Well, it’s official. I’ve been working hard to finally finish Light & Shadow: The Watcher Series Shorts and Extras. And, dum duh du dah, here is the cover. See? It’s really happening!
And some lucky fans can have a scene written to answer their burning questions. See how below.
Through the years, some fan questions have inspired short stories and extra scenes. I’ve been compiling those, along with other short scenes I’ve written to figure out what other characters are thinking.
Here are some samples of the fan questions I have answered:
As America tries to forget the horrors of the Great War by embracing jazz, flappers, and the speakeasy, the Watchers remain vigilant by protecting the innocent and maintaining order among the Immortals—including a powerful line of Seers who are all but extinct. But the real horror is just beginning.
When George Yates is ordered to escort the beautiful Rosemond Le Clair to safety, he finds himself in the middle of an ancient feud that demands her blood. Without the Watchers’ help, he must struggle to protect the last remaining daughter of the Le Clair family from these dark powers, even as he defies fate itself.
Allure can be read as a stand-alone single or as part of the series (it can be read at any point).
My Recommended Reading Order: The Unintended (Book 1) The Nexus (Book 2) >>> Allure (The Prequel) The Sacrifice (Book 3) The Fallen Part 1 (Book 4) The Fallen Part 2 (Book 5)
I promise an update soon, I’ve been on the move since September–and I mean that quite literally. I’ve dragged my family all the way across the Northern United States, into Canada, and down the East Coast in search of adventure and stories. We are hunkered in the Carolinas for the holiday and will continue the adventure soon. If you would like to see a few pictures, you can see them here on Instagram.
Missing Twilight but want more than a love story? This simple beginning evolves into an epic journey through the shadow world of vampires, fallen angels, and the watchers.
This series is great for anyone who loves the romance of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, the world building of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series, and the high stakes of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games. When you get to book two, fasten your seatbelt, each book is faster, darker, and sexier.
And that’s not all! The Nexus: Book Two will be on sale starting tomorrow (and for four days) for the bargain price of 99 cents! It’s like Black Friday all over again. Incredibly priced books AND new book boyfriends! What? I know!
Second, here’s a little update. It’s been…well, a really, really long time. Bad writer, I know (shuffles feet and looks down).
Life has been extraordinarily busy this school year. I’m still teaching high school and college classes in American and British Literature. Additionally, who knew that first and third graders would have so much homework? I’m spending my afternoons I am working on some projects, just slowly. I’m afraid I’ve missed my deadline for Light & Shadows: Watcher Series Shorts and Extras. Being late kills the perfectionist in me (Argh!). I did complete a 25 page prequel extra with Joshua in Romania with Gabriel, Kez, and Samael. The book is still in the works, it will be out sometime in 2017. I may add a little post-The Fallen extra for those of you who have been asking. If you are dying to have something included, send requests through my contact page.
I am also working on my second Prompt Me book. Here is the cover reveal! (more…)
Without further ado, here is the GORGEOUS cover for The Fallen: Part Two due in May. This makes it feel almost real! Vera Walker, once again, is a rock star!!
Betrayed by the person she trusted most, Aleria breaks away from the safety of the Watchers only to become entangled in the cunning schemes of the Fallen. But celestial beings aren’t the only danger. Traitors endanger Bowen’s reign, jeopardizing the uneasy truce between vampires and humanity. As Aleria’s visions become something else entirely, it’s a race against time to root out those who would enslave the world.
Now separated from Aleria, Gabriel tries to manage the chaos in hopes that he can stop Semjâzâ before it is too late. Desperation forces him to pair up with an unlikely ally as he struggles to defeat the Fallen. It’s an all or nothing fight to stop the Fallen from enslaving both the human and shadow worlds before it’s too late.
I have a special guest on my blog today. She’s no stranger here, but it’s been a while since I’ve hosted her. Please give a warm welcome to novelist, Robin Woods, author of The Watcher Series. She’s sharing about her latest projects, giving some author/writer tips, and letting us know a bit more about her life. Enjoy!
In The Hammock with YA fantasy author, Robin Woods
For this installment of Hammock, you’ll get the pleasure of meeting YA fantasy author, Robin Woods (if you haven’t already). She has authored five novels in The Watchers Series, including a prequel and not including an upcoming installment to its riveting predecessor, The Fallen. Instead of talking menacing Gods, other-worlds, and kick-arse heroines, however, we’ll be talking Mexican Cabana and book boyfriends *side-smile emoji*
In The Nexus, why did Aleria freak out so bad on Winslow? She couldn’t even admit that he had a bit of a point suggesting that she sleep with someone. Why did she let her values get in the way of the greater good like that?
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The simplest possible answer is that it made her feel like property—and more specifically—a whore. Remember that this is an emotional response and she hasn’t had even twenty-four hours to digest this information. She already feels like her life has been stripped away and she is living like a prisoner. To be told that if the man she loves can’t do the deed, then they should just have someone else do it was demeaning.
Ali would have probably ended with the same conclusion Winslow had suggested, but it was too soon. Everyone was thinking it, but Gabriel and Joshua were at least kind enough to give her the space to figure it out. And Gabriel would never have allowed Ali to be forced, whereas Winslow, being a fearful man, would have considered force as an option. Ali sensed this and reacted to it. So besides feeling like control of her own body wasn’t hers to choose, she also felt unsafe.
On a more philosophical note, the value of an individual and the right to free will are both motifs in the series. There is a struggle between the two factions within the Concilium on whether the individual matters. Do the ends justify the means? Is it acceptable to take/strip individuals of their rights for the greater good?