Sunday, August 9, 2020

#WeWriWa: Just Like Me . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT #NewRelease


Everyone just wants to fit in, to find their tribe, their place to belong. But when raised in hiding under the shadow of an unknown threat, a boy’s best and only friend is his mother. Even when she’s keeping secrets. 


“Mama, what’s wrong with me?” that small voice sobbed. 

The rocker continued to complain as she stroked the child’s black hair. Her tender gesture failed to calm either boy or the man he’d become. 

“Nothing’s wrong with you, Max. You’re perfect. They just don’t understand, so they fear you. That’s why you must be careful to never let them see the truth.” 

“What truth?” he’d pleaded. “Mama, tell me!” 

Low and soft, Max repeated from where he watched, decades away, “Mama, tell me.”
(and the rest of the scene . . .) 

She brushed a kiss across the top of the child’s flushed brow then slowly straightened, turning toward Max Savoie, a surreal voyeur from the future she’d never see. Her gaze swam with tears like liquid silver before flaring bright, then hot. 

Then red. 

“Max,” she crooned, “you’re just like me.”

Max Savoie may not grow up to be Norman Bates, but he knows he’s not quite normal. Saved from the swamps by a mobster after his mother’s death, he’s reared to silently serve . . . with deadly force, until the most unlikely influence steps into his life on high heels, with a gun and badge, introducing him not only to love but to a place where he belongs . . . with those like him. It’s taken over 14 books, but the Shifter King of New Orleans has finally come into his own. 


Max and Charlotte return for the explosive conclusion of the “By Moonlight” series . . .
and the stakes have never been higher!

He’s the Promised One
A Mobster’s attack dog turned legitimate business powerhouse, Max Savoie is the reluctant leader of New Orleans’ shapeshifter clan. They’ve kept to anonymous shadows, working and living unnoticed by the human world until their new Shifter King’s past draws dangerous outsiders who threaten all.

She’s the Protector
A fiercely determined NOPD detective, Charlotte Caissie has sworn to defend her beloved city and her unborn child from both criminals and otherworldly factions at war. While standing boldly at the side of her mate/husband, secrets from the past return to shake the foundation of her beliefs.

They have a Problem
Walking a marital tight rope between opposite worlds, Max and Cee Cee’s paths place truth and trust at odds when outside threats force enemies to become allies. The time to take a stand for their family and their future is at hand. Time to rise together for the survival of all they love!

“Every delicious word on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” – NYT bestselling author, Darynda Jones

♚♚♚♚♚

I’ve been rushing about with the busyness of new book promotion but wanted to pause a minute to invite you to be hosts during my upcoming RISE BY MOONLIGHT blog tour. 


I’m a very tidy guest and pick up after myself . . . and happily reciprocate when I can.

Spirits mightily lifted after a Zoom meeting with my critique group, I’ve given them (and now, you!) my goal for the end of this month – to pick (or at least narrow down) my next project. Deep inhale. It’s like standing in front of the jewelry counter with all that Oh, Shiny dazzling the brain. But a choice must be made. Help hold me to it!

Off to enjoy in this string of surprising lovely days . . . right after I check in to see what you’re doing!

Soak up some sun (where available) and inspiration, fellow Warriors, and Happy Writing!!



Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

IWSG: Writing that Shapeshifting Project . . . and New Release - RISE BY MOONLIGHT!


It’s always a pleasure to give back to a group that gives so much, so here’s me, stepping up to co-host this month’s Insecure Writers Support Group!! Welcome my IWSG cohorts:

Susan Baury RouchardJennifer HawesChemist KenJennifer LaneChrys Fey.

Together, we’re helping fearless leader, Alex J. Cavanaugh rock your neurotic writing world with this month’s August 5th question - Quote: "Although I have written a short story collection, the form found me and not the other way around. Don't write short stories, novels or poems. Just write your truth and your stories will mold into the shapes they need to be."

Have you ever written a piece that became a form, or even a genre, you hadn't planned on writing in? Or do you choose a form/genre in advance?

Back in 2008, my series contemporary romance editor was thrilled when I suggested submitting to their new paranormal line. My first attempt wasn’t quite “romancy” enough, so I started playing “what if” with characters and plotlines. I didn’t expect to fall in love. I sent the editor my synopsis and three chapters for a supposed “long” book and started writing. And couldn’t stop. By the time I heard back from her, I’d written the first two completes and was half way through the third in a series about a shapeshifter hero in servitude to a father figure mob boss and the female detective he’s protected from his boss without her knowledge since she was a teen. When the editor and I met at a conference in New York, she gushed about the first book and the writing and offered an amazingly good advance . . . for just the first book with no guarantee that the others would be picked up and with the codicil that I shorten it by about 20K and . . . change the hero so he never really does anything bad. An enforcer for the Mob who made his bones as a teenager? Jaw drop. I needed that money. I needed a sale. But I couldn’t gut those unexpected books of my heart.

So, I said no. And she didn’t blame me. Then, at that same conference mixer, I bumped into another former editor who asked what I was working on. I pitched, she said send and she bought – BIG – For all three!

Long story sorta short, that attempted contemporary romance became a decade-long project with the first six books at Pocket/Simon & Schuster and the next nine, self-pubbed. The fifteenth and final book of that “By Moonlight” series debuted Monday. Talk about an unexpected journey! Through it all, I learned how much I love being in control of my own writing and promotional ship (even though Pocket let me have a lot of input when I was with them learning from the best). That, I never expected after already enjoying a lengthy career working contented behind the scenes.

So, join me in celebrating the result of that learning curve. I love big books and I cannot lie!



Hope to see many of you in my guise as hall blog monitor this month. Looking forward to reading your inspiring posts!

Write on, fellow IWSG warriors! And stay safe out there!



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.The awesome co-hosts for the August 5th posting of the IWSG will be Susan Baury Rouchard, Nancy Gideon, Jennifer Lane, Jennifer Hawes, Chemist Ken, and Chrys Fey!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Sunday, August 2, 2020

WeWriWa: Sweet Dreams . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT


With RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the final book in my By Moonlight series, debuting tomorrow (SQUEEE!!), I’m featuring posts from its start . . . as dark, tortured hero Max Savoie goes back to where it begins and ends in his journey to discover who . . . and what he is.


Max hadn’t visited that dark portion of his past for a very long time. Why now? Because of the life his mate carried? Or were the dangerous shadows of unfinished business reaching out from a swampy grave, a reminder of things he’d rather forget?

A rocking chair’s familiar creak. He tensed and twisted anxiously in the throes of his dream. Icy fingers of caution and loss clutched his chest as eyes darted behind closed lids. Unable to deny his desire to look again upon the worn elegance of his mother’s features, he faced his dread the way he’d addressed his life, with a cautious, reluctant need to know the truth . . . of who and what he was. Shadows, like those long-ago secrets, hung thick, revealing little of the dark head bent over the child Marie Savorie held in arms both protective and comforting. Max wished she’d look up to feed time-starved memories, craving the gentle curve of her smile and loving warmth in her gaze but he settled for the steadying croon of a voice from the past. 
(and the rest of this beginning scene . . .)

“What is it, Max? Another bad dream? They can’t harm you.” 

As much as he loved her, then and now, he’d never quite believed that assurance. Bad things existed beyond the rusty gate imprisoning his youthful curiosity within their overgrown yard for the first five years of his life. He knew because he was one of them, a child of the unnatural world. All he’d wanted was to find his place within it. But his mother had hidden that knowledge from him, just as she’d kept the outside away for as long as she could.

Just as this is Max’s beginning, this is where my journey with him concludes, with this last book of 15, so I’ll be waxing sentimental for the next few months with favorite scenes while searching for that next project that gets me passionate about a return to the keyboard. Hope you’ll enjoy the snippets and better yet, that you’ll read along with me with your own copy, available TOMORROW!!



Max and Charlotte return for the explosive conclusion of the “By Moonlight” series . . .

and the stakes have never been higher!

He’s the Promised One
A Mobster’s attack dog turned legitimate business powerhouse, Max Savoie is the reluctant leader of New Orleans’ shapeshifter clan. They’ve kept to anonymous shadows, working and living unnoticed by the human world until their new Shifter King’s past draws dangerous outsiders who threaten all.

She’s the Protector
A fiercely determined NOPD detective, Charlotte Caissie has sworn to defend her beloved city and her unborn child from both criminals and otherworldly factions at war. While standing boldly at the side of her mate/husband, secrets from the past return to shake the foundation of her beliefs.

They have a Problem
Walking a marital tight rope between opposite worlds, Max and Cee Cee’s paths place truth and trust at odds when outside threats force enemies to become allies. The time to take a stand for their family and their future is at hand. Time to rise together for the survival of all they love!

“Every delicious word on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” – NYT bestselling author, Darynda Jones


For those not of faint heart, here’s another interpretation of those not so sweet dreams...



Happy August, fellow Warriors and Happy Writing!!



Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

WeWriWa: Meet Max Savoie . . . RISE BY MOONLIGHT now available for Pre-Order!

The minute he stepped out from the dark shadows of his Mobster boss’s porch to tell Detective Charlotte Caissie he’d known it was her since she’d turned off the main road ... from the scent her perfume, I knew I was in it for the long haul with Max Savoie. But I wasn’t expecting it to be for over a decade and 15 books! RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the final installment in the series, just went up for pre-order and will be released on August 3 in all formats (providing ibooks cooperates!). In honor of my hero, meet Max.

He’d never asked to be a figurehead for his clan. In the anonymous shadows of his earlier years nothing had been expected of him except obedience and unquestioning action. His opinions, his beliefs, his choices never entered the equation. A simple, linear existence well-suited to a sheltered upbringing beneath a constant whisper of unknown threat. Then Charlotte Caissie blew into his life like a Category Five, uprooting his security, leaving him flapping helplessly as she ripped away his self-protections to demand he choose between impossible opposites. Darkness or limelight. No real choice in the end. One he’d never regret making.

He might not always agree with her path, but Max honored her right to boldly walk it, just as she’d cautiously embraced the knowledge of who and what he was. If they could overcome those obstacles . . .




Max and Charlotte return for the explosive conclusion of the “By Moonlight” series . . .

and the stakes have never been higher!


He’s the Promised One 

A Mobster’s attack dog turned legitimate business powerhouse, Max Savoie is the reluctant leader of New Orleans’ shapeshifter clan. They’ve kept to anonymous shadows, working and living unnoticed by the human world until their new Shifter King’s past draws dangerous outsiders who threaten all.

She’s the Protector 

A fiercely determined NOPD detective, Charlotte Caissie has sworn to defend her beloved city and her unborn child from both criminals and otherworldly factions at war. While standing boldly at the side of her mate/husband, secrets from the past return to shake the foundation of her beliefs.

They have a Problem 

Walking a marital tight rope between opposite worlds, Max and Cee Cee’s paths place truth and trust at odds when outside threats force enemies to become allies. The time to take a stand for their family and their future is at hand. Time to rise together for the survival of all they love!

“Every delicious word on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” – NYT bestselling author, Darynda Jones


♚♚♚♚♚


Max first reappeared on my computer screen at a Write In Retreat. After almost two years (when it used to take only four months!) of writing this sucker, it almost doesn’t seem real doing PR posts, especially knowing it’ll be the last time for this series. Oh, no! Separation anxiety seeping in already. Must medicate with ice cream. One thing I have enjoyed, though, is playing on graphics program, Canva to do my PR posts. Here’s one of my favorites.


If you see my promos pop up in your media feeds, I’d appreciate a Share! And speaking of share, RISE BY MOONLIGHT will be featured in my posts until I figure out what I want to write next. It’s been so long, I’ve almost forgotten what it was like to start Page 1!

Looking forward to seeing what you’ve up to as this July surrenders to August. Stay safe out there, Masked Warriors!!



Weekend Writing Warriors is a weekly hop for everyone who loves to write! Share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of your writing on Sunday. Visit other participants on the list and read, critique, and comment on their 8sunday posts.

Spread the word, share the love, warriors - Hashtag #8sunday.

Friday, July 24, 2020

RISE BY MOONLIGHT Cover Reveal and PreOrder!! #NewRelease

After a decade and 15 books, my By Moonlight shapeshifter series finally concludes with a bang. RISE BY MOONLIGHT is now available for preorder!



Max and Charlotte return for the explosive conclusion of the “By Moonlight” series . . .

and the stakes have never been higher!


He’s the Promised One

A Mobster’s attack dog turned legitimate business powerhouse, Max Savoie is the reluctant leader of New Orleans’ shapeshifter clan. They’ve kept to anonymous shadows, working and living unnoticed by the human world until their new Shifter King’s past draws dangerous outsiders who threaten all.

She’s the Protector

A fiercely determined NOPD detective, Charlotte Caissie has sworn to defend her beloved city and her unborn child from both criminals and otherworldly factions at war.While standing boldly at the side of her mate/husband, secrets from the past return to shake the foundation of her beliefs.

They have a Problem

Walking a marital tight rope between opposite worlds,Max and Cee Cee’s paths place truth and trust at odds when outside threats force enemies to become allies.The time to take a stand for their family and their future is at hand. Time to rise together for the survival of all they love!

“Every delicious word on the page exhilarates with a sensuous ferocity. Hopelessly addicted.” – NYT bestselling author, Darynda Jones


♚♚♚♚♚

Big thanks to my Nancy Gideon Goodreads Group moderator and blogger/reviewer, Sandra Hoover for this wonderful review: 

Intense, emotionally charged. All the elements of great paranormal romance suspense.

Gideon's delivery is on point and her trademark banter and chemistry between characters sizzles. Rise by Moonlight is engaging, electrifying, non-stop action - the gratifying culmination of multiple plot lines fans have been waiting for, but if you're new to the series have no fear. Gideon excels at weaving in needed backstory, offering an engaging reading experience to everyone. You'll become addicted to these ferocious, yet sinfully sensuous characters and find yourself one-clicking to purchase previous books.

Highly Recommended! My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Exhilarating Hearts

Cross My Heart . . . xxx

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Looking to fill in your By Moonlight book list? Here are all the books in the series listed by number and by hero and heroine. 


Books in the “By Moonlight” Series

Masked by Moonlight Book 1 (Max and Charlotte)
Chased by Moonlight Book 2 (Max and Charlotte)
Captured by Moonlight Book 3 (Max and Charlotte)
Bound by Moonlight Book 4 (Max and Charlotte)
Hunter of Shadows Book 5 (Silas and Nica)
Seeker of Shadows Book 6 (Jacques and Susanna)
Betrayed by Shadows Book 7 (Giles and Brigit)
Prince of Shadows Book 8 (Cale and Kendra)
Remembered by Moonlight Book 9 (Max and Charlotte)
Unleashed by Shadows Book 10 (Cale and Kendra)
Prince of Honor Book 11/House of Terriot Book 1 (Turow and Sylvia)
Prince of Power Book 12/House of Terriot Book 2 (Colin and Mia)
Prince of Fools Book 13/House of Terriot Book 3 (Rico and Amber)
Prince of Dreams Book 14/House of Terriot Book 4 (Kip and Ophelia)
Rise by Moonlight Book 15 (Max and Charlotte)

“Complex characters, vivid writing and intriguing plot twists keep readers coming back.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Don’t have time to read ALL the book in the series? I recommend starting with REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT to bring you quickly into plot and family dynamics. And for further help, the 4-book HOUSE OF TERRIOT boxed set is on sale for just $3.99 (four H.o.T. princes for the price of one!) with storylines that pull you right into the action, romance and intrigue of the finale! 





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It’s been one heck of a ride and I thank all who’ve taken it with me as I take one last, long look at my favorite setting . . .