Sunday, August 17, 2014

At Here Be Magic

I'm at Here Be Magic today looking for Paranormal Romance recommendations. Read any lately that you just love? Stop by and let me know! 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

From my upcoming book, Gun Shy. Lyle and Jane have been friends for a while and, knowing she's had a rough time of things, Lyle goes out of his way to be extra gentle. It's nice and all, but Jane becomes frustrated and accuses Lyle of regarding her as a walking tragedy....

“Last month, I watched a good friend of mine ride straight into a Reaper swarm because he was tired of fighting. That was tragic. I can’t imagine you ever giving up like that.”

She closed her eyes, letting that sink in. Not just the words but the warm approval behind them. No wonder everyone looked up to Lyle like they did. He had a way of making a person feel like they were worth something.

“And I don’t watch you because I’m waiting for you to fall apart, sweetheart, I watch because I like the way you look.”

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

This snippet is from Gun Shy, out in just a few weeks. From the very beginning:

Lyle spat out a mouthful of dust and lifted his face. A pair of hawks circled gently overhead, black specks against the crisp blue sky. It was the kind of late autumn day that should be spent baling hay, sipping cider or making fence before the frost set. No sign in that beautiful calm heaven of the hell surrounding him down here. Not even a cloud to show how fiercely the wind was blowing.
With the sound of gunfire still echoing in his ears, he holstered his revolver and looked over the field to make sure that all of his men were accounted for. The rocky ground at his feet was littered with the bodies of about a dozen Reapers. All of them disabled for the time being, none dead. 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Gun Shy

Only one month until the release of Gun Shy!

Gun Shy is the sequel to Reaper's Touch! It's a paranormal friends-to-lovers romance set in an alternate version of the wild west where bloodthirsty monsters roam the plains. Rangers ride patrol protecting the poor people living on the border while the wealthy remain safely tucked away in their mountain cities. In Reaper's Touch, a cure was discovered for the infection that turns men into Reapers and in Gun Shy, the Rangers are dealing with the aftermath of that momentous change.

Here’s the official blurb:

Before the cure, Lieutenant Lyle Dalton’s job was simple: kill the Reapers. Now, under orders to inject all captured flesh eaters with the serum that restores their humanity, his Rangers at Fort Dougan face entirely new dangers. Someone wanted the Reaper cure badly enough to spill blood for it, and Lyle needs to steal it back if he hopes to hold the border.

Jane Fisher escaped Scraper crime boss Gideon Moore with only the clothes on her back. What he took from her can never be replaced, but her new home at Fort Dougan is the first safe one she’s known. Or was, until the remaining supply of serum was stolen, flown high into the mountains on Gideon’s command. Serving as Lyle’s guide through Scraper territory means revisiting her own personal hell, but it’s also an opportunity—for closure or revenge, Jane isn’t quite sure.

Beautiful, proud and haunted, Jane is a temptation Lyle’s worked hard to avoid. The mountains are the last place she needs to be. But if Jane can find the courage to face down a man like Gideon for the sake of the fort, no force on earth will keep Lyle from her side.


You can read an excerpt here.

If you're a reviewer interested in a review copy, email me at Copies are also available via NetGalley

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

RWA14 Recap

I had a great time at my first RWA national conference. San Antonio was beautiful (and HOT). I learned a lot, met up with my agent and editor, and went to a bunch of awesome parties. But, by far, my favorite part was getting to meet so many people in person I'd only ever talked to online.

Walking into a packed conference hotel not really knowing anyone was overwhelming at first, but everyone was incredibly friendly. I had a "First Timer" badge on my name tag and people seemed to go out of their way to make me feel welcome.

It was a huge honor to have been nominated to be a RITA® finalist, especially when so many of the authors in the paranormal romance category are among my favorites. Congratulations to Susanna Kearsley for winning the RITA®! So very deserved.

Next year's conference is in New York and I'm already looking forward to it!

A few highlight pics from the conference...


As a side note, I spent a lot of time reading conference recaps from previous years trying to figure out what to pack. The advice is business casual which, while accurate, covers a huge range. If you're here because you're getting ready to attend your first conference and you're trying to figure out what business casual means, err on the side of business dress. I packed dress capris in black and white and paired them with good quality blouses. I found comfortable but nice-looking black sandals. I saw people in dresses and heels everyday but I don't think I saw any jeans. Party dress ranges from cocktail dresses to formal gowns.