Travel to Ireland in this New Novella!

Everyone’s favorite surly Irishman has a novella of his own in The Legacy Series! Find out how Dustin Keith become a faoladh – werewolf – and how he came to become part of Darren Dubose’s pack! This novella has all the feels you expect, knowing a piece of Dustin’s past from what’s been mentioned in the Loup-Garou Series. This novella was so fun to write, but my heartstrings were rubbed a little raw at some parts. You don’t want to miss the next installment of this novella series!

Releasing May 18th! 

The-Irishman-Kindle*Ireland, 1770*
Dustin Keith only wants two things in life; to have fun and marry his childhood sweetheart. When he finally wins the approval of her traditional father, he thinks that things couldn’t get better. But when what should have been a blissful wedding night turns into a walking nightmare, Dustin must come to grips with a part of himself that harkens back to the old-world superstitions that he thought he could leave behind when he said his vows. After shifting for the first time into a faoladh – werewolf – Dustin flees from his homeland and washes up on the shores of France, where an alpha and his family take him in to nurse him back to health. But Dustin couldn’t completely escape Ireland and danger follows him all the way to Darren Dubose’s homestead.

 

 

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Something About Sheritta #2

(Talking about my latest, steamy romance novella, By The Book)

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

By The Book was actually a very small concept at first. It wasn’t even really sure how to flesh it out until one of my other author friends decided to start and anthology project. I elected to be part of it and finally decided to dust this idea off the shelf and give it a go. There were some stipulations about the anthology project that actually helped fill in the blanks, so to speak. For instance, the fact that it takes place in Texas was a requirement for the anthology and it ended up adding a lot of meaning to the story.
The whole story started with a meme I saw on Facebook and the jist of it was the idea that a character from a book could fall in love with the reader. The first scene of By The Book played out in my mind, when Tara is in the bookstore and Beau walks in. I imagined how confused she would be to be reading about herself in the book, and then read about this handsome stranger who walks in and looks just like the model on the book cover. That was all I had to start with, and like I said, having those few requirements for the anthology really helped. The project fell through before it could start and I was free to do what I wanted with the story. I finished it and went back, adding a few details like the fact that Beau had a crush on Tara in high school, and I added some background drama about his family dilemma with the ranch.
The characters have never been difficult for me to create and my beta readers all love Dixie, Beau’s niece, because the way I’ve written her is so accurate to how a little girl would behave. The only character that I struggled with was Daniel. I wasn’t sure whether to make him a cold, unfeeling kind of guy who was shy and still mourning the loss of his wife, or the resentful older brother who harbored some bitterness about having to take care of the ranch when Beau was a better candidate. Tara’s love for line dancing stemmed from my own passion for country music. I often picture Beau as a counselor I had at a summer camp I went to in Hunstville Texas. Broad shoulders, strong, compassionate. He’s both dynamic and single-minded in that he wanted to do everything he can for his family, while still struggling with what he wants in the end.

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Something bewitching…

Here’s a sample of something I worked on a while back. Enjoy!

Chapter 1

“I already fed you, Artemis,” Krystal whispered to the long haired – and slightly pudgy – Siamese cat that brushed in and out between her legs. The cat meowed loudly and looked up to his owner with crystalline blue eyes as she inspected her hair in the hall mirror.
Krystal plucked at her black bangs to even out the strands, even though she knew the autumn winds outside would toss them to one side or the other. She shushed the greedy cat again and stepped over him once she was somewhat satisfied. Her sister, Sierra, was still asleep in one of the upstairs bedrooms and the walls in this old house weren’t exactly soundproof. And Krystal knew how grumpy her sister became when she was woken up too early.
It was a good thing that Krystal was a morning person, otherwise waking up at five o’clock every day might have been rather detestable. Apart from the fact that she had to practically tiptoe across the hardwood floors, Krystal enjoyed taking her time to fix her breakfast, have her first cup of generic brand coffee, and read a little, before stepping out onto their front porch.
Artemis could care less about silence or food rations, and Krystal was sure that Sierra was sneaking the fat cat treats and extra helpings after she left for the coffee shop each morning.
Krystal checked the time on her phone. She was running right on schedule, as always. She fled from the begging cat to sit on the antique mahogany hall butler bench and slipped on her knee-high black boots that accented her creamy heavy woven skirt well. Artemis thought he was awfully clever when he hopped up onto the other side of the bench and pranced down to rub against her elbow.
“I told you no,” she hissed and snatched up her canvas coat from the hook above her head.
Artemis gave her a displeased look, and watched Krystal grab her purse as she hurried toward the door. Krystal knew something would get peed on during the course of the day; that is if Sierra didn’t dish out the cat’s second breakfast before he grew too impatient.
Krystal exited the house and locked the intricately carved set of doors behind her. The house, almost a century and a half old, was the jewel of the Goldcrest Cove historical society. The sign that was permanently fixed in front of their house was a testament to that. It had been passed down through her family for generations, and it was her and her sister’s turn to take care of it.
Sometimes that meant calling a specialist carpenter all the way from Boston, nearly an hour’s drive away, to fix some of the resin details on the staircase balusters. It also meant paying an arm and a leg for carefully done repair work on the electric wiring that had been installed throughout the house long after it was first built.
Krystal made her way to the sidewalk and looked up at her beloved home. No matter the cost of the maintenance, it was worth it to keep this precious piece of her heritage alive. If only her older sister felt the same.
The sun hadn’t risen just yet, but the night was slowly being chased away by the coming dawn. Krystal loved this time of the morning when the sky wasn’t black, but a light, smoky blue. Birds that hadn’t flown south for the winter already, could be heard chirping and twittering in the nearby trees that lined the street leading into town. Otherwise, Pinkerton Street was peaceful and quiet.
The Perfect Books and Brews Coffee Shop wasn’t far from her home, just five blocks and nestled on one of the main thoroughfares that snaked around the center of town. Johnson Avenue and the south side of Goldcrest Cove was the picture of small town America. The gardens lined the front walkways that lead up to Victorian style homes, and the independently owned shops and restaurants that keep tourists flocking here for decades.
Nestled on the north Massachusetts shore, Goldcrest Cove attracted people from all over the northeast – and some from the south – with its seaside harbor and marina. It was a quaint retreat from the bigger cities. Krystal was glad for that, not only because it meant Goldcrest Cove was considered a haven for the weary and exhausted businessmen from Boston and New York, but because it would also mean her coffee shop would never go out of business. Someone has to serve tourists their caffeine. Continue reading

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Something About Sheritta

So, I’m going to start doing these little posts where I take a generic question about myself, my author career, or my books, and answer them here on my blog once a week. Just a way for you to get to know me a bit.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I’ve always been a creative person. I’m an only child and my parents divorced when I was young, so when my mother was working or too busy to play with me, I’d play pretend and come up with stories. My cousins lived right around the corner from me, so I’d sometimes go over there to play. These were the days before internet, cellphones, electronic interactive games, etc. So all we had was each other. We came up with stories together and I found that I always wanted to keep the game going long after we were done. As I grew up, I discovered libraries and books where I could go on adventures from the safety of my own living room. When I learned how to write, I would make these little picture books for my friends. I even came up with a play for my second grade class to perform. I’d done a few short stories here and there through elementary school, but middle school is when I first decided to try and write something a little longer. My English teacher was phenomenal and would have us do these writing prompts first thing before class. I remember one asked us to describe how our morning went. That particular morning, I threw up in the bathroom, so I described that in full, unashamed detail. Everyone loved it! It gave me the courage to explore the craft. By the time I graduated high school, I had written four novels, a screen play, and a short story that I hoped to publish one day. It wasn’t until three years after I graduated that I began to take the self-publishing route seriously. So, I’ve always been a writer. I’ve created characters that have grown up with me and helped me discover more about myself and how I view the world. I’ve developed as a person through my passion and dedication to writing and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

 

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The Native Is Live!

It’s finally here! Go enjoy the next installment of The Legacy Series with The Native!

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The-Native-KindleNavajo Territory – 1734
Adam, the mixed child of a Navajo woman and European trader, makes the unsettling discovery that he is not any normal man. When Geoffrey Swenson shows back up to the village, prompted to visit his son for the first time since boyhood, it’s for a more disquieting reason. Adam is coming into his true identity as a werewolf and must leave behind his old ways of life, his traditions, and everything he’s known, to train with his estranged father. But with a new sickness sweeping through the tribes, leaving may prove harder than they ever imagined.
A mistake made in his early years has formed a rift between father and son, but now Geoffrey is Adam’s only hope for mastering his new werewolf abilities. After being abandoned by his own father before his first shift, Geoffrey knows how difficult it is to cope with these changes. But he begins to realize that maybe Adam is the one who can teach him a thing or two about what it means to be a werewolf.

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Adam Croxen’s Story

The 20th is right around the corner! I can’t wait for you to meet Adam in the next novella of the Legacy Series! Here’s a portion of the first chapter that tells about Adam’s relationship with his father, Geoffrey.

Navajo Territory, 1721

Adam sat cross-legged in the threshold of his family’s hogan, drawing figures in the sand with a stick. The evening sun began its slow descent behind the sacred mountains, alighting the sky in brilliant shades of deep orange, like the earth from which his people built their homes. Soon, the moon and stars would rise in the east and bring the night. One more day and no sign of his father.
The hunting party had already returned from their journey, bringing with them a pair of deer for the communal meal. He could smell them preparing the fire somewhere towards the center of their village.
Behind him, Adam could hear his mother beating down the wool yarn with her wooden comb as she weaved a blanket upon the upright loom. There wasn’t much daylight left to weave by, but she had been sitting in their hogan all day working on this new project.
His mother was known for her beautiful blankets and rugs. No one else in the village could replicate her intricate diamond designs, making every piece one of a kind and prized by others outside of their tribe. That’s why father was so late in returning home. He said he would travel all the way to the Ute people to the north to trade her blankets for something special.
“Why don’t you go play with the other boys?” she asked as she wove the white and gray yarn between the taut strings. “Staring won’t make azhé’é return sooner.”
Adam sighed. The last thing he wanted to do was go play with the other boys of the village. “Have you heard what they’re calling me?” he questioned as he looked over his shoulder.
His mother didn’t even look up from her project. “What? Ashkii Bináá’ Ch’ilgo Dootł’izh?”
“Yeah,” he replied. “Boy with Green Eyes. I like my eyes. Why should they make fun of me for them?”
A slow smile curled across his mother’s lips. Perhaps he was biased, but Adam thought his mother was the most beautiful woman in the village. If he had been to any other of the Diné villages, he knew he would find no one who could compare to her. He enjoyed helping her comb her long, silky black hair in the early morning before she wrapped it up into a bun with her strip of white cloth.
Adam’s skin wasn’t as dark as hers, or any of his people for that matter. Even his hair wasn’t black like theirs, but a dark brown. Everything about him was just slightly lighter than the others in the village. Except his eyes. Adam’s eyes were the color of rich sagebrush, just like his father’s.
“They’re not making fun of you, Adam,” his mother said, her words like a gentle caress to his nervous spirit. “The name your father gave you means nothing to them, so they look for something else to call you.”
Adam turned himself around, discarding the stick he had been using to draw pictures since earlier that afternoon. The dirt beneath him scraped against the rough hide of his deerskin pants. “Then why can’t they call me something like Ashkii Dilwo’ii? Everyone knows I run fast.”
She only shrugged. “Maybe you should go now and suggest it.” Continue reading

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Her Dreams Become Reality…

Now available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited is a new release by N. Heinz, another YA author like myself. Check out The Afterwards!

51Umy68ynJLI’d always known I was different, a loner, the pretty little weird girl. But
not even my overactive imagination could’ve made this up…

When will the world end? We all wonder this at some point in our lives. For
me, it was sooner than I expected. Now I’m in hiding with Markus Kelly, a
man I just met, against an enemy that claims they were here first and we’re
the trespassers.

My name is Ruby Wynn and according to some ancient prophecy I’m a
dream’ar, not a dreamer, and my dreams have the power to unfold in waking
reality. But the last thing I want is to close my eyes at night, and I’m dreadfully
tired of hiding. I want to give up but Markus won’t let me. I want my life back.
I want my loved ones back but fate wants me more, one last time.

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Teaser of The Native

Who’s ready to meet Adam on April 20th? Have you preordered yet? For those who love Native American culture, werewolves, and historical fiction, you’re gonna love this novella in the Legacy Series!

 

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Passions Re-Release!

Big news! Passions, my one and only vampire romance, has been re-released under Kingston Publishing! New(ish) cover, new formatting, and available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited!

Passions 3His world was dark until she brought the light… Chloe Kaspin has two dreams. Find a quiet place to recover from an abusive ex-boyfriend, and to make a living as a writer. The first dream is fulfilled when she inherits her beloved aunt’s cabin in the Georgia mountains. Now the second dream is up to her. Then she finds mysterious notes critiquing her work. Has a dangerous stranger managed to invade her refuge? Or is her cabin as haunted as the townsfolk say it is? Gavin Caras immigrated from England to Georgia in 1733. While pursuing his dream of being a writer, his entire family is wiped out by a mysterious infection. Only Gavin survives, not only alone, but with a hunger that can only be satisfied by blood. For generations, he’s managed to hide in the basement of the cabin he built. But now his cabin is occupied by a woman who shares at least one of his passions: the world of the written word. Late one night, he finally reveals himself to her, not a ghost, but a man driven by an unholy hunger, a passion he would die to end if he could. The autumn winds may be chilly but Gavin warms Chloe’s heart. Then children go missing in the nearby town. Has Gavin been lying to Chloe? She’s willing to help him find a way to end his blood-lust, but the cost may be too high. Chloe and Gavin can’t rewrite the past. Can they survive to write a new future together?

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Preorder The Native Today!

Good morning! I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!
I just wanted to pop in for a minute and share about the next Legacy release! I’m finally getting to a fun part in the series where alliances and lineages are explained. For those who have read The Loup-Garou Series and know about Katey’s heritage, this is gonna be a real treat for you. Releasing on the 20th, you’ll get to read about how Adam came into his werewolf genes and how his father, Geoffrey, helps him cope with his new condition.
It took quite a bit of research since Adam grew up in a Navajo tribe and I swear, I could probably carry on a conversation in the language now. According to my mom’s side of the family, my grandfather’s grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee. Whether that’s true or not, I became fascinated with Native American culture. Their connection with nature is inspiring and influenced a lot of how I portray the relationship between my loups-garous and their inner wolf spirits. I learned so much about the Navajo culture, their way of life, and the tragic history they share with other tribes that were persecuted and abused by European and American settlers.

This was a hard one to write, not just because of the research, but because of the feels that go along with it. You’re gonna love it!

The-Native-KindleNavajo Territory – 1734
Adam, the mixed child of a Navajo woman and European trader, makes the unsettling discovery that he is not any normal man. When Geoffrey Swenson shows back up to the village, prompted to visit his son for the first time since boyhood, it’s for a more disquieting reason. Adam is coming into his true identity as a werewolf and must leave behind his old ways of life, his traditions, and everything he’s known, to train with his estranged father. But with a new sickness sweeping through the tribes, leaving may prove harder than they ever imagined.
A mistake made in his early years has formed a rift between father and son, but now Geoffrey is Adam’s only hope for mastering his new werewolf abilities. After being abandoned by his own father before his first shift, Geoffrey knows how difficult it is to cope with these changes. But he begins to realize that maybe Adam is the one who can teach him a thing or two about what it means to be a werewolf.

Preorder On Amazon!

 

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