Thursday, July 7, 2016

Last Night in Laguna Will Heat Up Your Summer

Welcome to Laguna Beach!

I'm so excited to share that my newest book, a Laguna Beach Kindle World contemporary romance novella is available now on Amazon!

Last Night in Laguna is a part of author Kaira Rouda's fun and sexy Laguna Beach World, and you will find special guest appearances made by her characters Madison/Holly, Josh, Annie, and Hank in my book.

You will also meet Bexley Rue and Kai Donovan.

Bexley Rue’s gypsy soul has always chased after her heart’s next fleeting desire, until her sister Vaughn’s terminal illness brings Bex’s carefree lifestyle to a screeching halt.

Kai Donovan has only ever craved stability and love over everything else. His trip to Laguna Beach suddenly has him throwing caution to the wind for the one woman who could capture and break his heart—all in one night.
Knowing she’s leaving the next day for a cross-country move, Bexley’s only looking for fun on her last night in Laguna. Until she meets Kai, who sparks such an intense attraction it has Bexley questioning everything. When Bexley’s world is cracked wide open with surprises from the past and complications for her future, are Kai’s feelings enough to finally get Bexley to face her fears and allow true love in for the first time? Or will her gypsy heart win out and have her chasing shadows once again?

Laguna Beach World

Along with mine, nine other authors are releasing books in the Laguna Beach World today. Laguna Beach is a sexy, modern romance series by author Kaira Rouda, set in beautiful Laguna Beach, California.
The stories feature the cast of a hight school based reality TV show, ten years after the show wrapped. Inspired by the original reality show, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the Laguna Beach series is beach reading at its best. 
Start with the original series by Kaira Rouda and enjoy:
Then move on to the other books from this amazing Kindle World, by many of the bestselling authors you know and love.
Reckless in Laguna by Barbara AnkrumA Laguna Beach wedding reunites a pair of ex-lovers, but letting go of the past is not as simple as saying “I do.”

Lucky in Laguna by Rachelle Ayala Scriptwriter Lucky Lenigan regrets writing dog walker Tally Tallahan into a reality show as another man’s love interest.

A Treasure in Laguna by Heather HiestandWhile searching for gold in Laguna Beach, treasure hunter Crowe Erickson finds the real adventure is love…

One Night in Laguna by Melissa KeirCan former reality TV star, Cole Hayes and schoolteacher, Melanie Whitman create a relationship that will last a lifetime or will their one night stand crash in the waves of Laguna Beach?

Lost in Laguna by K. N. LeeIsla wanted to be alone—to repair her broken heart...and then Garrett Thorn came home.

Weddings in Laguna by Cheryl PhippsWhen déjà vu and ‘I do’ collide, hearts are destined to break.

Sleepless in Laguna by Suzanne RockA radio shock jock tries to convince his straight-laced ex he’s ready to cease his wild ways and settle down.

Sunset in Laguna by Melanie Shawn
C
an an artist who's lost her inspiration and a novelist with a decade-long case of writer's block let go of their pasts long enough to embrace their future—together?

True Love in Laguna by Lacey WolfeTwo lost souls find true love when they least expect it.

Facebook Launch Party!

Please join me, the other Laguna Beach Kindle World authors, and author Kaira Rouda at our Launch Party July 7, from 3:30 Pacific Time to 8:45 Pacific Time [or 6:30 Eastern - 11:45 pm Eastern] on Facebook. Chat, play games, and win prizes!

Schedule (all listed below are in the PM and EDT):
6:30 - Kaira Rouda
6:45 - Rachelle Ayala
7:15 - Heather Hiestand
7:45 - Melanie Shawn
8:15 - Lacey Wolfe
8:45 - Barbara Ankrum
9:15 - ME! C.M. Albert
9:45 - K.N. Lee
10:15 - Suzanne Rock
10:45 - Melissa Keir
11:15 - Cheryl Phipps
11:45 - Kaira Rouda









Monday, June 6, 2016

Cover Reveal: Last Night in Laguna

I am so excited to be a part of the inaugural launch of Kaira Rouda's Laguna Beach Kindle World coming exclusively to Amazon on July 7, 2016.

The Laguna Beach Kindle World is based off Kaira's Laguna Beach series: Laguna Nights, Laguna Heights, Laguna Lights, and Laguna Sights. It's a fun, sexy, playful series set in Laguna Beach, California, and follows up years later on a group of friends who were once upon a time in a reality TV show while in high school. M
y novella, Last Night in Laguna, features Madison/Holly, Josh, Annie and Hank from Kaira's novels.

LAST NIGHT IN LAGUNA
Bexley Rue has a gypsy soul. Kai Donovan wants nothing but love. Is one night together enough to heal her fractured life and tame her wild heart?

Without further ado...here is my new cover for Last Night in Laguna. Cover designed by the amazingly talented Zoe York.


Join us on July 7 for the launch of the Laguna Beach Kindle World!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Darkness Has Descended

My second book, Redd's Descent, is LIVE today! Woot-woot! Here's what readers are already saying about it:

“Hot. Ridiculously hot. Watch out. There is a new fairytale reteller on the scene, and her depiction of Redd will leave you breathless.” International Bestselling Author K.N. Lee "

"Steamy, sexy, and enthralling fantasy tale that will leave you needing to catch your breath. Impeccably written scenes that leave the reader flat out exhausted - in a wonderful way!"

"The book felt naughty....a book to read on your own under the covers at night with a flashlight, or reading snippets while you can when no one is around. A forbidden book. To me that makes you want to read all the more."

"A not-for-the-faint-at-heart take on a classic fairy tale. Handsome woodsman, Redd, sets off through the woods to visit his ailing grandmother. What he discovers *shudder* ...well, you'll just have to read it to find out. ;) Redd's Descent delves into the darkness while never losing sight of the light."

Come join us on author K.N. Lee's blog tour kick off for Redd's Descent, which includes an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway, and an excerpt from the book!

Keep in touch with all the fun this week over on my Facebook Author page, too! I'll have exclusive swag giveaways, excerpts, and other dark fairy tale fun!

Step into the darkness and HEAT with Redd, Mac, Fiona, Ronan and more on Amazon.

This week only for 99 cents! (Free for Kindle Unlimited!)




Monday, May 30, 2016

Lacey Wolfe's "Strangers at the Altar"

I'm so excited to share that Lacey Wolfe's newest book, Strangers at the Altar, is now live on Amazon, and you can grab it for less than a dollar! (Or for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.) Here is an excerpt from the novel, as well as a few steamy teasers!


STRANGERS AT THE ALTAR

A Billionaire Romance Novel

I'm the whole package.
Rich.
Sexy as hell.
Brilliant in bed and business.

Bog cock.

So why the hell is it so hard to settle down? I want a woman to see me for who I am, and that's hard when most only see me with dollar signs in their eyes. So I signed up for some crazy experiment to be married to a stranger. Never knowing a thing about the person.

I was ready for true love. When I married Adeline at the altar, I had to make sure that she didn't know a thing about me as well. So I did what I thought was best. I lied about who I was.

If we find true love, I'm sure she will forgive me when she learns who I really am.

Content warning: Explicit sex and adult language 


EXCERPT
Adeline’s point of view

“I hope you’re not taking me into the woods to kill me,” I said, half joking. The other part of me wondered how smart it was to be going into the woods with a man I met yesterday.

“Lucky for you, I know just the place to leave you so no one will find you.”

I stopped walking and he turned toward me with a sexy smirk.

“I’m kidding. The experts did a back ground check, remember? No killer.”

I walked up next to him, trying to keep up with his pace, but his legs were longer than mine and it almost felt like I was running to match his stride.

I’d barely touched lunch, but how could I after that kiss. Isaac had taken charge, kissing me in a way I’d always wanted. So intense I felt every desire he had for me. I could sense the anger from our first almost kiss being interrupted. The way he’d held me and his fingers dug into my skin. No man had ever handled me the way he had and I liked it. He’d really turned me on. Hell, I was still turned on. I didn’t want to be on this walk in the woods, I wanted to be naked in bed with him.

“You okay?” he asked.

“Yeah, why?”

He stopped by an old pine tree that had fallen and sat on it, patting next to him. “You sound a little out of breath. Let’s talk.”

“We are.” I sat beside him.

“No, let’s open up and really say how we feel. We got married yesterday and met at the altar. This could be a real bonding experience if we share our emotions. It isn’t like we have anyone else to contact.”

I did have Sarah. Today was her wedding and she was probably going through all the things I was yesterday. Isaac was right though, we only had each other, and the people who had done this on TV, making the big bucks.

“Was my kiss too much?”

Yes, you stole my breath away. “No.”

“Are you sure? I can get intense. I’m passionate and a take control kind of man in that aspect. Well, really all aspects of life. I go after what I want.”

I remembered reading that in his ‘about me’ paragraph. “And you don’t share.”

He chuckled. “That’s right. I don’t.”

“The kiss was good.”

“You’re sure?”

“Yes.” The best I’d ever had.

“Do you want to kiss again?”

I nodded.

He sat straight. “Now?”

I chewed my bottom lip as he took my chin in his hand.

“I’m worried I scare you.”

You do, but not in the way you think. “I don’t scare easy.”

He came toward me and I braced myself for another one of his kisses. This time it was softer, as if he were holding back, but I wanted what he gave me before. That kiss made my toes curl.

“Is that what you want?” he asked.

“No. It was too sweet.”

He tugged me into his lap so I straddled him. This time he cupped my face in his palms and kissed me hard again. The way I wanted. No, the way I needed. Holy shit, I almost stopped breathing. His erection pressed into me and I ground against it, making sure to rub just the spot I needed. He met me with his thrust. I couldn’t believe what we were doing on top of the fallen tree, but I couldn’t stop. Anyone could happen upon us and see us dry humping, but I didn’t care. I needed to release. I needed him to release.

“Holy shit!” Isaac broke the kiss and stilled me.

“What’s wrong?”

He lifted me off of him and got up, moving away from me. Had I done something wrong? He adjusted his shorts then bent over, taking deep breath.

“Isaac?” I stood.

He glanced at me, his eyes dark. “Stay over there.”

My cheeks burned, almost as if they were on fire. I’d made a fool of myself. I walked away, but he called my name and jogged up to me.

“Where are you going?”

My eyes were wet but I tried to hide it from him. “Away.”

“Don’t. Let’s finish our walk. Come on.”

“I’m really not in the mood to walk anymore.

He brushed his fingers across my cheeks. “You did nothing wrong. In fact, you did so good I almost lost control."

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Redd's Descent Cover Reveal

In all my excitement today of my amazing cover reveal for Redd's Descent, I got too busy and forgot to post it to my own blog. I mean...seriously? Who does that?

Thank God for The Book Nymph PR who did an outstanding job helping me showcase my pretty cover created by the amazingly talented Sarah at Okay Creations.


So without further ado...here is Redd's Descent! As an added bonus, an exclusive excerpt is below.


Excerpt

"What's yer name, lass? Can ye speak?"

He looked down into those green eyes, now fully open and staring up at him. They were rich in their depth, little flecks of gold dancing with the green. And they were long eyes, fully framed with more lashes than Redd had ever seen on a lass. She was enchanting.

"Fiona," she whispered. "My name is Fiona."

"Redd," he answered. "I want to know what happened to ye, fair Fiona, but we need to hurry and leave these woods before dark. Bad things happen in these trees after nightfall." The fear that clouded her eyes and the way she hunched down into Redd's grip told him that she'd had a taste of those  bad things, and his heart ached for her. He couldn't imagine how she was still alive.

"Sacrifice," was all she said, and then he knew. She was someone's sacrifice to the dark woods creatures.

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Redd's Descent comes out Tuesday 5/31.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Not Your Momma's Fairy Tale

I am so excited to share that I have a new book coming out on Tuesday, May 31 as the first part in an ongoing series. It's another dream come true for me and one that I was afraid would never happen after my computer crashed two years ago and I lost my nearly completed story. But, by the grace of God, the story that came to be known as Redd's Descent was saved to a backup hard drive we sometimes use. Yay!

Redd's Descent is book 1, part 1 of The Dark Woods Series, a collection of Celtic-inspired dark and twisted remakes of classic fairy tales. They all take place in Ireland and are centered around the Dark Woods. Redd's Descent is part 1 of a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I hope to have part 2, Aine's Revenge, out in 2016 as well.


This book does come with a warning for my readers who loved my first book, Faith in Love. Faith in Love is a contemporary romance novella, and while it has some pretty sexy scenes, it is light, inspiring, and romantic.

Redd's Descent is the complete opposite. It is a fusion of dark, Gothic, Gaelic, erotic/explicit sex, and with paranormal/shifter elements. While there will be some cross-over of readers, I know this genre is not for everyone. And that's okay. I just happen to like to read and write in both. You can see some of my inspiration for Redd's Descent on my Pinterest board, but Michael Fassbender has always been Redd for me. If it were ever made into a movie, he's who I would want to see play Redd.


For those who like lighter stories, hang tight! Last Night in Laguna is only about one month away from it's July 7 release date. And you will fall in love with Bexley Rue and Kai Donovan, I promise!

The one element that crosses over through all of my writing, though, is that love always wins. No matter how dark Redd's Descent (Part 1) is, Aine's Revenge (part 2) will deliver some hope for readers. Because the truth is, we all experience the shadows in our lives at one point or another. Maybe not as severe or as brutally as Redd, but shadows and darkness none-the-less. The key is not to stay there. To find a way out, at all costs. To find a way to hold fast to hope and let light and love in through the cracks.

Join me back here tomorrow for the Redd's Descent cover reveal! I am so excited to share the beautiful cover created by Sarah at Okay Creations.
Peace out!

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Grace, Not Perfection

I published my first book two months ago. In some ways, it seems like forever ago...after the fanfare has died down, the push for its release over. It was like giving birth to my first baby. A baby I'm proud of and want to spend time with. Savor the new-born phase a little bit. But it's easy to get swept up in the excitement of Facebook and seeing how other authors do things. I do want to learn, after all.

But it's like when you get married and everyone around you asks, "So, when are you having kids?" Then, you have your first kid, and every one starts asking, "So, when are giving Junior a sister?"

If you allow yourself to get caught up in what's going on around you, instead of what's going on inside of you, you're living for other's expectations and not your own.

So I pulled back and asked myself: What do I truly want and need in my life right now? How does my writing career fit into that? Since I'm in the unique spot of building my brand as I go, now is the perfect time to get crystal clear on how that is going to look, and what my readers can expect from me.

See, I wasn't always a stay-at-home mom who writes in her spare time. In fact, I used to be a Communications Manager for a technology executive in a Fortune 500 company. I graduated college with a 4.0 GPA while working full time. To say I used to be a type A is an understatement. So even though I've left Corporate America and have found my balance in life, every once in a while I get caught up in my own hyper-drive and start going full throttle again. Sometimes, I forget that I can take things slow, and that it's not all or nothing.

Because the truth of the matter is this: My kids come first.

And I don't apologize for that. I get a few precious years when everything I do makes them smile. When we still have Muffins for Moms days at school. When they want to spend time with me more than anyone else in the world. I know every phase of our lives together will bring equal delights and challenges, but these younger years with the kids are slipping by at an alarming speed already, and I don't want to miss a moment. I need to be present, for all of our sakes. 

The other part of this equation is also balancing life as someone who is not only introverted and highly sensitive, but is also putting myself out there in the public light. Because I believe in authenticity in all I do.

I've worked too hard to get to 42, and the lessons I've learned along the way have all lead me to this belief: Life is too short to give too many f**ks about what everyone else thinks about me. Yes, I want people to like me, and no, it's not a free license to be a self-absorbed jerk.

Rather, just the opposite.

I try to come from a vulnerable place of authenticity that is truly ME. When I do, I stop worrying about what others think. Because that, I can't control. What I can control is how I'm living, and if it's in alignment with my soul.

With that in mind, I will never do something that feels inauthentic during my publishing career. Over the last two months, I have been working on my next release that comes out July 7 as part of Kaira Rouda's Laguna Beach world. It's called Last Night in Laguna, and is a contemporary romance novella - one of my favorite genres to write. 

In the midst of all this, I also found a novel that I thought I'd lost in a complete and devastating computer crash two years ago. It is a dark, erotic paranormal retelling of a classic fairy tale, and it's completely unlike my first novel, Faith in Love.
 
I polled readers and writers on my Facebook author page and Grammar Babe editing page, and the overwhelming response was that readers are okay with authors who write across genres. That was a huge relief for me. Because I just started this journey, and I don't want to get boxed in already. Yes, I want to build a solid brand, but for me, that brand is bigger than one genre. It's about a message of hope and love and light.

So, slowly, surely, I am building my brand. But what I am allowing myself (and I'm praying you'll give me too) is grace and patience along the way.

I am not your average romance author (I'm not that cool!). I am going to do things completely differently along my journey. I may not meet your expectations about how you've interacted with other romance writers along the way. I may be more quiet. I will probably not follow "the formula" to become a USA Today or NYT bestselling author. Because that all mostly just stresses me out instead of brings me joy right now. One step at a time.

Right now I am focused on writing, on finding authentic readers, and on allowing myself grace and patience along the way. 

All that said, readers have asked me what's coming out next. Here's what's calling to my heart this summer:

  • Redd's Descent - a dark fairy tale retelling. Coming end of May, 2016 (I hope). Genre: Dark paranormal romance.
  • Last Night in Laguna - Laguna Beach Kindle World. Coming July 7, 2016. Genre: Contemporary Romance.

In the meantime, I'm most active on my Facebook page, but you can also keep in touch with me on other social media sites. I love hearing from you, and will do my best to keep the lines of communication open during the writing process.

Thanks for sticking with me along this journey. And for the grace and patience you've shown me already.


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