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Nightwalkers Quote: Did you base your character on me?

I felt like a little Caleb today. And this is a common question most authors get asked numerous times during their career. “Did you base your character on me?”

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The Last Hero Quote

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The Bloodlust Prince: Pursuit

I felt like an excerpt from The Bloodlust Prince today.  If you haven’t checked out the book, you can do so by going to secretcravingspublishing.com.  There’s also another excerpt of it under the excerpts tab or simply click HERE to read it.

Now, onto the excerpt…..

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bloodlustoct2Aleesia’s heart was racing as she ran toward the bar. She could see the lights on and the sign flickering above it. She had never run so fast in her life, even from Auron during her ceremony. This man wasn’t going to play nice, and she knew when he caught her he’d have his way with her and then some. She knew she had to find Auron fast, and the bar seemed like a good place to start.

She knew she couldn’t make it there before the general. Her best bet was hiding. She ran inside a nearby shop. Slamming the door, the little bell sounded off to an empty audience. Camden had seen her go inside and quickly ran in after her.

She was in the back of the store by the time he got inside. Her quick hands ripped a man’s coat off a nearby coat hanger, hiding her womanly shape in its bulky fabric. She raised the hood as she escaped out the back door. Her feet pounded the pavement and echoed throughout the small alley as she ran.

Her teeth chattered, her adrenaline pumping as she tried to reach the back door of the bar. She could see it. It was lit with a small light hanging over it, and a few men were standing around it smoking. It seemed so close that she could smell the smoke of the cigarettes, but far enough away to make the journey seem like an eternity.

Her little detour had let her gain some ground on the general, but as soon as she got to the alley, he was on her tail again. She could see her goal getting closer. Her breath was so rapid it drowned out the heavy beating of her heart, making her dizzy.

With a firm yank, she ripped open the door and went inside. The men outside regarded her strangely, but their attention didn’t linger on her for long. They quickly turned to the general, who was hot on her tail. He angrily shoved them aside as a deep growl escaped his lips.

She began to cry when she felt his hands grab at her a few times. Her choked breaths were drowned out by the loud music being played in the bar. She pushed through the thick crowd, and instead of looking for Auron, her only thought was getting away from Camden.

A few men shouted at her. They immediately recognized her as an outsider because she wasn’t wearing a uniform. They stood in her way, something that let the general easily catch her. When she felt thick hands wrap around her middle, she began to cry—big, loud sobs that made all the men around them quickly turn to her. It was clear now that she was a woman.

He laughed as he yanked down her hood forcefully, revealing her long, blonde hair and tan cat ears. This quickly gained a lot of attention.

“Don’t touch me!” Aleesia screamed, the loud noise followed by an angry growl. She kicked and bit at him.

Auron and the others heard her screaming. All of them laughed at first because they thought she was a human girl one of the demons had chosen as a toy for the night. There were several of those in the bar tonight. None had put up a struggle like Aleesia was.

Aleesia screamed out Auron’s name, getting it out two times before General Camden covered her mouth and started dragging her toward the exit. Auron’s ears perked up and he turned in the direction it had come from.

“What’s going on over there?” Auron yelled at the man behind the bar, angrily motioning toward Aleesia with his hand.

“Camden’s got a kitten.” The bartender laughed as he glanced at Camden then back to the drink he was making. “A really hot one. I’m jealous.”

“Damn it.” Auron jumped over the bar and quickly went after Camden.

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Quote from The Last Hero: Happiness

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Excerpt Request: I’m not a villain

I’ve been asked to give a sneak peek at The Last Hero, which is releasing next month with SCP.  I’m still waiting on the edits to come back on this one, so I’m super excited.

And….onto the excerpt…..  :)

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“But you’re no hero. You’re a villain, just like me.”

“I’m nothing like you.”

Yes, you are. It’s in our blood.” Raising his fist, he spoke in a dramatic tone, his loud voice booming. “We weren’t made to serve at the laps of the King. We were meant to rule! To make men cower at our feet. I can see that in you—the powerful stance of a warrior king. The great power sleeping within you could enslave the world.”

“I don’t want that.”

“You don’t know what you want.” Reinhold’s voice was still raised as he spoke angrily with his hands. “All you can think about is that girl and what she wants. Deep inside, you have the same dream as I. To rule. To make the world bow at your feet. You loved the feeling when you killed Joshua—that rush that your power gives you.”

Nero was about to speak, but Reinhold cut him off. Waving a rapid finger, he tried to stand taller than his son. “You loved it! I saw it on your face! The evil grin of a legendary black sorcerer, the ultimate dictator!”

“I admit it!” Nero snapped back at his father, both men eying each other like rabid wolves engrossed in a heated fight to the death. “It felt good! But I had a conscience! I knew what I did was wrong! I stopped! That’s the difference between you and me! I’m not a villain!”

“No!” Reinhold was raging. “You’re a god!”

With those words, Nero backed off. His chest rose and fell with his rapid breath, his hand reaching to his lips to wipe them dry. “Have you forgotten? You taught me to be a hero, and that’s what I’m going to be,” he vowed softly.

“You’re making a mistake.”

September Check-In

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I haven’t done an update for awhile, so I apologize.  First off, since most of my followers are on here, I’ll make a few brief announcements.  I’d like to note that I now have a profile on FB (H.N. Sieverding) as well as a page, so if you want to add me, go ahead.  It seems that more people would rather friend me than like my page, which is totally fine.  I also seem to update the FB more than here because I can write short posts.

Also, it’s easier to message me on there, then on the comment boxes on here.  I tend to miss messages they often times get labeled as spam and sent to a different folder.  Sorry, if I’ve been late in responding to anything. I see I have an excerpt request, so I will get on that ;)

Now….onto news.  I’ve decided to go indie on Black Kat like I had Check Mate.  I did have an interested publisher (not SCP) that wanted the series, but after debating a long time on it and getting some helpful advice from friends, I decided to turn down the offer.

If Black Kat doesn’t do very well, that’s okay.  This is an experiment.  I think if it does do well, I may do a few more indie books.  And it’s not just about making more money, it’s being able to reach more readers.  I can make the same amount of royalties from each sale and sell the book for half the price. That’s a win-win for both you and me, right?

I will still be doing more books (if I get contracts) with SCP, so it’s not a huge leap in another direction.  They are an awesome family of authors and I love being a part of it. But there’s a few books, like Black Kat, they don’t take (because of genre/content) that I would love to get published.  The Queen of the Underworld and Demons and Kittens are a few others.

What I’m working on:

  • Zadane’s Angel rewrite
  • The Gateway
  • Christian’s Kisses book trailer (revised)
  • I’m waiting on edits for both Black Kat and The Last Hero

And a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the puzzle game!  I had a lot of fun with it, and I hope you did too!  And if you missed it, there is still time to play.  Click HERE to find out more about it.

Finally, I give you a contact box to ask any questions if you have any.  I’ve found some people don’t like leaving comments publicly.  So, I think I’ll add this as an option at each update.  You can also email me @sieverding007@gmail.com.  Whichever is okay ;)

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H.N.

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Black Kat Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

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Here it is!  The cover of Black Kat!  Do you like it?  I love it!

Okay, now that you’ve seen the gorgeous cover, do you have your codes ready from the puzzle game?

And if you missed the previous posts, I’m giving away a copy of one of my books (ebook/pdf) to anyone with the correct codes!

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piece exSo…..if you want to win, here’s the rules.

  • Collect all three codes near the puzzle pieces in each character profile.  There are three.  Sam, Morgan, and Gwen.  If you missed one, just click on the links and find them.

  • Put your codes in the contact box below.  I won’t use your email for anything else besides the contest.  If I don’t have it, I don’t know where to send your book.  You can choose between a copy of Black Kat (I’ll send it when it’s released), The Doll Shoppe Murders, Check Mate or Forever Mine. Ha ha, I thought I’d give you a few choices and if you want a different book than what’s listed, you can add it as well. You’re welcome ;)

Ready….set….go!

 

 

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