Release Day Spotlight: Wystan by Allison Merritt

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My review: 

Oh, Dear Sweet & Fluffy Lord, the Heckmasters are my new favorite book boyfriends. Don’t even MAKE me choose just one.

Three half-demon brothers trying to save the dying town of Berner and protect the world from whatever comes out of a hellmouth in the New Mexico Territory? Yes, please.

Wystan, the eldest of the three brothers, carries the burdens of his demon father as his legacy. The last thing he needs is another complication. Enter a young down-on-her-luck school teacher and her little sister. Wystan is in for the battle of his life. And what a battle it is!

This book punches all of my buttons. I can’t wait for Eban and Tell’s stories.

About the Book

Title: Wystan (The Heckmasters)

Length: 228 pages

Pubisher: Samhain Publishing

Publication date: October 21, 2014

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Blurb:

Her search for safety lands her in a totally new kind of danger.

The Heckmasters, Book 1

Certain that an ad for a job in a small New Mexico Territory town is the answer to her prayers, Nebraska schoolteacher Rhia Duke packs her sister into a rickety wagon and heads west.

Except when they reach the near-deserted town, she learns the truth. There is no job, no future, and no welcome in the bleak blue eyes of the handsome sheriff.

The minute Rhia’s runaway team thunders into town, Wystan Heckmaster feels the change in the air. One of three sons of a demon who dared love a human, he keeps watch over a Pit guarded by seven seals, and slays any Hellbound demon that attempts to free the master imprisoned within.

With a gut full of regret and a forgotten town filled with reformed demons, Wystan is certain of one thing: he can’t be the man Rhia needs. But when the truth behind Rhia’s flight from Nebraska comes to light, Wystan must open his soul—and pray there’s enough love between them to overcome the darkness rising from the Pit.

Warning: Contains a take-no-prisoners sheriff, a woman who can’t outrun her supernatural secrets, and a dusty town where hope is as thin as dust in the wind. Author recommends keeping a glass of cool spring water at your elbow while reading.

Excerpt:

Something changed in the air the moment the wagon crossed the town’s border. Too early to be a supply train, and there was no way in hell it was visitors. Berner didn’t host town fairs, theatre troupes, peddlers, or bible thumpers.

Wystan Heckmaster slapped his battered Stetson on his head, collected the keys to the jail, then stepped out the door. The first thing he saw was a pretty woman with hair the color of maple sugar—a rich brownish-blonde. The frown on her face spoke volumes, and the air around her pronounced trouble. She made a straight path for him.

“Mr. Heckmaster. Or should I call you Sheriff? Or Mayor? I need to discuss the ad in the Lancaster County Republican with you. Someone placed an ad, but your brother tells me there is no school here. I’m sure there has to be a mistake. There’s only one Berner in New Mexico Territory. I’m very capable at reading maps. If I wasn’t, I would be ashamed to call myself a teacher.”

He doubted she had taken more than two or three breaths during the speech. If she made talking in rambling paragraphs a habit, no wonder she looked so peaked.

“Teacher?” He glanced along the street, but it was deserted as usual. “Lady, we don’t have a school here. Certainly no need of a teacher.”

Her hands balled into fists that settled on her hips. The dress she wore was patched— the egg yolk yellow faded into something even more disgusting. It had little flowers dotting the material, but they looked as worn as her scuffed black boots.

“Then what was the purpose of placing an ad in the Lancaster County Republican?”

She spoke with the fierceness of a mama bear warning predators away from her cubs.             Wystan reached into his shirt pocket and drew out a toothpick.

“I didn’t place any ad in any Lancaster County anything.” He looked past her, expecting Eban to saunter up the street. Eban had to be the brother she’d referred to since Tell was still on the trail.

“Someone did,” she insisted. She fished a crumpled and much-folded piece of newsprint out of the pocket hidden by the folds of her skirt. “See? Right here it says, ‘School teacher wanted for spring term at Berner Schoolhouse. Wages paid based on experience. Room and board provided. Apply in person at City Hall, Berner, New Mexico Territory.’ I’m sure my eyes don’t deceive me.”

Wystan stared at the clipping, then back at the woman. A galaxy of freckles spattered across her nose and cheekbones, making her look younger than her eyes said she was. Full figured and sure as shittin’ a grown woman. The wariness and worry darkening her hazel eyes gave her away as one with a lot of trouble on her plate.

“I can read.”

She pulled the ad away from his face, folded it, and returned it to her pocket. “Where would you suggest I look for an explanation, Mr. Heckmaster?”

Fussy little thing. “I assure you that no one in this town did. There’s been a mistake. Sorry to inconvenience you, Miss Schoolteacher. Now turn around and head home.”

A flush colored her cheeks. “I can’t head home! I have no home to return to. My little sister and my friend are waiting at the doctor’s office for me to straighten this mess out. The ad says that room and board will be provided. I’d expected to move into a room, sir.”

“You left them with Eban?” That explained his absence.

“Beryl is ill, Sheriff. This is the first town we’ve seen in days and it was past time for her to get some attention.” Despair crept into her voice.

Wystan shifted his weight and transferred the toothpick to the other side of his mouth.

“Eban’s not exactly trained in human medicine.”

The woman’s mouth opened into an O. She shook her head and seemed to regain her senses. “He’s a veterinarian? He seemed certain he could help Beryl.”

Wystan cleared his throat. “Sure, animal doctor. I’m sorry for your misfortune, lady, but as you can see, Berner’s about run into the ground. There’s nothing here for you or your friend. Might be best to move along.”

She seemed to deflate. “Move along.” Her lips moved, softly forming the words, but it was as though she didn’t comprehend them. “We’ll move along, right down the trail into the next town where there won’t be any teaching jobs either. Sylvie, Beryl, and I will starve to death on the side of the road with no one in the world to care.”

 

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10624850_848959491804943_4194715946300646117_nAbout the Author:

A love of reading inspired Allison Merritt to pursue her dream of becoming an author who writes historical, paranormal and fantasy romances, often combining the sub-genres. She lives in a small town in the Ozark Mountains with her husband and dogs. When she’s not writing or reading, she hikes in national parks and conservation areas.

Allison graduated from College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri with a B.A. in mass communications that’s gathering dust after it was determined that she’s better at writing fluff than hard news.

Social media links:

Blog – Facebook – TwitterG+ – Goodreads – Pinterest  

 

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Interview with Author Victoria Richards: The Banshee’s Embrace Trilogy

This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while…

Welcome, Victoria Richards! You’ve just released (The Banshee’s Embrace Trilogy).  Tell us a little bit about your story.  

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Our heroine, Jacqueline, has no idea what has been happening to her, but it started the night she was attacked by men with strange powers. Mortally wounded in the attack, Jacqueline knows she would have died if her husband hadn’t thrown himself into the line of fire, sacrificing his life to save her.

Ever since that night, Jacqueline has been strangely drawn to death for reasons she doesn’t understand. When death is nearby, she can see when it is coming for someone. However, it’s her urge to sing when she gets close to dying people that she finds most disturbing.

Toby is a wizard and a member of an ancient order of powerful wizards charged to keep an eye on Jacqueline. As owner of a local bar and a place Jacqueline frequents, it seems an easy enough assignment for Toby.

When a sinister wizard attempts to kidnap her, Jacqueline learns a frightening truth about her heritage- and her powers. Will she be able to use her powers to save Toby, the man she is falling in love with, or will her powers consumer her, causing her to lose everything she holds dear?

 

Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy, paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?

A little bit of both. There’s the paranormal romance aspect that is the underlying theme of the story, but there are some fantasy characters as well. I love reading everything, romance especially, but have always been drawn to paranormal romance stories. The more fantasy, the better. In this series I wanted to create a new kind of character. Our heroine, Jacqueline, is a half banshee, capable of reaping any soul at will. But unlike a full banshee who lives in the plane between life and death and whose task it is to guide the dying to the other side, Jacqueline is still very much alive, but with banshee powers. Something she must come to grips with.

Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels? If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it. If not, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction?

No Godzilla like monsters, haha, but there are wizards, banshees, a shape shifter, the specter of Death, and a god and goddess who appear in Book 3. My favorite character… I have a couple. The shape shifter is a hoot; a cranky, old colorful alcoholic who is very endearing. The other would be Toby’s son, Gabe. Young, impetuous, and a powerful wizard just coming into his own. Because of the circumstances of his upbringing he has a lot of hatred and resentment in his heart. But extremely powerful. A dangerous combination.

 

Is this a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!

It’s a series of 3 books. As of now the trilogy is complete, but I have been asked by some readers to continue the story. Gabe, who I just mentioned, and his love interest would be a great new series to pursue. Also, near the end of Book 3 is an appearance by Merlin. Yes, that Merlin, adding a good, unexpected twist to the ending of the series. Because of his appearance here I started a new series, Young Merlin. Book 1 is out. No release date on Book 2 yet.

What else are you working on?

Currently plotting the Young Merlin series. I’ll be introducing some new and unique supernatural creatures in this series. The first book has a goddess and two young, powerful, if not foolish incubuses. Add a dragon, magic and Excalibur and it makes for a fun, quick fantasy read.

 Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?

Jacqueline’s best friend, Angela is one of those fun, flirty girls that is just fun to hang out with, and have a drink with. Despite appearing shallow she is a fiercely loyal friend. If I had to pick an actress to play her it might be Emma Stone or Scarlett Johansson.

Now if you’re talking sexy men, then the hero, Toby would be hot. There are a couple steamy sex scenes where he uses magic in his lovemaking with Jacqueline.  Casting an actor to play him would be tough. Might try for Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans or Ben Afflec.

Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?

I start out with the story in my head, where it can dance around for days or weeks. I pencil idea snippets out as I go along on real paper, before finally putting the plot down in Word. I review the plot several times, bounce it around with some trusted friends and fellow writers before finally starting actually writing the book.  The actual writing part is mostly a punster, where I sit locked in my dungeon banging away until the story takes form.

 

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel?  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?

Best case scenario 1-2 months. Reality more like 3-4. Round one would be intense focus and just write and let things flow. This takes about a month to really get the story out. After that I’ll re-read and retool the story as needed. This can go through two or three iterations before I call it done. After it’s “done”, I’ll still reread it again to spot any typo/grammar issues. Then off to the editor for further typo/grammar/continuity checks. During the edit phase I’ll have my cover designer come up with a cover. Both of these should take another 1-2 weeks. After that it’s time to publish.

Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?

Yes, write every day. Come rain or shine, write. Initially, don’t worry if it’s good or bad, just write. Everyone gets better with practice. Other than write, read. Read everything, especially in the genre you would like to write in.

Where can we find you and your books online? 

Website | Twitter | Facebook

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Victoria Richards is a native southern Californian. She is a married and a stay-at-home mom of two beautiful daughters. She holds two degrees, one in Liberal Arts and the other in History. Victoria has been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pencil, but it wasn’t until her college years that she really developed a love for writing creatively. At the suggestion of her creative writing professor she decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer, something that she enjoys and gives her immense satisfaction.

Her passion for reading is all encompassing, with her writing focused in the paranormal romance genre. With a hyperactive and romantic imagination, a degree in history and a love for the arts she finds it easy to blend these many disperse elements together to create paranormal romance stories that can range from the beautiful to the bizarre.

 

The Banshee’s Embrace is currently free and can be download here, http://bit.ly/BansheesEmbrace.

 

 

 

Reap & Repent print copies going to HQN Readers Service Book Club December 2014

Reap & Repent is about to be all book-shaped. Here is the proof:

Cover flat repent smallComing in December 2014, first available through Readers Services..the HQN Book Club people. The Readers Services is actually a very good deal if you enjoy a specific Harlequin line. It’s a subscription and you get four books a month in the sub-genre of your choice.

I subscribed for a while until the pile got ginormous.

IMG_7703 (600x800)Print copies will be available sometime after the first of the year.

Conquering the world…one book at a time.

Spooky new reads from Harlequin

Harlequin E New Releases for October! 

Harlequin E Shivers Box Set Volume 4 – on sale October 6  only until January 5!  Great value at just $4.99!

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Discover uncanny places and irresistible passions in the latest Gothic romance box set from Harlequin E! Includes:

The Headmaster by Tiffany Reisz
At the remote Marshall School, Gwen Ashby stumbles upon the job—and the man—of her dreams. Stern, enigmatic Edwin Yorke simmers with a heat Gwen longs to unleash. But Edwin knows all too well that forbidden love can end in tragedy….

Darkness Unchained by Jane Godman
Torn body and soul between mesmerizing nobleman Uther Jago and his brooding brother Nicco, headstrong Annie van der Merwe flees homeward. Only in sultry South Africa can she conquer an inner darkness borne in blood and bone that threatens to destroy them all.

Forget Me Not by Barbara J. Hancock
Maddy Clark refuses to leave the macabre town of Scarlet Falls after her sister is mysteriously killed. While searching for the truth, she becomes enthralled by handsome sheriff William Constantine—a man held hostage by a jealous ghost.

Queen of Stone by Jen Christie
Uprooted by the Depression, Zara Pendleton heads south. She’s seduced by the steamy wilderness and by Navarre, magnetic leader of a reclusive cult. Theirs is a destiny shot through with feverish desire—and mortal danger.

Also from Harlequin E, sold separately for the first time!

Shivers:

Valley of Nightmares  by Jane Godman   $3.99

image003With England once again on the brink of war, brainy burlesque dancer Lilly Devine trades her scant sequins for tweed skirts to become the new governess to Gethin Taran’s orphaned niece.

Arriving at Taran House, Lilly discovers her new pupil, Ceri, bears an uncanny resemblance to a girl she’s long met in her nightmares. In sleep, Ceri and Lilly flee from the malevolent figure both call The Hunter. But is he just a figment of their shared imagination…or a flesh and blood threat?

 

 

 His to Possess by Delores Fossen   $1.99

image005Years ago, a deranged stalker drove Olivia into a life of isolation and distrust. But enigmatic Lucian Wilde will breach all Olivia’s defenses, down to her bare skin and very soul.

Lucian believes he and Olivia host the spirits of two lovers brutally murdered decades before. When he and Olivia meet, the sensual compulsion is irresistible. She is Marissa, he is Damien—and their desires won’t be denied.

But the person who murdered Marissa and Damien is still out for blood. To entice the killer, Olivia and Lucian must give in to passion and possession…and pray that history won’t be repeated.

 

The Girl in Blue by Barbara J. Hancock  $1.99

image007Scarlet Falls is a seemingly idyllic New England town…. But Trinity Chadwick knows better. For Trinity there has been no escape from the specter of the girl in the blue dress.

Constant vigilance against malevolent forces has worn Trinity down, driving her back to the last place on earth she ever expected to step foot: Hillhaven—her childhood home. Only to encounter Samuel Creed. A long-ago kiss of life kindled an obsession in both that is at once sensual and macabre.

 

 

The Ghosts of Cragera Bay by Dawn Brown  $3.99

image009Declan Meyers owns a Welsh estate with a deadly history. But while Stonecliff could be the answer to Declan’s money problems, he’ll never be able to sell it with a parapsychologist poking around, fuelling ghostly rumors.

Dr. Carly Evans is determined to investigate the paranormal energy that radiates from Stonecliff like a fever. The evil cannot be ignored.

The uneasy truce between ghost hunter and heir flares into an irresistible attraction. But their passion leaves them vulnerable  to dark forces obsessed with an ancient rite of bloodshed.

 

 Paranormal and Urban Fantasy:

Reap & Redeem by Lisa Medley  $3.99

image011After a century of enslavement to an evil demon, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s tormented by memories of the horrors he was forced to commit. Now he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first….

 

Protective Ink by Misty Simon   $1.99

image013Ex-marine Jackson Freeling and tattoo artist Lissa McLaughlin defend the innocent from the criminals vying for control of their city’s drug trade. Without quite understanding how, Lissa has given Jackson a tattoo that lets him become invisible….

While Jackson and Lissa do their best to protect the city, they also fight the growing passion between them. Soon they have to decide whether their passion for each other is a strength or a deadly weakness.

With this sequel, Misty Simon continues the bewitching tale she began with her urban fantasy debut,Wicked Ink.

 

 Mine Tomorrow by Jackie Braun  $1.99

image015Devin Abernathy owns a vintage clothing shop, fulfilling her lifelong fantasy of surrounding herself with period style. All she has to do is slip on a garment to be spirited away to a bygone era. But lately she’s also dreamed at night of a passionate affair with World War II naval officer Gregory Prescott, who seems oddly familiar.

When Devin dons a mysterious estate-sale coat she’s suddenly whisked back in time—to New York City in 1945 and Gregory’s open arms. All she wants is to stay in his powerful embrace, but to do so means choosing between his past and her future.

 

 Enjoy your romance!

 

Reap & Redeem Released

Reap and Redeem (The Reaper Series #2)
by Lisa Medley 

Genre: urban fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin E 
Date of Publication: Oct. 6, 2014  
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 78K  

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart.

All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

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Drinking and Reaping: Irish whiskey and an impossible task

It’s Sunday…time for a snippet from Chapter Sixteen of Reap & Redeem.

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Kylen’s head felt like a legion of imps were beating the shit out of each other inside his skull. No, the Jameson had decidedly not been a good idea, but it was the only way he could have gotten through that list.

Both dreading to see Olivia again and craving it, he couldn’t shake the image of her lying on that bed. Exposed. Vulnerable. Dead.

He’d seen a lot of bad shit in his life.

Done a lot of bad shit. But that was the worst thing since…Kara.

     Fuck.

How many times had he relived her murder in his head?

His mind was a jumble of death and destruction and darkness. How could he have anything to offer Olivia? But it sounded like it was too late for him to make that call. Was he tied to her now? What about when the electric-blue juice stopped working? No way was he watching another woman die on him. His shirt was stiff and crunchy, still caked in blood and gore from their confrontation with the hosts. He was a wreck and he needed a shower.

Walking over to the sink, he took slow, determined steps, careful not to jostle his aching head any more than necessary, and managed to brush his teeth, a minor miracle in itself. Grabbing a change of clothes from the top bunk, he opened the door to the full dark of evening. He’d missed an entire day…again.

How many more days did Olivia have left?

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Want to read more? Reap & Redeem releases Oct. 6!

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Reap & Redeem coverReap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

Heavenly Hierarchy of The Reaper Series

Go ahead. Google ‘heavenly hierachy’.

It’s a mess isn’t it?

1,110,000 results.

No one agrees about who does what or is responsible for what or protects, overseas, exists who/what/where.

Much like Congress, if you want to know the truth.

It’s actually a miracle in itself anything EVER gets done…in Heaven or on Earth.

And do you know why that is? Because no one KNOWS the truth. It’s all part of the great mystery of life…and afterlife.

Except Congress. It’s a mystery for which there may be no more truth. But I digress…

Much of my Reaper Series research, background and inspiration came from one book:

Angels: An Endangered Species by Malcom Godwin

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I found just enough there to use as a springboard, bending those bits and pieces to my own god-like will and creating a world for my reapers.

As in any world, including our own immediate one, there are rules, bureaucracies and hierarchies. As much as we hate it, some are always at the top while others are on the bottom. My reapers are heavenly hosts, not quite angels but certainly not human either. They exist in the in-between but aspire to transcend to angelic status at the end of their journey.

Following Malcom Godwin’s example for my own fictional world, here’s what they have to look forward to:

Highest Triad

  1. Seraphim 2. Cherubim 3. Thrones

Middle Triad

4. Dominations 5. Virtues 6. Powers

Lowest Triad

7. Principalities 8. Archangels 9. Angels

The In-Between

Reapers

Earth

Humans

Of course there is an equal but opposite hierarchy down below (Hell) as is above. Think Dante’s Circles of Hell. But more on that in another post.

The thing about this hierarchy is that the Divine Core (God) is the center and the light. The farther the heavenly hosts fan out from the center power, the farther they are from the Divine source of light and love.

I’m sure you can imagine all sorts of problems with that setup: miscommunications, failures of faith, bureaucracies.

For all things reaper in the first three books of the Reaper Series, our heroes are most concerned with the Powers in books one and two. Things get more complicated in book three and by book four…all bets are off. Heaven’s neat little caste system is about to be turned on its end as the threat from below grows stronger.

As long as there is good…there is evil: the great balancer of the universe.

The question is… Which will win in the end?

To get the whole story, start with Reap & Repent:

The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

Reap & Repent: The Reapers Book One – Available Now!

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They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

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Grave Discoveries: Shawnee Bend Cemetery

This is such a neat old cemetery along the Lake of the Ozarks. It’s old, shady and unexpected.

Want to know where the bodies are buried? You can discover it here at FIND A GRAVE.

There are several broken stones. Some have been patched back together. I think it just adds to the character of the cemetery.

A handshake engraving

Another similar handshake.

A nice dove.

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I really appreciate the practicality of these multiple/two-sided markers. One gets a hand pointing to Heaven and the other gets the Lamb of God. It’s hard to tell but I think the hand pointing to Heaven is a mother and the Lamb of God says infant on the top. I can’t tell if they both died in childbirth or not, but wouldn’t be surprised.

This is clever use of stones to make both a marker and a planter. I approve.

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Another interesting planter-style memorial marker.

Finally, this was the oldest stone I found in the cemetery. Born 1791! Died 1819.

Seeing a stone from someone born in the 18th century that’s not in a museum is amazing to me.

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Speaking of cemeteries. Did you know that reapers travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through and invisible network called the consecrated subway? It’s true. Just one of the amazing details of the the Reaper Series.

Want to know more? You can start with book one of the Reaper Series here:

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Reap & Repent blurb

Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

Reap & Redeem: The Reapers Book Two – Available October 6, 2014

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He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

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I have a love for monsters. The human sort don’t count. They are way scarier than any vampire, shifter, wendigo or reaper any author could make up.

Paranornormal romance and urban fantasy reading and writing is my guilty indulgence.

And I partake frequently.

The first paranormal romance I ever read was J.R. Ward’s Dark Lover.

I. Was. Hooked.

Since then I’ve read hundreds of paranormal romance and urban fantasies. It seems I can never quite quench my thirst.

That’s why I started writing them. I write reapers. The grim kind.

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The Reaper Series

A small group of reapers and supernatural beings in Meridian, Arkansas are all that stands between humanity and the apocalypse when a fallen angel stages a demonic invasion. In their battle to save the world, each will meet his or her match, discovering the power of love…and the importance of risking everything to protect it.

The only thing worse than having nothing to live for…is having everything to live for.

Reap & Repent: The Reapers Book One – Available Now!

Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)Reap & Repent blurb

They see death. Can they share a life?

Ruth Scott can read the energy of every person she meets. Then she meets Deacon Walker. She can see his ice-blue eyes, his black hair, and his gorgeous face. But this beautiful stranger has no aura.

Deacon is just as unsettled by Ruth—and, having spent more than two hundred years ushering souls to Purgatory, Deacon is seldom shocked by anything. As he helps Ruth to understand her true nature, she awakens desires that he decided long ago a Reaper can’t afford.

A demon invasion forces Deacon to confront the darkness in his own past even as he fights to save the human souls he’s charged to protect. When he’s taken captive, his first concern is for Ruth. But Ruth just might be able to save herself—and the Reaper she can’t live without—if she can learn to wield her newfound powers.

AMAZON | NOOK  | KOBO 

Reap & Redeem: The Reapers Book Two – Available now!

???????????????????????Reap & Redeem blurb

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

AMAZON | NOOK | KOBO 

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Reap & Reveal: The Reapers Book Three – Available January 5, 2015

Nate is an EMT, a witch and a newly inducted member of the Reaper Authority Force. What’s he’s not is a reaper. When his partner, Maeve, is possessed by a fallen angel, he’ll do whatever it takes to save her, revealing more than he ever imagined in the process.

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Reap & Reckon: The Angels Book Four– work in progress.

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 If you knew you were dying, would you create and complete a bucket list? Olivia Evans is doing just that in Reap & Redeem.

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Snippet:  One by one, she’d been ticking off the items on her bucket list. She was down to the last fourteen. Of course, they were the most frightening ones, which was exactly why they were last. Cooking at a homeless shelter was nothing compared to #53 and #58: get drunk and have a one-night stand. She shuddered. The idea of a bucket list had seemed so wonderful at first. Essential even. As she’d ticked her way through the list, she was surprised by how easy most of them were to achieve. Of course, her wishes weren’t too exotic. No running with the bulls in Pamplona, swimming with sharks in South Africa, or other such craziness. And she had no intention of leaving a trail of unpaid debt behind despite her former coworker’s suggestion that she charge everything to a credit card, Visa be damned. Her parents would have been so disappointed with her if she’d even considered such a thing. In preparing for her death, she’d proceeded as cautiously as she always had in life, with the notable exception of # 53 and #58.

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Reap & Redeem Blub:

He’s a reaper who has given up on saving souls. Will a dying woman be his salvation?

After a century of enslavement to pure evil, Kylen Larson is finally free. But he’s long past caring. The only woman he ever loved is dead, and he’s tormented by memories of the horrors his demon parasite forced him to commit. Now, he lives for nothing more than hunting down the infernal creatures invading Meridian, Arkansas, and destroying them.

Olivia Evans is in the final stages of cancer when Kylen accidentally saves her from demonic possession. When he rescues this innocent soul, Kylen rediscovers his mission—and his heart. All he wants is to help Olivia stay alive. He’ll just have to fight off an invasion from Hell first…

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