Sunday, February 2, 2014

New Year, New Things

First post of the new year and it comes in February, all well better late than never, no? Right now I'm gearing up for the release of my next book, Black Widow Witch, which should be out this month. Also to be released this month...my daughter! Any day now my little one should be making her arrival, which I am of course super excited about. Needless to say, being an expectant mother has taken up a lot of my time these past months. There were a few projects I'd hoped to finish before baby arrived but it became apparent that just wasn't going to happen. I will just have to work hard to find a way to still get my writing in with a baby.

In a few months it will be a year since Affairs of the Dead was released and I am ITCHING to get the sequel done. But boy is it being a stubborn little sequel. I've got almost 41k words in and then came to a screeching halt. It's hard juggling so many plot threads and needing to do them all justice. These past few days I've been trying to see if I can untangle the threads. I actually wrote two paragraphs after months and months of not touching the book so I see that tiny progress as a step in the right direction. This looks like it's gonna be one I'll have to fight through, but hopefully the end result won't be disappointing.

Cover reveal for Black Widow Witch will hopefully happen soon, and I will be doing a blog tour in early March. I'm quite excited to release this story!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Release! Elemental Inferno (PNR Novella) now available!

I'm excited to share that my new paranormal novella, Elemental Inferno is now available from Amazon, please check it out! It's a fast, fun, not to mention sexy read. I will be doing a blog tour with Itching for Books from Dec 2 - 6 and will be giving away two lovely necklaces, be sure to check it out!




Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Promo Post - Hopeless by Keri Neal

Today I'm welcoming Keri Neal back to my blog. She has a new release, Hopless, which is the sequeal to Flightless. Be sure to check it out!





Synopsis
On her seventeenth birthday, Jade is filled with hope for the future. She and her boyfriend Pen are in love, she is finishing her final year of high school, and she is finally safe from the Fallen, who wanted her blood to fulfill an age-old prophesy. Pen is not as comfortable with the truce they made to protect her, so he makes a new deal with the Arches and leaves Jade alone.

But not for long.

A new Guardian is assigned to protect Jade. Blake is rude and offensive, his methods unconventional. Because of his dedication to her she trusts him with her life. Best of all, he knows about the Surge—her telekinetic ability—and is eager to teach her how to control her power. With Blake’s help, Jade learns she can defend herself, with or without the Arches protection, against the evil forces that want her blood.

Then . . . Pen comes back.

He doesn’t like the idea of someone else looking out for Jade, but an army of evil is on its way to destroy her, and Jade needs all the help she can get.



Excerpt

Tap.

The subtle noise woke me out of deep sleep. I stared into the darkness of my bedroom and waited. After a few minutes I heard it again.

Tap. Tap.

Something was scraping my window. The Santa Ana winds were always heavy this time of year, but the sounds it caused never bothered me before. This was different. Keeping my eyes on the window, I slid out of bed and dug the Louisville slugger out from behind my nightstand. I gripped it hard and tiptoed to the source of the noise. 

Tap. Tap.

It wasn’t getting louder, but I knew without a doubt something, or someone, was outside my window. I approached with caution, ready to start swinging. Then something caught my eye. It was a leaf. I tilted my head to get a better angle, and the rest of the twig took form.

Breathing a heavy sigh, I tossed the bat onto my bed and put my head in my hands. My dreams had been so restless lately. I was starting to hallucinate. I laughed at my paranoia and opened the window to retrieve the stray twig.

The moon was an amazing presence in the clear sky. Summer was ending, signaling the beginning of cooler nights in the Southern California desert. I sucked in the clean air and let it fill my lungs. I loved this time of the year, when most of the smog was chased away by gale-force winds. Leaning out the window I watched the leaves dance on the Mulberry tree. A pair of glowing eyes glared back at me from deep within the branches.

I leapt back. Remembering the open window, I made a grab for the sill to slam it shut. I wasn’t quick enough. The eyes grew a body and pounced. I screamed until I heard footsteps in the hallway. Gary reached into the room and flicked on the switch, filling the room with a light that caused me to wince. 

When my eyes adjusted to the room, I noticed several things at once. Gary was standing in my doorway, his Chargers pants and white t-shirt vibrating as he fought to catch his breath. In his left hand was a nine iron. The intruder was unmistakably male. Despite the ski mask, his muscular figure was well defined by a too-small black t-shirt. Both men ignored me as they stared each other down from separate ends of my room. 

“Jade had a nightmare. You came to check on her. She was fine. You went back to bed.” The guy’s voice lilted with an accent I didn’t recognize. 

The golf club fell out of Gary’s hand and hit the floor. I was having an out-of-body experience. There was no way Gary would fall for this guy’s impression of the Jedi mind-trick. But even as I thought it, he turned on his heel and scuffled back to his room at the end of the hall. I began to panic, the giggling bubbling up from my gut making my breath choppy. If my Surge was ever going to cooperate, this would be the time.

Holding my breath, I closed my eyes and focused on the center of my gut where the Surge originated. Nothing happened. It didn’t make sense; if I lost control when I was upset, then I should’ve been blowing the doors off the hinges. But I didn’t, I just stood there stunned as a feeling of dread washed over me. Behind my eyelids I saw Pen, his beautiful face staring back at me with adoration. He would never know how much I loved him. I was going to die and I was all alone. I opened my eyes with a determination to face my death. The intruder hadn’t moved except to turn his head. 

The floor creaked as he shifted his weight and ambled toward me. He reached up and tore off the mask, revealing spiky black hair. His smile was cocky, as if he was proud of himself for being so clever. 

Suddenly a pair of arms wrapped around me from behind. I blinked up into the intruder’s eyes, and in the next moment he was gone. I was somewhere else. It was dark, but I could smell pine needles and hear branches crackle as the wind blew through them high above me. I was almost certain I was in the mountains somewhere, but it was too dark to tell. Whoever had brought me here still held me tightly. 

Pen. 

I spun around to throw my arms around him. He’d come back! Somehow I knew he wasn’t gone for good. He wouldn’t just leave me forever. Not after what we’d been through. But instead I was faced with dark eyes the color of onyx. A stranger, not Pen, had saved me from the supernatural being. I should’ve been grateful. Maybe shook his hand and exchanged emails. He seemed nice enough as he stared back at me with his head tilted in that way Pen did when he was trying to feel my thoughts.  

All of these reactions would have been a normal way to react to someone who had just saved your life. I, however, was not a normal girl. 

“Who the hell are you?”


Book Info:
Available at http://kerineal.com/author/books/hopeless
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Release date: November 1, 2013
ISBN: 1492272221
ISBN13: 978-1492272229



Bio
Keri Neal designs book covers. Flightless is her fourth published book. She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband, two children, two hamsters and a snake. She crochets, sews, reads, paints and loves all things artsy & craftsy.     



Contact info
Twitter: @authorkerineal
Instagram: @kerineal
Snail Mail: PO Box 453, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Monday, September 30, 2013

Cover Reveal - Elemental Inferno (New Paranormal Romance novella coming soon!)

I'm excited to announce that I will soon be publishing a Paranormal Romance novella titled Elemental Inferno. I'm going the Indie route with this project, so a lot of hard work has been going into it, and I can't wait to share it.

I haven't set a release date as yet, but I would love to line up a few readers who would like to receive an ARC for an early review. Please let me know if you're interested.

And now, here's the cover, along with a description. Free, free to add it to Goodreads!



Rielle is a Winter Aura who for the past hundred years has held the job of controlling winter weather in her assigned area. During the non-winter months she can live as she pleases, as long as she doesn’t do anything that could make her lose control of herself, which could unleash her power and have it snowing in July. Therefore, sex outside of winter is a big no-no, because what could make her lose control of herself more? If Rielle is unable to keep her winter magic dormant during her off seasons, she will be put to Sleep by the Aura Elders. For Auras, it’s a fate worse than death.

When the Summer Aura for her area winds up mysteriously dead, summer weather spirals out of control until another Summer Aura arrives in the nick of time and brings things back to order. Aden is as gorgeous and alluring as they come, and before Rielle knows it, she finds herself with a roommate at the urging of the Elders, who seem uneasy about Aden, and want an eye kept on him. Rielle and Aden have a magnetic attraction to each other, and for the first time Rielle is afraid of losing control. However, Aden is much more than he seems, and when he shows Rielle a way to indulge their passions without repercussions, it seems too good to be true. But Aden’s secrets are ones the Elders fear, and can’t ignore. As they close in on him with deadly force in mind, Rielle will have to decide if Aden is in fact too dangerous, or if it’s worth going up against the Elders to save the man she’s losing her body, and heart to.