Book Talk Tuesday Returns December 4th

Book Talk Tuesday will return next week with my interview with SB Knight, author of Born of Blood and Drago’s Revenge (Book Two in The Blood Chronicles). Don’t miss it!

What I’m Reading: If I Fail (A Jake Carrington Mystery Series Novel) by Marian Lanouette

Looking for some great books for the holidays? Check these out!  A little something for everyone from MuseItUp Publishing.

Daughter of Subspecies by Mike Arsuaga (Book Six in the Subspecies Series-Dec. 21st release) Pre-Order Here

Into the Dark by Stacy Green (Romantic Suspense)

Into the Red by Kelly Whitley

LaGrange Point by Mike Arsuaga (Paranormal Erotic Romance***ADULT CONTENT***)

Slick Fork by Rowan Elizabeth (Erotic Lesbian Menage ***ADULT CONTENT***)

TOCCATA  by  Pat Dale (Mystery***ADULT CONTENT***)

The Realm of the Lost  by Emma Eden Ramos (Middle Grade Action Adventure Fantasy)

Vallecito Knight by Angela Jangula (Paranormal Romance-December 7th release!) Pre-Order Here

Happy Reading!

And don’t forget REFLECTION will be available for purchase January 25, 2013 at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!

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Black Friday Blog Hop Winner of a $10.00 MuseItUp Gift Certificate

Thanks to everyone who was a part of the Black Friday Blog Hop!  Hope you had lots of fun hopping!

Okay, on to the winner. NOTE: This is the winner from my site only.  The grand prizes will be announced elsewhere.

Black Friday Blog Hop Winner of a $10 MuseItUp Publishing Gift Certificate is…Karen H in NC!

Congrats!  You will receive an email from me shortly!

Black Friday Blog Hop and Prizes Galore!

Welcome! 

It’s Black Friday and I have to admit I don’t like large crowds, actually they scare the hell out of me.  Shopping online is what I do and believe me over the years I’ve snagged some great bargins by using these three simple tips. 🙂

  1. Make a list of what you actually need or want and stick to it.  This will save from over spending.  A deal isn’t a deal unless it’s something you can use.
  2. Bundle deals aren’t always a bargin. A free item is only a great addition if you can use it.
  3. Also check out the used market (ebay, Craigslist, Kijiji, etc.) because many people sell their slightly used items to make money for the holidays. A great place to find electronics, video games, cameras and so much more.

So today I’m going to be hunting for online bargins and reading, If I Fail, A Jake Carrington Mystery by Marian Lanouette.


In the donut shop, Andrew West sat on a hard stool at the end of a worn Formica counter and ordered another coffee, this one to go.

Cinnamon collided with the sharp tang of bleach as the waitress wiped the counter beside him.

Outside, traffic built up. While a half-moon poked through the clouds, he eyed the woman heading into the store next door. Anticipation nipped his skin.

She’d be dead by sunset. Sweet retribution.

Thanks to Nathan’s unlimited resources, including the use of his helicopter, Andrew could keep a step ahead of the reporter. Of course, knowing where she’d be every minute came in handy. He couldn’t bring himself to say her name. The thought of her was like vomit on his tongue.

How could a jury have believed her lies? Her bullshit helped put his father behind bars. Her lies had forced his father to kill himself.

She’d said his old man was a dirty cop, implicated him in the theft of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine from the Miami-Dade evidence-storage facility, and accused him of selling the drugs on the street.

His father had been set up. He wasn’t a thief or a drug dealer. He was hardworking man who’d dedicated his life to protect others.

Andrew heard she had gotten a friggin’ award.

Bitch.

And his father? A wooden box.

From the get-go, Andrew’s plan was simple. Take out everyone the woman cared about. Make her suffer, experience loss like he had.

She was next.

REFLECTION! (available January 25, 2013 at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!)



While the rest of the shoppers are out handling the crowds, fighting for their holiday gifts, some of us like to stay in, shop online, or just ignore Black Friday all to together. This year, join us in our second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It’s a ONE DAY hop where we’re giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely  eating left over turkey. 🙂

The hop is November 23rd and is ONE DAY only.

 And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all…

 We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!


I’m giving away a MuseItUp Book Store $10.00 Gift Certificate!

 

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 ALSO WHEN YOU LEAVE A COMMEN BELOW YOU ARE ENTERED TO WIN…

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: (US ONLY) A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Guest Interview with Jerri Drennen

Please give a warm welcome to Jerri Drennen, dear friend, and talented author of twelve romantic suspense novels.Today she’s talking about Watching Whitney, her latest release with Crimson Romance.

What is Watching Whitney about?

It’s about a Denver homicide cop who is on sabbatical at a resort known for its fishing and is reeled straight into a murder and to protecting a single mother who fits the description of the victim found on the murky bottom of the lake.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

Weird but it started out as a peaceful image of a man fishing at a lake, all tranquil and picturesque, then he snags his line and the serenity vanishes.

Describe your writing in three words.

Fast-paced suspense.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

Nope. I’m a panster. I allow the characters to take me where they want to go.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

I have images of what they look like but they aren’t people I know.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Yes. Keith in Dark Moon Magic. I felt so bad but it had to be done.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Simon Baker from The Mentalist since he was who I pictured as Steve in Watching Whitney. I’m not sure about Whitney.

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

My sister, Cindy and my critique group.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

Satanic rituals while I was working on Dark Moon Magic.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working on the third book in my Z-series, Heart’s United.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Just this: If you read an authors book, and you really like it, let them know, because it means so much to them.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

Amazon

Amazon Author Page

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Twitter

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Homicide detective Steve Morgan is at Crane Lodge on forced sabbatical. Day one of fishing at the resort’s lake has him casting his line straight into a crime scene, reeling in a dead woman from the murky bottom. Thinking the murderer must be a local, Steve offers the small town police help in the investigation. What he doesn’t count on is the gorgeous housekeeper at the lodge resembling the victim in the lake and her survival becoming more important than finding the killer.

Whitney McAllister is raising her daughter on her own, working long, grueling hours at the local resort cleaning guest cabins. The detective investigating a local murder may be just doing his job, but after their run-in, she intends to steer clear of him. Until someone breaks into her house and she’s forced, for her daughter’s sake, to seek Steve’s protection. Her attraction is overpowering, yet she knows once the murder is solved, he’ll be gone.

When a string of similar unsolved murders is unearthed, tension mounts. Steve knows he has to find this serial killer fast, before he loses the only woman he’s ever loved.

 


Whitney dropped the phone and ran down the hall to Kylie’s room. Taking care not to wake her, she scooped her into her arms and left the small bedroom. In the utility closet there was a secret room that she’d happened across four months into moving into the home. It’d be the best place for her to hide until Harold came.

Whitney opened the closet and ducked inside, releasing a hook from above to get into the room. The crawlspace was where she planned to hide Kylie’s Christmas and birthday presents to prevent her daughter from finding them.

Inside the small room, she closed the door and slid down, her back propped against a beam just in case the intruder found them. It would help keep him from getting in if she stretched her legs to the wall on the other side.

Whitney’s skin crawled when she remembered the last time she was in the room. Cobwebs filled the walls and floor and where there were webs, there were spiders. She hated them—always had. Thank God Kylie was sleeping. She’d be screaming bloody murder.

Breaking glass sent her heart into arrest. The intruder was going to get into the house.
What was he after? She didn’t have anything a robber would want—nothing worth risking prison time for. So why break into her house?

Shuffling near the utility door had her blood running cold and pumping hard throughout her body. He was going to find them if Harold didn’t get here soon.

The creaking of the door brought a scream to her throat, but she held it in. On the other side of the secret room she heard deep, shallow breathing.

She and Kylie were going to die if she didn’t do something. A thump against her back stopped her heart.

 

Jerri Drennen was raised on a farm in a small town in Minnesota. She met her husband and moved to Southeast Missouri where they live today with 3 of their 4 children, her granddaughter, and an array of furbabies.

Don’t forget to check out Jerri’s other suspense novels available at Amazon!

Interview with Stacy Green & Charity Raffle!

 

Please give a warm welcome to Stacy Green!  Today she’s here talking about her upcoming release–INTO THE DARK–and how YOU can help the homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas.

What is your book about?

INTO THE DARK is about a woman who must stop running from her past and face her issues head on in order to defeat the stalker determined to take her life.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

Lots of things! My inspiration started off rather shallow: I wanted to write about a hot SWAT officer. I chose Las Vegas as a setting because they have one of the few full-time SWAT teams in the country. I knew I wanted a hostage crisis to take place in a bank, but it wasn’t until I Googled “Las Vegas tunnels” that I truly realized where I wanted to take the book. Learning about the homeless living in the storm drains beneath the city not only gave me an escape route for my bad guy, but the stark contrast of life beneath and above the city gives the book real depth.

Describe your writing in three words.

Suspenseful. Fast-paced. Engaging. And FYI, I hate talking about myself like that, lol.

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

With this book, I really didn’t. I started writing it almost three years ago, and it was mostly created on the fly. Which meant a lot of revising as I learned about story structure and plot points. My next novel is due in March, and I spent much more time plotting it before I started writing. And the process has deepened with the book I’m working on now. For me, it’s been a learning process of figuring out how to make the rules gel with my own personal process.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

Bits and pieces of them. The stubbornness of Emilie, Nathan’s angst and intelligence–those are all traits from specific people, but the characters are truly their own personality.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Not yet, but I’m anticipating that in the trilogy I’m working on.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Ha! Loaded question. Nathan is black-haired and blue-eyed, so from a purely physical standpoint, Ian Somerholder pops into my head. Matt Bomer as well. As for Emilie, she’s a few years older, and her beauty is real but understated. I always picture Christina Hendricks when I think of her.

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

My critique partner, Catie Rhodes (an amazing writer) and my close friend, Kristine. Both are honest and don’t sugarcoat, which is vital. The book–and my writing–won’t improve without constructive criticism.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

I have to pick one? With my genre, I’m always Googling strange stuff and thinking that an outsider would have me investigated if they saw my history, lol. Poisoning, how long a body will last in certain weather, and how to disappear are just a few.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m working with a developmental editor for my second book, Tin God, which is due out in March. I’ve got some extensive edits to finish, but I’m really excited about it. I’m also almost finished plotting the first book in a trilogy featuring a forensic psychologist, and I can’t wait to start writing.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

I hope you love the book! The characters are relatable, the story is fast-paced, and I’m really proud of it. It’s not typical romantic suspense, because the suspense plot comes first and drives the romance, but the love story is there.

Where can readers find you and your books online?

Pre-Order Into The Dark, and it will be available on all digital formats and in paperback via Amazon and Barnes and Noble on November 30th.

 

Available NOW:

Welcome To Las Vegas, a short story featuring the perils of the Las Vegas storm drains. Contains an exclusive excerpt from INTO THE DARK.

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Enter the INTO THE DARK Charity Raffle!

The homeless living in the storm drains of Las Vegas played a vital part in INTO THE DARK, and I want to give back. From November 1st until February 28th, participants will have several options to enter the raffle, including donating to HELP of Southern Nevada. The grand prize will be a $100 donation from me in the winner’s name to the homeless shelter of their choice.

And there’s more! To celebrate the release of INTO THE DARK, I’m giving you TWO ways to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Both options will get your name into the drawing, which runs from November 5th until the end of my blog tour on January 30th.

Entry Option 1: Earns FIVE entries in the contest. Email Stacy your receipt of purchase (simply copy and paste proof of the order into the email, excluding personal information) of INTO THE DARK or the answer to this question: in what state was the Taker born and raised?

Entry Option 2: Earns TWO entries in the Contest. Donate to HELP of Southern Nevada and help the homeless. Readers can go to HELP of Southern Nevada, the organization that aids the homeless featured in INTO THE DARK, and donate. Email Stacy the receipt (personal information excluded). No donation is too small!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoy INTO THE DARK!


IT’S THE MOMENTS FROM OUR PAST THAT BIND US.

Branch Manager Emilie Davis is having a day like any other–until two masked men storm into WestOne Bank demanding cash. Her hopes of a quick end to her terror are dashed when she realizes one of the men has no interest in the bank’s money. Emilie is his prize, and he’s come to claim her.

When hostage negotiator Nathan Madigan and Las Vegas SWAT enter the bank on a rescue mission, Emilie’s captor makes a shocking escape into the abyss that lies beneath the city: the Las Vegas storm drains, a refuge for the downtrodden and the desperate.

HOW WILL IT END?

Who is the man the media has dubbed the “Taker?” Why is he after Emilie, and what is the connection he’s convinced they share?

Emilie can’t run from the Taker, and she can’t escape her own past. As her life closes in on her, she has nowhere to turn but to Nathan. The lines of professionalism blur as Nathan becomes determined to save Emilie. Together they venture into the depths beneath Las Vegas and discover a shocking piece of the puzzle.

But the Taker remains one step ahead. Desperate for the threat to emerge from the shadows, Emilie makes a bold move to reclaim her life, and it may cost her everything.

 


Pain shot through her temple. Suddenly Emilie was back in the bank lobby, trying in vain to ignore Taker’s odd stream of dialogue:

“The past has always fascinated me.” His face hovered over her left shoulder. “When I was a small child, I spent hours exploring the countryside. History was everywhere: the aged buildings, abandoned houses, the people’s stories. I wanted to learn everything I could. Understanding the past is the only way to accept who we are as individuals and as a culture. So many lessons from our ancestors can be applied to our own lives, and in some cases, the road ahead has already been paved. We just have to find it. Do you understand, Miss Emilie?”

Her knees ached as she fell to the hardwood floor.

He moved in front of her as he spoke, each slow breath magnified by the filter of the black facemask. “The past is an important part of life, isn’t it? Our past can affect us forever. A split- second decision can change everything.”

She stared into his dark eyes. Framed with thick, black lashes and a smattering of fine wrinkles, they were too beautiful to belong to someone like him. “You know what I mean, don’t you, Miss Emilie? Isn’t there a single moment from your past that defines you?”

A hand rubbed her back. “Emilie, are you okay? It’s me, Sarah.”

Emilie summoned her strength and rolled over. She forced herself to open her eyes. Color flooded her vision. Jeremy’s wife knelt over her, put together as always, in a red sundress. Her thick, honey-blond hair flowed around her shoulders like a halo.

“He’s been here,” Emilie said. “The Taker, he left this for me.” She thrust the clipping at her friend. “He’s been here.”

Stacy Green is fascinated by the workings of the criminal mind and explores true crime on her popular Thriller Thursday posts at her blog, Turning the Page. 

After earning her degree in journalism, Stacy worked in advertising before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. She rediscovered her love of writing and wrote several articles for Women’s Edition Magazine of Cedar Rapids, profiling local businesses, before penning her first novel. Her debut novel, INTO THE DARK, is set in Las Vegas and features a heroine on the edge of disaster, a tormented villain, and the city’s infamous storm drains that house hundreds of homeless. INTO THE DARK is available on all digital formats and paperback November 30th.

www.stacygreen.net
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A big thank you to Stacy! It’s been a pleasure. 🙂

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

Welcome! Here is my entry for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop. I was tagged by the talented Victoria Blisse.

1. What is the title of your latest book?

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

The story evolved after Clonaid announced the birth of Eve, the “first human clone” in December 2002 using the similar technique to clone, Dolly the Sheep. With no independent verification whether Eve existed or not, I found myself wondering,”what if”.  Like many of the ideas for my books, I made a note, and saved it on my computer in my “topics” folder.  A few years later, I finally sat down and started writing Reflection.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s a romantic suspense. Murder…suspense…mystery and romance. A little something for everyone.

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

I would choose Charlize Theron to play feisty investigative reporter, Whitney Steel and Russel Crowe would be perfect to play FBI Agent Blake Neely. For the part of Nathan Shaw, I would love to see Robert DeNiro play the role. How’s that for an all-star lineup?

 

5. What is blurb for your book?

Florida investigative reporter, Whitney Steel, has lived in the shadow of her legendary father long enough. To prove herself she needs to find the “Big” story.

She found it.Now it may kill her.

After receiving a lead pointing to the world’s first cloned human, now a small child, Whitney vows to unravel the truth. However, sifting through the facts proves to have dangerous results, including death threats and murder.

When she’s nearly killed, but is saved by undercover FBI Special Agent, Blake Neely, he refuses to let her get in the way of his own objective—at least not right away.

Caught in a lethal game between a billionaire obsessed with genetic perfection, his hit man’s thirst for retribution, and a Colombian drug lord fresh out of prison determined to make Blake pay for his twin brother’s death over a decade ago.

Can they save an innocent child before its too late?

Faced with tough choices, with deadly consequences for many—Whitney soon realizes that sometimes a story becomes more than just a story.

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

This book took longer than expected due to the large amount of research and chronic pain–about three years (off and on) to finish the first draft. I actually began writing this story after developing Fibromyalgia, a syndrome which generates long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints joints, muscles and other soft tissues.

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

That’s a tough one. I can’t say I’ve read another book where the plot involved an illegal human cloning project, but Reflection offers suspense fans one hell of a ride with a many shocking twists and turns along the way…and sizzling romance.

8. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

A gifted writer, Christina Harris, Golden Heart Finalist, and amazing online critique partner/mentor/friend. Unfortunately, she passed away from cancer before I was able to finish the final draft of Reflection. I know she’d be proud.

9. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? 

Reflection has more than one villain <insert evil grin>. So here is a sneak peak…

In the donut shop, Andrew West sat on a hard stool at the end of a worn Formica counter and ordered another coffee, this one to go.

Cinnamon collided with the sharp tang of bleach as the waitress wiped the counter beside him.

Outside, traffic built up. While a half-moon poked through the clouds, he eyed the woman heading into the store next door. Anticipation nipped his skin.

She’d be dead by sunset. Sweet retribution.

Thanks to Nathan’s unlimited resources, including the use of his helicopter, Andrew could keep a step ahead of the reporter. Of course, knowing where she’d be every minute came in handy. He couldn’t bring himself to say her name. The thought of her was like vomit on his tongue.

How could a jury have believed her lies? Her bullshit helped put his father behind bars. Her lies had forced his father to kill himself.

She’d said his old man was a dirty cop, implicated him in the theft of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine from the Miami-Dade evidence-storage facility, and accused him of selling the drugs on the street.

His father had been set up. He wasn’t a thief or a drug dealer. He was hardworking man who’d dedicated his life to protect others.

Andrew heard she had gotten a friggin’ award.

Bitch.

And his father? A wooden box.

From the get-go, Andrew’s plan was simple. Take out everyone the woman cared about. Make her suffer, experience loss like he had.

She was next.

His palms itched. He couldn’t wait.

The woman crossed the street, carrying two plastic shopping bags. Andrew shot to his feet. Once she was on the other side, he tossed two dollars on the counter, grabbed his coffee and left Donut Junkie with a smile on his face.

Tucked inside his rental car, he clutched the PDA Nathan had given him and turned on the handheld device. It felt good to have such control. The Palm Pilot beeped. The small LCD screen burst to life. On a miniature green and blue street map, a red light blinked.

The bitch would be moving soon.

In the semi-darkness of the alley Andrew started the engine and waited.

REFLECTION will be available for purchase in January 2013 at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, SmashWords and more!

Guest Interview with Author Kelly Whitley

Please give a warm welcome to Kelly Whitley, author of  Into the Red! Thanks so much for stopping by.

What is your book about?

Into the Red is the story of Evan, physician and vampire, who falls for human Tara; when she is attacked by venomous vampires, he must race against time to save her.

What inspired you to write this particular story?

When I was a kid, I’d stay up late on Saturday night watching old black and white horror movies on Nightmare Theater, especially the vampire movies. This, combined with my medical background, led to the idea that vampires could logically be an offshoot of the human race. Vampirism might be an uncommon genetic trait that could be activated under the right conditions. I couldn’t resist inventing a world where it could be true, and Into the Red was born.

Describe your writing in three words.

Evocative; dramatic; colorful. I hope all of these are true!

Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?

Once I have the idea, I build the plot as a skeletal outline, then flesh it out into a long synopsis type of outline. Since I don’t always write in a linear fashion (I skip around on which chapter I work on) the outline keeps me on task. The outline isn’t rigid.

Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?

Not any one person—more like amalgams of real people mixed with imagination.

Have you ever had difficulty “killing off” a character because she or he was so intriguing and full of possibility for you?

Yes. 🙂The decision whether to kill the character or spin them off is hard. I tell myself the character can be “recycled” as a different character in a different book.

If your book was made into a TV series or movie, which actors would you choose to play your main characters?

Geez. I’d have Eduardo Verastigui as Evan; Tara is harder—maybe Rachel McAdams?

Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?

A crit partner and one or two beta readers. If I’m taking a workshop where posting scenes fits in, I might ask for feedback.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve Googled?

How to fold a napkin into an Origami swan. Dinner party—wanted it to be fancy!

What projects are you working on now?

A Valentine short story and a contemporary suspense novel.

Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

I’d love to hear about favorite vintage vampire movies.

Where can readers find you and your books online?


www.kellywhitley.com

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Human blood is an illicit and highly addictive drug–if you’re a vampire. Known as Red, its side effects are insanity, and eventual death. A group of Red-addicted vampires known as Poisoners are killing women as part of an extortion plot involving a lost ancient vampiric tome, and they’re leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. The discovery of each new victim risks exposure of the entire vampire race to humans. Then one victim survives…

Dr. Evan Nichols, oncologist and vampire, lives a monk-like existence, by his own choice, focusing on patient care and research to benefit his vampire brethren. It’s been twenty-five years since his world turned upside down—the night he lost his fiancee and discovered his hidden vampire heritage. Now his government has ordered him to take a mate—or they’ll choose one for him. It’s a horrible prospect, and one that might push him over the edge—until Fate throws him together with a human female.

Wary of relationships, Tara West has poured her energies into work and inventing cutting edge climbing equipment. She doesn’t like the gorgeous Dr. Nichols, yet finds herself unaccountably drawn to him.

When a crazed vampire attacks and poisons Tara, Evan rescues her. With time running out, he has to create an antidote to the poison before he loses his chance at love.

In order to make the vaccine which might cure her, he has to find the bastards who poisoned her and take their venom—before they die of their addiction. If he doesn’t reach them in time, saving her will be impossible.

Thus the journey begins—into the Red!


Her eyes closed half way, the dilated pupils darkening the hazel. The bedroom expression from his drawing. She shifted toward him. “Win?”

He moved close enough to whisper in her ear. “Win.”

He bent his head to the hollow of her neck and inhaled, pulling her scent inside him. God, she smelled good. Clean, floral, and female. He had to know what her lips felt like. One kiss. Just one, and he’d go.

The atmosphere charged—equal parts anticipation and need.

Not a good idea, no matter how much he wanted it.

He should leave now.

Evan drew back and caught a glimpse of her tongue moistening her lips. Control slipped away, and he buried his hand in her hair and pulled her in for a kiss.

The first brush of his lips on hers, an electrifying sweep, shrank his world down to the two of them.

Her mouth had the perfect balance of heat and tenderness, fitting perfectly with his. Jesus, he hadn’t experienced this for so long, and it felt so good. He pressed his lips more firmly against hers. Slender fingers wove into his hair, and pleasure cascaded down his back and set off pressure in his groin. God, he should stop.

He pulled her into his embrace.

Damn good to hold a woman, warm and vital, after all these years of a cold and solitary existence. Tara had awakened a hunger, and he hadn’t realized the degree of his starvation until now. He had to get a taste of her.

He teased her lips with his tongue, and groaned in delight when she sighed and allowed him access. A flavor explosion—orange juice and chocolate chip cookies and steamy human woman, hot and vital. He stroked her tongue, penetrating, probing, shifting his mouth over hers to deepen the dance.

Tara gripped his shoulders, each one of her fingernails triggering tiny sparks of pleasure that flashed down to the small of his back.

Her enthusiasm was unmistakable. She wanted him too.

What would she feel like under him, his body buried in hers? Blood pulsed through him headed for destinations south, and his erection throbbed in readiness, shoving against his zipper.

Too fast, needed to slow down before his libido went off the rails.

As if sensing his thoughts, Tara broke the kiss but didn’t pull back. The heat of her breath warmed his jaw. At least one of them had sense.

Nope. He hadn’t gotten enough.

He captured her lips and mated his tongue with hers, and electric anticipation spread out across his skin. The fragrance of arousal poured off him, smelling of smoky bergamot, the unique signature of claiming and possession.

A mating scent. A whiff of answering desire hit his nostrils.

Had to get her closer, get his essence on her skin. He wrapped an arm around her waist. Soft breasts pressed against his chest, moving in concert with his breathing, and pushed desire to need.

So. Damn. Good.

Once upon a time, Kelly dreamed of becoming an entomologist, then a gymnast, and then an architect. Instead, a career in healthcare became the chosen path. After years of devouring other people’s books, she decided to give writing a try. An arduous journey and many hot fudge sundaes later, her first paranormal romantic suspense debuted in July 2012.

Now she writes a variety of fiction, spanning the genres from humor to paranormal, and flash fiction to full-fledged novels. A career in the medical field and interests like painting and home restoration provide plenty of inspiration for the characters who find themselves populating her stories.

An ideal day consists of coffee, no phone, and writing quirky characters for her fans to fall in love with. Stop by http://www.kellywhitley.com, where the paranormal is an everyday occurrence and get your fix for vampires, werewolves, shifters and more. Kelly loves visitors, human and otherwise.

Kelly lives in the Rocky Mountain Midwest. Contact her at kelly_book_maven@yahoo.com.

Thanks again for joining me today.  

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