Release Day: Son of Thunder

Today’s the day- Son of Thunder is now out in the wild! I’m so excited for you all to read it😀

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~Blurb~

Her hunt for a murderer is his way home.

Rune is the grandson of Thor, and just as strong. Exiled to the realm of Earth for nearly killing his brother–it was a little misunderstanding– he has to find a way to redeem himself so he can get back to Asgard. And when he lands—literally—in the bed of a fiery redhead with an FBI badge, he realizes that she may be the key to going home. But helping Liv hunt a killer has one big consequence—chemistry. He can’t keep his hands off her, and there’s no way they can ever be together.

Six years ago, FBI Special Agent Liv Winter’s best friend was murdered. Since then, she’s taken a two-week vacation around the anniversary of the death to try and solve the case. She’s used every available resource. Yet, her friend’s killer is still on the loose. She refuses to give up—willing to do almost anything to bring the person to justice.

Apparently, almost anything includes trusting a god. And while she might need Rune’s help with her case, there’s no way she’ll ever trust him with her heart.

~Excerpt~

The thunder boomed, rattling the windows and pots and pans of her home in the Adirondacks of New York. Liv was certain at any moment the glass would implode. Normally, she found thunderstorms beautiful—the power breathtaking, the lightning mesmerizing—but this storm wasridiculous.

Turning back to the paperwork in her lap, she studied the original police report of the murder. She’d read it about ten times in the last two days, which truly wasn’t necessary as she had the damn thing memorized. Solving her best friend’s murder—a cold case for six years—was her mission in life. Every year on the anniversary of the death, she took a two-week vacation from her job at the FBI, burying herself in case files, photos, and evidence…or rather, lack of evidence.

Something compelled her to read the file over and over again, as if a new clue would jump out at her. Deep down she knew going over the file time and time again wouldn’t change the fact there was no biological evidence—even though it was clear that Soosie had been brutally victimized—and it wouldn’t tell them if they were dealing with a human or a god.

The emotions she’d felt in the days following Soosie’s death still very much lingered, hitting her as strongly as a punch in the gut. At times it seemed the feelings hadn’t faded at all, though some of that was due to not having brought the killer to justice. She remembered, quite clearly, the day she’d fallen apart and allowed herself to feel the full weight of grief. As if it were yesterday…

 

She barely remembered how to breathe, the weight of loss so deep it etched into her bones. She didn’t want to eat, and sleep was near impossible. Burying her best friend had taken a piece of her soul that would never be returned.

“Liv Agda Winter, you need to sleep.”

Looking toward the doorway from the porch swing, she watched her close friend—and work partner—as he walked toward her, taking a seat and putting his arm around her shoulders. He’d been there from the beginning, leading the investigation when she was too broken to deal with it.

“When I close my eyes all I see is her torn and broken body tied to those trees.” She sniffled, and he held her closer. “Granted, I see it when I’m awake, too, but when I sleep it’s more…vivid.” Fresh tears filled her eyes, and raw grief caught in her throat as the images flashed, taking her ability to speak.

Every sound, every piece of scenery, would be etched in her mind forever. The loss of Soosie had forever and irrevocably changed the course of her life.

“It’s all right, sweetheart,” he soothed, rubbing his hand up and down her bicep gently. “You’re going to get through this. I’m going to get you through this. So you go ahead and cry, scream, collapse in grief—I’ll be right here to catch you.”

“I don’t know how to deal with this,” she said.

His grip tightened again. “First, you fall apart, you feel the loss. Then, once you’ve taken the time to do that, you get up, you get dressed, and you use that pain to hunt the son-of-a-bitch down so the monster can’t hurt anyone else.”

She inhaled deeply then shakily exhaled. “But first…I feel it.”

“But first you feel it.”

With him holding her tightly, she let the tears roll unchecked. A soft, mournful cry left her as a fresh wave of grief rolled through her, heavy sobs soon following…

 

The fact that she’d not fulfilled that promise ate at her daily, but she’d learned to use that guilt as fuel during other cases.

Closing the file, she sighed. “Time to get some sleep.”

She ran her hand over the folder once then set it on the nightstand, placing her phone on top of it. She lay down on the bed and closed her eyes, though she doubted true sleep would take her anytime soon—grief robbed that from her when it stripped her of her best friend.

“Good night, Soosie,” she whispered, then curled up under the covers.

Rune still couldn’t believe his ears. Two days after the ruling, and he was still unable to grasp his punishment. And now, after hearing it for a third time, all he could do was stare at his great-grandfather Odin in disbelief. How could this be happening? How could the All-Father make this decision based on the evidence?

“I am truly sorry, Rune,” Odin said as they stood near the Gate. “But this is the only way to deal with this situation.”

Rune’s eyes widened, and something in him snapped at those last words. Anger gripped him, raw and fiery. “Only answer? Reign butchered my closest friend, and he has no remorse for it. Nor does he care that they’d been friends for centuries! Not one of you—not you, Thor, or my father—has done a damn thing to treat Reign’s anger and lust for violence, for blood. The punishments given to him over the years have only strengthened those emotions in him because you only seek to punish him for the deed done. I’ve told you all, since Reign and I were in our first century of life, that you need to focus on why he does what he does, not the deed.”

“Rune—”

“And you have the nerve to banish me from Asgard after seeing what he did. What justifies this sentence?” he demanded, his gaze locked to Odin’s. “What justifies sending me to Earth and not allowing me back home until I’ve redeemed myself for something that was a defensible reaction?”

And how could his grandfather, Thor, and his own father, have agreed to it? Nothing about it made sense. What his brother had done was wrong, unprovoked, and beyond monstrous. Yet Rune found himself the one being chastised.

The patient expression on Odin’s face did nothing to quell his anger or his sorrow for his fallen friend. But Rune waited for the All-Father to speak, to explain himself, his actions.

“While your reaction to Reign’s deed is understandable, I find your nearly beating him to death to be worrisome. You are the levelheaded one, the honorable one at all turns, so it bothers me greatly that you could have almost killed your own brother.” Odin looked away a moment, then back, his brow knitted. “Despite your valid arguments, my judgment still stands—you are to be banished to Earth until you redeem yourself for this bloody, uncharacteristic deed.”

Shaking his head, Rune spread his arms out then dropped them to his sides in exasperation. “That answers none of my questions. This punishment still makes no sense.”

Odin held his head high, hands clasped behind his back.

The conversation was over. He would get nothing more from the god in front of him. He squared his shoulders, swallowing his anger and confusion. “Very well. I do not accept this chastisement, but I will take it all the same, as you’ve given me no other choice. Make no mistake—I will return very soon, as I have no intention of letting Reign harm those I care for in retaliation.”

Odin nodded once. “Reign will be watched closely. You can trust in that.”

But Rune didn’t trust in that. If his brother wanted retaliation, his brother would get it, unless he was locked away and allowed no visitors. That hadn’t happened yet—four days after the killing, and Reign was still free of consequence. His other friends were in great danger…and Odin seemed rather cavalier about it, which only strengthened his resolve to get home as soon as possible.

“Once you pass through the Gate, you will have to earn your right to be near humans. This will not be easy on you and for that I am sorry. But it’s the way I’ve done things since I took the throne—you being my blood changes nothing.”

“I understand that.”

“Good-bye, Rune.”

“All-Father,” he replied, then walked into the Gate.

He’d never fallen so fast through the Gate—everything was blurred, and a buzzing penetrated his mind like a sharp, jagged knife. Was this part of the punishment for nearly killing his twin brother? Odin hadn’t told him where he would be sent; Rune just hoped the pain would stop once he got there.

A bright light jetted toward him from the end of the tunnel, blinding him. Nausea swam through him as he broke through the barrier into the realm of Earth. A few seconds later he impacted with something soft, and sank down a few inches.

A woman’s scream broke through his haze.

A fist to the side of his face brought him abruptly back to himself. The power behind it rattled his brain as he fell sideways onto a hard floor.

“Who the fuck are you, and what are you doing in my room?” She didn’t sound as scared as much as strong-willed, something he was used to in both humans and goddesses.

He started to stand, but the click of a gun made him slow his actions. “I am not here to harm you, my lady.”

Turning to face the person he landed on, he was slightly taken aback by the tall, curvy, red-haired beauty. She stood straight, her gun aimed at his forehead. The bullet wouldn’t kill him, but it would take a healer of the gods to make him right and restore his mind.

She narrowed her eyes. “Who are you?”

He bowed his head then met her sea-blue eyes. “I am Rune, grandson of Thor.”

She huffed out a sigh, lowering her weapon. But he could clearly see that she’d pull the trigger before he could conjure whatever power his great-grandfather Odin had left him.

“The Son of Thunder? Are you friggin’ kidding me?”

“No,” he replied, not surprised that she’d used the nickname given to him by humans centuries back.

“What are you doing here?”

“Odin sent me to Earth as punishment, and I cannot return home until I’ve redeemed myself.”

She put a hand on her hip and raised an eyebrow. “And that has what to do with me?”

He answered, “I don’t know. The journey through the Gate was harsher and faster than I’ve ever experienced. I should have landed miles from any human—that’s what I understood from Odin.”

“How so?”

Persistent. She showed no fear toward him and kept her eyes on him, watching his slightest twitch like a predator. And the way she held the gun loosely, but firmly, ready to fire at a moment’s notice…he’d bet good money on her being law enforcement.

“He told me, quite clearly, that when I entered the Gate I would have to earn the right to be near humans and redeem myself. The hundreds of times I’ve heard him say that, those he punished were sent to the most desolate places on Earth.”

Her eyebrows rose. “So, you don’t know where you are?”

“No.”

She nodded, clicking the safety back on the gun. She was a beautiful woman, her hair a tangled mess, her legs long, her porcelain skin smooth save a scar on the right side from her temple to her jaw then over to the left side of her mouth, like an L.

What gave you that scar?

“You are in the Adirondacks, in New York. The middle of nowhere, though not what one would call desolate. But you landed in my second home, a cabin in the woods.”

“The nearest neighbor—”

“Is a half hour away in pretty much all directions.”

Rune was confused at this turn of events, as Odin never made this kind of mistake…to his knowledge, anyway. How had he ended up in this woman’s home?

“I’m sorry, but you can’t stay here. I’m…” She trailed off, taking a deep breath. “I can’t have company right now. That said, it is the middle of the night. You can sleep on the couch, but tomorrow you’ll have to find another place to lodge.”

“I apologize for the intrusion.”

“Thank you. Follow me.”

He followed her out of her bedroom, enjoying the view as they walked. A scent lingered behind her, something crisp like an autumn morning. Intoxicating.

“It’s pretty comfy to sleep on, but you’re about six inches too tall to really fit,” she said as they stopped near the couch.

A blanket was folded at the other end of the couch, a pillow atop it. “Do you have company coming?”

“No. I slept on it the other night,” she replied, not elaborating. “The bathroom is on the other side of the kitchen, through the laundry room. There’s a nightlight on in there.”

He briefly looked over at the kitchen, seeing the soft light emanating from the bathroom.

“Good night, Rune. Sleep well.”

As she turned to go, he realized she knew something about him that he didn’t about her. “My lady?”

She turned to him. “Yes?”

“What is your name?”

Her shoulders relaxed.

“Liv. My name is Liv Winter.”

Beautiful name. “Good night, Liv.”

She gave a nod and then continued to her bedroom.

He was fairly certain his sleep would be filled with her scent and image. Someone had certainly done well when they’d made Liv Winter.

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I hope you all love this book as much as I do:) Happy Reading!

Lazy Sunday~ Ghost Whisperer

I’m getting behind on my non-writing blogging- shame on me!

Today, I’m having a little Ghost Whisperer marathon (of Season Five) and taking a little break from writing. I’ve made great headway on the novella, as well getting another chapter in on a secret project. If I feel compelled to write, of course I will, but for now I’m just relaxing with the show…and maybe my insomnia-suffering self may get a nap in as well😀

SOME SPOILERS!!! BE WARNED!!!

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I’ve enjoyed Ghost Whisperer since the first season. The premise of the show hooked me (no surprise there:) ) and I enjoyed the storylines and cast, even though plotlines moved slightly slower than I thought they should at times.

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As much as I liked the first season, it wasn’t until the second season that I really fell in love with the show. The cast and writers seemed to really hit their groove and the show improved so much in that second season.  We started to see glimpses of Melinda’s past, and her interactions with both ghosts and the living affected by them were much better paced and far more emotional. And I loved the addition of Delia and Nate!

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I loved season three. It’s one of my favorite seasons out of the five, and the main reason for that is the storylines surrounding Grandview, Melinda’s family connection to it, and Delia and Professor Payne’s meatier storylines. The writers really rounded out the casts’ personal and professional lives and I felt incredibly connected to each one of them.

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The addition of Eli in season four was a nice touch. It did take me a few episodes to warm to him completely, though. There were parts of season four that I did not like (more on that at the end of this post), but overall it was a nice season…though it wasn’t my favorite.

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Season Five is my favorite season of them all. I loved the addition of Aiden and the storylines surrounding him and Melinda. I loved Delia’s and Eli’s plotlines as well. The ghosts got a bit scarier and the depth of Melinda’s gift was shown beautifully. For the most part, I think they closed the show well, though I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye. I do think the last episode was a tad rushed, considering the build-up that started pretty much in the first episode.

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The only issue I had with the show was Jim’s death in Season Four. While I understand that the actor wanted a bigger role, and they wanted to show the depth of Mel and Jim’s devotion to each other, they failed on one big front- they pretty much threw all of that out in Season Five after the first episode. They stopped showing the Jim’s new body, and they even referred to him as Jim in public. So it felt like Jim never died in Season Four and that whole journey back to Melinda was wasted. If they were going to all but ignore his death in Season Five, they shouldn’t have killed him in Season Four. There were plenty of options to chose from besides death to handle that whole situation.

Other than that, the show is still one of my favorites. I have all the seasons on dvd and watch them pretty regularly:) I miss seeing new episodes, though I’m not sure where else they could have taken the characters after that last episode.

So off I go to watch Season Five- currently I’m on Head Over Heels😀

Son of Thunder Snippet

Hello:) I’m very excited about the release of Son of Thunder this coming Monday, the 25th! So excited that I’m going to share a snippet with you😀

copyright@ Libby Bishop 2016

She walked into the room just as he set the last bowl on the table. He pulled a chair out for her and waved a hand over the food—roasted chicken, potatoes, and carrots, as well as a large salad. “This was all I had to work with.” He folded his arms, smirking a bit. “You’ve never had it like I’ve made it.”

She raised an eyebrow as she took a seat, seemingly unmoved. “I’ve had this meal a thousand times,” she said, putting the napkin on her lap. “It certainly smells delicious, but what makes you think it’ll be different this time?”

He winked, taking his seat. “Try it, then tell me what’s different.”

His words were meant as a challenge, and she smiled as she picked up her knife and fork. “All right, Rune. Let’s see what you’ve got.”

He waited patiently as she started with a carrot, then a potato. All she gave him was a “Hmm,” then she cut a piece of chicken. He was hoping for more of a reaction, and frowned as she ate the chicken without so much as a glimmer of what she was thinking, or how good he damn well knew the food was.

She appeared to be completely unimpressed.

He growled, angry at her non-reaction. How dare she insult his cooking in such a way? He prided himself on his ability to make women practically fall on their knees in front of him just from one bite of food. He shoved the chair back and stood, pointing a finger at her, but stopped when she giggled.

“Sweet Odin, Viking—you are touchy.”

“I dare you to defy how good that is. Dare you.”

“Oooh, a tantrum from a god.” She rolled her eyes. She picked up two carrots with her fork and lifted them to her mouth, but paused before eating them. “How original.”

That did it. “Woman, don’t test me—I’m a god, and you’ll lose.”

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Sunday Tidbit: A Pre-Order and Writing Update

Happy Sunday my lovelies! First off,  Son of Thunder is up for pre-order on Amazon!

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Also, I’ve been getting some good writing in:)

*I finally passed the 10k mark on the novella!

*I’ve written the first chapter of the paranormal mystery with a lovely dash of romance. This book is the first in a trilogy, and is set in the Revenant world but with different characters and a different location. The romance is slow-burning, which I love:) I think this book is going to move quickly, so I’m hoping to have the first draft done by the end of August.

And that’s all I have for this lovely Sunday. I hope you all have a great weekend and a safe Independence Day!