22 April 2016

BIG SALE AT ARe!




To celebrate Earth Day, AllRomanceeBooks is having a 50% rebate sale on a lot of books...including most of mine!

17 April 2016

SALE on Keif's Den and Pack books!


To celebrate my EPIC eBook Awards finalist for this year, Keif's Pack, I've decided to offer 20% off Keif's Pack and the short Christmas story in the series, Mother of the Keif, until the end of May 2016. You can find the discounted copies at...



Keif's Pack ebook ($3.99 is now $3.19)
Keif's Pack print (remember to use the discount code provided on the page $8.99 is now $7.19)



Mother of the Keif ebook ($.99 is now $.79)

Happy reading!
Brenna

NEW RELEASE!



Never Alone (Werewolf U IV) by Brenna Lyons
paranormal shifter erotic romance
22177 words, 128 pages
$2.99 in ebook


Twin females who can't be separated; twin males who don't get along... No one ever said mating was easy.

Veronique and Vanessa have never been apart. Wolf twins are often close, but none closer than these two sisters. When outgoing Veronique finds her mate and shy Vanessa's is nowhere in sight, the pair concoct a wild plan to stay together.

Berne and Barden have never seen eye-to-eye. Being in the same room for more than a few hours usually leads to a fight. But no fight they've had before can compare to the one that's coming when Barden finds his mate.

14 April 2016

EPIC eBook Awards Finalist!



I'm proud to present my newest EPIC eBook Awards finalist, Keif's Pack (in the Fantasy/Paranormal Romance category)!



paranormal erotic romance
46068 words, 211 pages in ebook, 220 pages in print
$3.99 in ebook, $8.99 in print



When the pack murders or is murdered, it's up to Tragen's Enforcer to punish the guilty. When the situation involves both, and the survivor is the future leader of the pack--who has bonded to a human female, the Enforcer's job has become the headache of the century.



Jen is a child advocate, burdened by a tragic past. When she's called in for a little boy discovered, alive but suffering amnesia, in the midst of a massacre involving attack dogs, little does she know her life has taken a turn into the shadowy society of the wolves.

Adrien is Tragen's Enforcer--the police force, judge, jury, and executioner of the local pack. From the moment he hears the news reports, he knows he'll soon be hunting his own for endangering the peace between wolf and human. But nothing could have prepared him for Jen, the daughter of Andrew "Lion" Verik. Or for the fact that the young survivor is not only a wolf but also a Keif, the future leader of the pack.

A Keif sees the future, as if it was fact, but his enemies will stop at nothing to kill him before he can take power, even if it means going through Jen and Adrien to do it.

EXCERPT-

At the sight of the news trucks in the hospital parking lot, Jen slipped her ID card into her front pocket. If the reporters caught sight of it, she'd be swarmed, on the off chance that she had information. The vague rumor of a survivor would be "confirmed by an unnamed source" as a child, though Jen wouldn't have spoken a word. Though there were any number of other cases Jen might be at the hospital to attend to, the mob mentality of the rabid press would link her to this one.

A guilty pang assaulted her, and Jen did her best to shake it off. She had been away from Keif longer than she'd intended to be, but a hot bath had been too enticing to pass up. For three days, she'd had nothing but rushed showers in Keif's bathroom. A soak with Epsom salts had been long overdue.

Besides, if there was any problem with Keif, they would have called me.

Jen slipped past the line of reporters, feigning interest in her cell phone to obscure her face. A few might recognize her on sight. To her relief, she remained unnoticed and headed for the elevators.

What drew her attention to the man lounging against the wall was an uncertain thing. It wasn't his body, though he possessed a delicious form, topped with shaggy, light brown hair. It wasn't the worn jeans hugging his thighs, black leather boots and jacket, or the skin-tight T-shirt that outlined his sculpted abs.

Jen slowed, staring at him as she passed by.

He's staring at me. No doubt that had caught her attention first.

His unwavering gaze disconcerted her, though she couldn't see his eyes through the dark sunglasses perched on his face. Still, she knew he was focused on her.

His head turned to follow her as she ducked around his position, giving him a wide berth. Hers did likewise, tracking him as he was tracking her.

He flowed leisurely away from the wall and followed her. Jen's heart skipped a beat at the confirmation that he was watching her. For a split-second, she considered going back to the desk and calling Cal from there.

No. If he's following me, he's going to run right into Cal's men...if I let him do it. If I go back, I may be letting a killer escape.

Jen reached for the call button, but his hand was there first.

"Let me." His voice was a low rumble that stirred butterflies in her stomach.

Jen didn't reply to him.

They entered the elevator in silence. Again, Jen considered misleading him.  The vet ward is on six. They're a handy bunch in a pinch. I won't lead him to Keif that way.

Better to lead him to the police. I can't put more civilians at risk, no matter how much some of them might enjoy the action. She pressed three.

Jen forced herself to look at him. "Which floor?" That sounded almost normal.

One side of his lips quirked up. "I'm good."

I'm not.

But it was too late. The doors slid shut, closing them in together.

He didn't waste time. "Are you NPD?"

The elevator hasn't even started moving yet. "No. Why would you think that?"

The lurch beneath her feet announced they were in motion. The clock was ticking.

"Child Services then," he guessed.

Her heart stuttered. In a hospital full of nurses and doctors, patients and visitors, he assumed she was official. How could he know that? "Should I ask who you are?" It came out forceful, though her knees were shaking.

He cracked a smile. "Tell me about the boy."

"What boy?" she bluffed.

"I know about the boy. Your jacket reeks of him."

Oh God! He's a psycho, and I'm trapped in an elevator with him. Jen shifted her gaze to the display. Still a floor to go. Damn hospital elevators for being so slow.

"You don't have to be afraid of me," he offered in a voice that passed for courteous.

I'll choose who to be afraid of, thanks.

"Believe it or not, we have the same goal."

"I doubt that." The challenge was out before she could rein her tongue. Too much of Dad in me.

He leaned toward her, planting one hand on the wall beside her head, invading Jen's space.

"You have spent considerable time with the young one," he stated confidently. "Since he wouldn't be comfortable snuggling with you, you must have spent hours or even days in his company to pick up so much of his scent."

The bell clanged, the floor shifted, and the doors started to open. Jen slid through them before they were wide enough for him to fit through, the bag of fresh clothes held to her ribs so it wouldn't catch.

She hurried toward the guard at the door to the security ward, blessing Cal for assigning one outside the ward once the story broke. A glance back showed her pursuer was in no hurry. He strolled after her, looking amused despite the officer's presence.

The officer in question stepped away from the wall and placed a hand on the butt of his weapon.

Taking the peace bond off.

"Is there a problem here?" he asked.

Jen managed a shaky nod, then took her place behind him. She watched her stalker, waiting for the eruption of violence from him.

This was the safest route. The officer was armed; Jen wasn't. At the same time, Jen had a pass card and the ability to set off the alarms; her protector could only set off alarms. It was a good system. No one could overpower him to get through the door.

But it really wasn't designed for both of us to be in the same place when attack came. I should have led him astray instead of coming this way.

"What is your business here, sir?"

The man in question stopped a little more than an arm's length away. "I need to speak with the officer in charge."

"And who should I say is asking to speak with him?" It was clear he thought whatever the answer was wouldn't warrant calling Cal in.

"Tell him Tragen's Enforcer is here. I've come to see the boy."

Tragen's Enforcer? What is that?

The officer took an involuntary step back, colliding with Jen. "If you'd care to wait, I'll call him, sir."

Her stalker smiled, revealing sharpened canines.

Jen's blood ran cold. She'd heard stories about the local pack, but she'd never seen one of their kind before.

That I know of. Who knew a werewolf could look so human?

01 November 2015

Three new stories in a series just released

It's so much fun to do the unexpected, and I think I managed it this time. I let everyone know that Werewolf U was releasing on 16 Oct, but what I didn't tell you in advance was that two more short stories from the same world were releasing 23 Oct and 30 Oct. Now all three are out...and more are planned. Have fun reading them!



Werewolf U
MFM menage paranormal erotic romance
$3.99 in ebook
210 pages, 38662 words

Samara has been given a full scholarship to Lupi Lucania Universitas Scholarium in Italy. It's a dream come true. The university is one of the best in the world, and she intends to make the most of it. What she doesn't count on is two very distracting brothers who have a different idea of advancing her education than she does.

Usually she-wolves come to the University with full knowledge of Lupine history and traditions. James and Jason will have to teach their little mate everything. Born to a human who refused to take her wolf mate permanently into her life, Samara is nothing like what the duo envisioned...and more than they ever hoped for.





Younger Daughter (Werewolf U II)
paranormal sensual romance
$0.99 in ebook
55 pages, 9346 words
 
Aurora is a wolf princess who has never fit the Alpha female mold. Unlike her older sister Talia, Aurora likes getting her hands, feet, and any other part of her body dirty. She would rather wear Daisy Dukes than designer gowns. She keeps her hair cut short instead of long, the way most alphas do. Moreover, she doesn't like alpha men...alphas who aren't related to her in general. When she meets Nolan, Aurora finds focus...and maybe more, but will her family approve of her taking a mate who isn't an alpha?




Alpha Son (Werewolf U III)
paranormal sensual romance
$0.99 in ebook
57 pages, 8965 words

Tyler made a bad decision when he was a first year student. Now that his den brother has been dishonored, Tyler wants to make all the wrongs in his life right, not the least of which is claiming Julianna as his mate.

26 September 2015

October Birthday Bash Starting Early!

Brenna has released 12 of her print titles with Fireborn this week. In celebration, all of her Fireborn print titles will be discounted at CreateSpace between now and Christmas. Just use the discount codes above when checking out.

Night Warriors (Night Warriors, Warriors #1)
paranormal action sensual romance
$17.49 in print (available in ebook from Phaze Books)
472 pages, 117380 words
 
"For the extinction of the beasts that walk the night, we will give our life's blood and our lives. Such is the curse we were born to. Such is the duty we swear to. Such are the lives we lead."


Unknown to humans, Night Warriors hunt the night, saving them from vampire-like creatures called beasts. When Corwyn Hunter saves Anna from the mad elder Veriel, he is irresistibly drawn to her as mate, but there is more to Anna than there seems. Veriel has fixated on her, claiming Anna is his wife, a situation she is at a loss to explain. Is Veriel truly mad or does he have a claim on Anna and her unborn child?

Whichever side ultimately claims Anna's child will rise the victor. It is a battle neither side intends to lose, no matter the cost.

The warriors have avoided training a female for 1500 years, but the stone will not be denied. It is time for a change in the Warrior ranks.




Will of the Stone (Night Warriors, Warriors #2)
paranormal action erotic romance
$17.99 in print (available in ebook from Phaze Books)
508 pages, 125813 words


Hunter Cross, the Konig prince, is relegated to running the Crossbearer range while his sister, Erin, is the unwilling belle of the ball. Neither of them is happy with their places in the scheme of things.


When the last elder decides he wants both Erin and Sarah, the most powerful human sensitive ever encountered, as his mates, it's up to their men to protect them. Or is it? Erin is not what she seems. She is a force beyond all comprehension.

Erin isn't content to submit to the stone. For Erin, autonomy means freedom not to mate. If she can avoid Curt Maher, she can make her plan work. Curt has waited eight years for Erin to come to him. He's played by her rules for far too long. He will have Erin as mate, even if he has to conquer her in battle to get her. Little does he know that Erin wants to be conquered.

He cannot be lied to. He can see into your soul. He is Mikel Cross, the Konig prince, and Holly is destined to be his bride.

"One of the best fantasy worlds available to readers on the current market. I recommend the whole of the Night Warriors series. If you haven't read Brenna Lyons yet--go and buy her books today." Jaynie Ritchie for Romance Junkies






Bearing Armen (Night Warriors, Warriors #3) 
Includes: The Warrior's Man, Damsel in Distress, and Mother's Son
paranormal action erotic romance
$23.99 in print (individual stories available from Phaze Books and Brenna Lyons)
728 pages, 171316 words


Armens are known for two things--crafting the finest blades in the Warrior world and falling for saved, hard and fast. It's one of the few Warrior-rich ranges, but printing is rarely easy.


James Armen's only wish is a home and family. Beth Havens is a widow with twin little girls. She never imagined life with a vampire hunter. He never dreamed that he'd be blessed with daughters.

Devon vowed to do anything to have Michelle as mate. When he goes too far in the grips of printing madness, it's up to him to make peace somehow, even if that means serving her father, James Lord Armen.

Insubordinate. Bastard cursed. Felon. Scott Danvers has been called many things in his life, few of them favorable. Born to a blade chaser and hidden from the Warriors, Scott is nothing like his peers, from his blond-tipped hair and tattoos to his attitude.

Alyssa Bradley is a minefield, a Warrior widow, traumatized, alone and pregnant. But Daniel Hunter knows there's something beyond that, something his gut tells him is much worse.

Stevie has had a rough life. Terry has been attracted to men as long as he's been attracted to women, but he never followed through. Warriors of Armen tend to fall fast and hard for women they save, but it's not a woman that catches his attention and stokes his need to print.

Nothing in his training has prepared Corey for the Beast enclave he encounters. After three days in the hands of the Beasts, Hannah is scarred, blood weak, and suffering severe PTSD. The only person Hannah trusts is Corey. With the aid of the Stone in controlling his drives, can he help Hannah reclaim her life and her sexuality?




Hunter's Moon (Night Warriors, Warriors #4)
paranormal action erotic romance
$17.99 in print (available in ebook from Phaze Books)
510 pages, 117033 words



"There were just a few little problems with tall, dark and sinfully-godlike. For one thing, he was bleeding all over himself."


Between Anna's death and Jayde's discovery, Haus Jager was a place of secrets. Who is Laura Briony? Why is she prized? How was Colin forced to choose his mate, and who is Jannelle Evans? How does Stephen eat his words? Did they ever have hope of finding Erin?

Three brothers who have no intention of mating and three women who find themselves targets of Veriel's inner circle are about to embark on the greatest challenge of their lives. Headstrong women are the bane of the Hunter men. Headstrong women who might help him claim Erin are targets for Veriel. The Mad Deceiver will stop at nothing to find Erin.

Stephanie is trouble, a lord's daughter who can never admit who and what she is. Her father's life depends on secrecy, but that is easier said than done.




Veriel's Tales I: Crossbearer Turned
paranormal action love story
$13.49 in print (ebook available from Phaze Books)
336 pages, 82121 words
 
In book one of the Night Warriors series, questions were raised about Veriel's motives. Did he have a claim, or was he insane? What relationship existed between Jorg and Regana? Who did Regana love (her husband, Pauwel elder killer, the "Crossbearer Turned", or the beast Veriel), and who was Andris of Crossbearer's father? This book answers it all.


"Veriel, Regana and Pauwel--perhaps the most famous trio of the whole series--are on the front stage in this book. A story of love, honor and betrayal unfolding against the ruthless backdrop of the warriors' lives, mortal risks and immortal souls being at stake. The blend of romance, drama and mystical lore makes the reading experience quite enjoyable." Reviewed by Daria for Romance Junkies 4 Ribbons! 

"Ms. Lyons has given us another great story, one that answers the questions of why Veriel turned beast and why he went after the Anna. She has once again gripped us by the shirt collar and woven a spell of a fantasy world that has warriors that protect the innocent. It may be that all is not what it seems and that Veriel isn't as evil as we thought." Reviewed by Donna for Fallen Angels Reviews 5 ANGELS




Veriel's Tales II: Losing Regana
paranormal action love story
$14.49 in print (available in ebook from Phaze Books)
378 pages, 88660 words



Jorg has lost his mate again and again, his punishment as a traitor to the gods. He is driven to protect her and fated to lose her. Ilona...Caitrina...Yzabeau...

They know him. Their bodies remember Jorg's touch, and they will do anything he asks to experience what they remember. In the night, they are his, born to revel in every carnal sin. Then comes the day. With the sun, sanity returns, and danger stalks them.

Rober started off using Jacquine as bait to trap the Mad Deceiver. Now he has to convince her to be his mate or face breaking printing. If Veriel shows his face, Rober is ready to meet him, madman to madman.

"This is definitely not a "feel good" light kind of read. This story is filled with tortured souls, lost love, and the inhumanity of man. It explores the darker part of life; from torture, bought women, and the struggle for power, we gain an insight of how a favored warrior can become a beast. For all you lovers of the darker side of the human soul, this story is one I recommend putting on your TBR list." Reviewed by Chere Gruver for Sensual Romance





The Blutjagdfrau Chronicles
includes: Choosing a Mate, Starting a War, Blutjagdfrau Lost, and Raised to Be His Own
paranormal action erotic romance
$13.49 in print (ebook versions of the stories available from Phaze Books)
342 pages, 92503 words


"A series grows with unanswered questions and what-ifs." Brenna Lyons


When Reg destroys Ori in a mad bid to claim the mother goddess as his own, the distraught young woman is left to choose another mate from among the remaining Warriors. She knows them all by face and cannot choose. There is only one thing left a man believes will matter.

When Oren and Piet are called before the Stone lord, Gatin, they believe they are to be given extra instruction. Instead, they find themselves faced with the blindfolded and half-naked Ragan. One of them will fall. The other will claim what is rightfully his, by the gods' decree. Ragan.

Orphaned at birth and left to be raised by the barbarian refugees, Korji and Ahdia have no idea which dark giants are friends and which are foes. It is up to Taigh and his family to bring the lost children of Ani home.

What if Veriel had managed to steal Jayde? What if she'd been raised in seclusion, lied to, denied her training... crafted into the perfect mate for the beast? It all happened in an earlier beast war. Gaffin and a team of other Warriors have tracked Veriel to the greatest prize of all...Ragath.




Bride Ball
includes: Poison, Lies and No-Win Choices
urbanized fairy tale erotic romance
$12.99 in print (stories available in ebook from Phaze Books)
338 pages, 75139 words


Welcome to Lenvia, where the young prince has been given a year to choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Hoping for a desperate family to send an innocent into the fray, Edward arranges a series of Bride Balls--outrageous sexual events--and a willing decoy in his bid to find someone who loves him for himself and not his crown.


Enter Amber, daughter of a dead lord on his beloved mistress, a servant in her own household. When her irrepressible grandmother pushes her to find a husband or lover to protect her from the wrath of her step-mother, Amber loses more than her virginity...but it's not a glass slipper that the prince has to track her with.

The race is on. Before these two are through, more than one couple may find their way through the traps of poison, lies, and no-win choices forged at a long ago Bride Ball and left to fester through two generations of the royal family.

Topped off with... Long before Edward met Amber, there was the fateful Bride Ball that started it all. You won't want to miss the fireworks.



Fire and Ice
includes: Magmon's Hunger and Magmon's Lover
fantasy erotic romance/erotica
$10.99 in print (stories included available in ebook from Phaze Books)
272 pages, 60824 words



The Furian and Frial have maintained peace for millennia, though they are opposites. The Furian worship Magmon, god of fire and passion. Their lands stretch from the southern volcanic ring to the temperate north. They are ruled by a royal family. The Frial worship the goddess Frilan, a goddess of ice. Predictably, their lands stretch from the polar north to the temperate zone. They are ruled by a god vessel called the Ician. They are as different as can be.


Once every cen-centenial, the alliance is renegotiated and a celebration ensues. There's just one little thing that has to happen first. The Ician is reborn for her people every generation. The He-Atal, Magmon's god vessel, only appears for the cen-centenial. He is conceived at Magmon's celebration, born in the Dragon God's fire, consumed by His hunger, taken into the temple to be trained to survive the burn... And finally, he is presented to the Ician with one job and one job only: seduce a frigid woman.

Before Karliss Furia, Magmon's Vessel, was presented to his Ician, he had to be trained to seduce a skittish virgin.

Rostana Renald was gods-crafted for such pursuits. Rostana came to the temple in Magmalen, hoping to be trained by the priests in lovemaking, but when Zaden is less than pleased about her pursuits, she finds herself in the arms of Zaden's father, Councilor Gabel Tiben. He's a man nearly three times her age, but he's fire between the sheets.

While Rostana is sure society will prevent such a match, Gabel will not be denied. After knowing the touch of a god, Rostana responds to him. What more proof does anyone need that she is destined for him?


Lovers' Kiss anthology
contemporary/near futuristic sensual/erotic romance
$9.49 in print (stories available in ebook from Phaze Books, All Romance eBooks, and Fireborn Publishing)
228 pages, 52260 words


Contemporary or near-futuristic settings and sexual encounters... Putting people in close quarters turns up the heat.


Grace Mallory owns a small but very profitable art gallery. Michael Justice is a spoiled artist, used to getting what he wants. This Christmas season, he wants Grace back in his life. A few little problems? He dumped her in a rather vicious fashion a year earlier. She's moved on to a new relationship with an annoyingly-perfect man. Oh... And, then there's the magical mood ring, telling Grace what she doesn't want to hear about her feelings.

A couple with a taste for sex in public make an unlikely ally aboard an old ocean liner.

In a future just around the corner, the United States is no longer united. Federalists and Free Nationalists are waging a second US Civil War, and the battle lines have been drawn. When Bainbridge Carter meets up with David Evans, his ex-best friend, to get the prototype of a weapon that will allow them to level the playing field, David reveals he has hidden the microchips necessary to control the rifle with Aurora, his wife, the woman both men have been in love with for the last 16 years, a woman trapped behind enemy lines with her daughter. It is up to Bain and the Free Nationalists to find the chips...and the woman who has them.

This anthology includes:
A Safe Heart
The Color of Love
Overtime Pay
May the Best Man Win


Monsters and Mayhem anthology
horror/fantasy romance/straight/comedy
$7.49 in print (stories available in ebook from Mundania Press and Fireborn Publishing)
136 pages, 31618 words


We've read about them. We've watched the movies. They've haunted our nightmares and tantalized our imaginations. They are the monsters of myth and legend: vampires, Frankenstein's monster, zombies, ghosts, time-travelers, and all manner of mischievous creatures that cause inexplicable mayhem.

Welcome to my worlds, and may the magic of the myths never die.

"A romantic story, Gothic in style, a rare book. Until nearly the very end of the story, we are not sure whether Ines is dreaming or hallucinating, or experiencing everything for real—or, perhaps, someone is trying to deceive her. This makes for a very enjoyable read, especially for a dark and stormy night when you are in the mood for supernatural and dark romanticism. A recommended story from the talented quill of Brenna Lyons." Reviewed by Daria for Romance Junkies 5 Ribbons!

"I loved Ms. Lyons' style of writing--she's a pro, excellent with her descriptions. I have to say, I was captivated by the plot and snagged from the beginning." Reviewed by Brett Scott for The Romance Studio 4.5 Hearts!

Anthology Includes:
The Tether
Welcome to Hell
Birthright
A Wasted Mind
One-Hour Burial
Once in a Blue Moon
Stay with Me
The Punishment of Phoebus Apollo
Trick or Treat
Anima Ex Machina
Phantom Dreams





Paranormal Paramours anthology
paranormal/fantasy/science fiction erotic romance
$17.49 in print (stories available in ebook from Phaze Books and Fireborn Publishing)
494 pages, 117282


From gods to vampires, shifters to ghosts, magic users to fairy tales... Enemies make strange bedfellows and opposites attract.

It seems a balance, the line between Fate and Chaos, but it's a war. When one pushes, the other pushes back. Welcome to Fates Castle, home of the elders, readers of the love fates. When Ondrea is called to find her mate, she thinks she can't possibly latch onto the wrong man. Is Fate ever so simple?

Traia is a mistress witch, seduced by a werewolf that inexplicably passed through her wards and shields. Now that she knows what Galen is, he'll stop at nothing to kill her. Or will he?If she was any other witch, Galen would be running the other way...fast. But Traia is his mate.

When a strange man washes up on the shores of her beloved Naxos, Ariadne longs to be his. Dionysis has no clue who Ari is or how she came to Naxos, but he won't rest until he knows--and until she is his. Can a former princess with no faith in gods learn to love again? 

Mattayas is the eldest son of the alpha pair, the buck destined to lead his Wul pack when his father dies. Anha is a proud young Lyx fem, a strong hunter and fighter for her nest. Their mating instincts drive this unlikely pair together, sending Mattayas into a murderous rage that leaves them with horrific choices to make.

Jaysen Magal had inherited all his father possessed: power, position, money...and Senna Ravensky. Senna had been enslaved to his father, a bitter, unwilling ally in Jedean's rise in the mages' ranks. Jaysen has watched her for years, his hunger rivaling her own, forbidden to touch...until now.

Have you ever felt you were only seeing half the story? Why did the three bears never see Goldilocks again? How bad was the Little Girl with The Curl in the Middle of her Forehead? What happened to Georgie Porgy?

Amunmaruku visits her in her dreams, a long-dead Egyptian prince, whose tomb Anna is excavating. He haunts her in her waking moments, making her question her sanity. Is it her psychometry or something more sinister?

Raised in the temple by servants and trained daily in sacred technology, the godlings lead a fiercely competitive but pampered lifestyle. Those who are fast, precise, and aloof are worthy of the GODs' continued attention. Those who fail mysteriously disappear.

This anthology includes:
Nevermore
Black Sail
Enslaved
Animal Instincts
Foundling
A Perfect Record
Sweeter then Honey
When She Was Good
Fates Magic
We Shall Live Again
And It Was Good

21 September 2015

Brenna's October Release Bash!

It's that time of year again...time for Brenna to celebrate her October release bash. This year is a banner year. Also, because all the books are coming out from Fireborn Publishing, they will all be eligible for the Anniversary sales in October.

In addition to her new release, Werewolf U, on October 23rd....


Brenna now has permission to bring out a bunch of her old Mundania/Phaze ebooks as print titles with Fireborn Publishing. These should all be releasing between the 1st and 7th of October! The list includes...


Night Warriors (Night Warriors, Warriors #1)



Will of the Stone (Night Warriors, Warriors #2)


Bearing Armen (Night Warriors, Warriors #3)- includes Bearing Armen, The Warrior's Man, and Damsel in Distress


Hunter's Moon (Night Warriors, Warriors #4)



Veriel's Tales I:  Crossbearer Turned (Night Warriors, Beasts #1)



Veriel's Tales II: Losing Regana (Night Warriors, Beasts #2)



The Blutjagdfrau Chronicles (Night Warriors, Histories #1)- includes Choosing a Mate, Starting a War, Blutjagdfrau Lost, and Raised to Be His Own


Bride Ball- includes Bride Ball and Poison, Lies and No-Win Choices



Fire and Ice- includes Magmon's Hunger and Magmon's Lover



Lovers' Kiss Anthology- includes A Safe Heart, The Color of Love, Overtime Pay, and May the Best Man Win




Monsters & Mayhem Anthology- includes The Tether, Welcome to Hell, Birthright, A Wasted Mind, One-Hour Burial, Once in a Blue Moon, Stay with Me, The Punishment of Phoebus Apollo, Trick or Treat, Anima Ex Machina, Phantom Dreams




Paranormal Paramours Anthology- includes Nevermore, Black Sail, Enslaved, Animal Instincts, Foundling, A Perfect Record, Sweeter than Honey, When She Was Good, Fates Magic, We Shall Live Again, and And It Was Good

Fireborn Anniversary Event starts 1 October 2015!

Hold tight for more information, coming at the beginning of the sale!

14 April 2015

Blurb Writing Class Notes!



Blurb Writing

With Brenna Lyons



Many authors cringe at the idea of doing blurbs. How in the world do you describe a 100,000 word book in 25 words or 100? It’s really not as hard as it sounds.


Have you ever heard the horror story of the author meeting the editor, and the editor saying, “You have two minutes to tell me all about your book.”? Where do you start? That’s what we’re here to learn. Because, that is a blurb. That’s what he’s asking for.


Everything in this business is based on blurbs, from queries to book backs. That’s right...queries. Having the blurbs in place will save you a lot of time and trouble, in the long run.


What kind of trouble? A lot more than simply having a log line ready when the promo site asks for one and not having to scramble to make one on the spot, that’s for sure. We’re talking about decisions that affect whether or not you sell a book...not just to the reader but also to the publisher...or sign it with an agent.



Let’s start at the beginning... What blurbs should every author have ready, before he or she even starts querying?



1) Concept- An easy way to think of the concept is taking two or three movies or books that cover main aspects of your project. Maybe it’s Murder She Wrote meets The Flying Nun. It is a striking image, isn’t it? That’s the point. The first thing that comes to my mind is a hapless nun who solves mysteries. But, it gives a tactile feel for the book with very few words wasted. When doing this sort of concept, go for well-known movies and books. If you go for something obscure, you’ve already lost the agent or editor’s attention, and you never want to lose that attention.



2) Log line- A 10-12 word teaser for the book. A log line doesn’t have time to do much. It has to do one of a few things. You can make an outrageous or seemingly contradictory statement that will entice the reader to learn more about the book. You can ask a question that entices the reader to find out the answer to it. Or...you can say something that makes no sense on first reading to make the reader want to know what you’re talking about. The log line should always leave the reader wanting to know more. That is its purpose in life, since it can’t possibly give a lot of information.



3) A 25-word blurb. 


4) A 150-word blurb- at least two of these. Why? You will want one for the book description on sale sites and one for other promo. In actuality, I find that I sometimes end up mixing and matching paragraphs from the 150-word blurbs to make a more exciting one for spotlights and other special promo materials. You can also merge them to make a longer book-back blurb.

  
Step One...finding the subject of your blurbs.

ASSIGNMENT: Give me a highlight of the events in the first three chapters of your book or the first 20% of your short story. Like a review, you don’t want to go further into the book. You don’t want to give spoilers. If you haven’t hooked a reader by the end of three chapters, you have big problems with the book. If you haven’t hooked the editor or agent by the end of one paragraph, you’ve already lost the contract. That’s likely true of a reader, as well. Rule #1, we don’t want to lose the contract or the sale.


Some people don’t do well with this assignment. It’s okay, if you’re one of them. Like I said, synopsis (or sometimes outline) is the first word that gives authors hives. Hang in there for a little longer.


And, remember that sometimes an outsider can see your book clearer than you can. Having someone else point out what stood out as the most important facets to her might give you focus.


Or, you might be an auditory planner. By that, I mean you choke when you try to put this down on paper, but if someone records you speaking the plot points out, you do well. Try it, if you can’t seem to make the written exercise work for you.



Step two...order your plot points by importance. If you had 15 seconds to

impart one central theme or plot point to the readers, what would it be? What point is

essential for them to know. If you had 30 seconds and could hit one more, what would

that one be? And so forth.



ASSIGNMENT: Do so. Refer to the list above for inspiration.





Step three...finding the core elements of your characters.

ASSIGNMENT: Explain your main characters, keeping in mind the things that make them special, the complications in their lives that affect the plotline... Ignore complete physical description, unless it’s extreme...like a 7 foot tall man...or affects the plot, like a disfigurement or ethereal beauty.




Step four...finding your genre or cross-genre balance. Now, don’t laugh. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, because you might be SO cross-genre that your blurb becomes harder to fit to what is considered standard for your genre mix. Example? A romance blurb typically lays out the hero and heroine of the book...or whatever sexes you’re using...and the complication to them being together or what throws them together. A heavily-science fiction book will have a blurb that will, of course, focus on the world building and the plot complications for that portion of the book. Try fitting it all into a 25-word or 50-word blurb and then discuss with me how finding your balance is of no importance.


What is your balance? Is the book high in romance and low in science fiction? Is it science fiction with romantic elements? Are they even? To be honest, an even split will be hardest to write a short blurb for. Do you want to write one for each side and use them in an alternating fashion? That might work. Do you want to make a log line for one side and 25-word for the other and use them together? Possibly. Whatever you choose, figure out what the usual blurbs for your genre/s contain and what balance you have to strike in imparting knowledge to the readers.



ASSIGMENT: What genre/s is/are your book? What do blurbs for that genre/susually consist of? What is the balance of your book?



Genre A ___________________B

Where along the line do you place your mark? Closer to which genre?





Step five...figure out your “voice” in the book. Is the book dark? Comical/ whimsical? A farce? A tear-jerker? You should never waste words in the blurb or the query, telling people what the voice is. Your blurb should be written in the same voice as the book is, conveying the “feel” of the book through the blurb. I won’t give an assignment for this one. You wrote the book. You can certainly write the blurb in the same tone. Also, it gives the reader/editor/agent a small taste of your personal style of writing.


As I said, you have a paragraph or less to capture and hold attention of your target audience. The more information you can give in that paragraph, the better. Now, I don’t mean that the paragraph should be so stocked full of book facts that it reads like an outline. I mean that the person on the other end should get as much a feel for you and your style as they do for the book as a whole.



Step six...figure out your strength in writing. That probably sounds horribly confusing but, this is why.


Do you prefer to add words or cut them when you write? Which are you more comfortable with? If you are more comfortable adding words, write your log line first. If you’re more comfortable cutting words, start with the 250-word blurb. You will find a blank planning sheet attached to the end of this article. Use ink if you dare. 


Start with whichever blurb you are most suited for. If that is the log line, work up, blurb by blurb, adding more of the plot points in as you can fit them. The beauty of using the table to do this is that you can see at a glance how much space you have to play with, which allows you to explore some plot points more or to cut a bit from some plot points to make room for others.


If you are starting with the 150-word blurb (I never start with the 250, because that’s more storytelling than blurbing), it’s actually a bit more difficult for you. Why? Because the urge to fit every plot point in that first blurb is sometimes unbearable. 


My best advice is to keep the list firmly in mind. Your space is limited. Don’t forget it. When you are running out of room, beef up the plot points that are already there instead of trying to fit in more points, cutting down the points you have already included. You may find yourself rearranging your list as you go. If you thought plot point A was most important but it just doesn’t read as strongly as plot point B, go with your gut instinct and use plot point B when you start cutting for the 50-word blurb and lower and lose the weaker point.



Step seven... No, you are not done, yet! Look at the blurb you created. Does it read like a hundred other blurbs for books in your genre/s? It might. If it does, you will want to go back and figure out ONE key question. What makes your vampire book different than the 50 other vampire books going on sale this month? What makes your world unique? What makes your lead character/vampire unique from all others? 


One thing you absolutely do not want is a carbon copy blurb. There are too many of them already. If that’s what you’ve created, you need to focus on the novelty of your book. Otherwise... you’ve lost them. You never want to lose their attention.

What Works and What Doesn't?


 
What works?

Start with a quote!
GARNETS OF DESTINY (Gemstone Chronicles #1) by Serena Yates
"Good stories are as rare as flawless high carat gemstones." --The Collector
***The reader expects an epic tale, right out of the chute.

NIGHT WARRIORS
"For the extinction of the beasts that walk the night, we will give our life’s blood and our lives. Such is the curse that we were born to. Such is the duty we swear to. Such are the lives we lead."
***The reader expects two things...tension/action and rigid traditions.

HUNTER'S TALES
"There were just a few little problems with tall, dark and sinfully-godlike. For one thing, he was bleeding all over himself."
***The reader expects wry humor out of the book.

Play on existing writing others will recognize...Parody...
MARKED
Money clips and microchips...that's what little boys are made of. Lace and flair and grave malware...that’s what little girls are made of. Who knew a fatal crash could feel so good?

Setting the stage...start with the problem and work out to the characters...
SONS OF HEAVEN: BELDON
We've talked about them for millennia. The Sons of Heaven came to Earth and lay with the Daughters of Man, spawning the heroes of old (or the monsters of old, depending on your mythos). They have been called angels. They have been called demons, the fallen, the devil... Somewhere behind the myths, there were men, winged men who came from the stars and took simple human women as mate. It is time for one modern human woman to discover who and what the Sons of Heaven were, and that discovery will change her life forever.

Using the title or sections of the book in the blurb...
But don't force it. If it won't flow naturally, don't do it.

Unconventional choices in blurbs...

Note or letter...
See...NIGHT EMBRACE by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Since I don't have Sherrilyn's permission to quote her full blurb here, I won't. But I will link to it for anyone interested in reading it!

Poem...
CHRISTMAS RUM BALLS by Cherie Noel
Santa Neil in leather, elf Tony in a sock;
Watch naughty Kevin, falling like a rock.
He's off the nice list--coal city's straight ahead,
'Til a miracle's made with wrist restraints, a bow and Rum Balls in their bed.

NOBODY Anthology
Nobody knocking. Nobody calls.
Nobody's footsteps out in the hall.
Alone in the house or alone in your head...
One man's delight is another one's dread.
Follow, dear reader, the path that we wind.
You have only to leave your body behind.
Basically, what WORKS is doing something original and specific to your book. Tell the readers why your book isn't like dozens of others released the same month in your genre.

What doesn't work?
Notice I am not pointing fingers at people I've seen do these things. I am a firm believer in praising in public and counseling in private.

Overloading the reader with characters and information...

When Tony meets his boss Terry's best friend George, sparks fly, but George's persistent (or maybe obnoxious) ex Stan doesn't want to let go. It's up to Terry and his sister Tia, with the help of their dog Skippy, to...

Okay, enough of that. It's clear the readers are going to have a tough time following the leader through this twisted maze of people and situation. First thing...stop naming names. You need to know a couple of names here. Tony and George, your main characters. Technically speaking, every other name in this particular blurb is extraneous. In some epic stories, you may need a few more names. But the more names you give the reader to remember in a blurb, the more likely you are to lose the reader's attention along the way. It's good enough to know Tony meets George through his boss and Terry's sister will help get rid of the persistent ex-boyfriend. You can even throw in the dog item for comedic effect, if your book has a slightly humorous element to it, or if the dog is part of a fantasy familiar type of setting.

Another thing, cut the run-on sentences. Don't bog down the reader with long-complicated sentences. There are two reasons for this. One is that conjunctions waste precious words. The other is that you want the reader immersed in the blurb and not picking apart a torturous sentence along the way. Vary sentences of course. I'm not saying to avoid all complex sentences, but don't let a sentence run on and on.

Telling too much...

Blurbs are not synopses. They are not outlines. They are teasers...hooks. You're going to be telling the crises/problems in a nutshell, not in detail. We're not going more than three chapters into a novel or 20% into a short story. You also do not want to reveal your twists in the blurb.

Examples?

I had to cull a blurb, because the original blurb suggested by the author set up a lovely suspense then REVEALED that the main character learns her actual stalker isn't who she thought it was. Uh...no. The last thing you want to do is take that punch out of the book and into the open. For the best possible punch, that blurb had to end before the twist was revealed to the reader.

Another author was trying to foreshadow an event, as she had in the actual book. Since the foreshadowing happened in the first three chapters, she figured it was safe enough to do it in the blurb. Not really. In the book, she had 12,000 words that the foreshadowing of a paragraph (maybe 120 words) was hidden in. In the blurb, she had 150 words, of which the foreshadowing was 18. You see how much difference that makes. When the foreshadowing is 1/100th of the whole, it's easy to hide it in plain sight. When it's more than 1/10th of the whole, it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Oh...last one... AVOID clichéd turns of phrase, unless you are going for a humorous presentation. If you write a clichéd blurb, readers will believe your entire book is or may be clichéd.