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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This Time Book 3 MOMENTS SERIES

Well, I guess I can officially tell you that This Time book 3 of my Moments Series will be releasing May 15! I got to bump it up from its original time table of May 30th thanks to things running unbelievably smooth and me wrapping everything up way ahead of schedule. That's a great bit of news, the other bit of news is that not only am I about to share some wicked cover art with you, but I'm also going to share a teaser chapter of the book. So if you need a cup of tea, now's a great time to get up and get it. ;)

First up... new cover art! I'm rebranding the books, not because I didn't love the old covers, I totally and completely did, but because I wanted them to be more recognizable as NA romances. So what do you think?

 



Now for the teaser!

This Time

A phone call that changed our lives...

I've lived my life in a daze, trying to save someone hell bent on destruction. But when my phone rings and I'm told that Angel, my on again off again boyfriend has OD'd for the second time in two years, I'm so numb. So tired. So when Tor Boler, the sexy Norwegian and drummer of Fok asks me to stay with him, I stay. We were friends and I needed to be held. To be loved. It was just supposed to be one night of reckless passion. One night where I could forget how screwed up my life had become.

...a night of passion with far reaching consequences

I've wanted Jamie Sullivan since the day she walked through my tattoo shop eight years ago. There's a soulfulness to her blue eyes that reminds me of the arctic fjords of home. She calls to me. There's only one problem standing in our way- Angel Romero. I want her, and she wants me too, she just doesn't realize it yet.

This time... we'll get it right.


Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I’m yours forever…
Anonymous~ From Jamie to Tor


Chapter 1
Jamie

Everybody thought I was a doormat. They thought I didn’t know what Angel was doing, or that I was blind to his ways. People couldn’t be more wrong. Even Zoe, who I knew only wanted what was best for me, wanted me to leave Angel. And a side of me wished it were so simple. Wished I could just walk away and never look back, I think I would too, if it weren’t for the fact that I felt partly responsible for the man that he was today.
But it was getting harder to pretend that I didn’t see his whoring ways, to pretend that I was okay with his drug use and his constant drinking. His destructive ways were definitely not okay with me, but I had this horrible feeling that if I walked away and left him to the care of his demons, they’d devour him.
I shouldn’t have gone to the club tonight, especially once Zoe had called to say that Alex’s car had gotten a flat and there was no way they’d make it in time. Angel had promised to show up, but I knew the chance of that was slim to none.
I should be home, not walking into a club hoping to lose myself in dangerous thoughts, not walking into Tor’s arms, and I damn well shouldn’t have let him hold me. But I was weak and I was drunk and when I stared into his blue eyes the only thing that kept going through my head was… I needed to feel alive again.
He smelled so good. Like sandalwood cologne, and God, the way he’d rocked me. And when I’d hiccupped and he’d tilted my chin up and our gazes locked and for a split second time stopped, all rationale thought fled.
There’d been fire and heat and danger and my breathing had grown jagged and it’d been all I could do to keep my fingers to myself. To not wrap them into the muscular ropes of his arms and drag him toward me.
Because in that moment, in that second, I felt what I hadn’t felt in years.
Alive.
Our bodies had vibrated, the pulsing beat of smash mouth death metal blared through the confines of that club. Normally I hated this music, it grated on my nerves, on my ears. Two seconds ago I’d been ready to leave. But I wasn’t really hearing the music now, because the sound of my beating heart was drowning it out.
The phone call had shattered the last vestiges of my resolve to fix Angel.
He’d gone too far and the heart that’d already been beaten and bruised was now nothing but a pulp, bloody and broken.
I was bloody and broken.
Sweat trekked down his nude chest. He was wearing black leather pants, and biker boots. A horned hat which should have looked ridiculous but his face was so chiseled, so masculine and starkly beautiful that I doubted anything could make him look silly. Not to mention Tor was covered in bold, black tattoos that wrapped around his arms and wrists and connected in heavy patterns along his collarbone.
I licked my lips. He was tall and so intense, staring at me like I was a raw slab of meat and he was a hungry lion. Angel hadn’t looked at me like that in years.
That stab of pain gripped my heart again and I winced.
“I need to go,” I whispered.
We were standing in the band area, the exit was just steps away. I needed fresh air, I needed to get out of there. I needed time to think. Zoe was always talking about Tor, always telling me I should give him a chance. That he was sweet and a big teddy bear, but Tor wasn’t looking at me so sweet.
“You need to stay,” he growled.
I blinked.
His fingers curled around my biceps. I worked out, they were nice and toned, and so unbelievably small next to his large, large hands. I was barely five foot, so it wasn’t like I wasn’t used to being overwhelmed by guys.
But there was something about Tor that was so massively overwhelming it made me dizzy. I was like Alice falling through the rabbit hole, and I should be terrified of feeling so out of sorts, but I was numb.
I hadn’t been with another man, not since meeting Angel in high school my sophomore year when I was fifteen. I was twenty-three now. Nine years with one guy was practically forever for someone my age. This felt a lot like cheating.
Even though technically I wasn’t.
My heart was pounding.
I wanted him to kiss me.
But this was wrong.
It was so wrong.
I swallowed.
“I can’t stay, Tor.”
But even as I said it, I wanted him to call me on the lie. Because I did want to stay. Not because I’d been burning a secret candle for him either. Truth was, right now, I would have wanted to stay with anybody. Because I wanted to forget, I didn’t want to think about the phone call I’d just gotten. Or the fact that I’d tried so hard to save Angel. I’d done everything in my power, I’d stayed when I should have left. I’d done everything to prove that old saying false, that love wasn’t enough to save them from themselves. I was so sure I would be the exception rather than the rule.
But I’d not been enough for Angel for a long time and I hated that I should be crying and instead all I wanted to do was lose myself in a man who’d hold me, move inside me, and make me forget that the man I’d tried so hard to save had just overdosed for the second time in two years.
His sister had called in tears. The doctors had revived him and the whole family was waiting for me to come. Because that was the way it always was.
But was it selfish that I didn’t want this anymore?
Was it selfish that for once I wanted to be alive, for once I wanted to be wanted?
Was that selfish?
God, I wished someone would tell me what to do. Right now. Just tell me what to do.
“Come home with me, Jamie.”
Tomorrow I’d regret this. Tomorrow I’d hate myself, but what else was new?
      “Yes, Tor. I’ll come with you.”

Friday, April 18, 2014

And the winners are!

Karis Mutter

Ying Lor

Kym Durham

But here is the best part. Not only will your names appear in the book, you three get to give me a character description of what you want your ladies to look like and what kind of weapon they'd use. You can post it below, or you can email me privately. Entirely up to you.

If I don't hear back within a week's time, I'l have to go with my back up picks as I'm working on the book now and am coming close to needing to write the scene.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Happy reading,
~Marie

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Welp...it's done

This Time (Tor and Jamie's story, book #3 of the Moment's Series) is officially off to the beta readers and I'm nervous! :p My contemporary books are soooo different than my fantasy books which are much more kick butt and nonstop action. Whoever said writing character driven books was hard deserves a Nobel Prize for that because it is oh so true.

Writing character driven anything means you can totally lose the reader in two point two seconds if done poorly. Plots can grow stale and boring, the reader begins to not care about the character and so therefore doesn't care about the characters story ARC. I find writing character driven books to be incredibly challenging, but if I nail it, like I feel I did with my first two Moments book, then I also feel incredibly validated.

In other news... I'm constantly being asked what's next for Marie Hall? Well here is what's coming up for the next few months.

May will see the release of Beyond Desire, a boxed set that includes A Moment, book #1 of my Moments Series. I'm mostly doing that because at the end of the month I'll be releasing the 3rd and final book in the Moments Universe. That's not to say that I won't be writing more contemporary because I fully expect that I will. But it will be different people. Lately I've been contemplating writing more action paced contemporary since that's what I'm most comfortable writing. But I'll give you updates on future contemporaries as I near writing them. For now let's just say there will be more. Also for those of you who've wondered whether I plan to release Rumpel's Prize on it's own, yes I will on May. 1.

June will see the release of Death's Redemption, this is Frenzy's story. For any of you who've read Death's Lover about Cian and Eve, this is the long awaited sequel to that book.

July will see the release of Hood's Obsession, Book #9 of the Kingdom Series and will feature Giles (who if you've read Rumpel's Prize you'll remember was Rumpel's manservant) and Lilith Wolf who is the daughter of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf.

August will see the release of Howler's Night, Night Series Book #3 and quite possibly the end of that series. I say possibly because it all depends on where the story feels like it should end. I'm not going to force an ending to a series just to quickly wrap it up. If I don't think I can fit the entire plot into book 3, then there will most definitely be a book 4, but again I won't know that until I get further into the story.


For right now, these are definitive publications. From Sept to Dec I'll be reassessing which series to work on next. I can tell you that one way or another (barring any real life hiccups) I plan to wrap up the Night Series this year and possibly even the Dark Princess Kingdom Spinoff. But not to worry you Kingdom fans, I'm not quitting Kingdom. I will probably do another spinoff in Kingdom like I did when I moved from the Bad Boys to the Dark Princesses. I'm looking to the wicked witches this time, so it should be a lot of fun! ;)

So you're looking at all this and probably realizing that with the exception of Kingdom I'm closing out my other worlds, yes, it's true I am. But only because there are so many more books to write and so many more characters to introduce you guys to. Like a certain assassin and empath whose book I have begun working on with a collab partner of mine that many of you know if you've bought our after dark boxed sets. ;)

I'll reveal who my writing twin will be down the road, but I think you guys are going to love this new sexy and high-tech world of spies/assassins/and gen-modified empaths. Think Alias meets X-Men and yeah...I'm so excited to start devoting myself to those characters.

I hope I've answered all questions and if you have anymore feel free to drop me a line, I'll answer as soon as I see it!

~Happy reading,
Marie