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.
Hello everyone. Wow, 2019 has started full force. I had planned this post to happen weeks ago, but my day job started the year out hard. Had to cram 14 hours of continuing education courses to get recertified in addition to updating my CPR training. The first two weeks of this year have been exhausting. The day-job hiccup aside, I am so excited for 2019 because some great things are happening. I’ve recently gotten my newsletter set up and look forward to getting the first edition out to you. Sign up so you don’t miss out.
The biggest news I have to share is I have a series coming out this year. I first stepped into the paranormal romance genre with my Christmas story, Sugar Cookies and Mistletoe. If you enjoy a light-hearted, playful short story about shifters, check it out. I had so much fun writing it. The Chevalier Series is a paranormal MM romance series of four books that have dragon shifters, wolf shifters, vampires, sorcerers, and a centuries-old event that still sparks fear and hatred to this day. The books are full of fated mates, magic, and, of course, explicit male-on-male loving.
Book one, Hearts of Fire, is scheduled to be released in March. Book two, Hearts of Blood, is scheduled for June and book three, Hearts of Magic is scheduled for late 2019 (November, I think). Book four, Hearts of Destiny will be out in early 2020. This is my first series and, while it has been hard work, it has been so much fun to write. I’ve fallen in love with these characters and hope you will, too.
Just a small peek into my Chevalier World and the pairings: Hearts of Fire starts us off with Tanner, an alpha wolf shifter, who finds himself mated to his boss, Luca, a dragon shifter. Tanner eventually takes over a local pack that consists of four other wolf shifters and an elemental. Throughout the series, each of the wolves in the pack find their mates among other paranormal beings – a vampire, a sorcerer, and another dragon – while fighting off homophobia and fear. Tanner, Luca, Ross, Deacon, Vance, Sakima, Theran, Colby, Ean, and Matthias have been so enjoyable to write and I truly hope you find them just as enjoyable to read.
Please join me in welcoming A. D. Lawless today talking about her favorite holiday memories. Be sure to check out her new release, Mine For Christmas, available at NineStar Press.
“I’m lucky enough to have so many amazing Christmas memories to choose from that narrowing them down to a few for this blog post was incredibly difficult. In my family the winter holiday season was always a big deal.
When my sisters and I were kids my dad would build us a skating rink in our tiny backyard every winter. We’d spend hours out there skating around on it, laughing and practicing. Some of my best memories are going for skates with my sisters before we came in for hot chocolate and to pile on the couch and watch our favorite Christmas movies.
Another fun thing to recall for me is how my youngest sister and I would listen for our parents to go to bed every Christmas Eve so we could sneak downstairs and check out our stockings from Santa. We knew better than to wake up our other sister—she’d complain loud enough at being woken up that we’d all get sent back to bed. So we’d tip-toe past her room and creep down the stairs, pausing and holding our breath at every little creak of the floorboards until we reached our goal. We’d pull everything out of the stockings and pick out some candy to take back to bed with us, and then we’d put it all back together and leave it where we found it before sneaking upstairs again. I’m sure my parents knew we were doing it, but so long as we didn’t wake them up until seven they never said a word.
I’ve always loved the holidays season, the lights, the smell of pine trees, cinnamon, and picking out gifts for people I love. There’s something special about it that offers a bright spot in a dark cold winter. I wanted to write a story like that—something fun that warms you up and leaves you feeling cheerful with a lingering smile on your lips. I think you’ll find all that and more in Mine For Christmas.”
Matt Westin was shocked when he ran into Cody, his grade-school best friend—pleased, but shocked. Devastatingly handsome was an understatement when it came to Cody, with his hazel eyes, wide smiles, and broad shoulders.
It was less shocking, months later, when Matt found out just how far he’d go for Cody. A desperate request for Matt to play his boyfriend over Christmas and save him from his mom’s meddling blind-date plans completely hammered that fact home.
Matt couldn’t resist saying yes, not when it meant getting closer to Cody. The only question was how would he ever be able to let him go when it was over?