Sunday, March 24, 2013

CLAIMING MOON now available on Nook

Nearly seven months ago my debut novel, CLAIMING MOON, went live at, available for download to Kindle and free Kindle-reading apps.

Several folks asked me then if it was available at Barnes and Noble for download to a Nook, and regrettably, I had to say no.

Starting today, that is no longer the case!

That’s right – CLAIMING MOON is available at B&N for your Nook. As with the Kindle format, you can also download a free Nook app for your computer or other reading device.

So, what’s CLAIMING MOON all about? Here’s the promo:

People are dying in Southwest Virginia, their bodies ripped open, each missing a vital organ.

Clearwater Police Detective Frank Taliaferro has served in larger departments, advised the FBI, even worked international cases for The United Nations, but now he’s back where his career began, in the small town of Clearwater, Virginia. And he’s never seen anything like these killings.

When Frank is forced into a charity bachelor auction as a prospective date, he meets Clearwater Daily Dispatch reporter Cassandra Kincaid, assigned to participate in the auction as a bidder and report her experience.

The murders begin on the night of their date, and the two find themselves drawn together in an uneasy yet passionate relationship, while they both race to uncover what is behind the macabre murders. Working independently of one another, each discovers an awful truth – the deaths are revenge killings, and someone, or something, is still on the loose, looking for more victims.

Cassandra’s probing also uncovers a dark secret from Frank’s past, one that drives a wedge of mistrust between them, yet Cassandra finds she can’t get the detective out of her mind.

In the end her feelings for Frank may not matter because the two find themselves in a deadly face-off with an ancient cult deep in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Only then do they learn the truth behind the grisly murders, but that discovery may be too late for either of them.

So why did it take so long to come to Nook?

I had the novel in the Amazon Kindle Prime Lending Library, which meant it was available to Amazon Prime members as a free “borrow.” Authors like me, with a novel in the program would get a payment for each borrow, just as we do for each sale. In order to be in the Prime Lending Program, I had to give them exclusive distribution rights to the novel, and agree to that for 90 days.

Truthfully, the program didn’t do much for me, and I more or less made up my mind to withdraw from the program at the end of the 90 days when, right as my 90th day approached, I saw a little borrowing activity on the novel. So I re-upped for another 90 days. However, during that time borrows trickled back to nothing, and the per-borrow payment rate also dropped quite a bit. So I suppose I’m joining the ever-growing number of writers leaving the Amazon Prime program because it’s proving to not be a very good business decision to remain.

That’s probably a little more nuts-and-bolts than you were interested in, but what this does mean for you is that you can now get my novel, CLAIMING MOON, on your Nook. Over the coming weeks, additional works I’ve published will show up for Nook, including my planned April 15 release of the horror collection, PROTECT THE INNOCENT & OTHER TALES.

The work features my horror novella PROTECT THE INNOCENT, along with a handful of other scary stories that I hope will keep you up at night. More details later.

For now, mosey on over to B&N and download your copy of CLAIMING MOON on you Nook.

Of course, if you would rather download to a Kindle, and you haven’t yet gotten your copy, you can download CLAIMING MOON right here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

A novel of suspense, lust, desire and craving...

Note: This is a promo for the novel LETHAL OBSESSION by Shandra Miller. It is a novel of explicit depictions of sex and erotica with a heavy BDSM, and while that’s not exactly what I write, Shandra asked if I’d be willing to promote it on my blog. If you’re not into explicit material of this nature, you may wish to pass. However, if you don’t mind that subject matter, and you want a novel of suspense and chills, one that will keep you guessing, then LETHAL OBSESSION is for you. Here’s my take on the novel, with a little help from Shandra with lyrics that open my blog.

Once in love you're never out of danger
One hot night spent with a stranger
All you wanted was somebody to hold on to

Those lyrics are from a Rod Stewart song named Passion. They also describe the state of mind of Detective Angela Martin, the main character of my novel LETHAL OBSESSION.

Angela is like everyone else – she wants to be wanted. She wants to feel love. She wants passion. Angela finds it at the hand of Mr. Tanner, who takes her into a world of domination and submission, bondage and control. He does things to her she’s never imagined. Read this excerpt from the opening chapter:

I am going to die.

Because I’m stupid.

That was the final lucid thought Angela was able to form before emotion replaced rational thinking. His hands – gentle yet deliberate in the way they had already worked the rest of her clothing from her body – unfastened first one strap that hung over her shoulders, then the other, and Angela felt her face flush as the chemise fell, leaving her nude.

She heard a whimper as the hot sting of leather kissed her buttocks, then the whimper grew to a muffled cry with the second and third strike, and Angela realized it was her own voice she was hearing, what little voice she could form through the gag.

Her body trembled at a fourth and fifth strike. Fear and adrenaline coursed through her body, and Angela moaned. Embarrassment competed with fear, embarrassment at being naked and vulnerable, and at the realization her body was responding to his actions, that she could no longer control herself, with each lash from the belt arousal grew; fear as the realization dawned on her, not rationally but in some deep, visceral way, that she was helpless and alone, at the mercy of a stranger who clearly had painful intentions for her.

Then it all went away, replaced by the hard sensation of ice, first against her right nipple, then her left. Angela cried out at the cold, her body jerking, but the sound was muffled, and she moved little, with her arms stretched overhead, wrists bound, snuggly held in place by…by what she wasn’t sure, with her vision nothing more than blackness behind a blindfold.

She turned her body away from the cold as much as she could, and Angela felt another sharp sting of leather across her buttocks.

“You will stand still.”

The voice, little more than a whisper, was firm and even. No anger, no frustration, just a simple command.

Again the ice, but Angela held her footing, though her body trembled in spite of her attempt at remaining perfectly still. The cold pressed against her, hard, and then she felt the ice slipping around the nipple, making larger and larger circles outward, spiraling across her breasts.

As suddenly as the ice had come, it was gone. In its place she felt his lips...kissing her right nipple, gently at first, ever so softly. A mix of sensations rolled through her body – the air against her left nipple, still wet from the ice, almost stinging cold, while his kisses brought warmth to her right nipple. Despite the embarrassment, the fear, Angela felt herself growing wetter than she could ever remember as his hands caressed her hips. She moaned, instinctively arched her hips forward and felt teeth clamp down on her nipple. …


As you read the novel, you see that Angela finds her new-found master has a control over her, an ability to make her crave his touch, his kiss, his discipline, to be bound and helpless at his mercy. Sensations unlike any she has ever felt take hold of her body, her mind, and then the unthinkable happens.

She is called to the scene of a murder, where she finds a woman bound, clearly having been tortured in ways similar to what Mr. Tanner had done to her, so much so as to seem a copy of what she experienced.

Angela is chief detective of the Moose Creek, N.C., police department, the first woman to have ever reached that lofty status. She did it with hard work, uncompromising commitment to the job, and an instinctive ability to ferret out what the bad guys are doing.

Now those instincts tell Angela that her newfound love is behind the murder, while her emotions tell her differently. And her cravings are so strong it may not matter, because she finds herself back in his clutches, unable to resist, even as the danger to her own life ratchets up.

LETHAL OBSESSION is a novel of erotica, BDSM, suspense and danger. And it will leave you breathless, craving more.

LETHAL OBSESSION can be found at here for download to your Kindle or right here for download to your Nook.

LETHAL OBSESSION might be a little different than what you're used to reading, but at its heart the story is one of suspense and lust, desire and, as the name implies, obsession. Check it out.

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