Anticipation

Years ago (actually decades ago) I can remember several commercials showing ketchup pouring oh so slowly out of the bottle as Carly Simon sang Anticipation. And that song has been playing repeatedly in my head today.

Maybe it’s because I am so excited that next Monday is COVER REVEAL day. And here is a little secret for you. I can’t wait to show you the covers to my new trilogy coming this fall. I am so excited about it, that I will be giving you a cover reveal for the entire Realm Series. Which means you will see not one, not two, but THREE covers next week.

Yay! There will also be a Realm cover reveal video and a teaser too. Icing on that awesome cake, right?

I have found over the years that for me the excitement of gift giving is not when I receive something, but when I get to watch my friends and family unwrap something from me. And this same emotion carries over in my writing to my readers. So next week, you get to see the covers for the first time. Misha, Aleksei, and Sergei can’t wait to meet you!

Teasers of the Video Variety – Take One

Hello my friends! As promised, I will be posting each day this week to celebrate TO HAVE AND TO HOWL releasing next Monday the 13th!

Here is the first video teaser! Since Julia is a lawyer, I thought it would be fun to discuss what it means to practice paranormal law 🙂

There will be 5 in all and a couple graphic teasers later this week as well.

So spend 30 seconds and have some fun!

Upcoming Release Celebration – Excerpt Time!

TO HAVE AND TO HOWL will release in one week! To celebrate the upcoming unveiling, I will be sharing several posts with you over this week. This first post is an excerpt for your reading pleasure of the new book.

There will also be an exclusive excerpt reveal later in the week on the Heroes and Heartbreakers site as well and I will share that with you too!

And of course, we can’t forget about teasers. Since Julia the heroine in this book is a lawyer, I have created 5 video teasers about practicing law with a paranormal twist! Stay tuned and I’ll share those with you as well over the week.

So without further delay, join in on the celebration and check out the excerpt below…

Love and law are not so different in their pursuit of truth.

Chapter 1

Julia Cole entered the empty Tribunal chamber, her heart pounding in sync with the staccato click of her heels on the stone floor. She hesitated at the front of the gallery, resisting the urge to walk those few extra steps to the prosecutor’s table.

She wasn’t used to sitting in the audience when a trial took place, and if she had been able to convince the magistrates, she would have been prosecuting this case. But the magistrates shot down her request immediately. Not because she was a human wanting to try a supernatural case, or because she was normally a defense attorney, but instead they cited conflict of interest. Her husband was one of the victims. In her head, she knew they were right, but her heart was still kicking and screaming about it.

Today would not be a fun day. But then, fun had not been seen or had for a while now. Determination—yes. Single-mindedness—most definitely. Anger…well, anger had become her constant companion.

Julia sat in the front row and closed her eyes. She had been sitting in this same seat throughout the final week of the trial, absorbing every nuance, and staring the accused supernatural supremacist in the eyes. She would not be cowed. And since Thomas could not be here, she would be his representative, his presence, his voice. She would not allow her husband’s message of tolerance to be silenced.

Today was the day. The verdict would be announced. And all the victims and their families would receive justice. There could be no other outcome.

The room filled up quickly. Throughout the trial, the magistrates had kept the chamber closed unless someone was called to testify or, in Julia’s case, petitioned to attend. Now people crowded the benches and lined the sides of the gallery.

Jonathan Godfrey, the prosecutor, entered the chamber and nodded to her. He was a powerful foe in the courtroom, but in this instance, he had carefully considered her input and insights from the beginning.

Thomas’s brother, Devin, arrived with his wife, Alex, who sat down next to Julia and squeezed her hand. Filing in behind them were Devin’s teammates, the men who helped capture and bring the supremacists to trial.

She looked back at the four men and acknowledged each in turn, Charlie, Giz, and the twins, Connor and Jack. Jack had almost lost his life in the pursuit. She owed him and all of them for what they had been willing to sacrifice for this case. Even Alex was kidnapped and threatened. Julia wasn’t sure if anyone would ever know the full extent of the crimes committed by these bastards.

And speaking of bastards—Tobin, the leader of the supernatural supremacists, swaggered into the room between two guards, his hands secured in glowing handcuffs. The supremacist gang had elected him as their representative in court. Why, Julia had no idea, but she also didn’t understand why the idiots had followed him to begin with.

The room buzzed, anxiety jumping from person to person like static electricity. The guard at the front of the room gestured for them to rise. She stood with the rest of the crowd as the magistrates entered and sat at a raised bench in the front. There was no jury of your peers in supernatural court. Three magistrates heard the cases and rendered a decision.

The head magistrate raised his hand for silence and then motioned for everyone to take a seat. Julia pulled out her notes from the trial and the gold pen Thomas gave her. She gripped the pen so tightly she thought it might leave indentations in her fingers.

The head magistrate stood. “The case is concluded. In the matter of extortion, gunrunning, drug smuggling, kidnapping, attempted murder, and murder, we find Josiah Tobin and the Vipera gang guilty as charged.”

The room erupted into shouts and sobs.

Julia’s vision narrowed into a thin tunnel. The world tilted and went fuzzy…she shook her head hard, once, and deliberately slowed her breathing.

Had she heard the magistrate correctly? She turned to see Alex and Devin hugging beside her. It had actually happened. She wasn’t imagining things. She had dreamed of this so many times, the reality was hard to believe.

“Order!” the magistrate yelled as he slammed his hand on the bench and the sound vibrated through the room as if amplified by a speaker. The crowd settled down, and everyone took their seats again.

“Normally we would pronounce sentence immediately. However, in human courts of law, we understand that victims and their families are permitted to speak before sentencing. Prosecutor Godfrey has requested that this practice be followed here. We have decided to allow his request. The floor is yours.”

Godfrey cleared his throat. “Thank you, your honors. Julia Cole has asked to speak on behalf of the victims.”

Julia blinked. She blew out a breath and then inhaled, imagining herself breathing into a paper bag. She and Godfrey talked about the possibility of this happening, but he wasn’t sure the magistrates would allow it. Now the time had come.

She could do this. Delivering closing remarks in a courtroom was second nature to her. She would speak for all the victims and their families today. Someone needed to be their voice, and she was more than ready to speak on their behalf.

Well…what do you think?

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Wedding Buzz

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One week and counting until the release of IN SICKNESS AND IN ELF. This series has been fun to write and I hope to bring even more stories to this paranormal wedding planner universe!

I actually got the idea to write these books while sitting in front of the TV one night. I was flipping the channels and a wedding show came on and everyone was all stressed out and emotions were running ridiculously high. And I thought to myself…what if I could write stories centered around paranormal weddings. Cue amazing twist! Yahoo!

Over the rest of the week in preparation of my release, I’ll be sharing some more teasers (I especially love the included here).

The other fun thing I have included in my book are wedding tips. I’ll try and share some with you as well just to let you know what you have to look forward to.

Stay tuned.

 

 

Picture This

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In three short weeks IN SICKNESS AND IN ELF (aka ISAIE) will be released. And leading up to that celebration, I will be sharing more tidbits with you. Tidbits with pictures – what I call teasers. There is something so wonderful about offering a line or two of the story and linking it to a picture. Pictures convey mood and help give dimension to the words. Did the picture above help bring you a little further into the story? I hope so!

If you would like to see some more hints about the ISAIE universe, you can also visit my boards on Pinterest! Haven’t been there before? Well I have boards for all my books. Come check them out HERE.

What has been so great about this new series is that it centers around weddings and wedding planners but with a twist! These aren’t just your run-of-the-mill weddings. Nope. They are weddings for paranormal. And every time I think about the fact that my stories are about paranormal wedding planners it makes me giggle. So much to play with in this fun-filled world of mine. And even though the story has humor, it also has mystery and romance! A wonderful trifecta of storytelling, if you will.

So come along with me and share in the fun!

 

Time to Par-taaay!

Why the celebration, my followers? Let me explain. Tomorrow, September 15th, is Mind Sweeper’s birthday. Yep, my first book is celebrating its first birthday. And since this is a MOMENTOUS occasion, Kyle, Misha, Jean Luc and the rest of the gang want to party. And we’re not talking a quick song while blowing out birthday candles on a store bought cake. No siree, Bob.

To top of the celebration, next Monday, September 21st, Sentinel Lost, book 5, will be released! Cue more cheers and celebrating!!!

So let me tell you about the festivities:

  1. SALE! To celebrate Mind Sweeper’s birthday, I have lowered the digital price to 99 cents for a limited time!!! That’s right. If you haven’t had a chance to read Mind Sweeper or have someone you want to recommend it to, now is the time to try out the series. Keep your eyes open for Mind Sweeper sales notices around the web too. 99 cents people…..
  2. TEASERS! Every day this week, I will be sharing teasers – visual tidbits – to prepare you for the Sentinel Lost release!
  3. BLOG POSTS! Over the next two weeks I will be showing up on several sites with some fun posts and interviews. I’ll let you know as it’s happening, but I will be spending time on Heart Shaped Glasses, Get Lost in a Story, Romance Junkies and Heroes & Heartbreakers!
  4. BLITZ! On September 21st several blog sites will be announcing my release with blurbs and excerpts and teasers. It will be a fun-filled day. And of course I will be sending out my newsletter and putting up my release day post – tiara picture included!
  5. NOOK PROMO! You heard it here first! On Friday, September 25th, Mind Sweeper will be featured as a Nook First Promo on the Barnes and Noble website at its sale price of 99 cents! Whoot! Awesome, huh!

Whew… That tired me out just typing it! I hope you find some time over the next two weeks to partaaay with me and the rest of my characters!