Sunday, July 23, 2017

Druidrey and the Beast

I am currently working on The Bear and The Druidess and plan to finish the first draft this month. It is set in the Celtic Iron Age and the heroine is a druidess named Bronwen of the Durotriges tribe. The hero is the God Artaois, a Celtic god whose animal form is a bear. And the story is set during the Winter Solstice festival. It will be the third book in the Druidry and the Beast series.

Each Druidry and the Beast story is set in Britain in the Celtic Iron Age. The heroine in each book is a druidess and the hero in each book is a Celtic God who shape shifters into one of their animal forms, and each one is set at a Celtic festival.

The first book in the series is TheWolf and the Druidess. The druidess is named Seren and the hero is God Gwydian, who shape shifts into a wolf. The tale is set during the Samhain festival (Halloween).


A Celtic Tryst With A Shape Shifter Twist

In days of old, deep in the dark woods, Druidess Seren discovers a wolf shape shifting into the bare, muscular Celtic God, Gwydion. Seren's mind turns from the Samhain feast to wicked thoughts of Gwydion's gorgeous body.

Is the love Gwydion and Seren share strong enough to overcome barriers between an immortal god and a mortal woman? Or will a warning of danger from beyond the grave destroy the sensual magic brewing between the wolf and the druidess?

The second book in the series is The Dragon and the Druidess. The druidess is named Nona and the hero is God Dewey, who shape shifts into a dragon. The tale is set during the Beltaine festival (May Day).

To a passionate man...all women are goddesses.

With spring, icy streams have thawed, Druidess Nona's tribe is building a pair of roaring bonfires and she's seeking a lover for the Beltane rite. Without warning, a fierce red dragon swoops down before her. Not just any dragon...it's God Dewey in wild, beastly form. Hot, in a rage, blowing smoke and flames... because Nona's tribesmen snatched gold from the earth without the gods' consent.

Captivated by Nona's beauty and bravery, sparks fly and ablaze with desire for Nona, Dewi flies away... only to land nearby and shape shifts to human form. In the guise of a visiting warrior needing the Druidesses hospitality, Dewi returns to the village. But, he discovers he has a rival for Nona's affection, a chief who will stop at nothing to have her for his own.

The moment Nona sees the warrior Dewi, her passion ignites, she envisions them coupling together in the Beltane mating rite... unleashing powerful, magic. Little does she know, the handsome warrior is really the mighty Dragon god. What will happen when Dewi's secret is revealed? And what evil might the jealous chief unleash on the druidess and the dragon god?

The  forth book will be The Unicorn and the Druidess
And the fifth will be The Lynx and the Druidess

The Wolf and the Druids and the Dragon and the Druids are available now for at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles on line, and iTunes.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

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Hunter and his girlfriend Rosa receive an intriguing invitation to attend a Cave Party in a distant Pennsylvania town. Though their relationship is heading for a break-up, they accept. When the couple arrives for the festivities, their fragile bond is tested to its limits when the powers of love and trust become their only weapons against dark forces waiting inside the cavern.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Coming August 1st Rule Breaker Black Ops: Project R.O.O.T

Good morning everyone!

I have been super busy this summer, but it's totally worth it. Sometimes, a little pressure doesn't hurt anything, right? And, right now, I've got myself under deadlines and waiting for more edits. ;) Today, I would like to share with you something Michele and I wrote. It's called Rule Breaker. It's the first book in our Black Ops series, and I hope you all enjoy it. We're thinking it should be about 250 pages--give or take a few.

Quick overview. Asher Rainer is the commander of R.O.O.T he takes all the jobs no one wants or when the government suspect foul play, they send in his team to uncover what they're missing. They're kind of like a CSI team crossed with detectives. All of the information along with evidence they collect during their missions, is turned over the Senate Arms committee for a thorough investigation.

In Rule Breaker, what should be a simple observation and report mission, goes horribly wrong. There are two witnesses and one person Asher can't trust but also can't not trust. Michele and I hope you enjoy the story. Here is a sneak peek of what's in store for you.

Asher Rainer, a tough as nails commander, leads an undercover black ops group: Project R.O.O.T. sanctioned by the U.S. government. What should have been a routine mission to obtain reconnaissance, devolves into a mass casualty situation. The whys of which are unknown. His only eyewitnesses to the crimes committed by the rogue mercenary unit are Dr. Rae Kenzie and one of Barclay’s own members, Joseph Franks.

Rae Kenzie, a physician with Doctors Without Borders, is currently on rotation in South American. What should have been a routine inspection by the local guerilla army, turns into a bloodbath.

Without any thought to her wellbeing, Rae rushes to protect the village children in the clinic from certain death—unwittingly thrusting herself and them into the middle an ongoing power struggle. Rae has to trust someone with what she knows, but it doesn’t mean she has to like them—even if she finds Commander Asher Rainer devilishly handsome.

Asher has no time for love. His dedication is to his team, his country, and protecting the innocent. But, when the heart desires what he shouldn’t be lusting after, will one night with Rae be enough to satisfy his baser needs? Or will he be the one to break all the rules?


“Well, would you look at that.” She pointed to the area where the break had knitted together. “Almost healed. I think we can do a soft cast now. No more plaster.” She guided Isabella back to her room, then went to the storage area and grabbed a soft cast. A couple more weeks and she'd be good to go.
As she opened the door, the rev of jeep engines sounded in front of the office. She closed her eyes. Not now. Today isn't the day for this bullshit. The patient room door behind her opened and the twins' father stepped out.
“Always come. You hide. Kids.” He patted her arm. “We fix.”
“I can't let you do—”
“We fix.” He hurried her to the room. He spoke to his wife who handed over their daughter while Maria gathered up their son. “Go.”
“Get Juan.” She went back to grab Isabella and her mother while Maria went for the other little boy then hurried to their safe place.
The slamming of doors accompanied shouts. Her heart pounded. She had no protection here expect for the police, and she realized quickly they were as corrupt as the guerillas supposedly protecting the jungle around them. More like the cocoa fields. Rae placed her finger to her mouth as she grabbed Isabella by the hand and hurried to the back near the X-ray machine.
The voices grew louder. Anger laced their words. The kids were looking to her for help and she had no idea what to do. In the six months they'd been there, they'd never been subject to anything like this. The only reason she knew about the guerillas was because a couple kids who’d gotten into the cocoa plants appeared at her door sicker than shit, puking their guts up. Those who weren’t sick had been shot or stabbed. Maria had to explain it to her.
Crack! The first shot rang out, followed by another. The screams of frightened children along with the adults rent the air. She hurried to get them to the safe room below ground. “Hurry.” She glanced over her shoulder and watched through the window as the men began shooting each other, which made no sense at all. When standing at the door to hurry more people into the clinic, she saw more men coming down out of the hills in front of them, their uniforms the same as those the guerillas wore. The baby in her arms squealed and cried out, drawing the attention of one of the men.
His eyes narrowed as a slow, devious grin twisted his features. He raised his gun, pointing it at her. Her heart lodged in her throat. She couldn't move. She stared down the barrel of his long rifle, her death becoming an inevitable situation.
None of the stuff people say in the movies happened. Her life didn't flash in front of her eyes. She didn't have a chance to lament about not talking to her mother last weekend when she said she'd call home, but overslept.
Thwack! The man's body fell forward. She expected to see another person behind him, however, no one was there. She muffled her relieved cry and hustled Isabella to the back room. After opening the trap door in the floor, she climbed in with the children. “Stay in the darkness.”

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How much reality do you want in your books.....

I was looking back over some of my posts from years ago and came across this one in particular.... How much reality do you want in your books? 
When I first wrote this post, I was not a published author- but a reviewer and avid reader. I wanted to see if my mind has changed since I added author to my title- it has not. I still love the fantasy, the love at first sight, and of course the hot sex...So, without further ado, a post from 2012.

How much reality do you want in your books.....
I find this to be an interesting question as it can be taken so many different ways.  The first thing that I thought of was watching the news and all the depravity that occurs in less than 22 minutes of a 30-minute program. Robbery, arson, rape, murder…do I want that in a book? My answer is yes and no, so allow me to explain. Most books have a theme involving two or more people who may or may not start out on the right foot, but hopefully by the end of the story have an HEA.  That’s the reality that I want. Sometimes in a book, a rape occurs as a back drop to the story and I can completely understand that, but I don’t want every single detail of the violent act. That’s not my cup of tea.  I am not living in a fantasy world, but when I read I want to escape most of the goings on in the world; otherwise I would watch CNN 24-7. What I want is hot sex! And lots of it. What’s a book without sweaty, hot sex?  I don’t care if it’s M/F, M/M or ménage, as long as it’s a great read with a great story line.

I love the fantasy aspects in most of the books that I read.  Why not try it? You may like it.  I want my books to take me away from everyday life and introduce something that I may not have normally thought I would have been a fan of. That’s’ one of the reasons that I love the paranormal, shifter books. I know the difference between reality and fantasy and sometimes fantasy is what does it for me. I love an alpha character that is possessive, hard exterior and has a killer body, but oh, so tender. So, if that takes me away from reality then so be it; fantasy is a wonderful thing. It gives us a new dimension to the world, opens our eyes, and allows us to say “Calgon, take me away.”

I have to say though that I do want my books to be based on a realistic situation. I know that people can fall in love at first sight, I believe in it so I love when the main characters do this even if they don’t know it.  This is reality. Sometimes we have to work for what we want, simply because that is the reality of it.  All in all, reality and fantasy can blur the lines when choosing a book and only the reader can determine where the line is drawn.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Florida! Hotness and Ole!

This time next week I'll be trucking on down to Buffalo from just outside Toronto, where I live, to spend the night at an airport hotel. We have a 5 am flight to Orlando Tuesday morning. Yep, you read that right...FIVE A.M.

My adult sons and a girlfriends are joining me in Orlando when I attend the Romance Writers of America National Conference. It's gonna be hot! But It will be great to see all my friends and have my kids with me.

RWA is a great time reconnect with all my writing buddies and to meet new ones. I will be signing at the literacy event on Saturday. There will be so many fantastic authors there and I'm going to be sitting beside Heather Graham! #fangirl
At the Harlequin Party in NYC with Heather Graham and Cathy McDavid.
Coinciding with the fun of RWA will be the one year anniversary of my father's death. I simply cannot believe a year has passed us by already. I will continue to miss him forever.

And while I remember my dad, I'll be celebrating the upcoming release of another translation of Working Girl. The French translation came out June 7. And the Spanish translation will be out September 4. I did get my cover and just love it! It's posted below,

Check these next two photo's out! Blast from the past....me with Sylvia Day and Nora Roberts more #fangirl And yes, this is at a previous RWA.

Isn't this the prettiest cover! I just love it. Ola Spain!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Crossing Genres in When Darkness Whispers

Some books are difficult to describe in one genre. I've found that to be the case in When Darkness Whispers. With mystery, suspense, a military romance, enhanced Marines, supernatural beings, Japanese mythology, and likely more, how would I classify it? Since I often write paranormal romance, I called it PNR, however, early readers called it a mystery or suspense. So I guess you'd call it cross--genre. Take a look at the cover and description and let me know what you think!

When Darkness Whispers

Some memories are better left forgotten…

Haunted by an unclear past, biologically enhanced Marine, Eva Montreaux, can’t be distracted from her mission. With American servicemen being brutally murdered on the island of Okinawa, it’s more than priority. It’s critical. But when her investigation brings her face to face with Marcos Delacruz, it triggers memories. Ones she lost. Memories that somehow include him.

Marcos Delacruz has tried to forget the woman who left him with nothing but empty promises. Even now, three years later, Eva doesn’t seem to express any guilt over breaking his heart. In truth, she seems to barely recognize him. This deployment has been challenging enough with too many restless spirits haunting the island. But when his own investigation forces him to cross paths with her once more, Marcos discovers there may be a deeper truth.

With the number of murders climbing rapidly and the rising need to track the murderer across the tropical island, Eva struggles to reclaim what she lost. But the island holds darker elements–a serial killer. One that doesn’t appear to be human.

Thrust into a world she can’t escape, Eva must discover a way to stop a murderer from destroying anyone else’s future, but how can she succeed if she can’t even remember what role Marcos played in her past?

When Darkness Whispers is a paranormal romantic suspense novel you won’t want to put down! Go undercover with a supernatural team into a world of vampires, gargoyles, shifters, demons, and ghosts. If you like haunting mystery, spine-tingling suspense, and Japanese mythology, you’ll love When Darkness Whispers!

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“Wow If I could give this story more than 5 stars I would... Suspense, Mystery, and Thrills all in one book.” ~ Book Nook Nuts“

"What a fantastic page-turner that wowed me from the get-go! An action-packed, contemporary PNR must read full of suspense that kept me glued to my seat! … This has a fresh, new storyline, with great descriptions, full of surprises and witty dialogue with relatable characters that will keep readers engaged & turning pages just like I did!”

“An awesome read! I couldn’t put it down… Out of all the books I have read from this author, I have to say that this book is now my new favorite.”

“Wow Ms. Carlisle has outdone herself this time. You have action, adventure, suspense, forgotten love, shifters, what more can you ask for.”

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Coming Soon! Undercover Lovers, newly revised, even better than before!

My summer has been almost as busy as the school year!  I'm still working my part-time tutoring job 13 hours per week, and my son and his wife gifted us with our first grand-baby, necessitating a visit out two states over, to help them out by holding him while they napped.  I also shopped and cooked for them, since they were out of food.  But they're doing well now.

Then when I got back, it was time to do the edits for a short story that I'll have coming out in an anthology devoted to romances for people with STDs...don't laugh!  With the number of folks who picked up a little something extra along with their college degrees, or their last failed romance, it's not a laughing matter for those who feel like they're tainted by something they didn't realize they were exposing themselves to.  That anthology will be a fund-raiser for a sexual health center.  More information when I know more.

And then I got the edits back for my soon-to-reappear book which is the sequel to my female spies novel, Secret Love, which came out last November.

Sheena has spent 12 years saving the world, one assignment at a time.  She enjoys the work, but is getting bored.  She tries her usual cure; a new man.  But something about this one is different--she develops feelings.  And in her world, even having feelings is dangerous.  Indulging them by falling in love can be deadly...for both of them.

The sequel is called Undercover Lovers, and includes my first attempt at a menáge scene. What gave me the most trouble is that there are two gorgeous, hot men in the story, and the heroine, Ameena, a woman who quit the agency after she helped bring down a serial killer of female agents, has to choose between them.  The man she chooses is not the kind to share easily.  In fact from my observations, when romance novels feature multiple men, even brothers, willing to share the same woman, all I can do is laugh in disbelief. It's easier for me to believe in vampires or shifters, than to believe that males could seriously believe they can live in harmony while sharing one woman. My boys could never even share their toys! 

But some readers told me they were anxious to read about such a scene, once they knew there were two hot men in the book.  I tried many ways to figure out how to include such a scene, but the hero kept insisting to me it wasn't ever going to happen. Sometimes I think we don't write the characters, as much as we channel them...am I right?

 Ameena has never been able to forget what she endured on her last assignment before she left the agency.  She was the only female agent to live through what The Executioner did to his victims, but she still bears the scars, both physical and psychological.  When he escapes from his prison cell, her ex-handler brings two agents with him to tell her that one or the other will be her shadow until her torturer is caught again...only this time he will allow her to kill him.  Having kept herself too busy for romance, she is caught off-guard by the sudden insertion into her life of two gorgeous men, one who actively pursues her and one whom she finds more attractive for his shyness. Will she live long enough to make a choice? And is that the end of the story...or the beginning?

I don't have a publication date yet for this, one of my readers' favorite books.  But when I know more, I'll pass it along.  
Until next month, keep reading and enjoying romances!  Love makes the world go 'round!