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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Book with a Difference

By Barbara Elsborg

Decadent took a chance on me a few years ago and with my suspense story – Chosen. It’s not an erotic romance. It’s light on the romance and heavy on the suspense and if you don’t like dark, violent stories, then stop reading now. If you do like twisted tales and strong heroines, then you might like Chosen.
I wrote it long before the spate of true life stories emerged of women who’ve been kidnapped and held in secrecy for weeks, months, years. I remember my husband saying to me that he didn’t think my story was realistic and sadly, it turned out to be all too possible. Not the time for ‘I told you so’.
Kate is just an ordinary young woman who finds herself caught up in a nightmare after she opens the door to a stranger. Careful as she is, she’s not careful enough and I must admit that I now put the chain on the door before I open it. I wish there weren’t guys like Jack out there, but there are.
Shortly after I’d finished the story, I had a visit from the police who wanted to show me the photo of a necklace they’d found in a car. Was it mine? No. But the car once had been. I sold it a year earlier. It was put into an auction and the guy who bought it murdered a young woman in the next town. The necklace hadn’t been hers and the police were concerned there might have been another murder victim. I never did learn if there was.
My story has a happy ending. I don’t read or write stories that leave me feeling depressed! Kate is a survivor. I hope I’d be as brave as her.

Some crimes can never be forgotten.
      Kate Evans doesn’t take risks. She chose her apartment with care—a safe district with a good neighbor—a place where she can live a quiet, unassuming, under-the-radar existence. Then she makes one mistake and opens her door to accept a delivery of flowers from a secret admirer and her life will never be the same again. A guy she’s never seen before bursts into her apartment and asks her to marry him. Jack Thompson won’t take no for an answer and drags Kate on a cross country journey to hell.
      Invalided out of the police, Nathan Beranson works as a private investigator in San Antonio, Texas where he spends too much of his time following unfaithful spouses and delivering the bad news to their partners. When his fiancĂ©e cheats on him with Jack Thompson, the half-brother Nathan’s only just met, he becomes obsessed with Jack in the same unhealthy way as his revenge-seeking clients. By the time Nathan finally realizes putting the ghosts of the past to rest is a wiser option than settling an old score, it’s too late. He’s already been drawn into his sibling’s latest deadly game and Nathan and Kate find their nightmare is only just beginning.

If you’d like the chance to win a copy of Chosen, please leave a comment below telling me why dark tales appeal to you.

Details of all my books are on my website 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Who is Xio Davis?

 Who is Xio Davis, bank robber, wolf shifter, twin to Xan Davis? Something more?
You don’t hear a lot about them, but Chinese workers helped to build the transcontinental railroad and became a pivotal part of taming the West. Many worked long hours, under dangerous conditions, drilling holes for explosives on the sides of mountains while they hung in baskets in extreme heat and cold, working against the brutal elements of the Midwest.
Many came from Guangdong province, a place in civil unrest, deep in poverty. Hungry, needing to provide for their families, many migrated to the United States for the work offered, work that because of the conditions, many already living in America refused to take.
Because the railroad wanted to keep their workers happy. skilled Chinese cooks made more than the unskilled workers, and were sought after for their abilities to create the meals the Chinese workers exclusively ate. In Black Hills Desperado, Xio’s grandmother, Mai Ling was one of those workers, feeding crews who laid the rail across the West. But she was much more, which Xio discovers in her lesson from Gee, an anti-social werebear that runs a bar called The Den.

“Mai Ling served meals to the men laying the rails. When the railroad came through the Badlands, she met your grandfather, Eli Snow.”
“What’s for chow?” he asked.
Startled, Mai Ling lifted her gaze from the stew. She noticed a tall man with blond hair and fancy clothes leaning on the chuck wagon she’d brought out to where the men worked. Slung low across his hips was a holster, and in the hand-tooled leather rested an even more impressive revolver that would certainly send her to her backside if she tried to fire it. Big man. Big gun. “You work with crew?”
“No, ma’am. I’m passing through to Los Lobos.”
He stared at her from under the brim of a weathered cowboy hat. There had been enough heat in his eyes to make her turn red, even though there was ice on the ground and a wind that blew down from the north, making the day quite frigid.
She wanted to tell him the food was for the crew only, but something in the man’s expression told her he wouldn’t take no for an answer. So she lied. “Dog.”
The gunslinger straightened his spine, scowling at the kettle hanging over the fire. He sniffed and curled his lip. “Dog?”
“You no like?”
“No, ma’am. I no like.”
“Why you no like?” She lifted the ladle to her mouth and took a bite of the beef stew, watching him cringe.
“I guess you could say I’m a bit of a mongrel, and eating that would make me feel like a cannibal.”
“It’s good. You try some.” Scooping up another portion, Mai Ling thrust the utensil out to Eli. “You no look like dog.”

Xio Davis’s heritage runs deep in the Black Hills. A wolf shifter, rebel and orphan, she finds herself at the mercy of a ruthless Alpha, Magnum. Life gets worse for her when her brother leaves to serve his country. Xio chooses a different path out, riding out of Los Lobos on the back of a stranger’s motorcycle, sinking deep into the criminal underworld.
But finding her way home is harder than leaving, and Xio must come to terms with her past and who she is, where she comes from, before she can move forward with her life and Mate, Marcus Cazador. Can she break free from being the bad girl of the Black Hills, or will she meet her end where her story started?

Today, my Black Hills Wolves story, Black Hills Desperado releases. Please join me in celebrating the launch of this new series. You can purchase book number 3, Black Hills Desperado here: Black Hills Desperado

D. L. Jackson is an award-winning author of urban fantasy, science fiction, military romance and erotic romance. She loves to incorporate crazy plot twists, comedy and the unexpected into her worlds. As a U.S. Army veteran, she naturally adores men in uniform and feels the world could always use more. She does her part by incorporating as many sexy soldiers in her novels as she can. When she isn't writing or running the roads, you can often find her online chatting with her peers and readers. Grab a cup of iced coffee, pull up your virtual chair and say hi. She loves emails and blog visits from her readers.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

What Am I Supposed to Do With a Goose?

By Alexa Bourne

When I first contacted Decadent Publishing to get a fairy tale to “rewrite”, I was so excited. The concept of taking an age-old story and revising it to be a modern day romance of some type sounded very interesting. But then I got the email with what would be my fairy tale: The Golden Goose. Now, I was a fairy tale deprived child so I had no idea what this story was. On my next visit to Barnes & Noble, I peeked in a Grimm’s Fairy Tale book and read The Golden Goose.
Uh….How in the world could I make that particular story a romance?
I panicked a bit that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but Simon and Grace soon sprung to mind. Then once I got the okay to set the story in Scotland, the words fell onto the page almost quicker than I could type them.
This story is different than my other books. How? This is an adventure story. Yes, there is suspense in there, too, but this book is much more light-hearted. While searching the Highlands for a family heirloom, Grace and Simon will take you on a fun ride throughout the country that will hopefully make you smile…and fall in love with them as they fall in love with each other.
In the end, I think Chasing Gold is one of my best books yet. I hope you’ll agree!

Grace McKay spends most of her time alone trying to convince the world she’s strong enough and smart enough to become one of the best treasure hunters. According to the media, though, all she’s managed to prove is she’s a frigid, narrow-minded woman who doesn’t have a chance to succeed in her current hunt.
Simon Andrews is tired of being a glorified secretary for his family’s treasure hunting business.  As the youngest brother, he’s never had the chance to prove himself in the field, where his true interests lie.
When Grace’s uncle hires Simon on a whim to assist her with the search for an ancient family heirloom, he comes up against a woman determined to accomplish her goal without his—or anyone’s—help. But Simon, although captivated by her passion for her quest and her beauty, will not relinquish his chance to prove both to the client and his brothers that he has the family gift for finding valuables where others have failed.
Grace, frigid? Simon is sure the media met the wrong woman. He’s in danger of bursting into flames every time they are alone together. As they get closer to finding the heirloom, though, their growing passion for one another may distract them from the very real danger that threatens their lives and their possible future together. Whatever that might mean.

After sipping her tea, she picked up another piece of pastry. Midway to her mouth, she stopped. A tall, thin man, glasses clinging to the end of his nose, strode through the doorway and scanned the room. A loose-fitting, faded T-shirt covered his chest, and khaki shorts hung on his hips. Kind of thin and bony for her liking, although the soft shade of ginger hair with a hint of blond in it grabbed her attention. It reminded her of her favorite movie star. Both hands were inside his pockets.
With a crooked grin, he walked straight up to her table. “Grace McKay?”
“Yes. Can I help you?”           
He held out his long fingers. “I’m Simon Andrews.” He waited as if his name was supposed to mean something.
She didn’t shake his hand. “What can I do for you, Mr. Andrews?”
He lowered his arm. “Your uncle said you’d be helping me on my expedition here.” From his New England accent, he could only be American.
Uncle Thomas sent him? Of all the crappy things he’d done, this had to be the worst. Did he not believe in her enough to allow her to handle the job? She stood, gathering her papers. “My uncle was wrong. I don’t need any help with my expedition. Good-bye.” She shifted around him and started for the lobby. Studying her paperwork in her own room would suit her better.
“Ms. McKay, wait.” He grabbed her arm.
She froze. Every muscle tensed.
“I realize you want to help in the search, but your uncle hired me to—”
She tugged herself free. “I know what he hired you for, but I’m telling you, you’re fired.” As she stalked across the pub, many pairs of eyes stared at her, some wide in question, some narrowed. Who cared? She hadn’t done anything wrong.
“That’s not your call, sweetheart,” he said.
She jerked to a stop just inside the door and spun around, gritting her teeth. Andrews stood waiting, as cocky as could be, with his hands on his hips.
“First, I am not your sweetheart. Second, I don’t need a partner.”

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Moving Forward with Zero

Available HERE

I think a lot about the Zero, Ohio series. The whole group made it to print. Yeah, print! You can find them here.
I have to decide who I want to write more of. There are a couple of air traffic controller characters that would be fun to run with. Plus there are the characters from the bar.
Which team are you on? The ATC or Eight Ball? I’d love to know. I’m going to start plotting, but feedback is always appreciated. Grin.
Until the next Zero story is completed, here is the latest in the series, Redeeming Raygan. Check it out.

Redeeming Raygan
by Megan Slayer 
Zero, Ohio Book 5

Zero, Ohio, where the temperatures might be below freezing but you can always melt the frost with smoking hot sex.
Two rough endings can equal one hot beginning.
Raygan Mason is done with love. After plenty of failed relationships, he wants nothing of the emotion. He’s broken inside and believes he’s not worthy of redemption …until he meets a man named after a car. Then his structured, but closed off world gets turned upside down.
Jamie “Jeep” Grusin isn’t big on love, either. Fresh out of a marriage filled with cheating and lies, he’s not looking for another partner. The writer wants a fresh start and is told Zero will cure what ails him. He’s not convinced …until he ends up at Eight Ball bar.
Can two men who think they are totally wrong for each other find out that redemption and a new start is so right?

Available at Decadent Publishing and at Amazon

And here’s a little bit more about me!
When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.
When she’s not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school. She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best. The cabana boys are willing to serve, unless she needs them. She always need them. So be nice to Javier or he will bite--on command.
She also masquerades under the name Wendi Zwaduk and is published through many places including Decadent Publishing.