Masters and Mages: Book Blitz Celebration

I’m happy to announce that my Masters and Mages series is available again on Amazon (and other places soon). With shiny new covers and lower prices, now is your chance to discover this high fantasy romantic adventure series if you haven’t already. To help celebrate, I’ve put Book 1, Touch of Salar, on sale for FREE on Amazon for the three days of the blitz (May 16-18). Here’s the link to my Amazon author page.

If you read it and like it, please consider leaving a review or even just a rating. All of my reviews went away along with the Loose Id version of the books (insert sad face here).

Although I am disappointed that my original publisher, Loose Id, decided to close their doors, one of the benefits of self-publishing is being able to have complete control over the cover. I’d like to thank Robin Ludwig Design Inc for her amazing work bringing my cover ideas to life (insert smiley face here).

For those of you who already read the books and have been waiting for Book 4, fear not, it will be coming soon. While preparing for the re-release, I read through all three books and reacquainted myself with the intrigue going on in the desert kingdom of Jahar, reconnecting with the minds and hearts of my characters and realizing that Salar and the serpent god Ka’alar have some issues left to resolve.  Book 4, Rise of the Serpent will address those pesky loose threads and maybe possibly give M’lan and Jamil their HEA, and maybe Dezra and Rayn too. Or maybe not. One never knows. Bwahahaha.

Lastly, if you’d like to see print versions available, let me know. I’m going to determine if there’s a demand over the next few months.

Lastly lastly, you can now sign up for my e-newsletter to keep abreast of things like free book promotions, long awaited sequels, and other fun stuff here:  Newsletter sign-up widgety thing

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Barely People

Hello everyone and welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of really cool writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten lines or less.

We’re all pretty excited here at Chez Duran because it’s just a little over two weeks until Jacqui the Cat is unleashed on the world, and today I get to unveil the cover of Prowl, Book 1, for the first time!

I’ve been sharing from Prowl and I’m picking up right where I left off last week. Jacqui is having internal argument with his inner cat regarding the wisdom of leaving Wyatt a dead bird as a welcome to the neighborhood gift. Jacqui “speaks” first.

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People don’t like dead birds.

How would you know? You’re a hermit.

I’m a people—more people than you.

You’re barely people. You’re a freak. You’re a half-man who dresses like a nongender-specific pirate and talks out loud to his cat self.

“Enough with the negative self-talk,” Jacqui said, and then scowled. Sure he was a freak. It wasn’t a bad thing, just…inconvenient.

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Shout-out to Robin Ludwig Design Inc for the awesome cover

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 bestselling author (she wishes) Alexis Duran. Coming soon! **UPDATE** Coming May 29. So close. So very close.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Welcome To The Neighborhood

Welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide range of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  I’ve been sharing from my upcoming gay shifter/romance/mystery Prowl, Book 1 in the Jacqui the Cat mysteries series. I have a release date! May 29 the first three books in the series will be available, in conjunction with the full moon. Because cat shifter magic.

In this scene, Jacqui is returning from his early morning run and strolling past his neighbor’s backyard. The neighbor is Wyatt, who Jacqui may have a teensy little crush on.  In earlier snippets, which you can check out by clicking the Jacqui the Cat link under Obsessions, Jacqui in his cat form had an unfortunate encounter with Wyatt. He’s hoping things go better when they meet human-to-human.

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Jacqui put his fingers to his neck and looked at his watch, which he didn’t actually wear. He only pretended to take his pulse because he didn’t really care. He was in tip-top shape and breathed easily, even after the climb.

Ever slower, practically stopping, his gaze drifted from his watch-less wrist to Wyatt’s gate, which stood open.

If he was Cat, he could peek in. As Jacqui, that would be creepy. He forced himself to stare at his imaginary watch again.

He regretted their unfortunate first meeting. Bloodshed should not have been involved.

We should bring him a dead bird as an apology slash welcome to the neighborhood offering.

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No. Not peeking. Because that would be creepy.

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 (you wish).

Join Jacqui (and Cat) in this new exciting and sexy gay shifter romance mystery series from bestselling author (she wishes) Alexis Duran. Coming soon! **UPDATE** Coming May 29. So close. So very close.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Keep Up

Hello and welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of  ten sentences or less. It’s a great way to sample some new fiction!

I’m back to sharing from Prowl, Book 1 in my soon-to-be-released cozy gay romance mystery series, Jacqui the Cat. Oh, yeah, I forgot a subgenre–Shifter. Jacqui is a fashion designer who also happens to be a cat sometimes. He’s got a crush on his hunky new neighbor, Wyatt the deputy sheriff. They haven’t actually met yet (not while Jacqui was in human form, anyway). Hopefully their first meeting will go better than their man-cat encounter and no blood will be spilled.

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Jacqui rose before daybreak. His routine was to run eight miles every morning, out around the airport and back. While he could never match the speed and strength of his cat self, he tried hard to coax his human body to keep up.

He ran. He did yoga. He lifted weights. As a result, he looked damn good in his stretchy Lycra running pants and zip-up jacket, even if he did say so himself.

He pushed hard up his hill for a final burn. He usually ran all the way to his front door, but today he felt the need to slow, and then walk ever slower, past the condos across the street. The lights were on in Wyatt’s apartment.

***

Human Jacqui knows he shouldn’t spy on Wyatt, but sometimes his inner cat is just too pushy.

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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 (you wish).

Join Jacqui (and Cat) in this new exciting and sexy gay shifter romance mystery series from bestselling author (she wishes) Alexis Duran. Coming soon! **UPDATE** Coming in May! So close. So very close.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Truncheons and Handcuffs

Greetings and welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors. After perusing my post, don’t forget to click the link to visit the other fabulous authors participating in the hop.

I’m continuing to share from my gay romance/mystery Prowl, Book 1 in the soon-to-be-released Jacqui the Cat Mysteries series. And by soon I mean six weeks. Seriously. I almost promise. Say, don’t you admire/hate authors who have their act so together they can do pre-release promos six months ahead of time? But I digress.  Jacqui is a cat shifter whose penchant for trouble leads him to help/hinder the local police in solving crimes.  He’s also a fashion designer, and is currently having a heart-to-heart with his best friend Zee about his new crush, Wyatt the cop.  Zee speaks first.

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“I am wise in the ways of love, grasshopper, so shut your face and listen to my wisdom.”

“Okay, if you’re so wise, tell me how to woo a poorly dressed cop.”

Jacqui turned to his worktable to hide the blush that crept up his neck, and took his time folding the red silk tunic and black palazzo pants that Zee had also adored. He hadn’t really meant to talk about Wyatt, but why not? Zee didn’t live in Friday Harbor and wouldn’t actively meddle in Jacqui’s affairs, unlike some of his other so-called friends.

“A cop? How truncheons and handcuffs of you.” Zee sidled up to Jacqui’s couch and sprawled across it, elbow perched on the armrest, every motion languid and cat-like. Another reason why they were practically related.

“This is Friday Harbor—think Mayberry, Andy Griffith, Don Knotts.”

***

I don’t think Wyatt would appreciate the comparison.

Update RE: Jacqui’s release into the world.  For those of you paying attention, first of all, thank you! Second of all, because I will have a swarm of re-releases coming out in early May, I’ve decided to postpone Jacqui’s release until after the dust has settled a bit.  For context, my publisher Loose Id is closing, so I’m repackaging the SEVEN novels I have out with them. New covers, new lower prices! Stay tuned. May will be exciting.

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Because I don’t have enough to do, I created a Pintrist board for Jacqui’s design company, Cat’s Eye Creations. If you too are looking to get lured into a time suck of doom, check it out!  Cat’s Eye Creations on Pinterist

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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 (you wish).

Join Jacqui (and Cat) in this new exciting and sexy gay shifter romance mystery series from bestselling author (she wishes) Alexis Duran. Coming soon! **UPDATE** Coming in May! So close. So very close.

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Burned at the Stake

Greetings and welcome to another exciting episode of Weekend Writing Warriors.  Ah, April.  The trees are budding out, delicious little birds are scampering about the patio, driving the cats nuts, and tax receipts are overflowing my desk and spilling to the floor.  Ever since becoming a self-employed author, preparing year end taxes has become so very interesting.  Seems like a great time to grab the laptop and lock myself in a comfortable closet with Jacqui and his best friend Zee.

I’m continuing to share from Prowl, Book 1 in the Jacqui the Cat mysteries, to be released soon.  Jacqui, a cat shifter, is about to get real with his friend Zee (not a cat, but still a nice person).

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Kissing Zee made Jacqui’s mind wander briefly to Wyatt West. Man, how he wanted to kiss that man. He couldn’t have anyone that close, though. Couldn’t risk being exposed, locked up, burned at the stake, or worst of all, rejected.

“What’s the matter, love?” Zee asked, pulling back but still standing very close, still resting a hand on Jacqui’s cheek. “You seem a little less you today.”

“I didn’t sleep last night, that’s all. Everything had to be perfect, you know.”

“I know, you work too hard.” Zee stepped back to admire the suit again. “Still no special love muffin to call your own?”

***

For the fun of it, here’s an interesting number by Maiko Takeda, milliner and jewelry designer extraordinaire.

Update RE: Jacqui’s release into the world.  For those of you paying attention, first of all, thank you! Second of all, because I will have a swarm of re-releases coming out in early May, I’ve decided to postpone Jacqui’s release until after the dust has settled a bit.  For context, my publisher Loose Id is closing, so I’m repackaging the SEVEN novels I have out with them. New covers, new lower prices! Stay tuned. May will be exciting.

***

Because I don’t have enough to do, I created a Pintrist board for Jacqui’s design company, Cat’s Eye Creations. If you too are looking to get lured into a time suck of doom, check it out!  Cat’s Eye Creations on Pinterist

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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 (you wish).

Join Jacqui (and Cat) in this new exciting and sexy gay shifter romance mystery series from bestselling author (she wishes) Alexis Duran. Coming soon! **UPDATE** Coming in May! So close. So very close.

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This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight to ten sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or use the address: http://www.wewriwa.com