Teaser from A Shadow’s Kiss

In anticipation of my second book releasing next week, here is a scene from A Shadow’s Kiss.

 

The door to the great hall swung open, and she heard her brother, Angus. Tis about time he showed his face.

“Father,” he said. “I would like to introduce Alexander. He’s from the south.”

Madeline choked the wine as her head snapped up. She swallowed as delicately as she could, forcing herself to remain calm. Her hand trembled. It couldn’t be. The stranger’s broad shoulders stretched as he tipped his hood back revealing thick mahogany hair and ice blue eyes. Her hand flew to her throat. Why was he here? Her heart leapt. Has he come for me? She forced the delight down and sat patiently waiting for him to glance in her direction.

“My Laird.” He proffered a slight bow. When he rose, his eyes fell on Madeline. She sat forward, her mouth poised to speak when she saw him shake his head no. He returned his attention to her father. “I thank you for your hospitality.”

Madeline’s jaw snapped closed. She leaned back in her chair. What was he playing at? His voice sounded deeper with a rolling Scottish lilt. Sir Alexander. Those broad shoulders and profile gave him away, and she could never mistake his eyes. Ever. Madeline had spent far too many nights dreaming about him to forget even the slightest detail.

“Where are you from, Alexander? Who are your people?” Her father’s questions were curious and polite. She watched the byplay between the men, her mind spinning with questions.

“My mother is a daughter of Clan Kerr, from the south, near the border,” he said. She liked the sound of the Scottish brogue on his tongue. Without thinking, she licked her lips as his gaze flickered over her.

“What brings you this far north?” the Laird asked, leaning forward.

“I am searching for answers,” he said. She heard the hesitancy in his voice. Had she not known him, she would have missed it. Alexander wasn’t lying, but his words weren’t completely honest either. He was a terrible liar. She strived not to smirk, remembering several occasions when his half-truths were directed at her. Tonight, she would have the truth from him, even if it killed her.

Her father didn’t pry any further. “I hope you find what you’re after then.”

“I have,” Alexander replied, his gaze settling on Madeline for a brief moment then returning to the Laird.

Her father nodded and held up his cup. “I pray you, sit. Join our feast. You are welcome in my home and at my table.”

Alexander bowed, and with a passing glance in her direction, he joined Angus at the far side of the head table. She sat there, her appetite gone, waiting and watching. She needed to speak with him, but how? Madeline nibbled on some bread. The sound of laughter brought her attention back to her brothers. Alexander, laughing! She stared at him in complete disbelief. Who was he truly? The Alexander she knew never laughed, and he certainly could not be Scottish. Her eyes narrowed. He caught her scowl and tipped his cup to her, a grin still on his lips.

With an agitated huff, Madeline begged her father’s pardon and left the great hall. The memory of Alexander’s good humor haunted her as she approached the staircase leading to her chambers. Somehow she had to speak to him. She knew of one way to catch him alone: discover where he slept.

I hope you enjoyed it. If you did then check out my Shadow Guardian series from Breathless Press.

Book 1:  An Irresistible Shadow

Book 2:  A Shadow’s Kiss

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New Release: Wolves and Warrants

Let’s give a warm welcome for the return of D.F. Krieger showcasing her New Release…

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You can purchase the book HERE now!

For this release, I’ve asked my guest author some tough questions. *wink*

Behind the Scenes Questions with Author D.F. Krieger:

1. Author who influences your writing the most?

No one. I’m an insanity all of my own making. But truly, I try really hard to be certain my voice is completely my own. It helps that I don’t get to read as much as I used to so I don’t risk my tone reflecting current authors. I have been told by a few authors when I was helping edit their work that I do a good job mimicking their voice when offering writing suggestions. Not sure if that’s good or bad…

2. Who was your inspiration for Detective Jake Markovich?

Jake was one side of what I desire in a man. Honest, loyal, and dependable. There was no particular influence, but I did manage to take a photo of him. Lookie!

3. Who was your inspiration for Veltis?

Ah, now Veltis is all the things I dream about in the darkness of the night. Dominating, powerful, seductive, and sarcastic. Sadly, he’s refusing to let me show off pictures of him just yet. Gimme time. I’ll find a way to come to an agreement with him.

4. Who was your inspiration for Zeara Faxfire?

I’m going to be honest here. Me, me, me. Crazy cat lady? Check. Psychotic amounts of animal knowledge? Check. Sarcastic sense of humor? *shifty eyes* That one…I don’t know where she got that from.

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5. Did your characters nag you when you weren’t writing their story?

One character in particular bitches the most. Zane the lab tech. I hear his voice more than anyone else’s, which is funny because he isn’t my main character, nor a love interest for Zeara. But he just won’t….shut…up.

6. How do you get into the writing groove?

I growl at my family, put some music on, crawl into bed, and tune the world out. Tea is always nearby, along with cats in a semi-circle, and occasionally I risk coming out of my nest to socially interact. If I’m writing a particularly emotional part of the story when I take a break to interact, in never bodes well for others. I’m am empathetic torturer.

7. What are the five requirements you HAVE to have to write? (example: I need coffee, music, no family interruptions, my ecig, and a friend on skype)

I suppose a computer with Word is a given? Let’s see, tea, as I said above. Cats for strategic creativity enhancement purposes. My husband for moments when I’m not sure if people can even bend that way. Angsty music to reflect my turmoil at inflicting so much torture on characters.

8. If you listen to music, can you give us a sampling of the songs on your writing playlist?

Heh heh heh. You’ll wish you’d never asked. I’ll give you bands, to make it easier. Depeche Mode, Julien-K, and Blaqk Audio.

9. Tell us one thing about one of your characters that we don’t know.

I know the truth behind Magic and you don’t. *Sticks tongue out* Karma knows too, but she’s not telling. Oh, so does Veltis. But no one else knows. Mwahahaha

10. Let’s say your book gets picked up to be made into a movie…Who would you cast in your movie?

You mean after I had a heart attack and needed to be revived? I have no bloody idea. I think I’d be too busy nit-picking every actor and actress to death. I could see myself now… “I said snarky and sexy, not bitchy and trampy!”

 

Thanks for having me, m’lady! It’s always a pleasure to be closely studied by one such as yourself.

~D.F. Krieger

You are very welcome.  Stop by again and keep us posted on your new projects!

 

Social Media Links for D.F. Krieger

Website:

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Buy Links   

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New Release: A Flawed Jewel

Pieretta boards a ship, unaware that Thor is waiting to kidnap her for revenge against her grandfather.

Will love intervene, altering both their courses?

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Buy a Copy of the eBook:  Click HERE!

Pieretta Carlyle experienced the loss of her father, leaving her alone in the world except for her grandpere, Comte Renard Dubois. The comte insists that she travel to France to live with him. Pieretta doesn’t want to leave Charleston and the only home she has ever known. Her grandpere is her guardian, and she must do what he says.

Thor has a score to settle, and Pieretta is the key to his revenge. He became a pirate unwillingly after his business partner tried to murder him. He must acquire Pieretta by any means necessary, and he doesn’t mind plundering a ship to obtain her.

When Pieretta and Thor meet, they are instantly attracted to each other against their better judgments. She is disgusted by the pirate’s actions. Thor knows what Pieretta believes, but proceeds with his plans anyway. She is only a tool to achieve vengeance. What happens will depend on Thor’s need for revenge and Pieretta’s ability to forgive him for his dastardly deeds.

A little about the Author

Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.

Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.

There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet. If you want to contact Dawn you can visit her webpage at www.authordawnbrower.com,  her facebook page at www.facebook.com/DawnMarieBrower, on her blog http://dawnbrower.wordpress.com or her twitter page at www.twitter.com/dawnab33.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy reading.  🙂

Her Favorite Vice Author Interview

Hello everyone, this week we have another special guest.

Holden Granger

Tell me a little about your book and what you write.

I’m Holden Granger, and my most recent book is Her Favorite Vice.  This story was a lot of fun to write, and I hope it will be a lot of fun to read! To sum it up, it’s the story of a young police detective, who has her first big case in which she must go undercover as a high-priced call girl. She has the help of her partner, who also pretends to be one of her clients. Together, they match wits with the corrupt judge who uses his office to run the call-girl operation.

Click on the Image for Direct Link to Buy this Book!

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Ten Questions:

  1. What motivates you to write?  I love to create stories, and I’ve found I love it even more when people can read and enjoy them.
  2. Top five most romantic films in your opinion:  Casablanca – Pretty Woman – An Affair to Remember – When Harry Met Sally – Say Anything
  3. Best Kiss scene in film: Undoubtedly the spaghetti scene in “Lady and the Tramp”
  4. Top three authors who have inspired you:  Mario Puzo, Anne Rice and Raymond Chandler
  5. What is your favorite subgenre of romance?  Right now I enjoy paranormal romance because it gives both writer and readr a chance to enter a new mythology, at least it should if it is done right!
  6. Do you have a favorite poem?  Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 – it has fun with the classical ideas of romantic poetry
  7. What do you do in your free time, when you get it? I can’t remember!
  8. Any new projects on the burner? I always try to keep a couple going. I’m really excited about a paranormal romance I’m working on now.
  9. What is your secret indulgence? Pop music from the 80’s, I use it to set the mood when I write. Please don’t tell anyone.
  10. If you could do one thing right now, without consequences, what would it be?  Why? That’s the toughest question I’ve been asked! A lot of possibilities come to mind, but I’ll stick with a relatively tame one. I’d like to walk into the Oval Office and chat with the president. I’d love to get his perspective on a few issues.

Lightning Round:

Favorite season? Summer – less clothes

Biggest pet peeve? Know-it-alls

Favorite dessert? Anything with ice cream

Favorite color? A deep, dark red

Drink of choice? Vodka and water

Favorite band? Fleetwood Mac

Action flick or RomCom – why can’t I have both?

Cuddling  or making out – Making out for sure!

Video games or a good book – Good book without question

Pirate or cowboy – Pirate, I love the ocean

Sexy or sweet – sexy

Bonus: If you could meet one person in all of history, who would it be and why?

Maybe it is a cliché, but I would want to meet Abraham Lincoln. I’d like to tell him that all he suffered was not in vain.

Thank you very much, Holden, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview and congratulations on your new release!

Guest Author: Shelli Rosewarne

Hello everyone.  I’d like to welcome my friend Shelli Rosewarne to my blog today.  Her new zombie romance released last week from Breathless Press.  Let’s give her a warm welcome!

Thanks so much for letting me visit today. My zombie-themed romance ‘Love Reawakened’ was just released on Friday so I’m very excited! I know what you’re thinking – zombies and romance don’t really go together. I must admit before this I would have been inclined to agree – but hopefully this will give you a bit of a different view. Emma and Garret are two people who are brought back together in *ahem* let’s call it difficult circumstances, but at the core they are still two people falling in love and I really hope that’s what comes across most in the story. Besides, I think you might be surprised that the zombies aren’t what you would normally expect either! If a zombie comes back from the dead do they really forget everything about who and what they were – or do the important things, like the love they had, still stay with them? I think I’m probably giving a lot away here – so you’ll have to read to find out anything else! I really hope you give it a try, and that you enjoy 🙂

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Emma needs to find an escaped zombie! With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.

Emma Strachan is a professional witch and quite frankly a zombie raising should be all in day’s work. Now, though, something has gone horribly wrong and with lives on the line Emma is forced to turn for help to the one person she never wanted to see again.

When Emma Strachan shows up on Garret’s doorstep he knows she must be in trouble – after all nothing else would bring her to his door. Still, he never imagined a zombie gone rogue, or that the blazing attraction between them would be as strong as ever.

As Emma and Garret risk their lives to track down the missing zombie can they put aside past insecurities and trust in each other – before it’s too late.

 

Excerpt

He grinned at her. “I’ve learnt a few things since you last knew me.”

She felt her face flame. Oh, they were so not going there. She turned on her heel, and headed back to the car. She heard his low laugh as he followed her and tried not to bristle at that. She slid in, a scowl on her face.

“What now? We still have no idea where he might be or how to reassure him when we find him. Any ideas?”

She saw a slow grin spread across his face, then he leaned over and captured her lips with his, catching her surprised squeak. His tongue plunged deep, his mouth forceful, demanding, and she was helpless not to respond. A whimper rose in her throat as she clutched at his shoulders, heat curling in her stomach. His hand slid to the nape of her neck pulling her closer and she went willingly, her nipples hardening as she came up against his chest. He slowly pulled back, causing a moan of protest to rise in her throat. He smiled ruefully, resting his head against hers.

“This is really not the time or the place,” he murmured.

She pulled back crossly. “Why did you do it then?”

He grinned at her. “It was an idea.”

Hilarious! “You have any ideas actually related to the problem at hand?” she snapped at him.

“Surprisingly, yes, I do have one. I know someone who might be able to help us find him.”

Emma frowned. “Who? And why didn’t you just say that instead of, well, you know.”

He sighed. “You’ll see, and I kissed you now because you might not let me afterwards.”

 

Buy HERE:

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Reawakened-ebook/dp/B00FS37EG2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381490144&sr=8-3&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

 

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Reawakened-ebook/dp/B00FS37EG2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381489941&sr=8-3&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

 

Breathless Press

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I’m also running a Rafflecopter giveaway – prizes include a zombie themed mini book bag, a spooky Halloween phone cover and a witchy (and lavender scented) keyring – who said scary can’t be cute! I’m also giving away a free copy of Love Reawakened in the ebook format of your choice. If you’d like to enter then just leave a comment.

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A little about the author:

Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she worked in various jobs from call centers to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and has since had her first stand alone novella published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, another novel contracted for later in the year and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she’s having to pinch herself as well! She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.

You can follow her at:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelli-Rosewarne/364962230246715

Twitter – @shellirosewarne

Blog – http://shellirosewarne.wordpress.com

 

 

An Irresistible Release!

Today is the day!  An Irresistible Shadow is available for purchase.

Someone catch me, I might faint.  I have dreamed about this day for years.  I’m officially a novelist.  *runs around the house screaming with joy and jumping on the bed*

In celebration of this monumental day in my life, I’d like to share something awesome.  I had a very talented artist draw a portrait of Gabriel and Evelyn.

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Jennifer Healy did an amazing job capturing my characters, all from my descriptions.  She used colored pencils.  Freaking amazing right?  You can find her on deviant art and her personal website.

Links here:  http://jenniferhealy.deviantart.com/

http://www.jennifer-healy.com/

If you are interested in reading Gabriel and Evelyn’s story, you can purchase it directly from Breathless Press:  http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=17&products_id=478

Amazon Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/An-Irresistible-Shadow-ebook/dp/B00F5JHS6U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1379084336&sr=8-2&keywords=kirsten+s.+blacketer

You can also find me on…

Twitter: @kirblacketer

Tumblr: http://kblackship.tumblr.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KirstenSBlacketerAuthor

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/KirstenSBlacketer

Thank you for your support and kind words!  I look forward to sharing more of my stories and my passion for romance!

In Ink,

Kirsten S. Blacketer

Pleasant Surprise

Hello….you thought I died?  Awww.  No, but unfortunately life gets in the way.  It has been over two years since my last post, and for that I apologize.  While a lot has happened in my personal life, the one thing I have share with you all is that on September 13th of 2013, my first novel will be published by Breathless Press.

*squee*  I know.  I’m excited too.  Would you like to see the cover?

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Gorgeous right?

Oh and even more exciting.  I also published a short novella.

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This has been an amazing year.  I will be writing more and posting updates on this blog as well as my writer’s group blog The Sarcastic Muse.

I promise to post my inspiration and ideas here, as well as my romantic musings.  I promise.  Stop by any time, next post I will give a snippet from Blood, Sweat, and Gears:  Full Throttle.  Thanks for the visit.  🙂