Excerpt for upcoming release: In Plain Sight

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Tomorrow I officially release a stand-alone paranormal romance, In Plain Sight. I’m including the synopsis and the excerpt for your reading pleasure.

Synopsis:

“Hide in plain sight. Grandfather’s mantra is forever ingrained in me.”

Sahalie is the last of her lineage, bearing supernatural abilities gifted by the Spirits. She knows that in order to unlock her full potential she needs to find her mate. Yet in order to protect herself Sahalie knows she cannot reveal her secret abilities nor share her lineage with anyone but her true mate. She feels an instant and an undeniable connection with Yuma. Her Spirit Animal, a sassy little red fox is also drawn to the man’s Spirit Animal, a powerful tiger.

The problem?

Yuma is the son of an Elder. An Elder’s son means Yuma is neck-deep in community politics and drama. And she wants none of that. While Sahalie tries to avoid Yuma, the pull of true mates is evident and soon they find themselves unable to stay apart. 

“What is it about you Sahalie?” I voice the question that’s haunted me since I first locked gazes with her.

Yuma has a very difficult decision to make… Will he follow his heart and Spirit Animal’s wishes and claim Sahalie as his true mate or will he uphold his duty to the communities and follow through with an arranged mating?

Yuma’s life-altering decision will affect everyone… not just him and Sahalie but the future of all their communities.

Excerpt:

“I’m sure you know Haloke” the Healer nods toward the dark-haired man with magenta-colored eyes. The moment he sees me his eyes widen in surprise.

“I’ve met a lot of people” I diplomatically state. I hate not remembering someone when they obviously know me. I would’ve thought that his distinctive features would’ve made him memorable though.

“That’s Xochitl’s father” the Healer whispers confused with my blank expression. My knees lock causing my body to teeter. Okay I was SO not expecting that answer. I open my mouth to respond but my throat closes. Black dots line my vision instantly causing my brain to blare sirens within my skull. Common sense dictates that I should breathe but my lungs refuse to cooperate.

“Sahalie” the Healer shakes me. “Sahalie breathe!”

I’m pushed to a sitting position requiring my knees to unlock. A hand presses down between my shoulder blades forcing me to put my head between my knees. I gulp for air grateful that my body got with the program. Nothing more embarrassing than passing out in front of the very people I’m supposed to be helping.

“I’m sorry” the Healer frets. “I didn’t realize… I wouldn’t have…”

“It’s okay” I weakly assure. “I overreacted.”

“On the contrary” the Healer sighs. “You know…”

“No” Paytah’s sharp voice instantly shushes the Healer and has me sitting up. Colorful spots dance before my eyes reprimanding me for the abrupt movement. I look around feeling the weight of the curious stares. “Sahalie, let’s go have dinner at my place.” He offers. I nod my head unable to form a coherent explanation for my reaction. It’s been almost two years since I left, since Yuma mated Xochitl. They have to have several children by now.

Somehow I allowed myself to believe that my protective cocoon of numbness would insulate me from something like this but boy was I wrong… One look at the man connected to my heartbreak and everything falls to pieces. I stumble along trying to determine which is more important: breathing or walking. Apparently I’m incapable of doing both at the moment. Wind sweeps in tossing everything about. It pushes me along providing me with the much-needed distance from the others. I’m blanketed in Wind’s warmth and comfort allowing me to regain some of my sanity.

“Forgive me Paytah”

“There is nothing to forgive” he rebukes. “When you’re ready to talk I’ll gladly listen.”

“Thank you” I whisper although I’m not sure if I’ll say anything at all. Guilt makes itself at home. While I’ve been rather emotionless for a long time these are not the emotions I first want to get back. But it can’t be helped. I feel guilty for reacting that way to a man I’ve truly never interacted with before… Guilt for disappointing the Healer and Paytah; guilt for not being stronger.

Who lied when they said time heals all wounds? Mine just reopened for all to see. I have no idea how to repair this. I can’t become sidetracked by my true purpose. This isn’t about me. This is about a boy I have yet to find…

Order In Plain Sight now via Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Apple, and other major eBook retailers.

Cover Reveal for “In Plain Sight”

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This is the cover for my upcoming paranormal release “In Plain Sight”

Synopsis:

Hide in plain sight. Grandfather’s mantra is forever ingrained in me.”

Sahalie is the last of her lineage, bearing supernatural abilities gifted by the Spirits. She knows that in order to unlock her full potential she needs to find her mate. Yet in order to protect herself Sahalie knows she cannot reveal her secret abilities nor share her lineage with anyone but her true mate. She feels an instant and an undeniable connection with Yuma. Her Spirit Animal, a sassy little red fox is also drawn to the man’s Spirit Animal, a powerful tiger.

The problem?

Yuma is the son of an Elder. An Elder’s son means Yuma is neck-deep in community politics and drama. And she wants none of that. While Sahalie tries to deny their connection, the pull of true mates is evident and soon they find themselves unable to stay apart.

“What is it about you Sahalie?” I voice the question that’s haunted me since I first locked gazes with her.

Yuma has a very difficult decision to make…  Will he follow his heart and Spirit Animal’s wishes and claim Sahalie as his true mate or will he uphold his duty to the communities and follow through with an arranged mating?

Yuma’s life-altering decision will affect everyone… not just him and Sahalie but the future of all their communities.

** Release date: August 11, 2015**

Available for pre-order now at all major eBook retailers!

The Irresistible Bundle is on sale this week only!!!

Irresistible Bundle Cover

Just wanted to give everyone the heads up… If you haven’t read my erotic, romance series it’s on sale this week only. The usually priced $5.99 bundle is only $2.99 this week at all major eBook retailers!!!

The Irresistible Bundle includes:

Attraction (Prequel Novella)
Irresistible (Book One)
Desirae and Devon scene
Chelsea scene
Temptation (Book Two)
Yearning (Marco’s Novella)
Bikini Wars scene
Reverence (Book Three)
Remiss (Never before released: Valentino’s Novella)

Attraction:

It only takes a moment to feel that spark of attraction…

From the moment Carina Lobos and Jaxon Wright lay eyes on each other they can’t deny the attraction between them.

Irresistible:

What happens when you can no longer resist the irresistible?

Carina Lobos is a freshman in college. She’s beautiful, sexy, and absolutely irresistible to many. Jaxon Wright is a junior, captain of the rowing team, and can have any girl he wants. Their chemistry is undeniable and explosive.

When a sexual encounter goes viral, things spiral out of control. Carina’s officially branded “Jaxon’s best” and for a man-whore that’s saying a lot. As she attempts to push him away, the magnificent owner of Club 69, Valentino DeLuca captures her attention… but Jaxon won’t be dissuaded.

Temptation:

This is Jaxon Wright’s story. Popular senior in college. Math major. Rowing captain. Beloved man-whore… Temptation incarnate.

He was the King of the Campus… until a certain Spanish beauty named Carina Lobos walks into his life and knocks him down a peg… or two. A year later a lot has changed. Carina is a prominent figure in his life. Jaxon has lost his pack of hyenas and they aren’t taking it well. They’re looking to make Carina pay. They’ve been replaced by the Irresistible 8 and the men in their lives.

Yearning:

From the moment I met Valentino DeLuca I yearned for a love I thought was unattainable.

Marco Soriano fell in love with his best friend.

I’ve lived with the constant ache in my chest. I really have no excuse why I let it fester. I don’t go into relationships seeing the white picket fence with 2.5 kids. I get in, have a good time, and move on. I yearn for something more with Valentino but I don’t allow it to consume me.

For years Marco watched his best friend have relationships with others longing for the day he’d get his chance.

Truth-be-told I was saving myself for the day Valentino finally noticed me as something more than just his closest friend.

But then she came along and changed everything. Marco wanted nothing to do with her and yet she was too tempting to resist. She threatened everything he cherished because Valentino was falling for her.

Reverence:

Diego Lobos is every mother’s dream. He’s handsome, smart, athletic, and well-mannered. Mothers want him as their future son-in-law. Girls swoon at the mere mention of his name. Guys want him to be on their team.

He’s the guy everyone loves… And rightly so. But is he right for me? Can Diego fill the voids within me? Those vacant spaces that have been dark and empty for so long that I’d forgotten they existed until he stepped into my life…

What more can a girl ask for? In my dark world I need more. I have a need most can’t fill. I demand certain expectations that have guys cupping their balls and running in the other direction. Can Diego be a submissive? Sometimes I think so and other times he just confuses the hell out of me. This particular detail matters though. I can’t ever go back to that time. I can’t ever be under another man’s thumb. I refuse to bend. Yes, I’m broken but I refuse to part with the little bit that’s left of me.

Love me or hate me. I don’t care. So why would he work so hard to be with someone like me?

Remiss:

“I don’t deserve you but I’ll spend forever trying to prove it.”

Valentino DeLuca spent years trying to decipher his feelings for his best friend, Marco Soriano.

Valentino didn’t notice men. He wasn’t attracted to them. He loved women; specifically his Spanish beauty, Carina Lobos.

But all of that changed when Marco became his anomaly.

**Disclaimer for this series: Contains M/F/M, F/M/F scenes. Mature content**

Available now Willfully Compelled

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Available now, Willfully Compelled book one of the Unintentional Sacrifices Series.

Synopsis:

A centuries-old legend foretells of twins who will one day save the earth. Lysandra and Leondra have been raised by their parents with the notion that they could possibly be those destined twins.

A once kaleidoscope-colored land is now brown. Water sources have become nonexistent leaving behind only lethal bodies of water. Animals and people disappear beneath the tempting waters never to resurface.

As the world falls apart the twins become separated. Alone and injured, Lysandra ventures forward trying to locate and reunite with her family. Instead she slips beneath the river’s surface discovering a new world where no human has ever survived before.

A prophecy. A dying world. Twins, Leondra and Lysandra are compelled to make the ultimate sacrifice for an entirely new world.

Book One of the Unintentional Sacrifices Series. Contains mature content.

Available for purchase via Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Apple.

What’s In a Name?

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When writing my novels, I tend to conduct research on names. I’ll look up common last names, the meaning or symbolism of names, and the variations of spelling. I like my character names to mean something, not just sound cool or be spelled differently. Names have significance… I love names! Considering that I have a unique name and have gifted each of my children with unique names, I consider them pretty important… Even in my novels.

My name is Senayda… which the traditional Spanish spelling is Zenaida. Similar pronunciation but different spelling. The story my mother shares is that she and the hospital miscommunicated over the birth certificate and my name is permanently misspelled. But I kind of like that since it makes my name more unique.

Back story here… I was an unexpected surprise when I was born (identical twin). My mother never got passed a middle-school education, and Spanish is her first language. So I can totally see how “S” was passed off for “Z” and “Y” for “I”… Senayda actually means a sign, a good omen. Woo hoo!

So the question is: what is your name? Does it have any kind of significance or meaning?

Which DVR button would you choose to have installed on your body to control your life?

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I was listening to the radio this morning discussing this topic and the morning show’s personal preferences. Thought it would be a fun question to put out there….

If you could install ONE DVR button on your body to control your life, which would you choose?
 PLAY
 PAUSE
 FAST FORWARD
 REWIND
 STOP

Would you choose pause to momentarily freeze moments to cherish and better capture them? Would you choose rewind to have the opportunity for a re-do? Would you opt for fast forward to get past those moments you just want to get over and done with? Would you have a stop button? Or if you chose play how would you use it?

Rather than tell you what each button should be, I’d rather hear what button you’d choose, how it would work, and why you’d choose it….

If I could choose one DVR button, I think I would choose the rewind button. Not only for the chance to right a wrong or to choose differently and change the course or outcome of something… But I think I’d just like to have the ability to experience moments again (even without altering the outcome).
I have a freshman in high school and I’d love to rewind back in time and just cherish those moments with her… That moment I wished I could take back? Done! With the push of a button… Obviously life doesn’t work out that way but it’s fun to imagine the possibilities.

I’d love to hear what you would choose!