Saturday, January 9, 2016

my first audio book!

Alpha in Disguise is now available in audio!


The process was pretty easy. Decadent Publishing worked with me to find a narrator I liked. First, I filled out a questionnaire to indicate what my characters are like and what accents I preferred. Since the book takes place in South Dakota, I chose a western accent. Then I had to pick the gender of the narrator. That was tough. Since the heroine in this story is so strong, I went with female.

Next, I had to pick an emotionally gripping scene and have the narrator read it. That was a good opportunity to catch problems like mispronunciation of names and inflections that differed from what I envisioned. Once approved, I had to listen to/review the entire book, chapter by chapter.

It was really cool to hear my story spoken aloud. It made it seem real and in the moment. I'd even forgotten some of the nuances I'd written. I hope readers enjoy it and more audio books will follow.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Have You Ever Been To The Romance Slam Jam?

Have You Ever Been To The Romance Slam Jam?
 
The answer to that simple question is “no” more often than it should be. But those who do attend their first RSJ are typically surprised by what they find. I think we all go that first time expecting a reader & writer convention and instead find a family reunion and a family you didn’t even know they had! And usually all it takes is one time to start a lifetime of attendance.
 
After all, what’s better than spending a fun-filled weekend in a new city with people who share your passion for African American Romance?
 
There is something for everyone. During the day, craft shops for our authors to hone those skills, so they can continue bringing us the stories we love for years to come. And for the readers fun & games and plenty of opportunities to commune with our fellow readers and authors whose books we can’t get enough of. Then at night, food and music, karaoke and a river cruise as we jam the night away. For RSJ 2016 we’re trying to cram in so much fun and activity you will never have a dull moment!
There are free book exchanges, a movie screening and a vendor fair. There are city tours to both Motown Hitsville USA and the Wright Museum of African American History. There’s the annual big book sale and signing to with all the authors and of course, the Emma Awards where we honor the books we love. And all of this while staying in the elegant Royal Dearborn Hotel, the second largest hotel in Michigan, conveniently located within walking distance of Fairlane TownCenter, one of the best shopping malls in the area. So, I hope you will join us in Detroit in April 2016 as we are revving up the romance in the D!
 
Register today (Save money with group and early registration discounts!)
 
See you in the Big “D”
Elaine Overton, Karen White-Owens and Diva Readers
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Black Hills Wolves blog hop - fangs and claws

The Black Hills Wolves blog hunt continues!
What's your favorite part of a wolf shifter -- fangs or claws?
While I try to figure out mine, here are some things you may not know about me.

FANGS


-I had braces, the old metal kind. I think the orthodontist enjoyed using pliers to drag my teeth around. He seriously put his foot against my chair for leverage. Then the rubber bands I had to wear. And the retainer. It was a wonder I ate at all!


-I have a small mouth, so I had 4 teeth removed to make room. Then 4 wisdom teeth gone. Hopefully, that will be all.


-I have never had a filling. 


-For Easter I didn't get candy. I got cheese. Maybe that's why I don't have any fillings.


CLAWS

-I've always had strong fingernails, to the envy and frustration of people who desperately try to grow nails. In high school, I had seriously long claws. Now I keep them cut short so I can type books faster.


-I've always wanted to wear nail polish, but I wasn't allowed when I was a kid. I always wear it and feel naked without it.

-My high school boyfriend and his father made a joke about ball-and-claw antique furniture. Somehow, I don't think they were talking about wood. I grew up with antiques, so have seen a lot of claws.

-When I was filming the video of Rebel's Claw, my dog conveniently left a dewclaw on the floor. Not sure how it came off, but it was perfect for the motif in the story. Here it is.


























here's the video:
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/wNy92kgcPvg

Decadent Publishing - Black Hills Wolves series: (#22) 


Blurb
Roark Archer’s Lamar Canyon Pack in Yellowstone has been decimated by ranchers and hunters. Although the Tao pack in Los Lobos, South Dakota, has offered to assimilate it, he cannot give up his heritage so easily. At least not until he gets revenge against whoever killed his best friend, Jared, three years ago.

Recluse Carrie Myers lives on the Wyoming cattle ranch her late father left her. One fateful night changes her life forever, leaving her questioning her sanity. She knows what she saw…or does she? Regardless, she’ll do anything to protect the awful secret that has haunted her for the past three years.

When fate brings Roark to Carrie’s doorstep, the connection between them is undeniable. Determined to avoid commitment, they agree to give in to their unexplainable attraction for one night. Will hatred consume this hell-raising shifter, or can he learn love and forgiveness in the enemy’s arms?


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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rebel's Claw - #22 Black Hills Wolves

Rebel's Claw releases July 3rd and is now available for pre-order on Amazon!



Decadent Publishing - Black Hills Wolves series: (#22) 

Playlist

Woman in Chains - Tears for Fears

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Come and Go Blues - Allman Brothers

Blurb
Roark Archer’s Lamar Canyon Pack in Yellowstone has been decimated by ranchers and hunters. Although the Tao pack in Los Lobos, South Dakota, has offered to assimilate it, he cannot give up his heritage so easily. At least not until he gets revenge against whoever killed his best friend, Jared, three years ago.

Recluse Carrie Myers lives on the Wyoming cattle ranch her late father left her. One fateful night changes her life forever, leaving her questioning her sanity. She knows what she saw…or does she? Regardless, she’ll do anything to protect the awful secret that has haunted her for the past three years.

When fate brings Roark to Carrie’s doorstep, the connection between them is undeniable. Determined to avoid commitment, they agree to give in to their unexplainable attraction for one night. Will hatred consume this hell-raising shifter, or can he learn love and forgiveness in the enemy’s arms?

Excerpt
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Instead of taking the towels, he shucked off his jean jacket and let it drop to the floor. Next, he worked on the buttons of his flannel shirt. The sight of firm, dusky pectorals sent a strange rush of heat through her.

Good Lord. Did the man plan to strip naked right in front of her? She didn’t even know his name. His body looked whip-hard and strong. If he were a bull, he’d earn top dollar at the cattle auction. The heat hovering inside her arrowed to her abdomen, making her cotton panties damp and hot.

She averted her gaze. “Kindly change in the bathroom. It’s down the hall there.”

When he finally snatched the towels from her, she gasped.

Amusement glittered in his black eyes. “Kind of jumpy, aren’t you?”

Unease flickered down her spine as he strutted down the hall. The man’s cocky presence filled her home and took over as if he owned it. Exactly why she didn’t allow many men near the ranch. Why had she invited this one inside?

Because he was a gorgeous hunk? She’d successfully kept her distance from too many handsome ranchers and cowboys to weaken now for no reason. She couldn’t explain their unusual attraction.

And he looked familiar, as if he could be related to…. The face she’d seen in a flash of lightning would forever be engraved on her mind and soul. No, she refused to remember that night. But what if he’d arrived to investigate?

She flipped on the oven and hurried to the refrigerator, removing two fresh homegrown steaks. He seemed the type of man who enjoyed meat and lots of it. How would his hard mouth taste after chewing rare sirloin?

Since she’d committed to helping keep the stranger alive, she’d see it through. Come morning, she looked forward to sending him on his merry way. Maybe then, Yellow Barrel Ranch would return to normal.

Her hand shook so much, the spatula she held slipped out of it. She dropped so many things lately, it was a wonder the floor wasn’t pocked with more dent marks.

Normal. Whatever that was anymore.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sadie's Surrender releases 5/16 on Amazon and is NOW available on preorder!



Genre: interracial historical romance
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Blurb

After her husband leaves her for another woman, Sadie Johnson feels unattractive. Unable to face a dreary future of shucking oysters and living with her critical mother, she dreams of being a businesswoman. But in 1936, opportunities for women of color in Oyster Island are limited.

 An oysterman at heart, Henry Rockfield would rather sail than run the local branch of his brother’s oyster company. He’s not happy about belonging to the town Klan either, but he’ll do anything to keep the peace and help his family.

   When sassy Sadie proves she can run the plant, he can’t resist putting her secretly in charge so he can return to the sea. But when desire resurrects a tragic mistake from his past, he learns business and pleasure are a dangerous mix. When racial conflict hits home, forcing them to choose between love and duty, will Sadie surrender?

 Excerpt
Sadie's Surrender - Copyright 2015 Afton Locke



“Just punish me and get it over with.” Her voice was so low, he barely heard it. “I’m sure you have better things to do than hear about my life.”


“Tell me, anyway.”


She looked up, piercing him with her steady gaze. “Why do you care?”


Why did he? Was the attraction merely physical? Simply because he ached to unpeel that threadbare cotton dress from her generous curves and lose himself in her deep-brown skin? To take the pins out of her hair and slide his fingers through it? To catch her full bottom lip between his teeth and taste her?


Rockfield Heavenly Oysters. He forced himself to read the label on the empty blue can sitting on one of the cabinets. It reminded him of his mission, which did not include undressing the staff.


He cleared his throat. “Because everyone deserves a fair trial.”


“You’re an unusual man, Mr. Rockfield.”


The desire in her eyes echoed his own, shooting so much blood below his waist, he almost fainted.


“Since you insist on knowing, I’m tired of shucking oysters. I want a better life for me and Mama.”


“I understand.”


He’d shucked enough oysters to know how miserable the task was, even for a short period of time. Doing it all day long, day after day, year after year must be hell. Maybe he should just shut down the whole damn plant, but people needed the jobs. Honest work was better than a life of beggary or crime, wasn’t it?


“I wanted to go to business school. Work in a nice, clean office like you.”


“Cleaner than this, I hope,” he said, pointing to the messy papers on his desk.


The heat collecting in his groin hovered there when a small smile flashed across her face.


“So I went to Baltimore yesterday, in my Sunday best.” She pursed her lips. “And had doors slammed in my face.”


He wasn’t surprised, given the way things were, but he admired her for being brave enough to try.


“I have a good mind,” she insisted in a strong, clear voice that sent ripples over his flesh. “I could do well in school and one of those office jobs.”


“I bet you could. You must be very frustrated.”


Without knowing why, he stood and approached her chair. He’d simply meant to say he was sorry, but she deserved more than patronizing words.


She needed help. Someone who gave a damn.


Darn her husband for leaving her for another woman. If he was still around, she’d be his problem, not Henry’s. Why had he asked her to show him a porthole into her wretched life? The less he knew about it, the easier it would be to ignore.


Too late for that. For better or worse, he was involved in Sadie Johnson’s life. Her struggles. Her problems. His.


The air vibrated with more electricity than a summer storm on the water. As if she sensed it, she stood and faced him. Before he knew it, he’d clasped her face with both hands and lowered his mouth to hers. He’d meant to give comfort but found it instead in the softness of her parted lips. She yielded to him so fully, he could hardly believe she was the same woman who’d thrown oysters in the weighman’s face.


Her cheeks, sticky with dried tears, warmed beneath his fingertips. A low groan ripped from his throat. He knew better than to lean against her body. If he did, he wouldn’t stop until he was inside her. With his heart thudding, he pulled away from her.


“Why did you do that?” she asked.


“Because you needed it.”


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Alpha in Disguise

Alpha in Disguise releases 3/6/15 and is available NOW on pre-order!

Blurb
When her mother is shot by a rancher, Lara Wolfe becomes the last Dominant of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon pack. Her mother’s dying wish sends her to South Dakota’s Black Hills to find her mate, but Lara would rather continue her mission—saving her pack.

When Ogden Woods, lumber supplier for the Tao pack, offers the newcomer a place to stay, an explosive attraction reveals they’re mates. Afraid of unleashing his inner Dominant and a secret that could get him exiled, he’ll do anything to avoid mating.

Although he begs Lara to stay in Los Lobos where she’ll be safe, she can’t turn her back on her pack. As her mate, Ogden is bound to protect her, but following her means risking his home and his very life. Are they willing to pay the price?

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Jamaican Temptation is now available!

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Book Title: Jamaican Temptation Author: Afton Locke Release Date: November 6, 2014 Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis

Jamaican Temptation - Can you resist!

Shopaholic Kyra Mays decides to shop for a rich man on her Jamaican vacation. Instead, she meets Justin Lance, a white reggae singer who’s nearly as poor as the orphans he devotes his life to helping. Overwhelmed by his magnetism, she decides to have a fling with him.

All that matters to Justin is being a perfect Rastafarian. He vows to avoid succumbing to temptation with the dark beauty at all costs. Unable to keep their hands off each other, they forge a bond that is just as emotional as physical as they explore their differences on the lush island of Jamaica. But Justin’s secret will put their ability to compromise through an impossible test.

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Meet the Author Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her to different times, races, places, and beyond. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading. excerpt

“You’re even more beautiful than I imagined,” he whispered.

His hungry gaze bathed her with warmth. Clearly, he wanted her more than he ever had. Telling him she’d experienced poverty earlier must have been the magic words. Ever since, he’d looked at her as if they were on the same team…as if they could have a relationship. But why? What difference did her background make?

Her thighs trembled in response to his heated stare, anticipating the sensation of his tongue on her folds. Instead of lowering his head, though, he looked away, shaking it.

“Am I really doing the right thing?” he asked. “I can justify it by saying I’m giving you pleasure, but I can’t help getting pleasure out of it as well.”

Kyra’s jaw tightened as she cupped a palm over her cleft to hide it. “Justin, this back and forth business is driving me crazy. A little pleasure isn’t going to make the world end.”

“The Rasta way of life is important to me,” he said. “I have to stay true to my faith every minute of every day, not just when I feel like it.”

She sighed. “I respect that. Hand me my pants so I can get dressed.”

Instead, he lowered his head. His blue eyes, clear with his decision, sought hers on the way down. Apparently, he planned to continue. A shiver of anticipation she couldn’t have suppressed if she’d wanted to coursed through her.

“Yes, Justin, yes,” she whispered. “It’s all right.”

He kissed the insides of her thighs first, as gently as he’d massaged her feet earlier. His slight beard brushed her tender skin, igniting icy-hot flames everywhere it touched. Devon used to take her fast and hard. Foreplay was usually as compressed as his busy schedule. Closing her eyes and surrendering to the titillating sensations, she wished Justin had been her first lover.

Maybe her only lover.

He gripped the undersides of her thighs and the bed squeaked as he shifted position. He must mean business. Perspiration broke out across her forehead and she opened her eyes. If he changed his mind, she swore she’d scream.

“I want to feel your hair…on me,” she demanded.

Where had that come from?

Without questioning her strange request, he gripped one of his locks and held it in front of his face with reverence. “Do you know what the dreadlocks signify, Kyra?”

They signify something hot and sexy I want on my body. Now!

“They stand for everything natural and good. No scissors, combs, styling gadgets, or dye touches them. According to the Rasta faith, those things are the work of Babylon.”

Babylon must be the name of her hairdresser because her hair was cut, straightened, and highlighted. Before she could reply, he grasped the end of one lock and brushed it across her mound. It probably went without saying that her bikini wax was also up Babylon’s alley. She watched, breathless, as his hair mingled with the scanty tuft of hers.

Then he lowered the tantalizing lock, brushing it across her clit. She cried out as each of his silky hairs brushed her nerve endings. How could the man be so spiritual one minute and scorching hot the next? The combination was more potent than fire and gasoline.

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Positive Vibration by Bob Marley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgX48sbHLtE
This song embodies the Jamaican reggae flavor of the hero and setting. Bob Marley was my inspiration and muse for writing the story.

This Woman's Work by Maxwell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkeCNeHcmXY
I pretty much had this song on an endless loop while writing the end of the book. The emotional tone matched perfectly, and struggling to make a relationship work is the theme of all romances.

Heaven Must Be Like This by The Ohio Players
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAxsek1ovkA
Not only is this song romantic and sensual, its lyrics show how the physical can connect to the divine, which I really explored in this novel.

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