Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Very Lawless Playlist

One of my favorite things when I got serious about writing Lawless was the music I listened to as the world unfolded. To be honest, one of the songs that really got me thinking about Lawless and a character who could be given a chance to redeem his past was Aerosmith's "Kiss Your Past Goodbye". It's a song about a hooker, sure, but it's also about redemption. That title would have made a cool tagline for the book, except I went other places with it.

I did bookmarks for Lawless and on the back instead of the blurb, I put the top five songs I listened to while writing. Here's the full list:

Kiss Your Past Goodbye - Aerosmith

Cold Hearted Man - AC/DC

Don't Cry - GNR

Dust in the Wind - Kansas

Bad Company - Bad Company

Renegade - Styx

Wheel in the Sky - Journey

Someday Never Comes - CCR

Knockin' on Heaven's Door - GNR

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin

The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

Waitin' 'Round to Die - Whitney Morgan

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Back to the Sun - Kentucky Headhunters

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

Behind Blue Eyes - The Who

Bury Me With My Guns On - Bobaflex (I have to thank Lisa Medley for this one. It was so fitting.)

If Clayton Wilder was a modern-day character, I have no doubt he'd have these jams going in his barely-street legal souped-up sports car. He would play "Wish You Were Here" while leaning on his brother's tombstone, drinking a beer. Of course, per the ending, Wilder might not have that sports car for long...anyway, music tames the savage beast and it sure helped thousands of words find a home on the page. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Oh, Happy Day

It is a big week for Allison Merritt, y'all.

Lawless is available on Amazon! It's free for you lovely KU readers. It is everything you want in a paranormal historical romance (and maybe it's some things you didn't know you needed).

I got my rights back for The Heckmasters series. I am happy dancing so hard. I spent yesterday formatting the ebooks. They look fantastic. I am going to be so happy to get them back up on Amazon. For now, here are the covers, done by the fantastic artist, Annoula.

I've been waiting on this moment for about a year. It's a bittersweet moment, I can tell you that, but mostly I'm relieved to have the Heckmasters back in my possession. Especially considering yesterday would have been the one  year anniversary of Tell's book coming out. That's kind of sad, but he's home, so everything is great.

I'm having a wonderful day, so I hope you all have one as well. Smoochies!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review N' Win

Tomorrow is release day for Lawless! I mean, you could've already purchased a paperback copy and devoured it, if you wanted, but if you were waiting around for the Kindle version, you can't grab that until tomorrow. On the other hand, if you don't want to buy it, but still want to review, I have an extra special offer for you.

Want to win a Heckmasters prize pack that includes:
*All three of the Heckmaster novels in paperback
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I'll send you a PDF copy of Lawless.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Book Feature & Interview - She Came With the Tide by Viviana McKade

Hey, y'all. I love box sets and today I've got a super fun one for you to look at! With rock stars! Check out this interview and feature from one of the book in the set--She Came With the Tide by Viviana McKade.

1)      Can you tell us your name?
Andrea Turner. (She smiles, lowers her eyes before looking up at me again with the cutest grin ever.)  Soon to be Andrea Axelsson.

Have you ever had a nickname?

Never until Erik. He calls me Pixie, because of my haircut.

3)      What is your profession?
I’m studying early childhood education. I’d love to have my day-care center one day.

4)      After all you’ve been through in your life, which we know is some, what are your thoughts on love.
Love is Erik. The life we have. (Her voice hardens a bit, her eyes lose that soft light.)  For may years I thought love and possession were the same thing. Now I know better.

5)      What would you change about yourself?
I’d love to get rid of some of this shyness, (she says, as she fiddles with the cuff of her long sleeve t-shirt.) But I’m getting used to being with people, speaking up. 
I’m sure Erik helps with it.  God, (she chuckles). He’s like a shock therapy.

6)      Is there anything you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t done?
That list is so long! But I’m definitely catching up with it. I’m learning to rock climbing, for one. Planning some paragliding. 

7)      How is the perfect night out for you?
Dancing. The loud music, the crowd, I love it.
Even if there’s lots of people? Because of that. They are there, but I don’t have to talk with them. Not all of them, at least. I enjoy crowded places. And Erik is a great dancer.

8)      What would you change about Erik?
He’s impulsive, and sometimes that gets him into trouble. No major things, but trouble nonetheless. I’d love for him to slow down a bit.

9)      What do you like about him?
(She chuckles again.) He’s impulsive. And wild. And nothing is too much or too far away for him. I hope some of that attitude will stick on me.

10)  If you were an animal, or a shifter, what would you be?
Probably a bird of some sort. Hence the future paragliding. There’s freedom in the sky.

11)  Your obituary would be …
She died free and in love.

12)  What would you do if:
-  -  someone tried to blackmail you. How easy or difficult would it be?
   Wow. It would be the coolest thing, being someone who has something to be blackmailed for! I have literally nothing to hide.

-  - You wake up to find a poisonous spider on your pillow next to your head?
I I have no trouble with spiders, and no knowledge about which ones are poisonous. So I probably just swap it away.

-  -  Someone told you that you’re destined to fulfill a great prophecy.
Oh, no, please. I had trouble enough as it is, I just want to keep living my life now. But thank you for the offer.

She Came With the Tide ~

He’s impulsive, fearless, and fun loving.
Erik Axelsson, Ax, had it all: talent, fame, money. He’d lived the rock & roll life fully and with gusto until it wasn’t fun anymore. Without a second thought, he’d traded the spotlight with the Floridian sun, and the guitar with a surfboard. Young, rich, and free from anything - what more he could need?

She’s innocent, scared, and in trouble.  
Andrea Smith escaped the life imposed to her when her parents joined a cult. After years on the run, hunger pushed her to accept a stranger’s offer for breakfast. She had no clue her life changed with that simple ‘yes’. 

But the past catches up with her, forcing Andrea to choose what person she wants to be: the scared cult member that obeyed in silence, or the new woman Erik made blossom. 

Tag Line: She had no clue her life changed with that simple ‘yes’

Erik brushed his palm on his prickling shoulders as the angry sun hit, leaving only salt where ocean drops had been a few minutes before. He revered in that roasting pleasure, in the blues of the sky and water surrounding him. Entertained by his unplanned guest, he pulled his dripping hair into a messy bun.
It had been a good day for surfing, with waves still crashing on the shoreline. The rumble must have hidden the croaky zip of the tent’s zipper because when he looked down at the entrance, he found two huge brown eyes staring at him.
The echo of lifetimes ago, distant, feeble, poked at him. The feeling dwelling into his heart after his parents had died, now lingered on her delicate features. Fear.
The girl took a breath, clenched her teeth and crawled out. She rose on all of her five feet five or so. “Who–” she cleared her throat. “Who are you?”
Wasn’t that a question he wasn’t used to? Everybody knew Ax and the Hurricanes. He’d spent ten years of his life on everybody’s mouth, eyes and above all, ears. Newspapers. TV. Concerts. Surprise for the question shadowed the male appreciation of the woman in front of him. For now. He’ll so be back at that.
“I think the question is, who are you?” he retorted, crossing his arms over his chest.
“A camper.”
“Well, camper, your tent is on my property, in case you missed that,” he said pointing at the Private Property notice on the berm not far from her den. He had to invest some money into a proper sign, he thought when he eyed the rusty, barely visible sign. “My house’s back there, anyway.”
She turned around, took those details in. “Oh.”
Erik used that time to make some math. A girl, alone, in an old tent. The black bag he’d peeked to with clothes in it. That look in her eyes. He sighed. “You hungry?”
She nodded.
“Let’s go.”
He took his surfboard and turned to go. “What?” he asked when she didn’t move.
“I–I don’t know you.”
Yeah, okay, back to that. She either had lived on the moon for the past fifteen years or was bullshitting him. He would give her the benefit of the doubt because she was hot, and keep Sheriff Charlie on speed dial for a while. He turned around. “I’m Erik Axelsson.”
He waited for his name to dawn on her. Nothing. Seriously?
“I’m Andrea Smith.”
“All right, Andrea Smith. I’m hungry, covered in sand, and the sun is cooking my brain. I’m going in, you do as you please.”

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Good News Comes in Threes, But Beware Stormy Seas

You know what day it is! No, not hump day. Don't start that junk. I don't want to hear it. It's the five year anniversary release day of THE TREASURE HUNTER'S LADY! What are we doing to celebrate? Um...not much. Go get a copy free on Kindle Unlimited. After you download that, download the other two too. You won't be sorry.

If you go back five years and read all the posts leading up to and after the release, I was a nervous wreck. It seems like a hundred years ago that it happened. In honor of five years of publishing, all The Guardian Chronicle books got new covers. Good times.

Speaking of new covers...

I imagine the publishing world is abuzz with the not-so-new news of Samhain's latest closure. I got the email yesterday afternoon. I won't lie about it. I'd requested my rights back for The Heckmasters a few months after the first closure announcement, then after Cris decided to stay open. I was actually waiting to hear if I was going to get them. It's a terrible situation for a good publisher. I was honored and thrilled when I signed all three contracts for The Heckmaster books, but I have to admit, I will be relieved to have my demon cowboy trilogy back in my loving arms. So, they're getting some updates and new covers as well. Watch out for that. They are fantastic. I'll let y'all know when the Heckmasters will be back!

And...the other day, after I'd had my fill of Vikings for the night, I opened a document that hadn't been open in two years. It's a thing with me. Wait almost two years to think about previously started projects. It was a historical romance that I began working on shortly after the last book I published with Kensington. I worked my way through 43,000 words, then quit because I wasn't sure it was making any sense. I couldn't figure out how to dig the hero out of the ditch he'd fallen into. So I abandoned it in a similar fashion that I left The Convict and the Cattleman out in the cold. I began reading through it. The first chapter was if-y, but the second chapter was really good. In fact, on the whole it was not the worst thing I've ever written. When I finished reading through it, I thought, bet I could finish that in 10-15k. I started a cowboy novella in addition to Erik Agmar, the Viking, whose story I started recently. I shoved them both aside and plowed through 11,000 words to write the end of this historical romance this week. I wrote yesterday until I thought I would cripple my left hand, because it is literally perfect for a western historical box set I want to put out this year. Ching! Done! Go, me.

But with all the good news comes some bad. I also found out this week that Amazon pulled the Treasured Love box set. Something about blah, blah, blah, they're tetchy about box sets that authors don't have contracts for and pirated books and whatnot. And sadly, the set was doing more sinking than floating in the vast sea of books. I really don't know why. Pirates are awesome!

I did find some great images that will make a perfect cover for Sin & the Sea, but I intended to add more to the story. It's only 23,000 words. I'd like to bump it up quite a bit. Instead of focusing on that, I wrote the end of that historical this week and added words to the Viking novella. I thought I would have more time before Sin & the Sea sailed back to me. Now with that and the Heckmasters, I'm going to be busier than ever.

Say, did you pre-order Lawless yet? While you're over there getting your copy of The Treasure Hunter's Lady free on KU, pre-order Lawless too. It's also free on KU and will be delivered in no time!