“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.

*****

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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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! “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…

*****

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?”

*****

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

 

Six Sentence Sunday!

I’m really looking forward to the release of “Blood of the Pride”, coming just after Valentine Day from Carina Press!

Oddly enough, two of my NaNoWriMo novels have gone on to be accepted for publication. “Blaze of Glory” by Samhain and now “Blood of the Pride” by Carina. While I don’t do NaNoWriMo anymore I think it’s great to be able to point to two success stories (among many, many others) as an example of what can be done in thirty days with a heck of a lot of grit!

But enough babbling from this old broad – let’s get to the six sentences!

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He let out something between a whimper and a sigh as his eyes roamed over me. I allowed myself a smug inner grin. Been a while since I’d had an admirer and I was going to make the most of it.

“And before you ask, I like to play in the dark.” My eyes went below his belt.

He didn’t flinch, instead allowing me to pick up the clean clothing and saunter past him into the bedroom.

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“Blood of the Pride” is now available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble and at Amazon! And be sure to keep checking back for a major announcement regarding the “Blaze of Glory” series…

*winks*

Six Sentence Sunday!

It’s been a great week with the release of “Heroes Without, Monsters Within”, the superpowered sequel to “Blaze of Glory”!

 Come on and take a look inside!

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“How can I have you out there with us, knowing you could get hurt again? This time you got lucky, but the next time, oh God.” I pressed my hands over my face, every word tearing at my heart. “I can’t lose you. I can’t go through this again, losing someone close to me. I can’t.”

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I hope you’ll keep on coming back for more superhero drama as the Protectors continue to remake their own world and deal with the consequences of their actions!

 

Available at Amazon, B&N and Samhain Publishing!

Six Sentence Sunday!

Tired of these newfangled iPods and iPads messing up your lives?

Why not take a quick trip back to when men were men, women were women and iron horses were… iron horses!

And here was a woman who didn’t seem to care how she looked, who dressed for comfort and efficiency at her chosen line of work, and who didn’t look to a man for approval. Maybe she slept in her leather coat, curled up with the scent of sweat and machine oil after a hard day’s work. Maybe she slept in one of those long nightshirts he had seen in the various catalogues, long and flowing and made of silk. Or perhaps nothing at all.

He yawned. Better that he not go back to sleep with these types of thoughts.

*****

Wild Cards and Iron Horses“, available in print and ebook at fine bookstores everywhere!

Six Sentence Sunday!

After last week’s trip back to Jo and Hunter’s start of their relationship in “Blaze of Glory”, let’s take a look at what to expect in “Heroes Without, Monsters Within” – coming in January!

Anything else I could have said disappeared into a blur as I found myself falling backwards, a pair of strong arms wrapping around me and a set of warm lips pressing against mine with an aching demand that I matched.

“I’ll never leave you,” Hunter replied.

I laid back with a sigh, letting him tug down the jacket zipper and nibble along my jaw and down my neck. He nipped at my exposed skin, starting up a flood of goose bumps.

“We shouldn’t be doing this out here,” I protested. “The tabloids are going to have a field day.”

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Darned tabloids…

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“Heroes Without, Monsters Within” is now available for pre-order at Amazon and B&N – start off the New Year with a superhero-sized bang!

Welcome to 2011 Blatherings!

It’s been a while since I posted here and for that I should apologize – but, frankly, I’m one of those people that don’t really feel that posting nothing every day is a Good Thing. While there’s been things going on here and there I didn’t think it was worth wasting the bandwidth for bits and pieces that could be better combined into a decent fat post.

That’s me, saving the bandwidth.

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Anyway, bits and pieces as follows…

2010 = buh-bye. Good bye gall bladder, herniated back disc and root canal on the 23rd of December. Thanks for “Blaze of Glory” and “Wild Cards and Iron Horses”! Had an excellent year writing and looking forward to a good 2011 although I can’t promise two books a year, thank you very much!

Interesting links:

Toad’s Corner reviews “Blaze of Glory” 
 
Disclaimer: Nerine edited “What God and Cats Know” for Lyrical Press, so she might be a bit biased. But I still love having her review! If you’re looking for a good review site with plenty of odd books from small presses, check her out.

The Romance Studio review of “Blaze of Glory”

Pretty self-explanatory – but it led to… THIS! Updates to follow but thrilled to be noticed!

Mrs. Giggles, one of the best-known blogger reviewers, chose “Wild Cards and Iron Horses” as one of her best for 2010!

and AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review also liked “Blaze of Glory”… although I think the reviewer thought the book was YA.

And, finally, the current issue of Romantic Times Book Reviews gives three out of five stars to “Blaze of Glory” – no online link up yet but if you see the Feb. issue on your local magazine rack, sneak a peak at page 85. I’m happy!

“Blaze of Glory” is also set for a paperback release of February – as in, less than a month from now. If you’ve been waiting to grab an actual paperback copy. drop on over to your local B&N and snag a copy – or order it off a website!

Amazon and B&N are taking pre-orders right now… right at your fingertips. How I love online shopping! It’s also up onBorders, but frankly you’ll save more on both the ebook version and the print on other sites. Sorry, Borders!

Let’s see…. my views of self-pubbing haven’t changed much, other than to remind me that there are always people ready to take advantage of others to make money. Self pub if you want, but be careful – there are a lot of self-proclaimed prophets and experts ready to take your money and not give you anything back. And the prophets saying that print is dead are definitely shooting smoke out their collective butts since I don’t see it happening within my lifetime. But that’s just me.

This year? Well, right now I’m working on the sequel to “Blaze of Glory” and a short story to sub to a Samhain anthology – but we’ll see where the tide takes us. A year ago I had no idea what was going on and I don’t like to make those sorts of predictions.

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Anyway, that’s the blatherings from this old dragon – best of the new year to you all and hope to chat soon!

Six month Nook – ee Report!

Well, it’s been six months since the Wookie bought me my Nook and I thought I’d give a general update on to how I like/dislike it and what I’ve been doing with the darned thing!

First, I spent the extra money to get the extended warranty and spent a goodly amount to get a fine leather cover from Oberon Designs – highly recommend them for their notebook covers, Nook covers, Kindles… you get the idea. Black oriental dragon, just so you know. And it’s wearing wonderfully well and I love the feel!

So, as to the content…

B&N has totally won me over with their free books. Every Friday I get at least one free ebook, if not more. During the summer they ran a huge promotion of their classics – most of which are in the public domain, yes, but these are formatted for the Nook AND have a nice foreword and intro like the printed version, so it’s a nice drop in my archive. The free books range from pulpy goodness to recent releases to westerns to mysteries which is all good – along with the usual promotions that Samhain and other publishers have put out I’ve got over 100 ebooks… of which I’ve only bought about five or six.

Seriously.

And LEGALLY.

Please don’t get me started on ebook piracy. I know my titles are up there and it grates on me that people don’t want to give me even a freaking buck for my hard work or that of my publisher and editor and cover artist.

But I digress.

I’ve picked up a subscription to the New York Times Book Review and am really enjoying it – I’d never see it around here in paper form, so getting it dropped into my Nook/PC for Nook’s mailbox each week is totally faboo!

Just picked up the new Tim Gunn book along with a book on the Zen in Basho’s Haiku – yes, I read that sort of stuff. And while some of the ebooks are a bit pricy I think the free ones tend to balance them out – aside from the fact that I want to read it now and not in hardcover for thirty bucks.

Dislikes?

The web browser is pretty useless. Slow to respond and you’ll spend hours trying to navigate the pages. Total waste of space. Along with the two games – Sudoku and Chess. Not that I don’t like the games, but it’s an ebook reader. Keep it as such, please.

Aside from that I can’t think of much else. I do recommend it to anyone who doesn’t want to play with the Amazon monster and who likes to get goodies from the Starbucks in the stores. I’ve gotten free cookies, chocolates and coffees. How great is that?

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So…. two dragon claws up for the Nook – at least for now!