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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

These are the first eight sentences from a free short story I just put up on my site for Thanksgiving. It's set in the same world as my Reaper series, but you don't need to have read any of the stories in order for it to make sense. If you want to read the whole thing, you can find it here.


A sliver of wood as thin as a snowflake peeled away beneath the sharp blade and drifted down to lay atop his bare foot. The scent teased his nostrils, but he held back a sneeze as he followed the stroke around the curve of the eagle’s uplifted wing. He didn’t want to screw up this delicate part and, besides, if he let loose with a sneeze now, someone from the house might hear him and that would be no good. No good at all.

Head bowed, John tickled the roof of his mouth with the tip of his tongue. His sister Alice had always sworn by that method of fighting off sneezes and she would have known. With hay fever and a preacher father who insisted they sit in the front pew every Sunday no matter what, Alice had had a lot of practice at smothering sneezes. She was gone now with the rest of his siblings.


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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

This snippet is from Dragonslayer. It's a little further along in the story, but it's from one of my favorite parts, so I thought I'd share it.


Christian swept his thumb across her bottom lip before leaning forward to press his mouth the same spot. It was a chaste kiss, soft and sweet, but it warmed up every frozen cell in her body, sent heat pulsing through her blood and rushing to her face. When he pulled back, he stared at her with an intensity that was disconcerting.

“The circumstances are shit. If we do this, it will be messy and complicated and over before it even starts, but if you’re asking me what I want? What I want is my mouth on your breasts and between your legs. I want inside you, even if it’s just once. I would bed you in a heartbeat if you said the word."


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One year after his bride left him at the altar for his best man, Christian Jager is stuck in a rut. Working at the local co-op, dating the same handful of women he’s known since childhood, riding with the wild hunt twice a month to keep the jötnar who destroyed Asgard from invading earth.

He wants something more, but he’s not quite sure what it is until Jacey Morgan blows into his life like a breath of fresh air. A wildlife biologist who’s come to Ragnarok to investigate rumors of a strange predator in the area, she’s also a native Midgardian who can’t ever learn the truth about Christian or his clan. His job is to distract her and get her the Hel out of town as quickly as possible so the Æsir can take care of the problem themselves.

Jacey wants the case wrapped up quickly too, and she’s not about to get distracted by the sinfully sexy man who’s so unexpectedly determined to help. With a new degree and a plan to get out of Iowa, she’s ready to move on to bigger and better things… A dragon isn’t quite what she had in mind.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Mind Meld

I'm at SF Signal's Mind Meld with a few of my recommendations for non-speculative fiction gems:

"I’ve been a fan of Stephen King’s short stories ever since I nabbed my dad’s copy of Skeleton Crew off the coffee table when I was twelve. A few of my favorites are..."

Monday, November 10, 2014

Dragonslayer is here!

YESSSS!!!! I'm so excited to announce that DRAGONSLAYER is out today! This is a full length paranormal romance about Norse demigods and dragons, set in modern-day America. It's the third book in the Twilight of the Gods series. All of the books in that series have a different main couple and a different challenge for the clan to meet, so they can be read as stand alone if you'd like. DRAGONSLAYER is Christian and Jacey's story, and you, uh, might be able to guess what kind of challenge the clan is facing this time around.



One year after his bride left him at the altar for his best man, Christian Jager is stuck in a rut. Working at the local co-op, dating the same handful of women he’s known since childhood, riding with the wild hunt twice a month to keep the jötnar who destroyed Asgard from invading earth.

He wants something more, but he’s not quite sure what it is until Jacey Morgan blows into his life like a breath of fresh air. A wildlife biologist who’s come to Ragnarok to investigate rumors of a strange predator in the area, she’s also a native Midgardian who can’t ever learn the truth about Christian or his clan. His job is to distract her and get her the Hel out of town as quickly as possible so the Æsir can take care of the problem themselves.

Jacey wants the case wrapped up quickly too, and she’s not about to get distracted by the sinfully sexy man who’s so unexpectedly determined to help. With a new degree and a plan to get out of Iowa, she’s ready to move on to bigger and better things… A dragon isn’t quite what she had in mind.

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I hope you enjoy it!!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors

Dragonslayer comes out Monday!!! Christian is descended from Asgardian refugees who settled on earth when Surtr's host invaded Asgard during Ragnarök. His clan guards the portal between earth and Asgard to prevent Surtr's host from invading earth too. This snippet is from Christian's POV, shortly after a human acquaintance stumbles upon the wild hunt. It continues from where I left off last time so I don't leave you hanging:)


His fist clenched so tightly around the hilt of his sword that the metal bit into his flesh despite the leather binding. His horse’s sides heaved with every drawn breath, while Christian’s own breath seemed locked in his chest.

For a moment, he considered just riding on, returning to the hunt and forgetting he’d seen Jacey out here at all. There was a chance she’d keep her mouth shut without his interference. Most people would find a way to convince themselves that they hadn’t seen the impossible, and Jacey was smart. She’d have to know that filing a report about monsters in the woods would cost her a job. Bringing her in to face Aiden would force everything out in the open and place her life at risk. If she got in her truck and drove away, if she kept her mouth shut, then there’d be no reason for Aiden to send anyone after her.


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One year after his bride left him at the altar for his best man, Christian Jager is stuck in a rut. Working at the local co-op, dating the same handful of women he’s known since childhood, riding with the wild hunt twice a month to keep the jötnar who destroyed Asgard from invading earth.

He wants something more, but he’s not quite sure what it is until Jacey Morgan blows into his life like a breath of fresh air. A wildlife biologist who’s come to Ragnarok to investigate rumors of a strange predator in the area, she’s also a native Midgardian who can’t ever learn the truth about Christian or his clan. His job is to distract her and get her the Hel out of town as quickly as possible so the Æsir can take care of the problem themselves.

Jacey wants the case wrapped up quickly too, and she’s not about to get distracted by the sinfully sexy man who’s so unexpectedly determined to help. With a new degree and a plan to get out of Iowa, she’s ready to move on to bigger and better things… A dragon isn’t quite what she had in mind.

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