Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My first Bookbub!



Hey everyone! My Brides of Prophecy Box set is on Bookbub for 99 cents! That's the first three books for less than a dollar!

And now that I've gotten a Bookbub, that means it might be easier for me to get another one. So be sure to follow me there to get updates!

That's all the news I have for now, but there will be a quilting update forthcoming!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

RELEASE day for UNLEASHING DESIRE!





It's here! Unleashing Desire is finally here! I've been anxious to bring this particular book out into the world because it resolves two plot threads from both books one and two in the Brides of Prophecy series. Though if I were to recommend which book to read before this one, it would be book two, IRONIC SACRIFICE, which you can get Free by signing up for my newsletter!


However, book one, WRENCHING FATE is only 99 cents, so why not snag both!


Now I used to just post Amazon links, but thanks to Draft2Digital's Books2Read program, I now have a link where you can get the book from the e-tailer that YOU prefer! So go get Unleashing Desire HERE!


Also, I'm celebrating this release with a Facebook party today with tons of guest authors and lots of giveaways. Come here to join in on the fun!




Here's the blurb:


A setup so perfect… it might just be fate.

Radu Nicolae has spent centuries in a guilt-induced hibernation beneath the ruins of his family castle. The only time he awakens is to feast on the occasional vampire hunter. When Lillian Holmes invades his lair, trying to kill him for a crime he did not commit, he decides it is time to rejoin the world. As he feeds on the inept, but delectable hunter and sees her memories, he realizes that he is being used as a weapon to murder her. Radu does not like being used.
Agent Lillian Holmes, of the Abnormal Investigation Unit, is sent on a mission to kill the vampire who murdered her father. But when she tries to stake Radu, he awakens. When his fangs sink into her throat, she thinks she’s a goner. To her surprise, she wakes up a prisoner. Furthermore, Radu did not kill her father. The AIU killed Joe Holmes and sent Lillian to Radu to die.

Together, they strike a bargain: Lillian will help Radu travel to the United States to reunite with his long lost twin brother. In return, he will help her take down the men who killed her father. As their relationship deepens on their journey, so does the danger. Not only must they keep government agents from finding out that Lillian is alive, but she also has a secret that will rock the foundations of the vampire world.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Unleashing Desire available in Paperback and Google Play! Plus, bonus excerpt!





Hey everyone! It looks like the paperback of UNLEASHING DESIRE is available now on Amazon!


Snag your copy here.


And oh looky! It's also available a day early on Google Play!


I am absolutely humbled by the enthusiasm I've received about this book. In thanks, here's a bonus excerpt!


*** Bonus Excerpt***


Razvan’s footsteps echoed as he paced through Akasha’s shop. He lit his pipe and the smell of cherry tobacco mingled with the old oil and grease, reminding him of a bygone era. Isuzu, Akasha’s seal point Siamese watched him contemptuously from his perch atop a Stingray Corvette. At least the feline didn’t growl and hiss at him anymore.
Akasha rolled out on her creeper, the little light above her safety glasses nearly blinding him. “Would you stop pacing? It’s driving me batshit.”
“I apologize.” He halted and sat on one of the stools. It wasn’t like him to behave so nervously.
She flipped up the glasses and lit a cigarette before sitting up and rolling her shoulders until they made a cracking sound. “It’s okay. I had no idea you’d become so attached to this baby.”
He glanced back at the dark blue Charger on the jack stands. He’d inherited the car after Akasha’s mentor had been murdered. Razvan hadn’t known that Max liked him all that much. Yet the Charger had been bequeathed to him along with the words, “that son of a bitch needs to learn how to drive.” A lump filled his throat. “Of course I’m attached to it. Not only is it my first car, I inherited it from a great man.” Before he got overly sentimental, he inclined his head at her ‘73 Roadrunner on one of the lifts. “I wager you are pleased to be working on your own car.”
Akasha grinned. “It’s about damn time. Car d’Lane is only a week away, and of course everyone and their dog wants their car done at the last minute. I’m sorely tempted to say no to anyone who’s a daywalker.” But she never would and they both knew it. She loved working on older cars.
Razvan nodded. That explained the surplus of classic cars taking up every lift in the shop, relegating his Charger to mere jack stands. Every June, the townspeople polished up their classic cars for the annual car show. Akasha always drove her Roadrunner in the cruise down Sherman Avenue. Jayden would ride with her. Razvan and Silas would have to wait until dark before they were able to informally show off their cars.
Akasha broke into his musing. “Dude, you look really distracted. It’s more than just the car. Are you nervous about the wedding?”
“Somewhat,” Razvan confessed. “Jayden has already planned so many details that I’ve lost count. I hope I don’t do anything to ruin it.” He took another draw from his pipe. “But mostly I’m worried about Radu. I swear I can sense him getting closer.”
Akasha nodded. “That makes sense. You’re twins, after all.” A line of worry formed between her brows. “Do you really think he’s going to be hostile?”
“I don’t know.” Razvan sighed. He remembered the utter wrath and fury in his twin’s eyes the last time they’d seen each other. Razvan had been holding Uta, Radu’s mortal lover in his arms. He’d accidentally broken her neck from shaking her in anger. Radu had burst in the door right after. Then they had fought bitterly until they’d been forced to flee from the dawn. Razvan hadn’t seen him since.
So it was indeed likely that Radu would try to kill him. Yet Razvan still wished to see him again. The absence of his twin felt like an amputation. For better or worse, they needed each other.
Not wanting to elaborate, he rose from the stool and approached his car. “I must thank you again for making room for me in your busy schedule.”
“No problem.” Akasha crushed out her cigarette in one of the ashtrays scattered around the shop. “It’s better than having your driveline fall out in the middle of the road. I still can’t believe Max didn’t keep an eye on those U-joints.” She bent and picked up her ratchet and tapped it against her palm as she continued. “It’s also in dire need of a tune up, and I want to change the leaf springs, give it an alignment, and…”
Razvan shook his head. “Are you trying to bankrupt me?”
“No, I’m trying to keep your car in good condition,” she said sternly, tapping the ratchet harder on her hand. “Owning a classic car is a big responsibility, you know.”
A drop of something flew from the socket on the ratchet and landed in Razvan’s goatee. Immediately, the most foul odor invaded his nostrils. “Good Lord, woman, what is that?”
“What’s what?”
“Something flew off your tool and landed in my beard.”
Akasha lifted her ratchet and sniffed the socket on the end. Immediately her nose wrinkled and she drew back. “Oh shit! I’m so sorry!” Her words broke off in a giggle. “It’s gear oil.”
“This is not amusing,” Razvan said and strode over to her shop sink to try to wash it out while Akasha alternately laughed and apologized.
“You won’t be able to wash it out,” she said. “The smell sticks to anything for all eternity.”
Razvan shot her a glare and kept scrubbing with degreaser soap. Then he tried the borax, and then the dish soap before at last admitting defeat. “I’m going to have to shave,” he grumbled. “Now.”
“I really am sorry.” Akasha scooped up her cat and gestured for him to follow her out of the shop.
They took Silas’s car and drove to the castle on top of Cherry Hill, where the Lord Vampire of Coeur d’Alene resided. Even with the convertible top down, Razvan’s eyes watered from the pungent odor of the gear oil. He darted out of the ‘68 Barracuda the moment Akasha parked in front of the massive garage. Isuzu followed behind him.
When Razvan burst through the door and started up the stairs, Silas and Jayden looked up from the dining room table.
“What’s wrong?” Silas asked, bending to pet the cat.
Razvan pointed at Akasha. “Your wife ruined my beard. I need to use your razor.”
Akasha blushed as she looked at her husband, finally looking truly repentant. “I accidentally flicked gear oil at him.”
“Oh… my…” Silas breathed before looking back at Razvan with pity. “My razor’s in the bathroom in the master bedroom.”
“Thank you,” Razvan said tightly, avoiding Jayden’s gaze lest he see pity there as well. Unable to stand the wretched smell a minute longer, he ran up the stairs.
When he emerged, Jayden and Akasha looked at him with wide eyes before they both shook their heads.
“No mustache,” his fiancĂ© said. He couldn’t tell if that was horror in her green eyes, or a fight against laughter.
“Yeah, you look like a 70’s cop,” Akasha said. “Or a porn star.”
That had him heading back up the stairs. Once Razvan finished and washed the shaving cream off his face, he froze, staring into the mirror at his hairless chin and upper lip.
He was looking at his brother’s face.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Unleashing Desire comes out in 7 days and other news!



My hands are sweating, just like they do before every release. Will you guys like this one? Will this book help or harm my career? So many silly worries plague an author when a release is imminent.

Mostly though, I'm excited. This might be my favorite cover of the series, and early reviewers love it.

I'm also excited for you to read the story. In this book, Razvan and Radu, twin vampires separated for seven hundred years, finally reunite. Also, a certain plot thread left open in book one, Wrenching Fate is finally resolved. I've been sitting on this secret for over two years (6, if you count when I started writing the series) and I finally get to reveal it!

So be sure to Preorder UNLEASHING DESIRE !


Also, I'm having an awesome release party on Facebook on the 16th. Go here to join in the fun!

In other news, my birthday is Friday! I'm going to be thirty-::cough::

And my Horrorquilt is coming along. I have seven and a half squares to go.

These are the ones I've done lately:




I should be finishing my Phantasm 2 square tonight. I hope. 


I also need to get on making part 2 of my "how to make a painted block quilt" posts.

But for now, I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I hope to see some of you at my release party!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Biggest Giveaway Ever!



Hey Fantastipeople!

A group of authors, spearheaded by the incomparable Bonnie R. Paulson and Melissa Storm are having a mass month-long giveaway in celebration of strong women in romance. There are over $2500 in prizes. There will be weekly winners of $100 and two grand prize winners of $1000. My jaw dropped when I saw the figure.

Too bad I'm excluded from winning.

Why is that? Because I'M one of the participating authors!

That's right, you'll see on the bottom row of the picture that Unleashing Desire is one of the featured books.

And holy crap UNLEASHING DESIRE comes out in only 13 days!!!


You can preorder it here!

Do you have to sign up for author Newsletters to enter? Yes, but unlike most of these giveaways, you get to pick and choose which types of authors you want to hear from. So no need to worry if you don't like erotica, you won't get any emails from erotic authors. You are in control of the content you're interested in.

And with those sign ups come FREE BOOKS! And even more giveaways. I give away a free book to everyone who signs up for my newsletter, for example. And I have a new giveaway every month! And Pssst! I heard that most of the 150 participating authors are doing the same.

So if you want to win some cash and get free books, be sure to sign up! Bit.Ly/StrongReaders

I also have another giveaway going on Amazon for ecopies of With Vengeance (Hearts of Metal Book 2) You can go here to enter! With Vengeance Giveaway.

In other news I have 9 more Quilt squares to go and I'll be sharing some more soon.


Friday, July 22, 2016

RWA recap Part 2


Aand here's a summary of the last two days of the conference!

Friday

More workshops and seeing awesome people. Bonus: I got to hang out with Beverly Jenkins in the smoking area and didn't embarrass myself fan-girling.

I also had dinner with my Boroughs editor and aside from my release schedule, we talked a lot about Game of Thrones.

But the real highlight of the day was that both of my publishers had their parties back to back. Okay, technically their dinners were at the same time, but luckily Boroughs had a fun meet and greet. They had me come in early because they're making a video about us authors, so I experienced my first time in front of a camera. I'll share the video when they finish it.

Me with Editor Chris Keeslar and publisher Michelle

Me with Nikki Prince and Deena Remiel

Me with Christine Ashworth

Me with Emily Mims




I got to socialize with everyone and get pics with my fellow authors as well as my editor and publisher before I had to go to the Sourcebooks dinner.

The Sourcebooks dinner. OMG.

First we met in the lobby and I had to take a picture of Shana Galen looking FABULOUS! She's so elegant, I'm so envious.

Deb Werksman cheering us on!



 Then we took a shuttle to Coronodo where we went to this amazing restaurant called Il Fornaio, where we were treated to a 6 course meal of decadence. The calamari, holy sh*t! They gifted us with monogrammed shawls, except for M. L. Buchman, he got a tie. And there were fireworks and I got to sit with Theresa Romain, Shana Galen, Amy SandasAmanda Forester, and Caridad Pineiro! It was all so elegant and awesome and I felt so spoiled!





Saturday

First up was the Sourcebooks signing. Holy wow! It was the most successful signing I've ever been a part of. I had people lining up to get copies and I also scored a ton of books from my fellow Sourcebooks authors.



I did make it to another workshop, but I skipped a ton to talk with authors I admired. M.L. Buchman eased my guilt about this by pointing out that much of a convention takes place in the halls. And he was right because I learned a lot and made new friends.

The evening was dedicated to the RITA ceremony. This is like the OSCARS for romance authors. I sat with some Boroughs authors and others and made even more friends.

As I told my boyfriend, the RITA is even bigger than the Oscar. It's a big gold lady with a book on a huge base and it's really shiny and... I WANT ONE! 




Maybe some day. :D

Apparently there were a ton of fun parties afterwards, but Terry and I had to go to bed early to catch our planes.

Sunday

After getting up at the crack of dawn, Terry's friend took us to the airport.

Now it's time for me to act like a giddy little kid. This is only the second time in my adult life that I've flown. Last time I didn't get a window seat, but this time I did and took some pics.

Holy wow, we're on top of the clouds!

Over the mountains!

INSIDE A CLOUD!!!

Over Portland

Over mountains above clouds!





Thursday, July 21, 2016

RWA recap, part one!




Sorry for the delay on this post. Aside from getting ARCS ready for UNLEASHING DESIRE, I caught con crud and feel like I'm dying. 

Holy wow, you guys. My mind is still spinning from the RWA 2016 National convention. This year it took place in San Deigo, so not only was it my first RWA, but it was also my first time in California. Pretty nice state.



Wednesday

Right when I arrived at the hotel, I had an embarrassing moment where I thought my roommate, Terry Spear, had booked the room under her real name. No, her real name is Terry Spear. I was just at the wrong hotel. I'm still blushing because I talked to a ton of people before I figured this out.

Then one of the guys at the Mariott hotel told me it was too far to walk to the Embassy. HE LIED. It was only 3 blocks down the street. Not only that, but my cab driver got lost, almost got us killed from checking the GPS on his phone, and overcharged me. Ass.

But once I got to the right place, Terry was an angel about me fan-girling all over her and we got to dish about industry gossip before getting ready for the literacy signing.



That signing was incredible! And I guess we raised over $10,000! People came and saw me and took pictures, making me feel like I was all famous n'stuff. :D

I also ended up with the coolest seatmate, author Jackie Ashenden. Her New Zealand accent made me feel more welcome since my aunt is from there and she shared her delicious NZ candy!

After the signing, I met up with one of my Facebook groups, "Binders Full of Women Romance Writers" and had a drink with them by the pool. They were a lot of fun and we made other plans.

Then I wandered back to my hotel, where I discovered that the bar there had Angry Orchard in PINTS!! (Insert Hobbit Voice here)



There was a nice enclosed outdoor smoking area which was surprisingly deserted, which was nice because I needed quiet before bed.

Thursday

Early in the morning (okay, 9:30) I met with my fabulous agent. Then I met with a few Binders and attended the Key Note Luncheon, where Beverly Jenkins was the speaker. That woman is amazing. I just started reading her book, Night Hawk, and I love it.

This was us waiting in line to see her.





After lunch, I went to some workshops. Holy wow, Barbara Vey is AWESOME! It is my new goal in life to attend her Reader's Appreciation Luncheon.



I also got to socialize with Carolyn Brown and Grace Burrowes! Fangirl squeal!!  

Afterwards, I walked down to Ralph's for Red Bull and hard cider, because Thursday was party night. Since my schedule didn't match up with anyone, I got dinner at the store and sat outside and ate with a homeless veteran. He reminded me of my drinking buddies at the Powder River Saloon.

Afterward, I caught up with Terry and we went to a room party hosted by the Binders. The view from their room was killer. 



After that we went to the Harlequin Pajama Party and made a new friend in Librarian Frannie. She was awesome.

Then I hung out by the pool and made a new Canadian friend, Author Trish Loye Elliott. (Later I accidentally called her an Aussie friend because I was talking to Aussies earlier, lol)

Then I stumbled into bed way too late.

Stay tuned for Part 2!!