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An Angel Fallen (…in love and other things)

All right, Sons of Gulielmus fans, Mark’s story is available now! If you’ll recall, Mark is/was Ariel’s guardian angel and was introduced in A Demon in Waiting. He popped in a couple of times after that for free food. (Evidently, advertising copywriters don’t get paid heaps, even if they are angels.)

In the novelette An Angel Fallen, I paired him with THAT WEREWOLF. (You know the one.)

An Angel Fallen Sons of Gulielmus holiday paranormal romance

Buy my nerdy, slightly depraved not-angel at one of these places for 99¢ (and when you’re done, contemplate just what in the hell I’m going to do with a certain demon who we last saw in a coma):
Adams Media Store | All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

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It’s my birthday and I’ll do what I want.

Holley Trent 99 cent saleI usually don’t make a big deal about my birthday, because I’m in that stretch of years when birthdays are kind of uneventful. There’s not a lot of difference between thirty-something and thirty-something-plus-one. Mostly, I like to be left alone for a couple of hours to sip cheap wine and ponder philosophical quandaries such as “Should I just mop the sticky kitchen floor, or let it crust, sweep it, and then mop it?”

I won’t be party rocking this year, either, but I will be celebrating the fact that I’m alive. Whee!

Woot!

I’m so jubilant that I’m giving away party favors in the form of discounted books all day tomorrow (November 17). Look for these backlist books — they’ll all be 99¢ at most vendors (except where otherwise noted):

The Afótama Legacy

-The Viking Queen’s Men

Den of Sin

-O for Two
***Ménage à Troys is always 99¢***

Natural Beauty Series

-The Natural Beauty Collection bundle (Amazon only)
-Polished Slick and Clean Slate (All Romance eBooks, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo)
***Accounting for Cole and Shake Well are always either free or 99¢ at the vendors above.***

Shrew & Company

-Framing Felipe
-Bryan’s Betrayal
***The Problem with Paddy is always 99¢***

Perma-deals!

These aren’t one-day-only discounts, but permanent 99¢ bargains to consider while you’re in that shopping mood.

-An Angel Fallen (novella available as of TOMORROW!)
-Extraordinary Love (nine-novel bundle that contains my book A Demon in Waiting


Eh. I think that’s it.

Remember – these are limited time deals. Assuming I didn’t drink an entire bottle of wine by myself, these books are going back up to their usual prices sometime around midnight (vendor time) tomorrow/tonight/the 17th. If you’ve got some series books missing from your collection, now’s a great time to plug them in!

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The [tardy] End-of-Month Round-up

I’ve been so bogged down in administrative tedium the past few months that I haven’t been doing my news round-ups. Sorry! Here’s the run-down of what’s happening and what’s going to happen soon. Hold tight – this one’s jam-packed.


1 – Winterball releases tomorrow!

Winterball mm erotic romance by Holley TrentWinterball is my first M/M erotic romance. I’ve written MFM and MMF, and I think this was sort of a natural progression. If I have to be perfectly honest, Ménage à Troys–the first novella in my Den of Sin continuum–could have been M/M. At the time, I just wasn’t ready.

Winterball is currently available for preorder at these places (and will arrive on your e-reader first thing tomorrow morning). :
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Google Play | iBooks

I’ll be uploading it to All Romance eBooks after I get the kids out of the door for school.

…and speaking of the Den of Sin,

2 – Three Strikes is also due out this month.

Three Strikes BWWM BDSM erottic romanceI didn’t truly intend on releasing two Den of Sin novellas in the same season, but had to for logistical reasons. I didn’t want to leave Max and Giselle’s story open any longer (I left them hanging for a year, after all), and at the same time, I needed to spin my connected stories in a particular direction and needed to do it sooner than later. You’ll see more baseball players in the future and Giselle in a different role at the hotel.

Three Strikes will NOT be issued as a solo release this month, but instead as part of a sexy holiday bundle. I’ll release it by itself sometime next year, but encourage you to one-click that bundle when it comes out. Not only will you save a couple of bucks if you buy it right at release, but you’ll get five other stories included in that cost. Win-win.

I don’t mean to be oblique about the bundle, but … yeah. I’ve got to keep some info under wraps for the moment. Bear with me, plz.


3 – The Vikings have dispersed!

The Viking Queen's Men contemporary paranormal menage romance by Holley Trent(Sort of.) The Vikings Unleashed bundle which contains my erotic ménage paranormal romance The Viking Queen’s Men is still available for Kindle at a damned good price of $2.99 (for 9 books!).

But!!! Now that the bundle is clear of the launch period, we’re releasing some of the individual titles in the wild. TVQM is now enrolled in Kindle Unlimited where you can read it as part of your paid subscription. Find it here. Look for other stories in the collection, too. I’d dig up the links and list them here, but I’m lazy.


4 – An Angel Fallen releases on November 17

An Angel Fallen Sons of Gulielmus Holley TrentAw, Angel.

As I mentioned before (or at least, I THINK I mentioned it), AAF is a bridge novella. It connects the Sons of Gulielmus arc to what happens next. There’s a pretty honking big hint as to what happens next at the end of A Demon Bewitched. It involves a certain angel asshole.

AAF will be priced at just 99¢, so it’s totally a guilt-free indulgence. And I think there’s only one dick joke in it. Can’t remember.

Preorder it now at Amazon.


5 – Another Storafalt Story!

Gift from Carolina contemporary IR romance bwwm Holley TrentComing on or around November 25 is this return to rural Storafalt, Wyoming. Gift from Carolina is a holiday [obviously] small town romance set in the same world as Teaching the Cowboy and Back to Storafalt. The gang from Teaching the Cowboy is back in full force in this one, and I further the shitty-community-school story line. In it, I introduce you to Ronnie’s protegee Derrin and Anna’s nephew Joe (AKA “Mojo”).

There might have a cowboy fist fight in this story. And by “might” I mean “there totally is.”

It’ll be on sale for 99¢ during launch week. More on that soon. I need to get through the next couple of releases first.


6 – Other stuff potentially/probably coming soon.

I’m trying not to drag any open projects into 2015 with me, so I will PROBABLY release two more paranormal romances by the end of the year. Just depends on editor availability.

Chances are very good that in December, I’ll release Shrew 4Following Fabian–which OMG I’VE BEEN MARINATING FOR A YEAR–and the next Afótama Legacy installment, The Chieftain’s Daughter. Like I said: depends on editor availability.


7 – Hearts and Minds series news:

On the Ropes, the next installment in my Lyrical Press geek series, has a release date!

It’s October 23……..2015.

Heh. I guess that’ll teach me to be mindful of those editorial lead times.


8 – Treat yo’self!

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(And by that, I mean invite yourself.)

Mark your Calendar – 12 Romance Authors have come together to offer a dozen Holiday Romances to one lucky winner!! For 12 Days, December 5 – 16, there will be chances to enter to win all 12 novels (ebook format only). Stop by throughout the event to comment, share & tweet. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! Authors will share blurbs & excerpts throughout the event. Tell your friends and spread the holiday cheer.

Participating Authors:
Ellen Butler
Peggy Bird
Robyn Neeley
Susan Scott Shelley
Holley Trent
Monica Tillery
Rebecca Thomas
Susanne Matthews
Melissa Lynne Blue
Krista Ames
Stacy Reid
Michele de Winton


I think that might be it.

I’ll be back in a month with more news. I’ve got lots of shenanigans planned for next year. Heh heh.

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Really, really frightening. (j/k.) [Contest closed]

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Right Night blog hop
Hey, y’all! Here’s my standard blog hop hey, there. I’m Holley Trent. I write really sassy paranormal romances and sometimes erotic paranormal romances. I’ve got a few publishers and I also self-publish some stuff. You can find my paranormal backlist here.

A Demon in Waiting by Holley TrentMost of my books are on the quirkier end of paranormal. My characters talk a lot of smack and end up in bed a lot, but there are moments of suspense and some adventuring. For this hop, I figured I’d share an excerpt from a kinda-oldie-but-still-pretty-goodie. A Demon in Waiting is the first book in the Sons of Gulielmus series (which concluded last month – applause! applause!). It matched a novice sex demon with a woman from a family that had a deadly run-in with his kind in the past.

Here’s what happens when John’s demon daddy refuses to let bygones be bygones:

John was lacing up his boots when he heard the screaming — high-pitched and keening like some wounded animal begging to be put out of its misery.

He bounded to the screen door and yanked it open when he saw his father — angrier than he’d ever seen him, pulsating with a violent red aura — in the front yard with an arm wrapped around Ariel’s neck.

She didn’t look hurt, but her face was contorted in pain and she drooped boneless in his arms.

“Clarissa!” he called. “My father has Ariel. He’s here.”

She must have understood the urgency in his voice and that this wasn’t just one of Gulielmus’s usual social calls, because when she ran out of her room, she was wearing real shoes and not slippers.

“Just stay back. Let me try to reason with him. There’s no reason for him to bother her.”

“John, son, demons aren’t reasonable. That’s why you’ll never be one.”

If he hadn’t have been so damned terrified, he would have grinned. He really did love that old lady. It was too bad he’d probably never see her again.

He pushed open the screen door and stepped onto the porch.”

“Hello, son.” Gulielmus didn’t move. He held Ariel about twenty feet away. His arms were so loose around her neck and waist, she could have easily slipped free. Suddenly, John understood that his father probably didn’t have to get physical to restrain someone.

“Gulielmus.” He decided not to make any sudden moves. Ariel wasn’t even looking at him. Her eyes were closed and she appeared to be mumbling something to herself. Praying, maybe?

Open your eyes, sweetpea. Look at me.

And she heard him. Or, at least seemed to. But when she opened her eyes, there was no relief there. She seemed just as scared of seeing John there as she was at being in Gulielmus’s grasp.

He’d never felt such terror. He hadn’t even been so scared that time in the desert when he heard a rattle and a hiss behind him. Not even after that snake had bit him and he knew for sure he was going to die.

Now he understood why he didn’t perish out there. It’d taken so long to receive the anti-venom, and by then he should have been dead three times over. He lived, because he was cut from the same cloth as that snake. A serpent, even if he didn’t know it at the time.

He’d been prepared to just walk away — to leave Ariel be if meant she’d be safe and her soul free to do with as she pleased — but seeing her like this, afraid of him and angry, that made him change his mind.

She was angry because she’d cared.

Right now, A Demon in Waiting is available in Crimson Romance’s a 9-book PNR bundle Extraordinary Love which is 99¢ (or less!) everywhere. Cheap way to get into a new-to-you series, right? Doesn’t hurt that the heroes are walking sex-bombs.

Door prize time! I’m giving away $10 in All Romance eBooks book bucks. International? Fine with me. All Romance doesn’t care where you are, because the money spends the same.

Entry options are in the Rafflecopter widget. Easy-peasy (tweet daily for extra entries). Terms and conditions are in the widget as well. At least skim ‘em, ‘kay? That way you’ll know what’ll happen if you don’t claim your prize on time. ;)

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When you’re done, check out the other stops in the hop. There are a lot of great prizes up for grabs.



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What’s it about? (The Viking Queen’s Men edition)

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I realized yesterday that I’ve been promoting The Viking Queen’s Men (and thus Vikings Unleashed) without actually telling you what it’s about.

I mean, yeah, there’s a blurb:

TVQM cover teaseContessa Dahl has spent most of her life in a haze. A rudderless orphan, most decisions involved her fists and feet: should she fight or should she run? At twenty-eight, she’s ready to clean up her act, but Tess might be a bit premature because she’s destined to be a special kind of leader.

Born into a group of desert-dwelling telepathic descendants of Vikings, Tess was meant to become a link for them all—their queen and conduit. Her kidnapping and the subsequent death of her parents meant her people, the Afótama, have had a hole in their web for too long. Now that she’s back at home, it’s Tess’s job to mend it. But, she can’t do it alone.

She needs a perfect mate to fill in her psychic gaps, and two men claim to be fated for the job. Harvey Lang, her childhood champion, and the group outsider Oliver Gilisson would fight to the death to win her. However, to gain full control of her considerable power, she must find a way to keep them both.

But, what is it ABOUT?

I’ll break it down as simply as I can, though that’s no easy for a series like this that has a bunch of threaded plots.

Tess and her people, the Afótama, are American Vikings (not Viking-American, though that’s probably a quibbling distinction). They live in the New Mexican desert in an isolated community. They’re telepathic, and more or less peaceful.

Tess is the “queen” of the group. It’s not just an honorific, but like a queen bee, she has a specific role in ensuring the longevity of the clan. She’s the psychic conduit who links them all.

She’s not very good at it. She’s only half Afótama. Her father was from a clan that settled in Nevada and who aren’t necessarily the friendliest bunch. There are a few of these Viking clans scattered around the US. They mostly avoid each other for a variety of reasons. They all have different skills. The Afótama are the strongest psychics. Tess’s lover Ollie’s clan has the best fighters. There are other groups I haven’t identified yet, but each will be a bit different.

Tess learns that many Afótama children were kidnapped by an unidentified entity. She was one of them. Many of the Afótama are still missing. It’s Tess’s job to find them, who kidnapped them, and learn why. That doesn’t get resolved in the first book, or even the second. There’s also a plot line about Tess’s older brother who went rogue a decade ago which will become more important in the second book.

Tess ends up with two lovers because of the nature of her power. This isn’t a typical thing in their world, but there’s this line that those nearest the queen have to be the strongest…and Tess may not be the only Afótama woman who needs two men to control contain complement her.

So, there you have it in a nutshell.

Remember, right now you can get TVQM for the cheapest it’ll ever be. The Vikings Unleashed boxed set is 99¢ THROUGH TOMORROW, and you’ll not only get TVQM, but eight other alpha male romances by some really terrific authors. On Monday, the price will go up to $2.99.

Here are the links to where you can get it:

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo
Vikings Unleashed story covers

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Limited time deals and release news

Because the internet is more like a highway than a racetrack, I need to remember that stating something once just isn’t enough. Naturally, I don’t want to devolve into a spam-bot, so I’m trying to find the right balance of repeating news so that folks don’t get weary of it. That said – here are some expiring discounts you need to be mindful of:

1. Vikings Unleased bundle
Vikings Unleashed, currently priced at 99¢, will increase in price to $2.99 after the 19th. (That’s this coming Sunday.) $2.99 is still a damned good deal for nine brand-new erotic romances, but if you want to get more bang for your buck (pun absolutely intended), grab it now.

Remember – my story is the MFM ménage in the middle. ;)

The Viking Queen’s Men will eventually be released on its own, but not until the new year. The second book (the MMF continuation of the story) will probably be out around Christmas. Then story three (Nadia’s) will be out in the spring in the planets align accordingly.

In case you don’t know what to expect from this bundle (or if you’re not a hard-core history geek), let me set your mind at ease. Vikings Unleashed is first and foremost an erotic paranormal romance collection. The theme just happens to be Vikings. Most of the stories in the collection are contemporary or futuristic, so you don’t need to get distracted wondering if our dirty alpha males are bathing frequently.


2. Back to Storafalt by Holley Trent
Musa Publishing is celebrating its third anniversary by discounting titles in their webstore by 30% through October 31.

That includes these titles by yours truly:

-Back to Storafalt (normally $2.99, currently $2.09)
-Executive Decision (normally 99¢, currently 69¢)
-Her Resident Jester (normally $1.99, currently $1.39)
-Love by Premonition (normally $4.99, currently $3.49)
-Mrs. Roth’s Merry Christmas (normally $2.99, currently $2.09)
-Teaching the Cowboy (normally $4.99, currently $3.49)

All of these stories stand alone, however Back to Storafalt and Teaching the Cowboy are set in the same world.

NOTE: you need to know how to side-load or email e-books to your reading device if you purchase from the Musa store. All three major formats are available: epub, mobi, and pdf.


3.Winterball mm erotic romance by Holley Trent
I haven’t said much about my Den of Sin M/M novella Winterball for a variety of reasons, but I should make known that it’s currently available for preorder at $1.49 at Amazon. It’s due out on 11/4, and will remain at that introductory price for ONE WEEK. On 11/11, the price will go up to $2.99 and that’s where it’ll stay for the most part.

Winterball will NOT be my only DoS novella this season. It’s just the one that has a sure release date right now. Three Strikes–the continuation of Max and Giselle’s Story–will also be out sometime in November. Right now, that story is giving me fits and I’m trying to do right by it. When it has a release date, I’ll announce it widely.


4. extraordinary love paranormal romance boxed set
Crimson Romance’s Extraordinary Love paranormal romance boxed set–which includes my novel A Demon in Waiting (Sons of Gulielmus I) is still available for 99¢, but it will be pulled from the vendor sites come February.

Sons of Gulielmus is a complete series, but a new novella set in that world is coming out next month. Catch up now so you know who Mark and Sweetie are and know why their happily-ever-after is so long overdue.


I think that’s it!

Happy reading.

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A li’l clean-up.

You know, the more books I write, the clearer my brand becomes to me. It’s taken me a while to hit my stride and figure out what my sweet spot is. You might have noticed that earlier this year, I swapped out my lovey-dovey Cardinals for the the hot pepper mouth on my main page. That was because I figured out that my brand wasn’t sassy Southern romances (although I certainly do write those), but snark + heat. I do love me a dirty, mouthy heroine.

SoldAsIs200I had a lot of fun writing books like Sold As Is and the Natural Beauty series, but there’s a certain restrained quality about the stories that I can recognize now because I’ve got some distance from them.

Now, I don’t mean they’re clean. They’re not clean. There’s definitely sex, adult humor, and swearing. What I mean is that compared to my newer stuff, they’re downright staid. When I was writing those, I put a pretty big damper on my natural voice, because I didn’t know how far I could push the envelope. I didn’t know what the boundaries of mainstream were. I still don’t know where mainstream ends because it changes with each passing day, but I can happily write in that blur zone.

You’ll note there’s a huge difference been a story like On the Ropes (coming next year) and the first book in the Hearts and Minds series, Saint and Scholar. I don’t mean just the heat levels, though it’s true: Saint and Scholar is decidedly sensual. I think there’s a sex scene and a half, and my editor had to really drag it out of me because I was terrified of scandalizing someone!

Accounting for Cole coverPffffft. What a difference two years makes in a series, huh?

I’m still trying to figure out what my hard limits are, but I know for certain I can’t write books for folks who like sweet and folks who like down-and-dirty at the same time. I gotta pick a team and stay on it…at least as far as this pen name goes.

I choose hotter, edgier, snarkier, because that’s ME in real life (well, the hot part…not so much on my yoga-pants-and-bathrobe days). So. I’m just gonna tidy up the back list a little bit.

Some of my freebie short stories may disappear soon. (I’ll archive anything that doesn’t tie into a series.) The Natural Beauty series will be available through the end of the year–the bundled collection at Amazon and as individual titles everywhere else–and in January I’m archiving it. Any sweet-to-sensual stories that I have with a publisher will stay with the publisher. I just won’t be adding any new stories to the worlds.

I gotta say it feels good to know the direction you’re being blown in.

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Tess and her Vikings are here!

The Viking Queen’s Men lives! But it wasn’t easy, y’all. I hint at why in the author’s note I included in the Vikings Unleashed collection:

The Viking Queen's Men author note

What I don’t mention in that note is that when I wrote the first couple of versions of Afótama 1 and 2, there was a love triangle between Tess, Ollie, and Harvey. In the end, she only ended up with one of them.

I hated it. HATED it. But, I didn’t know I could do anything differently. At the time, I didn’t know ménage romances existed (especially not in urban fantasy). I suppose I’m glad I waited all these years now!

Remember – TVQM is a full novel at around 67,000 words and is exclusive to the VU bundle for a few months. None of the stories in the Vikings Unleashed collection have cliff-hangers, though many are part of ongoing series. Grab the boxed set now for a buck and get your ménage fix starting at the 33% point. ;)

Buy it at one of these fine e-book retailers:
All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo
Vikings Unleased bundle

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M-what?

O for Two by Holley TrentThe Viking Queen's Men contemporary paranormal menage romance by Holley TrentWinterball mm erotic romance by Holley Trent
I know every now and then my readers of one subgenre will cross over to another because they like my voice (thanks! love ya!). It’s flattering when my readers who normally wouldn’t touch a paranormal romance will give one of mine a try.

Truth is, I don’t really expect a lot of crossover, though it’s nice to see it happen. I do like to be clear about what readers are getting in each product because sometimes I change the game. Not everything is going to be straightforward M/F romance, and I figured I’d make a post so you can tell what you’re getting in my books.

MOST of my books are M/F – that is to say there’s a romance between one male and one female. Currently, all of my traditionally published books are M/F (that may/will probably change in the future).

I also have erotic MMF and MFM stories. Some readers will read both kinds, and some are more comfortable with MFM because it’s the more similar of the two to traditional M/F.

What’s the difference between MMF and MFM? Well, in MMF, everyone touches. Guy touches girl. Girl touches both guys. Guys touch each other (they’re bisexual or sexually fluid). Ménage à Troys and O for Two are MMF stories.

In MFM, girl touches both guys. Guys pleasure the girl only (notice I didn’t say they TOUCH the girl only–when you have three people in a bed, chances are good some skin is going to skim, whether intentionally or not). MFM romances are not to be confused with love triangles. In those, one character is waffling back and forth and trying to make a decision about which of two love interests he or she wants. MFM romances are predicated on the fact the three parties will end up in a permanent ménage scenario. The Viking Queen’s Men is an MFM story.

Oh. There’s also M/M, which you can probably guess is male-male. No chicks in sight. The men may be gay. They may be bi. They may be curious and/or confused. (In the scheme of things, it really doesn’t matter much except in “issue” books.) Winterball is M/M.

I’m always pretty clear about labeling books that aren’t M/F, either here on my website or on the book’s product description (I tend to put a tag at the end of the blurb). I appreciate when readers will take a chance on everything I write, but I know folks have comfort zones and I respect those. If you’re not clear on what a story is, just drop me a line! I’ll be glad to de-muddle.

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A nine-fecta of Viking UNF.

These little beauties (courtesy of the fabulous Amber Lin), were posted during Hero Wars on the Love Between the Sheets Facebook page this week, and I’m sharing them here for posterity. Probably NSFW because VIKINGS.

Oh! Don’t forget – Vikings Unleashed is available for preorder now. Grab it so it’ll be waiting on your e-reader early Tuesday morning.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

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