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A twist on this season’s “12 days” festivities

12 Sinful Den Nights
Every night through December 24th at the Den of Sin blog, my co-authors–Mel Blue, Ambrielle Kirk, LV Lewis, Renee Luke–and I are posting sizzling excerpts from all 12 erotic romance novellas, sharing some hot deals, and giving away great prizes.

We’re calling the event “12 Sinful Den Nights” because all of the excerpts have a bit of pearl-clutchiness about them. (I had to install a content warning on the website especially for this event. That should tell you something.)

The prizes include giftcards, paperbacks, and backlist ebooks, and the widget will accept entries through the 24th.

The first post went up last night: an excerpt from Mel Blue’s series opener Forbidden Rendezvous. NSFW. Don’t even try to read these if you have company in the room.

Hop on over and take a gander. Good luck!

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Going, going…

Heads up! The follow free reads, well, won’t be after December 31.

Last of the SeasonAs Sweet by Holley Trent

The short novella Last of the Season has been up longer than I planned, truth be told. I had always intended to expand it into a novel-length work, and that’s going to happen in the first quarter of 2015.

Will the new book contain the content that’s currently in the novella? Yes. In the same exact order? More or less. Most of what I’m adding will be tacked on after [spoiler] [spoiler] happens, and of course I’ll delve more into Heath’s and Simone’s back-stories.

If you’re bored and itching to read a quirky paranormal romance, feel free to grab it, but I heartily suggest you hold out until next summer–especially if you’ve started the Afótama Legacy. In my timeline, Last of the Season takes place after the second Afótama book. You will see A LOT of Heath and Thom in The Chieftain’s Daughter, and for good reason.


My 10k Den of Sin short story As Sweet will still be available, but it’ll cost a buck. So, grab it now if you’ve been eying it.


As always, remember to check back frequently to see what’s new on my free reads page.

There’s also a freebie page at the Den of Sin website and one at my Storafalt series website. Both sites host some exclusive content. I wouldn’t send you away, otherwise. ;)

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The end-of-month roundup. (Late. Again.)

So. November 2014. Let’s see what happened.

LLride1. I went to Legoland and rode some things. Then, I caught food poisoning and spent two days in a hotel room purging the yuck from my system.

Good times.

2. I had some book releases. Four, because that tends to happen to me at the end of the year. They’re all holiday or winter-themed stories. If you missed them, they were:

-Winterball (m/m)
-An Angel Fallen (forever 99¢)
-Gift from Carolina (currently 99¢)
-Three Strikes in Let it Snow collection (99¢ for one more day!)

3. I hashed out my next couple of self-pub releases (which basically means I emailed an editor and asked if she’s sick of me yet. She said “no.”) Look for Following Fabian and second dirty Viking book in the next three months.

Reading Until Dawn Con4. I finalized my registration for RUDC. I’ll be there with my assistant, acting a fool and giving shit away like I’m pre-OWN TV Oprah.

5. I’ve listened to the Mark Ronson + Bruno Mars collaboration “Uptown Funk 89 times (according to iTunes).

6. I committed to a couple of boxed sets for next summer. Can’t say much about them right now, but I will say that they’re pretty high-concept.

7. I figured out what’s happening next in my Storafalt world and discussed an approximate delivery date of that story with Musa. I can tell you that it’ll be Cord’s story and it’ll probably be a big book. That’s about it.

8. Okay, I kinda buried this one at the bottom because it’s somewhat convoluted. I figured out how I’m going to deal with the demon Gulielmus. I had two choices as to how I would spin off the series, and I didn’t know which way to go because both were equally appealing. I ended up asking my editor because I wanted the decision out of my hands. Ha!

So, here’s what’s going to happen (no spoilers, I promise). Ellery from A Demon Bewitched is going to kick of a threesome of short novels that will bridge SoG to what I’m calling the “asshole angel trio.” Guilielmus will have the first story in those. Drawing the storyline out like this gives me a chance to do some world building outside of Mortonville so readers can understand the repercussions of…well…what happened at the end of A Demon Bewitched. I’m pretty excited.

Look for news about that in Q1.

I think that’s it! Time to beat December into submission and get some work done.

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Your Next Favorite Book (and a new release!)

Let it Snow erotic romance box setToday’s release day for the Let it Snow bundle! It contains my Den of Sin novella Three Strikes and five other spicy romances you want to read. I promise. Check out the description:

Six steamy holiday romances, including offerings by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, will keep you warm through winter’s coldest nights, so Let it Snow.

-O Christmas Three – Suzan Butler

When Brianna Zane confesses to her husband Garrett she wants a threesome with his best friend, it awakens feelings he’s long tried to forget. Seducing Leo Vasquez will test their relationship, reveal old secrets, and potentially tear them apart. While there may be room for Leo in bed, there may not be room for a third in their marriage.

-All He Wants – Emily Ryan-Davis

All he wants for Christmas is her…

After a long tour of duty abroad, U.S. Marine Captain Keith Moss is more than ready for some festive R&R, but first he must complete the most important mission of his life: convincing his best friend’s little sister to give him the gift of her heart.

-Jingle Ball – Cari Quinn

This year, rocking the office holiday party has taken on a whole new meaning.

All receptionist Wendy Stanton wants for Christmas is a chance for a relationship with her sexy, dominant boss outside the boardroom. But his secrets—and hot encounters including her other boss—are complications she never expected.

-A Marquess for Christmas – Vivienne Westlake

Notorious gambler and pugilist, the Marquess of Kittrick refuses to settle down—until he loses his memory on a daring rescue mission. Violet Laurens is no cowering damsel in distress, and Kit soon finds that the widow can match him at any challenge. But falling in love is the hardest challenge of all.

-One Gold Heart – Sadie Haller

When reclusive oboist, Mac Wallis agrees to replace an injured friend for the Christmas concert season, she gets more than she bargained for when she meets Dom, Finn Taylor and has to decide whether to take a chance or return to her life of seclusion.

-Three Strikes – Holley Trent

The one woman the “Dark Dom” Max Fletcher wants is the one who doesn’t want him back. But magic has been known to happen during the Den of Sin’s Winterball. There, if he can warm his sometime-submissive Giselle’s heart for the night, he may be able to win her for good.

Get it here for 99¢ (price good through Cyber Monday)–>

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo

<–and then come back, because I’ve got more deals for you!

It’s the start of a weekend of hot deals. I’ve teamed up with some of my fellow authors from Colorado Romance Writers to wrangle some sales for you. Starting today and running through Cyber Monday, look for the following discounted e-books. They’re each priced at 99¢, and there’s something for everyone:  from paranormal, to mystery, erotic to sweet, novella to anthology to full-length. Check them out after the jump, and remember: PLEASE DOUBLE-CHECK PRICES BEFORE PURCHASING.. If you see a price listed at anything besides 99¢, please check it again later. Stores are slow to update submitted changes right now (for obvious reasons, I guess).

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: A Haunted Holidays Novel by Jessica Aspen

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss.

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead.

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks, Add to your Goodreads shelf.

Visit Jessica at www.JessicaAspen.com


Curvy Temptation: Curvy Love Book One by Aidy Award

Curvy girls deserve a happy ever after too.

Vanessa hasn’t let her curvylicious plus-size body keep her from having a solid career, great friends and a crappy love life. Oh, wait – yeah, her sex life blows, and not in the fun way. A string of unsatisfying relationships and a best friend who drags her to a BDSM club help her step full swing into her dirty thirties. 
Cade the stoic Dom, always in control but never in love, is drawn to Vanessa’s size 20 submissive streak. He can’t keep his hands (or his tongue or any other part of his body) off this voluptuous new sub. Her open and honest exploration of her new found kinks excite him like no one else he’s ever been with. 
Amazing orgasms and intimate cuddles soon grow into love for Vanessa, but Cade’s the one person everyone has told her not to develop feelings for. This Alpha male drops his subs the moment they express deeper feelings for him. What’s a girl to do?

She’ll have to dump his ass before he discovers how she feels or be the curvy temptation he can’t resist.

If you like curvy girl BBW romance, a hot alpha hero, and some BDSM power exchange between a sexy Dominant and a new submissive, you’ll love this book!

Amazon, B&N, iBooks, AllRomanceEBooks, Kobo, GooglePlay

Visit Aidy at www.AidyAward.com


The Christmas Gift by Leslee Breene

An Ebook short story for the holidays!

In 1883, Miriam Cole travels to Denver at Christmas to deliver her orphaned baby nephew to her married sister. The sweetness of his touch upon her cheek makes her heart tighten. When the time comes, how will she ever let him go?

“With both verve and delicacy, Ms. Breene reminds us that miracles are indeed possible.” ~ Jane Choate, RWA author of Keeping Watch – Harlequin Love Inspired

Amazon

Visit Leslee at www.LesleeBreene.com


A Vampire’s Fallen Christmas Star by ML Guida

It’s the week before Christmas but the last thing Jayden Kye wants to do is celebrate. He blames himself for his twin brother’s death. He hikes up to Rainbow Lake to make peace with him, but Jayden slips down a snowy embankment and impales himself on a tree. He is dying.

Eleanor Baines has been a vampire for over a hundred years but she’s never been tempted to turn a human before. Now, facing the sexy rock star, she has a choice, let him die or let him live. She finds herself with a head-strong rock singer who breaks all the rules.

Jayden discovers everything he thought he knew is wrong. His best friend and lead guitarist are legendary vampire killers bent on killing him and Eleanor. He must learn to trust Eleanor, a total stranger, to survive. When his manager kidnaps Jayden’s mother and threatens to kill her, Jayden is forced to kill his best friend, or hand over the woman he loves.

Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks

Visit ML at www.MLGuida.com


The Butterfly Connection by Sandra S. Kerns

Murder, encryption, and corporate espionage bring two strangers together to break codes and years of silence to solve a very personal case.

Wanted for the murder of her stepbrother, Emma Simms is on the run. She has to convince her brother’s reclusive partner in the FBI to help her find the real killer. If she can’t, she’ll end up in prison for killing the one person who ever believed in her. Her car breaks down just short of her goal and then a car tries to run her over. If not for the blaring of a driver’s horn, she’d be dead before she even gets a chance to talk to Artemis Jones.

The minute he pulls to the side of the road Artemis knows he’s in trouble. The woman is obviously out of her element. If he didn’t miss his guess, the car he scared off was aiming to run her down. He doesn’t need the trouble of helping a woman in distress, but he can’t turn his back on someone in need. It doesn’t take long to learn she’s not so much in distress as spitting mad and loaded for bear. Unfortunately, the bear she’s hunting is him.

Can the two of them put aside their distrust of others and themselves long enough to find the real murderer? Can the passion they discover survive the truths they find along the way?

Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, GooglePlay

Visit Sandra at www.SandraSKerns.com


Heart-Strong by Bonnie McCune

Can a ditzy soccer mom with a young son, whose kindness often attracts the wrong type, be heart-strong enough to admit her love to right guy?

Headstrong. Rachel Kinsey fits the description perfectly. The divorced soccer mom may be ditzy and as sympathetic to losers as a charity, but she knows what she wants. A man completely different from her unreliable ex-husband and the outrageous characters she’s usually doomed to attract.

Enter Jim Landers, the ideal candidate. An accidental encounter introduces her to the tall, dark attorney who loves soccer and kids. The only problem? He’s not prepared for a ready-made family and a woman as comfortable as a beloved sweater rather than a beauty queen. A woman whose kindness, enthusiasm for life, and unguarded honesty may disturb a man who values order, perfection, and serenity. Jim turns to the flawless yet distant Donna as a substitute for Rachel.

She should show him how much he means to her, but rejection from an absent father and a capricious ex-husband may have ruined Rachel’s ability to connect to Jim. Will she risk herself, her son and their future by revealing how much Jim means to her?

A touching, tender tale full of gentle humor, about thinking too much and feeling too little. Rachel must learn to be heart-strong in order to find her soul mate.

Amazon

Visit Bonnie at www.BonnieMcCune.com


The Boy and His Wolf by Sean Thomas

Tanner never thought he’d be back in Amber Pines or back in Dash’s bed.

But four years and 1,000 miles wasn’t enough distance to make him forget the power of first love. Sure, he spent his time training with one of the world’s top Hunters and he’s no longer the scrawny teenager he used to be. But now that his former pack is threatened, Tanner is again involved in the dangerous life he thought he left behind. 
Do Tanner and Dash have a second chance or has his werewolf made his heart as impenetrable as his body? With an all-out battle raging, Tanner must find his place in the new Amber Pines or be shut out forever.

If you’re looking for Teen Wolf meets Queer As Folk, you’ll love this book.

Amazon

Visit Sean at www.SeanThomasAuthor.com


If you’ve grabbed any of these deals this weekend, be sure to pop in and let me know which ones! I love to see my friends’ books show up in my also-boughts. Remember — the 99¢ sale is only good through Monday.

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Travel and cheap cowboys. Uh…Happy Thanksgiving?

Gift from Carolina contemporary IR romance bwwm Holley TrentI’m a nontraditional kind of girl, so instead of sitting at someone’s [anyone but mine because Thanksgiving cooking is for the birds, no pun intended] dining room table today, I’m traveling. Los Angeles to Denver, specifically.

We had a little family vacation for the last five days and decided to fly home on Thanksgiving day because it was cheap. (Yeah.)

So, we’ll be going home to an empty fridge and probably cat piss in not-so-random corners, but at least my food poisoning problem has cleared up. (Don’t want to talk about it.)

In case you missed it, which you probably did because I haven’t announced it any-damn-where, I released a book on Tuesday. It’s that one with the smiley hunk and the snow on the cover…and it’s 99¢.

In most places, I say that price is good through 12/1, but truth is I’ll probably forget to raise it on Monday…because I have another release tomorrow. Something’s gotta give.

Whee!

Get Gift from Carolina at one of these places (it’s still working its way to iBooks and Kobo. Totally my fault. See above reference to food poisoning.):

All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble

And since you’re in a cowboy mood (you are.), you should know that my other Storafalt stories are also discounted at selected vendors right now.

Yep. Teaching the Cowboy is $2.99 at All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks. (Maybe some other places, too. I’m in an airport terminal with 15% battery power.)

Back to Storafalt is 99¢ at All Romance eBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

This is special pricing to coincide with the release of Gift from Carolina, so if you like deals, grab these now.

Hope your Thanksgiving is a restful one, and if you’re working or traveling on it–a safe one as well.

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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!

TwelveRomances
(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.

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