The Ultimate Act of Love

The Ultimate Act of Love

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She lamented over a ghost lover she could never have.

The last thing Kori Daniels expected to witness on a ghost tour was an actual apparition. Although she felt earth-bound spirits, she had never seen one. Already impacted by nightly amorous dreams since arriving in Savannah, her dream lover now has a face.

Jeb Crawford stares out of his front parlor window waiting for the one night a year he takes physical form. Each Halloween, he searches for the one woman, his soul mate, who can save him from his fate.

Only an ultimate act of love will bring Jeb back to life.

This novella was originally part of the limited edition set ‘Haunting Savannah’.

Cats and Road Trips

I’m sure many of you traveled over the holiday. I spent Christmas with my sister and her husband in Jacksonville, Fl. While driving across Florida, I took the opportunity to have brunch with Susan (S.E. ) Smith and her husband Steve. Whenever I head to the east coast of Florida, I always make a point of seeing my good friend.

In January, I helped a friend move a sick cat from Austin, Texas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was great catching up with my friend, Katherine, and assist her in the move. The trip was uneventful accept for the truck that almost ran us off the road. The driver side mirror was the only casualty in that near accident. Here I am with Cinni. She had an appointment with a feline cardiologist who gave her a clean bill of health. Yes, I’m dressed for the frozen tundra again. Does anyone recognize the hat I’m wearing in this or the tennis photo?

Works in Progress

Believe it or not, I’ve got four works in progress. I wish my muse would focus! Like everything in life, ultimately due dates have the final say in what I’m writing.

To say I’m anal is a bit of an understatement. I have four new series brewing in my head but I have two series I need to finish. As promised, I will finish Nightshade Saga (Drake’s story) and the Young Adult Zaratan trilogy this year. Finishing a series is always difficult. How many times have you read a book and anxiously awaited the next one, only to be disappointed? I was thrilled with how I ended the Worlds Apart series. It was not how I intended to end it, but a stroke of genius hit me while writing the last chapter. I hope you agree.

There has been so much negativity in our lives, I hope you enjoy escaping into the worlds I have created. Romance writers generally do not get a lot of respect, but what’s wrong with presenting a story that will always guarantee a happily ever after? Over the years, I have met many of the wonderful authors who allowed me to escape into their worlds. Yes, I go fan girl crazy from time to time!

Here is to a great 2018!!

20 Shades of Shifters

20 Shades of Shifter is a limited edition collection of new and exclusive paranormal romance novels guaranteed to suck you in from page one.

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A shape-shifting dragon must win over his reluctant mate and stop Jack the Ripper. A Fae trucker becomes allies with an MC member when trying to deliver magical motorcycles to the Fae Queen. A wolf shifter is held captive in a human research lab where he is tortured until he meets one sexy scientist. An angel risked it all to steal the elixir of life and save his mortal love’s life and over two millennia later must get her to remember she once loved an angel. These stories and many more are included in this steamy, hot collection.

Don’t wait to read this set. It is only out for a short time before it will be gone forever!

Discover stories by:
Demelza Carlton
Evelyn Lederman
ML Guida
Aidy Award
David Adams & Alica Knight
Sascha Illyvich
Lynn Best
Lilly Cain
Vonnie Davis
Brenda Trim and Tami Julka
Nina Croft
K.L. Bone
N.D. Jones
Kailin Gow
Moxie North

My story is titled ‘A Cougar’s Longing’ about a 42-year-old cougar shifter who mistakenly sleeps with her best friend’s wolf shifter son. You can imagine the complications that will follow!

Here are the first several paragraphs to hopefully wet your appetite:

Samantha Harper threw her playing cards on the table in frustration. Her bridge hand was crap, just like her non-existent love life. She only had one face card, a queen of hearts. How ironic! Her reaction was born out of the fact that at forty-two, she was still alone.

Her eyes explored Elle Thomas’s living room. She had been there hundreds of times and always considered how she’d redecorate it, if given the chance. The room contained a mismatch of furniture purchased over the years, no piece seeming to go with the other.

“Pass,” her hostess said. “The Franklins are divorcing. She told me yesterday when we ran into each other at the grocery store. I thought wolves mated for life.”

Shocked by the news, Samantha hesitated in retrieving her cards. Beverly Franklin was a substitute bridge player and she considered her a friend. She was closer to her bridge friends than the extended family she had in the area.

“They do,” Nancy Simpson replied. A tinge of frustration was evident in her voice. “We should never have opened our town to outsiders. One club.”

Eclipse, California, had been settled by a pride of cougar shifters in the late nineteenth century. Samantha was a descendent of one of the original settlers. The remote community had given the cats the ability to run free in their animal forms without fear of being shot by an unsuspecting human.

In the early twentieth century, a wolf pack settled in the area. Rather than running off the dogs, the town embraced them. The pride leader believed their strength would help safeguard the community in a quickly changing world. No one saw the invention of motorized vehicles and the intrusion of roads, even into mountain communities.

“Gerald Franklin was having an affair with his secretary,” Elle Thomas informed the group. “I know it’s so cliché. Beverly didn’t have a clue.”

Samantha sighed, yet again, disgusted by her pitiful hand and the disturbing news. “Pass. Isn’t his secretary a bear shifter?”

Although a variety of shifters called Eclipse home, the multiple species didn’t interbreed. Each shifter community throughout the United States and Canada coordinated events to bring together young adults in order to expedite the joining of mating couples and prevent isolated communities from interbreeding. Samantha had attended numerous events, but never found a boy she was interested in. She had never been willing to settle to pacify her parents or the pride.

In college, she lived in a house populated by cat shifters. She became good friends with a number of the boys, but there was never a connection between anyone in particular. When she experimented with sex, it was with human boys. A shifter would have read too much into the act at that age. They were under as much pressure to mate as the girls.

Nancy’s face reddened. “Are we going to play cards or talk?”

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Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2017 certainly had its highs and lows. In February, ‘A Touch of Prudence’ was the #1 Kindle World Best Seller for 3 whole days, staying #1 under Paranormal/Fantasy for weeks. That was THRILLING! Kindle World novellas are now available under Kindle Unlimited, so if you haven’t read my 4 Kindle World Novellas (3 in S.E. Smith’s Magic, New Mexico and 1 in Eliza Gayle’s Southern Shifters) and are a Kindle Unlimited customer…enjoy!

The United States was hit by three devastating hurricanes. Having been through a 7.2 Earthquake in California, and now a Category 4 hurricane, I notice people are generally at their best during a disaster. The wonderful S.E. Smith took me and the cats into her home to sit out Irma. Although we didn’t get any writing done, it was fun to think about creating stories about our experiences with 4 cats and 1 dog sharing a house during a hurricane.

It was VERY difficult to get back into a routine after the hurricane. ‘Drake’s Nightshade’ that I hoped to finish was shelved in November since I had a February 1st due date for a shifter box set. The book is the last one in the Nightshade Saga series and I wanted it to be special. Creative juices just weren’t flowing.

Here is what I hope to do in 2018:

February: ‘A Cougar’s Longing’ for a shifter box set. A 42-year-old cougar shifter mistakenly sleeps with her 27-year-old best friend’s son. He also happens to be a wolf shifter. More info to follow on this

June: ‘Designated’ The 3rd book in the Zaratan Trilogy. This is the book I’ve been asked the most about. Since I’ll be attending a 2-day Science Fiction Convention in Ft. Myers in June, I wanted to finish the series, plus make my fans happy! FAN GIRL ALERT: Jonathan Frakes, from Star Trek:The Next Generations will be there.

August: ‘Drake’s Nightshade’ It seems I’ve been publishing this series every August for the last 3 years. I will try to have paperback copies at Literary Love in Savannah in late July.

September: ‘The Soul Mate’ a Worlds Apart prequel novella featuring Zane and Leena Childers. The novella will initially only be available in an anthology published for ‘Show Me Your Books’. It will later be available on Amazon and ultimately a ‘Worlds Apart’ box set.

I also plan to write an adult sci-fi adventure. I don’t have dates for those books as of yet, since I want to publish the trilogy every one to two months.

As you can see, 2018 will be VERY busy for me. I’m also playing in 3 tennis leagues! Good thing, I’m a great time manager. I figure by telling you all these dates, I had better make them.

25 Days of Christmas Box Set Giveaway

It’s not too late to take advantage of FREE box sets. Share the information
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Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Box set, featuring ‘Nightshade’

Fantasy Romance box set, featuring ‘The Chameleon Soul Mate’

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2018 Conferences

My first conference of 2018 will be A Weekend with the Authors in Nashville, Tennessee. Not only am I going to be there, but so is my good friend S.E. Smith, who sheltered yours truly during Hurricane Irma. It’s my first time attending this conference put on by author, Sandy Sullivan.

OK, I may have mentioned this before, but there are several authors I go CRAZY FAN GIRL over! The magnificent Lora Leigh will be there. Her breed series is INCREDIBLE, although she is primarily known as an erotic romance writer.

I hope to see you March 16-18 in Nashville!

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Other appearances

March 24th – Venice, FL Book Fair Signing
May 31-June 3 – Space Coast Book Lovers Convention Cocoa Beach, FL
June 7-June 10 – Overstuffed Bookcase Convention: Orlando, FL
June 16-17 – SWFL SpaceCon 2017, Fort Myers, FL (Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek: The Next Generation will be there)
July 26-29 – Literary Love: Savannah, GA
August 10-11 – Once Upon A Book: Frankenmuth, MI
Sept. 7-8 – Show Me Your Books: Kansas City, MO
Sept. 20-22 – Penned Con: St. Louis, Mo

Out And About

In October I attended the InD’Scribe conference in Burbank, California and the Florida Writer’s Associaton Conference in Orlando. One of the nice things about attending a conference in the Los Angeles area is I can catch up with old friends. I met some at various restaurants across the city and one friend came to the conference to see me. The Florida Writers Association Conference gave me an opportunity to meet fellow authors and attend workshops. My day begins at 7am with breakfast and runs until around 10pm with workshop after workshop!

Here I am with my good friend, Jackie. She’s read all my books and has vacationed with me for years. Her husband hates hot weather, so she’s the perfect person to go down to Mexico with. It’s hard to believe she was once my apartment manager in Encino, California. How do you like the new table cover? I guess this is my unofficial cover reveal for Drake’s Nightshade. Sorry, no publication date on that book. Blame it on Hurricane Irma!

Here are a couple of photos from the Royal Palm Awards night at the Florida Writer’s Association. The woman at the bottom left corner is Carol Post. She won the award for Best Romance. I attended a fabulous workshop she put on and ended up buying her book. Carol is a super lady!

Evelyn Lederman, fantasy, action, romance author