Sunday, October 28, 2018

WeWriWa: It’s a (Shapeshifter) Family Affair


No one likes to hear a hard truth, especially when it’s from the one person you think will understand. That’s where we left Kip, our hero from PRINCE OF DREAMS, as he confesses some surprising revelations to his older, wiser and cynical brother, Colin (from PRINCE OF POWER), telling him the truth about his feelings for the female he’s in New Orleans to use and betray . . . but has come to love. 


Alarm jumped through his brother before understanding relaxed him. "She knows your family name, that you're from Nevada, but does she know what you are, that you hunt trails with your nose to the ground and eat what you catch while it's warm? Have you told her what's required of your bond mate?"

"Enough, Colin, that's enough," Kip cried as he exploded off the couch and began to pace. "I don't want to pull her into a world full of violence and pride."

Colin sat silent for a long moment then posed, "You'd live in her world, walking away from your family?" There was no blame in his words, just puzzlement.

"I don't know, Col, I just don't know. There's got to be a middle ground, for both of us, you and me."

That snatched back the cynical smile as he drawled, "Right, and the rest of the ugly world we live in is just going to step back and let us live it."

Here’s where he finds himself . . .


Love this video! Sly & the Family Stone/Earth, Wind & Fire was one of the first concerts I went to with my older sister at my future university’s fieldhouse. Still rockin’ it soulfully!

If you’re looking for some non-caloric treats to celebrate the upcoming holiday, fill your goodie bag (and your eyes!) with my princes from the “House of Terriot”. Sinfully good.


Prince of Honor
Book 1
Prince of Power
Book 2
Prince of Fools
Book 3
Prince of Dreams
Book 4







   

   

   

   

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Hope this weekend edging up on Halloween finds you in a good place in your writing life, fellow Warriors! Don’t eat too much candy (if there’s such a thing?)!


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Sunday, October 21, 2018

WeWriWa: Knowing is Half the Battle . . . (if you’re a prince with a secret!)


With two sons growing up in the ‘80s/early ‘90s, one of the school day morning rituals was breakfast with GI Joe. Not only did they learn lessons about fair play and honor (and a lot of cartoon action!), the motto from the show taught me something, too. Things seem scary, impossible, overwhelming, undefeatable . . . until you know what you’re dealing with. Knowledge can give you the upper hand when the going gets tough. It helped our buddies Duke, Scarlet and my favorite, Cross Country every morning at 7:00. It’s helped me get over hurdles in my writing career. And it could help the hero in my new release PRINCE OF DREAMS deal with the pull between what he desires and what he’s obligated to do. Knowing can help equal the most difficult playing field, as Kip Terriot is discovering in today’s excerpt as he discusses his seemingly doomed attraction to Ophelia, who is not only his enemy’s daughter, but not his own species!


"I can keep both things separate." 

Colin had the unexpected decency not to laugh out loud. "No, you can't. We are what we are and what we are is not like them. Sure, she's cute and busty and probably laughs at your lame jokes, but she can't give you what you need. She can't be your life mate and give you a family." 

"Why not?" That belligerent demand cancelled all his half-hearted protests over the same issue, but Colin didn't call him on it, instead, continuing in that same quietly measured tone that led down a path to no future Kip wanted for himself. 

"Because you’re a prince in the House of Terriot which is why haven't you told her who you are." 

"She knows."


I’m with Colin, Kip’s cynical older brother. How can Kip believe it could work out? And just WHAT does Phe know about their secretive family? Knowing, in this case, could destroy them! I’ll be continuing this conversation into next month.



As Halloween gets closer, my dreamy Prince and I are continuing to tour in a Spooktacular way. One of the fun things it involves is a Facebook event on Wednesday, Oct. 24th. My slot is 8-9 p.m. EST. All sort of goodies and giveaways will ensue throughout the day.


I hope you’ll stop by to visit with me!!


PRINCE OF DREAMS and I are also inviting you to the Hallowpalooza Scavenger Hunt through Oct. 31 where you can meet new authors, find new reads and win some awesome prizes, including a Kindle Fire! Come support me as one of the participating authors and have some non-caloric fun in door-to-door stops.



I spent my Saturday in an online chat with the amazing Joy Seeker, Arwen Lynch who uses the Tarot to help plot your novel’s path and develop your characters' backstory. Her reading helped me define my heroine in PRINCE OF DREAMS (so appropriate since she’s a card reader in New Orleans!)! Take a peek at her book Mapping the Hero’s Journey with Tarot: 33 Days to Finish Your Book. It’s awesome!


Happy Haunting season and Happy Writing, fellow Warriors!


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

WeWriWa: His Father’s Son . . . New Paranormal Release - PRINCE OF DREAMS!


Finding and falling for the perfect woman is hard enough. Throw in the fact that you’re of a different species and your purpose is to destroy everything she loves . . . well, that’s kind of a deal breaker. What’s a hero to do . . .?

She thought he was a bastard and she was right. 

No amount of excuses could erase the truth that he’d used her, hurt her and was going to continue to do both . . . and she let him. She’d accepted his duplicity with an amazing outward calm, not flinging the contents of her coffee cup at him but instead, opening the door of reward. Though she knew exactly what he was doing, still she gave him what he wanted, entry into her household and her father’s world for the price of a Judas kiss. 

He was despicable, his father’s son, and far from proud of that fact. 

The best thing he could do for Ophelia Brady was what she expected-grab the gift-wrapped opportunity and never look her way again - the best thing for both of them. 

In the morning, he’d check out of his hotel room and sign a lease on the trendy renovated apartment he’d found in the Garden District, adding that opportunistic address to his resume before handing it to the snotty Nick DePoussier, and then, as Christopher Fraser, he’d follow in that creep’s footsteps by walking all over a wonderful girl who didn’t deserve it. 

Because he was a Terriot. Nothing came before family. And he had a lot to make up for if he was to ever wear that name with pride again. 

What’s the price of pride? I think he’ll find out it’s more than he can pay.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore PRINCE OF DREAMS, visit the Amazon page for a sneak peek.


IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE CARDS . . .

Kip . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

He'd said he wasn't a mobster. . . She should have asked if he was a monster.
Who was this too good to be true, always ready in a crisis guy working a menial job for her father? Ophelia knew things. Something was not quite normal about the Kip Terriot hiding behind another name in lace-up dress shoes and a preppy wardrobe – something wild and exciting as all hell. A dangerous something calling to that restless difference in her own soul.

Ophelia . . . daughter of his enemy, girl of his dreams

So sassy, so sweet so perfect . . . and what he had to do would destroy her.

Kip was in New Orleans to save his clan and his kind, not to play white knight for Ophelia Brady with her quirky habits, curvy body and tormented past. His deception would rip the heart from her world, not help heal it. Was his family’s nemesis using his own daughter to make Kip the played instead of the player, pulling him between love and duty to make an impossible choice?

“Emotionally captivating! A brilliant conclusion to a unique series!” – Book Bling

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

It’s beginning to smell a lot like pumpkin spice (even my coffee!!). My favorite time of year. I’m carving out time to haunted-up my house to the max this weekend (it helps when the first born is working at a Halloween store!!). We’re off to a good start . . .


Happy Hauntings and Happy Reading, Fellow Warriors!!


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Get Ready for Hallowpalooza 2018 and my new Release . . . PRINCE OF DREAMS!!


Readers . . . meet new authors, find great books and WIN great prizes!

Ready to win Amazon cards, romance books and other goodies? Join me as one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Romance Hallowpalooza Scavenger Hunt!!

During this event I'm going to help you find some spooktacular new reads. Make sure to check my featured title out along the way.

The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HD 8 w/Alexa. 



This chillingly good event runs from October 11 – 31. Winners will be posted on an ANNOUNCEMENT CHAT NOV 5th at 5 pm PT / 8 pm ET. Meet featured authors and find out if you take home a goodie bag! You don’t have to attend to win . . . but it will be SO much fun!

Here’s a peek at my featured book - my brand-new paranormal release . . . PRINCE OF DREAMS! 


IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE CARDS . . .

Kip . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

He'd said he wasn't a mobster. . . She should have asked if he was a monster.
Who was this too good to be true, always ready in a crisis guy working a menial job for her father? Ophelia knew things. Something was not quite normal about the Kip Terriot hiding behind another name in lace-up dress shoes and a preppy wardrobe – something wild and exciting as all hell. A dangerous something calling to that restless difference in her own soul.

Ophelia . . . daughter of his enemy, girl of his dreams

So sassy, so sweet so perfect . . . and what he had to do would destroy her.

Kip was in New Orleans to save his clan and his kind, not to play white knight for Ophelia Brady with her quirky habits, curvy body and tormented past. His deception would rip the heart from her world, not help heal it. Was his family’s nemesis using his own daughter to make Kip the played instead of the player, pulling him between love and duty to make an impossible choice?

[“Emotionally captivating! A brilliant conclusion to a unique series!” – Book Bling]

Have one Hallowpalooza of a good time!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

WeWriWa: It’s Alive! Your PRINCE OF DREAMS is HERE!!!


My shapeshifter PRINCE OF DREAMS sinks his teeth into the dark paranormal world with the release of my 69th title (not counting all those reprints!)! And he is a dream come true.

Perhaps not for my heroine, at the moment. We left them simmering at the CafĂ© du Monde in New Orleans, ready to explore their relationship when he kills the mood by suggesting they’ll have more time for one another if she helps him find a job in her city. For Phe, who has been taken in by one too many gold diggers looking for the means to latch onto her wealthy and powerful father, these aren’t the words she’d longed to hear. But stoically she agrees to make the introduction. We pick them up as he’s dropping her off at her palatial Garden District home – parking on the dark street instead of pulling up to the door. 


“I’m glad you called.”

Phe could almost believe he meant that.

His fingertips grazed her chin, and before she could react, Kip closed the space between them to kiss her, a quick touch making her gasp, followed by a slow slant that had her holding her breath, her eyes squeezed tight to deny tears. If he noticed how stiffly she held herself, he didn’t let it matter, parting her slack lips with the slide of his tongue, provoking hers into a bit of reacquainting urgency before she braced palms against his chest to leverage distance.

“No,” in a quiet, rational tone, she told him, “It’s better if we’re just friends, since you wouldn’t want my father to think you’d sleep your way into a job. He’d boot you all the way back to Nevada. Just friends is better for both of us.”

A long silence then he had the nerve to ask, “Is that what you think?”

“Pull up to the gate, they’ll let you drive to the door.”

Without comment, he settled back behind the wheel and u-turned into the drive, following it to the covered entrance where a suited guard with a tell-tale bulge under his arm opened the door for her so she could get out without a word or a backward glance.


Whaaat? Just friends? But then where have we heard that before only to have things heat up in a hurry? I guess we’ll have to wait and see how much restraint these two can manage when under the same roof.


IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE CARDS . . .

Kip . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

He'd said he wasn't a mobster. . . She should have asked if he was a monster.
Who was this too good to be true, always ready in a crisis guy working a menial job for her father? Ophelia knew things. Something was not quite normal about the Kip Terriot hiding behind another name in lace-up dress shoes and a preppy wardrobe – something wild and exciting as all hell. A dangerous something calling to that restless difference in her own soul.

Ophelia . . . daughter of his enemy, girl of his dreams

So sassy, so sweet so perfect . . . and what he had to do would destroy her.

Kip was in New Orleans to save his clan and his kind, not to play white knight for Ophelia Brady with her quirky habits, curvy body and tormented past. His deception would rip the heart from her world, not help heal it. Was his family’s nemesis using his own daughter to make Kip the played instead of the player, pulling him between love and duty to make an impossible choice?

“Emotionally captivating! A brilliant conclusion to a unique series!” – Book Bling

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 


To celebrate PRINCE OF DREAMS’s debut, I’m participating in Night Owl Review’s uber fun HallowpaloozaScavenger Hunt from Oct. 11 to the 31st. Meet new authors, find new books, win fab prizes. For more info: 

A new release AND a new job. No wonder I haven’t had any sleep! Pardon me while I nod off . . . right after catching up on what you’ve been doing.

Happy October! And Happy Writing, fellow 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.