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Grave Debt: Chapter 1 Sneak Peek

GRAVE DEBT the 7TH book in THE SKINWALKER SERIES is  getting close to release so I figured I’ll drop the first chapter here and then escape back to my cave.

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GRAVE DEBT

Chapter 1

It was a dick move.

Logan knew he’d taken the coward’s way out but he hoped he’d worded his letter in such a way that Kai would know he hadn’t meant it was over. Because it wasn’t.

Not by a long shot.

How could it possibly be over when the woman meant more to him than life itself. Though the irony that he was–for all intents and purposes–fleeing from her in the dark of night, wasn’t lost on him.

What would she say when she finally did read the letter?

Logan wasn’t all that sure he wanted to know. He had no idea how long it would take before Kai returned home, but Logan knew he couldn’t wait any longer.

“You are such an asshole,” muttered Sienna, her dark tone slicing deep into his heart as her eyes and her body–and now too, her voice–displayed their utter disgust, disapproval and and disappointment in his actions.

His sister’s arms were folded as she paced the carpet in what had been Logan’s room for the duration of his recuperation. Her narrow naked feet made no sound on the carpet as she strode back and forth, blue-painted toes sink deep into the thick pile, though her bearing and her expression screeched her fury, louder than any dragon-call.

Sienna’s golden eyes were cast down upon the wool fibers in a dark glare, as though the red and green interweaving patterns were somehow responsible for the status of the asshole in question.

Logan didn’t answer, his thoughts on Ivy who he planned on roping into his subterfuge, and who he would soon abandon to face her granddaughter’s ire alone.

Though at first reluctant, Ivy had eventually conceded, oddly enough in lukewarm agreement with Logan’s need for a quick departure. An agreement that had somehow escaped Sienna’s awareness as she broadcasted her fury at him.

With his mind on Grams, Logan missed a timeous response to his sister’s question, his silence now drawing a disgusted snort from Sienna. He glanced up just as she snapped, “Well, I suppose the fact that you’ve admitted what you are–and that you’re not denying your status–should count for something.”

She huffed and paced some more, arms now unfolded, fingers flexing restlessly at her sides. As she walked, she waggled her hands near her thighs and every so often a brilliant gold-orange flame or two would spark at the tips of her long elegant fingers, followed by a cloud of tiny embers as they spun around and around then floated to the dark carpet.

“You’d better be careful, Sienna.” Logan smirked, losing control of the urge to smile. “Keep doing that and we’ll be repairing carpets before we leave. Or worse yet, watching as the Odel home as it burns to the ground.”

Sienna stopped pacing and spun around to face Logan, her eyes flickering with undulating fire. “I’m not stupid, Logan. If anything, that’s a label best kept for you,” she said tipping her head in the direction of the blackened wall on the other side of the bed. Sienna smirked, eyes sparkling in amusement as Logan’s cool narrowed gaze settled on the round scorch-mark emblazoned on the wall of Kai’s bedroom.

Though Logan cast about for a suitable snarky response, his guilt made it somewhat difficult to absolve himself, even if it meant his defense against his smartass sibling.

At last, he shook his head. “That’s what you would call being overwhelmed with emotion and lacking full control.” It was a weak argument, but Logan wasn’t lying. On hearing of Kai’s injuries and admission to hospital, and then the deliberate attempt to   her for the murder of Anjelo’s mother, Logan had been filled with emotion, with such fear and rage that he hadn’t been able to control his fire, which had exploded from his hands, a flaming ball of near-destruction.

Thankfully, he’d managed to grasp hold of the energy and reined in the full force of the power in just in time. He’d made a mess of the wall, with its tiny red-flowered wallpaper–and had seared the top half of the white-painted wainscoting, grateful the damage hadn’t been any worse.

Sienna twisted her lips. “Pfft. Excuses. And don’t think I didn’t notice that neatly done change of the subject.” She shook her head, then blew a lock of her coppery hair away from her eyes. “Can’t you just face her like a man? Talk to her, explain what you need to do.” Sienna let out a disgusted breath–she’d stopped talking so suddenly that Logan stiffened with concern before eyeing her suspiciously from beneath his eyelashes.

Then, after having confirmed Sienna wasn’t about to lose her shit, Logan inhaled slowly. “I know her way better than you, Sienna,” he said softly. “She won’t just let me go. She’d want to help me. She’d insist on coming with, to support me. That’s just who Kai is.”

“And what’s so bad about that?” Sienna folded her arms again, her chin jutting out as she spoke. She lifted an eyebrow. “I have it on good authority that the walker in question is pretty reasonable and understanding. It’s what I like most about her–straight talker, no beating around the bush and no hiding away truths.”

Logan shook his head. “Firstly, Kai has enough on her mind. The High Council nonsense is enough to twist anyone up with all their rules. And now the setup?”

Sienna snorted again. “So, you’re running away because some stupid council said you and Kai can’t be together?”

Logan swallowed the urge to snap at her, to tell her to leave him alone, but he forced the urge away, knowing that her first concern was for Kai. The two had grown close, with Sienna having the utmost respect for Kai, the fact that Kai had been the one to help Sienna use her ability to shift probably only adding to the reasons.

Now Logan smiled. “It’s not a matter of running away. Kai has her responsibilities, and right now I’m the distraction. I’ve been that for her ever since I went into that coma. And Kai gives her all when it comes to people she cares about. With me out of her hair, Kai may be able to see things a little clearer. Without her emotions–and mine too–clouding her decisions.”

“And you? Are you leaving her because you need a clear head, too?” Sienna asked, her tone part curious, part critical as she turned to face him, body and eyes waiting.

Logan nodded. “Partly. I’m not sure what we’re going to be facing when we get to Drakys…home.”

“So what exactly are you expecting?” asked Sienna after a brief pause, one eyebrow raised.

“I’m not entirely certain what to expect. What if they don’t accept me? You they know already, you’ve had the way paved. But me? I’m still not even sure I understand why I’m needed.”

Sienna took the three steps over to Logan and put her hand on his arm. “I’ve told you as much as I already know, but there is a whole lot of knowledge that is kept exclusively for the ears of those on the throne. They’ll tell us everything before the ceremony, of that I’m pretty sure.” His sister’s eyes held a confidence that seemed to rub off on him, and he prayed that she wasn’t just spouting embellished truths for him in order to make things easy for him

Logan put his arm around his sister’s shoulders and gave her a squeeze. He was sometimes surprised at how much he cared for her–this seemingly tiny slip of a thing–and, given that he’d spent the majority of his life entirely ignorant that she existed, it surprised him too to understand the depths of his love for her. He’d also spent half his life believing he’d been the one who’d murdered the man and woman he’d believed were his parents–not to mention all the other live’s he’d taken on that fateful day.

He’d struggled for almost a decade, bearing the burden of being a mass murderer who also bore a notch in his belt held the name Sonia–Sonia Odel who had been Kai’s sister in law. Iain’s wife.

Only, that burden hadn’t been Logan’s to bear, a truth he was not well aware of, although it was a truth that he had no intention of revealing to Sienna yet.

Or ever, if he could help it.

More secrets.

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#1.5 PYROS

#2 LOST SOUL

#3 LAST CHANCE

#4 BLOOD PROMISE

#5 SCORCHED FURY

#6 FATE’S EDGE

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Grave Debt: Logan’s an epic a**hole and he knows it.

GRAVE DEBT the 7TH book in THE SKINWALKER SERIES is out coming and I’ve been playing around with some images for inspiration and came up with this for Logan and his inner struggles as well a his external battles. He’s between a rock and a hard place in Grave Debt and he has to make a choice between his responsibility to his country and his friends.

Logan’s an epic a**hole and he knows it.

But he’s got responsibilities, never mind that until a few weeks ago, he’d had no clue they were his to bear. But it doesn’t matter because now he knows, and an entire kingdom awaits his return. And his sister needs him.

And Kai also needs him.

Logan must fight this inner battle, between his obligations to his people and his duty to the woman he loves.

A pathetic goodbye.

Logan leaves Kai behind, in a way that he cannot deny is cowardly. But his relationship with Kai wasn’t over and his note was not a final farewell. Still, the panther was going to be pissed.

You can’t get rid of Kai so easily.

Logan finds it’s not that easy to leave the persistently stubborn panther walker. His immersion into his duties and his obligations is disturbed by Kai’s arrival in Drakys, but she comes bearing terrible news of his closest friend.

The djinn needs saving.

Saleem is in dire need of his help, a matter that is literally life or death.
And Logan must again make a choice, between those he cares for in the EarthWorld, and those who need him in his home realm.

The wrong decision could cost him.

The island between his two obligations is a narrow and precarious place, and all eyes are on him. The wrong decision could cost him in ways he knows he’d never recover from.
Note: If you are reading SoulTracker and SkinWalker series please note that Blood Moon should technically be read before Grave Debt as it is Saleem’s story. If you read Grave Debt first, you will go into Blood Moon with major spoilers.

Previously I advised you read the SkinWalker novel first and then the SoulTracker novel, mainly because it was all about Kailin’s missions and Mel popping in to help out when needed. For Blood Moon and Grave Debt, it’s the other way around.

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#1.5 PYROS

#2 LOST SOUL

#3 LAST CHANCE

#4 BLOOD PROMISE

#5 SCORCHED FURY

#6 FATE’S EDGE

#7 GRAVE DEBT

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Grave Debt: A SkinWalker Novel #7: A DarkWorld Series (DarkWorld: SkinWalker)

Kailin Odel drops everything to help her friend Mel Morgan. But helping Mel isn’t the main reason. Saleem’s friendship means the world to her, and she’d give her life to save him.

The only problem is Logan. Unable to get word to him of the danger Saleem is in, Kai returns to Drakys to enlist his help. Time is short and Logan must decide between running his kingdom and saving the life of his best friend.

The tension mounts in this 7th book in the SkinWalker series, as friends place their lives on the line, and lovers risk heartbreak, all hoping that the risks will all be worth it in the end.

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Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4) Release Day!

Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4)
Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun’s death, she knows too there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms – Thor knows he is hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.
The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.
Ragnarok is here …
In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and her team risk their lives to save their families, to the All-Father. And to prevent the end of the world.
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I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…
My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.
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Book 5 in the Valkyrie series releasing early 2015Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves … They all come to fight for Odin.
And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.
Tricked by Loki, Bryn is now imprisoned and finding a way out is harder than it seems. Time is running out for those who fight for Odin and while Aidan’s absence is felt by all, Bryn and her team know there is no time to waste.
But Bryn is determined to find him, and stop him using every means necessary. From poisoned water to black goo, to an electronically monitored Bifrost, Bryn will use all the tricks up her sleeves to save Odin and the Nine Realms.
The war is nature and there is disaster all across the Nine Realms.
Ragnarok is here …In this, the 5th, and final, exhilarating installment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes on Loki with her eye on bringing him to the Vigrid Plains, the site of the final battle of Ragnarok. From all across the world, Bryn and all her teams do all they can, battling naturals disasters and murderous attackers to prevent the end of the world.
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Cover Reveal: Dead Wrath (Valkyrie #4)

 Since the release of Dead Chaos I have been inundated with emails and PMs asking if there was going to be another book. Of course, there were many incomplete story threads and that was exactly what I’d intended.
My original plan was to continue Bryn’s adventures with a second trilogy called Ragnarok, a upper YA or NA Urban Fantasy style series which follows Bryn and her team as they fight Loki and his henchman all across Midgard. But after thinking about it I decided to end the series with Dead Silence, which is what I’ve been saying, and intending to do these past few months. The only problem is while plotting Dead Silence it was very clear to me that one book would not be enough to complete the whole story arc or round off all the smaller threads. It’s just way too much.
So, in the end I decided to add two more books to the series. They will be older with a little more heat, and a little more violence, but I think it’s a suitable continuation from DC. After some discussion with my fabulous crit partners I decided that Book 4 will be called Dead Wrath, while the final book will be Dead Silence.
Currently, I am hoping to have DEAD WRATH released but the end of November. Expect to see the final book around May 2015.
Sometimes its not easy when all the planning and best intentions in the world won’t make stories and characters do what they are told. That’s when you just have to shut up and listen to the voices I guess – how’s that for finding out who is truly in control…
So there you have it. Now you can look forward to 2 more books in the Valkyrie series.
And
HERE is DEAD WRATH

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Title: Dead Wrath (Valkyrie, #4)
Author: T.G. Ayer
Expected Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Infinite Ink
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Ragnarok is upon the worlds, and the time to fight is now. They come from all of
the Nine Realms. Dark Elves, Dragons, Frost Giants, Elves… they all
come to fight for Odin.

And they answer to Valkyrie Brynhildr.

While Bryn grieves, struggling to cope with Sigrun’s death, she knows too
there is no time for tears. Odin is still a shade of himself and though
there is no sign of Loki in all of the Nine Realms – Thor knows he is
hiding in Midgard. As the Warriors gather, Bryn must head the offensive
and enter the Human Realm in search of the Trickster and his henchman.

The war is silent and it rages all across the planet.

Ragnarok is here…

In this, the 4th thrilling instalment in the Valkyrie series, Bryn takes
the war to home turf. From New York to London, Interpol to CIA, Bryn and
her team risk their lives to save their families, to the All-Father.
And to prevent the end of the world.

Pre-Order Dead Wrath HERE

 

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Cover Reveal LAST CHANCE (SkinWalker #3)

Cover Reveal LAST CHANCE (SkinWalker #3)

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Releasing Sep/Oct 2014

Blurb:
With the loss of her sister still weighing down both her conscience and her heart, Kailin Odel must take on the next part of her mission – find her mother and Anjelo and bring them back from Wrythiin.

Kailin uses her mother’s portal key and enters the Wraith world intent on saving the ones she loves, but from the moment she arrives her mission is fraught with peril.
Arriving in Wrythiin, Kai steps right into the middle of a Wraith rebellion. And only to find that though Anjelo is safe, her mother is held captive by a subversive faction of Wraiths once led by the Wraithlord that Kai had killed.

From Wraiths to Shapeshifters, rebel causes to fraying family ties, to inexplicable new powers, Kai must fight her darkest demons while entering the blackest pits of Wrythiin to save her mother.

In this series:
SKIN DEEP (SkinWalker #1)
LOST SOUL (SkinWalker #2)

Related short story:
PYROS (DarkWorld Origins)

Other DarkWorld series
Blood Magic (SoulTracker #1)
Demon Kin (SoulTracker #2) coming soon

Cover Reveal: BLOOD & GOLD (a Hand of Kali Novel #2)

At last I can show you all the cover for Blood & Gold!
 
 
Title: BLOOD & GOLD
Series: The Hand of Kali
Volume: 2
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: Mid 2014
Publisher: Infinite Ink
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As Maya perfects her Fire skills she finds there is more to being the Hand of Kali than just wielding Fire.

A surprising summons to Mount Kailas takes Maya on a journey to meet the Lord of the Hindu Pantheon – Lord Shiva himself. This time the God’s request may not be so easy to fulfill.

Maya and her friends must flee the demons and the ruthless killers on their trail to retrieve the golden bow of Lord Rama.
Can Maya get the bow back in time, and also save a certain demon king in the process?

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Cover Teaser: DEAD CHAOS

Ok, so I thought I would update you lovely people on where I am at on the cover of DEAD CHAOS. You’re probably thinking I’ve been way too busy with birthdays and birthday cake not to mention writing LOST SOUL (and you’re probably right) but here is a teaser to tide you over.

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Cover Reveal: Fire (the Hand of Kali #1)

So at last it’s COVER REVEAL time for FIRE… Hope you like it as much as I do 🙂

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Description

Normal people sneak out to a party and have fun. Maya Rao ends the evening by incinerating the guy who attacks her.

Nik Lucas, sexy, new in town and totally forbidden, happens to walk in on her. Normal guys would run for the hills. Nik knows a whole lot more than he’s telling.

Maya doesn’t believe the gods are real, doesn’t waste her time with mere mythology. But when gods, demons and hellhound’s become the new normal and wielding fire becomes her new skill, she must decide what it is she really believes.

Can Maya accept that normal is something she will never be because it isn’t normal to be
…the Hand of Kali.

Excerpt from FIRE


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Cover Reveal: DEAD EMBERS

The cover for DEAD EMBERS (Book 2 in the Valkyrie series) is done and I couldn’t find a single reason to delay the reveal. So here it is:

DEAD EMBERS

a Valkyrie Novel #2

DEAD EMBERS
A Valkyrie Novel – Book 2

Isn’t she lovely? My amazingly fabulous cover artist Eduardo Daniel Priego who can be found here on DeviantArt. And again the cover features the sword ‘The Viking’ created by the talented team at Darksword Armory. Thanks again guys  for allowing me to use this amazing piece.  You can find Darkword Armory here.

In the sequel to DEAD RADIANCE Bryn continues her education in the art of being a Valkyrie. It doesn’t help that though Aidan still needs saving, Bryn has to focus her attention on performing her duty as one of Odin’s Valkyrie. When new warrior recruits begin dying under mysterious circumstances, Bryn, Fenrir and the team have to figure out who is targeting Odin’s great army and why. Will Bryn find the truth in time? And this time will she save Aidan?

DEAD EMBERS due for release end Aug 2012