witch, Isabella Pethany, has heritage but not magic.
powerbroker, amnesiac vampire Maldit, has magic but no
Sindis, coven sorcerer and famous psychopath, has both.
knows her null magic status makes her an embarrassment to her family,
but since Natalie, her sister, was murdered, she is all they have
left. Guilt makes her willing to do almost anything to compensate for
her lack of value, but her grandmother’s proposal to match her with
Lukas, in an attempt to bring strong magic back to their bloodline,
is a step too far.
Maldit rescues a strange witch from hunting vampires, his main
concern is to limit trouble in his territory. Everyone knows witches
are troublesome, and this one is no exception. Her proximity slashes
through his damaged memory, allowing him to catch glimpses of his
have suppressed Lukas’s magic for almost twenty years, filling him
with a reservoir of trapped power. When he escapes, his magic flies
free, washing over Maldit and Isabella, and clearing away the spells
paralysing both of them.
dark secrets of the London coven are about to explode into the light
Carr lives in the English Lake District, where she shares a view of
the fells with three cats. She spent the early part of her life
working as a protein crystallographer, a job she found fascinating.
She now spends her time writing, in a variety of genres. Science
Fiction, fantasy and fantasy romance are her favourites.
I grew up in Southeast Missouri; home
of the Throwed Rolls, high cotton, and the St. Louis Cardinals. I have a little
family consisting of son, daughter, son-in-law and a little Pi. Other than my
children (and grandchild), my passion is writing. My current project is The
Three Crowns Series. Sweet Tea is the first book in this seven-novel series
which published October 15, 2013.Besides reading and writing, I enjoy singing. I love music period. Music is in
our family. Whether it be the bluegrass from the Ozarks that my Grandpa Sutton
use to play on his banjo or fiddle, or the smooth, family harmony in which I am
fortunate enough to sing with my Dad and Brother. But you can give me some
kickin’ AC/DC too! I like it all!I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant. Every free moment is dedicated
to my family and my current project, The Three Crowns, a seven-novel paranormal
The Three Crowns is a New
Adult/Paranormal Romance series. There are seven books to complete the series,
with a novella. This series has your modern day vampires dealing with the Old
World Laws creating a struggle for ultimate power in the Night World.THE THREE CROWNS SERIES SYNOPSISThe Three Crowns series is about a normal girl whose life is more than what she
will allow herself to imagine. It is the journey of her accepting that
everything is not black and white, and our logic of what we understand does not
mean something does exist. Throughout the story she is protected, loved,
groomed and pushed to her limits to prepare her for what lies ahead of her. She
is tested in all areas of her humanity which will someday bring her to know the
person she is destined to be. The human nature of love is a tangled web of
emotions for she feels the love of two men who are continually being taken away
from her for the sake of their positions in the future as well.
feel the intensity of each word being yelled to me from this guy standing over
me. I didn’t know him, yet…I did. My heart was pounding. Fire was all around
us. Smoke was heavy in the air. Where was I? Throughout the large room, the
murk was cut as bodies were thrown through the air, and swords swung faster
than my eyes could follow. I heard loud gnashing and growling all around me,
and the smell of flesh burning filled my nose. There was only one place I could
possibly be. Hell.
looked down and took notice of my torn and blood-drenched clothes. A panic
blanketed me as my thoughts ran rapid. How could this be? Am I going to die?
What am I doing in hell?
have to go now!” The guy exclaimed, grabbing my arm. His eyes gleamed with a
mission. He stood strong and with purpose. He appeared fearless. He looked to
be my age. Wait. What is my age right now? Am I seventeen? I feel like…I’ve
lived a thousand lives, yet haven’t even begun to live. I took a deep breath,
trying to focus on the moment. And if all I had was this moment, then I had to
move or be moved (or die more like it!).
to my feet, feeling very weak. I looked down to keep from stumbling, and
screamed in horror. A man’s body lay close to my feet. His head lay next to his
body. I felt tears starting to burn in my eyes from complete fear that had
taken hold of me. As I gasped in shock, I noticed a few more feet away from the
first body lay another body crumpled on the floor. Again, his head was next to
his body…and another body! Oh God! Please show me the door out of this
nightmare! I quickly turned away and tried to run. I didn’t get four feet when
I tripped. I gathered myself and tried getting up as quickly as I could. When I
looked to see what I had tripped over, I couldn’t help but scream. It was
another headless body. But this time it was a woman! As I scrambled up, I
looked over to the left of the body, and there was her head about five feet
away. My blood ran cold as chills climbed my spine. Fear had found me as
though it had been seeking me. I could almost hear the haunting echoes of his
laugh ringing in my head as he closed in on taking what little courage remained
in my possession. This fear wanted more than just my courage-he wanted my
soul. My soul he could not have! A new strength consumed me and I pushed on
through the nightmare.
suspenseful narrative of good and evil wrapped in parallel worlds
with a unique love story, strong friendships, and glimpses of family
ties with twists and turnsâ€¦is the bonding legend of the Anam Cara
Conchobar, a Celtic Guardian of Odin, a parallel world to Earth,
carries a dark secret which now confronts him as he endeavors, with
the help of his Guardian brothers, to prevent another portal breach
that could destroy everything and everyone he loves, including strong
willed Keira Cathbadh, with whom he experiences what could be the
legendary bonding of the Anam Cara. Was it real, or his
Cathbadh, lost her mother and father the majority of her Clan, in a
portal breach on Odin. Devastated, she became the defacto leader of a
small band of survivors, guiding them to a new life on Earth. Her
determination to keep them safe and record their historical library
leads her to an unexpected encounter with the one man who can help
her face a new enemy and possibly open her heart. But will Keira be
able to forgive Devon’s secret? Or resist the bond of the Anam Cara?
M. Bethell is an avid traveler and voracious reader of multiple
genres with interests in Celtic myths, shapeshifters, vampires,
parallel worlds, Guardians and immortals. Her current series is based
on Anam Cara lore with a touch of romantic suspense and a little
paranormal thrown into the mix. Bethell enters a new journey as a
writer and invites you to come – Enter My World…
to turn her fantasy into reality, Ana starts her journey to become a
vampire. Along the way, she learns the truth about their secret
society, discovers her prestigious bloodline, and falls in love.
all vampires are accepting of humans and war looms in the shadows. An
ancient tome reveals the vampiresâ€™ alien descent and sparks
army bent on eradicating her covenâ€™s existence threatens her new
world. Survival or annihilation will be in Anaâ€™s hands.
the year 2516 humans share Earth with elusive vampires and GeMsâ€”a
new species of blood-drinkers who appeared after the Flood.
before his five-hundredth birthday, Theodor De Croix, Prince of The
Old Coven, crosses paths with Vivienne. Torn between proving himself
worthy of his bloodline and centuries-old beliefs about true love, he
saves her life but rejects the idea that she might be sent to him by
Vivienne is a human scientist turned GeM in an
accident. Body and mind forever altered, she struggles every day to
adapt to her new life. Attracted to the man who saved her, but
fearing his kind, she finds herself in more danger than ever.
up in a whirlwind of dreams and evil plots, both must confront their
own demons in order to save each other, testing the powers of fate
Â Â Excerpt:Â
Ana enjoyed the calmness of the afternoon, and listened to his soothing, hypnotic voice for a while. Thoughts of a prior discussion on the vampire ceremony entered her mind, and she felt a need to understand the process better.
â€œWhat exactly do you mean bytasteyour blood?â€ She suddenly straightened and turned her head to stare at him.
For almost an hour Andree explained the details of the traditional vampire wedding ceremony.
â€œThere will be two ceremonial daggers, sharp, with our names engraved on them. You will use the oneâ€”â€
â€œUse? Are you telling me that I have to cut you in a roomâ€”an underground roomâ€”in the presence of hundreds of vampires? Are you for real? Are youâ€”?â€
Andree laughed and held her closer to him.
She could appreciate his gesture, but it didnâ€™t help her feel better. It was bad enough she stood in that room the other night, under the scrutinizing glares. Adding blood to the equation wasnâ€™t something to look forward to.
â€œYou will cut your initial in the palm of my hand, here,â€ he explained, indicating a spot on his palm, right under his thumb. â€œI will do the same, and you will not feel a thing. Daniel will be right there with his spray. It will be quick and painless.â€
â€œBut what about the blood? I meanâ€”â€
â€œNobody will attack you or me, guaranteed. It is part of the ceremony.â€
â€œIâ€™m not sure about it. You guys in general go crazy when you see or smell blood.â€
â€œAna, tasting my blood is a symbol. I am giving you my life, just as you will give me yours. It is what will bind us for eternity.â€ He lifted her hand to his lips and kissed her palm, sending tingles, as if a million tiny ants marched through her veins. â€œAs I already told you, the ceremony is short, but every word we say, every gesture, symbolizes something.â€
â€œCanâ€™t we do all that without the blood part?â€ With the tingles melted away, and a nervous energy replacing them, she dared to gaze at him.
Two new books by Cheree Alsop that you have to give a try:
Werewolves are the guardians of sleeping vampires, protecting their masters during the deadly light of day. But what happens when a werewolf gets fed up with the persecution and tempts fate by breaking his chains and fleeing while his masters sleep?
Wounded and desperate, Zev finds himself at the mercy of a family who stumbles upon him during their own quest for vengeance against the demons of the night.
The fall of Orion was the prophecy all of Earth awaited, but when the constellation vanished instead of the great ruling ship of the overlords, chaos fell across the savage land.
Zyla had always felt a connection to the constellation. While experts were busy speculating about vanishing star systems, astronomical impact, and the longevity of the battle that began as a result, Zyla started searching for Orion because, if the nightmares she kept having come true, they were in desperate need of a hero.
Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee
hours of the night
Maura’s life get any worse? …turns out it most certainly can.
and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make
friends. She seems to drive her classmates awayâ€”except for the odd
times they pay enough attention to torture herâ€”but she doesnâ€™t
understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with
her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her
violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that
almost everyone around her keeps their distance.
her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone
with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is
desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains
heartbroken and her daughter canâ€™t bring herself to reopen her
motherâ€™s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses
to utter a word about her long-lost love?
a cruel prank nearly claims Mauraâ€™s life, one of her classmates,
Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously
accepting, Ron doesnâ€™t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is
reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced sheâ€™s
moving the two of them to Vancouverâ€¦nearly 3,000 miles away from
their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
life wasnâ€™t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience
bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring,
compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood
cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ronâ€”as
well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s
liesâ€”become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the
unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.
Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery
RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal
New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook
as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel
Award for 2014!!!
for Rising Tide:
captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning.
The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows
exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling.”
Melansonâ€™s writing is so descriptive and talented. Throughout the
entire story, I felt like I was watching a movie.”
grabs you from page 1 and doesn’t let you go until the very bitter
end, only bitter because the book is finished.”
found pure delight in this book and will recommend it to other
writing by Claudette Melanson in this novel is top notch and I can
see the movie rights for this being grabbed in no time.”
Sure to become one of the Books to Read of the year,Â Rising
Tide: Dark InnocenceÂ isnâ€™t the usual YA tale of vampires.
Full of Mystery and Suspense, this Vampire Mystery Thriller packs
just enough Romance & Humor, while delivering plenty of Dark
Fantasy served with a side of the Supernatural. Maura, in the midst
of her vampire awakenings is unarguably a vampire in denial. It is a
novel that is certain to become one of the classic paranormal and
fantasy books of its time–the series is not only for Teen &
Young Adult readers, but has been well-received by many adult
readers, as well. Maura doesn’t live in Castle Dracula in
Transylvania, but she must still discover the bloodlines constructing
the creature she is destined to become, while overcoming social
issues, such as bullying, that rock her world while coming of age.
She is an strong Urban Scienece Fiction & Fantasy female
protagonist readers love.
finally found the truth she was always seekingâ€¦or has she?
being left in the dark for all of her life, Mauraâ€™s father,
Maxwell, has finally returned to reveal sinister family secrets Maura
could never have dreamed possibleâ€”including his revelation that she
is one of The Born. But his daughter soon discovers both he and her
mother are keeping pieces of her reality hidden, still. As Maura
struggles to unravel the mysteries surrounding her new existence and
discover every piece of the cryptic puzzle, life appears intent on
casting stumbling blocks across her path with every step forward.
seems to stalk Maura, and those around her, as she stumbles along,
altering the young changelingâ€™s family, just when they have all
come back together. The changes left in its wake could be for the
better, or may threaten their existence, entirely.
the arrival of Christmas comes the opportunity for Maura to draw
close to everyone she lovesâ€”and finally reunite with Ron, the man
she loves. But permanence has always eluded her, and in her current
state of flux this pattern endures, as fate seems intent on snapping
the threads that bind her to those she holds most dear. Maxwellâ€™s
good intentions pave a road for Maura, littered with misery, while
her mother, Caelynâ€™s, desire to shield her family from pain may
tear her away from them, altogether. The perfect happiness in the
young vampireâ€™s grasp is so easily swept away and dragged under,
out of reach. Can Maura erupt from the darkness and confusion to
break the surface and find the life sheâ€™s always dreamed of?
the midst of chaos, assistance materializes in the form of another of
her kindâ€”ephemerally beautiful, yet explosively volatile, this new
vampire may prove capable of unlocking the puzzle-box Maxwell seems
intent on securing from her sight. Maura will discover the darkest
parts of herself in her quest to understand the being she is destined
to become. Her newfound friend has some shady intentions of his
ownâ€”such as thwarting the love that has grown between Maura and
Ron. Following in the wake of the impulsive vampireâ€™s misguided
instruction may further pull a naive Maura down into the depths of
ultimate despair, heartbreakâ€¦and even destruction.
Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention for YA Horror
New Apple Summer eBook Solo Medalist for YA Horror
series offers so much: the heartwarming family moments, the comedic
back and forth banter between characters, life lessons tragically
actually cried during a few parts of the story.”
story is well written and gripping until the very end.”
itâ€™s written by Claudette Melanson, youâ€™re guaranteed to have an
amazing piece of literature that anyone can enjoy.”
has never felt so alone in her lifeâ€¦nor has her existence ever been
so overshadowed by perilâ€¦
only do both her parentsâ€”her distant but loving mother and
recently- returned fatherâ€”remain absent from her life, but due to
the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best
friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off
from the pairâ€™s friendship and support, forbidden by both her
father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them.
The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these
estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious
absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ronâ€¦whose
disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never
by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet
comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back
with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire
family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise.
Aldivaâ€™s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver
covens, forcing them to rush to Mauraâ€™s aidâ€”even though her
father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to
initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on
Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they
instead rebel against Maxwellâ€™s wishes in order to save her
addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the
unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled
down into the depths of a far more devastating crisisâ€¦one which may
condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death.
But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is
drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural
family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have
ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the
riptide drag Maura underâ€¦along with those she loves the mostâ€¦
New Apple Solo Medalist for Summer eBook – Young Adult General
scream it from the rooftops how much I love this series.”
can only say that Riptide is one of the best modern vampire stories I
have ever read, and I read them all from Stephen King to Ann Rice to
was action packed and the fight scenes were well written but more
than that it was the story of family and love, of taking
responsibility, and dealing with hate when all sane avenues
lore is superb, as is the writing. I can’t wait to catch up with
Melanson writes dark fantasy, horror and childrenâ€™s books in
Kitchener, Ontario with seven bun babies at her side: Tegan, Pepper,
Butters, Beckett, Sansa, Daenerys & Caramel. She graduated from
Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English, BS in
English Education and an MA in Literature. Harboring a deep
admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with the desire
to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favorite
paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an
author, since there are many, many stories playing out inside her
her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and
reading vampire stories…along with other genres of great fiction,
as well as riding every roller coaster she encounters in both her
hometown and away at signings. An advocate for good health and
ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee,
cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond,
coconut or cashew flours.
dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a
snow-filled wood in the Yukonâ€”the perfect writing spotâ€”and the
completion of dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue
fanatic and loving bunmom, she also hopes to help rescues all over
the world save many innocent lives.
McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother,
Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s
come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler.
Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other
nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while
satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could
never be a part of his life lived in the shadows. Ash Lockler lives
his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold
heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress,
Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending
their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t
seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when
he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get
her killed and cost him his freedom.
Miles is a California State University San Bernardino graduate
student with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and a
former flight attendant. She grew up in Altadena, California in that
tumultuous time known as the 1980s. She now resides with her family
in the Inland Empire, CA. She’s a horror/paranormal romance writer
mainly because it feels so good having her characters do bad things
and, later, pondering what makes them so bad and why they can never
seem to change their wicked ways.Â
She enjoys emails from
people who like her work. In fact, she loves emails. She can be
contacted atÂ email@example.comÂ or
her Facebook page, Tamela Miles Books. She also welcomes reader
reviews and enjoys the feedback from people who love to read as much
as she does.Â
world has changed and humans are an endangered species.Â
centuries of war famine and plague, a new society has risen and
grown. Magical races, such as fae, vampires, magi, and weres, have
joined forces to ensure everyoneâ€™s survival by creating the highest
order council and the new world laws.
the cost of survival could be the freedom to be with someone you
is on the edge of womanhood. Soon sheâ€™ll accept her birth right as
lady of her people, the magi of San Diego.
she is torn between her duty and heart.
she have both or will she have to choose between her people or the
feelings sheâ€™s kept secret for years?
a author from Phoenix Arizona. I’ve been writing most of my life but
only in the last few years have I had the guts to put my work out
there for others to read. Books are my passion as well as my two
loves my husband and son. I believe in supporting local art whether
it is a band an artist or author go out and experience the art of the
world in all its forms.
dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one
foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own
imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about and
sculpt the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and
loves so well. As a fan of everything romantic, her young adult
novels are populated with witches and vampires and faeries. Michele
resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her
passions for writing, reading, lattes, and most of all
Peadlebody dies in a train wreck while traveling with his family, (a
rather dysfunctional lot of half-blood vampires) after a flood in
Mississippi washes their home away. Once his brother Gerald, his wife
Ginger, and son Raymond reach grandpa’s estate in Ohio, they are
surprised by the news that grandaddy Benjamin Peadlebody has also
died. They are now heirs to the infamous Peadlebody manor and all its
peculiarities, including the butler, a reserved, tattooed, muscle-man
named Richard Cottlebone,Â
seems fishy to Gerald that two untimely deaths in the family happened
within a week. Yes, Rockford’s demise was of his own doing, but
Benjamin’s? Perhaps the butler, knows more than he’s letting on?
prove himself worthy, since he failed to live up to old Benjamin’s
standards when he was alive, Gerald goes about to unravel the thread
of Papa’s death. No help comes from Ginger. She’s too busy trying to
un-vampire herself. And Raymond is in love, but not with his
relatives. Gerald soon discovers solving a murder mystery meets with
a stone cold reception.
The Unconventional Mr. Peadlebody by D. L. Gardner is quite an interesting tale about dysfunctional vampires. It is a great tale, with even a nicer plot that will keep you glue to itâ€™s pages. I enjoyed the characters and their quirky personalities. It is a wholesome tale and would be enjoy by the whole family.
Raymond wants a normal life, he doesn’t want to be a half vampire and his mother is trying everything to make it happen for both of them. His grandfather is dead and so is his father. His uncle inherited the Peadlebody Mansion and, with it, the library and all his father’s diaries. Who would want those diaries and why and would they kill to obtain them? These are some of the mysteries that await readers as they peruse this tale. Nice writing of a good story and the telling.
This story is completely different than any other vampire books out there. In a sense, it is quite refreshing and fresh in that genre. The characters are well developed and fun to get to know and cheer on. All in all, a good read for a winter’s night by the fire.
a passion for a good wholesome story, Gardner dives into the adult
and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and
an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
Dabbling in screenwriting, she’s won screenings and a trophy for some
of her film projects.Â
loves a tale that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships,
spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for
young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.
Gardner is a columnist for the science fiction and fantasy
publication Amazing Stories
Lawsonâ€™s bosses at Scotland Yard donâ€™t take her work very
seriously. Art and antiquities? Bor-ing! But her latest
investigation, at Londonâ€™s world-renowned Tate, is turning out to
be far more explosive than anyone expected. In fact, the vandalized,
booby-trapped painting hanging on the gallery wall would have blown
her off her feet if it wasnâ€™t for the tall, dark-haired stranger
who tackled her at the last secondâ€”a stranger as finely sculpted as
any masterpiece in the museum.
Maxwell is working this case for the Elite Crimes Unit because it was
a choice between that and lockup. A (barely) reformed art forger,
heâ€™s got the expertise to lead Olivia through a dangerous manhunt.
But the crime may have a more personal connection to himâ€”and the
all-too-real feelings heâ€™s developing toward Olivia could pull her
into the line of fire too . . .
Elite Crimes Unit works behind the scenes of Interpolâ€”and employs
some of the worldâ€™s most talented criminal minds. Because as
everyone knows, it takes a thief to catch a thiefâ€”or to seduce one
. . .
old farmhouse in the French countryside is a refuge for former jewel
thief Josephine Deveraux. Admittedly, there arenâ€™t many men in the
vicinity, but she has her cat to cuddle up with. Itâ€™s a far cry
from her former life, constantly running from the law, and sheâ€™s
enjoying her peace . . . until the intruder in the three-piece suit
tackles her. He wants her back in the game, helping with a heistâ€”and
heâ€™s not above making threats to get his way.
does Josephine know that notoriousâ€”and notoriously charmingâ€”thief,
Xavier Lambert, is after the very same 180-carat prize sheâ€™s being
blackmailed to steal. To his chagrin, heâ€™s doing it not as a free
agent, but as a member of the Elite Crimes Unitâ€”the team he was
forced to join when his brilliant career came to a sudden end. And
little does Xavier know that his comeback is about to include a
strangerâ€™s kiss, a stinging slap, and a hunt for missing
treasureâ€”along with the infuriatingly sexy woman whoâ€™s outfoxing
him . . .
Hauf has been writing romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories
for over twenty years. Her first published novel was Dark Rapture
(Zebra). France, musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her
stories. And if she followed the adage â€œwrite what you know,â€ all
her stories would have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond
her comfort zone and writes about countries she has never visited and
of creatures she has never seen.
writes dark fantasy in Kitchener, Ontario with four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper,
Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
with a BA in English, BS in English Education and an MA in Literature.
Harboring a deep admiration of vampires since the age of five left her with theÂ desire to eventually become one, and now fuels the creation of her favoriteÂ paranormal characters. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, sinceÂ there are many, many stories playing out inside her head.In her very scant spare time, she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading
vampire stories…along with other genres of great fiction, as well as riding
every roller coaster she encounters in both her hometown and away at signings.
An advocate for good health and ketogenic eating, her favorite foods are
bulletproof coffee, cashew-flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and
almond, coconut or cashew flours.Future dreams include a cabin boasting a roaring fire, isolated inside a
snow-filled wood in the Yukonâ€”the perfect writing spotâ€”and the completion of
dozens of future novels and stories. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic and loving bunmom,
she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.
When a cruel prank
nearly claims Mauraâ€™s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue.
Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesnâ€™t seem to want to stay
away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced
sheâ€™s moving the two of them to Vancouverâ€¦nearly 3,000 miles away from their
hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
If life wasnâ€™t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre,
physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to
fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and
the heart-shattering loss of Ronâ€”as well as the discovery of a tangled web of
her own mother’s liesâ€”become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the
unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.
There werenâ€™t any doorways in which to hide down this stretch of
alley, and Iâ€™d realized, once Iâ€™d started toward the restaurant, it was
deceptively longer than it had seemed upon first inspection. Every time I turned
around, the space behind me was empty, as it had been the last five times Iâ€™d
jerked my head around, certain Iâ€™d catch a glimpse of whomever IÂ knewÂ had
to be there. I was about halfway through the narrow, dark walkway now, my skin
consumed by the cold-running chill of fear.
Maybe I should call Caelyn? *No, Maura,* I stubbornly told myself,
*youâ€™ll scare her to death. Youâ€™re probably imagining it.* I could envision the
near hysterics at the other end of the line and ruled that option out
completely. Besides, I was almost at the other end.Â IfÂ anything
should happen at this point, I was sure someone would hear me scream. Wowâ€¦I
really didnâ€™t want cause to screamâ€¦ I rubbed my hands over my arms in an effort
to calm, comfort and warm myself.
I tried to put myself at ease by telling myself anyone who smelled
as good as this guy could be no homeless drug addict. And if he meant me harm,
wouldnâ€™t he have made his move before Iâ€™d gotten this close to the crowded
street? As I inched through the last quarter of the alley, I took in a deep
breath, just to catch one last whiff of whatever scent this guy was wearing. I
tried to store it in memory, so I could try to find some to give Ronâ€”and
myselfâ€”as a Christmas present.
â€œYou know Iâ€™m here, donâ€™t you, Maura?â€
My legs felt like cooked spaghetti, and it was all I could do to
keep from collapsing in utter fear, right there on the sidewalk. Though the
deep, male voice was smooth and beautifulâ€¦it still should not carry across the
night in the syllables that made up my name.
My brain fumbled around inside itself for a reasonable
explanation. One of the teachers must have been at the library? A far more
rational part tossed out the thought that evenÂ ifÂ one of the
teachers from my school was the mysterious, sweet-smelling man in the alley, he
had been lurking around, not allowing me to catch a glimpse of him. And I just
couldnâ€™t propose any way that could be a good thing.
Then, my brain tossed out the oddity that this person, whoever he
might turn out to be, had stalked me, frightened me, made me doubt my own
perceptions, only to let me get so close to a place of safety? Heâ€™d cruelly let
me believe Iâ€™d soon be in a well-lit restaurant, only to take it away when I
thought I was home free. My ever-increasingly volatile temper flared white-hot,
burning away most of the fear Iâ€™d felt. I irrationally whirled to face whoever
he may be, infuriated by the twisted way heâ€™d kept me rooted to the edge of the
darkness at the very last moment.
DevriÂ Walls is the best-selling author of six YA fantasy novels. She is a theaterÂ major with a flare for the dramatic and wishes more than anything for a magic
wand. Devri is from Boise Idaho where she lives with her husband, two kids andÂ the cutest mutt of a dog the world has ever seen. When sheâ€™s not writing she
can be found teaching voice lessons, trying to resist the urge to sell her twoÂ beautiful children to the circus, and cooking. Becauseâ€¦. food. Mmmmmmm.
“SixÂ years ago, Grey Malteer was attacked by creatures he thought couldnâ€™t possibly
exist. They repeated a word, calling him a name heâ€™d never heardÂ beforeâ€¦Venator. Since then, his life has been a hellhole of secrecyâ€”hiding oldÂ pain alongside strange new abilities.
RuneÂ Jenkins has an itch, as she calls it, but itâ€™s more than that. Itâ€™s an angerÂ that builds up like the inside of a boiler whenever sheâ€™s around anythingÂ remotely supernatural. The pressure is growing steadily worse and she canâ€™tÂ understand why. All she knows isâ€”her control is slipping.
ByÂ order of an unknown council Grey and Rune are pulled through a portal in theÂ St. Louis arch, landing them in an alternate dimension where creatures of mythÂ and legend exist. A realm that calls them, Venators.
MadeÂ up of centuries old fae, vampires, werewolves, elves and succubi the councilâ€™s
corrupt nature becomes obvious as they seek to wield the newly returned
Venators as weapons. Wedged in an impossible position, Grey and Rune must
decide their fateâ€”do they go against the councilâ€™s wishes and help the
innocents of this unforgiving land, or face the possibility of execution by the
Rykerâ€™s snoring hadÂ grown to a delightful combination of a gravel truck and a freight train. TheÂ internal resentment she always felt was growing, and the irritating sound fed
everything that bothered herâ€”like an infection spreading from one cell to the next.
It had been building for years, but tonight it finally hit critical mass.
Rune jerked to her feet,Â driven by a need to do something, and moved to the window.
She loved her brotherÂ but damn it, she hated him too. What could possibly have been so horrible thatÂ it was worth sacrificing not only his life, but hers too? Surely he knew thatâ€™s
what heâ€™d done. How could he not see that sheâ€™d given up everything because of
Her life consisted ofÂ two things: chasing after Ryker to make sure he didnâ€™t kill himself, and makingÂ sure she pulled the grades and sunk the shots to make mom proud. A Herculean
effort. And futile.Â What about what sheÂ wanted? Didnâ€™t that matter to anyone?
A sob escaped and sheÂ wrapped her arms around herself. Did she even know what she wanted? There was aÂ time when sheâ€™d enjoyed drawing. Creating images of vampires and demons had madeÂ the itch stop after her and Rykerâ€™s games ceased. But the pictures had turned
so dark theyâ€™d scared her mother, so Rune had let it go.
She also loved to teachÂ and had thought about being a coach. According to her parents, â€œteachers didnâ€™tÂ make enough money,â€ so teaching was therefore unacceptable. Because nothing
made you so happy as a house full of expensive items you didnâ€™t need.
Fury and resentmentÂ kindled within, directed both at her parents and her drunken fool of a brother.Â Past history and overflowing stores of anger provided ample amounts of dry
tinder, and her emotions rose violently, flaming to an unbearably hot inferno. She
shook with sobs that her unconscious brother wouldnâ€™t hear. Years of
self-sacrifice ran down her cheeks in crystal streams and thenâ€¦something
An odd calm wrapped herÂ in its embrace, followed by a clear knowledge of what would stop the pain. SheÂ let out a slow breath and straightened, wiping the tears from her cheeks.
She was done.
Screw Ryker. Screw herÂ parents. They could figure out life without controlling hers.
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The Elite Crimes Unit is a covert team
within Interpol that specializes in taking down the worldâ€™s top
criminalsâ€”and then offering them a deal. Because sometimes a
history of bad behavior can be a very good thing . . .
Jack Angelo is clearly off his game. First his
wallet gets liftedâ€”by a pregnant woman, no lessâ€”on the ferry to
Finland. At his hotel, heâ€™s seduced by a sexy redhead who takes him
for a ride, too. And when he finally starts casing the bank heâ€™s
supposed to rob, yet another female fouls things up. All he wants is
to complete this assignment for the ECU to save himself and his
family. Little does he know that the women who keep interfering are
actually one womanâ€”whoâ€™s about to show him just how outmatched he
really is . . .
Known as â€œThe Chameleonâ€ Saskia Petrovik is
a mistress of disguise tasked with watching the new recruit as he
meets up with his high-level crew of thieves. She has no problem
getting under the covers to pull off an undercover jobâ€”especially
with the man known as Gentleman Jack. But multiple identities can
cause multiple problems, and in these dangerous circles, the
temptation to show her true self could change a deceptive affair into
a deadly one . . .
Michele Hauf has been writing
romance, action-adventure and fantasy stories for over twenty years.
Her first published novel was Dark Rapture (Zebra). France,
musketeers, vampires and faeries populate her stories. And if she
followed the adage â€œwrite what you know,â€ all her stories would
have snow in them. Fortunately, she steps beyond her comfort zone and
writes about countries she has never visited and of creatures she has
ChereeÂ Alsop just published theÂ first book in herÂ new Monster Asylum Series, Â “The Fangs of Bloodhaven.”
Being a teenage vampire in a human family isnâ€™t easy, especially in a city where harboring any monster subspecies is illegal. When Everett is injured attempting to save a werewolf, she takes him to the Monster Asylum, a place that shouldnâ€™t exist, and introduces him to a world of acceptance and possibility. Dark creatures begin to plague the five cities. Everettâ€™s ability to fight against them makes him irreplaceable if the human world that fears him can accept a vampire as a hero.
Cynthia how did you came up with the idea for an anthology?
Rebecca Gage was the author involved in planning this anthology and specifically seeking out the other nine authors involved. She wanted to create a fun, clean, paranormal book filled with short stories for teens and up to read and enjoy.
Great idea. How did you find all the authors for it?
Rebecca and I met at an ANWA conference last February and hit it off immediately. When she contacted me a few months ago about her project idea she asked for author suggestions. I thought (more…)
Adrienne, thanks for visiting my blog today. Tell us where you were born and where you live now?
I was born in Utah and still live there. While I love to travel and experience various cultures, I also love to come home and be with friends and family.
Nice…What makes you passionate about writing?
It’s probably because I’m so passionate about reading. Books keep us company when no one else can. They’re also a window into other lives and worlds. How can I not love books and creating my own stories?
Amen to that. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
There was absolutely no way a black dragon hovered outside of Newtimber. Sianna rubbed her eyes, but the dragon was still there, clutching a round object that looked like a spotted egg. And then (more…)
I have been writing for almost 3 years. My first book was published in May of 2012. Since then I have published twenty-five books. Of that twenty-five books, two are young adult and eight are childrenâ€™s books.
Very nice. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in St. Francisville, LA, raised in Clinton,LA and currently reside in Morgan City, LA.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
Once I take the outline for my book and begin writing, I truly have no idea which direction the book will go. I let the words flow onto the paper, and once I am about about halfway done, the genre comes to me.
Wow! Â Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
When I did decide to finally start writing, I remembered how (more…)