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Happy Friday! In celebration of the last work day of the week for many, I have decided to host a Rafflecoptor giveaway! Just click on the link below to be transported to the event. Enter and look forward to your chance to win!
Fabulous Friday (today, August 11th) and Sublime Saturday (August 12th) just got better. You can purchase a copy of my latest paranormal romance, Deliberate Intent, book two of Shadow Company #FREE at Amazon for these two days!!
But wait. There’s more. How about a snippet? You’ve got it! Logan Latimar, a warlock, and ex Navy SEAL is confronted with what he hopes is a vision. Reality has fingers as cold as ice though, and he needs solace. Check out this steamy scene in the Louisiana heat. Hugs and Happy Friday!
Lingering at the door, Logan made a show of waving. The cars drove away followed by the dust of a dirt drive. Guests were fun but the day had been long. “That went well.” His estimation settled in the silence. Turning, he searched the great room for Aubrie. She’d been quiet most of the evening. He missed her usual banter with Pilot, her shadow walker friend. Katie, Aubrie’s best friend, and Gus, Logan’s brother probably hadn’t notice. He did. Had Aubrie, the seer already figured him out? No, discovering his secret would cause an eruption.
Padding barefooted to the sofa, he dropped down on the cushions. The day had been tediously long. Words were stilted. Conversation with Aubrie came at a price. Glancing up, he noted the ceiling fan’s swift swirl. Logan closed his eyes. How had he gotten himself into this mess? Even knowing the answer didn’t help. A casual encounter with Connie, his ex at Joiner’s grocery had mushroomed into a full-blown situation. Throwing an arm over his head, he propped his feet on the coffee table. Aubrie would protest if she walked in about then. She didn’t. He could hear water running – in the shower. Most times, he would slip out of his jeans to join her. The notion of his hands on her silky skin appeared in his mind’s eye. Those long legs wrapped around his hips. Suds rolled down their bodies as he kissed her senseless over and over again. Giggles and groans accompanied the hot, wet shower sex. The image was one of his favorites.
The laughter switched. No longer alluringly sweet, the sound rang raw as if on the verge of hysterical. Logan opened his eyes. Connie stood on the opposite side of the coffee table. She cocked a hip while smirking at him. Logan jumped.
“What’s the matter? Not who you were expecting?”
His senses sharpened. He went into military mode. “What do you want?” Nasty rimmed the question.
“That’s not very hospitable of you, Logan.” Easy as you please, she strolled around the table before dropping down in front of him. “Why don’t you let me work my magic on you, Latimar.”
Logan glared at the fingers slipping up his thigh. Was she real? With a free hand, he clamped down hard and unyielding. “Don’t.” Noting the chill in her skin, he shifted to stand. “Get out. Now!”
“All right. But I’ll be back. After all, I got more of a right to you than Aubrie does.” With a jerk of her head in the bathroom’s direction, Connie stood, giving her long blonde tresses a good shake out. Sauntering to the door, she narrowed her eyes at him.
“Have a nice night, Logan or should I call you daddy?” With those words, she disappeared.
Logan released a sigh in a long, laborious effort to somehow cleanse his skin of her touch. No good. The incident wasn’t merely a dream. He could smell her cheap scent. She had been in the room. Flesh and blood, Connie had stood almost where he stood now. “What the hell,” he growled in the silence. “I’ve seen a ghost or an apparition, maybe a vision. Something.” Glancing down, he noted his hands shook.
“Who’re you talking to in here?” Aubrie appeared in the door to the bedroom. “I heard voices in here. Did Katie forget something?” Raking a fat comb through her chocolate lengths, she eyed him coolly.
Ice hardened along his spine. “Nobody. I was talking to myself.” The habitual shove of hands in pockets followed by clearing his throat spoke volumes. Logan would put money on it. “Are you getting ready for bed?”
“Yeah, are you coming?” Her questioning eyes tracked him as he gathered up his boots.
“No. I’m not tired right now. Hey, I think I’ll fly over to Gus’. He said somebody’s been hanging around the garage after dark. I want to scout out the area. Sorta give him some help. Won’t be long. Go on to bed. I’ll be back soon. Okay?” Reluctance appeared in her features. He stepped to her. “Look, I promise, I won’t be long. Lock the doors. I’ll use my key when I get back.”
The one word grazed across the rawness of having lied to her. You did not lie to your soulmate. Stepping to Aubrie, Logan eased in for a kiss. Soft and gentle, his lips skimmed over hers. Without effort, his mind relaxed as her hands touched his shoulders. She had a magnificent talent for making the outside world go away. Reaching up, he cradled her face in his fingers. Long, pleasurable moments passed as his mouth swept the corners of hers. Nibbling her flesh, he bit the corner of her top lip before sucking. She molded her body into his. The easy way she gave into his attention stoked his ardor. Small pulses of electricity ran the length of his body. His shaft hardened as she stirred his blood with her hands.
“Yeah, Sugar?” His heart thrummed with a new and vital beat.
“Make love to me.”
In the light shining in from the bedroom window, her request hit him with the force of steel. The words were ones he had heard before. A flicker of memory brought back the night they’d made love under the stars. This woman channeled his emotions like no other. No magic compared to her touch.
With a groan, he walked her backward to the bed. The urgency for her drove him to pull her nightshirt over her head. “I need you, now,” he whispered.
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Thunder sounded right outside the window. Logan woke with a jerk. His skin ran wet with a dampness as thick as if he had run a marathon. Glancing at the clock on the nightstand, he cursed. “Three in the morning.” Nothing good ever happened at three in the morning. The truth of his opinion weighted his steps as he got up to pad to the window. Rain hit the glass in a steady, unhurried stream. A dull ache signaled the onset of a headache. Another damned migraine. Where had the dream steered into such an unholy place?
Logan turned to gaze at Aubrie. The woman he loved lay asleep without concern or reason for fear. Intent on keeping things just that way, he slipped out of the room. The deck ran the length of Aubrie’s country home. Leaning on the rail, he searched the shadows of the shallow valley below. Unsure if he’d been more disturbed by the fact he’d had a dream about sex with someone other than the woman he was marrying or the notion he’d considered the act therapy, Logan stood wishing for a cigarette. He had quit smoking after returning from the secular sandbox known as Afghanistan. War held a man in its profane grip much longer than necessary or even considered normal. So what did a man do when the dream world woke him at three in the morning with the worst wet dream imaginable, one headlining the ex-woman in his life?
I returned from Texas and a birthday weekend with my grand daughter to find something special waiting for me. Reviews are starting to come in, and I’m pleased to report, the book is well received. This post includes those reviews and more. Deliberate Intent is featured at I Love Vampire Novels today. A great site for all lovers of paranormal.
Happy Friday, everyone. This week, I’m sorting through the plot of Deliberate Intent and came across a secondary character scene that pretty much sums up the problem facing Shadow Company. The backstory begins with dreams so real they can kill you. Shadow walkers have upped the ante with their mind control. Manipulation is the key to garnering power when the dreams evolve into reality. So the new puppeteer, The Sultan, creates nightmares for our team members. One such dream has Logan Latimar, the warlock from Beyond the Veil, so concerned, he asks his fiancee, Aubrie Sinclar, the seer from book one, to visit the woman featured in his nightmare to see if she can figure out who’s behind the trouble. Here’s the meeting between Aubrie and Connie Colter, Logan’s former lover.
Deliberate Intent, Book Two of Shadow Company
“I can’t come into the pharmacy to work today. Got some things to do.” Aubrie hurriedly texted the message to her best friend, Katie. “Talk to you later.”
The dirt road rambled through the countryside outside of Cheniere Station like a lover eluding capture. Not intending on going anywhere except back into her lover’s arms, the road ended abruptly when that lover reached for her.
Dust swirled despite the dew lingering in the canopy of trees bordering either side of the dusty road. The air hung heavy and sultry. Aubrie got out of the car, eyeing the ramshackle house, the last façade of a fallen hero. He was a farmer at heart. The essence of Luke Colter, SEAL team six team member and friend of Logan’s, lingered in the telltale remnants of the barn and rusting equipment.
“Morning.” Connie stood propped against the weather stressed paint of the tenement house. The early morning mist settled over the fallow ground of her dead husband’s cotton fields. Her hair was damp as if she’d just bathed. Her cotton wrap covered her milky white skin to a point close to her upper thigh. “I’m surprised to see you.”
“Sorry I dropped by so early. I wondered if we could talk.” Aubrie scrubbed her hands on the back pockets of her jeans.
“Sure. Come on in. I got coffee.” Shoving off of the porch support, Connie sauntered back through the broken down screen door one hip at a time.
The dimly lit front room smelled of dust and garbage gone over. Maybe the visit wouldn’t take too long. Following Connie into the kitchen, she offered, “Coffee sounds good.” Thinking of the several cups she’d already had, she shoved at the idea for more caffeine. Still wondering if coming out was a good idea, she smiled. “How are you, Connie?”
Standing at the counter of the vintage kitchen, Connie poured. “Fine, you?”
The smell of caffeine and cream reminded Aubrie of the last time Connie had poured coffee for her. She and Logan had visited Hightower’s diner. Connie waited on them and served coffee. Malice lay right below the surface on that occasion. Remembering the hot Java burn on her hand from spilled coffee, Aubrie wondered if the same was true today. “I’m fine. Been busy.”
“Yeah, busy.” Connie’s laugh was mirthless. “The diner’s been keeping me occupied. Seems the oil wells nearby have plenty of employees. Cream?”
“Yes, please.” She waited as Connie set the cup down on the table. “Thanks.”
Dropping into the other chair, Connie smiled slyly, “Sit down.” Tapping a polished fingernail on the Formica surface, she eyed Aubrie speculatively. “What brings you all this way, Aubrie.”
There was no hiding the fact. Aubrie’s visiting Logan’s former lover to ‘chat’ was highly suspect. “Logan said you were dealing with some things. Asked me to talk to you. Since I’m a seer, he thought I might be able to help.” The shrug wasn’t planned. Wincing inside, Aubrie glanced about the drab kitchen with its faded paint. Light spilled in the one tight window over the sink. Somewhere in the shadows, a room fan hummed in the silence.
“He did, did he?” Connie tapped a lacquered nail on the tabletop. “Seems like our Logan is having a difficult time with me lately.”
Connie’s scrutiny made Aubrie uncomfortable. Funny, but the woman seated across from her seemed to be reading Aubrie’s mind, instead of the other way around, she mused. Aubrie shrugged again. “You know how men are. They get spooked when a woman says she’s got troubles. Seems like feminine wiles aren’t their forte’.
Connie sniffed. Giving her dishwater blonde hair a flip over her shoulder, she reached out, snatching up the pack of cigarettes on the tabletop. Thumping the open pack against her index finger, she asked, “Want one?”
Waving away the offer, Aubrie answered. “No, thanks.”
With a shrug, Connie pulled the cigarette out and lit the tip with a ‘Geaux Saints’ lighter. The slow trail of the smoke slide toward the water stained ceiling. “No wiles here. Just facts. If Logan can’t deal with that, then who needs him anyway. Right?”
Connie was harboring some resentment. That was apparent in her words. Careful not to poke at the fire brewing, Aubrie sipped her coffee. “I guess. You want to tell me what’s going on? Maybe I can help.” Her fingers slid around the cup for safety. No sense in reaching out and accidentally seeing what the woman wasn’t going to volunteer. She’d have to go with what Connie offered.
“I told Logan something he wasn’t ready to believe. If I hadn’t been present when it happened, I’m not sure I’d believe it either. It seems I’m pregnant. He’s the daddy.”
Aubrie’s hand tightened on the coffee cup. Now, she desperately wanted to reach over and see the truth. Air suddenly became a precious commodity. “What makes you think he’s the father?”
Tamping out her cigarette in the ashtray, Connie paused. Her mouth lay in a flat line as she gauged her response carefully. Leaning in on one elbow, she eyed Aubrie smugly. “Because he’s the only man I’ve been with in a long while.”
The coffee in the cup vibrated. The tension rippled up Aubrie’s arm. The need to defend Logan surfaced. She swallowed the bile in reflex. “You’re lying. You can’t have him, so you don’t want anyone else to have him either.” Her cool demeanor shattered as Aubrie stood. Fight or flight teased her courage. “This is your way of ruining our wedding, isn’t it?” Taking a step backward, Aubrie wished to run as far and as fast as she could go. “Your way of keeping him even if he doesn’t love you.”
“I wouldn’t be so sure about that last part if I were you. That’s not what Logan told me while he was inside me. You’d better check your facts. Where’s he been going lately? He hasn’t been working down at the garage as much, has he? As for your wedding – people marry every day. Doesn’t make it stick.”
Doesn’t make it stick. The words rang in Aubrie’s head. She wheeled. The light went out for a second before she reached the front door. Somehow she made it down the steps. Where had the lead in her step come from? Her breath came in short, hard pants. The constriction in her chest was real. Behind the wheel of the car, she cursed the anxiety attack for zapping her nerve, Aubrie turned the key in the ignition, spinning out as she left.
Trouble’s brewing in Cheniere Station. Deliberate Intent is nearing a close, which means a release date is coming up. In the meantime, check out Beyond the Veil, Book One of Shadow Company for the start to the series. SEALS and magic collide in this test of wills.
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Many thanks to the readers who shared a review of Beyond the Veil, Book One of Shadow Company.
An excellent paranormal romance. Logan and Aubrie have that anger and sexual tension thing going on throughout the book. Wow, such stubborn characters! Great plot and well developed! I also enjoyed the secondary characters and feel they are going to be seen again.
Catherine Wolffe can fill my Kindle any day! She is a master at her craft!
This story will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time. If you love shadow walkers, seer’s, warlocks, demons, and spells, then you need this book. When Aubrie is taken by the demon shadow walker, Logan goes Beyond The Veil to get her back. This is a great story, and I can’t wait for book 2!
OMG-WOW. .shadow-walkers, demons, portals, Netherworld, and veils, with Seers and Warlocks.. and Marie Laveau.. what a story. Details are intricate. .the story is intriguing and interesting. I love the characters. And am surprised by the story line… It took me differently than I thought it would.
Aubrie Sinclair, a seer from a long line of empaths -meets-Logan Latimar, an ex-Navy SEAL, and warlock. Now Girl meets Navy Seal is enough to be a Super Hot read, but then add the paranormal to it and WOW!! Logan returns from war to work in his brother’s garage, but war doesn’t leave him, the dreams come, and they seem to bring not only the past but the present with them. Aubrie is not only a seer, but a budding author who lives alone with her two dogs, and a horse out in the country and gets visits from a friendly shadow-walker at times. But now she’s pulled into dreams of a war with the hometown hero Logan while being stalked by a demon portraying himself as a shadow-walker.
Will she help Logan with his dreams? And will he rescue her from them and her own trouble with her stalker too? And will Love, the purest form of good help both? I don’t give away spoilers, just advice. READ THIS FANTASTIC BOOK!!
An update on Beyond the Veil – A featured read in the upcoming Sizzling Summer Party hosted by The Romance Reviews. I hope you’ll join me June 1 for giveaways and prizes. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on loads of great reads just in time for summer.
Now back to the writing cave. Deliberate Intent is nearing the HEA, and I still have work to do. (Smiling) Happy Friday and happy Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for dropping by!
Deliberate Intent, book two of Shadow Company is in the works. I want to share the backdrop of the story with you while the details are being worked out. Friends of Aubrie and Logan’s come to their rescue when the couple finds themselves involved in a criminal act. To prove their innocence, Aubrie and Logan must rely on the help of Katie Tibideaux, hometown girl and pharmacist, and Duke Taylor, ex-Navy SEAL, and cowboy.
At first glance, these two mere mortals couldn’t be more different. But as the danger mounts against their friends, Katie and Duke find common ground in a sizzling relationship that proves opposites attract. In this scene, Katie and Duke are in the vacant house left by Aubrie and Logan when they escaped arrest by disappearing into the Netherworld.
Searching for clues, neither Katie nor Duke are sure of the other’s intentions. Yet, thrown together, they discover their attraction to each other is heating up.
Katie’s feet faltered. Likely reluctant to believe in the depth of his commitment, she stalled. “Where are we going with this, Duke?”
“Into the future, darlin’. I intend to make sure you understand just how important you are to me.” His mouth turned up in a slow grin. “That intelligent mind of yours is working overtime. I know what your thinking. Duke Taylor’s a lone wolf, a drifter, a slick operator. Love ‘em and leave ’em, am I right?” Reaching out, he traced the swell of her cheek to the corner of her lush mouth. “But, I promise you, I’m in this with you for the long haul, Katie. You’ve cast your spell over me. The fact is, I don’t want to break that spell. I’m happier than I’ve ever been with anyone. Do you know what it takes for a man like me to admit that?”
Thanks for dropping by today. I hope you check out book one of Shadow Company, Beyond the Veil. The fight for good over evil takes some surprisingly dark turns in the first installment of Shadow Company. Join Logan Latimar and Aubrie Sinclair as they use their mystical talents to save their small corner of the world. Demons in the guise of shadow walkers and real life issues brought back from an unforgettable war make life difficult, if not dangerous for these two lovers. So begins the tale of love in the paranormal.
Just a reminder, book one is available #FREE in return for a review. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have I got your attention? Who would like to post a review of my latest paranormal romance – Beyond the Veil? I have a #FREE copy of the book for readers willing to place an honest review on Goodreads/Amazon, B&N within the next month.
An update on the series includes book two coming this summer – Deliberate Intent is the continuing story of Aubrie, the seer, and Logan, the ex-SEAL/warlock. Their fight against evil in the netherworld threatens to destroy their love. Lurking in the shadows, the demons use the couple’s own minds against them. With help from Duke Taylor, fellow ex-SEAL and Katie Thibideau, Aubrie’s best friend, the war wages against the dark forces. Discover their story soon!
Thrilled is an understatement. I’m happy dancing in my PJ’s this morning over the wonderful review for Beyond the Veil. https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Veil-Shadow-Company-Book-ebook/dp/B01N4FIW55
Thanks to Jane for the detailed look at my new series called Shadow Company. As with beginning books, an author sets a stage for the characters in which to live out their stories. Her insight into the background and intentions of the author or dead on. I want to give her a high-five for her diligence and support. Please enjoy her review below.
Oh, by the way – watch your step today. It’s Friday the 13th.
By Jane- Happy Camper on January 8, 2017
2017 is just around the corner. Saying goodbye to 2016 will not disappoint me overly. The year proved challenging and demanding in new and unique ways. So I bid the year adieu with a small celebration for my latest book, Beyond the Veil, Book 1 of Shadow Company. Please join me for the Facebook event scheduled to begin tomorrow.
Drop by and pick up the book at half price for a limited time. In addition to the price reduction, you can register for a grand prize drawing. I’m giving one lucky reader a set of autographed CW paperbacks. All you have to do is share the book on Amazon to your page on Facebook. Copy the link in a post at the event, and you are in the drawing. There will be other prizes throughout the three-day event. I look forward to sharing the incoming year with you and celebrating with friends. Happy New Year and thanks for dropping by.
Beyond the Veil – book blurb
Aubrie Sinclair, a seer from a long line of empaths, considers her talent a gift and a burden. She’s a loner until she meets Logan Latimar, the ex-Navy SEAL, and warlock. Sparks fly as they discover each other’s talents as well as hang-ups. One thing they have in common is their battle with the evil demons known as shadow walkers living between worlds and stealing memories for their own pleasure. Seekers of truth and justice, Aubrie and Logan face a threat and discover their genuine purpose.
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I’m getting a head start on this weekend’s celebration while there’s time. Thank you for following my blog and your support throughout 2016. I’m excited about 2017. Aren’t you?
Perhaps the new year will bring happiness and satisfaction in your life. This is my New Year’s wish for everyone.
My celebration begins with a price reduction for Beyond the Veil, Book 1 of Shadow Company. Keep an eye out at Smashwords.com and Amazon.com for the switch during the end and beginning of 2016-2017.
Now, for that Tuesday Teaser.
Testy is the word of the day. Have you ever had one of those encounters that curled your toes but when things settled again, the vibe went haywire? Aubrie and Logan finally have a real date under the stars and sparks fly. The next morning doesn’t find them on the same page, though. Here’s an excerpt for your pleasure.
Beyond the Veil, Book 1 of Shadow Company
“Sure.” Balancing the pan in one hand, Logan poured coffee with the other. “Here go.”
“You sure are cheery this morning.” She glanced at him with the last of her observation fresh out of her mouth. “I mean, where do you get such energy? Me, I’m not a morning person.” Probably best to dive into the coffee in her hand, she mused.
“It’s a gorgeous day. I’m feeling better. You worked some kind of miracle on me last night. Besides, I don’t usually have a date for breakfast.” He cut her a cautious glance.
“I know, drop ‘em off and leave. Right?” The laugh came out brittle. Okay, testy woman. Drill it back a notch her brain shouted. Aubrie shoved at her hair. “Look, I’m gonna apologize to get it out of the way. I guess it was the high altitude, but I don’t usually sleep with a guy on the first date. That was a date, right?” With brows furrowed, she glanced at him again. This time, irritation surfaced briefly.
The lines around his mouth hardened.
“Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed myself. I’m off kilter here is all.” The stiff grin probably spoke volumes. Doing more damage than good, Aubrie. Stop while you’re ahead, her mind growled.
“Can’t say I blame you. After all, a SEAL jumps in without asking. Leaves ‘em staring at the stars while he snores. Things may have gotten out of hand. It’s my fault.” He stabbed at the eggs sending some flying out of the pan into the dirt. “Oh and by the way. Since we’re keeping score, this was our second date.”
“Now, wait a minute. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t usually come on to a guy like I did last night, but I thought we had a connection, Latimar. You encouraged me, but I jumped you first. I want to be clear on that point.” She stood before stalked off to the bushes. “And furthermore, I fell fast asleep. I don’t remember anything about staring at the stars.”
“No, that was me,” he mumbled.
“What?” Aubrie came back, dusting her hands on her dress.
“I said that was me staring at the stars. Can’t quite figure out how you managed to seduce me. I got to give it to you. You were something. Isn’t this heaven?” Sarcasm seeped through his question.
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