AGE OF AQUARIUS Sneak Peek

Coming April 7th: Age of Aquarius

1967.

It was the Summer of Love. But in the midst of peace and flower power, a group of hippies unleash an unspeakable horror that will threaten the future of the planet . . .

The King Series.

The Serendipity Series.

Recipe for Death Series.

Every battle. Every win. Every loss.  All the intrigue, pain and mystery . . . it all leads here.

In the ultimate fight against an ancient and powerful evil, Carruthers agents join with old friends as well as new allies to save the world.

Tasmyn and Michael, Nell and Rafe, Jackie and Lucas—and of course, Cathryn Whitmore—all of them will risk their lives and futures to stop the dreaded Hive.

Some will live. Some will die. None of them will ever be the same.

Redeem yesterday. Survive today. Save tomorrow.

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A little preview featuring Daeglan and Sionnach . . .

I held her against me, stroking her russet curls with one reverent hand. “That was the perfect way to begin a day like this. But we’ll need to get up and moving soon. The car’s coming at nine to drive us to Harper Creek.”

I’d expected her to groan or roll away, but instead, Sionnach snuggled closer to me. “And so it begins.”

“It does.” I drew small circles on her back with one finger. “But think, you’ll meet Seamus. And you can get to know Cillian, now that you’re both more awake.”

“Those are both good points. But I’m also going to have to deal with all the Carruthers people and whoever else might be there. Do you know how many I should expect?”

I could feel her tension, and I tried to ease it, bending my neck to kiss the top of her head as I listed those I knew would be present. “Rafe, the mind manipulator. Nell, the witch. Veronica, the vampire. Zoe, the—”

“I know Zoe,” Sionnach interrupted. “I had the pleasure when I worked with Carruthers. She was all right, I guess.”

“Other than those, I believe there’s a guy who’s half death broker, half vampire . . . oh, and a necroloquitar.” I was proud of being able to pronounce the term.

“Ooooh, a death talker. I’ve never met one of those. Cool beans.” She let out a long breath and pushed to sit up. “All right. I’m going to play the girl card and call dibs on the shower.”

“Go right ahead.” I snagged her hand and turned it over to kiss the palm. “For the record, I never mind you playing the girl card, as I’m quite grateful that you are one.”

The expression in her eyes was unfathomable as she looked down at me. “That’s quite an advantage you just gave me there, Irish. I might use it against you.”

I linked our fingers together. “You won’t hear me complain, mo mhuirnín. In case you didn’t know it, you already have me at a disadvantage, just by batting your eyes. I’m your willing slave.”

Although I couldn’t be sure, I thought perhaps I caught a glimmer of surprise on her face before she tugged her hand away and patted me on the shoulder. “And don’t think I’m going to forget it.”

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Save Tomorrow!

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Once upon a time, I wrote paranormal books. I thought that was what I would always write, and then I wrote The Posse, and from there on, my release schedule was heavily skewed toward con rom.

I’m not sorry about that decision, because I love my con rom stories and characters, but at times, I’ve missed my paranormal people. This is why every Halloween, I release a new Recipe for Death book. It keeps my hand in.

Shortly after I began writing contemporary romance, my two youngest kids (then 12 and 17) asked me to consider writing an apocalyptic story that they would feel comfortable reading (that means–don’t put any sex in it, Mom!). I laughed and said I didn’t have a story like that . . . but then I remembered the dream.

I don’t know when I had the dream, but it was at least four years ago. In it, I saw a group of people on the porch of a big house in San Francisco. They were gathered together on the eve of a huge battle against an evil force. I didn’t know anything more about it than there was an air of St. Crispin’s Day there–

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;

There was a feeling that they knew it was possible that they would never be together like this again, a sort of desperate gaiety . . . but a solidarity, too. None of them regretted being there. And I also knew that one of the women was pregnant.

I never remember my dreams, but this one stuck with me. And I realized that it was part of a greater story, one I’d already begun writing.

Thus was born the Save Tomorrow books.

All of my paranormal books are set in the same world. While they stand alone, both within the world and within their series, the characters cross over, the story lines intersect and overlap, and from Fearless up through The Fox’s Wager, all of the books are leading, to some extent, to the big showdown coming up in The Age of Aquarius.

Below is the reading order for these books. We’re doing a casual read-along in the Temptresses from now through April 7th so if you’d like to join along, be sure you’re a member.

Fearless

Breathless

Restless

Endless

Undeniable

Stardust on the Sea

Unquenchable

The Shadow Bells

Death Fricassee

Unforgettable

Death A La Mode

Death Over Easy

Moonlight on the Meadow (January 24th)

The Fox’s Wager (February 1st)

Age of Aquarius (April 7th)

Notes from the Asylum: Nell Speaks

 

 

Our favorite villain from The King Series is Nell. This conversation took place at the asylum where she was placed at the end of FEARLESS. . .before the beginning of BREATHLESS. Take it away, Nell. 

 

Dr. Cramer: Good morning, Nell. I’m glad you could be with me today.

Nell: Oh, yes. Because I had a choice.

Dr. Cramer: You always have a choice, Nell. Let’s talk about what happened in the woods that day in King.

Nell: Why?

Dr. Cramer: Because it’s the key event that brought you here to our fine facility.

Nell: Fine. But you’re not going to believe me anyway.

Dr. Cramer: Try me.

Nell: Okay. It’s your hour, after all.

Dr. Cramer: So you’d had a run-in with. . .(looks at notes). . .uh, Tasmyn. And you were unhappy with the lack of resolution.

Nell: I was unhappy with the lack of the blood sacrifice I’d planned. Amber was meant to die, to give me the power jolt I needed. To prove to Marica that I was worthy of her time, when she’d started paying too much attention to Tasmyn.

Dr. Cramer: So you say. You planned to murder this other girl? This Amber?

Nell: Murder is such an ugly word. I planned to use her to facilitate the blood sacrifice. Yes, her survival would’ve been. . .doubtful. But it never happened because Michael and Tasmyn came flying in to save the day. And it was a little while after that I begin to suspect what Tasmyn can do.

Dr. Cramer: And just what did you think Tasmyn could do?

Nell: I know what she can do. She can read minds. Or hear them. Whatever. So I gave her a red herring–making her think I was going to hurt her precious boyfriend Michael–and she fell for it.

Dr. Cramer: How did she fall for it, exactly?

Nell: She left school early and was heading to the clearing the forest, but I waylaid her before that. I knocked her on the head outside of school, took her to the clearing, and used her for the ritual. It was going to be perfect, because she had power, where Amber had none. I was going to drink deep from what she had to offer. It was marvelous.

Dr. Cramer: But that didn’t happen, either.

Nell: No, because Michael came to her rescue again, and so did her other two friends. I might’ve overpowered them, too–I had Michael on the ground, with my knife at his throat–but that stupid Cara brought her father, and he. . .he did something. He had some kind of power, something I’d never felt before. Anyway, they got me. And then you got me.

Dr. Cramer: Nell, you don’t seem to have any regrets. No remorse.

Nell: I don’t.

Dr. Cramer: How can you hope to progress if you don’t see what you did was deeply wrong?

Nell: I don’t hope to progress. I hope to get the hell out of this place and go finish what I started.

Dr. Cramer: Nell, this is a very secure facility, and I don’t think there’s any way you could ever–gah! What’s that? Fire! (runs to doorway) Security! (turns back to office) Nell, let me—Nell? Nell! Where’d she go? Security!

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Tawdra Kandle – Notes from the Asylum: Nell Speaks

Jill Cooper –Morach, Interrupted

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This week, Books Make Me Happy blog and a handful of UF/PNR authors are celebrating stories set in sunny Florida. The authors showcased have offered excerpts, written cool blog posts, and are all participating in a blog hop GRAND PRIZE giveaway full of books and other goodies. Be sure to click on the header above to see the complete list of participating sites. Check out each day’s excerpt and the Featured Author’s site for fun posts and chances to win!! Today is MY turn to be featured!! You can find my excerpt on Books Make Me Happy HERE. Be sure to check at the bottom of today’s post for the rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize AND a special added rafflecopter to win an ecopy of THE KING SERIES. Hop around and check out all the Florida authors participating: 

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I’m a relative newcomer to Florida, having lived here only seven years. But the state will always hold a place in my heart, since it’s here that I realized my dream of writing and publishing.

My bio says that I’ve been a writer since the invention of the pen, and sometimes it feels that long. I have been creating characters and stories in my head since I was a child. I had never set any of them in Florida, but when we moved to a small town in the middle of the FLmapstate in 2007, and some of my characters had time to be heard, it turned out that living in Florida was part of their story.

Most of my inspiration for The King Series, my YA quartet, came via long drives or day trips. Tasmyn’s last name came from a nursery alongside SR-46 between Lake County and Sanford. The setting for Michael’s family nursery also sprung from that drive. The lakes in Fearless, Breathless and Restless owe their existence to the many lakes around Apopka and in (duh) Lake County.

The town of King itself is nearly a character in the books. I hadn’t realized how important it was until Michael began talking to Tas one day, and it all clicked. King’s physical manifestation is very close to that of Mount Dora, a small and lovely town in Lake County where I spent a good deal of time in our early Florida days. However, the history of King is closer to another famous Sunshine State burg–Cassadega. I had never been there when I wrote Fearless, and once I did visit, much later, I was surprised at how much the two towns–one fictional, one factual–have in common. Both were founded by men who chose the spot based on the idea that it was a place of spiritual congruence. Both maintain the reputation of being somewhat supernatural.

A few of my other books have also found their home in Florida. Of course, Rafe begins his journey in King, though he ends up traveling out of state. Nell also spends some time in the northern part of the state, near the fictional Perriman College (where Tas and Michael attend). THE POSSE, a contemporary romance, is set in a Florida beach town.

Since Tasmyn is a transplant just like me, we decided to play a little game of quick-draw Q and A. I’m interested in some of her answers!

Summer or Winter in Florida? Wait, is there a difference? Juuuust kidding. Winter. Definitely winter. 

Disney or Universal? I have to choose between Mickey or Harry? Well, Disney is the favorite of my heart. I don’t love roller coasters, and Disney gives me more options that don’t make me puke.

Sharks or Gators? Sharks, because as long as I stay out of the ocean, they won’t bother me. Gators can turn up anywhere. gatorpic<shudder>

Seminoles or Gators? The Perriman Pelicans will always hold my heart, but I guess the Gators, since I have friends who attend U of F. 

Boogie boards or surf boards? Boogie boards. Goes back to the whole shark deal.

Lakes or oceans? Oceans, because I have a bad history with lakes. 

Bike Week or Race Week? Again, is there a difference? Well, Bike Week. I’m not a Nascar gal.

Miami or Clearwater? Clearwater. Love the Gulf, love the small-town feel. . .good memories there, too.

orangedownloadSeafood or citrus fruit? Citrus. I’m especially partial to oranges. 

Dolphins or Bucs? Dolphins, all the way! GO Fish!

Everglades or Osceola Forest? The Forest. Love the history there, and less chance of gators.dolphinsimages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nell Massler is a powerful witch from an ancient magical family. Before she was eighteen years old, she attempted murder—not once, but twice. Committed to a psych ward, she tried to right her wrongs and almost lost her life.

While she’s deep in a coma, Caruthers Initiative Institute develops a vested interest in waking Nell—and offering her a chance at redemption.

Nell is given a fresh start in exchange for saving her fellow agent, Rafe Brooks. Keeping him alive and in hiding will require every ounce of her extraordinary abilities. Not falling head over heels for the sexy mind manipulator will take a miracle.

It’s when they uncover a plot to destroy the world that Nell will be put to the test… will she choose Rafe and to do the right thing? Or will she succumb to the temptation of evil yet again?

 

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Tawdra Kandle has been a writer since the invention of the pen. Her first published work appeared in Child’s Life -2magazine when she was 13. After a brief, thirty-year hiatus, she published a young adult quartet, The King Series. More recently, she’s released both adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance novels. Tawdra lives in central Florida with her husband and children, of both skin and fur types. And yes, she has purple hair.

 

 

 

 

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