In Eight Nights At Sea, pirate captain Zephyr Jamieson finds Rina and her brother stowing away aboard his ship. They strike a mutually beneficial bargain: Safe passage for Rina and her brother in exchange for Rina warming the captain’s bed. But Rina is not what she seems – and Zeph is determined to learn all of her secrets.
In this scene, he’s just come out the victor in an unexpected battle, but took a good knock to the skull before it ended. He’s still reeling from the revelation that his demure bedmate has a touch of the magical about her . . .
“My head has me in a devil of a mood,” he apologized. “I just wish you’d told me everything from the beginning. Am I going to be surprised by anything else?”
She gave him a slightly mischievous grin. “Well, it wouldn’t be a surprise if I told you, would it?”
He closed his eyes and smiled. “Hellion.”
She touched his cheek lightly. “I’m sorry about your head.” Continue reading
In my holiday novella, Naughty or Nice, Olivia has just finished her Christmas Eve shift in retail. She’s looking forward (not) to a quiet evening alone when she bumps into the mall Santa – who happens to be the guy she’s been crushing on from afar, filling in for some extra cash. Olivia decides to take a chance on an evening with Jason, and finds out that wishes really do come true – in spite of meddling best friends.
“Maybe we should move to the bed,” she said breathlessly.
Jason smiled down at her. “I have to stop kissing you first, and I don’t know if I can do that,” he said with a chuckle, kissing her once more.
He finally eased off of her, pulling her up to a sitting position. Olivia pushed her mussed-up hair out of her face self-consciously as she caught sight of his impish grin.
“What?” she asked, running her fingers under her eyes just in case her mascara had smudged or something.
“Is that – ” he looked past her shoulder. “Is that a Hitachi wand?” Continue reading
It’s almost here…Earthsinger breaks on Friday the 26th! And for all of you who’ve been waiting for Manni and Matt to collide, you’ll get your money’s worth, I assure you. In this scene, Manni and Matt share a quiet moment after a tumultuos day…
“Sorry I woke you up,” Matt said roughly. “I get nightmares sometimes. Wash is used to me.”
“It’s okay,” Manni said. “You didn’t bother me.” She rolled back toward him. “I get nightmares, too.”
He looked over Wash’s head at her. “You’re not just sayin’ that to make me feel better, are you?”
“I mean it. Even though you shrieked like a little girl and should be really embarrassed.”
He let out a reluctant chuckle. “Nice.” He rubbed Wash’s ears. “Still bustin’ on me.”
She had the grace to look chagrined. “Sorry. People do odd things in stress situations, I know that. I guess it was just…unexpected.”
“Because I used to be a fighter?”
“Yeah. And you’ve been so salty with me I guess I figured you for a tough guy.”
He raised up on one elbow so he could see her better. “You haven’t been sunshine and daisies either, y’know.”
“I know.” She said it without a trace of apology. “If you wanted kum-bay-yah sing-alongs, you should have invited Cecy along for the ride.”
“I doubt that would have gone over with Brad,” Matt said. “And I didn’t invite nobody. You’re a job, remember?”
She arched a brow. “How could I forget?”
Matt laid back down and stared up at the ceiling. His hand remained on Wash’s back, stroking slowly through his fur. Wash’s eyes were drooping as his owner lulled him back to sleep.
“It hasn’t been all that bad,” Matt said. “With you, I mean.”
“Thanks.” Manni laid back as well.
The silence stretched between them, and for a moment, Manni thought he’d fallen asleep, until Matt’s voice carried across from the other bed.
“So…what does a hot woman like you have nightmares about, anyway?”
Manni made a huffing sound. “Where to begin…”
It turns out they both have good reason for their bad dreams, and together they find a way to team up against the things that haunt them…all while trying to save the world. Catch the whole story with Earthsinger!
In this scene, Manni and Matt have a Come-To-Jesus talk after he experiences an elemental interaction firsthand…
“What the hell just happened?” Matt asked, turning in a slow circle. His hands were cupping his ears which were still ringing in the aftermath.
“You just met an Original,” Manni said, dusting the front of her pants. “And that one was the queen mother of them all.”
“An original what?” He demanded. “What the hell is going on here? Is she…” He shook his head, as if trying to talk himself out of it, then forged ahead. “Is she a space alien? Or what?”
“Or what,” Manni answered in a deadpan. “I know it won’t do any good to tell you it’s not what it looks like. You’re in the middle of this, and it’s going to take longer than we have right now to explain. If you want to live, you’re going to have to trust me and not get freaked out.”
Sky Woman will always hold a special place in my heart as my first “official” novel. It was born from a rather steamy daydream I kept having in the car on my commute home from work. It was so pervasive, and ate so much of my brain, I finally decide just to write the damn thing out. I let is sit for a long time, then stumbled into the world of fanfiction, where I discovered to my surprise that I could write 50,000+ words in thirty days – again and again and again. So I put Sky Woman up on Smashwords and Amazon, and I hoped for the best.
It turns out my readers loved Miri and her family as much as I did, so I went on to write the Seeder Saga, and that, as they say, is history.
In this scene, Miri makes a decision – after being transplanted on a planet far from home and meeting Lunan, first son of the first son of the House of Falenua. And this decision has been a long time coming… Continue reading
Michael was dreaming he was wearing a large, heated hat. So large, in fact that in order to fit through the doorway, he had an emergency beacon that activated, so that everyone could clear out of the way.
He tried to step through, but the hat got stuck, pressing down on his head with punishing force as the noise of the beacon increased, bleating louder and louder until he opened his eyes and realized it as the middle of the night.
It was the middle of the night, his phone was ringing, and there was a cat on his head.
There was a cat on his head, and she wasn’t going to budge.
“Get off, you sodding feline,” he grumbled, pushing her off the pillow. He got a kick to the side of the face for that, and uttered a curse word as he fought his way out of the covers. He finally succeeded in putting his feet to the floor and stumbled over to his pants, still wadded up near the dresser. He pulled his phone from the pocket just as it stopped ringing.
He swiped the screen angrily, pulling up the missed call.
Amy. Amy had called him.
Kai and Shira had a less than auspicious first meeting – she kicked him in the nuts, thinking he was someone else. Once he recovers, he presses the advantage of her guilt and gets her to agree to join him at a local diner for lunch.
Kai may think he’s being careful, but Shira Wen has good reason to be suspicious… Continue reading
In Windsinger, we met Manni, an Earthsinger who’s got a bad feeling about the state of the world. We also meet Matt, a trucker with a heart of gold and dog who’s one smart cookie.
We get to know them a bit better in Seasinger, and by the end of that book we set them up for book three: Earthsinger.
Here’s a little peek at the moment Manni and Matt come face-to-face…. Continue reading
In this scene from Eight Nights At Sea, our intrepid Pirate Captain Zephyr has just arrived back at his cabin after an argument of epic proportions his beautiful stowaway Rina – one that ended with her knocking him on his behind with a sack of flour and several strategically launched apples.
Zeph knows he was behaving badly, and he’s ready to make amends… Continue reading
Since I’m going to be giving it away for free (yes, FREE!) on St. Paddy’s Day, I thought I’d give you another peek at Amy and Michael’s story, Someday In Dublin.
In this scene, Michael has agreed to drive Amy to Galway, saving her a train ticket and prolonging their time together. Along the way, they learn a little more about each other, and Amy learns all about scenic Irish back roads… Continue reading