Cover Reveal for Captivated By the Winter King

Hi everyone!  As I mentioned a few days ago, I am here today to help spread the word of the cover reveal for my good friend, Mistral Dawn’s latest book.  I am very excited to share this with all of you, but first, a few words from the author.  Take it away Mistral!

Hey Everyone!! 🙂

Guess what!!! We’re only one month away from the release of Captivated By The Winter King!!! 🙂 Squee!! 😉  This newest installment in the Spellbound Hearts series is due to be released on November 30, 2015.  To celebrate, I thought I’d share the fantabulous cover that the amazingly talented Erin Dameron-Hill has created!  Here’s a little about the story:

Captivated By The Winter King Cover AmazonKate is a woman on the run. After years of being physically and emotionally abused by her fiance, she’s finally had enough. But leaving might be even more dangerous than staying, so she needs to get as far away as she can as fast as possible. A late night, desperate drive through the pouring rain ends suddenly when a cat appears in the middle of the road. While trying to avoid the half-drowned creature, Kate loses control of her car and crashes through a portal to Fairie.

Ankou is a fallen God of Death and the king of the Winter Court of Fairie, and he’s facing pressure from every direction. The magic of the Court is out of balance due to the centuries-long lack of a queen. He is harried constantly by the Court nobles who want him to either step down or take a mate. All the duties of a ruling pair rest squarely on his shoulders. And added to all this is a soul-crushing loneliness. His existence stretches back hundreds of millennia, and in all that time he has never found the one person who could warm his lonely heart. He is exhausted and discouraged, and the last thing he needs is to go tearing off into the night on a fool’s errand. But one of his lingering god powers is the ability to sense the right course of action to follow, and his instincts are screaming at him to go to a particular place in the forest of the Winter kingdom and wait. Imagine his surprise when he finds the one he has been waiting for his whole life!

Using a careful blend of patience, seduction, and domination, the Winter king tries to win his soulmate’s love. Feeling safe and valued for the first time in her memory, Kate explores her new freedom by agreeing to try the BDSM games her lover suggests. As she experiments with both domination and submission, she learns just how liberating surrender can be. Will Ankou be able to convince Kate that she can trust him with her feelings as well as her body? Will Kate find a way to overcome the trauma of her past and open up her heart to accept the love that is offered to her? Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole? You’ll have to read to find out!

I’m also excited to share a sneak peek with you with this excerpt:

When he saw his Anamchara’s nod of consent, Ankou released a breath he hadn’t realized he’d been holding. The trust she was showing warmed him far more than any fire could. He was determined to prove himself worthy of that trust. Looking around at the gathering light, he realized the air was much too cold for what he had in mind. With a gesture, he cast a spell to raise the temperature of the area around them to something that approached a comfortable level.

Turning back to his mate, he said, “Come here.” When she approached, he ordered, “Remove your clothing.”

In spite of the warmer air, Kate shivered. There was something deliciously naughty about the idea of being naked outside. They were alone and the area was remote, but it was not a private space. Anyone might happen by.

Reaching behind her neck, she tugged at the closure that sealed the dress in back. It had been spelled to release when she pulled at it, and the bodice dropped away from her body. Sliding the sleeves down her arms, she allowed it to pool at her waist as she unfastened the top of the skirt. Once freed, she allowed the dress to fall to the ground and stepped out of it. Seeing that Ankou held his hand out for it, she picked it up and handed it to him.

Standing under the cloudless sky in nothing but her lacy underwear, she felt free. She looked at her mate, who just raised his eyebrows and said, “Those as well.”

After sliding the bra straps down her arms, she reached behind herself to unhook it. The cool air caressed her skin and her nipples puckered. She shivered as she handed the bra to Ankou. Taking a deep breath, she removed her boots and stockings. The cold of the snow under her feet was noticeable, but not unbearable. She realized Ankou was using magic to protect her there as well and she smiled. Sliding her panties down her legs, she stepped out of them and handed them to her mate.

“Stay there,” ordered Ankou, who took Kate’s clothing and laid it on the platform they had slept on to keep it from getting wet in the snow. Walking around the small clearing, he looked for things he could use. He found the remnants of a tree that had broken and fell. Using magic, he smoothed and shaped the stump into a wooden platform. After making sure the surface was polished and free of any splinters or sharp edges, he ordered Kate to join him.

As she padded across the snow, Kate couldn’t help but wonder what Ankou had planned. Looking at the stump he had prepared, she was confused. It looked sturdy and came up to her belly button, but she didn’t see what it could be used for.

Walking a few feet away, Ankou selected a large stick from the pile of wood Kate had collected the night before. Using magic again, he shaped it into a long, thin, smooth cane. He used both hands to bend it, testing how much give was in the wood. Satisfied, he returned to where his Anamchara waited for him.

When Kate saw what Ankou had in his hand, her eyes widened. Did he intend to use that on her? Searching his face, she found no clues in his blank expression.

Standing in front of her, the Winter king saw the trepidation in his mate’s eyes. Cupping his hand behind her head, he threaded his fingers through her hair and drew her body against his. He leaned down, claiming her lips in a possessive kiss. Skimming his lips along her cheek, he nipped at her ear and whispered, “Do you trust me?”

The warmth of her lover’s body against Kate’s front contrasted with the cool air that caressed her back. Ankou’s shirt rasped against her taught nipples and made her shiver. There was a tension in the air, even more so than was usually present when they played these games, and she felt mesmerized by the intensity. As his words penetrated the fog that swirled through her mind, the anxiety left her. “Yes. I trust you.”

Stepping back, Ankou smiled. “Good.”

Oh my!! What’s going to happen next? Want to find out?  You’ll have to read the story!  Captivated By The Winter King is available for pre-order from most popular online merchants:

So feel free to reserve your copy now and get it the moment it’s released!! 🙂  Also, don’t forget to enter my rafflecopter giveaway.  It ends at midnight tonight! 🙂

Rafflecopter Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/771020011/?

Thank you all so much for checking out my newest work, and I hope you all enjoy it.  Happy Reading!! 🙂

NaNoWriMo… Are You In?

It’s that time of year again.  NaNoWriMo here we come! 

For those of you who do not know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month.  The idea is to write a first draft of your novel that is 50,000 words long by writing 1,667 words a day every day in the month of November.  Now we all know that unless you are writing a young adult novel, 50,000 words is a bit short to be considered a full length novel.  The reasoning behind that number is that is is considered a high enough word count to be challenging while also being a reachable goal, even for those aspiring writers who have day jobs and families to attend to. 

Since the first time that I heard of NaNoWriMo, the idea has intrigued me.  It is a challenge to any would be writer to stop making excuses and sit down and write.  The website, www.nanowrimo.org offers participants a way of tracking word counts as well as forums for support, ideas, encouragement, and connecting with fellow writers.  The rules for the event are simple. 

  1. Register for an account.
  2. Start writing on November 1
  3. Post your novel for word count verification and claim your win.

Now to be clear, winning at NaNoWriMo means that you wrote 50,000 words in a month or less.  The sense of accomplishment is your prize. 

I have considered giving NaNoWriMo a try for the past couple of years.  I’ve read several pieces of advice on how to “win” and pretty much they all agree on several points.  First of all, you should do all of the prep work in advance of November 1.  That means, have at least a rough character sketch written out for each of the main players in your story.  Secondly, you should have at least a general outline of your story’s plot to help guide you along in your writing frenzy.  Third, and perhaps most important (at least to my thinking) is that you have to turn your internal editor off.  Do not try to get the story right, just get it written.  Don’t slow down to correct spelling or grammar problems, just keep writing.  Write.  It sounds so simple, but if you are like me, those little red squiggly lines that word processors place under any errors drive you crazy. 

Last year, I had planned to sit down and work out a plan for a story to write during the NaNoWriMo event, but suddenly I realized that it was November 5th and I had nothing ready.  So I promised myself that I would be ready for this year’s event.  Well, guess what.  Yep.  Once again we are a couple of days away from November and I have no plan.  I have nothing other than a general idea that I want to develop and see if anything good comes of it.  Will I try to sit down and write 50,000 words next month?  Probably not.  But I will sit down and write more than I have in the past few months.  That is my promise to myself, and to you, my readers. 

What about you?  Are you planning to try your hand at writing a novel in November?  If so, what preparations have you made to help make the month easier?  Do you struggle with getting the words down without allowing your internal editor to take over?  Or have you conquered your internal editor?  If you have, how did you do it?  I truly want to hear from everyone on this. 

Hello Again…

Hi everyone!  I have been absent for quite some time, and for that I offer a humble apology.  The past couple of months have been pretty busy for my family and me, but things are starting to settle back down again, and I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of writing here again!  I hope that you will visit often, and please feel free to comment with any thoughts you may wish to share with me!

One of the projects that I have had the privilege to work on for the past couple of months is helping to edit a new book for my friend Mistral Dawn.  This will be the third novel in her Spellbound Hearts series, all of which are set in the magical land of Fairie.  For those of you who have already read the earlier books, book 3 is titled Captivated By the Winter King and is available for pre-order here.  It is due for release on November 30, 2015.  I will be helping her out with the cover reveal for book 3 on October 31, 2015, so be sure to check back!  Each of the books in her Spellbound Hearts series is a stand alone story, so it is not necessary to read them in the order they were written.  But there is plenty of time before the release of Captivated By the Winter King for anyone who wishes to read the other books to do so.

  • Taken By the Huntsman (Spellbound Hearts Book 1) is available here.  This is the story of Cassie, a human who is trying to find her place in the world, and Cadeyrn, the leader of the Wild Hunt.  The tale that unfolds is one of betrayal, danger, and ultimately a magical love affair for all the ages.
  • Bound By the Summer Prince (Spellbound Hearts Book 2) is available here.  This novel tells the love story of Roni, a petty thief, and Uaine, the Crown Prince of the Summer Court of Fairie.  Can Roni learn to live without lies and scams and embrace her new role as queen of the Summer Court beside her soul mate?
  • “Intrigue In the Summer Court” (Spellbound Hearts #2.5) is available here.  This is a short story about the wedding and coronation of Roni and Uaine.  When Jillian, a trusted advisor and friend to the royal family discovers a plot to prevent Roni and Uaine from having their happily ever after, she must search out the source of the threat and save the day.

That’s all I have for you today.  See everyone again soon!