This week I read NO EARLS ALLOWED
by Shana Galen. It's the second book in her Survivors series. This series features wounded heroes and heroines who dare to step outside society norms. Passion, humor, and unforgettable characters combine to create a wonderful story.
I highly recommend Third Son's a Charm, the first book in the series. And I'll be watching for An Affair With a Spare, coming in July.
What are you reading this week?
Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.
Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.
Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance...
Since I'm working on edits for the fifth book in the Blood of the Drakon series today, I thought I'd showcase Drakon's Promise, the first book of the series. :-)
Blood of the Drakon, Book 1
Darius Varkas is a drakon. He's neither human nor dragon.
He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.
When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.
Writing is a solitary profession. A writer spends a lot of time sitting in a computer chair typing away at a keyboard. It's an amazing job but not always an easy one. There is always rejection and criticism, no matter what you do.
Emails from readers really help on those days when you have doubts. And occasionally there will be something special like this past week.
Love Romances Café readers voted me Best Author of 2017. They also voted Wolf at the Door the Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Book of 2017, and the Salvation Pack series was runner up for Best Series of 2017.
I can't tell you how much this means to me. I am honored and humbled. Thank you to all my readers who voted.
This past week, Wolf at the Door received the award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy book of 2017 from Love Romances Café.
It's an extra thrill because this book was rereleased last year by my new publisher after the older one closed.
at the Door
Pack, Book 1
Gwendolyn Jones is
working on an article about werewolves, not that she believes they exist. But
there are people out there who do, like the nervous man who slips her a flash
drive with information he claims will prove to the world shifters are out
there. Gwen starts questioning just what to believe when two very real
werewolves come knocking on her cabin door later that night.
Someone has a
flash drive with pictures that could endanger his pack, and alpha Jacque LaForge
will do whatever it takes to destroy it. But the something deep inside him
ignites when he knocks on the door of that “someone”. He didn’t think he’d find
a mate, or that when he did, she’d be human. But now that he has found Gwen, he
knows he has a fight on his hands to protect her from his former vengeful pack
who are out to hurt him by any means necessary.
fingers were shaking as she dug out the keys and jammed them into the ignition.
It took her two tries before they finally slid home.
heavy hit the car. Gwen cried out and her gaze flew to the front windshield.
Jacque was perched in front of her like some giant hood ornament. He was crouched
low with one hand resting on the hood. “Unlock the door, Gwen.”
that was going to happen. She turned the key and the engine sprang to life.
Louis stood beside the car, shaking his head at her. She prayed they didn’t
have any guns, although they could easily use her shotgun against her.
slammed the vehicle into reverse and hit the gas. Louis managed to jump out of
the way before she ran him over. She flew backward down the narrow driveway
with Jacque riding on the hood. She turned the wheel hard to the left and he
flew off, landing with a heavy thud on the ground.
almost stopped to see if he was hurt then reminded herself that he and his
brother were going to kill her. What did it matter if he was hurt? Still, she
was glad when she glanced
in the rearview mirror and saw him climb to his feet.
This past week I read SOME KIND OF HERO, book 19 in Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. If you love military heroes, great action and storylines, and real heroes and heroines who navigate life with all its ups and downs, then you need to read her books.
And if you're familiar with her series, you'll love the cameo appearance from some of the members of Boat Squad John from READY TO ROLL, a Troubleshooters novella. (I love Boat Squad John.)
Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.
Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.
Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.
The only easy day is yesterday. BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training is known for being the toughest, meanest, most physically punishing program in the entire U.S. Navy, and a new crop of tadpoles have arrived in Coronado eager to prove their worth—to make it through Hell Week, and become U.S. Navy SEALs.
Although Izzy prefers assignments out in the “real world,” he’s glad to be an instructor for the current BUD/S class, because it allows him to spend time at home with his wife, Eden, and her lively and lovable extended family.
Eden’s sixteen-year-old brother, Ben, is dealing with a new crush and a homophobic bully in his high school, but it soon appears that things are not as they seem.
Meanwhile, Eden’s other brother (and Izzy’s SEAL teammate and former frenemy) Danny Gillman and his wife Jenn have just had a baby who has colic and cries constantly.
As Ben deals with the type of too-serious high school drama that could involve a body count, and Danny and Jenn juggle a new baby, lack of sleep, and postpartum blues, Izzy is intrigued by “Boat Squad John,” a misfit team of young SEAL candidates all named John, including the intriguing young Seagull, his swim buddy Timebomb, and Seagull’s nemesis Hans.
Does Seagull have what it takes keep Boat Squad John still standing when the dust of BUD/S Hell Week settles or will they ring out?
Darius was at a loss as to what to
do. Which was really frigging funny when he thought about it. He’d lived
thousands of years, had seen the entire world, dealt with all manner of men,
made a vast fortune, and yet he didn’t know what to do with one crying female.
It seemed it didn’t matter how long a man lived, women were a mystery.
LILY'S LIST, book 3 of the Summersville Secrets trilogy.
What did she say? Lily
didn’t know what to say. Couldn’t manage a coherent sentence if her life
depended on it. She wasn’t totally convinced that she hadn’t fallen asleep at
her keyboard and was now having the most amazing dream. Carson Granger, the man
she’d lusted over and fantasized about for the past several years, was standing
in her kitchen offering himself up for research.
had to be a dream. Either that or she was losing her mind.
This week I read GLACIER by Laurann Dohner. It's the 9th book in her VLG series. Readers of this series will love it.
If you love paranormal romance, then you need to try Laurann Dohner. Her New Species series is fantastic as well.
Since that fateful day she was snatched from her job and turned into a Vampire, Mandy's life has sucked-literally. Forced to become an assassin for the Vampire Council, she finds solace in taking out the scumbag rogues she's often assigned to kill. Things go south when she realizes her next mark is an old coworker from her human days…a seriously hot one, who she had deep feelings for. Worse, the council was wrong. He's not a villain, but a protector. One she refuses to kill, regardless of orders.
Glacier's astonished to come face to face with Mandy in a dark alley. Even more so to learn the sweet one-time human is now an assassin-assigned to kill him, no less. His orders are clear. Eliminate her. But what's a GarLycan to do when duty conflicts with his desire to protect the woman he once had feelings for? He's about to find out.
It’s mid-winter, a time when Christmas is far behind us and spring feels as though it’s never going to get here. One of the things I like to do is go to movies. If you'd like to know a few of my recommendations, drop on over to the Decadent Diva's Blog.
DARK STRENGTH is the third book in the Refuge sci-fi romance series by Cynthia Sax.
These books are dark and violent and the romance is unconventional, but they are stories of overcoming odds, of surviving, and finding love.
The heroes are anti-heroes. They aren't human and live in a violent world. They make no apologies for who they are or what they have to do in order to survive. The heroines are survivors, women with brutal pasts who must overcome that trauma not only to survive, but to truly live.
I'll be watching for the release of Dark Fire.
These books aren't for everyone, but if you enjoy a dark sci-fi story then you must read this series. If any kind of sexual trauma or violence bothers you, you might want to check out some of the authors lighter sci-fi romances.
As the author herself says on Amazon: This is dark SciFi erotic romance. If you're sensitive to violence (of ANY kind), please read one of my lighter SciFi erotic romances.
All of these stories can be read on their own. Dark Thoughts (Kralj's story)
Dark Flight (Orol's story)
Dark Strength (Balvan's story)
Dark Fire (Dare's story--not released yet)
The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall.
Balvan, the Refuge’s Gatekeeper, is huge, green, and has a reputation for crushing skulls. He’s a modified humanoid, genetically designed to be the ultimate warrior. One of a kind and considered monstrous by many, he never expects to find his mate, the one female meant for him.
Elyce, snatched from her home half a solar cycle ago, has finally escaped her brutal captors. She arrives at the Refuge barely alive. Only a blood transfusion from the largest male she has ever seen will save her life. But it will also bind her to him forever. Staring up, up, up at him, she wonders why she wants to be free. His gentle touch revives yearnings she thought dead. His lips set her skin ablaze. His massive muscles make her feel safe.
That feeling could be an illusion. Elyce’s captors want their slave back and they won’t stop until they have her. To give his mate her freedom, Balvan might be forced to give up everything he has – his role as the Gatekeeper, Elyce’s love, and his life.
Dark Strength is a STANDALONE Alien SciFi Romance set in a gritty, dark world.
THE EMERALD LILY is the forth book in the Vampire Blood series by Juliette Cross. This book is the exciting conclusion of the story arc that began in The Black Lily.
These books are a creative retelling of familiar fairy tales set in a world with vampires. I love this series and hope this is not the end of stories set in this incredible world that the author has created.
I would love to see more stories featuring the members of the Bloodguard.
When Princess Vilhelmina Dragomir is awakened from her hellish sleep with a blood kiss from a handsome stranger, she learns that much has changed while she’s been away. The armies of the Black Lily and the vampire Crown have amassed and are on the brink of war.
No romantic entanglements, no family. Mikhail Romanov, Captain of the Bloodguard, took a vow when he joined the Bloodguard. But he never planned for the gut-punching attraction he would feel for the untouchable princess. He must keep his focus, though. In order to avenge his family, it’s essential he help Mina claim her crown and keep his damn hands off of her.
But Mina sets her heart on the elusive captain, and keeping his focus on the great battle ahead becomes harder and harder. While they're making plans, the evil King Dominik has been making some of his own. This time, he will show no mercy to the Princess...
Each book in the Vampire Blood series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order: Book #1 The Black Lily Book #2 The Red Lily Book #3 The White Lily Book #4 The Emerald Lily
I'm doing a quick and fun question and answer over at theROMANCE LIVES FOREVER BLOG. Leather or lace? Mountains or ocean? When did I write my first book. These questions and more will be answered! Be sure to stop by and check it out.