Writing Savage Penance

Some books are hard to write. Just…difficult beasts, with the words fighting me the whole way.

I wouldn’t say writing Savage Penance was easy (in fact, I remember whining about Chapter 21 being a pain in the ass), but it was certainly fun. Doug’s transformation was a challenge, that’s for sure.

In the previous book in the series, Savage Redemption, Ben’s transformation was already on its way–he not only needed to change, he wanted it. Doug, however, was a lot harder to redeem. He doesn’t want redemption; in fact, his mantra in Ben’s book and in the short prequel, “Irredeemable,” is “Fuck redemption.”

So how do I take a big, potty-mouthed, unlikable guy and turn him into a hero?

With the same special sauce that drives all romance novels–love.

While Doug doesn’t recognize it immediately, he falls prey to the pitter-patterings of his deeply-buried romantic heart and starts falling in love and falling in line. There’s some growing to do, sure, for both him and Gwyn, but this is a dance heroes and heroines of romance novels have danced millions of times. It finally becomes more painful for the alphahole to walk away. The proud, snarky heroine must admit that she’s self-sufficient…but hell, she needs his love. Evil is overcome, and love wins.

Love wins, y’all.

And that’s why I keep writing these stories. They give me hope–and that’s what I want to give you, too. ❤

Savage Penance is coming out in just two weeks (you can pre-order it on your favorite retailer), and I am so excited to share it with you! While you wait, there’s a free prequel up on Apple Books. If you don’t have an Apple device, you can grab it on BookFunnel.

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Savage Penance Pre-Order and a Free Prequel

Savage Penance is coming out in just three weeks, and I cannot wait! I’m very excited about this one. So excited, in fact, that I wrote a prequel and I am giving it away for free!

You can grab the prequel on Apple Books, or, if you don’t have an Apple device, you can snag it through BookFunnel.

Here’s an excerpt from Savage Penance:

The truck’s cab was full of tense quiet as Doug pulled into the drive. Ben’s jaw was clenched—he was pissed.

“Look, I was an asshole,” Doug said. “I still am. I’m never gonna be as good as you and I sure as hell will not ever be as good as Chase. So I’m gonna check on the mom, get her info, and pass it on to Marlana. Then I’m peacing the fuck out of Montana.”

“You’re such an idiot,” Ben said.

Doug nodded. It wasn’t news to him. He parked the truck and started to climb out.

Ben stayed put. “First off, you can’t just abandon your daughter or son. It’s a dick move.”

“They’re better off without me.”

“Right now, I don’t doubt that,” Ben growled, “but it’s still a dick move. Second, you’re looking in the wrong place.”

Doug opened his mouth to retort, but froze, then sputtered, “What do you mean?”

“Looking for the mom of a toddler…in a fuckin’ bar?” Ben laughed.

“It’s where we met,” Doug said, frowning.

“Yeah, but single moms generally don’t hang out in bars. Then again, she might not be single.”

A flare of rage ignited in Doug’s chest. “What?”

“She could have a husband now, or a boyfriend,” Ben said, oblivious to Doug’s confusing jumble of feelings. “Either way, she’s unlikely to go to a bar when she has a little kid at home. I’m not saying she won’t, but there are better places to look for her.”

“Like where?”

Ben climbed out of the truck and slammed the door. Doug met him on the other side.

“Like daycares,” Ben said. “Parks. Library song and story time.”

“Library song and story time?”

Ben nodded.

“Have you been to library song and story time?” Doug asked, narrowing his eyes.

“Yes, I go every week with McKenzie.”

Horrified, Doug stammered, “Why?”

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Big Cat Shifter Round-Up

It’s been a few months since our last shifter round-up, so let’s tackle some big kitties!

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To find out more about an individual book or make a purchase, click on the book’s title, not the image. 🙂

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Savage Penance – Liza Street

Never have a one-night-stand with a shifter. They’re intense, growly lovers and they bite—hard.

The Dryad’s Pawprint – Laura Greenwood

He needs to marry to secure an alliance for his people…but he’s already met his mate.

Night Tracker – Elena Gray

Eve thinks she’s a hero, but she might actually be the villain…

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Tiger Billionaire – Suki Selborne

Sebastian Chase is a man with a secret. He isn’t just the billionaire heir to a banking empire. He’s also a white tiger shifter, part of an ancient magical bloodline. But who wants him — and his fated mate — dead?

The Alpha Heist – Kate Rudolph

No one steals from Luke Torres. His fortress is legend and his pack of lions are deadly, ready to face any threat. When Luke meets Mel, she knocks his socks off with a scorching kiss, but when they meet again, they are captor and captive in a deadly gave of cat vs. cat.

Shifted Temptations – C.E. Black

Bringing her into their world, was not part of the plan.

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Dracones Thaniel – Sheri-Lynn Marean

Dare to dream …
After a life of abuse, Thaniel knew better than to trust. But the girl appeared harmless. How could he have known she’d bite him—turn him into a monster with fur and fangs

Snared by Saber – Shelley Munro

A capture gone awry might be the best mistake ever…

Meow – Skye MacKinnon

Assassin. Private Investigator. Cat shifter. Kat is used to killing people, but for a blank cheque, she’s willing to do the opposite and help solve a murder – even though it sounds boring as hell. That is, until she finds some body parts in her fridge, makes friends with the neighbourhood cats and realises there may be an assassin better than her…

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The Tiger’s Innocent Bride – Reina Torres

When he saw his mate for the first time, her life was in danger. Keeping his Tiger a secret was no longer an option

Daughter of Lions – Catherine Banks

Being a teenager is hard enough, but when your dad is an Alpha werelion it complicates matters even more. Victoria doesn’t feel like she fully fits in anywhere and things become more unsteady when she meets the new werelion in her dad’s pride, Brandon. Is there a way she can alter her genes to gain the ability to shift, or will she learn to accept who she is?

Tiger’s Secret Desire – Julye Evans

A kiss. A touch. A… Frying Pan?

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Kissing Wilde – Selena Blake

She’s the only human he’s ever trusted. He’s waited his whole life to claim her.

A Twist of Fate – Aidy Award

The Lion, The Witch, and The War. She’s his fated mate. He knows the only choice is to destroy her soul and his own in the process if he wants to save everyone else’s.

Eye of the Tiger – ML Guida

Cora Amici left high school disgraced. Her sister ran off with the love of her life at the prom. Now ten years later, she’s faces the reunion again, but this time, she wants to arrive with a shifter that will knock everyone’s socks off.

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I hope you found some fantastic new reads–I know I did!

Ready for Some Magic and Mayhem?

Magic and Mayhem is out today! Keira Blackwood and I have a book in this anthology, and it’s part of our Spellbound Shifters: Fates & Visions series. It’s the beginning of Wren Solaris’s journey.

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This is an excerpt from Spellcaster Hidden…because what could be more fun in a magical academy, than a magical version of Spin the Bottle? In this game, people toss a ball of light back and forth. If it turns red, the person who threw the ball and the person who caught it have to kiss, or they suffer some magical consequences. In the excerpt, our heroine has just caught a ball thrown by her teacher’s assistant.

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There was no time to think. Instinctively, I reached out and caught the ball.

It turned red. Everyone cheered.

I hazarded a glance at Maxwell.

He looked absolutely revolted.

Well, that stung more than a little.

I didn’t know how to get rid of the ball. If I threw it really fast, maybe the magic would move on.

My palm started to itch. In the glowing red light of the ball, it looked redder than it should have. The itch turned into heat, and a burn. I was determined to suck it up. I’d let my whole freaking hand fall off before I kissed some asshole who was so obviously repulsed by me.

“Kiss, kiss, kiss!” everyone chanted.

Jace was staring at me, his eyes wide. “That has to hurt,” he called.

It did. It hurt like a motherfucker. My eyes were watering, but I blinked back the tears. Fire was nothing to my pride.

Suddenly, Maxwell was standing right in front of me.

“Morgan,” he said, his voice mocking.

Damn him, he wasn’t giving any sign that he was hurt.

“I need your consent,” he whispered. The expression in his blue eyes was turbulent—dislike, desire.

He didn’t like me, yet I could tell he wasn’t repulsed by me. He wanted me. Infuriating man. Maybe giving me a bland peck on the lips was just the punishment he deserved.

Feeling pissy and contrary, I said, “Yes, you have my consent.”

The kiss was not bland like I’d expected—far from it. It was bruising and punishing—there was nothing sweet or soft as his lips met mine. They moved against me in a way that made me sigh into him. Taking advantage of my parted lips, he swiped his tongue against them. I opened more, and gripped his arms as if holding him in place. He tasted like cinnamon, fiery sweet.

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Keira and I put together a game where you can spin a wheel to find out which of the leading men in Spellcaster Hidden you’ll kiss first! It’s not quite as fun as throwing around a glowing magical ball, but it’s the closest we can come. 🙂 Check it out by clicking here, and let us know who you won!

Want to win a Kindle Fire? Check out this giveaway here! http://alwayswrite.club/awcs-featured-book/MagicAndMayhem

If you haven’t already gotten your copy of Magic and Mayhem yet, don’t wait, because soon it will be coming down off of Apple Books, B&N, and Kobo.

Embrace Your Inner Bad Girl – Oracle Defiant is Out Now!

Sparrow Solaris isn’t going to accept her new role as coddled princess-in-peril easily. Her parents have hired five handsome bodyguards to watch over her, but she’s never been able to sit still. She’s going to sneak out and drink and dance all night. Even when it pisses off those handsome, angry men.

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Oracle Defiant was previously published in the Captivated reverse harem anthology, but now’s your chance to get it on its own!

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