Destined for Dreams release day!

Release day is finally here.  Join Cori and Bartol in this second installment as they face new challenges and discover new aspects about themselves.  You’ll also get to see many of your favorite characters from the Sensor Series, including Melena, Lucas, Emily, Kerbasi, Derrick, Kariann, and Tormod.  Plus updates on how things are going with the nerou.

I truly enjoyed writing this novel and hope you all enjoy reading it!

SUMMARY

Not all relationships are fun and games—especially in the supernatural world.

Cori and Bartol might be bonded mates, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to accept an eternity with each other. They are both wounded souls with tragic pasts that haunt them and not quite ready to trust anyone. But all that may have to be set aside with new problems threatening their future. A demon is on the rise, intent on conquering the world. Bartol may be the only one who can stop him. And Cori discovers she’s developed a mystical ability that could put her at odds with the supernatural community. They’ve got their work cut out for them if they want to survive the coming storm, but supporting each other just might be the answer if they’re willing to take a chance.

Destined for Dreams is the second installment in the Dark Destiny Trilogy. Join Cori and Bartol on their journey to finding love and redemption even under the most difficult circumstances.

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Word count– 103,000 (approximate)

Add to your Goodreads TBR list- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34831207-destined-for-dreams


RETAILER LINKS

AMAZON US     AMAZON UK

AMAZON DE     AMAZON AU

AMAZON CA    AMAZON FR

NOOK   KOBO   ITUNES

 

*Destined for Dreams will only be available for a limited time on Nook, Kobo, and iTunes before it will become exclusive to Amazon for the Kindle Unlimited program.  Grab your copy while you can!

Winners for ARC contest

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and commented on the cover reveal post.  I loved hearing all your answers on which characters are your favorites.  The winner names are posted below.  If you are among them, be on the lookout for an email from Bookfunnel today so you can download your ARC copy of Destined for Dreams and start reading!

 

WINNERS:

Jo Dawson

Toni N.

Lea

Destined for Dreams cover reveal

Great news!  Today I’m revealing the cover for Destined for Dreams, plus all the upcoming release details, and I have a giveaway at the end of this post.  Keep reading for more information.

COVER ARTVictoria Miller

PHOTOGRAPHER– Josh McCullock

MODELS– Samantha and Max Radcliffe

 

SUMMARY

Not all relationships are fun and games—especially in the supernatural world.

Cori and Bartol might be bonded mates, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to accept an eternity with each other. They are both wounded souls with tragic pasts that haunt them and not quite ready to trust anyone. But all that may have to be set aside with new problems threatening their future. A demon is on the rise, intent on conquering the world. Bartol may be the only one who can stop him. And Cori discovers she’s developed a mystical ability that could put her at odds with the supernatural community. They’ve got their work cut out for them if they want to survive the coming storm, but supporting each other just might be the answer if they’re willing to take a chance.

Destined for Dreams is the second installment in the Dark Destiny Trilogy. Join Cori and Bartol on their journey to finding love and redemption even under the most difficult circumstances.

*****

Word count– 103,000 (approximate)

Release date- September 30th, 2017

Add to your Goodreads TBR list- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34831207-destined-for-dreams

You can pre-order a copy of the novel on Amazon here.  The ebook will be available on all other retailers on release day, and I’ll post more purchase links then.


GIVEAWAY

For a chance to win an ebook copy of Destined for Dreams (Book 2 of the Dark Destiny Series), leave a comment below naming your favorite character from the Dark Destiny/Sensor world and a brief reason why you like that person.  On Thursday, September 28th, I’ll contact three lucky winners who will receive an ARC (advance reader copy) of the ebook.  Please be sure to leave a valid email address in the appropriate field so I can reach you!

Excerpt from Destined for Dreams

I know you all have been waiting patiently for the next installment in the Dark Destiny Series. In a few days, I’ll be doing the official cover reveal and announcing the release date (which is very soon, I promise!).  For now, I thought I’d go ahead and share the first two chapters of the novel.  Hope you enjoy!

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Chapter 1

 Bartol

When a man has too much time on his hands, and he’s trying his best not to think of a certain troublesome woman in his life, he must find some sort of distraction.  Over the last few weeks, while avoiding the aforementioned woman, Bartol had turned to an old hobby—one that came from a time before electricity and modern machinery—back in the days when a man used his bare hands and simple tools for crafting his work.  And if he did a reasonably good job, he might even make a little money for his efforts.  Carpentry had been his trade off and on for many centuries whenever he had the spare time or needed a little extra cash.

When Bartol had gotten the brilliant idea to start up his old hobby again, it had seemed simple enough.  Build a table, some chairs, perhaps a desk—easy.  Of course, he’d had to construct a workshop first since there was hardly enough space in his cabin, but that hadn’t been too difficult despite the cold Alaskan weather.  And as a nephilim—half angel and half human—who’d lived more than eighteen-hundred years, Bartol had the strength of dozens of humans to speed up the process.  It had kept him busy and helped keep Cori from his mind—the woman who’d become his bonded mate and then rejected him.

Bartol sighed deeply and ran a brush over the chair, staining the wood a deep russet color.  It would be beautiful when it was done, maybe his best work yet. Working his way over the high back, similar to the Victorian style, he recalled what had first driven him to learn such a trade.  It was, ironically, to impress women.  He didn’t impress them now, most especially his mate, with his scars and reclusive behavior, but at least the work served a more important purpose.

He’d discovered how much humans would pay for unique pieces, and he’d found someone in Fairbanks willing to sell the furniture for him to local customers as well as others across the country.  The first piece he’d put on the market, a desk, had netted him over a thousand dollars.  It was a start to rebuilding the fortune he’d lost while locked away in Purgatory for more than a century.  If one must be confined as a prisoner for a long period, it was a bad idea to do it just before the economy went into shambles and a recession started.  Most of his investments were lost, and he’d had no idea it was happening until it was too late.

So now Bartol was starting over and taking whatever jobs he could.  The archangels were paying him a fair wage for his assistance in training a young nerou crossbreed—Tormod—who had both angel and demon blood, as well as a little something else, but that job would run out in a few months.  He needed to have something else in place before then.

Plus, Bartol didn’t want to rely on the archangels any more than necessary, especially since they were the ones who’d confined him to Purgatory in the first place and caused him to lose nearly everything.  They might regret the severity of their punishment now that they knew he wasn’t as guilty as they’d thought, but it didn’t undo the damage.  Bartol had been tortured both physically and psychologically during that time and scarred for life.  He would never be the same man again, which was likely why Cori had rejected him.  She had to see he wasn’t worth her time or energy.

A shuffling noise came from just outside the workshop.  He’d almost missed it with the blowing wind hitting the walls and windows as yet another snow storm passed through.  If not for a wood-burning stove nearby, it would have been freezing inside.

Bartol stiffened and slowly turned on his stool.  Only a few people knew about this private escape deep in the woods, and none of them were expected.  Tormod had the day off to spend with his mother, no friends had mentioned dropping by for a visit, and Cori had yet to discover his shop since he’d constructed the building well out of sight from his cabin, and he hadn’t spoken to her since before it was built anyway.

As the door slid open, a large, muscular figure appeared with snow swirling around him.  His body blocked what little light was available on such a gloomy day as he entered the workshop.  It took a moment for Bartol’s eyes to make out the chiseled features of his oldest rival and closest friend.

“Caius,” he said, standing.  “It’s been a long time.”  More than two centuries, in fact.

The older nephilim chuckled and moved forward to stand under the solitary light bulb hanging from the ceiling.  “Too long.”

“How did you find me?”  Bartol hadn’t exactly advertised his current whereabouts to the supernatural world, considering all he wanted was solitude since returning to Earth.

“Word travels, my friend, especially after what you did to get yourself thrown in Purgatory.  People pay attention. Continue reading

Publishing updates and baby’s gender…

Things have been rather hectic since my last post (sadly, a couple of months ago), but I’ve got a few things I can go ahead and tell you about now.

I’ve moved into a new place, which took me nearly a month to get unpacked and settled.  On a bright note, I’ve got my own office now which has turned into a great writing haven.  I’m also able to use the closet to store all the extra paperbacks for my books, plus promo goodies.  Before, I didn’t have a dedicated space for all these things because my apartment was too small, so everything was scattered in boxes wherever I could find a bit of space.  I also had to write in odd places.  Having a desk and an office after all these years of being an author is so much better, and I’ve already found myself being a lot more productive in the last month.  The cats also like the office because they can keep me company while looking out the window.

Below are some pics of the office I took a couple of weeks ago (with anything spoilery blurred in case you look too closely).  I’ve since added more notes to the bulletin board, and I’ve got my printer hooked up, but this is pretty much how things look now.

And at least organizing giveaways will be easier than ever.  As you can see below, I’ve got a lot of paperbacks for both series, audio CDs, and spiral notebooks in the hanging shelf.  There’s a few tote bags, fridge magnets, and other things you can’t see because they’re in the black pullout boxes in the bottom shelf.  And I have my office supplies, reference books, research materials, and other writing/publishing related things in there such as props used for cover model photo shoots.  It’s hard to believe I ever lived without a dedicated closet for all this stuff before.

And here’s a closeup…

As for book progress, I’m getting very close.  There was a slight setback with a recent family emergency.  Moving and pregnancy related stuff haven’t helped either, but I’m continuing to work hard on it. Within the next few days, I’ll be sending out the first set of chapters for Destined for Dreams to beta readers.  It will take time to cycle through them and my editor, but I’m hoping to do a cover reveal by the end of the month and give you a firm date for when it will be out (hopefully no later than mid-September).  Please stay tuned and expect some excerpts here on the blog soon.  For anyone worried they might miss book 2 of the Dark Destiny Series, you can sign up for my release alerts here.  I always send those emails within a day of the book coming out.

The Dragon’s Breath Series is no longer in Kindle Unlimited, and I’ve started reloading all four books onto Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. If you are a reader on one of those platforms and you’ve been waiting for the books to be available, this is your chance to grab them.  They will stay wide on all the retailers for the foreseeable future.  For those wondering when book five will be out, it will most likely be late December or January.  We’ll have to see on the timing of the baby being born and how that affects my ability to write/publish near delivery.

Speaking of the baby, those on my Facebook fan group already got the news a while ago, but for the rest of you…it’s a boy!  A blood test and an ultrasound confirmed it.  I wasn’t all that particular either way on the gender since this is my first.  We are just happy that the baby is healthy and looking great as of the last checkup earlier this month.  Because I’m on blood pressure meds for migraines, and I’m considered advanced maternal age, my OBGYN does have me seeing a perinatal specialist as well who is monitoring the pregnancy closely.

Before you ask about names, I will just say that’s a heated topic at the moment.  My husband has shot down all my suggestions and his ideas usually consist of superhero and action star names (this kid is not being called John Wick, Jason Bourne, Thor, Batman, or anything else ridiculous).  We get a lot of suggestions from friends and family as well, which can make it overwhelming.  I have decided things are much easier when I’m naming characters in my books because I get 100 percent control and don’t have to consult anyone if I don’t feel like it.  Hopefully, we’ll get something figured out. Fingers crossed!

So that’s it for now.  Hope everyone in the northern hemisphere had a lovely summer and wonderful vacations if you took them.  For those of you down under, I hope the winter hasn’t been too cold!

~Susan