The Soul Guide series continues… where friendships are forged, alliances are made and hearts are broken.

Tortured Souls, book two of The Soul Guide series, releases tomorrow. Of course, I am really excited to see how this book is received but also extremely nervous! Apparently, book two of any given series is even more important than the first. If you are lucky enough to hook your readers with the first book, then book two needs to keep those readers hooked. Not such an easy feat, though I hope I have managed this with Tortured Souls!

Over the last week or so I’ve begun to get feedback from my ARC team and I am delighted to say it’s been positive. That’s always such a relief!

So, a little about Tortured Souls. This book really does delve more into the world of the Master and the Mephisto. In places, it is dark, very much so. In fact, the creatures described in this book are very much pulled from some pretty scary dreams I had as a kid. (I had a vivid imagination that haunted me as a child, but which I am thankful for as an adult!) The Mephisto are dark, evil, without soul and pretty much encompass all the bad traits of human nature. In this book, I explain where they come from, and how they came to be.  But there is light and joy too, and that comes in the form of the relationships between the characters, not just the main three.

Of course, it was important to me that I explored the relationship between Sybil, Alec, and Bertram further. They are an unlikely trio who through circumstances beyond their control are thrown together to face quite a formidable foe. All of them have lost someone special to them, and their grief was something that brought them together in the last book and concretes their relationship in Tortured Souls. There is love too… but that would be telling!

In Tortured Souls, we also get to know some side characters a bit better and their story is explained more in this book. Carlo and Victor are actually two of my favourite characters both for very different reasons. Carlo reminds me of an old family friend who passed away some years ago, and in actual fact is very much based on him. One of the things I love to do is keep people I care about or had a significant impact in my life, alive in my stories and so most of my characters are based on someone I know. What better gift to give those I love than immortality in a book?

Victor, however, is a completely made up character who is frankly, an arse, complicated, brutal, brave and integral to this story. In The Soul Guide he wasn’t a good guy, he did bad things… but in this book and the next ones he may well find redemption. You’ll have to keep reading to see.

In Tortured Souls, you will also be introduced to new characters, Estelle being one, and some others who are only really introduced in the latter part of this book but will feature more heavily in book three – Save our Souls, which  I hope will be out next year. Estelle is the catalyst to Sybil and Alec finally taking action after the shock of finding out who they were in the last book. She is a great character full of her own strengths and weaknesses and someone who may or may not throw a spanner in the works between Alec and Sybil.

You will also read more about the Warriors of Light, a subject touched on in Secrets and Souls and a something that will be developed further in book three.

I don’t want to give much more away apart from the fact that I adore writing these books and I hope you adore reading them too.

To celebrate Tortured Souls release day I am having a Facebook party from 12pm-12am tomorrow, Saturday 21st October. This is a joint release party with my author friends Laura Greenwood and Skye Mackinnon. It would be amazing if you could drop in… just click on the link below and press attend! You can party with us from the comfort of your own home. There will be an astounding list of authors in attendance, games, giveaways and you may even get a live feed of me during my slot at 2pm.

FACEBOOK PARTY

I hope to see you all there x

Snow & Seduction

Since the last time I posted I have finished writing Accacia’s Curse (my first in the Sisters of Hex series), I am (im)patiently waiting for Tortured Souls release next Saturday the 21st October.

Not only that, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join seventeen other exceptionally talented authors to write a story for the Snow & Seduction anthology coming out on the 21st November! If you love contemporary romance with high heat levels, more than one man as a love interest then these stories are for you! Oh, below is a teaser and blurb for my story Avalanche of Desire.

As I wrote Avalanche of Desire, I never expected the story to go beyond this… but as with most characters I write, I get attached and, well, I have more books planned. Watch this space!! Click on Brothers Freed series to find out more!

Snow & Seduction is on for a special pre-order price of $2.99. It will go up to $4.99 on release so get in there quick!

s&S  AOD teaser

PRE-ORDER NOW 

Here’s the blurb for Snow & Seduction:

Warm up from that kiss of winter snow with eighteen steamy contemporary romance stories–reverse harem style. From international, USA Today, Amazon bestselling and debut authors alike, this collection features eighteen tales of love in winter.

And what could possibly keep a woman warm better than a heated holiday romance with the perfect guy? How about three or more perfect men in each story: from billionaires to snowboarders, rockstars, cowboys, and more. That’s right–each story has at least three male love interests and our heroine…she doesn’t have to choose.

She gets them all.

“Snow and Seduction” is the sexy reverse harem romance anthology you’ve been waiting for.

~This Anthology Includes Stories From The Following Eighteen Authors~

1. Tate James writing “Slopes of Sin”
2. Yumoyori Wilson writing “Visionary Christmas”
3. C.M. Stunich writing “Blizzards and Bastards”
4. G. Bailey writing “Triple Kisses”
5. Laura Greenwood writing “Sweet About Me”
6. Tamara White writing “Kidnapped on Christmas”
7. Cece Rose writing “Snowflake”
8. Skye MacKinnon writing “Streets of Winter”
9. Arizona Tape writing “Mary F*cking Christmas”
10. Ripley Proserpina writing “Thief of Hearts”
11. K.B. Ladnier writing “The More the Merrier”
12. N.R. Spratlin writing “Their Little Helper”
13. Lucy Smoke writing “Study Break”
14. Amanda Rose writing “Frosted By My Billionaires”
15. Bea Paige writing “Avalanche of Desire”
16. CB Morrigan writing “Sugar Plum Fantasies”
17. Raya Love writing “Holly’s Jolly Christmas”
18. Tracy Dawn writing “A Long Winter’s Rest”

 

What’s been occurring?

Is it really the 1st October already? I feel as though I have been in a time warp lol! This month has passed me by in a frenzy of writing, editing and getting Tortured Souls in the best possible position it can be for its release at the end of the month. 

As I mentioned in my last post, September was dedicated to getting Accacia’s Curse written, and I have achieved that goal. This week it will be going off to Beta readers and then for final proof-reading edits before its release on the 27th November. Why so far away? I hear you ask. Well, for one I want to get the next book in the series (Accacia’s Blood) up for pre-order before Accacia’s Curse releases and to do that I need to break the back of writing – yes, you can guess what I’ll be doing in October!  

I have adored writing this book, some days more than others but that’s quite typical for me. One minute I am on a role, writing like the wind, the next staring at my screen wondering what I’d got myself into. 

Accacia’s Curse has already blown all my expectations out of the water and I have surpassed my goal of getting one hundred pre-orders before release with two months to spare. In fact, overnight I’ve jumped several thousand spots in the US with more pre-orders downloaded possibly thanks to an awesome takeover in my friend, and fellow author, Skye Mackinnon’s release party for Heart of Time, and also due to my spotlight in Reverse Harem Readers. I am grateful to both for having me! 

I am nervous as hell about how it will be received, but I am hopeful I will impress my new readers enough to want to stick with me for the next 14 books of the Sisters of Hex series. 

In other news, Tortured Souls, my second book of The Soul Guide series (urban fantasy) has been formatted inside to match the beautiful covers by Charlie Sapphire Designs. Thanks to Gina of Always Write Club my internal pages look as pretty as the external cover! In fact, I was so chuffed I got Gina to re-format Secret & Souls and The Soul Guide too! Below are some examples of the prettiness! Ignore the time at the top – I took a screenshot of each book from my phone. 

In other news, I have joined forces with a raft of amazing talent in the world of reverse harem to write a 20k plus story that will go in a winter anthology named Snow & Seduction, which will be releasing on the 21st November and debuting me (or rather Bea Paige) as an RH author. This is a contemporary story so no paranormal creatures here, just a girl, three hot men and an Avalanche of Desire. As soon as it’s up for pre-order I will let you all know!

Not only that, I will also be penning a shorter story for a Myths & Legend anthology that will be releasing in January 2018. This story will revolve around the greek mythology of the Thriae, but with a modern day twist! I haven’t decided who will be writing this book yet – Kelly or Bea, we shall see!

Oh, and of course I have my story Five Gold Rings coming out in the 12 days of Christmas anthology which will also be releasing in November(Bea Paige is responsible for this one too). This story is actually linked to my Sisters of Hex series and kind of kick starts it.

Phewf! I told you I’ve been busy! Well, I think’s probably enough to be getting on with for now! I will be having a very busy October both in the writing world, and personally (choosing secondary schools for my daughter fun) so may not get back here for a while apart from to let you know of all the new releases coming up!

For now, fare the well!

Kelly / Bea xx