Friday, April 18, 2014

A little BURNED teaser...

...just one sentence  (and a page from FEVER MOON because I like this shot of Mac and Dani fighting together)


Mac draws up short to keep from slamming into Barrons and her blonde hair swings back over her shoulder, brushing his face as it goes and my hearing is so good I catch the rasp of it chafing the shadow stubble on his jaw, then one of his hands grazes her breast and his eyes narrow when he looks at what he touched in a hungry way I want a man to look at me like one day and, as they continue to recover from the near-collision, their bodies move in a graceful dance of impeccable awareness of precisely where the other is at all times that is unity, symbiosis, partnership I only dream of, wolves that chose to pack up and hunt together, soldiers who will always have each other’s back no matter what, no sin, no transgression too great, ‘cause don’t we all transgress sometimes and it fecking slays me, because once I got a little taste of what that was like and it was heaven and they’re so beautiful standing there, the best of the best, the strongest of the strong that they practically glow to me, on fire with all I ever wanted in my life—a place to belong and someone to belong there with.

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BURNED
©Karen Marie Moning

Friday, January 17, 2014

BURNED!!! Your first Dani teaser!


A man steps out.

Strong. Brilliant. Controlled.

Predator.

Unbreakable.

He's everything I admire plus things I can't even put into words.

I crush on Jericho Barrons violently.

My brain almost shuts down every time I see him and that's a lot of gray matter to stupefy.

Used to be, if I couldn't fall asleep I'd fantasize all kinds of ways I'd impress Barrons by killing monsters or saying something really smart or saving the world, and he'd see me as a grown up woman and I'd glow just from the look on his face.

But then Ryodan began popping into my fantasies like he had some kind of business being there, and he'd look all, well...like...Ryodan and he'd laugh and do that husky groan thing he did on level four, so I terminated that happy little exercise in somnolence.

Now I count sheep.

Lately even those buggers look like Ryodan with clear, cold eyes and some weird kind of hypnotic hold on me.

Fecker.

I'm beginning to think I'm going to have to figure out a way to kill him, permanent-like just to get him out of my head.

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BURNED
© 2014 Karen Marie Moning

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Into the Dreaming: the missing Dageus portraits

Over the years, many of you have written in to ask why you never got to see the two paintings Dageus painted of himself to warn future generations of Keltar that he was dark, so if he showed up on their doorstep one day, they’d be forewarned. I just got my comp copies of Into the Dreaming, which contains The Dark Highlander, Lite my first try at telling Dageus’ story. (There’s also a foreword in the book that explains why I wrote it twice.) In the Lite version, Dageus doesn’t live in Manhattan, the heroine, Elizabeth is very different than Chloe, and I had a completely different strategy for saving him. When I threw it away 250 pages in and started over, I had to be able to see it new, which meant recycling as little as possible—which meant details, scenes, tensions, characters I used to shape the Lite version never made it into the Dark. The paintings were one of many things that went into the trash with the manuscript.

I was thumbing through my comp copy and was delighted to realize those paintings have finally made it to print, LOL! This is an excerpt from Into the Dreaming, the special hardcover edition. (It goes on sale April 24th.)

Elizabeth is unwrapping a package, tearing off strips of paper that protect the painting within…

She bared more of it in strips. A grassy knoll. A night sky. A brilliant purple and black tartan, that ended above powerfully muscled calves, and clung to lean hips. More of that sculpted stomach and chest. Strong arms and broad, powerful shoulders. All the makings of a woman’s most primitive fantasy…

The laughter died abruptly in her throat as she tore off the last remaining strip, revealing the magnificent man’s face.

Er…faces, she amended uneasily. For the man had two, and the breath hitched in her throat.

She stared in silence for a long, long time, feeling something stir within her that made her deeply uneasy. Curiosity. Fascination. An intense unbidden flash of sensual awareness.

For heaven’s sake, she chided herself, blowing out an uneasy breath, it’s only a picture!

But it was more than that. He radiated barely harnessed, fantastic energy. The man—and he was every inch raw male, dripping dark, intoxicating sexuality—had been painted standing on a grassy slope, with silhouettes of standing stones behind him. The night sky was the backdrop; a velvety canvas pierced by glittering stars. Clad in only a kilt, he was magnificent, with skin like golden velvet poured over steel, a sculpted physique, and silky black-as-midnight hair that spilled down his back and over one shoulder. He chiseled face was exotic, almost impossibly beautiful.

But the beauty ended abruptly, or rather, to the left it ended, for the man’s face turned both ways. One face turned right, breathtakingly handsome, with glittering golden eyes, firm pink lips, an arrogant blade of a nose and a strong jaw. Stunningly male, stunningly sensual, it made places low in her belly feel tight.

The other face turned to the left was evil incarnate…

Friday, March 2, 2012

THE ALPHA ALTERNATIVE: Sex from JZB’s Point of View – recorded by Phil Gigante & Natalie Ross is now available for purchase!

Ever since I began writing the FEVER series, fans have been begging for a glimpse inside JZB’s head. I don’t find it a comfortable place to be. Or maybe it’s too comfortable. Things are simple in there: there’s what you can live with, and what you won’t live without. And there’s no price too high for either.

Of all my characters, JZB is the closest to a true sociopath by the terms we define one, yet has the most impeccable system of ethics of all the personalities in the FEVER world. His ethical structure is flawless. It doesn’t contradict itself. There’s beauty in that. Trust derives from consistency. Barrons is a consistent man. He’s also the most uncomplicatedly sexual man I’ve written. Sex is where Barrons dumps emotion, not that he’d ever let you see it, but it’s there in his hands on your skin and it’s why sex with him is so good. Remote and controlled out of bed, he’s pure passion in it.

Last year, JZB was nominated for an Alpha Male contest and I have absolutely no clue why I said that if he won, I’d write a sex scene from his point of view. None. I think I must have been temporarily possessed by V’lane who was pissed off that he wasn’t in the contest, and hoped I’d screw it up and make Barrons look less awesome and hot and epic than he is.

Once I shared the scene via my Facebook page, I began getting deluged with emails asking me to ask my audiobook narrators, Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross (Faefever, Dreamfever and Shadowfever) to professionally record it. Ever interested in obliging the fans—especially if it means I get to hear Barrons having sex!—I approached them about it. They have very busy schedules, but were finally able to clear time to go into the studio together and get it done.

The Alpha Alternative download includes a scorching hot 30-minute audio recording of the sex scene I wrote from Jericho Barrons' point of view, plus a PDF download of the text for your eReaders and computers. Because there were significant costs involved in putting this together, that range from studio time, to narrator fees, ecommerce fees, website fees, bank fees, blah-blah, I must charge for it. I give away great deal for free but when it takes time, labor and money to make something available, I have to charge, or I won't be able to continue doing similar things in the future. The response will set the tone. If people are respectful of copyright, and this is profitable financially, I'll keep trying new things. If the work is pirated, I won't.

Email me and let me know what you think. Phil and Natalie totally nailed the scene! Not much makes me squirm. This did :)

You can buy it here.

NOTE: It's a ZIP file and won't download to your phones because it's a folder containing and MP3 and a PDF. We would make it available just as the MP3 but the PDF doc has the APOE and SPOE which aren't on the MP3. We're working on getting it converted and allowing wide distribution through iTunes, and other vendors. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FEVER Tarot Deck

The FEVER Tarot Deck is now available for pre-order here.