Sylvie’s Salvation release

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It’s here! Or at least the official release date is! (It’s only 3 days away, lol)

February 14th is the release date. I don’t think anyone will be surprised to hear that I struggled with this book, though after some reflection, I’m certain my struggle resulted from daily life and family issues, not the story. I’ve fought hard to get myself feeling better and my family (especially my husband! ❤ ) are pitching in more.

LOOOoooong story short. I finally got the book finished and it’s been through multiple rounds of edits. The file has been uploaded to the major ebook retailers and should drop at midnight on Feb 14th.

I can NOT tell you how much I appreciate everyone’s patience! Here’s a quick excerpt to tide you over until the 14th.

Excerpt~~

But when a silken, honey and whiskey-drenched voice spoke behind him, his hand froze even as his blood began to simmer. The sultry sound went straight to his groin. “Here you go.”

Shit. Down, boy! It was not the time or the place for his body to react in such a primal way. He turned, knowing who to expect. Sylvie. The problem? He’d completely underestimated the blow she’d land to his senses when they met face to face.

And he’d expected a Mack truck.

Short black hair, cut in a sexy, flirty style, fell just below her ears. Creamy skin covered delicious curves—just the right size for a man with big hands to hold onto. Full, petal pink lips smiled shyly up at him, and he forgot his name as thoughts of tasting them took over his mind. Those eyes? Big, bright, expressive. He’d never seen anything like them. Light brown irises, flecked with gray and rimmed with a dark chocolate border, they seemed to see straight into his soul.

What does she see, when she looks at me?

“Here’s your order.” Her voice, with its silken grip on his throat, spoke again. He swallowed hard, but she rewarded him with another lovely smile. After a moment, the happy expression dimmed. She tilted her head as if not sure what to think about him.

Damn it. He’d never had a way with words, and he was making a fool of himself.

K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Stupid. “Appreciate it, but I didn’t order anything.”

She held her tray higher, unconsciously placing the bottle of beer right in line with her breasts. She wore a simple black blouse that should have been decent, boring, but she’d tied the tails at her waist. With the top three buttons undone, the shirt revealed a hint of mouthwatering cleavage. A delicate silver chain suspended a moon shaped pendent just above the valley.

“Isn’t this what you drink?” When she spoke again, he moved his gaze back to her face, thankful her voice had broken his thrall. “Your friend ordered it, said you were thirsty.”

Forced to look down again, he saw that it was indeed his brand. “It is. Thank you.” He pulled money out of his pocket to pay her.

“Oh, it’s covered. Don’t worry about it.”

“Well, here. A tip, then.” He handed her the first bill that he found, a twenty.

She started to object, but before she could tell him no, he gently cut her off. “Take it. It’s a rough crowd. I’m sure you’ve more than earned it.”

Something like sadness flickered in her pretty eyes, making his throat clinch. Then she squared her shoulders. “Thank you.” She took the bill and put it in her apron pocket before giving him another shy smile. This twitch of her sexy lips hit him below the belt harder than his cleavage peeping had. Without another word, she turned and walked across the greasy, peanut shell and bottlecap littered floor.

Once he lost sight of her delectable, denim covered ass as it swayed through the other people at the bar, he found Holloway watching him. His friend leaned against the bar between two, mismatched and battered stools and stared, his eyebrows arched high. His mouth moved at ninety miles an hour, as Holloway silently called him every dirty name in the book. Noah ignored all of it except the last four words. Ask her out, dumbass.

 

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Unearth update…

Azrael’s Light and Sunlight’s Kiss are in process of being pulled from ebook retailers. Very soon I’ll republish them under my imprint, Words by Night. They’ll get new covers (already in the works) and pricing that I feel is more appropriate for their word count.

Print copies already distributed to retailers can’t be pulled. I have no control over their  pricing for Siren copies already in their inventory. But I will also do a print re-issue as well. I am tentatively planning on continuing the series and combining three stories into one print anthology ( as well as the seperate ebook editions.) As much as I love those characters and that world, I can pretty much guarantee that I will return there to write more Unearth stories.

But at this moment in time, Dark Horse has to be my focus. I’m behind and HATE feeling like I’ve let anyone down. And I know how hungry readers are for stories about characters they love.  I have made significant progress on Noah’s story AND made cutbacks in both my schedule and my daughter’s. I think we were both trying so hard to do ALL the good things for her – dyslexia tutoring, music lessons and a myriad other things that we wore ourselves down to the point where we nearly canceled out any progress we were making.

As badly as I feel about that part, I reassure myself that we spent over a year trying, and trying damn hard to get my little dyslexic conundrum the help she needs. But we have lives to live too. Sooooo, I don’t know. Clearly we need to find a better balance.

Thank you for your patience. It truly means the world to me.

 

Edited to add! Because I’m a big dork!  Dillon’s Gift! Same situation! It’s already been pulled, will get a facelift and reissue. So bear with me and as I get the new covers I’ll update with new links, prices and all the things!

 

Cover reveal! Finally!

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*happy sigh*

I’ve looked at it countless times and couldn’t be happier with it. It fits Noah and Sylvie’s story so very well.

Pre-order links coming soon! For real! And again thank you so much for your patience. Between work, my daughter’s stint in the hospital, my fatigue, and a dozen other headaches I’m behind. (I know, unfortunately, that you’re not surprised.) I’m still peck-peck-pecking away, a little at a time. Most days I feel like an ant constructing a mountain, one piece of dirt at a time. I keep telling myself that in just few years, when my daughter is grown, I’ll miss these times, but, ugh, it’s hard to balance it all now.

*hugs* Love you all!

Things!

Yay! Believe it or not, I have things to announce. Good things!

1- Appearance – I’ll be signing at Lori Foster’s Annual Reader Author Get Together this coming Friday, June 8th in West Chester, OH. While I will be attending the entire weekend, I will be officially signing at the Friday Book Fair from 3-5pm which is open to the public. I will have plenty of print books and a few T-shirts available for sale with me as well.

2 – COVER REVEAL! – I have in my possession the cover for the fourth Dark Horse book, titled Sylvie’s Salvation. If you want to be among the first to see it, please make sure you’ve subscribed to my newsletter. I’ll send the newsletter out Friday morning with the first official reveal and will also have it with me at Lori Foster’s RAGT. Monday, I will share the cover here and everywhere else that I can possibly remember to post it.

3 – Pre-order links! They are coming, hopefully in time for the cover reveal. If not then, definitely ASAP and soon.

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4 – Last and most importantly! Your patience. I cannot express how much I appreciate and value your patience. No bullsh*t, this past year has been rough on me personally, but I’m still pushing forward. So I need to send out a big thank you hug to those of you who haven’t given up on me. Truly.

Ouch, have I fallen behind!

No excuses. I’m running behind. Again. Go figure. I’ll keep the groveling short this time around. Too many balls in the air and not enough hands. Truly and I’m sorry.

I AM working on the fourth Dark Horse book and making progress. I’m trying to fight off some fatigue issues, but it is coming. I still have an entirely new series idea that won’t leave me alone and it’s in the works too. BUT Noah and Dark Horse are absolutely my priority.

I’m scaling back my travel and convention attendance this year. As much as I enjoy signings, they do take up a good bit of time. Like I said, I love them, but feel that time would be better spent behind the keyboard.

That being said, I do have one more appearance (that I booked last year) coming up on the 24th of February at the Behind the Mask Author Event. It’s in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel. If you’re in the area please feel free to stop by and say hi!

Thank you for your patience! *hugs*

 

Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt

 
Hey gang!
 
I know this time of year is crazy-busy for everyone but when you get a moment, you should put your feet up and take a breather. While you’re at it, take a moment to go to Night Owl Reviews and check out the Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt. I’m one of the sponsors and this year’s event is packed full of goodies and new reads.
 
The grand prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
 
 
Event Dates: Nov 20 – Dec 13
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Re-release Goodness!

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Isn’t the new cover lovely! The moment I saw it, I had to have it.

Kelly’s been framed for diamond theft. Nothing is more important than clearing her name and keeping her job. There’s only one problem—the deadly snowstorm tearing through Kentucky.

Detective Jake Bowie comes home exhausted and prepared to sleep his vacation away. His dog, Jasper, has more important things in mind… like rescuing a half-frozen damsel in distress.

No stranger to puzzles, Jake senses there’s far more to Kelly’s story than she admits.

Can he see through the heat of their passion and figure out this sexy little mystery?

 

Winter Deception is part of the Dark Horse Allies series. It’s not a full-blown spinoff, really, but sometimes when I’m writing a secondary character will spark something. Sometimes that spark grows into something more. While those characters might not get a full-time role with Dark Horse Inc., they’re still important to me and worthy of their own stories.

Jake Bowie is the same Detective Bowie from Protecting Kate. When I wrote Kate and Trent’s story, I knew that Jake was dedicated to his job, tired, and a little lonely. I ached for him and knew he deserved his own happily-ever-after.

Winter Deception was released in the Snowy Knights anthology last winter but now it’s available on it’s own. It’s now available pretty much everywhere.

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