Congratulations 2014 RITA Award Finalists!

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Last week the Romance Writers of America announced the nominations for the 2014 RITA® Awards and we’re thrilled to see that two amazing books from Carina Press were nominated! Congratulations to our authors and all of the other nominees! Visit the RWA blog for the complete list.

 

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Witch Bound by Eleri Stone
Gina Bernal, editor

Book two of Twilight of the Gods

Raquel Lindgren knows what her future holds. An arranged marriage. A new home in Ragnarok, Iowa, with another clan of refugees from Asgard. She should be happy. But there’s a mental block preventing her from tapping in to her true abilities as a witch. And she’s more attracted to the best man than she is to the groom…

Fen can’t believe he’s falling for his best friend’s future wife. As a hound, a wolf shifter, his duty lies with the pack. He’s seen too many hounds destroyed by love, and he’s sworn never to take a mate, never to have children of his own. He can’t deny his desire for Raquel, but she deserves more than he can offer her.

Raquel’s been raised to trust in magic, her clan and her destiny. But when a vengeful demon threatens to break out of Asgard and destroy the clan, Raquel learns she must trust in love if she is to take the future into her own hands.

For more tales of modern-day Vikings, check out Demon Crossings.

 

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Mine Under the Mistletoe by Kat Latham
Angela James, editor

Thanks to a transatlantic house swap, California girl Ashley Turner is finally going to fulfill her lifelong dream of a proper English Christmas. Her holiday plans did notinclude a sexy stranger climbing into her borrowed bed in the middle of the night. But in the light of day, Ashley can’t help but wonder if Santa has delivered early…

Game designer Oliver Stansfeld can’t wait to leave dreary London–and all its difficult holiday memories–for sunny San Diego. But a freak ice storm and a grounded plane have forced him back to his already-occupied flat. To make up for the mix-up, the least he can do is show his pretty houseguest where to get the perfect Christmas tree before he leaves.

The more time they spend together, the more their attraction grows, and soon Ashley is tempting Oliver to give in to the spirit of the season and snuggle up for the rest of the winter. As the ice melts and flights start taking off again, he must choose between giving in to the past or risking his heart on a chance at love.

Crossing The Finish Line (Plus Giveaway!)

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 photo CARINA_0314_9781426898099_DangerousAngel_zpsff2dca61.jpgWheee, I did it! With the release of Dangerous Angel, I’ve completed my first series. This project took over a year and a half to complete, from an idea about a demonic apocalypse, to this moment. Over 231,000 words later, It. Is. DONE.

I love writing in many romance subgenres, from contemporary to cyberpunk (I’m even sharing DANGEROUS ANGEL’s release date with my sci-fi holiday anthology sister, Anna Hackett, so check out AT STAR’S END—it’s already on my Kindle). Paranormal romance (PNR), however, holds a special place in my heart.

Why do I love PNR? The only limit is imagination. For instance, when I read about a demon who could take the appearance of any person, could “know the minds” of all mankind, and had the ability to cause insanity, I had to write about this Great Duke of hell, Dantalion. With devastating abilities like that, can you blame me?

So I had a wicked great villain. Score! But what could defeat him? I came up with the concept of the almost-human Nephilim (angel-human hybrids) living among us. They basically lead ordinary lives… until they have to stop a demonic apocalypse. Though their bodies are mostly human and their angelic abilities threaten their lives as much as any demon, they’re willing to sacrifice it all to save the world for the people they love.

The hero in Dangerous Angel, Kyle, is no different. Descended from an angel who controlled lightning, Kyle’s mostly human brain is always firing—or misfiring, ADHD-style—at an alarming rate. If he’s not careful, his circuits will get permanently fried.

It takes a special kind of personality to roll with the Nephilim, and the heroine of Dangerous Angel is up to the task. Nikita Tesoro went through the worst kind of hell while growing up, so life has prepared her to take things like demons in stride. Life also prepared her to understand sacrifice the way only a human can , and that’s Nikita’s superpower. She might be surrounded by supernatural beings, but it takes her beautiful human heart to return balance to the world.

So, it’s done. I’ve crossed the finish line and written the story of how love, loyalty, strength and sacrifice—the best of our human qualities—can prevail over evil. I’ll miss writing about the Nephilim. But of course, I did leave one character standing alone, with no one to love. Hmmm…

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BLURB:

Book four of the Earth Angels series

Miami’s best bounty hunter, Nikita Tesoro will do anything to collar a fugitive, including stepping into a stripper’s stilettos for the night. Outsmarting her rival Kyle Beaudecker is just a bonus. Despite the sexual tension sparking between them, Nikita keeps a professional distance from “Hurricane” Kyle. After all, she can’t get hurt if she doesn’t care.

A descendant of the archangel Barakiel with the power to harness electricity, Kyle should be focusing his energy on tracking down a demon that may be hiding in the human realm. But he’s a lover, not a fighter, and he’d much rather use his special talents for pleasure: specifically Nikita’s. And teaming up to find a bail jumper means spending lots of time together…

But when their case takes a turn for the demonic, Kyle can no longer hide his true nature from Nikita. He’ll do whatever it takes to win her heart—even stop the apocalypse. But he can’t do it alone.

80,000 words

Get your copy of Dangerous Angel at any of these ebook retailers!:

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About Stacy Gail: A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.

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Would You Ever Pay for Sex?

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Would you ever hire a prostitute? For yourself? For someone else?

That’s exactly what the young married couple in The Submission Gift, Jay and Adriana, end up doing. His suggestion, her decision. It’s a complicated process to set up, involving a little fear and a lot of nervousness and awkwardness.

Their relationship isn’t foundering. They love each other fiercely, and they’ve been through tough times together. They aren’t 100% sexually compatible, but then again, who is? They’ve found the overlap in the Venn diagram of what turns them on. Still, Adriana yearns for domination, and Jay knows he’s not the kind of man who can give it to her. It wouldn’t be true to himself, and it wouldn’t be right for her.

The gift of the title is for Adriana: a few “sessions” with a high end rentboy specializing in domination. She’s nervous, but she wants this. And it’s not cheating. After all, her husband will be right there along with her.

Paul, the man they choose, isn’t a magician or a telepathic dom. He’s just very, very good at what he does. And in the tug of desire, the constant back and forth between love and money, things start getting… complicated.

One of the central questions of this novel—well, other than “how much kinky sex can three people have in 100,000 words?”—is, “how can we control our desire?”

Can you turn it on for money… or to please someone you love? Can you turn it off when it becomes dangerous?

Jay, Adriana and Paul end up with deliciously mixed results when they try to answer these questions. I hope you’ll enjoy their journey!

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LA Doms Book 2 (stand-alone)
Genre: Erotic Romance, Ménage, BDSM

Buy links: Carina Press | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | ARe | Google Play | iBooks

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

A husband hires a “rent boy” to satisfy his submission-craving wife, with no idea of the consequences for all three of them, in Ames’s debut, a tender, erotic ménage romance.

Newlyweds Jay and Adriana had a happy marriage and a spectacular sex life—until tragedy struck. Wounded in a car accident, Jay spent a year recuperating while Adriana worked overtime as a chef to pay their bills. Though he’s made nearly a full recovery, some aspects of their intimate play will never be the same. It’s a small price to pay, all things considered.

But when a long struggle with the insurance company results in an overdue payout, Jay has a plan. He’ll take some of it and hire a high-end rent boy who specializes in sexual dominance. Not for him, but as a gift for Adriana, for taking care of him for the past twelve months.

Paul is the handsome stranger they choose…and the one who changes everything. What starts out as a onetime session to fulfill a fantasy turns into something bigger than all of them. But when the money runs out and Paul’s dangerous past resurfaces, the sacrifices required to stay together may end up tearing them apart…

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About the Author:

Solace Ames has roots in the Southeast US, although her heart lives somewhere along the Pacific coast of Mexico. She’s worked in restaurants, strip clubs, academia and the corporate world and studied everything from the philosophy of science to queer theory to medieval Spanish literature. Rejecting neat categories, her writing sprawls across genres and genders and swings from high art to low art, marching with the erotic avant-garde, tongue sometimes in cheek and at other times… well. Along with writing, education and political activism are her passions. Family takes up most of her time, but she loves to keep learning.

Website and Blog: www.solaceames.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/solacewrites
FB: http://www.facebook.com/solace.ames
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/solaceames
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/MsLrj

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Prizes are one bracelet with three heart charms and two copies of The Dom Project, LA Doms Book #1

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A Sharp-Dressed Man…Or Not

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I was asked once on a panel how I come up with a hero and heroine for my books. My answer was something along the lines of: the heroes generally come to me first and then I ask myself what kind of woman would make him cuss and kick his truck tires in frustration. Then I give her a name.

Taken With You was an entirely different story, however. Hailey Genest was first introduced in All He Ever Needed as a friend of the heroine and Whitford’s librarian. She was a fun character to write and, as the series went on, readers started asking me if Hailey would get a happily ever after, too.

So now I had a heroine who needed a guy and Hailey was holding out for a man with a little sophistication and polish. Instead, while out in the woods, she’s rescued by a scruffy guy in flannel who doesn’t smell very good. While he cleans up (very) nicely when his vacation ends and it’s time to put on his game warden’s uniform, Matt Barnett is the total opposite of everything Hailey thinks she wants in a man.

She just needed to find a GQ guy in the land of L.L. Bean.

So tell me, which do YOU prefer: a sharp suit or faded flannel? (I don’t think it’ll be a big surprise I’m a flannel girl.)

Taken with YouAbout Taken With You:

Hailey Genest has seen most of her friends marry and have babies, and she’s happy for them, but it was a lot easier before she hit forty. She’s spent her entire life in Whitford, Maine, and if she hasn’t found her Prince Charming by now, she has to accept she’s probably not going to. When a new friend suggests they go on an adventure and embrace being single, Hailey agrees.

Surviving in the woods is game warden Matt Barnett’s idea of a relaxing vacation. But when he meets two women in need of help, he leads them back to safety—a task that proves more fun than expected, thanks to a certain hot blonde. He can’t resist pushing her buttons, even though she’s made it clear that the rugged, outdoorsy type just isn’t for her.

Hailey is glad to see the back of her tempting-tour-guide-slash-pain-in-the-ass. When he shows up in her life again, she’s determined to avoid him, no matter how good he looks in his uniform. But that’s easier said than done in Whitford, especially when he’s renting the house right next door…

And about Shannon:

lookup_cropped200New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV. She can be found blogging (almost) daily on her website, www.shannonstacey.com and is often spotted running amok on Twitter and Facebook. One of her Pinterest boards is titled Kowalski Stuff of Doom, and her current release, Taken With You, is available now from Carina Press.

Sequel Bait

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Sometimes when I read a book, it’s kinda obvious to me that the author is setting up the secondary characters to have their own book. The most annoying being when minor plotlines are not resolved because best friend Joe Schmoe will be the hero in book two. I say annoying because I like my books all wrapped up in a nice neat bow—I need resolution, damn it!

Such was definitely not the case while writing Wicked Weekend. I had no series or sequel plans. It was actually my editor who really, really wanted to read the best friend, Sawyer’s story. I don’t know why, but the idea had never occurred to me. But Sawyer is such a smartass, bad ass and all around kick ass dom I just couldn’t resist writing his story. And hello, rope bondage! How could I pass up all that kinky fun?

About Up in Knots

Book two of The Pleasure Code

After the loss of her dom and first love two years ago, the time has come for Kyla to again allow herself the pleasure of giving up control. She isn’t looking for anything serious yet, just the comforting embrace of rope and a firm hand on her body for the night.

Rope-top Sawyer is extremely skilled and he doesn’t do relationships—but he’s fascinated by the gymnastics instructor who approaches him at a kink con. By the end of the day he’s vowed to help her feel submissive pleasure again, and to introduce her to a few doms she can choose from.

But as Sawyer breaks down Kyla’s emotional defenses, his barriers also come down. Soon he can’t imagine giving Kyla over to any other dom—and Kyla can’t imagine being with anyone else. When their feelings are put to the ultimate test, they’ll learn that while taking risks in the bedroom is easy, taking risks in love is terrifying.

 

And then while writing Sawyer’s story in Up in Knots, a few more characters popped up and got me wondering about their happily ever afters. (You can see where this is going, right?) I do promise however that my series stories are self-contained with no dangling plot lines, because you all know how much that annoys me ;)

How about you guys? Do like series? Do you get annoyed like me when everything’s not resolved and you have to wait for the next book? Or are you masochists who enjoy the anticipation?

Up in Knots is now available from Carina Press and through all major ebook retailers.

About Gillian

Gillian Archer lives in Northern Nevada with her amazing husband and two goofy dogs. When she’s not writing (but probably should be) Gillian is usually reading, baking or walking her very spoiled dogs.

You can find her at her website, on Twitter or Facebook.

In the Blink of an Eye

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In a New York minute. In the blink of an eye. Before you can say “let me off this roller coaster.” These expressions indicate how quickly a life can change.

At the heart of danger and suspense is fear. One of the reasons I chose to write romantic suspense is a fascination with that particular emotion, a desire to understand how fear can overwhelm some people, how others overcome it, and why we experience it at all. In my Mindhunters books, which currently center around an agency (SSAM) that hunts serial killers, I explore how fear can be created, encouraged, and exploited. And how love, hope, and trust can conquer it.

But as I explore these themes, it has me thinking, what is it that really scares me? It isn’t the threat of pain, at least not physical pain. (Heck, I’ve given birth three times—without drugs.) It’s the fear that I could lose everything I have, everything I am, in the blink of an eye. The fear of change, or loss, is what drives me to protect what’s mine.

Dark Deeds cover photo DARKDEEDScover.jpgIn Dark Deeds (Mindhunters, Book 4), Becca fears her past is about to catch up with her, and that it could destroy everyone she loves, including the one man who can scale all of her defenses.

Dark Deeds Blurb:

Walking away from sexy Detective Diego Sandoval was one of the toughest things security specialist Becca Haney ever had to do. But her past is a direct threat to his future, to the career he’s working so hard to rebuild. Now, with a witness from a horrific case implicating Diego, Becca must decide whether to listen to her head or her heart.

Diego is a big-city lawman used to cracking the hardest cases, but he’ll never understand why Becca ended their passionate affair. When he’s assigned to help keep her safe from a human trafficking ring, he’s determined to stay by her side and learn about the woman behind the passion—scars and all.

But Becca has another admirer. Known only as “the Fan,” he believes he’s the perfect partner for her—and he’ll kill to prove it. When the stakes are raised in the killer’s deadly game, Diego will be called upon to save lives—including Becca’s.

Purchase Dark Deeds at: Carina Press | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

What is it you fear? What are the people, things, and/or parts of you that you couldn’t live without?

Dark Deeds cover photo DARKDEEDScover.jpgAnne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling.  Her passion for understanding the human race is now satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and award-winning author of romantic suspense.

She writes to reclaim her sanity. Connect with Anne Marie via:

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Slam Dance with the Devil – Are Rock-and-Roll Legends True?

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Rock & roll has spawned a lot of legends. Rock stars have to be larger than life in order to fill the stage and get their music heard. We’ve all heard stories of the wild parties, wrecked hotel rooms, and bizarre contract riders (only green M&Ms allowed). But what about the other legends, the unsubstantiated rumors that surround some stars?

What if I told you some rock stars were really demons who fed on the energy of the audience? Would that change the way you thought of rocker Kent Gaol’s late night bacchanals? He’s the hero of the second Demon Rock book, Slam Dance with the Devil, and his legends go back much further than private investigator Nona Harris could imagine.

All those wild rock stars you hear about? Some of them really are demons, sustained by the energy pouring off the audience…

Wild, destructive and immortal, rocker Kent Gaol has given up the search for his Muse—a demon’s one true source of inspiration, his forever partner. After losing the one woman he thought might be his, he’s convinced she doesn’t exist.

Hard-as-nails private investigator Nona Harris has been hired by a mysterious client to track Kent. She knows nothing of his truths, until one night when Kent tricks her on stage during one of his concerts. Amazingly, she not only senses the energy around the demons, she feeds from it…and it turns her on.

Kent never expected Nona’s response to be so intense, nor that she could enter his world and so thoroughly rock it. This is beyond a tumultuous love affair—this is a sexual and emotional bond that will change them both forever. A bond strong enough that now Nona’s shady client wants them both dead…

When I was younger, we didn’t have the Internet, so rock star tall tales were spread by word of mouth. Here are some I remember, and some I’ve read about. Are they true?

  • Phil Collins secretly witnessed a man standing by and not helping as someone drowned. Then, years later, Phil got the man front row tickets to one of his concerts and played “In the Air” directly to him, indicating he knew what he’d done.
  • David Bowie’s eyes were two different colors because he dropped liquid LSD into one of them.
  • One of the male members of the Thompson Twins assaulted the female member, so she burned his house down.
  • Elvis Presley faked his death. Years later there was even a TV special hosted by Bill Bixby investigating the evidence.
  • Paul McCartney had died. Clues such as references to “the eggman” and “walrus” in songs as well as his position on album covers were seen as unmistakable clues.
  • Blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil.

To find out the answer on the last one, we might ask Kent Gaol. In one of his past incarnations he was also a blues man. A heartbreak from those days has been shaking his life for years and threatens to destroy the growing attraction between Kent and Nona as their worlds are slammed together.

So what are some of the rock and roll legends and fables you’ve heard? Give us some of the lore in the comments and one person will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon gift card (for rock and roll – of course).

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Helmut Saves the World — Notes from a First-Time Author

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CARINA_0314_9781426898020_HelmutSavesTheWorldThis being my first book release, and the first of anything I have written longer than a term paper, I thought I would talk about my experience as a new author. First off, I’ll tell you a little secret. I’m not a real writer. That’s what I told my editor Jeff after he reviewed my original draft. I got C’s in high school English. I can’t spell. I didn’t know what a dangling participle was (I only kind of do now). So how did I end up writing a novella in the first place?

I’ve always liked sci-fi, fantasy and comic books, and I had the general idea for a comic or novel that I hoped to get someone else to write. So I started by trying to create a world based on ancient history, and spent quite a bit of time on Wikipedia researching ancient civilizations and their religious beliefs. My background of Catholic school upbringing didn’t hurt either.

Once I had a rudimentary universe built, I was sort of stuck. I didn’t know what to do with it. I’ve read enough books to know that a good story requires likable characters, but the idea of creating characters was daunting. So I cheated. I just based the characters on my lifelong best friend and myself. Now it’s not an exact match, but there is quite a bit of realism in their personalities, and many of Helmut’s stories and memories are based on my friend’s life. I changed the names (somewhat) to protect the innocent and the guilty.

Now I had characters, I just had to make them do something that was worth reading about. For that I fell back on my love of detective novels, specifically the stories about Nero Wolfe, written so excellently many years ago by Rex Stout. The mystery was never too complicated, and really was only the backdrop to the wonderful personality quirks of the two main characters, Archie Goodwin and Nero Wolfe, and the way they played off each other throughout the story.

Up until that point all I had done was Internet research and daydreaming. That was fun. Actually starting to write words on paper was bear. My first thirty or so pages were written longhand in a spiral notebook. I purposefully wrote it more illegibly than my usual chicken scratch, just in case my wife came across it and decided to try and read it.

I didn’t have any expectations for publication when I started, but I wanted at least a little validation. I figured the real version of my main character was my best bet for that.  My goal was simply to make him laugh, so I sprinkled the pages with enough one-liners and references to our favorite cult movie to keep him interested. After I had finished typing the first two chapters onto my iPad, I went over to his house to let him read it. The ten minutes of waiting while he read—he reads soooo slow—were some of the most anxious moments in my life. It was worth it though. He laughed, many times, which gave me the confidence to push on through till the end.

There are multiple references to a cult movie from the 90′s throughout the book.  The first to name the movie in the comments or the Facebook site will have the honor of knowing that their taste in fine cinema is first class.  Here is an excerpt from the book.

My name is Helmut Haase and I’m one half of the Fog City Detective Agency—specifically, the half that pays all the bills. My partner, Shamus O’Sheehan, mostly drinks beer and naps. I keep him around because he’s my friend, but also because he’s a Druid. I’m just a detective, and there are plenty of those in Wudong, the Confederacy of Hesperia. There’s not another Druid for miles.

We had it pretty good until the day we met Alek Pallas. He hired us to track down a thieving employee, and even though something was off, his big fat check was too much to pass up. But the man we found wasn’t what we were led to believe, and neither was Alek.

I’m talking shape-shifters, fallen angels and a conspiracy involving the vicious Cretan Empire. At least we didn’t die. Hope that doesn’t ruin the story.

Why am I telling you all this? Someday I’d like some credit for saving the world. Maybe not the entire world, and maybe not alone, but I still deserve a medal. And perhaps a cash prize.

Helmut Saves the World is available from Carina Press.

About Matt Sheehan:  Moody and sarcastic at the best of times, the author should not be conversed with prior to his morning cup of Joe.  Excels at sitting with his feet up, drinking beer or coffee, depending on the time of day, and reading—but has yet find someone willing to pay for that service.  Has always been, and will always be, his mothers favorite child.   Dreams of someday moving to a deserted island that supports coffee trees and hop vines.

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Journey to the Stars

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Did you ever stop and think what it would be like to live on a different world from Earth?  Not just an inhospitable one like Mars or a moon around Jupiter, but a world capable of supporting human life.  Trouble is, planets like those are light-years from us and to travel to another star system would take years, decades even.  Would you still sign up to go if given the chance?  I agree, it’s a big decision.

In my science fiction series, The Epherium Chronicles, I wanted to explore that possibility.  There are choices to be made—both good and bad—to make it happen.  The outcomes of those decisions will have severe repercussions.

One of the fun parts of writing Embrace, and the other novels in this series, was the creation of the characters.  My main character, Captain James Hood, is a brilliant commander, but a reluctant hero.  He’s been on the forefront of a lot of battles.  Despite his victories, there are combat decisions that continue to plague his mind.

For another character, I wanted to add something close to me.  My father suffers from Parkinson’s disease.  To honor his struggle, I used a nervous system disorder in the background of Lieutenant Maya Greywalker.  Maya is one of three surviving subjects from a genetics experiment to cure a disease similar to Parkinson’s.  The results of the experiment left her with augmented abilities.  I’ve had long conversations with readers about my characters, and besides Hood, Maya Greywalker is always a topic.

It’s been a great experience creating Embrace and I’m excited for readers to enjoy it as well.

The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace

Book one of The Epherium Chronicles

Hope. Captain James Hood of the Earth Defense Forces remembers what it felt like. Twenty-five years ago, it surged through him as a young boy watching the colony ships launched by mega-corporation Epherium rocket away. He, like so many others, dreamed of following in the colonists’ footsteps. He wanted to help settle a new world—to be something greater.

Then came the war…

Hope. During years of vicious conflict with an insectoid alien race, it was nearly lost. Though Earth has slowly rebuilt in the six years since the war, overcrowding and an unstable sun have made life increasingly inhospitable. When mysterious signals from the nearly forgotten colony ships are received, Hood is ordered to embark on a dangerous reconnaissance mission. Could humanity’s future sit among the stars?

Hope. Hood needs it now more than ever. As secrets about the original colonists are revealed and the Epherium Corporation’s dark agenda is exposed, new adversaries threaten the mission, proving more dangerous to Earth than their already formidable foes…

 

T.D. Wilson

T.D. Wilson was born in 1968 in Troy, Ohio and has been an avid fan of science fiction and fantasy from a very young age. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and has supported the systems and networks in several of the largest Supercomputing data centers in the world. His early thirst for adventure in reading began as he explored many of the great stories of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As his reading scope expanded, Mr. Wilson was fascinated by strange new worlds from the magical of Middle Earth and Narnia to the far reaches of space in Star Trek and Babylon 5. As a science fiction author, he strives to integrate a realistic flavor to his worlds by providing his readers a feel for the real science in science fiction. A topic he loves to discuss with his friends and readers. Mr. Wilson still lives in Ohio with his wife and their two sons.

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Chincoteague, Virginia: My Island Inspiration

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Do you like to travel? I do. I can’t get enough. I want to go everywhere, see everything. I make games of guessing where my fellow travelers are going when they get off the plane or highway. I wonder how long the couple at the next table has been in love or if they’ve admitted to one another yet that they are. Do you do that too? It’s fun. Travelling is fascinating and quite good for the soul.

Every trip is unique. Sometimes, I’m ready to move on. Other times, a place beckons me to stay. Have you ever been somewhere like that? Somewhere that speaks to your heart? I have. In 2007, I visited a place that resonated so intensely it pained me to leave. Seven years later, I still remember the faint scent of brine in the humid summer air and how evenings smelled of ash from charcoal grills and bonfires. I close my eyes and see the weathered clap board of our rental home and the curving steps to the historic lighthouse. That vacation changed me. I’m back in Ohio now, but I’ve never been the same. In many ways I never really left.

Chincoteague, Virginia plays a major role in my daydreams and novels. When I sat down to write a mystery series, I knew the island had everything I needed to tell the tale. Chincoteague is a tiny island community off the East Coast where the locals are delightfully unusual, made up of some transient folks who spend the winters elsewhere and those who stay year round. On any given day, there are handfuls of tourists, craftsmen and artisans. The town slogan is “Relax. You’re on island time now.” I mean, right? Who doesn’t want to live on island time? Whatever that is, it sounds wonderful! The island is a perfect backdrop for romance and the national forest is great for some scary chase scenes. The possibilities are unending.

I’ve loved every moment of writing about this town, and I long to return there more than anywhere else. Maybe someday I will. My fingers are itching to pack even as I type this post.

How about you? Has any place ever gotten under your skin like this? I’d love to hear about it. Maybe I need to visit there next!

And now for a giveaway: Leave a comment below with your favorite place to visit and one winner will receive a copy of Murder Comes Ashore AND a cool dragonfly necklace. Can you just picture the dragonflies hovering over cattails on the marsh? It’s the perfect accessory for reading about the seashore!

Murder Comes Ashore
 photo MurderComesAshorejpg.jpg Patience Price is just settling into her new life as resident counselor on Chincoteague Island when things take a sudden turn for the worse. A collection of body parts have washed up on shore and suddenly nothing feels safe on the quaint island.
Patience instinctively turns to current crush and FBI special agent Sebastian for help, but former flame Adrian is also on the case, hoping that solving the grisly crime will land him a win in the upcoming mayoral election.
When the body count rises and Patience’s parents are brought in as suspects, Patience is spurred to begin her own investigation. It’s not long before she starts receiving terrifying threats from the killer, and though she’s determined to clear her family’s name, it seems the closer Patience gets to finding answers, the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.

About Julie:
 photo 1103.jpg Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

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