Full Fusion is a Two-Time Awards Finalist!

Full Fusion CoverLast week was pretty exciting for me. A year ago, I launched my debut young adult series with Full Fusion. On Wednesday, I found out that it is a finalist in the GDRWA Booksellers’ Best Awards, Young Adult category. Booksellers read the entries and decide which ones they think are the best. It’s a huge honor!

THEN, on Friday, I got word that Full Fusion is a finalist in the Readers Crown awards given by RomCon. These finalists are selected based on reader ratings throughout the year.

Peer recognition, which is the basis of many awards not just in publishing but in film and TV making and in the music industry, is a big deal. But it’s gratifying in a whole different way for readers and booksellers to mark my work as quality. So I’m incredibly grateful.

Congratulations and good luck to all the other wonderful authors in the competition! Click the links above to see what other books are finalists. Winners for both will be announced this summer.

My Favorite Bit from New Release Harte and Soul

harteandsoulfinalMarch is going to make the rest of 2015 pure letdown.

I swear, I didn’t intend to make Letting Go available at all retail venues, have a short story in a special anthology, release the third book in The Soul Series, AND bring back Blue Silver all in the same month. I mean, that would be seriously poor planning.

But that’s the way it happened.

So anyway, because Harte and Soul is finally here, the first book in the series, Soul of the Dragon, is now free! Soulflight (book 2, of course) is also at a reduced price.

I’ll have an official post about Blue Silver in a week or so. But in the meantime, here’s a bit of a scene from Harte and Soul. It’s not my favorite scene overall, but it’s a bit that tickles me. 🙂

 

 

 

They studied the building. The image wasn’t high quality because of the dark, and there seemed to be only one light on downstairs, maybe a dim light upstairs.

“Any vehicles?” Peter asked.

Rock swiped. “BMW.”

“The one registered to Vali?”

“Couldn’t get close enough to see the plate with the angle he’d parked at. No other cars, but that doesn’t mean he’s alone.”

“Have to assume he’s not,” Ryc agreed.

“Two access points.” He showed a zoomed-in photo of the front door and then another shot of the rear of the cabin. “Porches on both sides, so that’s going to be noisier. We’ll have to split into three teams. One to stay outside, one go in the front, one in the back. No idea about the floorplan. There’s no time to get that, so we have to wing it.”

“So it’s pretty much just bust in and take down whoever’s inside?” Ryc asked.

“No guns.” Peter braced his hands on the table.

“They’ll probably have guns,” Alexa warned. “We’ll be at a huge disadvantage if we can’t protect ourselves.”

“I know.” He straightened and looked around the group. “I didn’t ask any of you to do this, not explicitly. I’m beyond grateful that you just joined up to help.”

“Well, of course we’re going to!” Samantha threw up her hands. “You don’t have to ask. This is family. So don’t you dare try to tell us we can stay behind if we don’t want to take this risk. That’s just wasting time.”

He smiled briefly. “Okay. Consider it out there, and I won’t—”

“Dude.” Ryc shoved his shoulder. “Shut the fuck up.”

“We don’t have to be unarmed.” Rock walked over to his SUV and opened the hatch, hauling out a long, heavy black box and lowering it to the ground. He unsnapped the latches and flipped it open. “Riot gear.”

Brook leaned over the box. “Rubber pellet rifles?”

“The best in non-lethal weaponry.”

“Which could still kill.” Peter lifted one out of the box. “I don’t like it.”

Alexa took it from him. “That’s why only the best shots will use them, and you’ll have to trust us to aim properly.”

He finally nodded, and they continued.

“I could only get two of these,” Rock said. “But we have two stun guns, too.”

“Awesome.” Alexa took over. “Okay, then Rock, you and I can be outside, front and back, with the rifles. Ryc and Brook can take the stunners. Samantha—”

“I’ve been practicing.” She reached into the hatch and pulled out a short staff and the kubaton she’d had earlier. “I’ll come in behind and work cleanup.”

“Good. You and Peter go in the front, Brook and Ryc the back. Did you see a house alarm?” she asked Rock.

“There’s an access box on the rear porch. I couldn’t see what kind it is, so I don’t know if we can disable it.”

“He’s too far out to be wired directly to the police. We can just cut the lines, and if it sets off the alarm, we move faster.”

“I’m smelling a lot of ‘if’ coming off this plan,” Ryc muttered.

Surprised, Brook laughed. Four people stared at her. “Sorry. He quoted Firefly.” When they just continued to stare, she cleared her throat and looked down. “Anyway.” When the others looked away, Ryc surreptitiously put out his fist. Brook bumped it.

The New Tiny Treats Is Here! A St. Patrick’s Day Collection

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A Free Collection of Holiday Micro-Stories

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Free at all retailers!

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Our first holiday collection of micro-stories was such a success, we decided to bring you another one! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t nearly as hectic as the winter holidays, but these are still great reads that fit into the small bits of down time when we always wish we had something to do. These satisfying little stories are our seasonal gift to you.

Included in this collection are contemporary, historical, and paranormal stories by the following wonderful authors:

Love and Corned Beef by Heather McGovern
Haint and Begorrah by Maureen Hardegree
The High King’s Cauldron by Joan Kayse
Probability of Love by D.B. Sieders
Getting Lucky by Jenna Bennett
Her Pot of Gold by Lindsey Brookes
To Love a Leprechaun by Sophia Henry
Springs Love by Sydney Carroll
Pinch for Good Luck by Lori Waters
Lucky Enough by Natalie J. Damschroder
A Perfect Lucky Charm by Anna Sugden
His Good Luck Charm by Janice Lynn
Green Beer by Nancy Northcott
Blueberry Delight by Monica McCabe
Date at McCabe’s by Jody Wallace
Lucky in Love by Tanya Michaels
One Magic Kiss by Jeanne Adams
Green Beer and Shenanigans by Sally Kilpatrick
The Ides by Nicki Salcedo
A Gift from County Cork by Michelle Monkou
Lucky Day by Trish Milburn

The Gilt By Association Giveaway

 

Hello, everybody!

I am very excited to be participating in Karen Rose Smith’s Launch Party and Book Giveaway to celebrate the release of the newest book in her Caprice de Luca Home Staging mystery series.

As you can see by the below banner, there are ELEVEN authors giving away books and prizes, and the grand prize is a $100 Amazon gift card! You’ll definitely want to get in on this action. So mark your calendar for Karen’s party on February 3 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EST. The giveaway starts today and runs through February 7.Gilt Ad all

 

 

Brenda Novak for the Cure of Diabetes Box Sets Available for Preorder

For the last 10 years, Brenda Novak has spearheaded an incredible effort to raise money to support the efforts to find a cure for diabetes. Her annual auction and other efforts have raised over $2.4 million!

The auction is on a break this year, but the fundraising isn’t paused. Brenda has organized three box sets of stories—one thriller, one contemporary romance, and one hot contemporary—to continue the drive. They will be available for only a short time but can be preordered now. All the proceeds go to the Diabetes Research Institute.

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Introducing Tiny Treats—a FREE Collection of Micro Stories!

Tiny Treats: A Holiday CollectionI am really excited to be part of a new collection of very very short stories, all set during an end-of-year holiday.

These stories are “micro” because they’re satisfying presentations of the most exciting moments at the beginning of a romance, and they can be read in just a few minutes. Perfect for this busy time of year!

Most are set at Christmastime, but there are several holidays represented. Most are contemporary, but some are paranormal or historical. Some are prequels or sequels or related to the author’s existing worlds. And all are wonderful! (And I wouldn’t say that if I hadn’t genuinely enjoyed every single one.

The collection is COMPLETELY FREE anywhere e-books are sold. Get direct links to the retailers here.

And happy holidays! However many of them you celebrate. 🙂

Renegade Reissued

Renegade coverI’ve just reissued one of my favorite novellas!

Check it out on the Renegade page.

This is a rare foray into true menage territory. I confess to liking a good romantic triangle, where all three parties are worthy of each other, but I don’t usually go the “sharing” route. This story does that, though there’s a two-person happy ending that I hope everyone will like. 🙂

Sunroper is a Prism Winner!

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I am so excited! On Thursday night, the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers held their annual event, The Gathering, at the Romance Writers of America conference in San Antonio, Texas. They held the Prism awards ceremony, and Sunroper won in the Light Paranormal category! (The list of all winners should be posted here soon.)

To celebrate, here are six paragraphs from Sunroper.

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Marley wrapped both hands around the mug to absorb the heat. There was only one way to answer that question. “I’m fine.”

“No, you’re not.”

He said it with such compassion and lack of judgment that she blinked back tears, tilting her head to stare at the shadowed ceiling as if it had the power to keep the emotion at bay.

“It’s okay to be sorry he’s gone.”

It was the perfect summation of everything she’d been analyzing a few minutes ago, and it broke her. She leaned to set the almost-empty mug on the nightstand and covered her face with her hands, suppressed sobs racking her body.

Gage’s fingers wrapped around her upper arms. He pulled her into his lap, settling her effortlessly and cradling her against his chest. He even rocked her. Marley’s sob turned into a giggle, a sound she hadn’t made in years.



Full Fusion is Here!

Full Fusion CoverI am SO excited to announce the release of my first YA novel, Full Fusion. It is now live at several retailers at a special launch price of only 99 cents! The rest should be up in the next day or two. You can watch the book page for updated links. But right now you can get it at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
All Romance eBooks
Google Play
Kobo

Here’s the blurb:

Eighteen-year-old Roxie Sebastian lives a charmed life, and she knows it. Too bad she can’t feel it. All her life, she’s felt disconnected from the world around her. Everything changes just before graduation, when she’s drawn to an eerie, brilliant light—which narrowly misses her as it blows up her friend Lincoln’s car. Clearly someone’s after Roxie, and finally Lincoln tells her the truth: He and Roxie are angels, beings from another dimension, and that light is her soul, separated from her human body in a traumatic birth.

Once a skeptical Roxie rules out the other possibilities—like Lincoln created this delusion to escape his abusive father—she accepts her gut-deep knowledge of the truth. But someone has been screwing with her light, using it to commit crimes, and their actions are about to cause irreparable damage to two worlds: the one she lives in, and the one she can’t remember.

Aided by her best friend Jordan, her boyfriend Tucker, and Lincoln, Roxie tracks down the criminal and uncovers many more secrets not only of her past, but of the history of their race on Earth. And then Roxie faces a horrible dilemma—the only way she can stop them from ripping apart both worlds is to fuse with her light…which could be tainted by the evil with which it was used.