Time for an Excerpt!!

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…

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“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.”

Giz chuckled.

“What?”

“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.

At all.

Nope, on second thought, he needed to go out and find a little no-strings companionship.

Variety—one. Monogamy—zero.

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?

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Cover Reveal Celebration!

Last week I teased that you would soon be getting more details on my upcoming releases in my paranormal wedding planner series. FOR BETTER OR FOR WOLF will release on September 16th which is just seven short weeks from now!

I know many of you have been waiting for the next books in this series and so I am giving you not one, but two that will be coming your way this fall.

To kick off the celebration, let’s start with a cover reveal AND a blurb for the book. Check it out below.

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For Better or For Wolf

Wolf“Relationship” is not a four-letter word.

Olivia Jennings is all about following the rules. A psychiatrist with a tragic past, she dedicates her life to helping others. Controlling all aspects of her life—especially relationships—protects her battered heart. But when she learns supernaturals exist, her carefully constructed world crumbles. Drawn into counseling a werewolf pack, she butts heads with the ridiculously handsome but infuriating wolf determined to protect her.

Connor Dawson is all about bucking the status quo. He’s not looking for commitment or love. In fact, after being rejected by his pack, he’s certain he’s immune to that particular emotion. But when Olivia inserts herself into wolf business, his hackles stand straight up. No one is more surprised than Connor when their teasing banter turns into serious attraction.

When Olivia and Connor are thrown into the middle of a pack war, things heat up…with an attempted murder, a political power struggle, and their sizzling chemistry. Will this explosive situation finally bring them together—or blow them apart?

So what do you think???

I really loved writing Connor and Olivia’s story and can’t wait to share it with you!!

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Proof is in the Pudding (or the sample edits)

It is time to put my editor research and preparation into practice! The most important part of this stage in the process is connecting with the list of editors that you want to potentially work with. Helpful hint: Don’t just send an inquiry to one editor. That does not allow you room for comparison which is important (editors are different and you want to be able to compare). For me, the number was five (which may have been a little overzealous of me, but this is all new to me). Three is a pretty reasonable number to work with.

So how exactly did this inquiry phase work? I sent an email to the five editors. What did it include?

  1. A quick introduction of myself and my decision to self publish
  2. An introduction of my work and that it is a series. I felt this was important because I wanted the editor to know up front that I was looking for a long-term relationship. This wasn’t going to be a one-time event.
  3. An explanation of what I was looking for in an editor
  4. Inquiry on WHEN the editor could begin editing my work
  5. Request for a sample to be completed (remember, I made sure in my research phase that any editors I chose were willing to complete FREE sample edits for me.
  6. Finally, I let the editor know WHY I had chosen to query them. Was it the author testimonials on their site? Was it the explanation of how they would edit? Was it their willingness to read the book more than once? Whatever the reason was that attracted me to that editor, I let them know.

Why did I feel that all of this was necessary? (I am glad you asked, my followers.) Drumroll, please….Because this process is all about establishing a BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP with someone. Yes, writing is about creativity and diving into an imaginary world where you are in control of your character’s destinies, and I want to share my stories with the world. But I also want to make money doing it. For right now, I have taken off my creative hat and put on my business cap.

puddingSo, I sent out my five inquiries and in very short order received emails back from ALL the editors stating that they would like to receive sample pages in order to complete an edit. I giddily prepared the pages (each editor asked for different amounts of pages, etc) and sent them out to them. Proof is in the pudding after all (someone famous said that at some time when pudding apparently was very popular).

Another VERY HELPFUL Hint: the sample is one of the most important parts of this entire process. An editor can look really good on paper, come with rave reviews and edit top-notch authors, but you still need to see what they will do with YOUR pages. Do not skip this step. It will save you heartburn later on.

Now I’m waiting for my sample edits. The next stage is deciding on who to work with. Yipes!