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I’ve got to get my hands on Fire in the Darkness

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And I have teasers for Fire in the Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown, if you are one of the few who hasn’t read this book/series yet.

Fire in the Darkness Teasers & Excerpts:

I suddenly felt Eli’s nails grow, breaking through the fabric of my hoodie. “Run to the car and get the hell out of here.” He shoved the car keys in my pocket before pushing me to the side. His face was already half changed as he lunged for Drauk. I couldn’t move, engrossed in watching Eli’s body transform into a Dark Dweller.Eli had changed only partially in front of me before and in darkness. I hadn’t been able to see him change when he fought the phooka so I’d never seen the whole transformation. It was disturbing, fascinating, and somehow beautiful all at the same time.

Mesmerized, I watched his clothes tear. His body curved and twisted into another shape. A sleek, black creature emerged around the size of a large panther. His presence made everything feel dwarfed by comparison. Every muscle moved tightly under the midnight-colored coat. His jaw was longer than a wild cat’s, with razor sharp teeth. His spine was lined with small, sharp, spiked horns. There was also something about him that reminded me of a wolf. But neither panther nor wolf seemed to define him. His movements were graceful and stealthy. A deep, vibrating growl shook the room. Nails curved like sickles, ripped at the floorboards as he moved closer to Drauk. His eyes flared red.

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“Don’t touch me,” I spouted angrily, but I didn’t move, my body pulsating with tension.

“Stop me.” As he moved in closer, I could feel the heat resonating off his body. He paused for a moment, waiting for me to act on his words. I didn’t. Grabbing the back of my head, he tugged a handful of my hair back so I had to look up at him. Breathing in shakily, conflicting emotions of hate and desire raged inside me. Fire burned in his pupils, making him look even more feral.

He suddenly pressed his body into mine, his lips coming down on mine with a savage hunger. I felt dizzy; my need for him was desperate and raw. His hand locked on the back of my head tighter as I pulled him by his belt loops closer to me. We were both fierce and demanding as we kissed. Biting. Tugging. Wanting.

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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Blog, Teasers

 

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Have you read Darkness of Light

Have you read Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown?

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Love the cover. Well if you haven’t read, check this one out. An Except is below…

Darkness of Light Teaser:

“I won’t deny I’m good at it, but it’s definitely not one of my many hidden talents. Or so I’ve been told.” His expression revealed nothing, but there was no doubt as to what he was hinting at. My cheeks turned a deep shade of pink and I quickly turned away from him. I didn’t miss the smirk cutting across his face.

“T-that’s not . . . I mean . . . I wasn’t insinuating . . .” It usually wasn’t easy to turn me into a stammering mess, but he seemed to do it effortlessly.

“What’s wrong, Ember?” A cruel, smug smile tugged at the corner of Eli’s mouth. “You don’t strike me as the type who gets thwarted so easily.” Eli’s bright eyes penetrated so deeply into mine it made me feel as if all my inner thoughts and feelings were being unveiled.

“Thwart suggests you defeated or outwitted me.” My eyebrows arched in a mocking response, challenging him. A slow, unsettling grin spread over his face, but he stayed silent. “What’s wrong Eli? You don’t strike me as the type who gets surmounted so easily.”

You want to play vocabulary? Fine, bring it, I thought.

His eyebrow cocked, and I immediately wanted to slap myself. Oh, you idiot. Why did you have to use that word?

“It’s a little early in our relationship for us to be ‘surmounting,’ but, hey, I’m game if you are. I’ll even let you be on top.” He looked directly at me, a coy smile playing on his lips.

Whenever I thought I had the upper hand, Eli seemed to be able to pull my legs out from under me, knocking me off my game. I grappled for any kind of thought not including images of this boy’s naked body or his fingers against my bare skin. I shook my head, trying to rid my mind of the vivid images playing out in my head.

He moved in closer, causing warmth to flare through me as he brushed my arm. He leaned down and whispered in my ear, his hot breath slipping teasingly down my neck and spine. “I’ll be waiting eagerly for a good retort from that wicked tongue of yours. I’m sure you will come back with some mind-blowing licks for me.” He stepped back away from me. Watching me flounder for words and the chagrin spreading over my cheeks only widened his smile.

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His fingers touched my jaw and slithered down, softly tracing the contours of my neck and the scrapes until he reached the top of my tank top. My eyes closed as I drowned in the pleasure of his touch. His other thumb swept gingerly across my bottom lip. My lips parted, catching his thumb in my mouth, and sucked on it. A soft moan came from his throat, making the yearning burn deeper in my body. My eyes fluttered open to see him staring down at me. For a brief time we stayed like that, lost in everything we had left unsaid. Urgently, he slid his hands to the back of my neck, cupping my face. He concentrated intently on my lips as he lowered his slowly to mine, which ached for his touch.

A burst of electric shocks rippled through my body, sparking an intense passion that completely overtook me. There was nothing in the world I wanted more. Every touch was like fire, the taste of his lips spurred a divine hunger, a craving that was an insatiable, endless need for him.

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You totally have to pick this one up. 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Blog, Teasers

 

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A look Through The Lens

If you haven’t read my on sale for only 99 cents young adult contemporary romance, then let me give you a taste.

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Blurb…

Being a twin isn’t all that bad, nor is it all that good. Being the fat twin makes things a little worse. Seventeen year old, Jessa Shelby has been all but ignored. Trimmed down, but not skinny like her sister, she has decided to make her mark in her final year in high school.

Things begin anew the summer before her senior year when she meets Ethan Hart, a super hot boy with a twisted past. Unfortunately, he has a girlfriend. Relegated to friend status with Ethan, she turns her eyes on football jock, Josh Macon, whose crush worthy too. No longer the ‘fat girl’, Josh seems to be interested in her too.

Spending more and more time with Ethan causes unexpected complications and she finds herself falling for the wrong boy. Josh is sweet but wants more than she can give. His warning about Ethan’s past may have come too late. And gasping for air with a noose around her neck, she has to wonder if trust came at a very high price.

Excerpt…

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(just to set things up not in the excerpt below, Jessa’s on the National Mall in Washington, DC between the Capitol and the Abe Lincoln monument taking pictures.)

And that’s when I saw the color of his eyes. They were the bluest of blue that would make the sky want to cry from jealously. He was hot, a ten on the Richter scale. We’re talking catastrophic heartbreak. But the way his eyes bore into my lens-. Crap, he looked at directly me. Saw me. My nervous finger clicked off the shot before I shifted away in embarrassment. I did a 180 towards good old Abe and walked a couple of steps, feigning more interest as I started to line up an extreme long shot of that memorial. I needed to get out of there. Had he known I was taking pictures of him? I was poised to walk away in the direction of the memorial and make my escape when I heard a voice behind me. He was too close and I knew because I felt his breath on the back of my exposed neck. And I knew who it might be by the sheer amount of baritone in the voice. Slowly, I turned around, heart knocking against my chest.

It was him. And he was like really tall. I was already tall but he had a good head over me, making me look up at him, guiltily while he looked down at me with no hint of shame. In fact his face was surprisingly empty, devoid of anything I could read. With his head at an angle, he spoke again, “So, do I get to see?”

With no experience at all with guys other than Bradley—I mean who dates the fat girl— I was struck by his proximity, the fact that he, looking like that, was talking to me. And I was barely able to stutter out, “See what?”

Chuckling, he exposed impossibly white teeth, he said, “My picture.”

The duh, must have crossed my face and I tilted the camera, which had been cradled in my palm, to reveal the ancient thing I was using. “This isn’t digital.”

“That’s a problem then,” he said, his face expressionless again. No, there was something, I thought looking up at that face, hands shaking. And the look I saw there made me swallow hard.

“Why?” I asked, feeling like cotton had filled my throat.

“I think there must be laws about that or something.”

“Laws,” I repeated, perplexed.

“Yeah, laws. I don’t think I gave you permission to take my picture.” His posture said he was dead serious. Were there laws? I had no idea. And would he try to call the police or something? I didn’t mean to do anything. I had been caught up in the feeling of the new camera, caught up in the sheer amount of attractiveness one person could have.

Taking my camera in his hand, the strap around my neck pulled me closer to him. He didn’t seem to notice that we were basically sharing too much personal space. He studied my camera like he knew a thing or two about them turning it over this way and that.

“You’re not going to open it, are you?” I asked meekly, scared he would press charges. And that if he’d open it carelessly, try to force it open, the vintage camera might break let alone ruin the film inside.

With a sardonic arch of his brow, he said, “I should. Do you have a release form? I mean, you can’t go posting these pictures without permission.”

“I, I never,” I stammered. I had no idea how many laws I might be breaking. “I promise I won’t post any of your pictures.”

Not looking at all convinced, he said, “How do I know that? Do you know how much my face is worth?”

Priceless, I wanted to say but kept that little comment to myself. I didn’t want to seem creepier than he probably already thought me to be. I found myself licking my suddenly dry lips. Was he a model? There was no doubt he could be.

Sighing, at my lack of response, he said, “Well, I guess you owe me then.” Owe him, I didn’t even know him.

“Look, I promise to destroy your picture,” I said, quickly. “I really didn’t mean to break any laws.”

And then he broke out in a brilliant smile, a truly bright genuine smile that caught me off guard. “What did you mean to do?”

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This book is available in Paperback, E-book (at Amazon and Barnes & Noble) and Audio book with whispersync (through Audible & Amazon).

AND DON’T FORGET MY GIVEAWAY

https://shannondermott.net/2014/05/26/giveaway/

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Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Blog, Teasers

 

Happy Mother’s Day

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And just because…

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Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Blog, Teasers

 

News about Equity (Balance Sheet series)

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Ah, the joys of putting the last word on not only a book, but a series. It’s funny, this is the last series I started to write and it’s the first I’ve finished.

EQUITY represents the end of Kalen and Bailey’s journey. The story is told from both of their point of views. It wraps up just as I’d planned from the beginning (I’m thrilled about that). Some times when you’re writing, the story takes over and goes in a direction you didn’t expect. Not so here, which is why I found it easier to complete this story over the other projects I’m working on. However, this installment turned out far longer than the first two novellas in this series. In fact, this book is novel length.

For those of you disappointed Kalen wasn’t in Liabilities as much as you would have liked, I hope once you read Equity you’ll understand the need for that part of the story.

The book is off to the editor and when I get it back, I’ll have to no doubt make changes. However, the days are numbered for publication. I’ll release the date with the cover reveal next week.

So what now. I NEED YOU to help me spread the word. Yes, the joys of working for one self. I need the help of my favorite readers to spread the word. And what do you get out of this? I’m running a $50 gift card giveaway specifically for those of you who sign up and spread the word. How to get in on the action? Click the link below. Spreading the word is not only for bloggers but for any of you who use social media like Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc. So click the link below to sign up to join my TEAM.

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And Teasers… Why not?

    “Your Matt,” he said to the other man.

Matt reached out a hand. “Yeah, you are…”

“Turner. Bailey’s fiancé,” he announced taking Matt’s hand in a firm but quick hand shake.

Matt’s head snapped in my direction. I pinched the bridge of my nose. It wasn’t the time for a pissing contest.

“I appreciate you coming out to help,” he said, his face looking hopeful.

“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for Bailey,” Matt said.

This was getting ridiculous. If we didn’t find Bailey soon, none of this posturing would matter.

“Kalen said you had interest in Bailey.”

Matt sized up Turner measuring his response. “I love Bailey.” Matt stopped and let Turner absorb that statement. “Like a sister though. I won’t lie and say I didn’t make a play for her when I finally took my head out of my ass. But Kalen here had already stolen her from me.”

Had Matt just taken my side? “Matt,” I said, ready to steer this conversation back on task. I pointed to the where Turner just stepped out of stalks as tall as though in the movie Children of the Corn. “This is where we believe whoever took her came through.”

The cop moved forward back in investigation mode. Turner gave me a look ignored. I understood his need to stake a claim. Hell, I might have done the same if I had a leg to stand on. Bailey however had made her choice.

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Blog, Teasers

 

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I totally love hearing from you guys. Your requests are my command. And most of the time I read all my reviews. I haven’t read any reviews lately, so if I haven’t liked them it’s not because I don’t like them. I’ve been avoiding them so I could focus on writing. Once I get past these looming deadlines, I will go back and try and catch up with all the reviews I have yet to read.

Which brings me to a note I received on one of my post. A reader really got on my case for changing deadlines with book releases. I felt so bad. I really try and meet them, but my life has been all kinds of crazy this past year. I’ve had many strange illnesses that I haven’t talked about and other life changing events that remind me I’m human.

But no excuses. I’ve been writing everyday so far lately. New Year’s Resolution. I’m so pleased about that. And I’m really hoping to make all my deadlines this year.

With that said, I offered to post another chapter for a patient Jade who is ready to read Broken Lens. And of course, because my life can never be easy, I ran into a little trouble.

I’m not sure what other authors do, but I try to write whenever and wherever inspiration hits. And sometimes that means I’m not using my main laptop. In fact, I have three computers that have files saved on, my main and two others. And I have a handful of thumb drives I keep in case I’m out and can use a different computer not my own.

I open up my Broken Len file and I’m scrolling past the first chapter when I notice a note in between the first chapter and the rest I’ve written. What does the note say?

(There are missing chapters that need to be added)

I started this book a while ago and I for the life of me can’t remember where I’ve saved those “missing chapters.” In fact, reading the chapter that follows it, I know there are at least two chapters I’m missing. So I search my other computers and thumb drives and come up empty. I know I wrote them because I know what I said.

For a couple of days, I searched until I finally gave in and rewrote the first of two chapters. And I’ve posted it. Sorry for the delay, it’s chapter two on this post. This is for you Jade. The link is below.

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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Blog, Teasers

 

It’s a New Year…

It’s 2014 and the year is off to an interesting start.

After finishing with Liabilities, I was able to take time to see some movies, like Catching Fire and the second installment of the Hobbit. I have a lot of love for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hobbit series. Man that guy could write and had such talent for putting together his imagination on a page. And let’s not forgot the Hunger Games trilogy. It was really nice to see book to movie conversion done so well consider condensing a longer book into a shorter screenplay. Have you guys seen? What did you think?

I’ve been doing a lot of playing out in my head about each of my books. I wish I had magic fingers and I could get all of it down on a page in minutes instead of weeks and months. I’ve plotted out Mercy’s conclusion. Okay, so I’ve known how it would end. More like the details and I’m anxious to get it down and finished.

I’m also ready to bring TTL to its conclusion. Ethan needs to finish telling his story.

A song that’s been playing in my head and on my speakers on repeat is Wait for Me by Kings of Leon. I feel like it describes characters in flux in each of my books as a song sung to other characters. Can you guess who would be singing to who?

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But today I’m here to talk about Liabilities. I took a risk in writing an adult tale. I needed an outlet for all the things I couldn’t write in YA. Assets, Liabilities and ultimately Equity are really one book. I took a chance in telling the story in the “series” way because I needed to get other things written in between. In doing so, it may appear that the story is headed in a certain direction.

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For me as a writer, I try to give the reader enough information so that they really understand the characters and the decisions that they make (bad or good ones alike). All my main characters are flawed. Somehow, perfect characters to me aren’t as interesting. As such, they make mistakes, human or paranormal ones, lol. Because I’m a reader as much as a writer, I totally understand when you want to shake, slap, yell or whatever at my characters because you perceive what they are doing as dumb, idiotic, crazy, etc. But that’s what people do, we make mistakes. Heck, my mistake was writing and releasing the book in pieces. What’s done is done. Again, I get it. I just hope you guys continue to trust me.

For Equity, the story will be told from two POVs, Kalen and Baileys. You got a taste in Liabilities. Now it will be full out throughout the book.

As a teaser, I’m posting the unedited first chapter in Equity. Click the link below. Enjoy.

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DON’T FORGET THE GIVEAWAY. (see previous post for more information)

 

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2014 in Blog, Change of POV, Giveaways, Teasers

 

Have No Mercy

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With determination that has no bounds, Mercy has set on a quest to make things right. Life is a journey and hers has been a bumpy road. None of that matters. She will have no mercy for anyone that gets in her way. No matter the price or at the cost of her own life, she will persevere.

Her actions may have caught up with her. Their consequences may be dire. However, thrust into another realm on a promise that seems meaningless now, she will find her heart in an unexpected place. Love will conquer all and the two will become one if they are all to survive.

Above the rest, one consequence however may derail her plans. The demon she freed with her dagger may prove to be more dangerous dead than alive.

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Sometimes, I wonder how I got here. Like today. Where I am is still a mystery to me. Yet I must succeed on a quest if I am to find him, save him from a fate that wasn’t meant to be his but mine.

However, today, I’m put in a position to make a decision that isn’t my own. Yet I’m alone and out of options.

I can only hope he will forgive me, they will forgive me. I will do as I must to protect them both from all that I am.

I will succeed where others have failed or I will die trying. There isn’t hope unless I have faith that what I’m doing this time is right and true. I refuse to make the same mistakes as I have in the past. I must be true to my heart and true to the path laid in front of me. My soul no longer matters, my destiny already determined. And I will make this right. I will fix this.

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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Blog, Dear Journal, Teasers

 

Flynn and more…

Writing can be a lonely place. And at times, a difficult one. Right now I have a total of four completed stories in my head. If I could plug a thumb drive in my ear and simply hit download on the screen of my brain, Broken Lens, two new stories and the fourth Mercy novel would be complete. No editing would be required because in my head everything would download grammatically correct.

Unfortunately for me, it doesn’t work that way. And at times, I can’t bring myself to type the words. It’s not really writer’s block as I know what to say. But it’s something that prevents me from typing them anyway. Unlike some authors, I don’t have a strict regiment for writing every day. As much as I’ve tried to implement that policy, so far it hasn’t worked.

I must admit that I’m anxious to write the Mercy story. The way it’s unfolded in my head, Flynn is eager to get out and on paper.  And of course there are a few more surprises that should please some.

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However, I have 2 stories I must finish first. Liabilities is written and is begging me to finish the editing process. But Ethan has filled my thoughts the last two days. I’ve chosen Broken Lens to be my Nanowrimo story. For those that don’t know, it’s National Novel Writing Month, which is November.

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In two days, I’ve written over 13,000 words to what I’d already written. I know every word that needs to be written from start to finish. And I fear if I stop to work on something else, I’ll lose my momentum. Heck at the way I’m working, I could be finished by week’s end. But I’ll make no such promises. Want a teaser…

This book is written from Ethan’s POV (at least mostly).

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“You see Ethan, my lawyers assure me that this case will be dropped. The prosecution is not in the business of working on losing cases.”

There it was. I couldn’t stop the question in my head from tumbling from my mouth. “What does this have to do with me?”

“Everything,” he taunted.

Even though Ethan has consumed me, that doesn’t mean I don’t have Flynn, Luke, Sebastian, Paul, Keller, Turner, Kalen and Colton on my brain. Opps, did I mention Colton. Forget I said that. That’s for another time.

*Looks away because I’ve said too much.* 😉

(Change topic :))

So I wrote that POV of Flynn ages ago. And someone asked me about the next Mercy book on the Cambion’s group on Goodreads. I do try to pay attention and respond to questions and such on various media. For that reason, I’m taking this time to do a blog post which I haven’t done in forever and post this POV. So, you guys can thank Kelly. It was her kind words that took me out of Ethanville and back into Flynn Heights, lol. I’m a sucker for kind words.

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Anyway guys, no matter what book you are waiting for, I’m working on it in some way. Liabilities will be released this month if it’s the last thing I do. Broken Lens will be on its heels. Then, I’ll put all my effort into the next Mercy book. I do have the cover to share with you all, but another day.

Click here for a BFM prequel POV.

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Posted by on November 3, 2013 in Blog, Change of POV, Teasers

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

I hope everyone is well. I’m not sure how you guy’s will be celabrating, but I’m hoping to get some writing time in.

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Here is a first look at Broken Lens, the sequel to Through the Lens. Book two will be consider New Adult and not YA. Check it out.

http://figment.com/books/602318-Broken-Lens-Chapter-One-Preview/widget?size=small&desc=true&stats=true

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Posted by on March 17, 2013 in Blog, Chapters, Teasers