Dire Desires releases today!!!

It’s Jinx’s turn!  Dire Desires is the third book in the Eternal Wolf Clan series and it’s out today in print and eBook!

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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.

You can read an excerpt here and order here!  

Defiance release day!!!

Defiance releases today – it’s the first in a series of New Adult post-apocolyptic CARINA_0613_9781426896026motorcycle 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


Defiance is an eBook, full length novel. You can read the full first chapter here and order Defiance here!

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!)

S&M’s Book Obsession reviewed (and loved!) Defiance – you can read the review here! (and they’ve got a giveaway!)

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!)

There are other reviews at: Literal AddictionJenee’s Book Blog and a joint review at The Book Pushers and still another at Touch The Night.



Updates for the new year…

Okay, a few updates before I head back to the deadline cave where I resided for the better half of the last year :)  It’s likely not to change, which is a very, very good thing.

Obviously, my website has been revamped – it’s it gorgeous?!  Waxcreative, as always, exceeded my expectations!  So now it reflected the wolf  as well as the romantic suspenses and I think it ties in so well.

Wax also redid the Sydney Croft page as well!

So, upcoming – and SOON – is the prequel to the Eternal Wolf Clan series – Dire Warning!  It releases February 7th and then Dire Needs:  Book 1 in the EWC series comes out March 6th!

For those who’ve been asking about poor Reid and Grier from Night Moves, yes, I totally plan to do something for them before the new suspense series begins in 2013 – I promise to keep you posted!

Other than that, I’m diving into the first of the new romantic suspense series – the book is currently titled Unbreakable and the series is called Section 8.  I just handed in book 2 in the Eternal Wolf Clan series and I’m getting ready for a blog tour for the upcoming releases.  And, I’m also going to try to blog here more.

Stop laughing.  Just keep staring at Rifter over there on the left.  And I’ll update here for the blog tour because there will be giveaways along the way!  Hope everyone’s doing well and having a good start to 2012 – we had our first dusting of snow last night so it’s finally starting to feel like winter.  I like winter.  Probably because I commute from the bedroom to the kitchen and back…



Night Moves release day!

Kell has arrived! Night Moves is on sale, both print and eBook, and, on November 7th, it will also be available in audio from Tantor!  Actually, all 4 Shadow Force books sold to Tantor, so they’ll be releasing between November 7th and December 26th.  I spoke to the narrator, Johanna, and she’s awesome – she’s done all the Sookie Stackhouse and Kelly Armstrong books.  


Anything can happen under the cover of darkness.

Kell Roberts has walked the thin line between life and death for so long that it now feels like home. He is a soldier, a survivor, and a loner. Still, Kell cannot turn his back on the beautiful woman caught in his firefight against the drug lords of Mexico. She says her name is Teddie, but Kell senses there’s much more to her story—and it’s about to pull him into a mission he didn’t sign on for: keeping her alive.

Teddie Lassiter knows this lean, mean rescuer just saved her life, but the steel glint behind those soft gray eyes seem to be hiding something deep. The men after Teddie are deadly, but the man who holds her life in his hands and tempts her with his wicked touch is even more dangerous. He could make her dream about living and loving again. And if they can survive, maybe, just maybe, they can stop fighting the world and each other—and simply surrender.


You can read an excerpt here and find character lists and soundtracks as well here!  And a few people have asked if it’s the last of the Shadow Force series – the answer is no, for sure.  I have a lot of plans, especially for Reid and Grier.  Also, I’m not done with Romantic Suspense – I’ve got a new RS series – Section 8 – coming out with NAL.  I’m excited for all my upcoming projects!



News :)

So I’ve been sitting on some news because…well, because.

I think that’s an excellent reason.

Anyway, I’ve just sold a PNR (paranormal) trilogy to NAL (Penguin Group)!!!

And yes, I will be continuing the romantic suspenses!  Don’t forget, I was writing them along with the Sydney Crofts all these years.  So with the last ACRO book coming out June 2011,  I realized I would miss writing Paranormals a bit too much and I hatched my evil plan…because three hours a night is really way too much to sleep anyway.

I’ll share more details when I have them – but for now, I’m really REALLY thrilled with this sale!!! A nice early Christmas present…and books I’ve been thinking about for oh, two years now…

New York Times Bestseller List!!!

So I got the phone call last night from my agent and my editor that HOLD ON TIGHT hit the New York Times Bestseller List at #22!!!!!  

I still can’t really believe it.  I mean, last night, I was hyperventilating and in a general state of, well, stunned.  Like, really and truly and I’m so absolutely thrilled and thankful and grateful to all the people who bought the books and talked them up and blogged them.  You guys are awesome!

Even better, I get to share the thrill with Larissa Ione – we released the same day and her book, Ecstacy Unveiled, hit the New York Times at #23 and the USA Today Bestseller List at #58 (she’s hit both lists before and she just keeps climbing higher – I’m so proud of her!)

Larissa and I have done a lot together – I mean, we write together as Sydney Croft.  But it’s more than that – we sold our own first project within three days of one another.  She hit the Times with her third single title.  I hit it with mine.  And we’re right next to each other.  And we have purple covers.  So it’s really strange and really cool at the same time.

Zoo had a work dinner last night – when he came home, he said, you’d have thought I hit the list – everyone was buying me shots and drinks and stuff!

For the record, I had a brownie for dinner.  I know – I’m actually pretty happy about that.  Chocolate for dinner – who can complain?

Today, I’ll be trying to keep my mind on my revisions – and you can read my interview over at the Black Raven Cafe – stop on by and say hello and you’re eligible for a backlist giveaway!

The thing about word count…

One of the most basic things I didn’t realize when I started writing was how to deal with / convert the word count of my manuscript.  In the past week, I’ve gotten a few questions about it (I’m assuming because NaNo is full force) so I figured I’d answer it here.

I understand it can differ for ePubs, because they use actual computer count, so you can check Word or whatever program you use and get your actual word count there.  Easy enough.  So if the publisher says they want manuscripts of 40K, I’m assuming (I know, I know…) that they’ll get anywhere from 38K to 45K (or maybe a bit more).

But most print publishers – well, at least mine – still use the page count thing and I’ll explain why in a second.  On the contracts, publishers expect anywhere from 85K to 100K, although these days going over 100K is slightly more problematic than coming in a bit under.  Publishing costs and all, I’m guessing, although I do know that most editors will not trim away an extra 20K if it is fabulous and not simply filler.

So it goes like this – for every 20 pages, it’s assumed that it’s 5K.  So 200 pages should equal 50K, half a manuscript for a NY single title.

Here’s the rub – if you write lots of dialogue (like me) you’ll have low word count but a regular page count.  For instance, on the current WIP, I have 193 pages and 38K.  My manuscripts run anywhere from 400 pages to 424 pages (my highest, I believe) and they all log in around 90k – 93K.  For the record, when I hand it in, I use Courier New 12 point, because that’s an equal font and can give the publisher an idea of how long the book will be when printed.

For me, this all works out, because I don’t worry about word count – I know if I get close to 400 pages, I’m good.  I’ve told the story. And it seems to take forever – there’s a point when I think, I can take the words Larissa cut from her recent Demonica book and add them in – who will notice?

As always with advice, your milage will vary.  And btw, no one in NY will reject your manuscript if you don’t use Courier New 12. Just use a readable font and you will be fine, I promise.  Personally, I hate Courier New and I write in TNR 14, but I always convert so I can see the pretty page count.

The things we do to trick ourselves.

With this current WIP (aka PROMISES IN THE DARK aka Zane’s story), I have about 45K more to go (I’ll get the rest through revisions.)  I’ve lost ground as I mentioned yesterday, so I need at least 5K per day for the next few days to make up ground.  For today so far I’ve got 2K, which is good – I usually can’t get that much done during the day.  And I’m trying to work on Sydney book 6 at night, since that goes faster with two people working on the story.

Oh, and another Zoo train story – he IM’d me today to tell me that there were high school kids on the train this morning drinking beer at 7AM headed to the Yankee Parade and those were the days.  My response?  That was us – a looooong time ago. We’re old.

His response?  I know.  I almost gave them money to buy more beer.

Mammoth Book of Special Ops

Sydney Croft has a story in the upcoming Mammoth Book of Special Ops – this is the British cover – they usually change it for the US version.  The short story is called, Code Word: Storm, and it’s about Annika and Creed!  It takes place between ACRO books 1 & 2 in the timeline.


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23 passionate stories of hard-hitting love  

Stirring romance featuring the heroes of the Navy SEALs, Delta Force, Air Force Pararescue, the Green Berets, the Army Rangers and other special forces: men and women who live and fight in extreme danger to preserve our freedoms, defenders and protectors of all we hold dear.

This collection includes the work of bestselling romance writers such as Shannon K. Butcher and Stephanie Tyler and Larissa Ione, writing as Sydney Croft. Sydney Croft’s special forces couple, Annika and Creed, work for the Agency for Covert Rare Operatives (ACRO), all of whose members have special powers, while Shannon K. Butcher’s hero is an ex-Navy SEAL. But these fighting men and women have a gentler, protective side; hard-edged weapons when on active duty, they can be caring lovers, of special forces teammates or the civilians they protect

Amazon ranking issue update

Well, according to Publisher’s Weekly, Amazon Says Glitch To Blame for “New” Adult Policy.

Personally, I don’t think think it was a glitch based on the very specific genre of books that were stripped of searches and rankings.  I’d like to see a better explanation, but I’m pleased that they’ve backtracked their position and claim to be working on the glitch.

As of tonight, none of the Sydney Croft books have rankings.  Nor does Sydney Croft show up on a search under All Departments. We’ll see how quickly that changes.  As I said earlier, I adore Amazon – I call myself the 1-click queen.  I use Prime and Associates and it’s a rare day that goes by that the UPS man doesn’t deliver an Amazon package here.  I think that’s why this was so disappointing.  

When I started writing, I got a lot of snide comments about ‘trashy romance novels.’  I still do – even from people who are my (non-writer) friends.   Of course, I’m not as close to them as I was because of the constant comments of this nature.  When I began writing erotic romance with Larissa as Sydney, things got worse.  I had family members who said things like, I’m embarrassed to say I’m related to her, while admitting that they’d read the entire book.

Whatever.  I expect that.  I’m thick-skinned about it.  But to have another major retailer – one that had always been fair and, dare I say, welcoming, to my erotic romance titles, turn and do this makes me very wary.  And I’m once again thankful for the internet and the way the romance and other communities jumped on this.  I know it made me feel very supported and a lot of my writing buds felt the same way.  

Hopefully it’s over.  Hopefully.  And thank you to my readers for jumping on this and emailing Amazon and joining the fray.  You guys are awesome.

Dear Amazon.com,

Happy Easter! I guess you’ve decided that my soul needs saving and are using your current policy to do so.

I’ve already taken time out of my busy schedule that includes actually writing more books that you can censor on your website by writing and calling about your disturbing new policy that bans adult materials from searches and sales ranking on your website.  

My alter-ego, Sydney Croft, is directly affected by this as are many  authors I know personally.  And it’s a very slippery slope once you try to decide that people need you to think for them – and to limit their choices toward what you deem acceptable.  How do I know that tomorrow, you won’t decide that some of my Stephanie Tyler titles have too much adult material in them?   Although granted, I’m now in very good company, as you’ve decided to stop ranking books like Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence. I’m assuming Shakespeare is next? Or Brideshead Revisited?  Feel free to reference these titles for your sweep of any books with any references to sex in them.

Shame on me – I used the S word.   

I’m a huge Amazon shopper, as my husband and the Amex bill can attest to.  I’m an Amazon Associate, and so the book links on my site go directly to Amazon.  I can promise you that all of this will stop if you don’t rescind this ridiculousness and stop censoring books.  

I encourage any and everyone – authors – readers – to read the post references above and these below that pertain to this Amazon debacle and then write or call Amazon.  This affects everyone – there is no way of knowing who Amazon will decide to censor next.  Information on reaching Amazon customer service is included in the links below.

Dear Author  


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I’m off to shop at Barnes and Noble now – and Borders too!