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!

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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!