Saturday, December 8, 2012

Two Free eBooks!

My novelette "Pursued" is free on the Kindle today! In addition, a book titled "Blood Vow: Devil's Pact" is free for the first time today! Both of these books are free for one day only. Grab them while you can.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Werewolf Weekend!

Pursued will be free August 4th to August 5th!

After returning to her childhood vacation home, Chloe finds that a secluded cabin in the woods isn’t necessarily the safest place to be. She flees for her life as a werewolf chases her through the familiar cabin, but is the creature truly what he seems to be? Is he a bloodthirsty werewolf…? Or something more…?

This is part of the “Mating of the Beasts” series, but can stand alone. You do not need to read the other books to understand the going ons.

This novelette is about 11,000 words.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Thank You!

Thanks for my best sales month ever! I appreciate every single book bought and I just had to say it.

Remember that "Pursued" is now 99 cents or free with Amazon Prime. A big thanks to everyone who downloaded it while it was free and to everyone who has purchased it.

I have several books in the works that should be available soon. Keep an eye out. Also, check back here often for more free books. You never know when they will pop up...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Novelette available for free!

My novelette "Pursued" is in the "Mating of the Beasts" series, but it can stand alone and does not have to be read after reading the other books. You can read it first and not miss out on anything.

It is available for FREE right this moment for Amazon Prime users and tomorrow (the 26th) EVERYONE will be able to get it for free. Only for 24 hours, though. Then it will go back to being 99 cents until my next free promotion.


Pursued
After returning to her childhood vacation home, Chloe finds that a secluded cabin in the woods isn’t necessarily the safest place to be. She flees for her life as a werewolf chases her through the familiar cabin, but is the creature truly what he seems to be? Is he a bloodthirsty werewolf…? Or something more…?

This is part of the “Mating of the Beasts” series, but can stand alone. You do not need to read the other books to understand the going ons.

This novelette is about 11,000 words.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ways of the Pack for the Kindle!

I apologize for not mentioning this before, but the "Ways of the Pack" three book combo is now available on the Amazon Kindle for $2.99! It includes TWO bonus shorts that are ONLY available when you buy the three book combo.

Click here to see the Amazon Page.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Quick Update

I'm working hard on the third "Mating of the Beasts" book! It's about halfway done.

I want to thank everyone who bought my books! The month of June was my best sales month EVER! Thanks so much!

I promise, I'll have more updates soon. Right now there is just not much to tell.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Book Giveaway updated!

The giveaway is now over.

Surprise!

You can now buy the Three Book Combo of Ways of the Pack for your Kindle!

It costs $2.99 and it includes the two BONUS scenes from the paperback version that you can ONLY get if you buy all three books together. Those scenes will never be available anywhere else.

Don't forget about the giveaway still going on! You could win "Hunter: Secrets Revealed" or "The Finicky Feline" completely for free! Click Here to see.

Also, check out the blog I am running alongside my fellow writer (and close friend), L.M. Reed. Click Here. We will be doing a variety of things such as book recommendations, fun tidbits about books and writing, and much much more!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Giveaway!

I will be giving away TWO books and YOU could win them! The books are "Hunter: Secrets Revealed" in the "Ways of the Pack" series and "The Finicky Feline" in the "Mating of the Beasts" series.

How can you win? Just comment on this blog! Tell me which book you want (or if you want both) and I will randomly select a winner!

I am giving away each book separately, so if you enter for both, you may only win one.

The books I am giving away are for the Kindle only. Therefore, you should be able to read it on your Kindle device, Smartphone, iPad, etc or on your computer.

Comment to win!

(I will need your email address so I can send the book)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Third book coming...

The third "Mating of the Beasts" book is coming along nicely. Unfortunately, it probably will not be available until   much later this year. I would like to have it done within the next three months, but at this stage, that does not seem realistic. It is already 10k words longer than the two previous books and I do not feel anywhere close to being done. This is my longest novel yet. Don't worry, though! It won't be never-endingly long. I hate when books go on forever and ever and ever... so I can't possibly write one!

Another reason for the delay in the release of this book is life. I am not sure how much free time I will have for the next two months. That said, I will continue to do my best and work on this book as much as possible as well as the next books in the "Ways of the Pack" series. That's right, I haven't forgotten about my first series! I have several "finished" books in that series, but they need heavy editing before they will be ready to be published.

So, are you looking forward to the upcoming books?
Happy Summer Reading!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Q and A

Comment with any questions you might have about the "Mating of the Beasts" series or the "Ways of the Pack" series! I will answer as many questions as I can. Also, if you have questions you want characters from the books to answer, feel free to ask! I'm sure I can convince them to answer a few questions. Jacey especially would love to converse with fans. She is feeling a bit ignored thanks to all the "Mating of the Beasts" hype... poor thing.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Beastly Extra -- Interview with Kat

This is interview takes place right after “Beast Man” so there are slight spoilers for those who have not read the books yet.

Hello!  It's extremely nice to meet you.  What is your name and gender?Nice to meet you too! I’m Katerina Travis, but please call me Kat.

That's a great name!  Now, what is your species or race? Aw, thanks! I’m a “Beast” which is a race of shape shifters.

Ah, I see.  Very interesting…  Now, if you would please describe yourself to our readers…I’m about 5’5, I have darkish blonde hair, and blue eyes.

Oh, you sound very nice looking!  Why don't you tell me a little about yourself?You’re too kind! I love to read and I try to write, but I’m not very good. I love reading about shape shifters especially. Admittedly, I’m not very social, preferring to stay home and read than talk to people.

Ah, good… good…  So how do your powers work?  Can you shift at will?Well, Beasts generally shift at will, but I’m… not really normal. I didn’t find out that I was a Beast until just recently, so I have to work really hard to shift the tiniest bit. However, I hope that practice will make perfect, eventually allowing me to fully shift.

Good to know.  How many forms do you have?One at the moment, I guess… but I can make my eyes glow, my canine teeth lengthen into fangs, and if I focus really hard I can make my fingernails into claws.

Interesting.  So then how does it feel when you transform?  Do you enjoy the transformation at all?It feels… interesting, to use your word. I feel the Beast push its way to the forefront. It’s not unpleasant, but I can’t say I enjoy it.

Ah, yes.  I know the feeling…  Do you live with other shape-shifter, like in a pack, or alone?I sorta live in a pack. At the moment, I live outside the Pack’s territory, though.

Oh, right, right.  So then do you have non-shape-shifting friends?  If so, do they know about your ability and how do they feel about it?I don’t really have human friends, but my parents and brother are human, though and they don’t know about it.

Completely understandable…  Being a shape-shifter, you must have to keep a lot of secrets.  Does that bother you?  Do you wish the world could know about your kind?It’s hard to deal with lying to my parents. I’m not sure I want them to know, but yeah, it does bother me to have to keep it a secret.

I feel the same way…  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?I believe I already told you that I like to read, but I’ll add that I enjoy spending as much time with Teryn as possible.

Sounds fun!  So how do you put food on the table?  Do you have a job and if so, what is it?I’m taking college classes and my parents pay for most things at the moment, but I just recently got a job at an antique store owned and run by the Alpha of the Pack.

Are you in a relationship?  If so, how does he/she feel about you power?I love that I can say ‘yes’ to this question! I have a Mate, Teryn. He’s so… wow… Oh, umm, to answer the rest of your question, he is a Beast as well and therefore is fine with me being one.

This may be an odd and embarrassing question, but how do you manage your clothes with you shape-shifting?I don’t shift enough for it to make a difference yet…

All done!  I hope you enjoyed it!  Any last words?This was fun! Thanks for interviewing me!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Buy Beast Man Now!

Beast Man is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

Click here to see it on Amazon!

Or Here to see it for the Nook!

Beast Man -- Chapter 1

The following is the first chapter of "Beast Man." The full book is available on the Kindle and Nook. Enjoy!


Chapter 1

“I am not wearing a dress.”
“Lea,” Mari shook her head in disapproval, “Be reasonable.”
“Rowen doesn’t want me wearing anything revealing anyways. Do you Rowen?” The fiery brunette turned to face Rowen with her hands on her hips.
“Somehow I doubt a wedding dress will be less revealing than your normal attire,” he noted, fighting back a grin, “While on the subject: must you wear shorts and… what ever that is… all the time?”
“It’s a tank-top,” Lea hissed, “And I’ve seen wedding dresses reveal a lot more of a woman’s assets than this. Since when do you have a problem with the way I dress?”
“Okay!” Mari exclaimed, holding her hands up to stop the brewing argument, “I can work around the dress situation, but you have to wear something nice. It’s your wedding after all”
“Can’t we just elope?” Lea pleaded.
“And rob your mother of the chance to give you a proper wedding?” Rowen frowned, “I had not realized you were so selfish.”
Lea rolled her eyes as she crossed her arms.
“We haven’t even set a date yet, you know,” she pointed out.
“I’m working on it,” Mari replied, becoming increasingly flustered, “I have been working on this alone since… everything got cleared up.”
“Right, because the most important thing after we found out that Rowen’s brother was the murderer was planning the wedding,” Lea raised an eyebrow, “Does it have to be so soon, though?”
“You and Rowen have been…” Mari swallowed hard before continuing, “Living together for several days now and it won’t be long before people start to talk. You haven’t even officially announced your engagement.”
“Because we’ve known each other for less than a month!” Lea exclaimed, “How weird would that be?”
“This is exactly why my pack never associated so closely with humans,” Rowen rubbed his temple, grimacing; “Far too many human ways to follow.”

~*~*~

“What’s all the hullabaloo about?”
“My sister’s drama,” Erik shrugged, “Hopefully things’ll go back to normal soon.”
“Why’s Rowen back in the picture?” Brian grumbled, “I thought you said your dad was taking care of it.”
“Apparently the real murderer was caught.”
“Caught? Who was it?”
“Why don’t you use your super power of research to find out?”
“Why so grumpy?” Brian asked, “Did Heather reject you?”
“Do you have memory loss? She wanted to meet my family… If they find out I’ve been secretly dating hu… girls, I’m dead.”
“I still can’t imagine them being as mad about it as you’re making it sound… Why can’t you tell them that you don’t want to be a part of their religion?”
“Because… it’s not exactly a choice,” he whispered, “But still…”
“Buddy, you need to relax… get away from it all…”
“Oh? Have something in mind…?” Erik raised an eyebrow suspiciously.
“Most definitely,” Brian grinned, “I’ll need to get a few things first… and I’ll need a picture of you.”

~*~*~

“You are not having cold feet, are you?”
“I rarely get cold. Perk of having fur, you know.”
“Lea,” Rowen sighed heavily, “Do not put your wall up now.”
“I don’t have a problem with being married to you,” she began seriously, “Really, I think that’ll be great. It’s the wedding I’m not too fond of.”
“Indeed, it is a great task… walking down the aisle and saying ‘I do.’”
“Don’t make fun of me,” Lea slapped his arm playfully as she sat on the edge of the bed, “I just don’t like the idea of a bunch of eyes watching me walk down the aisle in a dress and… shoes.”
She shuddered at the word.
“Have I mentioned how much I hate shoes?”
“I noticed that about you,” Rowen chuckled, “I imagine heels would be a nightmare for you, yes?”
Yes,” Lea grimaced.
“Perhaps we can have an outdoor wedding… surrounded by trees and on the grass… You could be barefoot.”
“That sounds… nice, actually,” Lea frowned, surprised, “But my mom is running the show here.”
“It is our wedding, not hers,” he pointed out, “She only wants for it to be perfect.”
“What about you? What do you want?”
Rowen grinned widely, wrapping his arm around Lea’s waist as he pulled her unto the bed, against his chest.
“Ah, is that all you have in mind?” Lea rolled her eyes.
“You did not take that to mean I wished to further out physical relationship, did you?” he asked, feigning innocence, “I merely wished for you to be closer to me.”
Right,” Lea replied sarcastically, “Sex is the farthest thing from your mind?”
“Now that you mention it…” he raised in eyebrow, leaning forward.
“Slow down, Romeo,” Lea pulled away, “I’m not through with you yet.”
“My beautiful Feline, I certainly hope you will never be through with me.”
“Haha. You’re very funny,” she told him tonelessly, “Look, if you’re not going to be serious, I’m going to my room.”
Lea turned around and made to get off the bed. Rowen, however, pulled her down on the bed again, pinning her against the pillows.
“Do you really believe I would allow you to leave without a kiss?”
“I had hoped,” she smiled.
Chuckling, Rowen captured her lips with his. Lea wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him closer.
Much to Lea’s surprise, Rowen was the one to break the kiss. She frowned in confusion as she attempted to catch her breath.
“Are you certain you wish to sleep in your own room tonight?” he asked, running a finger over her cheek.
Immediately, Lea’s Beast purred, leaning into his touch.
“We will behave ourselves if I stay in here?” she asked once the purring ceased.
“Are you more worried about me or yourself?” Rowen inquired.
“That’s a good question.”
Rowen chuckled, leaning down again. A loud ring startled the pair.
Lea groaned as Rowen got off the bed, reaching for something on the nightstand.
“You finally got a phone?” she raised an eyebrow, moving to prop herself up on her elbow so she could see him.
“Sorry,” he told her, flipping the phone open, “Rowen here.”
His expression went from annoyance to concern in a blink of the eye.
“Are you certain, Alpha…? Yes, we can meet at the store in the morning… Teryn has no Mate, but he will be respectful. I have known him all my life and I will vouch for him… Yes, I will take care of it.” He snapped the phone shut and sighed heavily, shaking his head.
“What’s wrong?” Lea frowned, “Who’s Teryn?”
“A member from my old pack,” Rowen explained as he sat on the bed again, rubbing his temple, “He called your father, requesting to speak with him in person.”
“And you?”
“Yes… He says he has information that we need.”
“Information about what?”
“I do not know. Your father said he was vague about the details, but we are meeting him in the morning at the store.”
“Why does it matter if he has a Mate?” Lea tilted her head questioningly.
“Males without mates are sometimes harder to trust… especially around females such as yourself. Teryn, however, has never had a problem controlling him self around the females in our pack.”
“Is he a friend of yours?”
“Yes,” a slight smile appeared in his lips, “We grew up together.”
“I’m glad I get to meet someone from your old pack that doesn’t want to kill me,” Lea commented.
“Indeed,” Rowen agreed, his smile widening, “I have missed him since leaving the pack.”

~*~*~

“Anyone got a butter knife?”
“Lea,” Hector began sternly, “Now is not the time for jokes.”
“But the air is so thick with tension,” she shrugged, “I just wanted to lighten the mood.”
“We are all concerned about what information Teryn brings,” Rowen told her, “And… even though I know he is very careful around females, I worry that…”
“Hey,” Lea took his hand in hers, “No male could ever take me away from you, dude.”
Rowen chuckled and nodded, stroking her face gently, causing her to purr.
“I would feel better if you were not here.”
“If I don’t work, I don’t get paid,” she pointed out.
The bell jingled. All heads turned to the newcomer.
“Teryn,” Rowen greeted him, “It is good to see you again.”
“Rowen,” Teryn ducked his head respectfully, not moving from the door as he kept his eyes averted from the three.
“This is the Alpha, Hector Stine,” Rowen introduced, “And his daughter, my Mate, Lea.”
“It is a pleasure to meet you,” Teryn replied.
“You can come closer, we don’t bite,” Lea commented.
“My apologies. I did not want to seem to invade anyone’s territory,” still, he did not move.
“Come forward,” Hector ordered.
Teryn nodded and approached the counter.
“You said you had information that we needed,” Hector prompted.
“Yes, it is regarding my pack.”
“Is Trent not doing well as Alpha?” Rowen frowned.
“No, he is fine. Trent sent me to warn you, actually,” Teryn finally looked his friend in the eye, “Ailín’s followers have been restless since his death.”
Death?” Lea squeaked, “You never said that he was…”
“My apologies, love,” Rowen whispered, “I did not wish to cause you distress.”
“Ailín’s followers?” Hector questioned, “From when he was Alpha?”
“When my brother and I fought for the Alpha title, many of the pack left, but those that remained chose a side. Some supported me and some supported Ailín.”
“After my brother won the Alpha title from Rowen, a few of Ailín’s supporters became angry,” Teryn explained.
Trent is your brother?” Lea asked, “You two don’t have a rivalry like Ailín and Rowen, do you?”
“No, my brother and I are good friends,” Teryn assured her, “I was glad when he took the title of Alpha. He wanted to name me Beta, but… I did not want it to look as if he favored me because of our relation.”
“I did not realize that Ailín’s supporters would dislike Trent as Alpha,” Rowen frowned, “He was always well liked within the pack, by both sides.”
“They do not want anyone but Ailín to be Alpha and… they seek revenge for his death.”
“They’re coming here?” Lea gasped, “To kill Rowen?”
“Possibly,” he nodded gravely, “They are very upset. All I know for certain is that I overheard some of them arguing about you, Rowen. Not long after that, they disappeared without telling anyone where they were going. On my way here, I tried to track them down, but I found no traces of them.”
“Not again,” Lea groaned, plopping down on the stool.
“It will be alright, Mate,” Rowen told her firmly, “No harm will come to you.”
“Well, believe it or not, but it’s not me I’m worried about,” she crossed her arms, rolling her eyes.
“You have a fiery one,” Teryn commented, his lips twitching slightly, “Trent sent me to warn you and help in any way I can.”
“Thank you,” Rowen replied gratefully, “Alpha, I would like to—”
The bell rang, signaling the arrival of two women who looked into the store curiously.
“Welcome to Stine’s Antiques,” Lea told them, attempting to smile warmly, “Let me know if you need anything.”
“Thanks,” the older of the two returned her smile and nodded.
The pair began perusing the shelves.
“I told you we should’ve closed for the day,” Lea whispered to her father.
Hector sighed and nodded in agreement.
The younger one of the pair kept glancing at the group, her eyes lingering on Teryn. Her companion nudged her and whispered in her ear. With their enhanced hearing, Lea, Hector, Rowen, and Teryn were all able to hear her say “He’s not bad looking.”
Mom,” the younger one hissed, “Not now.”
Her mother shrugged, smiling widely.
Lea stifled a laugh with her hand and looked at Teryn, who had his eyes firmly planted on the girl admiring the antiques.
“You don’t live near here, do you?” Lea asked.
“We’re a bit closer to Denton,” the mother replied, “We don’t normally come out this far, but… Anyway, Kat wanted to check this store out.”
“I hope you find something you like,” Lea told Kat, “Did you have something in mind? I could help you find something if you want.”
Kat looked stunned that Lea was speaking to her and opened her mouth to try to say something, but no words came out.
“She wanted to see if there was anything ‘animal-ish,’” her mother explained for her.
“We have a few animal figurines, but that’s about it,” Lea replied, shrugging sadly, “But we’re always getting new things in, so if you check back sometime…”
“Great,” the woman smiled, “Maybe next week when…”
She turned to leave, but Kat grabbed her arm and whispered “Not yet… please.”
The woman raised her eyebrows and looked at Teryn, whose eyes were still on Kat.
“Talk to him, then,” she told her daughter.
Kat looked torn. She glanced between Teryn and the door.
With a heavy sigh, she nodded and turned to leave.
“That was odd,” Lea commented as the door shut behind them, “She looked like she liked you, Teryn.”
“And that would be odd…?” Teryn frowned.
“I meant that the way she was acting was odd. She looked scared to talk to anyone.”
“I am not the only one who noticed her scent, am I?” Rowen had his eyes closed as he continued to inhale though his nose.
“Smells Beastly,” Lea nodded, “But she seemed so… human. Her mom was no doubt human.”
“Teryn, are you alright?” Rowen asked, looking at his friend in concern.
Teryn swallowed hard before nodding stiffly.
“We have more pressing issues,” he told the group, “Alpha, I am here to help in any way I can.”
“Good,” he nodded, “First, I need to know more details about Ailín’s supporters… and possible avengers.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Beastly Extra -- New Book Description and Cover


"Beast Man"
Having defeated an evil, human-killing Beast, Rowen hopes that the threat to his Mate, Lea has passed. However, the universe apparently has a different plan.
When Teryn, a male Beast from Rowen’s old Pack, brings news that a group of Rogues plans to exact revenge on Rowen for killing their Alpha, everything goes topsy tervy once more for Hector Stine’s Pack.
Hoping to help, Teryn is blindsided by an unexpected distraction...that of a human female he feels inexplicably drawn to.
Can Teryn protect the Pack as well as the fragile female and her family?
Or will the Rogues’ dastardly plan to take their revenge, as well as the Pack, succeed?



This book will be released THIS WEEK! The wait is nearly over!

"Beast Man"

First off, I need to apologize for the lack of "Beastly Extras." Things have gotten a bit nuts on my end between editing, writing, life, and writing.

However, I am officially announcing the upcoming release of the next "Mating of the Beasts" book: "Beast Man."

In "Beast Man," you will see all of the characters in the previous book and also meet a few new ones because trouble once again landed on the Stine's doorstep. Rogues have vowed revenge for the death of their Alpha but they also have a more dastardly plan for Hector Stine's Pack. Will the Pack fall prey to the Rogues' tricks or will Rowen and his old friend Teryn be able to protect the Pack and their Mates from the threat?

Well, you will soon find out because the book should be released this month! It just needs some final edits and then it will be ready for everyone to read.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Beastly Extra -- Interview with Lea


Welcome to another Beastly Extra day! Check back here every day for more Beastly Extras, all leading up to the release of the next “Mating of the Beasts” book! I am not promising to have something new every day, but nearly every day I will try to have some more fun Beastly Extras.

Today we have an interview with Lea Stine, the main character in “The Finicky Feline.” This interview takes place before the events of “The Finicky Feline” so there are no spoilers.

Please note that I wrote the interview as a blank interview for anyone to use a while back and then filled in the questions with Lea’s answers so that’s why some of the questions may seem a bit weird.

Hello!  It’s extremely nice to meet you.  What is your name and gender?
Lea Stine and last time I checked I was female…

That’s a great name!  Now, what is your species or race?
Umm… Thanks. I sorta like my name too… I’m what’s known as a “Beast” which basically means I have an animal within that allows me to shapeshift.

Ah, I see.  Very interesting…  Now, if you would please describe yourself to our readers…
I’m barely over five feet… yeah, no short jokes please. I have light green eyes reddish-brown hair and skin that’s far too pale.

Oh, you sound very nice looking!  Why don’t you tell me a little about yourself?
Again, thanks I guess… First of all, I don’t like telling people about myself. Also, I’m afraid if I start spouting things off about myself it’ll sound like a personal ad. That’d be awkward.

Ah, good… good…  So how do your powers work?  Can you shift at will?
I can shift at will, but sometimes it happens if my temper gets the better of me.

Good to know.  How many forms do you have?
Technically two: Feline and human. However, there are the partial shifts. That means I can shift certain parts without shifting fully. Like, I can have claws or fangs. However, my eyes always glow when I shift at all. I have to add, though, that I can’t fully shift yet. I haven’t mastered my abilities yet.

Interesting.  So then how does it feel when you transform?  Do you enjoy the transformation at all?
Wow, I’ve never really thought about it… I wouldn’t say enjoy, but it’s not unpleasant. It isn’t like those movie werewolves at the full moon that scream in pain, that’s for sure. I can feel the Beast emerge… I don’t know how to describe it exactly.

Ah, yes.  I know the feeling…  Do you live with other shape-shifter, like in a pack, or alone?
Are you a Beast as well? Weird… Anyways, I live in a pack. My father is the Alpha.

Oh, right, right.  So then do you have non-shape-shifting friends?  If so, do they know about your ability and how do they feel about it?
No, I don’t have any human friends.

Completely understandable…  Being a shape-shifter, you must have to keep a lot of secrets.  Does that bother you?  Do you wish the world could know about your kind?
Doesn’t bother me a bit. I don’t mind keeping secrets and… Well, when humans knew about us a few hundred years ago they hunted us out of fear.

I feel the same way…  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I train, mastering my shape shifting abilities. I wouldn’t say I enjoy it, but it’s what I do.

Sounds fun!  So how do you put food on the table?  Do you have a job and if so, what is it?
I still live with my parents so they pretty much take care of the food situation, but I do have a job. I work at my dad’s antique store.

Are you in a relationship?  If so, how does he/she feel about you power?
No relationship here. My kind doesn’t date because our Beasts will eventually claim a Mate. There’s no real point in dating.

This may be an odd and embarrassing question, but how do you manage your clothes with you shape-shifting?
I can’t fully shift yet, so it doesn’t really affect my clothes yet, thankfully. I can’t imagine how horrible it’ll be once I actually shift enough to not be able to wear clothes…

All done!  I hope you enjoyed it!  Any last words?
Enjoy? Not exactly… I’m not big on sharing, so don’t ask me to do this again!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

More "Beastly Extras" -- FAQ

Another day and another extra from the "Mating of the Beasts" series leading up to the release of the next book! Be sure to check back every day for more "Beastly Extras." I won't promise that I'll have something for you every day, but nearly every day I will dig up some things and dust them off to show you!

Today is an FAQ. It is slightly spoiler-y, but nothing huge I think. Now, if you have questions to add to this, let me know! Also, I will be conducting "interviews" with characters from both the "Ways of the Pack" series AND the "Mating of the Beasts" series soon, so send me any questions you have for them as well!


Question: Rowen said that the Beast within has no need for intercourse. Care to explain this?
Answer: The Beasts themselves have no need for a sex drive since their human counterparts have it. If the Beasts did have it, then the actual being would have two sex drives…

Question: Can you explain the separation between the man and the Beast?”
Answer: The Beast is always present, but at times it is barely there. I like to look at it with percentages. While Lea is working at the store, while Brian isn’t there annoying her, she is 95% human and 5% Beast. When Brian shows up and she begins to get irritated it may change to 75% human and 25% Beast. Males normally have more Beast present than females, but during the Mating Ritual, males have more human present than the females, which is why the female does not retain any memory of the incident while the male remembers bits and pieces.

Question: Why didn’t Rowen just attack Ailín when he saw Ailín and Lea running together?
Answer: First of all, Rowen knew that Ailín could not hurt Lea in the middle of town, so she was safe for the moment. Attacking Ailín could have not only put Lea at risk, but if there were any other Beasts in the area, Rowen wouldn’t have stood a chance. All that to say, it wouldn’t have been very smart to attack Ailín at that point.

Question: Are we eventually going to meet Rowen’s old pack?
Answer: I can only say maybe. While I would love to write about that pack, there’s not much going on at the moment.

Question: Where do the Stines live and which part of Europe is Rowen from?
Answer: Where do you think they live and where do you think Rowen is from? Because you are correct! I wanted to keep it ambiguous for various reasons. Personally, I love to read a book and say: I live near that town! However, I wanted to try something new with this book. Plus, I like different European accents than what other people like so I wanted readers to hear whatever accent for Rowen that they wanted.

Question: Is Erik going to find a Mate?
Answer: Hehe… maybe.  I have a story planned about him, so keep an eye out for it.

Question: Will you write a prequel about Mari and Hector?
Answer: Maybe… No promises, but there is a story to tell there.

Question: What happened to Ailín after Rowen brought him back to his old pack?
Answer: That’s a good question… He may have been killed, but he might not have been. You’ll find out as more books are released.

Question: Is Lea really a lesbian?
Answer: No, she’s heterosexual, but she just, like some women I know, disliked male genitals… until she found some attached to a guy she thinks is super hot. Also, it was a good excuse not to date humans in high school. It really was just very advantageous for people to think she was a lesbian.

Question: When are Rowen and Lea getting married?!
Answer: Soon, don’t worry. The actual wedding probably won’t be in a book, but you probably will get a peek at their married life. By the way, Lea is not looking forward to wearing a dress and marching down an aisle.

Question: What inspired this story?
Answer: There were a lot of “Mate” concepts going around, and I really thought the idea was interesting, so I took the parts I liked and made it my own. Lately I’ve been watching a lot of shows where mythical creatures live alongside humans such as Lost Girl, Grimm, etc, and I wanted to make my own shape-shifting creature that could do that. Also, the song “Howl” by Florence and the Machine really got my creative juices flowing for this. Even though Lea and Rowen and not wolves, the words from the sound struck something with me and made this story possible.

Question: Are you going to stop working on “Ways of the Pack” to work on this series?
Answer: No! “Ways of the Pack” has so many stories yet to be told… Jacey would never forgive me if I stopped writing about her. All this fame is going to her head. “Ways of the Pack” is far from over, but now I have two separate series’ to work on. I like variety, so it’s perfect for me.

Question: Is this in a completely different “universe” from “Ways of the Pack”?
Answer: Yes. Hunter, Jacey, Aaron, etc, do not exist in the same world as Lea and Rowen. There are no “werewolves” here, only this one type of shape-shifter.

Question: How many more books do you have planned for this series?
Answer: Planned? I’m supposed to plan these things…? Oops. In all seriousness, though, I have two storylines in mind. One involves Erik and the other involves new characters. I hope to write another book about Rowen and Lea, but haven’t they been through enough?

Question: Do “half-Beasts” exist?
Answer: Are you psychic? Because that’s where my next book is going. I won’t go into great detail, but I will tell you that it is frowned upon to have sexual relations with someone other than a Beast’s Mate. A human cannot be a Beast’s Mate, therefore Beasts should not have children with humans. That does not mean that it does not happen, though. The details about how “half-Beasts” work have yet to be figured out, but they can have Mates because they do have an inner Beast and can shift, assuming they work hard to learn to control it, of course.

Question: Are the people actually “Beasts” or is that what the thing inside them is called?
Answer: Yes. Well, let me clarify. The thing inside them is called their Beast, but for simplicity’s sake, the people are considered Beasts. So, you really could say that they are humans with an inner-Beast, but that’s just too complex and the Beast does dictate their actions to a point.

Question: If one’s Mate dies, can they find a new Mate?
Answer: Maybe. It would be depressing to think that there’s only one person for you in the world and when that person dies, you’re doomed to be alone… There are rumors, unconfirmed, that a Beast can find a new Mate after theirs dies. These are just rumors, mind you. It will, however, be either confirmed or disproved eventually in the series.

Question: Will Erik eventually become the Alpha?
Answer: Maybe… I won’t say it’s impossible, but at the moment it does not seem likely. Alphas have to be able to shift more than the other strong males in the Pack to be able to keep order. Since he still has trouble shifting, it is doubtful that he will become Alpha. Anything is possible, though.

Question: Will Rowen replace Hector as Alpha?
Answer: That is very unlikely. Rowen and Lea just want to relax and be together, not having to worry about taking care of a pack. Besides, Rowen knows that while he is strong, a leader he is not. At least, not yet.

Question: Are there vampires in the world of Beasts?
Answer: Nope! No vampires, sorry. Maybe Vampire Bat Beasts, though… Hmm… I’ll have to think on that… But if you want vampires from me, I have a few books coming out in the same world as “Ways of the Pack.”

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Finicky Feline -- Chapter 3 Deleted Scene


For the next week or so, I plan to post "extras" here nearly every day, so keep an eye out!

Today, I have a deleted scene for you. This scene was supposed to take place the morning after the training session in chapter 3, but the timeline did not match up with everything else, so it was taken out. I was very sad that I was unable to use it, but I believe it makes a good little "extra" because it has some fun Lea/Rowen interaction. I hope you enjoy reading it!

~*~*~

“And he’s back.”
“Great…” Bert groaned, “Mom, hurry up please.”
Rowen chuckled as he entered the store, “I did not mean to interrupt.”
“Bert’s just angry because Erik got all the praise last night,” Lea rolled her eyes, “My dad isn’t here.”
“I know,” Rowen smiled, approaching the counter he passed a glaring Bert and his mother, who also eyed him suspiciously, “I came to see you.”
“Now why would you come to see little ol’ me?” Lea asked in a southern peach accent, batting her eyelashes.
Rowen raised an eyebrow, appraising her.
“Are you in good enough shape for our rematch?” he asked.
“It may have escaped your notice,” Lea began seriously, “But I have customers for once.”
“Careful,” Bert warned grouchily, “She’ll probably run you into a branch. Mom, hurry up!”
“I’m not done looking,” his mother snapped, “If you’re so bored; go to that new pizza place!”
“Trish, I don’t think we have what you’re looking for yet,” Lea told her, “We only got a few things in the other day.”
“I suppose you’re right,” Trish sighed sadly, “Thanks for putting up with me, Lea. I know I’m your worst costumer.”
“Seeing as we have about three regular customers, there’s not a lot of competition for that title,” Lea reasoned, “However, Mrs. Bennett could give you a run for your money.”
Trish nodded, laughing lightly as she waved, stepping out the door with Bert following behind her eagerly.
“And now, it seems you are free,” Rowen pointed out.
“Except for the fact that I’m in charge of the store until either Dad gets back from his meeting with some Pack member, Mom gets back from her… whatever she’s doing, or Erik gets back from school, so…”
“You are unwilling to take a short break so that I can prove that I am the faster Beast?”
“You talk a good game, but dude, I have mad skills.”
“I am certain you do,” Rowen agreed, “What those skills are, however, I have yet to discover.”
“You’ll find out when I kick your furry behind into next Sunday,” Lea grinned.
“Sunday is not that far away,” Rowen pointed out.
“Fine, how about next year?” Lea raised an eyebrow, crossing her arms, “I can beat you so bad that you won’t even know what day it is anyways. How ‘bout that?”
“If we cannot have our rematch at the moment, at least allow me to buy you lunch,” Rowen requested abruptly, “We can continue this extremely interesting conversation over a sandwich.”
“Not hungry,” Lea frowned, “Besides, I eat losers like you for breakfast. It’s quite satisfying.”
“I see,” Rowen nodded, a half-smile appearing on his lips, “Perhaps for dinner, then?”
“Yeah, that’s not such a good idea,” Lea told him solemnly.
“Dare I ask why?” Rowen sighed heavily.
“I have plans,” she replied.
“Plans, hmm?”
“Yep… Beating you to a pulp in our rematch tonight is gonna take up most of my schedule.”

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Finicky Feline, Chapter 4 Excerpt

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 4 of "The Finicky Feline" in the book series "Mating of the Beasts." Stay tuned for more fun tidbits. There will be information about the second book in the series soon.

~*~*~


“Why would you want to spend time in a boring, dusty, antique store?”
“Well, the company is not unbearable,” Rowen replied with a half smile, “And I am debating purchasing an item.”
“Oh, is that so?” Lea raised an eyebrow, “What item?”
“Perhaps this very unique lamp,” Rowen began thoughtfully; “The colors are quite stunning.”
“Ah, is there anything else you like about the lamp?” Lea questioned.
“The shape is also very appealing,” Rowen nodded, eyeing the lamp, “It also is very illuminating.”
“What makes you think you’re worthy of such a lamp?” Lea sighed forlornly, “It looks like it has high standards.”
“I have quite a bit to offer a lamp that captures my attention as this one has,” Rowen inclined his head.
Lea was about to reply when the bell rang, announcing the presence of her brother and his best friend.
“Oh, hey Lea,” Brian greeted her, “I didn’t know you’d be here at this time.”
“Really?” she raised an eyebrow, “Because I’m here every time you grace the shop with your presence.”
Rowen sent her a quizzical glance before focusing his attention to the teenage boy.
“Oh, who knew?” Brian shrugged, smiling as he leaned against the counter, ignoring Rowen who stood beside him, “I guess we’ve spent a lot of time together in the past, haven’t we?”
“I suppose,” she grimaced, “Don’t you and Erik have some hangouts to… hang out in?”
Why? This is such a nice place to hang out in! There’s… old things.”
“Are there?” Lea glanced around, “Oh… so there is.”
“So, I wanted to ask you something,” Brian’s finger began tracing invisible lines on the glass counter, gradually getting closer to Lea’s hand, “Would you like to go on a date sometime?”
All heads turned to face Rowen when he caught the lamp right before it hit the ground.
“So, what do’ya say?” Brian asked, ignoring the lamp incident, “Will you go out with me?”
“Brian,” she shook her head sadly, “You’re a nice guy and all, but…” she leaned across the counter and whispered, “haven’t you heard the rumors about me?”
Brian swallowed hard, eyes wide.
“So… it’s true then? That you’re…?”
“I’m afraid so,” she nodded gravely, “Sorry.”
“And you’re not like… bi or anything?” he asked hopefully.
“Nope, I’m one-hundred percent… you know.”
“Well, I’d better get home,” Brian stuttered, “I’ll… Bye Erik.”
As he fled out the door, Lea turned to Rowen whose expression was stony.
“I’m gonna do some homework in the storeroom,” Erik said, “Let me know if you need me.”
“I did not realize it was possible for a Beast to not be heterosexual,” Rowen told her, his voice tense.
“Can’t you tell when a girl is trying to get rid of an annoying guy?” Lea winked.
“So you are not…?”
“Now I didn’t say that,” Lea hedged, her smile widening.
“Do you enjoy torturing men?” Rowen raised an eyebrow.
“Far more than I should,” she nodded, unabashed.
“You are not going to give me a straight answer, are you?”
“Nope,” Lea replied happily.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Updates and Tid Bits

A new book is coming soon to the Beast world. I am working tirelessly to get it ready and hope to have it out very soon. It still needs editing, a name, and a cover, but then it will be ready to go.

Now, a treat. The following is a collection of quotes from "The Finicky Feline" that I hope will capture your interest. I will post more at a later date.

~*~*~


“But I’m worried about Erik and I think this has something to do with his—”
“Inability to perform?” Lea could not suppress her grin.
~Mari Stine and Lea Stine.

“Oh, so you actually have a fetish for lamps, then?” Lea grinned wickedly, “That’s something you don’t hear everyday.”
~Lea Stine

“Well, I assure you, I am a perfect gentleman,” he told her, “I always wait until the third date to undress a lamp.”
~Rowen

“Well, I hope you, your kitty-cat, and your lamp make a happy threesome.”
~Lea Stine

“What happened after the ritual?”
“No ‘hey, good morning sister’?” Lea grumbled, opening her laptop as she took her place behind the counter.
“Good morning my dear sister;” Erik replied expansively, “How are you on this fine day?”
“Very well, brother,” she returned in the same tone, “I hope you are well, as well.”
Very well,” he nodded before becoming urgent and curious again, “So how was it?”
~Erik Stine and Lea Stine.

“For your information, I can defend myself,” she told him, attempting to wriggle out of his embrace.
“Do not pretend that you dislike my touch,” he half-smiled, tightening his grip as he used his other hand to caress her cheek.
Without thought, Lea closed her eyes and leaned into his hand, surprising herself when a sound came from her throat.
“Ah, so you purr,” he smiled widely, “My beloved Feline, you constantly amaze me.”
~Lea Stine and Rowen.

“So are we going to call the police?” Brian asked, “I mean, good people don’t growl at people, do they? He has to be a murderer or something… He’s like seven feet tall and probably lifts trucks instead of weights!”
~Brian Sinclair

“I have yet to be able to fully shift, but I am quite advanced. The only one in my old pack able to shift further than I was my brother.”
“So you have an impressive resume,” Lea shrugged, “But the question is… can you beat me in a race?”
“I think you have the advantage in this setting, Feline,” Rowen raised an eyebrow, smiling, “But it could not hurt to find out.”
~Rowen and Lea Stine.

“How are you able to remain shifted after that?” Lea asked, gesturing at his hirsute legs and arms, “Aren’t you worn out?”
“I think you will find that I have great stamina,” he smiled down at her as his arms and legs became human again, though his eyes still remained shifted.
~Lea Stine and Rowen.

What’s tonight?” Lea frowned, suddenly unsure.
“Training session on the grounds… It should be just up your alley, cat.”
~Lea Stine and Rowen.

“How do you know she went this way?”
“Her scent,” Bert rolled his eyes, “Don’t you know your own sister’s scent?”
“I don’t exactly go around sniffing her,”
~Erik Stine and Bert.

Time to get to know me


Hello readers!

Now, I’m sure this may seem a tad random. I will preface this post with this: I plan to tell my readers about my self today, as well as my motivations to write. If you think that will bore you, I won’t be offended if you decide to skip this blog entry. However, you may find something within the mumbo jumbo that interests you so I do encourage you to at least skim it briefly.

I’ve been writing (and I mean actually writing things down) since I was about fifteen. Before that, I wrote small things on construction paper or in a computer program for kids. However, it had been nearly ten years since that when I sat down and began writing fan fiction. Yes, I got my start writing fan fiction! First, I wrote a little story about my own clan of Warrior Cats. It was rife with grammatical mistakes and tense mix-ups. In fact, it almost physically hurts for me to go back and read it.

At that point, I was too afraid to let anyone other than my mother read anything I wrote. And I mean anything. I was afraid to communicate online, so I made my mom read any little correspondence. I was overly critical of every little thing I wrote, even if it was just an instant message. I’m still amazed that I wrote several pages of that Warrior fan fiction because I was so afraid to write at that point.

Yet, I had a million stories in my head that played out as I attempted to fall asleep. I had fully developed original characters that had fully developed back stories and relationships, yet I could not bring myself to write them down.

After writing that fan fiction (which to this day remains unfinished), I stopped writing again. It wasn’t until a year later, when I picked up a book titled “Twilight” that I was inspired to write again. After reading every Twilight book, I forced my mother to read them as well.

Well, my mom, being an English teacher, pointed out a lot of things in the Twilight books that I had no idea about at that point. It was reading those books with my mom that I finally learned what she had tried to tell me when I had her read my Warriors fan fiction and what it meant. Yes, that’s right. Twilight taught me the does and don’ts of writing.

In addition to that, however, my mom and I had deep discussions about the characters and what we believed Stephenie Meyer meant to do and what she actually did. We discussed everything in deep detail and through that, I learned more about character development and plots.

All the while, I had begun writing Twilight fan fiction. Through that, I became more comfortable writing, though I still could not bring myself to write about characters that had been in my head nearly all my life. While writing the fan fiction, however, I came up with new characters and developed them.

One day, I woke up and realized that I had an idea for a story. A story that didn’t involve the Twilight characters. I quickly got to work. Now, that story still remains unfinished, but that story led to another. “Ways of the Pack,” in fact.

Now you know the story of how I came to write. Hopefully it doesn’t make me look too weird… I mean, I am weird, but I don’t want to turn off my readers with my weirdness! I think every writer has to have a certain level of weirdness to be able to write, honestly.

Okay, enough about the history of my writing. Onto things about me specifically. I was born and raised in Texas and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon, though I dream of moving someplace less hot. I used to think I wanted to live in Alaska, but I now realize that I don’t want to be too cold either. My arms get chilled easily.

I have two wonderful dogs, Sugar and Taffy. They are both small poodles and are both stinkers. Taffy, who weighs four pounds at age six (her birthday was last week) bosses around Sugar who will turn twelve in November and weighs about eight pounds. Taffy is really good with people, but no so good with other dogs. Boy, can she growl…

I enjoy writing more than anything, but reading can be fun as well if I find the right materially (I nearly wrote “write” instead of “right”, hehe). I prefer to read about shape shifters, but an occasional vampire novel never hurt anyone. I used to hate vampires with a passion, but that was when I was young and feared that they were real. Back then, I was afraid of nearly everything, yet I never feared werewolves. Ever. I think that was a sign of things to come.

My two favorite movies are Beauty and the Beast (the Disney version), Spirit, and Princess Bride. I really want to read Princess Bride, but I keep forgetting to track down the book. I don’t really have a favorite book, though I have read each Harry Potter book at least five times. I’ve read the third and fifth books a lot more, though, because they are my favorites of the series. I think it has something to do with the werewolves and shape shifters… Interesting…

There are a ton of different types of werewolves in books and movies, but I don’t really have a favorite. I like them all, I guess. Van Helsing had the most awesome-looking werewolf in a movie, but Skyrim (a video game) even has that beat. In media, I think Skyrim had the best werewolf.

Now, you’re probably thinking I’m a big gamer, right? Wrong. I barely play video games, but I had to when I heard that Skyrim had awesome werewolves. I also play Dragon Age Origins, though I’m kind of turned off of that game because I messed it up a bit.

As for other games, I occasionally am an avid The Sims player as well as Zoo Tycoon. I used to play deer and duck hunting games (and was pretty good if I do say so myself), but I haven’t been able to in a while.

So, it’s time for music… As I write this part, I am listening to Howl by Florence and the Machine. I love this song and it sparked so many ideas when I began writing “Mating of the Beasts.” Just a second ago, I was listening to Fireflies by Owl City, but this playlist is mostly made up of songs from the Twilight soundtracks as well as the Vampire Diaries soundtrack with a few Disney songs thrown in. I have eclectic tastes in music and I can learn to like almost anything.

I hope you feel like you know me better now. Please, let me know if you have any questions about me, my writing, my characters… anything! I will happily answer!

Thanks for reading!
~A.M. Reed