Posted Feb 10 2016
River walked with the book to the podium and gently set it down. She took a deep breath and slowly released it. Unable to help herself, she ran her gloved finger down the spine of the book. The gold letters were faded now. Only portions of each were visible.
The words were written in an obscure language that she told her boss she was searching for ways to transcribe. But River already knew what it said.
“The Hidden,” she whispered, her finger running over the gold letters on the front of the book. Just as with the spine, there wasn’t much left of the title.
She flipped the gold clasp and opened the book. The creak of leather was loud in the silence. With the barest of touches, she turned each page, skimming them.
River already knew what the book said because she’d sat in front of her great-aunt’s hearth and read it when she was only five. She hadn’t understood what it meant then, not really.
If only she’d had the same knowledge then that she had now. So much would be different. She wouldn’t be facing a world of monsters on her own.
DARK ALPHA’S EMBRACE
Posted Feb 9 2016
Posted Feb 8 2016
“Leave,” River ordered.
The Dark moved closer, the point of her sword nicking his skin so that a bead of blood formed. “Do you know what you are?”
“I have a Fae blade in my hand. Of course I know what I am.”
“Where did you get the weapon?” the Light asked.
River didn’t budge even as more blood welled from the prick against the Dark’s neck. “Wouldn’t you like to know?”
DARK ALPHA’S EMBRACE
Posted Feb 6 2016
Talin ran a hand down his face. “Are you lonely?”
“What the hell kind of question is that?”
“One that, as your friend, I’m asking you to answer.”
Kyran stared at him a long time before he let out a deep breath.
“When Death asked me to join the Reapers, I knew what the rules were. We tell no Fae who we were, or they die. We develop no attachments to humans or Fae so no one can be used against us. We leave all family and friends behind, letting them believe we’re dead.”
“You still haven’t answered the question. That vexes me.”
“I have the six of you. I have our assignments, doling out justice.”
Talin folded his arms over his chest. “So you are lonely.”
Each time that emotion threatened Kyran, he hastily shoved it away. “We’re Reapers, gifted by Death with more power and magic than any other Fae. We don’t have time to be lonely.”
“Of course.” Talin dropped his arms and turned away.
“You’re lonely, aren’t you?”
Talin halted. Without turning around he said, “Maybe.”
DARK ALPHA’S EMBRACE
Posted Jan 14 2016
The first of 3 mini trailers for The Reaper series. Here’s DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM…
Posted Jan 6 2016
Well, I finally have titles for the Sons of Texas romantic suspense/military romance series! No official release dates yet, but the first book should be out later this year. Yay!
THE HERO (book 1) featuring Owen Loughman
THE PROTECTOR (book 2) featuring Cullen Loughman
THE GUARDIAN (book 3) featuring Wyatt Loughman
I’m getting edits on THE HERO soon, and at the beginning of February I start writing Cullen’s book, THE PROTECTOR.
I’m loving these guys. I can’t wait for y’all to meet them!
Posted Jan 4 2016
I can honestly say I’m glad to see 2015 in the rearview mirror. It was one of those years that I’ll never forget, but one I wish I could. Thank you all for journeying with me for another year. Here’s a recap of releases, trips, and other stuff…
January – THE TEMPTED (Rogues of Scotland #3) released. I celebrated my birthday and a move back to Texas after only four months in Colorado. It was a stressful, exhausting month, but I was glad to be back with my family.
February – THE SEDUCED (Rogues of Scotland #4) and SOULLESS (Masters of Seduction #2) released. I barely got back to Texas and into our rent house before I jetted off to Florida for the Coastal Magic Con, which was awesome! Lots of fun time with friends, readers, and the sun!
March – NIGHT’S BLAZE (Dark Kings #5) released. March was the month from hell. I discovered my husband of twenty years was having an affair, which ended our marriage. There was a time when I wondered if I could write romance again. With steadfast friends, a wonderful agent, and an incredible editor, I got through each day. I had a visit planned with my publisher that had been in the works for months, so at the end of March, I made a trip to New York where they filmed me talking about my upcoming book SOUL SCORCHED. It was a great visit, and when I returned home, I attempted to write again.
April – MOON THRALL (LaRue #2), MASTERS OF SEDUCTION Vol 2, THE DARK SWORD Collection, and THE DARK WARRIOR collection released. It was a busy month for releases, which is where I concentrated my time. I don’t remember much about April other than visits to my attorney, numerous phone calls from friends that lasted hours at a time, and visits from my family. I struggled to write again, but couldn’t manage more than a few words at a time.
May – WILD FLAME (Chiasson #4) released. I hopped in my car and drove to Dallas for the RT conference. It was just the inspiration I needed to get back to writing. I spent a week with friends, readers, and my editor and team from my publisher. My faithful friends kept me busy with parties, food, and laughter.
June – SOUL SCORCHED (Dark Kings #6) released. I was now back to writing every day, which I think everyone (including my family, kids, editor, and agent) sighed with relief. It’s also when God decided to send me Sisko. Someone dropped this remarkable dog and his sister off and abandoned them. They were starving, but just wanting/needing love. I don’t know what happened to his sister as she wandered off and we couldn’t find her, but we made a home for Sisko and he’s become one of 6 animals in our household.
July – Headed back to New York for my first Thrillerfest where I was honored to be on a panel with Charlaine Harris (True Blood) and Lee Child (Jack Reacher) among many others. For the first time, I also brought my kids. They’d never been to New York, so I showed them the sights, a couple of Broadways shows, shopping on 5th Avenue, and too much more to name.
August – DRAGON KING (Dark Kings #6.5 in the 1001 Dark Nights books) released. I realized I needed a fresh start, and because I wasn’t already busy enough, I began looking for a house to buy. I got the kids ready for school, and before I knew it, we were waking up early again to get them to school.
September – I found a house! After much hunting, we found the perfect house. My offer was accepted, and the paperwork began. Then I realized I had to move again. Much wine was drunk.
October – We got moved into the new house. The animals adjusted well, and unboxing commenced. I was busy unpacking and writing when the next offer for more Dragon King books came in. Much celebrating went on!
November – PASSION IGNITES (Dark Kings #7) and DARK ALPHA’S CLAIM (Reapers #1) released. I managed to get all the boxes unpacked, things put away, and loads of stuff given away all before I hosted my first Thanksgiving with my family and friends.
December – ROGUES OF SCOTLAND Box Set and SMOLDERING HUNGER (Dark Kings #8) released. With the house decorated and both Christmas trees up, I looked around my new home with contentment and happiness with my children beside me.
As I look back on 2015, I see I’ve run the gambit of emotions from heartbreak, fury, bitterness, anger, disillusionment, acceptance, contement, and…hope. After learning of my friend’s two-year affair with my husband, I never thought I’d feel hope again, but here it is, nine months later.
I’ve grown a lot this last year. In some ways it feels like a lifetime has passed since my world was shattered, but I welcome – and love – the new me. I remembered I come from a very long line of strong women. My paternal grandmother had three kids and was pregnant with my father in 1936 when her husband left her. She ran her own store out of her house and raised her four kids – all by herself.
She was my inspiration. The knowledge that this – unfortunately – happens helped me realize that I wasn’t alone. Nor was I going to let it ruin me for myself or my children. I can honestly say that I’m loving life right now. And this just confirms one of my favorite sayings – “everything happens for a reason.”
I look to my bright future and the good place that I’m in and smile, thankful. I wouldn’t wish what I went through on anyone, but I should’ve listened to my instincts for the last two years. My gut knew all along. Another lesson learned – and not one soon forgot.
It’s been a rocky year personally, but an amazing year professionally. I want to send a special thank you out to each of you to let you know how grateful I am that you’ve allowed my stories into your hearts and homes. Thank you for helping me celebrate the release of 15 books/collections in 2015.
2016 is going to be great! I have 7 (or more) releases coming, including a new series – Sons of Texas – which is my first military romance/romantic suspense. I can’t wait to introduce you to the Loughman brothers.
I’ll leave you with a Celtic saying that is not only beautiful, but fitting.
Here’s to more stories, book boyfriends, faraway lands, and great wine for the coming year!
Posted Sep 10 2015
So excited to share the cover for the 9th book in the Dark Kings series – SMOKE AND FIRE (April 5, 2016)!
She wanted to touch him. There had always been something about being in his arms that made her feel as if she could tackle anything and the world wouldn’t dare get in her way…
SWORN TO PROTECT
A dragon shapeshifter and a computer mastermind, Ryder is sent to guard Glasgow after a devastating Dark attack. But when memories of an explosive affair come back to him-in the flesh-Ryder cannot help but want to protect the woman who haunts his dreams. Even if means shifting into the dragon he was never supposed to reveal…
DRIVEN TO DESIRE
Kinsey could never get enough of Ryder. His every touch only left her wanting more. But now that she’s seen him in his true form, Kinsey’s world is rocked to the core. She knows that to stay-and feel-alive, she must be with Ryder. But is Kinsey’s passion worth the risk of danger that comes with being a part of Ryder’s dark and fierce world?
Posted Apr 2 2015
Here is the cover reveal for PASSION IGNITES Part 4!
Posted Apr 1 2015
Here is the cover for PASSION IGNITES Part 3!