Last week I posted Chapter 1. Here’s a few pages from Chapter 2:
Nyalla stretched, reaching her hand toward the vibrating phone beside her and peering at the caller ID. Michelle. She pressed the “decline” button and tossed the phone back onto the nightstand. She’d have to call her back, otherwise the other woman would drive out to check on her. Michelle worried, and she wasn’t the only one. Part of her was relieved that there were people checking up on her. Part of her dreaded their invitations and continual urging to join them at social events. Just the thought of being surrounded by strange people, speaking a language she had just learned and expecting her to know their rules of civility – it gave her the shivers. She didn’t want Michelle to worry. She’d call her back. Later. Continue reading
Stolen Souls should be out in the next week or two, but until then, here is the first chapter (unedited). If you missed it, HERE is another snippet I did a few months back. – - -
Evil swirled in warm currents through the night air. It burned the hound’s nose, watering his eyes with its intensity. Raising his head to the sky, he breathed deep, but couldn’t quite catch the location of the scent.
Alfalfa and wild cucumbers lurked behind the hints of foulness. Those were the soothing, normal smells for a summer’s evening. This other scent was most definitely not normal. Perhaps the monster had only passed through his territory, but he couldn’t take the chance. Heading west, Boomer broke into an easy lope that would take him quickly across field and pasture. He had to make sure his souls were safe. Worry furrowed his brow as he ran. Continue reading
We’re adding a family member in a few weeks. He may not be Boomer, but this bloodhound pup has just as much personality.
Look at that adorable, wrinkly face! Yes, we’re going to have drool everywhere, big slobbery kisses and soulful eyes.
And here he is, hot on the trail of. . .something. Kibble? Pork chops? A pair of my shoes?
Enough of the cuteness – suggest a name for our new pup either in the comments or on my Facebook page and be entered in a random drawing to win a signed paperback copy of Stolen Souls (which will be out about the time this little guy is peeing on our floors and chewing up the drapes. One entry per person, although feel free to suggest more than one name. I’ll announce the winner March 7th, as well as this little guy’s name.
I’m thrilled to show you all the cover for STOLEN SOULS (March 2014)! I have to say, it’s one of my favorite covers so far with the lovable hellhound, Boomer, front and center. Here’s the description:
Nyalla is dog-sitting for Satan. It’s a sweet gig for a girl who, up until recently, had been a slave to the elves in Hel. The house is amazing, she’s got the key to the Corvette, and although Boomer is a Hellhound, he’s also a lovable, slobbery companion.
When a newly interred corpse vanishes, followed by a series of grisly murders, Nyalla can’t help but wonder if Boomer’s odd diet has taken a deadly turn. Could the dog be to blame or is there a more sinister creature on the loose? Nyalla must stop who is behind it all before more die – and before the county puts Boomer on death row.
Cover design by Phatpuppy Art. Typography by Bookish Brunette.
*This blog post will move to a FAQ page in a few weeks*
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about various books in the Imp Series, and thought it might be fun to put together a sort of FAQ blog post. If I don’t cover something you’ve been dying to ask, please put it in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer it without spoilers.
- Why isn’t there more explicit sex in the Imp Books? They seem pretty tame in this area compared with other urban/contemporary fantasy novels.
Don’t kill me, but in my first draft of the early books, there was FAR more sex, and the scenes were more explicit. Elven Blood, in particular, had quite a few explicit scenes between Sam and Wyatt that were toned down and/or removed. Sam is pretty crass, and between the violence and the huge amount of cursing she does, I felt explicit sex would just put the books over the top.
That’s not saying there won’t be more spice in the last book. I haven’t decided that one yet – and it will depend on the overall tone/flow of the book. A few of the spin-offs will have a higher heat level. Look for the series including Amber (Demons of Desire will be out summer 2014), and Leethu’s book (2015 TBD). Those sex demons won’t let me put the lid on the steamy stuff! Continue reading