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Reading Into Reading: Reading With Purpose as an Author with Julie

TODAY’S BREW: It’s the last day of school vacation. ALL OF THE BREW.

By Julie

My book-buying habit is worthy of intervention, but it’s BOOKS. B O O K S. I justified to a friend online with her own book habit (this could be like, two thousand people on Twitter alone) that I only buy books that coincide with what I’m writing at the time.

BUT WHAT DO YOU MEAN? she asked.

While writing THE WIND BETWEEN WORLDS, I’ve read a lot of books for a lot of different reasons, all of which contribute directly to my writing. Here’s a few and what they’ve helped with:

  • THE FAIRYLAND SERIES by Catherynne Valente. September is a young female character with incredible self-awareness and backbone. I want that for a couple of the Witches in this book so I read to take note of how her strength was portrayed in such a direct and yet subtle way. Also the worldbuilding is unparalleled.
  • THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY by Suzanne Collins. I’ve already written a whole post on why I give a crap about Katniss Everdeen. For chrissakes, archery has become huge because she was such an influence on young readers. I want my main character to be like Katniss in that I want girls to want not to be her, but be as strong as her, and as themselves as they should be.
  • 1984 by George Orwell. My favorite book of all time, so I was happy to read it again. This book changed my view of the world, of how deep I should dig to understand it. The world is so incredibly convincing because of the possibility of it, but more importantly because of the way it’s shaped the characters. They know no other way, much the same as in THE HUNGER GAMES. So the worldbuilding is so thoroughly portrayed that it feels real to the reader. I needed this for THE WIND BETWEEN WORLDS.
  • ELIZABETH: THE LIFE OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR by Alexander Walker. I’m not a huge biography reader but I adore Elizabeth Taylor and what I love most about her is that she was absolutely aware of her flaws and embraced them so well that the world loved her for it, worshiped her for it. She of course was scrutinized terribly, but she was so determined to live life the way she wanted that it didn’t ruin her through all of her difficulty in life. I wanted to read her life story because I want my main character to be that fearless about creating the life she wants despite all possible failures.
  • ROYGBIV: AN EXCEEDINGLY SURPRISING BOOK ABOUT COLOR by Jude Stewart. My Witch of Shades has a magic centered entirely on color, and this book gives every association with color, weird stories about it, cultural references, religious symbolisms, quotations, artistic importance…. I was well-prepared for the Witch of Shades to commandeer all of the colors and their emotional impact on humanity.
  • THE ARCANA CHRONICLES by Kresley Cole. While this is a Young Adult series, the treatment of the love triangle is extremely mature. Much less first kiss stuff than it was this could be our last kiss so let’s keep going. Life and death choices and rivalries, and some seriously innovative characters that really break the mold. I want something as groundbreaking as this was in my eyes.
  • THE RAVEN CYCLE and SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater. One of my favorite authors, Maggie has a singular ability to write characters that make you feel for them deeply, that entertain you wildly, and all done with a poetry of language that has you re-reading whole paragraphs at a time. I want that kind of connection with my characters for you guys and I want that beauty in the wording that makes you love me.
  • HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW by Natalie Whipple. A debut novel about young witches with a lot of mixed reviews. I wanted to read it to see what I thought of it myself, and to see why there were so many differentiating opinions. I wanted to see how the magic was handled, if it was classically Wiccan, or some hybrid or something entirely other. I wanted to see what didn’t ring true to me as being believable enough. And I wanted to see if I enjoyed it.
  • STARDUST by Neil Gaiman. I needed to read a book with a close relationship to stars for my main character, and one with Gaiman’s mastery and worldbuilding and fairy tale quality to see what makes it utterly standalone as everything Gaiman does. I want that, too.
  • DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth. What made this such a worldwide phenomenon? How can I do that? Is it the writing, the characters, the world, the circumstances that make it resonate? I needed to know.
  • THE MATCHED TRILOGY AND ATLANTIA by Ally Condie. Because I need to know what the kids are all reading these days, and see if I think kids are worthy of better or if they’re getting books as complex as they deserve.
  • THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken. Same as above, but also because this is remarkably not all that different in premise from a lot of other YA’s and with X-Men or other superhero qualities, so what the hell made THIS book show up on Target shelves rather than say, some other new author’s dystopian YA? Is it the remarkable similarity to what we know that made it a sure shot or is it that it’s just a little different? What would I have done differently?

There’s plenty more, but these were just the ones I remember now, and I have plenty more on my list. I desperately read everything I think can help me write a better book. While I read to enjoy, I make sure to note things that stood out to me and why. I read with determination to get a single thing from the book at minimum, and hope for a lot more. With every page I pay attention to what was done wonderfully, what I would have done differently, how I would put a spin on it, why it’s a success.

For the next few weeks we’ll be featuring posts from other writers on what they read and why as they write. Then maybe I’ll do one on what snacks I eat. And what sweatpants I wear. What my pet peeves are while I’m writing. Then I’ll just do a YouTube vid of the entire book writing process. Then….

Why I Give a Crap About Katniss Everdeen by Julie

TODAY’S BREW: Fancee coffee described as “fruity, jammy and bright.”

By Julie

Most of my life I’ve been pretentious enough to assume that if everyone likes it, it can’t be good, resulting in me becoming obsessed with stuff waaaaaaaaay after everyone else. So when it came to THE HUNGER GAMES novels, and me becoming a superfan a million years too late, the odds were ever in my favor.

Get it?

But more about me.

You guys might know I write books, and currently the only ones you’ve had access to are RUNNING HOME and RUNNING AWAY. Readers really seem to connect to Eliza, though she’s not someone I would even call particularly likeable. Yet, I’d go so far as to say the series has somewhat of a cult following due in large part to her.

My books you haven’t read? Yeah, the female characters are even less likeable probably.

So I am OBSESSED with Katniss Everdeen.

The things Katniss is not:

  • funny
  • quirky
  • pleasant or even friendly
  • sweet
  • romantic
  • fearless
  • occasionally foolish

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Things Katniss Everdeen is:

  • brave
  • kind
  • unapologetic
  • resourceful
  • a self-taught survivor

She’s one of the downtrodden, she feels like one of the downtrodden and for the longest time doesn’t think it’s worth fighting against. She’s not just inherently amazing. She made herself a survivor out of necessity and practicality. And here’s this:

KATNISS ISN’T DIFFERENT.

She’s not the exception to the rule. She’s not DIVERGENT. (I’m not bashing those books, I like them very much and to see the value in one is not to discredit the other.) Katniss isn’t a born hero. She’s a product of her environment that rises every so slightly above it due to her love of her sister and her selflessness (though she would say she is selfish and most certainly is sometimes). Then she makes choice after choice and becomes the person that anyone in District 12 could have been.

That’s the beauty of her to me. She was the face of a revolution but she was “nobody.” She is the hero anyone could become–reachable. Given the same tools, but used them differently. She is someone to aspire to be and the possibility of being like her is actually realistic.

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Here’s where I ramble a bit. I chose that image of the quote over this one:

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Because as lovely as it is, it implies she’s this unwavering ray of sunshine. She’s anything but. Katniss is uber-serious, calculating when necessary, a stumbling survivor learning to cope at other times. This is what her world has made her into. She wouldn’t be realistic otherwise, like the slightly oblivious Delly. Katniss uses what the world has made her into as best she can and creates the best future she can with it. A product of an oppressive society that still manages to build her own life out of it.

She makes you think, “I want to be that person.” And “I could be that person. She’s not so different from me, really.”

Not to mention that she will sacrifice her own life even if she’s not entirely sure why. She knows what’s right, even if she doesn’t know the reasons for it, and she’s not afraid to say that she’s too weak to live with the idea of destroying someone that way. Despite that she has killed in the Games. Her choices aren’t black and white and can be self-serving, regardless of whether or not it’s the right thing to do.

She’s this emotionally closed:

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But would do this for the same boy by choice:

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(That’s the part with the berries, guys.)

I could go on and on, but I have an imperfect character to write.

Cover Reveal: Lukas by Carian Cole

Today’s Brew: Lemon and honey

by Kristen

The Ashes and Embers series quickly became one of my favorites. I discovered it as part of a blog tour. Yes, these do work. Carian writes about a family of smokin’ hot rockers. We’ve already met Storm and Vandal (and if you haven’t, you should) , and in June, we’ll be meeting Lukas. Check out his cover and blurb below!

 

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Title: Lukas (Ashes & Embers Series Book 3)

Author: Carian Cole

Credits:

Front Photography and Model: Joel Hicks

Back Photography: MHPhotography

Model: Marissa Hagood

Cover Design: Kari Ayasha of Cover to Cover Designs

Synopsis2

Storm’s younger cousin.

Vandal’s little brother.

You’ve met him in the background.

 

The sweet one.

The nice one.

The one they can all rely on.

 

The good one.

 

He’s a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music – on the violin.

 

He’s got a body built for sin.

 

He’s 24.

 

In comes Ivy. She’s a 36 year old single mom who hasn’t dated in 18 years.

All she wanted was a tattoo.

 

She got a helluva lot more

 

Being good has never been so bad.

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Author Bio2

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars,

motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut

series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and

sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, was published in September of 2014

and book 2, Vandal, will be published February 2015 with several more of this series planned

throughout 2015.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and

our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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THE FIRE DANCER Cover Reveal

Today’s brew: Berry Zinger iced tea

by Kristen

This one’s been a long time coming, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share the awesomeness with you!  My vampires are spinning in a different direction.  It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Cirque Macabre and THE FIRE DANCER.

This ain’t a love song…

Meet Holly Octane, a burlesque performer that bursts into flames with any extreme emotion. And there’s a fine line between love and hate. THE FIRE DANCER is my first step away from romance into straight dark fantasy with a touch of horror.  It’s twisty and dark. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a sexy book, but instead of focusing on the romance, it focuses on Holly’s journey and what makes her ignite.  It also features many of the villains from The Night Songs series, and shows you a different side of them.  After all, there is three sides to every story.

First of all, check out this gorgeous cover. I know, I’m talking about my child and everyone’s children are beautiful, but my artists deserve a massive shout out. They knocked it out of the park. I found the amazing Daoyi Liu to do the illustration, and Hang Le knew exactly how to make this cover sing.

THE FIRE DANCER is available for preorder (at the special introductory price of 1.99) and on Goodreads.

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Blurb:

At Le Cirque Macabre, Holly Octane bursts into flames five nights a week. The stage is where Holly feels most alive. When she’s there no one can touch her, and everyone adores her.

Brought to Las Vegas as vampire bait, Holly’s connection to the immortals is a mystery. She’s one of a kind– traveling through time and igniting when her emotions get too hot to handle. The only people who understand her are an aunt with a hidden agenda and her fortune teller girlfriend, Rainey, who doesn’t see a future with Holly in it.

Cash Logan needs Holly, but she’s not the reason he came to Vegas. The enigmatic magician seeks Blade Bennett, a vampire that has a power that he shouldn’t have–fire. A power that could determine the future of all of vampire kind. Holly’s the only one who can help Blade control his fire, but their feelings for each other are too fiery to ignore.

Immortals rule the Vegas night, and not one of them trusts Cash or Blade. If Holly lets them draw her in to this world designed to destroy her, she’ll lose everything—the only family she’s ever known, and everyone who adores her.

Las Vegas is her stage, and Holly is determined to set the city on fire.

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Excerpt:

“How long have you been like this?” His gaze ran the length of my robe, and he didn’t have to clarify what he meant.

As far as everyone knew, I was twenty-four. “Decades. I think.” The concept of time simply made me dizzy.

Cash nodded; my answer didn’t surprise him. “You were born north of London in 1781, in a village called Moorfields.” My knees buckled, and if I didn’t clutch the table, I would have fallen. Even though I knew the answer wasn’t going to be something nice and neat like twenty-five years ago in Memphis, actually having the answer blew my mind.

“I remember things that happened before that.” I couldn’t face him. “And I think I remember you.”

“Do you?” Cash ran his fingers lightly along my hair, never touching my body. At first, I was terrified we’d burst into flames. We’d fireproofed my dressing room, but Cash wouldn’t survive. This information was just the tip of the iceberg. I needed him to stay alive. “What do you remember?”

Images jumbled in my brain as if someone spun a wheel. I saw Cash, bound, bloody, and burned, surrounded by laughing onlookers. His hair was shorter, and it was a different time, but I knew him. His eyes. No matter what humiliation was bestowed upon him, they remained proud. “Chaos.”

His silky laugh almost convinced me I’d been wrong. No one could actually survive the state I pictured Cash in, his skin purple from abuse, weak from starvation, and still have a sense of humor. But those eyes. “That’s about right.” He moved closer to me, my robe pressed against my skin.

I couldn’t let him distract me. “But why do I remember things that happened before that? Like I was there. Is that even possible?”

“If you experienced it, then you made it possible, Holly.” His words were soft, and like time, they made me dizzy. “You’re a Bleed.”

My eyes snapped open. “A what?”

“You’re a Bleed. You age much more slowly than mortals, your immortality extends in all directions. Forward, backward, and sideways if it’s possible.”

I had to turn and face him. Rainey would knock on the door any time now, and I needed to wrap this up before she came. She’d warned me stay away from Cash. We’d been fighting too much lately already. I hated it. “How many of us are there?”

“You mean how many of you are there.” Someone knocked on the door softly. I forced my eyes away from Cash, and he stepped back. The knock repeated, more forceful this time. Rainey would be able to sense I wasn’t alone, even if she couldn’t see Cash. “You might be the only one.”

“Then how do you know so much about it?” I kept waiting for the heat to rise in my body, but it didn’t. All the triggers, fear and frustration, were there, but no flames. The knocking became frantic.

“Because I do.” Cash placed my hat back on my head before he headed to the door. His hand was on the doorknob when he turned back to me. “You’ve been patient this long, Holly. I want you to need me.”

 

 

Everything Is Awesome with Julie

TODAY’S BREW: Like, almost none because doctor said *blows raspberries forever*

By Julie

Some days are for talking about how hard everything is. This is not one of those days. Here’s some good stuff that puts a smile on my face right now:

  • I’m running a kick-ass Scholastic Book Fair at my 8 year old’s school this week.
  • Suddenly, I’m super good at making salads.
  • I finally got around to reading THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy and now I’m re-reading it because it’s that good and important.
  • Rosemary Mint shampoo bars from Goat Milk Stuff make my hair as pretty as a princess. http://goatmilkstuff.com/
  • the MTV Movie Awards will be on soon. I love them so much.
  • I edit so many books these days, I never lack for awesome stuff to do.
  • I finished writing my most complex book yet and I can’t wait to finish editing that.
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  • The Age of Ultron is nearing my world.
  • Burt’s Bees lip crayons make me happy to be alive about a hundred times a day.
  • I thought about Atari games for like, twenty minutes today.
  • Robert Downey Jr. just showed up on television and I can’t quite breathe.
  • Robert Downey Jr. just told me on television to define my generation AND OF  COURSE I WILL BECAUSE I’M AWESOME AND YOU TOLD ME TO.
  • hot showers followed by hot coffee
  • my 4 year old is seriously into comic books.
  • I still sing “Happy” every single day
  • I have this kick-ass lizard that I love way too much.
  • my Venus Fly Trap won’t be hibernating any more.
  • the color orange.
  • Got a really complimentary rejection letter from my dream agent. (this does not bother me, it makes me ridiculously happy.)
  • I don’t have any tumors to be removed.

Okay, that’s just some stuff that makes me happy to be alive, and makes me want to be me every damn day. Every once in a while, come right out and say it. Every once in a while stop taking yourself so goddamn seriously.

DOE AND THE PRIDE IS HERE!

I never planned on writing a forth book in this series. I like threes.  Truth be told, I almost didn’t write Cougar and the Lion, either. Things move fast in the shifter world, and I worried that I’d waited too long to introduce everyone to Ari and Dylan. Thank God I ignored that little voice, because you guys really like Ari and Dylan!

When I reached the end of that story, Daphne was screaming at me. She’d been a big part of the plot of Cougar and the Lion, but we never got her opinion on what happened.  Immediately I wrote the first two lines:

One thing is for damn sure.
I’m not going to stay on this mountain with those bitches that tried to kill me. 

Doe and the Pride was born.  I needed to find Daphne and Leo a place they belonged.  We had questions that needed to be answered about Dylan and Leo’s relationship. And I needed to make sure everyone we’d met so far in Woodland Park got a happily ever after. Except for Linnea. I needed to put a boot in her ass.

This book wraps up all the loose ends with the Colorado Shifters, and I’m a little sad about that. This was a series I never expected to write, but I’m so glad I did. It brought a new dimension into my writing. Crafting a novella is completely different than writing a full length novel. I’ve met so many great people because of this series.  And I really love writing about shifters!  I love incorporating the animal traits into their human behavior. It really helped shape each character’s personalities.  My deer tend to be homebodies and very family centric, while my lions are loners that take a lot of risks.

DOE AND THE PRIDE is available now on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited! Here’s the blurb and an excerpt from:

One thing is for damn sure.
I’m not going to stay on this mountain with those bitches that tried to kill me. 


It doesn’t matter that Daphne and Leo love each other. Does and lions are not supposed to mate. Daphne’s herd won’t recognize their relationship, while Leo’s pride will stop at nothing to get their point across. They want Daphne dead.
Unsure if she can trust Leo’s twin brother Dylan, Daphne needs to rely on her instincts. Dylan has set his sights on Mount Deception to start a pride of his own. It’s an untamed place that might be the answer to Daphne and Leo’s problems. The mountain offers a prime opportunity to start over, but not everyone is happy about working with outsiders.
As a doe, Daphne can’t physically challenge the cougars that want her gone. But Leo is worth fighting for, and she’s determined to find a place they can call home.Traditions will be shattered, unlikely alliances will be formed, and true love is forever.
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One thing is for damn sure.

“I’m not going to stay on this mountain with those bitches that tried to kill me!” I shrieked, pacing the living room. If I wasn’t beyond exhausted, there was a good chance I would have shifted back to doe. But the dried blood from the attack was still on my nose, and the bruises and welts all over my body throbbed. I didn’t have anything left to give tonight.

Leo sat on the couch, looking just as drained as I felt. His head hung as he balanced his elbows on his wide knees. “They aren’t going to get away with this. Calm down, Daphne. Let Ari sleep.”

He couldn’t be serious. I jerked my hand in the direction of our bedroom. We wouldn’t be sleeping in it tonight. “Calm down? Sorry, I can’t be calm right now. That woman is the only reason I’m standing here.”

I’d never met her before tonight. Now I owed her my life. Especially since one was lost while saving mine.

“That’s because Dylan held me back,” Leo growled. He hadn’t talked to his brother in years, but tonight Dylan showed up ready for a fight. The fight that gave the rest of the pride the opportunity to pounce on me.

I knew when I opened my eyes in the forest and saw Leo that my life was going to get complicated. It was our herd’s tradition to shift when we were ready to mate, then to venture into the forest on Halloween night and find him. No one ever expected me to find a lion. In human form, we were just like any other couple. But as animals, we had both Soldier Mountain and my hometown of Woodland Park in an absolute uproar.

“What are you going to do about that?” I stopped my pacing and braced myself for the answer. There was no good one. Dylan was here, spending the night in our bed with his mate, the woman who saved my life.

Leo shook his head. “He fucked things up. Bad.” He and Dylan had talked while I stayed with Ari. She’d been unconscious for hours, lost too much blood and a baby she didn’t even know she was carrying. Fucking things up was an understatement. How Leo could even reason with Dylan after all of that was beyond me. “He swears he didn’t think the girls would take it so far with you. And he had no idea Ari would fight.”

For me. Ever since I’d arrived on Soldier Mountain as Leo’s mate, the cougars of the pride had taken serious issue with me being here. Lions didn’t mate with does. End of story. And does couldn’t beat cougars in a fight. Their threats started off as passive aggressive, but the longer I stayed, the bolder they became. Even though they’d threatened to fight to my death on the full moon, which was last night, I never believed they’d have the guts to actually do it. But as Dylan challenged Leo, the girls saw their chance. One by one they turned cougar, surrounding me while I was still human. Fear always made my doe side rise, and there was no pushing this one down. I shifted.

They attacked, snarling and slashing me with their claws, biting through my fur, sinking their teeth into my flesh. The pain was enough to make me pass out, but I didn’t have that luxury. I have no claws, and my teeth weren’t made for meat. I screamed for Leo, but Dylan had him by the scruff. He couldn’t get to me. I tried to run but the cougars were everywhere. They multiplied when they shifted, I swear. They had me where they wanted me. If Ari hadn’t stepped in, I’m sure I’d be dead.

I collapsed on the couch, and Leo pulled me into him. It seemed like forever since he’d held me, even though it had just been this awful night. I never wanted to let him go. The night sky began to brighten outside our window. He took the blanket off the back of the couch, draped it over me and lay back. He stroked my hair and his body rumbled with a faint purr.

“Did he explain why he did it?” I asked softly. Like he possibly could. It was too much of a coincidence that Dylan showed up on the night of the challenge. Rumors swirled around the pride for weeks that the cougars would try to lay claim to Leo on the night of the full moon, loudly enough for me to catch wind of their plan. We’d known Dylan was in town, but we’d heard nothing from him until tonight. Last night, we tried to go talk to him, but that ended badly, too.

Not as badly as tonight, of course.

Leo sighed. “There’s a lot of old hurt. I’m not innocent in this either. I was a kid, and I did a lot of things I regret. Dylan couldn’t fight for himself, and when our pride fell apart, I didn’t help him.” He stared at the ceiling. “But that doesn’t excuse what he did tonight.”

“Dylan couldn’t fight for himself?” I picked up my head, wrinkling my nose. He was taller than Leo by a couple of inches, and solid muscle. “I find that hard to believe.”

“He was the runt.” Leo and Dylan were twins, and while they shared similar features, they were by no means identical. Leo was in amazing shape, basically a professional athlete, but he was leaner than Dylan. Leo’s shaggy blond hair was curly, and Dylan’s was darker, long and wavy. They both had the same hazel eyes. “He was small, skinny, and unsure of himself. I was ashamed of him. The cubs in the pride picked on him, and I made things worse. When the attacks started in our pride, our parents sent us away. He wanted to stay with me. I said no.” The last word broke.

“This isn’t your fault.” I couldn’t imagine Leo being a bully, even though that’s what he was claiming. He always treated everyone with kindness and respect. Well, except for those crazy cougar bitches. They got what they deserved. “He’s an adult now, and he shouldn’t have come up here with his claws out.”

“Right. He says he wants to make things better and be in my life, but after tonight’s stunt, I’m not sure what he really wants,” Leo said, his eyelids fluttering in a fight to stay open.

It made perfect sense for me to tell Leo to forget about his brother. But it wasn’t that easy. I had three little sisters. They were much younger than me so we never fought, but I couldn’t imagine turning my back on them for any reason. Leo had already done it to Dylan once. I couldn’t suggest he do it again.

Ari, Dylan’s mate, was the only cougar willing to fight for me. That meant more to me than I even had words for. I didn’t want to walk away from her. She wouldn’t be welcome on Soldier Mountain anymore, either.

And I meant what I said. I wasn’t staying on this mountain. Leo may have learned his lesson about loyalty late, but I was his claimed mate. He was coming with me.

Need to pick up the rest of the series?  They’re all in Kindle Unlimited, so you can borrow for free. You can download the Kindle app to any device for free. If you see me out in the wild and I’m staring at my phone, chances are I’m reading something dirty.
Lion and the Doe
Doe and the Hunter
Cougar and the Lion

Post-Easter It with Mina Vaughn

TODAY’S BREW: The Vanilla of France

By Julie

Start your post-Eastering off right. Have some fun. HERE’S HOW:

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In this saucy and funny domination romance, pin-up model Veronika Kane meets sexy, arrogant Aston Delano and decides to teach this playboy a lesson he’ll never forget. When Veronika Kane hears that she’s up for Miss Pin Up Las Vegas, she auctions off her classic hot-rod and decides to head out west. But when the man who bought her car, hot restaurateur Aston Delano, asks her to “show him the ropes,” his not-so-innocent question takes them down a surprising, sexy road. And as they travel cross-country as Domme/sub, their chemistry sizzles—as do the luscious meals Aston creates. Torn between the rediscovered pleasure of food and worry about staying in competition shape, Mistress Veronika unexpectedly finds herself as much a pupil as a teacher. Throw in long-distance trouble from her ex and from Aston’s family, and it’s a potential recipe for disaster. A road trip can be hard on any relationship—will this drive them apart, or will they buckle in for the long haul?

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Bio:

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Kink with a Wink!  Author of the Domme Nation series with Simon and Schuster.  Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she’s not writing her unique brand of silly smut, she’s plundering Sephora for any pin up girl makeup she can find. The third novel in the Domme Nation series is How to Punish Your Playboy, a fun, sexy romp about a pin up girl and an arrogant restaurateur on a road trip to some…new territories.

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