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Yes, I have a new book on the way.
This is where it gets complicated. This novel is the first in a new series, BUT it is also the sixth book in the Rule Series. You can read it without reading the other series, or you can read the other series and then read this one. Or you can read this one and then go back to read Vampires Rule and the other Rule books to get the backstory.
Have I confused you?
The thing is, 4-Ever Hunted reunites us with some of our favorite characters from the Rule Series, but it also gives us new characters. The NEW main character for this series is Trick, a wise-cracking young vampire hunter. His friends and his family are also pulled into the story.
Then we have Cowboy, Summer, and a few other returning regulars from the other books.
You see, Cowboy wants to find a fourth for their vampire group. He wants to turn someone, and Summer thinks she has found the perfect boy. Trick reminds her of Jack. Too bad he's a hunter who would rather die than join them. But they've got other things to worry about like a Shadow Faerie on their trail.
Shadow Faeries are powerful assassins from the Faerie Realm. They never stop until the job is done, and this ones job is to kill Cowboy and Summer... and Trick.
Bay-Lee's Mock Battle:
“What is this?” she asked. “Where are we?”
“We constructed a magical maze,” Van said. “You are standing at the center of our creation, and there is a solitary exit at the end. Soon, the wolves will be released into the maze at different points. It’s possible you could find the way out without battling more than one or two, but take care you don’t find yourself caught between them.”
Desperate to stall, she asked, “Can you set Keisha up with a Mock Battle soon? She thinks she’s getting rusty.”
“Keisha is a banshee. They don’t get rusty. She just wants to kill something, but she’ll have to wait. There are others that need Battles more than she does.”
He disappeared, leaving her alone in the maze, and she stood frozen for several seconds while he used the Spirit Realm to leave the maze. Any moment now the werewolves would be released. Then what? How was she going to survive this?
Bay-Lee pulled out the poisoned comb Keisha had loaned her. She also had her favorite dagger hidden in an ankle sheath beneath her pant leg. If she hurried and chose her path wisely, maybe she wouldn’t have to face any of the wolves.
She took a quick walk around the half-finished room. There were three small openings leading to hallways that looked the same. Three options. If she chose wrong, it could mean death.
Pressure built. Her heart thundered in her chest, and the longer she paced the more she felt like she needed to pee. If she didn’t make a decision soon, the werewolves would all find her at once. They’d rip her to shreds, and her father wouldn’t lift a finger to save her.
She stopped in the middle, and her gaze moved from opening to opening. Bouncing on the balls of her feet, she silently screamed at herself to pick one. Just pick one!
Without thinking, she ran through the nearest opening and plunged down the long hallway. She took the first detour she found. Another hallway. Next, she chose to use the last opening.
She retraced her steps in a sprint.
A growl floated to her on the wind. Or was it her imagination?
Panic set in, and she realized she was running in circles. If she didn’t stop to create a plan, she’d continue to repeat the maddening process.
She took out her dagger and carved an X into the wall. Every time she entered a new area she did the same thing. The sight of the X near an opening warned her to continue on to the next. Better than bread crumbs. At last she felt like she was getting somewhere.
In the distance she heard several giant paws pounding the ground, and her heart skipped a beat. The werewolves were inside the maze. They were closing in on her.
She ran faster.
A huge, hairy beast appeared at the end of the hallway she was using.
Bay-Lee slid to an abrupt stop. She pulled out the poisoned comb and temporarily sheathed her dagger. A single weapon was all she needed at the moment.
The werewolf stamped a foot like a bull preparing to charge. At least it was alone. She could run the other way, but she was almost positive the thing was blocking her escape route. If the only way out was through the monster, she would go through the monster.
Besides, she didn’t want to get caught between two of them.
She held up the poisoned comb and ran straight at the werewolf.
The thing seemed surprised. Ears cocked, it tilted its head to the left and stared at her. At the last second before she reached the werewolf, it solidified its stance. Back arched, mouth snarling, it got ready to pounce.
It leaped at her.
She hit the ground as if sliding into home plate with bases loaded. The wolf sailed over her, while she went under it. In her mind it happened in slow motion. She lifted the comb and pricked the monster’s furry stomach.
By the time the werewolf landed, it was stone cold dead.
Hands on knees, she tried to catch her breath and wondered how much poison was in the comb. Could it be used more than once? She should have asked Keisha. It wouldn’t be good to find out the hard way that the comb needed to be recharged or reloaded or something.
Since she didn’t know if the comb was immediately reusable, she traded it for her dagger. Time to return to business mode and find her way out of the maze.
It didn’t take long before she found new hallways without an X on the walls.
An occasional growl reached her ears.
Hands in pockets, she kept moving. She ran until her legs began to ache, and a painful stitch stabbed her in the side just below the ribs. If she stopped now, she’d be dead for sure.
Her run slowed to a fast-walk. The growls seemed to be getting closer. She pushed herself to keep going. If it wasn’t for the X’s she’d carved into each new wall, she would think she was running in circles.
She rubbed her side, momentarily easing the pain as she continued on.
The wolves drew closer. Any second, they would be snapping at her heels. Then what?
YES!!! I finally finished the fourth book in the Order of the Spirit Realm Series. I need a nice long nap.
You can find it on Amazon HERE
I know it has been a LONG wait, but it is coming soon.
I had hoped to publish Legend last month, but I was ill with a nasty virus that didn't want to leave. It sucked all the joy out of Christmas for me. I didn't want to spend time with family, open presents, or watch Christmas movies. I just wanted to sleep. Fortunately, I am much better now, so I am working hard on the book.
My beta readers have been giving me suggestions on how to make it better and pointing out problems with the plot.
Can't wait for you to read it!!! Stay tuned.
This week, just a stone's throw from Halloween, we are comparing our books to a movie, show, or book.
In the case of Crushed, this book has already been compared to The Craft and Pretty Little Liars, so that's what I'll stick with.
Back when I first started writing Crushed, I was told that the idea of teen witches experimenting with their powers reminded them of the movie The Craft. However, my book is not a dark piece of horror. It's fun with romance, a little mystery, and lots of action.
Have you seen The Craft? I don't want to post any spoilers. Let's just say it's an interesting piece about teen girls playing around with witchcraft. I loved watching them discover the things they could do. Like my book Crushed, the girls in the movie learn a serious lesson.
Later, after my book was published, I was told that it made some people think of Pretty Little Liars because of the mean girl antics. The Noah sisters use their powers against each other when they get upset. There is a humorous fight between two of the girls that has a locker exploding, syrup squirting into an unsuspecting face, and a sudden change of wardrobe.
The second book in this series is Witch Hunt. But these novels can be read as stand-alone books because each one has a new set of characters and a different game for the teen witches to play. These games always lead them into danger.
In Witch Hunt, teen reporter Starr Hughes is determined to find out what the popular kids are up to after she overhears talk of a secret game. Because the boy she has a crush on is the leader of the It Squad, she can't help herself. No matter what she has to do, she will uncover the truth.
Although I had hoped to have Legend out by Halloween or at least by Thanksgiving, this book is really kicking my butt. The characters keep doing unexpected things, and some new twists have prevented themselves. The book is almost finished, but I will need some time to have it edited. Thank you for your patience.
I used to have a blog on Wordpress, but I think I will be using this one more often now.
So, what's up with me?
Well, I am hard at work on Legend, the last Order of the Spirit Realm book. It's almost finished. I know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for it. Just hold on a little while longer please. I promise, it is on the way.
I also have the first book in my spin-off series for Vampires Rule on a backburner at the moment. 4-Ever Hunted will hit the virtual shelves some day in 2017. Can't wait for you to read it.
Have a wonderful day!
The book is going good so far. I am a third of the way done. Looks like my guesstimate of when the book will be released (Halloween) may not be a pipe dream.
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For those of you--like Cathy--who are wondering what is going on with Legend (book #4 in Spirit Realm series), I am also working on that one. I'm on chapter three. So far, I do not have a release date set, but I am hoping to put it out by Halloween later this year. Fingers crossed.
Legend is the last book in the series. However, I've been toying with the idea of writing a series with Nick and Bad-Rock before Bay-Lee comes into the picture. OR I might write another series featuring the school and different hunters. Will have to wait to see where my muse takes me.
In other news, I am getting close to finishing 4-Ever Hunted, the first book in the 4-Ever series (which is a spin-off of the vampire series). I need to turn the internet off and get back to writing. :) Bye for now.