Thursday, March 14, 2019

The wait is (almost) over!

If you've been waiting for Bridget's book (book 6 of the Wolf's Heritage series), I apologize profusely with the delay. It's been a mix of things--the wrong story for my heroine and publishers shutting down to name a few.

But it's done and I'm really happy with this story. To give you a little teaser, here is the prologue of Memory's Flame.  Bridget finds some unlikely heroes and they turn out to be just what she needs.

Memory's Flame is available for pre-order at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords. Get your copy today! Memory's Flame comes out on March 20th!.



Prologue - Memory's Flame
Copyright 2019 © Tielle St. Clare

Payne stared at the vibrating phone, buzzing and bouncing a short path across his desk. He could just ignore her. He’d been doing it for weeks now but her messages had gone from friendly to annoyed to bitchy.
He was pretty positive he didn’t want to find out what came next.
Sighing, he picked up the phone and swiped his thumb across the bottom of the screen.
“Tricia! How’s my favorite editor?”
“Freaking out just a bit, darling.”
The muscles in his neck twitched. It was amazing how much meaning she could put behind one word.
That’s what happened when you dated the woman who controlled your fate. Actually, “dated” was kind of a misnomer. “Fucked” would have been a better description. A couple of times. He’d quickly come to his senses and realized how focused she was. Great for an editor. Not so good for a casual bedmate.
“Now, why would you be freaking out?” he asked, forcing as much teasing into his voice as possible. Lets keep this light, folks.
“You’re on deadline, darling.”
Payne scoffed. “It’s three months out.”
“Two and a half to be exact and usually by this point I have a proposal on my desk and you on my phone pleading for more time.”
“You’re unhappy I’m not asking for an extension? That’s ironic.”
“I’m unhappy because when my boss asked what your book was about, I couldn’t tell him because you haven’t told me. And I know you, darling...” The razor edge of her words scratched down the centerline of his back like a tiger claw. “When you get what you think is a great topic, you share it...if for no other reason than to ask for more money.”
Payne poked his tongue into his cheek and held back the confession that threatened. His editor didn’t need to know he had nothing. Not a word written, not even an idea for the book.
“So, what is it?” The irritation left her voice, replaced by a silky smooth tone designed to seduce the topic out of him. “Vampires?”
“Done it.”
“Zombies?”
“Seriously?”
“Werewolves?”
“Give me a break.” He rapped his fingers on the tabletop he used for a desk. “I write non-fiction.”
“Vampires and werewolves are still very big.”
“Yes, for teenage girls who think the world is ending if they don’t have a date to the prom.”
“You did vampires,” Tricia reminded him.
“Because there really are nutcases in this world who drink blood and want to believe they are vampires. No one really thinks they’re a werewolf. Imagine the disappointment when you stand outside on a full moon and dontbecome spontaneously furry.”
“Fine. I’ve done my best to help. Do what you want.” Her words remained sweet, but the brittle steel behind them made Payne’s balls ache. “But if I don’t have at least a topic I can sell to my managing editor by Monday, I’m going to go to my boss and tell him we might want to consider holding back the rest of your advance.”
“You’d throw me under the bus that fast?” Payne asked, though he wasn’t actually surprised.
“Darling, I’ll throw you so hard the Dodgers will make me their starting pitcher.”
Three beeps chimed through the tiny speaker telling him she’d disconnected.
He dropped the phone on the desk and propped his forehead on the heels of his hands.
His last two books had been deep investigative pieces about people who lived as vampires. After the second one had come out, other “covens” contacted him, wanting him to witness their even more bizarre rituals.
So much for “secret” cults.
He blamed reality TV.
But fuck, he didn’t want to do another vampire book. The last one had just about finished him. After watching the “vampires” revel in their activities, he couldn’t stand the sight of blood. One drop and his stomach spun like a rollercoaster. Becoming vegetarian hadn’t been a choice, but a necessity.
He pushed himself upright and flipped his hair out of his eyes. Topic. He had three days to come up with a topic.
What had Lissa said? Zombies? Possible. He’d heard about a zombie drug in South America but wasn’t sure if it was real or if people just used the idea as an excuse to commit random acts of stupidity.
Werewolves?He snorted. What the hell. Why not?
He typed “werewolves” and “wolf men” into his favorite search engine. He skimmed the first few pages but they were all fiction books. He jumped to the bottom of his search list and started working backwards. Monsters, legends, more legends.
A video link.
“Ooh.” Maybe someone caught a person turning into a wolf on video. Right. Probably a special effects promo.
He clicked on the story. An article from the Las Vegas Timespopped up about a cop being shot. It took Payne until the end of the story to discover why it had appeared in his results list.
The guy who confessed to shooting the cop said a “wolf man” had threatened him. He begged to be put in prison to escape the creature.
“Bet the poor bastard is a druggie,” Payne muttered. “Yep, he was found with a pile of new designer drugs.”
He clicked the video link and the raw footage of a press conference appeared. The cops spoke and took questions but made no mention of the “wolf man.”
“Nothing,” he said.
Living alone, he talked to himself a lot, more for the noise than anything else. He reached for his mouse and accidentally knocked the wireless device on the floor. As he bent over, the chief of police introduced the next speaker, the spokesman for the cop’s family, Jackson Haverstam.
Payne straightened and placed the mouse back on the desk.
A man with short dark hair and rather piercing eyes stepped to the podium and read a brief statement. A graphic popped up with the man’s name. Payne watched but “Jackson” didn’t take any questions and shortly after he was done, the conference ended.
Sighing, Payne went back to his search.
Nothing. Nothing. Crazy. Nothing.
With his cheek resting on one hand, he clicked on a story from the Anchorage Daily Dispatch.
“Hmm, werewolves in Alaska. That at least seems plausible.”
He scanned the article. Another case of a bad guy swearing a werewolf chased him down.
A picture of the crime scene filled the screen and Payne peered at it. Not a single furry creature. Damn.
A lone man stood in the background, wearing a long leather coat, his arms crossed over his chest and a pissed off glare on his face.
“You don’t look like a werewolf,” he told the man on the screen. “More like an escapee from one of the Matrix movies.” He moved to click off the page and stopped, his eyes drawn back to the picture. To the guy in the coat. He looked familiar.
It took Payne a minute to place him.
“That’s that guy. What was his name?”
Leaving the image open, he found the video from Vegas and shuttled to the end. The family spokesperson for the cop. Jackson Haverstam.
There was no identifier in the Anchorage article but it was the same man. Or his twin.
The coincidence tickled the back of Payne’s brain. What was the likelihood one guy was going to be at two different crime scenes? Each involving wolf man sightings? He looked at the date. They were only a few days apart.
It was conceivable the same man was in both cites but how was he involved in both crimes?
Payne left those pages marked and typed “Haverstam” and “wolf” in the search. That would cover werewolf and wolf man.
A dozen or more results popped up.
One for a Mikhel Haverstam. He was starting a wolf refuge on some property in southern Virginia. Interesting but hardly incriminating. Payne marked the page and went on.
“Werewolf” appeared in the summary line of the next result and Payne opened the link.
A TV news station in Virginia aired a story about a district attorney resigning. The reporter and anchor joked about the rumors the local DA was a werewolf.
Payne scanned the print version of the story, searching for—
There it was. Haverstam. The DA, Brennan Hall, was dating a woman named Kalen Haverstam and look at that...he’s staying at some property owned by her father Rike Haverstam.
Too many coincidences.
Payne grabbed his phone and hit the speed dial. It went to Lissa’s voicemail.
“Hey, I’ve got my story but I think I might need some more time.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

New (re-)Releases from Tielle

After Ellora's Cave closed their doors, I received the rights to my EC books back. I'm starting to re-release them. Most recently, Fairy Dust, Marvin and the Three Bears, and On Being Wicked.

Fairy Dust

When Fairy Godmother Marlena gets in trouble for including a hot sex additive to her Happily Ever After Fairy Dust, her bosses decide she's lost touch with their mission. They announce she will become various fairy tale characters until she understands that fairy tales are about overcoming obstacles to find true love — and not about hot, wild, break the headboard sex.

Marlena tries to follow the rules, but brief episodes with the Troll from Rumpelstiltskin and Snow White's Handsome Prince reveal just how powerful her Fairy Dust really is. Who knew the Troll would grow so large in such interesting places? Or that the Prince had a spanking fetish?

And when she finds herself dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and trapped between the Wolf and the Huntsman…well, what's a girl to do? Find her own Happily Ever After, of course.

Links: 




Marvin and On Being Wicked were both fairly short, so I combined them into one book and called it On Being Wicked.

Marvin and the Three Bears
When a novice Fairy Godmother accidentally drops some sexed-up Happily Ever After Fairy Dust on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Marvin—second-in-command in Fairy Tale Land—jumps in to save the tale.

Taking over for Goldilocks should be simple. Right? All he has to do is eat the porridge, sit on the chair, and sleep in the bed. And when the Three Bears return home, run screaming from the house.

But the Fairy Dust has changed things…including the Three Bears. They’ve turned human. Baby Bear is no baby. Mama Bear wears black leather and wields a wicked paddle. And Papa Bear? Oh my…he’s going to make sure Marvin pays for the damage he’d done, inch by luscious inch.

On Being Wicked
Discovering a prince is secretly visiting her prisoner, Rapunzel, the evil witch decides to punish them both—until a little harmless meddling from a substitute Fairy Godmother transforms her from harried hag to horny hottie.

Now there’s no time for hexing, what with all the sexing, including a hands-on (and mouth-on…and tongue-on) warm-up courtesy of Rapunzel and her prince, and a lusty punishment from two gorgeous guys who put the “wood” in “woodsmen”.

The witch is about to discover just how wicked she can be.

Links: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2fZuy3K
iBooks: http://apple.co/2fyYsLH
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/2wqutfL
Barnes&Noble: http://bit.ly/2yg5znI

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Some of My Favorites

There are just those books that you read over and over (and over) again. I have a few authors and/or series that stick in my brain and I have to go back to again and again. It's the characters. They draw me in and I want to spend more time with them. The Sinner's Series by Rhys Ford is one of those series. In particular, I loved (loved!) Sinner's Gin and Tequila Mockingbird. I quite enjoyed Whiskey and Wry and Sloe Ride as well.

Recently, Ford released the 5th book in the series...Absinthe of Malice. It's the book every romance reader wants. It's the story of what happens next, what happens after "the end." I loved it. We got to revisit every couple from the first 4 books and it moved the story along. I can highly recommend the whole series. And I'm pretty freakin' excited there will be a book 6!

       

Enjoy!
(the covers are my Amazon Associate links and will take you right to the book page.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Do you listen to audio books?

I've long resisted picking up audio books. I don't particularly like someone to read to me. I read faster than most narrators and for most books, I just want to get to the story. I like fast and fun.

While exploring the idea of possibly turning some of my books into audio books, I decided I should know what was out there, what the appeal is.

The jury is still out. I think for certain books, I'll like it. I picked up a free audible membership.


And so far I've chosen 2 books.

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Now, I love Sinner's Gin. It's one of my favorite books and I've read it easily 10 times. Hearing someone else read it and put accents on the characters is a little different. I disagree with the narrator's portrayal of a couple of characters, probably because I've read the book so many times, they are like friends to me.

For The Girl On The Train, I'm only a short way into it but I'm intrigued. I think if I were "reading" the book, I would be rushing through it. Listening to it, I'm forced to slow down.  So far, I'm enjoying it. We'll see what happens at the end of the free trial membership.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Alpha Untried Available for Pre-Order!!

Book 4 of the Lone Wolves series will be here soon...Alpha Untried!

I'm very excited about this book. When I started Unexpected Alpha, I didn't know it would be a series.  By the time I was finished, I knew Random and Kia needed their own books.

Part way through writing Beta Undone (Kia and Madge's story), I realized Josiah would make a great hero.  He's a bit young but he knows he's got a big responsibility ahead of him so he's growing up fast.

Alpha Untried not only tells Josiah's story but for those who felt Betas Unraveled ended a bit abruptly, we get to see Random and Cledwyn again.

Here is the back cover blurb for Alpha Untried.

Josiah knew training to become the new Alpha would be difficult.  He didn’t know it would leave him a desperate virgin. The rest of the Pack won’t come near him and humans just don’t do it for him. He needs a strong wolf…who doesn’t recognize him.

Kal’s days—and nights—are rigidly controlled as he works for the High Council. But sometimes, sometimes, it just gets to be too much and he needs a release.  When he meets a young wolf in a human bar, he knows the perfect way to burn off that excess energy.

Finding out the kid is his friend Rowan’s successor doesn’t make his day.


When wolves attack Rowan’s Pack, Josiah and Kal have to put aside their brief—steamy—history and stop the destruction or Josiah won’t have a Pack to take over.

Pre-order Alpha Untried now on Amazon!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

My Reading List...Going back to some old favorites

So I've been desperate for something to read but nothing appeals. If you're like me, you go back to your standbys, those fav books you read over and over again.  Here are a few of my go-to books...which yes, I've re-read this past week.

Muscling Through


I was a bit surprised at how much I liked (and later loved) this book. The point of view hero is pretty low-brow, common, not well educated really. He doesn't fit the typical romance hero, even in a M/M book, but you know, I love the story. I love the characters. My heart ached when there was tension between the two men.  I wasn't expecting to like it but it has become one of my favs when I just need a good solid read. Highly recommend it.

Pricks and Pragmatism


This is another book I wasn't expecting to enjoy. The main hero becomes "friends with benefits" to have a comfortable place to sleep while he finishes school. I fully intended to dislike him but again the author manages to tug on my heart strings so I'm aching when he thinks all is lost.  Another fav.

Snow Balls and Fire Balls
 

I enjoyed all of the "balls" series but these two are my favorites. For Snow Balls, I don't always re-read the whole book but I go back, time and again to the last half. The break up and the rescue. So wonderful, so fun.  Love it!

Fire Balls is another book I re-read every couple of months. A scene will spark in my memory and I need to go back and read it one more time. Great characters, some tension but not too much. Again, a solid, wonderful go-to read.

The photos are links to Amazon if you're interested in checking out these books.

Tielle

Monday, February 29, 2016

My Current Reading List

I always have multiple books going. Some of them take more brain concentration than others. I like to keep a good mix so I can focus during parts of my week and just have fun for the other parts.

Here is what I've been reading and indulging in for the past week.

I'm still reading Fire Up Your Writing Brain: How to Use Proven Neuroscience to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Successful Writer. I've been enjoying it but I'm moving slowly through it.

My next book (at least when we're talking about the craft of writing) is

Boone Brux recommended it to me so it will be my next craft writing book.

As for fun reading...  I recently read Risk Everything on It by K.A. Mitchell.

I enjoyed it quite a lot and I think I'm going to go back and read the first in the series.

I also went back and re-read one of my favorite books...Temporary Mark. I pretty much love everything Kim Dare writes but this is one of my go to books, something when I just need to connect with the characters. It does have a BDSM element to it but it's not overwhelming and the emotion in this book is amazing.  Love it!