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!

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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.

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