Destined for Shadows ebook release!

I am happy to announce that Destined for Shadows is now available.  This is the first novel in the Dark Destiny Series, which features two of the side characters from the Sensor books.  Cori and Bartol both have dark and disturbing pasts that haunt them, but they are explosive when they’re together.  Follow their journey as they learn to overcome their obstacles and maybe eventually find love (this is a slow burn romance).  I have decided to give them three books, so there’s plenty more to come from them this year.  You can also expect to see many of your favorite characters from the Sensor Series to find out how they’re doing.

Check out all the details below, including the summary and retailer links. Hope you enjoy!

SUMMARY

Life is too short—except when it’s not.

Cori might be human, but her problems are wholly supernatural. A man from her past has come to Fairbanks, Alaska seeking revenge, and he’s become something else…something stronger. Staying one step ahead of him is going to be like dancing with death while encircled in flames. She’s got a sexy new neighbor who might be able to help with the problem, but only if he’d come out of his cabin once in a while.

Bartol is a half-angel who just spent one hundred years confined in Purgatory. The experience has left him scarred inside and out with no desire to interact with the outside world. He wants nothing more than peace and solitude—if only his new neighbor Cori would allow it. She is one woman who knows how to get under his skin and make him want more. The trouble? Unlike him, she can die, and it’s going to be soon if he doesn’t break from his isolation and intervene.

Word count: 92,000

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*I will post updates on the paperback and audio formats as I have them.


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Excerpt from Destined for Shadows

Those of you who are in Facebook fan group have gotten a couple of snippets already, but today I’m posting the first two chapters of Destined for Shadows.  I thought I’d hold off until now so you wouldn’t have long to wait until the rest of the novel came out.  Hope you enjoy!


Chapter 1

 Cori

Cori used to have a cranky old lady for a neighbor who nagged her incessantly about her numerous faults, but Ms. Callahan had recently been replaced by a cranky immortal with a lack of social skills who rarely made an appearance outside of his cabin.  She should have appreciated the change.  Truly, she should have been happy that her one and only neighbor for miles in the Alaskan wilderness kept to himself.  Except the immortal was half angel—also known as a nephilim—who’d just come from a hundred-year prison sentence in Purgatory.  And yeah, it was the same Purgatory from religious texts that most people thought was only a myth.  A place in some other plane of existence where souls were tortured for their crimes on Earth.

Bartol, the nephilim, needed someone to bring him out of his shell and show him how to live again.  Cori believed she was the right woman for the job.  Not that she was looking to get into a relationship or anything.  Neither of them was in a place where they were ready for that, but it didn’t mean she couldn’t give Bartol the kick-start he needed to get going again, and they could have a little fun along the way.  She liked focusing on other people’s problems, rather than her own.  Especially since her problems were in the past and not exactly fixable.

Cori headed for the kitchen, entering the only part of her two-bedroom cabin she’d remodeled since moving into the place a few years ago.  It had black marble counters, dark wood cabinets, and stainless steel appliances.  A window was set over the sink so she could view the forest behind her place and a bit of the blue sky above.  She loved cooking in the kitchen even if she had to eat alone most of the time.  Her regular customers at the tattoo studio would have never guessed she enjoyed preparing meals as much as permanently marking people’s skin with artwork.

The lasagna she’d baked sat cooling on the stovetop.  The aroma wafted from the dish, overwhelming her senses and making her stomach growl.  She grabbed a spatula, cut through the pasta, and scooped out a large chunk to put in a plastic container.  Then she took a few slices of the garlic bread she’d also made and put them into a plastic baggy.  Bartol would eat at least a couple of decent meals a week if she had anything to say about it.  Left to his own devices, he only ate baked potatoes or canned soup.  As a man who was born when the Roman Empire was still around, and who’d missed out on the biggest technological changes in modern history, he had a lot of catching up to do if he wanted to survive in this era.

After grabbing a pre-made bowl of salad from the fridge as the final piece of the meal, Cori put everything into a plastic bag and left the house.  Cool air touched her face as she stepped outside.  Though it was mid-September and the days were still long, autumn had already arrived to the Alaskan interior.  She had lived in the state her whole life and was used to the weather being colder than most other places.  Forty degrees might seem a bit cool to southern folks, but she had no problem wearing jeans and a tank top until it hit below freezing.

She carried the food bag as she walked down a narrow dirt road lined with evergreen trees.  The rutted path ran for about half a mile until it reached the highway.  Bartol’s cabin—a smaller one-bedroom place—wasn’t quite as deep in the woods as hers, but it only took a few minutes to reach.  She caught the smoke from the chimney before she saw the actual home.  Only during the warmest days of summer had she not seen it going.

According to Cori’s friend, Melena, the bowels of Purgatory where Bartol had been imprisoned were freezing cold.  The ice set into the bones of whoever stayed there, so that the inhabitants could never truly feel warm.  Melena had gotten over her stay fairly quickly, but she’d only been confined there a few months.  Bartol, whose stay was longer than most people’s life spans, acted as if anything below seventy degrees was too cold for him and kept his fireplace blazing day and night.  The poor guy probably should have moved to Florida, but his friends had talked him into living in Alaska instead.  He had a lot of catching up to do in the modern world, and at least here he could ease into it a little slower.

Cori skipped up the wooden steps to his front porch and knocked on the door.

No answer.

“Bartol!” she yelled.  “I’ve got dinner for you.”

Curses and grunts came from inside.  A minute later, the door flew open and an annoyed man with golden eyes filled the opening.  Cori couldn’t help dropping her gaze to his bare chest where he’d filled out over the past few months—mostly thanks to her cooking.  A healthy nephilim tended to be large and strong due to the angelic half of their DNA, but years of wasting away in Purgatory had left Bartol unnaturally lean.  He’d grown to a healthier weight recently, and his muscles were more defined now.  Black sweatpants covered his long legs, and he had a pair of thick socks on his feet.  For all that he complained about the cold, he didn’t like wearing shirts for some reason.  Cori didn’t mind that little quirk at all.

“Here.” She shoved the bag of food at him.  If she wasn’t brusque and demanding about it, he’d try to refuse her.  “I cooked more than I can eat again.”

Bartol took hold of the bag, sparing it a brief glance.  “Then why don’t you try cooking less?”

And the game resumed with him pretending a complete lack of interest in her food, but she wasn’t fooled.  The containers always appeared on her porch the next morning empty and freshly washed.  He liked her cooking, but he’d never admit it.

“Because most of my recipes were designed to feed a family.”  She didn’t dare admit she’d had a family once and that was how she’d picked up her love of cooking.  It wasn’t something she ever wanted to discuss, not even with her closest friends.

He narrowed his eyes.  “If you knew what was good for you, you’d stay away from me.”

“About the only thing I do that might be considered good for me is take long walks through the woods.”  With a rifle, just in case a bear or other wild animal made an appearance.  “Bringing food to you doesn’t even rate on my list of bad.”

He set the bag on a side table next to the entryway and braced his hands on the door frame, leaning closer to her.  “Look at me.  Do I look friendly or nice to you?”

Cori swallowed.  She had a knack for pretending not to notice the burn scars on the left side of his face.  If she ignored that half, he was stunningly beautiful, but if she stared at the part where a guardian from Purgatory had burned Bartol from his hairline down to his chin—only leaving the area around his eye intact—then his skin bordered on grotesque.  Everything from next to his nose to just before his ear appeared to have melted, begun to heal, and then got locked in place by some sort of magical spell.

That was the story she’d been told by others, anyway, since Bartol would never talk about it.  Nephilim could normally recover from any injury, but what happened to him was an exception to the rule.  His wounds couldn’t be fixed, and he would have to live with the scars for the rest of his life.  He didn’t even have the glamour capabilities some of his kind had to cover it up.  At best, he could make himself invisible, but then no one would notice him at all.  It was kind of sad since she had a feeling there was so much more to him that he kept hidden away.

“I see you,” Cori said, forcing herself to stare at the damaged half of his face.  He’d grown a light beard that obscured some of the scarring, but not all of it.  “So what?” Continue Reading →

2017 Book Release Forecast

I hope everyone’s new year has started out well so far.  Last year was a tough one for me in more ways than one, but I have high hopes for 2017.  It’s fresh and shiny, and I’ve got a strong book release schedule lined up.

For the first half of the year, I will be focusing on the Sensor Series spin-offs.  Since I have multiple books planned, I decided the novels featuring side characters would fall under a different series title.  They will be in the “Dark Destiny Series” and the first two novels will feature Cori and Bartol as the main characters and narrators.  I will release the first book, Destined for Shadows, on March 25th and the second in early June.

I’ve found the models for the covers, who happen to be husband and wife and do a lot of commercial photography work together already.  I like this because the chemistry will already be there between them, and they’ve got a look that fits Cori and Bartol well.  We’ll be doing the photo shoot on February 6th.  Very excited to see how the images turn out.  It probably won’t be until the end of February before the cover for book one is ready, but I’ll reveal it as soon as it is.

For those curious about Destined for Shadows, and not wanting to wait for a sneak peek, I do have a 450 word snippet up in my Facebook fan group.  All you need to do is join to check it out.  There are regular updates there for where I’m at in writing, future plans, giveaways, and monthly book club discussions where readers can discuss what else they’re reading aside from my novels.  There are also chances to win ARCs ahead of release dates.  Be sure to join if you’re interested.

For the second half of 2017, I will be going back to the Dragon’s Breath Series.  The tentative release date for Captured in Flames (book 5) is late August.  I also hope to release the sixth novel (yet to be titled) by late November or early December.

As for audio, those of you waiting for Forged by Flames can get your copy on February 14th.  Yes, it happened to land on Valentine’s Day, but at least it’s an easy date to remember.  I can’t say anything yet on Christmas with Dragons.  I’m hoping to work something out on that soon for audio, and I’ll let you know once I have more news.

Feel free to ask any questions if you have them and wishing all of you a happy 2017!

Christmas with Dragons is now available!

I’m excited to announce that the fourth installment of the Dragon’s Breath Series, Christmas with Dragons, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Thanks to everyone for being patient as I worked to get it ready.  Though the novel is a little shorter than the others in the series, and it has a holiday theme, it does progress the story line with Bailey, Aidan, and friends.  This is not a book you want to miss!

Check out all the details below, including the summary and retailer links.  I hope all of my readers have happy holidays and a wonderful New Year!

SUMMARY

Dragon slayer Bailey Monzac and her shifter lover Aidan are about to have their first holiday season together. They’d rather ignore the rest of the world this Christmas, but trouble is headed their way.

Murderous dragons are on the loose, and there’s also the shifter mating festival Bailey and Aidan are obligated to attend. And on top of that? Her long-lost father is coming for a visit. She doesn’t know much about him, but she does know he’s a slayer who strikes fear in the hearts of dragons everywhere. There’s no way he’s going to approve of his daughter shacking up with one of the beasts—even one that is half human.

The presents may be under the tree, but yuletide cheer isn’t on the calendar for Bailey and Aidan.

Word count: 52,000


RETAILER LINKS

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AMAZON DE     AMAZON AU

AMAZON CA    AMAZON FR

NOOK   KOBO

 

*For Kobo readers, they have shut down their operations until the end of December so I am not able to get the book on there until then.  For iTunes readers, they have also shut down for the holidays, but they won’t be back up and running until January 7th.  As soon as I am able, I will upload Christmas with Dragons to these retailers and update this post with links.  Thank you for your patience.

Interview with Yasmine Galenorn

Today is the last day for the author interview series I’ve been doing since July, and I have author Yasmine Galenorn here with us to help end it with a bang!  For those who aren’t familiar with her, she writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal mystery, and nonfiction.  Her series include:  Whisper Hollow, Fury Unbound, The Otherworld, The Fly by Night, The Indigo Court, Chintz ‘n China, Bath and Body, and the Shamanic Witchcraft Series (nonfiction).

The novel I will be highlighting in this post is Fury’s Magic (book 2 of the Fury Unbound Series), which just released about a week ago. You can find out more details about it at the end of the post.

Now, on to the interview…

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

Iced quad-shot sugar-free chocolate-peppermint coconut milk latte. Made on my beloved espresso machine named Fred. You do NOT want to see me without caffeine. It’s not a pretty sight. I’m not pleasant. And I get a mega headache.

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

Four furbabies. We are a four-cat household. We have little loves who never, ever do anything wrong—(koffs)

Okay, even I can’t get that out with a straight face. We are owned by four goobers. Calypso (Caly-Q for short), a tortoiseshell who has decided she is Mom’s protector against all who enter the house wearing shoes (she doesn’t like shoes). Caly took over as dominant kitty when our old beloved Meerclar died at 21 years old. Then we have Brighid (the cat, not the Goddess), who is the Manipulator. She’s a red girl who’s sweet, smart, and our prima-dona.

Morgana (Morgan for short, or the Morganator/the Schmorganbord) is our 16½ lb. part Bengal who…she’s special. Morgan lives in Morgan’s world and it’s a happy little world and she’s the gentle giant of it. Then there’s Apple. Apple is not named after a goddess, you’ll notice. Apple is a boy. He’s a goofy happy tiny l’il boy black cat who loves sucking on his blanket, chasing Brighid, and generally making us smile. Before that, we were owned by four other goobers who lived very long and happy lives and whom we miss very much.

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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?

Yeah. Wouldn’t be MY eyes I’d be scarring! Nekkid is a state of mind. You can go meandering around in a burlap sack and make people think you’re the classiest thing on earth if you have the right attitude.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Quit my job, gave away most of my possessions, and moved into a converted school bus where I slept with a hatchet by my head, out on the back end of five acres. I needed a change after I left my ex. Then, months later, I moved in with a friend, and a week later was living with his roommate Sam. Two months after that Samwise proposed and 23 years later, we’re still married. 🙂

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

I’m a TV/movie/music junkie. LOVE media of all sorts. I watch a lot of Food Network—the more severe my food allergies get, the more vicarious it becomes. Favorites over the years: Buffy, Medium, Bones, Criminal Minds, Night Stalker, the first two seasons of Supernatural, Lost Girl, Witches of East End, Gilmore Girls, New Girl…and many more.

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

One of my many daggers. (I collect blades). You can’t run out of bullets that way, a dagger can be used for many tasks, and it’s easier to both hide and use than a sword. I’ve thought this over a lot. Trust me. I haz much imagination.

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

I think I would want to go back and see how they built Stonehenge, and the pyramids. Remove the uncertainty for sure.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Sitting beside the ocean, on a driftwood log, on a day that’s around 65 degrees with a very light wind, listening to the waves.

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Thanks so much for being here with us today, Yasmine. Love all your adorable cat pics, and I’m with you on which events in history I’d want to witness.  I’d love to see how they managed to get the pyramids erected.


AUTHOR BIO

New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, fantasy and science fiction. In the past, she has written paranormal mysteries, and nonfiction metaphysical books. She is the 2011 Career Achievement Award Winner in Urban Fantasy, given by RT Magazine. She lives in Kirkland WA with her husband Samwise and their cats.  Yasmine can be reached via her website at www.galenorn.com.


GIVEAWAY

Yasmine has been generous enough to offer an ebook copy of Fury Rising to one lucky winner.  Be sure to leave a comment by Tuesday, November 22nd for a chance to get the prize.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly after that by email.


magic_promoBOOK SUMMARY:

“My name is Kaeleen Donovan. I’m a Theosian-a minor goddess. They call me Fury.”

By day, I run the Crossroads Cleaning Company, and I also read fortunes and cast hexes at Dream Wardens, a magical consulting shop. But by night, I’m oath-bound to Hecate, Goddess of the Crossroads. Hecate charged me from birth with the task of hunting down Abominations who come in off the World Tree and sending them back to Pandoriam.

On a routine cleaning job in Portside—a boat full of ghosts need their joyride cut short—Tam and I run afoul of the Devani. The ruthless soldiers of Elysium capture him and send him out to the Tremble, a place of wild, chaotic madness. Jason and I devise a plan to sneak in and help Tam escape. But Lyon and the Order of the Black Mist reappear, and I’m on their hit list. Lyon opens a door to the realm of Tartarus and the walking dead are pouring into the city. Now, we must wade through both the Devani the dead to save Tam. And we must close the portal on the World Tree before Lyon manages to wake the Elder Gods of Chaos.


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