Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pre-Order Now! - Gabrielle's Discipline

Yay!  Gabrielle's Discipline is now available for Pre-order on Amazon =)  It will release on June 25 everywhere.  After release, the price will go up to $3.99.  On Smashwords and Barnes & Noble it will be $2.99 for the first week and then go up after that (since I can't do pre-orders there).  Basically I'm trying to keep the price the same for my loyal fans who follow my social media and so are the first to know when a new book comes out, even though I'm increasing the prices of my books this year.  So pre-order and get a deal!

I'm super excited to finally be able to share this book with you... Gabrielle has been one of the hardest characters to write.  First because she was so mean.  Then because I discovered she was so sad.  And then because she's very moody lol.  I had a lot of fun with her in the end though, and I especially enjoyed Felix becoming exasperated along with me at all her mood swings and antics.  Although, sometimes I felt like kicking him too.  He's possibly one of the most clueless alpha males I've ever had the pleasure of writing, and I do feel like that's a good thing.  He's very real to me, in large part because he struggles with the relationship and Gabrielle.  My alpha males aren't perfect and I love them for that, because they're willing to admit it and keep trying to become better.

I'm knee deep in editing right now to get the final draft submitted by the deadline, and really looking forward to this one coming out!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Rolling rolling rolling

keep them doggies rolling...


Yeah, don't know why that's stuck in my head.  Maybe because things are rolling along pretty well here =)

ANYWAY.  Just wanted to do a little update-poo.

I am finally feeling 100% like myself again.  Still missing my grandfather but I'm past the worst of my grief and, well, I never want to stop missing him so that's okay.

I'm hard at work on Gabrielle's Discipline and I'm 90% sure that it will be out for pre-order by the end of May! YAY!  So I'm only going to be about 15 days behind where I wanted to be and that's pretty good.

Gabrielle is... well, let's just say I've never had a character make me cry so much.  I didn't mean for her to be so sad.  I keep having to remind myself that she's also still pretty selfish, not very nice, and doesn't have to act out the way that she does... but at the same time I just want to hug the crap out of her!  I cried all through the scene I wrote on Friday (looking forward to sending that to the beta readers tonight lol).  Of course, I'm a little more emotional lately anyway, but still.

RaineyCloud9 has done a gorgeous promo for me and I should have a cover reveal later this week!

I'm going to try to get another story done for Lit this month.  I'm trying to get at least one done a month.  None of what I'm writing there is going to be very plot heavy for a while though... things are too heavy in book world lol.  I need the Lit stories to be nice and light by contrast so that my brain doesn't explode ;)

And once I'm finally done with Gabrielle's Discipline, I'll be moving back to Stronghold for Andrew and Kate's story in Bound to the Past.  Which... is also going to be kind of emotional.  WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?! lol.  I'm really looking forward to it though.  This will be my first chance at second chance love!  Which, I usually don't enjoy books about second chance love all that much, so this is my challenge... writing one that I like lol.  I'm looking forward to getting back into Stronghold, as much fun as I've had in the Bridal Discipline world for a bit.

For those keeping track at home, Stronghold only has a few more books left!  Bound to the Past, Stripping the Sub, Tempting the Domme, and Hardcore Vanilla ;)  After that, I do have a novella quartet that I want to write in that world, but I don't know if I'm going to jump right into them or not.  As much as I love writing series, it does limit me on what I can write and I'd like to try writing in a different genre for a bit!  Maybe something in space...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Gabrielle's Discipline Teaser

So, I was aiming to get Gabrielle's Discipline completed and up for pre-order by May 15... however, my grandfather passed away last week and I pretty much spent the entire week grieving and with family, doing all the things that are done.  I'm getting back into the swing of writing now, but obviously I'm a week behind where I thought I would be at this point.  I'm still aiming to have it up for pre-order by the end of this month.

In the meantime... enjoy an unedited teaser =)

Leaving Dunbury house was much harder than Gabrielle had anticipated.  She'd already said farewell to Arabella after the wedding breakfast, hugging her friendly tightly and exchanging promises to write.  Arabella had mourned the loss of Gabrielle at her side for the Season. 
"Now I'll be trapped with all the ninnies who just want to speak with me in hopes of an introduction to him," she pouted, jerking her head at her brother, the Duke.  The Duke just raised an eyebrow at her and turned back to the Marquess and Cordelia to say something.  "Stodgy bore," Arabella muttered.  She pulled Gabrielle in for another tight hug.  "When you get back, you must tell me all about it.  Perhaps you should take notes so that you don't forget anything important."
Trust Arabella to make her laugh, even at a moment such as this!  Gabrielle clung just as tightly to her friend.
"Maybe it won't be very impressive," Gabrielle murmured back, hiding her real fear, which was that Mr. Hood wouldn't be interested in doing it with her.  Although, from what she'd heard, men didn't need to feel any emotion with the woman they did it with.  Otherwise, they wouldn't go through so many mistresses.  And Mr. Hood was a rake.  He must have done it with countless women.
Which just made her feel sick and sad again.  She really must push past these emotions that bubbled up when it came to him.  
Giggling, Arabella whispered back. "Well then you must tell me all about how disappointing it was."
"What are you two talking about?" The Duke of Manchester's voice was full of suspicion - as well it might be - as he loomed over them.  They broke apart, Gabrielle now giggling as well, a nervous burble of laughter that felt perilously close to hysterics.  Arabella's brother was an imposing figure with his meticulously styled dark brown hair and brooding eyes; every inch of him was pressed, starched, and - as Arabella would say - stodgy.  Although he was certainly handsome enough to be a rake, and had the supreme confidence of one, he lacked the air of danger.  There was something very safe about him, as if he exuded honor from his every pore.
It was a sad joke on him that he was responsible for a high-spirited, mischievous, little imp like Arabella.  While they looked very alike in facial features and coloring, they were nothing alike in temperament or spirit.  Arabella had been an eager accomplice to Gabrielle's romantic misadventures since her come-out, just for the delight of making mischief and so that she could badger Gabrielle for the details at a later date.  She was very cynical about her own suitors and their supposed romantic interest in her.  
"I was just wishing Gabrielle well on her journey," Arabella said, batting her eyes up at her brother in a way that she probably thought made her look innocent.  Gabrielle had discovered very early on that Arabella was a terrible liar.  However, she was stubborn enough to just keep silent about a secret once it was told to her, no matter what dire threats her brother might rain down upon her head.  Arabella shook her brown curls at the Duke.  "You have no faith in me, brother."
"I have no reason to, sister," the Duke said dryly.  His gaze moved to Gabrielle's face and his stern countenance softened.  "Do have a good journey though, Mrs. Hood."
Gabrielle jerked, a kind of shock going through her as she was addressed by her new name for the first time.  
"Oh that does sound strange!"  Walter Hood, her new brother-in-law jostled in to give Gabrielle a buss on the cheek.  She smiled at him, although weakly.  She got along quite well with both of her new brothers-in-law; they were just as charming and handsome as he was, although for some reason they'd never made her heart race like her new husband did.  "Mrs. Hood, my sister-in-law.  Who'd have thought Felix would be the first to tie the knot?" 
"Anyone who's met us knows that I'm the mature one," her Mr. Hood said, stepping up beside Gabrielle and putting his arm around her, tugging her against him.  She looked up at him in a kind of shock; the movement had been strangely akin to one she'd seen the Marquess use on Cordelia when one of his friends was flirting with her. 
He was giving his brother a dark glare, the way Arabella often did when challenging her brother.  Gabrielle had watched the way the sibling relationships worked and she could tell when they were teasing each other and when they were in earnest.  This was teasing but... with an edge that wasn't normally present.  
Perhaps now that she was his wife, he felt possessive of her?
It shouldn't make her feel happy, but it did.  Just a little.  At least he wanted her in some way, considered her to be his, and put a small importance on her person.  That was more than she'd expected.
"It's time we were off," he announced, tugging her towards the front door of Dunbury house where the carriage was waiting outside.  Arabella had been her last - and longest - farewell.  "We have a ways to go today, but we can be there before nightfall if we make good time."
"I sent a runner ahead to inform mother that you're coming," the eldest Mr. Hood said with a grin.  He was the most serious of the three brothers, probably because he was the heir to the Viscountcy, so Gabrielle was unsurprised he'd taken responsibility for such an important chore.  "I wish I could be there to see how you're received."
"I'll just bet you do," Mr. Hood muttered as he escorted Gabrielle out of the door.
She almost balked at the precipice, but there was really nothing to do but allow him to lead her to the carriage and help her in.  For all that she'd hated Dunbury House when she'd first arrived, hated how out of place she'd felt, how alone, now all she wanted to do was turn round and barricade herself behind the door. 
Why hadn't she thought through the wider implications of what might happen if her plan failed?  Although, even when her thoughts had touched on it - during those few times she'd allowed herself to think of failure - she had never imagined that Mr. Hood might put himself forward to save her.  At worst, she thought she'd be dismissed to the countryside, to live out her days in seclusion.  It would mean giving up the excitement and events in London, but she'd quickly found that such things didn't mean as much to her as she'd thought they would.
While she'd enjoyed having suitors, loved the flowers and poems showered upon her, especially appreciated her friendship with Arabella, and had even begun to value her relationship with Cordelia and the Marquess, it had all paled when she'd realized that her suitors were probably more interested in her dowry and connections than in her, and that her... attraction to Mr. Hood was not reciprocated.  The situation had become intolerable when she'd realized that his regard was for Cordelia, and that living in Dunbury House meant being forced to watch him fawn over her stepmother constantly.
And now he was her husband.
Gabrielle's pace slowed as they neared the carriage; she felt as though the air was made of molasses.  Of all the changes her life had gone through, this had to be the most frightening.  Her breath caught in her throat as panic welled.  
Her new husband relinquished her hand to wrap his arm around her waist, driving her inexorably forward.

"It's too late to change your mind," he whispered in her ear, his voice harsh.  Gabrielle blinked back tears that threatened, unable to reply, because she knew that if she tried to speak she'd burst into tears and she certainly wasn't willing to let him see her do that.  "Into the carriage."

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Happy Release Day! - Undisciplined

Hooray!!! So for everyone who wanted to know what was going on between Gabrielle and Felix during Philip's Rules, here is Undisciplined!  You do not need to read the former to enjoy the latter, or to enjoy Gabrielle's Discipline when it comes out.  This is definitely just a bonus book.  But I think it's a fun bonus book and a good one =)  My beta readers enjoyed getting to know Gabrielle better and, seeing things from her side, they all said they felt more sympathetic towards her bad behavior in Philip's Rules.  I had a lot of fun writing it.  I really enjoy Gabrielle and Felix and I'm having a good time writing their story now... I think this little bonus novella adds a lot even if it isn't a necessary read.

I hope everyone enjoys!!! Remember, the nicest thing you can do for an author is to let me know if you enjoyed it by leaving a review! =)

It's currently up on Amazon and Smashwords, and I will let you all know when Barnes & Noble releases as well =)

Gabrielle Astley is quite used to being an afterthought, a burden, a nuisance. As the only child - and a useless female one at that - to a Baron, she was both spoiled materially and neglected emotionally. After her father's death, his third wife and her stepmother is remarried, to the stern and cold Marquess of Dunbury. Since the new Baron wants nothing to do with Gabrielle, the Marquess is her new guardian and Gabrielle finds herself in London, receiving her debut. Despite this turn of events, she can't quite shake her spite of her stepmother, and her attitude lands her into hot water and her first spanking at the hand of her guardian. 

The Marquess seems eager to marry her off, and Gabrielle has no objection to that goal. London has everything she ever wanted - glamour, excitement, and, for some reason, quite a few people actually seem to like and take an interest in her. When the Marquess' best friend, the rakish Felix Hood becomes one of those people, Gabrielle finds herself hoping for more than just a standard ton marriage... until she begins to realize that he's not interested in her for herself, and his interest may actually be in someone close to her. 

Felix Hood had no thoughts of settling down in marriage - as the youngest of three brothers, he should be the last to wed. However, when he meets his best friend Philip's new ward and is tasked with the duty of helping guard her against any unsavory suitors (as well as guarding Philip's new wife from Miss Astley's waspish tongue), he can't help but be entranced by her. She's not the usual milk and water miss that is served up to the gentlemen of the tongue; she's prickly, funny, and has a touch of sadness in her eyes that he longs to discover the cause of so that he may vanquish it. But he's not convinced he's ready for marriage, and his hesitation over formally courting her leads Miss Astley to turn to her other suitors, making him wonder if she's really worth the chase. 

This novella was written at the request of readers who wanted to know what was happening between Felix and Gabrielle during Book 1 of the Bridal Discipline series, however it is not necessary to read Philip's Rules in order to enjoy this novella, nor is it necessary to read this novella in order to enjoy the upcoming Gabrielle's Discipline. It's just a bonus novella for enjoyment and to fulfill reader's curiosity. 

Undisciplined is approximately 30k words and contains hot alpha males, domestic discipline, and steamy sexual situations.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Undisciplined Teaser

Can't wait to share Undisciplined with everyone!!! Only 10 more days till it's out =)  If you haven't gotten the special pre-order price, now's the time!  It's first few days up on Barnes & Noble and Smashwords it will only be 99 cents on those platforms for long-time Angel fans before the price goes up there too =)

In the meantime, here's a little teaser from it...

Her first kiss left Gabrielle breathless.
In part, because she thought she'd never have one.  It was clear that the Marquess wanted her to marry, but at the same time, he'd made it nearly impossible for her to truly be courted.  Gabrielle's every movement was tracked, by him, his cousins, and - of course - Mr. Hood.  Whom she still determinedly thought of as Mr. Hood, now that she’d realized his attempt at closeness by giving her leave to use his Christian name had meant nothing. 
She'd almost been taken in by his apology and his charm until she'd discovered that he was one of her 'guards.'  Of course the Marquess had asked his best friend to keep an eye on her for the Season.  
It had hurt a great deal, because for a very short time, she'd actually thought that Mr. Hood had been interested in her for her.  When she'd realized he wasn't, it had also made clear to her what a little fool she'd been.  So she'd thrown herself into the attentions of her suitors, and she'd been quite taken with Mr. Pressen.
He was blonde and tall, slim instead of muscular, and wrote her the most romantic letters.  They’d been corresponding for two weeks now and he sent her bouquets daily.  He wasn’t the only one whom she received daily bouquets from, but off all her suitors he was also the boldest.  When they danced, he whispered how he longed to kiss her, to touch her.  He excited her with little caresses that no one noticed.  It was wrong of them, she knew, but also terribly exciting.  
Mostly, his obvious interest helped to balm the wound her childish hopes had suffered in regards to Mr. Hood.
So, with the help of Arabella, who was thrilled by the romantic adventure, Gabrielle had snuck away to meet Mr. Pressen alone, away from the ballroom.  They’d been writing back and forth for a while, although he only occasionally approached her in the ballrooms since her guards were ever alert, and she was both flattered and excited by his attentions.  Going into a dark room with him seemed like an utterly romantic adventure.  While she could still hear the sounds of merriment, the library was utterly deserted but for her and Mr. Pressen.
His lips were firm and gentle, his hands cupping her face, one of them sliding to the back of her neck and making her gasp as his fingers trailed over her collarbone.  As she did so, his tongue slid into her mouth, shocking her.  He tasted of brandy and chocolate, and she felt her curiosity grow as his tongue stroked hers.  This was an entirely new world for her.  It wasn’t unpleasant, although she didn’t quite feel the same excitement that she’d expected to.  Since it was her first, of course it wasn’t exciting, but it seemed to be missing a certain… spark.  Perhaps her imagination had gotten away with her.  It was a very nice kiss after all.
The kiss deepened and she moved closer to him, her lips clinging to his as they explored each other's mouths.
When the door slammed open, she nearly bit his tongue.
"Fe- Mr. Hood!"  She gasped out, her heart pounding with the knowledge that she'd just been caught... and also fury at who had interrupted her first, magical kiss.  The bounder was standing in the doorway, brow furrowed in fury, eyes ablaze, and with an expression she’d never seen before on his face.
"Ah, Hood," Mr. Pressen rumbled, releasing Gabrielle from his hold and giving him a kind of companionable grin.  "Room's taken, as you can see, if you're-"
With a dull roar, Mr. Hood bounded forward, slamming the door shut behind him, looking like the very devil with his black eyes afire.  He slammed his fist into Mr. Pressen's jaw, knocking him down with one blow, and Gabrielle clapped her hands over her mouth to smother her scream.  She was completely shell shocked as Mr. Hood grabbed her arm and dragged her out to the hallway.
“Mr. Hood-
“Not. One. Word.”  It sounded like he was forcing the words out through his teeth.
“Please… Felix-”
“Don’t you dare call me that right now!”
Gabrielle’s lips clamped shut.  Damn him, damn him to hell and back for ruining her night.  Her kiss.  Even worse, she couldn’t help but examine him for signs that perhaps he was jealous… that maybe his anger stemmed from something more than duty… but then he just handed her off to the Marquess with a succinct account of “what he’d found,” which made her roll her eyes, and then he’d followed them to the carriage, but hadn’t gotten in with them.  He didn’t even said goodbye to her, just to the Marquess and Cordelia.
And on top of all that, she already knew she was going to be ending her evening with a spanking.

Bloody hell. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bunnies Everywhere!!!

Chasing His Bunny is now available on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, AND Amazon =)  WOOT!  It's got a couple reviews up (Thank you SO MUCH reviewers!) and people seem to be enjoying it which makes me happy!  It's def a bit different from my usual, but I really had a blast writing it and I'm looking forward to working on the next installment.  If I had to say HOW they're different... I'd say they're a bit lighter and fluffier - like a bunny!

I've been a bit behind with updates about it, I know.  The busy work season has been kicking my butt, and even though it's slowing down now, my brain is still recovering.

In the meantime, I've been doing some edits to Undisciplined, taking lots of suggestions that my super helpful beta readers threw at me to make it more interesting =)  There's only one real spanking scene in it, since it's pre-Gabrielle & Felix's wedding, but it was still fun to write it from Gabrielle's POV.  I've just got one more scene to write before it's totally finished and I can submit it =D I'm SO excited to share it with everyone... even though it's kind of a shorter re-write of Philip's Rules, I'm hoping everyone will enjoy it anyway.  I've tried to include a LOT of new stuff, even though some scenes will be familiar and the dialogue is the same for those scenes.  There's all sorts of completely new scenes from both Gabrielle & Felix's point of views, and a lot of insight into both of them.

My cover artist, RaineyCloud9, is hard at work on the cover for Gabrielle's Discipline, which I'm hoping to have up for pre-order in early May for a June release date =)  Watch the blog for an Undisciplined teaser sometime next week!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy Release Day! - Chasing His Bunny

So, as always, no release day is perfect (yay Indie publishing!)  the Smashwords pre-order was a nightmare and the release date has been pushed back to April 8 because of their crazy rules.  I'm never doing pre-order through them again.  Barnes & Noble, which didn't have a pre-order option, is (as usual) lagging behind.

HOWEVER, Amazon is being amazing and working perfectly.  I think?  If anyone has any trouble, please let me know since this is my first time doing the whole pre-order thing =) 

I'm dying to know what everyone thinks, so if you have a minute or two to write a review or send some feedback, that'd be amazing!

If you didn't pre-order, no worries, you can now read a sample before purchasing! 

Amazon -
The bunnies are coming...
Bethany Bunson, her brothers, and her sister have been prisoners for seven long years. They've been experimented on, tested, and changed - all of them can turn into monsters. So when a band of shifter soldiers show up and save them, it's kind of a mixed blessing, especially when the leader of the shifters claims he's her mate. Yeah... she's a 23 year old virgin whose never had a real boyfriend. The whole "one guy forever" thing is just something that she's not ready for, no matter how good he smells. However, Mr. Not-Gonna-Take-No-For-An-Answer doesn't seem like he's going to give up that easily.
When the government hired Steele Raymond and his soldiers to recover stolen research from a compound, they had not been expecting to find prisoners there, and he definitely hadn't been expecting Bethany. The alpha of a motley pack of mixed shifters had given up on ever finding a mate. The kind of independent, strong women he was attracted to always found him too bossy, too alpha, too protective, and preferred to not deal with him at all. Lucky for him, Bethany is exactly the kind of female he's always wanted, and isn't just someone he's dating and hoping to bond with, she's his fated mate. Most shifters give up on ever finding their fated mates, but it's his lucky day... even though she's clearly going to require some convincing. But he's got the biological urge of the mate bond and some serious tenacity on his side. Bethany's going to be his - and he's going to protect her and her family from the evil bastards who have been keeping them prisoner and experimenting on them.
Chasing His Bunny is a full-length novel, approximately 43k words long, with a HEA, and has an alpha male and a seriously sassy female who spend some time heating up the sheets in vivid detail.