D. F. Krieger

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Read Something New Blog Challenge

We are all guilty of sticking with what we know. Whether it be at a restaurant, book genres, or the makeup we put on; we're sticklers for familiarity. I want to challenge you all to add some spice to your lives this next week and take the Read Something New challenge! Read a new genre, a new author, whatever—just read something new. To help, here is a list of genres. We've featured an author and one of their books or series for each genre. Hope you find something you like!

Urban Fantasy 
D. F. Krieger, Panthers in the Playground, Faxfire Series Book 1

Zoologist Dr. Zeara Faxfire and her side-kick cat, Magic, are called in to help when a panther is discovered during a police investigation. What is a girl to think, though, when the parents of a missing child keep calling her and the panther in question is writing words? Detective Jake Markovich, who is assigned to the case as well and happens to believe in the paranormal is a whole different distraction that turns Zeara's world upside down. Can she lose her grasp on the safety of logic long enough to reach out to those asking for her help?

The only thing Zeara knows for sure is that time is running out, and she must compromise a job she adores to save the panther in her care.

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Dianne Hartsock, Shelton in Love, Shelton Series Book 1

Shelton's falling quickly for his sexy roommate, but can he forget the pain of past rejections and give Nevil what they're both aching for? 

Shelton is falling hard for his best friend and roommate, finding Nevil's dark good looks and moments of gentleness almost impossible to resist. But Nevil is more interested in affairs of the body than the heart. As Shelton's desire for the man grows, he wonders if he can change Nevil's mind. But does he even want to? Nevil might not stay, once he learns Shelton's secret, and then his loneliness would be complete.

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Kelly Yeakle, Forbidden Desires

When Dani meets the delicate beauty that is Carmen she knows instantly that she wants her—in her life and in her bed. But can Miss. Commitment-phobic look beyond the sex to see the woman beneath?

To Carmen, the wildly beautiful Dani is a new and exciting friend. What she hadn't counted on is the simmering desire she feels when in Dani's presence. As her relationship with her boyfriend sours, Carmen begins to wonder if there is more to Dani than she realizes.

Should she give in to this, the most forbidden of desires?

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Leona Bushman, The Ulfric's Mate, War of the Weres Series Book 1

Nolan and Alexandria fight their sexual attraction, but can't deny the pull of being mates, despite a serial murder investigation.

Nolan Littlebull is the alpha of the Wahpawhat pack of Werewolves and the lead detective on a series of murders of pregnant women from his pack. Torn between human justice and were justice, he travels deep onto the Yakama Reservation tracking the ones responsible. He is attacked by one of the rival pack, only to be defended by another from the rival pack.

Alexandria George is the healer for the Lupins. She defends the mysterious wolf in their territory from her pack's bully and escapes with the stranger. Nolan and Alex face the complications of being mated and together they must find and identify the killer while facing an uncertain future. 

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Shyla Colt, No Man Left Behind Anthology

Even after our brave men and women leave the battlefield, the scars can linger physically and sometimes mentally. Here are three tales of courage, strength, perseverance, and love that deal with both.

After a long sting in Afghanistan, Cpl. Trevor Martin finds himself home for leave and contemplating reenlistment or civilian life. Weary and tired of the grim sights he's witnessed, he turns to his old friend Carly for comfort. When Trevor shows signs of PTSD, Carly urges him to get help, hoping that Repairing His Soul won't cost them their rapidly forming romance.

After a near death experience with an IED in the Middle East, Staff Sgt Alexander Denning is grateful to be alive but scarred inside and out after his fiancée's bitter rejection of his choice to continue serving. Georgette "George" Harper is attending Jane Wayne day for her sister when she's smitten with the McMap instructor Staff Sgt. Denning. Can she convince him what they have is worth the risk? Wooing Her Sergeant may be harder than she thinks.

When Mika gets a phone call that her husband Kasey's been hurt abroad, it's her worse nightmare. Prayers and the grace of God deliver him through, but the battle isn't over yet. The journey back to happiness and health will be painful, full of setbacks and damaged feelings, but Mika refuses to give up on the man she knows is her one true love. A true Marine's wife is Always Faithful, no matter the cost to herself.

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W. Lynn Chantale, Indulging Sin, Love Smackdown Series 
Moses Hawke has loved Sin from the moment he laid eyes on her, but being with her cost him a good friend and valuable partnership. Sin knows what Moses sacrificed to be with her and she’s willing to keep a few secrets of her own to maintain their peaceful existence. Some things are not meant to be hidden and when all Sin’s transgressions become known, she’s left to wonder if Moses will still be there to protect her.

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Angeline Rain, Rescued Love, Second Chance Rescue Book 1

Can the doctor, who made a life out of helping animals, heal a human?

One by one, household dogs disappear only to come back after senseless abuse. Veterinarian Jordan Powell will stop at nothing to ensure her patients' safety. Even if that means seeking help from ex-boyfriend, police officer Nate Thrillson, the man whose heart she once broke. 

The last thing Nate wants is a relationship. He has an inoperable cancerous tumor in his brain and his days are numbered. Yet, he couldn't resist Jordan.

It's a race against time to save the dogs and the man who captured her heart. Can the doctor, who made a life out of helping animals, heal a human?

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Raven McAllan, The Wager

Catherine is in despair. Her brother has lost a wager and the prize is her. The winner is the one person she dare not be in thrall to. How will she cope?

Brook suggests they wager on the outcome of the previous bet, but he intends to win.

What happens is more than either of them anticipates.

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Angelica Dawnson, Blue Moon House

Julia has the chance to become one of the vampires of the Blue Moon House. Before being accepted, however, she must prove herself to each of the vampires, and each has their own exacting cost.

Ranging from lesbian, to being forced, to physical torture, she is pushed to her breaking point time and again. Eventually her perseverance pays off and she crosses from submissive to dominant and vampire.

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LB Shire, The Damned

Sometimes, what a man needs is a little hope...

Travel worn, and weary, Shane Gregor rides into Hell's Hollow for a drink and answers. On the run for a crime he didn't commit his days are numbered unless he can find proof. What he discovers instead is a green eyed enchantress and a sheriff who's out for blood. When the law catches up to him, can he put his hopes in a woman he's only just met?

A widow who has fallen on hard times, Josie Talbert became a soiled dove for the sake of survival. Her life changes in the course of a night, when a dark and dangerous cowboy steps through the doors of the Dead Horse Saloon, a death sentence looming over his head. Can his words of innocence be trusted? Can a lone woman change the course of fate?

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Adult Bedtime Stories  
Doris O'Connor, Goldie and Her Bears

Take one very human girl. Add three bear shifters and one BDSM club. Shake well. What do you get? Lots of delicious fun.
When Goldie Lockwood receives an explicit note, signed by none other than the man she fell head over clit in lust with on first sight, there is only one thing she can do — obey. After all she is dying to find out what goes on behind closed doors at the exclusive BDSM club.
Having his Goldilocks pounced on by his brother and sister had not been in Jason Stanhope's plan, even if the little human's responsiveness blows the triplets away. Porridge, chairs, beds, she tries them all.
But, can she be the sweet sub they need? Or will Goldilocks live up to her name and run away screaming? 

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Kimberly Gould, Cargon, Honour & Privilege

Lives are won, lost and traded on the three-tiered Cargon boards.

Eve, a serving-girl, has watched the elite from the outside, seen the dramatic shifts based on the results of the Game. With a growing need to reach beyond her station, she can no longer accept her position on the edges.

Wagering her own life, she wins and emerges in a strange new world. New rules and old acquaintances tangle to make Eve’s life less comfortable than her position would suggest.
One pawn moved, but an entire world shaken – Eve will change the world.

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Young Adult
J. Lilley, Discovered, Shalean Moon Series Book 1

When Rach moved to Scotland she knew there would be changes. She hadn't expected them to be quite so dramatic. Not only was there a new house, new school and new friends, there was also a secret to discover.
Brios Parde was a Patriarch in waiting. When the powerful leopard shifter senses a new Shalean he is amazed to discover it's the new girl. All his senses tell him Rach will be important to him.

However the Rogues try to destroy the budding relationship. Will Rach decide to side with Brios or help stage an uprising?

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We hope you see something you like and wish you the best on the Read Something New Challenge! ~ D. F. Krieger

Monday, April 29, 2013

Must Read Monday: Blue Moon House - Kitten

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How does a twentieth century woman take back control over her own body? By giving that control to the right man.
What if you could have limitless sexual pleasure, at the price of your own blood?
Where does the girl who has done it all go when she wants something new?

Jocelyn considers herself sexually experienced, a leader and manipulator. She is looking for the next challenge. The rumors surrounding Blue Moon House sound like just the thing she's looking for. Losing her roommate to marriage, she also needs a new place to stay. Hoping to find both in the same entity, she follows the rumors to their source and finds much more than she bargained for, beginning with a discovery that defies her biological science background - vampires.
Like the previous book (review can be found here), this one was so dirty it made me feel positively naughty just reading it. Again, this isn't some whimsical little spanking book, but a deeper look into BDSM. I love the fact they made her sign a contract, and I also love the fact that each master is so different. No matter your BDSM preference, you'll find a master in here you'll identify with. Personally, I'm looking forward to Harry and learning more about him.

The main character really struck a chord with me. Despite her desire to participate in BDSM, she has a history that keeps her from really giving away control, and that causes some issues. I liked the fact she and her emotions felt real. I also really enjoyed the fact that you truly got to see her evolve. She didn't change overnight, but over a course of months.

Once again, Ms. Dawson has written a story that left me blushing and turning the pages at such a fast pace, I read it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to the rest in the series. That definitely makes this a Must Read! ~ D. F. Krieger

Friday, April 19, 2013

Promo Woe

Sales suck and I have no one to blame but myself. Normally, when I blog on here, I do my best to give anyone who reads my blog some tips. Tips on how to manage your time, tips on writing rules, tips on what to expect with publishing...but has anyone noticed I've never given tips on promoting work?

Yeah, that's because I obviously suck at it. I'm in a dilemma and I'd really like some help from anyone willing. I'd like to think I write decent books. I'd also like to think I'm putting books out at a fairly often pace. What I'm not good at is bringing in the sales. I watch books I edit sky rocket. I watch friends I've met rack in the sales, but not me. Why? What am I doing wrong?

I know part of it is because I'm not out there enough. I took a poll last month, asking people to tell me the first thing that came to mind when they thought of me. 80% of my responses were along the lines of "editor." 20% was animal rescue. Only 10% thought of me as an author. So obviously no one equates me as D. F. Krieger, author. Instead, I'm Her Editing Evilness...also known as Editor Deadra Krieger.

That's good. It means I'm good at my job as an editor. But it's also bad because no one sits there thinking, "I can't wait til she comes out with her next book!"

I've tried running blog contests, give aways, and begging for reviews. I'm published through three different houses, and span a few different genres, so it's not like I've boxed myself in. I've done some guest appearances on other people's blogs, but I didn't see anything more come of it than crickets and some uncomfortable fidgeting on my part as I trolled for comments from anyone who might have read the guest post. In a word, YIKES! I'm invisible as an author.

So, dear reader, for once I'd like you guys to shred me apart. What am I lacking? What am I doing wrong? Tell me how to promo my work in a way that will get people to look at me and think "Author" and not just "Editor." I'll give a free cyber cookie to anyone who leaves me a comment! ~ D. F. Krieger

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

If Wishes Were Horses

I've been super quiet...So quiet, in fact, I started to scare people. I'll admit it, I've been hiding from the world this past month.

I've blogged and blogged about depression. How one of the greatest signs of depression is the lack of desire to socialize at all. I've also said that the best way to fight it is to do exactly that...SOCIALIZE.

It wasn't only depression that made me go quiet. First it was the fact that I'm writing book 3 in the Faxfire Series. Butterflies in the Bakery has been the hardest one to write thus far. I don't have near as much done as I should (aka it's supposed to be done already, and I'm still writing it.) I was an idiot and thought I had until the 31st of March to do it, but I found out I was wrong, it was due March 1st. That tripped me up BIG TIME.

Now, cue both mine and my husband's cars breaking down in the same week and costing a pretty penny to fix. After they were fixed, not a week passed by and someone backed into my husband's car and busted his radiator. Fortunately, this time there was no out of pocket expense on us, but still he had to use my car so he could go to work and attend his college classes while the insurance company fixed it. *Sigh*

Now, add my new position as Editor in Chief for Breathless. Tons of responsibility, and it seems like every time I'd sit down to work on my own writing, something would come up. Finally, I put my foot down and chose a Friday where I and my family agreed I would spend the day getting as much wordage put down as possible...

Know what I did instead? I spent the whole day in vet clinics having to take two separate cats to an emergency visit. One of the cats (a foster kitten for the humane society) didn't make it. The other, my husband's Egyptian Mau, came out just fine and is healthy as can be.

I apologize to everyone but there's one more thing I've been holding close and keeping quiet about. On March 27th, 2010, I lost my mother unexpectedly. She was my best friend and a good deal of my daily activities involved her. Phone calls while cooking dinner, grocery shopping, gardening. My mother lived directly across the road so visits were daily, and interactions were constant. When I lost my mom, I not only lost my best friend, I also lost a major social point in my life. The phone never rings anymore. There's no one to talk to about the kid's day, or what I'm cooking for dinner (and we'd often laugh as we realized we were cooking the same thing.) The gap is present daily. It's like a black hole that eats me alive, little by little. I do my best to be strong, to smile, and give my family and friends everything I have, but I will always miss my mom.

I tend to go into major depressive slumps on the anniversary of her death. I was the one who called the ambulance. I was the one who had to call my step dad and tell him his wife was dead. I was the one who held my 14 year old little brother as he screamed and cried that our mother was dead. Those are images, emotions; memories you can't shake. They keep you up at night and haunt you.

This year, I did my best to avoid it. I didn't say a word to my husband or kids, who were blissfully unaware. I didn't want them to hurt or feel uncomfortable. I decided I would go out to a stable where I've recently been taking riding lessons and put a holding fee on a stall so I could pursue getting a horse again. Doing it gave me a sense of progress on a day that threatened to drag me into a pit of despair.

When I spoke with the owner and co-owner, I explained to them I didn't have a horse yet. I was trying to ensure I had somewhere to place it before I bought one. After they listened to me, they told me something I couldn't believe. They were willing to sell me the mare I've been taking lessons on. I was elated. I already knew I trusted her, and she's not very old (only 9). She's the perfect height for me, and needs someone to love her as much as I need to give that love.

They say to get something wonderful, you must pay it forward. I'd like to think my month from hell was Karma's way of ensuring I could endure (even if she does hold a grudge against me for creating Zane.) Having a horse of my own is a dream I've held close and carried since the moment I knew what to call them. The day I purchased her was still painful, but her entering my life permanently almost felt like the world's way of saying, "You've suffered enough. Take some respite in this."

That being said, I've named her Destiny.
That's not me in the photo, and I don't ride English, but this is the only photo I have of my new horse right now. She has one blue eye and one brown one, and though you can't see it in the picture, she is actually a roan (which means she has little white flecks all over her coat.)

One other bit of good news: Wolves and Warrants has officially released. I hope you all enjoy reading it while I furiously scribble away on the next book, due to release in just a few months.

Thank you again, to everyone who stood by my side even while I was hiding. Each and every one of you mean more to me than you'll ever know.  ~ D. F. Krieger