where has the time gone

In my last blog post, I apologized for taking some time away to spend vacation time with my wife, and then went on to talk about finishing The Assassin’s Wolf before New Years and made promises about a bunch of stuff that I was going to share with you guys.

Unfortunately, as soon as I made that post, December proved to be one of the most jam-packed months of my life. Between writing the book, working on the details for the tv series, working my day-to-day job, reading the instantly addictive Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole, my amazingly adorable new nephew being born, the holidays, and battling a long and awful cold, I barely had two minutes to sit down and think. But this time I really AM going to make it up to you. To start off the first week of the New Year, you guys are going to get a blog post a day, every day, for the next five days. And on Friday, I have some big news coming your way.

Today, enjoy a preview of one of my favorite scenes in the first draft of The Assassin’s Wolf, Book #1 in the Midnight in the Marsh Series.

“When the moon rises in the sky on that night, I will be called to give in to my baser urges. The animal that exists in me will be called to the surface, and he will have complete control. I will be forced to submit fully to my instincts. Any modicum of control that I have will be gone.”

Boone could see the wheels turning in her head as she stared at him, piecing together what he was saying and coming to the right conclusion. He could see it in her eyes, the realization, the admittance he was trying to make.

Still, she asked, her voice gone hoarse and nearly breathless, “And what does that mean for me?”

More than anything, Boone wanted to dissuade her fears. But he couldn’t lie to her. She needed to know the truth. She needed to be fully aware of what she was getting herself into. He reached forward, one large hand wrapping around her smaller one.

“If you are close enough for me to scent… I will come for you. I will claim you as mine. There will be no reasoning with the wolf, no slowing things down. I will have you.”

He felt the way she trembled in his grip just before she yanked her hand away. The smell of her fear was pungent and clear, her anxiety rolling off of her so thickly that it nearly filled the cabin. But there was another smell… an underlying hint at an aroma he would know anywhere.

Bella Spurlock was terrified of what the animal inside of him could do to her. But there was also a part of her, though he knew she would not admit it, that was excited.

And there you have it, folks! I hope you enjoy this first glance and that you’re just as excited to get your hands on this book as I am.

The rest of the week will go as follows:

  • Tuesday, a review of Case Maynard’s upcoming debut novel, The Surrendered.
  • Wednesday, some insight into my other, very beloved, project, Gifted, and how things with both the book and the tv series are beginning to take shape.
  • Thursday, a recommended reading list of some of my most favorite books, spanning multiple genres.
  • Friday, big news! But it’s a surprise, so you’ll have to wait and see.

After that, I’m hoping to make a point to start blogging here every Monday and Friday. Wishing you all light and love in the new year – I’m so excited for what it has in store for all of us. And with that in mind, I want to leave you with this quote:

“What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” – Vern McLellan.

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