Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Black Knight of Gray Cross

Happy Easter! This comes a few minutes past the 9 a.m. deadline but it's been a rough couple of days and I overslept. So, this continues the time travel storyline and Alice's adventures through the murder hole:

People always talked about one’s life flashing before them as they died but the images she was seeing were not her life. Could not be her life. There were men dressed in armor. Alien sounds assailed her, the clang of metal against metal, grunts, shouts of pain and anger, war cries that curdled the blood. Trumpets heralding victory. Then a man, tall and broad, dressed in black and cobalt blue. He appeared as if through a waterfall, indistinct yet no less a man. He paced the battlements of an ancient castle, sat at the head of a massive table.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Something New For Me...

A little time travel ditty I've been playing with called The Black Knight of Gray Cross:

“Adam, I’m here, round the back!”

There was thud and a cry of pain. Blast Adam and his drinking. But his head soon appeared over the edge of the murder hole.

“Alice,” he said with a surprised gasp. “You’ve fallen down a bloody hole.”
She would have laughed had the situation not been so dire but her grip slipped and suddenly she was falling, fully expecting to meet an awful death on the ancient cobbled river ramp.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy Happy, Joy Joy = An Awesome Review

Woo hoo! Got a seriously awesome review from Sensual reads for my December release Almost Home, a contemporary western with a fiercely independent cowgirl and a romantic, hunky cowboy. This is my first full length novel. Didn't think I had it in me to get past the 45K point but managed to pull off 73K with this one and loved every minute of writing it.

Review: Almost Home by India Masters

All of her life Haley Kilpatrick wished that something would happen that would whisk her away from her lowlife father and lazy brother, finding out she has inherited a sizable ranch Haley has a chance of doing something just for herself. Neighbor Wyatt Brody thinks he has the best luck in the world, especially when he meets Haley, she is sassy, beautiful, and has no problem mincing words and all of that has Wyatt intrigued. Haley though has made it clear she doesn’t want a relationship, but Wyatt has a plan of subtly wooing her until she agrees. With a threat against all that Haley is looking to achieve happens, Wyatt is by her side and has no plans of leaving even if Haley puts up a fit of a fight to keep him safe.
I enjoyed this story immensely. I thought Haley was an intriguing heroine who has had a tough life and instead of letting people walk all over her has a spine and turns the tables. Wyatt is smooth and a romantic when it comes to Haley, I thought the way the author takes the time to allow the two to come together was beautiful and I couldn’t wait to read more. Excellent read.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

More from Beyond Redemption:

On the Colombian Ecuador border
Angelique cursed under her breath at the sound of small-arms fire as she tied off the last suture in the leg of the four-year-old boy lying on her exam table. The ongoing civil war and the war on drugs constantly spilled over the border as a steady stream of predators crossed from the neighboring Colombia. All were heavily armed and dangerous. They stopped at the field hospital the locals were calling Manos de Ayuda when one of them needed patching up. Angelique begrudged them every inch of 4-0 silk used to stitch their wounds.
Equally as bad were the mercenaries looking to make a profit off the backs of those less fortunate. Rough-looking men with rough behavior, which they often visited upon the women of village.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Friday Release...Yay!

The wonderful folks over at Beyond the Page Publishing have been releasing my backlist and the newest release is coming this Friday. Bound to You is a short story previously released through Cobblestone Press a couple of years ago, where it lingered in relative obscurity. Beyond the Page did an amazing cover for the book, which is the opening release of their new line, Secret Wishes. They're accepting submissions for the line...any length from 7-10k shorts through full length novels. It's all about fantasy fulfillment with the focus on the romance aspect. Here's a little teaser and the very elegant cover art.

“My coffee!” Hot coffee splattered on my sneakered feet.
“Coffee’s the least of your problems, princess.” The man’s voice rasped close to my ear as a strong arm banded my waist, yanking me off my feet. I was pulled into a nondescript cargo van. The door slid shut, and the vehicle sped away.
Ohshit, ohshit!
What did they say on that freaking episode of Oprah? Never let them take you to a secondary scene.


Saturday, March 9, 2013


Going backward to the very first 8 sentences of Beyond Redemption:

Paris, 2009

Janjaweed! They come!
Angelique Vernet bolted upright, looking wildly around the room, a scream lodged in her throat. “Fuck.” She muttered the curse as softly as possible so as not to wake her companion. Whoever he was. Arnaud something or other. She could never remember their names. He was just another in a line of pretty French boys meant to distract her from the nightmares.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Curioser and Curisor

So I checked novel rank this morning and my back list, re-released through Beyond the Page Publishing, is outselling my most current releases with Loose Id and Ellora's Cave. I find this odd, to be perfectly honest. Is it simply a price point issue or has my voice changed so much over time that I'm no longer reaching my audience. One of my author friends and I have been pondering what all this means and we've come to no conclusions whatsoever. Curiouser and Curiouser. But hey, here's the cover for Bound By You, the first in a new series open to submissions at Beyond the Page. Their cover art is AMAZING! If I'm lyin' I'm dyin'.

Am I right? Didn't I tell you? It's just...elegant is the only word I can think of to describe this girl's work. This one sells for 99 cents thru Beyond the Page.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Buy A Shotgun...Hilarity Abounds

Someone posted this on Facebook and I thought it was hysterical.

Baby It's Cold Outside

Yeah, yeah, it's 46 degrees and that's not cold to most folks who live up north. Hell, I spent 14 years in Ohio and when it was 46 in February, we were running around in jeans and long sleeved tee shirts. Down here, when it's in the 40's, we crank up the fireplaces and shiver. Freakin brrrrr....

Friday, March 1, 2013


With each step he took toward her, she took a step back. “You bet I did. I just killed a man to make sure you’re safe and made sure every man out there knows who you and your little friend belong to.”

She narrowed her eyes at him. “I do not belong to you.”

He grinned, white teeth flashing in his tanned face. “Oh, you most certainly do, Angel, and people will expect me to take full advantage of that fact. Which I’ll be doing as frequently as I can.”
She curled her lip in disgust.

Working for an NGO in a war torn country is a dangerous occupation. All physician Angelique Vernet wants after a long day of saving lives and avoiding getting killed is a cold glass of Grey Goose vodka and a hot man in her bed. She gets both from Mitch Acosta, a hot-blooded Special Forces soldier who's always there in the nick of time, in her bed or on the battlefield.

But Acosta wants more from Angelique than she's willing to give. He'd rather she come to him peacefully but he's not above taking what he wants. In a battle of wills that takes them from Africa to South America, two strong-willed people will fight for one another until the bitter end.

Beyond the Page

So, I've been working with the amazing folks at Beyond the Page Publishing and I have to say I'm really enjoying it. BtP works with published authors to get their back list work out on the market again. So far, they have 3 of my back list books, two of which are already for sale with the various vendors, and one is pending release after the final cover art choice made. And I have to tell you, the woman doing the cover art is freaking AMAZING.

I wrote Nothing Left to Lose in 6 weeks while I was in the middle of my master's program. It was just one of those books that pretty much wrote itself...which was lucky because graduate school ain't no joke. It's the story of a young woman who plays a key role in an interstellar rebellion against a cruel tyrant. In order to insure the rebellion's success, she rescues the hero from a prison colony where he's awaiting execution by crucifixion. This is the first book in the Darkshadow series, the goal of which is to create a space opera using the main characters in the books...ala Firefly. I think it promises to be fun.

Forbidden Passions is set in the back country of Yellowstone National Park. It was originally titled Yellowstone Wild and was one of my best sellers. It's the story of a high school photography geek turned famous photographer, who works for an upscale travel magazine and is assigned to photograph the park, requiring her to return to the one place she's vowed never to return to...home. The heroes are twin brothers who tormented her in high school, fearful that she'd find out their shameful secret. Feeling guilty about the way they treated her, they vie for the job of taking her into the back country. Along with the majesty of the scenery, all three will discover that love can fill your heart with just as much beauty as a clear mountain lake.
I'm thrilled to be working with Beyond the Page Publishing to bring my back list stories to a new audience. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
And keep your eyes open for a new back list release that most will never have read. It's the first in a series of books and short stories based on the theme of Secret Wishes. These stories will be hot, erotic stories with a focus on BDSM romances and BtP has agreed to open the series to submissions to the public, so look for the guidelines that will be coming soon and come play with us! And I'll be uploading the cover as soon as the final decision has been made. I gotta tell ya, these covers are SEXY.
I'm off to write now. Blogging may be fun, but it doesn't feed the muse.