Happy Holidays and what a year!

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Best of the season to everyone – since my mother’s visiting and I’m up to my eyes in family stuff I’ll probably make this the last post of the year…

First, thank YOU for visiting my blog! It’s been great to get feedback on my thoughts, my rants and be able to show off my faboo books – I’ve been invited to be a monthly blogger at Paranormal Romantics in addition to my other blogging at Beyond the Veil and Here Be Magic and I hope you’ll come on over and visit me and all the other great authors at all these blogs!

It’s been a great year – I finished off the “Blaze of Glory” trilogy with the last book releasing in ebook form in October and the print edition of the second book coming out just in the last month – and with the Origins Game Fair having the theme of “superheroes” for the gaming convention I’m looking forward to being there with a tableful of books!

In addition I’ve started off a whole new series at Carina Press with “Blood of the Pride” in February and the sequel coming out in a month on January 21st – “Claws Bared” will be the second book with the third, “Family Pride” tentatively scheduled for June 2013 – and both Blood books are going to be available in audiobook format. “Blood of the Pride” will also be available for a limited time in paperback form thanks to Harlequin picking it up for their DTC line in February so I’ll be posting when you can lay your hot little hands on Bran and Reb’s first adventure in paper form off the HQN website!

2013 looks like a busy year with three books in the “Blood of the Pride” series coming out and the final paperback of “Heroes Lost and Found” due next fall – and who knows where we’ll go from there???

Thanks to everyone for coming along on the ride and I hope you’ve enjoyed and continue to enjoy my attempts to entertain you with a wee bit o’mind candy!

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Up, up and away! (one more time!)

I grew up on comic books, devouring the adventures of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman like candy. There were a lot of heroes I loved to follow, from Green Arrow to the Avengers to the X-Men, all of them taking place in a world something like our own but just *that* bit different. And by different I mean twisted enough to allow the existence of superheroes.

When I started writing the first in the “Blaze of Glory” trilogy I wanted to show a reason why superheroes would exist and battle on an almost daily basis with the good guys always winning but never quite managing to keep the bad guys in jail. And the bad boys (and girls) always somehow escaping to fight another day while the good citizens continued to work around this nonstop destruction and fighting. It took a bit of time to figure out the reason but I got it – all the fights were fixed!

By the time I got to the third book in the trilogy, “Heroes Lost and Found” releasing October 2nd, I knew there had to be some sort of final end in sight for our intrepid team of supers who had managed to break their chains and earn their freedom from their captors – a resolution and, in a way, a new life ahead of them. Which brings us to the final fight, the final battle for Jo and Hunter as they figure out who they are, where they are going and how they’re going to get there.

And which heroes are going to be lost along the way and which ones will rise to the challenge…

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Jo Tanis is still recovering from her near-death experience in Las Vegas when she receives a mysterious postcard from Harris Limox, who claims to have a promising lead on the whereabouts of the Controller. Over her boyfriend/guardian Hunter’s objections, she sets off to a sleepy Oregon town to ferret out the truth.

The Controller is more than just a disgruntled super. He’s a rogue Guardian who was presumed dead and is now armed with a slew of high-tech hardware that not only makes him physically superior to the supers—and therefore almost impossible to destroy—he’s got the ability to detonate the implants in the back of all supers’ necks.

In Oregon, Jo meets a surviving Alpha super, Kit Masters, whose wild plan to capture the Controller could put an entire town of innocents at risk. But instead of successfully talking her former idol out of his disastrous bid to regain former glory, Jo finds herself betrayed and trapped in her worst nightmare.

Fight her former teammates, or die.

This is it – the final fight. Lex Luthor vs. Superman, the Joker vs. Batman, Hulk vs…. well, everyone! Who lives, who dies and who gets to live happily ever after…

And who is, in the end, a superhero.

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RT Book Reviews says:

Heroes Lost and Found: 4 out of 5 stars “Brisk and playful, Nantus achieves the perfect balance between romance and explosive action…”

Heroes Without, Monsters Within: 4 out of 5 stars “This sequel … surpasses the storytelling of the original. Nantus knows how to work with setting; the scenes in Las Vegas are vivid and accurate while the supers’ secret lair is homey and comfortable.”

Blaze of Glory: 3 out of 5 stars “Nantus has crafted a superhero novel for the 21st century with a spunky, stubborn heroine…”

Why not grab them all and have the complete series on hand?

FREE for only one more day!

All good things must come to an end – and there’s only ONE more day for you to pick up “Blaze of Glory” for FREE!

This deal ends on the 14th as we get ready to release the last book in the trilogy, “Heroes Lost and Found” at the beginning of October.

So why not grab this superhero romance now and start in on the amazing adventures of Jo Tanis, a reluctant superhero learning how to be, well… a superhero!

Labor Day Blog Hop!

Tired of doing the same old thing every holiday weekend? Why not get your blood going with some faboo reading?

Right now Samhain Publishing is giving away the first book in my superhero trilogy, Blaze of Glory, for FREE!

But wait… act now by leaving a comment and I’ll randomly choose a winner to receive the next two ebooks in the trilogy as well – you’ll have a complete set of my superhero romance trilogy ready to go! Three ebooks for FREE – what a great way to end summer and get ready for the releases of the Avengers on DVD this month!

A comment on what, you say? Well… drop on over to my commentary on why I think DC Comics is being STUPID in setting Wonder Woman up with Superman. It was a hot topic earlier this week and I’d love to hear more opinions on why you do or don’t think Supes should stay with Lois Lane!

So leave a comment below on what you think about superhero romances and head on over to the other faboo authors below and see what they’re giving away – and have a great long weekend!!!

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Six Sentence Sunday – “Blaze of Glory”

We’re coming up on our September surprise – and with the last book of the “Blaze of Glory” trilogy coming out in October I thought we’d head on back to the superhero world of Jo Tanis and Hunter Dillon!

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A tall man moved out of the darkness, a knife waving back and forth in the dim moonlight. “Give me your wallet.”

I smiled, pulling together the power and concentrating it into the palms of my gloves. “Sure…” The thin hairs on the back of my neck stood up as I reveled in the familiar feeling. “Come on closer and I’ll toss it to you…”

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Be sure to come on back at the start of September and see what’s up!

Enjoy your Sunday and all the other great authors and books out there!

Can’t we all just get along?

So I wander online today after a very busy Saturday of going to the hubby’s high school reunion and then seeing a friend from California who’s visiting for a few days and come back to find yet another example of an author freaking out because someone dissed self-publishing. No, I’m not going to go into names – you can find it if you want.

My beef isn’t so much with the original author who said in an interview that she disliked self-publishing but the reaction after it. She gave her opinion and was immediately attacked by all and sundry spouting the usual self-pub support mantras – and while good points were made I think a lot of it got lost in the usual “Well, YOU’VE made it so YOU don’t understand!” back and forth.

I think the situation’s gotten to the point where no author should EVER answer a question about self-publishing because of the rabid supporters on both sides of the fence. Say you support it and you get slagged on one side, say you don’t and you get slagged by the other.

And… it’s just tacky. Authors hating on authors… really? Don’t we have enough worries in this world that we have to attack each other?

We have to worry about writing, editing, promotion, marketing, submissions, agents, all the social media, finances (including paying your taxes and royalty payments), rejections, ratings, reviews, fan mail… do we really have the time and energy to start badmouthing other authors for the choices they’ve made?

I don’t.

Monday I start on a new book. I’ll crash through the first draft (the fourth book in the “Blood of The Pride” series, fyi) and then work on making it the best book it can be.

Meanwhile I’m prepping for the release of “Heroes Lost and Found”, the last in the Blaze of Glory trilogy in October and a surprise! in September.

In the middle of all that I’m waiting for copy edits on “Claws Bared”, BoTP #2 and to hear back on “Family Tails”, BoTP#3 now on submission.

I don’t have TIME to be dissing and hating.

Shouldn’t everyone be this busy?

Six Sentence Sunday! “Heroes Lost and Found”!

I just finished the edits for the last in the “Blaze of Glory” series and thought I’d toss a few sentences out! We’re trying to get the release date moved up from October… so you might see the last, best adventure of Jo Tanis and the Protectors before then!

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I reached out and grabbed Rachael’s arm. A sharp tug backwards and sideways and she was with us, weeping as she leaned into my shoulder.

“It’s over, it’s over, it’s over,” she whimpered, her eyes closed.

I covered her face with my hand. I didn’t have any words left for what was about to happen, nothing to offer to make our exit memorable. All I could do was keep her from staring into her killer’s face and having that as her last memory.

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Have a great weekend!

Cover art for “Heroes Lost and Found”!

I’ve just returned from a two week visit with my mother – she’s doing well and recovering nicely from her triple bypass but I’m wiped.

But NOT wiped enough to not share what I found in my mailbox… yet ANOTHER faboo cover from Kanaxa for my October Samhain release of “Heroes Lost and Found”, the last in the “Blaze of Glory” trilogy!

Once again Kanaxa proves that she is a true Cover Art Goddess!!!

I have to go fall down again so there won’t be any Six Sentence tomorrow – my apologies. But ain’t this totally faboo art or what?

*stumbles towards bed*

Six Sentence Sunday!

I saw the first rough draft of the cover for the third “Blaze of Glory” book – and it was GLORIOUS! Kanaxa truly is a Cover Art Goddess… and I’ll share it with you as soon as I can!

In the meantime, here’s a sample from the upcoming release of “Heroes Lost and Found” – the last in the trilogy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Goodbye, Inferno. Again.”

Dykovski tapped the gold button.

Kit’s good eye locked with mine for a split-second, strong and fearless.

I couldn’t breathe.

The explosion deafened me for a second, the roar of thunder washing over me as I flung myself against the back of the cage in a primeval urge to get away, get away from death.

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If you’d like to catch up on the “Blaze of Glory” series before the last one comes out, please duck over to Samhain (or your favorite ebookstore!) before “Heroes Lost and Found” releases in October, 2012!

And on a personal note – I won’t be around for a few weeks for SSS. My mother in Canada just underwent a triple bypass heart surgery and I’m off to help her out as she recovers. I’ll be oot and aboot online but as you can understand my attention will be elsewhere. But I encourage you to all keep on visiting all the great authors participating in Six Sentence Sunday and purchase books from them!

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Six Sentence Sunday! “Heroes Lost and Found”

In October I’ll be finishing off the “Blaze of Glory” trilogy with the last book, “Heroes Lost and Found”. It picks up right after the end of “Heroes Without, Monsters Within” and continues the fight between Jo and her team of superheroes and those who would control and destroy them.

I can’t wait for the cover art but we’ll have to live with this for now…

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“But I don’t need to tell you that. You were there. You smelt the blood, you saw the deaths.”

I closed my eyes, thinking of New York City and of Mike.

The yelling, the screaming, the dying, the people running for their lives and for the first time ever not being able to count on the heroes to save them.

Because, well… we weren’t.

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Usual warnings apply – this might change in editing but… probably not by much. And I’ve got the bestest editor EVAH, the great Sasha Knight who has ground all of my books from base coal into diamonds with a lot of sweat and tears.

Can’t wait for October!