Coming Soon… Dragons and Bears

I have two new D’Elen McClain books coming in May. *jumping up and down, high five, fist bump*

DM-DragonsdLove-300x450My house is a mess, my dogs miss me and my husband  wonders if I’ll ever escape the writing cave. I do appreciate him for tossing in a scrap of food here and there. Oh and those bags of Skinnygirl Popcorn. I was a Gobstopper addict for years while in the zombie writing zone. Now old age is catching up and my waistline can’t deal with the sugar. So, I found a slightly better alternative. I tell myself it’s okay because it’s the only labeled non-GMO corn I can find.

Dragons Don’t Love book 2 of the Fire Chronicles will release on May 5th. This is Laryn’s story. He’s the dragon that kidnapped Acasia in book 1 Dragons Don’t Cry. And just here, I’ll tell you a secret. If you haven’t read book 1, it will go on sale for 99 cents during the month of May so hold up on ordering your copy!

Dragons Don’t Love is available for pre-order $2.99

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/qaoeta5             Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/532297

Fang Chronicles: Tyboll is releasing on May 18th. I’m thrilled that Tyboll is part of Romancing the DM-Fchron-Tyboll-432x648Paranormal. 13 amazing authors with 13 new books. Here is the great author lineup: Stephanie Rowe, Robyn Peterman Zahn, Victoria Danann, Kym Grosso, Dakota Cassidy, Claudy Conn, Teresa Treadway Gabelman, Melanie James, Gena D. Lutz, Julia Lake Mills, Brandy L Rivers, and Cynthia St. Aubin. Oh and of course, me.

You can’t beat the price at 99 cents. Pre-order your copy now because I can’t guarantee the price will stay so low.

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TUI7KK6
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TUI7KK6
B&N-http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121249890
Kobo- https://store.kobobooks.com/…/ebook/romancing-the-paranormal
ITunes- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id968896087

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Fang Chronicles: Tyboll Pre-Order

DM-Fchron-Tyboll-432x648I’m so excited to announce the pre-order of Tyboll’s Story! This special Fang Chronicles book is available in the Romancing the Paranormal Box Set with thirteen amazing, all new paranormal stories from an incredible list of authors. And the best news… you get all these wonderful books combined for 99 cents!

You met Tyboll in Mandy’s Story and of course I’m bringing back that feisty she-wolf to stir up some big, bad bear trouble.

Here’s an excerpt to hold you over until release day, May 19th. The buy links are at the bottom of the post.

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I watch the stunned look on Veda’s face with a sense of pride. Mandy does this to people. No one is exempt. A smile cracks Veda’s stoic face. It changes her. For the first time I see the same beauty Mandy spoke of when we entered. Unfortunately I know about her cold witch’s heart. I’d only asked her for one thing in my life—begged actually and she denied me. I would never forgive her.

Mandy released Veda and ran over to me. If Veda said she was having twins it’s now fact and a great gift. If we are lucky they will be just like their father. We couldn’t handle two more Mandy’s. I fought a grin and lost the battle. Veda raised her eyebrows. I wasn’t known for smiles but what could I do?

My stomach rumbled.

Odd.

It rumbled again and then a sever cramp had me releasing Mandy and standing from my chair. Veda’s grin widened.

She wouldn’t!

“What wrong?” Mandy asked with concern.

I looked at Veda. “If you poisoned her too I will kill you.”

“No, only you, you stubborn, ugly bear.”

“You poisoned him?” Mandy demanded as another cramp had me bending double.

“Don’t worry…”

That was all the witch managed to say before Mandy attacked. I looked up just in time to see Mandy’s fist connect with her face. Veda fell out of her chair and landed on the floor out cold. I should feel satisfied but the pain was so great I also went to the floor.

There was probably an antidote but now Veda was unconscious and unable to administer it. I closed my eyes and groaned. The pain was unbearable. A minute later, I pulled myself up and ran outside. We passed an outhouse when we arrived and I had instant need. Mandy ran after me crying loudly. I’d kill the witch just for that.

I threw open the old wooden door. “Go check on the witch and see if there’s an antidote,” I said as I slammed the door in Mandy’s face.

“There better be or I’ll kill her.” Mandy’s voice faded as she went back to the cabin. I sat on the round wooden circle and purged my intestines. I probably wouldn’t die. Another cramp seized me. Not dying was a horrible option.

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Buy links:

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TUI7KK6
Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TUI7KK6
B&N-http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121249890
Kobo- https://store.kobobooks.com/…/ebook/romancing-the-paranormal
ITunes- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id968896087

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For the Love of Jack Miller

I write steamy romance and from time to time expect the crazies to come out of the woodwork. Many women on social media who don’t write romance also attract the odd personalities. We’ve come to expect it which is truly sad. Most of these I can handle and they’re completely harmless. Some, I file away in my “If I ever go missing folder.” Yes, the retired detective in me thinks every woman should keep track of some of the not so nice ones for safety sake.

But sometimes… just sometimes… it’s so hard to resist. Here’s a recent private message I received on social media copied and pasted in its entirety without edits which about killed me.

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JACK MILLER 3 days ago

Hello Dear,How are you doing today? i will be glad if you consider this words of mine with passion and love,I saw your name and i get fascinated with it. I’m General Jack Miller, I live in London City in England. I’m a British Army and I’m working under United Nation.I am now in Pakistan waging war against terrorism and maintaining peace to humanity. I’m seeking for an honest and sincere woman for a meaningful relationship which will lead to marriage a woman whom i will call my wife. A good, and a caring woman. A woman that will take care of my son and Home for good and for better. This is my mail box: jack.miller1234@yahoo.com Send me a mail so that i will send you more of my pictures and tell you more about myself. Take good care of yourself and have a wonderful day. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks. Jack Miller

Okay Jack, lets break it down. Your punctuation, grammar, and verbiage are not English. Of course neither is mine. I’m American and suck at the King’s proper English. So do you Jack from London! I find it intriguing that you are fascinated with my name. Which one? I have four and even for me it gets confusing.

Next; you’re a British Army. I know they have more than one soldier but as a General you must think quite highly of yourself and consider yourself their army of one.

I also see you work under the United Nation in Pakistan waging war against terrorism. You sure are stuck on that number “one, as in nation” and I’m sure humanity strongly needs your super human power of one to defeat terrorism. Please take care of Isis first, they’re in your neck of the woods and shouldn’t be too hard to find.

Now please don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t dare call you dishonest, but really… an honest and sincere woman for a meaningful relationship which will lead to marriage so I may call you wife??? I have been called many names in my life but in this case I think wife might not have the same meaning I’ve become accustomed to. In your context it signifies possession. Maybe you need to watch the Exorcist. You kind of remind me of that evil demon who possessed that little girl but alas, that was fiction.

“A woman to take care of your son and home for good and for better.” Is this in the context of, “For better or for worse?” I have a feeling that caring for your son who most likely takes after his father, and also caring for your home, go into the “worse” category. But, that’s just me.

Just so you know Jack, I’m a fifty-three year old married, grandmother of ten and a retired police detective. During my law enforcement years I trained, and became certified as a Terrorist Liaison Officer. Boy could I have had a field day with your proposal if I had time to waste back then.

In short… I must decline your sincere offer. My husband is aware I’ve written a few ménage books but two men just isn’t his thing. I told him you were good looking in your picture and it still didn’t change his mind. I’ll dream of you though. I’m really good with a Glock, holy water, and sarcasm. Peace Jack Miller, I hope you find the perfect robot, and no, you can’t have my Roomba.

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Get Ready To Slam!

completion promoI’m always exhausted by release day but it’s such a great feeling. The blog tour is now underway so I’m not slowing the frantic pace. 77 blogs signed up so my typing fingers are staying busy visiting each site. Thank you bloggers, you humble me with your support. I’ll have a daily list of tour stops at the bottom of this post. I’m giving away some books and Amazon gift cards so be sure to click on at least one stop per day and enter.

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I’m so very excited about the #slamsecret contest too. I had so much fun coming up with the details and implementing them in the book. Nope, no clues here. I guess my only worry is that no one will figure it out. I ran it past my daughter and she wasn’t sure if she would. She thinks someone will get it though. We’ll see and I wish everyone the best of luck. I’ve never given away $100 in a single shot so this is big for me. Get reading, you have until 02/28/2015 to figure it out. Click here for contest details.

Slam is a little different. I wanted humor, intrigue, and romance. No, don’t worry, I didn’t forget the sex. Holly never forgets the sex :-)

Tennis darling Olivia Stradmore has a stalker who turns up the fear factor in chapter one. This book is not about him, though. I really wanted the bad guy to take a back seat to the romance. I also wanted a strong, kickass female who faces her fears and grows stronger with the help of gorgeous bodyguard Brack Jacobs. And humor! We all need to laugh and I hope these two bring you some smiles.

Here are the buy links for Slam:

Amazon * iBooks * B&N * Kobo * Smashwords

Blog Tour Stops (I’ll add more as the links become active):

1/28/2015

G & Co. Book Blog: http://goo.gl/owKhEs
i love lady porn: http://goo.gl/A6wzdM
MrsLeif’s Two Fangs About It: http://goo.gl/xGcwYg
Reading by the Book: http://goo.gl/BoJP6d
Sarah & Kirsty’s Book Reviews: http://goo.gl/9UGn7n
StarAngels Reviews: http://goo.gl/YAUwc5
The Fairest of All Book Reviews: http://goo.gl/O85viB
We Love Kink: http://goo.gl/T5Oglq
Whispered Thoughts: http://goo.gl/UO3zDX
Cathy Brockman Romance http://goo.gl/AwTzqh
Jackies Book Reviews: http://goo.gl/2w2G6u

1/27/2015

Books, Chocolate & Lipgloss: http://goo.gl/1rpGv8
Brenda’s Book Beat: http://goo.gl/cbUQAf
Eye Candy Bookstore: http://goo.gl/pyQJVS
Joyfully Reviewed: http://goo.gl/S2MLjb
Love Bites and Silk: http://goo.gl/I2KX8Q
MOMMAS SECRET BOOK OBSESSION: http://goo.gl/MZjajT
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock: http://goo.gl/mGYb3q
Snugglebooks: http://goo.gl/a475Rp
Two Crazy Bookaholics: http://goo.gl/XFtUKz
United Indie Book Blog: http://goo.gl/etCMVh

1/26/2015

Battery Operated Book Blog: http://goo.gl/XthQAY
ByoBook Club: http://goo.gl/lucvxN
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog: http://goo.gl/llSfNN
Karen’s Book Haven: http://goo.gl/LICsZt
Kirstie’s Passionate About Reading: http://goo.gl/ueJWDA
Ramblings From Beneath the Sheets: http://goo.gl/KAIpxE
Sassy Southern Book Blog: http://goo.gl/KdQqVs
Smile Somebody Loves You: http://goo.gl/Kz95fH
Swoon Worthy Books: http://goo.gl/RjjqYD
Those Crazy Book Chicks: http://goo.gl/a86t06

Thank you for stopping by,

Holly/D’Elen

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The Road to 10-Code

Reblogged from Bad Luck Detective (my police blog)

10codeThese past few years have been difficult when it came to writing non-fiction police books and blog posts. I spent six of my eight years with the Small Town Police Department as lead detective in Sex Crime and Homicide cases. I can easily look back on those first two years in law enforcement and smile.

After the first two, the reasons to smile faded and many of my cases were heartbreaking and tragic. In the bigger picture, I had a fear that if victims knew I wrote non-fiction police stories about my adventures as an officer, they would stop trusting me.

A victim in one of my cases asked me about my writing one day. I managed to keep my author identity fairly quiet but somehow she heard. I gave her the Bad Luck Blog information so she could visit my blog and see the people and stories I wrote about.

Her wonderful response emphasized the need to keep my detective cases private.

Chief Scott Silverii approached me months ago and asked me to join the 10-Code project—ten fictions stories, written by cops, honoring fallen officers. All proceeds will go to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund. I was extremely honored to take part in Scott’s incredible endeavor.

Today, 10-Code is available at major online retailers. Below you will find the buy links. If you’ve pre-ordered, I hope you are sinking your teeth into this awesome book. If you didn’t pre-order you need to download your copy now. Please, it’s only $2.99 and ALL proceeds go straight to NLEOMF!

My story, The Forever Team, is dedicated to my police academy friend Philip Rodriguez. I miss him and his smile so much. Writing each word brought him up front and center in my thoughts. I try not to be sad but his loss had a profound effect on so many. Once a year, I visit the Officer Down Memorial Page and read the newest comments on Philip’s page. I’ve left several of my own but this time I couldn’t. Philip’s dad had the top post and it needed to stay there.

Here is the poem to Philip from his father.

I only have a picture now,

A frozen piece of time,
To remind me of how it was,
When you were here, and mine.

I see your smiling eyes,
Each morning when I wake,
I talk to you, and place a kiss,
Upon your lovely face.

How much I miss you being here,
I really can not say,
The ache is deep inside my heart,
And never goes away.

I hear it mentioned often,
That time will heal the pain,
But if I’m being honest,
I hope it will remain.

I need to feel you constantly,
To get me through the day,
I loved you so very much,
Why did you go away?

The angels came and took you,
That really wasn’t fair,
They took my one and only Son,
My future life. My heir.

If only they had asked me,
If I would take your place,
I would have done so willingly,
Leaving you this world to grace.

You should have had so many years,
To watch your life unfold,
And in the mist of this,
Watch me, your Mum grow old!

I hope you’re watching from above,
At the daily tasks I do,
And let there be no doubt at all,
I really do love you.

DAD
May 5, 2014

Each story in 10-Code is dedicated to an officer who changed our lives and lost their own. Thank you Philip for making mine better.

Suzie/Holly/D’Elen

Buy your copy of 10-Code at the following retailers:

Amazon

iTunes

B&N

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Pre-Order “Slam”

slam 1 500Slam is now available on Amazon for pre-order. Reserve you copy here. It releases January 27th 2015. I’m including the blurb below. If you want a bigger teaser sign up for my newsletter :-) I’m excited to get this book out the door. It’s due to my editor on Jan. 1.

We have recently moved to a new city and settled in quite nicely. I don’t remember buying and selling a home being quite so stressful but we survived. I love my new office and it’s been great as I get back into the writing groove.

I wish all of you the Merriest Christmas and Happiest Holidays ever. I have lots of new projects planned for the New Year. You’ll hear more about them here and in my newsletter.

Kisses and hugs,

Holly/D’Elen with a little Suzie thrown in!

Slam Blurb:

tennis racquet 1Olivia Stradmore, daughter to Senator Jonathan Stradmore, has one goal in life—win her fifth grand slam tennis title in as many years.

Olivia doesn’t have time for problems with a stalker who disapproves of her less than modest life choices. She enjoys the occasional tennis pro in bed, short skirts, and the chance to allow her wild side out.

Her dreams take a turn when her stalker, known only as Ty, runs over her with a van and puts her in the hospital. Ty will stop at nothing to possess what he covets.

Enter bodyguard Brack Jacobs—hair too long, attitude too uptight, and body too damn hot.

Brack has a job to do and sleeping with a target is not in the target’s best interest. Doesn’t matter that Olivia is sexy as hell and bent on adding a notch to her bedpost with Brack’s name on it.

Life is not as straightforward as it seems and deadly consequences await them both.

Can Olivia change Brack’s mind and turn a spark of desire into a raging inferno? Will Brack survive the flames or would slam, bam, thank you ma’am be his safest bet?

– A Completion Sports Book. Expect erotic sex, an alpha male, and more balls than a girl knows what to do with.

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Out of the Closet into the Fire

naked man1Due to my career as a police officer (recently retired), I kept my erotic writing a secret. I live in a small conservative town and to top things off, my husband works for the school district. All were a combination for disaster.

When “Play” the first book in the Completion series hit the USA Today Best-Seller list, I wanted nothing more than to scream my success from my front living room window.

I didn’t.

But unable to hold back my excitement, I called family and friends and told them the great news. After the final phone call, my heartbeat continued its fast pace as I sat back in my comfy chair and prepared to announce the news to my friends on Facebook and Twitter.

I carefully keep my private life and real name hidden, spending most of my social media time as my alter egos Holly S. Roberts and D’Elen McClain. My daughters follow my pen names along with a few close friends but the small town citizens remain peacefully unaware.

Or, at least they did until my youngest daughter, unable to hold her pride for her mother in check, copied the USA Today link and posted it to her Facebook account with the words, “My mother made the USA Today Best-Seller list.” She attended high school here and her friends all know me.

My secret was out and for several minutes, I sat in stunned silence. After a few deep breaths a feeling of relief came over me and I began laughing. It was time to throw open that window. I posted my own link to my personal Facebook account and prepared for the fallout. Informing my husband of my success (he never answered his work phone so he was the last to know) and then giving him the news that I was no longer in the erotic closet, couldn’t have gone sweeter.

DH (huge grin on his face) – “You mean they could fire me tomorrow?”

We both laughed. The following day, a teacher came up to him and asked why he hadn’t quit his job with all the money I was raking in. His reply… “I’m waiting for someone to piss me off and then I will.”

Teacher (after laughing with delight) – “So she writes books like Fifty Shades of Grey?” she whispered.

DH – “No dirtier,” he whispered back.

Really he didn’t know that “Play” is not dirtier (he doesn’t read romance) though a few books I’ve written give FSOG a run for the smut. I truly love this man who supports me whether I say, “I know I’m forty-five years old but I want to go to the police academy and become a cop,” or “I really want to write erotic romance because I love reading it and it sells.” He gets me.

I guess the moral of my story is that my porn star legendary writing was short-lived here. I wasn’t as important as I thought and my husband, much to his disappointment, didn’t lose his job. I don’t notice side whispers when I go out in public and the women don’t shun me.

I love erotic romance, I will continue to read and write it, and I’d like to see more writers stand up and shout out their hidden names. But every closet is different, I just know from experience that the flame is not as hot as I feared.

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Exciting Fang News

DM-Fchron-Ivan-432x648I’m very excited to announce  Fang Chronicles: Ivan is now available for pre-order.

If you haven’t read a Fang book, no worries. I tested this installment on an unsuspecting reader and she loved it without having read the prior books.

October 10th is the release day for Ivan.

 

Update: Releasing on Sept. 30th, ten days early!

I’m still working on it, though now, I have a strict deadline for the polished product. My home will be a calmer place when I achieve my goal. I get testy when I’m at the end of the book writing process. My husband would use a different word but we’re not asking him.

Pre-order Buy Links (You are not charged until release day)

iBooks * Amazon * Smashwords * B&N * Kobo

Enjoy this wicked teaser!

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USA Today Bestseller “PLAY”

USA today play screenYesterday may have been one of my most exciting days as an author. My book Play written under my Holly S. Roberts pseudonym made the USA Today Best Seller List!

This is something most authors only dream about and I’ve been dreaming about it for years. Someone please pinch me because I don’t plan on waking up.

“Play” was special to me from conception. It’s the first time I used my husband for research. I live with the Wikipedia of football. From playing to coaching to gluing himself in front of the TV, the man has football on the brain. I am the true definition of a football widow which made him invaluable in writing Play.

We sat for countless hours in our hot tub discussing football… what if a player intentionally made a late tackle on the quarterback and another player retaliated? Would someone be thrown out of the game? Would there be an imposed monetary penalty? What would happen in this situation or that one. My DH was so helpful. I would love to say he didn’t laugh at me a time or two but that would be lying. He moaned (and not in the way you think) at a few of the situations I described.

So what changes when you make the USA Today Bestselling List? Actually, I have no idea. I do know I get to place a nice tag line on all my books:

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

I also get to dream bigger. New York Times here I come!

Buy Links:  iBooks * Amazon * B&N * Smashwords * ARE * Kobo * paperback

P.S. You will notice the new tag line on my blog header very soon too!

 

 

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Home Of All Things Wicked

Holly Roberts Small picA note from D’Elen aka Holly

I’ve combined my three blogs into this central blog, Wicked Story Telling. Hopefully it will make following the happenings in my writing chronicles a little easier. I will continue to put out a newsletter (sign up here) every month or so.

Having a central blog has been on my list of items to take care of for awhile. Unfortunately the list only grows longer but such is life.

My previous blogs will remain active but I will no longer post updates. They contain older stories from back when I wrote to myself because I didn’t think anyone was listening. I’ve come a long way in four years. The journey has been exciting, educational, and filled with new friends who actually read my work. No author could ask for more.

If you click on the CONTACT page you will find my social media links if you wish to stalk me across the web.

 

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