Release Day! “Storm Road” is out! And for Release Week it’s at the Special Price of 99c.

Storm Road is out! I am so excited. This was an intense book to write. Beulah has some serious history, but she’s a survivor. Dean is amazing. As tough as he is, he’s capable of heart-melting tenderness. Please grab Storm Road during its release week while it’s 99c (It’ll be $2.99 after April 14). For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, it’s free to read any time. Enjoy! The blurb and an excerpt are below.

Blurb

When a woman with secrets saves a man hunted by a ghoul, the choice is stark: salvation or damnation.

Major Dean Fortescue, JAG lawyer and former marine, enters the Southern Appalachian Mountains to find his aunt, who has gone missing. He discovers her house burned down, a ghoul in residence, and a mysterious woman who claims to control the weather.

Beulah Morgan is a weathermage, home after months away on a scientific research vessel in the Southern Ocean. When her mountain retreat is invaded by death magic, old memories resurface and with them a chilling terror.

Children will die unless Beulah trusts Dean, he trusts her magic, and together they face a ghoul that was bound during the Civil War, but recently freed by a reckless wizard mercenary.

Storm Road is exclusive to Amazon. Buy link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2M2MR9/

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Excerpt – Meet Dean!

The man in front of her was a couple of inches over six feet. She’d switched the porch light on as she opened the door, and it shone on blond hair cut ruthlessly short, a powerful yet lean body, and a hand that clutched the doorframe hard.

“I need the police—or something.” The man shook his head, not in negation, but as if dazed.

Was he in shock? Beulah tried to assess her visitor and whatever problem had brought him to her door.

His blue eyes were narrowed against the sudden brightness of the light and his lips thin and lacking color; tight with pain or intense emotion.

“Are you alone?” she asked.

His eyes flared wide. “God. I hope so.” His head turned north east, back up the mountain. “I think I lost him…it.”

It? An eerie word. She tried to ignore the shiver that slid down her spine. There were bears in the mountains. Maybe the man had been chased by a bear? There was dirt on his face and hands, but she couldn’t see any blood. He’d fallen at some point.

He didn’t look like a man who’d panic at the sight of a bear.

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The Old School series

While Storm Road is a stand-alone novel, it is part of the my Old School series. Phoenix Blood and Fantastical Island are out now. Fire Fall will be out in May.

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No Fooling! Great Books & Funny Stories

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Did your coffee taste salty this morning? No one’s played that trick on me yet, but I’m still on my toes. Swapping salt and sugar is a silly but safe trick. I like the fun of April Fools’ Day, but not when people cross the line into emotional tricks. Back in my uni days, a friend once told us all she was leaving, had to leave uni. There was angst and oh no’s, and then, “April Fools!” That seemed unkind to me, and the memory lingers. I like fun tricks for April Fools’ Day, not ones that leave a sting.

Have you ever been caught by a great trick? or even better, pulled one off?

A Fool For Love

You can be a fool for love this April Fools’ Day with so many great 99c romances to choose from on Amazon. A Fool For Love promo.

Kindle Unlimited Discoveries

kindle unlimited, fantasy,I have a new (to me) dark fantasy series to try out. Andy Peloquin has just released the third book in The Last Bucellari series and I think the first book, Blade of the Destroyer, is currently free to celebrate – you’d best check before you one-click. A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past. The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether?

kindle unlimited, paranormal romance,I’ve been binging on T S Joyce’s romances. So many shifters! These books are about as sexy as I’m comfortable reading, but if you don’t mind blushing a bit, the stories are lovely and emotional. For all their magic, the heart of the stories couldn’t be truer to life.

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Cover Reveal! Fire Fall is out in May

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The cover is by the amazing Lou Harper. She captures the feel of the book brilliantly. The Rocky Mountains in summer, the hint of wildfire, the danger and the intense emotion.

Funny Stories

And here’s where I draw a blank. I would LOVE to be able to write jokes, but my mind doesn’t seem to work that way. I can’t even write a funny limerick!

So… Why did the chicken cross the road?

To buy a book, of course! Book, book-book-book boo-oooook!!

(LOL b-book is my attempt at chicken speak 😉 )

P.S. Don’t forget that STORM ROAD releases next week!

I’ll send a newsletter, tweet and post on Facebook with the news of Storm Road’s release. I didn’t set up a pre-order for it this time, and the only downside to that is that I don’t want you to miss grabbing it at the special 99c release price in the first week or so.

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Working at Hyper-Speed

Working at hyper-speed – is that a thing? I feel like I am. I’ve decided I want to squash another book into 2017, and to do that, I’m going to have to write so fast that my typing fingers blur!

The pushy book that wants to be written is Her Robot Wolf. I was trying to keep it a secret project, but I’m too excited not to share it. I’m not actually sure where it’ll wander in its space adventures, but she’s a starship shaman and he’s a galactic bounty hunter. Together, they’re trouble! Of course, if he’d just let her go, all their troubles would be over … maybe! He’s also a werewolf who has lost the ability to shift. Complications everywhere!

Her Robot Wolf is part of the reason I’ve brought forward the release of my third Old School novel. Storm Road will be out around April 7 – so that you can read it while you eat choccy Easter eggs the following weekend. I’m trying something different with this release. Instead of a pre-order, I’ll simply publish it. I’ll announce the release here, on Facebook and on Twitter. Please don’t miss it, since it’ll only be 99c for a short time.

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My current project – before I lose myself in Her Robot Wolf – is the fourth Old School novel. Fire Fall finally brings you Vanessa’s story. The draft blurb is below. If you thought Marcus in Phoenix Blood was intense, wait till you meet Seth!

Vanessa Araya is not hiding! She’s trying to find herself after the terror of being kidnapped six months ago. Who is she when her trust in people has been stripped away? How can she be free and brave and in love with life when a little part of her is always looking over her shoulder? Being the daughter of a billionaire hurts in unique ways.

Seth Bentham fell for Vanessa three years ago, and walked away. He’s a wizard mercenary: lethal, magical and in deep in a dangerous world. He would have only brought Vanessa pain. Now he’s hunting the southern Rocky Mountains for a kidnapped barrier wizard; not to save the man, but to learn more about the plot that involves him. The very last person Seth expects to stumble over while hiking is Vanessa, but here she is, strong, scared that she’s broken, and his.

This time, Seth won’t walk away.

But the price of stealing time together is high. Old enemies and new threats lurk in the mountains. There are fantastical creatures and there is the racing, hungry inferno of wildfire. Before the Fourth of July explodes in fireworks, someone will die.

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Are You Ready for a Magical Weekend?

You should be feeling lucky! It’s St Patrick’s Day. I have some book ideas below for magical reading on the weekend. But with it being a green day (have you ever celebrated St Pat’s Day with green beer? I haven’t!) I wondered if you’d be gardening this weekend. Green, gardening, my skippety hoppety brain often has a reason for its skippiness.

It’s autumn here, so it’s almost time to start thinking of a new season – summer is hanging around, so it’s not quite cool enough to jump into winter plantings. The herbs are looking incredibly green. Lots of yummy basil.

I would love to have room to plant a grove of pistachio trees and maybe a couple of carob trees. It’s not that I like the taste of carob (although it’s okay if chocolate is totally unavailable). But space for trees in suburbia is cramped. I might buy a new herb! Any suggestions? What’s your favourite herb?

Romantic or Paranormal Mysteries 99c or Less, March 17 & 18

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Are you feeling witchy, curious or simply ready for some romance? There’s a book for that! The Mystery Promo runs Friday and Saturday.

Footy Season starts next weekend!

For me, footy means Australian Rules Football. I don’t want to break any copyright rules, so I’ll link you to the ads for it if you’re interested rather than try and embed them.

This was THE classic ad from twenty years ago. This year, the game started a women’s league, and they riffed off the classic ad with this I’d Like to See That ad.

It mightn’t sound magical to you, but I love collapsing on the sofa for a couple of hours on the weekend and watching a game of footy. Of course, if it’s my team involved (go, the West Coast Eagles!) I can’t relax. I have to be mentally willing each kick-on-goal through the big sticks 🙂

Kindle Unlimited Discoveries

kf breene, paranormal romance, kindle unlimited,I enjoyed Hell’s Rejects by MR Forbes. It was a fast-paced space adventure and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

Born in Fire by KF Breene has a kick-ass heroine with a strong narrative voice. Lots happening in what promises to be a memorable series. Love the New Orleans setting!

Have You Read All Seven of My Collegium Series?

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I thought I’d list the seven books in my complete paranormal romance series in case you’ve missed one. They’re all free to read in Kindle Unlimited.

Demon Hunter

Magic is real, if hidden, and betrayal is sharper than a demon’s claws.  A novella.

Djinn Justice

Fay and Steve’s new relationship is tested by a meddling djinn, a power-crazed villain enslaving weres, and Steve’s family. A novel.

Dragon Knight  

Gina Sidhe is on a quest for her dragon. Lewis Bennett is trying to survive without magic. A novel.

Doctor Wolf

Dr Liz Jekyll has a secret to hide. What she needs is a big, bad wolf to hide behind!

Plague Cult

In a small Texas town a desire for love becomes a curse that could unleash a deadly plague.

Hollywood Demon

A demon is stalking Hollywood. So much for Clancy renouncing her magic and becoming ordinary. This means a fight!

Alchemy Shift

A woman, her sword, and the bear-shifter who’ll steal her heart.

Magic is Real! Kinda

Have you watched the television show Penn & Teller Fool Us? I love watching the different magicians trying to fool the masters – and then, I try to guess how the trick was done. I’m often baffled! In this interview with Teller in Vanity Fair I’m struck by his belief that a magician’s purpose is to amaze. The world needs more opportunities for innocent awe.

 

 

The Seven Tropes of Paranormal Romance

I read a LOT of paranormal romance. I also write it. So I’m sitting here at the keyboard trying to boil it down into seven tropes: the seven things that aren’t so much over-used as instantly recognisable and definitive of the subgenre. Or to put it another way: what do I like to see in a paranormal romance novel?

Kick Ass Heroine

Right from the start, even if she’s in a Cinderella role, I want to see strength in the heroine. What does she believe in? What will she fight for?

Magic Won’t Solve the Problem

The fun of paranormal romance is, in a large part, the imaginative worlds authors create. How does some form of magic or “otherness” make the world of the book different to our everyday lives? However, as mind-boggling as the magical world is, magic can’t solve all problems. Human resourcefulness and the heroine’s emotional journey must contribute to saving the day.

A Man of Mystery

Part of the heroine’s (and reader’s) journey of discovery must include the hero. Who is he really? What secret is he hiding? Why can’t we guess what he’ll do next?

Who Has the Map?

We’re all going on a quest. It might be to solve a murder or to save the day, but there’s a quest underway. There’ll be setbacks and, hopefully, unforeseen twists. The stakes get progressively higher.

Don’t Die Laughing

Humour lurks in paranormal romance. Sometimes it’s subtle and rueful. Other times it is loud and snarky. As the tension ratchets up, someone crack a joke!

Find the Touchstone

The worlds of paranormal romance are many and varied, but as we quest here and there, we have to stumble over a touchstone or two. Somewhere in the thickets of magic is the truth. As readers, we recognise some soul truth. So does our heroine, and it changes her. It goes back to the first kick ass question: what (or who) is worth fighting for?

And We All Live Happily Ever After

Whatever happens in a paranormal romance novel, it is a ROMANCE. There has to be a happy ending, or a happy for now ending. Better make it believable, too. The world may be magical, but human hearts remain the same, and we want our hero and heroine to have a solid chance at happiness.

You see, at their core, paranormal romance novels are about fighting impossible odds in incredible settings with unusual sidekicks out of the hope that somehow we (like the heroine) can make a difference in life.

What do you expect to see in a paranormal romance novel?

 

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Phoenix Blood is 99c or free in Kindle Unlimited. Magic condemned him, but before he dies, he’ll save the woman whose heart he broke. Magic, mystery, a fledgling phoenix and a once-in-a-lifetime road trip.

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Blood-Old-School-Book-ebook/dp/B01M0DLOKL/