Archive for December, 2014

New Release: Ashfall (Wasteland Trilogy #1)

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Every author is excited (and sometimes terrified) when a new release comes out. Many moons ago I resolved to remember that it’s all good. A book release is a celebration! Celebrate with me as Ashfall, the first book in my The Wasteland Trilogy comes out at Liquid Silver Books. You can also find it at AmazonBarnes and Noble and All Romance Ebooks. Other outlets should be available soon.

When did I get the idea for this trilogy? Only this year. Yep, that’s right. Sometimes I have a book idea for years before it gets written, and other times a book idea grabs me by the hairs and demands I write it NOW. In truth I thought of writing a book set during a super volcano eruption for a few years. Yet it wasn’t until this year that ideas really started to rumble. I thought of three former military characters as the heroes but wasn’t sure how I wanted to present them. One novel with just their adventures? No. How about three adventures? And The Wasteland Trilogy was born. In this excerpt I introduce you to the seriously hot hero Adam Becker and the gutsy heroine Mally. After the excerpt check out the cover for Darkfall which releases March 9.

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Amazon  Liquid Silver Books  Barnes and Noble

A strong woman and a former Air Force pararescueman tangle with a new world forged by an apocalypse no one could stop.

Mally Andretti survived an apocalypse that has altered the world. Tucked away in a huge compound she should feel safe, but loneliness eats away at her. Until a deep, mysterious voice tantalizes her over the ham radio and invites her into soul deep conversation. Who is the man who claims to be her friend, who awakens mental and physical cravings?

Working for a private security company takes all of former Air Force pararescueman Adam Becker’s time, until a sexy voice on the ham radio tempts him to do and say things he’s never done before. Mally calls on every fiercely protective instinctive inside him, and when she’s in serious danger he’ll do anything to get to her in time.

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Adam and the two other men shuffled Tanner out of the house and through the gate. After they’d released the idiot outside the gate, only Adam returned to the front door. The other two men stood outside the still open gate, weapons at the ready. A curious mixture of excitement and caution mingled in her psyche. Whoever Adam Becker really was, he scared the crap out of her in so many ways. Her gaze snagged on his body, and just from the way he moved, from the confidence he displayed, she imagined he was an interesting lover. But which type of lover was he? Uncouth and ruthless, or gentle and accommodating?

Really? She was thinking about this now? She’d officially lost her mind.

He stopped at the front door, a frown still in place, his weapon anchored over his body by a sling. He tucked the thumb on his left hand into his belt. His wide shoulders, muscled biceps and powerful forearms screamed intimidation.

“You okay?” he asked.

“Wonderful.” She knew her comment was laced with sarcasm.

“Can I come in a moment?” he asked quietly.

When she hesitated, he took off his sunglasses and hooked them in the front of his vest. She dared gaze into the darkest brown eyes she’d ever seen. But there was worry and warmth in those eyes, too. Now that his face was entirely revealed, she could see his heritage in his light cocoa skin. His features were craggy in that his nose was a bit sharp and long and his jaw too hard. His mouth was…well, it was just right. Kissable. Embarrassed by the ridiculous and out-of-place fantasizing, she felt her face heating. She jerked her gaze from his.

“Mally, I’m not going to hurt you.” He glanced down at the Glock in her hand. “Hey, you’ve got a weapon. If I pull anything, you can just shoot me.”

She couldn’t smile, the situation was too bizarre and her heart thudded too fast. She backed away to let him inside, and continued into the living room. Feeling a little ridiculous, she took a risk and set her Glock on the coffee table.

He crossed his arms. “Serious heat you’re packing there.”

“Do you blame me?”

“Hell no.”

For a few seconds he said nothing, but then he approached. Her insides trembled, uncertainty gripping her. He drew nearer, and she felt like a deer about to bolt. When he stood close beside her, his attention like a hot brand on her face, she tilted her head slightly back to examine him. He was easily over six feet, and at five foot seven she felt seriously at a disadvantage. In sheer muscle he outweighed her by a sizable amount. She could easily picture him saving other military personnel in his capacity of pararescueman. Right then her legs turned to gelatin. Either Tanner’s intrusion had disturbed her more than she thought, or this man’s mere presence set off a weird reaction.

Impulsively she put her hand on his vest, ready to push him away. “Think you’re standing close enough?”

His hand covered hers and held it in place, and he edged the tiniest bit closer. She drew in a sharp little breath.

“God,” he said softly as he looked down at her. “You’re trembling. It’s okay. No one’s going to hurt you. You’re safe with me.”

“What about your friends?”

He shook his head. “They’re solid guys. If one even considered touching you, I’d pound their faces.”

Heat danced through her, and she couldn’t help smiling just a little. She drew in a deep breath. He smelled like man…a mild mix of musk and maybe leather. It penetrated her senses and sent the warmth higher. Her fingers curled into his ballistic nylon vest. Recklessness beat in her veins, and she’d never felt anything quite like it before.

“You’re touching me,” she said, breathless. Heat filled her cheeks when it dawned on her how moronic the statement sounded.

A smile danced in his eyes and on his mouth. “Yeah.”

“That gives me the right to shoot you.”

His gaze drifted down to her lips. “Yeah?”

A wild tingle danced in her belly. Her lips parted. “Absolutely.”

Before she could do more than blink a couple of times, his mouth came down and brushed warmly over hers.

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Whoooooohooo! Is it hot in here. Hope you enjoyed the excerpt. Also take a look at the hot cover for Darkfall!

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Guest Author: Lezli Polm & Triptych of Souls

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Hey everyone, although the #HottieHunt is still going on (please scroll down two blog posts to find how to enter the Hottie Hunt giveaways), I wanted to introduce you to my friend and fellow author Lezli Polm. Lezli has written a non fiction book on her paranormal experiences (Thin Is The Veil: A Haunting Memoir) and now she’s written an amazing reincarnation fiction novel Triptych of Souls! Please welcome Lezli Polm.

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I would like to thank my friend, the talented Denise A. Agnew for inviting me to be a guest on her blog. It is an honor.

Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Lezli A. Polm. My background is in nursing and holistic health. I am also an ordained interfaith minister. I enjoy writing about a number of subjects but one of my favorite topics is the paranormal. I have always been interested in things that defy explanation. This stems from my own brushes with the preternatural which began early in my life. I penned a recollection of my own encounters with ghosts, the mysterious and the unexplained in a memoir entitled ‘Thin is the Veil – A Haunting Memoir.’ If you are interested in true stories of this nature please pick up a copy.

The book that I will be introducing today ‘Triptych of Souls,’ is a novel. The story includes some paranormal elements such as haunted objects and reincarnation.

Triptych of Souls is a story I have long wanted to tell. This is a story about love, but also about loss and a woman’s need to keep her family together even after death. The story moves between two time periods, the late seventeenth century and present day. Emeline is a citizen of the late 1800’s. Her life begins as one of a privileged Victorian Miss in a bustling city located in the American Midwest. Later she weds Jonathan and they settle in the untamed southwest territories. Her life is turned upside down when tragedy strikes. Later, after her death Emeline’s Spirit will not rest until she is reunited with her family.

Holly is a modern day college student with her own tragic past. When she finds herself working on the land where Emeline once lived, a series of events brings her face to face with a ghost. The two of them must team up to find a way out of a seemingly impossible situation. Holly soon learns that myth and legend are a part of her new reality. The subject of reincarnation plays an immeasurable role in the theme of this tale. Characters within the story include a free-lance photographer who finds himself in the role of hero, a witchy friend trying to help her injured roommate, a psychic grandmother and a little girl with an old soul.

I hope you will read this book and enjoy it as much as I did writing it. As Edgar Allen Poe once said “Invisible things are the only realities.” Happy reading!

Be sure to get your copy of Triptych of Souls at Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

 

Ashfall (The Wasteland Trilogy #1) Preorder!

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Hello everyone,

Long time since I had a new post. The Hottie Hunt which started in November is still ongoing, so please scroll down to the previous blog entry and different prize opportunities. You’ll have a lot of fun reading about different heroes.

In the meantime I thought I’d tantalize you with an excerpt of Ashfall (Dec. 29 release) and give you links because it’s on preorder! Also, don’t miss the cover reveal of Darkfall (The Wasteland Trilogy #2) at the bottom of this post. So here ya go. You can order Ashfall now at:

Liquid Silver Books (preorder discount)

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

I encourage you to order from Liquid Silver Books while the preorder is on because you get a discount and when the book comes out Dec. 29, you can obtain whatever format you need for your ereader. Now, for a little taste of Ashfall. (Sorry about the wonky formatting on the excerpt!)

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A strong woman and a former Air Force pararescueman tangle with a brave new world forged by an apocalypse no one could stop.

Mally Andretti survived an apocalypse that has altered the world. Tucked away in a huge compound she should feel safe, but loneliness eats away at her. Until a deep, mysterious voice tantalizes her over the ham radio and invites her into soul deep conversation. Who is the man who claims to be her friend, who awakens mental and physical cravings?

Working for a private security company takes every bit of former Air Force pararescueman Adam Becker’s time, until a sexy voice on the ham radio tempts him to do and say things he’s never done before. Mally calls on every fiercely protective instinctive inside him, and when she’s in serious danger he’ll do anything to get to her in time.

* *
Adam and the two other men shuffled Tanner out of the complex and through the gate. After they’d released the idiot outside the gate, only Adam returned to the front door. The other two men stood outside the still open gate, weapons at the ready. A curious mixture of excitement and caution mingled in her psyche. Whoever Adam Becker really was, he scared the crap out of her in so many ways. Her gaze snagged on his body, and just from the way he moved, from the confidence he displayed, she imagined he was an interesting lover. But which type of lover was he? Uncouth and ruthless, or gentle and accommodating?
Really? She was thinking about this now? She’d officially lost her mind.
He stopped at the closed screen, a frown still in place, his weapon anchored over his body by a sling. He tucked the thumb on his left hand into his belt. His wide shoulders, muscled biceps and powerful forearms screamed intimidation.
“You okay?” he asked.
“Wonderful.” She knew her comment was laced with sarcasm.
“Can I come in a moment?” he asked quietly.
When she hesitated, he took off his sun glasses and hooked them in the front of his vest. She dared gaze into the darkest brown eyes she’d ever seen. But there was worry and warmth in those eyes, too. Now that his face was entirely revealed, she could see his heritage in his deeper-toned skin. His features were craggy in that his nose was a bit sharp and long and his jaw too hard. His mouth was…well, it was just right. Kissable. Embarrassed by the ridiculous and out-of-place fantasizing, she felt her face heating. She jerked her gaze from his.
“Mally, I’m not going to hurt you.” He glanced down at the Glock in her hand. “Hey, you’ve got a weapon. If I pull anything, you can just shoot me.”
She couldn’t smile, the situation was too bizarre and her heart thudding too fast. She nodded and opened the screen door. She backed away to let him inside, and he closed the door with a snap. He didn’t lock it and as she continued into the living room, she kept her weapon in hand. Feeling a little ridiculous, she took a risk and set her Glock on the coffee table.
He crossed his arms. “Serious heat you’re packing there.”
“Do you blame me?”
“Hell no.”
For a few seconds he said nothing, but then he approached. Her insides trembled, uncertainty gripping her. He drew nearer, and she felt like a deer about to bolt. When he stood close beside her, his attention like a hot brand on her face, she tilted her head slightly back to examine him. He was easily over six feet, and at five foot seven she felt seriously at a disadvantage. In sheer muscle he outweighed her by a sizable amount. She could easily picture him saving other military personnel in his capacity of pararescueman. Right then her legs turned to gelatin. Either Tanner’s intrusion had disturbed her more than she thought, or this man’s mere presence set off a weird reaction.
Impulsively she put her hand on his vest, ready to push him away. “Think you’re standing close enough?”
His hand covered hers and held it in place, and he edged the tiniest bit closer. She drew in a sharp little breath.
“God,” he said softly as he looked down at her. “You’re trembling. It’s okay. No one’s going to hurt you. You’re safe with me.”
“What about your friends?”
He shook his head. “They’re solid guys. If one even considered touching you, I’d pound their faces.”
A wild heat danced through her, and she couldn’t help smiling just a little. She drew in a deep breath. He smelled like man…a mild mix of musk and maybe leather. It penetrated her senses and sent the warmth higher. Her fingers curled into his ballistic nylon vest.  Recklessness beat in her veins, and she’d never felt anything quite like it before.

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Darkfall releases March 9, 2015!

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