Cover Reveal: Intrepid (A Vigilantes Novel)

I always say it feels like forever that I've been waiting to share a book's cover with you and it does!  From the moment it's designed, I become incredibly impatient for the reveal.  And I've been dying to show off this cover!

Some have asked if this book replaces Dax's book (Ballistic) and it does not.  I'm working on Ballistic right now and hoping to have it in your hands this summer! 

Intrepid is part of my Vigilantes series, but can be read as a complete standalone.

Oh, and a little surprise ...

It also includes the link and password to a steamy bonus scene featuring Nick and Aubree from Ricochet!  

Wondering what they've been up to?  Well you'll get a little peek!

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Intrepid (A Vigilantes Novel)

Genre:  Romantic Suspense, NA
Cover Design:  CT Cover Creations
Photographer:  Rafa G. Catala
Release Date:  April 10, 2018

Synopsis

In the corner house of an empty street, there is a boy inside a box.  In that boy, there lives a secret, one so dark, it’s sealed with locks.

Nearly ten years have passed since the night I was captured. Tricked and betrayed, I suffered the hours of brutal torment with death’s cold whisper across my skin. And when the nameless faces that haunted my nightmares took everything and everyone I loved, I feared I’d never be free of the darkness.

But that's the thing about fear.  Over time, it breeds anger, and when anger fills the box, vengeance bleeds out.

It's been almost a decade since I escaped their hell, staying in the shadows, hiding my demons, and God help them now that I've tasted retribution and crave more of it. 

Blood is the price for pain, and I vow to take everything and everyone they love.  I’m no longer a frightened boy, but the intrepid vigilante, a ruthless executioner, who will stop at nothing to punish the depraved few that stole my life and walked free. 

The plan is perfect, except for her.  The one woman I'm forbidden to have, whose soothing touch settles my fractured mind.  My angel of mercy sent to silence the voices. Yet, not even she can save me from the black void wherein my skeletons lie buried beneath the truth. Because in order to feed my thirst for revenge, I have to destroy the very thing that gives me purpose.

Tooth for a tooth, heart for a heart.

 

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Cover Reveal: BACKFIRE

It's finally here! I've been dying to show off this gorgeous cover, designed by the insanely talented, Hang Le.  Paired beside Chris Williamson's handsome face on Ricochet's cover, these books are going to look so damn pretty on my bookshelf.

Before I get to the goods, I want to thank Eric Battershell for working with me and traveling to Florida to photograph the sexy model that I had to have for this cover.  In fact, I'd gone through a number of images before I stumbled upon his, and I refused to consider anyone else for Backfire.  He matched the face of Jase Hawkins so perfectly.  Thank you to model, Johnny Kane, for being so awesome (and possessing some damn good genes).  Follow him on Instagram for some ridiculously hot pics.

Many many thanks to Hang Le for being so patient and so wonderful - absolutely love working with her!

I also want to thank Book Slut Goddess from The Literary Gossip for recommending Eric!

Finally, I just want to mention that I wouldn't have considered a spin off to Ricochet, if not for the amazing support of the contemporary bloggers and my wonderful readers who encouraged me to write more of this genre. ❤

Okay, okay, I know what you came for, so without further delay, here is the cover and blurb for BACKFIRE.

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BACKFIRE

By Keri Lake

Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone

Expected Release Date:  June 2016

Cover Design:  Hang Le

Image Credit:  Eric Battershell

BLURB:

No matter how unbreakable he may seem, every man has a weakness.

A year ago, my home became a bloodstained crime scene. That night marked the beginning of my hell—the same night I was tortured by my enemies and tossed into an underground prison to die.

They failed. I survived.

Now that I’m free, only one motive burns in my soul:  revenge.

Lucky for me, they think Jase Hawkins is dead.  Maybe I am. I’ve got nothing but a cold, merciless rage, and Black Betty, the sharp steel blade that never leaves my side.

Then she drifts into my life.

Lucia wants answers—so much so, she’s willing to fall into the darkness where my enemies lie in wait, to kill her for what she knows.

Or to take her for the depraved fantasies her body alone can rouse in a man’s mind.

Me?  I want herfor the fire in her touch that feeds my addiction, forces me to feel what has become numb, but my appetite for bloodshed runs deeper than flesh.

For my own sanity, I’ve vowed to stay away from her. Because she’s myonly weakness, an obsession that leaves me craving more—one that could make even the most steadfast plan backfire.

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Phew!  It’s been a while since I posted on the blog, but there’s a reason for that—I’ve been so freakin’ busy plotting and writing books, I feel like I’m crawling back into reality for the first time. So today I thought I’d tackle two things:

  1. I have the sign up for the cover reveal for Backfire
  2. I’ll address the questions I’ve received about Ricochet and Backfire

In TWO WEEKS—March 3rd—I’ll be sharing the gorgeous cover for Backfire, the second book in the Vigilantes series!!  Any bloggers who’d like to sign up for the reveal, simply click this link:

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Thank you so so much for your incredible support!

Okay, now on to some of the questions about this new book and how it relates to Ricochet (I’m not going to say TOO much as I don’t want to spoil any of the story):

Is Backfire a continuation of Nick and Aubree?

Nope.  This is a totally new couple.  I wanted to keep Ricochet a complete standalone, as promised, but I didn’t want to leave that world behind yet, so Backfire is a spin-off of Ricochet.  There will be a second book to this spin-off titled Ballistic, but each book can be read as a standalone with its own HEA.

Will we see more of Nick and Aubree’s story?

I’ve tossed around the idea of a short novella, but nothing has been plotted out yet, at this point.

Will characters from Ricochet appear in Backfire?

Yes.  There will be some characters from Ricochet and a whole lot of new ones.

Is this going to be the same storyline as Ricochet?

This is a Vigilantes novel, set in the same world as Ricochet, so the theme of revenge and corruption will carry through.  It’s also a look at how another home was affected by Devil’s Night.  The circumstances are different from Nick’s though.

Be sure to pop in on March 3rd when I’ll reveal the cover for Backfire!  In the meantime, add it to your Goodreads shelf!

Cover Reveal: Enticed by J.A. Belfield

Okay, I'm NOT going to take credit for the birth of this story, but I will tell you that about a year ago, I BEGGED J.A. Belfield to write a short about Ethan, "and make it really steamy ..." happened to be part of the request.  Then, a few months ago, a story popped up in my inbox, and J.A. asked me to check it out and holy shizzzz, it was my sexy Ethan short!!  I say 'my' because she'd gone so far, in the first draft, to change that other leading lady's name to mine!  Do you have any idea what it feels like to have your smexy book boyfriend telling you (directly) to lie back and spread your ... nevermind--that's between Ethan and me.

Moving along, this story is short and sweet and all kinds of sexy.  It has Ethan in all his broody hotness (and who doesn't love Ethan's broody hotness?), in a way you've not seen him in previous books.  Fans of paranormal should definitely add the Holloway Pack boys to the TBR--loaded with action and romance, it's sure to please!

Speaking of pleasing, let's take a look at that cover for Enticed!

Title: Enticed: A Holloway Pack Mini

Author: J.A. Belfield

Release Date: April 16th, 2015

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Happy Birthday to Ethan.

Or is it?

Gifts aside, Ethan’s morning hasn’t been anything to write home about. Sure, life is good, the pack is staying out of trouble, he finally has a mate who boils his blood … in a good way.

Except Shelley hasn’t called. Hasn’t come by. Didn’t even bother to join her son and his girlfriend for Ethan’s annual I’m-a-year-older breakfast.

What Ethan doesn’t know is that Shelley has plans. Plans that have been in progress for weeks. Ones that Ethan will never see coming, and that she’s banked on him not knowing a thing about.

She can only hope her secrecy doesn’t force his inner wolf to the surface—at least, not too early.

*Can be read as a standalone.

 

 

COVER REVEAL FOR RICOCHET!!

You know when you've got something incredibly exciting to share and you can't yet, so you kinda go a little crazy in the time you're forced to wait? I was there.  For the entire SUMMER that I had to sit on this reveal.

While writing The Fallen back in January, I was hit by a dark and gritty story, set in Detroit, but not part of the Sons of Wrath world.  I knew this one would be a contemporary romance from it's very beginnings and I kept it on the backburner, unsure of whether or not I wanted to jump into a whole new genre.  To me, it felt like starting over.

Then sometime in May, I was casually perusing Specular's portfolio on Facebook and my eyes immediately zeroed in on one helluva striking image.  The face fit the character for this story so freaking perfectly, I was mesmerized.  I decided I HAD to have him on the cover.  Long story short, I contacted the photographer and that was all it took - the MC in this story refuses to be ignored and the book is practically writing itself, now that I've got my muse.

Before I show this baby off, I have to thank the very talented Chris Davis (photographer) and the insanely gorgeous model.  Holy hella hotness!  He's a British model too, so you KNOW there's a sexy accent to go with dem looks.

I imagine something like this:

Also huge thanks to my brother Ryan (who happened to hog all of the design talent in the family), for taking the time to design the cover.  As one of the founders of a thriving business, he always has a lot on his plate, but never hesitates the many times I approach him with, "So I have this idea ..."  ❤

Thanks so so much to all the contemporary bloggers (I've never had so many bloggers participate in sharing the cover!) who are helping out with this reveal, and to the readers and bloggers (particularly my street team) who helped connect me to them.  Love yas!! ❤

Okay, I know, I know.  You didn't come here to read a story.

So without further delay, here is your first glimpse at Ricochet's cover and blurb! Add it to your Goodreads shelf and be sure to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win an ARC before it releases!

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RICOCHET

By Keri Lake

Adult Contemporary Romance - Standalone

Expected Release Date: Spring 2015

Image credit: Specular

BLURB:

The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.

Three years ago, I had everything.

A beautiful wife.

A son.

A reason for living.

Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.

They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I'm cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.

A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.

I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.

Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.

An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.

If she doesn’t destroy me first.

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The cover for Ricochet is designed and I'm drooling over it as I type this (it's my screen saver while I write the book).  I'm DYING to show this baby off!  The blurb is finished too, thanks to my brilliant writer bud and editor, Julie Belfield. I'm looking at SEPTEMBER 12TH for the cover reveal, so if you are a blogger fill out the form below or if you're a reader who follows a particular blog that you love, give me a heads up in the comments and I'll contact the blogger to see if they'd like to participate!

As I've mentioned before, this is NOT a paranormal romance.  Ricochet will be my first standalone contemporary, so I'll be looking for blogs that post contemporary, or PNR bloggers who cross over.

I've already given the street team a lil sneak peek at the cover and the response has been very favorable!  In fact, my fellow droolers gave a thumbs up on both the cover AND the blurb.

I'm already about 12K into this novel and the ideas are coming FAST.  I'll admit, I've teared up a few times while writing it.  RICOCHET will also be set in Detroit and have the dark, gritty feel of my paranormal novels, but with humans.  Lol   Not as dark as The Fallen, but definitely not a light a fluffy read.

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Cover Reveal! Hereditary by J.A. Belfield

Sorry it's been SO LONG since I've posted something here.  Busy, busy, busy! Hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!

Today I've got a treat ...

You know how much I love the Holloway Pack, right?  Well, my lovely friend J.A. Belfield is offering up another installment in her addictive paranormal series, a short story that can be read independently of the series (though why would you want to miss out on a pack of sexy wolfy men?), and it's FREE!!!

Before we get into the details, let's check out the gorgeous cover first:

Title: Hereditary
Series: Holloway Pack
Author: J.A. Belfield
Release Date: August 13th 2014

The trouble with one-night stands: you never know who—or what—you’re sleeping with.

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Being a parent isn’t an easy ride. Even more so for single mum Shelley Lewis.

When her thirteen year old son’s hormones kick in, she’s faced with his immense growth, insane sweat, and ridiculous hairiness, not to mention all the normal teenage issues.

Discovering her only son isn’t human on top of those is the shock of a lifetime, and Shelley knows she’s the only one to blame.

It may be too late to save her son from her mistakes, but she can still try to save Gabe from himself.

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For fans of J.A. Belfield’s Holloway Pack series, Hereditary is a look back at the origins for characters met in Resonance.

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COVER REVEAL FOR SOUL ENSLAVED!!

It’s here.  I’ve waited WAY too long to share this cover and it’s finally here!! I know you didn’t pop in to listen to my blabbering so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet by first saying THANK YOU to all my readers who stopped in to vote for your favorite model during the Cover Model Contest.  Once again, you made this such a fun event for me!

Thank you to Daniel Sobieray and all his lip-biting, muscly sexiness.  He makes one smokin' hot Wrath demon.  Le sigh.  By the way, ladies, in case you had any doubts while perusing his profile, those abs are the real deal.  I’ve got over 500 raw images to prove it.

The background image is Woodward Avenue in Detroit, taken by the amazingly talented Curtis McGuire.  One of my favorites and I saved it for Gavin ❤

And enormous thanks to my designer, David Wagner, who is so much fun to work with!  I've had a baaaaaaaad case of coverlust going for the last few weeks.  There may have been excessive staring and drooling and it's all thanks to David's brilliance.  Can’t wait to start the next cover for Soul Redeemed!

Finally, lots of love for the kickass bloggers who helped me spread this purdy little thang all over the net

So without further delay, here is YOUR cover, the one YOU helped design:

SOUL ENSLAVED (Sons of Wrath, #3)

By: Keri Lake

Website:  http://www.KeriLake.com

Release Date:  TO BE ANNOUNCED

Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance

Cover Designer:  David Wagner of Wagner LA Photography

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Synopsis:

Imprisonment in Obsidius.  Enslavement to a soul-sucking succubus.  A reproductive cycle that’d send a sex fiend running into the arms of celibacy.  Given the choice, most demons would opt for death.

Gavin, eldest son of Wrath, has been sentenced to all three.

When the succubus decides its time collect, though, he fears his nightmares have only just begun.

And Sabelle’s timing couldn’t be worse.

With a bad case of uncontrollable lust, thanks to his Savidon, the last thing Gavin wants is a vengeful succubus stoking his darkest desires, but debts must be paidhe just didn’t bank on enjoying his punishment so much.

Because the swinging bachelor may have found his perfect mate in the sexy seductress.

However, just as things seem to be looking up, past sins resurface, plunging the two into a deadly game of power and deception. As their worst fears merge into one unexpected threat, Gavin is determined to protect Sabelle and win her freedom.

At any cost.

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Sons of Wrath FAQ and updates!!

I’ve had questions come up after some have read The Fallen and I thought, since they seem to be similar, I’d just answer them here instead of private messages. Will there be more of Xander and Karinna (THE FALLEN)?

Originally I hadn’t planned to write much more—I was simply providing a character’s backstory.  As I’ve said before, I wrote this book at the request of a reader, after the Sons of Wrath books 1 and 2 were already out there.  This book tells the story of how Xander came to be Fallen. However, it seems readers have come to love Xander and Karinna more than I had anticipated!  Therefore, you will definitely see more of these two.

Even though I’m a cruel mistress and I LOVE to put my alphas through some hell, I think they all deserve a happy ending and Xander will get his … eventually.

Will this darker tone carry over to Soul Enslaved?

The Fallen is certainly not the darkest book out there, but it is the darkest thing I’ve ever written.  It deals with very disturbing themes of torture and rape—had me cringing as I wrote it so I’m certain readers had moments of wanting to scrub their eyeballs with bleach.  I’m always trying to push my writing to places that force me outside of my comfort zone.  It keeps it new and fresh for me.  Keeps me from getting bored. This book was an exploration into a very dark and twisted character that I introduced in Soul Resurrected (Xander).  I don’t think I’ll ever lose the darkness in my writing, but where horrific scenes were shown in The Fallen, I try to leave them up to the reader’s imagination in my other books (they tend to be implied).

Soul Enslaved will return to the usual banter and brotherhood that you’ve come to know in the series.  Gavin certainly likes his kink and you can expect to see lots of it in this book, but he’s not a sadist, so no mindfuckery or pain in this one.

When is the cover reveal for Soul Enslaved?

The cover is designed and is GORGEOUS.  I’m just finalizing the blurb at the moment.  Its never easy condensing an enormous book into 150-175 words, and this happens to be giving me hell.  I’ll plan the cover reveal for Tuesday, May 20th. 

Mark your calendars!!

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ALSO … I’ll have limited edition prints, signed by the very sexy Daniel Sobieray to give away for the release of the book!

How is Soul Enslaved coming along?

Very well, actually!  I’m taking my time with this because this installment gives more insight into the overarching story that’s building in the background.  I’m widening the scope a bit and want to make sure there are no glaring plot holes as the main story continues to progress.  Each brother’s story plays a role in moving it along and the further into the series I go, the more obsessed I become with double-checking my world-building.

As for the love story in the thick of all this chaos … I’ll say this, it doesn’t happen often, but I’ve had a couple tearful moments while writing it.  Some scenes were harder to write than others.

I find when I write, there’s a particular song for each book, that, no matter what I’m doing just before I hit the keys, pulls me into the story immediately.  Sort of like a theme song that allows me to slip into the world.  For Soul Enslaved, it’s Always by Killswitch Engage.  The song came on the radio while I was driving the other day and reminded me of the heart-wrenching scene I have to write and my mind immediately went into daydream mode, imagining it as I battled 5 o’clock traffic.

I will continue to post updates on the story and let you know of a release date as it gets closer.

What is the deal with this new book, Ricochet?  It’s not a paranormal romance?

This will be its own separate post, so I won’t go into too much detail.

A while back, I had an idea for a contemporary romance, but never really pulled the trigger on writing it.  Well, it turns out, my head hasn’t forgotten about it, because a couple weeks ago I was slammed with the opening scene while driving an hour to a meeting.  It’s dark.  It’s gritty, but not as graphic as The Fallen and has NO paranormal elements in it.  So think of the Sons of Wrath world through the eyes of humans and you’ve got Ricochet.  This will be a standalone romance.

I’ll have more info about this one at a later date, but writing begins this summer, after I’ve handed off Soul Enslaved.

In the meantime, you can check out my inspiration board on Pinterest or add it to your Goodreads shelf!

Hey what’s going on with the Audiobook for Soul Avenged?

I actually listened to a few chapters this morning and it’s coming along!  I can’t yet say when it will be available but the first 14 chapters have been uploaded and they sound fantastic!  Jarman does such a nice job keeping all the voices with multiple characters distinct enough to keep track of who’s talking – it’s crazy!!  And I love his voice for Wade…wait til you hear it.  Haha!

Will let you know as it gets closer to completion.  Maybe I can post a little teaser at some point!

Lots of stuff coming your way so stay tuned for updates!