I suppose I should save this for next Tuesday, but I’m in the mood to celebrate and share my joy. I sent Wolf’s Prize to the publisher tonight. So I’m free to work on the collection of short stories I’ll be outing out in early 2014. The first of these will be about Connie Mondale, the crashed plane’s co-pilot, and Des, Taye’s Beta. This takes place at the Plane Women’s House.
Des walked down the dim hallway on silent feet. A sound caught his attention, and something perilously close to panic surged through him. Crying. Almost soundless crying, coming from the apartment Miss Connie shared with two other women. Panic was followed swiftly by rage. Without hesitation he opened the door and flung himself inside, gaze sweeping the room to find whatever had reduced his strong, unclaimed mate to tears. There was nothing to see but Connie, sitting at a table, her pale blond hair untidy as if she had raked her hands through it. She jerked her head up from the cradle of her hands to stare at him.
“What the hell?” she began.
“Who hurt you?” he snarled.
She rose from the chair to face him, chin up and mouth firm. “I’m not hurt.”
“Then what made you cry?”
Red bloomed over her pale face. “I’m not crying.”
Tenderness, a feeling utterly alien to his nature before he’d seen this brave woman, swamped him. “Okay,” he said, attempting to sound calmly reasonable. ”I can pretend there’s no tears on your cheeks if you want. Tell me what upset you.”
She folded her arms with a glare that aroused him. Instead of answering his question, she attacked. “What are you doing upstairs? Men aren’t allowed up here.”
Did she have any idea what her strength did to him?
The commenter whose name was drawn was …
Congrats! I have sent an email and character sketch form to her. Thank you to everyone who came along on the hop. It was fun and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
Welcome to Maddy Barone’s stop on the Earth Day Bloghop from Just Romance Me! If you’ve fallen off the hop you can Click Here to get back on.
You can win tons of great prizes on this hop, like gift cards to your favorite online bookstore, free downloads of ebooks and more! Some of us are offering additional prizes to a commenter on our blogs.
I’m offering something a bit different this time: a character in the last book of my current series. My After the Crash series takes place in a future post-apocalyptic world where women are rare and werewolves are on the hunt for mates. You can find out more about the series by clicking the Books tab above. My winner will be able to craft a secondary character in Wolf’s Princess. This character will work in the house of ill repute Sky runs. The winner will decide what her name and appearance will be. Will she be working as a prostitute or a domestic? Young or old? Will she be loyal to Sky or betray him to his enemy? Will a wolf choose her for his mate? Will she accept or deny him? All that will be decided by the winner.
If you’d like a chance to craft a character just leave a comment on this blog post before 6pm central time on Sunday April 21. I will be drawing a name at 7pm and will email the winner that night. As always, the folks who are on my newsletter list are automatically entered twice. If you’d like, you can sign up here.
Good luck and have fun!
One of the fun things about reader conventions is the swag the authors hand out, right? Bookmarks, Romance Trading Cards, magnets, sticky notepads, pens, key chains, emery boards, lip balm and… Oh, boy! NAIL POLISH!!!!!
Yes, I ordered 60 bottles of custom nail polish for the Annual Reader & Author Get Together that Lori Foster and Duffy Brown put on every year near Cincinnati. Now, I couldn’t possibly afford to get 525 of these babies to go into the swag bags each attendee will receive, so I’ll be handing them out on Saturday June 8 at 11:20 in the Liquid Silver Books boardroom. My publisher is offering each of their attending authors a 20 minute meet & greet. I’m not above bribing people to attend! If you’ll be at the RAGT please come visit me on Saturday morning! Pick up a bottle of Carla Crimson, Lisa-Love, Shadow’s Sunshine, Quill’s Darling or one of the other luscious colors created just for me by Pam at Paintbox Polish on Etsy. She was professional and so easy to work with that I can’t recommend her highly enough.
I’m working hard on Quill and Ellie, and plan to have the rough draft done by April 20. But while I was washing dishes, a scene and a bit of dialogue between Rose and Sky came to me so I snuck an hour in on Wolf’s Princess. Here is a snip. Rose and Sky are at his place in Omaha.
Rose stamped her way up the stairs and into their room, wheeling on Sky when he slammed the door closed behind them. “Why did you do that?” she seethed.
His voice was almost frighteningly gentle. “Because he hurt you.”
“Barely. And so what?” She forced her fists onto her hips to better resist the urge to punch him. “I can take care of myself.”
His voice lost a fraction of the gentleness. “That’s my job. You belong to me.”
“Since when?” Kicking him was too tempting, so she flung herself to the other side of the room and spoke between clenched teeth. “I’m here for two months so you can court me. I don’t recall Taye giving you a bill of sale for me!”