I love the time of year when the leaves change and the air has chilled into a cold fog that promises magic and mystery. During autumn, I devote a large amount of time to watching scary movies, reading horror novels, and decorating my house for Halloween. Writing stories in the paranormal romance genre has been a wonderful experience for me because it has allowed me to bend reality to create strange, extraordinary worlds. I add a dose of suspense to everything I write because I have always loved to read stories that keep me wondering what will happen next.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on book 1 of my Haven Forest paranormal romance series. The Haven Forest series will be a subseries of my Stranger Creatures books (Wolf’s Challenge, Bear’s Edge, Tiger’s Last Chance, book 4 coming soon)
Book 1 of the Haven Forest series is AJ and Ellie’s story.
AJ’s mistake during a Shifter Army Enforcement rescue mission cost Ellie’s brother his life. Ellie wants to hate AJ but a chance encounter in a rowdy bar reveals he’s not the cold, heartless man she thought him to be. Accepting a job at AJ’s new shifter resort means the promise of a fabulous new career for Ellie. One problem- she can’t seem to forget about her attraction to him.
For me, writing a story is like pulling something from almost nothing. It starts out almost blank, except for a wisp of an idea, or a place, or a character. Nothing concrete. And then I have to stretch and pull on the idea until it takes on some kind of shape. Then I spin it around, and probably cry a few times and cuss at the blank pages of a notebook, until it come to life. Then I step back, and let it keep spinning.
Things and people that don’t have a voice are often forgotten and pushed aside. Sometimes people find their voice and find a way to shout loud enough to be heard. Trees, land, flowers, oceans, and animals can’t ask for what they need and so they are ignored, used for pretty pictures, and then demolished when they become inconvenient. As a writer, I like to give a voice to the things often kept quiet and words of hope when times are hard.
When threats escalate, will Jim and Calista succumb, or fight for a love they can’t deny?
Arresting Jeremiah, book 2 in the Arresting Onyx series is now available for pre order!
Injured Parole Officer Jeremiah “Jim” Borden never expected Calista Barlow, the sassy blonde waitress he’s craved for months, to ring his doorbell. She slips into his heart—and his bed—but he’s obsessed with a gangland investigation that threatens his career and maybe even his life.
Calista doesn’t trust easily, not with a daughter to protect and the stalker who keeps calling her. After her violent ex-boyfriend returns, she finds solace in Jim’s arms.
Jim may have to forego his need for answers to protect the ready-made family he adores, but how will he and Calista escape an unseen enemy that is always one step ahead of them?
He hated to upset Calista all over again, but he had to know. “What were you thinking when you tried on the necklace?”
Air whizzed through her teeth. Silence stretched between them as they walked toward the diner. She sighed, her voice soft. “No offense, but I don’t know or trust you enough to let you in that much. I’ve made some mistakes—things I don’t want to talk about. Give me some time.”
Trust? He couldn’t blame her for that. If he demanded to know her secrets, he had to tear down the barbwire he’d erected around his.
No. That couldn’t happen. His life depended on his silence. Did her private thoughts and memories hinge on life and death too? His stomach twisted. Nothing bad would happen to her, not if he was around to stop it.
“What can you tell me?” Hell, only an asshole would ask something like that without opening up in return.
“The necklace reminded me of something I once wanted more than anything. Not the pearls itself, but what it represented. I couldn’t have it because I wasn’t good enough.” She pulled from his grasp and wrapped her arms around her middle.
“I’m sorry I forced you to try on the necklace. I thought you liked it. All women deserve something that makes them feel pretty.” The stench of oil filled his nose and he sneezed. He glanced at the noisy passing cars and pulled Calista farther back along the sidewalk, away from a puddle in the road, before a vehicle splashed them. “I understand about lack of trust and the need for secrecy. I hope someday you can tell me what happened, but I do know one thing, even if you never tell me. You were good enough. You always have been and will always be.”
Her blue-green eyes widened. She traced her fingertips over his smooth jaw, leaving sparks in her wake.
“You’re so kind. I almost believe it when you say it. God, I wish I’d met you years ago, Jeremiah.”
“Why do you call me Jeremiah? Everyone else calls me Jim.”
“It feels more personal, as though you belong only to me. I may have to share Jim with the rest of the world, but Jeremiah—the strong, kind man I’ve admired over the past several months—is all mine.”
Her admission branded him like a fire poker to his skin. If he were alone, he’d beat his chest and roar. No woman had ever wanted to claim him. No one but her ever called him Jeremiah.
He coughed, clearing his throat. “Friday is only two days away, but I can’t wait that long. Let’s get in my car and go to a park, somewhere private, to talk.”
“Talk? Is that code for necking like teenagers?”
“I’m game if you are, but I don’t want to be rushed. We’ll have time for kissing and touching later.”
She pecked his cheek. “We better go before the rain starts again.”
He grasped her hand and they hurried back to the diner.
Amber is working with the wonderful Maia from Silver Dagger Tours to host the release of Arresting Jeremiah. Readers, authors, and bloggers alike—they would love to have you on board for the month-long tour, beginning on October 14th.
There is also the option to review before the book goes LIVE!
Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats.
The road to love is full of surprises for the shapeshifters and psy of Great Oaks, Virginia. Wolf’s Challenge is the first story in the Stranger Creatures series. Each story features imperfect but determined characters who find the courage to love and the strength to survive in a world where there are no guarantees. When temptingly handsome, powerful shape shifter Derrick dares shy, single mom Sydney to take a chance with him, will she rise to the challenge or will she run for safety, leaving him in the dust?
Sydney sat in the conference room at Brass Cat Advertising, sipping her coffee and wishing the caramel latte could take her to an alternate reality. One where Derrick Porter wasn’t sitting in front of her. His presence had caught her off guard. She took another sip of her coffee and tried not to stare stupidly, but holy chocolate-covered cherries, the man was hot.
Dark hair and eyebrows made a striking contrast against his strong bone structure and fair skin. His lips, good grief. They looked so soft. His long, lean body fit nicely in a suit. The material stretched over his broad shoulders and came in at the waist. He probably had amazing six-pack abs.
When they’d met Saturday in running group, it hadn’t merely been the fog coupled with Sydney’s exhaustion and two-year streak of celibacy that made Derrick appear so handsome. Even under the bright lights of the conference room, he was gorgeous. What rotten luck that she couldn’t seem to get away from him.
A boss can’t date her employee—simple as that. No matter how much Shayla wants to unravel a few of Grant’s mysteries and take her friendship with the shy, sarcastic man to the next level, she’s determined to keep her fantasies of him to herself.
After bear shifter Grant lost his girlfriend and three best friends in a fire, he did his best to shut himself off from everyone around him. Falling for Shayla wasn’t part of his plan, but after a kiss that leaves them both speechless and hungry for more, Grant can’t keep his desire for his boss under wraps any longer.
When things between the two of them get hotter than he could have imagined, Grant wonders if some of his darker desires will be too much for Shayla or will she embrace the needs he’s kept hidden for so long?
An obnoxious reporter and Shayla’s bitter ex have teamed up to chase down conspiracy theories that could destroy Shayla’s business and worse, put her life in danger. To find their happily ever after, Shayla and Grant will have to trust in each other and find a way to crush all the obstacles standing in their way.
Tiger’s Last Chance (Stranger Creatures book 3)
While working a case, Sean Whitman is tortured for information, drugged, and bitten against his will by a shape shifter. The fallout leaves him jobless, friendless, and dumped by his girlfriend. Needing a fresh start, he leaves town and opens a private investigation business. Learning to live life sober isn’t easy, but he makes it to the two-year mark.
When Detective Nikki Jackson with the Great Oaks, Virginia Police Department calls him, accusing him of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house, Sean can’t help but like the sound of her voice, despite her ridiculous accusations. He’s shocked when she calls him back with an apology then asks for his help as a consultant on a case. On the phone, her sweet, slightly Southern voice captivates him. In person, she’s unlike any other woman he’s encountered, and nearly impossible to resist. But could the sexy detective ever want a man like him?
After Nikki’s last dating disaster, the mountain lion shifter has sworn off men. Then she meets Sean, and with every second she spends around the tall, dark-eyed man, her resolve crumbles. But for some reason, despite the undeniable attraction between them, Sean seems determined to push her away.
An investigation into missing refugees leaves Nikki with more questions than answers. Her refusal to let the matter drop leads her to the discovery of a radical political group’s horrifying plot for dominance. Traitors are embedded within the very organizations meant to keep shifters safe. As the list of people she can trust dwindles, Nikki calls on Sean to help her unravel a web of deceit.
As Nikki and Sean fight for survival, his fear of losing her could become a reality. Will he get one last chance to show her he loves her?
They were satisfied with the bowing they saw before them
But behind their backs
the blood ran together and cracked the glass
providing an escape
into the deep, dark unknown
The valley of truth
might look like a desert
with all life and hope
burned into sand and ash
but in the distance
Life springs from seeds left
by those who stumbled and kept walking
through the same valley
because they saw nothing
and couldn’t leave nothing behind
and always leave light and life
when you can spare them
because someone is alone
stumbling in the dark
not far behind
by Christina Lynn Lambert
For everyone out there trying to survive and trying to thrive in the face of difficulty, keep walking, keep moving. You may be the inspiration someone needs to make it to the next day or hour or minute.
“If they get through the summer without completely screwing up, I’ll pay you double.” These words change my life forever. I’ve lived on Tidewater my whole life but not in the picture-perfect, oceanfront, mansions on The Bend. No, I’m a girl from Backwater, the other half of the island, where we live working for them, the SuP, the Summer People. We don’t throw lavish parties, we work them. We don’t have yachts, our time on the water is spent mostly on surfboards.
I’m a Backwater girl, a ‘Babe,’ who’s destined to live her whole life on this tiny strip of marsh unless I can get to graduate school and change my fate. But things never come easy to someone like me. My scholarship falls apart and working another summer at the bar won’t pay tuition. That’s why I have no choice but to take a job looking after a mansion on The Bend and its four occupants. Hayes, Archer, Wade, and Raines are the incarnation of SuP: rich, entitled, spoiled, selfish, reckless. So reckless that in addition to cooking and cleaning, my job is to keep them out of trouble. An impossible task, especially when they decide I’m the kind of trouble they want to get into. When the stakes will get as high as the tides of our small island, will I lose it all?
Babe is a New Adult, Reverse Harem, Contemporary, Steamy, Romance — with Angel Lawson.
Babe: Enemies to Lovers Contemporary Romance: Tidewater Beach