Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Beyond the Bio

I promised to talk more about the real me, so now, where to start?

Well my bio talks about my dogs and dog showing. I've been breeding and showing AKC Cocker Spaniels for nearly 35 years. I started showing with my parents when I was around eight. (Don't do the math!) I love my dogs. Each and every one that I've had has been special in their own way regardless if they were a winner or a rescue. You can learn about me and my life with dogs on our website www.barrelvalley.com.

I probably should have started with my name. *grin* Goes to show how important my dogs are to me.  The name L. Shannon is not exactly my real name. As is common for writers I decided from the beginning to use a pen name. I have a degree in teaching special education and just in case I ever decided to use it again I wanted  to keep the two worlds separate. My real name is Shannon. Married name McCracken. So there you have it, its fine to just keep calling me Shannon. :)

Another amusing tidbit, I have a day job as a sales associate at Tractor Supply. *laugh* They have taken plenty of my money over the years so 5 years back I decided to take some of theirs too. It was my first job in retail and in the beginning I found it a bit difficult. But now I usually enjoy it more than is fair for a "job".

Until next time,
Shannon

NEXT POST:
I may be a goal addict.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

I'm still alive.

In case anyone reads this.... I'm still alive.

It has been a long while since my last post and I'm sorry to have been missing so long. I feel bad for abandoning my readers and characters but I had my own story line that I had to follow through to the end.

I don't usually talk about my personal life very much but I'm  going to try to change that bad habit and learn to share a bit more about me and my life.

For the past two years, my husband and I were trying to expand our family. Unfortunately, even with specialist help, pregnancy isn't going to happen and once I faced that reality I found it to be a rather crushing blow. Getting past that is proving difficult even as we are considering our options, including adoption.

Now that children are looking to be less possible, my friends, family and even my characters are even more precious. With that in mind, I am planning to stay in touch better. If I disappear again, feel free to give a yell at me.

Until next time,
Shannon


NEXT POST:
I'm coming out of my writer closet... More about me beyond the bio.

Friday, June 13, 2014

First Kiss Friday: Blood Royals

He dipped forward, his lips meeting hers in a sweet union.
 
This was my first kiss too, or at least the first one I ever wrote.  You can read the whole kiss from the original post by clicking here.
 
This First Kiss Friday is from Blood Royals series. Available in individual ebook format at Liquid Silver Books and now also in a print collection at Amazon!!
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
Of Blood and Blessings When a relatively young, half-demon named Grant is "outed", he's forced to leave behind the comfortable life he'd built. While fighting his would-be assassins and denying his inexplicable addiction for a human girl, Grant promises to do whatever it takes to make Amelia happy. 

Blood Reign In order to protect her son, Sadrina returns to the one demon she’s always loved and the hell he rules over. To prove her right to rule at his side she must complete tests including passing judgment over the most notorious of her kind—her father, Sadaen.

Blood Justice Sadaen’s quest for justice and redemption leads him to the arms of an angel determined to execute him. His only hope is to bind them together with a deal that could destroy them both.

Want to know a little more about the Blood Royals Trilogy? You can find excerpts and related books here. Don't forget to check out my other First Kiss Friday posts. Or just stop back in on Fridays.
 
Check out all my books in print at http://www.lshannon.net/printbooks.html
Shannon
www.lshannon.net

Friday, June 06, 2014

First Kiss Friday: Acacia III: Cravings

He was immovable, a statue carved of stone. Or at least he was until his head tilted, his lips parted in invitation, a warning of the impending contact.

Contact that she suddenly wanted more than anything. She needed to taste him, to feel his lips over hers.

“Ross.” Jemson’s voice held a note of warning.

A growl vibrated up through Ross’s chest. But his mouth hovered, almost connecting, almost claiming her lips. “Just a taste.” The air was a soft caress, while the words were gilded in iron.

“It’s dangerous.”

Jem’s words barely filtered into her mind. Dangerous? What could be dangerous about a kiss?

“It is as it must be.” Ross’s lips covered hers. The warm connection became her whole world. The pressure was a demand but his subtly sweet flavor was decadence. His tongue danced along the line of her lips, a delightful request she couldn’t deny.

She opened to him and tasted his fire. So hot and burning… she devoured him in that moment, knowing his heart, knowing he was killing her, poisoning her with every sweet lick.

“Ross.”

Slowly the kiss came to an end. Ross was holding her tight against his chest, supporting her whole weight, which was good because her legs hung useless and weak and her bones ached all over. “Help me…” But why would they? They’d been the ones to kill her. “Why?” She blinked, trying to clear her blurring vision.

“Listen to me, Caitlin, you have to drink from me now. Without my blood you will die.”

“No…” Something about poison. If his kiss could burn through her, what would his blood do? The blood, it would kill.


“Not our blood. My blood will save you.” He buried her face against the warmth of his neck. The corded muscles felt so healthy and strong. The steady throb of his blood pumping sounded like salvation.

But was it all a lie?

“Please trust me. I’d not have pushed the issue if I’d known you were this stubborn.” Ross’s voice held a soft brogue that vibrated through her lips.

She was dying. She’d done it before. She knew the sensation as each body system shut down, one at a time. The helplessness was unbearable. Drinking from him might save her, but if not maybe she could take him with her. She jerked, plunging her fangs into Ross, taking all he had to give.


This First Kiss Friday is from the Acacia series. Available in ebook at Changeling Press and now also in a print collection at Amazon!!
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
A thousand years in the future, man in all his forms has spread out across the universe. Some races have chosen to live apart and others have attempted to live together, building diversity colonies. One of those is the Planet Rahla and its moon Acacia.

But not long after the colony began, it erupted with violence and fell into a civil (or not so civil) war between humans, vampires and werewolves. The massive bloodshed was ended with the Acacia Treaty which divided the two surviving races. Humans held Rahla and vampires were exiled to the domed moon colony of Acacia.

The treaty is resented by both sides and war may return at any moment.
Acacia III: Cravings 
The virgin queen has a new desire...or two.
 
Hate crimes against vampires pose a rising threat to the moon colony of Acacia. Subversive attempts to destroy the colony are almost certainly being directed by the human purists on Rahla. Acacian agents have been murdered, and now their blood supply has been tampered with.
 
Counter intelligence operations have led to the capture of two werewolf warriors, more dangerous than anything either side has ever seen before. With their worlds on the brink of war, Queen Caitlin will do anything to protect her people, even if it means bartering her body to a pair of killers. But will her submission be enough to buy their loyalty?
 
Want to know a little more about the Acacia series? You can find excerpts and related books here. Don't forget to check out my other First Kiss Friday posts. Or just stop back in on Fridays.

Check out all my books in print at http://www.lshannon.net/printbooks.html
Shannon
www.lshannon.net

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Book Signings Gone Digital...


Hey, hey! I just had a fun day signing eBooks for one of my readers named Lee.

Yes, I said "signing eBooks"!  A while back I joined a program called Authorgraph and then promptly forgot about it. Thanks to Lee, I remembered how much fun it is to connect with my readers.

If you'd like to get the eBooks from me or your other favorite authors autographed check out the site at www.authorgraph.com  The direct link to my authorgraph page is https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/L_Shannon

In case you're wondering it's FREE for authors and for readers!

Check it out and join in the fun!

Shannon

Friday, May 30, 2014

First Kiss Friday: Acacia II: Blindsided

Shame flooded through him. “I don’t expect you to feel the same. I just… I had to show you at least this once. I won’t make any demands. We can go back to how it was.” Even if it killed him.

“Dash, stop.”

He met those silver-gray depths again fearing the coming rejection. Would he send him away? Trade him to another vampire?

“I wanted it too. Dash, I wanted you.”

Holy hell. “Really?”

“Yeah. Now get up here so I can kiss you.”

Dash crawled up Blake’s body so fast he felt awkward, but the moment called for immediacy. His master might come to his senses any second. Once they were face to face, he hesitated. Now that was awkward. He’d never initiated a kiss. Thirty freaking years of living and he was a babe in the woods when it came to this kind of affection.

His master must have understood. Of course he did. He would have surely noticed that Dash had never dated or even gotten close to any other. Tilting his head just slightly, his master leaned up into the kiss, bringing their lips together. Their mouths became one, parted only by the master’s partially retracted fangs.

Lips and breath played over each other, until the master’s tongue teased along his lips, parting him and plunging inward. Dash gasped at the sweet invasion. Sensation shot through his body. His cock hardened again, brought back to life with a kiss. A kiss which deepened, hardened until the master’s tongue plunged deep in an imitation of fucking.

This First Kiss Friday is from Acacia series. Available in individual ebook format at Changeling Press and now also in a print collection at Amazon!!
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
A thousand years in the future, man in all his forms has spread out across the universe. Some races have chosen to live apart and others have attempted to live together, building diversity colonies. One of those is the Planet Rahla and its moon Acacia.

But not long after the colony began, it erupted with violence and fell into a civil (or not so civil) war between humans, vampires and werewolves. The massive bloodshed was ended with the Acacia Treaty which divided the two surviving races. Humans held Rahla and vampires were exiled to the domed moon colony of Acacia.
 
The treaty is resented by both sides and war may return at any moment.

Acacia II: Blindsided
Blake, A high ranking vampire doctor in the medical division of Acacia is shocked to find his personal blood supply contaminated. He nearly dies before his devoted slave, Dash, finds him, feeds him, and he realizes just how much Dash means to him. Dash has been at his side helping him for years, but never had he turned to him for sex or for love. But when the slave sees Blake almost die, he risks everything to save his master. Now the only question is who contaminated the blood and why?
 
Want to know a little more about the Acacia series? You can find excerpts and related books here. Don't forget to check out my other First Kiss Friday posts. Or just stop back in on Fridays.
 
Check out all my books in print at http://www.lshannon.net/printbooks.html
Shannon
www.lshannon.net

Friday, May 23, 2014

First Kiss Friday: Acacia I: Abducting Aeron

His cool strength enveloped her while one hand slowly stroked up and down her back, soothing her like a child.

But she wasn’t a child. The casual touch sent waves of pleasure vibrating through her body, tightening her desire, making it obvious that her body wanted more than just to be held. She’d wanted more right from the first moment she’d met him. More… of everything he had to offer and yet, for a week they had only danced around the attraction.

She was done dancing.

Helia turned just enough to bring her face up before his. His hooded grey eyes burned with something fierce, something she should have been afraid of, but it wasn’t fear that welled up in a tight knot, sizzling awareness over her skin. She brought her lips to his, while his descended to claim hers.

They came together with a crash of passion. Nothing light or gentle would be found between them, at least not this time.

His fingers burrowed into her bound hair, freeing it, flinging the small band and netting aside. His mouth continued to ravage hers. His grip on her hair tightened, turning her into the kiss.


She wasn’t one to be led, but he was racing toward exactly where she wanted to go. With her body held so tightly, she was crushed against him. Still she tore at the front of his clothing, opening it enough to slide her palms over his chest.

His skin was cooler than hers but the flesh was too tempting to turn away from. His chest was broad and his body corded with lean muscle. She let her hands explore lower.

Aeron gasped against her mouth, tearing free to trail fiery kisses down her neck. “I want you, Helia. I need you.” Fang tips scraped deliciously over her skin.

This First Kiss Friday is from the Acacia series. Available in ebook at Changeling Press and now also in a print collection at Amazon!!
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
A thousand years in the future, man in all his forms has spread out across the universe. Some races have chosen to live apart and others have attempted to live together, building diversity colonies. One of those is the Planet Rahla and its moon Acacia.

But not long after the colony began, it erupted with violence and fell into a civil (or not so civil) war between humans, vampires and werewolves. The massive bloodshed was ended with the Acacia Treaty which divided the two surviving races. Humans held Rahla and vampires were exiled to the domed moon colony of Acacia.

The treaty is resented by both sides and war may return at any moment.
 
Acacia I: Abducting Aeron
 Aeron is a vampire spy who spends more time on Rahla than on his new home on the Acacia moon colony. When his  cover is blown, he finds himself suddenly at the mercy of his human, planet side contacts and desperate to get back to the safety of Acacia.

Helia is drawn to Aeron despite her sister’s dire warnings. When he’s captured by the human catcher guards she goes in to rescue him, offering her protection, her blood and her body.
 
Want to know a little more about the Acacia series? You can find excerpts and related books here. Don't forget to check out my other First Kiss Friday posts. Or just stop back in on Fridays.

Check out all my books in print at http://www.lshannon.net/printbooks.html
Shannon
www.lshannon.net

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

MIA

Wow! It's been over a year since I last posted... Bad me. (SLAP to wrist.)

Take two - the computer locked up and I lost a couple paragraphs. Thank you windows 8, you piece of crap.

So as I was saying... I've been wanting to post often and stay connected but every time I start something interrupts or distracts me. Any suggestions for overcoming my posting ADD? Maybe I can set a reminder on my phone. It has more neat gadgets on it then my car. (sad note to self: buy new car).

Actually I'm in the process of buying a new (used) car this week. So excited. I've felt homeless ever since my Windstar died years ago. I just don't feel right in a sedan. Nope, it has to be a minivan for me. Looks like this time it might be a Town and Country. I've driven my parent's T&C many a time and like plenty so it should be a good fit.

Now you may be wondering about my writing... Well I wish I could say no news is good news but that probably isn't the case here. I am still working but it's a fact that life does interfere with art. I have several projects that are close to completion so the focus will continue to be me fighting with distractions and trying to finish those wayward puppies up to get them out to my readers.

In the meantime I do have several of my books and collections that are now available in print. I'll post more about those soon. (see? gave myself something to say in the next post. :) Oh! and I also goofed off and wrote some fan fiction so watch for that as well.

Well, off I go. I'm out grooming dogs for pay today. Truthfully today will be more about me hanging out with friends while I groom their dogs up for them. Always makes a nice time, and I usually get spoiled with cake too.

Shannon

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Chat tonight at Shannon's!



I'm puttering along with some editing today. Boring, lonely work. I think I'll be playing hooky tonight. So instead I'll hang out and chat with anyone who wants to join me in the chat room at my website.

When: Tonight, March 20, 2013, at 8:00 PM EST
Repeats: Maybe on the third Wednesday of every month
Topic: Hanging out, test run for the chat room.
Contest: Not sure. Maybe. How about a free ebook drawing for every 20 people who sign the guestbook and leave an email addy?

So what do you think? Come on by and hang out for a while.

Shannon
 

Monday, January 28, 2013

2013 Resolutions, Anyone?



Did you make them? Have you already broken them?

Here we are nudging up on the second month of the year and I thought it would a good time to check in on the old resolution list. I did make a couple resolutions this year though none of them were terribly earth shatter. You see I don't have too many vices that cause me problems.

I didn't need to stop smoking because I've always been to stingy to pay for those things. Same goes for drinking. I do indulge in some wine or wine coolers now and then but just aren't willing to "waste" the money often enough to become much of a lush.

So what did I have to resolve about? Plenty. I've always known I have plenty of room for improvement. So I don't find it hard to make goals or resolutions. Now keeping them or achieving those goals can and often does prove to be a might sight more difficult.

The last couple years have been filled with less than successful attempts so his year I decided to put more planning into it. First I gave serious thought to my own personality and what actually works for me. Well… I do have a successful diet (down 37 lbs and counting) and it's based on a reward system. Cool. I can work with that. I broke down my resolutions into goals and then busted those down into steps that can be completed in one bite at a time. At first the resolutions looked a tad scary but in the bite sized form it looked very do-able.

Now for rewards with the open ended option of adjusting to hit proper reward potential. I'm starting of with my goal to complete 3 bite sized tasks each day. If I complete 20 tasks in one week then I reward myself with my choice of iTune downloads.

Remember earlier when I mentioned how cheap I am? Spending .99 to 1.29 on something frivolous is something I just wasn't willing to do too often. Silly but hey it’s the real me. LOL So a weekly purchase that I've "earned" is actually a pretty good reward for me. Today I downloaded my first reward, IT'S TIME by Imagine Dragons. I've loved this upbeat song since I first heard it. You can hear it at http://youtu.be/sENM2wA_FTg Oh and don't you love the band name too? That alone caught my attention.

Back to the resolutions… Now that I have the goals broken into tasks and the rewards all set up so I'm actually excited about the "job", I can't wait to see just how far I can go this year. Just to add more heat to the fire I'm thinking about adding a monthly reward to the system. Maybe if I complete 75 of those tasks I'll get something bigger and better. Maybe a night out with hubby? Wonder if I can talk him into paying for that reward?

If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them. What works for you? What doesn't?

Just for you, the 2013 Top Ten Red Neck Resolutions! http://youtu.be/uTSHeRg5Y0I  I'm happy to say only one of those applies to my life.LOL I'm not telling which!

Now I'd better go check off some tasks.

Productively Yours,
Shannon