Night Blade and a bribe

So I’ve been trying to get my facebook friends to vote for the Lakota Children’s Enrichment Program in the Chase Community Giving project.  I promised them if we could help get the Lakota Children to 300 votes, I’d post the cover for Night Blade this week.

Which happened, so I posted the cover there… now I’ll here.

Now it’s time for the bribe.

The Lakota Children’s Enrichment Program works to do things like provide coats and boots for kids on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  I’ve been aware of this group for a while and I’m very much in awe of it.  I’d like more people to be aware, and I’d love for you to vote for the group, if you’re on Facebook.  You can also vote if you’re a Chase Card member.

If you vote and help get this group onto the leaderboard, I’ll post a nice fat excerpt from one of my upcoming books (majority rules)…those books are

  • Night Blade
  • Beautiful Scars (contemporary erotic romance with some minor BDSM/kink elements) (a Shiloh Walker book)
  • The Protected (a Shiloh Walker book)
  • The Reunited (a Shiloh Walker book)
  • Wrecked (a Shiloh Walker book)

I’ve been talking about this a lot on my Facebook page and probably driving people nuts, but I’m a sucker for kids, and these kids are…well, ignored by many.  It’s not intentional, but the plight of many Native kids is just something a lot of people aren’t aware of.

From the Lakota Kids Blog:

The Bison in the Living Room: Why Isn’t The UN’s Report Front Page News?

an excerpt from a letter written by a student

“Life here is very hand to mouth. Out here, we don’t have the finer things. You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. And I’m going to be honest with you, sometimes I don’t eat. I’ve never told anyone this before, not even my mom, but I don’t eat sometimes because I feel bad about making my mom buy food that I know is expensive. And you know what? Life is hard enough for my mom, so I will probably never tell her. My parents have enough to worry about. I do not know what you can do, but try your very best to help us. Please help us. We can do this. Yes we can!”

Times are rough for a lot of people, but for those who live on reservations, it’s even more so. I know a lot of people are strapped for cash, strapped for a lot of things…but this is one simple way to make a difference.  A vote on Facebook takes a few minutes.  Yes, it’s allowing an app to work, but you can always revoke access once the thing is done.  It’s easy way to help.

for more ways to help out the kids on the Pine Ridge reservation, you can visit the Lakota Kids blog.


Stuff…final day for sale on BLADE SONG

BLIND DESTINY is finally showing up for pre-orders. So far, it’s just  at a few, but the rest will follow.  If you liked BLADE SONG, you might wanna maybe try my Grimm books…it’s more romance heavy, definitely, but it’s still a mix of UF/weird stuff and usually smart mouth heroines.  They come from fairy tales, though.  Sometimes you can recognize them.  Sometimes you can’t.  But I have mad fun writing them.

Anyway, the next one is due out next month…up for preorder now.

Amazon | Samhain | iBookstore

The first one, if you’re curious, is Candy Houses.  You can read more about it here

Starting tomorrow, BLADE SONG will be back at it’s regular price $4.99, so if you want the sale price, you need to grab it now.

Amazon | iBookstore | ARe/OmniLit

I was pretty sick for close to ten days, then dealing with baby bratlet being sick. I think she’s on the mend now-missed a week a school, but hopefully the worst is over. Which means I’ve got serious time to make up for.

I may not be online as much while I’m making up for that lost time.  When I’m not sick, I’m trying to spend less time online on the weekends, in the evenings anyway so I can spend more time with my family and while I’m making up for lost time, I may be scarce.

But sometime soon, I shall have the cover for NIGHT BLADE.   I have seen it. It’s awesome.


Stuff…edits on Night Blade, sale stuff, more

I got my edits back on NIGHT BLADE…that doesn’t mean it’s close to coming out.  This is just the first step.  After this, it’s got to go through another set of edits and I plan on getting at least one additional line edit this time around.

Plus, I’m still waiting on my cover.

Here’s a snippet…

“Baby girl.”

It was stupid that just the sound of it made me smile.  It should.  But something about the way he said it, that endearment–one that should have been sexist as all get-out–made my toes curl inside the solid, sturdy boots I had on.  “Hey, Damon.”

Over the phone, I heard a grunt.  Then something that sounded like a hiss and a whine.

“You’re busy,” I said.

“Cleaning house,” he said.

His version of cleaning house usually involved bloody fights and sometimes death. Scratch that… it often included death. He’d killed the previous Alpha, a pretty, plastic-looking piece by the name of Annette.  She had looked like a Barbie doll, all big blue eyes, big round boobs and blonde hair and she had been one of the most brutal bitches I’d ever encountered in my life.  And I’ve encountered more than my share.

Annette had ruled over the cat clan in East Orlando and the entire southern region with a tiny, iron fist for more than a century, well before the non-human population had been forced to come out of the proverbial closet.  She’d also been certifiably insane.

Cleaning up was required, according to Damon.  She’d been crazy and cruel and like attracted like, so he was going through and making sure the crazy and cruel that had been left behind were handled.

He wouldn’t kill them unless he had to, but they would still need to be ousted from any positions of power in the clan, which tended to require thorough beatings to accomplish.  Weres didn’t back down willingly.  It took physical force.

Sometimes he came to me so battered, I barely recognized him.  It only lasted for a few hours, thanks to the amazing biology of a were.  The virus in his genes healed wounds that would kill humans, or a half-human like me, in hours or days and minor things like cuts or scratches disappeared in seconds.

I heard another grunt come across the line.  “This is a bad time. I’ll be quick.”

“Nah.  Chang and Doyle are with me.  We’re mostly done.  This is the last of it and I’m letting Doyle handle a lot of it.  Needs to get the shine off him.”  There was another grunt, followed by a roar that hurt my ears even through the phone.  “We’re just about done here.  Only a few hours away.  Have dinner with me tonight?”

“Can’t.”  As I passed around the desk, I grabbed my sword and nudged the cooler with my foot.  “I’m going to be out of town for a few days–courier thing to the Smokies.  MacDonald with the wolves is paying me to deliver some heads.”

“Ah, gimme a second.”

I heard a roar–I recognized that one, a deep, barking sort of roar, unlike anything a lion or tiger would make.  Damon’s creature was a leopard, a rare one, although very few realized just how rare he was.  I knew.  I had no idea if anybody else did.  Chang might.  But for all I knew, that was it.

A few seconds and one scream later, and he was back on the phone. “Did you just say you were delivering some heads?”

BLADE SONG is still one sale for a few more days…  please note, I removed BN from the list because for some reason, the price went back up before it was supposed to, but you can get epub format from ARe.  I’ve emailed my contact to see if they can get BN to readjust the price again but I don’t know if that will happen.  I’m sorry… it’s been my week (season) for weird, crazy things to happen.

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School’s in…and PRINT!!!


Today, I’m over at Literary Escapism with an excerpt from Night Blade.


Told ya it was coming.  Right now it’s only at Amazon, but it WILL be available at other outlets coming over the next week.  Just takes a bit longer for it to get through the system.


Please note, this is a trade paperback.  It was the only doable way for me to get it out there at this time.  The price is $9.99, although I’m hopeful Amazon will drop it down some.  They usually do and other retailers tend to follow.

As to whether or not it will be available via your local stores, they can order it.  But I don’t expect to see a lot of stores carrying it.  But by all means, if you want it and you have a store that you like to support, please support your local store.  :)



I’ll add the other links as I get them.  They will be active shortly. :)


So… now it’s in print



Told ya it was coming.  Right now it’s only at Amazon, but it WILL be available at other outlets coming over the next week.  Just takes a bit longer for it to get through the system.





Please note, this is a trade paperback.  It was the only doable way for me to get it out there at this time.  The price is $9.99, although I’m hopeful Amazon will drop it down some.  They usually do and other retailers tend to follow.

As to whether or not it will be available via your local stores, they can order it.  But I don’t expect to see a lot of stores carrying it.  But by all means, if you want it and you have a store that you like to support, please support your local store.  :)



I’ll add the other links as I get them.  They will be active shortly. :)



Something cool…

Do you know Blade Song can be gotten at libraries?

Ebook even… (print is coming, I promise).  Hopefully within the month.  At least it will be able to be ordered.

But lookit!  These libraries have it!

Indianapolis Marion County Public Library link

Los Alamos County Library Link

Virginia Beach Public Library Link

Austin Public Library Link

East Central Regional Library Link 

There’s probably more-those are just the ones I could do on an easy search, so if you check out ebooks from your library, do a search!  If they don’t have it, you can absolutely request it.  This is one of those instances where patrons/readers have a lot of power.  The more who request titles from specific authors/genres, the more likely those requests will be heard.

I absolutely love seeing my ebooks in libraries.


Blade Song is on sale… one week only

I’ve lowered the price on BLADE SONG… it’s $2.99 for the next week.  It’s already showing at the price at Amazon, BN & the iBookstore…other places should change shortly.


I carried a picture of Doyle in my back pocket.

I’d made a copy and tucked it in my pocket the day I accepted the case.

Maybe it was silly, but I wanted to remember what I was risking my life for. Who.

A kid.

A nervous, scared kid who wasn’t even sure he could survive the change from human to were.

He had blond hair, sleepy-looking eyes and the promise of what would be a killer smile. So much promise. And what was more…he had kind eyes. The kindness in his eyes hadn’t been lost on me.

It seemed that the cat shifters could use with more kindness in their ranks.

Chang had seemed the decent sort. A few others hadn’t been too bad. But most of them were caught up in the power play and it pissed me off that somebody who might have been one of the nice ones could be lost to them.

I knew his face now. He was mine. I’d do everything I could to find him and if I couldn’t find him, it would be because there was nothing left to be found.

On the way down to the cold lower level of Banner HQ, I slid my hand into my pocket and tugged out the picture of Doyle, rubbing it with my thumb. I didn’t look at it. There was no need. I knew his face well enough now that I could draw his picture. More than once, I’d found myself doing just that.

He didn’t look like his aunt.

Queen Bitch.

Would death be kind—?

No. I can’t think like that…can’t, I can’t, I can’t….

A hand came up and closed over my neck as the elevator doors opened. The people trickled out, but before we could follow them, Damon hit the button to shut the doors and then he just held it. “Are you trying to push yourself into a panic attack?” he asked, dipping his head and growling right into my ear.

I drove my elbow into his stomach.

I might as well have been hitting steel for all the good it did.

I did it again anyway.

He swore and spun around, shoving my back against the elevator doors.

My hand itched—bad, bad, bad.

“Listen, little girl,” he snarled.

He reached for me.

I darted aside.

When he reached for me again, the blade was just there.

He stilled. The only sign of surprise was the slight widening of his eyes.

“Stop it,” I whispered, pointing the blade at him, leveled at his throat. “I’m tired of this, do you hear me?”

“You should put that thing away before you hurt yourself.”

I leaned in enough that it was pressed against his throat, watched as the tip pierced his skin. As smoke drifted from his wound to curl in the air, I glared at him.

“How did you get it past me this time?”

“And you keep calling me the idiot.” Blood stained the tip of my sword red now. The blade liked it. She wanted more. A lot more. “You saw me lock the damn thing up in the lockers upstairs, cat. Or are you blind?”

His nostrils flared, a growl rumbling through his throat.

“The two of us need to come to an understanding,” I said flatly. I twisted the blade, watched as it pushed a little deeper into his throat. “I’m dead if I don’t find this kid. If he’s down there on a slab, I’m dead, all because your crazed queen needs to blame somebody and it doesn’t matter if he’s been dead for ten minutes or ten days.”

His lashes flickered.

“Now I’m not going to whine about how unfair that is. Nor am I going to bitch about the fact that if you all had been doing your job by that boy, maybe he wouldn’t have run,” I added. “The bottom line is…he did run. And I’ve got a soft spot for kids. This is a well-known fact, a card your Alpha knew and worked to her advantage. Now…if that’s not him, we’ve still got a job to do. If it is him…well, I’ll deal some other way. But nevertheless, there’s a job to do and it’s not going to get any easier with us at each other’s throats.”

He snarled and pushed himself closer, driving the blade a quarter of an inch into his throat. “You think I want to be working with some crazy little bitch who can’t control her emotions?”

“Well, you worked with your Alpha,” I pointed out with a polite smile. “Face the facts. I’m not were. I respond to fear, anger, grief and all the other emotions. Those are my shortcomings, having human blood. You should have been prepared for that. If you’re not equipped to deal with it? That’s your shortcoming as one of the more alpha cats in the damned clan.” I smirked at him. “I keep hearing about your vaunted control. All the shifters are supposed to be in control. It’s what guides them through the spiking, adolescence. If you can get through that and not lose your marbles, it’s supposed to be smooth sailing.”

Damon glared at me.

“It seems to be a myth, if you ask me.” I twisted the blade and watched as blood trickled down. Flesh continued to burn and he just stood there. Oh, he had control, all right. He had it in spades.


I should point out… there is cussing in this book, there is a messed-up heroine in this book and Damon is an ass.  There is also sex.  That’s not going to appeal to everybody, so I wanted to point it out.  However…for those who like my romances…this is not a romance.  Again…Damon is an ass.  There is no HEA.  And Kit is really messed up.

One thing about being able to write a series is I could make her completely messed up and over the course of the series, she’ll eventually start to fix the pieces of herself that are broken.  Can’t do that so much if she’s not really screwed up to begin with.

If you’d like to check it out… links!

Amazon | BN | iBookstore | ARe/OmniLit | Kobo