The Kirsten O’Shea Universe

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There are three series in this universe. For those who are only interested in one series, you’ll be able to read it without reading the others. However, if you want to read all three, follow the column to the right.

 

Only Human series (Urban Fantasy)

 

Chattanooga Supernaturals (Paranormal Romance)

 

Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club (link)

 

Short erotica stories from the world of The Chattanooga Supernaturals

For those reading all three series, the reading order is:

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Release Day!!! Careful What You Ask For

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cb_carefulwhatyouaskfor_400x600When a wolf mates with a human, the child is nearly always a wolf. Briana was raised as a werewolf, but puberty hit and she never changed. She’s persuaded a few wolves to bite her, but it never took. At nineteen, she’s going to give it a final try. This time, she’ll ask someone who was bitten instead of being born to it, to see if it makes a difference.

She grew up welcome in the Pack until she was branded a human. Her developing teenage psyche was wounded by their rejection, and she holds nothing but ill will for the Pack and all it stands for. However, it’s fine for a human to glare at the Alpha and tell him he isn’t the boss of her. Trying it as a wolf is another story. She’s determined to make a go of it as a lone wolf, but Randall — the local Alpha — has other ideas, despite the fact she’s property of his brother’s motorcycle club.

Briana was raised to be a werewolf and she finally feels whole, but the transition is different for everyone. She understands supernatural politics, but she’s going to have to maneuver through the highest levels of them as a brand new wolf still struggling for control.

 

  • 85,000 words

 

Buy it at:

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Careful What You Ask For at Smashwords Careful What You Ask For at ARE Careful What You Ask For at Bookstrand Careful What You Ask For at Excessica
Careful What You Ask For at Goodreads

 

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Cover Reveal — Ghost

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At eight years old, Hailey’s life took a turn for the better when her mom married Darnell, despite the fact she had to put up with his asshole son for a stepbrother. Eight years later — the day after her stepbrother graduated high school — Darnell and his son moved out, and the divorce was final six weeks later. She hasn’t seen either of them since.

Ghost works at the gun store, but one evening the MC is shorthanded and he’s sent to help watch over their stable of working girls. He walks in and smells Hailey, his ex-stepsister, and shortly thereafter drags her out and carries her home.

Brothers and sisters fight. It’s what they do. But when the worst happens, they’re there for each other. They haven’t seen each other in six years, but some things never change.

  • Release Date: October 14, 2016
  • Word Count: 107,000 words

 

Pre-order it at:

Ghost at Amazon Ghost at Barnes and Noble Ghost at Kobo Ghost at iTunes

Unhuman Journey


Tense

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past present future tense jokeWhen considering tense in a first person narrative, let’s think about the way we talk.

If I’m talking about someone who’s still alive, I’ll say, “He’s so funny, conversations with him are a hoot.” However, if the gentleman is dead, we say, “He was so funny. I loved my conversations with him. He could have me laughing at the drop of a hat.”

If I’m talking about the Tennessee Aquarium, I speak of it in the present tense. However, I speak of the World Trade Center Towers in the past tense.

Those are extreme examples, but we do the same with everything in our lives. I speak of the sofa-sleeper that used to be in our family in the past tense, and the wrap-around sofa in the present tense.

“The sofa sleeper was so uncomfortable, but I love the way the chaise on this sofa supports me when I work.”

Two tenses in the same sentence, and it’s correct. Tense was designed so people will know if you’re referring to the past, present, or future.

Here’s a teaser from Ghost (releasing October 14th)

I’ve read about people wanting a spanking — women who act bad just so their husband will paddle their bottom — but no way was I ever going to want this. Dare’s a werewolf and he’s fucking strong. I know he doesn’t spank with all of his strength, but that doesn’t matter because it’s more than I can handle and I was screaming and begging from the very first strike.

She starts out speaking in the past tense, but since Dare is still a werewolf, Hailey doesn’t speak of his status as werewolf in the past tense. If she did, readers would think I (the author) was foreshadowing some traumatic event that would either kill him or make him human again. I do foreshadow a little with the final sentence, because the wording clearly tells the reader he’s still spanking her. We don’t know if this was written a year later or five years later, but she’s still being spanked.

 

The side of Missionary Ridge is damned steep, but we’re wolves and we’re strong, so we easily managed the terrain. Nix climbed the tree he’d chosen, and I moved to the base of another tree and blended into my surroundings.

No one’s taken earth movers to Missionary Ridge. It’s still there. Also, Ghost and Nix are still wolves, so we say it in present tense. Then we move back into the narrative of what happened in the past, so it’s past tense.

Don’t let the people who don’t understand grammar bully you into talking about someone who’s still alive in the past tense. Seriously, just don’t. If they’re alive, we talk about them as if they’re still alive — even if the book is written in past tense.  We talk about what they did in the past tense, but — unless they’ve died since these events happened — we talk about their attributes in the present tense.

The same goes with things — if you’re telling us the house is green, then write it as the present tense unless 1) the house has since burned down or been destroyed in an earthquake or 2) someone came along and painted it another color.

There are rules about how to switch tense within a sentence, and I don’t always get it right. Sometimes, I fudge the rules because it’s the way the character would speak. Other times, I write it the way most readers will understand — even if I’m aware it may make the college English professors out there start twitching.  It’s probably important to point out I do this with all English rules, not just the ones on tense — and this will likely be the subject of my next discussion on writing commercial fiction: When to break the rules.  (Hint: It has to do with character development.)

 

 

 


Nix

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Nix recently transferred to Chattanooga from the Asheville RTMC chapter. The MC’s new gun store needs someone to teach rifle classes, and Nix was a Special Forces sniper in the military.

Tippy came to Chattanooga to start her life anew. She’s a shooter as well, and she won a silver medal at the Olympics, but she uses a different name now and tries to stay out of the limelight. Most deer can’t function in human society, but she’s found ways to navigate modern life without her deer freezing or running every time something startles her.

Wolves are fiercely monogamous when they fall in love, while deer have trouble understanding the concept of exclusivity. Then there’s the fact wolves eat deer in the wild.

A wolf and a deer madly in love and living happily ever after has to be impossible. Right?

Nix was previously in the Ridin’ Dirty OAMC anthology.

  • Releases July 15, 2016
  • 26,000 words

Available for pre-order at:

Nix at Amazon Nix at Barnes and Noble Nix at Kobo Nix at iTunes
Nix at Smashwords Nix at ARE Nix at Bookstrand Nix at Excessica
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An Unhuman Journey is up on pre-order!

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There’s a war brewing between good and evil, and the chess pieces are being set…

Aaron has gone missing, and Mordecai has taken over Kirsten’s training. She’s learning by leaps and bounds under the god-of-old’s not-so-gentle tutelage, but with Nathan in charge of Drake Security during The Dragon King’s unplanned absence, everything is upside down.

The evil Celrau vampires were banned from creating new offspring, but they’ve bargained for permission to do so in the Underworld, where the Concilio has no authority. As part of their army-building, the Celrau vampires kidnap Kirsten and take her to the Underworld with the intention of making her one of them. Alone in another realm, Kirsten must form unexpected alliances to survive a most Unhuman Journey.

Join bestselling author Candace Blevins on a thrilling adventure into the critically acclaimed sequel to Only Human.

 

  • Releases June 17, 2016
  • 60,000 words

 

Pre-order it at:

Unhuman Journey at Amazon Unhuman Journey at Barnes and Noble Unhuman Journey at Kobo Unhuman Journey at iTunes

 

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Gonzo (RTMC #7)

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RollingThunder_GonzoGonzo has not only had to come to terms with the loss of his entire family, but he also barely survived being shot in the chest multiple times while still a human, and was then later turned into a werewolf during a vicious attack while hiking as he tried to put his life back together.

Constance has had her own losses to deal with, and while nowhere near as bad as Gonzo’s, they’ve left a mark on her as well. She’s determined to live her life without a partner though, because her two sexual experiences in college convinced her she’s asexual.

Gonzo’s a biker people cross the road to avoid, while Constance has multiple doctorate degrees and works as a research scientist for a leading pharmaceutical firm. Gonzo doesn’t trust women, Constance has no use for men — and yet they’re going to find themselves working toward the same goals.

 

  • Releases May 13, 2016
  • 106,000 words

 

Available for pre-order at:

Gonzo at Amazon Gonzo at Barnes and Noble Gonzo at Kobo Gonzo at iTunes
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Ridin’ Dirty cover reveal!

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Ridin Dirty coverA bad boy can turn a good girl bad…but only for him.

Whether you like it in the saddle or in the back seat, Ridin’ Dirty has the bad boy for you.

With sexy alphas from a variety of genres – MC, paranormal, and contemporary – you’re sure to find the perfect one for you!

 

***This anthology will only be available for a limited time. All proceeds will be donated to Project Semicolon***
 

 

Contributing Authors: Blue Remy, Kim Jones, MariaLisa DeMora, Alana Sapphire,Kathleen Kelly, Geri Glenn, Winter Travers, Candace Blevins, Nicole James, Kay Renee, Gwendolyn Grace, Colbie Kay and Shyla Colt

Release Date: May 15th, 2016

 


Gonzo Cover reveal!

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Gonzo releases May 13th, and should be up on preorder May 2nd. Here’s the blurb:

Gonzo has not only had to come to terms with the loss of his entire family, but he also barely survived being shot in the chest multiple times while still a human, and was then later turned into a werewolf during a vicious attack while hiking as he tried to put his life back together.

Constance has had her own losses to deal with, and while nowhere near as bad as Gonzo’s, they’ve left a mark on her as well. She’s determined to live her life without a partner though, because her two sexual experiences in college convinced her she’s asexual.

Gonzo’s a biker people cross the road to avoid, while Constance has multiple doctorate degrees and works as a research scientist for a leading pharmaceutical firm. Gonzo doesn’t trust women, Constance has no use for men — and yet they’re going to find themselves working toward the same goals.

Can they form a team to do what needs to be done?

And for those of you who keep up with your TBR list on Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29777813-gonzo

 

 


Horse’s story is live!

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Horse is one of the first non-wolf shifters to be patched into the RTMC after the rule change. He’s a Grizzly Bear, and his old pawnshop has become the MC’s new gun store in a mutually beneficial arrangement.Horse Cover Image

Gabby is a rabbit shifter with a complicated history. Rabbits live in Faerie, but her parents chose to escape to the human realm so they could be together. Tragedy struck twice though, and she was taken to The Summerlands at fifteen to be raised by extended family. She’s grown now and has chosen to come back, even though it means she’s alone in this world.

Bears are loners who are used to getting their way. Rabbits are sexual, social creatures who need a wide variety of partners in their lives if they go outside their own species.

And Gabby’s past is on a trajectory to keep her from the future she wants.

  • 60,000 words

 

Available at:

Horse at Amazon Horse at Barnes and Noble Horse at Kobo Horse at iTunes
Horse at Smashwords Horse at ARE Horse at Bookstrand Horse at Excessica
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