It’s already the week before Thanksgiving? How did that happen? Just so happens, it is also three days pre-release of Hearts of Magic, Chevalier Book 3 and…Wow! That seriously snuck up on me. I blame the trip to Ireland and the subsequent two and a half week bout of pneumonia I came back with for the time warp I just experienced. I’ve been caught unprepared. I have no blog tour or giveaways set up for this release date. For that, I apologize to my fans. As a result, Theran and Colby will greet the world with less fanfare than their predecessors, but I promise they are just as sweet, sassy, possessive, and protective as the rest of the Chevalier Pack is of their mates. Colby was quite the pain in the ass to write, but he’s actually a nice guy (ahem, stubborn and a bit egotistical). I hope you all enjoy reading this series as much I’ve enjoyed writing it. Book 4 is the final installment so stay tuned.
Ireland was the most amazing trip. It’s humbling to be in a country with a history as rich and old as theirs. Dublin was a Viking city established in the 800s. Wow! Upon arriving at Castle Hotel, after the strange experience of being in a European car and driving on the other side of the road, the four of us went to our rooms. Keri and Tigz room looked like any other hotel room – warm creams and browns. Mike and I ended up in a solid white room that looked like a 10-year-old girl’s attic bedroom that brought to mind images of The Shining. I mean, why is there a chandelier? The tight, odd, blood-red hallways with doors that only led to stairs probably didn’t help with that illusion. It was quite the maze. We ended up getting lost at least twice during the week.
I was excited to see Donegal, the county my family heralds from, during the bus tour to Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-A-Rede. I hate heights so the fact I did the Shepherd Steps at the Causeway and the rope bridge of Carrick-A-Rede was quite the accomplishment. In Dublin itself, we did a walking tour and visited a few museums. One of which was, of course, the Dublin Writer’s Museum. Tigz and I loved that place.
Despite going places and doing things every single day we were there, so many more things to see and do ended up on our list for “next time.” I can tell you, I’ll probably not enjoy Guinness poured in America as much anymore having had it there. So creamy and rich there. For some reason, it just doesn’t taste the same here. The Guinness brewery was a fun excursion. We also did a whiskey tour that was fantastic where we learned how to drink it properly, pair it with cheese and chocolate. So delicious. The only thing I wouldn’t have minded skipping was the walking pneumonia I brought home with me. A week later and I’m still healing from that.
The live music we got to hear on the street and in the pubs was invigorating. Being the introverted writer that I am, this was the biggest social experience I’d had in years. They say travel is good for sparking creativity and hitting that reset button. Now that I’ve experienced it, I agree wholeheartedly. I’m sure the family will continue to push me to spread my wings and experience more of the world in this way.
Today is the day. Mike, Keri, Tigz, and I get on a plane headed for Dublin, Ireland. I’m a nervous wreck because, of course, Colorado decided to have snow and freezing temperatures today. I’m also very excited. I’ve never been out of the country (unless you count Hawaii, which I’ve noticed some do). If you don’t already follow me on social medial, go find me. I’ll post pictures and stuff while I’m there. Happy Samhain, my lovely human pack members.
October has been a whirlwind month for me. My office moved into a bigger space so we now have more exam rooms for patients. Been loving that. But this month is also my trip to Ireland. Next week I get on a plane headed to another country for the first time in my life. Probably my last, given the cost of tickets and hotel, not to mention the stress it causes me, but the future is unpredictable when you’re a mere human. I have to say I’m looking forward to this trip despite my anxiety. I don’t like being away from home, trusting my animals to other people, and I hate, hate, hate flying. I do believe Dramamine will be in my system for the entirety of the flight. Still, I can’t wait to see places like the Guinness factory, Newgrange, tour a few castles, and just take in all the differences and similarities Dublin, Ireland has with Colorado. I’ll be taking plenty of pictures and lots of notes because I have no doubt story ideas will pummel me every day I’m there.
On another note, Hearts of Magic, Chevalier Book Three has a tentative release date in November. So excited. The final installment, book four, is nearing completion as well. I’ll no doubt be writing on that while I’m in Ireland, too, because I couldn’t stop creating if I tried. Where I am in the world will make no difference to the characters in my head. I look forward to sending out book three’s release day newsletter with tales of my travels included.
Hello, everyone. I’m excited to announce that I’m doing something slightly different for the Hearts of Blood blog tour coming up August 12 – 16. IndiGo Marketing and Design (indigomarketingdesign.com) in conjunction with the blog sites listed below will be running a rafflecopter giveaway. The prizes will be hand-crocheted paw-print scarves for five lucky winners so be sure to enter the drawing. Each one was made with a specific wolf from Tanner’s pack in mind. A card with each wolf-shifter’s bio will be included with the scarf. I had a lot of fun putting this together for you and I hope you’ll enjoy winning one of them.
- August 12 – Love Bytes Reviews
- August 13 – Stories That Make You Smile
- August 14 – Bayou Book Junkie
- August 15 – Two Chicks Obsessed with Books and Eye Candy
- August 16 – Joyfully Jay
It’s finally here. Hearts of Blood – Chevalier Book 2 released today. I’m so excited for everyone to read Vance’s and Sakima’s love story set amidst the continuing mystery that is the Chevalier. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Omega wolf shifter, Vance, and the rest of his small pack have finally found an Alpha willing to take them on and were still trying to regain their footing when the McBane Pack attacked them. When a vampire appears in front of him, Vance realizes he’s looking into the ice-blue eyes of his mate, and the fact that his mate is something other than wolf scares him.
Sakima knew the wolf shifter was his destined companion the moment he scented him at Elysium, but claiming the gorgeous young Omega wolf is a dangerous proposition. Vance and his unconventional pack have attracted the attention of the vampire coven. As the owner of Elysium, Sakima has been asked to use the club to gather information on the powerful interspecies pack and its Alpha.
Unfortunately for Vance and Sakima, the vampire coven and the continued attacks by the McBane Pack are only a portion of their problems. Amidst concerns over Alpha Tanner’s abilities growing with Sakima’s addition to the pack, a spurned ex targets Vance in an attempt to remove him from Sakima’s life, and Elysium becomes a hot bed for interspecies mingling where anyone could be an enemy.
Luca Duray has been quite happy living a solitary existence for decades. But when a steel trap around his leg catches him when he’s weak and hungry, his life is irrevocably changed. He knows the wolf shifter who offers him assistance is more than he appears and immediately makes plans to keep the pup close.
Disowned by his pack for being gay, Tanner McBane is forced to become a lone wolf. While on a hunt, he stumbles upon an injured dragon shifter and provides aid. It’s not easy surviving on his own and when money gets tight, he finds himself face-to-face with the dragon shifter once again during an interview. Tanner isn’t sure a wolf should be working for a dragon, but he accepts the job and unknowingly creates a bond to his new boss. Soon, Tanner learns Luca isn’t just his boss—he’s his mate.
The mating of a wolf and dragon shifter is uncharted territory for both Luca and Tanner, but they are determined to make it work despite widespread prejudice, death threats, and the untraditional pack Tanner finds himself leading. Tanner only hopes that the bond he forms with Luca will prove to be unbreakable.
While dragons, vampires, sorcerers, and elementals may not be real and I can take extreme liberty in my writing with regard to them, wolves are very real. I’ve researched wolves and their behavior, learned as much about their pack dynamics as possible, and even had some one-on-one time with quite a few. There are a few different wolf rescues in Colorado, but Mission: Wolf is by far my favorite. I’ve included several photos from my visit there yesterday.
Located in the mountains of Colorado, Mission: Wolf is a rescue that is completely reliant on donations and volunteers, and have managed to create a sustainable environment. Every building on the property has been built using donated materials by volunteer hands. Among the natural wolf enclosures, you find green houses, tipis, and gardens. When guests arrive, they are given a tour of the grounds where they are introduced to the wolves and educated about them. At the end of the tour, guests are given the opportunity to actually visit with a few of the more human-friendly wolves and get a hands-on experience. Wolves have great memories and even though this was only my third visit in a year, they remembered me.
For more information on this amazing place, visit their website by clicking the link here – Mission: Wolf
Many thanks to Natasha Snow for the gorgeous artwork. I am loving this cover.
I’m so excited that I had to share the news. Hearts of Fire, book one in my paranormal romance Chevalier series is due out soon from NineStar Press. Got a look at the cover by Natasha Snow and it is gorgeous. I can’t wait to share it with you. Writing these books has been a learning curve for me. Hearts of Fire started out as a short story meant for an anthology, but it continued to grow and I fell in love with Tanner and his pack of wolf-shifters, dragon-shifters, and other paranormal beings to the point that one book simply wasn’t going to be enough. I had to write ALL of their stories and I hope it fills you with the desire to read all of their stories. They’re a great pack of paranormal men with big hearts and incredible power facing some of the same crap we mere humans suffer except on a much grander, magical scale.