Writing Update: Filthy Cowboy

Filthy Cowboy is coming out in January, and I’m so excited! Here’s my love list for the book:

  • an innocent librarian heroine
  • a taciturn cowboy hero
  • a dark past
  • scary bad guy
  • references to The Bachelor
  • a couple of librarian jokes made me giggle
  • the hero and heroine were pen pals before they were lovers
  • the hero writes poetry
  • this is the longest Junkyard Shifters book yet! (Only by a couple thousand words, but still!)

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If you want to preorder your copy, you can do so on Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon! The Google Play preorder isn’t quite ready, but I’ll let everyone know when it is!

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Paranormal Romance Authors Discuss the First PNR They Ever Read

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Ah, firsts. We all have them: first kisses, first dates, first time behind the wheel. Some of them are memorable, and some we’d rather forget.

For this month’s edition of Paranormal Romance Authors Discuss, my friends and I are going to tell you about some of our firsts. Which firsts might they be? Read on to find out!

Topic: Tell us about the first paranormal romance book you ever read.

I was a precocious child and started reading at a really young age. By the time I was ten, I had blown through my mother’s copies of Gone With the Wind and Flowers in the Attic, lol. It wasn’t until I was thirteen that I discovered some pretty amazing supernatural tales in my local Waldenbooks, and that all started with Anne Rice. I suppose from there I just grabbed anything I could get my hands on that involved the paranormal and my love for all things bookish and reading just took off to new heights. So I guess it was not anyone book, but a multitude of fantastic folks like Ms. Anne Rice, Nora Roberts, Teresa Medeiros, to Patricia Briggs, Chanda Kahn, Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, Celia Kyle and so many more, that brought me to this state of utter fascination with PNR love stories. ~C.D. Gorri, author of Purely Paranormal Pleasures

The very first paranormal romance I ever read was Katie MacAlister’s Sex and the Single Vampire. That title alone grabbed me. I loved that she wrote about vampires, but it wasn’t dark or scary (even though her vamps are known as the Dark Ones) and that the heroines were the ones who could save these mysterious sexy guys souls through the power of love! Her books are laugh out loud funny and I’ve read every single book she’s written because she keeps me smiling and swooning. ~Aidy Award, author of Dirty Wolf

It was Anne Rice’s, The Mayfair Witches. What intrigued me the most about this book was how real she made her characters feel. I loved the folklore and history she wove into the story. It was also so much more entertaining than reading about real people because it stretched my imagination. ~Terri A. Wilson, author of Crimson Moon Hideaway: Time Wasn’t Ready (Women of the Fold Book 1)

The first paranormal romance I remember reading was Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. It’s book 1 of the Midnight Breed series, and it’s about a group of vampire warriors who protect the world from rogues. I’d had plenty of experience with “monsters” from the horror side, but this was the first time I experienced them getting their own happily ever afters, complete with thrilling adventure and lots and lots of steam. I was hooked on the genre after reading Kiss of Midnight. ~Carrie Pulkinen, author of the Crescent City Wolf Pack Series

Living in one of the six Celtic Nations, I am often drawn to Celtic inspired romance novels. These romances are often Scottish and while Lucy Monroe’s ‘Moon Craving’ fits the kilt wearing mould (making me go weak at the knees with the hero’s every muttered ‘och’ and ‘aye’), ‘Moon Craving’ has a twist – a paranormal twist. Talorc, the strapping, shirtless hero, is the leader of a secret werewolf shifting clan. The story tells of his arranged marriage to an English woman who is determined to keep the secret that she’s deaf from her new husband. As you’d expect, the couple fall in love but both characters must learn to trust the other with their secrets. In this historical romance novel you will find passion, a brave heroine who fights for what her heart wants and the all-important paranormal story that keeps you turning the page. Reading this story changed my expectations of romance novels. Now, propelled by that discovery, I have created my own paranormal world of shapeshifters and prowling, hungering heroes and I will be very happy if they give you even a small amount of the joy that this book has given me. ~Beth Linton, author of The Guardians’ Trust: Ana (Book 1)

It’s so hard to recall, since I started reading romance when I was 13… But the first paranormal romance that really stands out for me is A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands. I’ve read the entire series (all 31 books) since, though I definitely prefer her earlier (funnier) books! ~Mia Harlan, author of Amber

I honestly can’t remember; I’ve been reading paranormal romance since I was a pre-teen, and that was a long, long time ago! The ones that stuck with me the most, though, were from my mother’s library (God bless the woman for feeding my reading soul). Katie McAlister’s dragon series are some of my faves and were the books that convinced me I wanted to write paranormal (Drake, her green dragon wyvern, will always be my favorite dragon of all time). And let’s not forget Alyssa Day’s Poseidon’s Warriors; I devoured all those books and am so thrilled that she’s writing them again! Oh, and Alexis Morgan’s Paladins of Darkness series; I just found out she has been writing a spinoff series, so I’m heading right over to her website to go check them out! ~Tami Lund, author of Taming the Dragon Series

As I try to think back to that time, I believe it was Morrigan’s Cross (Circle Trilogy, Book 1) by Nora Roberts. I went on to read the rest of the trilogy. I loved all three books so much I read them again. Then bought the audiobooks and listened to them about three times. This was, of course, before I ever thought about writing my own books. I’d always been a fan of Nora Roberts’ books, especially her In Death Series, a futuristic, crime suspense series. I fell in love with the vampire in her Circle Trilogy and I guess, you might say it was those three books that inspired me to write my first book. Oddly enough, my first book was not PNR, but more Urban Fantasy. I do have a vampire series now, Immortal Hearts of San Francisco, of which book 6, Bewitched by a Vampire, has just released. Like Nora’s Circle Trilogy, my vampire series is heavy on the romance side. ~Susan Griscom, author of Bewitched by a Vampire, Book 6 in the Immortal Hearts of San Francisco

If I recall, the first paranormal romance I ever read was Dark Lover, Book 1 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. ~Gina Kincade, author of Shifting Hearts Dating App Series

The first paranormal romance I ever read was The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. I absolutely loved the Mayfair Witches and the entire series (but I love everything she’s written, so there is definitely a bias). I am not sure if it technically qualifies as a romance, but there was definitely some paranormal seduction in play. 😉 ~Corinne O’Flynn, author of Maximum Security Magic

The Vampire Diaries series by LJ Smith was my first paranormal romance. I read it in middle school and immediately started writing my own short stories featuring vampires, monsters, and werewolves and the women who love them. I’ve since started re-reading The Vampire Diaries series and it hasn’t held up as well as I’d hoped, but I’m still enjoying the trip back in time. ~Liza Street, author of Filthy Beast

Do you remember your first paranormal romance? Tell me about it in the comments!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Scenes

(To the tune of “My Favorite Things”)

My Favorite Scenes

Hera and Blake getting down in the forest

Parker dancing to a 90s pop chorus

Carter and Lena in the fighting ring—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

Maverick texting his new girlfriend Kate

Jameson finding out Nina’s his mate

Hope with her dragons, and sex on the beach—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

When real life is getting tough and

I think I could scream,

I fire up my reader and open my books

and re-read my favorite scenes!

Daphne’s flame-thrower and Sophie’s new pet

Blythe wanting Jase and him saying not yet

Sparrow & her bodyguards doing hot things—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

Hayley and Marius’s fun in the lake

Gwen in the mirror with Doug her new mate

Bryce popping into Margot’s sexy dreams—

These are a few of my favorite scenes!

When real life is getting tough and

I think I could scream,

I fire up my reader and open my books

and re-read my favorite scenes!

If you’ve read my books, do you remember any of those scenes? 🙂

Announcing Billionaires and Bodybags!

There is much excitement going on in Coauthor Land! This month was the launch of Skye MacKinnon’s and my Lost Siren series, with Song of Blood.

And today, I get to announce Keira Blackwood’s and my new series, Forbidden Fangs! Book 1, Billionaires and Bodybags, is coming out on December 15th.

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This is a spinoff of the Forbidden Shifters series, picking up just a few months after we left off in Destined in Forbidden. It features a vampire heroine who is also a tattoo artist, and the wolf shifter hero who falls for her.

And it also features her cat. We might even have swag coming in the form of stickers to immortalize this cat.

You can preorder your copy now from your favorite retailer! (Unless your favorite retailer is Google Play, in which case, hang tight! I’ll make an announcement in my newsletter as soon as it’s available there.)

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In other publishing news, the Forbidden Shifters series will be coming out of KU very soon, so if that’s how you prefer to read your books, grab ’em quick! 🙂

Fun Facts About Song of Blood

Now that Song of Blood is out, I was reminiscing about how this book came to be, and I realized there are some juicy little tidbits about its creation that readers might enjoy knowing.
Before we get to that, two orders of business!
First, Mates and Mayhem is out now! This anthology includes TWELVE books and includes the Junkyard Shifters prequel novella, Filthy Vandal. Click here for the universal link.
Second, Filthy Beast is 99 cents everywhere! For the universal link, click here.
Now for those fun facts about Song of Blood!
  1. Skye and Liza started writing it over Facebook Messenger before moving it to Google docs
  2. They did not plot it out before writing it (something that makes Liza VERY nervous, to the point where she turned into a clingy girlfriend and messaged Skye constantly with questions)
  3. Lysander’s name was Tyler until a third into writing the manuscript
  4. The legend of the Lorelei is a real legend, originating in Germany, and you can visit the statue
  5. While talking about the untitled work-in-progress, Liza called it “the Skyza book”
  6. The book was finished before they realized Avery didn’t have a last name. Liza picked Bennett because she’s a Pride & Prejudice fan
  7. Charles was half elf before Skye and Liza decided he should be half faerie lord
  8. Keira Blackwood, another paranormal romance author (and Liza’s other coauthor) designed the cover
  9. The “real” Song of Blood (lyrics to the tune of “My Favorite Things” that Liza wrote after reading one of Skye’s battle scenes) was a random comment Liza threw into the margin of the manuscript as a joke
  10. Skye wrote the German words that Avery sings to heal Tasha
  11. A placeholder title on their Google doc read “Avery’s Epic Vandemic Tale”
  12. While writing and editing, Liza and Skye teased each other constantly about British English vs. American English
If you haven’t yet gotten your copy and you’d like to snuggle up with three supernatural hotties and fight bad guys, click here for the universal link, or here for the individual links on my site. ❤