Today, Natalie Finally Does Superheroes

NJD_TheColorofCourage_400x600It’s release day!

See that cover? When she saw it, my daughter declared that cover her favorite of all my covers. It didn’t start out that way. When I got the first draft, it had a guy on the cover. Which is fine. He wasn’t my kind of cover model and didn’t really fit any of the characters, but does that matter? Nah. Except this book is first person from Daley Charm’s point of view, so having a guy on the cover is a little misleading.

This was round 2. And she’s kind of perfect. See that little tilt of the head, the way she looks at you from under her eyelids, that bravado hiding insecurity and self-doubt? That’s ALL Daley. She’s an empath who can see emotions manifest as colors. Which is very helpful to her team of superheroes because she can see where people are in a building, anticipate what they’re going to do, help find survivors on a rescue mission, and more. But since her ability isn’t physical like everyone else’s, she sometimes feels like more of a liability than an asset.

And of course, when the bad guys start targeting her team, that becomes the core of her conflict.

I’m really excited to finally bring my superhero series to my readers! I hope you like The Color of Courage.

From high-rise ledges to charming residential neighborhoods in Washington, DC, a team of superheroes saves people and battles villains…while struggling with bill collectors, day jobs, and complicated love lives.

Empath Daley Charm feels like the weakest member of the city’s superhero team—especially when someone targets them for destruction. Her insecurities also complicate her relationship with team leader Adam Tarantino, especially since she can’t “see” emotions that are about her.

When missions start going dramatically wrong, Adam pulls away even more, knowing his feelings would reveal an exploitable weakness that could mean the end of the team. As they struggle to discover who’s sabotaging their missions, Daley must confront her own self-worth and faith in her abilities. Does she step away to protect her friends, or stand with them and risk someone getting hurt…or worse?

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Coming Soon…Cover Reveals

I have two books coming out soon, if these final details can get wrapped up! For now, I’m going to share the covers and a little teaser. 🙂 Happy February!

Her past and her present collide with earthshaking results. Who will be her future...assuming she has one?
Her past and her present collide with earthshaking results. Who will be her future…assuming she has one?
The world Roxie thought she knew (and has barely adjusted to) suddenly expands once again...with potential deadly consequences.
The world Roxie thought she knew (and has barely adjusted to) suddenly expands once again…with potentially deadly consequences.

Hearts Under Siege Is Only .99!

Hearts Under Siege coverThat’s right, for just a limited time, Hearts Under SIEGE is only 99 cents!

 

Hearts Under SIEGE is about Molly and Brady, who have been friends since they were little.

It’s about Brady and Jessica, the woman who struck him with love-at-first-sight but turned out to be his brother’s fiancée. The woman he just couldn’t get over.

It’s about Brady and Christopher, his brother, and what Brady is willing to do to find out what happened to him when he’s reported killed in an “accident.”

Because they work for SIEGE, a private spy agency, and things are rarely taken at face value. When Brady and Molly start working together, he sees EVERYTHING differently. And things heat up in more ways than one. 🙂

The book is at 99 cents at all venues, links found here. Enjoy!

Upcoming in Damschroder-land

Cover of Harte and SoulHey, everybody!

Have you ever been in the middle of a really good book and, eager to know if the next one is available (or when the next one will be out, or if there even is a next one) and gone to the author’s website to find out only to discover that the author hasn’t updated her site in a year and is still announcing the release of the book you’re in the middle of reading?

Yeah, I hate that.

And yet, I’m kind of one of them! And I apologize wholeheartedly. This post is to bring you up to date on what’s going on so you won’t be frustrated.

First and most importantly! I’ve had a few inquiries about Harte and Soul. I really did not intend for it to take so long to get this book written and published. But 2013 was fanatastically packed, and I spent all my time working with my editors to get four other books published. And then I was burned out.

I bet you hate it when authors say that, too.

But it’s true. We only have so much creative energy, and the stress of back-to-back deadlines sucks it dry pretty quickly. And then I had a surge of freelance work that took all my time once the deadlines were over, which made it hard to get back to writing. (You can help cure that problem. I won’t have to do so much freelance work if more people buy my novels! 🙂 )

But I’m very happy to say that I’m actively working on Harte and Soul and while I don’t have a release date to give you, it should be sooner rather than later. You can sign up for my newsletter if you want to be sure you know when it’s released. I promise, I only send newsletters when I have Really Big News. So, way less than once a month. 🙂

Harte and Soul‘s hero is Peter Ranger, who featured prominently in the first book, Soul of the Dragon. Peter is all grown up now and living his dreams. Kind of. He has the company he wanted, but now he’s a widower with a young daughter who can talk to animals. Her abilities may be bigger than that, so Alexa calls in Brooklyne Harte, who works for ARPEP, the Agency for the Registration and Protection of Extraordinary People. It’s her job to find out if people like Kiena have abilities that can be useful or put them at risk. ARPEP got a big boost after the Pike Laurent situation in Soulflight and has been busy helping people like Celebrity Reuhl (one of the abductees). But Alexa insists on Brook being undercover, and Brook hates lies and secrets. So there isn’t a great foundation for a relationship between her and Peter, especially when they discover that Kiena’s abilities are absolutely huge, and so is the threat against her.

Watch this space over the next few weeks. I might be inclined to post short excerpts to whet your appetite. 🙂 New to the Soul Series? Start with Soul of the Dragon. Already read it as well as Soulflight? If you liked those, you’ll probably enjoy my Goddesses Rising trilogy. They’re very much the same kinds of books—adventurous and romantic with hot snarky heroes and very strong women.

Okay, what else is going on? I have a six-title series of novellas that I hope to start releasing later this year. I will write them all first, I promise, so there won’t be a long wait to worry about. They’re contemporary romances (no paranormal or suspense elements) with a fun central premise. This series will give me a way to explore some stories I’ve been dying to write but that might not be sufficient for full-length novels.

I also have some backlist titles I’ll be refreshing and re-releasing. Those will be well marked as such, so you won’t be fooled into getting something you’ve already read.

OH! Yeah, I almost forgot. The third book of my Carina Press romantic adventures, Acceptable Risks, will be out in mass market paperback in June. Check out the book page for links. I’ll be hosting some Goodreads giveaways of all three paperbacks (signed copies, of course!) off and on for the rest of the year, so keep an eye out for those, too.

Okay, that should do it! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like to chat about any of my books. Find me on Facebook and Twitter if you’re a social type. I love getting new reviews, especially for books that have been out for a while, so thank you if you’re inclined to post reviews (even if you don’t like the book!). And if you’re the kind of reader who just likes to sink into a book and pretend nothing else exists, that’s a-okay! I thank you most of all. 🙂

Happy Spring!

Amber Quill Press MAJOR January Sale!

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For the entire month of January Amber Quill Press is continuing its holiday sale through January. All of its Kisses, Novellas, and Novels are a whopping 40 PERCENT OFF.

This includes my Brook Hollow Trilogy, Cat’s Claw (my first romantic adventure), and all my erotic short stories and novellas. (FYI, Institutional Sex is the most popular, but my Blue Silver titles are my favorites, followed by Letting Go and Afterlife.)

You can find all of my non-erotic titles here, and all the erotic ones here. Enjoy!

Heavy Metal’s Car Chase

Last weekend, I was excited to be able to go to New England, where I feel more home than I do anywhere else, even though I’ve lived in Pennsylvania longer than I did in Massachusetts.

Because I love New England so much, I often set books or scenes there. Some of Under the Moon and Heavy Metal both take place in Boston and Misquamicut, Rhode Island.

My trip took me through the area where Riley is engaged in a car chase, so I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of that area.
car chase shot 1The chase starts, kind of, on I-95 near Mystic, where Riley spots a car that’s been following her and gets suspicious about the guy who’s supposed to be here to protect her. She dumps him out on the road and takes off.

Then she gets pulled over by the cops, which doesn’t deter her pursuers, as she wishes it would. She takes a short break in the Dew Drop Inn (which was never on this road, but that’s artistic license to make tribute to a piece of my childhood).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 1
Route 1

The bad guys show up again once she’s back on the road. They follow her off quite Route 234 onto Route 1, but things are getting a little crazy. This is way too populated and dangerous, even if the vintage Charger she’s driving has all the power she needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 2 onto Route 78
Route 2 onto Route 78

Then Riley misses her turn. The GPS tells her to turn right, but that’s even more populated and crowded with traffic, so she turns right onto Route 2. And here’s where my heart swells, because Route 78 was always my road to paradise. (Not that I thought about it in those terms back then! LOL)

For Riley, 78 means both hope and terror. She’s close to help and safety and Sam, but she can’t lead these guys to people who are vulnerable. She can’t interrupt the important work they’re doing at Chloe’s cottage.

So she has to make a decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Route 78
Route 78, Riley’s Last Stand

This is where Riley makes her last stand. She spins the car to block the road and uses her newly honed powers to stop them, then to get away when they turn the tables on her.

Unfortunately, it was raining when I traveled this route, and it was sunny and a bit hazy when Riley did. You’ll just have to imagine the headache-inducing sunlight reflecting off chrome in these shots.

And I’ll leave you with one more:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misquamicut Beach
Misquamicut Beach, where both Chloe and my heart live