The Legacy Series Novellas

The first step in this long journey to flesh out these novellas is finally done. The first four novellas are out and available on Amazon! Best news? The print version with the complete four novellas is coming soon and the audiobook is currently in the works! Follow my blog and other social media for updates and notices about new releases! If you loved the Loup-Garou Series and were curious about the characters, this is a novella series you’ll want to keep track of!

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The Legend 
John Croxen, convinced that he is possessed by a demon, takes a risk when he saves the life of a beautiful gypsy woman one night while roaming the forests of England. However, Annalette is not as she appears. She knows that John is not demon possessed, but in fact a loup-garou – a werewolf. Alone and in need of his unique kind of help, Annalette strikes a bargain with John. If he can help rescue her condemned brother from prison, she will tell him everything he needs to know about being a loup-garou.

The Guide 
Tor, the last priest of the half-man, half-god Wepwawet, is thrown out of his solitude when an Italian explorer recruits the werewolf to help him and his vampire employer, Michael Gennari, to find the lost civilization of Arnathia where their races used to live in peace and harmony. On a quest to find out why their kind can’t get along, Tor finds himself the unwilling focus of Michael’s young vampire daughter, Jane.

The Frenchman 
Darren Dubose was born into a sickly life as the bastard child to a former French noblewoman. After one night of torturous pain, he awakes to find himself strong, fast, and in possession of amazingly keen senses. That’s not all, though. Under the guidance of the local baker, Darren finds out that he is a werewolf and needs to find an alpha to train him. With only a name, he points Darren in the direction of France, but he’s leaving behind more than just his home and family.

The Prophecy 
Werewolf brothers Geoffrey and Hugo Swenson search the world for tales about their kind. Their most recent search has sent them to Russia where they seek a mythical White Wolf of Peace, who is foretold to have the power to eradicate hate and violence in the world. They’re joined by a vampire lord, Michael Gennari, on their quest, but it soon becomes apparent that the seekers of peace have a lot to learn about peace itself.

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Silver Screen on Audio!

It’s here! Silver Screen is fully live on Audible!

If you’ve already read the story, you’re going to love John Fehsken’s performance of this sweet paranormal romance. Take a listen into chapter one of the audiobook below and check out THIS LINK to Audible to get your copy today! Do you commute long hours or need something to listen to while you clean the house or cook dinner? Maybe you should try some audiobooks to pass the time! Sign up to get your first free audiobook with their trial program. First month’s subscription is free!

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25 Days of Christmas

Christmas came early today! Looking for great holiday themed stories to get you in the spirit for the season? You’ll want to check out this great anthology! For those who don’t know, an anthology is a collection of stories that revolve around a theme or focus. 25 Days of Christmas is a collection of Christmas, Thanksgiving, and News Years romance stories that level in steaminess from near-erotic to super sweet (which is what mine is). They’re nice little novellas you can read by the fire while sipping on your hot cocoa.

My story, Wolves in Wintertime, is one of the 25 excellent stories amongst some amazing and talented authors. It’s a story about a teenager who is the daughter of a werewolf alpha. She’s dragged all the way to Alaska to attend a national gathering of other werewolves to celebrate the last full moon of the year. While staying in the hotel, she meets another werewolf about her age and they’re immediately attracted to one another. The catch? He belongs to a rival werewolf pack that doesn’t like her father and don’t like outsiders intruding on their pack dynamics. Well, Amber and Danny are about shake things up. Here’s a sneak back into chapter 3 of Wolves in Wintertime.

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Amber tapped the eraser end of her pencil against the textbook page, her legs lightly kicking the air behind her, as she laid on her stomach on the hotel bed. Her eyes were zoned out over the image of the chimp with its lips curled back in a goofy pose for the camera. She was supposed to be finishing up some winter break homework for her biology class, but that was nearly impossible.
Every minute or so, Amber twisted around and looked at the clock on the nightstand. Eight o’clock couldn’t come soon enough. With a sigh, she looked back to her notebook page. A few of the light blue lines were filled, but if anyone had asked her what she had just read, she wouldn’t be able to give them an answer.
Her mind was filled with other things far more interesting than school work. The first meeting with Danny replayed over and over again in her mind, eliciting a grin or suppressed giggle each time.
Danny tripped over the starting line, but it was adorable the way he tried to pick himself back up and continue the race. It was a rocky start, but Amber knew that slow and steady always won the race. Yet, how slow could they really take it? The gathering would be over in a week’s time and they would part ways. She’d be back in Missouri before the end of the year, and Danny would go back to wherever it was he came from.
That wasn’t going to stop her from enjoying this.
Downstairs, she could hear the rest of her father’s pack talking and playing billiards in the complimentary game room that was connected to the suite. Not all packs were given suites with kitchenettes and game rooms, but Ethan had enough clout with the local pack to pull off the accommodations.
The downside was they had to room-up with a smaller pack from Florida that they were unfamiliar with. Ethan and Peter debriefed them about her, and the pack was more than willing to comply. Though none of them traveled with women, it looked like they were far from interested in her.
There was a sharp rap on the door and Amber jerked. Alone in the hotel room she shared with her father, she thought she would have been left alone.
“Yes?” she grumbled. There was no reason to raise her voice to a werewolf who could hear her breathing, even with a wall between them.
Her father walked in and shut the door behind him. She crawled back from her open textbook and sat cross-legged on top of the slightly wrinkled comforter. With a kind smile, he sat on the edge of the bed and looked to her unfinished homework.
Amber expected a scolding or some harsh words that she should have been done an hour or so ago. He looked neither angry nor suspicious. When she dismissed herself after dinner, Ethan didn’t look entirely pleased, as if he had something planned for her, and she had ruined it.
“I wanted to make sure you were all right,” he said.
Amber bit her lips and nodded. “I’m all right. Just having a hard time focusing.”
Ethan pinched the corner of the textbook and slid it around so he could skim through the page. His eyes, the color of dark ice tea, absorbed the information faster than she ever would. Werewolves were incredibly smart. They remembered everything, retaining knowledge like a sponge that soaked up water. Younger werewolves breezed through school like it was nothing, while Amber would continuously struggle.
He snorted and smiled. “It’s amazing what scientists are discovering nowadays.”
Ethan was over five hundred years old, with tinges of grey in his beard and at his temples. He was there when they invented indoor plumbing, but he’d also lived through tremendous trials as a werewolf. When she was little, before he became so involved in pack business, he told her bedtime stories about witch hunts, and dodging suspicion from colonists during the revolutionary war. At the time, it was just stories. In later years, Amber learned to appreciate the hardships he’d survived.
“But they haven’t discovered you yet,” she remarked as she gripped her ankles.
His brows shrugged and he let out a deep sigh. “This is true… It may just be a matter of time.”
Amber didn’t want to talk about anything so serious. She had grown up with werewolves and had never been afraid of them in their human form or full wolf form. There were plenty of other humans like her who knew about the supernatural, but how would the world react? There were already hunters who dedicated their lives to hunting down packs. How many more would pop up if the news went worldwide?
“When’s the gathering again?” she asked, changing the subject.
“This Friday,” he answered, as he slid the book back to its original place and looked up to his daughter. “The Christmas banquet will be held at noon that day, and we’ll do our gift exchange before we leave for the night.”
Amber thought of her father’s gift that was tucked away in her suitcase. It had taken her a lot of time and thought to figure out what Ethan would want. Her mother had always picked out the gifts and put both of their names on it, so Ethan would think it came from both of them. It wasn’t that Amber didn’t care. She just didn’t know her father well enough anymore.
“You don’t have to stay in the room the whole trip,” Ethan told her. “There are plenty of things to do in town, and Peter knows quite a few of them. He’s happy to look after you, so don’t feel like you’re inconveniencing him.”
She was sure hanging out with Peter for a week would be fun. Unlike her father, Peter wasn’t so rigid. The beta bent the rules on a daily basis, just like Amber’s mother had. He wasn’t nearly as old as her father, but just as wise. Wise enough to know that life was too precious to spend it on a leash.
“If you need anything, don’t hesitate to let me know.”
Probably growing frustrated with her silence, Ethan stood and made his way to the door. Just as his hand wrapped around the handle, Amber spoke up. “I want gingerbread cookies,” she said.
Ethan turned back to her and nodded. “I’m sure I can get the resort cooks to bake you some.”
Amber felt her chest ache as she continued. “No, I want the ones that mom made. You know, the ones with the chocolate chips in them?”
The alpha didn’t normally express vulnerable emotions such as grief or sadness, but almost every time Amber mentioned her mother in private, Ethan “got the morbs” as Peter put it. His face would go slack and his stare softened.
“There’s a bakery in town, but I don’t know if they would make the cookies like your mother used to.” Ethan thought for a moment. “When we get home, we’ll look around in your mother’s things to see if she left a written recipe somewhere.”
Amber knew it was an outlandish request. If she’d had the means to get the ingredients, she might have tried to make them on her own. There had to be a recipe on the internet somewhere. Her mom had made special gingerbread cookies every Christmas.
Before Amber became too old for kid stories, they would leave the cookies out for Santa on Christmas eve. Ethan couldn’t eat them because of his sensitive werewolf stomach, but he would toss a few in the trash to make it look like Santa had eaten something. The ladies of the house would gobble up the leftovers on Christmas morning while they opened presents. Some of Amber’s earliest memories were of dipping the cookies into a cup of milk and counting down the seconds with her mother until the treat was nice and soft, but not too soggy.
This would be her first Christmas without her mother’s special cookies. If Amber had thought of it ahead of time, she would have tried to teach herself how to bake so she could have the cookies on Christmas morning, but she’d be counting down the seconds by herself this year.
With her throat too thick with threatening tears, Amber nodded and looked away. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Ethan hesitate at the door.
Ever since the funeral, they’d had a hard time getting close to one another again. Amber had never been a daddy’s girl, but she knew that her relationship with her father wasn’t where it should have been. Between school and pack obligations, it was hard to schedule quality time. This trip might have been their chance to finally remedy that. Perhaps it was too soon to tell, but Amber wasn’t sure if a week could fix seventeen years of being a semi-absent father.
Ethan bid her a goodnight and left the hotel room. The silence rang in her ears, and Amber checked the clock one more time. At least she would have a diversion from her slightly sad life. And what a hot diversion he was.

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Audio, Holidays, Novellas, Legacy, and More!


Hello, peoples! It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update blog! As you can probably tell, I’ve been prolific in the last few months.

One of my biggest announcements is that Silver Screen will finally be available on Audio! The files were officially submitted last week and we’re just waiting on it to hit the retail market! I’m so freakin’ excited because I’ve really fallen in love with this story all over again, thanks to the talented voice of John Fehskens, who went above and beyond my expectations. This audio book will certainly be a treat to listen to and you don’t want to miss it! I’ll be posting the link to Audible as soon as I get the word that it’s live, but here’s a quick sample of what you can expect of this lovely, sweet shifter romance featuring a werewolf movie star and his jaded makeup artist.

And as promised, I have another Legacy novella for you! This one is a bit shorter than usual, but it fills in some information about a few things that are briefly discussed in my Loup-Garou series. You were introduced to Michael Gennari in The Guide, and Darren Dubose in The Frenchman where his father, Hugo, was mentioned. Well, it’s a small world, and these characters are about to team up for a spell. No, not Darren and Michael. Hugo and Michael, along with Geoffrey and Anton. Yes! Anton’s origins will be revealed in The Prophecy.

The Prophecy (Legacy Series #4)

The-Prophecy-med*Russia, 1648*
Geoffrey and Hugo Swenson scour the globe, searching out and cataloguing stories about their kind. About werewolves. They find themselves in Russia, hunting down a specific legend about a mythic white wolf that is said to embody the spirit of peace. As their world is consumed by war, violence, and destruction, they want to find the White Wolf to beseech it to expel the evil from the hearts of men.
They meet an unlikely ally in a pair of vampires, Michael Gennari and Anton Wiatrowsk, who are in search of the White Wolf for the same reason. The two races who are supposed to be at war with one another, must set aside their differences and join forces to trek across the rugged landscape of Siberia, through a country torn by riots and rebellions, in hopes to find peace for the world. But, can they find peace in themselves first?

Releasing November 21st, you have some time to preorder and have it delivered directly to your e-reader!

This fourth installation of The Legacy Series concludes the first volume, which takes place between 1555 and 1649. The next volume picks up in the next century, 1720s and we’re hoping over the big water to the New World! I’m super excited for volume two, but I’ll be compiling the first volume of the Legacy Series into a print AND audio format! The audio won’t be ready until sometime in March, but the print volume will be ready before the end of the year. Keep your eye out for the link!

Now, I’ve got other things going on this holiday season, so December’s novella, The Pirate (yes, werewolf pirates, I’m totally going there), will be postponed to January. However, you’ll still get your Bitikofer Book fix because I’ve got two anthology contributions in the works. The first one has a special holiday ring that falls in with my Loup-Garou Series. In this 25 Days of Christmas Anthology, I’ll be telling a sweet little story about two teenagers who find themselves in a precarious situation between two alphas.

Wolves in Wintertime

25 Days of Christmas: An Author Friends With Benefits Anthology by [Bradley, Hanleigh, Mota, Janet, Edwards, Anna, Stein, Sarah, Stryker, S.M., Allen, Amy, Anne, Meg, Charles, Toni, Mota, Janet A., Vieira, Ines]Amber is the daughter of an alpha werewolf, and has recently lost her mother to cancer. When the holidays come around, it’s a difficult time for everyone in her pack. On top of that, her father is expected to attend the annual gathering of werewolves in Alaska and unfortunately he has to bring Amber along with him. Being an unclaimed female, it’s especially dangerous but he has little choice but to bring along the high school senior. Amber’s not too happy about the trip either until a young werewolf from a rival pack catches her eye. Immediately smitten with one another, they have to hide their winter fling from their alphas, or else they’ll have an all-out werewolf war on their hands.

I’ve got another Anthology that I just recently finished my story for, but I’ll have more details and a preorder link when it gets closer to the time. It won’t be releasing until February of 2018. I’ll tell you this much, it’s a little out of the norm for me.

By The Book

“When Tara Christiano slid the pretty romance novel down from the shelf at the local bookstore-slash-coffee shop, she never suspected that her life would be turned upside down. It isn’t just any ordinary book. It can predict the future. Specifically, Tara’s. And when her future becomes intertwined with a handsome new face in town, she anxiously awaits each new page that is revealed, hoping Beau will become her love interest. Beau Bremor came to Mercy, Texas to help his brother get back on his feet after the loss of his wife. Helping on Devin’s ranch is one thing, but the well-being of his little niece, Dixie, is in the forefront of his mind. She needs a mother and Devin needs a wife. When Beau meets a young, attractive woman at the bookstore, a scheme formulates. But, can he keep his objective in mind while he’s falling head-over-heels for the beautiful and witty Tara, whom he is trying to set up with his brother?”

Yeah, definitely different genre for me. No wolves! How strange!

I’ll also be adding my story, Beauty and the Blaze, to Paige Tyler’s Dallas Fire Rescue Kindle World! Releasing in January, you’ll get to read a little story that I’ve been eager to write for quite a while!

Beauty and the Blaze

B&B_FinalFX_1600x2400Brandy was just eight years old when the urban legend, The Beast, saved her from drowning in the creek outside her hometown. It was the last time anyone had heard of the mythic, altruistic monster that some likened to a really big dog or wolf-like creature. It had a record of savings countless lives over the generations. As an adult, Brandy never forgot the kind deeds of the Beast. It had been fifteen years since the last sighting and she’s become quite the local expert on everything involving The Beast. Her little obsession has made her somewhat of an outcast in some social circles, so when a new face in town starts to pay her a little special attention, she latches onto it with both fists. Handsome and charming, she hopes that Hugh isn’t too good to be true.
Hugh never expected to come back to Morrisville, but the hectic city life of Dallas had proved too taxing on him and his inner wolf. He’s returned to his hometown, hoping to find the easy living he missed. But, how easy of a living can a firefighting werewolf really have? Thinking the worst of his problems will be cats getting stuck up in trees or the occasional car accident, Hugh’s looking forward to relaxing for a change. When he meets the feisty, red-haired librarian, though, the past decides to rear its ugly head and remind him why he left Morrisville in the first place. With a compassionate heart, can he leave well enough alone, or has the urban legend returned to take up his yoke again?

Isn’t that a gorgeous cover? When it gets closer to release time, I’ll be sure to share the link.

You know what else is coming in January? Yep, the fourth book in The Loup-Garou Series, Precedents! It’s going through the last rounds of edits and the couple of months leading up to its release will be epic! Cover Reveal, Release Party, Giveaways, and tons of sneak peeks are in store. It’s a bitter sweet moment that the final chapter in Katey and Logan’s story is going to be finally be revealed. However, I can say that it isn’t the end for them. Once the Legacy Series is complete, there will be more books to come that take place in the same universe. John’s four sons will be getting a series of their own, and a few more books are on deck that will include the characters you know and love.

LV Shoot 1I am so blessed to be where I am in my journey as an author and I sincerely hope that you enjoy the world I’ve created. It’s been a long time in the making.

Stay tuned through my blog, Facebook, and Newsletter to get the latest updates on preorders, giveaways, and more news on upcoming releases.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

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Sneak Peek into The Frenchman

Releasing October 24th is the third book in the Legacy Series. The Frenchman follows the origin story for Darren Dubose, the alpha from the Loup-Garou Series. Read how Darren met his mentor, John Croxen, and learned to grapple with the reality that he is a loup-garou.

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Chapter 3

When Darren entered Warminster, he didn’t consider the attention he would draw. Every one of the townspeople knew who he was by reputation, either of himself or his mother. They all knew him as the bastard child who could barely lift a basket full of grain. Even though he snitched a shirt from another farmer’s clothes line on the way into town, it did little to hide the change that took place in him.

Heads swiveled in his direction and he could feel their shocked and frightened gazes as they assessed his new body. What he didn’t expect was to hear their whispers. Every word they said, whether in hushed voices or simply masked by their own hands as they talked to their neighbors, he could hear them loud and clear, even if they were across the street or behind closed doors.

“Look at him!” they silently jeered. “What happened to him.”

“That’s not the same boy.”

“That can’t be Martha Dubose’s son.”

“What did he do to himself?”

“It must be the work of the devil.”

“An angel must have blessed that poor boy.”

Darren’s steps slowed as he turned to listen to each of them with a fluttering heart and uneasy stare. Their voices of dissention, ridicule, and disbelief crowded in until he was ready to give up on finding George and run for the quiet safety of the forest. He could scarcely hear himself think through the cacophony of noise, from the townspeople’s chatter to the rumble of carts and stamping of horse hooves on distant streets.

He could hear the merchants toiling away in their shops and laborers talking with their fellow workers. Children laughter and baby cries screamed in his ears as if they were close enough to touch. Smells of all kinds from the putrid stench of dung to the perfumes of ladies in their homes strangled his mind and sometimes made him retch and cough for cleaner air.

The town had never seemed so odious, so revolting and unkind a place as now. Darren thought he could take no more until a new sensation pierced through the chaos. A tight and prickling feeling in the back of his skull. He sometimes felt this when he rushed out of bed too quickly or took one sip too many of the brandy that Arthur offered him to ease his stomach ailments. This, however, was much worse and more intense than any of that.

He touched the back of his head to make sure he wasn’t bleeding or hadn’t been inadvertently struck by something. Darren did wake up on his back, so perhaps some bug or insect had bitten his scalp during the night. However, there was no blood or bump to indicate an injury.

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The Frenchman Available For Pre-Order

Book three of the Legacy Series is here! Check out Darren Dubose’s origins, how he became a loup-garou, how he met John, and how he had an unexpected run-in with Jane (Katey’s mom). If you love the alpha from the Loup-Garou series, you won’t want to miss this! Pre-order today and have the ebook directly sent to your Kindle on October 24th!

The-Frenchman-KindleEngland, 1623

Darren Dubose was born a sickly bastard child. Often confined to his bed, he knows nothing of what it’s like to be healthy and well. His mother raises him alone, but not even she can ease his suffering and longing for a normal childhood. One night, he’s stricken by unexplainable pain and agony. Thinking this is the moment he dies, he doesn’t expect to wake up the next morning after he blacks out. But, he does. Only now, he is unnaturally fast and has the strong body he has always wanted. Able to run miles within seconds and throw heavy boulders across rivers, it seems that Darren’s prayers have finally been answered.
His new, phenomenal abilities come with a heavy price when the superstitious villagers of Warminster accuse him of being in league with the devil. How else could he have grown twice his size overnight? The truth lies with a friendly baker who tries to tell Darren that he’s a werewolf, a man who can turn into a beast by moonlight.
Frightened and skeptical, Darren must find his own way as the world he has known and loved his whole life begins to crumble beneath his feet. Everything he knows is called into question. Will solace lie within himself, with a mysterious alpha in France, or in the slate blue eyes of a girl who is trapped in a similar fate? His life, and the lives of those he loves are now at risk, but can he find the courage to outrun death?

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Book Obsessed Babes, Author Branding, and Hurricanes

21463029_873618552804602_8770725380492940851_nBefore I get to gushing about how awesome this past weekend was, I want to send my deepest condolences and sympathies for those who were in the path of Hurricane Harvey and Irma this past month. I’m from Florida, so I know that hurricanes are no joke and the pictures flooding through Facebook (no pun intended) are evidence of the kind of destruction mother nature can dish out. If you were severely affected by the storms, I hope you and your loved ones are safe. I live in the Panhandle of Florida, so the hurricane had down graded into a tropical storm by the time it reached me. A lot of my friends (who are not Florida natives) were panicking that the power would go out and the area would be flooded. I bet they’re glad they bought all that water and gas.

I will be “that person” and say that I did not prepare for the storm whatsoever. We kept an eye on the storm, but we didn’t do jack squat because we knew we’d just get a lot of wind and rain. Nothing was damaged, we didn’t lose power, nothing. The only cool thing that came out of it was that I got a three-day weekend and used that precious time to work on the fourth book in the Loup-Garou Series. We’ve had worse storms hit in a single afternoon out of nowhere.

21370941_1708585682487687_308161575881954344_nBesides writing while the wind howled outside my writing room window, we spent our Saturday in Destin with a group of fabulous authors at the Book Obsessed Babes Author Signing Event. This was my second major event and it was phenomenal. I had a new (smaller) banner and once more, I nearly sold out of my vampire romance novel, Passions. I don’t know what it is about that book, but everyone seems to love it. Because of this, I now only have a couple of copies for the signing event coming up this weekend in Texas. Ruh-Roh. I wasn’t able to get them shipped fast enough to arrive before we leave, so people are just going to have to make a bee-line for my table if they want a copy.

This was the first event where I had my husband serve as my assistant. Next weekend, we’re going to have to lay some ground rules because he was ALL over me. He is normally a very affectionate man and I couldn’t ask for a better husband, but it was rather distracting to have him hugging and kissing one me while I was trying to talk to readers. They, of course, thought it was cute and funny, so I guess it might have worked in my favor. My line was “This is where I get my inspiration!” Which is the complete truth.

21462271_1708722465807342_6460953648781531168_nThe only downside to the event was the fact that the hurricane frightened many authors and readers away. We were planning on having over 60 authors and only about 40 were able to turn out. This sucked because a few of the authors I met in Sarasota in July were not able to come, so this was almost a completely new crowd for me.

(Caption for this photo: The carpet was super comfy so I took my shoes off. No one complained about the smell)

That worked out just fine because I made tons of helpful connections and even promoted a few other events that I would be attending next year.

With that being said, I want to take a moment to talk about a marketing concept that I’m finally beginning to grasp. Author branding. For anyone who has taken a business course or marketing course, you might have an understanding of this idea.

Author branding is basically the answer to the question “What are you known for?”. It’s what readers will instantly know “Oh, ‘so and so’ writes this” or “That person is an expert in this”. I’ll give you a few examples from this weekend alone.
I met plenty of authors who have found their brand and it’s phenomenal.

21432837_10213337147599138_6725246404310716634_nPaige Tyler is a paranormal action/thriller author with a specific focus on wolf shifters. Her brand would be her two main series, X-Ops and SWAT, which feature paranormal creatures as SWAT team operatives or spies. That’s what she writes, that’s what she is known for. So, if someone came to me and said they like thrillers, but they also like werewolves, I would direct them to her table. I can say beyond a doubt that they will find the genre and type of entertainment they want. (This is Paige to the right with her wolf signing buddy, Remy)

Another example is Ditter Kellen. She has her Enigma series (no relation to my own) and it features sea-creature/alien/sci-fi sort of feel. If people like the idea of Atlantean creatures with a good dash of romance, I would send them her way because that’s what she writes and that’s what she’s great at.

If someone was looking for a cat-shifter series, I’d send them to Theresa Hissong. If they were looking for a sweet, small town romance series, I’d refer them to Mary Jane Hathaway. If someone wants a good YA paranormal action series, I’d point out Jennifer Siddoway. Vampire novel? Go see Anne Rice. Victorian/Western werewolves? Go read Susan Krinard. Want World War II fiction? Go see Ellie Midwood.

But, you get what I’m talking about? An author sometimes writes in the genre they are best known for and they have a theme. Paige Tyler (who is the sweetest lady on the face of the planet, by the way), writes about military and special ops sort of stories because that’s what she knows best through her husband who is retired military. Ditter Kellen’s books take place on the Gulf Coast where she grew up, which lends to the theme of her series with sea-people. And they all write within the same genre that works for them. Those who like sweeter romances may not want to read Theresa Hissong, but they will eat up Mary Jane’s books because that’s her niche.

Successful marketing involves finding your niche in the industry and running with it. What this has taught me, if that I haven’t found a conventional brand just yet. All of my books are paranormal, to be sure, but they vary in heat-level from super sweet (Silver Screen) to a little dash of sex (The Legend). The general genre of paranormal stays the same, but I’ve written Young Adult, historical, and romance, and then there’s Clouds, which is my Christian Dystopia (totally left-field).

What my husband recommended is that I brand myself around the fact that my werewolves and vampires are unique to the industry. They have a history, a culture, an ancient language, and a specific biology that sets them apart from the typical interpretation of what werewolves and shifters are commonly known for. However, this is still hard to do because I can have a fantastic YA series, but they may not like the historical novellas that go along with it (such is the case with the Loup-Garou series vs The Legacy Series). Those who love the sweet romances won’t want to read the steamier books.

Now, you may be saying to yourself that this makes an author more rounded and can reach a wider audience, but it can also spread one too thin. It’s hard to market a YA series that gets a little provocative and it’s even harder to convince people that it’s a SWEET paranormal romance, when the very term seems to contradict itself. Believe it or not, it’s hard to find a paranormal romance without an erotic sex scene ever other chapter. As a result, my books tend to entail two or three genres that don’t mesh well.

To remedy this, as soon as I’m complete with the last book of the Loup-Garou series, I’ll be turning my attention towards narrowing down my brand and figuring out what I want to be exclusively known for. I’ve got a few series ideas in mind, but once again, they kind of jump all over the place so with the help of my new author buddies, I’m going to trim the excess and fly this puppy a little straighter.

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The Next Installment of the Legacy Series

The second installment of the Legacy Series Novellas is up for preorder!

We’re taking you across Europe to the desert oasis of Egypt in this next novella, highlighting the origins of a new character to my universe, Tor, who is an Egyptian priest of a dead religion. He teams up with Michael and Jane to find the lost civilization where werewolves and vampires used to live in peace. They also discover the myths of the spirit of Tanatia and the War Beast, which is gone into further detail in the Loup-Garou series.
For those who love the Loup-Garou series and are eager for more of this dynamic, multi-facetted universe, you’re going to want to check out the Legacy Series. Don’t forget to also look for the first novella, The Legend, now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

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Egypt and Middle Europe, 1570

Tor had known nothing else of life outside of his lonely temple in Asyut. The last priest of the half-man, half-wolf Egyptian god Wepwawet, his days are filled with pious rituals that celebrate the union between his spirit and the gift of transformation his god had bestowed upon him and his family from birth. The sole survivor of his priesthood, he believes he is the only one who can maintain balance between Ma’at (order) and chaos that would inevitably consume the world.
All of that changes when Giovanni, an Italian explorer under the payroll of the vampire lord, Michael Gennari, finds Tor in his temple and asks for his help to find the lost civilization where vampires and werewolves once lived in harmony thousands of years ago. Knowing something of the mythical Arnathia, Tor agrees to help.
Jane Gennari, Michael’s young and mischievous daughter, has another plan for Tor. Inadvertently, she makes a long and arduous journey to the Caspian Sea even more dangerous. Drawn to his raw, savage, and sometimes uncivilized character, she lusts after him with a fervor that seems revolting to other vampires. The vampires and werewolves have been at war for centuries, but Michael’s small coven do not adhere to such prejudices.
With hunters, traitors, and the unforgiving elements working against them, vampire and werewolf must unite for a common goal: to seek the truth of what happened to upset the balance between their races.

Sneak Peek into Chapter 2

“Signorina, we should not be spying on your father,” Francesca whispered.
Jane swatted at her blood servant as she kept her gaze fixed on their dark-skinned visitor from behind the sitting room door. “Silenzio,” she hissed. It was difficult to block out the potent stench of Francesca’s fear, while Jane strained her senses to assess the strong looking lupo mannero standing in the vestibule.
She appraised his tall stature and the way he held himself with pride and confidence. Everything from the way his arm muscles flexed when he gripped his staff tighter to the way his shirt and tight-fitted vest stretched over his back and chest made her weak.
“I imagine you have many questions,” her father said as he approached the man who called himself Tor. Michael’s boots tapped loudly on the tiles, his hands behind his back and chin high to assert his own importance. Tor did not seem fazed.
“Many,” Tor replied and Jane had to catch her breath. She had never seen a lupo mannero before, but if they were all like Tor, she knew she would like them immensely. She liked him already and she hadn’t even seen the golden eyes they were so famous for.
Her father grinned, showing his sharp vampire fangs. “And I will endeavor to answer each of them.” Tor leaned forward, his eyes narrowing upon her father’s face. “Something wrong?”
Tor straightened. “Giovanni said you were a vampire, one who drinks the blood of the living.”
Michael rocked back on his heels. “I am,” he replied with a nod. “You will also meet Yaverik, my apprentice. He is otherwise disposed at the moment, but I imagine he will turn up soon to discuss the plans… What else did Giovanni tell you?” Continue reading

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There Are Two Strengths

There are two types of strength.

There’s the bold strength.
It’s when hard rock is your anthem
You shake your fist at the world and spit in the devil’s face
You make your list and you get it done
You walk with pride because you know you’ve got this
You’re beasting through life at break-neck speed
There’s not a doubt in anyone’s mind that you’re doing just fine
You laugh at adversity and thumb your nose at your troubles
Because in the end, you know you’re strong and nothing can hurt you.

Then there’s the quiet strength
When you nod your head to a soulful, sad song because that’s where you’re at
You stand your ground as the foundation of your life crumbles beneath you
You smile as salty tears glisten on your cheeks
You face the storm and don’t run for cover
You take breath after breath, even when it hurts
Because you know it will pass
The dark days may be here now, but the sun has never failed
Just when you think you can’t take any more,
You realize that you can
And you keep going

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The Enigma on Audiobook! Coming This Fall

Guys, I have been busting to tell you about this awesome news! I finally took the leap and decided “You know what, I’m going to try and make an audiobook”. They seem to be gaining in popularity and why not? It’s the next logical step in my journey as an author, right?
Then I discovered this lovely and talented lady, Katie Billings! We’re working together to bring you the audiobook for the first of the Loup-Garou series! THE ENIGMA!
It’s still in the works, but we’re planning on being done by this fall, probably around October. We don’t have a release date yet, but I will certainly let everyone know 😉 I have been gushing over the first few chapters she’s completed, so I know the finished product is going to be amazing! Oh, did I mention this is her first audiobook production! Check out this little teaser from chapter 2!

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