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    Don’t fear the reaper. Lust after him.

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  • Reaper Redux: The Daily Commute and Other Wonders

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    One of the coolest things about writing fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal romance in particular, is worldbuilding. If you’ve ever wanted to be Queen of the Universe. This is your chance.

    The world of Reap & Repent opens up before Ruth Scott, and she must learn to navigate it with only days of training, not years like most reapers enjoy. Under Deacon’s tutelage, here are a few things she learned along the way.

    Talk about trial by fire.

    Consecrated Subway: This is the way supernatural entities travel (reapers especially). Reapers can travel from consecrated ground to consecrated ground through the invisible tunneled ‘subway’ by concentrating on where they want to be. Reapers can travel short or great distances if strong enough and with practice.

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    “Think about where you want to be, say the hallway where we ran into each other at the hospital. You’ll pop into the consecrated ground that’s closest to that location. From there you’ll have to hoof it.”

    “That seems very inconvenient. Why can’t you take a bike or car or something with you?”

    “You can take with you whatever you can carry, within reason. A car? No. A bike, sure…but then what are you going to do with a bike in the middle of a hospital?” he asked, caressing her arms absently. “You’re making it more complicated than it needs to be. You aren’t going to have a problem here. You’ll see.” 

    Sleepers: Lost, unreaped souls often missed because they died violently and were buried or lost to odd locations. AKA haunts. Finding a sleeper is rare and akin to the whole needle/haystack scenario. Deacon’s only ever found two, and he’s been a reaper for more than two hundred years.

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    He really didn’t want to make this trip very many times. If she didn’t show up, he’d have to track her down another way, but that would take even more time. Time he couldn’t afford to waste. Souls piled up if you weren’t diligent. And while the souls of the newly dead pulled at him, that feeling began to fade after a day, or sometimes even a few hours, making them more difficult to track down. If too much time went by, it was all but impossible to find them unless you practically stumbled upon them. The lost and lingering souls were called sleepers. He’d found a few in his day, but it was like picking a needle out of a haystack.

    Potentiates: aka The Powers inhabit the perilous border between the realms of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory as a sort of border guard, protecting human souls from devilish infiltration. Potentiates have been inactive for a couple millennia.

    Purgatory: Where all souls are sorted and sent to either Heaven or Hell. The underground Grand Central Station of soul deposit complete with a Star Wars-esque cantina. Rashnu presides here. Do not mess with Rashnu.

    Excerpt from Reap & Repent

    Deacon leaned over and whispered, “Try not to freak out—this will get easier. This is Purgatory—a way station. It’s a neutral zone. A no man’s land of sorts. All reapers can meet here and interact, but there can be no conflict. It’s a forced détente essentially. Pray you don’t see most of these creatures on the topside.”

    She couldn’t imagine any situation where she would. 

    Don’t fear the reapers. My reapers are hot, hot, hot. You may not be that sad to meet one someday. 

    Want to read more? Reap & Repent coming March 2015.

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     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.


  • Money, money, money – the results of self-publishing one month recap

    It’s the one-month birthday for Haunt My Heart. In the spirit of full disclosure to everyone following my publishing and now my self-publishing journey and in the hopes of inspiring, informing and encouraging new authors with the truth… here’s what happened this month.

    Beware–the truth is in here.

    Thing started out pretty good (in my humble opinion). Of course, I only have my other author friends’ experience to compare it to. All in all it was better than some, worse than others. Still here’s what happened and how I did or didn’t influence it.

    The numbers

    I uploaded Haunt much too early on January 3 because I was anxious and unsure how long it would actually take to appear on Amazon. Official release day was January 5. I went exclusively with Amazon and enrolled it in KDP, which means it was also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited (the subscription program).

    Here are my Amazon sales rank results.

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    It started out pretty strong. I didn’t do pre-order sales. It was REALLY hard to not do pre-order sales because I LOVE having those sales links. it makes it tough to do a lot of pre-promotion without sales links too but I wanted to biggest initial bump I could get. Right or wrong, I chose no pre-order. The highest sales ranking Haunt achieved was 24,881 on release day.

    Here’s my actual sales chart.

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    I had a good bump the first evening after it went live and then the day after my Facebook book launch event. That other spike on January 16 was a result of the blog post I did The cost of self-publishing one book. That post got 1,149 hits to-date (547 on Jan. 16) and people went crazy over it. Mostly good, some negative. That post helped me to sell five books that day so, yay!

    month to date sales Haunt on Amazon

    I was a little underwhelmed with the Kindle Unlimited borrows. I mean, it’s FREE to subscribers. I thought it would reach a LOT more readers than it did. I’m not sure how to increase the exposure there. I started posting daily (for a week and a half) in six different FB Kindle Unlimited groups. I think that has gotten me maybe one borrow a day.

    No one likes to talk about the numbers but authors want–no–need to know. I don’t know why it has to be a big secret. We can learn from one another. It doesn’t have to be a competition. It should be a cooperation.

    Anywhooo…(steps off of soap box)…

    The money

    So, how much did all this amount to in hard-earned cash?

    This screenshot is my e-book sales.

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    This screenshot was my print copy sales.

    haunt print copies royalties units sold month one

    Honestly, print doesn’t hardly seem worth the trouble EXCEPT for the ability to order your own copies for sale at book signings, conventions, promotions and to giveaway to family etc.

    $10.24 was the lowest CreateSpace would let me sell it for. $10.99 is pricey to me for a print book, but several people had insisted they really wanted my book in print. Ten of them bought it from Amazon.

    I did sell around 21 copies out of my car, at my in-person book launch and at my husband’s workplace. I sold those for $10 each so I pocketed around $5.50 a book on those sales, which was a better royalty BUT none of those sales counted toward my Amazon sales numbers. They could have really pushed up my rankings. Would it ultimately have made any difference? Gotten me onto any Top 100 lists? Would those same buyers have gone to Amazon to buy instead of buying my in-person signed copy? Probably not.

    I also gave away 15 copies to friends, family and for prizes.

    I gave away or sold the first 50 books I ordered and reordered another 40 for book signings etc. through the year.

    The review game

    Working with my street team, author network and some random strangers, I managed to accrue 18 Amazon Reviews and five on Goodreads. Of those reviews there were:

    Reviews for Haunt My Heart: 16 – 5-Star, 1 – 4-Star, 1 3-Star

    The 3-star review was from a random stranger who commented my book could have benefitted from some extensive editing (not for typos but for content). I refer her to this post The importance of beta readers and editing for self-publishing. You can’t please everyone 😀

    The promotion & marketing

    I couldn’t afford to spend much on promotion and marketing. What I did do was the following:

    • Facebook Book Launch event the night of release day online and in-person at a local coffee house FREE
    • Facebook post boosts with sales link $25
    • One day book blitz with Bewitching Books (around 20 blog posts, spotlights, interviews) $40
    • Guest posts/spotlights on author friend’s websites (around 20 posts) FREE
    • Posted daily for about two weeks in six different Kindle Unlimited Facebook groups FREE
    • Tweeted hourly for the first week, then backed off. I try to tweet a few times a day now $10 for Hootsuite but I’ve unsubscribed now. FREE
    • Random posts on Facebook until I annoyed all of my friends to death FREE

    The results

    So the grand total royalties for my first month of self-publishing Haunt My Heart?

    $246.87

    The irony of all of this is that as I was working on this post I received my third royalty statement from my traditional publisher. Since publication last March (for two books), I’ve made $287.01 with a traditional publisher.

    I’ve nearly made that in one month all by myself.

    The future

    My second self-published book, Reap & Repent, will release on March 2. Repent was first published last March with Harlequin. I’ve since had the rights reverted back to me to all three books in my Reaper Series. I’m excited about the opportunity to regain control of my writing and my career.

    I’ll never give control away again.

    Viva, Indie!

    Want to read Haunt My Heart or Reap & Repent?

    Haunt My Heart is available on AMAZON now in e-book and print.

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    A Civil War soldier dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

    Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF, and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor, she brings home more than a souvenir.

    Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex—a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

    Reap & Repent:  Book One – March 2015

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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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  • Reaper Redux: Reapers See Dead People the Reiki & Aura Chart

    How do reapers know when a soul has passed or is about to?

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    Reapers are adeptly tuned in to human auras. While reading the emotional state of the humans they deal with on a regular basis can be helpful, the white aura is the most important color for reapers. White is the death aura.

    A few hours, or sometimes even days, before a human passes, his aura will become void of color and radiate a bright white glow around his body.  For reapers on regular rounds, this is very helpful. Most reapers cover basic circuits of death, searching for their next soul: graveyards, funeral homes, hospitals, and accident scenes etc. They collect souls as they pass and ferry them to Purgatory for processing by Rashnu, an angel so arrogant he duplicated himself to maintain complete control of Purgatory.

    Not only are the colors of auras important, but the manipulation of those auras through Reiki gives reapers a distinct advantage in their jobs. Reaper Reiki is the manipulation of a person’s life-force energy to either heal or alter another’s injury or emotional state. The result of such efforts is visible to reapers but not most humans. It can be used on humans to push their minds or heal but too much can fry their fragile psyches and is utilized on the masses with extreme caution. Reapers routinely practice energy sharing at full force.

    Interestingly, reapers do not manifest an aura themselves unless under extreme circumstances or agitation. Otherwise, any aura manifestation is temporary and dependent upon the Reiki being shared or administered.

    The following guide was adapted from and credited to http://thiaoouba.com/see_aura_color.htm if you’re interested in non-fiction study of auras.

    For the purposes of The Reaper Series, they are as follows:

    Aura Color Quick Glossary: credit to http://thiaoouba.com/see_aura_color.htm

    Meaning of Clean Colors of the Aura

    White: Serious disease, impending death. Increases in intensity and brightness the nearer to death.

    Blue: Sustaining life, transmitting forces and energy. Electric blue can override any other color.

    Turquoise: Dynamic, highly energized, capable of projection and influence.

    Green: Restful, modifying energy, natural healing ability.

    Excerpt & Example from Reap & Repent:

    Ruth could see the glow from Deacon before she felt it. His entire body lit up, and he placed a warm hand over her forehead and another across her stomach. As his hands hovered over her body, a warm gush of green energy flowed through her entire body before settling inside her injured leg.

    Deacon’s light radiated so bright and clear that it stung her eyes to look at him. A tear slid down her cheek.

    In an instant, the pain began to fade. A mantra played through her mind: Thank God, thank God, thank God.

    Deacon held her in his light energy for what seemed like hours, letting it massage its way through her. It was so blissful and intimate that she didn’t want it to end. Her leg began to itch and cool, and when she opened her eyes and glanced down at it, the swelling had dissipated and the color was back to normal.

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    Yellow: Joy, freedom, non-attachment, freeing or releasing vital forces.

    Orange: Ability or desire to control others, exercising power.

    Excerpt & Example from Reap & Repent:

    A soft orange glow radiated from Deacon’s hands. It shimmered and rose from him in waves like the heat off an amusement park’s asphalt in August. But instead of heat, a cold, edgy blast built around them, increasing until the ground trembled and shifted. The next thing she knew, she was looking at a husk of gray light glistening and forming into something that looked remarkably like her father. The apparition hovered over the grave before them. Deacon had somehow wrenched her father from his grave—or at least a part of him.

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    Gold: Indicates a spiritual teacher.

    Red: Materialistic thoughts or thoughts about the physical body.

    Pink: Love, perfect balance of spiritual and materialistic awareness.

    Meaning of Dirty Colors of the Aura

    Brown: Unsettling, distracting, materialistic, negating spirituality.

    Gray: Dark thoughts, depressing thoughts, unclear intentions, presence of a dark side of personality.

    Sulfur (color of mustard): Pain or lack of ease, anger.

    Excerpt & Example from Reap & Repent:

    Nate was sitting in his wing chair drinking coffee, which smelled like a piece of heaven in a cup. He was clearly waiting for them, and his aura radiated from him in spicy mustard waves. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that he was pissed. She couldn’t blame him. She wondered for a moment if he was angry because they’d been making out in his bed, or if the whole strange situation had gotten to him. It didn’t take long to find out.

    Want to read more? You can get Reap & Repent March 2015.

     

    Reap & Repent:  Book One – March 2015

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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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  • Reaper Redux: The rules of reaping

    Every job has rules employees must follow. Reaping is no different. Wait, yeah, it’s a lot different. But there are still rules.

    A reaper’s sole job is to collect and carry souls to Purgatory for sorting. They have territories they cover. Most work alone. Occasionally, there are complications, and that is how The Reaper Series was born.

    In book one, Reap & Repent, reapers must adhere to the basic tenets of reaping, which include but are not limited to the following:

    • There are reapers for every species supernatural and otherwise, not one Santa Claus of Death, although Grim is a real reaper.
    • Reapers are immortal as long as their life energy isn’t completely diminished beyond recovery, and they keep their heads. Literally. Decapitation is a deal breaker and permanent death.
    • Reapers are the perfect vessel for demons because they can hold many, many more souls and don’t burn out from the toxic demon essence. It took a while for this to be discovered.
    • Reapers can share Reiki light energy to heal one another or manipulate the auras/actions of humans when necessary. Not recommended for extensive use on humans as it fries their brains and psyches over the long term.
    • The more energy shared with/by reapers, the stronger the bond
    • Reapers are born to supernatural reaper parents. They are in effect their own species like angels or demons etc. but appear human with enhanced abilities, which continue to manifest throughout their lives.
    • Reapers stop aging at the time of their first successful solo reaping and continue virtually immortal.
    • Reapers cannot procreate if they have been traveling the consecrated subway or reaping souls. Must be inactive on both accounts for many, many months (up to a year) before they are fertile again, and then reaper mothers must refrain from traveling/reaping until the child is born.
    • Reapers are raised and trained from birth to fulfill their job and destiny. 

    Being a reaper isn’t all rainbows and unicorns on a good day. But when demons invade the realm? There’s a good chance it could all go to Hell.

    Want to read more? Reap & Repent coming March 2015.

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    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.


  • New COVER REVEAL for REAP & REPENT

    One year ago March was the first release of Reap & Repent, my first novel. Since then, it’s been released in a box set and then as a single title with a traditional publisher. I’m happy to report that I just received the rights back to all of my Reaper series books and will relaunch the series over the next few months.

    Here’s the schedule:

    Reap & Repent (Book 1) March 2015

    Reap & Redeem (Book 2) May 2015

    Reap & Reveal (Book 3) July 2015

    Reap & Reckon  (Book 4) in progress!

    Without further ado, here’s the new cover…

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    Well? What do you think?

    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.


  • 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.


  • 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: Twilight Cemetery

    Twilight Cemetery is behind the Twilight Church and overlooks I-44 just outside of Phillipsburg, MO. I drive by it several times a week. Want to know where the bodies are buried?

    Check out Find-A-Grave.It was an older cemetery than I had expected. Handshake engravings seemed to dominate.

    I love when the top half of broken stones are leaned against the remaining marker. Arts and creepy all at once.In the use-what-you’ve-got vein, this marker is a big ass rock cairn. Practical if not descriptive.I liked this one a lot.Tiny stone, big plant. Works for me.And these? Just lots and lots of rock markers. I have no idea how they know who was ever buried there. I suppose now it doesn’t really matter.A book-of-life marker. I like the symbolism of starting the next chapter.

    These patina covered stones turn me on.

     

     

    Speaking of graves, did you know that the primary mode of travel for reapers is from consecrated ground to consecrated ground? Cemeteries are like the subway stations of the nether world. Want to learn more?

    Check out Reap & Repent (book one) and Reap & Redeem (book two) available at all ebook retailers.

    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 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…

    AMAZON | NOOK | KOBO 

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  • “A man needed to respect his weapon.” A Reap & Redeem excerpt.

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

    Reap & Redeem graphic 2He squatted in the darkness by the outdoor spigot on the side of the house, letting the water run over his hand and his blade. Pulling a soft cloth from his back pocket, he dipped it into the stream of water before turning off the spigot. He caressed it across the blade, removing the last traces of blood from his scythe, polishing it until the moonlight glinted off its deadly surface.

    Satisfied, he crossed to the detached garage and pulled the whetstone down from the tool pegboard. He dragged a bucket outside the garage, overturned it and sat facing the woods. Reaching out with his senses, past the magical circle of protection that was vigilantly defended by Nate, he watched and listened.

    There were things out there in the woods. Things that were drawn to him still; things that awaited his command.

    He drew the whetstone across the curved blade of his scythe with a slow, easy pressure, stroking its length. He rocked his body forward and back with each rasp of the steel, enjoying the hypnotic rhythm of the work. Honing the scythe to perfection was a comforting task. Turning the blade, he sharpened the other side, careful to return its lethal edge. It was a supernatural weapon, given to each reaper upon his or her first reaping, so the task was unnecessary. Still, it was a ritual he’d performed for years, and it gave him peace in the darkness. A man needed to respect his weapon.

    When he was finished, Kylen slashed it into the waist-high weeds before him, watching as they fell to the ground with a whisper. He stared off into the darkness again, resting the blade across his thighs. The night was soothing to him. At night he wasn’t reminded that he could no longer see in color.…
    Ever since the demon had been torn from him, he saw the world in shades of gray, and he could no longer make out people’s auras. He could see the light but only its intensity. The color had been stripped from him, which was handicapping him as a reaper. Every reaper worth his or her salt knew that the color gray represented dark thoughts and unclear intentions. Well, that pretty much summed up his inner world these days.
    He hadn’t bothered to mention this disturbing fact to any of his roommates.
    He had thought it would be a temporary affliction. But now, months later, his color vision still hadn’t returned. It was one more thing that had been stolen from him.
    Damaged was an understatement…and he wanted revenge. If he had to, he would find each and every demon himself, making sure Deacon had ample opportunity to send them to their final deaths. Then he would find his own…death, that is.
    He was more than ready for it.

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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…