Eternal Temptation: The Kategan Alphas 4

Book Update!

Eternal Temptation: The Kategan Alphas 4 by T. A. Grey

Fierce, troubled brother, Darien Kategan now leads his life in solitude. Shut off from his family, he lives only in a past that haunts his every breathing moment. But on the path to recover himself and move on from the past, he finds a woman hurt on his land. Something about this woman will not allow him to walk away. Instead he takes her in, even against his better judgment.

A woman running from a horrible secret, Cassie Wilks has no place to run to and no family to help her. When she passes out on a troubled lykaen’s land, she decides she wants to learn more about this dark giant of a man. But time ticks by, bringing her dangerous secret closer and closer. Her attraction to the dark lykaen brings sensual passion into play and brings forth new experiences for both of them. As Cassie’s secret draws near, her passion pushes Darien to release his demons and embrace love. But will Darien be able to accept Cassie’s salvation before time is up?

Find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords on Oct. 7th!

Check out an excerpt for it here.

If you haven’t signed up for my contest to win a FREE book, check it out!

Win a Free Erotica Book!

Win a Free Book by Paranormal Erotica Author T. A. Grey

 

Win a Free Book by Paranormal Erotica Author T. A. Grey

I love contests, and I love Halloween so to celebrate I am running a contest. Anyone and everyone can enter for a chance to win a free (digital like all my books) copy of Chains of Frost, the first book in my newest paranormal erotic romance series.

Further rules and requirements can be found right here at my website. But here’s the skinny:

  1. I am giving away TEN FREE copies of my full-length novel, Chains of Frost, the first book in The Bellum Sister’s Trilogy.*
  2. I am accepting submissions until Monday, October 24th.
  3. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October 26th.
  4. To enter to win just go here, fill out your name and email, and click submit! It’s that easy!

 

Also on that same page  you can find a sneak peek for Chains of Frost and more information on the rules of entering.
*If you’re wondering why you’re just now hearing about this new trilogy it’s because I’m still writing it. Chains of Frost is nearly half-way finished already and will be completed in time for you to get your copy!*

 

I hope you will enter to win. I love books, but the one thing I love more is getting free books–especially a paranormal erotica book about a succubus and the scariest vampire in the entire world.

 

On a side note, if you haven’t checked out the Evernight Anthology by XoXo Publishing, don’t forget to do so. You can learn more about this dark and sexy anthology right here at my website. There are 12 deliciously erotic tales in this book. My short story, The Vampire’s Mate, is featured in this anthology. These stories are toe-curling good!

 

Friend me on Facebook, don’t be shy now and be ready for the fourth Kategan Alphas book coming out October, 7th!
Happy reading,
T. A. Grey

Creating Tension in a Story

Tension in any story is what makes us, the reader or the television viewer, stay glued to our seats. It’s what has us curiously, adamantly reading or watching to see how the heck the character is going to get out of this!

Recently I started watching season 5 of Dexter and this show provides a great example. For anyone who has ever seen any of the Dexter series you might have noticed that things always go wrong! Not only do they go wrong for Dexter Morgan, but they go wrong for secondary characters as well. Rarely does Dexter’s goal of [killing bad guy # 33] go right. No, what happens instead is people interrupt Dexter with real, legit crises (usually via phone) and while Dexter is in the process of taking care of those real-life needs, the bad guy wakes up and either gets away or fights Dexter or some such thing. The point is…things do not go right! In fact, they can go very, very wrong in even more and more complicated ways. For instance, some of the most intense episodes from the Dexter series is when the police start tracking a killer or person who is actually Dexter. Now he must hide evidence, tamper with it, while the people he works with are right there. Naturally this leads to suspicion.

Oh Doakes, How I miss you and your awesome attitude.

Now there are other examples of this both in fiction and in TV/movies. For instance, The Lord of the Rings (The first book, specifically) is an example of things going more and more wrong. Even if you haven’t read the books and you only watch the movies. Next time you read the book or watch the movie, try to notice how everything that can go wrong…does! For you romance readers out there, newer examples of seeing this happen are in Larrisa Ione’s “Eternal Rider” book and Thea Harrison’s “Dragon Bound.”

So how do you create tension in a story? I am not proclaiming to be a master at this or anything near it. I am merely aware of how important (and utterly entertaining) Tension is and want to point it out to you writers! If you have any ways to create Tension, leave a comment with what you do. 

  1. Everything that can go wrong, should. 
In terms of a romance novel (since that’s what I’m most familiar with), this means that everything that can strive to keep the Heroine and Hero apart should try to! It should make the job of the Hero and Heroine harder; they should have to work to stay together. If the Hero and Heroine are in an epic story to stop the end of the world from happening because of an evil wizard, then make everything go wrong! They shouldn’t easily out-maneuver the bad guy so there isn’t a climatic scene at the end. There should be an epic battle at the end, which against all luck and hope, the Hero and Heroine barely manage to pull through and defeat the evil wizard.
  1. 2. Every scene should feature: a char’s PoV, that char’s goal, and an antagonist.
Not every antagonist is a villian. In this case the purpose of the antagonist is to stop the character from reaching its goal. This means the antagonist can completely stop the character or it can just delay the character from getting it (creates frustration which creates tension).
Don’t believe me? Think about this. *Joe runs to the only gas station near his house because it’s the only one open late at night to buy a bottle of aspirin for his father who, at this very minute, is having a heart attack at home. So Joe at first 1. Can’t find the Aspirin in his panic. 2. Finally finds it, but there’s people in line in front of him. He yells at them that he needs to pay b/c this is an emergency but they only look at him like he’s crazy. 3. He finally gets to pay for his medicine, but the credit card machine is down and he has no cash. With no other choice, he decides to leave with the medicine (aka stealing). 4. The cashier calls the police and gives them Joe’s license plate number. 5. Joe races home, hears sirens, and looks in the rearview mirror to see the police on his trail. He guns the engine for home.*
I’ll stop here, but do you get the point? If the story would have been: Joe needs aspirin for his dad, so runs to the store, finds the meds easily, purchases it without a problem, goes home with all green lights, then administers the meds to his dying father and saves him…well what a lame story! There’s no conflict in this version of it.
In the scenes that would make up Joe’s story, these scenes would be told from Joe’s Point of View, with his goal [to get Aspirin for his dying dad], and the antagonists are: the people in line slowing things down, the cashier who can’t help him w/o cash, and later the police officer trying to pull him over. *Note: an antagonist is always a person and not a broken ATM, for instance).
I’m going to end this article and perhaps extend it at a later time, because I think it’s long enough! So the next time you’re writing, think about Tension and how to create it, how to make things go wrong so that your character barely slides through with the hair on his or her head.
Don’t forget to find me at my website.
Happy reading,
T. A. Grey

New Releases For the Next Month

Hello everyone, in this post I will be giving a rough schedule of my next release and a little info about the new series I’m starting this week.

The fourth Kategan Alphas book is finished, and I’m looking at possibly having it published around October 7th. In the meantime, and starting today actually, I am beginning a new series.

My new series is going to be a 3-book series about three ‘paranormal’ sisters who are about to experience the biggest change in their lives–whether they want it or not. I don’t want to add any spoilers or teases yet, not until I actually start writing it, but be sure that I will be posting snippets from the stories! While I can’t be certain yet, it looks like each of these books will be full-length novels with enough awesome storylines and characters to knock your socks off! No matter the length, this book will be finished around Oct. 7th and ready to be published in time for Halloween.

Evernight Anthology

The Evernight Anthology by XoXo Publishing is available now at Amazon and XoXo’s website. If you haven’t checked it out, you really should. This is a dark and sexy erotic romance anthology featuring my short story, “The Vampire’s Mate”, and 11 other deliciously erotic tales.

My other latest release, Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords.

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3 by T. A. Grey

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3

 

Last and least, don’t forget to friend me on Facebook, sign up for my email newsletter through my website, or take a survey that I just posted up on the website! Whew, I’ve been busy. Time to go write a new kick-ass series. 🙂

Have a great day!

T. A. Grey

www.tagrey.com

The Kategan Alphas

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3 is coming soon. It’s hard to state an exact date for releases because the time it takes to process the books is not in my hands, but in the computer systems of Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

With that said, my book is up and live at Barnes and Noble and Smashwords right now! It will be available on Amazon anytime today or in the next few days for you awesome Kindle users. Did I mention this book is the biggest of them all, coming in at a whopping ~45,000 words!

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3 by T. A. Grey

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3

Since this is the third book in the series, I am going to drop the price of my first book (Breeding Cycle) all the way down to .99 cents! So if you haven’t picked up a copy of Breeding Cycle, then now is the chance to do it.  (Or soon when the change registers in the system).

Breeding Cycle: The Kategan Alphas 1

Breeding Cycle: The Kategan Alphas 1

Happy reading to you all! And don’t forget that the Evernight Anthology will be here tomorrow! You will be able to get it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and XoXo Publishing’s website.

Evernight Romance Anthology and Wicked Surrender

Save the date for Sept. 15th and Sept 16th.

Evernight Anthology

The Evernight Romance Anthology will be available soon at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and XoXo Publishing. This anthology includes 12 dark and romantic tales about all things that go bump in the night. This anthology features my short story, The Vampire’s Mate.

And on Friday don’t miss the third Kategan Alphas book featuring Vera Kategan and Jackson Marsh.  This is a great week for romance!

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3 by T. A. Grey

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3

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The Next Kategan Alphas Novel!

Check out the book cover for the third Kategan Alphas novel!

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3 by T. A. Grey

Wicked Surrender: The Kategan Alphas 3

I must admit, I think this is the best one I’ve done! 🙂 Look for Wicked Surrender around the 16th, and the fourth Kategan novel should be ready around the first week of October! *fist pump*

Don’t forget to check out the Evernight Romance Anthology coming Sept. 15th! There are so many great releases out this month.

Happy reading,

T. A. Grey

www.tagrey.com

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