Tuesday, June 20, 2017

#Tuesdaybookblog: A Vampire Calls

For those of you who've been around, you know that I have a novella coming out in the beautiful collection mentioned above. Since it is coming out in a little over a month, I thought it was high time I shared an excerpt with you! So here goes: 

Chapter 3

Her hands went to her throat and closed around a gold cross. I hadn’t seen it hiding between her breasts until that moment, and I didn’t care. I could think of only one thing, she knows exactly what I am.
I searched her mind, desperate to establish that connection. I wondered if she couldn’t see my face properly. A cloud over the moon perhaps. She was thinking about the cross. That it was a gift from Kai, her daughter, for Mother’s Day, and she’d yet to take it off, because she was afraid if she took it off for even a moment, her brother would run away with it, pawning it in the first shop that took real gold.
“If he owes you money or something, I’ve got nothing to do with that,” she said, her fingers twitching on the gold.
I couldn’t help but smile, my head cocking an inch to one side. She looked ready to scream. I slipped into her mind, trying to grab hold of something, anything to take this utter failure into my control again.
Great. Another sick ass junkie. It doesn’t matter if he’s in a nice suit. He could’ve stole the suit from anybody. Or he could be one of them so-called drug lords. This is Merek’s fault. He led this asshole here, and now I’m the one who has to deal with this bullshit.
There was nothing to grab onto. Every inch of her mind was a slick surface.  
“I came to see you, actually,” I said, which was true. It was her scent I followed all those years ago, when she was just a child. She smelled of nightshades and jasmine, and far beyond that, too far for a mortal’s nose, the salty waves of an ocean.
My voice wasn’t what she expected. She’d expected a harsh, grasping voice like her brother’s. One as worn and tired as the pockmarked and hollowed face that matched it—I saw both this face in her mind’s eye and in the recliner behind her, framed by a window. The only difference was that the brother in her mind was bright with her anger. This face blazed with decades of hate and a vigor that the crumpled skeleton in the chair simply did not possess.
I pulled out of her mind, relieved. At least this one small magic had not failed me.
“I don’t know who you are.” She flicked the end of her cigarette out of habit. Nothing happened. The ash fell minutes ago and the end of the burnt paper sat black and wilting. “And even if I’ve forgotten you, which I’ve never forgotten a face in my life, I didn’t invite you here. It’s late and you’re unwelcome. Go home.”
I laughed.
“Listen, man. I don’t know what kind of game you’re playing, but I’m not interested. I just put Momma to bed, so don’t come up in here causing trouble. I’ll call the police. Don’t think I won’t. We have enough junkies in this house.”
This is the part where he begs, she thought. Come on, just five dollars, or ten. I know you’ve got that. That’s what he’ll say. Only they say it every other day until it’s thirty or forty a week and nearly a hundred a month or two hundred that neither Momma nor I can conjure from thin air. The sliding bills from month to month can attest to that. We’ve slid so far that now it seems like all I pay are fees not bills. Late fees, reconnection fees, interest fees, surcharge fees. Things they slap on a bill to make the bill harder to pay. I don’t understand it. If I could pay the damn bill I wouldn’t be stuck with a fee, now would I? But not being able to pay costs more? What kind of fucking world—
“I am not here for money,” I said.
He says that, but I don’t believe it. When your own brother will walk up and say, you got five, Lettie? I know you got five more in you somewhere. Between your tits, maybe? You got five, I’m sure.” And he’ll search you, shake you down, beat you down until he finds it and won’t think about helping you up.
Junkies are flies, buzzing and landing on the same piece of rotting meat. Where there’s one there’s another. And here he is. Sick. Every single one of them—
“No money,” I said. I moved again, in hopes the moonlight would fall on my face, light me up and make me someone she’d loved and wanted. It didn’t happen. “But I am sick. You’re right about that. Not with the drug coursing through your brother’s veins.”
 “What you got? Hepatitis?” She flicked the end of the dead cigarette again. “AIDS?”
And more truth plucked from her mind. How she knew about these diseases. How she lost three friends to one and five to the other.
“No,” I said. I was in full moonlight. Nothing. Not a single glimmer of recognition. “Let’s call it…malnourishment.”
She didn’t know me, and that could mean only one thing.
“How about you come back at a decent hour,” she said and took one more step toward the door. “Didn’t your momma ever teach you not to creep up on women in the dark?”
“No,” I said. “I believe my mother skipped that lesson.”
In truth, I barely recalled having a mother. And maybe even those handful of memories were a dream.
 The devil would smile like that, she thought, and I refrained from reaching up, from fingering the edges of my smile to see if it was true. A too-pretty smile that somehow manages to soften you, weaken you and yet strikes a pure, deep chord of terror through your guts.
“Well this isn’t how I wanted this to go,” I tell her at last. “But we don’t always get what we want, do we?”
I might as well have stuck the red cherry of a cigarette to the soft underbelly of her arm. She turned and threw herself at the door, intending to get inside and reach her mother’s bedroom as fast as she could. Her mind trilled ahead of her, laying out the plans for getting inside, getting to the room, and calling the police. She was sure there had to be something, surely something that she could use to stave me off until they arrived.

Only she didn’t so much as lift her foot before my hands seized her. I yanked backward. One scrape of boot and then up. Wind whipped and whistled around us.  Thankfully, I was high in the sky before she began to scream.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

New Giveaway: Shadows in the Water Audiobook

Shadows in the Water is available on audiobook! To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway for five Shadows in the Water audible codes, so a few lucky winners can listen to this beauty for free.

Haven't heard about Shadows? Here's the description:

Louie Thorne was born with a dangerous gift and a reason to fear the darkness. But when her parents are murdered by the mafia, embracing her power is the only way to exact her revenge. She will destroy the men who destroyed her family—no matter the cost.

Robert King may be a retired agent, but he knows trouble when he sees it. First, his old partner returns with a case. Then an old flame begs a favor. By the time Louie enters the picture, King will be lucky to survive the night.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A #kindle fire giveaway

You're running out of time to enter this giveaway for a brand new Kindle Fire and $50 Amazon gift card.

What's better than a free kindle and $50? The books too, of course! There are many free and discounted books featured in this book fair too. Like these:

Go visit the book fair before it ends! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

#Giveaways you probably missed! #Freebiefriday

Tote bag, makeup bag, keychains, buttons, magnets, stickers, bookmarks and more! HERE

This goodreads giveaway for Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park. It was SUCH a good book! 

This goodreads giveaway for The Bear and the Nightingale--one I'm excited to read myself! Myths and fairytales? YES PLEASE.

...and plenty more on my very own giveaways page! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

@acourtofcandles Amazing candles for book fiends! #Tuesdaybookblog

I debated on whether or not to share this TOP SECRET information with you...

You see, I've recently discovered A WONDERFUL candlemaker who does book-themed candles. She does candles based on Sarah J. Maas' ACOTAR series, Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crow series and many other lovely series that I've read and adored. Being a total book nerd myself, I had to make an order...and I can tell you not only do they warm the cockles of my bookish heart, they smell SOOOOO gooood. They also hit all the checkmarks I have for candles: clean-burning, no chemicals, soy, etc.

I almost didn't want to tell you about her because everyone will be buying her candles and I want them ALL TO MYSELF.  But then I came to my senses (heh, get it?) and realized I want booknerd buddies to swoon with... 

Also, she makes custom candles--heads up authors, this is an awesome opportunity to make something fancy for your fans! I'm already designing fun Louie Thorne and Jesse Sullivan candles with her myself!

So if you're not following this darling on Instagram, you really should be. Right your wrongs here. Not an instagrammer? No problem! You can find A Court of Candles on Twitter or go straight to their online store! 

Enjoy, bookworms! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Badass and the Beast cover reveal #fridayreads

So about this time, two years ago, awesome author Angela Roquet and I compiled and released an anthology for charity. Well I just commissioned the wonderful Christian of Covers by Christian to remake the cover. And here it is:

Isn't it lovely?! I love how it turned out and Christian was a dream to work with. So I'm excited to update the site and Amazon page soon! :) 

Until then, let's all just enjoy this beauty! 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Show Me the Promos! #kindleunlimited

Happy June everyone!

I hope you're soaking up this sunshine and enjoying the lovely start of summer. For those of you who want to spend these days lying around and reading, here's another book alert for you to fill your kindles!

It's a Show Me the Reads promo with dozens of FREE books on kindle unlimited, conveniently gathered into one place for you. (Including my very own Shadows in the Water)

So be sure you can check out their awesome collection of 15+ genres. 
See the goods HERE.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Get great book deals at the May Book Fair! #amreading

An awesome book fair is happening now and I'm thrilled that my latest Jesse Sullivan novel, Dying Breath, is a part of this amazing collection!

Here is a description of this month's fair from the site: 

We have tons of books to choose from (MOST price $0.99-$2.99 for at least part of the duration of the fair.) We’ve separated the books by genre to make browsing easier. The following genres are available this month:
  • Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
  • Paranormal Romance/SciFi romance
  • Romance & Women’s Fiction
  • Young Adult
  • SciFi & Dystopian
  • Mystery, Thriller, or Horror
We hope you’ll find some books here to enjoy this coming month! Happy reading trails!

Well, that says it all, doesn't it? 

If you love cheap books and getting book deals, what are you waiting for? Check out the fair here

Friday, May 26, 2017

#Fridayreads: Free and $0.99 books! #amreading #freebiefriday

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A lady-in-waiting's job is to follow orders. For Rowen, it is to execute her stepfather's plan to elevate the family's station by an advantageous marriage to the crown prince. Intrigue and seduction fill Rowen's days, but the prophecies that haunt her dreams at night warn her that death awaits. 

The taunts of her sleepless nights are realized when she is framed and sentenced to death for the prince's murder. For a human, there's nowhere to run and no one to turn to in a kingdom where power is tightly held by full-blooded dragon shifters. 

It will take a stranger from the shadows to save Rowen from execution and reveal a truth full of terrifying potential. It is time for Rowen to find the courage to accept her fate, awaken her gift, and set the world on fire. 

CREATURES is a collection of otherworldly tales from today’s indie-favorite New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors!

You are about to enter the realm of Creatures, a boxed set packed with more than twenty enthralling tales of urban fantasy and paranormal romance! From witches to vampires, shifters to fae, and every dark creature known to lurk the pages of fantasy fiction, you’re sure to find yourself up past your bedtime and reading well into the witching hour!

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Did you miss the news?

Shadows in the Water is now available on audiobook! Learn more.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Do you @Bookbub? #Freebiefriday #fridayreads

Hey there avid readers! 

This may seem like a personal question, but do you Bookbub? If not, bookbub is one awesome source for free books. You get to pick the genres you like to read and Bookbub will send you an email full of free and discounted books from your favorite authors.

If you do Bookbub, or plan to sign up, I hope you will consider following my Bookbub page. You will notified of all my new releases and sales when you do!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New #Audible #Audiobook and Excerpt! #Tuesdaybookblog #amreading

Hey there Louie Thorne fans! I'm thrilled to report that Shadows in the Water is finally available as an Audible audiobook. Hoo-boy! Get your audiobook now! 

For those of you who are not familiar with my latest heroine, Louie has a dangerous gift and uses her powers to destroy the mafia who murdered her family. And her deceased father’s ex-partner, Robert King, may be the only one who can save her from destroying herself in the process.

You can learn more about Lou, King, and the gang by visiting the Shadows Amazon page and reading any of the 56 reviews (no one rated it below a 4****!)  It's also free as an ebook for a limited time.

Still not convinced of it's awesomeness? Here is an excerpt from the end of Chapter 2:

Angelo Martinelli. This close he was smaller than she’d imagined.
She smiled at him, the taste of victory on her lips. “Drive into the bay.”
When the driver didn’t move, she smacked the gun against his occipital bone. “If you don’t do it, then you’re useless to me, and I think you understand what happens to useless people.”
If he refused to drive, she’d shoot them both. It would be messier. Riskier. But if she couldn’t get Martinelli into the water, she wasn’t going to let this opportunity escape.
Yes. If Lou had to, she’d shoot them both and drive the car into the bay herself.
 “Make your choice, Martinelli,” she said. His eyes were pools of ink shining in the lamplight.
The confused pinch of his brow smoothed out. The curling sneer pulled into a tight grin.
“Drive,” he said.
Without hesitation, the driver put the car into motion, and the sedan rolled forward.
“Faster,” Lou said, grinning wider.
“Faster,” Angelo agreed. A small chuckle rumbled in his throat. He slapped the back of the driver’s seat like this was a game. “Faster.”
The driver punched the accelerator, and the car lurched forward. As it blasted past the men on the docks, shouts pinged off the windows. Angelo’s laugh grew more robust, pleasing belly laugh.
He’s high as hell, she realized. High as hell without any idea of what’s happening to him.
They hit a bump when flying past the guardrails and onto the pier. The wooden slats clunked under the car’s tires.
In the wake of Angelo’s mania, Lou couldn’t help but smile herself. She didn’t lower the gun. “You’re crazy.”
This proclamation only made him laugh harder, clutching at his belly. His laugh warped into a wheezing whine.
The thrum of the wooden slats disappeared as the car launched itself off the pier. The sharp stench of fish wafted up to greet them as they floated suspended above the ocean. Her stomach dropped as the nose of the car tipped forward and the windshield filled with black Atlantic water.
There was a moment of weightlessness, of being lifted out of her seat and then the car hit the water’s surface. Her aim faltered on impact, but she’d righted herself before either man could.
Cold water rushed in through the windows, trickling first through the corners, filling the car slowly as they slid deeper into the darkness. It seeped through the laces of her boots.
“Now what?” Angelo asked. He seemed genuinely thrilled. As if this was the most exciting experience of his life.
“We wait,” she said.
“She’s going to shoot us and leave our bodies in the water.” The driver’s voice surprised her, higher and more childish than she imagined. No wonder he’d kept his mouth shut.
The driver could open the door and swim away for all she cared. “I don't—”
The driver couldn’t wait for any reassurance. He whirled, lifting his gun.
Without a thought, she fired two shots into his skull, a quick double tap. His head rocked back as if punched. The brains splattered across the windows like Pollock’s paint thrown onto a canvas.
She was glad she’d decided on the suppressor. Her ears would be bleeding from the noise if she hadn’t. The smell of blood bloomed in the car. Bright and metallic. It was followed by the smell of piss.
Angelo’s humor left him. “Is it my turn now, ragazzina?”
Water gurgled around the windows as the car sank deeper into the dark bay.

“No,” she said, her eyes reflecting the dark water around them. “I have something else for you.”