after the crux

Kit Rocha, Pen Names, Crux Survivors and a Snippet!

Though I did say I had to set both this series and The Kithran Regenesis series aside, I didn’t mean this was a permanent situation. In fact, I’m finding myself working on both in between other contracted projects. I also write as Rinda Elliott. Dani Worth is the pen name I used for my more erotic work and it’s possible I’ll be blending the two names in the future now that my kids are older. They were the main reason for having the two writing names when I first started publishing these. (Plus, I write YA as Rinda. )

But I have a book coming out in July called Raisonne Curse and it’s a spicier Rinda m/f book. Click on the cover to read the blurb and a long, sexy sneak peak!

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Because most of my Dani books are m/m/f with one m/f, I don’t want readers thinking I separated the names because of the alternative relationships. I didn’t. I honestly don’t even like calling any love story alternative. To me, they’re love stories whether they are m/f, m/m/f, m/m… you get my drift. In fact, I may be coming out with a m/m romantic suspense series I’m co-writing with another author and it’s possible I’ll be doing those as Rinda. (Yeah, I’m teasing.) Like I said, my kids are older now and they certainly know what I write now and don’t care. They are also old enough to deal with local fall out over mom’s love for ALL kinds of love stories. 😉 My kids are independent, open and strong-minded, loving and wonderful–luckiest mom ever!

So, I’m getting some curious readers here lately and I’m pretty sure it’s because of the very fun bundle of post-apocalyptic stories I’m in with the new Kit Rocha release Beyond Innocence. Out today!!! Man, I love their covers–check this one out! Click on it to go to Amazon for the blurb!

beyondinnocence-400The bundle is a part of this fantastic contest called Love After the End of Things and it includes a Kindle loaded with 13 post-apocalyptic romances including my After the Crux. Click here to enter!

So any readers who enjoy After the Crux and end up reading the sequel Sole Survivors, I just wanted you to know there will be more books in the series. I had to set them aside to handle an apocalyptic YA trilogy contract with Harlequin Teen and a couple of other projects, but they will happen. Especially if interest in them picks up. In fact, here’s a short snippet in the rough of Tripp and Cad from the first two books.  Crux #3 snippet.

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THANK YOU!!!

I’d like to thank the readers who are adding my books to all those fun lists on Goodreads. I’m a reader who uses those lists like crazy and have found more wonderful authors than I could have without them, so I’m a fan. To see so many of my books showing up with votes on them is…well, it’s thrilling.

Hang with me. There are more Dani books coming in both the Crux Survivors and The Kithran Regenesis series. I had a bit of a shuffle with projects because I changed editors and I also publish books under my own name, Rinda Elliott. I have an urban fantasy series out and I will soon be making a really exciting announcement about another project. But I love writing my erotic novellas. Okay, they are turning into longer pieces at this point. Just check out Catalyst. 😉

I went through and voted on a few. Not any of the ones with “best” in the title because that seems dishonest because they’re my own books. LOL. But the descriptive lists work. I’m happy some of my Dani books have made some “best of” lists. 🙂 Anyway, thanks for the votes. You rock!!!!!!

Two Sales!

I announced the Replicant sale because it was listed at the end of Kithra, but the contract is officially signed and off. The fun news is I also signed a contract for a new series to be published at Samhain called Crux Survivors. I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Here’s a bit about book one:

AFTER THE CRUX (Series title-Crux Survivors)

Seventeen years after the Crux Virus wiped out most of the world’s population, Ross is doing what he can to keep his small community safe from raiders in a self-contained artist retreat in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. He’s made a habit of collecting survivors and they’ve all become family, but the most important members have always been Jenna and Dorian. At fourteen, Ross stumbled into the basement where the nine year-olds were hiding and the three have been together since. Years later, Jenna and Dorian became lovers, taking one room in the two bedroom wing they share with Ross. Now at thirty, Ross hopes to find a love of his own on supply runs, but he suffers incredible guilt because his heart has long been snagged by his two best friends.

What Ross doesn’t know is Dorian and Jenna want him too. His loneliness is tearing them up, so they decide it’s time to show this overprotective man of theirs what he’s been missing.

 

And here’s the current blurb for Replicant:

REPLICANT (The Kithran Regenesis, Volume 2)

Jarana Gothbrun is the number one Tracker in the known galaxies, especially famous for tagging Replicants—shape-shifting aliens who can take on humanoid forms once they have someone’s DNA. She has two more Replicants to catch in her current job, ones who escaped from Bastilleen, a high security prison planet. Unfortunately, one of them is currently on her home planet of Kithra. She hasn’t been back since a Replicant kidnapped her for DNA and took her off planet right before explosions wiped out most of her Gwinarian race.

Her entire family, all her friends, everyone she loved was killed. She’s spent the seven years since on the hunt. It’s the only thing that matters, the only thing keeping her from flying her ship into an asteroid. Now, she has to return to her home planet. She thinks she’s hard enough to handle it. She’s not. Nor is she ready to deal with falling in love with both a human male, Erik… and the Replicant, himself.

Maska has been hiding in a woman’s form and is engaged to Erik who had no idea the love of his life was an escaped prisoner. Or a male. When Jarana uses an untested device to force Maska’s shift, it puts him in danger and pisses off everyone on planet. Her plan to fly in and out with her prisoner is put on hold and she has to deal with the people who’ve come to love Maska as well as her own years of bottled grief.

Snippet Time!

Had a couple of stressful weeks working on manuscripts, making hard decisions and dealing with some personal life stuff. Sometimes it feels like you get hit all at once with more than you can handle, but it usually smooths out.

So, to celebrate things looking up, here’s a short and sweet snippet from After the Crux! I ADORE these characters, adore them so much I’m carrying them into volume two in the series. They’ll be secondary characters but it’ll be fun to show their affection through an observer’s eyes.

When Ross next opened his eyes, he  saw creamy curves. Jenna  slept on her side next to him, her breasts pressed together and nearly spilling out of her red tank top.

“Like the shirt? It’s only been the height of fashion for eighteen years now.”

Ross jerked his gaze up to her amused face.

Chuckling, she scooted down until their faces were even. That’s when he noticed Dorian’s arm around her because the other man adjusted to her movements, tightening his arm around her waist.

“So,” she whispered. “How’s your ass?

He frowned. “You know very well I didn’t get stabbed in the ass.”

“Close enough.” Her amusement faded. “It’s getting more dangerous out there, isn’t it? Maybe we should send more people on supply runs.”

“And risk losing anyone? We still don’t have enough adults here, we can’t lose too many.”

She touched his cheek. “We can’t lose you, Ross. I couldn’t bear it.”

“All these years and this is the first time some asshole got the drop on me. I promise, it won’t happen again.” He shifted on the bed, winced as pain slashed across his leg and up into his back. He went still. It was better to keep still.

“Still hurts a lot, doesn’t it?”

“Yeah. But it didn’t hurt like this before. Like I said, Dorian’s a sadist.”

“Maybe in your fantasies,” Dorian muttered. Black curls arrived before dark, sleepy eyes focused on Ross as Dorian lifted his head to look at him over Jenna’s head.

Ross held his breath. Dorian’s silky, black hair tangled with the snow-white of Jenna’s as the two gazed at him. True affection shone from both black and green eyes. “I really missed you guys.” Ross cleared his throat at the gruff tone of his voice.

Jenna reached out and slid her hand under his before threading their fingers together. “We missed you, too.”