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Moon Rising

Moon Rising Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Release Date: January, 2014 ISBN: 978-0373618385 Order from: Amazon or Barnes & Noble Can a loner vampire and outcast wolf find love in Lori Devoti’s Moon Rising? The discovery of lost treasure imperils the fragile peace between the vampire and werewolf populations. Especially when werewolf Cece Parks and vampire Marc Delacroix arrive at the remote site with the same agenda—to claim the loot. But when suspicious deaths begin occurring, the enemies must band together to solve the mystery. The truth proves far more complicated than either can imagine. Especially when Marc finds himself inexplicably drawn to Cece. For once in his long life he wants nothing more than to be with—and protect—the werewolf. Now loyalty to his race and his forbidden desire are about to collide…....

The Witch Thief Wins Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Award!

My excitement for the weekend was going to the Romantic Times Convention and receiving this fabulous award for The Witch Thief! Romantic Times has given a number of my books Top Picks over the years,  but this was my first major contest win. Look, it’s real! This year the RT Convention was in Kansas City which gave me the opportunity to see my cousin who lives there. It also gave me the chance to meet up with writing friends and spend time with my daughter who has fallen in love with RT’s Teen Day. Last year she discovered Kelley Armstrong and is now a major fan. Never mind that her mother had been a fan of Kelley’s since the beginning and had told said daughter that she should check out her books… Our trip was quick. In on Friday, just in time to dash to the awards ceremony, under-dressed I’m sure, and then out early Sunday morning. But it was still a great time. Next year the convention is in New Orleans. Any of you going? Any of you go this year? I’m really weighing if I should go and if I do, if I should just do the Teen Day again or go all out and attend as an author… Big decisions. FYI, if you haven’t been in a few years, the convention has changed, in my opinion for the better. The sexy is still there… check out the room keys Jaci Burton sponsored… but it isn’t in your face. I felt completely comfortable walking the halls with my daughter. And at the book signing too. In fact, they separate young adult authors in their own section. You can walk freely to the other areas, but it is nice to have them all in one block. There also seems to be a lot of support for self-published authors...

Rogue, Lost 4

Rogue Werewolf Paranormal Romance 4th in Lost Series Price: $0.99 Deserted by the pack when she was a child, rogue, Kacie Marks is used to  defending herself, and she’s happy to keep doing so, even when vampires invade her woods. However, rogue hunter, Bryce Kinkaid has other plans for her, plans that involve using Kacie as bait for the vampires intent on destroying every werewolf they can find. Kacie evades both vampires and Bryce at first,  but the rogue hunter isn’t one to give up. Especially after he gets close enough to Kacie to realize she means much more to his wolf than just bait in his vampire trap. Rogue is the fourth short story in the Lost series of vampire and werewolf romances. If in print, it would be about 65 pages long.   Buy at Smashwords Buy at Amazon for Kindle Buy at Barnes & Noble for Nook See Lost and Found, stories 1 and 2, in the...

Ghost Hunting in Gettysburg

A few weeks ago I went on my first ghost hunt – in Gettysburg! I’d been planning to do a tour, but once we got there the hunt sounded like more fun, especially for the kids. As it turns out, my mother and I had a great time, my son too, although his was more due to other kids being along, and my daughter was a little embarrassed by the whole thing. She is, however, a teen so that isn’t a giant shock now is it? If you go to Gettysburg, there are a ton of companies that do ghost hunts, walks and tours. We chose to go with Gettysburg Ghost Tours. They offer a number of choices, all of them affordable, but since we had the kids with us, we picked a “family friendly” option. The hunt started at the Gettysburg Ghost Tours’ storefront. Our guide explained a few things, mainly that we weren’t supposed to run and that we were to talk in a normal volume .  No whispers as those could be confused later as ghost voices. We were also divided into pairs so we had confirmation of anything we saw. Then he handed out the equipment. We were able to choose from the Ghost Meter Pro, dowsing rods, a standard EMF meter, and a voice recorder. We also were told to use our cell phones for photos. My daughter (my cheerful companion) took the EMF meter and I took the dowsing rods. I chose the rods because my great grandfather was a working water witch. I figured maybe some talent ran in the family. Equipped and paired up we headed to Culp’s Hill. You can read the link if you want a lot of background information on the battle at Culp’s Hill, but the important things to know is that it is very close to...

Witch Stones!

Since I was a child, I’ve had a bit of an obsession with rocks. I think this mainly had to do with growing up in an area with some spectacular rocks to collect. My favorites were what we called sparkly rocks which you mainly find around creeks. Most of mine I found around Viburnum, Missouri, an area with large lead deposits. But in addition to sparkly rocks and fossils (which I also loved), I always kept my eye out (and still do) for witch stones. Witch stones, also known as fairy stones and hagstones, are rocks with a naturally occurring hole in them. As you can probably guess, the best hunting grounds for these rocks is also near streams since water is what washes away parts of the stone to form the hole. Holly Black made witch stones (she called them fairy stones) somewhat famous with her use of them in the Spiderwick Chronicles.  In her stories you used the stones to see the fairy world, but they are probably better known as a way to ward off evil. According to this article, people used to hang them over doorways (especially of stables) or wore them around their necks and some even used them as a spout through which the poured milk to keep it from curdling. I’m not sure as a child anyone ever told me what they were supposed to do, but I’ve always thought of them as witch stones and known they carry with them some kind of magic that I want to possess. Any of you own witch stones? How do you use...

How to Break Up With a Vampire

A couple of weeks ago I gave you some tips on luring your own personal vampire. If you were successful, about now you are probably looking at some ways to UN-lure him. But let’s face it, vampires aren’t going to be all that receptive to the “It’s not you; it’s me” speech. My guess is me, you… doesn’t matter. They just want their blood and you turned yourself into an all too convenient source. And it isn’t like you can wait around to outlive him either. So, what’s a girl or guy to do… Stakes. This may sound drastic, but stakes are also effective. And I’m not saying you have to USE one. Just leave a few lying around –preferably made of ash or hawthorn, although anything that’s made of wood (chair legs, for example) and is sharp will do. Bonus points if the stake is made in the sign of a cross. Crosses. I know I told you in that earlier post to rid your home and person of them, but times have changed. Get thyself to the religious goods store and stock up! If wearing a cross seems too obvious, just leave a rosary lying casually in the car seat. Or an open Bible on the pillow. You know be subtle. If this doesn’t work, know that these same “hints” can do some real damage.  A cross will leave a nice burn on his forehead. So will a Eucharist Wafer. Holy water is also good for either burning a vampire or threatening him. Knowing Latin also helps. Doesn’t matter what you say. Just as long as it’s in Latin. Fire. Ah, who doesn’t love a good story of peasants with their flaming torches? Fire is effective and vampires know it. (Staking a vampire won’t do you much good if some clueless doofus comes along and pulls the...

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