The First Excerpt of HUNTED…

on December 31, 2011

Hi all!  On the last day of 2011, I thought I’d post the first excerpt of Hunted.  Here it is:

The warrior in Conn roared to life, overtaking any rational thought.  He shot his arm up to grab her wrist and force the blade from his throat.  “Let go of the knife, Moira.”  Soft skin covered toned muscle under his hand.  He could tighten his hold and make her drop the weapon, but that’s not how this was going down.

“No.”  She took advantage of his movement and dug her heel into his thigh, clapping his ear with her free hand.

Pain exploded in his skull.  His temper howled.  Clutching his fingers into her hair, he jerked her head back.  The white column of her throat stretched.  She yelped in protest.  He lowered his head, his fangs elongating completely.  His lips enclosed her skin.

He struck.

Her entire body went rigid.  The knife clattered to the floor. 

He drank.  Honey and spice exploded across his taste buds followed by a punch of raw power.  His mind swirled.  Arousal, lust, fire whipped through him until the need to get inside her pushed all other thoughts away.  Quick swipes of his tongue sealed the wound and then his mouth was on hers, delving deep. 

She moaned low in her throat, pulling him toward her.  He released her arm, encircling her waist and tugging her forward.  Better.  Now he wanted her naked.  Heat cascaded from the woman.  His tongue tangled with hers, the little whimpers gasping from her boiling his lust even higher.

The boom of a gun being fired jerked him away.  He jumped around, using his body as a shield.  Kell stood in the entryway, calmly placing a Beretta in his waist.  Plaster dropped from the ceiling marred by a large bullet hole. 

Conn snarled.

Kell held both hands out.  At six and a half feet with midnight dark eyes and hair, the witch took a placating stance that had to be unfamiliar.  He wiped plaster off his shoulder.  “I know it’s deadly to mess with a vamp and his mate, but we really have to go.” 

The whirr of a helicopter startled Conn.  He hadn’t heard it arrive.  Not good.  “Where?”

“We’ve been summoned by the Council,” Kell said.  “Now.”

Moira leapt off the counter to land next to Conn.  “We’re already late.”

He grabbed her arm.  “I’m going with you or you don’t go.”  He needed answers.  If the stubborn witches in the room wouldn’t provide them, he’d go to the top.

“While he can’t see the Council,” Kell dropped his gaze to his cousin, “we could use his help.  At least until Daire and Adam return.”

Conn stilled.  “Daire and Adam?”  Kell and his two brothers served as the chief enforcers for the Nine.  Something huge must be going down if they all had been summoned at once.  Suspicion tightened his shoulders.  “Why are you with Moira, Kell?”  Conn’s voice dropped to an octave that should’ve warned his friend.  He’d assumed Kell was with Moira to await him, performing his duty as liaison and enforcer.  Perhaps Kell provided protection for Moira.  If his mate needed protection, someone should’ve called him.

Kell cut his gaze to Moira.  “I believe that’s a conversation between you and the Seventh, Kayrs.”

“Don’t call me that.”  Moira stiffened.  “You’ve no right to be pissed, Kell.”

Kell stepped forward, his eyes blazing.  “No right to be pissed?  Are you kidding?”  He swept his hand toward Conn.  “There’s a good chance I’m going to end up in a fist fight with one of my best friends because you’ve refused to get your life in order.  And now it might be too late to fix our world.”

One step had Conn in front of Moira.  “Don’t yell at her.”  A brawl was guaranteed at this point.  Though the first punch came from the brat behind him.  Two fisted and right to his kidneys.

“That’s it.”  Conn swirled around and ducked, tossing his witch over his shoulder.  She bellowed in surprise.  He pivoted, heading for the exit.  “Since I’m under strict orders from my king not to piss off the council, we’ll go meet with them now.  You can explain what the hell’s going on during the flight.”  He strode through the door and into the sun, not caring whether or not Kell followed.  Moira struggled, smashing her hands into his back.  “Then, mate, we’re going home.” 

Rage burned in his gut.  Moira’s family had power and knew how to wield it.  The second he forced her from Ireland, they’d declare war.

So be it.

Ten Things I’ve Learned after My First Book was Released

on July 28, 2011

1) Romance readers have some serious depth.  I spent several emails with one fan about the philosophy of good vs. evil and whether the Kurjans even had a chance to be good.  Loved it!

2)    Any jackass can leave a review on goodreads or amazon.  My favorite was the gal who sent people to buy her book instead.  Classy.

3)    Readers like the heartwarming stuff…even in a sexy book.  I’ve had more comments about how cute the big, bad, vamps are with little Janie. 

4)    People who tell you the ‘sex is too much’ in book one…have already preordered book 2.  Yeah.  You know who you are.  🙂

5)    If someone tells me how wonderful the “world building” was…the sex may have been too much for them.

6)    Getting stressed about aspiring authors dropping your name to your editor or agent is just silly…they’re used to it.

7)    It’s a high-low profession.  One day a national magazine recommends your
book…the next day another national magazine doesn’t like your characters.  Keep it steady by remembering…it’s all about the story.  Forget the rest.

8)    Promotion and social media are a must.  But writing the story should always come first.

9)    Your editor is on your side—completely.  Anyone who thinks it’s a battle between the author and the editor…probably doesn’t have an editor yet.

10)  It’s okay to say ‘no’…even if you’re a nice person and really do want to help people.  Unfortunately, there’s only so much time in the day, and hopefully you have a life too.  Protect that.

Things NOT to tweet if your book is late…

on May 20, 2011

So…my book is in and I have no deadlines hanging over my head…for now.  Let’s have a fun blog.  So many editors are on twitter, I thought it’d be fun to discuss:  


1.  I just can’t get past level 70 on Cake Mania 3.

2. I know I should be doing something right now…what was it?

3. Ohhhh.  A Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon just started.  Have to watch!

4. I think maybe I’ll switch jobs now.

5. I know I have a book due, but I just can’t stop writing this other genre.  Maybe I’ll get back to the other book soon.

6.  I should’ve been writing today…but Macys had an awesome sale!

7.  I just had my third coffee with Rumplemintz in it.  Is it 10am yet?

8.  Man…I’ve been drunk for almost a week.  Not long enough.

9.  Involuntary committment isn’t so bad.  I like crazy people.

10.  Darn it.  My boyfriend refused to bail me out.  I’m here in jail for another 48 hours.   HAHA

(For the record, I’ve never tweeted any of the above and my book was on time.)  🙂

Interview and Giveaway with Danica Avet!

on March 7, 2011

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Yadira and Brans for winning the beautiful masks!!!

Today I was fortunate enough to interview my friend, Danica Avet, who I met in Orlando last year.  Danica is a spunky sweetheart…as you’ll see.  She born and raised in the wilds of South Louisiana (that would be somewhere around Houma) where mosquitoes are big enough to carry off small children and there are only two seasons: hot and hotter. With a BA in History, she figured there were enough fry cooks in the world and decided to try her hand at writing. For eight years she played at writing, but in 2008, she decided to get serious and began down the rocky road to publication.

Okay, admit it girl.  You like the alpha male.  And while Gerard Butler is, ah, taken, I’m sure there’s one out there for you.  What’s the draw?

I beg to differ, Rebecca, Gerard is my man! We have a connection that can’t be denied. I’m so sorry 😉  As for the Alpha male…hm. I think modern women have so much pressure on them to be just as successful, motivated, and powerful as men that the fantasy of a man who’ll make decisions and take the burden off our shoulders (in the name of love) is what draws us. To be honest, I’m not sure I could handle dealing with an Alpha male in real life. I’m too bossy and independent, but if I didn’t have to mess with it every day? Hells yeah, bring on the alpha!

Well, you know, most writers do live in a dream world.  If Gerard is in yours, I guess that’s okay.  So long as we both know that reality is a different story.  So, you will soon have two books in the wild:  RUBY:UNCUT AND ON THE LOOSE and SUCCUBUS IN WAITING.  Tell us what is different about your two heroines.  Do they share any characteristics in common?

Wow, that’s a great question! Ruby is physically tougher than Piper is. She’s an Amazon, after all 😉 Piper, on the other hand, is more open and out-going than Ruby. If they share any characteristics though, it would be their independence and ambition. They know what they want out of life and they’ll risk everything to have it.

I love an independent heroine!  Makes for such sparks when dealing with those alpha-males. How about your heroes?  How do they differ, and yet, why am I going to fall in love with both of them? (Gerard doesn’t mind.  He’s quite the free-thinker).

Again, Gerard needs no other woman when he has me waiting for him 😉 But…there are lots of differences between my heroes. Lucian is a bit wild, untamed, and ambitious. He won’t let anything get in his way (unless it’s Ruby). Connor, even though he’s a werewolf, is more cautious (except where Piper’s concerned), scholarly, and weighs himself down with responsibilities. I loved both of these guys. I don’t think I could choose between them because no matter how they act in the beginning of their relationships, they’re complete marshmallows when it comes to the women they love. And yeah, Connor was based on Gerard 😉

That is SO sweet of you to base your Alpha on Gerard.  I’ll be sure to let him know.  If you could be anyone in the world for just one day (living or dead), who would it be and why?

Mais, what a question! I really don’t know! I keep flipping through women and men of great historical significance and then I keep remembering how they died because with my luck, the one day I became them would be the day they kicked the bucket. Hm. Okay, I’d be Gerard Butler *laugh* because then I could lead him right where I want him – like to my bedroom 😉 *snickers*

Okay…I can’t think of a response to that one.  🙂  If you could’ve written any book out there (except yours or mine) what book would it have been and why?

Gah, another one! You’re killing me, Smalls! This question makes me flat out giddy to even think about. Any book…wow. Okay, it would have to be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I had to read this damn book about a million times in high school and college and hated it, but you have to admire Mary Shelley. She was a very young woman (18) when she wrote this book and she managed to turn out a story that has survived over a century. This book has helped spawn movies, songs, games, and even more books. How could you not want to have that kind of influence on the world? And yes, I’m terribly jealous that she wrote this book at an age when I was more concerned about the drummers I was in band with in college. *cough*

With me it was the bass guitarist.  Always the bass guitarist.  Good choice with Mary Shelley!  I wonder what she dreamt about at night?  So, my friend, what can readers expect next from you?

My next book, Lifestyles of the Fey and Dangerous will be released by Siren in April. I’m really looking forward to that release. It’s about Noelani “Lani” Fayard and Malachi Cromwell – if you’ve read the other books, you’ll recognize Malachi 😉 That book is so different from the first two in the series; slightly darker, although I still have a good bit of humor in the story. It was a therapeutic book for me to write, so I hope others will experience the same spiritual release I felt when I wrote The End.

Thank you so much for being here today–this was a lot of fun!  Danica can be found at her website: where you can link to her blog…which has more delusional dreams about Gerard Butler.

Here is a blurb for the awesome Succubus-in-Waiting:

It isn’t easy holding onto your virginity in a succubus Pleasure House, but Piper Foxgrove has managed for decades. As a rare succubus/weretiger, Piper dreams of true love to the consternation of her mother. Forced to work with a bad-tempered, good-looking werewolf looking for his nephew, she’s determined to ignore his sexiness. Unfortunately, her succubus half decides he’s the key to unlocking her powers, while her recently awakened weretiger half thinks he’s perfect mate material.

Connor Griffin needs to find his nephew. The Veil can be dangerous and worry makes him take drastic measures. His brother died because of one of the “soul suckering” succubi so he doesn’t trust them. But something about Piper calls to his wolf and has him doing things he never thought he’d do: like work with a succubus, or lust after a succubus, or fall in love with a sassy, sexy succubus with tiger-striped hair.

And…the fabulous Danica has offered to give away a handpainted Mardi Gras mask made especially for Piper’s book to one lucky commenter!  We’ll randomly draw a name in a couple of days.  Good luck!  If you’d like a question to answer…if you could be anyone in the world for just one day, living or dead, who would it be?

Bronwen Evans drops by for a Chat–and Givewaway!

on March 3, 2011

Today I was luckily enough to interview my friend, Bronwen Evans, whose debut book, INVITATION TO RUIN, was released from Kensington the same day as FATED. In fact, today I’m over on Bronwen’s blog…drop by and say hi.  In fact…we’re going to choose the name of one lucky commenter and send them BOTH books! 

Bronwen is a proud reader and writer of Romance! Any romance, but historical romance in particular, and the Regency period is her favorite. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand and is one of five sisters – and is a twin! So no surprise that her first book is about twins! She now spends her time immersing herself in love stories full of passion, desire and of course the happily ever after. But that’s not to say her characters don’t have a number of hurdles to overcome along the way.

Thanks for being here today, Bronwen!  Here are the questions…

Hi Rebecca, thanks for having me visit today. It’s so exciting to share a release day with you. Both our books were released on 1 March and it’s fun taking this journey with you.

First things first.  You live in New Zealand and just had that horrific earthquake.  How are you, your friends and family doing…and what has your experience been?

It’s been a very humbling experience. I live in Wellington 400km from Christchurch (as do all my family – so we are safe), but I have two critique partners in Christchurch who have lost their homes and livelihoods. It has been hard to celebrate knowing the death and destruction down there. But you only get a debut novel once, so even my friends who have lost everything are urging me to celebrate. I think it is a small ray of sunshine in the midst of such destruction.

It has made it difficult to write too. It’s hard to go to a happy, romantic place when you see the news each day. I’m hoping to get back into some writing this week. The Red Cross has a wonderful website if you want to donate or help in anyway.

I can’t imagine losing a home.  Best wishes to you and your friends.  Okay, down to the fun stuff now.  You’re known for writing spicy, exciting historicals.  Why are you drawn to the historical romance genre?

I love strong, dark, tortured heroes and the Regency period lends itself to creating the alpha, alpha male (as does paranormal). My voice tends to suits the formality of the Regency era and I love the history during that period – Napoleonic Wars, Colonial Wars (America and India), Smuggling, The Prince Regent and the decadence that filled their lives.

Oh yeah.  I love a good alpha male!  Tell us about your hero in INVITATION TO RUIN.  What makes him different than other heroes out there?  And, why am I going to fall in love with him?

My hero, Anthony, has had a childhood that would have broken many a man, but he survived. He survived and was strong enough to defy his upbringing. However, to do so he had to protect himself and he did that by locking away his feelings. He tries to make out that he has no heart and that there is evil flowing through his veins, but it’s so obvious he has the biggest heart of any man, and is worthy of love. You can’t wait to see him get his HEA.

There’s nothing like a struggle for an alpha to find happiness.  With the help of a heroine, of course.  So, tell us about your heroine in INVITATION TO RUIN.  Why do I want to be her?  What are her struggles with dealing with this hero?

Melissa is a woman who I’d be friends with. She is bright, savvy and compassionate. She has a brain and uses it for both herself and others. She runs the Women’s Freedom League. They buy slaves their freedom and find them jobs.

She has also had an unhappy childhood. Her brother is eight years older and her parents didn’t really want or need her (until they got sick). Her brother ignored her until he needed money and he tried to marry her off to any rich reprobate.

Melissa wants to matter to someone. She refuses to marry a man who doesn’t love her and so when she is forced to marry Anthony, she has only one option. Teach him to love and win his heart.  A formidable task when faced with a man who thinks he is evil and is unloveable.

I love that one of her key characteristics is that she wants to matter to someone…and hasn’t until she meets the hero.  So, let’s go for a question just about you.  If you could be anyone in the world for just one day (living or dead), who would it be and why?

I loved this question. I have so many people who I’d love to walk, for a time, in their shoes. As I need a bit of light heartedness at the moment and I write Regency historicals, and they have just re-released her first book, I’ve picked Dame Barbara Cartland.  She led an extraordinary life, mixing in Society as a reporter and a celebrity in her own right. She was, at one stage, Princes Diana’s step-grandmother. She always wore pink and pink is my favorite color too, although I don’t take it as far as Dame Cartland, and I would love to have the romance writing career she had.

In 1983 Cartland wrote 23 novels, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most novels written in a single year. Oh to be so productive!

Awesome choice!  I can’t even imagine writing 23 novels in one year!  If you could’ve written any book out there (except yours or mine :)) what book would it have been and why?

Wow – what a question. The mercenary in me says Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, then I could write whatever romance novel I liked.

In terms of a book in my genre, it would have to be – Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught

In terms of skill – anything by William Shakespeare or Oscar Wild (I’d love to have even 1% of his wit.)

Yeah, it’d be pretty cool to have a book not only made into a movie, but turned into a ride at Universal Studios!  So, what can readers expect next from you?

Strong alpha heroes, clever heroines and fast paced, sensual stories. Book two in my ‘Invitation to’ series is due out in early 2012 and is Rufus Knight’s story (he’s in Invitation to Ruin). I’m also currently writing book one in my new ‘Disgraced Lord’s’ series and I’m hoping the other three ‘Invitation to’ books get contracted!

Thanks so much! 

Pleasure – thanks for having me!

So, here is the wonderful blurb for INVITATION TO RUIN:

One Good Lady is About to Go Bad…

The only thing Miss Melissa Goodly has ever wanted out of a marriage is love. But any hope of that dissolves one wild night, when she loses herself in the arms of the most irresistible-and unobtainable-man in all of England. For when they are discovered in a position as compromising as it is pleasurable, she has no choice but to accept his proposal.

Avowed bachelor Anthony Craven, Earl of Wickham, never meant to seduce an innocent like Melissa. Yet now that the damage is done, it does seem like she’d make a very convenient wife. After all, she is so naive he won’t have to worry about ever being tempted. Or so he thinks, until the vows are spoken and they are left alone-and his new bride reveals a streak just as brazen and unrestrained as his own.

Don’t forget to drop by Bronwen’s blog today and say hi to us!  You can find Bronwen at: