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Rising for Autumn Available for Pre-Order!

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Rising for Autumn is now available for pre-order! Grab your copy now!

Crisis and danger have become second nature for Alanna Carrington—after all, as the boss of the Philadelphia Coven, she’s responsible for upholding the laws among the supernatural. So when the Order of the Serpent rears its ugly head, this time with the most powerful necromancer this city’s ever seen, she’s the one person who can keep Philly safe. Ex-Order djinn and now ally, Samuel Karim happens to be the best guy to help. Except he’s also the first man who’s stoked her interest in far too long, and ever since she commandeered the lamp he’s tethered to, he also hates her guts.

As the Order gathers the necromancers of her city and sparks a dangerous alliance, she finds herself working with Samuel Karim more and more. Hatred burns to passion, and when he exhibits a strength and compassion that breaks through her ironclad defenses, she finds herself falling deeper despite the complications between them. Yet with her city under siege and their lives on the line, the sharp desire between them erupts into the temptation to break their own rules, before the Order of the Serpent robs them of the chance permanently.

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Of Coppers and Cracksmen is now available for pre-order! Grab your copy today!

Lawmen were never Ellie Whitfield’s type…until now.

When Ellie Whitfield’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit—though she’s committed many—only one man believes her. And he’s the unlikeliest man as well—Detective Bernard Taylor. He’s a handsome chap, but lawmen were never her type. At least, until now…

Bernard Taylor’s hunting down the Butcher of Broad Street, and though Ellie Whitfield’s led the coppers on a merry chase through Islington too many times, the woman’s no cold-blooded murderer. As they work together, he can’t help but be charmed by the vivacious Ellie, and before long, heated glances turn into something more explosive.

However, the closer they get to solving the murder, the deeper the serial killer draws them in—one misstep and they might be his next victims.

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Spring into Romance Social Hop

While I adored most of Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, my absolute favorite was Kiss of Snow, which was a May/December romance. The connection between Hawke and Sienna was brewing through half of the series, and this was book ten. From beginning to end, it didn’t disappoint.

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Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness.

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf.

Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight…

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

While the interactions between Hawke and Sienna are the absolute gem of this book (SO MUCH BANTER), the moments when they finally get together are breathtaking, so I included what’s probably my favorite line of the entire series.

 

“You’re in my every breath and every thought, intertwined so deep inside me that love’s not a strong enough word—you have my devotion, your name branded on my soul, my wolf yours to command. A hundred years? It’ll never be enough. I want eternity.”

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Spring Into Romance Social Hop

So we’re celebrating the romance genre and the absolutely magnificent passages that can be found within, and I wanted to kick off with my favorite read from last year: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

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What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

 

For a romance novel that was bitingly funny, it also had the propensity to be grandiose in scale and absolutely staggering emotionally. I chose two of my favorite passages from the book that I think showcase the gorgeousness of the language and the sheer poetry of the prose.

“Should I tell you that when we’re apart, your body comes back to me in dreams? That when I sleep, I see you, the dip of your waist, the freckle above your hip, and when I wake up in the morning, it feels like I’ve just been with you, the phantom touch of your hand on the back of my neck fresh and not imagined? That I can feel your skin against mine, and it makes every bone in my body ache? That, for a few moments, I can hold my breath and be back there with you, in a dream, in a thousand rooms, nowhere at all?”

 

“I thought, this is the most incredible thing I have ever seen, and I had better keep it a safe distance away from me. I thought, if someone like that ever loved me, it would set me on fire.

And then I was a careless fool, and I fell in love with you anyway. When you rang me at truly shocking hours of the night, I loved you. When you kissed me in disgusting public toilets and pouted in hotel bars and made me happy in ways in which it had never even occurred to me that a mangled-up, locked-up person like me could be happy, I loved you.

And then, inexplicably, you had the absolute audacity to love me back. Can you believe it?

Sometimes, even now, I still can’t.”

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Add Of Coppers and Cracksmen on Goodreads! This second book in the Whitfield Files series comes out on May 19th!

When Ellie Whitfield’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit (though she’s committed many), only one man believes her—the unlikeliest as well—Detective Bernard Taylor. He’s a handsome chap, but lawmen were never her type. At least, until now.

Bernard Taylor’s been hunting down the Butcher of Broad Street, and though Ellie Whitfield’s led the coppers on a merry chase through Islington too many times, the woman’s no cold-blooded murderer. As they work together, he can’t help but be charmed by the vivacious woman, and before long, mere
heated glances turn into something explosive.

However, the closer they get to solving the murder, the deeper the serial killer draws them—one misstep and they might be his next victims.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/19/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slowed down my pace quite a bit this week, only reaching 12k in Of Alchemists and Arsonists. My goal is to hit 1/3 of the way through by the end of the month, which should be quite doable, since the Whitfield Files books tend to be 30-40k. I placed Paranormal Western to the side for the time being, but I’m sure I’ll pick it up when the mood strikes me. I’m getting more comfortable with not needing to doggedly plow through my pet projects. Since I have dozens of pet project manuscripts lying in torpor, I don’t need to add another to the stack quite yet.

What I’m editing/marketing:

I started getting beta feedback in for Tempting Ballad, which means I also started diving into the content edits. This book is going to need a bit more work than my more recent ones, but I’ve been trucking through the earlier content changes–hopefully they all fall in line as easily. I’m also still trying to polish up an older manuscript, and I’m still waiting on word for both Outlaws and Dungeons and Dating. Not going to lie, I’m terribly excited to start both of them.

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Teaser of the week:

“The blood staining Ellie Whitfield’s hands was as good a reason as any to run from the mutton shunters.”

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What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“Thank you for joining us,” Nate whispered low, catching her gaze. “I know how difficult the choice must have been.”

Bel’s heart lodged in her throat. When he spoke those sweet words to her, when he looked at her with the sort of care that made her dare to dream, she couldn’t help but fall further into the fantasy of a future without Blair, without running. With the sort of warmth she’d only witnessed from the outside of a window, peering in.

When she’d looked into Nate Whitfield’s eyes, the choice hadn’t been difficult at all.

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Weekly Word Count: 2/12/20

Word Count: 10,014

What story I’m currently working on:

I slacked off with the Paranormal Western, only hitting 9k, but that’s okay, because I picked up steam with Of Alchemists and Arsonists, hitting 7k. I think this steampunk foray should be a blast, and it’ll feel nice to finish up a series, so I’m picking up speed with it given that in mind. Honestly, my two favorite things with series is both starting and ending them. I adore the initial spark of whimsy and inspiration that involves a first book in a series, and I also adore the finality of finishing up with one, being able to close out the series and feel content with its completion. I live for trilogies, because they’re such a tight structure, and the Whitfield Files has been fun thus far.

What I’m editing/marketing:

Currently, I’m waiting on beta feedback for Tempting Ballad so I can begin to crack into the edits for that. It’s going to feel great to send that off to submission in a month or two. Which also leaves room to begin the FINAL Discord’s Desire book as well. With all of these conclusions coming up, I’m hoping for some good news in the Outlaws or Dungeons and Dating front, as both series are going to be a massive amount of fun. I’m also currently working on polishing up an older manuscript which has been interesting, to say the least.

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Teaser of the week:

“The blood staining Ellie Whitfield’s hands was as good a reason as any to run from the mutton shunters.”(2)

Currently listening to:

What I’m currently reading:

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Line of the week:

“If you need a building set on fire, then I’m your girl,” Belle offered with a half-smile. Sitting across from him and enjoying a pint was the closest she’d been to anyone outside of Blair’s crew for years. External associations were frowned upon, and after the Ellie incident, he locked those doors even tighter.

“Given that I own a very flammable storefront, I’d much prefer you on my side than against it,” Nate murmured back, an amused grin on his lips. The man had no right to be as handsome as he was, and sitting this close to him, she caught a whiff of bergamot and vetiver that coursed through her with surprising intensity. The man’s proximity was addling her mind, especially after witnessing the kindness he’d shown to her yesterday.

Men like Nate Whitfield were rare.