Final Cover Reveal – Closing The Circle

One of the hardest parts of being an author is trying to focus on the ideas you have, while new ones keep coming into focus. That was the case with the latest story that I am revealing here on my blog. It was formed from an idea I had originally based on the tales of the Brothers Grimm. When I couldn’t find a Germanic name that fitted my main character, I decided to switch to an Irish setting and build a different lore.

Without further ado, I would like to reveal to you the final cover of one of my future books.

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This beautiful cover for Closing The Circle, the first book in Paws And Effect series, has been designed by the talented mind of JC Clarke. If you are curious about the plot of the book, here is the blurb I have made for it.


 

The fur will fly when a young wizard seeks his path.

On the search for the remainder of his family’s legacy, a young wizard named Felix Driftwood travels to a mystical location in the middle of Ireland. On his arrival, he finds a mysterious village that is guarded by a pack of wereshifters who have fae lineage. When Felix is nearly killed by an unknown assailant, he is rescued by the pack and given sanctuary by their alpha, a part fae wolf shifter by the name of Ronan LeClaine.

Along with his new allies in the pack, Felix will try to recover what has been taken from his family, so he can lay claim to all the power he is destined to possess. On top of this, he must also try to control the affection he feels for the handsome alpha, as well as deal with the jealousy driven actions of his devoted familiar.


As a special treat for my loyal readers, and anyone who loves supernatural fiction, here is a short sample from one of the flashbacks in the book.


For a horrifying moment, Felix wondered if he had picked the wrong kind of object. The old shampoo bottle began to spew out thick cream coloured smoke. It began to rise up towards the ceiling, and swirled around like a tornado. To Felix’s surprise, the smoke changed into a solid form of something that resembled a human male.
 
The being had long wine red hair, stunning orange eyes and a pair of ears that would have looked more at home on a house cat. To add to the male’s feline mystique, a large wine red tail curled out from the bottom of his back. He wore a blue vest with golden trimmings, and a golden bangle on each of his wrists. From the point that his waist would have reached his legs, a trail of wispy smoke trailed down towards the floor.
 
From everything that Felix understood, he thought that the man looked like a genie. It was clear that something had not gone as expected with the ritual. He had expected to find a familiar, and instead he had seemed to have gained a servant. Before he could do anything else, the “man” bowed, and looked at Felix with the deepest respect.
 
“I thank you for awakening me from my slumber. My name is Trenvick, and I have been summoned to be your new familiar.”
 
The beings voice was rich and warm, with a slightest hint of a Gaelic accent. Felix dropped the bottle and took a few steps backwards. This genie like creature was definitely a familiar? He had been expecting a talking animal who would be his teacher. Instead, he had picked the vessel of a man-animal who was now gazing at him with adoration.
 
Noticing his emotional state, Trenvick frowned.
“Are you not pleased with me Master? Have I done something wrong?” he asked, tears forming at the corners of his eyes. Felix looked at the man slash genie slash familiar, and his fear gave way to sympathy.
“You’ve done nothing wrong. It’s just that I didn’t expect you to be in this form. I was told familiars only took the shape of creatures from nature.” Trenvick gave a small smile.
“That would ordinarily be true. In my case, my birth was not what you would call a normal circumstance. My creator decided to choose me to be a feline familiar, and chose my bonding vessel to be the bottle of a freed genie. Little did he know, the bottle retained some magic from it’s previous tennant.”
 
“When I was born, I had all the powers of a familiar, as well as a small amount of magic that would ordinary be granted to a genie. That is why my physical appearance resembles the more powerful species. As a side effect of the magical crossover, I was given a few feline features, such as my cat like ears and my big fluffy tail.” Felix tried to not wear a vacant expression as he tried to absorb this new information.
 
“Does this explain everything to you Master?” the familiar asked.
 
Jumping with surprise at being addressed, Felix nodded. Trenvick’s appearance was unusual, but it wasn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination. The familiar looked slightly cautious at that moment.
 
“Are you still willing to have me as your familiar?” he asked.
 
Felix considered the question, but knew that there was only one answer. He had grown to like Trenvick in the time they had spent together, so there was no way he would send him back into the bottle.
“I guess we can make this work.” he eventually replied, with a grin crossing his face.
Trenvick gave a small chuckle.
“Thank you Master. I shall attempt to guide you with all the power that I possess.”
Felix nodded. With the power he held, the wizard didn’t doubt that Trenvick would be of great assisstance to his efforts. Wanting to prove to himself that the man was real, he walked over to Trenvick, and wrapped his arms around his chest.
 
The warmth he felt from the familiar was comforting, so much so that he almost never wanted to leave his side. Trenvick wrapped his own arms around Felix, and let out of a contented purr. The noise reasonated throughout the room and made both men feel at ease.

 


Hope you liked this cover and snippet. I will have more information about this latest book very soon, as well as more snippets from future projects.

Rainbow Snippets – December 2nd 2017

The festive season is fast approaching, and to celebrate I have decided to release another snippet. For those of you who don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group where you share a set of sentences from a work that has LGBT related content. If you want to check out this great community for yourselves, be sure to check them out for yourself.

Before I start, I would like to thank AuldMisdione for purchasing a piece of art as a commission from SourShockX from deviantArt. This talented artist drew a picture of Phoenix Brannigan from Our Second Chance. Late in the story, after a series of unusual events, Phoenix is transformed into a genie. Here he is in all his magical glory emerging from a magic lamp.

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This week’s snippet is our latest visit to the world of The Shifting Secrets: Written In Blood. This time around, we focus on Alex as he is greeted by an old friend.


Breathing a sigh of relief, he turned around, and bumped straight into a man holding an umbrella. Getting to his feet, he apologised profusely.

“You still bumping into me?” said the stranger with a smirk.

Alex was about to question his words, when he realised that he had walked into Lanley. The werelion smiled, and brushed his wet hair away from his eyes. It was hard to believe in seven years, but the man had got more handsome with every day that passed.

“It seems that way,” Alex joked, but his good mood quickly faded and he returned to his sullen expression.

“So what’s got you down in the dumps?”


On a side note, I would like to thank every member of the group who has offered me kind words so far. Your support and friendship mean the world to me. I hope you enjoyed everyone enjoyed this little snippet, and will consider having a glimpse at the completed work.

Final Cover Reveal – The Shifting Secrets: Written In Blood

The journey to becoming an author is a long and winding road, filled with twists, turns and yellow bricks. It is also filled with experiences that changed my life forever. One of these was when I attended my first NaNoWriMo meet. During that November, I wrote the first draft for a story that grew and evolved far beyond anything I could have imagined. Now, many years later, that story is finally making it’s way to eBook shelves.

Without further ado, I would like to reveal to you the final cover of one of my future books.

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This excellent cover for Written In Blood, the first book in The Shifting Secrets series, has been designed by the excellent JC Clarke. If you are curious about the plot of the book, here is the newly written blurb I have made for it.


“I swear to watch over this man, as he has done my kind a service. He may come to us in need, as we may look to him. I hereby name this man a friend of my pack.”

The towns of Shinelake and Duskhaven stand in the middle of a supernatural pocket world situated in the middle of England. They both have tall buildings, forests in the suburbs, and a long standing turf war between two vampire clans. In the town of Shinelake, there exists the Graiabluds who respect human life, while the Crimbluds from Duskhaven desire to control them. Caught between the two factions are the various breeds of shifters who are simply trying to live their lives in peace.

Dr. Alex Marsden is a young man from Shinelake who assists the shifters using his talents as a shifter therapist, against the wishes of his Crimblud supporting father. When a horrifying series of events occur to those closest to him, Alex is forced to make some life changing decisions which will alter the course of his destiny forever.


As a special treat for my loyal readers, and anyone who loves supernatural fiction, here is a short sample from the beginning chapters of this reimagined book.


When he opened them once more, he was looking into the eyes of the most beautiful man he had ever seen in his life. His muscular frame held no excess fat, and his t-shirt showed every curve of his perfect physique. This kind of man was not made using weights, or born naturally. He had been involved with physical labour, and the effects would last for the rest of his life.

Strands of golden silk fell from his head, covering his eyes in a matter that made Alex want to gaze upon him forever. In the middle of the stranger’s face, sapphire irises rested in two stunningly white eyes. Before he could move, Alex felt himself being lifted off the floor. The man’s soft hands supported his throbbing head, and soothed one of the bruises on his lower back.

“Are you alright?” he asked, his voice as soft and golden as his hair.

Words failed Alex for a moment, and he felt a rush of heat flooded his face and spread straight to his cheeks. The man pushed Alex forward, so his head rested on his shoulder, and gently raised him onto his feet. When the stranger was sure he could stand, he pulled his arms away to give him some space. Alex checked himself for any major injury, but there was only a headache and minor bruising. He turned to his rescuer, who was himself sporting a blush to equal a radish’s complexion.

“Thhh, thank you for helping me up,” Alex said, his voice slightly strained.

The other man grinned, showing his perfect teeth.

“It was my fault you fell down in the first place, it’s the least I can do.”

Alex shook his head.

“It was my fault. I should have been looking where I was going. I’m really sorry. If you want me to do anything for you I will, just name it and I ….”

He was stopped from finishing his sentence by something completely unexpected. His knight in cotton armour had planted his lips on firmly on Alex’s own, and was brushing the tips of his teeth with his soft lustful tongue. It only lasted a few seconds, then the man pulled away with his eyes shining with emotion.


Hope you liked this cover and snippet. I will have more information about this latest book very soon, as well as more snippets from future projects.

Rainbow Snippets – July 7th 2017

It’s time once again for the rainbow coloured fiction to shine through the clouds. For those of you who don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group where you share a set of sentences from a work that has LGBT related content. If you want to check out this great community for yourselves, be sure to check them out for yourself.

This week’s snippet is our first visit to the world of Our Second Chance, and focuses on Dustin Pliskin, one of the main characters, as he makes small talk with a powerful individual who you may remember I revealed some time ago.


A thunderous crash came from the direction of the patio doors. Looking around, Dustin saw the after-effects of a giant wave splashing against the railings of the rooftop patio. Smiling, Dustin went over to the door and opened it wide. A waft of fresh sea air came over him, relaxing him to the tips of his toes.

“Is this really happening, or is it a wonderful dream?” Dustin said aloud to himself.

“I assure you my dear friend, you are very much awake,” said a familiar voice.

Dustin turned about-face, and saw that Rafius Sahir was standing by the front door. The pink haired giant of a genie was now wearing a blue button up shirt, tan three quarter trousers and a golden chain with a peach shaped locket hanging loosely around his neck.

Dustin walked over to the genie, and reached out his hand to greet him. Rafius grinned, and gripped the archaeologist hand and gave it a firm but gentle shake.

“I must admit I didn’t expect to see you so soon,” Dustin laughed.

“Neither did I,” the genie replied, “But the timing of your housewarming happened to coincide with some excellent news.”


On a side note, I would like to thank every member of the group who has offered me kind words so far. Your support and friendship mean the world to me. I hope you enjoyed everyone enjoyed this little snippet, and will consider having a glimpse at the completed work.

Rainbow Snippets – June 24th 2017

It’s time once again for the rainbow coloured fiction to shine through the clouds. For those of you who don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group where you share a set of sentences from a work that has LGBT related content. If you want to check out this great community for yourselves, be sure to check them out for yourself.

One thing that I try to do when I imagine my characters in my mind is to create them using a game such as The Sims, or use a doll maker like the ones provided by Doll Divine. This is one of the screenshots I took, of the characters I imagined for Sheltered.

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Connor, Lucas and Sam (Pictured from left to right)

This week’s snippet is our third visit to the world of Sheltered, and focuses on Lucas and Connor as the alpha makes a surprising discovery. To make things work in this brief excerpt, Lucas is referring to Sam at the start of the sample.


 

“Do you know where he went?” Lucas asked his lover.

“He told me that he was going to answer the door when you arrived. That’s all I know.”
Lucas frowned. His enforcer Damien had greeted him when he arrived, and had told him that the owner of the house was nowhere to be seen. Now he came to realise it, it did seem awfully strange that his ailing mate would be abandoned in his rescuer’s home. 

“Luke?”

Lucas turned his attention to the younger wolf shifter.

“What is it honey?”

Connor shuffled uncomfortably.

“There’s something you need to know about Sam.”

Lucas was suddenly filled with dread. Was his mates rescuer a criminal, a vampire or maybe something even worse?

“Sam is going to be someone very important in our lives from here on out.”

 


On a side note, I would like to thank every member of the group who has offered me kind words so far. Your support and friendship mean the world to me. I hope you enjoyed everyone enjoyed this little snippet, and will consider having a glimpse at the completed work.

Rainbow Snippets – June 17th 2017

When I posted my last snippet, the positive reception to my upcoming book Sheltered was a wonderful surprise. For those of you who don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group where you share a set of sentences from a work that has LGBT related content. If you want to check out this great community for yourselves, be sure to check them out for yourself.

Before I reveal the latest Rainbow Snippet, I would like to share with you a picture of a character from Our Second Chance, a novella that I will be releasing sometime this year. His name is Rafius Sahir, a genie who was imprisoned in a lamp for crimes against his race. At the beginning of the story, he has only wish left to grant, and Our Second Chance focuses on the wish that he grants to complete his sentence. This picture was drawn by the deviantArt user SomDude424, and I think you will agree he is a very handsome man.

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This week’s snippet is from Sheltered, and focuses on Sam as he tries to apologise for running away from his second mate Lucas.


After a moment’s hesitation, Sam cleared his throat and tried his best to speak.

“I guess I owe you an explanation.”

The alpha shifter let go of the spoon, and walked slowly over to his future mate. Sam appreciated the gesture, because his heightened emotions were almost at fever pitch.

Lucas reached out his hand, and cupped Sam’s cheek inside it.

“You don’t owe me anything. It is me that should be apologising for the way I behaved,” the alpha said softly.

Sam took a deep breath, and then gave an remorseful smile.

“You didn’t do anything wrong. I probably would have done the same thing if I met you three years earlier.”

Lucas chuckled, and the sound of his voice made Sam’s wilting erection re-inflate at a record-breaking pace. The less dominant shifter tried his best to hide the sign of attraction, but it’s size had grown to the point where it was easier to go with the flow.

“Do you mind if I ask what happened to you?”

 


On a side note, I would like to thank every member of the group who has offered me kind words so far. Your support and friendship mean the world to me. I hope you enjoyed everyone enjoyed this little snippet, and will consider having a glimpse at the completed work.

Rainbow Snippets – June 3rd 2017

It’s been a few months since I last posted a Rainbow Snippet, as I decided to take a break after the publication of A Treasure Find. For those of you who don’t know, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook group where you share a set of sentences from a work that has LGBT related content. If you want to check out this great community for yourselves, be sure to check them out for yourself.

This segment is from my upcoming book Sheltered, which I featured in my latest blog post earlier this week, along with the reveal of it’s cover, which I have featured below.

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This week’s snippet focuses on Sam as he cleans up from a storm, and hears an unexpected noise.


He had barely taken two steps when he heard a light noise on the breeze. At first he thought it might have been the sound of puddles splashing against the road, but then it made its presence known for a second time. After living in a pack of wolf shifters for twenty one years, there was no mistaking the source of the mysterious acoustics.  

It was the sound of a wolf in pain. 

Throwing the sponge to one side, Sam ran through the bushes and into the small forest area that was situated behind it. Fortunately for Sam’s ears, the noise kept permeating the air, so he would be kept on track until he could discover the scent of the wounded animal. 

“Is anyone out there?” Sam asked, hoping that he would be able to find someone who could assist him with the incident he was about to discover.


On a side note, I would like to thank every member of the group who has offered me kind words so far. Your support and friendship mean the world to me. I hope you enjoyed everyone enjoyed this little snippet, and will consider having a glimpse at the completed work.