Jennings' life is in chaos. Not only has her ghost lover, Kipp McGowen, crossed
into the Netherworld, but she’s the newest member of a secret society. And they
want her to start work immediately. Upon arriving at the Temple in New Orleans,
she is presented with an offer she cannot refuse.
The Grand Master has been murdered and Tess must solve
the crime by locating his ghost. The reward—a magical spell to save Kipp. But as
Tess dives deeper into the case, the more danger surrounds her. Not everyone wants
the murder solved, and she is caught in the crossfire.
Soon, Tess finds herself knee-deep in ancient magical
rituals, a hunt for a spell, a race to locate a killer, and a journey to the
beyond. Will Kipp finally take a living breath, or will Tess take her last?
Stacey Kennedy’s novels are
lighthearted fantasy with heart-squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and they
even give you a good chuckle every now and again. But within the stories you’ll
also find fast-paced action, life-threatening moments and a big bad villain who
needs to be destroyed. Her urban fantasy/paranormal and erotic romance series
have hit Amazon Kindle and All Romance eBooks bestseller lists.
Stacey welcomes comments from readers. You can find her at
Villains, bad boys or whatever you want to call them we all either love them or hate them either way we all read them. I myself love them because most books would be the same without the bad boys. So, during June the 5th-10th I have some fabulous authors bring you interviews of there bad boys. Please make sure you drop by to see which villain is bad enough for you to add to your TBR pile.
So far here is the line up. Suzanne Rock June 5 Claudy Conn June 6 Sam Cheever June 7 Gabrielle Bisset June 8 Ambrielle Kirk June 9 Bri Clark June 10
Darkness Becomes Her, Book Six of the Offspring Series
June 2012 (ISBN 978-0062018922)
Desperately in need of redemption, Lachlan McLeod has a
mission: find the beast who put his brother into a coma. He'll start with
Jessie Bellandre, his brother's girlfriend, who's harboring a dark, dangerous
secret that could get them all killed. But as they fight the battle of their
lives, not falling in love with her will be as hard as staying alive.
The world of the Offspring has been so much fun to create
and work in. When I started the series, I was aiming for something between
romantic suspense and paranormal, nothing too far out there. Creatures like
vamps and werewolves were big, but I wasn't interested in writing those kinds
of heroes/heroines. I was and have always been interested in psychic abilities.
So I twisted in aspects of a couple of secret government projects I'd heard
about and created a group of people who inherit extraordinary abilities from a
parent who was in such a program … a parent who is now dead and cannot answer
the many questions their offspring have. Which made it fun (in the evil way
writers have fun) because they had to find out themselves.
Funnily enough, I knew they had something in their DNA that
made them different but didn't know what. I experienced the mystery right along
with the various couples through the first three books, and then in the fourth
book, it's all revealed. [SPOILER ALERT: if you intend to read the series from
the beginning, skip to next paragraph.] Their parents were given the essence of
a human-like being from a parallel dimension. The idea that there are other
dimensions isn't science fiction: respected physicists believe it. I didn't
want to stray into sci-fi territory by going to that dimension, but I did bring
lots of interesting aspects from that dimension to ours.
And then a funny thing happened: creatures! First Cheveyo,
who totally surprised me by jumping into OUT OF THE DARKNESS and saving the
heroine in the opening scene by becoming a panther. Then I started playing with
the possibilities outside the realm of traditional shapeshifters and found
something called Darkness. It, too, has mysterious origins (though this time I
knew what it was!), and Jessie, the heroine of DARKNESS BECOMES HER, holds it.
She inherited it from her father, and he's not in a place to explain it to her.
What she does know is that when triggered, she morphs into
Darkness and has superhuman strength. It scares her and keeps her from letting
anyone into her life. Her uncle also holds Darkness, but he's got a distinct
advantage: he knows what it is and how to use it in terrifying ways.
When she meets Lachlan under, let's just say, extraordinary circumstances,
he seems the last person who could help her. Not that she wants him involved
anyway. But Lachlan has his own demons, of a personal nature, to slay. And
while he thinks he's lost his own abilities, he has suddenly acquired a very
interesting—and quite uncontrollable—new one. I don't want to spoil that
element either, but I'll say I had so much fun with it that it could have
easily stolen the show. And I got to explore an element that has always
fascinated me but hasn't seemed to do well in romance fiction as a stand-alone
Here's a sneak peek as Jessie's trying to explain what's in
Mad, bad and
dangerous. Yeah, that about summed up the man who stood across from her. He
wore only black pants, his bare torso long and leanly muscled. His long hair
was tied back, emphasizing his square jaw and arched eyebrows. The trimmed
beard made him look like a pirate or, seeing the sword he'd brandished earlier
leaning against the wall behind him, a primitive Highlander. The movie Braveheart came to mind, all those delicious
men in kilts raging into battle for freedom. That same ferocity and wildness
glowed in his eyes now as they pinned her like that sword.
eyes told her she wasn't going anywhere until she laid out her soul.
even know your name.” A hysterical hiccup-laugh escaped her mouth. “It’s not
like we’ve been properly introduced."
called Lachlan. Are you some kind of demon? I saw your notebook."
“I’m not this thing.” She held herself,
and the anger at his word you, back.
“I’m a person, like you. It’s something in me. Not me.”
saw you and that son of a bitch turn into something inhuman.”
She wanted to
convince him, but that would sound like begging. He’d seen her notebook, her
own personal search for answers. Werewolves, witches, vampires, none fit.
He jabbed his
finger toward her. "That's how you threw me across the room. I thought
something weird had gone on, but it happened so fast, I couldn't tell. I
thought I was mad. Then, back at the
carnival, you turned to a black fog. What the hell are you?"
She heard the
stretch of emotion in his voice. And the accusation. "I don't know. That's
why I've been studying demonology, trying to find something that fits. I'm not
evil. I don't want to go around killing people." Way to sound like you're trying to convince him. “I used it to save
Magnus, after all.”
“And now he’s
some kind of monster.”
"You had a choice.”
choice, put your Darkness in him to save him or let him die. But now I need to
know, what's in him? Will he turn into smoke, too? Or some bloody wolf thing
that'll eviscerate me the next time we have an argument?"
I'm celebrating the release of DARKNESS BECOMES HER with my
Kick Butt First Line contest. Shocking,
suspenseful…make us want more! Cash
prizes! Contest runs until July 1, 2012. For aspiring authors, it's a chance to
get your name out there and add a "win" to your bio. For readers, it's a chance to play at being a
writer. Even if you're not inclined to
write a line, check out the entries—they're a lot of fun! For details, go to www.JaimeRush.com and
click on the Contest link.
Mia hides behind her computer, designing popular computer
games. And though she knows just what to do to keep men coming back for more on
the other end of the modem, she doesn’t seem to have the same knack in person.
Gavin hides behind numbers. Since his wife left him, the
only thing he cares about is his son and his job. One failed relationship was
enough, but if the right curvaceous woman came into the picture he just might
manipulate the numbers a bit.
Can two meddling sisters enlist Madame Eve to bring Mia and
Gavin together and show them two is always better than one