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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

So...I went ahead and hit publish on Ride to Ruin early because it's all finished and why not? It's still processing through the system but hopefully will be up sometime today. This snippet is from Garrett's point of view as he starts to come to terms with his feelings for Ellie.


He really should have known better than to let himself get attached to anyone. Hadn’t he burned the bodies of enough of his friends to have learned that lesson? Yet here he was choking on fear because Ellie had taken a relatively minor wound.

Tomorrow, they’d wake up and ride straight into danger. He had to brace himself for the fact that, one way or another, he was going to lose Ellie. She wasn’t his to care about, or his to hold on to. But tonight, he did. He held on to her as tightly as he could, and sometime after the moon finally set, he fell asleep listening to the steady rhythm of her breath.


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When a religious sect settles north of Fort Dougan in an abandoned city called Ruin, it doesn’t take long for stories to spread that something’s not right about the place. Charismatic preacher Thaddeus Blackwell has promised his flock a better life, unsullied by the decadence of Scraper society and the immorality of life on the border. With an army of cured Reapers under his command, Blackwell is determined to build a godly society…even if he has to use ungodly means to do it.

Working the ranch with the horses she loves, Ellie hasn’t paid much attention to the rumors about Ruin until her sister is charged with Blackwell’s murder. Ellie drops everything to ride to Lu’s aid only to find that her sister has fled town with a Ranger hot on her trail and Thaddeus’s son, Mordecai, out for her blood.

Ranger Garrett Landry believes Lu is the key to getting his family out of Ruin alive, and he needs to find her before Mordecai gets to her first. Reluctantly accepting Ellie as his partner in the search, Garrett doesn’t expect to fall in love with the brave but in over her head rancher. And he never imagines that Ellie might be the one to save him instead.



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

Last week, I gave you Ellie's first impression of Garrett. Here's Garrett's point of view:


Ellie was an uncommonly pretty woman, Garrett thought, with her curly, dark hair and her big brown eyes. She had a dimple in her right cheek and a dent in her chin. “An angel’s kiss” was what his mother would have called that, and Garrett could almost believe that an angel had kissed Ellie’s chin before sending her to earth. She was a sweetheart who had no business traveling the border alone searching for a sister who didn’t want to be found.

Lu, by all accounts, was as much of a hellion as Molly, both of them outlaws at heart, daring and hot-blooded. They thrived on the challenge of dodging the roaming packs of Reapers that haunted the abandoned towns they picked over. One part heart, one part guts, and a big dash of crazy—that was what made for a good scavenger, along with a total disregard for the niceties of polite society.

Ellie wasn’t like that.


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March 30, 2015

When a religious sect settles north of Fort Dougan in an abandoned city called Ruin, it doesn’t take long for stories to spread that something’s not right about the place. Charismatic preacher Thaddeus Blackwell has promised his flock a better life, unsullied by the decadence of Scraper society and the immorality of life on the border. With an army of cured Reapers under his command, Blackwell is determined to build a godly society…even if he has to use ungodly means to do it.

Working the ranch with the horses she loves, Ellie hasn’t paid much attention to the rumors about Ruin until her sister is charged with Blackwell’s murder. Ellie drops everything to ride to Lu’s aid, only to find that her sister has fled town with a Ranger hot on her trail and Thaddeus’s son, Mordecai, out for her blood.

Ranger Garrett Landry believes Lu is the key to getting his family out of Ruin alive, and he needs to reach her before Mordecai finds her first. Reluctantly accepting Ellie as his partner in the search, Garrett doesn’t expect to fall in love with the brave but in over her head rancher. And he never imagines that Ellie might be the one to save him instead.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

This snippet is from Ride to Ruin, an alternate history western/romance from the Reaper series. Ellie is looking for her outlaw sister in the dirty border town of Baxter, where she meets Garrett for the first time.


The Ranger crossed his arms over his chest, and Ellie was momentarily distracted by the line of his body. Rangers did hard labor, practically living in the saddle. They were mostly young, because few Rangers lived to old age. They were generally well-built, muscular and trim. This one was no exception, but she shouldn't have let it distract her. When she finally wrestled her gaze back up, there was a slight mocking turn to his mouth that told her he knew exactly where her thoughts had wandered. And that was one more reason she’d always steered clear of Rangers. Cocky as hell, every last one of them.


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When a religious sect settles north of Fort Dougan in an abandoned city called Ruin, it doesn’t take long for stories to spread that something’s not right about the place. Charismatic preacher Thaddeus Blackwell has promised his flock a better life, unsullied by the decadence of Scraper society and the immorality of life on the border. With an army of cured Reapers under his command, Blackwell is determined to build a godly society…even if he has to use ungodly means to do it.

Working the ranch with the horses she loves, Ellie hasn’t paid much attention to the rumors about Ruin until her sister is charged with Blackwell’s murder. Ellie drops everything to ride to Lu’s aid only to find that her sister has fled town with a Ranger hot on her trail and Thaddeus’s son, Mordecai, out for her blood.

Ranger Garrett Landry believes Lu is the key to getting his family out of Ruin alive, and he needs to find her before Mordecai gets to her. Reluctantly accepting Ellie as his partner in the search, Garrett doesn’t expect to fall in love with the brave but in over her head rancher. And he never imagines that Ellie might be the one to save him instead.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

It's finally starting to get warm here. Okay, 40 degrees, but still... I am SO READY for spring! This weekend I'm working on edits for the third book in the REAPER series, RIDE TO RUIN. It's a weird west romance - wild west + steampunk. In this snippet, Ellie, the heroine, has just received some very unwelcome news in the mail...


She’d track down Lu’s friend Molly, shake the truth out of her, and then she’d go untangle Lu from the “messy situation” she’d found herself in. Messy situation. Ellie flipped the letter over and scowled at the picture on the other side.

Lu’s eyes stared back at her from the image on the Wanted poster. The nose was slightly off, not wide enough, and her eyes were too small, but otherwise, it wasn’t a half-bad likeness. MURDER. Messy situation, her ass. Somebody wanted to hang her baby sister.


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekend Writing Warriors

From The Shape of Temptation. Kailey is about to be presented to the emperor, and Benim is very aware that their growing friendship is about to come to an abrupt end. Mages are at the top of the food chain in Sarian society and he's just a lowborn soldier. New to the empire, Kailey is unaware that anything will have to change.


     Benim's sandals clicked on the tile as he hurried to where Leesan lounged, sipping from a goblet of chilled wine. Tark was at his side—of course he wasbut Kailey was nowhere to be seen.

     His step faltered until he spotted her, near a potted palm, studying the mural on the wall. He didn’t blame her for the strange expression on her face. She’d likely never seen a mural that moved before, the colors wiggling like snakes to form the next image in a series of pictures depicting the death of Emperor Cassian.

     An appropriate, if morbid mural for the guild’s hall. Emperor Cassian had been murdered by his first mage in a briefly successful coup. If you watched the shifting colors long enough, you would find out exactly what had happened to the first mage when the Sarian heir returned to Lasura to reclaim the throne.


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The Shape of Temptation is Book Two in the Spellcraft series, but the books don’t need to be read in order. They share a common world, but there’s not an overarching plot or shared characters.