New Story – WWI Vet Meets Vampire Slayer Ingenue in 1920s

June 14th, 2014

Before I started writing I thought the old adage “write what you know” makes sense. Why wouldn’t you, I thought? It would be so difficult to write things that you didn’t know. WRONG. It’s boring as hell to write what you know. If I were to do that I’d be writing a diary, not fiction, and the diary would induce sudden-onset narcolepsy, from which the reader would NEVER RECOVER.

Anyway, write what you know is out and “write the shit that makes you laugh and cry and want and feel” is in, which is why I’ve written a short story set in 1920s Wichita. That’s prohibition-era, folks. What a perfect place to throw a WWI veteran and a lethal slayer who looks like a wide-eyed ingenue together. What a perfect time to stick them between rival gangs of bootleggers and vampires and let them figure their way out.

I’m posting the story – One Night in Wichita The Lady is a Killer – on Wattpad, for free, with scenes going up as I edit them. Find it HERE.

The blurb is below:

 

The Lady CoverWichita, 1920s – Bootleggers, speakeasies, vampires – oh my!

Jake Mathisen survived the Great War only to return home to find there’s little work for a pilot and, worse, the vampires of Europe have been emigrating to the States. Working for bootlegger Toliver Cain means good money, access to a sterling airplane, and enough free hooch that he doesn’t have to think too much about how Cain earns that money.

Until Cain dispatches him to drive Miss Vera Avery to a vampire house. The one job that Jake regrets, and the one that Cain uses to keep him close, involved the death of Vera Avery’s father. And while Vera plays the wide-eyed ingenue, there’s something hard inside of her. Could the blonde with the bright smile be as lethal as the vampires she’s sent to face and, if so, what’s going to happen when she finds out what Jake’s done?

 

 

My Jam, Spring Edition

May 20th, 2014

my jam, spring edition

 

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Penny Dreadful

May 13th, 2014

I don’t know how I missed the build up for Showtime’s new series Penny Dreadful, but the second I became aware of it I was eeeenterested. (Catch the first episode for free, and legitimately, here, if you are Showtimeless)

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Victorian London. Famous supernatural figures come to life (Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, etc). The photos are atmospheric. The trailers are gory and creeptastic. Eva Green’s voice and severity are mesmerizing. Josh Hartnett, playing the gunslinging American everyman – or is he? – is compelling. Timothy Dalton, cast as a rich adventurer of a noble is on a mission and it’s his goal that appears to be driving the other characters.

 

The first episode didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Well, maybe to my expectations but not to my wishes. New series, especially those with additional components – historical setting and politics, paranormal worldbuilding – can sometimes be clunky. New series sometimes feel like they’re going both too fast and too slow as they attempt to introduce the characters and their backstories, and the current conflict and goals, while weaving in hints and teasers. That, I can forgive. Shows tend to smooth out a few episodes in. (I gave up on watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D five episodes in because I felt like it wasn’t evening out, only to be dragged back in by praise and Holy Shit, I’m so glad I did. One, it smoothed out and became delightfully entertaining in a hurry. And, two, dear God, so much backstory for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So much. Seriously. I don’t know how they wound all those episodes up in conjunction with the movie. I guess mega-million dollar budgets might come in handy for building a story bible.)

 

Anyway…

 

POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT – STOP NOW IF YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO BEING SPOILED

 

…Eva Green’s character – Vanessa Ives – appears to have suffered a childhood trauma of the supernatural sort. She’s now devoutly religious (I think), sensitive to the supernatural and potentially powerful. Hartnett is Ethan Chandler, a hard-drinking American gunslinger running away from troubles, though it doesn’t appear he’s gotten very far, and I suspect that he may be a werewolf. It’s a hunch, but I feel like my were-dar is pretty finely tuned.
Timothy Dalton is…burdened with ponderous speeches. That’s appropriate for the character, but I found it distracting and not so entertaining. It’s not that I don’t like confident, pompous characters. It’s that I thought the time allotted to speeches was large, and so those speeches should have been awesome. They did not come across as awesome.

 

Harry Treadaway, who I do not know at all…oh, wait! Turns out he was in the Lone Ranger. So, yeah, I do not know him at all. He plays Victor Frankenstein, who is obsessive and smug and sarcastic in his superior intelligence, and even though he trades an overblown speech with Timothy Dalton’s Sir Malcolm, I forgive him. Because, during the pilot itself, he reanimates his creature and it’s soooo…hold on. I have to back up.

 

Vanessa Ives apparently fucked something up which resulted in Sir Malcolm’s daughter Mina (MINA HARKER REFERENCE, EHHHHH?) falling in with a bad crowd (gnarly-ass vampires covered in Egyptian hieroglyphics. you know, that sort of crowd), so he’s making her try to find the girl. She recruits Ethan Chandler and, following a gruesome, violent raid on an opium den cum vampire charnal house, they draw Victor Frankenstein into the fold. There’s also a flamboyant Egyptologist at the British Museum (shout out to the British Museum!) who may or may not be an ally. And Jack the Ripper – or something (looking at you, Josh Hartnett, with your amazing hair and sad puppy befuddlement) – is terrorizing London. And there’s some tension between Chandler and Ives over a tarot deck which I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to read as sexual, because I didn’t. And THEN Frankenstein animates his creature, resulting in a startling and haunting scene that I adored the most. Like, The Most.

 

The End.

 

I’ll keep tuning in, in the hopes Penny Dreadful hooks me with its fantastic cast and stellar promise. Did you watch? What do you think?

Cover Reveal – Summoned Chaos

May 8th, 2014

I’m so pleased to present the cover for SUMMONED CHAOS, the second book by author and friend Joshua Roots.

 

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If there’s one thing Warlock Marcus Shifter hates it’s the Delwinn Council, the governing body of the magical community. Between the grudges many on the Council harbor because he walked away from magic, and his suspicions that someone is working to undermine a twenty-year peace with the non-magical Normals, they really don’t get along.

Marcus has spent months hunting the traitor, infiltrating the Council and helping with “menial tasks” like repairing unstable rifts in the fabric of reality. But when he accidentally thwarts an assassination attempt at Delwinn HQ, the Council does the unthinkable: they appoint him the poster child for the peace movement.

Now Marcus has to not only figure out how to control his resurging powers but also navigate the potentially fatal waters of fame. Between the growing number of protestors, news-hungry paparazzi, and nightmarish beasts hounding his every move, he’ll need more than a camera-ready smile to uncover the traitor and keep the peace.

And don’t miss Undead Chaos, available now!

 

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We dove into the woods at a full sprint, each in a different direction.

The creatures paused, sniffing the air as if trying to decide which one of us they wanted to pursue first.

Half of them chose to follow me.

“Stupid, stupid, stupid,” I said, huffing as I raced through the woods. I’d been so shocked by my experience with the rift that I’d completely frozen.

A better Warlock would have had combat spells at the ready.

A better Warlock wouldn’t allow himself to get distracted.

Running, however, loosened my mental constipation. I quickly flipped through my mental list of spells before settling on an oldie, but goodie. I scooped up a hunk of dirt, spun, and hurled it at the lead predator like a fastball. The mud-ball solidified, slamming into the beast’s head with a crack.

The puma didn’t even flinch.

 

If you’re new to this urban fantasy series, it’s FUN. Undead Chaos and Summoned Chaos feature an earnest hero with the moves and the attitude…and magical skills that come and go at inopportune times. Marcus has strong family support and a hilarious and varied fleet of friends – including my hands-down favorite minotaur IN ALL THE VERSE. But it’s his enemies that spur the considerable action and intrigue.

 

This is an adventure story full of magic, but it also has a twisty political mystery. Summoned Chaos releases on July 28th, but you can get to know Marcus Shifter and his merry peeps now in Undead Chaos. And you can catch Josh (hopefully not literally) in person at the Romantic Times Convention in NoLa next week!

 

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UC Cover Lg 2Joshua Roots is a former Marine, car collector, and beekeeper. He enjoys singing with his a cappella chorus, playing video games, and reading comic books. He is still waiting for his acceptance letter to Hogwarts and Rogue Squadron. He and his wife will talk your ear off about their bees if you let them.

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Happy Release Day, Tiffany Allee!

April 27th, 2014

There’s nothing wrong with a little blackmail between consenting adults.

 

Don’t Blackmail the Vampire, Tiffany Allee’s second installment in the fun Sons of Kane paranormal romance series releases on April 28th. CONFETTI!

 

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Rawr. Hot confetti.
Rachel Davis will do anything to get her sister out of a bad relationship with her fiancé. Even if it involves a few fibs, a little breaking-and-entering, and blackmailing the fiancé’s potential boss, Charles, for his help. So what if the handsome Charles happens to be a vampire?
Charles Wright has found the perfect way to trap the man threatening his brother’s wife: cozy up to him, get invited along on the skiing trip, and then search for incriminating evidence. How much better that audacious but gorgeous Rachel is just as eager to nail the bastard. As far as he’s concerned, there’s nothing wrong with a little blackmail between two consenting adults. Especially when it’s time for Rachel to pay up.
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Oh Hai There

March 23rd, 2014

It’s been quiet here on the blog. Too quiet, you say? You are correct. A lot has been going on in The Little Life of Regan Summers but most of it hasn’t, unfortunately, been blog-worthy or blog-appropriate. Or, really, all that interesting to people who aren’t me.

 

But that’s all about to change. Things are afoot. Things related to a certain Alaskan vampire runner and a certain vampire of dubious origin. (Can you guess who? I bet you can, I bet you can!)

 

I’d advise you to watch this space, but I don’t want your eyes to dry out. So, instead, I’ll casually – no big deal, y’know – suggest you check back over the course of the next few weeks. There will be details. And maybe a title. And possibly more super cute pictures of animals. Or a snippet or two. And who knows what else? *cough* cover reveal *cough*

Anyway, it was nice to see you. I’ll try not to be such a stranger.

Vampire Games and Undead Chaos!

October 27th, 2013

Sounds like a brilliant theme for a Halloween party, no? 🙂
I’d like to wish a very happy release day to my friends Tiffany Allee and Joshua Roots. Vampire Games is the final story in Tiffany’s Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency paranormal romance series and Undead Chaos is Josh’s debut novel!

 

Vampire Games 2She’s seen the past…

OWEA Agent Beatrice Davis is haunted by the death visions that help her solve crimes. When Detective Claude Desmairis, her vampire ex-lover, asks for her assistance on a case, she’d rather help him than take the mandated leave to stave off her burn-out.

The truth won’t stay buried…

Pressed to solve a series of crimes before the perpetrator blows the vampire world apart, Claude turns to a woman he thought he’d been able to leave behind. But he was wrong, and his feelings for her will only bring trouble in an investigation this dangerous.

As their passions reignite, they see a possible future together. Until her visions show her the face of the murderer—a man Claude can never betray.

 

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The job was simple: decapitate the zombie, get paid, get out. Warlock Marcus Shifter followed the plan perfectly.

The corpse, however, did not.

Now there’s a body on the loose, accusations of illegal necromancy are flying, and the answers are waiting in the perilous alleys between the mortal and paranormal worlds. They’re no place for someone who gave up magic after a childhood accident. And given his tendency to shoot off his mouth and his Glock, Marcus is having a hell of a time digging up more than just bodies.

But when an apocalypse-minded megalomaniac threatens Marcus’s family, things get personal. Marcus will have to embrace the magic he’s been avoiding for years—and even that might not be enough to save the world from a hellish demise.

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Cover Reveal: UNDEAD CHAOS

September 17th, 2013

I’m thrilled to present this cover reveal from debut author Joshua Roots, and not because we beta read for each other and share an awesome editor and publisher. Also not due to the fact that I love gritty urban fantasy with a male lead and a sense of humor.

 

This cover, guys. This cover is fan-freaking-tastic. It’s like my favorite PI stories and graphic novels rolled into one.

 

Want to know what happens when zombies aim to misbehave? You get:

 

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Available 10.28.2013

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The job was simple: decapitate the zombie, get paid, get out. Warlock Marcus Shifter followed the plan perfectly.

 

The corpse, however, did not.

 

Now there’s a body on the loose, accusations of illegal necromancy are flying, and the answers are waiting in the perilous alleys between the mortal and paranormal worlds. They’re no place for someone who gave up magic after a childhood accident. And given his tendency to shoot off his mouth and his Glock, Marcus is having a hell of a time digging up more than just bodies.

 

But when an apocalypse-minded megalomaniac threatens Marcus’s family, things get personal. Marcus will have to embrace the magic he’s been avoiding for years—and even that might not be enough to save the world from a hellish demise.

 

86,000 words.

 

EXCERPT

In all my years of squashing paranormal creepy crawlies, I’d learned two very important lessons. First, always keep a round chambered in your gun. Trust me, when you really need it, you don’t have time to load it. Second, never ignore your business phone. Mortgages are expensive and freelancer jobs hard to come by, so whenever that line rings, you answer it.

 

“I’m looking for Marcus Shifter,” the lady on the other end said in a hushed, hurried voice.

 

I paused Stripes and sat up. “You got him.”

 

“My name is Carly Banks, and my husband died a month ago.”

 

I pinched the bridge of my nose. Another Normal hoping to resurrect a loved one.

 

“I’m sorry for your loss, Mrs. Banks, but I’m a Warlock, not a Necromancer. I can’t raise the dead.”

 

“You don’t have to,” she said, quickly. “He’s on my front lawn with a shotgun.”

 

I arrived at her neighborhood twenty minutes later.

 

JR Author PicABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joshua Roots is a former Marine, car collector, and beekeeper. He enjoys singing with his a cappella chorus, playing video games, and reading comic books. He and his wife will talk your ear off about their bees if you let them.

 

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40,000 Words on the Cutting Room Floor

September 1st, 2013

I’m nearly finished with writing a novel that’s taken me months longer than anticipated. My first drafts tend to be quick, finished in around three months. This one…this one’s taken nearly three times that. It’s difficult for a number of reasons, at least part of which had to do with some massive obstacles falling into my Real Life path. Seriously, it was like an Indiana Jones scene that took six weeks to play out.

Indy never had to run at full tilt for six effing weeks. Plus he had Short Round, and a whip.*

But, I think it’s a good book. There are parts that I love and parts that I hope I never have to read again. Not because they’re bad, but because Bad Things Happen and, after weeks and weeks of tinkering, I believe that I wrote them effectively, which makes them difficult to read.

I’ve cut over forty thousand words from the story. Not all at once, but in total. Rewriting the ending four times didn’t help with that.

I have a pile of sticky notes, receipts, myriad notebook pages and a memo pad full of scenes and interchanges of dialogue. Many of them contain the most poignant passages, moments that came upon me so hard and fast that I had to capture them right that instant. Also, I need to stop eating fast food so often, even if those sorts of restaurants don’t slather their receipts with coupons and offers and so present the cleanest writing space.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing the last few weeks, in case you thought I’d abandoned this blog and moved to Belize.**

 

*Note to Self: Get a Short Round, or a whip.

**Note to Self: Renew your passport, in case you need to run away to Belize.

Sizzling Summer Reads!

May 28th, 2013

If you’re like me, you’re always on the lookout for new authors and fabulous new books.

 

The Romance Reviews book review/blogging site will be running a Sizzling Summer Reads event during the entire month of June. There are over 400 published authors participating, including yours truly, and the books run the entire gamut of romance, from sweet and subtle to erotic, with every subgenre in between. Want to spend the summer curled up under the sun, in the company of hot cowboys or supernaturals? 😉

 

There will also be contests, games and giveaways, including a chance to win a $100 gift card. (That’s a lot of books!) The site will update daily, with new featured authors and prizes, so check back often!

 

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