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Alchemy Series, Book #3 Coming Soon!

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I wanted to let everyone know that book #3 of The Alchemy Series, Shattered, will be hitting the shelves shortly. It will be out by the end of this month!

To celebrate its release, I’m planning some fun events. I’ll be doing plenty of giveaways. Www.ISmellSheep.com will be hosting a giveaway for a needle felted wolf that I sculpted on the 28th of November. They’ll be a tutorial posted along with it for anyone that is interested in the felting process. The giveaway will also include an Amazon gift card and book giveaways.

I’ll keep everyone posted as more dates are firmed up!

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In honor of this paranormal themed hop, I decided to write a scene for my readers who have been longing for a little more of the romantic side of things. This scene happens in between book #1 and #2.

Cormac Alternate P.O.V.


    
      "Cormac!" Jo yelled from the other room.   
      I placed the sheet of paper I'd been looking at back on my desk,
waiting for her to enter. I could tell from her tone, she was coming ready to
fight. I had to keep the smile from my face. She'd find it condescending if I
was smirking while she was in a rage.   
      Her blond hair whipped about her as she stormed into my office. I
inwardly groaned when I saw the outfit she wore, too short of a skirt
complimented by a too tight shirt.      
    "Yes?" I asked, trying to remain neutral. I'd never had to fight so
hard to keep my composure. She tested my control like no one I'd ever known.     
     "Your schedule is killing me." She stopped in front of my desk with 
one leg jutting out in the opposite direction and toe tapping impatiently.      
     She was the most glorious woman I'd ever met and it had nothing to do with what
she looked like. It was the life bursting from her. She was a survivor. No
matter what came at her, she'd make it. She tried to hide who she was behind a
jaded facade. A tough girl who cared for no one but it was all for show.      
     "Are you listening to me?" she asked impatiently. She leaned forward
and rested her hands on my desk. "You are ruining my life. There was a big
poker game tonight that I'm going to miss."     
      A poker game where she would flirt and bat her eyes, employing every wile she
possessed to manipulate the men at the table to her advantage.     
      "Couldn't be helped." I shrugged and leaned back in my chair. I
imagined how she might react if I pulled her over the desk and into my lap.      
      I saw her chest rise and fall as if she knew where my thoughts had wandered and
she found them equally exciting. Flushed, she stood up straight and left,
presumably to go tell her little poker boys she wasn't going to make it.      
     But it was okay. She didn't fight with them. She saved that for me and I knew why. And when she eventually figured it out, I'd be waiting. 

 

Now for the goodies!

One ecopy of The Keepers and a $10 Amazon gift card.

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This Halloween, I’d like to pay homage to one of the best horror writers ever born, Stephen King. In particular, I’d like to write a little about The Stand.

For me, a pandemic is one of the most terrifying ideas. There are several things that play into my fear, like the fact that scientists say we are actually overdue for a pandemic. Maybe I’ve watched too many specials on The Black Plague. Did you know that there are some estimates that say it wiped out almost half of the population? It could be the idea that a simple flu, something everyone has experienced, could suddenly turn deadly and rob me of half my family in a matter of weeks.

Some books make you believe in love and some make you feel empathy. After  I read The Stand, for weeks I couldn’t hear someone sneeze without a part of me shuddering. Now that is good writing!

And on to the Goodies! For this blog hop I’ll be giving away an ecopy of The Keepers and a $10 Amazon gift card.

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Travis Fimmel, Vikingly Delicious!

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I started watching Vikings on the History Channel because…well, come on now, it was about Vikings! How could you not watch? I thought I’d be immersed into a time with a mystical flair. I had no idea I’d be swept into lust!

This show came as such a surprise to me. Ragnar, played by Travis Fimmel, isn’t just
fantastically hot, he’s talented as well. Every week, I became more engrossed
into the drama and the charisma of his character. Another benefit of the show is his
wife, played by Katheryn Winnick, reminds me of a urban fantasy heroine right
from the pages of some of my favorite series. By halfway through the first season, this show had replaced Game of Thrones for my top TV spot.

If you get the chance, I highly recommend checking out this series!

On to the goodies!

I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card and an ebook copy of The Keepers in either epub or mobi format.

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Two days ago, Jo Davids was a waitress by night and a college kid by day, with the unnerving problem of objects floating around her.

One Day ago, Jo’s sexy boss, Cormac, noticed her for all the wrong reasons when she witnessed a man transform into a monster in the basement of his casino.

Today, Cormac ordered her shot.

If he’s real lucky, she won’t die. Because if she does, all hope is lost.

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Good Characters, Bad Characters…and My Characters?

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Categories: On Writing

When I started writing, I didn’t set out to write ethically ambiguous lead characters. Growing up, I loved a great book about  good versus evil. So what happened? I didn’t exactly know myself.

When I started writing The Keepers, the more I wrote, the worse it got. Don’t get me wrong, I’d never meant to make them saints, but as I uncovered their pasts, they just got worse and worse and the bad deeds kept piling up. Even as I continue writing now, I’m a little taken aback myself at the things these people are willing to do.

And then I realized that as I’ve gotten older, I view everything a bit more cynically, and it’s bleeding into my creative side. Gone are the rose colored glasses of my youth and all the pedestals have been long since destroyed. This new world view is not as bad as it might seem though at first glance. I’ve found that I enjoy people’s flaws. I’ve learned to forgive much more easily than I ever did. And although the flaws might be more exaggerated in my novels, the characters are a hell of a lot fun to write.

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