Saturday, June 27, 2015

What Happens When I Don't Get To Read

I pine and then 1-click at Amazon sucks me in. It's reviewers fault, too. Everyday I read my subscription emails and I save the reviews for books that sound interesting. Add one careless, sleepless night cruising Amazon and Voila! I'm the happy owner of a bunch of new books. Then I get to mooning over the fact I've only read two short novellas in the last 30 days. Not that I'll be able to read them for a while yet...

So I'd thought I'd share the misery. Here's what's waiting for me.


Ariah by B.R. Sanders
Ariah's magical training has been interrupted. Forced to rely on a mentor, Dirva, who is not who he claims to be, and a teacher who is foreign and powerful, Ariah is drawn into a culture wholly different from the elven one that raised him.

As his friendship with Dirva's brother blossoms into a surprising romance, and he slowly learns how to control the dangerous magic in his blood, life finally appears to be coming together for Ariah—but love and security are cut short by a tyrannical military empire bent on expanding its borders.

War, betrayal, passion, and confusion follow Ariah as his perilous journey leads him beyond the walls of the Empire, and into unfamiliar territory within himself. Along the way, he’ll discover just how much he’s willing to give up to find his place in the world, and he’ll learn what it means to sacrifice himself for freedom—and for love.

The Bare Bones (The Bare Bones MC #1) by Layla Wolfe
If you ain’t living on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.

The rose-colored illusion of Madison Shellmound’s girlish crush on biker Ford Illuminati is stomped into smithereens by his crude, perverse father Cropper, Bare Bones club President. Fearing Ford will kill Cropper if he finds out, Madison flees town, becoming an upstanding cardiology nurse.

Madison and Ford have an ill-fated, star-crossed love that will last their lifetimes. Ford is a lifer in a different sort of enterprise, the gritty full-throttle club of guns, blood, and allegiance to his brothers.

Twelve years and several tours of SEAL duty later, Ford is thrust back into Madison’s arms on the worst day of his life. Madison’s prospect brother Speed has screwed up big-time and owes the club his life. She offers herself to Cropper as a sacrificial lamb to save Speed.

But how long until the fiery, full-on outlaw Ford discovers that the woman he loves was treated like a degraded slave by his own father? Well, meet the new boss. He’s not the same as the old boss.

Clipped (The Clipped Saga #1) by Devon McCormack
Though mortals have been convinced that God cares about their souls, nothing could be further from the truth. He created the world as a gift for his lover, Satan. But when Satan left him, he decided to end what he saw as his most grotesque creation.

Satan and his army of demons are man’s only hope…

The demon Kinzer and his lover, Janka, have been sent by Satan to spy on The Raze, a gang of rogue demons who are working with God to bring about Armageddon. When someone exposes their true allegiances, the Raze clips Kinzer’s wings and murders Janka. Kinzer manages to escape. He tracks down Satan’s allies to warn them about a mole in their midst when he learns that they’ve located the Antichrist—a powerful weapon that could prevent the apocalypse. Now, he’s on a mission to protect the Antichrist and avenge his lover’s death.


The Luxorian Fugitive (Ship Logs of the Santa Claus #1) by Mann Ramblings

Sergeant Liam Jacks is the security chief of transport vessel, The Santa Claus. He travels the planetary cluster with Marc Danverse, his best friend and captain, seeking to escape his tortured past and find some peace of mind.

Having been through a civil war together, Danverse and Liam are close. Maybe too close....

All that changes when mysterious stranger, Hadrian Jamison, an escaped Adonirati, books passage to Alpha Centauri. Can he be trusted? Can the stories of his past be believed?

As Liam's fascination with Hadrian grows, jealousy threatens to tear apart his friendship with Danverse.

When Hadrian's owner shows up, Liam is forced to go against orders in order to launch a rescue mission to save him.

The ensuing conflict may be more than any of them expected.

Vampire Rising by Larry Benjamin

“To be a Vampire is to know your pale skin and red lips offend others.”
-Malcolm V

It’s the mid twenty-first century. Anti-Semitism, racism, sexism and homophobia have been consigned to the dustbin of history. The world is run by “the state,” and Christian zealots, whose chief governing tools are fear and oppression. It’s a wonderful time to be alive—unless you’re a Vampire. Vampires are despised, and feared, and subjected to discrimination and unspeakable violence.

Considered undead, unholy, without basic human rights, Gatsby Calloway lives on the fringes of society, avoiding humanity. Until he meets Barnabas, a young encaustic painter. When Barnabas is mortally wounded during an anti-Vampire attack, Gatsby must forget everything he has known, and learn to trust.

The Edge of Hope (Bad Blood, #1) by Alina Popescu

Everyone she loved betrayed her. She felt lost and broken. Getting away from the pain and embracing a new path, Alexa decided to leave her old life behind and chase a long forgotten dream in Malta. There she met a gorgeous man, bearing the scent of fresh love. He led her to a new city to explore, Amsterdam. Is the tall, dark, and delicious man a dream come true or just a risky gamble?

Alexa chose hope and new beginnings over fear and warning signs only to be brutally dragged into a world she never really thought existed. Vampires, their feuds, and her future held tightly in their hands.

Trapped in a mysterious world, Alexa gives love chance after chance. Following her quest of self-discovery in a blood bound world, will she survive the journey?

Reawakening (Forever Dead #1) by Charlotte Stein

June has spent the last two years of her life trying to avoid death at the hands of murderous psychopaths and ravening zombies. So when Jamie turns up on the scene, careless, still whole and promising her safety on a little paradise island, she isn’t quite sure she can trust him. Especially when he tells her that it’s just him, and his equally big, burly, handsome friend Blake.

But Jamie and Blake are even better than her wildest dreams—sweet and funny and charming. And worst of all: sexy as hell. Though they're trying to be gentlemanly with her, all she can think about is how much she wants to get tangled up in them, and forget the nightmare the world has become. She's waiting for her reawakening—back to life and happiness and love.

And they seem like just the right sort of men to wake her—body and soul.

A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) by Dianne Duvall

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed--or cursed--with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything--even the wrath of his king--to be with her.


(Was Free) Gemini - Taken by the Alien Kings: A Sci-Fi Menage Alien Romance (Lords of Astria) by Juno Wells

She never dreamed her life would change in an instant...

Real Estate Agent Jane Jenkins led a boring existence, spending her days going on way too many bad blind dates and being annoyed by her coworkers in her dead-end job. But all that is about to change...

They're looking for a new Queen... and a new mate...
Caught in the midst of a tense standoff with the Dark Nebula, Princes Revi and Gaelan have been charged with finding a noble woman to bear a child. When they find Jane, and accidentally get her caught up in an intergalactic struggle for supremacy, they have no choice but to bring her home with them...

But what will happen when Jane realizes that they BOTH want her for themselves...And that choosing them means never being able to return to earth?

Through the Tapestry (Hyrruld Warriors #1) by Jools Louise (New to me author, #holycow #canigetaMMMMMMM)

King Maxon and Sol of the Hyrruld system, escape mortal peril with their five dragon knaves after Max's kingdom is destroyed by civil war.

Their escape through the Tapestry takes them into another dimension, a strange world inhabited by giants.

The mate bond is triggered, needing Max to complete the intimate ritual with each of his powerful dragon warriors, a task he hungers for as he takes them all into his bed…and eventually his heart.

In a strange new world dominated by flesh-eating giant slugs and gargantuan felines, he finally forges an eternal bond which will see his legacy secured.

In the loving embrace of his sexy mates Max finds solace and discovers the love, tenderness, and passion he has always longed for and begins a journey to reclaim his kingdom, avenge his people and return with his mates to take back what he has lost.

Note: This book contains double anal penetration.

Curiosity Killed Shaney by J.C. Wallace

Shaney's curiosity is always getting him into trouble, including stumbling into a ritualistic circle and being imbued with an energy that will eventually tear him apart. He soon finds that Hudson, a man he cares for deeply, might be responsible for his misfortune. Add in the betrayal of his best friend Todd and the desire of a demented occultist named Silas determined to control the energy inside of him and there seems to be no way out. Can Shaney find a way to rid his body of the nefarious energy before he dies a horrible death?



Wicked Ride (Realm Enforcers #1) by Rebecca Zanetti

Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…

Blowback by Lyn Gala  

Humans have an uneasy relationship with the aliens in their part of space, and Tom hopes that his ship never sees another war. Other than that, he has few ambitions. He’s given up on finding a strong woman who will indulge his need to be dominated, especially since he tends to intimidate everyone. That’s part of his job as a security officer.

However one of his crew is alien, and Da’shay’s seems intent on pursuing Tom. She’s aggressive, which Tom appreciates in a woman, but he doesn’t know if he can trust her. When an undercover operation sends them deep into slavery territory, Tom is captured and he must trust Da’shay or lose his life.

As the danger deepens, Tom begins to realize that Da’shay is more than just their eccentric pilot. He fears his lust is leading him astray, but he can’t help but wonder if Da’shay is the Dominant he’s been seeking—someone who will trust him to shoot the enemy during the day and tie him to a bunk at night.
 

The Pre-Orders that came in while I was busy...

Seventh by Rachel White

Hynd leads a lonely life, suffering the lingering effects of a debilitating illness and rejected by most of society because of it. He has spent most of a decade investigating the disappearance of the Seventh Dragoons, content to immerse himself in the frustrating search and the book he is writing about it.

When his sister comes to him about a handsome man eager to meet him, Hynd can scarcely believe his luck, unable to recall the last time somebody wanted to be near him and did not fear or revile him for his illness.

But Julius has come only to see Hynd's research, hoping to learn what happened to the Seventh and prove that his great-grandfather was not a traitor. And while an assistant in his research is not what Hynd had hoped for, it's better than nothing. And maybe between the two of them the mystery of the Seventh can at last be put to rest…

Flax's Pursuit (AURA Series #2) by Angel Martinez and Bellora Quinn

A murderer haunts the city, turning the unwary to stone. Between hunting this evil and corralling new arrivals, Flax struggles to guard both his life and his heart.

Quinn and Valerian have come through the trials of facing an undead lich queen and the perils of falling in love. Now they work to restore AURA to its previous strength and efficiency while navigating their new life with each other. Fortunately, they’re not in this alone.

Kai Hiltas has taken over as the head of the research department at AURA and has become everyone’s favourite workaholic, everyone except his lover Tenzin, who has had enough of his late nights and broken promises. As Kai tries to salvage his relationship, he finds a teacher for Quinn, who also happens to be one of Valerian’s new officers, Flax Wolfheart, a sexy elf with trouble written all over him.

Flax has motives beyond simply teaching Quinn to control his magic. He’s trying to recover from his own losses and failures, but he has a plan. The two newest elvish crossovers, Ash and Sage, are sizzling hot and might even like him. With them as backup as he tracks a deadly stone mage and figures out how to teach Quinn, Flax sees his chance to impress Val and snag a place by his captain’s side. On the hunt for both danger and redemption, Flax’s pursuit leads him ultimately down trails he never expected.

Murder and Mayhem (Murder and Mayhem #1) by Rhys Ford

Former cat burglar Rook Stevens stole many a priceless thing in the past, but he’s never been accused of taking a life—until now. It was one thing to find a former associate inside Potter’s Field, his pop culture memorabilia shop, but quite another to stumble across her dead body.

Detective Dante Montoya thought he’d never see Rook Stevens again—not after his former partner’d falsified evidence to entrap the jewelry thief and Stevens walked off scot-free. So when he tackled a fleeing murder suspect, Dante was shocked to discover the blood-covered man was none other than the thief he’d fought to put in prison and who still made his blood sing.

Rook is determined to shake loose the murder charge against him, even if it means putting distance between him and the rugged Cuban-Mexican detective who brought him down. If one dead con artist wasn’t bad enough, others soon follow, and as the bodies pile up around Rook’s feet, he’s forced to reach out to the last man he’d expect to believe in his innocence—and the only man who’s ever gotten under Rook’s skin.

The Dragons' Demon: A Dragon's Dream(Ethereal Foes #1) by Marie Harte

A prank gone wrong throws three unlikely partners together: A demon. A dragon. And an egg.

In the ordinary world, forces are at work which keep the balance of the universe in order. Enter Eve Sinclair, a higher demon with a mission--to sway those souls on the brink of Decision, to push them toward hell.

After a prank played by her brothers, Eve finds herself holding the proverbial bag, accused of stealing a precious dragon egg. Worse, it's a royal egg, as she learns from Ranton, the furious commander of the dragon legion.

Not a creature to have on one's bad side, Ranton shifts between his human and dragon forms, keeping Eve off-balance and off her game. Normally a master at manipulating males, Eve finds that Ranton is more than a match for her...as is his brother, the new dragon king. In their arms, she's mere putty.

And soon they're not only molding her desires, but her heart.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, ménage a troi, and steamy dragon love.

Duncan's Descent: A Demon's Desire (Ethereal Foes #2) by Marie Harte

As a demon of the Ethereal, it's Duncan Sinclair's job to sway humans toward the path to hell. Duncan is very good at his job--until a prank gone wrong lands him in the upper realm doing penance. Now he's being bombarded with love, kindness, and affectionate sex...and it's killing him. The only way out is to agree to sway souls for heaven, with an angel as his partner, by all that's unholy.

Sapphira may be an angel of the upper realm, but she chafes in a bland existence where everything is so pure. It's hard to hide her secret yearning for sin. Even harder with Duncan, who's everything the dark core of her soul craves: handsome, sexy and refreshingly naughty.

Confronted with an angel who drinks, swears, and takes him to bliss with her sinfully delightful body, Duncan finds himself at risk of losing his heart to the enemy.

Loving this angel could land him right where he doesn't want to be--heaven. But what's a demon to do when he's falling?

Warning: This title contains annoying angels, smart-assed demons, beer, hotter-than-hell sex, and justice for all.

The Color of His Crest by Angel Martinez

In a four-gendered world where correct gender identity is law, Venk struggles with his inability to choose one sexual orientation over another. His body has matured, but he still shows the multi-colored crest of a juvenile, someone who has not yet presented proper orientation.

With his family losing patience and others beginning to whisper, Venk must find a way to change his crest or be labeled an aberration. But the only choice he sees is a dishonest one.



Do you feel my pain? *sniffles* 

Thank you for stopping by and reading!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Where Did The Time Go? Putting My Head Down and Just Go

The last thirty days have been hectic. March, April, most of May... they all went smoothly. Projects came in and left, smoothly. My free story, Salvaging Toby's Heart was turned in ahead of schedule. Releasing Chaos was (still) giving me problems. Sometimes it helps to put a manuscript aside for a couple of weeks and let it rest. So that is what I did, and I picked up a reopened story prompt from GR and started on Darksoul.

Then everything hit at once near the end of May. I forgot I had a July release and hadn't made any plans. So I scrambled and prepared to answer interview questions or write blogs posts--I had to limit it to 20. I'd sent Fate & Destinies off to be edited--that was a mess because I'd forgotten I'd lost info in a computer crash. The ms had been on the hard drive for a year and a half and all I could remember was that I needed to review it before sending it away.

Laugh My Ass Off. Not really. I had to pull it back and schedule time for me to re-edit it because the last half was messed up. (Actually, at the time I had a small panic attack and here's why.) The final edits for Salvaging Toby's Heart came in and a day later I received edits for Ruby Red Booty Shorts and a Louisville Slugger. There was a blog tour that last week of May for the Valespian Pact audiobooks. Don't forget that I was also supposed to be working on Darksoul which has a due date of July 13th. AND a little over a week later I was supposed to be headed out of town to meet with an author who I'd planned on penning a series with (and hop over to see my sister since I was only 400 miles away).

After I freaked the hell out, I rearranged my priorities. Fate & Destinies was put on the back burner--again. Salvaging Toby's Heart made it back to the editor and was actually released like two weeks later. I started working on the July blog tour stuff. Darksoul was put on hold, and I had hoped that I would be able to jump on it after returning back home. And I worked on the edits for Ruby Red thinking I could have that finished before I left... and maybe not.

Because Ruby Red was a re-release, I didn't read the comments first. I just jumped in and did a linear edit. I expected to be in and out. The very last comment had the editor's suggestions for the whole story. See! That is what happens when I deviate from a previously established working pattern. I could've save myself four days of editing! Anyway. I agreed with the editor's suggestions, which meant a reorder of events and lengthening the story. Ruby Red would not be finished before I left home. Rats! Rats! And more Rats!

Needless to say, I was still feeling a bit overwhelmed when I left. I had hoped to work on some things while gone, but as it turned out, Kenzie Cade and I worked our butts off for 3 1/2 days. Then the three days I spent with my sister was all family packed. The upside, I was able to relax a bit, and when I came home I delved back into Ruby Red and was able to turn it back in this past Monday. It went from 23k to 47k and I'm still anxious over it. I can't even describe how I feel about it because usually I sit on something then edit it again and have 4-6 people beta it and then edit it again. I'm worried that I missed something or... something. It's a weird feeling that even now, two days later, I'm still feeling. Well... Onward!

I'm almost done with the required blog posts for the Surrounded by Crimson tour. Yay. And for the last two days I've been reviewing what I had on Darksoul.

Now, the hazard of putting something off to the side in the middle of writing the story is that I now I don't like the direction the plot is going. It was fine before, but I've had time to mull over options. The direction the story now wants to take is one that I'm not sure I have time to write. I leave for Rainbow Con July 15th I have to prepare for the nine panels that I'm sitting on. I would like to have a few things put together beforehand, but if I'm going to finish Darksoul by July 13th then I will have some very looooonnnnngggg writing days.

There are days that I wish I was better at writing shorter stories. I struggle to keep the shortest of them around 30k. Something is always missing. If I didn't care about making the story well rounded then I'd just throw something together and walk away.

But I can't.

I won't.

I agonize over every detail, over the romance arc, the plot arc, is it all plausible, believable? Are the characters cardboard or are they dimensional? Is the story compelling? Did I hit all of the Dear Author requests? Do I like it? Will the reader like it? I will squeeze the plot and characters around until they all fit together and then my story looks like it'll to end up being around 50k (if I'm lucky) which means I have to write 3500 (or more if if I want sufficient time to edit the story before turning it in) everyday for the next fifteen days.

So you guys wish me luck, because I'm going to need it!

Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Cover Reveal for Prickly Business!



Author Names: Piper Vaughn & Kenzie Cade

Book Name: Prickly Business
Series: Portland Pack Chronicles
Number: One

Release Date: July 27, 2015
Blurb:

Some people might call Avery Babineaux a prick. He’s a hedgehog shifter from an old-money Louisiana family with a penchant for expensive shoes and a reputation for being a judgmental snob. His attitude is why he and his fated mate are estranged. Not that Avery cares. He doesn’t want to be mated to some blue-collar werewolf anyway. Or so he keeps telling himself.

No werewolf likes to be looked down upon, least of all Dylan Green. He doesn’t need a mate, especially not some snotty hedgehog who sneers at his custom motorcycle shop and calls him a grease monkey. But when Avery gets into trouble with a shady loan shark, Dylan can’t stand by and let him be hurt—whether he wants the brat or not.

Yet once Dylan steps into Avery’s world, he realizes there’s more to Avery than his prickly exterior, and that unexpected vulnerability calls to Dylan’s protective instincts. The sassy little hedgehog needs a keeper, and despite their horrible first impressions, Dylan starts to believe he might be the wolf for the job. 

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Words: 97,000 (approximately)
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Categories: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Sales Link for Dreamspinner Press: Ebook | Paperback




About the authors:

Piper Vaughn Bio

Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, she loves them all (and has a two thousand book library to prove it!). She grew up in Chicago, in an ethnically diverse neighborhood, and loves to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life…even if it’s only in a book.



Kenzie Cade Bio

Kenzie Cade was born and raised in the South where she spends her days in the sometimes stressful field of private medicine observing interesting people and committing them to memory for later use. When she isn’t reading, experimenting with recipes, or being distracted by social media, Kenzie spends time with her family, friends, and the Pomeranian/Long-haired Chihuahua mix who likes to keep her company while she writes. As a young girl, Kenzie dreamed of princesses and their white knights. As an adult (or sort of adult), she dreams of princes and their proverbial white knights, which she attributes the fellow Arkansan S.E. Hinton and her novel The Outsiders. Writing to keep the fictional voices at bay, Kenzie enjoys the journeys her characters travel to find their happy endings, and she loves the challenge of writing a great love story. Contact Kenzie at kenziecade.author@gmail.com. 


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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Starting Fires Out Today!

Whoot!

Look what is out today. The free Sumeria's Sons Interlude, Starting Fires!

This isn't a standalone. It piggybacks on the events of the series so far as well as adds to Gregori's and Juan's story from A New Beginning.

Make sure you pick up your copy at:
LT3 Press | All Romance | BookstrandAmazon (Side note: Amazon is showing it as $0.99 so make sure you report it as free on other sites so they'll drop the price down to match.)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Salvaging Toby's Heart is Live!

Today, Salvaging Toby's Heart went live at the GoodReads M/M Romance Group's Love's An Open Road Event. Whoot!

...and I'm on vacation.

But still--Whoot!

I'll still be able to stop by the thread and hang out and talk. I hope y'all enjoy the story. You can find the story HERE. Let me know what you think!

Also, the downloads for the story will be added to the group's website MMRomanceGroup.com five days after the story is posted in the main group.

Dude, I still need to write a blurb for it. That probably won't be done until after I come back from vacation.


Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Darksoul, An Excerpt

Officially, I'm on vacation for the next eight days or so. So I thought that while I'm gone, I'd leave you with an excerpt from the 2nd DRitC story that I picked up from the M/M Romance group over at GoodReads.

The excerpt is rough and unedited. I just didn't have time. Hopefully it's not too terrible. ^_^

Excerpt:


PROLOGUE

Prince Valiant flinched. The bark of the tree next to him exploded, the splinters embedding into his exposed skin. That his pursuers weren't trying to actually kill him was little comfort as he gasped for breath and pushed off the tree he sheltered behind and ran as fast as he could. His energy was flagging but if he pushed himself a little harder he might be able to make the field where more of his men waited with the gliders.

The babe he clutched to his chest hadn't made a sound since Prince Valiant had picked him up. Had the child died, making this escape through the forest unnecessary? His keen hearing saved him once again as he ducked and spun left. The stunner blast missing him. Had all of his bodyguards fallen to the Elffin ones of Nella? He heard those behind him but he couldn't risk stopping and checking to see if they were there of if the Nella people had succeeded in removing them.

He couldn't believe he was running through the Jade Forest from his wife's people. The Elffin ones were a peaceful race. The marriage between his people, the Chandarians who represented the Pantherine and the Felinean races, and the Elffin ones of Nella who represented the Edrijan country, was an age old tradition that began with a peace treaty. Prince Valiant wasn't in love with Talia of Nella, Keeper of the Jade Forest, but he'd been fond of her and valued her friendship. That she became pregnant within the first year of their nuptials was considered a good sign from the Gods. On the eve of the birth of their child, they'd left the capital of Wuxbury and traveled to Talia's homeland so the babe would be born near the forest.

All had gone well, or so Prince Valiant thought, until the babe was born and Talia's attendants fled the room wailing in sorrow. He'd been waiting in the hallway outside the chambers, anxiously waiting for word of his first born when Talia's attendants burst for the room and brushed by him in their haste to leave. Heart squeezing in his chest, he rushed into the birthing chamber, sure the child had passed through the veil only to discover the boy alive, whole and seemingly hail.

"No, Valiant. Don't touch him." Talia choked, her hand held up beseechingly. She was propped up on a mound of pillows in the bed, her face lined and drawn, ravaged by grief, and her cheeks painted with her silver tears.

He glanced back into the bassinet, and the boy's unusual gaze caught and held his. His unnaturally gray eyes were encircled by a brilliant red ring matching the crimson color of his already thick mane. Other than the boy's coloring, pointed ears, and the slightly tilted angle of his Elffin shaped eyes, the babe had Pantherine features. Retractable claws, ridges down the bridge of his nose, and a long slender tail was evidence of Valiant's side of the family.

Valiant sensed the power of an alpha with his son, which pleased him mightily. But he also felt something else stir in the boy. Eyes widening, he glance back up to Talia, the pride he felt was evident in his voice when he said, "He has magic."

Talia cried harder.

"I don't understand." There was nothing wrong with the child that he could sense, why was Talia and her household filled with sorrow?

"He is Feyborn." Talia's voice broke and she choked on a sob.

He remembered Taila speaking of the treasured Feyborn, coddled and spoiled, given everything they wanted until the child chose to become a druid or ranger. Occupations of great importance to the Efflin ones because they were the healers, the ones who brokered peace and settled disputes.

"This is a good thing," Prince Valiant argued. "Why are you upset?"

Talia shook her head. "He was also born drow. Feyborn are always drow females, never drown males. All the males know is violence and war and blood. He—it—is an abomination. Father will fetch the druid and she will take it away."

Talia's words shocked him to the core. Chandarians were a warrior people. No, they didn't conquer and kill blindly, but were chosen to police the races of the galaxy. Fighting was what they did, who they were, and to hear the disgust in Talia's voice as she described their child wounded him—and started the flame of anger that burned through his veins.

His voice held a dangerous edge when he asked her, "How can you say that? You are married to a Chandarian knight. There is no equal to our battle prowess. How can you think to murder a child for carrying the qualities of his father?"

His bodyguards had crowed into the room and their growls of displeasure and offense caused Talia to pale. "No, Valiant, please. You don't understand. Feyborn are touched by magic at birth. They are in tune with all life but when it touches a male drow, the gift is warped. No good comes from any Feyborn male. Allow my father to handle it. Walk away Valiant because you don't understand our ways. Nothing you say can change his fate." Talia moved slowly across the bed, attempting to stand but she fell back, moaning in pain.

Drow males did tend to keep to themselves and often suffered from wanderlust and had more alpha qualities than any of the Elffin race, but Valiant didn't understand why Talia was concerned. He glanced back down to babe. They hadn't deemed him worthy enough to clean completely but his dusky skin was evident. Elffin drow bore the skin of a dark gray to that of the deepest black. Valiant's own skin was deep gray therefor the tone of his son's surely came from Valiant, and if not, he still didn't see a cause for the Elffin ones to commit infanticide.

"Have you forgotten that his is blood of my blood? I get a say, Talia, whether you like it or not." He swaddled the babe as his mother had taught him and cradled the child in his arms, against Talia's pleas to leave him be. The boy watched him with wide eyes and Valiant couldn't help but to think that his son's hair was the color of blood. He forced the thought away, refusing to allow Talia's belief to infect him.

She made a wounded noise when he moved to the doorway carrying the child. "No, you cannot take him."

He didn't meet her gaze for she lacked the honor he once thought she had. He'd thought he knew her, and although he didn't love her, he had believed they were friends. How could he not have known she would persecute an innocent?

"Feyborn males were responsible for the Scarab War. The destruction they caused, the lives that were lost, all can be laid at their feet." Talia said quickly, as if she were desperate for him to stay.

The Scarab War was some five hundred years before, and yes the magic used by the different factions took many lives before the Chandarian's could step in and put a stop to the fighting. "I know my history well, Talia, and I know that drow females were just as responsible for the devastation that was wrought. If this is how all Elffin ones treat their Feyborn males then perhaps your king should be made aware."

Valiant strode out of the room, ignoring Talia's pleas to come back. He didn't have much time because he squandered so much talking to Talia when he should've been fleeing to where his hovercraft awaited. He ran, his bodyguards forming a shield behind him. The Elffin ones didn't condone violence, usually. That they used stunners told him they only wished to stop him. If they did then the child would surely die and he couldn't allow that.

So he ran through the Jade Forest to where the road stopped and his hover craft waited. He wanted to get up in the trees, the panther in him would make better time there if he wasn't carrying a burden, no matter how small. Not that it mattered. He was in the Elffin one's territory where they were more familiar with these woods. Instead, he relied on his speed and reflexes to keep him ahead of his pursuers.

Never had he been so relieved to see a flash of tail in the bows ahead. Jumping over a downed tree, Prince Valiant veered in that direction, barely missed being hit a half dozen times. He dared not glance up otherwise giveaway his brethren to his pursuers. The startled yelps and angry yowls was the only indication that some of those who chased him had been stopped or at least temporarily delayed.

Breaking through the trees into the clearing where all of the vehicles sat, those who'd been left to watch the hovercrafts jumped to their feet and raced to meet him. The captain in charge barked out orders and half the males ran past Prince Valiant to assist his bodyguards. He prayed none had been accidentally injured. He heard the cursing of a few of his fighters. They were only allowed to carry stunners in Elffin territory and they had no idea what danger awaited them in the jungle.

"Who pursues you?" the captain asked, his sharp gaze scanning the tree line behind Valiant.

"Talia's people," he gasped out, slowing to a trot. "They wanted to kill my son."

The knights crowded around him, firm hands on his arms and shoulders as he was hustled into the back of a hovercraft. Four guards followed him into the vehicle before the shield was engaged and the driver turned around, heading back toward the capitol. He wasn't surprised by their hisses or warning growls. Children were cherished and protected. So few were being born in the last hundred years and no one could pinpoint why.

By degrees, Valiant relaxed. He turned to stare out the back. The remaining guards and knights exited the Jade Forest at a lazy run, none of the Elffin ones following. Satisfied they were fairly safe, he returned to his seat and lay the babe in his lap. Gently he unwrapped the blanket swaddling the infant. One of the guards retrieved container of cleanwipes and Valiant slowly did what Talia's attendants had not and cleared away the remains of the afterbirth. Bright eyes stared up at him and Valiant sucked in a breath at how beautiful his son was. When the guards leaned in to have a look, he lifted his son for all to see, amazed the child hadn't cried at all.

For the life of him, Valiant didn't understand how Talia or her people thought they could harm his heir. He would relay to his father, their king, how the Elffin ones treated Feyborn drow males. They would put a stop to the insanity, and if need be, find worthy Chandarian families to take in children.

"What will you call him, Your Highness?"


Valiant's smile broadened as he said, "I will name him Sunder for he is beautiful."

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

MM Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt

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Welcome to the first annual MM Memorial Day Scavenger Hunt! 10 Days, 30 Blogs, and loads of prizes! The rules are simple: At each stop on the tour you'll find a military themed picture with a word or words. Collect the words and figure out the secret phrase (HINT: It's lyrics to a song). Once you think you have the correct phrase, enter it into the Rafflecopter at any of the stops. One grand prize winner will be selected from all the correct phrases. Use the other Rafflecopter options to enter to win one of the runner-up packages. Good Luck and Happy Hunting!


Our stop's phrase is: You Can


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Grand Prize ($45 GC total) -Kindle Paperwhite (VWF) -Swag (VWF) -$25 GC (Jessie G) -$20 GC (Sara York) -2 ebooks (Jessie G & BFD) -Bad Boyfriends series ebooks & print (3 books) from Nya Rawlins

1st Place ($35 GC total) -$25 GC (Nya Rawlins) -$10 GC (Sloan Johnson) -CTR & backlist ebooks from Kade Boehme -Unicorns & Hidden Gem ebooks from Lissa Kasey -Winner's ebook of choice from MMGoodbookreviews -Adventures of Cole & Perry ebook from Amanda C. Stone

2nd Place ($30 GC total) -$20 GC (Aria Grace) -$10 ARE GC (Prism Book Alliance) -Love at First Site ebook from Cardeno C. -Trouble Comes in Threes ebook from M.A. Church -Winner's choice of Felice Stevens ebook

3rd Place ($20 GC total) -$10 Amazon GC (READing is FUN Da Mental) -$10 GC (Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy) -backlist ebook from Annabeth Albert -Winner's choice of Aria Grace ebook -Winner's choice of Andrew Grey ebook

4th Place ($20 GC total) -$10 GC (Felice Stevens) -$10 Amazon GC (Amy Lane) -Undercover Love series ebooks (2 books) from Brendan Cothern -Winner's choice of Susan MacNicol ebook -Winner's choice of Lexi Ander ebook

5th Place ($20 GC total) -$10 Amazon GC (BFD) -$10 GC (Lexi Ander) -Winner's choice of Kindle Alexander ebook -Winner's choice of Susan MacNicol ebook -Winner's choice of backlist ebook from Cate Ashwood


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Winners of The Valespian Pact Blog Tour

A huge thank you to everybody who followed and participated in the blog tour for the Valespian Pact. Y'all Rock! So without further ado, here are the winners of the blog tour!!


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Monday, June 1, 2015

Pretty in the Mailbox

This is a hectic week. I feel like I'm running around with my head cut off because I'm trying to finish a bunch of projects before I leave for vacation on Thursday. I'm working on fixing Ruby Red. I have a slew of interview forms and blog posts to write, otherwise Will find me and string me up by my toes. (Not really... maybe...) And I have to pack--which I will put off until the very last.



But amidst all of the hubbub I received some pretties by email. One of them is the cover for Surrounded by Crimson. A bright spot when I feel like I'm losing my mind. In thirty days, it will hit the shelves.

Publisher: Less Than Three Press:
Release Date: July 1, 2015
Cover Artist: London Burden
Genre: Fantasy/Gay/Paranormal/Poly/Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781620045749
Length: 48000

Available for Pre-Order at: Less Than Thee Press 

Blurb:


Tristan has agreed to bond with Ushna, but there is still much to do and returning to Tribe Enkidu puts everyone on edge. Tristan is being stalked like prey, all the while fighting depression as he mourns the loss of Nikita, and enduring a battle of wills with the Elder Council over his birthright. The pleading of his adoptive daughter only adds still more stress to the situation.

Stumbling onto a secret prison while searching for Ushna leads Tristan to risk everything to free a lost God. But breaking the tie to his Flame has more repercussions than Tristan knew and the assistance of a forgotten Goddess and a centuries old lover may not be enough to save him.

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