It was a long wait for fans of the series, but the final ‘Arcana King’ is now available. And to clear up any confusion, although this is the last of the kings, it’s certainly not the last story set in this universe. I have a lot planned for this world!
The Arcana series is set in the same universe as ANGEL IN THE BADLANDS (see yesterday’s blog), only a century or so earlier. The four novellas in this series are:
There’s an associated short story called END OF THE LINE that is also set in this same time period. All of these stories are exclusive to Amazon Kindle at the moment, though we plan to release them everywhere else this coming August.
A mysterious man with murder on his mind meets a woman who sees more than meets the eye…
On a remote space station near the galactic rim, a retired soldier-turned-mercenary must make a decision that will alter the course of two galaxies and billions of lives. Guided by a gorgeous woman with a mysterious gift, will he make the right choice not only for himself, but for the woman who is quickly becoming more important to him than life itself? And will his decision condemn two races to everlasting war, or offer a glimmer of hope in the ongoing intergalactic conflict?
Buy KING OF STARS, exclusively on Amazon. (It will be available everywhere else later in the summer.)
A few months back, I was invited to join a little group project that has culminated in a different sort of multi-author book bundle. It’s called WOMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE and it’s not all romance. There’s some horror, sci fi and other mind-bending genres in there, along with my offering, a novella called ANGEL IN THE BADLANDS (which is also available separately).
The good news is, the anthology is on sale right now for 99 cents! So you can get my story for fractions of a dollar, to test out whether or not you like my space opera. If you do, there are other books in the series, one of which I’ll talk about tomorrow right here on this blog. In the meantime, here’s a bit about ANGEL IN THE BADLANDS and the WOMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE collection…
ANGEL IN THE BADLANDS
Is she an apparition or is she real?
Crash landing on an uncharted planet, Ezekiel Amber sets out across a desert, looking for help. What he finds is salvation in the form of a woman.
Angela finds the handsome, unconscious man and takes him below ground, where the heat of the desert does not reach. She nurses him back to health, trying hard to ignore the attraction between them.
Angel’s small community must be protected from humanity’s alien enemies. Likewise, Zeke must protect Angela – his angel – the one woman he wants like no other in the universe.
It’s a race to see who will get there first – Zeke’s reinforcements or the aliens – and the fate of the human race could hang in the balance.
WOMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The end of the world comes with a BANG!, a sword thrust, and a whole bunch of kick-ass heroines.
Don’t lie. If you’re like the rest of us. You’ve harbored secret desires about surviving the end of the world as we know it. Either you’ve wanted to be one of the women in these books, or have them at your side while you’ve faced down hordes of zombies or demons ravaging the countryside. The apocalypse is the ultimate test of your survival skills, plus you don’t have to worry about finding parking spots anymore.
In these eight novels, the apocalypse unfolds in eight different ways. Do you prefer aliens or zombies? Would you like a sudden end, or a slow slide into the collapse? Is a little romance in your future or are you kicking down doors and chopping off heads? So grab a can opener and your favorite weapon, because the end never goes quietly.
Two IH authors have books out today!
From Rhian Cahill -
He glanced back in Kelsey’s direction. He was getting in the game.
West wasn’t sure how or when he made the decision, but he was going after Kels and was prepared to break every friend code there was to claim her as his.
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From Bianca D’Arc -
|Love triangles are always more interesting when they come equipped with claws…and flippers?Beau has anger issues, but not when he’s around Jacki. The fierce tiger shifter has been following her around like a puppy, but she hasn’t taken notice of him…until now.
No matter how long Geir has lived in the States, he’s still the odd man out. A tiger shifter native of Iceland, he is a Master of his craft, training other warriors the skills he has perfected. When he sees Jacki for the first time, he knows she is the one for him.
Jacki is the privileged daughter of a prominent shifter Clan. Most of her relatives are lion shifters, so she knows how to handle cats on the prowl, but she is a much rarer selkie-a seal shifter-imbued with magic and surrounded by mystery. When an opportunity arises to step into a key role in shifter society, she is uncertain, but willing to try. And when she’s told she doesn’t have to choose between the two tigers, but rather, can have them both, she is more than intrigued. But someone is stalking their path and they must work together to nullify the danger, all while trying to figure out a complicated relationship that has all three of them questioning fate.
Warning: This story contains graphic language and menage a trois between two tiger shifters and one very special selkie woman. Rawr.
Here in New York, the leaves on the trees are changing color and I’ve spent the past week preparing to take all my tropical plants inside for the winter before the temperatures get too cold for them. It’s a busy time – and my favorite time of year!
As you can see from the map on the right, the leaves are just starting to change for us here on Long Island. We’re a little behind the inland elevations, but that’s okay because it means we get much milder weather (aside from the occasional hurricane). Believe it or not, the NY State website has a weekly update on “Fall Foliage”. Seeing the leaves change – especially upstate – is an annual event!
As the year turns colder, I tend to get more productive. Writing is an indoor activity and when the weather is cold and the nights are long, I tend to spend a lot more time writing. I’ve been working on my writing schedule for the next few months and while it’s ambitious, I think with the colder weather coming in, it just might be do-able.
My plans going forward include releasing the follow-up to JACOB’S LADDER, which is called HER WARRIORS on 11/11. It’s a paranormal BBW shifter mange, which is something a little different for this series. I haven’t written a ménage in a while and I wasn’t really expecting there to be one in the String of Fate series… Heck, the String of Fate series was supposed to end with Jake! But this book just wanted to be written and I went with it. I hope you all will like it.
After that, I really want to finish up the four kings of the Arcana series. My plan at the moment is to release KING OF STARS in December. I really hope I can stick to that plan. I seem to have stalled out a bit in preparation for the JACOB’S LADDER release, which sometimes happens, but it annoying. Such a big release kind of consumes all my attention and I slack off on the new writing, so my productivity goes almost to zero.
For next year, I want to get Matt’s book out early in the year. That will finish up the five brothers of the Redstone Clan and I’m planning one heck of a plot twist for that particular book that will change pretty much everything in that world. Exciting!
I’m also looking at finally getting back to the StarLords series. I’ve been meaning to do that for a long time and I’m hoping I can finish up that series later in the year.
There are a few other projects in my mind, including a few water-based shifter stories and perhaps a return to the Dragon Knights world. I also am hoping to get into some new projects. New worlds. New stories. Maybe even a new pen name! I’m not really sure how it’s all going to go yet, but I’m working on plans right now and will continue to make tweaks and changes to the plan as we go along.
For now… more shifters next month and with any luck, space opera in December. Then back to shifters in January, and then…? We’ll just have to see where the road leads…
Once in a while, strange things happen when you’re a writer. In my case, the String of Fate series has given me a little surprise. You see, Book 4 in the series was never supposed to exist! It’s called HER WARRIORS, and I didn’t really intend to write it. It just wanted to be written and wouldn’t quit!
The String of Fate was supposed to be three stories about big cat shifters. It started way back in 2010 with CAT’S CRADLE, which I had written before my mother died. After she passed, although I didn’t really want to start a new series right then, I gave it to my editor at Samhain because she advised me it was important to keep putting out new books.
I wasn’t writing anything new because, let’s face it, I was a mess after losing my Mom, who was also my business partner (we were both lawyers who specialized in business consulting) and my best friend. I didn’t write anything new for about a year. And anything I wrote after, was sloooooooowwww. It took me a long time – years – to get back in the saddle and really start writing again.
So CAT’S CRADLE was out there for a few years and finally, earlier this year, I continued it with the release of KING’S THRONE. I had a goal to finish the trilogy this year. So I pushed to finish the third book of the planned trilogy, JACOB’S LADDER, and put it out this year as well. I figured that would be it and I’d have finished another series. Yay.
But it didn’t quite work out that way.
At the end of JACOB’S LADDER, there were these characters clamoring to find out what happened to them next. I decided to play with the story line and keep going, figuring I might get a short story or novella out the exercise that I could use for promotion or something. But the story just kept going… It poured out thousands of words at a time. Flowing like… well… like something kind of magical. I LOVE when that happens!
Before I knew what happened, I had a full-blown novel on my hands. A menage – which isn’t part of the series to that point – and it’s a little less focused on the action/adventure than the previous book. You see, there’s a giant battle at the end of JACOB’S LADDER. HER WARRIORS picks up after the battle and sort of follows the characters to their new place. (I don’t want to say too much here in case of spoilers.) There’s no giant battle scene in this one. It’s more peaceful, but there is a lot of emotional drama and the introduction of a new character that I, personally, find very compelling.
I want to get this book out before the big Christmas season, when nobody has any time to enjoy a peaceful few hours with a book. So I’m doing a break-neck turnaround on this, and will release it on Veteran’s Day (US). That’s 11/11/14. The preorder links have just started going up. It is available for preorder on Amazon, iBooks, and Smashwords. (Kobo coming soon.) It’ll also be available in print for preorder on Amazon shortly.
Here are the buy links for each book in the series:
King’s Throne – Amazon (exclusive)
I’m not sure where we’re going from here, but it sure looks like the String of Fate series isn’t finished with me yet! There are some rather compelling characters that might hound me until I write their stories too.