Karma In Blue Jeans Kicks off a New Series Focusing on Immortals #newrelease #KIBJ

Hello all!

Thank you for stopping in today to help me celebrate the release of Karma in Blue Jeans (Immortal Siblings 1). I finally finished this one in time to have signed copies available for Passport to Romance 2019 in Bellevue, WA on October 19th. If you ever have a chance to attend this reader event, please stop in to say hello. It’s one my husband and I plan on attending every year. It’s free and a wonderful way to meet your favorite and new to you authors. We call it a Booktail party for a reason! *wink wink* It’s put on by Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America chapter (GSRWA). Mark you calendars for next year!

So far, KIBJ has been accepted by my regular readers and new fans alike. All looking to learn more about the Immortals I introduced in my Now and Forever series, The Courtship of the Vampyre, and the Kayne Legacy series. I have to say, I’m quite fond of these Gods and Goddesses myself. I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I have had telling them. I should say transcribing them as we all know it’s the characters who pester us to put their tales down on paper.

Karma in Blue Jeans is available on all major outlets as an ebook and print at the following links. The first link is for Books2Read. It has all the ebook outlets on one page. Just choose your preferred vendor and it will take you directly to that site.

https://books2read.com/KIBJ

Barnes and Noble Print

Amazon Print

Back of the book blurb:

What would you do if Karma called upon you?

As Goddess of Blessings and Punishments, Karma excelled in her duties concerning her mortal charges. Her decision to reward or punish had never been done on a whim. After the God of Trials and Tribulations decides to follow his heart and step down from his position as one of The Three, Karma is asked to be His replacement. She agrees, but with one condition—

She wishes to experience life on earth as a human while completing her final assignments with her demigod lover, Justice. In her mind, this is the only way she can understand how and why the humans act as they do.

Her final assignments turn out to be her most rewarding yet:

  • Two lost and lonely souls are brought together for a second chance at love
  • An author who chooses to lie, cheat and steal her way to the top of the charts
  • A veteran left reeling after a betrayal by his boss
  • An immortal who had once betrayed The Three is offered a chance at redemption

Follow Karma and Justice as they soon learn having limited access to her magical powers makes it even harder to answer the prayers of those in need, and punish those hell bent on destroying everything they touch.

 

The first couple chapters (unedited) were released as a free read on this blog. For this post, I wanted to share a new excerpt with you that showcases new beginnings for two who thought their lives were over, and one determined to destroy her future.

Story Excerpt (PG-13)

Joe struggled to keep his emotions in check as Charlotte opened up about her life since losing Darrin. How could this wonderful woman ever feel she would be a burden on her friends and family? Why hadn’t anyone checked up on her? He held her hand as it rested on his thigh.

Just like he had always done with Carrie.

“Living out of the van hasn’t been all that bad. I showered here or at one of the truck stops just out of town. I didn’t want to spend too much time at the shelter when so many others needed the bed more than I did. I spent most of my time here at the hospital, so no one thought anything about me eating all of my meals in the cafeteria.”

“Your librarian salary wasn’t enough to keep your house?”

She shook her head. “Darrin’s medical bills took all of our savings and maxed out our insurance policies. We had to take out a second mortgage to cover his funeral expenses. He thought of everything and did what he could to take care of me right up until the day he passed.”

Joe had heard enough. An overwhelming wave of guilt washed over him. Darrin had fought hard to stay with his wife, just like Carrie had to stay with him. He didn’t understand how it was possible that their lives could be entwined this way. The only explanation had to be divine intervention. He intended to take the blessing and run with it.

“You’ve spent your last day without a home.”

Charlotte turned in the booth to face him, still holding his hand. “What are you saying?”

“I won’t allow you to face your cancer battle without a roof over your head. My home is now your home.”

She blinked rapidly and opened her mouth as if to protest. Instead, she laughed.

And laughed.

She laughed until tears rolled down her face and she gasped for air.

“I don’t know why you find moving in with me so funny. There’s more than enough space for the two of us. You’ll have your own room and bathroom of course.”

She wiped her eyes and kissed his cheek. The touch of her lips sent ripples through his body he never thought he would feel again. He knew in that instant Charlotte was his past, present and future.

“I’m not laughing at you or your wonderful offer. I’ve had another flash of déjà vu. You were booted out of your frat house…”

“Oh, holy hell! I’d forgotten about that.” He chuckled as he recalled punching a senior at a party for making lude comments about Carrie. The foul-mouthed creep happened to be a legacy and had thrown a fit, demanding Joe be booted out of the fraternity. Instead, their chapter leader kicked him out for the night with instructions to sleep it off at the nearest hotel. He had ended up standing under Carrie’s window at two in the morning, drunkenly proclaiming his undying love for her.

“You defended my virtue then and here you are protecting me all over again. Darrin had done something similar. Both of you were drunk off your asses thanks to tequila shots.”

He brushed her hair from her cheek and ran his thumb over her bottom lip. “I can say for all certainty it wasn’t the tequila that caused me to open my heart to you. Please say yes, Charlie. Take the leap with me.”

She nodded and molded her body into his as their lips found each other again.

 

I want to live! I want to live and love this man here, now and always. If this is a dream, I don’t ever want to wake up.

He tasted of berries and cola, of sunshine and promises. He was her Darrin, and yet not. She knew in her heart her prayers had been answered in the hospital cafeteria of all places. She clung to him and promised to never let go again.

“Are you sure about this, Joe?”

“Never surer about anything in my life.”

She smiled and slid out of the booth. She tugged on his hand still clutching hers. “I have one stop to make before we head home.”

That sounds so good to my ears. Home to start living again.

  

Justice tapped out Karma’s dictation with lightning speed. Once she had the remote in her hand, she figured out the features with only a few instructions from him. She’d made all of the screens combine into one to focus on Joe and Charlotte. He’d laughed with the couple as they recalled the memories of proclaiming their love for each other the first time around.

But that kiss stopped his heart.

As soon as their lips came together, their auras changed, signaling their path had finalized.

“Where did she have to go?”

“With Joe beside her to boost her courage, she made the decision to tell her doctors then and there she would go through cancer treatment as soon as they could set it all up.”

He pumped his fists in the air. “Yes!”

Karma tapped the remote and shrunk the screen to the upper left corner. “The two of them can take it from here for the rest of the night. Brighton is settled in with her brother and niece. Let’s see what Evil Evie is up to now.”

“Evil Evie? Is she really that far gone or are you giving your charges nicknames just for fun?”

She snickered. “The name fits don’t you think?”

His eyes took in the scene in front of him. Evangeline struggled to communicate using the tablet Dallas provided for her that morning. It pained him to watch as she awkwardly gripped a stylus and tapped out words one letter at a time. Even in her debilitated state, she treated her nurses as her personal punching bags. She kicked, thrashed and attempted to bite one who simply tried to adjust her pillows.

“Why is she so combative?” His experience working in the hospital had shown him humans usually allowed the staff to see to their needs without throwing a fit each time. Evangeline faced months of rehab to get back to where she was functioning before her stroke. If she alienated her caregivers, her recovery would be harder if not damn near impossible.

“She wants to push them away to be alone. She’s about to get her wish. Watch what she does.” Karma expanded Evangeline’s screen to quadruple the size.

Within moments of tossing her water bottle at the back of the nurse escaping through the door, Evangeline tapped her stylus on the tablet to bring up a chat window. Her speed increased as she spelled out each word.

 

“Did you get the books uploaded?”

“Yes, and you won’t believe the number of downloads we’ve had in the last hour.”

“Good 2 hear. Be ready for the take down notices to hit within the next couple days.”

“You don’t need to remind me. I know what to do.”

“Humor me.”

“Deny, deny, deny then shut down the site.”

“Then?”

“Start all over again. You need to trust me, Evie.”

“I trust you to keep this up and keep hidden. With my competition freaking out about pirates, my books will keep beating them on the charts.”

“They’re not for sale any longer, sweetheart.”

“Temporary setback. I have my people setting up an alternative sales channel…”

 

Anger flowed through him. He had been taken in by Evangeline and had felt pity for her. Even now she kept trudging down her dark path. “Yeshua is right to cut this one off. She’ll never learn.”

“Brighton will see her tomorrow along with others who Evangeline has wronged in the past. These women will be her final test. As always, the choice will be hers. This time will truly be her last.”

“Why does she spend so much time on schemes like this? She has the talent. She’s more than capable of making it all on her own.”

“Self-doubt crept in after the release of her first book. Rhiannon told me Evangeline thought it was a fluke, one shot and done. She feared the words wouldn’t come fast enough on their own. She found a way to keep up the insane pace and put her books and her name at the top of the charts. The awards and acclaim had been too enticing. She wanted it all then and even more so now.”

He recorded everything into the file open on the laptop and turned his eyes back to the footage playing out in front of them. The camera angles shifted to showcase Evangeline’s tablet as she struggled with the stylus. She sighed with relief as the folder opened to display no less than two dozen files for books yet to be published.

“I’m almost afraid to ask where those came from.”

“Angela wasn’t the only ghostwriter on Evangeline’s payroll, Justice. Each and every single one of those files is a book stuffed with combinations of their stories. Her plan had been to publish these books under new pen names and cash in on book subscription services that pay out by pages read as well as sales of the books. She set up the new account using an LLC she’s kept secret from everyone including her husband.”

He groaned. The biggest online book retailer in the world just cleaned house and deleted the accounts of the people pulling off the very same scam Evangeline planned to launch. “Come on, Evie. Don’t dig yourself a bigger hole.”

Karma rolled her eyes. “Babe, we are witnessing a woman too desperate to care. She won’t put the books out today, but I’m betting within the week.”

“You can’t see her future yet?” Having Karma more human than goddess was going to take time to get used to for both of them. Her frustration came off her in waves and set his nerves on edge.

“I see all of her possible futures. She hasn’t made her choice known. Once she does, there will be no turning back.”

 

Happy Reading!

Tammy

 

One Two, Karma’s Coming for You! New Free Read #KIBJ #paranormal

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Welcome to the first installment of my new paranormal erotic romance Karma In Blue Jeans (Immortal Siblings). As you know, this is the first book in this cross over series and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Each week I’ll post a new chapter so you can follow along as the Goddess Karma gives humans their just rewards…good or bad. Since this is updated each week, I want you to enjoy the story as it unfolds. No blurbs. No teasers. Just a chapter at a time.

For those of you who’ve read my Now and Forever series (three books are out now) and the first in my Kayne Legacy series will be familiar with three of the Immortal Siblings already. Yeshua is the Eldest and Master Creator. Fate is the Goddess in charge of Destiny, and Lucius is the God of Trials and Tribulations. Together they make up The Three. They have many more siblings each in charge of various tasks when it comes to overseeing their mortal creations. In this book you’ll meet Rhiannon, the Goddess of Second Chances and the heroine, Karma. You all know of Karma as in what goes around comes around. What you may not know is she takes her job seriously. She doesn’t come by her punishments lightly and she doesn’t reward on a whim. Her gifts can be a blessing depending upon how you benefit from them either as the direct recipient, or those who’ve asked for her to intervene.

She hears your pleas and knows all. You can’t hide or lie your way out of it when Karma comes to call.

*snicker*

Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Karma isn’t always sweet, nor is she always kind. She is however just and fair. That too depends upon your perspective.

Enough of the small talk. Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for…

 

Karma In Blue Jeans

Chapter 1

 

 

fashionable beautiful girl in jeans.blond Sexy woman.Long hair“Tell me why you’ve summoned me, Rhiannon? Lucius assured me you would handle this one yourself.”

The Goddess of Second Chances sighed. “This human has pushed me well beyond my breaking point. I gave her every opportunity to prove to me she was worthy of the second chances.”

“Peace and love no longer working?” Karma raised one eyebrow and tilted her head. She knew damn well it would be enough to set her sister off on one of her lectures explaining why every mortal deserved a second chance. This one they observed now had been a special project. Their Elder Siblings had ruled she was to allow Rhiannon to continue to work her charms.

She’d fought with them for hours that it was now her job to dole out the punishment to fit the crimes this author had committed. She’d been right from the start and it took all her strength not to gloat.

“Save the ‘I told you so’ speech. I wasn’t wrong to help this one overcome her cancer scares—twice mind you.”

“No, you weren’t. The deal was she’d change her life around in exchange for those new leases on life.”

Rhiannon rolled her violet eyes and tossed her wild man of multi-colored hair. “She did, but not for the better. Instead of enjoying life, she’s become a vile creature. She terrorizes her competition and has been manipulating her fans behind the scenes to get them to do her dirty work.”

“Not to mention destroying her liver guzzling the vino every day.”

Her older sister nodded. “I helped her find a second chance at love, get pregnant after doctors thought the chemo had rendered her infertile, and finally gave her the courage to pitch her first novel to an internationally best-selling author. She won a publishing contract because of that pitch and here she is squandering all of it away.”

“Aye. I’ve kept close tabs on her too. You felt so strongly about her I’d thought perhaps my initial judgment had been too harsh—“

Rhiannon laughed. “Never have you been wrong before, but I had hoped maybe this time would be different.”

She shook her head. “This was a test for both of us. Yeshua wanted to be sure we’ll be able to take over if Lucius decides to follow his heart.”

“I told The Three I cannot do what needs to be done. I’m too trusting Their creations will prove they deserve all the blessings we have to offer. You on the other hand…”

“Enjoy punishing too much?”

“That’s not what I was going to say.”

“I do take my job seriously. There are consequences for our actions, both good and bad. I reward as often as I punish.”

“That’s why I asked you to join me here. It’s time to punish this one. She needs to see and experience the harm she’s done to her colleagues and those who have supported her unconditionally.”

Karma nodded. “She will.”

“Times three?”

“Threefold for every infraction. The list is long and she will suffer before it’s over.”

“Let’s hope she sees the truth and can finally change her ways.”

“She’ll end up one miserable creature if she doesn’t. Those she’s harmed will no longer have to worry about what she can and cannot do. Her humiliation will be epic.”

Rhiannon raised her eyebrow this time. “You’ve picked up some more of their language I see. Courtesy of your lover?”

Karma stifled a giggled. Her sister’s expression mirrored the one she’d given her on many occasions. In fact, both had learned it from their eldest brother. With just that look, Yeshua had been able to get them to confess anything. If only the mortals could experience the look from him. Our jobs would be so much easier! “Justice has blended in with them for centuries by adapting to their ways. He has been a great asset in my dealings with them. Frankly, I don’t understand half of what he says when it comes to all the electronics. I can see the fascination Lucius has for all of it, but it frustrates me. I feel it hinders me from carrying out my duties.”

“Will They allow you more time living with them as you’ve asked?”

“Fate doesn’t think it’s wise. She’s afraid I’ll join Lucius and give up my Immortality for a lowly human.”

“You never know what your heart will decide, little sister.”

She shook her head. “I’m quite content with my position and with Justice.”

“A demigod is nothing more than a glorified mortal. He may have the gift of long life, but he will not live forever, darling. He’ll grow old while you stay forever young and vibrant.” Rhiannon combed her fingers through Karma’s long tresses. “I do love your blonde look. You’d fit right in with those you have to put through the Tests.”

“Lucius suggested I go back to my raven hair, cut it short and let it go wild. His idea is if I looked more like him, Fate would cave in. She has a soft spot for him even though they bicker all the time.”

“You’ve changed your appearance to go with your moods. We all know when you show up with the fiery red curls piled high on your head, Karma the Banshee is on the prowl!”

The goddesses’ laughter rang out. Only the pets in the room heard the tinkling. They swished their tails and twitched their ears in response.

“How will you begin with this one?”

She smiled. “It’s already started…”

 

 

* * * *

 

 

“Evangeline? What’s happened to all your books on your publisher’s website? Every single one has a message that they’re unavailable and under review.”

She scowled. Her husband had a way of turning every little thing into a major catastrophe. Nine times out of ten he’s either misread or misunderstood something. “What the fuck are you talking about now? I was on there this morning to check sales and nothing was wrong. You must be looking at someone else’s author page.”

“No, I’m not. Pull it up for yourself if you don’t believe me. They’re listed as unavailable on Amazon too.”

Her stomach dropped. Her worst nightmare had actually come true. Last year, she’d pretended someone had hindered her ability to promote her books. She’d used her daughter’s computer to report a few of her posts as offensive. Facebook did the rest. No one could post links to her books on the site for three days. Evangeline had a blast watching her uber fans go on a witch hunt. Guzzling glass after glass of Pinot Grigio and watching the top authors in her genre slip down the rankings had provided her a rush like no other she’s ever experienced.

The thrill had been such a high that she ignored the warnings she’d secured her spot on the authors behaving badly lists among her colleagues, bloggers and readers. She didn’t care. All of them suspected her of being the master mind behind the turmoil, but none had any proof.

Her cell rang. By the ring tone she knew it was her publisher before she caught a glimpse of the caller ID. She cleared her throat and smiled. She hoped it would help bring a carefree tone to her voice when she answered.

“Hey, Jess! What can I do for you?”

“Evie, I wanted you to hear this from me before we make a press release. We’ve been hit with a cease and desist order and had to pull all of your books.”

“I don’t understand. Why?” No no no! This is not happening.

“Angela Worthington has come forward and claims you’ve plagiarized her work.”

Her heart stopped. Her throat constricted and she struggled to pull air into her lungs. That bitch! She’d promised to keep her yap shut.

“Did you hear what I said? She has proof—page after page of rough drafts, emails between the two of you, screen shots of everything.”

“No. She’s lying. We worked together, yes. I bounced ideas off of her. Nothing more.”

“Cut the bullshit. I went through all of this myself. It’s tight. She’s filed lawsuits against Bliss and you for copyright infringement and theft of livelihood.”

“Are you kidding me? Theft of her livelihood? She’s never published a word other than putting it up on Wattpad. She doesn’t have a leg to stand on.”

The doorbell rang just as she walked out of her office. “This is the first I’ve heard of any lawsuit. Seems to me there is something else going on. She wants to ruin me.” She ripped open the door to find a hot stud muffin standing on her porch.

“Evangeline Cross?”

“Yes?” She stood taller and pushed out her chest. “Can I help you?”

He handed her a large manila envelope. “You’ve been served.”

She recoiled and dropped the package to the ground. “Is this a fucking joke?”

“No Ma’am. I don’t know what’s in there but it came straight from the courthouse downtown. If I were you, I’d take it seriously.”

“Get back here! I won’t accept this.”

He shrugged. “Suit yourself. Doesn’t bother me in the least what you do with it. I’ve delivered it to you after you confirmed your identity.” He turned away from her and walked to his car parked two houses down from hers.

Well at least he had the decency to not pull into my driveway.

She’d been so rattled by the kid, she’d forgotten about Jess and the phone still at her ear.

“Evie? Evie? What’s going on?”

She marched back in the house and slammed the door behind her. She slid down the polished handcrafted cherry wood to the floor. “It was a punk ass process server.”

A sigh on the other end of the phone told her Jess was fed up. “I hope you have a good lawyer. Bliss will not be representing you in this. As far as we’re concerned, you broke contract with us. Your books have all been removed and we will be asking the courts to force you to cover all legal fees.”

“Wait a goddamn minute! After all I’ve done for you and for Bliss, you’re going to treat me like gutter trash?”

“All you’ve done for us? We took a chance on you because Liberty Valour vouched for you. Your debut novel with one of our competitors was a success. We awarded you the contract and hefty advances because you promised you could deliver.”

“I gave you a whole new series and the start of another one. Each of them has hundreds of reviews—“

“ALL NOT YOURS! You stole every single one of them from Angela and then promised her money in return for her silence.”

“No! She was paid as my assistant and crit partner.”

“Spin it any way you want. I have copies of your emails. I’ll be damned if I’ll sit back and let you drag Bliss through the mud because you broke the law. Ain’t happening, sweetheart.”

Her mind raced. Everything she’d worked so hard to achieve was slipping through her fingers. Time to play the pity card. “So you’re going to abandon me now when I need you the most? My health can’t take this kind of stress.”

“Enough! I’m sick and tired of hearing about your latest illness. Unless you can provide medical records to prove any of it, I’m not falling for another of your sob stories. Save it for the judge.”

The heat rose from her chest to the top of her head. “Don’t think for one minute I’m going down alone in this. Bliss owes me three months of royalties.”

“Subtract it from the amount you owe us. We’ve advanced you money for your last round in the hospital against your future royalties. Your sales have slumped. According to my records, you owe Bliss another ten grand.”

“That’s bullshit and you know it. Last quarter I was all caught up.”

“I guess that’s one more thing you’ll have to prove in court.”

KIBJ meme“Fine! You want a long, drawn out legal battle? You got it! My fans will turn on Bliss when they find out what you’ve done to me.”

“You better check out Twitter. The lawsuit has been made public. Your ‘fans’ are demanding an explanation. If I were you, I’d think long and hard about what you say in public or in that private group of yours from now on.”

“Is that a threat?” Her voice rose three octaves and she prepared to launch into another volley of profanities.

Her husband ripped the phone from her fingers. “Thank you for the call, Jess. From now on I think it’s best we only have contact through our lawyers.” He pushed the disconnect button and tossed the phone across the room.

“What did you do that for? The bitch accused me of stealing and lying to her. I won’t take that shit from anyone.”

“Stop it, Evangeline. You’ve told the lies so often now you’ve got yourself believing they’re true. The only book you wrote on your own was the first one. It’s high time you admitted that fact to yourself.”

“What do you know? You don’t read romance.”

“No, but I’ve been in this business long enough to know when someone can’t keep up with all the lies they’ve been telling. You thought you’d never get caught. I warned you this would all come back to bite you in the ass.”

“I didn’t hear you complaining when we went to Hawaii three months ago.”

“With the money you got under false pretenses from Bliss. We didn’t need the money to go to Hawaii. You spent it on the trip and those fancy gift baskets you hand out to people to review your books—books you never wrote yourself. It’s all been a lie.”

Her eyes filled with tears and she collapsed against him. “You’re my husband. You’re supposed to stick by me through richer or poorer.”

“I love you and always will but I can’t stand by and let you keep up this charade. You have to come clean about all of it.”

She shoved him away from her. “What the hell are you going to do if I don’t?”

He dropped his hands and then shook his head. “I nearly lost you twice to cancer. I’d been blinded by having you alive and well that I missed all the warning signs. If you go on with these lies, you’ll lose everything. It doesn’t matter to me now because I lost you, my whole world, the moment you sent the first book to Bliss.”

She stood frozen to the floor as he turned and left her alone. Great! I don’t need him to get through this. I’ll show him. I’ll show everyone.

 

 

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Come back next week for Chapter 2

Evangeline spirals out of control!

 

#CoverReveal For the Next Book in the Now and Forever Series by @dochappycamper #eroticromance #LGBT

Welcome to Behind Closed Doors and a very special announcement. As you all know, I’ve been working on self publishing The Surrender of Julia (Now and Forever 3). It’s in edits now but should be back in my hands soon. Until then, I thought I’d share the blurb and the AMAZING cover designed and created by LMK Graphics.  Not only did they listen to me when I talked about the characters, they included me in every step of the process. Now my characters have come ALIVE on this cover and I couldn’t be happier.  This is the first cover of the very first novel published with Sassy Vixen Publishing LLC.  Since all of you have been there with me from the beginning, it seems only fitting to share another milestone with you.  

I don’t have a release date just yet, but let’s just say soon. VERY soon!

BLURB

L.A. artist phenom Julia Santos appeared to have it all. After a nearly two year long dry spell, her creativity was at its peak and she had her muse and model Jacob Hartley to thank for it. He brought the fire and raw sexuality back to her sculptures and into her bedroom, and a sense of security that only one other person in her life had ever given her. At last she had found the perfect balance between her professional and private lives, until the day a single call from someone in her past threatened to tear her world apart.

Fearful of losing all she’d worked so hard to accomplish, Julia delved deeper into the hedonistic lifestyle she’d come to rely on to give her an escape from the horrors of her past. Instead of bringing her comfort, her sexual urges lead her down the path of destruction; not only for herself, but those around her.  With Jacob fighting for his life after a near fatal motorcycle accident and Julia on the brink of death herself, Fate and her Guardian Angel Daniel intervene and transport her to a safe haven called the Island.

There she’s given a choice: stay on the Island and wait for her next rebirth, or go back and fight to be with the one who has been there for her through every lifetime.  Will she take the easy way out and leave all the pain behind, or will she choose the long and hard road reliving the horrors of her childhood in order to have her happily ever after with the Mistress of her dreams?

 

Coming soon from Sassy Vixen Publishing 

 

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