Earth Day Blog Hop — Excerpt from Ends of the Earth

Greetings all, and a blessed and happy Litha (aka Earth Day for most folks)!  I thought, for this blog hop, that it’d be appropriate to excerpt one of my Runequest novels, since they’re so tied to the elements (Baptism by Fire, Ends of the Earth, Sea of Dreams, Breath of Heaven).  And obvioulsy the title of this one–Ends of the Earth–struck me as being particularly appropriate.   Hope you enjoy!!

As a prize for this hop, I’ll be giving away the winner’s choice from my backlist.  On that note, if you didn’t know it, the first book in the series, Baptism by Fire, is free! Just swing by my Books page for links and to check everything out in case you win!


Logan Whitefeather shifted his backpack more comfortably on his shoulders, prying the shovel blade away from his back and lifted his head, his attention snagged by fragments of words riding the scant breeze, lyrical and potent. Then he saw her, and stopped dead in his tracks.

A pagan goddess stood, not twenty yards away, brown robes swirling in a strong gust that cycloned around her, but nowhere else. Long, chestnut hair tumbled down her back in a riot of curls stopping just shy of her ass. Slender, well-defined arms were flung out, as if welcoming the world. Her chant raised the hair on his arms. “Mother Goddess, I humbly beseech you; return the Rune of Domain to its rightful guardian. Show me, with your guiltless wisdom, where it lies.”

Logan’s heart stuttered to a stop in his chest as he quickly considered what she was asking Mother Earth. Rune of Domain? There damn sure couldn’t be two mystical stones hanging out in the Los Angeles hardpack, so he was almost positive she was referring to the Moonstone. His relic. The question of the day was what he was going to do about it, if anything.

She solved it for him by swinging around and piercing him with a sharp, assessing glare, her face half hidden by a swath of hair. He wondered what had given him away, because he could’ve sworn he hadn’t made a sound.

“Begone mortal. You have no place here.”

No place here? Logan was stunned, sudden anger boiling his blood. This was his tribal land. Whoever she was, she was the usurper. “No place here? I have every right to be here. Who in the hell do you think you are?”

“I know who I am. Who you are is irrelevant.” She actually waved her hand, as if shooing him out of a room.

He strode forward in furious, ground-eating strides until he was within an arm’s reach of her. “That’s where you’re wrong, medicine woman.” He surveyed her body in one slow sweep, from the tips of her toes to the riotous mass of curls still covering half of her face. The side he could see was radiant, beautiful and so unbearably arrogant he had the insane, overwhelming urge to wipe the expression from her face with a punishing kiss. So he stepped forward to do just that.

What he got when he grasped her arm was the very last thing he expected. Power screamed up his fingers, crawling through his body like a living thing. He yanked his hand away with a muttered curse and stared at her.

“What are you?”

She still looked at him haughtily, face half-hidden, but something flickered behind her eyes.

“It is of no concern to you,” she paused as if weighing her words, “human.” When she answered him, he detected a hint of fatigue. Even with, or perhaps because of that fatigue, her voice took on a throaty Lauren Bacall rasp that shivered over his skin like pure sex.

Before he could blast her for performing rituals on the reservation, before he could even begin to consider the electricity still dancing over his nerves, she began chanting in a language Logan had never heard before and placed a cool hand on his forehead.

Logan’s muscles immediately froze, locked in place. Even his vocal cords were immobilized. Only his brain seemed to work, and it was whirling like a dervish. What in the hell had she done?

“Have no fear. The binding spell will only last a few moments.” Now the weariness in her voice was more evident. Not that he gave a damn.

She removed her hand and shifted, revealing her whole face for the first time.

As stunningly beautiful as one side had been, the other was covered in a mass of scars snaking across her cheek and chin, winding around one eye and disappearing into her hairline. Logan would have gasped if he’d been able. Her face was a perfect dichotomy.

A bitter smile tipped her lips. “Shocking, isn’t it? I can see it in your eyes.” She lifted a hand in salutation. “As always, it is of no matter. Be well, human.” Then she was striding away from him in quick, loping strides, robe billowing around her, molding to a delectable body that would have made his cock stand at attention—if it’d been capable of vertical motion.

Long moments passed as he stood, petrified, capable of only one thing—thinking. What in God’s name was she? He turned her words over in his head, hearing again the phrase that seemed the most important—Rune of Domain.

October Welcome to Halloween Contest

Well, I totally screwed the pooch on this one!  I meant to post this last Friday, and completely spaced with everything going on.  Sooo…enter NOW, since the contest only runs through Saturday.  I promise to be better next month *g*. 

   October Welcome to Halloween Contest

Congratulations to Hayley McChesney, our September winner!

October 2007 prizes!

PDF download of JB Skully’s Award Winning Max Starr Series, Book 1, Dead to the Max

Autographed copy of Dee S. Knight’s Your Desire

Autographed copy of Terri Schaefer’s The Brotherhood

Download of a Leigh Wyndfield story – winner’s choice!

Autographed copies of Lisa Renee Jones’s Hard and Fast and Alluring Tales

Here’s how the contest works!

When:  It runs the first of the month through the 20th of the month.  We’ll choose one winner on the 21st and make the notification.  The next contest will then begin on the 1st.

How:  To enter, simply go through each of our sites, find the answers to our monthly questions, then send an email with your answers to  The winner will be chosen at random from amongst the entries with the correct answers.  We will contact you, ask for your snail mail address and you’ll get lots of presents!

Who:  Jasmine Haynes/ Jennifer Skully, Dee S. Knight, TL Schaefer/ Keira Ramsay, Leigh Wyndfield, and special guest author, Lisa Renee Jones.

Newsletter:  We’d love to keep you updated on our new releases so we will be adding you to our newsletter lists unless you specifically tell us not to in your email entry.

Restrictions:  You MUST be 18 years or older to enter and US residents only.

October 2007 questions!

Jasmine Haynes/ Jennifer Skully/JB Skully

Question:  What is the name of Jasmine’s July 2008 release (sequel to The Fortune Hunter)?

Leigh Wyndfield

Question:  Who is the hero in Leigh’s up coming release Desert Heat?

Dee S. Knight

Question:  What is the name of the singer mentioned in If Only For a Night?

TL Schaefer/ Keira Ramsay

Question:  In Baptism by Fire, what clan of the Fae does Aidan belong to?

Lisa Renee Jones

Question:  Name the first three books in the Knights of White series which launches in November.

This month’s contest is dedicated to Leigh Wyndfield, who has two releases coming out – Desert Heat on October 30th and Two for the Money on October 31st!

Check out her website for more details!