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Single dad, woodworker, Were-cougar, and kidnapper. (Must be a book by Holley Trent.)

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ir shapeshifter romance bwwmConfession time. One of my favorite romance tropes is when the heroine (or hero – I don’t really discriminate) falls in love with her kidnapper. Guilty pleasure. I can’t help it. I love seeing how authors make the captor likeable and relateable.

I’ve been wanting to do something in that vein for a couple of years, and when I got ready to launch a new series arc, I decided to go for it.

In the Desert Guards series, I cast three Were-cougar brothers–who by their own admissions aren’t particularly charming–as mate-snatchers. I laughed my way through writing the first book because the heroine of The Cougar’s Pawn isn’t a stranger to being kidnapped. You might remember Ellery from A Demon Bewitched. (If not: don’t worry. You’ll get up to speed quickly enough.)

The heroes of the series may be reluctant kidnappers, but the heroines certainly do their parts to make the men regret having snatched them up in the first place. They’ve already got enough drama in their lives without adding women to the mix.

Take the alpha–Mason–for instance. He’s trying to rebuild a business his father ran into the ground, struggling to keep local shapeshifter shenanigans to minimum, quibbling with his infant son’s flighty Were-coyote mama about custody, and battling weird demonic shit coming out of a hellmouth on his mother’s ranch.

Now he has to juggle all that with trying to win the affection of a very angry witch. If he doesn’t, he’s doomed to spend the rest of his days as a cougar. To quote Sweet Brown: “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

The Cougar’s Pawn is available now at these places:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

The next Desert Guards book, The Cougar’s Trade, will be out September 14. So, I won’t keep you hanging for too long to find out what happens next!


ICYMI: IDLER (Norseton Wolves 3) is available now!

shapeshifter romanceI released this puppy (no pun intended) into the world on Monday night. The Norseton Wolves novellas are all stand-alone stories set in my Afótama world. The four stories are set pretty much right on top of each other, so they’re not a huge arc away from the Afótama storyline. They’re just little bonus stories to tide you over until the next big novels come out.

Idler is the third installment, but don’t let that frighten you–they can be read in any order.

Get it now at Amazon.

Want to catch up with the previous stories first? Cool. There’s Beast and Loner.

Scion will be available soon!

These stories are all $0.99 and exclusive to Kindle for the time being. Eventually, they’ll be available at other retailers, but they will always be $0.99. (I’m sure some of you were wondering.) I like to think of them as paranormal romance candy. They’re cheap and kinda bad for you, especially if they keep you up late, but you can’t resist buying more. 😀


Free and really cheap – get ’em while they’re hot!

I’ve been remiss in blogging about news and deals. When school is out, something’s gotta give, and usually that’s communication on my part. (sowwy!)

Here’s some stuff I might have forgotten to tell you:

Loner (Norseton Wolves 2) is out

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It’s 99¢ and exclusively at Amazon until September. (Sorry about that!)

Three Strikes is free at Amazon today and tomorrow

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Get it here.

This is likely the last time it’ll be free in the foreseeable future. By the way, if you’ve been looking for it at other vendors–it’s going back into wide distribution this coming week. The Den of Sin stories don’t have to be read in any particular order, by the way. Jump in anywhere in the series.

The Afótama novels are 99¢ through 6/30

These two books:
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I don’t generally explain why I discount things (for mad scientist-like reasons), but I’m cool with telling you I slashed the prices on these because they’re set in the same world as THREE (this is why I’m time-starved) stories I released this month (refer to: Beast, Loner, and Prince in Leather). I’m trying to get all of those linked in each other’s also-boughts to make those bookstore recommendations more helpful, so if you were thinking about grabbing them, now’s the time.

The next Afótama story will be out in September, by the way.

I think that’s it! Forgive me if I forgot anything important.


(Contest closed) My Favorite Heroine [This Month]: Blog Hop!

Winners have been notified. Thanks for hopping!

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I’ve gotta say, it’s hard for me to pick a “favorite” heroine, because all of my heroines are a bit…quirky. I think it’s fun to create nuanced characters that are both a bit weird and a lot dangerous.

But, if I had to pick a favorite (which I obviously do) Simone from Prince in Leather gets the honors (for the moment).

What can I say about Simone?



Well…she’s cursed, let’s start with that. She’s bound to a motel she can’t go more than five miles away from until she meets the curse’s terms. She’s got a skeptical streak a mile wide, a mouth like a sailor, and sometimes she flies into blind, justified rages and can’t remember beating people up. (See what I mean? Weird and dangerous.)

Oh. And she’s a fairy princess. The “princess” thing is through marriage. She comes by the “fairy” part by birth.

You can get Prince in Leather now in the Masters of the Hunt bundle for just a buck!
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Since you’re here, how about a chance to win some books about other weird & dangerous heroines I like?

I’m going to give away three e-book copies of my Shrew & Company Books 1-3 collection.

Shrew & Company bundle paranormal romanceWho doesn’t love down-to-earth superheroines who’ve got bills and drama and…guns?

For a chance to win a copy, tell me in the comments to this post what you do to make yourself feel dangerous. I promise–I won’t laugh. In fact, I’ll answer, too–I feel most dangerous when I’m wearing bright red lipstick and a smirk.

I’ll pick three winners using the randomizer at within 48 hours AFTER the close of the hop on June 24. Open to international readers, but take note–you should be 18 or older to enter. These books are for grown-ups, ya know.

Keep on hopping when you’re done! June 17th-24th we’re all sharing our favorite kickass heroines! Come meet these awesome ladies and find out why they’re the best of the best. Be sure to stop by each blog. There’s a giveaway at every stop!


Shades of Desire: 10 Sweet & Spicy Romances

I’m doing my part to help you fill up your e-readers for your summer vacations, and I think this is a romance bundle you’ll love–especially if you like your books sexy and diverse. Learn about it below, and before you click away to go purchase it, make sure you scroll down and find out how to enter to win a Kindle Fire!

interracial romace boxed setNow available! Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance. From spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Come find your perfect shade of desire.

Only $.99 for a limited time only!

J.A. Coffey – Bestselling Author
Divorced certified fraud examiner Jessica Barlow catches liars for a living. Sparks fly when she’s assigned to investigate a dating website owned by a man determined to guarantee she finds love—even if he has to pretend to be a client!

Wendy Ely – USA Today Bestselling Author
Sometimes good men are taught to do evil things and it takes the strength of a sheltered woman to make things right. When Gabi learns of her father, she is asked to leave for her own safety. Fine. She’ll go… but she is taking her secret love with her, even if it’s at gun-point.

Dorothy Callahan – Bestselling Author
Jess never forgot her first kiss, especially since it came from the guy who taught her everything she knows about antiques, her livelihood. But if she wins the priceless inheritance, Jess will risk losing Darius Covington all over again.

Diane Escalera – Bestselling Author
Shay LaCosta screwed up a damn good marriage. Now she’s on a mission to get a little submission, and get her hunky husband back in her bed.

Lena Hart – Bestselling Author
Athena Lewis has a sharp mind and an even sharper attitude. Except when it comes to “Davie,” the only man who’s ever truly made her feel safe. Yet to protect the only family she has left, she must embark on a mission that goes against everything she believes in—and that includes using the last trick she has left. Her body.

Chanta Rand – Bestselling Author and Debut Author of the Year
Thrown together for ninety days by a spiteful judge, womanizing attorney, Cayson Sullivan and street-smart hustler, Destiny Jackson find the only thing they can agree on is their red-hot attraction for each other.

Emma Leigh Reed
Pregnant and running from her abusive boyfriend, Chloe Wilder takes refuge in the sleepy coastal town of Arden. Police chief, Jayden Peterson, thinks the worst crime that could happen in Arden is jaywalking. Could the real danger be the two of them falling for each other?

Cindy Stark – Bestselling Author
Battle-worn soldier, Jerry returns home intending to avoid his ex-fiancée. The shrapnel that wounded him pales in comparison to the gash she left in his heart. Kimber lost everything when she broke off her engagement, and she’ll fight to win him back.

Valerie Twombly – Bestselling Author
Armand has lost everything. His magic and his freedom are taken when an evil curse is placed on the Jinn, but a newcomer to town may be his savior. When evil emerges from the shadows, Makayla learns she must choose between her mortality and Armand’s freedom.

Kristina Knight – Bestselling Author
Dumped by her celebrity boyfriend, unlucky-in-love author Casey Cash needs a break. But, between the male escort trying to get into her bed and the tabloid reporter intent on getting her story, Casey might have been smarter to stay in New York…

Buy Shades of Desire for 99¢ Now:

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Are you ready to join the hunt?

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Prince in Leather interracial fantasy romanceIn case you missed it (which is probable given the pace of social media), Masters of the Hunt is available now, and with it, my book Prince in Leather. That book is spun off from The Afótama Legacy–just in case series are your preference.

For 99¢, you get 17 romance, fantasy, and urban fantasy books featuring the baddest hunters in all the realms.

Get it at one of these places, if you dare:
All Romance eBooks | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo

We’re partying next week!

Join us on Facebook Thursday June 11th for our new release celebration. There’ll be party games and door prize. I’ll be hanging out all day being a legendary party troll (as always). I’ll be giving away a e-giftcard. (If you’ve read Prince in Leather, you’ll know why that makes sense.

Get the Afótama books for cheap this month!

I’ve discounted both The Viking Queen’s Men and The Chieftain’s Daughter to 99¢ because my fairy thug Heath appears in both. You don’t have to read them in order, but it can’t hurt. The books are in a single continuity, and the series will continuously intertwine.
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None of these books are particularly short (as far as romance goes), so they’ll keep you distracted for a few days, at least.


10 shifter bites (and they don’t even hurt)

I couldn’t let the day go by without announcing this release here (because I have another one tomorrow), so check it out!
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First Bite contains ten first episode/first in series shapeshifter romances, including my novella Beast. Beast is the first of four Norseton Wolves stories, all of which will release this summer. The whole series takes place the summer after the end of The Chieftain’s Daughter, for those of you following along in the Afótama Legacy.

You can get the boxed set EXCLUSIVELY at Amazon right now (it’s also in the Unlimited subscription program), or on its own if you’re a bit of a commitophobe. Either way, it’ll cost you the same 99¢. I suggest you buy the bundle as it’s only going to be available for a limited time.

Get it here.

For those of you reading on other devices, look for a wide release of Beast, as well as the other Norseton Wolves stories, this fall.


A fairy in leather. [Proof is in the picture.]

Y’all. I’ve been sitting on this cover for so long. Prince in Leather is due out in the Masters of the Hunt boxed set in about eleven days, and I don’t think I’ve ever waited this long to upload art.

I couldn’t wait any longer because I’m sending out ARCs very soon. Plus, every time I clicked into that folder on my computer, I twitched with impatience, so, nfoj8qurpewnj8, I’m sharing it!!!!!

Here’s Heath:

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(Cover by Fiona Jayde. She’s awesome.)

If you’ll think back to The Chieftain’s Daughter, you’ll remember Heath is Ollie’s second cousin (or something). I’m pretty sure I explain the family tree in one of these books, but anyway. I didn’t delve much into Heath’s background because I had stuff planned for him, but in Prince in Leather, you’ll find out what he’s about. I like to think of him as a bit of an antihero, but I’ll let you all decide if that’s what he is.

I don’t really know what to say about this book, because it’s another one that’s hard to categorize. It’s fantasy (I guess) because it’s partially set in an imagined realm, but I suppose it tastes a lot like my paranormal romances. It’s mostly set in North Carolina at a dinky little beach motel called The Hearth.

PiL is a book with a big external conflict, my usual dark humor, and…possibly some kink. (I don’t even know if it’s kinky. I might be desensitized.)

Check back soon for information about how to get Prince in Leather, or just subscribe to my paranormal romance new release alert emails to make your life 0.05% easier.


ICYMI: A Den of Sin collection (for cheap) and an MMF up for preorder

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For some damn reason, I always forget to post new release news on my own blog. X-(

In case you missed it, my Den of Sin series MMF and MM erotic romance bundle, M Collection, is now available for purchase. Not only that, but it’s only 99¢ through 5/25. On 5/26, the price will go up to $1.99. $2.99 on 6/2, $3.99 on 6/9, and then it’ll settle in at its final price of $4.99 on 6/16.

It contains three existing Den novellas plus a story I wrote especially for the bundle. Shame and a Disgrace is a Storafalt crossover story featuring the characters Phil and Landon from Teaching the Cowboy. It is exclusive to M Collection until 6/15, and then you’ll be able to purchase it on its own…for 99¢ (see how that math works out? You can’t beat that bundle price).

Buy M Collection at one of these places:

All Romance eBooks
Barnes and Noble
Google Play

And speaking of Den of Sin stories, I’m pleased to announce a series first–a novel!

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One in Waiting is another Reedsville Roosters story (like Winterball) and has a Beaudelaire heroine. It’ll be out the last Tuesday in June.

You can preorder it now at Amazon (it’ll be more widely available closer to release), or sign up for my contemporary romance new release alerts to get an email when it’s released.


Free books! (Slight catch.)

I just realized I have final versions of both Beast and Prince in Leather from the two Afótama Legacy spin-off series.

They’re both set after The Chieftain’s Daughter ends (well, technically, Prince in Leather‘s beginning overlaps with TCD‘s end).

Both Prince in Leather and Beast stand alone perfectly well–they’re series starters, after all–BUT because they’re set in an existing world, I wanted to let Afótama Legacy readers have the first chance at reading them (and reviewing them).

So, here’s the deal. If you’ve read both The Viking Queen’s Men and The Chieftain’s Daughter and have reviewed them both somewhere online–honor system here, I’m not going to check–I’ll send you early copies of the two new stories (right after I format them).

Want them? All you have to do is fill out this quick and dirty form. The form closes 5/17, so don’t delay in signing up.