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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Revisions, revisions….excerpts, excerpts…

I’m eyeball deep in revisions to Cruel Enchantment at the moment. I’m trying to get this book pretty much finalized so I can work with a clear head on Jeweled, a different book. Working on two books at once makes me nuts, so I try really hard not to do that. I guess I can only keep one world in my head at a time.

I did take part of Sunday off to go swimming, though. Man, it is H-O-T here. Whew. And it’s that sticky, humid kind of hot that suffocates you right when you step out the door. I’m not a huge fan of the heat, unless the heat happens to be in Mexico and my butt is on the beach. This is the kind of hot that makes you want to stay inside, the kind of hot that makes me look forward to autumn…which is rolling in surprisingly fast. I blinked and the summer went *poof*.

Next month Hot for the Holidays will release (September 29th). This anthology features stories from Lora Leigh, Angela Knight, Allyson James and myself. My novella, Sweet Enchantment, will be your first taste of the Dark Magick series. I posted an excerpt of Sweet Enchantment on my site, if you care to check it out.

January 5, 2010 is the release date for Wicked Enchantment, the first full-length novel of the Dark Magick series. I’ve posted the first chapter on my site, if you want a sneak peek. I had to trim this excerpt up a bit, though, because I realized belatedly there was a whole bunch of spoilers for Sweet Enchantment in it. That’s the pitfall of writing stand-alone novels, I guess.

I can’t wait to introduce you all to Piefferburg. Essentially it’s a resettlement area for the fae, in a reality in which the fae are real and the human population knows about their existence. In this world humans both fear and are fascinated by the fae. With the help of the Phaendir, a order of druids, the fae have been captured and are being held in a large, warded territory of the United States. Of course, the fae want OUT of Piefferburg. That’s their overall struggle in this series–how do the fae break out of Piefferburg, how do they defeat the Phaendir, and how do they deal with the humans who so fear them? As an added complication, there’s internal strife between the Summer Queen of the Seelie and the Shadow Royal of the Unseelie.

The Dark Magick series is action-packed paranormal romance. If you enjoyed the Elemental Witches series, you’ll like this one too.

In other news, Taken, my verra hot menage a trois romance from Samhain is now available on the Kindle. And next month is RAW. Anyone going to be there? I’m really looking forward to it.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
A couple pictures from my trip…

I found the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance (I have a short story in it) at Fnac in Brussels.

The market in a small town in Bordeaux. Once a week every village has a market day. Vendors come in the morning and set up stands with fruit, cheese, vegetables, wines, meats, fish, clothing. You name it, there’s probably a stand selling it. The food all looks yummy. Of course I wanted to buy everything.

It’s required that you have mussels and frites when you go Belgium. They kick you out if you decline. 😉 We had our mussels and frites at the North Sea.

And me stuffing my face with the best Belgian waffle (with cream) that I have ever had in my life.

You may notice that almost every photo has something to do with food. Can you say TREADMILL? I can.

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
The winner!!

The winner of the copy of LAID BARE is…….


Congrats!!! Please drop an email via the contact form on my site or email me at anyabast (at)

I’m still catching up from being on vacation, you all! I have a metric ton of email to answer and a prize or two to send out. I finished up edits on Wicked Enchantment yesterday, so I should have some time to get my act together this week. Thanks for being patient with me.

Thursday, August 6th, 2009
I’m back!

Kinda sorta back, anyway. I’m home from our vacation, the longest and best trip to Europe, we’ve ever taken, but I have edits to do on Wicked Enchantment so I’m still not blogging and Twittering up to my usual strength.

We spent a little over a week in Bordeaux, France with my father-in-law’s family. He rented a big house where we all swam, played ping-pong, relaxed, and ate way too much of very good food (and drank a lot of very good wine).

After that my husband, daughter and I went up to Belgium where we spent a little over a week visiting my mother-in-law. My husband is Belgian, so we try to go over there at least once a year to see the family. Good thing our three-year-old seems to be a natural traveler. This was her second time crossing the North Atlantic. I’ll try and find a couple pictures to post in the next few days (edits willing).

Until then, have a contest.

Lauren Dane’s LAID BARE released this week. Want a shot at winning a copy? Sure you do!


Unexpected Desire…

It’s been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with Erin Brown, the provocative, wild rocker chick next door. Their power exchange in the bedroom got under his skin. But love wasn’t in the cards just yet…

Now, life has thrown the pair back together. But picking up where they left off is tough, in light of a painful event from Erin’s past. As Todd struggles to earn her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected and exciting turn when Todd’s best friend, Ben, ends up in their bed–and all three are quite satisfied in this relationship without a name. As the passion they share transforms Erin, will it be enough to help her face the evil she thought she had left behind?

Leave a comment for a chance to win. You have until Monday to enter. That’s when I’ll pick a winner. Tell me what you’ve been doing during the last three weeks I’ve been gone. What have you been reading? Looking forward to the kids going back to school? What’s up with you these days? Let’s get reacquainted.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
This blog is on hiatus

I love that word, hiatus. It’s almost as good as Venezuela, which is my favorite word ever.

Anyway, I’ll be back the first week of August, guys. Until then I’m on vaaaaaacaaaayshun. Well, my body will be on vacation, at least. My brain and my fingers are still going to be working away on Cruel Enchantment and Jeweled. My deadlines don’t permit me to leave the laptop at home. But that’s okay, because I love my job. Blogging, however, will be suspended until August.

I hope you all are enjoying your summer (or winter, depending on where you reside in the world)!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
Not Always Romance….

Cross-posted from The Bradford Bunch Blog.

It’s summer. Beach season. Well, okay, maybe not so much for those of us in the middle of the country. For us it’s wish-we-were-at-the-beach-instead-of-the-public-pool season. Nonetheless, we tend to read more in the summer than we do the rest of the year due to vacations, lounging poolside, ect.

My reading habits go through phases. Sometimes all I’m in the mood for are historical romances set in Scotland. Other times all I want to read are paranormal romances, or urban fantasy. I become burned out on one genre or sub-genre and need to switch. My To Be Read pile has books of many different genres/sub-genres in it. Some have been there awhile–just haven’t been in the mood for them yet. (This drives my non-reading husband nuts.)

Right now I’m in a heavy historical fantasy reading phase. I want thick books (700 pages, please) of fantasy novel set in some faraway place in some faraway time. I’m glomming all the historical fantasy I can that sounds good to me. Unfortunately, there’s not tons of it. The market for this sub-genre doesn’t seem to be huge. A pity.

I don’t think I’m alone in this. Most readers, I think, tend to go through phases like these. So, how about you? Are you a dedicated romance reader, or do you stray to other genres sometimes?

Saturday, July 4th, 2009
Snippet Saturday: First Meeting with the Villain.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, I LOVE writing the villain almost more than any other character. Mustache-twirlers need not apply. I like my heroes interesting, layered, maybe even a little sympathetic. I want their motives to match their actions. I like them passionate and full personality.

This is a snippet from Witch Fury with one of my favorite villains, Stefan Faucheux. Enjoy!


As she drove, a swell of memory assaulted her. Images her brain were able to suppress in Chicago reared their nasty heads here, so near her childhood home. In her mind a memory of her mother flickered. The middle-aged redhead stood on the lawn of their home brandishing a grilling fork, insane words pouring from her lips. Flames licked and the scent of burning…

Sarafina lunged for the radio and found a good station that played loud, hard rock music. She opened the window of her car and threw herself into the song, singing the lyrics out loud. She wouldn’t allow her mind to go back there, she just couldn’t.

Instead, she thought of Grosset, her Pomeranian. She’d left him with her neighbor for the trip south and couldn’t wait to see him again. Sarafina smiled. See? Life wasn’t so bad. She had friends, a job, and, most importantly, she had the love of a good dog.

Then there was that guy who kept asking her for a date. His name was Brian. No… Bradley. Cute, too. He was a UPS guy, came into the office every afternoon and sought her out specifically to sign for the deliveries. What was it about UPS guys? He flirted with her every day, cajoling her to go to dinner with him. It was flattering. She’d been turning him down because of Alex, but now she was free. Maybe the next time he asked, she’d say yes.

She rolled into the northern Chicago suburb in the early evening and parked in front of the beautiful eighteenth century home where her apartment was located. It was only a few blocks from her office downtown, though she always took the EL in to avoid parking problems.

Stopping the car at the curb, she turned off the engine and stared up at the beautiful, huge windows. Sarafina loved this place. The neighborhood was quiet and older, the street lined with stately old trees. Hopefully her landlord would give her an extension on the rent. Most likely he would. After all, this would be the first time she’d ever been late.

She knocked on her downstairs neighbor’s door and Alexis, a college girl, answered. “Grosset? Oh, he’s already at your place. Your boyfriend came and picked him up. He’s cute!” she squealed, then said, “Your boyfriend, I mean. Grosset’s cute too, though. Ta!” and closed the door in Sarafina’s face.

Boyfriend? God, she hoped Alex wasn’t having second thoughts. She stared at the closed door for a moment, anxiety making her stomach muscles tighten. Then she stalked up the stairs to her apartment, her mind whirling about she would say to him. Now that he was gone, she wanted him to stay that way.

Her apartment door squeaked open and she started down the hallway, hearing someone cough in the living room. “Alex, listen—“
She stopped short and her keys clattered to the floor. Shock held her immobile as she stared at Stefan Faucheux standing in her living room…holding her dog. Her mind stuttered.

Stefan Faucheux?

Everyone knew who he was. The rich playboy and CEO of Duskoff International had been the media’s darling for a long time. He was everything they loved–handsome, interesting, intelligent and monied. Then one day he’d disappeared. For a year the world had wondered where he’d gone. Foul play had been suspected and investigations undergone. All the entertainment shows had been atwitter with the mystery.

Then suddenly six months ago he’d simply popped back into existence, taking up where he’d left off as if he’d never been gone. He’d been traveling, he’d explained. Mostly he been in Costa Rica surfing. No one had been able to find him because he hadn’t wanted to be found. If you had enough money, Sarafina guessed you could do that, just disappear without a trace. Personally, she wouldn’t know.

Most people thought it had simply been a publicity stunt. Maybe they were right. Stefan seemed to like attention.

Right now he really wanted hers.

The bigger question was why? Why was he standing in her living room?

“Wha–” she started and then snapped her mouth closed as Bradley stepped out from her small hallway and stood next to Stefan.

What the hell was the UPS guy and Stefan Faucheux doing in her apartment?

Stefan inclined his head. “Sarafina Connell, it’s a pleasure. I think you’ve already met my associate.” He took a step toward her while Grosset panted and smiled a happy doggie smile at her. “We tried this easy way, but you were more resistant than most to Bradley’s charms. Women normally just swoon right at his feet, boyfriend or not, making our job so much easier.”

“What’s going on? What are you–“

“Since Bradley couldn’t get you alone, I’m afraid we’ll have to do it the less pleasant way. Trust me, we’re doing you a favor.” He clucked. “Data entry, Sarafina? You’re wasting yourself. We’ll make the most of your skills where we’re taking you. I just wish your initiation could have been nicer.”

That was a threat. Stefan Faucheux had just threatened her in her own living room, and he was holding her dog!

Sarafina opened her mouth to scream and someone grabbed her from behind, a big meaty hand clamping down hard over her lips. A needle bit deep into her hip and a thick drowsiness almost immediately closed over her. Her knees buckled and someone lifted her. Her head lolled to the side, unconsciousness closing over her in a slow wave.

Stefan tilted his head to the side and petted Grosset’s silky head, while the Pomeranian panted happily. “Now we have you and your little dog too.”

Want more Snippet Saturday? Here you go:

Leah Braemel

Shelley Munro
Cynthia Eden
SJ Day
Jaci Burton
Michelle Pillow
Juliana Stone
Moira Rogers
Sacha White
TJ Michaels
Lacey Savage
McKenna Jeffries
Jody Wallace
Eliza Gayle
Kelly Maher
Vivian Arend
Taige Crenshaw
Beth Williamson

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Wicked Enchantment Cover

The cover for Wicked Enchantment (Berkley Sensation, January 2010). Tony Mauro is the cover artist. He’s done all my covers for Berkley so far and every one of them have been gorgeous.


When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…

All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.

So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.

This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…