Thursday, October 2, 2014

Evernight Publishing's Birthday Blog Hop

~Roll out the Red Carpet ~ 
Evernight celebrates four years of publishing!

Join authors, bloggers and reviewers as we take a RED CARPET tour featuring Evernight's smart and sexy books. Slip on your virtual stilettos and walk the red carpet of award winning titles, spectacular reviews, and paparazzi style interviews.

Be sure to visit every stop on the tour where you can enter for a chance to win great prizes, including a new eReader, gift certificates, swag, books and much more!

Now to turn the spotlight on my smart and sexy series...

The Wilde Brothers Series is near and dear to my heart. When I set out writing these stories, I wanted to show my readers a glimpse into the world of law enforcement. Not the professional side, but the personal side. My father is a retired police officer, and I spent a decade working as a member of the civilian support staff in the same police department as my dad. I saw firsthand the personal challenges that come with trying to have a marriage and a family while working long hours and strange shifts in a dangerous career. 

It takes a special kind of bravery to love a man (or woman) in uniform, and the Wilde Brothers series is a nod of thanks to all of those who carry a badge, and the families who love and support them. 

The RCMP Police Service Dog Monument
Wilde Chase was also written in memory of one of my favorite police dogs, PSD Chase. He died in the line of duty and he was the inspiration for Officer Ben Wilde's K9 partner. 

* * * *

Another reason I love this series is the interaction between the brothers. They banter and torment each other as only siblings can, scoring points off of each other as they express their affection with a heavy dollop of sarcasm and the occasional threat of bodily harm.

When the Wilde boys get together, it's always a good time. To show you what I mean, I've included a brotherly bonding scene from Wilde Chase, Wilde Edge, and a special sneak peek at my next book, Wilde Ink.

Wilde Chase

The interior of Leo's  Bar & Grill - owned by the Wilde boys' father
...“Actually, we weren’t sure he knew what a woman was. He spends all his time hanging out with that mangy mutt of his.”

Kelly turned around and found herself looking up at taller, long-haired version of Ben. “You have to be one of Ben’s brothers. Do you all look alike?”

“Hardly. I’m much better looking. I’m Tag, by the way, and you are?”

“Out of your league, little brother,” Ben grumbled.

“I’m Kelly.”

“And I’m charmed. If you’re having dinner with Benji, I hope you’ll consider coming back here afterward and letting me buy you dessert?”

Ben growled under his breath and Kelly squeezed his hand again. She wanted him to know that he had nothing to worry about. “That’s a lovely invitation, but I’ll have to decline. Ben has me booked for dinner, dessert…” She leaned in closer to Tag and dropped her voice to a whisper, “And breakfast.”

Tag burst out laughing and winked at her. “Then he’s a lucky man.”

Ben moved in behind her, close enough she could feel the heat of his body through her dress. “Yes, I am.”

His brother threw up his hands in mocking surrender and backed up a step. “You can’t blame a man for trying.”

“Wanna’ bet?” Ben muttered.

“First one of you yahoos to throw a punch in my bar gets punted and won’t be allowed back in for a month,” a new voice announced.

“You are no fun, bro.”

Wilde Edge

Tag's first love - Tiffany
Tag had taken a second to will his dick to go back to sleep before walking back into his new suite. His entry was met with another round of applause. Even Dave was laughing while the rest of his bastard brothers were outright cheering.

“I’ve seen that look on someone else’s face recently, and it does not bode well for you,” Jared said between sniggers of laughter.

“Yeah, where?” Tag asked, heading through the open living space toward the kitchen. He needed a beer.

“On Ben’s face, the first night he brought Kelly to the pub. I remember it, because when he caught you flirting with her he glared at you the same way you were glowering at us a few minutes ago. Looks like Ben’s not the only possessive male in this family.”

“Damn right I’m possessive. And if I catch any of you flirting with Jolena I will do a lot more than glare.” He twisted the lid off the bottle and tossed it onto the countertop with enough force it skittered and skipped until it hit the wall.

He took a long pull of his beer and tried to get a hold of his runaway temper. He knew the guys were only teasing him, but somehow the idea of another man looking at his angel had him ready to commit fratricide. Suddenly he had a whole new perspective on what it must have been like for Ben the first time they’d all met Kelly.

Fucking hell, how could Jolena get so far under his skin after just one date?

The faint patter of footsteps coming down the outside stairs announced Jolena’s arrival, and he shot a warning look at his siblings. “Behave yourselves.”

Sneak Peek: Wilde Ink - Due out later this Autumn

Nick reached the bar first and announced his presence by slapping his open palm down on the liquor stained wood. “Hey, barkeep. I need two beers, a couple of menus and none of your usual shitty attitude.”

His brother Jared spun around, ready to do battle, then grinned when he spotted Nick. “Hey, stranger. I was wondering when you’d show your ugly mug around here again. I need you to distract mom from her new goal of finding me a nice girl to settle down with. She keeps drifting by and pointing out pretty girls, loudly.”

“Mom’s here?”

“Uh huh. Girl’s night out. Our sister-in-laws are here too. If you’re smart, you’ll escape before it’s too late.”


Maybe this hadn’t been such a good idea after all. The guys would be easy to deal with, but if Wilde women found out he was here with Lia…

Lia chimed in at that point, sealing their fate. “Does your mom pick out girls for you too, Nick? I think that’s sweet.”

“No, she does not. That’s a special treatment she only gives to the sons too socially inept to manage to meet a girl by themselves, like Jared here. Jared, this is Lia Archer. Lia, this is Jared.”

Jared’s blue eyes lit up with interest and he leaned across the bar to take Lia’s hand. “Hello, Lia, nice to meet you. I hate to ask this, but have we met before? I’m certain I wouldn’t forget such a pretty face, and you look hauntingly familiar.”

Nick wrapped a possessive arm around Lia’s shoulders and shook his head in mock dismay. “Is that the best you’ve got? No wonder mom’s decided you need help, bro. Now, kindly let go of my girl’s hand before I get grumpy.”

Jared gawked at Lia and then Nick as he released her hand. “Yours? Not you too? Dammit, Nicky, we were supposed to stick together on this.”

“Sorry, bro. You’re on your own. Lia’s all mine.”

Lia snickered softly. “Did he just call you, Nicky? That’s adorable. I may have to start—”

“No. Not a chance. Forget you ever heard that name,” Nick grumbled, but he was inwardly grinning. He’d just staked a very public claim, and Lia hadn’t so much as blinked.



Answer my question in the comment section for a chance to win (be sure to include your email address):

* Your choice of an Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Kobo Arc 7
* $100 Amazon GC
* $50 Evernight GC
* My blog prize: $20 Amazon GC


What profession do you find sexy? Is your ideal hero a man in uniform, a cowboy, a blue collar man or a businessman in a power suit? Let me know your sexy favorite in the comments.