Sep 16, 2014

Tuesday Catchup

We're getting down to the wire. Starving For Vengeance releases in 2 days. My schedule is crammed, and life is hopping.

I went on two awesome rides over the weekend. Beautiful weather, good company, and only one mega-big bumble bee hit me in the lip. I was positive I'd have the Botox look going on for awhile, but surprisingly enough...nothing happened.

On Saturday, I crashed the Inland Empire RWA chapter party when they came to my town for a field trip. They had plans to tour the bordello (Yes, Silver Girls and the Sterling Building in my biker books). Then it was lunch at the Fainting Goat with a short interruption to watch the parade walk through town. While we have a parade every other weekend, it was nice that it fell while they were here. I had a wonderful time visiting with Rebecca Zanetti, Joanna Wylde, and Shoshanna Evers. Plans were made to get together soon, so that will be a blast. I met a lot of new authors to me too. I have to admit that it was so cool to know so many authors live in Montana, Idaho, and Washington.

Between all the fun, words are flying on the new series. Yes, new series! While it's pointless to tell you about it right now when readers are getting ready to read Lee's story, and then getting Ink's story at the end of the year, I will say that 2015 is going to rock hard. Don't worry. I'm not leaving Federal (fictional name to my hometown) or the Silver Girls. There will be new bikers. Ha! Okay, I'm talking about it just a little. You'll figure out who they are in Ink's story, which closes the long run on the Bantorus MC series. While it's sad to end such a successful series, I have no time for tears, because the new series is going to blow you away. Trust me.

On a family note: Wheels put his chicken feeder skills to work and made a homemade deer/turkey/elk/bear/cougar/whatnot feeder. Ten minutes after putting it in our backyard aka the Bitterroot Mountains, 6-7 female elk were standing around it and munching louder than dogs scrambling for food.



EXTRA - EXTRA - EXTRA

No promotion picture today. Instead, I want to share an excerpt from Soothing His Madness. That's Slade's book. It's also reader's first glimpse into Lee's life as a child, and why he turned into the man he did. Sometimes, we believe kids are too young to understand the grownup life going on around them. Some kids hide the fear, the hurt, the decisions adults make for them better than others. While Kurt dedicated his life to being the best man he could be, Lee took control of his own life as an adult and made it his life mission to take out every Los Li member who hurt his family...something he was powerless to do as a child. A child they all thought didn't understand what was going on.

So, if you haven't read Soothing His Madness and want to jump into reading STARVING FOR VENGEANCE in 2 days, this excerpt is for you.
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Soothing His Madness excerpt ---

He scanned the station and found his boys beside the front door, sitting on the ground, their heads together. Kurt had his arm looped around Lee's shoulders. Slade's heart hammered. They were okay, for now.

He shoved the gearshift into park, and was outside with his kids in his arms before he said a word. He let Lee sob against his shoulder, because the kid deserved that much. Hell, he felt like bawling himself.

Kurt pulled back first, his young face hardened with anger. Slade palmed the back of his head and looked him in the eye. "Proud of you. You made the right choice, watched your brother, and took care of business. Real proud, son."

Kurt's chin quivered and he nodded. There was nothing he could do to change Kurt's opinion about the situation. His kids deserved to be pissed off at the world and scared out of their mind. Kurt handled the situation better than Slade would've done. His son had a right to believe his dad failed him, because he had.

He picked up Lee, even though he was too big to have his dad carry him, and took his kids to the car. He opened the back seat, tossed Lee inside, and squeezed Kurt's neck as he passed by him and sat down.

"Buckle up." He closed the door and walked around the front of the car.

Inside the car, he gazed in the rearview mirror. Kurt sat solemnly looking out the side window and Lee rubbed his nose against the knee of his jeans. He started the car, and drove back to Cactus Cove slower than he had when he'd left to find his sons. When they parked, he shifted in the driver's seat and gazed at the boys. "I know things are rough, and they'll probably get worse before I can make things better."

"I want to live with you," Lee said.

He nodded. "I know, son, and you have to give me enough time to make that happen. In the meantime, you're with me every other weekend. Let's take it for what it's worth and own it, huh?"

Lee nodded, kicking his feet on the back of the driver's seat. Slade inhaled deeply. One down, one to go.

"Kurt? You with us?" Slade gave him time because unlike Lee, Kurt understood more than anyone was telling him.

His oldest son was a splitting image of Slade. Surly, quiet, and a deep thinker. That worried him because as he knew, it would eventually get Kurt in trouble. If he put too much gas in a bottle, any sort of spark or fire would make an explosion.

"Yeah," Kurt muttered.

"Good. Now, I got a surprise for you," he said.

"What?" Dual replies had his heart smiling. Underneath the attitude and hurt, they were still boys, believing in adults and hoping for a better change.

"Taylor's going to be staying at the house and helping us out when you guys are home with me." Slade pushed on. "I expect you to respect her, but know that if you need anything or feel like talking to her, she's there for you. I'd really appreciate it if you made her feel welcome."

"Did Aunt Taylor get taken away from her dad too?" Lee chewed his lip.

Kurt elbowed his brother. "Don't be an ass. She's an adult, and doesn't live with her dad cause she's old."

"Watch your mouth." Slade changed the subject. "I've been seeing Taylor on the weekends you two have been at your mom's. We've spent a lot of time together, and decided we're going to make things permanent."

"She's your girlfriend?" Lee giggled.

"Yeah, you nut." Slade grinned. "That's what adults do and when you're older, you'll have a girlfriend. A lot of them if you're lucky."

Kurt's eyes narrowed. "Are you marrying her?"

"She's my woman, so yeah, just like your mom was my woman for a time. Except things didn't work out the way we'd planned between your mom and me." Slade waited for Kurt to bring his eyes back on him. "A man doesn't claim a woman, unless he expects it to last forever. Sometimes sh-stuff happens that's out of our control and as a man, it's up to us to do whatever it takes to keep that relationship alive. You getting me?"

"I don't like girls." Lee wrinkled his nose. "'Cept Aunt Taylor's nice. Where's she gonna sleep?"

Kurt's gaze never left Slade, and the silent accusations rolled off his son. Slade chose to ignore Kurt's complaints and answer Lee honestly. "She'll bunk in my room."

Lee laughed, and Slade took that opportunity to take the boys into the bar and pick up Taylor. In the long run, his boys would see they were better off with Taylor in their lives. Maybe she could bring some normalcy, where he continued to fail.


So, if you haven't read Soothing His Madness and want to jump into reading STARVING FOR VENGEANCE in 2 days, this excerpt is for you.
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Soothing His Madness excerpt ---

He scanned the station and found his boys beside the front door, sitting on the ground, their heads together. Kurt had his arm looped around Lee's shoulders. Slade's heart hammered. They were okay, for now.

He shoved the gearshift into park, and was outside with his kids in his arms before he said a word. He let Lee sob against his shoulder, because the kid deserved that much. Hell, he felt like bawling himself.

Kurt pulled back first, his young face hardened with anger. Slade palmed the back of his head and looked him in the eye. "Proud of you. You made the right choice, watched your brother, and took care of business. Real proud, son."

Kurt's chin quivered and he nodded. There was nothing he could do to change Kurt's opinion about the situation. His kids deserved to be pissed off at the world and scared out of their mind. Kurt handled the situation better than Slade would've done. His son had a right to believe his dad failed him, because he had.

He picked up Lee, even though he was too big to have his dad carry him, and took his kids to the car. He opened the back seat, tossed Lee inside, and squeezed Kurt's neck as he passed by him and sat down.

"Buckle up." He closed the door and walked around the front of the car.

Inside the car, he gazed in the rearview mirror. Kurt sat solemnly looking out the side window and Lee rubbed his nose against the knee of his jeans. He started the car, and drove back to Cactus Cove slower than he had when he'd left to find his sons. When they parked, he shifted in the driver's seat and gazed at the boys. "I know things are rough, and they'll probably get worse before I can make things better."

"I want to live with you," Lee said.

He nodded. "I know, son, and you have to give me enough time to make that happen. In the meantime, you're with me every other weekend. Let's take it for what it's worth and own it, huh?"

Lee nodded, kicking his feet on the back of the driver's seat. Slade inhaled deeply. One down, one to go.

"Kurt? You with us?" Slade gave him time because unlike Lee, Kurt understood more than anyone was telling him.

His oldest son was a splitting image of Slade. Surly, quiet, and a deep thinker. That worried him because as he knew, it would eventually get Kurt in trouble. If he put too much gas in a bottle, any sort of spark or fire would make an explosion.

"Yeah," Kurt muttered.

"Good. Now, I got a surprise for you," he said.

"What?" Dual replies had his heart smiling. Underneath the attitude and hurt, they were still boys, believing in adults and hoping for a better change.

"Taylor's going to be staying at the house and helping us out when you guys are home with me." Slade pushed on. "I expect you to respect her, but know that if you need anything or feel like talking to her, she's there for you. I'd really appreciate it if you made her feel welcome."

"Did Aunt Taylor get taken away from her dad too?" Lee chewed his lip.

Kurt elbowed his brother. "Don't be an ass. She's an adult, and doesn't live with her dad cause she's old."

"Watch your mouth." Slade changed the subject. "I've been seeing Taylor on the weekends you two have been at your mom's. We've spent a lot of time together, and decided we're going to make things permanent."

"She's your girlfriend?" Lee giggled.

"Yeah, you nut." Slade grinned. "That's what adults do and when you're older, you'll have a girlfriend. A lot of them if you're lucky."

Kurt's eyes narrowed. "Are you marrying her?"

"She's my woman, so yeah, just like your mom was my woman for a time. Except things didn't work out the way we'd planned between your mom and me." Slade waited for Kurt to bring his eyes back on him. "A man doesn't claim a woman, unless he expects it to last forever. Sometimes sh-stuff happens that's out of our control and as a man, it's up to us to do whatever it takes to keep that relationship alive. You getting me?"

"I don't like girls." Lee wrinkled his nose. "'Cept Aunt Taylor's nice. Where's she gonna sleep?"

Kurt's gaze never left Slade, and the silent accusations rolled off his son. Slade chose to ignore Kurt's complaints and answer Lee honestly. "She'll bunk in my room."

Lee laughed, and Slade took that opportunity to take the boys into the bar and pick up Taylor. In the long run, his boys would see they were better off with Taylor in their lives. Maybe she could bring some normalcy, where he continued to fail.



Peace,

Deb
XXOO

Sep 15, 2014

Sep 10, 2014

Catchup

I suck. Seriously. I started doing the Tuesday Catchup posts years and years ago. I was so faithful. Then summer came, and living in the most beautiful place in Idaho, I started cramming all my free time into being outside and playing.

So, even though it's Wednesday, I'm catching up!

A good thing about playing is my readers benefit. Yesterday, while I was cruising around on the side by side, I rode by the old abandoned mine that I use as the club house for the Bantorus MC, Federal Charter. Fall is in the air! Check out the gorgeous red leaves entwined on the Cyclone Fence.

You can click on the pictures and make them bigger.



Here's more pictures of what I'm out doing when I play. There's rocks to climb, mines and caves to explore, trees to get lost in, bears to find, moose to freak out, and lots of time to be silly.

It's getting chilly in the Bitterroot Mtns, and we're supposed to get our first frost Thursday. I can't wait for the snow!















Of course, there's always work to do, and even with all the playing, I'm getting a good 6 hours of kick-ass writing done. There's only 8 more days until Starving For Vengeance releases. The next book...yes, Ink's story, is complete, and I'm writing on a story that I can't wait to tell you more about. In the meantime, here's a promo for Lee's story. Share, post it, and send it to a friend!

A tease from Starving For Vengeance...

That fear, that unknown desperation, visited him often, but he fought to keep ahead of the debilitating anxiety, rarely letting the infliction catch him. Being home around family brought everything back. His past, his choices, his fears. ---- September 18th, Starving For Vengeance by Debra Kayn



Peace,

Deb
XXOO

Sep 7, 2014

11 more days!


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