September 23, 2019

It’s ELDER’s Launch Day!

Today is Elder‘s official book birthday! *tosses confetti* *pops the champagne cork*

First and foremost, I’ll let you know that the book is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and will soon be available at Kobo. To purchase Elder on Amazon, click here. To purchase it on Barnes & Noble, click here. I can’t wait to hear what you think once you’ve had a chance to read it!

It’s hard to believe that the second Estilorian trilogy is coming to an end. After six books and a short story, I’ve grown so attached to these characters and their world. I won’t say this is the absolute end for the Estilorian series, but I will be moving on to other projects in 2013. So this is a bittersweet moment for me, I must admit!

With this being such a momentous book release, it deserves much fanfare and attention. Although I couldn’t get a host of swoon-worthy male models to pose for an Estilorian-inspired pic we could all drool over, I do have some amazing prizes to give away at the end of the Elder launch tour. Be sure to enter (Rafflecopter form below). I’d love for one of my fans to win!

I’d like to take a moment to thank these truly awesome authors and bloggers for participating in the tour. Please drop by their blogs and help support the Estilorians–you might win the giveaway in the process!

December 27th

Dream Reads

Jess’s Book Blog

Sarah’s Books & Life Blog

The Bibliophile’s Corner

December 28th

Finding Bliss

Step Into Fiction

Support Indie Authors

TeamNerd Reviews

December 29th

A Diary of a Book Addict

Every Free Chance Book Reviews

I Read Indie Blog

December 30th

Reading Fiction for Life

Suzy Turner

December 31st

Kissed by Ink

The Book Hookup

January 1st

Bethany Lopez

I Heart YA Books

 January 2nd

Kate’s Tales of Books & Bands

Writing Stuff & Nonsense

January 3rd

Book Briefs

Leisure Reads

Like a Bump on a Blog

 January 4th

Ed and Em’s Reviews

Writing on the Sunny Side of the Street

 January 5th

Lover of Paranormal

Mr. Book Wonder

Nori’s Closet

January 6th

Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile

Indie Writers’ Review

Today also happens to be my nephew and godson, Nathan’s, birthday. Since Elder is dedicated to him, he helped me decide on the launch date. Let’s all toast him and Sarah Evans from Sarah’s Books and Life Blog, who happen to share the same birthday!

I’ll leave you with the Elder trailer, created by the extremely talented Matt Landis of Flatline Films, and the giveaway entry form, along with my most heartfelt thanks for all of the support you’ve shown the Estilorians since their initial release. I have the best fans in the world!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cover Reveal + Launch Date Announced! ELDER (Firstborn Trilogy #3)

It’s finally here: the big cover reveal for Elder! I’ll be honest with you…I’m both thrilled and saddened by this event. Elder marks my sixth book in the Estilorian series. After this release, I’ll be focusing my writing energy elsewhere. Saying goodbye to characters who have been with me for this many books is awfully hard.

That said, I hope to make the Elder launch the best, most fun one yet! Helping me make this dream a reality is a group of amazing bloggers and authors. My thanks go out to all of them, and I hope you’ll drop by and visit their blogs:

A Diary of a Book Addict
Bethany Lopez
Book Briefs
Dream Reads
Ed and Em’s Reviews
Every Free Chance Book Reviews
Finding Bliss
I Read Indie Blog
I Heart YA Books
Indie Writer’s Review
Jess’s Book Blog
Jessy’s Bookends
Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands
Kissed by Ink
Lisa M. Wood
L.M. Davis
Lover of Paranormal
Mr. Book Wonder
Nori’s Closet
Sarah’s Books and Life Blog
Step Into Fiction
Support Indie Authors
Suzy Turner
The Bibliophile’s Corner
The Book Hookup
There for You Blog by Melissa M. Ringstead
Tonya Mabe
Writing on the Sunny Side of the Street
World’s Away Blog by Carlyle Labuschagne

I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting me and the Estilorians! Now…onto the reveal and launch date announcement. First, let’s check out the blurb for Elder:

ELDER (Firstborn Trilogy, Book Three)

Clara Kate is one of the eight beings needed to activate the Elder Scroll, an ancient artifact causing tragedy and darkness on the Estilorian plane. She knows that her focus needs to be on finding the final piece and stopping the evil Mercesti, but Ini-herit isn’t making it easy.

He’s working closely with Clara Kate on the quest to stop their enemies…too close for her comfort. His presence serves as a constant reminder of the love they shared on the human plane, a love that he no longer remembers at all.

Her life and the lives of those she loves are at risk, and she knows she has to put aside her personal problems. So far on their journey, she’s endured heartbreak, terror, pain and loss. She’s even been brought to the brink of death.

She thinks things can’t get any worse.

She’s wrong.

~      ~      ~      ~      ~

And now, the cover reveal. As with all of the Estilorian covers, Elder was designed by the brilliant Devan Edwards of Nimbi Design. If you’re in the market, be sure to hire her! Now, a drum roll please…

What do you think??

Elder will be released on December 27th. Be sure to add it to your To-Read list on Goodreads and check back here for updates. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sneak Peek: ELDER (Firstborn Trilogy #3)

It’s been far too long since I posted, and for that, I apologize. Life has been blasting by with my personal life and wedding planning career taking the front seat. Fortunately, I’m back in writing mode and still plan to have Elder released by the end of the year. [Insert raucous cheering here].

I don’t want my fans to go too long without something to whet their Estilorian appetites, though, so I decided to share a sneak peek at the first chapter of Elder. I normally prefer to wait until after editing to do this, but I’m making an exception this time. You can read the uncut Elder prologue here. Also, if you missed the deleted scene from Shift that I posted on The Writer’s Voice earlier this month, you can read it here. (Hint: it involves Tate and Zachariah!).

Without further adieu, please enjoy this excerpt from Elder!

With a little tweaking, this could be Ini-herit!

Chapter One

“Clara Kate. Wake up, Clara Kate. C.K.?”

Blinking away the memory that haunted her dreams, Clara Kate responded to the prodding of her cousin, Sophia, with a low moan. She’d only slept for a couple of hours. She felt like she needed to sleep for a couple of months.

“It’s time to get up,” Sophia said, rubbing Clara Kate’s arm. “Tate and Ariana need us.”

That had Clara Kate pushing herself into a sitting position and rubbing the sleep from her eyes. She realized it was still hours before dawn. Her breath floated in a white vapor around her head as she tried to get her bearings.

Archigos Sebastian is preparing some food for everyone if you’re hungry,” Sophia said. She reached over and removed a dead leaf from Clara Kate’s hair. “And I’m sure we can get him to help you feel more…refreshed before we go.”

“I look that good, huh?”

“You look like you traveled almost three days without sleeping. Oh, wait. You did.”

“Hah. Guess that explains this persistent headache,” Clara Kate said, rubbing the bridge of her nose. “It’s been nagging me.”

“We’ve all pushed ourselves hard these past few days.” Sophia reached over and touched Clara Kate’s forehead with the back of her hand. “You do look a little pale. Maybe you should have Ini-herit—”

“I’ll be fine,” Clara Kate interrupted. She offset her rudeness with a small smile. “I’m just exhausted. Using my abilities to imbue so many weapons and then fighting all of those Mercesti really took it out of me. The lack of sleep leading up to that sure didn’t help.”

“Yeah.” Sophia lifted one corner of her mouth, but her eyes continued to reflect her concern. “Some food will probably help, too.”

“Sure. I’ll get some in a minute. I’ve got to find a bit of privacy first.”

“Okay.”

Clara Kate got to her feet, fighting back a groan of discomfort. She seemed to hurt everywhere. She staggered as a wave of dizziness hit her. Sophia reached out and offered her a steadying hand.

“Hey…I know we tease you about your lack of grace and all, but don’t go trying to earn extra credit,” Sophia joked. After a brief hesitation, she added in a quieter voice, “You know, Quincy could always do a little checkup, just to make sure—”

“Thanks, Soph, but I’m really okay. I’ll join you shortly. Save a piece of bacon for me, okay?”

Sophia nodded. “Sure.”

A twinge of guilt struck Clara Kate as she watched Sophia turn and walk back to rejoin Quincy, who stood conversing with a number of other beings near a small campfire. The pair had just avowed themselves to each other a few hours ago. It had been many years coming, even if the timing was odd, what with them in a race to try and save Tate and Ariana and recover the pieces of the Elder Scroll stolen by the Mercesti, Eirik.

Clara Kate was thrilled for Sophia and Quincy, though. They should be off celebrating, not dealing with all of this.

Sighing, she moved deeper into the forest so she could see to her personal needs. She made sure to stay where she could see some Waresti scouts through the trees. Their group had made camp within a thick forest not far from the ancient Estilorian library, which meant there was always a possibility that some of Eirik’s followers skulked about in hopes of taking one of them unawares. Clara Kate was far from defenseless, but after everything that had occurred over the past nine-plus weeks since she returned from the human plane, she knew all too well to expect the unexpected.

Once she finished relieving her full bladder, she rose to cleanse her hands and face with a cloth she’d been provided by Sebastian. Just standing up made her entire body hurt, including parts of her that had no business hurting. As she told Sophia, she was sure it was her extreme exhaustion that had worn her down.

Her cousin’s concern was thoughtful, but Clara Kate knew that if Quincy did examine her and decided she needed treatment for her exhaustion, he would tell her to have Ini-herit heal her. That wasn’t an option. She truly couldn’t bear the thought of Ini-herit touching her.

Even if he did have the power to heal, it wasn’t worth the pain of enduring a touch that was no longer filled with love for her, but with no feeling at all.

 So…what did you think?

An #Estilorian Teaser: the ELDER Prologue (Uncut)

It seems hard to believe that Shift has already been out for three weeks! I told myself that I would share a teaser from Elder well before now, but as it always seems to do, life got in the way. Now that I’ve started writing Part 3, I realized that I had to get an excerpt out to my fans.

At the end of Shift is the prologue for Elder. However, it isn’t the full prologue! Today I’ll leave you with the uncut version for your reading pleasure. Oh…and a shameless pic that captures my vision of Ini-herit. Enjoy!

Prologue for Elder (Firstborn #3)

“Let me get this straight. Your dad is Gabriel? As in, the Gabriel mentioned in the Bible?”

“Yep.”

“And he and I were once the equivalent of best friends?”

“Yep.”

“Holy crap.”

Clara Kate stifled a laugh as she watched Ini-herit process this news. His gray eyes were wider than she’d ever seen them. The only sound was of the rain pelting the roof of the large tree house located in the backyard of their guardian, Mrs. Clara Burke. Despite the fact that they were eighteen and the tree house was meant for younger kids, it was a place they visited whenever they wanted some time away from everything else. They’d even camped in it a few times.

Now, they sat against one wall with their legs sprawled in front of them and their hands joined. He studied her carefully for a moment. When she just quirked an eyebrow, he let out a long breath.

“Wow.”

Her lips curved upwards. “You believe me.”

He continued to look at her without responding. She knew his features as well as her own after these past few months spent with him on the human plane, but that didn’t make her less interested in gazing at them. His aristocratic nose, long-lashed eyes and full lips would have made him what others called a “pretty boy” if not for the rough, honed edges of his cheekbones and jaw line. He wore his dark hair longer than Mrs. B would have liked, but he usually pulled it back into a ponytail out of deference to her. At the moment, he had it unbound and it brushed his shoulders in beautiful waves.

“I do believe you,” he said at last. “Though heaven knows why.”

“Well, you’re the Corgloresti elder. It’s a class founded on faith. Even though your Estilorian self has been suppressed while you re-learn human emotions, you retained your core characteristics.”

“So when I call you Angel, it’s not so much a nickname as a fact.”

Shaking her head, she nudged him with her elbow. “I told you we’re Estilorians, not angels.”

“What if I want to be an angel?”

“Oh, you’re no angel,” she said. He grinned wickedly, making her heart work overtime. “Angels are just one of the mythical creatures humans created based on their memories of Estilorians. When we separated the planes a couple of thousand years ago, humans documented their experiences with us in a variety of ways. Art, literature, music…you name it. In essence, we became human myths and legends.”

“Being a legend doesn’t sound so bad.” He paused, looking thoughtful. Then he asked, “And I’m how old?”

“Oh…several thousand years.”

“Get out.”

“It’s true,” she said, laughing at his expression. “On the Estilorian plane, you’ll look about the same age you are now, though. Maybe a few years older. Estilorians don’t age, and many of the elders are the youngest in appearance.”

“You said I’ll look different when we transition. How different?”

She was pleased by his apparent acceptance of what she’d shared with him. They had been discussing this for hours, ever since she received word that they had to return to the Estilorian plane. She knew she wouldn’t be commanded back unless something big had happened. Maybe her mother had gone into premature labor or something. Whatever the reason, she couldn’t refuse the command.

“I don’t know,” she responded. “We don’t have photographs on the Estilorian plane, and you left right before I was born. I’ve never seen your Estilorian form.”

“Well that kinda sucks.”

“Why? Do you think you’ll end up looking like Brent?” She batted her eyelashes at him.

He shoved her shoulder. “Ha. You can have that blond Viking with the IQ of a sock puppet. Who needs enough muscles to lift a car, anyway?”

“Yeah.” She sighed dramatically. “Who needs ‘em?”

He rolled his eyes and swung an arm over her shoulders. She felt the taut muscles there and knew he didn’t really have a complex about Brent’s steroid-induced physique. It was Brent’s unwanted attention toward Clara Kate that had brought her and Ini-herit closer together, so he was a frequent butt of their jokes.

“But you’ll look the same?” he asked.

“Yes,” she said. She’d already discussed this, but didn’t mind reviewing it if it helped ease his worry. “I’ve been able to transition between the planes without changing forms since I was three.”

She didn’t bother describing the uproar she’d caused the first time she did it. She barely remembered the experience. One moment she’d been sleeping in her bed at home. The next she was in a hospital on the human plane answering a million questions from the humans who found her. As a result of her impromptu transition, the protections around her homeland had been strengthened considerably.

“You’ll look similar to how you do as a human,” she explained. “Archigos Zayna, the Scultresti elder, did her best to mimic your Estilorian features in your human form to make the transition less psychologically stressful on you. Your eyes will be more silver than gray, and you’ll have a bunch of silver markings on your body from past pairings with Gloresti. I believe your hair will be longer, too, based on what I’ve heard.”

“Based on what you’ve heard?” he repeated. He reached over and traced the line of her jaw, causing her to shiver. “You were curious about me before you ever came here, weren’t you?”

“Yes,” she said a bit breathlessly. His touch always did this to her. “I couldn’t wait to meet you.”

“And now that you have?”

“You’re everything I ever dreamed of and more. You know that by now. I love you, Harry.”

He leaned down and kissed her. It was every bit as potent as the first time. She reached up with her left hand and wove her fingers through the soft hair at the nape of his neck. Her tongue pressed eagerly against his as he deepened the kiss. Bliss such as she had never envisioned coursed through her.

Eventually, he pulled away from her. They both had to catch their breath. His eyes were dark with passion.

“I love you, too, Angel.”

Her heart soared. This wasn’t the first time he’d said it, but it never got old. She caressed the side of his face, enjoying the feel of stubble beneath her sensitive fingertips.

“What will we tell Mrs. B?” he asked.

She sighed. “We’ll have to tell her some form of the truth. She won’t see you again…at least, not in this form. She went through this nineteen years ago with my parents. She’ll understand.”

“I’m worried about her,” he confessed.

“I know,” she said. “Me, too.”

They’d both observed how tired their guardian seemed lately. She had told them that she was retiring once they left for college in the fall. She’d been a foster parent for nearly forty years, ever since her beloved husband, Henry, was killed in the line of duty when she was twenty-eight. She’d been unable to have her own children, so she decided to raise those kids who needed a good home. But the time had come, she said, to hang up her hat.

“She’s been going to the doctor more frequently,” he said, running his fingers through her hair. “She won’t tell me what they say.”

“We’ll get some answers after we transition,” she promised. “We have contacts in the human medical field. My friend, Quincy, will probably be coming back here soon to harvest more souls. He usually transitions after the Kynzesti are born. I’ll ask him to look into it.”

“Okay.”

They sat in silence for a moment. Clara Kate rested her head on his chest, listening to his heartbeat. “We have to leave soon,” she said eventually. “Within a day or two.”

“That soon?”

She nodded. “There’s something going on. They wouldn’t tell me what, but we’re both needed right away.”

“Wow.”

“Yeah.” Lifting her head, she looked again at his lips, then caught his gaze. “Harry, when we transition…things might be different. We’ll both have responsibilities, and I’ll have my family around me every moment of the day. And, well…I’ve decided that I want our last bit of time here on this plane to be memorable.”

He lifted a dark brow. “Memorable?”

“Yeah.” She shifted and ran one hand slowly up his chest, following the lines of his well-toned midsection through his T-shirt. When he drew in a sharp breath, she smiled. “Memorable.”

Before he could say anything else, she rose up and turned to face him, straddling his thighs. Then she kissed him, long and deep. His hands soon began to roam, causing unbelievable flares of pleasure.

What she wanted was reckless. Foolish. Unlike anything she would normally do.

But she wouldn’t be swayed.

“I don’t—” he managed to say as she pulled away from his mouth and ran the tip of her tongue along his sensitive ear lobe. “I’m not prepared for—” he stopped again when she bit down lightly on his neck. Then she reached under his shirt, producing a tormented groan. “My wallet’s—in the house.”

“Do you want this?” she asked, pulling back so she could catch his gaze.

“Dear Lord, yes.”

“So do I. This feels right, Harry. I haven’t ever, you know…menstruated.” She blushed after that confession, but purposefully ignored it. “I can’t—”

He reached up and gently touched her lips. “Thank you. I promise you, Angel…no matter what occurs when we transition to the other plane, I’ll never forget this moment. You’re everything to me. Whatever happens, we’ll always have each other.”

So…what did you think?