Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance Author
Good evening, minions! No, I am not getting plastic surgery. I just wanted to stop in super-fast to let you all know that my site is going through a quick remodel tonight, so it will be a useless pile of digi-mush for a brief period of time. I am re-working some of the setup to include my Demon Legacy series, my planned Killer Instinct series, and an “other” section for the short stories I have been writing. I am also moving the blog section to the front page for easier viewing.
Anyway, it’s going to be a hot mess for a few hours, but I will let you all know when it’s back up and running, all proper and shit.
See you soon!
Good morning, minions!! Ok, I mentioned this on my check in post and the day has come!!!
As part of the kick off day for the All Hallows Eve Indies Tour, I worked with the super-awesome Laura from Little Read Riding Hood to co-write a short story! It’s only about 1700 words so it literally takes about 3 minutes to read the whole thing.
The way we did it was I would write a piece of it, she would add to that, then I would add, then she would add, and so on. We did this until the story came to what we felt was a natural ending. I loved it! This was so much fun and I am looking forward to doing it again someday!
You can go read the story by CLICKING HERE. That link brings you directly to the story post. And, please, comment and let us know what you think!
For the All Hallows Eve Indies Tour, we are doing a big giveaway!! You can enter right on Little Read Riding Hood’s post!
Another one of my reviews from PT! I had the honor of reading an advanced copy of Anne Rice’s The Wolves of Midwinter (Wolf Gift Chronicles #2) and man, what an absolutley beautiful story!!! – Jena
The tale of THE WOLF GIFT continues . . .
In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction” —Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting and suspense” —Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post), readers were spellbound as Rice imagined a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.
Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice brings us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point—to further explore the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.
The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide. For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other . . . as he soon becomes aware that the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals, are also celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep within Nideck forest.
From out of the shadows of the exquisite mansion comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence and the preparations for the Nideck town Christmas reach a fever pitch, astonishing secrets are revealed, secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits—centuries old—who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers . . .
It’s been a while since I did any sort of real check in, so I figured, what better time than now!
I have been busy on so many fronts it is ridiculous!
First, The Devil You Know is still holding strong on the charts. It’s dropped a little bit, but not too much. As of right now, it is STILL on the best seller list for its genre, so THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!! The book is doing so much better than I had ever imagined!!!
Second, Speak of the Devil is officially a work in progress!!! I started writing little bits here and there a few weeks ago, and now I am writing more and more. I am going to put in some serious laptop time this weekend and again next weekend. I am hoping (you can’t see it but I am knocking on wood right now) to have a first draft complete by the end of October. The plan is to have the first round of editing done in November, at which point I will decide on a firm release date.
Third, I organized an urban fantasy/paranormal short story anthology! The anthology will be titled The Stroke of Midnight: A Supernatural New Year’s Anthology. We have a total of 19 authors including myself. Those 19 authors will turn out a total of 18 UF/P short stories (one of the stories is co-written between 2 authors) that all take place on New Year’s Eve. I have included a graphic here so you can see the list of authors. My short story will actually be the as-yet-untitled Demon Legacy #1.5. The story will take place between The Devil You Know (DL#1) and Speak of the Devil (DL #2).
Fourth (this list is getting a little wordy, yeah?), I will be sure to post the link once it’s live but… I am participating in the All Hallows Eve Indies Tour – a tour for urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors to celebrate the best holiday ever – HALLOWEEN. On one of the two stops I am the feature for, the blogger (Little Read Riding Hood) and I are co-writing a short story. It has nothing to do with the Demon Legacy series, but it’s going to be super fun!
That’s about it for now. I will be swinging by the Facebook page more often as I write, so feel free to hit me up here or there.
Talk to you all again soon!
Good morning minions!! Today, I am sharing another review I wrote over on Pure Textuality. This one actually comes with a big congrats to my friend and author Jocelyn Stover! Today is the release day for her second book in the Wanderer series, A Step Away! Along with my review is also a review by Ginny Lurcock, another one of my best friends, a freaktastic author, and reviewer at PT. She and I both loved the book! If you like urban fantasy and paranormal romance, this is a GREAT series! There’s an excerpt included so you can get a little taste! – Jena
“Time…such a cruel mistress of fate. What we do with ours can either enrich our lives or destroy them, and we mortals never seem to have enough. The right time, our time, was too little and over much too quickly.”
When Gwen turns her back on a set of smoldering amber eyes in favor of a crystal blue pair, her plan is to sever all ties with the Wanderers. Her goodbye is short lived; however, when the investigation into Preston-Ward Pharmaceuticals reveals a powerful sylph has escaped. When Gwen is drawn back into the Wanderer brotherhood for her own protection she discovers she can no longer bury her feelings for Kade or ignore the growing gulf between her and Ben. As the unrelenting hunt for their ancient enemy heats up, Gwen’s attempt to straddle two worlds becomes tedious. She must choose, but when nephilim mysteriously begin to disappear her time may be up.