A love letter to Berlin, the process, the series…and a whole lot of gratitude!

I’m back from Berlin and Long Gone Witch is out in the world, so I wanted to take the time to share some of the things I’ve experienced, not just during this trip, but the entire ICRA Files: Berlin process.

I legit got the Long Gone Witch manuscript back HOURS before Boris and I left for our trip. Which meant I had to go through the proofreads, format the ebook, and upload everything on Amazon within the three hours (three hours that shared space with taking care of the dogs and getting myself ready to leave, too). Wild, wild shit, I tell you.

I swear, it feels as if the entire ICRA Files: Berlin series had some sort of delay curse on it!

When I was gearing up to publish Rock This Wolf back in January, there was a moment when I was terrified my whole release plan would crumble because my then editor delayed for over two months past the deadline before returning the manuscript. But somehow, I managed to actually squeeze in proofreads, ARCs, and all the other numerous tiny steps that are necessary before a book is ready to see the light of day, even though I’m still not entirely sure how it was possible to get everything done with so little time to spare.

Down With Vamps had a somewhat better track record, but because of all the earlier delays (it wasn’t just RTW that had suffered that fate, but Shadow Reign as well), I had to work like a damn DB train to reach all the stations on time.

And then came Long Gone Witch. The ONE book I actually believed would have a super smooth release. I had everything ready waaaay in advance. Plus, I was so thrilled when I realized Boris and I would be in Germany at the time, because it felt so fitting to really celebrate the end of the series there, just relax and take it easy…

Honestly, I still have no idea what happened with my proofreads that were supposed to come to me a whole lot sooner than the day of our departure, but I figure that, maybe, I was meant to wrap up the whole Gina journey with one last โ€œoh, shitโ€ party ๐Ÿ˜‰

Because one thing’s for certain: not only have I practiced a hell of a lot of patience and refused to let stress get to me, but flying to Germany after that morning, knowing I, in some way, did get everything done on time…

It made spending time in Hamburg and Berlin all the more special.

I got to visit the exact spots where scenes in my books take place (which is something I’ve never done post publication). Got to celebrate the release in motherfucking Berlin! Yaaaaas! I even went live on Instagram for the first time ever (which you can check out here) for some Berlin + LGW talk ๐Ÿ™‚

Overall, for all the chaos the past two years, especially the last year and a half, have brought in regards to ICRA Files: Berlin, the ending was absolutely MAGICAL!

I’m grateful for all the experiences. So, so fucking grateful for this trip. And I’m grateful for Berlin’s absolutely chill vibe that truly was the cherry on the top of this whole journey.

Want to read my heart’s baby?

ICRA: Files Berlin is now complete, and you can get all three books by clicking this link or on the graphic below!

New release: ROCK THIS WOLF

Iโ€™m beyond thrilled to share that my latest baby, ROCK THIS WOLF, is out now!

Vampires and werewolves, blues and rockabilly, music and murder, everything comes together in this explosive mashup of urban fantasy and rockstar romance!

So…

Are you ready for some front row action?

Then grab your copy of ROCK THIS WOLF today!

Birthday sale!

Itโ€™s my birthday today, yay! I really wanted to celebrate it with you by doing something special, and I thoughtโ€ฆwhat better way to do that than by spreading some bookish love, right? ๐Ÿ’–

Which is why, until June 29th, you can get FOUR of my books for FREE, plus the Lotte Freundenberger boxed set (that includes the first three titles) for just 99c!

๐‹๐จ๐ญ๐ญ๐ž ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ง๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ ๐ž๐ซ ๐๐จ๐ฑ ๐’๐ž๐ญ (๐ฎ๐ซ๐›๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ฐ/๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ—๐œ

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087P99D6P

INTL: mybook.to/LotteBoxedSet

๐“๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ฒ (๐ฌ๐œ๐ข-๐Ÿ๐ข ๐ฐ/๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081XSXG8N

INTL: mybook.to/Trinary

๐’๐ก๐š๐๐จ๐ฐ ๐–๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ (๐ฎ๐ซ๐›๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฌ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ฒ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LB6P1KM

INTL: mybook.to/ShadowWorld

๐’๐ฎ๐œ๐œ (๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R3X7BG2

INTL: mybook.to/succ

๐–๐ข๐ง๐๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ (๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ฅ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž) – ๐…๐‘๐„๐„

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071D5K7BR

INTL: mybook.to/Windstorm

Kolovrat Universe reading order

Although all of my series and standalones can be read independently, some of you have reached out, asking about the reading order to follow the actual timeline of the Kolovrat Universe.

The โ€œPresentโ€ section refers to the time before the War, the โ€œFutureโ€ takes place afterwards.

If you want to see this list typed out (with attached buy links) or simply check for any updates/added titles, please click here.

New release: HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Amazon US / Amazon International

(FREE w/KINDLE UNLIMITED)

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My claws scraped against the fatigued concrete as I crouched in the deep shadows not even the moonlight could penetrate. The fume-laced scent of distant traffic entwined with the sharp night that had fallen over Munich swirled in my lungs, and the predator in me purred.
The hunt was what I lived for. And I could only be grateful circumstances made it possible to conduct it in an official capacity.
โ€œI smell six inside.โ€ Wilhelmโ€™s polished voice sounded over the com-unit in my left ear. โ€œGreta?โ€
I sampled the airโ€™s multi-textured structure one more time, just to be absolutely certain. Thankfully, the direction of the late April breeze weaving through the industrial zone hadnโ€™t shifted since weโ€™d arrived, providing me with a faint but steady stream of information. My heart was a calm, persistent beat in the background.
โ€œThree on the perimeter,โ€ I confirmed.
โ€œSounds like a party.โ€ Hektorโ€™s rumbling chuckle filled my ear. โ€œWant me to put in a call for backup?โ€
I snorted. If Hektor had it his way, the only acceptable answer would be a definite no. The threads of remorse in his voice when heโ€™d grumbled the question made it clear enough. Unfortunately, even though I itched to fight just as badly as Hektor and Wilhelm did, we couldnโ€™t throw caution to the wind. Although not something any of us hadnโ€™t handled on our own before, nine weres wasnโ€™t a negligible number when taking the wider picture into account.

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HEAT OF THE NIGHT is a standalone paranormal romance that can be read independently, but if you want to follow the general Kolovrat timeline, I highly recommend picking it up after Transient Moon.

Amazon US / Amazon International

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Pre-order alert: HEAT OF THE NIGHT

Amazon US / Amazon International

You canโ€™t move forward without killing your past. Sometimes literally.

As a Black werewolf with a taste for the hunt, Greta Freundenberger found her pack of like-minded supes in ICRAโ€™s Violent Crimes division. More than thatโ€”she just might have met the wolf who could be her mate. 

If only Demyan Morozov wasnโ€™t so damn reluctant to act on the attraction. 

Greta suspects his hesitancy is tied to him being her boss, but when Morozov closes off after a well-coordinated attempt on his life, she canโ€™t sit on the sidelines any longer.

Keeping Morozov alive, however, means more than skirting the lines of whatโ€™s proper in a workplace. It requires a firm step beyond the very boundaries of the law she had sworn to uphold.

Which side of her will prevail? The agentโ€”or the wolf, willing to do anything to protect her mate?

HEAT OF THE NIGHT is a standalone paranormal romance that can be read independently, but if you want to follow the general Kolovrat timeline, I highly recommend picking it up after Transient Moon.

Amazon US / Amazon International

May reads

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Itโ€™s time for another overview of the books Iโ€™ve read the previous month. As always, the e-books couldnโ€™t make it to the photo shoot. Unfortunately, I also forgot to include Heart of Iron. That baby was left behind on the shelves, although for the life of me, I canโ€™t figure out what made me miss it when I was putting together my pile ๐Ÿ˜ถ

Anyway, here are the titles (an asterisk marks a reread):
๐Ÿ’Ž A Court of Mist and Fury (Maas)*
๐Ÿ’Ž Heart of Iron (Poston)
๐Ÿ’Ž Blood is Forever (Vers)
๐Ÿ’Ž Endless Knight (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž In the Dark (Taylor)
๐Ÿ’Ž Something Chosen (Owens)
๐Ÿ’Ž A Court of Frost and Starlight (Maas)
๐Ÿ’Ž The House of Gray and Graves (Stunich)
๐Ÿ’Ž Night Awakens (Walker)
๐Ÿ’Ž Dead of Winter (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž Chameleon Assassin (Kingsolver)
๐Ÿ’Ž Magic Waking (Chase)
๐Ÿ’Ž Arcana Rising (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž The Dark Calling (Cole)
๐Ÿ’Ž Bloody Thanks (Vers)
๐Ÿ’Ž Night Rises (Walker)
๐Ÿ’Ž Sky in the Deep (Young)

This completely awesome travel mug I featured in the photo was included in a previousย @fairylootย box.

Bisexual Protagonists Party: Part One

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Sinceย Shadow Moonย releases on the 29th, I wanted to do something special to honor the bisexual protagonists out there. I decided to focus on indie authors, specifically those within the urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and fantasy genres.

Throughout the month, I’ll put up posts similar to this one, outlining a few bi-centric books you might be interested in. I would have loved to make some sort of master list, include more genres, but given the workload and the fact that I only want to recommend books I’ve actually read, I hope this shorter version will do ๐Ÿ™‚

Before we get to the good stuff, I just wanted to point out that as a bi person, I consider myself attracted to people of the same and different genders. Plural.

(Actually, the way I truly see it, is that I don’t care about the gender of a person, only the person themselves. Thatย defines my attraction to them. But for the sake of having a concise, widely accepted definition, let’s use the one above, shall we?)

Well, that being said, I simply wanted to share that, yes, if you use the term pansexual for those who are attracted to more than two genders, then such characters will most definitely be included.

And now for the books!

(And if you find yourself wanting to read them, clicking on the covers will take you to the title’s Amazon page)

Captive by Jex Lane

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Matthew Callahan has spent seven years struggling against the insatiable hunger for blood consuming him. Unable to stop the vampire inside from preying on humans, he keeps himself confined to a lonely existence.

Everything changes the night he is lured into a trap and taken prisoner by High Lord General Tarrickโ€”a seductive incubus who feeds off sexual energy. Forced into the middle of a war between vampires and incubi, Matthew is used as a weapon against his own kind. Although he’s desperate for freedom, he is unable to deny the burning desire drawing him to the incubus general he now callsย Master.

Personal commentary: Dark, devastating, and utterly compelling! Although be warned, as the title suggest, with captivity, torture, and non-consensual master-slave relationships, this is a story only for those who don’t mind a seriously dark edge to their romances.

 

Seers Stone by Holly Evans

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My nameโ€™s Kaitlyn Felis, and Iโ€™m a treasure-hunting alchemist.

I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to work for a mysterious elf called Fein Thyrin. Not only did he give me my dream alchemy lab, one that came with a beautiful part-nymph assistant (sheโ€™ll be the end of me, in the best possible way) heโ€™s also hired me as his personal treasure-hunter. To say I was excited is a drastic understatement.

First on my treasure-hunting list? The Seers Stone โ€“ itโ€™s a thing of legends, and Iโ€™m going to be the first hunter to get my hands on it.

Personal commentary:ย This was like Indiana Jones on alchemical crack! Such a fun, adventurous read, with characters I couldn’t help falling in love with.

 

The Pleasure Hound by N.S. Johnson

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Blurb:

What starts as a simple ritual soon turns carnal when a monk falls for a young woman under his tutelage.

All her life Chanyn has wanted to find her one true love. When she encounters the dashing Lord Dain, with his kind eyes and pure heart, she believes her dreams of love are finally coming true. Until she meets with the roadblock that is her betrothedโ€™s bondmate.

In a world where men outnumber women ten to one, Khial never thought heโ€™d have to contend with a woman entering his bond. He gave his heart to Dain when they were just boys and has been by his side every day in sickness and health. These days it’s mostly in sickness as Dainโ€™s health deteriorates. Though his attraction to Chanyn increases with every encounter, Khial canโ€™t help but resent the young woman who comes into his love story to play the hero, but marriage to her may be the only way to save the man he loves.

To prepare Chanyn for her union with the two males, Lord Dain hires a Pleasure Hound, an ancient order of monks tasked with instructing new husbands, who have little to no contact with women, in the art of female pleasure. Years ago a scandal left the Temple of the Pleasure Hounds near destitute. The young monk responsible for the scandal is given a chance to redeem himself and the temple when he is called upon to train the bonded triad in the orgasmic arts. But what starts as a simple ritual soon turns carnal when the monkโ€™s heart begins to yearn for Chanyn, and hers for his.

The Pleasure Houndย is the first in a dystopian, erotic romance trilogy full of strong men who worship their women and will go to any means to please them.

Personal commentary: I can’t tell what, exactly, I had been expecting when I started reading this (honestly, it was the title got me intrigued!), but finding myself all teary-eyed over a heartbreakingly beautiful romance definitely wasn’t it. This novel is absolutely sensual and with more tender hope sprinkled across its pages than anything I’ve read of late!

 

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Release day: Nightstorm

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NOW LIVE!

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The Bounty Hunting Queen fears nothing. Save for the dragon whoโ€™s after her heart.

Lenaโ€™s idea of a perfect reward after a hunt is losing herself in a strangerโ€™s arms. But when that same stranger discovers her standing over a murdered mark, walking away becomes impossible.

Detective Caz Zeman could be the answer to solving her case, but with their compatible energies and magnetic attraction, spending more time together is the last thing Lena needs. Because when the demonic yearning for a mate wakes, distance is the only viable solution.

And the one luxury Lena doesnโ€™t have.

Can she keep her own desire from fueling the ancient bond? Purchase your copy of NIGHTSTORM today to find out!

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Release day: Sirens & Scales

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Get your copy today

Sirens & Scales is now live! During release week, the set is just 99c, so if you want to immerse yourself in 26 exclusive stories, filled with dragons and various mer-creatures, don’t miss out!

My contribution to the set isย Paradise of Shadows and Devotion. The novel is set in the Kolovrat universe and is the first book to take place in the โ€œFutureโ€ section. It’s exclusive to the set and has never before been publishedย 

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Hunted for her present. Haunted by her past.

As a mermaid stranded on land, Lianaโ€™s only goal is to survive this new world and not succumb to the call of the seaโ€”unless she wants death to find her a second time.

Her struggle takes a turn for the worse when a PI tracks her down to the small cafe in Piran where she sought refuge. Her dashing Italian boss offers her a way out of the clutches of her past. In exchange for her honesty.

Revealing the taint of her previous life to Santino is terrifying enough, but with her lethal nature and the attraction brimming between them, growing close could become dangerous. Especially as she realizes there is more to him than meets the eye.

With Santinoโ€™s aid, Liana just might overcome her darkness. But will she be able to accept his?

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