An Old Favorite: Dead Until Dark

Dead Until DarkThroughout the 2000s, I was madly in love with vampire fiction. I mostly steered clear of romance at the time and concentrated on urban fantasy or contemporary fantasy. Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books were among my favorites. I would mark the release dates on my calendar and clear my schedule on those days so I could buy the book (in hardcover!) and read all day.

Part of what made Harris’s books work so well, for me, was the mystery. She’s great at penning mysteries, and that shows in these books, primarily through the suspenseful aspects.

Beyond that, the premise is killer. A waitress who can read minds falls in love with a vampire (whose mind she cannot read). Vampires are “out” in society and can drink a blood substitute as easily as they can drink the real thing.

Now, from most accounts (scrolling reviews and ratings on various sites), it seems the series fizzled toward the end. I stopped at book 8 or 9 (had kids and wasn’t able to read as much for a few years). At that point, fairies had been introduced to the series universe and I lost interest. Should I be glad I stopped? Perhaps! But nothing will change my love for the first few books, especially Dead Until Dark, which I have read several times and will probably read again soon.

Have you read this book or the series? Did you read the whole thing, or stop somewhere in the middle? I’d love to hear if your experience was similar to mine. 🙂

Movie Review: Mr. Right

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Not sure how I missed this one–it came out in 2015. But when I saw the thumbnail with Anna Kendrick’s face, I knew I had to watch it!

First off, I expected a romantic comedy because A) Anna Kendrick and B) the title, Mr. Right. However, this is NOT a romantic comedy. This is a dark comedy with a good dose of romance, but it’s pretty freaking crazysauce romance.

Basically, a hitman who goes after the people who hire him falls in love with a quirky woman who’s spiraling after the end of a relationship. She’s bonkers, but so is he, and their dialogue was hilarious. Their conversations might be what I liked best about the film.

Expect quite a bit of violence, mostly in the way of shooting and hitting. Bad guys hit Martha, the heroine, several times, and that wasn’t easy for me to watch. There’s also a story of violence to an animal (a pet turtle) that even now makes me cringe when I think about it. I really could’ve lived without that little anecdote, and I realize it might bother other animal lovers out there, so I’m mentioning it as something to be wary of.

Do not expect the plot to make a whole lot of sense.

Do expect a good soundtrack, great dialogue, and wacky dance sequences.

What On Earth Am I Doing?

I’m doing all the things, it feels like!

First, OUT NOW on Apple Books, B&N, and Kobo: Fated in Forbidden!

If you buy books from one of these retailers, get your copy NOW. This is not a drill! It will be coming down from those retailers very soon and will then be only on Amazon.

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Up next: Rising From the Ashes

As I wrote last week, all profits from this anthology benefit relief efforts for Australia. It is available at all major retailers!

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Bound to Change

This anthology features all kinds of shifter goodness! Coming in April to Amazon. It will include Filthy Vandal, a prequel novella in my BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW SERIES, Junkyard Shifters! For more details on the series, go here.

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…which leads me to: Filthy Beast, Book 1 of the Junkyard Shifters series

This is a 99-cent pre-order, people! And I do those on my solo-authored books, like…never. Part of the reason, I’ll be totally honest, is that often a first-in-series will later be discounted to help promote a future book in the series. Which, fine, maybe you pay full price for the awesome benefit of getting Book 1 immediately (hell, I pay full price on new releases all the time because I want them NOW). But why not give you the discount out of the gate? The other reason is that I would love to reach some new folks who maybe haven’t given my books a chance yet. So please, help spread the word!

It’s up for pre-order on Apple Books, B&N, Kobo, and Amazon! Soon, it’ll also be on Google Play. ❤ Tap the cover for the universal link.

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That’s about it, I think! Keira Blackwood and I will have some new books up for pre-order soonishly. Hmm, I think she’s waiting for me to finish a chapter on one of those…maybe I should get on that? 😉

Rising From the Ashes

Coming to you on February 25th is an anthology titled Rising From the Ashes.

Love will always rise.

Rising From the Ashes is a Charity Anthology and a labor of love.

All proceeds will go directly to Australia’s State Emergency Relief Fund and WIRES, an Australian Wildlife Information, Rescue, and Education Service.

My novel, Ruthless Misfit, is included in the anthology, as well as several other amazing books from authors who want to help out our friends in Australia. ❤

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Available on…

Apple Books

B&N

Kobo

Google Play

Amazon

We’ve assembled a delectable collection of amazing romance and fantasy by New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. We hail from many countries, and we’ve joined together to help Australia recover from its devastating fires. Everything from stories to cover art to formatting has been donated.

This limited-edition omnibus includes fantasy and romances of all genres, with hot men and strong women. Every single book proves love and perseverance and grit really do conquer all.

Thanking you in advance for your kindness and generosity supporting Rising From the Ashes. You’ll find some new-to-you authors that will make your day.

Featuring books from:
Angie Fox
Ann Gimpel
Brandy Wilson
Candice Gilmer
Dawn Montgomery
J.K. Harper
Jessica Marting
Kate Richards
Lauren Dawes
Lisa B. Kamps
Liza Street
Marie Long
Melissa Snark
Michele Bardsley
Renee George
RJ Blain
Russell Nohelty
Skye MacKinnon
Tasha Black
Traci Hilton
Victoria Pinder
Cover art donated by Fiona Jayde Media

Ruthless Knight is Available Now

So! Excited!

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Ruthless Knight is out now and you can pick it up from your favorite online bookstore!

Here are some of the things I loved about writing this book:

NOLAN!!!
Forbidden love
The way Tamryn finds her place in the end
Snuggling
Kissing
More-than-kissing
Up-against-a-tree-kissing
Dragon fire

Click here to get your copy from your favorite retailer!

Also, the boxed set of Books 1-3 in the series can be purchased for 40% off at Barnes & Noble! Use the code BNPRCC40 when you check out. The sale ends on February 8th 2020.

Click here to get Fierce Mates: Rock Creek Clan 1-3 on Barnes & Noble! Don’t forget to use the code. ❤