xakara: (GoCP)

Greetings, Kittens!

Still working hard with the end of the month rushing towards me. My lovely friend and past guest Virginia Cavanaugh has stepped in to help me out and offered 13 Paragraphs from Deceptions of Night, her brand new paranormal romance release from Liquid Silver Books.

Enjoy.



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What a clusterfuck this turned out to be. Lex sat up a little straighter in the high backed chair and looked around the room from his place on the raised platform, his patience thin. The Order of Night for Area Four had been called into session to swear in the new shape-shifting senators, and Lex’s newly appointed place with the Triad dictated his presence here. The room offered quite a bit of space under normal circumstances, but with the raised awareness and irritation simmering just under the surface of everyone in the room, he felt confined.

Lex turned his gaze to his brother Kale, who sat at the vampires’ table. Kale should be the one sitting up here in this chair, but he’d been removed from the Triad as punishment for the senate shifters he’d killed. Lex had also taken one out, but no one would ever know about his presence with his brother that night. They also held his brother responsible for the death of a sorceress named Kierra, but she was still very much alive.

Down below him and his two counterparts were three tables arranged to form a triangle. Five senators from each race sat on their appointed side. The shape-shifters sat huddled together, their displeasure evident. Lex had to suppress the need to roll his eyes. The furballs could stay pissed for all he cared.

Lex didn’t want this appointment to the Triad. He only took it to please his father after Kale had been forced to step down. Lex had been content to handle family business and be a leader to his people. Everyone knew his social skills where the other races were concerned lacked at best.

Senator Colin stood up, puffing out his solid chest to make up for his lack in stature. “We are outraged to have to sit in the same room with the filth that took the lives of our people.”

Travis, one of the vampire senators, tipped his Stetson hat back marginally. “I would watch who you’re calling filth, fur ball, unless you want to be on the receiving end of a good ole’ fashioned ass kicking.”

Lex watched as Kale placed his hand on Travis’s shoulder. They didn’t need a brawl in the middle of the meeting room. Then again, it would provide some entertainment to an otherwise boring bitch session. Who knew, maybe someone would even be willing to place bets and he could carry away a little pocket change at that. A voice sounded to Lex’s left, and he turned his attention to the shape-shifter Triad member, Roland, who tilted his head slightly to look down his hawk-like nose at everyone in the room.

“The Triad is displeased with Kale’s continued presence...”

“Hold up, Wild Kingdom.” Lex rose to his feet. “You are displeased with Kale’s presence, but the Triad is not. So you need to think before you speak for all of us.”

“Who are you to speak to me in such a manner? You’re nothing but your father’s lackey, undeserving of the position you now hold,” Roland replied, with a curl of his lip.

Lex started toward Roland, ready to show him what kind of ass whooping a lackey could dish out, but Kale’s booming voice stopped him.

“Enough. I think this meeting should be adjourned. We’re clearly not going to get anywhere while everyone’s temper is unleashed.”


Lex found himself smiling at Kale’s pun. “I second that motion, unless...” Lex turned his head and stared at Roland, casting him a look full of intent if they stayed here any longer.

 


xakara: (Writing is love)

Greetings Kittens!

As promised I have a treat for you today. Winter's Shadow drops tonight and I have a guest blog from the author Virginia Cavanaugh. I know usually only albums "drop" but she's been a rockstar with this new step into publishing and should rightly feel like one! She let's turn the reigns over to VC and get a glimpse into Winter's Shadow and it's author. See you back here tomorrow.

Enjoy.


 


Hello everyone!

Thank you so much Xakara for allowing me to guest blog for you today. I hope you are all having a great
time at celebrating or getting ready to celebrate the Holidays. Things are getting crazier by the day here
as we get closer to Christmas and winter break for the kids.

The novella I’m presenting to you today came at me from out of nowhere. I remember looking at the
calendar at the start of the month of May thinking the kids would soon be on summer vacation. And
on the heels of that thought came the thought of how time passes so quickly and before I could blink it
would be Christmas again.

As soon as the thought came to me my characters and story started to speak to me. The summer had
started early here and even in May I was already looking forward to the colder weather. So my heroine
was born from this thought. Julia would come from Arizona and land in Pennsylvania.

From that point on the story really seemed to write itself. I astounded myself on how fast I wrote this
novella. I outlined in May, typed in June and subbed at the first of July. The story swept me up as I
thought of what it would be like to get another chance at love lost on Christmas. Of course my love for
romantic suspense kicked in as well.

Thanks for joining me today to celebrate the release of Winter’s Shadow. It will be available at 7PM
EST at Liquid Silver Books. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy Holidays
everyone.

Best Wishes,

Virginia Cavanaugh


xakara: (snowflake)
Greetings Kittens,

After a much needed vacation in November, I've returned to share the holidays with my favorite TTers and readers because I missed you all so much! I hope to have a good bit to share with you this month and beyond as I hold to a TT schedule and bring back a few other favorite theme days. For this Thursday Thirteen I'll be helping out your gift-giving needs by providing a heads up on a December Christmas story titled Winter's Shadow. It's a romantic thriller by Virginia Cavanaugh, with a release date of Monday December 13th at 7pm PST by Liquid Silver Books. I'll have a guest blog by Virginia on Monday the 13th as well as an excerpt and buy link on my Tuesday Teaser post December 14th. But for now I'll give you an introduction into Winter's Shadow today so you can have something to read Christmas morning on all those new Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers. As always, short dialogue is not counted individually at my discretion.

Enjoy.


13 Paragraphs of Winter's Shadow

Excerpt Ahead... )

 


xakara: (GoCP)
Greetings Kittens,

This week I step aside my friendly ramble to highlight the new release Secrets of Night by Virginia Cavanaugh. I'll be bringing you the first thirteen paragraphs of chapter one, (not counting single sentence dialogue where I could ignore doing so), as an excerpt to whet your appetite for more. I'll even number them because I know some of you count otherwise *grin*. So here you are, A 13 Paragraph Sneak Peak of Secrets of Night.

Enjoy

Read more... )

 Other Thursday Thirteeners


xakara: (GoCP)

When the tenuous peace between the Shape-Shifters, Vampires, and Sorceress' is shattered, Kierra, Sorceress Senator for The Order of Night, takes it into her own hands to discover the reasons why.

As the Vampire member of the Triad for The Order of Night, Kale is no stranger to war, yet isn't eager to battle anew without cause. His investigation into the allegations that the Shape-Shifters are the breakers of the peace treaty is thrown askew when the woman who's haunted his lusty dreams is found doing recon of her own.

As the body count rises and more women disappear, Kierra and Kale race against the clock to uncover the secret the Shape-Shifters are keeping. Imminent war and forbidden attraction threaten to implode their progress, while Kierra's secrets may very well tip the scales of power.

Available Now at Liquid SilverBooks

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