Free Night Runner Read – Malcolm’s POV

January 6th, 2016

1921 – Then

 

The imminent rise of the sun prickled against the back of his neck as Malcolm Kelly strolled along the top of the fifteen-foot wall surrounding Samuel Ellmont’s estate. The stone was imported from Italy, the timbers along the top harvested from shipwrecks off the Western Cape. Ellmont spared no expense, not with his ostentatious estate, and not with his employees. Sometimes it was a pleasure to work for him.

Malcolm leapt lightly to the ground, slipping his hands into his pockets as he crossed the manicured lawn. Lights twinkled around the house in the purpling darkness and a phonograph wailed jazz over the pool. It was mostly empty, except for soggy paper flowers and a couple sprawled over the stairs, sending out little ripples as they lazily caressed each other. A man in a gapping robe snored ponderously from a deck chair. Samuel Ellmont, in all his rotund glory.

Malcolm shook his shoulder. A gasp, following by the smacking of lips, then another snore. He stepped back and nudged the man with the toe of his shoe, not gently.

“I say, Mr. Ellmont. May I go inside?”

“Party’s over, I’m afraid. But go on if you like. Have yourself a drink.” The man’s hand dipped into his robe, where he proceeded to scratch, loudly. Sometimes the arrangement was less of a pleasure.

“Your hospitality is an inspiration.”

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Free Read in Malcolm’s Point-of-View

December 27th, 2015

The Night Runner series is written in Sydney Kildare’s point-of-view, but occasionally I wrote scenes in Malcolm Kelly’s POV. They helped to flesh out his backstory, character, and reactions. I consider these scenes essential as an author, and I love getting a peek at them as a reader. Unfortunately,  none of these made it into the books.

I assembled two scenes in Mal’s POV, one set not long after he was changed into a vampire, the second following the events of Falling from the Light. That one does contain some spoilers.

This is my little Christmas gift to readers, and will be going out to newsletter subscribers on December 28th. After that, I’ll post the two snippets separately here on the blog.

This Show May Kill Me

March 26th, 2015

TheAmericans-s2e0-banner 2My shows are keeeeeling me right now. The Americans is crazy tense. Justified – with the best dialogue on TV – is delightful but in its final season. Teen Wolf still has me, but I’m mostly holding on due to nostalgia for season one, and the continued brilliance that is Dylan O’Brien (and, yes, maybe Peter Hale and Lydia Martin do things to me – MUCH more on that here). Agent Carter was excellent, if a little rushed. I knew I liked Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. I didn’t realize how much I was going to love her with James D’Arcy as Jarvis.

 

But the show that might actually ruin me is Agents of SHIELD. I watched the pilot last year with high hopes and wasn’t disappointed. Then…I kind of fell off of it. Somewhere in the middle of season two, with a sorta perilous but disjointed feeling arc, interspersed with “monsters of the week”, I kind of lost interest. Then I started hearing things. People binging on the last half of the season. People talking about the tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So I jumped back on board.

 

And.

Wow.

What a show.

 

I watched the last half of the season in a mad rush so that I could be caught up when season two began. And it was worth it. But then there was a break in the middle of the season, which is both torture and a harbinger of Bad Things to Come.

AOS

All of AOS fandom, waiting to be destroyed.

 

And, oh how it’s come. All the characters I’ve fallen in chum with (that sounds gross, but basically it means that I want to be besties with them all) are in such pain. SHIELD has fallen apart, taking its certainty and security with it. Relationships have been stretched to the breaking point. And, as you’ve probably seen from my many, many reposts on tumblr, characters have changed.

 

Last season’s betrayals were shocking, but now I’m watching in a constant state of cringe, waiting for other coats to turn. I miss the goofy, off-kilter humor of the first season. There isn’t much room for it right now, when we most desperately need it. But I trust that it’s coming back. And I trust that my babies – I mean, the characters on this totally fictional show – will pull together. The good guy has to win, right? (Please humor me and say yes!)

New Release – Falling from the Light

November 24th, 2014

FallingFromTheLight_800x1200The Night Runner series has been very special to me. When I wrote Don’t Bite the Messenger, it was deep winter in Alaska. For those of you who haven’t experienced it – the gradual darkening and growing cold – it’s pretty rough. Months of expanding darkness and deep cold take a toll on a person. Messenger was my escape – a book full of fast cars, vampires (both nasty and sexy), explosions, and Sydney Kildare, a heroine who would do whatever it took to get the hell out of dodge.

 

Running in the Dark was even more fun. For me. Maybe not for Syd, who I stuck low on a totem pole in a foreign place before surrounding her with uncertainty and homicidal enemies. Definitely not for Malcolm Kelly, who I saddled with responsibility and restrictions (two things the poor vampire loathes) so that he couldn’t carry Syd off into the sunset (you know what I mean) like he wanted to. But they fought, sometimes with each other but more often for each other, and they earned their place together.

 

And now I’m happy to announce the third book in the Night Runner series, Falling from the Light. This was a difficult book. Every time I struggled with a scene, it got worse for Syd and Mal. I struggled, a lot. And I finally got what I wanted. Nastier bad guys. Higher stakes. Rocks, hard places, and a whole lot of tough decisions. In this world, if you want a happy ending, you have to work for it.

 

ISBN-13: 9781502236265

ISBN-10: 1502236265

Buy or Borrow:  Amazon

Get in, loser. We’re going on a tour!

November 23rd, 2014

Falling from the Light Banner 540 x 200

 

Hidey-ho, neighbors. Syd and Mal are going on tour! Find them (and me) chatting, sharing secrets, and posting snippets at the following spots. The links in bold will feature interviews of guest blogs. You’ll also have be able to enter to win the book!

11/24 – Fang Freakin Tastic Reviews
11/24 – Reading Reality
11/25 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
11/25 – Two girls and plenty of books
11/26 – Adrienne Woods Books and reviews
11/27 – Deal Sharing Aunt
11/28 – Roxanne’s Realm
12/1 – Urban Fantasy Investigations
12/1 – The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
12/2 – ARe Cafe
12/2- Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
12/3 – Books and Tales
12/3 – The BookPushers
12/3 – Penny Writes
12/4 – ParaYourNormal 
potential topic: vampires: myth vs. reality
12/4 – Lisa’s World of Books
12/5 – Coffee Addicts Books  
12/5 – Share My Destiny
12/8 – Pembroke Sinclair
12/8 – Fang-tastic Books
12/15 – Vampire Book Club
Huge thanks to Bewitching Blog Tours, and the bloggers, reviewers, and authors who’ve hosted me!

Upcoming Release – Night Runner 2.0

October 27th, 2014

I am all kinds of happy to announce the third Night Runner book – Falling from the Light. I know it’s been awhile. I had to pause and write another novel at one point to up my skills so that I could twist this one just the way I wanted. That’s right. I had to LEVEL UP before I could finish this story.

Sensei

 

That’s me with my sensei. Mostly we just hung out in silhouette, making elaborate shadow puppets. It was still hard, though, judgmental readers! But I did it. I toughed it out (and can now make an 8-point stag with flexible ears). All for you!

 

I also made a playlist. At the time, I believed I was procrastinating. Mostly because I don’t listen to music while writing. But now that playlist hits me right in the solar plexus of my feels, because this book, you guys. THIS BOOK.

 

It’s a bumpy ride, and it’s coming out November 24th. Blrub and pre-order links HERE. Add it to your Goodreads page HERE.

Subscribe to Romance!

October 3rd, 2014

RS_DontBiteTheMessengerWow! So Harlequin (including my Night Runner publisher, Carina press) has added 15,000 backlist titles to a subscription service at Scribd. It’s $8.99 a month to subscribe to a giganta-library of romance and adventure.

As a reader, I consider this a massive value. Seriously, once I stop bouncing and almost-dancing, I’m going to start searching for my favorite Harlequin-family authors.

You can find Don’t Bite the Messenger, my Alaska-based urban fantasy novella, and Running in the Dark, my Chile-based romantic urban fantasy novel, at Scribd.

If you’re leery of this strange new technology called sub-skrip-sheon, you can get a free three-month trial here. How many stories can you read for free in three months? A ka-zillion, that’s right.

What will authors earn from this subscription service? How kind of you to ask. If you read up to the 20% mark or beyond of a story, the author will be paid as if you had purchased the story individually. A good deal for all involved.

Aaaaand…new release news is about to drop for the Night Runner series, so I encourage you to refresh your memory and push it toward friends so you can scuttle about it together soon!

Mad Murdock in a Rally Cap

August 6th, 2014

 

This isn’t the oldest comic I have (the oldest only cost 50 cents), but it’s surely the classiest. Anyone remember the time B.A. pitied the fool and the fool was a sumo wrestler? ‘Course you do.

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Night Runner: Back on the Street

July 26th, 2014

If this were the ’80s, that headline would be the title of my next book in the series. Unfortunately (for my closet full of scrunchies and acid-washed jeans) it is not the ’80s. But the Night Runner series will be continuing this fall.

 

Wait. *checks which months are fall in the rest of the Northern Hemisphere* Yes, it will be fall. We’ll probably already have snow in Alaska, but that’s the price we pay to live in a place so…Alaskan. (I couldn’t think of anything nicer to say)

 

Syd and Mal and a few other favorites will be back, as well as characters of questionable morality and one total A-hole. Stay tuned.

Interview and Giveaway with Diane Dooley

June 25th, 2014

Diane Dooley is a fellow Carina Press author, dear writer friend, and author of one of my favorite Sci Fi Romance novellas, Mako’s Bounty. She’s changed gears for her upcoming release, Zipless, a contemporary romance throwing a former glam rocker and a Scottish singer-songwriter with severe stage fright, into a high stakes situation on the NYC music scene.

 

Zipless

Blurb:

Rocking, rolling and romancing in New York City — Scottish style!

Unable to perform due to paralyzing anxiety, singer-songwriter Lou Marzaroli has been managing her brother’s band for years, driving them out of Scotland and into the big time. But days before their American network debut, the band is imploding and Lou is relieving her stress in a no-strings-attached sexual encounter with an aging scenester she’s nicknamed Zippy.

The Zipman is sometimes remembered as Crash Burns, formerly of seminal L.A. glampunk band, Snakebite. It’s been years since he’d trashed the eyeliner and hairspray, and he hasn’t written a song since. Now he’s penning lyrics about the mysterious woman he last saw sprinting barefoot in a miniskirt down West Twenty Third. She’s the muse he’s been longing for, and he’s determined to be more than her one night stand.

When the head honchos learn Lou wrote the band’s material, they agree to give her the TV spot, sending her to be coached by their performance guru, Crash Burns. Now Lou must put herself in Zippy’s hands as he coaxes a life-changing performance from her. And the man who used to perform in nothing but a leather thong must find ways to get her confident on stage- and content in only one bed.

 

Diane, your stories feature strong leads who often have very different ideas of what’s going to happen between them. How do the first couple of meetings between Lou Marzaroli and Crash Burns go?

 

Those first meetings are a mixture of laughter, mistaken identities, inspiration, and anonymous sex. A delightful combination, don’t you think? LOL.

 

All delightful, especially in combination. You’ve said that Polly Jean Harvey was one of the inspirations for Lou (which is reason enough for everyone to go buy this story, IMHO). What else inspired the characters and rock & roll setting?

 

Three things inspired the story.

1) More guitar-playing, singing-songwriting awesome females than I could possibly mention. I spotlight a few of them here. Yeah, I’m a music geek.

2) I wanted to see Scottish characters in a romance story who weren’t wearing kilts while running bare-chested around the Highlands. If my Lou was to wear tartan, it would probably be a micro-mini-skirt held together with safety pins. She does, um, go bare-chested a couple of times, though. *grin*

3) Scotland is a crazily musical nation. When I was much younger it seemed like almost everyone I knew played an instrument and/or sang and/or was in a band. Few of them made the big time, but I channeled all those experiences hanging with talented and hilarious musicians into ZIPLESS.

 

As a fantasy and sci fi author myself, I sometimes struggle writing contemporary stories. No monsters! No looming, world-ending disasters! What do you like, and what challenges you when writing contemporary?

 

I do love disappearing into worlds of my own imagining, but I’m also rather attached to the real world I live in. Contemporary romance is rather harder than speculative fiction, in my opinion. Due to the lack of “monsters” and “world-ending disasters,” where is one to find the necessary conflict?

 

Perhaps that’s what I like about it: the challenge. In my contemporary romances I often turn to a very modern source of conflict for women: how to meld career ambitions with a desire to fall in love and live happily ever after. It’s become rather common for people to assume that women can have it all, but it seems to me that “having it all” takes a certain amount of luck and a metric ton of hard work. If that ain’t conflict, I don’t know what is.

 

It’s excellent conflict. Difficult, relatable, and also so full of optimism. So, since you also write horror, I’m going to ask you a couple horrible questions. (As in horror-ble, not just crappy questions)

 

What’s the most frightening thing you’ve ever encountered in your own home (since you have man-cubs, I figure it’s something truly heinous)?

 

The most frightening things have involved, surprisingly, critters rather than my man-cubs. One day I came home from work to find the tank that houses the feeder crickets (I have a gecko) being overrun by hundreds of large, aggressive black ants. They had conducted a murderous raid on the helpless crickets. I watched in fascination as they ripped the crickets, live, into smaller pieces before carrying them back to their hungry queen and young ’uns.  A nature documentary right in front of my eyes. Watching the massacre was amazing. I suppose I should have stopped it.

 

On another occasion I was writing late at night in my office. From a couple of feet behind me came a scratching noise, emanating from the bookcase. I watched, frozen with fear, as the noise grew gradually louder as it moved higher. Suddenly, a hideous face appeared above the top, snarled at me, then flew away. A bat! And, boy, was it ugly.  It terrorized me for the rest of the evening, while I huddled in my office brandishing a fishing net and a tennis racket. I might have been too afeared to go to the bathroom. Okay, I was too afeared!

 

(Interviewer Interjection: HOLY CARP)

How does the world end?

A)        Sharkado, suckahs

B)        The old classic: zombie apocalypse

C)        Meteor that even Bruce Willis and his big, hard, totally-not-penis-metaphor space drill cannot stop

D)   Write In Answer:

Hmm, I did write a version of C) in My Own Private Apocalypse. Oh, and B) in Zombies of Portland. But D) I really think the world will end slowly, not with some huge catastrophic event. As the polar caps melt, the sea levels rise, increasing incidences of killer weather, more widespread famine, continued over-population, etcetera. Yes, I think the world will end slowly… and that it has already begun.  Cheerful, ain’t I? *grin*

 

Clearly we need more Happily Ever Afters to inoculate us against your “cheer”. J

 

And so, we’ve reached the end of the interview. Before we leave, what can you share about upcoming stories or works in progress?

 

I’m working on a companion story to ZIPLESS. It’s about a female country singer who is neither Caucasian nor Southern. Uphill battle right there! And that’s even before the love story which is as tragic and pain-filled as the very best country songs. Tentatively titled FRETLESS.

I’m about to get stuck into edits on BLUE YONDER, set in Athens, Greece on the eve of that long, slow apocalypse I mentioned earlier.

 

I’m also continuing as Fiction Editor of SciFi Romance Quarterly, in which I’m able to combine my love of short fiction and Sci-fi Romance. (Interviewer interjection: The SciFi Romance Quarterly will make your tbr list go Boom, in a good way. Highly recommended)

 

Thanks for having me over, Regan! I’d love to be able to give an e-copy of ZIPLESS to one of your readers. To enter, just tell me who your favorite female musician is. I will select a random winner.

 

(Per the author, this giveaway is open internationally. The book will be in epub format. Please note that Zipless is a work for adults, and contains sexual situations, swearing, the consumption of alcohol, and references to drugs.)

 

About The Author: Born in the Channel Islands, raised in Scotland, and now resident in the U.S., Diane Dooley is an author, an editor, a voracious reader, and a geek of intergalactic proportions.  You can follow her shenanigans on her BlogTwitter or Facebook. 

 

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