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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Now that True Blood is over...don't you still need a vampire fix?

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! Well, if you have school age children, it is a happy Tuesday because school started here in Nevada yesterday and that means they aren't here at home.

Sunday was the the Season Finale of True Blood and though I have read only one other author's opinion (she also writes paranormal), and hers was scathing, I absolutely adored it. I kind of have to laugh at us paranormal authors who take what we do too seriously. We write about vampires, werewolves, faeries, zombies and what ever else goes bump in the night yet we have the audacity to criticize another show or book in our genre for being too "lowbrow"? I wasn't aware what we wrote could be considered "highbrow" at all.

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Anyway, that is enough of my preachy talk. I won't give away any spoilers because anyone who has HBO and an Amazon account can watch the season finale on their Fire, laptop or smart phone for free with HBO GO: an arrangement specific to HBO-Amazon customers only.

I am participating in the 99 cent Labor Day sale and as a gift to all my readers who have put up with me tirelessly, I am listing Mortal Death free from today (sometime today on Amazon but it is already 99 cents at Barnes & Noble and $1.00 at All Romance) through next Monday. If I get a ratings boost and end up on the charts, that is even better but it isn't about the money. It's a thank you gift for all my fans, new and old, who may be interested but don't want to part with or can't afford $4.99.

Thank you again and remember, I appreciate all you do. To write is a gift but to have fans is a privilege, one I never take lightly because out of all the authors out there, you chose to have me share space on your Nook, Kindle, iPad, e-Reader device with so many other talented people and I want to say THANK YOU.

I could beg and plead for reviews too but you know what? You purchasing my novel, novella or novelette is all the work you need to do. Reviews are nice but they aren't a prerequisite. You did the hard part: you took a chance on another book by me and I hope you truly enjoyed it. If you didn't, I hope you don't scratch me off your list of authors to buy books from in the future.

Again, thanks and let this be my blog post to you that no matter what you find in books I have written in the past, to leave a review is lovely but to buy my book is sublime...and personally, I prefer sublime over lovely any day of the week. Have a wonderful day and remember, the sale ends Tuesday, September 4th.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Love Voodoo Premieres!

Okay, so anyone who has been following this blog for a while has probably heard about this novel ad nauseum but part of the reason why it took me so long to release it was because I wasn't sure how to chop it up. That sounds so harsh, doesn't it? The problem is I have been working on this novel for over three years. As it stands at the moment, it is over 200,000 words or well over 800 paperback pages. I am not Stephen King and have no wish to release something that daunting.

So, I decided to make DeGeneration, the series, into six parts. Each part will be between 55k and 60k long therefore novel length and each part will be sold at a decent price. As this IS a serialized novel, you can start when ever you want to but I would suggest you start at the beginning and read each part as it is released. I planned on releasing them every other month or thereabouts as it isn't a fortune what I am charging ($3.99 - $4.99) given the subject matter and the sex and the erotic aspects, but it isn't money I expect people to hand over to me every month.

If I thought it made sense, I would have released it in two parts as I planned to do but just going through the material, it is too much everything including psychologically intense for anyone to handle that much angst in a setting. It isn't, to me, so much about price gouging (let's face it: this series isn't for everyone and I don't consider it "commercial" in the least as it is about black American woman and French man in an intense, obsessive relationship where no taboo is left undisclosed).

It has more to do with this long epic novel is my baby and it holds a special place in my heart. It doesn't involve any sort of paranormal or urban fantasy aspects but those fans of mine, don't fret. The Supernaturals and The Hart Family Saga aren't going anywhere but my writing will expand into other genres.

I will address that in another blog post but for the time being, in celebration of the premiere of Love Voodoo, I would like to share the premise and an excerpt from the novel. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend. :-)

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The Wedding Invitation…
Brigitte Rousseau receives a phone call from her best friend, Pilar Bourquin, to attend her exclusive wedding in Paris. Although she is more than happy to oblige, attending Pilar’s wedding means running into the love of her life and ex-flame, Lucien Bourquin, Pilar’s brother.

Brigitte finds herself trapped at the same function as Lucien where passion ignites and old wounds reopened. She finds herself pulled between their present situation and the past while their togetherness sparks an all new sexual exploration between them neither can stop nor control.

The Past Revisited…
Brigitte’s togetherness with Lucien yet again begins her journey of the way they were, how they became a couple and the ties that continue to bind and unbind them to one another. When love is pain and truth is beauty, where does the deception stop and real life begin?

It seemed like yesterday I'd stepped off a cold, rainy street in the 5th Arrondissement in Paris into a trendy restaurant-bar I was due to meet Pilar. As usual, my American sensibilities had manipulated me to turn up on time while Pilar was no where to be found. I immediately ordered an expensive red wine from the Burgundy region on the menu and took a seat at a table meant for four. She'd been elusive but mentioned she would be bringing her boyfriend, Daniel, whom I had yet to meet though they had been in a relationship for the past six months, and another male friend I would surely get along with so all would be happy for the night.
I was always a bit dubious concerning Pilar's choice of men as they were usually third-world, first-generation French citizens or tortured, Euro-trash artists of questionable credentials and backgrounds.
Her great “loves” during my one year of French language immersion at university in Lyon had been Claude, a half-French, half-Cameroonian with perfect, upper-class French and a penchant for kinky sex and kleptomania; Erik, a half-German, half-Dutch painter who saw himself as the next Van Gogh and proceeded to hack off one of his ears during a bad acid trip; and Luca, an Italian “count” from a titled family in Milan with breath-taking good looks and absolutely no money. She'd dumped him as soon as she realized he expected her to marry him to finance a lifestyle of debauchery and pleasure in France.
Pilar waltzed in suddenly, all French confidence and nonchalance of the bourgeoisie but I loved her anyway; she was my best friend and “second” sister as my full-blooded American one resided with her husband in the United States’ capital city of Washington, District of Columbia. Her dark auburn-brown hair fell just below her shoulders and her crystal blue eyes shined brightly with love untold. Her newest lover, Daniel, was quite the catch indeed and certainly didn't seem like a snob, psycho or gold-digger.
He was smartly dressed in the cool, Parisian way that only a city native could pull off with such authentic and flawless fashion. The product of an Alsatian father from Dingsheim and French Caribbean mother from the island of Martinique, his light bronze complexion complimented wavy dark brown hair, the most beautiful golden hazel eyes I had ever seen, a crooked Roman nose and sensual full lips.
Pilar, no slouch at 5’6”, had her seductively slim body clothed in a sensible yet irresistibly chic outfit of indigo skinny jeans and a body-conscious scarlet cashmere sweater paired with three-inch stiletto ankle booties. She acted as the perfect foil for Daniel who was at least 6’4” with an athletic yet lean build.
As striking as alabaster-skinned Pilar and her bronzed god of a boyfriend were, my heart stopped beating when I saw the companion accompanying them. This tall glass of water was only an inch or two shorter than Daniel, and equally athletically built but had perfect skin with signs of only a hint of a fading summer tan, aquamarine eyes, perfectly styled light brown hair and was also smartly dressed but certainly not a native Parisian.
There was an air of almost bored detachment which seemed to seep from the very core of his being; he was much too busy appraising the various female merchandise on display—he seemed the type to flee if he felt nothing appetizing existed on his own personal sexual menu.
The music in the cafe—a catchy dance single by David Guetta suddenly changed to a soothing, mid-tempo yet sexually-charged R&B number by M. Pokora; definitely a needed transition expressing my conflicted feelings and sudden interest in this mystery man.
I waved toward the three of them in a cool yet vague way. Pilar waved, murmured something to Daniel and his friend before she proceeded to stride over with a panther's prance. The two men walked over to the bar and began to study the selection of alcohol the establishment served.
Chérie, how are you? Did you find our little shack okay?” she exclaimed in a festive voice before leaning in to give me the traditional cheek-to-cheek, air-kiss greeting, our cheeks touching lightly yet firmly.
“Well, I would hardly call this place a shack. It is way above my pay grade at the moment. I am barely getting any work so I thank you for inviting me out at all.”
Pilar raised expertly shaped eyebrows. “I told you it would be a struggle. You are trying to sell your wares but the job market has been shit for les français for years; how do you think you would make out as une étrangère?”
“Yes, I know,” I responded in a rueful tone, “but I have a new idea to explore and I think I will be able to solve my money problems but I need to contact that elusive brother of yours. He's still in publishing, isn't he?”
She gave me an ironic smile, a twinkle in her blue eyes. “You do know what kind of publishing house Mélange Trois is, don't you? In case you're mistaken and think it is in some form a relation to ménage à trois, may I inform you that they publish horrible, unreadable, coffee-table, bourgeoisie merde, chérie. How could he possibly help you?”
“Because,” I paused and took a healthy sip from my wine for courage, “I have a piece of horrible, unreadable, bourgeoisie, coffee-table merde he might just be interested in and I have to at least meet him and discuss the project with him so I know whether I have been wasting my time.”

Sunday, August 19, 2012

And the Winners Are...


Okay, so here goes! I know I said there would only be two winners of my brand new novella, The Cloak of Darkness, for leaving a comment but I have decided to award everyone who commented on the Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop with a copy of my novella because it's a small intimate group and I can't choose who should get a copy and who shouldn't. All you have to do is let me know what version you need and whether you own a Kindle, iPad, Nook, Sony or just a good old fashioned desk top/laptop. Or you can just let me know if you prefer mobi, ePub or PDF. For those whom I don't hear from, I will just send you a PDF copy. Thanks again for stopping by my blog and have a wonderful day!

P.S. If you have already bought The Cloak of Darkness or have the whole series already, you can opt for a copy of Mortal Death from The Vamp Saga instead. It's longer and a full length novel but hey, I'm feeling generous!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Supernaturals Omnibus Collection No. 2 is Available!

This is just a quickie to let everyone know that if you have been holding out for The Supernaturals Omnibus Collection is now available. It is a great deal cheaper than buying all the books separately so now is your time to grab a copy.

Although the covers are combined on the front cover (due to me not wanting it to look like a box set as they are great online but not so great lined up on your Kindle Fire, iPad or Nook Color), each novella has its original cover before the story starts. So you actually get each cover every other buyer received when they bought them separately. Great deal, right? And there is a full, clickable Table of Contents for every novella in the anthology. PLUS did I mention is it over four hundred pages of reading material so you'll have something to take you for a while.

Enjoy and happy Tuesday!

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Hot Summer Heroes Blog Hop & The Cloak of Darkness Team Up!

What can I say? I think the photo above is a great opening to the blog. As you can see, all you have to do is leave a comment and let me know what makes the perfect hero and name one of your favorites. You will be entered into a drawing and two lucky people will win the newest novella in The Supernaturals series. That would be the one below, which is, officially available for sale!

Happy reading and have a lovely Tuesday. ;-)

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The Rebel with a Cause…
Jimmy Poitier, blessed and cursed as a latent Lycan with healing tendencies, could never claim the Gasquet name as his own. A sweet, gentle soul with the body of a rock god and the looks of Hollywood star, he has always been a healer and never thought his role in the newly formed Sebastjori Pack would be anything else.

The Beautiful Disaster…
Mórríghan Connor, necromancer slash Were-panther slash vampire, knew the change would happen but never in her wildest dreams did she think it would take place shortly after her twenty-first birthday. Cursed to live life in the darkness and never knowing who or what she truly is supposed to be, she accepts a fate that means spending eternity to wander the earth alone.

Jori realizes Jimmy is ready for a mate and as he has zero chance of ever scoring a female Lycan, he is convinced Jimmy and Mórríghan will make the perfect couple. Neither are aware beneath the raging young hormones is a love so pure and true only they could bring out in one another. However, true love comes with a price and are these two young love birds willing to pay it?

WARNING: This is a paranormal romance novella with sexy good times, a hot young Lycan and a sexy blonde vampire who is also a necromancer and Were-panther, bleeding love and explicit language. Gore and closed door sex scenes? Not on your life. (Novella Word Count: 25,900)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sorry no Sunday Sample...

But I have better news. The Cloak of Darkness will premiere at all outlets on Tuesday or Wednesday depending upon when Barnes & Noble and Kobo get their act together. It will definitely be available at Amazon, All Romance and Smashwords though. So, here is the new cover just in case you haven't seen it.

I know I can hear the Sara Fawke-like complaints about all this money is starting to add up. If you are kind of interested but have been delaying due to well...you didn't know if I was really going to make it a series then perhaps you will want to buy the Omnibus Collection. That is what The Supernaturals Collection No. 2 will be. I have decided to combine all four novellas. That should make almost 100k worth of reading material and I will be selling it a great discount rather than if you bought them separately. Here is that cover...

Yeah, I have to be different. I decided to combine all four covers so at least if you have a Kindle Fire, Nook Color or iPad, it still shows up as a book cover as opposed to one of those Omnibus boxes that don't blend with your collection.

And no, I am not done. Along with all the other series I have going on, the Gasquet-Poitier clan's stories don't end. Nope. We revisit Julien and Martina in book five and that cover can now be revealed.

Okay, that's it for now, ladies and gentlemen. I have to finish up all my preparations. Just before I go, I will say that you can thank my good friend, author Jessica Meigs of THE best zombie series out there at the moment, The Becoming, for introducing me to 30 Seconds to Mars.

What does this have to do with my writing? Well, who the hell do you think I have been listening to? I plowed through six thousand words today to get The Cloak of Darkness finished today and they were my music selection of choice. Thank Beautiful Lie, This is War and their self-titled debut for helping me complete this project on time.

This band is so great and did I mention they have some pretty hot looking members too? I have liked J. Leto for a long time but I had no idea he was so freakin' talented. The guy can sing too! Yeah, I know they aren't new and have been out since '98 though their first album didn't come out until 2002. But sometimes I am a bit slow on the uptake and I had to lay off the Deftones as they have defined The Hart Family Saga and The Vamp Saga and most of The Supernaturals series.

Okay, I gotta go. True Blood is about to come on and I never miss an episode. Have a lovely night and have a wonderful evening.

And THANK YOU for purchasing Darkness Rising. It is selling very well as is the whole Supernaturals series. If y'all didn't read my books, I'd have no one to write for so I will be eternally grateful. ;-)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wednesday Shout Out!

A friend of mine has asked me to post her new novelette on my blog in hopes of generating heat...if you are one of the people who have gone crazy over Sara and Delilah Fawkes-type billionaire erotic/erotica books then you will probably eat this one up.

Of course she isn't publishing under her real name so Selene Roseau will be yet another name to put on the proverbial map. I read it and although I have never been a fan of super short books (this one is about 10k), it did have a resolution at the end and it does seem like the author won't nickel and dime the reader to death as she plans to write a full length novel and this short story is just that...a teaser but a very satisfying one.

Okay, so that is my review and as usual, it will be located at all the usual suspects though only Smashwords and All Romance have it available at the moment. Happy Wednesday and happy reading y'all. Till next time, stay cool and don't say I never recommended any books to y'all (well, that and I did the cover so I would brag, wouldn't I)? ;-)

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

For the contemporary romance readers out there!

I need to stop working so much but if I didn't love what I did, I wouldn't write and I surely wouldn't be able to produce all the books I do. Lara & the City of Angels is the first from Elle Chardou's contemporary romance series, Superstar Marriages and let me just say how proud I am to be going back to my roots.

I first started in contemporary romance but I absolutely LOVE writing paranormal romance/gothic/urban fantasy. This one was difficult because it took me a while to get back into the groove but once I did, I loved it!

I just hope all you contemporary romance buffs love it too. Thank you for all your support and have a wonderful Wednesday!



The Gorgeous Wife
Lara MacIntyre-Buchanan has it all: a handsome husband, a beautiful daughter and more money than she can spend in a lifetime. Looks can be deceiving and although Lara should be one of the happiest women in the world, she is miserable. So much is missing from her life but the most important, she needs love…

The Superstar Husband
Sean Buchanan is movie star supreme: he has Lara, his blue-blood wife, and a lovely daughter. He also has a billion-dollar movie career that has spanned more than a decade. His wife gives into his every need and she has been the perfect submissive until now but it is no longer fulfilling. Now he wants more…

Marriage Interrupted
Lara takes a part in a cable television show to get away from her so-called perfect life and meets the perfect guy instead. Kristian Stenfeldt has his share of flaws but he is everything her husband is incapable of becoming and now she has to make a decision. Should she hold on to the life she has cultivated or throw it away for a mysterious future that could hold limitless possibilities?

WARNING: This is an erotic contemporary romance story part of the Superstar Marriages Anthology. This story contains a badly behaving movie star, a submissive wife who has to come to terms with finding a backbone, a hot guy who is too delicious to resist and a storyline that guarantees an HEA…though it might not be with the man you think! 

Now Available in paperback through CreateSpace
Available through Amazon 08/04/12