Friday, December 21, 2012

Meet the men of Seal Team 21, The Phoenix Force




Navy SEAL and Draicon werewolf Lt. Matthew "Dakota" Parker, from The Covert Wolf and Taken by the Alpha Wolf (short story). He's quiet, a wolf determined to get the job done, even when faced with the flame-breathing pyro demons that killed his best friend in Afghanistan




Navy SEAL and Chief Petty Officer Samuel "Shay" Shaymore. He first appears in The Covert Wolf. His book, The Phantom Wolf, is out in June, 2013. Shay is a Phantom Elemental Mage who can shapeshift into any life form, but once preferred the wolf. He meets his old flame, Kelly Denning, who is from a class of Mage his people detest. But Shay has sworn a vow to keep her safe, even though her father is suspected of killing Shay's entire family in a bid to take their enormous powers. To keep a war from breaking out between their people, they must learn to trust one another again, and work together despite the taut sexual attraction that still flares between them.




Navy SEAL and Primary Elemental Mage, Lt. Commander Dale "Curt" Curtis, commanding officer of ST 21. Curt first makes an appearance in The Covert Wolf. Look for a very special scene in The Phantom Wolf regarding Curt. I'm busy writing his proposal now in a book I am calling The Demon Wolf, the third book in The Phoenix Force. 




Stephen, the New Orleans vampire asset to the SEALs in the Phoenix Force. He first appears as Gabriel's neighbor in The Shadow Wolf, and then makes appearances in The Covert Wolf and a brief appearance in The Phantom Wolf.

Ex-military himself, Stephen plays it cool, loose and sexy, but hides a dark secret from his past which will come to light. With his chestnut curls, rich accent and smooth sensual nature, he is irresistible to most women, but will meet his match in Nicole, a woman he is charged with seducing.  I'm toying with Stephen's story now... he's so intriguing I had to start it! 

You can purchase The Covert Wolf here, and now, available for pre-order on Amazon is The Phantom Wolf! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The next big thing!


Almost Christmas! I had a wonderful time at Heather Graham’s terrific conference in New Orleans. And now I’m in participating in the Next Big Thing - a chain blog. Initially, I had no idea what that was, until author Marcia King-Gamble invited me to join some wonderful authors.  Be sure to visit Marcia at - http://www.lovemarcia.com/ and read her blog.


THE NEXT BIG THING


1. What is your working title of your book (or story)?
 The Patriot’s Conquest



2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

After September 11, 2001, I wanted to write a book based on American history as my personal means of coping with the tragedy of that day. The book centers around a minor but important incident right before the war, when British marines stole all the gunpowder and ammo out of the magazine in Williamsburg under orders of Gov. Dunmore. It was the spark that began the war.

I had so much fun with this book and spent time in colonial Williamsburg doing research. The hero is a hunky blacksmith patriot who smuggles valuable information to Patrick Henry and the heroine is a British relation of Gov. Dunmore who’s ordered to spy on him or her father will be forced into the almshouse.



3. What genre does your book fall under? Historical romance



4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Wow, good question. Hmmm, Jeffrey is a black-haired, sexy and muscular guy who has burning gray eyes and a passionate spirit. I can see Henry Cavil as Jeffrey.  The heroine, Amanda, is a redhead with a spark of her own, who desperately tries to play it prim and proper but can’t stem the passion inside her. I can see Kate Winslet as Amanda because I loved how she played Rose in Titanic… who longed for freedom from convention, but still resisted fully breaking free.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

To save her father from the almshouse, a British woman who left England to escape a sexual scandal must spy upon a sexy blacksmith smuggling covert information for the cause of freedom.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Self-published

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

A couple of months. 


8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Since there are so few books in that time period, I can’t really be certain.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The real American heroes of our past, the men and women who fought hard to make this country free. And the ones who still fight the good fight today.

  
10. What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

Although this is an historical set in 1775, with plenty of real life history (Patrick Henry makes an appearance), it’s very sexy. I like writing sensual books, so there is plenty of heat between the sheets! It was fun writing love scenes relative to that time period… for example, there is one scene where Jeffrey corners Amanda in the Governor’s Palace during a ball… and he nearly compromises her in order to steal out of the palace (he’s there going through the governor’s personal correspondence and she catches him).  He actually steals her garter and holds it hostage. It’s a very sexy scene!

AND… on Thursday, December 20, the fabulous Traci Hall will be blogging about her next big thing… a book called The Blood of Ra. The Blood of Ra is an action/adventure paranormal romance and features ancient Egypt meets Miami! Visit this link
to find out more about Traci’s cool new book!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

New Orleans at Christmas

In New Orleans, LA, in the French Quarter for Heather Graham's Writers for New Orleans conference. Heather has put on this conference every year after Hurricane Katrina to bring business to the city. After attending the first conference, I've wanted to return, and this year finally did!

New Orleans is ablaze with Christmas and fun, like this street band that was playing great music...love the washboard! The impromptu style and energy is terrific... street bands will set up wherever there is an empty spot and begin to play.
And then there are the window displays, such as this one on Royal Street. Author Traci Hall and I had lunch yesterday at Pierre Masperos, and enjoyed seeing all the holiday displays. That's Traci in the window reflection!

I'm having a great time, and doing the booksigning today at noon. And I worked hard yesterday... finally finished editing The Patriot's Conquest and sent it to the freelance editor! I'm hoping to get this new book online by January 1... the book is quite special to me. It's set in 1775 right before the American Revolution and the hero is an American patriot who catches a lovely British woman spying on him, who send him hanging. Stay tuned for details!

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Back from Nicaragua



















Back in the States again! I just returned from Nicaragua, where I was working for the day job. We went into the mountains of northern Nicaragua near Somoto, which is where I photographed these children.  It was a great trip, lots of success stories of families who now have real homes, and an equal amount of sad stories of families and children who still need food and housing.


On the writing front, I turned in revisions for THE PHANTOM WOLF, the next book in my Navy SEAL miniseries for Harlequin. Thanks to my editor's great suggestions, I was able to focus on totally revamping this book, making the plot and conflict more streamlined, and really fleshing out the internal conflict of both characters.  She approved the revisions (YAY!!) and I expect to have edits back this month.


THE PHANTOM WOLF is scheduled for release next June. The hero is Chief Petty Officer Sam "Shay" Shaymore, and the heroine is Kelly, a woman from his past whose father is accused of killing Shay's entire family.


And now I'm concentrating on two new projects. First up is the proposal for the third Navy SEAL book, which I'm calling THE DEMON WOLF. The hero is Lt. Commander Dale "Curt" Curtis, the commanding officer of my SEAL team. 


The other project is an indie book I wrote before I became published. It's an historical based in Virginia right before the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. The working title is The Lady and the Patriot, but that will likely change. The book did final in a couple of contests. But although I completed the manuscript, no publisher wanted it because of the time period. So I'm going to self-publish it. The goal is to get this published by mid-January, if not sooner.


December is a busy month. I'll be in New Orleans Dec. 14-17 for Heather Graham's Writers for New Orleans conference, and doing a booksigning on Dec. 16 at the Hotel Monteleone. If you are in the area, stop by to say hello!


Until later, have a good one!