Shift Turns One – SURPRISE!

Shift Turns One – SURPRISE!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in News, Protector Series, Publishing, Writing | 9 comments

Today is a special day. One year ago today, Shift was released into the world and quickly devoured. Since then, I’ve published Release, and your support and overwhelming response has been heart-warming. I receive e-mails and messages from readers who love the worlds I’ve made and some who love to hate the characters I’ve created, but all in the best way possible. In short, it’s surreal. I’m sitting here right now, thinking back at everything I’ve been through in the past year, and it almost makes my head spin.

Now, rather than just saying it, I want to show you how thankful I am for your continued support. More and more people find out about my books each day because of you—because of readers. Readers make the book world go round, and since you’ve been rocking my bookverse, I want to give you something to be excited about.

Before we get to your surprise, I want to let you know two things. First, I’ve added a ‘Short Stories’ tab to the top of my website’s homepage. Currently there are only two stories there, both of which I’ve written as guest posts throughout the interwebs. However, there will be a few more added throughout the year, and you can count on some of them including characters from The Protector. Second, Shift, for the first time ever, is going on sale! For today, and today only, readers can pick up their copy of Shift at Amazon for less than a dollar. So tell everyone you know and let’s make today an amazing book birthday! Let’s push Shift up the Amazon rankings and make The Protector series known to the world!

As for your surprise, no more waiting, let’s just get right to it.

What you are about to read is subject to change, but in honor of Shift’s first birthday and to say thank you for your incredible support, I give you the opening to the final book in The Protector series, Endure. Now, it’s only a snippet, and not very long, but that’s because I want to avoid spoilers from this book, and if I was to give you more, that wouldn’t be a possibility. So, this will have to hold you over for a little bit longer!

Warning: if you have not read Release, do not read the excerpt below as it contains major spoilers.



Endure – Chapter 1 – Excerpt


My elements had torn me apart. The world seemed to be a shadow’s reflection; drifting around me and unseen in the night. I thought I was dead, destroyed by pain, sadness, and magic, but I wasn’t. I floated in darkness only wishing I had died. Wishing I had died with him.

I no longer felt the rain – I only heard it. It was a mallet and I was a drum; each pellet echoing and rippling across my skin. The gravel pressed against me, poking into my face, but I’d lost feeling throughout my body. I was numb.

My body twitched and then jerked, but still, darkness clung to my mind. I was an empty vessel, and the desire to win had been ejected from my body and washed away between each stone. I wasn’t the Protector, I was an assassin.

Every step I had taken to stop the end was a failure. Each choice I made, lead me inches closer to suffocating the flame inside another. One by one I had stolen their light. If I kept going, soon I’d have nobody left, and true darkness would swallow me. Then again, all my friends were fighting for their lives in another world – fighting my fight. I didn’t know if I had anyone left. In this moment, for all I knew, all their final breathes had been taken, and I was merely the wind that stole them.


  1. And you did it again… ugh! Just when I thought I had gotten over it. *sigh* I really can’t wait until the book comes out for oh so many reasons. 😉

    • I will make you love me again…maybe. 🙂

    • You just couldn’t resist that ‘maybe’ could you?

    • I couldn’t. I don’t want to give you hope, in case I plan on taking it away, and vice-versa. You know? Mwahahaha.

  2. First, I want to say Happy book-a-versary!! I am so happy you wrote The Protector series and that I discovered Chase and his worlds! And I really need to thank you for being so awesome!! Now don’t let this go to your head or anything, but you are awesome!

    I know I give you hell every time you post a teaser, because I want that book, but really I love your teasers….no let me amend that, I need your teasers like an addict needs their next fix. Until I can get my hands on the next book!!!!

    And this teaser simply just blows me away! This brings things I fear to mind, things I hope Chase doesn’t do and keeps all that emotion raw…..*cyber glares* I will never forget what you did and you know what that was…..but as long as you make it right in Endure I guess I can forgive you! 🙂

    Hopefully this day will be a success for you!!

    • Thank you, Danielle! You’ve been so supportive, I’m glad you found my books too. This journey is so much better having wonderful people like you along for the ride. And hopefully I’ll be able to have some more teasers up for you soon. 😀

  3. You enchanced me! I love the protector series and am so glad I found the world you created. I’d will first like to say that I wasn’t to sure upon first seeing exiled but one day I just happened to have money in my account (surprise my book budget is usally blown is minutes of receiving it normally) and I had nothing new to read so I bought it on impulse. And I fell in love with the while series. Chase and rayna jumped off the pages and live in my mind. I would also like to say that when I start on a book series I more often then not get hooked. I’m kinda a book whore, so I love reading and have selective authors whose books I have to buy the few authors whose books I read are lucky because I mesmerized everything I read so a book never gets read twice. Your books as a few other selective authors whom I categorized as my favorite authors get read at least twice a year. Your books and worlds and characters amaze me. Chase and Raynas relationship enchants me as does all the magic and adventure. But I’m a sucker for romance. I can’t wait for Endure I know its going to be fantastic, I will wait impatiently and anxiously for its arrival and feel dread upon reading it because I don’t want the story to end

    • What a fantastic comment! Thank you, Abri. Hearing from readers like you really makes this all worth while (and gets me fired up to get the next book ready for you!).

      I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed the series thus far. I can’t deny that it’s sad to think it has to come to an end. The good news is, the end of one thing is the beginning of another, and there is two new series coming your way! The end of The Protector just means I have time to get working on them.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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