Wednesday, August 21, 2013

3,800 Word Excerpt from Emma, YA Paranormal Romance

Emma, a YA paranormal romance, is available at Swoon Reads for FREE!!
See the end of this post for a link. :)

UPDATE: Due to a change in the Swoon Reads contract, Emma is no longer available at their site. They are a new site and changes happen. I apologize for this inconvenience.

I am not sure when (or where) Emma will be available for purchase. When I have a better understanding of the Swoon Reads situation, I will let you know.

Until then, enjoy the excerpt!

Chapter - Tuatha Dé Danann: Day of Arrival

It was a gorgeous day on Tuatha Dé Danann, a perfect day with birds singing and flowers blooming. Sparkling dust swirled on the upper air currents, coloring the afternoon sky with a brush of purple.

Tyler inhaled the energy-laced air of rich faerie dust, savoring the refreshing scent of late spring. Humming a tune under his breath, he glanced around the grove of trees and sighed with resignation. The gorgeous day was not destined to be fun, not when he was tromping through a fruit orchard, northeast of Capital City, following the obvious trail Professor Morgan left behind.

Morgan taught Natural Observation, a required class at Academy. The test was not about tracking. No, taking a test that measured his tracking ability would have been a breeze to pass for a wér-dragon like Tyler.

The observation test was about seeing the environment around him.

School wasn’t even in session. That was what really irritated him. The whole test was a pre-term exam that placed each student in the proper learning level.

He was determined to pass the test on his first attempt and get high marks.

Between one heartbeat and the next, storm clouds burst across the sky. Darkest of black clouds, spiked with swirls of purplish-red faerie dust, covered the sky with an ominous forewarning.

Lightning burst in jagged spears through the clouds. Thunder boomed. The world as he knew it disappeared, abruptly changing from normal to wacked-out crazy.

In the distance, he heard a faint scream. Ignoring the sound wasn’t a problem, not when a brown branch covered with green needles swayed an inch from his nose, a branch that had not been there a second ago. Fearing an attack, his muscles tensed, preparing to shift into wér-dragon, an in-between shape that wasn’t quite human, but not quite dragon either. A moment ticked by, nothing attacked.

Dual hearts racing, he quickly searched the area for a hint of what happened. Eerie looking green trees filled the forest. Here and there, he spotted the light blue leaves of a fat pomona tree; the fruit orchard stood intermingled with the weird green trees. Some of the alien looking trees were taller than the tallest of shroum trees and covered with broad fluttering leaves where shroum heads should be sprouting.

He carefully touched the branch swaying less than an inch away from his startled face. Green needles sprouted along each branch. He flexed a needle-shaped leaf between his fingers, bending it in half. A sharp smell drifted to him. He knew no druid created the unique tree.

The druids of the Celtic Nations tinkered with every living object they managed to get their grasping hands on, willy-nilly changing plants and beasts into unique works of art.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday Free Read! Beloved LifeMate 18 of 18

Beloved LifeMate is the first book in the Song of the Sídhí series.
Each book in the series is a stand alone novella.

YA paranormal romance

Story contains sexual content/innuendo and mild language.
Recommended reading age is seventeen and up.


He grinned and left me sitting where I was. He quickly pulled off everything, except his snug fitting pants. My eyes widened and I felt myself flush from another kind of heat as I watched the muscles across his back ripple with suppressed strength. He stopped moving. Turning around, he looked at me with a slightly raised eyebrow.
He was instantly kneeling in front of me. “I’m glad you find my body pleasing, but if I’m going to get through this shower with my sanity intact and not embarrass myself, you’ve got to shield your surface thoughts from me.” He cupped my cheek in his hand and very lightly brushed his lips across mine.
“I can feel your desire and I know you can feel mine,” I said, shielding my surface thoughts.
I felt his regret.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Free Read! Beloved LifeMate 17 of 18

Beloved LifeMate is the first book in the Song of the Sídhí series.
Each book in the series is a stand alone novella.

YA paranormal romance

Story contains sexual content/innuendo and mild language.
Recommended reading age is seventeen and up.


He began slowly shifting me. I was whimpering by the time he stood up with me. He carried me across the wide room and into another room. It had several doors leading from it. He went straight ahead through the single open door.
I closed my eyes. The movement made me dizzy.
He stopped and I opened my eyes in time to see a frown crease his face. He leaned down with me still in his arms.
I squealed like a stuck piglet. “What’re you doing? Just help lean against the counter and I can make it from there.” No way in this world was I letting him set me on the commode and have my backside shine the world.
“You’ll fall flat. I’m not letting you go,” he said in a no-nonsense tone of voice, his worry leaked into me. “I'll hold you until you finish.”
“No, no way. I can’t go with you holding me.” I fretted. I really had to go, but there was no way I was going with him holding me on the commode or whatever they called it here.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Free Read! Beloved LifeMate 16 of 18

Beloved LifeMate is the first book in the Song of the Sídhí series.
Each book in the series is a stand alone novella.

YA paranormal romance

Story contains sexual content/innuendo and mild language.
Recommended reading age is seventeen and up.


“My love, I want nothing more, but we should wait. You need time to heal and you need time to understand how things work here.” He groaned, cupping my hand in his large hand. “I'm not rejecting you. I desperately want you as my lifeMate, but not until you understand your rights.”
“From what you’ve told me about the women here, well, I could never treat you like that. Not ever,” I said emphatically then added with just as much fervor, “Colin, you're my lifeMate, I love you too much.” At this point, I didn't care if it was the synth that made me love him, or if it was love at first sight, or if I had fallen in love with the adoring look on his face while he held me with such extraordinary care.
I didn’t wait for his answer; I was tired of arguing. I looked into his dark green eyes and opened my end of the lifeBond. His eyes jerked wide open, the pupils dilated, and with a shocked gasp, he opened his end of the lifeBond.
The combined synth in our blood sang, whipping through us as the ends of two lifeBonds intertwined and twisted together. The closing of our bond created a shimmering solid union between the two of us. I felt it briefly glow burning hot. Cooling, it pulled us irrevocably together. Once bonded, our emotions flowed into the other.
I felt his love crash through me and I grinned with joy. He actually did love me as much as I loved him.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Free Read! Beloved LifeMate 15 of 18

Beloved LifeMate is the first book in the Song of the Sídhí series.
Each book in the series is a stand alone novella.

YA paranormal romance

Story contains sexual content/innuendo and mild language.
Recommended reading age is seventeen and up.


“During the Great War…”
My laughter interrupted him and he reminded me of a big-eyed owl when he blinked at me.
“Do we need to go back four thousand years?” I asked through my laughter.
“Yes, for you to fully understand. I think we do.” His lips twitched into a huge smile and he sighed; his face softened into a look I could only describe as adoring. “You are beautiful, but do you know exactly how exquisite you are when you laugh?” He didn’t wait for my answer he leaned forward and pressed a soft kiss on my cheek.
His eyes never left mine as he continued, “During the war, the streets of every town ran red with the blood of lifeMates who either killed themselves after their bonded lifeMate died on the battlefield or dropped dead from a brain aneurysm. The written accounts of that time are filled with horrific detail. I think it mentally damaged the children and every un-bonded person during that time.”
“Those poor kids, they got hit with double misery. Not just a father, but their mother died as well,” I said, trying to imagine the pain of growing up in a time like that, but I couldn’t.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Free Read! Beloved LifeMate 14 of 18

Beloved LifeMate is the first book in the Song of the Sídhí series.
Each book in the series is a stand alone novella.

YA paranormal romance

Story contains sexual content/innuendo and mild language.
Recommended reading age is seventeen and up.


Chapter: Woman’s Choice

“Woman’s choice is the law. She decides when and where the lifeBond is opened or even if it is opened,” he explained, rubbing his cheek into my caress. He frowned and pulled back.
He covered me in the soft blanket, carefully tucking it around me.
“You’re shivering,” he said worriedly. “I shouldn’t have brought you this close to the windows. I thought you’d enjoy the sun.” He sighed, shaking his head before I could speak. “Yes, I know vampires aren't thrilled with the sun. Plain and simple, I wanted to hold you.”
I pulled my arm from under the luxuriously soft blanket and reached for his hand.
He willingly wrapped his large hand around mine.
“In my world, the decision to bond is made to together. Just like all the decisions in a bonded couple’s life are made together.” I nodded my head and winced as my swollen jaw hit the edge of the hard collar, before I could continue he reached for the silver collar and snapped it off.