Zodiac Shifters – Tears of the Dragon by Cara Wylde

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A collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs.

Aries – Loyal, Competitive, Courageous

Zodiac Shifters - Aries

 

Tears of the Dragon by Cara Wylde

A myth twisted through the centuries,
A prophecy that survived history,
A cure no one dared to touch…

She seeks the Golden Fleece…

As a researcher and professor of Mythology and Folklore at Harvard University, Aileen Callas wants to do much more than tell her students some old, barely authentic stories. She wants to prove the myths are real. After all, one of these ancient myths saved her life as a child. A dark prophecy warns against prying. Undeterred, Aileen assembles a team of investigators and sets on a journey in pursuit of the truth.

Cursed to guard an ancient treasure…

Isolated in the mountains, bound to an old, powerful object, Drakon has lost all sense of time and space. He was waiting for something, but he can’t remember what. Or, was it someone? If only he could sleep for an hour, if only he could close his eyes and dream, maybe it would all come back to him: his true name, his mission, his humanity, the memory of her…

Unaware of the danger, Aileen steps into the dragon’s cave.

Lured by her beauty, Drakon can’t decide if he wants to turn her into dinner, or sweep her off her feet.

He wants to eat her (in more ways than one), she wants to save him.

But there are vile men on Aileen’s trail, and all they want is to kill the dragon, steal the Golden Fleece, and get rid of the expert in Greek Mythology.

Tears of the Dragon is a full, standalone novella, with a happily-ever-after, and NO cliffhangers. Intended for readers 18+

Release date: Apr. 11 2017

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Excerpt Tears of the Dragon

He took a step towards her, and butterflies flapped their tiny wings inside her stomach. He was so hot, that all Aileen could think of was how badly she wanted to sneak her hand through the bars and touch those perfect muscles. He looked up at her, and her heart jumped up in her throat. She swallowed heavily.

“You’re human,” she whispered.

His blue eyes bore into hers, but he didn’t say anything. His gaze traveled down her curvaceous body, then stopped at her feet, where the tear-shaped bottle lay. With his right hand, he pointed towards the bottle, his fingers trembling.

Aileen got the message, and picked the bottle up only to hand it to him. The clear liquid swirled inside it.

“The last tear should heal any physical pain or wound,” she said.

She watched him weigh the bottle in his hand.

“Medea,” he whispered again.

Apparently, that was the only word he knew. Aileen chuckled sadly.

“I’m not even sure if you understand English. I’ve been talking, and talking… but maybe you just saw this,” she pointed to the object in his hand, “and that was enough to make you change your mind, not my story.”

He seemed to ignore her.

Not knowing what else to do, and hating the silence inside the cave, Aileen kept talking. If nothing else, the sound of her own voice helped soothe her.

“A dragon shifter… It makes sense. Why haven’t I thought about it? The fake stories talked about a dragon guarding the Golden Fleece, while the real story talked about a man Medea fell in love with. I should have known better. I’m a Mythology professor, after all. I should have known every single version carries just a bit of truth in it.”

“I understand you.”

Aileen gasped. She couldn’t believe the man had just said those words in English, a language he had probably heard today for the first time.

“H-how?”

He squeezed the bottle and fixed his gaze on her. There was something gentle in his eyes, this time.

“I’ve listened to you. I still am. The more you talk, the more words I learn. What did you call this language of yours? English?”

“Yes. Oh my God, yes! I can’t believe you can understand and speak English! This is incredible!”

“I’m a fast learner,” he smirked. “What’s your name, if I may ask?”

“Oh, I haven’t told you?” She beamed and ran a hand through her hair, suddenly worried about how she looked. Well, she looked anything but presentable. “Aileen. Aileen Callas.”

“Ai-leen.”

She nodded vigorously. His accent made her name sound so much sweeter. She realized just how grateful she was her parents had given her such a beautiful, unique name.

“What’s yours?” she asked.

His brows furrowed. He thought about her question for a few moments, then shook his head.

“I don’t remember. It’s been so long since I saw a human, spoken to a human… It’s been so long since I had to tell anyone my name. I forgot it.”

 

About the Author

Cara Wylde loves to write about strong, feisty women and their hot Alphas who will do anything to make them happy. Her books are filled with romance and just a dash of mystery, suspense, and that eerie atmosphere she fell in love with reading too many gothic novels. With a master’s degree in Comparative Literature, she can’t help but play with tropes and themes from various genres, trying to come up with fresh perspectives on the paranormal characters her readers love so much. Vampires, shape-shifters, demons, witches… Cara will always make sure they get their own twists.

When she’s not writing, Cara is reading, planning her next story, or daydreaming. Her idea of pure heaven is a day filled with nothing but her laptop, a huge coffee pot, relaxing music, and a new, exciting project.

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Fiction Friday – Royal Trouble

Well, I got tired of waiting around for someone to create an inspiring writing prompt challenge, so I decided to do it myself! Not to say there aren’t good writing prompt challenges out there, but I haven’t been able to find any that jive with my brain. Paving the way for example, I’ll participate in my own writing prompt, which I’ve posted HERE on my writers blog. Any of you aspiring writers out there should take a look and get involved! Here’s the prompt for this week…

Writing Prompt #1

Use this somewhere in your writing exercise:

Hands trembling, she opened the envelope.

My Entry…

He tossed the letter onto the table before her. “Go ahead. Open it.”

Amanda gawked at the embossed seal with the familiar crest. Picking it up, she turned it over to examine the writing. Fancy script by a skilled calligrapher swirled across the high-quality paper. The return address did not have a name, but she knew it all too well. Hands trembling, she opened the envelope. With her thumb and forefinger, she dipped inside and tugged at the enclosed card. Gold-embossed letters gleamed in the overhead light. Her heartbeat quickened. Her breath caught in her lungs.

The Royal Renaissance Faire Committee
is proud to announce that
Miss Amanda Simmons
has been selected as this year’s
Renaissance Faire Queen 

Amanda dropped the formal announcement as if she’d been burned. “No! I’m not doing it!”

The FBI agent frowned. “Nothing is going to happen to you, I promise. You said you wanted to help. Here’s your chance.”

She almost choked on her protests. “Not by becoming bait for the killer!”


Doh! That’s all I had time for! If you want to participate in this prompt, please visit my writers blog HERE, where you’ll see instructions and guidelines. Good luck and have fun! I hope you enjoyed my entry for the challenge.

 

Zodiac Shifters – Pisces: Bound by Water by Monica La Porta

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A collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs.

Pisces – Artist, Dreamer, Romantic

Bound by Water by Monica La Porta

Sometimes, water ignites fiery passions…

The only merman shifter alive, Atreides is a famous painter, rich, and sophisticated. In his spare time, he helps the police recover stolen art.

A mere human—although exceedingly strong-willed—Ariel is an accomplished art thief who has sworn never to steal again. Until she’s forced to repay her father’s substantial debts, and the only way out is robbing an Etruscan artifact.

One night, they meet. He isn’t looking for a soulmate, and she doesn’t have time for a relationship. Yet, it only takes one passionate kiss under the full moon to intertwine their fates. Unfortunately, there’s a werewolf biker gang on their heels, and they won’t leave Atreides and Ariel alone.

Will love triumph over a bunch of enraged shifters?

Release date: Mar. 16th 2017

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Excerpt Bound by Water

Closing his eyes, Atreides felt the Tide calling him back into the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

He stood and walked toward the water’s edge. The sole of his leather shoes skidded on the slick pebbles of the beach. Atreides inhaled the salty sprays, filling his lungs with the familiar scent that sent him back in time. When he was a child, he used to swim with the dolphins populating the coast. Pollution and global warming had changed the marine landscape, robbing the wild seabed of its rich ecosystem, but its beauty was still undeniable.

Atreides kicked one shoe off, then the other. His naked feet touched the smooth rocks that composed the bed of the beach. Foamy water lapped at his skin. One brief glance around confirmed him he was alone.

At three o’clock in the morning, no other swimmer had made his way down the path that hugged the medieval castle of Santa Marinella. It was a fortuitous coincidence Atreides had every intention to exploit. Tourists had fled the heat of Rome and took refuge in the city, but the ones who weren’t sleeping were dancing the night away. That worked just fine. Atreides felt he was too old to gyrate at the rhythm of music resembling industrial noise and had lost any familiarity with the lyrical sonatas it had stemmed from.

His suit trousers followed the way of the shoes, discarded on the rocky shore, alongside his button-down shirt, his silk tie, and suit jacket. Finally naked, Atreides raised his head and looked at the Moon. His skin tingled in anticipation as he waded into the water. Pleasure akin to sexual relief engulfed him when a solitary wave covered his loins in a liquid embrace. Salty and cold, the water reached his chest, and a soft moan escaped his lips. His latest couplings hadn’t evoked such bliss.

The pull from the Tide was impossible to ignore.

Although Atreides believed in denying pleasure to sharpen the senses, he couldn’t postpone his shifting any longer. Under the blanket of the dark waters, his legs were already changing, leaving behind his human effigies for a more elegant shape. An iridescent tail formed where his feet had been a moment earlier. Atreides waited for the protective film to cover his eyes and for the gills to open on his throat, then slowly submerged his head under the surface and gulped a mouthful of water. Mediterranean saltiness replaced the air in his lungs. A set of fins protruded from both sides of his torso. The change was almost complete. He commanded his tail to push against the incoming wave, his head bobbing above the surface as he gave one last look at the marina.

The sound of steps started Atreides, forcing him to turn and face the dark walls of the castle.

“Who’s there?” he called, forcing his tail down into the water.

About the Author

Monica La Porta landed in Seattle several years ago. Despite popular feelings about the Northwest weather, she finds the mist and the rain the perfect conditions to write. Being a strong advocate of universal acceptance and against violence in any form and shape, she is also glad to have landed precisely in Washington State. She writes love stories in every shade of romance, from futuristic to paranormal, fantasy, and even contemporary, depending on her mood.

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Midnight Hunt is now available in audiobook!

Spring into Paranormal Audiobooks!!

Woo hoo! I’m super excited to announce that Midnight Hunt is now available in audiobook format AND I’m participating in an even this week with a bunch of my author pals! There’s a giveaway and a huge sale and a Facebook Hop! Click the banner above to join. CLICK TO TWEET Scroll down to read more.

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Zodiac Shifters – Pisces: Out of the Ashes by Julia Mills

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A collection of books with an astrological spin on love. From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs.

Pisces – Artist, Dreamer, Romantic

Out of the Ashes by Julia Mills

Meet the Guardian of the Zodiac and their companions the Dragon Guard of the Sea! Lost and thought dead, these mighty dragons arise from the depths to not only help to save all mankind but reunite with others of their kind.

The mission is simple – get into the enemy camp, free the humans, return the demons to Hell and return home the victor. For a Daughter of Poseidon and her constant companion, Drákon – a centuries old water dragon, that’s called a good day at work.

Everything is going as planned. Una, eldest daughter and Guardian of Pisces, has checked one and two off her list, and is headed to three when things get complicated. Brody Mason bows at her feet, pledging his allegiance to not only her but also, the gods and the Light. As a show of loyalty, he promises to take her to the portal from Hell and with his own blood help her close the door on the Underworld. This one act will rid the world of evil forever. There’s only one problem…he’s a Hellhound.

It doesn’t matter that Drákon doesn’t believe him, fearing it yet another trick of Hades to deter them from their mission or that there’s fire in his eyes and the smell of brimstone on his olive skin, she can feel the truth in his words. It also doesn’t hurt that with just one glance he sets her heart ablaze and her pulse racing. Not that this is about love or lust, it is all about saving the Earth, protecting the humans, defeating her uncle’s evil…or is it?

One leap of faith leads Una and Brody on a race against time and facing the fight of their lives. Hiding from Poseidon, Hades and an army of Guardians led by her sister, Zoe, this couple may have the best intentions but in the end, isn’t that what paves the road to Hell?

Release date: Feb. 28th 2017

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Excerpt of Out of the Ashes

“They have invaded the entire western and southern borders. I fear the coast is next. I’m going to need you to go and help the humans with this battle. They are ill-equipped and just not strong enough to fight evil on such a widespread scale.”

Una looked at her father, Poseidon, the god of the sea, as hestood beside his periscope with a worried look. She’d never, in all the millennium since her birth, seen the great god anything but confident and unencumbered by the woes of the Earth and Her human population, but this was different and much more personal. She hated to see the deep lines feathering from his glowing blue eyes or the downturned expression emphasized by his thick white mustache and beard.

Family issues sucked, especially when you were a deity and your whims effected the world as everyone had come to know it. Hades, Una’s uncle and Poseidon’s older brother had caused trouble in the past but nothing so catastrophic or life threatening to the beings Una and her sisters had been charged with keeping watch over.

Named the Guardians of the Zodiac, the Daughters of Poseidon had long been protecting Earth and her humans from afar. Una could scarcely remember the last time her boots had walked the terra firma, smelled the sweet scents of the many blossoms and tasted of the bounty only the small blue and green planet had to offer. It had always been their directive to lend assistance from afar, never to cross paths with the humans and always remain the deities they were intended to be. Things had now changed. Una would be the first of her sisters to fight alongside the ever resilient race with the hopes of saving them from certain demise. The first to do what they’d been training for since they were old enough to hold their weapons.

Bowing, her bow at her side, the Guardian of Pisces asked, “When shall I leave? Shall I take Drákon?”

Without turning away from his view of the Earth, Poseidon nodded, “You will need to leave this night, my daughter. When the veil between our worlds is the thinnest. By all means, take the dragon with you. You will need the help.”

Breathing asigh of relief, Una called to her constant companion and training partner, Drákon, a centuries old sea dragon her father had given the power to change from his original form to that of a human man. “We’re a go. Put on that flesh suit you’re so fond of and meet me in a hour at the docks.”

“Hell yeah,” Drákon cheered, using the human vernacular he’d been studying for centuries. “Yippee ki yay…”

“Whoa, there cowboy,” Una smiled, glad she’d been paying attention when her companion read out loud. “That’s a good way to meet the pointy end of Dad’s trident.”

“Duly noted.” The ancient being was once again all business. “See you at the docks.”

Working hard not to chuckle and happier than she could admit to be leaving the pomp and circumstance of her father’s court, Una answered, “See you there.”

About the Author

Hey Y’all! I’m Julia Mills, the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Dragon Guard Series. I, without a doubt, admit to being a sarcastic, southern woman who would rather spend all day laughing than a minute crying. Living with my two most amazing daughters and a menagerie of animals, keeps me busy but I love telling a good story. Now, that I’ve decided to write the stories running through my brain, life is just a blast!

My beliefs are simple. A good book along with shoes, makeup, and purses will never let a girl down and no hero ever written will compare to my real-life hero, my dad! I’m a sucker for a happy ending and alpha men make me swoon.

I’m still working on my story but I promise it will contain as much love and laughter as I can pack into it! Now, go out there and create your own story!!! Dare to Dream! Have the Strength to Try EVERYTHING! Never Look Back!

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Thank you for reading my stories!!!

XOXO Julia

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Zodiac Shifters – Aquarius: Tethered by Beth Caudill

A collection of books with an astrological spin on love.
From Aries to Virgo… discover all-new tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

I am THRILLED to announce a new series of books with a slew of amazing authors I’m privileged to call my pals! And I’m going to be contributing some stories to this series.  For those of you familiar with my Elementals (introduced in Midnight Hunt and featured in my novella Frostbitten Hearts), I’ll be doing some of their stories in this series. As you know, the Elementals in my books derive their powers based on the sun sign to which they were born. AND I’ll be doing a Unicorn Shifter story!! Be sure to subscribe to my VIP Club to stay informed of each new release in this exciting series!

Zodiac Shifters features New York Times, USA Today, and other bestselling authors. Each month expect new releases based upon the twelve astrology signs. If you’re a ravenous reader and love shifters, you’ll love this series! The books are unrelated, by the way, so they all take place in different worlds and carry the theme of the Zodiac. Up first…

Aquarius – Logical, Curious, Rebellious

Tethered by Beth Caudill

Evelyn Brooks lives with the freedom only her kind can know—in her human form as a photographer, and in the skies as a falcon. When a stalker drives her from her home, Evelyn discovers a beautiful, wild sanctuary in North Carolina. After a bolt of magic knocks her from the sky, leaving her helpless, she realizes too late that danger has invaded her refuge.

Park ranger Lawke Morgan’s day goes from bad to worse when his ex-wife unexpectedly drops off their 13-year-old daughter, Zoe, in the beginning of a dangerous storm. His life takes a turn for the bizarre after he finds an injured Peregrine falcon that transforms into a lovely woman.

When his daughter is kidnapped by an Aztec priest, one who should have been dead for centuries, Lawke learns that Evelyn holds the key to the priest’s demands. Together they must confront blood sacrifices, defy ancient gods, and find a way to trust each other when Zoe’s life hangs in the balance.

Can a woman used to soaring amongst the clouds embrace love with a man firmly rooted on the ground?

Release date: Feb. 14th 2017

 
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Excerpt – Spicy – You have been warned!

Aware of his eyes on her, she wiggled out of her jeans. Next she stripped off her shirt and let it fall to the floor.

He stood before her in his shorts. Her gaze locked in on his ribbed, muscular chest. She wanted to photograph him. Up close and very personal. Know every inch of him. Rub herself against all that hot, hard flesh and lick her way down his chest.

His throat cleared. “What are you thinking?”

“Huh?”

His arrogant smile ticked her off.

“What were you thinking about? Your eyes got this faraway look and you were rubbing your fingers together.”

“That is none of your business.” Heat crept down her skin.

He took her hand in his and pulled her against him. “If you were thinking about me, then it’s entirely my business.”

His chest muscles rippled beneath her touch and his heart thumped to a wild beat. She inhaled the masculine scent of the wild outdoors. Found herself drawn closer to him. Yearning for so much more.

He tilted his head down and kissed her. Like a man drowning and only she could save his life.

She moaned and pressed against him, wanting so much more.

He lifted her in his arms, carried her to the couch and laid her down. His weight settled against her, and his hard cock nested between her legs. It was torture not having him inside her.

His blue eyes glittered with need as he stared at her. “Do you want this?”

“Yes.” Her breath caught in her throat. More than she imagined, she wanted to be his. Even if it was only this one night.

He leaned down and kissed the side of her neck. Her eyes fluttered closed as his stubble rubbed against her skin. Her body softened while she wrapped her arms around him, drawing him closer.

He lifted her shirt up, exposed her breasts to his gaze. He undid the clasp in the front of her bra. She was thankful for finding a supplier for that particular style. His lips locked around her nipple. Heat pulsed throughout with each suckle he made.

Her hands slid under his shorts to glide over his taut buttocks. She grasped them and pulled him closer. There was a strength within his body that she wanted to explore. To engage with in pleasurable battle.

He lifted his head, and their eyes locked. His normally light blue eyes blazed a dark sapphire. “You’re beautiful. All mine to enjoy.”

The intensity of his gaze inspired a well of feminine desire to soften her hunger. Their passion was more than just sex. She wanted to be his, to surrender to the ferocity of the need to mate with him.

Outside, lightning flashed and the loud thunder boomed so close that the cabin shook. The storm reminded them of its presence.

She pulled his head down and bit his lower lip. He growled and hungrily took her mouth in a frenzied kiss. His tongue swept in, tangled with hers in tempestuous kiss. Nothing existed but the fevered rush of his touch.

Needing to breathe, she wrenched her mouth from his, gulped in air, and tried to regain her thoughts. “You’re dangerous to my peace of mind.”

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About the Author

Although Beth grew up in West Virginia, she currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, two sons and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who makes an excellent lap warmer. Blending the analytical and creative sides of her brain, she delights in creating fantasy worlds for others. Catch her online most days except when NCIS and Once Upon a Time air.

 

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Midnight Savior – Jack the Ripper Research

For you history buffs out there, I thought I’d include some notes I used for the research I did when I wrote Midnight Savior – Book 5 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles. Additionally, for those who don’t know much about Jack the Ripper, I’ll include a brief account of the Autumn of Terror and why this topic has been so fascinating to me through the years. WARNING: Some of the subject matter ahead borders on the gruesome to downright hideous. The Ripper murders were not pretty.

Illustrated_Police_News_-_Jack_the_Ripper_2Whitechapel Murders: An Unsolved Case

The biggest draw for most people fascinated with Jack the Ripper – including myself – is the fact that over one-hundred years later, the case is still unsolved. Forensic evidence was just coming into use with police procedures and, if I did my research correctly, the Whitechapel murders were one of the first cases where photographs were taken of any evidence.

There were a lot of other murders through the years that have been loosely associated with the Ripper murders, but the five “canonical victims“, as they are called, are as follows with the date of their murders:

nemesis-of-neglect-image RipperIn short, during the autumn months of 1888, which became known as the Autumn of Terror, women who lived and/or worked in the Whitechapel area were being targeted by the killer who was dubbed Jack the Ripper by the papers (mostly because of the infamous “Dear Boss” letter that was mailed to the press). All the women had two main characteristics in common: they were heavy drinkers and they were known to sell their bodies as a supplemental income to keep a roof over their heads or put food in their bellies.

At this time in history, and in this area of London known as the East End, this included a vast majority of the female population. Most anyone could have fallen prey to the Whitechapel Murderer. Alcohol was a common escape from the woes of poverty and eased the pain of their circumstances. People literally lived in stairwells or in crates in alleyways. Some people had enough money to rent a bed box for part of the day, which was frequenty shared with other tenants at other times of the day. Landlords took advantage of the space they had in ways that were not only unsanitary, but downright cruel.

Christabelle Williams – aka Davina reincarnated and heroine of Book 5 – was indeed poor, but she was better off than most women in her class because she had a respectable job as a laundress. Hard labor, for sure, but she made enough money to rent a one-room flat with Darla, her best friend and companion. The proximity of her location and her connection to Broderick is what puts her in the path of Jack the Ripper. Though Belle is no stranger to drink, she is lucky enough to have a good-paying skill so she doesn’t have to prostitute herself. I know the conditions of her accommodations and the state of her world were pretty bleak, so I know some of the story was a bit dark. But that served its purpose as well and gave Broderick that much more reason to want to get Belle out of there and into a better life.

History Meets Fiction (Spoilers Ahead!)

If you’re already familiar with my series, you may have noticed I included dates throughout Midnight Savior, which I don’t usually do in my novels. The main reason was for those Ripper aficionados who might be tracking along with how my fictional events blended with the real-world events. Most authors should use everything that is put into a story. Although I could very well have just set the story in 1888 London and had the Whitechapel murders overshadow the the setting, I wanted them to be a key part of the storyline. Not only did I want the story to fall apart if the historical events were removed, I wanted Jack the Ripper to be a real threat to my heroine and hero, Broderick. A mere mortal would be no match for my vampire hero, which is why I made Jack the Ripper a vampire. And not just any vampire – one of the Ancients! Yes, I know…I put poor Rick through hell…again.

Real Life Characters Used in Midnight Savior

We already know Jack the Ripper was one of the main people in history I used in the story. But there were a few side characters who played roles with my fictional characters as part of the storyline.

  • dearboss3_envelopeThomas J. Bulling – Thousands of letters came into the police and the press of people either claiming to be the Whitechapel Fiend or knowing the identity of the killer, so there weren’t too many correspondences that were taken seriously. However, the Dear Boss letter, which I feature in Midnight Savior, had a connection to the double murders of Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, due to the reference of cutting a piece of the victim’s ear and the two murders in one night. Later, however, evidence shows this letter could have actually been written by a journalist who was trying to stimulate paper sales (newspaper sales were suffering at the time). I, therefore, used this opportunity to rectify why a journalist would have key facts related to the double murders if his letters were hoaxes. In Chapter 5, 25 September, 1888, the Whitechapel Fiend forces Thomas to write the letter, and thereby keeps to the historical theory that Thomas J. Bulling of the Central News Agency did indeed write the letter, but under duress.
  • Catherine Eddowes – As I’ve already mentioned, she was one of the victims of Jack the Ripper. In Chapter 7, September 30, 1888 – Early Morning, I include a scene through her eyes as she is being murdered by the Whitechapel Fiend…and it was a very tough scene to write. Having to put myself in the mind of the victim and do the research to ensure how he killed her and all the grisly details ended up being a very disturbing experience. I, like many people who have “heard” about the Ripper murders, never really comprehend the reality of what this psychotic killer did. I won’t post the pictures here. They’re just too disturbing. but if you’d like to read the full account of her murder and see the post mortem photographs, CLICK HERE. In summary, her face was almost mutilated beyond recognition, her throat was cut through to her spine, and her abdomen was slashed open and stabbed multiple times, even organs removed. And this is being nice in my description. The only saving grace was she died almost instantly after her throat was cut and the mutilations to her face and body were done post mortem.
  • Mary Jane Kelly – In Chapter 28, November 3, 1888, I introduce Mary Jane Kelly as a friend of Christabelle’s. Of all the victims, Mary Jane Kelly was the youngest and out of pattern for the killer. No one really knows why, so I decided to give the killer motivation by creating this fictional connection to my heroine and hero. Mary Jane and Christabelle do a little catching up and Belle gives Mary Jane her new address – Broderick’s townhouse in London – encouraging Mary Jane to contact her for a possible job opportunity and to help Mary Jane get out of the slums by means of honest work. That little slip of paper spells doom for both women. In Chapter 29, I have Laurent sitting at the Ten Bells Public House, where in real-life witness accounts place Mary Jane Kelly sharing a pint of beer with Elizabeth Foster. He overhears their conversation, which I invent and Mary Jane is telling Elizabeth that she ran into “Crystal Bells”, her nickname for our heroine, and how she is about to marry the wealthy Broderick MacDougal. That seals her fate and Belle’s. Laurent stalks Mary Jane to get that coveted piece of paper with Broderick’s address and poor Mary Jane becomes the last victim of the Jack the Ripper. This murder was the most brutal of them all. The killer had the victim in a secluded room – the woman’s one-bedroom flat – for almost a half hour. The gruesome photos can be found HERE. I hope you have a strong stomach.

Although I do play around with historical settings and take some artistic license, I do try my best to be as historically accurate as I can be, given the nature of the paranormal storylines. Research can be a little grueling and tedious, but in the end it lends a rich environment for my settings and characters. I hope you enjoyed some of the behind-the-scenes information connected to Midnight Savior!

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Cheers!

Arial 😀

Status Update: Book 6 – Midnight Deliverer

The Exciting Conclusion is Coming Soon!

Who loves HOT Scottish Vampires??? My readers obviously do! I’m getting a slew of emails and comments on my website, asking me when Midnight Deliverer, Book 6 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, is coming out. Well, I don’t have a release date just yet, but I can give you a little progress report by answering some FAQs and I’ll start with the new blurb I’ve written

bbb06_coming-soonBlurb for Midnight Deliverer (Book 6)

Broderick MacDougal refused to do what was foretold – sacrifice his beloved Blossom for the sake of redemption. But after burying himself for six years in a crypt, Broderick is awakened with a promise the manipulative Malloren Rune has found a way to save his soul mate. How can he believe her when the prophetess’ sole purpose has been to see the prophecy fulfilled at any cost? But he can no longer resist the painful calling of Davina’s soul and rushes to get to her before the Illuminati does.

Davina Ferris was certain she inherited the crazy gene…until the HOT Scottish vampire in her dreams waltzes into her art gallery to claim her. But her mother’s obsession with Davina being the soul mate of the shipping company billionaire turns out to be the least of her worries. Every paranormal creature known to man is descending upon Los Angeles – bent on killing her!

After five-hundred years, Broderick and Davina are finally reunited, but the chance to seize their happily-ever-after is short-lived. Unexpected allies are called to defend the couple. Not just for the salvation of vampire souls, but the fate of the world, as the Vampire Prince finally claims his throne and unleashes the fury of Hell!

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Yep! I’m throwing everything…and possibly even the kitchen sink…at our hero and heroine, but I promise it will all be worth it! This will be the best HEA evah!

So here are the Frequently Asked Questions I’ve been getting… Continue reading

Book 5 of the Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles – Release Day!!

BBB05_1700x2550Surprise! Release Day Moved Up

For people who are only followers of my blog, you may have noticed it’s been a little quiet lately. I’ve been plugging away at getting my latest novel written & produced and now marketed. Things went well enough with the release that I went ahead and moved up the release date from April 4th to March 31st. YEP! THAT’S TOMORROW!!! *Arial does the Snoopy dance*

For those of you who are VIP Club members, this is old news. And many of you have had a sneak peek or two into the novel through the newsletters I’ve sent out this month. Another sneak peek is going out tomorrow when I send my reminder for the release day. TIP: If you’re not subscribed to my newsletter, do it now! >>CLICK HERE<<

I announce all my new releases and give exclusive sneak peeks to members of my VIP Club. You don’t want to miss out! Also if you’re not subscribed, you might not know that Midnight Savior is only $2.99 until April 11th. That’s the day the price goes up, so get your copy now while it’s at this low price.

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If you’re new to my series, for a limited time only I’m offering Books 1-4 of my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles for only $3.99! This gives you a chance to catch up on my series and save, but only until April 30th. May 1st, the boxed set will no longer be available. >>CLICK HERE<< to get your bundle now!

Sneak Peek – Midnight Savior (Book 5)

Quick setup – This scene is from Malloren Rune’s point of view…a POV I have purposefully avoided until now. We’ve always seen the elusive prophetess through the eyes of the other characters, mostly Broderick’s. For this book, I spend a lot of time in Malloren’s head…and for good reason. I’m going to let you readers see just a peak of what makes this woman tick, and I reveal some startling truths behind the prophecy, which has so turned Broderick’s world upside down since the very day he crossed over in 1486. Yes…Malloren is certainly to blame.

This scene is at the beginning of the book and our hunky vampire hero is putting himself in the friend zone for this novel! What? He isn’t running into Davina’s arms? Nope! In fact, he’s fighting her, tooth and nail! So here’s a sneak peek from Malloren’s point of view…

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Broderick pursed his lips. “You know very well why I’m here.” He poured his sixth glass of Scotch, but this time didn’t gulp the libation. Instead, he cradled it in his hand as he strolled to the window. Poor Broderick was still trying to drown his frustrations in the amber liquid. Surely, he did it out of habit now, since alcohol had no effect on their kind.

“Davina is in hospital.” He glanced worry-filled eyes over his shoulder. “She may have been raped,” he whispered, despair graveling his voice. He returned his attention out the window. “I’ve been looking for her since I arrived and must have searched every hospital and clinic in a three-mile radius of the Victoria Docks.”

Malloren nodded, recalling that the distance was the reach of his dreams in relation to Davina’s location. “Raped? Are you certain?” She opened her mouth to ask more questions, but gasped when a bright flash blinded her.

The parlor in which she sat vanished in favor of the visions rushing through her mind. Familiar, grimy byways and passages of where she’d been hunting surrounded her. The dark alleys faded and she, once again, sat amidst the tastefully decorated room.

Malloren sighed. Thank God! A vision. “You’re looking in the wrong place. Davina is in the East End.”

Rick blanched. “God’s blood, no. What is she doing there?”

“Have you not checked those hospitals? Whitechapel is within the radius.”

“I-I ignored that area. I never thought to look there because…well…”

“I understand. It’s bad enough she’s been hurt. I would imagine you wouldn’t want to find her living under such horrid conditions. As to why she would be there, I can think of several reasons. Abandoned by a husband, perhaps with child and rejected by her family. She might have even been raised in poverty—”

“Mal, you’re not helping me!” Broderick glared before emptying his glass down his throat. He stalked to the decanter to replenish his drink. “Don’t pile one appalling circumstance upon another. I’ve already conceived a multitude of terrifying thoughts just in the last few moments. Honestly, woman!” Rick paced, raking his fingers through his dark-auburn hair.

Her cheeks flushed with heat. “Well, now that you’re here, she’ll be safe with you.”

Broderick shook his head. “No, she won’t. I’m leaving without her.”

>>CLICK HERE<< to find out what happens next!

I know! You can say it…BEEE-OTCH! I am an evil woman, aren’t I? So go get your copy now. I think it’s still up for pre-order at this very moment I am publishing this post, but you will have it in your eReader by midnight tonight! ENJOY!!!

That’s my two pence…

Arial 😀

Jack Frost in Frostbitten Hearts – USAToday Bestseller

Frostbitten Hearts featuring Jack Frost - a Bonded By Blood NovellaJack Frost is HOT!!

I am THRILLED to announce that A Very Alpha Christmas – the boxed set that includes my Bonded By Blood Novella Frostbitten Hearts about the legendary Jack Frost – made #40 on the USAToday Bestseller List!! *Arial jumps up and down and throws confetti* This is a wonderful accomplishment for all the authors involved. I’m proud to say this is the second set containing one of my books that has hit this prestigious list of high-selling books – the first being Highland Shifters (with Midnight Hunt, Book 3). By the way, A Very Alpha Christmas is still on sale for 99¢, so BUY IT NOW while the price is still low!!

Jack Frost as You’ve Never Seen Him!

So what is Frostbitten Hearts about? In short, it’s my own version of the Jack Frost legend – who he is, how he got his name, and the woman who melted his heart! WARNING: This is no Disney storyline of snowflakes and children’s rhymes. Uh-uh! Jack Frost is a sexy alpha male who will stop at nothing to find the woman he loves!

For those of you who read my Bonded By Blood Vampire Chronicles, there are a few pieces of this storyline that might be familiar. Jack is an Elemental – a witch or mage who wields the power of the elements. Monika Konrad, the heroine of Midnight Hunt (Book 3), is a fire witch and that’s the first book where I introduced this race of magic users. At the very end of Midnight Eclipse (Book 4), I invented the “nurseries” the Elder Vamsyrians (aka vampires) created to breed these magic users in order to produce a Spirit Elemental – a rare witch or mage with powers over the dead…powers Prince Jesse Amir needs to defeat his father, the King of the Vamsyrians. Dah-dah…DAH! Continue reading