Saturday, November 30, 2013

Forgive The Absence! ❤

Let me begin this post by apologizing for my absence this month. I've been knee deep in the NaNoWriMo contest, writing two novels at the same time, AND a pulling together a family cookbook (you'll hear much more about that later).

For me, the time away was productive. I am now a 3-time winner of the NaNoWriMo contest (finishing the contest with 60+k words written). Best yet,  Since Inception (Vanishing, #1) is 57% done and Deep Web (Agent Jen Lanes, #1) is 7% complete.

At 57% completion, I can safely say that fans of Warrior series will love Since Inception. It's not young adult (strictly +18), but it has the same paranormal feel of Warrior series. Making it all the better the story is set in Galveston (because I love the island so much). 

Deep Web (Agent Jen Lanes, #1) is not as far along, but I've mentally created the story from beginning to end. I believe fans of Left (Still Standing, #1) will love this series. Below, I'll share the blurb, and later, I'll reveal the cover (which is ABSOLUTELY awesome).

Stay tuned for more about these books as well as my Giving is Better Than Receiving posts scheduled for this month.

Deep Web (Agent Jen Lanes, #1)

In FBI Special Agent Jen Lanes's world, everything is black or white—good or bad. At least it is until she's put in charge of the team assigned with bringing Troy Rhodes, her first and only true love, to justice. The instant Jen comes face to face with Troy, she realizes her feelings for him are as deep, tangled, and confusing as the secret web he uses to broker deals for anything and everything. Legal and illegal.

Jen is the best in her field because she understands the criminal element in ways none of her peers ever will. Making her superiors nervous is the fact that her familiarity with felons' thoughts and actions has nothing to do with her on-the-job experience. Instead, it has everything to do with Ben, her grifter father, and his gang of criminals, who went underground at her house so often Jen considered them family.

In her house hiding out with Peter, his computer-hacking father, is where Jen met Troy fifteen years ago. At nine, he was as tall and lanky as he was afraid for his father. By the time Jen and Troy were teenagers, the two of them had spent more time living together than apart, and they had grown unbelievably close. Even today, Jen's best and worst memories live embedded within each other, so connected that the worst could never be teased away from the best without losing Troy forever.

It was New Year's Eve and they were both fourteen. Their fathers were drunkenly celebrating the success of a job that had paid more than enough to get them and their kids out of the business once and for all. While the men toasted the New Year and planned a life where the four of them could start over, Troy took Jen by the hand, led her to their special hideaway, and kissed her for the first time.

That day, one of tree houses… new beginnings... first loves... pubescent exploration, was the day the world shattered. Oblivious to the rest of the word, they swayed happily among the treetops while agents stormed Jen's house and killed Ben and Peter. Before Jen could process the bloody, violent scene before them, she was ripped from Troy's arms—despite his demands they be allowed to stay together—and thrown into the back of an unmarked car.

A week later, Jen was living with an aunt she never knew existed, and based on the FBI's criminal profile, Troy followed in his father's footsteps, getting lost within the deep web.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cover Reveal - Since Inception (Vanishing, #1)

As a two-time winner, it's that time of year when my world becomes NaNoWriMo and nothing else. With the contest, I'm releasing the cover to the newest book that I'll be writing. It's the first in the Vanishing series, and the genre is different than any I've written so far.
Before too many people become disgruntled, I know there are people who want Dark Angels (Warrior, #4), There (Still Standing, #2), and/or Deeper Than Hell (Secrets, #3), but the goal of 50k words in a month requires a fresh start. I can't participate in this marathon while writing a book full of characters and histories that have already been created because I'd spend too much time making sure the previous book(s) ticked and tied with this one. Time is not a luxury when you're writing for NaNoWriMo.  With a brand new series, I'd don't have those kinds of concerns. I have a blank piece of paper and an open throttle, and that's exactly what I need to become a three-time NaNoWriMo champ.
Once again, I have Claudia McKinney of Phatpuppy Art to thank for the awesome cover design. For me, the ominous cover says everything that needs to be said about Rainey's story.
This full length novel is going to be creepy (per my daughter) and filled with horror, suspense, and thrills. It's going to have twists and turns that will be balanced out by heart-stopping moments that reinforce the fundamental assumption that eternal love does exist. The ending will be nail-bitingly suspenseful and hair-raisingly horrific. No matter what you think about the book, you will applaud my ability to spin a yarn in a way that makes your heart race, your spine tingle, and your nightmares come to life.
For now, enjoy the cover reveal and the blurb. Later, take some time to buy, read, and rate Since Inception (Vanishing#1).  It's not like anything you've ever read before, and it's not like anything you'll ever read again. All in a very... very... very goodsadisticway.  
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Genre: Horror/Thriller
Age: +18 years of age and older (strong sexual situations/violence/profanity)
Author: T. R. Graves
Book cover Designer: Phatpuppy Art
Planned Release Date: 3/1/14
After discovering she has a problem worse than anything she could have ever imagined, Rainey Billows longs for the past—a time when she thought she was just a sadistic sleepwalker. Worse yet is the knowledge this problem has been with her since inception.
Rainey, a woman who's suffered an entire lifetime of pain and humiliation because of her sleepwalking, is financially desperate when she takes in Carter Dodson as a boarder. With his presence in her house and her attraction to him, her internal conflicts, ones she's usually able to ignore, swim to the surface and take control. Before she knows it, her sleepwalking moves to a completely new level, and she's doing things she'd never thought possible.
In fear for Carter's life and without options, Rainey sentences herself to a nighttime ritual that would appear barbaric to others. In her mind, it's essential because, unlike anyone else, she knows firsthand the types of atrocities she's capable of in her sleep.
Carter, a man branded as unconditionally loyal by his friends, knows very little about Rainey but decides early on that she's a woman who has no one… a woman who needs someone. He commits himself to being that person for her. As soon as she makes her first request of him—to ignore her and her nighttime rituals no matter what she says or does—he reconsiders his pledge before quickly reminding himself he can't abandon her. She's had enough of that.
Months later, study, research, and theories are not enough, and standing by is no longer an option. Carter suspects what's wrong with her. What she is. With his suspicions in tow, he searches out and enlists the help of Luke, a childhood friend who's fast-tracking his way to priesthood. After a series of unforeseen and life-threatening events, the two men learn that even the Almighty himself may not be able to help Rainey.
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Rainey Kay Billows:

Rainey is a woman who's been haunted her entire life. She's running low on dignity, faith, and a will to live. At least she is until she meets Carter. Something about him tells her things could be different... things will be different. She believes that until the sleepwalker returns and makes her do something she never expected to do. Not to Carter anyway. 

She quickly realizes she's willing to sacrifice everything in order to protect the one and only person she's ever loved. For her, Carter is everything and his life is worth anything. Including her own.

Carter Raul Dodson:

Unconditionally loyal, Carter is a man who's no stranger to betrayal. When he meets Rainey, he's smack dab in the middle of his own personal hell. He's divorcing his high school sweetheart and firing his partner and best friend after finding them in bed together. A new relationship is the last thing on his mind until he comes face-to-face with Rainey. After he meets Stormy... Rainey's all he can think about. Morning. Noon. Night.

Luke John Espirit:

Luke is well on his way to becoming a priest when Carter, his friend since childhood and former foster home brother, calls and begs him to help a woman he knows. Luke can tell this woman is not just any woman, and her problems are not the kind that a simple confession can cure. After he meets her and hears her tale, he has to decide if saving her is worth the rules he'll have to break... if she'll tempt him in ways that will keep him from ever becoming a priest.

Will and Wilana Billows:

Rainey's cousins are stereotypical wicked twins who are unnaturally perfect. With every glare, sneer, back-handed comment, they look down upon and condescend Rainey in ways that makes her more self-conscious than normal. 

When they team up and toy with her moral and ethical determination to do what's right, Rainey realizes they're after something more than their share of their Gran's inheritance. Without mercy, they take full advantage of Rainey's strengths, using them against her until she's between a rock and a hard place and has almost no option but to give in to their demands in order to save Carter from the world their pulling her down into.

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Well wishes are welcome, and you can always keep track of my progress at my NaNoWriMo link.