Blood of the Pride on sale for only $1.99 today!

BloodofthePrideFinalThe first book of the acclaimed “Blood of the Pride” series is on sale at Amazon for only $1.99 today!

http://www.amazon.com/Blood-Pride-Sheryl-Nantu…/…/B006IIX02I

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…

This book won a Third-Place Prism Award for the first book of the paranormal series, “Blood of the Pride”

Check out where it all started today! Or better yet, give a copy to a friend!

Cover reveal! Strictly Business – Book one of Hooded Pleasures!

I’m thrilled to announce the first cover in my new erotic romance series with Samhain Publishing – I give you Strictly Business, Book One of Hooded Pleasures!

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You can lead a Domme to love…but you can’t make her fall.

Kate Dubois is a Domme-for-hire for the highly exclusive Hooded Pleasures, a service offering private BDSM sessions to those who can’t—or won’t—risk appearing in an actual club.

Lately, though, she wonders if professional burnout is causing her to have painful flashbacks to a past heartbreak. When her boss insists her next client will be a breath of fresh air, Kate reluctantly agrees to an interview.

Alex Hanson dominates the world of computer game programming, but secretly he suspects he might be a sub in the bedroom. There’s only one good way to find out—hire a professional to show him the ropes.

Their first meeting puts both of them to the test—Alex’s self-control, and Kate’s realization she might just like him a little too much. But there’s no denying their emotions are inextricably entangled…a dangerous step Kate’s not sure her heart is prepared to take.

Coming October 20th from Samhain Publishing!

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And there’s two more books on the way!

Strictly Pleasure and Strictly Yours – due to be published in March and May of 2016!

So set aside a little reading time to meet Kate and Alex – you won’t regret it!

But wait… let’s take a look at what Kate Dubois is all about–

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Kate Dubois was bored.

She looked down at the man nuzzling her bare ankle. She’d let him strip off the leather boot after he’d pleaded for the privilege, begged for ten minutes.

His lips ran over her ankle, soft kisses caressing her skin. He sighed as he worshipped her body.

A memory resurfaced of Carl, kneeling at her feet and doing the same. It’d been different, felt different—his body tensed up like a watch wound one twist too tight.

He looked up, and she knew it was over.

Kate gulped.

“Mistress?” Dan looked up at her with wide eyes. “Am I doing something wrong?”

Damn.

“No, pet. You’re perfect.” She reached down and patted his head before tangling her fingers in his long black locks. A gentle tug brought a moan from the kneeling man. “But I don’t recall giving permission for you to speak.” Kate ran her fingers along the leather collar. “Do you?”

The momentary flash of panic in his eyes warmed her heart.

She tapped the leather paddle she held in her left hand against her leg. “I thought not. I think a few strokes should remind you of your manners. Continue your venerations while I make my decision about how many you’ve earned with your disobedience.”

He shook with a mixture of need and fear before bending down.

Kate switched the paddle to her right hand and eyed the already-pink skin on Dan’s exposed behind. She’d worked him over for a good half hour, bending him over his couch like an errant schoolboy.

He could take ten more strokes.

Maybe twenty.

Dan gasped as the black leather snapped against his sensitive skin, but said nothing, continuing to lick and kiss her bare foot.

Nineteen to go.

The soft chime from her phone reminded her she had fifteen minutes left. Kate smiled and continued the count.

Never leave a good job unfinished.

Never leave them fully satisfied.

She’d pulled on her track pants and sweatshirt while Dan was in the washroom, trading her boots for a pair of comfortable sneakers. Most times she could slip her trench coat on over her attire and leave, but it was a bright and sunny day outside and the coat would only raise more questions than it’d quell.

Dan met her at the door, wearing a pair of shorts and with a damp towel around his neck. The leather collar was gone, safely tucked away. He was still munching on the chocolate bar she’d given him during their post-session hugging. His pupils were focused and clear, showing her he’d come back to himself after the intense emotional trip.

“Thank you.” He held out his debit card. “Really needed this today.”

She smiled. “Glad I could help you.”

In another life, Dan was a high-priced lawyer, one of the best in the city. He ran his law firm with an iron grip and was famous for his vicious verbal attacks in court that eviscerated lesser lawyers and their clients.

Here, he was a bad boy needing to be punished and put in his place for imagined slights.

Dan couldn’t go to a regular BDSM club—the danger was too high he’d be recognized. Thus he’d become a client of Hooded Pleasures, the company Kate worked for.

In retrospect, she wondered why no one had thought of doing something like this before. Safe, sane, consensual and all within the privacy of your own home. There were plenty of men and women who wanted the experience but couldn’t or wouldn’t go to a club. Or who wanted the thrill without the relationship.

This was perfect.

She ran his debit card through the slot on her cell phone and handed it back to him. “Two weeks from now, then?”

He nodded, his steely blue eyes a thousand miles away from the meek sub she’d had at her feet earlier. “I have a big murder case coming up. Definitely need the time.”

“I understand.” Kate hefted the duffle bag onto her shoulder, the leather paddle safely tucked away with her other toys. “Please call the switchboard if there’s any change. I’ll see you then.”

He opened the door to let her out. “Nice sweats.”

Kate smiled, going with the joke. “Feel the burn.”

“Next time, then.” Dan raised his voice as Kate walked out into the hall. “Need to work on my cardio.”

It wasn’t for her benefit.

Kate nodded at the nosy little old lady neighbor who peeked out from two doors down.

Mrs. Henderson never missed a chance to eavesdrop on what happened on her floor.

Good thing Dan enjoyed the ball gag.

Thank you! (and an excerpt from “Claws Bared”!)

It’s been a busy few weeks, mostly due to getting slammed with the flu just in time for “Claws Bared” to be released – but it’s been totally faboo thanks to everyone who read, reviewed and bought copies!

So a big THANK YOU to everyone!

Many of you have gone to Goodreads and/or Amazon and left your thoughts on “Claws” and the first book, “Blood of the Pride” – thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to post their comments and help rank the book!

And it’s been great to get a review from the Library Journal that says, in part, “Owing to top-notch writing from Nantus (Blood of the Pride), Rebecca Desjardin rivals Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone as an interesting female PI.”

Yes, I was Kermit-flailing ’round the house on that one!

So, again, my thanks to you all. And here’s another excerpt if you haven’t picked up your copy yet or haven’t gotten that far in the book!

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“Not too shabby,” Trace said, still holding my hand.

I chuckled. “For an old broad, you mean.”

“You’re not that old,” Trance answered. “And I bet you still have it when and where it counts.”

His predatory look captured me, froze me in place like a deer in headlights. He didn’t move toward me, didn’t do anything but stare at me.

It was enough to begin shredding my defenses in a slow, determined attack.

The wind shifted, pulling in the scents and smells from the opposite direction.

My eyes widened as a familiar odor crashed into my lungs, tugging at my heart. It grabbed Trace’s spell and strangled it, killed it and made it roadkill.

I spun around to see Bran staring at me.

He stood at the edge of the parking lot, his long leather duster flying open in the breeze. The light blue dress shirt was tucked into his jeans, the top two buttons undone and the thin black tie hanging down loose over his chest.

His deep brown eyes were wide and wild, raking over me with a fierceness I’d never seen before. Hunger mixed with anger mixed with a whole lot of testosterone.

I knew how I looked. Blouse half-open, sweaty and flushed, holding hands with a stranger.

This was not good.

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And, of course, both books are available at Carina Press!

See you soon!

“Claws Bared” excerpt!

ClawsBaredFinalWe’re right on the edge of the release date for “Claws Bared“, book two in the “Blood of the Pride” series!

Here’s a little tidbit to get your mouth watering for this next episode with Reb and Bran!

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The bar door opened.

A man walked in and headed for the bar, strong hard strides across the hardwood floor in work boots that had seen better days.

He slid onto the stool beside me, his Felis scent splashing everywhere. Tall, blond and about five years younger than I was.

One finger went up, getting the bartender’s attention immediately. “Red Rock.”

He turned toward me and smiled, deep blue eyes daring me to fall into them.

I felt like I’d been punched in the chest. Felis may not technically be cats but we sure as hell could be cougars.

“Trace Bryson.” He held out his hand.

I took it, relishing the cool thrill running over my skin before reality chased it away. It wasn’t a coincidence he’d walked in here and sat next to me.

“Green truck?”

He slipped his hand out of mine, the calloused fingers falling away.
“Yep. That’s mine.”

His beer arrived just in time to let him stall for a second to sip the cool brew.

I allowed myself a scowl. “My shadow.”

He took another mouthful and swirled it around, thin lips curving into a smile. “Yep.”

I sipped my coffee. “If I told you to go to hell would it make a difference?”

He shook his head. His blond hair was just long enough for a woman to get a good grip.

“I hate to tell a beautiful lady like yourself ‘no,’ but…” He spread his hands. “You wouldn’t want me to get into trouble with my uncle, right?”

My heart sank. “McCallum.”

Trace smiled, showing bright white teeth. “Yep.” His tongue flicked out and ran over his lower lip. “Gotta do what the Board says.”

“That’s really beginning to annoy me,” I growled. “So what are your orders?”

He leaned back, the well-worn jean shirt tight on his frame. “Follow, watch, seduce… Oh, wait, I wasn’t supposed to say that one out loud.”

I didn’t smile.

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“Claws Bared” comes out on January 21st but you can pre-order it here at Amazon and here at B&N – along with, of course, Carina Press!

And if you haven’t picked up “Blood“… come on over and take a look!

Blaze of Glory – FREE!

You heard it here, folks!

Samhain Publishing has decided to make the first book in my superhero trilogy, “Blaze of Glory”, FREE from September 1 – 14th.

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Saving the world is easy for a superhero—unless you’re a fraud.

Jo Tanis is a superhero, fighting evil on the city streets, using her ability to feed off electromagnetic energy and fire off charges—and it’s all just a show. The Agency captures her and others like her when their powers begin to manifest, pitting them against each other in staged, gladiatorial fights. An explosive implant on the back of her neck assures she’ll keep right on smiling for the camera and beating up the bad guys.

When Earth comes under attack, suddenly the show becomes deadly real. Unable to deal with a real alien, the “supers” are falling in droves. Millions of innocent civilians are going to die…unless Jo can cobble together a team from among the fake heroes and villains the Agency enslaved. Including Hunter, who not only promises to show her how to deactivate the implants, but seems to know more than he should about how the mysterious Agency operates.

Forcing a rag-tag bunch of former enemies to work together is the least of Jo’s problems. The trick is determining if Hunter is friend or foe—and becoming the hero everyone thought she was before the world is destroyed for real.

*****

Here are the links!

If you’ve been waiting to try out the series now’s a great time to check it out!
The second book is also available and the last book, “Heroes Lost and Found” will be out in October – but why not grab the first one now and start reading?
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On buying reviews…

It’s been an interesting weekend thanks to this article in the NYT – in a nutshell it details how people, usually self-published authors, can and do purchase reviews so that they end up with a stack of glowing five-star reviews on Amazon.com. The biggest revelation is that John Locke, long considered to be one of the biggest self-pub successes, not only admits to using this service to obtain over 300+ positive reviews but shows no alarm or concern that he did.

Frankly I’m not sure what to make of this. I was raised in what I think was a pretty ethical home and while I’ve done and said things that I regret later (it’s a Catholic thang) I can’t say I’ve ever entertained the idea of paying someone to review my books. It’s just not on my moral compass to do so. I’ve given books away on Goodreads and know that they’re expected to give a review back but that doesn’t guarantee a good review, just a review.

At the moment I have five books on Amazon – the three Blaze of Glory superhero books, my steampunk romance Wild Cards and the first in the Blood of the Pride series along with a few self-pubbed short stories. Most of them have reviews but not all – and while it’d be nice to have *more* reviews I can’t bring myself to consider paying out money for an unknown person to vomit five stars on my books to encourage others to buy it – because to me it’s under false pretenses. If you like my books you’ll hopefully leave a review – but if you buy my books based on a paid reviewer leaving glowing praise because he/she was paid to say it…

And I’m seeing plenty of denouncements of Locke’s methods I see almost as many writers pointing out that, well, the Big Six do it and why can’t *they* do it? After all, if we’re all breaking the rules then it’s all okay, right?

*shakes head*

I don’t get it.

Maybe I’m just too naive to be a writer in this Brave New World where everyone’s expected to break the rules in order to sell their books. I’d much rather have only a few reviews from honest people who liked my books than pay money for drumming up false reviews and thus generating sales that may be putting money in my pocket but selling snake-oil stories to unsuspecting readers who might not even consider my books if it weren’t for the glowing reviews.

But that’s just me. And if you’ve left a review of one of my works on Amazon or on GR I thank you. Because I know they’re legitimate and honest and while I may not be making millions like John Locke at least I can sleep at night.

Although I wouldn’t mind having my pillowcase stuffed with ones…

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More “Blood of The Pride”? Yes, please!

I’m thrilled to announce the sale of the sequel to “Blood of The Pride” to Carina Press, tentatively set for a March 2013 release!

Book 2:

In the few months since Rebecca Desjardin met Brandon Hanover her life’s turned upside down – but the bills still need to be paid. When a job comes her way from Jess, her Felis overseer, she’s reluctant to take it but needs the cash and needs to see justice done.

Mike Hansa is dead, seemingly murdered by a jealous Felis woman at the strip club where he worked. Now Reb must not only tread through local Felis politics to find a killer but deal with her own feelings as a Felis man appears on the scene to court her away from Brandon. As she sorts out the truth from the lies she finds herself in danger and risks losing everything – including Brandon.

I’m tickled pink at the idea of continuing the adventures of Rebecca and Brandon and hope you’ll all come along for the ride…

… and if you have no idea what I’m talking about – here’s Blood of The Pride at Amazon and Barnes & Noble if you want to catch up!

It’s been a great year so far – and thanks to everyone who’s helped make it that way – now to get ready for Origins 2012!

 

Six Sentence Sunday! “The Project”

A few years ago I was lucky enough to sell a short story to GRIT Magazine – it was one of my first professional sales and I was thrilled, to say the least. I later put it up on Amazon with a homemade cover and right now it’s FREE for the taking…

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Jeff McAllister’s wife, Jessie, loved her quilts and her computer. But now she’s gone, and Jeff has to figure out how to survive without her and how to deal with her online legacy. With the companionship of his faithful Golden Retriever, he begins the toughest project of his life, still grieving over his loss. This short story was originally published in the August 2005 issue of GRIT Magazine.

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“Dear friends…” He paused, unsure how to start. She so loved this particular bulletin board; she had spent hours on it while he worked on yet another project in the shop. So many new ideas here; so many new friends, so many…

“Dear friends of Jessie – this is her husband, Jeff. I’m sorry to tell you that she passed away a week ago from a sudden heart attack.”

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I hope you’ll come on over and grab a free copy while you can – have a great day and fantastic Six Sentence Sunday!

Listen…

A few years ago I picked up a used audiobook for my husband – a Batman story for him to listen to while he did his daily commute to and from work. Since he spends three hours a day traveling I figured it’d be a welcome distraction.

Boy, was I right.

We’ve got an entire shelf filled to the brim with audiobooks now – Justice League, Star Wars, J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series (I put him onto that one!) – probably well over five hundred hours of listening time.

Me, I started listening to audiobooks back when they were on thin little white cassette tapes stuffed into my Walkman while I sat on the Toronto subway going to and from work. Back then my love was Robert Parker and his Spencer series – I could fall asleep listening to the story and wake up just at the right time to get off at my stop and know where in the story I was. I’ll readily admit that Parker was a major influence on my writing and I miss him and Spencer a whole lot.

Which brings me up to the present and the mega-cool announcement that I have, for the first time, my OWN audiobook.

Audible.com, in partnership with Carina Press, has released the audiobook of “Blood of the Pride” – written by yours truly and narrated by Michele Knotz.

You can sign in using your Amazon account, since Audible.com is part of Amazon and decide if you want just my audiobook or pick up some other goodies for your listening pleasure.

My hubby’s thrilled at the idea of hearing my words on the way to and from work – and I hope some of you will consider adding audiobooks (not just mine!) to your libraries. It’s a great way to make commuting more interesting and catch up on your backlist.

My thanks to Audible, Carina and Michelle Knotz for putting out such a faboo audiobook!

(and, you know, it’s available as an ebook too!)

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Six Sentence Sunday! “Blood of the Pride”!

We’re heading towards the February 13th release of “Blood of the Pride” from Carina Press – and I can’t wait for you all to meet Rebecca!

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…

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Jess appeared beside me. I didn’t jump but shuffled my feet back and forth, scuffing the runners against the rough wood in my contained shock.

“You’re still too quiet.” I teased the older woman, hoping to change the subject.

“You tried to Change. Did it work?”

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Come on back next week for more of “Blood” – it’s available right now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for pre-order!