Excerpt from Reluctantly Lycan.

Release date pending. This is an unedited sample from the beginning of the book! This is copyrighted material.

 

lycan4A full moon hung high in the night sky. The illuminated orb always put Marala Dakota on edge. She picked up her glass of bottom shelf wine and a pack of cigarettes before climbing out onto the fire escape for her monthly ritual. With a shaky hand, she flicked her lighter to life and lit what she knew was a cancer stick. The alcohol and tobacco helped relieve some of the anxiety. She wouldn’t do anything reckless. But, this moon was harder to deal with than usual and she knew next month’s would be even worse.

June was around the corner and so was her birthday. That damned day that tradition stated she should have gone through her transition. Only she hadn’t gone through it when she was eighteen and now seventeen years had passed. This birthday she’d be thirty-five and life had never become any easier. Mara knew for certain it wouldn’t get better.

She finished off her wine in a quick gulp and lit another smoke. Nights like this she questioned every choice she’d ever made, regretted them all, and then eventually decided they were the right ones. Most nights she would have been in bed by now after working two jobs. The first at a diner in the mornings and the second an evening shift at a gas station.

“Mom!” Her son called out. “Are you outside?”

Quickly, she took one last drag off the cigarette and tossed it over the railing. It disappeared into the darkness of the alleyway below. As vocal as she was about the dangers of smoking, she didn’t want her son catching her in the act.

After exhaling, she headed back inside away from the manipulative moon. “Needed some fresh air before bed. Everything okay? Homework done?”

Jak nodded. He looked nothing like her except for his eyes were an odd yellow-green. His dark hair and build made him a spitting image of his father, especially as he neared adulthood. Thinking about it made Marala’s throat tighten and she brought her hand up to it in a nervous gesture as the fear took hold.

“You’re the one who doesn’t look okay.” He frowned. “I wish you’d let me pick up a few extra hours at the movie theater so I could help out more around here. You never get to rest.”

Her eyes softened and she hugged him tightly to her. “I can rest when I’m dead. Besides, you’re school work is more important.”

“Whatever.” The seventeen year old young man squirmed out of her embrace and head toward his room. “I’m going to bed. ‘Night!”

“Goodnight.” She felt tears form in her eyes and silently cursed the moon for causing her erratic behavior.

The cheap kitchen chair wobbled when she slumped down into. One leg was slightly shorter than the rest. She placed her elbows on the table and buried her face in her hands. Life had always been one step forward and three steps back. Every time she’d almost caught up with the bills, something else happened to knock her back down into the dirt. For the amount of time she had spent kicked to the ground, she’d have been better off mudwrestling in a bikini on local access television.

For an hour, she stayed in that same spot, trying to find some sort of peace in her mind. It wasn’t until her bottle of cheap wine was empty that she headed for her bedroom and lay down. In four hours, she’d have to wake up and get ready for work. When the alarm clock finally went off, she hadn’t slept a wink, but at least the damned full moon had been replaced by the splendid warmth of the sun.

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Cover Reveal for Reluctantly Lycan

lycan4My new book will be finished soon. This is my first book with lycan and it’s been exciting writing something new. Hope you enjoy the cover reveal and I look forward to sharing more about the book in the days to come.

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When She Falls is Free 6/7-6/8.

Pick up your copy for free and leave a review if you have the time. Thanks everyone!

fallspageCandice is a small town girl on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Logan is rich, handsome, and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. Society pegs them as an unlikely pair to fall in love. Their hearts decide they are meant to be together.

A horrible tragedy, a mall shooting, will be the real test of their love when it tears them apart. Will true love be enough to overcome death or will it be too late?

 

US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHX1EQ2

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CHX1EQ2

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Vamp Life Series Complete (for now) and New Work in Progress.

Vamp Life 5

Vamp Life 5

Ascended Son (Vamp Life #5) was published on June 1st. I’m excited to be finished, but a little wary of not having another Vamp Life in the works. Vampire’s Eve was published on June 8, 2012, so it’s been almost exactly a year since I started publishing. It’s been quite a ride so far. I’m so very thankful for the support I’ve received from family, friends, and fans. You all rock!

I have started my next project and I’m setting lofty word count goals for the weekdays. This story will revolve around lycans (people that shift into wolves) and I’m excited about it. As much as I LOVE vampires, it’s time to try something new. At least, it’s supernatural, though. I’m starting to wonder if it’s possible for me to write something that’s not paranormal. If I meet my goals, I expect this book to be out by the end of the month (June 2013).

Facebook has been more active and I love spending time there talking with other authors and readers. I’ve discovered a great community of like-minded individuals and it’s awesome.

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Cortigiana! New Release in the Vamp Life series!

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A Vamp Life Prequel

This prequel novella to the Vamp Life series is now available and can be read at anytime during the series or as an introduction to it.

A harsh reality catches up with an easy going, book loving Evelina Angelis when her parents are arrested. She is a young, educated woman in 16th century Venice, Italy. The life of a courtesan, a cortigiana onesta, is her only real option.

The more she excels at her craft, the more dangerous it becomes. Her love for one man and obligations to another lead her down a dangerous path deeper into the world of vampires and it’s only a matter of time before a deadly plague ravages her beautiful and beloved city.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CU1K1G0 – US

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CU1K1G0 – UK

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When She Falls now available at Amazon!

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Candice is a small town girl on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Logan is rich, handsome, and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. Society pegs them as an unlikely pair to fall in love. Their hearts decide they are meant to be together.

A horrible tragedy, a mall shooting, will be the real test of their love when it tears them apart. Will true love be enough to overcome death or will it be too late?

US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHX1EQ2

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CHX1EQ2

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New Release Soon!

I have a new release that’s almost ready. It’s still a paranormal romance, but more on the romance/drama side of things. It’s a bit of a step out of my comfort zone, but I feel good about it. 

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