This is your last chance folks to win super prizes and possibly a NOOK from The Romance Studio.
Stop right now and hop over to the Party Site, see who’s doing what, and jump into the discussions.
I’m giving away a copy of my new release, Cursed to Kill to one lucky winner as well.
Cursed To Kill
Inherited Damnation , Book 1
It was either kiss her or rip out her throat.
The words his mother had written so infuriated his demonic nature, Cian couldn’t combat Miranda’s innocent interrogation. Each benign question she asked stoked fury he couldn’t control, and as he looked at her, he had been possessed by the stark need to kill. Instead, he fed the beast inside the only other satisfaction it would have – a dose of unchecked lust.
Miranda froze beneath the assault of his mouth, her shoulders rigid, her spine stiff as an iron rod. He was being too harsh, too inconsiderate. If he wanted her participation – and goddess above, he needed it to temper the hunger of his dark spirit – he needed to find a measure of control.
Easing far enough away he could look into her eyes, he let go of the fierce hold he had on her neck and dropped his hand to her shoulder.
Confusion filled her big brown eyes, but behind the unspoken questions radiating there, an ember of desire glowed. That solitary coal gave him encouragement. If he played this right, he could walk out of here and she would still be alive.
For tonight, at least.
He could return after his birthday, when he had fulfilled the words written in his mother’s hand-drawn runes.
“What are you doing?” she whispered.
Drawn to the delicate length of her neck, Cian stroked his thumb over the strong pulse alongside her throat. Savage thoughts flickered again, filling his head with visions of wrapping his fingers around her throat. Telling him it would satisfy his soul, even more than making love to her would, if he slowly choked the life from her fragile, mortal body.
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Good luck and I hope to see you there!
This is your last chance folks to win super prizes and possibly a NOOK from The Romance Studio.
Particularly if it involves spooky stories and things that go bump in the night! And when I get to launch a new series.
Which means this Halloween release day is perfect!
So, with much, much ado, you can find these two novellas currently available in digital format:
Cursed to Kill
Book I, Inherited Damnation
One of eight children born to an ancient Celtic priestess and sired by a demonic incubus, Cian McLaine suffers from a centuries old curse. Though his immortality allows him to enjoy the pleasures of mortal life, he is plagued by the desire to kill. As long as he doesn't fall in love he can keep the compulsion at bay.
When Cian walked into her rare bookstore months ago, Miranda Phillips never imagined she'd lose her heart to the handsome playboy. Her reward for doing so was abandonment. Cian left as mysteriously as he appeared, in the middle of the night with no explanation, no goodbye. Now he's back, and passion flares just as hot.
But Cian has secrets. If Miranda is to survive, she must uncover the truth and free his darkened soul.
Rated 5 Blue Ribbons, by Romance Junkies
The truest gifts are damaged ...
Fourteen months ago, Aimee Garland had the perfect marriage—until her husband blindsided her with a divorce. Now, he’s home and she intends to get her answers. Yet the crippled man she confronts bears scars her years of nursing cannot heal and the secret he’s hiding is tearing him apart.
Delta Force operative Kyle Garland divorced his wife to protect her. His top-secret missions expose him to constant danger, but the threat to Aimee doesn’t come in the form of insurgents or bombs. Rather, his soul-deep love and dreams he silently nurtures are her greatest hazard. When a career-ending injury brings him home for Christmas, he must bury his feelings and hide the monster he’s become.
As she forces him to confront his demons, will the holiday shred the fragile bonds they share, or will the spirit of Christmas heal their broken hearts?
Both novellas may be purchased at The Wild Rose Press.
They are also available for your Kindle at Amazon.com.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Adding to the Release Week Excitement, and the Holiday Spooktacular, I have a couple things to share.
I've joined several other authors in Halloween Extravaganzas where you can win all kinds of new books this weekend. And I do mean all kinds. Loads. Lots of opportunities and little "work" required!
Pop over to The Romance Studio, October 28-31, where Paranormal Romance authors are talking about their characters that go "boo" in the night and giving away free stuffs. There's also a grand prize drawing for a NOOK.
If you'd like to snag a copy of Cursed to Kill, I'm holding a giveaway there as well. Come and join the Spooktacular fun!
When you've finished there, stop in at Goddess Fish and Long and Short Reviews, for their Haunting Halloween Weekend, where they're giving away all kinds of gift cards you can use for a book of your choosing. Check out the latest from your favorite author, or find a new voice you adore on October 28-29th only.
Enjoy, folks, and may your Halloween be Frighteningly Good.
Welcome everyone! Today I have a treat, an interview with one of our rare treasures, the male romance writer. Derek's studied his craft meticulously, and has a lot of unique insight to share. He's a hoot to talk craft with too! Very enjoyable guy who knows his stuff. In the interest of keeping his professional associations separate from his writing endeavors, I've given him a strong and knightly name :)
So with that said, let's hear what he has to say.
Tell us a little about yourself, Derek – what genre you write in, how long you’ve been writing, what do you do in your non-writing time?
DTD: I am totally drawn to historicals, and have been working on a couple of Scottish historicals set in the 14th century. I have written stuff off and on since grad school, have published a couple of articles in other areas of interest, but have only been at fiction a little over a year. I am a long time musician and martial artist. Married with 4 beautiful daughters.
I hear you write good fight scenes with that martial artist background too. Hint folks, if you have the chance to talk shop with Derek on physical combat, listen up!
How did you come to the decision that you wanted to write? And, how did you determine what genre best fit you?
DTD: Great question. A fiction writer bothered me off with the direction she took her story, and it gnawed on my brain for weeks. I came up with alternative storylines, characters, scenes playing out in my head, etc. I finally wrote it down just to get some relief from it. However, that was like the dam breaking. Now, stuff like that won't leave me alone, no matter how much I write. As far as genre, I like so many, but have read you need to try to stick with one at first. I have some Scottish heritage, and that is a place that calls to me.
I have a new appreciation with Scotland myself, although I've always been a fan of the early British heritage. I must agree, if you're writing about it, it's calling to you. And I think all of us can agree we've read that book. Maybe not that specific one, but one that hits the same authorial nerve.
What steps did you take to get to where you are now, and which do you think was the most important?
DTD: Well, I am the kind of person who, when getting into a new endeavor, tries to learn everything I can about the topic. I have taken a dozen or more online workshops in the past 3 months, and am signed up for a few more. Plus, I have plowed through many of the books on the required reading list for authors. Regular attendance at the two RWA local chapters, involvement with two online chapters, and active participation in a weekly critique group. All those things seem to be whipping me into shape, though not as quickly as I would like. I can probably blame my gender for that. Of course, I continue to read voraciously (average a novel per day) and write a bunch. Not sure about what is most important. Writing is the easy answer, but now that I know more about craft, my writing needs less clean up than it used to.
What’s your favorite thing about being an author?
DTD: I love the creative challenge. I have always had a creative mind, and it is a hoot to be able to make something out of nothing but a silly idea in my head. Besides, it beats the heck out of watching my KC Royals get beat, or killing bad guys on xbox.
I think Dyann Love Barr might argue the xbox comment, but I whole-heartedly concur about the Royals! Writing is so much more satisfying. But hey, with the Royals as our model... at least we're prepared for rejections, yes? Poor team. But what can you say... expectations are set. Smirk.
What’s the most challenging thing about being an author?
DTD: Two things. First is balancing all the elements I know that a well written story needs. There are so many things to take into account. The other is to not give in to pedestrian writing and write fresh. Twist cliches and make them new, or to come up with a line that touches people.
In three sentences or less, tell us what you’re currently working on. What makes you love this particular project?
DTD: Scottish Historical Romance set in the 14th century. Our heroine with mixed English/Scottish heritage is fleeing deep into Scotland after her family is killed and her home burned by an unknown English noble. I love this project because I have a kick ass heroine who is a composite of a couple of female martial artists I have trained with over the years. She can definitely hold her own, and you will not read of her skills anywhere else. Oops, that was 4.
Laugh! The sign of a true writer. 150 words or less? Okay... I have room for 300. Your story sounds very fascinating. I'm not sure I've read one with a heroine who's skilled--truly skilled--in hand-to-hand. Give her a deep motivation for revenge...mmm sounds yummy!
Tell us one story related to your writing endeavors. Amuse us, make us cry, make us cringe or make us smirk – your choice.
DTD: My poor critique group. Even though I managed to get both a Bachelor's and Master's degree, I never learned how to write in the way one needs to for this industry. The ladies in my group have showed great patience and kindness, as they take me out to the woodshed for my weekly whipping. However, my participles dangle a bit less often, and I use fewer commas than I did before. Maybe there's hope!
What is the best piece of advice that you’ve ever received about writing and the pursuit of publication?
DTD: Keep writing and don't be afraid to ask, as writers are some of the most generous people around.
Absolutely, and romance writers top that generousity.
What would you advise authors who are working toward publication?
DTD: No clue. I'm not there yet.
Last but not least, is there a place we can keep up with your publication endeavors?
DTD: I write a blog article at least monthly at Bttrfliesz Are Free
Thank you, Derek, for stopping in today. I wish you the utmost success in your endeavors, and I hope you'll pop back in (even in disguise), and let us know how things are progressing.