|Happy New Year!|
Last year I re-released 20 titles set in my Beautiful Creatures world, and two new stories from Michele Renae, The Chocoholic’s Guide To Getting It On, and When Angus Met Zayla. Whew! That was fun, a lot of work, and really interesting to reread some stories that I hadn’t read for years. The characters are like friends and family to me!This year I want to highlight the family and connections in my Beautiful Creatures world. Each month I’m going to focus on one family and point out all the connections and their related stories. Let’s start with the most popular family created by Creed and Blu Saint-Pierre.
Blu (werewolf princess) met and was forced to marry Creed Saint-Pierre (vampire) in HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND.
Blu’s best friend, Sabrina (faery) met one of Creed’s friends, Revin (vampire) in CRUEL ENCHANTMENT.
One of Blu’s pack members, Ridge (werewolf) met Abigail (witch) in THE WEREWOLF’S WIFE (what happened in Vegas did not stay in Vegas).
Now, despite the fact that werewolves generally cannot get pregnant by vampires, with a little faery magic, Blu gave birth to twins, Malakai and Kambriel (who tried to kill one another before birth).
The vampiress, Kambriel’s story is THE DARK’S MISTRESS, in which, she meets Johnny Santiago (vampire) (I’ll cover his family in February).
Malakai (Kai: werewolf) married Rissa (faery) in MALAKAI. Kai and Rissa have had 5 children (so far).
First born, Daisy Blu (werewolf…for a while) met Beck (werewolf) in GHOST WOLF. Beck’s dad is Severo (werewolf), who met the human (perhaps vampire) Bella in MOON KISSED, and the followup story, AFTER THE KISS.
Next born to Kai and Rissa was Trouble (werewolf). I currently have his story drafted out. Fingers crossed for publication some time in 2021!
Blade (vampire/faery) is next, and he met Zen (fallen angel?) in THE VAMPIRE’S FALL.
Stryke (werewolf) and Bliss (werewolf) heat up Paris in MOONLIGHT & DIAMONDS. Bliss’s brother Kir (werewolf) draws the short stick when he’s forced to marry Bea (faery) in ENCHANTED BY THE WOLF.
And the youngest Saint-Pierre child, Kelyn (faery) finds his true love, Valor (witch) in THE WITCH’S QUEST. Valor’s witchy friends will be featured in another month.
That is the Saint-Pierre family (and a few friends). Give or take some persons I am aware have not yet been born, and/or discovered/revealed. I hope it wasn’t too confusing. 😉 Tune in February for the Santiago/Hawkes family tree!
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I’ve been waiting to announce the reissue of this book since mid-October when I uploaded the newly-revised book to Amazon, B&N, and Kobo. Waiting, because I wanted it to be marked free at all sites before I announced it. Well. Hmm. Let’s blame this one on Mercury Retrograde, shall we?
The book uploaded to Amazon and Kobo. But B&N had some issues and it STILL hasn’t uploaded there. Anyway, at Kobo it’s free! Go get it! I’m so happy it’s free somewhere. But Amazon? Urg. I sent out a newsletter telling everyone to go to Amazon and let them know the book was priced free at Kobo, hoping Amazon would price match. (So you know, we authors cannot post a book free at Amazon. It is at Amazon’s discretion to mark things to free and price match.) So…the book actually did go free–and I sent out another newsletter to tell everyone thanks and to go grab it–and then the book reverted back to $3.99 in less than a few hours. What? I seriously have no explanation for why that happened. I’ve emailed Amazon. They said they’d look into it. And now, well, they are ignoring my emails. I am truly sorry. I tried very hard to make this work, but I’m not sure how to get Amazon to cooperate. All I can do now is cross my fingers that eventually the algorithyms will price match the book automatically. So for now, you can get the book free at Kobo. I believe they only offer an epub version.
Kind of took all the fun out of releasing this story that I LOVE and the hero is sexy and smart, and the heroine is a quirk of a witch who gets entangled in a weird faery dust drug ring. I wrote this story when I was watching Breaking Bad. My idea was what if vampires broke bad? Ha! This is the result. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m back! And much sooner than six or nine months, eh? I’m trying to get into the hang of posting more regularly. Heck, I think I burned out on blogs/websites/social media ages ago (yes, I remember CompuServe). But I still want to connect with my readers so I keep this website and Instagram and Bookbub and Pinterest.
And here’s some great contest opportunities! I’m part of a multi-author promotion. If you want to follow me on Bookbub (follow link at the contest page) you will get a chance to win a Kindle eReader! Click here for that contest.
If you want to follow me on Instagram (again the link is at the contest page) you will get a chance to win a 6-month subscription to Kindle Unlimited! Click here for that contest. (You can enter both.) My Instagram account is mostly cats, succulents, crystals, and daily walk stuff, with the occasional book announcement. It’s just a place where you can get to know me better. I love the visual media!
And speaking of visual…if you’re ever curious about the images, faces, and places that inspire my stories, check out my Pinterest account. I have pages for each of my hero/heroine pairs; just page down to see where they begin in alphabetical order by the hero’s name.
Now, a few weeks ago, I rereleased BEAUTIFUL DANGER, a story set in my world of Beautiful Creatures. It features a human heroine who slays vampires and…the hero is a vampire. He’s an extremely tortured vamp (literally). You see, the werewolves held him captive and forced him to fight against his own kind to the death. He walked away alive, but not without some serious physical and mental issues. I adore this hero. I just want to sweep him into my arms and tell him everything is going to be okay. But since I don’t live on the page, I gave him the perfect heroine to do that for me. Add in some cello and violin music (yes, I’m an orchestra geek), action and danger, Paris, and plenty of sensuality, and this is one of my favorite stories.
A heads up on my next rerelease: The Vampire Hunter. Also, watch for a Halloween sale (of which, I haven’t quite figured out what to do, but I will!) toward the end of October.
Whoo! I’m in! I know! It’s been since April since I’ve posted. My excuse is always that I forget my password or have a heck of a time breaching WordPress’s login, even though I have all the right info. There’s a trick to it, and I haven’t mastered it after all these years.
Anyway, how are you all holding up? I won’t ask for details. Some of us are hanging by a string, others are calmly settled in and still others (me?) want to punch things. Which reminds me, today I start my first boxing workout class. I’m going to punch things! I can’t wait.
So at the beginning of this month I rereleased my favorite mini series within my world of Beautiful Creatures, the This Witchery stories. Because the twins, Certainly and Thoroughly Jones are two of my top heroes ever. Love those guys. Would love to meet Certainly and see his place with all the chandeliers. As always, my stories are written to be read in any order, which is the same of these. But, if you read them in the order they are written then you might see the characters progress along the way as I learned more about them. So that order is: This Glamourous Evil, This Wicked Magic, and This Soul Magic. I did not release This Strange Witchery, as it is still owned by Harlequin, but that is the fourth title, which is about Thoroughly’s daughter, and is also available online.
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Go forth and get witched!
Heck yeah! Okay, so far in my world of Beautiful Creatures, if you’ve read Kiss Me Deadly, you will have run into Truvin Stone. He was a very nasty vampire in that story. But I fell so hard for him. I knew I had to write his story. But first, I had to write about Nikolaus and Ravin’s son, Ivan. So following KMD was The Devil To Pay. And then, I got to explore Truvin’s life. How to make a villain likable? Well, I already adored him. But a little amnesia seemed to also do the trick. So here, reissued for the first time since it’s original pub date in 2008, is His Forgotten Forever…
Truvin Stone no longer remembers his victims…
Or his enemies. As he fights for survival, the only person Truvin can trust is an outsider to his world, an innocent foolish enough to nurse him back to health.…
Truvin’s past is one story Lucy Morgan can’t stop chasing, even after she discovers he is a vampire. Drawn in by his dark side, Lucy is one bite away from feeling the true power of his embrace—and his eternal curse. Standing in the midst of a new war, Truvin holds the key to tipping the balance between vampire and witch. Yet returning to his old, evil ways could destroy Lucy… and deliver to him a fate worse than death.
Because, this story was originally published in the mid 2000s, as one of the earlier Nocturnes from Silhouette. I’ve gotten back a lot of my titles from Nocturne (But not all) and this is the year I plan to put them all out again. Closer pub dates. Revised editions. Nothing like changing the storylines. Just updating maybe old technology and catching small errors that may have previously been missed. Slapping new covers on them, and voila! I hope those who haven’t had a chance to read in my world of Beautiful Creatures will discover a whole new paranormal romance world. And for those who have read them all, well, I thank you for that. I would love to put out some new stories in the world, but I’m not sure it will happen in 2020. For sure, 2021! The one new story was So I Dated A Werewolf, which you can find at your favorite online retailer.
Love spells suck.
Death cocktail is what the vampires call a witch’s blood. A drop will destroy a vampire within minutes. Nikolaus Drake is the rare vampire who has survived his first taste. Now he’s on the hunt for the witch who almost brought him to his demise—Ravin Crosse.
A witch who spends her nights hunting vampire tribes, Ravin has three obligations to fulfill to set her soul free. One of those obligations—crafting a love spell for the Devil Himself—twists her world upside down when Nikolaus sucks the spell from her veins. Natural enemies rarely make the best bedfellows—but is it possible their intentions are truly the same? Can Nikolaus’s tribe loyalty survive if he surrenders to desires far darker than his own?
So what do you think of this new cover? I think it depicts Ravin Crosse perfectly.
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Hey! So over the past year or more, I’ve been researching bean-to-bar chocolate makers for a book I’m writing. (Have written. It’ll be available in May; more on that later.) I am just starting an Instagram for my chocolate reviews @the chocoholicsguide so do follow me there. For Valentine’s Day I wanted to post my top picks for best craft chocolate makers. In no particular order. And…I haven’t tried ALL the chocolate. These are picks from those bars I have tried. Trust me, I’ve tried dozens, and dozens, and dozens so far. And I don’t intend to stop any time soon. I’ve become a dark chocolate fiend. Forget that sweet milk stuff that is mass-produced by companies that don’t care where they source their cacao beans. I want the good stuff. And I’m going to get you started on the same quest.
Ok, this one starts the list because it is my favorite. And, yes, I initially thought it was named after some boastful French chick, but it is instead a river in North Carolina, where the chocolates are made. And…fine, the bar I’ve picked is their Dark Milk Chocolate. I think it’s a great starter bar for someone looking to experiment and move onto the dark bean-to-bar chocolate. It’s smooth. It’s delicious. It comes in a sexy box that you can keep and stash small narrow stuff in when you’re done! And you can order from them online. Well worth the shipping expense, trust me. Oh, and I may have referred to them in my story (not by name) but it is my heroine’s fav craft bar as well.
Rock-aaaaa. I love saying that name! Made in Brooklyn and soooo nummy. I think I first found this one at a Whole Foods. Yes, bean-to-bar is possible to find at a grocery store (while many are not). Then I discovered they have a monthly subscription box, so I checked that out. So cool. They send you 3 new bars every month that are not available to the public. Anyway, my favorite bar of theirs is a classic, the Coconut Milk bar. Very smooth, no dairy (if you’re worried about that) and yet another choice if you’re just starting on the bean-to-bar journey. Their Oat Milk and Sea Salt bars also clock in as favs.
Ooooh, nummy, sweet, sexy chocolate bars. I talked to the women behind this company at the Chocolate Festival in Seattle a few years ago. I was so impressed that I bought all the chocolate, and it was all good! And with chocolate bar names like Buff, Kiki, Nudie, Punch, Saltry and Sassy don’t they just belong in a romance novel? The pomegranate and hazelnut bar (Sassy) has a kick and a smoothness befitting its name. And the sea salt bar is Saltry, indeed.
One of the grandfathers of the craft chocolate movement, I highly recommend you try any bar they offer for a taste of quality and excellence. Their packaging is plain and simple, but they don’t need flashy colors for their dark, intriguing bars. Sometimes you can find these at Whole Foods. Grab one! This one was a collaboration bar they created with A Beautiful Mess blog and it’s vegan and gluten-free and all that good stuff, but mostly, it’s a treat!
I’ve become a bit obsessed with Map Chocolate. You must follow her Instagram account @mapchocolate. The flavor combinations in the bars this very small one-woman-owned operation creates are amazing, and yet sometimes baffle me as to how she manages to marry all those wacky combinations into a perfect bar. And get this, the batches are small, and the maker will post on Instagram when they are available for sale online. But hurry! They sell out FAST. My favorite bar so far is: Sunny With A Chance Of Cake, which includes tahini, panela, sea salt, and pineapple. It’s like a BURST of pineapple dancing on your tongue. A. Maze. Ing. If you want to win my heart…
A brand-new fav. I recently tried a toasted white chocolate bar (yes, white!) and let me tell you that was delicious. I know, and I agree, white chocolate just isn’t…well. But this bar? Smooth, fruity, surprising, and hardly worthy of the disdain the other white bars receive (it’s not even white in color, sort of a tannish). I’ve tried their stollen bar as well, with cherries and ground almonds. Nom. This is a UK company, so if you are in the US you’ll have to order directly from the maker or, I’ll tell you at the end of this post where I order most of my chocolate bars.
7. DICK TAYLOR
Another heavy hitter, one of the grandaddies of the bean-to-bar craft. This is no-nonsense craft chocolate at its best. Yes, all of the bars on this list are going to cost much more than your standard candy bar. But these are not candy bars; they are chocolate bars. And it’s worth paying for chocolate that is nurtured from the bean to the final bar. These are not bars you consume in one sitting. You break off a square (or triangle or whatever shape that darned bar wants to break into) and savor it, experience it, enjoy. Make it last days. A week! Seriously, people, this is what you want from bean-to-bar. The experience.
For utter variety of selection and some serious fun you must check out Zotter. I’ve tried many bars, and none have disappointed. My favorite though, is the Chocolate Banana bar. (God created chocolate specifically to be combined with banana; trust me on that one.) This small but hefty bar cannot be consumed over days or a week (as suggested above) but rather must be broken in portions to eat a piece now. And then later (like in five minutes) you decide just one more bite. And then (in about three minutes) you think surely you can save half the bar, but no, another big chunk is really necessary because banana and smooth chocolate and…is the bar gone? How did that happen?
9. FJAK SJOKOLADE
As a born and bred Scandinavian (who has lived in the great tundra of Minnesota all her life) I couldn’t resist trying a bar crafted in Norway. It does not disappoint. I tried the Milk Blueberry (which I don’t see on their site at present). Divine. Lovely. Sensual. Smooth. All those pretty words that should be assigned to romancing a chocolate bar. I’ve posted a pic of their Milk and Brown Cheese bar. I have not tried that one, but someone should dare me to. Cheese and chocolate? I don’t know!
10. TC CHOCOLATE
Chocolate made in my neck of the woods (or up a little higher). If you live in Minnesota you may have heard about this chocolate. If you have not, find it, like Right Now. They don’t call this bar Caramel Crack for no reason. You will not be able to stop eating it. You will be finished and wonder what happened to the rest of it. It’s in your mouth. Sweet and crunchy and toffee-like and just Give Me More!
That’s it! My favs. For now. They can all change, and will, because I keep trying new bars and makers all the time. It’s my treat to myself. (And I’m still claiming it’s research for my book. Just try and stop me.) But where do I find all these bars? There is an excellent online store that gathers all the different bean-to-bar makers’ offerings: Bar And Cocoa. Check them out. Get their newsletter (for sales, people!). I highly recommend them. They ship quickly and everything arrives in great condition. It’s the easiest way to explore the wonderful and exciting world of bean-to-bar.
Now, go forth and eat the chocolate! And get ready for THE CHOCOHOLIC’S GUIDE TO GETTING IT ON, my new romantic comedy available this May!
The 7-author contemporary romance set is now available at Amazon. 7 stories for .99 cents! Or, if you are a KU member, read it for FREE. What kind of a deal is that? An awesome one, that’s what it is.
SOMETHING WILD is a new story that I’d once thought to write for Harlequin’s Dare line, but then I got distracted, and well, when I finally came back to it, I wanted to write it more for myself than any publisher. It’s about a wild child NY socialite who is just trying to do the right thing, but also have a little—at lot—of fun while at it. And if that sexy bodyguard of hers gets any closer….well. Things will happen. I promise. 😉
I’ve recently added a novella to the world of Beautiful Creatures! This one introduces new characters that haven’t appeared in previous stories, but…if the current story I’m trying to sell gets published (not a paranormal) there is an interesting connection.
Charming but reclusive werewolf Leopold von Heusen is ready for love. A dating app designed for paranormals vets humans who are ‘in the know’ about their kind, so Leo makes the leap, with hopes of finding ‘the one’.
Sara Kane doesn’t believe in the paranormal, but this dating app provides a foray for the ‘weird relationships’ article she’s writing for a major online blog. The guy thinks he’s a real werewolf? Hilarious! She plans to date him once or twice, get her story, then dump him. But she hadn’t planned on learning his truth…or falling in love.
Are you looking for a new-to-you paranormal world to read about? Have you read a few of my Beautiful Creatures stories and want to read more in the world? I’ve finally re-ordered my booklist by genres within the romance category, and put all the Beautiful Creatures stories under one heading. Now you can see how many books you’ve left to read, or dive in and discover a new world full of vampires, werewolves, faeries, demons, and so much more!
To access the printable pdf book list click here!