With Charlie back safely from his adventure in Faerie and the Unseelie Realm, Jackie believes she’ll have a chance to relax. However, she quickly finds herself engaged in a quarrel with her overprotective family over what role she should play in the battle that’s brewing between Faerie and the Demon Realm. She wants to be on the front lines, but Garrett and Charlie disagree, suggesting that because she’s a natural healer, her talents would serve the army best if she worked the medical unit.
But Jackie has other ideas. Taking matters into her own hands, she gets busy with a new project, enlisting the help of some key friends to train a group of female fae who’ve never once wielded a weapon. With the threat of war breathing down their necks, why shouldn’t all females have a chance to learn to defend their homes, their families and themselves?
Happily distracted by her future plans, Jackie lets her guard down, placing herself in danger. Suddenly nothing is as it seems and Jackie is forced to cooperate with the one creature who holds her life and the lives of her family in the palms of her icy hands. Jackie is changed forever, and fears it may put an insurmountable rift between her and her loved ones.
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Kids are on the streets of L.A. experimenting with dangerous magic, a powerful witch has sworn to get her revenge, he and his best friend are on the outs and his fae warrior girlfriend is back in town. Can Charlie’s life get any more complicated?
Yes it can.
Tricked by his irritating uncle and imprisoned by a powerful enemy, Charlie must strike a magical bargain, taking him into a once familiar realm, which is still suffering the aftereffects of a corrupt queen’s rule. Accompanied by Samson, his most loyal friend, Charlie works hard to find a balance between compassion and control.
Put some magic in your holiday season!
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Elle, a fae female, has refused to return to the Faerie Court because of the treatment she endured under the former queen, Fionna. She's been a guest in Sasha's home for the last few months, and is finally beginning to feel comfortable in this new world—finding herself drawn to the gentle warrior, but not worthy to stand at his side.
Sasha, a vampire with a violent past, is smitten by this sweetly elegant female, but has demons of his own to dispel. When Elle invites him to a magical celebration, he jumps at the chance to spend time with her. But can they heal each other on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year?
Gayle here. Thanks for dropping by.
Here's a list of things happening in November that will keep me very busy.
#1 We have lots of leftover candy to eat.
(How many snack-sized snickers did I already eat today? Well, I guess I could have just one more, right?)
#2 We have some local elections coming up. Better check the line up.
#3 There are invitations to Thanksgiving dinners to accept or ignore.
#4 OR there is a huge Thanksgiving feast to plan. (Haven't decided yet)
#5 There are boxes of old Christmas decorations and ornaments to sort through.
#6 There are sales and more sales and even more sales to peruse. (To be honest, I shop online. Saves my feet and causes a lot less stress.)
#7 There are books coming out by some of my favorite authors. Yaaaay! Now all I have to do is find time to read them.
#8 There's the what to do with the leftover turkey conundrum. Turkey omelets?
#9 There's the first time we light the fireplace. Don't you love that night? (I live in Northern California. It hasn't gotten cold yet.)
#10 There's National Novel Writing Month, where my writer friends and I try our best to write 50,000 words in one month while taking care of everything else on this list as well as our daily lives.
#11 And finally there are the three releases I have in November - Winter Solstice Wishes, Falling Out and the audiobook version of Rebirth - which I will celebrate by curling up with a good book, a glass of wine, a turkey omelet and a snack-sized Snickers bar in front of the first fire of the season.
I wish you all a very happy and healthy November. :0)
I'll be attending my second RWA convention this July in New York City. If you'll be at the literary signing on Thursday, July 23 , getting books signed by your favorite romance authors, leave me a message here or on Facebook or twitter. Maybe we can meet up.
This is the one event at the conference that is open to the public. It's free, but you have to buy the books there. You can't bring your own books and ask the author to autograph them. This is a signing for charity and the books are full price.
Last year I waited in line to get Nalini Singh and Kristen Callihan to autograph books for me. I was a total fangeek. People...Nora Roberts is there along with a hundred other famous romance writers. When the link is up for who will be signing, I'll put it up here. If you're in the area, please come. It's for a really good cause.
The literacy signing will be at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, NYC on July 23rd from 5:30 - 7:30 pm and is open to the public.
Check out the romance authors who'll be signing this year: https://www.rwa.org/literacy
This year has been a momentous one for me on a very personal level. I've settled into a new home, returning to California, the state of my childhood, but also leaving behind friends and family who mean the world to me.
It's been scary. It's been amazing. It took courage that I wasn't sure I had. And humor. Lots of humor. Sometimes when you dig deep it makes you laugh.
In the midst of this chaos I reconnected on Facebook with a friend from Jr. High School. We got together and were 14 again. Sweet. The one thing I've learned is that change takes time. You can't rush friendships or family relationships. They flow organically, dependent on the energy one expends.
And I have expended plenty of energy. So far I've joined an amazing Zumba class, a more amazing romance writers group, an opera company, (on the tech end), and a church choir, (because I love to sing.) These are all places where new friendships might incubate, then flower. Who knows? I'm willing to wait.
What remains constant is my love of writing, specifically the telling of Jackie and Garrett's story. Although book seven will temporarily be the final one in their tale, they will be recurring characters in Charlie's story. I might continue their saga after I finish Charlie's. It's too far ahead to say for sure, but then they have a long future ahead of them.
In book seven, Jackie's faced with a gut wrenching decision. Threatened by a powerful foe, will she send her teenaged child somewhere truly safe, possibly ruining the alliance she and Garrett have worked so hard to build? Or will she send him with her allies where he could still be in danger? Or will she comply with the demands of her enemy? If you've read the books, I think you know what Jackie decides.
Book seven is written in four points of view! It's crazy, but it keeps me on my toes. It will be out by November, 2013. If you'd be interested in an ARC ebook let me know on the contact form why you'd like one. I'll pick ten readers and send it out before the release date.
Thanks and happy reading!
I'm so excited! Torn Apart , book six in the Rogues Shifter Series, should be on sale by the end of May. My cover designer, Tatiana, has finished the cover. Awesome, right? I'm polishing my end and can't wait to share Jackie and Garrett's continuing story with all of you who enjoy following it.
In Torn Apart, Jackie and Garrett's son Charlie is five years old and already showing signs of his coming powers. When I began to write this book, I made the decision to skip ahead, something I'd avoided so far in the series. (The first five books take place within five months of the beginning of Rebirth.) The main reason I skipped five years was because, having raised two kids of my own, I felt that a five year old is a more interesting age to explore, already showing signs of becoming an independent individual...more so than an infant or a toddler.
I want you, as readers, to get a feel for who this child is - particularly because I intend to write a spinoff series beginning when Charlie is seventeen...the same age as Jackie when I started to write the books. (Okay she was 16...but turned 17 two days later) Charlie's life won't be an easy one. An incredible prophesy has been delivered by Sinlae regarding his future and that he plays an instrumental part in the war, helping to save the fae and his shifter community.
Just think for a minute about how it would be for a young man to grow up under that pressure. Makes for an interesting spinoff in my humble opinion. I hope you think so too.
Of course the emphasis is mostly on Jackie in Torn Apart. She spends quite a lot of time in the Demon Realm where I'm exploring her ability to use both her demon and shifter magic together to come up with something unique. But then Jackie has always been unique, marching to her own drumbeat throughout the series.
You'll have a chance to really get to know Isaiah and some of the creatures who inhabit his world. I had a lot of fun writing dialogue between Isaiah and Jackie, since both of them are wise-asses. The only difference is that now they're on his turf where Isaiah's true colors emerge.
I intend to write book seven in the Rogues Shifter Series before I write the first book of Charlie's series. It's already plotted out, and I can tell you now that it's going to be a rough one for our girl.
Please let me know how you feel about this book or any of the other books in the series. I love to get your input. :0)
As with everything in life, things come out better if you take the time to do them right the first time.
Now that I've decided to publish on Smashwords, I've had to reformat every book to fit their specifications. This is absolutely fine, because I know that I'll reach a lot more readers this way. Their books go out to Sony and Apple and Kobo as well as Barnes and Noble and Amazon.. It's just time consuming.
I've had to put aside writing Book Six to do it, which ties me up in a non-creative knot. I love spending time with my characters every day, and even though I'm back in Book Two, Stalked, at the moment, I'm editing and not writing.
However, I'm also working with a wonderful book cover designer, Tatiana Villa. You can see her first design for Rebirth on my home page. Here's a link to her website in case you're a writer and have a book to cover. http://tat-94.wix.com/viladesign She's professional, reasonably priced and extremely patient with me. Thank you Tatiana! I've had to pull my adult paranormal book, until she can design a proper cover. However, my Rogues Shifter books come first.
And because I'm changing the covers, I'm also changing the price. The books are still extremely reasonable and once I have at least three covers up, I'm going to offer coupon discounts through Smashwords. It's a great site, check it out.
So I'm officially apologizing to you for pushing the date back on the release of Book Six. It will be done as soon as I have a chance to dedicate the hours necessary to do justice to Jackie and Garrett's tale.
Here's a tiny Book Six Spoiler: Jackie's with Isaiah in the Demon Realm for some of the book, which irritates Garrett and the fae. Plus Charlie is five and already beginning to shine. And there's so much more... :0)
I"ll be publlishing my latest Ebook under the pen name Marie Booth sometime this winter. Smashwords, a terrific site I've recently discovered, distributes your books to all the major retailers in one go.
I'm using a pen name so that my teen readers don't confuse it with a Rogues Shifter book. Just put iT down to me being a mom of two daughters who wouldn't have wanted them reading an adult paranormal book while they were in high school.
That being said, I have no guilt about actually writing the steamy story. In fact, I had much more fun than was absolutely necessary when writing a book. It was freeing in a way I hadn't imagined and since I do intend it to be the first book in the Theta Series, I can now say that I'm excited about writing the next one.
The book is about a theatre troupe made up of a newly discovered supernatural species called Thetas who are gifted with amazing mental powers. They're able to connect to the individual minds of their audience members, sending them their most wished-for and often violent of hedonistic fantasies.Their audiences are comprised of other supernatural groups who've all come out of their coffins/packlands/demonrealms/etc during the past 100 years.
Theta troupes along the east coast are owned by an archdemon, (called the Director), and they have no real freedom. If a troupe doesn't bring in good money at the box office, they're retired...or exterminated, My leading female character is a lovely young Ingenue, new to the NY based troupe, who feels that she has the ability to get out from under the Archdemon's iron fist. Of course, her efforts anger the male in charge of the troupe, the tech Theta who's just trying to keep them alive and working. Needless to say, tension builds between them, sexual and emotional. The book is full of magic, drama and romance and the main characters in this first book will be recurring characters in the series, even though each book will concentrate on a new couple.
And no, I haven't stopped writing my Rogues Shifter Series. In fact, book #6 is my next writing project and I'm already busy continuing Jackie and Garrett's story. After that I'll be working on my spinoff involving Charlie at seventeen as he travels down the California coast with his best buddy Jay, (A bear shifter who's Peter and Kyle's adopted son). He's grown up feeling smothered and stressed out by the prophecy that haunts him, so he goes on a journey to find his path in life. Of course he meets a girl, and of course she has a secret. I'll say no more on that score.
So it looks like I'll be busy. Yay. I like this kind of busy! :0)
A theatre major in college, Gayle's spent many joyful hours working as a stage manager, production manager and costume designer for several different New York and California community theatre companies. Working with the Staten Island Children's Theatre has been her favorite occupation, as she's enjoyed watching the kids grow from little squirts in the chorus, to talented performers taking on leading roles.