Michele Notaro and I are so thrilled to bring you the first book in our brand new series following ghost hunting brothers as they battle demons, help souls move on to the afterlife, and maybe even find time for love? Check out this excerpt and then click below to read it on Amazon or Kindle Unlimited!
When I was young I never thought it was odd that I had friends no one else could see. I assumed everyone was visited from time to time by unfamiliar people, occasionally with bloody wounds or frightening faces.
When I was eight I asked my brother, Leo, how to get the scary people to leave me alone at night so I could sleep.
He’d looked at me strangely and asked who the scary people were.
“You know, the people who come and bother you when you sleep. Sometimes they look gross or they look like they’re crying, but they don’t make any noise. I wish I could help them, but I don’t know why they’re so sad. And sometimes they give me a cold feeling in my stomach when I see their wounds or blood.”
Leo’s eyes went wide.
“Like ghosts?” he’d gasped.
“No, dummy. Ghosts wear white sheets and say ‘boo,’” I argued. “These are just sad people.”
“No, Xan, those are ghosts,” he insisted.
That was when I started crying and ran to our mother to tell her Leo was trying to scare me.
My mother sat me down that day and told me that some people have special gifts, and I should be grateful I was blessed with the ability to help those who had passed on but couldn’t find peace.
I believed her that day when she said it was a gift.
But fifteen years later, sitting up in bed with my heart thundering in my chest and my hands trembling, I’m not so sure I buy it anymore.
My eyes dart around the room, bathed in a blue hue from the moon, and my ears strain to figure out what jolted me from my sleep.
The back of my neck prickles, and I clench my eyes shut, praying to any god that will listen to protect me.
I lick my dry lips and clear my throat.
“Hello?” I rasp into the dark.
Hot, rancid breath ruffles my hair from behind, and there’s a low rumble of energy.
I squeeze my eyes tighter and will my breathing to remain even. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that some asshole spirits feed on fear and negative energy. And once they know they can rile you, they’ll keep coming back for more.
My nails dig into my palms as I recite my favorite sonnet silently to keep my fear at bay.
A snuffling noise comes from behind me, accompanied by more sickening puffs of breath against my skin. It’s trying to smell fear on me, and I can’t let that happen.
“Xan?” A light flicks on, and a sob of relief escapes me as my brother appears in the doorway to my bedroom in his pajama pants, hair ruffled from sleep and eyes squinting. “Everything okay? I thought I heard creepy laughing or something.”
“Yeah,” I choke out, pulling my knees to my chest.
“Is it that asshole again that’s been bothering you all week?” Leo asks, fists clenching like he’s actually going to start punching spirits for me.
“Yeah, he’ll go away sooner or later, once he realizes he’s not getting a rise out of me,” I assure him. I’ve set up the ritual to send him to the other side at least three times, but he seems to conveniently disappear for a few days each time, and then reappear when my guard is down again. He’s kind of an asshole. But like I told my brother, I’m sure he’ll get bored and move along eventually.
Leo glares around the room like he’s expecting to see my tormentor, which obviously he won’t. He could hear it, though, if it decides to get chatty. Well, it would have to speak directly to him or be shouting pretty loud, but the point is, he could hear him under the right circumstances.
“Do you want me to leave the light on for you?”
I nod feeling pathetic, but also glad my brother understands.
If you stalk me on Facebook you already know I've been working on a collaboration with the fabulous Michele Notaro. If you don't, well...surprise! lol.
Akasha Sanatorium is the first book in a brand new paranormal series, and will be coming on October 1st! You can pre-order now!
Check out the blurb and a couple of teasers below and then go pre-order and get ready to be scared!
My brother Leo and I are exactly like most people—we do what we can to scrape by, we watch each other’s backs, and we fight about stupid stuff… but there is one tiny thing that’s a bit strange about us. We see ghosts. Well, I see ghosts, he only hears them.
Our mother told me when I was young that I had a gift and that it was my duty to use that gift to help others. So that’s what I’ve done. I’ve dedicated my life to helping spirits find their way to the other side. But between meeting a really cute guy who happens to be a ghost, and heading to a haunted sanatorium for a week, I’m starting to think I may be in a little over my head. Something isn’t right at Akasha Sanatorium and for the first time, I’m actually kind of terrified.
Being able to hear ghosts sounds cool, but the reality of it is that there's constant whispers. Everywhere I go there are voices, and all I want is to have some peace and quiet. My brother has no idea that I've been haunted by a ghost every day for the last three years. He's always there, always talking, always following me around. He hides from Xander and drives me crazy.
My brother convinced me to film some stupid paranormal investigations show. I hate it, but he loves it, so I go along with his harebrained plan. Of course, he picks a creepy sanatorium this time. And as expected, it’s awful... but at least while we're here, I can take advantage of the hot guy with the scar that I bump into. Unfortunately, everything here is so messed up, I'm not sure we're getting out of it alive.
Akasha Sanatorium is book one in the Malachai Brothers: Beyond The Veil series and should be read in order. This is a paranormal series with a sprinkle of romance and a small number of explicit M/M scenes.
The day has finally come, Liam and his men are here!! Click the button below to get their story on Amazon or Kindle Unlimited!
Love is multiplied, never divided
I was kicked out at sixteen for being transgender, but it turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to me. At twenty-one, I have a fantastic new family made up of my brother and a handful of wonderful friends, I own my own photography business, and I’m happier than I imagined possible. There’s just one thing missing… Okay, maybe two…
When I took the position volunteering as a therapist at Rainbow House, I knew I’d found my place in the world: helping teens who had been rejected by their families. What I didn’t expect was the friendship I formed with Liam or how it would grow over the years into a crush I just couldn’t shake. I’m happy to see him finally opening himself up to dating with someone he trusts like Owen. But when he comes to me and asks if I can help his boyfriend, I feel like there’s more to the request than just a few therapy sessions. The more I get to know Owen, the more I like him, too.
I’m not sure why I believe so much in fate when she’s dealt me nothing but crappy hands—a stint in prison and enough childhood horrors to fuel all my adult nightmares. But I still hold on to the idea that everything happens for a reason. What I can’t figure out is why fate would plop me naked into Liam’s bed under the pretext of helping him with a photo series for a gallery showing. Or why my stomach goes funny every time he smiles at me. Liam is too sweet to be exposed to my demons, but I don’t know how to protect him…Maybe that’s why fate gave us Wyatt.
***This is the seventh book in the Heathens Ink series. Each book in the series CAN be read as a stand-alone, but characters do re-occur so it’s more fun to read them all!
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A long weekend at my parents’ lake house to celebrate the end of the school year has been a tradition for my friends and me since we were sixteen. But this year it isn’t just any school year ending, it’s our college graduation, and I’ve decided there’s no time like the present to finally tell my best friends the truth I’ve kept from them for years. What I care most about is how my best friend, Dante, will feel. Not that I think he’ll return the ridiculous feelings I’ve been harboring for him, but a guy can hope, right? When a leaky ceiling drives Dante from his own bed into mine, the night might end up getting a lot more interesting than I expected.
This is a steamy short story featuring first times, finally requited love, and late-night shenanigans.
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“I never thought I could want anyone as much as I wanted Nash, then I met you”~Royal
When I was sixteen I was afflicted with a terrible curse...I fell in love with my straight best friend. I never thought I’d move past my feelings for Nash and find someone who could love me in return, until the day a gorgeous marine plopped himself down in my chair and asked me to ink him. I’m falling fast for Zade, but my feelings for Nash are still very real. When life starts getting complicated and Nash speaks the words I never thought I’d hear, the only thing I want is for us to find a way to make this work...together.
“What if I told you, you'd never have to choose?”~Zade
I thought I’d stay in the marines for life, that was the plan. But after a traumatic event I couldn’t make myself re-enlist when my contract was up. Confused and unsure what to do next I called up my best friend for a place to stay. What I didn’t count on was my best friend’s boyfriend practically throwing a sexy tattoo artist at me to keep me busy. Royal is everything I’ve ever wanted and his roommate, Nash, is starting to grow on me, too.
“A few weeks ago I thought I was straight. Now I'm sandwiched between two sweaty men. Can't say I do anything half-assed.” ~Nash
Of course I’ve noticed that my best friend, Royal is crazy good looking. I have eyes, that doesn’t mean I’m into guys. Although, when I start to notice that his new boyfriend, Zade, is pretty hot too, that makes me start to question things a little. Not to mention the dreams I keep having of the three of us together. I’m willing to try if they are.
**Every book in the Heathens Ink series can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s way more fun to read them in order.
Flash Me (Heathens Ink, 7) coming September 3rd to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!
Love is Only Multiplied, never divided
I was kicked out at sixteen for being transgender, but it turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to me. At twenty-one, I have a fantastic new family made up of my brother and a handful of wonderful friends, I own my own photography business, and I'm happier than I imagined possible. There's just one thing missing... Okay, maybe two…
When I took the position volunteering as a therapist at Rainbow House, I knew I’d found my place in the world, helping teens who were rejected by their families. What I didn’t expect was the friendship I formed with Liam or how it would grow over the years into a crush I just can’t shake. I’m happy to see him finally opening himself up to dating with someone he trusts like Owen. But when he comes to me and asks if I can help his boyfriend, I feel like there’s more to the request than just a few therapy sessions. The more I get to know about Owen, the more I like him, too.
I'm not sure why I believe so much in fate when she's dealt me nothing but crappy hands— A stint in prison and enough childhood horrors to fuel all my adult nightmares. But I still hold on to the idea that everything happens for a reason. What I can’t figure out is why fate would plop me naked into Liam’s bed under the pretext of helping him with a photo series for a gallery showing. Or why my stomach goes funny every time he smiles at me. Liam is too sweet to be exposed to my demons but I don’t know how to protect him...Maybe that’s why fate gave us Wyatt.
This is the seventh book in the Heathens Ink series. Each book in the series CAN be read as a stand alone, but characters do re-occur so it’s more fun to read them all!
Some people might look down on being a porn star, but this job has been my salvation. It’s the only one that didn’t turn me away when learning about my criminal record. After being screwed over by my ex, I vowed to never let another man close, but when my sweet, nerdy friend Mason asks for my help improving his skills in the bedroom, I can’t resist. And then there’s my gorgeous yet grumpy parole officer who has made it his mission to save me. They both seem determined to test my resolve, and it’s getting harder and harder to remind myself why it’s so dangerous to trust.
When it comes to me, awkward nerd is an understatement. I’d rather spend my nights and weekends gaming and coding than socializing. When I somehow stumble into not only a friends with benefits situation with a freaking porn star, but also land a date with a drool-worthy parole officer, I’m certain I’m in over my head. Can I manage to keep from getting my heart shattered if these two figure out they’re better off together than with a klutzy dork like me in the middle?
I’ve always had a weakness for nerds, so when I score a date with uber-cute Mason, I’m over the moon. The only problem is that I can’t seem to get a certain bad boy porn star out of my head…and he’s a freaking client. Dating him is against all the rules, but when I discover that Mason and Heart know each other, I find myself in an unexpected threesome. My predictable life turns to chaos, but in the end, it may just be worth it.
I couldn't wait to share a bit of Liam with you, so here's a free short that takes place on Liam's high school graduation! Grab it and start falling in love with Liam, because I certainly have!
Play it by Ear (Replay, 2)
Nine years ago Dawson Hayes was in a car accident that stole his hearing and chunks of his memories. One missing memory in particular has always bothered him, where was he the weekend before the accident? And why is he so obsessed with a band he can't listen to now and has no memory of having heard before?
Lando Meyers, Bass player and songwriter for Downward Spiral has lost his muse and hasn't written a line of music in over a year. When the band goes on hiatus he decides to go looking for inspiration in the one place he found it last, with a beautiful man who never called him again after the hot weekend the spent together nine years ago.
Don't miss this super sweet, low angst, second chance romance. This book is the second in the Replay series and can be read as a stand alone.
This Interview took place on November 10 at Lando Meyers’ Manhattan penthouse. His home was strikingly similar to Lincoln’s which I visited the week prior— expensive furniture, Downward Spiral paraphernalia. Unlike Lincoln, Lando had sheets of music and notebooks full of lyrics spread out on a desk in his living room, his bass guitar not far away. I asked for a sneak peek into some of his songs that are still a work in progress, but was predictably shut down in a polite manner.
The interview was conducted on Lando’s couch where he sat with his bass guitar in his lap and occasionally strummed when a question seemed to take a lot of thought or made him uncomfortable.
As mysterious as Lincoln Miller was, Lando struck me as a man with a lot more beneath the surface than he was willing to let show during our brief time together.
— Thomas Riley
Lincoln told me about how the band was started years ago. But tell me, are you all still as close as you were back in high school?
I love my bandmates, they’re like brother’s to me. I’m not going to pretend that after months on the road together, crammed into a bus, smelling each other’s feet we don’t get a bit fed up, but at the end of the day we’re family. We’ve all been through a lot together and we’ve formed unbreakable bonds. They’re all great guys, even when I can’t stand them.
I understand while Lincoln wrote the two most popular songs in the catalogue, you’ve written all the rest. Was it always the intention you’d be the primary writer for the band?
Lincoln writes when he feels particularly inspired, I write because it has to be done. One of the big sticking points when we signed with Epic was that we’d never perform songs by someone outside of the band. We wanted our songs to be personal and mean something to us. I certainly wouldn’t mind if Lincoln could manage to get inspired a little more often, but I’ll always do what’s best for the band and if that means I write almost all of our music, I’m okay with it.
Your songs are full of passion and a deep longing. Where do you get the inspiration for the songs you write?
Lando took a long pause after this question, seemingly lost in thought for several minutes before answering.
Someone very special to me inspired almost all of my songs.
There’s been a lot of speculation about your love life, you date more than any of the other band members but it never seems to stick. Are you saying there’s been someone in particular who managed to capture your heart?
Ha, yeah he captured it alright. It was short lived but it left a big impression on me. There’s not much else to say about it.
What’s it like to be an openly gay rock star?
I’m sure it’s no different than being a straight rock star— fans throw themselves at you, propose marriage, tell you how much they love you even though they don’t know you. It’s strange and in many ways not what I expected. But it’s all worth it to get to do what I love for a living.
There have been some rumors recently that the band is in a rough patch. It’s been reported Jude and Benji got into a fist fight backstage at your last show. Just last week, shortly after my interview with Lincoln, Jude was reportedly found with a prostitute. Is the situation as grave as it seems or do you think you can get through it?
I wouldn’t count us out just yet. We each have our problems, but at the end of the day we’re doing what we love and we’re not going to let that slip away.
How close are you to finishing your next album? Can we expect to hear new songs during your tour that starts next month?
Just some fine tuning left before we can record, everything it right on track.
Don't miss Play it by Ear, releasing on July 2nd on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!