Posts Tagged ‘paranormal romance’

Sadly, I’ve been neglecting the blog recently. Partly, it’s because I’ve been insanely busy with everything else work-wise and not able to carve out the time from my personal life that I might have otherwise due to some family health issues I’ve been keeping off of social media. Partly, it’s because by the time I’m through crowing about everything on Twitter and Facebook, blogging feels redundant. And far more people follow me in those two arenas than read the blog, more’s the pity.

However, I can’t bring myself to abandon it. There are things that I can say here that I don’t have the space to say on Facebook or Twitter, and it’s crucial to me to have the forum should I need it.

So, I’m back, baby! And hoping to keep things up a little better now that we’re headed into fall and publishing tends to quiet down between Thanksgiving and the new year. Or would have, if I hadn’t just jinxed it. But that’s okay. I don’t really enjoy the quiet. I like things dynamic, exciting, busy!

Today I’m excited to post about two new releases out already this month, one as recently as yesterday: BRIMSTONE PRINCE by Barbara J. Hancock (Harlequin Nocturne) and BAYOU BORN by Hailey Edwards (Piatkus). Check them out!

 brimstone prince BRIMSTONE PRINCE by Barbara J. Hancock (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Harlequin)

A match made in hell 

The adopted daughter of the daemon king, Lily Santiago has lived her life in darkness. After one glimpse of desert sunlight, she begins to understand what she’s been missing.

Michael D’Arcy Turov might be heir to the throne of hell, but he has firmly rejected that legacy. All he wants is to play his guitar… Until he meets Lily, and her kiss awakens the Brimstone burn he’s long suppressed. A pawn in the war between her foster father and rogue daemons, Lily is determined to let Michael keep his freedom. But what if his desire for her is enough to take him back to hell?

Bayou born2 BAYOU BORN by Hailey Edwards (Piatkus, Barnes & Noble, Amazon)

Her beginning may be our end . . . 

Deep in the humid Mississippi bayou, a half-wild child is dragged from the murky waters. She has no memories, no family and is covered in mysterious markings. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him onto the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious.

However, there’s more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one – including Luce herself – could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny . . .

Brand new urban fantasy series by Hailey Edwards, bestselling author of the Gemini and Black Dog series. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Estep, Darynda Jones and Ilona Andrews.

It’s a great day for romance readers! For you lovers of paranormal romance out there, Karen Whiddon has a new shifter novel out, BILLIONAIRE WOLF, from Harlequin Nocturne!  I think it’s one of the best of the, well, pack, and I hope you’ll agree.  Check it out!

billionaire wolf BILLIONAIRE WOLF by Karen Whiddon

Has the Billionaire Shifter Met His Match? 

Ryan Howard is a billionaire playboy and powerful shifter who, some say, is driven by carnal desire. Unable—or unwilling—to settle down, he stalks the nightclubs of Galveston in search of meaningless conquests. But after one unforgettable weekend aboard his yacht with the vibrantly sexy and irresistible Maria Miranda, Ryan finds himself in an unfamiliar position. For Maria is the one who just walks away. And Ryan is facing a barrage of feelings new to him.

As one of the last of a dying race of Drakkor dragons, Maria’s sole duty is to get with child—even if it means surrendering her body to a sexy stranger, then moving on. She isn’t ready for a man like Ryan. But when she’s kidnapped by a merciless Drakkor, Maria must face her greatest fear to claim a future.

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About the Author

Karen Whiddon started weaving fanciful tales for her younger brothers at the age of eleven. Amidst the Catskill Mountains of New York, then the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she fueled her imagination with the natural beauty that surrounded her. Karen now lives in north Texas, where she shares her life with her very own hero of a husband and three doting dogs. She divides her time between the business she started and writing. Check out her website, http://www.karenwhiddon.com.
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There’s also a wonderful 2-in-1 volume out today called COWBOY CHRISTMAS RESCUE including novellas by Beth Cornelison and Colleen Thompson.  Cowboys and Christmas…two of my favorite things!

cowboy christmas rescue COWBOY CHRISTMAS RESCUE by Beth Cornelison and Colleen Thompson

Gunfire disrupts a Christmas wedding in this 2-in-1 collection of original, connected novellas. 

Rescuing the Witness by Beth Cornelison 

Bullets are fired at a ranch wedding in Texas and the only witness to the unknown sniper’s identity is wedding guest Kara Pearson. When the rifle turns to her, Kara runs for her life. Her only hope for survival? The man who broke her heart years ago. But Sheriff Brady McCall vows to protect Kara—and right old wrongs.

Rescuing the Bride by Colleen Thompson 

After being jilted and having gunfire erupt at his wedding, bull rider turned rancher Nate Wheeler fears his pregnant bride is the intended target. But as he and April Redding try to track down the shooter, Nate uncovers the secret reason April refused to say “I do” at their ceremony.

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About the Authors

Award-winning author Beth Cornelison has been writing stories since she was a child. A University of Georgia graduate, Cornelison worked in Public Relations before becoming a full-time writer. She has won many honors for her writing, including the coveted Golden Heart, awarded by the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and son. For more information, visit her website at www.bethcornelison.com.

Colleen Thompson began writing the contemporary romantic suspense novels she loves in 2004. Since then, her work has been honored with the Texas Gold Award and nominations for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, and multiple reviewers’ choice honors, along with starred reviews from Romantic Times and Publisher’s Weekly. A former teacher living with her family in the Houston area, Colleen can be found on the web at www.colleen-thompson.com.

I love Tuesdays, because those are new release days!  I’m very pleased today to wish a Happy Book Birthday to Debra Mullins for the third book in her award-winning TruthSeers series, WARRIOR OF FATE!  That’s right, all, an entire trilogy, no waiting!  For those who didn’t see me crow about this back in July, Debra has now won the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance for HEART OF STONE, the second in her TruthSeers series and the Book Buyers’ Best Award for PRODIGAL SON, the first in the series.  If you like paranormal romance, you might enjoy Debra Mullins’ Atlanteans.

warrior of fate WARRIOR OF FATE by Debra Mullins

Award-winning author Debra Mullins introduced readers to the world of the Truthseers in Prodigal Son and Heart of Stone. Now the story of the lost Atlanteans continues in Warrior of Fate.
Warrior Adrian Gray has dedicated his life in service to his people, and has never doubted his calling…until now. Three mystical Atlantean power stones were assumed lost for centuries, but one by one the Seers of Atlantis have tracked them down in a tireless race against the extremist Mendukati. Adrian’s mission? To ensure that the stones are acquired and protected by the right people–his people.
Adrian has always been uncompromising in his dedication to the cause. But the True Seer Tessa Montana proves a sensual distraction in his quest, and he soon finds his discipline wavering. Torn between his sacred duty to the Warriors and his desire for Tessa, will Adrian and his secrets cost them the war?

Series quotes:

PRODIGAL SON

“Debra Mullins opens up a whole new universe as she takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride into sexy adventure. The world isn’t what you thought. You won’t put it down.” —Susan Squires, New York Times bestselling author on Prodigal Son

“Passion, intrigue, and heartfelt emotion—Debra Mullins delivers captivating romance!” —Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author of A Week to Be Wicked

“Mullins (Too Wicked to Love) weaves a believable, spicy tapestry of love, intrigue, and family ties in this splendid paranormal romance… Well paced and tightly plotted, this enthralling page-turner matches a strong yet vulnerable heroine with a flawed alpha male to create a deliciously engrossing story. Suspense and romance are wrapped together in such a way that neither overwhelms the other—and they combine beautifully with intriguing secondary characters, sensual passion, and powerful themes of trust and loyalty.” —Publishers Weekly

Top Pick! “This is the book you want to read if you are looking for the perfect mix of romance, paranormal, and of course action!” – Night Owl Reviews

“Historical romance favorite Mullins successfully jumps into the paranormal realm with the launch of a new series featuring the psychically gifted descendants of Atlantis. Mullins introduces a number of intriguing characters and reveals the first layer of complexity in her alternate reality that features Channelers, Warriors and Seers. Mullins is off to a great start!” —Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 Stars

HEART OF STONE

A fascinating blend of mythos and plot, the novel builds on the strengths of the first book and also stands strong on its own merits.” —Publishers Weekly

“The war between psychically gifted descendants of Atlantis is getting more vicious in the second installment of Mullins Truthseers saga. The longstanding feud between Atlanteans has its basis in the belief that one group, the Seers, were responsible for Atlantis destruction. Mullins continues to flesh out her engaging alternate reality with high-stakes action and shocking revelations that force her characters to reevaluate all they believe.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 Stars

THE EXILE First things first, is this not one of the most beautiful covers you’ve ever seen?  Is that just me?  Yes, the book inside is worthy of the gorgeous cover and yes, if you like urban fantasy, political intrigue and the Fae, you’re going to want to read THE EXILE.  But you don’t have to believe me.  I’m the agent and thus surely biased.  You can listen to Publishers Weekly and Kirkus below!

PW: “VERDICT Adams (author of several urban fantasy and paranormal novels with Cathy Clamp under the name Cat Adams, most recently To Dance with the Devil) goes sole with this new series launch, which has all the right ingredients for a long run: political intrigue, magical struggles, even a possibility that there might be a romantic entanglement somewhere down the line. This should appeal to fans of Seanan McGuire’s “October Daye” series.”

KIRKUS: “. . . this book (the first in a planned series) will entertain readers looking for a fun fantasy that mixes adventure with just a bit of romance.”

Right?

THE EXILE comes out March 10th, but (hint, hint), it’s already available for pre-order!

In honor of her upcoming new release, I’ve asked C.T. Adams to come blog for me, and here she is with…

…A Thing or Two…

You would think after twenty published novels and God alone knows how many short stories I’d have this writing thing down to a science.

You’d be wrong.

Oh, I’ve learned a lot–that no matter how good the outline, you’re probably going to make changes; that at some point in pretty much every novel I will desperately want to just hit the delete key.  But every book is as individual as the characters living it.

And that’s a good thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I rejoice when the occasional book comes along that grabs the bit in its teeth and runs out of my fingers in an exhilerating and exhausting rush.  And I curse (and swear, and grumble) the books that I have to DRAG kicking and screaming out of the depths of my psyche.

But even at the worst, it’s the best job I’ve ever had.

I learn new things every day.  Some aren’t particularly useful, (what is the sunset time in Kuala Lumpur on July 15?).  Some are a little alarming (how a serial killer typically stalks their victims.)  But it is never, ever dull. And I love it.

BUT it is not for everyone.  For one thing it is WORK.  There’s so much more to it than just sitting down at the keyboard and pumping out words.  (There’s definitely that too-you have to write for the words to get written.  And you have to write to deadlines whether or not you feel like it.)  Some of it is fun.  But, as in any job, some of it isn’t.

In my experience writing takes big, honking chunks of time.  And for everyone I know, time is at a premium.  Our lives are scheduled practically to death, we’re at the mercy of cell phones, emails, and the like.  So many people tell me “I’d love to write a book, if I just had the time.”

And that’s the trick.  If you really want to do it you have to MAKE the time.  I still work a day job 8-5.  So my writing takes place from 4:45 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. weekdays and on weekends.  It has to.  I’m too beat at the end of the day for anything requiring creativity.  But it works for me, and it’s worth it to me, because I can look up and see 20 books on the shelves that I either wrote or co-wrote.

Life will steal your writing time if you let it.  You have to decide not to let it.  OR you have to acknowledge when life is being particularly . . . lifish . . . and not beat yourself bloody about not writing.  It happens.  The tricky part is, if it happens too much you’ll lose your edge, and it will get harder and harder to start back up.  And when you do the first few efforts are liable to be total dreck.

But persevere.  Writing as a career is a marathon, not a sprint.

And, for me at least, it is SO worth it.

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C.T. Adams is a USA TODAY bestselling author with 20 books and innumerable short stories to her credit.  Her newest solo offering THE EXILE:  BOOK 1 OF THE FAE hits the shelves in March and is the first book in a highly anticipated new reality series.

Happy New Year, all!  I hope your holidays were as wonderful and relaxing as mine.  You just can’t beat holding your new baby niece in your arms and having her tiny fingers clench yours.  Nope, you just can’t.

So much to celebrate this year, and I will in just a second, but I’m going to start off with a public service announcement.  GET YOUR EYES CHECKED.  Yes, seriously. If you’re anything like me, you put off taking care of yourself, especially for things that don’t seem massively urgent, like dental care, eye care, blood work, mammograms…  Well, the problem there is that sometimes you don’t catch things until they’re irreversible rather than early on when they can be more easily treated.  I usually order multiple boxes of contact lenses so that I don’t have to go back to the eye doctor for practically ever.  (The prescriptions themselves are only good for a year.)  So, it had been…far too long since I’d been in for an eye exam.  Luckily (not that I thought so at the time) my supply ran out in December, and I grudgingly went to the doctor, which is where I discovered that I didn’t have to suffer through the eye strain and fatigue that had plagued me for too long.  In short, I was having to work really hard to read.  The lettering all seemed too small, too faint, too fuzzy and by 8 pm, which is when I do a lot of my reading, my eyes wanted to give out.  They didn’t want to focus at all.  It was slowing me down, and as any of you who’ve read my blogs know, that’s just not an option.  Most days I’m tapdancing as fast as I can just to keep up with things.  The solution here was blessedly simple.  My prescription had changed, my astigmatism had changed, and I now needed to wear readers over my contacts.  Did I feel old?  Yes.  Did I get cute little reading glasses to make up for it?  You betcha.  So, no deep coded message here.  The take-away is that taking a little time can save a lot of time and strain and grief down the line, so, as Nike would say, JUST DO IT.

Now that we have that out of the way, I want to introduce some just-released books that you might want to feast those eyes on!

spell blind SPELL BLIND by David B. Coe (hardcover, e-book from Baen)

“Coe brings deep knowledge of both fantasy and mystery to his well-structured first urban fantasy novel.” – Publishers Weekly

Book #1 in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a new contemporary fantasy series from fantasy all-star David B. Coe. A hardboiled, magic-using private detective hunts a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona.

Justis Fearsson is a private investigator on the trail of a serial killer in Phoenix, Arizona. Justis is also a weremyste—a person with a wizard’s gifts and the ability to see into the paranormal world. Unfortunately, weremystes also tend to go crazy on the full moon—which is why Justis is no longer a cop. Hard to explain those absences as anything but mental breakdown. But now an old case from his police detective days has come back to haunt him, literally, as a serial killer known as the Blind Angel strikes again. His signature stroke: burning out the victims’ eyes with magic. Now the victims are piling up, including the daughter of a senator, and Justis must race to stop the Blind Angel before he, she, or it kills again. There’s only one clue he’s got to go on: the Blind Angel is using the most powerful magic Justis has ever encountered, and if he doesn’t watch his own magical step, he may end up just as dead as the other vics.

Iron Axe final IRON AXE by Steven Harper (mass market, e-book from Roc)

“Harper begins the Books of Blood and Iron series with an exciting and somewhat unusual quest… His reinterpretations of trolls, giants, and fae folk give this series opener a fresh feeling, while his nods to Norse mythology and folklore root it strongly in fantasy tradition. Readers will be eager to see what’s in store.” – Publishers Weekly

In this brand new series from the author of the Clockwork Empire series, a hopeless outcast must answer Death’s call and embark on an epic adventure….

Although Danr’s mother was human, his father was one of the hated Stane, a troll from the mountains. Now Danr has nothing to look forward to but a life of disapproval and mistrust, answering to “Trollboy” and condemned to hard labor on a farm.

Until, without warning, strange creatures come down from the mountains to attack the village. Spirits walk the land, terrifying the living. Trolls creep out from under the mountain, provoking war with the elves. And Death herself calls upon Danr to set things right.

At Death’s insistence, Danr heads out to find the Iron Axe, the weapon that sundered the continent a thousand years ago. Together with unlikely companions, Danr will brave fantastic and dangerous creatures to find a weapon that could save the world—or destroy it.

shades of the wolf SHADES OF THE WOLF by Karen Whiddon (e-book out now, 2-in-1 paperback out in March, Harlequin Nocturne)

Could she lead him to the one thing he’d missed when he was alive?

Ever since her husband died in Afghanistan, shape-shifter Anabel Lee has been haunted—by every ghost except the one she longs to see. But when Tyler Rogers appears, Anabel senses something different about him. It’s not just his piercing blue eyes or sexy voice. Even though he’s a ghost, Tyler is more real than anyone she’s met in years.

Tyler needs Anabel’s help. His sister has been abducted by a powerful warlock, and he can sense her light fading fast. Confined to the spirit realm, he needs to join his powers with Anabel’s to bring his sister back from the darkness. As they work together against time and magic, will they discover a passion strong enough to bridge this world and the next?

 

Happy reading!

 

Prodigal Son heart of stone

Huge congratulations to Debra Mullins, not only for her new release HEART OF STONE, but for winning the OCC’s Book Buyers Best Award in the Paranormal/Fantasy category for PRODIGAL SON!

This series has already received rave reviews and just keeps getting better and better!

HEART OF STONE

A fascinating blend of mythos and plot, the novel builds on the strengths of the first book and also stands strong on its own merits.” —Publishers Weekly

“The war between psychically gifted descendants of Atlantis is getting more vicious in the second installment of Mullins Truthseers saga. The longstanding feud between Atlanteans has its basis in the belief that one group, the Seers, were responsible for Atlantis destruction. Mullins continues to flesh out her engaging alternate reality with high-stakes action and shocking revelations that force her characters to reevaluate all they believe.” —Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 Stars

PRODIGAL SON

“Debra Mullins opens up a whole new universe as she takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride into sexy adventure. The world isn’t what you thought. You won’t put it down.” —Susan Squires, New York Times bestselling author on Prodigal Son

“Passion, intrigue, and heartfelt emotion—Debra Mullins delivers captivating romance!” —Tessa Dare, New York Times bestselling author of A Week to Be Wicked

“Mullins (Too Wicked to Love) weaves a believable, spicy tapestry of love, intrigue, and family ties in this splendid paranormal romance… Well paced and tightly plotted, this enthralling page-turner matches a strong yet vulnerable heroine with a flawed alpha male to create a deliciously engrossing story. Suspense and romance are wrapped together in such a way that neither overwhelms the other—and they combine beautifully with intriguing secondary characters, sensual passion, and powerful themes of trust and loyalty.” —Publishers Weekly

Top Pick! “This is the book you want to read if you are looking for the perfect mix of romance, paranormal, and of course action!” – Night Owl Reviews

“Historical romance favorite Mullins successfully jumps into the paranormal realm with the launch of a new series featuring the psychically gifted descendants of Atlantis. Mullins introduces a number of intriguing characters and reveals the first layer of complexity in her alternate reality that features Channelers, Warriors and Seers. Mullins is off to a great start!” —Romantic Times Book Reviews, 4 Stars

Since I started yesterday’s post with a note about how Lynn Flewelling and I met, I thought I’d start today off with the same about Karen Whiddon.  Karen and I met years ago at a writing conference, which ties in perfectly with the piece I did for our recent Knight Agency newsletter.  (I believe it was Dreamin’ in Dallas or maybe Desert Dreams, but I could be wrong.)  Karen was already published at that point.  She’d written a few novels for Kensington and had her first paranormal romance, POWERFUL MAGIC, out from Leisure Books.  She was looking for an agent to build on the career that was already underway.  I left there with a copy of POWERFUL MAGIC, a very good impression of a professional, put-together writer, and motivation to read.  POWERFUL MAGIC hooked me right away, and many, many books later, Karen and I are still going strong.

Karen’s latest Pack novel (werewolves and so much more!) is THE WOLF SIREN, out solo in digital (ex. Kindle and Nook) and combined in mass market with Bonnie Vanak’s DEMON WOLF, which is what Harlequin Nocturne is now doing for print – bundling two books together into one attractive package.  Cover and copy are below.

the wolf siren THE WOLF SIREN by Karen Whiddon (Harlequin Nocturne)

When a werewolf and the beautiful siren he once saved meet again, resistance is futile…

As Pack Protector, Kane McGraw never gets involved with the victims he saves. But Lilly Gideon may be the one exception. She has intrigued him ever since he helped free her from a religious compound called Sanctuary. So when he learns that she’s still in danger, he can’t stay away—not even if it means exposing Lilly to the fanatics she’s trying to escape.

Years of psychological torture have left Lilly without the ability to control her shifter nature. Any man she touches is driven mad by an all-consuming desire. Though she wants Kane more than any man, she’s forced to deny him the release they most crave. That is, until he decides it’s time to take matters—and her—into his own hands….