Friday, July 25, 2014

SWEET TEMPTATION Summer Teaser!!


Happy summer, friends! I hope yours has been better than mine, lol. Actually, we've had lots of good excitement to match the not-so-good kind since we moved five weeks ago. I feel like I've been out of touch because we're without wifi at home, so I want to share a big, fat Kaidan teaser. ;) This one is from the early chapters of Sweet Evil when Anna shows up at Kaidan's house right after his band has practiced. Disclaimer: Kaidan cusses, and I let him. I've let him get away with a LOT in this book, because that is what felt right to me. What can I say? Kaidan is hard to say no to...
Hope you enjoy.


I jump from the couch and lunge at Anna, grasping her shoulders hard and pressing my ear to her cheek. I whisper as softly as I can. “My father is here.”
She stiffens under my hand. Yes, she knows what we are, therefore she knows Father is a demon. Be afraid, Anna.
I pull her to the couch and fling her down. Thank God for shirts with buttons. I rip it open, needing this scene to appear realistic. When she sucks in a shocked breath I press a finger to her lips. Her aura is a swirl of gray tones, both fear and embarrassment. This is not the time for modesty. I can’t have her appearing terrified if we’re supposed to be making out. So I toss a throw blanket at her and rip my own shirt over my head. I point to her shirt and she starts rolling her shoulders to get it off.
God, she is sexy. Even in that innocent white satin bra. Let’s hope I haven’t been a fool, and she doesn’t shove a dagger in my spine as I lower my body over hers and taste the skin at the base of her throat. I move upward to the curve of her neck and shoulder, and let out a low moan. Our skin touches and she moves underneath me in a sultry way, grasping the nearby pillows in her fists. I suddenly want all her clothes off.
The sound of Father coming down the stairs erases that thought from my mind. He knows by now I’m with a girl, but he has no notion of privacy.
When the door opens, Anna’s body jumps under me and she lets out a bleedin’ squeak. I turn my head to the door where Father stands, smiling, inching further to the side to get a better look at Anna. Damn. I can’t hide her any further without being obvious.
“My apologies, son. I didn’t realize you had company.” He is still moving casually across the room, staring.
Before I can say a word, the politeness slips from his features and his eyes flash red. I look down at Anna, who has foolishly backed away from me and allowed the blanket to fall enough to give Father a side view of her badge. I hold my breath. They definitely do not seem to know each other.
“I never imagined you’d care to entertain female Nephilim,” he grits.
Not good. Not fucking good. Neph can work together, but they are not to play together. Especially in the one-on-one way.
“I don’t normally.” I stand and move away, as if coming to my senses. “She caught me while I was bored and alone after practice.”
His face sours as he scents the air. “You will come up for tea. Both of you.” He leaves, and I ball my hands. Close my eyes. I want to punch something.
Anna is my problem. My mystery. I don’t want to share her with anyone, especially not the wolf upstairs. It’s clear now they weren’t working together. The blood has drained from Anna’s face as she clutches the blanket to her chest. I simultaneously feel sorry for her and want to shout at her that she’s a stupid, stupid girl for coming here.

I love you all bunches! Kisses and hugs from the boonies of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. xoxo
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt!

The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt will run from TODAY (July 16) until midnight on SUNDAY (July 19). To enter to win FORTYsigned paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect all of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. And don’t worry if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.




My Top 5 Summer Reads:

My summer reading list is not going to be traditional.  There's only ONE published book I plan to read (which I've wanted to read for a long time), plus one ARC to be blurbed, and the rest are beta reads I'm doing for friends!  :)


1) Published novel:  The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

2) Beta read for Nyrae Dawn

3) Beta read for Morgan Shamy 33

4) Beta read for Jen Armentrout (possibly two...woot!)

5) ARC of Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass



Next Stop on the Hunt:

My girl Cindi Madsen!

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Need Help! Kaidan Music?

Hi friends!

I am in crazy-woman mode here at our new house.  We are NOT fully unpacked, we're still awaiting major appliances and furniture, and it turns out that 100-year-old houses have a lot of quirks to be learned.  The house has been unoccupied for over 2 years, so we're trying to clear out all the bugs and critters that like to linger inside and outside.  It's been wonderful and stressful, all at once.

In the midst of all this I am trying to write Sweet Temptation, Kaidan's book.  It's bits of the entire trilogy compiled into one book from Kai's point of view.  I am 3/4 through Sweet Peril, so more than half way done!  I am loving every moment of being lost in Kai's head, but it's been far more time consuming than I expected.  I'm having to read through the original books carefully to make sure Kai's story is consistent. There are cool things I want to do with this book, but the deadline is looming and I'm afraid I cannot do it all.

That's where you come in...

My idea is to start each chapter with 1-4 lines from a song.  I have a few in mind, but I would love to hear what songs come to mind for you!  Please be as specific as possible - band/artist name, song title, and even exact lyrics/lines if you know them.  You have no idea how helpful this will be!  Eep!  Anytime over the next few months, if you hear a line that makes you think of Kai, please run over to my blog and comment here or email me at wendyhigginswrites at gmail.com.  It's probably not a good idea to tweet me with lyrics, because I'm having a hard time keeping up with my feed these days, and I don't want your comments to be lost in cyberspace. DMs are a definite no-I never check them.

I love you, I love you, I love you.  Sending big hugs, lightening bugs, and bay breezes from our new southern home.  And kisses from Kai.  xoxo

Teasers coming soon...

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