— it’s a busy day over here. First of all, welcome to my new home, care of Frauke at CrocoDesigns.com! It’s still a work in progress but when I told Frauke my deadline and wanting to have the new site up for Shelter Me’s release, she was on it with her usual, “no problem,” attitude. Give it a little time and it’ll all be up and running perfectly.
But seriously, can we talk about the cover for Shelter Me? Gorgeous, and also Frauke’s creation (as are all my self-pubbed covers). And special thanks to Julia at JuliaEdits.com for her detailed and patient editing.
Anyway, I’m really excited to tell you about Shelter Me. It’s a book I’ve been working on for a long, LONG time. I wrote a lot of it, then put it aside, then wrote more and put it aside, because of other commitments. Because I wasn’t sure where the story was going.
But suddenly, I knew where it was going, knew it was time to share the first book in the Shelter Trilogy with all of you. Today, it’s available in eBook format everywhere (Amazon, Smashwords, etc.) and in print on Amazon. Please check out the book page, where there’s a excerpt from Chapter One and all the order links.
Check out the blurb below:
A Shelter Novel (Book 1)
There are ghosts in my past—ghosts I can’t recognize.
My painting heals me, but Lucas Caine has made me come alive. My past could take both those things away forever. What started out as an undeniable need to create was quickly turning into danger as my longing for memories fed the rough canvases I filled.
Falling for Lucas will force me to revisit my lost memories—and possibly lose myself, my art, and him in the process. And now he has me skating the thin edge between desire and fear as I use a past I don’t remember to leverage a future I’m not sure I want.
I’ve been hearing amazing compliments from my early reader/reviewers, so I’m thrilled. I truly hope you love Ryn and Lucas as much as I do!
Temperance is Book 4 in the Defiance series–it’s one of the SE Jakes writing as Stephanie Tyler books, and it’s Declan and Rebel’s story that began in Book 3. It’s also a m/m romance with a small m/f subplot. If you’re just reading this book as a standalone, I’ve actually rewritten the ending of book 3 from Rebel and Declan’s point of view for both new readers and as a recap for the regular readers. And yes, the series will continue.
It will be up at all the usual places–Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, iTunes, etc. I’m self-publishing this one, so even though I put it up twenty-four hours in advance, I have no control as to when it actual gets published, so I’ll update as the links become available. Thanks again for all your support this year. I haven’t forgotten about the SE Jakes books for Prophet and Cillian (How could I? I mean, really?) I’m just trying to get to a place where I can do them justice. The books that are coming out now, as I’ve discussed before, were already in the works, so that makes it easier. I promise I will do my very best to make the books you’re waiting for worth the wait. Thanks for sticking by me 🙂
TEMPERANCE: Book Four in The Defiance Series
The reluctant truce between the Defiance MC and Keller’s mafia is necessitated by shared hatred for the Lords of Vengeance—bloodthirsty thugs who pose a deadly threat to both Defiance’s survival and Keller’s people in the difficult post-apocalyptic world. For Rebel, this means more than just a secondary war—Declan, one of Keller’s main assassins, has moved to the Defiance compound.
The problem is, he and Declan have a history, one that Rebel broke off months earlier when the relationship threatened to become more than just covert sex. Rebel’s charged with keeping Declan close, and the proximity makes it impossible for him to deny his feelings. Rebel’s been hiding his sexual preferences from his MC, among other secrets he hold close.
But Rebel realizes that the LoV isn’t the biggest enemy Defiance faces when Declan goes after a mysterious group called the Nomads. Most think the Nomads are little more than a myth, but Declan—and Keller—know the truth. And when one of Declan’s jobs threatens to put Defiance—and Rebel—in direct danger, Declan also reveals secrets that Rebel isn’t prepared for. One that makes him question everything he once thought about the relationship…and forces him to make a choice between his heart and his head…something no one in Defiance is ready for.
(I refer to Tyler and SEJ in this post because I’m cross-posting 🙂
I’ve started and stopped this post a million times. But here goes: Lots of family shit = unhappy writer. And my muse doesn’t like things like constant phone calls and hospitals. I can write through a lot of things, but this particular brick wall I ran into (aka my mother)—it just didn’t work.
She’s getting…better. Ish. It’s a lot of complicated shit and a long road ahead. Coupled with the death of my dad last year, it’s just been a lot. I owe a lot of people a lot of books, readers and editors alike. And writing in general has been challenging. I couldn’t write on some of the stuff I was supposed to write on and then when I did write on things I was supposed to write on, there were issues (and yes, I’ll get into those at another time).
So here’s the deal—in order to get myself back on the horse, I started working on things that were the most far along in the process. It’s not a matter of doing more Tyler than SEJ things (which is what some readers have been writing to ask about)—it’s about balancing the two names.
Which means, as of today, you’ll start seeing the first book in the Mirror series, Mirror Me, up for purchase. It’s up at Amazon right now —and the blurb is below. (FYI it’s a Tyler book—it’s an m/f but book 2 in the series will be an m/m. Oh, and each book is stand-alone)
Kayla Peters hasn’t been Claire Cooper for six years…but the past is about to catch up with her, and nothing will ever be the same.
Kayla’s in witness protection, being hidden from her twin sister by the U.S. Marshals Office. When Kayla moves in next to a former Special Forces operative, she discovers that he’s got a dark, dangerous past of his own..and that he might be the only person who could help her survive.
Teige doesn’t want to like Kayla. Since the death of his CO and Teige’s retirement from Delta Force, he’d been taking on the most dangerous jobs, pressing the luck he feels had followed him his entire life. He’s convinced it’ll run out, because he knows no one can be that lucky all the time. And when he discovers who Kayla really is, and what kind of trouble’s following her, he realizes he’s up against the most dangerous—and personal—job of his career.
Next month, Rule of Thirds (book 2 in the series—the m/m) will be out, followed quickly by Temperance: Defiance Book 4 (also an m/m by Tyler).
Why this order of things? Well, I’ve been working on Mirror Me for a long time in between other projects and it was in the editing stages already, as was Temperance. I’m also almost done with Irreplaceable: Section 8 Book 4 (also Tyler) — no new date with NAL on that because I need to hand it in to get it on the schedule.
Also, I’m slowly working on SEJ’s If I Ever (Prophet 4) because that book deserves care, and I don’t want to rush it. But it’s close.
But again, I hesitated to write this post, because whenever I got close to ‘getting ready’ to publish or get back out here, there would be another setback. I mean, I’m literally looking over my shoulder (and glaring at the fucking phone, daring it to ring) as I type this. I’d tell someone, “Things are much better,” and then it would be like, literally, the next day, “Oh look, pneumonia! Medication issue! Stroke! ER visit for a fall! Lifeline is calling…again.”
So just…be kind. That’s all I ask. And most of you have been—the letters I’ve gotten have been awesome and I appreciate all your patience and your want of my books. I can’t promise I’ll be out there all that much, because I’d honestly rather given my time to the writing, and I think you all deserve that too, but who knows.
What I do know? My son started Kindergarden…and the drop off / pick up shit? It’s like the hunger games meets thunderdome. WTF? Pray for me…
Vioers Run, Book 1 in the Skulls Creek series, is available today! So what are you waiting for? Come on and meet Cage and Calla, and prepare for a wild ride.
VIPERS RUN: Skulls Creek 1
The Vipers Motorcycle Club has strict rules for their brotherhood and the women who enter it. Now one Viper is about to find out how much trouble one woman can be…
Former Army Ranger Christian Cage Owens joined the Vipers Motorcycle Club for its sense of brotherhood. In return, he pledged to live outside the law, protecting club members and their families, as well as keeping other MCs out of Skulls Creek. But when Cage discovers that a rival MC—one Cage has an all too familiar past with—plans to push meth into his town, he calls an old Army buddy turned private investigator who’s helped the Vipers in the past. By doing so, Cage endangers both his friend and Calla, a woman who works in the PI’s office. Now he’s made it his mission to track Calla down and do whatever it takes to protect her.
Thanks to a phone call with Cage, Calla knows she’s formed a deep connection to a dangerous man. She quickly discovers that although he may live by a different set of rules, Cage is an honorable man who wants to be more than her protector—if only she can accept his dangerous lifestyle. But Calla comes to Skulls Creek with her own set of secrets…secrets that threaten to tear her and Cage—and the Vipers MC—apart. As they put their newfound love to the ultimate test, Cage will risk everything he cares about to save her…
You can read the first chapter here, and then read an EXCLUSIVE (and hot!) excerpt over at the awesome Rock Stars of Romance blog!
You can order the book here.
My alter-ego, SE Jakes, has also released the first in an m/m MC series, called Running Wild (Havoc Book 1) You can find out more about it here!
Embrace the danger…
Sean Rush is an adrenaline junkie. That’s why he was in the Army, why he steals and races classic muscle cars . . . and why he can’t stay away from bad boy Ryker, a Havoc Motorcycle Club lieutenant. Fortunately, Ryker can’t seem to stay away from Sean—he’s spent the last eight months breaking into Sean’s apartment and stealing into his bed, leaving Sean physically satisfied but increasingly restless.
Sean has always avoided relationships. He likes to come and go without being controlled. And Ryker is possibly the most controlling man he’s ever known. Still, he finds that he wants more from Ryker than their silent nighttime encounters.
Then one of Sean’s thefts goes bad, and Ryker’s protective instincts kick into overdrive. He takes Sean to the Havoc compound, determined to keep him safe. But Sean’s past threatens the safety of Havoc—and everything Ryker holds dear. Worse, Ryker’s hiding secrets of his own. Soon it’s obvious that the adrenaline rush can’t keep them together anymore. But maybe love can.
(Remember to check out my RT 2014 Panel Schedule below (or click this link!) to find out where Steph / Syd/ SE will be this week!)
SALVATION: Defiance book 3
Luna Davies is headed for trouble. She knows exactly what the men who run motorcycle clubs are capable of—the ruthless violence, the grabs for power, the brutal treatment of women. The one bright spot in her dark world is being held against his will by a rival gang after sacrificing himself for the sake of the club—without saying goodbye first. She needs to bring Bishop home to Defiance, both for the good of the MC and for herself.
Keller’s mafia has thrived in the fallout from the Chaos and their compound is a city of sin, a world of debauched excess where people live in fear with nowhere else to go. When Luna is taken prisoner, Bishop has no choice but to lie. As far as the enemy knows, she’s his. It’s the one thing that will keep her safe.
Caught off guard, Luna follows Bishop’s lead. And that’s where the lines begin to blur, because what’s been building between them for real is undeniable. But what Keller’s protecting is something he’ll kill to keep under wraps and with Defiance unable to come to their rescue, and only each other to turn to, Luna and Bish may be facing their final goodbye.
You can read an excerpt here and find the buy links here!
New to the Defiance world? Check here for more information.
Heroes & Heartbreakers has a great first look up! Nicole says, “Salvation is the strongest book so far in a great series.”
Unbreakable is book 2 in the Section 8 series, and it’s available today!
A cabal of operatives with dangerous pasts team up to work black ops missions. Their weapon: deception. Can they help one of their own before he goes too far?
When Gunner agreed to help out Section 8, he didn’t realize he’d be pulled back in to the shadowy world he’d thought he’d escaped forever. The son of double agents, Gunner was initiated at a young age into the cold world of espionage when his father forced him to work for international smuggler Drew Landon. And when Gunner’s past with Landon threatens the other mercenaries, and most importantly, Avery, he makes an impossible choice…and disappears.
Avery’s not willing to give up on Gunner. The attraction between them has been there from the start and she rallies Section 8 to help him. She knows there’s only one way to keep Gunner safe: fake his death and take him off the grid. But when she finally locates him, Gunner is a changed man, harder, more desperate, and on the edge of self-destruction. And only Avery can find a way to free him from Landon—and from the demons of his past—before it’s too late.
You can read an excerpt here and find order links here!
Now, for the giveaways! Please head on over to my Facebook page and learn about Bookgasm 2013! I’m participating with the wonderful Pamela Claire, Thea Harrison, Jessica Scott, Jill Shalvis and Julie Ann Walker (I’m in amazing company for release day!) – and we’re all giving away our backlist titles!