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Got me geeking: Cajun werewolves

Got Me Geeking Holley TrentSo…I’ve been doing my fair share of procrastinating the past couple of weeks. It’s a coping strategy, really. Gotta shuck off some stress somehow, whether it’s by watching television show marathons or vacuuming my mattress. I’ve got deadlines on top of deadlines (which isn’t unusual for me, I guess, so I shouldn’t use it as an excuse), am working feverishly to get the Den of Sin website back up by 10/1 for the season launch, I’m wrangling October promo for my demon brothers, and gearing up for next week’s release of the dirty Vikings.

Actually, it’s those distracting Vikings who are providing the bulk of my procrastination fodder right about now. As I mentioned, I’m making my way through the collection and getting sucked into people’s backlists. Last week, it was Kate Pearce. Later this week, it’ll probably be Crystal Jordan. Right now, though, I’m totally wrecked by Anne Marsh’s Blue Moon Brides series.

In a nutshell: extra-alpha 300+-year-old Cajun werewolves.

Dirty, cranky, broody bastards.

*sigh*

I’m hooked. And I’m all out of reading material for the moment. I finished #4 last night, and #5 won’t be out until 10/15.

Anne Marsh Captured by the Pack werewolf romance

Dammit. This is why I don’t start series until they’re done.

(By the way – the first three Blue Moon Brides books are available in a 99¢ bundle.)

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The Romance Hive Mind

The Power of Three MMF romance by Kate PearceSo, I’m making my way through the Vikings Unleashed boxed set reading the other contributions (and getting distracted because OH, LOOK, THIS IS A SERIES LET ME GO READ EVERY OTHER BOOK IN THE SERIES BEFORE I CONTINUE), and last week I had a mega “derp” moment.

I read Kate Pearce’s Triad Series, and I noticed something very interesting in an “Oh, shit, bad coincidence” kind of way.

Two of my characters from The Viking Queen’s Men (in the boxed set) share names with characters from The Power of Three (not in the boxed set, but the first book in the same series Kate’s boxed set story is from). Lang and Dahl.

Chances are, most folks who read through my book and TPoT won’t notice. Even with the occasional nod to Norse mythology and the telepathy, the two worlds are very different. I wrote my story before reading the Triad Series, so this is one of those reminders that no matter how hard you try to create unique content, SOMETHING is going to seem similar to what someone else has already published. Eagle-eyed folks may note the similarities and ding you on them in reviews “THIS IS JUST LIKE ____!” (that happened to me once with a novella).

*flail*

Anyhow. If you’re a ménage fan, I heartily suggest you start the Triad Series this weekend. It’s hot with plot and has some great world-building. It starts with The Power of Three and continues with The Power of Persuasion. The third installment (the one with the Viking!) will be out in the boxed set on 10/7.

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Not. Gonna. Do it.

Calculated Exposure by Holley TrentNaNoWriMo is creeping up, and this is about the time of year I start thinking about what project I’m going to fast-draft come November. In 2012, I wrote Calculated Exposure and wrote half of what became Teaching the Cowboy. Last year, I started Following Fabian (and got waylaid because of other commitments).

This year, though…I’m sitting the event out. I’m a huge proponent of NaNo, but I’ve decided to take November “off.” I’ve been trying to stay on top of aggressive deadlines for the past six months or so, and I need to do some self care.

Now, when I say “off,” I mean I’m not starting anything new and I’m not adding words to any projects that aren’t more or less done. I’ll probably/definitely be working on edits for some projects that are already in the queue–I’ve got a Storafalt holiday story, for one, and the second Afótama Legacy novel. I may finish some things that have been stagnating because of other commitments in 2014 (like finishing Following Fabian which is only 8k from conclusion).

I feel like I need to do a bit of an author detox/slate-clearing before the end of the year.

I’ll miss being part of the NaNo energy, but…yo. Contrary to what the NaNo tagline says, the world does not need my novel. ;)

Good luck to everyone taking the leap!

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And so it ends.

Okay. That title is extra dramatic, but it’s been one of those mornings.

It’s here! The last installment of the Sons of Gulielmus series. (Sort of.) Let’s just take a moment to bask in Claude’s scruffy splendor. Mm. Mm. MMM.
A Demon Bewitched paranormal romance

You can get him his story here:
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I’ve already mentioned that there are other stories planned for this world. They just won’t be under the Sons of Gulielmus banner. It’s not my intention to let this world sprawl unfettered. *steps out of way of lightning strike*

Since you’re here, how about a dirty little excerpt from A Demon Bewitched? Make sure your boss isn’t standing behind you.

Easing behind her, he grabbed her by the waist and gave her one hard yank toward him, jostling her back to the here and now.

“You asked for it, so pay attention.”

“Don’t phone it in, then.”

“You’ll get it for that.” He pushed himself into her in one slow, but continuous thrust, gritting his teeth against the agonizing friction and kneading his fingertips into the flesh of her hips.

In to the hilt, he’d barely gotten himself settled when she clenched around him and tried to pull away. Fuck, it’d been so long since he’d foregone condom use. He’d forgotten what it felt like to have skin against skin. She felt amazing, and he didn’t think he was going to last.

That couldn’t keep happening. He was a goddamned incubus. He’d endured all-night orgies in the past, so outlasting her imminent orgasm should have been a piece of cake. It wouldn’t be, and unfortunately, there was no magic for that.

He pulled her back hard, and grabbed the base of her ponytail. Yanking it, he said, “You dropped the reins. You left them for me to pick up, and I get to crack the whip.”

She sighed, but stopped her squirming.

He released her ponytail and slid his hand down her back, letting it rest at the base of her spine as he resumed his thrusts.

He tried to think vanilla thoughts as her breathing sped. He thought of holding hands and chaste picnics and watching PG-13 movies in theaters.

“Claude …” she said on a labored exhale.

And he thought of blindfolds and gags and paddles. God, he wanted to play. When was the last time he’d gotten to play? Back when he lived in Austin, maybe. There’d been a club—“Fuck.”

“Please do. Don’t hold back.”

Right. Don’t hold back. They were in a fucking barn where the hard floor tortured his knees and he couldn’t see a damned thing beyond her curvy outlines. This was so wrong. They were fucking like desperate teenagers afraid of getting caught, and the truth was, even if they had gotten caught, neither of them would care, probably. Maybe that would add to the exhilaration.

As if they needed more of that.

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I’m not done yet!

I didn’t want to announce this until folks had made their way through A Demon Bewitched because it’s slightly spoilery, but I reckon it’s safe enough to say now.

I wrote a little Christmas novella set in the Sons of Gulielmus world that doesn’t feature any actual sons of Gulielmus (or daughters, for that matter). It’s called An Angel Fallen.

Now, before you jump to any conclusions, it is NOT Gulielmus’s story. I’d need about 100,000 words to tame that guy, and what I’ve got planned for him won’t get written until sometime next year. So, if you were wondering–yes, he’s going to have a story at some point. Like Sons of Gulielmus, that’ll be in a three-book series. UNLIKE Sons of Gulielmus, I want to submit the first couple of books and have the third one ready to go so they have a predictable release schedule.

I digress. An Angel Fallen is about… Damn, I changed my mind. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone who hasn’t read the books, so I’ll just say this–the heroine is the werewolf Sweetie. If you’ve read A Demon Bewitched, you’ll know who the hero is.

I’ll update you on the release date and all that jazz soon. It’ll be a budget-friendly 99¢, and the story will bridge Sons of Gulielmus with whatever I’m going to call the spin-off. (I’ll figure that out next year. Bear with me!)

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The Viking Queen’s Men is now on Goodreads

Add some lusty Vikings to your TBR list.

Oh! By the way, if you’re subscribed to my PNR new release alerts, you might be one of five lucky people who’ll get an early copy of The Viking Queen’s Men next week. My newsletter is going out on Monday, so make sure you’re subscribed.

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HIDE YOUR VIRGINS!

(Also your art, your livestock, and probably any silver you have lying around.)

Because Vikings. Whoosh!
Vikings Unleased bundle
It’s the boxed set I’ve been teasing you about that contains my MFM erotic paranormal romance The Viking Queen’s Men.

Vikings Unleashed contains nine all-new stories (novellas and novels), each with a modern bent on the Viking archetype.

There are stories from me, Anne Marsh, Crystal Jordan, Dayna Hart, Kate Pearce, Loribelle Hunt, Saranna DeWylde, Shawntelle Madison, and Zoe York. Check out the diversity:

VIKING FIRE by award-winning author CRYSTAL JORDAN. Wolf-shifter Erik once betrayed the only woman he ever loved, the shieldmaiden Bryn, and it cost both their lives. Now, they serve the gods as immortal warriors, and an ancient prophecy forces them together to try to stop the coming apocalypse. What they don’t expect is for the fire to burn as hot between them as ever.

AT THE VIKING’S COMMAND by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author ANNE MARSH. A werewolf tries to protect her Pack and ends up in the arms of a ruthless Viking. Following her Viking’s orders ignites a fiery passion and fulfills her secret fantasies, but can she claim her Viking for keeps?

HEL’s BELLES by DAYNA HART. Hela’s one-night stand is assigned to mentor her through the creation of her new motorcycle club, but as their relationship starts to develop, the secrets she’s keeping might cost her everything.

THE VIKING QUEEN’S MEN by award-winning author HOLLEY TRENT. As the newly installed queen of an enclave of telepathic Viking descendants, Tess is the final arbiter of conflicts. Unfortunately, the very first one she has to resolve is in her own bedroom. Two men would fight to the death to win her, but to gain full control of her considerable power, she must find a way to keep them both.

TAMING THE VIKING’S DRAGON by SHAWNTELLE MADISON. Only two riders can command an ice dragon…Drifa wants nothing more than to complete her training as a Woman of Frost, but she is called to help destroy an evil force fallen from the stars. Three years ago, she left Steinn behind. To fight this new foe, they must forget their differences and reunite as man and woman. But for two Viking warriors, waging war is easier than forging peace.

A VIKING’S PEACE by NYT Bestselling Author ZOE YORK. Thrown together in an intergalactic diplomatic mission, Reinn and Ashleigh know they must fight the burning attraction between them. But this Viking has finally found his mate, and nothing else matters.

VIKING’S HEART by national bestselling author LORIBELLE HUNT. Jolie Hall is ready for her life to change. Being given to a Viking to clear her father’s debts isn’t quite what she had in mind, however. She can’t deny she’s drawn to Stone Ulfson, but can she believe his claim that she is his destined mate?

VIKING’S FURY by award-winning author SARANNA DEWYLDE. Magnus the Destroyer will do anything to escape prison planet Hel and punish his captors, including taking the warden’s innocent daughter Mercy as collateral. Only after they crash on an uninhabited planet, Magnus learns some things are more precious than vengeance.

VIKING UNBOUND by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author KATE PEARCE. Encased in ice, traveling through space and thousands ofyears adrift from his world, Viking Einarr Bloodaxe can’t help but respond to the call of his female and finally break free of his magical entrapment.

The bundle will be available on 10/7, but you can pre-order it for 99¢ now.
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Keep your eyes peeled for teasers and exclusive don’t-read-at-work excerpts from all the authors.

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Ten’s a lot. [win stuff.]

My friend and Den of Sin co-author Mel Blue is celebrating her 10-year Writerversary. Woot!
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(If I were to count how many years I’ve been at this writing thing, I’d probably crawl under a rock immediately afterward.)

Instead of nabbing gifts, Mel’s giving stuff away. Isn’t she generous? A bunch of other authors, including myself, are pitching in prizes. I’m giving away a $10 e-gift certificate and a backlist book (which one? up to you. I’ll even let you have Viking Thing if you ask.).

Want to win? Easy Rafflecopter entry. Contest ends Saturday, so start clicking now.

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SKOL and stuff.

It’s in!

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Viking Thing is out of my hands and now I can obsess about other things for a while.

ICYMI:
The Viking Queen's Men contemporary paranormal menage romance by Holley Trent

It’ll be out the first week of October in a boxed set I’ll tell you more about later. It’s the first book in a series of five contemporary paranormal romances [with Vikings – shhhhhh, just let it happen].

The first two stories are ménages (they have the same trio of characters), but books 3, 4, and 5 will feature different couples.

This is my typical style, so you can expect it to be heavy on snark, plot, worldbuilding. The heroines are unfiltered (of course) and the angst is fleeting.

Now that it’s off to the bundle admin, I’m going to go read someone else’s book. I’ll format this puppy for paperback later.

I will be putting on a reviewer sign-up list soonish, so keep an eye peeled.

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Got me geeking: these spec-fic romance series

Got Me Geeking Holley TrentLast week, I told you about the voices in my head ears. This week, I want to tell you about the books I read when I’m not writing. I’m a sucker for series, and here are a few that had me ignoring other VERY PRESSING obligations this year. These are all under the speculative fiction romance (or w/ romantic elements) umbrella.

Ready? Get your one-click/wish-listing fingers ready. I’ll even tell you how I stumbled onto these series.


A Discovery of Witches cover1 – Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy. To be quite honest, I don’t know how to categorize this series as it isn’t strictly paranormal. It’s mainstream fiction with a witch heroine, a vampire hero, a time-travel element, a lot of history, some science, some suspense, and [insert kitchen sink here].

I’ve got book three, The Book of Life, on my Kindle right now. I started it in July during the trip to the RWA national conference, and haven’t finished it ONLY because it’s the last book in the series. There’s no more after that. Nothing. Trying to make it last.

If you like broody heroes and heroines who get stronger over time, you’ll love this series.

I learned about the first book in the series from Blogher back in…hell, I don’t know what year it was. Lots of reviewers were asked to read it. I wasn’t one of them, but I was so intrigued I picked that door-stopper up at the library. Read it twice in a week and pretty much stalked the author online until the second installment was up for pre-order.


Slave by Cheryl Brooks2 – Cheryl Brooks‘ Cat Star Chronicles. These are long erotic paranormal romances. Eh…I think they sort of straddle the line between PNR and romantic sci-fi since they’re set in space and have alien heroes.

Anyhoo, this summer when I was finally unpacking the books I picked up at LAST year’s RWA nat’l conference (oops), I found Stud amongst them. It was one of those where have you been all my life? discoveries. Brooks has a voice that’s compulsively readable and a great sense of humor. The heroes are sexy cat-men (just roll with it) and the usually-human heroines are the sort you really root for.

The series is up to ten books. I’ve read every single one in a month EXCEPT for the most recent one–Rebel–and for the same reason I haven’t finished The Book of Life.


Legacy-200x3003 – Another series I discovered in my RWA book pile is Denise Tompkins‘ Niteclif Evolutions. The first installment is Legacy. I’d peg this one as urban fantasy with romantic elements, and I should warn you – the love interest isn’t the same in books two and three as it is in book one. You’ll forgive the heroine for it, though. Let’s see if I can describe this one in a nutshell. Uh…the heroine is descended from a long line of supernatural investigators, one of whom inspired the fictional Sherlock Holmes.

Yep.

Lots of sexy time in this series (and not of the sweet, sensual sort, either. I mean, hell. Would you really expect that with heroes who are warlocks and dragon shifters?). Just warning ya.

The series is ongoing, and I await news of the next installment.

(No pressure or anything, Ms. Tompkins.)


A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais4 – I accidentally stumbled onto Eve Langlais’ Welcome to Hell series when I was trawling for something else in her backlist (lord knows what book it was now). I thought, “Hey, she has demon books? Me, too!” and naturally I wanted to see what her spin on them was.

I think I read every single one in about a week, they are just so stinkin’ funny. I mean, come on–Satan’s playing matchmaker between his hellish minions. They’re pretty quick reads and will put a smile on your face for sure.

The first installment, A Demon and His Witch, features a womanizing fire demon and Satan’s justifiably cranky witch of an assistant. (She got burned at the stake, FFS.)


Shadow of the Wolf by Dana Marie Bell5 – Next up, Dana Marie Bell‘s Heart’s Desire paranormal romance series. Four wolf-shifter wizard brothers (yep) and the frazzled women who love them. The series is three stories in at the moment, and there’s one more coming.

I stumbled into the series while judging some contest last year (don’t remember which – this happens all the time) and proceeded to buy half of DMB’s backlist right after that.

Now, there are some authors who work on JUST ONE series until it’s done. I’m not one of those. I skip around because I write faster than my publishers can put out my books. DMB seems to have a similar release strategy. So, if not being able to finish reading a series drives you nuts, start with her Halle Pumas. That series is done, and you see the characters again in the Halle Shifters series (which is ongoing).

You could read these out of order since each romance stands alone, but don’t. The background plot arcs over the four books and you need to know the background so you understand the tension in book three.


Wolf's Haven Caedmon Wolves 1 by Ambrielle Kirk6 – Ooh! Speaking of wolf shifters, check out my Den of Sin co-author Ambrielle Kirk’s Caedmon Wolves. If you like diverse, edgy romances, alpha-male personalities, and heroines who are a bit mouthy, these will be like book crack to you. There’s lots of popcorn-worthy drama in the pack due to some succession issues.

I have it on good authority (because I asked) that there’s one more book coming that ties up the plot from book five, and then the series will spin off to a new pack. (Don’t you love it when that happens?)

Books 1-3 are available in one money-saving volume BUT BUT BUT – you can also grab Wolf’s Haven for free.

Grab it!


Go forth and read! But, tell me what other-worldly series have got you hooked before you go. I like books that make me shout, “Oh, snap!” so keep that in mind.

And don’t forget, while you’re on your spec-fic romance shopping binge, the Extraordinary Love bundle is still a buck, and my Sons of Gulielmus novella A Demon Found is now FREE at Amazon.

Want to geek out in a post of your own? Shoot me a message at holley [at] holleytrent [dot] com and put “Got Me Geeking” in the subject line. I’ll get you squared away.

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