A mixed bag of news

I promised myself I would start giving you all more updates between book releases, whether it is about writing, publishing, or other topics you might want to hear.  Lately, I’ve been really bad about doing that, but I know some of you like to hear my updates  (thanks to those readers who told me as much!).  Below, I’ve got news on how the Dancing with Flames release has gone, upcoming plans relating to the next Dragon’s Breath novel, a current ebook discount, author interview news, and a reading recommendation.

Dancing with Flames update

First, I’ll cover how the Dancing with Flames release has gone.  The second book in the Dragon’s Breath series has received some great reviews and all the feedback has been very positive.  It’s my favorite book I’ve written so far, and I’m grateful that those who have read it have really liked it.  The one downside I’ve found with this release is that the eleven-month gap between the first and second novel really hurt sales and borrows.

The first novel, Stalked by Flames, has a total of about 9 thousand ebook sales and nearly 5 million pages read through Kindle Unlimited borrows (Amazon considers it a 502 page novel for KU purposes so you can do the math on how many people picked it up and read it).  Those are great stats for a book that didn’t get a sequel until recently.

Unfortunately, due to personal troubles last fall and winter, I had a major gap in publishing anything new.  This caused me to lose a great deal of visibility on Amazon and it’s been very hard to regain it.  With all the independent authors who are able to release books every 2-3 months (sometimes less than that), the publishing market has gotten very competitive and waiting too long to publish will hurt an author these days.  I’m truly grateful for the many loyal readers who have eagerly picked up the next novel because I know there are a lot of choices out there, especially in urban fantasy.  Your support and enthusiasm for my writing means a lot to me.

It has now been one month since I released Dancing with Flames and the initial stats are not nearly as high as they were for the first novel.  Current sales stand just shy of 2 thousand and page reads are at about 1.2 million.  The majority of the feedback on the first novel was positive, so I don’t think it was necessarily the quality of book as much as too much time between releases.  I’m hearing more and more people say they like to binge read through series and it’s tough to wait long between novels.  I totally get that.  If I could have released book 2 faster, I would have, but under the personal circumstances I was facing it just wasn’t possible. My hope is that things will improve as more readers discover I’ve moved forward with the series.

I have gotten into a solid writing rhythm that allows me to work faster than I did before.  Nothing that sacrifices quality, but I did work out a system that is more organized.  Hence, how Dancing with Flames got released three months after Darkness Wanes.  If anyone is curious about what I did differently this time around, let me know.  I’d definitely consider writing a post about it.  I was actually surprised at how much more efficient the new system made my writing, and I was able to do a more complex plot than usual because of the method I used.  It’s really too bad I didn’t figure out this strategy sooner because I absolutely love it.

For book three of the Dragon’s Breath series (Forged by Flames), I need a month more than the last novel, but that is because I have more on the ground research to do.  I’m actually going to be going out of town on Monday and doing a bit of traveling for a few days (and I just got back from a separate trip on Friday).  It’s not hard to check on things when the story mostly stays within the confines of Norman, OK because I live in the same area as the characters, but for this next installment I need specific details to incorporate into the book and have to see a few places up close.  I won’t spoil things more than that, though.  Those of you who have read Dancing with Flames are already aware there’s a journey ahead for some of the main characters.

Stalked by Flames discount sale

In other news, Amazon has reduced the price of Stalked by Flames to $0.99 in Australia (I’m not sure if that includes any taxes).  It is part of a winter promotion they’re doing in that part of the world and it will continue until August 22nd.  If you live down there and haven’t purchased your copy of the first Dragon’s Breath novel, this is your chance to get it at a low price.  It is also still discounted in Europe for those over there through to the end of August as part of a summer promotion sale.  I wish I could tell U.S. readers there was a discount on Stalked by Flames here too, but so far Amazon has not informed me of one.  If that changes, I’ll be sure to announce it.

Author Interviews

As some of you may have noticed, I have been posting interviews each Friday with Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance authors.  So far, I’ve done three that you can check out if you haven’t done so already.  They include:

Christine Pope
Colleen Gleason
Dannika Dark

You can click on their names above to go to their individual interviews.  They aren’t the standard ones where I ask the same old questions like how they got started writing or where they get their ideas.  These are a little more personal and include subjects such as their pets, favorite TV shows, whether they’d run down the street naked for a million dollars, etc.  I wanted them to be a little more fun and hope you enjoy them.  The next author to be interviewed this coming Friday is Hailey Edwards.  I can’t wait to share her answers to my questions with you!

These interviews will continue until November just before Thanksgiving.  I’ve filled nearly all the slots between now and then with some really awesome authors, many of which you will recognize, so stay tuned.

Book Recommendation

I managed to knock out a few novels from my TBR list after releasing Dancing with Flames.  There are about a hundred more to go because the list never actually gets shorter, but I have no idea when I’ll get to more of them.  I do very little reading once I buckle down on writing because I don’t want to risk another author’s voice affecting mine.  Most of the books I read recently were good, but there was one I wanted to make special note of for anyone who enjoys sci-fi/alien romance.  It is “On a Rogue Planet” by Anna Hackett.

On a Rogue Planet by Anna Hackett

I do not know this author, and I’ve never heard of her before picking this book up.  I actually discovered the novel while digging through Goodreads lists because I was itching for something like it, and I’m really glad I gave it a chance.  It’s so hard to find a good sci-fi romance that has a solid story, creative world-building, and some sexy scenes without going overboard on the naughty bits.  “On a Rogue Planet” had just the right balance.

This is actually the third novel in the author’s series, but I skipped the others because this was the one that grabbed my attention.  I had no trouble following along and believe it can be read as a standalone.  Having said that, I’ll definitely be reading more books by Anna Hackett in the future.  If you’re into that genre, you might give her work a try.  I confirmed this novel is on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes.  Since reader opinions are subjective, be sure to download a sample and/or check reviews before purchasing so you know if the book is right for you.  I can only tell you I enjoyed it a lot.

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That’s all I’ve got for you all now, but if you’ve got any questions/comments, feel free to ask them below.

Interview with author Dannika Dark

Today I’m pleased to bring you an interview with Dannika Dark.  She is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance author with fourteen books currently available between her Mageri series (UF) and Seven series (PNR).  Dannika has been kind enough to answer a few questions below.  Whether you’re familiar with her work or not, this is a great chance to learn more about her.

I’ve also highlighted the first novel in her Mageri series titled “Sterling” at the bottom of this post so those new to this author can learn more about it as well.

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If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

No. There are too many people with cell phone cameras. If I could choose the street and it be a desolate country road, abandoned since 1932, then yes, I would run down THAT street naked.

What genres of books do you like to read?

Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, some Horror, autobiographies, and a lot of books in the humor section. The more offbeat and crazy the humor, the better.

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

I have an unhealthy obsession with Vikings. I love historical or fantasy shows, so I’m also addicted to Game of Thrones and Outlander. I binge watch a lot of TV during writing breaks. Classic shows I love are the original Twilight Zone, Honeymooners, Seinfeld, Three’s Company, and Family Ties. Sitcoms aren’t what they used to be, so I tend to watch a lot of them that ran from the 60s to the 80s. That might have something to do with why there are so many scenes in my books that are situational comedy.

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

Probably one of those Medieval broadaxes with two blades. A gun would be more practical, except that I’d eventually run out of ammo. Fewer people might mess with me if I had an axe swinging from my hip.

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Wow. This changes from time to time, but I’d have to say homemade lumpia and fried rice. My mom tweaked the recipe over the years after living in the Philippines, so nobody makes it better.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

Probably the last day of the dinosaurs. That would be a two for one since I could see dinosaurs and a meteor crash into earth. Just so long as a I have a magical bubble protecting me from becoming dino-food or a pile of ash.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A centaur. There is no other answer. And he might resemble Jason Momoa just a little bit.

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Thanks so much, Dannika, for participating in this interview.  I would love to see the last day of the dinosaurs as well and if you get a centaur that looks like Jason Momoa I’d have to come over to visit, lol!


AUTHOR BIO

Dannika Dark is the USA Today Bestselling Author of Urban Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance books. Her books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, and she is a 2016 Audie Awards finalist.

Dannika was born on a military base in the U.S. and spent her youth traveling abroad. She developed an interest writing poetry and song lyrics early on, eventually gravitating toward a job that involved writing procedural training documentation. In her spare time, she wrote novels before she decided to pursue a career in publishing.

In addition to writing about supernatural worlds, Dannika is passionate about graphic design and creates all her own covers and series art. When not working, she enjoys indie music, movies, reading, Tex-Mex, strawberry daiquiris, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.

All of her published books to date are written in the same universe and contain material suitable for adults only.

You can visit her at: www.dannikadark.net


USATODAYBOOK SUMMARY:

STERLING (Book 1 of 5) Series complete.
USA TODAY BESTSELLER.
IMMORTALS LIVE AMONG US.

Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until the night she was brutally attacked. She narrowly escapes death, rescued by Adam Razor, an ex-soldier who offers her friendship and a place to stay. But something else is different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body.

Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. She meets him by chance – a man who’s handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she’s a Mage – an immortal made of light, not magic. Zoë must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

Zoë learns the price of freedom…and the value of loyalty.

“My eyes may not know all of you, but my heart does. I loved you before I was born, and I will love you long after I pass from this earth.”

+ Cliffhanger-free
+ Contains strong language and appropriate for adult audiences
+ This series contains epic love stories, twists, explosive conclusions, and happy endings

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Interview with author Colleen Gleason

This week I’m pleased to have Colleen Gleason with us this week to answer some questions and tell us about her latest book promo.  Actually, she answered ALL the questions on my list so you’ll get to learn plenty about her!  Colleen writes in multiple genres including paranormal romance/urban fantasy, historical paranormal romance, historical romance, steampunk, YA, action/adventure, and romantic suspense. She’s published over forty novels and novellas to date through traditional publishers and as an indie author.

The series I’m highlighting today is The Gardella Vampire Hunters series (historical urban fantasy).  The first three novels are in a boxed set for only 99 cents through Saturday, July 16th.  Don’t miss out on your chance to grab them!  You can find out more details about her series at the end of this post and the links to the retailers where it is available.  There is also a giveaway so don’t miss that either 🙂

What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake? Why?

Over twenty hours. When I flew overseas and was DETERMINED not to succumb to the temptation to go to sleep when I landed in Europe in the morning. It was HELL. I need my sleep.

What is your current country of residence? Have you visited other countries?

I live in the Midwest United States, in the “Mitten” state.
I’ve visited the following countries: Tahiti, England, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany & The Cayman Islands.

 

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?

Tea. Any kind of tea. I particularly like a matcha green tea latte, made with either skim milk or almond milk. YUM.
I don’t want to tell you what happens when I don’t get it. It’s not very pretty.

 

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I have a German Shepherd dog named Frodo (Mr. Frodo to you!), and a Papillon named Ranger. Frodo doesn’t do much to help me with my writing, though he has made appearances in my Marina Alexander Adventures Books as the rescue dog named Boris (and he’s camera shy, so I don’t have very many good pictures of him). On the other hand, Ranger is more cat than dog. He doesn’t do much but sleep, and he usually naps in his bed in my office when I am writing.

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If someone was willing to pay you a million dollars cash to run down the street naked, would you do it?

Yep. No problem. I have stripped naked and joined a group of strangers sitting in a natural, outdoor hot springs pool just outside Albuquerque….so for a million bucks—no problem. Of course, I suppose it depends which street you want me to run down….Nah. I’d do it even if it was Broadway!

What genres of books do you like to read?

My favorite genre to read (currently) is historical mystery. I don’t generally read in the genres in which I write (ie, Paranormal Romance/UF, or YA), but I do also enjoy historical romance and some contemporary romance.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Stripping naked in front of a bunch of strangers and climbing into a natural hot springs pool on a mountainside (see above).

Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

Sherlock. Oh, Sherlock. And Sherlock. Did I mention Sherlock?
And when that’s not on, I am watching Gilmore Girls to catch up for the new seasons (my daughters love it). I also enjoy Mercy Street and Murdoch Mysteries and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, as well as Person of Interest and Friends reruns. And Miss Fishers’ Murder Mysteries. And also I have been known to watch Sherlock.

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

My rapier wit!
Um, hm. Probably my excellent cooking. And the way I choose and pour a bottle of wine. I figure, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I’m a lover not a fighter (though I write about kickass women….).

What is your favorite meal (including side dishes)?

Wine. Good pizza with lots of veggies and greens (I’m vegetarian). Pasta aglio olio. Malai Kofta with naan and raita and mmmm…cheesecake (fluffy and whipped, not flat and dense). And wine. Vegetarian nachos with lots and LOTS of cheese.
I love food. Love it.

If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?

I’d like to have been around when Jesus walked and preached.

What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?

Blood sausage. And I didn’t ever eat it again. (That was before I was vegetarian.) Oh, and a whole cuttlefish.

If money were no object, what kind of car would you get?

A Mercedes SUV.

Name a mystical creature you wish you could have as a pet.

A Phoenix.

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

Somewhere isolated by water—preferably a private ocean front or lake front—with a well-stocked fridge, wine cellar, tea selection, personal chef (only when I need him/her), fireplace, comfortable bed, and perfect desk/writing set up. With wi-fi that only works after I’ve written my words for the day, and friends and husband who only materialize when I’ve done my work for the day…with a patio that over looks the water and has a forest around it. And is quiet. And probably in the autumn or late summer.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Sitting on my large pontoon boat (my “floating living room) and having my husband drive me around our very quiet, very small and clean lake and just chatting with him about our day….and/or going on the paddle board around our lake and enjoying the sights, the nature…and/or swimming in the lake (see above).

Apparently, I have a thing for water.

 

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Thanks so much, Colleen, for visiting us today and answering all those questions.  You’ve certainly gotten around the world, and you’ve done some things I haven’t done!


AUTHOR BIO

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Colleen Gleason is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written more than 40 novels in a variety of genres.

You can visit her at:  www.colleengleason.com or www.facebook.com/colleen.gleason.author


GIVEAWAY

Colleen is giving away free ebook copies of DARK ROGUE to 10 winners.  Leave a comment below if you would like a copy and I’ll pass along your name and email to her so she can send it to you.  Only available to the first ten people who comment requesting it.


The Gardella Vampire Hunters boxed set cover

BOOK SUMMARY:

The award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Colleen Gleason’s International Bestselling Gardella Vampire Hunter Series.

“Sophisticated, sexy, surprising!”
— J.R. Ward

“One of my favorite vampire series!”
–Jeaniene Frost

“Colleen Gleason’s irresistible…series is deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Gleason’s publishing debut turns vampire stories—and romances—on their ear.”
—Detroit Free Press

Beneath the glitter of dazzling nineteenth century London Society lurks a bloodthirsty evil…

Vampires have always lived among them, quietly attacking unsuspecting debutantes and dandified lords as well as hackney drivers and Bond Street milliners. If not for the vampire slayers of the Gardella family, these immortal creatures would have long ago taken control of the world.

In every generation, a Gardella is called to accept the family legacy, and this time, Victoria Gardella Grantworth is chosen, on the eve of her debut, to carry the stake. But as she moves between the crush of ballrooms and dangerous moonlit streets, Victoria’s heart is torn between London’s most eligible bachelor, the Marquess of Rockley, and her dark, dangerous duty.

And when she comes face-to-face with the most powerful vampire in history, Victoria must ultimately make a choice between duty and love.


PLEASE NOTE: The Gardella Starter set is only 99c through Saturday, July 16th, and then on the 17th it goes back to its $9.99 price.

Purchase links:

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Interview with author Christine Pope

I’m kicking off my new weekly author interview series with Christine Pope today.  She writes in several genre categories including paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and SF romance with thirty-two books out so far between them.  Her series include The Witches of Cleopatra Hill (PNR), The Djinn Wars (PNR), The Sedona Files (PNR), Tales of the Latter Kingdoms (fantasy romance), and the Gaian Consortium Series (SFR).

Her latest release, which you can find out more at the bottom of this post, is titled Forsaken (The Djinn Wars).  It’s the fifth book in the series, but it is a standalone love story as well.  For those who would like to start at the beginning of the series, the first novel Chosen is free to download on the retailers.

Christine has been kind enough to answer a few questions for me, which you can read below, and there’s a giveaway opportunity in this post as well!

What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake? Why?

It must have been a little more than 36 hours…I went to see Return of the Jedi up in Hollywood with some friends on opening night, and because of people cutting the line in front of us (I’m still ticked about that, LOL), we got pushed farther back in line and didn’t make it into the midnight showing. So we saw it at 3 a.m. and staggered out onto Hollywood Boulevard at around six-thirty in the morning. We went out to breakfast after that and eventually made it home to suburbia, but I was so wired that I couldn’t really nap. I did crash around nine that night, though.

 

What is your current country of residence? Have you visited other countries?

I live in the United States. I’ve visited France, Canada, and Mexico.

 

What is your beverage of choice when you first wake up? What happens if you can’t get it?

Plain iced tea, no sugar. Even in the dead of winter. If I can’t get it, I can be a little cranky, but not as bad as my husband if he doesn’t have his coffee.

 

Do you have pets? If so, what kind and do they help you write your books?

I have a dog. She’s a rescue, half Pomerania and half Keeshond. A lot of the time she does hang out with me in my office when I’m writing, but she’s defected this summer because it’s cooler being in my husband’s office.

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Name a few of the TV shows you like to watch.

The Walking Dead, Z-Nation, Longmire, Person of Interest, The Daily Show.

 

What would be your weapon of choice if society crumbled and it was each man/woman for themself?

I’d want a sword, like Mishone from The Walking Dead. Of course, I’d also want her arms. 😛  Swords are good because you never have to worry about running out of ammo.

 

What would be your ideal writing retreat?

A cabin in the mountains above Santa Fe, with trees all around (especially aspens…I love aspens) and a stream running somewhere on the property. No internet, so I’d really have to focus! But it would still be close enough that I could drive down the mountain at the end of the day and have dinner in one of our fabulous restaurants here.

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Thanks so much, Christine, for visiting today.  You have such a cute dog and I love your idea of a writing retreat!


AUTHOR BIO

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A native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her work includes paranormal romance, fantasy romance, and science fiction/space opera romance. The Land of Enchantment cast its spell on her while she was researching her Djinn Wars series, and she now makes her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

You can visit her at:  http://christinepope.com


GIVEAWAY

The first three books in the Djinn Wars series in ebook format, plus a $10 Amazon gift card.  You have until Monday (July 11th, 2016) to enter by leaving a comment on this post.  A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Tuesday.


Forsaken book coverBOOK SUMMARY:

More than a year ago, a djinn-created plague nearly wiped out all of humanity…

Ever since, Madison Reynolds has been hiding. Leaving her underground sanctuary means risking her life at the hands of vengeful elementals hellbent on killing off the world’s few remaining survivors. But when her curiosity and need for exploration get the best of her, she crosses paths with Qadim al-Syan, the new steward of Albuquerque. Despite her better judgment — and her fear of the djinn — she finds herself drawn into his orbit. She knows she must resist her ever-growing attraction for this otherworldly being, who’s unlike any man she’s ever met. But the pull just might be too great. Will succumbing to her desire mark her for certain death?

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July updates

I hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter if you’re in Australia).  I’ve got a few updates for you all including a price promotion, upcoming author interviews, and news on future books.  First off, though, I want to thank everyone who has picked up a copy of Dancing with Flames and especially those who have been kind enough to leave reviews.  All the feedback has been wonderful so far, and I’m glad everyone is enjoying the new Dragon’s Breath series book!

As of now until August 31st, Amazon UK is running a £0.99 summer price promo on Stalked by Flames.  If you haven’t already picked up your copy and you shop on the UK site, this is the time to grab it.  *UPDATE* It appears it is .99 in the other European countries as well so those of you in Germany, France, etc can get the ebook copy at a discount too.  I’m not sure if this includes VAT or not since that won’t show from my computer in the U.S.

Also, I am beginning a series of author interviews for popular writers who have novels in the same genres as I do.  There will be a different author featured each Friday.  I will be putting them on the spot, giving them a series of fun questions to choose from such as “What is the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?”, “What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?”,  and “If you could witness any event in history, what would it be?” and plenty more.  Each one will vary a bit depending on which questions the author chooses to answer, but I hope this gives you all an opportunity to meet new authors or get to know the ones you already follow better than before.

Some of them will also be doing giveaways with their interviews that you don’t want to miss!  Below is the schedule for July and August, though there are more set to come after that which I’ll announce when the time gets closer:

July 8th- Christine Pope
July 15th- Colleen Gleason
July 22nd- Dannika Dark
July 29th- Hailey Edwards
Aug 5th- Anthea Sharp
Aug 12th- Donna Augustine
Aug 19th- Carolynn Gockel
Aug 26th- Jovee Winters

 

As for news on Forged by Flames (book 3 of the Dragon’s Breath series), I am looking at a release date around October 27th, 2016.  This isn’t quite set in stone yet, but that’s what I’m shooting for at the moment. I’ll keep you updated as I make progress with the novel.  Also, there may or may not be a Christmas novella to come after that in December *wink, wink* where we have some post-apocalyptic festivities with the Dragon’s Breath series characters.

Dancing with Flames is now available!

I’m pleased to announce that Dancing with Flames is now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.  This novel turned out to be a fun one for me, and I really enjoyed writing it.  There are a lot of twists and turns, a bit of romance, and plenty of action.  For those who have been wanting to see Bailey in action now that she’s a full dragon slayer, you’ll definitely get it.  For those who were wanting to see more of the dragon/shifter world, there’s a lot more of that in the novel as well. There should be something in the story for everyone.

In the back of the ebook, you will be able to find a glossary of dragon terms and a list of the dragon clans with descriptions of which territories they each inhabit.  I’ve put those there for anyone who would like them as a reference while reading.  If you would prefer to be able to print the list of dragon terms and clans, you are welcome to email me at [email protected] and I’ll send you the Word document.  I also plan to add them to my website very soon.

Below are the rest of the book details, plus retailer links.  Hope everyone has a great day and a lovely weekend!

Dancing with Flames cover (large)SUMMARY:

Four months ago, fire-breathing dragons invaded Earth from an alternate dimension, wreaking havoc on modern civilization. Bailey Monzac has been training to kill them ever since discovering she was impervious to their flames, but when some of the beasts begin targeting children, she can’t hold back any longer and must hunt them down.

Her ally, Aidan, would help, except the shape-shifter has his own troubles. His clan is battling for territory against the pure dragons and his father—their leader—is dying. As the shifters fight for the pendragon position, fierce rivalry takes over. Aidan’s own brothers aren’t above blackmail and murder if it will get them to the top. He must stay one step ahead if he is to survive and keep his clan safe from the pure dragons who threaten them all.

Bailey and Aidan may be natural-born enemies, but working together might be the only thing that saves them from the danger that lies ahead.

Word count: 104,000 (approximate)


RETAILER LINKS:

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK   AMAZON DE

AMAZON AU   AMAZON CA

Cover reveal for Dancing with Flames

I’m excited to reveal the cover for Dancing with Flames (Book 2 of the Dragon’s Breath Series).  This is one of my favorite covers yet and I hope you all will like it too.  All the specific details are below and there’s a giveaway opportunity at the bottom of the post.

I’ve been burning the midnight oil working on Dancing with Flames and it’s coming together amazingly.  A lot of things happen, including twists you won’t expect, and a couple of other characters briefly get their POV told in this novel.  Mostly, though, it’s Bailey and Aidan.  They’ve got a lot on their plate as they continue to face some problems introduced in the first book and encounter all-new troubles.  The beginning of this novel takes place approximately one month after the end of Stalked by Flames.  For those who’ve really wanted to see how Bailey does as a full-fledged dragon slayer, you’ll definitely get that.  For those who enjoy seeing the dragon side of the story, you’ll get a lot of that as well.  Expect to see the ebook version out June 24th on Amazon for purchase or through Kindle Unlimited.  The audio should follow within two months after that.

Now for the cover…

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Dancing with Flames cover (large)Cover design by Jeff Brown (background) and Claudia McKinney. Photography by Teresa Yeh with model Isabella Capri.  Typography by The Font Diva.

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EXPECTED RELEASE DATE- June 24th, 2016

SUMMARY:

Four months ago, fire-breathing dragons invaded Earth from an alternate dimension, wreaking havoc on modern civilization. Bailey Monzac has been training to kill them ever since discovering she was impervious to their flames, but when some of the beasts begin targeting children, she can’t hold back any longer and must hunt them down.

Her ally, Aidan, would help, except the shape-shifter has his own troubles. His clan is battling for territory against the pure dragons and his father—their leader—is dying. As the shifters fight for the pendragon position, fierce rivalry takes over. Aidan’s own brothers aren’t above blackmail and murder if it will get them to the top. He must stay one step ahead if he is to survive and keep his clan safe from the pure dragons who threaten them all.

Bailey and Aidan may be natural-born enemies, but working together might be the only thing that saves them from the danger that lies ahead.

 

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GIVEAWAY

Banner1Giveaway #1– One randomly selected winner will receive the following prizes:

-Signed paperback copy of Stalked by Flames
-Ebook copy of Dancing with Flames (winner will receive it the day before it releases on Amazon)
-Tote bag
-Pewter figurine of a dragon reading a book
-Spiral notebook with Dancing with Flames cover
-Bookmarks

This is open to international contestants.  To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post (not Goodreads, Facebook, etc.) by June 7th, 2016.  I’ll announce the winner here on the 8th and contact them for mailing information.  Be sure to leave a valid email address in the appropriate field so I can contact you if you’re selected.  If I cannot reach the winner within 48 hours, I will select another one.

UPDATE– The winner is Emily Ladouceur!

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Giveaway #2Bewitching book tours is hosting the cover reveal tour for Dancing with Flames in which I’m giving away the following prize pack:

-Pewter figurine of a dragon reading a book
-Signed paperback copy of Stalked by Flames
-Coffee Mug
-Bookmarks

This is a U.S. only giveaway.  You can enter for a chance to win this contest via Rafflecopter here:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba112ffc1365

UPDATE– The winner is Jo Dawson!

 

Darkness Haunts is now available in French and other news

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I’ve been sitting on this for a long time now, but a little over a year ago I signed with a publisher in France who wanted the French language rights to the Sensor Series.  This is the first time any of my books have been translated so it is a bit exciting.  You’ll notice the basic cover is still the same.  The publisher liked my existing series covers well enough they chose to keep them rather than design something different.  That works fine for me since I’d prefer to keep my branding regardless of format.

Tomorrow (April 29th) the first novel, Darkness Haunts, will be available.  Or as it is called in French, Hantée par les ténèbres.  For those who are interested, it is available now for pre-order on Amazon France. Also, according to my publisher’s current schedule, the next novel in the series should be out later this year.

In other Sensor Series news, yesterday on Facebook I opened the floor for feedback on the first spin-off novel with Cori and Bartol.  I asked readers whether they’d like to see them get just one book or a possible 2-3 book series.  The overwhelming response was to give them multiple books.  I probably won’t do this for every side character from the original series, but in instances where I think I have enough ideas to write, I’ll consider it.  So you can expect that Cori and Bartol will probably get three novels to tell their full story.  After that, I’ll either write Micah’s or Kerbasi’s books.

Meanwhile, I’ve got to get back to working on Dancing with Flames.  I’ll be revealing the cover in late May and I’ve finally set the new release date for June 24th.  Everything is looking good so far to stay on track with that.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

 

 

 

 

April update

First of all, thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy of Darkness Wanes.  I’ve appreciated all the wonderful feedback I’ve received via email and Facebook messages.  If you’d consider leaving a review on Amazon or whichever retailer you use, I’d greatly appreciate it.

The paperback should be out within two weeks for those interested.  I’m getting it formatted now.  Many people have asked about the audiobook and my publisher has set it to release on June 21st.  Sorry it can’t be sooner, but hopefully the time will pass quickly!

As for Dancing with Flames (book 2 of the Dragon’s Breath series), I have begun working hard on it.  I’d done some of the preliminary work last year after finishing the first novel, but now I’m getting deep into the writing.  One thing I’m enjoying is that with the apocalypse and basic world-building tasks are out of the way, I can focus more on the characters and plot threads with this installment.  There will be some recap of events from the first book, but mostly I’ll be pushing the story forward.

Yesterday, I spent some time on research I needed for the novel, going to visit a couple of sources for various information (don’t want to spoil anything).  It’s amazing how many people are patient with me when I ask crazy questions related to the series and that they’re willing to help.  I also walked through the location for one of the battle scenes and took a bunch of pictures I’ll refer to later.  There was a skateboard park nearby.  The guys there were giving me strange looks because I had to pass by them along my way while snapping photos (in another direction), but I ignored them.  Unfortunately, their colorful ramps couldn’t figure into my story due to their location.  This particular battle scene is already written, but my first drafts are bare bones with little description so I needed to get the proper lay of the land for when I do my revisions.

I know a lot of people want a hard date for when the novel will be out.  Believe me, I wish I could give it to you, but after all the delays with Darkness Wanes I’m a little nervous to do that just yet until I reach a certain point in the book.  Nothing bothers me more than letting you guys down when I miss a target date.  At the very least, we’re looking at two months from now.  That is doable, barring any unforeseen circumstances.  It’s spring, though, so keep your fingers crossed that Oklahoma doesn’t get another spat of tornadoes to distract me.  Speaking of which, there are storms forecast for the next couple of days so I should probably get off here and get some writing done while the weather is still calm.

Thanks again for all the support you’ve given me and for your patience.  I’ll post another update later in the month.

Darkness Wanes is now available!

I know you all have been waiting patiently (or in some cases impatiently) for the sixth and final novel in the Sensor Series to release.  Darkness Wanes is now available at Amazon and the other major retailers (see the bottom of this post for all the links).

This novel ended up being just over 126k words long in order to wrap up everything relating to Lucas and Melena (though a few open threads are left for spin-off books with other characters).  It took a long time to get this novel finished, but I’m pleased with how it turned out and hope you will be, too.  For audio listeners, my publisher just let me know Darkness Wanes will be released on June 21st in audio format.  They’ve got it on schedule with the same narrator who has handled all the other Sensor books.

There is also a bonus holiday short story featuring Kerbasi, titled An Unexpected Gift, included at the end of the book.  I originally revealed the story over at Nocturnal Book Reviews in December, but it has not been available in an ebook until now.  On the Sensor Series timeline, An Unexpected Gift falls after the end of the main series so it does give you a little glimpse into how things are going for some characters approximately seven months down the line.  There will also be full-length spinoff novels set in the Sensor World in the future.  I expect to release the first one in early 2017.  For the rest of this year, though, I’ll be focusing on the dragon books.

Below is a summary for the novel and links to the retailers.  Thanks to everyone who has stayed with me to the end of the series.  All the kind words of encouragement and messages from fans have meant a lot.

Darkness Wanes medium coverSUMMARY:

Melena Sanders is locked away in Purgatory, which is no vacation, but she’ll soon be returning to Alaska where troubles are mounting once again.  Suspicious fires are breaking out, supernaturals are being attacked, and there’s an enemy lurking out there waiting for his chance to strike.  Her lover, Lucas, is managing to hold their home together during her absence, but he’s more than ready for her to return.  It will take the two of them working together, along with friends and family, to overcome the darkness that is about to unleash.

Word count: 126,000 (approximate)

 


 

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