FOUR KISS is finally out! When I first started writing this serial I thought I’d stop at Three, but Darling and her world just couldn’t be contained in three installments. In fact…there will be TWO MORE at least in this series. I have FIVE and SIX KISS on the docket, coming out in June and July. Who knows where it’ll go from there? For now here’s a little snippet of FOUR KISS. Enjoy!
This is the fourth time I’ve tried this. I hope you received my earlier messages. Only 4% are found and responded to. If you have no idea what this is, what the Deep Currents of the Universe are then let me explain briefly.
Think of the Universe like your ocean. Big, impossible to fully explore, and filled with life. In my world we first started putting messages into bottles in order to track the currents of our seas. When another dimension responded it shocked us. It’s possible in your world the dimensional portals are still unknown to your scientists. After decades of study they are still mostly unknown to ours. We continue to use the same methods we did over a century ago. Though now it is the currents of the Universe that we throw our bites of data into.
But I have not broken all protocol, and risked my career, in order to talk about my world or the methodology of The International Council for the Exploration of the Universe. I did it to continue to share with you the interviews of Darling Price. She is the most powerful being in the entire universe and I’m beginning to see that her reasons for sitting and talking with me are all her own. When this started I believed it was possible we were holding her, in some way controlling her, but now I know that is impossible.
Darling Price cannot be held by our conventional methods. Even the height of our technology has no effect on her. The woman can travel between dimensions! An ability we thought limited to Gods and their offspring. But Darling Price is mortal, though her life is much longer than any average being. She is neither deity nor magical. The more I learn of her the less I understand. However, my faith in her ability to stop the zombies, to save our world and all of those affected by this horrendous plague, stays strong.
I was up before the sun and was waiting in the interrogation room when Darling was brought in by the guards. She looked incredible, her black hair falling in waves around her elegant, bare shoulders. Darling’s black leather pants molded to her lush hips. Her sleeveless tank top, ribbed with a scooped necked, exposed the cleft of her cleavage. She slid into the chair across from me and reached for the pack of cigarettes I’d brought for her. It was only half full and she raised her eyebrows when she noticed the deficit.
“I’ll get you more,” I said.
She nodded. “I know.”
I looked down at my notes, pretending to familiarize myself with them. I’d spent hours last night and this morning poring over them, searching for clues, ways to get her to share her knowledge. “When we left off yesterday Emmanuel had carried you into a stream and something shifted. He told you that you were ‘home’.”
“Yes,” Darling said, sitting back in her chair, taking an unlit cigarette with her. “Home.”
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It’s finally out! WARRIOR DOG, my novella in the fabulous Toby Neal‘s Lei Crimes Kindle World is out! First, a hundred million thanks to Toby for asking me to expand her already perfect Hawaii world. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lei Texeira and her dog Keiki, the books follow aforementioned Lei’s adventures as she solves crimes in paradise. Below is an excerpt from my novella, told from the perspective Lei’s wonderful pooch Keiki.
The sound of the rooster’s crow penetrated Keiki’s sleep. Her left ear twitched to better follow the bird’s call as she sighed contentedly. The smell of her owners, Lei and Michael, brought her peace and happiness while at the same time reminding the Rottweiler of her responsibilities. The rooster crowed again and Keiki raised her large, square head from the blanket, glancing toward the window.
As she expected it was still dark out. Keiki looked up the bed at Lei, her first master, and her favorite human in this whole wide world. Just the sight of her, the gentle rise and fall of her breath, the splay of her wild hair across the pillow, made Keiki glad to belong to her. The new life inside of Lei, its fast little heartbeat and occasional movements were exciting to Keiki. She’d always wanted a big pack. Michael, one arm thrown over Lei, was the first addition and he was wonderful. Michael was strong, big, and brave; traits Keiki admired and shared with her second master.
Both Lei and Michael were in law enforcement, police officers, detectives. And while Keiki had never worked in a professional environment she’d been trained to guard from a very young age. Lei adopted her when she was a year old and since then Keiki had worked tirelessly to keep Lei safe.
Keiki climbed quietly off the bed, not wanting to wake the resting couple, but needing to check on the newest member of their pack. As she moved slowly out of the bedroom and down the hall she heard the cries of the Mynah birds in the fruit trees that spotted the yard.
The door to Kiet’s room was slightly ajar. Keiki nosed it open further, breathing in deeply, loving the scents that lingered around the baby. The sweet sour milk, the powder, the poop. Her eyes fluttered at the cacophony of smells. Her heart filled with the joy of having one so young and tender to care for.
Descended from the Drover Dogs of Rome, Keiki was physically strong, her chest broad, mind stable. Her ancestors had followed men into war, helping herd their animals, keeping their flocks protected as battle waged. Later, they’d been used as butcher dogs, pulling carts into town, wearing pouches for money around their necks. For hundreds of years her kind had been trusted with great responsibility. As Keiki sat in front of Kiet’s crib, looking through the bars at the young, beautiful creature contained within, she felt that of all the Rottweilers to ever live, her purpose–to protect this child, this family–was by far the most important ever assigned to any of them.
Keiki always came into the room before Kiet woke, wanting him to know that while she slept at the feet of his parents, he was always on her mind. That he was never alone when she was near. And while Keiki understood that life was not eternal, and that Kiet would live long after she’d joined her ancestors in the pools of time, she also knew that while Keiki breathed and her heart beat, Kiet would be safe.
Want more from some other wonderful authors? Check out the list of titles and links below. And on April 12th read my interview on Toby’s site about how this massive project all came together.
Lei Crime Kindle World Titles
Never Again by Julie C. Gilbert (Flavor: Suspense – Stalking)
Michael Stevens becomes the target of his best friend’s jealous ex-boyfriend.
Timeline: Long before Blood Orchids
Fireweed Trail by Craig Hansen (Flavor: Suspense – YA, Coming of Age)
Teen Lei is sent by Aunty to a wilderness-encounter down the Oregon Coast trail, a program for troubled youth. But when a hiker disappears, then turns up dead, Lei is no longer hiking, but running for her life.
Timeline: Way before Blood Orchids
Lei’s aunty sends her on a vacation to relax before she starts her new job.
Timeline: Immediately before Blood Orchids
After Lainey Lee’s divorce is finalized, she decides to take the vacation she’s always wanted: to Hawaii. But there’s danger in paradise, waiting to prey on the vulnerable.
Timeline: Concurrent with Blood Orchids
Detective Lei Texeira and Lieutenant Michael Stevens get embroiled in a case involving a charity scam that’s ripping off funds meant for PTSD veterans.
Detective Lei Tedeira investigates a murder on Kauai and a kidnapping involving a friend’s daughter.
FBI Special Agents Marcella Scott and Ken Yamada tackle a tough case with personal consequences.
Princess Eyes by Lucas Kana (Flavor: Suspense) – Coming Soon
A young intellectual Stevens teams up with a good-natured bohemian psychologist, Jenna Brooke, to investigate a serial killer targeting rapists.