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Guest Post & Giveaway: Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney

February 1st, 2016 Kristie Posted in Guest Post 6 Comments »

J. Kathleen Cheney“Fantasy” February kicks off at Dark Faerie Tales with Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney! We have some exciting posts and giveaways this month so check back often. Dreaming Death is a fantasy novel about a man who dreams the deaths of others and the girl who is sensitive enough to share in his dreams. They are both drawn into a serial killers trap. If you can’t wait until tomorrow for Dreaming Death, check out, Peace of Strength, a prequel story that sets up some of the history of the world. For more about Shironne, check out Touching the Dead and Endings, if you want to know more about her story before Dreaming Death. Check out my review below this post or by clicking here. Dreaming Death is the first novel in the Palace of Dreams series and will be released on February 2, 2016 from ROC/Penguin.

Enter for your chance to win a copy of Dreaming Death at the end of this post! There will be two winners. This contest is US only.

About Kathleen:

Kathleen Cheney is a former teacher and has taught mathematics ranging from 7th grade to Calculus, with a brief stint as a Gifted and Talented Specialist. Her novella “Iron Shoes” was a 2010 Nebula Award Finalist. Her novel, “The Golden City” was a Finalist for the 2014 Locus Awards (Best First Novel). The final book in that series, “The Shores of Spain” came out in July, and a new series will debut in February 2016 with “Dreaming Death.”

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(Please tell us about the history of this world & the Families!)

Whenever one starts a new series, there are always a thousand questions. Unfortunately, the author only has so many words to explain. My first novel in the Palace of Dreams series, Dreaming Death, clocked in at 125, 000 words. I could have put in a lot more explanation, but as it was, I felt the novel was already at its limit.  But since I was asked…

So let me talk a bit about my Families: Andersen, Jannsen, Lucas (formerly Olsen), Halvdan, Lee, Horn, Sorenson, and Salonen. The Fortresses are ancient, built underground to escape extremes of weather. Unfortunately, things fail. Sorenson and Salonen are both gone; Sorenson long enough before the outset of the story that no one recalls it, while Salonen disappeared recently enough to still be a myth.  By the time the Larossans migrated into their territory, there were only six Families left.

The Six Families provided seeds (since the Fortresses hold stores of seeds, among other things) and taught the Larossans to farm in the colder climate. While Larossans were developing the land above and building cities around the Fortresses, the Families stayed inside, living as they always had. They advised the Larossans and traded with the Larossans, but that was more or less the end of it. Each Family governed itself, grew its own food in the depths of their Fortress, and kept waiting for the glaciers to return. For a while, that worked.

Then the Anvarrid came.

Unlike the Larossans, the Anvarrid weren’t interested in farming or trade. Their goal was conquest. For reasons (intentionally) obfuscated by the Anvarrid Houses, they were driven off their ancestral lands by the Cince. Forced to find a new homeland, they selected Larossa and invaded. They came with swords rather than plows, and did what the Larossans had never done: they attacked the pacifistic Families. The Cince had told them of treasure buried in the Fortresses, making the Families the choicest target.

The Anvarrid Army of Invasion succeeded in driving three of the six Families out of their Fortresses–Olsen, Halvdan, and Andersen–killing great numbers of them in the process. Jannsen and Horn sealed themselves into their Fortresses, and the Lee tried to negotiate. The Anvarrid armies quickly learned that the doors of the Fortress would close if there wasn’t a member of the Family present. A limited number of Family were forced into aiding the Anvarrid as they stripped the Fortresses bare of supplies, books, and art. Those were all sold, primarily to the Cince, along with many of the Family themselves. By the time the Army of Invasion moved on to take Pedrossa (which was a disaster), the Anvarrid Army of Occupation had arrived and began trying to rebuild the cities around the Fortresses into a homeland suitable for their king.

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This is where things went awry for the Larossans. Early on, the Anvarrid governor formed a fondness for his prisoners from the Six Families. He offered to give them back their stripped Fortresses if they could be useful to his king (other than as property to be sold in the slave markets). To find a way to save them, he sent his son Luccasedrion to live among them.

It was Luccasedrion who realized that the sensitives among the Families could use their abilities to judge another’s intentions, and that would make them excellent guards. And thus the Six Families signed treaties that required their members to guard whatever Anvarrid House ruled their province. It gave the Anvarrid a standing army to replace the one that had disappeared in Pedrossa (don’t ask), and made the Six Families their servants.

The Six Families were forced to abandon their own languages for Anvarrid and dress in drab colors (black or brown) so it would be clear they were servants. They were no longer allowed to grow their own crops within the Fortresses. That made them dependent on the Anvarrid for food and other supplies, but the treaty also moved the Families closer to the throne and left the Larossans out in the cold.

By the time of Dreaming Death, two hundred years later, the Anvarrid-Family relationship persists, although it’s unclear who actually has the upper hand. The Anvarrid Houses are dwindling in numbers and financial strength while the Larossan populace becomes wealthier and stronger. The Larossans have their own army, their own police, and their own city governments.

Since each Family is run separately by its own elders, each Family has to meet the requirements of the treaty separately. If they fail to do so, they could be forced out of their Fortress. Unfortunately, the question becomes more and more, who would do that? The Larossan army? The other Families? The Anvarrid no longer have their own army to enforce the king’s will.

Therefore even their grip on the Six Families is starting to slip, as it becomes clearer that the benefit of the treaty to the Six Families is questionable.  The Jannsen Family is, indeed, considering closing their doors and ignoring the Anvarrid lord who sits on the Provincial Throne of Jannsen Province. (Since they were never actually driven out of their Fortress, two hundred years later the Jannsen still resent the treaty.)

And there’s a growing awareness among the Larossans that the army could overthrow their Anvarrid overlords. Thus we have a country that could fall apart at any moment, with any two of the sides going to war and the third having to decide whether or not to intervene.

And there you have an abridged history of Larossa at the beginning of the novel. I hope that it helps a bit. Or at least makes you curious!

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This contest is provided by J. Kathleen Cheney!

Two lucky winner’s will win a copy of Dreaming Death!
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Dreaming Death

Available February 2, 2016

About this Book:

In the Novels of the Golden City, J. Kathleen Cheney created a “mesmerizing” (Publishers Weekly) realm where magic, history, and intrigue combine. Now, she presents a new world ruled by psychic talents and fatal magic…

Shironne Anjir’s status as a sensitive is both a gift and a curse. Her augmented senses allow her to discover and feel things others can’t, but her talents come with a price: a constant assault of emotions and sensations has left her blind. Determined to use her abilities as best she can, Shironne works tirelessly as an investigator for the Larossan army.

A member of the royal family’s guard, Mikael Lee also possesses an overwhelming power—he dreams of the deaths of others, sometimes in vivid, shocking detail, and sometimes in cryptic fragments and half-remembered images.

But then a killer brings a reign of terror to the city, snuffing out his victims with an arcane and deadly blood magic. Only Shironne can sense and interpret Mikael’s dim, dark dreams of the murders. And what they find together will lead them into a nightmare…

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Guest Post & Giveaway: The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr

October 28th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Guest Post 10 Comments »

Viola CarrPlease welcome author Viola Carr aka Erica Hayes! Her new novel The Devious Dr. Jekyll was released this week (October 27, 2015) from Harper Voyager. The Devious Dr. Jekyll is the second novel in the Electric Empire series. If you like steampunk, you’ll want to check out this series! If you would like to know our thoughts on the first novel in this series, The Diabolical Miss Hyde, click HERE to read the review.

We are also giving away a copy of The Diabolical Miss Hyde at the end of this post! A huge thank you to Viola/Erica for today’s giveaway! This contest is open internationally!

About Viola:

Viola Carr was born in a strange and distant land, but wandered into darkest London one foggy October evening and never found her way out. She now devours countless history books and dictates fantastical novels by gaslight, accompanied by classical music and the snoring of her slumbering cat.

Viola also writes urban fantasy adventure and dark paranormal romance under a pseudonym.

You can visit Viola around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter

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Cool things about writing steampunk

What’s so cool about steampunk? Why would you want to read (or write!) this wacky historical fantasy thing, with weird sci-fi technology, witty Victorian tea-drinking banter, and the best costumes ever?

Well, that’s just it.

1) Wacky historical fantasy

I can take my historical time period – in the case of my Electric Empire books, it’s mid-Victorian London – and do whatever I want. If I want to kill off Prince Albert with poison, resurrect Napoleon as an evil zombie general, and create a luminous fairy underworld ruled by a psychotic drug-addled madman, no one can stop me. Bwa-ha-HAR.

(For the record, only two of those things happen in The Diabolical Miss Hyde. No zombie generals here. Though I do resurrect a notable historical figure or two.)

2) Weird sci-fi technology

Put the steam in steampunk. Or take it out. You can suit yourself. Clockwork automatons, steam-powered cars, grotesque Frankenstein-like homunculi, or airships that run on… well, air.

Never mind about those pesky laws of energy conservation! Move science forward at breakneck speed, or drag it back to a crawl. You can stuff in anachronisms galore. And no one can say you’re wrong.

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3) Tea-drinking, duelling, and frightfully quaint witticisms, old thing

Who doesn’t love a comedy of manners? While I confess my books tend to the dark and dirty side of quasi-Victoriana, there’s still nothing better than polishing off your enemy with an oh-so-polite example of British rapier wit, while sipping tea with your pinky extended.

Then, of course, there’s tea duelling. You’ll never look at a soggy biscuit (NOT a cookie) the same way again.

4) Best costumes ever

If you’ve ever wanted to be a pirate, an intrepid explorer or a mad scientist? Steampunk has the clothes for you. Goggles, ruffled skirts and parasols, cool brass gadgets, sharp suits and lots and lots of leather. Preferably brown.

P.S. Corsets on the outside, people. Because that’s how we roll.

Those are just some of the things I love about this fabulous genre.

So what’s your favourite thing about steampunk? Or – if you’re not into it – why not?

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One lucky reader will win a copy of The Diabolical Miss Hyde
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The Devious Dr. Jekyll

Available October 27, 2015 from Harper Voyager

About this Book:

Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.

Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.

It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.

As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.

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Guest Post: For Real by Alison Cherry

January 29th, 2015 Kristie Posted in Guest Post Comments Off on Guest Post: For Real by Alison Cherry

Alison CherryPlease join us in welcoming author Alison Cherry here today to Dark Faerie Tales. Her newest novel, For Real, was released on December 9, 2014 from Delacorte Press. For Real is a fun coming of age young adult novel about two sisters on an Amazing Race type adventure. Please enjoy this really funny post! Come back on Sunday for the beginning of the “New Adult” edition of the Dating Games event!

About Alison:

Alison Cherry is the author of Red, For Real, and the upcoming The Guide to Prim and Proper Pilfering and Look Both Ways, both of which will be published in 2016. In addition to being a writer, Alison is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for dance, theater, and opera productions. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

You can visit Alison around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter

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Hello Everyone! We’d like to welcome Claire and Will to today’s edition of “The Dating Game,” Young Adult Edition. (This is actually like The Newlywed Game more so than the actual “Dating Game”). We are taking current and potential couples and seeing how well they know each other. Claire and Will are no strangers to reality TV—they’re in the midst of competing on Around the World, a race-around-the-globe show with a love-themed twist. They’re in Greece right now, but their producers have graciously given them a little time off from the race to Skype in and talk to us.

Before today’s show we asked Will five questions about how well he knows Claire to determine if this couple knows enough about each other to become a real-life couple after Around the World is over or if they should take their chances elsewhere!

Dark Faerie Tales: What is Claire’s favorite color?

Will’s Answer: Red.

Claire: Blue.

*Discuss Results

Will: Man, I’m sorry. I had no idea on this one. I just guessed that ’cause you’re wearing a red shirt right now. It looks really good on you, though.

Claire: **blushes as red as her shirt** Thanks.

DFT: What was Claire’s favorite place to visit while on Around the World?

Will’s Answer: Greece.

Claire: Greece.

*Discuss Results

Claire: Good job!

Will: That was an easy one. After our little… excursion this morning, how could you possibly say anything else?

Claire: Shh, the producers aren’t supposed to know about that!

Will: Whatever, it was worth it.

Claire: It totally was.

DFT: What one word do you think came to Claire’s mind when she first laid eyes on you?

Will’s Answer: Hot.

Claire: Hot.

*Discuss Results

Will: I knew it! You tried to play it cool, but I could tell you thought I was sexy by the way you—

Claire: Sexy? I didn’t say sexy.

Will: You said hot! That’s the same thing!

Claire: Oh, wow. Ha. I actually meant you literally looked too warm. It was like 95 degrees, and you were wearing a wool hat.

Will: … Oh.

Claire: But I do, um. Think you’re. Um. Yeah.

Will: I knew it.

DFT: What is Claire’s favorite book?

Will’s Answer: Oh god, I have no idea. We’ve never talked about it. Um… The Catcher in the Rye?

Claire: Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

*Discuss Results

Claire: Really? The Catcher in the Rye??

Will: I don’t know!

Claire: **sigh** Boys.

DFT: What one word do you think Claire used to describe your first kiss?

Will’s Answer: Surprising.

Claire: Surprising.

*Discuss Results

Will: Yup. I think we can agree on that one.

Claire: **blush**

For Real

Now the tables are turned, Claire you were asked some questions about Will before the game. Will, let’s find out what Claire really thinks about you.

DFT: Claire, what is Will’s favorite color?

Claire’s Answer: Green

Will: Green

*Discuss Results

Will: How did you know that? We’ve never talked about that.

Claire: I don’t know, you wear a lot of green. Not that I pay a huge amount of attention to what you wear. Um.

DFT: What was Will’s favorite place to visit while on Around the World?

Claire’s Answer: Greece.

Will: Java.

*Discuss Results

Claire: Really? I thought after what happened this morning…

Will: Well, obviously I liked that. But Java was the very beginning. I always love the starts of things. Plus, I was just so happy that ridiculously long plane ride was over.

Claire: He’s afraid to fly.

Will: But having her next to me helps.

DFT: What one word do you think came to Will’s mind when he first laid eyes on you?

Claire’s Answer: Smart.

Will: Smart

*Discuss Results

Claire: He was playing this trivia game on his phone. He didn’t notice me at all until I gave him one of the answers he needed.

Will: And then we played together and she kicked my ass five times in a row.

Claire: What can I say. You kind of suck at trivia.

Will: You’re lucky I have a thing for smart girls.

DFT: What is Will’s favorite food?

Claire’s Answer: Cheese.

Will: Pizza.

*Discuss Results

Claire: I still think that sort of counts. Pizza is mostly made of cheese. Will told me once that if he could pick any superpower, it would be the ability to turn anything he wanted into cheese.

Will: Best superpower ever.

DFT: What one word do you think Will used to describe your first kiss?

Claire’s Answer: Impulsive.

Will: Clever.

*Discuss Results

Claire: You’re right, it was pretty clever. We were in a super sticky situation, and he—

Will: Shhh, I thought you didn’t want the producers to know where we were this morning.

Claire: Oh, right. Well, anyway, it was fun. And I, um, I wouldn’t mind doing it again sometime in a less sticky situation.

Will: I bet that can be arranged.

Thank you, Claire and Will for joining us today! 

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For Real

Available December 9, 2014 from Delacorte Press

About this Book:

No parents. No limits. No clue what they’re in for.

Shy, cautious Claire has always been in her confident older sister’s shadow. While Miranda’s life is jam-packed with exciting people and whirlwind adventures, Claire gets her thrills vicariously by watching people live large on reality TV.

When Miranda discovers her boyfriend, Samir, cheating on her just before her college graduation, it’s Claire who comes up with the perfect plan. They’ll outshine Miranda’s fame-obsessed ex while having an amazing summer by competing on Around the World, a race around the globe for a million bucks. Revenge + sisterly bonding = awesome.

But the show has a twist, and Claire is stunned to find herself in the middle of a reality-show romance that may or may not be just for the cameras. This summer could end up being the highlight of her life… or an epic fail forever captured on film. In a world where drama is currency and manipulation is standard, how can you tell what’s for real?

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Sneak Peek & Giveaway: Ensnared by A.G. Howard

May 23rd, 2014 Bridget Posted in Guest Post 47 Comments »

AG HowardI can’t fully express how excited I am to be part of this awesome cover reveal.  I’m not going to lie, when I got the email asking our blog to participate, I couldn’t stop myself from squealing just a little bit. Not only did it mean we get to see the cover, but it also means we are getting closer to the release of Ensnared! The third novel in the Splintered series will be released next year on January 6, 2015!

The covers in this series have been some of my all time favorites. With their vibrant colors and attention to detail, they are very eye catching. But these books don’t just have beautiful covers they also have such a wonderful and unique story inside. There are a few reviewers on our team that have read this series and we are all obsessed with it. Now let’s get to why you are really here today so you can see another piece of the puzzle. Anita has also graciously offered a wonderful international giveaway that you should be sure to enter. To enter the giveaway, check below the cut!

About A.G. Howard:

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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Welcome to day three! For the entire reveal schedule, go here.

Let’s check out Puzzle Piece #3 of Ensnared’s official cover…

Ensnared Puzzle Piece #3

Queen Red has a huge role in book 3. But, these cards aren’t representative of her. Not everyone’s aware of it, but in Carroll’s original tales, the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts were two separate individuals with separate storylines. I wanted to pay tribute to that detail in my series, so the Queen of Hearts also has a part in Ensnared. And true to Splintered form, she’s morbid, gruesome, and cruel.

In honor of her royal creepiness, today’s prize pack consists of 1 evil Queen of Hearts bookmark:

Queen of Hearts Bookmark

And a quirky, gothic Queen of Hearts 2.5” pin:

Queen of Hearts Pin

Good luck with the giveaway! Have a great weekend, and join us again Monday, May 25th, at Mundie Moms, for another glimpse of the cover and a teaser about who’s on it.

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About Ensnared:

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—-a parallel dimension filled with mutated and sadistic netherling outcasts.

In the final installment of the Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But even if everyone succeeds and comes out alive, can they all truly have their happily ever after?

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Guest Post: One Hot Knight by Christy Gissendaner

August 2nd, 2013 Kristie Posted in Guest Post 4 Comments »

Author Christy Gissendaner is visiting Dark Faerie Tales with a guest post that ties into her newest novel. One Hot Knight is a paranormal romance about a Crusader who has been trapped in a canine body for nine centuries. For more information, check out the guest post below and One Hot Knight which is available now from Entangled: Covet!

About Christy:

Christy Gissendaner is a romantic comedy author and believes that laughter and love should go hand in hand.

She lives in Alabama with her husband and three sons and is always hard at work on her next novel, but in her spare time she loves blackjack, karaoke, and anything resembling a vacation!

Christy also writes historical romance as Robin Danner. Check her out here.

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One Hot KnightA Touch of SinOvernight SensationA Hot MessHaving CakeA Most Dangerous AffairSome Kind of TroubleThe DeedChristmas SpiritsAmuse MeAmuse Me Again

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The Dog Days of Summer

Guest Post by Christy Gissendaner

It’s no secret. I’m a dog lover. Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend got it wrong. Man’s best friend…or in this case, woman’s…is a dog.

Unfortunately my luck hasn’t always been with me when it comes to my pets. Take Shaggy, for instance. My first dog. Apparently someone took Take Shaggy a bit too literally. We went on vacation one summer and when we returned, our beloved family pet was missing. What makes it even worse, my dad found him a few days later at a house down the road, but the people refused to give him up. Cruel, right?

For a few years, we lived doggy-free. But then came Pooter Man. (Yes, we named him Pooter.) He was only with us a year, but this little terrier mixed-breed dug his way into our hearts. The entire Gissendaner clan doted on him. He would come visit me when I was away at college the summer before senior year. I still remember saying Bye to him that last time. When I got the call early the next morning that he’d been run over, my poor heart broke. I swore then and there I would never, ever, ever have another pet. It was just too hard. Watching My Dog Skip a few weeks later was the biggest mistake ever. (If you’ve ever seen the movie or read the book, you’ll know what I mean.)

But somehow my family ended up with ten more dogs. Long story, but out of the gaggle of pups came my precious Oreo girl. One look into the chocolate brown eyes of the terrier/lab mix and I was hooked. To say I loved Oreo, and she me, would be an understatement. She followed me everywhere, growled when she first met my boyfriend (who would soon become my husband) for getting too close to me, jumped all over me when I came home from work. She was more than just a pet. She was my heart.

Oreo

August 20, 2009. Even now I can’t think of the day without boo-hooing. I was five months pregnant with my third son and just arrived at work when the text came. My friend noticed a dog lying by the side of our road and wondered if it was one of ours. I thought “Surely it can’t be. My dogs are inside fences.” Somehow I knew though. I’d had that same weird moment when I said Bye to her that morning that I’d had several years before with Pooter. At first I couldn’t see her (she liked to dig holes and hide in them), so I called her name. She popped out, tail waggling, as I left for work. It couldn’t have been fifteen minutes later that the dreaded text arrived.

Heartbroken, I had my cousin go check for me. When the official news came that it was indeed Oreo, my entire world collapsed.

My brother and my husband buried her. These two grown men even shed tears over my loss. Sometimes I wish it had been me to bury her, but I wouldn’t have been able to handle it. You would probably have to be a dog lover to understand, but not a day passes when I don’t miss her. I always will.

My latest release, One Hot Knight, was dedicated to Oreo. People may say I’m crazy for dedicating a book to a dog, but if ever there was a dog story to be told, it would be hers. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is an homage to Oreo within the book. But I promise Yves’ story (the dog knight) is a fun one with a guaranteed happy ending! It’s no less than any dog deserves.

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Available July 22, 2013 from Entangled: Covet

About this Book:

Stupid curse!

Yves Sucat was a Crusader trapped in a canine body…until a beautiful twenty-first century dog groomer offered the missing link to break his spell. But Regina Patterson was no fluffy-headed female who would instantly melt at Yves’ silvery seduction. The more time he spent with the tender-hearted blonde, the less he was able to keep his paws—hands!—off of her.

Regina was much more comfortable with dogs than men, and the stunningly handsome – stunningly male – knight who now shared her apartment was no exception. She’d hoped to find a man as loyal as the pooches she pampered day after day, but would Yves’s broken curse end with her own broken heart?

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