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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bound by the Mist Excerpt

I just released my first full-length fantasy romance a few days ago. In celebration of that, I'll be sharing some snippets and excerpts from the story. I hope you'll join me on those days! 


In the excerpt I'm posting today, our hero Relian comes to a very unsettling conclusion. Read on to find out!


Excerpt:


But when Relian gazed into the swirling mass of fog and starlight,
disappointment took hold. Nothing was visible. He turned to go but
paused midstride. The veil stabilized as a rift opened up within it, and
an image started to appear. He held his breath, afraid any puff of air
would cause the wavering picture to disappear. Seated figures that
conversed together or studied from books in a large white room dominated
the sight before him.

As Relian's vision sharpened and the clarity of the scene increased,
he narrowed his eyes. Two human women walked toward the door. The last
one's reddish-brown hair somehow seemed familiar. His heart and
stomach lurched together painfully, making his head swim when she turned
her head toward the veil for a brief second before her friend pulled her
away.

When the door closed behind the women, something moved on the breeze
within the mist. He had to draw on all his long years of elvin
inscrutability not to make a scene. What exactly he would have done, he
couldn't say. But as the few intertwined strands of auburn hair came
to rest upon his hand, the remembrance of another such occasion sprang
up. A chill of horror danced down his spine.

Memory and dream merged. Before him rose up the dreamscape of the
woman's red hair spread across his pillow and the memory of a young
girl's hair. A decade ago, the veil took a plait of auburn hair,
allowing it to float through the rift and wrap around his hand. Even
though the girl had been but an adolescent, he now arrived at a logical
conclusion, one his mind rebelled at. But his assumption made sense. It
was so simple, so elegant, so wrong.



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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Bound by the Mist Cover Art Revealed!

It's here--the cover art for Bound by the Mist from Hot Damn Designs! I was so excited when I saw it in my inbox that I knew I had to share it soon. 


Now for the big reveal!






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Favorite Character Blogfest



A writer friend just posted about a blog hop where participants give a snippet about their favorite character from one of their works. Like her, I thought that was a an great idea. Even though the hop started on Jan. 23, it's still not too late to join. Click on the Favorite Character Blogfest button above to read on how to join/hop. 

My favorite character is from Bound by the Mist. And it's not the hero, though I love him dearly! So who could it be? His father. Yep, his father. Talion is king of the Erian Elves and has a suave coolness about him. He also has the decided benefit of not looking much older than his handsome son. And I can't forget his wicked sense of humor! Oh, how I love it! But at heart, he's a kind man (or elf, however you want to look at it) and only uses it on those who can withstand it--or those he considers fools. 

Though he doesn't have a huge role in Bound by the Mist, he'll feature prominently in later books. Here's a snippet that won't make it into the series (I just had to share it somewhere!):

Talion suppressed a dismayed chuckle as he watched Kenhil and Maggie interact.  Had the time come to retire and hand the throne to his son?  Someone to aid Kenhil in his juvenile, carefree behavior when off-duty was not something he desired.  They could cause much mayhem, something at which they'd probably excel.  This didn’t bode well for his kingdom. 
            
He would take extra precautions to secure his chambers at night so he didn't wake up with dyed blue hair.  In truth, he had little to fear on that account because even Kenhil would never go so far as to touch another elf’s hair.  It was a source of pride for their people, and no elf would ever stoop so low, except in retaliation or revenge.  But Maggie and Kenhil could find other trouble. 
            
Ruefully shaking aside those thoughts, he watched as Relian drew Cal away from the gazebo.  Both walked with tense backs, and even his son’s usual lithe stride couldn’t hide it.  Cal stumbled along in painfully high-heeled shoes that had to be very restrictive and confining.  Talion shuddered.  Humans were strange creatures at times.  

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Reader Rally-1/17/-1/31/11

I'm part of the Reader Rally at Romance at Random! If you want a chance to win some great giveaways, click here or on the Reader Rally tab (in the menu at the top) to start the hop. I'll be giving away an ARC e-copy of Bound by the Mist and an e-copy of Santa for Christmas.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Reader Rally




Welcome to my post for the Reader Rally, hosted by Romance at Random!

For your chance to win books and/or gift cards, visit Romance at Random (clickable link highlighted) and visit the listed links. Each participating site is giving away a book or gift card of their choice.

Romance at Random is also offering their own grand prize on www.romanceatrandom.com for a random drawing of free books--winner announced 2/1/2012.

The winner of my prize will receive an e-copy of Santa for Christmas, a short fantasy romance, and an ARC (most likely won't have cover art) e-copy of my soon-to-be-released fantasy romance, Bound by the Mist.

For a chance to win my prize, leave a comment with your name and e-mail address (if worried about spam, you can enter your email like this: janedoe (at) yahoo (dot) com.

You can find me at FacebookTwitter, and my website. I love to hear from readers!

Now on to the blurbs for both stories:

Bound by the Mist

A magic that's fading


Relian has lived a life that hasn’t changed in millennia, and he likes it that way. As Prince of the Erian people, he has his conscripted duties. And a human, even one as desirable as Cal, does not fit into them. But as the enemy darkindred knock on the borders and the magic of his people fades, he might just have to find room.


A love that's binding


College Student Cal Weston spends a good portion of her time trying to keep people from thinking she's crazy, including herself. And with good reason. But her carefully constructed reality is turned upside down when she discovers that Relian, the seductive elvin prince who has been starring in her sensuous fantasies, isn’t merely a myth and his magical kingdom really exists. Now she’s bound to an elf and stuck in a land where no one, least of all Relian, is willing to spill any answers about the truth of her arrival.


Two people, two worlds meet in the mist


Even as love grows between them, can they lay aside their differences to embrace a life together?

Santa for Christmas

Sanclen hates everything about Christmas. Too bad he’s stuck as Santa until he “earns” his repentance. As a banished elf serving many centuries in Antarctica’s Claus Village, spreading holiday cheer to the human masses is a process that turns his stomach. But when Santa’s Orb reveals his newest torment – a mandated case he’s to solve – he has no choice but to go into the seething heart of humanity: the abode of a sexy single mother and her child. 

Mari can’t believe she found a lunatic hiding in her adopted son’s room. The arrogant man claims to not only be an elf but also Santa. Admittedly, he’s a fine specimen of male beauty. He doesn’t look anything like Old St. Nick nor does he resemble the little toy makers the North Pole is famous for.

After Sanclen spirits them away to Claus Village in Antarctica, she and Sanclen trade barbs and struggle not to fall in love. But he’s running out of time to find out what lies at the heart of his case if he wants to save the young family that has come to mean so much to him.

I'm Over at Tabby's Nocturnal Nights Today!

I'm over at Tabby's Nocturnal Nights (clickable link) today for my monthly post. I'm talking about how escapism is a form of fantasy. Stop by if you have a moment!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sweet Saturday Samples

Welcome to Sweet Saturday Samples! My sample is from Bound by the Mist, a full-length fantasy romance that's coming out in Feb.

The setup: our heroine, Cal, has just awakened in a room of mist, where she meets someone unexpected.



All too soon, reality crashed down, hard. Panic followed behind like a close friend. If there had been walls, they would've been closing in on her, crushing and suffocating her. Oh, god. Oh, god.

“My lady, who are you, and what are we doing here?” An elegant sounding voice icily cut into Cal’s thoughts, disrupting her comforting mantra and returning her to the mist.

The voice, it was...it sounded....

She froze before she jerked around. In spite of the mist, she instantly recognized that noble face and bearing. That hair, there was no mistaking it.

Arctic air infiltrated her veins, and she felt her features go slack.

Thinking to clear her eyes, she rubbed them. The reason for all her therapy still stood in front of her, the very same one from her dreams, from the glen. Her throat strangled any words that tried to form. But he’d demanded an answer from her, along with her name. Even though old tales concerning the power of names blared in her head, she couldn’t resist his pull.



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Bound by the Mist Blurb


A magic that's fading

Relian has lived a life that hasn’t changed in millennia, and he likes it that way. As Prince of the Erian people, he has his conscripted duties. And a human, even one as desirable as Cal, does not fit into them. But as the enemy darkindred knock on the borders and the magic of his people fades, he might just have to find room.

A love that's binding

College Student Cal Weston spends a good portion of her time trying to keep people from thinking she's crazy, including herself. And with good reason. But her carefully constructed reality is turned upside down when she discovers that Relian, the seductive elvin prince who has been starring in her sensuous fantasies, isn’t merely a myth and his magical kingdom really exists. Now she’s bound to an elf and stuck in a land where no one, least of all Relian, is willing to spill any answers about the truth of her arrival.

Two people, two worlds meet in the mist

Even as love grows between them, can they lay aside their differences to embrace a life together?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bound by the Mist--Coming Feb. 2012!

My fantasy romance novel, Bound by the Mist, is coming out Feb. 2012! I'm very excited to  soon be able to share this story with others. Hot Damn Designs is designing the cover, so that is sure to be gorgeous. I'll be sure to post it up when I have it. 

Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be sharing snippets and scenes from Bound by the Mist here and on my website. But I should first give you a tagline and blurb so you know a little about the story. Here it is!

Though a dimension of differences stands between them, they are bound by the mist. 

A magic that's fading

Relian has lived a life that hasn’t changed in millennia, and he likes it that way. As Prince of the Erian people, he has his conscripted duties. And a human, even one as desirable as Cal, does not fit into them. But as the enemy darkindred knock on the borders and the magic of his people fades, he might just have to find room.

A love that's binding

College Student Cal Weston spends a good portion of her time trying to keep people from thinking she's crazy, including herself. And with good reason. But her carefully constructed reality is turned upside down when she discovers that Relian, the seductive elvin prince who has been starring in her sensuous fantasies, isn’t merely a myth and his magical kingdom really exists. Now she’s bound to an elf and stuck in a land where no one, least of all Relian, is willing to spill any answers about the truth of her arrival.

Two people, two worlds meet in the mist

Even as love grows between them, can they lay aside their differences to embrace a life together?


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