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Friday, June 29, 2012

The Dawn of Darkness & Other News

Hello everyone and happy Friday!

I am proud to announce the follow-up stand-alone story in The Supernaturals series, The Dawn of Darkness, will be available before the 4th of July, aka Independence Day here in the United States.

I hope to upload it by Tuesday so it will be available to purchase on Wednesady from all its usual e-retailers (Amazon, B&N, iBookstore, All Romance, and Smashwords). I will also be releasing a collection of both novellas one and two for the bargain price of $2.99 (The Dawn of Darkness will be priced at $1.99 as it will be a bit longer than the first one and will not have any excerpts at this time).

Here is the cover for those of you interested:

Yeah, it's still pretty hot but the story between Jolie Gasquet and Sasha Galloway is a bit different than Martina and Julien's though there are still plenty of sexy good times and I am sure it will be enjoyed by those who are following the series.

The response to Darkness Rising from The Supernaturals series has been overwhelming and exteremly positive for me but I am hoping to finally break into the top fifty of the Gothic Romance charts on Amazon as I have been hovering all week in the 90s and sometimes I fall out of it completely. I am hoping this really cements my place with novella queens Cynthia Eden and Lisa Renee Jones as I can finally list this one in the vampire section as well as the Gothic Romance section so that is definitely exciting news!

To all of those who have been so incredibly supportive, I want you to know this won't be my only July release. Hart Attack: Book I of The Hart Family Saga will also be released and although this will be a full-length novel, there are sexy times to be had and much more of the gothic atmosphere that is Louisiana. From New Orleans to Baton Rouge to the St. Tammany Parish, this book will leave you breathless and did I mention there is an awesome -- and possibly controversial -- ten page sex scene between two of the main characters but I won't tell you who ... that would be giving the plot away! As one of my beta readers (and a best-selling author but I won't say) exclaimed, "fans of True Blood will love Hart Attack"!

Until then, happy Friday and hopefully you will find some great books to stuff your e-book devices with so you can make this a wonderful reading weekend whether you are chilling at home or on vacation with the family.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Darkness Rising is here!

This is a quick post to announce Darkness Rising is now available at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble. It is also available for immediate purchase at All Romance, Amazon and My Store. Happy reading and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Also Available in paperback!
Note: This novel is eligible for Amazon's 4-for-3 Promotion.
Get it FREE when you buy 3 other novels!
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I need more than 24 hours in a day...

This will be a quickie because I have just taken a break from writing. Speaking of that, what am I working on now?

Well, Immortal Dawn: Book IV in The Vamp Saga, is coming along just fine. I am also working on a new series under my pen name and I will be creating a sub-category on the website for that alter-ego personality.

Mmm, do authors usually discuss their pen names? Well, it depends. If I ever ventured into YA then no, I wouldn't even mention that pen name but as this is not the case then I feel free talking about the issue.

The new series will all be novella length sexy times but not too sexy. I would say they are paranormal erotic romance. There has been a huge debate on what constitutes erotic romance versus erotica and the best explanation I have heard is this: in erotic romance, the sex can get explicit but there is a plot and even if you took out the sex, the story still stands; in erotica, the sex is the plot and if you took the sex out then there would be no story.

You are free to agree or disagree with this assessment but this is what I am basing my new series on as erotic romance is Elle Chardou's realm, not mine.

However, I have noticed that my own novels are heating up in the sex department so perhaps my alter-ego isn't so different from me. The biggest difference between The Supernaturals series and The Vamp Saga is where I choose to place my emphasis. Perhaps I am writing The Supernaturals under my alter-ego because it is a Lycan-based series and I am known for my vampire series under my real name.

Don't get me wrong, werewolves really take up a nice chunk of the new series that will premiere early next month, Hart Attack: Book I (The Hart Family Saga), however, it is still mostly from a vampire's point of view because I happen to like vamps. :-)

Anyway, here is the new cover for the novella from Elle Chardou which will premiere before the end of this month.

The first novella is just a little under twenty-five thousand words or about one hundred pages or so. It will be priced at 99 cents for a while as I would love to pick up some of those readers who enjoy Cynthia Eden's Bound series and Lisa Renee Jones Vampire Wardens and The Werewolf Society.

Like their series', it is not necessary for one to read the novels in order or each one after the other as they will be complete stand alones.

Unlike their series', mine centers around the Gasquet Lycan pack of New Orleans. Four brothers and one sister; their family has been cursed by a Voodoo priestess a couple of centuries ago and their punishment is the diluting of their pureblood werewolf heritage. Each of the Gasquet siblings fall in love with another type of supernatural or someone who is not a pureblood werewolf, which is a major no-no.

I would like to think these are love stories above all so there won't be a lot of violence or clashes between packs. They are at heart all about a woman and a man who connect and cannot deny the feelings they have for one another. Yes, I realize this is a novel concept -- pun intended -- but sometimes going back to the basics is nice. I have enough angst in The Vamp Saga and The Hart Family Saga; this one is low on the angst but high on drama so they have been a joy to write.

After I finish up Immortal Dawn, it is on to Change of Hart: Book II in The Hart Family Saga. And after I finish Darkness Rising, it is on to The Dawn of Darkness, book two in the The Supernaturals. Sometime between now and the end of the year, I will work on editing Love Voodoo: Book I in the DeGeneration series, also a sexy time erotic romance by Ms. Chardou.

Unfortunately, I don't think Apocalypse 2012 will be written this year and will be definitely called Apocalypse 2013 as my heart isn't in it. I am only happy I didn't end Beginnings: Book I (The Plague) with a cliffhanger as those who do truly enjoy the series will have to wait until probably Spring of 2013 before they read the sequel. My apologies but I would rather wait for inspiration to strike than write a crappy novel everyone hates and thinks is sub-par. I have to go with my muse and it's paranormal/urban fantasy/gothic-lite all the way at the moment.

The same will be the case with The Pop Stars series (which did end on a cliffhanger). Although that one should be finished the first part of January so although it is a wait, it won't be as long as The Plague series.

Until next time, happy reading and have a wonderful day.

P.S. I am almost a third of the way finished with Immortal Dawn so it will probably come out late September, early October (my editor is backed up at the moment). Queen of the Immortals will premiere mid- to late-August so I wanted to give a bit of space between the novels.

P.P.S. The Supernaturals will work very much like The Beautiful People series. I hope to come out with a novella every other month depending upon how popular they are.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Done & Dusted!

Hey everyone! Well, very good news...Hart Attack is finished. As in the first draft is done and now comes the hard part. Proofing, making changes and then sending it off to the editor. Anyway, I thought I would share a part of it with you but it's not from the beginning...thought I would leave you guys with a little flavor with this new paranormal romance I have created. Yes, it's got a very heavy urban fantasy feel too so be prepared...

Hart Attack is a full length novel at 89k words (it might end up longer -- up to 95k -- or shorter -- down to 85k) at the moment and I really do hope these characters grow on you.

In the scene I am sharing with you, one of the main character's has been kidnapped and this is her in full panic mode. Enjoy!

Part of Lena’s brain had gone into shutdown mode.

What could she remember she questioned herself angrily as she awoke in a black hole? What was she doing and how long had she been there?

For the first time since she could remember, she hated she denied her mother the right to teach her how to shift. Why would she want to become any kind of animal? She never understood how it would ever be able to help her but locked in the dark with nothing but her own screams for company was enough to change her mind.

She scraped against the walls and felt fingernails break but she didn’t give a damn. If she could just get out of here, Andreas would buy her anything she wanted.

Lena thought back on her sister’s smiling face with their bright amber-tinged brown eyes and gorgeous features. She had been angry with her because the way both Andreas and Sebastiaan were drooling over her like she was their own personal bitch in heat. She’d taken a couple of bathroom breaks and ran directly into Fitch.

Goddamn, it had been a long time since she’d seen him. Andreas had banned him from Thirst for the longest time but someone had let him in. No, not someone, he was with Kandace. They were doing Thirst in the unisex bathroom and she joined them.

How many lines had she done? No more than a few. She remembered laughing with them and then her head began to spin and she blacked out.

Did they have anything to do with this? Were they punishing her for Sebastiaan and his piss poor leadership abilities since she’d broken up with him? No, he didn’t give two shits about her; he only wanted that fucking kid because he or she would have been an heir he badly needed to display.

Her mind seemed to fracture again and she screamed again. “Please help me, I beg you…

No one came to her rescue but what ever she was in—yes, it was the trunk of a vehicle—came to a stop. Her heart began to thump in her chest with an intensity she despised. Fueled by too much Thirst and Andreas’ own blood, she felt like she was on the verge of losing her mind.

Someone released the latch from inside the car and she threw it open. It was pitch black and it took her a moment to realize she was wearing a blindfold. She ripped it from her eyes, injuring her own flesh in the process with her jagged nails but plastic surgery could take care of that.

Without the blind fold, the situation wasn’t much better. She was in the middle of the bayou and with a moon three quarters full, plenty of weres would be out.

They didn’t need a full moon to shift but anytime nearing a full moon, they possessed much greater powers than when the moon was more subdued.

Lena didn’t give a damn, she struggled out of the trunk and fell on her ass into a thread-bare patch of grass. Her whole body ached but she got to her feet. She would never be able to run in the ridiculously high heels she wore so she tore them away viciously, cutting her ankles in the process but the pain barely registered.

       She tossed the heels and took off running.

The bayou was a scary place at night but she avoided puddles and anywhere near the water. It didn’t stop her from running into all sorts of bayou creatures but she was more afraid of the people who had kidnapped her than she was a few water moccasins and lizards.

How long had she been running? Not long enough but she stopped and tried to catch her breath while looking around.

She closed her eyes and tried to focus but all the alcohol she’d consumed made her head spin.

Lena opened her eyes and listened with the vampire blood coursing through her veins. The Thirst was interfering with her abilities and she now regretted she had done any lines of it at all.

“Where are you going, sweetie?” a southern voice inquired out loud.

She hid behind a tree but the voice seemed too close and she hated the tears which belied her emotions and began to run. She wiped them away and held her breath. If she could only discern what direction the voice was coming from then she’d know which direction to run.

Fuck it, she thought and took off running. If they wanted her then they would have to chase her with as much fervor as she had.

The sound of a wolf’s howl chilled her blood. They’d shifted so they could capture her.

She rounded a corner and faced a whole pack but only the leader turned human and walked toward her. He was nude as the day he was born with an erection which looked dangerously large and frightening. She began to back away but several wolves howled behind her and she knew she was surrounded.

“What the hell do you want from me? I don’t have anything!”

He walked toward her and revealed his face in the moonlight.

Shit! It was him.

“Fuck me, you scared me. What are you doing? Are you doing some kind of favor for Sebastiaan? I don’t think he would approve of your methods,” she murmured in a confident voice.

His blue-green eyes glared at her with that amber tint of a wolf’s. He could shift again any moment. “No, this isn’t a favor for him but it’s a good theory. Unfortunately, my co-conspirators dragged you out here for my benefit.”

I hope you enjoy the preview. The book's release date will be in either late July or early August, depending upon my editor and her summer schedule.

In the meantime, have a wonderful day and keep cool until I blog again... ;-)