Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only a few remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…
Jinx is a Dire wolf without a pack. Kicked out of the house by his king, and living with a vampire named Jez, Jinx has been trying to undo the damage he’d unintentionally caused during the reign of the Dire ghost army, which unleashed some of Purgatory’s worst monsters on the world at large. But when he hears that an unshifted Were is being held in a psychiatric hospital, he immediately drops everything to help her.
Gillian Black has no idea what’s happening to her—and Jinx discovers that she’s not just any Were, but a Dire wolf from the original Greenland pack. He helps her escape and promises to keep her safe from the men—and wolves—who are hunting her, and teach her everything about being a wolf.
He must also fight his feelings, wanting to claim her as his mate…at least until after he defeats the supernatural enemies that threaten all of them.
Defiance releases today – it’s the first in a series of New Adult post-apocolyptic motorcycle books Think, Sons of Anarchy meets the apocalypse!
Rebelling against her legacy as the MC’s princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.
Tru is at the MC’s mercy when she’s dragged back to her former home . . . and to the only man she’s ever pictured a future with. Caspar is the bastard son of the club’s leader, her safe haven when life got rough — and her onetime lover the night she left. When Tru refuses to trade sex for power and be claimed by a rival club leader, she also dares to announce she wants Caspar instead, throwing the MC into turmoil.
Tru’s brazen revolt could start a gang war and destroy the club from within. Now both Tru and the MC must wait for Caspar’s response … and the inevitable fallout
I had a lot of awesome people who reviewed Defiance / are running giveaways / interviews / hosting me on their blogs over the next week. Here’s today’s sampling (& I’ll update as more come in!)
Book-A-Holic Anon wrote a great review too! Read it here! (and it appears they both have a thing for Bish
Jennifer Porter did a First Look of Defiance at Heroes & Heartbreakers.
There’s also a Q&A with me up with Fiktshun! (and a giveaway!)
Recently retired Delta Force Operator Reid Cormier utilizes his special skills by working black ops jobs all around the world with his former teammates and their wives. Reid’s career keeps him busy, but he can’t get his last job—or the woman involved—out of his head.
US Marshall Grier Vanderhall faked her own death without telling Reid of the plan first, and he couldn’t forgive her duplicity. But when Reid learns that Grier has been kidnapped by a dangerous ring of criminals, he drops everything and heads to New Orleans to rescue her. And while Reid knows that his skills make him the best option to get Grier back, he’s not sure if this mission will give them another chance—or get them both killed.
**SEE BELOW IN BOLD***
Stray’s here DIRE WANTS is book 2 in the Eternal Wolf Clan series and there’s so much I love about this book! There’s lots of romance, lots of Vice…and Cain, who’s become a favorite. ****Guys, my daughter’s having emergency surgery in the next day or two – it’s an emergent situation with the rods in her back. I just wanted to update you about the ebook links – I have no fucking idea why they weren’t put up long before this. But now, with the hurricane, everything’s a problem, which, of course, I understand. So they should be up, but they’re not and I’m not going to pretend everything’s great, because it’s a major fuck-up in my eyes and it’s not my fuck-up. And I can’t get an eta as to when they’ll be up. I apologize and will let you know as soon as I know anything. I’m pissed and frustrated as hell. But my first concern at this point is with my kid. I know you guys understand***
The supernatural world is rising up against the human one. The weretrappers want control, and only the immortal Dire wolves stand in the way of total destruction. Stray, a Dire, and his long-lost brother, Killian, emerge as the leaders of their pack. To keep themselves and the humans safe, the Dires need a witch as powerful as Seb, who betrayed the Dires to work for the weretrappers.
They find what they are looking for in Kate, a human who survived a horrible car accident that left her back scarred with a handprint no one else can see. Stray senses Kate’s abilities as a witch and recruits her to help the Dires — all the while knowing she is so powerful they will need to kill her once she helps defeat the weretrappers.
Stray doesn’t expect the powerful connection that he feels with Kate, or his irresistible need to protect her. They cannot hide their feelings for each other, and what once was taboo now seems inevitable…
DIRE WARNING: A Novella of the Eternal Wolf Clan is available now! It’s an eSpecial, a prequel to the Eternal Wolf Clan series that starts with Book 1, Dire Needs, next month! <——-more exclamation points!
Ahem. Anyway, this novella is about 25K (100 pages) and it centers on introducing you to the main Dire Wolf characters – it lets you into the world and is heavy on alpha male interaction What could be more fun?!
Here’s the blurb:
A breathtaking new tale of the Dire Wolves, from the bestselling author of Dire Needs…
Immortal and invincible, Rifter is the head of the last surviving pack of Dire Wolves—a band of Alpha brothers charged with protecting the Weres. But now that witches have joined forces with nefarious weretrappers, it’s a perfect storm for double trouble. When the murder of a human points to a wolf, along with the threat of the packs being outted to the world, the Dires fear that something even more dangerous is out there hiding in the dark, something waiting for the right time to show itself.
You can read an excerpt here! And you can go buy it on Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook and iBooks through the links here! <—–more exclamation points!!!
And I’m going to give away another ARC of Dire Needs here today All you have to do is buy Dire Warning and show me the receipt!
Kidding. (What? It’s a good strategy – and there are exclamation points )
Anyway, seriously, to be eligible to win an ARC (uncorrected print copy) of Dire Needs, just leave a comment below and tell me h
ow much you love Dire Warning, the SEAL books, me in general what you’re reading! I’m just starting Book 1 in Lora Leigh’s Breed Series. Somehow, I started waaay in the middle.
*realizes the only punctuation I’ve used in this post are exclamation points and thinks about cutting back on the caffeine*
There are several upcoming projects I’m really excited about, but none means more than being part of the SEAL OF MY DREAMS anthology. All proceeds go to Veterans Medical Research and I’m so grateful to have a chance to give back to these heroes! I’m buying zillions of copies and everyone’s getting them for Christmas – everyone! The authors I’m side by side with are amazing and I can’t wait until release day – November 11th – Veteran’s Day! And yes, it will be available in both print and eBook format, thanks to Belle Books!
My short story is connected to the HOLD series – you’ll see Jake and Chris and Jamie and Nick and the rest of the gang. We were only supposed to write 5K and mine is close to 8K, so I cheated a little. But there was so much more I wanted to write! I’m definitely not done with this series and I’ve got plans, plans I tell you.
Anyway, as always, it’s been busy here, but Fall is always my favorite season. I think it has something to do with school starting and having taught, but I always view September as the beginning for me. I tend to get a huge bulk of writing done during this time too – I also plan for new projects as well.
I’m often asked how I write, how I stay focused, etc. In fact, Sarah just asked me on Twitter last night! If you’ve been visiting this blog for a while, you’ve heard this before, but I like to talk about my process in case there are new writers out there who think there’s only one way to do things.
There’s not. And when I first started out, I didn’t know that. I couldn’t finish a book to save my life and couldn’t figure out why. Somehow, I’d gotten it into my head that a book needed to be written in order.
The big secret? It doesn’t. You can write out of order! You can write the end first, the middle first, you can jump all around. At some point, of course, you have to pull the whole thing together, but until then, get it written any way you can. I typically see the big moments first, and I tend to write those first. I write down anything and everything that comes to mind. But the key is, I’m always writing – because I have to for my contracts, but more so because I love writing. I can’t not write.
I also write several books at once. I don’t plot much, so this definitely helps my productivity. I’m always moving forward on something. Obviously, the contracted work that’s due next is the priority, but I usually have a couple of things with close due dates, plus copy edits, etc. And somehow, the big mishmash all works for me. I’m a really organized person, and writing in a disorganized way works because I can see the bigger picture – I keep my eye on it the entire time and I know I can pull together the puzzle in the end. Is it the easiest way to write? I don’t know, but it’s the only way I can, and I’ve tried others. But I’ve written somewhere in the vicinity of 20 books or more and at this point, it’s my process and I’m sticking with it.
As we approach NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in November) I’ll try to talk more about process and publishing and the like. If you’ve got anything specific you’d like me to talk about, feel free to put it in comments or drop me an email via my contact page!
So this morning my mom’s driving me up to get my bloodwork done (because of this horrible migraine and I don’t drive when I’m on the meds) and she’s telling me about all the mountain lions spotted in Connecticut and New York, like, five minutes away. Like, where Zoo and Gus run through the nature study woods.
And I’m like, you know, I’m betting it’s a family of shifters who moved into the area!
Mom: What are you talking about?
Me: A family of mountain lion shifters. Like, they’re people who can become mountain lions. How cool is that?
Mom: You’re really nuts, you know that?
I knew you all would understand.
Anyway, my NAL paranormal series has titles and a series name! Book one is Dire Needs: A Novel of the Eternal Wolf Clan and, according to Amazon, it’s available March 6, 2012! I should have cover copy approved soon (and a cover) but you can find out a little more about the series here. I’m having a blast writing these books! Oh, and yes, it’ll be available on Kindle and Nook and such, but sometimes those links take a little longer to go up.
Also, Sydney Croft’s Taken By Fire, ACRO Book 6 got a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews! Of course, a certain 11 month old shredded the magazine beyond repair so I don’t have the actual review, but it was a great one!
I’m in the middle of writing a couple of proposals and waiting to hear some news on something. Well, actually, I’ve heard some news, but I can’t share it yet. So fingers crossed that it all goes smoothly. I’ll let you all know as soon as I can!
In a couple of weeks, RWA NYC will be upon me, so I’m trying to prep for that. Larissa and her husband will be staying here for a few days before the conference, too, so it’ll be great to spend some downtime with them before the madness of the conference begins. The conference is always a bit overwhelming to me but I’m excited to catch up with writing buds and blogging friends I’ll be meeting for the first time!
Nick is in the house!
Well, he’s been in some houses for a while – and I’ve heard from one person that he’s been vacationing in Disney! But as of today, you should be able to buy your very own copy of TOO HOT TO HOLD everywhere.
And, if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the brothers hanging out together, the way Shannon (Dorothy? nah, too easy) Stacey did!
TOO HOT TO HOLD, for those readers new to my site, is book 2 in my Navy SEAL trilogy.
Book 1, HARD TO HOLD, is, of course, still available – you can check out the wonderful review Stacy (aka Trelaina) wrote up. I particularly like this quote: “They [the heroes] are flawed, and dangerous, a bit crazy even.”
And book 3, HOLD ON TIGHT, releases in a few weeks on January 26th!!!
Irene Goodman’s my agent and she’s awesome, so if you’re looking for a great critique of a partial, I wouldn’t hesitate to bid on her ebay auction. It’s for a great cause – one very personal to her heart:
Proceeds from twelve critiques will go to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and thirteen will go to the Deafness Research Foundation. Ebay doesn’t allow multiple bidders on one auction, so there will be 25 separate auctions on which you can bid. You can choose which foundation you want to benefit by clicking on one of the links below.
You can find all the details and links to the eBay auction here.
So go forth and bid!
Oh, and Shamaya sent a picture! Look – Suzanne Brockmann and Linda Howard are touching me!
I mean, not inappropriately or anything. But they seem to like cozying up to Jake. Lynn’s Alexandra will not take kindly to this…
Me: Look – Texas Walmart!
Zoo: Cool. *mumbles something about driving Sharon around*
Me: We’re totally moving to Texas.
Zoo: You know we have a Walmart like 20 minutes away. They probably have your book too.
Me: Then why no pictures?
Zoo: Well, you’re the one who’d take those picture.
Me: Don’t use logic on me – we’re totally moving to Texas.