#SneakPeakSunday !! A taste of Thistle and Flame!

Hey guys – hearing from some of you as you go through T&F is so much fun. It’s always funny how the characters I pinned as those people would love aren’t, and those I never thought they’d like, they do! Anyway, for this Sneak Peak Sunday, I’m gonna give you a taste of one of the book’s nasty villains – the nefarious Alan, Sheriff of Edinburgh!


If you like what you read, grab the rest of Thistle and Flame  at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BQI8VUQ


“That’s not Alan, is it?” John said to Gavin. “He sounds like he’s two drams from a pint.”

“Shh!” Gavin urged. “It’s him alright. We were talking about making a game of this, right? Seems like we’ve got the chance to have a little fun with our friendly neighborhood sheriff and we didn’t even have to work at it. Come on, this way.”

Silently, except for the gentle jingles of the jewelry box under John’s cloak, the three men crept around to the side of the Macdonald estate, hiding low behind an ornamental wall. Sure enough, as the men watched, the self-appointed Sheriff of Edinburgh wandered back and forth, thumbs hitched in his thin belt.

“Ramsay!” His slurring was a bit more pronounced the closer he got. “Come out here!”

Gavin stuck his head around the wall and signaled to the others with his finger across his lips. He was laughing so hard that his shoulders shook.

“I’m not going to say anything…I won’t say anything, uh…”

“What’s wrong with him?” John said, edging up next to Gavin.

“He’s pissed, what do you think’s wrong with him? Look at that rosy glow to his cheeks. Look at how his finely powdered wig is sitting halfway off the back of his head. I bet if he tries to whip off that hat, the wig will come right after it.”

Sure enough, the next time Alan shouted at the closed door, he stomped his finely hosed and shoed foot, balled his fists and yanked his hat off. The wig slid down his back to reveal a head as bald as a snooker cue and very nearly as pale.

“It’ll be crowded with three of us on the back of a single horse, but I think we can manage.” Gavin had an impish grin.

“Oh don’t worry about me. I’ve got work to do around here. Can’t heave off just yet. I just want to see what happens,” Red Ben said with a laugh under his voice.

“What are you thinking, Gavin? Don’t tell me you’re –”

Grinning, Gavin pulled his pistol from his belt and crept along the house nearer where the hooting sheriff was screeching drunkenly at someone who was almost two days to the north of him. He looked back at John, waved him forward, and tipped his head to Red Ben Black.

Gavin tightened his belt, snugged down the loose-hanging part of his kilt, and palmed the sgain dubh he always kept in his stocking.

“You gonna kill him?”


Welcome to March – welcome to INSATIABLE READS!

A gang of my best author friends got together a couple of months ago, and we all said to each other “each other! What would be the craziest thing we could possibly do?”

And then, in unison, like a choral voice that was slightly out of tune, we all said “write new novels and market the living hell out of them!”

Slowly, we started to move our heads in nodding motions – because you see, writers move very little, especially ones who work as much as we do – and so there it was. Insatiable Reads was born. What you can expect, as a reader, out of this crazy thing are the following:

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1) Great, professional, sharp-as-a-tack books from a handpicked group of authors that you’re sure to enjoy

2) A variety of genres! Something for everyone. For me, I’ve got a light-hearted, fun (I think, anyway) historical romance set in 18th century Scotland. We’ve also got sci-fi, contemporary romance, soul-shattering New Adult romance, fantastic realism, billionaires, androids, psychics, a circus, rockstars, dice throwing, and so, so, so much more.

3) Giveaways! At the end of the month we’re having a giveaway for the whole bundle of books! Physical copies as well as e-books, and a BRAND NEW KINDLE PAPERWHITE to read them on! I have to admit that as much of a gadget dork as I am (and I am) I love reading on the paperwhite more than any tablets, computers, whatever. Love that e-ink. This is how you can tell that I’m ACTUALLY a dork; I have a very strong opinion of e-ink.

4) Lots of cool blogs – all of us are guest blogging on some big blogs throughout the month, so be sure to check those out!

5) Thistle and Flame – not to be too self-aggrandizing, but as part of the tour, I’m releasing a brand-new book! But Anya, I can hear you saying, it’s only been a month since “Unmasked” came out – how the hell can you push out a book in a month? I could give you the obnoxious “Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in an hour and a half” or talk about Kurt Vonnegut writing whatever it was in whichever totally improbable amount of time it took him. Instead all I’ll say is “you can, if you set our mind to it and have great support.”

And so now, as I settle in to final edits on my book, and try to drown the butterflies in my stomach with coffee, I’ll leave you with the cover of my upcoming book, Thistle and Flame!

Thistle and Flame Final Cover 400x600 jpg


If you’re interested, go over to GoodReads and friend/fan me. You’ll get an update when it goes live!

As always, thanks for reading – you guys keep us writers going!