Thursday, October 16, 2014

Addictive Book Promotions Presents: Guest Post from Amy Kessler on DWC Book Series

In the Light of the Moon (FREE in ebook)


A shifter with no control...

As a panther shifter stripped of her control Kassity has no choice but to be a killer for Lucius. Obeying the vampire was simply her way of life. Until Jaxon comes to town, bring trouble with him. When she recognizes Jaxon as her fated mate, Kassity must deal with betrayal, secrets and Lucius in order to be with him.

A war rages on...

Jaxon must decide who he is fighting for and against. What started as a simple job turns into a complicated game of hearts when he meets Kassity, the woman he thought he was rescuing.

But not everything is as it seems in Lucius' territory...
The Birth of Dark War Chronicles

DWC has taken me on an amazing journey so far, one that I only ever dreamed of and with each release, convention, and online event, I get the joy of growing as an author. To truly understand where DWC came from and how much these series means to me, we have to go back to the start.

DWC started with a character, one little character who had spoke up and told me her store. Her name is Isadora Sidel. Now, you won’t see her for a while. She has a cameo in On Torn Wings (bonus points for you if you realized that!). She was the main character in the book The Taste of Blood, which won’t see the light of day for a while. The book that I wrote before, which set up Isadora’s book, was The Edge of Darkness. The titles for the books and the series came along through a conversation with a really good friend of mine, but that’s a story for another post.

I wrote both those books as a NaNoWriMo project, but even though I sent queries out and looked for a publisher I knew something was off, wrong. So after a few months, I put them both in a drawer and moved on. I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then Kassity came along a few years late. Now, Kassity started out as a RP character, but after moving from group to group it was clear that she was meant for bigger things. And it just clicked. Kassity had a hand in what was going on in the DWC world. I realized that I had started the series in the wrong place, on the wrong side of the war. From there it just flourished.

We’re talking a series that has taken over five years to actually get on a roll, from start to where we are now. The DWC world and characters are part of my heart and I love telling their stories. We’re almost to the original point that I started writing. Isadora will get her chance to shine and win her way into your hearts. I have big plans for this series, with the fourth book coming out in February, short stories in the works and working on the Hunters’ part of the war, I can truly say it’s going to be a wild ride from here on out.  


Kass ran her hand against one of the evergreen trees that dominated Lucius’ mountain side property. Snow still dusted the peaks above the tree line, forming a nice white cap. The sounds of wild life running about around the land graced her ears and called to her panther, but she was forbidden from shifting. Some type of metaphysical block had been placed so she could feel her panther but not call it to the surface herself, the beast even leaned against it, fought against it, but nothing worked. She cursed Lucius and took a deep breath. Cold mountain air cleared her lungs, easing her anger as the crisp smell of spring leaves and another panther filled her senses. Her heart skipped a beat. Impossible. With another breath she knew there was no mistaking the scent.
 Footsteps echoed behind her, she spun in time to see a blur fly towards her and knock her to the ground. Air rushed from her lungs, but she managed to recover and rolled. Pinning the stranger to the ground with a hand to his throat, she met his gaze, sky blue eyes set in a soft face. The almost-too-delicate-for-a-male jaw line was sun kissed, and that amazing tan continued to the chiseled line of his abs and the delicious view disappeared into a pair of faded blue jeans. Kass licked her lips as the idea of tracing her tongue up his chest crossed her mind.
“Hey princess, eyes are up here.” He grumbled, putting an arm between them and pushing her off.
She didn’t fight him as she backed off and raised her eyes to meet his again. Now his shaggy light brown hair, a tad too dark to call blond, shadowed them, making the blue look darker. The panther in her urged Kass to nuzzle the stranger in front of her as they recognized the scent. “You’re a panther.”
“Just like you.” He nodded giving her a slow, sexy grin that showed just a hint of teeth with enough attitude to make a woman melt. “Do you pin every cat you meet to the ground?”
She snorted and looked away, toying with a strand of her hair. “Only the ones who pounce me first.”
He sat up and leaned in close to her. “I was just excited to see a female cat. Lucius said that there were none.”
Her cat tried to rush to the surface and caused Kass to stiffen as it hit the block in her. “He apparently had no intentions of us meeting, because he never mentioned you either.”
“I’m Jaxon.” He leaned in and nuzzled her neck in a classic greeting. She sighed against him, taking in his scent and missing the type of contact he offered.
She returned the greeting, rubbing against him, “Kassity.” The longer she touched him the more her beast hesitated against the block in her, calming and edging back to wherever it hid inside her.
“My beast rises to your touch.” He whispered with his lips against her cheek.
Heat tinted her face red. “And yours calms mine.” Panic crept up on her as she struggled to breathe, his scent overwhelming her. She scooted away from him, the wet grass soaking through her pants. He crawled towards her the muscles in his arms moving like liquid grace. He peered up at her through his shaggy hair.
She expected to see hurt in his eyes, but they were narrow and calculating how to get what he wanted. Her. She froze when she felt her beast collide with the block inside her, knowing that it was Jax’s beast that called to her. Clenching her fists, she fought against the instinct to call to him and his cry of need. As she closed her eyes, she tried to find her fading connection with the cat inside her, tried to control and channel it. The want to run in fear of the male overcame the beast and tried to force its way out. 
Kass’ jaw tightened as he moved closer. He straddled her legs and kissed her. Parting her lips with his tongue caused her cat to hesitate. Her body tightened in all the right places as she melted into the kiss and allowed him access to her mouth. She pulled her legs under her to get closer to him. He moved so he knelt in front of her and cradled her face with his big hands. Her beast settled against the block, content with the connection.
The tingling of happiness broke when their lips were ripped apart. Kass opened her eyes just in time to see Lucius throw Jaxon a few yards away. Kass swallowed and backed away from the vampire while Jaxon let out an inhuman snarl, but remained where he was.
Lucius glared at him. “Stand down cat, she isn’t yours.”
“That’s not your choice.” Jaxon stood. “If our beasts-“
“Your beasts will not be meeting again.” Lucius spun to Kass. “Room. Now.”
She opened her mouth to protest, but when she met the narrow pure black eyes of Lucius she thought better. She stole one last look at the male panther before running back to the mansion.

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Author BIO

A.L. Kessler is a paranormal romance and steampunk author residing in Colorado Springs. Since she was a teenager she's loved weaving stories and spinning tales. When she's not at the beck-and-call of the Lord and Lady of the House, two black cats by the names of Jynx and Sophie, training a playful puppy named Zelda, playing with her daughter, or killing creepers and mining all the things with her husband of 4 years, she's either reading, participating in NaNoWriMo, or writing in her Blog Writing Rambles.

Published work: In the Light of the Moon (DWC #1)- Novel

The Touch of Night (DWC #0.5) Note: This short story is not required to read to understand the over all arc of the story.

In the Light of the Moon (DWC #1) Kassity's &  Jaxon's Book

Dance in the Moonlight (DWC #2) Renee's &  Coran's Book

On Torn Wings (DWC #3) Orion's & Dani's Book

Past Demons (DWC #4) Tegan's Book, Due out Feb 2015

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