Interview: CJ Roberts (+traduction)

Welcome to C.J. Roberts the author of the Dark Duet series! Thanks to her for her answers!


Bienvenue à C.J. Roberts l’auteure de la série Dark Duet sortie en Français chez Pygmalion. Merci à elle pour avoir répondu à nos questions.


Welcome on Between Dreams and Reality, can you present yourself in a few words?

Overworked procrastinator with a perverted imagination and delusions of grandeur. I think that about sums me up for better or worse.

What can you tell us but The Dark Duet series? What is it about?

I’ve answered this question many times over the years, and each time I discover something new about my reasons. Looking back on it today and the young woman I was when I started writing it, I think the story is more personal than I previously let on. I was young, naïve, and very frightened of the world evolving around me. In many ways, the story was me exploring my fears and desires in a safe and fictional environment.

What would you most like potential readers to know about you and/or your books?

They are welcome to NOT to like them.  I write fiction and I write it for myself, for whatever thing I am trying to learn about myself or the world. All of my characters are flawed because there is something I find beautiful about the fragments we, as humans, reshape ourselves around. I tend to be a very free thinker which is good, but also problematic because there are never any easy answers for me to find. Writing is a way to push myself to see things from perspectives I wouldn’t otherwise consider. It’s a lofty goal because I have no illusions about a being a great literary writer. I write things to titillate, but I do what I can to also learn and push others to think, especially about topics where they fundamentally believe they have a moral or ethical absolute.

You write dark novels, is it something difficult to do? Is there another genre you would like to try?

It’s easy to write in the sense that terrifying thoughts come to me regularly. I have an anxiety disorder. But it’s also very difficult for the same reason. For me, every day is a struggle for internal peace and focus. There are days when simply the thought of opening my laptop floods me with panic. That said, I wish I felt capable to writing other genres, but I don’t think it is my gift. I am especially fond of sci-fi, paranormal, and action.

Captive in The Dark became very popular, did you expect that?

No. I never expected to publish it. Writing has always been a personal thing, something I do to exorcise my inner wanton demons.  I wrote Captive over the course of several years and shared it with only my closest friends until I was out of the military. After the military, I could not find work, I had no friends who lived near me, and I had begun to feel rather worthless. I spent my time working on my story and when I finished it, my close friends encouraged me to publish it.

It was rejected many, many, many times, and each time I felt more worthless than before. I published as an independent as a last resort (back then indie authors were considered ‘vanity press’ and looked down on).

The fans made it popular. I owe it all to them. Well, them, and Colleen Hoover who was already mega famous when she decided to read my book and actually tell people.

If you could meet any characters in your book, who would it be and why?

I would hope to never meet any of my characters. I have done too much to them and as their creator; I would be hard pressed to give them any good answers as to why they had to suffer. Whenever I think about God, I have pity, because God may not even be aware of what God is, and how we all suffer from this lack of knowledge.

Have you ever been in France? Did you meet with your French fans?

Yes, I had the opportunity to visit France this past July and attend a reception with my publisher, Pygmalion. The experience is one I will treasure forever. While I was there I learned how I came to be published in France, and the story had me in tears. Apparently, many French readers had read the book in English and began campaigning on my behalf to several publishers to purchase the rights. Fanny, my host, had heard about it at her former publishing house before transferring to Pygmalion, and was happy to hear they had picked up the title.

They put my book on the side of a bus! I saw my book on shelves in the bookstores of Paris! I am not on bookshelves in America, but I am in France.

It was everything and I am eternally grateful.

Have you already other plans for future series? Or is it top secret?

The last few years have been difficult for a host of personal and professional reasons. I am struggling with my anxiety more than ever. But…I am writing. It’s very dark, highly inappropriate, and will probably be banned the moment I try to publish it, but I am writing. At this time, I don’t have a tentative release date.

Do you have a favorite author? Or a favorite book?

I always hate this question. It’s too hard!!! But here are some authors I love (in alphabetical order):

Aleatha Romig

Anais Nin

Anne Rice

A.R. Torre

Belinda McBride

Bisco Hatori

Colleen Hoover

Eden Bradley

J. Sterling

J.R. Ward

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Kaia Bennett

Karen Marie Moning

Karina Halle

Kitty Thomas

Kresley Cole

Marie Sexton

Pam Godwin

Pepper Winters

Poppy Z. Brite

Raine Miller

T.M. Frazier

Tara Sivec

Tarryn Fisher

Tracey Garvis Graves

Yana Toboso


 

Bienvenue sur Between Dreams and Reality, pouvez-vous vous présenter en quelques mots ?

Procrastinatrice overbookée avec une imagination perverse avec la folie des grandeurs. Je pense que ça me résume pour le meilleur ou le pire.

Pouvez-vous nous en dire plus sur la série The Dark Duet ? De quoi s’agit-il ?

J’ai répondu à cette question plusieurs fois à travers les années, et chaque fois je découvre quelque chose de nouveau. En regardant en arrière aujourd’hui, et en pensant à la femme que j’étais quand j’ai commencé, je crois que l’histoire est plus personnelle que je le pensais. J’étais jeune, naïve, et effrayée par le monde qui m’entourait. Sous plusieurs aspects, l’histoire révèle mon exploration de mes peurs et désirs dans un environnement sécurisé et fictif

Que voudriez-vous que vos potentiels lecteurs sachent au sujet de vos livres ou de vous ?

Ils peuvent ne pas les aimer. J’écris de la fiction et j’écris pour moi, pour les choses que j’essaie d’apprendre sur moi-même et sur le monde. Tous mes personnages ont des défauts parce qu’il y a quelque chose que je trouve beau au sujet des fragments, qui, en tant qu’humains, nous transforme. Je suis une penseuse libre, ce qui est bien, mais aussi problématique parce qu’il n’y a jamais de réponses faciles à trouver. Ecrire est un moyen de me pousser à voir les choses d’une perspective que je n’aurais pas envisagée. C’est un but difficile parce que je n’ai pas d’illusions sur le fait d’être un très bon écrivain littéraire. J’écris des choses qui titillent, mais je le fais pour apprendre et pousser les autres à réflechir, surtout sur des sujets pour lesquels ils pensent avoir une morale ou une éthique absolue.

Vous écrivez des romans noirs, est-ce difficile à faire ? Y-a-t-il un autre genre que vous voudriez essayer ?

 C’est facile d’écrire dans le sens où des pensées terrifiantes me viennent régulièrement. J’ai un trouble de l’anxiété. Mais c’est aussi difficile pour la même raison. Pour moi, chaque jour est un combat pour un focus et une paix intérieure. Il y a des jours où le fait d’ouvrir simplement mon ordinateur me fait paniquer. Cela dit, j’espère être capable d’écrire d’autres genres, mais je ne pense pas que c’est ce soit mon don. J’aime particulièrement la science-fiction, le paranormal et l’action.

Captive in The Dark est devenu très populaire, vous y attendiez-vous ?

Non. Je ne pensais pas le publier. Ecrire a toujours été personnel, quelque chose pour exorciser mes propres démons. J’ai écrit Captive pendant plusieurs années et je l’ai uniquement partagé avec mes amis proches jusqu’à ce que j’arrête l’armée. Après l’armée, je ne parvenais pas à trouver du travail, et je n’avais pas d’amis qui habitaient près, et j’ai commencé à me sentir inutile. J’ai passé du temps à travailler sur mon histoire et quand je l’ai finie, mes amis proches m’ont encouragée à le publier.

 J’ai été rejetée beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup de fois, et chaque fois je me sentais encore plus inutile que la fois précédente. Je l’ai publiés en tant qu’indépendant en dernier recourt (quand les auteurs indies étaient considérés comme une « vanité » et regardés de haut).

Les fans l’ont rendue populaire. Je leur dois tout. Enfin, eux et Colleen Hoover qui était déjà très célèbre quand elle a décidé de lire mon livre et d’en parler aux gens.

Si vous pouviez rencontrer un personnage de vos livres, qui serait-ceet pourquoi ? 

J’espère ne jamais rencontrer mes personnages. Je leur ai fait traverser trop de choses, en tant que leur créatrice ; ce serait difficile de leur donner de bonnes réponses quand ils me demanderaient pourquoi ils devaient souffrir. A chaque fois que je pense à Dieu, j’ai pitié, parce que Dieu n’est peut-être pas au courant de ce qu’un Dieu est, et de la manière dont nous souffrons de ce manque de savoir.

 Etes-vous déjà venue en France ? Avez-vous rencontré vos fans Français ?

Oui, j’ai eu l’opportunité de venir en France en Juillet dernier et de participer à une réception de mon éditeur, Pygmalion. C’est une expérience que je chérirai toujours. Quand j’étais là, j’ai appris pourquoi j’avais été publiée en France et l’histoire m’a fait pleurer. Apparement, plusieurs lecteurs Français avaient lu mon livre en anglais et ont commencé à faire campagne pour moi vers plusieurs éditeurs pour qu’ils achètent les droits. Fanny, mon hôte, a appris cela à son ancienne maison d’édition avant d’être transférée à Pygmalion, et était heureuse de savoir qu’ils avaient choisi le titre. 

 Ils ont mis mon livre sur le côté d’un bus ! J’ai vu mon livre sur les étagères des librairies de Paris ! Je ne suis pas sur les étagères en Amérique, mais je le suis en France.

C’était tout, et je suis éternellement reconnaissante.

Avez-vous d’autres plans pour une future série ? Ou est-ce top secret ? 

 Les dernières années ont été difficiles personnellement et professionnellement. Je combats mon anxiété plus que jamais. Mais… j’écris. C’est très noir, complètement inapproprié, et sera sûrement banni quand j’essaierai de le publier, mais je l’écris. En ce moment, je n’ai pas de dates.  

Avez-vous un auteur préféré ? Ou un livre préféré ?

Je déteste toujours cette question. C’est trop dur !!! Mais voilà quelques auteurs que j’adore (par ordre alphabétique) :

Aleatha Romig

Anais Nin

Anne Rice

A.R. Torre

Belinda McBride

Bisco Hatori

Colleen Hoover

Eden Bradley

J. Sterling

J.R. Ward

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Kaia Bennett

Karen Marie Moning

Karina Halle

Kitty Thomas

Kresley Cole

Marie Sexton

Pam Godwin

Pepper Winters

Poppy Z. Brite

Raine Miller

T.M. Frazier

Tara Sivec

Tarryn Fisher

Tracey Garvis Graves

Yana Toboso

 

Website: http://www.aboutcjroberts.com

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, 1) – C.J. Roberts

Synopsis: Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Guest Post: Jess Haines (+concours/Giveaway)

Welcome to Jess Haines the author of the H&W Investigations and the Blackhollow Academy series. Thanks to her for this great post!


Bienvenie à Jess Haines l’auteure de la série Waynest (parue chez Milady) et de la série Blackhollow Academy. Merci à elle pour ce post.


Dragons: One of My Favorite Things

By Jess Haines

Hello there!  Jess Haines here.  You might know me as the author of the H&W Investigations series—urban fantasy novels about Shiarra Waynest, a human private investigator in an alternate, present-day New York. Somehow she keeps getting pulled into supernatural troubles way above her pay grade… I also have a new series called Blackhollow Academy that follows the adventures of young magi (think wizards) who are on the hunt for their first familiars.

I’m guessing since you’re here, you like urban fantasy, and possibly some paranormal romance, too. One of my favorite aspects of writing urban fantasy is how you can vary all over the spectrum, from a touch of science fiction to full blown fantasy, while keeping everything in a modern setting.

One of my favorite paranormal creatures to both read and write about is dragons. I know I’m better known for playing in the vampire and werewolf sandbox, but from the time I was a kid, dragons have always fascinated me.

It’s not the treasure. It’s not the ferocious nature. It’s being wise and powerful and mysterious. It’s being king of land, sky, and all they survey.

It’s being a force of nature—one to be reckoned with.

There are some great takes on dragons out there, and whether you prefer the science fiction flavor of Anne McCaffrey, the high fantasy adventure of DragonLance, or the melt-your-panties fantasy-fueled sexiness of Thea Harrison, it’s always fun to see different takes on dragons in fiction.

Since this is a blog devoted to the love of reading and sharing thoughts about books, I thought I might share some of my favorite dragon books with you:

THE ELVENBANE by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton: A truly epic fantasy that I believe should be a staple in the library of anyone who enjoys high fantasy that involves dragons. In a world ruled by the decadent, merciless elves, run by enslaved humans, it is prophesized that a halfblood will rise and overthrow the elven regime. The halfblood—raised by dragons.

THE LEGEND OF HUMA by Richard A. Knaak: This is a tragic love story between a silver dragon and a knight. While I might be wearing rose-colored glasses where this book is concerned, I still cherish the worn, time-weathered copy I have had since I was a teenager and like to reread it on occasion. It’s classic high fantasy, and a great introduction to the world of Krynn. I recommend it if you like high fantasy material (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) that is a fast read, more along the lines of modern urban fantasy.

DRAGONSONG and DRAGONSINGER by Anne McCaffrey: These books are just lovely. While they do provide a poignant look at the emotional abuse that can be heaped on an artist by family who just don’t understand, it’s a glorious adventure about finding your people—the ones who do love you for who you are and support your endeavors unconditionally. While most of the “dragons” in these books are tiny, they are still powerful friends to have, and make it so much easier to fall in love with the world of Pern that Ms. McCaffrey created.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Series) by Patricia C. Wrede: Okay, I know this isn’t one book, but the whole thing is just fabulous. If you ever got tired of reading about princesses who sit around waiting to be rescued, you will find this a delightful breath of fresh air. It’s a middle grade/young adult series about a princess who is tired of the nonsense about manners and balls and arranged marriages to dull boors, so she sets off on her own adventures and becomes a dragon’s princess. Her attitude and attempts to blow off the knights and princes who attempt to rescue her are hilarious, and I always love to recommend this series, no matter the reader’s age.

Have you read any of those books? My social media contact information is below—let me know if you want to fangirl over some of them with me. Before I go, I do want to throw out a mention of my latest release, SMOKE AND MIRRORS, which involves magic, a whopper of a lie, and—my favorite—a dragon!

Please feel free to visit and chat with me on the web:

www.JessHaines.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JessHainesAuthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Jess_Haines

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jesshaines

Thanks again for having me!


Dragons : Une de mes choses préférées

De Jess Haines

Bonjour à tous ! C’est Jess Haines. Vous me connaissez comme l’auteure de la série Waynest – des romans d’urban fantasy sur Shiarra Waynest, une détective humaine dans un New-York parallèle. D’une manière ou d’une autre, elle se retrouve dans des ennuis surnaturels qui vont bien au-delà de son salaire… J’ai aussi une nouvelle série appelée Blackhollow Academy qui suit les aventures de jeunes magi (pensez sorciers) qui sont à la recherche de leurs premiers familiers.

Je pense que si vous êtes ici, c’est que vous aimez l’urban fantasy, et probablement la romance paranormale aussi. La chose que je préfère dans l’écriture d’urban fantasy, ce sont toutes les possibilités que vous avez, avec une touche de science-fiction à une grosse partie de fantasy, tout en gardant un univers moderne.

Une de mes créatures paranormales préférées à lire et à écrire reste les dragons. Je sais que je suis plus connue pour jouer avec les vampires et les loups-garous, mais quand j’étais enfant, les dragons me fascinaient.

Ce n’est pas à cause du trésor. Ce n’est pas à cause de nature féroce. C’est à cause de leur façon d’être intelligent, puissant et mystérieux. C’est parce qu’ils sont les rois de la terre, du ciel et de tout ce qu’ils survolent.

C’est parce qu’ils sont une force de la nature – une sur laquelle il faut compter.

Il y a beaucoup de choix sur les dragons ici, et quoi que vous préférerez, un gout de science-fiction avec Anne McCaffrey, de la fantasy avec DragonLance, ou un mélange qui fera-fondre-vos-sous-vêtements de Thea Harrison, c’est toujours amusant de voir les différences dans les fictions de dragons.

Comme c’est un blog consacré à l’amour de la lecture et du partage, je me suis dis que je pouvais partager quelques-uns de mes livres préférés sur les dragons avec vous :

THE ELVENBANE de Mercedes Lackey et Andre Norton: Une vraie fantasy épique qui, je pense, pourrait être une très bonne acquisition pour tous ceux qui aiment la fantasy avec des dragons. Dans un monde gouverné par les elfes décadents et sans merci, exécuté par des esclaves humains, il a été prédit que les sans-mêlés prendront la place du régime elfique. Les sans-mêlés – élevés par les dragons.

THE LEGEND OF HUMA de Richard A. Knaak: C’est une histoire tragique d’amour entre un dragon argenté et un chevalier. Alors que je pourrais porter des lunettes roses quand il s’agit de ce livre, je le chérie même s’il est usé étant donné que je l’ai depuis mon adolescence et que je le relis à l’occasion. C’est un classique de la fantasy, et une grande introduction au monde de Krynn. Je le recommande si vous aimez la fantasy (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) qui se lit rapidement, à la limite de l’urban fantasy moderne.

DRAGONSONG et DRAGONSINGER de Anne McCaffrey: Ces livres sont très sympas. S’ils proposent un côté poignant sur les abus émotionnels qui peuvent arriver à un artiste à cause de sa famille qui ne le comprend pas, c’est une glorieuse aventure pour retrouver les siens  – ceux qui vous aiment le plus, pour qui vous êtes et qui vous soutient dans tout ce que vous entreprenez. Même si les « dragons » de ce roman sont assez petits, ce sont toujours des amis puissants à avoir, et ils nous font tomber amoureux si facilement du monde de Pern que Ms. McCaffrey a créé.

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Serie) de Patricia C. Wrede: Okay, je sais que ce n’est pas un livre, mais l’ensemble est fabuleux. Si vous êtes fatigués de lire des histoires au sujet de princesses qui s’assoient et qui attendent d’être sauvées, ce sera une bouffée d’air frais. C’est une série jeune/ado au sujet d’une princesse qui est fatiguée de tout ce non-sens au sujet des manières, des bals et des mariages arrangés, alors elle créée ses propres aventures et devient la princesse d’un dragon. Son attitude et ses tentatives pour chasser les chevaliers et les princes qui veulent la sauver sont hilarantes, et j’adore recommander cette série, peu importe l’âge du lecteur. 

Avez-vous lu ces livres ? Mes informations pour me contacter sont ci-dessous – faites-moi savoir si vous êtes fan comme moi. Avant de vous laissez, j’aimerais mentionner ma dernière publication SMOKE AND MIRRORS, qui inclue de la magie, un gros mensonge, et mon préféré – un dragon !

N’hésitez pas à passer me voir et discuter avec moi sur le web :

www.JessHaines.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JessHainesAuthor 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Jess_Haines 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/jesshaines

Merci encore de l’invitation.


Smoke and Mirror (Blackhollow Academy, 1) – Jess Haines

Synopsis: A girl who uses her illusions to fool the world into thinking she’s just like all the other magi.

A dragon who sees through her lies.

Together they just might survive a world that wants to control or destroy them both.

Kimberly may wield ultimate cosmic power, but even a mage has to pay the rent. No one will hire her for her magic talents until she’s got the credentials, so she’s stuck in a crappy rent controlled apartment with her mother, yearning for treats she can’t afford at her part time job in a café, counting down the days until she graduates the secret Blackhollow Academy school for magi. Only then will she have the certificate she needs to land her dream job in a coven.

The problem? She needs a familiar to graduate.

As an illusionist, she doesn’t have the ability to summon or create a familiar of her own. Her only option is to convince a supernatural creature to let her bind it instead. Since having a powerful Other at her beck and call would guarantee her a place in a coven after she graduates—and legendary treasure hoards are an added bonus—she thinks binding a dragon as her familiar will solve all her problems…

Because sometimes a girl needs a dragon, not a knight….

Vous pouvez gagner un exemplaire en Français de Traquée (Waynest, 1)  de Jess Haines ou un exemplaire VO de Smoke & Mirrors. You can win a French copy of Hunted by the Others or an original signed copy of Smoke & Mirror.

 
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Guest Post: A Talent For Trickery by Alissa Johnson + Giveaway

Guest Post:

5 Things To Remember When Writing About the Victorian Era

I’m delighted to introduce A Talent for Trickery, the first book in my new Victorian-set “Thief-takers” series. Our hero, Private Investigator Owen Renderwell, is on the hunt for a thief and murderer. And he knows just how to catch his man. All he needs is a little help from our heroine, Miss Charlotte Walker-Bales. The daughter of an infamous confidence man, Lottie is in a unique position to offer insight into the mind and motives of a hardened criminal. There’s just one flaw in Owen’s otherwise excellent plan. Lottie hasn’t spoken to him in eight years. She has no interest in working alongside a man of the law, and certainly not the one who betrayed her trust, endangered her family, and broke her heart.

To celebrate A Talent for Trickery’s time period, I’ve compiled a list of five things to remember while writing about the Victorian era.

1. It spanned about 64 years and was a time of constant change. Even a year or two can mean the difference between bathing your characters in candlelight, gaslight, or electricity. Or dressing your heroine in petticoats, hoop skirt, crinolette, or bustle.

2. And on the topic of lady’s fashion…“Tight-lacing,” or the practice of cinching one’s corset to produce a 16 inch waist à la Scarlett O’Hara was rare. Most women did not go to such extreme lengths to gain an hourglass figure.

3. Some of the newest innovations, amenities and improvements were a long time coming for those in rural areas. London established a dedicated police force in 1829. It took decades more, however, for many country villages to expand their police force beyond a single, often underpaid and ill-qualified constable.

4. It was a time of great social upheaval. Power and wealth began to shift away from landowners to industrialists, and the middle-class started to thrive. A duke was still a duke, of course, but by the latter half of the 19th century, he had a lot less money and weight to throw around.

5. Morality was everything. In a lot of ways, the Victorian era was a backlash for some of the excesses of the regency era. At least on the surface. Men and women still cavorted and caroused (STDs were, sadly, rampant) but folks did their best to keep even the hint of naughtiness under wraps.

A Talent for Trickery

Author: Alissa Johnson

Release Date: November 3, 2015

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: The Thief-takers, Book 1

Synopsis: The Lady is a Thief

Years ago, Owen Renderwell earned acclaim-and a title-for the dashing rescue of a kidnapped duchess. But only a select few knew that Scotland Yard’s most famous detective was working alongside London’s most infamous thief…and his criminally brilliant daughter, Charlotte Walker.

Lottie was like no other woman in Victorian England. She challenged him. She dazzled him. She questioned everything he believed and everything he was, and he has never wanted anyone more. And then he lost her.

Now a private detective on the trail of a murderer, Owen has stormed back into Lottie’s life. She knows that no matter what they may pretend, he will always be a man of the law and she a criminal. Yet whenever he’s near, Owen has a way of making things complicated…and long for a future that can never be theirs.

 

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Guest post: Stop at Nothing by Kate Serine (+Giveaway)

Top 10 favorite things about Writing Romantic Suspense

I’m so excited to be launching my first Romantic Suspense series with Stop at Nothing (Protect & Serve #1). I’m having a great time hanging out with the Dawson brothers and telling their stories as they try to find their way in life and in love. Here are just a few reasons why I really enjoy writing in this genre:

  • Action! Writing an edge-of-your-seat action scene is exhilarating. Bring it on!
  • Suspense, suspense, suspense. I absolutely love the process of building suspense in my stories!
  • Danger makes the romance more intense. Writing this kind of high-intensity romance is oh so much fun.
  • Battling the evil that might be lurking next door. Personally, I can handle things that go bump in the night. But the unknown and unpredictable danger that surrounds us every day scares the hell out of me.
  • Plots tend to be both plot-driven and character-driven simultaneously, so I can really dig deep as an author to develop both.
  • I’m a sucker for a complex, detestable villain.
  • Strong, kickass characters who are equals and rescue each other, both physically and emotionally.
  • The opportunity to show heroism and to celebrate the true heroes (police, military, EMTs, etc.) who put their lives on the line to help others.
  • A lot of the characteristics I love about Romantic Suspense are also present in action/adventure, thrillers, mysteries, etc. But with writing Romantic Suspense, I can still give my characters a happily ever after. 🙂
  • I love to read Romantic Suspense—now I get to write it! 🙂

 

Title: Stop at Nothing

Author: Kate SeRine

Series: Protect & Serve, #1

Pubdate: November 3rd, 2015

ISBN: 9781492618348

When a high-profile investigation goes wrong, FBI Agent Kyle Dawson is transferred back home where he is forced to confront his demons…and the only woman he ever loved. Three years ago, Kyle and Abby Morrow shared a wild, passionate summer—then Abby broke his heart.

Now she needs his help

Kyle never stopped loving Abby. So when Abby uncovers evidence of a human-trafficking ring, leading to her sister’s kidnapping, he swears he’ll stop at nothing to bring her sister home and keep Abby safe. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse and blindsided by their own explosive desires, they must set aside the past before it’s too late.

Kate SeRine writes award-winning romantic suspense and paranormal romance. A past recipient of an Emily Award and the National Readers Choice Award, she has also been a finalist in the Fire and Ice Contest, Finally a Bride Contest, and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. She lives with her husband and two sons outside Indianapolis, Indiana. Connect with Kate at www.kateserine.com.

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Welcome to Suzanne McLeod, the author of the awesome Spellcrackers.com series. Thanks to the author for her post.
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Bienvenue à Suzanne McLeod, l’auteure de la fantastique série : Spellcrackers.com. Merci à l’auteure pour son post.

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Hello, and thanks so much to Delhia for having me back as a guest again for her anniversary! It’s lovely to be here, and today I’m going to talk about some of the magical creatures in my books. When I put my Spellcrackers world together I decided I wasn’t going to limit the supernatural creatures to one type, such as vampires, but that the world in the books would be populated by a whole range of different magical creatures, much in the same way that nature has populated our world with such an amazing number of different species.

So I started with vampires and fae (since they’re my favourite supes!), and the witches, and then added in the Others; a catch all term for those characters who, amazingly enough, are Other ;-). Some of the creatures classed as Others are trolls, goblins, pixies, gnomes, were-creatures, dragons, and there’s even a mini cameo by a phoenix in The Shifting Price of Prey, the latest Spellcrackers book! (Inserts obligatory self-promo *g*).

Once I started bringing in all the different supernatural species I needed to work out what characteristics they each had, how closely their characteristics would follow known myths and legends, how each species would mesh with all the other creatures both magical and non-magical, and come up with any unique ‘Spellcrackers’ tweaks I could give them. Here’s a little insight into the trolls in the Spellcrackers’ world.

There are three types of troll: mountain, concrete, and tree.

Mountain trolls mostly live in matriarchal tribes high in the mountains. They are born from troll parents and they’re a sort of ‘living stone’ (such as granite, marble, or slate). Mountain trolls are usually placid in nature, and are unwavering pacifists. When they’re young, they venture out to see the world and, of course, to work (they send a tithe back to their tribe). Due to their calm natures (and large size) young male trolls gravitate to working with the police or security, though they never join any military force as they refuse to participate in violence unless absolutely forced to defend themselves. Female trolls don’t leave their tribes as much as the males, though, as they’re renowned for their expert negotiating skills and political acumen, when they do leave it is usually to take up special advisory positions either in government or with corporate business.

As for what mountain trolls do for kicks, they have an affinity for bridges and whenever there’s a new moon they gather at the nearest sanctioned bridge and hold celebratory New Moon parties! One of Genny’s closest friends and her sort of ‘big brother’ is Hugh Munro, who is a mountain troll from the Cairngorms in Scotland, and who works as a Detective Sargent for the Magic and Murder squad at Old Scotland Yard in London.

Concrete trolls are formed (mostly from concrete ;-)) as opposed to born, and then animated by magic. They are similar to the golems of Jewish folklore, though unlike golems once a concrete troll is animated, it becomes an independent living, thinking being. Originally concrete trolls were enslaved to their maker (or whoever put up the cash), and they were mostly used for manual labour but thanks to the Chrystal Macmillan 1918 addendum to the British Slavery Abolition Act 1833, concrete trolls are now emancipated, and have the same rights as mountain trolls.

Unfortunately, since concrete trolls are made from inanimate matter, they don’t have the ability to reproduce and as such are asexual and so live solitary lives. However they do love gambling and casinos and, despite their sometimes crude manufacture, are very dextrous, so they can often be found working as croupiers or even running impromptu dice games!

Tree trolls are made from the wood of dryad’s tree. They are carved and pieced together (Pinocchio style) by the Southern dwarves, and animated by magic. Because of this, tree trolls are actually very rare and expensive, as dryad’s wood, even when reaped under agreed contracts, is dangerous to work with. Tree trolls were mostly used as scouts in forested areas to search out and harvest new and hard to reach medicinal plants (tree trolls are excellent climbers) but with cheaper ways of collection and greater synthetisation of pharmaceutical ingredients, tree troll creation had almost died out by the end of the twentieth century.

Tree trolls were ‘saved’ when the goblin queens discovered they could improve their offspring’s eyesight (after millennia spent in the darkest depths of the earth, goblins are virtually blind – something that is a disadvantage when working in the humans’ world) by introducing the occasional tree troll into the goblin family trees! Tree trolls are shy creatures, concerned less with parties and material things and more about the environment, so when they’re not being Courted by goblin queens, they spend their free time hugging trees and passively protesting any sort of deforestation.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading about the trolls, and if you’d like to find out more about them and all the other magical creatures in the world of Spellcrackers then why not have a read of my books! (Bats eyelashes – points to giveaway below *g*) Many thanks again to Delhia for inviting me!

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Bonjour et merci beaucoup à Delhia de m’avoir à nouveau en tant qu’invité pour l’anniversaire de son blog! C’est agréable d’être ici et, je vais vous parler aujourd’hui de quelques-unes des créatures magiques de mes livres. Lorsque j’ai assemblé le monde de Spellcrackers, j’ai pris la décision de ne pas limiter les créatures surnaturelles à un seul type, comme les vampires, mais au contraire, que le monde décrit dans les livres serait peuplé par toute une gamme de différentes créatures magiques, de la même manière que la nature a peuplé notre monde avec un nombre incroyable d’espèces différentes.

Donc, j’ai commencé avec les vampires, les faes (car ce sont mes préférés) et les sorcières, puis j’ai ajouté les Autres ; un terme assez fourre-tout pour ces personnages qui, assez étonnamment, sont les Autres 😉 Certaines de ces créatures classées dans la catégorie Autres sont des trolls, des gobelins, des pixies, des lutins, des gnomes, des garous, des dragons, et il y a même un mini camée avec un phoenix dans The Shifting Price of Prey, le dernier livre de la série Spellcrackers! (pub obligatoire pour l’auto-promo * g *).

Une fois que les différentes espèces surnaturelles amenées, je me suis également penchée sur les caractéristiques propres à chacun, jusqu’à quel point leurs caractéristiques suivraient les mythes et les légendes connues, comment chaque espèce cadrerait avec toutes les autres créatures à la fois magiques et non-magiques, pour en venir aux réglages uniques de « Spellcrackers » que je pourrais leur donner. Voici un petit aperçu des trolls dans le monde des Spellcrackers.

Il existe trois types de troll: montagne, béton, et arbre.

Les trolls des montagnes vivent principalement dans des tribus matriarcales, haut dans les montagnes. Ils sont nés de parents trolls et sont une sorte de «pierre vivante» (comme le granit, le marbre ou l’ardoise). Les trolls des montagnes sont souvent de nature placide et sont d’inébranlables pacifistes. Quand ils sont jeunes, ils se risquent à sortir pour voir le monde et, bien sûr, à travailler (ils envoient une dîme à leur tribu). En raison de leur nature calme (et de leur grande taille), les jeunes trolls mâles ont tendance à travailler aux côtés de la police ou de la sécurité, mais ils ne rejoignent aucune force militaire quelle qu’elle soit, comme ils refusent de participer à la violence, sauf s’ils sont absolument obligés de se défendre. Les trolls femmes ne quittent pas leurs tribus autant que les hommes, même si, comme elles sont réputées pour leurs techniques de négociation très expertes et leur perspicacité politique, quand elles sortent, c’est généralement pour prendre spécialement position, à titre consultatif soit au gouvernement ou au sein des entreprises.

Quant aux hobbies et passions des trolls montagne, ils ont une affinité pour les ponts et chaque fois qu’il y a une nouvelle lune, ils se rassemblent sur le pont sanctionné le plus proche et y tiennent une célébration, ce sont les « New Moon parties »! L’un des plus proches amis de Genny et qui est en quelque sorte son «grand frère» est Hugh Munro, qui est un troll des montagnes de Cairngorms en Ecosse, et qui travaille comme détective Sargent pour la Magic and Murder squad, une branche de la vieille Scotland Yard à Londres.

Les trolls béton sont formés (surtout à partir de béton ;-)) par opposition aux trolls des montagnes qui sont nés trolls, puis sont animés par magie. Ils sont similaires aux golems de folklore juif, bien que, contrairement aux golems, une fois qu’un troll béton est animé, il devient un être indépendant et pensant. A l’origine, les trolls béton ont été asservis par leur créateur (ou par celui qui a mis de l’argent sur la table), et ils ont été principalement utilisés pour le travail manuel, mais grâce à l’addendum Chrystal Macmillan de 1918 à la loi britannique d’abolition de l’esclavage de 1833, les trolls bétons sont désormais émancipés et ont les mêmes droits que les trolls des montagnes.

Malheureusement, comme les trolls béton sont fabriqués à partir de matière inanimée, ils ne possèdent pas la capacité de se reproduire. Par conséquent ils sont asexués et mènent ainsi une vie solitaire. Cependant, ils s’adonnent aux jeux d’amour et aux jeux de casino et, en dépit de leur fabrication parfois un peu brute, ils sont très habiles, de sorte qu’il n’est pas rare d’en trouver quelques-uns travaillant comme croupiers ou même dans l’exécution des jeux de dés impromptus!

Les trolls arbres sont fabriqués à partir du bois de l’arbre de dryades. Ils sont sculptés et reconstitués (style Pinocchio) par les nains du Sud, et animés par magie. Pour cette raison, les trolls arbres sont en fait très rares et coûtent très cher, comme le bois de dryades car même lorsque qu’il est récolté en vertu de contrats conclus, il est dangereux de travailler avec ce matériau. Les trolls arbres ont été principalement utilisés comme éclaireurs dans les zones boisées afin de rechercher et de récolter de nouvelles plantes médicinales difficiles d’accès (les trolls arbres sont d’excellents grimpeurs), mais avec des moyens moins coûteux de collecte et une plus grande synthétisation des ingrédients pharmaceutiques, la création de trolls arbres a pratiquement cessé à la fin du XXe siècle. Les trolls arbres ont été «sauvés» par les reines gobelins qui ont découvert qu’ils pouvaient améliorer la vue de leur progéniture (après des millénaires passés dans les sombres profondeurs de la terre, les gobelins sont pratiquement aveugles – ce qui est un inconvénient de taille lorsque l’on travaille dans le monde des humains) en introduisant occasionnellement un troll arbre dans la généalogie des familles de gobelins! Les trolls arbres sont des créatures timides, peu concernées par les partis et les choses matérielles et qui se soucient plus de l’environnement, alors quand ils ne sont pas courtisés par les reines gobelins, ils passent leur temps libre à étreindre les arbres et à protester passivement contre toute sorte de déforestation.

J’espère que vous avez tous apprécié cette lecture sur les trolls, et si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur eux et sur toutes les autres créatures magiques qui font partie de l’univers de Spellcrackers, alors pourquoi ne pas tenter de lire mes livres (Bat des cils – Modalités du concours ci-dessous * g *)

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Bio: Suzanne McLeod is the author of the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series about magic, mayhem and murder – spiced with dangerous faeries, Machiavellian vampires, bureaucratic witches, eccentric goblins, and rock-solid trolls! The Shifting Price of Prey is her latest book. Suzanne has been a cocktail waitress, dance group roadie, retail manager, and international spy (kidding!) before becoming a writer. She was born in London (her favourite city and home to Spellcrackers.com) and now lives on the sunny (sometimes) South Coast of England, with Mr Mc, their two rescued HellHounds, and a colony of Pipistrelle bats!

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Welcome to Suzanne Johnson, the author of the awesome Sentinels of New Orleans series. Thanks to the author for her post.
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Down South in the Bayou Country

by Suzanne Johnson

 

I love this song by Louisiana blue singer Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and it seems particularly fitting to start a post with this song because it was ten years ago this month that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of the U.S. and caused massive levee failures in New Orleans, killing more than 1,600 people.

One of the people not counted among the 1,600 was Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. He was in poor health and evacuated to a relative’s house just before the hurricane hit. He died five days later after hearing his home in Slidell, Louisiana, just north of New Orleans, had been destroyed.

But Brown’s legacy lives on, and this song, “Loup Garou,” perfectly captures the essence of French Louisiana as it is today, deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, where the old Cajun tales still get spun late at night when the bayous are filled with the sounds of alligators and frogs and other things best not spoken by name.

Here are just a few of the most frequently heard:

* The Loup Garou, also called the Rougarou, is a cursed shapeshifter. Sometimes he appears as a wolf, but also can appear as a white dog or even a bear. If you shed the blood of a loup garou, you become one yourself for a few months, but you must be truly cursed to become loup garou for life. I used the loup garou legend in my Sentinels of New Orleans series and in my digital short story, “Christmas in Dogtown.”

* The Fifolet. According to Cajun legend, the Fifolet are mysterious lights that appear on dark nights in the bayous, hundreds (maybe even thousands) of which twist and turn through the southern parts of central Louisiana. The Fifolet are evil spirits that boaters will head toward, thinking they’ve found safety. Instead, the Fifolet will misdirect and confuse those who are traveling the waters at night, and are used to explain the many people before the days of GPS who would disappear into the bayous and swamps and never find their way out.

* Lutins refer to the spirits of babies who died before being baptized and thus who are caught in limbo. They linger around the place of their bodily death and play pranks and tricks on the humans living nearby.

* Voodoo. In New Orleans, voodoo—an adaptation of the Haitian vodou or vodun, brought to Louisiana by refugees to Louisiana from the French colony of San Domingue in the 1700s —has become largely a tourist novelty, with shops that sell candles or “gris gris” bags that do everything from protect you from evil spirits to blessing your new house.

Not so in the countryside of south-central Louisiana, however, where a dark form of mysticism has blended the belief systems of the people who populate the area: the Catholicism of the French Acadian exiles (who became the Cajuns), the Native American tribes of Chitimachi and Houma, and the traditional Vodun practiced by the Afro-Caribbean people. Here, in places with names like Point-aux-Chenes and Cocodrie, back in the swamps, mystics still throw chicken bones to tell the future or seek guidance, and there’s a big black market for skulls and bones to use in rituals.

I love South Louisiana, with its unique blend of cultures and beliefs and traditions. Although my Sentinels of New Orleans series is set in the city, it occasionally ventures out into the swamps. And my new Wildlife Wardens suspense series, written as Susannah Sandlin, is set firmly in the heart of Terrebonne Parish, where the bones are still thrown.

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Dans le sud du pays des Bayous

de Suzanne Johnson

 

J’adore cette chanson du chanteur de blues originaire de Louisiane, Clarence « Gatemouth » Brown, et il me semble particulièrement approprié de commencer un post avec cette chanson parce que cela fera dix ans ce mois-ci que l’ouragan Katrina a frappé la côte du Golfe des Etats-Unis, causant ainsi des défaillances énormes au niveau des digues de La Nouvelle-Orléans, et tuant plus de 1.600 personnes.

Une des personnes n’ayant pas été comptée parmi les 1600, était Clarence « Gatemouth » Brown. Il était en mauvaise santé et a donc été  évacué vers la maison d’un parent juste avant que l’ouragan ne frappe. Il est décédé cinq jours plus tard, après avoir entendu que son domicile situé à Slidell, en Louisiane, juste au nord de la Nouvelle-Orléans, avait été détruit.

Mais l’héritage de Brown, quant à lui, demeure et cette chanson, « Loup Garou, » capte parfaitement l’essence de la Louisiane française telle qu’elle est aujourd’hui, profonde dans le bassin de l’Atchafalaya, où les vieux contes Cajun enivrent toujours tard dans la nuit lorsque les bayous sont remplis par les sons des alligators, des grenouilles et d’autres choses encore dont il vaut mieux ne pas prononcer le nom.

Voici quelques-unes des questions les plus fréquemment entendues :

* Le Loup Garou, aussi appelé le Rougarou, est un métamorphe maudit. Parfois, il apparaît sous la forme d’un loup, mais peut aussi revêtir la forme d’un chien blanc ou même un ours. Si vous versez le sang d’un loup garou, vous en devenez un vous-même pendant quelques mois, mais vous devez être vraiment maudit pour devenir un loup garou pour la vie. Je me suis inspirée de la légende du loup garou dans ma série Sentinels of New Orleans et dans mon histoire courte sortie en numérique, « Christmas in Dogtown. »

* Le Fifolet. Selon la légende Cajun, les Fifolets sont de mystérieuses lumières qui apparaissent lors des nuits sombres dans les bayous, des centaines (voire des milliers) d’entre-elles serpentent à travers les régions du sud de la Louisiane centrale. Les Fifolets sont de mauvais esprits vers lesquels les plaisanciers se dirigent, en pensant y trouver la sécurité. Au lieu de cela, le Fifolet va mal les orienter et embrouiller ceux qui voyagent sur les eaux pendant la nuit, ce qui explique, avant l’émergence du GPS, les nombreux cas de personnes qui disparaissent dans les bayous et marais et qui ne retrouvent jamais leur chemin.

* Lutins. Ils font référence aux esprits des bébés décédés avant d’être baptisés et qui par conséquent sont coincés dans les limbes. Ils s’attardent autour du lieu où leur corps physique est mort et jouent des tours et des astuces aux humains vivant à proximité.

* Voodoo. A la Nouvelle-Orléans, le vaudou – une adaptation du vaudou haïtien ou vodun, introduit en Louisiane par des réfugiés originaires de la colonie française de Saint-Domingue dans les années 1700 – est largement devenu une nouveauté touristique, avec des magasins qui vendent des bougies ou des sacs « gris gris » qui font tout pour vous protéger contre les mauvais esprits ou encore bénir votre nouvelle maison.

Ce n’est pas tellement le cas dans la campagne du Sud central de la Louisiane, cependant, il y a des endroits où une forme sombre de mysticisme a mélangé les systèmes de croyance des gens qui peuplent la région : le Catholicisme des exilés acadiens français (qui sont devenus les Cajuns), les tribus amérindiennes de Chitimachi et Houma, et le vaudou traditionnel pratiqué par les populations afro-caribéennes. Ici, dans des endroits avec des noms tels que Point-aux-Chênes et Cocodrie, derrière les marais, les mystiques jettent encore des os de poulet pour connaître le futur ou pour demander conseil, et il y a un grand marché noir où l’on trouve des crânes et des os à utiliser lors des rituels.

J’aime le sud de la Louisiane, avec son mélange unique de cultures, de croyances et de traditions. Bien que ma série Sentinels of New Orleans se déroule dans la ville, de temps en temps elle s’aventure à l’extérieur, dans les marais. Et ma nouvelle série de suspense Wildlife Wardens que j’ai écrite sous le pseudonyme Susannah Sandlin, se déroule fermement au cœur de la paroisse de Terrebonne, là où les os sont encore jetés.

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Deleted Scene: Weird Girls by Cecy Robson (giveaway)

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Many of my Weird Girls fans know that my master vampire, Misha, and Celia (golden tigress and main protagonist) share a very close friendship bond. What many don’t know is that in the original draft of the first novel, that initial connection was a marriage bond created as a result of Celia biting Misha during a one night.

This bond didn’t make the final cut of the original novel, Sealed with a Curse, because my editor at the time felt that Celia shouldn’t be bonded to two men. To preface the never-before scene below, Celia is convinced she’s married. Let’s just say, she’s not happy.

 

I called Misha and he agreed to meet me alone at a nearby coffee shop. I was already sitting when he came in. Hank and Tim, his dutiful bodyguards, waited outside for him.

Several women and even some men turned to look at Misha as he passed the row of tables. I couldn’t blame them; it should be illegal to look that good. His hair lay loose against his shoulders and blond strands framed his face. A black turtle neck clung to his lean muscular frame and charcoal slacks no doubt hugged his fine ass. He gave me a look and a smile that made my happy place ache. My mind began to wander to last night’s events. I bit the inside of my cheek in order to focus.

“You look lovely, Celia.”

I didn’t, but he got a few points for making an effort. He bent down to kiss me and I practically fell off my chair avoiding him. He chuckled, but didn’t push and sat down.

“I had a great time last night, you were so sexy,” he purred. “No one has ever wrapped themselves so tightly around my—

“Yes, about that,” I interrupted as my groin began to throb. “I was really drunk and I didn’t know what I was doing.”

“Oh believe me, you did. You were amazing, especially for someone with so little experience. Had I been human I would have needed ointment for my—

“I meant the biting you part.” I was trying to will my pulsating parts to stop. “I didn’t know what it meant to your kind. I lost control and I’m truly sorry.”

He looked at me, slightly surprised. Then comprehension lit his eyes. His face turned a deadly calm as he spoke his next words. “Do you realize what this means to me? I am a part of you now. You cannot simply refuse me.” He paused and rubbed at his face. “The only way to break the bond that you started is through death.”

Death?” I asked incredulously. “Did you say death? You mean one of us has to die? There’s no other way to reverse this?”

He looked away, took a breath, and turned again to face me, “Perhaps…no, never mind, it is too dangerous.”

“How can it be more dangerous than dying? Tell me how to fix this!”

Misha looked away again. It seemed as if he was fighting to control himself. I thought I angered and embarrassed him. When he turned back, his face was like stone. “Very well, there is one way, but it involves the darkest of magic. Demonic possession and loss of limbs may occur.”

I just stared at him blankly, “Demonic po-possession?”

“Do you want to end this or not?” he snapped.

“Um, yes. Yes, I do. Tell me.”

“There are many steps, and it is rather complicated. Do you have a pen, and something to write on?”

I quickly reached in my purse and pulled out the items. “Go ahead, I’m ready.”

“The spell must be performed on the highest peak we can find, during the next full moon. Perhaps Mount Rainer or the Olympic Mountains will suffice. We will need to gather some herbs…wolfs bane, belladonna, nightshade…”

I was writing feverishly.

“…we will also need a piece of alabaster of the whitest stone you can find.”

“Alabaster, okay, I got it, what else?”

“Lastly, we will need two virgins…and a goat.”

I immediately stopped writing, slowly looking up at him.

He burst out laughing. In fact, he was laughing so hard he was shaking, tears streaking down his face from the force.

“You asshole!” I hissed.

It took a while, but finally, Misha calmed down. He wiped his eyes before he spoke. “I apologize, my love. But I could not help myself. Although I did not drink from you, I have been thinking about it.” He paused. “I actually have been unable to think of anything else.”

“Um,” I said again, since that’s how I rolled.

Sinful hunger replaced any trace of the man who first sat beside me. “You are delicious, my darling Celia,” he rasped. “I can still taste you on my tongue.”

I cleared my throat. I only wished I could also clear my mind of his naked image. “So, are you saying we’re not bonded?”

“Oh no, that’s not what I am saying. On the contrary, the marriage bond was started last night.” He laughed as he took in my expression. “However, it’s still not complete. Although according to our customs you have given me permission to continue, I choose not ingest your essence.”

“All right, good, but…why?” I asked, suddenly feeling a little insulted.

“Celia, I do not want someone, who clearly does not want me. You were willing to risk demonic possession and loss of your limbs in order to avoid marrying me.”

“Good point,” I admit. “What happens though, if―I don’t know―you come across some blood of mine and accidently lick it or something?”

“Are you planning to leave blood around for me to lick?” he asked, raising an eyebrow.

“Okay, that’s a bad example, but you know what I mean. What happens if you change your mind someday and take a bite out of me? Would we then be married?” I asked, mostly hoping he’d tell me no.

“It would bring us one step closer to sealing the marriage bond, yes. However, it would not be finalized without a commitment ceremony.”

“So nothing has to come out of all this?”

“Not unless you want it, too,” he said, his lust-filled stare holding me in place.

Yeah. You might have said I was in trouble then.

 

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Weird Girls, Book 1
 

Synopsis: Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they’re products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird… The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren’t aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague?Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha’s family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.

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