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!!



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26 comments:

  1. Congratulations for the release! The first paragraph of your snippet is just scrumptious, as is the way you characterize shadows.

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    1. Thanks, Ed! Scrumptious is now my new favorite word!

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  2. Julie Evelyn JoyceAugust 2, 2020 at 9:39 AM

    Oh, this is so exciting! Happy release to you! I have no doubt you'll find a new plot bunny in the next few weeks that'll have those fingers itching to write, and lucky for us!

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  3. Dreams can't harm you? A bad thing to say in a paranormal world!

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    1. It's like repeating, "It's only a movie . . ."

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  4. Charmaine Gordon" Nancy. week after week you bring me fine writing. Romance also, my friend.

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  5. This poor guy. I hope he's able to find peace after everything it seems he's been through.

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    1. It's been a looooong ten years (but only a few in "By Moonlight" time)!

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  6. Lovely and powerful imagery. Congrats on release day!

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  7. Congratulations on your release tomorrow! Max seems like a character that would get in your heart and be hard to let go of. For the reader and the author. Great snippet!

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  8. Congratulations on your new release!
    Max has bittersweet memories and his mother seems to have been overprotective.

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  9. Such sad memories. I hope he finds peace. Loved the snippet. Congrats on the release!! Love the Sweet Dreams video. :)

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    1. Disturbing memories because he still hasn't discovered the meaning of them yet. But he will . . .

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  10. Great snippet, a classic kind of wistful dream with deep portents and meanings...

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  11. Tomorrow is it! Congrats... I know it's bittersweet. Please wrap yourself in the joy of all you've accomplished. I admire you. :-)

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  12. Congrats on the release. I really enjoyed the excerpt. I could feel very intensely with him.

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  13. Congratulations on your release! After that long a run with this series I'm sure you're going to miss writing these characters. Max seems like a fabulous hero who's made quite the journey. Glory in this moment!

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  14. Your imagery is fantastic. I love how the mother is seen as both nurturing and haunting. It gave me the chills.

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