A Question About Dirk

Hi everyone,

Firstly, I am so sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while. My fingers have been busy trying to make sense of my stories. I want to send out a huge thank you to those of you who took the chance to read One Wrong Step, which is my latest new release under my pen name, Lee Oliver.

But what I wanted to talk to you about today is Dirk, from Dragon’s Heat. I am thrilled so many of you read it, but a few of my lovely readers have got in touch with me and let me know they really didn’t like the way I portrayed Dirk’s character, especially in relation to the way he treated lovely Jon. Of course, the two men did end up with their HEA. All of my books are written that way, but some of you felt that Dirk didn’t do enough to redeem himself and he was so hateful in the beginning, they failed to see how someone like Jon could fall for him.

That had a lot to do with how I saw those two characters in my head. Dirk is a dragon and to me, I often attribute the characteristics of dragons similar to Killer Whales, or Orcas as they are also known. They are proud, strong and yet they have strong family bonds. Dirk was raised his whole life (and it was a very long life) to do his duty to his family and clan. It took him years to get to a point where his father would trust him to head the American branch of their business. But, as often happens in a family situation, that responsibility came with an expectation – marriage and heirs.

Now Dirk knew about this and he didn’t shy away from any of it. He accepted he would have a perfectly functional and respectable mating with the lovely Celine, but he did always see that intended marriage a family duty – not something he ever wanted to do for himself. It was part of his job and while that’s not a very nice thing to say, I am sure many of us can relate to family expectations.

When Dirk first scents Jon, he’s terrified. Here he is, with his life mapped out in front of him and this male dog shifter threatens to derail the process completely. Remember, Dirk doesn’t know of any dragons who have broken away from family traditions. He truly believes he has no choice but to follow his path and stay away from Jon. Of course, that doesn’t happen and things progress from there.

As for Jon, he wasn’t a pushover as a few people have suggested. He’s an incredibly strong man with a very firm bond with his animal spirit. Jon’s dog side came from my own memories of my beloved German Shepherd, Freya. I was blessed to have her in my life for seven years and although it was a long time ago, I still miss her today. I found her at our local SPCA. She was seven years old, had been badly mistreated and was nothing but skin and bone when I found her. No one wanted her because of her age and condition, but I saw something in her eyes – love, trust and loyalty. Her smile, despite the terrible condition of the rest of her, is something I still remember to this day.

Freya barely ever left my side. She would rather sit in the car and wait for me while I was working, than sit at home by herself. She slept on my bed every night, was by my side on the couch when I ate my meals and she guarded me and my home with the steadfast devotion that comes from being such a loyal and loving soul. I really hope I did her justice, infusing those qualities in Jon.

I do hope I’ve been able to explain these two characters more clearly for you. If you haven’t read either of the books mentioned here today, and think you might like to, click on the titles in the post and that will take you to the Amazon sales page. I am busy writing the next Cloverleah book – Marius’s story and I have made a solid note in my diary to post an excerpt here next week.

Have a wonderful day and thank you all for your continued and loving support.

 

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Happy Halloween from Lee Oliver

One Wrong Step

Friendless and forced to hide his magical powers, Robert is tired of being alone. After years of research, he believes he has finally worked out how to get the spirit of his friend Jack back from Purgatory. All he has to do is summon a demon. It’s All Hallows’ Eve – what could possibly go wrong?

When the demon Syron appears, things are not as they seem. For one thing, the attraction Robert feels is unusual and not entirely welcome. But that’s not the only thing he has to contend with. It seems Jack didn’t take his own life as he’d been told and when a visit to Syron’s home in hell turns ugly, Robert is forced to face the truths about his life, his family and most of all his attraction to Syron.

This is a standalone MM Halloween short story written by Lisa Oliver, under the name pen name Lee Oliver. Normal warnings for adult stories apply. HEA. True Mates. Demon and Warlock.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076DT1K6K

EXCERPT

Chapter One

Robert flicked his jet black hair out of his eyes as he checked his supplies for the last time. The moon was full and the witching hour was near. The four elements, earth, wind, water and fire were represented on four of the five points of his meticulously drawn pentagram. The fifth required spirit and that’s where his deadly sharp athame came into play. His skin held the trace of almond soap he’d used to ensure he came to the ritual completely clean. His naked limbs were covered in goosebumps under the thin robe he’d stolen from his aunt’s closet. He’d followed every instruction he could find to the letter.
It was time. Yet Robert hesitated one last moment. There was no danger of him being observed. His aunt and her cackling coven were all in town for the night. All Hallows’ Eve was the highlight of the season for the coven. Robert pictured his aunt; her greedy glare assessing every gift offered by town locals in the hopes she would bless them with good fortune or grant their deepest desires. Not that she was capable of granting much at all. Even the combined powers of the entire coven couldn’t raise more than a fart from a bloated dog.
Maybe they should have asked Robert. His powers manifested when he was just seven years old. His aunt brushed it off at the time as the result of grief as his mother had died the same year. Unwilling to raise her ire and find himself homeless, Robert kept his head down, his powers quiet, practicing in private. He spent hours in the attic where his aunt kept the dusty tombs of their family heritage. The books contained the secret of magic. How to harness real magic – the very power that flowed through his veins.
Pulling a crumpled photograph from the pocket of his robe, Robert blinked rapidly as he took in the red hair, freckled nose and wide grin of the boy frozen in a moment of time. No matter how hard he tried, he’d never been able to forget his dearest friend, Jack. In his heart, they were so much more. Lovers, partners…of course, nothing intimate ever happened between them. He and Jack were only fourteen when they exchanged bruises over a stolen apple. By the time Jack discarded the core, they were firm friends.
Why did you do it, Jack? That was something Robert had never understood. He’d been eighteen at the time, anxiously waiting for his friend to come of age. He had it all planned – his speech that he’d present to Jack’s father had been carefully penned and rehearsed for weeks in front of his mirror. As his aunt’s ward, and his mother’s heir, Robert had prospects and was sure his offer would be approved. He’d imagined Jack’s joy at being able to leave his father’s home at last and eagerly anticipated the relief they would both feel, setting up house as true adults. Permanent partners. But it wasn’t to be.
Brushing away his tears, Robert crumpled the photo in his fist. After tonight, he wouldn’t need a reminder. Jack would be in his arms by the time the moon waned if Robert had to fight Lucifer himself to get him. All Hallows’ Eve was the one night when the veil between the living and the dead was at its thinnest. Robert’s research suggested any person who took their own life was barred from passing on, which meant Jack had spent four years in Purgatory. And the gates of Purgatory were guarded by demons. Robert intended to summon a demon and not just any demon. He planned to summon Balthazar, the prince of them all, and demand his partner be returned.
Stepping into the pentagram, Robert sliced his palm with his athame. Allowing exactly three drops of his blood to fall on the fifth point of the pentagram, Robert’s skin tingled as he felt the magic flow around his crisply drawn lines. A whispered word and the cut on his hand reduced to a thin white scar. Magic always took a price.
Muttering complex Latin phrases, Robert’s hair lifted from the back of his neck as the power within the pentagram increased. Bring me Jack. He was taken too soon. I demand his return.
“Who are you to demand anything?” A voice as soft as aged wine had Robert’s eyes flying open. He hadn’t even realized he’d closed them. Standing far too close for comfort was a demon. It couldn’t be anything else. As his eyes took in bronzed skin, basketball sized biceps and a dark treasure trail leading to a growing bulge under a leather loincloth, Robert’s body stirred.

 

 

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Dragon’s Heat is now available on Preorder

As you know, every now and again my brain comes up with an idea that has nothing to do with my existing series. I promise I put them off for as long as I can, because my book to-do list is huge. But my muse is a persistent character and…I usually have to cave in eventually. Which is why I am pleased to announce a new dragon series – City Dragons.

City Dragons is centered around three brothers and four cousins – all dragons who have a large investment company in New York. In this book we meet Dirk, the owner of the company and there’s no other word for it; he’s an ass. That’s just on a daily basis – he gets worse when he meets his mate, the lovely patient Jon. I won’t spill any more details, but I do hope you enjoy it.

Dragon’s Heat – City Dragons Book 1

Jon Erskine had made a good life for himself as one of the top Forensic Accounts and Systems Analysts in the country. He doesn’t mind working with paranormal clients – after all, he’s a shifter himself. However, he could do without all the slurs and derogatory comments. Not all shifters are wolves, bears and other predators. Still, his expertise and reputation is solid and Jon is more than capable of holding his own. That is until Dirk Hollingsworth runs from his office.

Dirk is running out of time. He has to find out who’s been stealing from his company before his father turns up for his wedding in three weeks’ time. Acting on the recommendation of a friend, Dirk turns to Jon, or at least thinks about it. Until he catches the man’s scent in the doorway of his office and does a runner. Not the proudest moment for one of the proudest of all shifters, but Dirk has a responsibility to his clan and catching the tantalizing scent of a dog isn’t going to change anything. Or so he thinks.

Family betrayals, a strong-willed dragon spirit; all things collide as Jon and Dirk struggle to find common ground. Calling off the wedding is easy; staying alive might be much harder.

Preorder now on Amazon – release date Sunday 17th September

 

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Review – Serpent’s Kiss by Layla Dorine

After the release of Snake Snack, which you will recall involved my lovely snake shifter, Simon, I was asked by  Layla Dorine if I’d like to read her book which involved a whole bevy of snake shifters. As I adore MM shifter books I was happy to agree and below is my review.

Serpent’s Kiss – Layla Dorine

Blurb

While searching for their missing sibling, Zaiden and his sister Kaandhal, come across the last pureblooded psy-clairvoyant of their kind. Unfortunately for them, the psy-clairvoyant Darian has no idea who he truly is and isn’t interested in learning, much less helping Zaiden and Kaandhal locate their missing brother, Zxex.
A bounty hunter by trade, who’s been all but banished from his family due to his visions, Darian is a bit cynical about his ability to be of any assistance to them. Nevertheless, Zaiden brings him back to their home Rhumba, where Darian discovers that very little is what it seems.
With plots unfolding all around them and discoveries about his own heritage leaving Darian reeling, he is left with the choice of whether to embrace who and what he is, or spend every moment with them as a prisoner on the fringes of their society.
Add in a pesky little bond that only seems to grow the more time he and Zaiden spend together, and several factions looking to gain possession of him and Darian is left wondering if his visions just might be the least of his troubles.

Review

From the first page I was intrigued about Darrell who would later become Darian for reasons that will become clear through the book. He was a troubled, angry man living in the human world, hiding his constant pain with pain killers and booze. I was as surprised as he was when two snake like looking creatures broke into his apartment, talking about prophecy and visions – something neither the reader nor poor Darrell knew anything about.

Zaiden didn’t make things any easier for Darrell/Darian – forcing him from his home, dropping him into a world full of snakes Darrell didn’t understand, and as this point, as a reader, I didn’t understand it much either. But I kept reading and I am glad I did. As a reader I was drawn into a world full of intrigue and plots and while the “bad guy” as such was easy to spot from about half way through the book, the way the plot unfolded was interesting enough for me to read the book in one sitting.

I would be lying if I said this book was a romance. Darian and Zaiden are apparently bonded mates and meant to be together, but very little of that is covered in the book. Most of the time Darian is fighting their bond; the reasons for which coming clear throughout the story and even at the end, a HFN rather than an HEA is implied.  I took heart from Zaiden’s words at the end where he said “That…was only the beginning.” I would like to think there is a second book coming which would have a lot more romance and a lot less intrigue in it.  Layla has set up a complex world and left a number of threads unresolved at the conclusion of the story. I wanted to see Darian’s meeting with his ex-family and I am sure there is more to the desert dwellers than the author let on. I am looking forward to the next one.

“I was given a copy of this story in exchange for a fair review.”

You can buy Serpent’s Kiss from Amazon.

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Cam’s Promise – Excerpt and cover reveal

Hi everyone,

I have been juggling stories for the past couple of weeks, trying to catch up after moving house and that means you get a second new release this month.  You may remember, a while ago I wrote a shorter book under the pen name Lee Oliver – Ranger’s End Game, book one in the Northern States series. I promised at the end of that one, that Cam, Ranger’s trusted second, would get his story too.

In between writing Marius’s story from Cloverleah and a new dragon story that my mind just wouldn’t let go of, I managed to get this one finished.  It’s not a long story but I promise it will warm your heart. I have pasted the cover below.

The model on the cover is courtesy of Paul Henry Serres Cover Pictures – honestly, you need to make yourself a cup of coffee and head over there for a look if you want something to brighten your day. He has the most delicious models 🙂

Blurb

Cam has always known who his fated mate was. Unfortunately, not even his beta wolf status made life any easier, living with the knowledge his alpha mate rejected him. His work with Ranger kept him busy, but now Ranger was mated to the sweet Aiden, finding things to do so his wolf wouldn’t go hunting the man they both wanted was getting more difficult by the day.

Levi was an assassin. He made no apology for who he was or how he lived. Yes, he knew he had a mate. Yes, there were a lot of good reasons for claiming him. But the two reasons why he shouldn’t, kept Levi away. When Ranger gets in touch and lets him know that things are changing on the council, and he’s found the assassins a place to call home, Levi can’t resist answering the call.

Territory and power are everything to shifters and having all four assassins living in the Northern States pack brings problems from outside. In town, not all of the locals are as keen with their new Alpha either and yet, somehow, in the muddle, Levi and Cam must find a way to be together. Because sharing the same house, no matter how big it is, makes anything else unbearable.

Excerpt

“I spoke to Ranger.” Levi’s voice was like gravel, as though he hadn’t spoken for a while.

“You’re not staying?” Cam didn’t know why his heart suddenly felt as though it’d been split in two. It wasn’t as though there was much left of his poor battered organ to start with. “Of course, I understand, but why?” Why hunt me down in my office? Why turn up if you were only going to leave again? Why fucking force me to watch you go out that door a second fucking time?

“I’m staying. I just had to clear a few things with Ranger first.”

“Okay, right.” Probably council business. Cam busied himself with the papers on his desk. “I’ll be sure to stay out of your way. Was that all you wanted to tell me?”

“Cam.” The use of his name forced him to look up. “I’m staying.”

Cam gulped and dropped his eyes again; his papers were easier to look at than the intensity of Levi’s eyes. “Yes, so you said and that’s fine…good…Ranger was worried about protection for Aiden. He’ll be glad you’re here. I’ll…I have to stay for a couple of days, I promised Ranger, but after that, I’ll be out of your hair.”

He had no idea where he was going to go. He’d been with Ranger his entire adult life. The far end of the Southern territory might be the best idea. Because seeing Levi, smelling him, having him close enough to touch; Cam’s defenses were crumbling faster than an ice cream on a hot plate. He clung to the underneath of his desk, hoping that would be enough to stop him flying over the desk and slamming his mate to the ground. Those full lips, those dark eyes…Cam jumped when he realized Levi was talking again.

“I’m clearly not very good at this. When I said I was staying, I meant I wanted to stay with you. I want us to be mates. I’ve cleared it with Ranger….”

“You told Ranger you claimed me?” Cam’s eyes roved over Levi’s body for a completely different reason this time. Apart from a narrow red mark on his neck, he seemed fine. “Are you trying to get yourself killed? He was the reason you didn’t want me in the first place.”

End excerpt – you can find out more in the book – Cam’s Promise release day August 26th.

Have an amazing day and don’t forget to hug the one you love 🙂

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