nothing more than test subjects in their fanatical search to create the ultimate weapon against paranormals.

 

EVERY MINUTE IS A STRUGGLE TO STAY ALIVE…

 

Determined no one else should suffer the tortures she endured as a child, Raven risks everything to destroy the labs, even bringing her pack to the brink of annihilation. If she can’t make peace with her past, she will not only lose her pack, but incite an all-out war between humans and paranormals.

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Here is a short excerpt for you to enjoy:

 

Raven’s pulse raced at the prospect of seeing Durant again, her palms damp as she anxiously watched the door like a dog watching for his owner to return home.

 

Another ten minutes passed before two shifters entered, one male and one female, dragging a third between them. Wild energy poured off the two guards, their aggressiveness spilling into the cavern.

 

After a quick perusal, her attention dropped to the nearly unconscious man between them.

 

Durant.

 

Her throat tightened at the sight of his still form, apprehension churning like acid in her gut.

 

His head hung forward, as if it was too heavy for him to lift. His hair was in disarray, the stripes she so loved more pronounced, as if he was fighting to keep his tiger from taking over.

 

The female’s grip turned brutal, her claws slipping free to slice into Durant’s shoulder, a twisted smirk of pure malice lighting up her face, clearly enjoying degrading someone already rendered helpless. The scent of Durant’s blood filled the air, and Raven clenched her fists, so furious she didn’t feel her claws slip free and slice into her palms.

 

When the woman shoved Durant, he dropped to his knees. His head slumped forward to rest on his chest, and Raven could hear nothing but the dragon roaring in her head.

 

She launched forward, slamming into the glass.

 

Magic shimmered in the air of the cell, and the symbols began to glow until they lit up like Christmas lights. Pain struck deep as her touch triggered the spell, the attack like someone trying to peel off her flesh.

 

A pleased smile crossed the female jailer’s face, her plan clearly to get a reaction out of Raven, along with her eagerness to cause harm.

 

But Raven didn’t relent, didn’t back away, her rage taking over. The dragon began to wake, a rumble building in her chest, until the glass beneath her palm rattled. One by one, the symbols seared into the glass blinked out of existence, leaving a charred image behind.

 

When she didn’t drop to the floor, withering in pain, everyone stilled.

 

Very slowly, the reinforced glass began to crack.

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I hope you enjoyed this short preview! To find out what happens next, visit Amazon and purchase your own copy.

 

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Review: A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) by Amanda Bouchet

I’ll admit it was the gorgeous cover of A Promise of Fire that caught my attention, but I jumped in with both feet when I read the blurb. Action. Adventure. Romance. Fantasy. *squee* 

 

 

Title: A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles)

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Release date: August 2016

Pages: 448

ASIN: B01DE9I4LA

Rating:

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT.

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

 

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

 

 

REVIEW:
Cat Fisa has been on the run, hiding from her past, fighting not only for her freedom but her very life. When she first spotted Griffin, she knew he was trouble, but she could never have guessed the extent he would go to possess her. Despite all her resolve to keep her distance, she finds herself falling for the annoyingly handsome, obstinate, hard-headed bastard. Cat must learn to trust, risk revealing her deepest, darkest secrets or lose the only thing that mattered to her—not the freedom that she held so dear as she expected, but the one who captured her heart…Griffin!

 

I will preface my review by saying this was one of the best books I’ve read this year! The originality completely sold me on A Promise of Fire. I loved the combination of action, adventure and fantasy, but when you add romance into the mix, I was a goner! Griffin is a clever tactician, loyal down to his bones, an alpha through and through, and a total ass to Cat. On the other hand, Cat didn’t make her time in captivity pleasant…good for her! I adored the interaction between the two of them, the humor of watching these two hard souls fall totally and irrevocably in love with each other was fantastic. The only detraction that stopped me from giving this five stars was Cat’s secret wasn’t much of a mystery, but no one figured it out. Griffin was no slouch…he should’ve guessed at some point in the book. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed not only the characters, but the addicting storyline as well—even with the slight cliff-hanger ending. I can’t wait for book two!

 

Review: Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade Book 3) by Jennifer Estep

I’ve been hooked on the Black Blade series from the start. Not only are the covers gorgeous, the writing is top notch. If you enjoy young adult urban fantasy, check out this series – You won’t be disappointed!

 

Title: Bright Blaze of Magic (Black Blade Book 3)

Author: Jennifer Estep

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Kensington via NetGalley

Release date: April 2016

Pages: 368

ASIN: B0138NHG02

 

Rating:

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

Bad Things Always Come In Threes. . .

 

As a thief, I’m good at three things: hiding in the shadows, getting in and out unseen, and uncovering secrets. I put these skills to work for the Sinclair Family, one of the magical mobs that run the tourist town of Cloudburst Falls.

 

Everyone knows Victor Draconi wants to take over all the other Families–and kill every last Sinclair. What they don’t know is that I’m on to him, and no way will I let the man who murdered my mom get away with hurting all the other people I care about. Especially when I’ve got places to break into, stuff to steal, and Devon Sinclair fighting right by my side…

 

 

REVIEW:

Lila Merriweather has had a hard life, forced to live on the streets after her mother was brutally murdered, stealing to put food on the table. Things changed when she met and fell in love with Devon Sinclair, the son and heir to the powerful Sinclair Family. Now she lives in luxury, spending her days protecting Devon…only it turns out to be a full-time job to keep him alive. Victor Draconi wants to own Cloudburst Falls. The only way that will happen is by killing the other Families and destroying everything Lila holds dear. Not going to happen. Lila is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her new family alive…even if she has to sacrifice herself to do it.

 

I’ve been enchanted by the Black Blade series from the first book and not just because of the beautiful covers. The characters are so well-developed, I could easily imaging them as real people with real problems. Even the quirky secondary characters were a hoot. I love the innocent romance between Lila and Devon. You can actually see them falling in love on the page. Devon is a sweetheart and really adores Lila. He’s strong enough to let her be herself, even if it means that she has to save him at times. I adored the monsters and their unique personalities. Lila’s connection to the beasties made them so very real that they jumped off the page. You would think with all that going on – great world building and romance – that the urban fantasy part would suffer. Do not fear, there was still enough action for me to get my violence fix. Bright Blaze of Magic is a very innocent, very nice young adult urban fantasy, proving that Jennifer Estep is a master at her craft. I’m sorry to see this series end. I liked how Estep wrapped up the series, and I sighed in pleasure and sadness when I closed the book on these wonderful characters and beautiful world.

 

These books should be read in order for maximum enjoyment.

 

 

Previous books in the series: