Sunday Teaser – Christmas Angel Romance

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend – and if you’re out shopping then you’ve managed to bag some bargins! I may have given in and treated myself to an Amazon Fire – at that prize it’s almost silly not to, right? 😉 Had a lovely meander round the Christmas markets as well so feeling nice and relaxed and all-set to get work to work lol! Speaking of Christmassy, I’m sharing a wee excerpt from my nw Christmas story, which will be out very soon. I’m still finishing off and editing though, so please excuse any mistakes! Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

 

Jeremiah glared at the glass contraption. Why did these humans insist on having strange mechanical things to do everything for them. No wonder they were slipping into darkness. How were people supposed to concentrate on what was important in life when everything they had and did was designed to save time and cut corners. Still, Holly had wanted coffee, she had in fact seemed extremely set on the idea and he knew this was the weird machine that apparently made it.  

d632891b93e42d44292c7b22f223f958There were a lot of buttons though. He pressed one, then another, then three at once. Not a damn thing. Seriously? Why was it he had seen the conception of the universe, he knew truths that would make the human mind implode with their complexity, yet he couldn’t work some stupid bit of metal and glass. He glanced quickly around for Holly, no sign of her. Okay, then, just a little, tiny, cheat.  

He forced power into the machine. It instantly started to buzz and hum, the water bubbling frantically inside. Too much? How could it be – coffee was hot water with beans in it. Hot was a necessary function. He pushed a bit more and a sharp crack echoed through the kitchen. Okay, maybe that didn’t sound good. 

The crack rapidly expanded all the way down the glass container part and water began creeping out, bringing streams of steam with it. Bah. He waved a hand again and the water disappeared. Fine. Why was he doing this the hard way. Glaring he put a cup on the worktop, waved a hand over it and it filled with a dark liquid. Stupid machines for everything. What was wrong with doing things by hand? 

“Is that a huge crack in my coffee machine?” 

He jumped at Holly’s soft voice behind him, spinning round guiltily. 

“Er, yeah. I just switched it on and it broke. Sorry. I’ll get you a new one. I got your coffee here though.” 

He handed the mug over. She gave him a small smile. “Don’t be silly, it was old anyway – though that’s really a huge crack. You didn’t burn yourself did you?” 

Her voice was laced with concern and he simply shook his head. A low laugh escaped her.  

“It’s probably cracking in sympathy for my poor head.” She wrapped her hands around the mug and took a small sip. Her face crinkled. “And it took the last of the good coffee with it. Could you pass me the cream out of the fridge?” 

christmas_tree_by_jacqchristiaan-d5o6lblHe automatically did so, his mind whirring. He did bad coffee? He was good at everything he tried. Everything. 

“Erm, are you sure it’s that bad. Maybe you’re just still feeling off.” 

She added a large pour of the cream and then gingerly sipped again. “Nope, it’s definitely only one step from bilge-water.” She suddenly paused, those huge eyes fixing on him. “I’m sorry, that was very ungrateful of me. I appreciate you making it, just the damn machine I guess.” 

Jeremiah managed to nod. Bilge-water indeed! He would master this coffee trick just like he mastered everything else he ever came across. 

 

Take care x

Thursday Teaser – Paranormal Romance Angels

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a good week – and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my US readers – piccies of yummy food have been flooding my social media all day so I’m already feeling a wee bit jealous sat here at work 😉 Since we don’t have Thanksgiving here I hope you’ll forgive me for skipping ahead to Christmas – and today I’m sharing a teaser from my upcoming Christmassy story. It hasn’t been fully edited yet – so do excuse any mistakes. I should have a cover and release date for you next week – but for now, I really hope you enjoy!

 “Jeremiah, you have been summoned before the Council of Archangels to answer for your recent actions.” 

angelJeremiah stood straight and tall in front of them. He was not going to beg for mercy or plead for his life. He was aware that he had… slipped. Where he had once loved his work, lived for it, been willing to believe in anyone or anything, then centuries of watching the selfishness and greed of humans had left him bitter, cynical even. These were no kind of emotions for an angel. The council would be well within their rights to end his existence, there was a part of him that would almost welcome it. The emptiness and peace of eternal oblivion, there was an appeal to that.  

He eyed up the solemn line of archangels. All tall, blond, well-built, ethereally beautiful, pure yet stern. He knew them all, had been friends with some of them once. It seemed a long time ago. When you lived forever then time started to lose all meaning.  

Their leader stepped forward. Rafael looked at him solemnly.  

“We have discussed the matter and reached a decision.” 

Jeremiah held his breath. This was it. They were going to pronounce sentence, end him. There was little mercy for one of his kind, there couldn’t be with the powers they possessed. 

“We have assigned you a job. A task, the outcome of which will decide your ultimate fate.” 

Jeremiah blinked at the taller angel in surprise. A task? After the way his recent tasks had gone this was the last thing he’d been expecting.  

“Why would you give me another task?” He asked them in complete bewilderment.  

“This task has come from above, we have it on the highest authority that it is meant for you and you alone.” 

Instant denial shot through him. He didn’t want the responsibility any more, he didn’t want any of it.  

“I think there must be some mistake.” 

Rafael smiled at him. “You know as well as the rest of us, there are no mistakes. This task is for you, and the council has agreed that we will suspend our judgement on your previous actions pending the outcome of it. The matter has been decided.” 

Resignation sagged through him. Fine, let them give him some new task. It would only end up going the same way as the others. Then they would judge him and he could finally be done with it all.  

“What is this task?”

 

Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, I don’t know about where you are, but November has definitely hit here and it’s bleedin’ freezing! Even the Christmas lights have gone on this week so we must be into mid-winter *sighs* At least it looks twinkly! It’s been a bit of an up and down week. My sort of surrogate gran passed last week (used to be my gran-in-law but we’ve still stayed in touch) the funeral is tomorrow so will be a sad day.

2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerWriting-wise, it’s very much all-go. I’m thinking I may have to admit defeat on Nano – I’m currently just under 10k behind and with funeral tomorrow and family coming to visit at weekend it’s not looking very likely I’ll get back on target. (I’m still looking forward to them coming though – don’t worry Mum!). I’m not getting too stressed over it, I managed to get a standalone finished, some extra words on book 3 in my wolfie series and hopefully will get a Christmassy sort finished this week then can get it out in time lol. It’s angel-themed and I have some fab stock images to play with for a cover – can’t wait for you to see! I’ve also finally got back my first edits on book 2 in my wolves series. I think I’m probably going to have to push release back to January now – but hey, I have a Christmas book for you in the meantime 😉

Hope all the rest of you Nano-ers are doing better than me 🙂 Take care x

My Sexy Saturday – My Sexy Holidays

Hi all,

Weekend is finally here, hope you’ve all got a fun one lined up! I’m thrilled to be joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. The theme this week is My Sexy Holidays – damn, I guess we’re going to have to admit they are creeping up fast! Still, one of the bright sides is lots of fun holiday stories – and I thought I’d share a wee snippet from my upcoming one. Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

christmas_tree_by_jacqchristiaan-d5o6lbl“I said, I’m really sorry but I can’t seem to figure out the shower. Could you possibly show me?”

“Erm, yeah, course, no worries.” God, she sounded like a mumbling idiot. Her brain seemed to have turned to mush.

She followed him back to the tiny bathroom and managed to talk him through the shower controls without gaping too much. Really, it wasn’t fair for one guy to be that damn hot. When she leaned across to switch on the dial, she ended up losing her balance, one hand going out to catch herself and landing up on the expanse of golden skin on his chest. He was warm, so warm, and the skin beneath her fingers felt satin smooth over the rock hard muscles. Holly felt herself freeze, her eyes shooting up to meet his, seeing the blue darken and heat.

“Sorry,” she squeaked, but she couldn’t seem to make her hand move.

His own hand reached out, running down her cheek before gently tucking a stray strand of hair behind her ear. Holly held her breath, a trail of heat left in the wake of his touch. She wanted him to touch her more, to run her hands over all that golden skin, to follow that trail of hair down to…

He took a step back, her hand falling away, and Holly’s face burned. What the fuck was she thinking? There was no way he would want someone like her. Whirling on her heel she fled the suddenly claustrophobic bathroom, shutting the door behind her. Idiot!

d632891b93e42d44292c7b22f223f958Jeremiah cursed under his breath. What the hell? He had never been affected by a human before, yet his body was rock hard and he actually ached with the effort it had required not to reach out and drag her to him. To cover her lush lips, to shape every inch of those delectable curves, to bury himself deep inside her. Fuck, what was he thinking? His past transgressions were nothing compared to the trouble he would be in for sleeping with a human, especially one he’d been sent to judge. He turned on the water and fiddled with the temperature dial she’d shown him until it felt like there should be ice particles in the spray. Then he stood under it until he was chilled to the bone and his body finally decided to behave itself. Nothing was going to happen with Holly.

He frowned, there was a catch somewhere, he just had to find it. These days no humans were kind and sweet for the sake of it, there was always an ulterior motive. He would find it, and then he would be done with her.

Resolved, he turned off the water, quickly dried himself off and headed to the large, soft, freshly-made bed she’d provided for him. Yup, there had to be a catch somewhere.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the fab authors taking part here:

 

Take care x

Thursday Teaser – Paranormal Romance

Hi all,

Hope your week’s doing well. I may have been slightly distracted on my original Nano project into a Christmas story – but hey, it’s almost that time of year. Everyone loves Christmas stories right? *shifty look* Anyway, I’m enjoying it and it won’t be too long so hopefully can get it finished off soon and then out in time 🙂

In the meantime thoufh, I’m sharing a teaser from my next wolves book, which I promise will be out soon! I know I seem to have been saying that for a while but edits have taken longer than I thought they would and I don’t want it going out until it’s right. In the meantime though, hope you enjoy this 🙂

 

cottageQuickening her pace, she headed down the winding track towards the main village. The light was fading fast, casting deep and slightly creepy shadows, while every rustle in the trees on either side made her start. It’s just your imagination, just your imagination. Or was it? The rustling to her left was getting louder and steadier. Her heart started pounding as she broke into a half jog. The noises were closer though, effortlessly keeping up with her. Sweat broke out, trickling down her back and stinging her eyes. Oh God, what the hell had she been thinking heading out in the dark on her own?

Katya. The voice in her head was deep, familiar and edged in concern

Niko? Relief made her not only telepathically reach out towards him – something she’d never done before – but stop in her tracks. Thank God! He would find her and…

wolves-and-werewolves-fire-and-ice-the-wolf-pack-23828159-240-320A huge, furry shape sprang from the shadows, heading straight for her. She screamed in terror as it knocked her down. There was a glimpse of bared teeth, hot breath on her face. Frantically she began scrabbling backwards, another shriek escaping her when a firm hand gripped her arm, dragging her to her feet. A human hand. For an instant she thought Niko had somehow magically found her, but this man was taller, thinner, with shaggy light brown hair. He was human though.

Please,” she gasped, “you have to help me.”

He smiled at her and his eyes glowed in the faint moonlight. Fuck, not so human. She tried to run but the hand tightened on her arm, she was dragged back against him, a strong-smelling cloth pressed against her face. Her struggles slowed and darkness crept in.

Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Another week is upon us – please no one tell me how many until Christmas lol. I think we can 111411_nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977agree though this year is speeding by! How are my fellow Nano-ers getting on? I will admit I’m lagging behind a bit as we hit the halfway mark. Still, I’m trying not to get too worked up over it – I have more words than I did at the start of the month so that’s a win already, right?

I know some people get themselves rather stressed over Nano and sometimes I wonder how productive that is. I do like the little push it gives and the motivation, but at the same time, November is a rather cold, dark and miserable month at the best of times (well, it certainly is here at the moment!) so I think it’s important to try and make sure we have a bit of relaxation and TLC as well 😉 Of course, I should practice what I preach a lot more lol!

fantastic-beasts-where-find-them-movie-2016-redmayneSpeaking of relaxation… does anyone have any fun plans for the week? I’m very excited that Fantastic Beasts is out on Friday – and am trying very hard to restrain from the midnight showing when I know I have work the next day. Wish me luck!

Take care x

My Sexy Saturday – 12/11/16

Hi all,

Yay, it’s weekend and after a rather stressful week all round, I think we’re all needing it. I’m excited to be back taking part in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop, and since the theme this week is ‘Sexy in the Sky’ I thought i’d share a wee excerpt from one of my latest WIPs. This is my deathly allergic witch and cursed vampire novella – and woot, it was just finished last weekend. Well, the first draft anyway, lots of edits to go yet 😉 Hope tou enjoy though x

 

“You have got to be kidding me?” The look on his face would have been almost amusing if Libby wasn’t already a little worried herself.

56000cae3cf8306e57939fef860e1c4a“Don’t be such a baby.” She patted the broom in what she hoped was a reassuring manner.

Okay, so maybe it was a slightly older mode. Older in this case meaning ancient and ever so mildly on the decrepit side, but these things were built to last. This had actually been her aunt’s, and a couple of fading stickers on the worn wood at the back hinted at the kind of globe-trotting life Libby had never had. If she was perfectly honest then she’d never actually taken it any further than Cornwall on a mini-break but, really, how much harder could it be to take it that little hop further to Northern Africa?

Venn was still staring her with that ‘hell no’ expression stamped all over his handsome face.

“Look, it’s not like we have a huge amount of options here. Every commercial airline in the country has supernatural security checks now – that would pick you up straight away. Do you have enough power to get yourself there on your own?”

She was 99% sure that he didn’t. She also know that he was going to resent to hell her mentioning it. She’d already gathered that most of his powers had been diminished since he’d been cursed. The smallest surge of power gave him a drawn look, tight lines round his mouth. The amount of power needed to get a body that distance would be well beyond him right now. As she’d expected his face closed down, anger and resentment flashing in those blue eyes.

“No,” his voice was clipped and she saw the effort it took to admit that.

“So, this is the best option. I’m a great driver – honest!”

A long drawn out sigh escaped him. “It appears I have little choice in the matter.”

She flashed him a grin. “That’s the spirit!”

She may be fibbing but shhhh 🙂 Don’t forget to check out the rest of the fab authors taking part today – the link is here

Have a great weekend x

Tuesday Catch Up

Hi all,

Well, I’m running a day behind here – this week has been chaotic already, and it’s only Tuesday lol! indexTo all my American friends – I hope you’re managing to get out to vote and good luck with it. I saw a lovely article this morning showing people at the grave of America suffragette Susan B Anthony and placing their ‘I voted’ stickers on the gravestone. I’m aware it’s been a difficult election, such a lot of nastiness and strong feeling on both sides but sometimes an image like this can make us think how important democracy is and how we should never take it for granted. I know a lot of people are disillusioned with both sides – but I do hope you manage to vote anyway and that at the end of the day people will be able to accept the result (whatever it may be) and start to move forward.

Anyway, I feel that’s maybe getting a preachy and that’s the last thing I want to be 🙂 How are those of you doing Nano getting on? Our first week is done – hope you’re on target! I am surprisingly still on track, I’m usually slipping behind by this point, but we shall see how it goes. If I can have book 2 released and book 3 written by the end of the year then I’ll be pretty happy 🙂

14937337_1613969382233268_602095235217030311_nSpeaking of happy (or not in this case lol) I have some traumatised kitties today. I am apparently a horrible monster for daring to take them to the vets (they had an itty, bitty jab and their nails clipped) – they made their displeasure fairly strongly known so I may be covered in plasters today *sighs* I do appreciate the irony of them having their nails cut after they scratched me to shreds. It’s a good job they’re sodding cute 😉

Hope you have a good week. Take care x

Friday Teaser – Paranormal Romance

Hi all,

Well, it’s almost weekend – yay! Hope you have some fun plans – be that fireworks, bonfires, or just a chance to relax. Nano is off to a good start here, I’m actually on schedule for once – we’ll see how long it lasts 😉 New words are always good though. On that note, I thought I would share with you a wee teaser from my Nano novel – which will be the third in my wolves series and is tentatively titled Scarlett Prophecy. If you’ve read my earlier books, this is Sebastian’s story. I just can’t resist trying to redeem a villain lol! Since this is Nano, please bear in the mind this is unedited – hope you enjoy 🙂

 

red and wolfSebastian paced the small, bare cell. Four long strides length-wise, five width-wise. It was reasonably comfortably, God knows he’d been in worse places, but that didn’t take away from the fact that it was a cell. He couldn’t abide being contained. There was a quiet tread of footsteps outside and he forced himself to sit on the hard single bed and school his face into the calm, contained look he was known for. It wouldn’t do to let his captors know they were getting to him. The footsteps passed by though and after a brief pause he resumed the pacing. The cell was plain, thick stone walls, the bed with a light blanket, a metal urinal in the corner and that was about it. Nothing he could use, nothing that could be a possible weapon. A tiny window was set near the roof, he had to stand on the bed to see out the bottom and then there was nothing to see but a wall opposite. If he led on the bed he could look up at the sky through the thick bars – but that was depressing so he would rather pace.

A frown crossed his brow. Captured was an unacceptable state of affairs, and he still wasn’t entirely sure how it had come to this. He had been going to die, had been fully prepared for it. He should have died, it was something he accepted with his lifestyle and God knows he had little enough to live for.

He paused again, his sharp ears picking up the soft tread of footsteps again and this time he instinctively knew – it was her. He sat on the bed again, waiting with an outward patience he didn’t feel. The door swung inwards and he saw the guard first. It was the large blonde one today, his eyes sharply scanning the room and his jaw tightening as he gazed at Sebastian with thinly veiled distaste. Sebastian gazed calmly back, he didn’t give a crap what the man thought about him. If they were in the field he would kill him without a second thought and he had no doubt the man would do the same to him. That was almost as it should be and he shared the man’s distaste of his captivity. Then the man stepped aside and she came in.

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It took all he had to hide his emotions now. Sophie. That was her name, but he knew precious little else about her. Yet it was down to her that he was. All down to her that he wasn’t dead now. The she-wolf monster had been going for him, he had seen the killing intent in her eyes, the aim for the throat and then this woman had stopped her. The wolves had seemed as shocked as him when she’d shouted for them to stop, but they had. He didn’t know why, she seemed to have no particular rank, but they had bowed to her will and so now he was here. Trapped in this cell because now they hadn’t killed him they didn’t seem to know what to do about him. And her, she came every day, without fail. He eyed her, telling himself that it was because one of the first rules of battle was to know your enemy, but really because he just couldn’t seem to help himself.

Better get back to it! Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up – Who’s Doing Nano?

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a fab Halloween, lots of spooks and candy 😉 I managed to get to some fun story-telling sessions, plus it’s an excuse to watch all my favourite Halloween movies. Anyway, we’re back to reality and into November now (eek, no one mention Christmas yet!) and November for a lot of us means Nano. In case you don’t know, Nano stands for National Novel Writing Month, where thousands of writers, both brand new and established, attempt to write a novel (well, 50,000 words at least) in the month of November. It’s fun, exciting, stressful and a little bit mad!

111411_nanowrimo-702x1024-670x977So, who’s joining in this year? Are you off to a flying start or (like me) still trying to catch up on all the prep things you should have done last week. Please make me feel better and say it’s the latter 🙂 I do have slightly mixed feelings about Nano, for some people it’s a lot of pressure and that mad rush can be stressful, but I do find it useful for a bit of a kickstart and to get back into the habit of writing every day – especially if life has rather been getting in the way lately (and let’s face it, it has a nasty habit of doing that!).

Personally, I think it’s so important to use Nano for what YOU can get out of it. It’s all too easy to look at other people and feel discouraged but it’s not a competition – honest! If you miss some days – so what, you can catch up and sometimes you need a break. If you’re not going to make 50k – so what, if you have more words that you did at the start of the month then it’s still a win. If all your ‘writing buddies’ are speeding along and you feel like you’re lagging behind – so what, we all have different speeds and styles. Who’s to say your 30k might not be twice as good as someone else’s 60k? Take the good things – the motivation, the team spirit, the community support – and use it to help you (and of course, don’t forget to give a bit of that support back again!).

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I also think the main thing – and the thing I see so many enthusiastic Nano-ers seeming to slip up at. At the end of November make sure you DO SOMETHING with all these lovely, shiny new words you have 🙂 I’m winterdusk on the Nano site, so do feel free to add me as a writing buddy if you are joining in – and the best of luck with it!

 

Take care x