Memorial Day

memorial-day-gratitude-5I wanted to say thank you to all those that have served or are currently serving along with your families.

Ryder and Dean insisted I write this story and share it on Memorial Day. It’s just a brief snippet set seven years after His Soldier.

 

 

His Soldier – Memorial Day

“Here you go, ladybug,” Dean said, giving his daughter her snack of apple slices and string cheese.
Charlotte munched on an apple slice. “Thank you, Daddy. Daddy, there is no school Monday. My teacher says it is um, Memory Day.”

With a chuckle, Dean corrected her gently, “Memorial Day.”

She bobbed her head. “To say thank you to Papa and Uncle Joel.”

“That’s right, a thank you to all those who have served for our country.” Dean sat beside her at the table. She was so clever for a four-year-old. And cute as a button. He tucked one of her copper-red curls back behind her ear. “Did you tell your class about Papa?”

“Uh-huh. I said Papa is a hero with a special leg ‘cause he saveded Uncle Joel.”

“Saved, and we are very lucky to have them both.” Dean kissed the top of his daughter’s head.

“You know your Uncle Dax was a hero too. He was in the army just like Papa.”
Charlotte gazed at him with her bright green eyes. “Nana visits him. Can we do that too? And say thank you.”

“I think that is a really nice idea, sweetie.” Dean smiled. “We’ll go on Monday, okay? But you know, Char, you won’t be able to see or talk to him.”

“I know, Daddy. He’s an angel. Nana says you cannot see him but he is there and he will be happy to see us. I’m going to go draw a picture for Uncle Dax!” Charlotte jumped up and dashed off.

Overwhelmed with emotion, Dean stayed there, thinking of his brother Dax and the sacrifice he had made.

***

On Memorial Day, Dean, Ryder and Charlotte took the drive to the cemetery to visit Dax. Charlotte had her picture and flowers which they helped her put in a holder by the gravestone.
Charlotte then started chatting about her picture.

Ryder put his arm around Dean and tugged him close. “We’ve got a special little girl,” Ryder whispered.
Laying his head on Ryder’s shoulder, Dean said, “We do. I wish Dax could’ve met her. He’d have been a great uncle…” He trailed off, unable to continue.

“She’ll still know him, love. We’ll make sure of that.” Ryder kissed his temple. “One day we can tell her the story of how he brought us together.”

Dean nodded. “I can’t believe it’s been almost seven years. I still miss him.” Ryder thumbed away a stray tear.

Before Ryder could speak, Dean turned to him. He cupped Ryder’s face and brushed their lips together. “I’m so lucky to have you and this beautiful life you’ve given me.”

Ryder smiled. “I love you.”

Dean kissed him again. “I love you, too.”

Charlotte waved them over. “Daddy, Papa, will you tell me the story again?”

“Of course, ladybug.” Ryder knelt down and he and Dean settled beside their daughter. Ryder lifted Charlotte into his lap and hugged her close. Dean put his arms around them both and told Charlotte the story of how they’d met and fell in love.

His Soldier Reviewed at Crystal’s Many Reviewers!


unnamedHis Soldier was reviewed over at Crystal’s Many Reviewers! It was given 5 Rainbows and it’s an awesome review that I’m really happy with. 🙂

Here’s a snippet: I loved everything about this story. I loved the fact that we got the back story but we didn’t spend a ton of time on it. After all this is Ryder and Dean’s story. I liked that they spent a year getting to know each other…Liked all the extra drama, they had to go through, it’s not just a simple story but lots of extra people making it difficult for these two. And in the end they stood by each other against the world!”

His Soldier is available now with Totally Bound.

Reuniting Galerir and Cover Reveal!

Reuniting Galerir Final Front Cover 6 3 2014I’ve got news that I’ve been meaning to share! Reuniting Galerir, the third book in The Galerir Saga will be releasing this month with MLR Press!

Here’s the blurb: The battle may be won yet Tomas and Griffin still have a kingdom to reunite…

The Battle for Galerir was won with a great sacrifice. Yet King Tomas and his knight Griffin still have a land to reunite with magik. While doing so their love will be tested against foes new and old. Though they won’t be alone as there are those who believe in their destiny foretold by the Great Dragons. Can they reach their happily ever after and rule Galerir together as they have dreamed of?

Writing Process Blog Tour

First, I would like to thank Katherine Halle for inviting me to participate in this! Her website is: Katherine Halle. If you like shifters, demon hunters, chefs, and cowboys, be sure to check her awesome stories out. And she is the Queen of Happy Endings! 😀

So here’s the deal, I answer four questions, tell you a little bit about my writing process and then the tour moves on. Here we go!

1) What am I working on?

I’m working on three stories at the moment. The first, Reuniting Galerir is currently being reviewed by my editor. It is the third story in The Galerir Saga. Tomas and Griffin’s journey continues as they fight for their love and to reunite a torn kingdom.

The second has a working title, Letter from Home. It’s the story of Dean and Ryder who become army pen pals. Ryder is severely injured in combat, saving another man’s life. He loses his leg and is devastated. When he comes home he’s broken and bitter, believing he can’t start a relationship with Dean. But Dean isn’t about to give up on him…

And the third doesn’t have a title yet. It’s about a dragon shifter, Rowan, trapped on a mountain due to a spell. And then Gillian’s plane crashes and lands the man right in the dragon’s lap…Rowan is in for quite a surprise when he realizes Gil is his mate and has secrets of his own…

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Hmm, well I’ve been told my writing is often sweet and fluffy. Of course I do have angst in my stories and it’s not all happy, but I do tend to write on the lighter side. A few friends call me the Queen of Fluff. I’m a firm believer in Happy Endings and always give them to my characters. I’m a happy person, I like writing happy stories that hopefully make my readers smile.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I write what I know like disabilities and families. I’m also a history buff and love reading/writing about the past. And I write fantasy because you can create your own world and mythology. It’s fun to put together a world brick by brick and explore all the possibilities. Plus, I just love dragons. And if I don’t know something but get an idea then I do lots of research.

4) How does your writing process work?

I’m a seat of my pants girl. I write as it comes to me. I let the characters drive the story and let them take me where they want it to go. For instance, Letters from Home, I had an idea of pen pals writing one another. Then I thought what would keep them apart? Which led to Ryder being in the military and figuring out why Dean would write him to begin with. From there it was finding out how to bring them together and possibly drive them apart. Which is when I thought of Ryder getting injured and having his whole world turned upside down. Of course then he has to start healing and Dean is the one he needs to  come to terms with everything and accept that life isn’t over, it’s just beginning. So, yeah that’s how I think things out as I write.

So there you have it! That’s my process and what I’ve been doing lately. 🙂

 

Next week, N.J. Nielsen, Lynley Wayne and Riley Shane have agreed to join the tour and talk about their writing process.

N.J. Nielsen’s writes paranormal romance with hot vamps and shifters. Her incredible series The Lines of Marsden and Sons of Evenmore are must reads. You can check her out here: N.J. Nielsen.

Lynley Wayne writes contemporary romance. Her novel, Rocky’s Road, is a finalist in the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award. And A Life Interrupted is a beautiful love story that will tug at your heartstrings. You can check her out here: Lynley Wayne.

Riley Shane writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and steampunk romance. Her Seattle Marauders series with sexy hockey players is a scorching read. You can check her out here: Riley Shane.

Have a great weekend everyone! <3

The Prince of Galerir: Finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Book Awards!

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Oh my gosh, I’m thrilled, stunned and so honored that my novel The Price of Galerir is a finalist in the Rainbow Book Awards!!! It’s in the Gay Fantasy category. *doing Snoopy dance* Wow, I’m overwhelmed, seriously. I’m so honored to be in the company of such amazing authors and books. I’ve already won by being listed with them and coming this far. I’m in awe and want to thank everyone so much! A big thanks to MLR Press, my family and friends, my editor Kimberly, and Elisa and the judges! Hugs to all! <3

Congratulations to my fellow finalists and good luck! A special shout out to my friends, Erica Pike, Taylor V. Donovan, and Cherie Noel who also made it to the finals! 🙂

 

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Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia: Contest Winners!

2013 2I want to thank everyone who visited my blog during the event and especially those of you who left a comment. Your support means a lot to me. 🙂

So, onto the winners!

I’ve decided to give away two copies just because it’s for a great cause. So, Lena Gray and H.B. are the winners of an ebook copy of The Prince of Galerir! Congrats to you both! Look for an email from me soon. And H.B., could please leave me a comment with your email so I can send you your copy? 🙂

I had a wonderful time with the hop. Thanks to everyone who took part!