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Weekend Writing Warriors-Shadow Codex Snippet 3

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my upcoming release Shadow Codex, which releases next Tuesday, April 5th. Last week witch Caleigh contemplated the fact that she was on a quest to banish an angry god hell-bent on the destruction of the world and had only a measly seven days to do it. This snippet is a few paragraphs on and has just a touch of creative punctuation.

Did it make her the worst person in the world that she wasn’t that excited about this quest because it meant missing her monthly book club? She loved books and the great discussions her little group usually had, but the main reason she was bummed was that she wouldn’t sit beside yummy and delicious Sawyer for two-plus hours.

That and having him drop by the store were the highlights of her month.

Sawyer Hudson. She sighed; one of the sexiest men alive. No, halt that thought-the sexiest man alive; at least for her.

And so far out of her league he was in a different universe. But those moments when they talked books—usually disagreeing as much as possible because that was the most fun—she was in seventh heaven.

Well, not this month and if she didn’t get her act together, maybe never again.

Talk about motivation.

Here is the preliminary blurb:

One witch. One shifter. One angry god hell-bent on the destruction of the world.

Witch Caleigh hunts for the Shadow Codex. She has seven days to unearth it and learn the spell to banish a god before he can do the wipe out the world thing. She didn’t anticipate being joined by sexy Sawyer, the man she’s had a crush on for months. After having suffered devastating loss she’s no longer willing to risk her heart, so a crush is all it can be.

Sawyer has one goal: fulfil his duty as alpha and protect his pack at all cost. Being sidetracked by luscious Caleigh wasn’t part of the plan. When he discovers they are after the same book he’s happy to savor every moment with her. That is all he can do. Because bringing a human into a world where physical prowess is everything would kill her.

The chemistry between them grows explosive until danger catapults them over the edge. Caleigh has to decide how much she’s willing to risk. Sawyer needs to determine if his pack is all that matters. When danger closes in it may be easier to banish a god than to face their inner demons.

I am super excited about the release next week. I’ve seen a draft version of the cover and can’t wait to share it with you and the rest of the world. I’m neck deep in preparation for RT the week after next. I always think I know what I’m doing until I get to this point and then freak out with all the things I hadn’t thought of yet. Fingers crossed I’ll manage to tick some things off my list before I get on the plane;).

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous and productive week!

And of course I can’t leave you without a sexy shifter;).

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Shadow Codex Snippet 2

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing to share from my upcoming release Shadow Codex. Last week we met Caleigh, a witch on a quest for an ancient codex that is supposed to help her banish an angry god. The final line last week was about Cernnunos, the afore mentioned angry god intent on destroying the planet. “He wasn’t wrong, they had made a complete mess of the world, but sending a plague that killed its victims slowly and with torturous pain wasn’t exactly the best solution.”

Caleigh rubbed her brow. The illness stumped doctors. Panic had begun to creep into the population. Her neighbors and friends were stocking up on supplies. Online articles mentioned gun sales had doubled in the Bay Area in the last five days. And at her store customers had been buying up homesteading and survival books.

So far the outbreaks were contained in four or five major cities across most of the larger countries, but doomsday lovers were quick to point out that if no countermeasures were found, the plague would continue to spread unstoppably. Once the victims had reached a certain number, the balance would tip and humanity would die.

For once those doomsday lovers knew what they were talking about, which was why Mai, Zoe, and Caleigh had been sent on individual quests to find ways to take out the god. It was Caleigh’s job to find this codex, and she had a measly seven days.

Here is the preliminary blurb:

One witch. One shifter. One angry god hell-bent on the destruction of the world.

Witch Caleigh hunts for the Shadow Codex. She has seven days to unearth it and learn the spell to banish a god before he can do the wipe out the world thing. She didn’t anticipate being joined by sexy Sawyer, the man she’s had a crush on for months. After having suffered devastating loss she’s no longer willing to risk her heart, so a crush is all it can be.

Sawyer has one goal: fulfil his duty as alpha and protect his pack at all cost. Being sidetracked by luscious Caleigh wasn’t part of the plan. When he discovers they are after the same book he’s happy to savor every moment with her. That is all he can do. Because bringing a human into a world where physical prowess is everything would kill her.

The chemistry between them grows explosive until danger catapults them over the edge. Caleigh has to decide how much she’s willing to risk. Sawyer needs to determine if his pack is all that matters. When danger closes in it may be easier to banish a god than to face their inner demons.

I’m currently working on the next book in the series and struggled with the opening. Luckily I had dinner with two friends last night and we came up with a much better solution. Now I just need to watch some classic Hepburn/Tracy movies. Such a chore…;)

And of course I can’t leave you without a sexy shifter;).

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Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week!

From Prussia With Love Blog Tour

I am delighted to share with you that I have a blog tour for From Prussia With Love starting October 26th.

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I have a number of great stops filled with interviews, blog posts and fun details. There is also a give-away that you can enter.

Here are the stops:

October 26: Long and Short Reviews
October 27: Behind Closed Doors
October 27: Laurie’s Interviews and Reviews
October 28: The Buttontapper and an amazing review
October 29: Christine Young
October 30: BooksChatter
November 2: Megan Morgan
November 3: Erotica For All
November 4: Booklover Sue 
November 5: The Reading Addict
November 6: Romance Novel Giveaways 
November 9: Urban Girl Reader 
November 9: Dena Garson – Real… Hot… Romance
November 10: Musings and Ramblings
November 11: Reviews by Crystal 
November 12: Queen of the Night Reviews 
November 13: Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance to Make Your Heart Race

I hope you join me on this fun journey!

I’m very excited to share I moved into my condo last week and have barely made a dent into the unpacking, but am loving the new place. I am exhausted and dream of a day that involves nothing but sleeping, but that is not in my near future, so I just look around with a big grin on my face;D.

Happy Monday and have a fantastic week!

Weekend Writing Warriors-Blindsided Snippet 11

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m continuing with my WIP Blindsided. This is a few days after the last snippet, in which Jace picked up his stowaway dog from Ana at her office. Over the next few days Ana keeps thinking about Jace, but she’s growing more and more tense because her car is acting up and she’s hearing voices while driving, but there’s no one there. At work her files are acting up, not saving properly, but without rhyme or reason. Let’s just say she’s getting a little tense even when she’s doing her best not to let it affect her. And then she works late one night. We are in her point of view.

“After another day that resembled a marathon more than a workday and ended way after regular people’s bedtime—the compressed deadlines Book Lovers had were best described as challenging—she walked outside to her car.

Night had fallen, but the lamps scattered across the parking lot made her feel safe enough.

Or they did until light after light went dark.

She pulled her phone out of her pocket and dialed 9-1, ready to hit the final 1 at a moment’s notice.

A sound like footsteps echoed around her. She cursed her need to be healthy and to park at the far end of the lot to get some extra steps into her day. If she made it out of this she’ll join the gym and park right at the entrance.

Ana shoved her bags so they hung from her shoulder, held the phone in her left hand and moved her keys so one poked out between her fingers of her right hand like a dagger. Or rather like something that would hopefully hurt anyone stupid enough to attack her in sensitive places.

The steps behind her grew louder and heavier.”

What works, what doesn’t?

I’ll be around later in the day as I’m spending a lot of time at my new place and preparing things for it.

It was tight, but I still found some time to do research just for you guys;).

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Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week!

Weekend Writing Warriors-Blindsided Snippet 9

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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Now that From Prussia With Love (currently only $4,49 at Loose Id;) has been released into the wild, I’m back to my contemporary WIP, currently named Blindsided. We left off  here with Reacher, the dog, playing matchmaker and climbing into Ana’s backseat without her realising. She of course called Jace as soon as she could and he’s arrived at her office to pick up the dog. We’re in Ana’s POV.

“A moment later he strode up the stairs. Damn, she nearly swallowed her tongue-he’d been hot as hell in his overall, but now he wore a t-shirt with some rock band on the front and jeans old enough they followed every line of his magnificent body.

He came to a stop in front of her.

She stared.

“Ms. Marshall?”

“Yes?”

He raised his brows. “Where’s Reacher?”

Ana realized she was making a fool of herself and wanted to sink into the floor; instead she straightened her shoulders and smiled. “Please call me Ana,” she opened the door that had locked behind her when she’d stepped onto the landing, “as your dog’s kidnapper I think we should be on first name basis.”

What works, what doesn’t?

Happy Sunday, Happy Labour Day Weekend and have a fabulous week! And here is some more research:
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Weekend Writing Warriors-From Prussia With Love

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m taking a break from Blindsided to share a snippet from my latest steampunk release From Prussia With Love, book 1 in the Victoria’s Secret Agents series. It released this week (insert excited squee;). If you stop by my blog and share your favourite James Bond movie with me, you’ll be entered to win steampunk jewellery. Today is the final day of the contest.

This snippet is only a few paragraphs after last week’s. They have finished the tour of the cargo hold and Garrett asks Clara if she has seen enough and says she has. He’s intrigued and despite everything she’s said still a tad suspicious of her, but the tension between them approaches peak levels. We are in Garrett’s point of view and he speaks first.

“And was it everything you had hoped for?”

She captured his gaze with a sharp one of her own; then she examined her surroundings and chuckled. “It came close.”

Garrett crossed his arms over his chest and blocked the way. “Not good enough. I can’t let you out of here until we’ve fulfilled all your expectations.”

Even in the low light the green sparks in her eyes grew bolder.

His cock hardened further.

She licked her lips, raising his body temperature a few hundred degrees.

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Clara Redbeck has one goal: to prove to the sods at work—and to herself—that the best man for the job can be a woman. To do that, she must prevent a traitor from blowing London to bits. If only the dashing first mate of the dirigible she’d been tasked to plunder didn’t set her aflame.

Garrett Dewhurst has one goal: to execute the coup of a lifetime. His plans do not include a spanking dalliance with the most intriguing woman he has ever met.

With each encounter, the fire between them burns hotter and their need grows stronger. Finally, the cramped cabin aboard the Bismarck becomes their intimate playground, where Garrett introduces Clara to the pleasure of submission and they explore their passion in every way possible.

Clara and Garrett want a future together, but each holds a secret that if revealed could cost them everything. When danger closes in, they have to choose between protecting themselves or the whole of London.

I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous week.

Happy Writing!

Weekend Writing Warriors-Blindsided Snippet 8

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m now calling this story Blindsided, but it will be only a working title. There are a number of books already released with this sane title;). This snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. Ana has left Jace’s garage after he (hopefully) fixed her car. As much as she enjoys his presence she doesn’t plan to see him again until she discovers that Reacher, Jace’s dog, has stowed away in her car. She phoned Jace to let him know. The last line was “I have Reacher.” We’re in her point of view.

“Silence echoed across the phone line.

“Not sure how, but he must have climbed into the backseat while we were at the office. I didn’t know he was there until I opened the back door to grab my stuff and he slobbered his kisses all over me.”

His stillness took on a different tenor. Where before it had reverberated with demand and a touch of accusation—and damn did he know how to wield silence—it now grew more relaxed. “He’s never gone for a ride with someone like that; Reacher must really like you.”

She stroked the dog’s head and he groaned with delight. “That goes both ways; I am very sorry I didn’t check my backseat before I left.”

His shrug practically transferred through the line. “Things happen-do you want me to come and get him?”

What works, what doesn’t?

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week! And here is some more research:

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Weekend Writing Warriors-Blindsided WIP Snippet 7

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m now calling this story Blindsided, but it will be only a working title. There are a number of books already released with this sane title;). This snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. Ana has left Jace’s garage after he (hopefully) fixed her car. As much as she enjoys his presence she doesn’t plan to see him again until she discovers that Reacher, Jace’s dog, has stowed away in her car. Her work has a “take the dog to work” policy, so she takes Reacher inside and phones Jace. We are in Ana’s point of view.

“She turned on her computer and dug out the slightly crinkled invoice and stroked across the wrinkles in an attempt to flatten it. She picked up the receiver and took a deep breath before dialing the number on the invoice.

“Yeah?”

She had to bite her tongue not to giggle like a demented teenager with a huge crush. “Mr. Deegan?”

“That’s me.”

“This is Ana Marshall. I was at your garage this morning.”

“I remember.” His impatience practically jumped through the phone.

“I have Reacher,” she blurted out.”

What works, what doesn’t?

For this draft the dog will continue as Reacher.

I’ll be around a little bit later today as I am going to a couple of open houses. I’m looking to buy my first home, so now I need to have a look around and get an idea of what is out there. Exciting and terrifying at the same time:).

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week! And here is some more research:

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Weekend Writing Warriors-New WIP Snippet 6

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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I’m now calling this story Blindsided, but it will be only a working title. There are a number of books already released with this sane title;). This snippet comes a little bit after the last one. Ana has left Jace’s garage after he (hopefully) fixed her car. As much as she enjoys his presence she doesn’t plan to see him again. We are in Ana’s point of view.

“She exhaled, climbed out of her car and opened the back door to grab her bag. And nearly screamed when a friendly black face pushed into her space and licked across her cheek. Ana jumped back, hands before her. “Reacher! What the hell are you doing here?”

Of course he gave her no answer other than trying to kiss her some more and a tail that wagged so hard his whole backside wiggled. She shook her head and checked the parking lot. No other cars. She opened the door fully, giving him the room to jump down. “Come on, boy. We better call your dad before he freaks out with worry.”

What works, what doesn’t?

For now the dog will be Reacher, but I’ll probably change that. I just need to wait until I know what I’m doing with Jace’s favourite authors: make some up or use real ones.

Nationals in New York were fabulous. Exhausting and draining, but fabulous nonetheless. I love New York, so it’s always fun to spend time there.

I’ve been working on proofs for my upcoming steampunk release, so once they are done I’ll have to switch gears and get my head back to contemporary hunks. I stumbled across this and definitely agree.

Happy Sunday and have a fabulous week!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-New WIP Snippet 4

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors, the perfect place to discover new authors and fall in love with their writing. Each Sunday we share 8 to 10 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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The new story so far has no title and no blurb. This snippet is a page or two after last week’s. Ana needed help with her car and Jace agreed to look at it that afternoon, but when he realized she needed the car he checked it out right then and there. He found something that could have been the cause of the red light and fixes it. I thought after spending some time with Jace we should hang out with Ana for a bit and see her response to Jace. She’s just left the garage and hopes the problem has been dealt with, once and for all. We are in Ana’s point of view.

“Maybe a tiny bit of a shame as out of all the garages she’d been to and all the mechanics she’d spoken to in the last couple of weeks Jace Deegan definitely stood out. He was big. She stood at five nine and he still towered over her. And even in his overall he was ripped. He’d look fabulous on the front cover of one the romance novels she bought for her day job. Maybe with a shoulder holsters over his bare chest. Or, even better, his overall curled up around his waist, his chest gleaming with sweat and a touch of grease, and a wrench or whatever a mechanic holds in his hand.

No face because readers wanted to use their own imagination for the hero, which in this instance would be a real shame as his face matched his body. She had a feeling his shoulder-length blond hair would turn lighter once the sun came out. And those green eyes-Ana sighed.”

What works, what doesn’t?

The PanAm Games have come to Toronto. Usually I would avoid downtown like the plague but it’s a friend’s birthday, so I will brave the masses. At least the Games mean that all public transport will actually be running.

And of course some more inspiration…

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