A Slight Delay

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It looks like Mortal Defiance is going to be a few days late. I can't tell you how sorry I am for the wait.

It has been through editing and is currently with my final pass proofreaders. Once they have made sure that everything is correct, I will have it formatted and then upload to all of the sites. Because my readers mean so much to me, I am unwilling to risk putting out something that isn't perfect.

If you would like more up to date progress reports, check out my Facebook page. I will be updating that as the process nears completetion. And very frequently. I also run contests and giveaways ( Like the Show Me Your Roland contest) on the FB page, so you could win something!

Again, I apologize for the inconvience. And I hope that you will enjoy Mortal Defiance.

Show Me Your Roland!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Okay, that title sounds a little dirty. o.O

I recently added a 'cast' for the Dark Betrayal Trilogy to my blog. (Just click on the link above to see my picks.) I wasn't really happy with my current choice for Roland (my apologies to the actor I chose. Your hot and all, just not Roland) so, I put out a call for help on Facebook. And boy did you guys bring lots of help to my Facebook pages.

I'm going to post the pictures of my top three choices so that you can see just how tough it was to pick the winner.

Top Three:

Mandy Twimom 101 Book Blog
Celina Ortiz

Becki Perkins

Awesome people that contributed hot guys for everyone to look at on my Facebook page:

Andrea Wilmot
Whitney Miter
Chelsi Robin Erickson
M.D. Christie
Tanya Contois
Mireille Chester
Anne Victory
Nikki Rhodes
Jennifer Stark
Jessi Gibson
C.G. Powell
Now, here is the fun part of the contest!

The Winner!

And the even funner part? Everyone that participated is getting an eARC of Mortal Defiance! Woohoo! *throws confetti*

Also, I feel like this guy just deserves a special mention.
Don't drool on your keyboard.

Happy Yule!
Happy Hanakuah!
Merry Christmas!
Happy Kawanza!
Happy every other holiday!

Thank you to everyone that played along. It was SO much fun to see what everyone pictured. And, now I can't wait to see what everyone thinks of Mortal Defiance.

To get your ARC copy of Mortal Defiance please comment with your email address or pm me on FB so that I can get it to you. If you don't want a PDF, please make sure that you tell me exactly what type of file you would like. (Keep in mind that it will take a little longer for anything other than a PDF. I have to wait for the formatter to finish.)

**These are ARC copies, so keep in mind that there might be a couple of things that will be changed after the final pass of my proofreaders, but the story will be the same!**

**Also, if I mentioned your name on the above list, just let me know!**

Tiffany King: The Ascended Blog Tour

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Today, the spectacular Tiffany King has stopped by my blog to answer some crazy questions. Since our books both come out on the same day, we decided to trade questions (5 each) and post the answers on the same day!

Tiffany King is a graduate of Daytona State College, in Daytona Beach, Florida. A teacher by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream as an author. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Four, if you count her two spoiled cats). "Books provide the ultimate getaway for me. A good story is a vehicle that takes you to another place, another time, or another world. I love reading the words and letting my imagination do the rest. I appreciate and respect every author who has the courage to put your work out there for the world to see."

1.  If your life was a movie, what would be your theme song? And who would play you in the movie?

My life is more like a T.V show heheheh. Right now, I’m smack dab in the middle of that Parenthood show. Just when we think we have a handle on things, life steps in and pulls the carpet out from under us. As for a theme song it changes daily and eeeek, I would feel bad for anyone stuck playing me J

2.  I think that our choices in cartoons affect who we are when we grow up ;) What was your favorite as a child?

 Okay don’t laugh but I loved He-Man when I was younger. Great even way back then I was obsessed with great pecks hehehehe. (Really? Not laugh at this??? I can't help it! This is too funny and a perfect example of why I love Tiffany so darn much. She's hilarious!)

3.  If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only choose one fictional character to keep you company, who would it be? (Make sure you mention what book or movie the character is from!)

First, I was going to pick Edward Cullen but figured the low animal blood supply on an island would make me a goner. Then, I was going to pick Harry Potter but I figured he might be obsessive about stopping Voldermort. I was also tempted to pick Dumbledore but felt his endless knowledge may become tiresome. So, finally I decided to pick someone from a T.V show and that’s how I reached the logical choice of McSteamy (Mark Sloan) from Grey’s Anatomy. Because ultimately who needs sparkly hungry vampires & obsessively smart wizards trying to save the world when you can have just plain HOTNESS J

4.  What is your dream vacation?

 A snowy cabin in the mountains stocked with junk food galore, plenty of hills for sledding, big oversized fireplace, big screen T.V with a wide selection of movies and tons of games to keep my entire family busy.

5.  In light of the holiday season, what is your big, selfish Christmas wish? (We all want world peace and for everyone to be well fed! Atleast, I hope we all want that!!!!)

Okay, I’m going to sound completely selfish saying this….maybe I shouldn’t….okay here goes my most selfish wish is for all three of my books to do well this holiday season ;)
1) If you had to eat the same meal for an entire month what would it be?

Ugh I know 3 days in I will regret my choice but I would have to say a burger and fries from Chili’s and okay a chocolate shake too J

2) If you had to pick your weapon of choice to deal with zombies, what would it be?

An ax for sure. They’re messier but they never run out of bullets.

3) If you had to cover a distance of 26.2 miles, would you rather run backwards, skate blindfolded, ride a tricycle or cover the distance in Fred Flintstone’s car?

Hands down Fred Flintstones car because at least it has a seat big enough for my bottom (tricycle seats are rather small).

4) What scares you most spiders, snakes, big animals or people with bad breath?

Spiders are by far my biggest fear. I would rather take on a room full of snakes, a hungry lion and a stadium packed with raunchy breath, than have a tarantula a foot from my hand.

5)  Have you ever peeked at your Christmas presents early? When and how often?

It’s easier for me to say when I haven’t peeked at my Christmas presents, which I think was around 10 years ago….wait I peeked then too ;)

If you haven't already, check out the first two books in the Saving Angels series.

Be sure to grab your copy of the amazing conclusion to the Saving Angel Series on December 15th!

If you would like to see my answers to this question, be sure to stop by Tiffany's blog!

My Hero: Anne McCaffrey- April 1926 to November 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

People often have heros, or people that touch them through their work. Anne McCaffrey was one of those people. I speak not just for myself, but many readers that love her work. The charcters and worlds that she built were outstanding examples of what makes imagination so very important. She inspired thousands of writers to share the worlds that lived in their minds. Anne was a pioneer who changed the way women were viewed in science fiction. Her series, The Dragon Riders of Pern and The Harper Hall series, helped me get through middle and high school. Her stories inspired me to draw and paint. Not to mention, create my own worlds and characters.

The news of her death, breaks my heart and literally brings me to tears. It had always been a dream of mine to meet her, to tell her how her works touched me. I will never have that chance now. I can only imagine the pain that her family is going through. From everything I have seen online, in interviews, and her active handling of her website, Anne was a spitfire with a huge personality and even larger heart. If you've never read her books, I can not reccomend them enough.

These are just a few of her MANY books. The last three are books that I will forever have in my library. I can't wait to share them with my daughter.

Anne McCaffrey, you will be sorely missed. I wish I had the opportunity to meet you, while you were still with us. You inspired me in so many ways. My writing is stronger for having had a role model such as yourself. Thank you for the characters and worlds you built. My wish for you is that you know how many people your work has touched.

I hope that you are soaring with dragons.

R.I.P Anne McCaffrey.

Teaser Tuesday

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I know, I know. I fail at Teaser Tuesdays. Just know that it is because I am putting a lot of work into Mortal Defiance to make sure that it is a great read. So, this shall be short, but here is this weeks teaser.

“Bryce, the window, please.” Sophie’s voice was calm as she decided on a course of action. Bryce stood on the back of the booth and busted the glass out of the old window. Using the palm of his hand, Ree watched as he strong armed the metal bars out of the way.

“Got it.” Bryce hopped down on the floor next to Ree. “There are sirens heading this way.”
       “Oh, shit. I’m too pretty to go to jail.” Weylin’s voice cut through the commotion of the room.

So, that's it for this week. You guys really don't have long to wait until you get to read more about Ree, Paden, Roland and the gang. Have a great week everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving! I hope it is wonderful and that you get to spend it with those that you love.

Teaser Tuesday and a Bonus!

Monday, November 7, 2011

First let me apologize. I missed last weeks Teaser Tuesday. I was in an accident (no, I don't want sympathy. I'm fine!) last Monday and was still pretty sore last week. So a few things were put on the back burner while I focused my energy on the things that HAD to be done.

So, to make it up to you, I'm going to post TWO teasers today. I hope it will make up for last weeks miss.

Teaser #1

              “Thanks, dad!” Shutting the door, she turned around and ran to the closet. When she yanked open the door and peeked in, Roland was holding up an old homecoming dress with his eyebrows drawn together.

                “This is not the color for you,” he tsked.

Teaser #2
              “Sorry, I was freezing.” There was something disarmingly seductive in his smile as he made his way towards her. Ree felt her eyes widen and she swallowed to wet her suddenly dry throat. There were no words to express the thoughts floating through her mind.

              “Are those clothes for me?” He pointed at the shirt and pants she was clutching to her chest. Reality seemed to snap back into real time and she fumbled with everything she was carrying to free the clothes from her arms.
                “Oh, yeah. Here.” She held them out to him after setting the plate and waters down on her night stand.
There it is! I hope you guys enjoy them. These are both from scenes that have become favorites of mine. I can't wait for you to read the whole thing! Soon, people. Soon!

Oh, and I PROMISE to post pictures from the Paranormal Plumes event sometime this week.
Happy reading!!!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I had the distinct pleasure of spending this weekend with the Paranormal Plumes Society. We had so much fun, I can barely hold my head up today! I was exhausted yesterday, but it was worth it. I will be posting more about our spectacular time in Savannah later this week (with pictures!). But, today I thought that I would share a short story with you that I wrote as part of a Halloween bash. It's flash fiction, in other words it had to be less that 1800 words, but I enjoyed writing it. I also think that this may be turned into a full fledged novel. (Maybe even a series, because that's the way my brain works...) So, without further ado, here is my contribution to Halloween. I hope you enjoy it.

By Nichole Chase

Sooo... you might've noticed that there is no story here any longer. Yeah, sorry about that! But, there is good news too. Hauntingly is being turned into a full fledged novel! So, for those of you that read the short flash fiction piece I had posted for last October, you've gotten a sneak peak. ;) 

Stay tuned for the real deal! 

Teaser Tuesday and a WINNER!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Okay guys! It's time to announce the winner of the A Hidden Fire Giveaway! Drum roll, please....

(tat, tat, tat, tat-a-tat, tat-a-tat, tat-a-tat. Have I mentioned that I'm a dork? Eh, you've probably already guessed!)


I will be passing your information along to the amazing Elizabeth Hunter and she will be in touch with you soon. You won't be dissappointed. This book is absolutely amazing and will leave you wanting more. And more. And more. Thank goodness we don't have to wait long! Book 2 will be out in December!

So, now for this weeks Tuesday teaser.

“Hunky Paden has two godly patrons?” Teagan pulled her feet down from the table and leaned towards Paden, her mouth curving into a sultry smile. “Now, that is interesting. Someone was planning ahead with you.”

So there you have it. Looks like Ree might need to watch her back ;)

So, now for some fun news... and speaking of news, I am going to be ON THE NEWS this Thursday. Laura Elliot and I will be appearing on Mid-Morning Live on WTOC to promote the Paranormal Plumes Indie Discussion and Book Signing this coming Saturday in Savannah. I'm excited and incredibly nervous! I will post the link for you to be able to watch the segment online later that night.

If you would like to watch it streaming live on October 27th at 10am: http://www.wtoc.com/story/3436885/mid-morning-live

If you are in the area, we would LOVE for you to come out and meet us on Saturday! We're all going to talk a little about our creative process and the indie publishing industry. So, if you have questions about our books, how to publish your own books, or anything thing else, stop by the South West Chatham Library on October 29th at 10am. We may even have some free goodies to hand out. :)


The Authors:
M. Leighton
Tiffany King
Michelle Muto
Fisher Amelie
C.A. Kunz
Wren Emerson
Abbie Glines
Amy Maurer Jones
Laura Elliot
and of course, Me!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on FB or through my website: www.nicholechase.com

We would also like to give a special thanks to Jody and Tim of Mid-Morning Live on WTOC! And of course, the wonderful South West Chatham Library for hosting our event. (And a big personal thank you to Daniel O. for all of his good ideas. You rock my sock, Daniel!)

Mortal Defiance Cover Reveal!

Friday, October 21, 2011

So, my amazing cover designer has really out done herself this time. We sat down for hours and discussed how to use the photos I purchased, where to place the text, what colors to use and even more importantly, managed to not kill each other. For those of you that don't know, my mother in law does all of the heavy lifting when it comes to my book covers. Isn't that cool? She is one talented lady!

So, without further ado, here is the cover for Mortal Defiance!

Coming December 2011

And now, to complete the reveal, here is your Teaser Tuesday... on Friday!

                “Why is it I never get a goodnight’s rest when you’re around?” Ree squinted at Roland and frowned.
                “I'm sure we could come up with something to help you relax.” Raising an eyebrow he smiled at Ree, making her pulse race.

So many exciting and important things happen in Mortal Defiance. I can't wait for everyone to read the next part of Ree's story.

A Hidden Fire- Interview and Giveaway

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today is the release day of A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter. I have had the distinct pleasure of reading an advance review copy and let me tell you, this book is something you don't want to miss. So with out further ado, here is a little about the author and the amazing book she has written,

 Elizabeth Hunter is the author and publisher of the Elemental Mysteries Series.

She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher.

A native of Central California, she now lives in Southern California with her husband, son, and an assortment of dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.)

Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba-dive.

And maybe hang-glide ... but that looks like a lot of running.

Learn more about her writing at

What was the inspiration for A Hidden Fire?
The inspiration for A Hidden Fire was really the character of Giovanni Vecchio himself. I started thinking one day about what I would do with my time if I could actually live forever.  The first thing I came up with was reading! I love books.  And I loved the idea of this immortal being that did, too. His character started to develop, and with that came the idea for the novel.

Are you a panster or a plotter?
PLOTTER! I am a big time plotter. Before I ever start taking notes I will let an idea stew in my brain for at least a month or two.  Then I start character sketches. Then plotting. Then timelines.  I build theme graphs and even plot the tension levels I want in each chapter.  After all of that, I start the outlining and actual writing. Does it change as I write? Of course! But I had the basic outline for the Elementals series finished before I was done with the first book.

How did you develop your characters? Is there one that you enjoy writing the most?
I do a lot of sketching, research, and time-lining.  All of my main characters and most supporting ones have detailed backstories. Much of the time that information is never included in the book, but it adds layers to how I write them, so I need to know.

There are so many characters that are fun to write. I love writing dialogue between Gio and Beatrice.  Caspar is a hoot.  I’d say the one character that is pure pleasure to write is Carwyn.  He has a lot of my husband’s humor, so he’s pretty fun to spend time with!

How long does it typically take you to finish a novel?
It depends on if you including all the planning and plotting! If you don’t include that, it usually takes me two to three months to write the first draft.  I started planning A Hidden Fire about a year ago.  I finished the first draft in May or June.  I’m working on the final editing for the second book right now, and I’m a little over half done with the first draft for book three.  It may seem fast to some writers, but the actual writing part is one of the easiest steps for me.  The planning and outlining are far more taxing.

There is a good bit of Hispanic culture in your book. Did you have to do a lot of research to make sure you got that part correct?
Well, I grew up in California and I went to university in Texas, so a lot of that is just mainstream culture in both places!  I ate chile peppers when I was a baby, and I was as likely to hear Spanish as English in the market growing up.  I’m really lucky to have lived in two places where there are such large and established Mexican-American and Chicano communities.  I think so much of that culture is woven through the American Southwest.  So I did a little research, but most of it was very familiar.

Speaking of research, history plays a very large roll in the book. Did you spend a great deal of time researching any one thing? Was it difficult to work in all of the details into your book?

I did a lot of research into the Italian Renaissance, which was fascinating, but very challenging.  I don’t think I worked even a quarter of the research I did into the book, but I wanted to make sure the bits of it that were included were as accurate as I could make them.  I hope I did the subject justice. It’s a fascinating period in history.  As far as the research into the more ancient periods of history went, I’m a bit of a classical studies nerd, so that part was really enjoyable!

How did you start writing? Is this your debut novel?
I had been a technical writer for years, and I’ve done some journalism, as well.  Obviously, I did a lot in school, but very little for fun.  I was more of a reader.  I started playing with the idea of a different novel a couple of years ago, and then I discovered fan fiction online! I loved it, and I loved the idea of writing for fun within a fan community.  I started doing that and really discovered the pure joy of writing for pleasure and storytelling.  It was a great experience and it taught me a lot about plotting and writing for an audience.  I also made some incredible friends, a lot of whom are my sharpest pre-readers now.

It was after that time that original ideas started popping around in my brain.  A Hidden Fire is my debut novel, but my first written novel (unrelated to the EM series) has been published for free on my writing website. I haven’t decided whether I will edit that one for publication.  I might if there is enough interest.

What are you currently working on? How many novels will follow A Hidden Fire?

I am finishing book two right now, the title of which is This Same Earth, and I’m in the middle of writing book three, but I won’t release the title until I’m done with the first draft!  The main storyline of the Elemental Mysteries will be finished in four books, but there may be stand-alone stories for some of the characters, and I’m also toying with the idea of writing a novella around Christmas if I have the time.

I have a very persistent idea for a second series working its way through my brain at the moment, but I’m not writing anything down yet.  It needs a bit more time to percolate.

Do you have a favorite novel or author? What genre do you typically read the most?
I read a lot of different genres.  I love good biographies.  One of my favorite authors is Michael Ondaatje; The English Patient was a huge book for me.  As a Californian, I love Steinbeck.  As far as paranormal romance and mystery goes, I’m a huge fan of Charlaine Harris, Chloe Neill, and Jeaniene Frost. Those ladies and their worlds are amazing.

I love the soundtrack you have set up for A Hidden Fire. Do you have a song that fits the series overall?
I have to pick one? Music is huge for me.  All of my stories have soundtracks that I listen to obsessively while I’m writing and editing.  If I had to pick one for the series it would probably be Sarah Brightman’s song, “Anytime, Anywhere.” It’s a beautiful blend of modern and classic, which fits the books. I’ll leave readers to find the translation for the lyrics online. 

Elizabeth has been kind enough to giveaway a free ecopy of her spectacular novel. All you have to do is leave a comment here on my blog, with your email address and answer this question:

What book will you always have in your personal library?

The contest ends next Tuesday October 25th.

If you can't wait to read this spectacular novel, here are the links where you can purchase a copy. (And really folks, this is one you do NOT want to miss out on.)

Amazon UK
Barnes and Noble

**Teaser Tuesday is moving to Thursday this week, but don't worry, it will be back and better than ever. I will also be releasing the cover for Mortal Defiance! And, I'm really in love with the new cover! I can't wait to share it with everyone.**

Teaser Tuesday #3 and Winners Announced!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

So! It's that time! Time to annouce who the lucky winners are of some cool Mortal Obligation swag!!! The lucky winners are Tee and Ifrah! Woot!!! Tee, you won the first prize pack so I have to know which keychain you want... though I think I can guess. ;)

I will be contacting the winners tonight and they will have seven days to respond. If I have had no response in the next seven days I will draw a new winner.

Now, on to...


                “That’s me. The diligent student.” He reached out to tuck some of her hair out of her face.

                “Hm. Diligent students wear their uniforms and bring backpacks full of paper and pens.” She pointed at his clothes and smiled. “I think your forgot the rest of your ‘Diligent Student’ disguise.”

                “Don’t let my bad boy good-looks fool you. I came prepared.”  He pulled a pen out of his jacket pocket with a flourish, making Ree laugh.

                “I don't know," Ree said. She couldn't let the opportunity to pick on his pass her by. "I think you still might be ill-equipped.” 
               “Trust me, that definitely isn’t a problem.” Roland winked at her as heat rushed into her cheeks. “Besides, I'll just sit next to you and borrow whatever else I need.” His devilish smile made Ree's heart beat accelerate and she noticed some of the girls at lockers near the office make swooning motions.

Keep your eyes open for next Tuesday's teaser and a special interview with the amazing Elizabeth Hunter, the author of A Hidden Fire. She has written one of my favorite books of the year and I am very honored to be hosting her on the release day. She will giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter! So, don't miss out!

Also, before I skidaddle to write some more, I wanted to let you all know about the Paranormal Plumes Society Indie Discussion and Book Signing on October 29th. Eleven authors will be gathering here in Savannah at the Southwest Chatham Library to talk a little about the process and to answer any questions. I would love for everyone to come out and meet me, and to support all of these wonderful authors who are making the trip to our lovely town. Let's show them what Southern charm is all about!
If you would like to know a little more about the event, check out the amazing website Fisher Amelie and her husband put together: http://www.theplumessociety.com
We will also be doing a dinner and ghost tour, for those that are interested in joining us!

Mortal Defiance Tuesday Teaser #2 + Giveaway!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Happy Tuesday!!!!

So, let's get the teaser out of the way first and then on to the giveaway!

“I see.” He was quiet as they neared the door. After a moment he asked, “And did you put her in her place?”

 Ree looked up at him and couldn’t help the twitch at the corners of her mouth.“Something like that.”

Have I mentioned that I have a lot of favorite scenes in this book? Because, I do. Just so you know! ;)

and now for...


So, I have some swag that I have been DYING to give away. There will be two seperate swag-packs. (Is it just me, or does that sound weird?) The first package is a little larger, but the second one is still fun!

Without further ado, here is the first package:

This package includes: One mouse pad, one notebook, one signed postcard, and your choice of an I heart Paden or an I heart Roland keychain. (I am thrilled with how these products turned out!)

And for the second package:

This package includes: One notebook and one signed postcard.

So, if you're interested in getting some cool free stuff, you only have to do two small things. Be a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me what's your favorite scene from Mortal Obligation. **Try to keep it spoiler free for those that have not had a chance to read the book yet**

I will be choosing winners on Tuesday, October 11th through random.org. Entries after 12:01am on Tuesday will not be accepted, so make sure that you get your entry in early!

Thanks for stopping by and good luck! I appreciate my readers so very much. I wish I could send everyone something!

ETA: Please be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you. If the winners do not respond within 7 days, I will choose new ones.

Mortal Defiance Teaser #1 + 1000 Books Sold!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Okay, I promised that I would start sharing teaser from the second book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and today is the day! I've picked out some good ones from scenes that I absolutely love. I hope you enjoy them too!

So to start us out right, here is a little peek into one of my favorite scenes:

“What are you doing?” Standing up, he looked at her in question.

“I have a full size bed. There’s no reason you should sleep on the floor.” Tugging him behind her, she walked to the bed.

“I can think of a few reasons."  His voice was rough with something that made Ree hot all over. "That’s the problem.”

So there you have it! Any idea who is in Ree's room? Am I a little bit mean for letting this be the first tease? Ha!

I also have some really good news. Mortal Obligation is currently on two top 100 lists on Amazon! This has been a very big month for me and my book baby. Not only have we crossed the 1000 books sold mark, I have actually managed to sell 1200 books on Amazon alone for the month of September. I am incredibly grateful for all of the love and support I have received. I am also thankful for all of my new readers. To show my appreciation, I will be throwing a giveaway next week full of some great new swag!!! Be sure to check back for a new teaser and a chance to win some fun items!

In other news, at the end of October I am getting together with a wonderful group of indie authors. We're going out to eat, a ghost tour, AND A BOOK SIGNING! I will be sure to get you the details once everything is finalized. I would love for you to come out and meet me!

Progress Report, Contests, and More.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book 2 is definitely a work in progress. I've already sent a little of it to one of my beta readers and it looks like I am on track with what I want to create. I know that I haven't blogged in a while, and I am sorry for that. I get so wrapped up in what I am working on that I don't take the time to keep you up to date. I'm sorry for that.
I thought you should know that I have been privileged enough to guest post on a couple of sites. I also did a couple of interviews. If you would like to read them, you can click here (there is also a chance to win one of two ecopies of Mortal Obligation), here, and here.

I also have a giveaway running on Goodreads where you can win one of three signed copies of Mortal Obligation.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

Mortal Obligation

by Nichole Chase

Giveaway ends October 04, 2011.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Now, for news that some of you have been waiting for. The title for book 2! Ready? Okay, here it is:

Mortal Defiance

I'm really excited about book 2, and can't wait to share some teasers with all of you. Starting in October, I will have a new teaser every tuesday! So, if you can't wait until December for more Ree, Paden, Roland, and the gang then you are in luck! There will be some fun little tidbits to whet your appetite.

Happy reading and writing!

Flying Pink Fur- It's Here!

Friday, September 2, 2011

That's right! The Pink Snowbunnies in Hell anthology is now available! If you have no idea what I am talking about, here is the blurb:

A sleep-deprived author mixes up her metaphors.

A graphic designer has too much time on his hands.

Twenty writers, fueled by copious amounts of chocolate, dream up quirky, funny, and occasionally creepy stories.

And the Pink Snowbunnies in Hell Flash-Fiction Anthology was born.

These are very short stories, under a thousand words each. Some have actual bunnies. Some take rather offbeat trips through the underworld. And some just have a character that shares the sleep-deprived author's mixed metaphors.

All proceeds from this anthology are going to local animal shelters. Pink snowbunnies can take care of themselves, but thank you for helping us support those animals who do need a little assistance.

Stories included in the anthology:

Domestic Disturbance, by T.L. Haddix
Wedding Heaven, Ltd, by A.J. Braithwaite
When, by Robin Reed
Where's JoJo? A Bunny's Guide to Family Dysfunction, by Julie Christensen
Wingman, by Nathan Lowell
It Finally Happens..., by Heather Marie Adkins
Careful What You Wish For, by Barbra Annino
Of Demons and Bunnies, by Nichole Chase   (Woot!)
Pink Snowbunnies are the New Pink Ribbon, by Jimi Ripley
One Wrong Turn Deserves Another, by Asher MacDonald
Marissa's Tattoo, by Steve Silkin
Eulogy, by Suzanne Tyrpak
The Taste of Pink Snow, by Susan Helene Gottfried
Revenge of the Peeps, by Camille LaGuire
Love in a Time of Bunnies, by Coral Moore
The Bunni and the Bird, by Penny Cunningham
The Recession is Hell, by Randi Rogue
Pink Snowbunnies Acrostic, by Molly Black
Don't Mess with the Meadow, by Rex Jameson
A Gift for a Very Special Girl, by Debora Geary

In honor of being included in the anthology, I am giving away an ecopy to one lucky blog follower. All you have to do is:
a) Follow my blog- c'mon, you know you want to anyways.
b) Leave a comment telling me what is your favorite animal.
c) make sure to leave your email address and the format that you would prefer!
That's it! The contest closes Saturday night at midnight, EST.

If you don't want to wait to read the anthology, you can purchase a copy from, Amazon, Barnes and Noble , and Smashwords. (Only $0.99!) All of the profits go to helping animal charities.

Really, can you tell that face 'no'?

EDIT: This contest is now closed. The winners (yes, winners. I'm a softie and everyone that participated received a copy) have been notified via email.

Paperback is Now Available!

Monday, August 29, 2011

The paperback for Mortal Obligation is finally available! Woot! If you are interested in purchasing a copy, it is for sale on Amazon for $9.99. It will be available on Barnes and Noble and few other select stores, but may take a little longer.

In honor of the upcoming Labor Day, I have partnered with the Indie Book Collective and lowered the eBook price of Mortal Obligation to $0.99! This weekend be sure to check out the Indie Book Blowout where all of the ebooks on their site will be reduced to only $0.99. There will also be some really great prizes, including $100 worth of gift cards and a KINDLE! If you purchase any of the books from the website, you can enter your purchase code for FIVE extra entries! How awesome is that?

In book related news, I will be announcing the title for book 2 this weekend. I'm so excited about the next installment of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy! A lot if happening for Ree and her friends. Not to mention that things are heating up between Ree and two irresistible guys. Can she differentiate her current feelings from those of a past life? *Insert a Candice Flynn evil laugh from Phineas and Ferb here* I am loving the drama and angst in this book.

Okay, back to the writing cave for me. Have a good week until next time!

Quotes, Reviews, and Tornados

Monday, August 22, 2011

This is going to be quick, so hold on to your shorts...

I was very honored to have a quote included in an article for the Huffington Post. Big thanks to Martin Perry for giving me the chance to spout my thoughts as if they are important ;)  Seriously, though, I think it is pretty cool. If you would like to check it out, click here. If you enjoy the article be sure to "Like" it on Facebook, or tweet the link.

My very first blog review is up! Stop by Tigers All Consuming Books, comment, and follow. She has a very insightful blog full of well thought out reviews. I really appreciate the time she took to read my book and give an honest review. I can't say this enough: Book bloggers make the world go around. Seriously. If they stop telling people what to read, the Earth will fall off it's axis. I'm so not joking here. So, be kind to your favorite book bloggers: show them love, comment, and follow.

Today has been a whirlwind. (Lame pun. Har har.) A small tornado came though my neighborhood and completely destroyed the wooden fence in the backyard. (Now you get the bad pun... go ahead and groan. I did.) It ripped off the gates (Huge, heavy gates) and flung them across the street into a neighbors yard. It ripped off a lot of the siding from the house and flung it around the subdivision. Thank God, no one was hurt. It was a terrifying afternoon with my toddler tucked up next to me under a pile of pillows in the hallway. That low, but loud whump,whump sound reverberating through the house as I attempted to calm the munchkin by playing peek-a-boo with all of the pillows. We were so very lucky. Things could have been much worse than they turned out to be. As it is, most of the damage was superficial. My daughter and I were unhurt. My dogs were unhurt. Somehow, the flying gates of hell missed the cars that were sitting in the driveway 15 feet from where gate posts were cemented into the ground.

I'm sorry this is short and abrupt, but I am exhausted after this afternoon. I have a few things to do, but I am calling it an early night. I hope you all are safe and had a wonderful weekend.

A little bit about what is going on.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I've been busy writing. It makes it hard for me to keep up with everything else, because when I am writing other things tend to land on the back burner. Well, except for the stuff concerning my daughter. She is always foremost in my mind.

So, this is going to be a quick little post to let you know about some things that are going on with the book. Sales are still relatively good, considering that I am a brand new author. Oddly enough, I have noticed that good sale days tend to alternate between Amazon and Barnes and Noble. (knock on wood it keeps going that way.) Let me clarify what a good sale day means for me. It means anything that is better than a no sale day ;) I still get excited by one sale. Two or three? Watch out... I might be signing and dancing around the house! Anything more than that and I am not fit to be around. It's hard to hold a conversation with someone that is squealing ;)  Okay, I'm not that squeal-y, but it does make me pretty chipper.

I got the first proof for the paperback version of Mortal Obligation. It is hard to explain what it feels like to hold that physical copy in my hands. To open it up and see the words that I wrote, that I slaved over, written in ink... Well, to quote a famous commercial: Priceless. I had to make a couple of little changes, but will be ordering the next proof in a day or so. Once I make sure that everything is correct on that one I will hit the publish button. I will make sure that I post on here and on Facebook when the paperback is available.

In other news, I have some fun promotional things coming up. Guest posts on several different blogs, interviews, and book reviews. I will be sure to let you know when those go up as well. If you haven't purchased your copy of Mortal Obligation yet, there will be some giveaway opportunities too. I am also working on doing a giveaway here on my blog. Possibly a signed paperback, an eBook or two, and something a little more fun. I also have some outtakes that I will be posting from Book One of the trilogy, that Paden and Roland fans might find interesting >;o) Let's just say they have had conversations that poor Ree has no clue about.

So far, Book Two (nope, still not telling you the title) has been a lot of fun to write. I hope that translates well for the readers. Keep checking back, because I will be posting some teasers eventually. (I already have one picked out... *fans self*)

Hm, speaking of #2, I need to go work on the current chapter.

Adieu, people! I hope you guys are having a great week.

Goldfish Cupcakes And A Stuffed Cat

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yep, you read that title correctly; Goldfish cupcakes and a stuffed cat. In this blog post, you can expect to find pictures of the cupcakes I made for my daughters 2nd birthday party, a picture of a little fake kitten that my daughter fell in love with-- and Nana willingly bought her. If you're lucky, I also might talk a little bit about the book, and what is going on with it at this moment. And, if you're really, really lucky I might talk about book 2! ;) (Okay, so you might as well figure you're going to get lucky. Um, er, you know what I mean...)

So, for my daughters 2nd birthday, we decided to keep it low key. For her first birthday we went a teensy bit overboard and apparently it mentally scarred my husband forever. So on top of the stress of releasing my book we decided we didn't want to do anything drastic this year. We had friends and family over, and since my daughter loves all things that have to do with water and being outside, we set up a mini water-land for the kiddies to play in. Her little pool, the awesome pirate ship water table that her grandparents bought, a sprinkler, bubble machines, sidewalk chalk, balloons... you know what? I think we didn't keep it too simple after all. Hmpfh. Anyways, the water theme is wear the goldfish came into the theme.

So, I was a little proud of my cupcakes :) They were a big hit with all of the kids, and VERY simple to make.

Now, as for the stuffed cat... I went shopping with my mother in law yesterday and my daughter fell in LURVE with this little kitten looking thing. It was curled up like it was sleeping in one of the display cases and my munchkin squatted down next to it and ooh'd and ahh'd and giggled like a little fiend over this kitten. When we would pick her up and walk away she would run back as soon as she could escape and make little tsking noises at the glass. Well, when Nana saw that, there was NO WAY she was leaving with out it. And as if my daughter had not just gotten a mountain of toys at her birthday party, we brought home that little stuffed cat.

Cute, right? Oh, wait! I didn't tell you the best part. It is made out of real rabbit fur and sheep skin... and it sheds. We carried that little kitten everywhere; Into the restaurant where we ate lunch (it sat on the table, and even on Nana's head) (BTW, Nana, you are lucky I didn't get a picture of that or it would have ended up on my blog. Payback for all of the times you've tried to embarrass me! >:o] ) and received kisses from everyone that she could solicit a smooch from for her kitten. And since that little kitten sheds rabbit fur that meant we had rabbit fur stuck all over our faces. Fun!

Okay, on to book stuff... Mortal Obligation has been out for almost two weeks now. It is doing pretty well for a brand new book from an unknown author. The last two days have been a little slow, but it is the middle of the week and a little of the new has worn off. I have several book reviewers (whom I respect and know that they will be honest) lined up to do reviews on their blogs. Most of those are set up for September, so hopefully I can manage to drum up a little exposure over the next couple of weeks until those hit. I will be sending out eARC's atleast a few weeks before the next book comes out. Which will hopefully work out a little better. (You live and learn, right?) Speaking of the next book...

I have spent a good bit of time this week working on book two. At this moment, I have a working title for it, but I'm not ready to share that just yet. Hopefully by the end of this month I will have made up my mind and will share with all of you. So far this book is flowing pretty easily. And let me tell you: There is going to be some drama, and some angst, and some steamy scenes!!! WOOT. In fact, I'm pretty excited about writing it all! This part of the process is so much fun. Everything is new and shiny in your head... unlike at the end of editing. LOL  I also should tell you that at this point, my goal for book two, is to have it out and in your hands/ereaders by Christmas. Or shortly after! So, fingers crossed that it keeps going smoothly!!!

Okay, I'm almost done rambling, but I need to give a shout out for my friend Elizabeth Sharp. Her book Natural Selection comes out this Friday! (Yippeeee!) I have been waiting on this one. It looks great and the premise is really original. Be sure to check it out :) And if you buy it, be sure to leave a review!!!

Before I go, I want to take a minute to thank everyone that has bought the book and left reviews. Reviews, help other readers decide if they would like to give it a try. Indies live and die by word of mouth- So, thanks!

An Important Week: Book Release and a Special Birthday

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

As many of you know, I released my first novel this past weekend. Barnes and Noble finally joined the party today-- making it completely official in my head. It is hard to describe how it feels to be published. On one hand it is utterly terrifying to know that people are out there, in places I don't know about, reading my book. On the other hand, I woke up this morning to 2 five star reviews on Amazon. TWO! And it was quickly joined by another! I also have reviews on Goodreads.com and Smashwords. How lucky am I? Yes, people are out there reading my book... and some of them apparently really enjoyed it! That makes my heart soar. Not much could compare to that... except...

Tomorrow is my daughters 2nd Birthday. Really, in less than one short hour, my little baby will be a little girl. That is just as gobsmacking as selling books. I mean, sure, it is what we expect for our children. That they grow up to be happy, intelligent, well adjusted adults. But to watch it happen? To know that a short while ago she could barely speak words, yet now she forms sentences, puts puzzles together, and plays make believe... that is the most astounding thing in the world.

Yes, I am proud of the book I have published. It was a long road, that required a lot of hard work and perseverance. But my single greatest achievement is by far my daughter. There is nothing to describe the pride I feel when I look at her dance around the house or chatter at her father about her day. Honestly? The only word I can think of is: joy.

Happy Birthday Baby. May all of your dreams come true. Xoxo

Sample Sunday

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Here is my first contribution to Sample Sunday :)

Mortal Obligation

Chapter 1

            The spot just between her shoulder blades had been itching and crawling all night. She had the creepiest feeling she was being watched. It was an unnerving sensation that was almost tangible, growing stronger and stronger. More than once, she had found herself looking over her shoulder, trying to find out who was watching her. Ree had hoped it would go away, but from the time she had arrived at the restaurant with her friends it had only intensified. It didn’t help that the eerie glow of red and green holiday lights shining through the windows seemed more menacing than festive, and the drooping limbs of the Christmas tree in the corner felt like a bad omen.
            She shivered and looked at the goose bumps on her arms as she pulled the sleeves of her black sweater down to cover her wrists. She had to be losing her mind. No one in the restaurant was even looking in her table’s direction. Her mouth pressed into an irritated line as her eyebrows pulled together in worry. It was happening again. Seeing things that weren't there. Imagining people were following her. Her dreams lately had become so realistic that she woke sweating, once crying out as she sat up in bed. There was always a strain on the whole family just after the winter holidays. Apparently two years was not enough time to heal the scars they all shared.
            She looked out the window into the dark of the parking lot. As she looked past one of the old oak trees that filled Savannah, something moved between some of the cars in the back left corner of the parking lot. Whatever it was had been so dark and quick she couldn't be sure she had even seen anything. She licked her lips nervously and craned her head to try and get a better look. There was a flash of movement as something obscure seemed to disappear behind a truck. Her heart skipped a beat and her breath caught in her throat.
            “Ree? Hello. Are you listening?”
            Ree jerked her head around and looked at the people sitting at her table. Her face felt like it was on fire as she gulped and looked at her friends. All of them were looking at her in amusement. “Sorry. I completely zoned. What are you talking about?”
            Bryce shook his head and chuckled at her expression. “I asked if you had heard the new song I posted on my blog. Doesn't it sound just like the beat for Impossible?” He rapped out a few beats on the table with his fingers.
            “Um, I'm not sure I’ve heard that one.” She winced, knowing she had apparently checked out for a large portion of their conversation.
            A couple of the people at their table chuckled and rolled their eyes. Ree was often in another world, a glazed expression on her face as she imagined some scene for a painting. No one really thought about her being in La La Land anymore. The only problem was that this time Ree hadn't been lost in some painting or planning some new art project; she had been trying to figure out who was staring at the spot just between her shoulder blades.
            She looked out the window again and took a deep breath before turning to concentrate on her friends. The guys were still arguing the similarities between the band they were going to see tonight and some lesser-known indie band they were into. Juliette was laughing as she watched Paden groan and flail his hands out in denial. Bryce was hunched forward trying to make his point by drumming the beats of the two songs on the table again. Ree smiled watching them, and the tension in her shoulders lessened by a few degrees.
            When Paden pointed at Bryce’s intent expression and laughed, it made Ree's smile grow even more. She slid her eyes to the side so she could covertly study his profile.  Paden was tall, with brown, messy hair that seemed to enhance the constant focus of his dark green eyes. He had a rugged quality that made him look dangerous and, she had to admit, sexy.
            Growing up with Paden constantly around had made her numb to his good looks. It was only a few years ago that Ree had finally understood why some of her friends swooned when he showed up at her parents’ home. How she had missed Paden’s appeal for all of those years still surprised her. Paden was everything a girl could wish for, but of course she would always be left wishing. He would always see her as Tristan’s little sister.
            Listening to him laugh eased a little more of the tension gripping her shoulders and she decided to try and forget her nerves and just enjoy the company. She swirled the straw in her cherry soda and looked around the room. She couldn’t help grimacing when she saw two familiar faces approaching their table.
            Michael and his girlfriend, Shannon, stopped in front of Ree and Paden, leaving their entourage at a different table. Something about those two always struck her as odd. They made her uncomfortable, and not just because she didn't belong in their popular group. In the hierarchy that was high school, Ree was clearly labeled as an art geek. But Michael and Shannon weren't just your typical evil popular kids, they never really did anything outlandish or horrible to anyone. It was something that emanated from them. It probably didn't help that Ree swore she could see black swirling around them at different times. Of course, that was another bag of crazy she didn’t want to deal with tonight.
            Shannon made eye contact and gave her a small smile. On the surface it looked friendly, but something lurking in her eyes made Ree gulp. How could such a little person look so scary?  Shannon's smile grew, turning into something altogether frightening. As if sensing Ree’s unease, Michael looked at her and jerked his head in acknowledgment.
              Because Michael was on the soccer team with Paden, he focused his comments toward his teammate. When Ree looked around the table she was pretty sure everyone else was happy with that setup. No one really said much about Michael, but everyone knew Juliette couldn't stand Shannon. Even at that moment Juliette was busy muttering under her breath to Bryce. Ree was certain she was complaining about the short, mildly evil-looking brunette standing next to their table.
            Shannon opened her mouth to address Ree and Ree tried to not grimace. She knew Shannon would call her by her full name – she always did. Ree would never understand why her mother had given her such a weird name. Really, what had her mother been thinking? And while Shannon's tone was generally friendly, Ree knew she did it just to irritate her as much as possible. They were in the same grade and had shared many classes over the years. Shannon never made an attempt to conceal the fact that she thought she was better than everyone else. Her imagined superiority was always there, waving like a banner for everyone to see. Using Ree’s full name was just another little way of calling her a weird art freak.
“Alastriana, how is the new job going?” Shannon asked over the guys’ conversation.
Ree’s eyes widened in confusion. This time, Shannon’s voice sounded unusual, like she was attempting to hurt Ree by using her whole name. Everyone at the table stopped speaking and turned to look at Shannon. The air in the room seemed to thicken for just a moment as Ree decided how to answer.
            “Pretty good so far.” In fact, her new boss, Sophie, had been really awesome. She had even insisted Ree take the night off to go to the concert. Looking around the table briefly, she saw the uneasy looks on her friends’ faces. Paden rubbed a hand over his arm, and Ree noticed he had goose bumps.
            “You don't actually work with the antiques, do you? My mother has a chair there for repair. I know she would have a fit to know a high schooler was playing with it,” Shannon said. The short girl flipped her hair over one shoulder and sneered at Ree.
            “I’m sure Ree treats everything like it’s special.” Paden’s deep voice brokered no argument. He turned to look at Ree with eyes that had an intense quality she didn’t understand. She gulped. “Isn't that right Ree?”
            “Um, yeah. Old things deserve a lot of respect and care.” Ree didn't look away from his eyes; she wanted to understand what was going on in his head, but the conversation and the serious look just didn't match. She wondered if even he knew what he was thinking.
            Juliette cleared her throat before asking Bryce if he was going to finish his pizza. He looked at his half-eaten slice, then pushed it toward his girlfriend. Michael and Shannon left soon after; apparently they had tickets for the concert, as well. Bryce asked for the checks when the waitress came back and everyone rose to pay their bills.
            Paden grabbed Ree's bill before she could even look at the total. “I asked you to come; I’m paying.”
Ree sighed. He was always trying to take care of her. When would he realize she was practically an adult? She was a junior in high school, with her very own job. Just because he was a year older didn't make him any more mature. “Really, Paden, I can pay for my own dinner! Besides, I'm getting a free concert out of the deal because your friend bailed on you. I should probably pay for your dinner.” She put a hand on her hip and gave him her stubborn face.
            “I don't think so, Ree. I'm paying.” He flashed his lopsided grin before turning to follow the others. He turned back to look at her over his shoulder and jerked his head to signal that she should follow.
            Sighing, she joined everyone at the counter. Bryce and Juliette were in line behind Michael and Shannon, waiting to settle their bill. Bryce was running his hands up and down Juliette’s arms in an attempt to warm her up.
            “Are you cold? Why don't you put your jacket on?”
            She shrugged. “I think I'm just standing in a draft. I got goose bumps all of a sudden.”
            Shannon snickered and turned to look at Juliette.
            “Jules, are you not feeling well? Maybe you’re coming down with something.” She smiled like that was a joke.
            “I certainly feel the need to vomit.” Juliette scrunched up her face and looked around the room. “But maybe I'm just allergic the cheap perfume I smell.” She glanced back at Shannon and sniffed loudly in her direction. “Yep, most definitely something cheap.”
            Ree bit her bottom lip to keep from chuckling.  Juliette could never give a good reason why she hated Shannon so much. She said it was just natural, like rain, the sun, and Adam Sandler's jokes. Jules had a thing for Sandler, which was really lucky for Bryce. It was rare to find a beautiful, smart, and athletic girl that also enjoyed a good fart joke.
            She looked at Shannon and her smile froze. The short girl’s eyes were dark, too dark. She tilted her head toward Juliette and made a sound that was something like a quiet snarl.
Jules stood her ground, bared her teeth in a weird grin, and said, “I should have known you escaped from a zoo.”
            Michael turned around and put a hand on Shannon's shoulder. “Now, now, you two. You guys really could get along if you tried, you know.” Shannon straightened up, and tossed her dark hair out of her face. She sniffed and turned around without saying anything.
            “Yeah, only if I ate out of a dog bowl,” Jules muttered. But it was quiet and she didn't take her eyes off of Shannon.
Ree was still looking at Michael, unable to look away. There was a cloud of black circling around his head. She blinked, but it didn't vanish liked she had hoped. As if drawn by her stare, he met her eyes and his mouth pulled at the corners in some parody of a smile. For the third time that night, Ree sucked in air through her teeth with surprise. Michael’s eyes were black. The pupils were so dilated you couldn’t see the normal brown. He chuckled after looking at her face, then turned back to the cashier to pay the bill.
            Bryce turned and looked at Ree, his eyes wide. “Holy crap. Did you see that? He had, like, black eyes or something. Do you think they’re on drugs? Maybe that’s why they’re so weird,” he said in a harsh whisper.
            Michael and Shannon stalked off toward the exit, his arm around her shoulders. They caught up with their friends and headed out the swinging doors.
Ree sighed when they were out of earshot. She hated being around those two. “What is with them?” Ree asked. “They really give me the creeps.”
            “They smelled different. Did you notice that?” Juliette said quietly after they had all paid their bills. “I mean, I don’t think it was really perfume. They just smelled off, like old deli meat.”
            “Old deli meat?” Bryce chuckled. “Maybe you’re coming down with a stomach bug.” Juliette pushed his shoulder and stuck her tongue out at him as she shoved through the door.
            Ree shook her head and looked at the clock above Paden’s shoulder.  With a surprise she realized they were running a little late. Hopefully the friends they were meeting weren’t waiting for them in the cold. Of course, knowing Melanie and Weylin, they had probably already made friends with the other people waiting outside and were involved in an animated conversation about computer graphics or special effects.
            “We'll see you at the Civic Center,” Paden called as he and Ree made their way to his Corolla. He hit the unlock button on his keychain and walked to the passenger side of the car. Ree raised an eyebrow in question, but he merely shrugged and held the door open for her. This was somewhat new. She didn't really know how to respond, so she bit her lip and sat down in the seat before buckling the belt. He closed the door gently behind her. She looked up at him through her window as he turned around. For just a moment he paused, looking quickly about the parking lot and then shrugging to himself as if confused. He made his way to the driver’s side and reached for the handle. Again he paused, his gaze lingering on the dark corner Ree had watched earlier, and she felt a thrill of fear. Could he feel it, too? Had he seen something? Finally he opened the door and sat down in his seat. She immediately hit the automatic lock, making him look at her and smile.
            “Afraid of the dark?” He asked with a quiet chuckle. But she noticed his eyes looked a little tense, and his smile a bit strained. He put the key in the ignition.
            She rolled her eyes, trying to be nonchalant. “Just random muggers, vampires, and aliens.”
He laughed and turned the key to start the car.
            Suddenly a violent shudder racked her body, causing her teeth to chatter. Her hand gripped the handle bar on the door, her knuckles white. If the feeling of being watched in the restaurant had been intense, it didn’t come close to explaining the fear that coursed through her body at that moment. Something dark ran in front of the car, barely brushing the bumper before the headlights came to life.
            “What the hell was that?” Paden exclaimed, looking toward the moving bushes.
            Ree shook her head and did her best to slow the beating of her heart.  For the first time in her life, since all of the weird things had started happening to her, she prayed it was all her imagination. Nothing more than an overactive fantasy life.  She had always wanted proof she wasn't insane, but now she would be happy to know it was only shadows playing tricks on her. She was pretty sure that a lot of artists were insane on some level, anyway. She took a deep breath, and tried to calm her heart. Yeah, she could work with the whole quietly insane artist thing. Paden’s hand touched her arm, causing her to jump. She cursed softly and looked up at him, her eyes wide.
            “It's alright, Ree. Probably just a bird or something. Freaky timing, though.” He shook his head ruefully and pulled out of the parking lot.

Thank you for reading. I hope you guys enjoyed this Sample! If you would like to read more, you can check it out on Amazon or Smashwords. Barnes and Noble should also have Mortal Obligation available in the next day or so.
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