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


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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!!



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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


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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! 





If you’re not a Subscriber to my newsletter, now would be a great time to jump on board. Subscribers have access to my By Moonlight Character Chart and Series Mythology to keep readers new and old up-to-date with who’s who in the By Moonlight world (I certainly had to refer to it while tying up the series’ loose ends. Now who was his father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate?). If I missed anyone, let me know!


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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 . . . 


Sunday, July 19, 2020

WeWriWa: Two S*A*L*E*S and a Prince of a Guy . . . PRINCE OF DREAMS


Sharing from my final Terriot prince’s book before turning to the last chapter of the By Moonlight series which is in the process of being formatted (Squee!). I never expected Kip Terriot, the youngest prince in the House of Terriot to catch my heart, and apparently neither did Ophelia Brady, the daughter of his employer - the man he’s sworn to destroy. But one doesn’t have to cast a Tarot spread to see the future for these two after reading this almost morning-after scene. 


On his way in to work, Kip paused at the foot of the stairs to watch her descend and it took all her concentration not to trip and tumble to his feet as the magic of the night before returned in spades, or rather cups, at first glance. Apparently, for him, too, as hazel eyes grew smoky and his smile spread slow and wide, releasing those killer dimples as he said, “I was hoping I’d see you.”

Phe managed the rest of the steps without jellied knees hurrying her descent. Even several feet away was too close for her not to feel the magnetic pull between them. She was always surprised by how tall he was, how attractive and totally into her he seemed to be . . . the way he’d been last night.

Before she could assemble speech, he caught her hand, pressing something silky into her palm, voice rumbling, soft and husky, “I somehow ended up with these and really, really want to see them on you, as promised.”

Her panties.

Stuffing them into her sloppy bag, Ophelia dragged up a shaky breath and ragged smile, stammering, “I’m just on my way out since I didn’t get everything accomplished that I needed to last night.”

“Me either . . . my fault,” he slipped in with the hint of a wink.

It took every scrap of her strength not to turn and watch him walk away, which was almost as agitating as his approach.





Sigh . . . Hope you’ve enjoyed meeting the princes from my House of Terriot 4-book boxed set (four-for-the-price-of-one at just $3.99!! I couldn’t let them go without another loooong, lingering look at them . . .




July is heating up with another paranormal sale, this time with bite instead of a growl. MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE, from my vampire Touched by Midnight series, is just $0.99 (!) until the end of the month, as a small town, legally ambiguous Louisiana attorney is courted by a prestigious Washington, D.C. firm that’s under investigation by a relentless cop searching for her best friend’s killer. And you thought lawyers being vampires wasn’t literal! 



I’m hoping (fingers crossed!) to have RISE BY MOONLIGHT up for preorder by next weekend. The promo grind is getting ready to roll out in full force. I’m looking for blogs willing to host me as a guest in August. I’ll be doing a blog tour with sign ups coming up soon, so if you’re interested, let me know! Deep breath . . . and back into the fray.

Enjoy the summer heat, fellow Warriors and Happy Reading!!



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Sunday, July 12, 2020

WeWriWa: Brainless to Braveheart . . . PRINCE OF FOOLS


When things are at their darkest, those who could comfortably remain behind the scenes step up to become heroes, both in fiction as well as in our real world, today. In PRINCE OF FOOLS, Rico Terriot pushes himself from his idle, complaisant life to protect those he loves by becoming the hero he needs to be in true Braveheart style as he trains and rallies his clan to face a greater enemy than their fear. 


“Here in your sheltered little community, you don’t know what fear is, that cold that seizes up in your belly worse than any hunger. You don’t know what loyalty is, that unquestioning drive pushing you to leap in front of another to take a bullet without hesitation. You don’t have the kind of pride that makes death preferable to disgrace. You’ve never known a threat to your families or your clan that could tear all you love away in an instant . . . but you will. It will come to your city, to your comfortable homes, to crush and conquer everything you know. It’ll come from the North, and there is no place you can hide, no mercy you can beg for, and no future you’ll want for your children. That’s what’s coming, not from Memphis, not from Tahoe, but from the cold and the unforgiving who are not like us.

“I can teach you how to become a force they’ll be afraid to confront, if you’ll listen, if you’ll trust me and yourselves. I don’t plan to die here, but I don’t know how to surrender. Will you follow me?”


   

A dark prince to her Cinderella barmaid . . .

Rico . . . Prince in the shapeshifter House of Terriot

Reckless, hotheaded Rico Terriot seeks purpose and a sense of pride training the resentful guardians of New Orleans to defend a city besieged by a deadly outside force. Torn between his desire for his brother’s mate and the woman tied to the child of another, protecting their future happiness means denying his own on a dangerous path to redemption.

One night of stolen pleasure he didn’t remember and she couldn’t forget…

Amber . . . a single mother hiding a terrible past

Rico Terriot was the stuff of dreams . . . lately all of hers. But there’s no happily-ever-after for someone living in the shadows, protecting dangerous secrets that threaten her and her daughter. Dare she believe in a fairytale prince when he comes to her rescue, not knowing the price he’ll pay for making her troubles his own? From world’s so far apart, is love strong enough to hold them together . . . and keep them alive?


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PRINCE OF FOOLS is the third book of my House of Terriot mini spin off within the By Moonlight world, and is now also available in the HOUSE OF TERRIOT 4-book boxed set for only $4.99 (four princes for the price one!). HoT plotlines bring readers up to date with the dangers, politics and romance leading to RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the 15th and final book of the series. 



Just back from line editing that final book, and with an amazing cover I’ll soon be revealing, I needed a break from my desktop! After going on five months of quarantine hibernation, I finally managed an escape, braving torrential rains for an hour drive to my hairdresser’s chair (all properly masked and sanitized!), lost a small dog-sized pile of hair along with its shades of grey for this refreshing clip and fun highlights of blonde and copper. 



Add to that, a delivery of awesome cupcakes from my niece’s new bakery (The Mad Batter! Don’t you love it!) right to chairside, followed by a trip down the street to share some with my D-i-L and grandguy! Man, oh man, did I need that reminder of what it was like to be normal (in a safe way!). 


Now, back to desk and keyboard and the homestretch to this month’s release of RISE BY MOONLIGHT!


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Sunday, July 5, 2020

WeWRiWa: Wanting What You Can’t Have . . . PRINCE OF POWER

Mia Guedry’s got it bad for the worst possible male. They’re from different clans with opposite goals that prevent any future together. But that doesn’t stop her from desiring Colin Terriot, a prince in the enemy shapeshifter House of Terriot. Commiserate with her in this weekly excerpt from PRINCE OF POWER, one of the four books in my HOUSE OF TERRIOT boxed set.

He was everything she desired in handsome face and masculine form. Wanting him went far beyond those surface delights, to places she’d never imaged finding peace and potential happiness. His heart was strong and courageous, his will unbendingly decent, his spirit beautiful and infinitely intriguing with all its shades of complexity. She’d never tire of looking at him or learning about him, perhaps even from him. 

She’d never wanted anything so much in her entire life as what she saw when he gazed up at her in question. 

His caution ebbed away, and she saw trust. Absolute, soul-stripping trust. And it broke her heart because Mia knew she wasn’t worthy. She would hurt him, had hurt him. She wouldn’t mean to but eventually who and what they were would crush what they wanted and what they might have meant to one another.




   

Obsessed with an enemy - the only female to ever walk away from him . . .

Colin . . . Prince in the House of Terriot

Brawny, cynical negotiator for his clan, Colin Terriot sees a move to New Orleans as an escape from a painful past and his reputation as a legendary lover. What he didn't expect was to fall hard for a rival spy, the female who tricked and betrayed him by leaving his bed for his brother's. Now, he now must work with her, up close and personal, as the envoy for her clan. Things are about to heat up.

Determined to have him - even if having him means losing all . . .

Mia . . . Strong-willed Guedry heir

Denied her rightful legacy, Mia Guedry plans to stake her claim over the bodies of those who killed her family. But best laid plans fall before her desire for the one male she can't resist, the one who will never trust her once burned by her necessary deceptions. Saving her Terriot prince from plans already in motion may cost more than her inheritance . . . the price could be her life.

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For this looooong HOT weekend, what better way to spend it then between the pages of a compelling book. Might I offer four-books-in-one for just $3.99, in my HOUSE OF TERRIOT for your reading pleasure . . .




   


I’m spending the holiday going through line edits for RISE BY MOONLIGHT, the last book in the By Moonlight series that follows directly from the four-book mini-series. And when not at the computer, I have a special visitor – my grandguy is here to visit until Friday! Fun (safe fun!) will definitely ensue!!

Hope everyone enjoying this 4th of July weekend is taking precautions with their celebrations and considering pets and easily startled elder neighbors (especially cranky ones, like me!).



Happy HOT weekend, 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.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

IWSG: C-C-C-Changes to the Publishing Industry

Our Insecure Writers Support Group question for this month is There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

As someone whose been around the industry block for more than one decade, I’ve seen more changes than most, from submitting typed pages in a manuscript box to doing editor pitches on Twitter (not me, per say. I’m not that evolved). I’ve barely caught up to the changes in the last year let alone ten! Publishing is in its own Industrial Revolution started in the digital era and exploding with self-publishing. We went from having the Big Six to the Six Billion Pound Gorillas Amazon and Facebook collecting cover charges at every door. But what I’d like to see is more industry changes within our own author ranks. That’s why I’ve been busy One Clicking.


Diversity wasn’t something that hit me personally and professionally until Romance Writers of America was right in the middle of a huge upheaval going into 2020 on behalf of systematically stifled non-White authors. This is the industry change that’s been long overdue and will outlast this decade. So many brilliant, talented voices are finally being recognized and explored by new readers. THIS! This is what the new decade needs. Do a search on Twitter to discover lists of wonderful Black authors in every genre from Fiction to Fantasy and YA that are hitting bestseller lists because readers are finally aware of them. Support Black authors/Authors of Color by buying their books and reading them, by retweeting and reposting, by leaving reviews and recommendations, by asking for them in bookstores. 


Children and young people, as well as adults, need to read more about characters like them, as well as those who are different, who are brave, are loved, who struggle and who succeed. Change this new decade by celebrating ALL authors with stories to tell. I’m looking forward to reading them!


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 July 1st posting of the IWSG will be Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG