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Death, Beauty, and Samantha MacLeod

My friend, the very talented Samantha MacLeod, has a brand new book out, and I’m excited to share it (and her) with you. Using primarily Norse mythology as a backdrop, Sam writes breathtakingly lyrical stories that breathe new and unexpected life into the old gods and the mortals who cross their paths.

Sam was a great sport and let  me interview her, so settle in and take a moment to get to know her a little better.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Right now, Tuesdays and Thursdays are my “work” days. I teach for a few hours in the morning, then try to finish up my grading, and then head to my office (a local Portland coffee shop) for smut writing! I’m with my toddler the other weekdays, which means I can sometimes squeeze in a few hours of writing (if he deigns to nap), and I usually try to spend my weekends outside.

Do you have any collections?

Do books count? 😉

I have way too many books of every genre, and I’m especially pleased with my small collection of antique and vintage cookbooks. My absolute fave is Helen Gurney Brown’s 1969 Single Girls Cookbook: How to Stir up a Little Seduction in the Kitchen, which has got to be the most entertaining cookbook ever published.


Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, too many hobbies! In addition to writing, I’m a gardener, I fish, hike, and camp, and I occasionally build furniture. I also bake a lot of cakes. Sometimes I even stir up some seduction in the kitchen… 😉

Do you have any bad habits?

Of course not! *wink, wink*

City or country?

I’ve done both, and I’ll side with the country. I like trees more than people.

Coffee or tea?


I never drank coffee until I was 26, in graduate school, and working in a coffee shop. Now I’m coffee in the morning, herbal tea in the afternoon.

Morning or night person?

As much as I hate to admit it, morning. Yes, this makes me officially boring.

Get things done early or procrastinate?

Hand in hand with being a boring morning person, I do tend to get things done ahead of time. The things that I remember, anyway… I’m 37, and I still have to pull the occasional all-nighter.

Introvert or extravert?

Introvert. Nine times out of ten, I’d rather hang out with trees.

Samantha MacLeod

Proof of that statement. 

What do you like best about writing?

In his fantastic book On Writing, Stephen King describes stories as found things, and he compares writing a story to discovering something hidden, like unearthing a fossil. That’s how writing is for me. I love that sense of, “Oh! So this is what happens next!”

What do you like least?

The paycheck! Ha! *sob, sob*

Do you have a day job in addition to writing?

Why yes, I’ve got several. I’m a part-time philosophy professor, a part-time reading and writing instructor for immigrants in Portland, Maine, and a part-time stay-at-home mom. Oh yeah, and a part-time writer…

What was your favorite childhood book?

Maybe it’s not exactly a childhood book, but I was obsessed with Clan of the Cave Bear in grade school. I dressed as Ayla for Halloween when I was ten (I wrapped myself in towels and carried a baby doll on my back). 

Death and Beauty is another foray into Norse mythology for you. What is it about the Norse Pantheon that draws you back again and again?

I swear I did not set out to become obsessed with Norse mythology!

In part, the Norse myths draw me in so much because there’s so much empty space. We only have two surviving texts about the Norse pantheon, and they’re barely more than outlines; they cover what happened, but there’s almost no character development. Neil Gaiman, in the forward to his recent book Norse Mythology, says it’s almost as if the only surviving record of the Greek myths were the stories of Hercules and Theseus.

So, we’ve still got all the intimate details of Greek mythology. We know Zeus and Hera were unhappily married; we know Aphrodite cheated on Hephaestus. But we don’t have those details for the Norse myths. We know Loki had a wife named Sigyn, but that’s all. How did they end up together? Were they happy? Did they love each other?

It’s those blank spaces that keep pulling me back to the Norse myths!

What do you like best about Baldr?

Baldr, in my story and in the myths, is the guy who has it all. He’s Baldr the Beautiful, the son of the All-father Odin, and he’s also invulnerable. Beloved, beautiful, and impervious to harm…what could possibly go wrong?

In my story, Baldr is a respected diplomat, one of the most important figures in Asgard. But he was never given a choice. He serves his father Odin because he has to, not because he wants to. And he has to die before he can begin to ask himself what kind of a life he really wants.

What do you like best about Hel?

Hel is such an interesting character!

The daughter of the equally interesting trickster god Loki, she has absolute dominion over an entire realm; I’d argue she’s one of, perhaps even the, most powerful female figure in Norse mythology.

Of course, the myths don’t say anything other than, “Loki’s daughter Hel rules Niflhel,” so she’s also a blank space. How does she feel about ruling the dead? Why is she there? And why didn’t she return Baldr the Beautiful to the land of the living?

Those are the questions that drove me to write this story…

What other characters in your story are you especially fond of? Why?

Well, my very favorite Norse god Loki does make an appearance, and he’s much younger than the Loki we meet in The Trickster’s Lover. It was interesting to revisit a character from a different perspective, and at a very different point in his life.

Thor also makes a brief appearance in this story, which surprised me. I think he’s got more to say in the future.

What’s up next for you?

Finishing my next novel!

I’ve got yet another Norse mythology inspired novel in the works. This one is about Loki’s son Vali, who was turned into a wolf when Loki was imprisoned beneath the earth and then vanished completely from the mythology. In my novel he meets Karen McDonald, a wildlife biologist in Yellowstone National Park who’s trying to bury her own traumatic past.

I don’t want to make any commitments, but I’m hoping to have that novel out in the fall(ish)…

Now, let’s check out Death and Beauty.


Baldr the Beautiful is dead.

Desperate to get back to his privileged role as Óðinn’s favorite son, Baldr strikes a bargain with Hel, the terrifying half living and half skeletal queen of the realm of the dead. He offers her the only thing he’s got: knowledge from the living world. Hel gives him three days. If he can teach her something new, she will return him to the realms of the living.

But the icy Hel seems completely impervious to Baldr’s charms. What’s worse, she already knows everything. By the end of the third day, Baldr realizes he’s only got one chance left to impress her.

Returning to his former life looks like it’s going to depend on Baldr the Beautiful seducing the most formidable woman in the Nine Realms.



The branch trembled, making the delicate green leaves and white flower clusters dance. A single petal shook free to sail across the bright blue sky. It was so beautiful, caught in the golden light of late afternoon. I couldn’t understand why someone was crying.

The flower petal tumbled through the sky, heedless of the voices below. I liked it. I liked it all, the bright sky, the white flowers, the audacious little green leaves. I tried to turn and follow the petal through the sky, but my neck wasn’t quite working. It didn’t matter anyway. Soon the brave little petal would be swallowed by the blackness creeping into my vision, turning the sky into a little, shrinking circle, growing farther and farther away, until it was entirely gone—

Darkness. Darkness and voices, a soft rush of motion. Then something harsh and acrid, like battlefield smoke, stung my nostrils, and my head spun. I tried to open my eyes.

“What happened?” I moaned.

Someone clucked above me. “Don’t move just yet, my boy.”

The voice sounded old and only mildly sympathetic. I ignored it, pushing myself up to sitting. My head throbbed and my stomach surged, making me gag. Soft hands grabbed my arm, dragging me back to the bed. Her grip felt weak, but I didn’t have the strength to resist.

“Where am I?” I whispered, once my stomach stopped roiling.

“You’re dead, dearie.”

I shook my head, making the room spin. “No. That’s not possible.”

She clucked again. My eyes were adjusting to the gloom, and I could just make out a hunched figure tending to a fire. “Oh, that’s what they all say.”

“No, you don’t understand. I’m—”

“Baldr the Beautiful,” she said. “Óðinn’s favorite son. Yes, yes, we know all about you here.”

“But I can’t die. My mother is Frigg. She traveled the Nine Realms, and everything she found—”

“Promised not to harm you. I know. I heard all about it.”

The old woman turned and gave me a sympathetic, tired smile. She looked like a nice woman, but of course you never can tell. “But your mother couldn’t possibly have gotten a promise from every single thing.”

She hobbled a bit closer to the bed, her arms outstretched with a rough wooden bowl in her hands. “Drink this, dearie. It’ll help.”

I tried to push myself up to sitting. Again, my head and stomach revolted, throbbing and churning. The old woman chuckled sympathetically.

“It takes some getting used to, being dead,” she said. “Tell you what, Baldr the Beautiful. Why don’t we talk about the last thing you remember, hmmm?”

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Born and raised in Colorado, Samantha MacLeod has lived in every time zone in the US, and London. She has a bachelor’s degree from Colby College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago; yes, the U. of C. really is where fun comes to die.

Samantha lives with her husband and two small children in the woods of southern Maine. When she’s not shoveling snow or writing steamy sex scenes, Samantha can be found teaching college composition and philosophy to undergraduates who have no idea she leads a double life as an erotica author.

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Please welcome Janine Ashbless to the blog!

Today, I’ve got the fantabulous Janine Ashbless on the blog, and I’m questioning her mercilessly interviewing her about her life in general, and her brand new release.

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Broad at the shoulders and lean at the hips, six foot-and-then-something of ropey muscle, he looks like a Spartan god who got lost in a thrift store. He moves like ink through water. And his eyes, when you get a good look at them, are silver. Not gray. Silver. You might take their inhuman shine for fancy contact lenses. You’d be wrong.

Before we get to more of this amazing-sounding book, we’re going to find out a little more about Janine Ashbless – thanks to my nosy intrepid questions. But first off, Janine–in her own words.



Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology ‘Geek Love’.

Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and – for five years of muddy feet and shouting – as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.

Her work has been described as:

“Hardcore and literate” (Madeline Moore) and “Vivid and tempestuous and dangerous, and bursting with sacrifice, death and love.” (Portia Da Costa


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What’s a typical day like for you?

A losing battle with my laziness.

Do you have any collections?

Cthulhu Mythos books. Ghost story books. Children’s books. Just books, tbh!

Do you have any hobbies?

I own a small wood, so I like to work in that with my chainsaw. I play Dungeons and Dragons. I LARP – dress up like a fantasy warrior and run around hitting orcs with rubber swords.

Do you have any bad habits?

See LARPing above. My parents are still waiting for me to grow out of it!

Are there any skills you’d like to learn?

I wish I’d been taught Latin. It would be so cool, in old churches and museums, to be able to read the stones.

What’s your favorite curse word?


What sound do you love?

Evening birdsong.

What sound do you hate?


Dog or cat person?

Dog – I always have at least two.

City or country?


Get things done early or procrastinate?

Pro …. crastinate

Introvert or extravert?


What do you like best about writing?

Falling in love/lust with my heroes and having wild fictional affairs!

What do you like least?

Promo, lol!

What was your favorite childhood book?

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. I wanted to be an Old One.

(*Bron wiggles and interrupts* Yes! I loved this series!)

Questions about the book.

In Bonds of the Earth is the second story in the Book of the Watchers series and sequel to Cover Him with Darkness. In Bonds of the Earth continues Milja and Azazel’s story. Were there any significant differences in your approach to the two books and your experience writing them?

They were both lovely, exciting books to write, but there were slight differences in my approach. I wrote the first book with an emphasis on a logical (if twisty-turny) plot that would be (if necessary) fairly self-contained. Milja triggers the action with her decision and then is mostly swept along in it.

The second book was about digging down into the motivations, conscious and unconscious, of the various individual protagonists and antagonists who are trying to do each other over. Milja gets a lot more agency; people are listening to her now. And it finishes on a cliff-hanger because by this point I’ve committed to the full trilogy.

What do you like best about Milja?

She evolves from a simple rather geeky girl with all the right intentions into someone who recognizes her own darkness and strength and is much less afraid to harness it. And she turns out to be really kinky…

What do you like best about Azazel?

He’s so confused and confounded by human emotion – he really doesn’t get people. He has the dangerous innocence of a bull in a china shop.

Is there anything you hope readers take away from In the Bonds of the Earth?

Don’t put your faith in any dogma or any set of rules, or any one person no matter how wonderful they may seem. Think for yourselves!

If you were to cast your book as a movie, who would you choose to play your characters? (feel free to include pictures)

Azazel would be played by Aidan Turner:


Milja would be played by model Emina Cunmulaj:


Egan would be played by Tom Wlaschiha:

Tom Wlaschiha

What’s up next for you—care to share a bit?

I’m finishing off the third in the trilogy – The Prison of the Angels – right now! I have an Apocalypse to stop!

Thanks for having me over, Bronwyn!

Thank you for being here! 

And now, let’s have some more about the book!


“I will free them all.”

When Milja Petak released the fallen angel Azazel from five thousand years of imprisonment, she did it out of love and pity. She found herself in a passionate sexual relationship beyond her imagining and control – the beloved plaything of a dark and furious demon who takes what he wants, when he wants, and submits to no restraint. But what she hasn’t bargained on is being drawn into his plan to free all his incarcerated brothers and wage a war against the Powers of Heaven.

As Azazel drags Milja across the globe in search of his fellow rebel angels, Milja fights to hold her own in a situation where every decision has dire consequences. Pursued by the loyal Archangels, she is forced to make alliances with those she cannot trust: the mysterious Roshana Veisi, who has designs of her own upon Azazel; and Egan Kansky, special forces agent of the Vatican – the man who once saved then betrayed her, who loves her, and who will do anything he can to imprison Azazel for all eternity.

Torn every way by love, by conflicting loyalties and by her own passions, Milja finds that she too is changing – and that she must do things she could not previously have dreamt of in order to save those who matter to her.

In Bonds of the Earth is the second in the Book of the Watchers trilogy and the sequel to Cover Him With Darkness.


I was giving my long-dreaded presentation on the anniversary footbridge to Misters Ellis, Singh, Constanzo and Mackenzie…when Azazel walked in.

Oh hell.

“Excuse me, gentlemen,” I said loudly, lurching around from behind my desk, grabbing Azazel’s arm and spinning him back to face the door. “Not here, come on, please,” I implored through clenched teeth.

If there was one thing I’d learned by then, it was to not ignore warning dreams. If I’d paid them more attention from the start, things between me and Egan might have gone very differently back in Montenegro…

No, better not to think of Egan, not when Azazel was around. One guy at a time was quite enough to wrap my head around. Especially this guy.

He humored me though, this time, letting me pull him out of the meeting room and through the open plan office without resistance. We attracted a lot of stares, but there was nothing I could do about that except hold my head high.

“Where are we going?” he asked.

“Out. Anywhere.”

“You’re so impetuous.”

I didn’t need to glance up at his wicked smirk. I could feel it burning its way into my breast.

Bryce, the beardy guy in my new team who’d shown me the ropes of the job and seemed just a tiny bit too eager to talk every morning, stood up from his cubicle to intercept us. “Milja, is everything okay?”

“It’s just fine,” I rasped, towing Azazel faster.

“She’s insatiable,” my demon lover confided with a helpless shrug to my colleague as we swept past.

Bryce stared, mouth open.

“Goddamnit,” I muttered, and Azazel chuckled.

Sometimes it was hard to remember that he’d risked everything to save me.

We reached the doors at the end of the room and I pushed through, past the lobby with the elevators and into the concrete stairwell of the emergency stairs beyond. The only people who came here were smokers on their way to the roof, and it looked empty for now. My panicky momentum fizzled away and I swung to face him.

“What are you doing here?”

“What do you think?” he countered, taking my face in his hands.

“Azazel—” But he cut off my protests with his hungry kiss; a kiss that lanced through me all the way to my core. I gave up resisting, and speaking, and almost breathing, as his lust rolled over me in a hot wet wave. I slid my hands around his neck and tangled my fingers in his messy hair, pulling myself into his embrace. His body was hard as rock, his hands heavy on my waist and hips. The yearning for his touch that smoldered in my flesh day and night woke to a roaring heat.

I’d missed him. His skin, his smile, the peppery scent and salt taste of him. The sweetness of his lips and the harsh rasp of his stubbled chin. I’d missed him so much—like an addict missing her hit.

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Introducing V.s. Morgan – Interview and Giveaway

Before we get to the exciting bits, gather ’round my children, for I must tell you a tale.

Once upon a time, I used to cross stitch like a mad fiend. Not unlike the way I knit now. *ahem* But anyway. I was super in love with a designer named Teresa Wentzler – she had magical designs. Maddening patterns. But I spent hours on them. I also spent hours on the TW bulletin board. Remember those?  And a few other cross stitch boards, too. And while I was scoping out new patterns, fabrics and techniques, I met the coolest person. Her name was V.s., and we hit it off immediately. We emailed all the time, exchanged patterns and talked, talked, talked. I adored this woman to pieces.

After a while, life became somewhat of a shit storm, and I fell into a pretty deep depression. I sort of drifted away from email, cross stitching and everything else. It was enough of an effort to drag myself through the day, let alone communicate meaningfully with anyone. We fell out of touch and email accounts were closed, addresses were lost and I didn’t realize the impact of that until I eventually, started clawing my way out of the gray. And that’s when I realized I had no idea where V.s. was or how to reach her.

I googled. I stalked FB. I googled some more. Every year or so, I’d wash rinse and repeat, but nothing until last month. I got an email on my non-author FB account. IT WAS V.s. AND SHE’S WRITING EROTIC ROMANCE NOW!!! You guys, I was so damn excited! I can’t even begin to tell you! I’m so happy that we’re in touch again. And now, I want to introduce her to you, too. Because she’s awesome! And I want to tell you about her new release!

First, the questions!

General Random Sorts of Questions

o   What’s a typical day like for you?

I work full-time so I have the daily morning run-around of breakfast (and doing some quick author business), making lunches for hubby and me, and taking care of the pets before heading to work. I typically work an eight hour day, sometimes more. Then I’m home to make dinner and check in with my son to make sure he’s on track with his homework. I write or do author business in the early evening but try to shut down and read/listen books out loud with the fam to decompress, otherwise I have trouble sleeping. On the weekends, I shop and clean house with fam’s help, and cram in as much of writing as I can.

o   What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

It took a team effort, but I consider my marriage my greatest accomplishment. I met my husband in college, and we were married after graduation. We have weathered death of family members, health issues, several moves, layoffs, etc. and are still going strong. We celebrate our 20th anniversary next summer. Not bad for two “kids” with divorced parents and dysfunctional families.

o   Do you have any collections?

I still have the comic books my brother and I collected as teenagers. It’s fun to look through them with my son.

I like ladybugs, so friends and family have given me items with ladybugs on them.

My eReader has a boat load of books on it, so I’d consider that a collection.

Finally, I have a ton of cross-stitch ‘stash,’ patterns, fabric, and fibers.

o   What are your hobbies?

Cross-stitching is one of my favorite hobbies. I learned as a teenager, but took it up seriously after college. I love taking a blank piece of fabric and making something beautiful. It’s super relaxing, and I find it helps focus my mind when I’m plotting a story.

I also enjoy spending time outdoors, walking, bird watching, and just plain enjoying being out in the fresh air.

o   Are there any skills you’d like to learn?

I’d like to learn to play the electric guitar. That’s what’s at the top of my head at the moment. I’m one of those people who love to learn new things. 

o   What’s your favorite word?


o   What’s your least favorite word?


o   What sound do you love?


o   What sound do you hate?

Someone using a nail clipper or a fork scraping a plate. Anything metallic like that sets me on edge.

o   What’s your favorite curse word?

Shit, but I’ll go with fuck when scared (e.g. by spider), hurt, or really pissed.

o   What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

 I like what I do, except I’d want a job where I had more time to write. When I retire, I’d like to volunteer at a nature center.

o   What profession would you not like to do?

I don’t think I could hack working in the sewers.

o   Dog or cat person?

Dog person. I like cats too but am allergic.

o   Coffee or tea?

Both, but coffee more often.

o   City or country?


o   Star Wars or Star Trek?

Both. However, I am a bigger Star Wars fan – of the original trilogy.  We will not speak of the prequels.

o   Buffy, Angel or Firefly?

All. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan. I watched every single episode of all three of these series. I can’t even rank order them – it’s like picking a favorite child. Wow, I’m a geek. 😉


o   Pirate or ninja?

Pirate. Westley aka Dread Pirate Roberts (The Princess Bride) and Captain Jack Sparrow are hands down awesome!

o   Morning or night person?

I used to be a total night owl, but now I have to get up at 5:30 for work so can’t stay up late like I used to. I’m not a fan of mornings either, so I call myself an evening person. 

o   Procrastinator or get things done early?

I try to get things done in a timely manner and am fairly organized, but I also procrastinate especially if it’s something I’m not thrilled to be doing. 

o   Introvert or Extrovert?

I lean towards being an Introvert, yet I’m very outgoing in my comfort zones and with friends.

o   What do you like best about writing?

Creating something new that entertains readers.

o   What do you like least?

The cycle of doubt is it good/not good or getting stuck mid story.

o   Do you have a day job aside from writing?

Yes, I’m a Project Manager. It requires a lot of organization and communication both internally and with clients. I enjoy it but it doesn’t fulfill my creative side, so extremely happy I’m a writer, as well.

o   If you were a book, which book would you be – and why?

Wow, this was a tough one. I think I’d be Jane Eyre. I started out by humble means, survived some crazy times and people, and with quiet determination came out on top on my own terms. And I’m married to a guy who’s tall, mostly dark, and handsome. Rawr! 😉

o   If you were a song, which song would you be – and why?

“Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin Park. I connect with this song for the reasons mentioned above.

Book Related Questions

Hunter’s Mark is a multicultural mm romance, and it looks fabulous. I can’t wait to read it! Can you tell us what inspired the story?

Decadent Publishing has an open call for twisted fairytales. In order not to receive a hundred Cinderella stories, Decadent randomly assigned a story to each author who signed up for the challenge. I was assigned Grimm’s “The Skillful Huntsman.”

I folded elements from the original story into my own version but it’s largely my creation not a straight re-telling. As we like to say, “It’s not your mama’s Grimm.” 

I’d like to hear about Hunter and Casey – can you share a bit?

Hunter is a foul-mouthed, street-smart master assassin who is also a wolf shifter. He uses the money from his jobs to help care for his mom and disabled sister. Although he’s a gun-for-hire, Hunter has a moral code. He will not kill innocents or shifters. Hunter is a hardcore badass, but he’s also funny, loyal, and very sexy.

Casey is a potter who lives in Eugene, Oregon. He was raised by his human adopted mother. He’s also a wolf shifter but didn’t know he was different until puberty and doesn’t know other shifters exist. He represses his wolf to stay safe. Casey is sweet and sassy. His default mode is being happy, and this ginger can be sexy as hell.

Can you tell us about any upcoming stories?

I recently contracted Sam’s Temptation with Decadent Publishing. It’s a sequel to The Giftbut can be read as a standalone. It’s a multicultural foodie romance set in Montana and is the first het romance I’ve submitted for publication. I’m starting the editing process soon.

I’ve also started writing the sequel to Hunter’s Mark. Its working title is Rex’s Mate and is centered on Hunter’s smartass best friend, Rex. I loved writing him in HM! And we’ll see a lot of Hunter and Casey too.

Title: Hunter’s Mark

Author: V.S. Morgan
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Length: 74 pages
Genre(s): Contemporary Erotic I/R M/M Paranormal Romance

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Release Date October 10, 2014
Artist Casey Smith lives a quiet life, under the radar of his enemies, until one fateful night he loses control and the astonishing image of a wolf racing down a suburban street splashes all over social media.

Hunter’s bullet never misses its target. The assassin seeks out and kills his prey with a clear conscience by following two simple rules: 1) Don’t kill innocents 2) Don’t kill shifters. 

Realizing his latest assignment violates those rules, the hunter activates Princess Protocol and the assassin becomes the protector. Red hot attraction flares between the hit man and his former target. Can Hunter resist the sweet shifter in his care?

He stepped closer to Casey’s stall but stumbled over something small and furry. The toe of one Birkenstock caught on a clump of grass as he attempted not to trample the little beast, and he ass-planted with said beast jumping onto his chest to give him a broad doggie smile.

His buddy laughed piss-your-pants-hard in his ear. Fuck a duck.

“Miss Priscilla!”

The target he’d worked so hard to observe remotely sank to the ground between his sprawled-out legs, peeling the tiny hairball off his chest and setting it on the ground.

“I’m so sorry! Are you okay?”

Big blue eyes fringed with long, pale lashes scanned his body while strong yet gentle hands moved over his ankles and legs, searching for an injury. Oh, a toucher. His wolf basked in the tactile attention. His breath hitched as those hands glided past his knees and skimmed his thighs.

Damn, he needed to get laid after this assignment.

“Oh, my, what a li’l sweetie. Look at those freckles! I wonder if he’s got them everywhere. I’d like to lick them,” Rex crowed in his ear.

He growled.

The other man chortled. “Possessive, much?”

He inhaled deeply, only to be slammed with the force of a Mack truck. Strawberries on a warm summer’s day and fresh-cut grass—shit, his target smelled delicious. He took another breath, and his brain reeled. He’s a wolf shifter, too? Fuck.

Casey’s brows furrowed. “Where are you hurt?”

He forced a smile. “I’m fine. No worries.”

Casey returned the smile, his wide and high beam combined with sparkling eyes. Hunter stared as warmth wrapped around him like a blanket. He had no ammo against such a happy, open expression. 

The guy freaking glowed.

About the Author:
V.S. Morgan has lived all over the US but calls Minnesota her home now. Her family includes her hubby, son, and a menagerie of pets.

She’s been writing stories since she could hold a pencil and dreams of happily ever afters – even for two hot men – because love knows no boundaries. V.S. writes MC/IR contemporary, paranormal, and suspense m/m and m/f with heart. She plans to branch into fantasy and sci fi romance, as well.

V.S. is a GLBT ally and a lifetime contributor of The Trevor Project.

Facebook and Goodreads: V.S. Morgan
Twitter: @vsmorgan1

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Interview with Gwendolyn Cease and More about Mated


General Random Sorts of Questions 
for Gwendolyn Cease

What’s a typical day like for you? Right now my typical day is spent going between job hunting and writing. I usually do quite a bit of social media in the morning. After lunch I am on the Internet job searching, then in the late afternoon and into the evening I write.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? I have two greatest accomplishments. The first would be actually finishing a book and submitting it for publication. My second would be going to college. I didn’t go right after high school. Instead, I went out and got a job. Luckily, for me I began working at a local university. I now have 2 undergraduates and a masters in teaching.

Do you have any collections? Unfortunately, yes. I collect dolls, but not things like Madame Alexander. Nope, I go for the weird and eclectic. So I have Begoths, which I love. I also collect music, because I listen to it all the time.

What are your hobbies? I love to knit and I make jewelry. Also, my sister and I are getting into polymer clay.

Are there any skills you’d like to learn? I’d love to get more skilled at knitting. I really want to make my own sweater one day.

What sound do you love? I love the sound of waves hitting the shore. My favorite vacation was when I went to Mexico and sat by the ocean for an entire week. It was amazingly relaxing.

What sound do you hate? Loud, booming music coming from cars. I love music, but when all I can hear is the heavy bass that’s not music.

What’s your favorite curse word? Fuck, of course. It’s a multi-use word. You can punctuate a sentence with it or, even better, it can be used all by its lonesome and everyone knows what you’re talking about.

Dog or cat person? I love both, but I have cats now and just love them.

Coffee or tea? Tea! But it has to be loose leaf and brewed correctly. *sigh* I’m a tea snob.

City or country? Country. My cousin has a 15-acre farm and I love it out there. It’s so quiet and she has a creek that runs through her property with a waterfall. Totally amazing to sit and listen to it. I would love to have a house near the woods one day with my own stream and waterfall.

Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek. My dad introduced me to it when I was a kid and I’ve watched every single incarnation of it on TV and at the movies.

Buffy, Angel or Firefly? Firefly because I love Nathan Fillion. He is an amazing actor and just seems to be a genuinely nice person.

Pirate or ninja? Ninja! The whole idea of working covertly is so cool. But if someone does discover who you are, you can just whip up on them and disappear into the night.

Morning or night person? Night. I’ve always been a night person and I find I get the most work done at night. The later it gets the more awake and ready to go I am.

Procrastinator or get things done early? Procrastinator! Ask any of my friends and they will tell you. I’m really bad about putting things off until the last second. On the flipside, when I was in college I tried to get everything done early. I kept a calendar of when papers were due and I would crank them out one at a time.

Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert. I love being with people. I love talking with and learning about people. I love hanging out with my friends. But at a certain point I have to leave because I’m exhausted. It takes all my energy to be ON. So I have to retreat to someplace quiet so I can be alone, read, listen to music, write.

What do you like best about writing? I love making up my own worlds, places and people. I love the process of sitting down and just having the story roll out onto the page.

What do you like least? When I’m forced to do something other than write, especially when the story is flowing and I have to leave it to do something else.

Do you have a day job aside from writing? I did, I worked at a museum as an educator, but was laid off back in July. So, while I look for another job, I am spending all my time writing. So far I’ve finished 2 books so I’ve certainly been keeping busy.

Laira Marshall had to admit—getting kidnapped wasn’t something she’d expected. Discovering her kidnappers were aliens who planned on selling her into sexual slavery, definitely tipped the scales into the truly bizarre. But she’s determined to fight her way through this—until their slave ship is attacked, and Laira’s faced with an entirely new problem.
Rakin and Dev are the leaders of the Sandaki—a race genetically engineered to fight. Using their enhanced traits, they’ve freed their people and have devoted their lives to seeking out those who enslaved them. They never considered the concept of love—or that one woman could bring them to their knees.

With unknown enemies working against them, the three lovers must come together not only to save themselves, but the Sandaki race itself.


Book Related Questions

Mated is a sci-fi ménage, and, I know from beta-ing it, it’s fabulous. Can you tell us what inspired the story?

It actually came from a dream I had. Totally bizarre, off the wall kind, but when I woke up I thought, “Okay, what would happen if aliens came here to kidnap someone?” I was in school, at the time and I decided to make Laira a student, so it made it easy for me to really identify with her state of mind. Rakin and Dev showed up due to another book I was plotting. The story revolved around two warriors buying a sex slave at auction. So, I kind of mashed the stories together and ended up with Mated.

I’d like to hear a little bit about Laira, Rakin and Dev – can you share a bit?

Laira is a regular, ever day person. She doesn’t possess any special powers or skills. She works full-time and goes to school part-time, just like a lot of people do. I wanted readers to be able to identify with her, even though she’s in this totally crazy situation. Rakin and Dev are warriors and the ultimate leaders of their people. The Sandaki are a race that were created to fight, but managed to free themselves. When the three of them meet, they really don’t know what to make of each other. They know they belong together, but they don’t understand one another.

Can you tell us about any upcoming stories? Will we see more from this world?

The next book I’m working on is called Hard Time and it’s a straight contemporary romance. I think it will release in February. After that I’m back to the Promises vampire series I release through Resplendence Publishing. This book is called Broken Promise and will feature Reaper and Quenton. As for my people in Mated, yes I will continue that story since Laira wasn’t the only woman rescued from the slavers. Her three best friends Chal, Garja, and Isha couldn’t go home so they will certainly need stories.

Gwendolyn Cease has been writing ever since she was old enough to pick up a pen. From the very beginning, her stories involved handsome heroes, tough heroines, and happily ever after. Even as she slogged through two undergraduate degrees and a master’s in education, writing remained top priority. Though she now works full-time as a history museum educator, she still makes time for her characters and their never-ending adventures.

Currently, Gwendolyn lives in Kentucky with her incredibly spoiled cats. If you’d like to contact her, she’d love to hear from you. She loves to hear from anyone who enjoys a good book, especially the ones she’s written. You can email her at

Interview with Kris Norris and More about Ricochet


General Random Sorts of Questions for Kris Norris

What’s a typical day like for you? I don’t really have a typical day, but I have stuff I do EVERYDAY. So, obviously, getting up. Yeah, don’t really like that one. I’m a night person. But the morning is generally getting kids off to school, running/working out and dealing with emails and other work stuff. Sometimes I write for a few hours, then run, sometimes not. Afternoons are writing editing and creating cover art or a combination of them, having kids come home then on to evening stuff. Could be writing, hockey, aerial arts, meetings…so basically nothing exciting and I have no life.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Do kids count as accomplishments? How about staying sane? Not plotting to murder anyone? Other than that, I each new book feels like my greatest accomplishment. The feeling you get when you finish and it’s out there—priceless.
Do you have any collections? I’m in the midst of trying to collect  ‘give a damns’ but it’s not going near as well as I’d hoped. I’m also trying to collect sexy, bare-chested men who will do my biding like minions. Yeah, that one’s still in the works. Other than that, I seem to collect stray animals, but don’t have any real collections, like stamps, or rocks. I’m IN a few book collections…does that count? 
Are there any skills you’d like to learn? Hell yes. Besides the fact I wish I could knit up sweaters and scarves in the blink of an eye, I’d like to learn how to kick box. And to do parkour. Don’t laugh. I know we’re going to need it for the upcoming zombie apocalypse. We. Will. Prepare!
What’s your favorite word? Oh, I hope this isn’t a G-rated blog. Because FUCK is my favourite word. It is. I’m girl enough to admit it. It just fits so many situations. My next favourite is ‘eh. Hello! Canadian here. And I do say ‘eh. All the time.
What’s your least favorite word? I’m a pretty liberal person. At home, I’m cool with most words, but there is ony one forbidden one at the house. Cunt. I know. I just can’t stand that word for some reason.
What sound do you love? I love the sound of thunder. Loons calling on a lake. Hawks and eagles, too. Children laughing and a children’s choir singing. I also love the sound of waves lapping on the beach.
What sound do you hate? Whining. Incessant, endless whining. And metal on metal, though I think that’s because nothing good ever comes from that.
What’s your favorite curse word? Same as above, people. Fuck it is.
Dog or cat person? I have both, but I am definitely a dog person. Cats are too independent, lol.
Coffee or tea? Tea. I hate coffee. In all forms.
City or country? Country all the way. Not sure you could pay me enough to live in the city.
Star Wars or Star Trek? Both, but probably Star Trek if pressed.
Buffy, Angel or Firefly? Oh come on. That’s not fair. I can’t choose from those. Firefly maybe, but damn, Angel… not choosing. Not going to do it and you can’t make me.
Pirate or ninja? Um, the parkour thing above. Ninja. All the way.
Morning or night person? Answered this as well. Night person.
Procrastinator or get things done early? I’m sorry. I don’t understand the meaning of that phrase…get things done early. Is that a foreign concept I’m not aware of? Isn’t it the law to barely scrape things together on time?
Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert…mostly. Though I love my alone time.
Do you have a day job aside from writing? I edit and I make cover art. I actually made the cover for RICOCHET, and I quite love it.
If you were a song, which song would you be – and why? The song I’d like to be, and foolishly convince myself I am— Witchy Woman. The reason… these lyrics—Raven hair, ruby lips, sparks fly from her fingertips, echoed voices in the night, she’s a restless spirit on an endless flight.
Have you heard a song that reminds you of someone today? If so, what was it and why? I have a song on my playlist for running, so yes, I heard it today. It’s Goodbyes by 3 Doors Down and I always think of Jessica Jarman as it’s the song that is about her Arthurian Collection ~ Albion’s Circle. At least, it is in my head.

A moment he can’t take back…
An unlucky rebound has left US Marshal Ashton Kane broken. His partner’s dead and, consumed by guilt, he’s walked out on the only woman he’ll ever love.
A love she can’t forget…
Cassidy Ryan has tried to move on. Losing the love of her life cut deep, but she vowed she wouldn’t let it break her. And she’s finally taking back her life—until she stumbles upon a deadly encounter that threatens to destroy everything and everyone around her.
One last chance at redemption…

Ash has fooled himself into believing Cassidy’s better off without him—until she puts her life on the line, forcing him to face the demons that still whisper in the dark—or risk losing her. Again. Only this time, it’ll be no one’s fault, but his.


Book Related Questions

Ricochet is a romantic suspense, and having read it already, I can’t say enough good things about it!. Can you tell us what inspired the story? And what draws you to the suspense/thriller genre?

Inspiration—that fickle bitch that seems to come and go as she pleases. Honestly, the beginning scene—Ash at the gravesite, his entire life ruined by a chance bounce—just popped into my head one day. And I knew I had to go from there. That he’d be broken by that single moment and the book would be about him struggling to claw his way back.

I’d like to hear about Ash and Cassidy – can you share a bit?

Um, ok. Ash is a US Marshal—a born protector. He’s got a great sense of humour and is sexy as sin. But he experiences a gutting loss and this sends him on a downward spiral. He doesn’t want to hurt Cassidy but can’t see past his own pain. Believes she’s better off with the shell of a man he’s become. He likes to do things by the book because he knows that shit happens when you break the rules. Though he’ll bend them if necessary.

Cassidy is strong. Determined. She doesn’t let things beat her. She’s also caring and forgiving. I like strong female leads and Cassidy has strength to spare. She’s quick on her feet and doesn’t let Ash’s dominant side diminish her dominance.

Can you tell us about any upcoming stories? What’s coming up next for you? Will you be doing more romantic suspense?

My next book will most likely be the second in my Tombstone series. It’s an old west shifter series where at least one of the main characters in each book is a US Marshal… shocking, I know. I also have CENTREFOLD re-releasing with Totally Bound. It’s now a full-length novel and it’s definitely a suspense/thriller book. It’ll be out in January. After that, I’ll finally have another vampire book out from my Dark Prophecy series. It’s been a long time coming, lol.

And yes, I will be writing more suspense novels, mostly because they are my favourite. My fallback. I have a thriller planned for next fall at the very least and I’m sure another one somewhere between.

Author, single mother, slave to chaos—she’s a jack-of-all-trades who’s constantly looking for her ever elusive clone.

Kris started writing some years back, and it took her a while to realize she wasn’t destined for the padded room, and that the voices chattering away in her head were really other characters trying to take shape—and since they weren’t telling her to conquer the human race, she went with it. Though she supposes if they had…insert evil laugh.
Kris loves writing erotic novels. She loves heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life and sizzling sex scenes that leave you feeling just a bit breathless.

Interview with Jessica Jarman and More about In My Veins


General Random Sorts of Questions 
for Jess Jarman

What’s a typical day like for you? I don’t think I have a typical day. LOL I could desperately use one, though. I think I could do with a bit of routine and organization in my life. 🙂
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Oh wow, big question… I’d have to say, personally, seeing my kids grow up to be responsible and caring people (they’re not all the way there but making progress) and knowing I played a bit of a role in that. Professionally? Writing and publishing the Albion’s Circle series. It was a leap of faith on my part, to be sure. The story was there and I so badly wanted to tell it but had so many doubts. I’d never written New Adult, never written in first person, never written anything like this at all. I had many, many moments of doubt and fears of falling short. So finishing and releasing two of the series so far… Yeah, say that is my greatest accomplishment professionally at this point.
Do you have any collections? LOL I just did a blog post about collections and realized the only ones I really have are way too many pictures of Colin Morgan and Bradley James.
Are there any skills you’d like to learn? I’d like to know how to knit. I can do basic knit and purl stitches, and can make a square/rectangle. Yes, a square/rectangle. That’s it. *sigh* I’d like to learn to knit more things because I love scarves (though I can DO basic scarves w/knit and purl….it’s a long rectangle I can do that! But you know different kinds would be nice), hats, sweaters, etc and would like to be able to  make them.
What’s your favorite word? Love. I know it’s a bit corny but someone saying “I love you” or as an endearment… *sigh* I LOVE love.
What’s your least favorite word? Pus. Because, well, PUS. Yuck.
What sound do you love? Waves.
What sound do you hate? Sound of someone vomiting. *shudder*
What’s your favorite curse word? Fuck.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt? This was actually a hard one because I love what I do and think it’s the greatest job EVAH. But if I had to choose, I’d say literature professor. I love the written word and would want to share that.
What profession would you not like to do? From experience, I know I couldn’t work in health care. Bless those who do. I worked as a nursing assistant for a while and I burned out quickly. Definitely not for me.
Dog or cat person? Actually love both, but will have to go with dog person because I’m more allergic to cats than dogs.
Coffee or tea? It used to be coffee, but I’m definitely more of a tea drinker now. And my gut thanks me.
City or country? Oh hard one. I prefer the country until I need something in the middle of the night and yearn for a 24/7 store. I like the convenience of the city. 
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Trek
Buffy, Angel or Firefly? You can’t make me choose! Nope. I will rank them, though. Buffy, Firefly, Angel.
Pirate or ninja? Pirate. Arrrrrg.
Morning or night person? Night owl all the way. You really don’t want to experience me in the morning.
Procrastinator or get things done early? Total procrastinator. I own it.
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert. Definitely need my alone time to recharge.
What do you like best about writing? Creating worlds and relationships and living vicariously through my characters.
What do you like least? When life gets in the way. Sometimes, it’s unavoidable, but sometimes, it’s a case of me needing to grow a pair and say no – and not feel guilty about it. Writing is such a huge part of who I am that when I don’t, it throws everything off.
If you were a song, which song would you be – and why? Matchbox Twenty’s “Unwell”. It speaks to me, I guess. I’ve dealt with depression in my life, and it’s taken me a long time to accept that it doesn’t define who I am. And also the downs? They’re temporary – “Stay a while and maybe then you’ll see a different side of me…” And that was a whole lot deeper of a question than at first glance. O.o

Anna is his. Merlin has failed. The Circle is broken. After being defeated in every lifetime, Mordred believes he has finally won.
Even though Anna has little hope of gaining Merlin’s forgiveness for believing Mordred over him and the rest of the Circle, she isn’t giving up and vows to set things right. When an offer of help comes from an unlikely ally, Anna must trust her instincts—the very thing that got her into this mess in the first place.
Because more than just her survival hangs in the balance. Mordred took her for a reason. Anna is the key. The key to completing the Circle. The key to preventing unthinkable death and destruction at Mordred’s hand. The key to destroying the heart of a wizard whose love has followed her through the ages.
But Mordred has forgotten exactly what he is up against. Arthur and his Knights. The most powerful Magical to ever walk the Earth. And a love a thousand years in the making.



Book Related Questions

In My Veins is the second installment of your Albion’s Circle series, and having read it already, I’m here to say it’s freaking spectacular. Can you tell us what inspired the series?

First, thank you! I adore this series. I’ve always wanted to write something with Arthurian legend. I have mad, mad love for all things Arthurian. It’s just never happened until now. I had this inkling of an idea for a story—it all started with Anna. Her dreams, which she didn’t realize were memories from past lives, and how they affected her. The Arthurian stuff just layered in from there.
I really, really wanted to write it, but as I mentioned above the whole thing scared me—it was totally outside my comfort zone. Then, I had the idea that maybe the three of us who do Merlin Club could do something with this. Merlin Club…stories inspired by Arthurian Legend…it fit, yeah? 

And honestly it wasn’t intended to be a series, but as I got into book one, The Deepest Cut, it became abundantly clear that this wasn’t a story that could be told in one book. 

It’s no secret that I adored the first book in this series and I’m thrilled about this next installment, but for readers who haven’t read the first one yet, can you share a bit about Merlin, Anna and the Circle?

The Circle is a group of six. Three Magicals—Merlin, Morgana and Anna. Three non-Magicals—Arthur, Lancelot and Galahad. In their first life in Camelot, when Mordred became a threat to more than just the kingdom, the six came together and formed the Circle to defeat him. The catch was they would be brought back whenever magic threatens the world. They’ve been brought back many times, and the books focus on their current lives in modern times. 

In the original life, Merlin was cursed by Mordred to always feel the pain of losing Anna, to never find rest. So Merlin has spent every lifetime trying to save Anna and bring her back to the Circle. Until now, he’s failed, and that has had a profound effect on him. In this life, even when it seems like Anna is safe, the threat to her is always on Merlin’s mind, and he’ll do anything to eliminate that threat. 

Anna is complicated. The dreams she’s had since she was a child scare her and push her to do some pretty self-destructive things. When Merlin finds her and she finds out the dreams are actually memories, Anna has to deal with that, deal with discovering her magic and deal with the current magical threat they’ve been brought back to face. 

Can you tell us about any upcoming stories? What can we expect from the next book?

The third Albion’s Circle book, Edge of Darkness, will be out in February 2015. It will be following Anna and Merlin closely in their relationship as well as the big picture with Mordred and the threat he poses. This book will delve into Arthur more than the first two did—it’s great fun to get inside his head. There are some twists and turns in the next book, as well, but you’ll just have to wait for those. 

On other fronts, I haven’t abandoned erotic romance. I still love it and will continue to write it. Some upcoming projects—a younger man/older woman story with D/s elements, a paranormal MMF, a Yooper (!) story with ghosts and things that go bump in the night.

Yeah, I’ll be busy for a while. 😀 

Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger, and rather obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she is a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When she’s not working to get words on the page, Jessica passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over her favorite shows or curling up with a good book.

Please Welcome the Awesome Anya Breton!

Anya’s got a new release – well, technically, she’s got like three, but today, she’s here to talk about Guarded Heart and also a little bit about her self because I ask nosy questions. (And I also use a lot of commas.)

But first, let’s find out a little about Guarded Heart and then the nosy questions!

Title: Guarded Heart
Series: N/A
Author: Anya Breton
Genre: Paranormal erotic romance (MF)
Release Date: April 18th
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: 50,000
Heat Level: Erotic

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Someone is trying to kill high priest Morgan Seaton, but the last person he wants protecting him is people-hater Brook Calder—a fellow Water witch from his youth. He values the witches of his coven too much to put them in danger from her shoot-first-ask-questions-later methods. But the head of Neptune’s Rangers assures Morgan that Brook is the best of the best, and attempts on his life are a weekly occurrence, so Morgan has no choice but to accept the help from the one witch he’s never been able to persuade.
If they can stop giving into their scorching desire everywhere—including the back of a limo or the bathroom floor—he might survive long enough to find out who wants him dead.
Morgan had barely kept his hands to himself when the Ranger had joined him and his companions minutes ago. He’d wanted to caress her generous breasts through the silk until her nipples strained for release. He would have settled for a hand at her waist. Touching her had become integral to the success of his evening. That meant Mira had to go.
For her own safety, of course.
Morgan nudged her toward the coat check. “I’ll tell anyone who asks that you came only because I’d asked and your illness sent you home.”
“What illness? I feel fine.” She dug the heels of her designer pumps into the gaudy-patterned carpet. “Really, Morgan—”
“It’s too dangerous,” he said for the seventh time, ignoring the satin fabric beneath his fingers as he pressed her shoulder toward the counter because acknowledging it would invite comparisons to other satin fabrics.
“Whoever it is would be foolish to try anything at a party,” she said.
Was that why Brook had let him walk out without her? Thank the god of the ocean the Ranger couldn’t read his silent irritation that she hadn’t shackled herself to his hip. Or something a little closer to the center.
Morgan scrubbed a hand over his face. “I was nearly shot. In public. I’m taking no chances with anyone.”
“But yourself.”
“As I told you. It would be suspicious if I hid away.”
“That’s ridiculous—”
“And whoever it was would take it out on those I care for.” He hadn’t meant to look Mira in the eye when he spoke the words. No doubt she’d read it as a soulful gaze—one with far more emotion behind it than he meant to broadcast. For a Water witch, Mira was obtuse regarding the emotions of others. But then he had been with her as well.
“Please,” he said with a low sigh. “I take my people’s safety very seriously.”
“But you don’t take your own seriously.”
“I will. In fact, I shouldn’t be away from Brook for long.”
Mira’s eyes narrowed into fine slivers. The drawing sensation coincided with what he’d felt from her the moment he’d spotted her dark head of hair. Jealousy still. Morgan might have assured her there was nothing to concern herself over. He didn’t.
A part of him, initially small but quickly widening with disturbing speed, wanted Brook despite their vast differences. Perhaps because of them.
“Take care, Mira,” he said in distraction when the line opened for his assistant to fetch her things. “I’ll call…”
He didn’t finish his thought because he’d forgotten what it was, if he’d known to begin with. How could he remember a damn thing when his attention was riveted on her?
How had Irvin persuaded Brook to dance? And why did the formerly gangly female have to move with grace foreign to a tomboy? How had she learned to move like that?
Who had taught her?
Never before had Morgan felt inclined to harm his uncle. But the hand inches below Brook’s flared hips should have been his, not Irvin’s. And never had he experienced the urge to drag a woman out by her hair.
The image of his fingers slicing through those spiked, cropped locks flared in his mind’s eye. He’d let the tips of his digits linger at her nape until she shivered with desire. Only when he’d drawn a reaction with the heat of his gaze would he slide the straps of her gown over her bare shoulders.
Morgan’s cock roused when Brook’s gaze met his across the dance floor. And she shivered. Deliberately he stepped to the wall rather than cut into their dance. He couldn’t be trusted. Laughable that, considering he was the most principled male he knew. Brook had always gotten him in the worst trouble.
His uncle sent a glance over his shoulder. Irvin’s lips quivered in the mere moment Morgan had seen his face. And then he was bent over Brook’s figure, whispering in her ear. Morgan’s chest tightened at the sight of them in the intimate embrace.
Brook jerked her head to the right. A shapely shoulder appeared beyond Irvin’s frame. As soon as Morgan had seen it, it disappeared behind his uncle’s body.
Frustration. Hers. He could feel it across the room without an empathic link. Morgan shot forward in time to hear her protesting.
“He’s a sitting duck alone over there and I don’t want to dance.”
“You were dancing peacefully while he stroked Mira,” Irvin said before he realized Morgan was within earshot.
Stroked Mira? Was the male trying to make Brook jealous? Morgan’s gaze switched to hers, eager to know if it had worked. Her eyes were narrow, but the emotion he noted when his empathic link snapped into place wasn’t jealousy. No, it was more irritation.
Brook Lochlan was one giant ball of vexation—a sexy ball in a slinky gown that left little to the imagination.
But she wasn’t Brook Lochlan any longer. How could he have forgotten she’d married?
He knew how. Morgan hadn’t wanted to remember. Lust had made him stupid.
“May I cut in?” he asked of his uncle now that he’d successfully iced his baser needs.
“If you must,” Irvin said with stiffness he ordinarily reserved for their opposition. “We were enjoying each other’s company.”
A glance at Brook merited no assistance. Her plump lips were set together as they often were, neither thinner nor poutier than normal. She’d been arguing when he’d arrived. But she wasn’t arguing now even though Irvin had lied.
Or had Morgan misunderstood what he’d overheard? It would have been easy, especially given how badly he’d wanted to believe she hadn’t been enjoying herself.
Still Morgan stepped into their space. Irvin released her waist and her hand and then moved with a mocking flourish to the left.
“Do try to enjoy the rest of the dance.” Irvin’s sardonic emphasis pointed out the fleeting moments left in the ensemble’s current piece. He sauntered into the crowd without a backward glance.
Morgan’s attention slipped away, settling upon Brook’s face—her glaring face.
“I was getting somewhere with him when you interrupted,” she said.
“You were trying to stop dancing when I interrupted.”
“What I was saying and what I was doing were two different things.”
“You?” Morgan brought his head back to give her a once-over. The motion was meant to be feigned incredulousness—a mocking gesture she’d surely understand. Instead, Morgan had noted how the silky fabric of the gown skimmed her inner thighs far too closely. Lust he’d thought he’d conquered melted his brief, icy resolve.
“What is that supposed to mean?” she ground out before recognizing the scene they created. Brook stomped forward in her silver sandals. She grabbed hold of his hands, setting one to her waist and the other out to the side, exactly as he should have done.
It was an open invitation to touch her. And touch her he did, forming his fingers over her firm hip. Her breasts thrust between them, barely avoiding the brush of his chest. Morgan didn’t allow himself the pleasure of stepping forward to fix that.
“It means that you don’t like pretending,” he said when she cleared her throat in noisy impatience. “The old Brook Lochlan wouldn’t have said one thing and done another.”
“The old Brook Lochlan wasn’t a Ranger,” she said at a volume the vanilla humans wouldn’t hear. “She still doesn’t like pretending, but sometimes it’s required for the job. And what the crap am I doing speaking about myself in the third person? There is no Brook Lochlan anymore. There’s only me. Brook Calder.” Her profile swung away—an avoidance tactic.
“I never thought I’d see the day you’d be a married woman.”
Brook’s gaze snapped back, fixing on his probing eyes. Confusion. It wasn’t in her expression but he sensed it in her. He sensed everything—the frustration, the confusion, the resentment and the desire.
The link wobbled. Uncertainty. And then she opened her mouth. “I’m not married.”
Morgan experienced brief relief that he hadn’t been drooling over a married woman for days. Words tumbled from his mouth he’d not meant to ask her. “Is that against Ranger rules?”
She gave a mirthless laugh. “No.”
“Were you married?”
“Priest Seaton, the surname is my mother’s. I took it after my father died. You could have asked instead of fishing.”
“Fishing is what Water witches do best.”
“No, Water witches feel emotions best. And yours are all over the place. Focus on one. It will help you calm the others.”
“You don’t want me to focus on one, Brook.”
Her head tilted to the right, a weary expression that didn’t fit what he sensed from her. “You’re just going to have to fight it.”
“What if I don’t want to fight it?” He let his hand slip down her hip to her derrière. It clenched beneath his palm—a taut, wonderful bit of muscle he imagined gripping while he plunged into her repeatedly.
And then his hand headed up when he realized he’d brushed nothing beneath her gown. He searched for the band, for the line of elastic that had to circle her hips.
“What are you doing?” came her sharp voice when his fingers grazed up her hip to her waist.
Morgan leaned forward, setting his lips to her ear. “You wore panties, Brook, you had to.”
“In this thing? Are you crazy?” She tried to pull away but he clamped his arms around her waist, holding her where she was. “I didn’t have anything that wouldn’t show.”
Using her to hide the erection straining at his tuxedo slacks probably wasn’t the best of ideas. But it was her fault. “Neptune’s net, are you trying to drive me mad?”
“Of course not—”
He inhaled the brisk scent of her skin near his lips, barely resisting the urge to kiss the tender patch behind her ear. He believed her. It wasn’t simply that he experienced her indignation.
Brook wouldn’t intentionally try to seduce him. Morgan doubted she’d know the first thing about making a male lust after her. And that made him want her more.
“Next time you force me into formalwear, I’ll be sure to wear panties,” she said breathlessly.
“See that you do, or I guarantee you won’t be in your formalwear for long.”
Morgan shoved away from her, unable to stand her sweet heat, firm body and thrilling scent a moment longer. He didn’t look back no matter how badly he wanted to know if her nipples strained the fabric. Because if he did, he knew he’d drag her out by the hair exactly as he’d wanted to minutes earlier.
Now it’s time to get to know Anya better, and that means…nosy question time! And also bio and links!

Author Bio:
Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. She lives in the Midwest with her significant other.
Author web links:

 The Questions:

 o   Do you have any collections?

§  I collect rubber chickens of all sizes. I have little baby, 1 inch long chickens and some larger ones that hang from my rear view mirror. Looking for my car? Just find the chickens!

o   Are there any skills you’d like to learn?

§  I’d love to learn how to play stringed instruments like the cello or violin

o   What’s your favorite word?

§  dubious

o   What’s your least favorite word?

§  aerobics

o   What sound do you love?

§  Stringed instruments

o   What sound do you hate?

§  Chalkboard

o   What’s your favorite curse word?

§  Christ on a cracker

o   Dog or cat person?

o   Cat

o   Buffy, Angel or Firefly?

o   Buffy

o   Morning or night person?

o   Night

o   Introvert or Extrovert?

o   Introvert

o   What do you like best about writing?

o   Creating the characters and endings I want.

o   What do you like least?

o   Marketing

o   Do you have a day job aside from writing?

o   Unfortunately, yes. I do web stuff.

Book Related Questions

1.     I’m always interested in the world building involved in paranormal stories. What can you tell us about Neptune’s Rangers?

a.       When building my world, I decided I needed more roles in the magical community than just regular witches and their leaders (priests/priestesses). So I came up with Clerics, Rangers, and Cleaners (borrowing a few D&D terms :D).

Rangers are badass private security. They only appear when called on. They can root out the bad element, provide protection, and even punish those who broke the rules. I envisioned Rangers for each “school” of magic. However, Rangers might work with any flavor of witch.

2.       Are there any characters in this book (or any other book) that you strongly identify with, and why?

a.       I identify with Brook. I become more cynical every year 😉

3.       Are there other books in this series either released or upcoming? Do/Will they deal with the other elements?

a.       I have several books that take place in this same world as Guarded Heart. So in that, it’s kind of like a series. The other Ellora’s Cave books feature Air witches. My Sorceress urban fantasy series features the heads of all the covens. And Fire & Flame is a story about Fire witches.

4.       What draws you to writing about magic users in general and these characters in particular?

a.       It’s not so much the magic that I like writing about. It’s the society built around it. I’ve created several layers of prejudice, obligation, and even class distinction. I like being able to play with these themes outside of the society we actually live in.

5.       Bonus question: I see you’re a nail polish junkie, and this fellow junkie wants to know what your favorite brands are.

a.       I have so many bottles of polish by different brands (Julep, Essie, China Glaze, etc) but the ORLY bottles end up getting used more than any of the others. So I’d say they’re my favorite J For decent, super cheap polish, I’d go with Color Show by Maybelline. You can get those for $3 or less.

Please Welcome A.R. Von!!!

The internet is a pretty magical place. I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the greatest people, and one of them happens to be the super adorable A.R. Von! She’s one of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and she kindly allowed me to interview her and she’s giving away a copy of her brand new ebook book, Wunder! So please leave a comment and a valid email address. If you’d prefer not to leave an address on my blog, please comment on the blog then send the email address to me at with A.R. Von in the subject heading. A winner will be drawn at 7pm, Friday, March 8th.

How did your writing path evolve?

I’ve always loved writing from when I was young; even just jotting down nonsense that popped into my head or thoughts of my day (or a boy crush) in my journal(s). I wrote poems for my mother every chance I had. I don’t recall if they were all that great. I DO remember most of them based on the rhythm of “Roses are red…” lol- What brought me to bring Wunder to life was a ‘request’ for writers to submit a zombie story for an anthology on Halloween to help raise money for Diabetes, it caught my eye and had me thinking. I LOVE scary movies and always had fun watching zombies dragging their feet letting us know they wanted “BRAINS”. I did not want to go that way though. Not everyone enjoys gore like I do. I needed to do something different, that I’ve never seen, heard of or read. So I wrote Wunder (Originally titled “Because I Am”). I had it sitting around on my desk; just staring at me for some months and finally an author friend of mine (the one and only Leanore Elliot) pushed me, really hard. She told me how good it really was and to put it out there and share it with everyone. Now here it is. A start to a series that I had the most amazing time writing and am even more excited to continue.

What type of research do you do for your books? 

It depends. For some I only make sure of spelling and word usage, others I look up origins, background, language and things of that sort. I have a TON of books at my disposal. It also depends is any research is needed for what’s brewing in my mind. I’ve found myself mostly relying on what’s in my head.

From what or where do you derive the most inspiration for your stories? 

Deep within my heart & mind.

What are you working on at the moment? 

I’m working on two things right now. The next in the Wunder series/serial and a short for a WOCA anthology (doing edits now). It’s nothing at all like Wunder. It’s more “based on a true story” and a bit emotional. I’m unsure of its release date as of yet, but I’m sure updates will post on the site:  .

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like least? 

What I like best is I get to allow my imagination run wild/free (which is normal) but the kicker is I get to share it with others to enjoy instead of keeping it all to myself. What I like the least so far… When I draw a blank, get stuck and stare at my computer screen at the flicker of the pointer wanting, no needing to strangle it (I’m normally not a violent person) he he.

What would you do if you weren’t a writer? 

If I was not writing and doing what I always dreamed of doing. I’d probably be in the Army, Navy or Marines. Most likely a drill Sargent, training many to be their best. Or in reality, I’d be bartending like I’ve done for over 16 years. One of the best jobs ever!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing? 

I love to exercise, hike, dance, listen to music, read, write reviews (I know it’s still writing, but it relaxes me), paint some crafty things, and dream. When I’m not doing that, I’m spending time with my family, learning about the newest video games my boys are playing and “learning the ropes” of Magic (the card game).

Of all of the characters you’ve created, who is your favorite and why? 

So far, Wunder. She’s bad ass and someone I can/would look up to if she was out here in the real world.

Do you find it difficult to keep love/sex scenes fresh and interesting? 

Actually, they are the easiest part. It is a known fact that if you are writing, write what you know. I know me some good lovin’ 😉

What genre of books least appeals to you and why?  

Hmm, I’d say Crime fiction. It just does nothing for me. 

Do you listen to music when you write or do you need quiet? If you listen to music – what kind?

OMG! I have to have the music on. Writing or not. Anyone that visits my home will tell you it’s always on. I listen to and enjoy all but country music. My current favs are The Kills, Scars on Broadway, Static-X, Gotye, Florence and the Machines, The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Innerpartysystem, Skrillex, a majority of old school hip hop, some freestyle, Deftones, Metric, Black Keys, Yael Naim, dance music… I have an enormous list!

What makes a man sexy? 

His eyes and sense of humor.

Do you family and friends know you write erotic romance – if so, how have they reacted? 

Yes, they know. Well those that are a part of my life. I’ve had no reactions as of yet. Just my hubby. LoL- He says “OMG, my wife writes porn! So cool!”

What’s your favorite food? 

Is hot sauce considered a food? I LOVE Frank’s Red Hot! On a more serious note. I love chicken. I’ve yet to find a chicken dish I did not enjoy 🙂

Do you have any bad habits?

I was a smoker for many years. I quit four months ago and have no plans on ever looking back.

If you were stranded on a desert isle, what five things would you want to have with you? 

Water, a man (or two), my ereaders, tooth brush and music (even if it’s just an instrument). Who needs food?

Do you have any pet peeves? 

I despise bullies, judgmental people (I feel no one has the right) and cruelty (of any way shape or form).

What do you like about where you live? 

It’s quiet, peaceful and surrounded by nature. Coming from the Bronx and all of the noise… It’s a wonderful change.

If you could travel back in time, would you? If so, what time period would you visit and why?

Oh! I want to go back to early prehistoric times. I would love to see what it was like and if humans were really as animalistic as I’ve heard them to be. I also was to try and fly on a pterodactyl back 🙂  Weee!

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

Hmm, I’ll go with Aura by M.A. Abraham. It was a different type of reading experience for me and a very enjoyable one.

What was your favorite childhood storybook? 

Oh! I got this one… The Poky Little Puppy. I even had the puppy bank!

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