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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Beltane/May Day Reads



Beltaine (bell-tayn), in modern times we call it May Day, was an important festival for the ancient Celts. The May Queen led the Beltane procession with her ritual courtship of the Green Man. These symbolic marriages of the god and goddess, in the form of King and Queen of the May, were mirrored in human courtship. 

One of the most popular May Day traditions was to set a basket full of spring flowers or other small gifts at a neighbor’s house without them seeing you. If you got caught, they would chase, then kiss you. Courtships for the ancient Celts would often begin at Beltaine and the marriages would be held at Samhain (Sah-van), which in modern times we call Halloween. 

Here are two books to get you in the May Day Mood. 

My newest book, has a May Day release, May 1, 2019. Forged in Irish Bronze and Iron is a non-fiction or myth and legend book about the High Kings of Ireland in the Bronze and Iron age. It also has two bonus romance novellas that each include an Irish high king, one from the Bronze Age and the other from the Iron Age.

Though the cover will be ready anyway , I don’t have it yet. However,  here is the blurb, and the covers of the two novellas included in it. 

A Legacy no one can steal

For centuries in grand feasting halls and around flickering peat fires bards sung of the exploits of High Kings such as Tigernmas—Lord of Death and Niall of the Nine Hostages, possibly one of the most potent men to ever live. 

Forged in Irish Bronze and Iron chronicles this mythic legacy from around 1700 BC up to 500 AD. This fascinating record of the High Kings is interwoven with modern scientific, DNA, and archeological evidence from the Bronze Age and the Iron age. 

Two bonus fiction novellas are included. Romantic tales of the Bronze and Iron age and the High Kings. 

The only woman listed as a High King of Ireland
As wild and beautiful as the land she rules, all men lust for her, warriors and kings bow to her might and magic. Yet, only one champion comes forth to gift her with a white bull and true love. But can the handsome stranger best her skills and win her heart?

Neither centuries that have come and gone nor the seas between them can keep them apart.
As the Celtic pirate, Anwen, presses her hard iron dagger against the Roman's throat, memories of fated lovers, druids, and sacrifice, stay her hand. But, in this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more? 



The second book is set at Beltaine, during the British Iron Age—The Dragon and the Druidess. 

To a passionate man…all women are goddesses.
Druidess Nona is seeking a lover for the Beltane rite. Without warning, a fierce red dragon swoops down before her. Not just any dragon…it’s God Dewey in wild, beastly form. Hot, in a rage, blowing smoke and flames… because Nona’s tribesmen snatched gold from the earth without the gods’ consent. 

Captivated by Nona’s beauty and bravery, sparks fly and ablaze with desire for Nona, Dewi flies away… only to land nearby and shapeshifts to human form. In the guise of a visiting warrior needing the Druidesses hospitality, Dewi returns to the village. But, he discovers he has a rival for Nona’s affection, a chief who will stop at nothing to have her for his own. 

The moment Nona sees the warrior Dewi, her passion ignites, she envisions them coupling together in the Beltane mating rite… unleashing powerful, magic. Little does she know, the handsome warrior is really the mighty Dragon god. What will happen when Dewi’s secret is revealed? And what evil might the jealous chief unleash on the druidess and the dragon god?

And, I hope you all have a Merry May Day, on May 1st. 

Monday, April 22, 2019

Spring Flowers and an Excerpt from my latest Book

Spring is in full bloom in most parts of North America, but it hasn’t quite taken hold here on the eastern edge of Canada. The daffodils and tulips are always a bit later to arrive. It’s not unusual for us to have snow in May, although I’m sincerely hoping we can avoid that this year. It was a long winter and I’m more than ready for some warm days.

This is the time of year where the world is still a little gray. The lawns are more brown than green, the trees are only beginning to bud, and the remainders of the dirt and garbage that accumulated under the winter snow hasn’t all been cleaned up. That’s why I love flowers so much. They poke their heads up out of the cold ground and add color and texture  and beauty to the world.
 

 

I live in an apartment with a north facing balcony that gets high winds pretty much all year so I don’t have a garden of any kind. I tried containers a couple of years and gave up when the poor flowers got practically ripped to shreds in the wind or burnt to a crisp in the harsh direct sunlight late in the day.

That’s why I love wild flowers. Wherever I walk in the city, they are poking their brave heads up and brightening my days. Some people may see dandelions and fireweed as a nuisance, I admire their tenacity. Buttercups, violets, and daisies abound. So while I may not have a garden, there is no shortage of wildflowers for me to enjoy.

Happy gardening!
 

Embroidered Fantasies
Tapestries, Book 5

With her abusive ex-husband safely behind bars, Roxanne Sykes is trying to carve out a quiet life for herself. Just as she’s beginning to feel free to explore her new possibilities, word reaches her that her cruel ex has been released from prison. When he shows up at her door bent on destroying her, it’s only through the magic of a well-loved tapestry that Roxanne is whisked away to safety—and into the world of a warrior she’s known only from her fantasies.

Radnor Craddock has known only a life of violence and brutality at the hands of his older brothers. Now that they have fallen in battle, Radnor and his twin brother Sednar can finally put their house in order. Just as their efforts are bearing fruit, fate smiles upon them again by delivering a potential tapestry bride to their doorstep. Well aware of what they must do to win her hand and her heart, the brothers dedicate themselves to granting Roxanne every imaginable pleasure, driving her to sensual heights unlike any she has ever known.

With each new erotic encounter stirring a loving bond between the three, Roxanne is tempted to accept the promise of the tapestry and make a new life and new home with the brothers. But she has trusted before and been painfully wrong, and she’s frightened by the whisperings of the brothers’ violent past. Unsure of herself and threatened anew when her merciless ex finds his way to her once again, Roxanne must trust her heart as the brothers vow to protect her and destroy her ex—and to give her a life and love she had never dreamed possible…
 

TEASER:

A sound caught his ears and he cocked his head to one side, listening intently. He heard it again. A low groan followed by the sound of fabric shuffling. Someone was in here.

Radnor strode silently down the aisle, hand on the pommel of his sword, checking each stall as he went. It was probably one of the stable boys, but he wanted to be certain. Most of the stalls were empty, but a few had bales of hay stacked inside, ready to be spread as bedding for the horses. In the last stall on the left, he found his intruder.

He froze, unable to believe his eyes. Lying on a stack of hay bales was a woman wearing a garment of the most striking color he’d ever seen. It was almost blinding in its intensity. Her slender legs were bare. The bottom of her unusual dress was pushed above her knees. Most of her arms were exposed, as was a wide swath just above her breasts. Something metal glinted down the center of her garment when she shifted.

 Her lips parted on a low groan, freeing Radnor from his stupor. He opened the gate and stepped into the stall. Her hair barely touched her nape and was as black as the night. Her lips were rosy and full, begging to be kissed. Her cheekbones were high, her nose straight.

He frowned, his eyes narrowing as he noted the pallor of her skin. He moved closer and the faintest scent of flowers wafted before him. Recognition hit him full force. He knew this woman. Knew the feel of her skin beneath his palms, the scent of her body when she was aroused, the full shape of her ample breasts and the strength of her supple limbs. She was the woman from his dream.

Her eyelids fluttered open and she stared up at him. Her eyes were gray, the same color as a morning mist over the lake. She blinked once, opened her mouth and screamed.

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
               
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Two hot new reads for your...and prizes!

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TWO HOT NEW RELEASES!!!
For everyone who read GUARDING JENNA and wanted to know the rest of the story.....here it is!

UNMASKING EVIL
The dark shadow still looms over the area…
Michaela (Micki) Schroeder hasn’t been home since she left for college. At fourteen she was one of the innocents raped by powerful men whose identity was concealed. Last year the former sheriff was arrested and convicted of killing the few girls who reported it, and the cunty prayed the nightmare was over. Now she’s back for the celebration of her father’s sixtieth birthday, right on the heels of the latest killing, long after the sheriff has been imprisoned. Once again the peaceful Crazy Mountains are invaded by savagery. Then her father is poisoned and once again Micki is sucked into a nightmare.
  
He thought being the sheriff of a quiet Montana county would be a break from the stress of combat…
Alex Rossi has retired from the SEALs after eight years and is looking to settle into peaceful civilian life. He thinks he’s found it when Scot Nolan introduces him to Hank Patterson, head of Brotherhood Protectors, who convinces him to take the newly open job of county sheriff. But he never expected his military training would be necessary to root out an evil still poisoning the county. First he finds the body of a young teenager, just like the young girls killed over the past two decades. A girl who had reported being raped just like the others. Then Micki Schroeder’s father drops dead at his birthday party and the coroner tells him the man was poisoned. At the same time he works hard to fight the intense attraction that has exploded between the two of them, especially when she has been afraid of sex all these years. 

They were sure they’d gotten away with it all…
 The former sheriff had kept his mouth shut when his cohorts threatened to harm his family, and taken the blame for everything. But with a new rape and murder, all the dark secrets are in danger of coming out. Is that why Bill Schroeder was killed? Can the men responsible commit two such high profile crfmes and still keep their secret? As Micki and Alex search for answers, the intense attraction between them explodes. Will she take that first step to happiness? 


TAKE NO QUARTER
(Strike Force #4)

Can her Delta Force soldier save her from the killers?

Trey McIntyre gives his life to Delta Force, gladly, as spotter for sniper Beau Williams. He believes in protecting his country in all situations. But he longs for a woman who will fit into his life like his three teammates have. But he’s learned they aren’t so easy to find.

Kenzi Bryant is a hotshot corporate attorney who can’t seem to find a man who is not threatened by her powerful personality and situation. Until she meets Trey and something between them just clicks.
But for two strong people, the road to a happy ending often has a lot of bumps. And while they are navigating theirs, Kenzi is suddenly endangered by a former client. 


As much as Trey wants to be with her, he has to leave on a mission again. When she is badly injured by an attempt on her life, Trey has to learn how to balance his priorities and Kenzi has to learn there are times she has to give up control.
But can they do it?
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Sunday, April 21, 2019

The much anticipated conclusion to the Wayward Mates series by Delta James is OUT NOW!

She never wanted to be a wolf. That won't keep her mate from claiming her.

Captured and Claimed

The much anticipated conclusion to the Wayward Mates series is  OUT NOW!



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BLURB:
She never wanted to be a wolf. That won't keep her mate from claiming her.

Taken captive, held prisoner, and turned against her will by the leader of a rogue pack, Shannon Livingston was just about to be sold at auction. Then an alpha wolf decided she belonged to him.

The moment James Norris sets eyes on Shannon, bare and on display yet still fierce and proud, the former special-ops agent knows the beautiful spitfire is his mate. Disobedience quickly earns Shannon a sound spanking, and despite her fury at his bold dominance, her helpless arousal is undeniable as she is claimed hard and thoroughly with her well-punished bottom still burning.

But when another band of wolves attacks the auction before James has time to put his rescue plan into action, mistrust born of harsh experience leads Shannon to seize her chance to escape. When her mate tracks her down, will she remain defiant or surrender to her instincts at last?

Excerpt:
The women were displayed in large, gilded cages that hung from the ceilings.  There were velvet ropes suspended between standards at each corner.  The two shifter-born women were unrestrained in their cage, but too frightened to disobey the instructions to display themselves in order for the bidders to determine their worth.  James had no trouble discerning which one was the turned sister.  She was restrained by soft handcuffs attached high on the bars of her cage.

Some of the wealthiest alphas from around the world had gathered to take part in this event.  James paid cursory attention to the other two females. Both were great beauties.  All three had been stimulated to arousal as the air was heavy with their scent.  James smiled.  There was little that compared to a she-wolf that was aroused to the point she could be easily scented.

Those hosting the auction meant to get as much money as possible from this sale.  Having a bunch of alpha males stimulated by the scent of aroused females would ensure they would forget budgets and bid whatever it took to win one of the women present.  He hoped like hell his host had made some kind of arrangements to provide other women to be fucked once the auction was over.  Having a bunch of frustrated and horny alpha males with no way to ease their need was a recipe for violence … especially given some of those who were in attendance.
About Delta James
Sinfully sultry romance - that's the world that International and US best selling author Delta James inhabits and shares with her readers. A world where alpha heroes find true love with feisty heroines. Delta's stories are filled with erotic encounters of romance and discipline. One fan suggested it was best to have a "fan and a glass of water" when reading Delta's stories.

Delta has been a highly successful competitor both in horse shows (Arabians, Appaloosas and Paints) and in the AKC and International Kennel Club with her beloved basset hounds.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Happy Easter and here's what's coming soon...


Good morning everyone! Happy Easter eve!

Michele and I have been hard at work writing the last few months and we can't wait to show you everything we have in store for you. Right now, we're stepping away from Apache County Shifters to continue our R.O.O.T series. We started it two years ago and now I can officially tell you, Extracting Mateo is next. We hope to have it out this summer (Hopefully July 9th). At this time I can also tell you we are working with Susan Stoker and her Project Alpha series through Aces Press. Check out the site and sign up for the newsletter so you're in the know for all the new releases.

We are also working on a few different stories to work within the series but those will be out later this year or next. For now, here is the blurb for Extracting Mateo.

Blurb:


Noah Hanover doesn’t mix business with pleasure—ever. His relationship and subsequent marriage to Mateo Aquino, hasn’t even been a blip on his team’s radar. He likes the peace and quiet when he’s able to come home to his husband and telling anyone would destroy his secret double life.


Mateo Aquino is a high school history teacher. He loves his job and his kids, though they could be a little wild sometimes, and is always willing to help anyone in need. When a man appears to be lost, Mateo unfortunately steps into the middle of a war he had no idea was happening around him.

Noah, used to controlling everything, is caught in a cyclone of events he had no part in. His life is being torn in two, and now, in order to save his husband’s life, he must expose the one thing he liked to keep tucked away—his relationship. With the help of Noah’s teammates, John “Tex” Keegan and two temporary new recruits for R.O.O.T: Scotty “Ears” Reisner and AJ “Two Hands” Hoover, Noah will set out to find his husband.

However, when the suspect escapes, Mateo and Noah are thrown into a new world where Noah’s job is exposed, and the things Mateo took for granted are destroyed. Can Mateo accept Noah’s double life? Will Noah be able to track down Mateo’s kidnapper before he strikes again? Or, are they once again, running out of time.

Also we are excited to reveal the cover for Rapier book 3 of our Apache County Shifters series. This book should be released in June 2019! If you would like to follow along on mine and Michele's adventures and to keep up with our release schedule follow us here:

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