Snippet Saturday: March 16

Are you ready for another snippet from Phoenix Awakened? It’s less than a month away from releasing now! I can’t wait for you to be able to read it. It’s also still available for only $.99!

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“Good, they’re here,” my companion murmured, eyeing the other car.

A hotel room door to the right opened and a tan skinned man with wavy black hair and a beard nearly identical to Phoenix’s stepped out and nodded before heading back inside. He shut the door, leaving it cracked so we could enter but the brisk morning air couldn’t sweep inside at full force.

“Let’s go and get this over with.”

Phoenix unbuckled and climbed from the car and I mimicked his actions, peering up at the now cloudless sky. Nothing fluttered above, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t someone up there, or following in a car. Forcing myself to turn away, I followed my large companion as he led the way to the hotel room. He held the door for me and closed it behind us, activating every lock the door had. There weren’t enough in my opinion.

“Phoenix, you said this was urgent,” a tall, thin woman announced, striding from the bathroom after we were securely inside. Her accent was thick, but I’d never heard anything like it. It was almost a voice that was out of this world, or maybe just from a part of the world I’d never ventured: the water. “What’s wrong?”

His lips were pressed into a thin line when he pointed toward my tracking bracelet. “We need that removed. You’re the only person I know who might be able to take it off.”

The woman eyed me, her dark curls shimmering in the room’s dim light. “I see. And who is this exactly?”

“Louisa, Chet, this is Sparks,” Phoenix introduced. “She’s a fire dragon. Sparks, this is Louisa, the undine I mentioned, and her husband, Chet.”

Louisa’s eyes narrowed as Chet’s eyes widened. Obviously he was still growing used to the world of the supernatural. Or he was surprised that a fire dragon existed since even Phoenix had thought we were extinct. The undine didn’t appear the least bit shocked. If anything she seemed perturbed.

“Why would I help a fire dragon?” Louisa asked, crossing her arms over her chest to glare at her cousin, or at least Phoenix had said this was his cousin…of sorts.

“I need her help,” he replied, his eyes spilling a desperation he tried to keep out of his voice. “I think…I think she’s my link.”

His link? I had no idea what that was, but by the shocked, raised eyebrows on Louisa’s face and her suddenly wide eyes, she knew exactly what that meant. It wouldn’t do me any good to ask about it yet since I doubted Phoenix would explain, at least until the tracker was removed.

“I see. You’re sure?” Louisa once again studied me, this time in a far less aggressive way, but still intense.

“No, but I felt the draw, and I’m hoping by removing the bracelet we’ll find the mark.”

And now I was done being patient.

 

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NMNCF34

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NMNCF34

#TeaserTuesday with a twist!

Hello there beautiful Tuesday! Monday was way too long, so it’s good to have you back with us once again. Time to show off what a friend and I have been working on!

We’ve all seen movie trailers, or at least I hope we have. Unknown to some people is that book trailers are now becoming a thing. I’ve created a few of them, but this is the first time I’ve teamed up with my friend, Sharon Drury, to do it. She is the amazing musical talent behind this video. The song is original, and totally all her doing. I sent the video to her, she created the amazing music to go with it. You should check out more of her work at: www.northcountrystudios.com.

This trailer is for my upcoming release, which is on pre-order right now, and for only $.99! Phoenix Awakened is a New Adult Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy. See below for the summary. If you love dragons, elementals, and one hot Phoenix, this is your read. You can view snippets of this books (and others) on my Snippet Saturday posts!

Fire Dragons, the most powerful dragon race on Earth.

Until the war left them as shadows of the race they once were.

Little more than slaves to the water dragons, they’re kept in line through destitute conditions and tracking devices. Sparks has known both lives, the prosperous and the starving, so when the opportunity arises for a little indulgence, she jumps at the chance, setting into motion a chain of events from which there is no turning back. With her fire power and dragon acting out, Sparks has no choice but to attempt escape, or face the consequences of her actions.

On the run, Sparks’s countdown begins. If she can’t remove the tracker, she’s dead. So when a gorgeous stranger shows up offering his help in exchange for hers, she has little choice but to accept. It isn’t long before Sparks discovers that Phoenix may be more than he seems, and that their lives are tied together in ways neither expected. Time is of the essence, but will they have enough to save both Sparks and her people from the water dragons?

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NMNCF34

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NMNCF34

Snippet Saturday: March 2

Today’s Snippet is from Phoenix Awakened, my upcoming release! Available for pre-order. Releasing April 13th.

The closer the car came, the more the headlights blinded me. When the car pulled up beside me, I was able to make out the outline of a large jeep, which likely had four-wheel drive and could navigate in this slush better than my bald-tired car. Instead of rolling the driver’s window down like I thought would happen, the driver opened the door and hopped out. Since my eyesight was still clear, I was able to make out his ginger colored hair that I assumed had once been styled so the longer hair on top was slicked back, but at the moment, a long day of mussing with it had the strands falling out of place to cover the shorter trimmed sides. A thick, short beard helped shield his face from the wind, and a thick coat that hugged his body shielded a manly torso.
Phoenix Teaser 6However, it was his height that stalled my footsteps as he approached, and I tried to keep my anxiety in check. This man was well over six feet tall, rivalling a male dragon. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe they would come from the other direction, and maybe they wouldn’t want to end me quickly, but take their time beating me to a pulp.
It took the man until he was on top of me to notice my tense stance and wary glare. When he did, he stepped closer and reached out to me, like I was a deer ready to flee. I retreated as he stepped closer, but he was well within range of my senses.
Taking a deep breath, I scented the air for the scent of dragon. None reached me. Human, then. Still, that didn’t mean he wasn’t a threat. At this point, everyone was considered a threat to my existence.
“I didn’t mean to startle you,” he murmured in a rough baritone voice, stepping closer.
Sure he didn’t. I moved into a defensive position, keeping my hands in front of my face just like my father taught me. If he came any closer, I’d kick him in the family jewels, which I learned from my mother. My parents had both made sure I knew how to protect myself. Since he was human, I’d have to be gentler so I wouldn’t permanently damage him since dragons were far stronger than his kind. That didn’t mean I’d have to take it easy on him, though. I’d bring him to the ground without hesitation and remorse. Then I would run.

 

Phoenix Awakened:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NMNCF34

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NMNCF34

Snippet Saturday: Feb 16

I can’t believe it’s already time for another Snippet Saturday! This week I had the chance to do a cover reveal for my upcoming release, Phoenix Awakened. Today’s snippet comes from the opening scene of that book. If you like it, the book is only $.99 on pre-order!

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The keys clattered against the scarred and beat up desk where I tossed them the moment I strode through the apartment door. It had been yet another hellish day on the job and already tomorrow didn’t look much better. Sure, my promotion, if that’s what it could be called, now limited how many times a day I was yelled at, cussed at, and smacked around, but that didn’t mean it never happened. It meant it happened less often.
Kurt, my new boss, was better than most. He didn’t yank my ponytail until I was in tears or slap me. Nope, he gave me a pay cut. A large one. All because I’d lost some minorly important paperwork. I still wasn’t certain that the lady who I’d replaced hadn’t lost it, but I hadn’t found it yet either, so my argument was null and void. Not that I would argue with Kurt. None of us did.
With my thoughts on Kurt and my new, almost nonexistent budget, I flipped off the light I’d turned on when entering my apartment and settled for dinner in the dark. Thankfully my shifter eyesight made searching through cupboards for a valid excuse for a meal possible. However, it didn’t help fill the near empty shelves. There wasn’t much left to eat or in the bank.
“Looks like another night of dry cereal,” I grumbled to the darkness, setting a bowl on the counter as I weighed the almost empty box in my hand. Too light. Much too light.
Pouring half of what remained in the box into the bowl, I scowled at it before tucking the flaps closed and setting the container aside. All it took was three short steps to cross the studio apartment to sit on my rickety twin size bed. The metal frame screeched when I sat my weight on it and every spring in the mattress pushed against me.
The first chomp of cereal made me cringe. It wasn’t nearly as delicious as it would be with milk, and that was out of the question since I’d run out a week ago and couldn’t afford anymore yet. If I could consult the dragon within me, she’d tell me to bite into a juicy steak, but that was beyond hopeful. It would take a serious miracle.
A hard knock alerted me to company. My sharp hearing should have warned me I had a visitor, but I was too focused on my misery to pay attention. People died that way, and I refused to be one of them.
Setting the bowl aside, I reached under my mattress for the knife I hid there. Yes, I could shift into one of my two dragon forms, but that was illegal and I’d rather have blood on the carpet than have to fix walls or go to prison. It was cheaper to clean the floor and the landlord would be none the wiser. Well, once I hid the body anyway.
Step after cautious step, I moved toward the door, keeping the blade ready. I’d stupidly only locked the door’s handle instead of the deadbolt and chain. Not that those would stop a determined dragon, but at least it would show I did my best to keep the intruder out.

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NMNCF34

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NMNCF34

 

 

Valentine’s Day present to myself: A cover reveal!

Last November, I participated in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, along with many other authors. The goal: write a 50k word novel in the month of November. Well, mine reached 50k by halfway through the month, so I decided to see if I could pull off 100k since my novel wasn’t even close to being finished. If you were keeping up with me, you know that I reached my goal and finished the novel, writing over 104k words in one month. It was crazy!

Well, I’m happy to report that this book is now available for  pre-order, for a special pre-order price of $.99! It releases April 13th, and I can’t wait! But for now: the cover reveal!

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Fire Dragons, the most powerful dragon race on Earth.

Until the war left them as shadows of the race they once were.

Little more than slaves to the water dragons, they’re kept in line through destitute conditions and tracking devices. Sparks has known both lives, the prosperous and the starving, so when the opportunity arises for a little indulgence, she jumps at the chance, setting into motion a chain of events from which there is no turning back. With her fire power and dragon acting out, Sparks has no choice but to attempt escape, or face the consequences of her actions.

On the run, Sparks’s countdown begins. If she can’t remove the tracker, she’s dead. So when a gorgeous stranger shows up offering his help in exchange for hers, she has little choice but to accept. It isn’t long before Sparks discovers that Phoenix may be more than he seems, and that their lives are tied together in ways neither expected. Time is of the essence, but will they have enough to save both Sparks and her people from the water dragons?

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NMNCF34

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NMNCF34

 

#NaNoWriMo Update. What Exactly Am I Working On? #Goodquestion

The story I’d planned to do for NaNoWriMo was a fairytale retelling featuring dragon shifters. I’m not going to tell you which fairytale yet because that project is still on the docket and I’m not quite ready to drop that info, especially not when the writing of it keeps getting pushed back. It was supposed to have been completed earlier this year (much earlier) but it hasn’t happened yet.

So, anyway, that project got bumped for one that I thought up during my lunch walk on November 1st. Yes, the day of NaNoWriMo I up and decide to change my project. That thought was terrifying since there’s a limited time to get 50k words and I didn’t even have a plot for this book. That’s normal since I’m a pantser, but usually I have SOME idea of what’s going to happen. Here, again, I had two characters and that was it, but as the story began to unfold, everything started falling into place. By the end of Day 9, I had over 36k words. As a rule I don’t write on Sundays (I need the break and I consider it work), but I also took Saturday off too. My mind would not let me concentrate on words.

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Now, I still have no idea how long this book is going to be, but the plot is coming together nicely, and I think you’re going to love it. The cover is ready to be revealed, but I’m going to wait a bit longer. So, be looking for that reveal in the coming months!

But the best news of all? I completed NaNoWriMo last night with just over 50k words! And still the story isn’t complete, so now to try and finish it by the end of the month. It’ll take a lot of work, but I think I can somehow manage it. But we’ll see. It’s been an adventure, and while bits and pieces show themselves as I write, I love being just as surprised as those who will read it by the twists and turns.

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I’m slowly decorating my apartment for Christmas, which has only helped add to my love of writing, mostly because I love writing by Christmas tree light. So, decorating is a must. In the meantime, I’m going to be writing like crazy to get this story finished! Keep a lookout for cover, blurb, and release details in the coming months! (And I hope you enjoyed the above teaser…I wrote it in a car, but quit because writing was too hard with all the bouncing.)

Updates…lots of updates to come

New Year’s resolution for 2019: Keep up on this website! I always have lofty goals for it, but they never pan out as I’d hoped they would. So, next year I’ll be trying harder to focus on this site. Until then, updates from this year are going to be coming your way!

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In the meantime, today is Evergreen Christmas’s release, and I’m so excited about it! Jolly’s book turned out different than I expected, but it’s oh so Jolly. To celebrate, I rearranged my living room furniture to prep for Christmas decorating. Hopefully I can start that tomorrow. It truly is my favorite time of year. So far only the tree is up, but it’s not decorated at all. One of the best aspects of the winter is that it’s dark early and I can turn on my Christmas tree and have that be my main source of light when I write. This is one of the major reasons my best writing is done in the winter. (As of today, the tree’s location has moved, but I wanted it up, so I made room for it.)

Another update is that I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month, and so far I’m killing it! Last night I had just over 36k words written in 9 days. It’s been a while since I’ve written that quickly. We shall see if it continues. Maybe today I’ve written 200 words, but I’ve been busy with the furniture moving. I haven’t said much about this book, other than it has a dragon and a phoenix. More will come when I know more about where this book is going, like if it’ll be one book or multiple. It wasn’t the original NaNoWriMo project, but I’m glad I decided to switch to it.

Well, this one will be short and sweet. More to come soon!