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Ariadne’s Kitchen, my first novel, should hit Amazon tomorrow. Link to follow. Squeee!!!

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She always wanted him to fall at her feet. She didn’t want it to be in a pool of blood.

Ariadne Green is a young woman living a simple life. She waits tables at her family’s restaurant, Ariadne’s Kitchen. She pals around with the regulars. She has an apartment over the restaurant. She casts spells and brews potions with her mother on the weekend. She’s been studying magic since she could walk, and knows not to share that knowledge with outsiders. And she’s been in love with Ben Bern as long as she can remember.

She doesn’t know that her mother has been keeping something from her. A whole world of something that’s about to come crashing down into her lap.

Ben Bern is a Rochester beat cop. He’s also got a bear inside him. He’s had his protective eye on Ariadne since they were kids, but when he first shifted, it made him think twice about letting her in. He’s about to get into trouble that he can’t handle alone.

When he lets Ariadne save his life, he draws her into exactly what he was trying to protect her from. And when the healing spell goes awry, they find themselves bound together in a way that could endanger them both.

Ariadne’s about to learn what her mother never wanted to teach her. Will she survive the lesson? Will she finally break down Ben’s resolution never to bring her into his life? Will her mother completely blow her top when she finds out what’s been going on in her absence?

Rochester may never be the same.

Ariadne’s Kitchen is the first book in the Ariadne’s Kitchen series and features reckless shapeshifting, wild magic, a very protective bear, and hot, sticky messes. Each novel is full-length, standalone, and has an HEA!

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But wait, there’s more! There’s also a prologue novella freebie called Ariadne, available here, that tells the story of Ariadne’s parents getting together. Backstory!

ALSO ALSO, if you subscribe to my newsletter, you get an epilogue novella freebie adding some extra closure to Ariadne’s Kitchen!

ALL THE FREEBIES!!!

NEWS!!!

I say “News” because there is good and bad to be had.

The Good: I will be launching both a prologue novella (Ariadne) and MY FIRST NOVEL, Ariadne’s Kitchen, within the next week. *happy flail* ALSO, I am finishing up a special novella for newsletter subscribers only. So if you want the goodies, get on there!

The Bad: I can’t give you the firm date I wanted to give, because of a massive windstorm that took out power to 25% of my county yesterday, including my home. I am typing this from my iPad in my mom’s sewing room. As there are places in the county still in a state of emergency, my 24-house block with its downed power lines will be sitting in the dark and cold for a while. So, my family is putting us up for the duration.

The novel and novella are being held hostage on my computer at home. Note to self: remote backups, always. I’m hoping to liberate my computer tonight so I can stay on track for a Monday release, but I can’t make any promises.

Love to all!

–Zoe

Ch-ch-ch-changes

So, a little bit more about the decision to switch from sexy older billionaires to sexy shifters and wanton witches.

Of course, I like to make you happy. That’s a big part of what writing’s about. Putting your words out so people will see them and enjoy them and maybe think a little bit about what you have to say. Having someone read something you wrote is both terrifying and electrifying, like the best rollercoasters in the world.

And, of course, on the mercenary side, I like to sell books. Money’s nice when you want to buy food and stuff.

But, I also write to make me happy.

A little honesty for you all: Up until about two months ago, I was very, very unhappy. I fell into a severe depression after having my daughter, postpartum turning into something deeper and darker than I’d felt in many years. I stopped writing. This may not seem like a big thing to you, but I’ve been writing in some form or another since age three. Seriously. From little books about turtles to diaries to essays about the teenage condition to college journalism to e-zines and blogs to fanfiction romance and erotica. All my life, since I was able to put words on paper, I wrote.

This may not seem like a big thing to you, but I’ve been writing in some form or another since age three. Seriously. From little books about turtles to diaries to essays about the teenage condition to college journalism to e-zines and blogs to fanfiction romance and erotica. All my life, since I was able to put words on paper, I wrote. And, after I had my little girl 4 years ago, I stopped. It was a loss of identity that I didn’t realize would be as vital as it was.

In November of last year, I had a mini-nervous breakdown. I found myself on the floor of my daughter’s room, weeping into half-folded laundry, and I couldn’t stop. My husband came home, found me miserable and trying to hold it together for my daughter’s sake, and we had a long talk. Then, I had a long talk with my mother. Mom came through for me and agreed to start watching my daughter so I could have time to write.

And write I did. Earlier in the year, a couple of my friends from college visited and told me about how they’d managed to quit their day jobs. They were writing romance novels, and told me if I ever wanted to get into the biz, they’d help me out in any way they could. So, I decided to give it a go. Not knowing where to start, I looked at what was popular and decided hey, I’ve had a naughty fantasy about a certain celebrity chef for a while… let’s put that to paper!

Not knowing where to start, I looked at what was popular and decided hey, I’ve had a naughty fantasy about a certain celebrity chef for a while… let’s put that to paper! So, billionaires it was. I finished Bake Me Off, moved on to Lighting Up Times Square, then…froze up.

Billionaires were popular, but they didn’t make me happy. I didn’t want to jump out of bed and pour my heart into them anymore.

So I dug down deep and thought about what DID make me happy. I thought about the books that I recommended most to my friends, the ones that moved me and made me want to read them again and again. I remembered the roleplaying games I spent a huge chunk of my life playing and building characters and worlds in. And I remembered what got me started writing romance to begin with. It all came back to urban fantasy. Someplace to be Flying by Charles de Lint. Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Harry Potter. They all spoke to a part of my soul, and I’d always convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough to write worlds like that. I could just fanfic in the worlds of others. (I never did finish that Harry Potter romance novel…)

That’s bullshit. I finally called myself on that.

So, TL:DR, I’m writing urban fantasy now because it makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too. I’ve got a great world coming together, and characters with hopes and dreams and a yen for romance. Also, sex. And fight scenes. And deep dark evil. I’m very excited.

A New Year’s Romance!

I didn’t think I’d be able to turn around a story in time for Christmas, so instead I went for a sexier holiday… New Year’s Eve!

Lighting Up Times Square: A New Year’s Romance is a hot little tale of an inexperienced and shy cocktail waitress/college student who finds herself kissing a notoriously reclusive tech mogul as the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Can she handle the world of fame and power he brings with him? Or will she burn up in the limelight? This steamy little novella tells all!

I had a lot of fun writing this one. Grace is a little shy, a little geeky, kind of like me, though I lack her aptitude for electronic engineering (I was a LibArts major. 🙂 )

It should be up in the next day or so, if Amazon keeps being as awesome as they’ve been being with updates.