I am so seriously excited to announce that the conclusion of the Soul Series, Soul Deep, is finally available in all venues! (Paperback coming soon.)
When I started this series so many years ago, I didn’t know what would happen for everyone (except their happy endings, of course). One thing I did know, though, was that Tars would eventually get his redemption. I don’t want to say the happiness he deserved, because at the time, he didn’t deserve it at all. But a decade passes between the first book and the fourth, and his redemption is fully within reach.
I really, really loved writing this book. Alexa and Ryc play a prominent role, with Sam and Rock part of the mission. The heroine is Ke’an Oliviera, who had been abducted by Pike Laurent in Soulflight because of her ability to breathe underwater. She and Tars get off to a rocky start, and then have to deal with a stalker (hers) and a megalomaniac billionaire idiot who nonetheless has the potential to do incredible amounts of damage all of the world. Brook and Peter from Harte and Soul also make an appearance. You’ll see a couple of other familiar faces, too.
As a reminder, Soul of the Dragon is free in e-book. Starting next week, you’ll be able to enter a Goodreads giveaway for a print copy.
Buy now (universal link) or click your preferred store button below.
There are 30 books by 30 authors. The first winner gets to pick 10, and the other two winners split the rest. Click the image to go to the contest page to review the prizes ahead of time. The giveaway opens on July 15. Good luck!
I am really excited to tell you about my new project!
A couple of years ago, I was at a conference with a bunch of authors I know, hanging in the bar after all the workshops and events of the day were done. It was a nice bar. Comfy seats. Most of us don’t ever drink, so this wasn’t one of those “brilliant” ideas you think better of the next morning. It was still brilliant!
We were all talking (probably) about how much of a bummer it is when you have a story idea you love and then you see an author—usually one more well-known than you are—with a book using that idea. Even though you KNOW that author wrote a totally different book than you would, because that’s how it goes. You give 10 people a writing prompt and they’ll all write very different things.
And Misty Simon said, “WE SHOULD TOTALLY DO THAT!!!!”
And so we did.
A collection of romance novellas
We ended up with five stories by five authors, all beginning with the same sentence. From new adult to contemporary, paranormal to futuristic, with a post-apoc style weather event thrown in, we run the gamut of romantic subgenres. These are emotional adventurous stories we had a ton of fun writing. And they are FREE!
I probably should have mentioned that sooner.
So go check it out, and stay tuned for The Second Sentence, which we’re already working on! The degree of difficulty will increase each time, and you know you want to witness it! 🙂
The premise: That if 5 authors start with the same sentence, they will all write vastly different stories. The results: made of awesome. From contemporary to futuristic, these novellas have a little bit of everything, but most especially—love-filled happy endings.
Rebound by Allison B. Hanson
After wallowing in agony for weeks after a bad break-up, Reese is set up on a blind date. Reluctantly, he goes and meets the girl of his dreams. The only problem? He was at the wrong place and met the wrong girl. Now, desperate to find her, he scours the campus as fate weaves an impossible journey.
Lost and Found by Misty Simon
When Mike Emory sees his ex’s post on social media that she’s looking for her lost dog, he’s out the door in a flash. Their break-up was not amicable, but he loved that dog and can’t imagine him on his own. Elsie Hews has been scouring the streets for hours when she runs into the last person she wants helping her—the guy who never seemed to think she was capable of doing anything herself. This is her dog, though, her baby, and she’ll accept Mike’s help to find him, then say goodbye again. Or that’s the plan, at least…
Frozen Dreams by Victoria Smith
When a dangerous weather anomaly strikes, Jane will do whatever it takes to travel to be with her family. Even if it means getting stuck with her husband, Adam. Instead of talking to him about how they will never have a family, she took the chicken route and left, despite being deeply in love with him. Now they must face the storm and their emotions.
Through the Void by Natalie J. Damschroder
There’s only one thing Vix can do when she finds out about the secret life that has led to her husband’s coma—make that life hers. When she goes on her first mission through the void, however, she finds not only a new self-purpose, but her lost husband, as well. She did the impossible once. Can she do it again, and bring him home?
A Real Boy by Vicky Burkholder
Jillian Night is on the hunt for inter-planetary kidnappers. Her bosses demand she have a partner, but Jillian has had enough of human ones. She prefers to work alone so Fleet assigns her one of the new androids. Zeus is a little too real for Jillian’s comfort and she finds herself attracted to him—until she meets the real man pulling the strings. Maybe having a real, live partner wouldn’t be so bad after all.
I have a booksigning next week! It will be, like, my 500th booksigning or something like that. But only the 4th at Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouse, where 20 or so romance authors gather in a beautiful, sweet-smelling setting to meet readers and sell signed copies of our books every February.
This year’s event is next Saturday, February 11, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. There will be a massive giveaway full of goodies donated by the authors as well as a $25 Ashcombe gift card. The café will have a lunch special, too! (Buy one, get one half off)
Read about all the authors who are attending here. Stop by, enter the drawing (need not be present to win), and maybe go home with a pretty plant and awesome book to get you through the rest of the winter!
Now. about the gold. I’ve been cleaning out my file cabinets, one or more files a day. Mainly because it was so full I couldn’t put any more into it. I do this every *mumble* years. But the drawer with the writing stuff from when I started hasn’t been touched. This morning, I found photos from my first-ever booksigning!
I don’t know how I managed it, but I have a SLEW of appearances happening this year. I mean, I already did YAPA Con, an author panel and a meet and greet for the Dauphin County Library System, and a booksigning at Cupboard Maker Books. But wait! There’s more! If you’re hoping to meet me and get signed copies of my books, I have three opportunities for that! And if you just want to hang with me (and other authors) online and have a chance to get cool prizes, I have three opportunities for that, too! 🙂 So here are they are, in chronological order:
Lady Jane’s Salon, Lancaster
May 22, 1–4 p.m., The Cat’s Meow, Manheim, PA
Celebrate Dragons Month
May 23, 9–10:30 p.m. EDT on Facebook
I’ll be helping to celebrate the release of Jamie K. Schmidt’s new book (and dragons, of course) with a few other guest authors. Come by for chatting about dragons and dragon shifters, books, and probably hunks. That’s how these things tend to go. 🙂 And there are always prizes!
Romance Writers Gone Wild
May 26 & 27 on Facebook
This party actually goes on ALL WEEK LONG. Each day will feature authors in different romance genres. I’ll be posting on Thursday (as a paranormal romance/urban fantasy author) and Friday (as a romantic suspense author). But stop in every day and see what’s going on! Individual authors will be giving away prizes, and there are several “grand” prizes to be won, such as Kindles and gift cards.
YA Book Signing
June 11, 1–3 p.m., Cupboard Maker Books, Enola, PA
For this in-person booksigning, I’ll be wearing my YA hat as NJ Damschroder and signing the two books in my Fusion Series, including the new release, Shadow Mission. I’ll be joining Gabriella Gill and Tom Tancin. Come on by!
June 25, 2 p.m., Aaron’s Books, Litiz, PA
Meet 9 local romance authors as they sign and discuss their books. Authors include NY Times bestselling Megan Hart, Vicky Burkholder, Sara Walter Ellwood, Natalie J. Damschroder, D.R. Grady, Patty Taylor, Gerri Bowen, Allison B. Hanson, and Brandy Ayers. There’s quite a mix of subgenres; check out details here.
Hope to see you around!
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?
I call Aftershocks a cross between National Treasure and Sweet Home Alabama, the Reese Witherspoon movie. Zoe must find a missing treasure and stop the madman after both it and her, and she’s doing so with the help of two very different guys. Grant’s a mercenary, kind of rough, and he’s part of the past she has worked REALLY hard to leave behind. Kell is a polished attorney who’s very comfortable in a ballroom.
But during the quest, Zoe finds that both men are more complex than they seem, and her relationships with them reveal a lot more about herself than she knew was there.
And, of course, as is common in my books, there are bad guys and good guys and thwarted goals and life-threatening situations all along the way. You can read an excerpt here, and if you want more, purchase at Amazon.
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!
Are you thinking, “Dreamwalkers? That’s not a Natalie J. Damschroder series.” You’re right! But it’s a duology that I LOVE and is in the same arena as my Goddesses Rising, only a little scarier, because demons. And they’re at a REALLY GOOD PRICE right now, so I wanted to tell everyone about them. Check them out!
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