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Sunday, April 20, 2014


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~~Sloan~~

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Special Agent Jake Austin  ("Together in Darkness")


Outside Allison's house Jake barely glanced at the officers on scene. He made a beeline to Peter who was speaking with one of the paramedics.  "How is she?"

"She'll be fine. She needs rest."

Jake paused in the doorway of the parlor. Allison was dressed in a royal blue gown and sheer white robe that flowed to the floor. Her hair fell over one shoulder and those exquisite eyes were glistened with tears. He moved on stiff limbs toward the divan to kneel in front of her. "Are you all right?"

"No," she whispered, keeping her eyes averted.

"Look at me, Allison. Look at me." The soft tone of the command did not make it less forceful.

Strands of hair hid her eyes. He touched the mass of silk, letting it sift through his fingers before tucking it behind her ear. His fingertips brushed her cheek.

Claiming his jaw, he sat back distancing himself. Every instinct screamed to hold her, but he ignored them. "Did he hurt you?"

"No, Agent Austin."

He frowned. "Don't do that."

"Do what?"

"Put the title between us. What's going on?"

"I'm losing my mind."

"No, you're not."

"I thought I could help. I thought I could..."

Fer gripped him. "He is a cold-blooded killer, who wouldn't think twice about finishing you which is why I wanted you out of it."

Allison flinched at the truth. The look in her face turned icy. "Thank you for relating the brutal facts which I've already seen." She rose and walked toward one of the officers.

Inwardly, Jake berated the careless, insensitive outburst. He fought the temptation to apologize, because it would do not good.


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~~Sloan

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Allison Brody  ("Together in Darkness")



She dressed in a burgundy suit she's designed and made herself.  She wore enough jewelry to still look professional, slipped into black three-inch heels and headed for the car. As she stepped out the front door she tripped on the white florist box that lay on the porch.  Allison didn't want to touch the box. Leaving it on the porch was not an option either, so she went back inside and grabbed a towel.

The second she touched it, a small pulse started at the base of her skull. The box acted as a conduit linking them. She dropped it in the back seat and slammed the door. Climbing into the driver's side, Allison headed for GTT. The more miles that passed the harder it was to concentrate on the simple action of driving to a place she'd been a million times. Her eyesight blurred so she pulled into a small park area.

Blindly fumbling, she found Detective Lancaster's card.

"Gloucester Police Department."

"I need to speak with Detective Lancaster," Allison said as she got out of the car.

"I'll try his line."

The phone rang twice. "Lancaster."

"Detective, it's Allison Brody, I need-" She stopped speaking. The detective said something but she couldn't hear because of the buzzing in her head. Allison fell to her knees, dizzy. The cell phone slipped through her fingers.

The vision began at a quaint little house with a paste-colored bedroom, paisley wallpaper and a white comforter that had been thrown to the floor. Gloved hands circled a young woman's neck.

Allison grabbed her head and closed her eyes to make the vision go away.

The young woman grabbed at the killer's arms and scratched at his face. His grip tightened and closed her airway. The woman slumped on the bed, her head lolling to one side.

The images moved foward.

Blood seeped into the colorful bed sheets and pieces of words written in the victim's blood crawled down the wall to a coagulated stop. Three to get ready.

Allison wilted to the ground unconscious.

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~~Sloan 

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

DAGAN  ("The Fury" - Book 1)

 



Dagan stared at Rufus, whose gaze roamed the landscape but wouldn't look him inn the eye. "What happened?"

"I just want you to take a deep breath and relax, okay?"

Immediately Dagan's spine stiffened and his fists clenched. "Tell me."

Rufus stepped back. "A guy showed up about an hour ago..."

"What guy? Where is he? Is she all right?"

Dagan made to move toward the door but Rufus blocked his way. "She's fine. I've been keeping an eye on them. He's one of her co-workers."

"Is he still in there?"

"Yes." He put his hand on Dagan's chest. "Take deep breaths. You can't barge in there."

"Move." Dagan all but roared the order.

The urge to tear out the stranger's various organs battered at Dagan with relentless zeal. Percilious's words echoed in his head. "Keep the fury in check and the temper controlled this eve." He knew. The bastard sorcerer knew this would happen tonight and had been warning him. How much more did he know?

He turned the knob but found the door locked. As if that would keep him out, he mused. Reese obviously didn't want to be disturbed and that infuriated him. With his mind, Dagan shifted the tumblers on the lock. He fought hard to keep the rage under control. He opened the door with a thought instead of using his hand for fear he'd break the knob clean off.

Inside he heard Reese laughing and a deeper voice saying something in a soft tone. His nostrils flared and he caught Reese's fragrance, an arousal scent for him. Did it arouse the other man as well? It damn well better not. With fierce steps, he headed toward the kitchen.

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  ~~Sloan

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reese Whittaker  ("The Fury" - Book 1)




 His incredible eyes captured her attention. She took a shot of coffee which burned going down but settled nicely in her already tense stomach.

"You are descended from gods. Your bloodline is rich in heritage and power," he said.

"Gods? I'm descended from gods?"

"Yes."

"You're crazy. What gods?"

"A Pantheon of ancient gods known by many names in many cultures."

"Naturally," she replied.

"Why do you think Sumerian and Babylonian mythology interests you so?" His right brow rose. "Because you're descended from those on high."

Certain now that he was a nutcase, Reese decided to get rid of him before something else happened. Besides, she knew the truth behind why she immersed herself in work, to keep her sanity, to keep from falling apart.

She had been swept away by his masculinity.  That definitely couldn't happen again.

"You're directly descended from Enki, the water god, which is why Kur wants you so badly. Enki is his most hated enemy."

"I know the stories of the water god."

He inclined his head.

"How do you know this anyway?" She gestured skyward with her hands. "That was centuries ago. How can you possibly tell me that I'm descended from Enki?"

Dagan's eyes narrowed with intensity radiating from them. "I smell it in your blood, in your body's essence. It's what led me to you, and what draws Kur."

"This is absurd." She rose from the chair and went to the front door. "You need to go."

She felt his body before he said anything. "No. This fight isn't over."


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~~Sloan

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

HAVE YOU HEARD A GOOD BOOK LATELY?

 

 Sorry I've been out of the blog arena for a while.  The holidays always seem to suck up time and I never know where it goes.

Today I want to talk about Audiobooks.

I am very excited because my debut novel Highland Stone is currently being produced as an audiobook with Audible. It has been a definite learning experience.  You work closely with the narrator/producer in making the best product you can.  While it is an interesting process, it takes hours of time. When the narrator is done, you have to listen to and follow along with the manuscript to find any imperfections.  I made a list and then I sent that back to the narrator and she/he makes the changes.  You then have to listen and read again to make sure in the corrections that everything was completed and nothing else got screwed up.  When you finish, it goes to the Audible editors and they do the same thing.  

I'm impressed at the level of professionalism and perfectionism that it takes to produce a book in audio.  I would want nothing less for my work.  

Highland Stone is now in its second round of edits.  With hope, this round will be the last for me and the narrator.  Audible will take over and do their thing.

On January 17th, I entered into a contract to have Together in Darkness made into an audiobook.  I uploaded the manuscript and am waiting to hear back from the narrator/producer for the beginning of the book.  The whole process is starting again.  

I was amazed when I uploaded the projects and started looking for narrators at the amount of information Audible requires to pick the right person for your book.  You have to fill out things such as male or female.  It gives you a place to choose accents from what location of the country/world, and then a whole slew of styles:  i.e. versatile, smarmy, sensual,  engaging, dead-pan, cowboy, etc.  You can even put information in about the age of the characters. You enter more information about the book and put it out for narrators/producers to look at.  You can also go through and enter information to pull up different narrators/producers who fall into those categories and listen to samples.  If you pick a few, you can send them a request to be the narrator/producer for your book.

Audible also runs stipend programs and if your work falls into the right place in the algorithms, it can be put in a stipend program and they will pay some or all of the production costs to the narrator/producer.

The last thing I was undecided about was whether to use male or female.  As my books are all paranormal romance/sensual, I thought a woman's voice would be more accepted.  I asked around and got pros and cons for both.  I have a female narrator/producer for Highland Stone.  However, for Together in Darkness, I picked a male narrator/producer.  Together in Darkness is a paranormal romantic suspense and I began contemplating if I found a man with a deeper tone, maybe it would make it more engaging and suspenseful.  So I am pleased with both the people I am working with.  Highland Stone will be out first and I can't wait to get some feedback on what listeners think.  Although I just started with Together in Darkness, after listening to the samples of the narrator/producer, I think it will be a successful venture.

~~Sloan~~

Thursday, November 14, 2013

MEN OF FIRE




 

MEN OF FIRE TRILOGY

To some they are daredevils, defiant of the rules other firemen must follow, to others they are brave, heroes who save the lives no others dare. These are the stories of three such men—Tom, Tony and Matt—the elite of the elite—Smokejumpers.


Thomas “Wolf” MacKenzie — High risk doesn’t worry this sexy smokejumper.  He lives on the edge.  A guilt-ridden past pushes him to be brazen and bold, but a mistake could cost him his life.


Anthony “Moondoggie” Calhoun — A charming bad boy who can captivate and manipulate.  Women love his wild nature.  Behind those bedroom eyes lie burning secrets and a valiant sole.


Matthew “Flyboy” Boone — This handsome pilot is fearless.  His job takes him to hot spots.  The hotter the better.  Beneath his charismatic smile beats a reckless heart.  He tends to be hard-headed, bossy and irresistible.



        BOOK 1       DANGEROUS HEAT
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The onset of fire season should be the hottest thing about interviewing smokejumpers for Whitney Storm—until she sees Tom MacKenzie. He set her heart aflame ten years ago, then disappeared. As an emapth who doesn’t need emotional turmoil, this six-foot tall dark and dangerous memory has no place in her life.

As a smokejumper, Tom’s job keeps him face to face with danger and he thought he knew how to handle heat. But the uncontrolled burn whenever he’s near Whitney is hotter than he remembers. He’s ready to face the past and make amends. She’s made it clear she wants nothing to do with him.

A life-threatening problem flares when a killer’s greedy obsession threatens everything. Can Tom and Whitney learn to trust each other again and protect all that they hold dear, or will their world turn to ashes around them?