Fracture is on sale!

Fracture was released a little over a year ago, and to celebrate, it’s on sale for a buck!

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Every nightmare has an end.

There’s no way Nora can ignore the beating. Same heavy boots. Same curses, same pained groans. But that was two years ago, and this a different man, a different part of war-ravaged Sarajevo. This is her second chance. She has to try.

And then she’s stuck with him, nursing him, putting up with him. Declan’s an ass. He’s rude and tactless. He’s arrogant. Dismissive.

Charming. Intense. Caring when she needs it most – and least expects it. He tears away the numbing fog that’s been her constant companion and offers her a way out and a way home.

And it damn near destroys her.

Nora’s survived two years in a war zone. Can Declan show her how to live?

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Nora and Declan’s story remains at the top of my list – I love this book so hard. If you haven’t picked up your copy, now’s a fabulous time to do so!

First Monday: June 2016

As I’m writing this, we’re preparing for our first 90 degree day of the year. I can hear all you East Coasters and Southerners snorting with derision, but…hush. Us PNW-ers are not cut out for this.

Game of Vengeance is DONE. Final files turned in. Progress on Game of Lies is moving along at an almost-too rapid pace. I keep telling myself that if I can keep up with it, it’ll be off my plate that much sooner and I can take a week or three off to do nothing. Sultry is also done. Like, off to the formatter done. No pre-order links available yet, but I’ll post them when they go live.

I’m in an odd place – once Game of Lies is turned in for copy edits, I have nothing that needs to be done for months. I’m nearing the end of a first draft of a new story (tentatively called Lie to Me), but it’s not under contract and I’m not (at this point) planning to publish it myself. Aside from the remaining bits of work on Game of Lies, I could, in theory, take the next couple of months off. What’s probably going to happen is I’ll continue working on Lie to Me, but at a much slower pace than I normally go.

I’ve been trying to do a better job of stepping back and taking breaks. It’s not the easiest thing for me to do. Once I set a goal and pick a due date, I feel a constant push to keep working toward that due date, even if it’s just one I’ve set for myself (as opposed to one set by, oh, a publisher). Sometimes life intervenes and makes it so I can’t do anything, and I’m learning to embrace those times as an unexpected but well-earned break. Besides, soon enough I’ll have to start drafting Learning Curve. I’ve also got a few ideas I’m playing with for late 2017 releases. Just need to see how they might fit into my schedule.

The Seattle International Film Festival wraps up this week, and I have to say my experience this year has overall been disappointing. It started with the schedule itself. Normally I end up with between ten and fifteen films I’d like to see, and I have to narrow it down to six (they offer a six-pack of tickets at a discounted price). This year I ended up with tickets to four, and aside from the first one I saw (a documentary called Kedi), they weren’t worth the time I spent on them. Also, I skipped one because it was right after work and I decided I’d rather go home. Sigh. There’s always next year.

I think June’s going to end up being a lazy month. Let’s hear it for laziness!

This Is War: Kit Rocha’s BEYOND ECSTASY

If you go back to the beginning of the Beyond series, you can see the first hints that big changes are coming for Eden and the sectors. In Beyond Ruin, change came.

In Beyond Ecstasy, it explodes.

Hawk’s wanted Jeni since the first time he saw her. Coming from Sector Six, he’s got a different view of relationships between men and women. After months of watching Jeni and observing the gang, he thinks he understands how it works in Sector Four.

BeyondEcstasy-700Jeni wants Hawk. Has for months, and she’s not sure why he keeps rebuffing her advances. So when he offers her a collar, she’s shocked – but it doesn’t take her long to accept. As their world starts to crumble around them, they fight to build something just for themselves.

Beyond Ecstasy was a bit of a change from the previous books, in that despite the couple appearing previously in the series, we didn’t really know them. Or at least, I didn’t feel like I knew them. Truth: I thought Jeni was just a gang groupie of sorts. From her earlier cameos in the series, I never got the sense she was truly an O’Kane. She never seemed to be around the women, and the men, while they treated her well, also kind of just…not used her, since she got what she wanted, but she didn’t play a part in their heirarchy. And Hawk’s too new (coming in with Finn in Beyond Addiction) to get a real sense of who he is.

The overall effect was more standalone than the previous books, but you would absolutely, definitely be lost if this was your first trip to Sector Four.

I like Hawk and Jeni together. They’re sweet, and while they like to play around on the smuttier side, they both yearn for that sense of belonging and comfort that comes with knowing your partner loves you absolutely. Not soulmates, mind you, but lifetime love. They’re surrounded by it in the gang, and you can’t blame them for wanting it for themselves.

That said, I didn’t feel the squee-inducing anticipation I’ve had for past couples. Jeni’s been on the fringes, so seeing her interact with the other women like she’s been part of their circle all along was disconcerting. As I stated above, I didn’t even think she was a gang member. Hawk is a bit different – introduced around the middle of the series, it didn’t bother me as much that I didn’t know him that well.

So. Romance? Yeah, it’s good. But.

BUT.

War doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t avoid those who can’t afford to lose and stick with the people who might get hurt, but will ultimately survive. In this, Beyond Ecstasy surpassed my expectations. The rising tensions in the sectors vibrates off the page, and I dreaded turning the pages because I didn’t want to know what would be destroyed next. And there is destruction. It takes many forms, and each one is painful.

Seeing the O’Kanes band together under Dallas and fight to protect not just their way of life, but everyone else was just…hoo boy. Normally I’d be all about the love. This time? It’s war, baby. It brings out different characters *coughcoughRydercoughcough* and turns Dallas from a leader to a general, mustering his troops. They’ll willingly fall in behind him.

It’s our second-to-last trip through Sector Four, and I can’t wait for the conclusion.

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Review copy provided by the authors.