New Contract: Claimed by the Bruin!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve just signed a contract with Evernight Publishing for my paranormal romance story, Claimed by the Bruin! It’s a short story, and will be part of their Romance on the Go line, which is the same line An Island Christmas is pubbed on :) You all should be seeing this book sometime in August!

Also, it’s the first of a RotG trilogy, first in the Green Mountain Shifters series :)

Book Review: Raisonne Curse by Rinda Elliott

This book was AMAZING! I cannot say enough good things about it. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC–release date is July 14th. Rinda Elliott did a fantastic job with this book :) I posted a review on Goodreads under my other pen name, but I’ll cross-post it here. But be aware there are SPOILERS!!!!

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OMG, people–THIS BOOK!!!!!

SPOILERS!!! READ NO FURTHER IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW!!!!!!

LAST WARNING!

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS!!!!

The Plot: In an effort to break the curse laid on the women in her family by Rattrap Rousalard–all because her grandmother turned down his marriage proposal–Elita Raisonne seeks the help of the Brothers Bernoux.

Elita: I loved Elita. She’s very relatable, and you really feel for her when the curse rears its ugly head. She’s stubborn, strong, but also vulnerable. What I liked most about her was that I could feel her pain, her heartbreak, her need to get rid of the curse but also protect her grandmother and two female cousins, even if that means more pain and trouble for her.

Pryor Bernoux: the hero. Hot, sexy, melt-your-panties Pryor (I LOVE HIM!) is charming, funny, protective, and also cursed. He’s lost most of his family–he and his two brothers are all that’s left, and they cannot be away from their part of the swamp in Louisiana’s Atchafayala Basin for any real amount of time. I won’t give away what happens to them after they break a hex, but the price they pay is very high. However, that doesn’t stop him from helping Elita, without the help of his brothers.

The Romance: Though I’m usually not a fan of insta-connections, this did not feel like that, even with Pryor and Elita’s instant sexual attraction to each other. From the time her eyes first land on him (and it is a crazy-hot scene!), to him helping treat her injury when she fell arriving at his property for help to their first love scene. They sizzle. SIZZLE. I literally felt their connection, their desire, and it read completely natural instead of forced, which many of the romances I’ve read lately have done. Their path to each is bumpy and heartbreaking, but also hot and steamy.

The Secondary Characters: My favorite, by far, is Elita’s grandmother, Ninette, whom she calls Ma’man (mother). What a damn hoot! She is one character that I wish I could meet in real life and spend time with :) There’s also Tooter, Ninette’s…boyfriend (aka, grandma’s nookie LOL). And then there’s Mercer and Wyatt Bernoux, Pryor’s brothers. Can’t wait to read their stories. I absolutely loved how Elita interacted with them, and laughed out loud at their reactions to her.

Overall: Rinda Elliott does a fantastic job at drawing the reader in from the first word and ensuring they don’t want to stop reading until the end…and even then I wanted to immediately get to the next story to find out what happens with the next brother. The characters, the bayou setting, and the language of the people all jumped off the page–I could hear the accents as they spoke, I could almost smell what they were smelling, see what they were seeing. It takes a great storyteller and a great writer to make my senses reel like that when reading.

Anxiously and impatiently awaiting the next book!!!!

Of Contracts and Series

My apologies for the lack of news regarding the second book in the Revenant Investigations series, Ghosts of Trenton House, but I do have news to share now. Though, I won’t go into too much detail.

My publisher and I have agreed that it would be best to revert the rights to all three RI books back to me, which means that Ghosts of Kingston Cottage will no longer be available for purchase. That book should be off retailer sites within the next thirty or so days. I’m sad that it came to this decision, but I do agree that it’s best for the series.

I’m not certain if I will self-publish the books or submit to another publisher yet, though I’m leaning more towards self-publishing. Maybe releasing them as an omnibus around Halloween (thanks to my editor for that suggestion–I really like that idea!), or even one in October, November, and December, since each book is set in one of those months. I’ve never self-published before so I have to figure everything out, but once I do I’ll make an announcement for the series here on the blog so you all know.

That said, I’m actually working with my editor on creating a new series for my publisher that I hope we’ll be able to agree upon. The first book is giving me fits–the plot is there but I’m not used to writing in both the heroine and hero’s POV, plus the book will be focused on the romance with the mystery/what brought them together being second and I’m not used that either. So this is a learning curve for me (though, I’m enjoying the process). The book is starting to flow better now that I’ve passed 15k, so I’m hoping that I’ll have the rough draft finished within the next week or so. Book Two is already forming in my mind, LOL, so I know it’s just this first book that’s going to give me a hard time :)

Again, as soon as I have more news I will share–both on the Revenant Investigations series, and with the new series.

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Small Update

Hey All.

I don’t have much to update you on at the moment. I’m writing on a few projects and I’m still in edits for Ghosts of Trenton House. As soon as I have a release date, I’ll let you know. I’ve put the finishing touches on the book trailer and LOVE IT!!! Can’t wait to share, which I’ll be doing in the next few weeks…because I can’t stand not sharing it LOL

I switched from doing my own on the Movie Maker on Windows, to Animoto. LOVE that site. I redid all my book trailers with them because they’re so fantastic, and it doesn’t cost much for the service, which is a great bonus. My videos look MUCH better with their theme options!

 

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Hello awesome readers :)

I just finished the final touches on the Ghosts of Trenton House book trailer. I’m very pleased with how it came out :) The plan is to reveal it a little closer to the release date (I will let you know as soon as I do), but that may change depending on if I can wait that long LOL

Currently, I’m in edits for GoTH (finished second pass edits last month). The WIPs I’m what I’m working on now are:

1.) Sherilyn and Kade’s story. This will probably be a short novella, as An Island Christmas was. I’m having a good time writing it and am hoping to finish it soon, then it’s on to editing and revising before submission. If I have my way, the book will be submitted around June or July.

2.) Paranormal romance novel with werewolves. I’m only two chapters in but I’m enjoying the story. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I’m excited to be writing werewolves!

I have more ideas that have been written down, but I haven’t had a chance to work on them. The two stories above are my main focus at the moment, along with the Revenant Investigation series. The series is three books at the moment: Ghosts of Kingston Cottage, Ghosts of Trenton House, and Ghosts of Emerald Bay. Can’t wait for you all to read book two! I think you’re all going to love Lena and Knox :D