Three Unknown Facts about Hero/Heroine from the Dark Pursuit Anthology

10_20 Dark PursuitLong and Short Reviews welcomes the authors of the Dark Pursuit anthology as they share three unknown facts about their hero/heroine. Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Tempted to Death

1. Luca is gifted with languages. He’s fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Russian, and has enough knowledge of Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese to muddle along, if need be.

2. Oliver loves to read—anything and everything. And hates that he needs reading glasses.

3. Tara hates working out, and only does it because she has to.

Months ago, Tara Wilcox ran away from Luca Castell and Oliver Gordon. She’d fallen hard for the pair of hunters and feared their growing feelings for her. But what truly terrified her was the possibility that they’d discover what she really is. That she’s the very thing they hunted.

Luca and Oliver are partners, in every sense of the word, and their lives are spent running toward danger. Falling for Tara was the biggest risk they’d ever taken, and her vanishing without a word gutted them.

But, she’s back, desperate for their help in hunting a vicious para creature. Despite the risks—to their lives and their hearts—reigniting the love they’d had is simple. But nothing is simple when, faced with an impossible choice, Tara reveals her true nature.

Now that Luca and Oliver know the truth, Tara has another choice to make—run again or trust that their love is strong enough to look beyond the monster she fears they’ll see.

About the Author: Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she’s a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Jessica’s not working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over her favorite shows or curling up with a good book.

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Rising Blood

1. Harper had considered a career in theatre, but when she joined the police academy cadets to study for a role, she changed her major to criminal justice.

2. Elliot is actually on the domestic side and likes to relax by cooking and is considering planting a garden.

3. Harper binge watches a lot of Netflix and is unapologetically watching season four of The Gilmore Girls.

Vampire hunter, Harper Yovanoff, is not happy. Ever since her former partner vanished, she’d been content to work alone. Unfortunately, her boss doesn’t feel the same way. Harper’s been assigned a new partner—a new partner who’s an utter pain in her ass. Elliot Zielin is panty-meltingly gorgeous, but he’s also reckless, not to mention, insufferably arrogant. If he’s not careful, the vampires will be the least of his worries.

Elliot knows he should play nice with his new partner, but he can’t resist poking the bear—the tiny, angry bear who’s so freaking beautiful, she makes him ache for things he shouldn’t want. Despite the fact that Harper has a stake with his name on it, he keeps pushing.

When a powerful vampire begins actively stalking and turning hunters, Harper and Elliot are forced to work more closely together than ever in an effort to save their own. With tempers and adrenaline high, letting off a little steam goes way too far, and they both end up in a place they never expected. The threat against them increases and fighting their growing feelings for one another becomes impossible. But if they can’t stop the sire hell-bent on their destruction, all the love in the world won’t save them from becoming the very thing they hunt.

About the Author: Bronwyn Green is an author, blogger and compulsive crafter. She lives Michigan with her husband, two children and three somewhat psychotic cats. When not frantically writing, she can be found helping in her youngest son’s classroom or binge-watching Netflix while working on her latest craft project.

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Next Lifetime

1. Caitlin takes up a new hobby every time Lucas is reborn. In 1930, she took up needlepoint. In 1958, she learned ballroom dancing. In 1986, she went to culinary school. She doesn’t like to be bored.

2. Lucas unwinds by watching reruns of NCIS. He has a huge crush on Abby.

3. Caitlin smells like vanilla and lavender because of the shampoo she makes, herself.

Born a witch, Sarah, the daughter of the town’s only judge, keeps her gift and her love of William, a lowly farmhand a closely guarded secret. Their plans for a life together come to a grisly end when Bastian, one of the world’s most feared and evil vampires, finds out about her power and decides to add another prize to his collection.

A hundred years later, William has been reborn as Lucas Dagan, the most powerful vampire hunter the Order of St. Marcellus has in its ranks. He has no memory of his past with Sarah. But, Sarah, now known as Caitlin, remembers. Worse, she’s now the very thing Lucas has sworn to exterminate from the earth. Any chance they might have had at happiness has been crushed.

But Bastian has returned with far more sinister plans. Duty and passion collide when Caitlin and Lucas are forced to fight together to save the world. But will determination and remembered love be enough? Because if Bastian has his way, there won’t be a Next Lifetime for anyone.

About the Author: Author Paige Prince has been writing since she was 7 years old when she first picked up a pen to write out her fantasy of being Joe McIntyre’s girlfriend (she was 7, cut her some slack). Since then, she’s discovered that there are more fun things to write about than just holding hands and going to the movies.

Paige hails from a small suburb of Houston, Texas. She’s married to the man of her dreams and they have one beautiful little girl who is the light of their lives, two very lazy dachshunds, and one adventurous cat.

You can find Paige avoiding work on Facebook, or chatting up her friends on Twitter.

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Grave Measures

1. Daniel actually loves watching Casper, the Friendly Ghost and uses old episodes as a way of detoxing from work. He also is eagerly waiting for an episode of Scooby Do where the ghost is real.

2. Arrynn doesn’t have a zombie apocalypse plan because she firmly believes the coming ‘end of days’ will be a mass uprising of spirits. Though she has stockpiled several barrels of salt.

3. Daniel spends a week every year hunting for Bigfoot, after seeing the legendary creature when he was only five.

Not all souls go quietly.

After the brutal murder of his girlfriend thrusts Daniel Cartwright into the world of the supernatural, he’s finally adjusted to the reality that monsters are real. And not all souls cross over on their own. He’d thought banishing her spirit would bring him peace—allow him to move on. That is until her ghost returns—angrier than ever and hell bent on finally completing her mission. She wants Daniel to join her…and she’s not taking no for an answer.

Arrynn Baker has spent the past two years watching Daniel flourish into one of Threshold’s best hunters. Decisive, highly skilled—she’s proud to be his partner. There’s just one small issue… She’s fallen for the man. Hard. While she’s not opposed to taking him as a lover, she’s not convinced he feels the same—not with the distance he seems to maintain. The emotional walls he never steps beyond. Besides, mixing business with pleasure rarely ends well.

When a grisly new killing rocks both their worlds, lines get crossed, and Daniel knows he’s got a choice to make. Either be content with one night with Arrynn, or man up and jump in. But if he wants a future with the woman of his dreams, he needs to deal with his past, once and for all. Even if the solution takes grave measures.

About the Author: Author, cover artist, single mother, slave to chaos—Kris Norris a jack-of-all trades who’s constantly looking for her ever elusive clone.

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Give me a hero…or two…

I love my heroes. I suppose that’s a silly statement, but there it is. Each and every one of them has made me laugh, cry, and squirm in my seat a wee bit. Whenever I finish book, underneath the feelings of happiness and accomplishment is a twinge of sadness, because I don’t want to let go. And if I can make someone else feel that way, sad to see the book end, then I’ve done my job well.

I thought I’d share a bit of the men from my Fey series with you today. Because they are oh so yummy. 🙂

The series is a about Kaelen, future King of Fey and his friends – Rhys, Leilen and Dermet.

In the opening lines of Fate’s Song, Kaelen comes through loud and clear:

Death stared Kaelen in the eye and promised to be long and painful. He refused to cower before it. What he’d done was in defence of the weak, the helpless. He’d had no choice but to act. However, his motivations would not sway the Queen. She ruled with an iron fist, and it was going to squeeze the life out of him. Despite his imminent end, he regretted nothing. He may have taken a human life, but he also saved at least three others. Pride and honour would hold him upright during the judgment of his crime.

A man who was destined to be King of his people and he gave it up without hesitation to defend someone less powerful than he. Yeah, he won me over pretty quickly.

In Waters of Fate, Rhys is in a very difficult position…

 “Listen to me!” Neiva shouted. “We are meant. I saw it. I saw it in the Waters. On my honour, Rhys, I saw it.”

He went absolutely cold. No, Fate would not be so cruel as to bind him to the King’s daughter. His best friend’s daughter.

Stepping forward, he grasped her shoulders and gave her a hard shake. “Understand this, we are not meant. I have no true mate. That is what I saw in the Waters.”

“But that was before…before my dad saved my mom. He changed everything—”

“No. You are never to touch me again. Do you hear me? Never!”

He cut off any protests by flashing to his residence. With an oath, he slammed his fist into the wall over and over. Blood covered his knuckles, but the pain helped clear his head. Breathing laboured, he turned, pressed his back against the wall and slid down until he was on the floor. Dropping his head forward, he scrubbed his palms over his face.

What in Goddess’ name was he going to do?

Poor Rhys. His battle between loyalty to his friend and King and wanting/needing to be with the woman he’s mated to was heart-wrenching to write. But oh so worth it. I think he proved himself very worthy. 🙂

 When I started Shadows of Fate, I had a hero and a heroine. Simple, right? This was Leilen’s story and he was mated to Ciarra, a Guardian of the Dark Realm. Well, imagine my surprise when suddenly there was another guy there making time with Leilen’s girl. Say what? Well, turns out Fate had a surprise for me too. 😉 And let me tell you the other guy, Finley rocked my…er, I mean Ciarra’s world. 😉

Too many clothes, she thought desperately and closed her eyes, trying to concentrate on flashing them off her body.

“Don’t,’ Finley murmured against her lips. “Let me enjoy the sight of you dishevelled from my loving. I don’t get to see you in gowns enough.”

Ciarrra acquiesced, knowing that all too often she was in trousers and tunic—not exactly feminine and alluring.

“Don’t,” he repeated. “You’re beautiful in anything. Trust me, the sight of your tight ass,” he squeezed her bottom, “encased in trousers is enough to drive me wild. I just want to enjoy what is in front of me right now.”

“Stay out of my head,” she said with a laugh. She knew, as aroused as she was, she was an open book to him—her feelings, her thoughts.

“Quit thinking so loudly,” he teased.

Of course, she isn’t exactly immune to Leilen either…

Leilen moved closer, until there was hardly a centimetre between them. Ciarra tilted her head back to continue holding his gaze. Her breath caught in her throat as he bent his head towards her. She could feel the heat radiating from his body, feel his breath on her face.

Abruptly, he stepped back. “Goddess, I’m sorry! I don’t know what came over me.” He scrubbed a hand over his face, then smiled at her apologetically. “Are you sure you’re all right?”

Ciarra blinked several times. “Y-yes. I’m quite all right, thank you. Let’s go then, shall we?”

She scooted around him and walked quickly to the small clearing where Finley was packing the remnants of their lunch away. She pushed down her rioting emotions—the embarrassment, the shame that she would have allowed Leilen to kiss her and, Goddess help her, the disappointment that he hadn’t.

Shadows was honestly one of the easiest books I’ve ever written. It just flowed. Imagine if I’d tried to go with my original plan and not listen to the characters. I’d have completely missed out on Finley and the oh so melt-the-keyboard scenes with these three. And really, if one hero is good, two is even better, right? LOL

There’s at least one more book in these series – Dermet’s – and I’ve grand plans for him. We’ll just have to see what they have in store for me!

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Labor of Love

Yeah, I know it’s a cliche… I almost cringed as I typed it, but cliches are such for a reason, and it really fits my thoughts right now.

Writing itself is a labor of love. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I wrote stories for as long as I can remember, filled up notebook after notebook with my scribbling. And I was always drawn to the romance of it all. 😀 Writing about two people falling in love, exploring their relationship, trying to figure out how they can overcome their differences and other obstacles to find their happily ever after. Le sigh…

I’m lucky enough to write full-time. I get to spend my days with some fascinating characters – vampires, faeries, and hot guys.  And I get to experience the excitement of a first kiss, the building tension of being with someone so desirable it makes you ache, the joy of finding the person worthy of eternity with over and over again. Not too shabby. 🙂

My most recent contract is truly a labor of love – one years in the making! My novel, Coming Home, will come out with Resplendence Publishing in April. I started this book when I was preggers with my oldest daughter. That was…wait for it…over ten years ago. When I pulled it out recently, Devon Rhodes affectionately dubbed it 10YOM (10 yr-old manuscript) LOLOL

The characters of this story – hero and heroine and secondary characters – have lived in my head as long as I can remember. I’d pull the manuscript out periodically and read through the thousands of words I’d written. I’d always think, I should finish this. Then I’d close the file and move on to something else. Recently, though, the story was always there in my head. I even started dreaming about it. I figure Kate and Gabe were sick of waiting for me to finish their story and decided to take over. LOL

And I’m so glad they did. I love this story as much as I did when I first started it. It was funny to go through the existing pages. I realized how much I’ve changed/grown as an author. My voice is very different. In a good way, I think! Then there were the things that had me chuckling. Like when one of the characters pulled over to use a payphone. At first, I actually wondered why on earth she was doing that, why she didn’t use her cell phone. Of course, when I wrote it 10+ years ago, cell phones weren’t the constant they are today. LOL

To give you a glimpse of what has lived in my head for so very long, here is the blurb for Coming Home…

Coming home for Gabe Monroe isn’t a joyous occasion. He returns to say goodbye to his father, and he stays to honor his father’s final request—take care of the family. He’s completely unprepared for the attraction he feels for his sister’s best friend and blames his grief when he gives in to it. Gabe tries to put things right. Kate is practically family, and he promised his father he’d take care of her.  However, Gabe is pretty sure taking Kate hard and fast against any ready surface wasn’t what his dad had in mind.

Kate Pearson thought she was over her childhood crush on Gabe, but his return has all those feelings rushing back. Add in the toe-curling, mind-blowing sex…and Kate is well on her way beyond just a crush. Despite his constant meddling and insistence that they need to keep things platonic, he makes her tremble with desire and yearn for forever with him.

Even as Gabe begins to accept their blossoming relationship, Kate’s past casts a shadow over their future as they realize he isn’t the only one who’s come home.

I think it’s fitting that the ol’ 10YOM will be my 10th published book. 🙂

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