Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Daughter of the Night - Announcement and Cover Reveal!

Those of you who picked up a copy of Daughter of the Moon recently may have noticed a sneaky little announcement of the next title in the Moon People saga tucked away at the end. Well, here's an official reveal, complete with cover, expected release date, and juicy details about what's to come!

Daughter of the Night is a novel I've been planning ever since it became clear that a certain character in The Alpha's Concubine was quickly becoming one of my favourites. Numerous hints as to her backstory have been dropped over the course of the prior two books, and sooner or later the details of these events were always bound to come to light.

Who is this mysterious character? Why, who else but Den Mother Adel! Although of course, Daughter of the Night takes place long before she was a den mother. The novel follows the early life of the aspiring young seer, charting her rise to greatness in the eyes of the werewolf clans, and the relationships that were formed and broken in the process.

Daughter of Alpha Ulric, leader of perhaps the most powerful pack among all the clans of the Moon People, young Adel is both blessed and cursed with a will every bit as strong as her father's. She does not understand why he must send their pack's warriors to fight and die against their greatest rival, Alpha Kotal, but as a youngster -- and a woman -- there is little she can do to intervene. As blood and sorrow paint the path of her clan's destiny, Adel's future often seems a hopeless one. The young seer longs for power, and the strength to create a better future for herself. But all her dreams of greatness may be less than her heart truly desires, for a chance meeting with a boy from a foreign pack reveals to Adel a different path. Perhaps, somewhere within the headstrong young woman's soul, there lies a sliver of something softer, gentler, and tender enough to steer her away from an inevitable clash of wills with her father.

Daughter of the Night, as a more minor prequel, will not be a numbered instalment in the Moon People saga, going instead by the subtitle "A Book of the Moon People". This may well be a format I revisit in the future to tell more smaller stories that support the central narrative, allowing a little more flexibility in my publishing schedule and letting me to mix things up a bit. Daughter of the Night, while still being a full novel, is going to be notably shorter than the main instalments in the series, which comes hand in hand with releasing much sooner! Roughly half the novel is written and partially edited already, the cover is done (thanks to Julie of Duong Covers for this one!), and with luck the book should be available to purchase before the end of the summer.

Subscribers to my mailing list may have the opportunity to get their hands on free or advance copies of the novel, so be sure to sign up if you're interested! And if you're not and just want to be the first to know when Daughter of the Night hits the virtual shelves, then sign up anyway! Announcements will be going out to my subscribers shortly prior to the novel's launch, and further details will be posted here on the blog and via twitter as always a little later.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Daughter of the Moon Released!

Daughter of the Moon - The Moon People, Book Two has been officially released and is now available to download at several retailers, or pre-order on Amazon for delivery on may 17th!

No woman can lead in place of an alpha, and in the lands of the Moon People, the word of the pack leaders is law.

Free from their former clan, Netya and her new pack seek to make a home for themselves in the wilderness beyond the mountains, braving the cruel onset of winter as the turning of the seasons draws closer. But with no alpha and few men among their number, the fragile group are vulnerable to threats greater than ice and snow. Alpha Miral, leader of a powerful and uncompromising rival clan, has little tolerance for women playing at the roles of men within his territory, and he will not stand to be dishonoured by the presence of Netya and her pack-sisters.

Fighting for survival in an unfamiliar land, struggling to accept the wolf within her, and beset by premonitions of an uncertain destiny, Netya faces losing everything she has come to love if her clan cannot carve out a place for themselves among their savage kind. What must be sacrificed, and what must she become if she is to live as a daughter of the Moon People?


The full novel can be purchased via the following links:

Amazon
Smashwords
Google Play
iTunes
Kobo

It's been a while, but the second instalment of The Moon People is finally wrapped up and done, paving the way for more entries into the series going forward. The story's far from over yet, and with a little luck the next novel will be arriving towards the end of this year. Stay tuned for more information, and in the meantime, enjoy Netya's ongoing journey in Daughter of the Moon!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Daughter of the Moon Cover Reveal

Ta-dah! Many thanks to the lovely Ravven for her continued work on the covers for this series. I hope everyone's as thrilled about it as I am!

With the cover done and the main writing on the novel finished, Daughter of the Moon is going to be arriving very soon now. I had hoped to get this book wrapped up several months ago, but in typical tradition for me my latest novel has wound up once again being my longest and most plagued with interruptions from the real world.

I don't have a release date set in stone yet, as the book still has to go through some editing and proofing before it's ready grace your e-reader of choice, but we're on the final stretch!

Those on my mailing list can expect an email to notify you immediately once the book is live, but expect an announcement here as well and via my twitter as per usual. Breaking with the way I've handled past releases, Daughter of the Moon will not be serialised, so the entire story will be available to purchase as a complete novel right from day one.

Expect more updates and some juicy information on my next project(s) soon!

Friday, 15 January 2016

Mailing list is here!

My mailing list is now open for sign ups! All you should need to do is click the little link here, enter your email address, and you'll be the first to get notifications of my new releases delivered directly to your inbox!

Those of you who've been waiting patiently for Daughter of the Moon should be receiving my inaugural email when the book goes live, and there might even be the potential for subscribers to get their hands on free/advance copies and other cool giveaways in the future!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

New Years Update!

It's a brand new year, and probably high time I checked in with an update on all things authorly!

It's been a quiet past few months for me as I work on Daughter of the Moon, and despite my hopes of getting it released by the end of 2015 the delays of moving house and all the other hassles associated with it have unfortunately impeded my progress a little. You'll be happy to know that progress on the novel is still going well, though, and with a little luck it should be hitting online retailer shelves within the first couple of months of 2016. Hopefully. Unless I get carried away and my ending ends up running on for 50,000 words again. >.>

Fortunately the next release after this one should be arriving in a much snappier time frame, as the length is a lot more manageable than the recent door-stoppers I've been writing. Besides progress on Daughter of the Moon I've finally (I think) sorted out a system for a mailing list that I can operate without giving away my personal details to anyone who asks. This is one of those innate problems with mailing lists that's made a neurotic crazy person like me very hesitant to set one up in the past, despite a couple of attempts, but this time I should be able to get everything up and running so that people can get updates on my new releases without having to manually check my blog and twitter feed. Who knows, once I figure everything out there might even be some neat bonuses and giveaways for the people who sign up!

So as 2016 arrives I'll be chugging away as usual with my stuff. I'd try and spare a word or two about how I've been neglecting my blog posts and want to get back to putting up little musings here, but my writing time's been so occupied with, well, writing that committing to anything here might be a hollow promise. I do have one or two ideas that've been rattling around my head for a while, though. Maype they'll pop up at some point in the coming months in between writing announcements.

Until next time, though, happy 2016 to everyone! I hope the new year brings all sorts of lovely awesomeness and productive endeavours to you all. :)

Monday, 23 November 2015

The Alpha's Concubine - Complete Edition Published!

Just in time for the Xmas season, the full novelised edition of The Alpha's Concubine is now available to buy all in one chunk and at a nice discount to boot! Pick up your copy now at AmazonSmashwords, and Google Play, with additional retailers to follow! This edition contains all five parts of the original serial along with a sneak preview of the upcoming sequel Daughter of the Moon.

Taken from her people. Claimed by an alpha. Forced into a new life.
In a time before tools of metal and houses of wood, tooth and claw rule the wild places of the world.

The Moon People have been enemies to Netya's kind for as long as the stars can remember. They are monsters, demons, men and women who take the shapes of beasts. The murderers of her father.
An outsider taken as a prize by the pack, Netya must overcome suspicion, rivalry, and the division of her own heart as she grows to realise that monsters wear many different faces.
Among the Moon People she uncovers the potential of a life she never knew existed. The chance for a woman to become something more than a prize, or a mother, or a concubine. But as the alpha and others vie for her heart, the powerful huntress Vaya seeks to purge Netya from her pack.
Before Netya can decide where she belongs, she must endure the trials of love, hatred, and heartbreak. The girl taken as a trophy must become a woman.

Besides the publication of this complete edition I've also been hard at work on the sequel these past few months, along with learning how to use Scrivener and wrangling some of my previous material into that program for some (hopefully) improved quality and slicker ebook presentation in the future, along with saving me a bit of hassle when it comes to compiling for different retailers.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like Daughter of the Moon is going to be hitting retailers before the end of the year as I'd initially hoped, but an early 2016 release is still looking promising!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Give Us Your Best Excerpt: The Alpha's Concubine


Hello all! Today is the day of the Give Us Your Best Excerpt paranormal romance blog hop -- a fun little event where authors such as myself post some excerpts of our work to tantalise and engross fans of all things romancey and paranormal!

I've chosen a snippet of a scene from my latest serial novel The Alpha's Concubine, a historical shifter romance set in the wild and tribal antiquity of ancient Europe somewhere between the end of the neolithic period and the advent of the bronze age. The first part (which contains this excerpt) is available to download for free at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, ibooks, and various other retailers!

From the blurb:

Taken from her people. Claimed by an alpha. Forced into a new life.

In a time before tools of metal and houses of wood, tooth and claw rule the wild places of the world.



The Moon People have been enemies to Netya's kind for as long as the stars can remember. They are monsters, demons, men and women who take the shapes of beasts. The murderers of her father.

An outsider taken as a prize by the pack, Netya must overcome suspicion, rivalry, and the division of her own heart, as she grows to realise that monsters wear many different faces.
Among the Moon People, she uncovers the potential of a life she never knew existed. The chance for a woman to become something more than a prize, or a mother, or a concubine. But as the alpha and others vie for her heart, the powerful huntress Vaya seeks to purge Netya from her pack.
Before Netya can decide where she belongs, she must endure the trials of love, hatred, and heartbreak. The girl taken as a trophy must become a woman.


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 "Has Fern made you welcome?" The deep voice of the alpha reached her ears. He was seated across the room from her, half in shadow, upon what Netya could only describe as a throne. It was adorned with the full pelt of a bear, enormous and snarling, its jaws hanging inches above the alpha's own head.
"Yes," she said, her voice sounding very quiet compared to his. "She has treated me well."
The alpha rose to his feet and stepped into the light, his broad frame looming even larger than the pelt of the bear behind him. He was dressed as he had been the evening before, bare-chested with a kilt of furs.
"Good. You are to be treated as one of our own while you are here, for however long that may be. If any of my pack mistreat you, they will be punished."
"I am thankful," Netya said, edging a little farther into the room. "Am I not to be your prisoner, then?"
"You are here by my will, not your own. But whether that remains true, we shall have to see."
Netya frowned at the cryptic answer, then forced herself to ask the question that had been drumming in her mind for the past hour. "Then why did you choose to bring me here?"
The alpha approached her, his eyes taking in her body without a hint of reserve. He took her by the lower arm, running his free hand over her pale skin from the inside of her elbow to the palm of her hand. The touch of his rough fingers against the sensitive area made her shiver, and as her heart jolted in her chest her lower body began to tingle with warmth.
"Perhaps Fern has told you. I have no mate, and so I have no heir. I will take you as my consort." His eyes met hers, and in them she saw an unspoken question, a silent expectancy as he waited to gauge her response.
Her breath shuddered as she inhaled deeply. "Why not one of your own people?"
The alpha smiled at that. "None of my pack would dare to ask me such a question."
"I'm sorry—"
"But you are not of my pack," he continued. "And that is why, when I saw you at our mercy last night, I chose to bring you with us."
"I don't think I am suited to be the consort of a great leader," she said. "What about the den mother? She is far more beautiful than I."
The alpha's expression hardened. "Do not speak to me of Adel," he said firmly. "I have no need of hearing her name voiced in here."
Netya almost wilted under his fierce gaze, but she forced herself not to look away. Perhaps bravery was foolishness, but the stirring pulse of her blood prevented her from giving in to fear. She was walking the tightrope of her curiosity into the unknown, where she had dared to venture with Layon the night before, and secretly longed to explore more of. The allure of danger was too tempting.
"You are young," the alpha said as he reached over her shoulder to admire her braid. "How many times have you lain with a man?"
"Never."
The alpha nodded. "You will come to my bed tonight. No other male will be permitted to claim you."
Netya's skin warmed. The subtle scent of his body reminded her of fur and salt water. "I do not know how to be with a man," she said.
"Your body will know the pleasures of a woman. You will learn to listen to it, and then you will know what to do." He placed his hand at the nape of her neck and shoulder, allowing his fingers to rest across her throat, then drew them slowly downwards, caressing her skin until they slipped into the cleft between her breasts. Another sensitive ripple ran through Netya's body, and the tug in her lower belly seemed to urge her toward him.
"Do you feel it?" he said.
She nodded shakily.
"Then I was not wrong in choosing you. What is your name?"
"Netya."
"Netya. Are you unwilling to be my consort?"
She hesitated, unsure of what to say, or even think. She was anxious. Perhaps even afraid. But unwilling? She had no desire to flee or plead her fate. She wanted to understand the things her body seemed to be telling her. The alpha's appearance and scent and powerful voice awakened all the feelings she had begun to notice in herself since becoming a woman, and for once she had the opportunity to explore them.
"A man who takes an unwilling female to his bed is no man at all," the alpha said when she did not respond.
"I am not... unwilling, no," she whispered, the words catching in her throat.
"Good." The alpha moved his hand back up her neck, sliding his fingers through the hair at the base of her braid.
It was strange for her to be so close to an unfamiliar man, to have him touching her in this way. It was not like being touched by anyone else. His hands slid over her body as if she were an immaculately crafted ornament, seeking out the fine details to make them more real through his touch. He tilted her head back and pulled her in with an arm around her waist, bringing his lips to hers for a kiss.
Netya expected the same soft warmth she remembered from Layon's kiss, closing her eyes and opening her mouth gently to savour the soft feeling of the alpha's mouth against her own. Instead of giving her gentle pleasure, he took her breath away.
The alpha's firm grip tightened around her hips, the hand on the back of her head steadying her as he kissed her hard and deep, his tongue plunging into her mouth and curling around hers, bearing down with passion and power. Netya's whole body tightened as she found herself crushed against his broad chest, putting up her hands to steady herself and finding only his muscular body to cling to. A low whimper sounded in the back of her throat, and she reeled with a heady rush of desire as the alpha's lips continued to work against hers, like a wolf devouring his prey.

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Check out some of the other authors involved in the blog hop for more free snippets of a whole bunch of juicy paranormal romance novels!