Friday, July 7, 2017

Featured Author: J.N. Sheats

Welcome Today's Featured Author 
J.N. Sheats!!

Lineage, JJ Morris #1
YA Paranormal Mystery/Thriller/PNR

"Cameron, why do you call me dove," I asked, ready for disappointment. 
"Because, you bring my soul peace." 

Joey Morris has spent her young life moving around the country with her constantly absent mother until finally ending up in the small college town of Portstown, Pennsylvania. Here history is thick in the air and Joey discovers that her family has long reaching roots in the town, dating back to the very first settlement. Because of her heritage she is welcomed into the group of the other founding families, and quickly becomes one of the popular girls in school. 

After over a year of the good life and Homecoming just days away, Joey is thrown into a terrifying new reality. Happening across a violent black dog with glowing red eyes, and a handsome stranger that puts his life on the line to save her only to stick a gun in her chest moments later. 

Now people are dying in Portstown, people close to Joey and she doesn't understand why. Will Joey have anyone left after she discovers the truth about her past? 

Cameron Davis is a man from another life, for years he has been focused on his mission. The drive that keeps his soul locked inside a physical body, staving off the reaper. That all changes when he is given the task of protecting Joey and stopping the attacks. 

This girl makes him weak and brings up memories of a past he left behind nearly a century ago. What secrets lie beyond his contract with the elusive Warner family, and why does this girl need protecting? 

Lineage is a young adult novel but is recommended for readers 16+ due to violence.

“Wait, don’t leave.”

I hated how pathetic I sounded, like I was begging him to stay. To my surprise the stranger paused as if considering my request. To which I added a concerned, “It’s not safe out there.”

“It doesn’t matter, I have a job to do. Stay in this house.”

Pressure was bearing down on me, a heavy weight that made it hard to take the smallest of breaths. I couldn’t let him leave…he couldn’t walk out that door. I didn’t want to be alone.

“Let’s call the police,” I belted out without any thought.

I didn’t see him move or even hear him cover the distance from the back door to in front of me, his swift movement causing me to gasp. His death stare held my attention.

“No cops,” he hissed, ice in his voice.

His face was close to mine, hardly an inch between us, but I could still see the gun in his hand. The gun that was now pointed at my heaving chest.


My mind started playing through death scenarios again. A new violent reality set in…this time the papers would be reporting on my murder instead of a tragic encounter with a savage animal. Something that would end up a cold case and passed off as a failed home invasion. I didn’t know if that was worse than being ripped apart by that wolf-thing or not.

I tensed, waiting for the loud bang of the gun…it was coming. His eyes were far too serious for it to be a bluff. I had accepted my end once already tonight, and it gave me courage to do it again.

“You saved me back there to shoot me now?” I challenged.

The corners of his wonderful mouth twitched upward as he pressed the gun against my chest, daring more challenge. My body was trembling, but my gaze remained firm on the deep cold azure of his stare. Such raw brutality in his eyes, long hard years reflecting back at me with a cynical gleam. The muzzle of the gun pushed harder into my chest as he took a step back, putting distance between us, but still keeping the gun in place. I refused to back down.

Fresh adrenaline drove my reckless actions as I leaned into the muzzle of his weapon, daring him to do it. The corners of his mouth inched upward even more, creating a wicked smile. A flash of hunger in his dangerous eyes, and I could feel my heart jump into a bounding speed of excitement.

As quickly as the moment became heated and complicated, it was gone. His lips fell into a straight line, and he dropped the gun. The stranger appearing hardened and neutral as he backed away.

“Stay inside,” he ordered in a dark tone before rushing outside.

The Opsona Journey Series
"I would no longer be a mortal servant, a pet kept for sick entertainment. I had been chosen for initiation, to become one of the immortals…A vampire. 

My transition continued on far longer than any other, filling my body with a pain that was beyond the natural senses. After four days of writhing in the burning change I blacked out, and what woke in my place was not a vampire. It was in a word…Chaos."

No longer an average mortal Opsona warrior and far from a vampire, Serenity is an unnatural force that rivals anything found in the planes of the Underworld. An advantage that her master, Vondorian, uses in his quest to conquer the mortal world, while luring her into his bed with seductive promises. A flawless venture until the day she is struck down in battle. 

Slain by a man with haunting greens eyes and hidden by shadows, Serenity has lived the last century of her immortal life with a nagging conscience. A lingering pest of a mortal voice conflicting with her vampire instincts, which only grows more unruly as Serenity and her master move to conquer the city of Tentusa. A small but important place nestled in a sacred, and Serenity's former home.

With the pull of her former life drawing out the mortal voice deep within, three centuries of loyalty between master and servant are put to the test. Serenity's disobedience grows stronger with each passing hour, and when a new stranger arrives things only grow more complicated. Which is stronger…Serenity's desires, the mortal voice, or the creature she fears within? 

Cret is child of twisted fate looking for acceptance. Half Opsona, half demon. His demon father sees him only as an enemy, and his estranged Opsona brethren, protectors of the mortal world, use him for their own means. 

In his need for Opsona approval he killed the woman he desired only to find she survived nearly a century later. Now he is face with an impossible decision. Kill Serenity and fall back into the hell of a world without her, or disobey his Opsona brethren and sentence himself to death.

Everything Cret has known, loved, and protected has fallen. Having failed his former teacher and master he is now faced with the aftermath of Serenity's rage, once she learns he was the one that struck her down in battle all those years ago.

The struggle between duty and heart has begun for Cret, and the innocent people of Tentusa are caught in the middle as the vampire armies arrive. Can Cret turn his back on Serenity, the woman that wants him dead, when she asks for his help?

"I had jumped so blindly as her request because it was Serenity asking, but could I trust her?" ~Cret~

Excerpt Fated Betrayal, Book Two
“The Vamdari are a myth,” I tried to play it off, fighting to regain my cool exterior but I was shaken by the information he just pulled out of me. "A legend that people use to scare children.”

Cret narrowed his gaze in my direction, a sly knowing laced those amazing emerald pools. I could deny the Vamdari all I wanted to, but it didn’t matter because he was inside my mind. The thought of him there among my darkest thoughts and secrets made me shiver as thoughts of him and me in heated battle turned to images of salacious interactions.

“Now who's playing games?” The words left his lips and he was on me. I didn't have time to register the movement. I didn't see him move at all.

Cret pinned my hands on either side of my head and pressed his body against mine, my creature purred at the dominance being displayed and growled to entice more sensual play out of him. I tried to hold it at bay, but the hint of lightly defined lean muscle under that thick gray clothing of his made it hard. I wanted him just as much as the creature.

The bare skin of his fingers trailed against my right wrist and instead of taking the opportunity to free myself I reveled in the heat that ignited from such a simple touch, which turned into a light caress as he ran his fingers along my skin. Lingering his tracing motion for a moment before tugging the cloth of my shirt sleeve down, exposing the flowing marks carved into my wrist. The lines twisted and weaved out into a symbol reflecting what we both knew.

“Vamdari,” he whispered locking me into his intense gaze, a strange hunger focused right at me with so many unspoken intentions. “You can't win at this game, Serenity.”

“That's because you're not playing fair.”

“What's wrong,” he asked moving closer, closing the distance between our faces to only a fraction of an inch. That hot honeyed breath of his scorching my lips with all their pleasured promises. “Can't handle the challenge?”

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Bailey York is a woman who refuses to allow her disturbing past to define her as a victim, despite the fact she is controlled by the tragedy. Trapped in a world of lonely desperation she runs back to the man that violated every part of her. With the promise of a mended relationship and comfort from her lonely world, Bailey allows her old lover dangerously close once more.

Spirited, strong willed, and rebellious, one look at Bailey and people often miss the suffering lying just under the surface. With her sanity on the edge Bailey is doing everything she can to keep herself from shattering.

Ayden Parks is a guy down on his luck. The world has spun around more than once on him in the last year, but that won't stop him. With a fresh break-up from his long time fiancée, Ayden is ready to pour himself into the success of his club, A-Jax. Until he crosses paths with Bailey.

Intrigued by her fiery nature and contradicting personality Ayden can't help but be drawn in. She’s the first woman who has been able to distract him from work in years. Despite the nagging voice in the back of his head warning of the darkness surrounding her, Ayden still gets involved with Bailey. Putting himself firmly between her and her violent ex, but Bailey’s old lover won't settle for anything less than her.

About The Author

J.N. Sheats is an artist turned author. Living in Maryland with six wild cats, and her husband, J.N. spends her days designing covers and teasers for other authors. At night she is at the mercy of her demanding characters, and their wild fantasies.

Dark Paranormal Fantasy is her preferred genre of writing, but anything is game. Maybe even a lovely romance novel or two in the near future.

When not writing, designing, or drawing, J.N. spends her time doing a host of other activities. Including: gardening, jewelry making, cooking, and watching far too much television.

Catch what’s up in J.N. Sheats’ crazy life with the links below. Stalkers welcomed. ;)

Get exclusive sneak-peeks and more of Dreamscape, JJ Morris #2, on my patreon.

Follow the progress of Dreamscape and all writing/art projects. Plus, first looks at raw chapters, prizes, deleted scenes, and much more!

A dream is but a lie humanity embraces with eager submission—longing for it’s devious reality.”

~The Dream Conductor, Dreamscape~

Interview With J.N. Sheats:
  1. Can you tell us a little about your books?
Well, all the books I currently have published are paranormal, but you can find more than paranormal elements in them. Such as my Opsona series, it's both paranormal and fantasy. Yes, it has vampires but also epic battles, romance, and one intense leading lady.
  1. What is your newest release?
My latest release is Lineage, the first in the J.J. Morris Mysteries. A paranormal mystery about all the creepy things that happen in a small town. There are witches, ghosts, demons, paranormal hunters, demon hounds, and right in the middle is Joey Morris. A girl just looking for a place to call home.

  1. For a reader who hasn't read your books yet, which book do you suggest they start with?
I would suggest Lineage, JJ Morris #1. It's a book that sucks you in. So many people can relate to it and the character of Joey. I'm sure all of us have ghost stories we remember from our neighborhood growing up, and that's what you get in this book. On top of handsome heroic strangers, and one big conspiracy.

  1. If you ever experience a case of writer's block, how do you cure it?
I do something wild, in writing of course. When I find myself stalling-out on a story or heading to the endless abyss of writer's block, I take a 90 degree turn.
Here's an example: Say my main characters are heading toward this final showdown, or they are getting ready to do something major, but I don't know how to write it. The ideas have dried up and writer's block is looming in the distance. Instead of forcing through it toward the conclusion/event I have planned I pick some kind of wild circumstance for them to overcome. Like one character goes on a bender before this big life changing event, and starts suspecting their mother's glass swan collection is out to kill them.
What happens next is complete mindless insanity and might never find it's way into the final cut, but it kick starts the creative juices. Plus it's fun watching your characters act like idiots sometimes.

  1. Do you work with an outline, or just write?
I have been trying to work with an outline because with a longer series it works well to keep things organized, but not for me. I always end up trashing it and just writing. If that happens to other fellow writers, where you find your characters taking you off into another direction. Go with it. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with just flowing with the events or trashing an outline. Yeah, it's painful to bin something you put time into, but never try to force your writing.

  1. What book did you enjoy writing the most and why?
The Opsona series, mainly Shadowed Intentions, book 3. The whole series is centered around a character I created when I was 14. Serenity was a role playing character of mine long before I started writing about her, and the third book shows how much of a bad*ss she is. This woman doesn't take anything from anyone, and right when you think you have her cornered she'll spin you around. Strong willed, rebellious, skilled fighter, attitude all in a sexy as hell package, and writing that third book I got to bring all of that out in her. She shames the men that have been trying to control her up to that point. The end is simply, EPIC!

  1. If you could spend 24 hours as a fictional character, who would you chose?
Melina Blackwood from Shamelessly Spellbound by Cassandra Lawson. I'm in love with this character, she's so sassy and carefree. Her internal monologue cracks me up, plus. . Magic. Yep, Melina is a witch. Well, part witch. I would love to be her for a day.

  1. Are you attending any Author Signing Events this year?
Sadly no. I will be at home all year taking care of my elderly cat. Poor little guy.

  1. What are you working on next?
There is a lot I'm working on, but my main focus has been on A-Jax. A dark romance which will be releasing later this summer, and also Dreamscape, JJ Morris #2. I have people beating down my message box for this one. They can't seem to get enough of Cameron and Joey. ;)

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