Guilt Ridden – Making Amends

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty lately. January 2011, I published the first book in the Striped Ones Series. I’d hoped to have the second book out by now. With all that’s been going on these days, I’ve struggled to even get the next short story of the Control Freak Series out. I don’t want to disappoint, especially since a few have contacted me, asking me for the next book. The thing is, time has not been on my side lately.

I feel awful I’ve let folks down. I want to try to make it up though. From now until the time I publish Chasing Shadows, I’m going to do my best to release one scene a week here. It’ll be a rough or second draft, so please don’t expect perfection. You might even find some MAJOR plot holes along the way. Look for new scenes every Sunday or Monday. If you fall behind or just want to reread a scene, you’ll find links here.

 

Chapter 1

Scene 1

Six years earlier

Blood. Too much. It coated Mujur’s hands and ran through the cracks of his palms.

A thick drop fell, splattered on the woman’s bruised cheek, and fanned into the semblance of a crimson spider.

Mujur wiped his hands along the forest floor, trying to rid himself of the glutinous fluid, but only succeeded in making a grimy mess as flakes of decayed leaves and dirt stuck to his palms.

No. He rubbed his hands together frantically and tried to convince himself something other than blood rolled between his fingers, but his eyes locked onto the dead woman and refused him even that illusion.

Scratches deep enough to flay the skin covered her body, but none mortal, except one—a large gash along her side which exposed broken ribs and oozed dark red blood that seeped into the ground. Her glazed, fish-like eyes fixated beyond him while an expression of terror etched her face for all eternity.

“She was over here last I saw her,” a voice said in the distance.

Mujur jumped to his feet, his heart pounding. The conversation drew nearer. He took one last glance at the mutilated body partially hidden in the brush then ran.

A few strides later a large male stepped out from behind a tree. Driven by momentum, Mujur barreled into him, ricocheted, and fell to the ground.

The male, a fellow wehr-tiger named Gemuk, towered. One corner of his mouth lifted in a sneer to reveal dingy teeth stained dark red from betel nuts. “You’re not going anywhere.”

Mujur scrambled backward.

Gemuk lumbered forward. Corpulent body swaying, he closed the distance in two heavy strides, pulled back a foot, and let it fly.

Mujur reeled from the sharp pain in his gut as the air whooshed from his lungs with a grunt. He had no chance to recover before a multitude of kicks followed. Curled into a ball like a pangolin, he tried to protect his vulnerable organs and head.

“You find anything?” someone asked.

The blows stopped. Mujur took the opportunity to crawl even as the intense throbbing in his left hip, elbow, and shoulder threatened to pull him into oblivion. A dull thud accompanied by an explosion of pain behind his eyes halted his progress, and he sank to the ground.

“Over this way,” Gemuk said, his voice barely audible as the haze surrounding Mujur faded to black.


Forever Release Party

Happy Release Day!

Today marks the start of the virtual release party for Gillian Joy’s FOREVER. From 6am Central on April 28th and continue until 12pm April 29th, I invite you to join in the festivities on Facebook. I hear there’ll be super fun games, swag, ebooks and other prizes, so don’t miss out.

Book two in the Guardian series.

Hannah’s life has never been easy, despite her strong willed determination and her extra “gifts”, it’s still always been hard work keeping an entire world full of the supernatural under control, but having achieved a small semblance of control over most of the custas, Hannah was hoping to be able to slip back into her life of normalcy. Wishful thinking when you’re the guardian of all supernatural.

With all the issues she’d had to endure in her past, she’d never had to worry about the mermaids before, so why would they choose now to suddenly start haunting her dreams and her life. Then there are the fairies to contend with as well, just when she manages to get one aspect of the crudelitas under control, the others decide it’s time to start causing problems.

All Hannah wants is some quiet family time and a chance to reflect on her feelings for Gabriel but instead she’s thrown back into the thick of the supernatural world, and this time it threatens to invade the quiet family life she has worked so hard to establish. There’s no running away this time, she has to front the challenges head on, but forever can be a long time if you can’t be with the one you love.

Available at Amazon || Smashwords

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Dissolve Blog Tour

Welcome! I hope you’ve been enjoying the Dissolve Blog Tour. Today, Andrea Heltsley is sharing a few words with us. But first, I want to introduce you to her latest release!

Everything seemed to be going right for Cora. She had a wonderful fiance, a great best friend and a fulfilling life. One day, a tragic event causes that life to crumble around her. She turns to her best friend in her time of need. They embark on a search for answers, delving deeper into a web of magic and destruction. The closer they get to the truth, the more questions they have. To Cora, magic was the stuff of fairy tales. Immersed into a very different kind of world, the real storm was just beginning to take hold.

“It felt like I was nowhere yet everywhere all at once. I was invisible and completely panicked. The millions of pieces I had dissolved to drift on the breeze and away from my nightmares. It was kind of like floating weightless in a pool, perfectly relaxing. The warm breeze from the window embraced and soothed me. I let the air current carry me as far as it could through the summer city.”

“Defeated, I closed my eyes and took a few calming breaths trying to relax myself. I pictured the dandelion in the park today and took a deep breath as to blow the fluffy seeds in all directions. I pretended I was light and fluffy and started to feel a tingling in my body. I began to feel as light as the dandelion seeds and soon I felt like mist floating. This time, I tried to keep myself in the room, swirling in a humid block.”

Find Dissolve at Barnes & Nobles || The Book Depository || Amazon || Goodreads

One thing I hear over and over again is authors need to read, read, read, and then read some more. Today Andrea Heltsley shares with us her reads. Please welcome Ms. Heltsley.

What’s on my book shelf?

I have to say, I read all kinds of commercial and independent books. My genres usually remain the same, although I occasionally read outside my box. My favorite genres include but are not limited to: YA paranormal, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, romance, contemporary romance and an occasional paranormal or romance comedy.

I refuse to read anything historical. I very much live in the here and now. I have never nor will I ever enjoy this genre of any subgenre. I guess that is mainly my only strong dislike.

As for what I am working on reading now, my current reading list is slightly longer than I should have it, but I am flying through it quickly.

I am reading or next up to read the following books:

Predestined by Abbi Glines
The Calling by Kelly Armstrong
Expel by Addison Moore
The Savage Grace by Bree Despain
The Promise by Jessica Sorenson
Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan
A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
Entangled by Nikki Jefford
Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson Book 4) by Molly Harper
Punished (Arelia LaRue book 2) by Kira Sato

Some of my exciting upcoming releases that I will be reading:

Biting Cold by Chloe Neill
Thirteen (Women of the Otherworld) by Kelly Armstrong
Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent
Before I wake (Soul Screamers) by Rachel Vincent
Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine
Shine by Jeri-Smith-Ready
The Golden Lily (A Bloodlines novel) by Richelle Mead
The Last Echo: A Body Finder Novel by Kimberly Derting
Chasing Magic by Stacia Kane

 About Andrea Heltsley

I am a biology nerd who loves reading just about anything paranormal and some chick lit. I enjoy sunshine and my two Italian greyhounds with my husband. I always write to music, it helps the creative process. Dissolve is my first novel. I have been writing ever since I was in grade school and have finally decided to make a career out of it. More books to come summer 2012 and 2013.

Find Andrea Heltsley online: andreaheltsleybooks@hotmail.com || Blog || Facebook

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April 27, 2012 Ramblings of an Amateur Writer
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April 30, 2012 Damaris, Good Choice Reading 
May 5, 2012 Molly, Reviews by Molly 

Two Free Reads

Hello, my reader buddies!

I want to share with you a couple of opportunities. Two of my works are available for free on Amazon, and I encourage you to pick up copies.

I Loved You First is a new adult novel. ~ My best friend was more than just a best friend to me. Three words summed it up: I heart him. I’d never tell him though. I wasn’t stupid. Besides, what he’d told no one, but me, was a little something I wished I could forget… or ignore. He was gay. I guess gay wouldn’t be bad if I wasn’t so in love with him. Now it was just cruel.

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/I-Loved-You-First-ebook/dp/B005F9QR58/

Circulatory System is the first book in the short story collection Injustice is Served.  ~ A mother takes the love for her daughter to a higher level.

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Circulatory-System-Injustice-Served-ebook/dp/B007SPPH30

So grab your copies! If you enjoy the works, leave a review and click the like buttons. And of course, SHARE THE NEWS WITH YOUR FELLOW READER BUDDIES!!!

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