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A sneak peek!

With the release date for Fae’s Enlightenment right around the corner (July 14), I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at Chapter 1. We’re still working on final edits, but it’s soooooo close to being finished.

Just because not everything in life should be difficult…here’s a link to the pre-order (wink wink).
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086RC193N
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086RC193N
Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B086RC193N
Amazon AU https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B086RC193N

Chapter 1Fae’s Enlightenment

My gaze darted around the table at the motley crew of card-playing-cheating-bastards. Every one of them tried to read my mind but not tonight. I came armed and ready for battle with the theme song from that mermaid cartoon I loved as a kid.

Our resident stone giant, Qeb, efficiently dealt the cards for tonight’s game of Blackjack. I ignored my cards as they landed in front of me and watched the expressions of the other players. The earth elemental repeatedly refused to play, claiming he couldn’t participate in the demoralization of my character. Like that hadn’t already happened.

So, he was relegated to dealing the cards with his large stone fingers. Something he was really good at, to my surprise. Except Blackjack required the elemental to be an active participant, much to his chagrin, which I knew was a bunch of bull. He loved it just as much as the rest of us.

As always, my water elemental, Göksu, picked up his card first and leaned back in the chair across from me. The lamp on the wall behind him flickered through his transparent humanoid form, giving him an eerie glow. His face-up card was a nine. He smiled like always, even when they sucked.

Braden chuckled, the irritating sound that was his nervous twitch. His card had to be really good, or he was bluffing. I couldn’t tell, despite our emotional bond. A queen of diamonds sat next to his face-down card. He must have peeked too quickly for any of us to notice. Damn vampire.

Niyol, my air elemental, flicked up his card peeking at it, then placed it face down on the table next to his two of clubs. He glanced at me and smiled. I grinned, waiting for our final player to check his hand before I started my serenade.

I turned to the fire elemental next to me and he zapped me with his sexy heat, making my insides light up with desire. Braden growled and I laughed.

“Stop it, pervert,” I said, smacking Aviur’s glowing arm. “Look at your card already so everyone can have their half-second to try to cheat.”

Protests erupted around the room, but they were a bunch of liars. They all tried to read my mind as soon as I looked at my cards. It was amazing when I didn’t lose every single hand.

Aviur’s fiery fingers covered his card and swept it towards his chest. He peeked at it, then set it face-down next to a jack of hearts. The first time we played I just knew his cards would turn into a pile of ash. Of course they didn’t. Just like Göksu’s didn’t turn into a watery mush. Even though I was getting used to my magical life, the elementals’ ability to not destroy everything they touched still amazed me.

“Alright, princess,” the fire elemental purred. “Give us our half-second.”

My hand hovered over my face-down card and I started humming the catchy tune.

“That one has a nice rhythm to it,” Göksu said.

“Mhmm,” was my only reply as I belted out the words in my mind. The other three elementals groaned as if it physically pained them to hear. I thought the words were completely appropriate, or not. I hadn’t wanted to be part of their world in the beginning, but nothing could take it from me now.

I peeked at my card and continued singing. A king of spades sat on the table for everyone to see and an ace of hearts rested in my hand. Perfect.

“And you say we cheat,” Niyol hissed.

“I agree,” Aviur said.

“She is merely thwarting your efforts to ensure her loss,” Qeb argued for me, as I continued my song. “I think it’s admirable and rather creative.”

“What song did she pick tonight?” Braden asked, drawing my attention. He could feel my emotions, but he couldn’t get into my head the way the elementals did.

“Something about wishing to be part of your world, out in the sun, and by your side,” Qeb replied. “It’s interesting if not contradictory.”

“Ah, a very popular mermaid among young children a few years ago.” Braden smiled and I momentarily lost track of my song. How did a centuries old vampire recognize a child’s cartoon?

I almost asked him, then remembered I was supposed to be distracting the damn cheaters at the table. I started humming again and pointed at the dealer.

Qeb turned over his face-down card, placing a ten of diamonds next to the seven of clubs. Seventeen for the dealer. His stony face turned to Göksu, who nodded and received another card.

The water elemental turned up the edge and frowned. Busted!

Braden chose to stand, keeping just his two cards. Interesting.

“Hit me,” Niyol said, asking for another card. But he didn’t look at it. He must have had a really low card to go with his two, to be that confident. Or he was bluffing.

Aviur glanced at me and I grinned. They didn’t know what I had, or Göksu wouldn’t have busted his hand. The fire elemental nodded as well and received a card. He picked it up and flames flared around his eyes. Busted!

I giggled, interrupting my tune for a second. But I didn’t care because it worked.

“I stand,” I chirped, then continued singing.

All eyes fell on Braden, then Niyol.

Braden turned over his card revealing a ten to go with his queen. He smiled at me and I blew him a kiss, then gave my attention to Niyol. He frowned and turned over a five and six, not even beating the dealer.

A huge smile spread across my face and I let my song go. I didn’t even have a chance to flip my card before the whining started.

“Cheater,” Aviur grumbled.

Niyol hissed incoherently and Qeb’s rumbling laughter shook the table.

I revealed my ace of hearts. “Pay up boys.”

We used poker chips to bet, but they meant nothing more than a chance to rub it in. Especially for me because I rarely won. The idea to sing a mental tune grabbed me after my first night of losses, when I realized my benevolent elementals didn’t like to lose. So they took advantage of their ability to read my mind. And cheated!

Qeb collected tokens and passed them back to me, The Winner. I couldn’t stop the silly grin on my face. We’d started the card games when I couldn’t get my mind off the hundreds of people I killed during our battle against Jack. Yes, I know they would’ve killed my allies, but it didn’t change the fact that their blood was on my hands, literally. So, card night turned into a welcomed distraction and a fun evening with people who cared about me. I guess they weren’t really ‘people’ any more than I was, but I wasn’t changing the name of those who loved me.

Braden actually suggested poker night but after the first week, we explored Blackjack, pinochle, hearts, and all kinds of stuff. Niyol and Göksu were always there. Gordon sometimes joined us when he wasn’t busy with Braden’s to-do list. Qeb and Aviur showed up when they weren’t training with Kellen, my ex-partner. Three weeks later, our almost nightly card game felt like a tradition. A tradition that was about to end. I didn’t want to think about it.

“How’s the search for a partner going?” I asked, referring to Kellen’s new partner.

“I believe we’ve found a suitable match,” Qeb replied, “but we’re trying to introduce them slowly.”

“Good idea,” I said. “Is he still asking about me?”

“Every chance he gets,” Aviur answered.

I frowned. It wasn’t Kellen’s fault our partnership was dissolved. I blamed it on the creatures surrounding me, but I wasn’t sure it was an entirely fair accusation. I couldn’t remain with the mages even if I wanted to, which meant Kellen and I couldn’t stay partners. But he wasn’t trying to move on, either.

“He knows I’ll be completely out of touch for the next several months, right?” I asked.

“Of course,” the earth elemental rumbled. “We’ll use that time wisely.”

“Thanks. He deserves to be happy.”

“He isn’t the only one,” Braden muttered. I didn’t miss the insinuation.

“You’ve made the last few weeks absolutely fabulous,” I countered, pinning him with my icy blue eyes. He’d taken the time to give me a tour of Europe and I loved it. Topped off with a promise to see the rest of the world’s wonders, he’d made my life pretty good. I’d get over the guilt of killing eventually.

The vampire eyed me but didn’t smile. He felt my less-than-honest statement, thanks to our bond.

“Will we continue our card night when I go?” I asked, tentatively. “I know Braden can’t join us, but it’d be really nice to have company every once in a while.”

The elementals exchanged glances and I frowned again. I hated when they did that.

“Never mind,” I mumbled. “I’ll probably be too tired anyway.”

“We’re already walking a thin line, child,” Göksu said. “Niyol and I will be there to protect you, but a larger show of force will not be taken well.”

I understood. I didn’t like it, though.

“He means to say it’s no fun without the vampire,” Niyol interceded. “We can’t read his mind, which provides a challenge.”

I shook my head and smiled. I couldn’t be mad at them, because I’d asked to go to the fae. I needed to go, and Braden found a way to make it happen just like Göksu said he would. After all, what better way to learn about my fae heritage and magic?

I just hoped they didn’t kill me.

Soul’s Day Anthology – Now on Pre-order

I’m thrilled to be part of this boxset, releasing in October 2020. For the last 24-hours, it’s been carrying the #1 New Release tag, which is so exciting for any author!
Be sure to reserve your copy today and don’t forget to take advantage of the free-reads and giveaways listed on the bottom of my post.
Link to pre-order https://books2read.com/u/4Dy5Ne
Cheers!!

TITLE: Soul’s Day: A Halloween themed box set.

GENRE: Horror/Paranormal

ISBN: 9781947649699

ASIN: B086ZVTKSS

RELEASE DAY: 20th October 2020

PRE-ORDER DATE: 17th April 2020

PUBLISHER: Fire Quill Publishers


DESCRIPTION:
Old Hallows Eve, when things go bump in the night,
Children come to play, and the witches provide the fright.
For 19 authors, USA Today and international bestselling,
The Halloween tales become more than this foretelling.
In the Soul’s Day Boxset, a mansion feeds on souls,
A gargoyle captures them, and a demon dungeon master makes the calls,
Campers gets picked off one by one,
The Karnaval’s corn dogs are less than fun,
Ghosts lurking around every bend,
‘I do’ at the wedding is the very end.
A boxset of chills and thrills to keep you up at night,
One-click pre-order to snap your copy filled with fright.
On Old Hallow’s eve when creatures come to play,
With this spine chilling pages, it’s where you’ll want to stay.

AUTHOR LINE UP
Erin Lee, Kristin Ping w/a Judith Holstrom, Amber Garr, Ashlee Sinn, L.L. Hunter, Monique Singleton, Majanka Verstraete, Aubrey Wynne, Stephanie Ayers, DM Wolfenden, Maggie Tideswell, Sian B. Claven, Kayla Krantz, Yvette Bostic, Brandy Nacole, Jennifer Fish-Ferguson, Lea Cherry, Scarlet Le Clair, and Azaa’a Davis 


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What’s new? Quite a bit!

I know it’s been forever since I provided you all with any kind of updates. In my defense, I’ve been really busy!
Doing what? Writing, of course!
The first three books in the Call of the Elements Series have been a huge success for me, thanks to my readers.
Thank you!!!
I really hope you’re enjoying AJ’s story because Book 4 is with the editor. I hope to have a pre-order link up soon. Book 5 is ready for the editor, and Book 6 is in the final stages of the first draft. Almost but not quite.
I’m also working with my extremely talented cover artist on … you guessed it… cover art! I’ll be sure to share as soon as she finishes her magic.
I’m excited about the next chapter in AJ’s life. I might have mentioned it on Facebook a couple weeks ago, but she’s finally found herself. She knows who she is and where she belongs. That doesn’t mean her life gets any easier, because it doesn’t. But she’s grounded – mostly – and ready to move forward.

So, if you haven’t read AJ’s first three books, shame on you! Here’s the link. Get busy. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XGMPN88

Call of the Elements Series


Also, all my books are on Kindle Unlimited (KU). What does that mean? They’re free to read anytime if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.
If you read more than three books a month, you need to be in KU. It’s $9.99 a month in the USA. You can read as many books as you want for your ten bucks, as long as they’re listed with KU.
The only disadvantage – you won’t find Stephen King, Nora Roberts, or Robert Jordan in KU. Nor will you find any of the other super-duper-way-too-impressive authors. But you will find thousands of independent authors like myself.

As soon as I have more to share, I promise I will.
Cheers!

Fellow author and cake lover!

My friend, Claire Buss, author of The Gaia Collection, releases the final book in her trilogy today. Be sure to pick up the series!
Not only is she a great author, but her blog is fantastic! Stop by and say hello.
Blog: https://www.butidontlikesalad.blogspot.co.uk

The Gaia Solution, book 3 of The Gaia Collection

The Blurb:

Kira, Jed and their friends have fled New Corporation and joined the Resistance, but their relief is short-lived as they discover how decimated the human race has become and learn of an environmental crisis that threatens to destroy their existence. Kira and Jed must travel up the mountain to the New Corporation stronghold, City 50, to bargain for sanctuary while Martha and Dina risk everything to return to City 42 and save those who are left. With the last of her reserves Gaia, the fading spirit of the Earth uses her remaining influence to guide Kira and her friends but ultimately, it’s up to humanity to make the right choice.

More about The Gaia Collection series

The Gaia Collection is Claire’s hopeful dystopian trilogy set 200 years in the future after much of the planet and the human race have been decimated during The Event, when the world went to war with high-energy radiation weapons. In The Gaia Effect, Kira and Jed Jenkins – a young couple who were recently allocated a child – together with their closest friends, discover Corporation have been deliberately lying to them and forcing them to remain sterile. With help from Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, the group of friends begin to fight back against Corporation eventually winning and taking over the governance of City 42.

In The Gaia Project, Corporation fight back under a new, more terrifying organization called New Corp and Kira, Jed and their friends end up fleeing for their lives trying to find a safe place to live. They travel to City 36 and City 9 in vain and must go further afield.

In the final book, The Gaia Solution, the main characters have ended up with the Resistance and not only do they have to deal with surviving against New Corp but an extinction environmental event is looming on the horizon and they’re running out of time to save what’s left of the human race.

Book Buy Links

The Gaia Effectmybook.to/gaiaeffect

The Gaia Projectmybook.to/gaiaproject

The Gaia Solutionmybook.to/gaiasolution

What Readers Say

Praise for The Gaia Effect, winner of the 2017 Raven Award for best sci-fi/fantasy book

‘A story filled with emotion, angst & hope’

‘Brilliant post-apocalyptic science fantasy’

‘Wonderfully written, with a warm friendship at its heart’

‘A fantastic debut novel’

Praise for The Gaia Project

‘A fantastic read from start to end’

‘Great book, thought-provoking read’

‘Mums are the heroes of the story and it’s the relationships that make it all work’

About the Author

Claire Buss is a multi-genre author and poet based in the UK. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and Pinterest addict Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 with her debut novel, The Gaia Effect, setting her writing career in motion. She continues to write passionately and is hopelessly addicted to cake.

Social Media Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/busswriter

FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/BussBookStop

Twitter: www.twitter.com/grasshopper2407

Website: www.cbvisions.weebly.com

Blog: https://www.butidontlikesalad.blogspot.co.uk

It’s Alive!!! I mean – Live!

Good morning lovelies! Give me a sec while I get another cup of coffee.

As intended – and even on schedule – Elemental’s Domain is live on Amazon. So is the paperback edition for this of us who need to have the book in our hands.
This book finishes AJ’s battle against Jack’s hideous plans and leaves her broken, with tons of questions about who she is. I rewrote several parts of this book way too many times and have tons of guilt over some of the things I put her through.
But she’s a strong young woman who ends this mess with people who love her. Truly love her. And that’s where Book 4 picks up.
But this post is about Elemental’s Domain. More to come on Book 4….later!

Get your copy of Elemental’s Domain today and make sure you’ve read the first two books before jumping into this one.
Magister’s Bane – Book 1 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV
Vampire’s Crucible – Book 2 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W7DDK6J
Elemental’s Domain – Book 3 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X1V7956

I really thought at some point my life would be my own, that I’d gain a little control over the chaos. I desperately hoped allies would be allies and enemies would be obvious. No such luck.
When I’m forced to ally with Braden, the man I hate more than anyone else, I only do so out of desperation. But I couldn’t see a way to win without Braden’s help, especially once my father showed up. Another man who was supposed to love me but decided my death was better. As if nothing else could go wrong.
And where were my elementals in all of this? Weren’t they supposed to be keeping me from making stupid decisions? Decisions that could affect the outcome of the battle against a crazed vampire. They’re conspiring with an enemy I didn’t know existed.
In the midst of a literal whirlwind, I’m forced to choose between the life I want to keep and the one everyone else needs me to embrace. Can I put aside my selfish desires and sacrifice everything to protect the supernatural community? Maybe it won’t matter in the end.

Is it three days or four? Does today count?

On Monday, September 16, Vampire’s Crucible will be released on the unsuspecting. Or maybe not so unsuspecting. I’ve only been talking about it for months. But it’s happening!
From now until Saturday, September 21, Vampire’s Crucible (the eBook version) will be discounted. Be sure to get your copy before it goes back to regular price.
For those of you who prefer the feel and smell of a physical book, the paperback edition is available now.
As always, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.com. Your opinion really does matter!

Audible is now a thing!

A few months ago, I learned one of our friends does voice acting as a hobby. He already has several local commercials, radio ads and YouTube stuff. My immediate response was, “How cool is that?” I love his voice, always have, and voice acting is perfect for him. What does my mind wander to next? An audio book. My audio book. Yep!

Light’s Dawn: A Novella is now on Audio. Get your copy today!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WC3QMCF/

Prequel to Light’s Rise

It’s time!

I feel a true sense of accomplishment today. I’ve finished a project which has consumed the last several months of my life, and it feels really good! While I thoroughly enjoyed writing the Light in the Darkness Series, this one has stolen my heart. The characters grabbed hold of my imagination and refused to let go. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
All of them will be available on Kindle Unlimited when they release.

Magister’s Bane releases today, August 13, 2019.
Vampire’s Crucible is on pre-order to release on September 16, 2019.
Elemental’s Domain will release mid-October.

For those who are wondering, it doesn’t end with Elemental’s Domain. More to come after I catch up on my housework, yardwork, and everything else I’ve ignored.

A distraction or obsession?

Finally, I’ve turned my distraction into something beautiful. You remember that little mage I keep complaining about? The one who kept me from finishing Watcher’s Reckoning on schedule?
The first three books in her series are done, almost.
The first book is on pre-order. So technically done.
The second is being picked apart by my lovely editor, Hannah.
And the third is waiting for me to complete my fourth personal edit before I send it to Hannah.
I have to admit I’ve been obsessed with the little mage, Alisandra, or AJ as her closest friends like to call her. Her story has played tug-o-war between my heart and imagination for months. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Yes, I know….”Show me cover already and give me a link!”
Your wish is my command.
Link to Magister’s Bane – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV

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