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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!

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Weekend Writing Warriors-It’s huge!

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 with you a snippet from my upcoming steampunk release From Prussia With Love, book 1 in the Victoria’s Secret Agents series. Yes, I went there;). The last time you saw Clara and Garrett she had been working on getting a tour of the cargo hold so she could continue her investigation. He had been intrigued and a tad suspicious of her, but after showing her around every part of the dirigible-and their flirting reached peak levels-he finally takes her to the cargo hold. We are in Garrett’s point of view.

“Skids of boxes and crates were stacked back-to-back with limited space between them, just enough to walk through; a few lamps scattered through the length of the hold offered dim light that barely showed them the back wall. He picked up a steam torch which came to life in his hand with a click and a whirr. “Is it everything you’d expected?”

She moved past him, turning as much as the narrow space permitted; her gaze roved about the vast hold. “It’s so big,” her words were a breathy whisper, “It’s huge.” Her eyes sparkled with the mischief he’d come to enjoy during their exchange.

“It is indeed quite large. In fact, the more you…explore, the bigger you’ll find it.”

He bit his tongue to suppress his laughter at the look she threw him, but it became more and more difficult when her lips twitched. “I’m sure you’ll be only too happy to show me,” she said.”

From Prussia With Love releases August 25th from Loose Id. April Martinez has done another wonderful job with the cover. See of you can find the clockwork mouse.

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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’ll be around a little later today as my day is jam-packed (or maybe it is marmalade-packed;). I hope you have a wonderful day and a fabulous week.

Happy Writing!

Weekend Writing Warriors-Tangled Shadows Snippet 7

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet is the last from Tangled Shadows, book 1 in the Celestial Surrender series. Nikolai and Galen came looking for Brooke because they believe she has information that will save the galaxy. When they couldn’t read her mind as expected they set scruples aside and followed their intense attraction. After a night of unimaginable pleasure they leave the planet while she’s asleep, basically kidnapping her. Now they have to face the music. Brooke is the first one speaking. If you’d like to read more about what happens in the bar read the excerpt here. Inventive punctuation;).

“Why the Jade are we in hyperspace?”

Nikolai saw the storm brewing behind her eyes; she was not a happy Space Cadet; he stroked his hand down Galen’s shoulder and took a step toward the woman who had hit both of them in the heart, “Milaya, sit down and let us explain.”

“I don’t want to sit, I want you to turn this rust bucket around and take me back to Teren.”

“Easy, no maligning the Mercy,” Nikolai wanted to bite his tongue; his instinctive response to calling his beloved ship a rust bucket was not the best way to deal with her justifiable anger.

“I’m more than happy to leave your stupid boat alone, as soon as you take me back,” she clenched her fists, her body stiff.

“We can’t,” Galen’s words stopped her in her tracks.

Brooke studied them with a narrowed gaze, their seriousness sunk in and some of her belligerence drained away, “Where are you taking me?”

“The Hamil Quadrant,” Galen replied.”

Next week I can start sharing snippets from my new release Danger by Dalliance. *Squee! Jumps! Claps!*

Real Life is still a walk on a tightrope. Fingers crossed I can keep my balance. I am giving away a Deco Steampunk Necklace here to celebrate the upcoming release of Danger by Dalliance. Chances are very, very good at the moment;).

Have a wonderful Sunday and a fabulous week. Let’s hope for sunshine and spring;). As always, Happy Writing!

tangledshadows_msr.jpgAfter losing not only her ship but also three days of her memory in a freak explosion, Space Captain Brooke Deverell wants only to forget her troubles for one amazing night and fulfill her wildest fantasy.

She gets that and more from Vampire Nikolai and ArchNaema Galen. The men have long been lovers and welcome her into their world of extraordinary sensuality. For one blissful night, Brooke believes she’s found her soul mates—but her happiness is short lived when she realizes she’s actually been kidnapped. The men hunted her down under the assumption she sold her crew and human cargo to Feral Vampires as blood slaves.

After realizing her amnesia is real and of a paranormal nature, they find themselves at an impasse. To prevent a galaxy-wide war they must work together. The three discover their sensual partnership can heal her mind. But for a complete and successful union, Brooke has to decide if she can forgive the initial deception and open her heart to the two men who stir her blood.

You can buy Tangled Shadows from amazon, Ellora’s Cave or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Tangled Shadows Snippet 6

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. It is still from Tangled Shadows, book 1 in the Celestial Surrender series. Nikolai and Galen came looking for Brooke with a plan in mind, but were forced to adjust that plan when they couldn’t read her thoughts. They have teased Brooke across the bar with glances and suggestions, giving their combined power time to sink into her. Now they are at her table and trying to seduce her…If you’d like to read more about what happens in the bar read the excerpt here.

“Brooke burnt from the inside. It was as if solar flares flashed through her, racing from one end of her body to the other. And he only looked at her.

She studied the male gods in front of her “Company?”

For a second she imagined what it would feel like to actually be touched by Nikolai and Galen. They would help her forget her worries for a few hours-guaranteed; shame they didn’t play for the right team.

Nikolai’s grin turned wicked. “What do you think, Galen, have we hit on something here?”

I am still waiting for my cover for Sexy Steampunk 2. Fingers crossed I will have it next week, so I can share that and a snippet with you. Real Life has been completely crazy and some bad news took the feet out form under me for a moment. Luckily I have good balance and I am working my way back to standing straight;).

Have a wonderful Sunday and a fabulous week, hopefully filled with enough spring sunshine so I can finally retire my hat and gloves. As always, Happy Writing!

tangledshadows_msr.jpgAfter losing not only her ship but also three days of her memory in a freak explosion, Space Captain Brooke Deverell wants only to forget her troubles for one amazing night and fulfill her wildest fantasy.

She gets that and more from Vampire Nikolai and ArchNaema Galen. The men have long been lovers and welcome her into their world of extraordinary sensuality. For one blissful night, Brooke believes she’s found her soul mates—but her happiness is short lived when she realizes she’s actually been kidnapped. The men hunted her down under the assumption she sold her crew and human cargo to Feral Vampires as blood slaves.

After realizing her amnesia is real and of a paranormal nature, they find themselves at an impasse. To prevent a galaxy-wide war they must work together. The three discover their sensual partnership can heal her mind. But for a complete and successful union, Brooke has to decide if she can forgive the initial deception and open her heart to the two men who stir her blood.

You can buy Tangled Shadows from amazon, Ellora’s Cave or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Tangled Shadows Snippet 5

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. It is still from Tangled Shadows, book 1 in the Celestial Surrender series. We discovered last week that Nikolai and Galen had an ulterior motive for seeing out Brooke, but now they are about to run into a spot of trouble…

“Nikolai froze, can you get in her head?

Galen tried to gently enter Brooke’s consciousness, but came up against a wall. It was as if she had an iridium shield where most humans had no protection.

What the fuck happened? Nikolai asked. Humans don’t have these kinds of shields.

Galen paused. This made their plan more difficult, but they’d adjust. The way she appeared to respond to their presence? They could use that to their advantage; finding answers was too important to have scruples.”

Sexy Steampunk 2 is done and now has a publication date: April 16th! Talk about scrambling to get things set up in time. I am checking my email every two seconds for the cover. I have discovered it is just a little difficult to organise marketing without a book cover;). I am starting to make progress with Tangled Redemption, book 4 in the Celestial Surrender series…slowly, but steadily;).

Have a wonderful Sunday and a fabulous week. As always, Happy Writing!

tangledshadows_msr.jpgAfter losing not only her ship but also three days of her memory in a freak explosion, Space Captain Brooke Deverell wants only to forget her troubles for one amazing night and fulfill her wildest fantasy.

She gets that and more from Vampire Nikolai and ArchNaema Galen. The men have long been lovers and welcome her into their world of extraordinary sensuality. For one blissful night, Brooke believes she’s found her soul mates—but her happiness is short lived when she realizes she’s actually been kidnapped. The men hunted her down under the assumption she sold her crew and human cargo to Feral Vampires as blood slaves.

After realizing her amnesia is real and of a paranormal nature, they find themselves at an impasse. To prevent a galaxy-wide war they must work together. The three discover their sensual partnership can heal her mind. But for a complete and successful union, Brooke has to decide if she can forgive the initial deception and open her heart to the two men who stir her blood.

You can buy Tangled Shadows from amazon, Ellora’s Cave or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Tangled Shadows Snippte 4

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. It is still from Tangled Shadows, book 1 in the Celestial Surrender series. We’re leaving Brooke’s point of view and are now seeing her from Galen’s. The two men may have some ulterior motive for being where they are…

She reminds me of an Amazon, Galen Kinvin thought when he caught sight of Brooke Deverell. They’d had pictures of her, but none had showed her vitality or the spine- tingling energy she exuded.

The way she leaned back in her chair showed her long body to its best advantage. Her butt-long, chocolate-brown hair had been tied into thin braids and he had to restrain his hands from reaching out. He could discern the skeletory cyborg implants, but she had more than enough curves to make exploring her body a pleasure feast for the senses.

His blood pumped faster, most of it going south; Nikolai stood so close, he felt bathed in his lover’s heat, which didn’t help keep his arousal contained.

Pity she’s involved in this, otherwise we could’ve combined our work with some fun, Nikolai said to Galen through their mindlink. Despite having been together for decades, the intimacy of Nikolai’s voice in his head caused a little shiver of pleasure.”

The day job has sucked up most of my week and most of my brain this week. I am still working on the final read-through of Sexy Steampunk 2, but hope to have that back to my editor next week. It all depends on how long it takes me to write the blurb. Give me a synopsis any day…

Have a wonderful Sunday and a fabulous week. As always, Happy Writing!

tangledshadows_msr.jpgAfter losing not only her ship but also three days of her memory in a freak explosion, Space Captain Brooke Deverell wants only to forget her troubles for one amazing night and fulfill her wildest fantasy.

She gets that and more from Vampire Nikolai and ArchNaema Galen. The men have long been lovers and welcome her into their world of extraordinary sensuality. For one blissful night, Brooke believes she’s found her soul mates—but her happiness is short lived when she realizes she’s actually been kidnapped. The men hunted her down under the assumption she sold her crew and human cargo to Feral Vampires as blood slaves.

After realizing her amnesia is real and of a paranormal nature, they find themselves at an impasse. To prevent a galaxy-wide war they must work together. The three discover their sensual partnership can heal her mind. But for a complete and successful union, Brooke has to decide if she can forgive the initial deception and open her heart to the two men who stir her blood.

You can buy Tangled Shadows from amazon, Ellora’s Cave or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Tangled Shadows Snippet 3

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet comes a little bit after last week’s. It is still from Tangled Shadows, book 1 in the Celestial Surrender series. Brooke is following the progress of two very attractive men across the bar while taking a com message. The two guys are incredibly attractive and keep distracting her. But then she makes a discovery.

“Galen winked at her. He turned to Nikolai and said something.

Nikolai threw back his head and laughed. He flashed fangs.

Jade, he’s a Vampire. No wonder everything in her stood at attention. Vampires had a reputation for sexual magnetism all across the universe.

She looked at the smiling Galen; nope, no sign of fangs, but he radiated power.”

I am still neck-deep in the edits for Sexy Steampunk 2 and in the back of my mind am mulling over Tangled Redemption. Now if there were just a few more hours in the day…

Have a wonderful Sunday and a fabulous week. As always, Happy Writing!

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After losing not only her ship but also three days of her memory in a freak explosion, Space Captain Brooke Deverell wants only to forget her troubles for one amazing night and fulfill her wildest fantasy.

She gets that and more from Vampire Nikolai and ArchNaema Galen. The men have long been lovers and welcome her into their world of extraordinary sensuality. For one blissful night, Brooke believes she’s found her soul mates—but her happiness is short lived when she realizes she’s actually been kidnapped. The men hunted her down under the assumption she sold her crew and human cargo to Feral Vampires as blood slaves.

After realizing her amnesia is real and of a paranormal nature, they find themselves at an impasse. To prevent a galaxy-wide war they must work together. The three discover their sensual partnership can heal her mind. But for a complete and successful union, Brooke has to decide if she can forgive the initial deception and open her heart to the two men who stir her blood.

You can buy Tangled Shadows from amazon, Ellora’s Cave or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Tangled Shadows Snippet 2

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today’s snippet immediately follows last week’s from the opening of Tangled Shadows, book 1 in the Celestial Surrender series. Brooke is following the progress of two very attractive men across the bar…

“The taller of the man candy raised his hand in a wave. He leaned back, gently kissed his partner on the lips and said, “Give me a minute, Nikolai,” before striding over to the other pilot. His smooth voice carried easily above the low hum of talk. He navigated the uneven splintered floors with a sleek grace that made Brooke drool just the tiniest bit.

Their kiss caused her to sigh with disappointment, but she could still appreciate.

She studied him from under her lashes, while pulling her comp off the heavy belt that separated the tight synth-shirt and pants to check her messages. She needed a job. If her M-box stayed empty, she’d be in trouble soon. Word of The Debacle during her last job had travelled.”

I have received my edits for Sexy Steampunk 2, so I am hoping to share it with you soon.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a fabulous week. As always, Happy Writing!

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After losing not only her ship but also three days of her memory in a freak explosion, Space Captain Brooke Deverell wants only to forget her troubles for one amazing night and fulfill her wildest fantasy.

She gets that and more from Vampire Nikolai and ArchNaema Galen. The men have long been lovers and welcome her into their world of extraordinary sensuality. For one blissful night, Brooke believes she’s found her soul mates—but her happiness is short lived when she realizes she’s actually been kidnapped. The men hunted her down under the assumption she sold her crew and human cargo to Feral Vampires as blood slaves.

After realizing her amnesia is real and of a paranormal nature, they find themselves at an impasse. To prevent a galaxy-wide war they must work together. The three discover their sensual partnership can heal her mind. But for a complete and successful union, Brooke has to decide if she can forgive the initial deception and open her heart to the two men who stir her blood.

You can buy Tangled Shadows from amazon, Ellora’s Cave or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Tangled Shadows Snippet 1

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating. better-wewriwa

Today I am sharing the opening to Tangled Shadows, book 1 in the Celestial Surrender series.

Hot Jade, somebody broke the mold after creating those two.

Brooke Deverell slouched in her chair and admired the man candy who walked into the bar. Her hormones sat up and danced, telling her it had been far too long since she’d had anything other than solar-powered toys between her legs.

The bar had seen better days, but that was the norm for a remote outpost like Teren. Smoke and the scent of cheap meat cooking hung in the air like a wet blanket. A handful of customers sat scattered throughout the dimly lit, one-room building, the majority of them pilots and mercenaries taking a quick break for refueling. One youngster, judging by the way he threw his credits around to entice enthusiasm out of the bored street courtesans, had just gotten paid.

Three men sat around a table close to the entrance, opposite from Brooke, dressed in flight suits scarred by experiences and battles, carrying their weapons in the open; one of the mercenaries called out, “Galen.”

I am currently working on Tangled Redemption, the fourth and final book in the Celestial Surrender series. It is fun to dive back into my sci-fi world after spending a lot of time in steampunk London. At the moment all my characters are somewhat prickly, but I am hoping once I get a little deeper into the story they will start to talk to me.

Have a wonderful Sunday and a fabulous week. As always, Happy Writing!

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After losing not only her ship but also three days of her memory in a freak explosion, Space Captain Brooke Deverell wants only to forget her troubles for one amazing night and fulfill her wildest fantasy.

She gets that and more from Vampire Nikolai and ArchNaema Galen. The men have long been lovers and welcome her into their world of extraordinary sensuality. For one blissful night, Brooke believes she’s found her soul mates—but her happiness is short lived when she realizes she’s actually been kidnapped. The men hunted her down under the assumption she sold her crew and human cargo to Feral Vampires as blood slaves.

After realizing her amnesia is real and of a paranormal nature, they find themselves at an impasse. To prevent a galaxy-wide war they must work together. The three discover their sensual partnership can heal her mind. But for a complete and successful union, Brooke has to decide if she can forgive the initial deception and open her heart to the two men who stir her blood.

You can buy Tangled Shadows from amazon, Ellora’s Cave or Kobo.

Weekend Writing Warriors-Rescue by Ruin Snippet 9

Welcome to the Weekend Writing Warriors. Each Sunday we share 8 sentences from a current or finished manuscript. Click here for the rest of the amazing writers participating.

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Today I have the final snippet from Rescue by Ruin, a Victorian steampunk story. Bea and Vaughn escaped the AirPirates and Lord Waldon and withdrew to Vaughn’s house where they shared some alone time. They were just getting to the juicy bits when they are interrupted by Gerrard, the butler.

“Sir, it appears that your expectations were indeed correct. Lord Waldon decided to visit, but due to the late hour he chose to come through the back door and be accompanied by four automatons; rather large automatons.”

Vaughn came to attention. “Are you and the rest of the staff all right?” Bea came to stand beside him; he held the receiver so she could hear what Gerrard had to say.

“Certainly, sir, the rest of the staff has left and your AetherBomb worked just as you planned. No machinery works inside the radius. It is as if an invisible shield surrounds me; two of his Lordship’s automatons attempted to come through, but just froze and then deactivated.” 

Happy Sunday and Happy Writing.

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Forced to marry a violent man, Beatrice knows only one way out—ruin her reputation. She climbs aboard the Venia, a dirigible of ill repute, for a masquerade. Bea does not expect to run into Vaughn Kemple, the third Duke of Missenden, who eight months ago left her without an explanation. Feeling secure behind her mask, she decides Vaughn will be the one to ruin her. She may not get to spend forever with this man she still loves, but at least she can have one night of pleasure.

But a mask is not enough to hide her identity. Vaughn recognizes Bea, shocked to find her aboard an airship where sexual freedom isn’t just a thought, it’s celebrated. But her actions are far from innocent. Captivated, he’s determined to make her his.

The heat between them flares, but Vaughn is torn between desire and honor. Bea is afraid to risk her heart on a man she can’t trust. And when her future husband arrives on the scene, it’s more than their hearts in danger.

Buy it from Ellora’s Cave, Amazon or Kobo.

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