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February 20, 2018 Talking Tuesday – Character Q&A With Loren from the Eternal Mates Series
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Welcome to Talking Tuesday!
Every Tuesday, I’ll either be answering questions myself, or posing questions to one of my characters from my paranormal romance books. All of these questions are submitted to me by my awesome readers at my Fang Club, a Facebook Group where I chat with my readers. Asking questions is exclusive to members of my Fang Club, so if you want to get in on the action, you’ll have to join the group.
It’s the season of giving, and so I plan to share with you my seasonal stories that I’ve written over the years. These are flash fictions, which are short pieces, all based on books I’ve written.
An Elf for the Holidays
Loren navigated the busy pedestrian street, curling his lip at any mortal who bumped him and barely stifling the growl that rumbled up his throat and his desire to flash fangs at them. Beneath the thick woollen hat covering his blue-black hair, his ears were pointed, a sign of his distress he preferred to keep hidden from the male escorting him on this mission.
Bleu, his second in command, muttered dark things in the elf tongue into the thick black scarf wrapped around his neck and shielding the lower half of his face. Loren walked hunched up like him, his hands jammed into his matching black heavy wool coat to keep the biting chill off his skin. Bleu had no such path open to him. He had foolishly insisted on carrying all of Loren’s shopping bags, an act he evidently now regretted. His mood was degenerating faster with each passing second and Loren felt sure it was only a matter of time before his friend snapped and threatened any one of the jovial human shoppers bustling around them.
Colourful decorations illuminated Loren’s path, hanging between the buildings of the shopping street in the heart of London. Bright against the inky sky. They caught Loren’s attention, distracting him as his blue gaze studied the strange choice of creature and tried to make sense of them. They were a large number of enormous robins. He was familiar with the bird, but uncertain why mortals had chosen it to symbolise their religious holiday they called Christmas.
Olivia, his beautiful human mate, had attempted to explain to him the importance of the holiday, but the more she had told him, the more it had sounded less like something religious and more like something focused on family and the pleasure of giving and receiving presents. She had turned solemn after a short period of discussing it with him and reflecting on the Christmases she had shared with her brother in the past in an attempt to explain it to him, and why she loved this time of year. Neither of them enjoyed speaking of their brother. She had lost hers many years ago. He was still searching for his, trying to track him across the mortal world and Hell before he harmed himself or others.
The discussion with Olivia had given him insight into her, and he had decided then that this festive season and the giving of presents was important to her. He had silently vowed that he would give her a Christmas that she would remember. His eternal mate deserved no less. She had given him joy, love, and a future no longer filled with darkness but flooded with light and warmth. He wanted, needed, to give something back to her and show her that she was important to him.
When he had approached her friend Sable about the objective of his mission, the demon huntress had told him to get Olivia presents. He had probed in an attempt to discover what presents his little female would prefer, but Sable had been unable to offer any suggestions and had merely told him to ‘go with your gut’.
Loren had turned to Bleu.
It’s the time of giving, and loads of authors have come together under the hashtag #SnowAudio to bring you a little seasonal spirit this winter. Just search for that tag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and get entering the fantastic giveaways between now and December 15th.
I’m giving you the chance to win one of two sets of books 1-4 in my Eternal Mates paranormal romance series in audio.
The winners drawn at random are:
As always, my comments are open, and I’d love to hear from you!
Itâ€™s that time of year again where we look forward to the holidays and a new year, and what better way to celebrate and relax than with FOUR FREE books and SIX 99c / 99p books?
Thatâ€™s right, my Winter Warmers (or Summer Scorchers if youâ€™re south of the equator) are back and this year I have some fantastic deals for you.
Not only can you get your hands on my usual four free paranormal romance ebooks, three of which are firsts in series and one of which is a seasonal offering perfect for the holidays, but you can also get six ebooks at incredible discounts for a limited time only. Those books will be just 99c or 99p until January 15th 2015, representing a total saving of $14 / Â£7, so be sure to check them out and grab them before the offer ends. And donâ€™t forget to tell your book-addicted friends!
You can find all the links to your favourite retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and Kobo Books, and discover more about the books over at my website: http://www.felicityheaton.com/paranormal-romance-ebook-offers.php
Now, hereâ€™s more about each book that is on offer:
Discounted books include:
Kissed by a Dark Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series #1)
Olivia thinks itâ€™s her lucky night when a dangerously handsome unconscious fae ends up on her inspection table. Heâ€™s her chance to redeem herself with her employer, the demon-hunting organisation, Archangel. But when the tall, dark and deadly immortal warrior awakes, she gets much more than she bargained forâ€¦
In Heat (In Heat Shapeshifter Romance Series #1)
A heat wave isn’t the only thing making London too hot for lawyer Kim. She’s been spending each night with a man who sets her body and heart on fire. The problem? He’s a man who always sprouts black fur and purrs, and he’s only a dream. Walking into her office, the last thing she expects is to meet Erik, a man who sends her temperature soaring and who resembles her dream guy exactly.
Her Fallen Angel (Her Angel Romance Series #2)
Lukas is gorgeous and way out of Annelie’s league, but when he confesses that he wants her, she can’t resist his passionate kiss and seizes the moment, and Lukas, with both hands. But Lukas has a secret, one that will test Annelie’s love for him and threaten to tear them apart. He’s a fallen angel. Can she help him prove he didn’t commit a terrible crime? Is she brave enough to love an angel?
Crave (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #2)
Callum has come to the city of romance on business, not pleasure, but when he sets eyes on a gorgeous werewolf in a nightclub, he canâ€™t ignore the dark carnal craving she ignites in him. His work for Vampirerotique, the erotic theatre he runs with three other vampires, can wait. The only thing that matters now is satisfying his sinful hunger for a woman who most vampires would consider an enemy.
Prophecy: Caelestis & Aurorea (Vampires Realm Romance Series #2)
In a world of darkness and danger, Prophecy will fight to her limit to save the vampire she loves and stop a terrible evil from unleashing Hell on Earth. When her visions show her the dark path they must take, will Prophecy and Valentine be able to do what is necessary to win against the mounting threat of a mysterious enemy?
Hunter’s Moon (Vampires Realm Romance Series #6)
The horror of the night he failed to save his werewolf pack from the cruelty of their vampire masters has haunted Nicolae for one hundred years, driving him deep into the Canadian wilderness in search of peace. That peace is threatened when unfamiliar hunters and the scent of blood lead him to a beautiful vampire and a hard decisionâ€”face his past and help her or risk losing everyone again.
Free books include:
Prophecy: Child of Light (Vampires Realm Romance Series #1)
A vampire unlike any other, Prophecy lives life in the dark until the night she encounters a sensual dark-haired vampire who is both her enemy and the man who will change her world forever. When she discovers her extraordinary destiny, will she be strong enough to embrace it and stop a deadly war from igniting?
Her Dark Angel (Her Angel Romance Series #1)
Serenity is shocked when a gorgeous black-winged angel shows up in her city of Paris claiming that she called him when she was only casting a simple vengeance spell. He’s no other than the angel of death! When Apollyon offers to obey her and help her have revenge on her cheating ex, she can’t resist the temptation, but can she resist him? Can an angel ever fall for a mortal woman like her?
Covet (Vampire Erotic Theatre Romance Series #1)
Javier knows better than to succumb to his hunger for Lilah. The mortal female belongs to a powerful aristocrat patron of Vampirerotique, the theatre he runs with three other vampires. A single touch is all it would take to break the sacred law of his kind, sentencing himself to death, but his passion for her has become too fierce to ignore and he will risk everything to make Lilah his.
Vampire for Christmas
It was one last mission. Shannon, a hunter, is desperate to ditch the small town and her vampire partner, Rafe. Things are getting complicated and she wants out, but Rafe isn’t about to let the woman he’s fallen for go so easily. Can Rafe make her see that he loves her and make her face her feelings? Will a wish on a star bring Shannon what her heart truly desires–a vampire for Christmas?
You can find all the links to your favourite retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple and Kobo Books, and discover more about the books over at my website: http://www.felicityheaton.com/paranormal-romance-ebook-offers.php
Happy Holidays and Happy Reading everyone!
I have a different sort of cover reveal this time around. I decided that since I’m releasing the next four books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series close together in early 2015, that I would reveal all of the covers at once to give you a taste of what is to come in the series!
These novels will all be coming out between January 6th and March 10th next year, and every single of one of them are shape-shifter romances.
If you havenâ€™t had a chance to step into this passionate and action-packed world of dark elves, fae, demons, vampires, shifters and hunters, then you can take the leap with the first book in the series, Kissed by a Dark Prince, which is only 99c / 99p until January 15th as part of my fantastic Winter Warmers special deals. Find all the deals and links to your favourite retailers at: http://www.felicityheaton.com/paranormal-romance-ebook-offers.php
Back to the revealâ€¦ here are the covers for the next four books in the series and more about them.
Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 4)
A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his prideâ€™s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.
Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefactâ€”a male who declares she is his eternal mate.
Can Iolanthe resist Kyterâ€™s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives?
Read a first chapter preview of Hunted by a Jaguar at: http://www.felicityheaton.com/hunted-by-a-jaguar-paranormal-romance-novel.php
Hunted by a Jaguar is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 6th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.
Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 5)
Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until heâ€™s free of a role he never wantedâ€”one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.
Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything heâ€™s worked towards in the five long years theyâ€™ve been apart.
Eloise has travelled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her prideâ€™s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.
Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?
Discover more about Craved by an Alpha at: http://www.felicityheaton.com/craved-by-an-alpha-paranormal-romance-novel.php
Craved by an Alpha is due for release in ebook and paperback on January 27th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.
Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 6)
The sole remaining member of the most famous shifter hunter family in history, Owen Nightingale is a mercenary and a man with a secret held in his closely guarded heart, but when a beautiful a rare shifter catches his eye and offers him a job, he has the feeling heâ€™ll be the one paying for helping herâ€”with his heart.
Cait is in a spot of trouble with a capital T. A male hellcat has set his sights on claiming her and sheâ€™s one kitty who doesnâ€™t want a collar, and who has spent her life avoiding relationship and is intent on remaining free. When she meets a dark, alluring and mysterious hunter, she sees a chance to rid herself of the male, but the price Owen sets and the fierce passion that burns white-hot between them lures her dangerously under his seductive spell.
Can Owen discover the true intent of the male hellcat and stop Cait from falling into his hands? And can Cait retain control as the heat of desire burns between her and Owen, or will a reckless moment seal both of their fates forever?
Discover more about Bitten by a Hellcat at: http://www.felicityheaton.com/bitten-by-a-hellcat-paranormal-romance-novel.php Â
Bitten by a Hellcat is due for release in ebook and paperback on February 17th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.
Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 7)
Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds sheâ€™s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemyâ€”she might be his fated female.
Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took herâ€”to stop her from dying.
Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?
Discover more about Taken by a Dragon at: http://www.felicityheaton.com/taken-by-a-dragon-paranormal-romance-novel.php
Taken by a Dragon is due for release in ebook and paperback on March 10th 2015 and will be available from all major online book retailers.
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Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:
Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince
Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King
Book 3: Tempted by a Rogue Prince
Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar â€“ coming in 2015
Book 5: Craved by an Alpha â€“ coming in 2015
Book 6: Bitten by a Hellcat â€“ coming in 2015
Book 7: Taken by a Dragon â€“ coming in 2015
Which is your favourite cover and which book are you looking forward to the most?
â€œSpecimen appears to have advanced healing ability. Age of blood around the wounds is indicative of a recent injury, but the wounds in question are already closed and beginning to scab over.â€ Many demon and fae species had heightened healing. He could be any number of them. Olivia carefully pulled his upper lip back and studied his teeth. â€œNo fangs. Canines appear normal.â€
She drew back and something caught her eye. She parted the wild strands of his short black hair and traced the pointed tip of his ear. Was he a demon? They had pointed ears.
Olivia hovered over him, looking down at his handsome bloodstained face. She had never seen a demon as beautiful, mysterious, or deadly as he was.
She could feel it like an aura around him.
He was dangerous.
And waking up.
Olivia scooted backwards and reached for the call button on the wall near the head of the bed. She didnâ€™t make it. His eyes slowly opened and she froze in mid-swing for the button, transfixed by them. They were incredible. She had never seen eyes like his. His irises were the most amazing shade of purple.
His gaze slid towards her but he didnâ€™t move.
â€œWhat are you?â€ Olivia whispered it again as his eyes began to change, shifting to a normal shade of blue, and then his ears changed too, the points dulling until they appeared human. Adapting. He was studying his environment and her, and he was adapting.
It was incredible.
She lowered her hand to her side and stared at him.
â€œSpecimen appears able to blend into his environment, changing his appearance to conceal himself.â€
She had never seen a demon do this. Many of them did it and she had heard the tales from the field agents, but she had never witnessed it.
â€œYou are being held in a secure facility and no harm will come to you.â€ She hoped he understood English. His blue gaze narrowed with his frown, locked on her mouth as she spoke. Maybe he didnâ€™t understand her.
He sat up in one fluid motion, swinging his legs over the edge of the inspection table, the movement so swift that it startled her and she shot backwards, distancing herself. Her heart thundered in her throat. She should have pressed the call button.
She should have strapped him down.
Her gaze darted to the red button off to her right. Could she make it there and sound the alarm before he attacked?
Olivia had never seen anything like the male specimen on the inspection table in front of her.
Her heart raced. She hadnâ€™t experienced this explosive combination of uncertainty, anticipation and enthusiasm in a long time, ever since her superiors had stripped her of her rank and sent her to this satellite facility in London, taking away her high-level privileges and forcing her to work on studying demon and fae species already extensively researched. It still felt as though they had shoved her out of sight, burying her in the Archangel equivalent of a basement to punish her for her mistake. She had lost all hope of removing the taint it had left on her name in the organisation.
The specimen lying right in front of her was her chance to prove herself again, a gift that some higher power had literally dumped on her doorstep.
Blood stained his neck and splashed across his jaw, and pooled at the left corner of his mouth too, luring Oliviaâ€™s gaze to firm sensual lips that had her staring blankly, lost in their perfection. She blinked herself out of her trance. Time was of the essence. She needed to get her study underway before her guest woke up or one of the other doctors belonging to the facility barged in and tried to take over.
She shook her hands to steady them, pulled her digital recorder from the pocket of her white coat, and turned it on. She set it on the silver trolley filled with all the equipment she thought she might need to complete her inspection of their unconscious guest.
Olivia tugged on a pair of latex gloves and ran her fingers over the scalpels and tools, and settled on a pair of shears. It had been a long time since she had been able to work on a live specimen and she wanted to start by getting his vitals monitored.
She picked up the shears and cut down the middle of his long black tunic style jacket. Red stained her cream gloves.
â€œSpecimen appears to have suffered severe injuries, worse than at first thought, resulting in a high level of blood loss.â€ She reached the end of his jacket and peeled the two sides back. She paused, her eyes widening at the impressive display of taut honed muscles under tight bloodstained and bruised skin. â€œSpecimen also isnâ€™t wearing anything under his coat.â€
Completely unprofessional of her but she had expected at least some sort of undershirt, and she certainly hadnâ€™t anticipated a body like this. She drew in a shaky breath, mentally told herself to get it together, and cut upwards along each of his sleeves. She peeled the two sides of his ruined jacket away from his body and set them down on the tray.
â€œMultiple lacerations and abrasions on his torso and arms. Many appear to be claw marks. Possible demon attack. Subject wears matching black and silver metal bands on each wrist.â€ Olivia spread her fingers and stroked along the lines of four long slashes over his left deltoid. She gasped. â€œSpecimen has markings on his body that hadnâ€™t been visible prior to interaction with him.â€
The prince looked deep into her eyes and then she was in his arms, held close to him, and they were kneeling together on the floor.
Familiar scents swirled around her and she instantly felt more relaxed. â€œWhat did you do?â€
He drew back from her and she found that he had taken her home and they were kneeling in the middle of her small living room on the cream carpet, between the beige sofa and the TV.
The prince brushed cool fingers across her brow. â€œYou feel better now.â€
She nodded, her heart levelling out again, the soft feel of the carpet beneath her knees and the familiar surroundings making her feel comforted and safe.
â€œI cannot remain here… and that means you cannot either… but I will not rush you,â€ he said in a low voice, one laced with a solemn note.
She appreciated that because she could see how difficult this was for him. He was a man used to issuing orders and having someone instantly obey. He was a man unused to having a weakness and she knew that was what she was. She didnâ€™t want this bond between them either. She wanted it undone or broken or just gone somehow. She didnâ€™t care how.
â€œIs there a way to undo it?â€ she whispered, afraid to hope that there was. Continue reading
WIP Wednesday – Hunted by a Jaguar & Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Books 4 & 5) and more!
I’m fighting to bring WIP Wednesdays back when I’m actively working on a book… but normally I’m so engrossed in writing that I kinda forget to make a WIP Wednesday post, and then I’ve finished the book in first draft!
If you follow me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/felicityheaton then you know what I’m up to, but if you haven’t followed me yet, here’s an update. If you are a follower, then you’ll know most of this, but you’ll get that tasty sneak preview snippet I made you vote for!
Right now, I’ve just completed the first drafts of the next two books in my Eternal Mates romance series. Hunted by a Jaguar is Kyter and Iolanthe’s story, and that’s the next book in the series. You remember Kyter? He’s that sexy jaguar shifter who runs Underworld, the nightclub in Kissed by a Dark Prince. The bonus is, you’ll be seeing Bleu in action again in his book since they’re kinda buddies now. Bachelors have to stick together.
The other book I’ve just finished in first draft is Craved by an Alpha. No, it’s not about werewolves. It’s about a delicious snow leopard shifter. You’ll get to meet Cavanaugh briefly in Kyter’s book as these two big kitties work together at the nightclub. Cavanaugh’s heroine is Eloise. Craved by an Alpha is a novella, and it’s around half the length of the novels in the series.
Now that I’m done with writing these two, I’ve set them aside to rest while I plan the next book in the Eternal Mates series, Bitten by a Hellcat, which is another novella.
Yes, I’m having a run on this series, and absolutely loving it!
The plan as it stands is that I will release the next four books in the Eternal Mates romance series close together, only a few weeks between each release. The current release plan for the books is for them to go in this order:
Jan 10th – Hunted by a Jaguar
Jan 31st – Craved by an Alpha
Feb 21st – Bitten by a Hellcat
Mar 14th – Taken by a Dragon
There’s a chance I could release them about a month earlier for each release… would you like that?
Once I’ve written Bitten by a Hellcat, I’m planning and writing Taken by a Dragon, which is novel length and it’s Anais the hunter and her story. Remember her? She got snatched by a pesky dragon in Claimed by a Demon King. Well, that dragon is Loke and he might have Anais holed up in his cave somewhere in the dragon realm in Hell and a certain sassy huntress turned demon queen might be on a warpath to get her fellow huntress back. I think Loke needs to watch his back…
I know what you’re thinking… that’s a lot of books! Don’t worry though. I’m not using up all my release spots for 2015 in one fell swoop.
I’m also planning to write and release in 2015:
A Vampire Erotic Theatre series novella
A Her Angel series novella
Guardians of Hades books 1-3
And maybe a Vampires Realm novella if I really work some magic!
Now, how about a sneak preview snippet from Hunted by a Jaguar? I asked my Facebook followers what they wanted and they chose this book…
A little backstory… this is close to the start of the book, and Kyter’s first face-to-face meeting with his heroine, Iolanthe. Kyter is being a naughty kitty by trying to make his unflappable heroine blush and trying to win her over as they’re both after the same object…
Olivia folded her arms across her chest. â€œYour enemy could have killed you rather than dump you at my door. I still donâ€™t get why you havenâ€™t just killed him before. Youâ€™ve been at war for four thousand years. There must have been opportunities.â€
â€œI almost succeeded once.â€ He began pacing again, long strides eating up the stone floor with ease. The man couldnâ€™t keep still whenever he felt agitated and watching him pace only served to agitate her. It showed off his body in far too good a light and gave her a terrible excuse to stare. â€œI came close to killing Vailâ€™s kiâ€™ara… it would have given me a chance to capture him.â€
Olivia didnâ€™t miss that he had said capture him. Not kill him. Now she knew why they had been fighting for so long. The prince couldnâ€™t bring himself to kill this psychopath. Why not?
â€œWhatâ€™s a kiâ€™ara?â€ She figured it was safer than probing about his reasons for not killing his enemy.
He glanced across at her. â€œIt is our term for our fated female… our eternal mate. You are my kiâ€™ara. The dark witch named Kordula is Vailâ€™s kiâ€™ara.â€
So his enemy was another elf, and he had a fated female too, and the prince had tried to kill her.
â€œDo you get like a harem of them… or is it a one-time deal?â€ She hoped he didnâ€™t say that each elf only got one kiâ€™ara, but the solemn edge to his purple eyes warned that he was going to shatter that hope the moment he spoke.
â€œWe have one fated female.â€ He looked away from her again, his head lowered now, his focus on his knee-high black boots. Continue reading