Hello, my friends. In two short weeks FOR WITCH OR FOR POORER, book 5 in my paranormal wedding planner series will release.
I’m excited about this book, because it centers around Giz, our tech wizard on the team who has some secrets of his own that he’s been keeping. I’m excited to share his story and happy-ever-after with you.
So to prepare for the upcoming release, I’m sharing an excerpt with you today. Are you ready?
Giz watched his teammates in amusement. If anyone saw them now, they would question how the five of them worked for the Tribunal, keeping peace between the various supernatural factions as well as hiding their existence from humans.
They were an interesting bunch. Devin was an elf and their team leader. He had recruited Connor and Jack for the team. They were twin werewolves who had run the Elf Forest as children with wild abandon along with Devin. Devin had also recruited Charlie, a sea nymph and former SEAL for the team. Charlie then dragged Giz on the team after they served together in the Navy. Of course, Charlie was the kick-butt-and-take-names guy, and Giz the backroom tech guy on the SEAL team and, come to think of it, on this team, as well.
Today, Devin had brought the team together for a very important project. One they were failing quite spectacularly at.
“Connor, you’re putting it on backward!” Devin growled.
“No, I’m not. It has to slide up and down in the front.”
“Exactly. Try and slide it.”
Connor pulled on the wood slats and they wouldn’t budge. “Shit.”
“Where did the instructions go?” Jack asked.
“I can’t find them,” Devin said.
Charlie leaned his tall frame down into the large cardboard box, throwing Styrofoam out of the way. “Oh, for Fates sake. There has to be a set of instructions in here somewhere.”
Giz shook his head. How many supernatural did it take to put together a baby crib? Devin and his wife Alex were expecting their first child in a few short weeks. A baby the team and their mates were all anxious to meet. The fact he or she would be the first elf-faerie-human baby, just added more tension for the already nervous father. Not something Giz would be telling Devin anytime soon.
Charlie stood up with a booklet clutched in his hand. “Found it!”
Devin held up his hands as if giving a speech. “Guys, we can’t screw this up. When we bought the crib, Alex asked me if we needed to pay the extra money for assembly.”
“The correct answer should have been yes,” Charlie responded, his lips quirking up into a grin.
“Yeah,” Jack said. “And what’s this ‘we can’t screw this up’ business. It’s not our fault you insisted you could put this together.”
“Do you honestly think Alex is going to let me live this down? And by extension, do you think-” Devin looked at Charlie, “your wife, Sheila.” He turned to Jack, “or your wife, Julia,” and then Devin glared at Connor, “or your mate, Olivia, is going to cut you any slack?”
For once, Giz was relieved he didn’t have a mate. He chuckled and regretted it instantly when four sets of eyes narrowed on him.
“What are you laughing at?” Devin asked.
“Yeah,” Connor and Jack said at the same time.
Charlie waved the instructions at him. “Why don’t you use your magic and put this together, oh wise and powerful warlock?”
Giz’s humor seeped away at the words. He would not be using his magic to put together the crib. Time to deflect. “Do you think Alex would let you live down me using my magic? That’s cheating. Give me the instructions and I’ll tell you doofuses how to put it together the right way.”
They groaned, and he held out his hand until Charlie passed him the booklet. “Quit whining. We have to put the changing table together after this. I would like to finish before midnight.”
They grudgingly got to work after Giz scanned the instructions and had them sort the pieces into piles. Giz was good at schematics and code and all things tech-oriented. The crib started to take shape under his direction. There would be no magical intervention. And he wouldn’t be sharing why.
He barely used his magic now. He relied on it only when absolutely necessary for their job, and more so to detect magic and put a stop to it. He was closer to the four men in this room than anyone else, but he couldn’t bring himself to tell them the truth. Even though they all had their own set of innate powers, magic could be more of a problem than an easy solution.
He could attest to that.
Connor’s phone rang and he checked the screen. “It’s Sully.”
Giz reached for the legs Connor had been holding so Charlie could continue attaching the frame to them.
“What’s up?” Connor said. He listened for a moment and frowned.
Giz hoped nothing had happened with the pack. There had been enough upheaval recently, they didn’t need more drama.
“Yeah, Jack and I will come see you this afternoon,” Connor glanced at Giz. “He’s with me right now. Hold on, I’ll ask. Are you free this afternoon?”
“We’ll see you at three.”
“What did Sullivan want?” Jack asked.
“The new head of pack security is putting in some updated security measures. He would like Giz to review them with him.”
“Is there a new threat he’s worried about?” Devin asked.
Connor put his phone back in his pocket. “Nothing specific he said over the phone, but if there is, Jack and I can get it out of him this afternoon.”
Giz didn’t like the nervous ripples running down his spine. His grandmother used to call it his witch sense. He didn’t ignore it since it usually meant something important was going to happen – good or bad – he didn’t know, but what he did know was it couldn’t be ignored.
So what do you think? Is Giz going to end up in trouble???
It’s hard to believe FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF released a week ago. I’ve loved sharing the teasers with you and hearing from readers who are enjoying Connor and Olivia’s story.
Connor is a twin and when I wrote his brother Jack’s story, Connor played front and center in that story and his character spoke to me. When I wrote ‘the end’ to Jack’s story. I knew without a doubt that Connor would be next.
But who would I pair him up with? His polar opposite, of course. And it came to me like a thunderbolt when I was writing a poignant scene with Dr. Jennings, the psychiatrist who had been a secondary character up to this point. She seemed so put together. What if I delved into her life more? Why did she become a psychiatrist? And how in the world would she work with perpetual playboy Connor?
You’ll have to read the book to find out 🙂
I’ll share one more teaser with you to celebrate.
Next week, we’re going to talk about the book 5, which will be out on October 14th! Yay!!!!
It’s finally release day, my friends! FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, book 4 in my paranormal wedding planner series is out in the world. I am so excited to share Connor and Olivia’s story with you. I knew when I wrote TO HAVE AND TO HOWL which was Jack’s story, that people would get to know his twin, Connor, as well.
And boy did you!
So it was only fair that Connor got his own book and his own Happy Ever After, right? Of course, I’m not making it easy for him to get there. I mean, what would be the fun in that?
Release day would not be release day if I didn’t take my ‘kickbutt writer princess’ picture! So as you can see, I have my ‘priceless’ tiara sitting firmly atop my head! I am also going to continue with this fantasy and say that I am sitting on my throne and not the rocking chair on my front porch…
I hope you enjoy the story. Please note that you can read FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF as a standalone, but it’s also fun to read from the beginning – your choice 🙂
Olivia is a psychiatrist who follows the rules. Connor is a werewolf who breaks them. Polar opposites except for one thing. Neither are looking for a relationship. But Fate decides to intervene in a spectacular way. And there is no fighting fate…
In one week, FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF will release. I can’t wait for you all to read Connor’s story. Connor is one of the werewolf twins and he is such a fun character, I think you will really enjoy him. And Olivia is such a great foil for him!
With 7 days until the release, I thought we would celebrate this week with some teasers and a book sale! Look out for the teasers later this week, but the book sale is running now. TO HAVE AND TO HOWL, book three in my wedding planners series is on sale for a limited time at 99 cents.
HOWL is the story of second love. I have a special place in my heart for this couple. It features Jack who is Connor’s twin. So even though the books in this series are all standalone, it’s fun to read the other twin’s story as well.
Check it out below…
TO HAVE AND TO HOWL – 99 Cents for a Limited Time!
Law means following the rules. Love means breaking them.
Julia Cole is a lawyer on a mission. After three long years, her husband’s murderers have been convicted. Until their leader breaks out of magically-strengthened, impossible-to-break-handcuffs in the courtroom, that is. Someone is helping them. And that someone is threatening Julia. But she will not back down from them or the man tasked to protect her…a man who scrambles her long-buried emotions.
Jack Dawson is a werewolf with a secret. One that could change his life forever. But his problems have to take a back seat while he protects Julia. He can’t afford to let down his guard—against the evil forces threatening Julia, against his growing feelings for her, fighting to be heard, and against his secret—which could destroy everything.
Can Julia and Jack finally let go of their pasts and begin a new happy ever after together?
Forgive me for posting my weekly blog a day late, my friends. But I think it was worth the wait and I hope you do too!
A few weeks ago, I shared my cover of FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF, the fourth book in my wedding planner series that is releasing on September 16th. Today I am actually going to share the next cover in the series! FOR WITCH OR FOR POOR is releasing on October 14th and is now available for preorder as well.
Check out the cover and blurb below…
For Witch or For Poorer – Book 5 in the Paranormal Wedding Planner Series!
When magic isn’t so magical.
A lonely wolf. Maeve Callahan has never had a true family to call her own. Recently adopted into the West Coast pack, she will do anything to stop her past from destroying her newly found brothers. Unfortunately, the evil wolf who raised her and a vengeful coven have other plans. When a warlock is called in to help, Maeve’s instant attraction to him couldn’t be worse timing.
A power-shy warlock. Giz Kelly does not cast spells. Period. His father taught him the hard way that magic can destroy the people you love. But when the supernatural team he works for gets called in to help the pack, he finds himself breaking his vow in order to protect Maeve.
When the coven attacks and lives are at stake, can Maeve and Giz embrace their powers to save the pack and each other? And in doing so realize that love can be the greatest magic of all?
So what do you think???? I love the kitties myself 🙂
It’s hard to believe that FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF will be out in five weeks! I shared the cover and blurb with you a couple weeks ago, and I thought you might want to actually get a sneak peek of it by reading an excerpt. So, check it out below…
“Relationship” is not a four-letter word.
Connor Dawson’s wolf wanted out—bad. But the hairy dude would just have to wait a bit. Lately his animal side had been getting more and more riled up, and nothing seemed to appease him. But then Connor wouldn’t exactly say he had been feeling very appeased lately, either.
It didn’t help that the sun would soon be setting and tonight was a full moon. Unlike the stereotype, werewolves didn’t turn into uncontrollable beasts under the full moon. But the moon did call to his inner Fido rather loudly. And since Connor had a case, Fido needed to chill.
Connor was part of an unofficial law enforcement team tasked with ensuring paranormals didn’t kill each other or, at the very least, didn’t clue humans in to the fact they exist. And while humans thought vamps and werewolves were cool in the Hollywood sense, in reality there were a lot more to keep quiet about—elves, faeries, nymphs, witches, gargantuans, vampires, gargoyles, shifters, scores of demons—the list went on.
Right now, he stood outside a typical house in the San Diego burbs. On the inside, however, typical was not on the agenda. A philandering husband and a pissed-off witch wife made for a volatile combination.
The wife had been turned over to her coven for punishment and the husband to a healer for…well, healing. Now they were left with the cleanup.
Connor opened the door to the team van as his teammate Giz walked out of the house with a box. Smoke wafted lightly from the top. Which made Connor a little twitchy. But Giz insisted he had muted the spell used on the toaster. Since Giz was a techno-guru and a powerful warlock, Connor would take his word for it.
Sparks shot up from the top. On second thought…
“Are you sure you shut down the nastiness?”
“Yes. It won’t hurt you. The spell was designed specifically to attack the husband. You definitely don’t want to cheat on a witch.”
“Female shifters aren’t too keen on adultery either,” Connor said. And he couldn’t blame them. He might like to play the field a bit, but he didn’t get involved with married women. Even he had a conscience.
Giz stashed the box in the van.
Connor shut the door. “This is why I won’t be getting married.”
“You won’t be getting married because no woman would have you.”
Connor bristled. “What the hell does that mean?”
“Except for a few supernatural species, most marriages are based on monogamy. Do you need me to define it for you?”
He knew the definition of monogamy. He just never got into a situation where he had to practice it. Relationships were not his modus operandi.
“Very funny. Don’t tell me you’ve been drinking the happily-ever-after Kool-Aid.”
Giz grinned. “It’s hard not to thanks to all our teammates catching the lovebug.”
Lovebug, hell. It was more like love fungus or bacteria, or black mold. Connor and Giz were the only two of their five-man team who hadn’t succumbed. Which was more than fine with him.
Love made his brother and his friends more than a little stupid. And, Connor reluctantly had to admit, a lot happy. But he couldn’t imagine how he would ever find that kind of happiness—not that he was looking. He hoped for their sakes their happiness would last, but he’d never seen love work out over the long haul.
Of course he and Giz were handling this case while his teammates were spending time with their significant others. And after Connor and Giz wrote up their notes to send to the supernatural Tribunal and disposed of the magically toxic toaster, they would go back to the house, where they lived like a couple of overgrown frat boys, and stare at each other over pizza and beer. Which didn’t sound very appealing.
Nope, on second thought, he needed to go out and find a little no-strings companionship.
But then he wasn’t one to keep score.
….So. What do you think? I think Connor is going to be a tough nut to crack in the relationship department, don’t you?
Recently I posted a blog called Writer’s Crossroads about deciding on what to write next. A month later I am still struggling with that decision. I’m not sure what my hold up is exactly.
I have actually written the first couple pages of the sixth book in my paranormal wedding planner series which means that I am heading in that direction, right?
Maybe. Because then I wrote the first couple of pages of the potential first book in my Mind Sweeper shifter spin-off trilogy.
And as amazing as I try to be at balancing my day job with writing and publishing, I can’t write two books at once. So I really, really, really need to make a decision and settle back into my writing process once again.
Do I roll the dice? Ask my magic eight ball? Shuffle the deck?
Any suggestions on decision-making would be greatly appreciated!