D. F. Krieger

Friday, May 10, 2013

4 Least and Most Favorite Books

In honor of upcoming Mother's Day, I've decided to write a post about playing favorites. Now, before you gasp and point, I'm talking about books, not kids. I love my children equally, and always strive to give my boys the attention they deserve without pushing away the other.

Now, back to the subject here. Admit it! We all do it! We all have that one book that is our favorite, and that one we tend to sweep under the rug when people ask us about our backlist. I'm not ashamed. I do it every damn day. I'll even tell you now which ones I like the most and which ones I like the least (and runners up for both.)

I'll start with my least favorites, just to make you all squirm and suffer. ;)

My runner up for least favorite is To Honor. Yeah, it is my BIGGEST seller, but I can't hardly look at that book without flinching. It's no secret I wrote that book based largely on real life events that happened to me. Someday, I might even became brave enough to open up and talk about it. But one thing I know for sure, there are two things about that book that bother me. The first is when people rant about how the heroine, Evelyn, "attempted suicide because her husband cheated on her." Ummm, no. You clearly didn't get it. Evelyn attempted suicide because of her husband constantly being gone and their marriage falling apart, her newborn infant dying, and a car wreck that put her in a coma. She'd struggled to fight her depression and stay alive for her husband, despite the daily pain and misery. When she found out about the affair, and he said he wanted a divorce, she decided there was nothing left to live for. Evelyn was not a man-dependent drama queen and it offends the crap out of me when people think she is. Of course, I'm sure this rant is a bit personal, because in essence I feel like they are calling me a man-dependent drama queen. Grrr.

The second reason I can't stand To Honor is I can not read that book without bawling like a baby. Yeah, I know. I wrote it, I should be able to read it. Truth is, I can't! So, I guess as I reread what I wrote, I am going to have to come to terms with something--I have a love/hate relationship with this story. It is my intention, if I ever think I can emotionally handle it, to write a longer, full-length version of To Honor.

Least Favorite book is my very first, Sail My Oceans. I admit it, the only reason I say that is because my writing has changed and evolved so much since I wrote that book that I cringe when I look at it. There's nothing wrong with the story itself, and I absolutely adore the characters, but it is not my best example of my own writing, by far!

My runner up for most favorite is my non-fiction story, Ruff Love. Many of you know how passionate I am about animal rescue. Kat's Kennel and Rescue will always hold a special place in my heart. Kathy, the owner, has become a surrogate mother to me since my own passed away, and there isn't a week goes by I don't email or speak on the phone with her. Rescue work is so emotionally exhausting, and physically exhausting as well, and no one even knows it outside of those who work it. For example, I'm currently sitting here with five hours of sleep. I had to get up every three hours throughout the night because I have two, one-week-old kittens I'm bottle feeding. I'm tired as all hell, but I also have a job, and a household to run, plus a three-year-old who isn't going to laze about all day just because Mommy's tired. It is my hope that for each person that reads Ruff Love, a new home for a rescue animal or a donation to a rescue is made. It's no secret I donate a good deal of the royalties to Kat's Kennel.

My favorite book I've written thus far has to be Wolves and Warrants. Don't get me wrong, the first book was such a relief to write, and I love that book, but the sequel allowed me to really get to know my characters. They've started to flesh out and move in directions I never imagined, giving me a whole new world to play with. Between Zeara's smarty comments, Zane's adorable geekiness, Jake's protective sweet sexiness, Karma's badassness, Magic's overall awesomeness, and now add Veltis and his appeal; I'm having a blast. It also helps that since these books are Urban Fantasy instead of strictly romance, I don't have to rush the plot so I can throw people in bed. Love, love, love this book in more ways that I can ever explain!

I hope you enjoyed today's honest, in-depth post. If I offended some of you, well, I'm sorta sorry, but it was a hellova lot of fun! To the rest of you, I leave you with a question:

If you are a writer: Which book is your favorite child, and which is the one you ignore?
If you are a reader: Is there such a thing as "There is no bad publicity?"  ~ D. F. Krieger

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Must Read Monday: Pagan Edition

I am terribly late in this post. Ever have one of those days where you are so busy, you forget what day of the week it is? Yeah, it's been like that for me for a few days now. To make it up to you, dear readers, I've decided to post several books with a similar theme. So may I proudly present, Must Read Monday: Pagan Edition. Each of the following books has a pagan or witch/warlock theme. I've got everything from a softer romance to an erotic one to a YA.

First up, let's check out the YA and work our way up, shall we?

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Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland, or so she thought until she discovers the family secret.. now her world is forever changed.

Descended from a long line of witches, she discovers is the one who has to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her.

And if that isn't enough, she must learn to use magic from the man called Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches...and a god. It is Bones who has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn't be so bad if he didn't have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons.

Can Nera succeed and resist the charms of the man who gets under her skin at every opportunity?

This book really hooked me. The cast of characters had me taking notice right away, and I'm glad this is a series as I'm looking forward to seeing how each of them develops and fleshes out. It helps that I'm majorly crushing on Bones and Jasper (More on Jasper in another review below.)

My only issue was that the main character seemed really bratty...that was, until I started looking at how girls this characters age act this day and age. Nera also got me to thinking about myself, and if I had the hardships of the world thrown on my shoulders, just how stable would I be. Basically, I realized this character acted far more human than many stories I've read, and it was one of the things that hooked me. I'm really, really looking forward to the next in the series, which is due out this summer.

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What happens when a Wiccan high-priestess and three mischievous nymphs conjure spells on an environmentalist and a jet engine designer? Magic, mayhem, and wild nights of passion.

Justine Tori Cryst is to be initiated into Gaia's universal coven. Problem is Justine must conjoin with a perfect soul-mate at the last stroke of midnight on her 29th birthday.

Shaun Kelly can't believe his luck, or bad luck, when the woman who crushed his heart in college magically returns into his life. But crushed hearts mend. He still loves her. However, the chances of his rekindling their romance are zip because he's certain Justine is hell-bent on putting the company he works for out of business permanently.

Unbeknownst to either, Justine's goddess mother is determined to bring Shaun and Justine back together because Shaun has exactly what Justine needs to become the mother of the next generation of powerful little Wicca's—his gene pool.

This book had some sex in it, but it mostly focused on the relationship between Justine and Shaun. They had quite a past they had to mend, and you can just feel the pain emanating off the pages as they try to fight their feelings by taking it out on each other. Between the magic, the tension, and the real bad guys getting what they deserve, I enjoyed this book immensely. Tia Dani is a name I'll be picking up more often in the future!

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Jasper has fallen for the young woman that invades his dreams every night and seduces him. Little does he know she is the daughter of the gods that rule his part of the world. When he is called upon by them to teach their youngest daughter the elemental spells, he is horrified to find out who his mystery lover is. With the fate of his tenants and his own life at risk, Jasper must find a way to have her without bringing the gods wrath on them all.

This book was hot, hot, hot! Not only did it include gods, a sexy Irish lord who was a warlock, and sexy sex, but it also had a real conflict going on. How do you choose what's best for your people when the one thing they need, you are banned from asking for as a favor from the gods? I was on the edge of my seat wondering what possible solution Jasper could find.

On a side note: recognize the name Jasper? Yep, this is the very same Jasper from the young adult story above, Witchling. The author went back and wrote his story, except with an adult twist. I loved seeing it tie together with the YA.

Each of these stories has something very unique to offer, while still being in the same category. I hope you all enjoyed this edition of Must Read. I also hope that you will pick up at least one of these books and let a little magic into your life. ~ D. F. Krieger

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Panthers in the Playground Snippet

I think on the weekends I'd like to try a new tradition. I'm going to start posting teaser excerpts of my available works. Because Panthers just became available in print, I'm going to post an excerpt of that.

The loud, unmistakable sound of glass shattering against a solid surface reverberated through the air like a gunshot. Moments later, a terrified, “uh-oh,” followed by the sound of claws skidding across wooden flooring echoed through the house.
Zeara jumped up from where she’d been huddled on the couch, looking over budget figures, and frowned at the dark blur that sky rocketed up the stairs. “Magus Faxfire! You better not have been in the kitchen. So help me, if I find a broken plate on my floor, your rear is grounded. Do you hear me?”
Knowing she’d get no response, Zeara stared at the doorway of the kitchen in dread of what she’d find. Considering it was almost midnight, she wasn’t exactly in the mood to spend the next thirty minutes scouring her floor for any glass she’d missed after an initial sweep. She knew if she didn’t, though, she’d find it sooner or later with her foot. With her luck, her naked foot, at four in the morning while holding something particularly fragile or important in her hands.
Reluctantly, she made her way to the kitchen entrance and flipped the light switch on. Sure enough, barely recognizable pieces of a plate lay scattered in a haphazard fashion across the floor. Chunks of recently gnawed-on pumpkin bread decorated the crime scene alongside the plate it once graced.
“Oh, he is so grounded,” Zeara muttered as she stared at the mess.
Her gaze traveled across the kitchen and landed on the closet that she kept all her cleaning supplies in— including the damn broom. Transferring her gaze to her bare toes, Zeara chewed on her bottom lip and contemplated her conundrum. To clean the mess so she wouldn’t get hurt, she needed the broom. To get the broom, she’d need to get over the mess without harming her feet. Irritation flared to life within her, like the scathing burn of a thorn still embedded in the flesh. She did not want to go all the way to the front door to put her shoes on. Her stubborn streak demanded that she map out every possible route that might end up in a successful trip to the supply closet that involved no band-aids, tweezers, or cussing streaks later.
Fifteen minutes later, even her stubborn streak caved and admitted that shoes were a necessary evil. With a begrudging snort, Zeara turned and made her way through the living room and into the hallway that led to the front door. Muttering curse words, she knelt and dug out a ratty pair of tennis shoes from under the shoe bench. She didn’t wear them often, but they were great when she needed to slip on a pair of shoes fast. Right now she didn’t feel like dealing with the laces on her ankle boots.
The doorbell rang just as she was tugging her last shoe on, causing her to nearly jump out of her skin. She stared at the door warily, surprise freezing her in place. Zeara hadn’t been expecting any company, and people didn’t just happen to “drop by for a visit” at midnight. Whoever was on the other side of that door either had a good reason, one that she probably didn’t want to hear, or would wish they had once she finished tearing them apart.

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Thanks for stopping by! ~ D. F. Krieger