Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Come and Get Me

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers share excerpts from their work in ten snippets or less, and readers get to hop around and read all sorts of fun stuff! Did I mention it’s free? It’s like channel surfing for book junkies.

So here I am, back to the world of Jacqui the Cat. I’m a little trepidatious about sharing from Book 4, which is still in a raw, rather lumpy state, but I’ve found sharing here is great motivation to clean, polish, and get that book out there! Working title Wild, Book 4 in the Jacqui the Cat Mysteries series, takes Jacqui deeper into the world of shifters, a world that does not match up to his romantic fantasies.

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The Dog Men cometh.

Of that, Jacqui had no doubt. They would come with their fangs, their drool and their fleas, armed with tranquilizer guns and iron cat traps. The only question was when.

Jacqui shivered and stepped out onto Wyatt’s back patio. It was 3:30 a.m.  He couldn’t sleep. Didn’t want to sleep.  He wanted to shift and prowl the moon-drenched streets of Friday Harbor. He wanted to scour every yard for enemies, dig in gardens for buried threats, howl at the top of his lungs, Come and get me, Dogs.

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As you might have guessed from the snippet, in Roam, Book 3, Jacqui had a little run in with some dog shifters. It didn’t go well, and he’s been a little uneasy ever since.

 

Jacqui the Cat Mysteries, the cozy gay shifter romance mystery series the world has  been waiting for~

Jacqui Corleone is a fashion designer, a yoga-instructor and a concerned citizen who selflessly helps the police solve crimes. Oh, and he occasionally turns into a small wild cat. Probably due to a wizard’s curse or an evil government plot to create super warriors.

Or, he’s a cat cursed to turn into a human and only the bite of a sexy alpha lion will allow him to remain in his superior form of Cat.

Jacqui does not have a split personality, but sometimes his cat personality can get rather loud.

Loud? You’re loud.

Jacqui Corleone is a cat shifter who doesn’t know why or how he turns into a cat. He lives a solitary life in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. He’s not afraid of intimacy (yes, he is) but sensibly refrains from potentially awkward entanglements. Unfortunately, the sexy new deputy sheriff just moved in across the street and Jacqui’s vow not to get mixed up with island dudes is sorely challenged.

When the mysterious disappearance of three blue pots draws Jacqui to investigate, he’s drawn ever deeper into danger–and into the muscular but not too bulgy or veiny arms of deputy Wyatt West (he wishes).

Join Jacqui (and Cat) in this new exciting and sexy gay shifter romance mystery series from author of fantastical romantic fiction, Alexis Duran.

Here be the Amazon links:

Prowl

Pounce

Roam

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I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall is out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous covers!

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ The Betwixt and Between

Hello and welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of diverse (and awesome) writers share excerpts of their work in snippets of ten sentences or less.  I’ve been sharing from my recently re-released urban fantasy/gay romance Death by Starlight. Our hero Zeke is having an altercation with Ysolde, the deposed queen of the svarta. I should explain that she’s attempting to hurl him through a portal into the realm of light. Zeke, being a dark elf (svarta) from the dark realm, will not be welcome there, to put it mildly.

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“Too late! Let the guardians do what they will with you.” She released another torrent of fire. This time flames licked through Zeke’s shield and scorched his jacket. Time to stop resisting.

He sprang to his feet and ran toward the open doors. Better to enter upright and of his own free will than crouched and shoved. He stepped onto the stone terrace, briefly caught sight of Cleona and Dijeree on the sidewalk, their attention drawn toward the battle, and then he slipped into the familiar blackness of nowhere, the betwixt and between. For an instant, he thought he could redirect, end up anywhere except for where his enemy waited to kill him, but he thought of Ian, and that was enough to propel Zeke irresistibly into the realm of light.

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Although pretty, the realm of light is not exactly hospitable, especially if you’re a dark elf.

And lo and behold, I have reached the end of the chapter. Hope you’ve enjoyed this little foray into the world of Ian and Zeke and my Edge of Night series. Next week I’ll return to Jacqui the Cat’s adventures, or possibly something completely different! So many stories…

 

Available on Amazon here. Currently a Kindle Unlimited book, so you can check it out and read for free!

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In Betwixt and Between, Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall is out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous cover!

 

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Hostile Magic

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. I’m going to make this intro brief, because it’s 95 degrees outside and hotter inside, and I need to go find some shade and something frosty to drink. I’m reading a book that takes place in equatorial Africa and should really switch to something with snow and ice and lots of shivering. Any recommendations?

I’m sharing from Book 2 in my Edge of Night series, Death by Starlight. In this scene, Zeke has fallen afoul of the dark elfin queen, Ysolde. You can read previous snippets here and here.  The portal referred to in this snippet is a gateway to other realms. Enjoy!

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Zeke scrambled behind a heavy settee and had to settle for weaving his fingers together and muttering a charm to strengthen his shield. He’d been rattled by the first hit and could think only of protection. He couldn’t best Ysolde in a fight, not without Ian by his side. She was too old and crafty, her magic too strong.

The settee smoked, its melting fibers emitting a noxious odor. He would have to flee soon and considered a flying spell, then realized he was already moving. Ysolde was pushing him, shield and all, toward the portal.

He sent magical spikes into the floor, but they didn’t take hold.

This was not the way to enter another realm—protections on the other side would already sense the approach of hostile magic and strike him down the instant he crossed.

“Perhaps we can negotiate, Ysolde!” he called over his shoulder.

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Available on Amazon here. Currently a Kindle Unlimited book, so you can check it out and read for free!

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In Betwixt and Between, Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall is out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous cover!

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Killing Spells

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a diverse group of writers share their work in ten snippets or less. Anyone can sign up and share, and anyone can enjoy the snippets, comment and share. It’s great way to connect.

I recently re-released my Edge of Night series, and I’ve been sharing from Book 2, Death by Starlight. Zeke, a dark elf, is having an unwanted encounter with his former queen, Ysolde. After Ysolde attempts to convince Zeke to join her cause again, things go South rather quickly.

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Zeke’s skin crawled as he remembered his centuries of servitude, of doing evil to feed her the power she craved. Although he tried to remain impassive, something in his stance must have alerted her to his rejection of her plan. He couldn’t hide his revulsion.

With the barest shift of position, she attacked. A bolt of fire like the ones that had ripped through Rellyk’s house lanced toward him. Zeke had of course shielded himself, having known Ysolde was lurking nearby, but the blow knocked him off his feet. He rolled to avoid a rain of bolts that blistered the wood floor and caused flames to shoot out from where he’d stood.

“You’re right, Stormshadow. I want nothing more than to see you dead!” Ysolde continued to throw killing spells at him, her arm thrusting forward as if hurling physical spears.

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Don’t piss off the evil queen, Zeke.

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Available on Amazon here. Currently a Kindle Unlimited book, so you can check it out and read for free!

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In Betwixt and Between, Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall is out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous cover!

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Bring Him Back

Hello and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where readers and writers come together to share in the magic of storytelling, one ten-sentence snippet at a time.  I’ve been sharing from my freshly re-released urban fantasy romance, Death by Starlight.  In last week’s snippet, Zeke, while on the trail of his lover Ian, instead found Ysolde, the ousted evil queen of the dark elves.  Ysolde has offered Zeke information about Ian in exchange for his cooperation.  Zeke speaks first.

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“How can I possibly trust you when I know you want nothing more than to see me and Ian dead?”

“You’re wrong. I respect you, Stormshadow. I thought your dallying with Evernight was merely a weakness of the mind and heart, but you saw what the rest of us took longer to see. He is a catalyst for the melding of dark and light powers, a resource to be exploited rather than a mutant to be despised.”

“You tried to kill him at the market place.”

“He’s too dangerous to be running free. Bring him back to the svarta, where he belongs. This will benefit all our people.”

Zeke knew Ysolde wouldn’t tolerate Ian benefiting anyone but herself. She’d enslaved Zeke and wanted to do so again with Ian as the lure.

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Available on Amazon here. Currently a Kindle Unlimited book, so you can check it out and read for free!

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In Betwixt and Between, Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall is out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous cover!

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Throne of Thorns

Hi everyone!  I’m switching gears here on Weekend Writing Warriors this week. I’ve just re-released Book 1 in my Edge of Night series, Betwixt and Between, and Book 2, Death by Starlight, is set to publish this Tuesday, July 10 (available for preorder here).  Death by Starlight has a shiny new cover that I’d like to share with you, so I thought I’d share a snippet or two as well, in order to celebrate and, uh, entice you to buy several copies 🙂

Death by Starlight is a gay urban fantasy set in Seattle (which you might guess from the cover). Zeke Stormshadow is a svarta, a dark elf, and in this scene, the ousted Queen of the Svarta, Ysolde, makes an unwelcome reappearance in his life.

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“I can tell you who it is you seek, Stormshadow.” The voice came loud and sharp from a dark corner behind him. Zeke turned swiftly, Alistair’s dagger in his hand.

Ysolde emerged from the shadow spell she’d cast around herself. Her skin was still as white as bleached bone, her lips burgundy, black hair cascading down her back, but she appeared smaller than when she’d sat on her throne of thorns and ruled from the roots of the great tree. Now she looked like any other svarta royal after a sleepless century or two. Her silver-blue eyes still cut into him, seeking weaknesses to exploit.

“And what is the price for this knowledge, Ysolde?” he asked.

Ysolde held her hands out, palms up, in a gesture that didn’t match the carnivorous glint in her eyes. “I seek a truce with you and your clan.”

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So shiny.

In Betwixt and Between, Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

***

I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall is out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous cover!