It’s finally here!!! The Chosen is out today.

Y’all, it’s finally release day! I feel like we’ve all been waiting way too long for this book to come out, but the wait is over!!

Want a sneak peek? Here’s Chapter Two of The Chosen! Don’t read on if you haven’t read book two yet or else…

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“Calm down, Liv.”

Myka tried hard not to get frustrated. Her best friend was terrified—and rightly so. She was pregnant with a hybrid, what the monsters wanted.

Silent tears strolled down her cheeks, and Myka swallowed down her guilt. She’d apologize later. Right now, she had to save them.

What didn’t make sense was why she wasn’t drugged. She could change and get out of there—but not without Liv. That was what Preston wanted. He wanted her to know he could control her.

“They can’t have my baby,” Olivia cried.

“They won’t get it,” Myka answered, resolute.

“So how are we gonna get out of here?”

Liv sat up the best she could given her restraints.

“I don’t know yet.”

“Can’t you just transform?”

“And what will you do? I don’t know if I’m strong enough to carry you on my back.”

“I didn’t think of that.”

It’s all I can think about, Myka thought, but she didn’t voice her concerns. She would be strong for Liv. She had to be.

“There’s a way out,” Myka said. “We just have to take a deep breath and think.”

She heard Olivia suck in a deep breath. Maybe it would keep her busy thinking of ideas instead of worrying about her unborn child. Her unborn child. There was no way Preston or Marcus Knight would get their hands on Liv’s baby.

“Just go,” Olivia said.

“No. I’m not leaving you.”

“It’s the only way out, and you know that.”

“Liv, I’m not leaving you. End of story. Now keep thinking.”

Myka pulled at her arms, trying to break free of the tape holding them together. She could change and break them, but that would alert the vampires that something was up.

Myka thought back to when Preston had first kidnapped her. She pushed the memory down. There was no reason to relive that horrible experience, since she wasn’t going to let it happen again.

Her skin ripped and burned as she tugged against her restraints, yet she didn’t stop. She wouldn’t stop.

Out of the corner of her eyes, she saw something in the darkness lurking behind the trees. She prayed it was the werewolves coming to save them.

“Do you see that?” she whispered.

“See what?” Olivia matched her tone.

“Over there.” Myka nodded her head to the left of them. “I thought I saw something.”

“Do you think it’s Luka, Milo, and Brent?” Her voice was optimistic, and Myka hated to shatter her optimism. How were they going to stop a moving truck if it was?

“I hope so.”

Myka kept her eyes on the trees, hoping to see a sign of life, but she didn’t see anything else. Maybe she was just going crazy?

“I don’t see anything,” Liv said, losing her faith.

Myka nodded in the darkness, aware that she should speak so Liv could hear her, but there was nothing to say. What if that flash of black was nothing? Was Brent even out searching for her?

Myka had to push those thoughts out of her mind. It didn’t matter if someone was coming to her rescue or not. She would get out of this. Myka was the Shewolf now, the alpha. She wasn’t dependent on any man; she could save herself.

“Whether they’re here or not, you and I are smart enough to get out of this alive. Come on, Liv. What can we do to get out of this?”

Myka continued to pull at her restraints, and they were loosening some. Not enough, but it was progress.

“You have to change.”

“And then what? Run away and leave you to these monsters?”

“No. You fight them.”

“There are too many. I’m smart, remember?”

Olivia laughed despite their circumstances. “You are smart, and that’s why you have to take down Preston.”

“How?”

“You’ve learned how to fight, right?”

“Some, but if I attack Preston, the rest are going to attack me. I can’t withstand this many vampires on my own. Look what happened back home.”

“But there are only two in the truck.”

“But we’re in a caravan of other vampires.”

Olivia sighed. She must’ve forgotten about the others. They would stop if they sensed any trouble, and she would die. She didn’t want to die, but if it meant saving Olivia, she would.

“Okay. I’ll do what I can, and as soon as this truck stops, you run. I mean, you run fast and hard. Don’t stop, no matter what you hear. We’re going to save you and that baby.”

“Myks…”

“Don’t, Liv. I’ve worked up the courage, and I want to keep it.”

Olivia nodded, and Myka changed, breaking out of her restraints and clothing. She bit at Olivia’s restraints until they came off.

Myka nodded to Liv and then threw herself against the back glass of the truck, shattering it and falling into the cab of the truck. The vampire driving swerved, throwing Myka onto Preston’s lap. Preston reached out and grabbed her neck, squeezing.

“I knew you’d try this, dog. It wasn’t the smartest idea.”

Myka growled and bit at him, trying to keep his focus on her instead of Olivia. The vampire driving slowed down, and Myka barked again, hoping that Olivia knew that meant it was time for her to run.

“Shut up,” Preston said, grabbing Myka’s muzzle and squeezing hard.

She yelped in pain and clawed at him, trying to work her way out of his grasp. She kicked out at the vampire driving the truck, honking the horn in the process. He cursed at her and slapped at her legs. But she kept kicking at him and wiggling away from Preston. She broke free of his grasp enough to bite down on his hand.

“You stupid dog. I will kill you!” Preston yelled.

Myka kept biting him, not letting go. She wasn’t sure what to do next. There was nowhere to run. So, she twisted her mouth, digging her teeth further into his hand. He pushed at her with his other, cursing her, demanding she let go, but Myka was diligent. She had to buy her friend some time to get out.

“I knew you would try something so idiotic,” he said, taking his other hand and squeezing right under her neck. She had a hard time getting a deep breath, and she felt her grip loosening no matter how much she didn’t want it to. A low growl emanated from within, but it turned into a quiet whimper. She released Preston’s hand, but he didn’t release her neck.

“I should kill you for that, but I won’t. Not right now. I want to make you suffer first, and when you start begging me to kill you, I’ll torture you even more, making sure that you don’t ever get a break from me.”

Myka shook, but she refused to give up, even though her strength was waning.

Suddenly, the truck lurched to a stop, and Preston let go of her to catch himself from going through the window. Myka jumped through the shattered glass behind Preston and ran.

She didn’t see Olivia anywhere, but she hoped that she could catch her scent and find her soon. She had to be somewhere near. Maybe she wasn’t. Maybe she was out of harm’s way.

Myka ran into the woods and stopped, taking a second to regain her breath. She couldn’t run if she was panting as hard as she was.

“That was quite a display,” a voice said, startling her.

She growled and turned around to see who was speaking to her. It was Dragon. He was smiling.

She stopped growling and changed back into her human self.

“What are you doing here?” she asked.

“Saving you and your little friend. The wolves were taking too long.”

Myka scanned around her and saw a few of the vampires who had fought alongside them earlier surrounding her. And then Olivia flew at her, hugging her.

“Thank you, Myks.”

She nodded, unable to speak.

“We have to go, Princess. They’re searching the woods right now.”

“Right.”

Myka let go of Liv and changed back into her wolf. She passed Luka, and he reached down and patted her head. “I’m glad you’re okay, Myka.”

She nodded.

 They trotted through the woods until they came upon some vehicles. Olivia opened the door for her, and she jumped into the backseat. Olivia slid in beside her; Luka came next.

Dragon got into the driver’s seat, and one of the other vampires got into the passenger’s seat.

Dragon said, “There’s a jacket back there, Princess. No need to stay as a wolf.”

She changed again, and Olivia handed her the jacket. She slipped it on and said, “Thanks, Dragon.”

“Anytime. Can’t let the sucker have what he wants.”

Olivia leaned over on Myka’s shoulder, and they held each other close.

Myka was furious. Why hadn’t the wolves come after her? Instead, the vampires came to her rescue. She didn’t expect that at all.

“Where’s Milo and Brent?” Myka asked Luka.

“They were in a heated debate with Colin when I left.”

“About what?”

She faced Luka. His face was stoic, but she knew. They had to bargain with Colin about saving her.

“My own fiancé wasn’t going to save me, was he?” she asked.

“He was weighing his options.”

Myka bit back tears. If her own betrothed wouldn’t save her, what would their life together be like?

Olivia reached over and took ahold of her hand, squeezing it, but there was no comforting her now.

 “Sorry, Princess,” Dragon said. “You deserve better than that little punk.”

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And, end scene! What happens next? Find out in The Chosen! Purchase your copy on Amazon today! It’s also available on Kindle Unlimited!

Happy Reading!

The Chosen’s Cover is Here!!

**Post has been updated to reflect the NEW release date of 2.5.19**

So, I’ve been sitting on this beauty for a while, and it’s been killing me! But today, today I finally get to show her off!

Okay, so there are those who are mad at me for ending book two in the Knight’s Academy series on cliffhanger. I’m so sorry, but it had to be done. Anyway, the book you’ve been waiting for is *almost* here! Just another month to go! The ebook of The Chosen will drop on February 5, 2019!

But, today, I can finally show you the cover. Whoop whoop!

Ain’t she purty?

About The Chosen:

Still reeling from her grandmother’s death, Myka William’s has been chosen to rule her pack, but she isn’t sure she wants the job. It comes with an unwanted fiancé and vampires who are still hunting them down. Running away has always been her go-to answer, but Myka’s finally found what she’s been looking for—home. Running is no longer an option.

As the last female alpha in her pack, Myka isn’t allowed to follow her heart, and she has to fight a battle between her heart and head. Will Myka be able to have the happy ending she so desperately wants?

Along with help from vampires, hybrids, and werewolves she can trust, Myka must learn how to find a way out of her engagement, get the pack to take her seriously, and save her pack from the vicious vampires who want to use them for unspeakable things.

Being the chosen one isn’t as easy as it seems.

And if you haven’t read books one and two yet, what are you waiting for? Get them today! Just click on the photo below to be taken to Amazon. 🙂





Christmas is meant for new beginnings…

Surprise! The Christmas novella I’ve been trying to publish for three or four years is finally here! I’ve—mostly—gotten over my fear and published Christmas Beginnings.

Even as a “seasoned” author, I still get nervous pushing publish on anything!

Anyway, it’s here, so I just wanted to let you all know that you if you’re looking for a quick, Christmas romance, you might want to check out Christmas Beginnings!

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Christmas is meant for new beginnings, and Megan Whitehead is in desperate need of one.

Jobless, homeless, and divorced, Megan returns home to her small town in Mississippi and gets a job working for her former high school sweetheart, Ryan McKinley, at his pet store. Falling for him again was never supposed to happen, but as Megan has to face who and what she ran from and the whole sad truth comes out, Megan must face why she ran. And Ryan is offering to help each step of the way—along with her faithful Basset Hound companion, George. Will Megan find love and healing in time for Christmas?

PURCHASE YOUR COPY TODAY FOR ONLY 99CENTS!

Amazon / Barnes and Noble / iTunes / Kobo / Add to Goodreads

Are you ready to be hunted?!

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Y’all!! The Hunted is finally here!!

I know we just released The Marked in January, and this came out rather quickly but oh my goodness! It’s exciting!

Book two was even more fun to write than book one. I’m serious. I’ve introduced a lot of new characters who I absolutely fell in love with! #teambrent, just saying. And there is a lot more of the werewolves. You’ll learn more about them and the pack. And of course,  there is more Milo. *sigh* And well, Preston is still alive. I’m sorry. *ducks as all of you run at me*

Okay, so….

Anyway…

What’s it about you may ask? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here’s the blurb.

Myka Williams has been forced out of Knight’s Academy and is on the run, constantly moving to keep the vampires off her trail until Preston’s venom is no longer coursing through her veins. But she isn’t alone.

Brent Jacobson is her protector, training her and teaching her how to be the werewolf she’s destined to be. He’s annoying, stubborn—and hot. But there’s something he isn’t telling her.

Myka has to come face-to-face with the truth of who she really is. Will she find safety, or will she always be hunted?

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Order your copy today!

Amazon / Amazon UK / Nook / iTunes

If this piques your interest and you haven’t read book one? No worries. My publisher hasn’t changed the price from 99¢ yet, so now is the time to get it before word gets back to her. Hurry! 😉 You can get both books for only $4.98 according the Amazon.

Get The Marked on Amazon / Amazon UK / Nook for the 99¢ price.

Now, I hope you all get your copy so we can talk about it! I’m really anxious to have many discussions with you guys about it!!

Happy Reading! ❤

#TheMarked is on sale and a cover reveal for book two!

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For the first time since it’s release, The Marked will be on sale for 99¢ June 24-30! If you’ve been waiting to buy this book, now’s the perfect chance to get it! 😉

(Plus, tomorrow is my birthday, so that would be a great gift to get me. I’m joking, of course!)

What’s this book about? Vampires and werewolves to start, but here’s the official blurb.

Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

Purchase your copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

So that’s book one! What about book two you ask?

Well, it will be out July 4, and yesterday, I revealed the cover on my social media sites. If you missed that, have no fear, here is the cover for book two, The Hunted!

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About The Hunted:

Myka Williams has been forced out of Knight’s Academy and is on the run, constantly moving to keep the vampires off her trail until Preston’s venom is no longer coursing through her veins. But she isn’t alone.
Brent Jacobson is her protector, training her and teaching her how to be the werewolf she’s destined to be. He’s annoying, stubborn—and hot. But there’s something he isn’t telling her.
Myka has to come face-to-face with the truth of who she really is. Will she find safety, or will she always be hunted?

 

Yay!! I hope you all have been enjoying The Knight’s Academy series! I’ve enjoyed writing it, and I’m currently at work on book three!

Happy weekend!!

 

The Marked Blog Tour!

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The Marked was released back in January, and this month, I wanted to take her on tour!

The Marked is the first book in the Knight’s Academy series, and it has some really good reviews thus far!

About the Book

Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.

When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

Each day I’ll update the stops right here, so stay tuned!

Monday 2/20 – I stopped by Pages and Hope to talk about birthdays, and Myka’s big birthday in The Marked, with author Laura Grace! Check it out!

Sunrise County Stories did a profile on me and my books!

Meet Olivia Michaels, Myka’s best friend in The Marked, with this character interview!

Tuesday 2/21 – I’m on Amy Manemann’s blog discussing the difference in writing Christian paranormal and just plain ole paranormal books.

Check out this AMAZING 5* review of The Marked by JeanzBookReadNReview! “…if you loved the Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead I think you’ll truly enjoy reading this one too!”

Want to know why I write in the paranormal genre? Find out on Stacy Eaton’s blog.

Wednesday 2/22 – Author Sylvia Stein interviewed me the Huffington Post and her personal blog today! Check them out.

Check out this author spotlight by Author Jannette Fuller! I know we’re on tour for The Marked, but if vampires and werewolves aren’t your thing, you might be interested in my angel books!

Thursday 2/23 – Learn more about Myka and Milo in this fun character interview with Belinda Witzenhausen!

Check out an exclusive excerpt on Community Bookstop’s blog!

Friday 2/24 – Meet Myka Williams from The Marked. Check out it out here or here.

The Marked is being spotlighted on The Serious Reader!

I talk about #LiveChosen and how Myka searches for her identity in The Marked.

Where can you buy The Marked?

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2jG7GKB

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2jG9rY0

Nook: http://bit.ly/2kADf7G

iTunes: http://apple.co/2ka1EQM

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2l3GxOD

Add The Marked to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33825997-the-marked

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Reading the book? Here’s the official music playlist!

The Marked is here! Get my #newrelease and #read an exclusive #excerpt!

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I didn’t announce this on my blog, but I announced it on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I was recently accepted as an author through Clean Reads. They picked up a book that I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever publish. It was my book, The Marked. It was originally called Knight’s Academy, but since it is a planned trilogy, I kept the Knight’s Academy as the series title. But today, I finally get to release my Knight’s Academy novel.

As you probably know by now, I’m normally a Christian fiction author, but this isn’t Christian fiction. It’s a YA paranormal romance. It’s new for me, but it was loads of fun to write. I hope that you enjoy this new genre I’m dabbling in!

So, what’s it about?

Myka Williams has never fit in with her peers, and although her adoptive parents are loving and supportive, she feels most at home alone in the woods.
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When she’s offered a full scholarship to Knight’s Academy in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, she takes the opportunity for a fresh start. She soon learns that Knight’s Academy is more than just a school. Within the stone walls of the institution, humans and vampires are mixing, and their offspring are going unnoticed.

As Myka falls prey to the evil plan of the school, she makes a chilling discovery about her own heritage and realizes that she’s at the Academy for more than just an education. Myka must yield to her birthright at the risk of losing everyone she loves or succumb to the fate that Knight’s Academy has in store for her—a fate worse than death.

Where can you purchase The Marked?

Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble

Read an exclusive excerpt now!

“Can I ask you a question?” Myka said.
“Sure.”
“Won’t you get in trouble for jumping the wall at school, or since you’re in good with Headmaster Knight, can you get away with it?” Myka hoped her voice was light enough for him to figure out she was joking about the last part. She was still curious to know the answer, though.
Milo laughed. “I don’t usually get caught.”
“So why do you jump over the wall?”
“To escape.”
“Escape from what?”
“Life.”
Milo fell silent, a contemplative look overcame his face, and Myka wondered just what he was running from. But sometimes you didn’t need an excuse to run away and hide from life. She could relate.
He was different than when she’d first met him. She thought he was this broody jerk, and although he was still broody, he wasn’t a jerk. She couldn’t explain it, but she might be able to relate to him more than she first thought.
“Sometimes, I feel the same way. I would run outside at random and hide in the woods back home. There is this tree that has huge roots. I’d climb those roots and sit there for hours, watching the small creek run beneath it. It’s relaxing.”
“Do you miss that?” he asked.
“Yeah. Sometimes things feel overwhelming, like the walls are closing in on me. I think it’s claustrophobia, but I don’t know for sure.”
“I understand that feeling well. It’s like the academy isn’t big enough for me, like I need to be somewhere else.”
She nodded. “I can’t imagine that being raised there made it any easier on you.”
“It didn’t.”
He fell silent again, and Myka knew that was the end of the story. At least for now.
When they arrived at the boutique shop, Myka asked, “Do you mind if we go in here?”
“Of course. Anything you want to do.”
He opened the door for her, and she walked inside. The cool air felt good on her skin, and an apple pie candle burned on the counter a young woman leaned against.
“If you need any help, let me know,” she said in a heavy, Southern accent.
“Thank you,” Myka answered.
She supposed Milo would be bored with shopping, but she found the store quite charming. There were lots of brightly-colored clothes, purses, and big jewelry Olivia would love. She walked to the jewelry first and browsed through it. She could hear Milo’s quiet breathing behind her. “I didn’t figure you for a jewelry type of girl,” he said playfully.
“I’m usually not,” she answered with a nervous laugh.
She looked at the necklaces; one, in particular, caught her eye. A silver necklace with a large turquoise crescent moon charm hung on the shelf. Myka held the cool stone between her thumb and index finger, admiring it.
“Do you like it?” Milo asked.
“So much.”
“It’s beautiful, fitting,” Milo said, inching closer to her.
As he moved behind her, the heat of Milo’s body warmed her, along with the whisper of breath against her ear. Her stomach fluttered, and she took in a deep breath. He reached for the necklace, and his fingers brushed hers as he took it in his hand. She let her hand linger before she pulled it away. She turned to face him as he watched her every move. She leaned closer to him, and he inched closer to her. She wanted to kiss him, to feel his hands on her, and to taste his lips.
She pulled away quickly and fumbled through, “I saw a cute purse. Over there.”
Myka backed away and bumped into a rack of clothing. She turned around and walked across the store to the purses and looked through them, regretting not kissing Milo when she had the chance. Embarrassed didn’t even touch how she felt about what had just happened. There was no reason why she had pulled away from him. She wanted to kiss him, but when he was close to her, she freaked out.
Milo walked up behind her, keeping his distance. She had just succeeded in pushing him away.
Yep. She was an idiot.