Here is is the lovely cover for the final Black Oak Shifters novel. I know I’m a little late with this. Sorry! I’ll have the first chapter sneak peek up later this week for you guys.
Here is is the lovely cover for the final Black Oak Shifters novel. I know I’m a little late with this. Sorry! I’ll have the first chapter sneak peek up later this week for you guys.
$0.99 until Sunday October 12!
The Shifter’s Surprise is available now! Click here to pick up your copy. It’s only $0.99 through Sunday October 12. That means that on Monday next week, it will go up to full price of $2.99.
This is the second Black Oak Shifter novel. The book follows Amina Blake and Jaxon Traveler. That means there’s only one more Black Oak Shifter novel to go! See ya’ll next Wednesday with the cover reveal for the last book.
Here’s a look at the first chapter of The Shifter’s Surprise. This is from the unedited manuscript so please forgive any errors.
Amina studied Jaxon in the dim light of the bedroom. His smooth, muscular chest was rising and falling steadily.
“Jaxon?” she whispered. “Jaxon are you awake?”
He sighed. “I can feel you staring at me. Of course I’m awake.”
He rolled over on top of her and kissed her.
She returned his kiss eagerly but stopped him and pushed against his shoulder. “That is not why I’m awake!”
He went to kiss her again.
She put her hand over her mouth and rolled her eyes. “Seriously Jaxon! Get off.”
He sighed again before rolling off her and closing his eyes once more.
“Hey! Don’t go back to sleep. I want to talk.”
“Amina, it is two o’clock in the morning. I have to work tomorrow. If my choice is sleep or talk, I want to sleep right now.”
He closed his eyes tight again. Amina leaned up on one elbow above him. He was very handsome. You barely needed light to see how perfect his bone structure was. And his body? Wowza. Just muscles on top of muscles. But as unbelievably hot as he was, her boyfriend could be a real pain in the ass. Why did the cute ones always have to be handful? Was it really so much to ask to have ridiculously hot guy who also had a sweet personality?
“I can’t sleep,” she told him.
“Go watch a movie or something! I want to sleep.”
“You aren’t even a little curious why I sleep?”
She pressed her lips into a tight line and counted to ten in her head very slowly. It was a new thing she was trying so she didn’t end up killing Jaxon in a fit of rage one day. Now that they were basically living together, he could really get on her nerves. She just wanted to talk!
She ran one finger down his chest. “You know. Maybe if I didn’t have so much on my mind, I’d be in the mood.”
“Are you trying to sex bribe me? Seriously Amina. Either go back to sleep or get out of bed. I need to sleep.”
“Because today was super stressful right?”
“It was. I really can’t…” he opened his eyes. “Fine. Let’s talk.”
Amina smiled triumphantly and laid her hand on her arm so she could face him. “Those kids are a freaking terror! I mean who would of thought something so small could be capable of that much destruction. I mean they can’t even walk for goodness sake!”
“It was much worse than I thought it was going to be.”
“Doesn’t it make you want to never have kids? I mean Wilson practically ran out the house as soon as we got there.”
Jaxon laughed. “Come on he’d been stuck with them for a whole day all by himself. At his age, I don’t think I would jump at having to babysit two kids under two.”
“I know but we only spent a day like three quarters of day with them before tapping out. Seriously Jaxon, it was much harder than I thought it was going to be.”
Jaxon’s cousin and his wife had gone out of town for a weekend to a bed and breakfast. They had left their twin one year olds, Robbie and Sarah Beth, at home. Everyone had offered to watch the kids but Luke and Elle didn’t want to put anyone out for five whole days. So Elle’s mom Barb watched the kids for two days before handing them off to Luke’s Grandpa Wilson. Jaxon and Amina had taken over for one night before bringing the kids to Black Oak Springs and handing them off to Jaxon’s parents for the weekend.
Amina thought it wouldn’t be too bad to watch the kids for one night. She and Jaxon spent a lot of time with the Rivers’ family already. The kids were absolutely darling whenever they went to visit. Since Jaxon was going to be there too, she thought they could each take one kid and it would work out fine. Nope. Nothing like that at all.
Those darling kids? They were absolute monsters. Sarah Beth, sweet little doll-faced Sarah Beth, had dumped over an entire bowl of spaghetti in the time it took Amina to bend down and pick up Robbie’s dropped spoon. By the time Jaxon came back from the bathroom, there was spaghetti everywhere since Robbie had to dump his out too. Really, she should have known spaghetti was a bad idea but Elle had warned her that the twins were only eating spaghetti with plain tomato sauce, cheese sticks, apples, and dry cheerios.
Cleaning up the kitchen had taken a solid half hour. While she was wiping sauce off the floor, Jaxon was watching the kids outside. Letting them run around naked outside while she was cleaning had been a great idea. That is until Sarah Beth decided to make an exception to her very strict diet and start eating dirt. Instead of stopping them, Jaxon had sprayed them with the water hose.
Amina came outside to two muddy babies who were having a great time playing in the puddles. Jaxon had just shrugged.
“Why did you think spraying them with the hose was a good idea?” she asked him in the dark. “They aren’t animals.”
“I am going to have to disagree with you on that one. I wouldn’t be surprised if that little girl didn’t shift into a little piglet any day now.”
Amina laughed. “I was thinking honey badger. But seriously, it really made me think.”
Jaxon turned on his side to face her. “That was hard because they aren’t ours. It wasn’t our house. When you’re with kids everyday its easier in some ways.”
“And much freaking harder! Can you imagine having to do that day in, day out?”
“I can. I would love it. I told you, I would love to have four kids.”
“Luke wanted to have a lot of kids too. You don’t hear him saying boo about more kids. And Elle told me that she was happy with two and wouldn’t dream of being ‘greedy enough to ask for more.’ Which is just code for, this sucks!”
“Come on. You have to admit, it was pretty nice when Sarah Beth gave you that mud she had made especially for Ama.”
She had to smile at the kids name for her. “Ok. That was cute but having to wrangle two slippery kids into the tub wasn’t so cute.”
“It won’t be that bad with only one kid at a time,” Jaxon assured her. “Even if it is, it’s your kid. That makes a lot of difference.”
“Yeah it means you never get to hand the little demon back to its parents and go back to your nice quiet house.”
Jaxon kissed her on her forehead. “You don’t have to worry about that tonight or anytime soon. I have full confidence in our ability to step up to the plate and be great parents. But that isn’t going to be for a few more years.”
“If you say so.” Amina muttered.
“I really need to get back to sleep. I have a meeting with Runner, the Committee and the Council.”
“Whoa! Why didn’t you tell me that before?!” Amina reached over and fluffed Jaxon’s pillow. “That’s a major big deal. You really do need your sleep.”
“Thank you. I love you.”
“I love you too.” Amina looked out the window at the empty field next to Jaxon’s house. She was tempted to ask him what the meeting was about but she knew it was no use. He never told her what his meetings were about until after it was all said and done. She didn’t even know about the “security” measure Jaxon and the men of Black Oak had taken part in until just a month ago.
There had been trouble with humans who were part of a shifter hate group. They were stalking the woods around Black Oak which wasn’t good for anybody. Amina knew about the hunters but she had no idea that they’d all been killed to keep them from finding Black Oak and doing the town’s people harm.
She didn’t know why Jaxon had kept it from her. It wasn’t like she was going to blab and put on the front page of the Times or something. Plus, what if he’d gotten hurt out there? She would have at least liked to wish him luck before he went and stay up worrying until he got home. They had a small fight about it but she had let it go fast. There was really no use fighting about something that had already happened.
Whatever the meeting was about tomorrow, it was a big deal. Sheriff Runner was in charge of the Committee. It decided most of the town’s human issues. How many kids should be sent to the schools in the surrounding towns, approval of people’s jobs outside of Black Oak, and all that kind of thing was now up to the Committee. It used to be decided by the city Council until the mayor formed the Committee two years before. If they were all meeting something big was about to happen in Black Oak.
Amina was very interested in anything the Committee did. As the only human living in Black Oak and as Jaxon’s girlfriend, she wanted the shifters to stay on good terms with humans. Jaxon was in line to be mayor of the city one day. If the town’s people didn’t like humans and wanted nothing to do with human society, that would put Amina in a very tough spot. That was really what had been keeping her up that night.
She was already living in Black Oak Springs most of the time. There was no other way for her to see Jaxon since he was basically Sheriff at this point. She only slept at her parent’s house three or four times a month. That really pissed her parents off. They were trying to be more understanding but she could tell they weren’t happy with her choice. She had no idea how she was going to tell them that the guy she wanted to marry was a shifter either.
It was all so much to think about! If she was a shifter or Jaxon was a human, it would be so much easier. She knew how to do human relationships. She would have taken Jaxon to have dinner with her parents and sister after they had been dating a month. He would have met her friends on their third date so they could give her an opinion before she decided to sleep with him or not. They would have gotten engaged after they were dating two years and then had a big wedding at her parent’s country club.
But this? This was a mess really. She didn’t let herself think about it too often but it really was kind of a disaster. Yes, she was still working as reporter which was her childhood dream. Yes, she had a loving and super hot boyfriend who wanted to build a future with her. And yes, they had a pretty good social life too. They were always over at his cousin Luke’s for some dinner party or at his parent’s for a party. Jaxon had met her friends and they went to a few parties a year with them.
It sounded great. But she still hadn’t even introduced Jaxon to her parents. How were they going to pay for the wedding when they had never even met the guy she wanted to marry? Her sister knew everything and said she would support Amina when she decided to tell their parents but she couldn’t. She just couldn’t yet. Her two year anniversary with Jaxon was just around the corner too. She had always vowed she wouldn’t date a guy longer than two years without getting engaged at least. If you didn’t want to marry someone after two years, you probably wouldn’t ever want to.
And she did want to marry him. And she was pretty sure he was going to ask her to marry him sooner rather than later. That all sounded so great. And it was mostly. Except for one tiny little thing. Amina had missed her period this month. And the two before that. And she had taken a pregnancy test and a little blue line had popped up. And it had popped up on the four she had taken after that one too.
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Here is the gorgeous cover for the Amina and Jaxon novel, The Shifter’s Surprise. Here’s a quick synopsis of the novel if you haven’t seen it yet:
Amina Blake is keeping secrets. She still hasn’t told her parents that she’s been dating Jaxon Traveler for over a year. She hasn’t told her friends that her super sexy new boyfriend is in fact a shifter. And she definitely hasn’t told Jaxon that their lives are about to change in a very big way.
Jaxon Traveler is keeping secrets of his own. As sheriff of Black Oak Springs, it’s his job to keep every shifter in town safe. Lately, that’s meant crossing lines he isn’t sure he ever wanted to cross. He’s starting to believe that maybe Black Oak Springs isn’t the place to have his human girlfriend move to. But if Black Oak isn’t safe for her, where else can they go as a human-shifter couple?
I’ll be back next Wednesday with an excerpt from the book. Have a great week!
I couldn’t pick just one small part I wanted to share with ya’ll. So, here’s the entire first chapter of the Shifter’s Wife. This is unedited so please forgive any formatting, grammar, or spelling errors.
Elle Rivers was drunk. She, Cindy Blake, and Deirdre Donnelly were at The Hole on Friday night getting spectacularly drunk in celebration of Elle’s unemployment. The lone waitress for the night, Sara, deposited another round of shots in front of the trio.
“This is from the group of boys at the bar,” Sara said pointing them out. Deirdre and Cindy raised their shots in the direction of the boys before taking a drink. Elle didn’t even bother turning around. They had been getting shots all night. They were hands down the hottest women in the bar. The brunette trio had something for everyone. Cindy was petite and exotic looking, Elle was voluptuous with curves in all the right places, and Deirdre, well Deirdre was a bombshell. The women could have left their wallets at home and still managed to get wasted before 11pm.
None of the adulation matter to Elle though. Why snack on hamburger when you had filet mignon at home? Her husband of one year was the most handsome, sweetest, attentive, and perfect man in the all of Mason County. Luke Rivers was the man of her dreams. Every single day she was so happy to be married to him. She had never been this out of her mind happy before. She had loved being his girlfriend but being Luke’s wife was so much better. She would drink all the shots sent her way that night but she wasn’t about to give those guys the time of day.
“Bring us another round of drinks, honey,” Deirdre slurred.
“Sure thing,” Sara looked around. “Those guys back there? This round is on them.”
“How many rounds do we have coming?” Cindy asked before Sara walked away.
Sara chuckled. “Let’s just say you ladies could buy drinks for the whole bar, twice, without reaching for your wallets.”
“We’re getting you right drunk tonight girl!” Deirdre laughed before turning serious. “You are so damn lucky.”
“I know.” Elle wasn’t bragging. She was well aware how many women would kill to be able to quit a job and stay home more.
“How are you going to keep from getting bored out of your mind?” Cindy asked.
“Hush!” Deirdre slapped at her arm.
Cindy pushed her hand away. “Seriously! Elle’s been working since we were in middle school. Now you’re just going to sit home and what? Knit? Wash dishes?”
Sara set down their next round of drinks. Elle picked hers up and took a sip. “I don’t know. It just seemed like such a waste of my time going into Venkle’s everyday. Wouldn’t you quit the car wash if you could?”
“Hell no!” Cindy said leaning forward. “I’ve worked really hard to build up my last two opens. I want to go nationwide! Why would I stop to take care of some man and his house?!”
“Our house,” Elle pointed out. “To be honest I didn’t think I would quit either. I don’t even hate the job or anything. I would just rather do more stuff around the house.”
“Like get ready for babies?” Deirdre sighed.
Elle swirled the umbrella in her drink. “Like getting ready for babies.”
“No way! Are you guys trying?!” Cindy leaned over and hugged Elle. “That’s so great. I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to pinch your chubby little baby’s cheeks.”
“Even more reason to drink to our hearts content tonight.” Deirdre emptied her glass in one long gulp. “Who knows when we’re going to get to do this next?”
“Too bad Missy isn’t here,” Cindy said. The group was normally a quartet of beauties but Missy Restin was out of town on a business trip. She was going to be very sad to miss the festivities.
“I haven’t told anyone else yet,” Elle warned. “Don’t let this slip before I tell my mom or I will never hear the end of it.”
“God, Barb is going to lose her mind,” Cindy’s face fell. “My Mom is going to be all over me to find a husband now. Just the other day when I came over for dinner, she told me how my old room could easily be turned into a nursery for when I visit.”
“Subtly was never Regina’s game,” Elle laughed. “My mom has been on baby watch since Luke and I got engaged. I swear she was depressed for a week when she found out it wasn’t a shotgun wedding.”
“Mom’s are crazy,” Deirdre commiserated. “Thank God I’m the baby. My parents NEVER want me to move out or get married.”
“What happened to that biker you were dating?” Cindy asked. Elle loved it that her best friends all got along. It wouldn’t have been surprising if Cindy and Missy didn’t warm up to Deirdre. She was younger than Elle’s other friends and much more of a loose cannon. If a night was going to end in trouble, it was going to be because of Deirdre. Plus, Deirdre was her only friend who knew about Luke’s true nature. If Elle had any questions about shifters, Deirdre was the first person on her speed dial.
Cindy and Missy still didn’t know Elle was married to a shifter or that Deirdre and her family were also shifters. Elle herself had been surprised to learn she herself was half shifter when she had first met Luke. The feeling toward shifters in Glennridge was better than in the rest of Mason County but Elle still couldn’t bring herself to tell her friends about herself. Now that she was trying to get pregnant, Elle felt like the time was fast approaching to let Missy and Cindy in on the secret. She would cross that bridge another night though.
“There was no way I’d be able to date a biker seriously with my brothers,” Deirdre said.
“I thought they were cool with the bikers?” Elle asked rejoining the conversation.
“They are but that doesn’t mean they want one to date their little sister.”
Sara showed back up with another round of shots. The ladies continued to drink until closing.
“Is Amina picking us up still?” Elle asked as the room shimmered. She knew she was too drunk but it didn’t matter. This was the last time she would be drinking for at least the next two years. She was going out with a bang.
“She should be here already,” Cindy said getting up. She put her hands on the table to steady herself. Elle cursed her high-hells as they made their way to the front of the bar on wobbly legs.
“Shot gun!” Deirdre yelled when they saw Amina’s black BMW. Deirdre slid into the front seat. Amina was Cindy’s younger sister and was the same age as Deirdre. Amina had offered to be their designated driver. Well, Deirdre had prodded her until she agreed to do it. Deirdre and Amina had met during Elle’s wedding and had a budding friendship going year later. It didn’t hurt that Amina was also secretly dating Luke’s cousin Jaxon.
“You guys reek!” Amina said as they piled in. “If any of you puke in my car, you’ll be walking the rest of the way home.”
“No worries sis,” Cindy said reaching from the back seat to try and turn on the radio.
“Sit back and put on your seatbelt!” Amina scolded. She was leaving early the next morning for a work trip or she would have been out drinking too. Elle closed her eyes as they dropped off Cindy and Deirdre at Cindy’s house. They were going shopping together in the morning to find Cindy a new couch. Elle had no interest in couch shopping and didn’t mind not being invited.
“Are you going to stay back there?” Amina asked when they were alone.
“Yup,” Elle said. She wasn’t going to move again until she was home. She wasn’t sure she would be able to keep Cindy’s promise of not throwing up in the BMW. “You headed for Black Oak?”
Amina and Elle almost never talked about the shifter town where Amina’s boyfriend lived. Elle had a sour taste in her mouth from a less than stellar visit to the town. She didn’t know how Amina spent so much time in the secret town.
“Yeah but only to pick up Annalynn for our trip,” Amina said. Elle wanted to ask what trip but she knew better. Luke and Jaxon had both separately asked her not to pressure Amina to talk about her dealings in Black Oak Springs. Fine by Elle, she had secrets too. Besides, she didn’t want to do anything to jeopardize Amina and Jaxon’s relationship. He didn’t need to tell Elle how he felt about the young woman.
Elle wanted to see Jaxon happy and if that meant giving them space she would. She was still keeping close watch on Amina.
“We’re here,” Amina said. She was shaking Elle gently. “Come on Elle.”
“Don’t worry I got this,” Luke said coming down the front stairs.
“I don’t think I have ever seen her this drunk. Not even on her twenty-first birthday,” Amina said stepping aside. Luke pulled Elle from the back of the car.
“Thanks for driving them home,” Luke said. “Be careful on your trip.”
“I will. Night,” Amina called before getting back in her car.
“She’s right I am very drunk.” Elle stroked the side of Luke’s face. “But this is the last time I’ll be drinking for a loooong time.”
“Oh really,” Luke said climbing the stairs with Elle in his arms. “And why is that?”
Elle ran her fingers through his thick black hair. “I can’t drink if I’m pregnant silly.”
Luke kicked the door closed behind them. “Ok. Let’s get you to bed.”
Elle studied her husband’s face. “I hope the baby looks like you.”
“Shh, we’re going by Wilson’s room.”
Luke’s grandfather had raised him and still lived with the couple. Elle liked having the old man around. At least she wouldn’t get lonely now that she was a stay-at-home wife. It wasn’t like they didn’t have room in the old farm house. Elle was thinking of setting up a room for her own mother once she was had the baby. There were still four empty bedrooms plus the attic. Maybe she would have Luke renovate the attic to add one more room. Just in case.
“If it’s a boy I want to name it after our fathers,” Elle said seriously. “And if it’s a girl I want to name it after your mother.”
“Isn’t it a little early to be picking names?” Luke asked lightly.
“It’s not that hard to guess we would name our first child after our dead parents.”
“Maybe not but I don’t like to put the cart before the horse.” Luke put Elle down in front of their bed. Their room was as far away from Wilson’s as they could get. Elle loved their room. She had redecorated it as soon as Luke had asked her to marry him. The room was big and had windows right across from the bed. She had painted the walls chocolate and added teal bedding. The silver and teal accenting was just enough to keep the room from being too cold. She was going to redo every room in the house this fall now that she had time.
“I’m going to make the room next to ours the nursery,” Elle said pulling off her heels.
Luke bent down immediately to rub her feet. “I’m really happy you won’t be going to work anymore.”
“Me too. I have so much time to get the house ready,” a dark look crossed Luke’s perfect face. “Don’t worry. I won’t make any major changes besides color and accessories. I want to keep the spirit of the house. I know how important the history in this place is to you.”
Luke ran his hand up Elle’s calf. “I trust you. You do have excellent taste, Mrs. Rivers.”
Elle cupped his face in her hands. She kissed his forehead and leaned forward to hug him. “I love you Lucas Rivers.”
“I love you too Elle,” Luke said cradling her in his arms. He stood up with her still in his arms and moved them onto the bed.
She gave him a lascivious smile. “Let’s make a baby.”
“I’ll do my best,” Luke mused before pulling off his shirt.
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I can finally share the lovely cover of the Elle and Luke novel with you guys! The novel is called The Shifter’s Wife. It takes place after the events in the Taken and Captured serials. This story is a full length novel and won’t have a cliffhanger ending. Here’s the blurb for the novel:
“Happily Ever After” is only the beginning
Curvy Elle Rivers is married to the man of her dreams. Only now that they’re married, Luke seems to be having second thoughts about having children. Elle desperately wants to start a family and their difference in opinion is beginning to take a toll on their very new marriage.
Luke Rivers has never been happier in his entire life. After a lonely childhood, he’s somehow managed to find the woman of his dreams. Only, now the one thing she wants most is something that could take her away from him.
Elle and Luke find out that marriage can be complicated even if you’ve found your soul mate. This novel contains strong language and sexual content. It is meant for a mature audience.
The novel comes out in September and as always it will be released at $0.99 for a limited time. Sign-up to my mailing list to be reminded when The Shifter’s Wife comes out so you can be sure to pick it up at sale price. I’ll be back next Wednesday with a surprise for you guys. And for my US readers, have a happy holiday weekend!
Witch and Wolf Part Three is finally HERE!!! The new release sale will end on Monday, August 25. After that, it will go up to it’s full price of $2.99. Next week, I’ll be revealing the cover of the Elle & Luke novel. Be sure to sign-up to my mailing list if you want to be notified as soon as the novel is released. Happy readings lovelies!
Hello lovelies! If you haven’t heard, I’m revisiting the Black Oak Shifters one last time. I had originally planned to do one novel focusing on both couples from the serials. Yeah. That was a bad idea! Looking at my outline, I realize that would be too much story for one book. So instead of cutting stuff from the story or making a giant confusing book, I’m breaking it up into two novels instead. First, one for Elle & Luke. Then, one for Amina & Jaxon that will be the end of the series. The novel synopsis at the end of Captured 3 is still the core story of the two books though. These will both be released in early fall.
In the meantime, I have a new serial for y’all! It’s an entirely new cast of characters in a world full of sexy witches, hot werewolves, evil fae, and devious vampires. It centers around the story of Aurora Silver & Cross Hemlock. A witch & a werewolf that find themselves in a sticky situation. Part One will be released at the end of the month and I’ll be back next week with an excerpt and the cover.
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The final entry in the Captured series is out! This is also the final serial in the Black Oak Shifter series (I think!) but more on that in another post. Here are links to the Captured 3. I’ll update this post when the iTunes link become available.
Update: now also available on iTunes!
It’s been so long! I hope you all are doing well tonight. I haven’t posted in so long because I’ve been hard at work on the last entry in the Captured Series. I just sent the manuscript out for edits! While I wait for that to be sent back so I can do a final run through, I’ll be looking at all the notes I have for my next series. More on that later of course. I am sad to be leaving the Black Oak Shifters universe for now but am very excited about the new story I’m about to bring you guys. I’ll see you all next week for the release of Captured: Part 3!
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