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.

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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.

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Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Blood is Back

 

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

I’m taking a break from Jacqui’s adventures today to celebrate the re-release of Blood of Salar: Masters and Mages 2 and share the shiny new cover which I love, love, love.  The contract for Blood ran out about a month ago, and I’ve been remiss in getting it repackaged and up for sale again. The entire series will be “refreshed” on May 9, so stay tuned for that.

Blood of Salar is the second book in the Masters and Mages series, and in it we get to know more about Jamil, the royal assassin whose world was rocked by an encounter with a monk at the healing  temple of Ka’alar (serpent god of death and renewal) in book 1.  In this scene, Jamil is stalking a important target, but finds himself lured into a situation he wants no part of.  *I confess to fiddling with punctuation in order to fit the ten sentence limit*

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Jamil wasn’t sure what the snake god wanted, but he knew what he himself desired: justice.

Another prisoner took advantage of the distraction to break free—a young girl, also in monk’s habit, running not away but toward the violence.

Salar help me, Jamil thought.

The bow and arrow slid into place with hardly any thought on his part. He drew his arm back and lowered the tip of the arrow, eye on the lout currently bending over the monk on the ground. Even with this tempting target, Jamil hesitated to kill.

This so-called soldier was a waste of an assassin’s arrow, to say nothing of an assassin’s soul. The soldier was of no importance, and the monk, being of no threat to anyone, was even less so. To act would be to endanger Jamil’s mission and defy his king.

Ka’alar decides who will die–so decide, serpent!

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Cover design by Rubin Ludwig Design, Inc.

 

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“Intense fight scenes and action packed. This story grabs hold and doesn’t let go til the end. The descriptions of the powers of the two gods were awe inspiring.”

“Spirited, Enchanting…Wicked good!” – Rainbow Book Reviews

“Fantastic read. Highly recommended.”  – Five Heart Review at MM Good Book Reviews

“Blood of Salar is a cut above” – 5 Star Review at Inked Rainbow Reads

“Alexis Duran’s elegant yet earthy prose drew me hard and fast into the first book,Touch of Salar” – 5 Heart Review by Velvet Panic

Now available on Amazon. Other vendors coming soon.

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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

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.”

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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?”

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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.

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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.

***

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

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Divinely Weird

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop where a bunch of really awesome writers share their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  I’ve been sharing from Prowl, my soon-to-be-released gay romance/mystery.  This scene is from Chapter 2, where our hero Jacqui, a cat shifter/fashion designer, is hanging out with his client/friend Zee.  Here’s last week’s post, if you’d like to catch up.

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Zee stepped up, cradled Jacqui’s face, and planted a big sexy kiss on his lips. They weren’t lovers. They were too much alike and had bonded like long-lost siblings the first time they met at a super-cool party for itinerant international artists in Prague. Only no one truly cool would ever preface anything with “super,” Jacqui reminded himself. Zee said “super” and any damn thing that came to mind, but Zee was an extra-special, extra-cool case.

They were so alike, so aligned and meshy and over the moon in friend with each other that Jacqui had seriously wondered if Zee might be like him. Might have a cat inside. After too much plum brandy at that party, Jacqui had very subtly asked Zee to turn into a cat with him and go run amok in the feline underbelly of Prague by moonlight.

Zee had laughed and said, “You’re so divinely weird!”

Zee hadn’t judged Jacqui, but didn’t believe him, either.

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While searching for Zee inspirations on Pinterist, I found this photo featuring model Heather Kemesky. Now I have to sign up for Instagram so I can follow them. *sigh*

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

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 April! So close. So very close.

***

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

Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Space Pirates

Hello and Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors.  I took last weekend off to go to the coast and spend a day or two not staring at the computer. I have three Jacqui the Cat Mysteries in production mode right now, and things have been a lot crazy in Alexis-land. Good thing I love the process so much.

I finished up with Chapter One in my last post, and have decided to continue sharing from Prowl, Book 1 of the Jacqui series. This scene shows a little of what Jacqui does when he’s not a cat, spying on his neighbors and generally getting into mischief. Besides being a cat shifter, Jacqui is also a fashion designer, specializing in fantasy inspired, non-binary designs. In other words, the designer I wish would make my clothes!

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“I look like a debonair pirate from outer space,” Zee said, staring into the three full-length mirrors Jacqui had wrestled into place that morning.

“That’s a good thing, right?” Jacqui asked, nervously chewing a thumbnail. He forced his hand down. After all, he’d just paid too much for a manicure three days ago.

Zee spun around, face split by a grin. “I love it! It’s totally me, and totally you, and I look like a billion bucks, even if I do say so myself.”

Jacqui grinned back, giddy with relief. He felt like he’d been holding his breath ever since Zee had commissioned the work. “You are the ultimate debonair space pirate,” he said.

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Something Jacqui might design if only he were real

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 Pintrist

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 April! So close. So very close.

***

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