Category Archives: the calling

#TeaserTuesday Dare to Love from TAMING THE VAMPIRE

Taming the Vampire I’ve got a great new new anthology – TAMING THE VAMPIRE – with some friends who also write vampire romance. My contribution to the collection is DARE TO LOVE, a new story in THE CALLING IS REBORN Vampire series. The anthology is only 99 cents for a limited time and best of all, these are ALL NEW stories! Not re-releases and not available anywhere except in the anthology. You can read more about the anthology here: http://bit.ly/tamingvamp

DARE TO LOVE features vampire slayer Benjamin, a sexy alpha hero who first appeared in TO LOVE AND SERVE. This is kind of how I pictured Benjamin looking.

Today I have a little teaser and excerpt for you from that story, but a warning first. There is a SPOILER ahead so if you haven’t read the latest books in THE CALLING is REBORN series, please DO NOT READ this teaser.

Teaser

    Months earlier, Slayer Council member Benjamin hadn’t been ready to die and begged for his life from a compassionate vampire. Being turned and living as a vampire had created a new hell for him, however. He was no longer welcome in the Council, but tolerated as their ranks had been depleted. He knew that it was just a matter of time until someone staked him, but he wanted to make the most of it, especially when it came to Slayer-in-training Rhiannon.

    Rhiannon had been attracted to Ben when he had been her instructor in the ways of the Slayers. His death had caused her grief, but his return was proving to be even more difficult as she battled her growing feelings for the Slayer-turned-vampire who was shaking up her beliefs in all that she had been taught.

    Can Ben and Rhiannon dare to defy the rules of the Slayers and find love or will Fate make them enemies sworn to kill one another?

Excerpt

Please click here if you cannot see the excerpt from DARE TO LOVE from TAMING THE VAMPIRE.

You can purchase TAMING THE VAMPIRE at these online retailers:

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Click here for more about TO LOVE AND SERVE.

#TeaserTuesday #Vampire Reborn from The Calling is Reborn Vampire Suspense Series

Vampire Suspense Series
Today I’m sharing with you an excerpt from VAMPIRE REBORN, the latest release in The Calling is Reborn Vampire Suspense series.

As you can see, I’m also trying something new, namely, using Wattpad for the excerpt. I’d love to hear if you like this or if you preferred the other way I was doing it!

#TeaserTuesday FIGHT FOR LOVE Coming This Summer

Vampire Reborn, a novella in The Calling is Reborn Vampire novel seriesThese are the last days of the special .99 pricing for VAMPIRE REBORN. Many thanks to My Book Addiction and More who gave it 5 Stars and said it was “Packed full of passion and romance.”

I want to also thank everyone who has left a review for the novella! It is truly appreciated as it really does help authors. If you’ve read the novella and haven’t had a chance to leave a review, please help me out by doing so.

You can buy VAMPIRE REBORN at these online e-tailers and in print at Amazon.

Amazon    Barnes & Noble    Itunes    Kobo

But now for something I’ve never ever done before: A teaser from the next book in the series – FIGHT FOR LOVE – which will be out this summer.

In FIGHT FOR LOVE you’ll see the continuation of Diana and Ryder’s relationship, a new love story with slayer-turned vampire Benjamin and a delicious suspense with a villain who both kills and steals energies from his victims! Look for FIGHT FOR LOVE in August.

Teaser

Chapter 1

The first kill had been a spur of the moment decision and had brought too much scrutiny.

A mistake that would not be repeated.

It had taken a month of careful scouting to get to this point. A month of identifying the individuals who possessed sacred life forces and learning their habits, including this little meeting at the local santero’s shop in Spanish Harlem. A real santero gifted with enormous powers unlike some of the fakes who dotted the landscape of the barrio.

But the santero wasn’t going to the be first one taken.

The weakest link was always the easiest and this time, the evidence of what had been done would not be as obvious as with the slain Slayer Council member.

She strolled out of the santero’s shop with the other gifted ones, smiling almost beatifically. She really was very beautiful, with flawless coffee-colored skin and a body meant for sin. But her beauty would not save her. If anything, it would increase the enjoyment of what was to follow and the pain she would suffer.

Following behind at a discreet distance, hunting her, stimulated the growing core of blackness inside.

The thrill of the chase brought intense excitement, especially as she waved her friends goodbye and moved off on her own.

She never bothered to look around, even in the neighborhood that was so-so at best.

Youth never understood their own mortality.

Another block and there was a little more distance from friends and the santero’s shop. They were also a little closer to the small storefront just off the FDR drive where everything was waiting for her arrival and in a way, her departure.

Speeding up, the distance between them shortened and as if finally sensing a presence, she nervously looked over her shoulder. She offered an uneasy smile for a brief moment and increased her pace, but it was too late.

With a surge of speed, she was imprisoned.

A sharp blast of power made her knees buckle and she fell to the ground.

Lifting her, she was slight and her weight seemed almost non-existent, but power radiated from every cell in her body.

Delicious.

After tonight, there would be no turning back. No escaping the path to soul-eating darkness. It would be worth it for the incredible mind-blowing power to be possessed.

It would be as it should have been all along.

Nothing could stop it now.

You’re Invited to the Wedding of Diana Reyes and Ryder Latimer

BORN TO LOVE Vampire SuspenseYep, it’s really happening right here and right now! It’s been nearly five years since Diana and Ryder met in a dark alley. Three years since Diana nearly lost her life on a winter’s night.

Diana and Ryder have battled time and time again for their love and life and today it’s all about their happiness as they finally take that next step in their relationship!

I hope you enjoy this free bonus content that also gives you a clue as to the other romance in BORN TO LOVE.

Like the events in the Diana and Ryder story line, I know that many of you have been waiting for Maggie and David’s story! I hope you will enjoy it and yes, you will see more of Maggie and David in future books, including DIE FOR LOVE.

Since Diana and Ryder’s wedding is such a big event in The Calling/Reborn Vampire novels, we’re going to have a week long celebration and each day I am going to pick someone who comments on the blog to win one of the backlist books in THE CALLING/REBORN series.

If you can’t see the excerpt below, you can click here!

BORN TO LOVE Bonus Content: Diana & Ryder's Big Event

New Year’s Resolutions Redux

Since last week I offered up my list of New Year’s Resolutions, I thought I’d follow up this week with letting you know just how I’m doing with mine! Feel free to let me know how you are doing with yours.

On the eating healthier, it’s a big “yes.” So far we’ve been watching what we are eating and staying away from lots of bad things. I’ve even started cutting back on my use of artificial sweeteners and the number of diet sodas I drink.

On the exercise, another “yes!” I’ve been going to the gym every day for a combination of aerobic and strength training. I’ve also been tracking how many steps I take and have really cracked that 10K barrier every day. In fact, I’ve been over 20K every day.

On the spending I earn a maybe. I’ve been good about not only brown bagging it, but today I made my first microwaved eggs. Pretty tasty I must say. So why only a maybe? My daughter and I hit IKEA last week to buy a needed piece of furniture for her bedroom. The clothes on the floor have finally found a home! Nevertheless it was a kaching on the wallet.

Still, there are lots more days in the month to offset that one big expense.

On the writing, I’ve had to put aside BORN TO SERVE, the first Diana and Ryder book in the REBORN vampire novels to do edits on NIGHT OF THE COUGAR which is another of the Nocturne Cravings I am doing. COUGAR will be out in June of this year and here is a little teaser for it:

A year ago, Jamie Morrison found passion in the arms of Galen Hawke, but a car accident ended their relationship. Now, she is reunited with Galen and discovers that he is something other than human. With a full moon on the horizon, all hell . . . and passion . . . are about to break loose.



I’m having a blast writing these erotic CRAVINGS stories and hope you’re enjoying them as well. In fact, I wanted to share the cover for my February CRAVINGS release with you.

Whoo, that is one sexy cover for NOCTURNAL WHISPERS!

So share your thoughts on your resolutions, the cover, anything really.

Wicked Wednesday – HONOR CALLS in print!

AWAKENING THE BEAST Collection of Nocturne BitesI know that some of you prefer a book in your hands to reading an e-book. I can totally understand. It’s tough to worry about getting suntan lotion or sand in your e-reader or computer.

So the good news is – HONOR CALLS – my novella for Nocturne Bites will be part of THE AWAKENING THE BEAST collection that will be out in October 2009 from Silhouette Nocturne.

I love the characters in this novella – Michaela and Jesus. They are opposites in so many ways and yet drawn to each other by their strength and honor. Their honor, however, is what one day may pull them apart.

I am so hoping I will get to further explore their relationship in the future in a full length novel, but for now, I hope you enjoy their very sexy and very conflicted time together in HONOR CALLS.

Today’s Wicked Wednesday is an excerpt giving you a hint as to Michaela’s troubled past. I hope you enjoy it. *Warning* It does contain violence.

New Jersey Shore
Twenty Years Earlier

Her mother was bleeding.

Michaela could feel the warmth and wet of it drip down onto her as her mother held her hand and dragged her through the tall marsh grasses along the edges of the dunes. The stalks, dry from a lack of summer rain, crackled, the noise overly loud in the silence of the night.

Too loud, she thought, recalling the creature that had attacked them. The creature who would surely hear them, pounding and crashing through the grasses as they tried to escape him.

Suddenly her mother stopped short and shoved Michaela away toward a larger patch of foliage.

She fell to the ground, the sharp edges of the grasses biting into the palms of her hands as the tall stalks swallowed her up. The saw edges of the plants cut her hands and arms, but she bit down on her lower lip to stifle her cry of pain, aware it would reveal where she was.

Aware that her mother was ready to sacrifice her life in order to hide her.

Holding her breath, she tried not to move and peered through the ever-shifting mass of dune grass stalks that had covered her.

Her mother stood there, her chin at a defiant tilt. Blood dripped down the side of her face from a large gash above her brow. The blood looked black thanks to the palette of the night. Her face was washed to a pale almost green ghostly hue by the light of the full moon.

“You didn’t think you could run from me again, did you?”

The tone of the creature’s voice was low, almost soothing except for the odd rolling sound beneath, like the purr of a cat.

Her mother said nothing for a moment, then picked up her chin another rebellious inch. “You will not take me again. I will not allow it.”

The odd rumble in the creature’s voice intensified as he laughed and said incredulously, “You will not allow it?”

Something flashed before her mother. A bright white blur so close to her . . .

A gush of dark liquid erupted from her mother’s throat and spilled down the front of her bright yellow sundress.

Her mother picked up her hand, brought it to her throat, but the creature yanked her hand away, laughing cruelly as he said, “I will have you now, as you die. I will have you after, as your body cools. But first . . .”

The creature wrapped an arm around her mother’s waist, holding her up as her knees did a slow motion buckle. Burying his head against her ravaged throat.

The horrible sounds of his sucking and her mother’s moaning carried across the still night.

Michaela covered her ears, but it was too late to avoid hearing him say, “But first I will have your blood.”

Curling up into a tight ball, she tucked her head against her knees, brought her arms up over her head and closed her eyes. Tried to escape from what was going on just a few feet before her. Imagined other places and times. Prayed for her mother to be safe. Thought about the yellow sundress her mother wore and how they had bought it at the thrift store just earlier that week.

The rough shake of the ground beneath her body pulled her back from where she had gone.

Only then did she realize the night was now almost quiet. The only sounds those of the stalks as the wind moved them and the far away susurrus of the waves washing up against the shore.

She was alone. Or at least she thought she was.

Peering through the brittle green stalks, she saw what had made the resounding thud that had snared her attention.

Her mother’s body lay less than an arm’s length away, staring sightlessly at the moonlit sky. Her dress torn, exposing her breasts and the bite marks on them. The cheery yellow of her dress bloodied from the hideous hole where her throat had once been.

She wanted to keen and cry, run to her mother, but instead she grabbed hold of her knees and forced herself to remain still, fearing that the creature lingered nearby. Knowing that her mother had given her life to save her. That she could not dishonor that sacrifice with her fear.

A second later the ground shook again and suddenly there were shafts of light piercing the night, moving back and forth across the dark sky. Another tremor of the earth came beneath her and she realized the tremors were footfalls. Coming closer and faster as the intensity of the lights increased until suddenly there were blue pants legs standing before her hiding place.

“Shit. Holy shit,” the man said and passed his flashlight over her mother. Across her still beautiful face and sightless eyes.

She cried then, a puny wheezing sound, but it was enough to snare the man’s attention.

He parted the grasses before her and the silver and gold badge on his chest gleamed brightly against the royal blue of his uniform.

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph,” he said and reached for her.

Awakening the Beast
October 2009 – Silhouette Nocturne

A collection of sexy Nocturne Bites featuring:
Honor Calls, Return of the Beast, Mortal Enemy,
Immortal Lover, Claws of the Lynx and Wilderness
by Caridad Pineiro, Lisa Renee Jones,
Olivia Gates, Linda O. Johnston and Barbara J. Hancock

Pre-order your copy today!

Wicked Wednesday – Take a Visit to the Nocturne Author’s Blog

This morning I’m blogging over at the Harlequin Nocturne Author’s blog! Stop by and leave a comment at the Harlequin blog for a chance to win a CALLING T-shirt and an autographed copy of HOLIDAY WITH A VAMPIRE, one of my favorites. All comments must be left by midnight EST on Friday, May 22.

Just click here or cut and paste this link into your browser:
http://community.eharlequin.com/content/good-and-evil-world-calling