EXCERPT!!! Torn Asunder (Rift Guardians#1)

Tags

,

My first excerpt of the new year!

I’ll have an official blurb for you soon, but the Rift Guardian series is about what happens when the magical world and the real world collide – sexy shapeshifters, powerful sorcerers, and creatures of the dark galore.  I can’t wait to share!  Here’s the Prologue to get you going.  Happy Reading!

Torn Asunder

EXCERPT:

The entire city of Chicago shook when the rift opened up.  The glass and steel skyscrapers that made up the iconic skyline swayed, the El trains shuddered on their tracks, and a wave of lake water swamped Lakeshore Drive with enough force to shove the morning commuters into a massive, waterlogged pileup, like toy cars accidentally left on the beach to the mercy of the tides.  Though there were few fatalities, the injuries were vast, and the city would take months to clean up the damage, years to sort out the insurance claims.

No one was thinking about paperwork that morning, however.  After a puzzled ten seconds when the locals wondered if it was even possible to have an earthquake in Chicago, they looked up to the sky over the lake, and the mighty city came to a standstill.

The rift dwarfed the tallest Chicago skyscraper many times over, spread as wide as three city blocks, a glowing rip in space a half-mile from the lakeshore that disappeared into the clouds and plunged deep into Lake Michigan.  Later, Coast Guard divers would discover that the rift went as far as the lake floor, as though the world itself were just a folded piece of wrapping paper, ripped down the center to show the secret beneath.

A tear in the sky was only the start.

Even from the lakefront, where anxious crowds gathered to view the terrifying phenomena as sirens blared and helicopters whomped closer, they could see what lay beyond the shimmering, golden slash over the blustery waters of the lake.  Though it wasn’t visible, every good Chicagoan knew that somewhere far across the lake lay Michigan.

What they saw through the rift wasn’t Michigan.

The first thing they noticed was the water – another lake, a dark churning thing, alive with trails of green and purple phosphorescence and teeming with strange creatures that one would never find in a lake.  They saw light gleaming on monstrous fins, shapes and sizes that were not of this Earth.  Roughly half a mile beyond that, a sandy lakeshore.

And a city.

This city also towered over the lake, an impressive skyline against a flat landscape, but instead of glass and steel, a sprawling medieval metropolis of gray stone, gothic towers, and castles monopolized by a towering fortress looking down from what could only be described as a mountain.  There were no mountains in Chicago, obviously.  But in this strange mirror image of the city, there it was.

Boats were sent out, of course, by the dozens, to get a closer look at the rift and the strange world beyond, and that’s when the city got its second shock of the day.  A pulse of light grabbed the Coast Guard and Chicago PD ships and lifted them from the water, then took hold of the whirling helicopters and held them frozen in midair for ten heartbeats, before dropping them.

Chicagoans scrambled back from the shore as another wave of water swamped them and the boats bobbed crazily in the water, half of them capsized, the heavy helicopters starting to sink.  At the impending loss of life, people sprang into action. Anyone with a boat – fishermen, sailboat aficionados, trust fund yacht babies – turned their ships from the marina and raced for the site, all incredibly brave or incredibly stupid.  Terrified, they edged close to the sinking vessels, but the rift stayed quiet, letting them approach to retrieve the injured and the dead.

But there were no dead.  Eighty-eight people – crew, officers, and Federal agents – all asleep. Every weapon on every wreckage of every vessel melted into an unrecognizable puddle of metal.

In the absence of a leader, Janus Marek, a third generation fisherman and retired Navy, stepped up to take the reins and organize the rescue with his three sons, keeping a wary eye on the shimmering rift and the city beyond.  The National Guard would be here soon enough – his job was to keep things moving and minimize loss of life.  The eighty-eight were brought on board, wrapped in blankets, coats – anything handy to keep them warm – and ferried back to the waiting ambulances on shore in organized fashion.  When the last of the rescues was clear, Janus ordered the remaining boats that had stayed behind to gawk out of the area.

And that’s when he saw it.

A man flying from the medieval city over the churning waters of the lake on massive wings of night sky black.

Sexy and Unfinished

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

It’s 2016!  Thank goodness.  Looking back over my pages, 2015 was not my best effort.  No excuses, just bad scheduling!  But it’s a new year – I have a fair amount of reorganizing to do on this blog, but more importantly, this is the year to finish the unfinished goodies that have been driving me batty for weeks if not months. Take a look:

Fun, right?  All of these are in some state of “somewhat done” to “nearly done” to “polish, polish, polish.” And they don’t include the Regency series I started last year as well!  So, my New Year’s resolutions are as follows:

  1. Update the site!
  2. An excerpt for you all every single week.
  3. Publish, publish, publish!

Hope your year is productive and full of sexy, wonderful reads you just can’t put down! I’m going to stock up on energy bars and coffee and get to it.  Stop by tomorrow for an excerpt!

I Wish I Had Helper Elves…

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , ,

…with excellent typing skills.  They would make things so much faster!

THE KRINGLE BOYS #2 is coming up fast – I had to put everything else aside to focus on it, and the edits are driving me bonkers!  Excerpt coming up this weekend (and maybe one on Monday, too).  Hoping for a release date of the 15th, so stay tuned!

It’s snowing on my blog!  When did that happen?

Ethan Main

Coming Next Week – Bewitch Me More!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The best laid plans…

I had to push BEWITCH ME MORE a few days – family drama intrudeth!  However, it’s all settled now, and I’m looking forward to bringing you hot and witchy fun next week, just in time for Halloween!  I’ll toss up an excerpt in the next couple of days as well.

Here are the titles of the new stories included in BEWITCH ME MORE to whet your appetite!

BAD CANDY- A single mom takes the neighborhood warlock to task for his poor Halloween spirit, but gets caught up in naughty magical fun with him and the sexy spirit creature he accidentally conjured up.

SUGAR & SPICE – When a feisty reporter tries to seduce her way into a VIP Halloween party, the warlock bouncer she’s been flirting with has finally had enough and decides it’s time to give in to temptation and teach them both a lesson about seduction.

THE MAGIC HOUR – A mortal’s attempt to seduce his sexy, workaholic witch boss is hampered by the re-appearance of her trollish (literally!) ex-boyfriend.

ALL HALLOW’S EVE – Upon realizing that his succubus ex-girlfriend has hidden herself away from the world after a trauma, a sorcerer tracks her down to convince her to give herself and them another chance.

I can’t wait to hear what you all think!  I’ll have an updated release date after the weekend.

xoxo

Bewitch Me More

Sexy Halloween GOOD STUFF Available Now!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Need a little sexy Halloween magic to spice up your October?

AVAILABLE NOW:

The Good Stuff

Gail Martingale isn’t a bad witch, but everything about her boss Finn Parker makes her want to be – he’s the good stuff, top shelf, out of her league. The gorgeous partner at the law office where Gail works is a major distraction for a career-minded witch, but Gail is determined to break the stereotype that witches are sex-crazed beings with poor impulse control. So that means hands off! But when a frustrated Gail conjures up a sex toy with Finn Parker in mind, she is horrified to find that she’s summoned the man himself. What’s a witch to do?

Finn has never been a woman’s sex toy before, and being popped in whenever a certain hot little witch is feeling frisky is infuriating, but at the same time, impossible to resist. But he can’t deny that she makes his boring life more interesting. Can Finn convince Gail to give a real relationship a chance before she finds a way to undo the magic that binds them together? Finn is determined to make it happen, even if it means embracing his new role as a sex toy, again and again and again.

*******

There will be four more short Halloween stories in the upcoming BEWITCH ME MORE (Bewitch Me, Vol.2) – available around Oct. 20th or whenever I finish editing, but until then, you can check out more magical fun and games in Volume 1:

Bewitch Me

Halloween Sneak Peek!

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Coming Soon!

I’m hoping to have this up over the weekend, but here’s some cover art and an excerpt to get your Hump Day going.

The Good Stuff

EXCERPT:

THE GREEN-EYED WITCH was staring at him again, this time in the elevator.  Finn had a hard time ignoring it, because he really wanted to stare back and get a better look at those hypnotic eyes, the curve of her lips.

He wanted to count her freckles with his tongue.

She was wearing another simple gray suit, cut conservatively.  It only hinted at the lush curves Finn was convinced were hidden under that boxy jacket.

The doors opened on the fifty-second floor and the other passengers filed out, leaving them alone for the climb to eighty-seven.

“Do you have any plans for Halloween, Mr. Parker?”

It took Finn a moment to realize that the pretty witch was actually talking to him, and God help him, the husky sound of her voice had his cock taking serious notice.

“No.  Just work.  My building doesn’t get a lot of trick-or-treaters.”

He smiled apologetically.

“I’m so sorry, but I don’t know your name, Ms….”

“Gail Martingale.”  Her voice was crisp, the hint of disappointment obvious.

Gail.

They rose a few more awkwardly silent floors and Finn mentally punched himself in the balls.

“I’m sure you have much more interesting plans than I do, Ms. Martingale.  From what I understand, the magical community goes all out.”

“They do.  But I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet.  Staying home and watching horror movies in my PJs sounds a little more appealing than the party scene this year.”

She gave him a look he couldn’t decipher, but he was distracted, the thought of her wrapped in soft garments that had been washed a million times taking over his brain and raising his temperature.  They would hug every curve – a worn tank top, perhaps, and a skimpy pair of boyshorts that had a tendency to ride up her hips.

Finn took a sharp breath, swallowing as his mouth went dry, grateful that his folded overcoat hid his burgeoning erection.  At this rate, he was going to have to jerk off in his private washroom if he had any hope of getting things done today.

“That sounds…like fun,” he managed.

Gail smiled.

Suddenly, the elevator lurched, pushing her into his arms as it ground to a halt.  Adrenaline surging, Finn dropped his coat and briefcase, catching her instinctively, hearing her little gasp as her body crushed against his.  The lights flickered, an alarm going off.  Finn took a deep breath, his racing heart calming as rational thought kicked back in – the building was new, state of the art.  They were perfectly safe.

“Are you – ”

The words got caught in his throat as he registered the curve of her waist under his hands, the toned thighs that pressed against his as their legs tangled, and the soft fullness of her breasts against his chest.  His cock was an iron brand pressing into the softness of her stomach, and her eyes widened as she registered the contact, then dark lashes swept down, pink tinging her cheeks.

“I’m sure we’ll be moving again in a minute,” she murmured breathlessly, her green eyes half-lidded.

Was it his imagination or did she press a little closer?

She smelled incredible, like crisp apples and something slightly spicy.

Her hand was gripping his bicep, but instead of letting go, she slid it down his forearm to where he held her by the waist, her hand touching his, the skin-to-skin contact wiping every rational though from his brain.  She rubbed the sensitive spot between his thumb and forefinger for a brain melting second before pulling back.  His body protested the sudden loss of her soft warmth.

Then the lights flickered back to full power, and the elevator jerked once, and then started its smooth upward climb again.  The whole incident had only lasted a couple of minutes, but Finn’s mind was reeling, his body tight and aching from the shocking intimacy of an accidental moment in a dark elevator.  Before he could get his vocal cords to emit something other than a lustful growl, the scent of apples and spice in his lungs, the elevator was coming to a halt, and Gail Martingale slipped out as though she couldn’t wait to get away from him.  Finn gathered his fallen coat and briefcase and followed more sedately, absently rubbing the spot where she’d touched him, watching her scurry off, straightening her jacket and probably completely unaware that she’d turned him inside out.

COMING IN OCTOBER!

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Readers!

Ugh, what a year.  Can we just write this one off and start over with 2016?  I’ve had a few questions, so here are a few answers!

WHERE is Safe From the Storm???

I’m so close, but there are a few story threads that aren’t sitting quite right, mostly because SFS sets up Safe From the Wild, which is next, so everything has to hang together.  I’m still editing, but it’s looking good.

What’s new?

It’s October!  I’ve been hoarding magical little Halloween stories all year, so those will be coming out in the next couple of weeks.  First, a short story that will go up on its own, then BEWITCH ME MORE, which will have four more hot and witchy tales you probably shouldn’t read at work.

What else?

The site needs some updating – I have a couple of new paranormal series in the works, so stay tuned for new posts and excerpts on those.  I’ll try to post cover art for the first Halloween short tonight or tomorrow with an excerpt, and of course, the first BEWITCH ME collection is still available on Amazon.

May your leaves be changing colors, your fall boots sexy yet comfy, and your lattes be pumpkin and served by a Chris Hemsworth clone.

xoxo,

Lily

Bewitch Me More

A FREEBIE and a Fresh Start! PLAYING HOOKY (TEACH ME TONIGHT #1)

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Hello, my beloved readers!

I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been completely absent here lately.  Apologies – life got in the way, and I had to just step back and deal with it.  But I’m happy to be back and hope to pick up where I left off!

Right now, I’m up to my ears trying to finish SAFE FROM THE STORM, which is so close, I can taste it (and how does it taste?  HOT!!!  Is that TMI? LOL…)

To get your summer off to a good start, here’s one of my favorite summer shorts to read over your lunch break, or on the subway, or when you desperately need to get away from the other inhabitants of the house.  May we all have sexy anthropologists and tropical beaches in our lives.

Playing Hooky - SMALLThanks for sticking with me – there are some great stories coming up this year and I can’t wait to share them with you!

xoxo,

Lily

A New Year of Sizzling Reads!

Happy New Year!!!

2014 was a challenge, but everything is new again and I’m looking forward to bringing you pages and pages of scorching hot, funny, and heartwarming reads to keep you company through the long winter ahead!

Hope you all enjoyed NICK (THE KRINGLE BOYS #1) – look for ETHAN’s story as the holidays roll around again.

Look for two new Bright’s Ferry titles – SAFE FROM THE STORM will be out in January, and I’m aiming to have SAFE FROM THE WILD out in late spring.

New genres coming your way, too!  Paranormal hotness in my HEARTS OF STONE series – I’m planning to release the two prequels along with Book #1 to give you plenty to dive into, and some seriously sexy historical action with HIS TO PLEASURE.

You can see my 2015 dream list under the 500,000 word tab above, and though I’m pretty sure I won’t get through all of it, it’s good to dream big.

Have a wonderful, happy start to 2015 – the world is full of possibilities today!

Happy reading and stay tuned for updates and excerpts starting next week!

xoxo,

Lily

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,146 other followers